Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Booyah Books To Fall In Love With - Our Top Picks For September

Hi, everyone, thanks so much for stopping by to see what we got up to in the month of September at The Novel Approach. Of course, thanks also to Mary for letting us take over her blog once again so we can share the books we read and loved over the course of the last month.

There's a diverse cross section of authors and genres to celebrate, so without further delay, here are our top picks for September.




Tina – Happy Independence Day by Michael Rupured – “Reading this book was like traveling back through history to get an eyewitness view of the events that shaped LGBT history. I’m honestly (and ashamedly) not real clear on the true historical details of the famous Stonewall Uprising, the very riots that this story is centered around. I do know that those riots were the inspiration for modern day Pride celebrations worldwide

It was fascinating to read the story in context. By today’s standards much of what was said and done in this story would be offensive, but it’s not today in Happy Independence Day, it’s the end of the 1960s and everything is changing before our eyes. Mr. Rupured is able to take us back in time to experience all the sights and sounds of the time. His exceptional details and imagery make the characters as well as the setting come to life for the reader. It feels so real, genuine.”

Tina’s Full Review Can Be Found HERE

Jackie – Encore by Lori Toland – “Lori Toland did a great job of bringing Blaze and Jason back together, and apart, and back together again throughout the series. None was better, however, than the ending of this book. I think Jason finally got the idea of what it takes to make a relationship work, and Blaze learned to empathize and to forgive the little things so he could avoid losing the most important thing in his life.

There is definitely a HEA for Blaze and Jason, but it is hard earned and required some give and take from both men. There’s also plenty of material for maybe a spinoff from this series. I know, I wouldn’t hate that (hint, hint). If you have read any of the installments in this series, then this book is one you won’t want to miss. If you haven’t, then maybe it’s time you gave The Replacement Guitarist series a try. I highly recommend the entire series and dare you not to love these guys.”

Jackie’s Full Review Can Be Found HERE

Lynn – The Devil You Know by Kol Anderson – “I loved that Mr. Anderson chose now to let us in on some of Vince’s secrets. We’re at that part of the story where we know what goes on behind the scenes of reconditioning, for lack of a better word, and later at the brothel. Now we’re getting to know and see the people behind this disgusting human trafficking business. I’m ready, are you?

To wrap things up here, I can never say it enough, this author has a way of bringing the reader into his world, shaking them up and spitting them out. I’ve never read an author who can put so much story and emotion on thirty pages that leaves the reader feeling as though they’ve read an eight hundred page novel. That’s how I feel when I read Kol Anderson.”

Lynn’s Full Review Can Be Found HERE

Kim – Brute by Kim Fielding (Audio) – “There’s nothing worse than finding out that you’ve had a fantastic story on your TBR shelf for a couple of years, and it takes a newly released audio for you to finally figure it out. Then again, I could say that I waited to get the full impact of Brute by reading both the story and listening at the same time. I could say this too: Kim Fielding is a master storyteller!

Damn, what touching story. I had a couple of moments where tears were welling up. I love these types of fairy tales, and K.C. Kelly did a wonderful job of narrating Brute. It’s highly recommended as a read or a listen—or both. I’m giving Brute 5 very enthusiastic Stars.

Kim’s Full Review Can Be Found HERE

Lana – Avaritia by Mathew Ortiz – “I love Mr. Ortiz’s writing style. Even though Avaritia is written in the third person, I felt like I was reading William’s and Rush’s inner monologues. Their dialogue and interactions were spot on, and the back and forth between the two made me laugh out loud. The dirty talk was fun too.

I loved Avaritia and was entertained throughout. I know my review is not doing it justice, but it’s a story that needs to be read. It will make you laugh and tug at your heart. A great ball of energy that will make your witch’s senses tingle!”

Lana’s Full Review Can Be Found HERE

Sammy – Hidden Gem by Lissa Kasey – “...there was just so much to author Lissa Kasey’s novel, so many layers of subtext and plot twists that left me racing to learn more about Shane and Aki, Candy and Paris, and, yes, just who was torturing, dismembering, and killing the poor victims. Shane, so gruff and aloof, yet so determined to see justice done, to save his precious Aki and to maintain some semblance of his own humanity when the beast inside threatened to consume him every moment. The gentle and loving way he thought of Aki, the deep desire to save him, see him pampered and taken care of, kept safe, was so lovely. This was not your typical romance. Sex between Aki and Shane could kill Aki, or leave him hospitalized, so Shane wooed him instead. He became the take-charge partner that Aki needed and the lover he desired. Such a careful dance between these two men that played out in this amazing story, it was nothing short of beautiful.

Hidden Gem is a stunning thriller that left me breathless! If there were flaws here, I could not find them, for this story was just that good. I highly recommend this incredible novel to you.”

