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Review: Islands in the Stream by Liberty Lace

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Title: Islands in the Stream

Author: Liberty Lace

Publisher: Wilde City Press

Pages/Word Count: 85 Pages

At a Glance: If I were to recommend a book to those thinking about getting their feet wet with father/son love, I would definitely choose this one.

Reviewed By: Lynn

Blurb: At only twenty-one years of age, Daniel Hastings is a young man headed for the top of his game. As Assistant Chief Acquisitions Assessor for a major property development firm, it’s Daniel’s job to assess the viability and investment potential of land opportunities, usually bringing in millions of dollars in profits for his firm. The key to his career is to convince the previous owners of the land to part with their precious properties, and Daniel has found that everything is for sale… at the right price.

That is until he arrives on Saint Etienne, a tiny Caribbean island that a major resort chain intends to develop into a billionaire’s playground. It’s up to Daniel to assess the situation and convince the villagers to sign over their island home… and if they refuse, Daniel and his colleague are under strict instructions to find any legal loophole they can to snatch the untouched piece of paradise out from under its owners.

But there’s one inhabitant on this island Daniel wasn’t expecting to find—his estranged father, Nick… a man who walked out of his son’s life just when the two of them where beginning to understand one another.

Will Daniel give his father a second chance? Will he discover there’s more to life than profits and acquisitions? Or will his career take priority over the life Daniel was destined to live?

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Review: Okay, we all know by now I like reading out of the norm stories. Those “taboo” reads where brothers fall in love, uncles/nephews, what have you, I’ll eat them up. This is my first father/son-to-lovers story, and I have to admit I wasn’t too sure. I worried it might take me out of my comfort zone—like, all the way out. But I’ve read this author before and love their writing style. I figured if I’m venturing into unknown territory, I had better stick with an author I’m familiar with. I think I made the right decision.

First off let me say, I loved the storyline. Daniel, a young professional, secures land titles for companies looking to build resorts on exotic beaches. I found it very interesting to read because it’s a subject I don’t know too much about, so there’s that. I also loved the people of this little island. They are colorful, eclectic and fun. The author really makes you feel like you’re right there with them, with detailed description of the beaches, homes, bugs and yes, even the humidity in the air. Really felt as though I was there.

So we have Daniel on this island, trying to make a deal and make his employers happy. The last person he ever expected to see was his estranged father, Nick, a father who left him and his mother five years prior and never came back. With all the anger Daniel had pent up inside, it’s no wonder their first meeting wasn’t a good one.

Being that it’s a short story, the author doesn’t go into minute details, but we get enough backstory to know what happened, why Nick left and how Daniel dealt with it all. To me, a story like this needs to have the believable factor. If you’re going to write in this sub-genre, I feel you have to state your case and make it stick. If not, I fear the story will come across as creepy and tasteless instead of creative. I feel this author nailed it.

As incest is the ultimate taboo in romance, the relationship needed to be handed well, and it definitely was. The mutual attraction between father and son was thought out very carefully by the author. The coupling was presented in such way that when all was said and done, we just have two men finding each other again, falling in love, and wanting to be together. The ick factor I worried about in the beginning never came, so kudos to the author for that. I don’t know if there are plans to revisit these characters because the story ended as a HEA, but I for one would love to see how they’re doing on their island of love.

I know this isn’t going to be everyone’s cup of tea, but if I were to recommend a book to those thinking about getting their feet wet with father/son love, I would definitely choose this one to start with.

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Review: Inside His Reflection by Zathyn Priest

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Title: Inside His Reflection

Author: Zathyn Priest

Publisher: Wilde City Press

Pages/Word Count: 294 Pages

At a Glance: Once again, Zathyn Priest proves he is an outstanding storyteller.

Reviewed By: Sammy

Blurb: A blind date leaves Harry reeling, and another date goes as badly.

Scars on Elijah’s face are clues of a broken soul, yet Harry can’t walk away. Not even when he learns Elijah sees a dead man in mirror reflections.

Elijah’s sanity snaps. Blamed for crimes he didn’t commit, Elijah has already survived a brutal murder attempt and now hides under a Protection Program. Harry must have faith he is innocent and fight for Elijah’s stolen rights.

Can Harry do this without losing his mind, his own rights, and the man he loves?

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Review: Harry lives in the outback—on a farm that also serves as a five star resort that is run by him, his identical twin brother, Henry, and their family. After agreeing to meet a blind date in Adelaide, Harry actually ends up meeting the wrong guy. Harry tells himself to step away—to leave the strangely aloof “Elijah” alone, but there is something so haunting about the young man, so lost, and so broken. Before he knows it, Harry is wrapped up in the nightmare that has haunted Ashley for so many years.

Elijah, aka Ashley, has been hiding for ten years under federal protection. Relocated from England to Australia, Ashley must hide who he is due to being accused of raping his foster brother, Rylan, then age 6. When he was supposedly discovered enacting the deed, Rylan’s father brutally beats, rapes and nearly kills Ashley, leaving his body disfigured and his mind fractured. When Ashley is forced into relocating, he loses contact with his twin brother Chris. Now, thinking Chris is dead, and terrified that Harry will discover who “Elijah” really is, Ashley begins to fall apart. And when all is said and done, there may be nothing left of Ashley for Harry to love.

Inside His Reflection by Zathyn Priest boasts a multi-layered plot with ample twists and turns. With each chapter, the author leaves a trail of crumbs for the reader to decipher, and brings them one step closer to understanding just what happened to fourteen-year old Ashley on that horrific night so long ago. As the layers of lies and secrets unfold, you begin to understand just how fragile a hold on reality Ashley has, and how difficult it will be for Harry to gain his trust. Yet Harry is nothing but patient, and perhaps the most compassionate character this author has written to date.

Loving and gentle, Harry sees beyond the shadows that surround Ashley, and remains steadfast in protecting him as best as he can. Ashley is so broken—mourning the loss of his twin brother who was his to take care of—his to guard and his to love; in essence, his world. Cast off by their parents, both boys have only each other to cling to, and in the end, even that is taken from them.

Inside His Reflection is a rich and tender love story that takes some very dark twists and turns. This is a love story that nearly expires before it can achieve stability. Yet, again and again, this author re-knits these two gorgeous characters together, making Harry and Ashley true survivors in a world that is determined to keep them apart. This novel is a story of healing and love and one man’s fight for sanity and reason. It is a journey that two men take to establish their love for each other despite the very real truth that time for them may be running out.

Once again, Zathyn Priest proves he is an outstanding storyteller who creates deeply wounded characters who learn to live with their brokenness and find the strength to move beyond it into a world where love and happiness are truly possible.

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5 Stars, Carol Lynne, Genre Romance, Horror, Paranormal, Reviewed by Maryann, Wilde City Press

Review: The Claiming of Patrick Donnelly by Carol Lynne

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Title: The Claiming of Patrick Donnelly

Author: Carol Lynne

Publisher: Wilde City Press

Pages/Word Count: 99 Pages

At a Glance: Carol Lynne creates another well done horror/paranormal story here, with dangerous spirits, satanic worship, possession and old tales of horror.

Reviewed By: Maryann

Blurb: After taming the Ghosts of Alcatraz, Fisher Marx left his position as head of the World Police Unit to take a job in the small town of Toblerville. He’d hoped to live out his life in quiet splendor while still using his skills to protect the Hickory County residents, but everything changed when he heard rumors of a young man who claimed to be the victim of regular attacks by a ghost.

Unable to put the young man out of his mind, Fisher decided to investigate the situation. What he discovered in the run down house outside of town would change his life forever.

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Review: The Claiming of Patrick Donnelly is the sequel to Ghost of Alcatraz, where we first meet Fisher Marx. Carol Lynne creates another well done horror/paranormal story here, with dangerous spirits, satanic worship, possession and old tales of horror. These are two excellent stories, but a word of warning: this book does include sexual abuse and violence.

This story picks-up with Fisher starting a new life, but he’s not at peace yet. He’d seen a lot of crazy things during his ordeal at Alcatraz prison, with Jensen Black and Brian Phipps. He hears things being said about a young man, Patrick Donnelly, which are treated as a joke by his fellow officers. He just can’t let it go, so he seeks out Patrick with every intention of helping him. What he finds is a young man who is being sexually abused and tormented by his father’s spirit.

Fisher witnesses the abuse that Patrick is going through, and rescues him, but the “living spirit” follows Patrick to Fisher’s house.  Fisher decides to take Patrick to Pont-Aven, France, and put as much distance as possible between Patrick and the spirit.  But nothing can stop the evil. Fisher has been seeking advice from his friend, Brian Phipps, an ex-parapsychologist, and Brian and Jensen arrive in France to help Fisher and Patrick figure out why Patrick is plagued by the spirit.

Both Fisher and Patrick are searching for something: Fisher wants someone to make life worth living, and Patrick needs real love and peace in his life. Even though there is an age difference between them, I believe it’s a spirit that unites them together. I thought the same about Brian and Jensen when they met in Ghost of Alcatraz. Carol Lynne also introduces some new characters—Gavin, Ian, and Sal—who add an odd twist to this story.

I was really surprised and glad to see this series is continuing. It has been a long time since Ghost of Alcatraz was released (2011), the story that takes us to the year 2020 and a new Alcatraz prison where we meet Jensen, Brian and Fisher for the first time. I liked that she brought Jensen and Brian back for Fisher’s story and am hoping she will continue to bring us more eerie adventures in this paranormal world.

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5 Stars, Anna Butler, Reviewed by Jennifer, Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Urban Fantasy, Wilde City Press

Review: Heart Scarab by Anna Butler

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Title: Heart Scarab (Taking Shield: Book Two)

Author: Anna Butler

Publisher: Wilde City Press

Pages/Word Count: 300 Pages

At a Glance: Fast-paced, thrilling sequel to the first book in the series.

Reviewed By: Jennifer

Blurb: In Heart Scarab, set more than a year and a half after Gyrfalcon, Shield Captain Bennet’s company is on a planet in imminent danger of being overrun by the Maess. Telnos is an unpleasant little planet, inhabited by religious fanatics in the festering marshlands and unregistered miners running illegal solactinium mines up in the hills. But the Maess want Telnos, and Bennet’s job is to get out as many civilians as he can. The enemy arrives before the evacuation is complete. Caught in a vicious fire fight, Bennet is left behind, presumed dead.

His family is grieving. Joss, his long-term partner, grieves with them; lost, unhappy, remorseful. First Lieutenant Flynn has no official ‘rights’ here. He isn’t family. He isn’t partner or lover.

All he is, is broken.

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Review: God, what a ride this book was. As a fan of the first book, I was thrilled to read this one. It gripped me from the beginning and took me for a ride until the very end. And I cannot wait for the third book.

After a failed attempt to evacuate the religious fanatics from Telnos before the Maess invade, Bennet is presumed dead; his signal is gone and Rosie has watched him fall after a strafing run. Left to pick up the pieces and move on are the people who loved him the most: his family, his lover Joss, his lieutenant Rosie, and Flynn.

Anna Butler is spectacular at characterization. While I had hated Joss in the first book, for the first half of this one I felt for him. She not only shows things from his perspective, but also switches to second person POV sometimes to show the depth of his thoughts and connect readers to Joss. The second half of the book I wanted to punch him. The same goes for Rosie. I felt for her and her unrequited love for Bennet, but I also hated how she couldn’t accept that he was in love with men. And Flynn. Oh, my poor Flynn. How can you not love him? The cocky flyboy who finds himself in love for the first time in his life only to discover his lover dead…and he’s unable to do anything about it.

