A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week

Here’s a Sneak Peek at the Coming Week!

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Cheers, everyone! Thanks so much for stopping by to see what we have in store for you in the coming week here at The Novel Approach. We’ve a whole slew of great guests coming to visit us, including our next author feature on the Countdown to GayRomLit 2015 tour, so sit back, relax, and wait for all the fun to start.

Here’s a rundown of what you can expect!

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Monday – Author Kim Fielding is here to help us kick off a great week today, on the Rattlesnake blog tour

And joining her are the writing duo of S.A. McAuley and SJD Peterson, with an interview on their Ruin Porn tour

Tuesday – We have another installment of DSPP’s “Genre Talk” on deck today, when Carole Cummings interviews author Rick R. Reed about the re-release of his chilling and thrilling A Demon Inside

We’ll also welcome Felice Stevens today with a guest post that’s quite personal to her, as she joins us to chat about her new book Beyond the Surface

Wednesday – Today we welcome debut author A.V. Sanders, with an exclusive excerpt from her new May/December romance short, Percolation, Poetry, and Passion

Author Charlie Cochrane will also be joining us today on the tour for her new book from Bold Strokes Books, Don’t Kiss the Vicar

ThursdaySara York drops in on us today to chat about her latest release, Bonded 2

Joining us as well, is author Sedonia Guillone to chat about her latest novel Danny’s Dragon

Friday – Finally, closing out our week we have GayRomLit attending author AC Katt with us to chat about the dreaded writer’s block

And author Jessie G. will be here as well, on her Their Reason blog tour

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That puts the cap on another great week. Until next time, happy reading!

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3.5 Stars, Drama, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Amy, Sara York, Self-Published

Review: Velocity by Sara York

Title:  Velocity (Flight HA1710: Book Two)

Author: Sara York

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count:  89 Pages

At a Glance:  While I liked this second entry in the Flight HA1710 series, I was a bit disappointed in it as well.

Blurb: The crash of Flight HA1710 brings life into focus for Phil Stewart. Before meeting Davin Tierney, love seemed only a myth to Phil, but one night in New York City changed everything, giving him something he didn’t even know existed. But Phil wasn’t comfortable saying I love you. During the crash, Davin suffers a brain injury, leaving him in a coma. Phil wonders how love can be so cruel to give him Davin and then take him away so suddenly.

Davin never intended to give Phil a second look, but Phil broke through barriers and made amazing overtures before stalling on the word love. The crash changes everything, and he’s no longer willing to play it safe, but can Phil actually change from the playboy Davin first met?

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Review:  While I liked this second entry in the Flight HA1710 series, I was a bit disappointed in it as well. This could have had the emotional impact that the first installment had, but fell flat for me. The writing was clear and easy to follow, but it had several inconsistencies that threw me out of parts of the story. They may have been personal issues, so YMMV. In the end, though, I did like the story.

This chapter starts with backstory of Phil and Davin meeting as Phil is taken to the hospital after the crash. He awakens and his utmost desire is to find Davin, but the nurses continue to sedate him when he inquires about Davin because he gets rather excited in doing so. More backstory happens in these drug-induced flashbacks, and we get to see a bit of the relationship of the two men pre-tragedy.  I really enjoyed the changes Phil was making in his life, and how shy Davin was becoming more sweet and sexy.
When Davin makes his physical appearance, I was relieved his injuries weren’t as serious as first presented. Yet, my angst-loving heart also quickened at this. How would these two men continue if one was disabled? Not that I wished Davin ill, but I love the dynamics of relationships, and this one had changed so much. How much more could they take?

But it was not to be. I won’t spoil it by telling you what happens, just know that I really started to have an issue with the story. Because of more inconsistencies with plot and the romance not matching, I am torn about my reaction to the book. It started out so wonderfully emotional and deep, but it ended up more about sex than anything else.

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Anthology, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Sammy, Totally Bound

Review: Semper Fidelis – A Totally Bound Anthology

24058781Title: Semper Fidelis

Author: Anthology

Publisher: Totally Bound

Pages/Word Count: 213 Pages

Reviewed By: Sammy

Blurb: ‘Anomaly’ by S.A. McAuley

Warning: Untested chemical reactions in process…

When Staff Sergeant Galen Welc is handed Temporary Additional Duty orders that move him to the Marine Corps base at Twentynine Palms, he thinks he’s prepared for what’s to come. Known for his uncanny ability to spot improvised explosive devices, he’s pitted against the latest in defense technology. He trusts his instincts and his training, but they may just be leading him somewhere—and to an explosive reaction with someone—he could never see coming.

‘Always Ready’ by T.A. Chase

Making a living on the Bering Sea is hard enough, but throw love into the equation, and things can blow into a hurricane.

Senior Chief Dean ‘Jake’ Jacobson loves his job as a Coast Guard rescue swimmer. Saving lives is the second best thing he could ever do. The first is loving Phil ‘Rhody’ Rhodes.

Phil is a third generation crabber who fishes the Bering Sea. Being gay and in love with Dean isn’t something he talks about, especially not with the six men he lives with on the Angela Kayla for weeks on end. But he’s been happy with his life.

Until one day the Bering Sea reminds them that she is a dangerous place to work. As her icy waters surround them, they discover one truth. Dean and Phil must always be ready to love each other because life can be taken so easily when one works on the sea.

‘A Ring and a Vow’ by Devon Rhodes

Every promise must someday be fulfilled, and the best way Owen knows how to reward Cary’s faith is with a vow.

