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Exclusive Cover Reveal: Between Ghosts by Garrett Leigh

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Title: Between Ghosts
Author: Garrett Leigh
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Length: 226 Pages
Genre: Contemporary
Cover Artist: G.D. Leigh
Release Date: March 14, 2016
Pre-Order Link: Riptide Publishing

Blurb: In 2003, journalist Connor Regan marched through London to add his voice to a million others, decrying the imminent invasion of Iraq. Eight months later, his brother, James, was killed in action in Mosul.

Three years on, Connor finds himself bound for Iraq to embed with an elite SAS team. He sets his boots on the ground looking for closure and solace—anything to ease the pain of his brother’s death. Instead he finds Sergeant Nathan Thompson.

Nat Thompson is a veteran commander, hardened by years of combat and haunted by the loss of his best friend. Being lumbered with a civilian is a hassle Nat doesn’t need, and he vows to do nothing more than keep the hapless hack from harm’s way.

But Connor proves far from hapless, and too compelling to ignore for long. He walks straight through the steel wall Nat’s built around his heart, and when their mission puts him in mortal danger, Nat must lay old ghosts to rest and fight to the death for the only man he’s ever truly loved.

 

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A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week

Here’s a Sneak Peek at the Coming Week!

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Greetings from somewhere over the US, everyone! :) I’m flying home from San Diego right now—I’m sure GRL was a lot of laughs. Just a guess since I’m typing this before I’ve even left home, but let’s just go with it, shall we?

Thanks so much for dropping in to see what we have in store for you in the coming week. In keeping with my apparent ability to predict the future, it’s sure to be a good one, with lots of great guests, giveaways, and more reviews to come.

Here’s what’s on tap!

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Monday – Kicking off this week, we’ll first be bringing you the exclusive cover reveal for author Garrett Leigh’s upcoming novel Between Ghosts

To add to that, we’ll also have author Santino Hassell here to chat about his new novel Stygian from Dreamspinner Press

Brita Addams also joins us today to chat about her newest historical novel Beloved Unmasked

Tuesday – We get to bring you another cover reveal today, as we help authors Piper Vaughn and Kenzie Cade show off the pretty artwork for their new novel Prickly By Nature

We’ll also have author A.M. Arthur dropping by on the tour for her new novel The World as He Sees It, so stay tuned for that

Wednesday – Author Anna Butler will be our guest as she tours the internet to chat about her new novel Heart Scarab

Thursday – Today we’ll be bringing you an exclusive interview with author Amy Lane as we continue to celebrate Queer Romance Month

We’ll also welcome author Thianna Durston today as she drops by TNA on her Drakyl Ranch: Discovery tour

Friday – And finally, to help us close out the week, we’ll have author Ethan Stone with us on the tour for his new book Closing Ranks

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And that does it for the week ahead. Until next Sunday, happy reading!

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Audio Review: Only Love by Garrett Leigh – Narrated by Michael Stillman

Title:  Only Love

Author:  Garrett Leigh

Narrator: Michael Stellman

Publisher:  Dreamspinner Press

Run Time:  9 Hours and 5 Minutes

At a Glance:  Though some of the narrative seemed slow, this is an audio I’ll listen to again and again.

Reviewed By:  Karen

Blurb:  The diagnosis of a chronic stomach condition leaves 32-year-old Sergeant Jed Cooper with little choice but to call time on his Army career. Then on the dusty streets of Kirkuk, an ambush gone tragically wrong decimates his team, and he returns to the US with a shattered leg and the memory of his best friend dying in his arms.

Life in his sleepy hometown proves intolerable until he finds solace in a lakeside cabin with vivacious young carpenter, Max O’Dair. In the shadow of the epilepsy that periodically plagues Max, he and Jed form an unspoken bond. After a late night episode, Jed realizes how much Max means to him, and life has taught him not to waste time.

But the lines between contentment and complacency are blurred. Things left hidden resurface to tear through their world, and before they can repair the damage, death comes to call again. Faces, past and present, rally around them to weather the storm, but before long, they are left with only love.

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Review:  Garrett Leigh did an awesome job with this book, showing two broken men dealing with serious conditions, outside family issues, and their pasts, but finding strength and love in each other.  When I read this book I fell completely in love with these characters, and was thrilled at the chance to hear the story come to life on audio.

When this audio first started, I wasn’t sure how I felt about it. This is the first time I have listened to anything by this narrator, and by the end, I had mixed feeling about him.  I really enjoyed the character voices Michael Stellman used, especially for Jed and Max.  When the characters were speaking, the story came to life. Even now that I have finished the audio, I can still here their voices in my head when I think back on the story, and it will be those voices I hear in my head when rereading this book (because I will be rereading it often).  The issue I had with the audio is that the narrative parts of the book, when the characters weren’t speaking, seemed really slow to me and made the story drag a little bit.  Overall, though, I enjoyed the audiobook, and it will be one I will listen to it again and again.

