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Book Review: Secrets and Charms by Lou Harper

Guest Reviewed by Morgan 

1Title: Secrets and Charms
Author: Lou Harper
Series:  Secrets #2
Heroes: Olly Blackwood/Rich Willson
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length:  191 Pages
Publisher:  Samhain Publishing
Release Date:  December 23, 2014
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb:  One hot ginger. One cool blond. The result is anything but lukewarm.
Out and proud from a tender age, Olly Blackwood is content with life in LA, working at a Hollywood gourmet grocery. There’s only one thing missing: romance. He’s had his fill of casual hook-ups. He wants a man for keeps, and he wants sparks.

He certainly gets them when he meets Rich Willson, who has the stormy temper to go with his fiery hair. But is he keeper material? He might be if only he’d come out of the closet.

After losing his disapproving father, his job, his girlfriend, and pretty much all his money, Rich packed up his secrets and moved to his actress sister’s house to regroup and help her renovate. He doesn’t like the curmudgeon he’s become, but something about the perpetually cheerful Olly rubs him in a way that should be wrong, yet feels pretty damned right.

Over paint buckets and sanding tools, Rich finds Olly getting deeper under his skin. But when an altercation with a paparazzo comes back to haunt him, he finds that sordid Hollywood secrets can be murder maybe his own.

Warning: Contains a hot-tempered ginger, a cool-headed blond, redecorating shenanigans, and sordid Hollywood secrets. Happy ending guaranteed or your ticket price refunded.
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Book Review: Secrets and Ink by Lou Harper

Guest Reviewed by Morgan 

1Title: Secrets and Ink
Author: Lou Harper
Series: Secrets #1
Heroes: Jem Mitchell and Nick Davies
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 128 Pages
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Release Date: December 10, 2013
Available at:  Samhain Publishing, Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb:  When Karma writes you a ticket, pay up or else…

If life was like the movies, Jem Mitchell’s wouldn’t be such a mess. In LA’s glittering world of dreams, he works an unglamorous job at a gourmet grocery store. His past is so deep and dark, the details are lost even to him. All he knows is he was once cursed by a meter maid, and ever since, his love life has sucked.

When Detective Nick Davies becomes a regular at the store, Jem dares to hope he’s un-hexed at last. He should have known that sex with a remarkably normal guy, devoid of weird fetishes and fatal personality flaws, was too good to be true.

During a post-encounter cuddle, Nick recognizes the tattoo on Jem’s back—and remembers him as a young hustler he arrested nine years past.

As Jem’s memories come crashing back, he flees from Nick, but fate contrives to keep pushing them back together. And when Jem’s old partner in crime is found murdered, the stakes are raised for life, for love, and a dangerous drama with no guarantee of a Hollywood ending.

Warning: Stars a mild-mannered store clerk with a shady past, a hunky cop whose passion in the bedroom is as big as his passion for justice, and celebrity sightings you won’t see on TMZ.
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Categories: 3.5 Star Ratings, Book Review, Guest Reviewer, LGBT, Published in 2013 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Ghost Week Review: Dead in the Desert by Lou Harper

Guest Reviewed by Morgan

bTitle: Dead in the Desert
Author: Lou Harper
Series: L.A. Paranormal #3
Heroes: Jon Cooper and Leander “Andy” Thorne
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 111 Pages
Publisher: Lou Harper
Release Date: September 13, 2013
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb:  Jon Cooper used to think he wanted a life free of complications, but that was before he got involved with his roommate, Leander. Jon knows that the only thing he can’t lose is what he doesn’t have, but where does that leave him?

Leander Thorne, on the other hand, is an easygoing bookworm, with an addiction to books and cooking shows, and a soft spot for Jon, despite Jon’s grumpiness. He also happens to be a psychic specializing in finding lost pets and—more recently—lost people. He’s good at it. Too good if you ask Jon,

Unsolved crimes, missing people and bodies buried in the Mojave Desert make Jon’s and Leander’s lives anything but uncomplicated. Jon is forced to dig into his soul and find a way to let go of his past if he wants to keep Leander.
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Ghost Week Review: Dead in L.A. by Lou Harper

Guest Reviewed by Morgan

bTitle: Dead in L.A.
Author: Lou Harper
Series: L.A. Paranormal #1-2
Heroes: Jon Cooper and Leander “Andy” Thorne
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 104 Pages
Publisher: Lou Harper
Release Date: December 11, 2012
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb:  Trouble comes in deceptive packages

Still recovering from an accident that left him emotionally and physically battered, Jon’s goal is to lead a simple life, free of complications and attachments. His new roommate—a happy-go-lucky bookworm—seems to fit into his plans fine at first. He doesn’t find out till later that Leander’s also a psychic, specializing in finding lost pets. Jon’s a skeptic when it comes to the supernatural, so he’s convinced Leander’s a nut job.

