Posts Tagged With: Mary Calmes Week

Old Loyalty, New Love Giveaway Winner!

Old Loyalty, New Love

And the winner of an eBook copy of Mary Calmes’ recent release, Old Loyalty, New Love, is….. Continue reading

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Mary Calmes Week Recap + Other Stuff

So, here we are at the end of another week… January went by so fast! It felt like just yesterday The Blogger Girls went live!

But now Mary Calmes Week is over 😦 We hope everyone enjoyed what we had to offer. Here’s a quick recap on our Mary Calmes Week.

We had a total of 8 of Mary Calmes’ books reviewed:

Acrobat reviewed by Laura from The Tipsy Bibliophile
After the Sunset reviewed by Nikyta
Again reviewed by Susan65
Change of Heart guest reviewed by Gyn
Heart of the Race reviewed by Nikyta
Mine reviewed by JustJen
Old Loyalty, New Love reviewed by Nikyta
Steamroller reviewed by Heather C

Mary also donated an eBook copy of Old Loyalty, New Love for a giveaway, so don’t forget to enter that before it closes tonight! Winner will be announced tomorrow.

And we definitely can’t forget about the Q&A with Mary Calmes where she let us know her plans for this year and other fun stuff! Also, Nikyta let loose on her obsession of Mary Calmes books (yes, we realize she’s a tad crazy) but we love her anyway.

Overall, it was a great week. We had fun and we hope you had fun, too! Let us know what you thought of our first Author Week, though. Was it boring, fun, weird, annoying? Tell us how you really feel!

~The Blogger Girls

P.S. We also had a poll for Susan65’s challenge book for February and the winner was…. The Fall by Kate Sherwood! The Fall had 37% of the votes whereas His Client had 29%, Gangster Country had 24% and Dynasty of Ghosts had 11%.  (Don’t ask us why that equals 101% either, that is just what the poll results said!)

Susan65’s review for The Fall should go live within a few weeks so stick around for it! Hope everyone has a great weekend!

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Mary Calmes Week Review: Old Loyalty, New Love

Reviewed by Nikyta

Title: Old Loyalty, New Love
Author: Mary Calmes
Heroes: Quade Danas & Roman Howell
Genre: M/M Paranormal Romance
Length:  246 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 13, 2013
Available at: Dreamspinner Press, Amazon, All Romance eBooks & Barnes and Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads & Booklikes

Blurb: When jackal shifter Quade Danas was banished from his pack for being gay, he spent years in the military escaping his father’s prejudice before returning to civilian life as a bodyguard for Roman Howell, the teenage son of a very rich man. After Roman is in an accident that leaves him physically scarred and emotionally distant, Quade is the only one who can get through to him. As Roman becomes a man, he realizes what he wants—his bodyguard by his side and in his bed. Unfortunately, Quade can’t seem to see past the kid Roman once was to the man he has become, certain Roman’s feelings are merely misplaced gratitude. But Roman knows a lot more than Quade realizes, and he’s used to persevering, no matter how many impediments life throws his way. He wants the chance to prove to Quade that he’s strong enough for a jackal alpha to call mate.

Despite the decades Quade has been away, and the heartache of his father’s rejection, his inborn loyalty to the pack remains, and his abrupt departure left the jackal shifters without an alpha heir. As a psychopath shifter staking claim as alpha draws Quade back home, and Quade feels compelled to heed the call, he may be forced to make a choice he never anticipated. But doing so means he must leave Roman behind… unless somehow they find a way to make loyalty and love work together. Continue reading

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Honorary Blogger The Tipsy Bibliophile – Cooks Us The Italian Wonderpot for Acrobat by Mary Calmes

TBG: When we first decided that Mary Calmes would be the focus of our first Author Week, we immediately thought of Laura from The Tipsy Bibliophile. Like Nikyta, she has an obsession with anything that Mary Calmes happens to write. So, when we asked Laura to be our Honorary Blogger Girl for the day and write a recipe review for one of her favorite MC books, she thankfully agreed! Her reviews have a unique flare that mixes a review with a recipe, and wine, specific to the story. We enjoy her creations as much for the review as for the tasty recipes she offers and we hope you enjoy them as much as we have! Take it away, Laura! Continue reading

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Mary Calmes Week Review: Again

