Saturday, November 28, 2015

Thanksgiving and What is on the Reading Radar #Wishlist #TBR

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. My husband and I were home alone this year. No running from house to house, trying to see everyone. We weren't going to do anything special, but I thought it would be nice, since it was just the two of us, to have a small dinner. A duck and a few sides with dessert.

Well, that didn't turn out like we expected. One, we couldn't find anyplace that sold duck. They were all out and the smallest turkey at the last store we went to was 15 pounds. I bought it, now determined that we would have a dinner.

Oh, boy, Thursday came and we made biscuits and dutch apple pie, threw the turkey in the oven. It was done an hour ahead of schedule and we scrambled to put together everything else. Fancy dressing, roasted asparagus, braised red potatoes, a cherry wine sauce that I made with a damned good bottle of Merlot. (Me pouring wine in the skillet then taking a drink. Coming back a couple minutes later, I determine there isn't enough wine in the sauce. Pour more wine, take another drink. The bottle didn't last.)

After everything was finished, we looked at each other and said, "I'm not hungry."

We then covered the dishes and went into the living room to watch a movie. Several hours later we did finally eat but it was definitely not your typical Thanksgiving dinner.

Now I wait for the weekend sales--so I can buy more books.


Title: The Falling
Author: J.C. Owens

Genre: Gay, Romance, Fantasy, Alternate World, Demons, Warriors, Demi-God, 
Length 194 Pages
Publisher Etopia Press (November 10, 2015)


Once a proud warrior, now a demon's whore.

Brenaith had once been a warrior of renown, companion to the King of Artepia. Now he suffered in captivity as a demon's whore, his country overrun by a race his people had not believed existed. Driven to the edge of madness by his tortures, the final blow comes when his master, a demon lord, gifts him as a blood servant to a Shadow Knight, Shaynith-una, a monster of legend that destroys even souls. Brenaith does not expect to survive the bonding by Shaynith-una, who is rumored to hold divine blood and is held in awe by other demons.

But with time he begins to see Shaynith-una as more than the monster he is reputed to be. The knight is a demi-god. Half demon god, half elf, the son of rape and darkness, mind taken and molded by his demonic deity father. And Brenaith's fate and hope are both bound to Shaynith-una for good or for ill.

Can Brenaith break Shaynith-una's conditioning and discover what and who really lies behind the knight's facade...or will darkness always rule?

Reader discretion: contains dubious consent, intense emotional elements, and male/male love

Title: The Red Files
Author: Lee Winter

Genre: Lesbian, Romance, Contemporary, Mystery, Suspense, 
Length 384 Pages
Publisher Ylva Publishing (September 1, 2015)


Ambitious Daily Sentinel journalist Lauren King is chafing on LA’s vapid social circuit, reporting on glamorous A-list parties while sparring with her rival—the formidable, icy Catherine Ayers. Ayers is an ex-Washington political correspondent who suffered a humiliating fall from grace, and her acerbic, vicious tongue keeps everyone at bay. Everyone, that is, except knockabout Iowa girl King, who is undaunted, unimpressed and gives as good as she gets.

One night a curious story unfolds before their eyes: One business launch, 34 prostitutes and a pallet of missing pink champagne. Can the warring pair work together to unravel an incredible story? This is a lesbian fiction with more than a few mysterious twists.

Title: Trickster
Author: Elizabeth Coldwell

Genre: Gar, Romance, Sci-Fi, BDSM, Short Story, Erotica, 
Publisher Nine Star Publishing (December 7, 2015) 


Galactic bounty hunter and battle-scarred veteran Rufus Trayner always gets his man, no matter how hard he has to fight. No charismatic conman is going to fool him, and even though he can’t forget the feel of Jobi Wade’s lips on his own, or fight his growing desire for the man, it won’t stop him hunting for justice.

Jobi Wade knows every trick to help him elude the clutches of the law, but he hasn’t reckoned on the dogged determination and sexual magnetism of Rufus Trayner. Are the only chains that can hold him the ones Rufus’s love has wrapped around his heart?

