Brita Addams, Musa Publishing

Cover Reveal and the Story Behind Thornhill’s Dilemma by Brita Addams

thornhillsdilemma-300dpiWhile I’ve had the cover for my upcoming release, Thornhill’s Dilemma, for a few weeks, I wanted to save the cover reveal for my favorite site and second home online, The Novel Approach. So, without further ado, I unveil the beautiful cover. Thank you to Kelly Shorten at Musa Publishing for working with me to make this beautiful cover happen! Kelly is aces.

Book three of my Sapphire Club series, Thornhill’s Dilemma, tells the story of Phillip Allard and Alexander Chilton, with a guest appearance by Lady Hope Linden.

In the book’s original incarnation, Chocolate, Tea, and the Duchess, the story was a menage. When I received the rights to the story back from the defunct publisher, I did with it what my gut told me to do five years ago when I wrote the story. While there are a couple of menage scenes, not graphic, this is a story about Phillip and Alex.

There was so much more story for these characters than what I wrote in C,T, & D. Then I hadn’t explored their lives completely and considered things that will become evident in the reading. When I sat down to do a pre-edit, as I did with the other two books, Phillip spoke to me, quite adamantly. From that, comes what I think is a beautiful story that takes place in a time when homosexual relationships were against the law. Continue reading

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Guest Post and Giveaway – Tapping Into Our Soul’s Expression by L. Dean Pace-Frech

Here’s to staying young our whole life by tapping into our soul’s expression ~ Jill Badonsky

photoI love reading books about characters my age. And, just like Jill’s quote says, I also feel like I can stay young by reading about characters who are younger.

First of all, there is the wisdom that comes with being in your mid-forties. I still enjoy reading about characters making stupid decisions and reflect upon my own youth. When I read Love You Forever by Amelia Bishop, I totally identified with the two characters and some of the jealous and vindictive things they do to each other. They have some additional stress with that curse.

There’s also wisdom that I can still learn through reading about younger characters. I wished I had JT’s patience in Unbreak My Heart by K-lee Klein. JT holds out, but will it be enough to get Brett’s attention? You’ll have to read that book to find out that happily ever after. Continue reading

Brita Addams, Musa Publishing

Guest Post: Inside a Love Scene by Brita Addams


Let me start by saying that anyone who thinks writing a love scene is fun is greatly mistaken. It’s work and for the most part, technical. A writer has to make sure that the positions we put our characters in are possible and doesn’t end up making them out to be contortionists.

Badly written, you risk tossing the reader out of the story. Well written, your reader is right there, in the story, wishing they could participate. Continue reading

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Guest Post and Spotlight: “Blue Skye” by Viki Lyn

blueskye-200Thank you for having me as a guest today! I’m thrilled that Blue Skye is available for .99 cents at all vendor sites through September 3 (thank you Musa Publishing!)

Blue Skye is the first book set in the fictional town of Woodland Village. The town is its own character and weaves the three books together.

The village had to be close to Manhattan by train because Skye Taylor lives in an artist loft in New York City. And, I wanted the town to be a weekend destination for New Yorkers. The Village has a beautiful harbor and is a perfect bay for sailing. Enough tourists visit on the weekends to support art galleries, a local coffeehouse and a gourmet grocery story. This had to be a thriving upscale town that supported my character’s professions and lifestyle. Continue reading

Brita Addams, Musa Publishing

Anatomy Of A Book Series by Brita Addams

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As much as I love reading, my favorite kinds of books are those that come in a series. I love revisiting characters, discovering aspects of their lives that might not appear during their starring role.

Write what you love, right? When I decided to write, I had an idea for a series set at a fictional sex club outside of London and Sapphire Club series was born. I wanted a historical with modern thinking characters. Characters that let it all go when it comes to sex.
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4.5 Stars, L. Dean Pace-Frech, Musa Publishing, Reviewed by Lisa

The “Disappear With Me” Blog Tour Stops Here Today With Dean Pace-Frech And A Giveaway

Here’s to creativity’s ability to make an uncomfortable emotion useful ~ Jill Badonsky

photoOne of the questions I get asked a lot is, what was your favorite part to write. In Disappear With Me, I loved writing the jury deliberation process for a couple of reasons.

