Saturday, November 2, 2019

What's on the Reading Radar? #reading #wishlist #TBR

What have I been up to this week? Well, reviewing edits on Surrounded by Crimson and Dragon's Eye. They are set up for pre-order through Smashwords. I also got the 1st round of edits back for Constant... So, yep, more edits.  

But I've been reading A Lot. Usually, I mostly listen to audiobooks so that I can crochet, but I'm in between projects, so I am tackling books that were on the TBR but not audio.


Title: Stalked by Shadows
Series: (A Simply Crafty Paranormal Mystery Book 1)
Author: Lissa Casey
Length: 346 page

Genre: Romance / Paranormal / Things that Go Bump in the Night / Gay / 

Notes: It's Friday as I create this blog post and I'm about 40% through this book. I LOVE it. I have work to do today and I'm really tempted to abandon it all so I can go back to reading. :D EDIT: It is Saturday morning. I finished the book in the early a.m. and loved it. Can't wait to see what comes next!

Blurb: A missing girl, ritual murders, and a shadow stalking every footstep.

Alexis Caine survived an attack in the deserts of Afghanistan. An attack the government denied and discharged him for, leaving him broken and in a mental institution. What Alex saw that day in the desert continues to haunt him.

When a new job working as a bodyguard for a New Orleans ghost tour guide, Micah Richards, opens Alex’s eyes to a world of paranormal possibilities, he’s not sure he can believe his eyes. What if he’s not crazy after all? When a ritual murder in which two fellow tour guides die and a tourist vanishes, Alex wonders if he brought a curse down upon them all.

A shadow from the desert rears its nightmarish head offering Alex something he wants more than anything, but at what cost?



Title: Queen Take Camelot
Series: Their Vampire Queen, 10
Author: Joely Sue Burkhart
Length:

Genre: Romance / Paranormal / Vampires / Myths & Legends / 

Notes: Gwen is not my favorite queen. Don't get me wrong, I don't dislike her and I enjoyed her story, but she is not Shara. She wasn't meant to be like Shara, and I understand that. She is a minor queen and part of the foundation Shara has set down, so she's important. But I have thoughts on other things in this story that will probably encourage me to write a review. I still enjoyed the story though it felt unfinished which could mean there will be more about Gwen and her knights later.

Blurb: The Once and Future King has always been my curse.

You think King Arthur is a hero.
You blame me for the fall of Camelot.
Because I refused to choose.

Yes, I loved Lancelot. Once upon a time, I loved Arthur, too. I loved all of his friends, even Merlin, the cantankerous wizard.

But Arthur’s jealousy destroyed our love. He smashed the Round Table, banished Lancelot, and locked me in a burning tower. He would rather see me dead than love another man. Even his best friend.

So now I’m doomed to repeat this grim tale over and over until Arthur wins my love. But this vampire queen will never choose Arthur. Not after what he’s done. I will certainly never choose him over Lancelot.

I will never settle for just one knight. Not when I can have them all.

Oh, and this time? Arthur will be the Once and Dead King, because Camelot is mine.

This expanded version contains both Queen Takes Camelot & Queen Takes Avalon!



Title: Perfect Pride
Series: Gesa's Menagerie, 9
Author: Kaye Draper
Length: 116 pages

Genre: Romance / Paranormal / Urban Fantasy / Poly / Bisexual / 

Notes: I was about half way through book 7 and I paused because I had caught up with the binge read and wanted to wait for books 7 and 8. Things were getting hairy and I didn't want to wait at the end of 7 for the last two. My schedule got crazy so I didn't get back to this series until this week. Then I blitz read through them all. Great series with a lot of action. I would love to read other stories in this universe. There is still a lot of mystery around side characters that I wouldn't mind delving into. :D

Blurb: The final book in the sexy, snarky, no-holds-barred Gesa's Menagerie series!

Gesa just wanted to finally settle down for some damned peace and quiet with her pride. But of course her kraken has decided to go off looking for long-lost family...and now the ancient sea monster has fallen into the clutches of the sirens.

Once she gets Kai back home, Gesa is going to ban the pride from leaving the house. Permanently. Krakens attack, gryphons rampage, demons plot, and all the monsters finally find a home.

This is the last book in the main series, with a spin-off planned at a later date.




Title: Fourth Point of Contact
Series: (Legends of Lobe den Herren Book 1)
Author: AJ Sherwood
Length: 355 pages

Genre: Romance / Fantasy / Gay / Demisexual / 

Notes: I have finished my binge reading of AJ Sherwood. Loved it all. Want more. I sound like a zombie.

Blurb: Not once in the past five years has Castle Warden Sho Renjimantoro regretted following his best friend to Aart. How can he regret it when he finds open acceptance regarding his sexuality from everyone around him (even if they don’t understand it), and he gets to be with the man most important to him?

No, finding someone in this country is a fantasy best forgotten.

General Arman Brahms, finally home from deployment, has waited over two years to show Ren he's wrong, that fantasies can come true. Unfortunately, his plans get put on hold to help Ren solve the crisis unfolding in the castle.

Someone is doing their level best to make sure the engagement of Prince Charles and Princess Alexandria of Scovia falls through—by fair means or foul. In addition, they’re trying to make Ren deemed incompetent and dismissed from his position. While hunting for the perpetrator, Ren and Arman do everything in their power to protect those they’re sworn to before the irredeemable occurs.

And along the way, prove that even an ordinary life can become extraordinary.




Title: Consorts of the Red King
Series: 
Author: Eden Winters
Length: 364 pages

Genre: Romance / Sci-Fi / Poly / Gay /

Notes: #wishlist

Blurb: In deepest space the ruthless Federation lays waste to one rebel colony after another, leaving comrades-in-arms Van Orskey and Tayn Kassik without family, without a home, and without hope.

