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Book Review: Risk Aware by Amelia C. Gormley

Reviewed by JustJen

29231360Title: Risk Aware
Author: Amelia C. Gormley
Heroes: Geoff Gilchrest/Robin Brady
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 310 Pages
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: May 9, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb:  Tattoo artist Geoff Gilchrest is convinced his life is some sort of cosmic joke. Why else would a hemophiliac also be a masochist? He’s given himself more than one elbow bleed since puberty just doing what guys do when alone and bored, so forget about whips and chains. How many partners would contemplate playing with someone even a mild flogging could kill?

Gallery owner Robin Brady knows he can deliver what Geoff needs: to be taken to the edge of danger but never beyond. But Robin came to Saugatuck to get away from the leather scene and heal from a betrayal by his former sub, so he’s not sure he should get involved with Geoff. His ambivalence isn’t helped by the fact that Geoff’s unwillingness to communicate about his well-being hits Robin in some very raw places.

Geoff’s hemophilia isn’t the obstacle he thinks it is. Instead, a lack of trust—on both their parts—is what could end them before they have a chance to begin.
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Honorary Blogger Amelia C. Gormley: Gaming While Female: Why I Wrote Player vs Player + Giveaway!

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Gaming While Female: Why I Wrote Player vs Player

by Amelia C. Gormley

Hi, and welcome to the Player vs. Player blog tour!

In my last post on the tour, I described how being a gamer led me to publishing original m/m romance. Now I want to take the opportunity to discuss some of the background that led me to write Player vs. Player specifically.

Dragon Age: Origins was groundbreaking in that it was one of the first RPGs to allow same-sex romances. But one bone of contention was that there were some characters who were inaccessible for a same-sex relationship (unless you used player-made modifications to get around those restrictions, which were by no means perfect because they might result in characters referring to your male player character as female or vice versa.) Alistair, the sweet and awkward bastard heir to the throne, hit even my gaydar (which is almost non-existent) but he could only be romanced by a female PC.

Meanwhile, the love interest characters who were capable of being romanced by player characters of the same sex were also available for romance by player characters of the opposite sex. In fact, there was some well-deserved backlash against a moment where bisexual Zevran tells his love interest that he’s amenable to men, but he prefers women. “You’re not my first choice, but you’ll do.” Just what every gay guy wants to hear from the man they love, right?

So in other words, a straight player character would have two romance options in the gender of their choice, but a gay player character would have only one (of course, a bisexual PC would have three, but I digress.)

My point is that there was a lot of discontent over the fact that Alistair wasn’t an option for a gay or bi male player character (some of whom were female players of every orientation wanting to play as a male character) and Morrigan was only available for romance by a male player character.

Then Dragon Age II came out, and BioWare did something new. They made ALL the characters who had romance storylines available to player characters of either gender. There was endless discussion about whether this meant your PC had four bisexual companions, or whether the character was simply “Hawke-sexual” (Hawke being the name of the player character.)

This was really great for the players who felt restricted by the romance option limitations in Dragon Age: Origins, but it resulted in a torrent of new complaints from straight dude-bro gamers whose masculinity was threatened by the fact that a male character might flirt with them until they chose the dialogue option to let him know they weren’t interested (at which point they felt they were being penalized because it would lose them approval points from the character in question.)

One particularly vocal complainer made repeated threads saying that BioWare was neglecting its core demographic, the straight male gamer. David Gaider, the lead writer for Dragon Age: Origins and Dragon Age II, had a rather brilliant rebuttal to that. While Gaider is by no means an un-problematic figure, sometimes he gets it very, very right, and this was one of those times.

But the dude-bro gamers weren’t done with their toxic attacks against BioWare writers. In the summer of 2012, former BioWare writer Jennifer Hepler created a twitter account. Within days, someone had resurrected a years-old post she made where she suggested that gaming might trend in the direction of offering players an opportunity to skip the hack-and-slash combat and simply walk through the story.