Title: My Best Friend's Girl
Author: Blythe H. Warren

Genre: Lesbian, Romance, Rock-n-Roll, Contemporary,  
Length 194 Pages
Publisher Bella Books (September 21, 2015)


From the moment Jessie Durango wrapped her hands around a pair of drumsticks, she knew her destiny. When she's not working in her brother's auto shop she s devoted to Nuclear Boots-and the band is about to break out of Chicago's rock scene.

English professor Zoey Carmichael isn't the mosh pit type, but she's drawn to the music and message of Nuclear Boots, and smitten with the attentions of the lead vocalist, Neal. But its drummer Jessie who arouses feelings that take Zoey utterly by surprise.

Years of hard work might turn into the big time that Jessie and her best friend-Neal-have always dreamed of. But now Jessie's dreams include something else entirely...

Title: Jax
Series: A Rockstar Stepbrother Romance
Author: Vivian Lux

New Adult, Romance, Rockstar, Contemporary,  
Length 232 Pages
Publisher Velvetfire Press (November 24, 2015)


He's JAX.

He's a rockstar. He's a screw-up. He broke my heart.

He's my new stepbrother.

Jaxson Blue is rock royalty: the son of one of the biggest names on the planet. He was my first...everything.

Then he broke my heart in the most public way possible.

I never want to think about Jax again.

Too bad his music seems to follow me wherever I go.

Now my hard-living roadie of a father is marrying Jax's rock star mother and the four of us have to co-exist in the same house for two weeks. Jax is still the same sexy, arrogant jerk I fell in love with, and I'm too weak to resist him for long.

So I make a deal with myself.

It's only until the wedding.

It's only a fling.

It doesn't mean anything.

I'm not doing anything wrong...right?

Title: The Case No One Foretold
SeriesMark Julian, Vampire P.I. Book 5
Author: L.G. Fabbo-Gonnella

Gay, Romance, Detective, Paranormal, Mystery,  
Length 157 Pages
Publisher Sedonia's Magic Words, Inc. (October 31, 2015)

Note: I didn't realize this was part of a series. The adverts for the book didn't mention it so I'm not sure this can be read as a standalone. The other books in the series can be found here.


Two men engage in an altercation in a movie lobby. Later one of the men turns up dead in a New York City alley. But this is no ordinary murder. The deceased is a sex demon and his fellow combatant was the werewolf, Jean-Claude Roué, fiancé of Mark’s shape-shifter secretary. Now the werewolf is accused of his murder and faces a trial by before a supernatural tribunal. If Jean-Claude is convicted for causing this death it will mean his execution. This time however, Mark Julian is away on a personal investigation in Kenya so Tortego, the crafty vampire chief, goes to an unusual source to secure help. Using his powers as head of New York City’s supernatural community he appoints Mark’s human partner, Detective Vincent Pasquale, to be one of the three judges for Jean-Claude’s trial. Now Vinnie must not only fight to clear his friend, Jean-Claude, he must deal with his supernatural co-jurists: the werewolf Viola Lupa and the sex demon Dale Carter. Both of his companion judges are on record as sworn enemies of “any mixed supernatural mating.” Throw in a shifty shape shifter named Andelan Clarke, Ja-ne the original Oracle of Delphi and, a sexy TV newsman from the island of Guernsey who appears to be more interested in bedding Vinnie than nailing a story and it truly becomes “The Case No One Foretold”!

Title: Not A Werewolf
SeriesJake & Boo, #1
Author: Madeline Kirby

Gay, Romance, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Mystery,  
Length 201 Pages
Publisher Madeline Kirby (September 13th 2015)


When perpetual student Jake Hillebrand starts having strange dreams, no theory is too outlandish - even the possibility that he has become a werewolf. His best friend Don is no help, though – he doesn’t even believe in werewolves!

When the dreams lead Jake and Don to the body of a despised developer dumped along a Houston bayou, the only ones listening to Jake's theories are the dishy Detective Ruben Petreski and Jake's feline visitor, Boo.

In a historic neighborhood under threat from developers, everyone is a suspect, but so far all Jake's new-found psychic abilities seem to be good for is finding kittens and talking to squirrels. He's really going to have to up his game if he wants to escape the killer's attention - and catch Detective Petreski's.

Note: Contains excessive caffeine intake, cats, irritable detectives, lots of carbs, and no werewolves.