It’s been nearly five years since Owen went down on one knee with his Academy ring and promised Cary he’d someday do it for real. With Cary being a Naval aviator and Owen a Marine officer serving in Iraq, they’re rarely on the same continent, let alone together.

About time for them to fill out paperwork to re-up, Owen realizes that if they were married, they’d have a much better chance of being stationed nearby. But time is not on their side, so he’s forced to compromise on his proposal in order to make it work.

Cary has been waiting for Owen for years—there was no chance he’d ever say anything but yes. Owen is coming home at last, and wants to make a home with him. However, between the chronic nightmares he’s been fighting and the ever more complicated wedding plans, the next month could be anything but a dream.
Publisher’s Note: This book is the sequel to A Ring and a Promise.

‘My Marine’ by LE Franks and Sara York

For a man who made his career in intelligence, falling for an Afghani national in the middle of a war zone wasn’t the smartest thing a Marine could do.

Marine Captain Sean Kelley loves his country and the men he serves with, but when he meets Akim, he’s tempted to throw it all away for the mysterious man. He knows better than to chase after a local, but repeat encounters culminating in a moment of passion leave him reeling—he’ll do almost anything to figure out how they can be together.

Akim Bijan has a secret of his own—one large enough to get more than just himself killed if it’s revealed. But from the moment he first lays eyes on the handsome Marine, he’s tempted to do just that rather than hide his growing attraction to the man. Being a translator allows him access to the base and he finds Sean alone one night. They take things farther than he ever intended. If only he could tell Sean everything, but his lips are sealed.

When tragedy strikes, Akim is afraid he’s lost Sean for good and he’s forced to make a decision that will change both their lives. Will love win—or will Sean and Akim be separated forever?

‘Soul Sick’ by Kendall McKenna

Jamie thought he made it home to Tucker, leaving war behind. Now, each day he battles to fit into his own life, and save the love that saved his life.

Jamie is a captain in the US Marine Corps who carried a photo of Tucker with him throughout his deployment. His body and his heart both make it home, but he isn’t sure about his sanity. It no longer feels as if his own life even fits.

Tucker is a reformed bad boy who has an advanced degree and an important job but still sports long hair and tattoos. He missed Jamie while he was deployed, but he couldn’t stop living his own life. Now, they’re struggling to learn to live with each other again, and things are going downhill fast.

Jamie wants everything to be the way it used to, but his anger and self-destructive behavior begin to push Tucker away. Too much alcohol and a night of violence inside their home take them nearly to the brink. Tucker is willing to fight alongside Jamie to keep it all from falling apart, if Jamie can learn to accept the help he needs…before it’s too late.

Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of domestic violence.

‘Safe Shores’ by Morticia Knight

Kirk’s Coast Guard lover, Shane, is the only person who can save his son from a vicious storm—if he’s not too late.

Fishing is the only life Kirk has ever known. Born and raised in a small town on the Northern Oregon Coast, coming out of the closet was a struggle. Fortunately, he’s been lucky to find an amazing man to be with who serves in the Coast Guard. But he can’t help but wonder whether Shane wants more than just a shore leave romance.

Shane loves the Coast Guard, loves the sea. That’s one of the main things he has in common with his fisherman lover, Kirk. He just needs to make sure that Kirk knows how serious he is about their relationship and what he plans on doing about it.

Shane and Kirk’s joyful reunion is interrupted when an unusually vicious gale storm threatens the coast. Kirk has to stand by helplessly and wait while his lover battles the raging seas to save his son. In an instant, Kirk could lose everyone he holds dear.

Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of BDSM.

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Review: Anomaly by S.A. McAuley

Staff Sergeant Galen Welc has a nickname—Magneto. He has this strange ability to uncover IED’s before they take out his brothers in arms. When he is sent to a training facility to pit his abilities against that of new military drones, the last thing Galen is expecting is to meet a man who pushes all his buttons in just the right way. When he finds out that the man he has just met is the scientist behind the creation of the latest drone, sparks fly!

While I liked the promise of this story, it was so short that I found myself wondering who these guys were and how they could ever really match up beyond their love for the challenge of being the fastest man to uncover IED’s. The romance element never went beyond a seeming one-night stand and I had to make the leap from that to a potential relationship by story’s end. I just really wanted to get to know these guys more, and we ran out of story before I could do that. 2.5 stars

Always Ready by T.A. Chase

Jake is part of the Coast Guard whose one job is to save lives on the open sea. Phil is a crabber—on the Bering Sea where storms and gale force winds are not uncommon. One man lives for the danger, the other for the rescue. Each lives for the other. But Phil is in the closet and afraid to tell his family that he is deeply in love with Jake. Two years of hiding and torrid, fast hookups on a rare weekend a month have left both men wondering about their jobs and the distance it forces between them and whether they can go on living so far apart.

For a short story, I felt there was such depth to these characters. Their love for each other was as apparent as was their love for their jobs. How to rectify the great distance between them that gave them only a weekend a month to be together was an overwhelming concern for both of them. I felt the real pull that Jake felt for his job versus his lover, Phil. Jake rescues people for a living and he loves his job—despite the real fact that sometimes mother nature wins and Jake cannot save everyone. Phil is poised to take over a many generation boating legacy and already feels strongly for his crew—viewing them as a captain would. But Phil is so tired of hiding his love for Jake and while Jake would never push Phil to come out, his own disastrous coming out story shadows how he thinks. Well written, the story of love and respect that these two men have for each other is palpable and told in such a way as to also prove to be a loving tribute to those who keep our waters safe. 4.5 stars

A Ring And A Vow by Devon Rhodes

First, let me say that reading this short sequel has made me go off and purchase the original novel this short story is based on. Secondly, I am hoping that a major plot point is somehow addressed in the initial book, as I felt it was the only weak spot in an otherwise lovely finish to the tale of two young men so very much in love.

Cary is a pilot in the navy, Owen is in the marines, and at the opening of the story is deployed in enemy territory. They have spent the five years since the academy, where they met and fell in love, being stationed apart and longing for each other. During that time, Cary has been plagued with violent nightmares of Owen’s death. One month prior to coming home, Owen finally makes good on his promise, given years before, and asks Cary to marry him. Cary accepts and the rest of this story describes their time together in small vignettes leading up to their actual wedding day.

I was smitten with these two young men right away. The story balanced both their inner thoughts and fears against their love and support for each other. I felt so drawn to them and enjoyed how each chapter seemed to be another peek at their whirlwind wedding preparations and their new assignments in their various branches of service.

However, I never felt that the near paralyzing nightmares that Cary had been experiencing were fully addressed and indeed, they just seemed to disappear altogether. While I know that having Owen home would and should relieve Cary of his dreams, I also know the author chose to have Cary plagued by a last nightmare after Owen was home and in his arms their first night. For me, never really stating that Cary’s nightmares were gone left a major plot point unfinished and was, absolutely, the only flaw in an otherwise lovely story. 4 stars

My Marine by LE Franks & Sara York

Sean Green has seen the Afghani interpreter, Akim, come and go on the base and has taken notice of him. If only he could speak with the man, find out more about him. But this is wartime and while the interpreter is aiding the US, he is also the enemy. Then one chance meeting, and lust and yearning take over, and suddenly Sean knows that when he is finally sent stateside again he will do everything in his power to bring Akim with him. But what if Akin is not who he says he is? What if he is hiding a secret that will tear the two men apart?

My Marine was a sweet story with a few interesting twists and turns. When Akim’s secret was revealed I must admit I was pretty surprised and to be honest, understood Sean’s reactions completely. And it was just here that the story fell apart a bit for me. Sean began with strong sentiments about how Akin had lied to him. He admitted to himself that it was like he never really knew Akim, so why the sudden and swift capitulation at the story’s end? I felt that both men should have worked a little harder at reestablishing trust and not moved into intimacy immediately. There had, up to that point, been a plausible and very interesting story—if only the ending had been just a bit more drawn out. 3.5 stars

Soul Sick by Kendall McKenna

Jamie brings more than external scars from shrapnel home from deployment. Inside he is still trapped on the battlefield, and he is rapidly losing ground. Tucker has been waiting a year for his lover, but the man who comes home bears little resemblance to the one who left, and Tucker is worried that if Jamie doesn’t seek help soon, more will be lost than their partnership.

This was a very raw look at the effects of PTSD on a returning soldier. Jamie simply comes unraveled, going as far as physically threatening Tucker. Jamie wants to have everything as it was, but even the smallest of things picks at him, making him bleed a little more each day. It is both sad and scary watching Jamie devolve into a madman who cannot always be reasoned with before he lashes out.

My only regret with this story was the way it jumped, seemingly without a segue, into the future, where Jamie was apparently beginning to turn things around with the help of counseling. Admittedly and wisely, author Kendall McKenna did not allow Jamie to be instantly “fixed”; rather, we saw his ongoing turmoil right up to the end. But it was the abrupt way in which we were thrust into this future time of recovery that jangled a bit. Suddenly we were there and made to understand that during this unmarked time, Tucker and Jamie had actually been sleeping apart. Because the ending seemed to thrust us into a future that had no explanation, I felt the story rushed to the end and we never had a sense of healing or, more importantly, rebuilt trust between the two lovers. 3 stars

Safe Shores by Morticia Knight

Months go by before Kirk, a small time fisherman, and his lover Shane, a coast guard diver, are able to see one another. But their relationship has only gotten better over the last two years, and this visit finds both of them contemplating saying those three little words that every one yearns to hear. But Kirk is older than Shane by ten years and has a son by a long dissolved marriage that keeps him tethered to the small town he grew up in. Can these two make a go of it when distance and time seem intent on keeping them apart?

Safe Shores is a full out love story between two men who are ready to take the leap at a future they both desire. Even though both feel deeply for the other, saying I love you does not roll easily off the tongue, and both Shane and Kirk are worried that the other may not be ready for such a huge commitment.

I really enjoyed this story. I felt immediately drawn to these characters and felt completely invested in their story as a result. I particularly liked how both the men were very strong in their own right—while BDSM was a brief part of this love story, it was done with strength and truth, making it very erotic. All in all, Safe Shores was a nice way to end this well done anthology. 5 stars






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Guest Post and Giveaway: After the End by Sara York

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Sometimes life gets too tough and you want to give up. Last week I participated in my first ever CrossFit completion. It was freaking tough. Not only was it very difficult, it was almost physically impossible. I kept chipping away at the workout, moving when I didn’t want to and pushing when I only wanted to lie down on the floor.

Pushing ourselves doesn’t always come naturally. I’ve enjoyed learning how to go beyond what I thought I could do. Dedication to pushing beyond where I think I can go has bled over to writing. Thought After The End isn’t my normal type of book, the decision to write the story came easily. I wanted to push my writing to a place I hadn’t gone before. Taking the easy way and writing what the reader expects may make more money, but I never want to get lazy in writing. This book pushed me more and forced me to improve in ways I didn’t even know I needed to. Continue reading

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Guest Post – Sara York: Authors Gone Wild

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HomoErotiCon, the conference featured in Authors Gone Wild, is a place where anything could happen. This little book, okay it’s a huge book, is filled with fantasy meet-ups where fun is the focus. Authors, readers, publisher, and industry professionals are out to have a good time, and they really are into having a good time. The attending authors see nothing wrong with showing a little skin, getting a busy, and giving a little back.

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Cover Reveal: Authors Gone Wild

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HomoErotiCon

Where authors come together…

Sounds exciting right? Your favorite gay artists from the screen, canvas, and page all together in one convention. We even have guys whose bodies are works of art in themselves. Our events include art shows, book signings, nude modeling classes, demonstrations and panels galore. Anything you want to know in the realm of gay sexuality, you can find it here.

As amazing as our events are, however, they don’t compare to the juicy behind-the-scenes stories, the naughty liasons that happen on the other side of closed doors. This year, we’re fortunate to have a few authors open the curtains and give us a glimpse of HomoErotiCon under the covers: Continue reading

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4 Stars, MLR Press, Reviewed by Jackie, Sara York

Sara York’s “Cops, Cakes, and Coffee” Brings Cops And Closets Together – Reviewed By Jackie


“Nothing good comes from hiding in the shadows.” ― David A. Broughton


Title: Cops, Cakes, and Coffee (Love’s First Response: Book One)

Author: Sara York

Publisher: MLR Press

Pages/Word Count: 63 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: After Drake Knowles embarrasses himself in front of Adam Hughes he doesn’t see a way for them to ever be together, but sometimes laughter creates a bigger attraction than seduction.
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Sara York Contrasts Love And Religion In “Pray the Gay Away” – Reviewed by Jackie


“The gods play no favorites.” ― Charles Bukowski


Title: Pray the Gay Away (A Southern Thing #1)

Author: Sara York

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 314 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Star football player, Jack Miller, had it all. The perfect family, looks, girls hanging on his every word, and the respect of most people in his town. But one thing was missing–a man to be his own.
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Sara York Joins Us Today On The “Pray the Gay Away” Blog Tour, And There’s A Giveaway


Hi Everyone, I’m so excited to be on TNA blog today. My new release, Pray The Gay Away, wasn’t supposed to be as big of a book as it turned out to be. I’d planned on maybe doing 20,000 words for 3 or 4 titles that Jared Rackler and I were joking about with Kiernan Kelly. I wasn’t prepared for the characters that came to me, demanding their story be told. But when Jack introduced himself to me, I knew he needed more than 20,000 words to say what he wanted to say. Andrew, his boyfriend, also needed more than 20,000 words to tell his story. So A Southern Thing series was born and the boys from Sweet, Georgia came to life.

This project required more than just writing, though. I wanted a certain cover and none of the stock photo sites were giving me what I needed. My stomach twisted when I came to the decision that I would need to shoot the cover with models I found in the city where I lived. I’d never done a model search before, and I didn’t have any clue if I’d find two young guys willing to pose on the front of a gay book.

Finally I had the models in place and the location picked, and then we just had to wait for a sunny day. A sunny day came along and the models assembled. I took a few shots, and I knew I had something great after about ten, but we kept on going, taking about ten total. There were five shots in the final running for the cover of Pray The Gay Away. I’m very happy with the final product.

Being responsible for all aspects of this book was scary. There’ve been periods of extreme worry that it wouldn’t be good enough, and lots of doubt that I chose the wrong shot for the cover.

Now that Pray The Gay Away is finalized and ready for primetime, I’m excited. I hope you like Jack and Andrew. If you do, please tell a friend. And remember, Jack and Andrew’s story isn’t finished; it’s only just begun in Pray The Gay Away.

Pray The Gay Away blurb:

Star football player, Jack Miller, had it all. The perfect family, looks, girls hanging on his every word, and the respect of most people in his town. But one thing was missing–a man to be his own.

When Andrew Collins showed up in small town, conservative Sweet, Georgia, he looked more scrawny mutt than high school senior. Andrew’s plan was to keep his head down and graduate high school, leaving his family behind to start his real life.

When he meets Andrew, Jack thinks he’s found heaven, but reality holds him in check until one night when his lips gently slide across Andrew’s and fireworks go off.

As lust and something a little deeper brings them together, compelling them to take chances, people start to notice. Then the unthinkable happens, and Jack’s parents find out he likes guys. The battle lines are drawn and they vow to pray the gay away.

Pray The Gay Away can be purchased from All Romance eBooks And other online retailers

Visit Sara at http://sarayork.com

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Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week



Hi, everyone, I hope you’ve all had an outstanding week and are looking forward to a great week ahead. We’ve got a busy one coming up here at The Novel Approach, so check out who we’ve got on tap to bring all the fun right to you!

MondayGrace R. Duncan kicks the week off with a RainbowCon Celebration, and she’s offering a giveaway

Riptide Publishing will also be bringing Heidi Belleau and Amelia C. Gormley on the To the Very Last Inch Blog Tour

TuesdayMia Kerick is our guest on The Red Sheet Blog Tour, and there’ll be a giveaway

Riley Hart is also elevating the anticipation of her next release, Stay, book two in the Blackcreek series, with a purty smexy cover reveal!

