Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Release Day!
Woot! Easy Evenings is out today! I hope you all enjoy it. :)

Thursday, November 12, 2015

News and an Update

 So on the left there is my inspiration pic for Lazlo Maguire and on the right is the cover that Reese Dante made me. Awesome right? I even got the cigarette, which I know is bad for you but represents a vice my boy gives up for a very good reason so is therefore fitting on the cover. I think of all the Mangrove books, Easy Evenings is my favorite because I really had a clear picture in my head of Lazlo, about the kind of guy he is and what motivated him. I notice when I get into trouble is when I'm not sure what's in the main character's head. So hopefully that comes across when you all read about my boy. The book itself will be out November 18th and I hope you enjoy it.

In other news, I finished a novella called Lay It Down which, if accepted, should be out in March. It is a big tropey gooey mess with a twin and a billionaire in Spain...I so loved writing it, I'll let  you all know if I get a contract. Currently, I'm working on the sequel to Romanus and then I'll finish up the last in my L'Ange trilogy which is Jon's book and that should be out in late June, early July. It think that's all on the news front at the moment. I have been terrible about updating this blog and my plan is to fix that. Also I have 2 Facebook groups now. One is HEA with Mary Calmes where you can see some gorgeous artwork by Karrie Jax and the other is Mary's Mob which is like being at a giant sleepover which may or may not be a good thing. And every Friday is McDanno Friday because that's my ship. I have a whole board on Pinterest devoted to it because I'm a big dork.

Anyway, hope you all have a great weekend. :)

Friday, October 30, 2015

Welcome to the October Edition of Boooooyah Books!

Hi, everyone, welcome back to the October installment of Booyah Books, our Book of the Month picks from The Novel Approach Reviews. We're so excited to share these ten fantastic titles with you, and would also love to give you the chance to win TWO e-titles from the list. Just click on the Rafflecopter widget below to enter.

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Sammy – King John by Edmond Manning – “This was perhaps the most gut wrenching King novel to date. In previous books, we had been privy to Vin’s great moments of self-doubt and frantic worry that he was not going to do right by his Lost King—that he would be the thing to prevent a king from crossing over due to his fumbling, heavy handed acts that were meant to aid his king rather than hinder. This was the Vin we had grown used to—the one that we would shout at again and again to stop berating himself, stop worrying, stop running away from his own destiny. In this novel, author Edmond Manning has done the unthinkable—he has lulled us into this false sense of security. He’s come along side us and, with a nudge and a wink, assured us that Vin was just doing that “Vin stuff” he does and all would work out in the end. Till now. Till King John. Till an ending so shocking that I actually dropped my Kindle. No, say it is not so, Mr. Manning—say it is all just another elaborate clue that will lead to a happy-ever-after for our Vin–our Lost King who surely will get found.”

Kathie – Falling Awake by Kage Alan – “Where does Falling Awake fit into the M/M genre? It’s a true romance built over many lifetimes. It’s a paranormal fantasy story about the travelers Daniel encounters and the “voice” he hears in his head.  It’s a story about comfort food and how that plays such a role in our lives, served by Martha—I would like to think that we all have had a Martha in our lives, knowing just what to get us to make us feel better.
True romance, fantasy, and comfort food all packed into eighty-four pages makes for the perfect combination and a great story!”

Jules – How to Be a Normal Person by TJ Klune – “There were so many layers to this story; it was equal parts hilarious, touching, informative (heh), and romantic. I’m sure there will be some out there who will say, “There’s no sex.  How can there be romance?” There is TONS of romance. It may be even more romantic because there is no sex. Casey and Gus are completely swoon-worthy.

I don’t know how TJ Klune ever got through this manuscript. I know some authors go through the same emotions while writing that we go through while reading – in this case: hysterical laughter, eye rolling, swooning, and tears, to name just a handful – which must have made writing this one an adventure and a joy. I know reading it sure was. I love so hard that this book exists.”

Maryann – Dark Economy by M. Keedwell – “Blaine Breton is a policeman, staunch in his belief that Cadell is grave-robbing criminal. They both have different opinions on grave robbing, and of each other, which causes hostility between the two. At almost every turn, Blaine is there to just make Cadell as miserable as possible. In fact, they are driving each other crazy! But, Blaine also has a soft side, and even though he tries to be tough, there’s also a shy side to him. Blaine is still a little bit of a mystery to me.

When tragedy strikes, the first person Blaine runs to is Cadell. That’s when the emotions and respect between them start to come through. After Cadell spends some time with Blaine, he decides to share information he has about the possible crimes and murders that have been happening. Blaine and Cadell team up with other fellow policemen to go after the suspects and try to solve this complicated murder mystery.

