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Cover Reveal for Discovery (Drakyl Ranch #1) by Thianna Durston (AUTHOR INTERVIEW) #MM #Paranormal @the_weremouse

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Title: Discovery (Drakyl Ranch #1)
Author Name: Thianna Durston
Publication Date: September 1, 2015

Synopsis

Warning: This book is a paranormal m/m romance with some horror elements. It also crosses cowboy and vampire genres. If you don’t think cowboys look hot with fangs, you’re missing out.

Living in Montana and working the ranch is all Aaron wants to do for the rest of his life. Diagnosed as allergic to the sun thirteen years previous, every day is a struggle to get out of bed. Having to wear long-sleeved shirts, gloves, and even material to cover his face from the effects of the sun, just makes it all worse. Now, in his thirty-second year, he is sure this will be his last summer. While he hates it, he knows he needs to come to terms with the truth and put things in order for his younger cousins. Before he does so, he heads out for one night of pleasure before facing what’s coming.

Jaret loves excitement and new adventures. For over five hundred years, he has sought them out. In Montana on a whim, he comes across someone he doesn’t expect, someone who makes him feel things he does not understand and does not want to give up. In no time at all, he feels like he cannot live without Aaron. The only problem is Aaron doesn’t know who he is, what he is, nor that he isn’t going to die. Not on Jaret’s watch. With a plan to help the other man discover who he is in place, he only has one thing to worry about: whether an ancient enemy will come and destroy everything he now holds dear.

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“You’re not going to die, Aaron.”

“You don’t know that. This sickness, ailment, curse…whatever the fuck it is. It’s gettin’ worse. And it’s changin’. Morphin’ into somethin’ scary. My nightmares lately have been horrible.”

“What kind of nightmares?” Of course, Jaret knew. They were the same kind all of them had during the change. Fire and ice as the body went through horrendous chills and soaring high fevers. They would only stop once the change was complete. For after that, there was no real sleep anymore.

“Bein’ caught on high mountains, pelted with snow. Of the forests here bright with orange fire. Of you—” His voice broke. “Callin’ out my name only I’m no longer here to respond.”

“Babe,” Jaret said in a soft voice, not understanding why but knowing he was closer to this drakyl than he had ever been to anyone. “We’re going to get you cured. Then you can come out with me at night. We’ll keep the place predator free while your cousins slave in the sun. How does that sound?”

A sad attempt at a laugh left the other man’s throat. “Promise me you won’t leave until I’m gone?”

Fury swept along Jaret’s veins. Anger at the sun, the fact the man next to him was terrified, and at Davis for not explaining to the poor man earlier what he was. But mostly, he was furious at himself for not telling Aaron the truth. Leaning in, he placed his nose against Aaron’s. “I promise you,” he said in a deep growl, “that you are not going to die, Aaron Drakyl. I won’t let it happen.”

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New Release: Spurred On by Jon Keys #MM #Western @Jon4Keys

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Title: Spurred On
Author Name & Publisher: Jon Keys (Decadent Publishing)
Length: 29,490 Words

Synopsis

Kegan’s new stepfather and stepbrothers are out to make his life miserable. Between the bullying and being overworked, he’s nearly at his wit’s end. When his mother leaves on an annual cattle buying trip for the ranch, he’s determined to suffer through. He must, if he expects to protect her like he promised his dying father.

When the family of a young man he’s been infatuated with holds a rodeo, Kegan can’t see a way he can compete. Not until a mystical medicine hat stallion walks into his life. It’s not long before they are the talk, and mystery, of the rodeo.

The only thing more daunting than keeping his identity secret is how Kegan is going to balance all this with his draw to the man of his dreams. Will Cole end up being his magical prince, or is Kegan going to find himself left in the dust?

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An hour or so later, Kegan stood in the driveway watching Alec drive away in the final rays of sunshine. Alec had offered to give him a ride to the rodeo, but he’d turned him down. Once the pickup disappeared from sight, he walked into the house and worked his way to the dark back room he called his bedroom. He flipped on the light and clenched his jaw at what he found.

His clothes were strewn across the room. Some were ripped, but all of them looked and smelled like they’d been stomped on by someone who’d just walked through the holding pens after they’d worked cattle. They were smeared with mud and cow shit.

“Dammit to fucking hell! The assholes!”

