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Dual Book Review: Hiding in Plain Sight by Bru Baker

Reviewed by Ami and Nikyta

Title: Hiding in Plain Sight
Series: Camp H.O.W.L. #3
Author: Bru Baker
Heroes: Harris/Jackson
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 256 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: September 18, 2018
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Happily ever after is right under their noses.

Harris has been keeping a big secret for years—his unrequited mate bond with his best friend, Jackson. He’s convinced himself that having Jackson in his life is enough. That, and his work at Camp H.O.W.L., keeps him going.

Things get complicated when Jackson applies for a high-ranking Tribunal job in New York City—far from Camp H.O.W.L. The position requires he relinquish all Pack bonds… and that’s when his wolf decides to choose a mate. Suddenly Jackson sees his best friend in a sizzling new light.

Their chemistry is through the roof, but they’re setting themselves up for broken hearts—and broken bonds—if Jackson can’t figure out a way to balance his career and the love that’s just been waiting for him to take notice. Continue reading

Categories: 4 Star Ratings, Ami's Reviews, Book Review, LGBT, Nikyta's Reviews, Published in 2018 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Dual Book Review: Under a Blue Moon by Bru Baker

Reviewed by Ami & Nikyta

Title: Under a Blue Moon
Author: Bru Baker
Series: Camp H.O.W.L. #2; Dreamspun Desires #22
Heroes: Nick & Drew
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 228 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: June 19, 2018
Available at: Dreamspinner PressAmazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Once in a blue moon, opposites find they’re a perfect match.

Nick Perry is tired of helping people with their marriages, so when a spot opens up to work with teens at Camp H.O.W.L., he jumps at it. He doesn’t expect to fall in lust with the dreamy new camp doctor, Drew Welch. But Drew is human, and Nick has seen secrets ruin too many relationships to think that a human/werewolf romance can go anywhere.

Happy-go-lucky Drew may not sprout claws, but he’s been part of the Were community all his life. He has no trouble fitting in at the camp—except for Nick’s stubborn refusal to acknowledge the growing attraction between them and his ridiculous stance on dating humans. Fate intervenes when one of his private practice patients threatens Drew’s life. Will the close call help Nick to see a connection like theirs isn’t something to let go of? Continue reading

Categories: 4 Star Ratings, Ami's Reviews, Book Review, LGBT, Nikyta's Reviews, Published in 2018 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Into the Mystic, Volume Three Anthology: Exclusive Excerpt & Giveaway!

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Exclusive Excerpt from Heart’s Thaw

by Bru Baker

The day was hardly one made for riding, between the gray skies and the cool temperature, but Calliope had not been able to dissuade Lady Helena from her daily outing.
Not that Calliope blamed her. Their daily ride was Helena’s only time to let her hair down and be herself. Figuratively, of course. A woman of Lady Helena’s station would never be so coarse as to actually be seen in public with her hair unbound.
They were at the midpoint of their ride, the eastern forest, where they often stopped to let the horses drink their fill in the stream while they dismounted and explored. Calliope enjoyed this part most of all—Helena was freer with her language and quick to laugh and play, hidden by the trees and a good forty minute’s hard ride from her duties as Her Ladyship, daughter and only child of the Duke of Keering, Helena Alexandra Gertrude Heart.
“Shall we swim this summer?” Calliope asked, dangling her fingers in the icy stream. “It is cold now, but it would feel divine in the heat of August.”
“I think not,” Helena answered primly, but a smile twitched her lips. “What would become of us if someone stumbled upon us?”
Calliope laughed. They’d never once seen another person on their outings, and they had been riding this circuit for four years. Helena’s desire to explore the estate had been a large part of the reason Calliope had been brought on as her companion.
“Ah, the scandal if someone saw your dainty ankles,” Calliope teased. “You would be married by sundown.”
Helena swatted her. “No marriage talk. Not even in jest.”
It was a sore subject. Many suitors had bid for Helena’s hand, but Helena rebuked them all. Her doting father had yet to force her to wed, but from the way the tongues wagged in the court, Calliope thought it was only a matter of time before his indulgence ended.
But that was a problem for another time. Calliope leapt up from the mossy stone she’d been perched on and flicked water from her hand at Helena, who shrieked and ran. They chased each other through the trees, breathless with laughter, until a sight brought them both up short.
There was a man in their forest. He was draped in fine linens and dripping in jewels that highlighted his ethereal beauty, lounging against a tree. He watched them with dark eyes, and Calliope shivered with unease. She looked around wildly for companions but found none. He was far too finely dressed to be travelling alone. This had to be some sort of trap.
“How fortuitous,” he said, his voice like honey. “I find myself abandoned in the wood and in need of assistance, and two lovely maidens appear.”

