Saturday, June 4, 2016

What's on the Reading Radar #WishList #TBR

It's that time of the week where I offer up what I found while browsing for books for my wish list (as if it needs to be longer :). I'm looking for gargoyle romances if anyone has any suggestions.

Title: Casto
Series: Gods of War, 1
Author(s): Zenia Melzer
Length: 314 pages
PublisherDSP Publications; 1 edition (June 21, 2016)

Genre:  Romantic Elements / Gay / Fantasy / High Fantasy? /


BlurbGods of War: Book I

All is fair in love and war. Renaldo has lived happily by that proverb his entire life. But he has finally met his match, and he’s about to discover how unfair love and war can be.

When demigod and warlord Lord Renaldo takes a beautiful stranger captive during an ambush, he is delighted to have found a distraction that will keep him entertained during the upcoming siege. Little does he know, Casto is keeping more than just one secret from him. Slowly, Renaldo gets sucked into a turbulent roller-coaster relationship with his mysterious prisoner, one that begins with hatred and soon spirals into a whirlwind of conflicting emotions. And when it seems that things can get no worse, an old enemy stirs right in the heart of his home.

Determined to keep Casto by his side, Renaldo has to find a balance between the capricious young man and his own destiny as a ruler and god to his people.

Title: Curse of Blades
SeriesCurse of Blades, 1
Length: 71 pages
Publisher: Self-pubbed

Genre:  Romance / LGBTQ / Assassin / Fantasy / Historical-ish / 


BlurbCoulta was born with a curse, one that forces him to obey the commands of those with authority over him. At only five years old, his father gives him up into service of a powerful lord, hoping to give Coulta a better life. But it was a mistake. Varin turns Coulta into an assassin, someone who can't stop himself from killing even the most innocent person he was commanded to murder. Despite the pain of a life out of his control, Coulta does have hope; hope that he will one day meet the person his mother claimed would free him of his curse.

Wildas is the Crown Prince of Phelin. He has known nothing but luxury and comfort, not the pain and suffering of a cursed killer. He has no idea that his life is in danger, that assassins are lurking in the shadows of the next city he will visit on behalf of the Crown. Nor does he know that his very soul is tied to one of those assassins, a tie that not even death could ever break.

Anil lost her entire family to a winter illness and has asked herself time and again why she alone was spared. Only the chance encounter with two mysterious men will answer that question for her.

Myri is a healer in a small village. She never expected to be healing the Crown Prince himself after a dangerous encounter with an assassin. Can she truly save him? Or is danger shadowing their every move?

Title: Dark Descendant
SeriesNikki Glass Book 1
Author(s): Jenna Black
Length: 341 pages
PublisherPocket Books (April 26, 2011)

Genre:  Urban Fantasy


BlurbNikki Glass can track down any man. But when her latest client turns out to be a true descendant of Hades, Nikki now discovers she can’t die. . . . Crazy as it sounds, Nikki’s manhunting skills are literally god-given. She’s a living, breathing descendant of Artemis who has stepped right into a trap set by the children of the gods. Nikki’s new “friends” include a descendant of Eros, who uses sex as a weapon; a descendant of Loki, whose tricks are no laughing matter; and a half-mad descendant of Kali who thinks she’s a spy. But most powerful of all are the Olympians, a rival clan of immortals seeking to destroy all Descendants who refuse to bow down to them. In the eternal battle of good god/bad god, Nikki would make a divine weapon. But if they think she’ll surrender without a fight, the gods must be crazy. . . .

Title: For the Love of a Steampunk Heart
SeriesFirebend Chronicles, Book One
Author(s): Leah Ross
Length: 222 pages
Publisher: Self-pubbed

Genre:  Romance / Gay / Steampunk / Science Fiction /


BlurbSixty-four years ago, the Blast changed everything. The modern, interconnected world died and two disparate societies took its place. The pioneers founded their own world in the frontier of the Fringe. The rest crowded themselves into dome cities and cut themselves off from the world. Fringer or Domer. One or the other. Never both. Until now. 

