Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Leap of Faith: Part Six #blogstory #MM #gay #contemporary

Welcome back to the blog story!

Copyright Lexi Ander

Part Six: Leap of Faith

"You couldn't have known what would happen. I still think it was better to find out before you were married." Dawson snagged another cinnamon roll, this time taking a single bite and chewing carefully. Ben hardly ever talked about what had happened. Dawson worried Ben would keep it bottled up and turn bitter over the betrayal, so when Ben felt the urge to talk, he listened. He knew it was the best thing he could do for his roommate. Although, he did harbor the secret wish to one day meet up with Javier so he could knock the bastard on his ass.
"I agree." Ben sighed. "But the cancellations caused talk about our family and my parents have always been very careful to keep their private and public lives separate. We made news in some of the smaller publications and the tabloids hounded them for weeks since I couldn't be found. I hid and left them to deal with the fallout without explaining why. All they had to go on were Javier's lies."
Ben searched the dregs of his coffee as if attempting to read something there. Dawson wanted to pull the man into his arms and make him forget about those first couple of months. He wanted to wipe Javier from Ben's mind, along with every other man Ben had known, until all Ben could see was him.
"They understand why."
Dawson recalled how Mr Hamilton's bluster had dissipated when Ben, with a shuddering breath and an embarrassed blush, explained to his father what had transpired the night he'd disappeared. Dawson's opinion of the older man increased tenfold when he snatched Ben up in a bear hug. Dawson's old man, fed up with his mother's drug addiction, had left when Dawson was fourteen. His mother died of an overdose not long after and Dawson had been placed in foster care when his father hadn't been found and no other living relatives would take him in. Dawson's opinion of family was slightly skewed.
"I know, but it doesn't make me feel any less guilty for my actions." Ben gave a tiny grin. "Although, you getting all of us rip-roaring drunk that day was illuminating. I'd never seen my dad sloshed before. Once the alcohol had loosened him up, it took both of us to hold him down to keep him from leaving and searching out Javier."
Dawson chuckled into his coffee cup. "Yeah, your old man swore he'd give the flighty bastard a good ol' gentleman's one-two for messing with his family. I was stunned at some of the cussing that came from a man so well dressed."
Ben released a genuine hoot of laughter. "I'd never heard him cuss before. I thought I was going to piss my pants I laughed so hard."
"Are you going to dinner with them tonight? The invitation has been clipped to the refrigerator for a couple of weeks."
Ben scratched the back of his head and gave Dawson a sheepish glance. "About that, I wondered if you would go with me?"
"Sure," Dawson readily replied. "I can be your moral support and help you bail when you've had enough."
He'd seen Ben in a suit only once and the man had been fucking fine. Dawson had more than one fantasy about deliberately stripping him out of the expensive garment with nothing but his teeth.
Ben coughed into his fist, his face turning pinkish as he tried to smile brightly. Dawson always thought that Ben sucked at hiding his feelings.
"Yeah—friends—I'd appreciate the company."
Before he could reply, Ben had dumped the last of his coffee into the sink and walked through the garage door. What was that all about?
Dawson washed his hands in the sink and gulped the last of his coffee. Had Ben asked him on a real date? His eyes slid closed with the dawning realization. It was possible he had mucked up his only chance to have the relationship he'd been dreaming about with Ben.
Dawson braced his hands on the edge of the sink and hung his head, remembering how Ben's open expression had slid off his face as he blushed. At the same time his heart began to race at the knowledge that Ben had been asking for more. No, he wasn't going to let Ben walk away now. The door had been open and Dawson was determined to find a way through it.
Following his friend out to the garage, Dawson watched Ben with a new awareness. He could see now how Ben watched him out of the corner of his eye. The pulse in the column of Ben's neck visibly jumped as Dawson drew closer to straddle his hog. He noted how his friend's breathing sped up just enough that he wasn't quite panting. But mostly, he noticed the erection straining against the crotch of Ben's jeans and how the man tried to hide his arousal from Dawson.
Ben straddled his motorcycle, wearing the leather jacket that Dawson had loaned him the first time Ben had ridden on his bike. When he'd first loaned the coat to Ben, it had practically swallowed the man. Not anymore. He liked how Ben filled out the worn leather as the shoulders pulled tight over the man's new muscular frame. Dawson felt a little possessive at the sight of Ben wearing his threads. Ben pulled on his gloves then strapped on his helmet. They both started the bikes, the loud rumble deafening in the garage.

Dawson followed Ben to the tattoo shop, contemplating how to get his friend back on the subject of a date. He'd always kept how he felt under wraps. But if Ben wanted more, then Dawson would grab on to the sexy man and not let him go.

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Saturday, May 25, 2019

What is on the reading Radar? #Wishlist

What am I up to?Actually, nothing changed from last week to this week. My reading slump is ongoing though I still look. Some new to me authors with new releases are on the list. I really want Vampires.

Title: Chronicles of Fen: Cernuin
Author: YW Lumaris
Length: 156 pages

Genre: Slow Burn Romance / Fantasy / Magic / Action & Adventure / Redemption / Gay / 


Blurb: He broke the laws of magic. He made the gods mortal.Now the world pays for his crimes.