While the first book deals a lot with the action part of science fiction, and the first half of this one does as well, the second half is more about the recovery process of loss, grief, and acceptance. How does one cope in a situation like this, where loved ones are gone for so long and placed in dangerous situations? I suppose it’s much like today’s military.

I highly recommend this book, though not without a few words of warning. First, you should definitely read the first book. The relationship between Bennet and Flynn is established in that book, and while T18 isn’t discussed much, it’s still integral to how their relationship began. And why would you want to miss out on Flynn finally falling in love? Second, though I do talk about romance, this book is not a romance. Yes, there are some romantic subplots, but as a whole, the book is science fiction and the relationships, while important, are not the main part of the book.

So, if you haven’t, go back and read the first book, and then come back for round two.

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Review: The Cross of Sins by Geoffrey Knight

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Title: Fathom’s Five #1: The Cross of Sins

Author:  Geoffrey Knight

Publisher: Wilde City Press

Pages/Word Count: 233 Pages

At a Glance: A riveting adventure with danger, intrigue, and five sexy men.

Reviewed By: Jennifer

Blurb: Somewhere in the world is a statue so sinful that a secret sect of the Church wants it destroyed at any cost. Somewhere in the Turkish desert, in the streets of London, and in the depths of Venice, are the clues to find it. And, somewhere in the hearts of five sexy, daring, thrill-seeking gay men, is the courage and die-hard determination to unravel one of the greatest mysteries of all time.

Meet Luca da Roma, an Italian model and expert in art, both ancient and modern; Dr Eden Santiago, Brazilian biologist, physician and genetic engineer; Shane Houston, a Texas cowboy and an expert in cartography; Will Hunter, a San Diego college student and football star, majoring in ancient history; and Jake Stone, an adventurer-for-hire from New York and the newest member of Professor Fathom’s team of hot gay adventure seekers.

Together, they are Fathom’s Five, traveling the world, solving ancient mysteries, uncovering priceless treasures, and getting into hot, sticky and sexy situations, while thwarting danger at every turn! From Venice to Vienna, from Tuscany to Turkey, from the South Pacific to the seas off Sicily, join in the heroic adventures, hunky sex and hot, high-octane action of Fathom’s Five.

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Review: I first read this series years ago when it came out in print, but I could never find book one. After reading the rest of the series, I finally got my hands on a copy of the first book. And, years after that, I see the series is being rereleased by Wilde City Press with a gorgeous new cover. Of course, I snapped it up to see if the adventure series I loved so much still held up to my memory.

I’m happy to report that it does. If you’re a fan of adventure, you really don’t need to look any further than this.

Some reviewers have compared the series to Indiana Jones, and to be honest, it’s an apt description. Fathom’s men (Luca, Eden, Shane, Will, and Jake) are very different in their day jobs, but when it comes to finding adventure and missing treasure, they’re very much like Indy. Except, well, gay.

It’s impossible to pick just one favorite guy, as each one has his charms that adds to the story. They all have different backgrounds and such well-developed personalities. And, of course, then there’s the wonderful sex between some of them. Can’t argue with that, right? If I had to pick my favorite, though, it would have to be Will. There’s something so intriguing about him. Most of the time when you picture a football star, you won’t imagine his major being ancient history, but that’s Will for you.

One word of advice to readers: if you’re looking for romance, this book (series, really) is not for you. While yes, there is sex, it’s not of the romantic variety. If you go into this book expecting that, you’re going to be disappointed, but don’t let that keep you from reading it. Just go in with the mindset that this is an adventure, a mystery, and you’ll enjoy it thoroughly. This book will take you around the world, from London to Venice to the middle of the desert to an erupting volcano. Your heart will race as the boys get themselves into dangerous situations and back out by the skin of their teeth, and then tumble into bed together.

As far as whether or not the book has changed much from the first version, I honestly cannot tell. It was so long ago that I read it that while I remember the basic story and all of the characters, no place jumped out at me as being different. If you’ve read the story before, I’d say read it again. First, the new cover art is gorgeous, and second, who wouldn’t want to relive a Fathom’s Five adventure?

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5 Stars, Eric Arvin, Horror, Reviewed by Lisa, Wilde City Press

Release Day Review: The Rascal by Eric Arvin

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Author: Eric Arvin

Publisher: Wilde City Press

Pages/Word Count: 61500 Words

At a Glance: For fans of horror, The Rascal is a must read.

Reviewed By: Lisa

Blurb: Lana is a faded movie star who lives alone in a big house on a hill that overlooks the sea. She has lived this way since the death of her daughter and the disappearance of her husband.

Jeff and Chloe are a couple who live in a cabin below the big house. It was Chloe’s idea to strengthen their marriage; but she sees now that it isn’t working. Jeff has become obsessed with the cabin and the old water well. Chloe only sees strangeness around her.

One night while talking on the computer with Ethan, Jeff’s brother, a feeling of dread comes to the fore. When Ethan sees a figure behind Chloe, he leaves his boyfriend and baby and sets out to save Jeff.

Chloe, Ethan and Lana come together to fight an evil that would destroy Jeff. Will they succeed or will all of them fall to the taste of a young cannibalistic ghost?

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Review: As you would do with any review, bringing your personal preferences into account, I’m going to start out by asking you to take into consideration that when other girls were reading Forever and Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret, I was under the covers and sleeping with the lights on, reading The Exorcist and The Amityville Horror and every single Stephen King book I could get my hands on while watching movies like The Other and The Omen on late-night television. In other words, the horror fiction genre has been a staple of my avaricious reading habits almost from the time I started devouring chapter books. So when I say Eric Arvin’s The Rascal is a brilliant book, it comes from the perspective of someone who is perhaps a little more demanding in what constitutes a chilling mindfreak of a horror story. The kind of story that when the writing leaves off, the imagination takes over, which is all the fun of reading horror.

The Rascal, in fact, reminds me a lot of the earlier days of Stephen King: Salem’s Lot, The Shining, Pet Sematary, The Dead Zone. Arvin offers us, from the outset of this novel, a macabre glimpse of what’s to come, then eases back, eases us into a placid sense of menace. Do you remember the scene in It, when the little boy is sailing his paper boat in the rain swollen gutter? It’s this innocence juxtaposed with the utter certainty that evil isn’t far away which informs every great horror novel—it’s the loss of innocence that terrifies us. Not even youthful innocence lost, specifically, but the absolute stripping away of everything that means safety and security to us. The Rascal is a book that takes any shred of hope we may have for its characters and grinds it under its heel.

There is a certain foreboding wrapped up in the rather uneventful, small town of Wicker when we visit with Jeff and Chloe Cane, the place they intend to make their new home, to try to craft a new beginning from the wreckage of their marriage. Wicker is much like any little burg on the map—insular, friendly on its surface. But deep down, you know there are secrets… With names like Bad Luck Hill and No Hope Creek, we know the calm idyll is nothing more than an illusion and that the danger is only going to grow as the story progresses.

It does.

The little cottage on Bad Luck Hill is the place that should signal a fresh start but quickly becomes a harbinger of ill omen. It’s the place where peace and hope are nothing but dead and bloated corpses, suffocated by dread and misery. It’s the place that can make even the most jaded cry out to a god they don’t believe in. This is where we find Jeff and Chloe and the former actress, Lana Pruitt, who sold them the little cottage situated between the deadly cliffs and the dark woods—even knowing there was a resident evil lurking there.

If you’ve ever read Woke Up In a Strange Place, The Mingled Destinies of Crocodiles and Men, or Wave Goodbye to Charlie, you’ll know the hallmark of Eric Arvin’s writing is his ability to turn a phrase just so, so that you suddenly see everything you thought you knew from a different angle. “Possession is nine-tenths of the law” – it does not mean what you think it means. For Jeff and Chloe, who are adventure tour guides, it’s the greatest irony that Death is the one journey for which they could never have prepared. Life is the one adventure they may not survive.

In the end, when love has been tested, faith has been broken, hatred has been simmering so close to the surface that one need only stare into the abyss to see that misery stares back, it’s how much one is willing to sacrifice for the sake of an estranged husband, and, for Ethan, an estranged brother, which brings this story’s evil to its conclusion. I love this book. I yelled at it, cursed at it, I shuddered at every single visual Arvin paints into an atmosphere that’s permeated by dread. There are things that go bump in the night. Then there are things that want you to suffer unimaginable horrors. That’s the rascal. He is the symbol of lost innocence, of evil, of insanity, of retribution. The rascal wants his pound of flesh in a most literal and chilling way.

And Eric Arvin delivers.

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4 Stars, Jack Bumgardner, Mystery/Suspense/Action Thriller, Reviewed by Maryann, Wilde City Press

Review: Underneath It All by Jack Bumgardner

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Title: Underneath It All

Author: Jack Bumgardner

Publisher: Wilde City Press

Pages/Word Count: 53 Pages

At a Glance: I found Underneath It All to be a good short story for a new mystery series, full of action and danger, fast paced and suspenseful.

Reviewed By: Maryann

Blurb: When Crosby Comeaux, the owner of the only gay detective agency in New Cypress can’t even pay his light bill he decides that it’s time to close up shop. But, Armin Bleu, a cute blond with evidence of a double murder, convinces him to take on one last case. As Crosby investigates the murder it becomes clear that the motive was not just kinky sex gone wrong but something much more sinister. His journey takes him into a circle of men who have devised a plot that could literally destroy New Cypress and everything he loves—including his memories.

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Review: Author Jack Bumgardner is a first time author for me. I found Underneath It All to be a good short story for a new mystery series, full of action and danger, fast paced and suspenseful—it was a page turner for me— and full of surprises too, from a sad relationship between a father and a son to the motives for the murders, which were not what I expected.

The MC is Crosby Comeaux, who used to be a cop but now is a PI, with a failing business in New Cypress. He takes a chance on Armin Bleu, who has evidence of a murder. Crosby finds himself facing continuing harassment from an old co-worker, along with betrayal, and suspects who are greedy to the point they would destroy New Cypress.

Crosby’s character isn’t unique, he’s just a man trying to do his job and survive from day to day, but he’s sympathetic and his heart is still hanging on to a loss that may never be replaced. I didn’t want this story to end because there is a still a lot to learn about Crosby Comeaux.

As I am such a big fan of mysteries, I would really be interested to see what cases Jack Bumgardner creates for Crosby Comeaux next.

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5 Stars, Hank Edwards, Paranormal Romance, Reviewed by Angel, Wilde City Press

Review: Terror by Moonlight by Hank Edwards

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Title: Terror by Moonlight (Critter Catchers: Book One)

Author: Hank Edwards

Publisher: Wilde City Press

Pages/Word Count: 150 Pages

At a Glance: A fun and funny romp with two best friends and the paranormal showing up in a small town.

Reviewed By: Angel

Blurb: Cody Bower and Demetrius Singleton have been friends for over twenty years even though they are polar opposites. Cody is tall, handsome, athletic, and straight, and Demetrius is average height, more of a thinker, and gay. They have started an animal control business together and have to figure out how to be business partners without letting it affect their friendship, but that’s the least of their problems. When one of their first clients ends up brutally murdered in what appears to be an animal attack, the two realize something big and dangerous is stalking their tiny town of Parson’s Hollow, and it’s up to them to catch it before it kills again.