He stomped through the room, kicking piles of clothes out of his way in a blaze of fury. Everything he touched needed to be patched, washed or, more often, both. This settled it. Brent and Seth were out to make his life miserable. The question had become, what was he going to do about it? They seem to have done a good job of taking away his choices.

He began to straighten the tiny basement bedroom. A few minutes later, the job became so discouraging he dropped to the bed and sighed. Kegan lost track of time as he thought through the last months. The sound of a horse nearby shook him from his desolation.

He forced himself from the bedroom, tired of being the one who was crapped on around there. He stomped through the empty house, his anger as fierce as ever. Another nicker drifted to him, and his focus shifted to the present. He opened the door to find a horse standing beside the porch. A beautiful Paint stallion with classic medicine hat markings.

Kegan eased down the steps and held one hand toward the horse, watching him closely. The animal leaned forward, sniffed him, and then snorted.

“Hey, big guy. Where did you come from? If a medicine hat had appeared in any of the BLM herds around here, we’d have known.”

The horse tossed its head, the black and white markings shimmering in the sun. He didn’t shy as Kegan moved closer. The horse’s only reaction was the rippling of thick muscles as it shifted its weight.

“Easy, boy. You’re awfully tame.”

The horse froze in place, studying Kegan as he moved closer. He reached out, resting his hand against the stud’s silky skin. It nickered at the touch but didn’t move. As he ran his hands over the animal, he marveled at how calm the stallion was. This was one of the steadiest horses he’d ever come across.

“Fella, you must belong to someone. Where’d you come from? I know if I was missing a horse like you I’d be having a fit.”

He turned to go into the house and put out the word he had a mystery horse. When he did, the horse stepped in front of him.

“Hey, guy. I gotta let people know you’re okay.”

Kegan tried to step around him again, but the horse’s hooves shot out and stopped him. After a third attempt earned him the same results, he threw his hands up in surrender. “Okay, so you don’t want me to go into the house. What are we going to do?”

The stallion stuck his muzzle in Kegan’s face and snorted. He turned and started down the driveway toward the river. The river had become Kegan’s favorite place to escape his problems, especially after his dad died, and they scattered his ashes there. He had spent a lot of time watching the snowmelt flow past. In the past couple of months, he’d stopped going to the river. But the mysterious horse headed directly toward a large boulder marking his favorite spot.

The stallion threaded its way through aspen thickets that looked tight for a goat, but he slipped into them without disturbing a leaf. The sound of the river grew as they passed through the mix of evergreen, aspen, and willow. He cleared the final clump of trees to find the horse standing among boulders larger than he remembered.

Kegan took a step and froze in mid-stride. A neatly folded set of clothes was perched on the nearest flat rock. He stepped closer and touched them. The deep-blue jeans and the heavily pressed white shirt were obviously new, not some freak occurrence. He glanced around, wondering what was happening.

“Horse, did your rider fall in or something? You don’t seem concerned about finding anyone though.”

He searched up and down the riverbank to see if someone was trying to swim, or in trouble. He checked for a good distance in each direction and found nothing to indicate the source of either the horse or the clothing. He made his way to the boulder holding the pile of clothes and ran his hand over them.

The Paint stepped close and pushed them toward Kegan. He flared his nostrils and snorted again. With the horse fixed squarely in his sight, he pulled the jeans from the boulder and held them in front of him.

“They’re my size. How the hell….”

The horse struck his hoof across the rock and the wind gusted, sounding like the low note of a Cheyenne flute. The tone drifted away, but not before leaving Kegan with a lingering sense of peace. He looked again to find a cowboy hat, hand-tooled belt, and a pair of boots in the mix with everything else. Each of them appeared custom made. He studied the stallion again.

“You know, I never put much store by the whole medicine-hat-horse-having-magic thing, but I’m starting to change my mind.” He paused for a minute to consider. “Does that mean you’re going to let me ride you, too? I need a horse to do the rodeo thing.”

The stallion slipped beside him, pressed his nose under Kegan’s backside, and shoved him forward. His nudge was enough to send Kegan stumbling across the rocks.

“Okay, got it. I’ll change already.”

