Saturday, June 28, 2014

Review: The Only Guy by Skylar M. Cates

The Only Guy (The Guy, #2) Title: The Only Guy by Skylar M. Cates
Series: The Guy #2
Genre: M/M Romance, Contemporary
Published May 26th 2014 by Dreamspinner Press
Length: 220 pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb:

Aaron Weiss knows how to escape. Years ago, he ran from a romantic disappointment and impulsively joined the Army. Now, he’s forced to take a medical discharge and readjusting to life at home proves a challenge.

Jesse Ross knows how to hide. He realizes he’s an oddball, and that he’s an outsider within his own family. He also knows his secret love since childhood, Aaron, only wants his good-looking, favored older brother. Yet Jesse could never completely abandon his intense feelings for Aaron. Over the years, Jesse was a faithful pen pal to him. Still, he's shocked to his core to find Aaron on his doorstep.

As long-buried secrets and past hurts take center stage, the two are overwhelmingly drawn to each other. But it’s their future that may force them to risk everything.

Purchase Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=5002
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Review: 

Aaron has a crush on Gregory since he was a kid, but when they kiss, Aaron is horribly rejected. He joins the Army to leave his troubles behind. Ten years later, Aaron still holds a torch for Gregory. An unexpected visit to Jesse's house in the wilds to get him to attend a social party leads Aaron to discover Jesse's crush on him. Jesse is Gregory's kid brother and the odd ball in the family, but he is also a great pen pal to Aaron in the years when he was in the Army. How will Aaron chose between a wild man living in the woods and a pristine, business man in the city?

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Guest Post: Caught in the Crossfire by Juliann Rich



Starting Out As A Writer – 5 Things You Should Know


  1. You know more than you think.


You, as a newcomer to writing, have a distinct advantage over veteran writers. You have a lifetime collection of emotions, memories, sensory details, snippets of conversations to plunder for the first time! By the time you’re writing your second, third, or fourth book, you may find yourself needing to replenish your creative well, and that’s harder to do than it sounds.


This is an advantage. Revel in it while it lasts.


  1. You already have what you need to succeed.


Good writing is you. Undiluted, unfiltered YOU in its purest form. And you’ve got loads of that.


All the craft and writing exercises serve one purpose: to strip away the protective layers that have grown around you as you’ve lived your life and free your voice. That is not to say you can skip the craft classes and writing exercises, but knowing that you’re not reaching for some elusive external secret of success can help you keep your focus where it belongs: within.


  1. There’s writing…and then there’s publishing.


Writing can be a fun, deeply satisfying, and transformative experience that allows you to visit foreign lands and see the world through someone else’s eyes…all from the safety of your LazyBoy Chair. How cool is that? Do it. Do it today.


Publishing can be a hard, deeply stressful, and trying experience that is riddled with rejection and can leave you feeling as if you’ve shared your most precious creation and had it torn apart…in the public arenas of the Interwebs. Think about it. Think about it today.


I’m not saying don’t pursue publishing. I am saying writing and publishing are two very different processes and that choosing to write while not pursuing publishing is a perfectly acceptable decision.


  1. You have to do this alone, and you can’t do this alone.


You are going to do the butt-in-the-chair time. Without it, you will not produce a word, much less a page, much less a manuscript. You will need this solitude in order to hear your voice in a noisy world.


However, if you choose to pursue publishing or if you simply wish to grow beyond your current skill level, you’re going to need others such as writing teachers, writing partners, critique groups, who will tell you how they respond to your work.


Quite simply, we create a solitary statement, but we improve it through conversation.


  1. Chances are, you’re not going to get rich.


The myth of six-figure advances and cross-country book tours funded by your publishing house is, for the vast majority of writers, just that: a myth. If the reason you want to write is to become wealthy, stop. Get a college degree. Or two. Get a job in corporate America with a cushy desk chair and company-deferred health insurance. Seriously. Sell Amway. Sell life insurance. Sell anything but words.


But if discovering that right word feels like lightning has struck and you laugh aloud, if you rush to write because you miss your characters, if you can’t wait to see what’s going to happen next in the next chapter, then WRITE.