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Book Review: Homemade from the Heart by Bru Baker

Reviewed by Ami

Title: Homemade from the Heart
Author: Bru Baker
Series: 2017 Advent Calendar Daily – Stocking Stuffers
Heroes: Grant/Josh
Genre: M/M Contemporary Holiday
Length: 55 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 1, 2017
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb:Craft store owner Grant has always been a sucker for a pretty face, and that goes double for a pretty face with an adorable sidekick. When seven-year-old Aubrey has her heart set on taking Grant’s already-full holiday craft series, he caves and gives up his one day off a week so she (and her hot guardian, Josh) can take private lessons. Their flirting ramps up week after week, and even though Josh isn’t with Aubrey’s mother, Grant can’t be sure the man isn’t straight. Maybe he’s just being friendly. And Josh, who most definitely is not straight, is afraid of being the creepy guy hitting on the teacher.

Frustrated by their stubbornness and cluelessness, Aubrey takes matters into her own hands. She decides the best gift to give Josh is something homemade and from the heart—a boyfriend they’ll both love.   Continue reading

Categories: 3.5 Star Ratings, Ami's Reviews, Book Review, LGBT, Published in 2017 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Dual Book Review: Camp H.O.W.L. by Bru Baker

Reviewed by Ami and Nikyta

Title: Camp H.O.W.L.
Author: Bru Baker
Heroes: Adrian Rothschild/Tate Lewis
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 104 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: November 1, 2017
Available at:  Amazon & Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Moonmates exist, but getting together is going to be a beast….

When Adrian Rothschild skipped his “werewolf puberty,” he assumed he was, somehow, human. But he was wrong, and he’s about to go through his Turn with a country between him and his Pack—scared, alone, and eight years late.

Dr. Tate Lewis’s werewolf supremacist father made his Turn miserable, and now Tate works for Camp H.O.W.L. to ease the transition for young werewolves. He isn’t expecting to offer guidance to a grown man—or find his moonmate in Adrian. Tate doesn’t even believe in the legendary bond; after all, his polygamist father claimed five. But it’s clear Adrian needs him, and if Tate can let his guard down, he might discover he needs Adrian too.

A moonmate is a wolf’s missing piece, and Tate is missing a lot of pieces. But is Adrian up to the challenge?

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Categories: 3.5 Star Ratings, 4.5 Star Ratings, Ami's Reviews, Book Review, LGBT, Nikyta's Reviews, Published in 2017 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Dual Book Review: More Than Okay by Bru Baker

Reviewed by Ami and Morgan 

31707991Title: More Than Okay
Author: Bru Baker
Heroes: Jake/Connor
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 58 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: September 28, 2016
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb:  Something in Jake’s relationship with Connor is changing, and not for the better. The only thing that’s been growing between them recently is silence, and when Connor starts lying about where he’s been and slipping out of bed at night, Jake fears the worst.

Jake gets the surprise of his life when he finds out what Connor has really been doing. It couldn’t be further from what he’d expected. Instead of ending the relationship, Connor has been building up to taking the next step together with a huge romantic surprise for Jake.