WednesdayJackie Nacht will be here with us on the Full Moon Blog Tour, answering a few questions , and there’s a Rafflecopter Giveaway

A.J. Corza’s also back today with another fabulous installment of “Got You Covered”

ThursdayK.A. Merikan drops by today on the Copper Horse Blog Tour

FridaySara York has us covered on the Pray the Gay Away Blog Tour

Riptide Publishing is back today to bring SE Jakes to us, on the Free Falling Blog Tour

Saturday – You’ve already seen a sneak peek of Liz Borino’s Angel’s Hero this morning, so be sure to stay tuned for more from her “Angel” Blog Tour

SundayHayden Thorne is our guest, talking about your YA Historical Fantasy Renfred’s Masquerade, and she’s offering a giveaway of the book

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

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Let’s Welcome Sara York and Ethan Stone, Their Book “Transparency”, And A Giveaway


Transparency by Ethan Stone and Sara York

A few months ago a comic about the orientation police came out. It was an interesting look at the classifications we assign sexuality and the value people place on certain types of people. Some times those values interfere with seeing people as they are, instead focusing on the body parts or lack of body parts. The comic by Bill Roundy can be located here. Ethan Stone shared it on Facebook and I think it affected me about as much as it affected him. At the time the comic was shared, neither Ethan nor I had planned on writing together.

Sometimes writing in this genre can feel confining. Writing out of the box can be tricky. As an author, I want to push the envelope, especially with my own writing. I admit that over the last year I started holding back after a few reviews knocked me back, focusing on what they saw as negatives but were really just me throwing knives at the boundaries, seeing if I could slice a hole where none had been before. Taking a chance may lead to disappointing readers, which because of a few reviews I thought I had done so I squelched the desire to be different and started playing it safe.

Then the comic came out, Ethan and I started joking about Dino Porn and a partnership was born. We weren’t going to write about dinosaurs though, we wanted to write something inspiring or maybe a bit thought provoking. I don’t think either of us really expected to develop a transgender story when we first got together. We tossed a few story ideas around and after talking for a bit, he broached the subject of writing a trans character. Ethan told me that the idea of writing a transman came alive after a panel at the Gay Romance Northwest in Seattle. Readers said they wanted more trans characters and the idea came alive.

Writing Transparency forced me to open up and go deeper than I had in the last year. I found that place where I could dare to write outside of the box. It was refreshing to work on Taylor and how he interacted with Charlie. Taylor is troubled and wants to be accepted. Writing Taylor meant that I had to become vulnerable once again, exposing myself to harsh criticism because readers wouldn’t understand. Delving deep into this character brought emotions to light that I had repressed. The freedom of writing this character who broke barriers has allowed me to grow.

Transparency is more than just another hot romance with gay men who have great sex. It’s a journey into a dark and hurtful place that eventually brings freedom through love. Taylor is spunky and though he’s been knocked around, he always seems to have the energy to bounce back. I enjoyed exploring the sexuality of a transman. This side of the genre isn’t often delved into and is misunderstood. Giving voice to the T in LGBT was rewarding.

I enjoyed writing with Ethan. Of course, he says that the pleasure was all his. It was refreshing to work together on Transparency and take our characters to the edge, putting them into situations that challenge even those who think they already live outside the box.

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Blurb:

Charlie is the quintessential bear. Big, muscular and hairy. But that isn’t the type of men he’s attracted to. He is drawn to men like Taylor—short, smooth, and sexy. Taylor is Charlie’s idea of the perfect twink. But there’s something about Taylor Charlie doesn’t know.

Taylor is unsure about a lot of things, but when he sees Charlie, he instantly knows he wants him. The only issue standing in his way is how Taylor views his own masculinity. He’s afraid that Charlie will leave once he knows the secret Taylor wants to keep hidden. Can he be transparent with Charlie and allow him to look behind the image he’s so carefully constructed?

Excerpt:

Taylor studied himself in the mirror, wondering not for the first time if he looked good enough. His dark hair was cropped close to his head, and his blue eyes didn’t give anything away, but his jaw could have been more defined. His friends always said he looked elfin, but that was before. Being short was a bit of an issue, and he had to remind himself that some guys preferred short dudes over towering giants. His muscles were more defined than they’d been a few months ago, and his shoulders looked great, but he’d never be big, not like the other men at the gym where he worked out.

He sighed and his shoulders sagged. The words his mother said the last time she saw him echoed in his head. He knew he’d made the right decision. She may not be able to accept the change, but he felt whole now, like he finally was who he was born to be. From what he saw when he looked in the mirror and when the sexy gym junkies stared at him, he really thought he looked believable enough—hopefully.

Thoughts that he’d never be enough still plagued him, and he feared that no one would accept him for who he really was, but he was working hard to press past the issues and be happy. That’s why he didn’t date anymore. A few months after the first operation, the one that gave him the flat chest he’d always known he was supposed to have, he’d met someone. At first, everything had been great until his boyfriend had figured out the truth. The words stung. Freak had been at the top of the list, then his ex went on from there, saying that Taylor was too weird and damaged. The bastard had actually said he didn’t deserve to live.

Taylor couldn’t live through that again, not yet. Maybe in a few years, after the newness had worn off and his confidence had strengthened, he would be able to survive the taunts and threats, but not today.

