Posts Tagged With: Amy Lane

Audio Review: Deep of the Sound by Amy Lane

Reviewed by Morgan

Title: Deep of the Sound
Author: Amy Lane
Narrator: Nick J. Russo
Series: Bluewater Bey #8
Heroes: Cal McCorkle/Avery Kennedy
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 8 Hours, 12 Minutes
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: May 3, 2017
Available at: Amazon, Audible and iTunes
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Cal McCorkle has lived in Bluewater Bay his whole life. He works two jobs to support a brother with a laundry list of psychiatric diagnoses and a great uncle with Alzheimer’s, and his personal life amounts to impersonal hookups with his boss. He’s got no time, no ambition, and no hope. All he has is family, and they’re killing him one responsibility at a time.

Avery Kennedy left Los Angeles, his family, and his sleazy boyfriend to attend a Wolf’s Landing convention, and he has no plans to return. But when he finds himself broke and car-less in Bluewater Bay, he’s worried he’ll have to slink home with his tail between his legs. Then Cal McCorkle rides to his rescue, and his urge to run away dies a quick death.

Avery may seem helpless at first, but he can charm Cal’s fractious brother, so Cal can pretty much forgive him anything. Even being adorkable. And giving him hope. But Cal can only promise Avery “until we can’t”—and the cost of changing that to “until forever” might be too high, however much they both want it.
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Categories: 4.5 Star Ratings, Audio Review, LGBT, Morgan's Reviews, Published in 2017 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Audio Review: Lights! Camera! Cupid! Anthology

Reviewed by Morgan

lightscameracupid_audiobook-1Title: Lights! Camera! Cupid!
Authors: S.E. Jakes, Amy Lane, Z.A. Maxfield, Anne Tenino and L.A. Witt
Narrators: Nick J. Russo and Dorian Bane
Series: Bluewater Bay #6
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 6 Hours, 22 Minutes
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: September 26, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Audible
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Cupid is visiting Bluewater Bay, and he’s leaving chaos in his wake.

Nothing’s been the same in this sleepy little logging town since Hollywood came to shoot the hit TV show Wolf’s Landing—especially Valentine’s Day.

In L.A. Witt’s Just Another Day, beloved actors Levi Pritchard and Carter Samuels have an announcement for their fans, while in Z.A. Maxfield’s I’ll Be There, actor Spencer Kepler and his boyfriend Nash Holly brave a blizzard and a fan convention to spend their first February the 14th together.

Of course, it’s not just TV stars celebrating the day. In Anne Tenino’s Helping Hand, an aspiring artist eager to escape Bluewater Bay decides he just might have a reason to stay: lust-inspiring logger Gabriel Savage. In SE Jakes’s No Easy Way, a local teacher reconnects with an old lover working security on the film set. And in Amy Lane’s Nascha, a Bluewater Bay elder recalls how his own unconventional family used to celebrate the holiday.

Real life may be nothing like TV, but when Cupid comes to town, there’s plenty of romance and drama to go around.

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Audio Book Review: Christmas Kitsch by Amy Lane

Reviewed by Morgan 

28155477Title: Christmas Kitsch
Author: Amy Lane
Narrator: Nick J. Russo
Heroes: Rusty Baker/Oliver Campbell
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 6 Hours, 17 Minutes
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: December 9, 2015
Available at:  Amazon and Audible
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb:  Sometimes the best thing you can get for Christmas is knowing what you really want.

Rusty Baker is a blond, rich, entitled football player in a high school full of them—just the type of oblivious jock all the bullied kids hate. And he might have stayed that way, except he develops a friendship with out-and-proud Oliver Campbell from the wrong side of the tracks. Rusty thinks the friendship is just pity—Oliver is very bright, and Rusty is very not—but then Oliver kisses him goodbye when Rusty leaves for college, and Rusty is forced to rethink everything he knows about himself.

But even Rusty’s newfound awareness can’t help him survive a semester at Berkeley. He returns home for Thanksgiving break clinging to the one thing he knows to be true: Oliver Campbell is the best thing that’s ever happened to him.

