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4 Stars for Unconventional in San Diego by Carol Lynn, Amber Kell, TA Chase, Jambrea Jo Jones, Devon Rhodes #MM #Anthology @Totally_Bound

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Title: Unconventional in San Diego
Author Name & Publisher: Carol Lynn, Amber Kell, TA Chase, Jambrea Jo Jones, Devon Rhodes (Totally Bound Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: August 11, 2015 – 198 pgs

Synopsis

‘Fate’s Bridge’ by Carol Lynne

Is it possible for a soul to be reborn inside another?

What would you do if you discovered someone harboring a soul you recognized as one from a deceased loved one? For vampire Roman Gschwind, the scenario becomes a reality when he meets Bodi Rain.
Unfortunately, it soon becomes clear that Roman must share Bodi with another vampire if he has any chance of rekindling the love that he’d lost so long ago.

‘Coming in Third’ by Amber Kell

Love sometimes comes in threes.

With his mother plotting to have him wed, Niall decides to sneak out of the fae palace and fulfill one of his greatest fantasies. At the Unconventional bar, he finds a pair of lion shifters looking to spice up their love life. Unable to resist the strong attraction between them, Niall lets the persuasive pair take him home.

Jovan and Luka have been searching for their third for years. When Niall stumbles into the bar, their shifter instincts tell them the innocent fae could be their long sought mate. After a sensual night together, they’re certain the beautiful man was fated to be theirs.
His guards fetch him from the shifters’ bed and Niall is taken away from the pair. Upset about Niall’s return to the palace and a possible arranged marriage, the lion shifters battle to decide their future—should they go and fetch their mate or let it only be the one-night stand Niall promised them?

Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of M/M/M ménage.

‘The Unicorn Said Yes’ by T.A. Chase

When an innocent human virgin meets the king of the unicorn herd, it’s not just legends that come true.

Ivan Brusilov goes to Unconventional to get a drink and let off some steam. Little does he realize he’ll be meeting his destiny when he walks in.

Carney Ferguson goes to the paranormal bar to celebrate his twenty-fifth birthday. Maybe he’s looking for some fun as well, considering he’s still a virgin. He doesn’t like admitting it, but when he meets Ivan, he discovers that being a virgin can bring opportunities that being experienced might not.

As the unicorn king and the virgin begin to fall in love, there are darker forces working behind the scenes to take advantage of the unicorn legends for their own evil purpose. Neither Ivan nor Carney are safe alone, but together, they just might be strong enough to keep Ivan alive.

‘Blood on the Moon’ by Jambrea Jo Jones

Be careful what you wish for, especially when you’re a witch.

Montague Ramey wanted something to happen in his life. He thought when he found out he was a witch that his life would become more exciting, but it was the same thing every day. His coven was nice and boring, as was his job with the television station anchoring the news. The only excitement he got was going to the local bar, but there weren’t very many men who wanted to play. That was, until the moon turned red and his life changed.

After Kishar Nichelson’s motorcycle stalled on the highway with no traffic in sight, he stumbled into a small town around midnight, the red moon guiding his way. On the run and weak, Kishar needed to figure out where he was and who was after him before lack of sex killed him.
Can a witch and an incubus solve the mystery before one of them dies? The blood on the moon wasn’t the only thing they had to worry about. Meddling family, close calls with death and a missing witch are enough to keep anyone busy, but can Kishar and Montague still find time for love?

‘A Sliver of Sunset’ by Devon Rhodes

From one-night stand to nurse and patient—is it crazy to expect more?

Angelo has somehow developed leukemia—the only paranormal ever known to do so—and the doctors are mystified as to the cause. The cure requires him to repress his shifter side with a chemical inhibitor and be entirely human while he goes through chemotherapy, which contributes to some interesting situations he never would have foreseen—things like ‘misplacing’ his favorite bar, Unconventional, and getting picked up by a human without realizing it’s his mate.

Dominic can’t believe his luck when bravely striking up a conversation with the hottest guy he’s ever seen leads to the best sex he’s ever had. When he wakes up—no surprise—Angelo is gone. A week later, he’s shocked when he walks in to meet a new oncology patient to find Angelo fighting for his life and dependent upon his care.

Will their timing ever improve, or will Angelo’s time run out before they get a chance?

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AuthorInterview

I have always been fascinated with the paranormal and the phenomenon of the red moon. It is something so beautiful in the sky that has a sinister myth to it. Most people think of it as a bad omen, saying it means someone is going to die. I don’t share the thoughts on the blood moon. I just think it is beautiful, but it helped me set up my story.

When we talked about doing another GRL anthology and said it would be paranormal, I wanted to do a couple that weren’t wolves because I seem to always go for the wolves. This time I picked a witch and an incubus. I think we all picked something a little different and that makes for a fun anthology. I love writing these every year and am so happy to be included with such a wonderful group of authors.

This year the backdrop of our stories is San Diego and we decided to use a paranormal bar. This helped us to use other characters. Another thing I love is how we use other characters. For me, my witch was friends with TA Chase’s unicorn. And how fun is it to have a unicorn in our anthology! This also means that some secondary characters get stories. For instance, I was on Amber Kell about writing a characters story, once I got to the Devon Rhodes’ story I found out the secondary character already had a story. I love that!

*Funny aside, I was going to do a unicorn before I decided to go with a witch and incubus. Great minds and all*

For my story, I wanted to use the blood moon to bring about a change for my character. My witch thinks his life is dull so I helped make it more interesting with the help of a paranormal character who needs sex to live. As for my incubus, he needs some help. I brought the two of them together to help each other and I hope everyone enjoys my story.

I wonder what we’ll get up to next year. I don’t know about anyone else, but I can’t wait to find out what will happen with the next anthology. I’m always looking ahead because I love to read these anthologies just as much as I love to write them.

~Jambrea Jo Jones

About 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.

Review

FourStars

4 stars overall, but each individually given stars too.

I was given this book for an honest review by Inked Rainbow Reads.
M/M and M/M/M paranormal

‘Fate’s Bridge’ by Carol Lynne  – 4 stars
This was a somewhat disjointed story for me.  I enjoyed the previous history about Roman and his true love, Julian.  It was such a heartbreaking end to their love.  However, the fact that Roman has held out hope and love for Julian for all of these years is so sweet.  Alexi is another character, Roman’s brother, whom I felt was a decent character.  He was not all that well developed, however, you could feel the attraction and love that he felt towards his brother.

The heat between Alexi and Bodi was palpable.  Hot with a capital H!  And, despite that heat and attraction, Alexi was still able to appreciate what Roman and Bodi might create, simply because Alexi knew that Julian’s soul was inside of Bodi.

The relationship is not an easy one, but over time, they are able to manage their way through.  It was a touching story in that the reader was never quite sure if Julian and Bodi were one in the same or separate.  This story did not disappoint and despite it’s short length, was a sweet, hot read.

‘Coming in Third’ by Amber Kell – 5 stars
I loved this story.  I believe that it was among my favorite in this anthology.  It had mystery, disaster, loyalty and love all wrapped in a hot, growly package.

I really enjoyed how Jovan and Luka had to temper themselves around Niall.  And, despite Niall’s horrible life, he was able to enjoy those two, however briefly.

I wanted to do bodily harm to Niall’s mother and was so happy when she was put in her place by Niall.

The chemistry among the three of them was seriously hot and the ending was even better.  I would have loved to have this story continue, to see where their lives went from there.

‘The Unicorn Said Yes’ by T.A. Chase – 3.5 stars
I am normally a huge TA Chase fan, but this story just didn’t do it for me.  I liked where the premise was going, but it just didn’t really deliver for me.  I think the story was more about the hunters rather than the relationship between Carney and Ivan.

Also, you hear all about Ivan’s family, but only get to hear about Carney’s family after stuff goes terribly wrong – right in the middle of the major climax of the story.

I think it was just too rushed of a story for me.  And, despite Carney and his awesome brother’s heroism, it was just not a complete story for me either.

‘Blood on the Moon’ by Jambrea Jo Jones – 4.5
Montague is kind of sad.  While I liked his character in that he had a great family and support system, he was just a lonely, sad man.  Then there was Kishar.  An Incubus who was not only hot, but had a good nature.  I really liked how they met.  And, that when Montague was wishing for some excitement, that’s exactly what he got.

I really enjoyed the coven and how supportive they were.  I also liked the paranormal witch and Incubus combination.  It was electric and hot, but above all, it was healing for both.

I liked how Kishar was willing to stand up and be different for Montague and I really liked how Montague was able to show Kishar that he was not the monster that he perceived himself to be.  It was a good story that did not leave me wanting in the end.

‘A Sliver of Sunset’ by Devon Rhodes – 4 stars

I loved Angelo from the previous story, but I really loved him in his own.  I was so sad to see that he was suffering and loved that the universe stepped in to help him.

Dominic was a sweet, honest caring nurse who had an instant connection with Angelo.  I liked that he was able to develop a relationship rather than just build on the night of hot sweaty sex.  I think that it was helpful that he was able to know about Angelo’s entire existence without panicking or gaining disapproving marks from Angelo’s sister.

In the end, I was disappointed about the mystery – was the other shifter cured? Did they figure it out?  I would have given 5 stars, except for that issue.

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 ExcerptExcerpt from Blood on the Moon:Montague looked up at the moon and stopped walking. Blood on the moon. That was bad. Very, very bad. Something was about to happen and it wasn’t going to be good. The hair on the back of his neck stood on end. Montague needed to get home—he’d rather read about the results of the blood moon than be involved in it. He was up for adventure, but he wasn’t crazy. He hurried his pace, making sure to keep an eye on his surroundings.
The best thing for a witch to do was batten down the hatches and wait the night out. Maybe put out some protective spells or something to keep the bad away from them. Being magical drew the attention of the universe, be it good or bad. He should contact the others in his coven, but right now he needed the safety of his home. His coven was probably all asleep by now anyway, so he’d check in tomorrow to make sure they were okay.
Montague all but ran to his little cottage, wasting no more time being outside than he had to. He fumbled with the keys. He would blame it on the drink even if he hadn’t had much—it was more fear than anything else. He’d lost his adoptive parents on a night with a blood moon. His heart ached thinking about not being able to help them on the day they’d died.
They’d been so good to him. He couldn’t have asked for better parents. Most humans would have freaked when their son started to levitate in bed. Not his. Goddess he missed them. He flipped the light on and put his keys on the table by the door. Trying to catch his breath, he laid his head against the door while turning the deadbolt.
Reef, his black cat, weaved between Montague’s legs. He bent down and picked Reef up. He needed the comfort after thinking of his parents. It was like Reef knew he was upset.
“Hey, kitty.” Montague rubbed his cheek against the cat’s side. It soothed him in a way alcohol never would.
Reef meowed back. Sometimes he wished his cat could talk. At least he didn’t feel as alone with the animal in his house.
About a month after his parents died, he’d found Reef meowing at his door. He hadn’t been going to bring him in at first, but there had been something about the poor kitten that’d had him ushering him into his home and heart.
“We need to be careful tonight, Reef. Blood on the moon. We both know what that could mean. I need to go grab my Ague amulet. I’d grab the African Violet one, but I think the Ague might be more effective. What do you think?”
Some might think it was weird he talked to his cat, but if he didn’t, Montague would be lonely. Most days he didn’t mind, but sometimes the solitude during his downtime was too much and Reef helped combat that.
“I wish something exciting would happen.”
A crack of thunder shook his house

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4 Stars for Bandaged Soul by Kaden Shay #FF #Anthology @KadenShay

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Title: Bandaged Soul
Author Name: Kaden Shay
Publication Date & Length: May 3, 2015 – 150 pgs

Synopsis

A stirring set of shorts from the author that brought you Her Calling.

Bandaged Soul:
Stevie has been trying to mend a broken heart and tear down walls she’s had in place for years. Those things are easier to overcome than the battered soul she keeps hidden from the world. With the tough, brotherly love of her best friend Devin and a new love interest, she might finally succeed.

The Spaces Between:
Can love survive a galaxy of separation? Find out in this tale of one woman’s search through the stars. Aliens, blaster fights and warp jumps keep Harley on her toes as she scours distant planets for her lost love.

Love Untold:
That first step, telling someone how you feel about them, is always the hardest. That step can be even more difficult when the one you love is your best friend. Join Lily as she decides between maintaining her lifelong friendship with Carly and risking it all to finally admit her true feelings.

Timeless Love:
After waking up from a blackout confused and unsure of her surroundings, Mel finds herself sucked into a new, unbelievable reality. Where, and when, she’s landed will challenge everything she thought she knew and change her life. When life throws her yet another curveball, will she find a way to get back to the new life she’s built or lose it all forever?

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FourStars

I loved all of the short stories as they were well written, quick reads. And every one of them something different.
Bandaged Soul
I love how this short story touches on things that most books won’t, the darker sadder areas of life that unfortunately are a reality to a lot of people
The Spaces Between
Even thou Sci Fi isn’t exactly “my thing” I absolutely loved this! It pulled me in and kept my attention.
Love untold
Short, sweet, and beautifully written. I love that once again this is something a lot of people can relate to. You never know how things Will turn out if you Dont give them a chance
Timeless Love
Another unique , sweet, quick read. I love how every short story in this book is completely different and can still keep me turning pages.

Amber

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4 Stars for Indigent Anthology (Charity Book 1) by Frederick Eugene Feeley Jr, Leona Windwalker, Mari Evans, M. LeAnne Phoenix, Shaye Evans #Anthology #MM @fefeeleyjr @ShroudedDancer @MLPhoenix

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Title: Indigent (Charity Book 1)
Author Names: Frederick Eugene Feeley Jr, Leona Windwalker, Mari Evans, M. LeAnne Phoenix, Shaye Evans
Publication Date & Length: June 15, 2015 – 159 pgs

Synopsis

Five authors have joined together to produce stories evoking both loss and hope. Reaching deep within their fiery imaginations, these stories take flight and showcase dreams for a better today and future for LGBT everywhere. Embodying a diverse set of talents and stories, this volume sets out to grab the hearts of those who read the m/m genre and to offer hope to LGBT across the globe.

Frederick Eugene Feeley Jr’s “Indigent”, after which the anthology takes it’s name, brings the reader to witness an apocalyptic war between the good and evil that rages in one man’s mind. Soon he will know that his problems are insignificant compared to those of others.

Mari Evan’s “Stumbling into Forever”, involves a handsome young vampire who will learn that just a sip of blood is the difference between love and freezing to death.

Leona Windwalker’s “If Only the World”, takes rejection to another level. A heartbreaking story that is turned on it’s head by the kindness of strangers.

Shaye Evans’ “Rescued”, is a contemporary social statement about the aftermath of a young man’s life after his drink has been spiked at a bar.

M. LeAnne Phoenix’s “Higher Love”, takes us on an almost spiritual journey through the minds of two people who have never met, but have spoken on a telepathic level. When they do come together, that bond is already cemented but there is a price to pay.

Review

FourStars

This Anthology is for a great cause, all proceeds are being donated to various charitable organizations within the LGBT community, across the world. I love reading Anthologies, because it gives you a chance to read multiple author’s and get an idea of their writing. I like reading stories that have a paranormal aspect, because it makes us think, and believe “outside the box”. I noticed a heart-warming aspect for each story, there was a strong Hero and a vulnerable Hero.
Indigent by Frederick Eugene Feeley Jr.  Angels and Demons, oh my!!! Even though it was short, this story was descriptive and captivating!! Good vs Evil….. and you can imagine who comes out on top 🙂 There is a small token of M/M intensity. Paranormal theme.
Stumbling Into Forever by Mari Evans. When you meet your life mate, you can’t resist it!!! This is Ollie and Ben’s heart-felt story. You could feel the intensity between the two Hero’s. Paranormal theme.
Rescued by Shaye Evans. A heart-felt story with Colt and Chris. There are some gut-wrenching moments when Colt takes Chris in to his confidence. No paranormal. Light M/M encounter.
If Only the World by Leona Windwalker. A story about believing in hopes and dreams. My Stars!!! A heart-felt, out of this world journey with Maven and Misha. Shed a few tears!!! A fun, sometimes intense, paranormal theme.

Reviewer: Kimberley

Excerpt

“Light?” the man asked, kneeling down to bring his head level with the window.

“Oh… yeah, of course.” Bobby handed him a lighter. The man cupped his cigarette, snapped the flame on, and inhaled. His face became the picture of intense pleasure as he placed his hand, which held the lighter, on the window sill to maintain balance. Bobby couldn’t help but stare at him in wonder again. Like a rose.

What is beauty? His professor had asked in his philosophy class.

Hands had shot up. He picked them, one by one. Some gave examples and one girl gave a protracted answer about sociological influences dictating standards of beauty. The man patiently listened to the feminist answer before he finally spoke.

“Plato believed that all souls were alive in heaven before they were sent to earth….” He stopped mid-sentence with a curious look on his face that Bobby took as a cue to finish the thought.

“…so the beauty of a rose would be a reminder of… heaven?”

-Indigent, F.E. Freeley Jr

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New Release: Family Time Anthology by Sean Michael, Jessica Chase, Nicole McCormick, Nora Birch, Lynn Townsead, K. Lynn, RJ Schmidt, Katherine Halle, Rob Rosen, Mychael Black, Andrea Dalling, Yolande Kleinn

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Title: Family Time Anthology
Author Name & Publisher: Sean Michael, Jessica Chase, Nicole McCormick, Nora Birch, Lynn Townsead, K. Lynn, RJ Schmidt, Katherine Halle, Rob Rosen, Mychael Black, Andrea Dalling, Yolande Kleinn (Torquere Books)
Publication Date & Length: June 17, 2015 –  77 Words

Synopsis

These twelve stories range from first-time parents, to a couple still trying to conceive, to a ready-made family hoping to make it official, to parents just trying to get from one day to the next.

But it can’t all be about the kids. Especially when the kid to parent ratio favors the kids. You might have sneak out of your own house. Or remind your spouse what grown-ups can do when the kids are away.

From veteran and new authors, these families contain several m/m couples, an F/F couple, and an asexual mom who has some explaining to do to her genderfluid teen.

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NEW RELEASE: Buzz & Blow – Shave & Shimmer – Fade & Fluff by Alex Carreras @AlexCWrites #MM #Paranormal #Fantasy

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Title: Buzz & Blow — Shave & Shimmer — Fade & Fluff
Author Name: Alex Carreras
Publication Date & Length: May 20, 2015 — 200 pages

Synopsis

In the city of Sangre, Florida, vampires and humans coexist happily until one ancient and powerful vampire decides to mess up the entire thing. The hairdressers at Everlasting Salon who service vampires and humans alike decide to face the threat that lands on their doorstep enlisting the barbers across the street for a fight to the finish. Chaos ensues when fists fly, but it’s not all bad when old flames reunite and new relationships take root and grow. Between the clandestine meetings and vigilante justice, the vampires find love in unexpected companions, hoping to get some TLC along the way.

 

Excerpt

Asher Riots unlocked the door to Everlasting, the salon he had worked at since arriving in the Sunshine State.

Normally the blazing sun wasn’t a vampire’s best friend, but after spending a hundred plus years in the northern United States, it was time for balmy breezes to warm his chilled skin, and soft, sandy beaches to tread on when the moon was full and high in the night sky, no matter what the season.

Stepping through the threshold, he inhaled the distinctive scents of the salon that made his senses tingle with excitement. The familiar smells of the hairsprays, gels, and lotions made him thankful that he had chosen this profession before he became what he was today, a member of the undead. His parents had coiffed the elite of Paris society, and their talents and attention to detail had been passed on to their son who possessed the same talents it took to excel in the beauty industry.

But times and styles had changed, leaving Asher longing for the days of platinum powdered wigs worn by courtesans, instead of bold, garish colors embraced by America’s youth. Releasing a sigh, he flipped on the neon Open sign that hung in the window. Looking out onto the street, he noticed that the barbershop across the way was still closed. Although attractive, the barbers were bad news, and they attracted similar clientele that made Asher’s skin crawl, but excited his lust for rough trade. He never admitted this to his boss, Jerrod, but Tory, his co-worker, suspected as much, judging by the smirk on his glossed lips whenever he caught Asher gazing at the comings and goings of the barbershop during the slow periods at the salon. Tory liked to play dumb, but he was anything but. Asher suspected that Tory preferred it that way because less would be expected of him. He was only fooling himself. Jerrod would never have hired the twink with a penchant for all things shiny, if he believed that was true. Jerrod only took on vampires who showed potential. And if that potential wasn’t realized, they’d be asked to leave. Many had passed through the doors of Everlasting, but only Asher had withstood the test of time.

“They’re in there.” Jerrod strutted through the door on a gust of wind, his deep baritone reverberating in Asher’s chest. “Can’t you smell them?”

“I can smell something, all right,” Asher mumbled under his breath before turning to see the man who had saved him from his own self-loathing when he arrived in Sangre, Florida, years ago. “And it smells like someone is wearing too much cologne.” Asher eyed his friend’s black-from-head-to-toe outfit. It was very hairdresser. And very vampire.

“Funny,” Jerrod grumbled, shooting a look at Asher. “I can sense something’s up but I can’t figure out what, exactly. Have you heard any tongues wagging in the street?”

“Nope,” Asher returned. “But I don’t usually listen to gossip. Ask Tory. He’d know if there is anything to know.”

Jerrod chuckled. “He’s late,” he said without looking at the clock on the wall. “What are we going to do about that guy?”

Just then, the man in question swished through the door, his strut better than any super model’s. “Are you two talking about me again?” Tory made it to the middle of the salon and twirled. “What do you think? It was a gift from an admirer.”

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Writer of M/M erotic romance, Alex Carreras believes there is nothing sexier than a hot, naked man with a cocky attitude and a sultry smile. Always on the hunt for inspiration, you will find Alex wherever there are attractive men hopefully in a state of undress. And since he lives in South Florida where the average yearly temperature is a balmy 82 Fahrenheit, there is certainly no shortage of inspiration.

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3 & 4 stars Piece Us Back Together by Cate Ashwood, L.J. LaBarthe and Raine O’Tierney #MM #Romance @RaineOTierney @brbsiberia @cateashwood

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Title: Piece Us Back Together
Author Name: Cate Ashwood, L.J. LaBarthe & Raine O’Tierney
Publication Date & Length: May 20, 2015 – 260 pgs

Synopsis

A M/M Romance “Healing” Anthology

Red Runs Through by Cate Ashwood
Carter McClintock’s life is uncomplicated. For the past five years, he’s spent so much time in hospital scrubs that one day bleeds into the next, and that’s just the way he likes it. That is, until he meets Matthew Nolan. Carter has never had a patient affect him the way Matthew does. During Matthew’s stay in the hospital, the chemistry is unmistakable, and once he is discharged, Carter asks him out.

Despite the obvious attraction between them, Matthew’s HIV status keeps him from handing Carter his heart, refusing to believe anyone could ever truly want him. When Matthew’s past comes to light, their budding relationship is threatened before it has even begun. But Carter isn’t one to give up without a fight and he will do anything to show Matthew the lengths he will go to keep them together.

All That Shimmers by Raine O’Tierney
Beau Bell is a former Olympic hopeful, left paralyzed from the waist down after a car accident. He has every reason in the world to be pissed off and miserable, yet he’s training for the Paralympics Men’s 100m—S6 division. The chair? Just a part of who he is now. Beau’s attitude is golden. If only he could contend with this one little issue: errant erections and no way to relieve them!

Nikša Meríc is a lonely scientist and really bad poet living underneath the old building where he does his research. Every night he watches his neighbor through his basement window as he undresses in his wheelchair. Although there is no apparent reason for Nikša to be unhappy, he’s struggled with depression his whole life and has tried to kill himself on multiple occasions.

When Beau proposes that his “voyeur” come over and help him experiment with the erections he can’t actually feel, the relationship they build is a sexual one. But the relationship they need is one that will heal each other’s hearts as well.

Swimming with Elephants by L.J. LaBarthe
After suffering a torn rotator cuff in his left shoulder, Garrett believes his life is over. Depressed, bereft, in pain, and unable to return to the career he loves as an arborist, he sees no hope or future for himself. But a trip to Havelock Island in India turns his world upside down. He meets Jai, an Indian nurse, and becomes smitten with him. Near the end of his trip, while swimming with an elephant, he tells Jai how he feels.

After Garrett returns to Australia, he wonders if he can ever be healed of all his pain—physical, emotional, and mental—and fears that love and romance will never be his again. But then Jai turns up in Perth and brings with him astonishing news.

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ThreeStarI liked the premise of this anthology – love beyond disability and medical conditions.  But even though I usually love Cate Ashwood’s books, I found all three stories a little bit clunky. 

I kept feeling that the main characters were defined by their disabilities rather than the disability just being a small part of the person.   This  might have been because the authors were charged with writing on the theme of disability, or it might have been because ensuring readers understand a complex disability takes time and these were short stories.

 

There were parts of all three stories that I really liked.

 

In “All that Shimmers”, Beau’s swimming is described beautifully.  I liked the power he had in the water, and I enjoyed the banter between Beau, his coach, and his opponent.

 

In “Swimming With Elephants”, I liked Garrett’s home menagerie and his passion for his job.

 

It was Carter’s thoughtfulness I enjoyed in “Red Runs Through”.  I loved the presents he brought the bed bound Matthew.

 

This wasn’t a favourite book, but it is a collection of sweet, romantic short stories.

~Sarah

FourStars

Piece Us Back Together – Anthology

4 stars
All that Shimmers – Raine O’Tierney
3.5 stars
M/M Romance
I was given this book for an honest review by Inked Rainbow Reads.
This story was very sweet.  Beau’s spirit and tenacity were so fun to read.  I cried for his loss, but found extreme joy in his successes.
Niska was somewhat of an enigma. He was shy, introverted, and a voyeur.  His mannerisms were that of an awkward teen and even though he was book smart, he seemed to be lacking in the socialization department.
Together, the journey that these two walked was remarkable.  I really enjoyed the path that they took on their beginning relationship, however, I felt that the story jumped around some too.  It was not that it jumped in sequential order, I just felt that emotions were all over the place – not easily followed.
The romance was somewhat lacking as well.  Yes, they helped each other by allowing exploration, but it also seemed like the relationship was rushed. With the emotions in no discernible order, the story just felt jumbled.
Swimming with Elephants – L. J. Labarthe
4 stars
M/M Romance
I was given this book for an honest review by Inked Rainbow Reads.
Garrett is living with a constant burden.  He goes to a place of healing to try and find an inner peace.  I LOVED this story.  It was both spiritually filling and emotionally filling.  You can truly feel the pain that Garrett is going through – and in turn you can truly feel the healing that takes place.  I love his attitude in that this is just something he is going to have to live with and he can either let it beat him down or push forward.
Then you have Jai.  I love his inner calm – he is able to take the storm that was Garrett and help him channel those emotions and the pain in to something wonderful.  His surprise to Garrett brought me to tears.
They had a chemistry between them that only grew as the story went on.  They allowed each other find their true selves with encouragement and love, compassion and trust.  This was a wonderful story.
Red Runs Through – Cate Ashwood
4 stars
M/M Romance
Carter is just your typical guy.  He goes to work, has nice friends and is happy in his life.  When he meets Matthew, his world shifts.  Suddenly, he not only loves to go to work, but once he is away from work, he can only think about Matthew.
Matthew is written with such love.  His honesty was such an admirable quality.  I loved that he was not defined by anything – that he was OK living his life.
I wanted to throw Carter’s parents threw their house when they upset the couple, but loved how Carter’s sister was always supportive and loving.
Despite not having the best families, Carter and Matthew were able to find their own family – to define their own lives.
These two also had great chemistry.  I loved how this story took something that is still taboo in some circles and made a beautiful love story.
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AuthorInterview1) Can you describe in detail what your writing environment is like?

RO: Oh, it used to be absolutely amazing. I had pictures of abandoned psychiatric hospitals on the wall, dried roses everywhere, old typewriter, an apothecary–very me, very inspiring–but I’ve just moved to a brand new house so all that’s in there now is a daybed with the world’s most unfortunate comforter. I love my mommy but I let her pick it and…bright orange, yellow, and purple with ruffles…doesn’t exactly fit what I’ve got in mind for the writing room.

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

RO: Autumn from Most Beautiful Words I think. Awkward little girl? Yep, that’s me!

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

RO: Professional sushi eater and sampler of Vietnamese coffee.

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

With this story specifically, I didn’t realize how much I would enjoy being part of an anthology. It helps that Raine and LJ are my friends, and it makes coordinating a lot easier since we all chat anyway, but this experience was good for me. I was motivated to meet deadlines, and excited to read the others’ stories as well. I would definitely do another anthology down the road.

-Cate

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

I don’t think so… I guess we’ll wait and see how the reviews go. 😉

-Cate

 

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

This particular story is based (incredibly loosely) on a patient I met a long time ago. He was also HIV positive and very young an that stuck with me. I wanted to write an HIV positive character in a manner that wasn’t completely doom and gloom, and I wanted to give him his happily ever after, because I think it’s important that people understand the ins and outs of the disease. So I started with “Matthew”, and worked from there, building him a life, and a relationship, and his HEA.

-Cate

 

7) What’s next for you as a writer?

 

I have two more books—the last two—in The Archangel Chronicles coming out, and I’ve finished a sci-fi m/m romance. I’m currently working on my second co-authored title with Cate Ashwood, and I have a contemporary m/m romance set in the outback of South Australia and a paranormal set just north of Boston on the go. In between writing, I’ll be researching for my next historical, which will be set in 1920s Adelaide, South Australia, and will be a sequel to the novella, The Body on The Beach.

-L. J.

 

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

 

My home city is Adelaide, the capital city of the state of South Australia. I do think it influences my writing a little, certainly when I write Australian characters, I draw from around me with those characters. I also tend to set my Australian stories in places I know quite well. The m/m contemporary I’m working on at the moment is set in the outback, specifically the Flinders Ranges in South Australia, and it’s one of my most favourite places on the planet, so it’s a bit of a love letter to that region as well.

-L. J.

 

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

 

I cross the streams in my writing and so I think the only one I haven’t dabbled in at some point is horror. That’s because I’m a horror wuss and can’t cope with it in my TV/film/novels. This is even though I thoroughly adore the show Fortitude, which is incredibly well written and the narrative is so tight and intricately crafted, the acting reflects that and the scenery is amazing. And the horror elements make me squeak and cover my eyes.

 

SO. Taking that into account, I do most enjoy writing fantasy/paranormal/light sci-fi and history, predominately 12thcentury European. The first because I like being able to invent my own magical system and technology system and the second because I love history and that period, particularly in France and the Byzantine Empire, are my most favourite eras.-L. J.

 

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

 

Smith’s cheese and onion chips. They are my vice. Nomomom. Ahem. Also shoes. I love my shoes, especially the amazing Mary Jane’s made by the company Hot Chocolate and boots made by Demonia or Doctor Marten. Once a punk chick, always a punk chick,  I suppose—I’ve been one since I was 14, so it’s here to stay!

-L. J.

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Raine O’Tierney

Raine O’Tierney lives outside of Kansas City with her husband, fellow Dreamspinner Press author, Siôn O’Tierney.

When she’s not writing, she’s either asleep, or fighting the good fight for intellectual freedom at her library day

job. Raine believes the best thing we can do in life is be kind to one another, and she enjoys encouraging fellow

writers! Writing for 20+ years (with the last 10 spent on M/M) Raine changes sub-genres to suit her mood and

believes all good stories end sweetly. Contact her if you’re interested in talking about point-and-click adventure

games or about which dachshunds are the best kinds of dachshunds!

Website: http://raineotierney.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/raine.otierney.1?fref=ts

Twitter: https://twitter.com/RaineOTierney

L.J. LaBarthe

L.J. LaBarthe is a French-Australian woman, who was born during the Witching Hour, just after midnight. From this

auspicious beginning, she went on to write a prize-winning short story about Humpty Dumpty wearing an Aussie

hat complete with corks dangling from it when she was six years old. From there, she wrote for her high school

yearbook, her university newspaper, and, from her early teens to her twenties, produced a fanzine about the local

punk rock music scene. She loves music of all kinds and was once a classical pianist; she loves languages and speaks

French and English and a teeny-tiny smattering of Mandarin Chinese, which she hopes to relearn properly very

soon. She enjoys TV, film, travel, cooking, eating out, abandoned places, urbex, history, and researching.

L.J. loves to read complicated plots and hopes to do complex plot lines justice in her own writing. She writes

paranormal, historical, urban fantasy, and contemporary Australian stories, usually m/m romance and featuring

m/m erotica. She has won a Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention and another award for Best Historical Gay Novel.

L.J. lives in the city of Adelaide, and is owned by her cat.

Blog: http://misslj-author.livejournal.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lj.labarthe.9?fref=ts

Twitter: https://twitter.com/brbsiberia

Instagram: https://instagram.com/ljstar239/

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/dreadpiratestar/

Tumblr: https://www.tumblr.com/blog/dreadpiratestarkiller and https://www.tumblr.com/blog/historybuffstar

Cate Ashwood

Cate Ashwood wrote her very first story in a hot-pink binder when she was in the second grade and found her

passion for writing. Her first successful foray into romance writing came five years later when she wrote her best

friend, who was experiencing a case of unrequited love, her own happily ever after.

Cate’s life has taken a number of different and adventurous roads. She now lives a stone’s throw from the ocean,

just outside of Vancouver, British Columbia with her husband, her brand new little boy, and her two cats. Her life is

filled with family and friends, travel, and, of course, books.

Website: http://www.cateashwood.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/cate.ashwood

Twitter: https://twitter.com/cateashwood

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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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