Thursday, June 30, 2016

Something To Talk About. June's Reading #bookshelf

Can you believe June is over? I can't but it was a good month. I wrote "The End" on Releasing Chaos. Devil's Heart is close to being wrapped up. Also, I'm very excited about the cover reveal and giveaway coming tomorrow hosted by Creative Minds, so don't forget to come back by to check that out.

The books I read this month were excellent, too. I have a lot to share.

I'm starting out with this one because I actually read it in May. I don't know how I missed it when I put together last month's reading post. I even wrote a review that was more than five sentences. :)

The Harvest Young is set in Church's Harvest world and are the offspring of the characters of the first trilogy. Szin comes across as a physically vulnerable character when compare to his twin and his future mate, Takeo. His appearance is that of a full human when in fact he is not but he's grown up around hearing disparaging whispers and now believes them. Takeo is the one who is positive they were meant to be together and no matter how Szin tries to escape, Takeo is set on proving Szin is exactly who he needs. It was a great addition to the Harvest world and I can't wait for the next one.

I've been jonesing for gargoyles and there really aren't many in the M/M genre. Chevalier is the sequel to Romanus. And me being me, I didn't even read the blurb before reading. I'd read Romanus a while ago (like, years) and vaguely recalled the details. I think I was 1/3 the way through the book before I pieced together who was who. Even though I didn't recall much of the Romanus, I didn't have a problem following Chevalier and I enjoyed every second. The downside was after reading the book I wanted more gargoyles and I'm still looking.

Killer Mate is the 5th book in the mainstream Space Grit series. The books before this one are all M/F pairings, which I do read, but I wanted to really, really read this one because the bounty hunter is cybernetic. *claps hands* This can be read as a standalone and you don't have to worry about getting lost. I would suggest reading the blurbs of the other books to get the gist of the other characters. There is a side story separate from the rescue of their brother. The couple form Kilt in Space are trying to get their nest to a safe location. This was well written and the tension between Tee and Mal was awesome and kept me on my toes. There were a couple of times I was sure Tee would try to kill Mal again but this is an enemies to lover story.

I found Planet Glecerus reading Goodreads reviews. GR sends out that update every morning about what people on my friend's list are reading. Sometimes I don't even look through the list because I don't need anymore temptation, you know? I'm really glad that I did because this was a great read. This is a love triangle that turns into a menage. Yeeessss. There's a bit of dystopia on Earth and people volunteer to become mates to aliens so that their families are taken care of. Nobody reads the handbook on the aliens, which is humorous part of the human's predicament, adding the 'holy crap' moments as the story progressed. There was a side character who really squished my heart and his book is next. Double Yes.

Between Brothers is not a romance. Its the erotic exploration of Marisa. She's recently separated from her husband and she's just waiting for the day that he comes back to her. Their sex life might've been crap but she still loved him. A risque conversation with her best friend lead to Darren helping her explore her sexual side. Marisa learns things about herself and finds a confidence she never had before. When her husband comes back will be content to go back to the life she once had? Like I said, this is not a romance. Darren and Marisa have a friends with benefit's relationship. Darren isn't her only sexual partner and the story doesn't become M/F/M until the end. The sex was smoking without being finely detailed. The relationship between Marisa, Darren, and Eric is one of affection and friendship. This did take me a while to read because each scene always led up to an erotic encounter, and there's only so much of sex after sex I can read in one sitting. 

I bought this anthology a while back. In the month of June I received one story per day to read. These are the perfect for a couple of hours reading. The stories are all about un-ordinary shifters. I haven't been able to read one a day though. (Mood reader) The ones I have read I enjoyed. Fieldwork, Love Unmasked, To Arizona, and Love, Marriage, and a Baby Carriage were all really, really cute. They Called Him Nightmare and A Wolf's Resistance were more on the more serious darker side. I have a ton of these left to read and looking forward to it.

This little gem was so adorable. Myka is a unlicensed Spell Weaver barely getting by. He has a crush on one of his best clients, Jonah, who accidentally left behind his invitation to a royal ball. Life is really sucking for Myka and he takes a chance and uses the invitation himself. Myka was so likable and his situation heartbreaking. The whole spell weaving aspect of the story was interesting. Excellent quick read that gave me a pick-me-up. 

Trial by Fire is about an Aussie cowboy and a Texas cowboy coming to terms with the loss of family. And fighting over how/where Chloe will be raised. I enjoyed the narrator... that sample was what lead me to buy the book. The conflict and mystery were well done. I loved watching Lachlan and Holden grow past the suspicion and preconceptions to form a relationship. Plus, Holden decked the hell out of Lachlan (well deserved), which was just awesome to see the little cowboy hold his own. This is my first Dreamspun Desires book and it's convinced me to look at the others. :)

I finished Deductions last night. It's not a quick read. I'd been reading it over three days when I could catch a couple of hours here and there. As with all of Lyn Gala's books, I freaking loved this. The world is unique and complex. The push/pull between Darren and Kavon had me wanting to beat one or both of them a time or two. I really felt for Darren and his unrequited love, but once things began to be revealed I went from, "Darren, baby, you need to pull back." To, "Go get him!" The only thing I didn't like was I have to wait for the next one to come out. It was excellent and I will definitely be rereading it.

