Sunday, March 25, 2018

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

What have I been doing this week? Sifting through beta feedback on Constant. Writing on Bespoken and Assassin's Retirement. World building in I.O.N. 

Then yesterday I just sat on the couch and read all day long... well, and walked the dog ever thirty-freaking minutes because they wanted to play in the snow. It's my fault really. They life for me to throw snowballs at them so they can catch them. It's Dyson's favorite thing to do.

So I didn't get this post up for Saturday. Whoops! I told myself I would get this done and then I could spend the day reading again. What piqued my interest?

Title: Consorting with Dragons: Expanded Editioin
Author(s): Sera Trevor

Genre: Romance / Fantasy / Royalty / Dragons / Gay / 

Notes: releases April 7th. Is available for pre-order for $0.99. I haven't read the first one so I have no expectations. Just that it has dragons.

Blurb: Lord Jasen of Grumhul, an impoverished young nobleman, has come to the Draelands to find a rich husband to help pay his father's debts. To the shock of everyone, he ends up attracting the attention of King Rilvor himself, and the dragons who control the magic in the land. Becoming royalty wasn’t something Jasen either expected or wanted, but he can’t control his growing feelings for kind and handsome king. Scheming factions at Court conspire to keep him from Rilvor’s side, and now Jasen has to decide if the chance at true love with Rilvor is worth the burden of being the husband of a king.

This sweet and funny Cinderfella romance is complete at ~85000 words and ends in a solid HEA. After all, true love always wins in fairy tales!

Title: The Scarlet Albatross: a Story of Airships and Panamindorah 
Series: (Refugees Book 1)
Author(s): Abigail Hilton
Length: 470 pages
Publisher: Pavonine Books (January 29, 2016)

Genre: Steampunk / Fantasy /

Notes: This cover has been my 'possibilities' folder for a while. I have never read this author or the related series that is mentioned in the blurb. But I love the cover.

Blurb: Anaroo is a captured pirate. When she escapes aboard an airship, she has every intention of killing them all. But then the captain asks for her help.

Anaroo is a captured pirate, destined to spend her days running on a treadmill, winding the great springs of the Scarlet Albatross. When a storm threatens to sink the airship, Anaroo and her fellow slaves seize the opportunity to escape. Now, at last, she can go home.

However, the airship nearly sank for a reason—violent unrest among the island kingdoms below. The world is changing and the inhabitants of the Scarlet Albatross will need to cooperate to survive. Anaroo and the slaves form an uneasy truce with the ship’s officers and passengers, none of whom are what they seem.

Together, the mismatched crew will take the Scarlet Albatross on the most harrowing flight of her career—through storms, pirates, bloodshed, and war. In the end, none of them may be able to go home.

The Refugees series is related to the Guild of the Cowry Catchers series and occurs immediately after the events in those books. However, Albatross is a suitable entry point in the world of Panamindorah. You can enjoy this book, even if you’ve never read any other Panamindorah novels.

Title: Khalshir
Series: Kingmakers, 1
Author(s): Jaye McKenna
Length: 205 pages
Publisher: Mythe Weaver Press (March 1, 2018)

Genre: Romance / Spies & Assassins / Fantasy / Gay /


Blurb: A street rat taken in by the infamous Khalshir Guild and ruthlessly trained as a spy and assassin, Rio thinks he’s ready for anything. When he balks at performing his first assassination, his mentor is furious, but gives him a chance to redeem himself: a simple bodyguard assignment, protecting the son of a high-ranking noble.

Second son of one of the most successful businessmen in the kingdom of Tallin, Dani Jherek never expected to become his father’s heir. After a suspicious accident leaves his twin dead, a grief-stricken Dani finds himself struggling not only to fill his brother’s shoes, but to protect a dangerous secret that, if revealed, could mean his execution.

Guarding Dani turns out to be far from simple. Instead of a spoiled, pampered brat, Rio finds himself watching over a beautiful, miserable young man struggling to survive in a dangerous world he doesn’t understand. As Rio spends more time with Dani, he finds himself caught up in a tangled web of conflicting loyalties. When Dani learns the true nature of his father’s business, everything changes, and Rio is forced to make an impossible choice: his loyalty to Guild and family, or his growing feelings for his charge.

(~67,000 words)

Title: Murder at the Second Chance Ranch
Author(s): L.J. Hamlin
Length: 116 pages
Publisher: LT3 Press

Genre: Romance / Contemporary / Mystery / Poly / 


Blurb: Tommy is an ex con starting fresh at the Second Chance Ranch, where he fervently hopes to live a quiet life. That hope is shaken a bit when he meets Cash and Red, two closeted ranch hands who've been resisting mutual feelings. Tommy doesn't quite know what to do with his own feelings for both of them.

As if that's not enough, his hopes for peace and quiet are completely dashed in the aftermath of a murder...

Title: Kraken's Prey
Author(s): Echo Ishii
Length: 76 pages

Genre: Romance / Fantasy / Pirates / Kraken / Gay / 


Blurb: Pirate Aristad, Captain of the Night Witch, is always on the lookout for treasure. Knowing where his former captor, Black Death Joe, hid his loot makes it all the easier. An abandoned manor holds a secret stash, but Aristad knows it comes with a price -- the treasure is guarded by a creature that is half man and half beast. It is the Kraken in one of his many forms.

Aristad can't resist the Kraken's pull -- he gives into sexual cravings that only the Kraken can fulfill, but he knows once his first mate, Delacroix, discovers his secret, mutiny will follow. Has he made too many mistakes to return to the life he left behind, and follow Kraken into the sea?

Title: Academy of Assassin's
Series: (An Academy of Assassins Novel Book 1)
Author(s): Stacey Brutger
Length: 312 pages

Genre: Romance / Paranormal / Urban Fantasy / Shifters / Reverse Harem / 



Abandoned as a child and unable to remember her past, Morgan was raised as a hunter, one of an elite group of fighters sworn to protect humans from the dangerous paranormal creatures who invade our world…creatures such as herself. Her life changes the day she’s summoned to the Academy of Assassins, a school that trains witches and hunters to eradicate paranormals who prey on humans. Her first assignment—find and eliminate the killer who is using the Academy as their own personal hunting ground.

As Morgan delves deeper into the investigation, she will need to dodge assassination attempts, avoid the distraction of romantic entanglements with the devilishly handsome security expert, Kincade, and his maddeningly overprotective teammates, while keeping the volatile magic in her blood concealed from those who would use it for their own purposes. When the danger increases and the school is threatened, Morgan must unearth her missing memories before someone finishes the job they started so long ago—killing her and unleashing a plague that will consume the world.

An Academy of Assassins Novel : Book 1

Meet the Assassins: Morgan, Kincade, Ascher, Ryder, Draven and Atlas.

Title: Shadow Maker
Series: Morrighan House Witches Book One
Author(s): Amir Lane
Length: 237 pages

Genre: Fantasy / Ghosts / Paranormal / 


Blurb: Physics major Dieter Lindemann is perfectly content living in a world where the Shadows he sees and hears are nothing but figments of his imagination. But when one attacks him, he's forced to confront the fact that the Shadows are not only real, but dangerous.

Though Necromancer Alistair Cudmore offers to help him, Dieter quickly realizes that what he and Alistair want are two very different things, and it's difference that could cost him his life. Controlling and possessive, Alistair pushes him further and further into blood magic, dragging him down into a world he never wanted any part in. As the spirits and Alistair grow more and more violent, Dieter must break away from his mentor and learn to control the Shadows on his own before they destroy him. Only, Alistair isn't about to let him go without a fight.

Originally published 2016.10.25, and has been extensively revised since its first edition.

Title: Pup Games
Author(s): Emmi Lawrence
Length: 237 pages
Publisher:  EAMS Publishing (December 21, 2017)

Genre: Romance / Gay /

Notes: I can't get a bead on whether this is a paranormal romance or Sci-Fi. The character names say sci-fi or fantasy. IDK.

Blurb: There’s a time for games…

No crush compares to reality. That’s what La’vii learns when the pregnancy of one of his dogs puts him in close proximity to his unrequited puphood crush. Only, instead of being worse than La’vii’s dreams, reality is far more intriguing than he’d ever imagined.

Co’mil is strong and sure, a steady presence that is everything La’vii’s ever desired. And at this moment, with a litter born and wreaking havoc in his pack’s collective mind, he can use all the support he can get. But Co’mil’s friendly, though reserved, behavior is confusing, his interest evident, but his rejection firm, leaving La’vii conflicted and desperately wanting more.

As his puphood crush dissolves, La’vii finds himself caught between the painful choice of either pushing for more or accepting the inevitable. And by the time he discovers what Co’mil truly needs, La’vii isn’t sure he’s the houndmaster for the job or whether the reward is even worth the challenge.

A novel set in the same world as The Wilds Duology.

Title: Werebears and Water
Author(s): Caitlin Ricci
Length: 36 pages
Publisher: LT3 Press

Genre: Romance / Paranormal / Urban Fantasy / Poly / Pansexual / Trans / 


Blurb: On vacation at Werecon, werebears Vince and Rayce are looking forward to all the con offers. But they find an unexpected twist to their vacation when they meet Maia, a water nymph, who needs a place to stay after the hotel mixes up her reservation.

Title: Lander
Series: (The Oberon Cycle Book 2)
Author(s): J. Scott Coatsworth
Length: 294 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (February 13, 2018)

Genre: Romance / Sci-Fi / Gay / 


Blurb: The Oberon Cycle: Book Two 

Sometimes the world needs saving twice.

In the sequel to the Rainbow-Award-winning Skythane, Xander and Jameson thought they’d fulfilled their destiny when they brought the worlds of Oberon and Titania back together, but their short-lived moment of triumph is over.

Reunification has thrown the world into chaos. A great storm ravaged Xander's kingdom of Gaelan, leaving the winged skythane people struggling to survive. Their old enemy, Obercorp, is biding its time, waiting to strike. And to the north, a dangerous new adversary gathers strength, while an unexpected ally awaits them.

In the midst of it all, Xander’s ex Alix returns, and Xander and Jameson discover that their love for each other may have been drug-induced.

Are they truly destined for each other, or is what they feel concocted? And can they face an even greater challenge when their world needs them most?

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