This is by no means a new suggestion. Disabled gamers have often complained about the need to play through grueling battle sequences they might not even be physically capable of getting through in order to progress through the game. Overpowered player-made modifications to put the player character into “god mode” and thus end combat with a click of a button have been in place almost since the beginning. As gaming becomes more story-centric and less focused on combat mechanics, a “tourist mode” is a common-sense evolution.

For this, Hepler was called “the cancer that is killing BioWare.” (Trigger Warning for, like, everything, especially if you venture down the rabbit-hole of the comments or the links to Reddit.) Her phone number was made public and she began receiving harassing calls, as well as tweets and emails that included rampant misogyny and graphic threats to kill her children.

BioWare spoke up in her defense, but it took several days and possibly was only due to the fact that the feminist BioWare fans were very vocal about demanding that they do so.

Then, later that same year, came Anita Sarkeesian and her Tropes vs. Women in Video Games Kickstarter. (Again, extreme trigger warning, both for these links and anything I discuss past this point.)

It seems like a fairly straightforward project, right? Discuss video games and the way they handle portrayals of female characters. Well, apparently this was infuriating enough to the dudebro gamers that they posted violent and toxic comments on the YouTube video for the Kickstarter project. They launched DDoS attacks against the Feminist Frequency website and reported her YouTube channel and KickStarter page for hate speech and promoting terrorism. They vandalized her Wikipedia page, and created obscene memes about her and even a created a game that would “punch” her and create a bruise each time you clicked on her face.

If you would like to see Anita describe the events in her own words, I highly recommend her TED talk video.

Now, you’ve probably heard rumblings recently about something called GamerGate and more misogynist attacks on women in gaming. But I wrote Player vs. Player before any of that happened. Just based on the incidences I’ve mentioned above. And those were more than enough.

But then since August, the misogynist terrorism leveled against women in the gaming industry has reached new lows. I’ve complained that I wrote PvP a year too early, because I was already done editing it by the time GamerGate rolled around.

What is GamerGate? Others have said it better than I. This is a particularly enlightening series of tweets, complete with screencaptures of the plotting behind GamerGate. In short, it’s a targeted campaign of misogynist harassment and terrorist threats against female game developers, journalists, and feminist critics of gaming like Anita Sarkeesian. And yes, when I say terrorism, I mean that quite literally.

In other words, it’s everything Player vs. Player is about. When I started writing PvP, I came at it from the mindset of, “Wow, these incidences of threats and harassment are really scary, because what if one of these dudes decides to up the ante?” Because that’s what bullies do. They egg each other on, encourage each other to get more and more outrageous and violent, and eventually someone decides to take it past verbal harassment and make it physical.

Thankfully, that hasn’t happened yet. But we’re seeing people driven from their homes by credible threats following the leaking of their personal and physical contact information by these guys. And that’s truly terrifying.

So that’s why I wrote Player vs. Player. That’s where it came from.

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About Player vs. Player

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Pushing for change can be dangerous when change starts pushing back.

Video game writer Niles River loves the work he does at Third Wave Studios: creating games with mass appeal that feature women, people of color, and LGBTQ characters. To make his job even better, his best friend is his boss, and his twin brother works beside him. And they mostly agree that being on the forefront of social change is worth dealing with trollish vitriol—Niles is more worried about his clingy ex and their closeted intern’s crush on his brother than he is about internet harassment.

But now the bodies on the ground are no longer virtual, and someone’s started hand-delivering threats to Niles’s door. The vendetta against Third Wave has escalated, and to make matters worse, the investigating detective is an old flame who left Niles heartbroken for a life in the closet.

No change happens without pain, but can Niles justify continuing on with Third Wave when the cost is the blood of others? If he does, the last scene he writes may be his own death.

Available at: Riptide Publishing & Amazon

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About Amelia C. Gormley

Amelia C. Gormley may seem like anyone else. But the truth is she sings in the shower, dances doing laundry, and writes blisteringly hot m/m erotic romance while her son is at school. When she’s not writing in her Pacific Northwest home, Amelia single-handedly juggles her husband, her son, their home, and the obstacles of life by turning into an everyday superhero. And that, she supposes, is just like anyone else.

