October went by so quickly. I swear yesterday was only the 3rd.
I'm still deep in edits but I can now see a light at the end of the tunnel. I have 30 more pages to go with Darksoul before I give it another read through before returning it to the editor. Then I can edit the flash fiction pieces I wrote for the Death Mask blog tour. With luck, I can be back to writing Bespoken by the end of next week. *knock on wood*
Title: A Taste of Honey
Author(s): Kai Ashante Wilson
Length: 160 pages
Publisher: Tor.com (October 25, 2016)
Genre: Romance / Gay / Paranormal / Fantasy /
Notes: Seriously love this cover. I've never read The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps and I wonder if this can be read as a standalone.
Blurb: Long after the Towers left the world but before the dragons came to Daluça, the emperor brought his delegation of gods and diplomats to Olorum. As the royalty negotiates over trade routes and public services, the divinity seeks arcane assistance among the local gods.
Aqib bgm Sadiqi, fourth-cousin to the royal family and son of the Master of Beasts, has more mortal and pressing concerns. His heart has been captured for the first time by a handsome Daluçan soldier named Lucrio. In defiance of Saintly Canon, gossiping servants, and the furious disapproval of his father and brother, Aqib finds himself swept up in a whirlwind gay romance. But neither Aqib nor Lucrio know whether their love can survive all the hardships the world has to throw at them.
A Taste of Honey is a new novella in the world of Kai Ashante Wilson's The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps.
Title: Good With Dragons
Author(s): Hollis Shiloh
Length: 34 pages
Genre: Romance / Gay / Paranormal / Dragons /
Blurb: Lyle races dragons for a living—if you can call it living, being a slave. Then he meets Saul. A slave has no rights, but that can't stop him from falling in love. Even though maybe it should.
Title: Dark Communion
Series: Godswar Chronicles, 1
Author(s): CH Perry
Length: 209 pages
Genre: Epic Fantasy / Lesbian / Paranormal /
Blurb: A cursed line of Minotaurs has kept Ayla’s people enslaved for 200 years. With nothing left to live for and a death sentence in her womb, Ayla trades her soul to a dark goddess for a chance to break the curse that keeps her people in chains. Armed with only her faith, Ayla and her brethren lead a revolution against an army of half-beasts led by the immortal son of the Goddess Herself.
Series: Imprisoned, 1
Author(s): Victoria Vallo
Length: 79 pages
Publisher: Twisted E-Publishing, LLC; 1st edition (August 14, 2016)
Genre: Romance / Gay / Sci-Fi / Futuristic /
Blurb: If you commit a crime on Vaharis 6, there’s more than one way to work off your sentence…
Matthew knows today is his last chance. If he doesn’t get an offer to work off his sentence outside the prison’s walls, he’ll be sent deeper into the hellish place and left at the mercy of the other prisoners.
Varan only wants someone to do his grunt work for him, but when he sees Matthew, something from his past takes hold of him again. He wants to make the man submit in every way, and the prison warden’s greed makes it possible for him to buy the chance to do exactly that.
So Matthew is saved at the last possible moment… only to find himself bound to a man who seems determined to break and possess him, body and soul.
Series: Baine Family Series, Book One
Author(s): Dakota Rebel
Length: 209 pages
Genre: Romance / Gay / Paranormal / Fantasy /
Notes: I think that I've read this but its been a long time. I want to read book two but I need a refresher.
Blurb: When mortal Bounty Hunter, Mitch Baine, decides to spend one night breaking all the rules with a sexy masked vampire, he has no idea that the stranger is Jarrod Axlerod, lead singer of the famous band Heartstrings, or that he will be contracted to kill Jarrod the very next day. Mitch has been trained to believe that the only good vampire is a dead on—a lesson cemented into his brain after years of killing them on contract for the US Army.
But his feelings toward the creatures begin to change after spending an incredible night at the masked ball. When he receives his newest contract, he is horrified to see that the vampire he has been hired to kill is none other than Jarrod Axlerod, the sexy vampire he has just broken every one of his personal rules with.
**Publisher's Note** This is an extensively revised and re-edited version of a previously released title.
Title: Bride of the Trogarians
Author(s): Ava Sinclair
Length: 102 pages
Publisher: Stormy Night Publications (September 23, 2016)
Genre: Erotic Romance / MFM / Fantasy / Sci-Fi / Mail Order Bride-ish / BDSM elements /
Blurb: As the nations of Earth collapse into chaos amid a steadily worsening environmental catastrophe, Iris makes the choice to leave her dying world behind and seek refuge on the far-off planet of TraoX39, where human females are in high demand as brides. But upon her arrival, she soon realizes that her new life will be far different than she was led to believe.