Rusty’s parents disagree, and Rusty finds himself homeless for the holidays. Oliver may not have much money, but he’s got something Rusty has never known: true family. With their help and Oliver’s love, Rusty comes to realize that he may have failed college, but he’ll pass real life with flying rainbow colors.
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Audio Review: Truth in the Dark by Amy Lane

Reviewed by Morgan 

TruthintheDarkAUDMEDTitle: Truth in the Dark
Author: Amy Lane
Narrator: Nick J. Russo
Heroes: Knife/Aerie-Smith
Genre: MM Fantasy
Length: 4 hours, 40 minutes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: September 30, 2015
Available at: Amazon, Audible and iTunes
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: “I am not beautiful…”

Knife’s entire existence has been as twisted as his flesh and his face. The only thing beautiful in his life is his sister. When Gwennie is obliged to turn a suitor down because she fears to leave her brother to the brutality of their village, Knife is desperate for anything to ensure her happiness.

Her suitor’s cousin offers him a way out, but it won’t be easy. Aerie-Smith has been cursed to walk upright in the form of a beast, and his beloved village suffers from the same spell. Aerie-Smith offers Gwen a trousseau and some hope, if only Knife will keep him company on his island for the span of a year and perform one “regrettable task” at year’s end.

Knife is unprepared for the form the island’s curse takes on his own misshapen body. In one moment of magic, he is given the body of his dreams—and he discovers that where flesh meets spirit and appearance meet reality, sometimes the only place to find truth is in the darkness of a lover’s arms.

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Audio Review: A Solid Core of Alpha by Amy Lane

Reviewed by Morgan

1Title: A Solid Core of Alpha
Author: Amy Lane
Narrator: Paul Morey
Heroes: Anderson Rawn/CJ Poulson
Genre: MM Paranormal/Sci-Fi
Length: Book – 320 Pages / Audio – 10 Hours, 58 Minutes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: Book – August 8, 2011 / Audio – September 28, 2012
Available at: Dreamspinner Press, Amazon, Audible and iTunes
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: In an act of heroism and self-sacrifice, Anderson Rawn’s sister saved him from the destruction of their tiny mining colony, but her actions condemned the 13-year-old to 10 years of crushing loneliness on the hyperspace journey to a new home. Using electronics and desperation, Anderson creates a family to keep him company, but family isn’t always a blessing. When Anderson finally arrives, C.J. Poulson greets him with curiosity and awe, because anyone who can survive a holocaust and reinvent holo-science is going to be a legend and right up C.J.’s alley. But the more C.J. investigates how Anderson endured the last 10 years, the deeper he is drawn into a truly dangerous fantasy, one that offers the key to Anderson’s salvation – and his destruction.

In spite of his best intentions, C.J. can’t resist the terribly seductive Anderson. Their attraction threatens to destroy them, because the heart of a man who can survive the destruction of his people and retain his sense of self holds a solid core of alpha male that will not be denied.
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Audio Review: Shiny! by Amy Lane

Reviewed by Morgan 

1Title: Shiny!
Author: Amy Lane
Narrator: Tyler Stevens
Heroes: Will Lafferty and Kenny Scalia
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: Book – 200 Pages / Audio – 6 Hours, 15 Minutes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: Book – February 21, 2014 / Audio – December 8, 2014
Available at: Dreamspinner Press, Amazon, Audible and iTunes
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Will Lafferty and Kenny Scalia are both having sort of a day. Will gets fired for letting fifth graders read Harry Potter, and Kenny finds his boyfriend and his sex toys in bed with a complete stranger. When Will knocks over Kenny’s trash can-and strews Kenny’s personal business all over the street-it feels like the perfect craptastic climax to the sewage of suckage that has rained down on them both.

But ever-friendly, ever-kind Will asks snarky Kenny out for a beer-God knows they both need one-and two amazing things occur: Kenny discovers talking to Will might be the best form of intercourse ever, and Will discovers he’s gay.

