I'm excited to report that the sequel to OLNL, Fighting Instinct, will be out this December from Dreamspinner Press. I don't have an exact date yet but I'll let you know as soon as I know. It's Arman's book and his love interest is Linus, (of course), and I hope you all enjoy their story as much as you did Quade and Roman's. I'm nervous, Arman's more anti-hero than hero but hopefully you'll end up loving him as much as I do. And I thought you'd enjoy seeing the men who inspired the writing. Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. :)
It's Independence Day, and it's my release day. Yeah! I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday with their families and friends and celebrating and is careful with the fireworks and finishes up the night with Miro and Ian... my marshals. Have an awesome long weekend. :)
Hi, everyone, I hope the month of June was good to all of
We’ve been working hard, as always, at reading and reviewing
at The Novel Approach this month, and have managed to come up with yet another
list of our choices for the best of the best for the month of June, so without
further need for introduction, here they are—this month’s Booyah Books!
Lynn – Slasherazzi by Daniel A. Kaine – I would
have to say my favorite part of this story was being inside the killer’s head.
Actually seeing his thoughts and feeling his rage as he tortured his victims
was a very unique perspective. Not many stories have that and with my morbid,
sick sense of entertainment, I absolutely loved it. The author doesn’t hold
back any detail here, so for those of you who get squeamish over blood and
gore, you have been warned. Certain body parts are sliced and diced and the
victims are shown no mercy.
Overall, this was a great read. If you love a great murder
mystery with some romance and a lot of blood, this one’s for you.
Traci – Better Than Chance by Lane Hayes – Audio
– Tyler Stevens does an excellent job depicting the characters with his voices
in this audio book. If you have read the book previously, Jay makes sense. If
not, remember my description of the formal, southern drama queen and then it
will make sense. He truly brought life into each one of these characters and
made it very entertaining for the listener.
This series would go on my re-listen rather than my re-read
Sammy – Temper Sanguine by Lou Harper – Fast
paced action and a really good story! Here is what really separates Lou
Harper from the pack when it comes to paranormal novels. The thrilling,
heart-stopping plot that never relents but carries you on a wild ride of a
journey right up to the end. Mystery combined with action gives us a story line
that has just enough twists and turns to keep us on the edge of our seats.
What’s amazing to me about this author is her ability to run several plot
points simultaneously and never confuse us or leave us lost somewhere in the
middle. Rather, she painstakingly ties up each loose end and even manages to
give just an inkling that there could be another novel in this series in the
future. Skillful and interesting, dramatic and funny, tender and poignant, the
story unfolds on the page and draws you in, thrilling you to the very end.
In a literary genre where sequels are often rougher fare and
sometimes disappointing, Lou Harper gives us Temper Sanguine, a gorgeous follow up in her Sanguine series. I
highly recommend it to you!
Jackie – Recovery by Con Riley – When I finished
reading Salvage, I thought to
myself, “That was a great book.” Then I read Recovery, and I found Ms. Riley had completely outdone herself.
This was not only the story of a recovering alcoholic but the story of a man
coming to terms with every facet of his life. Jamie works his steps in the
program, and he has to come to terms with the mistakes he has made in the past
and find a way not to repeat them in the future.
I sincerely hope you will give this book a try, but I feel I
must warn you that there should be copious amounts of Kleenex on hand while you
follow Jamie on his journey. This is definitely a must read book; you will kick
yourself if you miss it.
Lana – Cowboys and Kilts by Erin O’Quinn – Hugh’s
tour takes him to Guthrie Castle and Graeme. Their meeting and subsequent get
together is very well written, and I enjoyed reading it. This is a short
novella and there are no surprises here. But I didn’t care because this was
such a beautifully written story. The Scottish setting was brought to life
through words, and I found myself walking the same paths as our heroes.
I felt every word I read. Graeme and Hugh jumped off the page and became real
to me. I loved them and wanted more. Maybe a re-write as a fantasy! And the
reference to Loch Ness was pretty accurate. It turned out that Graeme did have
a big dick and knew how to use it despite his inexperience. I guess sex is
hardwired in our lizard brain.
Cowboys and Kilts is
a must read if you like sexy cowboys and Scots! I highly recommend it.
Jules – Release by A.M. Sexton – The world that
Sexton has created here is fascinating. Her storytelling and writing are so
strong, that even as I was questioning myself for enjoying the book so much, I
was incapable of stopping. Some of her prose when describing Misha’s feelings
and observations is absolutely breathtaking. The descriptions of both the
opulence and decadence of the Upper City, as well as the conditions and poverty
in the trenches, are also stunning. As a leading character, Misha is likeable,
feisty, extremely bright, and also incredibly sexy. Ayo is beautifully
heart-breaking and fascinating, and Misha finds himself becoming increasingly
drawn to and protective of him as well. The pace of the story was perfect, and
the ending was thrilling – and surprising! I can’t wait for Return to
come out in the fall so we can see what happened to some of the supporting cast
(whose characters were also rich and very well-written), and get the conclusion
of the story!
