4 Stars, Audio Book, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, P.D. Singer, Reviewed by Kathie

Audio Review: Snow on the Mountain by P.D. Singer – Narrated by Finn Sterling

Title: Snow on the Mountain (The Mountains: Book Two)

Author: P.D. Singer

Narrator:: Finn Sterling

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Run Time: 6 Hours, 43 Minutes

At a Glance: The relationship between Jake and Kurt was very believable; they just seem like good guys trying to find their way.

Reviewed By: Kathie

Blurb: Champagne powder snow, gorgeously groomed slopes, and elegant hotels draw the expert and the wealthy to the exclusive Wapiti Creek Ski Resort, but for Jake Landon and Kurt Carlson, the lure is work. A novice skier, Jake’s been assigned to run the bunny lift, but Kurt’s afraid he’ll be stuck shoveling snow all winter. Instructing at a private ski school should be his dream job, but it brings giggles and sideways glances among their new friends.

All summer, Jake and Kurt were alone in the wilderness. If Jake wanted to stay in the closet, it didn’t matter. Now they have to navigate a relationship in public, where the five-year-old twins who’ve adopted Jake as their ski buddy are as big a nuisance as the ski patroller who has a crush on him. Would-be friends, vicious coworkers, and the perils of the mountain could mean the end for Kurt and Jake, but their biggest danger comes from each other.

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Review: When I listen to an audiobook, I’m usually driving or housecleaning, mostly driving, and I like a narrative that keeps me interested. The narrator needs to give each character a distinct voices so I can tell the characters apart, and the author should have detail about the setting, characters, and supporting characters—the perfect formula for a great audio, I feel.

The reason I bring this up is I felt Snow on the Mountain had a bit too much detail about the mountain and the skiing. I would like to say by the end of the audio I remembered some of the names and terms, but no such luck. I am hoping the book gives you a map with all the ski runs labeled on it, as I think it would have been easier to follow the story. The lingo about skiing went right over my head, having never skied myself, but I was sure impressed by how many times they went up and down the mountain in a single day. That takes a lot of stamina—impressive!

The relationship between Jake and Kurt was very believable; they just seem like good guys trying to find their way. The only part that seemed off to me was when Kurt was getting shot at and Jake was getting threatened; they seemed to take it in stride. If that would have been anyone I know, they would have gone screaming down the mountain, telling anyone who would listen, and the cops would be there .

Because I’d get sidetracked by the names of the ski runs and ski equipment and skiing techniques, I focused on paying more attention to the characters and the sex. And that was good… Really good. P.D. Singer sure knows how to write great scenes.

I like to learn something from each book I read, but I felt this was just too much detail for an audiobook. I bet it was really good in book form, though, because you’d be able to go back and re-read what you didn’t understand. And as a non-skier, I would have been re-reading a lot.






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4 Stars, P.D. Singer, Paranormal Romance, Reviewed by Lisa, Rocky Ridge Books, Small Gems

Small Gem Sunday: P.D. Singer’s “Tail Slide”

Title: Tail Slide

Author: P.D. Singer

Publisher: Rocky Ridge Books

Pages/Word Count: 37 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Fresh powder snow and running water in the Colorado back country call Lon like the moon calls the wolves. Belly-sliding to a good time on the weekends makes up for a workweek at a desk, and meeting Corey adds a whole new level of fun to snowboarding.

It’s easy to slip away for time alone in the woods without raising suspicion, but how’s Lon to entertain himself when bad snow and a worse spill force them off the mountain too early?

Never give an otter a box of Cheerios. Continue reading

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P.D. Singer Explores The Cycle Of Love And Sports In “Spokes”



“Adversity causes some men to break; others to break records. ” ― William Arthur Ward


I’ve read a few books by this author and enjoyed each and every one of them, so I jumped at the chance to read her latest.

The author takes the reader into the world of international cycling. For someone like me, who is rather clueless about the world of cycling, this was such a great introduction. I may not have been up on all the bike racing lingo, but in no way did it take me out of the story. The author’s visualization of the landscape in Colorado and Europe is so precise and fluid I was actually seeing it as I read, beautiful.
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P.D. Singer Is Here To Pedal Some Goodies To Celebrate GRL!


DSC_0438The entire world, or the Chez Singer section of it, comes to a screeching halt in late June and early July, because the Tour de France is on. When each stage can take hours to air, even in the condensed cable TV version, and then the Marital Unit needs to watch it all over again when it repeats, I end up watching a lot of cycling. Then we have the Tour of California and the Tour of Utah, and let’s see, the US Pro Cycling Tour, which has him driving all over Colorado to follow the stages, and…

css-bottle1 So my response to a TV screen full of guys in skin-tight spandex, not all of it zipped, is to evolve plot bunnies. Heh, heh, heh.

I’ve been working on Spokes a lot longer than I wished, not because I don’t have the plot worked out, but because five Mountain novels had contracts and I do, by golly, meet my deadlines. Linear girl also has issues working on more than one project at a time, but when Team Sky, Astana, Garmin-Sharp and all the others have their 200 riders pedaling through my living room, the creative juices do flow. I’m taking notes, I’m writing a chapter, I’m asking for explanations.

(Honey, why do 153 riders all have the same time for the stage?)

There’s a lot about cycling that’s not intuitive, though it certainly seems straightforward: get on the bike, go fast. I bet Bradley Wiggins and Cadel Evans wish that’s all it took. I had to learn the details, organize them, and pick out the bits that need to make it into the story.

saunaI found very little about gay pro cyclists: Graeme Obree didn’t come out until 2011, after he retired, and even he suggested that other gay cyclists remain quiet lest it cause problems in the changing rooms. Yet I find it hard to believe that there aren’t gay cyclists at every level, including the topmost echelons, on the teams who stand on the podium at the Tour, the Giro d’Italia, or the Vuelta de Espana.

Tour de FranceThose last two are big stage races, every bit as important as their better-known French equivalent. In all three, thousands of people turn out to line the routes, to cheer their favorites (or everyone who comes by), ring their cowbells and dress peculiarly, the better to be seen running alongside the cyclists, and scrawl the leaders’ names on the pavement in chalk. I chose to set my story against the late-winter-into-spring time of training and early races, and include the big stage race that falls first in the season.

I invented another UCI ProTeam, Antano-Clark, and based it out of Boulder, where they have to share the off-season roads with Team Garmin-Cervelo. Given how things have changed since I started writing, that team is now Garmin-Sharp. Sponsors change and are hard to come by: fielding a world class team takes many millions of dollars a year, and cyclists can run out of logo-space on their clothing for all the smaller sponsors who chip in. (Team Liquigas put its logo across the riders’ butts for great visibility. Don’t know how Bobke kept a straight face the year the announcers pronounced it correctly, which isn’t “likwi-gas.”)

001wqa3hTeam Antano-Clark has Julien Biondi as its star, and Julien has his secret, not to mention some issues with the rider who should be his lieutenant and biggest supporter. He also has eyes for Christopher Nye, an amateur cyclist and would-be journalist, whom he meets at a cycling store. Between the social hazards, the riding hazards, and Julien’s need to leave for Europe, this relationship needs to be in heavy training.

The author is doing some heavy lifting—this is a real sport with real competitors, and I don’t have authorization to use a one of them, so everyone but the MCs are composites with some big old inventions added.

I do make my guys work for their HEA, and I am working to give it to them. The big question—will I have this ready for Gay Rom Lit?

Heh, Linear Girl meets her deadlines. I’m off to write!

Spokes

Pro cyclist Julien Biondi has fought his way from lowly domestique to the general classification star of Team Antano-Clark without ever poking his nose out of the closet. Being on an American-based team has given him the courage to take a chance on Christopher Nye, a journalist and amateur cyclist. A relationship is harder than any twenty-one stages of the Giro d’Italia–can Julien and Christopher finish this together?

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THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED

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“Training Cats” Is Easy With The Right Bait

Happiness. It was the place where passion, with all its dazzle and drumbeat, met something softer: homecoming and safety and pure sunbeam comfort. – Laini Taylor



This was such a sweet story.

Brent is a pharmacist at a local grocery store and has a boyfriend named Tyler who isn’t a very nice person. In fact, he’s kind of a selfish, greedy jerk. He is rude to Brent’s friends, rearranges Brent’s life, and has returned every gift Brent has ever gotten him. No matter how much he wanted the original item, the exchange is always for something just a little bit better, bigger, or flashier and somehow makes Brent feel foolish. I never see what Brent saw in him.

Right away, I saw Brent was just an all around nice guy who deserved a more worthy partner than the one he had. Brent knows things aren’t going well with Tyler. He’s starting to realize his relationship with him is a mistake and something must be done. It was great to see him finally stand up and give Tyler the old heave ho, even if it means he’ll be alone.

Evan is Brent’s co-worker and is secretly crushing for him hard. He’s very sweet and always has a kind word for everyone he meets. He waits patiently for Brent to notice him, not knowing he had been Brent’s first choice until he was distracted by a flashy Tyler.

