Thursday, February 28, 2019

Author Of The Month - Geoffrey Knight - Grand Finale


Welcome to our Grand Finale celebrations for the amazing 




In our final post, we're going to look at Geoffrey's gay adventure novels: The Fathom's Five series and Scott Sapphire And The Emerald Orchid. We also have our author interview and one more chance to win one of Geoffrey's books.


First up, The Cross Of Sins

Blurb:

Somewhere in the world is a statue so sinful that a secret sect of the Church wants it destroyed at any cost. Somewhere in the Turkish desert, in the streets of London, and in the depths of Venice, are the clues to find it. And, somewhere in the hearts of five sexy, daring, thrill-seeking gay men, is the courage and die-hard determination to unravel one of the greatest mysteries of all time.

Meet Luca da Roma, an Italian model and expert in art, both ancient and modern; Dr. Eden Santiago, Brazilian biologist, physician and genetic engineer; Shane Houston, a Texas cowboy and an expert in cartography; Will Hunter, a San Diego college student and football star, majoring in ancient history; and Shane Stone, an adventurer-for-hire from New York and the newest member of Professor Fathom's team of hot gay adventure seekers.

Excerpt:

The sound of a bottle of Bulgarian vodka—no label, no brand, nothing but the potent forces of a peasant family’s labor inside—makes a much different sound clanging against an eighteenth-century-old door than the knuckles of a man’s hand. The young Italian heard footsteps inside somewhere, clambering down a set of stairs. The door opened. The face of a man in his late forties, unshaven, unkempt, but still—as always—in his own way handsome, looked up in sweet surprise.
“Luca? Luca da Roma?” Marco had dark brown eyes that seemed to deepen as he smiled at the sight of Luca. Gentle lines creased his forehead and the skin around his eyes. “I must be drunk!”
Luca, the young Italian, smiled back at his old friend and lover. “No, Marco.” He raised the bottle of vodka. “But you will be soon.”
For a moment, the two men stood looking at each other, smiling. “You’ve cut your hair.” Marco reached out and ruffled Luca’s medium-length brown hair. “It’s been such a long time. Three years?”
“Five.”
“You look good. You always did. Come! Come inside!”
Marco led Luca up an old set of creaking, cracked stairs, into a dusty old loft attic with large arched windows that overlooked the village of Vita Sola and the pale green plains that vanished into a white horizon. “The light,” Marco said. “I love this place for the light.”
“It’s good light.” Luca looked around the attic. There were canvases, dozens upon dozens of them, propped against every available inch of wall space. Luca noticed that not a single one of the canvases was finished.
Marco held the smile on his face, but he knew that Luca knew him all too well, and slowly the smile turned into a shrug. “Even if the work isn’t, the light is good. Inspiration,” he said. “It comes and it goes, that’s the nature of the beast. You know, I had a muse once, someone who made painting easy, too easy, as though the mere sight of him moved the brush for me, and chose the colors, and so gracefully, so lovingly placed each stroke.” Marco turned and began rifling through a stack of leaning canvases. He pulled one out. It was complete—old and dusty. With a gentle breath, Marco blew the age off and looked upon it proudly.
Luca couldn’t see the painting, but knew Marco was looking at one of the portraits he had done of the young Italian. He could only guess which one—there had been so many. “The balcony in Florence, overlooking Il Duomo, am I right?”
Marco smiled and turned it around for Luca to see.
It was like looking into a mirror of time. Luca looked upon himself, standing naked, head down, one hand resting on the handle of an open door that led out onto a small balcony. Behind him, the famous dome of Florence stood against a cloud-clustered sky. Suddenly, the memory of that day came back to him in a swirl of small details. The coffee he had burned on the stove. The empty wine bottles from the night before still on the floor by the bed. Evidence that during the night, after they had made love, once they were sleeping soundly, a mouse had done his best to finish off the bread and cheese they had left on the table.
“It was the day after your twentieth birthday,” Marco said.
Luca was twenty-six now. Where had the years gone? “It was the first painting you did of me.”
“I hoped—still hope—there will never be a last.”
Luca turned and helped himself to the cupboards in the small kitchenette in one corner of the loft. He found two mismatched glasses and wiped the dust off them with his fingers. He set the bottle of vodka on a small table that stood in the middle of the room. “You haven’t asked me what I’m doing here.”
“I didn’t want to have to.”
The two men each pulled up a chair at the table. Luca poured them each a generous glass of vodka. Marco took a gulp and smiled. “From old man Zabriski’s farm,” he commented approvingly.
“I kept a few bottles.”
“So you’ve come to get me drunk. To take advantage of me. You’re copying my old tactics.”
“I need some information. You’re the only person I can trust to ask.”
“Are you in trouble?”
Luca raised his glass with a grin. “Not yet. But I’ll find some.”
Marco laughed. “I’m certain of it. That’s what I miss, a little adventure. I thought I moved to this village to find myself, but I was running away. I craved inspiration, while all you craved was chaos. I miss that now. I miss your little games.”
“Then let’s play,” Luca smirked. He clinked his glass against Marco’s, and the two men polished off their first drink together in over five years. Luca put down his glass, took off his jacket and unbuttoned the top two buttons of his shirt, and then filled up their glasses once more.
Marco raised one eyebrow. “Ah, the conversation game,” he grinned. “My favorite. So tell me, what is it you’re after this time?”
“A statue. Sixteenth Century. Have you ever heard of The Naked Christ?”
Marco nodded. “Heard of it, yes. But have I seen it? No. I don’t know of anyone who ever has. It was lost, wiped from history. Just like Videlle, the artist who sculpted it.”
“He was murdered,” Luca said. “I know that much.”
“Not simply murdered. He was tortured for what he did. They sliced out his eyes. They cut off his hands. And while he was still alive, they strung him up in the middle of Piazza della Signoria and disemboweled him. Creating an image of Christ on the crucifix, completely naked, who would dare! Christ with a cock! It was unheard of! It was a sin punishable by death. They condemned Videlle to eternity in hell for what he did.”
“They, being the Church?”
Marco paused a moment and grinned. “The Church has many factions. It wears more than one mask. Faith has many faces.” The artist raised his glass, and the two emptied their drinks.
Luca sat back and undid another button.