Nick Massey is an inventor and mechanic, a Domer struggling to break out of his poverty-stricken existence and escape his tragic past. He’s brilliant. He’s talented. He just lost his job. With nothing keeping him in the city, he leaves his meager life behind and strikes out for the wild unknowns of the Fringe. He’s hoping to find happiness and purpose. Instead, he finds Zander.

Zander Pennington is a Fringer, born and bred, a lifelong resident of the town of Firebend. He’s tough and resourceful and absolutely intolerant of unknowns. As a partner in the region’s most lucrative mineral mining operation, he doesn’t have time to deal with anything but business. Business is what he knows. Business is his comfort zone. Nick is not business.

Despite their inherent differences, Nick and Zander must learn to trust each other and work as a team to thwart the danger that threatens them and all of Firebend. It’s the danger they can’t fight, though, that could break both of their hearts and destroy their lives.

This work is intended for a mature audience and contains mature content. For a more comprehensive list of content tags, please see this book’s information page at the author’s website.

Title: Of the Essence
SeriesHellmaw, Book 7
Author(s)Gabrielle Harbowy
Length: 179 pages
PublisherHellmaw (April 30, 2016)

Genre:  Urban Fantasy / Paranormal /

Notes: Opps! The book listed on kindle doesn't say it's part of a series. I didn't realize this until I looked at the audiobook. The I had to hop over to GoodReads to find out hte order. The series actually starts with Hellmaw: Your World is Doomed!

BlurbWhen a powerful daemon is murdered on modern-day Earth, all signs point in the same direction: to Tehru, the daemon who was his direct enemy throughout the dynastic war on Araunt. But Tehru knows that someone else has access to her own unique power: Quills, a back-alley magic dealer who once took a sample of Tehru's essence as payment. Now the murdered daemon's followers are coming after Tehru for retribution, and Quills has to track down the real killer and clear her client's name. If she doesn't solve the murder in time, she'll be the one who takes the fall.

Title: Kestrel's Talon
Series(The Stonewatchers Book 1)
Author(s): Bey Deckard
Length: 426 pages
Publisher: Self-pubbed

Genre:  Romance / Gay / Fantasy / Paranormal / Dark-ish w/Sexual Slavery / 


BlurbFollowing the Prentish/Nemarri war, Kes is rejected by his homeland under the guise of religious purity laws. Though he's spared execution, the proud Nemarri's fate is only marginally more merciful than death when he is sold into sexual slavery at a prosperous pleasure house. 

Despite his stoic endurance, Kes knows he’s reaching his breaking point, but there is nothing he can do—there is no path to freedom in the Holy Prentish Empire, only a lifetime of humiliating servitude.

That is, until a beautiful young slave and his formidable master approach Kes in the marketplace and make an astonishing offer to take him home with them. The only problem: “home” is the accursed Horthmont Castle from the scare-stories of Kes’s childhood.

Thrown into a world of living myth, powerful magic, and ancient gods, Kes learns the secrets kept hidden by Horthmont’s thick blackstone walls. There he discovers something he thought he’d never know again: hope for the future.

Title: Windbrothers
SeriesWindbrothers, 1
Author(s): Sean Michael
Length: 301 pages
PublisherDSP Publications; 2 edition (May 24, 2016)

Genre:  Romance / Gay / Fantasy / 


BlurbBanished from his homeland, Surial is sent to Azize to run the family business. When he wins a slave, Kade, in a dog race, Surial is unsure what to do with him, as he doesn’t believe in slavery. Kade’s way with horses leads to him being relegated to the stables, where Surial becomes drawn to the big, quiet man. 

A proud warrior at heart, Kade has been a slave for too long, and when he is passed to yet another owner, he goes without a fight, no hope left in him. When he discovers Surial’s secret, a fragile friendship blossoms between the unlikely master and the unwilling slave as Kade shows Surial that what lies within him is not a curse but a gift.

In a world of magic, Surial and Kade face their fears and hopes amid dangers that threaten both of them as their friendship is put to the test. What lies at the end of their trials is something more precious than either of them has ever dreamed of.

Title: Trial By Fire
Author(s): BA Tortuga
Length5 hours and 36 minutes
PublisherDreamspinner Press LLC

Genre:  Romance / Contemporary / Aussie / Ranch / 


BlurbOne Aussie. One Texan. One baby. One hell of a fight.

When his sister and her husband are killed in an accident, Aussie cattle station owner Lachlan McCoughney rushes to Texas to rescue their infant daughter, Chloe. He expects to find his niece living in squalor with the Sheffields, a rodeo family.

Instead, Lachlan finds Holden Sheffield, a salt-of-the-earth cowboy, running a huge business operation. They want to explore their mutual attraction despite the many problems thrown their way, and together, they must find a way to give Chloe a new family and find a love that spans thousands of acres and two continents.

Title: Triad Blood
Author(s): Nathan Burgoine
Length: 240 pages 

Genre:  Romance / Gay / Poly / Fantasy / Urban Fantasy / Paranormal / Vampires / Demons / Wizards / 


Blurb: The law of three is unbroken: three vampires form a coterie, three demons make a pack, and three wizards are a coven. That is how it has always been, and how it was always to be. 

But Luc, Anders, and Curtis—vampire, demon, and wizard—have cheated tradition. Their bond is not coterie, pack, or coven, but something else. Thrust into the supernatural politics ruling Ottawa from behind the shadows, they face Renard, a powerful vampire who harbors deadly secrets of his own and wishes to end their threat. The enemy they know conjures fire and death at every turn. The enemies they don’t know are worse.

Blood, soul, and magic gave them freedom. Now they need to survive it.

Title: The Reminiscence of Good King Carnack
Author(s): Jack Harvey
Length: 16k
Publisher: Less Than Three Press (May 31, 2016)

Genre:  Asexual / Fantasy / 


BlurbCarnack rules a vast kingdom, with millions of people looking to him for leadership and protection.

But he wasn't born royalty, and never had any interest in taking care of anyone but himself. So what changes a cold and ruthless mercenary into a trusted and caring king?

That story begins with a belt buckle, and the unexpectedly complicated adventure required to obtain it...

Title: Season's Bleeding
Series: Thaumaturge Series, 0.5
Author(s): Cal Matthews
Length: 16 pages
Publisher: Self-pubbed

Genre:  Erotic Romance / Gay / Fantasy / Urban Fantasy /


BlurbHoliday shopping can be scary enough. Holiday shopping with the undead?

In this Thaumaturge series short, Ebron and his sort-of, kind-of, vampire boyfriend spend an evening picking out gifts for their nearest and dearest. 

Ebron's trying to be nice. Leo's being naughty.

Title: The Dead
SeriesThaumaturge Series, 1
Author(s)Cal Matthews
Length: 228 pages

Genre:  Romance / Gay / Fantasy / Urban Fantasy /


Blurb“She’s dead,” I said to him harshly, and he made a tiny, breathless noise. The old man put his hand on the boy’s shoulder, and the girl gave another sob, her face crumpling like a tissue. 

“But I can fix it,” I said, and smiled.

Ebron White has plenty of skeletons in his closet. Being gay in a remote ranching town is no picnic, but that’s nothing compared to Ebron’s biggest secret: he has the power to raise the dead. His life is complicated but so far he’s managing. He’s got a respectable business, an undead (though unreliable) boyfriend and most folks in his little rural community are willing to live and let live.

But a coven of witches showing up in town can only mean trouble. They’re entirely too interested in him and as the bodies pile up, Ebron is starting to realize that the dead are the least of his worries. It’s the live ones he has to survive

Title: Jade
Series: Three J'amingos, 1
Author(s): Rose Montague
Length: 254 pages
Publisher: Self-pubbed

Genre:  Romance / Paranormal / 



Meet Jade Smith, a magical mutt with a mission. A detective partnered with a shifter named Rolfe, she’s on the case to solve a slew of murders: Vamps are killing humans, and nobody knows why. When London Jane, the most powerful vamp in town, is implicated in the murders, Jade knows something isn’t right. Together with Jill, the Winter Queen of Faerie, Jade and Jane take their investigation underground. On the run, with nowhere to hide, they uncover a secret that could destroy Faerie, as well as the human realm. Will Jade stop the killer in time? Or will she be the next victim? Magic, mayhem, and mystery abound, and the odds are stacked against them; it’s three against three hundred.

Title: Totems
Series: Part One
Author(s): A.P. Slater
Length: 222 pages
Publisher: Self-pubbed

Genre:  Romance / Gay / Fantasy / 


BlurbJeren is content with his place in the order of things. Apprentice to the towns blacksmith, the path lying before him is plain and simple. 

But a higher power has other ideas for Jeren and his totem, Nya. Tragedy strikes and his dreams of a simple life are shattered. Pursued by a deadly tryad of skilled hunters who come with one purpose. To drag Jeren through the Hive Domain, to an evil place lost beyond its borders.

Jeren turns to the elders for help, unaware of the corruption which has tainted them. Jeren is left with a difficult choice. Should he risk his freedom and endanger those he loves?

Or should he run? And forsake the people of Amaranth to the waves of destruction threatening to overcome them all.

Title: Sharp-Shooter
Author(s): Leslie Murray
Length: 582 pages
PublisherSapphire Books Publishing (October 1, 2014)

Genre:  Romance / Lesbian / Contemporary / Suspense / Action & Adventure /


BlurbA mission gone horribly wrong. 

A vicious killer who will stop at nothing.

Two women on the run for their very lives.

After 9/11, an experimental branch of the U.S. government has been tasked with the mission of proactively putting a stop to terrorism. They have sent a team to eliminate a financier responsible for funding the worst of these organizations. Everything is going according to plan.

Until it’s not.

The team is ambushed, and when the mission is looking its darkest, it goes from bad to worse. Former Marine scout sniper Seven Michelis is a black ops sharpshooter now injured and on the run for her life. Peace Corps volunteer Dr. Jenny MacKenzie defies good sense and sets out to help a stranger in need. What she finds is something else entirely.

From the rugged foothills of the Andes through the dense forests of the Amazon river basin, Seven and Jenny fight to survive the perils of being hunted through Bolivia by a killer hell bent on homicide. Who can they trust, and what fresh hell awaits them if and when they make it home? Will they survive long enough to explore their growing attraction?

Title: The Rain
SeriesPendragon Chronicles Book 1
Author(s): Amos Cassidy
Length: 212 pages
PublisherAmos Cassidy (October 24, 2015)

Genre:  Dark Urban Fantasy / Gay / Fantasy / Arthurian Fantasy / Dragons & Magic / 


BlurbDestinies aren’t written, they’re forged, and Jake Winters is about to get a 101 in forging. 

A quaint British coastal town hiding ancient secrets, a heavenly weapon that claims a host, a dragon’s egg that has a tale to tell - Jake Winters is the line that connects all the dots. 

But Jake has much to learn, and very little time, because a serial killer is on the loose, a monster with the face of a fashion model, and it’ll take Jake’s special brand of intervention to stop him…

Title: Overshadowed
SeriesRokkir Saga, 1
Author(s): Tabitha Chirrick
Length: 264 pages
Publisher: Self-pubbed

Genre:  Science Fiction / Pirates / Lesbian / Aliens /


BlurbFourteen months ago, the Igador System's council government finally achieved peace with its personal brand of space pirate: the Sinosian Raiders. Coexistence was short-lived, and now Igador is devastated as the raiders use fourteen months' worth of peace tax collections to launch a full scale invasion. 

Driven from her home planet by the catastrophic raid, seventeen-year-old Tayel flees to a council refugee camp. No one is permitted to leave, no one shares progress on the invasion, and worst of all, refugee shuttles stop flying in, preventing the chance of reuniting with anyone from home.

So when a battle-hardened woman shunned by the camp for her Sinosian attire warns Tayel of the council's corruption, Tayel seriously considers the woman's offer of help to escape. The terms seem fair enough: help steal a ship drive from the secured government docks to power up an escape vessel, and get a free ticket out of a camp-turned-processing-line for something darker than Tayel can imagine.

TitleHuman Omega
Author(s): D.J. Heart
Length: 317 pages
Publisher: Self-pubbed

Genre:  Romance / Gay / Urban Fantasy / Shifters / Dark Themes / 


BlurbPolice officer and alpha werewolf John Tate never planned on turning a human into an omega. He was supposed to be civilized. Nice. The exception to the rule. But one whiff of Ian Bones on the full moon and all of Tate's morals and ideals go flying out the window. Ian smells like his, and Tate's wolf has no intention of denying them what is rightfully theirs... 

Warning: This story contains some dark themes before the happy ending, including kidnapping, unfair punishment, abuse of power and dubious consent. Do not read if this bothers you.

Title: Bastet
SeriesEarth Warriors, 1
Author(s): T.A. Chase
Length: 156 pages
Publisher: MLR Press

Genre:  Romance / Gay / Fantasy / Urban Fantasy /


BlurbKellan Largant and Bastet are drawn into an ancient battle while learning to love each other. 

Kellan Largent is a grad student at Harvard. His thesis is on ancient Egyptian religious cults. While immersed in his research, he comes across an obscure reference to the Earth Warrior cult. Little does he know that one sentence in a dusty tattered book will engulf him in a battle between good and evil. A battle that could be the end of the world as he knows it.

The stray cat wandering the streets around Kellan's house is more than an abandoned feline. Bastet has roamed the earth from the days when Egypt was young. He's watched the pharaohs rise and fall. New gods come and go. His purpose has remained the same: Protect the earth at all costs and keep the secrets of the Earth Warriors from regular mortals. He's sent to keep Kellan Largent from finding out the truth about the cult, but also to keep the unsuspecting college student alive.

One man will do anything for the spell that created the Warriors. He wants immortality and killing Kellan for the secret is just the beginning of the trouble he'll cause to get what he wants.

TitleThe Warriors of Valishna
SeriesCartharia Book 1
Author(s): Spencer Reaves McCoy
Length: 525 pages
PublisherBrigade Press (April 28, 2016)

Genre:  High Fantasy / Mythology / Fairy Tale / 


BlurbThe Black King, Richard Sullivan, has declared war on the kingdom of Arinford: the first war in centuries. He has shown the world his strength by razing the city Valishna to the ground. He reigns over a much larger kingdom, and the military he commands grows daily with fanatical supporters. 

Matilyn and the few friends she escaped with embark on a perilous journey across kingdoms, leading a small resistance into battle as they trek through enemy territory.

TitleRaw Power
Series: Demon-Hearted, 1
Author(s): Ambrose Ibsen
Length: 212 pages
Publisher: Self-Pubbed

Genre:  Urban Fantasy / Non-romantic Sex / 


BlurbHowdy. My name's Lucian Colt.

I'm one of those disgruntled millennials you've heard about on the evening news. I've got a master's degree in Art History, a mountain of student loan debt and no job to show for it.

Wait, scratch that. I track down stolen pieces of art for wealthy clients and then beat whoever stole them to within an inch of their life. Say what you will, but it puts bread on the table.

Something went wrong with this last job of mine, though. I walked in on something I wasn't supposed to see and got murdered by witches. Yeah, real, legit witches. Never saw that one coming, did you? Neither did I, and the only reason I'm writing this is because some doctor working for an ancient secret society decided it would be a good idea to use me as a science experiment.

See, he implanted a new heart in me and saved my life, but it wasn't just any old heart. It was ademon's heart. Nifty, eh?

Anyhow, I'm back and better than ever, except that, now and then, the demon takes over completely and I do awful things. Lose control. But enough about that. This is a story about how I (mostly) rein in the demon's impulsive personality and seek revenge against the coven of witches that tried to kill me. Along the way, I learn a thing or two about this secret society I'm apparently now a member of and find out that there's a lot of shit out there that goes “bump” in the night.

Mandatory Disclaimer: Yeah, look, some people don't like the way I talk. I say words like “fuck” a lot. If you want to take this ride, then you should know there's going to be a whole lot of cussing and violence along the way. And if I'm lucky, there'll be some skin, too.

But, who knows? Maybe you'll like it, you filthy animal.

Title: Curragh
Series: Werewolves of Chicago
Author(s): Faleena Hopkins
Length: 371 pages
PublisherHop Hop Publications (January 21, 2016)

Genre:  Romance / Paranormal / Werewolves


BlurbThe tight black dress. The booze in her hand. 

The soft-brown bedroom eyes.

The acceptance of his invitation to join him in the bar's locked bathroom right after they meet. 

None of these things could have warned him she was a f-ing off-duty cop and after the same bad dude he was. Fuhhhhhhhck.

Detective Kara Monaghan and wolf Curragh Dominion are after the same guy, but by very different means. When they meet as strangers in a bar and chemistry flies, they have NO idea they're on different sides of the law until after they've had their delicious fill of each other. He wants her to go away AND come closer. What's a stubborn beast to do when his wolf has a mind of its own?

Werewolves of Chicago:
Curragh (Curr-agh) - The Beast (tough fighter, with a female detective on his back)
Howard - The Sexy Underdog (sweet, but newly powerful)
Xavier - The Hero (hot hot hot hot hot hot)

Title: Gun To My Head
Author(s): Dira Lewis
Length: 101k
Publisher: LT3 Press

Genre:  Romance / Bisexual / Urban Fantasy / Paranormal

Notes: July release date

BlurbSin is a vampire at the end of his rope. Having escaped forcible conversion by a vampire cult, he temporarily kills himself and rises again only to immediately imprint on a human: eighteen-year-old Dominic.

Thanks to the cult's conditioning, Sin can't bite Dominic, but because of the imprint he also can't leave him alone. Protecting Dominic from a local vampire named Oriana puts Sin between a rock and a hard place.

With nowhere else to turn he does his best to convince Dominic to like him—but finds himself becoming just as attached to Dominic, which definitely isn't making his life any easier.

Title: Hexbreaker
SeriesHexworld Book 1
Author(s): Jordan L. Hawk
Length: 259 pages
Publisher: Self-pubbed

Genre:  Romance / Gay / Historical / Fantasy / 


BlurbWill a dark history doom their future together? 

New York copper Tom Halloran is a man with a past. If anyone finds out he once ran with the notorious O’Connell tunnel gang, he’ll spend the rest of his life doing hard time behind bars. But Tom’s secret is threatened when a horrible murder on his beat seems to have been caused by the same ancient magic that killed his gang.

Cat shifter Cicero is determined to investigate the disappearance of one friend and the death of another, even though no one else believes the cases are connected. When the trail of his investigation crosses Tom’s, the very bohemian Cicero instinctively recognizes the uncultured Irish patrolman as his witch. Though they’re completely unsuited to one another, Cicero has no choice but to work alongside Tom…all the while fighting against the passion growing within.

Tom knows that taking Cicero as his familiar would only lead to discovery and disaster. Yet as the heat between them builds, Tom’s need for the other man threatens to overcome every rational argument against becoming involved.

But when their investigation uncovers a conspiracy that threatens all of New York, Tom must make the hardest decision of his life: to live a lie and gain his heart’s desire, or to confess the truth and sacrifice it all.

Genre: m/m paranormal historical romance

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