Sammy’s Full Review Can Be Found HERE

Rena – The Knife of Narcissus by Carolyne Chand – “Perhaps the best thing to me about books one and two is the fact that the angsting of the lovers over their unlawful feelings for each other is kept at a minimum. In fact, Chand limits the heartbreak and despair to Trio, who isn’t the POV character, so that we’re blessed with Lucius, who’s deeply in love but goes about dealing with his troubles in a very pragmatic manner. He doesn’t spend page after page bemoaning his fate, of being born at the wrong time, of being born gay. Oh, heck no. He slyly goes about learning how to be the perfect lover for Trio and is even very candid about it when confronted by his horrified/mortified/utterly-turned-on dreamboat. Whether by older slave, younger slave, or even a female contortionist – Lucius’ sexual maturation isn’t treated lightly, either. For every experience he enjoys, he gets something out of it, not just in the physical sense but in the mind and the heart as well. The female contortionist is nothing more than curiosity satisfied, and the clinical coldness of the moment – one that’s even slightly edged with wry humor – makes for a sharp contrast to the more sensual and more physically and emotionally gratifying man-on-man scenes. It’s an education that not only eases him into his nature, but also allows him to help Trio overcome his own fears and doubts.”

Rena’s Full Review Can Be Found HERE

Jules – Fever Pitch by Heidi Cullinan – “Though Fever Pitch does deal with some pretty dark themes, the take-away is absolutely the joy. The joy one can find through music, through finding good friends and realizing that it’s ok to let them take care of you sometimes, through loving someone, it’s all there. I’m not gonna lie…I found myself getting choked up quite a few times, and even shed a few tears. There were several heartbreakingly beautiful moments in the book, one of them involving Giles’s parents stepping up to take care of Aaron when he needed it. The Mulders are amazing and perfect, though not at all in an unrealistic way. I know how it is to be reading a book and think, c’mon…these characters are TOO perfect, but that is not even remotely the case here. They are simply good people, and fantastic parents, and every single scene with them feels genuine and straight from the heart.”

Jules’ Full Review Can Be Found HERE

Chris – Sealed by Fire Catherine Noon and Rachel Wilder – “This was a very good introduction into a new series, although it did have a few slow spots along the way. I expect that, though, with a first book in an urban fantasy series. With setting up the world, the characters, and what magics or otherworldly creatures are going to be a part of the storyline, it won’t be all action or love story in that particular book. The story itself was not lacking in any sense, it was very detailed and rich in texture and backstory on many of the characters.

I do look forward to the next book in this series, especially if we get to see more of the snake shifters, or even more of Nash’s world. This is one to definitely check out if you’re an urban fantasy reader or like a good solid dose of shifters, magic and world building in your M/M romance.”

Chris’s Full Review Can Be Found HERE

Kathie – Upside Down by Andrew Grey – “This story has many twists and lots of surprises, including don’t trust anyone named Moonstone. Who knew you could hide something behind woodwork molding? And my favorite: check your takeout food after it’s delivered. You never know what might have been sprinkled on it.

The ending of Upside Down is awesome. You will never guess it either. You just need to know that Andrew writes really good stories about characters you can care about, even if they are whiny or giggly sometimes. And really. what’s wrong with giggling? Giggling is infectious.”

Kathie’s Full Review Can Be Found HERE

Taz – The Last Thing He Needs by J.H. Knight – “This story contained all the elements I love: strong characterization, a tight plot line, tension and angst interspersed with sexual or lighter moments. The prose was natural and easy to follow, pages flying by without my even realizing how quickly I sped through the story. Or, maybe it was that I was so engrossed in the story I wasn’t paying attention to time.

What Ms. Knight does beautifully is reveal Tommy’s complexity. He’s tough as nails and soft as a teddy bear all mixed up in a hot package. While he would be considered trash by most, based on his parents, their meager home, and the brood living too cramped under one roof, one thing shone through more than anything…he loved his family. I couldn’t get enough of the descriptions of his observations of and interactions with the kids, from the 1-year-old twins to his 17-year-old sister. He paid attention to each like a true parent would, and held dreams for them the way any good parent should. Everything he did was for them, in an effort to meet their basic needs and to help them to feel safe and cared for.”

Taz’s Full Review Can Be Found HERE

Lisa – Daron’s Guitar Chronicles (Books One—Five) by Cecilia Tan – “Daron’s Guitar Chronicles is literary fiction in its most exemplary form, an exposé that reveals Daron Moondog’s (née Marks) evolution as he begins to come to terms with who he is, and, in the end of the final published book (thus far), finds the courage to begin poking at his feelings for the man who turns him inside out and leaves him feeling raw and vulnerable.

As addictive as any books I’ve ever read, as heart-rending as any series I’ve ever loved, Daron’s Guitar Chronicles is, if not perfect, the quintessential compilation of music, drugs, sex, love, lust, and pain. My one fear as I got farther along in Daron’s saga was that the author would fail in her effort to keep this storyline fresh and vibrant and emotionally encompassing through its hundreds of chapters. I’m happy to report she damn well did. Daron’s Guitar Chronicles is a brilliant feat in fiction, far too luminous for this simple 5 star rating.”


My Full Review Can Be Found HERE


And that puts paid to another month of Booyah Books. Until next time, happy reading!

Friday, September 26, 2014

EM Lynley is on my blog today!

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This is awesome! EM has written a bonus scene from her new novel Spaghetti Western and is sharing it here today. 
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Riley’s a chef, and while he loves to cook, food hasn’t always meant love. He grew up in a house with distant parents who let the nanny take care of the kids. No hugs, kisses and cupcakes from Mommy. But when he meets Colby Zane and goes to work at the Rocking Z Ranch, he learns that food can be a wonderful way to express his love.
Here’s a scene where he does just that.
This scene isn’t in the book, so if you haven’t read Spaghetti Western (yet), there aren’t any spoilers, but it will give you some idea how much fun Colby and Riley are together. I hope you love it. Enjoy!