Though she was promised the right to refuse any match, when Iris dares to reject a rich, decadent oaf who fancies her, she finds herself in deep trouble. After a humiliating public punishment, she is brought to a remote settlement inhabited by the rugged, battle-hardened Trogarian tribe and given as a gift to their chieftains.
The two huge, handsome Trogarian warriors waste no time in making it clear that Iris is to be their obedient, submissive bride, and when she defies them she quickly discovers that there are punishments much more shameful than a mere bare-bottom spanking. Yet in spite of everything, their mastery of her body sets Iris on fire with passion in a way she has never experienced, and before long she is delighting in being shared by her fierce, dominant mates.
But the Trogarians have powerful enemies, and soon her adopted people are caught up in the scheming of foes as cunning as they are evil. Can Iris help set things right and save the men she has grown to love before it is too late?
Publisher's Note: Bride of the Trogarians includes spankings and sexual scenes. If such material offends you, please don't buy this book.
Title: The Conquering Dark
Series: Crown & Key, 3
Author(s): Clay Griffith, Susan Griffith
Length: 354 pages
Publisher: Del Rey (July 28, 2015)
Genre: Paranormal / Fantasy / Historical / Steam Punk / Victorian /
Blurb: The Crown and Key Society face their most terrifying villain yet: Gaios, a deranged demigod with the power to destroy Britain.
To avenge a centuries-old betrayal, Gaios is hell-bent on summoning the elemental forces of the earth to level London and bury Britain. The Crown and Key Society, a secret league consisting of a magician, an alchemist, and a monster-hunter, is the realm’s only hope—and to stop Gaios, they must gather their full strength and come together as a team, or the world will fall apart.
But Simon Archer, the Crown and Key’s leader and the last living magician-scribe, has lost his powers. As Gaios searches for the Stone of Scone, which will give him destructive dominion over the land, monster-hunter Malcolm MacFarlane, alchemist extraordinaire Kate Anstruther, gadget geek Penny Carter, and Charlotte the werewolf scramble to reconnect Simon to his magic before the world as they know it is left forever in ruins.
Title: Bastia The Early Years
Author(s): Anastasia Vitsky
Length: 132 pages
Genre: Romance / Alternate World / Fantasy / On The Flip Side /
Blurb: What if heterosexuality were a crime?
In the world of Bastia, like must marry like. Basti, the supreme deity, has decreed so. Any deviation results in sanctions, imprisonment, torture, or even death. But how did this society come to be? How can a religion be based on hatred?
In these early chronicles of Bastia, we discover good intentions behind the benevolent theocracy gone wrong. Meet the founder of modern day Bastia, Altrea. Placed in a polygamous marriage to enrich her father, she finds love with one of her sister wives. Their husband’s reaction is swift and brutal. As Altrea struggles to make sense of the violence, she dreams of a world in which one woman can love another.
In this new perfect society called Bastia, justice reigns supreme. No one is above the law. The state will provide for all equally. But as Altrea quickly finds out, nothing is simple. Basti is love. Bastia is founded on love. So what went wrong? How did a land of idyllic happiness turn into the dystopian regime that persecutes a young woman for loving a boy?
Come and meet Karielle and Soris before they reeducate the criminal who dared to love the wrong gender, and ask yourself one question.
Why is love a crime?
Title: A Dragon's Dream
Series: Itayu Lake, 1
Author(s): AM Halford
Length: 131 pages
Publisher: Siren Publishing
Genre: Romance / Gay / Paranormal / Fantasy / Dragons /
Blurb: Jason has been verbally abused by most of his family his entire life. Believing he's unworthy and a disappointment to the people he loves he runs from the prophetic dreams that promise to lead him to his destined mate. Michel is a dragon prince and can't understand why his mate is hiding. Frustrated after years of searching, he's grown tired. A chance meeting at Jason's brother's new diner allows them to meet and for fate to finally take its course. Nothing is that simple though and Jason's own fears and insecurities about mating start rising to the surface. Michel needs to find a way for Jason to see the worth he holds and accept who he is. These matters are complicated by his mate's own family and the damage they've inflicted. Still, Michel refuses to give up and wants nothing more than to show Jason he's loved and wanted.