With nothing left but each other, they run contraband and smuggle fugitives from the safety of their ship, the Cormorant—with the occasional clandestine mission for the rival Coalition thrown in. Their heists have not gone unnoticed, though even the bounty on their heads doesn’t prevent them from being a thorn in the enemy’s side at every opportunity.

Pissing them off? Big mistake.

From the day of his birth Prince Jorvik of Akiak learned duty, wisdom, and honor from his father, leaving him ill-equipped to withstand betrayal by his Federation-puppet uncle. He has no love for the greedy off-worlders who plunder his world’s natural resources and enslave his people. To defeat his foe, he needs the cunning, fearlessness, and touch of treachery only outlaws can offer.

Two off-world mercenaries make unlikely partners in Jorvik’s quest for vengeance, but the more he learns of them, the more common ground he discovers. In each other’s arms they find passion, heat, and maybe, a reason for living—until their common enemy threatens to tear them apart.

To survive, they must take on the corrupt Federation.

And win.

A standalone novel based in The Sentinel universe.



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Saturday, October 26, 2019

What is on the Reading Radar #read #wishlist #TBR

This week has been full of edits on Sumeria's Sons, Surrounded by Crimson and Dragon's Eye, so that I can get them back out on the market. Next week promises to be the same. :D

Reading-wise... I Binged on AJ Sherwood.


Title: How to Shield an Assassin
Series: Unholy Trifecta, 1
Author: AJ Sherwood
Length: 269 pages

Genre: Romance / Contemporary / Gay /

Notes or thoughts: So I read through her Paranormal mysteries this week and hopped on this one, not sure if it would catch me. I'm so picky about contemporary romances, since my taste in books run to the UF/Fantasy/Sci-Fi/Paranormal genres. This not only caught me but held me hostage until I read the last word. LOVED IT. Excellent read. I can't wait to get my hands on the next one.


Blurb: It’s not stealing if you’re stealing it back….

Ari had a game plan for life. Shoot people. Get money. Hang out with fellow criminal friends. He saw absolutely no reason to change that plan until one dark night in Memphis, when a little girl reached out to him with pocket change and a desperate plea for him to help her.

Adopting an abused little girl off the streets was, needless to say, not part of the plan. Ari had no idea what he was doing with an eight year old. He especially didn’t know how to juggle taking contracts and raising a little girl.

Things get more complicated when the mercenary, Carter Harrison, approaches him with a job. He needs Ari’s expertise to get into the very high-security museum, Knowles, and steal back Monet’s Water Lily Pond. The job isn’t an easy one. He’d need more than the two of them to make it happen. It’s further complicated because Ari’s not sure what to do with his new daughter while working this job.

And for that matter, how’s he supposed to handle the sexy mercenary?


Tags:
Not child safe but child approved, children know best, Remi approves this book, idiots in love, but Remi loves them anyway, criminals make the best uncles, family of choice, Ari acknowledges Remi as the smarter one, Carter admits his own insanity, nothing blows up, Ivan is very disappointed by this, Kyou has PLANS for Remi, licking solves all problems, bedsheets, lifeskills, children should come with warning labels, it’s not stealing if you’re stealing it BACK, right?, the author once again regrets nothing



Title: Jon's Crazy Head-Boppin' Mystery
Series: Jon's Mysteries, 2
Author: AJ Sherwood
Length: 201 pages

Genre: Romance / Contemporary Paranormal / Psychics / Gay / Bisexual / 

Notes or thoughts: The first book was excellent and I loved the second just as much. I heard that this series will be released on audiobook as well and I can't wait. *makes grabby hands*


Blurb: I’m rather used to the crazy cases, because let’s face it, most cops can handle the run-of-the-mill with their eyes closed. I’m only called in when the situation is weird or they need to solve the case fast.

This case is a little of both.

Someone’s attacking women as they get off of work, hitting them in the back of the head. What started as a case of battery has steadily built up to homicide. With three murders, six victims, and no leads, the Clarksville PD are desperate to catch the assailant. But there’s no real leads for us to follow, either, and for once my eyes can’t really help.

A madman running around attacking women is bad enough, but the police are demanding answers we can’t give them, and they’re not taking no for an answer. It’s pushing us all past our limits, and frankly, I don’t know what’s going to break first: The case or Donovan’s patience.

Tags:

Explicit sexual content, Relationships, Loss of control, Emotional Hurt/Comfort, Domestic, Tenderness, Tooth-rotting fluff, (I didn’t know that was a tag until just now), POV Alternating, Women being awesome, Protectiveness, The fluffiest mystery you’ll ever read, I mean really this is just ridiculous, Bisexuality, Size Difference, Communication, Holding Hands, Healthy Relationships, Pansexual Character, Donovan is Boss AF, Jon is so smitten it’s embarrassing, Aftercare, Jon what are you getting yourself into?, Violence, Because they’re detectives duh, bit of pain, That sounds terrible, it’s brief I promise, Snuggles heal all the pains, most pain, some pain?, Jon basically has to deal with everyone wanting to cuddle him, cuddle porn




Title: Jon's Spooky Corpse Conundrum
Series: Jon's Mysteries, 3
Author: AJ Sherwood
Length: 207 pages

Genre: Romance / Contemporary Paranormal / Psychics / Gay / Bisexual / 

Notes or thoughts: I don't usually binge read series because sometimes it ruins the series for me. Usually it has to do with a character quirks/attitudes that I find annoying, and I can ignore something like that for one book, but it will drive me away if I binge. There is nothing about these characters or stories that bug me, and at the end of each book I wanted More Now. Such a great series and I CANNOT wait for the next book. I'm dying to meet Donovan's brother!! *happy wiggles* Read this series y'all. Just do it!