I loved seeing Brent getting on with his life after Tyler. He finally starts doing what he wants to do, putting his interests first. His first act as a single man was to get a cat. I almost squealed with delight when he invited Evan over to meet his new feline friend. Brent realizes Evan could be his second chance at finally getting it right, being happy.

For being such a short story, this one felt complete. You get the whole package. The story ends at the very beginning of their relationship but you know they’re going to make it without knowing all the day to day details. You never know when happiness is staring you right in the face.

Reviewed by: Lynn

You can buy Training Cats here:

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Money, It’s A Crime – Return to the Mountain by P.D. Singer

What difference does it make how much you have? What you do not have amounts to much more. – Seneca

It’s been said that money is the root of all evil. Whether that’s a true statement or not likely depends on whether you have it or you don’t, and if you don’t have it, what price you’re willing to pay to acquire it. And yes, there seems always to be a price to pay when you’re willing to bargain with the devil, doesn’t there?

Gary Richardson learns that in times of desperation he’s willing to give just about anything to get rich quick, which includes selling off little bits of his character to the highest bidder, and playing it fast and loose with the only thing in his life that’s worth more than a balance in a bank account. When it comes to the truth, it appears that Gary’s more of a lies by omission kind of guy, especially if it means paving the way to a healthy financial future for himself and his partner, Seth Morgan. And you all know where the road that’s paved with good intentions leads to. Sadly, Gary doesn’t learn where that path dead-ends until he finds himself there alone, without the one and only person he’d convinced himself he was doing it all for. But therein laid the problem with Gary’s roadmap to success—he forgot to make sure Seth was along for the ride. He did it all for the love of the man he can’t imagine spending his life without; he just forgot to make sure Seth wanted the same things.

Return to the Mountain is a friends-to-lovers story that begins in Gary and Seth’s high school years, and ends after a rather tough stint in the school of hard knocks that teaches Gary a thing or two about trust and truth and the time value of the things that you can’t put a price on—like love. Gary learns there’s very little in the way of personal ethics when someone is in the pursuit of money. Nor is there much that resembles honor in a man’s avarice to take from others in order to increase his own financial comfort.

I’m not sure what I was more excited about with this book: the fact that it’s a new chapter and new characters in P.D. Singer’s “The Mountain” series, or if it’s the fact that it meshed the series (including Mark and Allan) so seamlessly with one of my favorite books from last year, The Rare Event. Yes, the skeezy Edgar Wolfe is at his dastardly best, dangling the proverbial… ahem… carrot in front of Gary. And if you’ve read “Event”, you know exactly what Edgar does with his carrot. And Ricky Santeramo is there too, as a young upstart at Wolfe Gorman Equities, learning exactly what it is he’ll have to do to get ahead. Jon Hogenboom even makes a brief appearance in the end, which I loved.

Return to the Mountain is a story filled with truths about dishonesty and the damaging consequences of doing the wrong things for the right reasons. It’s not at all an exaggeration to say that I loved it, loved Seth’s simplicity and Gary’s eventual understanding that earning Seth’s respect was the only thing worth working for.

If you haven’t read any of the Mountain books or The Rare Event, for that matter, don’t let that stop you from picking this one up. I think it can easily be read as a stand-alone; though keep in mind that’s coming from someone who’s read the books. At any rate, I thought this one was pretty fantastic.

You can buy Return to the Mountain here:


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And as an added bonus, don’t forget to download your free copy of Cross the Mountain too. It’s a sexy little short featuring Allan and Mark, which takes place post-Fall Down the Mountain, and finds Mark encouraging his lover to participate in a little physically therapeutic cross country skiing after Allan’s literal fall down the mountain that brought he and Mark together.

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Blood on the Mountain (The Mountains #4) by P.D. Singer

Love will find its way
Through paths where wolves would fear to prey. – Lord Byron

For anyone who’s been following The Mountains Series, you know that Jake Landon’s been facing some intimidating fears about his sexuality and what it would mean to come out to his family and live openly as Kurt Carlson’s partner. That fear was a driving force in this installment of the series and a dominant factor in the decisions Kurt made and the ultimatums he laid down. Add to the relationship anxiety the discovery of something sinister brewing on the mountain, something that very nearly eliminates all of Jake’s issues in one fell swoop, and all that did was spell doom for anything that might’ve resembled a decent night’s sleep for me. I didn’t want to put this one down until I was sure everything was going to work out for me. Or at least for Jake and Kurt.

