Author Week

Ariel Tachna Week Review: Out of the Fire

Reviewed by JustJen

1Title: Out of the Fire
Author: Ariel Tachna
Heroes: Evan/Patrick, Rhys/Takoda
Genre: MM BDSM
Length: 286 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 18, 2009
Available at: Dreamspinner Press, Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb:  Evan Nichols likes his nice, quiet life in Boston. An established and respected Dom in the BDSM scene, he isn’t looking for a sub, a slave, or a 24/7 relationship. Then a phone call from his best friend and fellow Dom, Rhys Calhoun, shakes up his comfortable routine. Rhys needs Evan’s help to rehabilitate an abused sub-a sub Rhys has fallen in love with. Evan has misgivings, but he could never say no to Rhys, any more than Rhys would ever refuse to help him. Before he knows it, Evan finds himself at Rhys’s home in Las Vegas with a sub who can barely stand to be in the same room with him and a Dom whose emotional involvement threatens his control. Add in the sexual attraction that’s always simmered between Evan and Rhys, and it’s a situation that has the potential to go very, very wrong. Determined to heal both Takoda and Rhys, Evan doesn’t realize how many assumptions about his own life will be called into question as he tries to help them find their way forward together.
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Ariel Tachna Week Review: Alliance in Blood

Reviewed by Susan65

1Title: Alliance in Blood
Author: Ariel Tachna
Series: Partnership in Blood #1
Heroes: Alain Magnier/Orlando St. Clair
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 235 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: May 11, 2008
Available at: Dreamspinner Press, Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Can a desperate wizard and a bitter, disillusioned vampire find a way to build the partnership that could save their world?

In a world rocked by magical war, vampires are seen by many as less than human, as the stereotypical creatures of the night who prey on others. But as the war intensifies, the wizards know they need an advantage to turn the tide in their favor: the strength and edge the vampires can give them in the battle against the dark wizards who seek to destroy life as they know it.

In a dangerous move and show of good will, the wizards ask the leader of the vampires to meet with them, so that they might plead their cause. One desperate man, Alain Magnier, and one bitter, disillusioned vampire, Orlando St. Clair, meet in Paris, and the fate of the world hangs in the balance of their decision: Will the vampires join the cause and form a partnership with the wizards to win the war?
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Ariel Tachna Week Audio Review: Inherit the Sky

Reviewed by Morgan

1Title: Inherit the Sky
Author: Ariel Tachna
Narrator: William James
Series: Lang Downs Series Book 1
Heroes: Caine Neiheisel and Macklin Armstrong
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: Book – 206 Pages / Audio – 6 Hours, 53 Minutes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: Book – February 20, 2012 / Audio – January 31, 2014
Available at: Dreamspinner Press, Amazon, Audible and iTunes
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Caine Neiheisel is stuck in a dead-end job at the end of a dead-end relationship when the chance of a lifetime falls in his lap. His mother inherits her uncle’s sheep station in New South Wales, Australia, and Caine sees it as the opportunity to start over, out on the range where his stutter won’t hold him back and his willingness to work will surely make up for his lack of knowledge.

Unfortunately, Macklin Armstrong, the foreman of Lang Downs who should be Caine’s biggest ally, alternates between being cool and downright dismissive, and the other hands are more amused by Caine’s American accent than they are moved by his plight… until they find out he’s gay and their amusement turns to scorn. It will take all of Caine’s determination—and an act of cruel sabotage by a hostile neighbor—to bring the men of Lang Downs together and give Caine and Macklin a chance at love.
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Honorary Blogger Ariel Tachna: What Does Ariel Have Up Her Sleeve Now? + Giveaway!

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What Does Ariel Have Up Her Sleeve Now?

by Ariel Tachna

First, I’d like to say thank you to the Blogger Girls for having me as their featured author this week. I’m honored to have been chosen and to share this week with them and with all their readers.

I debated a bit what to write about. They’ve chosen five very different books to review this week, and that’s always something to talk about. What brought about books as different as A Summer Place and Out of the Fire? And of course I’m always delighted to talk about the Partnership in Blood series. Ten years of my life went into the creation of those eight novels and two short stories.

I’ve talked about all those things in other forums, though, and I wanted to do something new and special here, so instead, I’m going to tell you a bit about my newest project, Places Time Forgot.