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5 Stars, Audio Book, Dreamspinner Press, Garrett Leigh, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Kim

Audio Review: Rare by Garrett Leigh – Narrated by Michael Lesley

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Author: Garrett Leigh

Narrator:: Michael Lesley

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Run Time: 7 Hours, 49 Minutes

At a Glance: I highly recommend listening to Rare if you love to be read to by a very talented narrator.

Reviewed By: Kim

Blurb: Paramedic Pete Adams lived through the year from hell watching his lover, Ash, fall apart, and the precarious balance between work and home is becoming more strained. His heart is always home, with Ash, but the dark side to his job is weighing him down.

Tattoo artist Ash Fagin is recovering from a nervous breakdown triggered by revelations about his traumatic childhood. His battle with mental illness is far from over, but with Pete by his side, he’s feeling good again, so good he doesn’t notice something missing until it walks right into his living room.

Ash believes he’s had enough coincidence in his life, but when a voice from the past comes looking for him, it takes the devastating injuries of the one he loves most to convince him to let a ghost become the family he never knew he wanted.

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Review: Let me begin by saying that I absolutely loved reading Rare by Garrett Leigh, and have no problem putting everything she writes on my auto-buy list. I’ll also say it’s a real treat to now have Rare in audiobook format. I love when I can sit back and let someone else read to me.

As for Michael Lesley, I’m familiar with him from his performance of TJ Klune’s Tell Me It’s Real, so I was comfortable with this particular narrator, knowing he’s someone worth listening to. I was not disappointed. Lesley does an outstanding job in his performance of Rare, and he turned out to be the perfect choice for the voices of both Ash and Pete. I could feel the pain Ash went through when Pete had his accident, and could feel Pete’s frustration as he realized things had change because of that accident. That’s the beauty of a well done narration, when the vocalization brings out more of what you might have missed while reading the story.

I highly recommend listening to Rare if you love to be read to by a very talented narrator.

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5 Stars, Dreamspinner Press, Garrett Leigh, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Jules

Review: Lucky Man by Garrett Leigh

Title: Lucky Man (A Heated Beat Story)

Author: Garrett Leigh

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 132 Pages

At a Glance: Garrett Leigh’s Heated Beat series is not to be missed.

Reviewed By: Jules

Blurb: A Heated Beat Story

As a diehard music fan, a dirty, smoky gig is Vice Squad Detective Danny Jones’s idea of heaven. While watching one of the most popular bands in Northern England, the sight of gorgeous rock star Finn McGovern changes his life forever.

Beneath the tattoos and leather jacket, Finn is kind and sweet, but when he confesses a dark secret to Danny, it tests their fledgling bond. Danny digs deep to accept Finn, but before long, a terrifying trail of death threatens to tear them apart before they’ve even got started.

A monster is killing prostitutes on Danny’s patch, and when a dead girl turns up too close to home, Danny discovers a heartbreaking link between the girl and his bright new life with Finn, a life he’ll do anything to protect.

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Review:

“…no man was immune to the anticipation lacing the air, the kind of anticipation that came with real music…the kind of music that dug out your soul on a Friday night and gave it back to you on Saturday afternoon with the mother of all hangovers.”

Ok. At the risk of sounding like a broken record…I’m here to sing the praises of another of Garrett Leigh’s books. Lucky Man, the second in her Heated Beat series, is maybe even better than the first book. My Mate, Jack was great, and it was wonderful to see Jack and Will again here – but, Lucky Man will win you over based solely on Danny and Finn, and the strength of the author’s storytelling.

Once again Leigh pulls no punches. The prologue drops us right into the heart of a rock concert, where you can almost feel the bass along with Danny as he gets drawn in by the music, and by Finn McGovern, the lead singer of The Lamps. You can picture the packed house, you can feel the energy of the crowd, and you can definitely appreciate the raw, sex appeal of the moment. It’s fantastic. I’ve loved the musical aspect of both stories. The many different songs that are sprinkled in along the way, and styles of music…all lend to the awesome vibe of the books, and they do have a really cool and different vibe from her other stories.

Danny and Finn are fantastic together. They are both crazy-sexy individually – but together? Smoldering. Unfortunately, Danny’s job as a Vice Detective, and the intensity of the case he’s working, keep him away for stretches of time. Which, coupled with Finn’s mental health issues, leads to a lot of stress and second-guessing for poor Finn. They definitely have to work hard to figure out how to make things work between them.

The case itself is creepily fascinating, and Leigh does a great job of dividing the story between the particulars of the case and Danny’s involvement, and his and Finn’s romance, and then bringing it all full circle. There are several intense, heart-pumping moments that keep the flow of the book going perfectly.

Garrett Leigh’s Heated Beat series is not to be missed. If you’re a fan of the author, it’s an absolute must read. If you’re new to her work, then it’s a great place to start.






