5 Stars, Annabelle Jacobs, Dreamspinner Press, Freebie, Holiday Romance, Reviewed by Lisa, Short Story

Release Day Review: A Serious Thing by Annabelle Jacobs

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Title: A Serious Thing (Will & Patrick: Book 1.5)

Author: Annabelle Jacobs

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 36 Pages

At a Glance: Annabelle Jacobs gives readers a sweet and FREE holiday treat.

Reviewed By: Lisa

Blurb: Patrick has a plan, and he’ll go to great lengths to see it through.
After three weeks apart due to work and school commitments, he and Will are finally getting to spend some time together. Patrick is staying with Will over the Christmas holidays, and he intends to tell him how he feels on Christmas Day. It’s going to be perfect.
But of course, Patrick’s plans don’t always go smoothly….

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Review: For those of us who fell in love with Patrick and Will in Annabelle Jacobs’ A Curious Thing, this sweet little Christmas vignette, A Serious Thing, is the perfect follow up to the story that left us with their happy-for-now-ish ending.

Patrick is so near to completing school, and he and Will have had to make do with weekends together, but life in general and Will’s obligations have kept them apart for three weeks now, and Christmas is just around the corner. Patrick has plans to make this holiday a special one for both Will and himself, but there’s a trick to the timing of it that Will not understanding may make things tricky for Patrick to pull off. The chemistry between these two guys is still white hot, and Jacobs doesn’t bother to keep readers in suspense, waiting for the sparks to fly between them. That’s the beauty of the short story, though—the instant gratification—especially when we already know the characters, and let me tell you, Patrick and Will burn up these pages in such a delicious way.

Ben, the best brother ever to Patrick—not to mention, the best friend ever to Will—also shows up again to be supportive and generally awesome too. Bottom line here is that this short story is wonderful, beginning to end, but I wouldn’t recommend reading it as a standalone. Get to know these guys in A Curious Thing first, and while you’re at it, you can grab this freebie as a sweet bonus holiday treat.

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Release Day Review: Magic & Mistletoe

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Title: Magic & Mistletoe

Author: Annabelle Jacobs

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 114 Pages

At a Glance: Annabelle Jacobs has the recipe for holiday magic and romance all sewn up in a sweet little package in Magic & Mistletoe.

Reviewed By: Lisa

Blurb: Christmas is Harry’s favourite time of the year, but it looks like he’ll be spending it alone. When it comes to the men he fancies, his luck is non-existent. Harry’s nerves always get the better of him—especially when he tries to talk to Andrew, the hot guy downstairs.

Everything changes when Harry meets a mysterious girl in the woods who professes to be a witch. He dismisses her claims, but when odd things start happening to him, he has to reconsider.

Andrew was attracted to Harry from the start, but their awkward encounters put him off. All goes well until Harry opens his mouth—and ruins it with his stupidity and silly comments. When Harry suddenly becomes more relaxed and they have a proper conversation, Andrew realises his first impression was wrong. As the days count down to December 25, they get swept up in the Christmas spirit and their relationship moves faster than either expected.

A little winter magic might have been the push they needed, but Harry worries that when it wears off, he’ll no longer be the man Andrew wants.

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Review: Harry has a problem with overstating the obvious. He gets tongue tied and has a tendency to blurt out the first thing that comes to mind—even if that thing makes him look like a bit of a git for pointing out stuff that doesn’t need pointing out. He’s gotten so tongue-tied around his sexy neighbor, and has managed a near perfect record of saying the wrong thing at the right time, that Andrew thinks Harry’s nothing but a big jerk. Which sucks for Harry because Andrew is a guy he’d really love to know better.

Annabelle Jacobs has the recipe for holiday magic and romance all sewn up in a sweet little package in Magic & Mistletoe, a title I couldn’t resist any more than I could its adorable cover. A walk through the woods with his friends brings Harry face to face with a woodland nymph who decides to take matters into her own hands where Harry’s concerned, and gives him the gift that keeps on giving—namely, the ability to keep his gob shut when he’s about to put his foot in it again.

Little coincidences, surprise favors, helpful nudges (a fortuitously placed mistletoe here and there) all serve to bring Harry and Andrew together. And then, of course, the magic isn’t only of the supernatural variety, if you catch my drift. It turns out that these two guys are pretty great together. But… is that because of Harry’s interfering helper? And if so, what possible hope does Harry have of keeping Andrew once the spell wears off and Harry goes back to being his usual tongue-tied self? This is where we get a little bit of angst in this otherwise feel-good holiday romance, just enough to give us a reason to cheer for the story’s happy ending.

It’s a good thing Christmas comes but once a year because I don’t think my heart could take being warmed so thoroughly the other twelve months. Magic & Mistletoe is another check mark in the winter romance win column, and a book that’s sure to bring you a little holiday cheer.

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Guest Post, Excerpt, and Giveaway: The Altered 3 by Annabelle Jacobs

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Today we’re so pleased to welcome author Annabelle Jacobs to share a bit of her new book The Altered 3 with us. Enjoy Annabelle’s post and excerpt, and then be sure to click on the Rafflecopter widget below to enter for the chance to win an e-copy of a book from her BACKLIST (excl. The Altered 3).

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Firstly, thanks, Lisa, for having me on your blog today.

My latest book, The Altered 3, was released on October 1st and is the final instalment in the Lycanaeris series.  Each of the three books focuses on a different character pairing, and this story is about Matt and the newest addition to the group, Thomas.

The majority of The Altered 3 is set in Cornwall, which has some of the most beautiful countryside and beaches.  I was lucky enough to go on holiday there in August this year, to the same place mentioned in this book.  The car park at the top of the hill gives you a great view of the sea and the beach, and the surrounding countryside, but is not so much fun when you have to walk back up after a day of swimming and running around.

When I describe Matt’s home in my book, this is what I’m picturing, (with a few less houses)

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The Altered 3Blurb: Matt is a single shifter living in a house full of couples. It’s not that he begrudges his friends their happiness—especially after everything they’ve been through—but he wants someone for himself. He wants a mate. Living out in the Cornish countryside there seems little chance of him finding one.

Thomas’s life has recently been changed for ever. Newly altered, he finds himself in danger as his mother, a prominent politician, works to put a stop to the mistreatment of altereds and bring those responsible to justice.

To keep him safe, Thomas is sent to Cornwall where Matt and his friends offer him refuge until he can return to his home in London. Despite the circumstances surrounding his arrival, Thomas and Matt bond in a way neither of them were expecting. They struggle to come to terms with what this might mean for their future once the threat is eliminated.

