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Audio Review: Faking It by Riley Hart and Devon McCormack

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Title: Faking It
Authors: Riley Hart and Devon McCormack
Narrator: Michael Pauley
Series: Metropolis #1
Heroes: Gary/Travis
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 7 Hours, 44 Minutes
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: March 10, 2017
Available at: Amazon and Audible
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: There’s never a dull moment at Metropolis…the condominium known for having the hottest openly gay tenants in town. The boys of Metropolis are always on the prowl for a good time. They like their drinks heavy and their tricks easy.

Gary should be living it up in his South Tower unit of Metropolis, but he’s having a hard time adjusting to his newly single status. It’s not easy to walk away from five years with his ex, who he discovered was cheating on him with some North Tower twink. After a night out partying, licking his wounds, he goes to bed alone. When he wakes the next morning, there’s a naked guy in his bed. Not just any guy. A stud from North Tower. But hot as he is, what the hell is he doing in his room?

Travis Waller doesn’t get why Gary’s freaking out. So he went home with Gary’s roommate and accidentally crawled into the wrong bed. It’s not the first time he’s woken up in a strange place. Maybe Gary would loosen up a little if he gave it a try as well. Travis has more important things to deal with though…like his meeting with an investor who could give him the money to start his massage parlor.

They’re both sure that’s the last time they’ll have to deal with each other until a mix-up leads Gary’s ex and Travis’s investor to think they’re an item, which Gary and Travis use to their benefit by posing as a couple around town. Soon, they discover the chemistry between them is off the charts. Travis brings out a sexual confidence Gary didn’t know he had—one Travis enjoys exploring with him. But as the two keep up their boyfriend hoax, Gary realizes Travis isn’t as shallow as he thought. Gary’s starting to develop feelings for him. But Travis doesn’t do relationships, and Gary should know better, considering they’re just faking it…
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Book Review: Faking It by Riley Hart and Devon McCormack

Reviewed by JustJen

33910880Title: Faking It
Authors: Riley Hart and Devon McCormack
Series: Metropolis #1
Heroes: Gary/Travis
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 235 Pages
Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date: January 17, 2017
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb:  There’s never a dull moment at Metropolis…the condominium known for having the hottest openly gay tenants in town. The boys of Metropolis are always on the prowl for a good time. They like their drinks heavy and their tricks easy.

Gary should be living it up in his South Tower unit of Metropolis, but he’s having a hard time adjusting to his newly single status. It’s not easy to walk away from five years with his ex, who he discovered was cheating on him with some North Tower twink. After a night out partying, licking his wounds, he goes to bed alone. When he wakes the next morning, there’s a naked guy in his bed. Not just any guy. A stud from North Tower. But hot as he is, what the hell is he doing in his room?

Travis Waller doesn’t get why Gary’s freaking out. So he went home with Gary’s roommate and accidentally crawled into the wrong bed. It’s not the first time he’s woken up in a strange place. Maybe Gary would loosen up a little if he gave it a try as well. Travis has more important things to deal with though…like his meeting with an investor who could give him the money to start his massage parlor.

They’re both sure that’s the last time they’ll have to deal with each other until a mix-up leads Gary’s ex and Travis’s investor to think they’re an item, which Gary and Travis use to their benefit by posing as a couple around town. Soon, they discover the chemistry between them is off the charts. Travis brings out a sexual confidence Gary didn’t know he had—one Travis enjoys exploring with him. But as the two keep up their boyfriend hoax, Gary realizes Travis isn’t as shallow as he thought. Gary’s starting to develop feelings for him. But Travis doesn’t do relationships, and Gary should know better, considering they’re just faking it…
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Book Review: Weight of the World by Riley Hart and Devon McCormack

Reviewed by JustJen

31701675Title: Weight of the World
Authors: Devon McCormack
Heroes: Tommy/Zack
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 241 Pages
Publisher: Devon McCormack
Release Date: August 28, 2016
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb:  “The world’s an awfully big thing to carry by yourself.”