Title: Murder Between the Pages
Author(s): Josh Lanyon
Length: 144 pages
Genre: Romance / Gay / Contemporary / Mystery /
Blurb: Felix Day, author of the Constantine Sphinx mysteries, and Leonard Fuller, author of the Inspector Fez mysteries, are bitter rivals and the best of enemies. Both happen to present when a notorious author of roman à clef is shot by an invisible assailant during a signing at historic Marlborough Bookstore.
Even if they weren’t both suspects, it’s the perfect opportunity to match wits and sleuthing skills.
If only the murderer was equally amused.
Series: The Tempest Series Book 1
Author(s): TD Cloud
Length: 310 pages
Genre: Romance / Gay / Paranormal / Fantasy /
Blurb: Lost in a dark woods and far from his familiar stomping grounds, Corbet put little stock in myths and legends of the Aos Sí. But when he is happened upon by a man claiming to be a faerie king, he finds that superstition holds more sway than logic among the Sidhe.
Title: Discovering the Legacy
Series: Time Lord Series, 1
Length: 360 pages
Publisher: CHBB Publishing (November 6, 2015)
Genre: Romantic / Sword & Sorcery / Fantasy / Elves / Time Travel /
Notes: Book Three introduces LGBT characters with romance, from what I can see. I'm willing to see where this goes.
Blurb: An orphan with unknown powers could save her world from darkness…
Katelyn was raised as an orphaned Time Traveler at the School of Endless Time. She’s willing to do anything, even repress her natural abilities, to fit in among the other students. All she wants is to graduate so she can go out on her own.
Tukil has hunted Gargoyles since one killed his twin sister. With no surviving family, he only has vengeance and hatred in his heart. An accident during a hunt leaves him in the power of slavers. When a mysterious male in a black cloak rescues him, Tukil learns how to accept friendship again.
After a horrible revelation, Katelyn flees from the school and into Tukil’s arms. Their attraction to each other is instant, but their secrets force them to fight it. However, in order for Katelyn and Tukil to become powerful enough to defeat a sly enemy, they must accept their bond and work together to seek those who wield magic mighty enough to help them.
But evil follows the pair wherever they go, and it is out to destroy them both. Can they accept their destiny before their secrets tear them apart?
Title: Defiant Revival
Author(s): L. Rockwood
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press; 1 edition (October 28, 2016)
Genre: Romance / Gay / Bisexual / Paranormal / Fantasy /
Blurb: To free the kingdom from the depravity of Cardinal Aldrious, Prince Micah Helvendeere must take his rightful place as ruler.
Unfortunately, the prince has been dead for a year.
Billiam Grimhart, former page to the prince, knows Micah’s assumption of the throne is the last chance to purge Casperland of the cardinal’s corruption. And for that to happen, the prince must be revived. Only one person stands a chance of achieving the nearly impossible: exiled enchantress Shemmy DuBois, a raunchy bog witch with an affinity for corpses and a heart of gold. Billiam sets out to coax Shemmy to their cause, despite what wading through piles of bodies will do to his favorite shoes.
If he can accomplish it, Billiam might finally get to consummate his love for the prince—something Shemmy is keen to witness. But first, they’ll need to steal Micah’s body, brave a land inhabited by vicious faeries, and accept the help of accomplices as vile and perverse as their enemies. They might be far from typical heroes, but sometimes those are the only people who can get the job done.
If you like dark and edgy high-concept fantasy that’s not for those with delicate sensibilities, join Billiam, Shemmy, and their Faelock allies as they stage their revolution.
Title: Demons Don't Dream
Series: Demonic Tales
Author(s): Hannah Walker
Length: 348 pages
Genre: Romance / Gay / Paranormal / Sci-Fi /
Blurb: Being the Terran ambassador assigned to Kenistal, the Demon home world, is not a particularly easy posting. Caris Dealyn wants nothing more than to get this assignment done so he can continue searching for his missing Avanti friends. But first, he needs to solve the mystery surrounding the last ambassador’s disappearance, while navigating the Demon court with all its whisperings of plots and betrayals. It's not such a bad job, if he could keep his attention on work and not on the prince who seems to distract him just by being near.
Prince Dasalin Kan’erkit is busy running the kingdom in his father's absence, but not so busy he doesn’t notice the new Ambassador. Caris gets under his skin like no one else before, which is quite a feat considering Dasa’s demonically tough scales.
The attraction between them is undeniable, and when events throw them together, sparks fly. They can't get enough of each other. But there are forces at work that wish to keep them apart. In a fight for their survival, the two must figure out which demonic faction is behind the plot and protect not only themselves, but the people they have both vowed to serve.
Title: Big Bear, Little Bear
Series: Midnight Rodeo, 3
Author(s): Julia Talbot
Length: 78 pages
Publisher: OmniLit / All Romance eBooks, LLC (September 1, 2016)
Genre: Romance / Gay / Paranormal /
Blurb:Little bear comes into his own.
Midnight Rodeo, #3
Ben Ursa has been out of the Midnight Rodeo game for a while, recovering from a terrible head injury. When he comes back, he finds a whole new place in the pecking order, his trained horses in high demand.
He also finds rodeo clown and grizzly shifter, Ozzie, who rejected him for being too young before. Now Ozzie thinks he's just right, even if he is a little black bear. Can Ben really recover and become Ozzie's mate, or will his family scheme to keep him "little bear"?
Title: Dare to Love Forever
Series: New Vampire Justice: Book One
Author(s): Jake C. Wallace
Length: 275 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press; 2 edition (September 26, 2016)
Genre: Romance / Gay / Paranormal / Vampire /
Blurb: With pain and loss in their pasts and evil threatening their futures, two vampires will find a love that lasts forever… if they dare.
Carson Locke is dangerous, even by vampire standards. A rare Tabula Rasa vampire, he can wipe the minds of those he bites—human or vampire. Because of this, he’s lived his entire life in isolation. When his family is murdered, Carson runs from those who want him dead. Injured, starving, and about to be executed, he meets Commander Lincoln Samuels, an officer in the New Vampire Justice police force.
Lincoln, a Sanatore vampire, possesses the gift of healing. The moment he encounters Carson, broken and terrified, trying to steal blood to survive, he is compelled to help the other man—despite the risk to himself. Their bond creates something the world has never seen, but others have plans for Carson, and his destiny was written long before he was born. He’ll either become a tool to control the vampire world, or, with Lincoln by his side, find the courage to fight and become its savior.
First Edition published by Amber Allure, 2014.
Title: Barbarian Mine
Series: Ice Planet Barbarians, 4
Author(s): Ruby Dixon
Length: 184 pages
Genre: Romance / Sci-Fi / Alien /
Blurb: The ice planet has given me a second lease on life, so I'm thrilled to be here. Sure, there's no cheeseburgers, but I'm healthy and ready to be a productive member of the small tribe. What I didn't anticipate? That there'd be a savage stranger waiting nearby, watching me. And when he takes me captive, the unthinkable happens...I resonate to him.
Resonance means mating, and children...but I don't know if this guy's ever been around anyone before. He's truly a barbarian in all ways, right down to clubbing me over the head and claiming me as his own.
So why is it that I crave his touch and hunger for more?
Title: Skye's Trail
Series: The Angelini
Author(s): Jory Stroing
Length: 192 pages
Genre: Romance / MFM / Paranormal / Vampires /
Notes: ARe tags: mfm menage, vampire menage, vampires
Blurb: For Skye Delano, the hunt and the kill are sometimes inexorably tied together.
Her origins shrouded behind an impenetrable wall of mental pain, Skye has survived and evolved into a tracker, a hunter who metes out justice to those who prey on the helpless. Alone but not lonely, she's been content with her life. But now her body is changing and there's an underlying craving that's left her restless. She needs to take a mate—or rather, two mates…
Detective Rico Santana wants and needs Skye—for himself, and to track a couple of kids who have gone missing.
In all the centuries that Giovanni Banderali has been alive, he's never desired any woman enough to bind her to him as a companion. That changed the moment he saw Skye. She's a threat to the fledgling vampires he's searching for, but nothing will stop him from claiming her—not even the Angelini blood that flows through her veins.
Adversaries, natural enemies—dangerous allies—the bond that links them is stronger than lust, more powerful than love. When an Angelini chooses a mate, no man can resist.
Title: The Jewel and Her Lapidary
Author(s): Fran Wilde
Length: 96 pages
Genre: Romance / Lesbian / New Adult / Fantasy /
Blurb: The kingdom in the Valley has long sheltered under the protection of its Jewels and Lapidaries, the people bound to singing gemstones with the power to reshape hills, move rivers, and warp minds. That power has kept the peace and tranquility, and the kingdom has flourished.
Jewel Lin and her Lapidary Sima may be the last to enjoy that peace.