Reviewed by Susan65

Title: Again
Author: Mary Calmes
Heroes: Dante Cerreto and Noah Wheeler
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 96 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date:  July 13, 2011
Available at: Dreamspinner Press, Amazon, All Romance eBooks & Barnes and Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads & Booklikes

Blurb: Six years ago, Noah Wheeler went to meet his boyfriend, Dante Cerreto, at the airport, and his world ended. Dante was kissing someone else and claimed to be in love. So Noah took his heartbreak-and the sonogram pictures of their surrogate child-and closed the door on the big picture of what he thought his life would be, focusing instead on the piece of the dream he got to keep, being a father.
Now on vacation in Las Vegas, Noah accidentally runs into the Cerreto family, and then the man himself, and learns that not only was he deceived, but Dante was as well. Now Dante wants to make up for lost time, six years’ worth, and to do that he needs Noah, the only man he’s ever loved, and Grace, the daughter he didn’t know he had, to give him a chance at happiness. Dante’s going to have to take a crash course in communication and seduction, though. Noah’s not going to fall in love just to be broken again Continue reading

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How Mary Beat My Funk…

Timing by Mary Calmes eBookHave you ever gotten into such a book funk that every time you try a new story, you can barely make it more than five pages in before you move on to another novel? Yes? No? Well, I have. MANY times. In fact, just about eight months of last year I was in such a bad book funk that it took more than a week to finish a 200 page novel and even days to finish a 50 page story.

After the Sunset by Mary Calmes eBookWell, my solution to these funks? Re-reads. I’ve read my fair share of books in the last few years but only a few of them are good enough for re-reads. In fact, when I re-read, it’s pretty much the same books over and over. What books might those be, you ask? Well, Mary Calmes books, of course. As I’ve said (and you’re probably sick of hearing) Mary Calmes is one of my favorite authors. I just love her books (and she’s a pretty awesome person, too!) and no matter how many times I re-read them (at least a few times a year), they never get old. She’s gotten me out of more funks than I can count over the years.

One of my all time favorite re-reads of hers is the Change of Heart series:

Change of Heart by Mary Calmes eBook Trusted Bond by Mary Calmes eBook Honored Vow by Mary Calmes eBook Crucible of Fate by Mary Calmes eBook

I ❤ Jin and Logan!

In December, I went on a ‘Mary Spree’ as I like to call it and read 8 of her books. A mix of re-reads and ones I hadn’t read yet. I ended up reading Timing again then finally read After the Sunset. This was right before Old Loyalty, New Love came out and I was jonesing for that book but obviously, I couldn’t get it just yet so I had to settle for her other stories.

I re-read Acrobat (a classic for me) and finally read Heart of the Race, which made me wonder why I had waited so long to read it!

Acrobat by Mary Calmes eBookAfter I came down from my Mary Spree, I was quite content not to read anything for a while but then I went on a M/F Spree (which I totally put the blame on Ami for but that’s a story for another time).

There’s just something about re-reading a Mary Calmes book, where I know the characters almost by heart, know what they’re going to do and know that, in the end, I’ll be satisfied with how they got there and how they ended up. It restarts my brain and allows me to get out of my funk. Thus is how Mary saved me from my funk 😛

Heart of the Race by Mary Calmes eBookIf you haven’t read Mary Calmes yet, I only have one question for you: Why the hell not?!

And for those of you who just now discovered her (looking at you Jen), well, all I have to say to you is get your ass in gear and read another book by her already! Hehe

And don’t forget! The giveaway for Old Loyalty, New Love will only be open for a few more days so make sure you enter before it closes! I absolutely adored that story and you’ll be able to see all my gushing about it on Saturday. For now, we hope you enjoy the rest of Mary Calmes Week! We have a little special something posting tomorrow so stick around 🙂


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Mary Calmes Week Review: Steamroller

Reviewed by Heather C

15807197Title: Steamroller
Author: Mary Calmes
The Heroes: Vincent Wade & Carson Cress
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance
Length: 34, 288 words
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: May 7, 2012
Available at: Dreamspinner PressAmazonAll Romance eBooksBarnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf at: Goodreads Booklikes

