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Character Interview and Giveaway: The World As He Sees It Blog Tour with A.M. Arthur

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Please join us in welcoming author A.M. Arthur today on the tour for her latest novel The World As He Sees It. Enjoy the character interview with Gabe Henson, and then be sure to click on the Rafflecopter widget below to enter for the chance to win a Grand Prize Goodie Basket, featuring 1 signed paperback of The Truth As He Knows It, 1 signed paperback of The World As He Sees it, plus a bunch of other goodies (notebooks, cute post-it’s, etc…).

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Hi, A.M., thank you for agreeing to this interview. Before we get to Gabe, tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.

AM: Hello! I’m a contemporary m/m romance author (who occasionally dips into paranormal). I hail from the Eastern Shore of Maryland, equal distances from beaches and corn fields, and I currently share my apartment with two rascals of kitties.

My current book, The World As He Sees It, is the second in my Perspectives series with Samhain Publishing. It’s Tristan and Gabe’s book, and anyone who read the first Perspectives knows why Tristan is super special. He has severe short term memory loss, which prevents him from living a fully realized life. Gabe spends all of his time and money taking care of his alcoholic mother, which prevents him, also, from living a fully realized life. I’m so excited for readers to finally get their story.

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Q: What do you find attractive in a man?

Gabe: Certain physical things will always be a turn on, I won’t lie about that. I mean, one of my jobs requires being naked with some of the best looking men on the planet. But other than being fit, I love a guy’s eyes. Eyes can tell you so much about a person. Also confidence. Knowing what you want and going for it, and I’m not just talking about in bed. In life too.

Q: What’s the first thing that went through your head when you saw Tristan?

Gabe: The first thing I thought was “I want to hug him.” It’s weird, I know, but our first meeting was pretty unusual, because he was freaking out and upset, and I didn’t know how to help him. All I knew was that I wanted to hug him and make it better. When I saw him again, a month later, the first thing I thought was “holy shit, he is as beautiful as I remember.”

Q: Do you think you’ll insist the author visits you again?

Gabe: I won’t insist, but I think Tristan will. His recovery is an ongoing, never-ending thing, and he’ll want the future reassurance that things are okay with us.

Q: Before you met Tristan, what was your ideal man?

Gabe: Hot and hung. Before Tristan, I wasn’t looking for anything serious or long-term. I had too much going on at the time, and I’d been hurt pretty badly by the one relationship I tried. So mostly I wanted sex, and I found a way to get good, regular sex with a lot of hot, hung men. I never realized Tristan was my ideal guy until I met him.

Q: You’re going out for dinner. What’s your favorite food?

Gabe: I’m so glad Tristan isn’t here to say sausage and try to make me blush. That’s his favorite thing lately. My own personal favorite food is my Dad’s homemade vegetable lasagna, but I don’t go out for that exactly. If I’m choosing a restaurant, it’s because I know they make a good steak. A medium-rare steak with blue cheese and a baked potato is heaven on a plate.

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The World as He Sees ItBlurbLove knows no limits…but fear could keep them from seeing it.

Gabe lives a double life. As Gabriel Henson, he works multiple jobs to support his remorseless, alcoholic mother. As Tony Ryder, he does internet porn for extra cash and regular safe sex without complications.

Yet when he encounters a scared young man freaking out in a night club, he’s compelled to reach out. Ever since then, the memory of that young man has haunted him.

Tristan Lavelle lives his life thirty minutes at a time. After a traumatic brain injury three years ago, he gets through his day recording his life in spiral notebooks and sticky note reminders.

A month after Tristan’s embarrassingly public meltdown, another chance meeting with Gabe sparks a warm, emotionally fulfilling email relationship. Both men crave more, but fear of the next step stands between them.