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5 Stars, Garrett Leigh, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Jules, Riptide Publishing

Review: Misfits by Garrett Leigh

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Title: Misfits

Author: Garrett Leigh

Publisher: Riptide Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 277 Pages

At a Glance: Misfits is another one that is not to be missed.

Reviewed By: Jules

Blurb: Restaurant owner Tom Fearnes has loved his partner Cass for as long as he can remember, but their work often keeps them apart. When he meets a striking young man named Jake on the vibrant streets of Camden Town, their heady first encounter takes an unexpected turn.

Jake Thompson can hardly believe his luck when he wakes up in Tom’s bed. Tom is gorgeous, kind, and . . . taken. Tom’s explanation of his open relationship leaves Jake cold, but Tom is too tempting, and when hard times force Jake to accept Tom’s helping hand, he finds himself between two men who’ve lost their way.

Cass Pearson is a troubled soul. He loves Tom with all he has, but some days it feels like he hasn’t much to give. Jake seems like the perfect solution. Cass risks everything to push Jake and Tom together, but Jake resists, wary, until the darkness of Cass’s past comes to call. Then Jake finds himself the last man standing, and it’s time to dig deep and shine a light for the men he’s grown to love.

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Review: This book was incredible; moving, gripping, sexy, romantic, and honest are just a handful of the words I would use to characterize it. Misfits is simply a gorgeous story about finding love where you least expect it, being accepting of others and allowing them to nurture you, and letting go of the past. Even those readers who have been unsure about whether to try a ménage story, or who haven’t like them in the past, should give this one a shot.

I myself don’t have much experience with ménage, so it might be difficult for me to articulate why I can’t imagine it being done any better than this, but I definitely can’t imagine it. The relationship between Tom, Jake, and Cass happened so organically, and there was nothing forced or contrived about how these guys came together. The wonderment they each felt at what was happening between them, and each questioning the wisdom of pursuing it, even though it felt perfect, made it so realistic and equally as beautiful to see come to life.

And what about Jake? Didn’t he deserve better than being the third wheel of an unconventional relationship? Didn’t he deserve someone who loved him, and only him? Didn’t they all deserve that? Before Jake, Tom would’ve been sure of his answer, but now, with Jake kissing him good-bye every night and sending him home to Cass, he wasn’t sure of anything. All he knew was that his heart ached for both of them.

Each of the characters had his own special draw and unique qualities, but they also had many attributes in common and complemented each other perfectly. They were all caretakers in their own way, each wanting to see the others safe and happy, but this was especially true of Tom. And the fact that Cass knew this about him, and accepted Tom’s need to see to Jake’s well-being from the beginning, was just a tiny glimpse at the depth of their love. Tom and Cass’s love for each other is fierce. You can absolutely feel it coming off the page. In fact, one of the main reasons this story worked so well is that the core relationship between Tom and Cass is never in question.

Tom was strong, kind, and loyal, and the fact he really saw Jake, and realized how gifted and special he was, made him even more appealing. And Tom’s unwavering, immeasurable love for Cass also made him sexy as hell. Jake was sweet and vulnerable, yet also incredibly tough. I loved that even though it was Tom he first connected with, it was actually Cass who needed him even more. The way the love story between Jake and Cass was written was perfection. I absolutely adored all three guys, but if I had to pick a favorite, it would be Cass. So broken, so beautiful, and yet felt unworthy of Tom’s love. He was definitely the centerpiece of it all.

Another thing about the book that worked so well for me was everything revolving around Tom and Cass’s businesses, and the opening of the new restaurant. I loved every detail about their business model, and their different ventures. It was so interesting to see what made them all tick, which parts of the process they each wanted to take on, and how it affected their dynamic. Also, the amount of detail was just right, whether about the different properties, or the business in general, enough to give a wonderfully vivid picture, but not so much that you got bogged down in it.

Finally, I would be remiss if I didn’t talk about the Tourette’s…Jake’s TS obviously made him standout, but the way both Tom and Cass took it in stride – though, each handle it in slightly different ways – was incredible. Leigh is no stranger to writing characters who are unique, or have disabilities, and once again, the care that she takes in writing about something that, for many, is a very sensitive issue, is exemplary. Jake is a wonderful, fascinating character. I’m so glad she decided to share him with us.

Garrett Leigh is such a solid, consistent writer. I can’t say enough about how much I love her style and her way with language. Her books always have great flow and energy; it really is almost impossible to start one and not devour the whole thing in one sitting. After reading so many of her books, I’m amazed there is absolutely no ‘sameness’ about them. I don’t know how she keeps creating these original, beautiful, damaged souls – and truly, no two are alike – but I hope she never stops. Misfits is another one that is not to be missed.