Fen, a powerful mage and rare harpy, spent thirty years as a prisoner tasked with undoing what he'd done. With only three cities remaining, the time finally comes that he is granted his chance to put his plans in action. The king gives him leadership over a special unit trained to fight the plague of monsters threatening mankind.

Yet, hated and mistrusted by the soldiers for his past, Fen must earn their loyalty. To do that, he needs their general's trust.

With this as his only chance to kill the gods and right what he wronged, he stands saint and sinner. Will he succeed, or is this the end of humanity?


Sci-fi/fantasy blend heavy in fantasy,
Towers, gods, guns, and radios.
Infectious monsters. and spiders
adventure and m/m slow romance.

--- this is a novella, first part of four in a series, 35,000 words ---

Title: Matchmaking Beyond the Veil
Series: TellTale Ghosts, 1
Author: Mara Townsend
Length: 36 pages

Genre: Slow Burn / Urban Fantasy / Enemies to Lovers / Haunting / 

Notes: releases may 28th

Blurb: Endure the company of his rival…or suffer ghostly retaliation.

Emery Belmont is a snarky, uptight realist who likes his life ordinary. Like any skeptic, he’s content using mundane explanations to write off signs of paranormal activity. That’s no longer an option when the spirit haunting his house wrecks his new kitchen, forcing Emery closer to facing the supernatural truth. Desperate for a new handyman, he unknowingly hires his hot ex-rival from high school to fix it. Paxton Santos, Emery’s former lacrosse team captain, followed in his father’s footsteps to take over the family business. Annoyingly, Emery requires his talented hands more than he needs to keep Paxton out of his life. However, getting Paxton to leave after the repairs may prove difficult with the meddlesome ghost taking a shine to him, which Paxton seems to take in his grating, good-natured stride, remaining irritatingly unruffled by numerous weird occurrences.

Emery is bombarded by mysterious paranormal hijinks, keeping Paxton at arm’s length, and deciphering things that aren't quiet what they seem. There’s nothing Emery hates more than an unfinished puzzle. In his determination to solve this one, Emery reluctantly opens himself up to new possibilities all while trying to remain firmly rooted in life the way he prefers it—orderly, logically explainable, and, above all else, ghost-free.

Join Emery and Paxton as they face off with a spirit that has no limits to how far it will go to push them together, enduring locked doors, faulty plumbing, and sharing a bed. Together they are determined to navigate their way out of this mess using any means necessary to send the ghost packing. Will they make it out of the traps awaiting them before their pesky tormenter gets any other ideas to make things worse and further blur the line between them?

Matchmaking Beyond the Veil is a 107k slow burn MM romance of rivals to friends to lovers told in single POV. Featuring a meddling ghost playing at matchmaker, forced proximity, bed sharing, ghost tours that totally aren’t dates, and tongue-in-cheek humor. This story ends on a HFN ending with a soft cliffhanger. Emery and Paxton’s story will continue in the next book of the series, Telltale Ghosts Book 2. This book contains denial, an unreliable narrator, two men experimenting with sex magic, fighting what the heart wants, steamy explicit sexual scenes and colorful language intended for adults 18 and older.

Title: Bedswerver
Author: Camilla Quinn
Length: 70 pages
Publisher: LT3 Press

Genre: Romance / Contemporary / Holiday / Bisexual / Asexual / Biromantic / 


Blurb: Frost is used to doing whatever he can to survive. An ex-con turned bartender, he hops from fling to fling. It's not so easy for a guy who doesn't like sex, but it beats sleeping behind a dumpster. At least he knows he can turn up at his favorite diner for a plate of pancakes and a conversation with Max, a quirky young waiter who's managed to worm his way under Frost's skin.

Then Max shows up at Frost's bar on Christmas Eve, drunk and in desperate need of help getting home. Frost sees it as a chance to help a friend and maybe spend the night on Max's couch—but getting Max home proves to be a much greater challenge than anticipated.

Title: Siren's Debt
Series: (Dylan Rivers Chronicles Book 1)
Author: Richard Amons
Length: 258 pages

Genre: Romantic Elements / Urban Fantasy / Gay / Multiple Partners / 


Blurb: What do you do when you're the last of your kind, hunted every day of your life?Become a famous pop star!

Dylan Rivers is the last siren in existence. His family were slaughtered by the evil oil barons, his homeland ravaged and stolen from him. He is a target for hatred, the last thorn in the side of those who just want to see him a corpse. 

For him to survive is the biggest middle finger to his enemies. He could hide in the dark, be terrified of his own shadow, but that isn’t Dylan Rivers.

Music is Dylan’s life, as are the pleasures that can be found with his celebrity lifestyle—good food, beautiful clothes, fabulous parties, and gorgeous men. He particularly enjoys the company of his two favourite bodyguards—a handsome fae and a delicious werewolf—who are always on hand to look after his body in more ways than one.

Something is stirring…

Pleasure of the flesh drowns out pain, pushes away the sting of broken memories. He cannot fully remember what had happened to bring down his once glorious realm, but one day the opportunity to discover the full truth presents itself, and everything points to him.

