5 Stars, J.K. Hogan, Mystery/Suspense/Action Thriller, Paranormal Romance, Reviewed by Kathie, Wilde City Press

Review: Shadows Fall by JK Hogan

Title: Shadows Fall

Author: JK Hogan

Publisher: Wilde City Press

Pages/Word Count: 293 Pages

At a Glance: One thing that really stood out for me is that JK Hogan puts a lot into developing her secondary characters.

Reviewed By: Kathie

Blurb: A gift—or curse—gives Titus McGinty the unwanted ability to talk to ghosts. When he starts seeing the same few apparitions repeatedly, appearing with similar gruesome injuries, he begins to wonder what they want from him.

Detective Charlie Hale has a serial killer on his hands. On the loose for weeks, the Queen City Slayer has left the police nothing to go on, no forensic evidence other than what he wants found. The city is running out of time.

The crisis brings Titus and Charlie together—Titus stumbles upon a body and finds himself a suspect. Their budding romance is tested as they are sucked into a web of underground laboratories, restive spirits, and religious fanaticism. They’ll have to work together to find the identity of the killer before he takes his next victim…Titus

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Review: Shadows Fall by JK Hogan is packed full of magic, hot sex, and my favorite—a happy ending for two hot guys!

Titus Finnbar McGinty is very fast to proclaim that he can see dead people. He owns a coffee shop and employs some crazy characters that Hogan brings to life with great detail. Up until now he has been managing the dead people with an iPod and professional-grade Sennheisers. They keep the voices at bay, he says. Most of the ghosts or mules, as Titus calls them, are attached to a geographical area. Never have they followed him home or to the coffee shop. That is, until four mules become very persistent and follow him wherever he goes. Titus decides he needs help and sends a letter to his Granny Hester Faa, asking for help with controlling the mules. Granny is a powerful Chovihani (she can also see dead people), and Titus has not seen her since he was cast out of his tribe for being gay. Hester Faa is a colorful character, tough as nails. Granny comes to the rescue with her Airstream trailer in tow! When Titus told her she needed to move her trailer or she would get a ticket, her response was “Who cares what they think? They give me tickets, I wallpaper my trailer with them.” Great character development!

Detective Charles Hayes is a homicide police officer and a patron of the coffee shop, who happens to be working on the case, which Titus figures out is the ghosts that have attached themselves to him. When the serial killer strikes again, and a ghost of the victim leads Titus to his body, Titus calls Charlie for help. Charlie and Titus become very close as Charlie is helping Titus through the trauma. As Titus puts it, “I see the dead all the time, but I’d never actually seen a dead body before.”

One thing that really stood out for me is that JK Hogan puts a lot into developing her secondary characters. They aren’t just extras; they actually helped move the story along and played important roles in supporting both Titus and Charlie. Shadows Fall is not a fast read. It’s a well thought out story with lots of twists and turns. I highly recommend it, and I am really hoping she continues the story!

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Interview and Giveaway: The Shadows Fall Blog Tour With JK Hogan

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The Novel Approach welcomes author JK Hogan on her Shadows Fall blog tour today. JK answered a few questions for her visit today, and is also giving one lucky reader the chance to win an e-copy of the book. To enter, just click on the Rafflecopter widget below.

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TNA: How did the writing experience with this book differ from the writing of the books in your Coming About series? Do you feel it was a greater creative challenge for you?

JKH: The biggest difference was all the intricacy that went into building a mystery, complete with a police investigation. I wanted it to be as true to life as possible while still being interesting so I did a lot of research in everything from murder investigations and autopsies, to genetic experimental research and American gypsies. It was absolutely a greater challenge for me, if for nothing else than the sheer about of work and brain power that went into it.

TNA: You went with both supernatural elements and a murder mystery this time around, not to mention there’s a romance that develops along the way. What do you find intriguing about bringing two people together and having them fall in love in what might otherwise be considered a rather unromantic setting?

JKH: It’s intriguing because, in my opinion, it’s more realistic. The situation was obviously fictional, but the majority of people I know didn’t fall in love over wine & chocolates or jet trips to Paris. They fell in love while life was happening. I just happened to make the “life” that was happening to my characters a bit more wild and complicated. :) 

TNA: Do you have a favorite scene in the book, one that while you were writing it you just knew it was the scene that would bring the story together and make it that much better? If so, can you tell us a bit about it without giving too much away?

JKH: Wow, that’s nearly impossible to decide. I don’t know if it necessarily brought the story together better than any other scene, but one of my favorite ones to write was the scene where Titus’s grandmother Hester arrives. She is quite the character, the embodiment of all of the research I did on the gypsy culture. She is an old-timer, set in her ways and extremely indelicate. She was freaking hilarious to write.

TNA: What makes Titus and Charlie work? What would you say is the most important part of their chemistry as a couple?

