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Review: Strangers in the Night by Jaycee Edward and Helena Stone

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Title: Strangers in the Night

Author: Jaycee Edward and Helena Stone

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 52 Pages

At a Glance: Wow. Just that—wow. I really was blown away by this story.

Reviewed By: Sammy

Blurb: When Army veteran Slade stumbles upon an isolated cottage on a cold, dark night, the young man finds more than just the shelter he’s seeking. Former club Dominant Callum is surprised to find a handsome stranger knocking at his door but invites him in despite his reservations. A nightmare reveals Slade’s deep-seated emotional issues, and Callum knows he needs to get creative if he’s going to help Slade leave the past behind.

Neither man is prepared for the feelings Slade’s introduction into the world of BDSM will unleash, and thirty-six hours will either be enough to bind them, or they will remain forever strangers in the night.

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Review: Short. Terribly erotic in the best of ways. Too short. Intelligent and wounded characters. Way too short. Give me more, please. Brilliant collaboration!

These are all so relevant to describing the short novella Strangers In The Night by the dynamic writing team of Jaycee Edward and Helena Stone. What appears to be an insta-love trope that includes some very sensual BDSM elements quickly morphs into a beginning exploration of a potentially permanent D/s relationship. Callum, a retired Dom who once trained subs for others, is now a bit of a recluse in his cottage off the beaten trail. The lifestyle and in particular, his propensity for becoming attached to those subs he trained, convinced Callum that solitude was vastly more comfortable than living in the scene.

Slade is running from a past that haunts him daily. His time in the military was both exactly what he needed and the undoing of him, simultaneously. Craving the fulfillment he finds in giving over control, Slade is lost without the rigid life of the soldier. But, the battlefield which brought death and one loss in particular has left Slade torn and deeply wounded.

One night brings these two men together, each fragile in his own way, but both needing the strength submission brings. The only questions that remain are, can Callum once again be the Dom to a sub who he thinks will most assuredly be moving on, and will Slade find all he needs in the man who can help him tear apart the grief that holds him prisoner?

Wow. Just that—wow. I really was blown away by this story. I love when a short story can reel me in and make me hunger for more. In short shrift, the authors introduced two men and plumbed the surface of all that makes them tick. Rapidly building two amazing BDSM scenes that were emotionally packed and sexually charged, Edward and Stone also drenched these moments in a story that was both revealing and literally flew off the page. These men were fascinating and written with such depth for so few pages of text. I finished this novella in one setting and nearly cried, for I wanted more, so much more of this duo.

Strangers In The Night was an incredibly well written story that introduced us to compelling characters and a fascinating storyline. I sincerely hope this is not the last time we will read about Callum and Slade, or hear from their gifted authors Jaycee Edward and Helena Stone.






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Guest Post and Giveaway: The Strangers in the Night Blog Tour With Jaycee Edward and Helena Stone

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The Novel Approach is pleased to welcome authors Jaycee Edward and Helena Stone today, on their Strangers in the Night blog tour. They’re here to share a bit about their writing habits and space with you, as well as offer one lucky reader the chance to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card. Just click on the Rafflecopter widget below to enter.

Good luck!

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WHERE DO YOU WRITE?

JAYCEE:

While I get most of my good ideas in the shower or in the car, I can only write at my desk. And the desk can’t be cluttered or I won’t be able to focus. I used to tell my boss, “Just so you know, the cleaner my desk is, the busier I am.” If I have tons of things to do, I have to hide all but the one thing I’m working on or I’ll lose my mind.

As for music, I love to use it as white noise – to block out the TV in the other room or outside noises, but it can’t have lyrics. Like, right now I’m listening to One Direction – no big surprise if you know me – but writing this doesn’t require me to get into the same headspace that writing fiction does. I don’t know why it’s different, but it is.

When I’m writing fiction, I listen to music like Enya or E.S. Posthumus, which Theo Fenraven turned me onto – and I love them! Unearthed is an amazing album!

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HELENA:

The similarities between Jaycee and me are striking and at times almost scary. We finish each other’s sentences, tend to have the same opinions on most (but not all) subjects and often react simultaneously. That clearly couldn’t continue.

My writing space is almost the exact opposite of Jaycee’s. While she works at a dedicated desk, me and my laptop can always be found at the kitchen/dinner table. Where clutter makes working impossible for her, the clutter surrounding me (which I’ve mostly removed for the picture below) becomes invisible as soon as I hit my keyboard.