And learn to love Ramen noodles.
(Guest Post from the Author)

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Blog Tour: Written on Her Heart by Paige Rion




Written On Her Heart - PROMO Blitz
By Paige Rion
Contemporary Romance / New Adult
Date Published:April 23, 2014

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Andi Callaway has dreamed of becoming a published author her entire life.

Ford Delaney has always wanted nothing more than to escape his past.

An opportunity of a lifetime. This is what Andi finds when she returns home to Callaway Cove on summer break. A chance to work for her literary idol Ford Delaney is up for grabs, and she’s willing to risk everything—her boyfriend, her best friends, and her education—to get it.

She’s positive this will be the key to reaching her dreams. But the moment she begins working for the reclusive author, Andi realizes there’s more to him than just a name. As attraction builds between Andi and Ford, she begins to discover consequences must come hand-in-hand with something great—which could loosen control over her tightly wound life. And once romantic sparks fly, Andi’s other relationships start to crumble, Ford’s fame comes back to haunt him, and the heat they generate will either forge a powerful, enduring love or threaten everything she holds dear.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Monday, June 23, 2014

Review: Big Bone Lick Pack by Kendall McKenna, Jambrea Jo Jones, Cherie Noel

Big Bone Lick PackTitle: Big Bone Lick Pack by Kendall McKenna, Jambrea Jo Jones, Cherie Noel
Genre: M/M Romance, Paranormal, Anthology
Published January 23rd 2014 by MLR Press
Length: Novel 79,000 words

Rating: 3 Stars

Blurb:

Welcome to the Big Bone Lick Pack: A more friendly and hospitable group of werewolves you'll never meet! Visit with; 'Devil Dog & Bad Wolf', a 'Big Bad Bear' and enjoy some 'Shifty Fox Shenanigans'. Watch yourself, 'round the state park, 'cause we had a grizzly on the loose, just a bit ago. Our brave men and woman of the Boone County Sheriff's Department have everything under control. (Except maybe their own love lives!) But if find yourself needing a doctor, head on down to Rabbit Hash clinic, or St. Elizabeth's Hospital is just up the road a piece. We hope you enjoy your stay.

Purchase Link: http://www.mlrbooks.com/ShowBook.php?book=ANTHBBLS
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Review: 

From the title, you can tell this is a humorous shifter story with lots of sexy in-bed scenes. In general, all the characters don't try to fall in love too fast. Even though they know their mates/destined lovers, they still have doubts and insecurities about their relationship. These short stories are meant to be short and fun and a happy ending is guaranteed for everyone.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Review: Lily by Xavier Axelson

Lily Title: Lily by Xavier Axelson
Genre: M/M Romance, Paranormal
Published 28 May, 2014 by Seventh Window
Length: Novella 19,000 words

Rating: 4 Stars
Review Copy Provided by Publisher

Blurb:

What does one say when they realize their child is gone? Better yet, what does one say when that child returns, but is different?

This is the question Pryor must ask himself after his daughter, Lily, is dragged into the woods by a wolf and her body is never found. It isn't until he sees a wolf in the woods with eyes that resemble Lily's that he feels hope. And then something is whispered from deep within the woods, a promise for him to see Lily again.

One day...

But which day and for how long?

And then Pryor meets Ned, a silversmith who brings out desires that Pryor hasn't felt in years and helps him hatch a plan to keep Lily with him.

Now the question isn't about how much time Pryor will have with Lily, it's about how far he'll go to keep her with him.

Purchase Link: http://www.seventhwindow.com/index.php?main_page=product_music_info&cPath=67&products_id=206
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Review: 

Lily was dragged into the forest by a wolf and became a changeling or werewolf. No one knows what she is except that she isn't human anymore. Lily promised Pryor, her human father, to be home for one day. Ned, Pryor's boyfriend, gives a silver necklace to Pryor to keep Lily at home from the woods. Pryor desperately wants the necklace to work to have his daughter back. 