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Review: Hank Edwards is a new to me author, and I loved my first go round with him. I opened up Terror by Moonlight and then couldn’t put it down, reading the entire novel in one sitting. The fast paced story revolves around two men, who are best friends, and the new business they have just started.

Cody Bowers is fun loving and out of control, and Demetrius is his gay best friend. I loved the snark between the two, and the UST (unresolved sexual tension) is so thick it permeated the pages. These two attract more trouble just trying to do their job than seems humanly possible. I loved how the supernatural was just accepted as if it was an everyday occurrence—very little disbelief among the characters, and it was great. I’ve never watched Supernatural, but I want to now because of the references made in the book.

Terror by Moonlight was fast and funny, incorporating puns and digs at popular culture and the beloved tropes of the paranormal genre. It went by so fast that I missed the characters when it ended, and wanted more.

Thank you, Hank Edwards, for a fantastically fun read! I look forward to reading more of your stories.

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3.5 Stars, Genre Romance, Lourdes Skye, Mystery/Suspense/Action Thriller, Reviewed by Maryann, Wilde City Press

Review: Hunted by Lourdes Skye

Title: Hunted

Author: Lourdes Skye

Publisher: Wilde City Press

Pages/Word Count: 169 Pages

At a Glance: Hunted is a first-time read from Lourdes Skye, and I was thoroughly entertained.

Reviewed By: Maryann

Blurb: Upon a dastardly escape from his sadistically abusive husband, Jace Vanderhuff embarks on a journey that’ll lead him into a dangerous realm of trafficking, murder, and unsuspecting love.

However, Jace has no choice but take the chance, for going back would be a fate worse than death. Hiding in plain sight brings Jace face to face with a cop who is sexy as sin.

Detective Cobra Stallone, while investigating a teen trafficking ring, stumbles upon a sweet, shy, blonde-haired guy who invades his thoughts and dreams. But there’s something there. Something that Jace is guarding. When the truth is revealed, can he melt past Jace’s defenses and fears and show him that love can be better the second time around?

With his husband and a crazed killer-for-hire hot on his trail, will the jungle known as New York City become ground zero, where the hidden has now become the hunted.

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Review: Movie Trivia: In 1986, Sylvester Stallone made a movie called Cobra, in which he played Police Lieutenant Marion “Cobra” Cobretti. The movie wasn’t a big hit, but it was action packed and featured Stallone’s personal 1950 Mercury. In Hunted, Lourdes Skye has created a character by the name of Cobretti “Cobra” Stallone, and that’s what piqued my curiosity about this story. If you have ever seen the movie, Hunted is really nothing like it, but I have to say it is fast paced, action packed, violent, with instances of child trafficking and some really descriptive fight scenes. While Hunted is somewhat predictable, it’s also suspenseful, even if you can sort of figure out what may happen. I enjoyed the non-stop action and the movie nostalgia that Skye brought to this story.

Jace Vanderhuff goes on the run from Octorian, his insanely evil husband, and gets a job at the Silver Bullet pub. Here he meets some really fun characters in Lydia, Mickey, Jetson and Leroy. Cobra spies Jace at the pub, and it leads to some shameless flirting on Cobra’s part, but there’s no quick hook-up because Jace is a little shy and trying not to be noticeable. When things get a little heated, Jace stays honest and tells Cobra why he can’t get involved, which I felt made Jace’s situation more logical, since he still fears his husband’s wrath.

Cobra’s cool and he gives Jace support as they get help to try and win Jace his freedom. I liked Cobra’s character; he’s caring, laid back yet tough when he needs to be. He’s honest about his feelings for Jace too, as he’s not without his own family tragedy, which is what steered him toward being a cop, and he’s still seeking some type of closure.

With Cobra going undercover for the child trafficking case, and Octorian and Rock Mercer coming on the scene, things get tense, but Barney, Cobra’s partner (there are some really corny jokes about snakes and dinosaurs), has Cobra’s back, especially when things go haywire while Cobra’s undercover.

There were two other characters who piqued my interest—Ruslin and Aiden, whom I’d hoped would get their own story, but all good things must come to an end. Hunted is a first-time read from Lourdes Skye, and I was thoroughly entertained.

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Double-Header Review: Enigma and Blood & Dirt by Lloyd A. Meeker

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Titles: Enigma and Blood and Dirt

Author: Lloyd A. Meeker

Publisher: Wilde City Press

Pages/Word Count: 54 and 148 Pages

At a Glance: I have definitely become a fan of Lloyd A. Meeker and the Russ Morgan Mystery series.

Reviewed By: Maryann

Blurbs: Enigma: Who’s blackmailing the high-profile televangelist whose son was famously cured of his homosexuality fifteen years ago? Now in 2009, that ought to be ancient history.

It seems there’s no secret to protect, no crime, not even a clear demand for money—just four threatening letters using old Enigma songs from the 90′s. But they’ve got Reverend Howard Richardson spooked.

Proudly fifty and unhappily single, gay PI Russ Morgan has made peace with being a psychic empath, and he’s managed to build a decent life since getting sober. As he uncovers obscene secrets shrouded in seeming righteousness he might have to make peace with a sword of justice that cuts the innocent as deeply as the guilty.

Blood & Dirt: Family squabbles can be murder. Psychic PI Russ Morgan investigates a vandalized marijuana grow in Mesa County Colorado, landing in the middle of a ferocious family feud that’s escalating in a hurry. Five siblings fight over the family ranch as it staggers on the brink of bankruptcy, marijuana its only salvation. Not everyone agrees, but only one of them is willing to kill to make a point. Russ also has a personal puzzle to solve as he questions his deepening relationship with Colin Stewart, a man half his age. His rational mind says being with Colin is the fast track to heartbreak, but it feels grounding, sane, and good. Now, that’s really dangerous…

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Review: Enigma is a story that introduces us to P.I. Rhys “Russ” Morgan, who has the ability to read auras. He’s fought the hard fight of alcoholism, and he still fights loneliness and guilt. Russ is plain and simple—he wants facts upfront, access to everyone connected to a case, and the truth. He has no problem walking away from a case if the clients don’t cooperate, and when we meet Russ, he’s being harangued by a nasty little lawyer by the name of Kommen.

Along with Russ, we meet Colin Stewart, assistant to Kommen. Colin puts a spark in Russ, but even though Colin occasionally flirts with Russ whenever he shows up at Kommen’s office, Russ’s past still weighs heavy on his mind, and he knows he could never get involved with Colin.

The focus of the blackmail mystery is James Richardson. At the age of seventeen in 1993, he was sent into “reparative therapy” by Reverend Richardson for being homosexual. This is where Mr. Meeker takes James Richardson’s story and wraps it around music from Cross of Changes by Enigma.

Enigma is so much more than a case of blackmail, it’s a mystery melded with the mystical. If there is any chance you can listen to Enigma’s music, do so because the lyrics will define James Richardson’s character.

I liked what Mr. Meeker did with Russ Morgan’s character. He doesn’t flaunt, overuse or abuse Russ’s abilities. In fact, Russ could solve a case with just his investigative skills. Mr. Meeker had me fascinated with Enigma from the beginning to end. Excellent story and excellent music!!

After reading Blood & Dirt I have definitely become a fan of Lloyd A. Meeker and the Russ Morgan Mystery series. This is the second installment, so if you have not read Enigma, it’s a must read before Blood & Dirt. Mr. Meeker takes us on another roller coaster ride, with so many clashing personalities for Russ to examine before he can solve the case.

Russ Morgan finds himself taking on another dysfunctional family case. He’s being hired by Evan Landry to investigate an incident at the Ellis Ranch, where his sister Sarah’s medical marijuana grow has been destroyed. At the Ellis Ranch we meet Stanford Sr. and his adult children Stanford Jr., Marianne, Billy, Evan and Sarah. Needless to say a few of them are vindictive and greedy. This is more than just sibling rivalry. In fact, I wanted to strangle a couple of them myself! This is also about a father’s regret and his not knowing if he made the right decision. Poor Russ, he’s caught up in this chaotic mess, and then a case of destruction of property turns into murder.

That brings Deputy Sheriff Heath Baker into the story. Even though he flirts with Russ, he’s sort of demeaning and cocky, and doesn’t want Russ’s help. Russ does use some of his aura ability to prove a point with Heath. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to dislike Heath or not, but there’s something about him. Maybe he will get his own story.

Before Russ tackles his new case, we find that he’s been sporadically dating Colin Stewart, a paralegal he met during the blackmail case in Enigma. Colin becomes so much more in this story. He’s been chipping away to become a part of Russ’s life, but Russ still fights with the idea of Colin being too young, and with the fear of getting hurt. Colin is very smart, not only good at his job but smart about life too. He’s an “old soul,” and his character is mature beyond his years, which scares Russ. Colin is so careful with Russ’s feelings, but he brings a little mischief too. The story of the two men in Ireland that Colin shares with Russ was a touching moment and sends an important message.

The romance between Russ and Colin is written with passion, and Mr. Meeker leaves us to use our imaginations in the love that Russ and Colin share. Colin brings a special warmth to the story, and I was glad to see him grow to an important character. I still can’t say enough about Russ’s character. Mr. Meeker still doesn’t overuse Russ’s abilities, and I like how Russ was surprised, just as I was, when things weren’t what he expected.

This story also contains details on the process of starting a medical marijuana grow. Check out the Acknowledgements. It contains information on how much research the author put into this subject.

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Review: Entwined by Liberty Lace

Title: Entwined

Author: Liberty Lace

Publisher: Wilde City Press

Pages/Word Count: 45 Pages

At a Glance: I loved the way the author presented this story.

Reviewed By: Lynn

Blurb: There’s something that twins Tobias and Thomas Whitmore never intended to tell their family—the fact that they’re gay and in love with each other, and have been for as long as they can remember. But these two brothers are about to discover that secrets run in their family. For on a weekend in Montauk to celebrate their grandmother’s 80th birthday, one spilled secret leads to another, and before long, the tragedies of the past, the uncertainties of the present, and the uncharted path of the future will collide… and change this family forever.

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Review: Twin brothers Thomas and Tobias have been keeping a secret from their family: they love each other and have been lovers since high school. With the family getting together for their Grandmother’s 80th birthday, it may not be a secret anymore.

I know for some people twincest stories have that “ick” factor. For me, it seems like a natural occurrence. Twins usually have a special bond unlike any other. They’re almost like one person in two different bodies. I think that’s why, for me, it’s not a big deal. Love is love, right?

I loved the way the author presented this story. Besides the fact that we have twin brothers in love with each other, we have a family coming together for a milestone birthday. As we all know, family sometimes equals drama, and this was no exception. From the stepmother nobody likes, to the father with an illness he doesn’t want anyone to know about, to their supportive sister, to the grandmother revealing a very beautiful but heartbreaking story about her late husband, everything led up to the climax of the story. Now, I’m not going to go into details on how the twins were found out, or what the family’s reactions were; it will only give away spoilers. You’re just going to have to read it to find out.

I will say this, though; this was a little different than most twincest stories. Why? There’s no shame, no wondering if they’re doing something wrong. It’s definitely love in the truest, purest form. These brother’s accepted the feelings they have for one another and never looked back. I think the author did an amazing job in getting that fact across to the readers.

I don’t know if the author has plans to expand this story into a novel, but let me just tell ya, it would be an amazing tale. I would definitely recommend this to everyone.

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Review: The Sangre Series by Alex Carreras

Title: The Sangre Series

Author: Alex Carreras

Publisher: Wilde City Press

Pages/Word Count: 201 Pages

At a Glance: Read this book, enjoy this book, but don’t take this book too seriously – enjoy it with a smile.