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Interview and Giveaway: The Misfits Blog Tour With Garrett Leigh

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The Novel Approach welcomes author Garrett Leigh on the Misfits blog tour. Take a look at Garrett’s interview, then be sure to enter the giveaway for a chance to win a $15 Riptide Publishing store credit. Every comment along the tour qualifies you in the drawing on March 23, 2015. Contest deadline is Midnight Eastern time on the 22nd. The contest is NOT restricted to US residents.

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What would you say inspired you to write your latest book?

One of my MCs, Jake, has Tourettes Syndrome, and his character was born from a bloke I met at work, Rico, who I mention in the foreword, and a documentary I stumbled across by chance, which was made by Keith Allen. I think I set out to explore how people with this condition function in the real world, but it actually became more about love, and how it comes in so many forms it’s always going to be normal for someone. One person’s weird is another’s wonderful.

What was the source of inspiration for your protagonist? What about your antagonist?

I mention Jake above. I’m not entirely sure where Tom came from, but Cass…my lovely dark Cass, was inspired by a song by a band I actually don’t like very much, and a young boy I worked with many years ago who’d spent time in Feltam, the young offenders institution Cass spent time in.

Have you ever been hit by writer’s block? What did you do to escape it?

Oh God, all the time. The only thing you can do is write through it, stubbornly tapping away until something clicks. You feel like it will never happen, but it will, I promise. :)

Your all time favorite book?

Junk by Melvin Burgess. Couldn’t tell you how many times I’ve read it. It’s a bleak read, but one that stays with me.

What’s the longest time you’ve spent working on a project?

Only Love took more than a year to complete, mainly because I couldn’t decide whether to pair Jed with a man or a woman. His story was always there, it just took a while to find Max to look after him.

What does your day-to-day life consist of? What else do you do, aside from writing?

I’m a mother, a lover, an artist, and a waitress, so I always have plenty to do. Most of my days consist of fudging my way through to-do lists that never end, and eating toast. I’d make a shitty housekeeper.

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Misfits_400x600Blurb: Restaurant owner Tom Fearnes has loved his partner Cass for as long as he can remember, but their work often keeps them apart. When he meets a striking young man named Jake on the vibrant streets of Camden Town, their heady first encounter takes an unexpected turn.

Jake Thompson can hardly believe his luck when he wakes up in Tom’s bed. Tom is gorgeous, kind, and . . . taken. Tom’s explanation of his open relationship leaves Jake cold, but Tom is too tempting, and when hard times force Jake to accept Tom’s helping hand, he finds himself between two men who’ve lost their way.

Cass Pearson is a troubled soul. He loves Tom with all he has, but some days it feels like he hasn’t much to give. Jake seems like the perfect solution. Cass risks everything to push Jake and Tom together, but Jake resists, wary, until the darkness of Cass’s past comes to call. Then Jake finds himself the last man standing, and it’s time to dig deep and shine a light for the men he’s grown to love.

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Garrett LeighAuthor Bio: Garrett Leigh is a British writer and book designer, currently working for Dreamspinner Press, Loose Id, Riptide Publishing, and Black Jazz Press. Her protagonists will always always be tortured, crippled, broken, and deeply flawed. Throw in a tale of enduring true love, some stubbly facial hair, and a bunch of tattoos, and you’ve got yourself a Garrett special.
When not writing, Garrett can generally be found procrastinating on Twitter, cooking up a storm, or sitting on her behind doing as little as possible. That, and dreaming up new ways to torture her characters. Garrett believes in happy endings; she just likes to make her boys work for it.

Garrett also works as a freelance cover artist for various publishing houses and independent authors under the pseudonym G.D. Leigh. For cover art info, please visit blackjazzpress.com.

Social Media: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Cover art enquiries

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Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week

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Cheers, everyone, and welcome back for another look at what we have coming up in the week ahead. Great guests, giveaways, and chats about books complement a full week of reviews.

Here’s what’s on tap just for you!

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Monday – To kick off the week, Riptide Publishing brings you the Misfits blog tour with Garrett Leigh

TuesdayApril Kelley stops by on her Whispers of Home blog tour

Torquere Press is also with us today, with an interview about where the publisher has been and where it’s going in the future

And guest contributor Brita Addams drops in to chat a bit about promotion

WednesdayJL Merrow is our guest today on her Heat Trap blog tour, Book Three in The Plumber’s Mate series

Thursday – We welcome Lou Sylvre on the A Shot of J&B blog tour

Keira Andrews and Leta Blake have also revised and rereleased their Jack and the Beanstalk Fairy Tale Rise. They’ll be here to talk a bit about the book today

FridayKD Worth (aka Deanna Wadsworth) stops by to talk a bit about her new Young Adult novel The Grim Life

Saturday – Finally, author T.A. Moore closes out the week on the Labyrinth of Stone blog tour

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5 Stars, Dreamspinner Press, Garrett Leigh, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Jules

Review: My Mate Jack by Garrett Leigh

Title: My Mate Jack

Author: Garrett Leigh

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 104 Pages

At a Glance: I completely fell for these boys and this book.

