Thursday, July 30, 2015

Playing Catch-Up With a Small Excerpt from Dragon's Eye (Sumeria's Sons, #5)

While Darksoul was out with beta readers last week, I began going through the edits for Dragon's Eye. It has been sitting on my computer patiently waiting for me since the beginning of July.

I was a little nervous about these edits because 1) it's not a re-release and so the edits wouldn't be as easy as the first four books in the series. 2) This is the first story I wrote after my father passed and I remember crying all of the time while I wrote the first half. I also remember that it was hard for me to put words on the page but I made myself do it. Shoot I had conversations during that time, to this day I still don't recall them. For a combination of reasons, I began to wonder if I shouldn't have held onto the manuscript for a couple of months after I thought I was finished.

So unease was eating at me when I opened the manuscript and started going through the editor's comments. Last month I reworked and extensively extended Ruby Red Booty Shorts and A Louisville Slugger. I feared I'd find the some of the same problems here. With the way my summer was going I wasn't going to discount anything.

But it seems that Chapter 4 is the problem child and that is where I've spent the last several days. Lots of confusion and the order of events that gave important information was screwy. I ended up extending the chapter to fix all of the problems and I think I have it taken care of. I passed over into Chapter 5 yesterday, so with luck the rest will be smoother to go through.

I'm not happy with some of the writing in other sections. I hear that is a common author thing but it doesn't mean I have to like it. So I'm tweaking as I go along because really, sometimes I use twice the number of words to say something really simple. This annoys me and I need to break myself of the habit. ^_^

If you're wondering what the release date for Dragon's Eye will be, October 7th. The other day I got to peek at cover... very cool, you guys. Very cool.

So I'm going to cut my rambling off and leave you for a small excerpt from Dragon's Eye from Ushna's POV. Enjoy!

Tristan grappled with me trying to get away, and somehow, I knew if he escaped, he'd be lost to me. All the anger I'd packed away at the injustice of what happened—to Tristan, to our family; Theo's betrayal, false Twin Flames, assassins, even the unfairness of Brian's untimely death—all the rage that had been bubbling under the surface seethed within me at the thought of losing Tristan, after being so patient and working so hard to have him in my life.

Now, he walked a tightrope between his many lives, and even though Tiamat had returned him, I may yet still lose him to the insanity of the lives that had come before. When his parents had died, I waited to tell him that I loved him. I returned to college to finish my degree. After graduation, I arrived home only to discover he'd met his Twin Flame. I tried to be happy for him, for the gift he'd been given, but I scented he hadn't been claimed by Theo and watched how unhappy he steadily grew. I waited. Looking back, I should've stepped forward and fought for him then, but I believed they'd eventually balance out and I'd spend my life hating Theo for having what I wanted.

And yet, they hadn't balanced and Theo's actions had actually freed Tristan. I took him, barely alive and breathing, from Tribe Enkidu, from the family and people who didn't see him. No one did. Only me, it was only ever me—and perhaps Brian—who'd really seen Tristan. I became his anchor, his touchstone, taking care of him until he could do so himself.

Years. I spent years being patient, waiting, yearning, watching until the day he'd seen me. He finally claimed me, but really, I'd been his all along. Even at the beginning, believing Brian was my Twin Flame and that one day I'd claim him, he and I always spoke of making a life together with Tristan. Now I knew we were more than Twin Flames and someone had spent hundreds of years trying to keep us apart. Once again, here we were with one more thing attempting to put a wedge between us, only this time it was the memories of what once was.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

I'm Late! I'm Late! Darksoul: Part One

I'm so relieved. I turned in Darksoul to the moderators for the GoodReads MM Romance group on July 27th.

But I was technically late.

When I picked up the extra story prompt in May they gave me a generous two months to write the story. July 13th was the due date and I thought it would be a piece of cake! Wow. I really jinxed myself because not long after, everything came in at once and I had to put the story on hold.

At the beginning of July I realized I needed more time, but I wasn't sure if I would get it because it was so late in the game. The Mods worked with me and they gave me a couple of extra weeks. Right before I went to Rainbow Con I made a decision. At 43k the story was only half finished, so what I did was make sure our MCs were together, gave a hint of what was still to come, and turned in Darksoul: Part One. I hated doing that but I overextended myself. If I only had this story to work on in that sixty day period it would've been easy to finish the 100k, but it didn't work out that way. 

The plan is that once I finish with the edits for Dragon's Eye, Sumeria's Sons #5, I'll return to and work on the second half of Darksoul. I'll probably self publish the complete novel in the fall/winter. It's going to be awesome. ^_^

In other news: The Surrounded By Crimson blog tour is going on. Just in case you missed what happened yesterday on the blog tour...

10 Book Moments--My Fiction Nook

Tristan and Ushna interrupt an interview at Cathy Brockman Romances

Interviewed by MA Church--Decadent Delights

Interviewed wearing a hat--The Hat Party

GGR Reviews--Awesome review

Hearts on Fire Reviews--Guest Post

It's About A Book -- Great review for Surrounded by Crimson (there are a couple of spoilers in the review so beware.)

