4.5 Stars, Dreamspinner Press, Jacob Z. Flores, Mystery/Suspense/Action Thriller, Reviewed by Karen, Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Urban Fantasy

Review: Soul Struck by Jacob Z. Flores

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Title:  Soul Struck (The Warlock Brothers of Havenbridge: Book Three)

Author:  Jacob Z. Flores

Publisher:  Dreamspinner Press

Page/Word Count:  224 Pages

At a Glance:  It really is a toss up which book I like best in this series.

Reviewed By:  Karen

Blurb: Like the electricity he commands, Pierce Blackmoor streaks through life on raw power and pure sexual energy. His conquests on the battlefield and in the bedroom form his foundation, but that bedrock crumbles when his younger brothers’ abilities surpass his own. Pierce finds himself at an all-time low, and clawing his way back to the top becomes his only concern.

Pierce’s plan to reassert his dominance, however, takes a backseat when he wounds Kale Aquilo, an emissary of the Beast King, lord of all shifters.

Kale’s beguiling nature shoots like a lightning bolt straight to Pierce’s soul, and when the soft-spoken Kale relays that a virus is killing his people, Pierce abandons his quest for power to do something he has never done before—protect someone other than himself.

As Kale, Pierce, and his brothers struggle to find the root of the magical virus spreading plague across Aeaea, the shifter island, they face a gauntlet of old and new foes. Soul struck, Pierce and Kale must uncover the truth behind the conspiracy gathering in the shadows.

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Review: Before I’d started this book, I was pretty sure that this was the one in the series I was going to like the least, since Pierce was nowhere near a favorite character of mine.  I mean, come on, he kind of came off like he was a power hungry jerk in previous books, and really, not at all that likeable.

But I was so wrong. Which really shouldn’t surprise me since any thoughts I’d had regarding what I was going to think of the other books in this series were all wrong too. I should have known better at this point… When Pierce finds Kale, then seeing his reaction to him, completely changed how I viewed this character. All of a sudden, being the most powerful wasn’t what was most important to him, and the journey with these two was amazing. You see almost a complete shift in how Pierce looks at things and in what becomes important to him.

With each new book we see another aspect of this world come to life, and it really is a toss up, now that I have read Soul Struck, which book I like the best so far, because honestly, the series wasn’t something I thought I would enjoy at all to begin with. After reading the first book on a friend’s recommendation, though, I now can’t wait to see what will come next.

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Release Day Review: Blood Tied by Jacob Z. Flores

Title:  Blood Tied (The Warlock Brothers of Havenbridge: Book Two)

Author:  Jacob Z. Flores

Publisher:  Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count:  220 Pages

At a Glance:  Blood Tied is definitely not my normal type of book, but I loved it!

Reviewed By:  Karen

Blurb: Thad Blackmoor’s heart is as cold as his icy magical abilities. He considers emotions a waste of his time and prefers to study the arcane, using the sacred books of his coven to grow in his craft. He aspires to supersede his father and elder brother Pierce in power, and now that his younger brother, Mason, has tapped into the rare warlock power of darkness, he needs to work harder than ever.

But Thad’s ambitions are halted when he saves Aiden Teine, a fire fairy, from a banshee. Thad’s immediate attraction to Aiden catches him off guard and thaws his cold heart for the first time. As Thad, Aiden, and his brothers investigate the connection between the banshee attack and the vampyre and shadow weaver who almost killed them, Thad tries to dodge Ben, a sexy warlock who won’t let him be after a one-night stand.

Their search for answers leads them to the Otherworld, where something even more insidious is at work—something Thad will need more than logic to stand against.

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Review:  Well. When I first heard about Spell Bound, I had absolutely no interest in reading it—really, it isn’t my usual type of book. Then a couple people I’m friends with on Facebook kept posting and sharing things about it, and because I usually read what they recommend, I decided to give it a shot. And, I was right and wrong. It is definitely not my normal type of book, but I loved it!

So then, as fast as my little fingers could type when Blood Tied came up for review, I threw my name down. After the first book, I couldn’t wait to read Thad’s story. I am pretty sure he is my favorite of the brothers…maybe. Alright, I kind of love them all, but I was really excited about his story.  There’s so much action and so manyt things going on in this book that I couldn’t get my Kindle to flip pages fast enough.

Throughout part of the book, I kept going back and forth between who I wanted Thad to be with—Aiden, no Ben…ummm, no Aiden—but I wasn’t expecting what I got. Compared to the cold, unfeeling Thad we have in the first book, and at the start of in Blood Tied, seeing him come around and soften up and show some emotion was heartwarming. I really enjoyed how this series is unfolding, and I am looking forward to what is coming next.

These books are the first I’ve read by Jacob Z. Flores, and I am looking forward to reading much more from him!

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Video Excerpt: Blood Tied by Jacob Z. Flores

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Hi, everyone! My name is Jacob Z. Flores, and I’m so happy to be back here at The Novel Approach, where I can spend time with Lisa, the hostess with the mostess, and her awesome reviewers.

Lisa has always been extremely kind by allowing me to pop onto her blog, and I can’t express my gratitude enough for her hospitality.

The reason I’m here today is to share a short 2-3 minute video reading from my upcoming release Blood Tied. This is the second book from the Warlock Brothers of Havenbridge series, which follows the lives of the Blackmoor brothers—Mason, Thad, and Pierce. In this book, Thad takes over as the main character as we dive further into the shadows of evil and conspiracy that surround this world. We also get to meet the man who steals Thad’s heart, which if you know Thad, is no easy task.

I hope you enjoy this small glimpse into the magical world I have created. I know I had a blast writing it.

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BloodTiedFS-2Blurb: Thad Blackmoor’s heart is as cold as his icy magical abilities. He considers emotions a waste of his time and prefers to study the arcane, using the sacred books of his coven to grow in his craft. He aspires to supersede his father and elder brother Pierce in power, and now that his younger brother Mason has tapped into the rare warlock power of darkness, he needs to work harder than ever.

But Thad’s ambitions are halted when he saves Aiden Teine, a fire fairy, from a banshee. Thad’s immediate attraction to Aiden catches him off guard and thaws his cold heart for the first time. As Thad, Aiden, and his brothers investigate the connection between the banshee attack and the vampyre and shadow weaver who almost killed them, Thad tries to dodge Ben, a sexy warlock who won’t let him be after a one-night stand.

Their search leads them to the Otherworld, where something even more insidious is at work—something Thad will need more than logic to stand against.