Dylan must travel the river of prophecy…

There is change in the air, whispers on the water. His life is about to be turned upside down, for the idea of hope has risen...

The last siren has a debt to pay…

Join singing sensation Dylan Rivers in a journey of discovery, danger and seduction!

A dark and steamy urban fantasy tale, with a Why Choose? MM romance.

*This series is set in the same universe as Coldharbour Chronicles. However, there is no need to have read that series to enjoy this one.*

Title: Mosquito District
Series: Mosquito District, 1
Author: Leona Bentley
Length: 52k

Genre: Romance / Paranormal / Vampires / Gay

Notes: releases May 29th

Blurb: Lee is a jaded young man living in a district owned and overseen almost exclusively by vampires. When he mouths off to one of their flunkies, his life loses all of its carefully constructed order. His next shift at the library where he works brings Ira, a millennia-old vampire who is new to that part of the world and looking for answers that Lee just might be able to help uncover—if they can learn to trust one another.

Title: Theo's Beloved: A Draconian Love Story
Author: Adella Dratianos
Length: 162 pages

Genre: Romance / Paranormal / Poly / Gay / 

Notes: releases June 1st

Blurb: Theo Dratianos is heartbroken. Four years ago, his Bondmate Mikhail disappeared on his thirteenth birthday. Each year, another blood ritual, another blood-oath to him. When all hope of Mikhail’s return is lost, Theodore meets his love, the equally-handsome Ricky Vargas. What will happen when Ricky dies, and Mikhail comes back? How about when Ricky and Mikhail meet? Who will be Theodore’s Beloved then?

Title: Double Edged
Series: The Bulari Saga
Author: Jessie Kwak
Length: 266 pages

Genre: Sci-Fi / Romantic elements / Futuristic / Gangster-Crime drama / Gay

Notes: releases may 28th

Blurb: Thala Coeur—Blackheart—is dead.Willem Jaantzen has been waiting to hear those words for almost twenty years. But he was also hoping they’d hold more satisfaction. Because it turns out his arch enemy has died as she lived—sowing chaos and destruction—and when a mysterious package arrives on his doorstep, he realizes she’s sent him one last puzzle from beyond the grave. As Jaantzen and his crew are plunged back into a game he thought they’d left far behind, one thing becomes painfully clear: Solving Coeur’s puzzle could be key to preventing the city from crumbling back into another civil war—or it could be the thing that destroys them all. Because this secret isn’t just worth killing for. It’s worth coming back from the dead for.

The Bulari Saga series is part of Jessie Kwak’s Durga System universe, a fast-paced series of gangster sci-fi stories set in a far-future world where humans may have left their home planet to populate the stars, but they haven’t managed to leave behind their vices. And that’s very good for business.

Title: Eight Lives
Series: (Match Made In Hell Book 1)
Author: Autumn Breeze, Ashley Chamblee
Length: 112 pages

Genre: Romance / Urban Fantasy / Vampires / Gay /


Blurb: Two Hearts. One Curse. Zero Time.

A century ago a spiteful witch cursed Edmund. Ever since, he has lived as an immortal house cat--short one life. Anselm is a mildly depressed vampire with a soft spot for the feline he calls friend.

They live together as equals, companions for eternity--or so they hope. Then, the witch who cursed Edmund long ago dies. And suddenly, he is human again.

In a race against times cruel hand, Anselm and Edmund must make a decision. Do they find a dark witch and reenact the curse that plagued Edmund so they can be together for eternity? Or . . . does Edmund give up forever as a cat to be with Anselm for now as a man?

EIGHT LIVES: MATCH MADE IN HELL #1 is a sweet m/m romance of 35K words featuring vampires, shifters, witches, magic and a powerful curse that could rip two men apart or bring them together for eternity.

Title: Dragon Stones
Series: Prince Enki Chronicles, 3
Author: AE Hazel Wood
Length: 244 pages

Genre: Fantasy / Sci-Fi / Horror / Comedy / Coming of Age / LGBT

Notes: When I grabbed this off of Amazon, the title did not give the number the book fell in the series. I did not notice until I added it here. The blurb says it can be read as a standalone but I have added the first two books in this series below. The blurbs of the other two are curious.

Blurb: After millions of years, Ancient Ones finally reached a verdict: The Soul-Prison encasing Earth would no longer be tolerated. And out of all the begins in the Milky Way, the Ancients chose only one to oversee Earth’s deliverance—Prince Enki.There’s just one catch…more than one powerful interested party shares Warden duties over Earth, and they’ll stop at NOTHING to maintain status quo.Ten others have banded with the wise Prince Enki, to pull off this miracle. Three of his most powerful allies are all from Cetrilli Prime…powerful if they can learn to fully tap into and control their powers when most needed.

Mostly fantasy, with a touch of sci-fi, horror, straight and gay romance, coming of age and comedy, makes this third installment fit for the well-rounded and open-minded Ideal Reader.Though a series installment, this book can be read as a Standalone Book, for it contains enough backstory content.

Title: Tethered Treachery
Series: Prince Enki Chronicles, 1
Author: AE Hazel Wood
Length: 175 pages

Genre: Fantasy / Sci-Fi / Horror / Comedy / Coming of Age / LGBT


Blurb: The name’s EA. I’m over 500,000 of your Earth-years old. We call your planet, Ki. I was sent here for one purpose: gold. That’s why your kind crave it. It’s learned behavior. 

