Tuesday, December 31, 2013

The Novel Approach's Year In Reviews - The Best Booyah Books of 2013









Happy New Year’s Eve, everyone! The Novel Approach crew has been busily compiling our list of the top reads of 2013, which is never easy considering we read and review hundreds of books each year, but we’ve managed to come up with a few that we felt stood out from all the rest and have put them together for you. They are in no particular order, just the books and characters that made us think, laugh, cry, smile, or touched our hearts and minds in their own unique ways.

As a special celebration of these and the many more hundreds of books that aren’t on this list because of space constraints, but very well could have been, The Novel Approach would like to give you the chance to weigh in on your own favorites.

Leave a comment on THIS POST at The Novel Approach and tell us about some of the books, couples, and/or covers you’ve loved in 2013, and you’ll automatically be entered to win a $25 gift card from Dreamspinner Press.

Comments must be received by Sunday, January 5, 2014 to be eligible to win. One winner will be selected at random on Monday, the 6th, and notified via email for prize delivery.

Good luck!


And now, here they are—our Top Picks of 2013



Favorite YA/Coming-of-Age

Lisa:

1.) Fearless by Chris O’Guinn
2.) Atom Heart John Beloved by Luke Hartwell
3.) The Battle for Jericho by Gene Gant


Tina:

1.) Omorphi by Cody Kennedy
2.) The Cost of Loving by Wade Kelly
3.) Just Between Us by JH Trumble


Jackie:

1.) Memorizing You by D.W. Skinner
2.) Not Broken, Just Bent by Mia Kerick
3.) Superhero by Eli Easton


Lynn:

1.) Relationships 101 (Dear Diary 3) by Allison Cassatta


BJ:

1.) Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan



Favorite Contemporary

Lisa:

1.) Muscling Through by JL Merrow
2.) King Mai by Edmond Manning
3.) Disasterology 101 by Taylor V. Donovan


Tina:

1.) Billy's Bones by Jamie Fessenden
2.) With or Without Him by Barbara Elsborg
3.) Catch My Breath by MJ O’Shea



Jackie:

1.) A White Coat is My Closet by Jake Wells
2.) Hungry for Love by Rick R Reed
3.) More Than Everything by Cardeno C


Lynn:

1.) Double Full by Kindle Alexander


Lana:

1.) The Trouble with Tony (Sex in Seattle #1) by Eli Easton
2.) The Hardest Thing by James Lear
3.) Stripped Clean by Ellis Carrington


BJ:

1.) Blame it on the Mistletoe by Eli Easton
2.) Probation by Tom Mendicino
3.) Home Team by James Dash



Favorite Historical

Lisa:

1.) The Impetuous Afflictions of Jonathan Wolfe by Charlie Cochet
2.) Counterpoint: Dylan’s Story by Ruth Sims
3.) Widdershins (Whyborne & Griffin #1) by Jordan L. Hawk


Lynn:

1.) A Place To Call Their Own by L. Dean Pace-Frech


BJ:

1.) The Lion and the Crow by Eli Easton



Favorite Fantasy (Incl. Urban Fantasy/Alt U/Steampunk/Sci-Fi/Fairy Tales)

Lisa:

1.) The Mingled Destinies of Crocodiles and Men by Eric Arvin
2.) The Lodestar of Ys by Amy Rae Durreson
3.) Infected: Undertow by Andrea Speed



Jackie:

1.) Black Dog Blues by Rhys Ford
2.) Moral Authority by Jacob Flores
3.) The Harvest: Taken by M.A. Church


Lynn:

1.) The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Deanna Wadsworth


Lana:

1.) Submerging Inferno by Brandon Witt
2.) Rising Frenzy by Brandon Witt
3.) Full Moon Dating by Julia Talbot


Favorite Paranormal

Lisa:

1.) The Magpie Lord (A Charm of Magpies #1) by KJ Charles
2.) Spook Squad (PsyCop #7) by Jordan Castillo Price
3.) Someday It Will Be by S.A. McAuley


Jackie:

1.) The Haunted Heart by Josh Lanyon
2.) Fish & Ghosts by Rhys Ford
3.) Airos by Jennifer Wright


Lynn:

1.) Thicker Than Water by A. F. Henley


Lana:

1.) Every Drop of My Love by Jane Davitt
2.) Bloody Love Spats by Valentina Heart
3.) Blood Moon by MJ O’Shea