Reviewed By: Carrie

Blurb: THREE STORIES – ONE BOOK

In the city of Sangre, Florida, vampires and humans coexist happily until one ancient and powerful vampire decides to mess up the entire thing. The hairdressers at Everlasting Salon who service vampires and humans alike decide to face the threat that lands on their doorstep enlisting the barbers across the street for a fight to the finish. Chaos ensues when fists fly, but it’s not all bad when old flames reunite and new relationships take root and grow. Between the clandestine meetings and vigilante justice, the vampires find love in unexpected companions, hoping to get some TLC along the way.

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Review: Sangre Series: Buzz and Blow, Shave and Shimmer, Fade and Fluff

Welcome to Everlasting, the happening beauty salon for the undead, located in the seaside town of Sangre, Florida. Sangre is a sanctuary city for vampires, the city opening its proverbial doors to peaceful coexistence with the immortals. Everlasting is located right across the street from Killer Kuts, a barbershop full of oh-so-bad good guys. The shop is owned by Jerrod, and he and his two employees, Asher and Tory, work on giving their clients looks to die for. The three short stories in this book are about them.

Buzz and Blow: Asher Riots has been at Everlasting for years. “Have you always been a hairdresser? Niko asked. “As long as I can remember,” Asher answered honestly. “My parents were hairdressers and they apprenticed me. Beauty is in my blood, warm or cold.”

Not as ancient as Jerrod, he still worked on the hair of Marie Antoinette, so his age is nothing to scoff at. Men have come and gone for Asher, but he has never found his one true love. Niko is the owner of Killer Kuts and is longing for peace, finally, in his life, and a good man to share it with. His search for a quiet life has led him to Sangre.

Asher and Niko’s story is the first in the book and sets the stage for the others that follow. These are lighthearted stories at the core and even though they have to defeat ancient evil to get a HEA, it happens and all is well for a time.

Shave and Shimmer is about Tory and Ray. Tory is your quintessential vampire twink, and Ray is a haunted soul trying to recover from the loss of his last boyfriend. Tory and Ray, on the surface, don’t have much in common except that “Ray had always preferred the opposite of his stature. He preferred someone he could curl tightly into his chest and kiss the top of his head, a pint sized hunk.”

This is a story about fighting your own demons and coming out on top, with the help of a really good man who’s not afraid of hair gel or a little—maybe a lot—of shimmer.

Fade and Fluff is about Jerrod and Kairon. First loves for centuries after they were turned, they have gone their separate ways, coming back together intermittently through the course of time to reconnect and remind each other why they can’t seem to live without each other. They have a can’t-live-with-him/can’t-live-without-him kind of history. The ancient evil rears his ugly head in this story also, because, yeah, the really bad guy is never dead the first time around, and Jerrod and Kairon are forced to put aside all the petty differences and work together and defeat the evil. The moral of Fade and Fluff is that love can truly last forever.

These are lighthearted books created with humor and not much angst. Yeah, these couples have to overcome obstacles, but that is not the story. The story is the men and their HEA. Read this book, enjoy this book, but don’t take this book too seriously – enjoy it with a smile.

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Review: Shadows Fall by JK Hogan

Title: Shadows Fall

Author: JK Hogan

Publisher: Wilde City Press

Pages/Word Count: 293 Pages

At a Glance: One thing that really stood out for me is that JK Hogan puts a lot into developing her secondary characters.

Reviewed By: Kathie

Blurb: A gift—or curse—gives Titus McGinty the unwanted ability to talk to ghosts. When he starts seeing the same few apparitions repeatedly, appearing with similar gruesome injuries, he begins to wonder what they want from him.

Detective Charlie Hale has a serial killer on his hands. On the loose for weeks, the Queen City Slayer has left the police nothing to go on, no forensic evidence other than what he wants found. The city is running out of time.

The crisis brings Titus and Charlie together—Titus stumbles upon a body and finds himself a suspect. Their budding romance is tested as they are sucked into a web of underground laboratories, restive spirits, and religious fanaticism. They’ll have to work together to find the identity of the killer before he takes his next victim…Titus

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Review: Shadows Fall by JK Hogan is packed full of magic, hot sex, and my favorite—a happy ending for two hot guys!

Titus Finnbar McGinty is very fast to proclaim that he can see dead people. He owns a coffee shop and employs some crazy characters that Hogan brings to life with great detail. Up until now he has been managing the dead people with an iPod and professional-grade Sennheisers. They keep the voices at bay, he says. Most of the ghosts or mules, as Titus calls them, are attached to a geographical area. Never have they followed him home or to the coffee shop. That is, until four mules become very persistent and follow him wherever he goes. Titus decides he needs help and sends a letter to his Granny Hester Faa, asking for help with controlling the mules. Granny is a powerful Chovihani (she can also see dead people), and Titus has not seen her since he was cast out of his tribe for being gay. Hester Faa is a colorful character, tough as nails. Granny comes to the rescue with her Airstream trailer in tow! When Titus told her she needed to move her trailer or she would get a ticket, her response was “Who cares what they think? They give me tickets, I wallpaper my trailer with them.” Great character development!

Detective Charles Hayes is a homicide police officer and a patron of the coffee shop, who happens to be working on the case, which Titus figures out is the ghosts that have attached themselves to him. When the serial killer strikes again, and a ghost of the victim leads Titus to his body, Titus calls Charlie for help. Charlie and Titus become very close as Charlie is helping Titus through the trauma. As Titus puts it, “I see the dead all the time, but I’d never actually seen a dead body before.”

One thing that really stood out for me is that JK Hogan puts a lot into developing her secondary characters. They aren’t just extras; they actually helped move the story along and played important roles in supporting both Titus and Charlie. Shadows Fall is not a fast read. It’s a well thought out story with lots of twists and turns. I highly recommend it, and I am really hoping she continues the story!

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Interview and Giveaway: The Shadows Fall Blog Tour With JK Hogan

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The Novel Approach welcomes author JK Hogan on her Shadows Fall blog tour today. JK answered a few questions for her visit today, and is also giving one lucky reader the chance to win an e-copy of the book. To enter, just click on the Rafflecopter widget below.

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TNA: How did the writing experience with this book differ from the writing of the books in your Coming About series? Do you feel it was a greater creative challenge for you?

JKH: The biggest difference was all the intricacy that went into building a mystery, complete with a police investigation. I wanted it to be as true to life as possible while still being interesting so I did a lot of research in everything from murder investigations and autopsies, to genetic experimental research and American gypsies. It was absolutely a greater challenge for me, if for nothing else than the sheer about of work and brain power that went into it.

TNA: You went with both supernatural elements and a murder mystery this time around, not to mention there’s a romance that develops along the way. What do you find intriguing about bringing two people together and having them fall in love in what might otherwise be considered a rather unromantic setting?

JKH: It’s intriguing because, in my opinion, it’s more realistic. The situation was obviously fictional, but the majority of people I know didn’t fall in love over wine & chocolates or jet trips to Paris. They fell in love while life was happening. I just happened to make the “life” that was happening to my characters a bit more wild and complicated. :) 

TNA: Do you have a favorite scene in the book, one that while you were writing it you just knew it was the scene that would bring the story together and make it that much better? If so, can you tell us a bit about it without giving too much away?

JKH: Wow, that’s nearly impossible to decide. I don’t know if it necessarily brought the story together better than any other scene, but one of my favorite ones to write was the scene where Titus’s grandmother Hester arrives. She is quite the character, the embodiment of all of the research I did on the gypsy culture. She is an old-timer, set in her ways and extremely indelicate. She was freaking hilarious to write.

TNA: What makes Titus and Charlie work? What would you say is the most important part of their chemistry as a couple?

JKH: I think it would be the contrast between Charlie’s kindness and sense of duty, and Titus’s independence. I could have made Charlie a typical alpha-male-cop-type and Titus a (forgive me)damsel-in-distress type. Instead, Charlie is quiet and self-contained, but he truly cares for Titus enough to want to keep him safe. However, Titus is no simpering maiden. He accepts help when he needs it, but he likes to stand on his own, for better or worse. He doesn’t need Charlie to save him, but he likes knowing Charlie will be there just in case.

TNA: Is Shadows Fall book one of a series? Could you see yourself writing more novels in this setting, or is this a one-off story?

JKH: It’s definitely a series. There may be bigger gaps in between the books than my other series, because these themes are more technical and intensive, but I intentionally left a few loose ends in Shadows Fall to set up for the next adventure. :)

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ShadowsFall_FinalCoverRGBBlurb: A gift—or curse—gives Titus McGinty the unwanted ability to talk to ghosts. When he starts seeing the same few apparitions repeatedly, appearing with similar gruesome injuries, he begins to wonder what they want from him.

Detective Charlie Hale has a serial killer on his hands. On the loose for weeks, the Queen City Slayer has left the police nothing to go on, no forensic evidence other than what he wants found. The city is running out of time.

The crisis brings Titus and Charlie together—Titus stumbles upon a body and finds himself a suspect. Their budding romance is tested as they are sucked into a web of underground laboratories, restive spirits, and religious fanaticism. They’ll have to work together to find the identity of the killer before he takes his next victim…Titus.

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Author BioAbout the Author: J.K. Hogan has been telling stories for as long as she can remember, beginning with writing cast lists and storylines for her toys growing up. When she finally decided to put pen to paper, magic happened. She is greatly inspired by all kinds of music and often creates a “soundtrack” for her stories as she writes them. J.K. is hoping to one day have a little something for everyone, so she’s branched out from m/f paranormal romance and added m/m contemporary romance. Who knows what’s next?

J.K. resides in North Carolina, where she was born and raised. A true southern girl at heart, she lives in the country with her husband and young son, a cat, and two champion agility dogs. If she isn’t on the agility field, J.K. can often be found chasing waterfalls in the mountains with her husband, or down in front at a blues concert. In addition to writing, she enjoys training and competing in dog sports, spending time with her large southern family, camping, boating and, of course, reading! For more information, please visitwww.jkhogan.com.

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Review: Butt Riders on the Range – An Anthology From Wilde City Press

Title: Butt Riders on the Range

Authors: Kage Alan, JP Barnaby, Ally Blue, TC Blue, Shae Conner, Jevocas Green, Kieran Kelly, and Eden Winters

Publisher: Wilde City Press

Pages/Word Count: 448 Pages

At a Glance: An enjoyable and eclectic mix of cowboy stories from the mundane to the fantastic.

Reviewed By: Angel

Blurb: Do you imagine blazing gun battles, bandits, and saloons with watered-down drinks when you think of cowboys and the West? We don’t. Our minds go right to horse shifters, bull shifters, were-leopards, urban wannabes, an interrupted journey along Route 66, a man of mystery named Dr. Feel-Good, and high noon at the edge of the galaxy! The fourth time’s the charm as the Butt-Thology authors saddle up, ride their men hard, and put ‘em away wet.

Butt Riders on the Range…the bulls aren’t the only ones being grabbed by the horns!

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Review: Wait! Don’t let the title drive you away! LOL! I can imagine your first thought seeing it, because I am certain it was similar to my own. However, after a bit of searching I found out this anthology is one in a series of unconnected stories—except for the authors. These fabulous people gathered at a convention and came up with the idea of an anthology. They have since added to their numbers, as this is the fourth one in a not quite series for different takes on a genre. Did they ever deliver, especially with this anthology! I, for one, hope these talented authors continue their good work of providing us with awesome stories.