Reviewed By: Jules

Blurb: A Heated Beat Story

Will Barter’s been in love with his best mate Jack for as long as he can remember. They’ve shared everything: love, life, laughs, even Will’s first kiss. But Jack’s straight, and Will’s long-buried infatuation means nothing until their last summer together draws to a close.

Then one night, everything changes, but with Will bound for university in Leeds, and Jack for his dream DJ job in Ibiza, there’s no time to explore their blurred lines. Before long all that’s left are secrets, lies, and misunderstandings.

In the months that follow, anger and hurt overshadow fifteen years of friendship, and Will must dig deep to remember Jack is his mate… his best mate, and nothing matters more than that, right?

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Review: I’m such a huge fan of Garrett Leigh. It’s hard to put my finger on exactly what it is about her writing that I love; it’s a number of things, really. Her books are typically very emotional and raw. Her writing style is gritty and full of sass and kick ass characters that pull you in. My Mate Jack is all of that with an extra dose of youth and fun.

Will and Jack have been best friends since they were six, and are understandably close. In fact, Will has had a crush on Jack for many years, but knows, of course, that Jack is straight. Or, is he?

My Mate Jack is GFY done right. If you’re worried about not liking the trope in other books you’ve read, don’t be. These guys have such a fantastic connection; everything between them flows perfectly and feels natural and seamless. I adore their friendship and that it’s clear for both of them it remain a priority. Even with all the time and distance between them, they always keep a line of communication open, even if it’s strained.

The author’s use of emails is a fantastic device for showing both the strain of the separation on each of them, as well as their desire to remain connected. It is but one of the many things that work so well in this story. I loved the settings and the dialogue. I loved that absolutely nothing felt rushed, even though it was only one hundred four pages. The supporting characters are great, especially Will’s flatmate, Suki, and his father, Ned. In fact, there wasn’t a single thing I didn’t like about this one…other than wanting more. ;)

I completely fell for these boys and this book. A fabulous start to Garrett Leigh’s new Heated Beat series. Definitely check this one out, guys!






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Review: Bold by Garrett Leigh

Title:  Bold (Blue Boy: Book Three)

Author: Garrett Leigh

Publisher: Loose Id

Pages/Word Count: 143 Pages

At a Glance: I definitely recommend reading this entire series because all the books are enjoyable reads

Blurb: Dancer Kai is the sweetheart of Blue Boy Studio. Cute and petite, he’s the slender bottom every top loves to pound. But nothing is ever quite as it seems, and beneath his golden curls and giggles lies something else…an edge no one can quite put their finger on.

Is Kai bored? Or does he crave something more?

Blue Boy Studio is under new ownership. Veteran porn star Jude has seen it all before, and with the help of Kai’s mentor, Cam, they figure Kai needs a change. Enter Matthew, a fellow dancer and the newbie on the block.

Kai isn’t impressed. Matthew is hot, but Jude and Cam’s plans seem beyond his reach. Can Kai really do…that? He doesn’t believe it, but with Matthew along for the ride, it’s time to be bold and find out.

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Review: I’m a fan of Garrett Leigh’s, and somehow I’d missed this series. How, I’m not sure. So I started with this book but as you can see, it’s the third book in the series. I don’t recommend diving in like I did in the middle because the characters and storyline from the previous books are part of the books that follow. Start with the first book in the series and work up to this one; you’ll be much less confused.

That being said this was probably the best one for me to jump in on out of order as I really liked Kai and Matthew. Kai is the kind of toppy bottom that I enjoy reading about because he definitely is not a shy boy, and he unabashedly enjoys sex and dancing. However, that doesn’t mean he wants the same thing all the time. He’s feeling a little bored and not into the scenes like he was before. Not sure quite what he’s looking for, though. He feels a little like he’s at loose ends until he talks to Cam. Even then he’s still not sure that’s what he wants to do.

Enter Matthew, a newbie on the team, both to scene work and dancing. He’s sweet, a little bit innocent, a touch of geek, and definitely who Kai needs in his life.  While Kai may be able to show Matthew what it’s like to be in a wildly HOT scene. Matthew is able to show Kai that he’s not a loser or stupid because he didn’t finish school. They both seem to bring out the better parts of each other until Kai decides to freak out a bit and blow things up (no, not literally).

Having read other books by Garrett Leigh, this series is slightly different because they aren’t the deep, dark human aspect stories like Slide or Rare. They’re solid, character driven personality stories that showcase the not so bright and shiny side of life. That is something this author excels at, she has a wicked way with making her characters truly relatable, regardless of their situations.

I definitely recommend reading this entire series because all the books are enjoyable reads.  I’ll still admit that Kai and Matthew are my favorites, though, just because they both have that sweetness they try to hide deep within.