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Review: The Red Sheet by Mia Kerick and C. Kennedy

The Red Sheet Cross posted on Pants Off Reviews

Title: The Red Sheet by Mia Kerick and C. Kennedy
Genre: M/M Romance, Contemporary
Published February 21st 2014 by Harmony Ink Press
Length: 190 pages

Rating: 3 Stars
Review Copy Provided by Publisher

Blurb:

One October morning, high school junior Bryan Dennison wakes up a different person—helpful, generous, and chivalrous—a person whose new admirable qualities he doesn’t recognize. Stranger still is the urge to tie a red sheet around his neck like a cape.

Bryan soon realizes this compulsion to wear a red cape is accompanied by more unusual behavior. He can’t hold back from retrieving kittens from tall trees, helping little old ladies cross busy streets, and defending innocence anywhere he finds it.

Shockingly, at school, he realizes he used to be a bully. He’s attracted to the former victim of his bullying, Scott Beckett, though he has no memory of Scott from before “the change.” Where he’d been lazy in academics, overly aggressive in sports, and socially insecure, he’s a new person. And although he can recall behaving egotistically, he cannot remember his motivations.

Everyone, from his mother to his teachers to his “superjock” former pals, is shocked by his dramatic transformation. However, Scott Beckett is not impressed by Bryan’s newfound virtue. And convincing Scott he’s genuinely changed and improved, hopefully gaining Scott’s trust and maybe even his love, becomes Bryan’s obsession.

With a foreword by C. Kennedy

Purchase Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=4725
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Review: 

Byran likes Scott in secret. He gets a sudden obsession with red sheets (as a cape) and being a superhero. He has no memories of his past behaviors as a bully, especially towards Scott, but he has a crush on Scott and Scott wants nothing to do with him.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Review: The Experiment by Alicia Nordwell

The Experiment  (Saving Caeorleia, #1) Cross posted on Pants Off Reviews

Title: The Experiment by Alicia Nordwell
Series: Saving Caeorleia #1
Genre: M/M Romance, Science Fiction
Published January 27th 2014 by Dreamspinner Press
Length: 270 pages

Rating: 5 Stars
Review Copy Provided by Publisher

Blurb:

In the distant future, humans wage war against the alien planet Caeorleia, with no tactic off-limits if it will help the humans get their hands on Caeorleia’s resources. Ask Ryker. He thought he volunteered for a simple experiment that would help his government in the war. He didn't realize sadistic doctors would turn him into the experiment—by injecting him with blood from a captured Caeorleian, Seral Iorflas.

Nor did Ryker realize he’d be sent to sabotage a planet full of the very beings his world is battling, beings who kill humans on sight. But then, thanks to the experiment that irrevocably changed him, he isn’t exactly human any longer—and with each passing day, as his blood bond with Seral strengthens, he’s less and less sure as to whose side he's on.

Purchase Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=4625
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Review: 
4.5 stars rounded to 5 stars

Ryker is unwillingly experimented on by scientists to become an alien and infiltrate a new planet that Earth wants to conquer. The experiments turns him into one of the aliens and links his life to Seral, a captured alien vampire. If Ryker dies, Seral dies. Back on Seral's home planet, he has to figure out how to heal Ryker from the abuse he suffered on the space ship and save his planet from being conquered by humans.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Review: With Pride by Megan Derr

With Pride (Princes of the Blood #2)
Title: With Pride by Megan Derr
Series: Princes of the Blood #2
Genre: M/M Romance, Fantasy
Published April 16th 2014 by Less Than Three Press LLC
Length: Novel 65,000 words

Rating: 3 Stars
Review Copy Provided by Publisher

Blurb:

When his sister falls ill, Kristof is ordered to assume a duty never meant for him: become the Duke of Stehlmore and marry a notorious Prince of the Blood. It is one of the oldest honors and duties undertaken by his family, but Kristof feels only resentment that he must leave behind all he knows to serve an arrogant half-demon.