BJ:

1.) Last Dance With Mary Jane by John Goode



Favorite Series

Lisa:

1.) The Borders War Series by S.A. McAuley
2.) The Wode Series by J Tullos Hennig
3.) The Whyborne & Griffin Series by Jordan L. Hawk


Tina:

1.) The Collars & Cuffs Series by KC Wells
2.) The Market Garden Series by Alexsandr Voinov & L.A. Witt
3.) The City Knight Series by T.A. Webb


Jackie:

1.) The Cut & Run Series by Abigail Roux
2.) The Diversion Series by Eden Winters
3.) The Johnnies Series by Amy Lane


Lynn:

1.) The Broken Series by Kol Anderson


Lana:

1.) The Men of Myth Series by Brandon Witt



Favorite Couple

Lisa:

1.) Cole McGinnis and Kim Jae Min – The Cole McGinnis Mystery Series by Rhys Ford
2.) Percival Whyborne and Griffin Flaherty - The Whyborne & Griffin Series by Jordan L. Hawk
3.) Larry Morton and Al Fletcher – Muscling Through


Tina:

1.) Marcus & Ben – City Knight Series by T.A. Webb
2.) Aiden & Finn – Marshall’s Park Series by Lisa Worrall


Jackie:

1.) Bo & Lucky – Diversion Series by Eden Winters
2.) Chase & Tommy – Chase in Shadow by Amy Lane)
3.) Brian & Jamie – The Little Boy Lost Series by JP Barnaby


Lynn:

1.) Wes and Micah – Livin' on the Edge by Dee Dee Brock


Lana:

1.) Brett and Finn – Submerging Inferno by Brandon Witt
2.) Brett and Schwint – Rising Frenzy by Brandon Witt
3.) Tony and Jack – The Trouble With Tony by Eli Easton


BJ:

1.) Michael and Finn – Bring Him Home by Sammy Goode
2.) Tavio and Tommy – Medium, Sweet, Extra Shot of Geek by R. Cooper
3.) Sir William and Sir Christian – The Lion and the Crow by Eli Eston



Favorite Cover

Lisa:

1.) Stung by K.A. Merikan
2.) The Mingled Destinies of Crocodiles and Men by Eric Arvin
3.) Agamemnon Frost and the Hollow Ships by Kim Knox









Tina:

1.) Heart of the Race by Mary Calmes
2.) Billy's Bones by Jamie Fessenden
3.) Collide by J.R. Lenk









Jackie:

1.) Inside Out by Andrew Grey
2.) Whiskey & Wry by Rhys Ford
3.) Newton's Laws of Attraction by M.J. O'Shea









Lynn:

1.) Black Hurricane by Erica Pike









Lana:

1.) Submerging Inferno by Brandon Witt
2.) Rising Frenzy by Brandon Witt










BJ:

1.) Northern Star by Ethan Day
2.) Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan
2.) Blame it on the Mistletoe by Eli Easton














And that does it for The Year In Reviews. Don't forget to leave a comment at The Novel Approach for your chance to win a $25 Dreamspinner Press Gift Card! :)

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Happy Holidays

Merry Christmas everyone, I hope you all have a safe and wonderful holiday season. I am editing and writing, staying up super late and drinking lots of coffee. I hope Santa brings you all wonderful goodies.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Contest time for my holiday novella

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Its contest time for Where You Lead over at  
Stumbling Over Chaos so hit the button and head on over.
Good luck everyone. :)

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Contest time for Quade & Roman

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My friend Chris at Stumbling Over Chaos is running a giveaway of Old Loyalty, New Love on her blog starting today so if you'd like to enter to win a copy just hit the button and you'll be there. Hope everyone has a nice rest of the week.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Booyah Books - The November Edition - In Which We Feasted On Some Great Reads

Hello again, everyone! We here at The Novel Approach hope you had a lovely November and are ready to roll straight on to December. ’Tis the season for cuddling up in front of a fire with a good book, right? So we hope you’ll find a few to add to your winter TBR list here in this month’s Booyah Books.

