5 Stars, BJ Sheppard, Horror, Reviewed by Lisa, Self-Published

Review: Devil’s Jawbone by BJ Sheppard

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Title: Devil’s Jawbone

Author: BJ Sheppard

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 139 Pages

At a Glance: This author’s creativity is not only impressive, but he’s also just a bit disturbed in only the best possible way.

Reviewed By: Lisa

Blurb: As night descends on the town of Devil’s Jawbone, no one is safe. The veil between the living and the dead is at its thinnest, and the darkest side of human nature is boiling to the surface. The supernatural and the natural are colliding, and in this sleepy town, the bump in the night is taking human form. Innocence will be lost; the villain will become the victor; spirits will rise and Satan himself will come to town.

In an eerie collection of short speculative fiction, author BJ Sheppard will grab your imagination, bringing new life to the classic campfire tales synonymous with the scariest of occasions. Halloween will never be the same again.

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Review: Welcome to Devil’s Jawbone, the place where a person’s convictions can be every bit as terrifying as their afflictions…where the only difference between a surgeon and a butcher lies somewhere within intent.

Author BJ Sheppard has tapped into the darker side of his imagination and pulled together a collection of horror stories that showcase the human monster which has the potential of lurking within all of us. Starting with “Legion,” this anthology takes on an eerie tone as the author begins to draw his circle. Imagery and allegory are painted in rich tones of the unknown in a poetic prose that does nothing but make the reader curious about what sort of place he’s leading us into. As it turns out, this author’s creativity is not only impressive, but he’s also just a bit disturbed in only the best possible way for those of us who love a good chill up our spines.

As we move along through each of the subsequent tales, we witness every human failing that can be twisted into horrifying realities—because, as we all know, it’s not the unknown and impossible we should fear most. What ought to strike true terror in the hearts of man is the potential for evil that lives among us, those whose fanatical persuasions and twisted passions and psychological maladaptation are as nearby as the killer who walks by us on the sidewalk and decides whether today is the day we live or die. This omnibus of the macabre leads its readers through the valley of the shadow of death, and we… we should fear its evil.

No one is immune from Sheppard’s distorted treatment of life and death and the in-between in Devil’s Jawbone. From mothers to serial murders, we are offered a glimpse inside the minds of the afflicted. From a twisting of the innocence of a child, to the betrayal of a lover which sets the wheels of retribution into motion, to the reimagining of “The Hook” (that scary little childhood tale so many of once told as we huddled under our blankets), each of these short stories seem to have nothing in common save for their setting and the fact that they’re each more deliciously disturbing than the next. Until, that is, the author’s deft and well-crafted finale, “The Devil at the Crossroads,” which brings the entire collection back around upon itself and ties everything together into a single tapestry that left me more than a little gleeful at its cleverness.

Being a true lover of horror, especially the sort of which exposes a terrifying side to our humanness, I found myself flipping the pages of Devil’s Jawbone and telling myself, “This story is my favorite.” Until I got to the end of the next and had to reevaluate my opinion. Do I have a favorite? If hard pressed I would say it’s “The Ties That Bind,” only because there’s a special sort of depravity in its romantic notions, which I found wickedly lovely.

As the horror genre isn’t a niche everyone frequents, I can’t say I’d recommend this novel to the tried and true romance aficionados, but I can say without an instant of hesitation that BJ Sheppard has offered enthusiasts of the morbid an unsafe haven called Devil’s Jawbone, a place I was more than glad to reside in for a while.

From the safe distance of my Kindle, of course.

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5 Stars, BJ Sheppard, Mystery/Suspense/Action Thriller, Reviewed by Sammy, Self-Published

Review: Pieces of Jack by BJ Sheppard

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Title: Pieces of Jack

Author: BJ Sheppard

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 305 Pages

At a Glance: The mystery element in Pieces Of Jack is center stage and riveting. The action is swift and pulls you along, the terror and fear palpable.

Reviewed By: Sammy

Blurb: …the price of silence just went up.

