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Book Review: Machine Metal Magic by Hanna Dare

Reviewed by Nikyta

Title: Machine Metal Magic
Author: Hanna Dare
Series: Mind + Machine #1
Heroes: Jaime & Rylan
Genre: M/M Scifi
Length: 204 pages
Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date: May 3 ,2018
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: The galaxy’s a dangerous place. Best not to travel it alone.

It’s been over a century since the AIs rose up and attacked, driving humans from Earth and leaving them scattered across the galaxy. Humanity survives, but always fearful of the technology that allows them travel among the stars, never knowing when it may turn against them once more.

An interstellar fugitive.

For Jaime Bashir, born with the ability to communicate telepathically with computers, his gifts are more of a curse. They also make him a target. On the run, he finds himself among a starship crew, one transporting a mysterious cargo. Even more intriguing is Rylan, the muscled guard watching his every move. Jaime has no reason to trust him, but nowhere else to turn.

A disgraced ex-soldier.

Rylan Slate is looking to leave his past behind. Joining a crew of smugglers is one way to do it. But capturing Jaime is both an opportunity and a danger. He starts out as a prisoner, but then becomes something more, testing loyalties in ways Rylan never expected. Will regaining his honor mean betraying Jaime? Continue reading

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

Honorary Blogger L.M. Brown: Technology – The Bane of Our Lives + Exclusive Excerpt & Giveaway!

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Technology – The Bane of Our Lives

by L.M. Brown

Technology is great, when it’s working properly, but when it goes wrong it can be a frustrating nightmare.  We’ve all been there.  An operating system update that stops our favourite program working correctly, a frozen screen when you haven’t yet saved that amazing scene you just wrote, or even worse the Blue Screen of Death that appears in a flash and signals that your computer has some serious problem that, if you’re like me, you have no clue how to fix.

Technology today does things that most people couldn’t even imagine thirty or so years ago.  So imagine what it might be able to do in another hundred years.

That is part of the concept behind Holographic Havoc.  The story is set in the near future where inventions are becoming more and more complex and are able to do even more than they do now.  I set the story 2102, though considering how quickly our technology evolves, it may be that the invention that the story revolves around is something that is not only around, but already obsolete by the time that year arrives.  Not that I am going to be around to see it any event.

So, what is this invention I am talking about?   

Well, it is a holographic personal assistant that is designed to help the user in all aspects of their life. Whether it is organising meetings, booking a restaurant, doing your shopping, or maintaining a good relationship with the mother-in-law, this fictional invention is there to help.

Amazing right?  

But what about when that piece of technology decides to go wrong?   After all, the more complicated the program, the more likely it is to have bugs that are designed to drive a person completely insane.

I hope you enjoy reading about what happens when Hayden’s holographic assistant develops an unexpected bug.  

Feel free to share your own techie horror stories here – we all have them and it sure is nice to know we are not alone when we’re screaming at our computers to just work!

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About Holographic Havoc

Hayden Knight’s job is simple. All he has to do is sell his father’s latest invention to Tate South, the Acquisitions Manager of the biggest supplier of the best in cutting-edge technology. The virtual assistant is designed to help the user in all aspects of their life, but Hayden views the holographic helper as nothing but a nuisance. Keeping his annoyance to himself is relatively easy until a major technical glitch causes Tate to see and hear Hayden’s assistant.

Hayden and Tate are thrown together while they try to figure out what has happened, and the chemistry between them is electric. Hayden soon finds that convincing Tate that he needs a Holo-Assistant isn’t as important to him as persuading him he needs Hayden in his life.

The attraction is mutual and the sparks fly. If only they could get rid of their holographic third wheel.

Available at: Amazon

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An Exclusive Excerpt from Holographic Havoc

After picking up Hayden’s car, a self-driving sporty model that was as comfortable as it was sleek, they settled in for the journey, with Randy hovering in the back seat.

“What sort of information can the assistant access about individuals? About me?”

“Anything that’s public knowledge.”

“Care to demonstrate?”

“Randy, please tell me everything you know about Tate.”

“Tate South, aged twenty seven, date of birth 6th May 2075. Owner of ED Electronics and Head of Acquisitions.”

“What about personal stuff?” Tate interrupted.

“Personal?” Hayden asked.

“My name, age, job, and stuff like that is all public record. What else can it find out?”

“Randy, personal profile of Tate please.”

“Tate South, single, currently ranked as number ninety in the top one hundred most eligible bachelors in England. Sexual orientation—gay. Sexual health status—clean. Last long term relationship was between February 2097 and October 2100. Infrequent user of gay hook-up app—” Continue reading

Categories: Book Promo, Excerpts, Giveaways, Honorary Blogger Post, LGBT, Published in 2017 | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment

Book Review: North to Zombieville by Meg Bawden

Reviewed by Susan65

29608105Title: North to Zombieville
Author: Meg Bawden
Series: Zombieville #1
Heroes: Dallas/Raleigh
Genre: MM Urban Fantasy
Length: 200 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: May 18, 2016
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: The year is 2028, and Dallas and Raleigh Jenson are torn apart when a worldwide zombie apocalypse ravages their home of Townsville, Australia. After a year of searching, Dallas, a former Australian army rifleman, finally reunites with Raleigh, but it’s not like old times. Not only do they have zombies to contend with, but also other humans, changed by desperation and willing to do anything to survive.

Dallas and Raleigh have changed too. So much so, that Dallas struggles with the idea that Raleigh no longer needs or wants his protection. But they will need to rely on each other and find strength in their love as they are forced to evade zombies and watch their friends die. As they fight for their lives in a brutal landscape where every supply and every step toward a potential cure is a battle to the death, only their trust in each other can keep them from perishing.
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Book Review: Kríe Captivity by Kora Knight

Reviewed by JustJen

29388541Title: Kríe Captivity
Author: Kora Knight
Series: The Nira Chronicles #1
Genre: MM, Sci-Fi
Length: 123 Pages
Publisher: Kora Knight
Release Date: February 29, 2016
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb:  Nira. Astrum Industries’ newest charted planet. Freshly discovered. Wholly unexplored. But that won’t be the case for long. Led by Captain Alec Hamlin, a team of explorers make an emergency landing and are soon confronted by their first Niran native. A huge male Kríe packed with muscle, baring small, black horns and fangs. Fortunately, he’s friendly. Or so he lets them believe.

With the help of his pack, the Kríe takes Alec’s team captive, intending to sell them for profit. But these Nirans aren’t just shrewd, they’re arrogant and domineering. And most of all, extremely sexual. Which explains why, on their journey to peddle their new wares, they feed Alec’s team a powerful aphrodisiac. Nothing like some decadent entertainment on the side. Soon the team finds themselves feverishly trying to resist the growing urge to mount their seductive captors. But as passion prevails and unexpected bonds form, so much more is suddenly at stake. With no time left, will a shift in Kríe perspective be enough to change the fate of Alec’s team?

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Categories: 4 Star Ratings, Book Review, JustJen's Reviews, LGBT, Published in 2016 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: Y Negative by Kelly Haworth

Reviewed by JustJen

25860147Title: Y Negative
Author: Kelly Haworth
Heroes: Ember/Jess
Genre: MM Sci-Fi
Length: 317 Pages
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: November 16, 2015
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb:  In the last surviving cities of a ruined world, the concept of “woman” has been forgotten to history. Those unfortunate enough to lack a Y chromosome live as second-class citizens in a world dominated by mascs.

Ember is Y negative. He is scorned, bullied, abused by every masc he encounters, at work and at the gym. Not even his Y negative roommate cuts him any slack. He wants so desperately to be accepted as a masc that he’d rather buy black market testosterone than food. Something’s gotta give—he needs a change in his life, but has no idea how to find it.

Jess is a masc with a passion for studying the recovery of their devastated world. His boyfriend is pressuring him for more commitment, and his father expects him to take over the family business. He can’t wait to get away from civilization for his seasonal research out in the wild.

When Jess offers Ember a job, their lives collide in the isolated wasteland, and their initial attraction turns into a relationship that horrifies those around them. Soon their struggle to stay together and to be who they are turns into a fight for their lives.
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Categories: 4.5 Star Ratings, Book Review, JustJen's Reviews, LGBT, Published in 2015 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Book Review: Inherent Gifts by Alicia Cameron

Reviewed by JustJen

17284206Title: Inherent Gifts
Author: Alicia Cameron
Series: Hojer #1
Heroes: Jere/Wren
Genre: MM Dystopian
Length: 476 Pages
Publisher: Fantastic Fiction
Release Date: January 31, 2013
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb:  Life was never the same again after The Fall, especially for those born with certain gifts that set them apart from others. Gifts that doomed those like Wren to a life of slavery with no hope of escape or turned a man like Jere into an unwilling master. When a fiery tragedy brings Jere into Wren’s life it becomes clear that this new master is like nobody else Wren has ever known. How does a slave protect himself from someone unpredictable? Can love really exist between master and slave, or will it destroy them both?
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Book Review: Subjection by Alicia Cameron

Reviewed by JustJen

1Title: Subjection
Author: Alicia Cameron
Series: Demoted #1
Heroes: Cashiel/Sascha
Genre: MM Dystopian
Length: 209 Pages
Publisher: Fantastic Fiction Publishing
Release Date: April 28, 2015
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb:  In a world where intellect and achievement are valued above all else, a young man risks everything to save his brother from a life of slavery. Thrown into a harsh, unyielding world where slaves are treated as less than animals, Sascha struggles to come to terms with everything he knows being ripped away from him, but a life of success could never prepare him for his life as one of the Demoted. Sinking lower and lower, Sascha begins to lose hope, but the whim of a mysterious, wealthy man has the potential to change all that.

Cashiel has a dark history that he guards carefully. Between family and business and politics, he rarely has time for a slave, much less a lover. But when he sees a young man who reminds him of the very history he is trying to escape, he makes an impulse decision that he’s not sure whether to regret or not. The slave could expose everything, or he could be the most valuable asset that Cashiel has ever acquired.

Cashiel and Sascha share desires, hopes, and a home. Each man is limited by status, hindered by history, and desperate to succeed. The question is, will that be enough?
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Categories: 4 Star Ratings, Book Review, JustJen's Reviews, LGBT, Published in 2015 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: Short-Circuit His Soul by Alana Ankh

Reviewed by Nikyta

25173559Title: Short-Circuit His Soul
Author: Alana Ankh
Series: Microchips and Purity #2
Heroes: Noah & Logan
Genre: M/M Fantasy
Length: 200 pages 
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: April 13, 2015
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
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Blurb: Noah wasn’t born. He was created, a clone of Guiding Light Uriel, someone superior to him in every way. Noah is an instrument, and he knows it. He believes it, sees it in his mind and in his skin, breathes it every single day of his life—except for the moments he spends with Logan Maxfield. Logan makes him feel loved, makes him think he might have worth beyond being his brother’s copy, and allows him to hope that his secrets and sins might not own him. Even if he knows he has no right to Logan’s affection, he cannot help but seek refuge in Logan’s arms. He cannot help but love Logan.

Against all odds, Logan feels the same. But when Noah’s nightmares start to come true, when the images haunting his dreams invade his reality, their love threatens to be extinguished before it can fully flare into being. Noah is a clone, fading away like the imperfect copy he is. But Logan isn’t about to give up so easily. He belongs to Noah, and he will do everything in his power to save his lover, even if it means short-circuiting his own soul.
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Book Review: Electrify His Heart by Alana Ankh

Reviewed by Nikyta

11Title: Electrify His Heart
Author: Alana Ankh
Series: Microchips & Purity #1
Heroes: Uriel Noah/Raze Hartman
Genre: M/M Sci-Fi/Futuristic/Post Apocalyptic
Length: 200 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: September 10, 2014
Available at: Dreamspinner Press, Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: It is the year 2441. A deadly virus has swept over the planet, short-circuiting cybernetic implants, killing billions. In the aftermath, the newly formed state of Eden is led by the one newborn that survived that dreadful day, Uriel Noah of the House of Zion—the Guiding Light. Unbeknownst to all, Uriel lives in a gilded cage, deprived of basic affection, used as a pawn, craving freedom and love.

Cyborg Raze Hartman is the leader of the resistance. His kind—cyborgs with a high cybernetic coefficient—were hit hardest by the virus, the few survivors crippled and enslaved by the purist system. Struggling to keep his father alive, Raze resorts to investigating the Guiding Light, the symbol of cyborg oppression. What he finds changes his life, and Uriel’s.

After sneaking into a purist ceremony, Raze sees past Uriel’s facade of strength and aloofness. He sees the lonely young man behind the mask of the Guiding Light. The instantaneous attraction between them is literally electric. But a chasm separates them, as wide as the difference between flesh and metal, and the secrets of Uriel’s past may be the undoing of them all.
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Categories: 4.5 Star Ratings, Book Review, LGBT, Nikyta's Reviews, Published in 2014 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: Accepting His Wolf by Sunny Day

Reviewed by Nikyta

1Title: Accepting His Wolf
Author: Sunny Day
Heroes: Nathaniel/Rio
Genre: M/M Sci-Fi/Futuristic/Paranormal
Length: 156 Pages
Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand, Inc.
Release Date: July 9, 2014
Available at: Siren-Bookstrand, Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Not even Legion, the force which helped expel the aliens that invaded their world decades ago, is immune to the rift between humans and shifters. When hostilities between the two factions escalate to a point of crisis in Legion station Boer, Legion decides to put a stop to mutual mistrust. They send in a new station commander and name a shifter as his deputy.

Neither Nathaniel nor Rio are supporters of this plan, but both know it has to be done. They aren’t expecting the attraction that flares between them, and soon they are involved in a relationship. All around them tensions are mounting as friends and enemies alike pursue their own agenda. Between violent attacks and sly political maneuvering, it’s hard to stay together. Then Nathaniel’s past rears its ugly head, threatening to destroy everything Nathaniel holds dear. When a cunning enemy makes his move, they have to stand united or lose everything.
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