Posts Tagged With: Fantastic Fiction

Book Review: Inherent Cost by Alicia Cameron

Reviewed by JustJen

25305885Title: Inherent Cost
Author: Alicia Cameron
Series: Hojer – Inherent Gifts #3
Heroes: Jere/Wren
Genre: MM Dystopian
Length: 319 Pages
Publisher: Fantastic Fiction Publishing
Release Date: August 9, 2016
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb:  A train wreck outside Hojer injures Jere and Wren, destroying their anniversary bliss, and thrusting them back into the dangers of their home, where slaves like Wren are treated as animals. While Jere struggles for consciousness, Wren is seized with the other slaves. When Jere comes to the rescue he is furious to find Wren kenneled, neglected, and abused.

For the last two years, Jere has been using his status as a healer to protect Wren and his second slave, Isis. Wren’s controversial fire talent is getting harder and harder to hide, Isis is desperate to escape to her family in a free state, and Jere’s compassion is making enemies of powerful slave owners. Meanwhile, upcoming elections are stirring political unrest. Jere supports a reformation that could improve the lives of Arona’s slaves by treating them in human clinics like Jere’s, instead of sending them to animal healers. But the slavers are only motivated by the threat of an untreatable infectious disease spreading inexorably towards Hojer.

The more Jere becomes involved in politics, the more his clinic and his household come under scrutiny, prompting the Arona slave regulation board to harass Jere, questioning his ability to manage his clinic, and threatening to take away Wren and Isis. The two slaves are preparing to be evaluated, when Jere stumbles upon information that could separate the three of them forever.
Continue reading

Categories: 4.5 Star Ratings, Book Review, JustJen's Reviews, LGBT, Published in 2016 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Book Review: Learning from the Master by Lynn Kelling

Reviewed by JustJen

1Title: Learning from the Master
Author: Lynn Kelling
Series: Bound by Lies #0.5
Heroes: Jenner Parrish/David Davenport
Genre: MM Contemporary BDSM
Length: 50 Pages
Publisher: Fantastic Fiction
Release Date: June 16, 2015
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb:  Most things in life come easily to eighteen-year-old Jenner Parrish, who’s on track to inherit the family business, and is popular, well-liked and good looking. He has everything he could want, except when it comes to love, and sex. Closeted, lonely and desperate, he acquires an invitation to an event at a nearby private gay club, Manse. Feeling out of his element and for the first time quite shy, Jenner is unable to play the wallflower when he captures the attention of the suave, seductive owner of Manse, David Davenport. David is used to getting what he wants, and what he wants is gorgeous young Jenner, who begins to realize every fantasy and wild desire could be his for the taking, if only he dares to ask and obediently serve. (M/M/M – For content labels and excerpt, see details on publisher’s site.)

Note from the author: M/M BDSM Romance novella. It’s part of the Society of Masters and a prequel to Bound by Lies, though it can be read as a standalone story! It also introduces the characters David and Shea from my next novel release, Loving the Master, also coming very soon!
Continue reading

Categories: 4 Star Ratings, Book Review, JustJen's Reviews, LGBT, Published in 2015 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Book Review: Song of the Lonesome Cowboy

Reviewed by JustJen

1Title: Song of the Lonesome Cowboy
Author: Lynn Kelling
Series: Society of Masters
Heroes: Tucker Reynolds/Jess Grayville
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 270 Pages
Publisher: Fantastic Fiction
Release Date: February 10, 2015
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb:  Tucker Reynolds is a rising star in country music. The people from his record label tell him he’s destined to be one of the greats—but only if he fits the “good ol’ boy” image country fans expect from him. The trouble is, that’s not the kind of man’s man Tucker really wants to be. Forced into an unsavory relationship with a record executive and frustrated by his regrettably platonic relationship with his best friend and guitarist, Mags Palmer, Tucker turns to kinky sex with male prostitutes for release. Things hit Tucker’s limit when one of Tucker’s bandmates, Jess Grayville, begins to suspect what’s going on, and puts himself in danger to protect Tucker. Desperate for a way out of his troubles, Tucker realizes only honesty, love, and a true song can save himself and the man who stands by him.
Continue reading

Categories: 4.5 Star Ratings, Book Review, JustJen's Reviews, LGBT, Published in 2015 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Honorary Blogger Lynn Kelling: Hearing Voices + Giveaway!

Honorary_Blogger_Post

Hearing Voices

by Lynn Kelling

Sometimes, when I’m writing a story, the characters completely take me by surprise—doing or saying things I never planned on. This happened in a big way with Arctic Absolution.

Toward the beginning of the story, there is a scene in which Jaye, one of the main characters, is left alone in his cabin with his thoughts. It was a turning point for me. It was when I really began to understand who he is. Before this quiet pause, there is a riot of action. The book opens with Jaye trying to rob a convenience store. After Trooper Dixon Rowe arrives, there are a lot of distractions for Jaye to cope with while trying to talk his way out trouble. Later that night and alone at last in his cabin in the Alaskan wilderness, Jaye abruptly begins hearing voices. Once awakened by some subtle trigger, these voices’ taunting, cruel whispers weave in and out of everything Jaye thinks or speaks.