 The Picnic

Riley had his back to the door when Colby entered the kitchen.
Katrina, Chuck and Willa were nowhere to be seen. It was awfully quiet in the kitchen, even for the lull between breakfast and lunch.
“Did your elves run away or something?” Colby asked.
Riley’s shoulders rose and he swung around. “Hey, I didn’t hear you come in.”
“At least I’ve got your all to myself for a few minutes.” Colby covered the ten feet between them in a second and had Riley wrapped in his arms. Riley relaxed into the embrace and let Colby back him against the counter and kiss him until Colby either had to get their clothes off or back away.
He reluctantly chose the latter. He smoothed the bulge in his jeans and thought how unfair it was Riley wore an apron that hid his arousal.
“I’ve got a surprise for you, Colby.” Riley hopped up onto the counter and hooked a finger in Colby’s shirt collar to pull him back in, then trapped him by wrapping his legs around Colby’s waist.
“I like how it starts.”
“This isn’t the surprise, but you can start thanking me now.” Riley put a hand behind Colby’s head and pulled him close for another mind-blowing kiss. Riley’s tongue knew where to stroke and caress and Colby was jelly—except for his dick—in about ten seconds. Then Riley slid his hand along Colby’s chest, firm against his abs and pecs and across one sensitive nipple and Colby couldn’t help letting out a little yelp.
“Mmmm. You’re gonna kill me or we’re gonna be embarrassed when your staff come back.”
“They won’t be back for a while. They’re in charge of lunch today, so I let them go early after breakfast.”
“So you’re free for lunch?” Colby started to get the picture. “I’m off the rest of the day. So maybe we could…..”
“I already planned lunch for us. Got a picnic just about ready to go.”
“Picnic?”
“Yup. All you have to do is eat. Well, almost.”
“I like the idea of ‘almost.’” He hoped the non-eating part involved them getting out of their clothes. It was suddenly pretty hot in the kitchen. Hotter than usual.

