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Taming Teddy (Made Marian #2) Audiobook by Lucy Lennox Narrated by Michael Pauley

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Audible Link

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Blurb

Teddy: If there’s one thing I don’t do, it’s commitment. You don’t become an award-winning photographer by staying in one place. I’m always on the road, looking for the next shot, the next award, the next hot body. Which is how I end up on Dr. James Marian’s front porch in the middle-of-nowhere Alaska. He’s known as the Wildlife Whisperer, and I want to photograph him in action. He’s reluctant at first, but I can be persuasive.
Soon enough I have him in bed saying yes over and over and over again, but my ability to shoot and scoot is frozen by a Denali snowstorm.
Jamie: I always thought of myself as the marrying type. Until I got left at the altar. Now I have a new motto: never commit and never fall in love. So when a cocky nature photographer decides I’m the key to his next masterpiece, it seems like the perfect arrangement: the hotshot’s only in town for a brief assignment and then he’ll be gone. No commitment, no strings, and no chance of getting my heart broken again.
There’s just one problem: I think I’m falling in love. Now I’m afraid that maybe I’m the marrying type after all. And he definitely is not.

Review

This is shaping up to be a terrific series and I’m so glad I was introduced to it!

I love Teddy! He’s a fantastic character and I thought his introduction to Jamie was HYSTERICAL! The banter these guys share, via text or in person, really made this story for me.  All the little factoids were cute, too.

Much like book 1 – which does not need to be read to enjoy this, FYI –Teddy’s story had a lot of the same issues – both right and wrong – with it that I found in book one. The middle part dragged and contained some extraneous plot strings that I didn’t think were necessary. I also wished that our two MCs – who’d up to that point had spent a lot of time really being open and honest with one another – had continued that trend and we could have avoided the entire Thanksgiving debacle thus skipping about 20% of the story near the end.

On the other hand, the writing is still as light and effortless as before, and the sexy times as hot. There were lots of “feels” and a super satisfying HEA, as well. I do think that the internal monologues of Lucy Lennox’s characters are a bit more “feminine” than I think is realistic, but I think it was tempered a bit in this book and the banter and joking served to make them feel a bit more authentic.

I think I liked this story only a little less than book one because I wasn’t sure why our MCs kept running from the other and I got a bit tired of the back and forth.

I’m excited to move on to Jude’s story – he compelled me right away when we met him in book one! – and I still recommend this series to fans of low angst, high steam and well-written romances.

3 of 5 stars

Audio

Again, Michael Pauley did wonders with his narration. He gave Jamie just the right snark and Teddy just the right growl. There are a lot of characters in this series and I think he’s done an excellent job distinguishing them from one another. His voice is easy to listen to and he really adds to my overall enjoyment of the story.

5 of 5 stars

Overall 4 of 5 stars

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Something Permanent by Roan Parrish

Blurb

*Valentine’s Day 2017 Short Story*

Available here for free: https://www.instafreebie.com/free/RuYf5

 

 

 

 

Review

(Other books in this series reviewed here: http://openskyebookreviews.com/?s=roan+parrish)

OMG. I love, love, love this! Colin is sooooo sweet and I love seeing him and Daniel work on their relationship. (Rex’s present was damn sweet, too!)

I really hope we get to see more of these guys – maybe a wedding – or two?

6 of 5 stars – amazing!

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Moment of Fate (Moments of Time Book 5) by Karen Stivali

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Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/moment-of-fate-by-karen-stivali-8181-b

Blurb

Bryan Dane’s been living the dream—photography student by day, up-and-coming rocker by night. His summer goals are to earn his last few credits, graduate from NYU, spend as much time in the recording studio as possible, and survive the next few months without sex so he can complete his yearlong goal of self-imposed celibacy. Everything is on track, until he meets Oliver Newcastle.

For years Oliver planned a marriage of convenience with his high school BFF, but now that she’s fallen in love for real, with someone else, it’s no longer convenient. So Oliver came out to his family, quit his job, and left small-town New England for NYC, an intensive summer study program, and a chance to find his own happiness.

From the moment they meet the sexual tension between Bryan and Oliver sizzles. But Bryan wants no part of a relationship, and Oliver wants to sew his wild oats—he just isn’t sure how. Oliver seeks Bryan’s help navigating the NYC gay scene, which throws them together in increasingly more sexual situations until they can no longer deny they’re hot for each other. Bryan is desperate to keep things simple, but fate might have other plans.