14 years ago, five friends were bound together in a pact of silence, burying their involvement in the murder of a classmate hell-bent on exposing their darkest secrets. Now, fighting for justice on the Grimm City PD, Detective Meyer Stanton finds himself thrown back into the past, the secrets he vowed to keep, coming back to haunt him. Working below the law, Meyer, his childhood sweetheart, Evan, and an old flame become the targets of a psychotic serial killer, wearing the face of a long-dead enemy. With the help of his partner and ex-lover, Detective Corin West, can Meyer rip the mask off the dark murderer following his every step – before the five estranged childhood friends all fall prey to his murderous rampage – or is Grimm City about to fall under the bloodshed of its deadliest criminal?

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Review: Time has not been kind to the five boys who were discovered by the high school bully outside a gay club. Five friends who hid each other and kept each other safe but who could not come out to their parents, their high school buddies, their town. Everything hung in the balance of Jack’s hateful promise to tear their world apart and expose the fact that they were gay. More than one of those five high school boys wanted Jack dead, but just which one of them was responsible for the bloodstained bleachers on their school football field the next day was a mystery. And then, there were the jars in their lockers—each containing a little piece of Jack.

Fast forward several years and suddenly, long lost ties to each other begin to slowly re-knit as one-by-one, the boys turned men are being silenced in strange and violent ways. Meyer has become a police detective and is assigned to the cases. Before he knows it, he will be back in touch with the one boy, Evan, whom he has carried a torch for most of his life. But time is ticking away, and Jack appears to be back from the dead and hell-bent on destroying all of them.

I have followed the work of this author since he first made his delightful foray into the romantic comedy genre. While this is not his first attempt at mystery/horror, it is by far one of his best. It is thrilling to watch BJ Sheppard grow as a dynamic storyteller with each novel he writes. With a unique and compelling voice, he unwraps each character and reveals their innermost intimate secrets and fears. The passion that arises between his men is not overdone or singular, but, in fact, adds depth to the plot and enhances the story overall rather than pull the reader away from it by sticking in some gratuitous sex scene. The moments when Evan and Meyer finally consummate a love that has been a part of them since their youth is tender and stunning in its intimacy.

The mystery element in Pieces Of Jack is center stage and riveting. The action is swift and pulls you along, the terror and fear palpable and slowly ramps up until your heart is in your throat. As each piece of this novel unfolds, you watch with horror as death takes center stage, and the final scenes, where all is revealed, is just gorgeous in its insanity.

Pieces Of Jack is a real testimony to how a writer works hard to ply his craft and just gets better with each story he shares. BJ Sheppard has arrived, and his fans will no doubt grow in numbers with the release of his latest fascinating story. I highly recommend this novel to you.

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Video Excerpt and Giveaway: Always Have, Always Will by BJ Sheppard

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The Novel Approach is so honored to be kicking off BJ Sheppard’s Always Have, Always Will Blog Tour today, and to be bringing you some very exclusive content to celebrate the book’s release at Wilde City Press.

Not only did this very dapper man do a video reading from the book for us, but he has also revealed that his well of talent runs deep. The song he’s shared with us today? Yes, he not only composed it, but that’s him performing it as well.

THIS CONTEST IS CLOSED

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Title: Always Have, Always Will

Author: BJ Sheppard

Publisher: Wilde City Press

Length: 64 Pages

Genre: Gay Fiction, Contemporary 

Blurb: Imagine losing everything you ever loved in the blink of an eye. For Clayton Palmer, that terrible fate has just become a reality as he buries his lover, Gregg, after a brief and futile battle with cancer. Now, in the house in which they shared their love for all those years, Clay’s own life is slowly fading. In a war with his ailing body, Clay reminisces over the life they shared. Knowing time is running out, memories of their joy and sadness come to him; vignettes forming a road map back to the man he always loved; always has and always will.

Buy Links: Wilde City Press, Amazon, ARe

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Bj SheppardAuthor Bio: My name is BJ Sheppard and all at once I found myself an author. Such a strange sensation to actually feel you deserve the thing you had aspired to for many years. After all, all it took was computer access and an inner world that reads like a Sheryl Crow song to pound the keys and translate my crazy ideas onto the page. I feel like I could have business cards printed. Maybe wear a black roll neck and perch my glasses on the tip of my nose. I could drink whisky and smoke a cigar and do all those really stereotypical things I imagine all writers do. Perhaps I could get laid a little more? This is not the end. Nor the beginning. Hell, it isn’t even about me. My boys write themselves; I really don’t have that much say in the matter. As long as my characters need a voice, I have two chubby typing fingers and a need to please— watch this space: there is more to come.