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Oops! I forgot! Surrounded By Crimson, Darksoul, and Dragon's Eye

Can you believe that I forgot that the Surrounded By Crimson blog tour started today? I've been working on edits for Darksoul: Part One and Dragon's Eye since I returned from Rainbow Con and lost track of time. Like a whole week of time. The I saw a tweet this morning, and whoops! I put off breakfast so that I could play catch up.

Once I get caught up with the posts I'll finish submitting Darksoul to the GR group and get back to working on the edits for Dragon's Eye (Sumeria's Sons, #5)

Dragon's Eye, you ask? Why yes the next book in the series is in the first round of edits. If you weren't aware already, the release date is October 7th. :) I was talking to the cover artist the other day and with luck I'll have a shiny new cover to show off!

Any how, it's time for me to go back to work, after breakfast, of course. Thank you for stopping by and reading!!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Guest Post: Serena Yates, The Baker Blog Tour



Title: The Baker

Series: Workplace Encounters

Author: Serena Yates

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: L.C. Chase

Length: 40000 words

Release Date: July 15, 2015

Blurb: Ian Wallace works as a baker for his tyrannical father in their family owned Scottish Bakehouse in Casper, Wyoming. He wants to represent the bakery in the upcoming Tartan Day competition, but his father refuses to reveal the secret ingredients that make them so successful—unless Ian gets married and has a son, proving he is fit to continue the family line.

Just before New Year’s Eve, Cameron Lewis, a former Marine turned police detective, comes into the bakery for donuts for his department and some black buns for himself. Cameron is hooked, and as his visits become more frequent, they stir Ian’s father’s suspicions. But threats can’t stop Ian from donning his kilt and entering the competition anyway—to show his father what he can do on his own. Though he might not have the secret ingredients, Ian and Cameron might still discover a recipe for happiness.

Just before nine things had slowed down to a manageable level, and Ian was about to take a short restroom break, leaving the store to Senga. But then the doorbell tinkled yet again, and the most gorgeous man Ian had ever laid eyes on walked into the store. He was tall, probably over six feet, had blond hair in a ruthless buzz cut, and his warm brown eyes invited Ian to trust him. The man was well built, muscular like a Marine, and wore a smart dark green suit, covered by an open black winter topcoat. His facial expression seemed guarded but curious as he looked around the store. Ian had the strangest feeling he was cataloging exits and potential sources of danger.

Thank God Senga was busy with a group of women unable to decide what they wanted so Ian had an excuse to talk to the guy.

“What can I do for you, sir?” Ian’s voice sounded suspiciously hoarse, and for the briefest moment, a spark of heat appeared in Mr. Good-looking’s eyes.

“I’ve never been to this bakery before….” The stranger trailed off as he examined Ian with the same curiosity and concentration he had used to assess the shop.

I know you haven’t. I’d definitely remember you!

“A colleague at the station recommended your stuff, so I came to have a look.” The stranger tilted his head. “You’ll probably laugh, since this is such a cliché, but I’m looking for donuts.”

“Station? Donuts?” Ian’s brain refused to function for a moment.

“Yeah, I’m a cop. Well, a detective actually, but it doesn’t seem to matter. I love donuts, and so do my colleagues.” The stranger laughed, and the deep, resonant sound thrilled Ian to his core.

“Ah. Right, well, we do sell donuts.” Ian pointed to the display. “It’s not a great selection, since most customers seem to come here for the more Scottish specialties, but I hope you can find some you like.”

“I’ll take two dozen, please.” Mr. Detective smiled. “And what else do you think I should get so my colleagues can find out about your wonderful work? It does smell amazing in here.”

“Thank you.” Ian started to put the donuts into a box and, without thinking, blurted out the first thing he could think of. “Would you like to try my buns?”

“Your… buns?” Mr. Detective’s eyebrows rose, a twinkle appeared in his eyes, and an amused smile curved his dark red lips.

“Yes. The black ones.” Ian pointed at the cakes, only to realize what the stranger must have meant when the man couldn’t stop grinning. Heaven above, was the gorgeous specimen of male beauty gay? But who else would have gotten the joke? Not that Ian had meant it as a joke. He was deep enough in the closet he didn’t know how to begin looking for the door, never mind find it. He definitely wouldn’t mind trying if this guy were on the other side, waiting for him. But Mr. Detective probably wasn’t out either, even if he were gay. A gay cop, or detective, wouldn’t make it out here in the wilds of Wyoming. Ian could feel himself blush even as he realized he was now babbling in his own head.

“Oh, I see.” Mr. Detective bent toward the black buns and grinned. “They look kinda cute. Are they as Scottish as they look with that flag painted on them?”

“Yes, they’re a traditional cake eaten during the traditional Scottish Hogmanay celebration on New Year’s Day.” Ian finished packing up the donuts, closed the box, and placed it on the counter. “Would you like to try one?”