Here are our choices for the month:

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Jackie’s Choice:
Not Broken, Just Bent by Mia Kerick

“I completely loved watching these boys grow up together. The strength Timmy displayed while surviving his home life was offset by the vulnerability he only showed to Ben. At the same time, Ben was so used to people leaving him he felt he couldn’t be honest about his sexuality for fear he would lose his father. When Timmy and Ben are reunited, will they be able to move forward or will they both have to live with what could have been?
If you enjoy young love and coming of age stories this book is sure to strike your fancy. I highly recommend this book, and I would absolutely love to read more about Ben and Timmy if Mia Kerick ever felt the need to revisit them.”

You can read Jackie’s full review HERE

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BJ’s Choice:
Nothing Serious by Jay Northcote

“This is one of those remarkable stories that wasn’t burdened with too much external interference, instead opting to focus on the flourishing romance and the involved parties’ own emotional baggage. They provided their own conflict in spades, issues and self-esteem pitfalls cropping up left, right and centre. Let’s face it, that is the most realistic thing in a new relationship; we are our own enemies. No one needed to be stuffed in the back of a tinted-windowed van or be the victim of human trafficking. They came to the table with their own issues, and thus, to me, they were real and true.

A very British story from a very British author, I see a glittery future ahead for Jay Northcote. This book ticked all the right boxes, and I am very excited to see more from the author and her upcoming works with Dreamspinner Press. From a young lad from Blighty, I give this little slice of Brit-romance a really well-deserved 4.5 stars.”

You can read BJ’s full review HERE

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Tina’s Choice:
The General and the Elephant Clock of Al-Jazari by Sarah Black

“No one writes romantic, loving words that will melt your heart out your eyes like Sarah Black. The words of love exchanged between John and Gabriel, oh my god. I just read them over and over again. It was like they couldn’t express their love for one another for twenty five years, and they used that time to compose the most beautiful, eloquent words to tell each other how truly and deeply they loved each other once they were able to verbalize their feelings.

That is one of my favorite things about reading gay romance novels. That the men, these strong warrior/philosophers (read the books, you’ll understand that) who are able to take on the world and walk away with hardly a scratch, are so vulnerable with one another. They lay themselves open and their hearts are there for all to see. Even the way Ms. Black describes the looks that pass between them when they see each other after being apart is hot and heartwarming. I can almost see their faces and the way each of their hearts and bodies just relax at the sight of the other. They are Home.
Very highly recommended.”

You can read Tina’s full review HERE

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Lynn’s Choice:
Soulmate by Kol Anderson

“This novella isn’t done yet. So much has happened already, but the events that lead up to Hunter and Kayden dealing with their feelings seemed to come out of nowhere. This author is brilliant at making the most insane and unpredictable twists believable that I completely trusted everything would make sense. And, of course, it did.

By the end, on top of a great, thought provoking and emotional story, the reader is left with wonder for what happens next. The fate of the brothers is up in the air, and Kol Anderson can’t write fast enough.”

You can read Lynn’s full review HERE

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Lana’s Choice:
Bloody Love Spats by Valentina Heart

“• The supporting characters all added to the story line. Tait, Stone’s hothead brother. Jenela, the vampire queen who is also Tomi’s sister. Naji, the shifter child who Stone adopts and treats as his son. And Arik, Tomi’s cheating boyfriend who gets what he deserves. They were all complicated characters with interesting stories of their own.

• They were very well written and I’m hoping there will be some sequels!

• The plot was enjoyable and a little bit different from what I was expecting.

• Fast passed action kept me engaged.

• A very happy ending!

Bloody Love Spats is a perfect storm!! A must read for anyone who loves vamps and shifters!!!”

You can read Lana’s full review HERE

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Kim’s Choice:
Serenading Stanley by John Inman

“What really kicked this story into gear was how the tenants of Belladonna Arms helped in bringing Stanley and Roger together. Let’s just say, they knew how to put the “fun” in dysfunctional, and a few of them even stole my heart with their antics. I’m still debating whether to stick pins in my eyes whenever I conjure up an image of Arthur, and whoever left the brownies at Stanley’s front door…thank you…it sure moved things along in the romance department. Sure was cute, seeing Stanley like that.

My cheeks were hurting from all smiling I did throughout the story. Mr. Inman, I love your sense of humor, and I’m looking forward to reading more of your books.”