Thank you for stopping by and reading!!

Saturday, June 25, 2016

What's On The Reading Radar? #WishList #TBR

Time is flying. I need another June so I can get extra stuff done. The summer is packed and I'm looking forward to some time off, but that won't happen until next month. 

Until then, here's some the Saturday fun post. :)

Title: Under a Blood-red Moon
SeriesDuncan Andrews Thrillers Book 5
Author(s): Stephen Osborne
Length: 185 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Genre:  Romance / Gay / Urban Fantasy / Paranormal /


Blurb: Sequel to Dead End

A Duncan Andrews Thriller

Private Detective Duncan Andrews is back, along with the usual gang: Robbie, Gina, Nick, and Daisy, the zombie bulldog! Duncan is trying to figure out how his boyfriend, Robbie, will fit in with the team now that he is no longer a ghost. That worry is soon set aside when Duncan accepts a new case to locate a missing young man named Graig Betz. Duncan soon learns Graig is part of a werewolf pack that is terrorizing Indianapolis. The pack is led by a witch, Ashley Campbell, an old rival of Gina’s. Duncan and his team must try to rescue and cure Graig and stop the wolf pack from destroying an entire city.

Title: The Hunger Man
Author(s): Scott D. Pomfret
Length: 384 pages
PublisherNineStar Press (June 6, 2016)

Genre:  Romance / Gay / Bisexual / Historical / Fantasy /


Blurb: At the outset of the Great Irish Potato Famine of 1845-50, a family of Irish revolutionaries attacks a British food convoy and kidnaps a young English officer named Julian Hawke. This first act of overt rebellion unleashes a series of events that both inextricably ties the O’Rahilly clan to Hawke and to the gay seanachie (storyteller) Ciaran Leath, but also seals their fates.

The only daughter, Muireann O’Rahilly, an aspiring physician, fails to resist the strong mutual attraction between her and Hawke. Hawke tries to balance his love for Muireann and his growing love for Ireland with his duty to suppress the budding rebellion. Ciaran Leath, who falls in love with both Julian Hawke as well as an angelic young tinker man, foresees both the coming famine and the disintegration of his adopted O’Rahilly clan, but finds himself unheard and powerless to protect them—or himself.

Encountering spirits of the dead and other bad portents, Ciaran Leath invokes his old benefactor, the ancient Faerie Fin Bheara, but in doing so learns something devastating about himself and of what he is capable. When the O’Rahilly clan sets its sights on assassinating Queen Victoria, whom Hawke is sworn to protect, during her 1848 state visit to Cork, the stakes loom large for all involved, and the story turns inexorably toward a tragic end.

Against the backdrop of the terrible beauty and exquisite misery of southwestern Ireland during the famine years, this part-comic, part-romantic struggle against starvation, oppression, and one’s own worst impulses plots an epic arc from London and Dublin to Cork and New York City. Magic, Faeries, haunts, spirits, legends, ancient kings, monsters, and lovers richly populate this clash between the British Crown and the Irish people, and there can only be one survivor.

The Hunger Man contains adult content suitable for mature readers only.

Title: Black Ice Heart
Series: Space Grit
Author(s): Ella Drake
Length: 222 pages
Publisher: Self-Pubbed

Genre:  Romance / Sci-Fi / Genetic Experiments /

Notes: The reason this is on the list is because I wanted to read the 5th installment in the series, Killer Mate.

Blurb: Condemned and in transit to an asteroid prison, he found what he'd never had before--a chance to love.


Ensign Joan Holly has one last mission before transferring to a secretive, elite unit, the Nex. It's what she's wanted since joining the military as a child. All she has to do is escort the most reviled prisoner on Geonate to meet his fate. Simple, since he's immobilized and nobody has ever escaped the Asteroid Pit.

Cenak Bronson never had it easy. He's never been free and never had a future. He accepts his doomed fate until he's rescued by a band of half-aliens, the Scoriah. After the chaos of his breakout, Cenak finds himself reluctantly bound to the only other survivor, his jailer Joan.

But they aren't the sole survivors by coincidence and they weren't captured by the Scoriah randomly. To survive, they join forces, uncovering secrets and lies that change everything. Including the future of Geonate itself.

Black Ice Heart is a full-length science fiction romance novel that begins the Space Grit series and can be read stand-alone

Warning: This novel is intended for readers 18 and older. It contains explicit scenes, language, violence, gore.

Title: Soul Seekers
Author(s): Jake C. Wallace
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Genre:  Romance / Gay / Urban Fantasy / Demons /


Blurb: Nineteen-year-old college student Levi Reed has spent his life with hollow emotions and a darkness so deep that he’s convinced he’s losing his mind. He’d give anything to feel something, anything, real.

