Thursday, April 24, 2014

A Picture is Worth...

Mmmm..... Rie Warren sent this picture in. Scuse me while I stare a while. Stay tuned for a hot little section from her new book, In His Sights, to go with that stubbly kiss.

Intrigued and want to play? See How Thousand Word Thursday Works for details.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Relativistic Phenomena by Kate Pavelle

Title: Relativistic Phenomena
Author: Kate Pavelle
Purchase at Amazon
Purchase at All Romance eBooks

Genre: contemporary
Length: 18500 words
Formats: epub, mobi, pdf, print (hey, nice!)

Grounded by a hurricane, Tony passes time playing chess and flirting with “Ken,” a pierced punk kid. Restless, he needs to make the quantum physics symposium in New York, where making an impression on the reclusive Dr. Ikeda could mean a post-doc research position. What are the odds?

Nineteen-year old Dr. Kenichi Ikeda, alone out of Japan for the first time, gets hustled in a game of chess by the ingenious and handsome Tony. Coincidence and fate brings them together – but the reclusive prodigy is torn: should he hire Tony because of their undeniable mutual attraction, or despite it?


It’s always fun when the reader knows something the character doesn’t. Then the joy of the story is the attempt to steer the character—no, don’t go into the cellar while spooky music’s playing! Or – no! that's really not what it appears! And of course, the character does what he’s been put on the page to do, leaving the reader laughing, exclaiming, sometimes facepalming, but very involved in the story.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Coming this week

Thanks for following along, guys. Last week we had  a book I loved, the Unwanted by Jeffrey Ricker, a nommy pic with a story behind it that someone ought to write on Thousand Word Thursday, and spotlights on two of The Real Story Safe Sex Project stories, Guiseppe and Me from Robin Reardon and A Matter of Trust from Jeff Erno.

The Safe Sex Project stories are free. The authors planned that and have given their words as a gift to readers.

HOWEVER. Only stories that are designated to be free are free. All you thieves who showed up hoping I had pirated copies of other stories should be ashamed of yourselves. You aren't welcome around here. I will never help you steal. And I know you showed up, what you were looking for,  and what your IP addresses are. How about I show up at your place and take a handful of whatever you're selling to make a living and walk off with it? It's just a handful, and it wants to be free anyhow.... Spare me your excuses. And honor the social contract of the author entertains you, you pay the author.

With that off my chest, I am happy to announce that this coming week will sport a review on Relativistic Phenomena by Kate Pavelle, a spotlight on Two Thousand Pounds Per Square Inch from Brent Hartinger, and a perfectly luscious picture for Thursday, supplied by Rie Warren. There's an excerpt from her new book, In His Sights, that goes with that, so we'll get an extra treat post on Friday. Guess what's moved to the top of my TBR pile!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Stories from The Real Story Safe Sex Project from Jeff Erno and Robin Reardon

The Real Story Safe Sex Project, spearheaded by Brent Hartinger, is gathering up stories and blog posts promoting condom use. Many talented authors have contributed stories to this worthy project. We'll look at two stories a week until I have them all, but there may be new ones along any minute!

Every author has a different take on this message, and everyone has something valuable to add. Please read and forward the stories to anyone and everyone you know who needs to protect themselves, male and female alike. Thank you, authors, for making these stories free to all. Because that old ounce of prevention is really worth a pound of cure, or a ton of battle.


 "My life is worth more than a few minutes of anyone's pleasure."

Alessandro Lupo (Alex) is a sixteen-year-old gay foster child who has been moved from "home" to "home" in New York City. Isolated by circumstances and by the protective shield he's surrounded himself with, he wanders the streets of the West Village and gravitates toward Stonewall Inn, where the 1969 riots planted the seeds of the gay civil rights movement. Having been raped at his previous foster home, he worries about HIV and about ever being able to enjoy sex.

Alex, whose parents had both been Italian, feels his lack of  family keenly. As he wanders the city streets, he scrutinizes people who might also be Italian. Alex is short for Alessandro,
which means defender of men; Lupo means wolf. But Alex feels fearful most of the time--fear not just of Derek, the other foster teen in his current home, but also of life in general--and wishes for the courage of his 19th century countryman, Giuseppe Garibaldi, with whose statue in Washington Square Park Alex has imaginary conversations.

Then Alex meets two people who represent polar opposites: one who validates the low opinion Alex already has of himself; and another who helps him see himself in an entirely new light and teaches him that his life is worth more than a few minutes of anyone's pleasure. 
Robin Reardon gives us a lovely glimpse inside Alex's head, showing his growth not only in his sexual maturity but his value of himself. Find at Amazon.

 Travis McDonald is fifteen and has never been in love (other than a wicked crush he harbored on his eighth grade sex ed teacher, Mr. Myers). When Jeremy Loper asks him to hang out, Travis's heart is all a flutter. He and Jeremy really hit it off and soon become boyfriends, but when they decide it's time to take their relationship to the next level on Jeremy's sixteenth birthday, Travis is faced with a harsh reality. Can he support his boyfriend at a time he needs him most, or is the situation just way too scary for Travis to deal with?
 This story takes a look at a partner's decisions and how they impact a lover. Peer pressure at both it's worst and best.

Find at Amazon

Find these and all the stories in the Safe Sex Project here. Enjoy, be happy, be safe.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

A picture is worth...

Oh the dangers of flying near the sun. Tell us more in 100 to 1000 words (drabbles are fine, really) and send your news along too. See How Thousand Word Thursday Works for details.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Unwanted by Jeffrey Ricker

Title:   The Unwanted
Author:  Jeffrey Ricker
Purchase at Bold Strokes Books
Purchase at Amazon
Cover Artist: Sheri
Genre:  YA, mythology
Length:  264 pages
Formats:  epub, mobi, pdf, print

Jamie Thomas has enough trouble on his hands trying to get through junior year of high school without being pulverized by Billy Stratton, his bully and tormentor. But the mother he was always told was dead is actually alive—and she's an Amazon! Sixteen years after she left him on his father's doorstep, she's back—and needs Jamie's help. A curse has caused the ancient tribe of warrior women to give birth to nothing but boys, dooming them to extinction—until prophecy reveals that salvation lies with one of the offspring they abandoned. Putting his life on the line, Jamie must find the courage to confront the wrath of an angry god to save a society that rejected him.


I stayed up way too late into the night to finish this book. I like YA for the need to stay on plot and out of the bedroom, and this story delivered. Jamie is given a hero’s quest with a great ensemble cast to back him up, with the hint of romance.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Coming this week

It was a great week, and upcoming looks good.  Eden Winters told us all about Strain by Amelia C. Gormley in a guest review, I talked about Someone Killed Shaney by J.C. Wallace.

Of course, every week brings a prompt pic, suitable for drooling or stories. We'll have another on Thousand Word Thursday.

For review this week, The Unwanted by Jeffrey Ricker, and spotlights on A Matter of Trust by Jeff Erno and Guiseppe and Me by Robin Reardon, which are part of the The Real Story Safe Sex Project.

Keep reading!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Curiosity Killed Shaney by J.C. Wallace

Title: Curiosity Killed Shaney
Author: J.C. Wallace
Purchase at Rooster and Pig Publishing
Purchase at All Romance eBooks
Cover Artist: Lex Valentine
Genre: paranormal, horror
Length: 74k
Formats: epub, mobi, pdf, print

Shaney's curiosity is always getting him into trouble, including stumbling into a ritualistic circle and being imbued with an energy that will eventually tear him apart. He soon finds that Hudson, a man he cares for deeply, might be responsible for his misfortune. Add in the betrayal of his best friend Todd and the desire of a demented occultist named Silas determined to control the energy inside of him and there seems to be no way out. Can Shaney find a way to rid his body of the nefarious energy before he dies a horrible death?


This was a wild, crazy ride of a story. The title character, Shaney, is a walking disaster zone. Inanimate objects suicide in his presence, humans find their minds leaking out through their ears, and reality bends in odd directions, leaving bystanders agog. Shaney’s a very strange, sweet, manic trouble magnet, whose good heart doesn’t keep peculiar things from happening.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

A picture is worth...

Can't have some back seat action without a back seat, can you? or can you? Tell us about it in 100 to 1000 words (drabbles are fine, really) and send your news along too. See How Thousand Word Thursday Works for details.

The rest of us will admire that T-top, oh yes we will.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Strain by Amelia Gormley

Title: Strain
Author: Amelia C. Gormley
Cover artist: Kanaxa
Buy at Riptide
Buy at All Romance eBooks
genre: dystopian, science fiction
length: 320 pages, 104 k
formats: mobi, epub, pdf, print

Rhys Cooper is a dead man. Cut off from the world since childhood, he’s finally exposed to the lethal virus that wiped out most of the human race. Now his only hope for survival is infection by another strain that might provide immunity. But it’s sexually transmitted, and the degradation he feels at submitting to the entire squad of soldiers that rescued him eclipses any potential for pleasure—except with Darius, the squadron’s respected, capable leader.

Sergeant Darius Murrell has seen too much death and too little humanity. He’s spent a decade putting plague victims out of their misery and escorting survivors to a safe haven he can never enjoy. He’d rather help Rhys live than put him down, so when Rhys can’t reconcile himself to doing what’s necessary to survive, Darius is forced to save Rhys in spite of himself.

But with each passing day, it looks less and less likely that Rhys can be saved. And that means that Darius might soon have to put a bullet in the head of the one person in years who reminds him of what it means to be human.

A guest review from Eden Winters

From start to finish, Strain by Amelia C. Gormley was a non-stop, unapologetic journey through darkness and into, if not light, then the pink-around-the-edges promise of dawn.

Kudos to the author for taking a risk on a volatile subject and giving us front-row seats to every possible angle, and some of the best, well-drawn characters I’ve ever encountered in fiction. Although the POV switches between Rhys and Darius, our main couple if you will, this is an ensemble cast made up of characters so real, and dialogue so believable, that you find yourself completely caught up in their struggles.