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Book 2, The Riddle Of The Sands


Blurb:

The clock is ticking! Blackmailed by Jake's nemesis - the vengeful Pierre Perron - Professor Fathom's team of five horny gay adventurers is sent on a seemingly impossible mission to uncover the legendary Riddle of the Sands in order to save one of their own from a rare and deadly poison. But what is the Riddle of the Sands? Where are the long-lost clues and hidden maps that can lead to its whereabouts?

Is it a myth, a mirage, or the greatest engineering feat in the history of ancient Egypt? From the icy plains of Siberia to the shadowy bathhouses of Cairo, from the scorching valley of the Nile to the heart of the Amazon jungle, readers join these hunks — treasure-hunter Jake, Brazilian biologist Eden, Texas cowboy Shane, art expert Luca, and quarterback Will — in a search that blends nonstop action and high-octane sex!


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Lastly, in today's line-up, Scott Sapphire And The Emerald Orchid


Blurb:

Meet Scott Sapphire—lover of French champagne, Belgian chocolate and dangerous men. He is suave. He is sexy. He is a man of the world—and a man that the world desperately wants to catch.

For Scott Sapphire is the greatest jewel thief of our time. Dashing. Daring. And always neck-deep in trouble.

But when Scott’s latest heist lands him in possession of a map to a rare and precious orchid, it’ll take more than bedroom eyes and a charming smile to stay one step ahead of one of the world’s most powerful business tycoons, as well as keep the CIA off Scott’s back and a handsome special agent out of his pants—or maybe not.

From the Venice canals to the Amazon rainforest, from Rio de Janeiro to the casinos of Monte Carlo, comes a brand new gay hero as irresistible as diamonds and pearls.

Adventure has a new name! And that name is Scott Sapphire.


Excerpt:

The distant song of a gondolier—a happy, melodramatic solo of La Traviata’s Libiamo Ne’ Lieti Calici, as only a gondolier can do it justice—echoed through the canals and drifted through the open balcony doors of the stranger’s hotel room, but Jake Stone didn’t even hear it. All he heard was his own desperate panting, the rush of adrenaline in his temples, the pounding of his heart, the wet, hungry sounds of lips crushing and sucking, tongues exploring and licking and diving in deep.
The young man on the receiving end of Jake’s wild, ravenous kisses was handsome, and his cock was just as hard as Jake’s. His hair was as black as a moonless night, the kind of night that was perfect for a crime. His eyes were so blue, so piercing; if they had been jewels, they would have fetched a fortune.
But Jake was in Venice for a different kind of treasure.
And this beautiful young specimen of a man was going to help him get his hands on it—without even knowing.
In the meantime—

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Review Tour: The Fall Guy by Chris Quinton





Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK  

Exclusive to Amazon and Available to Borrow with Kindle Unlimited

Length: 13,000 words approx.




Blurb


In 1920s New York, Pinkerton Agent John Brady is assigned to a brutal robbery/kidnapping, an open and shut case with an obvious culprit - but nothing and no one are what they seem.