When a mysterious stranger appears, Levi is convinced the man is trying to kill him. When he’s near, Levi experiences head-crushing pain and something surprising—real emotions for the first time. Jeb Monroe is arrogant, self-assured, closed-off, and handsome, but he isn’t the harbinger of doom Levi assumed. Jeb’s mission: help Levi find his missing soul.

Levi is pulled into the secret world of Seers and Keepers, those born with the innate ability to manipulate souls and tasked with balancing the negative energy they can produce. Levi learns he possesses a rare gift, and he’s in danger. As Jeb and Levi grow closer, they discover a group of zealots who want to harness Levi’s power to cleanse the world of damaged souls. Everyone Levi cares for is threatened unless he agrees to become their tool of death. But agreeing could spell the destruction of humankind. With no one to trust and nothing as it appears, it’s up to Levi to save them all.

Title: Private Dicks: Packing Heat
Author(s)Andrea Speed, Charles Yoite, Daniela Jeffries, Douglas P. Wojtowicz ,Edale Lane, Freddie Milano, Helena Maeve
Length: 100k
Publisher: LT3 Press

Genre:  Romance / Anthology / Bisexual / Contemporary / Gay / Historical / Lesbian / Trans /

Notes: Release date August 30th

Blurb: A Bar Called Once by Daniela Jeffries—Five years after Lana, the love of her life, left her for a man she hardly knew, Ryssa threw herself into her work as a private detective. But when she realizes women are being abducted from the bar where she and Lana met, her investigation leads her to Lana's husband as the prime suspect.

Black Suede, Red Velvet by Freddie Milano—Black Suede is one of the most exclusive clubs in town, and one with a lot of secrets. The owner, Fujimoto, is suspected of drug trafficking, and James Tachibana goes undercover to get enough evidence to bring in the kingpin—and starts to get too close to Kana, Fujimoto's favorite escort.

Cold, Bitter, Dark by Douglas P. Wojtowicz—Several years ago Deacon met Mishelle, a trans woman working as a prostitute. Much has changed since, but the two remain friends, and while Deacon wishes they could be friends and lovers, he's in no hurry to risk what they've got. Then Mishelle comes to him for help with a kidnapped girl, and Deacon learns too late he may never get a chance to say everything he wished he had.

Mr. X And The Blackmailed Female by Edale Lane—Mr. X is a celebrated and highly successful private detective in 1890s, and somewhat notorious for the mysterious way no one ever sees him, but must instead go through his assistant, Miss Stetson Goody—who is really Mr. X. It's a scheme, and a life, that's always worked perfectly for Stetson—until Lady Ashton shows up with a blackmail problem.

Orpheus Rising by Andrea Speed—Manu Collins is a private detective investigating a murder, who stumbles into the fact that Ralph Rundle, the richest man in the city, is involved in human trafficking. He frees some of the victims, but finds himself at a very dangerous crossroads: does he go after the man himself? And if he does, what does this mean for both his life, and his relationship with his boyfriend, Eric?

Shot Shooter: Tokyoite by Charles Yoite—It's 2035 and Kei is a half-Japanese, half-American asthmatic forced to relocate to Boulder in order to breathe. Despite the difficulties that being in Japan entails, Kei goes back time and again to spend time with Taka, and help hunt illegal pornographers. But no matter how badly Kei wishes they could be together permanently, life seems determined to keep them apart.

Sweetbrier by Helena Maeve—As the Battle of Britain rages, a small town on the Welsh coast grapples with strife of its own—a guesthouse hosting cowardly Londoners and rich men too cynical to join the war has just become the scene of a suspicious death. Veteran-turned-detective Rahul Khan has no desire to get involved, but his curiosity is piqued when police hasten to dismiss the case—and snared further by Mark, one of the misfit residents of Sweetbrier House...

Title: Prima Facie
Series: Anchors, 1
Author(s)Nicole Field
Length: 17k
Publisher: LT3 Press

Genre:  Bisexual / Contemporary /   Peacock / Trans /

Notes: Releases June 29th

Blurb: Never get involved with the client. That's one of the first rules of the business, and a rule Con has never had trouble following. Until Maggie walks through the door. She smart, charming, isn't impressed by his family, and doesn't care that he's trans. If anyone is worth breaking rules for, it seems to be Maggie.

But things that seem too good to be true often are, and Con soon finds himself caught between his family, Maggie, and figuring out what really matters most to him.

Title: Tempting Tristan
SeriesHarborside Nights
Author(s): Melissa Foster
Length: 300 pages
PublisherWorld Literary Press (October 19, 2016)

Genre:  Romance / Gay / Contemporary / Military Men / Probably Angsty /

Notes: Releases October 9th

Blurb: Tempting Tristan is a stand-alone M/M romance featuring two sexy, lovable alpha heroes. 