So, after years of meticulous terraforming and mining modifications, I finally struck a balance between our labor pool and our mining work load. That’s when my countrymen dubbed me “The Prince of Ki,” ergo “EN.KI.” We had some macro and micro interruptions since then, but overall, things remained relatively quiet until this morning when I received some curious news. One of my many eyes on the ground in every major metropolitan area, said they spotted what looked like a child with the power to stop time. My spy said it appeared the child delivered a warning to four young humans. He said he was able to get within arm’s reach of the four, and during his keen observations he said he’d best describe them as one impertinent Mexican woman, one jaded Japanese woman, one licentious Persian man and one asshat of a German man. When I feigned ignorance of that ‘asshat’ slight, my spy confessed his indulgence in that paranormal show. I can’t wait until he finds out next season’s their last run. I don’t overshare. 

What I did want someone to overshare about was why these four were so important? Who or what was that “child” seen warning the four? And did this phenomenon portend trouble?

Whatever it means, I’m getting the sense that nothing will be as it seems…like it’s a small puzzle from a…


Note: If the use of the color white for evil and black for good, startles you…good!
My fiction is full of truths.
As this book draws closer to its end, the chapters fall under a strong “tethering” spell.

Tethered Treachery (Book 1)
Draco Sinkholes (Book 2)
Dragon Stones (Book 3) – coming in two weeks from the time you see this.
Overcoming Treachery (Book 4) – coming three months after you see this.

Title: Draco Sinkholes
Series: Prince Enki Chronicles, 2
Author: AE Hazel Wood
Length: 233 pages

Genre: Fantasy / Sci-Fi / Horror / Comedy / Coming of Age / LGBT


Blurb: It’s me again. The Father of mankind, often either misunderstood, underestimated or misnomered. But you may call me Prince EN.KI.

This story started like all the others. Something seemingly benign and ordinary, turns out to be the tip of a horrific and insidious plan with widespread implications of the worst kind. Such was the case today.

I miss the early days on your planet, which we call Ki (Oh, did you know that my other name is EA…sounds like…never mind). Back in the simpler times, the fathers or elders would take their sons, and daughters if they were like my sister, NIN.MAH, to the family fishing holes. They would bait their hooks, swat away the insects and, if all went as expected, at the end of their day, they’d come home with a nice addition to the dinner meal. This story begins much like this, except you humans and the fish, and….well, to find out more read…



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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Leap of Faith: Part Five #blogstory #MM #gay #contemporary

Welcome back to Leap of Faith!

If you remember when I decided to post Leap of Faith, I said this short story had problems? This is where it needs work. Part Four had the chapter break and the story skips forward almost a year, if I remember correctly. The Ben in the first couple of chapters grew a lot in that time and is not the same as the Ben in this chapter.

The story was written for an anthology call with a restriction of 10k. Since I did not think it appropriate for Ben to fall for anyone after that first chapter, I put in the time jump and summarized the changes Ben went through from Dawson's perspective. It's still a cute story but it needs a middle, which I never got around to writing.