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Excerpt: “Daniel?” He strained to hear anything but the whole farmhouse seemed quiet. His senses were a little overwhelmed after being effectively dampened for the last three hours, but after thirty seconds or so he could hear the tread of footsteps outside and a car approaching the farmhouse.

Jordan’s black Volkswagen T5 pulled up onto the gravel drive at the same time as Matt opened the kitchen door. Daniel walked over to meet him as he got out of the van, holding his phone out for Jordan to see. Whatever was on there had Jordan tensing up immediately.

“What’s wrong?” Matt called out, making Daniel jump, but Jordan didn’t even flinch already fully aware of his presence. He walked over to them, and looked pointedly at Daniel.

Daniel motioned for Jordan to give him his phone back and handed it straight over to Matt. “I got an email from Shaw.”

It took Matt a good few seconds to recognise the name. And when he did, his chest tightened at the memories it invoked. It wasn’t that anyone had forgotten what happened at the facility, but it wasn’t exactly a popular topic of conversation either. Shaw, along with Ash and a Dr Adams, had been injected with the serum by Chambers and had ended up a partial altered. Whatever he had to say, Matt doubted it would be anything good.

The email was short and to the point. Shaw hadn’t bothered with pleasantries, and Matt felt oddly pleased by that. They weren’t friends, and he was glad no one pretended otherwise. He read it again to make sure he hadn’t missed anything and handed the phone back to Daniel.

“So.” Matt glanced up at the sky, knowing their peaceful existence was about to change. But he asked the question anyway. “Are we going to take them?”

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Annabelle_Jacobs_logoAuthor Bio: Annabelle Jacobs lives in the South West of England with three rowdy children, and two cats.

An avid reader of fantasy herself for many years, Annabelle now spends her days writing her own stories. They’re usually either fantasy or paranormal fiction, because she loves building worlds filled with magical creatures, and creating stories full of action and adventure. Her characters may have a tough time of it—fighting enemies and adversity—but they always find love in the end.

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Review: The Altered 3 by Annabelle Jacobs

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Title: The Altered 3

Author: Annabelle Jacobs

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 166 Pages

At a Glance: The Altered 3 is a suspenseful and romantic end to this series.

Reviewed By: Lisa

Blurb: Matt is a single shifter living in a house full of couples. It’s not that he begrudges his friends their happiness—especially after everything they’ve been through—but he wants someone for himself. He wants a mate. Living out in the Cornish countryside there seems little chance of him finding one.

Thomas’s life has recently been changed forever. Newly altered, he finds himself in danger as his mother, a prominent politician, works to put a stop to the mistreatment of altereds and bring those responsible to justice.

To keep him safe, Thomas is sent to Cornwall where Matt and his friends offer him refuge until he can return to his home in London. Despite the circumstances surrounding his arrival, Thomas and Matt bond in a way neither of them were expecting. They struggle to come to terms with what this might mean for their future once the threat is eliminated.

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Review: I’ve so enjoyed The Altered series and some of the fresh concepts Annabelle Jacobs has brought to the paranormal world her characters reside in. The shifters in the series aren’t the product of supernatural mysticism or the result of being bitten by another infected. The shifters in this series are the product of a bit of science fiction and government corruption, which adds a layer of intrigue and danger to the storyline, as the altered are stigmatized and ostracized by society’s prejudices and irrational fears, forcing them to hide their shifter status.

While shifter families aren’t designated as packs, nor are the more dominant members of those families technically considered the alphas, there is definitely the inference that Jordan and Daniel, Keira and Charlie, Sam and Ash—the mated pairs—and the lone single, Matt, are at least pack-like. They fight for each other, protect each other and, while Keira is definitely a dominant personality and a force to be reckoned with, there’s little doubt that Jordan would be the alpha if such a thing existed. What is also prevalent, though it’s never specifically called a fated mate bond, is the serum triggering the mating instinct in these human/shifter hybrids. It may not be fated, it may have nothing to do with magick, but there’s no doubt it’s potent and, from what we see, it’s an impulse that must be obeyed.

This series begins with the world-building and fulfills our romance needs at the same time in the relationship that evolves between Jordan and Daniel in book one. Their story is a great blend of action set against their resistance to the idea that there’s something calling them at a soul-deep level to be together. As the story arc progresses in book two, the overtones become decidedly more romantic as Ash and Sam resolve not only their feelings for each other but the challenges from Sam’s past, as well as the difficult transition for Ash to his status as a newly turned altered.

The end of this trilogy brings all the action and political intrigue and danger to a head, with Matt’s story and the disheartening reality that he is the lone partial shifter in a family of mated pairs—five full shifters and Daniel, a seer. His status as what he sees as the weakest link in the altered chain, not to mention the odd man out as the only one who doesn’t have a significant other to share his life with, started the story off with me immediately wanting to wrap him up in hugs and reassuring him everything would be okay. In other words, the author plays on our empathy, and it works. At least, it did for me. The surprise isn’t that Matt finally meets his mate, but the surprise for Matt is that his mate turns out to be a man, Thomas Knight, the son of a prominent government official—who also happens to be the woman determined to blow a plot to create a shifter army wide open.

In retaliation of his mother’s interference, Thomas is kidnapped and infected, forcing him into hiding not only to escape danger but to protect him until Teresa Knight can ensure a safer world for all altereds. The horrible miscalculation on the part of the villains in this story is that their plan to subdue Ms. Knight served only to infuriate and give her more motivation. Never underestimate the power of a mother when her child is being threatened. Lesson. Learned.

The building of Matt and Thomas’s relationship happens quickly, as is the norm in this sub-genre of romance, and even though Matt had never explored his attraction to men, his attraction to Thomas was handled well. I believed they were meant for each other, and in the end, that’s what all good stories do—make us believe in the impossible, the improbable, and the great mystery that is the chemistry of a physical, mental, and emotional attraction between two people.

While there may not have been any great twists or surprises leading up to the climax of the story, or in the way Annabelle Jacobs wound things down to the book’s happy ending, it moves along at a brisk pace with some really good suspense thrown in as the danger ratchets up toward the end. This series is a fun way to escape reality for a while and spend some time with hot, sexy shifters.

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Cheers, fellow bookish obsessed, and welcome! We have another great week in store for you this week as we wrap up our Countdown to GayRomLit 2015 and look forward to the next installment of Flashback Friday.

Here’s what’s coming up!

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Monday – Kicking off a great week, we have a cover reveal for author J. Johanis’s Dream God coming up today

And we’ll also have author Chris McHart visiting with us on the Small Steps blog tour

Tuesday – We have author Rick R. Reed dropping by today as the final—yes, the final—guest to appear on the Countdown to GayRomLit celebration tour here at TNA

We’ll also be celebrating with Queer Romance Month today, with the first of two spotlights for the month because, as they say, “Love is not a subgenre.”