Short stories aren’t for everyone, but I can say this about them, they introduce you to new authors and give old favorites a chance to entice you again. That’s exactly what I have found here in this anthology. Here’s a short summary and review of each of the stories.

Hung Like A Horse by JP Barnaby: JP Barnaby is a new author for me, and I enjoyed my introduction to her work. My summary won’t do this short shifter story justice, but here goes. Riley Harper is a young man with a problem. He’s on the run and has decided to hide on a ranch where he’ll never be found. Not as a hand, though, as a horse. John North is a horse shifter who owns a ranch which houses abused horses. He knows his newest acquisition isn’t all he seems, so he is just biding his time until the day comes when he can confront the shifter hiding on his ranch.

Shifters aren’t out. In fact, if the government does find one, they are taken and imprisoned to be experimented on. It is one of these facilities that Riley has escaped from, and he isn’t willing to go back. He trusts no one, and after running himself to the limit, he’s forced back into his human form. North knows, and has known, that Riley was a shifter as he himself is a shifter. It’s been a long time since North has been around another shifter, and what he feels for the skittish young man isn’t something he’s felt in a long time, but it is going to take a gentle hand to settle Riley and rebuild his trust.

Barnaby has taken the tropes of shifters and turned it on its side. I loved the different take on this troupe and how distrustful Riley was. That John stood up for the young man and showed him there were still good people out there, people who would protect him regardless of his status, makes this story all the more intriguing. There is a background story on both North and Harper that the author barely touches on, and it caught my attention more so than the sexy scenes. I would love for the author to expand on this -verse if she ever decides to return to it.

Chinchilla Chimichangas by Kage Alan: Chris is an author, traveling on a bus, and he’s on a mission. He not only has to finish his next novel, but he’s making an homage trip with his father’s ashes. He’s having a bit of trouble doing both because the weather is wreaking havoc with his trip and the final destination. After a storm washes out the road, he’s stuck in a podunk little town. Here he meets Cameron, who offers him a little southern hospitality.

Alan is another new author for me, and I liked this story. I loved that Chris’s characters were real to him, enough so that he speaks to them in his head and also out loud. This was a hilarious take on how a writer lives with the voices in their head. Cameron is a down to earth guy just working his family farm. The relationship between the two characters seems a bit rushed as they try to cram all their life stories into a few select days before the roads are cleared. Both men have issues and while it isn’t exactly accepted to be gay in the little town, they make the promise to try to have a real relationship once Chris’s trip is over. The epilogue was bittersweet, in one way, but gave us the hope of a happily ever after.

Squatting with Spurs On by Kieran Kelly: Dooley McCallister finds himself the sudden owner of a ranch in Montana, bequeathed to him by an unknown man. Or, so he thinks. Once he arrives and takes possession of the ranch, he finds that it is rundown and in desperate need of repair, and that he has no way to unload the property. He also founds out that the place is haunted.

Kelly is a new author to me and while I enjoyed the writing style, I really don’t know what to say about this one without giving away the entire plot line, except to say I laughed some and cried a bit. It made me so sad in one way, but also there is a running theme of eternity and forever love throughout the story.

Faux Cowboy by Shae Conner: Jackson James is dressed to the nines in his cowboy regalia and has an image to uphold. Douglas Shaw is on vacation and visiting the Big Apple for the first time.

Shae Conner is another first time author for me, and I liked this one. It was a short, sweet and sexy romp. First time impressions can be deceiving, and this little story makes good use of that ideal. Jackson is hiding that he isn’t a real cowboy, and neither is Doug, for that matter. Not really, but they did enjoy one another.

Hooves and Horns by Eden Winters: Another shifter story with a bull shifter and a horse shifter, and the two classes just don’t mix. They are also rodeo men, and were building a life together until Armando’s family stepped in and Kerry felt betrayed. Each are the other’s nemesis on the circuit now too, and the chemistry between them is spark-worthy. I loved how Kerry, the horse shifter, and Armando, the bull shifter, traded out the dominance in their volatile relationship, both in and out of the rodeo ring. They had only ever allowed the other to ‘win’ against one another as their shifter selves while out on the circuit, so their final coming together and settling with one another was excellent after the disaster of their past.

The Boy from Battalion Bluff by Jevocas Greene: Unfortunately, this was my least favorite story in the book. I like sci-fi but this one was almost too much sci-fi for my taste, with an outer space succubus/incubus going at it almost in public, and a local boy getting caught up in the middle. The town waited with bated breath to see who was going to be chosen to experience Dr. Feel-Good’s wiles, but I just couldn’t connect with the story. The writing was easy to read, though I don’t think I’ll read more by this author.

The Five Hells War by Ally Blue: Ally Blue is new to me and I loved this story. It was a sci-fi tale of big corporation hustling the little guy on a backwater planet that has hidden resources. The BC lawyer is supposed to be a shark, but when he finds out what exactly is going on at the Five Hells Ranch, he puts aside his job and works to help out the very man he was sent to persuade to give up his ranch.

Rocky owns the Five Hells and came by it through his family. It was passed down and he owns the land fair and square, and he is not leaving without a fight. The romance that ensues between the two men was fun, and I liked seeing how the uncouth Rocky could unseat Balthazar, so much so that when they do win their suit, Balthazar decides to stay with Rocky on his farm.

And The Horse He Rode In On by TC Blue: I really liked this story, but it was so busy, and I think would have been better suited to a novella or longer version. Tyler is a horse shifter who runs a sheep farm, and something is killing his lambs. Turns out the something is a leopard shifter named Jason. Tyler takes Jason in after almost killing him while they were both in their alternate forms, and a romance begins. Personally, I loved Jason calling Ty the “attack pony,” and I laughed out loud when Tyler dumped a bunch of creamer packets and cat toys into Jason’s bed.

There is also an entire back-story going on at the same time as the romance, where we discover that predatory shifters usually don’t mix with prey shifters, and that there are severe consequences if it does happen. Jason was basically turned against this will, is without a Pard, and Tyler is a bit of a loner when it comes to his pack—or whatever it is you call a group of horses. He seems to have a good relationship with his sister Ari and her husband Blake, who is the horse shifters’ vet.

So, yes, I think I would have enjoyed this more if it were longer, but it does tell the tale well enough at its current length.

A huge thank you to all the authors for an enjoyable read!

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Review: Familiar Feeling by Daniel A. Kaine

Title: Familiar Feeling (Coven of Four: Book One)

Author: Daniel A. Kaine

Publisher: Wilde City Press

Pages/Word Count: 100 Pages

At a Glance: As one might expect from author Daniel A. Kaine, he has created an interesting alternate reality where witches, demons and shapeshifters all collide with incredible effect.

Reviewed By: Sammy

Blurb: Drew never believed in magic. Then three years after his wife’s unexplained death he unearths a book of spells in his attic. Reading the first ‘stupid poem’ seems harmless, until he acquires his very own familiar, Felix.

Drew and Felix soon realise an attraction that goes beyond their magical bond. However, there’s a coven of demon-worshipping witches out to steal Drew’s newfound power. If they want to survive long enough to see where their mutual desires take them, Felix must teach Drew the art of witchcraft. But will he be ready in time?

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Review: Drew Lost the love of his life three years ago, and it has taken him that long to tackle going through her possessions and clothes to finally clear out the leftover memories that seem to hold him captive. While doing just that, he discovers a locked chest and uses the key he always remembers his wife wearing; in fact, never letting out of her sight. When he opens the chest he finds an old book that he thinks is full of nonsense, and accidentally reads one incantation aloud, not realizing he is unleashing a familiar and beginning his own career as a witch.

Before long, Drew must come to terms with the fact that the stray cat he has been feeding, one Mr. Biggles, is actually a familiar and a shapeshifter who has appeared to both initiate Drew into the world of magic and protects him. We come to find out that Felix and his brothers were created and tasked with the job of containing a true evil, the WuYun. Should they fail, the release of such pure malice on the world will have devastating effects. Now Drew and Felix are in a race against time and must, with the help of Drew’s friends, recreate a coven that will lead the fight against the dark forces that are intent on seeing the WuYun released.

Well, as one might expect from author Daniel A. Kaine, he has created an interesting alternate reality where witches, demons and shapeshifters all collide with incredible effect. Fast paced and full of action, Familiar Feeling sets up the series of events and stories that will shed light on what exactly WuYun is and how evil this empire continues to be despite Felix being locked away for over two thousand years. Felix (and, yes, it is a real tongue in cheek move on Mr. Kaine’s part to call a cat familiar Felix) is really a delightful character who is kind and sensitive and so very reluctant to begin a relationship with his witch, Drew, as his past dalliances have always ended badly, namely with his witches dying. But Drew is very persuasive and these two begin an affair that may be doomed from the start.

Add into the mix, some wonderful side characters who will be drawn into the magical madness that surrounds Drew and Felix, and you have the real potential for some further installments that will hopefully prove to be just as dynamic as this first one. The only drawback to this first novella was that I felt it could have contained a bit more information about this alternate reality and how it all began. I wanted just a bit more backstory on Felix and his brothers, who are summoned near the end of this book. However, I am certain that with Mr. Kaine’s excellent story telling capabilities we will be learning more in the next novella in this series.

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Review: Love Me Tomorrow by Ethan Day

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Title: Love Me Tomorrow

Author: Ethan Day

Publisher: Wilde City Press

Pages/Word Count: 252 Pages

At a Glance: If you want to smile, and laugh, and feel good all the way down to your toes, read this book.

Reviewed By: Jules

Blurb: Event planner Levi Goode is positioned to inherit the newly vacated throne, becoming the in-demand party planner for Wilde City’s elite. Years of hard work and perseverance are finally paying off as Levi lands his next big fish, working with socialite Julia Freeman-Kingsley. Distracted by work and dealing with his head strong mother, an ex-Vegas-showgirl suffering from debilitating health issues, Levi has his hands full. Time for love or even the occasional one-night stand, is one aspect of life Levi hasn’t been able to master.

Sparks of interest fly during a chance meeting with a paramedic called to the aid of his mother, and thanks to Ruby’s meddling, Levi finds himself on a movie-date with the handsome Paramedic Jake. Personal and professional worlds collide when Levi realizes his new love interest is actually Jake Freeman, estranged brother to his brand new client. Discovering the man of his dreams already has a boyfriend, leaves Levi stunned realizing any hopes he had for something more with Jake were never going to be anything more than wishful thinking.

Struggling to downshift his expectations and remain friends with Jake while continuing to work closely with Julia quickly consumes all of his time and attention. Wondering if there will ever be a special someone to love him, is where Levi’s love story begins.

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Review: Love Me Tomorrow is only the second book I’ve read by Ethan Day, but it was all I needed to officially declare myself a HUGE fan. I loved this book. It made me smile like crazy and swoon so hard. I read it over the holiday weekend, and my family kept asking me, “What are you reading? You look so happy.” True story! I also thoroughly enjoyed his As You Are, which I listened to on audio, but this one…sigh…this one got me right in the heart; I’ve thought about it every day since I read it.

Top 5 things I loved about this book:

1. The characters. Levi is a beautiful human being. He has been through a lot to get to where he is in life, is incredibly resilient, and works hard to achieve his dreams and make others happy. Levi’s mom, Ruby, is fabulous and hilarious. She maybe didn’t always make good parenting choices, but there is no question that she adores her son, or that he felt loved growing up. Jake is struggling a bit personally, but is also such a good soul. And, he’s swoony and sexy as hell. I loved both Levi and Jake so much. Julia and Gregory, Jake’s sister and her husband, are also fantastic. It was just a great cast all around.