Copyright Lexi Ander

Part Five: Leap of Faith

Chuckling, Dawson wrapped a towel around his waist and sauntered out of the bathroom. The smell of food was stronger out in the hall and his eyes damn near rolled up in the back of his head. Ben had made cinnamon rolls. The man was a god in the kitchen. Since Ben cooked most of the meals, Dawson had to put in extra time at the gym and Ben had taken to joining him.
Hurrying, Dawson tugged on a pair of jeans and threw on a shirt. He donned four large silver rings, his two inch wide leather wristbands, and his brown coconut shell necklace with the blue bone beads before he made a beeline to the kitchen. Ben stood at the stove with his back to Dawson. He nearly didn't catch the groan that tried to escape. Ben was shirtless. The tattoo of a rising phoenix rippled over his strong, muscular back. The last several months, Ben had bulked up and his once slender frame had become a work of art.
Dawson noticed all of the changes, not only the physical ones, Ben had made. The vulnerable, heartbroken man he'd met a year ago had been replaced by a confident, happy Ben. The combination made for one hell of a package. Not that Dawson hadn't found Ben attractive before, because Ben had been smoking hot in those ridiculous shoes and tiny pants. But Ben had needed a friend, so Dawson had shelved his lust and given a helping hand.
The last couple of months, Ben had been different and, lately, Dawson imagined licking the hollow between those shoulder blades. It was too easy to imagine Ben with his hands tied behind his back, ass rising up to meet the firm swat of Dawson's hand. Maybe one day Ben would be interested. Discreetly he readjusted himself before he walked into the kitchen.
"You made cinnamon rolls." He brushed against Ben as he reached around for a warm roll and shoved the whole thing in his mouth.
Ben smirked. His gaze followed the pastry, his hazel eyes expertly outlined with dark eyeliner. Dawson loved the touch of color because Ben had amazing eyes. When they were highlighted like that, Dawson wanted to drag the man into his bedroom and find wonderful ways to convince his friend that his bed was the best place—the only place Ben wanted to be. Ben's blond hair was cut short on the sides, the top long enough to brush the man's earlobes. His friend had become very good at manipulating the layered lengths. This close he could smell Ben's aftershave. Dawson had pierced both of Ben's ears, four hoops on each side and a bar through the top of the left ear.
"Today I had something a little extra to celebrate." Ben poured Dawson a cup of black coffee after he tore his gaze away from Dawson's mouth.
Dawson chewed slowly, aware that Ben was staring. He knew what today was and how important it was to Ben. "The sale goes through today?"
Ben nodded, blinked a couple of times as Dawson experimented with licking his lips. "Um, yeah." Ben glanced down and cleared his throat. He seemed a little flustered. "I'll sign the documents of sale for my share of the firm this afternoon. David said he'd bring everything by the shop so I wouldn't have to go downtown."
Dawson took a couple of long swallows from his cup of joe. The bitter mixed with the sweetness in his mouth and balanced out his taste buds. "Are you sure this is what you want to do? You could hire someone to see to your interest in the business. You built that company from the ground up." He grabbed another roll and tried to swallow it whole. Damn, he loved those things!
Ben shook his head. "I'm not that guy anymore. He was the guy who went with the flow, played everything safe. I'm not sure I was happy being him. I can't remember ever being actually content."
"And you're happy now?" Dawson asked around the food in his mouth.
Ben's lips quirked up, his eyes flicked up to Dawson's. "Yeah," he admitted almost shyly. "I wasn't sure I'd ever feel right again. My parents didn't help. They made me wonder if I'd been wrong refusing to work things out with Javier."
Dawson vividly remembered that visit from Ben's father. Two weeks after Ben had come to stay with him, a limo had stopped in front of the cabin, and an older man in a three thousand dollar suit stepped out. Ben had cussed softly under his breath before he went out to meet his parent. Dawson had leaned against the porch railing, giving the two some privacy, but not leaving Ben alone. In the brief time they had spent together, Dawson had not only started to like Ben, but had come to care for him as well. The scowl on Mr Hamilton's face was a warning of things to come.
"You know your dad's sorry about what he said when he came by that day." Dawson knew Ben had shared a good relationship with his father until the fiasco with his fiancé. Mr Hamilton had been harsh and demanding with Ben, lecturing his son about loyalty and responsibility.
            Ben gave a weak smile. "That's what I get for avoiding my parents because I didn't want to talk about what Javier had done. I had to get tested because I was afraid my partner had unsafe sex with multiple people. That's not something I wanted to discuss with my family. My parents loved Javier from the moment they met him and they didn't think to question him when he went to them the day before the wedding. When dad found out Annie had made the calls to cancel everything—that was a small fortune down the drain. He had every right to be angry, at least about that."

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Saturday, May 18, 2019

What's on the Reading Radar #reading #TBR

What have I been up to? Writing and some more writing. Reading some different things this time around so an odd mix of stuff intermingled with re-reads. 

Book shopping! Yay!!

Love this one

Title: Of Kindred and Stardust
Author: Archer Kay Leah
Length: 119 pages
Publisher: LT3 Press

Genre: Romance / Sci-Fi / Home for the Holidays / Poly / Asexual / Bisexual /   Demisexual / Genderqueer / Non-binary / Pansexual / Trans

Notes: There was content notes on the publisher's website. Of Kindred and Stardust contains some explicit content, mentions of past transphobia, and references to depression.

Blurb: After four years in the Alpha Centauri solar system, astrobiologist Dath Bellin is relieved to be back at ECHO-Crosspoint Space Station. His next mission: return to Earth and take a vacation. There's family to see, R&R to catch up on, and Imbolc to celebrate with his Druid grove—everything he could hope for from a Canadian winter. Unfortunately, everything goes wrong before he can even leave the station. There's also the matter of his exes, whom he can't have back no matter how much he wants them, not after his horrible mistake.

For the past four years, Mack Ainsley Tsallis and Kytzia Polović have wanted to know why Dath left them the way he did. They're determined to win him back together, especially since Mack is convinced Dath wasn't completely honest with xem and Kytzia before he ran off to Alpha Centauri. Being ignored isn't cutting it anymore: it's time to start fresh and prove the three of them are perfect for each other.

Title: The Collarborator
Author: Kayci Morgan
Length: 179 pages

Genre: Romance / Enemies to Lovers / Alien Invasion / Sci-Fi / Gay /


Blurb: My only love sprung from my only hate.

They came without warning.
Earth was theirs virtually overnight.
The human population lives under their thumb.
Fighting is useless, but my father tried anyway.
Now he's gone.
I've join their defense force in hopes of finding my father.
People believe I'm a traitor to my species, a collaborator.
Given the feelings I'm developing for one of the aliens, they might be right.

Title: The 5th Gender
Series: A Tinkered Stars Mystery
Author: GL Carriger
Length: 251 pages
Publisher: GAIL CARRIGER LLC (May 18, 2019)

Genre: Romance / Sci-Fi / Gay


Blurb: A species that has no word for murder, has a murderer aboard their spaceship. 


Tristol lives in exile. But he’s built a life for himself aboard a human space station. He’s even begun to understand the complex nuances of human courting rituals.