In Tempting Tristan...

Fresh off the heels of yet another bad relationship, Tristan Brewer is taking a break from men to try to figure out where he keeps going wrong. He knows his biggest fault--he leads with his heart, not his head--and that's never going to change. But after several introspective weeks, he's beginning to get a handle on things. That is, until badass heartthrob Alex Wells walks into his bar...

Alex has spent eight years in the army, months in a hospital bed, and far too long hiding his sexual identity. He's guilt-ridden, damaged, pissed off, and up for a Silver Star for the incident that nearly cost him his life--and kept him from his grandmother's funeral. But all he wants to do is live the life he's always dreamed of and forget his stint with the institution that allows but doesn't necessarily accept.

The chemistry between Tristan and Alex ignites from the moment they meet, and the more time they spend together, the hotter the flames burn. But the closer they become, the more Alex's walls go up, and when the two walk onto a military base, Tristan finds out Alex's physical scars aren't the ones that run the deepest.

Title: The Hunt
Author(s): Jo Tannah
Length: 36 pages
Publisher: Self-pubbed

Genre:  Romance / Gay / Sci-Fi / 


Blurb: When the hunter becomes the hunted, the only thing left to do is run. 

Lieutenant Marcus Kildud and his men are rangers for hire. They specialize in insertion, extraction, escape and evasion. He answers an urgent request from the Planet Terrus’ Prelate, the Lord Fulsam, whose son has disappeared and presumed dead.

Their task is to find the ring the Prelate’s son wore. The promised compensation and bonus offered are enough to make this their team’s final mission.

What they meet in the forest is something none of them have ever encountered before. Marcus now faces the unimaginable. He realizes too late that sometimes, running away may be the only option left to staying alive.

Title: Evil
Author(s): Tijan 
Length: 254 pages
Publisher: Self-pubbed

Genre:  Young Adult / Suspense / Urban Fantasy / Paranormal / 


Blurb: You know that group of people in school that everyone fears? Popular. Beautiful. The in-crowd?

That was my family. Kind of.

We were above that group. We held court over everyone else. We were the best looking. We were the mysterious and elusive ones. Most of the girls wanted to (and did) date the guys, but they didn’t want to be one of us. They couldn’t be. They were our prey.

We were the feared.

But like every family, nothing is as it seems. That was my truth.

Kellan was in his own league. He was our leader and he was the one no one messed with. No one dared. He was ruthless, powerful, and no one could match him…

Except for me.

I was about to find out just how different I was from my family.

**Evil is a full-length paranormal romance stand-alone.
**This book contains adult/mature young adult situations.

Title: Nova
Series: The Dark Reach Wars, 1
Author(s): Lora E. Rasmussen
Length: 490 pages

Genre:  Lesbian / Sci-Fi / Romantic Elements / Action & Adventure /


Blurb: Avara Serros, Captain of the QS Excalibur, decorated Human war-hero and famed Quorum Shield Operative, heads her own proven and hand-picked SpecOps team, Nova Squad. When Avara and her Squad are given their next mission, to track down and capture the Vosaia STF Agent K’llan Z’arr and recover the deadly Arcatech Enhancement research she has stolen, what Avara thought would be a very straightforward mission quickly becomes anything but. 

Assigned to work with a second Shield Operative to maintain political relations between the Human Ministry and Vosaia Consulate, it becomes apparent that hard questions need to be asked as to the identity of the true culprit behind the missing data, inquiries made all the more critical as it is revealed that the intended recipient of the pilfered Arcatech is the hostile Karukai Imperium. With the Margrom War ended only two and a half years ago, the apparent defection of Quorum agents and the theft of the newly developed Arca technology threatens to crack the fragile status quo of the ongoing cold war between the Quorum Aligned Systems and the Karukai Imperium. If ignited, such a large-scale conflict would result in the enslavement or death of trillions of people. The demands of this mission will push Captain Avara Serros and Nova Squad to the very limits of what they can physically and emotionally endure, and beyond. 

Nova, The Dark Reach Wars, features complex and highly diverse characters in a gritty narrative that blends heart-racing firefights, suspense, romance, and tension-laden struggles for survival within the context of looming war. Set in the far future when Earth no longer exits and Humans are only one of a dozen sentient species, Nova is epic cinema made page-turning literature set in a fully realized futuristic world. 

Length is 139,119 words; 488 pages

Title: Buzz & Blow, Shave & Shimmer, Fade & Fluff
Series: Sangre Series 
Author(s): Alex Carreras
Length: 201 pages
PublisherWilde City Press (May 27, 2015)

Genre:  Romance / Gay / Urban Fantasy / Vampires / Paranormal / Humor /


Blurb: In the city of Sangre, Florida, vampires and humans coexist happily until one ancient and powerful vampire decides to mess up the entire thing. The hairdressers at Everlasting Salon who service vampires and humans alike decide to face the threat that lands on their doorstep enlisting the barbers across the street for a fight to the finish. Chaos ensues when fists fly, but it’s not all bad when old flames reunite and new relationships take root and grow. Between the clandestine meetings and vigilante justice, the vampires find love in unexpected companions, hoping to get some TLC along the way.