Small-time crook Cesare Donati has the perfect getaway: a transatlantic cruise ship. When Brady turns up at his cabin door, Cesare knows he is out of options until they reach England.

Will London be a safe haven or a place of reckoning?











Karen's review:


I have to admit I’m not really sure what possessed me to want to review this story because it’s honestly two of my least favorite things historical and short, but in spite of that it grabbed my attention and I decided that I wanted to give this one a shot and I’m really glad that I did.

As I’ve said on several other occasions, I’m not a big fan of historical stories, however, that doesn’t mean that I never read or enjoy them, and this one happens to be set during a time in history that has always held more interest for me than most. It’s the roaring 20s in New York, there’s John Brady, who  is not only one of the MCs he’s a Pinkerton agent. I know I’m not alone when I say that the Pinkerton Agency has always held a bit of fascination for me so reading a story that has a main character who’s also a Pinkerton Agent was just too tempting to resist.
When Pinkerton Agent John Brady gets assigned to solve a robbery/kidnapping…a case that should have been open and shut quickly becomes complicated for him when he meets a small time crook Cesare Donati who is attempting to smuggle Alice a person of interest in Agent Brady’s case but what really complicates things as well as what Agent Brady learns from Cesare and Alice about his case is the attraction that John and Cesare share for each other.

Release Blitz: ​Empire of Light by Alex Harrow





Title: Empire of Light
Series: Voyance, Book One
Author: Alex Harrow
Publisher: NineStar Press
Release Date: February 25, 2019
Heat Level: 3 - Some Sex
Pairing: Male/Male
Length: 102000
Genre: Science Fiction, LGBT, gay, pansexual, demisexual, sci-fi, romance

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Synopsis


Damian Nettoyer is the Empire’s go-to gun. He kills whoever they want him to kill. In exchange, he and his rag-tag gang of crooks get to live, and Damian’s psychokinetic partner and lover, Aris, isn’t issued a one-way ticket to an Empire-sanctioned lobotomy.

Then Damian’s latest mark, a suave revolutionary named Raeyn, kicks his ass and demands his help. The first item on the new agenda: take out Damian’s old boss—or Raeyn will take out Damian’s crew.

To protect his friends and save his own skin, Damian teams up with Raeyn to make his revolution work. As Aris slips away from Damian and his control over his powers crumbles, the Watch catches on. Damian gets way too close to Raeyn, torn between the need to shoot him one minute and kiss him the next.

With the Empire, Damian had two policies: shoot first and don’t ask questions. But to save the guy he loves, he’ll set the world on fire.




Join NineStar Press Authors Alex Harrow, L. A. Ashton, and Tash McAdam on FACEBOOK for a virtual launch party of their releases, EMPIRE OF LIGHT, ECHOES, and WE ARE THE CATALYST!

Find the party HERE. The event is February 25th from 8-10 PM CST, but feel free to drop by and stay as long as you wish!

For more info on each author and their books, visit:

EMPIRE OF LIGHT by Alex Harrow 
ECHOES by L.A. Ashton 
WE ARE THE CATALYST by Tash McAdam

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Excerpt

Empire of Light
Alex Harrow © 2019
All Rights Reserved

One: Shootings with a Chance of Explosions

Funny how I always had to be the guy who ended up with a gun to his head.

“I thought you said this was going to be easy,” Aris said somewhere to my right. His voice was thick, the words choked out past the gun shoved underneath his jaw. The two Reds who kept us pinned were all broad shoulders and raw muscle. Huge white guys. Buzz cuts. Built like fucking tanks. In the low light of a fading sunset spilling into the empty warehouse, their leather coats gleamed like congealing blood.

The run had started out simple enough: get in, dump the cargo—a couple dozen barrels of diesel and some tech we’d snatched off a derailed train—and get the hell out. The place’d been abandoned for years, just another slouching ruin on the outskirts of Low Side. The perfect hiding spot to stash away things you didn’t want the Watch to find, while waiting for the highest bidder to jump the gun. A surefire way to some quick and easy cash and still get to my real job for the night.

Standing there with my face mashed against the crumbling brick wall, a gun barrel against my skull, it looked more like a surefire way straight to a cell in the Finger of Light.

If we were lucky.

The guy above me seemed happy to put a bullet into my brainpan and chalk both Aris and me up as “casualties, resisting arrest.” The Watch, safeguards of the Empire, the Consolidated Nations at their best. To protect and serve. Right.

I couldn’t just tell our dear upstanding Reds to go ahead and stick their guns and handcuffs up their asses because we kind of were on the same team. I might be running the Empire’s off-the-books hits for extra cash, but officially, I didn’t exist. Blurting out I was on their boss’s payroll wouldn’t get me anything but a bullet to the head and my body dumped into the East River. Talk about employment perks.