You can read Kim’s full review HERE

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Lisa’s Choice:
Merry Gentlemen by Josephine Myles

“Merry Gentlemen is, at its heart, a story of adaptation—a life lesson in which the city mouse must decide whether he’d rather live in his country mouse’s world than live without him in his own (Gladys and the Pips, bring it home). Can Ri give up everything he’s ever wanted—or thought he wanted—to be with the one man who makes him happy beyond all reason? Don’t worry: this isn’t a story about Ri sacrificing everything just to be with his man. This is a story of Ri waking up one day and discovering that everything he’s ever wanted has absolutely nothing to do with what he needs to be happy. And what he needs has just walked out the door again. This time for good. See? Angst.

So, if you’re making a list and checking it twice, let’s recap:

Ri + Stan=Love – Check
Plenty of Naughty Fun – Check
Face Splitting Grins – Check
Poop – Check
Really, what more could you possibly want from a book?”

You can read Lisa’s full review HERE

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And that does if for the month of November. Until next time, happy reading!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving

Hope everyone has a wonderful and safe holiday.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Where You Lead

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Yesterday it was the new shifter book, and today on the coming soon page at Dreamspinner is my Christmas novella that will be released on Christmas Day. Here's the blurb:

ATF agent Peter Lomax isn’t a hearts and flowers kind of guy, but he can be possessive, and it caused problems until Carver Fleming. Carver may be part of the art world, but he gets Peter, loves belonging to the man, and Peter treasures the way Carver understands them together.

Carver loves Peter, but he's fully aware that six months doth not a commitment make. Carver wants to make the relationship last forever, but he’ll have to leave their life in Chicago to take care of the family he loves. He wants to do it with Peter by his side, but going from the city of Chicago to tiny Colt, Kentucky is a big change.

Carver has only one Christmas wish: Please, oh please, let Peter fall enough in love with Carver's family to follow Carver home.

I hope you all enjoy it. Have a great weekend!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Old Loyalty, New Love


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My new shifter book is on the coming soon page at Dreamspinner and will be released on December 13th. I'm so excited! I never thought after Jin & Logan that I would fee like writing more shifters but the story just coming back, over and over, couldn't shake it. I hope you all enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. Here's the blurb:

When jackal shifter Quade Danas was banished from his pack for being gay, he spent years in the military escaping his father's prejudice before returning to civilian life as a bodyguard for Roman Howell, the teenage son of a very rich man. After Roman is in an accident that leaves him physically scarred and emotionally distant, Quade is the only one who can get through to him. As Roman becomes a man, he realizes what he wants—his bodyguard by his side and in his bed. Unfortunately, Quade can’t seem to see past the kid Roman once was to the man he has become, certain Roman’s feelings are merely misplaced gratitude. But Roman knows a lot more than Quade realizes, and he’s used to persevering, no matter how many impediments life throws his way. He wants the chance to prove to Quade that he’s strong enough for a jackal alpha to call mate.

Despite the decades Quade has been away, and the heartache of his father’s rejection, his inborn loyalty to the pack remains, and his abrupt departure left the jackal shifters without an alpha heir. As a psychopath shifter staking claim as alpha draws Quade back home, and Quade feels compelled to heed the call, he may be forced to make a choice he never anticipated. But doing so means he must leave Roman behind… unless somehow they find a way to make loyalty and love work together.

I can't wait to hear what you all think.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Eleventh month

So November is sort of a transition month. Its not quite the awesomeness of October where it's windy and crisp, and it's not cold winter like December is. Its the middle and so it's to be endured until Thanksgiving which is when it finally gets good right before it ends. What's even weirder is how fast this year has gone. 2013 has been a strange one for me. I feel like I never really got going, like yesterday it was May and then the summer dragged on for like six months and then October showed up and now it's almost December. Amazing. I expect to wake up tomorrow and it will be January first. 
I finished my contemporary novel, Floodgates and submitted it. Hopefully it will be accepted. Right now I am working on a novella before I get back to Glenn's book. Its weird, I have the romance part figured out it's the rest that's fuzzy and normally it's the other way around. Leave it to Glenn to be backwards. I hope everyone has a terrific rest of the week. :)

Thursday, October 31, 2013

It's the end of October, which means it's time for more Boooooo-yah Books!

It's Halloween y'all, so I hope every one has a wonderful and safe one. I'm happy to have the wonderful Lisa and her gang from The Novel Approach  back for another edition of Booyah Books.