 

Review

This is definitely a stand alone book, though it is part of the series, you don’t need to read all the books or in order.

Bryan is a musician and photographer whose life got too hectic. He had a scare that forced him to reevaluate his life choices and random sex got the ax. Oliver is a suburban boy who had resigned himself to a sexless marriage. When his intended ends up marrying someone she really loves, he decides a radical break from his old life is called for. When Bryan and Oliver meet the instant attraction simmers a long time before being acted upon and in the mean time a deep relationship based on friendship emerges.

What I loved about this book was the lovely slow burn romance, the wonderful characters, Oliver’s funny and sweet blog posts, the scorching hot smexy times, and the well crafted love story. Karen Stivali is an excellent writer and her writing flows so smoothly that the story just evolves effortlessly.  I think her writing is only getting better and better with each new story.

I think the way the author showed us the motivation behind Bryan’s decision was excellent – though I would have loved to see more follow up – maybe a future book? Using the blog as an entrée into Oliver’s life was also a fantastic tool and a great way for us to interact with him and his thoughts.

One thing I enjoy about Karen’s writing is the secondary characters – whether they get their own stories or not – they’re always fleshed out and feel integral to the story without overwhelming it. (We get to see Tanner and Collin, too!)  

If I have any complaints about this story, it’s the predictable “we’re never going to work out so I’m leaving” before the final reunion that seems to haunt so many romances. I think these two characters were so in tune with one another and so open that it felt a little out of the blue for them to part as they did right near the end.

All in all this was one of my favorite stories from this author and I highly recommend it!

4.5 of 5 stars

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Results: Best Audiobook Released in January 2017

Red Dirt Heart 2 by NR Walker narrated by Joel Leslie

Crazy Like a Foxe by Haley Walsh narrated by Joel Leslie

Dom of the Ages by KC Wells and Parker Williams narr by Joel Leslie


Contrats to all our winners and 

Our Comment Winner: Michele!

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Jaime Samms Off Stage Anthology Tour!

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OS: Welcome to Jaime Samms, author of the Off Stage series.  Thanks for stopping by!

JS:
Thank you so much to Open Skye for inviting me back to talk about the books in this anthology. I’m excited about reminding readers of Damian’s and Lenny’s stories, as the third and final book of the series will be out at the end of May. In it, Vance’s friend Kilmer will get his forever HEA, which he richly deserves after he’s uprooted his entire life to follow Vance across boarders to have his back.

Way back when I wrote the first book of this series, I still had a day job that basically was siphoning my soul off a little at a time. At least, that’s how it felt. I was a rainbow shaped peg in a very square and regulation-shaped hole: a tight and uncomfortable fit.

Feeling so out of place made me take a huge leap of faith into a career that offered no guarantees of even a living wage. It was, if not impulsive, because I thought hard about it, still a move a lot of people in my life called impetuous or ill-advised, even selfish and dangerous for my kids.

Because feeling like you don’t fit into your own life is something that does make people do crazy, possibly unhealthy and outrageous things. That idea of not fitting into their own skins or the lives or relationships they find themselves in is an underlying theme in the Off Stage series.

Damian has been thrust to the front of his band to be the face of their rising star. He’s young and insecure, ill-prepared for the media attention or stress of heading such a high-profile group. He makes all kinds of unhealthy, dangerous, self-centered choices about his life to stave off the anxiety of his job. When the one person he relies on most is falling apart, unable to love him the way he desperately needs, he sees no other choice but to drown himself in all the things that help him forget his worries. Deciding to trust the one man he knows the least, and who has the power to take everything from him seems like the worst decision of all, but he’s too close to his last chance not to follow his heart and hope it will save his soul.

Lenny does love Damian, but he can’t hang onto the wild singer or stop his self-destructive behaviour. Watching Damian spiral downwards is killing him and he makes all the wrong choices about how to keep them both safe. He hangs on so tight to Damian, he drives a wedge between them, and his attempt to keep Damian close turn more and more painful for them both. When Vance offers him a choice that seems more like an ultimatum, he’s too desperate not to take what looks like his last chance at a lifeline, even though it means leaving everything and everyone he knows, including the band, behind in a bid to find himself again.

It takes Stan’s steady control to guide Damian away from the ledge he’s teetering on, and Vance plucking Lenny out of the band to shelter safely in a place where he can be honest about what he’s become to save the young musicians and, eventually, the band.

