Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Icebound by Corinna Rogers

Title: Icebound
Author: Corinna Rogers
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Cover Artist: Unknown
Genre: fantasy
Length: 45k words (est), 156 pages
Formats: epub, mobi

It's been ten years since Shane Conell sold his soul to the Ice King in order to save the life of the man he loves. Correction, loved. After ten years, it's growing difficult to remember love, and hate, and laughter until a chance appears to get back the only thing his frozen heart still wants...

Drake Young is doing fine. Really. He's got a good job, nice benefits, and the soulless husk of his old lover only comes by to torment him every so often. However, it only takes the appearance of a creature from the Etherworld wreaking havoc on the decidedly nonmagical city streets to drag him out of retirement, forcing him to team up with the one person he can't bear even to look at!

Now, Drake and Shane must race against the clock to keep their city from being destroyed, even if it means working together. And no matter how difficult it is to catch the creature, it's a hell of a lot more difficult to resist the urges that ten years haven't managed to kill.


There is a romance arc in here, layered in the rough language, the rough interactions, and desperate situations. The level of violence makes the book unsuitable for Dreamspinner or Loose Id, though the story flows.

Monday, September 15, 2014

What happens in Bali stays in books with Z. Allora

Thank you, Cryselle, for having me to your blog. I thought I’d do a little picture show since With Wings takes place mostly on the Indonesian island of Bali. I wanted to share some of my pictures.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Coming this week

That look on our reader's face means "Where the hell is that excerpt about the hot rockers from Z. Allora?" Monday! I promise, it will be up Monday! Go back to reading your book for 24 hours, okay?

I did have the promised reviews on Just Playing from Ingela Bohm and the baseball anthology Playing Ball from Shae Connor, Marguerite Labbe, Kerry Freeman, and Kate McMurray. Please don't bean the blogger!

Coming up, besides that Monday post about Bali and hot men, will be reviews on Icebound from Corinna Rogers and A Matter of When by Eden Winters.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Playing Ball Anthology

Title: Playing Ball
Authors: Shae Connor, Kate McMurray, Kerry Freeman, Marguerite Labbe
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Cover Artist: Aaron Anderson
Genre: anthology, sports
Length: 270 pages, 92k words
Formats: epub, mobi, pdf, print

Baseball—America's favorite pastime—provides a field wide open for romance. A Home Field Advantage may not help when Toby must choose between the team he’s loved all his life and the man he could love for the rest of it. In 1927, Skip hides his sexuality to protect his career until he meets One Man to Remember. Ruben and Alan fell victim to a Wild Pitch, leaving them struggling with heartache and guilt, and now they've met again. And on One Last Road Trip, Jake retires and leaves baseball behind, hoping to reconnect with Mikko and get a second chance at love.

All apologies to the authors and readers who love the game, but baseball is team golf. What happens around the game, now that’s interesting. Fortunately, we have four stories where play by play is sparse and story is abundant. Presenting the stories in the order they appear in the book, we have:

One Man to Remember by Kate McMurray

This story takes us back to the Roaring 20s, when Babe Ruth in all his magnificent excess ruled baseball and homosexuality was something to hide. The tone reminded me a lot of Damon Runyon, to the point where I had to check my perceptions in his short stories, which was a lot of fun.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

A picture is worth...

This picture reminided me of Spokes by P.D. Singer, which I recently read (again), reviewed (finally), and enjoyed greatly. What does it make you think of?

Tell us in 100 to 1000 words (drabbles are fine, really) and send your news along too. See How Thousand Word Thursday Works for details. 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Playing Around by Ingela Bohm

Title: Just Playing
Author: Ingela Bohm
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Cover Artist:  unknown
Genre:  recent historical
Length: 98k, approximately 315 pages
Formats:  epub, mobi

Michael and Jamie seem fated to make music together. But the thrill of playing soon turns into something more, something neither of the young men can handle. Unable to just stay friends, their only option may be to avoid each other completely. But when things start moving for Jamie's band, a decision has to be made: either this is goodbye, or they risk everything and let Michael join.


I both enjoyed this book and was irritated by it. Michael and Jamie come together as teens and explore their sexuality together while simultaneously trying to deny the hell out of it. It’s 1975, and gay as an idea hasn’t ever been part of their world until they find themselves touching and running, and touching again.

