5 Stars, MLR Press, Mystery/Suspense/Action Thriller, Neil Plakcy, Reviewed by Lana

Review: Children of Noah by Neil Plakcy

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Title: Children of Noah (Mahu: Book Nine)

Author: Neil Plakcy

Publisher: MLR Press

Pages/Word Count: 250 Pages

At a Glance: A must read!

Reviewed By: Lana

Blurb: A few months after the birth of his twins, openly gay Honolulu homicide detective Kimo Kanapa’aka and begins a temporary assignment to the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force. Kimo and his HPD partner Ray Donne are quickly thrown into an investigation into threatening letters sent to a U.S. Senator. Are these screeds about racial purity related to an escalating series of attacks against mixed-race couples and families on Oahu?

When arson at a day care center on the Windward Coast brings Kimo’s partner, fire investigator Mike Riccardi, into the case, Kimo worries about the future of his and Mike’s newborn twins on an island falling prey to hate and a cult leader bent on death and destruction.


Review: Kimo Kanapa’aka is back in Children of Noah, and I’m just beside myself! I can’t stress enough how much I loved this book. Fans of Neil Plakcy will not be disappointed. If you are new to the Mahu Investigation series, I highly recommend that you please read all the books before this one to get the breadth of Kimo’s world—because it’s big and colorful. You’ll probably guess from the above that I’m a huge fan. Reading Children of Noah just reinforced the fact that Mr. Plakcy can write a story that will totally draw you in and not let go.

I’m not going to go into the plot of the book, but I will say that all the strings get tied up nicely in the end. It’s a satisfying story that’s juicy and is in line with Kimo’s development as a character. We grow with him from the first book, where he’s kicked out of the closet, to this one, where he is in a committed relationship with Mike. And, by the way, I love Mike. Kimo is taking on a new assignment with the FBI, and most importantly, he is a father. It’s great to experience his expanding ohana, family. Reading this book felt like visiting with my favorite friends, seeing their success and feeling their insecurities. I just can’t say enough how much I loved this book.

I also have to mention that besides Kimo and Mike, another character is featured here, and that’s Hawai’i. The island just comes to life through the people, the landscape, the ocean and the spirit of the islands. In reading the Mahu books, I’m always surprised how diverse and multi-cultural Hawai’i’s population is. This diversity is always a major part of the plot, but there is always this dangerous undercurrent to the island. The contrast between the beautiful, pristine image and the ugly is striking.

Children of Noah is a great addition to the Mahu series. I hope it’s not the last because I want more Kimo adventures. A must read!





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Writers’ Block

I’ve written over one hundred thousand words this month according to my Grammarly update. I have about five thousand words to go and I find myself all out of words. I know where the story is going and I know exactly how it’s going to end but I can’t get the words on paper.

What do you do when you’ve been merrily humming along and your book is near finished and the words dry up? I’ve read a few books for inspiration, watched Queer as Folk taken tea breaks, got up, walked around, came back and sat down and still nothing.

I’ve closed the laptop at least a dozen times and then opened it again five minutes later to see if I could write something. No dice. I’ve petted the cat, fed the cat, and changed his box, sat down and guess what nothing is percolating in my head, just nothing.

I’ve written three and a three-quarters books in the past few months, Bobby’s Old Man, the second book in the Sunset Club Series which is out from MLR on August twenty-eighth, Scarred Mate, the third book in the Werewolves of Manhattan Series set for October second from MLR and Waiting for Mark, the third book in the Sunset Club Series still in submission. I’m stuck on Book Four of Werewolves. I have them almost to the last bend of the racetrack, but the horse tripped and now I’m limping home.

Writing for me comes in spurts. For long periods of time

my brain will keep spitting out words and I’ll keep writing books until it stops. When it stops, it’s scary because I don’t know how long it will take to get back in the grove again, or worse still, will I ever get back in the groove.

I once went without being able to write for more than three months. I thought I was done, finished. I figured I said everything I had to say, but then, for no obvious reason, it all came rushing back. I was able to produce one book after another until I reached four, then I thought to take a break but the words wouldn’t stop running around in my head and now, writers’ block.

So today, instead of giving you new words, I’m leaving you with an excerpt from Bobby’s Old Man.


Excerpt: “Not at all, I had Marla freshen up the suite opposite mine. That way I’ll be close if you need anything during the night. There is a fifty-five inch television in the bedroom. I put a new eighty incher in the great room. It’s wonderful when you watch sports. I also have DirecTV with all of the bells and whistles. You need to conserve your strength for a few weeks until they’re sure there is no lasting damage from the concussion. The televisions will help. I also have all the video gaming systems in the great room, if you’re interested.”

“I don’t do video games usually unless they’re the type of fantasy adventure games.” What’s going on with him? He’s babbling.

“That’s what I play.” Keith laughed out loud. “I also have an extensive library on my Kindle HD of science fiction, fantasy,” Keith blushed, “and gay romances that you can read.”

Why do I feel like I’m dealing with a used car salesman showing me the features?

“How many titles do you own?” Bobby asked wondering how much Keith read.

“A thousand, at least, I read fast. I have two Kindle Paperwhites and the Kindle HD plus an iPad and an Android tablet. I also own a PC and a Mac. I use the PC for the businesses and the Mac for home. There are two offices in the house. I put them in long ago, hoping that someday I’d find someone. I hope I haven’t screwed things up permanently with us.” Keith looked frightened.

He is very disturbed. His hand is shaking. It could be the booze. I hope it’s not the alcohol.

“I still love you. I just don’t trust you right now, and I have to trust the man I marry.” Bobby had a sad look on his face. “I could marry you now because I’m scared and alone, but that wouldn’t be fair to either of us.” Brave words you little shit, if your trust in him was such a scarce commodity, why are you staying here and tormenting both of you. Am I punishing him or myself?

Keith put his head on Bobby’s lap and mumbled, “I understand.” Bobby felt Keith’s tears on his knee. I caused this. I caused Keith to cry. I wonder if he’s feeling half of what I felt when I left this house that night. He lifted Keith’s head. I can’t forgive him yet, but I need to be with him and no one else. I’m such a whiny coward when it comes to Keith.


BobbysOldMan_432Blurb: Keith Anderson is in love with Bobby Michaels. Unfortunately, Keith, with their fifteen year age difference, thinks he’s too old for Bobby. The two start as friends with benefits, but Keith dumps Bobby when it turns serious, leaving Bobby brokenhearted.

When tragedy strikes and Bobby needs Keith, he steps up to support his lover. But Bobby lacks trust in Keith and everything around him. Can Keith convince Bobby that this time is for real, or will the two lovers never reconcile?

Available from MLR Press: August 2015


Ac KattAbout the Author: AC Katt was born in New York City’s Greenwich Village. She remembers sitting at the fountain in Washington Square Park listening to folk music while they passed the hat. At nine, her parents dragged her to New Jersey where she grew up, married and raised four children and became a voracious reader of romantic fiction. At one time she owned over two thousand novels, until she and her husband took themselves and the cat to New Mexico for their health and its great beauty.