I really could’ve summed up my feelings about Blood on the Mountain in four words: Best. Mountains. Book. Yet. And that’s saying a lot, because I’ve really loved them all, but this one… This one was adrenaline and anxiety all mixed up in danger and fear; not that adrenaline, anxiety, danger, and fear are an especially unique recipe for Jake and Kurt’s romance—these men know that drill pretty well by now—but this one took their relationship into new and unfamiliar territory; it was a trial by fire and a near death experience and a rising from the ashes, and I thought it was pretty perfect in every way.

And that big secret Jake’s been keeping? Well, it turns out the fear of that secret may have been a far gnarlier beast than the secret itself. Maybe not gnarlier than the bear, though. Did I forget to mention the bear? Yes, there’s a bear.

From a sexy archery challenge to start the book off, to a new beginning at the end, and all the action and romance in between, this one was consummate Jake and Kurt and I wouldn’t hesitate to say this is a must read for fans of this series.

Buy Blood on the Mountain here:

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Amber Allure, Amy Lane, Dreamspinner Press, Eden Winters, Ethan Day, Geoffrey Knight, K. Piet, Less Than Three Press, P.D. Singer, Piper Vaughn, Rhys Ford, Smashwords, Storm Moon Press, Xara X. Xanakas

And I’m Off To GayRomLit Land…

It’s early. Early! ::yawns:: But there’s something a little less difficult about getting up at 4:00am when you know you’re off to the airport for a long weekend of fun, right? Sure, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it. ::Starbucks::

I want to take a minute to do two things. First, to say thank you so much to all the authors who very generously donated their immense talents to my GayRomLit Countdown Celebration. Without the help of Eden Winters, Rhys Ford, Amy Lane, K. Piet, Piper Vaughn & Xara X. Xanakas, P.D. Singer, and Geoffrey Knight & Ethan Day, there wouldn’t have even been a celebration to be had, so I will forever be grateful for your kindness and participation.

Second, I want to take the opportunity to say thank you to the fans of all these authors, who stopped by and left comments. I’m sure your interest in them and their work is greatly appreciated and extremely gratifying to each and every one of them.

And last but not lease, a big congratulations to all those who have received, or will soon be receiving, their prizes!

Here’s a recap of the lucky winners:

Winner: trisha2144




















Winner: Boxtersushi






Winner: Rosie M






Winner: K. Piet’s “Surrender” and one backlist book: pearls

Winner: Melora






Winner: Anna






Winner: Nancy




















Ready or not, Albuquerque, here I come!

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Here’s What’s Coming Up In My GayRomLit 2012 Countdown!

The excitement continues, as give-away after give-away leads up to October 18th’s “Desire in the Desert”. Here’s a rundown of what you can expect to see in the coming weeks.


Eden Winters’ Diversion contest ends tonight at 11:59pm Pacific time (2:59am Eastern), so if you haven’t entered to win, hurry and do it before it’s too late!





Beginning tomorrow, Wednesday, September 26th, Rhys Ford will be bringing her Cole McGinnis Mystery series to the show, where sex and murder are intimate acquaintances. Rhys will be offering one lucky reader the chance to win both books in the series, Dirty Kiss and the upcoming Dirty Secret. You won’t want to miss it!


On October 1st, it’s all Amy Lane, folks, and she’ll be here to offer up the chance to win two books to one lucky contestant–Chase in Shadow, as well as the newly released (10/1/12) Dex in Blue, starring Dex and Kane, two characters who were introduced in Chase and Tommy’s book. Click HERE to see what Amy had to say about her boys and their story on Mary Calmes’ blog. And make sure to stay tuned!


Piper Vaughn & Xara X. Xanakas have a new release coming on October 10, 2012 from Less Than Three Press, called The Party Boy’s Guide to Dating a Geek, the first book in a news series, the “Clumsy Cupid Guidebooks”. Beginning on October 6th, you’ll have the opportunity to register to win a FREE copy of the book, which will be awarded to one lucky reader. Be sure to watch for it!


And finally, capping off the celebration, P.D. Singer will lead things into the homestretch with a two book give-away to one lucky contestant, Fire on the Mountain and Snow on the Mountain, the first two books in her series “The Mountains”, starring Jake Landon and Kurt Carlson, two fire rangers whose passion ignites one hot summer in the mountains, and carries on to the snowy slopes of Wapiti Creek Ski Resort. You won’t want to miss this contest, coming on October 11th!

It’s a hellagood time to be a fan of M/M romance!