Buy Link: Dreamspinner Press

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Jacob Z. FloresAbout the Author: Jacob Z. Flores lives a double life. During the day, he is a respected college English professor and mid-level administrator. At night and during his summer vacation, he loosens the tie and tosses aside the trendy sports coat to write man on man fiction, where the hard ass assessor of freshmen level composition turns his attention to the firm posteriors and other rigid appendages of the characters in his fictional world.

Summers in Provincetown, Massachusetts, provide Jacob with inspiration for his fiction. The abundance of barely clothed man flesh and daily debauchery stimulates his personal muse.

When he isn’t stroking the keyboard, Jacob spends time with his daughter. They both represent a bright blue blip in an otherwise predominantly red swath in south Texas.

You can follow Jacob’s musings on his blog at jacobzflores.com, his website dedicated to the Havenbridge series at www.havenbridge.me, or become a part of his social media network by visiting Facebook or Twitter, Pinterest, Goodreads, Google Plus

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Here’s a Sneak Peek at the Coming Week!

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Cheers, everyone, and many thanks to all of you for stopping by to take a look at what we have coming up for you in the week ahead. I’ll give you a hint: It’s a busy one and I couldn’t be happier to share all the great guests, giveaways, and reviews we have coming up with you.

Here’s what’s on tap…

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Monday – Kicking off our week, we’ll have Silvia Violet with us today, and a cover reveal for her new book Unexpected Engagement

We’ll also welcome author Jeff Adams today to celebrate the audiobook release of his book Flipping for Him, narrated by the talented Jason Frazier

Tuesday – Today we’ll have Pat Henshaw stopping by for a visit on her Redesigning Max blog tour

We’ll also welcome author Cardeno C. today, with a teaser or three from the re-release of the Mates series, Wake Me Up Inside, Until Forever Comes, and In Your Eyes

Wednesday – We’ll have another Countdown to GRL 2015 guest with us today, when we welcome author Laura Harner

And, we’ll also be hosting author Heather C. Leigh today on her Resist blog tour

Thursday – The authors of MLR Press’s Storming Love: Earthquake series will be stopping in today to chat about the stories and the series

We’ll also welcome Heidi Cullinan back today with an interview on her Lonely Hearts blog tour

FridayNic Starr is our guest today to chat a bit about her new book Andrew’s Promise, book two in her Heroes series

SaturdayEthan Stone drops by today for a weekend visit on his blog tour for the re-release of Blood and Tears, the next installment in his Flesh series

Sunday – Finally, easy like Sunday morning, we’ll have author Jacob Z. Flores with us today to chat a bit about his new book Blood Tied, the second installment in his Warlock Brothers of Havenbridge series

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5 Stars, Audio Book, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Jacob Z. Flores, Narration Rating - 5 Stars, New Adult, Reviewed by Amy

Audio Review: Being True by Jacob Z. Flores – Narrated by Mark Westfield

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Title: Being True

Author: Jacob Z. Flores

Narrator: Mark Westfield

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Run Time: 8 Hours and 40 Minutes

At a glance: This book hit all the right notes in all the right places.

Reviewed By: Amy

Blurb: Truman L. Cobbler has not had an easy life. It’s bad enough people say he looks like Donkey from Shrek, but he’s also suffered the death of his policeman father and his mother’s remarriage to a professional swindler, who cost them everything. Now dirt poor, they live in the barrio of San Antonio, Texas. When Tru transfers to an inner-city high school halfway through his senior year, he meets Javi Castillo, a popular and hot high school jock. Javi takes an immediate liking to Tru, and the two become friends. The odd pairing, however, rocks the school and sets the cliquish social circles askew. No one knows how to act or what to think when Mr. Popular takes a stand for Mr. Donkey. Will the cliques rise up to maintain status quo and lead Tru and Javi to heartbreak and disaster or will being true to who they are rule the day?

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Review: Being True hit all the right notes in all the right places. First, let’s talk about Truman. How I adore this young man. He is the underdog that everyone roots for. In the opening sequence, I just wanted to take Rance and beat him. Javi Castillo, the boy/man we all hope to find and fall in love with—could he be more perfect?

What makes this story work is the well-built, believable relationship between Javi and Tru. Flores does an amazing job of telling this story through Tru’s eyes, but allows you to see Javi fall in love too. He weaves a wonderful supporting cast in the Castillo’s, and Tru’s mother, and a mouthy Goth chick who befriends Tru. Take all of those things, add the pressure of high school and just the basics of growing up, and what you are left with is a memorable coming-of-age story where the buildup and crescendo are well worth the wait. I would love a revisit of this couple in the future and even would love an update on Rance, who is the villain but also just a scared young kid, not sure of his place in the world.

Narration: I adored this book and when I saw that Mark Westfield was narrating, I was so stinkin’ excited. I am familiar with Mark from the THIRDS series, and know of his narration skills. He definitely brought his A-game for this book. He is such a talented narrator. Something as simple as a scene between Javi and Tru, where they are throwing the ball, is made more authentic because Westerfield makes Javi sound like he is farther away than Tru. I have heard a lot of great narrators of late, but Mark is by far my favorite, and he took this story to the next level.

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4 Stars, Dreamspinner Press, Jacob Z. Flores, Paranormal Romance, Reviewed by Janet, Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Urban Fantasy

Review: Spell Bound by Jacob Z. Flores

Title: Spell Bound (The Warlock Brothers of Havenbridge: Book One)

Author: Jacob Z. Flores

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 216 Pages

At a Glance: I can easily recommend this book for a wonderful escape for a few hours, with the bonus of more to come.

Reviewed By: Janet

Blurb: Mason Blackmoor just can’t compete with his brothers, much less his father. They represent the epitome of black magic, strong, dark, and wicked, and though Mason tries to live up to his respected lineage, most of the spells he casts go awry. To make matters worse, his active power has yet to kick in. While his brothers wield lightning and harness the cold, Mason sits on the sidelines, waiting for the moment when he can finally enter the magical game.

When a dead body is discovered on the football field of his high school, Mason meets Drake Carpenter, the new kid in town. Drake’s confident demeanor and quick wit rub Mason the wrong way. Drake is far too self-assured for someone without an ounce of magical blood in his body, and Mason aims to teach him a lesson—like turn him into a roach. And if he’s lucky, maybe this time Mason won’t be the one turned into an insect.

Not surprisingly, the dislike is mutual, and Drake does nothing to dispel Mason’s suspicion that the sexy boy with a southern drawl is somehow connected to the murder.