Jon’s beliefs are challenged when Leander has to track down a missing teenager and he ropes Jon into assisting him. Soon the two of them are knee-deep in a decades-old murder case. The hills and valleys of the City of Angels hold many buried secrets, and Leander has a knack for finding them.

Jon’s hopes for a trouble-free life go out the window as he’s drawn deeper into Leander’s psychic sleuthing. Digging into the past poses many dangers, but the biggest risk Jon faces is putting his bruised heart on the line.

Warning: Men loving men, skeletons, and an unlucky Chihuahua.
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August Author Week + Giveaway Winners!

Another month has come and gone and we’re back to another Author Week! Woohoo!

At The Blogger Girls, we absolutely love this week in the month because we’ve all discovered some pretty great books while getting to spread the word about some awesome authors.

This month we’re very excited for our spotlight author because she’s just had a new release and we’re eager to read some of her books.

Take a guess who she is! We’ll give you a clue… she may write contemporary but her stories are never the same…

Do you know who she is?! No? Well, one day we really AREN’T going to tell you until someone guesses correctly but that day isn’t today! LMAO

So, without further ado, our Author of the Week is… SJD Peterson!

Yay!

We’re super excited to have Jo on the blog and hope you are too! Stick around because she’s got a little post going live in a bit with an AWESOME giveaway!

Now, onto other news! We’ve got a TON of giveaway winners to announce!And when we say A TON, we literally mean we’ve been slacking and haven’t announced giveaway winners in a while so please don’t hate us! LMAO. Continue reading

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Honorary Blogger Lou Harper: Scrambled Expectations – Excerpt + Giveaway!

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Scrambled Expectations

by Lou Harper

The world always tries to stuff you into neat little categories, but in my experience most things in life are anything but neat. I’m reminded of this fact every time I self-publish a book. Most of my books are produced by Samhain Publishing, but I like to put out a few myself in-between. Self-publishing comes with more control but also more work, responsibility, and headache—like choosing categories.

My latest release, Dead Man and the Army of Frogs, is about two guys who are partners in more ways than one. Denton is a necromancer. Bran is a witch, herbalist, and half-demon. They are neighbors, lovers, and work together exorcising both spirits of the dead and rogue demons. The book is a contemporary paranormal gay romantic mystery. With humor.

See my problem? When you upload your book to retailers you have two, maybe three categories to chose from. All Romance eBook is the only retailer I know with a “gay romance” category. All others force you to check the “gay fiction” box for the men-loving-men aspect of your book to make the list.

However, when I search for “gay fiction” I expect it to be about the gay experience. Man and the Army of Frogs isn’t. It’s a sexy escapist fantasy featuring gay protagonists. Maybe it’s a gay urban fantasy. Although, when I hear “urban fantasy,” I expect a story much like the cover of a Jim Butcher book: dark. Dead Man isn’t, despite the subject.

Reader expectations cut many ways. Denton Mills, aka Dead Man, first appeared as a supporting character in another book of mine, Spirit Sanguine. That story was about vampires, but not the rich and broody kind. No, the bloodsuckers of Spirit Sanguine had jobs, sense of humor, and sexual kinks. A lot of reader comments I got went along the lines of “I don’t care for vampires, but I loved this book.” I fear a lot more readers didn’t give my story a chance simply because they’d had their fill of rich and broody vamps.

Not surprisingly, every time I submit one of my books to online retailers I feel like that portly cat in the youtube video, who tries to squeeze into a too tiny box.

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About Dead Man and the Army of Frogs

EAll Denton wanted was a few minions. He got frogs instead.

Web developer by day and necromancer by night, Denton Mills is used to seeing things nobody else can. When he starts hallucinating frogs, he simply assumes they have something to do with his boyfriend Bran’s obsession.

Bran Maurell is a witch, who in a youthful outburst, accidentally turned his then-lover, Peter, into a croaker. Bran has been trying ever since to reverse the spell. A fresh amphibian encounter only spurs him to double his efforts.