It’s been a few years since I wrote the first two books. My choice to leave somewhat reliable employment to write more books looked reckless from the outside. It felt precarious from the inside. Did it save me? My bank account might make it seem like it was a poor choice, but there’s more to life than money, and my family deserved more of me than a colourless rainbow. Being happy counts for a whole lot, in my books, and it’s where I wanted to lead these two tortured men.

Off Stage: Sets One & Two

Blurb

The grunge band Firefly was Trevor “Damian” Learner and Lenny Stevens’s dream since they were boys growing up in rural Ontario. They found the right people to live the dream with them, even landed the best representation in the business, but the higher their star rose, the harder it became to ignore their issues.

Now, needing guidance beyond what each other and their bandmates can offer, Damian and Lenny must let go of a relationship that’s hurting everyone around them and accept support from men who know what they need better than they do. Two submissives will never make each other happy without the dominance they both crave but can’t find in each other.

First Damian needs to get his life on the right path and accept the rules Stan sets forth for him. Then Lenny will have to step into the wings, leave the spotlight, and concentrate on his own well-being—and Vance’s guiding hand—before they can help the band reach its potential.

About Jaime:

Jaime has been writing for various publishers since the fall of 2008, although she’s been writing for herself far longer. Often asked why men—what’s so fascinating about writing stories about men falling in love—she’s never come up with a clear answer. Just that these are the stories that she loves to read, so it seemed to make sense if she was going to write, they would also be the stories she wrote.
These days, you can find plenty of free reading on her website. She also writes for Various Publishers.
Spare time, when it can be found rolled into a ball at the back of the dryer or cavorting with the dust bunnies in the corners, is spent crocheting, drawing, gardening (weather permitting, of course, since she is Canadian!), or watching movies. She has a day job, as well, which she loves, and two kids, but thankfully, also a wonderful husband who shoulders more than his fair share of household and child-care responsibilities.
She graduated some time ago from college with a fine arts diploma, and a major in textile arts, which basically qualifies her to draw pictures and create things with string and fabric. One always needs an official slip of paper to fall back on after all . . .

Website: http://jaime-samms.com
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After the Romance Novel (Before… and After #1) by Susan Laine

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Dreamspinner Presents
https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/after-the-romance-novel-by-susan-laine-8177-b

Blurb

Romance novels always end with a happy ever after. Right?

Evan and Adam are best friends, but they don’t know everything about each other. For one thing, Adam doesn’t know Evan writes and publishes gay romance novels until he discovers one while snooping on Evan’s laptop.

This revelation changes their relationship in ways neither could’ve imagined. Adam’s reaction to reading Evan’s stories is not what he expected, nor is the new way he’s looking at his lifelong pal. After all, Adam is straight, or so he’s always thought, and that is what Evan believes about Adam as well.

When Evan admits he might be bisexual, Adam suggests he try dating girls to find out for sure, but when Evan follows his advice, Adam is caught off guard by his feelings of jealousy. And when the date proves Evan isn’t bisexual, but gay, Evan’s request that Adam find him a guy might be the last straw.

How can Adam admit he wants that guy to be him? His epiphany will either end their relationship—or change it into something wonderful in their very own friends-to-lovers romance.

Review

This is a short story about 2 seventeen-year olds. I didn’t realize these guys were so young based on the blurb. I’m not sure I’d have chosen this if I’d have known that.

Neither has much experience with romance or sex, but (oddly) Evan has been writing a dozen or more erotic romances over the last year. (He had to get permission from his parents to do so!) When Adam finds out he freaks and at first the two fight a bit, then make up, then begin dating!

**

Things I liked: I liked how “all in “ Adam was, once he discovered the true nature of his feelings. I liked the amount of heat – appropriate for this age group. It’s a sweet concept with little to no angst and a quick, light read.

Things that didn’t work for me: The dialog and word choices. I read on GR that the author is a Finn writing in English – this might explain some of the odd phrases she chooses for her MCs. Like “necking” – they’re 17- not 77! The writing is full of “tell” not “show”. The set-up felt awkward given the ages of the MCs. I was expecting at least New Adult or – actually – adult and I’m not sure it fit for 17 year olds.

All in all it wasn’t bad, but it definitely wasn’t great.