Zack lost his job, his apartment, and his hope, which is why he ends up on the roof of a high rise, certain that one final step will solve his problems. But a mysterious stranger named Rob happens to be on the roof that night too. He talks Zack down, convincing him there’s still hope left in the world. Zack thinks maybe he’s right, which is why he’s shocked when he turns on the news the next morning to find out Rob jumped himself. Disturbed and confused, he searches for answers, starting with Rob’s brother Tommy Rayburn.

It’s been Tommy’s job to take care of his brother since they were kids, taking the blows from their father so Rob wouldn’t have to. Tommy thought he could protect him, even if it meant carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders. Considering Rob threw himself off a building, he obviously couldn’t.

Then he meets Zack, a friend of Rob’s who’s suspiciously evasive about how they knew each other. But they’re both grieving and determined to find out why Rob jumped. Answers don’t come easily, and soon they’re soothing each other with sweat-slicked, passionate encounters. Hot as things get in the bedroom, it doesn’t take them long to realize there’s more between them than mind-blowing sex and their pain. But the heaviness is still there, threatening to pull them under, and if they can’t open up with each other to lighten the load, the weight just might be enough to crush them both.
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Book Review: The Night Screams by Devon McCormack

Reviewed by Susan65

25419650Title: The Night Screams
Author: Devon McCormack
Heroes: Cal/Jake
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 220 Pages
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
Release Date: July 28, 2016
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Running naked through the woods, Cal flees the sadistic man who abducted and tortured him. When he stumbles upon a convenience store, he breaks in to steal food. A young store clerk, Jake, confronts him, and they get into a fight that ends with Cal being knocked unconscious. He wakes in the home of Jake’s Uncle Gary, the owner of the convenience store. Realizing Cal needs help, Gary tries to communicate with him, but despite Cal’s efforts, he can’t bring himself to speak. Instead, he writes down his experiences. Horrified by the perverse cruelty Cal endured, Gary takes him to the police, who track down his tormentor.

Abandoned by his parents before his abduction, Cal doesn’t have anywhere to go, so Gary and his wife eagerly welcome him into their home. He feels fortunate to be with such caring people—something he’s never had before. Despite their help, he still can’t find his voice, and he wonders if he ever will. And Jake certainly isn’t making things any easier. It’s clear he doesn’t want Cal to be part of their family. But the more Cal gets to know him, the more he realizes Jake might be the very person who can heal the deep wounds left by his horrifying past.
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Book Review: When Ryan Came Back by Devon McCormack

Reviewed by Nikyta

1Title: When Ryan Came Back
Author: Devon McCormack
Heroes: Steven/Ryan
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 230 Pages
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
Release Date: October 16, 2014
Available at: Dreamspinner Press, Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Steven’s life changes forever the day he discovers his childhood friend and lifelong crush, Ryan Walters, standing in his bedroom. The problem? Ryan Walters committed suicide just days earlier.

Ryan tells Steven that he didn’t kill himself. He believes he was murdered and that his death is linked to an article he was working on for the school paper. Steven sets out to solve the mystery, but as the story unfolds, so does Ryan’s secret life of sex with guys and depression. Steven realizes suicide is more plausible than Ryan’s conspiracy theory, but he struggles to convince Ryan of the real cause of his death. And despite revelations of his friend’s closeted life, he must face the truth that Ryan doesn’t—and never will—love him.

*This review may contain spoilers. Proceed with caution.*
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Honorary Blogger Devon McCormack: The Tricky Nature of Lies + Giveaway!

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The Tricky Nature of Lies

by Devon McCormack

I started writing When Ryan Came Back a little over a year ago. At the time, I knew I wanted to write a Hardy Boys-type book with a paranormal twist. I didn’t have much more of an idea than that until the day I envisioned my main characters, Steven and Ryan. Steven is your typical gay teen with insecurities about his sexual orientation as well as all those that go along with preparing to leave high school and enter the work force/university system. He’s never known who he is or what he wants to do with his life. His friend, Ryan, is the exact opposite. Ambitious and goal-oriented, he’s nabbed a scholarship for a prestigious university and is working to procure a position at the Atlanta Journal Constitution…until the day he turns up dead. The medical examiner determines it’s a suicide, but when Ryan’s ghost appears to Steven, he reveals he didn’t kill himself. Though he can’t remember what happened, he’s sure it’s related to the story he was working on for the paper, involving two rival churches in town.