2. The settings. I think I want to live in Wilde City. How cool does this town sound?? I for sure want to live in Levi’s loft. :) Levi’s job is completely fantastic, and the author does an incredible job of painting the picture of the events and venues in the story. I felt like I was right there amidst the ritz and the glamour of these society parties.

3. The dialogue. Ethan Day writes such quick, witty banter, this book reads like you’re watching a movie. Between the snappy, sassy dialogue, and the awesome scene settings, it would translate so beautifully to film. There are so many fun pop culture references, and so many exchanges that made me laugh. Good, good stuff. And, bonus points for the mention of Auntie Mame – which always makes me smile!

4. The family connections. I love that Levi and Jake met through helping Ruby, and that Jake completely falls for her as well. The themes of familial love and the importance of family support are strong throughout the book. The connections are also completely realistic, however. Not all families get along all the time, and not all families are conventional. Levi doesn’t even know who his father is, and Jake gets little to no support from his parents. He was very close to his grandfather, though, and he and Julia are tight, and protective of each other.

5. And, finally, the love story. This was one of the most romantic books I’ve ever read. Some people will definitely take issue with the fact that Jake is still with his boyfriend of many years when he and Levi start to fall in love – but I had no problem with it whatsoever. People grow apart. That’s life. And sometimes you’re not with the right person for you, and stay with that person for the wrong reasons. The relationships were all handled with care, and though it was painful for Levi and Jake to not be together – the tension and the longing was gooooorgeously written, by the way – nothing was truly pursued until things were cleared up. The way Levi and Jake felt about each other was undeniable, though, and the last quarter of the book was just beyond romance.

If you want to smile, and laugh, and feel good all the way down to your toes, read this book. If you love romance and timeless love stories, you should absolutely read this book. In fact, I can’t think of a single reason for you to NOT read this book. I know I’m so glad I did!

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Guest Post and Giveaway: The Butt Riders on the Range Blog Tour With Eden Winters

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The Novel Approach welcomes Eden Winters today, on the Butt Riders on the Range blog tour. Enjoy Eden’s guest post, then be sure to click on the Rafflecopter widget below for the chance to win an e-copy of one of the previously published Butt-Thologies (titles and links can be found in Eden’s article).

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Confessions of a Butt Rider…

I’ve a confession to make. Last year I became a Butt Ninja. This year I’m a Butt Rider. How does one become a Butt Ninja or Butt Rider, you ask?

Well, it all started at a little convention in Atlanta, Georgia, called Outlantacon, and an invitation from fellow authors Shae Connor and J.P. Barnaby to come on down!

Little did I know where this innocent-sounding invite would lead.

At the convention I met authors I’d first read in my early days as a M/M reader, when I’d consumed gay romance novels like Skittles: T.C. Blue, Angelia Sparrow, and Kiernan Kelly. I also met a man of fantastic wit and mad blogging skills (and a hilariously entertaining wardrobe of witty T-shirts), Kage Alan.

Now it seems these folks, along with Shae, were involved in a panel when an idea was hatched, an anthology called Butt Pirates in SpaceYou haven’t lived until you’ve heard Kiernan say the title, complete with hand motions.

I read the book, laughed so hard I cried, and was thrilled the next year when I was asked to join them in their next project: Butt Ninjas From Hell. Also joining the roster wereJevocas Green, Ally Blue, and J.P. Barnaby. Next up was Butt Babes in Boyland, a Christmas anthology, and now Butt Riders on the Range, published April 29.

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Do you imagine blazing gun battles, bandits, and saloons with watered-down drinks when you think of cowboys and the West? We don’t. Our minds go right to horse shifters, bull shifters, were-leopards, urban wannabes, an interrupted journey along Route 66, a man of mystery named Dr. Feel-Good, and high noon at the edge of the galaxy! The fourth time’s the charm as the Butt-Thology authors saddle up, ride their men hard, and put ‘em away wet.

Butt Riders on the Range…the bulls aren’t the only ones being grabbed by the horns!

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What’s next? Who knows? But you can bet it’s going to be fun.

My contribution to Butt Riders on the Range is Hooves and Horns, the tale of two rodeo riders who might be more than they seem:

Bull riding champion Kerry Abrams hoped to never see “Diablo” again. He’s the only man to ever successfully ride the beast eight seconds, but Diablo probably says that to all the cowboys.

Armando Castillo’s tired of being told what to do. It’s him and Kerry the rodeo fans come to see, but family prejudices have cost Armando a man who fights as hard as he loves. Time for a little a scheming and planning to win Kerry back, and show his family he’s through with their bullshit, or rather, bull shit. 

And he doesn’t moo during sex. He really doesn’t.

Pick up your copy of Butt Riders on the Range at Wilde City Press.

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Eden WintersAlso by Eden Winters: The Diversion series. Look for the next installment, Redemption, Summer of 2015.

Eden Winters was captivated young by storytelling, and her earliest memories include spinning tales for the family’s pets. Her dreams of writing professionally took a sojourn into non-fiction, with a twelve-year stint in technical documentation.

She began reading GLBT novels as a way to better understand the issues faced by a dear friend and fell in love with the M/M romance genre. During a discussion of a favorite book, a fellow aficionado said, “We could do this, you know.”

Good-bye gears, motors, and other authors’ characters; hello plots and sex scenes. This has resulted in such prize-winning stories as Settling the Score, The Angel of Thirteenth Street, Naked Tails, The Wish, Duet, and the Diversion series.

Somewhat of a nomad, Eden has visited seven countries so far. She currently calls the southern US home, and many of her stories take place in the rural South. Having successfully raised two children, she now balances the day job with hiking, rafting, spoiling her grandchildren, and stalking the wily falafel or elusive tofu pad Thai at her favorite restaurants. Her musical tastes run from Ambient to Zydeco, and she’s a firm believer that life is better with fur kids and Harley Davidsons.

Find her at www.edenwinters.com

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Guest Post, Excerpt, and Giveaway: Making Men by Sam Standish

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The Novel Approach welcomes author Sam Standish today to chat a bit about Making Men, his new novel from Wilde City Press. Enjoy the tease Sam’s offered, then be sure to click on the Rafflecopter widget below to enter for the chance to win an e-copy of the book.

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Get on Twitter, they said. A handsome author spent an entire dinner telling me. A blogger who I know knows what she’s talking about trumpeted it on Facebook: Get on Twitter! No excuses!

So I am now @MakingmenSam, because I wrote a homoerotic novel called Making Men. (I will shortly explain that title.) I began by following writers and readers of gay erotica and romance. Soon I was followed in turn not only by fellow writers but by purveyors of gay porn. I followed them back, and I reaped the harvest: an overwhelming collection of longer, thicker, harder, beefier, more ripped (and sometimes more PhotoShopped) bodies. Sometimes photos just of dicks. How many do I need? How many gifs of sucking and fucking and ejaculating? I hurriedly posted or retweeted the hunks I liked best—not for their dicks but usually for their smiles—and I moved on. That would get the minimal level of attention and keep me in the game. In the process, however, I betrayed myself and my book.

How? My book is not about well-hung hunks. It is, subtly, a paean to ordinary guys and how they are made, how they are realized, as men. If you’ve read the book, at first you might scratch your head. What’s so ordinary about guys who fuck as wildly and constantly as my characters do? But that’s the world I made for them. In my book, men live to fuck. I wanted the sexy thing about them to be their mix of ease, frankness, passion, endurance and emotional as well as physical nakedness. Looks? Well, they find one another beautiful. About their bodies I say little, though, except when those bodies are accomplishing sexual communion. Cocks and balls are worshipped for what they are, but size is not mentioned. The most memorable references to size come from characters who worry that they are “not big enough.” But we told how big they are. Those characters’ anxieties—and readers’ anxieties about them, perhaps—are resolved in other ways. What makes these men are not muscles or cocks, rather, there have a purity, an aspiration, a humility, and a tender and attentive caring that cause them to offer their bodies in a certain way. These men are made by and in acts of love. They are made by other men who love both themselves and their partners in copulation, fully and unself-consciously. As mentioned, these guys are humble. They revel in their masculinity, but they do not think they are hot stuff. Even as they fuck wildly, they bow to other things.

I made my men this way because I like to find the extraordinary in the ordinary. I get great pleasure from sexy regular guys. If you practice, finding those guys, and finding that quality in them, becomes easy. Capturing those guys and that quality is more difficult. Sexy regular guys almost by definition don’t know they are sexy. Get them to pose and they lose the heart-melting quality. They may acquire a veneer of defensiveness. I hate to spoil a whole category of photo for you, but have you ever thought about why guys are photographed with hard-ons? It would seem obvious. Hard is sexy, because the hard man in the picture is about to… What? Not actually give you anything. Just show you something. He only got hard to be photographed. He is not necessarily even excited. He has erected (deliberate word choice) a barrier to keep you out and maintain his solitary godliness. I’m much more into pictures—candid shots especially—of guys naked but soft. Their vulnerability and their potential, the thought of what their strong but vulnerable selves might do, excites me more than the hard-on, confident of the Pavlovian response it will get. (I will admit to liking one kind of hard-on pic—the pointing-straight-up-all-on-its-own kind.)

I find my regular guys online searching offbeat, amateur tumblrs like Naked Regular Guys, Regular Guys, Naked, neither of which is to be confused with the inferior, in my opinion, Regular Guys Naked (with no comma, and yes, those are three entirely different tumblrs, though these sites have crossover). There’s also Normal Guys, Guys of All Shapes & Sizes, Dorky and Fuzzy, the highly specialized Soft Cut Dick Only and many more. In short, someone else has this penchant for everyday guys caught in what at least seem like unguarded moments. Guys who are not professional show-offs.

Some of these tumblrs, being not rigorously moderated, have occasional professional photos of ripped and hung guys. Or guys who are one but not the other. (Big dicks are adorable on ordinary guys who are proud of them but don’t know quite what to do but stand there; small dicks on total studs are even more adorable.) And yes, along the way you will have to scroll past guys who are trying their best but are just not into it. But even they should have their day. And then there’s the sweet spot: the not-hunk, at ease, having fun, maybe caught unawares, maybe snapped by a boyfriend. Adorable reality. A naked young man jumping off a dock. Men with great big, super-sweet smiles who just happen not to be well-endowed. Men who maybe are well-endowed, but who would rather it make no difference. They are just enjoying their nakedness. They are caught adorably between exhibitionism and self-consciousness. Regular guys whose instinct is to smile, not sneer, for the camera.

I’d now like to share with you now is my own personal collection of mental snapshots of regular guys in regular but sexy moments. This is a challenge. The qualities of such pictures, actual or mental, are hard enough for a camera or a human eye to capture. Can their sexiness survive transmutation into words? Well, that was the challenge of Making Men, of writing any erotica. So here we go:

My friend Cal sprawled naked on the bed in my room playing strip poker. Cal is handsome but not so concerned with it. He does not see himself belonging to or upholding the show-offy obligations of a favored class of guys. To him, what’s in his heart is far more important. He suggested the strip poker to be close to me, I am certain. At the moment he’s not even thinking about being naked but about which cards he’ll play. He has a halfway erection and doesn’t care that I see. He trusts me. The swelling of his cock, stimulated by his nakedness and our closeness, is a pleasure he can enjoy with me there, though we will do nothing about it. He will soon win a hand and slip his BVDs back on.