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Guest Post and Giveaway: The Rare Audiobook Tour With Garrett Leigh

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The Novel Approach welcomes author Garrett Leigh today, on the Rare (Roads: Book Two) audiobook tour. I asked Garrett to go through a bit of the audition process with us and to tell us what it was like to try and find the perfect narrator for the series, and as an expression of appreciation to readers, she’s offering the chance for one lucky someone to win a free audio copy of Rare. You can enter this giveaway by clicking on the Rafflecopter widget below.

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Q: Garrett, what’s been the most exciting thing for you about having your books translated to audio? Did you listen to quite a few auditions before you settled on just the right narrator? What was it about Michael Lesley that made him stand out from the rest?

A: The most exciting thing is definitely throwing my hat into the ever-growing audiobook market. I’ve been watching from the sidelines for months, so I was over the moon when Slide and Rare got commissioned by Dreamspinner.

Auditions…Jesus, don’t get me started. I was sooo excited when Dreampinner sent me a huge Dropbox file of potential narrators, but man, that faded quickly. I don’t know why it surprised me when I discovered that listening to my sex scenes would be so mortifying, but it did, haha. Also, finding the right tone for Ash and Pete was very challenging. They are both relatively young, but I wanted their voices to have some depth.

I came across Michael Lesley thanks to Andrew Grey. We’d just about exhausted his supply of audition tapes when he had a brain wave…a brain wave that turned out, to quote Pete, to be pretty fucking perfect.

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RareAUDMedBlurb: Paramedic Pete Adams lived through the year from hell watching his lover, Ash, fall apart, and the precarious balance between work and home is becoming more strained. His heart is always home, with Ash, but the dark side to his job is weighing him down.

Tattoo artist Ash Fagin is recovering from a nervous breakdown triggered by revelations about his traumatic childhood. His battle with mental illness is far from over, but with Pete by his side, he’s feeling good again, so good he doesn’t notice something missing until it walks right into his living room.

Ash believes he’s had enough coincidence in his life, but when a voice from the past comes looking for him, it takes the devastating injuries of the one he loves most to convince him to let a ghost become the family he never knew he wanted.

Categories: Contemporary, Erotica, Fiction, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Hurt/Comfort

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Author BioAbout Garrett: Rainbow Award winner Garrett Leigh is a British writer and book designer, currently working for Dreamspinner Press, Loose Id, Riptide Publishing, and Black Jazz Press. Her protagonists will always always be tortured, crippled, broken, and deeply flawed. Throw in a tale of enduring true love, some stubbly facial hair, and a bunch of tattoos, and you’ve got yourself a Garrett special.

When not writing, Garrett can generally be found procrastinating on Twitter, cooking up a storm, or sitting on her behind doing as little as possible. That, and dreaming up new ways to torture her characters. Garrett believes in happy endings; she just likes to make her boys work for it.

Garrett also works as a freelance cover artist for various publishing houses and independent authors under the pseudonym G.D. Leigh. For cover art info, please visit blackjazzpress.com

Where to Find the Author: Facebook | Facebook Author Page | Instagram | Twitter | Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

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A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week, Amanda C. Stone, Amber Kell, Carole Cummings, Charlie Cochrane, Garrett Leigh, Hayden Thorne, Izzy van Swelm, Lexi Ander, Maggie Kavanagh, Rick R. Reed, Sue Brown, Yeyu

Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week

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Happy Sunday, everyone, I hope you’ve had a lovely week. 

Coming up in the week ahead, we’ve got plenty of great stuff in store for you to enjoy, more guest authors, interesting articles, interviews, reviews, and, thanks to the generosity of our guests, more giveaways just because they appreciate you, their readers.

Here’s what’s on tap:

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MondaySue Brown kicks off our week, talking about breaking rules on the Stolen Dreams blog tour

Charlie Cochrane is also with us on the Lessons for Survivors blog tour, sharing a deleted scene featuring Jonty and Orlando

TuesdayAmanda C. Stone will be here with a short Q&A on The Adventures of Cole and Perry blog tour

Garrett Leigh also joins us today on the Rare audiobook tour

WednesdayMaggie Kavanagh drops by on the Double Indemnity blog tour

Hayden Thorne will also be here to talk about the re-release of the gorgeous (not that I’m biased) YA Historical Fantasy novel The Twilight Gods

Carole Cummings is also here today with a little “Genre Talk”. Joining her is DSP Pubications author Yeyu – the topic: Historical Fantasy

ThursdayLexi Ander stops in on the Songs of the Earth blog tour to talk about world-building

Amber Kell also joins us to talk a bit about magic on the Porter’s Reaper blog tour

FridayRick R. Reed joins us on the Blink blog tour to talk a bit about writing what you know

Saturday – And finally, debut author Izzy van Swelm is here today to close out a week of outstanding guests on the Soul Mate for SIN blog tour

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

 

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5 Stars, Dreamspinner Press, Garrett Leigh, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Sammy

Review: Heart by Garrett Leigh

Title: Heart

Author: Garrett Leigh

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 204 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Cornish pastry chef Seb Wright dreads the summer tourist season. The cash injection to his artisan fudge pantry is more than welcome, the extra work, less so. Then one summer, a shadowy Good Samaritan catches his eye. Irish Traveller Dex is bewitching, a beautiful sullen enigma who turns Seb’s world upside down until he disappears in the night, vanishing like a mystical summer rain.