Now, most of AC’s books are electronic (although she still keeps six bookcases of hardcovers), so she never has to give away another book. AC is new to both GLBT and to writing being, as she claims, a late bloomer, however, she’s found her niche writing GLBT romance.

Currently, AC writes for MLR Press and JMS Books and her latest published works are The Indiscrete Series (mlrpress.com), The Werewolves of Manhattan Series (mlrpress.com), The Sunset Club Series (mlrpress.com),and The Sarran Series (jmsbooks.com).

Visit AC Katt’s Wesbite at ackatt.com

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 7/3   Gabriel & Avery by Ann Anderson

Loneliness has been Gabriel’s companion for since his parents’ passing, growing with each sibling that leaves home to start their own life. When a big earthquake hits Alaska, Gabriel finds himself taking in Avery, his two daughters, and their grandmother and relishes not being so alone. Yet, Gabriel feels a spark of recognition he can’t explain about Avery, but more than that, he likes the company and wishes he could have a deeper relationship with the man. But when the small family has their new home, what could make Avery want to stay?

7/10  Derek and Hayden by Megan Linden

Derek Warden is certain his boss sent him to cover the conference in the middle of nowhere, Alaska, to punish him for something. After an unpleasant phone call from his father who tries to stop him from going, Derek is ready for the whole thing to be over before it even begins.

Hayden Shaw has been looking forward to this conference for months. The problem of fracking is very dear to his heart and he couldn’t wait to spend the long weekend with like-minded people.

Neither of them expected the big earthquake, but most importantly – they didn’t expect each other. Meeting again after over a decade may result in something even more surprising that the ground trembling under their feet.

7/17  Rhody & Brendan by Diana DeRicci

Rhody Witte is on his way to Alaska for two weeks of fishing and not much else. Mountains, clean air, and all the bait he can waste. What he gets is the largest earthquake to rock the Alaskan wilds in sixty-plus years.

Brendan Skorvarski isn’t the kind of man Rhody usually finds himself attracted to, much less want to know, but there’s something in the gentle giant that Rhody can’t seem to resist.

When they’re locked up in a cabin together for days in the Alaskan wilderness, resistance seems futile when survival takes precedence. Especially their survival when Rhody sees a bear outside their window.

7/24  Anders & Ujaruk  by Caraway Carter

Geologist Anders Thorpe has sworn off relationships with colleagues, after his last one ended in a dirty little game of sabotage. Six months later and he’s preparing to camp and investigate a gold mine that might still be active. He’s joined by Ujaruk an archaeologist who fights an inner battle with the fact that he’s a native Aleut, and wondering if he’ll ever find the perfect man.

Will Anders break his vow? Will Ujaruk find the right guy? Will they survive whatever is thrown their way?

7/31  Xavier & Devin by Nicole Dennis

Tremors are a part of everyday life in big Alaska.

Bush pilot, Xavier Markovic, goes with nature’s flow and loves it. He guides guests through Denali National Park to show off his beloved state. Until health issues arise for his mentor, Daniel Chevalier, and Xavier flies him to the hospital.

An almost fatal tumble down a mountain ends Devin Chevalier’s professional mountain biking career and brings him to a crossroads. Learning his grandfather is ill, he makes a rash decision. Uprooting his life for a chance to meet Daniel, he crosses paths with a brash Alaskan.

Alaska throws them another surprise in the form of a huge earthquake. Differences put aside while they struggle to survive.

8/7  Asher and Emmett by Anna Lee

Celebrating their fifth anniversary, Asher and Emmett are on a romantic getaway in a cabin in Alaska. They have plans to adopt when they return home. But their paradise is destroyed when a huge earthquakes hits. Being a firefighter and a paramedic, both men put themselves at risk to save others when the tragedy strikes. Will they be able to make it home to start a family?

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About the Authors:

7/3   Ann Anderson

Born and raised in Illinois, Ann spends her time reading, writing, working, and playing video games whenever the cats, and her family, don’t demand her attention. The second born of four, Ann has learned to listen and observe, a skill she’s honed because the simplest words or gestures can be the next big story idea, and she’s always on the lookout for ideas.

Contact Info:

E-mail: author_ann_anderson@yahoo.com

Blog: authorannanderson.blogspot.com

7/10  Megan Linden

Megan is one of those people who dreamed of being a writer since they were a little kid and then didn’t do anything about it for years. Then as a teenager she was introduced to fandom and… well. She fell head first into it and never looked back. At some point she decided to try writing her own characters in her own stories. And that’s where she is today.

Megan is also a psychologist and continues to learn the hard way that she can’t give all her clients their happy ending (she truly believes everyone can save themselves, though). That’s why she makes sure to give it to her characters, always.

Contact Info:

Email:   meganlindencom@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/megan.linden.54

Website/Blog:  http://www.meganlinden.com/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7789392.Megan_Linden

7/17  Diana DeRicci

Diana DeRicci is the sexy, flirty pen name of Diana Castilleja. A romance author at heart, DeRicci’s writing takes you into a saucier spectrum of sensuality and sexual adventure, where a happily-ever-after is still the key to any story. Diana lives in Central Texas with her husband, one son and a feisty little Chihuahua named Rascal. You can catch the latest news on all of Diana DeRicci’s writing and books on her website. Feel free to drop Diana an email. She’d love to hear from you.

Contact Info:

Website/Blog:  http://dianadericci.com/

7/24  Caraway Carter

Caraway Carter has worn numerous hats. He’s been a furniture salesman, a dresser, a costumer, an actor/waiter, a rabble rouser, a poet and most recently a writer. He married his husband on Halloween and they are the loving parents of two rambunctious cats. He loves words and stringing them together, he loves sex and sexy men, he loves seeing how far his muse will take him and he’s looking forward to entertaining you.

Contact Info:

Email:   carawaycarter@gmail.com

Facebook Group:  https://www.facebook.com/CarawayCarter?fref=nf

Website/Blog:  http://www.carawaycarter.com/

Goodreads: Group: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13539002.Caraway_Carter

7/31  Nicole Dennis

A quiet one growing up, Nicole Dennis left reality for the comfort of books, filling a personal library over the years. Characters started talking about their own stories. Writing them down whether during or after class, she continues to this day. She lets others meet her characters, walk through her worlds, and sigh as a romance overcomes all obstacles. All of her romances include delightful twists of GLBT, paranormal, fantasy, and erotica and always have their Happily Ever Afters.

She lives and works in Central Florida. Thanks to a quiet working environment, she can escape into her stories. At home, a semi-demonic tortie calico, affectionately known as Fat Cat on social media, rules their home.

Contact Info:

Email:   nicoledennis.author@gmail.com

Facebook Group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/nicoledennis.author/

Website/Blog:  http://nicoledennisauthor.blogspot.com

Goodreads: Member: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2791975.Nicole_Dennis

8/7  Anna Lee

Anna Lee graduated from the University of California Riverside with a Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing. Living with a disability, she has overcome many challenges and puts her passion for life and love into her writing. She lives with her family and dogs and enjoys writing late into the night. When she isn’t writing, Anna enjoys spending time with her nieces and nephew or chatting with her friends about her favorite books and TV shows.