2014-06-20 20.00.04Two years ago, as I was driving to North Carolina to visit my mother-in-law, we went through the Atchafalaya swamp and then a little later through southern Alabama where the kudzu is so thick someone could be standing a few feet away and you’d never see them. That image stuck with me. It would be so easy to disappear and never be seen or heard from again, whether by design or by accident. That image deepened this past summer when we went on a tour of the Everglades and the park ranger warned of the dangers of moving off the marked paths. “If you wander off the paths, no one will ever find you.”

Wow. Talk about the perfect setting for a missing persons case!

So then I got to thinking about where else people could just disappear that way. The Appalachian mountains in eastern Kentucky (how many summers did I spend hiking those mountains without ever coming across another soul?), the Columbia River gorge and its old abandoned mining towns, Molokai Island in Hawai’i where even the natives hesitate to go, the wilds of Alaska where bears outnumber humans….

Places Time Forgot is planned as a five-book series of missing persons cases. Each book will have its own case and its own couple, but I’m hoping people will find the investigative team, and especially the lead agent, equally interesting. Rick Weschler (think Jason Momoa in a suit) is the lead agent of a four-person FBI team sent out to deal with suspicious disappearances. The team is a bit unconventional, but they have a track record even the Bureau can’t argue with. Rick’s team knows he’s gay, but he isn’t out at work and sees no reason to be since he’s never met anyone who could handle the stress of his job and the amount of travel he does. One of his teammates, though, thinks she’s finally met the right guy for him. If only Rick would give Jamie a chance….

The first book in the series, Adam’s Choice, is about a third finished. I hope to submit it in January for release by fall of 2015. In the meantime, check out Home for Chirappu¸ my newest release, a holiday-themed story that came out as part of the Celebrate! Advent Calendar package, and keep an eye out for Dance Off, a contemporary romance set on a reality TV dancing show, and Cherish the Land, the next installment of my Lang Downs series, coming in spring and summer 2015 respectively.

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About Home for Chirappu

HomeforChirappuLGNikhilesh (Nik) Sharma hasn’t been home to Alappuzha, India, since he came out to his family ten years ago. Now that his relationship with them is less strained, he’s bringing his boyfriend Trent along to celebrate the winter holidays. As excited as he is to see everyone again, he worries the foreign culture, religious differences, and disapproval might shock Trent. At the same time, Trent worries Nik’s big, close-knit family won’t accept an American—much less a man—as Nik’s partner and that his presence will impede the otherwise happy reunion. Whether the trip leads to misunderstandings that will drive them apart or to a new understanding that will draw them closer than ever, it’s sure to be an experience they’ll never forget.

Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon

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About Ariel Tachna

Ariel Tachna lives outside of Houston with her husband, her daughter and son, and their two dogs.  Before moving there, she traveled all over the world, having fallen in love with France, where she met her husband, and India, where she hopes to retire some day.  She’s bilingual with snippets of four other languages to her credit and is as in love with languages as she is with writing.

Find out more about Ariel on her Website, Twitter or Facebook.

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As part of this Author Week, Ariel has graciously offered up winner’s choice from any of Ariel’s books being reviewed this week to one lucky winner!! The giveaway starts now and ends December 20, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. To enter, just click the link below!

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Please be aware that the only way to enter the giveaway is to click the Rafflecopter link above. Any comments on this post will not count towards entering the giveaway, except to verify your Rafflecopter entry.

Don’t forget to check out Nikyta’s review of Home for Chirappu to see what she thought of it!

Good luck!

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Ariel Tachna Week Review: Home for Chirappu

Reviewed by Nikyta

HomeforChirappuLGTitle: Home for Chirappu
Author: Ariel Tachna
Series: Celebrate! – 2014 Advent Calendar
Heroes: Nik & Trent
Genre: M/M Contemporary/Holiday
Length: 53 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 1, 2014
Available at:  Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Nikhilesh (Nik) Sharma hasn’t been home to Alappuzha, India, since he came out to his family ten years ago. Now that his relationship with them is less strained, he’s bringing his boyfriend Trent along to celebrate the winter holidays. As excited as he is to see everyone again, he worries the foreign culture, religious differences, and disapproval might shock Trent. At the same time, Trent worries Nik’s big, close-knit family won’t accept an American—much less a man—as Nik’s partner and that his presence will impede the otherwise happy reunion. Whether the trip leads to misunderstandings that will drive them apart or to a new understanding that will draw them closer than ever, it’s sure to be an experience they’ll never forget.
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Josh Lanyon Week Review: Stranger Things Have Happened: An Adrien English Write Your Own Damn Story

Reviewed by Heather C

5Title:  Stranger Things Have Happened: An Adrien English Write Your Own Damn Story
Author: Josh Lanyon
Series: Adrien English
Hero: Adrien English
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 248 Pages
Publisher: Josh Lanyon
Release Date: December 29, 2013
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: WHO KILLED ROBERT HERSEY?