BJ – The Price of Dick by Dan Skinner – To
summarise, what we have here is a deeply profound, psychologically explorative
read that examines not only the traditional themes of the genre but also things
we are afraid to look at too closely; our own flaws, our own self esteem
issues, what we are willing to sacrifice in the name of infatuation. This book,
much like his last, is one of the most courageous and thoughtful pieces I have
had the pleasure of reading, and though a long read, I devoured it in one
If you’re looking for something fluffy, then look away. This
is not for you. If you want to read the story of how J.J Johnstone’s life was
turned upside down by his love of Dick, then get your copy now. This, to me, is
what all books should be like, and I adored it from first page to last, humbly
thankful to the author for such a penetrating look behind the doors of the
closet he never chose to dwell in.
Tina – Off Stage: In the Wings by Jaime Samms –
Jaime Samms does a great job of taking the reader inside the mind of the abused
and damaged Lenny and making us feel his pain. Not to the point where it is
painful for us, but so we understand what is driving his behavior. He truly has
no control over himself. The rage just takes over and he’s left standing there,
dazed, looking at the pieces surrounding him afterward.
Ms. Samms also superbly shows how hard it is for Vance to
stay by Lenny’s side during all this. The question of whether love really is
enough is brought to mind. And is it domestic violence if the guy doing the
hitting is really terribly damaged and doesn’t intend to hurt his lover? I say
yes, definitely. There is never an excuse for hitting a lover or partner, male
or female. But the internal struggle Vance takes us on is insightful. If he
gives up on Lenny, he’ll be reinforcing all the negative feelings Lenny has
about himself, and he’ll be one more in a series of losses in Lenny’s life.
This could be the loss that pushes him over the edge.
Kim – Motel. Pool. by Kim Fielding – For one
who loves her ghost stories, this novel was quite different from the usual
fare. Both the story and the characters kept me riveted until the very end, not
to mention when I finished reading Motel.
Pool. I kept going back into the story to read my favorite parts over
again. I love it when a ghost story haunts me afterwards!
Kim Fielding has a wicked flair for writing a hauntingly
believable storyline, and I’m hoping for a sequel. I’d love to find out more
about this particular spirit world that Ms. Fielding has created, so I’m
happily giving Motel. Pool. an
enthusiastic 5 Star rating! Strongly recommended!
Jordan – Cross & Crown by Abigail Roux – Julian
Cross stars in Cross & Crown,
and that character owns every page he’s written onto. Seeing the relationship
and respect develop between him and Nick, and him and Kelly, was superb. Up to
this point he’s always been a very mysterious character, but in Cross & Crown we see him
frazzled and at his wits end trying to rescue his husband, Cameron. His dry
humor and sharp wit was on point and made his character a little more…human…in
Overall, I was impressed with this book and would rate it a
solid 4 stars. The characterization, writing, and plot all came together to
form a great book. I look forward to seeing what’s next in this series.
Lisa – Chance Assassins: A Story of Love, Luck, and
Murder by Nicole Castle – I’m entirely in awe of this author’s ability to
write a story starring not one but two characters who should be unappealing in
every way. Nicole Castle has made Frank and Vincent loveable to a degree that
has left me obsessing over this book. It’s a hallmark of truly brilliant
storytelling I haven’t experienced since reading Maria McCann’s As Meat Loves Salt and I fell for the insane Jacob
Cullen. This author’s writing style is fresh, her characters funny and vibrant,
her version of romance refreshing, and this book is one disturbing, endearing,
horrifying, and sexy surprise after another.
Les Recidivists, the continuation of Frank and
Vincent’s incomparable love story, is already loaded on my Kindle just waiting
to be devoured, word for delightfully twisted word.
Today I'm excited to have Ellis Carrington here sharing the cover of her new book, Stripped Away, sequel to Stripped Clean, which is David and Ricky's story, out August 1st.
Here's the blurb:
DOESN'T RECOGNIZE HIMSELF
Moorehouse has spent his life hiding behind masks. Nice guy. Best friend.
Reverend's kid. After finding his father dead on the floor, he’s stripped of
his job at the family church and his identity as the quiet, nice guy. The life
he knew is over, and he doesn’t know what to do next.