Title: Sabre
Author(s): KC Kendricks
Length: 99 pages
Publisher: Self-pubbed

Genre:  Romance / Gay / Genetic Engineered Hero / Urban Fantasy / Suspense /


Blurb: Trust is a valuable commodity. 

Sam Breeden is a highly skilled operative known as SABRE. Genetically engineered, Sam is very good at what he does, but his propensity to act on the truth, and not his orders, continually lands him on the bad side of his handlers. When he’s instructed to find, and eliminate, a mythical assassin known only as Absinthe, Sam quickly becomes aware all is not as it seems. He suspects the evidence against Absinthe was planted and goes against his orders.

The man called Absinthe holds the key to Sam’s past. He inserts himself into Sam’s orbit – and bed – with the intent to lead Sam to the truth. He’s not guilty of the crime, but he’s far from innocent. He knows Sam’s been played by his agency and the path to their survival means walking a crooked line.

Finding the truth isn’t easy, and believing it is even harder. Sam and Absinthe make a desperate play for freedom, because if they can’t get free, they can never be together.

Title: Tristan
Author(s): Sylvain St. Pierre
Length: 177 pages
PublisherThe Tiger Writes (February 8, 2016)
Genre:  Sci-fi / Anti-hero / Gay / Romance--Not sure / Action Adventure /


Blurb: Tristan is an alien to most and a friend to none…

He isn't a nice person; he certainly belongs in prison.

But not this way. 

Finding himself on one of the highest security prison ships in the universe, all he wants to do is go back to his workshop, to his research, to dissecting every piece of technology available.

First, he needs to settle the matter of who set him up.

Now he has to fight the prison system, the powerful corporations, and even himself to find out who was behind his capture, before they catch him again.

If they think Tristan is running scared, they are wrong. They are the ones who should be afraid.

Because Tristan is a survivor

Title: Mark of Logic
Series: The Genesis Sequence, 1
Author(s): MackKenzie Morris
Length: 210 pages 
Publisher: Self-pubbed

Genre:  Sci-Fi / Slow Burn Romance / Action Adventure / Futuristic / Aliens /


Blurb: The mark defines you. The mark gives you purpose. Without the mark, you are worthless. Deep below the war-torn surface, the city of Odyssia is alive and bustling with technology, glittering neon lights, and robots for menial tasks. A life in the Upper City is one of excess, artificiality, and material goods. But below the security checkpoints and the sea of enticing wealth, those deemed unworthy or undesirable by the ruling families are exiled to the rundown Under City where they are left to fend for themselves. Here, the dissenters, the criminals, and the poor are forced to live with meager wages, starvation, and no hope of ever rising above it. Bound to their jobs by their marks, they are little more than slaves to an uncaring government. In the Under City, technology is banned and its possession is punishable by death.

Rav Tillman, an Under City computer engineer for CyrinoTech, must do all he can to keep his robot son, Nemo, safe from the Tech Police who would confiscate him and destroy him. When his technology is discovered in his home one night, his world is turned upside-down. With his only son stolen away from him and shipped off to one of eight colonies across the distant galaxies, Rav must band together with his friends to hunt down his son before it is too late.

Title: A Chronicle of Chaos
Series: The Light and Shadow Chronicles Book 1
Author(s): D.M. Cain
Length: 314 pages

Genre:  Romantic Elements / Slow Burn / Enemies to Lovers / Fantasy / Alternate World / Paranormal / 

Notes: Found under the LGBT Science Fiction

Blurb: A brutal war has raged for centuries. The Brotherhood of Shadow and The Children of Light each yearn to rule the planet, and will stop at nothing to defeat the other. 

Now, from the deepest bowels of Hell, the Brotherhood has summoned demons to fight for them. These demons could end the war once and for all, if only the Brotherhood can keep them under control. Prophecy, destiny, honour, and glory: Chaos, a soldier in The Children of Light, fights in the name of all these things and could achieve them if he wasn’t so arrogant. He believes he is the best warrior in the land, until a fateful coincidence puts him at the mercy of the demon, Anathema.

The two warriors, demon and human, strike up an intense rivalry, but their obsession to destroy one another only leads them closer together. When the forces of Heaven and Hell collide, where will their loyalties lie?

Title: The Omega Prince
Series: The Kingdom of Pacchia, 1
Author(s): Lia Cooper
Length: 106 pages
PublisherThe Spec Press (August 19, 2014)

Genre:  Romance / Gay / Fantasy / Competing For Your Love /


Blurb: The Tri-fete, an opportunity for the alphas in Pacchia to show off their strength, stamina, and martial prowess, comes once every three years. This is the first time the competition has been held since the Crown Prince Aubrey of Lyle and Wescott presented as an omega and there is much speculation he may take a mate from one of the alphas competing.

