Saturday, June 18, 2016

What's On The Reading Radar #WishList #TBR

This week went by in a blink. I've been working on edits for Devil's Heart, a collaboration with Kenzie Kade. I'm so ready to start the next book in this series with her... but we have to get through these edits before we can submit. *flails with impatience*

On to the fun stuff. :)

Title: Villains, Inc.
Author(s)Helena Maeve, Stephanie Rabig, Cassandra Pierce, Michelle Chow, Sumi, A. D. Truax
Length: 256 pages
Publisher: Less Than Three Press

Genre:  Anthology / Poly/ Bisexual / Trans /  Gay / Lesbian / Paranormal / Sci-fi / Fantasy /


Blurb: For too long, heroes have gotten all the attention. But the glory doesn't always go the presumed good guys. From super villains and anti-heroes to thieves and monsters, these stories focus on the baddies long overdue for a chance in the spotlight. 

When Shadows Touch Mountains by Helena Maeve
Strait of Monsters by Stephanie Rabig
Famished by Cassandra Pierce
Vinc by Michelle Chow
Good Things Come by Sumi
Mandelbrot by A. D. Truax

Edited by Tan-ni Fan.

Title: Have A Bite
Series: Vampires of Brooklyn Chronicles
Author(s): R.G. Emanuelle
Length: 244 pages
PublisherYlva Publishing (May 19, 2016)

Genre:  Romance / Lesbian / Urban Fantasy / Vampires / Vampire Hunters / Foodies / Paranormal /


Blurb: The world of vampires is, by nature, one of darkness, secrecy, and covertness. Vampires are invincible. No one can hurt them. Except vampire hunters. 

Delphine Bouchard is a celebrity chef and owner of a world-renowned restaurant in Brooklyn, NY, where the chic and elite crowd mingle with neighborhood denizens. She enjoys fame, money, and women, and lives life by her own rules. She also happens to be a vampire.

Del’s life and the local vampire community are rocked when a vampire hunter begins picking them off, and Del has reason to believe that she might be next. Del is also being watched and criticized by the vampire hive council and persecuted by a coven of witches, who are the enforcers of behavior for the supernatural set. In the midst of all this turmoil, Del meets and unexpectedly falls hard for Jocelyn, who she soon discovers is holding back a disturbing secret. Del must decide whether or not to put aside her feelings of betrayal and pursue the relationship.

Meanwhile, when a food critic with a grudge sets out to ruin her business and reputation, Del has to protect her staff and restaurant. But the situation spirals out of control when a human shows up dead, her restaurant is sabotaged, and Jocelyn is threatened. Del must save her business, protect her loved ones, and find out who the vampire killer is before she is the next victim.

Set against a backdrop of elaborate meals and passionate cooking, Have a Bite is book one in the novella series The Vampires of Brooklyn Chronicles. The world of vampires and hunters meets the world of restaurants, foodies, and celebrity chefs—a recipe for paranormal mystery seasoned with suspense, peppered with romance, and flavored with a dash of humor.

Title: Walker
Series: Bad Boyd of X-Ops, 1
Author(s): Rie Warren
Length: 307 pages
PublisherRie Warren; 1 edition (April 5, 2016)

Genre:  Romance / Contemporary / Former Military / Erotic Romance / Thriller / Interracial Romance /


Blurb: Explosives are Walker’s specialty, but he’s never handled anything as combustible as his enemy, Jade Huntington. 

Goddammit. All I want to do is blow shit up. Is that too much to ask? But, no. What I get is mission frigging impossible in the middle of a Beirut hotbed. I’m the renegade of Operation T-Zone, but this time I swear I’m gonna do things by the book. That is, until Jade Huntington’s involvement in my opcauses a brand new snafu.

My tribal name means desperate warrior, and that’s exactly what I am for reasons I can’t outrun. And Jade? She’s personal enemy number one. An incredibly sexy one at that. But she’ll never find out just how desperate I am for her.

I’m not an assassin, even though I am badass. I’m a protector. Except when it comes to Walker. What I wouldn’t give to bore a bullet through his stubborn skull. We’ve been at each other’s throats for years, this time I’m determined to leave him in the dust after I shoot a few holes in him.

We’re forced to work together when Walker practically kidnaps me and my package: the woman I’m guarding, the target he’s assigned to take out.