First of all, I got to research all the Bible verses that were part of that section. As a lifelong Christian, I got to reacquaint myself with some of the Bible’s most beautiful verses. Many of those verses and their interpretation are the culmination of listening to many of the pastors listed in the dedication at the front of the novel. I also learned some new verses and worked those in with my own (and therefore, Leander’s) wicked perception of their meanings.
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4.5 Stars, A.M. Arthur, Musa Publishing, Reviewed by Sammy

Frozen Blazes With Heart Stopping Action And Intense Love – Reviewed by Sammy

“Sometimes a deal with the devil is better than no deal at all.” – Lawrence Hill

Title: Frozen

Author: A.M. Arthur

Publisher: Musa Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 96 Pages

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Blurb: At fifteen, Lee Mitchell and Roman Carmichael are sure their fledgling relationship can survive any heartache or hardship–until a spring canoeing trip ends with Lee in the hospital and Roman missing.
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4 Stars, Andy Dunn, Musa Publishing, Reviewed by BJ

Love Is Brewing In Andy Dunn’s “Kitchen Witch” – Reviewed by BJ

Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and caldron bubble.” ― William Shakespeare

Title: Kitchen Witch

Author: Andy Dunn

Publisher: Musa Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 34000 Words

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: After a failed move to California, Oz returns home to Minnesota. He gets a job at a witchery shop owned by his ex Rhys, with whom he might still be in love. Rhys’s homemade love potions are the most popular item in his shop but even he might need the extra jolt; he’s just shown the door to his unreliable lover Kip. Kip is determined to win Rhys over again and his own attempts at love magic are weak, at best, but Rhys’s feelings for Oz are hindering Kip’s efforts. Both Oz and Rhys are keen on a reconciliation but neither feel ready to take that first step to make it happen. Do they need a small kick from one of Rhys’s potions or is real love strong enough to develop without the help of witchery?

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4 Stars, Musa Publishing, Reviewed by Jackie, Viki Lyn

It’s Loath At First Sight In Viki Lyn’s “John’s Match” – Reviewed by Jackie

“Writing about a writer’s block is better than not writing at all.” ― Charles Bukowski

Title: John’s Match

Author: Viki Lyn

Publisher: Musa Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 135 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: John Kramer discovers two guys humping on the hood of his Ferrari in the parking lot of the local gay bar. When he finds one of the pair alone and in a drunken stupor, John drives him home. To his surprise, the young man’s father is his new next door neighbor, Scott Marwick. Tempers flare when Scott accuses John of getting his son inebriated and taking advantage of him. John plans to never see the man again.
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5 Stars, A.M. Arthur, Musa Publishing, Reviewed by Jackie

Evil Returns To Finish What It Started In A.M. Arthur’s “Prodigal” – Reviewed by Jackie

“Evil might not prevail in the end, but it certainly doesn’t fail to devastate in its time.” ― Richelle E. Goodrich

Title: Prodigal

Author: A.M. Arthur

Publisher: Musa Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 85 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: When the bizarre murder of an old classmate reunites ex-lovers Ethan and Jesse, a shared childhood secret draws them back together as an otherworldly killer tries to tear them apart for good.
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Jennifer Brooks’ “End Game” Is Murder With A Side Of Romance – Reviewed by Jackie

There is always more mystery.” ― Anaïs Nin

Title: End Game

Author: Jennifer Brooks

Publisher: Musa Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 171 Pages

Rating: 3.5 Stars

Blurb: After his cousin is murdered, journalist Jessie Canning reunites with his estranged lover to investigate it.

Jessie was on the phone when his cousin, Ben, was attacked. Fifteen minutes later, when Jessie arrived at Ben’s condo, his cousin was dead. With life and death as close as a minute away, Jessie must work with his estranged lover, Mathew, to learn why anyone would’ve wanted to kill Ben.
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L. Dean Pace-Frech, Musa Publishing

All These Men Want From Life Is “A Place to Call Their Own”

“The past has a way of walking around in the present, behaving as if it were alive.” ― Anatol Lieven

After reading the blurb, I quickly snatched this up to read. With all the stories written about gay men in the past, we don’t come across too many stories set in the 1800’s. I’m a history buff, so I knew this one was going to be a treat.

Gregory and Frank met while fighting in the War Between the States, the Civil War. After the war, they’ve decided to head West to claim their land and live life together. I was amazed by how beautifully written this story was. The author brings you right into the story. You feel as though you are right there, on the plains seeing this beautiful unspoiled country. We are taken on this amazing journey with the two characters from the beginning of their travels, to the people they meet along the way, to the trials and tribulations of trying to make a home on the wild prairie.
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“Acting Out” Brings Calm And Chaos Together To Make Everything Work

“The truth is too simple: one must always get there by a complicated route.” – George Sand

BLURB: When one man is the epitome of calm and the other of chaos, how will they ever admit to loving each other? Can a kiss really change everything?

Nick and Alex have made a very successful movie together. Now they need to decide whether their next project is another joint venture or they go their separate ways creatively. Then the perfect manuscript arrives, offering financial security and future opportunities.
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Musa Publishing, Scarlett Parrish

It’s A Bad Relationship That Leads To A Little “Burn”

“Without forgetting it is quite impossible to live at all.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche

BLURB: Austin Lombard is desperate to forget a bad relationship the night he goes out with only one rule in mind: no names. But when he meets a gorgeous, irreverent Scotsman, Austin’s resolve is put to the test again and again as the night goes on. “James” is smart, a great kisser, and everything Austin would want in a date. But Austin resists; he’s had enough of names, and enough of relationships. Hasn’t he?
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L.B. Gregg, Musa Publishing

Simple Gifts (Cornwall Novellas, #2) by L.B. Gregg

“Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.” – Seneca

When you have a history of screwing things up, beginnings and endings are pretty well par for the course. When you have a history of preferring to be alone, it makes the screwing up part a lot easier. At least, that’s the case for Jason Ferris and Robb Sharpe, who began in high school and ended when Robb joined the army and Jason never heard from him again.

Ten years, a Christmas party, a lawn ornament with homicidal tendencies, and one blizzard later, and Jason and Robb are back together again. Not together-together. More like stuck between a black out and a hard place at Jace’s apartment, because neither of them wants to be snowed in at chez Sharpe for the holidays, which you might not think would be so bad considering there’s still a lot going on between the two of them. But war is hell and sometimes life is too, and sometimes the fight to survive is the hardest fought battle of all, and just hoping to get by and to bring some order to the chaos of your existence is the best you can ask for until you finally find you can allow yourself to hope for more.

And sometimes it’s the simplest gifts that are the most priceless and hold the most promise for a new beginning. A thousand times over.

Simple Gifts is a spare little story but not so simple, really. Jason and Robb both carry their pasts like scars that are proof of the damage left behind but are also proof that they’ve survived. Once again, L.B. Gregg created two characters that I was completely involved with, but not only that, she also gave me a story that tugged at my heartstrings just a little bit, which just adds another layer to the many reasons I love her storytelling ways.

Buy Simple Gifts HERE.

L.B. Gregg, Musa Publishing

Dudleytown (Cornwall Novellas #1) by L.B. Gregg

“The only exercise some people get is jumping to conclusions.” – Unknown

Alex Strauss thinks he knows his college roommate, Shannon Murray, pretty well. For instance, he knows for a fact that Shannon’s straight. Poor Alex got some rather unfortunate visual evidence of that. Alex also knows that it’s not totally unheard of for straight guys to want to experiment a little. In fact, Alex has been on the receiving end of a few of those straight boy experiments himself and has always regretted it afterwards. He’s done playing guinea pig for the bi-flexible and the het-curious, is done being used and then treated like dirt, so even if Shannon was all about it, it wouldn’t happen. Probably. Maybe. All that conviction hasn’t stopped Alex from falling a little bit in love with Shannon, though. Poor guy.