The Jeweled Court has been betrayed. As screaming raiders sweep down from the mountains, and Lapidary servants shatter under the pressure, the last princess of the Valley will have to summon up a strength she’s never known. If she can assume her royal dignity, and if Sima can master the most dangerous gemstone in the land, they may be able to survive.
Title: Man & Beast
Series: The Savage Land, 1
Author(s): Michael Jensen
Length: 307 pages
Publisher: Buddha Kitty Books (November 29, 2016)
Genre: Romance / Gay / Western / Historical /
Blurb: What is the line that separates man from beast?
The year is 1797, and 24-year-old John Chapman is lost on the American frontier with winter falling fast. Near death, he stumbles upon a lone cabin, and the owner, a rugged but sexy frontiersman named Daniel McQuay, agrees to let John winter over.
John and Daniel quickly find themselves drawn to each other, the sex between them unlike anything John has ever known. But as the weeks turn into snowbound months, Daniel begins to change into someone brutish, and the line between man and beast disappears.
With the arrival of spring, John flees, eventually finding refuge in the company of a group of frontier outcasts, including a brash young settler named Palmer. But in the wilds of this savage land, love is not so easily tamed, and John soon finds himself calling upon the raging animal within him to save the man he loves.
Man & Beast, which The Advocate calls “equal parts romance novel and history lesson, heaped with sex and violence,” is the first book in the Savage Lands, a series that celebrates the untold gay history of the American frontier. Man & Beast is for fans of Harper Fox, Jerry Cole, K.J. Charles, and Mary Renault, as well as anyone who enjoys pulse-pounding suspense and romance.
Title: Not Your Average Man
Author(s): Edward Kendrick
Length: 133 pages
Publisher: JMS Books LLC (October 22, 2016)
Genre: Romance / Gay / Contemporary / Assassins /
Blurb: I was an average man, not at all violent, until a bastard tricked my best friend into killing my lover, Mick. When that happened, with my best friend in prison for life, I took things into my own hands and killed the bastard.
Not too soon after, a man contacted me. The man Mick had worked for -- as a vigilante. He convinced me to take Mick's place, once I'd been trained to do what Mick had done.
I did. Now I'm a not so average man who might, just might, be falling in love with another vigilante. Coop Frost, to be exact. That is, if we can survive what comes next.
Title: Embracing Derek
Author(s): Nicole Stewart
Length: 540 pages
Genre: Romance / MMF / Contemporary / Bisexual / Poly /
Blurb: Secrets Kept. Expectations Met. True Love Tested In The Grip of Mortality.
Owen Henderson's life is scripted it for greatness.
Palatial bachelor's pad? Check. Record-shattering sales figures on the job? Definitely. Bevy of girlfriends? According to the rumors, yes. And he's not about to stop the gossip mill from spinning, because his steamy menage a trois relationship with his best friend Derek and their blazing hot girlfriend Adelaide is nobody's business, and neither is his bisexuality.
But with Owen's desire to keep them a secret, Derek sees trouble ahead, especially when Owen decides to throw an anniversary party for his parents. What could go wrong? How about Owen's parents staying with their son instead of a hotel?
Now Owen has to keep up the charade of being single, which only makes his mother more determined than ever to see him paired with the perfect match. It's Adelaide's job to plan the anniversary party, but Mrs. Henderson has someone else in mind: Owen's striking ex- girlfriend Scarlett. Adelaide faces stiff competition.
Derek and Addie worry that Owen's playboy reputation will tank their relationship, but Owen panics at the idea of his family learning about his sexuality. Can this trio live with the inconvenient lie? Or, will their love go down in flames when the truth comes out?
Title: Unholy Pursuits
Author(s): Suzanne Rock
Length: 204 pages
Publisher: Electric Ink Press (July 27, 2016)
Genre: Romance / Paranormal /
Blurb: Darien let his guard down once, and Alysanne stole the demon stone out from under his nose. Now he has to get it back, no matter what the cost. It doesn’t matter that the feisty redhead calms the demonic voice in his head, or that her body tempts him beyond reason. Only the stone will ensure his survival. As he tries to seduce it away from her, a connection starts to form between them. Now he must decide whether to save his sanity, or his heart.
The more Darien showers her with kisses, the more Alysanne’s heart softens to his cause. She knows she won’t be able to resist his charm for much longer. Despite the temptation, she knows she must keep the stone safe, because if the demon in his mind claims it, an unholy force would destroy everything she had ever loved—including him.