Her self-published novel-in-three-parts, Impulse (Inertia, Book One; Acceleration, Book Two; and Velocity, Book Three) can be found at most major online book retailers, and be sure to check Riptide for her latest releases, including her Highland historical, The Laird’s Forbidden Lover, the The Professor’s Rule series of erotic novelettes (co-written with Heidi Belleau), the post-apocalyptic romance, Strain, her New Adult contemporary, Saugatuck Summer, and of course, Player vs. Player, available now. She is presently at work on two more novels set in the Strain universe, Juggernaut and Bane, coming summer/fall of 2015.

You can contact Amelia on Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, BookLikes, Tumblr, or contact her by email using the form at http://ameliacgormley.com/.

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Every comment on this blog tour enters you in a drawing for a choice of one a book from my backlist (excluding Player vs Player.) Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on December 13th. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries.

Good luck!

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Saugatuck Summer Virtual Book Tour & Give Away

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Hi, and welcome to the Saugatuck Summer blog tour! Thank you to The Blogger Girls.

Reviews for hosting me today! For those of you who have seen me talking about it on social media for the last nearly year and a half, you know that Saugatuck Summer was a labor of love far beyond what I would normally claim for one of my books. Of course I love them all, but Saugatuck Summer came from my very soul. Actually, I’m not certain it came from me at all.

Basically, here’s what happened: One day I was driving along, running errands, and Topher Carlisle whispered one line of dialogue in my ear. Just one. When I asked him what I was supposed to do with that, he promptly took over my brain for fifteen absolutely insane days and at the end I had the first draft of Saugatuck Summer.

Topher’s story of recovery, hope, making mistakes, and growing up just told itself, and the experience of being the conduit for that was at times grueling and heartbreaking, but also euphoric and wonderful. It was one of those experiences that, as a creator of some form of art, be it musical, visual, or literary, you have once or twice in a lifetime if you’re extraordinarily lucky, when you know you’re creating something magical. I’m not sure it will ever happen to me again, but I feel absolutely blessed that this book has come of it.

This week on the Saugatuck Summer blog tour, I’ll be sharing some bonus content from the book and a sneak peek at another upcoming book in the Saugatuck universe. I’ll also be having a heart-to-heart discussion with Marie Sexton about our experiences as adult children of alcoholics and how they translated into writing our ACOA characters from Saugatuck Summer and Family Man, giving you a peek at some of “Jace’s” art, and I’ll be sharing the official Saugatuck Summer soundtrack from a brilliant singer/songwriter of my personal acquaintance, Casey Stratton.

And finally, all week long I’ll be asking trivia questions from Saugatuck Summer and this week’s blog tour articles, and each correct answer emailed to me offers you a chance to win your choice of any of my backlist titles!

So put on your sunscreen and let’s go!

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HOW TO WIN YOUR CHOICE OF ANY SINGLE BOOK FROM MY BACKLIST (all-in-one volumes not included):

At each stop along the blog tour I’ll be asking a trivia question from Saugatuck Summer. Yes, this means some familiarity with the book is required, whether you purchase a copy, have an ARC, or employ the Kindle or B&N lending programs. If you visit some of the other blog tour stops, you might also find the answer in some of the excerpts.

PLEASE DO NOT ANSWER IN THE COMMENTS. Instead, send the answer to me privately by using this contact form. Each response will enter you into the drawing and three winners will be picked. The more questions you answer, the more entries you get. You can choose from any of the following titles:

Inertia (Impulse, Book One) Acceleration (Impulse, Book Two) Velocity (Impulse, Book Three) The Laird’s Forbidden Lover An Inch at a Time (The Professor’s Rule #2) Inch by Inch (The Professor’s Rule #3) Every Inch of the Way (The Professor’s Rule #4) To the Very Last Inch (The Professor’s Rule #5) Strain

(Note: Giving an Inch (The Professor’s Rule #1) is already available free at Riptide, and my pre-Saugatuck novella, The Field of Someone Else’s Dreams, is available for free at Amazon, All Romance eBooks, and elsewhere.)