 Twenty minutes later Riley and Colby were in the barn. Tommo was saddling Rosewood, a pretty bay mare and Colby’s mare Twenty-four was also ready to go. Tommo looked up when Riley approached. “Thanks, Tommo.”
Tommo tipped his hat to Riley, then grinned at Colby. “You two have a nice picnic.”
Colby’s mouth nearly dropped open at the way Tommo emphasized the world “picnic.” He turned to Riley. “You’ve got Tommo helping you too, today?”
“Everyone seems awfully helpful in getting you away from the barn and office. I wonder why?” Riley touched a finger to his chin and glanced toward the ceiling. He looked adorable.
“So where’s the picnic basket?” Colby glanced around and didn’t see it.
“Out at the picnic spot. We just have to get there.”
Colby checked Rosewood’s girth and give Riley a leg up, then he checked his own mare’s tack and sprang into the saddle.  “Now what?”
“Follow me.” Riley moved Rosewood toward the entrance and Colby followed.
Riley didn’t know his way around the ranch very well yet, but he certainly had something planned. If they happened to get lost, Colby wouldn’t particularly mind. He just hoped the picnic wasn’t too far. As much as he wanted a taste of Riley, he was almost as eager for whatever Riley had cooked up.
They hadn’t been on the trail ten minutes when Colby guessed their destination. “Hey, are we—” He stopped himself. Why ruin Riley’s surprise?
Half an hour later they arrived at the top of the plateau overlooking the plains between the ranch and the Rockies in the distance. With an almost cloudless sky and a slight breeze to offset the heat, it was a perfect view and a perfect day.
Riley stopped and dismounted. “Need some help?” he asked Colby.
“I can manage, thanks.” Colby slid off Twenty-four and secured her and Rosewood to the nearest tree, where a plastic water trough had already been filled. “Looks like you’ve thought of everything. Except food.”
“You’re awfully impatient.”
“I told you, I’m starving.” Colby slid an army around Riley’s waist and the walked the last twenty meters. “Oh, wow.” Colby stopped when he got to the top of the trail. Picnic blankets and cushions had been laid out and a big red-and-white cooler sat nearby. “You have thought of everything!”
“Come and have a seat.”
Colby sat on a cushion, and Riley pulled his boots off. Colby felt a little like he’d arrived at a Middle Eastern restaurant. Riley knelt next to him and served him some cool, crisp white wine. They raised their glasses in a toast and enjoyed a few sips.
“One last thing I need to do.” Riley pulled something out of the cooler. “Close your eyes.”
This was starting to be fun. Usually Colby hated surprises, but Riley had changed all that. Then he felt Riley move behind him and pull something across his eyes. He opened them and discovered he’d been blindfolded.
“Hey, I didn’t sign up for this!”
“You want to eat, don’t you?” Riley’s tone was playful.
“Yes, but how can I eat if I can’t see anything?”
Riley didn’t respond.
Colby heard the cooler open and shut and smelled a mix of tantalizing aromas he couldn’t name. He could take a hint.
“Ready for the first course?”
Colby raised his hands to the fabric across his eyes, but Riley stopped him.
“No peeking. Today’s lunch is a test. If you can name three things, you get a prize.”
“What’s the prize?”
“Choose your own prize. Anything you want, but you have to collect before we go back.”
Colby chuckled. It didn’t take much imagination as to what the possibilities might entail. But he liked the idea. “I’ll play. How many things?”
“Four.”
“So I can only get one wrong?”
“You’re good at kissing and math.”
“Speaking of kissing…. Can I get a little reward now?”
“Sure.” Riley’s weight settled onto Colby’s lap, legs straddling him. The Riley’s warm lips were pressed against Colby’s. He tasted like the wine, a delicious combination.
Colby didn’t want to stop, so he took his time, enjoy a slow, deep kiss until his stomach rumbled.
Riley pulled off. “That’s enough for now. Now, tell me what this is.” Colby opened his mouth and Riley pushed in a small piece of fruit. It was cool and sweet. It tasted familiar, but he wasn’t sure. He chewed and swallowed. Riley fed him more and from the sounds, Riley was also eating. In between bites he leaned close for another kiss.
Colby wasn’t even paying attention to the food. With Riley still in his lap, close enough to feel the heat from his body and all the kissing, Colby was already hard. He was enjoying this a hell of a lot.
“Want more?”
“Food or kisses?”
“Food. And you have to guess what it is before the next course.”
Colby had a couple more bites. “Melon?”
“What kind?”
“Shit, Riley. How hard is this going to be?”
“Looks pretty hard already.” Riley slid his hand across Colby’s crotch and Colby let out a little gasp. “Okay, what color melon do you think it is?”
“Red? Watermelon?”
“Ding-ding-ding. Right. Well, good enough. There were three kinds of melon and one was watermelon. With a drizzle of honey and mint. You want more?”
“Next course?”
“Fine.” Riley got up and made more noise in the cooler, then sat back on Colby’s lap. He kissed Colby’s chin and throat and unbuttoned his shirt then sprinkled some more kisses down Colby’s chest.
“Are you trying to distract me?”
“Not particularly. Just enjoying myself. Open up.”
As with the fruit, Riley interspersed kisses between bites and when Colby put an arm around Riley his fingers found warm, smooth skin of Riley’s back. This was really getting interesting. When Colby was told to guess he had to concentrate real hard. He was a little out of breath from the kisses and knowing Riley was undressing himself.
“Something with chicken. Cheese, salsa? I know I’ve had that before.”
“Good job. Chicken with salsa verde.” This time the reward was Riley taking Colby’s shirt off and rolling him down onto the blanket where they lay together kissing for a while. Then Riley unbuckled Colby’s belt and unfastened his jeans. He sucked on Colby’s nipples until Colby couldn’t breathe. When Riley pressed his face against Colby’s cock he thought he’d shoot his load right there.
“Hang on, there. Slow down, down there. Let’s get to the next course. So I can get my prize.”
The next food was dessert. Ice cream or gelato or sorbet. Colby didn’t know what the difference was. It was delicious, just like everything else.
“Mocha or chocolate ice cream?”
Riley made a sound like a buzzer. “Sorry, folks, that is not correct. Taste it again.”
“I give up.”
“It’s hazelnut sorbet.”
“It was yummy. Okay, so I have to get the next one right or I lose?”
“Yup.” Riley got up and moved around some more. “Now hold your hands behind your back.”
“Why?”
“Because…well, because I said so. Once you taste it, you’ll understand.”
Colby’s brain imagined all sorts of scenarios.
“This time just lick, don’t bite.”
Colby tentatively put his tongue out and felt warm flesh. It was Riley. “Mmmm. You.”
“Yes, of course it’s me. But what part of me?” Riley was laughing now.
“Seriously?”
“Yes. And if you get this wrong you don’t get the big prize.”
“Don’t put any pressure on me.”
“Guess.”
Colby tried to figure out where Riley’s voice was coming from to get an idea what part of his body he’d just licked. It couldn’t be his dick, that much was clear. It would be have been too easy. It wasn’t a nipple or anything on his face. He licked again.
Smooth. He didn’t feel any hair so that narrowed it down. Another lick. There were some curves and the skin tasted a little salty. He didn’t want to get this wrong!
“Your back or shoulder?”
“Choose one.”
“Damn, you’re a nitpicker.” Colby licked one last time. “Shoulder.”
“Ding-ding-ding! We’ve got a winner.”
Colby let out a whoop and tried take off the bandanna.
“Not yet. Anyway, that was my shoulder blade, so back or shoulder were both correct.”
“Bastard.”
“You love it.”
“Yeah, I do. Now for my prize?”
“What would you like?” Riley settled back into Colby’s lap and this time he was completely naked. He didn’t stop Colby from touching him or pulling him in for a kiss.
“I’d like to get out of the rest of my clothes.”
Riley helped Colby stand and took his pants and shorts off, then Colby felt Riley’s mouth close over his cock. “Hey, I didn’t decide yet.”
“I’m cheating a little. I’ve been wanting to do this since we got here.”
“I’ve been wanting you to do that since long before we got here.”
“So you want a blow job?”
Colby played with Riley’s hair as Riley licked and sucked him gently. It felt amazing with the blindfold on. “Well, since you’re already naked too. Maybe we could take advantage of that. I’d like to fuck you out here in the middle of the day. We’ve never done that before.”
“Why haven’t we done that before?”
“Good question.”
Riley stood up and kissed Colby. “Let me just get ready.”
“I’ll do it.”
“No because you’re not allowed to take the bandanna off yet.”
Colby grinned. He listened to Riley squeezing lube into his hand and the squishy noises as he must have been pushing fingers into himself. He wanted to watch, but it was fun imagining the sight too.
“I can see you’re enjoying this already,” Riley said.
Colby’s cock was rock hard. He heard a condom wrapper ripping and Riley rolled it onto him and added more lube. “How are we gonna do this?”
“I’m on my hands and knees, just come up behind me. I’ll let you use your hands now and I’ll guide you.”
Colby got to his knees and felt Riley’s ass in front of him. He moved closer and using his hands he managed to get his dick to Riley’s hole.  “I think this is gonna work.” He pushed inside and it was like nothing he’d ever felt. No matter how many times he’d be inside Riley, entering him without any visual clues was incredible. Even making love in the dark was completely different.
Here, in the open air, with the sound of the horses and the scent of trees and grass and lunch and Riley’s skin. Colby had to hold on to Riley’s hips tightly because his balance was off without visual clues. But he thrust in and out and heard Riley’s moans and gasps more distinctly than any other time they’d been together.
With the sensations so much more intense, Colby couldn’t last as long as usual and he didn’t try. But before he came he reached down to get Riley off, then let himself ride over the edge of orgasm. Afterwards, Colby lay on his back, still blindfolded and kissed Riley for a long time, relaxing with the sun’s rays playing over his naked skin.
Then Riley pulled the bandanna off. Colby blinked in the bright sunshine. Riley looked so beautiful lying on the blankets smiling up at him.
“That was the best picnic ever. Thank you.”
“I’m glad you enjoyed it. And you should thank me.” He winked.
“Why do you say that?”
“Because you didn’t get three out of four correct.”
“I didn’t? Why’d you say I did?”
“If I hadn’t let you cheat it wouldn’t have been as much fun.
“What did I get wrong?”
“It doesn’t matter. In my book you got a perfect score.”
“Mmm. I love you.”
“I know.”
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Spaghetti Western
A Novel in the Delectable Series