Wednesday – Today author Lane Hayes stops in as she tours the web to promote her newest book in the Better Than series, Better Than Safe

We’re also helping Riptide Publishing celebrate their Four Year Anniversary, with author Reesa Herberth

Thursday – Today we’re so pleased to be taking part–along with Prism Book Alliance, Rhys Ford, Joyfully Jay, and Love Bytes Reviews–in an exclusive excerpt tour for Eric Arvin‘s latest release, The Rascal

Author Rob Damon will also be our guest on the tour for his new release with CoolDudes Publishing, Into the Team

Friday – Today we welcome the writing team of Jenn Burke and Kelly Jensen on the tour for their new novel Skip Trace

And, for the next installment in our Flashback Friday segment, we’ll be bringing you our favorite Historical reads, along with the chance to win an e-copy of one of our selected titles

Saturday – And finally, to close out the week, we’ll have author Annabelle Jacobs with us today to chat about her new book Altered 3

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Excerpt and Giveaway: A Casual Thing by Annabelle Jacobs

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We’re so pleased to welcome author Annabelle Jacobs back today, with an excerpt from her new Dreamspinner title A Casual Thing. Enjoy this little tease from Patrick and Will’s story, then be sure to click on the Rafflecopter widget below for the chance to win an e-title from Annabelle’s backlist, winner’s choice.

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I wanted to write a story that was funny, and sexy, but also with a touch of angst to bring about a happy ending, and A Casual Thing is the result. It’s the first contemporary novella I’ve written for Dreamspinner Press, and is a big change from my usual paranormal or fantasy stories, but was also a lot of fun to write.

I love writing about college-age boys because it takes me back to my own college days. I did an electronic engineering course, so naturally the majority of the people on it were boys, and Patrick reminds me of a lot of them!

~Annabelle Jacobs~

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CasualThing[A]Title: A Casual Thing

Author: Annabelle Jacobs

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Length: 138 pages

Genre: Contemporary gay erotic romance

Cover Artist: Anna Sikorska

Release Date: Wednesday July 1st

Blurb: Patrick Mason travels to Bristol to spend the summer with his brother, Ben. He’s cat sitting for the first two weeks while Ben goes on holiday. But Ben neglected to tell him he wouldn’t be doing it alone. Will Adams—Ben’s mate and Patrick’s long-time crush—is staying in Ben’s guest room while he waits to move into his new house after a breakup.

Against his better judgment, Patrick convinces Will that a little no-strings fun is just what they need. Patrick doesn’t want to get involved with a guy on the rebound, and Will isn’t interested in starting something serious with a student. But Patrick’s never been good at separating sex from feelings, and this time is no exception. As their weeks together draw to a close, they need to decide if they have something worth pursuing or if it’s really just a casual thing.

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Excerpt: Patrick stopped, the words dying on his tongue as he noticed Ben wince.

“No.” He jumped off the bed, fisting his hands in his hair. “No fucking way. Ben, please tell me you’re not leaving me alone for two weeks with the guy I have a huge unrequited, and frankly, embarrassing, crush on?”

Ben shrugged. “He needed somewhere to stay. I’d sort of forgotten you had the hots for him.”

“How could you forget?” Patrick paced in front of the bed. “The last time I was here, I tried to climb into his lap and told him how hot he was. In front of his boyfriend.”

“Oh yeah.” Ben grinned, and Patrick stopped his pacing to punch him on the arm.

“It’s not funny.”

“It was hilarious.” Ben ducked out of the way when Patrick tried to punch him again. “Look, you were drunk. We all were. He doesn’t hold it against you.”

“But he won’t have forgotten.” The whole thing still made Patrick cringe every time he thought about it. He may have been drunk, but sadly not drunk enough to wipe the horrifying experience from his brain.

“Sit down. I think you might be overreacting just a tad.” Ben even used his finger and thumb to demonstrate how much he thought Patrick was overreacting before grabbing Patrick’s arm and yanking him back down onto the bed.

Patrick sighed. Fine. Maybe he was being overly dramatic, but come on. This was Will. Tall, dark, and handsome, and as easygoing as Ben. He oozed charm and made you want to curl up with him somewhere warm and never ever move. Well, that last part could just be Patrick.

Fuck.

He was going to make such an arse of himself. He flopped onto the bed and covered his face. “I hate you. You are the worst brother ever.”

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Annabelle_Jacobs_logoAbout the Author: Annabelle Jacobs lives in the South West of England with her three rowdy children, and two cats.

An avid reader of fantasy herself for many years, Annabelle now spends her days writing her own stories. They’re usually either fantasy or paranormal fiction, because she loves building worlds filled with magical creatures, and creating stories full of action and adventure. Her characters may have a tough time of it—fighting enemies and adversity—but they always find love in the end.

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Cheers, folks! Welcome back to a sneak peek at what we have coming up for you in the week ahead. I hope you’ll drop back by to visit with all of our guests throughout the week, as well as check out some of the books we’ll be featuring for review each day.

Here’s what’s on tap!

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Monday – Kicking off our week for us, we start by welcoming author Meredith Russell on the Fallout (Flight HA1710) blog tour

We’ll also have author Annabelle Jacobs with us here today on the tour for her latest novella A Casual Thing

Tuesday – Author Hayden Thorne joins us today with a look at the re-release of her humorous take on Regency vampires in Desmond and Garrick

Wednesday – Author B. Snow stops in today to chat a bit about her newest release, Emily’s Magical Codpiece, and where the idea for the book came from

We’ll also have DSP Publications author Patricia Correll in the spotlight in another edition of Carole Cummings’ Genre Talk

Thursday – Author A.L. Boyd joins us today on the Crest Ridge blog tour

We’ll also be doing a little GayRomLit Countdown celebrating with author Lei Carol

FridayGrace R. Duncan stops by with a look at her new book Turning His Life Around

Saturday – And, last but certainly never least, author Rhys Ford closes out the Ink and Shadows blog tour with us today

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Review: A Casual Thing by Annabelle Jacobs

Title: A Casual Thing

Author: Annabelle Jacobs

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 138 Pages

At a Glance: A Casual Thing turns complicated in a lovely and romantic way.

Reviewed By: Lisa

Blurb: Patrick Mason travels to Bristol to spend the summer with his brother, Ben. He’s cat sitting for the first two weeks while Ben goes on holiday. But Ben neglected to tell him he wouldn’t be doing it alone. Will Adams—Ben’s mate and Patrick’s long-time crush—is staying in Ben’s guest room while he waits to move into his new house after a breakup.

