Thursday, April 17, 2014

Happenings

http://thenovelapproachreviews.com/2014/04/18/ears-eggs-bunnies-a-sam-and-jory-easter-ficlet-by-mary-calmes/
So tomorrow, April 18th, my little 5k ficlet about how Jory went out to get his daughter Easter Bunny ears will be at
The Novel Approach and the book I wrote with Cardeno, Control, will be released. Yeah! Excited, anxious, interested to know what you all think of Robert & Vy. And how cute are the keychains that Sirena Ung made for me:
http://www.coroflot.com/sku/She's making different chibis as well that I'll have at GRL. I can't wait!

I hope everyone has a great Friday and a wonderful weekend. :)

Monday, March 31, 2014

It's Time For A Little March Madness - The Booyah Books Edition



Greetings, everyone, and welcome back to another edition of Booyah Books! We… Okay, I had a hard time choosing just one book this month, so some of us settled on two choices for our top picks. Yes, sometimes it’s just like that, so here they are, our favorite reads for the month of March.


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Lynn – Lisa Henry gets double the recognition from Lynn this month with When All the World Sleeps, her collaboration with J.A. Rock, and King of Dublin with Heidi Belleau. Here’s what Lynn had to say about both books:

When All the World Sleeps: “Daniel and Bel together took my breath away. Coming to a deeper understanding of what Daniel goes through on a daily basis is emotionally draining, filled with sadness, for Bel as well as the reader. The authors take us on a journey of an illness that has no cure, but makes us well aware that sometimes all a person needs is to feel loved to want to keep on living. Bel makes a lot of mistakes along the way in helping them both cope with what they’re dealing with. I loved that there wasn’t a quick fix; Daniel may never be fixed. The love, patience and emotional distress Bel puts himself through to be there for Daniel was overwhelmingly inspiring. For Daniel, Bel was someone he felt he didn’t deserve, but oh-so-desperately needed.”




King of Dublin: “With the fast pace and non-stop action, these authors take the reader on an incredible journey. The bleakness of the future is devastating and scary. I loved how they divided the book into two, with the first half showing the cruelty of this self-proclaimed King of Dublin, King Buro. We get a bird’s eye view of his court. The atrocious way he treats the people of Dublin. The horrific, malicious way he handles Ciaran. Buro’s brutality towards him knows no limit. I felt he was all about having control and power. I pity the person who questions his actions, you’ll find his head on a stick. Even though I would’ve loved to have known what brought him to his place of crazy, I didn’t feel I was missing anything by not knowing. He is who he is, and I was okay with that.”

You can find buy links for When All the World Sleeps HERE and King of Dublin HERE


Lana – A Dreamspinner Press anthology, Dr. Feelgood, and a paranormal anthology from Evernight Publishing, Alpha’s Claim: Manlove Edition, made Lana’s picks for this month. Here’s what she had to say about both books:


Dr. Feelgood: “The stories where all beautifully written with humor and heat. I don’t think I can do this book justice reviewing it, because how many times can I say I absolutely loved it?!
Dr. Feelgood deserves to be read and savored. The stories also need to be made into full length novels. Reading this book made me feel like I was only having an appetizer and wanting more, more, more!
If you love sexy men who love to give TLC, then this book is for you!”



Alpha’s Claim: Manlove Edition: “I think I had werewolf overload and I loved it!!!
Alpha’s Claim is an anthology about alpha werewolves, who find their true mates and take them any way they can!!! Yes, please and often!! While reading this book, I had to turn down the heat in my bedroom. ;) In my opinion there is nothing hotter than an alpha wolf. Woof!!”

You can buy links for Dr. Feelgood HERE and Alpha’s Claim: Manlove Edition HERE


Sammy – John Goode’s 151 Days (Tales From Foster High: Book Three) made Sammy’s top choice for this month. Here’s what she had to say:

151 Days is a love letter and a warning. The final story in the Foster High series reminds us that we can be the one person who can make a difference if we choose to be, but it also cautions us that inaction on our part can allow for deadly results. In the end, the novel asks us, who do we want to be? DO we want to be the person who watches bigotry and bullying unfold and shake our heads in despair while walking away sure that we can do nothing to change it? Or can we take a page from Kyle’s book and boldly step up and offer just a small piece of ourselves in order to see this world begin to change. “Which person will you be,” this novel asks. I wonder how we will answer.”