While I write my stories (or procrastinate on social media) my husband can usually be found next to me on his laptop where he studies (sound engineering) or enjoys some procrastination of his own. I like this set up. I tend to binge write and could easily disappear from the world for days on end while I’m lost in my story. Since my husband is sitting next to me we are able to interact, even while I’m writing. Of course his position next to me means he listened in while Jaycee and I planned and wrote our story. He may or may not have uttered the word ‘recording’ once or twice and should have enough blackmail material to keep both me and my co-writer on our best behaviour.

As for sounds while I’m working. I’m a strange one. I prefer to work in total silence but have no problem writing through talk radio. I find it almost impossible to write with music in the background though. You’ll never see me sharing a playlist to go with my books.

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StrangersintheNightBlurb – Strangers in the Night: When Army veteran, Slade, stumbles upon an isolated cottage on a cold, dark, night, the young man finds more than just the shelter he’s seeking.

Former club Dominant Callum is surprised to find a handsome stranger knocking at his door but invites him in despite his reservations. A nightmare reveals Slade’s deep-seated emotional issues, and Callum knows he needs to get creative if he’s going to help Slade leave the past behind.

Neither man is prepared for the feelings Slade’s introduction into the world of BDSM will unleash, and thirty-six hours will either be enough to bind them, or they will remain forever strangers in the night.

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Jaycee Author ImageAbout the Authors:

Jaycee: Jaycee Edward is no longer seventeen years old but don’t tell her that. She’s actually a tad older and lives in northeast Ohio with her handsome husband and one, big gorgeous dog. She has two grown stepdaughters and is proud to be the ultra-cool Nana to two amazingly incredible grand-teens. Jaycee loves pistol shooting and is has earned her Bar 7 Sharpshooter status in the Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program and hopes to someday reach the level of Expert Marksman. She is the token liberal and constant source of fascination to the other members at her gun range. Jaycee knows way too much about the inner workings of Walt Disney World and anything related to One Direction. She’d love to pull you into the rabbit hole with her. All you have to do is ask. Find her there or contact her through social media.

You can find Jaycee Edward in the following locations: her website, Facebook, FacebookFan Page, Twitter, Google+, Goodreads, TSU, Ello, or Tumblr.

Helena Stone Author PhotoHelena: Helena Stone can’t remember a life before words and reading. After growing up in a household where no holiday or festivity was complete without at least one new book, it’s hardly surprising she now owns more books than shelf space while her Kindle is about to explode.

The urge to write came as a surprise. The realisation that people might enjoy her words was a shock to say the least. Now that the writing bug has well and truly taken hold, Helena can no longer imagine not sharing the characters in her head and heart with the rest of the world.

Having left the hustle and bustle of Amsterdam for the peace and quiet of the Irish Country side she divides her time between reading, writing, long and often wet walks with the dog, her part-time job in a library, a grown-up daughter and her ever loving and patient husband.

Helena Stone can be found in the following places: Twitter, Facebook, Website, Pinterest, Goodreads, or by email.

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THE GIVEAWAY:

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Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week

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Hi, everyone, and welcome back to another look at what we have coming up in the week ahead! It’s a busy one, to be sure, and will feature some fantastic guests, great giveaways, and, of course, lots more reviews. Stay tuned and I hope you come back to join in the fun.

Now, here’s what’s on tap!

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MondayCleis Press kicks off our week with a giveaway of their new anthology Best Gay Romance 2015

Author Aimee Brissay also joins us today to do her part in helping to countdown to Euro Pride Con

TuesdayLisa Henry and J.A. Rock drop in on the Tempest blog tour

And we’ll also be featuring Rick R. Reed’s new DSP Publications release IM

Wednesday – We’re welcoming author Amber Kell today as she visits to celebrate Euro Pride Con

We’ll also have a new edition of Genre Talk with Carole Cummings and A.J. Marcus

Thursday – Today, Ana J. Phoenix stops by with her contribution to the countdown to Euro Pride Con

Heidi Cullinan will also be here to offer the chance to win an e-copy of her new book Nowhere Ranch

FridaySue Brown joins us today on the Eddie & Marchant blog tour

Jaycee Edwards and Helena Stone also drop in on their Strangers in the Night tour

Saturday – Today we welcome author Suki Fleet on the Innocence blog tour

Sunday – And we close out the week with author T. Strange and a cover reveal of her new book My Zombie Boyfriend

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And that does it for a busy week ahead. Until next time, happy reading!

 

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