“Yes, please. I have no idea what’s inside, but I like surprises. I’ll try to figure out what the ingredients are.” Mr. Detective looked back up. “Gives me a fun mystery to ponder.”

“Okay, I’ll get you one in a small box.” Ian wasn’t going to ask about the other mysteries, the not-so-fun ones, in the man’s life. He might be a homicide detective, and eww, Ian wasn’t going there. “Anything else I can get you?”

“Nah, I’m okay for now.” Mr. Detective grinned again. “But if your stuff tastes as good as it looks and smells, I’ll definitely be back. Can’t believe I’ve worked here for five years and have never noticed this place. Don’t tell anyone, or they’ll take my badge.”

Ian laughed as he rang up the purchase and took the guy’s money. As far as I’m concerned, you can come back anytime, Mr. Detective!


I’m a night owl and start writing when everyone else in my time zone is asleep. I’ve loved reading all my life and spent most of my childhood with my nose buried in a book. Although I always wanted to be a writer, financial independence came first. Twenty-some years and a successful business career later I took some online writing classes and never looked back.

Living and working in seven countries has taught me that there's more than one way to get things done. It has instilled tremendous respect for the many different cultures, beliefs, attitudes and preferences that exist on our planet.

I like exploring those differences in my stories, most of which happen to be romances. My characters have a tendency to want to do their own thing, so I often have to rein them back in. The one thing we all agree on is the desire for a happy ending.

I currently live in the United Kingdom, sharing my house with a vast collection of books. I like reading, traveling, spending time with my nieces and listening to classical music. I have a passion for science and learning new languages.


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Sunday, July 12, 2015

Rainbow Con 2015 Schedule

Rainbow Con will be really hectic. I'm sitting on nine panels (master *cough*cough* moderator of three) as well as participating in the Author Signing and Author Reading. 

Oh! I also volunteered to sit at the Queer Sci-Fi table at different times.

And, I have a table in the dealer's room. That's were I'll be when I'm not otherwise engaged. If you catch me at my table ask me what I have for special swag because I have stuff to give away (limited quantity). So don't be shy.

Oh! And I also give out hugs if you're a hugger. :)

This Rainbow Con is super special for me because my baby sister, Tessa, is coming with me. YAY!! This is her first conference and she's a bit nervous. *hugs*

For the full Rainbow Con schedule [click here]. There is a ton of stuff to participate in.

Here's my schedule for anyone who's interested.

Thursday, July 16th, 1:00 p.m.

(Queen Palm) Fiction: How Much Sex is Too Much Sex? - Can any erotic story have too much sex? Is there any magic percentage of sex a book should have? Should every sex scene serve a purpose? Join us and find out! [18+ only]

Moderator: Brenda Cothern - Panelists: Cassandra Carr, Grace R. Duncan, Kassa, Lexi Ander

Thursday, July 16th, 2:00 p.m.

(Section I) Hard vs Soft Sci-Fi - Our panelists discuss the similarities, differences, challenges, and benefits of writing both hard science fiction (which adheres very closely to scientific theories as understood at the time of writing) and soft science fiction (which spends less time on the details of the advanced technologies presented).

Moderator: Princess S.O. - Panelists: Bear, J. Scott Coatsworth, Kassa, Lexi Ander

Thursday, July 16th, 3:00 p.m.

You can find me at my table in the dealer's room.

Thursday, July 16th, 4:00 p.m.

Queer Sci-Fi Table - Will also be signing any of the Sumeria's Sons books there as well.

Thursday, July 16th, 5:00 p.m.

You can find me at my table in the dealer's room. The Dealer's room closes at 6:00 p.m.

Friday, July 17th, 10:00 a.m.

(Section IV) Why Won't You Die: Vampires and Zombies - Not Another Zomb-pire movie/book/tv-show! People say they're sick of vampires and zombies so often their protests have become a mantra, but vampires and zombies still dominate the entertainment industry. What is the allure of the zombie or vampire, and why can't we seen to quit them?

Moderator: Lexi Ander - Panelists: Arshad Ahsanuddin, Ashlyn Daube, JC Wallace, JT Cheyanne

Friday, July 17th, 11:00 a.m.

(Section II) My God, It's Full of Gays! - Science fiction tends to be on the forefront of acceptance and tolerance, stretching back long before the controversially multicultural crew of the original Star Trek, and the appearance of LGBTQ characters and themes are merely the next wave. Our panelists will discuss queer elements in science fiction and why this genre in particular seems to be the vanguard of equality.

Moderator: Angel Martinez - Panelists: Arshad Ahsanuddin, J. Scott Coatsworth, Lexi Ander, Melissa Kleen

Friday, July 17th, 1:00 p.m.

You can find me at my table in the dealer's room.

Friday, July 17th, 2:00 p.m.