Detective Hastion is finally flirting back!


Except that Tristol’s beloved space station is unexpectedly contacted by the galoi – a xenophobic species with five genders, purple skin, and serious attitude. They need the help of a human detective because there’s a murderer aboard their spaceship. Murder is so rare, the galoi don’t even have a word for it.

Tristol knows this because he is galoi.


Which means that he and Detective Hastion are on the case… together.

Delicate Sensibilities?

Contains men who love other men in graphic detail, regardless of gender, biology, or skin color... and lots of emotively sexy tentacle hair.

New York Times best selling author Gail Carriger (writing as G.L. Carriger) brings you a light-hearted romantic cozy mystery featuring an adorable lavender alien and his human crush.

Title: The Replacement Husband
Author: Eliot Grayson
Length: 16 pages
Publisher: Smoking Teacup Books (January 4, 2019)

Genre: Romance / Marriage of Convenience / Regency / Gay /


Blurb: Goddess-blessed Owen Honeyfield is destined to enjoy perfect good fortune. The arrival of handsome and eligible Tom Drake in his country town appears to be the latest manifestation, and Tom’s whirlwind proposal is the fulfillment of Owen’s desires. When his betrothal takes a disastrous turn, Owen is left heartbroken and at the mercy of Arthur, Tom’s disapproving elder brother. His reputation ruined and his bright future shattered, Owen must choose between loneliness and a marriage of convenience, with love no longer in reach.

Arthur Drake has always taken responsibility for Tom’s scandalous behavior, but this time is worse — it isn’t just the family name at stake, but his own happiness. When Tom’s impulsive selfishness threatens to ruin the lives of everyone involved, Arthur has only one honorable choice. He'll need to repair the damage Tom has done and fight for his chance at love, knowing all the while he may never be able to take Tom’s place in Owen’s heart.

Title: Mama and the Alien Warrior
Series: Treasured by an Alien
Author: Honey Phillips, Bex McLynn
Length: 188 pages

Genre: Romance / Sci-Fi / 

Notes: I'm sorta of burnt out on MF alien romances because the women are always slaves or have to submit. Blah! I want them to be on equal ground. I want the women to be competent. The title of this one caught my eye and I I looked at the blurb. I'm going to give this a chance. They had me at 'sweet'.

Blurb: Can a weary warrior and an abducted mother save each other?

Abby Wentworth never regretted abandoning her corporate career to adopt her orphaned niece and run a maternity home. But she certainly never expected to find herself and her girls abducted by aliens who intend to sell them as breeders.

When they are rescued by a massive alien and his crew, desires she has long suppressed start to surface. She finds herself unexpectedly drawn to the captain who treats both her and her daughter with unwavering devotion.

Until his ship intercepts an illegal Vedeckian trader, Captain Hrebec is resigned to spending his life alone. The Cires lost their females to a plague many years ago. Now for the first time, this luscious human female has him longing for a mate and a family.

But Abby has to get her girls back to Earth, and Hrebec may have one last chance to save his race. Will their duties force them apart? Or will they finally find a family of their own?

Mama and the Alien Warrior is a standalone science fiction romance. This sweet and steamy HEA is intended for adults only.

Title: The Diction of Mythology
Series: An A-Z of Themes, Legends, and Heroes
Author: J A Coleman
Length: 384 pages
Publisher: Arcturus Publishing Limited (August 15, 2015)

Genre: Dictionary / Mythology


Blurb: This is a very entertaining and wide-ranging selection of myths and their origins. The book includes references, heroes, places, and legends from all five continents and from the different cultures and people found there. It will appeal to all general knowledge and crossword enthusiasts and those who enjoy complete reference libraries. Everyone is attracted to myths, from the fairy tales of our childhood to the Greek and Roman gods. This is a fabulous, well-written, and exhaustively researched book that really expands the topic. It features a wonderful cover and an easy-to-use, attractive design in a new, much handier size, abridged by George Davidson.

Title: Mythology: The Complete Guide to Our Imagined Worlds
Author: Christopher Dell
Length: 352 pages
Publisher: Thames & Hudson; 1 edition (September 30, 2012)



Blurb: An exploration of myths from around the world with an authoritative text and an inspired selection of images

In every culture of the world myths help explain our origins, the world’s creation, gods and monsters, demons, the afterlife, and the underworld. This compelling account gathers together themes and stories from every part of the globe to show how myths share many common patterns, and how through them the human imagination is expressed in all its diversity. A treasury of images drawn from all cultures―both iconic and littleknown― helps explain what is important about these myths, their symbols, and the stories they tell. A directory at the end of the book summarizes the principal types of myth from around the world (Native American, Judeo- Christian, Greek, Nordic, Aboriginal, and so forth) and includes family trees that show exactly how various supernatural beings are related. 420 illustrations in color and black and white

Title: An Astounding Atlas of Altered States: The Real Stories of States That Never Came to Be
Author: Michael Trinklein
Length: 160 pages
Publisher: Chartwell Books (March 1, 2017)



Blurb: Everyone knows the fifty United States--but what about the hundreds of other statehood proposals that never came to pass? An Astounding Atlas of Altered States is a tribute to such great unrealized dreams as West Florida, Hazard , Montezuma, Rough and Ready, and Yazoo. Some of these states came remarkably close to joining the union while others never had a chance. Are you living in an area that fancied itself a completely different state?

Consider some of the following states that just didn't make the cut. Frontier legend Daniel Boone once proposed a state of Transylvania in the Appalachian wilderness (his plan was resurrected a few years later with the new name of Kentucky). Residents of Bucolic South Jersey wanted to secede from their urban north Jersey neighbors and form the fifty-first state. The Gold Rush Territory of Nataqua could have made a fine state-but since no women were willing to live there, settlers gave up and joined California.

Each story offers a fascinating glimpse at the nation The United States might have become--along with plenty of absurd characters, bureaucratic red tape, and political gamesmanship. Accompanying these tales are beautifully rendered maps detailing the proposed state boundaries, plus images of real life artifacts and ephemera. Enjoy exploring this astounding atlas of lost, abandoned, and altered states.

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Leap of Faith: Part Four #blogstory #MM #gay #contemporary

Welcome back to Leap of Faith!

Copyright Lexi Ander

Part Four: Leap of Faith

Dawson pulled a bundle out of his side bag and tossed it to Ben. "See if that fits. The wind is cold when you ride at night."
Ben eyed the beat-up leather jacket but it fit with room to spare. He pocketed his wallet and cell from the duffle before Dawson stowed it in the saddle bag. Ben stared at the screen of the phone. If he told his family what happened, that he and Javier were done, then there wouldn't be a way to take the news back. If he said nothing and kept tonight to himself, then what? Would he and Javier be able to work their relationship out privately, away from the prying eyes of public scrutiny? What would happen to his company? There were people who worked hard to make it successful. What would happen to them? He was supposed to get married in two days. The guest list was close to a thousand for the event. What would he tell them? What would they think?
Did he care?
With shaky hands he dialed Annie.
"Did it work?" she asked excitedly.
Ben froze. He didn't know what to say. He wasn't sure how long he'd stood there mute when someone took the phone from his hand.
"I'm sorry. Ben's a bit upset." Dawson watched him intently. "No. My name is Dawson Green. I'm an acquaintance of Ben's. It appears Javier has seriously fucked up and Ben needs some time away. I'm going to give you the address but I'd appreciate it if you didn't give it out." Ben felt like an idiot. A stranger was handling his affairs. "No, Annie, he's not okay," Dawson said.
Ben held out a hand, silently asking for the phone back. Dawson smiled. "Yes, Annie. You'll hunt me down and rip off my balls if Ben isn't safe. Got it. Here, Ben's ready to talk."
Ben took a breath and put the phone to his ear. "Hey, Annie."
"What did he do, Ben? Never mind, my imagination is supplying enough scenarios. Does Sam know?"
Ben swallowed and blinked back the tears. His silence was obviously enough of an explanation because Annie swore fluently on the other end of the line.
"What do you want me to do?"
Ben wiped at his eyes and sighed. "Nothing. I'm going to help Dawson for a couple of days. I'll call you back and let you know. Annie—I love you."
Dawson held out a half shell helmet to Ben as he sat straddling the fat boy. Ben climbed on behind the biker. He had never been on a motorcycle before. What was the appropriate protocol? Where did he put his hands? He didn't see any handle bars for him.
Dawson seemed to sense his dilemma and reached back for Ben's hands and placed them on his hips. "I don't bite, Ben. Riding a motorcycle is both freeing and intimate."
Ben nodded and jumped when Dawson started up the beast. He grasped Dawson's waistband tightly when they gradually accelerated. Once outside the garage and on the street, Dawson kicked up the speed, causing Ben to plaster himself onto Dawson's back, arms wrapped fully around the biker's waist.
The rumbling vibration, the wind, and the speed weren't like anything he'd experienced before. It pushed back his sorrow somewhat and he decided he'd never drive a car again. Rain or shine, this was how he'd go.

Chapter Two

Dawson scowled at the crinkles at the corner of his blue eyes. Crow's feet. Laugh lines. Whatever they were called, they made him appear old. He grunted at his reflection, snatched up a towel, and started drying his dark hair. He could smell the breakfast Ben made. He didn't know that offering a hand to a stranger not quite a year ago would gain him a friend and business partner. He thought Ben would be with him two days—tops—until he could pull himself together. The man had seemed pretty pitiful when Dawson had first seen Ben in that hot sequined outfit. With glassy eyes, shaking hands, silent tears tracking black eyeliner down his face, the man hadn't appeared injured but when Ben had stared at him with those large hazel-colored eyes, so lost and hurt, Dawson couldn't simply leave the guy alone.
It was the best thing he'd ever done. Ben spent a week helping him clear the property the cabin was on. For the first couple of days they didn't talk much. Dawson watched Ben and made sure the guy wouldn't accidentally hurt himself with the power tools.
By day three, Dawson didn't care if he had to talk to himself because the silence was killing him. So he'd started chattering about his business as a tattoo artist. The conversation helped to bring Ben out of his funk somewhat.
Ben never discussed what had happened, but over the next couple of weeks, Dawson had picked up on certain things. When he spoke to Annie, she told him enough to know Ben was better off. He suggested Ben stay and they had become roommates. Ben offered his talents as an artist to Dawson, which led to an apprenticeship. Ben had been working for Dawson ever since and the arrangement had worked out well for both of them.
Dawson vigorously dried off, his body a map of his life. An Aries tribal tattoo spanned his shoulders on this back, he had a blue water tribal armband, and a full color jaguar that was wrapped around his left side from the middle of his back to the center of his chest. His legs were covered with tribal designs, not that anyone had seen them lately.
           A fist banged on the door. "Come on, primping time is over, breakfast is ready."

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Saturday, May 11, 2019

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

What have I been doing? Writing writing, and writing. 

Title: The Stone in the Skull
Series: The Lotus Kingdoms, Book One
Author: Elizabeth Bear
Length: 35 pages
Publisher: Tor Books (October 10, 2017)

Genre; Fantasy / LGBTIAQ Characters


Blurb: The Stone in the Skull, the first volume in her new trilogy, takes readers over the dangerous mountain passes of the Steles of the Sky and south into the Lotus Kingdoms.

The Gage is a brass automaton created by a wizard of Messaline around the core of a human being. His wizard is long dead, and he works as a mercenary. He is carrying a message from the most powerful sorcerer of Messaline to the Rajni of the Lotus Kingdom. With him is The Dead Man, a bitter survivor of the body guard of the deposed Uthman Caliphate, protecting the message and the Gage. They are friends, of a peculiar sort.

They are walking into a dynastic war between the rulers of the shattered bits of a once great Empire.

Title: The Art of Fire
Author: Kirby Crow
Length: 80 pages

Genre: Romance / Fantasy / Gay


Blurb: Following a profound military disgrace, Marik was exiled to the watchtower of the Dagger, a solitary mountain outpost far away from the capital city of Ankar. Marik remained at the barren outpost for years, never permitted to forget the tales of dishonor, mystery, and dark magic that surround his name. Then, just when he had begun to hope that his long banishment was ending, along came Gray; an educated yet clueless recruit ordered to spend the winter alone with Marik at the tower. 

Gray's haughty manners, lack of soldiering, and infuriating attitude compel Marik to treat him with contempt, but Gray has mysteries of his own hiding behind his noble facade. As Marik's attraction grows, he vows to keep Gray at a distance, because no one must know the truth of his exile, nor of the perilous secret he has kept all his life.

A secret of fire.

*This story is an HEA (happily-ever-after) m/m standalone, set in the world of Nemerl, the same universe as the "Scarlet and the White Wolf" novels.

Title: The Future Falls
Series: (The Enchantment Emporium Book 3)
Author: Tanya Huff
Length: 337 pagesPublisher: DAW (November 4, 2014)


Notes: I really want to wait for the audiobook but....

Blurb: When Auntie Catherine warns the family of an approaching asteroid, the Gales scramble to keep humans from going the way of the dinosaurs. Fortunately for the world, they're wielding a guitar and a dragon.

The Gale family can change the world with the charms they cast, which has caused some supernaturally complicated family shenanigans in the past. So when NASA and Doomsday Dan confirm Auntie Catherine's dire prediction, Charlotte "Charlie" Gale turns to the family for help.

But Allie is unavailable because the universe seems determined to have her produce the seventh son of a seventh son of a seventh son of a Gale. And the Aunties can't help because they're tied to the earth – although they are happy to provide their delicious, trademark pies. And in the end, all Charlie has is a guitar...

...and Jack. The Dragon Prince, and a Sorcerer.

But Charlie might like Jack just a little too much, and Jack might like Charlie a little too much in return. Actually, between Allie's hormones, the Aunties trying to force her and Jack into ritual, the Courts having way too much fun at the end of days, and Jack's sudden desire to sacrifice himself for the good of the many, Charlie's fairly certain that the asteroid is the least of her problems.

The Gales are going to need more than pie to save the world from an incoming asteroid. But together there isn't anything they can't deal with – except possibly each other.

Title: The Three Warlocks
Series: (A Tragedy of Dust Book 1)
Author: J. Flowers-Olnowich
Length: 434 pages

Genre: Fantasy / LGBTIAQ Characters / 


Blurb: The Three Warlocks is a trilogy of tales, focused around the rise of magic in the continent of Rhydallia.The story is split into three separate but connected Acts: Renstone, Hylstone, and Vaelstone. Act I is an adventure that follows Ruxel, a young half-elf on the precipice of adulthood who is faced with the challenge of finding his purpose in life. However, before he can embark on his journey to find his purpose, terror strikes his hometown and he finds himself on a desperate quest to save those he loves. Act II is a character-driven tale that follows Elise, an aging human mercenary whose life is saved by an unlikely duo. Together with the only survivors of her company, a pair of elven twins, she must face a grim reality: life without her arm and leg. As she recovers both physically and emotionally, she finds a new purpose for life in an unlikely place. Act III is a war story that follows Aethelius, an elven commando caught in the midst of a civil war that's tearing his country apart. Stranded behind enemy lines with no allies except for the ones under his command, his is a tale of survival in a war like no other.

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