3 of 5 stars

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Rushing Love by Meg Bawden

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Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/rushing-love-by-meg-bawden-8176-b

Blurb

After a devastating breakup with the man he thought he’d spend his life with, Flynn Webb takes a vacation to a South Dakota dude ranch. It’s something completely different from anything he’s done before, and it helps that it’s as far away from his ex as possible. Trapped in his own depressive thoughts, Flynn is surprised to meet Grayson Harland. Not only is Grayson a sexy cowboy—one fifteen years younger—but he’s the most charming man Flynn has ever met.

Flynn doesn’t have much experience with being seduced, and he has even less with guys like Grayson taking an interest in him—and Grayson is definitely interested. What begins as a fling while visiting iconic South Dakota sights soon develops the potential for much more. But Flynn is afraid that falling in love again so soon—and with a man so much younger—will lead only to another catastrophic heartbreak. Luckily for them both, Grayson isn’t giving up without a fight.

States of Love: Stories of romance that span every corner of the United States.

Review

Gah! I was leery of this book because I’ve not been impressed with this series overly much, however – this is a unique part of the world and May/December and I really enjoyed Avon Gale’s contribution to the series … so I thought I’d give it a try.

Well, I’m just going to say it didn’t work for me.
There was a lot of “info dumping” about being in South Dakota, being a Native American from South Dakota, being a ranch operator etcetera that felt more educational than entertaining.

I didn’t care for the way Grayson talked to and about Flynn right from the start. It didn’t feel authentic or sincere and it bothered me a lot. Ie:

“Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. You’re gorgeous. Please tell me you’re the gay one.”

I didn’t like that Flynn referred to his BFF as a “fagstag” and their relationship felt awkward and strange as well.

Then there’s the ending. We got a very HEA but it was totally unbelievable – especially given the circumstances surrounding Flynn’s trip in the first place and didn’t feel real. Even the “misunderstanding” seemed unrealistic given who all was on the ranch – I think Flynn would have guess who Grayson was right from the start.

In any case – while I might read something from this author in the future, this just wasn’t for me.

2 of 5 stars

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Guest Post : Talking in Code by Ariel Tachna and Giveaway!

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OS: Welcome to Ariel Tachna – author of Talking in Code. Thanks for stopping by and telling us about your latest book!

AT:

Talking in Code starts in media res. Eric, Tim, and Richard are already well and truly involved with each other, but the story includes references to moments before the book begins, moments that are not fully explored in the novel itself.
This is the first of those moments.