M. Keedwell’s Dark Economy is a jolly good story. This is my first time reading this author, and I was very impressed.”

Karen – Lost in the Fire by Draven St. James – “I was so happy to get Wren and Aaron’s story, and it definitely took a different turn than I was expecting. They were so sweet together, but I think you get a little bit of everything with this book. It’s not only sweet but sexy, angsty, happy and sad—it pretty much took me across the board. I thought there were some situations in the book that maybe weren’t the most realistic scenarios, but honestly, unless it’s crazy-over-the-top (and even sometimes then), it is a book, and I am usually using it to escape reality.  So, as long as it flows with the story, I am alright with it, and in this case, until I saw other comments it didn’t really even cross my mind.
The only issue I really did have with any of the books in this series, including this one, is that I wish they were longer…not because the story isn’t complete, but I just want more…so, not really an issue with the book. I’m greedy and love the series that much!”

Carrie – Submitting to the Darkness by K.C. Wells – “K.C. Wells gives us our HEA—she just puts her characters through hell to get there—but that’s what makes it so good.  This is not a light, fluffy romance; it is a book with substance and a heavy subject matter which the author tackles beautifully.  The situations with Adam’s blindness are neither contrived nor drawn out, which make the book not so much about the situation the men are in but about the men themselves and how the circumstances bring them together to make a whole. There is a BDSM element in this book, but it is secondary to the storyline, and it adds a bit of spice without being the focus. When these two men finally get together the sparks fly, and yeah, it gets hot…

I loved this book and would highly recommend it and all the Island Tales series.”

Lana – Bare for You by Lexxie Couper – “Bare for You is a hot tale of a rough-around-the-edges outback pilot and a prim-and-proper government official who clash in the best of ways. You just know that innuendos will fly and feathers ruffle.

I really enjoyed this book! Even with the subject matter of a closeted politician wanting to keep his sexuality under wraps, the book stayed light and airy—maybe because all of the hot sex and a really sappy HEA, and that’s all right with me!

Bare for You is an entertaining story of love in the outback. If you have a need for a sexy Aussie cowboy hooking up with a “straight” laced politician, with hot sex and witty banter thrown in, then this story will hit the spot.”

Lynn – Jesse’s Diner by Cardeno C. – “What I loved most about this story was its simplicity. Right to the point, no angst, no miscommunication. Just two people finding love and companionship for all the right reasons. I thought I would have a problem with the age difference between the characters, but the author did such a great job with making them equals that age was never an issue.

Being in Tanner’s head throughout the entire story was a real treat. His humor, insecurities and overall amazement about actually being in a relationship with Steve was hilarious, especially when they are intimate for the first time. Tanner’s inner ramblings will stay with me for a long time. Too funny! And since there was so much dialogue between the two characters, I never felt as though I was missing the other person’s perspective.

As I’m reading this story and loving everything about it, there’s a huge announcement at the end that made my heart melt. It made me love this story even more. Again, no spoilers. You’ll just have to read it yourself and find out. I can promise you, you won’t be disappointed.”

Angel – Keys by Amber Kell – “Kell has created a fascinating world that is similar to our own with just a touch more. It grabs you with its metal arms, embracing you and taking you deep into the City of Keys where you get lost to the magic of this author’s brilliant creation. I am still suffering a bit of a book hangover because I didn’t want it to end. Never fear, though, as this is a complete story with promises for more adventures coming later. Thanks for that, Madame Author!

I loved the characters, all of them; human, magical and clockwork. They are full of life and passion, and that includes the bad guys as well. The city itself is a major character too, and I wanted to know more about the legends and prophesy that drove the story. Oss is a fantastic narrator and I loved him immediately. While I was a bit mistrustful of Thorne, he slowly won me over by the end of the book. Marbrey, the Duke Lear, and Affie round out a stunning cast. Amalia, too. She better make a reappearance, just saying.”

Lisa – The Rascal by Eric Arvin – “For Jeff and Chloe, who are adventure tour guides, it’s the greatest irony that Death is the one journey for which they could never have prepared. Life is the one adventure they may not survive.

In the end, when love has been tested, faith has been broken, hatred has been simmering so close to the surface that one need only stare into the abyss to see that misery stares back, it’s how much one is willing to sacrifice for the sake of an estranged husband, and, for Ethan, an estranged brother, which brings this story’s evil to its conclusion. I love this book. I yelled at it, cursed at it, I shuddered at every single visual Arvin paints into an atmosphere that’s permeated by dread. There are things that go bump in the night. Then there are things that want you to suffer unimaginable horrors. That’s the rascal. He is the symbol of lost innocence, of evil, of insanity, of retribution. The rascal wants his pound of flesh in a most literal and chilling way.