Blurb: About the last thing Vincent Wade expected was for Carson Cress to ask him out. Vince is a dedicated biology student and a bit of a loner. Superstar quarterback Carson is larger than life, and he lives under a public microscope. There’s no way they should work. But Vince is learning that sometimes people just come steamrolling into your life and all you can do is hang on for the ride or lose your heart in the process. If their relationship can survive the fallout when an injury derails Carson’s future plans, maybe Vince can finally find something to believe in. Continue reading

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A Blogger Girl Q&A with Mary Calmes

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Nikyta: I’ve been reading Mary Calmes for years and she’s consistently been one of my favorite authors since I first discovered her. I reread her books all the time and honestly, I couldn’t even begin to explain why I love her writing so much. When I found out she was going to be in Atlanta at GRL 2013, I was so excited! I was going to get ALL of my paperbacks signed AND get a picture and I totally fangirled all over her at the book signing! But imagine my disappointment when I came home from GRL and realized I NEVER GOT A PICTURE WITH HER! *palm meet face* When she agreed to be part of our first Author Week and do an interview, I could not for the life of me figure out any questions to ask. So, while I’m a total Mary Calmes fan, I want to thank Gyn for thinking of these awesome questions! We hope y’all enjoy this Q&A as much as we did 🙂


Q&A with Mary Calmes

Mary: First off I would like to thank you all for having me on your new blog; I’m so honored to be here.

TBG: No, thank you for agreeing to come! Now let’s get this party started! What inspires you to write your stories and how do you come up with the intensity that is in all of your books?

Mary: There are a so many different things that inspire books. Sometimes it’s a song like it was for Mine, or a painting like it was for Acrobat or an ad campaign like it was for A Matter of Time. Hard to know what will click beforehand, but when it does, watch out! I take fast notes and try and get home as fast as I can. My husband will ask, are you sick? And then he’ll whisper, do you need a bathroom? And I have to tell him, no, must…get…to…the computer! He’s used to it by now and just makes it happen. I have come out of the shower with soap all over my body because I thought of something and have to go type it into a book. As far as intensity…really? I don’t think of my books as being terribly intense. I try and make sure that the love comes through, that’s the most important thing to me so I always focus on that.

TBG: With so many series and great characters, how do you move on to something new and how do you decide when you are done with a series or certain characters?

Mary: I move on to something new when I feel that there is no more to tell. Like with Jory & Sam in AMOT, their story was complete with But For You. That doesn’t mean though that Sam couldn’t make a small appearance in Parting Shot or that he can’t show up somewhere else. Basically, I never go home with him again, we see him through others, never Jory. I like to follow a character until they’re all grown up and we’ve seen them become the best possible version of themselves.

TBG: Do you have more planned for the Change of Heart series and will that include getting to know Jin and Logan’s child? Also, can we look forward to seeing more of Domin and Yuri’s relationship?

Mary: Yes. Yes. And no. I have a last CoH book featuring Wick & Dov who are globetrotting werepanthers who police the world making sure no one knows that shifters exist. So the premise of the last one is that Domin sends them to check in on Logan & Jin because they are not taking his calls, answering email, etc. The last book goes back to the house in Nevada where Jin & Logan’s son is growing up, where everyone is, and to face the problems there. It’s hard to end a series but it’s time. I won’t have another book specifically about Domin & Yuri either because I think Domin is as good as he gets, facing everyday deciding to be good. I want the series to wrap with a new couple but on familiar ground.

TBG: Speaking of the Change of Heart series, how did you manage to create a language so unique to that world? Were you inspired by something specific and was it difficult to work it into the story?

Mary: When I created my werepanthers, I wanted them to be as separate from werewolf lore as possible. Since a lot of that comes from Europe, I went in the opposite direction. And cats were revered in Egypt so it seemed like a good fit. I have so many, too many, books on Egypt, and so I took real words, real festivals, and incorporated them with some words I made up. What’s interesting is that there are more real words in my glossaries then made up ones. And I didn’t have trouble putting it in the story because in the world I made, those are words everyone knows. Amy Lane says that world building all starts with what does your character say when he stubs his toe? Does he swear? What would he/she say? Does he take his deity’s name in vain? If so, who is that deity? It’s about really small things, not big ones. That’s what I tried to do with my werepanthers.