Twelve months later Dex is in the midst of a dark storm. A slave to his master, ‘Uncle’ Braden, he spends his days cleaning caravans and his nights working in Braden’s other businesses. His short summer with Seb seems a lifetime ago. Lost in the savage violence of the murky underworld, he doesn’t dare dream he’ll ever find his way back, until one night, a brutal crime opens the door for a chance escape. A new life beckons, old faces emerge, and immersed in the heady vibe of London’s East End, new love begins to heal his fractured heart.

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Review: Restraint. It is a brilliant word when used by an author, and Garrett Leigh more than understands employing it when writing her gut wrenching novels. Heart is the epitome of restraint. Because of that, subtle nuances about both main characters that normally might have be lost to harsher descriptions of Dex’s life were saved, and added such depth and texture to an already impressive novel.

Dex is owned, used, abused and starved. A second-class citizen by virtue of birth, this gypsy nomad is handed off at a young age to his “Uncle” Braden, sold to be his and any other man’s whore and lackey. Pieces of Dex’s soul understandably shut down in order to survive and when he stumbles upon Seb one night, those parts—those dreams within him—fan into flame and he experiences their sweetness. It is almost his undoing. For you see, Dex knows in his heart he can never be worthy of any kind of nice life, for he is nothing better than a whore to be used and tossed aside. A thing to be abused, and he waits on death like a man who is years older.

If there is one thing that Dex has attached himself to, it is the old nags that are kept by Braden. Half starved, much like himself, one of Dex’s many jobs is keeping the stables clean and so he cares for the creatures and gives them the love he is afraid to share with anyone else. When a series of events, including witnessing a murder, throws Dex into chaos, he runs, leaving behind his horses and his life. But he is always on borrowed time, and no one knows that better than he. Circumstances bring Seb back into Dex’s life and love blossoms, but Braden is still out there, and Dex is still his whore, his property. How can he possibly think of a life with Seb when the man has no idea about Dex’s past, or the fact that his future is limited?

When an author is able to put just the hint of a sordid abusive life on page and deal more thoroughly with the aftermath and how it affects the character, the story becomes incredibly rich and full. Dex was fascinating not because of his abuse but because he survived it. His survival was the focus, his introduction into a world that he felt would never be his, which he could never deserve. He was so heavily flawed and in need, and it took more than Seb to save him. This was the real genius of Garrett Leigh’s story, and it was in the final chapters, where she changes the point of view and we see Dex not through his internal filter but through that of Seb’s, that her strength as a writer was made clear. We got the full brunt of both men’s frustrations and fears and needs, and it made this story so very real and just that much better!

Heart by Garrett Leigh is an incredible novel, full of pathos and tension, and sweet tenderness and healing. The story never pandered to the idea that a person can easily or swiftly recover from a life of abuse, but it pointed the way to the idea that with love and much patience, therapy and education, even the most wounded can live free.








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Dreamspinner Press, Garrett Leigh

Interview and Giveaway: Slide by Garrett Leigh

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TNA: Hi, Garrett, thanks so much for being here with us today. Why don’t we start out with you telling us a little bit about yourself?

Garrett: Erm, let’s see…I write porn and keep chickens. I have lots of ink and bake my own bread. I’m a kinda hybrid gal, really. :)

TNA: How would you describe your sense of humor? What makes you laugh?

Garrett: Myself, mainly, which is lucky, ‘cause I’m a bit of a twit. But, seriously, anything can make me laugh, given the right mood, but I’m a big fan of silliness, you know, just arsing around, just for hell of it. Clever humour passes me by. Continue reading

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Exclusive Excerpt and Giveaway: “Bold (Blue Boy #3)” by Garrett Leigh

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Title: Bold
Series: Blue Boy
Author: Garrett Leigh
Publisher: Loose Id
Buy Links: Loose Id | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Blurb: Dancer Kai is the sweetheart of Blue Boy Studio. Cute and petite, he’s the slender bottom every top loves to pound. But nothing is ever quite as it seems, and beneath his golden curls and giggles lies something else…an edge no one can quite put their finger on. Continue reading

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A.E. Via, B. Snow, Brita Addams, CJane Elliott, Garrett Leigh, Hayden Thorne, Heidi Belleau, Heidi Cullinan, J.P. Barnaby, Lisa Henry, Perie Wolford, Poppy Dennison, Shira Anthony, Sneak Peek

Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week

Hi, everyone, thanks so much to all of you for stopping by to see what we have in store for you in the week ahead. It’s going to be a full one, so be sure to check back frequently to catch all the guest posts, giveaways, and reviews.