You can find the buy link for 151 Days HERE


Kim – Rhys Ford’s Whiskey and Wry, the audio book, made Kim’s top choice for March. Not only did she love the story, but Tristan James’ narration gets 5 Purrrrs from her for his spot on vocalizations. Here’s what she has to say:

“James’ is a voice that subtly changes, that draws you in and lets you know more than one conversation is going on. While listening to Tristan’s voice morphing into Parker’s sick, twisted mind…well…let’s just say I was properly creepy-crawlied out. But it was Tristan’s interpretation of the patriarch of the family, Donal, that caused a little hitch in my chest. While they were at the hospital, it was so sweet how Donal was speaking to Damien with that melodious Irish voice!”

You can find the buy link for Whiskey and Wry HERE


Jackie – Scotty Cade and Jay Northcote made Jackie’s list of top choices this month with Sunrise Over Savannah and Not Just Friends. Here’s a little snippet from both of her reviews:

Sunrise Over Savannah: “This was a very emotionally charged book, and I simply loved all of the men Mr. Cade put in this story. When all of Thompson’s past secrets are brought to light, and he finally gets the chance to live for himself, it is a truly beautiful thing. Very rarely do we get to see a real life hero like Thompson Gray, and I can’t remember a character who has deserved a HEA more than he does.

I highly recommend this book, along with anything else by Scotty Cade.”


Not Just Friends: “I made the mistake of starting this book late at night, and I have to say that it sucked me in immediately and I couldn’t put it down until I read the final word. The author has a writing style that just flows and even though the romance is the main focus, the background story was just as engaging. Once again Jay Northcote has me wrapped around her finger, and I cannot wait to see what come next.

Highly recommend this book.”

You can find buy links for Sunrise Over Savannah HERE and Not Just Friends HERE
  

Tina – Mia Kerick’s Young Adult novel The Red Sheet and L.A. Witt & Aleksandr Voinov’s very Adult novel If It Drives (A Market Garden Tale) made Tina’s choice of top reads this month. Here’s a bit of what she loved about both books:

The Red Sheet:  “The Red Sheet is something I’ve not found very often. It is a story that I haven’t read. I couldn’t predict what was going to happen. I couldn’t figure out what hadhappened. But I couldn’t wait to find out. Mia Kerick unfolded Bryan and Scott’s story the same way one unfolds a new sheet fresh from the package. You open one fold at a time and use your hand to smooth out the line made from the sizing applied at the factory before it was packaged. In doing this, Mia re-emphasized the good and bad in all of us. She smoothed her hand over the belief that we have the power to overcome high hurdles, even if we are mere mortals. That smoothing reinforced the truth she was imparting.”



If It Drives: “If It Drives is the seventh in the Market Garden series co-authored by L.A. Witt and Aleksandr Voinov. They have all been wildly popular for good reason. These are a series of stories, some barely fifty pages long, some over two-hundred, about rent boys and their johns set in the Market Garden section of London. This one was particularly good. It wasn’t one I had been looking forward to. I believe the authors and all the fans reading this know exactly which one I AM looking forward to! This one had a sweetness and a vulnerability that I liked.”

You can find buy links for The Red Sheet HERE and If It Drives HERE


Lisa – My two choices, J.P. Barnaby’s Spencer (Survivor’s Stories: Book Three) and S.A. McAuley’s Powerless (The Borders War: Book Three), are the reasons I gave everyone the option to select a second title this month, because there was absolutely no way I could’ve left either of these books off my list, and like Tina’s choices, mine couldn’t be more vastly different if they tried.  Here’s a little bit about my two selections:

Spencer: “JP Barnaby has continued Aaron Downing’s story in Spencer, three years after the boys began their relationship, five years after the horrific crime that left his friend Juliette dead and Aaron a shell, emotionally crippled and physically scarred, afflictions he’s still fighting, not to overcome—because those memories will always haunt him—but to somehow integrate into a life he can embrace rather than an existence he must endure from one moment to the next. The past is a living, breathing specter that threatens to erase the dreams of a future where simply being with Spencer seems an unattainable fantasy for Aaron, and the narrative, every single word, paints a picture that morphs from one moment to the next—beautiful in the light and tragic in the darkness that is always there and always threatens to consume.”



 Powerless: “Every single nuance, every single overt action and covert emotion, every single word and look and intention is acted out perfectly by these characters in this installment of the Borders War Series, from the heart thudding action to the heart-wrenching moments that brought a lump to my throat, this book delivered on every level. There are promises made, but can they be kept? The vagaries of what is yet to come make it impossible to predict. But there is always hope.

Fair warning: when you read Powerless, prepare to be left gasping for breath and begging for more.”