Taylor drew in a deep breath before walking out of the bathroom of the fast-food joint toward the street exit. Like usual, he avoided eye contact as he left the restaurant and made his way down the street to Pleasures Entertainment and Bookstore. His heart thumped wildly as he handed over the five dollar entry fee and headed to the back. The store wasn’t packed, but four guys and two girls were milling around, looking at products. A sexy bald man looked up, his piercing eyes drilling a hole straight through Taylor. His steps faltered and he stalled, his feet refusing to move as the man stared at him. He wanted that guy—not for long term because long term wouldn’t work, but a quick blow would feed his fantasies.

The man was freaking hot. That he had no hair on top wasn’t a problem. Even better, a tight beard clung to his sharp jaw, leaving Taylor wanting. The air in his lungs stilled, and he had to remind himself to breathe. If only a man like that could want him, but he usually didn’t have the best of luck with built studs. The intensity from the sexy stranger poured off him like a waterfall, leaving Taylor wondering if he’d drown in the guy’s allure.

He shook off the need, breaking eye contact as he made his way back to the booths. This was his reality for now. He may have wanted to be in that sexy bear’s arms, but he’d settle for a quick way to get off, sucking other guys and pretending it was more.

Taylor glanced over his shoulder one last time as he grabbed for the handle on the door. He was disappointed he couldn’t see the guy he’d eye fucked. His insides twisted thinking about that stranger who was one heck of a sexy bear.

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Backlist Book Bump, Cate Ashwood, Charlie Cochet, Erica Pike, Ethan Stone, John Goode, Liam Livings, Lori Toland, Mary Calmes, Sara York, Sneak Peek

And Now, Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week


Happy Sunday, and welcome to another look at what we’ve got on tap for you in the coming week. We’ll have more reviews, including stories in the Dreamspinner Advent Calendar anthology Heartwarming, as well as some other Christmas themed stories. We’ve also got interviews, guest articles, a Backlist Book Bump, and plenty of giveaways in store.

Here’s a look at what’s coming up:

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MondayLiam Livings is our guest today on his Christmas Serendipity Blog Tour and he’ll also have a giveaway of the book

TuesdayMary Calmes will be here with Quade and Roman from Old Loyalty, New Love. They’re doing an interview and offering a giveaway of the book

WednesdayCharlie Cochet kicks off The Heart of Frost Blog Tour right here and, and she’ll also be offering a giveaway at the end of the tour

ThursdaySara York and Ethan Stone will be here on their Transparency Blog Tour and will be offering a giveaway to one lucky reader

FridayCate Ashwood stops by on her Wholehearted (Hope Cove, Book 2) Blog Tour, and she’ll be offering a giveaway

John Goode – Will be here today with “Where Are We Now?” – Part 4 in his guest writing series

SaturdayLori Toland stops in on her Home for the Holidays Blog Tour with an Interview and giveaway

SundayErica Pike is doing a little Backlist Book Bump of A Life Without You and is offering a giveaway of the book

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And that does it for the upcoming week. Until next Sunday, happy reading!

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All Romance Ebooks, Ethan Stone, Sara York

When Finding Love Means Living In A State Of “Transparency”



“And when at last you find someone to whom you feel you can pour out your soul, you stop in shock at the words you utter—they are so rusty … from being kept in the small cramped dark inside you so long.” ― Sylvia Plath


BLURB: Charlie is the quintessential bear. Big, muscular and hairy. But that isn’t the type of men he’s attracted to. He is drawn to men like Taylor—short, smooth, and sexy. Taylor is Charlie’s idea of the perfect twink. But there’s something about Taylor Charlie doesn’t know. Taylor is unsure about a lot of things, but when he sees Charlie, he instantly knows he wants him. The only issue standing in his way is how Taylor views his own masculinity. He’s afraid that Charlie will leave once he knows the secret Taylor wants to keep hidden. Can he be transparent with Charlie and allow him to look behind the image he’s so carefully constructed?
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All Romance Ebooks, Sara York

Follow Sara York Into The “Colorado Wild”



“You can love someone so much…But you can never love people as much as you can miss them.” ― John Green


What is a service member to do when they feel the job they do just isn’t enough? They don’t want to quit, but there has to be a way to make a real difference. This thinking is what brought about the creations of Wild Bluff Ranch. You see, the cowboys that tend the herds and fix the fences on the Wild Bluff are more than they appear. They are prior servicemen that have “special skills”. When you work for the government you don’t get a choice of whether to neutralize a target. A lot of people that don’t deserve to live get a pass. Well, there are no “passes” issued on the Wild Bluff.
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Sara York, Wilde City Press

“Cherished” Is A Story Of Taking Control And Letting Go



“The truth is balance. However, the opposite of truth, which is unbalance, may not be a lie.” – Susan Sontag


What is a control freak supposed to do when a pretty, innocent face starts to topple the walls he has built around his heart?

Scotty Fuller has control over everything in his life. He has control over the books in the library where he works, and he has control over the subs he has scenes with at the local BDSM club. If there is one thing he cannot and will not ever give up, it is his control. He believes this with his whole heart until the day he meets Wesley Reese.
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LE Franks, MLR Press, Sara York

Bring This “Prodigal Wolf” Home With You



“Conversation, like certain portions of the anatomy, always runs more smoothly when lubricated.” ― Marquis de Sade



Ok, so you know how you read a book and there are two, maybe three story lines going on and it just doesn’t work? Well, that isn’t this book. Sara York and L.E. Franks not only made it work, but they made it work well. I am addicted to these wolves and I can’t wait to read more about them.