Here’s a look at what’s coming up…


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MondayHayden Thorne kicks off the week with a guest post and giveaway of her Young Adult Historical Fantasy, The Glass Minstrel

A.E. Via also stops in on the Embracing His Syn Blog Tour

TuesdayShira Anthony is here with a giveaway on the Dissonance Blog Tour

B. Snow also drops by with a guest post on the Bedtime Stories Anthology Blog Tour

Brita Addams will also be here today in her monthly guest spot

WednesdayHeidi Cullinan makes TNA a tour stop on the Hero Blog Tour, with a guest post and giveaway

CJane Elliott is here today, as well, with a giveaway on the Stepping Through Blog Tour

ThursdayLisa Henry and Heidi Belleau are here with a giveaway on the Bliss Blog Tour

FridayPoppy Dennison stops in today on the Coconut Grove Blog Tour

Saturday – Today we have Perie Wolford here with a giveaway on the Turning 17 Blog Tour

J.P. Barnaby is also here today with an exclusive (and naughty!) little ficlet featuring Brian and Jamie of the Little Boy Lost series

Sunday – Finally, to close out the week, we have Garrett Leigh here today on the Bold (Blue Boy: Book Three) Blog Tour, with a giveaway

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

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5 Stars, Dreamspinner Press, Garrett Leigh, Reviewed by Sammy

Garrett Leigh’s “Only Love” Shatters Your Heart, Then Slowly Mends It – Reviewed by Sammy


“Everyone breaks a little sometimes. That doesn’t make you weak. It makes you wounded. And I will always be there to help you heal.” – J. Kenner


Title: Only Love

Author: Garrett Leigh

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 275 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: The diagnosis of a chronic stomach condition leaves thirty-two-year-old Sergeant Jed Cooper with little choice but to call time on his Army career
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Garrett Leigh’s “Rare (Roads: Book Two)” Earns Every One Of Its Stars


“Because that was then and this is now. Because the past is gone, even though it defines the present.”
― Stephen King



Title: Rare (Roads: Book Two)

Author: Garrett Leigh

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 240 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Paramedic Pete Adams lived through the year from hell watching his lover, Ash, fall apart, and the precarious balance between work and home is becoming more strained. His heart is always home, with Ash, but the dark side to his job is weighing him down.
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Garrett Leigh Delivers A “Bullet” You Might Not Want To Dodge



“It’s so hard to forget pain, but it’s even harder to remember sweetness. We have no scar to show for happiness.” ― Chuck Palahniuk


Well. As far as first experiences with an author go, I’d have to say Garrett Leigh has made an impression on me with this entirely too delicious novella that offers a little “Oh myyyy…” on the side, just for grins.

Her first installment in the Blue Boy series, Bullet, is a wonderland of sex and lust that at first glance might seem an obvious summary of a plot that’s set in the porn industry, but is, in fact, a little bit deceptive because those two things are so much more about the way the main characters relate to each other off the job than on. Sex and lust are not only what these men have in common, but it’s also what brings them together and what remains between them as their connection grows beyond it.

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Dreamspinner Press, Garrett Leigh

“Slide” Between The Covers Of This Book And Discover Its Beauty



“Life is just a game of chance, a dance with fate if you let it be so.” ― Steven Redhead


When I picked up this book, I pretty much didn’t know what I was getting myself into.

OMG…can I give this one, the review it deserves.

For what it’s worth here I go:

Ash is what I call one of the lost children in society: A child of the streets who is rescued by Elle.
Elle sees something in this quiet, homeless young man who draws chalk art on sidewalks for money, something that draws her to conclude Ash is not just another street kid, as she slowly draws Ash out of his shell to trust her. She somehow manages to move him from the streets of Philadelphia to Chicago.
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Garrett Leigh Takes Readers On A Sweet Stroll Through The “Gypsy Rain”

“What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies.” ― Aristotle



Seb works as a fudge maker in a coastal community of England. Dex is a wanderer who kindly returns Seb’s wallet one late night. Seb befriends Dex and they slowly become friends over the course of a summer.

This short story by Leigh is sweet, and I am always amazed when an author in a short space of 40 pages is able to make characters and their story come to life. I found myself liking both characters and was happy that they were mutually attracted to one another. The story has a great pace and readily draws the reader into the story. I was invested in the story from the get go and am hopeful that these characters reappear from this talented author. My only problem with this story is that it did leave me wanting more, but all in all it was a nice story albeit it short and well worth the time it takes to read.

Reviewed by: Bruce

You can buy Gypsy Rain here:

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