You can find buy links for Spencer HERE and Powerless HERE

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And that does it for this month’s Booyah Books! Until April, happy reading!

Friday, March 7, 2014

Epiphany

Its a bad word, never.
Never.
Will you write a sequel to Timing? No, never. Change of Heart? No, never. Every single time I say I won't do something, I get an idea and then there I am writing a sequel. The latest one is OLNL. I didn't plan to write anymore in that universe at first and then it was maybe yes, maybe no, and then it was going to be three and now it looks more like just one so in light of that...vacillating... I've decided to not use the word anymore. No more never. When people ask me from now on, will this novel be a series, I'll just say, I seriously have no clue but the whole one and done answer isn't working. I've only ever planned one series and even that didn't work how I thought it would. So I'm kicking the never to the curb.

I also need to start thinking about character names more. I mean normally I agonize, for days, over the perfect names for my main men. I have this thing where one name has to be fancy or not heard a ton, Jory for example, and the other one is plain Jane, like Sam. So Logan (dull) and Jin (cool), Rand (which I love and I've never met a Rand in real-life) and Stef (who I've known many, both men and women). Quade which is interesting and Roman which is way more common. I've noticed lately however that I am not giving my secondary characters the same depth of thought and with the sequel thing happening more and more often, I'm getting stuck. For instance, Aaron and Duncan. Those two names should not go together for a whole slew of reasons the biggest two being that they end with the same sound and both have an N as the last letter. Yes, this is dumb, but its my naming thing. I also love to make lists and fill out paperwork but that's a whole other thing. My friends laugh at me, *coughCardenocough*, but really, would I have named a character Linus if I thought he'd ever be a main one? I mean, Linus is a great name but not one I would have pulled out of a hat. You read so many fantastic ones, Carrick, Deacon and Zev, Sionn, Wolf, Griffin, Silas, Orlando, the list goes on, that if I had given this any forethought, Linus would not have been what I would have gone with. Its just like with the background of some secondary characters. I have been known to throw out who they are and where they came from willy nilly because I never thought in a million years that I would be writing from that character's POV. And then...so I've decided the cure for all of this is to figure that everyone is important until I leave the world behind. Like I recently submitted a book about two marshals to DSP that's expected to be out in late June or early July, that I have some characters from another book and I had to go back and check the list. I was not pleased to see the non-creativeness of my choices. All of this stems from using the word "never" so I'm done with it. I would say I'll give it up for Lent and see how it goes but I already gave up soda and I'm having trouble. We'll see how long I last.

Monday, March 3, 2014

It's out!

It's out! Floodgates is out today so I hope you all enjoy it. Please let me know what you thought. Happy reading!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Is It Spring Yet? These Books Are Sure To Warm Up Those Long Winter Days!

As always, thanks very much to Mary for letting The Novel Approach take over her blog today so we can share our love of some of the outstanding books we read in the month of February. BJ, Tina, Lana, Kim, Lynn, Jackie, and I never have an easy time of it, whittling our reading lists down to just one book, but we’ve done it again, so without further ado: Booyah Books for February.

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BJ’s choice this month is Lex Chase’s Conventional Love, book three in her Sci-Fi/Fantasy series Checkmate. Here’s a snippet of what he had to say about the book: “I’ve been following Lex Chase and this awesome little superhero series since it first exploded into Dreamspinner Press in early 2013. It’s rare in the genre to find something so completely original that caters to a gay boy’s inner nerd, but Chase, true to form, has delivered another offering that had me shaking with excitement at the mere thought of going balls to the wall with another tasty geek-gasm courtesy of Garth and Rook. If you haven’t read parts one and two of this series, then take a few hours to fill yourself in on the creative backstory that led to the star-crossed lovers and their mission operandi to save the good folks of Axis City, and then you too can join me on this action packed journey into the darker side of the superhero life and comic book capers as penned by a woman so sincerely talented it left me awed.”

For more of BJ’s review, click HERE



Tina’s choice comes from newly minted author Johnny Williams and his debut semi-autobiographical novel Klub Kids, the first book in the series. Here’s a little bit of what Tina had to say about the book: “I didn’t want Klub Kids to end. When I swiped the last page I kept swiping, desperate to find out what comes next. I wanted more of “Johnny” and his friends, interacting in ways only true friends who really know and love each other are able to. I wanted more of the club scene and the music and the city by which I felt surrounded, thanks to Johnny Williams’ detailed descriptions. Mostly, though, I wanted to see “Johnny” find love. He may be looking in all the wrong places, but as I am writing this on Valentine’s Day, I have to believe it is out there for him.”