The world these two authors created is a little different from most shifter books I have read. The Alpha position for the South Carolina based Montefiore pack is decided by bloodline. Carlo Montefiore’s family has been leading the pack for over five hundred years. Sadly, Carlo’s father died when Carlo was underage so Angelo took over the Alpha position. Unfortunately Carlo didn’t know that his father and Angelo had a plan in place for the future. Maybe if he knew things could have turned out differently and he wouldn’t harbor so much animosity toward Angelo.

I mentioned two or three story lines, right? I am going to start with my favorite part of the story. I am so deeply in love with Angelo and Carlo. These two men are both total alphas, literally. They are so gone for one another that it is just crazy. However, being the alphas that they are, they have let too many misunderstandings go for too long. Carlo harbors so much animosity that Angelo never has the chance to clear up anything with him. If these two men could let go of past hurts and TALK to one another civilly, the fireworks would never quit, I just know it.

While Carlo was away in California for college, he met Ted and the two men became very close. Along with his best friend since childhood, Joey, the three men have formed their own small three person pack. I liked how close these three men are. There is no doubt that Carlo is their alpha, but they are all also close friends. Joey seems to be smitten with Ted, but Ted is a mysterious man. All Joey knows is that Ted met Carlo in California and Carlo brought the man back with him. Neither Carlo nor Ted are giving any details, and that makes Joey feel like he is being excluded, and he doesn’t like that one bit.

Joey and Ted are struck dumb when they see two twinks moving into the house across the street. Kevin and Grady are two college freshman who have been best friends for years. These two are suffering from the same problem that Carlo and Angelo are plagued with. They never TALK to each other. They both love each other, but are too scared to lose their friendship to take the chance to voice this love. This opens them up to Joey and Ted’s seduction and leads to some pretty hot times for all the men.

I will be totally honest with you; I started this book and could not put it down. The characters, the world building and the drama that comes from all of these men just sucked me in and wouldn’t let me go. Now, if you like a book that is wrapped up happily at the end with a bow, this book is not it. I would have to say this book was like a very long prologue. We got to meet the packs, we got to meet all the players in the game and we got a glimpse into the history between all of the characters. The way the book was written was wonderful. I loved the main characters, Angelo, Carlo, Ted, Joey, Kevin and Grady. The thing I really appreciated was getting to know the secondary characters just as well. I have a feeling everyone I met will have a role in the series and I cannot wait to find out what those roles will be.

If you like big strong alpha males, they are here. If you like young cute twinks, well, they are here too. There are some wonderfully strong female characters that stand up to these alpha males and I loved them. I will definitely be reading the next books in the series.

I highly recommend this title and I dare you not to fall in love with this series!

Reviewed by: Jackie

You can by Prodigal Wolf (Wolves and Waves, Book One) here:

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Authors Sara York And LE Franks On Writing “Prodigal Wolf, (Wolves and Waves, Book One)”. And, Of Course, There’s A Giveaway!






Sara York:

I loved writing Prodigal Wolf. Mixing the human and shifter element together was challenging. Blending the human world with the shifter world allowed us to bring Kevin and Grady in. I love these two guys. Kevin is sweet but afraid Grady won’t really love him. Kevin’s world was shaped by his dad’s cancer scare. He doesn’t have the courage to state what he really wants. When he finally figures out how to say it, it might be too late.

It would have been predictable to force our human males into a relationship with the shifters, but having the twinks stay next to the pack house gives our wolves the perfect opportunity to meet up with Kevin and Grady, and that’s where the trouble begins for Joey. Our wolves need to mature and the only way is by seeing Kevin and Grady mature and it’s the intersection of these two groups that sets a lot of the story in motion; but getting all of this down, and making it come together, is where the real work comes in. Like I said, I loved writing this book. The characters were very engaging and they came alive on the page, almost growing organically as we wove the story.

Writing a character that is larger than life takes time. That’s why it took two authors to tackle it. We went back and forth, discussing details, working to make the characters sing. Of course, we know there are loose ends. Carlo and Angelo are too big for one book. Grady and Kevin need work too. Joey and Ted have to find their path too. Then there’s Seb and the rest. I hope you enjoy the group. They are fun and a bit crazy, they have issues and problems. They aren’t perfect in the least. Hopefully they will grow, because that’s what’s important, growth. SY

LE Franks:

I think what I loved from the first, is my partnership with Sara. We are an excellent creative team. Before we actually put ‘finger to keyboard’ we’d spent hours going back and forth, creating these characters out of thin air and then exploring their lives and their relationships with each other. It was from the development of these connections that the actual plot lines grew and entwined. Some of the most memorable scenes for me are near the end of the book during the pack party at the beach house. We finally see everyone in the same place at the same time, and a lot of truths are revealed and personalities explored. I really can’t wait to see what trouble they’ll get into next book. LE

Official Blurb:

Carlo has a problem, after years away he’s finally returned to his South Carolina roots – but instead of peace and quiet all he’s found are nosy wolves, romancing twinks, an out of control roommate threatening to expose them all, and a demanding Alpha who just won’t go away.

All his Alpha wants is to show Carlo who he really is, and where he belongs. But Carlo Montefiore is a man fighting his instincts, memories, and responsibilities. His beachside home was supposed to provide sanctuary, but pack politics, unruly roommates, and human neighbors at risk of discovering that shifters exist, are making life anything but peaceful.