He stripped quickly, splashing the crystal-clear water over himself to wash off the day’s dust and sweat. As he slipped into the clothes, he found he’d been right. Each piece was a custom fit. The boots came to just below his knees and stitched across the uppers were patterns of horses and aspen leaves. The jeans hugged his butt, emphasizing his ass until even he had to admit it was toned and muscular. By the time he fastened the silver buckle and situated the hat, he was transformed. The ugly duckling feeling he always had, evaporated. With a final brush of his hands, he fixed his gaze on the horse.

“All right. It’s time to see if this is going to work out. We need to get to the stable and find a saddle to fit you. The big question is, are you going to let me ride you? I guess now’s as good a time to find out as any.”

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5 Stars for Conquer the Flames (Lang Downs #4) by Ariel Tachna #MM #Romance @dreamspinners

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Title: Conquer the Flames (Lang Downs #4)
Author Name & Publisher: Ariel Tachna (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: September 27, 2013 – 254  pgs

Synopsis

Thorne Lachlan knows a thing or two about getting himself safely out of a blaze. For years he fought in the world’s hot spots, a Commando with the Australian Army. Now, retired, he fights flames for the Royal Fire Service. When a grassfire brings him to Lang Downs, the next sheep station in danger, Thorne meets Ian Duncan and sparks fly that neither man can put out. But both men have ghosts from the past that stand in the way of moving beyond mutual attraction.

While Thorne longs for the home he could share with Ian at Lang Downs, he fears his own instability might make him a danger to others. And Ian’s always believed that the foster care nightmare he escaped before coming to Lang Downs would make any relationship impossible. Trust doesn’t come easily to Thorne or Ian until the fire’s aftermath forces them to see past the scars keeping them both from healing.

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FiveStars

This is the most exciting story in the series, with the men at Lang Downs working with the fire service to stop a bush fire from destroying Lang Downs.

The story focuses on Thorne, a volunteer firefighter just out of the army who is struggling with PTSD. It is also – finally – the story of Ian, the reclusive buckaroo still coming to terms with a brutal, abusive childhood.

For the first time, even Caine and Macklin worry that the sanctuary of Lang Downs may not be enough to help Thorne and Ian heal. Both men need professional help, but with a fire threatening the entire station, the station has to come first.

This is the darkest story in the series. There is little humour here. The community is frightened and Ian and Thorne have to deal with some pretty disturbing things before they can start a relationship. Tachna doesn’t shy away from the realities of sexual abuse or PTSD – nor does she avoid the harsh realities of life on an isolated sheep station.

I loved both the men in this story – but I also fell even more in love with the whole Lang Downs community as they faced down the fire together with gritty determination. We see familiar characters and new characters risking their lives to save a community that has become a very special safe harbour for so many people.

This is one of my favourite series. I found this book more disturbing and difficult than the others in the series, but it is also the book where all the characters fully realise just how special their Lang Downs community is – and how much they are willing to risk to save the station.

Sarah

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5 Stars for Outlast the Night (Lang Downs #3) by Ariel Tachna #MM #Romance @dreamspinners

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Title: Outlast the Night (Lang Downs #3)
Author Name & Publisher: Ariel Tachna (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: May 20, 2013 – 210 pgs

Synopsis

Office manager Sam Emery is unemployed and out of luck. When his emotionally abusive wife demands a divorce, he contacts the one person he has left, his brother, Neil. He doesn’t expect Neil to reject him, but he also doesn’t expect the news of his divorce—and of his sexuality—to be met with such acceptance.

Neil takes Sam to Lang Downs, the sheep station Neil calls home. There, Sam learns that life as a gay man isn’t impossible. Caine and Macklin, the station owners, certainly seem to be making it work. When Caine offers Sam a job, it’s a dream come true.

Jeremy Taylor leaves the only home he’s ever known when his brother’s homophobia becomes more than he can bear. He goes to the one place he knows he will be accepted: Lang Downs. He clicks with Sam instantly—but the animosity between Lang Downs and Jeremy’s home station runs deep, and the jackaroos won’t accept Jeremy without a fight. Between Sam’s insecurity and Jeremy’s precarious position, their road will be a hard one—and that’s without having to wait for Sam’s divorce to be final before starting a new life together.

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FiveStars

Both Sam and Jeremy arrive at Lang Downs broken and hurting – as pretty much everyone does. Slowly and carefully, they find ways to belong, first to the station and then to each other.