If only Mason didn’t find himself inexplicably spellbound whenever they are together, they might actually find out what danger hides in the shadows.

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Review: There was a bit of a sense of trepidation when I opened this book. Jacob Z. Flores has a style of writing that I very much enjoy, but it’s quite down to earth and rather basic, therefore I wasn’t entirely convinced that he could handle a foray into the mystic world – and keep me as a devoted and enthusiastic reader. I have never been quite so happy to have all my fears evaporate. This is a fun, involving story with multiple plots and a wide variety of characters of all ages.

The main characters that are the focus of this story are senior high school aged boys, but this is not a YA book in that sense at all. Or, to be more accurate, the book does start out YA and then grows into a New Adult classification as the story unfolds. As the first novel in a series, there are lot of characters to be developed and a serious plot line to layer as a base to the overall series, but it’s still relevant to this book. It sounds complicated, but it is actually a very smooth unfolding that Jacob treats us to. I never felt that the story I was reading was incomplete, and I was very involved in the characters right away. The maturity that the boys developed grew in direct proportion to their relationship and their realization that there was a much bigger drama/mystery unfolding in their lives.

Because the witches and warlocks in this story are an unrealized part of the regular world, I was able to be a part of the story very easily. The world that Flores built was already familiar to me, so the mystical elements were realistic and easy to believe. I think this was a very clever process used by the author, and it will carry forward to the remaining books in the series as well. My only point of conflict came from the first person narrative. It is not my favorite style and although it suited this story, I would have enjoyed the extra depth that a multiple person POV offered.

Mason and Drake are two very vibrant characters, and I thoroughly enjoyed their journey towards a future together; I can’t wait to see where they will end up. I also am intrigued by the rest of the Blackmoor warlocks, and the relationship that Mason has with his family is a big part of the book. There are many directions the author has opened up for us as possibilities for future stories, it remains to be seen how many there will be, but I am looking forward to reading them. Spell Bound is a delicious appetiser for a new series, but it packed a punch on its own. I can easily recommend this book for a wonderful escape for a few hours, with the bonus of more to come.

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Video Excerpt: Spell Bound by Jacob Z. Flores

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The Novel Approach is pleased to welcome Jacob Z. Flores today, with a video clip excerpt of his upcoming DSP release Spell Bound, Book One in his new series The Warlock Brothers of Havenbridge.

And now, here’s Jacob!

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Hi, everyone! My name is Jacob Z. Flores, and I’m thrilled to be here at The Novel Approach. I have to thank my lovely hostess with the mostess, Lisa, for agreeing to let me hang out here today, where I’ll be sharing a short 2-3 minute video reading from my upcoming release Spell Bound.

I hope you enjoy this small glimpse into the magical world I have created. I know I had a blast writing it.

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SpellBoundFSBlurb: Mason Blackmoor just can’t compete with his brothers, much less his father. They represent the epitome of black magic, strong, dark, and wicked, and though Mason tries to live up to his respected lineage, most of the spells he casts go awry. To make matters worse, his active power has yet to kick in. While his brothers wield lightning and harness the cold, Mason sits on the sidelines, waiting for the moment when he can finally enter the magical game.

When a dead body is discovered on the football field of his high school, Mason meets Drake Carpenter, the new kid in town. Drake’s confident demeanor and quick wit rub Mason the wrong way. Drake is far too self-assured for someone without an ounce of magical blood in his body, and Mason aims to teach him a lesson—like turn him into a roach. And if he’s lucky, maybe this time Mason won’t be the one turned into an insect.
Not surprisingly, the dislike is mutual and Drake does nothing to dispel Mason’s suspicion that the sexy boy with a southern drawl is somehow connected to the murder.

If only Mason didn’t find himself inexplicably spellbound whenever they are together, they might actually find out what danger hides in the shadows.

Buy Link: Dreamspinner Press

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Here’s A Sneak Peek at the Coming Week

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Cheers, everyone, and many thanks for stopping by to see what we have in store for you here at The Novel Approach in the coming week. There’s lots coming up to be excited about–great guests, interesting content, a few giveaways, and, of course, we’ll be sharing more reviews with you as well.

Here’s what’s on tap!

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MondayK. Vale is here to kick off our week on her Crossed Hearts blog tour

Michele Michael Rakes also joins us today with a guest stop in the Fourth and Long blog tour

TuesdayCharlie Cochet makes us a stop today on the Healing Hunter’s Heart tour

We’ll also have Morticia Knight with us on the Justice Prevails blog tour

WednesdayJordan Castillo Price drops by today with an interview and giveaway for her newest audiobook release Channeling Morpheus for Scary Mary

And we’ll also be hosting author Tina Blenke on her Shifting Cargo blog tour

ThursdayLexi Ander is our guest today on her Dreams of the Forgotten blog tour

Brita Addams to chat a bit up her upcoming Dreamspinner Press release Beloved Unmasked

FridayJacob Z. Flores drops by with a video chat on his Spellbound blog tour

Sam Standish is also our guest to discuss his newest novel Making Men

Saturday – Finally, to close out the week, author K. Lynn will join us on the Coffee Date 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, Genre Romance, Jacob Z. Flores, Reviewed by Jackie

Review: Please Remember Me by Jacob Z. Flores

Title: Please Remember Me

Author: Jacob Z. Flores

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 256 Pages

At a Glance: A story like this makes me believe in love and second chances and all the reasons I like to read romance novels.

Reviewed By: Jackie

Blurb: Successful lawyer Santi Herrera couldn’t be happier with the direction his life is taking. Not only is he on track to becoming a partner in his law firm, but he’s planning his wedding to Hank Burton, a south Texas contractor who has made a name for himself despite his humble beginnings. The introverted, lone wolf Santi and the friendly, outgoing Hank complement each other perfectly. From the moment they laid eyes on each other, they were hooked, and as far as Santi and Hank are concerned, a happily ever after is their destiny.

But fate deals them a devastating new hand.

A construction accident leaves Hank with severe head trauma and brings him precariously close to death. When he finally awakens, Hank doesn’t remember Santi or the love they shared for the past three years. Santi faces the greatest challenge of his life. Can he respark a flame his lover can’t recall? And can he stop the diverging paths that fickle fate charts between them?

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Review: I have been a loyal reader of Jacob Z. Flores for a while now. I love his books that have a funnier slant, his angsty “rip-your-heart-out” love stories, and his dystopian story as well. I am not usually seduced by a book cover. Normally I couldn’t care less what a cover looks like. When I saw the cover of this book, though, I was mesmerized. I just HAD to read the story that inspired that cover, and I am so very glad I did.