Contact Info:

Email:   annalee509@gmail.com

Twitter: annalee59

Facebook Group:  https://www.facebook.com/authorannalee

Website/Blog:  www.storiesbyannalee.com


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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…


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


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

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Guest Post and Giveaway: Serve & Protect by Megan Linden


The Novel Approach welcomes author Megan Linden today on her Serve & Protect blog tour. Enjoy Megan’s guest post, and then be sure to leave a comment right here for the chance to win an e-copy of the book.

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It’s the Men’s World – But What About Women?

With two main characters identifying as male, M/M romance doesn’t leave a lot of room for women. Those love stories aren’t their love stories. They are not in the spotlight – that’s a given. But what does happen to women in m/m books is still important.

There are many critical voices that comment on treatment of women in media of all kinds: from “putting them in the fridge” (infamous trope of a woman being killed off, abused, or depowered for the sole purpose of affecting another character, usually male), to making them evil just for the sake of explaining or justifying another character’s actions towards them, and beyond. It’s important to question those things as readers or viewers. And it’s good for the creators to question themselves as well.

Questioning is creative. Questioning means not taking the easiest, most obvious route. It doesn’t mean that a female character can never die, get hurt, or be evil. Of course she can. But let’s think about it. Let’s consider how too many female characters are written without any real agenda, without a voice. We can find those kinds of characters in any media. But in a genre where the “most obvious” already got flipped on its head, where the love story was expanded and redefined from the mainstream definition, we know stuff about not taking the road most travelled. So why not question the status quo in other areas as well?

This is a topic very dear to me and it turned out to be especially important in writing my newest book, Serve & Protect. Some choices were easy – for example, Sam was always going to work for a female presidential candidate. But other times, it got trickier. Since Blake’s raising his daughter on his own, there are questions that come out: How did it happen? Who is her mom? Why is she not there? And that was the part when I had to really think about it and work around the obvious answers, if I didn’t want to kill her or make her a bad g… gal.

As a writer, I will do things wrong in the future. And I’m sure I will mess this part up, too, somehow. But I’m going to keep questioning it, just like I reflect on other parts of my stories, because I truly believe questioning makes for better writing.

What about you? What do you think about characterization of female characters, inside and outside of the m/m genre?

GIVEAWAY!: Be sure to leave a comment below by the end of Sunday, June 7th, 2015 to have a chance of winning an e-book copy of Serve & Protect. One lucky winner will be selected at random on Monday, June 8th.


Serve-and-Protect-CoverBlurb: What happens when you fall in love in the heart of politics?

Sam Daniels’ life turns upside down when he meets an amazing guy and gets a job offer he can’t refuse almost at the same time. Working in politics and sustaining any kind of personal life is never easy, but when you’re running a campaign to elect the first woman to the office of the President of the United States, it may become nearly impossible.

Blake Morin, after spending years as a SEAL, lives a quiet life with his daughter and he’s fine with that. He can’t deny the attraction between him and Sam, but is he ready to enter the world he used to avoid?

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Author BioABOUT MEGAN: Megan Linden is one of those people who dreamed of being a writer since they were a little kid and then didn’t do anything about it for years. Then as a teenager she was introduced to fandom and… well. She fell head first into it and never looked back. At some point she decided to try writing her own characters in her own stories. And that’s where she is today.

Her newest series, D.C. Files, is set in and around the political world of Washington. The first book, Serve & Protect, just came out and it’s available on various retailers.

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3 Stars, Genre Romance, MLR Press, Reviewed by Sadonna, S.J. Frost

Review: Acting on Love by S.J. Frost

Title: Acting on Love

Author: S.J. Frost

Publisher: MLR Press

Pages/Word Count: 36000 Words

At a Glance: A nice, short and sweet addition to this fan-favorite series.

Reviewed By: Sadonna

Blurb: Brandon Alexander has risen to the top of theatre in Chicago, but when you reach the top, there’s usually only one way left to go. Funding fell through on the latest play he was to star in and now he finds himself an unemployed actor. Coming fresh off a bad audition, he wonders if his time in the spotlight is over. But what worries him more, is not making the man he loves proud of him.

Shunichi Miyamoto runs a highly successful dojo. He had always let work be the focus of his life, until over a year ago, the man of his dreams walked into the dojo to rekindle his passion for karate, and it led to further passions between him and Brandon. He knows Brandon is worried about his career, but he loves him, he’s proud of him, and he’ll do anything for Brandon’s happiness.

Both Brandon and Shunichi want to spend their lives together, but when a new opportunity comes to Brandon, he must decide whether to follow his career dreams or to act on his love for Shunichi.


Review: I enjoyed this novella, and eighth book in the Conquest series, about the familiar secondary characters Brandon and Shun, Jesse’s brother and his partner. There are lots of spoilers for the other Conquest books, though, so I don’t recommend reading Acting on Love out of order.

We have seen Brandon Alexander, Jesse’s brother, in several of the other Conquest books. In book 2 of the series, No Fear, Brandon meets Shunichi Miyamoto, and they fall deeply in love. Shun runs his family’s dojo and is busy with his students and classes. Brandon’s career in the Chicago theater world has taken off, and he is quite successful.

They have been together for a year in this story, when Brandon’s next play falls through and he then blows an audition. Like most actors (or so I’m told), he begins to have a lot of doubt about his career, his talent and ultimately, his worth – particularly as a partner to Shun. In the meantime, Shun is busier than ever with the dojo.

When Brandon is really down about the audition, Shun tells him they will be okay. He’s sure Brandon will be fine and he will get another job. He’s realistic about the recession and how artists are impacted, but he continues to reassure Brandon that things will get better and that he’s going to get through this.

Just when things are looking bleak, Brandon is offered a dream job, but it means potentially big changes in his life, and Shun’s too. He’s nervous and excited and scared and worried. Jesse and Evan try to help Shun keep Brandon calm in the face of this new opportunity. Of course, Shun is nervous as well, since this job means that their relationship will change in some ways, but he’s confident they can work it out. Unfortunately, he’s not sure Brandon has the same confidence.

There are some tense moments as Brandon prepares for the audition of a lifetime, but there is support and encouragement too. Shun and Jesse and Evan play a big part in helping Brandon see what needs to be done. It was really nice to catch up with Jesse and Evan, and see a lot of brotherly love between Jesse and Brandon especially.

The big question in this story is whether or not Brandon and Shun can take all the changes that might be in store for them, and come out the other side. Both guys have to make some decisions and determine what they really want and what they are willing to compromise to get it.

This story is a bit shorter than more of the Conquest novels, but I felt like we got a good sense of these characters in past stories, so there wasn’t a lot of background information required. S.J. Frost told a complete story in this shorter work, and it didn’t feel rushed or choppy at all. If you are a fan of this series, then I definitely recommend it.

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4.5 Stars, Meg Harding, MLR Press, Reviewed by Lana, Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Urban Fantasy

Review: A Prince for a Kingdom by Meg Harding

Title: A Prince for a Kingdom

Author: Meg Harding

Publisher: MLR Press

Pages/Word Count: 286 Pages

At a Glance: A Price for a Kingdom held my attention thoroughly. It was fast paced and highly entertaining.

