N.J. Nielsen, Silver Publishing

“Family Connections (The Connelly Chronicles #1)” Is Only The Beginning



“Your first family is your blood family and you always be true to that. That means something. But there’s another family, and that’s the one you go out and find. Maybe even by accident sometimes. And they’re as much blood as your first family. Maybe more so because they don’t have to look out for you and they don’t have to love you. They choose to.” – Dennis Lehane


Everyone around Ray Connelly knows he is gay. His grandmother keeps asking when he’s going to bring home a boyfriend, but Ray isn’t ready to come out yet. He is worried about how his parents will take it. He comes from a wealthy, prominent family, and has learned that to embarrass them has devastating consequences.

Christopher “Viv” Vivvens is straight. Always has been. He and his half-brother Dan own a club. Why is Viv unable to keep his eyes off the singer in the last minute substitute band? Why does it seem that every time he looks at the stage, the singer’s staring back at him? Dan and Ray’s niece (whom he raised and thinks of more as a daughter) cook up a scheme behind the two men’s backs: they find themselves in a position where they are forced to pretend to be boyfriends. The benefits are different for each of them, but the charade has to be convincing.
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DeeDee Brock, Silver Publishing

“Livin’ on the Edge” Is What Rock ‘n Roll Is All About

“If a relationship is base on loved, everything is worth one more try.” – Author Unknown



This is the author’s debut novel. Reading the blurb and finding out it was about rockers, I was instantly hooked.

Wes and Scottie are brothers who lost their parents and were put into foster care. After turning eighteen, Wes decides he can take better care of his brother than the foster homes they’ve been in, and he sells himself for money doing whatever it takes for the both of them to survive. After finding Wes beat up, bruised, and battered in an alleyway behind his bar, the owner takes them in and offers both brothers a place to stay. It’s where they both discovered their passion for music by playing with the house band and eventually taking it over. Thus the start of a very successful career.

They story opens several years into their stardom as an alternative rock band and is told through Wes’s POV. Wes knows he’s bisexual but is coming to realize he’s leaning more towards men. Especially when he becomes obsessed with a male fan he sees in the crowd. He can’t stop thinking about him. I loved the intensity of Wes’s infatuation with this mystery fan. It jumps off the page just how blown away he is by what he feels for this guy, he doesn’t really know how to handle his emotions. After shouting in my head at him to just talk to the dude he finally does. We are then introduced to Micah, who is just so sweet and flabbergasted that Wes is even talking to him.

The night these two spend together has the making of a true love story. You feel the total connection and ease they have around each other. It was like they were together for years instead of just hours. Everything flowed perfectly. And the sex was absolutely amazing. I was reading this with a smile on my face, but also with a little apprehension. How was this night going to end? Was this going to be shattered by the light of the day?

Wes isn’t out to anyone. He’s worried about how his band mates and fans would react to him being gay. I kind of felt bad for him, not being comfortable enough to be who he really was. I was a little frustrated with him too, for not confiding in his brother. I felt he could have talked to his brother and it would have been okay. They’ve been through so much together and they only have each other, I just couldn’t see Scottie turning his back on Wes. From the few scenes we see Scottie in, you can sense the love he has for his brother. It was sad Wes thought he couldn’t tell him, fearing rejection from the only family he has left.

A year goes by before Wes and Micah see each other at a musical festival. As it so happens, Micah has a job with another band working their sound system. The instant Wes sees Micah, all the feelings he has been keeping under wraps comes to the surface and he’s determined to get him back. I felt Micah was totally justified in keeping Wes at arm’s length. Wes had hurt him so bad, and he doesn’t trust him. He’s moved on, has a boyfriend and if Wes is serious about earning his trust back, it’s gonna have to be big.

I’m so glad there wasn’t an instant ‘get back together’ scene. I feel what Wes and Micah have is something worth fighting for. I’m so happy the author made them both work at the relationship instead giving them an easy fix. You just know these two are going to make it.

I believe this story is about second chances, self discovery and living your life to fullest. I am very much looking forward to the second book in this series.

Reviewed by: Lynn

You can buy Livin’ on the Edge (Edge #1) here:

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Iyana Jenna, Silver Publishing

A Beautiful Mind – Just a Little Unwell by Iyana Jenna

Psychosis is a dream breaking through during waking hours. – Philip K. Dick

Patrick Trafford has everything he could want or need in his life: a place to call home, a lovely garden to care for, and a friend named Chad, who is a constant and loyal companion, happily spending his days providing company while Patrick does what he enjoys. The only thing truly missing from Patrick’s life, when all is accounted for, is what it means to be entirely present in the world.

Because, you see, Patrick is a little unwell, and this is his story, the tale of a man who’d put his career before the life he’d built with the man he loved, denying who he was, hiding the life they shared with each other. This the story of the events that caused Patrick’s mind to seek refuge within the landscape of illusion, and is the story of the way Damien Abner finds his way through Patrick’s shadows and leads him back from the unreality in which he dwells.

Iyana Jenna has written a beautiful and heartwarming story of betrayal and tragedy and, ultimately, of hope and of recovery from the unforgiving grasp of mental illness. It’s a story that’s written in the language of compassion and emotion, and illuminates the power of faith and persistence. It’s the story of Damien seeing a lost man and becoming his compass, never giving up on the belief that he could help Patrick find his way home again.

If you’re in the mood for something just a little different, perhaps even unexpected, I can’t recommend this short story enough. I loved it, wish it’d been much longer, which is a compliment to how well it resonated with me.

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N.R. Walker, Silver Publishing

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N.R. Walker’s new release, Blind Faith is due January 26th from Silver Press. I’ve been giving this one the hairy eyeball of intense interest, let me tell you! I’ve never read anything by this author before, but I’m a sucker for a romance with a character who has a disability, because really, what is sweeter and more redeeming than someone who has more than his share of challenges to face and overcome finding the love of a lifetime? It melts my wee little heart, it does.

Silver is running a contest for the chance to win a copy of Blind Faith, so if you’re interested, click on the cover image and head on over there to enter. But hurry! The contest ends at 11:59pm on January 25th! Good luck!

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Here’s the blurb:

Veterinarian Carter Reece, makes a house call to a very special client. Isaac Brannigan’s partnership with his new guide dog, Brady, isn’t going well. Carter tries to help both through this initiation phase, but just who is leading whom?

Starting a new job in a new town, veterinarian Carter Reece, makes a house call to a very special client.

Arrogant, moody and totally gorgeous, Isaac Brannigan has been blind since he was eight. After the death of his guide dog and best friend, Rosie, his partnership with his new guide dog, Brady, isn’t going well.

Carter tries to help both man and canine through this initiation phase, but just who is leading whom?

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Marie Sexton, Silver Publishing

Cinder by Marie Sexton


Fans of re-imagined fairy tales will find plenty of new spins and twists to love on the old story of the peasant who meets the prince, falls in love, and lives happily ever after, with the help of a little bit of magic and a whole lot of faith.

Cinder is the young man who serves in his aunt’s household after being orphaned when his parents’ own fairy tale romance ended tragically.

Xavier is the prince who has no choice but to abide by the law of the kingdom and find a bride before his next birthday in order to inherit the throne.

Cinder is the unconventional story of how the two men bend the laws, rather than break them, in order to fulfill their own fairy tale romance, with the help of a witch, a shoe, and a dog named Milton that knows true love even when his master has a difficult time recognizing love in its true form.

This is a fairy tale, so you already know how the story ends, but what Marie Sexton does so successfully is deliver a few surprises, tug a few heartstrings, and make the reader believe that love can and will always find a way.

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