Santi and Hank’s story is told through the first person narrative in the present, and through flashbacks. I know flashbacks don’t always work for some people, but this time they really, really did. I’d swear I could feel the love pouring off the pages of this book, not to mention the heat that these two men generated between them.

I can’t imagine having the person I planned to spend the rest of my life with wake up in a hospital and not have a single clue who I am. The pain and heartache it would cause is just not something I have ever come close to experiencing. The author did a fabulous job of getting Santi’s emotions across clearly, and I found myself crying for him on more than one occasion.

Over the course of the book we get to see them both before and after Hank lost his memories. Their beginning was magical, but the hurts Santi went through during the aftermath really tore at my heart. Thinking the man you love with everything in you believes he is in love with someone else…ugh, GUTTED.

With some very entertaining secondary characters, this story was a total hit for me. I love a love story and this was definitely love. A story like this makes me believe in love and second chances and all the reasons I like to read romance novels. Finding perfection once is a gift, twice it’s a miracle. Mr. Flores has made me believe in miracles.






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Simply The Best 2014: Round Four – The Year In Reviews and a Giveaway

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Hi, everyone!

We are thisclose to the end of our best of the best selections for this year. In case you missed the earlier selections, Sammy’s and Tina’s can be found HERE, Jackie’s, Lana’s, and Jules’ can be found HERE, and Lynn’s and Chris’s HERE.

Since Kim and Kathie are the audio connoisseurs in our group, today’s feature are their top picks in the audiobook category, and guess what? TNA is going to give you the chance to win TWO of the listed titles. And guess what else? If you’re selected as the winner, you get to choose which titles you’d like in either audio or e-book format. Continue reading

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5 Stars, Audio Book, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Jacob Z. Flores, Reviewed by Kathie

Audio Review: When Love Comes to Town by Jacob Z. Flores – Narrated by TJ Jamesin

Title: When Love Comes to Town

Author: Jacob Z. Flores

Narrator:: TJ Jamesin

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Run Time: 7 hours, 32 minutes

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Brody O’Shea isn’t looking for much, just a hot guy with a decent job, who is sane and doesn’t have kids. The son of a former rock star, Brody has lived through the pain of bankruptcy and bad parenting, and he doesn’t want to experience it again. As a reformed horndog, he wants the security and stability of a relationship. But almost every guy he meets seems satisfied with Mr. Right Now, and he wants to find Mr. Right – now! Continue reading

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Review: Being True by Jacob Z. Flores

Title: Being True

Author: Jacob Z. Flores

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 258 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Truman L. Cobbler has not had an easy life. It’s bad enough people say he looks like Donkey from Shrek, but he’s also suffered the death of his policeman father and his mother’s remarriage to a professional swindler, who cost them everything. Now dirt poor, they live in the barrio of San Antonio, Texas. When Tru transfers to an inner-city high school halfway through his senior year, he meets Javi Castillo, a popular and hot high school jock. Javi takes an immediate liking to Tru, and the two become friends. The odd pairing, however, rocks the school and sets the cliquish social circles askew. No one knows how to act or what to think when Mr. Popular takes a stand for Mr. Donkey. Will the cliques rise up to maintain status quo and lead Tru and Javi to heartbreak and disaster or will being true to who they are rule the day? Continue reading

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Soundbite Sunday Review: When Let Gets Hairy by Jacob Z. Flores – Narrated by T.J. Jamesin

Title: When Love Gets Hairy

Author: Jacob Z. Flores

Narrator:: T.J. Jamesin

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Run Time: 7 Hours, 55 Minutes

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: As vain as he is beautiful, Nino Santos happily lives life waiting for the next ferry full of fairies to bring him new conquests. As long as they aren’t hirsute, he’s all in. So he’s shocked to wake up after a beach party he cannot remember with a hairy naked man lying next to him. Continue reading

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Sound Bite Sunday: “Chasing the Sun” by Jacob Z. Flores – Narrated by TJ Jamesin

“We should always define ourselves and never be defined by what others see or expect.” – Jacob Z. Flores


Title: Chasing the Sun (Provincetown: Book Two)

Author: Jacob Z. Flores

Narrator:: TJ Jamesin

Publisher: Dreasmspinner Press

Run Time: 3 Hours, 39 Minutes

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: As a physician and prominent citizen of Victoria, Texas, Dr. Gil Kelly took a hard fall when his vengeful wife revealed his infidelity with other men. Closing ranks around her, the town’s elite ostracized him, and his relationship with his children was nearly destroyed. Continue reading

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Sound Bite Sunday: T.J. Jamesin’s Audio Narration Brings Jacob Z. Flores’ “When Love Takes Over” To Life

“P-Town is supposed to happen. This is a special place. It changes people’s lives. The problems and worries that you bring with you don’t mean as much.” — Jacob Z. Flores


Title: When Love Takes Over

Author: Jacob Z. Flores

Narrator:: T.J. Jamesin

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Run Time: 9 Hours, 15 Minutes

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Zach Kelly’s life is a shambles. His boyfriend of three years dumped him, and his writing career is going nowhere. On a whim, he heads to Provincetown, Massachusetts, to nurse his broken heart and figure out his next step. He’s expecting to find rest and relaxation on the sandy beaches of Cape Cod. Instead, Zach meets a hunky porn star during a chance encounter at a leather shop he mistakes as a place to buy a belt that is definitely not for whipping. Continue reading

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It’s A GRL Countdown Celebration Day! Jacob Z. Flores Talks About His Newest Book “When Love Comes to Town”, And There’s A Giveaway


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Hi, everyone. My name is Jacob Z. Flores, and I’m thrilled to be back here at The Novel Approach. I just love Lisa, Jackie, Tina Marie, Lynn, and all the other reviewers here. They’ve all been so nice to me throughout the years. You really couldn’t ask for a better bunch of people!
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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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Dreamspinner Press, Jacob Z. Flores

Good Things Happen “When Love Gets Hairy”


“There is no point in using the word ‘impossible’ to describe something that has clearly happened.” ― Douglas Adams


Title: When Love Gets Hairy (Provincetown: Book Three)

Author: Jacob Z. Flores

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 240 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: As vain as he is beautiful, Nino Santos happily lives life waiting for the next ferry full of fairies to bring him new conquests. As long as they aren’t hirsute, he’s all in. So he’s shocked to wake up after a beach party he cannot remember with a hairy naked man lying next to him.
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When “Chasing the Sun” Means Finding The Courage To Love



“Shame is a soul eating emotion.” ― C.G. Jung


BLURB: As a physician and prominent citizen of Victoria, Texas, Dr. Gil Kelly took a hard fall when his vengeful wife revealed his infidelity with other men. Closing ranks around her, the town’s elite ostracized him, and his relationship with his children was nearly destroyed.