Reviewed By: Lana

Blurb: Ripped from his homeland, Adrian must fight to adjust to an entirely new way of life.

Once a prince, now a slave, Adrian must struggle to readjust and survive in a world unknown to him. He’s got escape on the mind, but his new Master is proving to be a bit of a distraction. What happens when you find yourself falling for the elf who took everything from you?

Magnus is over being overlooked and Prince Adrian is the key to all of his problems. He’s just a bit more than Magnus was expecting. Well, a lot more. Adrian is turning his entire world upside down and he might be more than just a means to an end.


Review: A Prince for a Kingdom is my second fantasy in a row, and I was blown away how good it is. For me, fantasy is either a hit or a miss, but this one was definitely a hit.

The story is set in a world of Elves. And what do I love besides werewolves, vampires, witches and mermen? Elves! The plot revolves around two warring kingdoms and their respective princes. Adrian is the youngest son of Merish’s king. He’s described as being not the fighter but the thinker in his family. Merish is invaded and he’s captured and will be the gift for Prince Magnus of Kitar. Magnus is a king’s son but for some reason, the king and the court despise him. We are not told why, but I would liked to have known. I’m sure it would have made an interesting back story. Magnus takes possession of Adrian, who is not his type at all but for some reason, he falls for him. His general also has a hand in pushing Magnus into a relationship with Adrian, but I’m not going to say more.

We get to see court intrigue and activities, which Magnus wants no part of but must participate in and use Adrian. Mostly, Magnus wants out from under his father, and he sees Adrian as his ticket. But, he gets much more in Adrian.

This book has overtones of Dom/sub but it’s pretty mild. The relationship between Adrian and Magnus was fun to read. Magnus was the Alpha male and always got his way. Adrian, on the other hand, is not the typical twink who just rolls over. He’s very independent and assertive and is in a constant battle of wills with Magnus. The outcome was always explosive in a good way.

A Price for a Kingdom held my attention thoroughly. It was fast paced and highly entertaining. Any fan of fantasy will greatly enjoy it. I did, and more would be greatly appreciated.


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4 Stars, Jackie Nacht, MLR Press, Paranormal Romance, Reviewed by Kathie

Review: Chipmunk Drizzled in Honey by Jackie Nacht

Title: Chipmunk Drizzled in Honey

Author: Jackie Nacht

Publisher: MLR Press

Pages/Word Count: 59 Pages

At a Glance: Sometimes, we need a short book, maybe for an afternoon at the beach or a bath with lots of bubble. Chipmunk Drizzled in Honey is a perfect fit.

Reviewed By: Kathie

Blurb: Even this grumpy bear can’t resist this chipmunks charm.

Dallas likes the life he has. He’s the proud owner of the donut shop, Honey Cakes, and now owns the home he grew up in White Pine. He thought his life was perfect until Nikko the chipmunk sashayed into his life. Now, Dallas doesn’t know if he wants to push the spunky chipmunk away or make love to him.

Nikko has known since the moment he saw Dallas that he wanted the bear. Nothing, even the grouchiness of the gorgeous bear will keep him from making Dallas his own. But how can Nikko get Dallas to see they belong together?


Review: I requested this book because a friend suggested I read Jackie Nacht’s books. She went on to tell me this author’s stories were witty and had great character development, just my kind of story.

The first time I read Chipmunk Drizzled in Honey, I thought, what the heck, a chipmunk and a bear shifter? You gotta be kidding. It seemed way too far-fetched, even for a reader like me, who enjoys shifter stories. My understanding of a series is the author will start building the storyline in book one, and continue building throughout the series. A reader/reviewer should maybe not start on book three, and then review the book expressing surprise over the storyline the author has created. And I would feel really guilty about that if I didn’t enjoy the book so much.

Imagine, if you will, a chipmunk in your yard, always looking around with quick jerky movements, talking a mile a minute and swishing their tails around, because you know they do have beautiful tails. Replace that especially busy chipmunk with the character of Nikko, and to my surprise, you have a believable character. The same goes for Dallas and the rest of the characters in the town of White Pines. It works!

Sometimes, we need a short book, maybe for an afternoon at the beach or a bath with lots of bubbles. Chipmunk Drizzled in Honey is a perfect fit. The story reads like I imagine a chipmunk would write, if a chipmunk could write. I like books that make me smile and shake my head; without a doubt, this book does all that and more. If you want a more in-depth story, though, I suggest you read the first two books in the series, enjoy life, and chew on a honey stick. Sounds good to me.

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4.5 Stars, Genre Romance, MLR Press, Neil Plakcy, Reviewed by Lana

Review: Storming Love (Blizzard): Kimo & Mike by Neil Plakcy

Title: Storming Love: Kimo & Mike

Author: Neil Plakcy

Publisher: MLR Press

Pages/Word Count: 11000 Words

At a Glance: I loved it but it’s just too damn short.

Reviewed By: Lana

Blurb: Former competitive surfer and Honolulu homicide detective Kimo Kanapa’aka is in his element in his home state of Hawaii. But a ski trip with his partner, fire investigator Mike Riccardi, knocks him off balance. As a bitter storm rages outside the condo where they’re staying, one of Mike’s college buddies is feuding with his wife and the other is making sexy overtures to Kimo. Will these tensions ruin the vacation and perhaps even drive a wedge between Kimo and Mike?


Review: Kimo and Mike are back, and this time they’ve traded Hawaiian surf for Colorado snow! They are one of my favorite couples, and it was great catching up with them, but this is a way too short story and is really more of an interlude in their lives. If you’re a fan, you will love this one anyway.

After a hot night of sex, Mike talks Kimo into a ski vacation with his friends from college. What can possibly go wrong??? LOL. They meet up with two other couples: a hetero couple who are having major marriage problems, which plays out in ugly detail. The other couple is two guys who want to play with Kimo and Mike.

That’s it to the story It’s short and sweet, and don’t forget HOT! Kimo and Mike make me all warm inside. Just when the story got going, it ended, and that’s the only negative. I loved it but it’s just too damn short.

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3 Stars, Historical Romance, Lindsay M. Joslyn, MLR Press, Reviewed by Lisa

Review: Against His Orders by Lindsay M. Joslyn

Title: Against His Orders

Author: Lindsay M. Joslyn

Publisher: MLR Press

Pages/Word Count: 91 Pages

At a Glance: It’s imperfections aside, I liked this novella as a purely escapist read.

Reviewed By: Lisa

Blurb: Just as Captain Logan Harris is about to secure peace for the Western frontier, the vengeful brother of his murdered lover shows up and threatens to destroy everything Logan has fought for.

Captain Logan Harris is about to make history. Before him stands the frontier’s most fierce Sioux warriors, ready to sign a peace treaty after years of bloodshed. Just as it seems Logan will be able to secure the West for safe passage and put his past behind him, a mysterious shot rings out and a lone cavalryman rushes the battlefield. Horrified, Logan recognizes the shooter as his murdered lover’s younger brother, Benjamin Langer. Forced to put everything he fought for aside, Logan must risk it all to save Ben’s life.


