4 Stars, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Chris, Self-Published, Whitley Gray

Review: Artistic Endeavor by Whitley Gray

Title: Artistic Endeavor

Author: Whitley Gray

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 130 Pages

At a Glance: This is a very satisfying short story with sweet characters who find more than they expected out of a casual situation.

Reviewed By: Chris

Blurb: When friends ask one-night stand connoisseur Michael Esteban to introduce college professor and virgin Cobey Miller to the joys of sex, Michael balks. Lust is his thing, not leading a twenty-five year old novice. But shy Cobey has problems meeting men, and their introduction fuels Michael’s decision to help Cobey become a gay-sex-loving guy. It’ll all be fun and games—unless someone falls in love.

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Review: Originally offered in the anthology Campus Cravings, Artistic Endeavor is a short but fulfilling read.

I have to say the characters in this story really tend to suck you into the book. I didn’t expect to like Michael trying to initiate Cobey into enjoying sex. Surprisingly he ended up being a really good guy, he just liked sex and had a fear of commitment after being ditched by his last partner. You have to admit that once that little bit comes out, you look at his actions and reactions differently. He’s allowed himself to become so closed off to the potential for love that he almost misses his opportunity.

Cobey was just sweet and so adorably cute that you couldn’t help but cheer him on when he does something sexy with Michael. I would have liked to have seen what his family thinks of him being gay, as I don’t remember seeing that in the story. That’s probably the only thing that could have been expanded on to give that full picture, but really the story was highly enjoyable as it stood.

Overall, this is a very satisfying short story with sweet characters who find more than they expected out of a casual situation. I recommend this for those who enjoy the lighter side of sex and romance.

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4 Stars, Genre Romance, Loose Id, Reviewed by Jackie, Whitley Gray

Review: Crash Pad by Whitley Gray

Title: Crash Pad

Author: Whitley Gray

Publisher: Loose Id

Pages/Word Count: 77 Pages

At a Glance: Whitley Gray does a fabulous job with character development and giving me what I look for in a story.

Reviewed By: Jackie

Blurb: Physician Remy Marshall has two loves: Emergency Medicine and running. Work doesn’t leave much time to meet guys, and most seem more interested in his bank account than him. With a week off to train for a marathon, Remy plans to make the most of his precious vacation. The last thing he needs is a distraction.

Jamie Sutton is new to the area. He hopes to make a fresh start after leaving an abusive relationship with an orthopedic surgeon. He’s got a new job as a massage therapist and wants to meet some nice guys. Against his better judgment, Jamie decides the best way to meet a cute rollerblader he’s seen in the park is on wheels.

With attention on his watch and not where he’s going, Remy crashes into Jamie and fractures the first-time rollerblader’s ankle. Jamie has no one to help him after the injury; Remy proposes Jamie stay with him. Jamie is reluctant, but it’s a better option than staying with the odd guy in the neighboring motel room. As the two get acquainted, Jamie’s past comes calling. Remy discovers the prize he really wants isn’t a medal in a marathon, but the man right in front of him.

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Review: Crash Pad is my first experience with a Whitley Gray book. The blurb sounded so fun and cute that I just had to read it despite the fact that it was a rather short story. I am not usually a fan of the short story because I almost always feel like there’s something missing. In this story, though, I truly felt like I got the total package.

I absolutely loved how the two MCs met in this book. Poor Jamie was actually trying to pick up someone else when a distracted Remy smacked right directly into him. Pure genius! When Remy sees where Jamie is staying, he takes the man home and from there, the relationship between them sparks out of control.

Unfortunately Jamie has some unresolved issues in his past, and boy do they come a-knockin’! In a weird six degrees of separation thing, Remy and Jamie find that they have a lot more in common than a strong attraction.

Whitley Gray does a fabulous job with character development and giving me what I look for in a story. As is usual when I read a story that hits my happy place, it was over way too soon. But, I didn’t feel there was anything missing, which is all too common for me with short stories. There is plenty of happy, there was just enough sad, and there was also tons of funny. What more could I ask for?