Twinks Kevin & Grady have their own problems. Two college freshmen are no match for a couple of hot wolves who like to play chase. If they don’t stop playing games they’ll miss the biggest thing to happen in their young lives—love.

Excerpt from Prodigal Wolf: Book One of Wolves and Waves
by LE Franks & Sara York

Joey rolled over, burrowing under the covers and pulling the pillow over his head. Stupid wolf hearing. The problem with wolves was that no one had invented soundproofing strong enough to block out the sound of Carlo one floor below. Not even seven in the morning and already Carlo was pacing and spitting and swearing and waking up the house. Well maybe not the entire house, there wasn’t any sign that Ted had stirred next door. The cute blond was always quietly obvious in his morning rituals—so very Malibu with his morning yoga and humming, before hitting the beach to catch what little surfing was available. Hmm…such a nice thought, all that blond hair and warm tan skin. Almost enough to get him to roll out of bed and see if Ted was awake; well, “up” anyway…. He rolled over, pressing his hips into the mattress. That he and Ted hadn’t taken their explorations past a casual pet or kiss wasn’t troublesome at all. Ted wasn’t the type he would settle down with, but it wouldn’t hurt to get to know the guy on a deeper level.

All thoughts of early morning activities were driven out by the violent crash below, followed shortly by more swearing and a slamming door. Great. Another visit by Hurricane Carlo; forecast for the day: stormy with little chance of fun.

He lay there, eyes closed, breathing quietly, listening to the silence that had settled on the house. He toyed with the idea of getting in a ride before the sun got too high. This week’s training had done him in with over a hundred miles biked, it was more than enough, and the warm bed proved too tempting. Better make the most of it while I can, were his last thoughts before snuggling deeper under his duvet and slipping out of consciousness.

Joey woke again to the sound of pacing. If Carlo didn’t knock it off soon the world would be short one Alpha-Beta. Joey snickered to himself at the pun. Carlo would hate that. He had to remember to use it at the earliest possible moment. It was the least he could do if the fucker kept this up much longer. A quick glance at the clock revealed it had been a full two hours since the pacing had first woken him at six this morning; that was an activity proscribed by the Geneva Convention.

There would be payback.

The blessing of being a wolf was that Joey could now smell coffee within two minutes of optimum brewing, and Carlo’s cinnamon rolls of rage would soon be out of the oven. Apparently this was one of those baking kind of problems for his Alpha and friend. That could only mean one thing… Angelo.

Joey silently trod downstairs, noting a shattered piece of black plastic in the corner of the room—Carlo’s fit? He turned his attention to the kitchen, spying Carlo at the kitchen sink rinsing an antique bread bowl—shoulders and neck stiff, espresso untouched at his elbow. Ted was seated at the kitchen table working wax into his favorite short board, the muscles of his chest and shoulders flexing agreeably as he worked. It was always a treat to see Ted in his surfer boy finest, all tanned skin and low riding board shorts. Ted smiled sweetly as Joey wandered into the kitchen, a tiny smear of frosting at the corner of his mouth reminding Joey of his earlier thoughts that involved cream but not food.

“Morning Teddy Bear!” Joey teased, licking the sweetness from the man’s face, enjoying the taste of the man as much as the sugary frosting.

“Ass,” grumped Ted lightly before the brief lean of affection revealed his sweet happy nature. Such a stereotype, their California recruit who’d followed Carlo home from college and set up camp at the beach house. He patted Ted’s head before moving into the danger zone and hurricane Carlo’s reach.

“Mornin’ Carlo,” Joey purred into his Alpha’s ear before snagging his own roll.

“Coffee,” Carlo jerked his elbow backwards to the carafe, Joey’s favorite mug sitting next to it. Nice. At least they were going to reap the benefits of this morning’s bitch-off with the top dog… he snickered under his breath, which was a mistake of epic proportions. Shit.

Carlo rounded on him sharply. “You two need to keep your shit together. We have neighbors again, and I don’t want you fucking around like you always do. I have enough trouble with Beaufort without getting reamed out about ‘inappropriate behaviors that risk exposing us to humans.” Something sounding like ‘fucking prick’ slid just under Joey’s audible range and he ignored it to focus on the more interesting part of Carlo’s speech.

“Neighbors?” Joey lifted his eyebrows, hoping they were cute and not another family of six packing overloaded coolers of disgusting prepackaged meat to the beach for an all day roast- off with kids that shrieked every time a little piece of sand got in their eyes. It would be fine if they were roasting real meat, but usually it was their pale skin that took the brunt of the sun as they forgot to reapply sunscreen. Humans.

“Moving in now, across the way,” Carlo jerked his head towards the stretch of land that separated their house from a complex of holiday condos. The one closest to them was unoccupied most of the year, apparently not part of the whole vacation rental industry that seemed to drive the local island economy.

Joey moved to stand beside him at the sink. “Whoa! Dude!” he threw over his shoulder, “Ya gotta check this out—twinkies!!!”

Ted tossed his rag on the board and crowded in to check out the scene. “Sweet!”

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Web Pages:

lefranks.com
SaraYork.com

Blogs:

LE Franks – the books, the blog , & the men
Sara York – Surrendered to Him

Twitter:

LE Franks is @Boxtersushi
Sara York is @sarayork

Facebook:

LE Franks Author Page
Sara York Author Page
Wolves and Waves Book Series Page

Links to Buy:

MLR Press
Amazon.com
ARe – allromanceebooks.com
Barnes & Noble for Nook

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