Blurb: I’ve investigated some pretty strange cases in my life, but I have to say this is a first. A corpse—a murder victim—has gone missing during the middle of an investigation, and no one has any clue where it went. Psy is called in to clear the investigative team, make sure they’re not an accomplice. It’s a four hour drive outside of Nashville, to a place famous for being haunted, so none of us are particularly eager to go.

And then we arrive on scene and I see who we’re dealing with and I want nothing more than to turn around and go right back to Nashville.

This case is complicated and strange, and absolutely nothing is as it seems at first glance. Even with my eyes, it’s going to take some digging to get to the truth.


Tags:

haunted house, disappearing corpses, not in a zombie way, Donovan doesn’t do ghosts, family drama, because families are complicated, muuuuurder, bareback sex, terrible parenting, Donovan puts up with a lot to say the least, developing relationship, Garrett’s a good bro, sometimes, yeeeeeeeeeeeeees, FINALLY, healthy life choices, possibly wrong forensics, I don’t even know, I tried, no ghosts were harmed in the making of this story, supernatural elements, the author regrets nothing




Title: Cauldron Cake Pops and a Witch's Kiss
Series: Holiday Omegas, 1
Author: CW Gray
Length: 46 pages

Genre: Romance / Paranormal / Gay / 

Notes or thoughts: This was a sweet and adorable PNR short story.


Blurb: Holiday Omegas: Book One

Sonny is an omega witch with a huge crush on the alpha bear shifter next door. Unfortunately, every time they meet, Sonny’s normal sassy personality disappears and he becomes a shy, babbling idiot.

Leo is captivated by the adorable kitchen witch that lives in his apartment building, but what could Leo possibly offer him? Thanks to his ex, Leo knows he’s not exactly the greatest catch. The problem is, Leo’s bear knows Sonny is his mate.
Fed up with their awkward mating dance, Sonny and Leo’s friends decide All Hallows’ Eve is the perfect time to cause a little mischief to bring the two together.

Author's Note: 10,000 word short story. This is a paranormal omegaverse love story with no angst and no cheating. There are a few potty mouths, so beware. 18+ readers only, please. This series also contains mpreg, though it is not seen in this book.



Title: Witchy Boys: Sexy Stories for the Dark Nights
Series: 
Author: Katey Hawthorne
Length: 56 pages

Genre: Romance / UF / Gay / 

Notes or thoughts: Next up on the reading list!


Blurb: Just in time for Halloween! Two novelettes about men with magic—and the occasional demon.

"Blood Magic and the Mini Zombie Apocalypse"
Griff has a bad habit of getting talked into black magic he shouldn’t be using—but this time it’s even worse. His ex is bent on revenge in the form of a mini zombie apocalypse, and the only person who can help Griff is a hottie white magic practitioner named Blythe. The catch: one of Griff’s spells gone wrong left Blythe with a haunted apartment a year ago, and Blythe isn’t over it.

Still, Blythe agrees to work with Griff. As they unravel the ugly blood, sex, and death magic, they also discover surprising things about each other. Hopefully, it’s enough for the ultimate trust they’ll need to defeat a lot of zombies and a crazed witch, or their town will end up covered in corpses.

"Præsidium"
Six years ago, Thackeray agreed to let a demon haunt him in exchange for help hunting other demons. It's a lonely life, but worth it to be the best demon hunter possible -- to save families from the kind of evil that ruined his own childhood.

This Hallowe'en, Thackeray's dealing with an upstart coven. A powerful, pretty witch named Matt defects to help Thackeray stop their scheme to invite god-knows-what from the other side.

Demons are much easier to fight than the urges Matt's flirting inspires. But Thackeray can't hook up with a demon watching over his shoulder... can he?

This is a reprint of the book by the same name published in October 2016. The only differences are the cover and minor editorial changes



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Saturday, October 19, 2019

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

What have I been up to? Lots of editing this week trying to get Sumeria's Sons back out. I still have a list of Admin stuff that I need to do, like update my website that I need to get to. :)

I've been reading all week instead of listening to an audiobook while crocheting.


Title: Jaguar and Grizzly
Series: (Apex Investigations Book 2)
Author: Julia Talbot
Length: 169 pages

Genre: Romance / Paranormal / Shifters / Gay / High Heat Intimacy / 

Notes: The plot thickens! I'm really enjoying this series. Can't wait to see what happens next. I hope it's James's story. 

Blurb: A client with a cheating wife, a warehouse of cult members, and someone with a deadly vendetta—just a day’s work for Apex Investigations. Or is it?

Bear shifter “Grizz” Locke is ex-military and ready for PI work, which if not exactly safe seems less likely to get him killed on a daily basis. The added bonus of teaming up with former lover, Brock, a jaguar shifter, is all the incentive Grizz needs.

Brock can be a grumpy kitty, but has found a home and family at Apex. And now as luck would have it, he has a chance to rekindle his romance with Grizz. They might even rebuild their mate bond, severed years ago—as long as they don't manage to get killed first.

When an enemy targets the Apex team, Brock and Locke will fight with all they have to protect their own. To enjoy life and love as fate intended, they will have to find out who wants them dead before someone at the agency pays the ultimate price.





Title: The Toymaker's Hoard
Series: Trice City Lovers 2
Author: Megan Derr
Length: 112 pages

Genre: Romance / Fantasy / Shifters and Such / Poly / 

Notes: I really loved this short story. I love romances that are mostly angst free. I'm going to have to go back and re-read Love Tokens. Cadmus is so sweet.