I would love to read more about Jamie and Remy, and if not, I will still be giving Whitley Gray another read and another and another…






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Giveaways, Self-Published, Whitley Gray

Guest Post and Giveaway: The Artistic Endeavor Blog Tour With Whitley Gray

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And… ACTION!

By Whitley Gray

Thank you to The Novel Approach for hosting me today.

We all hear it, all the time. “Use stronger verbs. Get rid of adverbs.”
“But I love my choices of adverbs!” you say. “They add so much!”
Do they?
Let’s take the classic example: “He walked across the room.”
Okay, add strength. “He walked forcefully across the room.”
Consider: “He strode across the room.” Now we have forcefulness.
“He crossed the room in three strides.” Now we have force plus a concept of distance.
“He shuffled across the room.” Is he using a walker?
“He freighted his bulk up the stairs.” A big guy, right?
Another common one: “She looked at the man.”
Let’s add surprise.
Consider: “She looked with surprise at the man.”
“She gawked at the man.” She’s taking an open-mouthed gander!
“She glared at the man.” Anger!
“She studied the man.” A thorough look.
“She ogled the man.” Good butt, huh? J
One more: “He ate the cake.”
Add enjoyment.
“He enjoyed eating the cake.” Okay, but…
Consider: “He gobbled the cake.” Must be chocolate!
“He picked at the cake.” Not so great a cake?
“He nibbled at the cake.” A polite eater.
“He sucked down the cake.” A teenager, perhaps?
Now go to your work in progress. Find ‘walked,’ ‘looked,’ and ‘eat/ate.’ Add some oomph to those verbs, and send the adverbs to lunch!
A hint: a Thesaurus is a writer’s best friend!

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perf5.000x8.000.inddBlurb – Artistic EndeavorWhen friends ask one-night stand connoisseur Michael Esteban to introduce college professor and virgin Cobey Miller to the joys of sex, Michael balks. Lust is his thing, not leading a twenty-five year old novice. But shy Cobey has problems meeting men, and their introduction fuels Michael’s decision to help Cobey become a gay-sex-loving guy. It’ll all be fun and games—unless someone falls in love.

BONUS: New, never seen short story — After the Party: Happy New Year!: Michael and Cobey had a great time on New Year’s Eve, and now it’s time to spend some hot private time…Caution: combustible. May cause overheating.

Categories: New Adult | Contemporary

Length: 118 Pages

Buy Links: Amazon US | All Romance eBooks

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About Whitley: Once upon a misspent youth, Whitley read and wrote stories under the covers at night. At some point, real life intervened, bringing with it responsibilities and a career in the medical field. After years of technical writing, Whitley became enamored of romance and took on the challenge of giving it a try. Inventing characters and putting them through paces in interesting ways turned out to be addictive, and along the way, Whitley discovered having two heroes is twice as nice. A pot of coffee, quiet, and a storyline featuring a couple of guys makes for a perfect day.

Social Media Links: Website | Blog | Facebook | Twitter

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The Giveaway: Whitley is giving readers a few ways to win. Prizes include the chance to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card to one lucky winner. Three winners will have a shot at an e-copy of Artistic Endeavor. Just click the Rafflecopter image to enter.

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Tour Schedule:

Week 1

Jan 5thJoyfully Jay – Guest Post

Jan 6thHearts on Fire – Guest Post

Jan 7thJ. P. Barnaby – Guest Post

Jan 8thMM Good Book Reviews – Promo Spotlight

Andrew Q. Gordon – Author Interview

Jan 9thThe Novel Approach – Guest Post

 

Week 2

Jan 12thChris T. Kat – Promo Spotlight

Prism Book Alliance – Guest Post

Jan 13thCharley Descoteaux – Author Interview

Jan 14thInked Rainbow Reads – Book Review

Jan 15thCarly’s Book Reviews – Book Review

Jan 16thWicked Faeries Tales and Reviews – Book Review + Spotlight

 

Week 3

Jan 19thLove Bytes Reviews – Guest Post

Jan 20th3 Chicks After Dark – Promo Spotlight

Jan 21stCharlie Cochet – Promo Spotlight

Diverse Reader – Promo Spotlight

Jan 22ndRainbow Book Reviews – Book Review

Jan 23rdBFD Book Blog – Book Review

 