KNOWS ANGER BETTER THAN ANYONE
Slade is itching for a fight. By the time he meets David, he’s struggling to
save his business, his best friend, his drug-addict brother, and his own
sanity. He’s got no patience for his business partner’s judgmental brother
showing up and getting in his face.
angry heat turns into a fiery inferno, but Ricky's fresh off a bad breakup, and
David is getting guilt-tripped by his family and his ex. Every time they fight,
they fall into bed, but will that be enough when things around them come apart?
“You know—” Dave
made a disgusted noise in the back of his throat. “Never mind. I don’t know
what you’re talking about and I don’t want to know.” He threw his stuff in the
rear of Ricky’s cab, then turned to jab a stiff four fingers into the center of
Ricky’s chest. “Least we can agree on the dickhead thing. I mean, who shows up
to a funeral with a firearm?”
show up to funerals at all when he could help it. Easier to avoid acknowledging
death that way. “Need I remind, you tried to turn away your own brother? That
sort of potential was exactly why I brought the thing.”
Ooh. Jumping jaw
muscles and gritting teeth and everything now. “He’s only my brother by blood.
I hardly know him.”
“He’s the closest thing you got. He deserved to be at that funeral much as you
did. ‘Sides, he was born first.”
Dave advanced on
Ricky again, hot breath puffing and panting. “My mama’s heart can’t take that
kind of shock. I was trying to keep the peace.”
the threat in Dave’s posture. “The person whose behavior was shocking, Church
Boy, was yours.” He licked his lips slowly, grinning at the way Dave’s pupils
got smaller and larger and smaller again, like he couldn’t decide whether lust
or pissed-as-hell was winning in this fight of theirs.
had adrenaline swirling through his veins and a tornado in his belly. Man, this
shit was better than a third ride on the Tilt-A-Whirl “I mean damn, any more
heated and you and I coulda wound up going to the dirt right there in front of
everybody. Bet that woulda really given your poor mama something to— fuck.”
and gripped Ricky’s shoulders, hauling him front-first against the side of the
truck. “Shut up. Shut the fuck up!” His breath beat harsh and ragged against
With what air
hadn’t been squeezed outta Ricky’s lungs, he laughed at Dave again. Was that
the intelligent option? Hell no. This dude had the markers for being at least
three colors of crazy. Ricky didn’t back down though, so he’d push until the
other guy did.
Or until someone
He’d have said
no way could this guy kick his ass, not with his glasses and wiry frame, but
Dave handled Ricky’s body with a reasonable amount of strength and know-how.
Not enough for a total ass-kicking, maybe, but enough to impress. Speaking of
impressive…. “If you think I’m gonna be intimidated by the anaconda you’re
rubbin’ against my backside, Church Boy, you got another thing coming.” He
sucked in a breath. “Gotta tell you though. If fucking in the parking lot is
your thing, you really gotta give a guy some advance warning. I would’ve parked
in an unlit area.”
most-likely unexpected response must’ve startled Dave into loosening his hands.
Ricky twisted Dave’s arm and turned them both, pushing Dave’s back into the
truck and Ricky’s fists into Dave’s chest. “See, that’s what I figured,” Ricky
murmured with his lips a hair from one mother of a betrayed sneer. “Damn shame,
his eyes. “What’s a shame?”
slightly, shaking his head. “You’re all bark, Church Boy.”
These are my marshals, Miro and Ian, just so everyone has a visual. And I always have one, it helps me write if I can see faces and imagine movement. Even though I'm like that, I was never a storyboard kind of writer but I have to say that I am now because of Pinterest.
May I say that Pinterest is both the devil (time suck anyone?) and a lifesaver. Ever since I was sucked in, I have been able to put things up like apartment layouts, clothes, accessories, locales, and keep it all straight. Roman and Quade's home, for continuity with the sequel... awesome. Gun names? Yes. And probably too many different kinds of clothes but I can't help it. I have a subscription to Details Magazine after all.
Pinterest was helpful when the wonderful Reese Dante created the cover for my marshals, All Kinds Of Tied Down. She looked at my board so she could get the feel of what I wanted. And now I have a board for every city my characters live in and I love that. When I visited Long Beach, I fell in love with it which is why Frank lived there in Landslide. And now, the gorgeous New Orleans is home to Becker and Scott who are in my cookbook story, the small series I'm doing with Amy Lane, Marie Sexton, Amber Kell and RJ Scott. Being able to remember a place I've lived in or visited so I can have my guys walk the streets, mention taking a left or right, is the best. I like details that really ground the setting. I can't wait to got to GRL this year because I get to see wonderful authors and fans, but also, I'm so going down to the federal building on Dearborn. I want to go upstairs to where the marshals are. What are the chances that they'll let me up there? We'll just have to wait and see. :)
I know some of you out there have an interest ingetting into the business end of publishing as well as becoming authors so I thought I'd post this up in case any of you missed it on the DSP site.
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