Published in 2015

Audio Review: Mine by Mary Calmes

Reviewed by Susan65

Title: Mine
Author: Mary Calmes
Narrator: Caleb Dickinson
Series: N/A
Heroes: Trevan Bean/Landry Carter
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 7 Hours, 8 Minutes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: July 28, 2015
Available at: Amazon, Audible and iTunes
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Trevan Bean has a job that’s going from illegal to frightening, a boyfriend who may not be in his right mind, and a guardian angel who might actually be evil incarnate. Add to that the reappearance of his boyfriend’s estranged family, death threats, kidnapping, and the struggle of saving money to realize a dream, and Trevan has a lot on his plate. But Trevan is up to the challenge: he promised Landry a happily ever after, and Landry’s going to have it if it kills him!

It just might.

Landry Carter was a broken doll when they met two years ago but has grown into a partner who can stand at Trevan’s side… most of the time. Now that Trevan’s life just got scary—and Landry just got himself kidnapped—Trevan has to hope Landry’s love stays strong through this newest challenge, because the happily ever after won’t happen if Trevan has to go it alone.
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Book Review: Forging the Future by Mary Calmes

Reviewed by Nikyta

Title: Forging the Future
Author: Mary Calmes
Series: Change of Heart #5
Heroes: Jin & Logan
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 200 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: June 29, 2015
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Jin Church is back where he started, alone, wandering, and uncertain of his path. It’s not by choice but by circumstance, as he remembers he’s a werepanther… but not much else. He knows one thing for sure—he needs to find the beautiful blond man who haunts his dreams.

Logan Church is trapped in a living hell. His mate is missing, his tribe is falling apart, and he’s estranged from the son he loves with all his heart. His world is unraveling without his mate by his side, and he has no one to blame but himself.

If Jin can regain his memory and Logan can overcome the threats to his leadership, then perhaps they can resume their lives. The question is: Is that what they want? Back to the same house, the same tribe, the same troubles? They can choose from various roads leading to their future… or they can forge their own path. Continue reading

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Author Q&A: S.J. Foxx + Excerpt & Giveaway!

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How important is research to you when writing a book?

I suppose it depends on what it is I’m writing. I make sure to know my stuff before I attempt to write it. For ‘The Valet,’ I already had a base knowledge of the 1920s and the period before. I’m a complete history nerd and love classical civilisations, as well as the periods between 1800s – 1940s. When I wrote ‘The Valet,’ I already knew a lot about servants and the sort of lives they lived because that world fascinates me.

What works best for you: Typewriters, fountain pen, dictate, computer or longhand?

I always handwrite my first drafts. There’s something so free about writing with a pen, it makes my writing flow so naturally. So, I always do this and then type up later.

Do you have a set schedule for writing, or are you one of those who write only when they feel inspired?

I have a very haphazard schedule. I always keep one free day on the weekend to dedicate to writing. I also write on two or three evenings after work. I take my laptop to my local coffee shop and smash out as many words as I can. It doesn’t produce the fastest results but it’s an improvement from my once a week schedule I used when writing ‘The Valet.’ I’m getting better at writing more frequently, and a lot faster on the days I do write too. I think it’s important for writers starting out to not worry about how long it’s going to take. As long as you keep going, you will finish!

Do you set a plot or prefer going wherever an idea takes you?

I know I shouldn’t, but I actually hate outlining. Instead, I get a basic plot, have a very rough idea of something that might happen in the next two to three chapters and just write. I’ve tried to make outlines or even just bullet points of ideas but it really stumps my flow and produces less interesting writing for me. What’s been working for me lately is just to write and then fix later.

What, according to you, is the hardest thing about writing?

Finding faith in yourself and believing that this is a story worth writing. After that, I always find the first edit terribly difficult too.

What would you say is the easiest aspect of writing?

The initial write! I love getting the first draft down on paper and barfing out all of my ideas. It’s something I do really, really quickly. Continue reading

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Book Review: Double Down by Lissa Ford

Reviewed by Susan65

Title: Double Down
Author: Lissa Ford
Series: Doubleback #2
Heroes: Rowan/Jude
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 142 Pages
Publisher: Lissa Ford Books
Release Date: June 21, 2015
Available at:  Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: After surviving a deadly attack by a psychopathic killer, homicide detective Rowan Muir is ready to take his relationship with ex-deputy sheriff and former ex-boyfriend Jude Anderson to the next level. Trouble is, Jude is happy with going slow. As in glacial. And, fair enough, their previous attempt as a couple wasn’t exactly smooth sailing. It took murder and the volcanic attraction between them for both men to put old grievances aside and try once more.

But the past rears its ugly head again when Rowan’s drug-addicted brother goes missing. Rowan is summoned home and is immediately mired in family dysfunction better seen in a rear-view mirror. When Jude agrees to help Rowan investigate his stepbrother’s disappearance, Rowan fears his fragile relationship with Jude won’t survive the stress.

Being back in his hometown dredges up old fears, a lot of baggage, and murder. Soon Rowan has to decide if he is going to double down on his relationship with Jude, or if it’s wiser to pick up his chips and split for good.
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Book Review: Doubleback by Lissa Ford

Reviewed by Susan65

Title: Doubleback
Author: Lissa Ford
Series: Doubleback #1
Heroes: Jude/Rowan
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 144 Pages
Publisher: Lissa Ford Books
Release Date: March 27, 2015
Available at:  Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: After a tragic shooting left him wounded and in disgrace, all that remained of former deputy sheriff Jude Anderson’s life was a shattered femur, the standard disability package, and a host of issues. Jude seeks sanctuary in a remote upstate cabin and tries to get his life back on track.