Against his better judgment, Patrick convinces Will that a little no-strings fun is just what they need. Patrick doesn’t want to get involved with a guy on the rebound, and Will isn’t interested in starting something serious with a student. But Patrick’s never been good at separating sex from feelings, and this time is no exception. As their weeks together draw to a close, they need to decide if they have something worth pursuing or if it’s really just a casual thing.

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Review: One of the side effects of being an avid reader is that there is a definite point where you feel like you’ve been there, read it all before. Some of us even have the t-shirts. But the tried and true romantic tropes still work in this genre, and in Annabelle Jacobs’ A Casual Thing, they work so well.

A Casual Thing explores sex as both an action and an emotion, when circumstance sets Patrick Mason up in a rather uncomfortable but fortunate opportunity to act on his crush on Will Adams—who not only happens to be six years older than Patrick but is also his brother’s best friend. The tension and discomfort, offset by both men trying to come to a casual friends-with-benefits arrangement for the fourteen short days they’ll be together, plays well against our own awareness that things are never simple or casual, certainly not as simple or casual as Patrick and Will believe it will be.

There are no complicated plot twists or manufactured angst for angst’s sake in this novella, just the very real and believable scenario in which two men find a set of complications they bring on themselves. Patrick and Will are great protagonists, which is all I needed to elevate A Casual Thing from the realms of standard romantic fare to something sweet and hopeful, charming and endearing. The author makes us want these two men to realize that sex is the long-term complication to their short-term living arrangement, and when everything starts going to pieces, I was invested enough to demand she put things back to rights because I knew if Will would just give Patrick a chance, they could be something pretty amazing together.

I love where this story ended—no rushed I love yous (we get how these two feel about each other through body language and don’t need the forced endearments), and on more a promise than a trite and tidy happily ever after. Does that mean there’s more to come for this couple? I’m not sure, but if there is, I’ll be first in line to read the rest of their story.

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Review: Toy With Me by Annabelle Jacobs

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Title: Toy with Me (The Secrets Collection)

Author: Annabelle Jacobs

Publisher: Blanket Fort Press

Pages/Word Count: 11000 Words

At a Glance: Toy with Me earns a solid “A” in the short story telling department.

Reviewed By: Lisa

Blurb: Aaron is hiding something in his drawers—but that’s not his only secret.

When he moves in with his new housemates, Aaron intends to tell them about his sexuality from the outset. But a large pink item of a personal nature, given as a joke, scuppers his plans and he misses his chance.

Fellow housemate Rob is out and proud. He guesses Aaron is gay, and when he finds Aaron’s other secret concealed in his sock drawer, he takes it upon himself to help Aaron out with a little sexual experimentation.

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Review: Short stories—it seems readers either love them or don’t, and understandably so, but I do happen to respect them as a time honored storytelling medium. And sometimes I just love the immediacy of the good feelz you get from diving right into the heart of a romance without a lot of angst to build up to it. It’s the get in/get happy/get out that I adore, when all’s said and done.

Annabelle Jacobs’ Toy with Me is a feel-good-romance that, in my humble opinion, works perfectly. As a New Adult story in a collegiate setting, Aaron and Rob aren’t posed as guys who’d have a dense and troubled life history behind them anyway, so the immediacy of their falling in lust with each other in a less-is-more way was not only sweet but believable too.

I loved Aaron’s innocence, the blushing and the trepidation he feels about revealing his sexuality to his new flatmates, even though it’s not at all likely to be an issue. I loved the contrast of Rob’s no nonsense approach to figuring out if Aaron, like Rob himself, is gay, and then leading Aaron to the story’s inevitable conclusion but doing so in such a subtle yet irresistible way.

Toy with Me ticks all the boxes required of a short story. It’s a romantic little tease that brings on more than a few smiles along the way, and, while it didn’t spell everything out for me, it did leave me with the belief that Aaron and Rob will look back quite fondly, decades from now, on their years together as college sweethearts.

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Guest Post, Excerpt, and Giveaway: Toy With Me by Annabelle Jacobs

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Toy with Me is a short story about college boys and sexual exploration. It’s my contribution to The Secrets Collection—the third in the series—and was so much fun to write.

When I went to college, there were three girls on my course and thirty-seven boys. We all stayed in one building for the first year, and then I shared a house with three of the boys after that. It was such a great laugh, and writing about college-aged boys always reminds me of those times.

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Toy with MeBlurb: Aaron is hiding something in his drawers—but that’s not his only secret.

When he moves in with his new housemates, Aaron intends to tell them about his sexuality from the outset. But a large pink item of a personal nature, given as a joke, scuppers his plans and he misses his chance.

Fellow housemate Rob is out and proud. He guesses Aaron is gay, and when he finds Aaron’s other secret concealed in his sock drawer, he takes it upon himself to help Aaron out with a little sexual experimentation.

~Annabelle

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The Secrets Collection: The Secrets Collection are sexy short stories by four different authors. The stories are linked by the common theme of secrets.

June 4, 2015: Top Me Maybe? by Jay Northcote
June 12, 2015: Cheeky Hipster & Jocks by Posy Roberts
June 19, 2015: Toy With Me by Annabelle Jacobs
June 26, 2015: Vampire Wishes by Teegan Loy

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Excerpt: “Oi, Aaron?” Rob nudged him with his toe, startling him. He jolted upright, not realising he didn’t have hold of his beer properly, and promptly spilled it all over Rob’s feet. “Shit! Sorry.” He snatched the can from the bed before anymore could spill out and tried not to laugh at the grimace on Rob’s face.

He pulled at the toe of his sock, then glared up at Aaron when he sniggered. “Yeah, you look sorry. He peeled off both his socks, mopped up the bit that had gone on the quilt, then tossed them over by the door. “The least you can do is lend me a fresh pair, you fucker.” Aaron huffed. It wasn’t as though his room was cold. “Fine, whatever. But I’m not getting them for you.”

He paused the film and waved over at his chest of drawers. “Socks are in the top drawer. Help yourself.” Rob grunted something in reply that Aaron didn’t catch, and the bed dipped as he scooted to the edge and stood up. Aaron let his eyes fall shut, dozing as he waited for Rob to sit back down again. It wasn’t until he heard the scrape of the drawer opening that realisation kicked in. Oh fuck. His eyes snapped open. “Wait!”

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Annabelle_Jacobs_logoAbout the Author: Annabelle Jacobs lives in the South West of England with her husband, three rowdy children, and two cats.

An avid reader of fantasy herself for many years, Annabelle now spends her days writing her own stories. They’re usually either fantasy or paranormal fiction, because she loves building worlds filled with magical creatures, and creating stories full of action and adventure. Her characters may have a tough time of it—fighting enemies and adversity—but they always find love in the end.

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Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week

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Hi, everyone, and thanks for stopping by for a peek at what we have coming up for you in the week ahead. Fortunately there’s lots of activity to report, and we’re also gearing up to kick off the GayRomLit Featured Blogger tour in our countdown to October in San Diego.

Here’s what’s on tap!

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Monday – Kicking off our week, we first welcome Mary Calmes, who’s stopping by with a guest post and giveaway of her upcoming novel Forging the Future, Jin and Logan’s final chapter in the Change of Heart series

We’ll also have author Jaime Samms with us today, as she drops in with a giveaway and to chat a bit about her newest novel from Dreamspinner Press, Bound to Fall

Tuesday – We’ll have author L.A. Witt stopping in today on the Tide of War book tour with Riptide Publishing

Brita Addams is also here today with a guest blog about Caitlyn Jenner and her transition

Wednesday – Author Lissa Kasey will be dropping by today with a guest post about her upcoming novel Model Citizen

We’ll also be here to welcome author EM Lynley and the 24-Karat Conspiracy blog tour

Thursday – We’ve got a busy day today, starting off with the cover reveal of Piper Vaughn & Kenzie Cade’s new collaboration, Prickly Business

Next up will be author Annabelle Jacobs, who’ll be here to chat about her contribution to Blanket Fort Press’s Secrets Collection, Toy with Me

And we’ll also be kicking off the GayRomLit Featured Blogger tour today with our first guest, Devon Rhodes

Friday – Dropping by today on the Charlie’s Hero blog tour, we’ll have author Nic Starr with us

Saturday – And to close out the week, we’ll have a few of the participating authors in the Indigent charity anthology with us to talk about their participation in this special project

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4 Stars, Annabelle Jacobs, Paranormal Romance, Reviewed by Lisa, Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Urban Fantasy, Self-Published

Review: The Altered 2 by Annabelle Jacobs

Title: The Altered 2

Author: Annabelle Jacobs

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 101 Pages

At a Glance: I was looking so forward to this story, and, from a purely romantic perspective, I was not at all disappointed.

Reviewed By: Lisa

Blurb: A remote farmhouse in Cornwall seems the perfect place for Ash to settle into his recently altered status. Starting a new life there with Sam—the shifter he can’t stay away from—should be easy this far from London where they faced so much danger. So why does adjusting seem impossible?

Sam has issues of his own. He has to get used to his human form again after living the last eight years as a wolf. It’s hard when human worries weigh so heavily on his shoulders. Life is much more straightforward from a wolf’s perspective, until Ash needs his human support.

Ash’s problem is simple: he’s fearful of shifting fully. How can he believe he won’t hurt Sam when his genes were altered to create a killer? Despite repeated reassurance, his anger and resentment increase. Only one thing is certain: if Ash can’t learn to trust himself soon, he’s in danger of proving himself right.

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Review: The Altered 2, the second book in Annabelle Jacobs’ alt u/fantasy series, is Sam and Ash’s story. Introduced in the first book when Ash was still entirely human and Sam was still living full time as a wolf, these two men bonded in something like friendship on steroids, but all the signs were there, even if they were unprepared to understand them—they were connected by something much deeper than feelings, something supernatural they couldn’t, or wouldn’t, or weren’t prepared to name. When Ash’s life as he’d know it was stolen from him by the mad scientist who was bent upon making an army of shifters to serve his own nefarious purposes, we saw what Sam was willing and prepared to do for the sake of keeping Ash safe.

Free of the necessary world building of book one, The Altered 2 is one hundred percent relationship and romance-centric, focusing on the obstacles these two men face in their as yet undefined bond—the first hurdle being that Ash, now an altered himself, has no idea of the full effects of the serum he was infected with and how it’s reshaped his physiology or psychology, other than the fact he can’t seem to control his anger or physical reactions in the face of the coming full moon. The second challenge they face is with Sam himself and the fact he chooses to remain in his wolf form nearly full time because it’s easier for him to cope with everything that’s happened to him since he became an altered himself. And, because neither man has been able to talk to each other about all the changes that have occurred, Sam decides Ash must prefer him in his wolf form, and Ash does nothing to make Sam believe otherwise. Communication is a definite obstacle for these men in the beginning.

The Altered 2 is uncluttered and free of anything that doesn’t play directly into the building relationship between Ash and Sam, or the dynamics of the small family pack they’ve built with Daniel, Jordan, Keira, Charlie, and Matt. Guilt is a heavy burden to bear alone, and it’s not until Sam and Ash realize they are each other’s completeness that their issues are resolved at the perfect pace, not quite the instant gratification of the short stories I love, and sometimes just want, but not so long that the drama was drawn out unnecessarily for the sake of manufactured angst.

I was looking so forward to this story, and, from a purely romantic perspective, I was not at all disappointed. If you read The Altered 1 and were anxious to see Ash and Sam get their happy ending, Annabelle Jacobs delivers it in a satisfying way.

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Guest Post and Excerpt: The Altered 2 by Annabelle Jacobs

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Thanks, Lisa, for having me on your blog today.

My new story, The Altered 2, was released yesterday. It’s the second book in the Lycanaeris series.

I love writing secondary characters, almost as much as the main ones, but usually their stories are all nicely wrapped up by the end of the book. When I finished The Altered, however, there was so much more I wanted to write for Sam and Ash. They’d become almost as important as Jordan and Daniel, and I knew that I had to give them their own book. It was one of the easiest stories I’ve written in the sense that I loved almost every moment, which never usually happens. I think every writer has days when the words just won’t come, but for Sam and Ash it flowed so well, I was done in record time.

The Altered 2, is more focused on Sam and Ash and their internal conflicts, rather than external events. Both of them experienced significant change at the end of book one, and this book follows their developing relationship as they navigate their new lives.

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TA2_coverpicBlurb: A remote farmhouse in Cornwall seems the perfect place for Ash to settle into his recently altered status. Starting a new life there with Sam—the shifter he can’t stay away from—should be easy this far from London where they faced so much danger. So why does adjusting seem impossible?

Sam has issues of his own. He has to get used to his human form again after living the last eight years as a wolf. It’s hard when human worries weigh so heavily on his shoulders. Life is much more straightforward from a wolf’s perspective, until Ash needs his human support.

Ash’s problem is simple: he’s fearful of shifting fully. How can he believe he won’t hurt Sam when his genes were altered to create a killer? Despite repeated reassurance, his anger and resentment increase. Only one thing is certain: if Ash can’t learn to trust himself soon, he’s in danger of proving himself right.