Review: I’m going to start this review off by giving a short list of disclaimers:

1.) If you don’t enjoy cliffhangers, this story doesn’t have a satisfying ending, but it does have a very satisfying To Be Continued for those like me who don’t mind being left hanging.

2.) If you enjoy long and languid, well-timed love scenes, this book isn’t going to satisfy that itch. That being said, however, I felt the urgency of the ill-timed and consistently interrupted scenes fit the historical and situational setting. They worked for me, where others may find them annoying.

3.) If you have racism triggers, this novella is not one that portrays Native Americans sympathetically at all as the victims of white supremacy. It’s not PC, by any stretch of the imagination, but if we trust written history, we also know this was a brutal time in the country’s infancy, and the author depicts it in an honest, if one-sided and biased, way. Let’s just say empathy for the plight of the Indians during the 19th century government land grab is nowhere to be found in Against His Orders.

4.) If you want authenticity in your 19th century medicine: amputation, recovery, or the survival rate of those who experienced what would then have been a life-threatening injury without antibiotics, there isn’t what I felt to be much realism in this story, and you’ll be asked to suspend your disbelief.

Now, knowing that expectations can make or break a book, and having passed all this along, and maybe offering you a means of approaching the novella armed with a bit more fore-knowledge than the blurb offers, I have to say I didn’t dislike Against His Orders. It isn’t meant to be a Dances With Wolves epic tale of life on the American frontier during the war with the Indians. It is, however, meant to be a romance, the story of two men reconnecting after years of separation and a devastating loss to both of them. Lindsay M. Joslyn offers just enough backstory to connect her characters, Logan Harris and Ben Langer, to Ben’s brother Nathaniel, and though Nathaniel is never portrayed as a living character in the storyline, his specter lives as an obstacle and, finally, a connection for Logan and Ben.

The barrenness of the Kansas grasslands gives this novella an almost dystopian/Alt U feel: harsh and unforgiving, and sometimes pitting its humans against Mother Nature, even as the humans attempt to lay waste to one another. The historical setting and the isolation of the fort and the miles of nothing surrounding it make for a feeling of alien-ness. There is a savagery to both the humans and the landscape in Against His Orders, and I liked the compare/contrast of it within the framework of this story.

Synchronic missteps, medical improbabilities, and Nature’s somewhat convenient interference aside, I found at the end I was pretty invested in Logan and Ben’s evolving relationship, as well as in the building suspense of the deadly confrontation with the Sioux tribe this installment of the series builds up to. It promises to be a bloody one, if what the author has foreshadowed here plays out the way we’re led to believe, and I’m looking forward to seeing where she takes these men and their story from here. It’s not a perfect execution of historical fiction but is an entertaining diversion, if you’re willing to overlook a few things while you’re reading.

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3.5 Stars, Genre Romance, MLR Press, Reviewed by Pia, Riley Long

Review: Falling Apart by Riley Long

Title: Falling Apart

Author: Riley Long

Publisher: MLR Press

Pages/Word Count: 118 Pages

At a Glance: Riley Long did a good job of keeping the book focused on Billy and Ryder.

Reviewed By: Pia

Blurb: A cowboy meets an up-and-coming rock star and faces his fears of falling in love.

Playboy and up-and-coming rockstar Ryder Sullivan has it all–a band he loves, a career on the rise, and groupies in his bed whenever he wants. Cowboy Billy Cunningham enjoys his quiet life, but something’s missing. Soon he discovers that what’s missing is Ryder. Ryder feels the same way, and is ready to cast off his playboy ways and jump into the deep end with Billy. Can Billy face down his fears, put aside the complications of an eager would-be girlfriend and his pushy mother, and accept that he’s finally falling in love–with a man?


Review: In Riley Long’s Falling Apart, we meet our MCs Ryder Sullivan, cocky, up-and-coming rock star, and Billy Cunningham, stressed out ranch boss and sometimes bar tender. We follow them on their journey from friends to lovers, and boy, is it a bit of a roller coaster.

For me, this book wasn’t the typical skanky-rock star-playboy meets innocent guy insta-lust story, which I’m grateful for. Don’t get me wrong—it’s hinted at that Ryder is getting his fair share while on tour, but it’s thankfully just background noise.

Riley Long did a good job of keeping the book focused on Billy and Ryder. I liked how the guys took their time, and that the book revolved mostly around them getting together. However, it would have been nice to meet more of the background characters, such as Ryder’s band and the ranch staff who worked with Billy. I also felt bad for Ryder, who time and again put himself out there, only for Billy to reject him because Billy “wasn’t gay”. It was annoying because it was clear that Billy had strong feelings for Ryder. Having said that, I’m glad things worked out for the guys, and I hope they get their happy ever after.

P.S., the dedication was truly awesome.

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4 Stars, Diana DeRicci, Genre Romance, MLR Press, Reviewed by Janet

Review: Shadowboxing by Diana DeRicci

Title: Shadowboxing: Arbor Heights

Author: Diana DeRicci

Publisher: MLR Press

Pages/Word Count: 176 Pages

At a Glance: I simply enjoyed the book so much.

Reviewed By: Janet

Blurb: Wayne Hightower has lived with a secret since he was a teenager. Debilitating to relationships, his condition stands in the way of his father’s ultimate expectation: Finding a woman to marry. Of course, if he could do that, he’d have the grandchildren his mother was craving. And everyone would be happy happy happy. Or so he’d been raised to believe. If he could find her. If he could get over his problem.

Ditched by his brother for their planned night of sibling bonding, Erich Villalobos invites Wayne out instead as a simple act of friendship. One night that throws Wayne into an environment he’d never been exposed to and revealing a playfully animated side of Wayne Erich had never imagined. One that he quickly learns he’s actually attracted to.

Secrets. Everyone has them. Wayne. Erich. Even Wayne’s parents. If Wayne’s brother Curtis were still alive, he could tell Wayne the cause of his condition and how to cure it. But dead men don’t talk.


Review: I have enjoyed every one of Diana DeRicci’s books I’ve read so far, and I am pleased to add Shadowboxing to this list. She is an author who writes fun books with quirky characters that are well described and realistic, in whatever situation she places them. In this book we meet Wayne and Erick, co-workers who are friendly but have never socialized before. Erick sees Wayne just after he has been dumped by yet another girlfriend, and offers to take him out for a drink to commiserate. Erick takes him to a gay bar, and life takes a turn for the humorous.

I love the way DeRicci uses laughter to tell her stories. She creates laugh-out-loud situations which are tender lessons of discovery and personal growth so we, as readers, feel protective of the characters and are totally invested in their futures and hope they overcome the issues before them. Wayne is so closeted even he doesn’t know he is gay, and the author created a heartbreakingly awful family background to temper the sweetness of the growing relationship between him and Erick, as well as Wayne’s developing awareness of his orientation. I really enjoyed the drama of this story and the layered feelings that were created. The contrast between the easy falling into a relationship and pairing up that the characters do and their own rough backgrounds and personal histories adds depth to the story and resonated well for me.