First off, the language is beautiful. It's textured and poetic, sometimes surprising.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Coming this week

We had a great week last week! We reviewed Z Allora's With Wings and Parts 1 & 2 of Carolyne Chand's historical serial, The Knife of Narcissus. That made for an eclectic week, but launched me on a theme.

I sure didn't plan it, but I have another rock and roll mm book coming at you, this time Ingela Bohm's Just Playing. And because playing can be so many things, I also have an anthology of baseball stories, Playing Ball, with some familiar names: Shae Connor, Margaret Labbe, Kate McMurray, and Kerry Freeman.  And that's why I'm sending Mr. Tightypants out as the face of this post. We'll see what else I find for Thursday's picture worth a thousand words. ;)

And as an extra treat, we're getting a guest post from Z. Allora, who has some insights on the antics Dare and Angel got up to while they were in Bali. Fascinating! Plus an excerpt -- hot!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

With Wings (Dark Angels Book 1) by Z. Allora

Title: With Wings (The Dark Angels Book 1)
Author: Z. Allora
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Cover Artist: P.L. Nunn
Genre: contemporary, rock and roll
Formats: epub, mobi, pdf

The lights go down and the stage lights up. The Dark Angels have arrived. With his come-hither voice and body made for sin, lead singer Angel Luv draws lovers like a magnet. And when he caresses and taunts shy guitarist Darius Stone on stage, well…it’s an act, right? But every touch lights a fire, and every flirtatious glance chips away at Dare’s certainty that he’s straight. No one else has so captured his imagination.

Temptation beckons. It’s hard not to notice the want in Dare’s eyes, the way he stares when he thinks Angel’s not watching. One wrong move might scare him away, but a work trip to exotic Bali might be the perfect place to let Dare explore his sexuality, with none to be the wiser. But their “friends with benefits” pact has an expiration date, that just might sour their friendship.


This is the second edition of The Dark Angels: With Wings. No idea what the first edition looked like or if this is substantially different, but let me say this: Second Edition Rocks!

Here we have a yaoi-flavored out-for-you story, where Dare isn’t sure at first just what the draw is to this crazy guy who keeps showing up at his little tribute band’s gigs. Angel thinks Dare’s the best guitarist for the Dark Angels, and finds him pretty hot as well. Dare’s slow to warm up to the notion: he has a fair share of the attractive and limber female fans who throw keys, panties, and themselves at the band.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

A picture is worth...

This pic made me think of a book I recently read, reviewed and enjoyed. Double Up by Vanessa North. What does he make you think of?

If you have 100 to 1000 words for this or any other of my Thursday pics, send it along and I'll post it, and send your news along too. See How Thousand Word Thursday Works for details.  

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The Knife of Narcissus by Carolyne Chand

Title: A Knife for Narcissus Parts I and II
Author: Carolyne Chand
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Cover Artist: unknown
Genre: Historical, ancient Rome
Length: 41k
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Lucius Sentius, along with most people in the city of Rome, assumes that the chaotic days of Nero are behind them. Lucius may be only the son of a merchant, but his newly arranged marriage to an older widow will bring powerful connections and a settled life--if he keepshimself on a respectable path. His heart lies somewhere not at all respectable: his lifelong friend Trio, the reserved and serious son of one of the most reserved and pious families in the city. And his new wife, Velleia, has plans and secrets of her own. As Lucius is pushed along the course of duty to family, to his promised spouse, and to Rome itself, he begins to see under the surface of his city, into a net of intrigues, manipulation, and corruption that can carry him upward in status and bring him what he wants...or destroy both him and the people he loves.

Warnings: explicit sexual scenes and language, m/m, m/m/m, some f/m, reference to dubious consent in an historical context, themes of sexual abuse recovery, themes of infertility, non-exclusivity and (consenting and mutual) marital infidelity. And after all that, two HFNs.

Parts 1 and 2
Lucius Sentius assumes the debauched days of Nero are over. Marriage will bring powerful connections if he keeps to a respectable path. That seems impossible when he discovers that his heart lies somewhere not at all respectable. As he is pushed along the course of duty, he begins to see under the surface of his city, to intrigues and corruption that can carry him upward in power...or destroy him. (A serial novel in 7 parts.)


Here are the first two parts of a much larger work—I appreciate that the serial nature of the work was disclosed up front. I’m intrigued now and want to read the rest. Parts 1 and 2 are packaged together, the rest are individually sold and eventually there will be a compilation. I may not want to wait that long.