Blurb: Cadmus is content to spend his days quietly tending his shop and creating custom toys, music boxes, and automatons for his clients. It's a peaceful life, minus the occasional hostile visit from a rival who wants to know the secret behind his creations, which require no winding to work.

Then an intriguing new client, Lady Serena, blows into his shop requesting he make a gift for the man she loves but is forbidden to be with. She is followed shortly by her father, the notorious Chief of Police Harren Imperia, who ends up taking Cadmus out for coffee—and introduces him to Lord Paali, whose son is the object of Serena's affection.

As he is dragged further into their dizzying world, he finds himself facing problems he never expected: being caught between the wishes of the parents and the wants of the children, and drawn helplessly to the fierce Harren and intriguing Lord Paali…




Title: Jon's Downright Ridiculous Shooting Case
Series: (Jon's Mysteries Case 1)
Author: AJ Sherwood
Length: 264 pages

Genre: Romance / Contemporary / Mystery / Gay / Humor / Paranormal /

Notes: I have been waffling about this one but I keep hearing good things about it. I finished reading it last night and I LOVED it. The characters, the different cases, all of it was awesome. I had to amend the genre with paranormal since Jon is psychic. 

Blurb: A psychic without an anchor. A student in trouble. A shooter on the loose.

I’m Jonathan Bane, a licensed psychic who consults for the police. I routinely help the police put the bad guys away and, for that reason, the criminal world doesn’t like me much. People like to take a swing at me, or go stabbity, or try for a gun. It makes for interesting times. My psychic ability prevents me from handling anything electronic—and I do mean ANYTHING, I fry it in seconds—so calling for help isn’t always a possibility.

I need an anchor, a partner, but I’m resigned: it’s just wishful thinking.

At least, I thought so until he walked through the door.

Donovan Havili looks like a thug and has the soul of a superhero. He shines so bright in my vision it’s like watching a supernova. He definitely has the right mindset and skills for this crazy job. But asking anyone to take me on long-term is a bit much. And now we’ve got multiple cases to handle, a Chinese exchange student falsely accused who needs our help, and someone taking random shots at me. It’s a bit much for any new guy to handle and I’m half-afraid that my new partner will run for the door.

But in Donovan Havili, the criminal world has met its match. And maybe, just maybe, I have as well.

Trigger Warnings:
Your average cop show violence and criminals



Title: The Geek and his Bad Boys
Series: 
Author: R. Cayden
Length: 224 pages

Genre: Romance / Contemporary / Hot Heads / Geek / Gay / Poly / 

Notes: This was recommended to me and I really enjoyed it. I picked up another book by this new-to-me author. :D

Blurb: Can his tender heart handle their scorching passion?
Some people have to fight like hell for their love.
Striker and Dante? They come out swinging.

Frances:

I thought I was just going to get a tattoo.
It was so out of character. All of my gaymer friends thought I was going to chicken out because I’m afraid of needles.

But I was done being scared of things. I had spent enough of my life being scared.
Scared of bullies. Of my father.
Scared of every jerk who put me down.
The thing is, Striker and Dante? The tattoo artists?

They scare me.

They scare me because of how amazing it feels when I’m with them.
They scare me because, once we get together, I’m doing things I never thought I would do.
And most of all, they scare me because of how much they love each other.

Could I dare to be loved like that, too?
To be theirs?

The Geek and His Bad Boys is a 60,000+ word standalone MMM romance. It is a high heat novel, with loads of passion between our three men. Childhood bullies get faced down, a geek gets a spicy tattoo, and the story ends HEA for all three characters. Enjoy!



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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Blog Tour: "The Shoreless Sea" by J. Scott Coatsworth #newrelease #giveaway


The Shoreless Sea - J. Scott Coatsworth


J. Scott Coatsworth has a new queer sci fi book out, the final book in his Liminal Sky trilogy: "The Shoreless Sea." And books one and two are on sale!

As the epic trilogy hurtles toward its conclusion, the fight for the future isn’t over yet. It could lead to a new beginning, or it might spell the end for the last vestiges of humankind.

The generation ship Forever has left Earth behind, but a piece of the old civilization lives on in the Inthworld—a virtual realm that retains memories of Earth's technological wonders and vices. A being named Lilith leads the uprising, and if she succeeds in setting its inhabitants free, they could destroy Forever.

But during the generation ship's decades-long voyage, humanity has evolved. Liminals with the ability to connect with the world mind and the Inthworld provide a glimmer of hope. They'll have to face not only Lilith’s minions, but also the mistrust of their own kind and persecution from a new government as homotypicals continue to fear what they can't understand.

The invasion must be stopped, the Inthworld must be healed, and the people of Forever must let go of their past and embrace what they’re meant to become.

Series Blurb:

Humankind is on its way to the stars, a journey that will change it forever. Each of the stories in Liminal Sky explores that future through the lens of a generation ship, where the line between science fiction and fantasy often blurs. At times both pessimistic and very hopeful, Liminal Sky thrusts you into a future few would ever have imagined.


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Excerpt


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Kiryn Hammond-Clarke floated in the darkness of space, stars he’d never seen in person twinkling against the velvety black depths.

The voice came to him from out of nowhere. “Can anyone hear me?”

In his dreams, he could hear. Like when Belynn let him ride in her mind.

The voice repeated, sounding stretched and thin. “Is anyone out there?”

In the distance, a single star glowed brighter than all the others, though it was still just a small golden dot.

Kiryn reached out toward the light, his hand naked to the cold of the void.

Ice crystals formed on his arm, hardening it in place. The cold reached into his bones like knives of frozen glass. It raced up his bicep, the burning cold fire of the void.

He snatched back his arm, but he was too late. The freezing grip reached his heart, and he screamed silently—

Kiryn awoke with a start, sitting up in bed in his dorm room drenched with sweat. He ran his hands through his dark hair, letting them come to rest clasped behind his head.

First Light flashed past in the trees outside his window, brightening up the room.

The world was utterly silent.

The silence, his constant companion since birth, was particularly soothing after his rude awakening. It wrapped itself around him like a blanket, a suit of armor, a barrier between him and the hustle and bustle of the outside world.

Between him and emotion.

He held his arm out for inspection, half expecting it to be blackened by the void. Instead, it looked perfectly normal. Warm and tan, halfway between his mothers’ sepia and white skin tones.

He shivered at the memory.

The bed moved under him, and his date from the night before sat up, his mouth moving soundlessly.

The man was handsome, a Thyrean sent to the university at Micavery for his higher schooling—long limbs, blond hair shaved short, warm brown eyes.

His name was Dax. Or Zack. Or something.

Kiryn’s lipreading was decent, but he hadn’t bothered to spend too much time learning this one’s name. Dax or Zack hadn’t seemed to mind much.

Kiryn pointed at his ear and shook his head.

The man’s mouth closed, and he blushed. “Sorry. I forgot.”

That one was easy enough to read.

He grabbed the piece of cotton paper and a pencil Kiryn kept at his bedside just for that purpose and scribbled something out longhand, then handed it over to him.

It’s Dax. And are you okay?

Kiryn stared at him. Did you just read my mind? Maybe there was a little Liminal in him. He laughed, wondering not for the first time what it sounded like from the outside. It felt clunky and awkward on the inside.

He sighed and took the paper and pencil.

Dax’s hand lingered over his for an extra second before letting go.

Bad dream. Class in fifteen minutes. He hesitated, then scribbled, Dinner?

Dax took the paper, and a grin lit up his face. His eager nod needed no translation. I work at the hatchery until six. Meet me there?

Kiryn nodded and grinned.

Dax slipped out of bed and pulled on his trousers and white shirt, the V-neck showing off his chest to perfection.

Kiryn sat back with his hands behind his head, admiring the view.

He leaned over, kissed Kiryn on the cheek, and mouthed, “See you.”

When Dax left, Kiryn grabbed a change of clothes and headed down the hall to the dorm bathroom. He hopped into the shower, using the aromatic red berry soap bar his mom and mamma had sent him from the Estate. The smell transported him, and he closed his eyes and imagined himself standing among the long, even rows of red berry vines that arched across the hillsides.

His parents worried about him, out here alone, but it was Andy who had insisted he go.

When Kiryn had been born congenitally and profoundly deaf, Andy and Shandra had learned sign language from the world mind in vee.

There were so few other deaf people in Forever. So few like him.

The day before he was set to leave for university, to catch the public wagon headed for Darlith and then Micavery, he’d had a huge panic attack.

His parents had sat him down along with his sister, Belynn:



“I’m scared. Why do I have to go away?” He was fidgeting, nervous.

“You have to go. There’s nothing here for you.” Andy indicated the Estate, where the family had built a thriving agricultural business on the backs of Trip’s and Colin’s earlier work.

You’re here.” His hands signed it while his knee bounced up and down.

Andy shook her head. “This is our place. You need to go.”

He flushed. “I’m sorry. I didn’t realize I was such a burden.”

“No.That was emphatic. “That’s not what I meant. We don’t want you to get trapped here, working on the Estate for the rest of your life. There’s a whole world out there for you to explore.” She looked up at Shandra, who nodded.

“I’ll go with him,” Belynn said and signed it at the same time, but he could hear her inside his head too.

Mom could do that, too, of course, but she had to touch him to do it.

“You’re not ready.” Shandra glared at Belynn and shook her head.

“I’ve been with Kiryn in every vee class since I was born. I’m only two years younger than he is. Let me go with him to help.”

Kiryn frowned. He wasn’t sure he wanted his little sister tagging along after him, cramping his style. If he decided to go.

Belynn’s hand found his, palm to palm, and he could feel her emotions. We can take care of each other. That thought was private, just for him, inside his head.

Maybe so.

Andy looked at Shandra. “They could take care of each other.” She echoed Belynn’s thought and touched Shandra’s hand. Something passed between them.

Shandra looked at him and then at Belynn, uncertainty clear on her face. “We could… try it.”

Belynn squeezed his hand. “Yes!”

“For a semester.” Andy kissed Shandra on the forehead.

Kiryn thought about it. It would be nice to have someone close by, just in case. Someone who really knew him. “Okay.” And it would be a lot less scary.

Now he was here, and Belynn wouldn’t be far behind.

Where are you, big brother? Belynn’s insistent voice.

I’ll be back in a minute. He pulled the towel from its wooden peg, dried off his hair and shoulders.

A couple of the other guys in the dorm, Stave and Trevor, waved on their way to their own showers. Cute as hell, but straighter than the old antenna on Micavery’s village green. Well, except when Stave got drunk on red berry wine….

Kiryn grinned. He pulled on his trousers and shirt and padded back to his room. Belynn was waiting for him on his bed. “How did you get in?” he signed.

They touched palms, the emotions flowing between them and synching.

“Easy. Aric at the front desk is a sucker for a pretty girl.”

“Like I said, how did you get in?”

She stuck out her tongue at him. “Come on. We’re going to be late.” She tugged him off the bed, and Kiryn barely had time to grab his carry sack before she had him out the door and down the hall.




Author Bio


J. Scott Coatsworth

Scott lives between the here and now and the what could be. Indoctrinated into fantasy and sci fi by his mother at the tender age of nine, he devoured her library. But as he grew up, he wondered where the people like him were.

He decided it was time to create the kinds of stories he couldn’t find at Waldenbooks. If there weren’t gay characters in his favorite genres, he would remake them to his own ends.

His friends say Scott’s brain works a little differently – he sees relationships between things that others miss, and gets more done in a day than most folks manage in a week. He seeks to transform traditional sci fi, fantasy, and contemporary worlds into something unexpected.

A Rainbow Award winning author and Science Fiction Writer’s Association (SFWA) member, he runs Queer Sci Fi and QueeRomance Ink with his husband Mark, sites that bring queer people together to promote and celebrate fiction reflecitng their own reality.

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Sunday, October 13, 2019

What is on the Reading Radar? #wishlsit #TBR

Y'all won't believe it but I actually turned a book over to an editor! Now I'm working on getting the rest of Sumeria's Sons back on the market. Wish me luck!


Title: Double Trouble
Series: A Magical Romantic Comedy (with a body count)
Author: RJ Blain 
Length: 
Publisher: Pen & Page Publishing (November 26, 2019)

Genre: Romantic Elements, Urban Fantasy, 

Notes: *happy wiggles* I adore this series and I'm always waiting for the next one. I hope she never runs out of ideas for this world. It is fun, angst free, and action packed with lots of puns. Release Date: November 26, 2019

Blurb: This novella is also in Water Witch: a Dustin Walker Anthology and Other Tales by RJ Blain.

Layla, a recovering drug addict, reformed kleptomaniac, and general troublemaker, believes she has a one-way ticket straight to hell to go with her general rap sheet. Instead of jail time, she's ordered to perform ninety days of community service.


Her job is simple: she must keep two unicorns out of trouble.

It doesn't take her long to learn the truth: she's been assigned to a dose of double trouble, and wherever the unicorns go, chaos and mayhem follow in their wake.

One wants to take over the world.

The other wants in her pants.

Unless she pulls out all the stops, Layla won't escape her community service time single or sane.

Warning: this novella contains magic, mayhem, unicorns, romance, and bodies. Proceed with Caution.



Title: His Vampire Harem
Series: Book 2
Author: Lily Harlem
Length: 253 pages
Publisher: Lily Harlem (August 28, 2019)

Genre: Romance / Paranormal / Vampires / Poly / Gay /

Notes: 


Blurb: Okay, so I'm special. I get that now. But can my vampires protect me from the dangers lurking around every corner of my strange new world?

Having gorgeous, over-protective vampires doting on me is pretty cool. Not least when they've pledged to keep me safe and satisfied until the end of time.

But what about the newest member of my harem? A sexy British soldier-turned vampire whose lust for my blood is stratospheric. He's strong, wild, desperate, and I'm as fascinated by him as he is with me. Trouble is, being within biting distance could be disastrous, for all of us.

Throw in a pack of shifters who want to rid the planet of vampires, a frozen version of Hell, and a dusty cave in Mongolia, and one thing is certain: life is never going to be dull with my bloodsucking companions at my side. Not that I'm complaining. I've never felt so alive, so in love, or so high with pleasure.

* From popular reverse harem author Lily Harlem this is the sequel to HIS VAMPIRE HAREM, also on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited. M/MMMMM





Title: Sword Dance
Series: Sword Dance trilogy, 1
Author: AJ Demas
Length: 265 pages
Publisher: Sexton's Cottage (July 31, 2019)

Genre: Romance / Ancient History Fantasy / Gay /

Notes: 

Blurb: 
Five years ago, Damiskos’s brilliant military career was cut short, leaving him with a permanent disability and scars that are not all physical. Adrift and still grieving, he tries to find meaning in an unsatisfying job.

Work takes him to the remote seaside villa of an old friend, where, among an odd assortment of guests, he meets the eunuch sword-dancer Varazda. Enigmatic and beautiful but distinctly prickly, Varazda is the antithesis of the straightforward and serious Damiskos. Yet as they keep getting in each other’s way at the villa, their mutual dislike is complicated by a spark of undeniable attraction.

Then the villa’s guests begin to reveal their true characters and motives—no one here is what they seem—and Damiskos finds himself at the centre of a bizarre web of espionage, theft, and assassination. Varazda may need Damiskos’s help, but not as much as Damiskos, finally awakening to a new sense of life and purpose, needs Varazda.

Sword Dance is the first book in the Sword Dance trilogy, an m/m romance set in an imaginary ancient world, with murderous philosophy students, sex acts named after fruit, and love blossoming in the midst of mayhem.




Series: Fire and Valor Book 1
Author(s): WM Fawkes, Sam Burns
Length: 295 pages
Publisher: 

Genre: Romance / Fantasy / 

Notes: This cover is gorgeous and I keep coming back to it, though I've had little time to read. But now that I've finished some projects, I'm going to give it a go.

Blurb: 


Lord Tristram Radcliffe has a secret—he is the only dragon at the king’s court in Llangard. It’s a secret he’s kept from the knights he’s fought beside, from the ladies who bat their lashes at him, and from his closest companion, Prince Reynold. If it were to get out, he’d be banished to the Mawrcraig Mountains along with the rest of his kind, but the kingdom of men is the only one he’s ever known, and his heart lives in the stone halls of those who’d count him an enemy.