I found this to be a fairly quick read, as I simply enjoyed the book so much. There were several plot lines that were explored throughout the story, and all of the parts fell into place at the conclusion. The background of Arbor Heights, the location of the story, is well built and easy to picture and a place I hope to see again in further books of the series. For me, Diana DeRicci is a trusted author of character driven love stories which always have a happy ending, and I was pleased to find Shadowboxing is another winner from this author.

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Introducing: The Storming Love: Blizzard Series And A Giveaway From MLR Press



Jens & Elliot by Sara York (release date: 1/23/15): Jens Arnesen is only looking for a taste of the city, a place to experience Boston. What he finds is a sexy naked man who ends up being more than he bargained for. Elliot Matthews needs a place to stay until the storm blows over and the airports open. Being walked in on by Jens starts out as an annoyance but grows into the best thing in his life. When the skies clear and the airports open, they have no choice but to part. If only they lived closer to each other then life would be perfect.

When the storm throws them together, can Jens and Elliot make the most of the situation?

Kimo & Mike by Neil Plakcy (release date: 1/30/15): Former competitive surfer and Honolulu homicide detective Kimo Kanapa’aka is in his element in his home state of Hawaii. But a ski trip with his partner, fire investigator Mike Riccardi, knocks him off balance. As a bitter storm rages outside the condo where they’re staying, one of Mike’s college buddies is feuding with his wife and the other is making sexy overtures to Kimo. Will these tensions ruin the vacation and perhaps even drive a wedge between Kimo and Mike?

Seth & Casey by RJ Scott (release date: 2/6/15): The blizzard of the century has stranded teacher Casey McGuire and pupils at a country retreat. As a last resort and fearing for their lives he calls his ex, fireman Seth Wild. The same man who promised that he would always be there for Casey.

Seth is on sick leave after a terrible accident leaves him near dead. He’s wallowing in self pity and he’s already driven away the only man who cared about him. Casey. When he receives the call, he is the only person left to help and nothing will stop him.

Because if Seth can’t help, then very possibly Casey and the kids won’t make it out of this alive.

Layne, River & Damion by Vicktor Alexander (release date: 2/13/15): It has taken Damion Martin six months to finally start to get over the startling break-up from his partner Layne Haylse. They’d been high school sweethearts and blissfully in love. Then the man suddenly wanted nothing to do with him. Having to work with him at Yale University almost every day made the separation that much harder. Meeting the young marketing major, River Cunningham, may just be the ticket to helping Damion heal.

But they say that to every story there’s two sides, and the truth lies somewhere in the middle. When a harrowing blizzard crashes through Connecticut, trapping all three men inside the campus library, they will soon find that sometimes things aren’t as black and white as they seem. When the truth is revealed, it may change their lives forever.

Gavin & Morgan by Nicole Dennis (release date: 2/20/15): Drained from forecasting both hurricanes and twisters, Gavin Larson, a meteorologist, accepts a request to become the head forecaster for a Philadelphia television station. He goes for a trial time during winter. A calm, quiet winter where he can recharge. Until he discovers a series of potential events ready to clash.

Taking over his family’s position, Morgan Rylee Whittaker III feels the pressure to follow their lofty attitude, he can’t stay hidden in the executive suites. He jumps into the chaos. Bumping into the meteorologist, Morgan feels a thump of arousal, but listens when Gavin locates a dangerous blizzard heading up the coast.

Together, they protect and prepare Philadelphia from the incoming nor’easter. They dance around the steady beat of attraction brewing between them as the storm rages.

Stokes & Ford by Jackie Nacht (release date: 2/27/15): Ford and Stokes are about to weather two storms; the blizzard coming their way and their growing feelings for one another.

Stokes has been rooming with Ford ever since the first day of college. Although his feelings had started out as friendly, over time, they have grown deeper. He’s fallen for Ford, hard, but how the hell is Stokes going to tell Ford? When college winter break approaches, Stokes decides to take Ford up to his parent’s rental to have a fun weekend with Ford and finally let his best friend know what he feels. However, with a blizzard coming in, they will have to weather the storm outside and in their hearts.




Sara York: Writing is Sara York’s life. The stories fight to get out, often leaving her working on four or five books at once. She can’t help but write. Along with her writing addiction Sara has a coffee addiction. Some nights, the only reason she stops writing and goes to sleep is for the fresh brewed coffee in the morning.

Sara enjoys writing twisted tales of passion, anger, and love with a good healthy dose of lust thrown in for fun. Almost a quarter of a century ago she met her lover, falling for him after knowing him for ten minutes. Sara’s passion for him comes out in her stories, mixing with her passion for life, love, and good times, flowing onto the page and becoming tales from the heart.

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Neil Placky: Neil Plakcy has been reading romance novels since he used to borrow Harlequins from his mother as a teenager. He is delighted to have his first M/M romance, GayLife.com, under contract with MLR.

He is the author of Mahu,Mahu Surfer, Mahu Fire and Mahu Vice (August 2009), mystery novels which take place in Hawaii. Publishers Weekly called Mahu Fire “Engrossing… a sharp whodunit,” and the book has received enthusiastic reviews from Library Journal, Out, In LA, and many mystery and GLBT websites.

He is co-editor of Paws & Reflect: A Special Bond Between Man and Dog and editor of the gay erotica anthologies Hard Hats and Surfer Boys.

Plakcy is a journalist and book reviewer and writes author interviews for Gaywired.com. He is an assistant professor of English at Broward College’s south campus in Pembroke Pines, vice president of the Florida chapter of Mystery Writers of America, and a frequent contributor to gay anthologies.

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RJ Scott: I am a writer of male/male novels and short stories. Writing MM Romance with a Happy Ever After…

I am in awe that people read my writing and thank you all for taking the time to read, rate and review. Rjxxxxx

About me…I live in the UK just outside London. I love reading anything from thrillers to sci-fi to horror; however, my first real love will always be the world of romance. My goal is to write stories with a heart of romance, a troubled road to reach happiness, and more than a hint of happily ever after.

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Vicktor Alexander: Vicktor Alexander “Vic” wrote his first story at the age of 10 about his youngest sister and her destruction of the world…with her breath. Much to his youngest sister’s dismay the story was a hit and became the first story of a series all dealing with the planets that were destroyed by his siblings and their strange quirks and body odors. Vic now enjoys writing about shifters, humanoids, cowboys, firemen, rent boys, fairies, elves, dancers, doctors, Doms, Subs, and anything else that catches his fancy, all sexy men falling in love with each other and having lots of naughty, dirty, man-on-man sex. Author of the best-selling series, The Tate Pack, Vic is a huge fan of the “happily-ever-after” ending. But while his characters all ride off into the proverbial sunset, all sexually satisfied and in love, they all bear the scars of fighting for that love, just like in real life. Out and proud, Vic does not believe that love only comes in one form, one race, one gender and that not only is gender fluid, by sexuality as well. Vic loves to make people laugh and when he’s not writing, or rather, procrastinating in writing, he’s reading, playing the Sims 3, hanging out with his very supportive adopted family, talking to his adopted daughter, whom he affectionately calls “Chipmunk”, seeking the man or men who can handle his crazy, stressful, soap opera-esque life and being distracted from his writing by drooling over pictures of John Barrowman, Scott Hoying, Charlie David and Shemar Moore.