Coming after Chris and Jesse’s story, this is the story of two slightly older men making fresh starts. Sam is going through a painful divorce and Jeremy has been kicked off of his own family’s station by his homophobic brother. These men are jaded, cautious and guarded. Neither man is fully out and both are pretty skeptical about relationships. So this is a very different romance. A slow romance. A real romance.

I think this third book is where the series starts to become something really special. Ariel Tachna has slowly built up the Lang Downs community until the people who live on the sheep station are beloved characters. The author doesn’t leave the couples from previous books, she just incorporates new characters into the ever-expanding community.

I loved watching Caine and Macklin’s relationship develop and mature in this story – and I loved how other characters had grown. The homophobic Neil from the first story now fiercely defends Caine and Macklin’s relationship to newcomers.

This is one of my favourite series, and the books just get better as the series progresses. New readers need to start at the beginning and enjoy the stories as they become more complex and the cast of characters grows and matures.

Sarah

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New Release: The Dusty Hat Bar by L.J. Hamlin #MM #Western @LJHamlin

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Title: The Dusty Hat Bar
Author Name & Publisher: L.J. Hamlin (Torquere Books)
Publication Date & Length: July 22, 2015 – 31,000 Words

Synopsis

Noah Kimberly walks into his usual bar, same as he does most Friday nights. It’s surprisingly busy for this time of night, even for a Friday.

Tonight things are different. Tonight Noah will meet Lennie Boyce, the son of Earl Boyce the biggest ranch owner in the area and Noah’s ex boss. His friend and bar owner Dusty might warn him away from the other man, but Noah’s just not sure he can resist this cowboy.

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Dusty is behind the bar, and Noah signals him for a beer, trying to shake off his thoughts about the Boyce family. He hasn’t been keeping track of them since he got fired. He sees them around, sure. It’s not that big of a town, and he hears the odd thing. But he hadn’t heard much about Earl’s youngest, Lennie, other than that he was his father’s pride and joy. If Noah was a violent man, he’d punch Lennie in the face just to see what his Daddy would do, but he’s not a violent man and prefers to avoid using his fists unless he has to.

“That’s quite a frown you’ve got going,” Dusty says as he passes him a cold bottle of beer.

“When did Boyce’s boy turn twenty-one?” Noah asks, ignoring the comment about his frown.

“Just today. That’s why him and all his friends are here. Mainly college kids, but if they’re drinking, I’m not complaining.” Dusty shrugs.

“Huh,” Noah says thoughtfully, taking a quick glance at the now seated Lennie.

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3 and 4.5 Stars for Sometimes the Cowboy Falls by BL Dayhoff #MM #BDSM @BLDayhoff

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Title: Sometimes the Cowboy Falls
Author Name: BL Dayhoff
Publication Date & Length: April 22, 2015 – 17,000 Words

Synopsis

Blake knows two things: riding bulls and sleeping around. So when he runs afoul of a nasty bull and is laid up in the hospital, he finds his life turned on its side. The accident leaves him tangled up inside—physically and emotionally.

Jack, his new boyfriend, is there for him during his recuperation, but it’s his demanding physical therapist, Ivan, who stars in his dreams. As Blake struggles to get back on his feet and rebuild his new life, he realizes he’s fallen in more than one way—and he wonders if Ivan is interested in wrangling a stubborn cowboy.

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FourandHalfStars

 This was a sweet romance story which I liked very much.  The relationship between Blake and Ivan developed slowly over time while Blake was under Ivan’s care. I liked that it wasn’t instant love.

Ivan came across as a very nice guy. While Blake on the other hand seemed to move through men and was afraid of a commitment. The relationship that developed was uncomplicated and one that you could only wish for.

My only disappointment was the story ended rather abruptly.  I wish there was a little more to the ending, it left me with some unanswered questions. It was written well and kept me interested.  Definitely a book I would recommend.

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ThreeStar

I love cowboys and Blake, with his foul mouth and bruised ego, is a charming one.

Blake falls hard in this story. Overnight, he goes from rodeo star to rehab patient. Dayhoff paints a raw, frustrated man who has to come to grips with his dramatically changed fortune. A beautiful back-story makes Blake endearing, and rejection makes him sweeter.

I also love Ivan, Blake’s giant physiotherapist. Kindness, patience and muscles – what’s not to love?