As if Peter’s ghost coming between them weren’t enough, Denton and Bran are forced to deal with several errant spirits stalking the citizens of Chicago. Between a French chef who refuses to admit he’s dead, and malevolent creatures bent on causing mayhem, jealousy may be the least of Denton’s problems.

Available at: Amazon, All Romance eBooks, Smashwords

Don’t forget to check out Heather C’s review of Dead Man & the Army of Frogs to see what she thought of it!

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An Excerpt from Dead Man and the Army of Frogs

“What in the name of Hecate are you wearing?” Bran’s tone teetered between bafflement and alarm.

Denton had anticipated Bran’s reaction, and secretly reveled in being able to surprise his generally unflappable boyfriend. He had promised to buy them a pair of kilts months ago but he knew Bran hadn’t taken him seriously. Taking two steps into the living room he twirled around in a totally non-girly way. “It’s called a utility kilt.” He swiveled his hips to show off the side of the garment. “See, it even has pockets for storing stuff. You know, keys, wallet, a bag of graveyard dust. Whatever you got. Practical, eh?”

Technically, his kilt had gone well beyond mere utility with its steampunk-inspired design of straps, buckles, and other embellishments, but Denton had always liked extras. He’d wanted the kilt the moment he laid eyes on it at the online store.

Bran stared at the tan fabric first, then at Denton’s bare legs showing between the hem and the orange socks puddling around his ankles. “It looks like a skirt to me.”

Denton eagerly clarified the situation. “Nah, it only would be a skirt if I wore underpants.”

With a pained expression Bran closed his eyes and kept them shut for several seconds—possibly counting to ten. When he opened them again they brimmed with resignation. “You’re going to freeze your balls off.”

“We’re driving, aren’t we?”

“Yes, but—”

“My balls will be fine.” Denton did a quick shimmy with his hips. The swoosh of the thick cotton against his skin was anything but unpleasant. “You should try this; it feels so…liberating.”

Bran’s jaws set in a stubborn line. “I’m not going to a dinner at your friend’s place wearing a skirt.”

“Kilt. And Joy’s your friend too now. Anyway, I meant around the house. Instead of those baggy jeans. The kilt I bought for you is tasteful and black, just how you like your clothing, but still functional with a pocket on one side for your eyes of newt or whatnot.” He closed the few steps separating them till they were toe-to-toe. He wrapped his arms around Bran’s waist. “It would be much more comfortable for your tail.” Denton wasn’t talking euphemistically. Bran had a perfectly formed, hairless, and surprising agile tail. Apparently, stuff like this happened when you had a demon for a father. Denton slipped a hand down to Bran’s backside, over the spot where ordinary people had the beginning of their coccyx and pressed his finger at the root of Bran’s bonus appendage. “Just think about it,” Denton said quickly to cut off possible protest.

Bran sighed. “Fine, I’ll think about it.”

Denton grinned. “Good, because I have a pornucopia of fantasies of you in a kilt.”

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About Lou Harper

Under a prickly, cynical surface Lou Harper is an incorrigible romantic. Her love affair with the written word started at a tender age. There was never a time when stories weren’t romping around in her head. She is currently embroiled in a ruinous romance with adjectives. In her free time Lou stalks deviant words and feral narratives.

Lou’s favorite animal is the hedgehog. She likes nature, books, movies, photography, and good food. She has a temper and mood swings.

Lou has misspent most of her life in parts of Europe and the US, but is now firmly settled in Los Angeles and worships the sun. However, she thinks the ocean smells funny. Lou is a loner, a misfit, and a happy drunk.

Check out Lou on her Website or Blog.

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Lou has graciously offered up an eBook copy of Dead Man and the Army of Frogs to one lucky winner!! The giveaway starts now and ends August 15, 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 Heather C’s review of Dead Man and the Army of Frogs to see what she thought of it!

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Book Review: Dead Man and the Army of Frogs by Lou Harper

Reviewed by Heather C

ETitle:  Dead Man and the Army of Frogs
Author: Lou Harper
Series: Dead Man #2
Heroes: Denton Mills/Bran Maurell
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 44,000 words
Publisher: Lou Harper
Release Date: August 5, 2014
Available at: Amazon, Smashwords and All Romance eBooks
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: All Denton wanted was a few minions. He got frogs instead.

Web developer by day and necromancer by night, Denton Mills is used to seeing things nobody else can. When he starts hallucinating frogs, he simply assumes they have something to do with his boyfriend Bran’s obsession.

