Hayden Thorne, Queerteen Press

Excerpt and Giveaway: Henning Book 2: The Prince of Wintergrave by Hayden Thorne

Hayden Thorne


4.5 Stars, Fairy Tale/Mythology/Folk Lore, Reviewed by Lana, Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Urban Fantasy, Totally Bound, Valentina Heart

Review: King’s Conquest by Valentina Heart

Title: King’s Conquest

Author: Valentina Heart

Publisher: Totally Bound

Pages/Word Count: 68 Pages

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Blurb: The only way for Prince Rin to save his kingdom is to marry a king and bear a child, but will he survive his fate?

In a world where two kingdoms are constantly at war, Prince Rin, heir to the throne of Kari kingdom, has been demanded as a war conquest by King Merinej of Jeda. The prince must travel to his enemy’s kingdom and share the king’s bed, bearing him a child or the war will continue. But the prince will not lower himself to what he sees as nothing but the title of a whore, so he demands a contract requiring the king to be faithful. After all to give Merin a child, Rin will risk his own life. Continue reading

Chris T. Kat, Dreamspinner Press

Guest Post and Giveaway: Tidal Change by Chris T. Kat

Sex Underwater

5767496A big thank you to The Novel Approach for having me! I’m Chris T. Kat and Dreamspinner Press will publish my new release, Tidal Change, on September 17th. Tidal Change is a shape-shifter story but it also has fantasy/fairy tale elements because the main character, Marty, is a merman.

Given that Marty is a merman, but a shifter as well, he’s capable of having sex in his human form, even underwater. Of course, that’s not what you wanted to hear, right? ;-)

No worries, there is underwater sex, and it happens while the guys are in their shifted forms. Now, how does the sex work? For a while, I contemplated basing my mermen’s physiology on fish, but after some research decided against it. For the story to work, I needed my merfolk to be mammals. Since I’m a whale and dolphin lover for, hmm, shall we say forever, the logical conclusion was to have a look at how these animals have sex. Continue reading

4 Stars, Belinda Burke, Reviewed by Lisa, Totally Bound

Belinda Burke’s “Dark Side of the Sun” Is Action And Danger In The Land Of The Fae

“They had trespassed on ancient oaths for the sake of mercenary greed, for the sake of ancient hatred—had stolen a child of summer.” – Belinda Burke

Title: Dark Side of the Sun (Eight Kingdoms: Book One)

Author: Belinda Burke

Publisher: Totally Bound

Pages/Word Count: 200 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Strange alliances are forged among the fae as Macsen Cadoc and his fae allies attempt to defeat the Milesians, Irish huntresses who bear a grudge against the sidhe.
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Dreamspinner Press, Piper Vaughn

There’s A Fairy Tale Love Story In “Love Rising”

“I was made and meant to look for you and wait for you and become yours forever.” ― Robert Browning

Title: Love Rising

Author: Piper Vaughn

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 42

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Blurb: An Isla Sagrario Story

In the 1700s on the island of Sagrario, men who love other men find safe haven. For Francis Holland, an escaped indentured servant, Sagrario offers nothing but loneliness. His life begins to change when he finds Wick, a merman, washed ashore.

When Wick awakens under Francis’s care, Francis returns him to the sea at his request. Soon after, they begin to meet in secret, and gradually, Francis blossoms under this new companionship. However, a merman is a difficult creature to entrust one’s heart to. With one trapped on land and the other at sea, the differences in their species threaten to keep them apart forever. It may not be long before Wick is gone, taking Francis’s reason to smile with him.
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Less Than Three Press, Mell Eight

“Cleanly Wrong” Is Cleanly Adorable

“Perhaps it is only human nature to inflict suffering on anything that will endure suffering.” – Honoré de Balzac

Poor Ladder Rung, bless his heart, is not being the best brownie he should be, but he’s being the best he can be, which is the most anyone is capable of, brownie or not. He’s not even a full brownie, when it comes down to it, his appearance and height making him much more human-looking than his fellow folk, which serves to do nothing more than make him an even greater target and an outcast at the orphanage where he lives.

There are plenty of bullies there to make his life miserable, his teacher included, who’ve nicknamed him “Wrong” because he’s incapable of cleaning a room to the exacting standards of his heritage. It’s a source of shame and torment for Rung, so when one of his fiercest foes, Sewing Needle, suggests Rung run away before he’s sentenced to death for his many shortcomings, Rung takes the suggestion to heart and steals away with no food nor prospects of survival.

Ending up at the castle of Prince Lionel was probably not the choicest of destinations considering the prince has just issued a mandate that no brownies be allowed within the castle walls, let alone within spitting distance of his personal belongings. Prince Lionel is a bit of a slob, to put none too fine a point on it, but he simply doesn’t like anyone touching his things, thank you very much, and certainly doesn’t like having his things moved without his consent, which is a brownie’s forte because their de facto motto seems to be “clean but not seen.”

Hiding out in the castle’s lower chambers, Rung has found a perfect home. There are rooms he can clean in his own special way without causing alarm, and he has a place all to himself where he can carve and create to his heart’s content. Until, that is, he spies Prince Lionel’s personal train-wreck of an office and the itch to organize becomes impossible to resist.

What happens once Prince Lionel discovers there’s a brownie in his midst? It inspires him to call out the hounds to hunt for the interloper. The question is how many brownies will be discovered loitering within the castle walls? Certainly more than he’d ever expected.

This story was just cute, with a capital C and a big old UTE! It’s a sweet little confection of a brownie-meets-prince fairy tale in which the brownie discovers that there’s more than one way to clean a castle but there’s only one way to capture the heart of a prince.

I adored this story for its imagination and charm and for the ease with which the author made Rung the-little-brownie-who-could, and made me want to see him succeed.

Reviewed by: Lisa

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