Days on the run. Nights of enforced closeness. Fighting side by side. Ever-present danger ignites a desire I can’t control. But the endgame is so perilous Walker and I might not make it out alive.

Four X-Ops alpha men. Four feisty wicked women. Four books you’ll want to sink your teeth into. Bad Boys of X-Ops.

Back to back, spring-summer 2016!:
Justice: April 25th!
Storm: Coming May 23rd.

Title: Onyx
Series: Dazzled, 1
Author(s): Aurora Jay
Length: 141 pages
Publisher: Self-pubbed

Genre:  Romance / Lesbian / Bisexual / Urban Fantasy / Fantasy /


Blurb: When your wildest dreams become your worst nightmares...

Between the loss of her best friend, a stuck-up roommate, and one job rejection after another, lost college senior Marissa is giving up hope that her post-grad years will be anything more than mediocre. Her world is unexpectedly altered for the better upon meeting Max, a hunky, golden stranger who sweeps her away into a whirlwind romance. Marissa thinks she's finally discovered the path to a happy future. Until a series of inexplicable events begin to invade her life.

While savoring her new infatuation, Marissa finds she can only run away from the truth for so long. As the months pass by she can no longer ignore the inconsistencies in Max's stories, the strange and foreign thoughts suddenly plaguing her mind, or the bizarre memories that Max tries to convince her are only dreams.

Marissa's temporary bliss is further set awry upon meeting Lucy, an enigmatic yet powerful woman who reveals a hidden world propping up the man Marissa thinks she loves and unlocking hidden passions within her. Discover what happens when your wildest dreams become your worst nightmares in “Onyx,” the first book in the Dazzled series.

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Title: Dangerous Waves
Series: Mermen & Magic, 2
Author(s): LM Brown
Publisher: Pride Publishing

Genre:  Romance / Gay / Fantasy / Mermen /

Notes:  Don't have a release date for this yet.

Blurb: TBD

Title: Devil's Paw
Author(s): Dale Chase
Length: 58 pages
PublisherJMS Books LLC (June 4, 2016)

Genre:  Romance / Erotic Romance / Gay / Old West / Enemies to Lovers-ish /


Blurb: Lloyd Lasky is a seasoned operative for the Whitlock Detective Agency in Denver that often infiltrates outlaw gangs in order to thwart stagecoach robberies. When he’s assigned to infiltrate the Bonner Gang based in Devil’s Paw, Arizona Territory, he’s unprepared for the personal ambush his heart suffers over gang member Frank Metty. 

Taking up sex with Frank, Lloyd convinces himself that doing so is part of his job in solidifying his place in the gang and learning of their plans. But as time passes, Lloyd not only starts to care for the younger man, but jealousy also rears its ugly head when it becomes clear the gang leader, Merle Bonner, also has a sexual claim on Frank.

When the line between self-indulgence and detective work blurs to the point where Lloyd considers not only breaking agency rules but breaking the law, will he be able to ignore his ever-growing sexual desires and successfully complete his dangerous mission?

Title: Deathspell
Series: Deathspell, 1
Author(s): Peter Dawes
Length: 181 pages
PublisherCrimson Melodies Publishing (April 15, 2015)

Genre:  Romantic Elements / Historical / Fantasy / Gay / 


Blurb: A boy orphaned by violence grows up in the shadow of his father's murder. His older brother offers him a home, but the life of a farmer is a poor fit for Christian Richardson. 

Set in England in the 1400s, the Wars of the Roses litters the country with plenty of jobs for a young mercenary trained in how to wield a sword. Christian grows out of his youth and becomes a capable fighter, one who inherited his father's blade. As a member of the Brotherhood of the Black Rose, he puts coins in his pockets and food in his stomach, but every day he searches for the sigil of the men who took his father's life.

Finally, after years skirting the edges of a group called the Luminaries, he'll make a discovery that will put him in reach of his goal. Vengeance.

The sword was not the only possession his father had given to him, though, and unbeknownst to Christian, the Luminaries have been hunting for Richard's son - the boy who escaped from them nearly a decade ago - just as he has been scouring for signs of them.