That’s what I got for double-booking myself. Fucking Murphy’s Law.

And worse, I’d dragged Aris into it.

“Guess Jay was sugarcoating it a little when she said there might be slight complications.”

Someone ratted us out. No way the Watch had just shown up here, far from their usual patrol routes, without any reason. The whole thing’d been a sting from the get-go, and once I found out who’d set us up—

My fingers twitched for my Colt. My Colt that lay cold and useless five feet away from me. Slim chance I’d be able to shoot both Reds before one of them got to either Aris or me, but I might get lucky and get the drop on one of them. Especially if I could piss him off enough he got stupid. At the very least I could distract them from Aris.

“You know, I kind of need to be somewhere. And I’d appreciate a little more leg room here,” I said and squirmed under the Red’s grip.

Honestly, by now I probably should’ve memorized some of the regulars’ names or something. To me, they all looked the same. All fists ready to punch and guns ready to fire; neatly wrapped in black uniforms and their trademark red coats. Not like this was the first time either. By now, the Watch should issue us a punch card for frequent visits, maybe something with a rewards program.

“Shut up.”

The Red jerked me around and slammed my head into the murky stained-glass window to my right. Point taken. A distant rushing filled my ears. Spots started to slow-dance in front of my vision. I went down hard, twisting away from the Red’s reach and blindly fumbling for my Colt. I’d barely moved before his boot came down on my fingers with a dry crunch. I bit back a grunt that came out more like a breathless scream.

“Next time it’ll be your head,” the Red—I mentally tagged him as Captain Crunch—said, towering above me, gun aimed at my forehead. If he shot me from that angle, there wouldn’t be enough of my head left for Aris to scrape out of the wall cracks behind me.

Here was hoping he had more fun beating the shit out of me than making shooting me look like it’d been his only option.

The Red didn’t shoot me. Instead, his knee dug into the small of my back, his free hand going for a pair of handcuffs. “In the name of the Empire of Light, I hereby place you under arrest for—”

Cover Reveal: The Player's Protege by CJane Elliott



We are delighted to exclusively reveal the cover for CJane Elliott's upcoming novel 

The Player's Protégé




Hello, everyone! CJane Elliott here to thank My Fiction Nook for hosting the cover reveal for The Player’s Protégé, the second book in the Campus Connections Series from Dreamspinner Press. Jerry Helstrom, the main character in this book, was a key secondary character in The Kinsey Scale. I loved his snarky yet supportive personality so much I knew he needed to have his own story. Jerry is cynical on the surface, but underneath lurks a huge heart and a hidden yearning to be swept off his feet. Enter Arlo Barnes, just the person to be Jerry’s knight in shining armor. Arlo is one of the sweetest characters I’ve ever written. He’s so different from Jerry and yet they’re perfect for each other. I had fun getting these two together. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.


Blurb:

When his friends bet cynical Jerry that he can’t turn sweet Arlo into a player, Jerry might win the bet but lose his heart.

College senior Jerry Helstrom survived a gay childhood in Texas by being fierce and fabulous. At school he’s known as a player and has kept his heart so guarded that he’s forgotten he has one. When his friends bet him he can’t teach inexperienced Arlo Barnes to become a stud like him, Jerry takes on the challenge and quickly finds himself drawn to his enticing trainee.

Arlo kicks butt as a Tae Kwon Do black belt, but his sexual game is lacking. He’s been dumped by his only boyfriend and needs help getting himself out there. Enter Jerry Helstrom, player extraordinaire and happy to provide Arlo with some hands-on coaching. Jerry encourages Arlo to ask for what he wants in sex and in life, something Arlo struggles with. The struggle deepens when Arlo discovers that what he truly wants is the seemingly unattainable Jerry Helstrom.

Jerry can teach Arlo to play the field, but can Arlo teach Jerry to play for keeps?


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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

ARC Review: Daring Duke (Love Letters, #4) by Anyta Sunday


Daring Duke (Love Letters, #4)From the Blurb:
D is for Duke Lawrence-Decker.

Distracted by his older cousin, Duke yearns for what he cannot have.Dare he risk admitting his true feelings? Or should he conceal them in his aching heart forever?Desire this deep, though, cannot be extinguished.Dreaming about his forbidden love, Duke wonders if it’s destiny—or just a delusion.

Do they dare dance with the devil and risk losing it all?

D is for Daring Duke.


Ky's rating:




The fourth book of the "Love Letters" series is a tale of forbidden love between two cousins so it dips a toe in the taboo side of things.