Title: Hidden Shifter
Series(Fated Date Agency Book 7)
Author: Abraham Steele

Gay, Romance, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Shifter, Omega,
Length 249 Pages
Publisher Self-Pub (October 28, 2015)

Note: I've read a couple of reviews that indicate you may not be able to be read this as a standalone. Prior world building knowledge from the other books might be needed.


“I’m sorry, Mr. Hillwell. Your fated mate is dead.”

Samuel Hillwell is in mourning for a man he's never met. The handsome alpha waited too long to contact the Fated Date Agency. There was always a stock trade or a trip to Europe that seemed more important. His mate passed away just days before he reached out. As he goes into a downward spiral, questioning everything he's based his life on, he can only wish he'd had one night with his deceased omega.

Caden Grey is on the run. After surgically altering his face and travelling across the country, the former kindergarten teacher still can't stop looking over his shoulder for the people who want him dead. Now that he's arrived in Clover Grove, he should finally be able to take a breath. But he's just starting to get settled there when a dazzling man runs up to him. A man who knows Caden's previous name.

Will Samuel figure out the truth about the tormented omega? And if he gets into Caden's heart, will either of them be safe?

Hidden Shifter is Book 7 of the Fated Date Agency series. It also stands alone as a complete 200-page gay shifter romance novel with steamy content and male pregnancy.

Guaranteed HEA ending with no cheating and no cliffhangers!

Title: Dream God
Series: S-God, 2
Author: J. Johanis

Gay, Romance, Erotica, Fantasy, Gay Fiction, Ménage/Poly, Paranormal
Length 189 Pages
Publisher Self-Pub (November 30, 2015)

Note: The first book in the series is Claimed By The Order. "Series should be read in order for maximum enjoyment."


For the first time in three years, Aya is finally free, but with his freedom comes the pain of all he’s lost. Seeing Akad and Marduk together makes him realize how badly he has messed up. By betraying Marduk, he ruined his chance with the one god he desires more than anything.

Aya needs time to heal and put his world back together, but the trial against the Order looms over him. As the trial begins, Akad, Marduk, and Aya are ensnared in a web of jealousy, backstabbing, and cut-throat politics. Were they crazy to think they could stand up to the Order? If the gods of the Order can still rip their lives apart, their chances of receiving justice may be next to impossible. But if they fail to bring the Order down, Aya may never truly be free.

TitleEmerald: Good and Evil
SeriesThe Stones of Power Book 5
Author: M.D. Grimm

Gay, Romance, Erotica, Fantasy, Gay Fiction, Paranormal
Length 226 Pages
Publisher Torquere Press, LLC. (November 17, 2015)


Home. Family.

Those words often invoke a sense of love and comfort. But for the dark mage Morgorth, they mean hate and pain. As the seventh son of a seventh son, many believe Morgorth’s destiny is to become the Destroyer. His father embraced such a future and trained Morgorth through torture and fear to become his weapon. Morgorth managed to escape his father’s cruelty, but not the nightmares that still haunt him. For many years he’s lived with the stain of his father’s savagery, but now he must confront his nightmares head-on.

His father has found a stone of power.

Morgorth must return to his land of birth, to the memories he’s tried his entire life to suppress. Aishe is determined to help Morgorth defeat his inner demons, but he knows he might not be enough to save Morgorth from embracing his darkness. They know it will be a fight to the death and know Morgorth won’t be the same if he survives. With Aishe by his side, Morgorth hunts for his father, and finds answers to questions he never dared to ask—and must live with the truths they reveal.

Title: Alpha: A Dark Paranormal Shapeshifter Romance
Author: Natasha Knight

Romance, Erotica, BDSM, Shifter, 
Length 177 Pages
Publisher Self-Pub (September 22, 2015)



I knew one day she’d come looking for answers. I just didn’t expect that day to be today. Hell, I wasn’t any more ready now than I had been six years ago. But here she was asking questions about something she knew nothing about. About people she knew nothing about.


I used that term loosely. We were monsters, all of us. Killers. And she sought out the most heinous of all: me.

Aria Hale came with questions, questions to which only I had the answers, and she had every right to know the truth. But that didn’t mean I’d give it to her. In fact, I’d do whatever it took to keep her from ever finding out what really happened that night.

I could live with blood on my hands, but I couldn’t live knowing she hated me.