The scare shows Jake what’s really important, and the ordeal might make them stronger and bring them closer together than ever before.
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Categories: 2 Star Ratings, 2.5 Star Ratings, Ami's Reviews, Book Review, LGBT, Morgan's Reviews, Published in 2016 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: Talk Turkey by Bru Baker

Reviewed by Nikyta

TalkTurkeyTitle: Talk Turkey
Author: Bru Baker
Series: Sleigh Ride – 2015 Advent Calendar
Heroes: Carson & Tom
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 58 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 1, 2015
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Carson is a California transplant settling into life in the Windy City. On his first Christmas away from home, he assures his worried family he’ll be having a real Christmas dinner.

Recent culinary school graduate Tom Stockton earns some extra money giving out cooking advice at the Talk Turkey hotline. Tom’s honeyed voice and sharp sense of humor are attractive to the lonely Carson, and Carson finds reasons to call the hotline again and again. But on Christmas Eve, Carson’s call is less playful and more panicked with the big meal looming. Carson is just looking for advice, but Tom has a surprise in store that might lead to much more.
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Categories: 4 Star Ratings, Book Review, LGBT, Nikyta's Reviews, Published in 2015 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: King of the Kitchen by Bru Baker

Reviewed by Nikyta

KingoftheKitchenTitle: King of the Kitchen
Author: Bru Baker
Heroes: Beck & Duncan
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 200 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: November 06, 2015
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Rising kitchen talents Beck Douglas and Duncan Walters have been on the foodie paparazzi radar for years, since their status as heirs to two of the biggest celebrity chef empires around makes them culinary royalty. Beck is known for his charm and traditional food as cohost of his uncle’s popular TV cooking show, while Duncan earned himself a reputation as a culinary bad boy, both for his refusal to work in his father’s restaurants and his avant-garde approach to cooking.

They’re also heirs to a food rivalry that could put the Hatfields and McCoys to shame, and when they’re photographed in the middle of a heated argument, the press goes wild with speculation. Damage control ensues, with a fake friendship engineered by PR cronies that leaves both of them secretly pining for more.

Beck chafes under his uncle’s micromanagement, and Duncan’s relationship with his homophobic father becomes even more tenuous when Beck and Duncan start getting closer. It’s hard to hide their chemistry on national television when Duncan joins Beck’s cooking show, but they won’t be able to take their relationship—or their careers—to the next level without breaking a few eggs.
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Categories: 4.5 Star Ratings, Book Review, LGBT, Nikyta's Reviews, Published in 2015 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Giveaway Winners!

It’s time to pick some giveaway winners! Woohoo!

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The winner of an eBook copy of The Devil’s Ride hosted K.A. Merikan is… Continue reading

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Honorary Blogger Bru Baker: Need A Holiday Escape? Read A Book (Or Two!) + Giveaway!

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Need A Holiday Escape? Read A Book (Or Two!)

by Bru Baker

I’ve always been a sucker for sappy Christmas stories. It’s probably because my real-life holidays are so very far from perfection. The first time I hosted Thanksgiving dinner, I dropped the turkey on the floor about five seconds after it came out of the oven. And forget having a pretty tree. Glass ornaments are banned in my household because my cats think they are feather-light kitten ninjas, but they’re actually pudgy middle-aged klutzes, so the tree ends up on the floor several times each season. And that’s not even touching on the ridiculous things that my kids manage to get up to every December.

Anyway, try as I might to have idyllic holidays, my reality is more Norman Bates than Norman Rockwell. My holiday experiences so far this year:

Sick children: “Well, that’s what happens when you eat ALL the Advent calendar candy on the first day.”

To the cats: “Christmas trees are not for climbing.”

About the cats: “Yes, Santa will still fill your stocking even if a cat peed on it, as long as we wash it.”

To the children: “Christmas trees are not for climbing.”

DIY ornaments: “NO! That glitter bottle is upside down! Don’t open…oh God.”

My annual nutcracker hospital: “Nutcrackers aren’t made for battle, even though they look like soldiers. Now pass me the glue.”

And my favorite: “Did you tell your sister to climb up the chimney to check for Santa? DID YOU?”

So no, there’s never going to be a perfect Christmas in this household. (Hell, at this point I’d settle for one with no ER trips.) And that’s okay, since I can live vicariously through my characters. My first published work was Traditions from the Heart, a short in the 2012 Dreamspinner Press Advent calendar, so I have a history of writing fluffy, gooey feel-good stories for the holiday. This year I have two holiday novellas, and both of them uphold my tradition of being tooth-rottingly sweet.