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It’s hard to believe we have another month behind us. October went by in a blur and has sped us way too quickly toward the coming winter months—although those are the best ones for curling up with a good book, so there are good things about that hibernation time too. J

So, without more unnecessary rambling, here are our Booyah Book! picks for the month of October:

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First up is Lana’s choice, Rising Fenzy: Men of Myth, Book Two by Brandon Witt. Here’s what she had to say about the book:

Rising Frenzy is the story of Finn’s and Brett’s separate lives and their struggle to move on. Oh, and how upset I was when I realized that they were not getting back together!! Yet!! I hope!! There’s the set up for the next book and plots involving supporting characters but at its heart, its Brett and Finn’s story.

Only one word can describe the writing in this book: incredible! Mr. Witt is a great storyteller. His words create amazing visuals. The dialog was superb and flowed without any awkwardness. He needs to write a script and make these books into a movie.

Is it too obvious that I loved this book? Trust me, you will too! 5 stars, enough said!

Lana's full review can be found HERE

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Next up is Tina, who has selected Rowan Speedwell’s Illumination as her top read for the month. Read on to see why:

During one last night on the town with his friend Evie, Adam takes some pills given to him by a band mate. Two men die that night because of those pills. Adam barely survives. He and Evie are both convinced to go to rehab for a couple of months. Adam will then move to an outpatient treatment facility.

Any more than this and I will be crossing the line into spoilerville, if I haven’t already. Seeing the improvement in Miles’s mental health was an amazing thing to behold. The courage Adam showed in his willingness to follow his dreams was admirable. Grace was hilarious. Evie, as the faux girlfriend was more of a friend to Adam than anyone else in his life. Reading the scene where Adam and his older brother are bickering in their mom’s kitchen and she sends Adam to his room brought back funny memories.

This was a great read. Strongly recommended.

Tina's full review can be found HERE

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BJ’s choice for book-of-the-month comes from author Tom Mendicino, and his novel Probation, the story of a closeted man outed in the worst possible way. Here’s what BJ has to say about the book:

I read a lot of books. I read fantasy and crime. I read love and angst and triumph and failure. Usually it’s easy to tell which genre a book fits into. But Probation was a different story altogether, in more ways than just the obvious pun. As a reviewer I need to connect to a book, to feel the emotions, to envisage the scenes and dissect the motives. This book is not a standard m/m romance, and I didn’t know where it fit. One place it did fit, however, was in my heart.

It gives me great pleasure, and a warm and gooey feeling to offer this unexpected but totally appreciated addition to the world of gay literature a wonderful and well deserved 4.5 stars. You can check out Mendicino’s other work on Amazon and all other major retailer, at TLA, at the publishers own site over at Kensington Books or at his own website. He’s certainly worth the time, and then some.

BJ's full review can be found HERE

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Next up is Lynn, with her choice of Allison Cassatta’s Relationships 101 (Dear Diary: Book Three) a coming-of-age story about trust and having faith in the love you share. Here’s what Lynn has to say about the book:

This is the third installment of the Dear Diary series, I highly recommend reading Dear Diary and Dear Diary: Pride first to follow Chris and Josh’s story from the beginning.

This is definitely a coming of age story. Chris is now at college along with his boyfriend Josh. They’ve been together for a year now and are ready to start the next chapter in their life.

With Chris and Josh this was a little turning point in their life. They are definitely in it for the long haul, and it’s been a pleasure being there with them while they go through this crazy journey called life.

Overall, this was such a great read. Life lessons are hard to learn but it’s much better to learn them with someone you love by your side.

Lynn's full review can be found HERE

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Jackie’s selection this month comes from Cardeno C. and the book More Than Everything, a ménage story that has its share of both humor and heartbreak. Here’s what Jackie has to say about it:

This isn’t the average M/M/M story. In my opinion, this is a very unique take on the concept and it just works. There were moments where I loved the MCs and moments where I hated them. That is how I know a book was great for me, when I am emotionally invested in the outcome. I think this is one of Cardeno C.’s best works, and I have never laughed as hard as I did while reading the scene about the lentils. That was just brilliant!

If you have liked Cardeno’s work in the past, I think you will love this one. I know I did.