Cordon Bleu-trained chef Riley Emerson arrives in Aspen, Colorado for a summer at the best restaurant in town, only to discover his jerk of a boyfriend has dumped him, leaving his heart and his plans in tatters. Doubting himself and longing for a change of pace, he takes a low-paying position at the Rocking Z guest ranch, though he expects nature up close and personal won’t hold a candle to his exciting Paris lifestyle.

When born-and-bred cattle rancher Colby Zane spots a newcomer being pawed at by a passel of horny cowboys at Aspen’s Club Rawhide, he rushes in, throws the guy over his shoulder, and rescues him. Sober, Riley Emerson is sweet and sexy, but not interested in more than a one-night stand. Still, Colby’s over the moon when Riley later arrives as the new cook on his family’s ranch.

But all’s not well at the Rocking Z. Unsurmountable financial problems force them to seek a cash infusion from outside investor Fitz Wellington. Fitz is hot for Colby, and he won’t sign on the dotted line without some very personal incentives. The future of the ranch is at stake, and Colby’s just that desperate, but saving the Z might mean losing Riley.

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EM Lynley writes gay erotic romance. She loves books where the hero gets the guy and the loving is 11 on a scale of 10. A Rainbow Award winner and EPIC finalist, EM has worked in high finance, high tech, and in the wine industry, though she'd rather be writing hot, romantic man-on-man action. She spent 10 years as an economist and financial analyst, including a year as a White House Staff Economist, but only because all the intern positions were filled. Tired of boring herself and others with dry business reports and articles, her creative muse is back and naughtier than ever. She has lived and worked in London, Tokyo and Washington, D.C., but the San Francisco Bay Area is home for now.

She is the author of Sex, Lies & Wedding Bells, the Precious Gems series from Dreamspinner Press, and the Rewriting History series starring a sexy jewel thief, among others.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Jamie Lake is on my blog today

BEING THE 'BAD BOY' OF M/M GAY ROMANCE

It's not easy to be new kid on the block. I am completely new to the M/M world and I didn't start reading it until almost a year ago. Being a male, in a predominately female-driven genre has its advantages and disadvantages. I know what it's like to experience heart break from a man who promises you the world only to kick you to the curb. I know what it's like to watch someone you love kill themselves. I know what it's like to be cheated on by someone you thought was your close friend. But I also know what it's like to finally find 'the one' who you can trust and who wants to stay by your side, no matter what.  I write about it all when I write my books. 
When I was inspired to write my book series BAD BOY: Naughty at Night, I had to draw upon my own experience. The novel series tells the story of a kindergarten teacher who becomes so in need of money, that he decides to become an erotic masseuse at night.  He juggles this double-life while dating a cop and is under the control of a mafia-esque type of character. Without going into every intimate aspect of my persona life, I will say that I've experienced elements of this story in one way or another. I know what it's like to be faced with a decision that you never thought you would, to be afraid that the person who loves you may not love you that much anymore if they were to find out about your past. I know what it's like to date an FBI agent and I know what it's like to date someone who is in the mafia. I tried to draw upon all of that and more while writing the BAD BOY series and I really hope that you enjoy reading it, as much as I enjoyed writing it.  


Giveaway: I will give a PDF copy of my book to a randomly selected commenter of this post. Please leave your email addy. Contest ends 9/24. :)

You can find my books here: http://www.bit.ly/JAMIELAKEBOOKS
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Yaoi-Con weekend

Just gorgeous.
 Let me just start by saying that I love Yaoi-Con so much. Its the only place where I can get things for me and find things that are not yaoi for my kids. It's like perfection in a con. I love seeing my fellow authors, (Augusta Li and Eon de Beaumont, EM Lynley, Zee Kensington and my bestie Amy Lane), seeing DSP staff I adore, (Anne Regan and Julianne Bentley), all the amazing costumes, and finding the booths of my favorite online web-comics. This year was awesome, where the DSP table was, we were right across from Starfighter (which I read slavishly and helped fund the Kickstarter for), four down from Teahouse, and on the other side was Alex Woolfson who is responsible for Yaoi 911, Artifice and The Young Protectors. He signed my book  so graciously even as I demanded that he get The Annihilator and Kyle back together. He probably thought I was a crazy woman.
All my Teahouse keychains.
 I enjoyed talking to my fans, Kelly, Mary and sign books for their sister Amy who was not there but who apparently is just as picky about her books as I am about mine. No bent corners please. If I jack up my own books, that's okay, but no one else can. Its always so much fun to talk about books and other writing projects.

Amazing
Young Protectors, Starfighter and Teahouse
I'm so glad that Yaoi-Con came back this year, they took a hiatus last year in 2013 so I haven't gone since it was in Long Beach in 2012. I hope I can go next year too as I always enjoy it. I so love setting up the DSP table and having people come and ask what we have. Talking about books I love by authors I love makes me think I missed my calling and I should have worked in a bookstore. But all in all a wonderful time. I didn't buy as much actual yaoi as I normally do but Jo Chen wasn't there and sadly I buy so much during the year and I've gotten pickier about who I collect since my bookshelf space is getting smaller. But I'm sure I will next year and I already can't wait. For a con where the early bird registration fee is only $45.00, you really can't go wrong. Hope so see a lot more folks there next year in San Francisco in the fall.



Sunday, September 7, 2014

All the news

Happy Sunday all. This is the gorgeous cover that the amazing Reese Dante made for me for my latest novella Blue Days. It will be out in November. Here's the blurb:


Falling for a coworker is rarely a good idea, especially for a man getting a last chance at salvaging his career. But from the moment Dwyer Knolls sees the beautiful but socially awkward Takeo Hiroyuki, he seems destined to make bad decisions.
 
Takeo’s life is a string of failed attempts to please his traditional Japanese father. Unfortunately, succeeding in business turns out to be just as difficult for Takeo as changing from gay to straight. In fact, the only thing Takeo seems to truly excel at is taking notice of Dwyer Knolls. 

When Dwyer and Takeo head to Mangrove, Florida on a real estate buying trip, their tentative friendship combusts and becomes much more. Is their sudden connection real enough to bank their futures on, or should they chalk the whole thing up to the daze inspired by the blue ocean breeze?

I'll be interested  to hear what you all think. In other news, I'll be at Yaoi-Con for two days this coming week. The event goes through Sunday, but I'll only be there for Friday and Saturday. So if you're in the Bay Area, please pop over and see me and Amy Lane. We'd love to visit with you and Amy will be there through Sunday. I hope everyone has an awesome new week.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Booyah Books! Our Top Picks for the Month of August

Greetings, everyone! Many thanks to Mary once again for allowing me to bring another edition of Booyah Books to all of you. We've got another great and varied selection of titles that make our top choices for Book of the Month in August. Whether you've read all of them, some of them, or none at all, I hope you'll find a book or two on the list that you loved as much as we did, or will consider adding to your TBR lost to love in the weeks to come.

Happy reading!

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Tina – Bliss by Lisa Henry and Heidi Belleau – “The amazing skill with which Lisa Henry and Heidi Belleau develop these characters and let them reveal and see just the tiniest glimpses of truth, which enable them to realize all may not be as it appears, is a beautiful thing. I loved Rory and Tate! I wanted to see them triumph over the evil and prove that appearances ARE deceiving.

The secondary characters are as loveable and loathsome as they are intended to be. Rory’s boss is just the polar opposite of what he initially appears to be. It is rare that a bad guy is written to be as bad as this one and doesn’t read like too much of a caricature. This man felt real, and I wanted him to get the same treatment he had inflicted on so many others.

Bliss had all the ingredients in just the right measurements to make a delicious read. I read it in one sitting and would happily have had more. Riptide Publishing is keeping its stellar reputation alive by continuing to publish great quality, well-written books by amazingly talented authors. This is one I strongly recommend for everyone.”

Full Review & Buy Link HERE


Jackie – Names Can Never Hurt Me by Wade Kelly – “Wade Kelly did a fabulous job with this story, and I loved most of the characters by the end of the book. The ones I didn’t like weren’t meant to be liked, and I loved how she made these characters unlikable but realistic. Once Nick realized which friends were good for him and which ones were leading him down the wrong road, he had a decision to make and some serious soul searching to do. I completely believed the struggle he went through, and I believe he is well on his way to redemption. I don’t think he has finished his journey, but for this story I believe he did all he could.

Out of all the secondary characters in this book, Corey Parrish was my absolute fave. I will just be devastated if Ms. Kelly doesn’t give Corey his very own HEA. If anyone earned one in this book, it was Corey.

I would highly recommend this book, and I double dare you not to love it!”

Full Review & Buy Link HERE


Lynn – Once Broken by Kol Anderson – “As with season one, this first story in season two starts out with a bang and keeps on going. I can’t say it enough times, Mr. Anderson has a way with bringing you into his stories and captivating you with his technique of emotional storytelling. I’m not gushing too much, am I? Well, it’s how I feel, not apologizing for it. I am in awe of this author.

We meet Carter, who we briefly met at the end of Season One. He becomes another victim in Vincent’s dark, vicious world and, unbeknownst to Carter, Aaron’s ‘replacement’. The brutality and torment Carter goes through is atrocious. The author brings us into the depths of Carter’s mind. We feel his pain, confusion, and fear. We see the horror that is Carter’s life now. Instead of the author focusing on the torture used in training the slave in Aaron’s story, the author fast forwards to what happens after that. He takes us to the brothel where the sex slave victims are at the mercy of others with their sick perversions. If the training wasn’t bad enough, the brothel itself was on a whole other level of abuse. What really left me with chills – now it was crystal clear – this isn’t just a handful of sickos. This was a lucrative, no holds barred, successful business made possible by the kidnapping and deprogramming of innocent people against their will. I was also left thinking, can this be happening right now in the real world? How are they getting away with this?”

Full Review and Buy Link HERE


Lana – Pride and Modern Prejudice by AJ Michaels – “Pride and Modern Prejudice is loaded with superb supporting characters. The originals are all here and give an extra life to the story. Now, back to Liam and Darcy! The sexual chemistry between them was palpable. While Darcy is gay and makes the first move thinking Liam is too, Liam is straight but feels this connection to Darcy. Thinking his emotions are hate and anger but realizing that it’s lust and attraction instead. Liam comes to grips with his sexuality. Darcy, ever the gentleman, steps back and let’s Liam make his own conclusions. There is no sex in this book, which made me very disappointed. LOL. It’s only alluded to that they spent the night together. There are, however, a couple of hot kisses that will leave you hot and bothered. I guess the author wanted to stay true to the original and leave it at that. But boy, the sex between Darcy and Liam would have been Hot. Darcy, the more experienced lover, showing Liam all the ins and outs!

I love Pride and Modern Prejudice!! Get it, and don’t be prejudiced because it’s an old fashioned story. It’s worth it.”

Full Review and Buy Link HERE


Sammy – Filthy Acquisitions by Edmond Manning – “Edmond Manning’s story, Filthy Acquisitions, is an act of forgiveness written in the guise of a sweet, innocuous story. When Keldon comes face to face with someone he really wants to be worthy of, his past roils up within him, forcing him to look closely at not only how he normally becomes a chameleon, taking on any and all characteristics to please his lover, but that he has stooped to doing a job so heinous he can barely stomach it.

Filthy Acquisitions takes aim at the feelings of longing and self-doubt within us all and exposes them to the light. But this is not a harsh, condemning illumination; rather, it is the softer glow of forgiveness and its residual warmth. Through a clever little story, Edmond Manning speaks to that place inside us that has acquired that little bit of filth, and assures us that those who love us can look beneath it and see who we really are and, in doing so, help us free ourselves from being shackled to guilt over past mistakes. It is a story that says we must learn to love ourselves for there is so much within each of us that is worthy to be loved. I highly recommend it to you.”

Full Review and Buy Link HERE


Chris – Breaking Free by Cat Grant – “This book is actually the prequel to Guarded. In this story you get not just Robert and Renee’s complete story, but see Jase and Eric’s story and how Jase became a Dom. The focus, though, is on Richard’s transition to Renee, how those choices affect both Robert and Renee, and ultimately, are they able to work through their issues. Cat Grant handled what is a very hard decision in any person’s life with a great amount of care and a healthy dose of reality.

Instead of just showing that making the decision to transition from one sex to another was all lightness and roses, she showed that it’s not and that it affects not just the person transitioning but everyone around them. Jase didn’t see anyone other than Renee when Richard started transitioning in just the clothing aspect. Robert, on the other hand, took it very badly. He could only focus on the gender aspect at first. Being a gay male, now in a relationship with a woman, well, that wasn’t who he’d intended to be with the rest of his life. In his mind he entered into a long term relationship with Richard, and he loved Richard with his whole heart and soul. Renee wasn’t Richard, even though she’s actually the most important part of Richard.”

Full Review and Buy Link HERE


Taz – Crimson Mate by Nikki McCoy- “This book was an amazing read, one I couldn’t put down, although I had to because I would have otherwise been incredibly antisocial. The immediacy of the action was palpable throughout the story. Each scene dripped with emotion and visceral description. It was as if Ms. McCoy wasn’t present at all, not even as an author. The characters lived on the page, and I could feel and experience their emotions as if I were there.

The world-building was phenomenal. Simple, yet elegant. Similar to our own world, I could imagine living alongside these races, not even knowing they were any different than me. But the rules governing each and the history of their conflict was seamless, enough detail woven in to keep us firmly rooted in the challenges these characters faced.

The sex was jalapeño-hot, but also emotional, just the way I like it. The need and desire radiated off the two main characters, although both showed remarkable restraint for fear of hurting the other.” 

Full Review and Buy Link HERE


Jules – A Forbidden Rumspringa by Keira Andrews – “I don’t want to say too much about the story itself – you can read the blurb, and I hate to give stuff away – however, I will say that while talking to a friend about what I was reading, I dubbed it #AmishAngst. Now, don’t let that scare you, folks…One person’s angst is another person’s Dr. Seuss…But, man what a ride this book was. Honestly, just the lives that these guys have to lead is exhausting enough without any extra complications. Add in having to hide their relationship from everyone, when there are so many prying eyes, and that they both have reason to question the beliefs and morals that are all they have known for their entire lives, and you have the makings of a pretty intense drama.

I do want to talk a little bit about Isaac and David, though. Individually, they are very different. Where Isaac is naïve and timid, David is much more worldly and aware of what he wants out of life. Where Isaac is just learning and trying to understand his sexuality, and how he is going to reconcile all the feelings he is having, David has no question about the fact that he wants Isaac. Ordnung be damned. Together, though…Together they are strong and sure and beautiful. They are so wonderful together – and, damn are they sexy! – I couldn’t get enough of their love and support of one another.”

Full Review and Buy Link HERE


Kim – Dirty Secret (Audio) by Rhys Ford – “Greg Tremblay is Cole McGinnis! Since there’s seemingly no rush to make a movie of Dirty Secret, this audio version is, by far, the best route to my imagination, and to how the scenes should play out. Mr. Tremblay also gets a well done for Jae’s fabulous voice characterization, as well as his narration of the secondary voices. I’d also like to add that there were parts of the story that had me sad, tense, shocked, amazed, and, at one point, gagging. Sorry, I’m a sympathetic vomiter. Even though it was funny as all hell, Rhys and Greg, you did too good a job of describing that particular part of the story.

I love both the book and audio versions of Dirty Secret, but I truly enjoyed Greg’s performance. Bravo! ::hand clapping to a standing ovation::

I’d rather give the audio version of Dirty Secret a 10 Star rating, but I’ll have to settle for a 5 Star rating instead.”

Full Review and Buy Link HERE


Kathie – When Love Takes Over (Audio) by Jacob Z. Flores – “Jacob Z. Flores’ When Love Takes Over was well worth the time and money when I first read it in book form back in August of 2013, and now it’s out on audio (July 2014). If you loved the book, I believe you will not be disappointed. Jacob and TJ bring you into Zach and Van’s lives. And the magic of P-Town does change lives and gives us, the listener, a Happily Ever After. Sigh………
#mamacass, #daisyduke, #marypoppins, #lizadoolittle, you just have to read the book or listen to the audio to see why I included the hashtags.

And now on to Jacob’s Chasing the Sun, the second book in the Provincetown Series! Same narrator so it’s going to be good!”

Full Review and Buy Link HERE


Traci – Double Up by Vanessa North – “This book takes you on a journey of love, heartache and possible heartbreak. The characters are forced to deal with their biggest fears and demons without destroying their new found love. There were several characters I fell in love with in this book. Of course, the first was Ben, he was my favorite. I loved the way he loved. It was unconditional, and he put everyone’s life and feelings ahead of his own (which almost bit him in the butt). Next was Eddie, owner of the shop, flaming queen, wealthy man, ex-lover of Ben and still best friend to him. His character was hilarious and his friendship to Ben was beautiful. Tina, transgendered ex-wakeboard professional who used to be on the circuit with Ben and her dog, was another favorite in the story. (I wish the author had given more of Tina’s backstory. The little that was described seemed like its own possible book). Amber (bisexual Double-up queen) was cute, and I would love to see a book develop with Tina and Amber. Dave grew on me as the book progressed, but I tend to fall for the underdog, so Ben took the prize.”

Full Review and Buy Link HERE


Lisa – Resurrection Man by KZ Snow – “Resurrection Man is not the story of the knight in shining armor who storms the gates of Elijah’s castle to rescue him from his own demons. This is the story of a man who quietly enters Elijah’s life and simply by being there, makes Elijah want to rescue himself. This is where K.Z. Snow takes a novel that could have been filled with overworked stereotypes and tired clichés, and transforms it into the story of a young man who has faced some of the worst life has to offer, and gives him the courage and strength and power to rise from the wreckage of his circumstances and, yes, his own choices, to want to live for himself, to be the sort of man who can stand on his own two feet while standing beside Michael as his partner, and to live for the sake of lifting up those who are even less fortunate than himself.

If there is anything at all typical about this book, it’s only that it’s written in a style that’s quintessentially K.Z. Snow. Every sentence brings the story to life, there’s not a superfluous word or scene throughout the narrative, nor is there a single moment in Resurrection Man that feels gratuitous or disingenuous.”

Full Review and Buy Link HERE