(Section IV) Warning: Too Many Warnings - Warnings for kink. Warnings for abuse. Warnings for a Mary Sue. Warnings for rape. Warnings for character death. Warnings, warnings, warnings! Sit down with our panelists to discuss the prevalence of warnings in fandom and how that reader expectation is spreading into the professional arena.

ModeratorLexi Ander - Panelists: Ashlyn Daube, Sara York, Sloan Johnson

Friday, July 17th, 3:00 p.m.

Queer Sci-Fi Table - Will also be signing any of the Valespian Pact books there as well.

Friday, July 17th, 4:00-6:00 p.m.

You can find me at my table in the dealer's room.

Saturday, July 18th, 10:00 a.m.

You can find me at my table in the dealer's room.

Saturday, July 18th, 11:00 a.m.

(Section III) Author Signings
Andrew Q. Gordon, Bear, EM Lynley, J.T. Cheyanne, Jamie Lynn Miller, JC Wallace, Lexi Ander, Racheline Maltese, Skylar M. Cates, Taylor Law, Vicktor Alexander

Saturday, July 18th, 1:00 p.m.

(Section V) Anthro Sex - We'll discuss the finer points of writing sex with anthropomorphic creatures, where to draw the line between realistic and sexy, and why the very idea of half-man, half-animal romance is such a turn-on. [18+ only]

Moderator: K. Piet - PanelistsLexi Ander, Sui Lynn

Saturday, July 18th, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

You can find me at my table in the dealer's room.

Saturday, July 18th, 4:00 p.m.

(Section V) Shifter Sex - Erotic fiction starring sexy shifters skirts the edges of bestiality. It turns us on, gets past the publishers, and misses the censoring arm of the bookstore. What is it about shifter sex that appeals to us? How much is too much? And what recommendations for awesome reads do you have for our panelists and attendees? [18+ only]

ModeratorLexi Ander - Panelists: HL Holston, K. Piet, Shannon West, Sui Lynn

Saturday, July 18th, 5:00 p.m.

(Section V) Beyond the Wolf: Non-Canine Shifters - The mostly commonly used shapeshifter is the werewolf, but there's are so many more options to choose from. Come chat about your favorite leopard, snake, bear, or unicorn shifters!

Moderator: K-lee Klein - Panelists: Eli Easton, Jenna Hale, Lexi Ander

Sunday, July 19th, 10:00 a.m.

You can find me at my table in the dealer's room.

Sunday, July 19th, 11:00 a.m.

(Section I) Fifty Shades of Fantasy - With so many supernatural beings in various media today, it's a whirlwind of different types of fantasy! This panel will take a look at the differences and strengths of Urban Fantasy, High Fantasy, Epic Fantasy, Science Fantasy, and Dark Fantasy.

Moderator: Angel Martinez - PanelistsLexi Ander, Lloyd A. Meeker, Stephen del Mar

Sunday, July 19th, 12:00 p.m.

(Section III) Author Readings - Jordan L. Hawk, Lexi Ander, Rin Sparrow

Sunday, July 19th, 2:00 p.m.

Queer Sci-Fi Table - Helping out.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Coming Soon! Dragon's Eye (Sumeria's Sons, 5)

It's Official!

Dragon's Eye, the fifth book in the Sumeria's Sons series is up for pre-order on the publisher's website. Whoot! You can check it out at Less Than Three Press.

Categories: Gay / Paranormal / Poly / Urban Fantasy
Special pre-sale price: $5.94 (Save 15%)
Word Count: 97,000
Available: October 7, 2015


In the wake of birth and betrayal, Ushna takes the God Ashur to Tristan in a last desperate bid to save Tristan's life—and is helpless to do anything but watch as Ashur instead buries him in a grave. Though he has no desire to go on living, having now lost Brian and Tristan, Ushna has no choice. Not only do their children need him, the mysterious Simurgh has come out of hiding and forces him to continue on—for there is much to do and little time to do it, especially with treachery and danger closing in on them from every side.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Un-Deniable by Lisa Worrall, Exclusive Excerpt

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I'm very excited to host Lisa Worrall's new release, Un-Deniable (Left At The Crossroads, #3). Today's stop we have an exclusive excerpt. Whoot! Don't forget to drop down and enter the rafflecopter giveaway!

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Title: Un-Deniable

Series: Left At The Crossroads #3

Author: Lisa Worrall

Cover Artist: Meredith Russell

Length: 45,000 words

Release Date: June 29, 2015

Blurb: Little Mowbury is a sleepy English village deep in the Cotswolds. The kind of village where you’re only a local if your lineage can be traced back to the dinosaurs. Where you can find everything in the single village shop from morning newspapers to dry-cleaning, and getting your shoes mended. And, of course, where everybody knows everybody else’s business. It’s easy to find… you can’t miss it… just ask anyone and they’ll tell you… “It’s left at the crossroads.”

Oliver Bradford has had enough of the hustle and bustle of the A&E department in a big city hospital. Not to mention the tension caused by the break-up of his three year relationship with one of the hospital’s top surgeons. When his sister urges him to apply for the position of GP in the quiet village of Little Mowbury, he wonders if this might be just the fresh start he needs. Unfortunately, hitting the post-mistresses’ dog with his car isn’t the best introduction to his patients.