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Excerpt: The floorboards in the hallway outside his room creaked. Sam knew who it was long before the accompanying knock on the door.

Ash.

Ash knocked twice, only pushing the door open a little when Sam howled softly for him to come in.

“Oh, hey.” Ash stuck his head around the door, his dark hair a tousled mess as usual. He frowned when he saw Sam. “Um. Keira said today was a human day. But, er….” He came fully inside and closed the door behind him. “Don’t you fancy it?”

Ash walked over to Sam’s bed and sat on the bottom corner, propping his elbows on his knees.

Sam sighed and padded over to sit next to him, placing his head in Ash’s lap. As soon as Ash’s long fingers were in his fur—stroking back and forth—Sam felt a hundred times better. The soothing touch spread warmth throughout his body and Sam closed his eyes, letting it chase away whatever had been bothering him earlier.

Ash’s touch always had this effect on him. Sam had known what that meant from the very first time they’d met.

Ash was meant for him.

Everything about Ash: the way he looked, his scent—which drove Sam crazy sometimes—and even his voice, made something in Sam settle. Something he’d been missing for years. It was that feeling that had helped Sam to shift back in front of other people for the first time in eight years. That, and the fact that some fucking guard had a gun pointed at Ash’s head.

The thought had been instinctive, the need to protect rushing through him and forcing his body to react accordingly.

He couldn’t stay human, though.

Everything felt simpler as a wolf. He understood what went on around him, knew what people were saying and wanted to help them, but it had been easy to remain outside of everything. To not feel any guilt.

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Annabelle_Jacobs_logoAbout the Author: Annabelle Jacobs lives in the South West of England with her husband, three rowdy children, and two cats.

An avid reader of fantasy herself for many years, Annabelle now spends her days writing her own stories. They’re usually either fantasy or paranormal fiction, because she loves building worlds filled with magical creatures, and creating stories full of action and adventure. Her characters may have a tough time of it—fighting enemies and adversity—but they always find love in the end.

Author Links: Twitter | Website | Email | Facebook

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Here’s a Sneak Peek at the Coming Week

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Cheers, everyone, and welcome back to a quick look at what (or should I say who?) we have coming up for you in the week ahead. Thank you for stopping by!

Now, along with great giveaways and more reviews, here’s who we have on tap.

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Monday – Author Mickie B. Ashling helps us kick off our week with a visit on the Enforcing Emory blog tour

TuesdayMia Kerick joins us today on the Love Spell blog tour

And we’ll also have author Jessie G. in attendance on the Tricking Chase blog tour

WednesdayJane Davitt is our guest today on the Closing the Loop tour

Thursday – And today, we’ll welcome Silvia Violet on the Coming Clean blog tour

As well as author B.R. Sanders to discuss their new book Ariah

Friday Joy Lynn Field drops in today on the Blowing Off Steam blog tour

Also joining us is author Annabelle Jacobs on the Altered 2 blog tour

Saturday – Closing out the week, we have RJ Scott with us today on her Summer House tour

And we’ll also welcome author Megan Linden on the Serve & Protect blog tour

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4 Stars, Annabelle Jacobs, Genre Romance, Paranormal Romance, Reviewed by Lisa, Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Urban Fantasy, Self-Published

Review: The Altered by Annabelle Jacobs

Title: The Altered

Author: Annabelle Jacobs

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 209 Pages

At a Glance: I really liked the introduction to a new world of shifters, one that breaks some molds while staying true to some others.

Reviewed By: Lisa

Blurb: Twenty years ago the UK’s water supply was contaminated with an experimental pathogen, Lycanaeris, causing widespread panic across the nation. Terrorism was suspected but never proven, and when nothing happened–no epidemic, no unexplained illnesses–the whole episode was written off as an elaborate hoax. But Lycanaeris was selective. Only those of a certain age, and with a specific gene in their DNA were infected. Time would reveal the pathogen’s true nature, when those susceptible grew up Altered.

Daniel is one of thousands forced to hide his altered status by living a quiet life. He’s not like the others, though. Daniel can’t help looking so distinctive or being able to see every altered for what they really are. To those abducting altereds, that skill makes him valuable.

For Jordan, shifting from human to wolf means living under the radar to avoid unwanted attention. Meeting Daniel complicates matters. Daniel’s existence is a threat to Jordan and his friends, but Jordan can’t seem to shake the strange connection between them. When danger threatens, there’s little time for Daniel and Jordan to work out their feelings before lives are at stake.

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Review: Annabelle Jacobs’ The Altered is cross-genre Urban Fantasy with a Sci-Fi element that throws some new twists into shifter romance.

A lab created pathogen introduced into London’s water supply some twenty years ago has created a division of species amongst the city’s population, as well as within those who are called the Altered. The humans who remained immune to the pathogen now live, mostly unaware, among those who are full or partial shifters, and those rare altereds called seers, labeled so because they can see shifters where humans can’t, which makes Daniel Fellows an asset, or a liability, depending upon whom one asks. Daniel has had to work hard to hide what he is, and has successfully done so in large part with the help of his best friend Matt, who is himself a partial shifter. I was immediately drawn into the concept of this story (I’ve read The Stand more than a few times, thank you. What’s scarier that a lab created disease gone viral?); the hubris of man playing God, messing with the laws of Nature… So full of horrific possibilities.

There are no packs established among the altereds, but there is a sort of hierarchy which takes the place of the familiar Alpha, Beta, Omega roles. If the world building allowed for those labels, though, Jordan Cole would be an Alpha male. His introduction in the story happens with a fair amount of tension, as Daniel gets a brief flash of Jordan’s wolf form. And, while there is no established “fated mate” canon in the story’s plot, there’s also no denying the pull Daniel and Jordan feel toward each other; though the author thankfully foregoes the instant soul bond and makes these men work through the trust issues between them, as Jordan is the shifter to Daniel’s seer, and Daniel is someone who could deliver no small amount of danger and betrayal to Jordan and his chosen family.

The Altered in some ways reads like a three act play—the Urban Fantasy, which leads to the paranormal romance and the building of Jordan and Daniel’s relationship, then ending in an action/thriller complete with the mad scientist who is bent upon resuming what was started twenty years before. The story is a mix of both the new and the familiar, with some great supporting characters, a couple of whom will be getting their own story. I hope?

Ash is Daniel and Matt’s human roommate. Sam is part of Jordan’s chosen family, and has a special set of issues of his own. I loved the introduction to their relationship and am eager to get their story, if one is coming. They both have things in their pasts that have informed who they’ve become, and the little we learned about them in The Altered made for the buildup of some intense curiosity.