Jackie's full review can be found HERE

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Garrett Leigh’s latest release, Slide, made a huge impact on Kim and became her hands-down choice for top pick of the month. Here’s why:

Ash took me for ride through his own personal hell, but he also showed me his strengths as well as his weaknesses. And how hard it was for him to fight his demons. I was with him as he took his baby steps with Pete. And it didn’t take me long to figure out that something horrendous had happen to him as a child to cause all this torment he’s going through. Damn! If this wasn’t the best description of what it’s like to suffer from PTSD from an insider’s POV I’ve ever read. Ooops, sorry, three years majoring in Psychology speaking here.

Slide is a beautiful, well written story, and I just love how it all fell together. There are parts that were heartbreaking, but it wouldn’t have been such a great romance without some angst.

I’m giving this one 5 full stars and highly recommended.

Kim's full review can be found HERE

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My choice this month was a very difficult one, though only because I read several books that could very easily go into this month’s article. But, just like staring at a restaurant menu and not knowing what to choose until the waiter looks at you and waits for your order, now that it’s back-to-the-wall, choose-it-or-lose-it time, my selection for top read of the month goes to S.A. McAuley’s Someday It Will Be, a supernatural love story that defies all the rules of time and space, and delivers a romance that is at once heartbreaking and hopeful.

S.A. McAuley has written a full-circle story in which the end is only the beginning. It is a story of a love that is infinite because that love defies the rules of what is and what can be. It is romantic and evocative, heartbreaking and beautiful, filled with the impossible that comes true, and the promise that trust in the power of a soul-deep connection can give a man lifetimes in which to make amends for mistakes.

I love this book, so much so that I’ve read it three times and wished each and every time that it had ended with the promise of a “to be continued…” because in the place where Poe and Isaac exist, the continuation is certain to be one of the best parts.

My full review can be found HERE

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And that wraps up another month of Booyah Books! Until November, happy reading! :)


Wednesday, October 30, 2013

My GRL Post Game Wrap-Up

Amy Lane, Lisa Horan and me.
I am late. As reporting goes, I am a total fail but I just wanted to tell you all that GRL was awesome. I had the best time, and between the amazing authors, wonderful fans and the fantastic food, I can't wait to go again. I so enjoyed meeting everyone and hugging everyone and OMG, I did NOT (repeat not) barf on my shoes during my Q&A. Bonus! Me, Marie Sexton and Scotty Cade did our talks together and they were both so wonderful and supportive, I can't thank them enough. I'm not so great with public speaking and they both took turns holding my hand. I just adore them.
Ariel Tachna, Anne Regan and me
The writing workshops were very informative and I took lots of notes. I got to help set-up the DSP book table and scope out all the cool swag. I got all my books signed that I schlepped as well as buying 10 more. At the Meet The Author dinner, it was me and Ethan Day at the same table. I was so excited. He of course brought books and I just brought Jin & Logan cell phone charms (I failed swag) but since my husband was with me and there was an Ethan Day book in front of him...I got TWO! Woot! And Ethan signed them. It was heaven.
Poppy Dennison and me all dressed up

Next year GRL will be in Chicago and I certainly hope I get to go again. But I so wanted to thank everyone who made it a joy for me to be there. I have wonderful memories that I will always cherish.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Finally Fall

Oh its October, my most favorite month of the year, and I could not be more happy. I love the fall, just madly The crisp weather and the colors and I get to wear a hoodie again. Its the best. Things always look up this time of the year, it's like the summer slump goes away and I'm recharged. I look forward to October every year.

Okay so news: I'm going to my first ever GRL next week Tuesday and I am both completely excited and a touch worried. I am driving down to Atlanta with Nessa Warin and back with her and Poppy Dennison. That should be fun. I can't wait to see all my wonderful fans (this is the excited part), and I hope not to mess up at my Q&A (this is the worry part, public speaking and me....not so much). I also need to get the paperbacks I'm schlepping signed by all the amazing authors I plan to hit up. I pulled everything from my shelves so I could take them and its a big bloody bag. I realize now that driving, even though long, is my friend. I would have been out a crapton of money if I had to take everything with me on the plane. And we're not even counting swag. So it worked out for the best and I've driven it one way once before with Amy through what felt like a monsoon at the time but was really only a summer shower. This was what my husband told me but he wasn't in the car.  It was a deluge, I'm not even kidding. Amy and I were looking for Noah. But so that's where I'll be and I hope to see a lot of you in Atlanta. 