Duke and Rohan are second cousins that used to be best friends and had a very close relationship despite the eight years that separate them. The last few years though something changed. They have become distant and Duke is acting out for no apparent reason. Rohan is on track to take over his uncle's very successful company and dedicate his life to it so he's working basically non-stop and travels a lot.

I'm sure we met Duke at Ben's book (since it's mentioned here that they used to be roommates) but I can barely remember him - it's been I while since I read the three first books. It doesn't matter though, because it was great getting to know him here. He's a complicated character with a lot of depth. He's sensitive but has learned to hide it behind snark and sarcasm so no one sees the real him. He has learned to guard his heart and not let anyone in but he misses having a family that loves and supports him. Luckily, Rohan and his family have stepped up since his own parents weren't up to the job.

Release Blitz: Helix by Anna Martin







Length: 61,000 words approx.

Cover Design: Garrett Leigh @ Black Jazz Design

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press




Blurb
When high school student James has trouble with his truck, Dylan, who is studying to be a mechanic, comes to the rescue. James thinks he hides his immediate attraction well, but is happy to be wrong when Dylan asks for his number. Since James is new to romance, they take things slowly, and because Dylan is in college, James keeps the budding relationship secret from his overprotective dad.

Across town, Mark, a teacher and single father to James and his sister, Frankie, meets Steve at a bar for what both believe will be a quick hookup. Mark doesn’t see any reason to tell his kids about Steve or press Steve for details about Steve’s adopted son…. It’s just sex between them. Isn’t it?

Two very different love stories grow side by side, each hidden from the other. But all of that changes at a family barbecue, when Mark decides it’s time for his kids to meet Steve and for him to meet James’s boyfriend, who none of them realize is Steve’s son, Dylan. The inevitable explosion means the two couples have some explaining to do to soothe the hurt feelings of their families—and lovers.




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Cover Reveal: Larry Boots, Exterminator by John Inman




We are delighted to reveal the cover for John Inman's upcoming novel 

Larry Boots, Exterminator 




Blurb:

Kenny Long is living a new life. Blinded in an accident, he has taken control of his unexpected reality the best way he can, and it’s working out better than he hoped.
Of course Larry Boots doesn’t know any of that. All he sees is a beautiful man sitting on a park bench.

Larry has a few problems of his own: his mother. His job. The lack of romance in his life.

His job. In the course of that job, Larry strikes up a friendship with Kenny. The next thing he knows, he’s so head-over-heels in love, even his mother doesn’t seem so bad. Of course his career is still a problem, but he’s working on that. Hopefully he’ll have the problem resolved before the man he’s being paid to murder succeeds in murdering him first.

And before the man he loves finds out he’s a cold-blooded killer.


Release Date: June 4, 2019Category: Mystery/SuspensePages: 191Cover Artist: Kanaxa



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Monday, February 25, 2019

ARC Review: Daring Duke (Love Letters #4) by Anyta Sunday

Daring Duke (Love Letters, #4)
Blurb:
D is for Duke Lawrence-Decker.

Distracted by his older cousin, Duke yearns for what he cannot have.
Dare he risk admitting his true feelings? Or should he conceal them in his aching heart forever?
Desire this deep, though, cannot be extinguished.
Dreaming about his forbidden love, Duke wonders if it’s destiny—or just a delusion.

Do they dare dance with the devil and risk losing it all?

D is for Daring Duke.


Tropes: forbidden love
Themes: Cousin love (second cousins), coming out, forgiveness
Genre: Contemporary M/M Romance

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Feisty. Nerdy. Sexy. Secretive.
Greenville has them all.
A small town with big hearts, Greenville awakens at the mercy of Millionaire Row, the wealthy neighborhood across the tracks from Poplar Low.
 
Bad-tempered boys meet cheeky lovers.
Colliding worlds spark a fire of emotion. Heat rages. Hearts mend. Love is lost. And found.

Love Letters are playful, sexy, contemporary M/M stories that can be read as standalones.


Todd's rating:




"Balls-deep in his hookup, Rohan Lawrence-Decker chased, not after orgasm, but the need to escape thoughts of Duke."

That was the very first line in the book and it grabbed my attention big time.

Then, as I continued reading, this turned out to be the sexiest Anyta Sunday story that I've EVER read.

Plus, the MC's were also second cousins, so there was a bit of extra added taboo as a steamy, forbidden love twist.

At 30, Rohan was on the fast track in life, slated to take over as the head of Duke's father's highly-successful Internet company and start a family of his own.

But at 22, Duke was much less focused in what he wanted to do with his life, but passing the time with frequent hookups, garnering him a reputation as a bit of a promiscuous, spoiled brat.