Having read Annabelle Jacobs’ Torsere series, I can’t say it was a risk for me to jump into this book. I really liked the introduction to a new world of shifters, one that breaks some molds while staying true to some others. And, while I’m the weirdo who liked the Sci-Fi/Fantasy elements just as much as, if not more than, the romance, I can say I loved Daniel and Jordan together and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend reading The Altered.






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Guest Post and Giveaway: The Altered Blog Tour With Annabelle Jacobs

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The Novel Approach welcomes Annabelle Jacobs today on The Altered blog tour. Annabelle is offering the chance for one reader to win any e-title from her backlist (excl. The Altered).

THIS CONTEST IS CLOSED

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Thanks, Lisa, for having me on your blog today.

My new story is released on April 9th, and it’s a new experience for me this time around, as I’m self publishing. It’s been an interesting and eye-opening process, but one that I’ve enjoyed so far.

The Altered, is a paranormal romance, based in the UK. It focuses on the after-effects of an experimental pathogen that is released into the water supply. The story begins twenty years later. The two main characters, Daniel and Jordan, were changed by the pathogen but in vastly different ways. Both of them have to hide what they are as more and more altereds go missing. It’s not safe.

Daniel, age twenty-five, works in a library to keep a low profile, while Jordan, twenty-eight, co-owns a gym to give a plausible excuse for his increased strength. Fate throws them together after a night out in a bar, and stirs something between them that is impossible to ignore.

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Excerpt: He laughed at the joke Matt was in the middle of telling, chipping in for a bit and teasing him, and then he felt it again, creeping up the back of his spine like icy fingers. Daniel stayed perfectly still, suppressing his body’s natural reaction, and carefully turned to place his empty pint glass on the bar.

He let his gaze wander along to the end of the bar, past the couple he’d spotted earlier, and—

Bloody Hell.

He sucked in a sharp breath before he could stop himself. Usually he got a flash of images, depending on how much they’d been altered—claws, teeth, and fur if they changed fully, but never anything like this. One minute Daniel was looking at a tall dark-haired, really hot man, and in the blink of an eye he’d changed into a huge black wolf, fangs bared in a snarl—clearer than anything he’d seen before.

The image vanished almost as soon as it appeared, and the noise from the bar suddenly jarred Daniel back to his senses.

Fuck.

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TheAltered-fBlurb: Twenty years ago the UK’s water supply was contaminated with an experimental pathogen, Lycanaeris, causing widespread panic across the nation. Terrorism was suspected but never proven, and when nothing happened–no epidemic, no unexplained illnesses–the whole episode was written off as an elaborate hoax. But Lycanaeris was selective. Only those of a certain age, and with a specific gene in their DNA were infected. Time would reveal the pathogen’s true nature, when those susceptible grew up Altered.

Daniel is one of thousands forced to hide his altered status by living a quiet life. He’s not like the others, though. Daniel can’t help looking so distinctive or being able to see every altered for what they really are. To those abducting altereds, that skill makes him valuable.

For Jordan, shifting from human to wolf means living under the radar to avoid unwanted attention. Meeting Daniel complicates matters. Daniel’s existence is a threat to Jordan and his friends, but Jordan can’t seem to shake the strange connection between them. When danger threatens, there’s little time for Daniel and Jordan to work out their feelings before lives are at stake.

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Annabelle_Jacobs_logoAuthor Bio: Annabelle Jacobs lives in the South West of England with her husband, three rowdy children, and two cats.

An avid reader of fantasy herself for many years, Annabelle now spends her days writing her own stories. They’re usually either fantasy or paranormal fiction, because she loves building worlds filled with magical creatures, and creating stories full of action and adventure. Her characters may have a tough time of it—fighting enemies and adversity—but they always find love in the end.

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An Introduction And A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week

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Cheers, everyone! I hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend. Thanks for stopping by to see what we have coming up in the week ahead. In addition to our guests and some great giveaways, we’ll also be bringing you lots more reviews, and I’d also like to introduce you to the newest member of The Novel Approach’s staff.

Meet Carrie!

TNA_Signature_CarrieHello, everyone, my name is Carrie!  I am a mom to three wonderful college boys – 2 already there and one beginning in the fall. We are a bicoastal family with 2 kids on the east coast and home central being in Seattle. Don’t get me wrong – I am a southern girl. I grew up with formal dinners every Sunday after church, and sweet tea. I learned good posture with Emily Post’s Book of Etiquette on my head, quite literally. So what am I doing in Seattle? No clue. I can say that I love books like my grandmother loved her gardening club. I read. A lot. I tend to have a voracious appetite for books, which can get expensive since I was taught to speed read in third grade and I have never looked back. As such, I love it when a book makes me pause – slaps me mid sentence, and says slow down and enjoy me – let me tell you a story…

 I want to start writing about and sharing those books with you. I will read just about anything but gravitate towards romance and mystery, with a little erotic sci-fi thrown in for good measure. If you come by my house, I will make you a mimosa and we can talk books – I can’t wait!

Welcome, Carrie! And now here’s what’s on tap:

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MondayAnnabelle Jacobs kicks off the week with a guest post about her new book The Altered

TuesdayRebecca Cohen joins us today on her Under Glass blog tour

Wednesday – Coming to you today are Alex Beecroft, on the Blue Eyed Stranger blog tour

And Andrew Q. Gordon, here with Carole Cummings for another edition of Genre Talk

ThursdayEthan Stone stops in today on the tour for the re-release of In the Flesh

FridayR.P. Andrews is our guest today on The Czar of Wilton Drive tour

Saturday – And to close out our week, author A.E. Via will be stopping by on the Defined by Deceit tour

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5 Stars, Annabelle Jacobs, Dreamspinner Press, Reviewed by Lisa, Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Urban Fantasy

Review: Alliance (Torsere: Book Three) by Annabelle Jacobs

Title: Alliance (Torsere: Book Three)

Author: Annabelle Jacobs

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 284 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: King Ryneq and his dragon rider consort, Nykin, return to Torsere to defend the kingdom against the lowland armies already camped along Torsere’s borders. Seran wants the dragons, and with a new witch in his ranks, war is inevitable. Continue reading

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Guest Post and Giveaway: Alliance by Annabelle Jacobs

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Firstly, thank you, Lisa, for having me on your blog today.

The final book in my fantasy trilogy has just been released, and though the story ends here for Nykin and Ryneq, I’ve had such a great time writing them.

The Torsere series follows Ryneq, ruler of Torsere, and Nykin, a dragon rider in his army. They are thrust together when King Ryneq is captured by the lowland armies and Nykin volunteers to rescue him. Their relationship continues to grow and flourish, despite all the external conflict surrounding them as they struggle to forge a union with the elves of Hervath, to gain magical protection for Torsere. Continue reading

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Annabelle Jacobs Is Here Today To Talk Torsere And Offer A Giveaway



Firstly, thank you so much for having me on your blog today.

