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5 stars for Stinger by Katya Harris @Katya_Harris #MF #Asexual #Scifi #Romance @LT3Press

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Title: Stinger
Author Name & Publisher: Katya Harris (Less Than Three Press)
Publication Date & Length: March 16, 2016 — 53 Pages

Synopsis

Kara was born and raised on the cold mining planet of Reach, and has dreamed her whole life of being somewhere else. Stuck with an abusive mother and a dead end job, she longs to experience the worlds she only sees on the vid-screens.

Then those other worlds come to her by way of a stranger, when she saves his life the night he arrives. From a planet called Haven, Sarit is a breed of human created to survive the unhospitable planet and who are now seen by many as less than human.

Though it causes resentment and brings her new trouble, Kara defends Sarit against abusers and builds a friendship with him that soon becomes the best part of her world. Try as she might though to enjoy the time they have together, even with the danger they face, it’s impossible to forget that eventually Sarit will return to traveling the stars and she’ll be left more alone than ever.

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FiveStars

 

This was an excellent read! I had a hard time putting it down once I picked it up, which I was not expecting at all. The characters and the world are brought to life on the pages, and they left me wanting more.

 

The romance in this piece is sweet and warm. It grows from the beginning and just keeps on growing until the end. I would love to see another snippet of these character’s lives and the adventures I’m sure they’re bound to go on.

 

~AJ

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TWO 3.5 star reviews for We Go Forward by Alison Evans @_budgie #asexual #ace #bisexual #contemporary @LT3Press

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Title: We Go Forward
Author Name & Publisher: Alison Evans (Less Than Three Press)
Publication Date & Length: March 23, 2016 — short story

Synopsis

Christie travels to run, to forget. She has no place to call home, but desperately wishes she did.

Roslyn has never been overseas and fears getting stuck in one place. If she’s never left Melbourne, how does she know that’s home?

A crossing of paths in Berlin, wine, and wifi leads to the two traveling together, and as they travel the two find some things they were looking for, and maybe something they weren’t…

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ThreeandHalfStars

In this lovely story we follow two Australian young ladies in their trek across parts of Europe. We see them meet and develop a lovely, close friendship throughout the time that they are travelling.

 

I enjoyed the descriptions and the informational passages about some of the places that they went; I feel like I took a mini-trip with them, and learned something too!

 

I enjoyed Christie; it was nice to go on her journey with her as she comes to terms with the skeletons in her closet and decides to return to Australia. I loved that we saw Christie explain that she was asexual to Roslyn and Roslyn knew what that meant and there wasn’t any fallout from it. It was a beautiful friendship and lovely to see Roslyn knew when Christie needed to be alone and when not to press her to explain more; that is rare to find. One of my favorite parts was toward the end with Anna; that was beautiful.

 

I was a bit shocked by how many fellow Australians they ran into in their travels; however, it didn’t take away from my enjoyment of the book. There were a few places where the wording seemed awkward; however, I understood the gist of the passages enough to understand what was happening. Also, when I read the description of the book I sort of expected more to develop between the two. I felt a little misled; however, I’m still glad I read the book.

 

All-in-all, it was a lovely good that showcased a beautiful friendship between two complicated ladies. I would love to see how Christie takes to being in Melbourne and how Jalen reacts to all of it.

~Tori

ThreeandHalfStars

I’m kind of neutral about this story. The writing itself was good. The book was interesting enough for me not to get bogged down in it. But it seemed a bit long for the point I got out of it. First, I’ll say that this is probably only the third asexual story I’ve read, and the first where there was a combination of asexual and aromantic. So the basic connection in this book is more friendship than anything else, and that brings up some interesting questions to consider. Are books about friendship successful? Is there a big enough market for them? What else would be important to a novel about friendship to make it successful? I’m pretty sure I don’t have any answers to these questions. I’m not even sure these are questions that need to be asked. However, most novels about friendship don’t necessarily make a point of stating that one of the main characters is aro ace (short for aromantic asexual). That seems to be important to the author, but I’m not quite sure why unless it’s about exposure for a sexuality that is most likely underrepresented and misunderstood.

The story itself is ok. Two Australians meet by chance in Berlin, and become friends. They decide to travel together for a while. Christie has been running from her life and who she is for quite some time when she meets Roslyn, who’s traveling because she’s afraid that if she didn’t go then that she would always be stuck in one place. The two find acceptance in each other and a connection that makes them the best of friends. We start out the story with Roslyn, and I thought the story was going to be about her facing her fears. But the book ends with Christie finally finding something or someone she can call home. The journey in between was sometimes humorous, sometimes comfortable, and sometimes a bit tedious. I’m not sure that as short as the story is that it should have taken so long. Although I do like the slow progression of their friendship, the trip itself seemed to drag on a bit.

In the end, I don’t think the book was for me, but I don’t regret spending the time to read it. I liked hearing about Christie’s sexuality and understanding a bit more about what kinds of issues she faced. Roslyn’s sexuality was mentioned but didn’t seem to be a focal point of the story, other than to explain her open-minded acceptance of Christie. The book made me think, which is a good thing, but in the end I kept thinking something was missing.

~AmyP

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PRE-RELEASE REVIEWS: 4 and 3 stars for At the Edges by Alden Lila Reedy #Asexual #ace #FF #scifi @LT3Press

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Title: At the Edges
Author Name & Publisher: Alden Lila Reedy (Less Than Three Press)
Publication Date & Length: March 23, 2016

Synopsis

Joan and her starship crew are in the business of slaves—specifically, rescuing as many as possible from the oppressive Empire. After dropping off their latest passengers and resupplying, Joan and her second-in-command, Luana, decide to ferry out citizens looking to escape imperial clutches. It means they risk taking on spies, but when the first meeting goes well, they decide to chance it.

But a trip that starts well soon turns sour, between problems with the ship, passengers asking uncomfortable questions, and a confession from Luana that Joan fears will only end in disappointment and destroy the friendship they’ve already built.

And before they have a chance to sort their problems out, the whole journey abruptly goes from bad to worse….

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FourStars

This was a good read and kept me entertained through out. I particularly liked the way each characters background and life was explained as they became part of the bigger plot. This type of introduction was novel and worked really well and gave this book a unique feel.
Another great aspect of the book was the different genres and life styles of each of the characters. The author portrayed the crew as a tight, successful and caring group. In comparison the Federation was stereotypical and one dimensional and showed how inferior they were compared to Captain Joan’s crew. I appreciated this comparison with life as it is emulated in todays society, when compared both ethically and through sexuality inequalities.
My only disappointment was in the length of the novel, I would have loved to have had more in depth adventures and I hope this might be facilitated by this talented author in a sequel.
~Chris
ThreeStarJoan and Luana help slaves escape from the Empire, along with a collection of aliens of various types and genders. We find out about each character at various points of the story and when we do it makes it a bit more intelligible. I really found it hard to follow at first as I could not imagine what the characters were meant to be. Joan and Luana are great friends but when Luana confesses she loves Joan it becomes very awkward as Joan is asexual. When Luana is kidnapped we see that Joan is distraught and the whole crew put everything into getting her back. This is where the story really takes off and I enjoyed the last part of it. It got very exciting and interesting.
A decent enough read but a bit more description and explanation at the start would really have helped.
~Kitty Kat

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5 Star Review for Mr. March Names the Stars by Rivka Aarons-Hughes #Trans #Ace

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Title: Mr. March Names the Stars
Author Name & Publisher: Rivka Aarons-Hughes (Less Than Three Press)
Publication Date: March 16, 2016

Synopsis

Wes loves his life traveling the Pagan festival circuit, but he loved it more when he wasn’t harangued by women a little too fond of his picture in a popular charity calendar—a calendar that mucked up his bio by stating that he’s single, but leaving out that he’s not straight.

Wes’s appeals to the company to change the bio come to nothing until Nash, a lawyer from the company, shows up and promises to do all he can to fix the problem. But though Wes quickly grows fond of Nash, and the interest seems mutual, the calendar problem shows no signs of being fixed…

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FiveStars

This is a quick, fun read. Mr. March, AKA Wes, wants his bio changed in the calendar he posed for. Nash is a low-level lawyer assigned to talk to him. They have an almost instant chemistry, bonding over their shared paganism and asexuality.

Unlike a story where it’s low heat because everything is off-page, this is low heat because there isn’t anything to have off-page. I always love well-written ace characters because it’s about more than “not doing it.” The way in which Nash and Wes express their mutual interest is sweet, romantic, and well-done. I also loved that the main conflict between them had nothing to do with their orientations.

There’s plenty of humor and heart in this story, and it’s just the right length for an afternoon read.

5 stars

~Amy M.

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TWO Stars for Of Monsters and Men (A Forever Home #2) by Caitlin Ricci #MM #Shifter @Dreamspinners @CaitlinRicci

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Title: Of Monsters and Men (A Forever Home #2)
Author Name & Publisher: Caitlin Ricci (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: May 20, 2015 – 200 pgs

Synopsis

Seth’s life looks idyllic on the surface. He has a great job at the pet rescue with a fantastic boss, who happens to be a werewolf. He is getting his degree at the local university and has a best friend who understands that the most intimate thing for Seth is a kiss. But when it comes to relationships, Seth’s perfect life is a jumbled mess. No guy stays around because eventually, they always want more than Seth, who is asexual, is able to give. Seth wants love and a relationship, but not the sex that everyone puts so much value on.

Seth tries for something more with the man he has a crush on, but when that ends Seth feels like he’s back to square one. So when his boss’s brother, Jeremy, pushes his way into Seth’s life, insisting that he won’t press for more than Seth is comfortable sharing, Seth is wary. All of Seth’s experience says it won’t last long. But Jeremy is one werewolf who is used to getting his way, and might just be patient enough to wait for Seth to see he means what he says.

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ThreeStar

Asexuality isn’t something most of us read about or even think about very often, so an Ace main character was a refreshing change. I’m not sure I really liked Seth, though. He seemed incredibly self-involved. For an asexual character, he seemed obsessed with sex and quick to judge the few people who cared about him.

I loved Jeremy and the rest of the cast. Far from the monster Jeremy claimed to be, he came across as the most human of the men in the story. His strength allowed others to be themselves and I was cheering when he started to venture out of his closet.

Romance stories usually have a sexual story arc, and I found it a challenge to accept and understand the progression of Seth and Jeremy’s relationship without physical intimacy. At times the relationship seemed very clinical. Both men laid out lists of what they wanted and then they negotiated compromise. It was all very grown up, but I kept yearning for the missing passion.

Sarah

ThreeStar

I found that I really loved Jeremy even though he was the a-hole he said he was, that was what sort of made me like him. He was who he was and that’s just it.
Seth on the other hand is supposed to be the one the story is about with his asexuality and his desire to try to find a life that he was happy with while not trying to change who he was or the person he was with to get there. Seth confused me on so many levels. While I understand what asexuality is and thought the author portrayed it quite well, I felt like Seth himself had other issues he needed to deal with.
Jeremy tried to be there for him as exactly what he needed and sure he pushed a bit (like losing his jeans) but Seth never once was willing to try to work on his own insecurities to make their relationship work and that made me not like him. Not saying he had to give in, but he wasn’t even willing to relax around someone who’d given him everything he needed.
I also felt like we were missing all of the paranormal/shifter aspect of the book as there was only one time we see any of the characters as a wolf so I felt like that was a let down.
I do wholeheartedly applaud the author for taking on such a hard topic as asexuality and doing a good job of portraying what it is like to be asexual in such a sexually driven society.
Renee

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4 stars for Endless Days of Summer by Stacy O’Steen @torn_treasure @supposedcrimes #Asexual #FF #contemporary

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Title: Endless Days of Summer
Author Name: Stacy O’Steen
Publication Date & Length: July 1, 2015 — 285 pages

Synopsis

Struggling to cope with the reality of her decision to live away from home, Penelope Van Buren is thrust into college life head first with nothing to break her fall. It’s a whirlwind once her dorm mate convinces her to leave the room. Penelope finds friends in LGBTQA club but when the questions start flowing through Penelope’s mind she realizes she’s been wrong about so many things.

Seeing the world around her with new eyes, she analyzes an old relationship that may turn out to be even more than she thought it would be. In the end, Penelope needs to do what would make her happy. The problem is she can’t seem to figure out what that is.

Trigger Warning: Sexual Violence

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 FourStars

A totally enthralling novel, a real page turner. Full of mother/daughter angst, finding your sexuality apprehension, and, trepidation to others perceived perceptions.
Different from other novels in the way the author characterizes Penelope’s growing maturity and self understanding. This is clearly seen as the novel progresses.
Written in almost a documentary/drama way, anyone on the verge of coming out or having difficulty in their sexual orientation, would really find this novel of interest. The way asexuality is handled is very refreshing and informative.
My only criticism  would be the way the relationship between Penelope and her Mother appears biased towards Penelope’s feelings.
This is an emotional love story, full of realism, but with a real feel good factor.
~Chris

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In the hours between corralling her circus of animals and feeding her husband, Stacy breathes life into the characters running rampant in her mind. Born in the south with a proclivity for travel and the nerd life, Stacy rests her head in the clouds and daydreams of equality. When not writing or working, she loves to craft, and spends many a night curled up with her hot glue gun. An avid Chipotle fan, she hopes to eat at one in every state and country lucky enough to have one.

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5 Stars for Ruminations by Debbie McGowan #ASexual #NewAdult @writerdebmcg

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Title: Ruminations (Hiding Behind The Couch)
Author Name: Debbie McGowan
Publication Date & Length: February 14, 2015 – 180pgs

Synopsis

Seventeen-year-old Josh Sandison has been waiting his whole life to go to university. Gifted – and bullied for being different – he hopes moving away to study will mean a change for the better. Instead he encounters the unexpected, when strange things start happening in his room – the blinds falling down by themselves and notes from an illiterate prankster.

Add to this the myth of the haunted third floor, and cynical Josh has had just about enough, when Sean Tierney arrives at university, three days late and with not a penny to his name. The two strike up an unlikely friendship, bonded by their passion for learning and compassion for others.

But will their intellectual prowess be enough to solve once and for all the mystery of the third floor?

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FiveStars
I loved this gem of a book. The characters, even the ones who don’t appear “on-screen,” are well-developed. I think this is likely because this book is part of a larger series, so clearly Ms. McGowan knows her characters, and that shines through even though we don’t see them all in this installment.The story is witty and charming. Josh is one of my new favorite characters. He’s quirky and interesting, and I loved watching him try to sort things out.

For the benefit of readers, I do want to point out that this is not a romance, and there is no same-sex pairing in this particular story. However, this is definitely one that falls under the bigger rainbow, and anyone who has ever felt the way Josh does will be glad to see themselves reflected in his tale.

I can’t wait to get my hands on and. McGowan’s other books. She’s earned herself a new fan.

5 stars

Amy

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Author, publisher, social scientist. My academic specialism is gender and sexual politics and identity, so you can expect this to crop up now and then in my writing too! Not in an “in your face” kind of way – subtlety wins hearts and minds.

I live in Lancashire, UK, with family and rescued dogs. It’s green and pleasant, and we get long, long, lovely perfumed days in late spring / early summer. My favourite place in the world is Watergate Bay, Cornwall, but I haven’t travelled much. The most amazing thing I’ve ever experienced is the call to prayer at 11 p.m. on a terrace in Istanbul. Goosebumps+ and I’m an atheist!

I write character-based/driven fiction – mostly general/contemporary, some (M/M & F/M) romance and a bit of sci-fi fantasy (light). Basically, I write about life. I’ve written a few stand alone novels and short stories, but my main work is the Hiding Behind The Couch series, which these days I’m referring to as a literary soap opera. Each novel/novella concludes, but there are always a few loose ends to be picked up and threaded on to the next instalment. There are longer threads and shorter threads.

I know readers find it hard to navigate a series, so I put together a timeline (http://debbiemcgowan.co.uk/HBTC_timel…).

Here it is in order (November, 2014):

1. Beginnings (novella)
2. Hiding Behind The Couch (book #1)
3. No Time Like The Present (book #2)
4. The Harder They Fall (book #3)
5. Crying in the Rain (standalone)
6. First Christmas (novella)
7. In The Stars Part I (book #4)
8. Breaking Waves (novella)
9. In The Stars Part II (book #5)
10. A Midnight Clear (novella – Nov/Dec 2014 – included in Boughs of Evergreen)
11. Red Hot Christmas (novella – December 2014)
12. Two by Two (season #6 – 2015)

You can currently read book 1 and 2 for free on Goodreads, or download book 1 and the short prequel Beginnings from my website (www.debbiemcgowan.co.uk). I will also send a free ebook to anyone who asks nicely! Why? I write because I have to. I want you to read and, hopefully, enjoy the worlds I “channel”.

I also run a socialist (profit share) independent publishing company: Beaten Track Publishing

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