After spending his life focused on living for others, he has no idea how to live for himself. He wants to find love but now settles for anonymous sex that only further clouds his world with shame and guilt. Gil believes finding true love is an unobtainable dream, what his father used to call “chasing the sun.”

Then he runs into Tom Martinez, his son’s childhood best friend, who returned to town a grown man and offers everything Gil needs. But Gil hesitates to fall into Tom’s arms, because after his high-profile divorce, the potential scandal of loving a younger man could separate him from his children permanently.
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He’s Baa-aaack… Jacob Z. Flores Is Here To Chase A Little Sun And Do A Little Rafflecopter Giveaway!


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Why Chasing the Sun?

Tharp-Flores--(1179)__06_12_13Hi, everyone! My name is Jacob Z. Flores, and I couldn’t be happier to be back here at The Novel Approach. The always beautiful and exquisitely dressed Lisa is such a gracious host. There’s always a freshly poured alcoholic beverage waiting and a margarita machine churning behind the bar. She certainly knows how to make a guy feel welcome and how to get one a little drunk. And, believe me, I’m not complaining!

And then there are her fabulous reviewers—Jackie, Tina, Lynn, and my adorable hubbie, Bruce. I have yet to meet Lana, Kim, and BJ, but I hear they’re picking up the strippers. Anyone who brings me hot, oiled up men is definitely good people. Don’t you think?

So why am I here besides ogling the strippers and drinking Lisa out of house and home?

Well, I’m here to promote Chasing the Sun. It’s my latest book from Dreamspinner, which released on October 16. This novella is the second book of The Provincetown Series, and if you haven’t read the first book yet, don’t worry. The books don’t have to be read in order as each book in the series has different main characters, but the main characters in each book return as supporting characters in the other books. How fun is that? I know I hate it when a book ends, and I don’t get to see my favorite characters anymore. In the Provincetown Series, though, that doesn’t happen. I guarantee it.

But enough droning on!

I wanted to spend some time today explaining why I titled the second book Chasing the Sun.

In the book, chasing the sun becomes a metaphor for trying to achieve dreams others deem as impossible. Although it’s sad, it happens all the time. How many times in life have you heard the phrase: “that can’t be done”? Or how many times has someone uttered: “that’s just an unrealistic pipe dream”?

It happens more often than we care to admit. There are always those doubting Thomases in life, those people who are so pragmatic and/or pessimistic that they cannot conceive of anyone pursuing a goal they are too afraid to chase.

And that’s what Gil Kelly has been told his entire life. He’s been made to believe that his dreams, wants, and desires are impossible. That, however, didn’t stop him from trying to better himself. He worked his way out of middle class and became a physician even though it put him at odds with his blue-collar father. Gil possessed the confidence to go against what his father said and pursue his dreams.

The problem, though, is that Gil never pursued the most precious dream in his heart. He never believed he could find true love with a man. That is now the dream that Gil wants to pursue, but he is too afraid to do anything about it.

His mistakes shattered his family and alienated his children from him. Light has left Gil’s life as a result. He now lives in the darkness of guilt and shame, too afraid to step foot into the renewing rays of the sun.

But dawn breaks when Gil meets Tom, his son’s childhood best friend. A new day is on the horizon, and Gil has to decide whether to chase the sun once again and risk it all or remain in the safety of the shadows that have eclipsed his heart.

I want to thank everyone who stopped by today and read my post, and I also want to thank Lisa, Bruce, Tina, Jackie, Lynn, Lana, Kim, and BJ for putting up with me today. I had so much fun, I’m uncertain if I can drive home. Thankfully, the Speedo-wearing chauffer has agreed to drive me home.

But before I drive off into the sunset with Lisa’s manservant, who will likely never return, I wanted to let everyone know that I have included a blurb and an excerpt below. Additionally, as part of my blog tour I’m holding a contest, so be sure to check out the Rafflecopter entry form. At the end of the tour, a winner will be chosen to win a copy of Chasing the Sun and announced.

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ChasingtheSunORIGBlurb:

As a physician and prominent citizen of Victoria, Texas, Dr. Gil Kelly took a hard fall when his vengeful wife revealed his infidelity with other men. Closing ranks around her, the town’s elite ostracized him, and his relationship with his children was nearly destroyed.

After spending his life focused on living for others, he has no idea how to live for himself. He wants to find love but now settles for anonymous sex that only further clouds his world with shame and guilt. Gil believes finding true love is an unobtainable dream, what his father used to call “chasing the sun.”

Then he runs into Tom Martinez, his son’s childhood best friend, who returned to town a grown man and offers everything Gil needs. But Gil hesitates to fall into Tom’s arms, because after his high-profile divorce, the potential scandal of loving a younger man could separate him from his children permanently.

Spin off of When Love Takes Over (1st Provincetown Series book)

Excerpt:

When Gil opened the front door of his house to greet his guest, he turned mute.
Tom stood on the porch, wearing a black button-down shirt that accentuated the stubble and dark eyebrows on his handsome face. Gone was the young boy he remembered, until he looked deep within Tom’s soft brown eyes. There, Gil saw traces of the child within the confident, seductive man who appeared before him.

“I know I’m a few minutes early,” Tom said while holding aloft a bottle of wine. “I hope that’s not too terrible an imposition.”

“Not at all,” Gil finally replied as he stepped aside to let Tom cross the threshold. “Early is better than late.”

“That’s what I think,” Tom responded as he led the way to the kitchen.

Gil was pleased that Tom obviously still felt at home in his house, but he wasn’t thrilled that he found himself staring at the snug fit of Tom’s jeans around his sculpted ass.

He had been wrong earlier. Visiting Guy didn’t have the best ass he’d ever seen. That went to Tom, hands down.

“So, what’s cooking?” Tom asked from the kitchen, where he pulled two wine goblets out of the cabinet to the left of the stove. He evidently remembered how Gil arranged his kitchen.

“Steak Diane, asparagus, and mashed potatoes.”