TBG: You’ve written quite a few other books that are standalones; do you have plans to continue some of them into a series or at least write sequels? Specifically for Heart of the Race, Any Closer, Steamroller, Frog and Mine? (Hehe)

Mary: I am going to write a sequel for Mine because I got interested in Conrad Harris and who he is. I gave him a walk-on part in Parting Shot to see if that would be enough for me but it wasn’t so that is on my list for this year. I have 5 sequels to get done in 2014. Heart of the Race, no. Any Closer, I haven’t decided yet. I had an idea for a book about Charlie’s ex so I’m on the fence about that. Steamroller, I don’t think so but I haven’t completely ruled it out. I actually started and didn’t like it but whereas I used to just delete everything, Cardeno has helped me see the error of my ways. Now I keep things and revisit. Frog is a firm no, there’s no more to tell there. I don’t like to write sequels if there is no new information for the reader to learn. I do love when I’m asked though, about any book, because it means that some part of that story touched some part of the reader and that makes me deliriously happy when that happens.

TBG: Now for some fun questions: Which character do you think most closely resembles your own personality?

Mary: I mostly resemble Sam Kage. I am opinionated and obnoxious and get mad too fast and don’t think when I should. I try every day to be better.

TBG: What does your workplace where you write look like? Are there any weird or interesting things you surround yourself with? Any quirks you have that gets the inspiration flowing?

Mary: I write at my desk in a corner of the living room because I have a desktop and not a laptop. I had a laptop but it kept getting too hot. So now I am surrounded by bookcases, sticky notes everywhere, and my things like my lucky cat, the Jin doll Tiff  made me, my Cris-Art cup of Billy & Teddy, my Liverpool cup Lori Toland brought back from England for me, and did I mention the books?

Mary's Writing Space

Mary’s Writing Space

TBG: Thank you so much for stopping by!

Mary: Thank you so much for having me.  🙂


About Mary

Mary Calmes lives in Lexington, Kentucky, with her husband and two children and loves all the seasons except summer. She graduated from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, with a bachelor’s degree in English literature. Due to the fact that it is English lit and not English grammar, do not ask her to point out a clause for you, as it will so not happen. She loves writing, becoming immersed in the process, and falling into the work. She can even tell you what her characters smell like. She loves buying books and going to conventions to meet her fans. You can find her at

Don’t forget to check out the giveaway and enter to win an eBook copy of Old Loyalty, New Love!

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Mary Calmes Week Review: Mine

Reviewed by JustJen

Title: Mine
Author: Mary Calmes
Heroes: Trevan/Landry
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 220 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: March 5, 2012
Available at: Dreamspinner, Amazon, All Romance eBooks & Barnes and Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads & Booklikes

Blurb: Trevan Bean has a job that’s going from illegal to frightening, a boyfriend who may not be in his right mind, and a guardian angel who might actually be evil incarnate. Add to that the reappearance of his boyfriend’s estranged family, death threats, kidnapping, and the struggle of saving money to realize a dream, and Trevan has a lot on his plate. But Trevan is up to the challenge: he promised Landry a happily ever after, and Landry’s going to have it if it kills him!

It just might.

Landry Carter was a broken doll when they met two years ago but has grown into a partner who can stand at Trevan’s side… most of the time. Now that Trevan’s life just got scary—and Landry just got himself kidnapped—Trevan has to hope Landry’s love stays strong through this newest challenge, because the happily ever after won’t happen if Trevan has to go it alone. Continue reading

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Mary Calmes Week Review: After the Sunset

Reviewed by Nikyta

Title: After the Sunset
Author: Mary Calmes
Series:  Timing #2
Heroes:  Stefan & Rand
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance
Length:  174 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date:  August 17, 2011
Available at: Dreamspinner, Amazon, All Romance eBooks & Barnes and Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads & Booklikes

Blurb: Two years after riding off into the sunset with ranch owner Rand Holloway, Stefan Joss has made a tentative peace with his new life, teaching at a community college. But the course of true love never does run smooth. Rand wants him home on the ranch; Stef wants an exit strategy in case Rand ever decides to throw him out. Finally, after recognizing how unfair he’s being, Stef makes a commitment, and Rand is over the moon.

When Stef gets the chance to prove his devotion, he doesn’t hesitate—despite the risk to his health—and Rand takes the opportunity to show everyone that sometimes life’s best surprises come after the sunset. Continue reading

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