Bran Maurell is a witch, who in a youthful outburst, accidentally turned his then-lover, Peter, into a croaker. Bran has been trying ever since to reverse the spell. A fresh amphibian encounter only spurs him to double his efforts.

As if Peter’s ghost coming between them weren’t enough, Denton and Bran are forced to deal with several errant spirits stalking the citizens of Chicago. Between a French chef who refuses to admit he’s dead, and malevolent creatures bent on causing mayhem, jealousy may be the least of Denton’s problems.
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Book Review: Temper Sanguine by Lou Harper

Reviewed by Heather C

1Title:  Temper Sanguine
Author: Lou Harper
Series: Sanguine #2
Heroes: Gabe & Harvey
Genre: M/M Paranormal Romance
Length: 213 Pages
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Release Date: June 3, 2014
Available at: Samhain Publishing, Amazon, All Romance eBooks and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: “One bite won t kill you. Unless it does. ”

Gabe Vadas’s slayer ancestors would be spinning in their graves if they knew that not only is his boss a vampire, so is his lover. But that lover, Harvey Feng, is cooking something up in his lab that he seems reluctant to disclose.

The secrets they keep from each other and the nightmares they share are driving a wedge between them.

Harvey fell off the vegetarian wagon with one taste of his lover’s blood. Except recently it’s been having some unusual and disturbing side effects. And he fears their connection has awakened something dark and dangerous.

Sent to New York City to help the new top vamp clean up the mess the old one left behind, Gabe finds more than a few stray feral vampires. A doctor with a dubious history is hell-bent on creating a new race of unkillable bloodsuckers.

The investigation takes Gabe and Harvey across an ocean, and deep into the past. Where they discover demons that have the power to reach across the centuries to destroy them both.

Warning: Contains a tasty Hungarian goulash of dirty boys doing dirty things, bilingual dirty talk, evil scientists, shifty-eyed lab assistants, fun with lab rats, and smexy times in romantic Old Europe. “Jo etvagyat! ”
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Book Review: Spirit Sanguine by Lou Harper

Reviewed by Heather C

1Title: Spirit Sanguine
Author: Lou Harper
Series: Sanguine #1
Heroes: Henry/Gabe
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 298 Pages
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Release Date: April 30, 2013
Available at: Samhain Publishing, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and All Romance eBooks
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Is that a wooden stake in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?

After five years in eastern Europe using his unique, inborn skills to slay bloodsuckers, Gabe is back in his hometown Chicago and feeling adrift. Until he’s kidnapped by a young, sexy vampire who seems more interested in getting into his pants than biting into his neck.

Harvey Feng is one-half Chinese, one-hundred-percent vampire. He warns Gabe to stay out of the Windy City, but somehow he isn’t surprised when the young slayer winds up on his doorstep. And why shouldn’t Gabe be curious? A vegetarian vampire isn’t something one sees every day.

Against their better judgment, slayer and vampire succumb to temptation. But their affair attracts unexpected attention.

When Chicago’s Vampire Boss makes Gabe an offer he can’t refuse, the unlikely lovers are thrust into peril and mystery in the dark heart of the Windy City. Together they hunt for kidnappers, a killer preying on young humans, and vicious vampire junkies.

However, dealing with murderous humans and vampires alike is easy compared to figuring out if there’s more to their relationship than hot, kinky sex.

Warning: Fangalicious man-on-man action, a troublesome twink, cross-dressing vampiress, and role-playing involving a fedora.
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Book Review: Dead Man and the Lustful Spirit by Lou Harper

Reviewed by Heather C

20632218Title: Dead Man and the Lustful Spirit
Author: Lou Harper
Series: Dead Man #1.5
Heroes: Denton & Bran
Genre: M/M Paranormal Romance, Mystery
Length: 8,230 words
Publisher: Harper Books
Release Date: January 24, 2014
Available at: Smashwords, Amazon, All Romance eBooks & Barnes and Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Denton is a necromancer and his boyfriend Bran is a witch. It’s not as exciting as it sounds. They don’t even get to dress the part, unless it’s New Year’s Eve and they’ve been invited to a costume party. Denton is happy to let his hair down, but coaxing the reclusive Bran out of his shell is hard enough without a demonic spirit crashing the party.

Convincing the spirit to return whence it came from will call on Denton’s special skills, but not in necromancy.

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