While the two had once been extremely close, that had recently changed, which Rohan assumed was due to Duke being passed over by his father to run the company, in favor of Rohan, but things are never quite as they seem when attraction comes into play.

Blogtour: The Truth Beyond The Bitterness by Emory Schneider



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The Truth Beyond The Bitterness

a World Of Love novel 




Blurb:

Can love erase a lifetime of fear and bitterness?

Kuba flees the oppressive influence of his strict Catholic family as soon as he graduates high school. In the big city of Pilsen, Czech Republic, he can get a fresh start. Although he is fairly content sharing a flat with his coworker and filling it with books, he knows he’s destined to be alone unless he can come out of the closet. But he just isn’t ready to bare his soul to the world.

When he meets his roommate’s friend Emil, he begins to reconsider. Is a chance at romance with the gorgeous man—and fellow bibliophile—incentive enough for Kuba to face his demons?


World of Love: Stories of romance that span every corner of the globe.



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Czech home names

Traditional Czech given names tend to be three syllables long because they consist of two words glued together. That isn't much when you look at other languages, but we like to use shorter versions people made up.

Blogtour: Demon on the Down-Low by E.J. Russell



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Demon On The Down-Low

Supernatural Selection #3 





Blurb:

After decades of unrequited love, this kangaroo will jump at the chance for a date. Any date.

Lovelorn kangaroo shifter Hamish Mulherne, drummer for the mega-hit rock band Hunter’s Moon, waited years for the band’s jaguar shifter bassist to notice him. Instead, she’s just gotten married and is in a thriving poly relationship. How is Hamish supposed to compete with that? But with everyone else in the band mated and revoltingly happy, he needs somebody. Since he can’t expect true love to strike twice, he signs up with Supernatural Selection. Because what the hell.

When Zeke Oz was placed at Supernatural Selection through the Sheol work-release program, he thought he was the luckiest demon alive. But when he seems responsible for several massive matchmaking errors, he’s put on notice: find the perfect match for Hamish, or get booted back to Sheol for good. The only catch? He has to do it without the agency’s matchmaking spells, and Hamish simply will not engage.

But Zeke starts to believe that the reason all of Hamish’s dates fizzle is because nobody in the database is good enough for him. And Hamish realizes that his perfect match might be the cute demon who’s trying so hard to make him happy.


About Supernatural Selection

Are you a shifter who’s lost faith in fated mates? A vampire seeking a Second Life companion? Or perhaps you’re a demon yearning to claim a soul (mate)? Congratulations! Your search is over!

Welcome to Supernatural Selection, where our foolproof spells guarantee your perfect match.

Until they don’t.

Check out Supernatural Selection today.




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Drive-by descriptions
Anyone who’s read any of my books probably knows that my characters tend to talk. A lot. My first drafts are always dialogue-heavy as I let them natter on to one another, but the final versions tend to be chock full o’ conversation too. I blame my theater background for that—the ratio of dialogue to stage direction in the average play script is… well… not particularly balanced. Consider any Shakespeare play, where the most you usually get is an exeunt here and there, or the occasional alarum.
Maybe that’s why I have a tendency to use what I call “drive-by descriptions.” I don’t like to spend a lot of time describing things when people could be talking about them instead—and besides, as a reader, I always prefer to imagine a scene from an author’s hints, building the picture in my mind over time, so I can get back to the action.
In Demon on the Down-Low, for instance, I’ve introduced an entirely new realm—Sheol. What’s Sheol like? What do demons do all day? Rather than spending too much time on dumping that information all at once, I’ve peppered bits of it throughout the book, usually in drive-by descriptions, like this one when Zeke first sees the Willamette River:


The lights of the city reflected in the water and a boat, big and white and full of laughing people, glided by. Zeke rushed to the railing and leaned over, watching as the boat sailed under a bridge. Or rather, one of the bridges.
“There are so many bridges!”
“Yeah. That happens when you build your city on two sides of a river. I take it rivers are in short supply in Sheol.”
“If you don’t count the lava. Oh, it’s beautiful.”


Or this one, when Zeke is explaining to Hamish that a demon’s true name is a vulnerability:

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Audio Book Review: Running Blind by S.E. Jakes

From The Blurb:
Listening Time:  6 hrs., 11 min. 
An ATF agent who lives for danger finds what he craves from an outlaw biker. 
It’s impossible for a one-percenter motorcycle club member to simply walk away—and no one knows that better than undercover agent Bram, who’s almost killed for trying. His cover isn’t blown—yet—but it’s only a matter of time. The Heathens won’t be satisfied until he’s dead, so he decides to lay low and heal. 
But when his younger brother’s disappearance throws a wrench into his plan, Bram ends up in Shades Run, a town ruled by the notorious Havoc MC. In less than twenty-four hours, Bram finds himself at the mercy of Sweet, Havoc’s president, as he throws himself into the undercover role of a lifetime: himself. A man who’s never belonged anywhere, and who will do anything to protect his younger brother. 
When finding Linc seems impossible, Bram is torn between Sweet, Linc, and revealing his true identities . . . and there appears to be no way out. Once again, he risks it all trying to save it all. Only this time he’s got no backup to save him if he falls.