“God, how I’ve missed your meat.” Tom stopped speaking and his cheeks flushed. “Uh, you know what I mean. It was always well cooked, perfectly seasoned. Besides my dad’s, yours was the best I ever tasted.” Tom smacked his forehead with the palm of his left hand. “I’ll stop talking now. I’m making it worse.”

“Don’t worry about it,” Gil chuckled. “I know what you meant. And thank you.”

Obviously unable to speak, Tom nodded as he handed Gil a glass full of wine and then poured himself an equally generous portion.

“Here’s to us,” Tom toasted. “To finally getting to reconnect.”

Gil clanked his glass against Tom’s. “Cheers!”

As he sipped, Tom arched his eyebrows. That usually meant he either had a question he wanted asked or answered.

“What’s on your mind?” Gil inquired.

“Just why have you been blowing me off these past five years?”

Crap. Tom had noticed. “I’m afraid the answer won’t endear me to you.”

“I’m just grateful you aren’t denying it,” Tom told him with another arch of his brows. “So what gives?”

Gil couldn’t tell him the true reason. That he’d simply found Tom too attractive. That he didn’t trust himself alone with Tom and feared he might come onto him. “I was embarrassed. I hadn’t seen you since… well, since my skeletons came pouring out of my closet. I wasn’t sure how you felt about me. Everyone else hated me. I figured you would too.”

“We all have skeletons.”

“True. But mine seem to walk around like zombies, refusing to die.”

“Depends on who’s reanimating them.”

“What does that mean?”

Tom took a long sip of his wine before answering. “Once secrets are revealed, they’re either kept alive by others whose sole purpose is to hurt us, or we keep them alive because we wish to hurt ourselves. Which one applies to you?”

“A little bit of both, I guess.”

Tom grinned. “I always pegged you as a masochist!”

Gil snorted and wine came out his nose. It set fire to his nasal cavities, but still he laughed. When he looked over at Tom after wiping his face, Tom was bent over in hysterics.

“See, a masochist. You got off on that!”

“I did not,” he protested with a laugh. “You just surprised me, that’s all. First you comment on how great my meat is, and then you call me a masochist.”

Tom laughed so hard he sat down. “Lord only knows how much abuse your meat gets when you’re tenderizing it, you masochistic freak!”

“My meat doesn’t complain,” Gil replied.

A twinkle suddenly danced in Tom’s eyes before it shot away. “I bet not.”

For a few moments, they were quiet, unsure what to say next. The conversation turned bawdy quite easily. How was he supposed to come back from that?

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Be Sure To Follow Jacob On The Rest Of His Chasing the Sun Blog Tour Dates:

10/21/2013: It’s Raining Men
10/22/2013: The Novel Approach
10/23/2013: Mrs Condit Reads Books
10/24/2013: Literary Nymphs
10/25/2013: Romance Reviews Today
10/28/2013: Joyfully Jay
10/29/2013: Books Books and More Books
10/30/2013: Lynley Wayne
11/1/2013: Mama Kitty
11/5/2013: Dawn’s Reading Nook
11/6/2013: Fallen Angel
11/21/2013: Michael Rupured

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“When Love Takes Over,” It Makes For A Great Summer Read

“The consciousness of loving and being loved brings a warmth and richness to life that nothing else can bring.” ― Oscar Wilde



I am going to preface this review by saying I love Jacob Flores!! I have yet to read a book he has written that I haven’t just adored. I have been looking forward to reading this book since Jacob starting teasing us about it during a Dreamspinner chat on Facebook. No surprise here, but Jacob has done it again.

This story starts with Zach being unceremoniously dumped by his boyfriend of three years, Ben. Ben gives no reason for the split, but Zach decides why. Zach sees himself as a bumbling klutz with no fashion sense. Don’t forget, he is also a fair skinned ginger with too much body hair, and according to Ben those are not good traits to have. He has been told his whole life just how wrong he is, first by his father and then by Ben. Zach always seemed to pick the wrong hotels, the wrong clothes and the wrong activities. Basically, he is just wrong. So when Ben dumps Zach he does the first spontaneous thing he has done in years. He books a trip to Provincetown.

Once in P-town Zach finds out that Gary and Quinn, his landlords for the week, are the best guides for the uninitiated in P-town. On Gary’s advice, Zach takes a walk down the main drag and is in awe of the freedom, easiness and just plain joy on everyone’s face. He has never seen a place so free. Eventually the crowds start to be a little much for him, so Zach ducks into a leather shop; besides, he could use a new belt. Turns out it isn’t that kind of leather shop. Shocked by all the fetish wear but too embarrassed to run out of the store. Zach browses around the store and O.M.G. he sees the most beautiful man ever created. Of course this brings out the clumsy and Zach knocks over a huge display of lube and leather. The gorgeous man helps him clean up his mess, and this is how Zach meets Van.

Van Pierce, or Hart Throb as his fans know him, sees this beautiful man walk in the store and tries to act as if he does this every day. The man is a hot mess. A blue and white striped shirt two sizes too big and cami cargo shorts that are so much too big they look more like capris added with his gorgeous red hair that looks like it hasn’t seen a brush in days. Van is smitten. He can tell this man is not used to P-town and might just be the most innocent thing Van has seen in ages. He helps the poor sod clean up his mess and introduces himself. This is how Van met Zach.

Van Pierce is a tall, handsome self assured man. That is mostly because he has created the Hart Throb persona that he uses for his work in porn. He has had his heart broken in some of the worst ways possible, so he protects his heart the only way he knows how. No relationships, no dates and no letting anyone in again. That seems to be working great for him until Zach comes on the scene. Zach reawakens something Van thought died a long time ago—hope.

This book is like an insider’s travel guide on how to spend a week in P-town. First for Zach a makeover top to bottom, no pun intended. lol. Then he gets his first trip to the Tea Dance, and boy does he get initiated. The only problem is Van sees this initiation and he believes Zach isn’t who he thought he was. This leads to Van getting a case of the bitchies and his best friend makes him take the day off and just relax to try to cheer up. It turns out Gary, Quinn, and Zach show up at Tea and Zach finally gets up his courage to approach Van. After the two men clear up a few misunderstandings between them they start a weekend long non-date together.

Both Van and Zach are experiencing feelings that they haven’t felt in ages. Their thoughts of this is too soon, but we live so far apart, and our lives are too different, lead them in the wrong direction. Zach basically breaks Van’s heart and after he puts his head on straight, Van breaks Zach’s right back. It will take every friend they have, a manuscript and a whole lot of luck to get to a HEA, but somehow these two manage it.

I personally have never been to P-town, but I feel like I have experienced it through Jacob’s writing. The drag shows, the underwear parties, the shopping and the joyous freedom to just be. The freedom to be who you are, to be happy and to be something maybe you never knew you wanted to be. Jacob has a way of writing that puts you in the story and just won’t let go. I can see the crowded sidewalks in my mind, and, boy, could I picture the Tea Dance :swoon:. I feel as though I experienced P-town through these two men and I can’t wait for my next trip.

With summer almost over you should rush out and spend what little time you have left with Van, Zach and the gang. It will be well worth your while.

Reviewed by: Jackie

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And The Winners Are…

Hi! Remember Eric Arvin and TJ Klune’s video? Yeah, me too! Well, as it happens, they had a little giveaway going on along with their shenanigans, and guess what? The six winners have been selected. And guess what else? They’ll each be receiving a nifty download code apiece for a FREE book from Wilde City Press. See? Nifty.

So, on that note, it’s my great pleasure to announce the lucky winners right here! They are:


Diana

Maya

Joanne from Colorado

Jbst

little1kry

and

russ coons

Congratulations to each and every one of you, and to everyone who participated, thanks for stopping by and playing along in our Wilde Week of fun!

And on behalf of Bruce, Tina, and Jackie, I’d like to take a moment to offer a huge thanks to Geoff Knight, Ethan Day, and Dolorianne, the woman behind the scenes who made this all go off without a single hitch, as well as a heaping helping of feels to all the authors – Patrick Darcy, Hank Edwards, Eric & TJ, Jacob Z.Flores, Ethan Stone, Sandrine Gasq-Dion, and Anne Brooke, who each made this such a stellar week!

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Jacob Z. Flores And His Mega-Watt Smile Are Here Today To Lead Us To Love In The Most Desolate Of Places – Welcome, Jacob!

I’m so excited to be here at The Novel Approach. This is my third visit, and each time gets better than the last. Lisa and I always have a great time doing what we do best. Chatting and knocking back drinks. You know, for such a tiny woman, she could drink a man twice her size under the table. She puts me to shame. And it was great to meet Tina, the newest addition here at TNA, and it was also extra special to hang out here with my hubby, Bruce, who Lisa snagged for her blog as well. Such great people here, and the drinks are top-notch! Who could ask for more?

Now why am I here today? Well, this week is Wilde City Press week at The Novel Approach, and my latest release Moral Authority just happens to be from Geoff and Ethan at Wilde City. This means I get to be included. I so love being included! When I’m not, it’s kinda like being invited to a three way and being expected to watch. That’s just no fun at all.

For those of you who don’t know, Moral Authority is a dystopian novel. It is set in America of 2050, where a fourth branch of American government has been established. This branch of government is charged with providing a moral code of conduct for all citizens, for establishing moral laws for the country, and for upholding those laws. The name of that government is the Moral Authority. Samuel Pleasant is the man in charge of the Moral Authority. He is a megalomaniac who will do anything to protect moral law as well as the power he wields. No matter what the cost.

Obviously, like most dystopian novels, the America in my book is meant to be frightening. It is a lesson of what shouldn’t be done because morality is not something that can be prescribed for all by a select few. When that happens, the freedoms we currently have can be stripped away in the blink of an eye.

But there’s more to Moral Authority than just the dystopian slant and the brewing civil war. There is also love, and it happens in the most desolate of places.

Mark Bryan, one of the three main characters of the book, is a young man, who offers us a glimpse of true humanity and the one character who truly loves with all his heart. Sure, he’s angry, and sometimes he’s brash. But at the heart of those characteristics, there is love.

And Mark loves even when loving would seem impossible. When most of us would give in to the horror with anger and hate, Mark reaches deep inside and finds the best in himself to help those around him, and he truly makes a difference in the lives of the people he comes across. He offers them friendship, when they are lost and alone. When they are faced with impending death or torture, he gives them hope. And in one of the most horrific settings in the novel, Mark manages to find true love, and their budding relationship saves that man’s life.

Mark puts others above himself because that is what love is about. When Mark is juxtaposed with the Moral Authority and their selfish and terrible deeds, it is easy to see that the true moral authority rests within each individual and not with a group of elected officials or a majority voting block of the country.

It is the individual that makes the difference.

Blurb:

Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are prescribed ideals in America of 2050. The Moral Authority, the nation’s newest branch of government, has virtually eliminated crime, poverty, and most social ills, but it also rules the land with a tyrannical fist, championing ignorance and brandishing fear.

Mark Bryan is a gay man whose existence brands him an outlaw; Isaac Montoya is a charming stranger, who entices Mark to defy moral law; and Samuel Pleasant runs the Moral Authority and plans to punish moral offenders and a rebellious uprising—no matter the cost.
Will liberty and justice return for all?

Excerpt:

On deck, Mark looked around at Provincetown harbor. Boat slips surrounded the area, but there were no boats. At one time, Provincetown was home to many boats, both commercial and private. Now, the only boat was the one he currently stood on. No doubt all other water transportation was forbidden since Provincetown had been turned into a detainment camp. Forced by K3s, citizens and businesses relocated off the cape.

The line of men in orange jumpsuits extended all the way down the pier, toward a New England-styled building with white trim and a gray roof. No doubt the building was once a visitor’s center or some official site for Provincetown tourism. Now, it was where the processing of prisoners occurred. It even had K3 guards standing sentinel along the white ramps, their weapons drawn and their muscles tense, anxiously awaiting the opportunity to shoot someone.

He focused his attention instead on the cool sea breeze that continued to swirl around him, whispering to him that he wasn’t alone. Mark then stepped off the metal plank used for disembarkation and onto the wooden slats of the pier. As he walked forward, Mark imagined what Provincetown might have been like a generation or two ago.

Mark pictured the excitement his gay brothers in the past must have experienced upon exiting the ferries that used to shuttle them back and forth from Boston. When their feet touched these same wooden slats he now walked across in chains, they were no doubt liberated from their daily selves. He imagined their excitement, as opposed to his dread, about their arrival. Instead of being detained like Mark, they had arrived at a destination where they were the most free, where they could be who they truly were and express that without hesitation or fear of reprisal.

He clearly saw them in the past, walking hand-in-hand as they hurried to join the rest of their kin at the local bars or shops. Each person they encountered was a potential new lover or friend. In the past, there were no limits here, no boundaries like the rows of chain link and barbed wire fences that extended for as far as the eye could see along the beach in both directions. Provincetown was whatever they wanted it to be. It could be filled with dancing and debauchery, shopping and sightseeing, or relaxing and lounging, or it could be all those things.