JKH: I think it would be the contrast between Charlie’s kindness and sense of duty, and Titus’s independence. I could have made Charlie a typical alpha-male-cop-type and Titus a (forgive me)damsel-in-distress type. Instead, Charlie is quiet and self-contained, but he truly cares for Titus enough to want to keep him safe. However, Titus is no simpering maiden. He accepts help when he needs it, but he likes to stand on his own, for better or worse. He doesn’t need Charlie to save him, but he likes knowing Charlie will be there just in case.

TNA: Is Shadows Fall book one of a series? Could you see yourself writing more novels in this setting, or is this a one-off story?

JKH: It’s definitely a series. There may be bigger gaps in between the books than my other series, because these themes are more technical and intensive, but I intentionally left a few loose ends in Shadows Fall to set up for the next adventure. :)

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ShadowsFall_FinalCoverRGBBlurb: A gift—or curse—gives Titus McGinty the unwanted ability to talk to ghosts. When he starts seeing the same few apparitions repeatedly, appearing with similar gruesome injuries, he begins to wonder what they want from him.

Detective Charlie Hale has a serial killer on his hands. On the loose for weeks, the Queen City Slayer has left the police nothing to go on, no forensic evidence other than what he wants found. The city is running out of time.

The crisis brings Titus and Charlie together—Titus stumbles upon a body and finds himself a suspect. Their budding romance is tested as they are sucked into a web of underground laboratories, restive spirits, and religious fanaticism. They’ll have to work together to find the identity of the killer before he takes his next victim…Titus.

Buy Links: Wilde City Press | Amazon | All Romance eBooks

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Author BioAbout the Author: J.K. Hogan has been telling stories for as long as she can remember, beginning with writing cast lists and storylines for her toys growing up. When she finally decided to put pen to paper, magic happened. She is greatly inspired by all kinds of music and often creates a “soundtrack” for her stories as she writes them. J.K. is hoping to one day have a little something for everyone, so she’s branched out from m/f paranormal romance and added m/m contemporary romance. Who knows what’s next?

J.K. resides in North Carolina, where she was born and raised. A true southern girl at heart, she lives in the country with her husband and young son, a cat, and two champion agility dogs. If she isn’t on the agility field, J.K. can often be found chasing waterfalls in the mountains with her husband, or down in front at a blues concert. In addition to writing, she enjoys training and competing in dog sports, spending time with her large southern family, camping, boating and, of course, reading! For more information, please visitwww.jkhogan.com.

Where to find the author: Facebook Author Page | Twitter | Pinterest | Tumblr | Google+ | Instagram

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THE GIVEAWAY:

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Upcoming Tour Dates:

1-Jul – Prism Book Alliance

2-Jul – Hearts on Fire

3-Jul – Inked Rainbow Reads

6-Jul – Chris McHart | Multitasking Mommas

7-Jul – Molly Lolly | The Blogger Girls

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Here’s a Sneak Peek at the Coming Week

Love Wins

Friday, June 26th, was a landmark day here in the US, a victory for what should simply be an inalienable human right rather than a legal judgment, the right to love and equality, but a victory nonetheless, and though I’m certain the opposition will still have plenty to bemoan and bewail about as we move forward, for now, we at TNA celebrate this single victory with our friends and family in the LGBT community.

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And now, here’s what we have coming up for you in the week ahead.

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MondayLane Hayes kicks off the week for us this week on The Right Time blog tour

Tuesday – Author JK Hogan joins us today on her Shadows Fall tour

We’ll also be hosting the second of our GayRomLit Featured Authors when J.A. Rock stops in for a visit

Wednesday – We kick off the month of July with author JL Merrow on her Played! Tour

Author AJ Truman also stops in today on the Behind Closed Doors blog tour

Thursday – We welcome author CC Dado today on what could only be the Imposter in Zebra-striped Briefs blog tour

Friday – First up this morning, we’ll have a cover reveal of book five in Charlie Cochet’s THIRDS series, Against the Grain

We’ll also have author Lisa Worrall stopping in on the Un-deniable blog tour

Saturday – Finally, closing out the week, we’ll be hosting the launch celebration for LoveLight Press, a new publisher of LGBT fiction.

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

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5 Stars, Genre Romance, J.K. Hogan, Reviewed by Kathie, Wilde City Press

Review: Love and the Real Boy by J.K. Hogan

Title: Love and the Real Boy (Coming About: Book Two)

Author: JK Hogan

Publisher: Wilde City Press

Pages/Word Count: 196 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: How much heartache can one man take before he breaks? Rich Langston asks himself that question every day.

A Seattle advertising exec who uses his designer suit and showy car like a suit of armor, Rich refuses to let the world get to him. His traumatic childhood has ruined any faith he had in people, friendship, and love. After a meltdown that led to him alienating everyone in his life, Rich agrees to help with the restoration of an antique sailboat as a form of penance. Continue reading

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GayRomLit Virtual Gift Basket Giveaway: Basket Two

1237Greetings, everyone! Day One of our Virtual Gift Basket Giveaway went so well, how about Round Two?

