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NEW RELEASE: Mythologically Torqued #Bisexual #FF #MM #Urban Fantasy

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Title: Mythologically Torqued
Author Name: Leigh Ellwood, L.J. Hamlin, Eva Lefoy, V.L. Locey, Jacey Mills, Alisha Monroe, Shiloh Sadler, Alyx Shaw, Delilah Storm, T. Strange, Carol Tierney, Angelique Voison, Max Wilde, Salome Wilde, Logan Zachary
Publication Date & Length: May 13, 2015 – 315 pages

Synopsis

Torquere’s largest anthology to date features a total of 15 authors please to bring you 15 unique tales from when gods and goddesses ruled the world. This collection features both m/m and f/f content for your reading pleasure. Dare you enter this realm of Mythologically Torqued fantasy? Be on the lookout for Volume 2 summer 2015.

Mythology, whether classic or modern, has always taken readers on a magical ride. Mythologically Torqued, volume I, takes those tales from days of old, or more recent history, and places a unique spin on the beloved lore.
The gods of Olympus make appearances, as do deities from Japanese, Norse, and other belief systems. With rampant sexual desires, these gods manage to slake their thirst for passions of the flesh in a rather untraditional manner…if the oral traditions passed down from generation-to-generation were at all accurate.

These fifteen short stories are penned by both seasoned scribes and new authors; the anthology provides readers with the perfect opportunity to explore offerings from their favorite storytellers as well as find a new favorite or two. And, a unique perspective on the stories we enjoyed—or were forced down our throats at the hands of a sadistic English teacher or two—in our youth.

Containing both M/M and F/F stories from authors Alisha Monroe, Alyx Shaw, Angelique Voisen, Carol Tierney, Delilah Storm, Eva Lefoy, Jacey Mills, L.J. Hamlin, Leah Ellwood, Logan Zachary, Max Wilde, Salome Wilde, Shiloh Saddler, T. Strange, and V.L. Locey, Mythologically Torqued volume I is sure to have something for every penchant.
Look for Mythologically Torqued volume II coming August 2015.

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Spotlight: Storming Love: Flood by NJ Nielsen, Jenn Dease, Jambrea Jo Jones, AC Katt, Pelaam, Cherie Noel #MM

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Title: Storming Love: Flood
Author Name: NJ Nielsen, Jenn Dease, Jambrea Jo Jones, AC Katt, Pelaam, Cerie Noel

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Release Date: April 3

STORMING LOVE: FLOOD – Adrian & Lockie by N.J. Nielsen: 30,270 words

Adrian Clarke knows his life is a hot mess. This is only one of the reasons he boards a plane and flies halfway around the world—so he can escape everything that’s determined to see him break. Lockie Rivers has worked his whole life on Tenderfoot Downs. After his boss died, Lockie remained as caretaker for the new owner—a man who’d never even set foot on the place. When circumstances bring them face to face, a flash flood comes along to threaten their very existence. Can virtual strangers work together to save their home, their hearts, and find their own slice of heaven?

Release Date: April 10

STORMING LOVE: FLOOD – Bridge & Doug by Jenn Dease: 22,400 words

Fourth generation lawman, Bridge Bridgerton, has never seen Copper Creek, Texas, flood before. Doug Jones is a lifeguard stopping in Copper Creek to look after his grandfather’s house. Together, they help rescue some of the residents trapped in the rising water. And together, they feel an attraction for each other that gets stronger day by day. But, will they be able to stay together once the water goes down?

Release Date: April 17

STORMING LOVE: FLOOD – Pete & McKenzie by Jambrea Jo Jones: 10,300 words

McKenzie Hallowell was born and bred in Copper Creek. He knew what could happen during flash flood season, but that didn’t stop him from driving through water during a storm. Almost dying might be the best thing that ever happened to him.

Pete Compton moved to town five years ago to take over a feed store. He’d been crushing on McKenzie Hallowell almost from the start. A flash flood brings them together, but will it also bring them love?

Release Date: April 24

STORMING LOVE: FLOOD – Steven & Derrick by A.C. Katt: 13,102 words

When a flash flood strikes, Steven stays behind at school to find a little girl who hid from the storm. His lover, Derrick, comes to rescue them both but can only get Josie out. Will Derrick be able to get back to the elementary school in time to get Steven or will he lose him to the raging flood waters?

Release Date: May 1

STORMING LOVE: FLOOD – Euan & Gregg by Pelaam: 21,527 words

Euan looks forward to spending time with his best friend, and unrequited love, Gregg. But Gregg has a confession himself, he isn’t the straight jock Euan thinks. When the truth emerges, Euan learns of a side to his friend’s life he never imagined.

Just as they find out the truth Mother Nature unleashes her fury and they’re trapped on a mountain during the flood.

Even if they weather nature’s storm, there is still a more personal fury to be faced.

Release Date: May 8

STORMING LOVE: FLOOD – Patric & Sam by Cherie Noel: 17,515 words 

Patric Carselowey stole Samuel Touchet-Smith’s heart six years ago in an incendiary act of passion. Then he disappeared, joining the Army without a word. When he returned, treating Sam like stranger, he broke Sam’s heart. Now Sam’s meddling Maman and sister have booked him a hiking tour with Patric as the guide. Caught in the unexpected storm, will Sam’s wounded heart be healed during their race to safety or crushed once and for all by lingering misunderstandings and lost memories?

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NJ Nielsen: NJ needs to write like she needs to breathe. It’s an addiction that she never intends to find a cure for. When you don’t find NJ arguing with Vlad, her muse or writing about the wonderful men in her stories, you’ll find her reading work by other authors she greatly admires. NJ lives in the SE of Qld, Australia with her family who all encourage her writing career even if she does occasionally call them by her character’s names. NJ thinks that anyone taking the time to read her stuff is totally awesome.

Jenn Dease: Jenn Dease is a Chef with a reading and writing addiction. The six bookcases in her bedroom are proof of this. She was born and raised in Pittsburgh with one of those families that have four generations in a four block radius. The Redheads, or her sisters, are the best things in her life. When they want to be.

Jambrea Jo Jones: Jambrea wanted to be the youngest romance author published, but life impeded the dreams. She put her writing aside and went to college briefly, then enlisted in the Air Force. After serving in the military, she returned home to Indiana to start her family. A few years later, she discovered yahoo groups and book reviews. There was no turning back. She was bit by the writing bug.

She enjoys spending time with her son when not writing and loves to receive reader feedback. She’s addicted to the internet so feel free to email her anytime.

AC Katt: She lives in New Mexico with her husband and new cat who, just as she does loves paper and words. She got a late start to her writing career but is now in a writing frenzy. Go figure!

Pelaam: Living in clean, green New Zealand Pelaam is a multi-published author of m/m romance and erotica. She’s loved writing since childhood and to become an author is a cherished dream come true. She grew up reading fairy tales and watching science fiction, horror and fantasy. When not writing she can be found indulging in her other passions of cookery and wine appreciation.

Cherie Noel: Cherie’s been in love with words since before she drew breath, and doesn’t see that ever changing. She write stories, full stop. Sometimes there’s music with them, sometimes they’re poems, and lately, to her great delight, a plethora of M/M fiction and erotic romance. Yum. Smexy man to the second…or third power…now that’s the kinda math Cherie can get behind!!

The hair curls or frizzes as it will, the eyes are green and tend to look in two different directions—no, really—and the rest is subject to change. You know the guy who didn’t know if he was a butterfly dreaming he was a man or a man dreaming he was a butterfly? Yeah, that’s Cherie, but substitute drag queen for butterfly and wacky, wild ex- Army chick for man.

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Cooking Up an Anthology

Okay. This is how my getting involved in the Storming Love: Flood Anthology went down. I can break it down into a few easy steps for you. No, seriously. It’s like a recipe for great hush-puppies or *pardon me while I moan in wanton delight* my dad’s old fashioned potato salad with a hint of jalapeño.

Kris Jacen came up with an abso-freaking-lutely brilliant premise (better buckle in as that flare up of genius happens quite often around her). One storm. And all the things that could and would and (maybe) should happen between as couples who are stranded together. Mother Nature raging and that good ole oh-la-la attraction burning bright between two (or more) hot fellas…now there’s a recipe for success. Because nothing strips folks down to their elemental nature, to the bare bones of who and what they are faster than disaster…especially natural disasters.

Writing with Jambrea Jo Jones is one of my favorite things. Full stop. So when I heard Jambie was on board I was in. I’ve written in an Anthology with Ms. Jo Jones before. Another opportunity to write in Anthology alongside her? No brainer. I threw my hand in the air and begged for a spot. As an author I highly recommend writing with her. Fun, funny, helpful and super chill? Yes, yes, yes, and heck yeah.

In addition to Jambie, there were a slew of other talented authors who jumped on board. A.C. Katt, N.j. Nielsen, Jenn Dease, and Pelaam all tossed their hats into the ring as well. Our merry band of mischief makers was ready to stir up a heap of stuff and nonsense. Hee hee.

I admit to being a cuddler in Anthology writing as well as in other areas of life. So I wanted our stories to be a little tighter than some Anthologies are. I wanted our characters to know one another, deal with the same terrain, and even shop in the same stores. They didn’t need to all be bosom buddies, but I wanted there to be at least a nodding acquaintance. I’ve lived in enough small towns to know that Mr. Jones knows that Ms. Slidell’s dog Rusty likes to chase the postmaster’s cat and that the

hardware store is having a sale next week on 3 ¼ inch whatsits. That in a pinch you can buy lube and condoms from behind the counter of Touchet’s Gas and Grocery instead of having to drive all the way into the next town that’s big enough to have a Walmart. So we brainstormed and built our little town of Copper Creek. And it was fun. Deciding who worked where and if so and so knew so and so… yeah. Good times.

Then we all took the basic town, tossed our two (or more) men into the teeth of the storm and watched the stories unfold. I pulled out an old trick Jambrea taught me a few years ago, that of having my characters have prior history with one another, and before I knew it they were blabbing a mile a minute in my ear. I thought my story was going to be 10k but… nope. Over 17k. Heh.

Writing like this for me is like being given an old family recipe where the measurements are laid out in pinches, dashes, and goodly portions, and the type of cobbler is described as being, “a succulent local fruit” in a region that has at least five or six types grown locally. Every single cobbler is going to come out a little different. And that is exactly what makes the stories so much fun to write, and to read. I hope you’ll all take the time to peek at the wonderful stories we’ve woven together for you, and please don’t forget to enter the contest. There’s a free copy of any book in my backlist (ebook version) for one lucky commenter on this blog, and all the other blogs have opportunities to win as well. Oh! Also, please remember to enter our grand prize drawing… there’s a big ole Gift Card waiting for one lucky winner.

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3.5 Stars for Foolish Encounters (A Rainbow Gold Anthology) (INTERVIEW) #MM #Romance

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Title: Foolish Encounters (A Rainbow Gold Anthology)
Author Name: Amy Lane, Angel Martinez, Elin Gregory, Freddy MacKay, J.C. Wallace, Tali Spencer, Tinnean
Publication Date: April 2, 2015

Synopsis

An accident, a chance encounter, a thought blurted out, a boat blown off course, a change in direction that suddenly runs into the line of fire – the smallest misstep can change everything. These foolish encounters are the moments around which lives pivot and sometimes spin out of control. Join us for tales of imprudent choices and bad decisions that can lead just as easily to hilarity as they can to tragedy.

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Overall – 3.5 Stars
I would really have appreciated knowing that a vast majority of the stories in this set were Sci- Fi/Paranormal before I picked it up as that is not a genre I read very often. I also didn’t care for the cover as it simply doesn’t tell anything about the anthology and doesn’t really appeal to me as a reader. I think a better synopsis would have really helped entice and prepare readers for what they are getting into.

4 Stars – A Message from the Home Office by Angel Martinez

Well, I can’t say I was expecting this type of story when I picked up this anthology as it had no warning it was Sci- Fi, but once I got past the initial part of the story I really enjoyed it. The first few pages almost had me setting the book down to be honest, it was filled with so much mumbo jumbo that I’m not used to since I don’t normally read a lot of books about creatures/beings from other planets.
However, once I got past that and got into the actual plot… It was really good. I loved the way the characters bonded and realized what was going on behind their backs.
Very good story.
3.5 Stars – Shredding The Heart by JC Wallace
I enjoyed the uniqueness to this story. Not many stories about a business man and a skater.. or a skater at all. It was quite well written, but I found that it was… kind of dull. I felt like we were missing out on the connection between the characters. It was told to us instead of shown. While some scenes were better than others (the breakfast/lunch scenes were nice) there was a lot that just seemed to drag on. I did like that I really felt for Quinn because of his past and how he’d been hurt before.
3.5 stars – The Lunar Imperative by Elin Gregory
Once I got through all weaving of the world that was confusing for me, the story was good although I think it could’ve been longer and told us more about the actual characters in the story, it wasn’t too bad. It was short and a bit rushed when it got to the whole reason they were on the planet they were on. The relationship in the story had little to no evolution except that they went from friends to possibly more.
5 Stars – Blue and Green Persuasion by Tinnean
At first I wasn’t sure that I was going to like this story, but as soon as Hart landed and met Kes, I was sucked in. I actually really enjoyed the world was built and everything was described about the foreign planet and situation. I would actually read more about this couple and where they ended.
4 Stars – Well Hello, Eight Eyes by Tali Spencer
I really felt like this could have used a whole novel because there was so much that I wanted to know more about… The curse, his ex, the island… everything. I will say as much as I liked this story it was the most tame and I felt like since there was so much story there that it was rushed at times.
4.5 Stars – The Fenestra Penetration by Amy Lane
This was the most erotic in the anthology by far and it was good. I liked the play on the UPS man and the man getting naughty things delivered to him. I would certainly read more from this author and about these characters as they got to know each other better.
4 Stars – The Nut Job by Freddy Mackay
This was about a ship we saw in the very beginning of ‘A Message from the Home Office’. I actually found this story quite interesting as the characters had built relationships beforehand for the most part.
This was the least erotic, but the story was interesting and was believable. The only issue I really had with it was the fact that there were curse words in another language and I had no idea what was being said (and it was said often). Also, I felt like we could’ve used a bit more information about what exactly the ‘aliens’ were. For example the one seemed to be able to change shape at will, or was it only that he could change into a snake and be stretched? Maybe it is my lack of Sci-Fi knowledge, but I had no idea what his deal was.
Renee

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He’d told Cory he would not leave the cabin, true, but the porch was part of the cabin. Right?

He immediately shivered. He’d come ashore without his coat and figured he must have shrugged out of it underwater. That the weather had taken a cold turn, he felt bitterly. Though the gale had subsided, a brisk November wind whipped trees mostly stripped of autumn foliage. The sun dropped beneath the clouds and threw shadows across the porch and past a few low trees as it painted a bright exclamation point upon a choppy, watery horizon.

Lake Michigan. And he was facing west, because that was a sunset.

Unless he’d been magically transported across the thumb of Door County and into Green Bay, he had to be on an island.

He squinted through the trees to each side but couldn’t make out which direction would take him to town. At the edge of a wildflower-filled clearing to the north, he spied movement on a weathered split log fence. Something big and rust-colored scuttled onto one of the posts and stopped there, positioning its hairy body atop a multitude of bristling legs.

Another creature appeared to pursue it, alike with many legs but displaying some kind of bizarre colored shield upon its back. It was dancing on the fence rail, waving two or more legs at the first creature.

Spiders?

Hell no. No way were spiders as big as raccoons.

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  • Can you describe in detail what your writing environment is like?

I actually have two of them. The first is the computer room, which houses our desktop computer. The room is filled with bookshelves stacked with books (obviously) DVDs, CDs, and VHS tapes. There’s also a television, usually tuned to the Sonic music channel (we have DirecTV), because if I turn on Castle or The Walking Dead or Backstrom, I get too involved in watching to write. To say the room is cluttered is an understatement, but I know (pretty much) where everything is, so it’s all good.  I work here in the mornings and evenings.

The second is out on the lanai. (Anyone remember the lanai from Golden Girls?) Well, ours is enclosed by a pool cage, (take that, mosquitoes!) and has a spa and a pretty nice view of the lake that’s our backyard. My husband rigged up the television so I can listen to the music channel, and there are a couple of ceiling fans for those days when it gets really hot. I work here on my laptop in the afternoons.

  • Is there one of your characters that you relate to (from any of your works)? Why?

As the nursery rhyme says, my characters are all healthy, wealthy, and wise—well, for the most part. Each one has qualities I wish I had, whether it’s a facility with languages, such as Hart possesses in Blue and Green Persuasion, or the ability to ride a horse, shoot a gun, or throw a knife as Quinton Mann does in my Spy vs. Spook and Mann of My Dreams series. Just as with my flesh and blood kids, I’m more proud of them than I can say, but I can’t be them.

  • If you couldn’t be an author, what would you do instead?

I reached the point where I was able to retire, so if I couldn’t be an author, I’d still write—letters, a journal, fanfiction, things of that nature. But if I couldn’t write at all, I’d still read, and I’d also take the opportunity to volunteer, either at a local hospital or an animal shelter.

  • Is there anything that you learned during the writing process that you wish you had known before hand?

I go back a pretty long way, and when I first started writing (my bio says that was in the 3rd grade) I either used a pen and legal pad or a typewriter. Having to make corrections/additions was unbelievably time-consuming. Finally, in 1997, we got our first HP. Learning there was such a thing as copy and paste opened an immense vista for me and made writing so much easier.

  • Is there anything that you wish you could change about your book now that it is out?

No. That sounds abrupt, but the fact of the matter is I’m the world’s most chronic fiddler, and each time I read over whatever I’m currently working on, I’ll make changers or add something. However, once the book is through the final editing phase, I won’t go back to it, and often won’t reread it for years. That’s not to say once the rights revert back to me down the line that I won’t expand it or make changes at that point.

  • How do you come up with new ideas for your story?

Music, movies, newspaper articles, stories my husband and brother-in-law tell of the jobs they worked on, (thanks to them, one of my characters was named Chair Face because he saw a woman and said she was so beautiful he wished he was a chair so she could sit on his face.) and actual occurrences. We received a Christmas card one year and had no clue who had sent it. That led to my novella, Greeting Cards, about a young man who received a card in error and what happened when he responded to it. The T-shirt that reads “Be careful or you’ll wind up in my next novel”? Yep, that’s me.

  • What’s next for you as a writer?

Right now I’m working on a novel set in Great Britain between 1948-1976. Once that’s finished, I have a paranormal series that covers MPreg (I know: OMG! *cough*) between a human and an alien, a wolf man/human novel, wolf shifter/snakeboy, and human/dragon. The first three need to be whipped into shape, but the last one still has to be writer, so that’s going to take a while. And of course there’s the Civil War-era western. Busy, busy. 😉

  • Where do you live? Do you think this influences how or what you write?

I’d have to say no. I’ve lived in SW Florida for the past fifteen years, but I wrote long before that, when I lived up in NY. As I mentioned, once we got the HP in ’97, things really took off. And then in 1999, a friend introduced me to slash—pretty boys loving other pretty boys—and oh wow! did things take off!  So as long as I’ve got my trusty computer, location is irrelevant.

  • What is your favorite genre outside of the one you write in? Why?

To paraphrase Will Rogers, I never met a genre I haven’t liked, but right now I’m leaning toward the paranormal, shifters in particular. There’s something about a person with the ability to live in two worlds that I find very appealing, especially if they still retain human qualities. And if the bad guys have no clue… that makes it even better.

  • Do you have any vices? Shoes, coffee, shopping…etc?

Vices? Moi? I’m a good girl, I am! *g* Seriously, Amazon’s one click shopping is my downfall. They make it just so easy to buy a book. Or two. Or many.

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Amy Lane

Amy Lane has two kids in college and two kids in soccer, and four fur-babies up in her business as she writes. She, her Mate, and her brood live in a crumbling crap mansion and squander their funds on movies, travel, and joy.

Angel Martinez

While Angel Martinez is the erotic fiction pen name of a writer of several genres, she writes both kinds of gay romance – Science Fiction and Fantasy. Currently living part time in the hectic sprawl of northern Delaware, (and full time inside the author’s head) Angel has one husband, one son, two cats, a changing variety of other furred and scaled companions, a love of all things beautiful and a terrible addiction to the consumption of both knowledge and chocolate.

Elin Gregory

Elin Gregory lives in South Wales and has been making stuff up since 1958. Writing has always had to take second place to work and family but now the kids are grown up it’s possible she might finish one of the many novels on her hard drive and actually DO something useful with it.

Historical subjects predominate. She has written about ancient Greek sculptors, 18th century seafarers but also about modern men who change shape at will and how echoes of the past can be heard in the present. Heroes tend to be hard as nails but capable of tenderness when circumstances allow.

There are always new works on the go and she is currently editing a novel about spies in the 1920s, finishing one set in 6th century AD England and contemplating one about the Second World War. Any excuse to buy more books!

Freddy MacKay

Freddy grew up in the Midwest, playing sports and running around outside. And honestly, that much has not changed since Freddy was small and throwing worms at other kids, expect worm throwing has been replaced with a healthy geocaching addiction. Freddy enjoys traveling and holds the view a person should continually to learn about new things and people whenever possible.

Freddy’s contemporary LGBTQ book, Incubation: Finding Peace 2, won 3rd Place – Best Gay Erotic Fiction in the 2012 Rainbow Awards. In 2013, Freddy’s story, Internment, tied for 3rd Place – Best Gay Fantasy in the Rainbow Awards. Freddy’s steampunk/SF story, Feel Me, was a Finalist and honorable mention in the 2014 Rainbow Awards for SF.

JC Wallace

JC “Jake” Wallace started writing from a young age, but took a break for marriage, kids, and college (in that order). A few years ago, he rediscovered his passion and ventured out into the brave new world of publishing. He now has several novels and short stories published. At night and on the weekends, Jake writes about all things men, believing there is nothing hotter than two men finding and loving one another, whether for a night or forever. An avid reader of M/M romance, Jake loves a good twist of a plot, HEA, HFN, or tragic ending. He also writes what his bestie calls HUNK (Happy Until the Next Kidnapping). In his daytime hours, Jake works with individuals with autism and behavior problems. He is owned by a beautiful partner, three kids, two grandchildren, two dogs and one cat. He lives in the Adirondack Mountains in Northern NY.

Tali Spencer

Tali Spencer fell in love with writing at an early age and never stopped. Thanks to a restless father, she grew up as a bit of a nomad and still loves to travel whenever she can. Her longest stint in one place was Milwaukee where she went to college, enjoyed a series of interesting careers, and raised three surprisingly well-adjusted sons. She later married her true love and put down new roots in Philadelphia, where she lives in an ongoing Italian American family sitcom. At least she’s learned how make good pasta. When not writing, Tali reads everything from sweet goofy romances to medical research, manages her fantasy football team—go Gekkos!—and takes long walks with her loving, if slightly neurotic, poodle.

Tinnean

Tinnean has been writing since the 3rd grade, where she was inspired to try her hand at epic poetry.

Fortunately, that epic poem didn’t survive the passage of time; however, her love of writing not only survived but thrived, and in high school she became a member of the magazine staff, where she contributed a number of stories.

It was with the advent of the family’s second computer – the first intimidated everyone – that her writing took off, enhanced in part by fanfiction, but mostly by the wonder that is copy and paste.

While involved in fandom, she was nominated for both Rerun and Light My Fire Awards. Now she concentrates on her original characters, and recent novels have received honorable mention in the 2013 and 2014 Rainbow Awards.

A New Yorker at heart, she resides in SW Florida with her husband and two computers.

Ernest Hemingway’s words reflect Tinnean’s devotion to her craft: Once writing has become your major vice and greatest pleasure, only death can stop it.

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5 stars for Down on the Other Street (Volume 1) by Jennifer Cie @JenniferCie1 #Bisexual #Shortstories #anthology

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Title: Down On The Other Street (Volume One)
Author Name: Jennifer Cie
Publication Date & Length: July 29, 2014 – 134 pgs

Synopsis

Long winded, unemployed, and timid, on the first date Brendan Bloom is already in love. Comfortably arched over his body, Ryan contemplates murder. Cold, necklace gleaming against the pale tint of her collarbone, the passenger could have mercy. Not a little black book, but a faded love letter out from under the sheets. Some romances ignite on sight, others flare at the base of waterless tubs soaked in agitation. Rooted in the South, this collection of short stories delivers five electric confessions of love, sexuality, and identity across time.

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I was hooked immediately from the first story in this collection. Most are written in a somewhat unusual style, first person but directed at a particular individual who is referred to in the second person. It created an intimate, personal feel to the tales.

Sometimes, I felt like the author was writing my own story; sometimes it was wildly different. These are the words I wish I’d been reading when I was young and needed to find other people with my feelings. I connected at a deep level with the characters.

My favorite story, for my own personal reasons, was the first one. However, I loved them all for the variety and intensity.

~Amy

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Scars dripping over broken skin and whispers silenced, there can be no point of return. Wrapped in the ripples of warm waters, staring down at unkempt mountains, Stefanie can feel the thrum of the old world’s song. The first conversation, stained into ceramic cups and shadows in the night, gave birth to the last confession. Before metal bars clanged shut or chanting grew quiet, there was the woman with the violet smile. Somewhere in the gaggle of exposed bodies, worn cassettes and children’s fairy tales, he is waiting for the red coat. Woven together through trials of sexuality, political dissonance, and self-discovery, this heady collection of six short stories examines who we become after finding love.

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4 stars for Semper Fidelis Anthology – #Anthology #Military @Totally_Bound

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Title: Semper Fidelis
Author Name: S.A. McAuley, T.A. Chase, Devon Rhodes, LE Franks, Sara York, Kendall McKenna & Morticia Knight
Publication Date:  January 23, 2015

Synopsis

Anomaly by S.A. McAuley

Warning: Untested chemical reactions in process…

When Staff Sergeant Galen Welc is handed Temporary Additional Duty orders that move him to the Marine Corps base at Twentynine Palms, he thinks he’s prepared for what’s to come. Known for his uncanny ability to spot improvised explosive devices, he’s pitted against the latest in defense technology. He trusts his instincts and his training, but they may just be leading him somewhere—and to an explosive reaction with someone—he could never see coming.

Always Ready by T.A. Chase

Making a living on the Bering Sea is hard enough, but throw love into the equation, and things can blow into a hurricane.

Senior Chief Dean ‘Jake’ Jacobson loves his job as a Coast Guard rescue swimmer. Saving lives is the second best thing he could ever do. The first is loving Phil ‘Rhody’ Rhodes.

Phil is a third generation crabber who fishes the Bering Sea. Being gay and in love with Dean isn’t something he talks about, especially not with the six men he lives with on the Angela Kayla for weeks on end. But he’s been happy with his life.

Until one day the Bering Sea reminds them that she is a dangerous place to work. As her icy waters surround them, they discover one truth. Dean and Phil must always be ready to love each other because life can be taken so easily when one works on the sea.

A Ring and a Vow by Devon Rhodes

Every promise must someday be fulfilled, and the best way Owen knows how to reward Cary’s faith is with a vow.

It’s been nearly five years since Owen went down on one knee with his Academy ring and promised Cary he’d someday do it for real. With Cary being a Naval aviator and Owen a Marine officer serving in Iraq, they’re rarely on the same continent, let alone together.

About time for them to fill out paperwork to re-up, Owen realizes that if they were married, they’d have a much better chance of being stationed nearby. But time is not on their side so he’s forced to compromise on his proposal in order to make it work.

Cary has been waiting for Owen for years—there was no chance he’d ever say anything but yes. Owen is coming home at last, and wants to make a home with him. However, between the chronic nightmares he’s been fighting and the ever more complicated wedding plans, the next month could be anything but a dream.

Publisher’s Note: This book is the sequel to A Ring and a Promise.

My Marine by LE Franks & Sara York

For a man who made his career in intelligence, falling for an Afghani national in the middle of a war zone wasn’t the smartest thing a Marine could do.

Marine Captain Sean Kelley loves his country and the men he serves with, but when he meets Akim, he’s tempted to throw it all away for the mysterious man. He knows better than to chase after a local, but repeat encounters culminating in a moment of passion leave him reeling—he’ll do almost anything to figure out how they can be together.

Akim Bijan has a secret of his own—one large enough to get more than just himself killed if it’s revealed. But from the moment he first lays eyes on the handsome Marine, he’s tempted to do just that rather than hide his growing attraction to the man. Being a translator allows him access to the base and he finds Sean alone one night. They take things farther than he ever intended. If only he could tell Sean everything, but his lips are sealed.

When tragedy strikes, Akim is afraid he’s lost Sean for good and he’s forced to make a decision that will change both their lives. Will love win, or will Sean and Akim be separated forever?

Soul Sick by Kendall McKenna

Jamie thought he made it home to Tucker, leaving war behind. Now, each day he battles to fit into his own life, and save the love that saved his life.

Jamie is a captain in the U.S. Marine Corps who carried a photo of Tucker with him throughout his deployment. His body and his heart both make it home, but he isn’t sure about his sanity. It no longer feels like his own life even fits.

Tucker is a reformed bad boy who has an advanced degree and an important job but still sports long hair and tattoos. He missed Jamie while he was on deployment, but he couldn’t stop living his own life. Now, they’re struggling to learn to live with one another again, and things are going downhill fast.

Jamie wants everything to be the way it used to, but his anger and self-destructive behaviour begin to push Tucker away. Too much alcohol and a night of violence inside their home take them nearly to the brink. Tucker is willing to fight alongside Jamie to keep it all from falling apart, if Jamie can learn to accept the help he needs…before it’s too late.

Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of domestic violence.

Safe Shores by Morticia Knight

Kirk’s Coast Guard lover, Shane, is the only person who can save his son from a vicious gale storm – if he’s not too late.

Fishing is the only life that Kirk has ever known. Born and raised in a small town on the Northern Oregon Coast, coming out of the closet was a struggle. Fortunately, he’s been lucky to find an amazing man to be with who serves in the Coast Guard. But he can’t help but wonder whether Shane wants more than just a shore leave romance.

Shane loves the Coast Guard, loves the sea. That’s one of the main things he has in common with his fisherman lover, Kirk. He just needs to make sure that Kirk knows how serious he is about their relationship and what he plans on doing about it.

Shane and Kirk’s joyful reunion is interrupted when a vicious gale storm threatens the coast. Kirk has to stand by helplessly and wait while his lover battles the raging seas to save his son. In an instant, Kirk could lose everyone he holds dear.

Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of BDSM.

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FourStars

A book containing six stories about hard-bodied, emotionally raw men in uniform was always going to be a good idea.  Add in talented, well-know authors and you have a definite winner.

 

Individual stories in this anthology will appeal to different readers.  I personally loved “My Marine” by LE Franks and Sara York, a story which explored the relationship between a Marine on deployment and an unusual Afghan translator.

 

The two Coast Guard stories, “Always Ready” by TA Chase and “Safe Shores” by Morticia Knight focused on an important but often overlooked arm of the security services.  Both were gritty, well written and suspenseful.

 

Another favourite of mine was the first story, “Anomaly” by S.A McAuley which added humour and the pairing of two quite unlikely personalities.

 

This is a great anthology, a collection of engaging and suspenseful short stories.

~Sarah

 

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4 and 5 Stars for Semper Fidelis Anthology – #Anthology #Military @Totally_Bound

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Title: Semper Fidelis
Author Name: S.A. McAuley, T.A. Chase, Devon Rhodes, LE Franks, Sara York, Kendall McKenna & Morticia Knight
Publication Date:  January 23, 2015

Synopsis

Anomaly by S.A. McAuley

Warning: Untested chemical reactions in process…

When Staff Sergeant Galen Welc is handed Temporary Additional Duty orders that move him to the Marine Corps base at Twentynine Palms, he thinks he’s prepared for what’s to come. Known for his uncanny ability to spot improvised explosive devices, he’s pitted against the latest in defense technology. He trusts his instincts and his training, but they may just be leading him somewhere—and to an explosive reaction with someone—he could never see coming.

Always Ready by T.A. Chase

Making a living on the Bering Sea is hard enough, but throw love into the equation, and things can blow into a hurricane.

Senior Chief Dean ‘Jake’ Jacobson loves his job as a Coast Guard rescue swimmer. Saving lives is the second best thing he could ever do. The first is loving Phil ‘Rhody’ Rhodes.

Phil is a third generation crabber who fishes the Bering Sea. Being gay and in love with Dean isn’t something he talks about, especially not with the six men he lives with on the Angela Kayla for weeks on end. But he’s been happy with his life.

Until one day the Bering Sea reminds them that she is a dangerous place to work. As her icy waters surround them, they discover one truth. Dean and Phil must always be ready to love each other because life can be taken so easily when one works on the sea.

A Ring and a Vow by Devon Rhodes

Every promise must someday be fulfilled, and the best way Owen knows how to reward Cary’s faith is with a vow.

It’s been nearly five years since Owen went down on one knee with his Academy ring and promised Cary he’d someday do it for real. With Cary being a Naval aviator and Owen a Marine officer serving in Iraq, they’re rarely on the same continent, let alone together.

About time for them to fill out paperwork to re-up, Owen realizes that if they were married, they’d have a much better chance of being stationed nearby. But time is not on their side so he’s forced to compromise on his proposal in order to make it work.

Cary has been waiting for Owen for years—there was no chance he’d ever say anything but yes. Owen is coming home at last, and wants to make a home with him. However, between the chronic nightmares he’s been fighting and the ever more complicated wedding plans, the next month could be anything but a dream.

Publisher’s Note: This book is the sequel to A Ring and a Promise.

My Marine by LE Franks & Sara York

For a man who made his career in intelligence, falling for an Afghani national in the middle of a war zone wasn’t the smartest thing a Marine could do.

Marine Captain Sean Kelley loves his country and the men he serves with, but when he meets Akim, he’s tempted to throw it all away for the mysterious man. He knows better than to chase after a local, but repeat encounters culminating in a moment of passion leave him reeling—he’ll do almost anything to figure out how they can be together.

Akim Bijan has a secret of his own—one large enough to get more than just himself killed if it’s revealed. But from the moment he first lays eyes on the handsome Marine, he’s tempted to do just that rather than hide his growing attraction to the man. Being a translator allows him access to the base and he finds Sean alone one night. They take things farther than he ever intended. If only he could tell Sean everything, but his lips are sealed.

When tragedy strikes, Akim is afraid he’s lost Sean for good and he’s forced to make a decision that will change both their lives. Will love win, or will Sean and Akim be separated forever?

Soul Sick by Kendall McKenna

Jamie thought he made it home to Tucker, leaving war behind. Now, each day he battles to fit into his own life, and save the love that saved his life.

Jamie is a captain in the U.S. Marine Corps who carried a photo of Tucker with him throughout his deployment. His body and his heart both make it home, but he isn’t sure about his sanity. It no longer feels like his own life even fits.

Tucker is a reformed bad boy who has an advanced degree and an important job but still sports long hair and tattoos. He missed Jamie while he was on deployment, but he couldn’t stop living his own life. Now, they’re struggling to learn to live with one another again, and things are going downhill fast.

Jamie wants everything to be the way it used to, but his anger and self-destructive behaviour begin to push Tucker away. Too much alcohol and a night of violence inside their home take them nearly to the brink. Tucker is willing to fight alongside Jamie to keep it all from falling apart, if Jamie can learn to accept the help he needs…before it’s too late.

Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of domestic violence.

Safe Shores by Morticia Knight

Kirk’s Coast Guard lover, Shane, is the only person who can save his son from a vicious gale storm – if he’s not too late.

Fishing is the only life that Kirk has ever known. Born and raised in a small town on the Northern Oregon Coast, coming out of the closet was a struggle. Fortunately, he’s been lucky to find an amazing man to be with who serves in the Coast Guard. But he can’t help but wonder whether Shane wants more than just a shore leave romance.

Shane loves the Coast Guard, loves the sea. That’s one of the main things he has in common with his fisherman lover, Kirk. He just needs to make sure that Kirk knows how serious he is about their relationship and what he plans on doing about it.

Shane and Kirk’s joyful reunion is interrupted when a vicious gale storm threatens the coast. Kirk has to stand by helplessly and wait while his lover battles the raging seas to save his son. In an instant, Kirk could lose everyone he holds dear.

Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of BDSM.

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FiveStars

I really enjoyed this collection of short stories. The sex was hot, the stories all contained yummy men in uniform.

I really liked that these were just snippets of stories. Several of these would make awesome books – if the author wanted to expand the characters and the story. I appreciated that each of these stories were not cookie cutter. Too easily, anthologies can be all the same story with just different names.

I think A Ring and a Vow by Devon Rhodes was my favorite story. It was more sentimental than the rest, more symbolic – at least to me. The story was sweet without being candy sweet. I think my second favorite in this anthology wasAnomaly by S.A.McAuley. This was just an awesome story. I enjoyed the banter between the two characters and the sex…it was yummy.

Overall, these were fun, quick, hot reads.

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FourStars

Overall I’d say 4 stars as a set.
 
I suppose as a former Marine, when I see a book titled Semper Fidelis with the words Always Faithful on the cover, I was a bit off when I expected all the stories to be about Marines since that is their motto. 
 

Anomaly by S.A. McAuley – 3.5 stars

I had issues with this story and where the men were as there are Marine bases much closer to LA than 29 Palms (especially if the man was on TAD orders). Not to mention that they would’ve simply put him in a hotel instead of having Galen drive 2 1/2 hours for this project. 
Besides the basic knowledge of how the military works being wrong, the story itself was kind of cute. I liked the different way they met, it was unique as was the story line. But I felt like there was a lot of oversight in the research that should’ve been done for this story like this. 
 
Always Ready by T.A. Chase
Sadly, I can’t give this story even 3 stars. It wasn’t about a Marine, which to me meant it shouldn’t have been in the set since most of the other stories were about Marines. All military branches are not the same. 
The story itself was dragged out and dull as we learned plenty about fishing and what it’s like to be apart from the person you love for extended periods of time, but I didn’t find myself connected with either character or their stories and ended up skimming through the last part of the story.
A Ring and a Vow by Devon Rhodes – 4 Stars
I actually really adored this story… until it dragged on so long I lost interest. I found the way the men made the long distance thing work and their reunion after being apart for so long to be great. It was when we got down into all the wedding details that I lost interest. Maybe it’s cause I’m a girl that doesn’t care for any of those details no matter who is getting married.
My Marine by LE Franks & Sara York – 3.5 Stars
This was a love at first site, instalove/lust story. Even though that is totally not my thing, it worked for me. Until the tragedy and the whole ‘I’m so hurt’ part. They hadn’t been together to have such a strong emotion to finding out the man wasn’t who he thought he was as it was essentially a one ‘night’ stand. I did like the characters though, but thought that more explanation in parts would’ve helped the story instead of skimming through how Akim became this secret agent. And he wouldn’t have been pulled aside by a recruiter to be a secret agent. 
 
Soul Sick by Kendall McKenna – 4.5 Stars
By far my favorite story in this set. I absolutely loved the Marine aspect for it because it was REAL. That’s what it’s like over there. That is what it is like when you come back. Its hard, not everyone understand the emotion trama that can come from being at war or the effects they take on a person. 
 
That being said I didn’t like how there was really no time line so we had no idea how much time had passed at certain points. And because of that it felt like Jamie ‘got over it’ kind of quickly. However, all in all I loved the story. 
 
Safe Shores by Morticia Knight – 4 Stars
Again I have to mention that I was a bit disappointed that this was a Coastie, not a Marine. However, I loved the relationship the two men had together and the worries they went through at different points of the story were very real. I’ll say this was by far the hottest story in the set (for me at least). I think it dragged on through the rescue part of the story as I was more focused on this relationship that was going through such a pivotal point. Then toward the end it felt like a bit of whiplash as time was skipped and it felt like we missed some big stuff between them (Shane’s location, Kirk’s future) was just BOOM done when it had been a long discussion earlier in the story.
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4 Stars for Love is a Mess: A Supposed Crimes Anthology – #LBGT #FF #MM #Bisexual

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Title: Love is a Mess: A Supposed Crimes Anthology
Author Name: Geonn Cannon, L.M. Perrin, Amber Kinsey, Rachael Orman, Adrian J. Smith, Eva LeFoy, A.M. Leibowitz, Michael DuPuy
Publication Date & Length: January 2, 2015 – 119pgs

Synopsis

Love is a Mess: A Supposed Crimes Anthology contains eight stories from eight authors on the topic of misfortune at Valentine’s Day. The topics range from the fun of the moment to the power of the eternal. Lesbian, gay, and bisexual characters star in their own love and lust stories–Erotic, playful, and thoughtful.

Viral Valentine by L. M. Perrin
Date Blind by Geonn Cannon
The Politician and the Pilot by Amber Kinsey
Bar Tryst by Rachael Orman
Quarter Life: Energy Feed by Adrian J. Smith
Property of Cupid by Eva Lefoy
Private Dance by A. M. Leibowitz
The Last Mitzvah by Michael DuPuy

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FourStars

I enjoyed this anthology, but I do wish that these stories were a little longer, but the stories were great! Steamy, sometimes funny, sometimes emotional (especially that first one – I could feel the embarrassment!) I love when writers get together to compile their stories. Everyone has a different style and it makes it that much more fun to read. It also helps me as a reader to find new authors that I might not read otherwise.

Because the stories are so short, it does make it slightly hard to really dig in to a story line – I am not a big lover of “insta – love” stories, so some of these did not fit great with what I enjoy. However, even with those quick connections, these authors put together a great anthology.

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5 Stars for Brit Boys: On Boys Anthology – #MM #Anthology

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Title: Brit Boys: On Boys
Author Name: Ashe Barker, M.K. Elliott, Lucy Felthouse, K.D. Grace, Lily Harlem, Clare London, Sarah Masters, Josephine Myles
Publication Date & Length: December 30, 2014 – 440 pgs

Synopsis

From east to west and north to south, these British boys are having a blast in and out of the bedroom with the men of their dreams. They’re topping and bottoming from London to Cardiff, living out fantasies in the wildest fells and hooking up while serving HRH Queen Elizabeth II.

With passion and lust the name of the game, nothing is off limits. Throw in honed muscles, high-strength testosterone and an accent to die for and there is nothing they can’t do and no one they can’t get in this world or another.

Don’t miss Brit Boys: On Boys—a smokin’ hot box set, containing 147,000 words/440 pages of unforgettable M/M erotic romance from eight popular British authors.

Bodywork
By Ashe Barker

Alex is doing okay. His body repair shop makes enough to live on, he has a decent apartment, life is fine. That all changes when he runs into Graham in a supermarket car park – literally. He offers to fix the damage to Graham’s car free of charge. The sparks soon fly, and the heat between them has nothing to do with welding equipment.

Breaking the Marine
By M.K. Elliott

Brandon Rosen hadn’t planned for his final night before enrolling in the Royal Marines to involve a hot stranger and a pub car park. And he certainly hadn’t planned for that same hot stranger to turn up at the barracks in the form of his Drill Instructor, Corporal Will Stewart. In the testosterone fuelled environment of the training camp, can Brandon and Will overcome past pains and face up to what they really want? Or will the Royal Marine Commando School break their relationship before it even gets started?

Love on Location
By Lucy Felthouse

When Theo Samuels heads off to film on location in the village of Stoneydale, he’s expecting drama to take place on camera, not off. But when he meets gorgeous local lad, Eddie Henderson, he struggles to ignore his attraction. A relationship between the two of them would be utterly impractical, yet they’re drawn together nonetheless. Can they overcome the seemingly endless hurdles between them? Or is their fling destined to remain as just that?

Landscapes
By K D Grace

Alonso Darlington has a disturbing method of keeping landscaper, Reese Chambers, both safe from and oblivious to his dangerous lust for the man. But Reese isn’t easy to keep secrets from, and Alonso wants way more than to admire the man from afar. Can he risk a real relationship without risking Reese’s life?

The Chase
By Lily Harlem

Steve’s killing time working in a comedy club. Why not? It makes him laugh and both the clientele and the comedians are not just fit but also great company. One stand up joker decides to create a wild goose chase for Steve and his ex Robert. Cavorting around Cardiff on a frosty night, however, does more than just show them the way to a threesome, it also reveals the reasons why they should give each other one more shot.

Dish of the Day
By Clare London

Richie’s sunk all his hopes and savings into a new restaurant in south London promoting British ingredients and recipes. His best friends Craig and Ben should be around to help him celebrate the grand opening, but it looks like it’s all heading for disaster – until his friends step in to tell him some home truths. Then they’ll help him relax and enjoy their loving, intimate menu instead.

E2
By Sarah Masters

When Archie meets Dan after The Change, he realises there is no such thing as a random meeting of soul mates, it’s all mapped out in the stars. Now all he’s got to do is hope those orbiting planets stay in alignment and true love finds him again.

Locked Out
By Josephine Myles

Getting accidentally locked out of his hotel room on Valentine’s Day night is embarrassing enough for teacher Martin Cooper, but the fact he’s stark naked makes it even worse. It doesn’t help that the one person he runs into is Rod, the gorgeous man he’d been checking out earlier in the hotel pool. But when Rod offers Martin a refuge, the night heats up. Now if only Martin could get the hang of this seduction business…

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FiveStars

This was an awesome collection of stories. My favorites were Bodywork by Ashe Barker and Breaking the Marine by M.K. Elliott. These were the first two stories and they just sucked me right in! I enjoyed all of the stories in this collection, but the first two were my favorite.

Bodyworks by Ashe Barker was a great story. I loved Alex and Graham, but the supporting characters Roy and his granddaughter, Cassie were awesome and added to the story too. They were a family together and it showed how much Graham integrated into Alex’s life. I liked the angst this story brought out in me and the reasons behind it were something I did not expect at all.

Breaking the Marine by M.K. Elliott was a super great story. It was one about not giving up, being true to yourself and following your heart, despite the societal pressures. I really liked these characters a lot. Elliott did a great job at portraying a love that had to be kept quiet, but was super supportive.

Love on Location by Lucy Felthouse was an OK story for me. I usually really enjoy Lucy’s writing, but this story had something missing from it. This could have been a great story, but there was just something about the characters and how quickly the story moved along that made me sit and think more about it – and not necessarily in a good way.

LANDSCAPES BY K.D. GRACE WAS NOT IN MY VERSION OF THIS ARC.

The Chase by Lily Harlem was a great story of finding love again with an old flame, but with a spicy twist. I think the one with the hottest scenes for me was The Chase. I enjoyed the story, but the sex scenes made the story for me, super-hot and steamy.

Dish of the Day by Clare London was a great story of friendship that becomes something much more. I liked the chaotic beginning and the sweet ending. I would love to read about their lives from back in college.

E2 by Sarah Masters was, unfortunately a story that I didn’t quite understand. I understood the premise and what she was trying to do, but it didn’t quite pan out for me. Despite its awkward delivery, the idea behind the story is an intriguing one.

Locked out by Josephine Myles was a great story of being true to yourself.  I really enjoyed this story, despite the omissions of the truth that happened.

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4.5 Stars for Hard Riders Anthology by Jenna Byrnes, LM Somerton and Morticia Knight – #MM Romance @morticiaknight @lmsomerton @Totally_Bound

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Title: Hard Riders Anthology
Author Name: Jenna Byrnes, LM Somerton, Morticia Knight
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ear Blue Sky by Jenna Byrnes

Respect all, fear none is the Rebel Riders Motorcycle Club’s motto. Will the Riders step up when the Demon Outlaws go after one of their own?

Sky Warren doesn’t let the screen door smack him on the way out of Kansas. When his former abusive partner Duke is arrested for selling drugs, Sky takes off. He’s ready for a clean start and a change of scenery. Moving to Lakewood, Colorado, with his cousin and accepting a job in Billy’s bike shop seems like just what he needs to start over. In Billy’s riding club he meets Task Rivers, a handsome, sexy biker, and they hit it off immediately. Task is edgy, yet he shows Sky how a respectful and considerate man treats his partner. The two fall into a lusty, passionate relationship.

Death before dishonor. The Demon Outlaws have another way of looking at life. When Duke Lessing comes after Sky and is rebuffed, he joins the Outlaws in their troublemaking ways. With the Demons spoiling for a fight, Task calls on a few of the more hardcore Rebel Riders. As the night heats up, Sky is determined to avoid what seems like inevitable bloodshed. He wants to leave and lure the Demons away, but Task and the Rebel Riders have other ideas. Sky knows Duke doesn’t give up easily and learns that neither does Task, who’s fighting for what he wants. But will it be a fight to the death?

 

Mantrap by L.M. Somerton

Not all cages have bars.

The Wyverns Motorcycle Club has a reputation as fierce as its dragon emblem. Its enigmatic leader, Rogue Hellaby, has a police file so thick you could prop up a table with it. The qualifications for membership are a reckless disregard for authority and the attitude of a spitting cobra. But The Wyverns MC is not quite what it seems. All the riders have dubious histories in the military or the police—now they just serve and protect their own interests and those of Horatio Trap, the manipulative bastard who recruited them.

When Rogue receives an instruction to kidnap and hold hostage the son of a powerful drug lord, he doesn’t bat an eyelid. But Rogue has never had to deal with a captive like Orlando de la Pena. Orlando is furious—not because he’s being held prisoner, but because he’s prevented from partying at his favorite BDSM club. Rogue discovers that the only way to deal with Orlando is to become the Dom he so obviously needs. But Orlando’s father wants him back, and The Wyverns must face a battle that could cost them their lives.

Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of light BDSM.

 

Biking Bad by Morticia Knight

When Dylan, a young wannabe investigator, stumbles into the Mojave Sidewinder’s MC bar, he finds all kinds of trouble—especially in biker Luc ‘Zero’ Villarojas.

The Mojave Sidewinders is the largest gay MC club in Southern California. They’re also one-percenters, which makes them alluring to those looking for trouble and a danger to those making it. Luc ‘Zero’ Villarojas has been a brother ever since the club’s prez took him in as a runaway. At thirty-four years of age, he’s content to ride his hog, chase tail and run his tattoo and piercing parlor, Zero to Sixty.

Dylan has had to take care of himself since his aunt died when he was still a teen. Even though he’s barely twenty-two years old, the small spitfire has made his way in the world as best as he can and has even started his own would-be investigative agency. He’s proud of himself, even if his agency is on the edge of town in a ramshackle building.

Working his first big case involving a missing young man, Dylan barges into Road Rage, the Mojave Sidewinder’s exclusive bar, and starts asking questions. When it looks as though he’s about to get beaten up, a large, muscled biker covered in ink comes to his aid. Dylan’s incredibly attracted to him—even if Zero is pretty scary and Dylan’s still a virgin. But is there something Zero knows about the missing man that he’s hiding? And is Dylan in more danger than he realises?

Review

FourandHalfStars

Clear Blue Sky – Sky and Task are hot together. It was a little quick for me – almost an insta-love story, but because of Sky’s past – I felt that this was an OK quick to love story. I really liked how dedicated Task was to Sky – knowing his past was helpful and allowed Task to open up to Sky too.
Mantrap – Orlando is a playboy trying to stick it to his dad. I must say that he does a good job. But, despite his nonchalant persona, Orlando is quite deep. Rogue is similar to an onion. Doesn’t smell too nice, makes you cry, but once you peel the layers back, it OK.  I enjoyed this story – mainly because I liked the dynamic of the rough and tumble “good guys”. I wish I knew more of their background and who this Horatio Trap truly is. I really enjoyed this story.
Biking Bad – this was by far my favorite in the anthology. It seemed to be the most complete story and I really enjoyed the twists and turns. Dylan is a sweet guy trying to do the right thing – Zero is a hot, bad boy, who not only falls head over heels for Dylan, but saves the day too. Plus, the antagonist is really easy to hate!
I would read books by any of the three authors – they were all awesome!
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Clear Blue Sky.    4 stars
This was a fast, short read.  The plot dealt with realistic events, written well and with lots of feeling.  Sky had been in an abusive relationship and was trying to remove himself from that, when he met Task.  Bad biker dude, with secrets of his own, but defininitly with a caring side.  The story revolved around that one goal of getting Sky away from his abusive boyfriend. It had plenty of steamy hot sex.
Mantrap
4 stars
This was an exciting MC story.  A small group of ex- cop/military guys gone bad, working special assignments.  Plenty of hot sex and a story that keeps you reading.  The characters felt real, and the writing was descriptive enough for you to visually imagine the story.
Biking bad
3.5 stars
This story didn’t keep me interested as the other two.  It was a typical MC story.    Zero the main character was very caring biker. Grimm was the bad biker, didn’t like him, though the author did a good job of describing him and making you not like him.  The plot was ok it just left me wanting to know more.
Sherry

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Excerpt from Clear Blue Sky

“No one will ever love you as much as I do.” The ominous words echoed in Sky Warren’s head as he tossed and turned. The shadowy figure stood directly in front of him, reaching for his arm, and once again he felt the painful snap of a broken shoulder. Sky groaned and sprang up in bed, sweat pouring down his face.

He glanced around the dark room, trying to get his bearings. It was just a dream. He was used to them. Sleep was tenuous most nights, with nightmares just a whisper away from his consciousness.

Sky’s bedroom door opened and his cousin Billy moved in front of him, a beer in one hand and a plastic bottle of water in the other. “Bad dream again?” He held out both drinks.

Sky accepted the water and chugged down half of it. He wiped his mouth with the back of his arm and looked at Billy. Curly blond hair gave his cousin the perpetual appearance of bed head, no matter what time of day. A soul patch below the lower lip was his only facial hair, and there was usually a cigarette hanging from the edge of his mouth. Tonight was no exception.

“I’m okay.”

“I know.” Billy twisted off the beer cap and, after removing his smoke, took a swig. “Ruby and I were kickin’ back for the night. Checking if there’s anything I can do for ya before we go.”

“No thanks.” Sky felt slightly guilty. It was bad enough he was crashing at his cousin’s apartment, dampening any shreds of privacy the man had. Now he’d interrupted what was happening between his cousin and Ruby, his perky girlfriend with curly red hair and the biggest tits he’d ever seen on a woman the ripe old age of twenty-one. Barely. He shook his head and offered a small smile. “Sorry, man. I’ll keep it down.”

Bottle and cigarette in one hand, Billy ruffled Sky’s short, spiked brown hair with the other. “Nah, it’s all good. Just remember… The prick is gone. Prolly doing time in Leavenworth by now. He can’t hurt you anymore.”

Sky hugged his arms around his chest. “I know. Damn it! I’m fucking tired of these nightmares. Makes me look like such a pussy.”

“It doesn’t. You had a fucking broken shoulder, man. Even three months after the surgery and physical therapy, I know it still twinges. Prolly never be normal.”

“Thanks for that.” Sky smiled at his closest relative in the world. Billy had been like a brother growing up in Kansas. When his aunt had moved Billy to Colorado for her job, they’d both taken it hard. They’d kept in touch, and any time one of them needed the other, they’d come running.

Like Billy had, when Sky’s former partner Duke had ratcheted domestic violence up to a whole new level. He’d thought his cousin was going to kill the man, but there hadn’t been anything Sky could do about it from his hospital bed. What he had had a choice about—and what Billy could never understand—was Sky’s going home with Duke when he’d been released from the hospital. That fact was still a sore subject between them.

“If you’re sure you’re okay…” Billy motioned toward the other room.

Sky nodded. “Thanks for the water—and everything.”

“Any time, dude. Get some sleep.”

“You do the same.”

Billy grinned. “No promises.” He backed out then closed the door.

It wasn’t five minutes later that Sky heard his cousin’s headboard banging against the wall. He had to smile.

He polished off the last of the water then tossed the empty aside. Leaning back, he tried to face his demons because the therapist he’d seen a couple of times had told him that could make the bad dreams go away. It hadn’t worked yet, but Sky had hopes.

 

Excerpt from Mantrap

Rogue leaned back against lumpy vinyl and fought the desire to tap his fingers against his denim-clad thigh. Impatience would get him nowhere. As always, Trap’s minion would show up when he was good and ready, not before. The annoying little shit loved to yank Rogue’s chain—one day he would have to be taught that pushing the ‘Do not touch’ button could be bad for any chance he had of reaching his next birthday.

Rogue glanced around the dingy diner. Positioned in a rear booth, he could see the front door, the counter and most of the tables. To his left, the door to the kitchen swung back and forward on badly oiled hinges, its high-pitched squeal an assault on his ears. The air conditioning droned in the background, the white noise supplemented by the restrained chatter of half a dozen patrons. In front of him, on the sticky melamine tabletop, sat an untouched cup of coffee. The surface of the dark liquid glimmered with an oil slick of scum. The waitress had already passed him more than once, clutching a full pot, hopeful for refill trade. Rogue would rather wash his mouth out with bleach. It would probably taste better as well.

At the table nearest the front window, a guy that looked like everyone’s favorite stereotype of a rough biker forked bacon into his mouth and slurped coffee. Rogue cringed. His second in command was a walking garbage disposal. Hatchet belched and shifted his muscular frame slightly in his chair slightly. The subtle signal made no difference to Rogue’s outward appearance, but inside he went to high alert. Fifteen seconds later the diner door slid open. The man who walked to the counter couldn’t have looked more out of place if he’d been wearing a hula skirt in the Arctic. Selling his suit on eBay would have funded the entire diner staff’s salaries for a month, including tips.

Rogue stretched out his legs and crossed them at the ankles. He controlled his breathing as the man at the counter took his own sweet time ordering. Rogue couldn’t hear the conversation between customer and server, but the stupid grin on the waitress’s face told him that his contact was sweet-talking the woman with a couple of pints of verbal syrup. Finally, the man strolled the length of the diner and slid into the booth opposite Rogue. He looked at the table with distaste and pulled a pristine white handkerchief from his inside pocket before wiping away a few stray crumbs. The scent of his expensive cologne wafted across the table and tickled Rogue’s nose.

“Smith.” Could the man use a false name that was any less original?

“Rogue. How have you been?” Smith’s voice was mellow and cultured.

“You’re not my boyfriend, Smith. Cut the crap and get to the point.”

Smith tutted. “You could at least be civil. We’ve been meeting for three years. I’d like to think we are friends.”

Rogue growled, low in his throat. “Friends don’t blackmail each other.”

“Mr Trap wouldn’t be so crass. Blackmail is such a sordid word. I prefer to think of it as gentle persuasion,” Smith said as he tweaked a crisp cuff, allowing Rogue to catch a glimpse of a silver cufflink in the shape of a dagger. “Mr Hatchet is enjoying his breakfast, I see. You were told to come alone.” The warmth in Smith’s voice disappeared, replaced with an icy chill.

“It’s not my problem if one of my acquaintances happens to like the food in this dump,” Rogue snarled.

Smith raised a sandy eyebrow.

“Fine. Fuck knows why, but he has a thing for you. He wasn’t going to miss an opportunity to ogle your tight little ass.” Rogue chuckled as Smith’s face reddened. “Don’t think I haven’t noticed you eyeing him right back, either.”

Rogue thought Smith might need a brown paper bag to hyperventilate into but, at that moment, the waitress sidled up to the table and placed a cup and saucer in front of Smith along with a plate holding an enormous slice of peach pie.

“There you go, honey. I even managed to find matching crockery for you.”

“Well thank you kindly, sweetness. You’re a darling.” Smith gave the woman a little pat on the backside and sent her on her way.

 

Excerpt from Biking Bad

“Zero, that sweet piece of ass I gave a Prince Albert to a few weeks back is here asking about you.”

Luc ‘Zero’ Villarojas grunted then took a strong pull of his longneck beer. He never drank any of the brews that were on tap at Road Rage. He liked the feel of the bottle in his hand, liked the way his large fingers could wrap around the smooth glass. The fact that it also came in handy as an occasional weapon at the Mojave Sidewinder’s biker bar only added to its appeal.

After taking another healthy swallow, he regarded his Sidewinder brother, Tank. He was Zero’s piercer and body mods guy at Zero to Sixty, the tattoo parlor he owned and operated in Indio, right off the interstate past Palm Springs. Tank’s real name was Sherman, but since he was built like a formidable military vehicle, the nickname had glued itself to him the way leathers would to skin when the heat reached intolerable levels.

“Why should I give a fuck?”

Tank snickered. “That was one pretty cock. He let me get it nice and hard for the piercing.” Tank licked his lips. “Ever since I finished it, I haven’t been able to stop thinking about sticking my tongue through that ring in his tip and giving it a little tug.”

Zero shrugged then finished off his beer in three long gulps. He wiped the back of one of his big hands across his mouth as he banged down the empty bottle on the bar.

“Then why don’t you?”

Zero gestured with his index finger, and Fuzzy, the big bear of a bartender that ran the joint and tended the bar for the club, ambled on over. His mammoth salt-and-pepper beard was divided in half, the two ends braided. They reached down to the middle of his cut and there were rumors that he hadn’t trimmed it in over thirty years.

“One more, Fuzzy. Tank? You drinkin’ or tonguing dick?”

His friend let out a loud snort. “If things go my way, both.”

After collecting his second beer then leaning back against the long, scarred wood counter, Zero faced the main section of their hangout. He saw the piece of ass Tank had mentioned. The almost-too-pretty man stared unwaveringly at him. He had a nice lean body, toned, well-inked—pierced nipples, and of course, what Zero knew to be his most recent piece of body jewelry that was undoubtedly pressing against the zipper of his tight denim. He was the kind of guy Zero liked to stick his dick into—smaller than him, a hungry little bottom. But he was also smug and overly aware of how he had all the men’s cocks dripping when he walked in the room. Plus, Zero had already fucked him. Once was usually enough for him with anyone.

“Well?”

Zero slowly turned to Tank. “Well what?”

“You gonna tear that ass up or what?”

“He’s all yours.”

Tank smirked. “Let me guess. You drilled him already.”

“Through the floor.” Zero took another swig of his beer.

Tank shrugged. “I’m not proud. I’ll offer to break in his guiche for him.”

Zero turned to Tank, pulling his eyebrows together. “I don’t remember Pretty Boy’s taint being pierced.”

“It isn’t. Yet.” Tank winked at him.

Grunting, Zero broke his gaze from Tank’s prey, his attention captured by a disturbance near the entrance to the club’s hang. He absent-mindedly wondered if a couple of chicks were trying to weasel their way in. Or maybe it was some tourists who didn’t realize that Road Rage belonged to the Sidewinders, and that the club was not only exclusively for men, but for gay men.

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New Release: Love’s Home by Iyana Jenna – #MM Romance @IyanaJenna

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Title: Love’s Home
Author Name: Iyana Jenna
Publication Date & Length:  October 2, 2014 – 268 pgs

Synopsis

Sometimes you need a break, to get away somewhere, but in the end you always return to a place you call home. The saying goes, “Home is where the heart is.” It doesn’t matter if it’s big or small, pretty or shabby, what matters is it’s your Love’s Home.

This collection features five of Iyana Jenna’s best-selling gay contemporary romance stories. A homeless PA finds a home in an actor’s life. An abduction almost steals a man from his loving boyfriend. A love triangle nearly ruins everything. A sex slave is rescued by an unlikely savior. A young man discovers a new home after he loses everything.

Contains the stories:

  • A Home for Jesse
  • A Single Black Rose
  • Misunderstandings
  • Will and Pleasure
  • Ya Like That?

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A Home for Jesse

This ain’t so bad. Jesse pats his laden backpack. He stretches himself on the bench and lowers his head onto the bag, grimacing at the bumps pressing against his head and neck. Awesome. He is going to have major cricks and headaches come morning. That is if he’s not suffering from early signs of pneumonia.

Jesse shifts and grunts and finally gives up. He sits up, takes off his jacket, and spreads it over his front before he lies down again. Moving a bit again to find the most comfortable position, he thinks, Fuck, now my shorts are stuck in the crack of my ass. Jesse reaches down and pulls them free — ah, that’s better.

He takes a deep breath. So he’s a bum now, is he? His ma would be heartbroken if she knew. She could blame him for being such a hard head and insisting on having his own way. Jesse stares blankly at the leaves swaying on treetops, at the shadows of the swings dancing in the dark, at the stars blinking mockingly down at him. At least the fact that they are up there means that the sky is cloudless and Jesse doesn’t need to worry about the possibility of rain tonight. Getting soaked when the only place he has to sleep is this park would be a pain in the ass, not to mention hazardous to his health. Jesse also hopes no cops will come patrolling tonight.

Weary to the bone, Jesse curls both hands under the side of his face and gives in to slumber.

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Iyana writes M/M short stories and novellas. Her works have been published by Evernight Publishing, JMS Books, Books to Go Now, Torquere Press, Bitten Press, Leap of Faith Publishing, Breathless Press, and Alfie Dog Fiction.

Iyana lives in Jakarta, a city famous for its traffic jams, a lot of cars and motorcycles, and people selling stuff on the roads. You can spend two hours on the road going to a place you can reach in half an hour in a normal situation. Thanks to the traffic jams, though, Iyana can come up with a lot of stories, mostly shorties, as she prefers to spend the time during her trips writing into her cell phone rather than sleeping.

Another thing Iyana loves is kitties. Right now she has three of them. Their names are Cil, Horus, and Betsy, and one kitten. When she doesn’t write, she plays with them, or they would play with her when she writes.

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