As Steven investigates the real cause of his death, he discovers secrets being kept by politicians, religious figures, Ryan, and his own family. All these lead him to wonder who he can really trust. As I started drafting the initial versions of When Ryan Came Back, I discovered trust was the heart of the story. Everyone has secrets–things they don’t want people to know about themselves. In Steven’s case, it’s his sexuality. He understands his sexual attraction to guys, and he accepts that he’s gay, but he fears being “out” isn’t going to make his life easier. But as he runs around town, digging up everyone else’s secrets, he learns how little he ever knew about any of them. And if he doesn’t know anything about them, how can he trust them? With Ryan, this is really difficult. Ryan wants his help, but there are things he doesn’t want Steven to know–like his own feelings for men, his previous relationships, and his use of antidepressants. Steven feels betrayed. He’s doing everything he can to help his friend, who isn’t even being honest with him. But he acknowledges he hasn’t been entirely truthful himself. After all, he’s never told Ryan about his sexual orientation. This is where Steven’s real dilemma is. What is a serious lie? What is a lie that is totally unforgivable? And what are those lies that we can forgive and move beyond?

It’s a question that I’ve struggled with a lot in my own life. I spent my adolescence in the closet, and I felt like a fraud. But is living in the closet out of self defense the same thing as a charlatan who knowingly sells a cancer patient a quack cure? Obviously not. In the same way, I’m sure no one would have much sympathy for a German who told the Nazis where Jewish people were hiding because they wanted to be honest. It’s easy to see that lying and keeping secrets isn’t a black and white subject where we can toss a blanket statement over them all and say it’s always wrong to lie in every instance. There’s a beautiful part of Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables where he describes a nun who has been honest her entire life. She’s revered for this. She comes across a moment where she has the option to tell the truth (and keep this good virtue she’s held all her life) or tell a lie (which in the moment will protect the whereabouts a good character). She chooses to lie, and Hugo says her act is one that would make her a saint.

This is the real trick about handling lies and secrets–not throwing a blanket judgment over them all, but  having the ability to look into them and understand them on a deeper level. If someone tells a lie, does that make them a bad person? Does that make them evil? There are some lies we can forgive and understand, but how do we sort those from the ones that are unforgivable? This is really what Steven’s story is all about. He has to move beyond a simplistic perspective of lying into a more mature one that can look beyond a superficial judgment and look for what really makes someone a good person.

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About When Ryan Came Back

1Steven’s life changes forever the day he discovers his childhood friend and lifelong crush, Ryan Walters, standing in his bedroom. The problem? Ryan Walters committed suicide just days earlier.

Ryan tells Steven that he didn’t kill himself. He believes he was murdered and that his death is linked to an article he was working on for the school paper. Steven sets out to solve the mystery, but as the story unfolds, so does Ryan’s secret life of sex with guys and depression. Steven realizes suicide is more plausible than Ryan’s conspiracy theory, but he struggles to convince Ryan of the real cause of his death. And despite revelations of his friend’s closeted life, he must face the truth that Ryan doesn’t—and never will—love him.

Available at: Dreamspinner Press, Amazon and Barnes & Noble

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About Devon McCormack

Devon McCormack spent his childhood climbing trees and hopping over gullies in the woods of the Georgian suburbs. Growing up, he found few gay role models in books and movies. This inadequate representation of gay heroes led him to creating his own. He likes dark, action-packed stories in which characters overcome terrible odds and sinister forces. Though his books take place in worlds where paranormal is the norm, his characters triumph over very real problems by using their strength, will, and determination. A huge fan of love stories, he can’t resist throwing in a couple of charming love interests to make the adventures all the more entertaining. He currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia, and spends his time writing and consuming large quantities of frozen yogurt.

Find out more about Devon on his FacebookTwitter & Goodreads.

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Devon has graciously offered up an eBook copy of When Ryan Came Back to one lucky winner!! The giveaway starts now and ends November 18, 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.

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August Theme Week + Giveaway Winners!

Another week, another dollar! Or, we guess in this case, another review! Hehe

This month we’ve got an exciting Theme Week that we are bursting to share!

So what’s this month’s theme, you may ask?