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Fire on the Mountain (2nd Edition) by P.D. Singer

Jake Landon believes he’s going to spend the summer after his college graduation fighting wildfires in the Colorado Mountains, partnered with some cantankerous and hygiene-challenged geezer who’ll make Jake forget that he’s at all attracted to men. Fighting fires will eat up a few months, and then some, of the year he’s taking off before he starts pharmacy school, or, at least that was the plan, but plans don’t account for much of anything if the fates refuse to get with your program, which makes Jake’s idea to stay in the closet until he can figure a way to get out become a whole lot more challenging when he ends up partnered with Kurt Carlson—walking, talking temptation—the man who lights a fire in Jake’s libido hot enough to rival anything Mother Nature could possibly whip up.

It’s a shaky start for both men, for reasons that have nothing to do with ability or experience and everything to do with attraction, but Jake and Kurt quickly form a working partnership, become friends, and, eventually, come to discover that the connection they feel is as elemental to them as the fires they fight are to nature. It’s a slow burn as their desire chases them like the flames on a shifting wind and when they finally succumb to it, the results are scorching, and before I knew it, I was completely invested in them and my hope for a long and lovely romance.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned from reading P.D. Singer’s work, it’s that I always learn something, whether it’s what mise en place means, how a hedge fund works, or what it feels like to be thisclose to becoming a victim of your job. There is no “this seems really authentic” about her work. It is authentic and never fails to draw me in every time.

I’m sorry to say I never got around to reading the first edition of Fire on the Mountain, (why, I have no clue) so what’s been improved upon, I can’t say. But I can say whatever it was, the improvements made for some seriously sizzling summer reading.

Buy Fire on the Mountain HERE.

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The Rare Event by P.D. Singer

The lust for money is as timeless as money for lust. They are the original vices, and at Wolfe Gorman Equities, money and lust go together like stress and a volatile economy.

Rick Santeramo is all about hedging his bets, both professionally and personally. He plays Wall Street a little bit like a skydiver jumping out of an airplane without a parachute, who gambles on the remotest acceptable possibility there’ll be a safe place to land after the thrill of the jump. Ricky thrives on the volatility of the market as much as he thrives on the volatility of the predatory and empty sex he engages in, in the backrooms of the clubs he stalks. Ricky either has no sense of self-preservation or an overdeveloped sense of self-preservation, I’m not certain. I do think, however, that for Rick, it depends on the circumstances and what exactly is at risk, because really, you have to know how much you’re willing to invest and how much you’re willing to lose before you know how to secure yourself against a loss.

With Jon Hogenboom, Rick took what were, for him, acceptable risks. He avoided committing, he left himself a means of easy escape to avoid the shackles of monogamy and, in the end, he lost far more than he’d ever invested in their relationship. After all, infidelity can’t be infidelity if you’ve never gone all in and invested fully in the relationship, can it? Is there such a thing as negative gain? For Ricky there was—it happened when he accepted everything Jon was willing to offer but didn’t fully invest in it, then let it all slip through his fingers. He learned a little too late, the value of limiting his losses by protecting his investments. He also learned that the margin of error in his relationship with Jon was limited to Jon’s willingness to accept any deviation from the norm, which, in the end, turned out to be fractional. Unlike Rick, Jon could foresee the rare event and considered the price too steep, the investment too risky to accept.

And when the bottom fell out, when their partnership imploded, they both discovered they had so very little to show for their time together. Negative gain.

The Rare Event is the story of a man who didn’t know what he had until he didn’t have it anymore, then discovered with a staggering surety that he very much wanted it. There’s nothing quite like discovering someone and something is priceless, especially when your adult life has revolved around assigning value to everything and weighing how much profit you can gain from it. It’s the ultimate redemption story—discovering you’ve always had a parachute, regardless of how many times you’ve jumped, but that the strings attached to that parachute aren’t meant to tangle and bind but to protect against the unexpected. It’s about being willing to make compromises, not selling out who you are, but investing in who you want to be so you can be the person who’s worthy of being wanted.

The bottom line is that I couldn’t put this book down. I devoured it in a single sitting and got to ask a lot of “honey, what’s?” questions to the CPA I have in my hip pocket. I learned a lot about hedge funds and puts and stop-loss orders, but those things really weren’t so essential to the whole of the story, although it provided a perfect juxtaposition to Ricky and Jon’s personal relationship. What was entirely essential was the way in which Ricky and Jon collaborated and conflicted with each other, and eventually, the way in which that connection suffered under the weight of the odds of the gamble. If there’s such a thing as profiting from loss, Ricky did it, and it was both painful and lovely to witness.

Buy The Rare Event HERE.

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