In fact, if he listened hard enough, he still heard the thumping bass beat of a long ago silenced speaker churning out the dance music to which the boys used to love to dance. The music drifted on the air currents, refusing to die and challenging the present to ever erase that part of this town’s past. The vibe was in the air. It was the essence of what Provincetown was and what it promised to be again. This was no doubt what he sensed while climbing out of the boat hold. It was the spirit of Provincetown and the ghosts of his gay brothers from the past. They were here, they told him. They wouldn’t be chased away.

The line stopped, and a gunshot exploded from down the pier, drowning out the ghostly drumbeat. Up ahead, a body fell to the pier. Blood pooled around the man’s head and stained the wood on the pier a reddish brown.

Another shot went off, and another body fell.

Mark tried to avert his eyes, but he couldn’t. The image was much too surreal to be real. He stared because his mind told him he was hallucinating.

Another shot pealed and another body fell. Then three shots with three more bodies falling onto the pier. When Mark heard another shot, he turned away. It was too much. He closed his eyes as another shot echoed through the sky, followed by another. He tried to listen for the bass beat again, to reconnect with the past, but it was impossible. All he heard were gunshots and the awful thump of bodies falling onto the wooden slats.

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Jacob Z. Flores’ Moral Authority Is Light And Love In A Desolate Place

“When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. – Mahatma Gandhi

I am the new kid on the block here, and in preparation for Wilde City Press Week, I was asked to review Moral Authority by Jacob Z Flores. Now, I will be honest and tell you that I normally don’t enjoy futuristic novels unless they are on the paranormal side of things. Well I am going to have to admit Jacob’s Moral Authority may have changed my mind forever.

Basically, this is a story of what happens when a government takes over the most basic choices from its citizens. As the story unfolds, we learn that the new 4th branch of the government, The Moral Authority, has taken over the responsibility of everyone’s moral compass. Not only is no one allowed to curse, but many other restrictions have been placed on all Americans. No longer can you ignore your fellow Americans, if someone greets you on the street, you better return the greetings with a smile, or you will be arrested. Do you love your cheeseburgers, not anymore you don’t. Each citizen has a caloric intake card and you are only allowed a certain amount per day. No more running late, because if you are found running down the sidewalk, disturbing other citizens, you could be arrested. Oh, and just for chuckles, don’t forget homosexuality is illegal also. If there is even a hint of a man looking at another man too long, there could be a ticket issued. Oh and the absolute scariest part of this novel? The former president that enacted the constitutional amendments that brought about the Moral Authority, yeah that would be former President Sarah Palin!!! Makes you shudder, huh?

In the beginning of the story our main character Mark Bryan is rushing for Starbucks to get his frappuccino that he has saved his allotted calories for. While in Starbucks he finds himself in an unusual predicament. Not one, but two gorgeous men are cruising him. This is a very dangerous situation for Mark. Luckily for him, one of the men saves him when two undercover Moral Authority officers catch the other man flirting a bit too obviously. This leads to a very candid conversation with the man who helped him. Mark finds himself intrigued by man #2, Isaac Montoya. Realizing after a close call he shouldn’t tempt fate, Mark ends the encounter right there but realizes Isaac has left his phone number. After some soul-searching, Mark decides to give Isaac a chance and he goes out on his first date, which leads to Isaac’s apartment and, well, you can guess what happens from there. Unfortunately, Mark should have trusted his sixth sense. It turns out he has been turned in for being homosexual, which leads to his being arrested, tried and convicted for homosexuality.

We then get to meet the patriots, the freedom fighters, the HRC (Human Rights Campaign).These are modern day rebels, people that do not agree with the Moral Authority. While learning about the HRC, I compared them to the kids in Red Dawn (Patrick Swayze version, duh). The difference is these guys have much more sophisticated weapons and equipment. Most of the members of HRC remind me of our liberals of today. As the story progresses, we realize that the HRC reaches much further than anyone expects.

Now, for the truly scary part of the book, The Moral Authority itself: The leader of the Moral Authority is Samuel Pleasant. But let me tell you this he is anything but pleasant. The scary part about Samuel is he truly believes in the Moral Laws. He is convinced that what he is doing is best for everyone. For him, the new additions to the constitution were the best things to happen to America in a long time. His nemesis, the HRC, has been striking with more accuracy and drawing attention to themselves. So, to draw them out and try to make them lose face, he decides to build “containment centers”. This is just a fancy term for concentration camps. All I am going to say is, anything you think Hitler may have done, Samuel Pleasant took it up a notch. To combat the HRC he has created his version of military police. They are called the K3s, yeah, you got that KKK. They even wear solid white fatigues, so, yeah, I told you this guy was scary.

So, we experience Mark’s arrival to Provincetown Detention Center and we get to witness Mark’s strength. Maybe not his physical strength, but his strength of character. Mark witnesses firsthand how bad it can get if you get out of hand. Yet when the K3s tell him and another man to dispose of some bodies on the beach, Mark refuses to leave without praying over the bodies, consequences be damned. Unknowingly, Mark earns the respect of one of his fellow inmates. We are then taken thru weeks of torture, both physical and mental, with Mark and his fellow inmates. He and a few of the men form a special bond, but a very traumatic event brings him closer than ever before to one man. In a virtual Hell, Mark finds love, and he finds some stolen moments of solace in the arms of a wonderful man.

As tensions heat up between the Moral Authority and the HRC the nation starts to divide and civil war seems unavoidable. There were some major betrayals that I never saw coming, but there were allies revealed that shocked me even more. I don’t want to give any spoilers, because I think it was enjoyable being blindsided by Jacob Flores’ twists and turns as they come.

This book will make you think, it will make you question your own morals, and if you are anything like me, it might just scare you to death. Just imagine yourself living in a country where uttering a curse word or two could land you in jail, where being friends with a gay man could land you in jail as a sympathizer, and where speaking your mind could literally get you shot.

One thing I did take away from this book was a quote from a surprising source, a high ranking officer in the K3s said this and it just struck me as a divine truth: The term is subjective to the whim of whatever individual espouses it. Morality means different things to different people. You just have to follow in step with what the majority thinks is moral, and you will do fine. I will leave you with these parting words and I will urge you to read this book. I went into this without being sure if I would make it thru the book, and now I am glad that I didn’t miss it.

Reviewed by: Jackie

You can buy Moral Authority here:

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