In a dark and dangerous forest that feels a little bit like a trippy fall down the rabbit hole to Chunderland, where things don’t necessarily go bump in the night as much as they go splat on the windshield, Alex, Shannon, and Riley O’Leary take a shortcut to Dudleytown that ends up a bit of a bloody, vomitous mess and makes them a target for an escaped convict. Riley’s gone missing and it’s up to Alex and Shannon to find and rescue him. If, that is, Alex can quit jumping to conclusions long enough to read the signals Shannon’s sending him and just go along with the fact that everyone’s got his own way of being who he is.

This was a fast paced and fun story about two guys playing for the same team who had to learn to trust they were following the same playbook. I knew L.B. Gregg could make me laugh. Apparently, I now also know she can make me laugh and give me the heebie jeebies at the same time. Dudleytown reads like the best icky parts of a horror movie without all the “what an idiot, don’t go in there!” stuff that normally goes along with them. Maybe there’s a little bit of sex at the oddest moment, but at least no one gets murdered with his pants down around his ankles.

Buy Dudleytown HERE.

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Small Gems – Angels and Airheads by Anne Brooke & Just a Little Note by J.M. Snyder

“There are none so blind as those who will not see.” And sometimes it takes nothing less than a gigantic nudge from your guardian angel to get you to open your eyes and see the miracle that’s been right in front of you all along.

Ricky is a bit thick, missing all the signs and even the outright nudges from previous angels that his best mate Jez is something more than just a friend, but Madred, the guardian angel from the Fourth Sphere in Heaven, isn’t exactly the sort to suffer the mental reasoning of an obtuse human. After all, how could the bright, brilliant, and beautiful Jez be in love with someone like Ricky? Ricky himself certainly can’t fathom it, so it couldn’t possibly be true. But then he’s given the chance to see with own eyes how he looks through the eyes of the someone who means more to him than anyone else in the world, and then it’s up to Ricky to take the chance on seizing his miracle.

Angels and Airheads is a story of perfect love in an imperfect world, and what could be more sweet than that?

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Tommy may be the musical the students at Lakeside High are rehearsing to perform in the school’s auditorium, but Just a Little Note is a little bit Cyrano de Bergerac behind the scenes of this sweetly charming coming-of-age story.

Bryan Lovett is in love with his friend Jesse Carter. Jesse Carter is in love with his friend Bryan Lovett. The problem is that neither one knows the others’ secret, and then there’s Emily, the girl who’s in love with Jesse and who wants Bryan to help her land the object of her affection, which complicates things all the more because really, how do you help the girl who’s now both your friend and your rival for the affections of the boy you both love? Oh, the complexities of first love and high school romance.

When Bryan suggests Emily write Jesse a note to tell him how she feels, he might’ve anticipated Emily would jump on the idea, but never did he dream she would complicate things by begging him to help her write that note. Finally, though, Bryan does agree to do it, and pours his heart and soul into the words he himself would say to Jesse if only there weren’t a crippling fear there to hold him back.

Letter composed, rewritten in Emily’s hand, and delivered, it doesn’t have quite the impact on Jesse that Emily expected. It does, however, have the exact impact on Jesse that Bryan could only have ever dreamt of. And unlike the tragedy that was Roxanne, Cyrano, and Christian, that little note was nothing but a happy beginning for Jesse and Bryan.

J.M. Snyder wrote this one in the 3rd person present, which was ideal for this “play within a play”, as she skillfully directs the reader through the story toward its happy ending.

Buy Just a Little Note HERE.