Karen's rating:




Running on, running on empty Running on, running blind...

When I saw the title of this book I have to admit one of my first thoughts was I wonder if the author was a tiny bit motivated by the 1977 Jackson Brown song...'Running on Empty' when she picked the title for this book. I don't know about the rest of you but I graduated from high school that year? Anyways, it was just a random thought that floated through my brain when I saw the book title. The story not to confuse anyone is set in the present.

When Bram tries to leave 'The Heathens' Motorcycle Clue he learns the hard way that if getting in was painful getting out will damned near kill him. Bram's not really a biker but if 'The Heathens' find out that he's actually an undecover ATF agent what he will be is a dead man. So after a somewhat failed attempt to leave that nearly cost him his life and finding out that his brother Linc is missing he does the only logical thing he can...he heads to Shades Run the last place where his brother was known to be and in less than a day he captures the attention of 'Sweet', who's not just any Havoc member...nope, turns out he's the president of the Havoc MC and as much as he wants to stay off of any Motorcycle Club's radar finding himself on Havoc's also offers him a level of protection that like it or not he's going to need if he hopes to survive much less make progress in his search for his brother.

As Bram and Sweet work together to try and find Linc while each man tries to keep his secrets hidden both men find that they may be able to hide their secrets but they're not so good at guarding their heart.

Bram and Sweet's relationship is often times a case of come here, come here, get away, get away as both men keep trying to throw  up obstacles to why they shouldn't be together...to be fair Bram does this more often than Sweet, but Sweet manages to throw his obstacles in there as well all the time never letting them got in the way when he thinks Bram needs saving or protection.

Audio Book Review: Running Wild by S.A. Jakes

From The Blurb:
Listening Length: 7 hours and 15 minutes 
Sean Rush is an adrenaline junkie. That’s why he was in the Army, why he steals and races classic muscle cars . . . and why he can’t stay away from bad boy Ryker, a Havoc Motorcycle Club lieutenant. Fortunately, Ryker can’t seem to stay away from Sean—he’s spent the last eight months breaking into Sean’s apartment and stealing into his bed, leaving Sean physically satisfied but increasingly restless. 
Sean has always avoided relationships. He likes to come and go without being controlled. And Ryker is possibly the most controlling man he’s ever known. Still, he finds that he wants more from Ryker than their silent nighttime encounters. 
Then one of Sean’s thefts goes bad, and Ryker’s protective instincts kick into overdrive. He takes Sean to the Havoc compound, determined to keep him safe. But Sean’s past threatens the safety of Havoc—and everything Ryker holds dear. Worse, Ryker’s hiding secrets of his own. Soon it’s obvious that the adrenaline rush can’t keep them together anymore. But maybe love can.

Karen's rating:




Running Wild held just a bit to much chaos for me...

'Running Wild' is the first book in the series Havoc by S.E. Jakes.  Sean Rush is a bad boy adrenaline junkie who steals and races cars...preferably classic muscle cars and is drawn to Ryker a lieutenant in the Havoc Motorcycle Club who coincidentally enough can't seem to stay away from Sean.

I have to admit this is a bit of a bizarre MC they make they money producing legit porn and aren't involved in drugs, arms running or prostitution. They help get vets re-integrated to civilian life after they've served and keep the town they live in as drug and crime free as possible...but don't cross them because they know how to get rid of the bodies.

I have to say I definitely found this to be a bit of a fantasy world. But what the hell it's fiction and if vampires can sparkle than bikers can be good bad boys...right? It could happen. I have to admit I found it damned lucky for Sean that Ryker was so into him because seriously he saved Sean's backside on more than one occasion.

Release Blitz: The Rising by Morgan Brice



RELEASE BLITZ



Book Title: The Rising (Badlands, Book 2)

Author: Morgan Brice

Cover Artist: Natania Barron

Genre/s: Urban Fantasy, MM paranormal romance

Heat Rating: 4 flames

Release Date: February 13, 2019

Can be read as a standalone




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Blurb

A big storm is brewing, there’s a killer on the loose, and the ghosts of Myrtle Beach are restless. Psychic medium Simon Kincaide and his sexy cop boyfriend, homicide detective Vic D’Amato have their hands full helping the Grand Strand brace for rough surf, driving rain and high winds as a winter storm roars toward shore.