The Magic of Weihnachten is part of the 2014 Dreamspinner Press Celebrate! Advent calendar. All of the books in the calendar this year feature stories set outside the United States, highlighting holiday traditions from other cultures. Mine is set in Germany, mostly because of my love of German Christmas treats. They feature in pretty heavily, as do some of the fun traditions that my German cousins used to love, like the enormous Christkindlmarkts and getting a boot full of candy from St. Nikolaus on Nikolaustag.

Other traditions, like the adorable kids parading through the streets dressed as the Magi, I stumbled across in my research. Since my research travel budget is zero, sadly I had to rely a lot on the Internet and whatever stories I’d picked up from my cousins over the years. I also took a few liberties with time lines, having things like the chalk house blessing that usually doesn’t occur until Epiphany happen earlier than they actually would because it worked better in the story. (Sorry!)

My other holiday novella, Late Bloomer, takes place a little closer to home. It’s set on a Christmas tree farm in Michigan, where David and Erik bond over their shared exasperation for working retail over the holidays, with all the crowds and Christmas music set on repeat that it entails.

The story starts off on Thanksgiving, and it doesn’t quite make it all the way through to Christmas, so it’s not a Christmas story exactly—more like a story about loneliness during the holidays and realizing that the front people put up isn’t always who they really are.

I’m giving away a copy of Traditions from the Heart to help get you in the holiday spirit. Aaron and Ben make new traditions as they spend their first Christmas together, with a lot of adorable fluff (and a goat!) along the way.

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About The Magic of Weihnachten

MagicofWeihnachten[The}LGAmerican Walsh Brandt is happy when a promotion lands him his dream job and a quiet new life in Germany. Until December rolls around, when he realizes it’s almost impossible to hide from the holiday season in Germany.

Dierck Reiniger is fascinated by Walsh’s hatred of Christmas and makes it his personal mission to help Walsh enjoy Weihnachten and the German traditions he grew up with. Walsh has a great time getting to know Dierck—but he still isn’t sold on Christmas, despite Dierck’s efforts. Dierck’s on the rebound, and he’s determined to develop their physical relationship slowly, much to Walsh’s frustration. It isn’t until they’re alone in a secluded cabin—hiding from the traditional trappings—that Walsh finally recognizes what the magic of the season can bring when spent with someone special.

Available at: Dreamspinner Press, AmazonAll Romance eBooks

Don’t forget to check out Nikyta’s review of The Magic of Weihnachten to see what she thought of it!

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About Late Bloomer

LateBloomerLGIf not for his family and his Christmas tree farm, David Rochester would be a recluse. And Erik Shriver wouldn’t know a quiet moment if it smacked him in the face. But now David’s farm has brought them together. When Erik’s flurry of bad jokes and frenetic energy sets David off kilter, his family notices and begins conspiring. They push David and a very willing Erik together again and again until David stops denying his attraction. But an almost-hermit and a soon-to-be-former club boy each bring baggage into a relationship. They’ll have to take things slowly to find the middle ground between David’s taciturn silence and Eric’s boundless chatter.

Available at: Dreamspinner PressAmazon, & All Romance eBooks

Don’t forget to check out Nikyta’s review of Late Bloomer to see what she thought of it!

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About Bru Baker

cropped headshot Bru BakerBru Baker is a freelance journalist who writes for newspapers and magazines. Fiction makes her happiest, whether it’s creating her own characters or getting caught up in someone else’s. She and her husband live in the Midwest with their two young children, whose antics make finding time to write difficult but never let life get boring.

Visit Bru online at http://www.bru-baker.com or follow her on Facebook and Twitter. Her next release is the third book in the Dropping Anchor series, Playing House, out on Dec. 22.

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Bru has graciously offered up an eBook copy of Traditions from the Heart to one lucky winner!! The giveaway starts now and ends December 19, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. To enter, just click the link below!

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