Book store assistant and all around bad boy Robert Hersey has been murdered — and you are the #1 suspect! To clear your name and get your life back, you must figure out who killed your best friend and first love.

What happens next in the story all depends on the choices YOU make. How will the story end? It’s all up to YOU. And the best part is you can keep reading and choosing until you’ve written your perfect ending.
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Josh Lanyon Week Review: Fair Play

Guest Reviewed by Trish

1Title: Fair Play
Author: Josh Lanyon
Series: All’s Fair #2
Heroes: Elliot Mills/Tucker Lance
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 250 Pages
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: November 10, 2014
Available at: Carina Press, Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Fifty years ago, Roland Mills belonged to a violent activist group. Now, someone is willing to kill to prevent him from publishing his memoirs.

When ex-FBI agent Elliot Mills is called out to examine the charred ruins of his childhood home, he quickly identifies the fire for what it is–arson. A knee injury may have forced Elliot out of the Bureau, but it’s not going to stop him from bringing the man who wants his father dead to justice.

Agent Tucker Lance is still working to find the serial killer who’s obsessed with Elliot and can’t bear the thought of his lover putting himself in additional danger. Straightlaced Tucker has never agreed with radical Roland on much–“opposing political viewpoints” is an understatement–but they’re united on this: Elliot needs to leave the case alone. Now.

Tucker would do nearly anything for the man he loves, but he won’t be used to gain Elliot access to the FBI’s resources. When the past comes back to play and everything both men had known to be true is questioned, their fragile relationship is left hanging in the balance.
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Josh Lanyon Week Review: The Boy With the Painful Tattoo

Reviewed by Nikyta

1Title: The Boy With the Painful Tattoo
Author: Josh Lanyon
Series: Holmes & Moriarity #3
Heroes: Kit/J.X.
Genre: M/M Contemporary/Mystery
Length: 228 Pages
Publisher: Just Joshin
Release Date: October 25, 2014
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: It’s moving day at Chez Holmes. Somehow, against Kit’s better instincts, he and J.X. are setting up house together. But while J.X. is off at a writing conference, Kit unpacks a crate that should contain either old books or new china. It doesn’t. Within the mounds of green Styrofoam popcorn is a dead body. A very dead body.

There goes the neighborhood.
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Josh Lanyon Week Review: Fair Game

Reviewed by Susan65

hTitle: Fair Game
Author: Josh Lanyon
Series: All’s Fair #1
Heroes: Elliot Mills/Tucker Lance
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 216 Pages
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: August 16, 2010
Available at: Carina Press, Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: A crippling knee injury forced Elliot Mills to trade in his FBI badge for dusty chalkboards and bored college students. Now a history professor at Puget Sound university, the former agent has put his old life behind him—but it seems his old life isn’t finished with him.

A young man has gone missing from campus—and as a favor to a family friend, Elliot agrees to do a little sniffing around. His investigations bring him face-to-face with his former lover, Tucker Lance, the special agent handling the case.

Things ended badly with Tucker, and neither man is ready to back down on the fight that drove them apart. But they have to figure out a way to move beyond their past and work together as more men go missing and Elliot becomes the target in a killer’s obsessive game…
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Josh Lanyon Week Review: Old Poison

Guest Reviewed by Morgan 

1Title: Old Poison
Author: Josh Lanyon
Series: Dangerous Ground #2
Heroes: Taylor MacAllister/Will Brandt
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 102 Pages
Publisher: Just Joshin
Release Date: 2011
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb:  Happy Birthday, Taylor! Taylor has pretty well recovered from his shooting, but not everyone is happy to see him reach his next birthday. Does a cobra pickled in a bottle of wine means someone cares enough to send the very death — best?
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