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Nicole Dennis: Ever the quiet one growing up, Nicole Dennis often slid away from reality and curled up with a book to slip into the worlds of her favorite authors. Over the years, she’s created a personal library full of novels filled with dragons, fairies, vampires, shapeshifters of all kinds, and romance. Always she returned to romance. Still, there were these characters in her head, worlds wanting to be built on paper, and stories wanting to be told and she began writing them down whether during or after class. She continues to this day. Only recently has it begun to become fruitful, spreading out to let others read and enter her worlds, meet her characters, and see what she sees. No matter what she writes, her stories of romance with their twists of paranormal, fantasy, and erotica will always have their Happily Ever Afters.

She currently works in a quiet office in Central Florida, where she also makes her home, and enjoys the down time to slip into her characters and worlds to escape reality from time to time. At home, she becomes human slave to a semi-demonic tortie calico.

She loves to hear from readers and fans, so don’t be shy. Find her on the net or send an email.

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Jackie Nacht: Short, sexy and sweet—where a little love goes a long way.

That’s the best way to describe Jackie Nacht’s stories. She was introduced to M/M Romance through her sister, Stephani, and read it for years. Then, she thought it was time to put her own stories on paper. She began writing short and sweet stories that ended with a happily ever after.

Thinking back to her own book addiction, where there were many nights she stayed up way too late so she could read just one more chapter—yeah, right—she decided to write short romances for young adults as well as adults. Hopefully, they will give high school and college students or working men and women something they can read during their lunch hour, in between classes or just when they want to briefly get away from the daily stresses of everyday life.

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4 Stars, Holiday Romance, MLR Press, Reviewed by Rena, S.A. Garcia

Review: The Green Man’s Bounty by S.A. Garcia

Title: The Green Man’s Bounty

Author: S.A. Garcia

Publisher: MLR Press

Pages/Word Count: 68 Pages

At a Glance: A worthwhile read, though the satisfaction came more from the exploration of rich traditions and the focus on traumatized, displaced children than from anything romantic or fantastical

Blurb: Can a Druid accept Christmas by helping WW2 orphans?

When a war-torn Druid meets his legendary Green Man, he discovers a new meaning to Christmas by helping Jewish orphans.


Review: I’ll have to admit, the blurb for this book is too skimpy for anyone to get a clear idea of what the book is really about. On the whole, it’s well-written on a technical level; there’s quite a bit of attention paid to religion – at least on the pagan side of things, in a manner of speaking. But we do get to enjoy a more diverse picture of paganism and how religion runs a full spectrum. There’s no black-and-white dichotomy of Christianism and paganism. In fact, we get to see – through Lynn – a nice blending of both in that he considers himself a Christian pagan and provides us a quick explanation toward the end of the book.

I do have issues regarding the way the book’s categorized, beyond it being a historical romance. It’s marketed as fantasy as well, but the fantasy is more about the atmosphere of the holiday season with so many different religions coming together in a lovely, harmonious way. There are no fantastical elements in the sense that there are no otherworldly or supernatural entities involved. There are several references to Mother Earth in addition to certain traditions practiced by Roger, who belongs to the Ancient Order of the Druids. He fondly refers to Lynn as his “Green Man”, and while that term certainly fixes the story firmly in its physical setting, it’s by no means a literal description of Lynn. Roger makes occasional references to Old Man Winter and Mother Nature as though they were actual characters, but those references appear to be more in line with the Druid’s way.

So, no, besides the rich pagan traditions that add so many layers and color to the story, there aren’t any fantasy elements I could see.

The plot itself is pretty idly paced, which works very well with the chosen period (the winter season and Christmas, not necessarily post-WWII). The conflict is also very light, if any, and that really only involves the orphaned Jewish children Roger and Lynn take in for Christmas and how they adapt to the temporary arrangements. There’s also the ongoing reminder of the illegal nature of gay relationships as well as paganism – at least in some places for the latter (residence and employment). But those are really barely touched on, and we’re simply reminded of those not because of actual situations that are explored in great detail, but because Roger mentions it a few times in addition to a couple of fleeting instances in which we’re shown the fear of discovery.

Since the plot revolves around the nature of Christmas and the plight of the orphaned children, I didn’t get much by way of the romance. Yes, there are sex scenes, and the book’s climactic moment – no pun intended – is a long, detailed erotic scene for our two heroes. But I didn’t sense much chemistry between Lynn and Roger, largely because the rest of the story’s heavily weighted in favor of those two points I mentioned. Not that it’s a bad thing, mind you, but if you’re looking for a sweet romance or even a torrid one, this book offers a little of both but not necessarily an emotionally convincing connection.

In the end, I still found this book a worthwhile read, though the satisfaction really came more from the exploration of rich traditions and the focus on traumatized, displaced children than from anything romantic or fantastical.

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Professionalism in Writing: A Guest Post by Lynley Wayne


The Novel Approach is pleased to have Lynley Wayne with us today to offer some great common sense tips for authors, whether you’re an established author or just beginning your writing career.


Writing, unlike other professions, has a lot of flexibility. We can write anywhere. Whether it’s down the road at our favorite coffee shop. Sitting in the bleachers of our child’s game. Curled up on the couch in our pajamas. In our cars while on a lunch break from the day job. Standing in line at the post office.

You get the idea.

And while it’s nice, it also makes it easier for some to forget that at the end of the day writing is still a profession. As such, there needs to be a certain level of professionalism. How you present yourself online, and in public, is important.


Let’s start with something simple, the author’s name. Oftentimes the name is the first impression a reader has of you. It doesn’t matter if you use a pen name or your real name. Your name says a lot about you. People form opinions based on a name. If you chose to write under a pen name (as I do), then make sure it’s a name you will still be comfortable using ten years from now. Make sure you will have no problem answering to it in public, and I don’t just mean at writing conventions. If someone hollers it in the middle of a crowded mall, would you smile and wave, or would you duck and hide?

Another thing to think of is website domains, blog titles, and/or email addresses. For all of these it should be the author name. If you write under the name of Janie Doe, then your domain name should be http://www.JanieDoe.com or .net or .org. Your email address should be JanieDoe@email.com. If you can’t get your name @ email.com, then try authorJanieDoe@email.com or JanieDoe.author@email.com. Even better would be Janie@janiedoe.com. Not only is it more professional, but it is also easier for readers to remember. Let’s not forget editors, publishers, agents, and bloggers.

Nowadays it seems like everyone is online. Social media allows us to connect with people like never before. The down side? It allows people to connect like never before. Meaning, we have a greater chance to say the wrong thing. We have to be more careful of what we say and how we say it, because once it goes into cyberspace there is no getting it back, it’s out there forever.

Think of it this way. Every interaction, whether it be in person, on social media, or through email, is a job interview. Always put your best self forward.


ATL_Lynley Wayne_BWAbout the Author: Lynley Wayne is the pen name of a thirty-something female living on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. When not writing, she can usually be found reading and thinking up creative ways to avoid housework. She is married to a very understanding man who doesn’t complain when she spends hours in front of the computer, or talks for hours about whatever story she’s working on, or asks random off the wall questions. He also keeps her fed on those occasions when her muse has taken over and she loses days at a time. Yeah, basically he’s vying for sainthood.