Again, please do not post your answer in the comments, but submit it to me privately.

To give people time to read and respond, the contest will remain open for one month after the release of Saugatuck Summer. It will close on June 19, and the drawing will be held on June 20.

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SaugatuckSummer_500x750Today’s Saugatuck Summer trivia question:

Chapter 15, what does Robin show Topher that astonishes him?

 One summer can change everything.

Hi, I’m Topher Carlisle: twenty-one, pretty, and fabulous. At least, that’s what I keep telling myself. But let’s get real. Walking the fake-it-til-you-make-it road to independence and self-respect isn’t easy. Especially since my mom’s a deadbeat alcoholic, and most of my family expects me to turn out just as worthless. Oh, and I’m close to losing my college swimming scholarship, so let’s add “dropout” to the list.

My BFF has invited me to stay at her beach house on the shore of Lake Michigan. That’ll give me one summer to make money and figure out what I want to do with my life. So of course I decide to have an affair with my BFF’s married, closeted dad. Because that always works out.

Now I’m homeless, friendless, jobless. Worthless. Just like my family expects, right? Except there’s this great guy, Jace, who sees it differently. He’s got it all together in ways I can only dream of—he’s hot, creative, insightful, understanding. He seems to think I don’t give myself enough credit. And if I don’t watch out, I may start to believe him.

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a0652232934_2Be sure to check out the Saugatuck Summer soundtrack by singer/songwriter Casey Stratton!

Amelia C. Gormley may seem like anyone else. But the truth is she sings in the shower, dances doing laundry, and writes blisteringly hot m/m erotic romance while her son is at school. When she’s not writing in her Pacific Northwest home, Amelia single-handedly juggles her husband, her son, their home, and the obstacles of life by turning into an everyday superhero. And that, she supposes, is just like anyone else.

Her self-published novel-in-three-parts, Impulse (Inertia, Book One; Acceleration, Book Two; and Velocity, Book Three) can be found at most major online book retailers, and be sure to check Riptide for her latest releases, including her Highland historical, The Laird’s Forbidden Lover, the The Professor’s Rule series of erotic novelettes (co-written with Heidi Belleau), the post-apocalyptic romance, Strain, and her upcoming, New Adult contemporary, Saugatuck Summer, available now.

You can contact Amelia on Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, BookLikes, Tumblr, or contact her by email using the form athttp://ameliacgormley.com/about/

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Early Review: Strain by Amelia C. Gormley

Reviewed by Heather C

18460726Title: Strain
Author: Amelia C. Gormley
The Heroes: Rhys Cooper & Darius Murrell
Genre: M/M Romance, Science Fiction, Post-Apocolyptic
Length: 104,300 words
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: February 17, 2014
Available at: Riptide Publishing
Add it to your shelf at: GoodreadsBooklikes

Blurb: In a world with little hope and no rules, the only thing they have to lose is themselves.

Rhys Cooper is a dead man. Cut off from the world since childhood, he’s finally exposed to the lethal virus that wiped out most of the human race. Now his only hope for survival is infection by another strain that might provide immunity. But it’s sexually transmitted, and the degradation he feels at submitting to the entire squad of soldiers that rescued him eclipses any potential for pleasure—except with Darius, the squadron’s respected, capable leader.

Sergeant Darius Murrell has seen too much death and too little humanity. He’s spent a decade putting plague victims out of their misery and escorting survivors to a safe haven he can never enjoy. He’d rather help Rhys live than put him down, so when Rhys can’t reconcile himself to doing what’s necessary to survive, Darius is forced to save Rhys in spite of himself.

But with each passing day, it looks less and less likely that Rhys can be saved. And that means that Darius might soon have to put a bullet in the head of the one person in years who reminds him of what it means to be human. Continue reading

Categories: 4.5 Star Ratings, Book Review, Heather C's Reviews, LGBT, Published in 2014 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments