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New Release: Protection by T.T. Kove (AUTHOR INTERVIEW) #MM #NewAdult @ttkove

Protection

Title: Protection
Author Name: T.T. Kove
Publication Date & Length: July 24, 2015 – 71 pgs

Synopsis

Adrian isn’t looking for a boyfriend. He’s focused on school and social situations make him anxious. When his mother encourages him to make a friend and be more outgoing, he takes a chance at a party. It doesn’t live up to expectations. His classmates ignore him and the alcohol tastes bad. Worse? Oliver finds him moping in the bathroom.

Oliver, the class clown and know-it-all, might grate Adrian’s last nerve, but he’s the only one paying Adrian any attention. Not only does Oliver flirt him into a bedroom, he charms Adrian’s pants off. Adrian loses his virginity to a man he doesn’t even like and in the morning his anxiety spirals into full panic. They didn’t use protection and popular-with-everyone Oliver insists they need to get tested.

Adrian is sure this isn’t the kind of friendship his mother meant and he tries to distance himself. But it turns out Oliver’s brash personality is just a mask to hide his own insecurities and family embarrassments. Adrian can relate. Oliver may be a know-it-all, yet Adrian can’t abandon him. Besides, they still need their test results. But how can the popular kid be friends with him when Adrian doesn’t want to come out of his shell?

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Excerpt

I hate parties.

I hovered by the door leading into the living room. It was crowded with people drunk off their arses. They looked, quite frankly, ridiculous the way they tried to flirt and hook up with each other. It was disgusting. No one had better come over to me with their cheesy pick-up lines.

I wanted to leave. But the front door was on the opposite side of the living room. To get there I had to cross said room full of people who would notice me. Not that anyone had spoken to me yet since I arrived, but I had been invited. Probably because I’d been within earshot when my classmates had been talking about it, but I had been asked nonetheless.

Why did I say yes?

That was the million dollar question. I didn’t like parties, I didn’t like being sociable. I wasn’t good at it. Drawing attention to myself… I couldn’t do it.

People headed for the kitchen, almost shouting at each other to be heard over the music and everyone else. I drew back and turned to find somewhere to hide.

My gaze fell on a door that had a simple WC sign on it. Really? What was the point of that in their own house?

That was the kind of sign for public toilets. Maybe that was the point.

Still, it was a room. A door with a lock.

I could hide in there until the party calmed down and I dared to venture into that living room. I did this for you, Mum. I opened the door and found the room empty. I breathed a sigh in relief. You wanted me to be sociable and here I am. Never again. Never ever. This was the last time I tried. Being cooped up in my room was heaven compared to this.

I closed the door after me. A bottle clinked against the wood. I looked down at my other hand and the beer bottle clutched in it. I’d forgot about it in my panic facing the living room. Someone had pressed it into my hand when I’d arrived.

I crossed the small room to lean against the smooth wall, slowly sinking down to sit on the floor.

I should go home and enjoy my own company. Get on the laptop and get online. Play a game, do coursework, anything else but sitting here hiding. I didn’t even have my sketchbook with me, so I couldn’t draw. I could do that at home though.

I sat the bottle of beer on the floor next to me. I eyed it. I had drunk from it and it had tasted like piss. Not that I knew what that tasted like, but it was what I imagined it would taste like. I hadn’t ever drunk alcohol—never felt the need to. Not having any mates or being sociable meant I’d never experienced any peer pressure.

Tonight was, apparently, a night for new adventures though. I took another sip of the vile thing and almost choked as a result. I forced it down on sheer willpower. Perhaps tonight was the night I would experience being drunk. It wouldn’t take long if I got the beer down. Not being used to alcohol, I wouldn’t need much to feel the effects. Or so the internet told me. Why anyone liked beer, or would drink it to savour the taste, was beyond me.

I drank some more. Torturing myself was what I was doing. I should leave, but then I’d have to go through the living room where everyone was gathered. I couldn’t do that. I couldn’t risk having all their attention on me—it would definitely leave me in a state of panic.

Slam!

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5 and 4.5 Stars for a New Release: The Homecoming by J. Scott Coatsworth (AUTHOR INTERVIEW) #MM @LT3Press

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Title: The Homecoming
Author Name & Publisher: J. Scott Coatsworth (Less Than Three Press)
Publication Date & Length: July 29, 2015 – 20,000 Words

Synopsis

When his own world is destroyed, Aldiss and his crew barely manage to escape, leaving friends and lovers behind. What was meant to be an exploratory trip back to the home world turns into a mad dash for survival.

When they awaken from stasis on Earth, which was abandoned by humanity five centuries before, they must quickly learn about their new home. While exploring the region around the ship, Aldiss meets Hari, a shape-changer, whose people harbor secrets that might cost the crew their lives.

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FiveStars

After reading this, all I can say is, wow. This has to be one of the best mixed genre fantasy/science fictions stories I’ve read in a long time. It’s exceptionally well-written, and I was absorbed right from the first page.
I’m a big fan of stories where any romance is secondary to the main plot, so this fit my preference. There’s clear chemistry between Hari and Aldiss from their first meeting, but the mysteries of both their worlds are far more interesting than their love story. It seemed like there were surprises around every corner as the truth about both their worlds was revealed bit by bit.
This was one I couldn’t put down. I was blown away by the seamless blending of two very different genres and the depth of the themes in such a short space. Simply wonderful.
Amy
FourandHalfStars

This was a great read with a mix of paranormal romance and sci fi in it. I love a good sci fi, which would be why I chose this one, and I was not disappointed. The story takes us from confusion, to love, to understanding in a short period, and it’s a complete story.

I could keep up with the feelings of the characters, follow their thoughts and actions. The side characters were generally rounded even to have purpose and keep interest. The pacing of the story was also fantastic. It moved. I think I read this in about an hour. Great job, Scott!

~AJ

Excerpt

Hari reached the edge of the woods just in time to see Neru crouching to leap at the two- legs. Young fool.

He gathered himself and jumped after Neru, knocking him aside as his teeth reached for the two-legs’ throat.

Neru turned and snarled at him, backing away toward the woods.

Hari stood firm, ears back, hackles raised, and drew the corners of his mouth back toreveal his teeth. Back off, Neru.

The whelp shook his head and grinned with the brashness of youth, until Hari leaped at him and nipped his ear. With a surprised yelp, Neru turned his head, deferring to Hari’s strength. As you say, brother. There was a cockiness to Neru’s look that unsettled him.

The other wolf backed up slowly then turned to disappear into the woods.

Hari caught a glimpse of Mavi watching from the shadows. The old wolf snarled, and slunk off after her son.

What do you seek, old mother? Hari wondered, watching Mavi’s silver-tipped tail flicker into the darkness. It was clear where Neru’s courage and cunning had come from.

Hari turned back toward the two-legs. He was holding a strange stick, not unlike the one that Hari’s grandmother had shown him in the wolf dream.

But it was his face that caught Hari’s eye. He knew that face. The two-legs’ eyes were white-gray, and his jet-black hair was swept to the side.

Despite the danger, he shifted in the manner only a few of the clan are able to do in the cold. He grew quickly taller and less hairy but no less muscled, and stood naked before the two-legs.

They stared at each other for a long moment. Hari felt an immense attraction washing over him. He saw in his summer form that this two-legs was beautiful. His own body responded to this… man… in an unexpected way, seeing and feeling things his winter form could not. Hari leaned forward and sniffed the stranger, drinking in his musk. It smelled enticing. Strangely familiar.

He sensed the two-legs stiffen, and to reassure, him, Hari licked the man’s neck.

The two-legs was trembling now like a young whelp, so he tried something else. He took the stranger’s face in his hands and kissed him.

The shaking slowed, and then the man was kissing him back. Hari was hungry for him, like a starving wolf at the end of a long, hard winter.

It is not the time for this, the keh whispered in his ear.

He broke contact and turned away, ashamed that he was betraying his Clan, and for lust. An emotion of his summer form.

“I’m sorry,” he said to the two-legs, without looking back. “It won’t happen again.” Even he was not sure if he meant Neru’s attack, or the kiss.

He shifted back into his winter form and loped off into the woods after his pack mates.

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Scott has been writing since elementary school, when he and won a University of Arizona writing contest in 4th grade for his first sci fi story (with illustrations!). He finished his first novel in his mid twenties, but after seeing it rejected by ten publishers, he gave up on writing for a while.

Over the ensuing years, he came back to it periodically, but it never stuck. Then one day, he was complaining to Mark, his husband, early last year about how he had been derailed yet again by the death of a family member, and Mark said to him “the only one stopping you from writing is you.”

Since then, Scott has gone back to writing in a big way, finishing more than a dozen short stories – some new, some that he had started years before – and seeing his first sale. He’s embarking on a new trilogy, and also runs the Queer Sci Fi (http://www.queerscifi.com) site, a support group for writers of gay sci fi, fantasy, and supernatural fiction.

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TWO 5 Stars for Thaw (PsyCop #1.1) by Jordan Castillo Price #MM #Paranormal

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Title: Thaw (PsyCop #1.1)
Author Name: Jordan Castillo Price
Publication Date & Length: February 3, 2008 – 4 pgs

Synopsis

Victor Bayne is a PsyCop, a psychic medium who sees dead people as plainly as if they were alive. People assume that Vic’s psychic abilities are his only talent, but in Thaw, he shows his boyfriend Jacob that he’s got other secret skills up his sleeve.

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FiveStars

5 Sweet Stars!!
Siiigh! More Victor and Jacob, and in a sweet, short story!
I love getting to know these tough-ass cops, on a more personal, romantic level.
I enjoy every word of Jordan Castillo’s writing. It is thoughtful, and heartfelt. I know we expect men to be tough, but sometimes it is REALLY nice to see a vulnerable side. It doesn’t make them weak, just very human! And that’s what I get when I read Jordan Castillo’s words…warms my heart!!
Still reading this series, and loving it!
Reviewer: Kimberley
 FiveStars
This was a super short, super sweet read. I liked the little side slice we got of Victor and Jacob outside of the main story lines and the tenderness we normally sort of pass by because there is so much going on in their lives in the other books.
As usual Ms Castillo Price does an excellent job of sucking us in and making us feel the characters joy and love.
I can’t wait for more of Victor and Jacob’s story and more from Ms. Castillo Price.
Renee

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3 Stars for Backward (Bronco’s Boys #3) by Andrew Grey (AUDIOBOOK) #MM #Romance @Andrewgreysbooks @dreamspinners

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Title: Backward (Bronco’s Boys #3)
Author Name & Publisher: Andrew Grey (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: February 13, 2015 – 200 pgs

Synopsis

Club owner Harry Klinger has had his eye on Tristan Martin for months, but never had the nerve to approach him. He’s watched as Tristan dated Eddie and then reluctantly sat on the sidelines during the emotional breakup when Tristan discovered Eddie was dealing drugs. Now that Tristan seems to be healing, Harry hopes to get his chance.

When Eddie sends his men into Harry’s club to harass Tristan, Harry steps in to help. Tristan is reluctant at first since he admittedly has terrible taste in men, but Harry seems genuine, and Tristan can’t help but think Harry’s sexy as well and begins to hope for happiness for both of them.

Unfortunately, Eddie isn’t behaving rationally, sampling too much of his own product. With his determination to take Tristan back, it’ll take more than Harry’s help to keep Tristan safe as Eddie ratchets up his attempts to get what he wants.

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ThreeStar

**Audiobook Review**
Both our main characters are insecure and been wanting each other but neither makes a move until something finally throws them together. I liked Tristan most toward the end of the book when he finally grows a bit of a backbone.
While I haven’t read the other books in this series, I felt like I could relate to Bull and Spook more than I could our main men, which felt a bit odd for me. I read one of Mr Grey’s book at the same time I was listening to this audiobook (not exactly at the same time, but during the same time period) and I have to say there were so many similarities between the two books, it was a bit disheartening and made me not care much for either book.
As for the narration of this book…. I have to say I am split. I actually liked his normal speaking tones and his tempo was very easy to listen. That being said, I absolutely did not like the tones used for Tristan or Harry. They were annoying and made me cringe which was a weird combination since I didn’t mind the narrators voice at any other time.
Renee

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5 and 3 Stars for Sext Based Adventures by Francis Gideon #GenderQueer @LT3Press

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Title: Sext Based Adventures
Author Name & Publisher: Francis Gideon (Less Than Three Press)
Publication Date & Length: January 28, 2015 – 13,000 Words

Synopsis

Chris thought he was done with his gaming days. He’d deleted his account, gone back to his day job, and put his fantasy world days behind him… but couldn’t resist the urge to return. This time, however, he decided to play as a woman—a persona he maintains even when he makes friends with Jessica.

When Jessica offers online sex, Chris still cannot bring himself to confess his secret. As their relationship turns serious, still he cannot admit to the ruse. Then Jessica proposes they meet offline, and Chris is finally forced to confront the questions and choices he’s been avoiding…

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FiveStars

This short, smart story has a lot of depth. I was able to finish it in under an hour, but it will take me much longer to process through the complex themes.
I found the story easily relatable on a personal level, though I understand not every person will feel it rings true to their particular experience. Even so, there were a lot of complicated feelings, and the author handled them well without coming across as “educating” readers.
One thing I appreciated was the exploration of an older person (i.e., not a teen or twentysomething) discovering his sexual and gender identity. That’s easy to mishandle for the sake of plot, but this was done incredibly well and with a lot of sensitivity.
Almost anything else I say could be a spoiler because there are numerous revelations throughout. One thing I will note is that when the main character, Chris, is with a partner and shown full acceptance, it brought tears to my eyes–despite the fact that it was in the middle of a very steamy moment.
I loved this carefully crafted, excellent story, and I’m in awe of how wonderfully well-written it is. Another time I wish I had more than 5 stars to give.
Amy
ThreeStar
This was an different sort of little story. I found certain thoughts to be confusing the way they were written. Like his hidden surprise habit. I felt it could’ve been expressed a little better.
I was a little surprised to find out a bit more about Jessica, but I liked where it went and how it was all revealed. But some of the time jumps and the way the story flowed was jilted and made it hard to follow…. like what actually happens between Chris and Jessica when they meet.
I feel like this story had such great potential but was so rushed and important parts skimmed over that it left the reader behind and unable to connect to Chris and what he is going through.
Renee

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Cover Reveal for Beyond the Surface (The Breakfast Club #1) by Felice Stevens #MM #Romance @Felicestevens1

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Title: Beyond the Surface (The Breakfast Club #1)
Author Name: Felice Stevens
Publication Date & Length: August 17, 2015 – 78,000 Words

Synopsis

On 9/11, firefighter Nick Fletcher’s world changed forever. He’s unable to rid himself of survivor’s guilt, made worse by the secret he hides from his family and co-workers. Nick’s life is centered around helping burn victims, until he is reunited with the man he’d once loved but pushed away. Now he has a second chance at a love he thought lost forever.

For fashion designer Julian Cornell, appearances mean everything. His love affairs are strictly casual, and the only thing he cares about is making his clothing line a success. A chance encounter with the man he loved long ago has Julian thinking for the first time in years there may be more to life than being seen at the best parties and what designer labels to wear.

When Julian’s world takes an unexpected turn, it’s Nick who helps him regain perspective on what matters most in life. Julian, in turn, helps Nick accept who he is and understand he isn’t responsible for tragedies he couldn’t prevent. Lost love found can be even sweeter the second time around and after all the years apart, both men learn to look beyond the surface to find the men they are inside.

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Julian was in the kitchen, sitting on one of the stools by the counter. He had a glass in front of him filled with what Nick presumed was vodka, having spied the Grey Goose bottle.

“Would you like a drink? I have beer, wine…anything you’d like.”

Nick shook his head, regret piercing his heart as he watched the hope drain from Julian’s eyes.

“I don’t think so. I’m going to head home. I want you to know how much I appreciate what you did for Jamal tonight.”

Julian stood abruptly, kicking the stool away from his feet.

“Don’t treat me like I’m some fucking stranger, Nicky. You owe me. It’s been eighteen years; you think I’m going to let you walk out on me again like you did before? After what just happened between us? After you fell apart? No fucking way. I’m not that same person and neither are you, obviously.”

Taken aback by Julian’s anger, Nick remained mute.

“What the hell is going on with you? One minute you’re tongue fucking me into the next century and the next you’re freaking out. I know I’m a damn good kisser, but this isn’t about us, is it? It has nothing to do with our past and everything to do with you and the shit that’s floating around in your head.”

Julian stepped closer to him and Nick, who normally couldn’t stand people near him, was rooted to the floor, unable to move.

“Talk to me, Nicky. Tell me what happened to you.”

He was so tired of holding himself together, feeling like at any moment he’d shatter into a million tiny pieces, leaving nothing behind but a pile of dust.

Ashes to ashes, dust to dust.

The words poured out of him, flowing unchecked this time. “It should’ve been me. We all went to the Towers to save them. It was my day off, but I went anyway. I heard and couldn’t stay home; I had a duty to help, you know? But I lived and they all died. Why, Julian? Why did I live and they didn’t?”

“Oh, Nick.” Julian held him close. “I don’t have the answers for you. No one does. But I’m going to be completely selfish and say I’m so thankful you did make it and we’re here together after all these years.”

Unflinching green eyes gazed back at him. Clever, beautiful eyes that Nick could never stop dreaming of. Eyes that at one time had held the promise of forever, until Nick ruined everything with his cowardice and shame. Unable to maintain Julian’s scrutiny, Nick broke away and ran to the elevator, his chest heaving, eyes stinging with tears.

“Let me out. I need to leave here. NOW.”

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4 Stars for The Wolves that Live in Skin and Space By Danny Wylde and Christopher Daniel Zeischegg @dannywylde #MM #Dark

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TitleThe Wolves that Live in Skin and Space
Author Name & Publisher: Danny Wylde and Christopher Daniel Zeischegg
Publication Date & Length: June 23, 2015 – 280 pgs

Synopsis

Set in Los Angeles amidst a dying adult film industry, real-life porn star and cam model Danny Wylde recounts the end of his career. He bears his last months with the death of a friend, a client’s dangerous fantasy, a secret boyfriend, and a family bent on destroying him. Wylde’s second novel moves the literature of pornography’s narrative past its decadent history and into the world of disposable, tube-site celebrity, month-to-month living, and dissolving barriers between consumer and consumed.

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FourStars

This is a dark book with a graphic and gruesome ending. It’s riveting and unsettling. I couldn’t stop reading even though I was distressed. There are funny bits too, and Danny is a witty protagonist, but make no mistake, this is a horror novel. An allegory.
Danny is a porn/cam star floating through life. He has friends he doesn’t get too close to, aspirations he can’t quite define, and a sex life that’s getting tedious.
A crazed fan manages to find him, and this starts a journey into psychosis and love. True love, with all the ups and downs. Danny begins to feel, perhaps for the first time in his life. But the deeper he goes, the stranger his world gets.
There’s plenty of sex in this novel. None of it’s erotic. There’s frank talk of STDs, mild drug abuse, and trigger warnings for manipulation, bad feelings, and rape.
Four stars instead of five because I think Danny Wylde can become an even better writer. The emotions aren’t quite there. Even for such a heavy book, I think it pulls its punches. It could go deeper. It could be more raw.
If you choose to go on this journey, gentle reader, I believe you will be rewarded.
C.E. Case

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3.5 Stars for Stay by Alexa Milne #MM #Romance @Totally_Bound @alexa_milne

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Title: Stay
Author Name & Publisher: Alexa Milne (Totally Bound)
Publication Date & Length: July 28, 2015 – 53 pgs

Synopsis

An act of kindness is never wasted.

Ben Harwood loves his grandmother. When he visits her in the hospital, another old lady, Ivy, expresses a longing for an orange, so Ben, who works in a supermarket, takes her oranges the next day.

Later, after attending his grandmother’s funeral, he discovers that Ivy has died too, and decides to pay his respects. There, he meets Ivy’s grandson, Martin Riley, and the attraction is instant. To his amazement, Ben finds he has become a bit of a hero to the Riley family, who have traveled over from America. For Martin, Ben breaks his three-date rule more than once. Is this simply a holiday romance with great sex, or can he and Martin build something more permanent?

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ThreeandHalfStars

This is a short, sweet story. Ben and Martin’s grandmother’s share a hospital ward and they meet at Martin’s grandmother’s funeral. The attraction is instant and author even manages to make funeral sex somewhat vaguely tasteful.

Like most romantic short stories, the relationship races ahead at full speed. The characters navigate continents, families and careers very quickly. This is a lovely romance, but I didn’t really fall for the men or fully believe in the relationship. I feel the book needed more character development and more space for the relationship to develop. There is enough material for a full novel here and many passages I’d love to see expanded.

Sarah

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New Release: What No One Else Can Hear by Brynn Stein #MM #Paranormal @BrynnStein

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Title: What No One Else Can Hear
Author Name & Publisher: Brynn Stein (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: July 27, 2015 – 220 pgs

Synopsis

Young Stevie Liston is diagnosed with autism, but is really an overwhelmed empath who mentally called out for help. Jesse McKinnon heard him in a dream from clear across the country, and that dream sent him on a six-year search to find Stevie. Once they meet, they think everything will work out and Jesse will help Stevie cope.

Stevie does improve immensely, but a disgruntled coworker of Jesse’s conspires with Stevie’s estranged but politically powerful father to keep Stevie and Jesse apart with trumped-up legal charges claiming Jesse sexually abused the boy. Jesse must watch helplessly as Stevie loses all the advances he’s made.

If it wasn’t for his growing relationship with his coworker Drew Ferguson, Jesse knows he wouldn’t have the strength to fight for his rights and Stevie’s future. Drew just might be the real thing, but with the very real possibility of serving jail time for a crime he didn’t commit, Jesse’s hopes for a future with Drew might be doomed.

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Prologue

I COULDN’T believe it. I stood in the doorway of a child’s room on the third floor of the Lynneville Center for Children with Autism after having been hastily hired and sent up here. At first I was shocked to see dozens of expertly drawn pictures of me taped up all over the walls. Then I noticed the four worried-looking adults in the room, their attention focused on the bed. In that bed, seemingly catatonic, was the very boy I’d been seeing in my dreams for almost six years.

I had been looking for Stevie all that time, but now that I had found him, I realized that until that moment I’d always had the smallest doubt that he was real—almost a hope that there wasn’t a suffering child who needed me, whom it had taken me so long to find. All my energy for six years had been focused on finding him, yet a niggling doubt had remained … until I stepped through that doorway.

“Stevie,” I whispered. “I finally found you.”

He didn’t move; he only blinked on reflex. He simply lay on the bed, so still, and stared at the ceiling. I knew I could help him. I moved to his side, nudging the doctor out of the way, and touched his hand.

“Come on, man. Come on back now.” I put my hand on his head, and Stevie immediately turned his head toward me. Though his eyes were still a little unfocused, he had no trouble recognizing me.

“Hi, Bear,” he said and reached out to be hugged, as he always had in my dreams.

It was so natural for Stevie to talk to me and hug me that it didn’t occur to me it might be strange for the staff gathered in Stevie’s room. They were suddenly doing the best imitations of goldfish I had ever seen. The doctor and the other man had comically wide eyes, while the two women looked almost ready to cry from shock or maybe just relief.

The older one, a lady in her forties, seemed to recognize my confusion. She came to stand close to me and said

in a hushed voice, “That’s the first time we’ve ever heard him speak.”

He always could, of course.

He spoke to me all the time in my dreams.

He finally let go and looked at me. “Bear, you’re here? You’re really here?” His gaze scanned the room. “Not in the forest?”

“No, buddy.” I laid him back down and rubbed his hand as I spoke. “Not in the forest this time. We’re right here, in your room.”

Stevie yawned and looked exhausted.

“Go to sleep, big guy. I’m working at the center now, so I’ll be waiting for you when you wake up.”

He smiled and was asleep almost immediately.

By that time the staff’s shock had worn off and curiosity had set in with a vengeance. We barely stepped out of Stevie’s room before the never-ending string of questions began.

“Bear?” “Forest?” “Stevie can talk?” The questions bombarded me simultaneously.

We all took seats in the living room area and I set about answering their questions. I was hoping what they had just witnessed would keep them from laughing me out of the room. The story I had to tell them was pretty spectacular.

Dottie, the lady in her forties, started things off by introducing me to the others. Dr. Brown was the physician on staff and had been watching Stevie decline over the last several months with no idea how to help him. Hank and Stacy were the other staff members who had been in Stevie’s room. They, along with Dottie, were support staff for the students who lived here, providing whatever assistance they needed, with supervision and compassion. Other people working on the hall that night wanted to hear as much of the story as possible, so they came and went, working when needed, listening when they could, as did Dottie, Hank, and Stacy.

“I don’t even begin to know where to start asking questions,” Dr. Brown finally admitted.

“The beginning is always nice,” Stacy said.

I smiled and thought Stacy had a good idea, so I told them about my first meeting with Stevie.

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New Releases: Storming Love: Earthquake by Ann Anderson, Megan Linden, Diana DeRicci, Caraway Carter, Nicole Dennis, Anna Lee

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Title: Storming Love: Earthquake
Author Name & Publisher: Ann Anderson, Megan Linden, Diana DeRicci, Caraway Carter, Nicole Dennis, Anna Lee (MLR Press)

Synopsis

7/3 Gabriel & Avery by Ann Anderson

Loneliness has been Gabriel’s companion for since his parents’ passing, growing with each sibling that leaves home to start their own life. When a big earthquake hits Alaska, Gabriel finds himself taking in Avery, his two daughters, and their grandmother and relishes not being so alone. Yet, Gabriel feels a spark of recognition he can’t explain about Avery, but more than that, he likes the company and wishes he could have a deeper relationship with the man. But when the small family has their new home, what could make Avery want to stay?

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7/10 Derek and Hayden by Megan Linden

Derek Warden is certain his boss sent him to cover the conference in the middle of nowhere, Alaska, to punish him for something. After an unpleasant phone call from his father who tries to stop him from going, Derek is ready for the whole thing to be over before it even begins.

Hayden Shaw has been looking forward to this conference for months. The problem of fracking is very dear to his heart and he couldn’t wait to spend the long weekend with like-minded people.

Neither of them expected the big earthquake, but most importantly – they didn’t expect each other. Meeting again after over a decade may result in something even more surprising that the ground trembling under their feet.

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7/17 Rhody & Brendan by Diana DeRicci

Rhody Witte is on his way to Alaska for two weeks of fishing and not much else. Mountains, clean air, and all the bait he can waste. What he gets is the largest earthquake to rock the Alaskan wilds in sixty-plus years.

Brendan Skorvarski isn’t the kind of man Rhody usually finds himself attracted to, much less want to know, but there’s something in the gentle giant that Rhody can’t seem to resist.

When they’re locked up in a cabin together for days in the Alaskan wilderness, resistance seems futile when survival takes precedence. Especially their survival when Rhody sees a bear outside their window.

7/24 Anders & Ujaruk by Caraway Carter

Geologist Anders Thorpe has sworn off relationships with colleagues, after his last one ended in a dirty little game of sabotage. Six months later and he’s preparing to camp and investigate a gold mine that might still be active. He’s joined by Ujaruk an archaeologist who fights an inner battle with the fact that he’s a native Aleut, and wondering if he’ll ever find the perfect man.

Will Anders break his vow? Will Ujaruk find the right guy? Will they survive whatever is thrown their way?

7/31 Xavier & Devin by Nicole Dennis

Tremors are a part of everyday life in big Alaska.

Bush pilot, Xavier Markovic, goes with nature’s flow and loves it. He guides guests through Denali National Park to show off his beloved state. Until health issues arise for his mentor, Daniel Chevalier, and Xavier flies him to the hospital.

An almost fatal tumble down a mountain ends Devin Chevalier’s professional mountain biking career and brings him to a crossroads. Learning his grandfather is ill, he makes a rash decision. Uprooting his life for a chance to meet Daniel, he crosses paths with a brash Alaskan.

Alaska throws them another surprise in the form of a huge earthquake. Differences put aside while they struggle to survive.

8/7 Asher and Emmett by Anna Lee

Celebrating their fifth anniversary, Asher and Emmett are on a romantic getaway in a cabin in Alaska. They have plans to adopt when they return home. But their paradise is destroyed when a huge earthquakes hits. Being a firefighter and a paramedic, both men put themselves at risk to save others when the tragedy strikes. Will they be able to make it home to start a family?

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