A solitary soul, Deano Wells grew up in Little Mowbury and has been having lunch at the Thatcher’s Arms on a Thursday for the last thirty-five years. First with his father, who brought him to the pub at the tender age of ten after a hard morning in the fields, and then by himself after his father passed on. He runs the farm with a practised hand and minds his business mostly, but that doesn’t stop Oliver from being drawn to the big, quiet man and he knows the feeling is mutual, so why does Deano keep pushing him away?


Oliver took a deep breath and lifted the heavy brass knocker. The opportunity to drop it, however, was taken from him as the door was suddenly opened and the knocker yanked from his hand.


His breath whistled out of him as he was pulled into a bone-crushing hug by a tiny woman sporting a lavender rinse and a flowery apron. She released him long enough to drag him over the threshold and into the house. The woman was not as frail as she looked. Nor was the yell she gave the soft and quiet one you would have expected.

“Malcolm! Oliver’s here!” As she headed down the narrow hallway she glanced over her shoulder at him. “Shut the door would you, dear? Malcolm’s in the garden tying up some beans, come on through.”

Oliver did as he was bid, then followed her down the hall into a small square kitchen and out the back door into a beautiful garden that seemed to go on forever. He paused as he stepped onto the patio, letting the breathtaking view wash over him. On the paved patio area to the right of where he stood was a table surrounded by six chairs. Edged by brightly coloured flowers, three steps led down onto the path that wove its way through the lawn, which was dotted with apple and cherry trees. Beyond that was what looked like a vegetable patch, where a tall, rangy-looking older gentleman tied broad beans to a bamboo stick with green string. Oliver recognised him immediately from their Skype conversations.

“Oliver!” Malcolm Winslow lifted a hand and beckoned to him.

“Go on, dear, he doesn’t bite, needs new dentures. I’ll put the kettle on.” She gave him an encouraging smile then disappeared back into the kitchen.

Oliver put his briefcase under the table so it was out of the way, then hurried down the steps and across the garden to the current GP. He smiled when he reached him and held out his hand.

“Malcolm, it’s good to finally meet you in the flesh.”

“And you, my boy, and you.” Malcolm ignored Oliver’s hand and hugged him hard, slapping him on the back before he let him go. “We don’t go much for handshakes round here. Just be careful of the WI, their hands tend to wander.” He slung an arm around Oliver’s shoulder and urged him back towards the patio. “I see you’ve met Violet. She’s been on tenterhooks all day. I was beginning to think you’d arranged a secret rendezvous or something. She never gets that excited when I come home.”

“Be quiet, you silly old fool,” Violet said, putting a tray with a teapot and three cups and saucers on the glass topped table. Oliver smiled as she shot Malcolm a look that took the sting out of the comment. Malcolm grinned at her and eased himself into one of the chairs, indicating to Oliver to do the same. “How do you take your tea, Oliver?”

“White, one sugar, please,” Oliver replied as he settled comfortably in his seat. The late afternoon sun was high in the sky and its rays beat down on them. He sighed softly. He could get used to this.

“Any news on Hugo?” Violet asked as she set his cup in front of him.

Oliver blinked, lost for words. How did she know?

“The smoke signals went up as soon as you rolled into the village,” Malcolm said dryly. “Gossip flies around this place quicker than a bee on a 747. Not one of Little Mowbury’s better traits. But one you’ll have to get used to I’m afraid. The old biddies aren’t happy unless they’re buzzing about something.”

“Pfft, your curtains twitch as much as anyone else’s,” Violet admonished and turned her attention back to a dumbstruck Oliver. “So, any news?”

“Not yet,” Oliver said, curling his fingers around his cup. “Deano took him to someone called Maguire, who I presume is a vet. Jason at the pub said he’d let me know how Hugo was once they knew anything.”

“Deano’s a good boy,” Violet said with an encouraging pat on Oliver’s forearm. “He’ll sort it out.”

“My wife has a soft spot for Deano Wells,” Malcolm said, dropping Oliver a wink. “That’s why I’m retiring, so I can keep an eye on her. It’s the curse of being married to a great beauty, Oliver. I have to make sure she doesn’t have her head turned by young bucks like you. Keeps me on my toes.”

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Sunday, July 5, 2015

What is on the Reading Radar?

I don't know about you, but I'm always looking for new interesting books to read. I read everything. Non-romantic fiction (usually only Sci-Fi/Fantasy), Lesfic, M/M, Menage in all the different match ups. If it's good, I'm there. I'm also a mood reader. Sometimes after I've bought the book, by the time get around to reading it I might not be in the mood. So I'm careful and pick books I know I'll come back to when I'm in the mood for something specific.