Realization

Eric Newton groaned softly as he rounded the corner of the compound in the Caymans where they were prepping for their next mission and saw Taylor and Warren in the gym. He had planned to spend part of the afternoon sparring with Victoria Amato, but if they were there, he’d be better off going to the firing range for target practice. He didn’t need the practice, but it would be preferable to listening to their shit again.
“Oh, look, it’s Amato’s bitch,” Warren said as soon as he caught sight of Eric. Eric’s eyes narrowed, but he didn’t reply. Nothing he said would change anything, and he was still on probation after the fiasco of a mission in Afghanistan. He still said he’d done the right thing, not taking the shot, but Seward had been the team leader, and he’d reported Eric to Davenport for insubordination.
Eric snorted. Davenport knew all about Eric’s issues with authority. Unlike Seward, though, Davenport never gave Eric a reason to question his orders. Unfortunately, Eric worked with Seward more than he worked with Davenport.
“Look, I don’t want any trouble, Warren. I’m just here to spar with Amato when she gets here.”
“Told you he was her bitch,” Warren said, nudging Taylor. “What you wanna bet she takes him down in less than five minutes?”
Eric rolled his eyes. That was just insulting. He had no doubt Victoria would kick his ass, but he could usually hold out for at least six minutes before she pinned him.
Before he could reply, Victoria walked in, Davenport at her side. Just what he needed—his perfect supervisor watching him get his ass kicked. He pushed past Warren and Taylor and went to greet Victoria, doing his best to ignore Davenport now watching from his seat on the sidelines.
“Ready?” she asked him.
“I’ve been practicing.”
“Good. You need it.”
He shot her a dirty look, but she didn’t back down. She was going to make a fool of him in front of Davenport and relish every second of it.
“That’s it, Amato. Teach the half-breed a lesson,” Warren called.
Eric tensed at the insult. His grandmother had been half Kiowa, but Eric didn’t claim any connection with the tribe. It didn’t stop him from having the distinctive bronze skin and black hair of his ancestors, though, and Warren had found out, been told, or guessed and had used it to beat Eric down ever since.
“Mr. Warren.” Everyone in the room froze at the sound of Davenport’s voice. He rose from his seat and removed the jacket of the plain blue suit he wore.
“Sir?”
“You leave in three days for a mission in Iraq. Is that correct?” Eric didn’t know what Warren’s schedule was, but he was quite sure Davenport was right. He always knew everything about everyone.
“Yes, sir.”
“Then it would behoove you to brush up on your hand-to-hand skills before you leave. Join me.”
Victoria stepped off the mat where she had been stretching in anticipation of her bout with Eric and gestured for Davenport to take her place. He did, not even bothering to remove his tie. Eric didn’t think that was such a good idea, but he’d seen enough in the field not to be fooled by the blasé look on Davenport’s face.
Warren stepped to the other side of the mat, all bravado and bluster. Eric didn’t rub his hands together in glee. He was a bigger man than that. But it didn’t stop him from grinning at Victoria. “Five minutes?” he asked her.
Victoria snorted. “He’ll be lucky to last five seconds.”
Eric hadn’t ever sparred with Warren or paid any particular attention to him sparring with others, but he wouldn’t have expected Richard Horn or Tim Davenport, the founders of Strike Force Omega, to keep someone around who couldn’t last that long in the ring.
“I doubt I could last five minutes against him.”
Victoria had more tricks up her sleeve than anyone Eric had ever gone toe-to-toe with. If she thought that highly of Davenport’s abilities, this was going to be even more fun to watch.
As Eric would have predicted, Warren lunged straight for Davenport’s tie. Before his hands connected, though, Davenport caught him and used his momentum to flip him hard to the mat. Davenport followed him down and had a knee to his groin, a hand on his chest, and the other forearm across his throat before he could recover. Warren’s eyes were as big as saucers when he raised his hand in clear surrender.
“Told you,” Victoria murmured just loud enough for Eric to hear.
Eric refused to meet her gaze because if he did, she’d know just how turned on he was at the moment. Then Davenport leaned down and said something only Warren could hear before rising gracefully to his feet and dusting off his hands.
“So he’s good with a gun,” Warren said. “So are a lot of people.”
“He isn’t ‘good with a gun,’ as you put it, Mr. Warren. He is an exceptional sniper with a keen situational awareness, something you clearly lack, given the way I took you down. I suggest you remember that.”
Wait…. Davenport had done this to defend him? Eric figured he just intended to take Warren down a peg, not that he would actually jump to Eric’s defense.
“You’re making a mistake, picking a nobody like him over me. If I go, you’ll lose half my team at least,” Warren said.
“You overestimate your worth. If you intend to stay on with Strike Force Omega, you will need to readjust your attitude. Otherwise, you know the way out.”
Victoria elbowed Eric in the ribs. “You look like a fish out of water. Shut your mouth.”
Eric closed his mouth, but nothing could stop the surprise flooding through him. Davenport had just taken a man down in Eric’s defense.
Davenport.
Cofounder of Strike Force Omega, former Navy SEAL, and the star of far too many of Eric’s fantasies.
Holy shit.
Warren continued to splutter from his spot on the floor, but he made no move to rise while Davenport stood there looking down at him. Eric just stared. He’d known Davenport had been a SEAL, with everything that entailed, but even after seeing him in the field, Eric had assumed….
There was a reason for that old adage that when you assume, you make an ass out of you and me, and Eric had walked right into it. He’d been taken in by Davenport’s conservative suits and bland expression. He’d seen Davenport’s strategic intelligence and had assumed that was his role in Strike Force Omega. Not that he’d ever seen Horn fight, but anybody looking at him would see the harnessed power and run the other way. Warren would never have underestimated him.
He’d seen Davenport fight now, though. And he’d fought for Eric.
He was so screwed. What had been a bit of fantasy that revolved around a handsome face was suddenly so much more.
Davenport had given Warren an ultimatum—clean up his act toward Eric or leave.
Nobody had ever defended him that way. It was official. He was hopelessly in love.

Blurb:
Some things crumble under pressure. Others are tempered by it instead. For three former soldiers, a tragedy might be the catalyst that binds them together—stronger than ever.