We’ve got another great selection of prizes in Virtual Gift Basket Two today. Here’s the list of what’s up for grabs:

Lex Chase: A $25 Gift Card to an e-tailer of the winner’s choice
Rhys Ford: An e-book choice from her backlist
Edmond Manning: An e-copy of The Butterfly King (The Lost and Founds: Book 3)
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Writing Anxiety by J.K. Hogan – It’s A GRL Countdown Celebration Giveaway


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Blurb: As if being a deeply closeted gay man living in the South isn’t enough, Justice Crawford also suffers from a crippling anxiety disorder. Flying cross country to be the best man in his best friend’s wedding probably isn’t the best idea, right? Forced back into the closet after being rejected by his family, Justice has given up on the idea of finding acceptance and love. He has allowed his disorder and his troubled past to keep him from taking a chance, but love might just find him where he least expects it… in Seattle.

Sailor and charter boat captain Nic Valentine is still reeling from the unexpected death of his father, when the man of his dreams—literally—falls into his lap. He thinks he’ll never see the man again, but fate has other plans. Nic tries to resist the charms of adorably quirky, nervous Justice, because he has no desire to get tangled up with another closet case. But when life keeps throwing them together, will Nic decide that Justice might be a keeper after all?

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Hey everyone! Thanks for having me on The Novel Approach today. Though I have several m/f PNRs out, I’ve just released my first m/m contemporary romance: I Survived Seattle from Wilde City Press. The story was loosely based on and inspired by a trip my husband, my son, and I took to Seattle to attend our friends’ wedding. The romance genre is where my heart lies and I’ll probably always write it, but I like to challenge myself to create deeper characters that go through more within the story than just falling in love.

Justice, the main character from I Survived Seattle, apart from being a gay man living in the South, also suffers from a crippling anxiety disorder. One of his triggers is travel, flying in particular, and since the book starts off with him on a cross-country flight to Seattle, you can probably imagine his state of mind. Today I wanted to talk a bit about writing a character with anxiety—and a mild case of OCD in Justice’s case. That part of Justice was semi-autobiographical. I pulled a lot from my own experiences as inspiration for Justice.
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3.5 Stars, J.K. Hogan, Reviewed by Tina, Wilde City Press

J.K. Hogan’s “I Survived Seattle” Is A Charming Second Chance At Love Story – Reviewed by Tina


“Too often, we miss out on opportunities in this life because we were too busy waiting for them to fall into our lap that we missed them tapping on our shoulder.” ― Daniel Willey


Title: I Survived Seattle (Coming About #1)

Author: J.K. Hogan

Publisher: Wilde City Press

Pages/Word Count: 161 Pages

Rating: 3.5 Stars

Blurb: As if being a deeply closeted gay man living in the South isn’t enough, Justice Crawford also suffers from a crippling anxiety disorder. Flying cross country to be the best man in his best friend’s wedding probably isn’t the best idea, right? Forced back into the closet after being rejected by his family, Justice has given up on the idea of finding acceptance and love. He has allowed his disorder and his troubled past to keep him from taking a chance, but love might just find him where he least expects it… in Seattle.
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Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week


Hi, everyone, I hope you’ve all had a great week. It was a busy and fun-filled weekend at RainbowCon, having the opportunity to meet some new-to-me authors and participating on some great panels, where the conversation was always interesting and informative. Next stop: GayRomLit in Chicago!

Here’s what’s on tap for the week ahead.

MondaySaloni Quinby kicks off the week on her Weapons of Redemption Blog Tour with a giveaway

Jacob Flores drops in as well, with a GRL Countdown Celebration for his newest release, When Love Comes to Town, and there’s a giveaway

TuesdayRiley Hart is our guest today on the Stay (Blackcreek: Book Two) Blog Tour. She sat down to answer a few questions for us, so make sure to stay tuned

Libby Drew is also with us to do a Cover Reveal of her new novella The Lost Year, included in the anthology Secrets of Neverwood

Brita Addams visits today with a guest article about misused idioms/clichés

WednesdayPiper Vaughn and Kade Boehme stop in on their Wood, Screws & Nails Blog Tour, and they’ve also got a giveaway for you

Rafe Haze is also with us to talk a little bit about his new book The Next, and he’ll be giving an e-copy away to one lucky reader

ThursdayPoppy Dennison is dropping by to do a little Mind Magic for us, and there’s a giveaway

L.A. Witt and Marie Sexton are also here on their Roped In Blog Tour, with a giveaway

FridayLE Franks is our guest on the Can This Be Real Blog Tour, and there’s a giveaway

M.J. O’Shea also drops in on the Rising Sun Blog Tour, and she’s offering a giveaway

SaturdayChrista Tomlinson is our guest on The Sergeant Blog Tour and giveaway

F.E. Feeley Jr. will also be here on the Objects in the Rearview Mirror Blog Tour, and there’s a giveaway

SundayJ.K. Hogan is here with a Countdown To GRL Celebration Guest Post and Giveaway

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

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