Until Tristan gets the opportunity to take part in a clinical trial that could improve his memory—if the side effects don’t kill him. But for Tristan, the possibility of a real life with Gabe is worth any risk…

Buy Links: Samhain Publishing || Amazon || ARe

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Author BioAbout the author: A.M. Arthur was born and raised in the same kind of small town that she likes to write about, a stone’s throw from both beach resorts and generational farmland.  She’s been creating stories in her head since she was a child and scribbling them down nearly as long, in a losing battle to make the fictional voices stop.  She credits an early fascination with male friendships (bromance hadn’t been coined yet back then) with her later discovery of and subsequent love affair with m/m romance stories.

When not exorcising the voices in her head, she toils away in a retail job that tests her patience and gives her lots of story fodder.  She can also be found in her kitchen, pretending she’s an amateur chef and trying to not poison herself or others with her cuisine experiments.

Contact her at am_arthur@yahoo.com with your cooking tips (or book comments).

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22-Oct

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23-Oct

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26-Oct

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27-Oct

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28-Oct

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29-Oct

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30-Oct

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2-Nov

Dawn’s Reading Nook

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3-Nov

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4-Nov

Bike Book Reviews

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5-Nov

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6-Nov

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9-Nov

Wicked Faerie’s Tales and Reviews

10-Nov

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11-Nov

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12-Nov

Vampires, Werewolves, and Fairies, Oh My

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13-Nov

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16-Nov

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5 Stars, A.M. Arthur, Carina Press, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Jennifer

Review: Getting It Right by A.M. Arthur

Title: Getting It Right

Author: A.M. Arthur

Publisher: Carina Press

Pages/Word Count: 245 Pages

At a Glance: Tag from the Belonging series FINALLY gets his own story, and it couldn’t have been better.

Reviewed By: Jennifer

Blurb: Detective Nathan Wolf might just be a junior detective, but he tackles every case with the passion that he lacks in his personal life. A series of failed relationships with women has left him still single at thirty-four—because he’s too scared to admit to his longtime crush on his best friend James.

Dr. James Taggert likes to keep his profession as a psychiatrist separate from his party-animal persona. Known around the gay clubs as Tag, he’s the guy who screws them, leaves them, and never looks back. But James’s drinking is getting heavier, and when bad memories from the past resurface, he’s close to becoming the worst version of himself.

After a drunken blackout ends in a hot and heavy make-out session with his very straight best friend, James has no memory of the steamy affair. But Nathan isn’t sorry for the kisses that James can’t remember. Nathan finally musters the courage to tell James how he really feels, but a life-altering event might force them apart before they can ever be together.

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Review: Having read the entire Belonging trilogy, I kept seeing this recurring character in the background just begging to have his story told, and it finally is in this first book of a new trilogy by A.M. Arthur. Ever since he first graced the page, I loved Tag’s character. He’s an unashamed flirt and self-professed man-whore, and I loved him. Even when he got rough with Ezra, I felt for him. And when he helped out Romy, my heart offered itself on a plate to him.

This book gives a peek into his side of the story for both Ezra and Romy, though you don’t need to read that series before reading this one. It just makes many of the characters clear, as they’re all tied into each other’s lives in some way or another.

Tag—James to Nathan—is made so real in this book, and my heart ached for him. Readers will get an entirely different view of him than the previous bits of him hanging out at the bar, picking up the men and bringing them home. In this we get to meet the man he’s been pining after for fifteen years, the reason he won’t settle down with anyone else, and though fifteen years is a long time, it’s worth it.

Nathan, like James, is a fully developed character with his own hang-ups and insecurities. He’s only dated women before, but he’s attracted to James. Does that make him gay? Maybe, maybe not. It just means he loves who he loves, and that’s okay with him (after he accepts it, anyway). And I really liked that about the book. He loved James and that was what mattered to him. He didn’t care about the label. He just wanted the man he loved.

This is not an easy story to read because the men go through a lot to be together. I cried a few times and cursed the author for breaking my heart. Both men are scarred and it take a long time for them to not only heal, but to even accept that they’re damaged to begin with.

Hang in there, though. If you’re a fan of Tag, his story is worth every bit of heartbreak along the way.