His resentment must be set aside, however, when evil is found lurking far too close to the castle—an evil that has many pieces, controlled by someone they cannot find and who always seems one step ahead of them. Someone who seems to think that demons are little more than toys …

Purchase Link: http://www.lessthanthreepress.com/books/index.php?main_page=product_bookx_info&cPath=92&products_id=576
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Review: 

This is prequel to Of Last Resort and focuses on Hakon and Kristof. Kristof is forced to leave his homeland and marry a Prince of the Blood, Hakon. The wedding is stalled when it turns out he is allergic to demons and being near Hakon is painful for him. Attacks by demons have increased and the Princes discovered missing newborns that are sealed with demons. As they try to figure out the mystery and stop the demons, Hakon goes missing in action after a sea battle and pronounced dead.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Review: Lineage by Angela Fiddler

Lineage (Master of the Lines)
Cross posted on Pants Off Reviews


Title: Lineage by Angela Fiddler
Series: Master of the Lines #1
Genre: M/M Romance, Paranormal Romance
Published January 1st 2014 by Angela Fiddler
Length: 157 pages

Rating: 4 Stars
Review Copy Provided by Publisher

Blurb:

Love didn’t just kick you when it were down; it staked you out and turned you into a vampire. Not that Vision was bitter. His ex-lover taught him nothing lasts forever, while his ex-master taught him to submit and the fine art of not resisting silk restraints. In exchange, Vision let both of them keep their heads. He considered it a fair trade-off.

Now Vision is a master, but still finds himself wanting to be on his knees.

Enter Hanz. He’s just a driver, but he knows what Vision wants and how to make it sting the way Vision likes most.

Vision won’t be fooled again. Sure, Hanz is sweet. The respect feels genuine, and, what’s worse, he honestly seems to love Vision. Older, wiser masters counsel Vision against Hanz. And, of course, they’re right. Hanz does have something to hide.And, as if on cue, along comes Vision’s ex-lover, the cause of and solution to being kicked, staked, and vamped. Vision is caught again, and this time not with ropes and silk. Now if he can only keep his neck and his heart intact…

Purchase Link: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/393797
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Review: 

Steven (Seraph) and Vic (Vision) lived on the streets together as prostitutes when Gabriel found them and turned them into vampires. Now Gabriel is low on power and influence, he uses Seraph to force Vision to submit. However, Vision is now a leader in the vampire world, having control of two ley lines. He has status, prestige, and extra power from the ley lines. He just needs to cement Hanz's position in the vampire world and by his side and prevent other vampires from stealing his lines.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Coming up next week...

So, next week will be a review week and the week after that will be a blog tour week. I've added more tags to the books I reviewed so it'll be more interesting to find and it's in a tag cloud at the bottom of the blog.

Lineage (Master of the Lines)The Red SheetWith Pride (Princes of the Blood #2)

LilyBig Bone Lick PackThe Experiment  (Saving Caeorleia, #1)

Tours the week after next:

June 24th: Wedding Belle Blues
with a giveaway

June 25th: Written On Her Heart



June 26th: Caught in the Crossfire



Happy reading (and blog hopping)!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Review: Beast by Allison Cassatta and Tracey Michael

Cross posted on Pants Off Reviews

Beast
Title: Beast by Allison Cassatta and Tracey Michael
Genre: M/M Romance, Contemporary
Published March 14th 2014 by Dreamspinner Press
Length: 216 pages

Rating: 4 Stars
Review Copy Provided by Publisher

Blurb:

Ara Costas has it all—riches, power, and the kind of beauty that attracts all the right people. He’s flying high and loves his life, until a serious car accident leaves him horribly scarred. Ara becomes an angry recluse, hiding away in his Chicago high-rise apartment, running his multimillion-dollar business from behind a computer screen.

Ilias Adams is a quiet farm boy who keeps his nose buried in books. A great education and stellar resume land him a job as Ara's assistant and liaison to the board of directors. Little did he know when he signed up for this dream job that he’d end up working for the world's moodiest, most uptight boss.

Ilias is scared of Ara at times, but he recognizes the challenge he faces when he meets Ara and sees the reason for the man’s anger. Ara is guarded and suspicious, since he can’t believe anyone can bear to look at him. Despite all this, Ilias is determined to turn the beast into a beauty again, at least on the inside, and tear down the walls Ara has so carefully constructed around him.

Purchase Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=4766
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Review: 

Ara is heavily scarred and retreats to live a hermit. His daily schedule is rigid and severe. He runs his company in his private office in his residence and avoids almost all human contact. His new employee, Ilias, is determined to get through to the lonely man and make Ara live a little bit more.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Giveaway Tour: A Lady Never Lies by Stephanie Burkhart


This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Stephanie will be awarding a $25 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

Jocelyn Dunkirk is not your typical Victorian lady. She dresses in leather, wears goggles and is not afraid to get a little grease under her fingernails. Gentlemen avoid her like a dirty rivet.

Richard Windsor, the Prince of Wales, travels through time to claim Jocelyn's heart, but if it isn't one challenge, it's another. He determines to be a constant, steady presence in her life, hoping to prove he'd make a worthy husband.

Jocelyn's facing a bucket full of problems. The Prime Minister wants her to assist in ending a coal strike before it cripples the nation while her father attempts to recover from a serious injury. Will Jocelyn's dedication to her country and family ruin the one chance she has at love?

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Review: Remain by Alex Jones

Remain by Alex Jones is free on Smashwords and AllRomance Ebooks until June 9th. Read my review to see if this book is for you but get it before the deal is over!

Remain (Knights of Amaranth, #1)

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Review: Love Comes in Darkness by Andrew Grey

Cross posted on Pants Off Reviews

Love Comes in Darkness (Senses, #2)
Title: Love Comes in Darkness by Andrew Grey
Series: Senses #2
Genre: M/M Romance, Contemporary
Published August 9th 2013 by Dreamspinner Press
Length: 204 pages

Rating: 3 Stars
Review Copy Provided by Publisher

Blurb:

Howard Justinian has always had to fight for his freedom. Because he was born blind, everyone is always trying to shelter him, but he’s determined to live his life on his own terms.

When an argument with his boyfriend over that hard-won self-reliance leaves Howard stranded by the side of the road, assistance arrives in the form of Gordy Jarrett. Gordy is a missionary’s son, so helping others is second nature—and he does it in such an unassuming manner that Howard can’t say no.

Life is barely back on track when Howard receives shocking news: his sister died, leaving him her daughter to care for. Howard now faces his greatest challenge yet: for Sophia’s safety, he’ll need to accept help, but will he learn to accept it from Gordy, the one man who will not curb his independence?

Purchase Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=4071
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Review: 

3.5 stars rounded to 3

Howard is born blind but wants to be independent and live a normal life. When Cedric, his ex boyfriend, dumps him by the side of a highway, Gordy comes along and helps him out. As Howard gets a guide dog and deals with death in the family, his relationship with Gordy deepens.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Review: Love Comes Silently by Andrew Grey

Cross posted on Pants Off Reviews

Love Comes Silently (Senses, #1)
Title: Love Comes Silently by Andrew Grey
Series: Senses #1
Genre: M/M Romance, Contemporary
Published October 1st 2012 by Dreamspinner Press
Length: 200 pages

Rating: 4 Stars
Review Copy Provided by Publisher

Blurb:

Caring for a loved one with cancer is tough. Doing it alone is overwhelming—especially when that loved one is a child. But ever since Ken Brighton’s partner left him, Ken has spent his days at the hospital with his daughter, Hanna, hoping for a miracle. Maybe the mysterious care packages that appear for Hanna don’t qualify, but they bring a spark of hope into his and Hanna’s tired life—and so does Ken’s neighbor, former singer Patrick Flaherty.

For two years Patrick hasn’t been able to focus on anything but the life he should have had. An injury robbed him of his voice, and the idea of introducing himself to new people intimidates him. But over the past months, he’s watched as his neighbor nursed his sick child, and once he meets Ken, Patrick starts to crave a life with him—a life he isn't sure he can have.

Ken doesn’t realize he’s fallen in love until the doctors send Hanna home, saying there’s nothing more they can do: Hanna will either recover or succumb. Ken’s heart is set on a new beginning—with both Patrick and Hanna. But Patrick's silence leaves Ken wondering what Patrick wants.

Purchase Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=3252
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Review: 
4.5 stars rounded to 4

Ken is taking care of Hanna, his 6 year old adopted daughter who has pediatric leukemia. Because of this, his relationship with his boyfriend, Mark, is strained and they eventually breaks up. Hanna's cancer treatments caused hair lost and prompt the appearance of cute pink hats from Ken's neighbor, Patrick. Patrick is mute and puts himself down for losing his voice. But as Ken and Patrick grow closer, Hanna seems to grow weaker and weaker from her treatments. The small family tries to cherish their time together but everyone is afraid that Hanna will not make it till the end of the year. 

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Review: Everything East of the Sumida River by Kaneyosh Shikaku and Heiko Shihenkei

Cross posted on Pants Off Reviews

Everything East of the Sumida River
Everything East of the Sumida River by Kaneyosh Shikaku and Heiko Shihenkei
Genre: M/M Romance, Contemporary
Published December 6th 2013 by Dreamspinner Press
Length: 344 pages

Rating: 5 Stars
Review Copy Provided by Publisher

Blurb:

Japanese businessman Takamatsu Masamune takes great pride in the empire he built from nothing. His shady past and connections to the underworld prove he has no problems getting his hands dirty, but his fondness for beautiful things gets him into trouble.

Captivating Naoya Tashimo performs as a traditional dancer in sordid underground clubs. While he loves to dance, other men viewing him as an erotic object has left him numb. Caught in a summer storm, Naoya seeks shelter inside a local import shop where company owner Takamatsu and his PA, Koji, are attending to some business. Immediately smitten, Takamatsu woos Naoya and wants to give him the world.

When they learn each other’s secrets, it tests the tenuous trust they’ve built. Takamatsu wants to own Naoya for himself. Having dealt with greedy, possessive men, Naoya turns his back on all that Takamatsu offers. In exchange to truly have what he wants, can Takamatsu give up everything he built?

Purchase Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=4474
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Review: 
4.5 stars rounded up to 5

Takamatsu is a rich businessman with an import/export empire in Tokyo after traveling the Western world. When a rare beauty, Denka, walks into his store, Takamatsu is immediately taken with him. Denka's traditionalist family pressures him with dancing and entertaining guests until he threatens to break. Takamatsu tries to win Denka over and give him hope to live freely out of his mother's influence. However, negotiations with Denka's mother for Denka's freedom stalls when they threaten his business empire.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

The Importance of LGBTQ Literature: Cleis Press Launches the OutWriters Project

I heard about the OutWriters projects and wanted to share this on the blog since I review so many M/M fiction. Everyone wants a happy ending and no one deserves to be all alone. I want to show my support for the LGBTQ group and that love is all around. 



Independent publisher Cleis Press has launched a campaign called OutWriters that explores why queer writing is important.

In celebration of Pride month, Cleis Press has launched OutWriters, a brand new project that explores the importance of LGBTQ writing. Using the hashtag #OutWriters on Twitter, over fifty authors, readers, and writers of LGBTQ literature have been sharing why queer writers are important to them, and what it means to have queer visibility in books.


Radclyffe, editor of the Best Lesbian Romance series, said "We can be the heroes of stories. We can have happy ever afters. Books matter. #OutWriters." Nathan Burgoine, prolific author of gay literature, contributed "Because the majority of the time we're not born to LGBT families, and often have to go find our own. Stories can be maps. #OutWriters." Perhaps most poignantly of all, Jacob Anderson-Minshall explained that "I write queer stories to increase LGBTQ visibility. Visibility=Rights."


Cleis Press's co-founder Felice Newman commented that "as an out writer myself, I've spent most of my life encouraging LGBTQ people to be visible, free, and well-pleasured. The presence of LGBTQ voices in literature is dear to my heart." Cleis hopes that OutWriters will help give LGBTQ books and writers the attention and visibility they deserve.