Also, I got a release-ish date for my new shifter book, Old Loyalty, New Love, it will be out the 1st week in December. My Christmas story, Where You Lead, will be out on Christmas Day, and Cardeno C. and I finished our co-write, also shifters, and submitted it. I will let you know if it's accepted. Currently I am working on contemporary that has a little bit of a murder/mystery in it, and then right to sequels. Nothing but sequels all day, all night. And even though I love writing new characters, there's something comforting about writing about old friends. That's it, I'll report the news once I get there. Have a great weekend everyone. :)

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Guest Blogger: Ellis Carrington



I’m so excited to announce the re-release of my Mayan mythology novella!! Originally titled Amor Prohibido in 2011, this was my first standalone gay romance release, and your first is always special. I reclaimed the rights to the story so I could update the cover art (I love this new cover so much I wanna cry, people) and clean up the editing. The book is now better, shinier, and cheaper than ever before.
I also changed the title to FORBIDDEN LOVE because while I thought the original title was lovely, it didn’t occur to me until after the book was already out how many people would think I write in Spanish. Which is awesome, I wish my Spanish was good enough to write a whole novella! But it so isn’t.
It's up on Amazon and B&N today, and it should be on most of the other major vendors shortly. Please do check it out if you haven't already, and I hope you enjoy. :)

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Jacob Freehan has no job, no man, and no motivation. In pain both from ending a long-term abusive relationship and a severe back injury, he escapes to the sunny seaside town of Puerto Morelos, Mexico for a little yoga, a little R&R, and possibly a place to quietly end his own life.
Pakal is a centuries-old immortal Mayan spirit guide who has been charged with getting Jacob on the path toward healing. Romantic involvement with a spirit charge is strictly forbidden, and it has never been a problem...until now. Pakal sees something special in Jacob, but failure to keep a rapidly growing attraction at bay could result in Jacob losing his life and Pakal being condemned to the Underworld forever...

Excerpt:
They were plodding carefully through a large corridor of stalactites and stalagmites that gave the appearance of a giant shark’s mouth, when Jacob stepped absently and slipped. Pakal grabbed Jacob from behind, just narrowly preventing him from being impaled on the business end of a sharp, vertically jutting piece of rock. Many a tourist had landed at the nearby clinic for such accidents.
“Shit.”
“I warned you to be careful where you stepped. It’s slippery in here.” Pakal’s breath was heavy, and he was panting right in Jacob’s ear. His heart thudded against the thinner man’s back. Their bodies vibrated together as if they shared the same skin. They were dangling over a great precipice just then, and for the life of him Pakal was too caught up in the thrill to truly care about the consequences. He tightened his grip around Jacob’s naked waist and his light slipped from his fingers into the water. It was stupid. It was dangerous.
It was too late.
The thought was interesting, but fleeting, as Pakal’s hand dipped inside of Jacob’s loose, surfer-style swim shorts.
“Holy Jesus. What are you doing?” The words held a note of obligatory protest, but even as he said them, Jacob’s ass pushed into Pakal’s crotch, and his forearm and head came to rest against the curve of the cave wall. Both men breathed heavily, totally in sync.
“Keep it down,” Pakal whispered. Gods, Jacob’s cock was smooth. Deliciously soft and hard at the same time. “You’re so tense. I’m helping you to loosen up.”
Jacob’s breath hitched. “Someone could come by here any minute.” Yet even as he said it, his hard length fucked faster into Pakal’s wet fist. His dick was perfect against Pakal’s skin; it was long and thin, with only a small amount of soft hair at the base. Pakal’s fingers strayed for a moment to roll Jacob’s weighty sac in his hand, and he longed to feel it inside of his mouth.
“Better be fast, then,” Pakal breathed.
Jacob’s skin was warm and salty, with a hint of sunscreen against Pakal’s tongue as it trailed a path from behind Jacob’s ear down the side of his neck. He paused for only the slightest moment when his lips brushed a silver necklace out of the way and found a small, puffy line of scar tissue underneath. He kissed the spot and moved on, sucking and biting over Jacob’s shoulder blade as he stroked harder and faster.
“Oh, God.” Jacob’s breathing sped up and got ragged and, thank the gods, the guy was close because distant voices and splashes from deep within the cave were slowly coming nearer, and Pakal couldn’t bring himself to stop. “Jesus, Pakal.”
“Better hurry,” he murmured, nipping at Jacob’s earlobe.