And if she ever did find out what I’d done, she would hate me.


I guess he thought I’d leave the past alone. Let it die its miserable death. He didn’t know me very well though.

Six years had passed since the night my life changed forever. The night I lost everything. Six long years since the only man who had any answers had disappeared. Zane Von was the key to avenging what happened that night. To understanding why they died and I didn’t.

Neither of us knew it then, but that night, our lives were bound together irrevocably, whether he liked it or not. If he thought I’d walk away, turn my back on my past, then he didn’t know me.

Alpha is a standalone dark paranormal romance. No cliffhanger. Content may be offensive to sensitive readers and is intended for 18+ due to explicit (D/s) sexual situations and violence.

TitleBoys Who Go Bump in the Night
SeriesA Mad About the Brit Boys, 2 collection
Author: Josephine Myles and JL Merrow

Genre: Gay, 
Romance, Erotica, Paranormal, Anthology, 
Length 84 Pages
Publisher Self-Pub (November 10, 2015)


When boy meets (supernatural) boy

Buckle up as two queens of British gay romance take you on a whistlestop tour of all things paranormal. Vampires, genies, ghosts, magicians and shifters all get their chance for a bit of boy on boy action, in five erotic stories that span the range from the humorous to the sublime.

Will you seek to make your fortune with magic and ritual, or pin your hopes on a genie’s power to grant wishes? Discover a shifty young man on a Scottish shoreline, meet a hapless garlic farmer who’s been turned into one of the undead–and if you dare to venture into the cellar, gird your loins for a horny ghost!

These stories have all been previously published, but are now available exclusively in this anthology.

TitleSide Effects
Author: VK Powell

Genre: Lesbian, 
Romance, Erotica, Paranormal, Detective, 
Length 264 Pages
Publisher Bold Strokes Books (August 17, 2015)


Detective Jordan Bishop is tasked with protecting Neela Sahjani, abortion doctor, stem-cell researcher, and member of the new conservative state government—a walking contradiction and a complication Jordan can’t afford. When Neela seeks an emotional connection, Jordan tries to distract her from the darkness of her past with the only thing she has to offer—sex.

Neela is struggling to keep her job in an administration that no longer supports her vision while also caring for her aging mother and researching a cure for her mother’s disease. The last thing she needs is a detached, risk-taking police officer looking over her shoulder.

Title: My Partner the Wolf
Series: Shifters and Partners #1
Author: Hollis Shiloh

Genre: Gay, 
Romance, Paranormal, Detective, 
Length 293 Pages
Publisher Spare Words Press (September 16, 2015)


Tom Langley and Sean Goods work together in a human-and-wolf shifter partnership, assisting the police, rushing in to solve crimes wherever their bosses send them. They’re a great team, and they have fun together, too: joking and enjoying each other’s company in a way that doesn’t happen every day.

Tom is also a married man. And his husband hates the wolf shifter with a passion. Tom tries to balance the sides of his life—one minute on a high-pressure chase with Sean, the next placating his husband Lowell.

Then the unthinkable happens: his marriage ends. Heartbroken, he’s not expecting to ever get over Lowell’s betrayal or to be able to love again.

Sean offers a solution: sex as friends. They have chemistry, and they trust each other.

But can they change their partnership that much? And is Sean secretly harboring feelings for him—expecting more than just sex?

Sean is a loveable, funny, strong, and protective. He’s the best buddy a guy could have. But Tom might not be able to keep from breaking his heart—if Sean is in love with him, and Tom can’t love him back.

Series: (Ash and Flames #1)
Author: Ana J. Phoenix

Genre: Gay, 
Romance, Paranormal, , 
Length 301 Pages
Publisher Self-Pub


Asher doesn’t like people, and people don’t like him. He’s cool with that—all he needs from them is sex, anyway. But when he’s suddenly thrust into a strange and dangerous world filled with magical creatures, joining forces with other people may just be the only way to survive.

It’s not all bad though—in this new world, he can turn into a fire-breathing dragon! Which would be awesome if it weren’t for José, the pesky fire elf sharing his fate whose goal in life seems to be to stop Asher from ever having fun. José is hot, though and Asher wants to get into his pants just as much as he wants to get home. But José is also blind, and Asher has no clue how to charm a man without relying on his looks.

Somehow, Asher has to show José that he’s more than a sex-obsessed pyromaniac with no filter between his brain and mouth. Preferably before either of them ends up dead. Civil war rages around them, and finding the way home isn’t going to be easy. And for Asher, getting there in one piece, and with his heart intact, might just prove impossible.

Title: Bite Me
Author: Robyn Bachar

Genre: Bisexual, 
Romance, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, GLBT, Paranormal & Alternate Worlds, Multicultural, Poly, Love Triangle, Dystopia, Vampires, Werewolves, 
Length 274 Pages
Publisher Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (March 17, 2015)


Consumed by the need to feed…

After an out-of-control spell triggers the zombie apocalypse, Lizzy Addams is left in the ruins of Chicago with only the slightly unhinged commentary—and endless erotic appetites—of her inner demon for company. Her blood supply dwindling, she is forced to find survivors to feed from, or die trying.

Officer Angela Kinney was on duty when hungry corpses overwhelmed the city. The survivors look to her for leadership, but nothing prepared her for a beautiful monster who offers safety in exchange for blood.

Sean MacMillan never expected to see Lizzy again after she rejected his attempts to lure her back to the vampire fold. But with his flock threatened by the horde and his murderous vampire brother, Lizzy is the only one he can trust to keep them safe.

The veil of secrecy shrouding the supernatural world torn apart, humanity’s only hope is to forge an alliance with vampires, werewolves, and things that go bump in the night. Though accepting their aid could be a devil’s bargain that puts humans at the bottom of the food chain.

Warning: Contains vampire orgies, angsty demon sex, a frisky lesbian werewolf, light kink, and enough sex toys to start a store.

Title: The Tea Machine
(The Teatime Chronicles Book 1)
Author: Gill McKnight

Genre: Lesbain, 
Romance, Paranormal, Historical, Sci-Fi, 
Length 302 Pages
Publisher Ylva Publishing; 1 edition (November 18, 2015)


The story of a love that never dies…except it does, over and over again.

London 1862, and Millicent Aberly, spinster by choice, has found her future love—in the future! She meddled with her brother’s time machine and has been catapulted into an alternative world where the Roman Empire has neither declined nor fell. In fact, it has gone on to annex most of the known universe.

Millicent is rescued from Rome’s greatest enemy, the giant space squid, by Sangfroid, a tough and wily centurion who, unfortunately, dies while protecting her. Wracked by guilt and a peculiar fascination for the woman soldier, Millicent is determined to return in time and save Sangfroid from her fatal heroics. Instead, she finds her sexy centurion in her own timeline. And Sangfroid is not alone; several stowaways have come along with her.

Soon Millicent’s mews house is overrun with Roman space warriors and giant squid.

Title: Soul Breaker
City of Crows, 1
Author: Clara Coulson

Genre: Bisexual, Detective, 
Romantic Elements, Paranormal, Mystery, Urban Fantasy,  
Length 344 Pages
Publisher Knite and Day Publishing; 1 edition (November 19, 2015)


There’s a hideous monster on the loose, crushing heads and taking names.

But Detective Calvin Kinsey is on the case!

Two years ago, Cal Kinsey was an up-and-coming cop in the Aurora Police Department. But during a fateful nighttime stakeout in search of a prolific killer, Cal witnessed the darkest corner of his dreams come to life. A rogue vampire slaughtered his partner—to put it nicely—and introduced Cal to the supernatural world he never knew existed in the shadows.

Now, Cal is a newly minted detective at the often mocked Department of Supernatural Investigations. By day, the agents of DSI are called “Kooks” by local law enforcement. By night, they’re known as “Crows,” reviled by the supernatural underworld.

Mere weeks out of the academy, Cal catches his first real case, a vicious murder at a local college. An unknown sorcerer has summoned a powerful creature from the Eververse, a realm of magic and mayhem that borders Earth, and set it on a dangerous warpath through the city.

Between butting heads with his grumpy team captain, stirring up ill will with the local wizards and witches, and repeatedly getting the crap beaten out of himself, Cal must find a way to stop the Eververse monster and send it back to the hell it came from…

…preferably before Aurora, Michigan runs out of coffins for the dead.

Thank you for stopping by and reading!!

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