So I make lists and keep an eye on the books to see what is said about them. This is why reviews are important. I'm terrible at reviews because the most intelligent thing I can think when I go to write one is, Holy Cow I liked that. Not helpful to someone like me who needs a little bit more to make a buying decision. Before I changed jobs, I didn't have to worry about purchasing a book and discovering that it wasn't for me. Nowadays, I'm more frugal with my money and read more reviews than I used to.

The problem is, sometimes I can't find good reviews for what I like to read because lots and lots of people read and review contemporary and I'm a Fantasy/Sci-Fi/Paranormal gal. I do pick up books without reading reviews, but those are authors that I've read before and liked. New to me authors I'm hesitant about because there are so many out there and some just aren't for me.

I love dark a gritty sometimes. I had been watching this one sci-fi book that I loved the cover for. The blurb sounded interesting but it also hinted that there might be dub con. I can't do dub con or slaver societies because I always (ALWAYS) wish for the perpetrator to die. A friend read the book and let me know that yes there was a couple of dub con scenes which made me glad that I waited before making an impulse by.

So here are some books on my reading radar that I think that I might like. Y'all have any recommendations? I would love to know your thoughts.

Title: Betwixt and Between
Author: Alexis Duran
Genre: LGBTTQ, Fantasy & Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Publisher: LooseId


Reporter Ian Evers, obsessed with magical creatures since childhood, never experiences satisfying proof that the magical realm actually exists until he falls into an entrapment spell set by a handsome but dangerous elf. Barely escaping with his soul intact, Ian is able to undo the hex, but he can't escape the very real infatuation he's developed for the fierce, alluring elf.

Ezekiel Stormshadow is a svarta, a dark elf who serves the Queen of the dark realm. The realm of darkness needs the power of light to survive, and while hunting the last few magical beings on earth, Ezekiel discovers Ian, a light elf who's unaware of his true nature and ripe for the plucking. Their brief encounter awakens a great hunger in Ezekiel, and he's determined to feast on the light elf's power and body before the queen intervenes and claims Ian for herself.

Ian knows only he can save Ezekiel from the grasp of the dark queen. Driven apart by the ancient imbalance between the dark and light realms, an evil queen starved for power, and their fear of each other, Ian and Ezekiel are relentlessly drawn together even though their union might destroy them both.

Title: Idol of Bone

Author: Jane Kindred
Romance, GLBT, Paranormal & Alternate WorldsTags:Shape-shifters Gods and goddesses Gender bending Reincarnation
Series:Looking Glass Gods


One stranger seeks to claim her heart…another is destined to destroy her.

Looking Glass Gods, Book 1

Ra. Just two letters. Barely a breath. When she stumbles into the frozen Haethfalt highlands, her name is all she has—the last remnant of a past she’s managed to keep hidden, even from herself. Her magic, however, isn’t so easy to conceal—magic that’s the province of the Meer, an illicit race to which she can’t possibly belong.

The eccentric carpenter who takes her in provides a welcome distraction from the puzzle of herself. Though Jak refuses to identify as either male or female, the unmistakable spark of desire between them leaves Ra determined to find out what lies beneath the enigmatic exterior.

But more dangerous secrets are brewing underneath the wintry moors. Jak’s closest friend, Ahr, is haunted by his own unspeakable past. Bounty hunters seeking fugitive Meer refuse to leave him in peace.

Harboring feelings for both Ra and Ahr, Jak nonetheless struggles to keep them apart. Because like the sun and the moon coming together, their inevitable reunion has the potential to destroy Jak’s whole world.

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Shape-shifting? That’s so last millennium. Reincarnation? Yawn. Get ready for a gender-bending fantasy that will fire your imagination and haunt your dreams.

Title: Orion’s Circle
Author: Victoria Sue
Genre: Paranormal / MMMM Ménage
Series: Sirius Wolves, Part One


According to legend, when humankind is at its most desperate, the goddess Sirius will send three of the most powerful werewolf shifters ever created to save mankind. However, because they are so powerful, they will need a fourth to complete them, to calm them and help them reach their full potential.

Aden, a young were, has been his pack’s omega ever since, at the age of fifteen, he didn’t shift like everyone else. Caught, reviled, and tortured because of his empathic abilities, he knew on the night he was told to run as sport for the pack hunters that it would end in his death. What he didn’t know, however, was that on the same night he’d also meet the love of his life and a pathway to answers, because Aden is far more than just a pack omega.

What begins as a hunt soon becomes a new adventure as Aden discovers that he has not only one, but three destined mates, and his role as lover is far more than trivial. The fate of all humankind rests upon it.

Title: Ari
Author: Cheryl Headford
Genre: LGBT, romance, transgender, intersex, M/M, F/F


After having known each other online for some time, writers, Benji and Ari meet at a convention. Their attraction is both immediate and mutual.

But all is not straightforward. Ari is intersex and Benji transgender. Together they embark on a journey. A journey that unites families, and heals old wounds. But not everyone is happy with the blossoming love between these two unique and special individuals.

Will an act of aggression crush the flower before it can bloom?