Social Media Links: Website | Facebook | Facebook Author Page | Twitter

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Follow BJ’s Tour For More Exclusive Content And More Chances To Win An E-copy Of Always Have, Always Will:

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A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week

Here’s A Sneak Peek at the Coming Week

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Welcome back, everyone, and many thanks to you for your warm wishes for a happy holiday and new year. Your continued support means the world to us, and we’re looking forward to a fun and busy 2015!

We’ve got some great guests lined up for you in the coming week, so here’s a look at what’s in store:

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Monday – Kicking off our week, we welcome BJ Sheppard on his Always Have, Always Will blog tour

And we’ll also be helping to welcome the new kid on the publishing block, CoolDudes Books

Tuesday M.A. Church drops by today on her The Harvest: Journey’s End blog tour

We also have the Brit Boys tour stopping by today

WednesdayRhys Ford’s Down and Dirty blog tour makes a stop at TNA today, with the next chapter in the progressive story she wrote just for the tour

ThursdayAlexis Hall’s Liberty and Other Stories spotlight tour stops by today

FridayWhitley Gray drops in on her Artistic Endeavor blog tour

We also welcome Cardeno C. on the Blue Mountain tour

Saturday – And to close out the week, we’ll have Christopher Koehler with us on his Poz blog tour

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And that does it for now. Until next time, happy reading!

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5 Stars, BJ Sheppard, Literary Fiction, Reviewed by Sammy, Wilde City Press

Review: Always Have, Always Will by BJ Sheppard

Title: Always Have, Always Will

Author: BJ Sheppard

Publisher: Wilde City Press

Pages/Word Count: 64 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Imagine losing everything you ever loved in the blink of an eye. For Clayton Palmer, that terrible fate has just become a reality as he buries his lover, Gregg, after a brief and futile battle with cancer. Now, in the house in which they shared their love for all those years, Clay’s own life is slowly fading. In a war with his ailing body, Clay reminisces over the life they shared. Knowing time is running out, memories of their joy and sadness come to him; vignettes forming a road map back to the man he always loved; always has and always will. Continue reading

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And They All Lived… A Guest Post, Exclusive Excerpt, And Giveaway by BJ Sheppard

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The following guest post was written by BJ Sheppard in character as Liam Adams, the lovable MC in The Rainbow Connection

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The Rainbow Connection Blog Tour Post — Part VI

This series has word-vomited my particularly snarky opinions about some of the contents of the books contained within our m/m genre today, chronicling in great detail why most of what we read is, in reality, nowhere near as sexy in real life as it is in our books. We read fantasy as a way of escaping the monotony of our lives; to step into a world of make-believe so epic, that for just a while, we are lost in someone else’s swashbuckling escapades; we are surrounded by someone else’s fairy tale romance; we are delivered from our own threatening normalcy. Continue reading

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Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week


Hi, everyone, thanks so much for stopping by to see what we have in store for you in the coming week. Besides more reviews, that is.

We’ve got some great guests and giveaways on tap for you, so have a look at what to watch for.


MondayZA Maxfield kicks off our week with a Countdown to GRL Celebration and giveaway for her latest novel Home the Hard Way

TuesdayRory Ni Coileain drops by on the SoulShares Blog Tour, with a giveaway

Brita Addams will also be here today with another guest article to share

WednesdaySilvia Violet is our guest, with a giveaway on the Unexpected Trust Blog Tour

Rain Carrington is also here today with an excerpt and giveaway of Pappy Don’t Preach (Apishipa Creek Chronicles: Book Three)

ThursdayRick R. Reed is our guest today on the Bashed Blog Tour, with a giveaway

FridayEdmond Manning stops by with another Countdown to GRL Celebration and his new book Filthy Acquisitions

SaturdayLloyd A. Meeker is our guest today on The Companion Blog Tour, with a giveaway

Morticia Knight does a little Rocking the Alternative with us as well, with a giveaway

Sunday – To close out the week, our very own BJ Sheppard is our guest today on the Rainbow Connection series Blog Tour, with a giveaway

And that rounds out the week ahead. Until next week, happy reading!