Week 4

Jan 26thSue Brown – Promo Spotlight

Jan 27thMultitasking Momma – Book Review

Because Two Men Are Better Than One – Author Interview

Jan 28thGay Media Reviews – Book Review

Jan 29thFallen Angel Reviews – Promo Spotlight

Jan 30thMy Fiction Nook – Promo Spotlight

 

Week 5

Feb 2ndFoxylutely Books – Book Review

Feb 3rdElisa: My Reviews and Ramblings – Promo Spotlight

Lisa Worrall – Promo Spotlight

Feb 4thQueer Town Abbey – Author Interview

Feb 5thEyes on Books – Book Review

Feb 6thMolly Lolly – Author Interview

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A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week

Here’s A Sneak Peek at the Coming Week

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Welcome back, everyone, and many thanks to you for your warm wishes for a happy holiday and new year. Your continued support means the world to us, and we’re looking forward to a fun and busy 2015!

We’ve got some great guests lined up for you in the coming week, so here’s a look at what’s in store:

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Monday – Kicking off our week, we welcome BJ Sheppard on his Always Have, Always Will blog tour

And we’ll also be helping to welcome the new kid on the publishing block, CoolDudes Books

Tuesday M.A. Church drops by today on her The Harvest: Journey’s End blog tour

We also have the Brit Boys tour stopping by today

WednesdayRhys Ford’s Down and Dirty blog tour makes a stop at TNA today, with the next chapter in the progressive story she wrote just for the tour

ThursdayAlexis Hall’s Liberty and Other Stories spotlight tour stops by today

FridayWhitley Gray drops in on her Artistic Endeavor blog tour

We also welcome Cardeno C. on the Blue Mountain tour

Saturday – And to close out the week, we’ll have Christopher Koehler with us on his Poz blog tour

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

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Interview and Giveaway: Crash Pad by Whitley Gray

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TNA: Hi, Whitley, thanks so much for being here with us today. Why don’t we start by having you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Whitley: Hello. I’m Whitley Gray. I write M/M contemporary romance. When I’m not writing, I work in the medical field, which provides a lot of interesting material for characters and plotlines.

TNA:  Tell us how you made your way to the M/M genre: fanfic, a book or author that moved you? What drew you to the gay romance genre?

Whitley: It was a chat on a book site. I read an excerpt of an M/M book that intrigued me. After buying and reading the book, I figured out that I loved having two heroes. The dynamics were so much more appealing than M/F romance. That started an avalanche of M/M reading. Changing my writing from M/F to M/M was liberating. Continue reading

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A Giveaway and A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week

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Hi, everyone, and welcome back to another look at what we have coming up for you in the week ahead.

First, though, in case you missed it, The Novel Approach is hosting a giveaway over at Mary Calmes’s Blog for our Book of the Month picks in October. There’s a chance to win TWO of the dozen e-books we each selected as October’s best, so be sure to head on over there before Midnight Pacific time on November 4 to enter for a chance to win.

Good luck!

And now, here’s who we have in store for you in the coming week, more great guests, interviews, blog tours, giveaways, and, of course, reviews.

 

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MondayNikka Michaels and Eileen Griffin stop in on their In the Fire blog tour

Cornelia Grey is also our guest on the Circus of the Damned blog tour

TuesdayMickie B. Ashling is here on the Cutting Out blog tour

Whitley Gray drops by with an interview on the Crash Pad blog tour

WednesdayL.A. Witt is our guest on the Starstruck blog tour

Rain Carrington comes calling to do a little promo for her two upcoming releases, Crazy Little Man Called Love and Road Runner

ThursdayCarole Cummings is our guest today to talk a little bit about the launch of Dreamspinner Publications

Charlie Cochet is also here today on the Rack & Ruin blog tour

FridayMia Kerick drops in on the Random Acts blog tour

RJ Scott joins us on her Darach (Fire: Book Two) blog tour

SaturdayLiz Borino makes TNA a stop on the No Time for Secrets blog tour

And finally, Jack Byrne is back to talk about the new anthology Hot Off the Press

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

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