When the old king dies and Prince Reynold takes the throne, two visitors from the north throw Tristram into the middle of the ancient conflict between dragons and men. They put him on a collision course with the king’s shadow, Bet Kyston, a dangerous assassin who may want him dead or may want more of Tristram that he’d ever thought to give.
With the eyes of dragons upon him and a threat from the north creeping toward the home he loves, Tristram must weigh his allegiances before his dual legacies tear him apart.

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Saturday, October 5, 2019

What is on the Readng Radar? #wishlist

What have I been doing? Well, yesterday I "ran" with the wolves of Wolf Park.

Title: Mastering the Flames
Series: (The Beacon Hill Sorcerer Book 4)
Author: SJ Himes
Length: 
Publisher: SJ Himes; 1 edition (October 4, 2019)

Genre: Romance / Urban Fantasy / Vampires

Notes: Look what is releasing on the 4th!!

Blurb: Guilt-ridden after the massacre of his family, Isaac Salvatore turned to binge drinking to escape the pain. Now twenty-four years old, Isaac is a recovering alcoholic woefully out of practice in the magical arts, leaving his fire affinity hanging on the edge of disaster. After a month of rehab, he returns to Beacon Hill and his family, determined to remain sober, learn to control his magic, and figure out a plan for his life that doesn't involve drinking.

Constantine Batiste is the oldest, most powerful vampire in the city. Born in ancient Gaul, the bastard son of a Celtic king, his long life has been shrouded in tragedy and horrors. Recent mistakes have left him wary and determined to guard his clan from all foes. When two of his clan members fall victim to an ancient evil, he summons the Necromancer of Boston for aid. Accompanying his older brother to the Tower is the handsome young fire mage once wounded by Constantine's arrogance, and their encounter reignites an attraction that burns within both Constantine and Isaac.

The answer to who is targeting the vampires of Boston is buried in the dark, early days of Constantine's transition to an immortal life. Isaac finds himself saddled with a painful insight into the evil cutting a swath through the supernatural population of Boston. While his brother, Angel, takes over the hunt to find and stop the threat to the city, Isaac struggles to find a balance between helping his brother and finding his own purpose and place in the world, free from his brother's shadow.

Falling in love wasn't part of his plan, but mastering the flames that burn between him and Constantine soon becomes the most important thing in his life, even as an ancient evil seeks to destroy them.

Mastering the Flames is the fourth book in The Beacon Hill Sorcerer series and is not a standalone. The series should be read in order for maximum enjoyment and understanding of the plot and characters. The Content Advisory is on the Copyright Page and can be seen by downloading a sample or using the Look Inside feature. 130k words.



Title: Carry On
Series: (Simon Snow Series Book 1)
Author: Rainbow Rowell 
Length: 529 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (October 6, 2015)

Genre: Young Adult / Urban Fantasy / 

Notes:


Blurb:Simon Snow is the worst Chosen One who's ever been chosen.

That's what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he's probably right.

Half the time, Simon can't even make his wand work, and the other half, he starts something on fire. His mentor's avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there's a magic-eating monster running around, wearing Simon's face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here -- it's their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon's infuriating nemesis didn't even bother to show up.

Carry On is a ghost story, a love story and a mystery. It has just as much kissing and talking as you'd expect from a Rainbow Rowell story - but far, far more monsters.




Series: A Fallen Cross Legion Novel (The Fallen Cross Legion Book 3)
Author: Aliya Dalrae
Length: 250 pages
Publisher: 

Genre: Romance / Paranormal / Vampire / Gay / 

Notes: Each book in this series are about different characters. I'm going to guess they can be read as standalones. 

Blurb: One Ancient Warrior…
One Determined Soldier…
An Undeniable Love…

Martin is a Soldier in the Vampire Legion. His aristocratic blood sets him apart from his fellow fighters, making his goal to achieve the highest rank of Warrior all the more complex. Through blood and sweat, he’s caught the Warlord’s attention, placing his objective firmly in reach. However, another Warrior has caught his eye, and Martin is determined to prove himself to this male above all others. The heart wants what it wants, and Martin will sacrifice everything to make Merlin his.

Forced into hiding by an enemy who would see him dead, Merlin has led an unassuming life for more than a thousand years. Then the Soldier, Martin, walked into his life, and now Merlin’s sleep is plagued with nightmares that threaten not only him, but the Legion family he would die to protect. Giving in to his desire could conceivably destroy everyone he loves. Not giving in will most certainly destroy what's left of his soul.




Series: (Julian Lynes and Ned Mathey series Book 1)
Author: Melissa Scott, Amy Griswold
Length: 272 pages
Publisher: Lethe Press (May 28, 2013)

Genre: Romantic Elements / Gaslamp / Fantasy / Gay

Notes:

Blurb: His practice newly established, metaphysician Ned Mathey can’t afford to turn away any clients. But the latest Londoner to seek Ned’s magical aid gives him pause: Mr Edgar Nevett, an arrogant banker, is the father of the bully who made Ned’s life hell at boarding school. Nevertheless, Ned accepts the commission to ensure the Nevett family silver bears no ancient or modern curses, and then prepares to banish the Nevett family to unpleasant memory again. Until Edgar Nevett is killed by an enchanted silver candlestick—one of the pieces Ned declared magically harmless.
Calling on his old school friend Julian Lynes—private detective and another victim of the younger Nevett—Ned races to solve the murder, clear the stain on his professional reputation, and lay to rest the ghosts of his past.

Assisted by Ned’s able secretary Miss Frost, who has unexpected metaphysical skills of her own, Ned and Julian explore London’s criminal underworld and sodomitical demimonde, uncover secrets and scandals, confront the unexpected murderer and the mysteries of their own relationship.