MOBSTERS! Or mafia… or yakuza… or ex-mafia… or ex-yakuza… or the mob… or gang related… or.. okay, we’ll stop there because we’re SURE you get the gist of it!

This week is all about the criminals (current or former) and organized crime and whatnot!

We are super excited not just because we all seem to love mobsters but also because we’re excited to include our guest reviewers, who will be taking more and more of a part in our Theme and Author Weeks.

So, stick around and check out what reviews will be part of our Mobster Week 😉

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Now, onto other news! We’ve got a TON of giveaway winners to announce!

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Honorary Blogger Devon McCormack: Why Writing YA is Important to Me + Giveaway!

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Why Writing YA is Important to Me

by Devon McCormack

Demons appear to us as black smoke. That’s what you see before they possess you.

The pandemic of demons was contained many years ago, but continual outbreaks are reminders that at any moment they will return and wipe out humanity. Those who were attacked by demons during the pandemic are known as curseds. They’re more likely to become possessed than most, so they are segregated from society and forced to work as slaves for the government.

Luke Retter is sixteen years old. When he was eight, his demon-possessed father killed his mother and sister, gouged out one of his eyes, and severed off one of his hands. Today, Luke works as a janitor for an all-boys Catholic academy. Every day, he watches the other kids his age live normal lives—hanging out, laughing and joking in the halls, and going to school dances. They remind him of what he can never have, of what was so cruelly ripped from him. When he befriends Tom and Zack, two cursed hiding from the system in their own ways, he sees a shimmer of hope—the possibility of happiness in his future. But one night, he wakes to the black smoke and realizes that his troubles are just beginning…

Hideous is my first Young Adult novel, and more importantly, my first gay Young Adult novel. When I was writing the book, it was really important to me to create something that could have appealed to the high school version of myself. I felt a lot of insecurity during those formative years. Aside from the usual cultural stigmas against gays, the absence of representations of gay characters in the books I read and the movies I saw sent a clear message: “This is abnormal and you are not like everyone else.”

My senior year of high school, there was this guy I really liked. His name was Steven, and whenever I thought about him, I got butterflies in my belly and felt prickles in my cheeks. You know, that innocent sort of crush that makes you want to go back in a time machine and stab yourself in the gut. Steven and I were in the drama department. I was a main character in the plays, and he was the lighting guy. He was a goofball. Rail-thin and white as a vampire, he wore these XL button-ups and polos that had the most visually offensive patterns I’ve ever seen in my life. It was incredibly frustrating to find time to talk to him, because when we were working on the play, I was on stage and he was in the lighting booth, which I was forbidden to go into during rehearsals and performances. He was also a junior, and juniors had their own wing in the building, so I rarely ever saw him. There was only one place where we would run into each other in the hall after the last bell, and I made sure to take that route every day, and slow down or speed up accordingly so that I could say “hey” to him as we passed each other. Eventually, I mustered the courage to pull him aside and make small talk.

We had this routine for a while, and during our small talk sessions, we would occasionally just pause and look into each other’s eyes. He would stand there, his green eyes sparkling under the school’s fluorescent lights. It was as if he was waiting for me to make a move. Of course, that could have just been in my head, and at the time, I convinced myself that’s what it was. When prom came around, I fantasized about asking him to go with me. Of course, I couldn’t just ask him. What if he wasn’t gay? What if he told all his friends (some of whom were my friends) and they made fun of me? What if my mom and dad found out?! No, no, no. That wasn’t an option. But I did want to go with him. Everyone else got to take someone that was special to them, so why shouldn’t I?

One afternoon, I pulled him aside. I wanted to say something just to see if he might be interested the way I was, but I really couldn’t figure out a way of going about it that couldn’t result in me being totally outed and humiliated to my friends. I’d planned various approaches, but in the moment, none seemed like they’d work, so I just stuttered through our usual small talk. I didn’t go to prom. That night, I lay in bed, doing homework. Everyone told me that I should go, because I didn’t want to look back and regret missing my senior prom. But I never look back with regret. I look back with disappointment—disappointment that I lived in a world that made me feel so worried and fearful about something that should have been fun and playful, disappointment that I couldn’t enjoy those feelings the way my straight peers were able to.