Title: Wolves of Black Pine
Author: SJ Himes
Genre: Paranormal
Series: The Wolfkin Saga #1


An ancient civilization long hidden from humanity is on the brink of chaos and war. Peaceful for thousands of years, the Wolfkin clans are mysteriously losing packmates, kidnapped and killed by unknown foes.

The nightmare begins with an ambush by humans at a gathering of their kind, and lives are lost. Among them is Luca, youngest grandson of the two most powerful wolves in the Northern Clans. Thought long dead and gone, he is forced into a half-life, hidden in the far northern wilds of Canada and cut off from his kind. Those who raised him have no idea the creature they harbor in their midst, and name him Ghost. He begins to lose himself over the long years, and though he barely recalls his true name, the one wolf he never forgets is Kane.

Kane, Heir to the Wolfkin clan Black Pine, is charged with hunting down the traitors who betrayed their kind to the humans. Years fly by, and more wolves are dying. He refuses to give up, and he vows to never again fail another of their kind, as he failed young Luca years before. His heart tells him Luca lives, but his mind tells him that it’s foolish hope, his guilt eating him alive.

Fate and magic change the course of their lives, and the two wolves long separated by the years find their paths intertwining. Though the gift of their reunion doesn’t come without price. Faced by the consequences of their growing love, and the goddess-forged bond between them, Kane and Ghost are besieged on all sides.

Enemies are coming for their blood, and without the steadfast loyalty and love of family and friends, they may not be safe from the very people they fight to protect.

Book one in a series, The Wolfkin Saga. 150,000+ words, contains graphic sex between men, dubious consent, mentions of abuse. Contains gore and violence. Mature readers only.

Title: Fever of the Fox
Author: Evie Collins
Genre: Paranormal
Series: The Kitsune Chsronicles


Studying and hard work have led Tai Murata to her dream of becoming the next valedictorian at Harington University. Feeling as though everything is finally within her reach, the decision is made to work up the courage and admit her true feelings to her best friend and room-mate, Jessa, on the night of Tai’s twenty-first birthday party. Everything seems to be going according to plan until something deep inside Tai is unleashed, and she discovers a whole other part of her she never knew existed.

Jessa Conway is a free-spirited girl who’s getting ready to graduate college and see where the wind takes her. While she’s excited about the prospects of what the future may hold, she isn’t too excited to explain the plan to her sweet but sensitive best friend Tai, who has been planning their next steps after college since they first met. It’s not that Jessa doesn’t want to be around Tai- in fact she finds herself being drawn to her in a different way than before- but the idea of being stuck in the same place she grew up is terrifying. When she finds out about the sudden dangerous other side of Tai, she decides to stay close by and help in any way she can.

With the powerful and animalistic change in Tai’s life threatening to tear apart everything that she’s worked so hard for, together the girls search for the answers that will help Tai rein in the ancient beast that is begging to be set free. Can Jessa help tame the fox within?

Title: Encounter
Author: Perie Wolford
Genre: Sci-Fi/Audiobook
Narrated by: William Turbett


It’s time to face the unknown.

In an attempt to prove to the world that crop circles are man-made and aliens don’t really exist, Ricky and his team of young enthusiasts (including one particular enthusiast, Josh, who is hopelessly in love with Ricky) start falsifying the phenomenon by creating their own crop circles. Their endeavors prove pretty much successful, but only until the day when Ricky sees his unique circle design replicated throughout the country by forces unknown.

Title: Guitars and Cages
Author: Layla Dorine
Genre: Contemporary


Asher Logan is a bartender and a pretty wicked guitar player, when he isn’t wrecking his hands fighting in a cage. With a past he keeps hoping to outrun, Asher’s been on a downward spiral for longer than he can remember. When his sister-in-law leaves Rory, his eight-year-old nephew, in his care, Asher is forced into two things he’s never been good at: sobriety and responsibility. As he struggles to care for Rory, his own life begins to unravel.

When Asher’s brother, Alex, turns up, presenting as a girl and announcing her new name is Alexia, it further complicates matters, as does the arrival of his new neighbor, Conner. Both, in their own way, compel Asher to look at his own closely-guarded views on sexuality.

When the siblings’ older brother, Cole, reacts violently to Alexia, Asher is placed squarely in the middle of a family conflict which compels him to confront who he pretends to be versus who he really is.

Asher must choose who to trust and who to finally walk away from.

I usually wait until the serial to finish and then I buy the set but the cover for this one is just so awesome. I'm worried about dub con.
Serial Series Title: Evolution: House of Théoden
Author: Nicholas Bella
Series: The New Haven Series
Genre: MM Paranormal


Théoden: Dante is within my grasp. I’m actually very excited to meet my future son. He’s got wolf’s blood flowing within his veins, so I know he’ll be the stubborn sort, but I do like a challenge. As for Deacon, the wolf Alpha has surprised me. I hadn’t expected him to locate Dante so quickly. He’s a cunning one I’m going to have to keep my eye on. His ambition is both admirable and dangerous. As for my King’s decree, things are moving along smoothly. I have two more children to sire and then I would have fulfilled my duty. The sooner I’m done with that, the quicker I can get to training my new child. I’m so looking forward to breaking him in.