For more of Tina’s review, click HERE



Lana’s choice is the third book in Brandon Witt’s Men of Myth series, Clashing Tempest. Here’s an excerpt from Lana’s review: “Brandon Witt can tell a complex and entertaining story, using just the right words to create a perfect picture. The story flowed from one chapter to the next. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: he needs to write a Men of Myth screenplay!
Clashing Tempest is a must read for anyone who read the first two Men of Myth books. And if you haven’t, pick up all three ASAP!!! I can’t wait to read more!”

For more of Lana’s review, click HERE



Kim’s choice belongs to none other than B.G. Thomas and his latest release Hound Dog & Bean. Here’s a snippet from Kim’s review: “Here comes the really sweet part…so Bean starts the slow process of courting Hound Dog. Oh… now you’re singing my song, because I. Love. Stories. Like this! Plus, I have the added bonus of learning more about my favorite beverage…Coffee!
So if you’re in the mood for a sweet romance with a little bit of angst and a touch of mysticism, this one comes highly recommended. For me, it’s a 5 Star read. It just pushed all the right buttons.”

For more of Kim’s review, click HERE


Lynn’s choice this month is Mark Zubro’s moving and heart wrenching story Safe. Here are a few words from Lynn’s review: “I really liked where the author went with this story. It takes a direction I wasn’t expecting, and I was fine with that. Instead of it being just about teen suicide and bullying, the author takes it a step farther and shows us exactly what hate, homophobia and ignorance can make a person do. I don’t know how many times my heart rate accelerated while reading this book. At times I wanted to reach in and grab certain characters and cause them physical pain. Yes, I was that angry.”

For more of Lynn’s review, click HERE


Jackie’s choice for February is Dawn Kimberly Johnson’s contemporary coming-out story Button Down. Here’s a snippet from Jackie’s review: “Dawn Kimberly Johnson did an absolutely wonderful job of balancing the extreme views of some of the characters to the more mainstream views of others. I was also seriously impressed with the fact that Ford, the closeted lawyer, had zero self-loathing. He was fully aware of himself and loved himself unconditionally. The only worry he had was completely believable: he was worried about his family’s acceptance and nothing more.”

For more of Jackie’s review, click HERE


Lisa’s choice for top read this month is Vaughn R. Demont’s Urban Fantasy perfection Coyote’s Creed, book one in the Broken Mirrors series. Here’s a review excerpt: “Narrated by one of the freshest voices I’ve come across in quite some time, Coyote’s Creed is, by turns, a riotously funny, poignant, sexy and suspenseful roller coaster of an Urban Fantasy, told by eighteen-year-old Spencer Crain, whose life is scripted in the bold strokes of questionable reality television, corny sitcoms, supernatural dramas, heist films, and dysfunctional family soap operas, not to mention the fear of the imminent zombie apocalypse. You wouldn’t think that’s a good thing, would you? Well, it’s not. It’s a brilliant thing when tied together with all the folklore and mythology Vaughn R. Demont has woven into this fantastical world he’s created, one filled with all sorts of legendary beings.”

For more of Lisa’s review, click HERE

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And that’s that for the month of February. Until next time, happy reading! 

Friday, February 7, 2014

News!

http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=4751
I'm on the Coming Soon page at DSP. My new release, Floodgates, will be out on March 3rd!

Here's the blurb:
Tracy Brandt considers himself a lucky man. He has a wonderful family, good friends, and a dependable job. His love life, however, features a cheating ex who, though out of the house, is not yet out of the picture—with a past that just might get Tracy killed.

Homicide inspector Cord Nolan wants nothing more than to show his best friend’s little brother that he’s a reliable man, but to do that he’ll have to get Tracy to look past the player he used to be. It'll be a tough sell; reputation is everything, and Cord's is tarnished by his past indiscretions.

Tracy and Cord have spent five years trying to suffocate their fiery attraction under a blanket of grudging antagonism. When Tracy finds himself with a target on his back, Cord finally has the chance to ride to the rescue and break through the dam of Tracy's reserve. But he’d better be careful: if Cord is breaking the floodgates to wash away the past, he's going to have to hold tight to Tracy to make sure they're still standing when the tumult recedes.

Its an enemies to lovers story, Tracy's family plays a big part, and I'm just really interested to hear what you all think of this one. And these are the men who inspired me. My mind is so cluttered with gorgeous men. Its just terrible. :)
Tracy
Cord