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5 Stars, A.M. Arthur, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Sammy, Samhain Publishing

Review: The Truth As He Knows It by A.M. Arthur

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Title: The Truth As He Knows It (Perspectives: Book One)

Author: A.M. Arthur

Publisher: Samhain Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 289 Pages

At a Glance: I can tell you to buy this novel because you see, it is, simply put, outstanding storytelling.

Reviewed By: Sammy

Blurb: Lies are the chains that keep you weighed down at rock bottom.

Officer Noel Carlson isn’t out to anyone in small-town Stratton, Pennsylvania, only to distant friends and family, so a relationship is out of the question. That doesn’t stop him from wanting one, though.

When a night-shift call brings him face to thonged butt with a hired stripper whose girl-party gig went terribly wrong, Noel takes pity on the guy and lets him go. But he can’t get the encounter out of his mind.

Shane has big-time debts to repay, especially to the brother who sacrificed nearly everything for him. His two jobs, in a deli and as a stripper, leave him no time for a social life. But a non-date of hot sex and takeout food with Noel? He can squeeze that in.

The bond they form is stronger than either expected or wanted. Especially since the step Shane’s about to take to put his brother—and his soul—back in the black isn’t quite legal. And he never calculated just how much his determination to make things right will cost him in the end.

Warning: Following on from the Cost of Repairs series, this book contains a closeted cop who’s looking for love, an indebted stripper who doesn’t believe he’s worthy, and a tasteful abundance of dirty guy sex. Also contains references to past physical abuse some readers may find disturbing.

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Review: To be frank with you, I am not sure where to begin with this novel, The Truth As He Knows It by A.M. Arthur. You see, every once in a while a story comes along that steals your breath away. One that causes you to frantically turn page after page to get to the good part—you know that part—the one where the relationship is finally safe, where the pain has a place to go, where healing begins. And with this kind of book, the relief you experience at that moment is swiftly followed by so much regret—that the story—the impeccably written, blindingly beautiful story is—finished. Done…and now you can do nothing more than go back to page one and start all over again.

I am pretty sure I fell in love with two men during this book. Yes, with two, and for totally different reasons. The story itself is actually not over involved, yet it is so taut and sharply written that each moment literally zings with tension. Is their angst? Oh heavens, yes, but it is so good—the kind of angst that tells you the story you are reading is so believable, so real, and with characters so fully fleshed out you are certain you can finish their thoughts by novel’s end. So what can I tell you that the blurb has not already accomplished?

I can tell you that the brothers, Shane and Jason, hide some very deep, dark secrets, and they are thick as thieves in making sure they have each other’s backs. I can tell you that for such a young man, Shane carries the weight of a past so abusive and frightful that you will be amazed he has any strength left to care for Noel at all. To be clear, there is physical molestation by a stepparent in this novel, but it is off page and rarely mentioned—however, for some this could be a trigger so please, if you are such a soul, proceed with caution.

I can relate to you how patient Noel is and how much he wants things to work with Shane who, in turn, is so guilt ridden, but determined to clear an outstanding debt in order to give Jason some breathing room financially, that all he can do is push Noel away lest he hurt him as well. Shane is a fatalist—never expecting to be worthy of love and so always shutting it down before it has a chance to flourish. I would also mention that the scenes between Noel and his friend Tristan, who suffers memory loss due to gay bashing, are rich with tenderness and such love.

I can grieve just a bit and tell you there is great sadness in this novel before it ever achieves its happy ever after but, oh my, every moment of sadness is needed to give life to an incredible love that will last the test of time for Shane and Noel.

Finally, I can tell you to buy this novel because you see, it is, simply put, outstanding storytelling by a consummate artist, A.M. Arthur. The Truth As He Knows It is an epic journey of accepting self—no matter how damaged or unworthy that self is. It is also an incredibly beautiful story of love between two brothers who have saved each other countless times, and between two lovers who are discovering each other for the very first time. I highly recommend this novel to you.






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4.5 Stars, A.M. Arthur, Carina Press, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Chris

Review: Stand By You by A.M. Arthur

Title:  Stand By You

Author:  A.M. Arthur

Publisher: Carina Press

Pages/Word Count: 189 pages

At a Glance: solid, well-written storyline with flawed but redeemable characters

Blurb: Three months after his rescue from an abusive boyfriend, twenty-two-year-old Romy Myers has landed his first legitimate job, bussing tables at his friend’s new coffee shop. The job has brought him some stability after years of abuse have left him feeling damaged and broken. He’s working hard on his panic and social anxiety, and those things are often tempered by the big, burly presence of Brendan Walker.

From the moment ex-football player Brendan helped rescue Romy from his ex’s abuse, he’s wanted to protect him. And he does, from a distance, with joking text messages, a new gym routine to toughen him up and a genuine friendship. So far it’s been easy, but Brendan’s feelings aren’t just friendly anymore…

When an argument spirals out of control, a hot and heavy make-out session causes Romy’s friendship with supposedly straight Brendan to reach a new level. The last thing Romy wants is to fall for another guy who could potentially shatter him, but Brendan also wakes up a part of him he thought had been destroyed by violence, his heart.

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We met Remy briefly in the first book in the series, and saw his rescue from his ex’s traumatic abuse in the next book, Maybe This Time. Remy was lucky that he has friends who were brave enough to come help him escape from his ex and give him that second chance to find his way. That doesn’t mean Remy isn’t affected by what happened, though. In fact, he feels more lost than ever. Remy is suffering from serious anxiety, and even PTSD, but he’s determined to power through it. Starting work in the café helps him at first, but his friendship with Brendan is really what helps Remy.

Brendan is one of my favorite characters in this series, even though at first we really don’t know much about him other than he helps with Street Feed. He’s a solid, good guy, though, and that shows on the day they rescue Remy. His strength and even-tempered nature help Remy and eventually, they develop a solid friendship. Remy turns to Brendan and is able to talk to him more than any of his other friends. Brendan, in turn, is the only person who is able to calm Remy down when his anxiety or PTSD flares. Eventually their strong feelings develop into more than just friendship, and it causes them to examine themselves for what they really want next.

I have always liked Remy, even at the brief views of him in the first book, No Such Thing. He was snarky and hiding how alone he was, but he made you want to just wrap him up, take him home and cuddle with him. Brendan, though, was the one I was excited to see as one of the leads in this book. His solid strength and compassion really came through in the last book, even though he wasn’t on-scene much of the time. I was seriously cheering these two on by the time things got hot and heavy, because they both deserve to be happy and have someone that’s there for them.

Now, this isn’t necessarily an easy book to read because of the trauma and issues that Remy ends up going through, but to see the end result when you hit that final page is well worth it. This book fits well with the other two in the series, and I have to say is just as addictive as the other books.  That makes these books very easy to pick up and read over and over again.

A.M. Arthur has quickly become one of my go-to authors for that solid, well-written storyline with flawed but redeemable characters. Her characters really are the backbone of all of her stories. Their ability to overcome what life throws at them and find that happiness at the end of the storm is what keeps me coming back for more.

I recommend this book for those that love a good story with flawed characters who can pull through what life throws at them.

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3.5 Stars, A.M. Arthur, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Jackie, Samhain Publishing

Review: Foundation of Trust (Cost of Repairs: Book Five) by A.M. Arthur

Title: Foundation of Trust (Cost of Repairs: Book Five)

Author: A.M. Arthur

Publisher: Samhain Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 239 Pages

Rating: 3.5 Stars

Blurb: David Weller thought he had it all—a loving partner who gave him a ring, a steady job he didn’t hate, and so much hope for the future. But in the wake of a devastating diagnosis, everything he thought was solid and real lay in pieces at his feet. Continue reading

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Interview and Giveaway: Stand by You and Foundation of Trust by A.M. Arthur

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TNA: Hi, A.M., welcome to The Novel Approach. I’m happy to have you here with us today. Why don’t we start by having you tell us a bit about yourself?

A.M.: Hello! I’m so happy to be here celebrating the releases of Stand By you and Foundation of Trust. Thank you for having me. As for telling you about me, I consider myself remarkably boring. Single mom to a very needy cat. I like to experiment in the kitchen, which can be at times fulfilling, and at other times disastrous. I have been writing fiction since I was a teenager, and I found my way into m/m romance through fanfiction (oh Kish). My goal is to be able to quit my day job in retail so that I can write full time, and one day retire to a quiet little cottage, on a lake, somewhere in the mountains of North Carolina. Continue reading

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3.5 Stars, A.M. Arthur, Drama, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Jackie

A Man Must Confront His Fears In A.M. Arthur’s “Understanding Jeremy”

Title: Understanding Jeremy (Discovering Me: Book Two)

Author: A.M. Arthur

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 138 Pages

Rating: 3.5 Stars

Blurb: No one in Jeremy Collins’s life ever stays. His parents, sister, and wife are all dead. Now he has taken Cole Alston into his home to help him recover from years of abuse at the hands of his ex. Jeremy hopes Cole, who he loves, will stick around, but after eight years of Cole not being allowed to make his own choices, Jeremy doesn’t think he has the right to ask. As Jeremy keeps his concerns and desires to himself, his best friend Bethann calls on him for a huge favor–claim he’s the father of her baby so she isn’t ostracized in their small town for sleeping with a married man. However, doing so would be tantamount to denying his relationship with Cole. Rumors fly before Jeremy can explain to Cole that he said no, and suddenly the whole town is in his business. Rather than reassure Cole, Jeremy’s explanations have the opposite effect. Something is going on in Cole’s mind that Jeremy doesn’t know about, and in order to get Cole to talk, Jeremy will need to confront his own deepest fear. Continue reading

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4.5 Stars, A.M. Arthur, Musa Publishing, Reviewed by Sammy

Frozen Blazes With Heart Stopping Action And Intense Love – Reviewed by Sammy


“Sometimes a deal with the devil is better than no deal at all.” – Lawrence Hill


Title: Frozen

Author: A.M. Arthur

Publisher: Musa Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 96 Pages

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Blurb: At fifteen, Lee Mitchell and Roman Carmichael are sure their fledgling relationship can survive any heartache or hardship–until a spring canoeing trip ends with Lee in the hospital and Roman missing.
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5 Stars, A.M. Arthur, Musa Publishing, Reviewed by Jackie

Evil Returns To Finish What It Started In A.M. Arthur’s “Prodigal” – Reviewed by Jackie


“Evil might not prevail in the end, but it certainly doesn’t fail to devastate in its time.” ― Richelle E. Goodrich


Title: Prodigal

Author: A.M. Arthur

Publisher: Musa Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 85 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: When the bizarre murder of an old classmate reunites ex-lovers Ethan and Jesse, a shared childhood secret draws them back together as an otherworldly killer tries to tear them apart for good.
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A.M. Arthur, Carina Press, Reviewed by Sammy

“No Such Thing” Makes Sammy A Believer In Young Love And Second Chances!


“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” – Eleanor Roosevelt


Title: No Such Thing

Author: A.M. Arthur

Publisher: Carina Press

Pages/Word Count: 221 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Twenty-two-year-old Alessandro Silva knows that returning to tiny Perch Creek to help his foster mother was the right thing to do.
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“What You Own” Offers Hope In Second Chances


“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” ― e.e. cummings



Title: What You Own

Author: A.M. Arthur

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 200

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: For Ryan Sanders, the Paige Community Center is more than a place where he teaches at-risk teens about musical theater. He found a sense of belonging there during one of the hardest times of his life. With the center facing a financial crisis, he’ll do whatever it takes to keep the doors open—even soliciting fundraiser donations from Langley-Quartermaine Financial.
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