In the Lambda Literary Award winning novel, Death by Silver, veteran authors Melissa Scott and Amy Griswold introduce a Victorian London where magic works, influencing every aspect of civilized life, and two very appealing detectives.




Series: Author: Sera Trevor
Length: 276 pages
Publisher:  NineStar Press (November 27, 2017)

Genre: Romance / Paranormal / Vampire / Gay / 

Notes:

Blurb: Felix is a vampire—a fierce creature of the night who strikes terror into the hearts of everyone unlucky enough to become his prey. Or at least, that’s what he thought was true, until he met John. John is completely unimpressed with Felix, much to his dismay. Felix becomes fixated on proving his ferocity to John—and when that doesn’t work, he strives to make any impression on him at all.

John is a witch, and as all witches know, vampires are notoriously stupid creatures who only have the power to hurt those who fear them. Besides, he’s under a curse much more frightening than any vampire. Felix’s desperate attempts to impress him annoy John at first, but gradually, they become sort of endearing. Because of his curse, John has pushed everyone in his life away. But Felix can’t be hurt, so there’s no harm in letting him hang around.

Felix is technically dead. John has nothing left to live for. But together, they might have a shot at life.

This dark and witty vampire romance for adults is complete at 100,000 words, with no cliffhanger. Despite some dark twists and turns, it ends with a solid HEA.


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Saturday, September 28, 2019

What is on the Reading Radar? #reading #wishlist #TBR

What am I doing? Typing, typing, and more typing. So close to finishing this WIP!!!


Title: Hear Me Out
Series: Hawks MC: Caroline Springs Charter Series, Book 5
Author: Lila Rose
Length: 
Publisher: 

Genre: Romance / Contemporary / Bikers / Humor / Death MC / 

Notes: This can be read as a standalone. It has been a long time since I have read contemporary romance and I really loved these two characters together. The waxing scene made me laugh until i cried. Excellent narrator.

Blurb: Fear keeps the truth away from his brothers. Fear and pain keeps him away from the man he loves.

Hawks MC member Maddox "Beast" Lawson had a difficult time growing up. Tired of being ridiculed because of his effed-up brain-to-mouth connection, it was easier to say nothing at all. Living in silence worked out just fine until that b*tch called Fate took his hearing, not only that, but she also threw him into the arms of the man who refuses to acknowledge that one hot night they shared.




Title: Out of the Blue
Series: In the Carolina Springs World
Author: Lila Rose
Length: 382 pages
Publisher: 

Genre: Romance / Contemporary / Poly / Humor / 

Notes: This was a great read.

Blurb: At forty, Lan Davis is looking for his damned picket fence and 2.5 kids. What he doesn’t expect is instead of a wife in the picture, his mind keeps conjuring up images of two men. One, his partner in the force, who is as straight as they came, the other an ex, who he’d hurt but never forgot.

After an incident leaves Lan injured, the two men rally around him… only maybe they shouldn’t have. It seems a medicated Lan is a truthful one.

Parker Wilding is pissed at the world. His anger builds when his partner refuses medical care after an attack. Instead, Lan entrusts his neighbour to take care of him—a guy Parker doesn’t trust. While he’s aware they share a history, when the past is revealed, the truth shocks the hell out of him.

Being emotionally crushed ten years ago, Easton Ravel hoped he would never have to see the man who broke him again. Hope is a fickle b*itch. And now he’s not sure how to handle being face-to-face with the man he once loved. Add in the mix the annoying, testy Parker, and Easton finds his limits are pushed.

Just not in the way he thought they would be.

What happens next sure does come out of the blue.




Title: Perfect Pride
Series: Gesa's Menagerie, 9
Author: Kaye Draper
Length: 170 pages
Publisher: 

Genre: Romance / Poly / Urban Fantasy / Paranormal /

Notes: Happy and sad this is the final book in the series. I have highly enjoyed the series and look forward to whatever Kaye Draper is working on.

Blurb: The final book in the sexy, snarky, no-holds-barred Gesa's Menagerie series!

Gesa just wanted to finally settle down for some damned peace and quiet with her pride. But of course her kraken has decided to go off looking for long-lost family...and now the ancient sea monster has fallen into the clutches of the sirens.

Once she gets Kai back home, Gesa is going to ban the pride from leaving the house. Permanently. Krakens attack, gryphons rampage, demons plot, and all the monsters finally find a home.

This is the last book in the main series, with a spin-off planned at a later date.




Title: Ends, Means, Laws, and an Angry Ship
Series: Claimings Universe
Author: Lyn Gala
Length: 256 pages
Publisher: 

Genre: Romantic Elements / Sci-Fi / Slow Burn /  

Notes: I'm almost finished with this and it is excellent.

Blurb: The new Rownt contracts have helped Command retake the rebel planets. And now refugees are fleeing toward the edges of space. Ex-Command officer Tyce Robinson has a price on his head. He and the crew of the Dragon have all broken laws, and they refuse to be condemned to an Earth prison. Tyce's grand escape plan goes south when an alien ship attacks both his ship and the Command cruiser chasing them. With both ships disabled, Tyce throws a Hail Mary. What he doesn't know is that his academy roommate is the officer charged with arresting him.

Sub-Commander John Burden has always put his world first. He once thought his academy roommate Tyce was the same. Command sends John out with orders to arrest his ex-best friend, leaving John caught between demanding an explanation from the friend he remembers or throwing the traitor in a prison cell. But when unfamiliar aliens attack, his feelings are unimportant in the face of immediate danger. He has to survive, protect his people, and warn Earth that the Anla and Rownt are not the only aliens interested in humanity.


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