Life has other plans when Jude finds a dead man draped across his front doorstep. The victim is the first hookup Jude’s had in, well, ever. Once Jude processes that shock he gets another when he learns that the homicide detective sent to investigate the murder is Rowan Muir, Jude’s ex. Their split was ugly, and Rowan isn’t the forgiving type.

Now Jude is drawn back into a world he left behind: murder investigations and fighting the undeniable attraction he has for Rowan. Rowan is still holding onto a substantial grudge. But both men need to figure out how to cope with being thrown together again, because it’s becoming increasingly clear that Jude is being targeted by a murderer – one who may have come from Jude’s past for revenge.
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Book Review: The Spur of the Platypus by Jackie Nacht

Reviewed by Nikyta

Title: The Spur of the Platypus
Author: Jackie Nacht
Series: Venomous Mates #5
Heroes: Flex & Prescott
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 62 pages
Publisher: Extasy Books
Release Date: March 12, 2015
Available at: Extasy Books & Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Don’t mess with the mate of a platypus, or you’ll feel the pain of his venom.

Flex had no idea that when a friend that he presumed dead, would come to his beach, not only with an army, but his mate. Flex’s life is forever changed, when he has to fight his instincts to protect his mate, Prescott, when the anti-venom can stand on his own.
With Mission Territory being taken back, the two will have to travel back, facing dangers, while having to figure out how two opposites can make a mating work as a territory war continues.

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Audio Review: Forgiving Thayne by J.R. Loveless

Reviewed by Susan65

25694480Title: Forgiving Thayne
Author: J.R.Loveless
Narrator: Derrick McClain
Series: True Mates #2
Heroes: Nicholas Cartwright/Thayne Whitedove
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 11 Hours, 51 Minutes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: June 4, 2015
Available at: Amazon, Audible and iTunes
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Nicholas Cartwright has done everything in his power to forget that night six months ago in Senaka, when his true mate rejected him, leaving him shattered and disillusioned. Burying himself in his work, he pushes himself to the point of exhaustion while finding the touch of another unbearable. Suddenly his mate needs his help, and he may be asking for more than Nicholas can find it in himself to give.

Thayne Whitedove has always been a wanderer, spending his days on the road and his nights wrapped in the arms of whatever random hookup he meets, until a fateful mistake sends him rushing for the comforts of home. To his utter dismay, the only way to correct his error in judgment is to accept the one thing he’s never wanted… his mate. Thayne must decide whether to keep running or to stay and fight for Nick’s forgiveness.
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Book Review: Take Your Best Shot by Starlight by Yolande Kleinn

Reviewed by Nikyta

take-your-best-shot-by-starlightTitle: Take Your Best Shot by Starlight
Author: Yolande Kleinn
Series: 2015 Daily Dose – Never Too Late
Heroes: Halden & Isaac
Genre: M/M Scifi
Length: 23 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: June 1, 2015
Available at: Dreamspinner PressAmazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Halden Blake was a good soldier and a good man. He never intended to be a hero, and he definitely never intended the events that landed him in intergalactic politics. Now, three presidential terms later, Halden must decide if running for office again is worth five more years of putting his own life on hold.

Isaac Knox has been President Blake’s public liaison from the start, an ally and friend through difficult times. Halden has always carefully resisted thoughts of more, and Isaac has never given any hint of returning his guarded attraction. But when Halden finds himself struggling with questions about his own future, Isaac makes a surprising offer that could change everything.
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Audio Review: Bowl Full of Cherries by Raine O’Tierney

Reviewed by Nikyta

6182pimebkl-_sl300_Title: Bowl Full of Cherries
Author: Raine O’Tierney
Narrator: Seth Clayton
Series: The Avona Tales #1
Heroes: Crowley & Averell
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 15, 2015
Available at: Dreamspinner Press, Amazon & Audible
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Porker, Fatty, Tons-of-Fun: Crowley Fredericks has heard it all. He’s dropped a lot of weight since his high school days, but he’s still a big guy, and the painful words and bullying follow him. Rejected—again—because of his size, Crowley is starting to think that maybe love just isn’t meant for huskier men.

Averell Lang and his twin are so different they might as well not even be related. So when Rell’s brother brings his roommate home to snowy Susset for the holidays, Rell expects the worst—another uptight, pretentious hipster. What he discovers instead is Crowley. Nerdy, fascinating, attractive, Crowley. Rell never expected to look at a man this way, and what he sees in Crowley Fredericks is something he didn’t even know he was looking for. If both men can overcome their hang-ups, they might unwrap more than presents this holiday season.
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Book Review: Kithric’s Mountain by Jessica Payseur

Reviewed by Nikyta

kithrics-mountainTitle: Kithric’s Mountain
Author: Jessica Payseur
Series: 2015 Daily Dose – Never Too Late
Heroes: Kithric & Ylfrin
Genre: M/M Fantasy
Length: 30 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: June 1, 2015
Available at: Dreamspinner PressAmazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Kithric, an aging dragon tamer, leads a solitary life atop his mountain, until the day he accidentally traps a dragon that is more than he seems. Expecting to be killed for capturing a dragon shifter, Kithric instead finds himself spared and left to deal with his continued solitude.

He finds he can’t be rid of Ylfrin the dragon shifter that easily, though, and as Ylfrin continues to return, bit by bit Kithric begins to fall for him and starts to value using what life he has left to the fullest. But before he and Ylfrin can explore their feelings, they must first confront dangers and corrupt forces encroaching from outside Kithric’s Mountain.
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