But there is more than friendly competition underway as the mysterious Lord Riven returns to court for the first time in nearly a decade and assassins plot against the King.

Prince Aubrey must find a way to balance expectation and personal desire in THE OMEGA PRINCE, the first story set in Pacchia, a mythical kingdom based on the a/b/o gender structure.

This story contains explicit M/M content.

Title: The Visitor
Author(s): Evey Brett
Length: 35 pages
PublisherLethe Press (March 24, 2016)

Genre:  Romance / Gay / Historical / Suspence


Blurb: When John finds himself wandering along a muddy road, he has no idea how he got there or why he's covered in bruises. The only clue is the uniform identifying him as a footman from the nearby Rothingham Hall – and the mere thought of returning there terrifies him. 

When the kindly Lotd Vanderley finds him, John is taken in and provided with a new position as well as comfort and safety. His wounds heal, all except for the bloody marks on his neck which refuse to mend. Then the nightmares come, allayed only by the tender, erotic comfort provided by an anonymous male visitor in the night.

Slowly, John begins to piece together his past, but once unsettling truths come to light, he must risk everything in order to end a legacy of fear and suffering – and to prove his loyalty to a man he's forbidden to love.

Title: The Best Of Both Worlds
Author(s): Victoria Zagar
Length: 50k
Publisher: LT3 Press

Genre:  Romance / Bisexual / Poly / Sci-fi /

Notes: Releases July 12

Blurb: Andrea Missanaugh lives on dystopian Earth's exploration ship the HAND-5500. Lost in deep space and subjected to the monotony of survival under a regime that still holds the distant ship in its iron grip, Andrea has lost all hope of living a happy life and waits for her silent mental rebellion to be discovered and the inevitable death that will follow.

Then she's whisked away from the HAND-5500 by two curious aliens from a planet called Evalaque: the President's daughter, Ledieven, and her gentle partner in crime, doctor and scientist Jacq. Ledieven wants more than friendship, however, with Jacq and Andrea—something that is forbidden on Evalaque, where a fertility crisis has taken hold. Ledieven is one of the last fertile women on Evalaque and her mother will go to great lengths to press her into a socially acceptable marriage.

But Andrea's done with settling for less.

Title: Fighting Gravity
SeriesThe Physics of Falling, 1
Author(s): Leah Petersen
Length: 306 pages

Genre:  Romance / Romantic Elements / Gay / Sci-Fi / Royalty /


Blurb: When Jacob Dawes is selected for the Imperial Intellectual Complex as a child, he’s catapulted from the poverty-stricken slums of his birth into a world where his status as an unclass is something no one can forget, or forgive. His growing scientific renown draws the attention of the emperor, a young man Jacob’s own age, and they find themselves drawn to each other in an unlikely and ill-advised relationship. 

Jacob may have won the emperor’s heart, but it’s no protection when he’s accused of treason. And fighting his own execution would mean betraying the man he loves.

Title: The Silvers
Author(s): J.A. Rock
Length: 346 pages
Publisher: Riptide Publishing

Genre:  Romance / Gay / Sci-fi / Alien /

Notes: Releases July 11th

Blurb: What humans want from the Silver Planet is water. What they find is a race of humanoids who are sentient, but as emotionless and serene as the plants and placid lakes they tend.

B, captain of the mission, doesn’t believe that the “Silvers” are intelligent, and lets his crew experiment on them. But then he bonds with Imms, who seems different from the others—interested in learning, intrigued by human feelings. And B realizes that capturing, studying, and killing this planet’s natives has done incalculable damage.

When a fire aboard B’s ship kills most of the crew and endangers Imms, B decides to take him back to Earth. But the simplicity of the Silver Planet doesn’t follow them. Imms learns the full spectrum of human emotions, including a love B is frightened to return, and a mistrust of the bureaucracy that wants to treat Imms like a test subject, even if they have to eliminate B to do it.

(Note: This is a revised second edition, originally published elsewhere.)

Title: Murder Once Seen
Series: The Oddies, 1
Author(s): J.T. Hall
Length: 352 pages
Publisher: Riptide Publishing

Genre:  Romance / Gay / Bounty Hunter / Urban Fantasy / Paranormal / 

Notes: Releases September 26th

Blurb: In the city of Nis, things often aren’t what they seem.

Derwin is a bounty hunter gifted with the Oddity of superhuman strength and agility—perfect for hunting down fugitives and demons who roam the streets. One killed his boyfriend two years ago, and Derwin won’t stop until he finds out who. Police suspect it was someone he sent to prison, but he can’t shake the idea that they’re missing something.

Elliot is a rentboy who’s been living on the streets since his parents disowned him. He mistrusts everyone and, given his uncontrolled ability to Read Objects and a client list that includes a major gang boss, despairs of ever having a normal life.

Derwin and Elliot meet in a storm of lust. Derwin’s Oddity is fed by the pain of others, but he only wants what’s freely given. Elliot loves pain, but needs safety and a way off the streets before he can allow it. They may be able to solve each other’s problems . . . if they can survive long enough to work together.

TitlePlanet Glecerus
Series: Alien Lovers, 1
Author(s): Olivia Black
Length:  49k
Publisher: Siren Publishing

Genre:  Romance / Gay / Aliens / Poly / Sci-Fi / Earth Dystopia / Mpreg /

Notes: Releases May 27th and can only be found on the Siren website Bookstrand. I'm not sure how long before it hits the 3rd party sights.

Blurb: The year is 2327. Earth, once strong, is now trying to recover from the devastation of the Great War. During the battle, millions of lives were lost and cities were destroyed. Needing to rebuild, the government turned to other planets. One day, a starship arrived from the planet of Glecerus. The aliens traded technology and medicine for willing humans to become mates to their people.

Sebastian Cain is struggling to survive. His only option for a better life is to leave Earth. He volunteers to go to Glecerus. He’s looking for a fresh start and the only family he has left, an older brother. But life on Glecerus takes some getting used to, and Sebastian must learn the customs before becoming a mate to a Glecerian male.

High King Auden Q'Tal and Captain Regin Priq'aq are both interested in becoming Sebastian’s mate. Instead of bidding on the human at auction, the aliens battle it out, and the winner gets to mark and claim Sebastian.

TitleKiller Mate
Series: Space Grit, 5
Author(s): Ella Drake
Length:  213 pages
Publisher: Self-pubbed

Genre:  Romance / Gay / Aliens / Sci-Fi / Cyborg Lover / Genetic Experiments / Alpha Males / Enemies to Lover / Revenge Sex /

Notes: This is a part of a series but I skipped the others so I could have a cyborg romance.

Blurb: Tee Bronson doesn't trust outsiders. Never has. Now the Scoriah are on the run from the Nex, a secretive black-ops unit, and trust isn't even in his vocabulary. Except he needs help to board a military vessel to free one of his brothers. The only person in the universe that he's sure isn't Nex is Malweather Hunter, his former lover. Problem is, last time Tee saw Mal, he killed him. 

If there's one thing a former bounty hunting cyborg should avoid, it's the alien who turned him inside out, left him for dead, and ruined his career. Even reminded that he's homeless, broke, and bitter, Mal can't resist the reason for it all. Tee makes his cold body run hot. Besides, if anyone's going to kill Tee, it's going to be him. The Nex will just have to wait their turn to get their hands on his lover's enticing neck.

Warning: This novel is intended for readers 18 and older. It contains explicit scenes, language, violence.

TitleThe Beauty's Brother
Author(s): Leon Hart
Length:  303 pages
Publisher: Self-pubbed

Genre:  Romance / Gay / Historical / Fantasy / Fairy Tale Retold / 

Notes: This is a part of a series but I skipped the others so I could have a cyborg romance.

Blurb: The castle is cursed. The servants are losing their humanity and memory. Crow, a young man surprisingly resistant to the curse, is their only connection to the outside world, observing as a bird.
Helene is the latest girl obtained for breaking the spell. Her belligerent brother, Roi, is being held hostage to keep her obedient.

When Crow is assigned to help care and keep watch of the brother, he regards it as a sort of punishment… with the exception that he finds Roi quite pleasing to look at. Initially keen to make the other miserable, prisoner and servant reluctantly align to seek an alternative way to break the spell. But this is no simple task with time running short, increasing abuse from the senior staff, and so few to be trusted. Furthermore, Roi’s own interests in Crow grow increasingly apparent, and Crow has no idea how to handle this zealous man.

This mature story features a slight twist and different perspective on a classic fairy tale.

Title: Blood Lines
Author(s): A.L. Bates
Length:  110 pages
Publisher: Self-pubbed

Genre:  Romance / Gay / Sci-Fi / 

Notes: This is a part of a series but I skipped the others so I could have a cyborg romance.

Blurb: Mark Thomas owns his own “New York”-themed bar on an off-world colony. Nate Fox is an ex-con gone straight.
He’s also Mark’s best friend and brother-in-law. 

Mark has feelings for Nate. Nate has feelings for Mark. 

But neither man is prepared to compromise their friendship or Mark’s relationship with Danny. 

Blood Lines is a story about fidelity, trust, and respect. It’s a story about honesty and learning from mistakes. 

And it’s a story about second chances.

TitleBad Boys, Gargoyles, and Dragons
Author(s): Amanda Young, Tami Veldura, Jacklyn Black, dedrah Deumont, Jacqueline Sweet
Length:  403 pages
Publisher: Self-pubbed

Genre:  Romance / Gay / Fantasy / Urban Fantasy / Gargoyles / Dragons /

Notes: I found some gargoyles!!