My problem is the ending – the author set up a story that would continue for another couple of hundred pages while Blake found his place in the world and came to grips with his past. Instead, the story just ended. Just when I’d started to really like Blake. I’m still feeling a little bereft and I’m hoping for a sequel.

Sarah

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John’s warm hands cupped his face, brushed down his neck as kisses caressed his lips.

“Blake, c’mon, don’t be like this. Give us a shot, won’t you?”

He pushed the hands away as gently as he could while firm in his resolve. “I’m a bull rider, John. I’m on the road more than half the time. I ain’t got room for a relationship. I told you last night, this was a one-time thing, unless you wanna screw around when I’m in town.”

John tightened his lips and jerked away, then got out of bed to pull on crumpled jeans and a tee.

“Don’t get pissy like this. I told you how it was.”

“I just — You’ve got a fuckin’ sweet mouth when you want one is all.”

“It’d be lonely on the road without it.”

John snorted, grabbed his hat from the floor, and dusted off imaginary dirt. “Well, I hope it serves you well, Blake Forrester. ‘Cause this is one fan who won’t worry when you get thrown.”

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BL Dayhoff is working on coming out of her shell. She’s always had an interest in writing, but only recently has done it for more than just her own personal amusement. She loves to fill her time with too many things, but is getting around to actually focusing on the few that bring her joy, like writing, coding, and cooking (although she hates washing dishes!).

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3 Stars for Belt Buckles and Cowboy Boots by Bailey Bradford #MM #Romance #Cowboy #NormalPeople @Totally_Bound

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Title: Belt Buckles and Cowboy Boots
Author Name: Bailey Bradford
Publication Date: March 13, 2015

Synopsis

Lessons learned from past betrayals can protect Colby Vincent’s heart, or cost him a chance at happiness he never thought to have.

Colby thought he’d never let anyone close again after being betrayed by everyone he loved, but one closeted, stubborn oilfield worker with a penchant for dressing like a cowboy seems determined to out himself and win Colby’s heart. It’s as if Hunter Talamentez walked right out of Colby’s fantasies and into the convenience store where Colby works.

But Hunter is closeted, and he’s never considered changing that. He’s got his homophobic cousin with him, a family that he knows won’t support him if they know the truth about who he is and a job where being out could get him hurt. He resigned himself to spending his life alone until he gets to know Colby. Then he embarks on a journey with Colby that will change their lives if only they both find the strength to take a few chances.

Nothing comes easily, and learning to give from the heart when that heart has been shattered twice before might be more than Colby is capable of. He isn’t sure about having more than a fling with Hunter, yet he can’t seem to stay away from the man, either. What was meant to be one night together turns into more, and Colby loses his ability to keep Hunter at the safe distance he’d wanted.

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ThreeStar

This is a very sweet story.  A small story in the best possible way.  In a genre cluttered with impossibly beautiful soldiers, cops and cowboys, there is clearly space for the story of a very ordinary convenience store clerk and an oil rig labourer.

For the most part, this story stays real and very well observed.  I could feel the claustrophobic Texas heat and imagine the similarly claustrophobic atmosphere in the small town.  Both Cody and Hunter’s struggles with isolation and poverty made them loveable and I genuinely felt for the two main characters and their circumstances.

Which brings me to the problems I have with the story.  There is a fine line between a m/c evoking sympathy from readers and a m/c who comes across as pathetic.  I’m not sure the lines are always clear in this story – which is fine, but much different from the usual m/m romance.

It is impossible for me to know how real the homophobia portrayed in the book actually is in small town Texas.  I would hate for it to have been exaggerated as a plot device.  For a European reader, some of the scenarios presented seem outdated by thirty years.

My final cringe is the trip to the medical clinic used to create tension – this is an enduring cliche in the m/m genre and I found myself disappointed.  This book felt original up to this point. I was disappointed the author couldn’t imagine beyond the ordinary.

Having voiced my concerns, I’m back to praising the author for crafting a gentle little story about two endearing men and their struggles for love, friendship and survival in rural Texas.

Sarah

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I am a married mom of four who spends most of the day writing, either on stories or at the blog. I love to write as much as I love to read. I am generally quiet and laid back, choosing to let things slide off me rather than stick and irritate me.

And it’s really hard trying to think of descriptives for myself, so I’ll just let y’all e-mail me or comment at the blog if there’s something specific you’d like to know, and spare you from reading a boring bio:D

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