Monday, June 30, 2014

Summer's Heating Up - Booyah Books! The June Edition

Hi, everyone, I hope the month of June was good to all of you.
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!

LynnSlasherazzi 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.

Lynn's Full Review Can Be Found HERE

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 shelf.

Traci's Full Review Can Be Found HERE

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!

Samny's Full Review Can Be Found HERE

JackieRecovery 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.

Jackie's Full Review Can Be Found HERE

LanaCowboys 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.

Lana's Full Review Can Be Found HERE

JulesRelease 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!

Jules' Full Review Can Be Found HERE

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 sitting.

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.

BJ's Full Review Can Be Found HERE

TinaOff 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.

Tina's Full Review Can Be Found HERE

KimMotel. 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!

Kim's Full Review Can Be Found HERE

JordanCross & 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 my eyes.

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.

Jordan's Full Review Can Be Found HERE

LisaChance 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.

My Full Review Can Be Found HERE

And that, dear readers, puts an end to June. Until next month, happy reading!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Cover Reveal for Stripped Away

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:


David 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.


Ricky 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.
Their 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?”
Ricky didn’t 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.”
Ungrateful punk. “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.”
Ricky matched 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.
Ricky himself 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.”
David growled 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 Ricky’s ear.
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 got hurt.
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.”
Ricky’s 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, too.”
Dave narrowed his eyes. “What’s a shame?”
Ricky smiled slightly, shaking his head. “You’re all bark, Church Boy.”

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Sunday, June 15, 2014

Inspiration and Pinterest

 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. :)

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Editing anyone?

I know some of you out there have an interest in getting 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.

 Dreamspinner Press 
Issued by Editor in Chief Lynn West

 Dreamspinner Press is now accepting résumés from editors with a minimum of two years’ paid professional experience editing and crafting fiction. We are specifically seeking editors who have an interest in the following categories of adult fiction published by us and our imprints: historical, high fantasy, horror, lesbian, ménage (M/F/M), and science fiction. The ideal editor is flexible in genre choice.

 Dreamspinner edits to The Chicago Manual of Style conventions, and experience with CMOS standards is required. Editors must sign a confidentiality agreement and will serve out a trial period to demonstrate skill levels. Please review the following materials before applying:

 For more information, e-mail Please include “EDITOR” in the subject line of your e-mail for proper consideration. A resume/CV and summary of applicable experience is required.

 Expressions of interest will be accepted for a limited time, depending on response.

 Note: If you do not meet these specific qualifications, please consider joining us as a proofreader. This will allow us to see your current skills in action, get to know you, and let you get to know us. The Editor in Chief generally reconsiders possible editing candidates who prove their skills after a one-year proofreading period.

 Dreamspinner Press
Issued by Editor in Chief Lynn West

 Dreamspinner Press is accepting expressions of interest for proofreaders to process M/M romance publications in lengths from 5,000 to 150,000 words. Proofreaders should be able to read for misspellings, punctuation errors, typos, logic problems, and formatting errors. Specific instructions will be provided. Dreamspinner Press edits to The Chicago Manual of Style conventions. Experience in writing, editing, proofreading, and using CMOS is required.

 Proofreading is an unpaid contractor position. Contractors will receive galley proofs at no charge and a discount at the company store in exchange for quality services. Deadlines are set according to length of the work, ranging from five to ten days. Proofreaders are not at any time obligated to accept an assignment.

 Interested persons must sign a confidentiality agreement and will serve out a trial period to demonstrate skill level.

 For more information, e-mail Please include "PROOF" in the subject line of your e-mail.

 Expressions of interest will be accepted for a limited time, depending on response.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

A Heart For Robbie

The amazing JP Barnaby has a very special book out on Friday July 11th called A Heart For Robbie. Here's the blurb:

Waiting for someone else’s child to die so yours can live is the worst kind of Hell.
Celebrated Young Adult author Julian Holmes pits the heroic characters in his Black Heart series against all different kinds of monsters. But when a critical heart defect threatens his son’s life, he finds he has no champion. No amount of books, classes, or practice can prepare Julian for the fight to save his beautiful son’s life.
Suddenly there are hospitals, transplant lists, and the nightmare of insurance red tape to navigate. In the midst of his trouble, Julian meets Simon Phelps, the insurance coordinator for Robbie’s case. Simon lives so deep in the closet he might never find his way out, but he dreams of exactly what Julian has. Then one night, drunken need and desperation brings them together, and a new fight begins.

This book is very personal to JP as in fiction she was able to give her couple the happy ending that in real life she herself was denied with her own daughter. I can't wait to read such a hopeful, loving book. :)

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

All Kinds Of Tied Down
This is my beautiful new cover by the amazing Reese Dante for my marshals, Miro and Ian, out on the 4th of July at Dreamspinner Press. Here's the blurb:

Deputy US Marshal Miro Jones has a reputation for being calm and collected under fire. These traits serve him well with his hotshot partner, Ian Doyle, the kind of guy who can start a fight in an empty room. In the past three years of their life-and-death job, they've gone from strangers to professional coworkers to devoted teammates and best friends. Miro’s cultivated blind faith in the man who has his back… faith and something more.

As a marshal and a soldier, Ian’s expected to lead. But the power and control that brings Ian success and fulfillment in the field isn't working anywhere else. Ian’s always resisted all kinds of tied down, but having no home—and no one to come home to—is slowly eating him up inside. Over time, Ian has grudgingly accepted that going anywhere without his partner simply doesn't work. Now Miro just has to convince him that getting tangled up in heartstrings isn't being tied down at all.

Hopefully you will all love Miro & Ian as much as I loved writing them. And really, I can't gush enough about my gorgeous cover. :)