All of crowding into my friend Dan’s room in college. For some reason, Dan is going to enact the initial steps of shooting up. Tying off the rubber hose, etc. maybe we’re all doing it and it’s his turn. Dan is a sweet, gentle, intelligent and accepting soul. I have never before thought of him as sexy, per se. He is not buffed. His face, while adorable, while it speaks of home to me, is not traditionally handsome. His pajama sleeve won’t roll up to allow him to tie the hose. So he takes off his pajama top. And suddenly, from out of nowhere, I could just melt. His big grin, the sudden stripping, the fact that his torso is not buffed. Suddenly not-so-sexy Dan is the man of my dreams. And I have to leave the room.

Finally, just the other day, a friend’s husband took such complete and tender and attentive care of their child for an entire afternoon that, even though dad and baby were present much of the time, I and my friend felt perfectly free to talk business and personal matters for as long as we liked. He was a wonder to watch, so thoughtful and absorbed, and though ordinary by magazine-cover standards, he was beautiful for that afternoon.

So there they are: some of my regular guys and how I experienced them. I hope you will read Making Men and experience some more guys just doing their best, enjoying their lives and they bodies and one another. And thank you, for allowing me to sound off a bit today.

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MakingMen_cvr_100dpi-210x330Blurb: Three passionate men. Tony and Kevin are older and have learned to give, body and soul, till it hurts. Into their lives comes another young man, wanting desperately to give and to take all he can. Together these three will reach heights they never imagined. And each will discover for himself where he has to go next. This is a tale of devotion and transcendence. A tale of young male bodies. A tale unlike any other you have ever read.

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Excerpt: Tony whispered in the boy’s ear, “Easy,” and he pressed in again with his finger. The boy winced. That Tony caressed his hair and kissed him and said, “Easy,” made it worse. He should not feel pain, given such reassurance. Yet, why would the ritual include reassurance, if a greater pain were not to come?

“Now do me,” Tony said. “Lube me and finger me.”

With Tony still feeling his way inside him, the boy reached around and dug between his uncle’s cheeks with slick fingers and prodded at the man’s center. His finger sank in, and he felt the strength of Tony’s hole and the slick, shitty warmth inside of him.

“That’s right,” Tony said, crushing the boy close and holding his head as gently as he’d hold a newborn’s. “We’re in this together.” The boy’s heart swelled so that he abruptly put two fingers to the hilt into his uncle and did not care if the long moan that vibrated against his chest was pleasure or pain and did not care that, as Tony sank his own finger deeper, it caused as much pain as pleasure. At that moment, the pain became a pleasure, a gift of sensation. “You okay?” Tony asked.

“Yeah,” the boy promised sweetly, and they continued to snuggle and work each other’s messy insides.The boy thought of the length and girth and insistence of his uncle’s penis up inside him and the flood of seed. The desires of that organ were the touchstone of the boy’s life. Now he felt it closer and more demanding than ever.It pressed against him, insistent and blindly driven. How could he open enough to satisfy it? What would he have to give up? Would enduring pain suffice, or would something essential in his heart have to give way? For now, Tony seemed content to work his insides with a single finger, a tender, rhythmic gesture that felt like the most loving the

boy had ever known.

“You’re so sweet!” Tony panted. The boy enjoyed being spread; he held his leg high. He wished he could open right up the middle, so Tony could thrust that flesh column right up between his lungs and heart and lodge the seed there. For now, though, he concentrated his desire for his uncle into the two fingers being beseeched by Tony’s anus, clutching and unclutching like a heart beating with a sheer love of life. The boy shut his eyes and matched the rhythm of his fingers in Tony to Tony’s rhythm in him. He worked his way inside Tony to the exact location Tony had found in him. Thus, with a gasp, he felt the same love Tony bore was his to give to Tony. He pushed his finger deeper, seeking an even more tender part of his lover, a spot no man had truly touched yet. Maybe a part of Tony was still virginal, and the boy could deflower it. Maybe the idea was to be a virgin every time. Every time you did anything.

Tony took his nephew’s deeper probing as a cue to dig deeper in return. While the boy felt a breathtaking twinge, he accepted the sensation, and he rubbed his face on Tony’s shoulder and chest and whimpered.

Huskily Tony said, “Now, let’s try with my cock.”

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Author Bio: SAM STANDISH lives on the edge of a dark forest by a mighty river. Making Men is his first novel.

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Review: Gyrfalcon by Anna Butler

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Title: Gyrfalcon

Author:  Anna Butler

Publisher: Wilde City Press

Pages/Word Count: 294 Pages

At a Glance: The start of an epic space-opera series with unforgettable characters that will leave you scrambling for the next book.

Reviewed By: Jennifer

Blurb: Earth’s last known colony, Albion, is fighting an alien enemy. In the first of the Taking Shield series, Shield Captain Bennet is dropped behind the lines to steal priceless intelligence. A dangerous job, and Bennet doesn’t need the distractions of changing relationships with his long-term partner, Joss, or with his father—or with Flynn, the new lover who will turn his world upside-down. He expects to risk his life. He expects the data will alter the course of the war. What he doesn’t expect is that it will change his life or that Flynn will be impossible to forget.

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Review: How do you review a book that kept you up all night, left you gasping for air as the characters struggled to breathe, and then left you a sobbing puddle with broken tear ducts at the end? I guess you just jump into it.

Gyrfalcon is the start of the proposed six book Taking Shield series. And what a start it is. The novel starts with a bang and throws readers right into the heart of the action with Bennet and his crew of the Hyperion. They are deep in enemy space, infiltrating a base to look for information on the Maess, the enemy of humanity. A war is raging, and they’re desperate for something to give them an edge in combat. The story goes from there, and the author weaves in little tidbits about the universe as the story unravels.

In this series, humans left Earth thousands of years ago. So long ago that many people don’t even think Earth existed at all. The planet, Albion, is their home, and seems to resemble Greece in some ways, Egypt in others. They have a pantheon of gods they believe in rather than one, though not everyone believes in the religions.

This book is not a light read. It’s heavy. There is a lot of military and scientific jargon because of the setting, but honestly, don’t let that throw you off. For me, it just sucked me into the story even more. I was thoroughly engrossed in the lives of the characters and enjoyed reading about the military operations as they unfolded. I loved reading about the various ships, from the tiny Mosquito to the massive dreadnought, and all their inner workings.

The characters, too, are richly detailed, from their home colonies to their importance on the ships. The two heroes, Bennet and Flynn, are spectacular. Both are expertly characterized and have their little differences and quirks that make them unique, from Bennet’s almost forgotten stutter–except when he gets too emotional–to Flynn’s unapologetic love of sex.

Bennet is the Shield Captain who finds himself aboard the Gyrfalcon rather than his own Hyperion for his mission. He is tough and dedicated to his job, but torn between it, his father, and his lover, Joss. His father is upset with his sexuality (that’s putting it lightly), and annoyed that he chose Shield over other positions he could have had. Joss loves Bennet but is angry every time he leaves for a mission, and the anger is putting a strain on their relationship.

Then there’s Flynn. He’s an excellent pilot, the best the Gyrfalcon has, but he gambles and leaves broken hearts in his wake, and has a service record as a result. Like Powell, Bennet, and myriad others, no reader will be impervious to his charms. I fell for him and he broke my heart. But in a good way. Mostly.

Reading about Bennet and Flynn actually put me in mind of one particular Star Trek: Voyager character, Tom Paris. The two men combined are so much like him I wondered if the author had been influenced by his character in some way. Tom has a high ranking father in Starfleet, and Bennet has the same trouble. Both men fail to please their father, and act out as a result. Tom is also a bit of a ladies man, trying to win over any beautiful woman he sees. Same for Flynn but with men. Both Flynn and Tom are charismatic and have their disastrous service records. They’re passionate men and expert pilots with unparalleled skills. So, if you’re a fan of Tom Paris, you absolutely must read this book.

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Both men won their way into my heart, and the last two chapters of the book had me sobbing. This book is not a romance. It is not even pretending to be one. However, there are two wonderful male leads who meet and happen to tumble into bed together. If you’re looking for sex right off the bat, you’re not going to find it in this book. If you’re looking for head-over-heels romance, you’re not going to find that either. What you will find is two characters hopelessly and helplessly drawn to each other, even when they don’t really stand a chance to be together.

I don’t want to ruin the ending, but I will say that, while not a HEA, it is HFN, or as much as it can be for this universe. That still didn’t stop me from sobbing buckets of tears. And making ugly faces at my cat.

I look forward to the next book in this series. Anna Butler has found a new fan in me, and I’ll be rooting for Bennet and Flynn all the way. But until I can get that next book, I will happily purchase the paperback because this book belongs on my permanent bookshelf.

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Audio Review: As You Are by Ethan Day – Narrated by Jason Frazier

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Author: Ethan Day

Narrator:: Jason Frazier

Publisher: Wilde City Press

Run Time: 5 Hours, 51 Minutes

At a Glance: In a word – FABULOUS.

Reviewed By: Jules

Blurb: Operation Danny….

That’s all bartender and recent college graduate, Julian Hallowell has had on his mind for the past year. Julian may have no idea what he wants to do with his life, but he definitely knows he’s in love with the boy next door: the one in the next room to be exact, his roommate, Danny Wallace.

Danny owns a used textbook store just off campus, and while Julian has done his level best to make Danny fall for him, all his hard work appears to have been in vain. Danny doesn’t seem to view Julian as anything other than that–a roommate and friend. So when new guy in town Andy Baker asks him out on a date, Julian can’t think of a good reason to say no.

Julian has already instituted a Reverse Operation Danny plan, which he’s positive will purge all thoughts of love and lust for his roomie out of his head. He’s ready to move on and start looking for his next Mr. Right, and Andy just might fit the bill.

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Review: In a word – FABULOUS. Jason Frazier’s performance of Ethan Day’s As You Are will blow you away. And make no mistake that it is a performance. There is no droning or awkward narration here. Jason’s performance is a tour de force, including at least eight different voices, and covering the entire spectrum of emotions.

We can’t give ALL of the credit to Frazier, though; he had some pretty fantastic material to work with after all. As You Are is hilarious. I can’t tell you how many times I laughed out loud, or simply realized I had a goofy grin on my face while listening. I’m sure my fellow commuters had a chuckle at my expense on more than one occasion as I made my way to and from work. It’s not just a funny book, however. There are also many poignant and touching moments to go along with the biting social commentary and awesome pop culture references.

A huge part of what makes this book so good are the characters themselves. They must have been so much fun to perform. I couldn’t possibly adore Julian more, and while, of course, he and Danny are front and center, I also got a huge kick out of Julian’s best friend Gabby, as well as Julian’s mother, Delilah Hallowell. I love, love, loved me some Delilah.

There are so many memorable moments in this audio it’s difficult to highlight just a few – and I don’t want to spoil anything, but I will tell you there is a football game in the park that is pee-your-pants funny, and if you weren’t completely in love with Julian before his ‘sobbing while watching Anne of Green Gables’ moment, you will be afterward. There is also a hysterical dinner party scene, as well as some absolutely blush-worthy sexytimes. I’m not kidding when I tell you I had to fan myself while listening to parts of this book. Jason Frazier’s voice is like butter, people! Butter!