Cleis Press publishes provocative, intelligent books across genres. Whether literary fiction, human rights, mystery, romance, erotica, LGBTQ studies, sex guides, pulp fiction, or memoir, if it's outside the ordinary, it's Cleis Press. 

~ From Cleis Press         
                               

Review: Ice by L.J. LaBarthe

Ice Title: Ice by L.J. LaBarthe
Genre: M/M Romance, Paranormal, Science Fiction
Published February 5th 2014 by Less Than Three Press LLC
Length: 117 pages

Rating: 2 Stars
Review Copy Provided by Publisher

Blurb:

Koby is a graduate student specializing in the cohabitation of dead and living cells in a single body, a course of study that requires he spend two years working in the labs at the parium mines in Antarctica, where he will assist in experiments conducted on the vampire prisoners kept there.

Expecting little more than a tedious assignment, despite the dangers of the environment and the dangerous vampires sentenced to the mines for life, Koby instead discovers a dome of horrors, where the persons in charge cannot be trusted and the greatest victims are the prisoners—and the most incongruous place to discover a new love. If he cannot solve the problems destroying the dome from the inside, the vampires won't be the only ones to die.

Purchase Link: http://www.lessthanthreepress.com/books/index.php?main_page=product_bookx_info&cPath=95&products_id=562
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Review: 

Koby works as a scientist in Antarctica and the job leads him to help the imprisoned vampires escape from the mines. The vampires are forced to dig out a precious gas that repairs the ozone from damages but it poisonous to vampires. The Carrons are prejudice against gays, non-whites, and vampires, but they have the power and connections to run the mines and make money off of the imprisoned vampires. As Koby and his team work to free the vampires from the Carrons, he falls in love with Mircea, a vampire.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Coming up this week...

I've been gone the last month so things have been quiet around here, but I'm back and it will start picking up again. I've read some great books the last few months and it'll be great to share them with you. I especially like the covers of Ice by L.J. LaBartheThe Experiment by Alicia Nordwell, and Lineage by Angela Fiddler. For now, you can click on the book covers and be linked to their Goodreads page.


Here are the planned reviews this week:
BeastLove Comes Silently (Senses, #1)Everything East of the Sumida RiverLove Comes in Darkness (Senses, #2)Ice

When I get around to it, I'll also review: 

Lineage (Master of the Lines, #2)The Red SheetThe Experiment  (Saving Caeorleia, #1)With Pride (Princes of the Blood #2)


Happy reading!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Review: Tread Marks & Trademarks by S.A. McAuley

Cross posted on Pants Off Reviews

Tread Marks & Trademarks Title: Tread Marks & Trademarks by S.A. McAuley
Series: Team Maker Jock #1
Genre: M/M Romance, Contemporary
Published December 11th 2013 by Wilde City Press
Length: 200 pages

Rating: 5 Stars
Review Copy Provided by Publisher

Blurb:

Alex Maddox may be a genius. Or not. In thirty-four days he’ll know for sure. The robot he’s been perfecting for the last four years is finally ready. Alex won’t accept anything less than perfection—if he can keep a broken air conditioner, a flaky twin brother, a thirtieth birthday, and falling for the Norse god of advertising from derailing him.

Christian Lawson is an advertising god. A blond hottie with the beautiful brains to match. He’s worked hard to move past the accident that nearly took his legs, but it’s been years since he let any man get close enough to see just how deep his scars really go.

Christian isn’t the advertising executive Alex expected, and Alex isn’t the coolly confident inventor Christian’s had his eye on for years. But what they discover in each other may just be better than what either of them could have hoped for.

Note: This is a novel that is an expanded and re-edited combined version of the two novellas previously published as The Maker Jock and Tread Marks and Trademarks.

Purchase Link: http://www.wildecity.com/books/gay-romance/tread-marks-and-trademarks/#.U4nm_vldWSp
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Review: 

Alex is working on a robot with the newest technology that can potentially change the world of robotics. His twin brother and friends set him up with an advertising/marketing agent, Christian, and they hit it off. Together, they design and present Alex's robot at the Maker Summit. Alex worries if his presentation will be a success, but when it is, there is another set of problems.