Saturday, June 3, 2017

What's on the Reading Radar? #WishList #TBR

What am I doing? Self edits on an old manuscript. It's an alternate world paranormal, historical... That sounds so funny. Historicals are hard and my hat goes off for any author who writes them for a living. The details and knowledge involved is staggering. I was a lunatic and picked the 12th century for this story. Making sure that the words used in the era for speech is a bit daunting and getting into the head space on how things were "thought" to be said (because researchers really don't know since very few documents have survived) that I've caught myself using antiquated words when talking to my husband. Bemuddled. Foist. Afore. Ere. Awaited. Yester eve. Alow. Lest. Hence. Agone. Espy. Hearken. Whence.

Anyway. I'm cleaning it up, undoing all the silly stuff that almost ruined the story so that I can send it out to an editor. This poor MS has been sitting on my hard drive for three years, I think.

I actually have a Reading Radar this week. Not as long as the others but it's something. Enjoy!

Title: Reckless
Series: Pier 10, 1
Author(s): Nicole Edwards
Length: 379 pages

Genre: Romance / Contemporary / Gay


Blurb: He’s a walking contradiction...

Cam Strickland, one of the four owners of Pier 70 Marina, has earned the nickname his friends gave him years ago. Reckless. Sure. By definition. When it comes to fun, Cam hasn’t yet met a challenge he wouldn’t accept. In other areas, he’s likely far too cautious for his own good.

He’s his complete opposite...

Gannon Burgess, CEO of Burgess Entertainment, one of the top video game producers in the world, finds himself smack in the middle of the last place he would ever expect to be. But Gannon only thinks he is out of his element standing in the small marina office. Then... he meets Cam.

Rumor is opposites attract.

Sparks fly when this sexy, tattooed bad boy comes face to face with this buttoned-up gamer in glasses.

Can Cam and Gannon push one another out of their comfort zones? Or -- thanks to the events that have shaped their lives -- will the time they spend together prove to be just another reckless adventure? This one involving their hearts.

Title: Feral Dust Bunnies
Series: Offbeat Crimes, 4
Author(s): Angel Martinez
Length: 169 pages
Publisher: Pride Publishing

Genre: Romance / Urban Fantasy / Gay


Blurb: An orphaned kitten may be the only witness to romance and the impossible.

Officer Alex Wolf responds to a lot of ‘paranormal’ calls that aren’t. Exotic pet birds aren’t monsters and unusual dog breeds aren’t aliens. It’s a good thing he likes the Animal Control officers, but he both yearns for and dreads those calls where he runs into ACO Jason Shen. Jason’s scent is so delicious that Wolf has a difficult time humaning around him.

Animal Control calls take a disturbing turn, though, when Wolf and his lizard-man partner, Krisk, discover the impossibly mummified bodies of rats and an unfortunate mother cat. The rescue of the cat’s sole surviving kitten not only gives Wolf more time with Jason, which is both perplexing and wonderful, but also leads to dangerous discoveries. Something inconceivable stalks the city and its officers of the law. Wolf has to figure out what it is before it can attack and drain the life from the people and the kitten he loves.

Title: Recovery
Series: (Reawakening Book 3)
Author(s): Amy Rae Durreson
Length: 503 pages
Publisher: DSPP Publishing

Genre: Alternate World / Fantasy / Dragons / Romance / Gay / 

Notes: This series is so good.

Blurb: Resistance, exile, plague. Raif has survived them all, but now he finds himself in search of a new purpose. Traveling north to wake the dragon Arden, he hopes he has finally found a leader worthy of his loyalty, but Arden turns out to be more of a frivolous annoyance than an almighty spirit lord. Now bound to Arden’s side despite his frustration, Raif follows the dragon to the rich and influential lagoon city of Aliann, chasing rumors of the Shadow that once cursed his homeland.

With the election of a new duke at stake, Raif struggles to make sense of the challenges he meets in Aliann: a conspiracy of nixies and pirates, selkie refugees in desperate need of a champion, a monster that devours souls, a flirtatious pirate prince, and a machine that could change the world. For nothing in the city of masks is what it seems, from the new friends Raif makes to the dragon he follows—or even himself.

Title: The Core
Series: Tetrad, 1
Author(s): Ada R. Griffiths
Length: 110k
Publisher: LT3 Press

Genre: Romance / Fantasy / Steampunk / Pansexual / Gay / 

Notes: releases July 18th

Blurb: The Standard of Kalam, a confederation of kingdoms bound by diplomacy, is governed by the Tetrad. Appointed by the Advisory Council, the four Tetrarchs that comprise the Tetrad are meant to ensure peace and prosperity across Kalam.

Then the relative tranquility of the past several years is threatened by unknown enemies hailing from the recently acquired Eastern Territories. In trying to outsmart and stop them, Tetrarch Tancredi is aided by his sister, new allies, and an old flame... but it will take all of them, and more, if they hope to save the Standard.

Title: Cormorant Run
Author(s): Lilith Saintcrow
Length: 400 pages
Publisher: Orbit (June 13, 2017)

Genre: Non-romantic / Science Fiction / Post Apocolyptic / Alien Invasion /

Notes: releases June 13th, on Audible as well.

Blurb: It could have been aliens, it could have been a trans-dimensional rift, nobody knows for sure. What's known is that there was an Event, the Rifts opened up, and everyone caught inside died. 