I highly recommend this one. As a general rule, I’m not a big fan of audiobooks, but Jason Frazier has converted me. Full stop. I fear he has ruined me for other narrators, though, so he had better keep getting gigs! ;)






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Review: The Devil Will Do by Heidi Cullinan

Title: The Devil Will Do

Author: Heidi Cullinan

Publisher: Wilde City Press

Pages/Word Count: 126 Pages

At a Glance: While The Devil Will Do is well written kink, I felt it lacked the needed bones to make it a fully developed story.

Reviewed By: Sammy

Blurb: In a land unforgiving of indulgent, dangerous sex, merchantman Eryn does his best to keep his desires in the dark…until the plight of a beautiful prince leads him out of the shadows and into adventures both sensual and terrible.

Capture, curse, and torture litter Eryn’s road to true love, along with carnal delights beyond his most wicked imaginings. His strengths and limitations are exposed—and the hard truth, that nothing holds him back more than the monster of self-loathing in his heart. Prince Wyn might be everything he’s dreamed of in a man—and master—but before Eryn can accept the exquisitely wicked affections of his one true love, he must first save himself…from himself.

This novella was originally published under the title Sweet Son and has been significantly revised.

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Review: The Devil Will Do is a case where the blurb essentially gives you the only synopsis needed for this novel. To tell you much more about Eryn and his journey would be to give away too much of the plot—what little there was in this story. Written more like a long short story, we are not privy to much about the world Eryn lives in other than it is restrictive and not favorable in any way to a person who finds themselves drawn to the same sex when it comes to romance. Therefore, Eryn must hide his natural tendencies and this is further compounded by the fact that Eryn loves kink—humiliation, gang rape, orgasm denial, being used and, yes, in many ways, abused, for pleasure’s sake. Our pseudo-hero draws the line at being physically whipped or beaten, and is not one to seek pain to help him gain his sexual release. But there is little else Eryn does not crave.

So when he is visited in his dreams by the specter of a gorgeous prince who is fleeing from the evil that threatens his palace, Eryn is torn in two. He desires so greatly to save this man, Prince Wyn, but knows deep in his heart that he is unworthy—a perverted soul who is weak and cowardly. Despite how Eryn may feel, those who would see Prince Wyn as rightful heir and safe from harm take it upon themselves to make Eryn see that the darker desires he lusts after do not make him unworthy—the only enemy Eryn must conquer is that of his own self-condemning mind in order to save his prince.

Heidi Cullinan delivers a very dark and twisted tale of finding yourself and loving your whole person so, in turn, you can be loved by others and find your happy ever after. It should be noted that the author warns us she felt she had to go big or go home and once stated, she does just that. You will be hard pressed to find more humiliation kink in any other source than in this novel. Eryn thrives on being subjugated and used, gang rape and verbal taunts that are abusive in their nature are the things on which he thrives, but he is so disgusted by his needs that he feels he resembles little more than a perverted monster.

The kink here is done well and is incredibly inventive. The number of ways the author finds to force sex on a willing Eryn is to be applauded—truly, this is an incredible novel for those who are into humiliation and the idea of dubious consent—which only has the appearance of reluctant agreement on Eryn’s part since we find out how much he craves being “forced”. So, why didn’t this novel work? I felt the place this novel fell apart was in the idea that the way in which everyone deemed Eryn should come to accept his own innate desires was by completely breaking him down and torturing his heart and mind. The idea that he would come to love himself and his need for humiliation by humiliating him till he broke just did not ring true to me.

I was confused by the way in which Eryn was whisked away and held captive by a magician in order to prove to him he liked being held captive. I am sure I do not understand the submissive psyche when it comes to BDSM, but I felt the basic idea that the submissive gives over the control was a lacking element on Eryn’s journey. By being drenched in his desire for kink, he was to be convinced it was okay to want that kink—but he was forced to admit he deserved to be satisfied—that he was worthy of his need for humiliation. This is where the novel lost me—I simply could not wrap my mind around that concept.

All in all, The Devil Will Do was a dark foray into a journey toward self-acceptance and self-love. With little more than Eryn’s journey being described, the lack of basis for his inner struggle and feelings of no self worth were diminished as we saw little of his day to day life that would support his deep seated self condemnation. This was a sexual fantasy, pure and simple, and unfortunately had little story to hold together the near constant sex scenes which proved to be the vehicle used to further the storyline. While The Devil Will Do is well written kink, I felt it lacked the needed bones to make it a fully developed story.






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Guest Post and Giveaway: The Devil Will Do by Heidi Cullinan

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The Novel Approach welcomes author Heidi Cullinan on The Devil Will Do blog tour. Enjoy Heidi’s guest post, then be sure to check out the giveaways and the ways you can enter to win below.

Good luck!

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Written For You: Dedicating A Story

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Though all my stories are dedicated to someone, some are more “for” the people they’re dedicated to than others. Sometimes I dedicate books and share them to those I dedicated them to, and sometimes I don’t. Sometimes the dedication is general. Sometimes it’s very, very personal.

I wrote The Devil Will Do to someone specific. I wanted to work in some of his favorite kinks and tropes for sure, but I remember I kept thinking how much I wanted it to be for him. That focus altered everything. The tone, the trajectory. I always knew exactly what the hook was, but thinking I’m writing this for Jason added a whole new element.

This was the only book I’ve ever written for a reader specifically. Since then Jason has become a good friend, and in the weird twists fate offers, he was the editor for this reissue. But at the time, we’d just started to get to know one another. I wonder if that’s why I wasn’t simply saying, “I thought of you while I wrote this” as I usually do, but rather deliberately trying to delight him as a reader.

Who a story is completely for in the end is a rather murky assignment. It’s for everyone who finds something of value in it, and they get to find whatever value speaks to them. There is something that buzzes one in the heart, though, to find you’re mentioned in the opening of a book. When friends and fellow authors have given me a nod in the acknowledgments, yes, it moves me. Every time.

I’ve had one thing written for me that wasn’t a letter to me. It’s from my daughter, written when she was quite young. It was, as it happens, pretty much a replica of something I wrote for her. She’s battled anxiety since she was born, and I got in the habit of penning her encouraging notes in her lunch, sticking them under her door, leaving them on her pillow. One particularly moved her, and she posted it on my desk. I hung it above my desk and eventually framed it. Here’s a picture of it, complete with a photo of her from about that age which as it happened was on the bookshelf where I tried to take the picture.

I can’t write stories for everyone, much as I might like to. I do enjoy writing off the beaten path, trying to give voice to people who might not often find themselves in stories. And yes, I do love dedicating stories to people I love.

Has anyone ever written anything for you? If not, I hope they do soon.

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TheDevilWIllDo_cvrBlurb: In a land unforgiving of indulgent, dangerous sex, merchantman Eryn does his best to keep his desires in the dark…until the plight of a beautiful prince leads him out of the shadows and into adventures both sensual and terrible.

Capture, curse, and torture litter Eryn’s road to true love, along with carnal delights beyond his most wicked imaginings. His strengths and limitations are exposed—and the hard truth, that nothing holds him back more than the monster of self-loathing in his heart. Prince Wyn might be everything he’s dreamed of in a man—and master—but before Eryn can accept the exquisitely wicked affections of his one true love, he must first save himself…from himself.

This novella was originally published under the title Sweet Son and has been significantly revised.

The Devil Will Do is available for purchase at Wilde City Press | Amazon US (Kindle) (Paperback) | Amazon UK (Kindle) (Paperback) | Barnes & Noble

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Heidi Cullinan head shotAbout Heidi: Heidi Cullinan has always loved a good love story, provided it has a happy ending. She enjoys writing across many genres but loves above all to write happy, romantic endings for LGBT characters because there just aren’t enough of those stories out there. When Heidi isn’t writing, she enjoys cooking, reading, knitting, listening to music, and watching television with her husband and teenaged daughter. Heidi is a vocal advocate for LGBT rights and is proud to be from the first Midwestern state with full marriage equality. Find out more about Heidi, including her social networks, at www.heidicullinan.com.

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The Giveaways – Two Ways To Win:

On The Devil Will Do tour, Heidi Cullinan is offering readers the chance to win books in two different ways.

Option One: THIS PORTION OF HEIDI’S GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED.

Option Two: Enter by clicking on the Rafflecopter widget for a chance to win THREE books – The Devil Will Do, Miles and the Magic Flute, and Hero in the winner’s choice of Print or E-book

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5 Stars, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Jackie, Sandrine Gasq-Dion, Wilde City Press

Review: A Healing Man by Sandrine Gasq-Dion

Title: A Healing Man (Men of Manhattan: Book Five)

Author: Sandrine Gasq-Dion

Publisher: Wilde City Press

Pages/Word Count: 150 Pages

At a Glance: Sets us up beautifully for the next couple of books in the series

Blurb: Dario Ramos thought he’d left the fighting behind in the war zone when a life-threatening injury sent him home. But a certain Irishman crossing his path everywhere he went convinced him that his biggest battle might be ahead. Tiernan Callahan is a bigoted jerk. Ramos finds himself constantly in the man’s orbit, even in a city as big as New York. The wounded warrior knows all about pain and loss — and that sometimes anger is the only form of release. When Tiernan once again crowds Ramos’ space, his eyes are opened to the possibility of other forms of release.

Tough NYC cop Tiernan Callahan is still mourning the death of his beloved youngest brother, Mason. Fearing his close-minded family’s reaction, the young soldier never got to tell them his secret — that he was gay and engaged to the love of his life. Tiernan is surviving on anger and guilt. When he continues to run into Dario Ramos, who continues to push his buttons, something inside him snaps. Suddenly, anger isn’t the only emotion he feels.

Two very different men, still trying to heal: Can they come to an understanding and heal each other?

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Review: It is hard to believe but this is already the fifth book in Sandrine Gasq-Dion’s “Men of Manhattan” series. I’ve been reading it since book one and have to say that this is one of my most anticipated books of the series. I’ve loved Ramos since he was introduced in the earlier books. On the other hand, I loathed Tiernan from the moment I was introduced to him. I have to admit that I didn’t know if Ms. Gasq-Dion was going to be able to sell me on Tiernan as a love interest, but I am happy to say that all of my doubt was just downright silly.

All of Tiernan’s faults were thought to be because he is homophobic. When the truth of Tiernan’s anger began to unfold in this story I found myself doing the unthinkable: feeling sympathy for his sorry behind!

Ramos is just…Ramos. He’s sarcastic, flirty, funny and protective of the ones he loves. His one liners were, as always, epically funny.

What began as a story of two men who hated each other on principal, turns into a story of two men who hate to love each other and man, that is totally sexy.

Ramos is a “take life as it comes” kind of guy, living in the gray areas of life. Tiernan is a by-the-book cop who has lived his life the way everyone expects him to. When these two immovable forces meet, it is inevitably going to cause an earthquake, and what an earthquake it is. These two had the temperature rising when they finally got together and WOW did they get it together. Heat wasn’t the only thing these two shared, though. It seemed like they just GOT one another. Tiernan accepted Ramos just the way he is, and Ramos saw the real Tiernan when no one else could. They really did seem to be made for one another.

It was so much fun to see the usual cast of characters again and we get to meet a few new guys who are sure to turn some of these men inside out. Danny, Tiernan’s new partner on the force, is AMAZING, and all I have to say is that he should never be allowed to spend any time alone with Slater. That would surely be the start of the apocalypse.

As with most of her books, Sandrine Gasq-Dion has set us up beautifully for the next couple of books in the series and if they are anywhere near as good as this one, they will be totally fantastic.






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