3 Stars, Bottom Drawer Publications, Fairy Tale/Mythology/Folk Lore, L.J. LaBarthe, Reviewed by Rena

Review: Mythica by L.J. LaBarthe

Title: Mythica

Author: L.J. LaBarthe

Publisher: Bottom Drawer Publications

Pages/Word Count: 235 Pages

Rating: 3 Stars

Blurb: Caiden Jones is part-selkie and lives an idyllic life by the sea in South Australia. He’s had his fair share of disappointments, like being kept out of the Navy due to his mythica status, but overall he’s got a pretty good life. Until he’s in the wrong place at the right time. Continue reading

Bottom Drawer Publications, Meredith Shayne

Guest Post and Giveaway: Cutting Out by Meredith Shayne

Beautiful Queenstown

BDP BADGE 1It’s not always possible to visit the places where you set your books, either for geographical or monetary reasons, and that’s fine; that’s what Google Earth is for, right? But in the cases where it is possible, I’m of the opinion that it’s a good thing to do. Google Earth can’t tell you what a place sounds or smells like, or how long it takes to walk from one end to the other in actual reality, not just Google Maps reality. So when I got the opportunity to visit Queenstown, where Shane Cooper, one of the main characters in my novel Cutting Out, lives, I jumped at the chance. Continue reading

Bottom Drawer Publications, DaNay Smith

Everyone Knows That Falling In Love Is “Better Together”

“To make one, there must be two.” ― W.H. Auden

Better Together is a story in the Second Chances series. The stories are about finding love the second time around. I enjoyed reading this sweet story. It had just the right amount of angst and sex. Since this was a short story, there was not much action, unless you consider the sex. And there was plenty of it! :-)
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Bottom Drawer Publications, Henrietta Clark

“The Truth About Riley” Is That Riley Is Truly Lovely

“Sometimes loneliness makes the loudest noise.” ― Aaron Ben-Ze’ev

Riley Aylworth needs. That’s all, he just needs: He needs to heal his emotional and psychological wounds so he can see past the physical one he bears that lets the outside world know he’s survived something profoundly life altering. He needs to trust that he is more than the imperfect skin in which he’s wrapped. He needs to understand that true courage, the kind of strength he possesses, comes from facing his fears, not running from them. He needs to have faith that he’s the sort of man Cameron Kirkwood can love. He needs to believe that a man who is starved for touch and for connection to another, is a man who needs only to reach out and take what’s within reach rather than pushing it away because he doesn’t believe his imperfection is worthy of something so perfect.

Riley needs to see with his heart and not with his eyes.
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Bette Browne, Bottom Drawer Publications

Bette Browne’s “Dirty Martini” Might Leave You Shaken And Stirred

“Sometimes serendipity is just intention unmasked.” ― Elizabeth Berg


Nathan Smith is just playing out the night as usual, working the bar of the hotel where he is employed. The only thing different about this night is that Daniel Fletcher is drowning his sorrows in vodka and regret. When Daniel reaches his limit, Nathan cuts him off and sends him home in a cab with a bittersweet farewell to the handsome man he may never see again.

When Daniel sobers up, life seems to be a little more in perspective, yet he can’t shake the image of a guy he met the night before from his mind. When he finally regains all his memories of the previous night, seeing his ex with his new boyfriend seems like less of a blow to his ego, so he sets out to find something sexy to occupy his mind. Somehow he ends up back in the hotel bar and flirting with the handsome barman from the night before, and thus embarks on a whirlwind romance with Nathan that even his ex can’t threaten to destroy. A handful of dirty martini’s was all it took to show Daniel what can happen when you find yourself in the right place at the right time, with a barman who can shake a cocktail that will change your life for the better.
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Bottom Drawer Publications, T.D. Green

Sometimes Getting A Second Chance At Love Is “Non-Negotiable”

“Although no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.” ― Carl Bard

I’ve always loved stories in which former lovers come full circle and find each other again. Not everyone gets a second chance at love but when they do, it’s worth the struggle it takes to get there.

Alex and Jacob were lovers in college until one day Alex just left, leaving Jacob with no explanation as to why. Years later, while working on a contract for his company Jacob comes face to face with someone he never thought he’d see again, Alex.
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Bottom Drawer Publications, L.J. Harris

Even A “Heart of Glass” Can Sometimes Be Mended

“Once I had a love and it was a gas
Soon turned out had a heart of glass – Blondie”

Some find love on the first try and some need a second chance. Heart of Glass is a sweet little tale about second chances but not settling for second best. The story is about two men who make drastic changes in their lives to have the happily ever after.

Zack Doherty moves back to Australia after a bad break-up in the states. He’s looking for a chance to start fresh and in the process, to reconnect with his estranged father. Zack is a happy-go-lucky optimist. He knows he’ll make it. There’s a perk of living with his dad. He gets to drive his dad’s red Mustang, and that first drive in the smoking hot car plays a major role in Zack’s second chance.

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