Noel: As for my obligation to the King, I met his expectations. I’ve sired my first son and it’s been one hell of an experience. I thought I would feel overwhelmed, but Romeo is taking to this life so naturally. I guess you could say that I chose wisely. I’m also getting the hang of being in control and being his Father. No doubt, Marco’s training is seeing me through a lot of transition. Now, I have to hold up my part in the bargain Théoden made with Deacon. Can’t say I’m happy about being used as a bargaining chip, but it’s out of my hands. As for my training with Marco, he’s promised to put me through the ringer physically. I’m ready to learn more and grow stronger.

Warning: This serial contains strong adult content not meant for sensitive eyes. The novelettes in this serial will be filled with dark, twisted, raunchy and steamy scenes between powerful, sexy men that will either offend you or get ya revved up. This series will not be pulling any punches, and it won’t apologize for hurting your feelings, either. You’ll find no fluff and ruffles here. The vampires are not misunderstood, hopeless romantics looking for love. The werewolves are not cute and cuddly and the dragons aren’t the ones from your childhood. This is NOT a romance. 

Title: Gyrfalcon
Author: Anna Butler
Genre: Sci-Fi/Time Travel
Series: Taking Shield, #1


Earth’s last known colony, Albion, is fighting an alien enemy. In the first of the Taking Shield series, Shield Captain Bennet is dropped behind the lines to steal priceless intelligence.

A dangerous job, and Bennet doesn’t need the distractions of changing relationships with his long-term partner, Joss, or with his father—and with Flynn, the new lover who will turn his world upside-down. He expects to risk his life. He expects the data will alter the course of the war.

What he doesn’t expect is that it will change his life or that Flynn will be impossible to forget.

Title: Borderline
Author: Pop Cherry
Genre: Paranormal


In an acid-torn world, the plight of one rogue wolf surviving on the resources he gathers on runs across perilous, rover-infested borders is to live another day and find the ring the deranged Dr. Deveaux has promised a life-altering payment for. Getting caught by the Enforcer’s cronies does not fall into the plans, nor does the betrayal of his own heart as he finds himself pining for the severe Alpha, when he’s put through the remaking process all rogues who’ve left their packs are subjected to.

Now made to identify as the Enforcer’s “Little Wolf,” can Nor finish the job while he’s locked in the compound? Does he even want to? And how does he contend with the feelings Saren Lash stirs in him, when he’s not even sure the region’s commander feels them, too?

An intensely steamy, paranormal, bdsm m/m romance set in the borders of a post-apocalyptic world struggling for hope.

Title: A Sexy Space Opera (with Vampires)
Author: Madeleine Oh
Publisher: Loose id, LLC

Genre: Science Fiction & Space Opera, Vampires , Menage & Polyamory


Rand Farrar hires a vampire, Drak Varna, as body guard as protection from bounty hunters, never expecting to become a vampire himself in the process. Now the two vampires need willing human donors so they hire Ferda Wallace, a veteran navigator and pilot who has other talents and connections. Ferda proves to be a valuable crew member, even if she does convince them, despite Rand’s misgivings to risk the ship and themselves to break a blockade on a pioneer planet.

From there the trio embark on a series of galactic adventures, ferrying cargoes, avoiding pirate attacks, acquiring a succession of additional crew members/donors, reconnecting with old friends and acquaintances and always avoiding the steadfast and determine bounty hunters who seem hellbent on pursuing Rand across the galaxy… Will nothing convince them to stop their relentless pursuit?

>NOTE: This book was previously released by another publisher under a different title, but it has been substantially re-edited and revised in this version.

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Saturday, July 4, 2015

Holy crap! I forgot to do that!

So life has been hectic and some things unintentionally fell by the wayside . Like saying something about Surrounded by Crimson being released on Wednesday. I remember sharing a post on Tuesday about the pre-oreder discount for the book ending that evening but something that said, "Whoot! Release day for Surrounded by Crimson!" Nope. Missed doing that and I didn't write a blog post.  O.O

So here is my post, slight delayed but still relevant. AND as I was looking up the links, today you can get it on All Romance for 50% off.

Publisher: Less Than Three Press:
Release Date: July 1, 2015
Cover Artist: London Burden
Genre: Fantasy/Gay/Paranormal/Poly/Urban Fantasy
ISBN: 9781620045749
Length: 48000

Links: Less Than Thee Press | All Romance | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Bookstrand


Tristan has agreed to bond with Ushna, but there is still much to do and returning to Tribe Enkidu puts everyone on edge. Tristan is being stalked like prey, all the while fighting depression as he mourns the loss of Nikita, and enduring a battle of wills with the Elder Council over his birthright. The pleading of his adoptive daughter only adds still more stress to the situation.