Everyone’s on edge, and rumors are rampant about sightings of Blackcoat Benny, a ghostly omen of danger, and worse, the Gallows Nine, the spirits of nine infamous criminals hanged back in the 1700s, a harbinger of disaster. Rough tides wash the wreck of an old pirate ship into shallow waters, high winds threaten to damage an old mansion with a dark past, and the citizens of the beach town hunker down to ride out the storm.

As the skies grow dark and the sea turns wild, several men from prominent local families end up dead under suspicious circumstances. Simon’s premonition confirms Vic’s gut feeling—the killing is just getting started. As Simon tries to reach out to the spirits of the murdered men to help the investigation, he’s attacked by malicious ghosts that don’t want anyone getting in the way of their long-overdue vengeance.

With the storm hammering the coast, and new victims piling up, Simon is certain that the sins and secrets of the past are coming due, and that the murders have a supernatural link. Vic and Simon race to stop the murders against an unholy deadline, but as they battle rising tides and risen ghosts, can they save the intended victims without getting trapped themselves.


Trigger Warning: Mentions of suicide (not main characters)



Excerpt from Chapter 1

SIMON

"We need more pirates. Pirates sell.”
Simon Kincaide, owner of Grand Strand Ghost Tours, looked up with a chuckle. “Especially dead pirates. Or should I say ‘dread’ pirates?”

Pete King, Simon’s assistant store manager and part-time tour guide, rolled his eyes. “Both. I’m just saying, we could switch up the scripts and add more pirates to the ghost tours. Especially with the new wrecks the hurricane exposed. That’s all everyone seems to be talking about these days.”

Simon nodded. “I think you’re on to something. I have some good pirate ghost stories, but they’re pretty well known. Why don’t you do some research and see if you can come up with some that aren’t as familiar?” He grinned. “Let me guess—you’re itching to try out a new pirate costume?”

“Guilty as charged,” Pete replied. “You know the tourists love that stuff.”

“Oh, believe me. I know!” Simon used to do all the tours himself, but during the past year, business had grown enough for him to promote Pete and bring him in to expand the number and types of tours offered. Pete did his tours in full costume and made it more of a performance, fitting since he was finishing up a degree in drama. Simon had been a folklore professor before coming to Myrtle Beach, so his tours stuck to the facts and history. Both types of tours were popular.

“People say that the new wreck was a pirate corsair, pretty notorious in its day,” Pete went on, obviously thrilled with his topic.

“Don’t get your hopes up too much—around here, everything is a pirate ship until proven otherwise,” Simon joked. “Seriously, the last time a good wreck washed in, everyone was sure it was Blue‐ beard’s ship until it turned out to be a garbage scow!”

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Book Review: Vanilla Clouds by Roe Horvat


Vanilla CloudsFrom the Blurb:
“I could spend days listening to you talk about chocolate.”

Sex and chocolate are the two pleasures Michał enjoys most in life.

His sex life has been nonexistent for some time, though. After a particularly bad hookup, he keeps mostly to himself. That leaves chocolate. Luckily, he works surrounded by the most delicious, extravagant produce in Gothenburg. Beside his job at the chocolaterie, his main source of excitement is his online friend, Magnus, whom he stubbornly refuses to meet in person.

A customer turns up at the chocolaterie one day—tall, shy, and charming. He could be just the right man. If Michał can step out of his overly safe shell, there might be not only chocolate, but sex, too. Maybe chocolate-flavored sex. And if he’s lucky, maybe even love.


Ky's rating:





The title for this book fascinated me from the first time I saw it. I love that title, it's interesting and different. At first I thought it was about ice cream - yeah, don't ask, I don't know why. Then, I thought it was a metaphor or something to do with dreaming. Then, I finally read a review and figured out what it was really about and I got curious about this book all over again.

"Vanilla Clouds" is a highly sensual story. I could basically taste all the wonderful chocolates Michal talked about and I could smell the vanilla for the majority of the book. I confess to feeling jealous over that chocolaterie, does that place really exist??

I loved the writing style and the way the author told us the story. I loved the title that every chapter got and I loved the characters, the humor, the plot. I loved this book.

Michal and Magnus know each other for a couple of years but have never met and only communicate through social media. They have formed a real and strong friendship and even though Magnus wants to transfer that to real life, Michal is apprehensive and keeps refusing him. The solution that Magnus found wasn't a very good one, to put it lightly. He did it anyway though and then he had to face the consequences.
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