This wasn’t an aspect of his character I had planned on ahead of time. But, knowing what Jaye had managed to live through, against all odds, I suddenly realized I couldn’t shut out the voices either.

Jaye adjusted his personality and body language, in the heat of the moment and reacting to danger, to play off of Rowe’s sympathies, as well as his libido. It was role playing, and he happily lost himself in pretending to be someone else.

But once Jaye was alone, there was no one else he needed to be. The truth came out.

In prison, and in his life before prison, Jaye had been severely traumatized. He had survived, but not without some scars. Jaye’s mental illness does not define him, but it is also inseparable from who he is. It is constantly altering his experiences. He hears the voices of his attackers, and reacts to sensations and stimuli he knows don’t actually exist. These phenomena create tension, anxiety, and challenge him to try to not respond to people who aren’t really there.

Without diagnosing Jaye, I simply wanted to allow him to be an honest product of his collective experiences. The things Jaye’s “ghosts” say to him are part memory, part direct reaction to Jaye’s fears or hopes. They’re upsetting to hear, but Jaye can’t shut them out—so neither should we.

Barely out of his teens, Jaye has fought for his life more than once. But the only confrontations he’s truly scared of are those he finds at night in the dark; there’s no light, and no one there to assure him that the devil whispering in his ear and caressing his thigh isn’t really there. Weapons don’t work as well when the person you’re trying to defend yourself from is you.

As a man with a devil of his own to deal with, Dixon knows better than to try to fix Jaye or fight his battles for him. Instead, he tries to help Jaye reach hidden, inner reservoirs of strength by holding his hand and thereby letting him stretch just a little farther, to get a little closer to clarity.

For Jaye, nightmares from his past are what—more than anything—challenge him to endure his present moments. That struggle is a universal one. As Buddha said, “Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as your own unguarded thoughts.”

But when inner peace is hard to find, sometimes a loving, patient presence at our side, holding our hand, can be our greatest blessing. That’s what Dixon is for Jaye.

Though Jaye hears voices, it doesn’t mean there’s something wrong with him. It’s his truth; his process to work through the rough spots. As an author, I know something about that. Jaye is one of my voices. Sometimes I want to shut him out, too, but know in my heart I never will.

blogger_bee_trans

About Arctic Absolution

15825603In the frozen expanses of remote Alaska, Dixon Rowe is a good man and a good cop who keeps finding himself in bed with the enemy. After he picks up a young ex-con named Jaye Larson for stealing food, Dixon gets seduced by the possibility of helping someone truly in need. Though he tells himself he’s assisting young Jaye out of the goodness of his heart, not because of how sexy Jaye is under all of the tattoos and defiance, the temptations of sin entangle them as their hostile environment threatens. Both of their pasts are filled with malicious ghosts that haunt every step, and while Jaye’s demons are less tangible that Dixon’s, they are all powerful enough to put both of their lives in danger.

Available at: Fantastic Fiction, Amazon, Smashwords & All Romance eBooks

blogger_bee_trans

About Lynn Kelling

Lynn Kelling began writing in order to tell stories that weren’t afraid of the dark, didn’t hold anything back and always strived to be memorable, forging lasting attachments between character and reader. Her inspiration comes from taking a closer look at behaviors and ideas lurking at the fringes of life – basically anything that people may hesitate to speak of in mixed company, but everyone wonders about anyway. Her work is driven by the taboo in order to expose the humanity within it. Lynn is an artist, designer and lover of any form of creative self-expression that comes from a place of honesty and emotion, whether it’s body art or opera. She has had multiple novels published, has written over 70 works of erotic fiction of varying lengths, and always has several novels in progress.

Find out more about Lynn on her Website, Facebook, Twitter or Forbidden Fiction Story Page.

Blogger_Giveaway

Lynn has graciously offered up an autographed paperback copy of  to one lucky winner!! The giveaway starts now and ends December 22, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. To enter, just click the link below!

Rafflecopter Giveaway

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 JustJen’s review of Arctic Absolution to see what she thought of it!

Good luck!

Categories: Book Promo, Giveaways, Honorary Blogger Post, LGBT, Published in 2014 | Tags: , , , | 15 Comments

Book Review: Threshold by Lynn Kelling

Reviewed by JustJen

3Title: Threshold
Author: Lynn Kelling
Series: A Lynn Kelling Anthology – The Society of Masters
Genre: MM BDSM
Length: 154 Pages
Publisher: Fantastic Fiction
Release Date: September 9, 2014
Available at: Fantastic Fiction and Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb:  Seven stories from one of the master’s of M/M erotic romance, Lynn Kelling. These stories give prequels and other insights into two of her most popular series, Deliver Us and Whatever the Cost–both in the world of The Society of Masters. I have read a few books in that series, but this offering is comprised of basically prequels to those stories.

Expected Lies, Divine Surrender, Never Happened, Pleasures of Paradise, Escape, Trick and Truth, and Between Here and There

 

Continue reading

Categories: 4 Star Ratings, Book Review, JustJen's Reviews, LGBT, Published in 2014 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment