Thursday, December 31, 2015

The Best of Booyah Books 2015 ~ The Year in Reviews

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Cheers, everyone, and welcome to our Best of 2015 Giveaway! We've each put together a list of our Top 5 favorite books this year, in no particular order (and some of us also had an honorable mention because it's just that hard to narrow things down), and we'd not only like to share our faves with you but also would love to give you a chance to win THREE e-copies of the winner's choice from amongst our chosen titles. You can enter for the chance to win via the Rafflecopter widget below.

Good luck!

And now, here they are, our Best of 2015!

It's December 31st!

I hope you all have a joyful and prosperous 2016. As for me, I'm excited about the stories I get to share next year. Let's all have a good one. :)

Friday, December 25, 2015

It's December 25th

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all. Let's be safe and joyful out there. :)

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Release day!

Essien
Sleeping 'til Sunrise, the last in my Mangrove series is out today and I hope you all enjoy it! These are my main characters, Essien and Roark along with the beautiful cover Reese Dante made me! 
http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=7205
Roark

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Guest Blogger: Elisabeth Staab



Spotlight / Cover reveal information for BY THE RULES by Elisabeth Staab
Release Date: 1/19/2016

About By the Rules:

He thinks I want him because of the rumors around town. Because I think he’s easy. I want AJ, because he’s AJ.

No liars. No suits. Absolutely no straight guys…

AJ Fabin’s list of rules keeps him safe. Since getting kicked out of his parents’ home and attacked by a former escorting client, his rules and his life in the tiny town of Evergreen Grove provide a quiet haven. He may be lonely, and he may stick out like a sore thumb, but the folks like him well enough. When he’s not dodging his old pimp, things are peaceful.

Hayden Price is having a quarter-life crisis. Engaged to a woman he can’t connect to and working a job he secretly hates, he comes to Evergreen Grove to help his mother through a health scare. Returning to his childhood home makes Hayden reevaluate a lot of things, including himself. When he meets AJ and finds he can’t stand the mouthy jerk—almost as much as he can’t stop thinking about him—he has a lot more to change than his career.

To be together, they’ll both have to break all of their rules.

Links:

Amazon: http://tiny.cc/BTRAMZ

iBooks: http://tiny.cc/BTRi

B&N: http://tiny.cc/BTRBN

Are: http://tiny.cc/BTRARe

Goodreads: http://tiny.cc/BTRGR

All other buy links will be sent out via Elisabeth’s newsletter (which you can sign up for) as SOON as they are live.


About the cover:
Cover Photography by Michael Stokes
Cover design by Babski Creative Studios

About Elisabeth:

Elisabeth Staab loves passionate stories and happy endings. Her books have been called “emotionally delicious,” “action-packed,” and “gloriously snarky.” When not writing romance, she enjoys date night with her husband, reading Harry Potter with her kids, and marathoning her favorite books or TV series. Find out more at ElisabethStaab.com, follow along on Facebook and Twitter, and keep up with new releases and giveaways by signing up for her newsletter.

Excerpt (AJ’s POV):
You know that movie where the devastatingly handsome billionaire falls head over heels for the former rent-boy with a heart of gold and they ride off into the sunset with their limo, their unicorn, and a cuddly little bichon?
What? Are you kidding? Okay, me neither.
Nobody’s ever gonna make that movie, because nobody would buy the premise. Not even if Julia Roberts does make the prospect look good all kinds of glittery-ever-after on camera. And for real, I’m telling you I could rock a string of diamonds just as well as her (I could!) even if you wouldn’t catch me dead in an evening gown. Or dating a douche who drives a five-speed penis-mobile. Well… maybe it would depend on the penis-mobile.
God bless Richard Gere’s fine ass in a three-piece, though. I may have a rule against dating a guy like him in real life, but there’s nothing wrong with a little fantasy. Like a big ole slab of red velvet cake, it may not be good for you to eat, but looking doesn’t cost any calories.
Rule #1: Keep your distance from rich guys in business attire. They’re sleek, gorgeous, and powerful-looking like jungle cats, and as likely to take a chunk out of you when your back is turned.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Guest Blogger: Lee James

https://www.dsppublications.com/books/icarus-ascending-by-lee-james-181-b
I'm very excited to have Lee James on my blog today. Lee and I have been friends for years and I was ridiculously excited when he told me about his re-release with DSP Publications. He stopped by to chat with me about it and I was just so thrilled to have him.


M: So...tell me all about the book.
L: Well, available December eighth, the new novel is titled, Icarus Ascending, which is the second edition of Errors and Omissions. In Icarus Ascending, the main characters and basic plot remain the same, but it’s about ten-thousand words lighter than the first edition, has new scenes, and a drastically different ending. Icarus Ascending’s tag line is, LA Private Detectives, Book One.

M: Ooooh, so, you’re considering a Kirk MacGregor series then?
L: A series, yes, but the second novel in the series, Threads, has a private detective named Mike Hauser. Threads’ epigraph is “Sic volvere Parcas,” or “So spin the Fates.” The books will be connected by the city the characters live in as well as their jobs, but there will be a different main character in each book.

M: Am I hearing a Greek-Roman mythology undertone in Icarus Ascending and Threads?
L: Yes, but set in modern-day Los Angeles. As you know, the Icarus myth teaches the dangers of hubris and complacency. To escape war-torn Crete, Icarus’ father builds wings made of wax and feathers. He warns Icarus not to fly too close to the sun, for the heat will melt the wax. Ignoring his father, Icarus flies too high, the wings melt, and he drops into the sea. End of story—no HEA. 

M: So do we get the happy this time around?
L:You'll have to read and find out.      

M: Well you know I'm going to snap it up but tell me, why the move from DSP to DSP Publications? 
L: Originally, Errors and Omissions was marketed as a romance novel but the thing is, I write crime noir novels with a backdrop of M/M and M/F relationships. I am not now, and have never been a romance writer. There are loving relationships in my books, but the focus is the mystery. For those unfamiliar with Dreamspinner Press Publications, I believe the imprint’s tag line says it all: “Off the beaten path. Worth the journey.” I'm excited to now have the book exactly where it belongs.

M: I have to tell you, I love the new cover.
L: I do too, I think it represents the book really well and it has the feel I wanted.

M: Well, I look forward to reading Icarus Ascending and the next book in the series. I love your mysteries and all the details that go along with them. Thank you so much for dropping by.
L:Thank you, Mary. And hey, who loves ya?

Icarus Ascending blurb: 
Kirk MacGregor loves to win—whether through his critically-acclaimed paintings in oils, or on the job as the resident detective of his father's
prestigious law firm.

In the most perplexing investigation of his career, MacGregor searches for
the truth behind the death of rock star Brent Hunter. But a phone
call convinces Austin Hunter that his brother is alive and safe in a
wilderness hideout. Or is it all an elaborate, deadly confidence game?

MacGregor's investigation takes him down a twisting trail of dead-end leads, lethal lies, and a string of homicides. Sparks crackle as Kirk and Austin take a wild ride into the City of Angels's underbelly where nothing ever seems too strange or horrendous. As the death count rises, MacGregor is running out of time in finding a cunning contract killer, and the person who hired him.

Kirk MacGregor seldom loses. But there are dangers—and costs—in flying too
close to the sun.

About the Author:
Lee James was born and reared on his family’s Indiana farm. At the age of twelve, he rode his bicycle past an outdoor convention of the KKK—all in full white-sheet drag. When one of the participant’s eyes directly met Lee’s, he began to understand bigotry and hatred. After graduating from a parochial high school, he attended a Western university, where he majored in the humanities, and then studied law.
He’s worked for and in civil rights issues, bills and law for over thirty years, in both the public and private sectors—his brush with the Klan left a lifelong impression. He moonlights as a writer.    
Lee enjoys listening to classic rock, blues and jazz, reading, gardening, and working on his next crime noir mystery-thriller. Unless pushed, he avoids discussing politics with anyone driven bat shit crazy by ultraconservative network news.
Lee and his spouse reside in a Twin Cities’ suburb, where they are owned by their three cats. He enjoys hearing from his readers. Contact him at: leejameswrites@gmail.com


Monday, November 30, 2015

Book of the Month and Giveaway - The November To Be Thankful For Edition

Hi, fellow fictionaries, and welcome back to the November installment of Booyah! Books. We've put together another great list of our favorite titles for the month, and I'm excited to be able to finally share them with all of you!

As always, there's a chance to win TWO e-books of the winner's choice from the list (Avery Cockburn's will count as one selection), so be sure to click on the Rafflecopter widget below for a chance to win.

Good luck!

And now, here they are, our favorite books for November.

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Carrie: Cross to Bare by Susan Mac Nicol – “I cannot say enough about Susan Mac Nicol.  When I am in a reading slump, I go and pull out a Men of London book from my archives, and suddenly my world is okay again. You would think that with each new book in the series, the author would have to finally hit one that just didn’t work – but NOPE!  This book is just as amazing as the rest of the ones in this series. Each book is so unique – yes, they have crossover characters, and the cameos these secondary characters play in the other books is like cinnamon sugar on your oatmeal: sweet with a hint of spice. (Yes, Leslie, you are still amazing!) Cross to Bare is a brilliant read with tight writing and a sharp dialogue that catches you from page one and doesn’t let you go until the HEA.”

Carrie’s Full Review Is HERE

Karen: Out of the Blues by Mercy Celeste – “There is a lot of drama going on in this book, multiple difficult issues addressed, and crazy family to deal with, but it is done so wonderfully.  And, boy oh boy, can Mercy Celeste write some hot scenes. As much as I enjoyed all of the developments and the relationship between Mason and Kilby, the relationships they had with other characters were almost more enjoyable at times. The relationships with their siblings were sweet and made me even more grateful I am close to mine.”

Karen’s Full Review Is HERE

Maryann: Shiver by Jocelyn Drake and Rinda Elliott – “Shiver was a surprise, a fast paced page turner filled with danger, suspense, wild fight scenes, and a crazy descriptive car chase. And, was not without humor. Oh, and the passion will tug at your heart strings. Jocelyn Drake and Rinda Elliott are just amazing with the written word. I seriously think this will be an exciting series. It left me hungry for more!”

Maryann’s Full Review Is HERE

Sammy: The Other Side of the Line by Marguerite Labbe – “For those of you who doubt there could be much to discover in a story whose ending is already a sure thing, think again. Marguerite Labbe thrusts the reader into events in history that reshaped generations of people and her two boys grown into men would be both flint and stone in this story. Sparks of anger and cries for justice would flow from Hal as surely as he breathed. Seeming to float from one cause to another, Hal was there in the front lines of both anti-war rallies and gay pride parades. With seemingly inexhaustible strength, he would rise above bigoted parents, bolstered by the love and fierce loyalty of a younger sister and the steady guidance of the best friend he would ever have, Caleb.”

Sammy’s Full Review Is HERE

Lynn: Pent Up by Damon Suede – “I really liked the mystery aspect here. It wasn’t front and center, but was always lurking in the background. The further we get into the story the more layers are peeled away. With confessions, revelations, and a little snooping, it all comes to an action filled climax. I enjoyed the little twists and turns the story gave me. And the great reveal…well, I didn’t even see it coming. I loved it.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I would definitely call Pent Up a GFY story. I loved going on the journey with Reuben as he comes to realize that, yes, he is attracted to a man. His struggle to keep sober was real and, at times, heartbreaking. I really liked seeing two men at total opposite ends of the spectrum getting together and literally saving each other. It may be cliché, but it worked.”

Lynn’s Full Review Is HERE

Lana: Children of Noah by Neil Plakcy – “I’m not going to go into the plot of the book, but I will say that all the strings get tied up nicely in the end. It’s a satisfying story that’s juicy and is in line with Kimo’s development as a character. We grow with him from the first book, where he’s kicked out of the closet, to this one, where he is in a committed relationship with Mike. And, by the way, I love Mike. Kimo is taking on a new assignment with the FBI, and most importantly, he is a father. It’s great to experience his expanding ohana, family. Reading this book felt like visiting with my favorite friends, seeing their success and feeling their insecurities. I just can’t say enough how much I loved this book.”

Lana’s Full Review Is HERE

Angel: Love Comes Unheard by Andrew Grey – “For this particular book [in the series], the disability is deafness, and while this has been touched on in a previous book, I liked that Grey went more in depth with these particular characters. Wilson and Garrett were fun to watch as they built their relationship. In addition to the disability aspect of the story, there was also an age disparity issue and one of homophobia, all of which was handled just as delicately as the disability.”

Angel’s Full Review Is HERE

Jennifer: Let the Wrong Light In by Avon Gale – “I loved this book. Reading it, I was nervous because I realized this relationship didn’t seem safe or sane. Consensual, yes, but there was no discussion about what either man wanted, when they would stop, and what their relationship actually was. Watching Avery come to these realizations was a breath of fresh air. He struggled to understand himself, but he still kept pushing. The secondary characters who tried to guide him were great, but ultimately, they could only advise and then back off.

If you enjoy rocky relationships, BDSM, and employee/employer relationships, give this book a shot. However, be warned, the sex is rough and at times pretty forceful, so if that will bother you, maybe check out a different book instead.”

Jennifer’s Full Review Is HERE

Jules: Winter Wonderland by Heidi Cullinan – “The MCs in this book are both incredible. I don’t think I can adequately convey how much I love Kyle. Siiiiiigh. What is there to say about Kyle? Oh, I know what… He. Is. So. Perfect. Like, amazingly, wonderfully, swooningly – BUT, also believably – perfect. I say ‘believably’ because he is also completely genuine, and, well, believable. He is so well grounded and confident in himself, and his heart is just immense. But, he is also a bit unsure of the future, and can admit that he doesn’t handle every situation as well as he could. He’s real.”

Jules’ Full Review Is HERE

Lisa: Playing for Keeps/Playing to Win by Avery Cockburn – “Honestly, I can’t begin to do these books justice in words. I devoured them. Cockburn’s storytelling is rich, smooth and burns with the intensity of a good Scottish Whiskey. These characters, all of them, ooze an irresistible charm and draw the reader into not only their stories but their lives thanks to the author’s attention to detail, all the way down to the language of the country in which the series is set. Pure and unadulterated love is the only way to describe my feeling toward these books.

With each book Cockburn steers us toward the climactic arc with a deft and clever hand. By the time I got to the make-or-break point for the couples, I was so thoroughly invested in the relationships that their pain was my pain, and I don’t mind admitting I got a little choked up when everything seemed as though it was going to come crashing down around them.”

Lisa’s Full Review Is HERE

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And that does it for November! Stay tuned for our Best of 2016 picks next month, and until then, happy reading!

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