And Eric Arvin delivers.”


And that does it for the month of October. Until November, happy reading!


Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Great Reads to Fall in Love With - Booyah Books! The September Edition

Cheers, fellow bookworms, and welcome to the September installment of The Novel Approach's favorite books! I hope you found your fair share of wonderful reads over the past 30 or so days, we sure did, and I'm here to share a few of our picks with you.

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KarenSloe Ride by Rhys Ford – “Quinn and Rafe’s relationship, compared to the others in the series, seemed to flow and develop much more smoothly, more sweetly. I love how Rafe handles Quinn’s quirks, and even finds them adorable. Throughout the story you still get doses of the rest of the guys you already love, along with watching Quinn and Rafe get together. Having the little snippets of the others seemed to give this book that little edge we are used to in the series, while keeping Quinn and Rafe’s story sweet.”

SadonnaCronin’s Key III by N.R. Walker – “I have to say that I for one am sad to see this series end, and I’m hoping we at least get some little visits along the way with Alec and Cronin – and their friends – because they are a great couple and I will miss them. The way the author has woven history and mythology together throughout the series, along with creating such an interesting cast of characters in these vampires (with a couple of humans thrown in), it has been really fascinating. I still think these would make great movies, with Alex O’Loughlin playing Alec. :)

Once again, well done and highly recommended for a guaranteed great time reading a fun, interesting and exciting story.”

AngelTerror by Moonlight by Hank Edwards – “Hank Edwards is a new to me author, and I loved my first go round with him. I opened up Terror by Moonlight and then couldn’t put it down, reading the entire novel in one sitting. The fast paced story revolves around two men, who are best friends, and the new business they have just started.

Cody Bowers is fun loving and out of control, and Demetrius is his gay best friend. I loved the snark between the two, and the UST (unresolved sexual tension) is so thick it permeated the pages. These two attract more trouble just trying to do their job than seems humanly possible. I loved how the supernatural was just accepted as if it was an everyday occurrence—very little disbelief among the characters, and it was great.”

JulesVespertine by Leta Blake and Indra Vaughn – “This book blew me away. Blew. Me. Away. It was surprising in the best way. I don’t know why I was surprised, really…I’m a big fan of Leta Blake’s books; and Indra Vaughn, though I hadn’t read her work previously, definitely has some popular titles, but I had no idea this one would be this good. The blurb intrigued me; I just didn’t know how the authors were going to pull it off. I mean, he’s a priest, you guys. Ha! But, pull it off they did. Vespertine is beautiful, emotional, raw at times, funny at times, definitely sexy, and just a gorgeous, gorgeous love story.”

LanaThe Carpenter by Serena Yates – “The Carpenter is a sweet, workplace romance between two men who find love where they least expect it.

The story follows the usual formula of a carpenter, Tom, who gets a remodeling job that he needs in order to keep his business running. His client, Matt, needs the house he’s inherited renovated so he can sell it and move on. I’ve read countless stories with this plot line, but I still like it, and this one delivered. I like the dynamic between a blue collar, rough around the edges guy, being with a polished professional.”

MaryannThe Articles of Release by BA Tortuga – “BA Tortuga brings humor, caring, love and a special friendship between all the characters to The Articles of Release. I love this author’s writing style, and this book, with its simple truths, is relaxed and really gives a nice feel to the Release series.

It was such a pleasure to have Win and Sage from The Terms of Release included in this installment of the series. They play a big part in Eric and Troy’s story and bring a nice camaraderie to it. I thought they gave Eric a real eye opener, especially Sage. There is nobody like Sage; he’s just so down to earth. I hope that BA Tortuga continues with the Release series and shares more of Troy and Eric’s life with us, along with Win and Sage’s.”

CarrieFeat of Clay by Susan Mac Nicol – “Let me start by saying I love Susan Mac Nicol, and I have read and recommended all the books in the Men of London series. These books are so well written, and I didn’t think she could do better than Suit Yourself, book three, but yeah, she proved me wrong and I am so glad she did.

Tate is broken, part of Clay is broken also. How do two alpha males overcome a disease that is all in Tate’s head? Feat of Clay takes you on their rocky journey to their HEA. I couldn’t put this book down because I couldn’t leave Tate there – in that place – trying so hard to be strong for Clay while Clay is trying so hard to be strong for Tate. You will love these men, together as a couple, and individually, as they each fight their demons and come out stronger and more in love than they thought possible.”