April has been a busy month for me so far. As well as the second book in my Torsere series, Union, being released on the 11th, I also completed the third and final book, Alliance.

The series begins with Capture, where we meet the main characters King Ryneq–the ruler of Torsere, and Nykin–a dragon rider in the king’s army. This first book describes the start of their relationship as they’re captured by their enemies and forced to come up with an elaborate escape plan.

Ryneq is a young king, thrust into leadership by the death of his parents, with only his sister to help him. I wanted him to be strong and commanding, yet at the same time have a slight air of vulnerability underneath it all.

Nykin has only been a dragon rider for a little over a year. He’s brave and loyal, but doesn’t always think about the consequences of his actions. He shares a telepathic link with his bonded dragon, Fimor, and as I began to write the story, Fimor became almost as much of a main character as the others. He’s opinionated, but funny, and would do anything to keep Nykin safe. He was so much fun to write.

When I think of Fimor, I imagine a huge red dragon, fearsome to look at but also beautiful. The dragon Paul Richmond produced for the cover is absolutely perfect.

The story continues in book #2, Union, where the relationship between Nykin and Ryneq develops further and they travel to the elven kingdom of Alel to celebrate the union of the two kingdoms. It concludes with Alliance, which will hopefully be released later this year.

BLURB Capture: Over two hundred years ago, when dragons were hunted for their blood, the King of Torsere offered them sanctuary. In return, the dragons bestowed a magical gift on the King’s people, allowing those born with the mark to become dragon riders and forge a mental connection between dragon and rider.

King Ryneq of Torsere is undeniably attracted to Nykin, a young dragon rider. Ryneq’s sister, Cerylea, encourages him to pursue the relationship. But with the stresses of ruling Torsere, a romantic attachment is low on Ryneq’s list of priorities. Nykin admires the king from afar, but wants more than to warm his bed for a night or two.

Torsere remains under threat from the lowland armies of Rodeth and Athisi. To protect their kingdom, Ryneq and Cerylea intend to form an alliance with the elves through Cerylea’s marriage to elf prince Morkryn. On the road to the wedding, the lowland army attacks the party. Cerylea escapes, but Ryneq is captured and taken to the impenetrable Risvery Castle. In the aftermath, Nykin volunteers for a perilous mission, endangering the lives of him and his dragon. The odds are against him, but Nykin will risk everything for his duty and his king.


BLURB Union: After the defeat of the Lowland Army at Torsere and with King Seran on the run, King Ryneq and his sister, Cerylea, continue their journey to the Elven City of Alel to proceed with the union of the two realms. Fully recovered from his injuries and newly announced as King Ryneq’s Consort, Nykin returns to his duty as a Dragon Rider in the King’s army. He and Ryneq have little opportunity to celebrate their union, but make the most of their time together before leaving for Alel. Since the ambush at Neest River destroyed the main bridge, traveling by ship is the only option. An unusual storm threatens their crossing, making Ryneq wonder if some new magic is rising against them.

As the wedding between Cerylea and the Elven prince Morkryn approaches, the dragons sense a malevolent presence. To protect the young couple’s fragile bond, Nykin and his dragon, Fimor, take to the skies, setting up a patrol along the border of the magical city. But as the evil grows more potent, the enchanted boundary grows weaker. Ryneq and Nykin must combine their strength to protect their people from Seran’s extreme plot for revenge.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Annabelle Jacobs lives in the South West of England with her husband, three rowdy children, and two cats.

An avid reader of fantasy herself for many years, Annabelle now spends her days writing her own stories. They’re usually either fantasy or paranormal fiction, because she loves building worlds filled with magical creatures, and creating stories full of action and adventure. Her characters may have a tough time of it—fighting enemies and adversity—but they always find love in the end.

Author Links:

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4.5 Stars, Annabelle Jacobs, Dreamspinner Press, Reviewed by Lisa

Annabelle Jacobs Brings The Kingdom Of Torsere To Life In “Capture” And “Union”


“It’s a very brave and noble thing, to risk one’s life to save that of another.” – Annabelle Jacobs



Title: Capture (Torsere: Book One) and Union (Torsere: Book Two)

Author: Annabelle Jacobs

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 200 Pages/230 Pages

Rating: 4.5 Stars Overall

Blurb: Over two hundred years ago, when dragons were hunted for their blood, the King of Torsere offered them sanctuary. In return, the dragons bestowed a magical gift on the King’s people, allowing those born with the mark to become dragon riders and forge a mental connection between dragon and rider.
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novel-approach-facebook-iconHi, everyone, I hope you all had a great week. Thanks for dropping by to see what we’ve got coming up. The most exciting thing going on this coming week for me is that Jackie and I will be heading to RainbowCon in Tampa to represent The Novel Approach, but mostly we’re going to have fun, meet with readers and authors, and get up to general shenanigans with friends.

We’ve also added two new authors to the Countdown to GayRomLit Celebration—Jacob Flores and Sherrie Henry. Jacob’s visit is coming up on April 21st, so be sure to stay tuned for that.

In the meantime, here’s what we have on tap this week:

MondayK-lee Klein comes calling for the RainbowCon Countdown Celebration, and she’s got a giveaway to go with it

TuesdayElizabeth Noble is our guest on her Electric Candle blog tour, and there’s a tour-wide giveaway

WednesdayJR Loveless joins us as our final guest in the Countdown to RainbowCon Celebration, and she’ll have little swag to give away

We also have Laura Harner with us today, as Pride Promotions presents a Book Blast and a tour-wide giveaway

ThursdayJP Barnaby is here today with a Backlist Book Bump of her Little Boy Lost series, and there’ll be a giveaway

FridayK.A. Mitchell joins us with a little Bad Influence interview and a giveaway

Remember that little peek you got at Mary Calmes’s Ears, Eggs and Bunnies? Well, today’s the day you’ll get to see the story in its entirety. It’s only a little taste of Sam and Jory, but it’s nothing less than solid proof Sam Kage still has his hands full :)

Saturday – Woohoo! The Butt Ninjas From Hell are here today. Well, not all of them, but TC Blue is here with a guest post and a tour-wide giveaway

Annabelle Jacobs is also with us to talk about her newest book in the Torsere series, Union, and there’s a giveaway

Sunday – Wrapping up the week is Scotty Cade, who’s here to talk a little bit about his latest release, Sunrise Over Savannah, and the upcoming sequel, Chasing the Horizon, and there’ll be a giveaway too

And that does it for this coming week. Until next time, happy reading!

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