Blurb: Get ready for 5 steamy paranormal stories featuring men who love men from a dynamic mix of bestselling authors. Inside this bundle of carefully-selected stories you'll discover bad boys who always get what they want, fantastic creatures finding their mates...and everything in between. There's over 135,000 words waiting to thrill you. 

The following books are included:

Dreamers by Tami Veldura
Stone Prince by Jacklyn Black
Awakening by Debrah Deumont
50 Shades of Gray Tentacles by Jacqueline Sweet
Pyromancer by Amanda Young

Available ONLY for a LIMITED TIME.

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Monday, June 20, 2016

And now I wait... #SumeriasSons #ReleasingChaos

If you didn't catch me sighing over Twitter and Facebook, here's the announcement that I actually wrote "The End" for first draft of Releasing Chaos. That is both a "Hot Dog, Yay!" and a low groan. I put the manuscript off to the side and now I wait.

The story came out at an estimated 135k but I won't have the final numbers until I type it all up. Right now only about 60k is actually on Word which leads to the groaning part above because I'm only mediocre typist. I'm seriously considering the suggestion to use Dragon software to see if reading it would go faster. It is really going to depend. Usually, as I type it up I make edits and revisions. I don't know that I can make revisions and basically tell the story at the same time. I really want to be able to submit it before I go on vacation at the end of July. 

But again... that is really going to depend if I get any more edits for Werewolf's Tale and a Druid's Sword (the 2nd book in the ION series which is coming out soon.) and/or first round edits for Darksoul and/or a second round of edits for Death Mask. So yeah, there is a lot going on that could hamper getting everything I want done before the end of July.

Sometimes it feels like I should hurry and just jump into editing Releasing Chaos. I've given in to the feeling of impatience before and have regretted it. It's important to allow a story to rest before starting back in on it. Part of the wait allows me to go in with a fresh mind, and the second part, for the things that bugged me about the story, I have time to suss stuff out. So waiting is very important, especially with a longer manuscript.

While I wait, I'm catching up on the project Kenzie Cade and I are working on call Devil's Heart. It's the first book in Devil's Dawn, a six book series. We are on our first round of self edits and I put us behind by setting it off to the side to push finishing Releasing Chaos. So, now I'm putting all my energy in the edits and rewrites. Hopefully, we can send this out to beta reader soon.

The happy news is that once Releasing Chaos is cleaned up and subbed, I can start on a new project, Bespoken. I'm still a little stressed over writing the next book in The Valespian Pact, but I'm hoping that once I start writing I'll lose myself in the world. No paying attention to what I was doing, I had created a storyline problem for myself--which happens sometimes when I write by the seat of my pants. Something sounds great about three people being really important with the "or else the grid will fall" until I sit down to show why. I needed the reason to be plausible and make sense. I don't want people rolling their eyes muttering, "Yeah, right." 

So there are kinks that need to be worked out, and honestly, I won't be satisfied until I get into the story to see if it all will work. 

For now, it's back to editing and ticking off the days until it's safe to jump back into Releasing Chaos.

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Spotlight: Grein Murray's CHAOS & HYPE Blog tour W/Exclusive Excerpt



TITLE: Chaos & Hype 

SERIES: The Dancer’s Series 

AUTHOR: Grein Murray 

COVER ARTIST: Kellie Dennis 

LENGTH: 166 Pages 

RELEASE DATE: June 7, 2016 

BLURB: Hip hop dancer, Skylar, is excited about a new job he’s gotten for the summer at a theme park near his home. This is his chance to show his family that he can make money doing what he loves. Skylar wasn’t counting on falling for Ryan, the hot, Australian dancer that he is paired up with, but the pull is too strong for him to fight. 

Ryan is set to go back home to Australia after the park closes at the end of the summer. He didn’t plan on falling in love with his gorgeous dancing partner, but his heart had other ideas. As he and Skylar get closer, their impending separation starts to affect the both of them. Will they do what it takes to be together?


“So, does this count as our first date?” Ryan’s face flushes slightly. 

His question takes me off guard. His expression looks like he’s uncertain if he should have said what he did. 

Instead of answering him, I lean forward, put my hand gently on the back of his neck, and kiss his soft lips. It was probably a stupid thing to do, but my heart seems to be doing the thinking for me. 



When I'm not writing I like going to concerts. Music is a big part of my life, I've played bass guitar since I was a teen. I love nature and enjoy hiking and working with causes that help protect our planet and wild animals.

I have loved books all of my life and have always enjoyed escaping the ordinary world by getting lost in a good book. I read a lot of different genres of books but have fallen in love with MM. I support the gay community and hope one day people will see that love is love and that it is a beautiful thing no matter your gender, race or religion.

I am an avid animal lover and have quite a collection of pets in my home. I love ancient history and have studied Alexander the Great as well as Egypt and it's pharaohs. I also am very interested in angels and have researched them and will put that to use in future books.

I hope that my readers continue to fall in love with my characters and that my stories touch their lives and bring them happiness.

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