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BJ Sheppard’s “Rainbow Connection: Volume 1” Delivers A Hilarious Fourth Installment In The Series


“You can love someone so much…But you can never love people as much as you can miss them.” – John Green


Title: Rainbow Connection: Volume One

Author: BJ Sheppard

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 153 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: One man, his lover, his boss, and all the balls you can juggle.
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BJ Sheppard is back and his third Rainbow Connection story leaves you Rocking with Laughter!


“I’d risk everything for one kiss, everything. Yes I’d do anything.
Anything? Anything for you.” ― I’d Do Anything from Oliver


Title: The Rainbow Connection-Part III: Unwanted Guests and Strange Requests

Author: BJ Sheppard

Publisher: Smashwords

Pages/Word Count: 15,530 Words

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: It’s a slippery slope between perfection and perversion, and Liam Adams finds himself on the wrong side of the line.
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“Sex, Lies and DVD Fines” leaves you breathless from laughter!


The bottom line is that people are never perfect, but love can be…” ― Tom Robbins


Title: The Rainbow Connection II: Sex, Lies, and DVD Fines

Author: BJ Shephard

Publisher: Smashwords

Pages/Word Count: 11,630 words

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: The course of true love never did run smooth for eccentric journalist Liam Adams..

After the success of his previous months column, Liam finds himself promoted and striving to impress with an article that will push the boundaries, not just of his work, but his love life as well. But will the subject of this months piece help or hinder as he struggles to keep his Rainbow Connection?
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“Romance Reads and Secret Needs” – BJ Sheppard’s Got It Covered



“Gym toned, carb ignorant and blissfully unaware of the emotional resonance of words, I have been knee deep in thigh-knockers without thought or feeling for as long as I could recall.” – BJ Sheppard


BLURB: Liam Adams thought that writing about life would be easy. He couldn’t have been more wrong.

Situated at a non-functional desk in the farthest corner of his fifth floor communal office, Liam has been charged with writing a segment for the company’s gay e-zine, “The Rainbow Connection”. Trying to disseminate the role of gender in the readership of gay literature, Liam soon starts to realize the jarring juxtaposition between the sentimental tales of love and his own fly-by-night sexual agenda. Not a stranger to the company of strangers, Liam is set on a path to discover why it’s the journey that matters most of all, and it takes a village to help him on his quest. From the overeating Social Networking Executive, to the liquor-addled Editor, Liam treads the road to enlightenment; and as the article reaches completion, the man realizes his latest sexual conquest could prove to be his last.

Humour and heart collide, as one man’s journey takes a fork in the road and straight down a path of no return. Can Liam find his Rainbow Connection with a man who had been there all along?

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Is He Already An Internet Sensation, you ask? Why, Yes He Is. Please Welcome, BJ!



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Well, you all know the drill by now, yes?

I say: “Here we grow again?”

And you say: “Whaaa…? Again?”

Or, at least that’s how it goes in my imagination. Your version may vary somewhat. :)

So, I’m just going to spill it straight up. Please welcome our newest reviewer, BJ!

We couldn’t be happier to have him on our team!

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BJ Sheppard is a figment of a crazy person’s imagination from the South of England, where he lives with an entire army of make-believe characters in his mind who share in his particular brand of psychosis. He writes every day of his life, in varying degrees, if only to his imaginary husband, who looks like Colton Haynes but thinks like Aragorn and can dance like Channing Tatum.

He reads scores of books every week, mostly because he hates the fact he made the life error of studying science when all he really wants to do is to get fat[ter] and fuse to his desk chair eating donuts and trying to be Chuck Palahnuik.

He likes Thai food because it smells of sex, and if ever asked who would be good playing a film role, his answer is always obnoxiously the same: Matt Bomer should play ALL the characters.

He tells every employer he ever had that he can speak fluent French, when in actual fact all he can say is a line he learnt watching The Craft when he was a child. He is a hundred miles of bad road, a self professed geek and is a little in love with the idea of ideas.

Books rock his world, so he reads them all the live-long day when he should be doing other things.

He also likes referring to himself in the third person…yes he does.

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