Lynley strongly believes everyone is entitled to their own version of happiness, no matter how it may differ from the norm. She writes characters she wants to read and hopes others like reading about them as much as she enjoyed writing them.

It is her hope that one day society will be able to look past the labels and see the person behind them. That they will realize we are all the same. Until that time comes, she will continue telling stories of a love others may believe is wrong, but she thinks is nothing short of beautiful.

You can find Lynley online at: www.lynleywayne.com, www.twitter.com/@LynleyWayne, www.facebook.com/lynley.wayne.1, & www.facebook.com/LynleyWayne

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Simply The Best 2014: Round Three – The Year In Reviews And A Giveaway


Greetings, everyone!

The Best of the Best continues today in our selections for top reads of 2014. Just in case you missed them, Sammy’s and Tina’s choices can be found HERE, Jackie’s, Lana’s and Jules’ choices can be found HERE, and just like those, we’re giving one lucky reader the chance to win e-copies of any TWO of the titles in today’s selections, winner’s choice. Continue reading

5 Stars, Drama, Genre Romance, Kaje Harper, MLR Press, Reviewed by Sammy

Review: Storming Love: Nelson & Caleb by Kaje Harper

Title: Storming Love: Nelson & Caleb

Author: Kaje Harper

Publisher: MLR Press

Pages/Word Count: 87 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Nelson Dunn has a settled routine – an evening security-guard job, days off for his therapy dogs, occasional club sex, and good books. He sometimes dreams about more, but he’s made himself content. So when Hurricane Lauris strands Caleb Robertson at his house, Nelson has mixed feelings about having an attractive guy in his space. Especially when nothing more can possibly happen. Continue reading

2.5 Stars, Genre Romance, MLR Press, Reviewed by Sammy, Stephani Hecht

Review: Storming Love: Bradley & Mike by Stephani Hecht

Title: Storming Love: Bradley & Mike

Author: Stephani Hecht

Publisher: MLR Press

Pages/Word Count: 71 Pages

Rating: 2.5 Stars

Blurb: Bradley is just a normal, unassuming man. He works as a banker during the day, then goes home to his dogs and his grandfather. There may be the occasional speed bump since Gramps has several medical conditions that keep him home bound, but that nothing that Bradley can’t manage. It’s not like he even has a social life. Not so soon after breaking up with Mike, the man who Bradley had thought would be the ‘one’. Only to find out that Mike was a jerk. Continue reading

4.5 Stars, Drama, Genre Romance, Kendall McKenna, MLR Press, Reviewed by Sammy

Review: Storming Love: Austin & Troy by Kendall McKenna

Title: Storming Love: Austin & Troy

Author: Kendall McKenna

Publisher: MLR Press

Pages/Word Count: 140 Pages

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Blurb: Hurricane Lauris tore through North Carolina, leaving devastation in her wake. When the Marines of Camp Lejeune respond with help and resources, Staff Sergeant Troy Matson immediately volunteers. His mission is to assist Sheriff’s Deputy Austin Delaney and his K9 partner, Decker, search for trapped survivors. Their mutual attraction is instant and intense, but all of the destruction leaves Troy conflicted. Austin proves to be a surprising source of comfort and understanding in Troy’s search for redemption, but returning to their daily lives might end what has only just started. Continue reading

Eva Lefoy, MLR Press

Series Spotlight and Giveaway: Love Hurts by Eva Lefoy

Eva Lefoy

The Love Hurts series was born when I answered a Valentine’s Day call for MLR Press, and the men in the book just kind of took over from there!

In book 1, Sex, Ties and Videotape, we meet Geoffrey, a man who’s been wronged by his previous lover, Brian, in a most public way. Brian’s friend Paul makes a move on Geoffrey and his life changes dramatically – he’s finally found someone who won’t laugh at his submissive needs! Continue reading

4 Stars, Drama, Genre Romance, MLR Press, Reviewed by Sammy, S.J. Frost

Review: Storming Love: Gage & Collin by S.J. Frost

Title: Storming Love: Gage & Collin

Author: S.J. Frost

Publisher: MLR Press

Pages/Word Count: 90 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: When Hurricane Lauris strikes, former lovers, Gage and Collin find themselves trapped together with old emotions and passion rising between them.

As a professional rider on the NRHA circuit, Gage Chapman has known success. He’s also known discrimination. Many people didn’t want an openly gay rider competing in the sport, much less winning again and again on his champion Paint stallion, The Shaman. Wanting to get away from it all, Gage had left Utah to set up a breeding farm in North Carolina and there, he found what he’d always hoped for, a man he could love. Continue reading

4 Stars, Genre Romance, MLR Press, Parker Williams, Reviewed by Sammy

Review: Storming Love: Bear & Travis by Parker Williams

Title: Storming Love: Bear & Travis

Author: Parker Williams

Publisher: MLR Press

Pages/Word Count: 60 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Is it possible to fall in love from nothing more than a few phone calls and e-mails? Dr. David ‘Bear’ Berickza thinks so. Despite the distance and limited contact, Bear can only think about Travis Michaels, a fellow veterinarian in the small town of Timber Creek.

When he hears that Timber Creek is directly in the path of Hurricane Lauris, Bear makes a promise. He will be there to help Travis and his daughter, the smart-mouthed Tina, to save the abandoned animals. Continue reading

5 Stars, Drama, Genre Romance, Lynley Wayne, MLR Press, Mystery/Suspense/Action Thriller, Reviewed by Lynn

Review: Facing Demons by Lynley Wayne

Title: Facing Demons (Scars: Book Three)

Author: Lynley Wayne

Publisher: MLR Press

Pages/Word Count: 379 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: When demons from his past interfere with his present, Cam knows Seth is the only one he can trust to help him face them.

At the age of fifteen, Seth Dempsey gave his heart to Cameron Reyes. Three years later, Cam shattered it when he walked away. When Cam blows back into Seth’s life years later, Seth knows he will do whatever it takes to ensure Cam doesn’t slip away again. Even if it means going up against a corrupt DEA agent and a drug cartel.
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5 Stars, MLR Press, Mystery/Suspense/Action Thriller, Neil Plakcy, Reviewed by Lana

Review: Accidental Contact and Other Mahu Investigations by Neil Plakcy

Title: Accidental Contact and Other Mahu Investigations (Mahu #7.5)

Author: Neil Plakcy

Publisher: MLR Press

Pages/Word Count: 187 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Sex, mayhem and justice in the Aloha State as openly gay Honolulu homicide detective tracks murderers, missing people & a dog with unusual appetites.

From murderers to missing babies to a shaggy dog with an unusual appetite, openly gay Honolulu homicide detective Kimo Kanapa’aka has his hands full in this selection of ten short investigations in the Aloha State. Sun-drenched streets hide bodies in their shadows and clues lurk in the most unusual places, from a hearse to flowering hedge to a psychic who provides Kimo with an unexpected revelation. Continue reading