KimThe Tin Box by Kim Fielding – “I’m a bit biased when it comes to mental asylums, since I’ve had a family member who’s been in and out of them since he was seventeen. He’s now sixty-two and is residing in one, in their dementia and brain trauma unit. Mental hospitals have come a long way since I first visited him in one when I was eleven years old, and yes, there are some abuses that still occur with patients if family or advocates are not on their toes and looking out for them.

I was so impressed by the way William used Bill’s letters to motivate him into leaving his comfort zone and become more confidant as a gay man. Colby was such a tease as he flirted with William, and I loved how these two interacted with each other.”

LisaDangerous Spirits by Jordan L. Hawk – “I’ve probably uttered the words, “Oh my god, this is my favorite Jordan L. Hawk book. Evarrrr!” every single time I’ve finished reading a Jordan L. Hawk book. That sort of redundancy is an occupational hazard of which I never tire. And, once again, it’s entirely true.

Putting my finger on the pulse of my love for Dangerous Spirits is simple—the paranormal plot elements in this story are exceptional. How exceptional are they? I was so frustrated by my inability to read fast enough that I kept skipping down the page to see what would happen next, and then going back to read the parts I’d skipped just so I wouldn’t bust a vein from the tension and suspense woven into those scenes. If you’re a fan of horror—the vivid prose and chilling metaphysical story elements that not only get the adrenaline pumping but the goose bumps popping at the deadly visitations from beyond the grave—then this book will scratch every single one of your horror-loving itches.”


And that does it for another month of Booyah Books! Until next month, happy reading!

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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Chatting with Poppy Dennison about Dogwood Days

I'm so pleased to have Poppy Dennison on my blog today and excited to have her answer questions about her newest novella due out on October 21st.

Mary: So, this is your first contemporary romance with Dreamspinner, what prompted you to make the change from Paranormal to Contemporary?
Poppy: I’ve always wanted to write a small town story that honored the town where I grew up. The idea had percolated in my brain for a long time before I finally found some inspiration for Holly Creek. This is the first time a setting came to me before characters and I really liked how it worked. I was able to create characters who fit into the town and the story practically wrote itself!
 Mary: Jefferson Lee, your main character, is definitely very sassy. What can you tell us about him?
Poppy: Jefferson Lee is probably my favorite character that I’ve ever written. He is definitely full of sass and has so much heart. He’s one of those people who you want to be around because he has such good energy. I’ve never had a character stick with me for so long. I still see something and can immediately hear Jefferson Lee’s voice in my head with his thoughts. He’s so much fun, and when he finally gets his head out of his rear end and sees his love interest, well, it’s one of my favorite things ever. LOL
Mary: Since he stuck with you, will there be more books in the series?
Poppy: There will be more books, yes, but not necessarily more of Jefferson as the main character. The town itself is so full of interesting personalities that I can't imagine I'll be moving on from Holly Creek for a while.  
Mary: So does that mean no more paranormal? 
Poppy: Not forever, my first love will always be paranormal but I'm enjoying my time in the town I've created and with the people I feel like I've always known. It's like that warm feeling you get when you see family and old friends, share a good meal and then sit around and visit into the wee hours. There's nothing better and that's the warmth I'm hoping to spread. 
Mary: Well it sounds wonderful and I for one can't wait. The book is now available for preorder at Dreamspinner Press:

Small town heroes and big town hearts.
Jefferson Lee Davis is happy with his life in the city until his favorite uncle has a bad fall and he rushes to Holly Creek to make sure Uncle Sherman is okay. Jefferson Lee knows how to navigate small Southern town’s politics and the residents greet him with open arms. Everyone but the town’s sheriff, Zane Yarbrough, that is.
Dogwood Days, the town’s biggest festival is looming, so Jefferson has to step up and take over his uncle’s job as the town blogger, even if that puts him right in the sheriff’s path. Quirky neighbors, meddling family, and a sassy best friend all come together to make Jefferson Lee’s life in Holly Creek a full-time adventure. When he loses his job back in the city, Jefferson Lee has to start a new job search that will take him away from the town he’s learning to think of as home. Will this big city boy find sweet romance in the arms of a small town sheriff or will the allure of the city call him back?

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Friday, September 18, 2015

Release Day for my marshals!
I'm excited and nervous that my marshals are out today! I hope you all enjoy reading about Miro and Ian's further adventures.:)