Since the Event certain people have gone into the drift... and come back, bearing priceless technology that's almost magical in its advancement. When Ashe -- the best Rifter of her generation -- dies, the authorities offer her student, Svinga, a choice: go in and bring out the thing that killed her, or rot in jail.

But Svin, of course, has other plans...

How far would you go and what would you risk to win the ultimate prize?

Title: The Hundredth Queen
Series: (The Hundredth Queen Series Book 1)
Author(s): Emily R. King
Length: 302 pages

Genre: Fantasy / Coming of Age / Historical / Romantic Elements / 

Notes: on audible, too

Blurb: As an orphan ward of the Sisterhood in the ancient Tarachand Empire, eighteen-year-old Kalinda is destined for nothing more than a life of seclusion and prayer. Plagued by fevers, she’s an unlikely candidate for even a servant’s position, let alone a courtesan or wife. Her sole dream is to continue living in peace in the Sisterhood’s mountain temple.

But a visit from the tyrant Rajah Tarek disrupts Kalinda’s life. Within hours, she is ripped from the comfort of her home, set on a desert trek, and ordered to fight for her place among the rajah’s ninety-nine wives and numerous courtesans. Her only solace comes in the company of her guard, the stoic but kind Captain Deven Naik.

Faced with the danger of a tournament to the death—and her growing affection for Deven—Kalinda has only one hope for escape, and it lies in an arcane, forbidden power buried within her.

Title: Queer Magick
Author(s): LC Davis
Length: 211 pages

Genre: Romance / Coming of Age / LGBTIAQ / Poly? / Contemporary Fantasy / 


Blurb: Twenty-something Holden Adams never asked to be the harbinger of the apocalypse, or for the seven lovers who come with the job. All he wanted in Stillwater, Vermont was a fresh start, but his past as a preacher's kid turned witch threatens any hope he has of a normal life in the idyllic town. A fateful encounter with a strange cat on the brink of death earns Holden a new enemy and some unlikely friends, but as Stillwater reveals itself not to be as conventional as it appears, the line between the two becomes irreparably blurred. 

Daniel St. James is getting too old for this crap. The love of his life turned out to be a cold-blooded killer and while Dennis got away with murder thirteen years earlier, Daniel and the rest of the town are still reeling from the tragedy. Now some kid who claims to be a witch waltzes into town and all of a sudden, Daniel's unflinchingly straight best friend is head over heels for Holden. Chaos has a way of following Holden, revealing a web of supernatural secrets around Daniel that makes him question everything he believes about the town he's lived in his entire life--and everything he doesn't.

Welcome to Stillwater. Things are a little queer here.

This book is intended for mature audiences only, and as a serial, it ends on a cliffhanger. Next installment available in June, 2017.

Title: Eternity
Author(s): Casper Graham
Length: 112 pages

Genre: Romance / Paranormal / Vampires / Necromancer / Murder Mystery / 


Blurb: Dylan Johnson has recently discovered he’s a witch, a true necromancer, to be exact. But frankly, he doesn’t know how to juggle being a new kindergarten teacher and practicing his long-dormant magic. To complicate things, he’s trying to help solve six mysterious, seemingly unrelated, supernatural deaths.

Aurelius Chatzis is one of the detectives in charge of the Supernatural Crimes Division. As a vampire almost three thousand years old, he can’t understand his immediate attraction to Dylan. Their close proximity during the initial stage of the investigation, in addition to his partner’s nosy interference, eventually leads to a memorable first date.

Unfortunately, the mounting danger of the multiple murders will test the strength of Dylan and Aurelius’s new relationship. Will it survive and last for an eternity? Or will it crash and burn from the pressure of it all?

Title: The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet
Series: (Wayfarers)
Author(s): Becky Chambers
Length: 467 pages
Publisher: Harper Voyager (August 18, 2015)

Genre: Non-Romantic / Science Fiction / Action & Adventure / Aliens / Fun Romp? / LGBTIAQ Characters / 

Notes: on Audible, too.

Blurb: Follow a motley crew on an exciting journey through space—and one adventurous young explorer who discovers the meaning of family in the far reaches of the universe—in this light-hearted debut space opera from a rising sci-fi star.

Rosemary Harper doesn’t expect much when she joins the crew of the aging Wayfarer. While the patched-up ship has seen better days, it offers her a bed, a chance to explore the far-off corners of the galaxy, and most importantly, some distance from her past. An introspective young woman who learned early to keep to herself, she’s never met anyone remotely like the ship’s diverse crew, including Sissix, the exotic reptilian pilot, chatty engineers Kizzy and Jenks who keep the ship running, and Ashby, their noble captain.

Life aboard the Wayfarer is chaotic and crazy—exactly what Rosemary wants. It’s also about to get extremely dangerous when the crew is offered the job of a lifetime. Tunneling wormholes through space to a distant planet is definitely lucrative and will keep them comfortable for years. But risking her life wasn’t part of the plan. In the far reaches of deep space, the tiny Wayfarer crew will confront a host of unexpected mishaps and thrilling adventures that force them to depend on each other. To survive, Rosemary’s got to learn how to rely on this assortment of oddballs—an experience that teaches her about love and trust, and that having a family isn’t necessarily the worst thing in the universe.

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