Their unlikely friendship seems like the perfect platonic match until Will reveals how very much more he’s been feeling for Kenny almost since the beginning. But Kenny’s worried. Will’s newfound sexuality is bright and glittery and shiny, but what happens when that wears off? Is Will’s infatuation with Kenny strong enough to stay real?
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Categories: 4.5 Star Ratings, Audio Review, Guest Reviewer, LGBT, Published in 2014 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: The Bells of Times Square by Amy Lane

Reviewed by Susan65

1Title: The Bells of Times Square
Author: Amy Lane
Heroes: Nate Meyer
Genre:  MM Historical
Length: 236 Pages
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: December 15, 2014
Available at: Riptide Publishing, Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Every New Year’s Eve since 1946, Nate Meyer has ventured alone to Times Square to listen for the ghostly church bells he and his long-lost wartime lover vowed to hear together. This year, however, his grandson Blaine is pushing Nate through the Manhattan streets, revealing his secrets to his silent, stroke-stricken grandfather.

When Blaine introduces his boyfriend to his beloved grandfather, he has no idea that Nate holds a similar secret. As they endure the chilly death of the old year, Nate is drawn back in memory to a much earlier time . . . and to Walter.

Long before, in a peace carefully crafted in the heart of wartime tumult, Nate and Walter forged a loving home in the midst of violence and chaos. But nothing in war is permanent, and now all Nate has is memories of a man his family never knew existed. And a hope that he’ll finally hear the church bells that will unite everybody—including the lovers who hid the best and most sacred parts of their hearts.
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Honorary Blogger Amy Lane: Stories Untold + Giveaway!

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Stories Untold

by Amy Lane

There is so much that parents try to hide from their children.

We don’t like them to know about Santa or the Tooth Fairy.  We don’t want them to know when money is tight, or when we’ve done something stupid.  We don’t want them to know when bad things happen in the world, and we don’t like to tell them when we’re sad.

Without meaning to, parents very often create an alternative version of reality for their children, a sort of box around the household, creating a place in which their rule is right their version of the family is the only one.  It’s only natural—parenting is terrifying. When the short people start asking “Why? Why? Why?” or “How about this? Or this? Or this?”  Parents know their world is flawed, they know they make mistakes, but God, isn’t their job harder if kids argue back with every frickin’ thing?  Nope, nope nope… better to create a world in which the child is protected, and reality is single faceted, and nobody knows the truth, because the truth is a little bit scary.

So if parents are good at creating this world, grandparents are superb at it. When I was growing up, there were lots of things I didn’t recognize about my grandparents’ relationship that a more adult me can see.  Grandpa could be mean, and Grandma could be manipulative. Grandma once told me that Grandpa was called into service for Korea after he’d settled down and started to raise a family. She said that when he came back, he wasn’t the same man.

My aunts and uncle spoke vaguely at Grandma’s funeral of her long suffering patience, and the things she sacrificed to keep the family together, and to give the kids the best parts of their father.

I can write the story here in the subtext—but the little girl who thought their home was beautiful and they were gods doesn’t want to.

In The Bells of Times Square, Nate is at the end of his life, and a stroke has rendered him without speech. He is left with the story of him and his first lover locked in his heart—his family will never know.  He’s left them with clues, but vague ones, leaving us to wonder—will his family be able to read the subtext? Will his grandson be able to guess? Will he be able to fill in the blanks and write the story?

Or will he remain willfully blind to anything that will paint his beloved grandfather as not the god he’s loved all his life?  Will he be able to look at the secret story and see that even the flaws, the human parts, make his grandfather a better man?

My grandparents aren’t different people for my perception that they were human.  And perhaps growing up is recognizing that all of the grownups we knew as children were just as lost as we are.

Maybe that’s the ultimate comfort.  Not that the people who raised us were perfect, but that they weren’t. Maybe that belief is what will allow us to take risks and break out of the box of perfection we were led to believe existed.  Maybe we can build a better box if we break those perceptions.

But then, each family’s box is different.  Nate’s grandson’s decision was his own to make.  And so was mine.  And the beauty of a story is that you get to take the pieces of the story made just for you and use them to build your own box.

May yours be the best, most truthful box you can afford.

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About The Bells of Times Square

TheBellsOfTimesSquare_500x750Every New Year’s Eve since 1946, Nate Meyer has ventured alone to Times Square to listen for the ghostly church bells he and his long-lost wartime lover vowed to hear together. This year, however, his grandson Blaine is pushing Nate through the Manhattan streets, revealing his secrets to his silent, stroke-stricken grandfather.