After senior year ended, my feelings for Steven dissipated, as those early crushes tend to do, and I held on to my secret for several years before grappling with my feelings in my mid-twenties. It’s such a silly story to tell now, because there are more serious issues in life than not asking that one crush to prom. But looking back, I do wish I’d been exposed to more gay stories, to more gay role models—if only so that they could be the representation to let me know that it was okay for me to feel the way that I did, and even if no one around me understood the way I felt…someone…somewhere did. And more than that, to indicate to the straight people around me that we were there and we mattered just as much as they did.

Fortunately, things are getting better. More and more, we’re seeing gay characters appear in mainstream books and movies. This is a wonderful thing, and I hope that this continues until it’s not a big deal or anything noteworthy to see a gay main character in media. I like to believe that one day some kid will pick up my little Young Adult book and see that they aren’t alone, and that it isn’t wrong for them to feel the way they do. Maybe they’ll feel a little more confident in acting on those feelings that they have. Maybe they’ll feel more confident to be who they really are. Even if they aren’t confident enough to act, I hope it gives them relief just knowing they aren’t alone.

If you get a chance, I hope you’ll check out Hideous. It’s available on Amazon and through Dreamspinner’s website. Thanks for having me on the blog today, Blogger Girls!

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About Hideous

1Eight years ago, Luke Retter witnessed the brutal murder of his mother and sister at the hands of his demon-possessed father. He survived but lost a hand and an eye. The demon also burned its emblem into his skin, marking him as a cursed. Those who bear this mark are at risk of becoming possessed themselves, so they are monitored and enslaved by the state-run UCIS. Working as a slave is hard, but Luke prefers it to the possibility of being controlled by a demon.

One night, Luke wakes to find his worst nightmare coming true. His father’s demon has returned. In a panic, he runs to the only person who might be able to help: Zack, a cursed who ran away from the state and created an underground community to protect other fugitive curseds. Zack helps him suppress the demon. But the city’s become a time bomb, and Luke’s demon itches to escape.

With the UCIS closing in on Zack’s underground operation and Luke’s demon crafting its own, nefarious plot, Luke realizes that he must take a stand.

Available at: Dreamspinner Press, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, All Romance eBooks and Kobo

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About Devon McCormack

Devon McCormack spent his childhood climbing trees and hopping over gullies in the woods of the Georgian suburbs. Growing up, he found few gay role models in books and movies. This inadequate representation of gay heroes led him to creating his own. He likes dark, action-packed stories in which characters overcome terrible odds and sinister forces. Though his books take place in worlds where paranormal is the norm, his characters triumph over very real problems by using their strength, will, and determination. A huge fan of love stories, he can’t resist throwing in a couple of charming love interests to make the adventures all the more entertaining. He currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia, and spends his time writing and consuming large quantities of frozen yogurt.

You can reach Devon on his Blog, Twitter or Facebook.

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Devon has kindly offered up an eBook copy of Hideous to one lucky winner!! The giveaway starts now and ends August 1, 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 Hideous to see what she thought of it!

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Book Review: Hideous by Devon McCormack

Reviewed by Nikyta

1Title: Hideous
Author: Devon McCormack
Heroes: Luke/Zack
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 180 Pages
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
Release Date: June 19, 2014
Available at: Dreamspinner Press, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, All Romance eBooks and Kobo
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Eight years ago, Luke Retter witnessed the brutal murder of his mother and sister at the hands of his demon-possessed father. He survived but lost a hand and an eye. The demon also burned its emblem into his skin, marking him as a cursed. Those who bear this mark are at risk of becoming possessed themselves, so they are monitored and enslaved by the state-run UCIS. Working as a slave is hard, but Luke prefers it to the possibility of being controlled by a demon.

One night, Luke wakes to find his worst nightmare coming true. His father’s demon has returned. In a panic, he runs to the only person who might be able to help: Zack, a cursed who ran away from the state and created an underground community to protect other fugitive curseds. Zack helps him suppress the demon. But the city’s become a time bomb, and Luke’s demon itches to escape.

With the UCIS closing in on Zack’s underground operation and Luke’s demon crafting its own, nefarious plot, Luke realizes that he must take a stand.
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