An almost successful attempt on his life reveals hidden gifts, and even more secrets that his father had taken to the grave. As Christian reaches the threshold of claiming revenge, he faces the realization that retribution might come at a high price. Will he listen to the pleas of his loved ones, cautioning him away from danger? Or will his pursuit for justice take him down a path from where he can never return?

Title: Bells and Buckets
Series: Hells Unleashed, 1
Author(s): Guinevere A. Hart
Length: 332 pages
PublisherUruk Press (May 5, 2016)

Genre:  Sword & Sorcery / Romance / Fantasy / Interracial Romance /


Blurb: Elf Céde and half-orc Jorak are young and in love and just want a normal life. But life in the magic academy known as the Spire is far from normal. Céde must come to terms with being a powerful sorceress and become the leader that is her destiny. Meanwhile Jorak must choose between becoming a master blacksmith or joining the Shades, an elite military outfit. With all these competing demands, can they find time for each other? 

And time is the last thing they have. The Lord of Hordes is tightening his grip on the kingdom of Ardyth'tol. How long before he moves against the Spire and all Céde and Jorak hold dear? Bells And Buckets continues the epic fantasy romance begun in With Good Intent. The Hells Unleashed trilogy will conclude with Devil To Pay.

Title: Broken Coil
Series(The Glass Pantheon Book 1)
Author(s)Sy Itha
Length: 320 pages
PublisherDesert Palm Press; 1 edition (February 9, 2016)

Genre:  Romance / Lesbian / Fantasy / Alternate World / 


Blurb: Secluded in the Dainlock Woods, Jacquelyn Fletcher makes her living trading furs and occasionally escorting travelers through the dangerous forest. Disguised as a man, she hides from the mistakes of her past. As a favor to an old friend, she finds herself agreeing to guide Avalon, a Paladin of Sel, through the woods to safety. All Avalon has known is the temple life. When her fellow Paladin is murdered, Avalon is framed for the crime and must flee her home to find the source of the attack. Her only clue is an ancient tome that she is unable to decipher. Traveling with the ranger Fletcher, Avalon thinks she is safe. Neither of them realize the danger that follows them.

Title: Alan Lennox and the Temp Job of Doom
Series: The Future Next Door, 1
Author(s): Brian Olsen
Length: 308 pages
Publisher: Sef-pubbed

Genre:  Romance / Gay / Urban Fantasy / Humor / Thriller / 


Blurb: Alan Lennox has been assigned yet another soul-crushing temp job, keeping him from his first loves – drinking, playing video games, and looking for a boyfriend. But Alan’s new job proves to be anything but boring when his co-workers start turning up dead. The mysterious megacorporation Amalgamated Synergy has taken a deadly interest in Alan and his three roommates, and the hapless quartet are woefully unequipped to deal with the psychotic secretaries, murderous middle managers, and villainous vice-presidents hunting them down. 

Their investigation leads them deep into Amalgamated Synergy’s headquarters, but can Alan and his friends stay alive long enough to discover who – or what – waits for them on the top floor?

Alan Lennox and the Temp Job of Doom is the first book of The Future Next Door, a contemporary urban science fiction comedic thriller series in four parts.

Book One: Alan Lennox and the Temp Job of Doom
Book Two: Caitlin Ross and the Commute from Hell
Book Three: Mark Park and the Flume of Destiny
Book Four: Dakota Bell and the Wastes of Time

Title: The Fire Within
Series: Kell of the Deep Space Corps, 1
Author(s): B.R. Treat
Length: 438 pages
PublisherBobby R. Treat (December 18, 2015)

Genre:  Romance / Lesbian / Sci-Fi / Military / 


Blurb: In 2099, the United Nations include Texas, The States, Luna, Mars, and Ceres. The Deep Space Corps went to the stars and returned with friends — the walking celery Spruigh and levitating knotted-snake Bokka. Nanotech medicine pushes life expectancy to 120 years. Babel, the new Internet, hosts virtual reality via brain modem. A career in the DSC is Kell Stark’s dream, but the Corps hides alien threats — until she catches Skirrl dragon-lords circling the System like vultures. That and her mutant abilities put her in the crosshairs of the telepathic Skirrl. 

Nothing in Kell’s life has been simple, certainly not her cousin Jimmy’s trial for assaulting her at sixteen. She’s angry, isolated, volatile, and not always herself. Sex is a handy distraction, but it’s not enough. The Commandant of the Corps leaves her to fend for herself, and the warrior Spider hired to guard her has PTSD and a shadowy past.

The challenges she faces are daunting, but she has a fire in her belly; she will not yield. This is the story of a young woman fighting to save the human race, her life, and her sanity.

Warning: adult language and sexual content.

Title: Just A Suit
Author(s): H.P. Medina
Length: 12k
Publisher: LT3 Press

Genre:  Romance / Contemporary / Gay / Peacock /

Notes: Releases on 6/28

Blurb: Merrick works on Savile Row, catering to the nouveau rich and frequently questioning his life choices. But between the days that seemed designed to vex him are visits from Darcy: spy, best friend, and hopeless crush.

When Merrick is abruptly kidnapped one day, he fervently hopes it's one of Darcy's infamous pranks and not the worst—and possibly last—day of his life.

Title: A King and A Pawn
Series: Leader Murders, 3
Author(s): Liv Olteano
Length: 248 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Genre:  Romance / Gay / Urban Fantasy / Shifters / Vampires / 


Blurb: Leader Murders: Case Three 

Bert Cooper’s life used to be great, until his sister turned out to be a traitor. Now Bert feels the whole pack looks on him with doubt and suspicion. To prove his loyalty, he volunteers to be the first ambassador at Fey Court, gathering information to finally solve the Leader Murders and punish those plotting against the Council and community. At least, that was the plan….

When Bert meets Sir William Matthew Sims, Court Interrogator, and one hell of a sexy man, life becomes a balancing act. And when the Fey King is assassinated, things become really messy.

Pack politics, fey politics, treason, suspicions of treason…. Bert has to choose between being ruled by his fears or standing up for what—and who—he believes in. And it might just break his heart.

Title: The Convergence Theory
SeriesBlood & Bone Trilogy Book 2
Author(s): Lia Cooper
Length: 291 pages
PublisherThe Spec Press (July 11, 2014)

Genre:  Romance / Bisexual / Gay / Urban Fantasy / Detectives / 


Blurb: Walking away from your soulmate is not for the faint of heart... 

Following the Matilde Walker murder, Detective Ethan Ellison is back working misdemeanors and answering what he believes are prank calls. Still reeling from Christophe's betrayal, his magic and mind begin to unravel around him, and he's only just beginning to realize how much sleeping with Clanahan may have changed his life.

Meanwhile, Detective Pat Clanahan would give anything to get the memory of Ethan out of his head. If he can't have the mage, and every sign suggests that he can't, he sure has hell wishes everything at the station didn't remind him of the other man. Now he's up to his elbows in mutilated bodies and desecrated graves with no suspect in sight.

Murder, UST, and pining lurk right around the corner for both men as Seattle hurtles to the hottest summer on record and their fates once again meet in THE CONVERGENCE THEORY, Book Two in the Blood & Bone Trilogy.

This is the sequel to THE DUALITY PARADIGM.

Contains explicit m/m and some m/f content.

Title: The Portal and the Panther
Series: Guardians of the Portal, 1
Author(s): R.A. Marshall

Genre:  Young/New Adult / Urban Fantasy / Fantasy / Coming of Age / LGBTIAQ /


Blurb: Jon Parker never wanted to save the world; he just wants to graduate high school and escape his sleepy Arkansas hometown. But everything changes on the day Jon stumbles into the boys’ bathroom and transforms into a panther. As if that wasn’t enough, Jon discovers he’s one of an elite few tasked with protecting our world against invaders from other dimensions. 

Destiny’s knocking on Jon’s door. But will he open it, or simply walk away?

The Portal and the Panther is the first in a trilogy of young adult science fiction / fantasy novels. Filled with action-packed fight scenes, three-dimensional characters, and a touch of romance, The Portal and the Panther will suck you in from page one and won't let go until the last page.

Title: Babyvamp
Author(s): Lyssa Dering

Genre:  Romance / Gay / Urban Fantasy / Vampires /

Notes: Release date July 22

Blurb: Forty-four-year-old, run-of-the-mill vampire Max lives a mostly solitary existence in an attempt to avoid “vampire drama,” but when he spots abandoned babyvamp Kieran on his way to the club one night, his pesky conscience demands that he rescue him and confront the vampire who turned him. Problem is, Kieran’s creator is Max’s ex-lover James, a power-hungry, older vampire who’s rapidly losing touch with his humanity. James isn't happy that Kieran tattled on him, and he’ll do whatever it takes to keep Max from divulging his offense to the vampire police. Meanwhile Kieran has set his sights on Max, wanting nothing more than to be under his care for eternity. Too bad Max doesn’t do eternity, even if Kieran is the cutest vamp he’s ever seen.

Title: Junk Mage
Author(s): Elliot Cooper
Length: 49 pages
Publisher: NineStar Press

Genre:  Romance / Gay / Pansexual / Fantasy / Urban Fantasy / Sci-Fi / 

Notes: Releases July 3rd

Blurb: When technomancer Quillian Defote crash-lands on remote planet Marutuk, he has limited time to repair his ship and get off world. If he fails, he’ll forfeit his position as professor of mechanical transmutation at the prestigious Ivy Arcanarium and ruin his employment prospects in yet another sector.

Hunter, a cyborg guarding a junkyard that holds what Quill needs, is charmed by the wayward mage and wants to help him. But Hunter is bound by honor to dutifully guard his mistress and her possessions, no matter how cruelly she treats him.

Together Quill and Hunter stand a chance of starting a new life together if carnivorous wildlife, a violent necromancer, and stubborn pride don't keep them apart.

Title: Lone Star on a Cowboy Heart
Author(s): Marie S. Crosswell
Length: 34k
Publisher: LT3 Press

Genre:  Romance / Aromantic / Asexual / Biromantic / Contemporary / Poly /

Notes: Releases 7/26

Blurb: Sam, a sheriff's deputy in a small Arizona town, is off-duty when he finds himself in the middle of a hold-up at a local diner. He makes it out alive only because of Montgomery, who shoots the robber attempting to kill Sam—but in the fallout, the second robber gets away.

In the aftermath of that ugly night, Sam is determined to know Montgomery better, while Montgomery is determined to find the man who escaped. He's also dead set on avoiding the deputy, having secrets of his own he doesn't want out.

But loneliness is hard, and Montgomery can't resist the companionship Sam is offering—the companionship he's always wanted, but could never find. If they're going to explore it, however, first they'll have to stop the growing threat of the robber who got away...

Title: Confidante
Series: The Lord Jester's Legacy, 2
Author(s): E.M. Prazeman
Length: 320 pages
Publisher: Self-pubbed

Genre:  Slow Burn Romance / Historical / Fantasy / Gay / Completed Trilogy /


Blurb: A dying man's heart can still be broken. 

His body ravaged by a rare poison, Mark Seaton needs to uncover the conspiracy that threatens his fledgling nation before it's too late. To do so, he must return to the city he fled, and face the men who may have been responsible for his mother's death and his father's disappearance.

In a world of intrigue, poison, and pistols-at-dawn, where magic is bound to masks and men's souls are bound together by arcane rites, a dying man struggles to save his country.

There are many things more precious than life to lose.

Title: Bless Your Mechanical Heart
Author(s)Peter Clines, Jody Lynn Nye, Seanan McGuire, Fiona Patton, Jean Rabe, Ken Scholes, and Lucy A. Snyder
Length: 280 pages

Genre:  Anthology / Sci-Fi / LGBTIAQ Characters / 


Blurb: Since its earliest days, science fiction has explored the notion of a walking, talking, thinking machine, reflecting back our own humanity through their glass eyes, exploring their own humanity framed in the symmetry of programming and gears, trapped in a cage of synthetic flesh and metal bone. What happens when what we’ve made in our own image becomes more like us than we ever imagined? Robots in love. Robots at war. Robots who weep and dream. Robots who aspire to be on equal footing with their makers…or even possibly exceed us. 

In Bless Your Mechanical Heart, Award-winning editor Jennifer Brozek brings together a team of writers, both new and established, to explore one of the most enduring archetypes in the science fiction genre with a tip of the hat to one of the most endearing and versatile phrases in Southern culture. Featuring stories by Peter Clines, Jody Lynn Nye, Seanan McGuire, Fiona Patton, Jean Rabe, Ken Scholes, and Lucy A. Snyder.

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