When Blaine introduces his boyfriend to his beloved grandfather, he has no idea that Nate holds a similar secret. As they endure the chilly death of the old year, Nate is drawn back in memory to a much earlier time . . . and to Walter.

Long before, in a peace carefully crafted in the heart of wartime tumult, Nate and Walter forged a loving home in the midst of violence and chaos. But nothing in war is permanent, and now all Nate has is memories of a man his family never knew existed. And a hope that he’ll finally hear the church bells that will unite everybody—including the lovers who hid the best and most sacred parts of their hearts.

 Available at: Riptide Publishing & Amazon

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About Amy Lane

Amy Lane exists happily with her noisy family in a crumbling suburban crapmansion, and equally happily with the surprisingly demanding voices who live in her head.

She loves cats, movies, yarn, pretty colors, pretty men, shiny things, and Twu Wuv, and despises house cleaning, low fat granola bars, and vainglorious prickweenies.

She can be found at her computer, dodging housework, or simultaneously reading, watching television, and knitting, because she likes to freak people out by proving it can be done.

Find out more about Amy on her Website, Blog, Twitter, Facebook or Goodreads.

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Hi, and welcome to the blog tour for The Bells of Times Square!  This book is close to my heart– if you read the extra front and back matter in the story, you will see that I drew inspiration from my grandparents and their roles in WWII.  There was a lot of research involved here and also an unusual romance.  I hope you enjoy this stop on the tour, and don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter below for the giveaway of a $10 gift certificate to Riptide Publishing and a signed copy of The Bells of Times Square!  Feel free to comment, or to contact me at any of my links below–I’d love to hear from you!

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Audio Review: Clear Water by Amy Lane

Reviewed by Morgan 

1Title: Clear Water
Author: Amy Lane
Narrator: Robert Nieman
Heroes: Patrick Cleary/Wes Keenan
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: Book – 230 Pages / Audio – 7 hours and 23 minutes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: Book – September 1, 2011 / Audio – July 20, 2012
Available at: Dreamspinner Press, Amazon, Audible and iTunes
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Meet Patrick Cleary: party boy, loser, and spaz. Patrick’s been trying desperately to transform himself, and the results have been so spectacular, they’ve almost killed him. Meet Wes “Whiskey” Keenan: he’s a field biologist wondering if it’s time to settle down. When the worst day of Patrick’s life ends with Whiskey saving it, Patrick and Whiskey find themselves sharing company and an impossibly small berth on the world’s tackiest houseboat.

Patrick needs to get his life together—and Whiskey wants to help—but Patrick is not entirely convinced it’s doable. He’s pretty sure he’s a freak of nature. But Whiskey, who works with real freaks of nature, thinks all Patrick needs is a little help to see the absolute beauty inside his spastic self, and Whiskey is all about volunteering. Between anomalous frogs, a homicidal ex-boyfriend, and Patrick’s own hangups, Whiskey’s going to need all of his patience and Patrick’s going to need to find the best of himself before these two men ever see clear water.

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Categories: 4.5 Star Ratings, Audio Review, Guest Reviewer, LGBT, Published in 2012 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Audio Review: Turkey in the Snow by Amy Lane

Reviewed by Morgan 

1Title: Turkey in the Snow
Author: Amy Lane
Narrator: Gomez Pugh
Heroes: Hank/Justin
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: Book – 102 Pages / Audio – 2 Hours, 32 Minutes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: Book – December 1, 2012 / Audio – September 15, 2014
Available at: Dreamspinner Press, Amazon, Audible and iTunes
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Since Hank Calder’s four-year-old niece Josie came to live with him, his life has been plenty dramatic, thank you, and the last thing he needs is a swishy, flaming twinkie to complicate things. But when Justin, the daycare worker at his gym, offers to do something incredibly nice for Hank – and for Josie – Hank is forced to reconsider. Justin may be flamboyant in his speech and gestures, but his heart and kindness are as rock steady and dependable as anyone, even Hank, could ask for. Can Hank trust in his dramatic “turkey in the snow” to offer his heart the joy he and Josie have never known?
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