Richard Horn and Timothy Davenport met in the SEALs twenty years ago and have been lovers ever since. Now running their own paramilitary organization, Strike Force Omega, they work in the shadows to protect their country and its people. When Tim falls for Eric Newton, a deadly sniper and strategist on their team, Richard accepts that Tim’s heart is big enough for two men. He respects, admires, and even desires Eric enough to accept him into their relationship—and their bed—but he’s never been fully a part of what Eric and Tim share.

Then Eric is captured by terrorists and Tim is gravely injured in an op gone wrong, bringing Richard’s world crashing down around his ears. Even if he gets his men out alive, Eric must face the aftermath of months of physical and psychological torture—and without Tim to lean on, Eric’s PTSD is tearing him apart. Richard has to figure out the third leg of their triangle fast, or Tim won’t have a life to come back to.

Buy link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/talking-in-code-by-ariel-tachna-8253-b

Author bio: When Ariel Tachna was twelve years old, she discovered two things: the French language and romance novels. Those two loves have defined her ever since. By the time she finished high school, she’d written four novels, none of which anyone would want to read now, featuring a young woman who was—you guessed it—bilingual. That girl was everything Ariel wanted to be at age twelve and wasn’t.
She now lives on the outskirts of Houston with her husband (who also speaks French), her kids (who understand French even when they’re too lazy to speak it back), and their two dogs (who steadfastly refuse to answer any French commands). The cat pretends they’re all beneath her, no matter what language they’re speaking.

 

Visit Ariel:
Website: www.arieltachna.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ArielTachna
E-mail: arieltachna@gmail.com

 

 

 

Ariel Tachna is also offering an ebook copy of any of her backlist to someone who comments on each individual post.

 

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Meg Bawden Blog Tour for Rushing Love and Giveaway!

13106711_10156802171995414_1691349163_oOS:  Welcome to Meg Bawden author of Rushing Love!  Thanks for stopping by and telling us a little about your new book!

MB: Hi there! My name is Meg Bawden, and Open Skye Book Reviews has graciously accepted me on their blog today for the release of my new story, Rushing Love.
Rushing Love is a M/M romance story set in South Dakota, USA. I wrote it for the States of Love line from Dreamspinner Press and I can’t wait for its release. I had so much fun writing it and I can’t wait to share it with you. Please allow me to share the blurb with you:

Blurb

After a devastating break-up with the man he thought he’d spend his life with, Flynn Webb takes a holiday to a South Dakota dude ranch. It’s something completely different from anything he’s done before, and it helps that it’s as far away from his ex as possible. Trapped in his own depressive thoughts, Flynn is surprised to meet Grayson Harland. Not only is Grayson a sexy cowboy—one fifteen years younger—but he’s the most charming man Flynn has ever met.

Flynn doesn’t have much experience with being seduced, and he has even less with guys like Grayson taking an interest in him—and Grayson is definitely interested. What begins as a fling while visiting iconic South Dakota sights soon develops the potential for much more. But Flynn is afraid that falling in love again so soon—and with a man so much younger—will lead only to another catastrophic heartbreak. Luckily for them both, Grayson isn’t giving up without a fight.

If you’re interested you can find the story here:
https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/rushing-love-by-meg-bawden-8176-b
https://www.amazon.com/Rushing-Love-States-Book-ebook/dp/B01N17O3X6

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Today, I’d love to talk a bit about what I have coming up. Most readers probably don’t know much about me yet as I’m a new author, but I can only hope this will change very soon. I have so many plot bunnies biting for the chance for their time to shine and I’m more than willing to give them a shot!
My stories range in genres, from modern contemporary to paranormal to science fiction. I’m a lover of all the genres and I hope to show that through my writing. While Rushing Love in a contemporary story set in South Dakota, my first full length novel, North to Zombieville, is a science fiction/horror story set in Queensland, Australia revolving around zombies.
So what upcoming stories do I have? It’s more like what I don’t have coming! I’m currently working on Zombieville 2, which I’ve tentatively named Welcome to Zombieville, and I’m hoping to have that finished and submitted to Dreamspinner Press by the end of February. Then, I’ll be working on Zombieville 3. I have five books planned for the series, but we’ll see how the muse treats me, but I definitely want them all completed and submitted to DSP by the end of the year.
Furthermore, I have some other stories I want to submit to DSP, which includes a novel-length story about a budgie shifter. For those who aren’t Australian or might not know what a budgie is, it’s a shortened term for a budgerigar. And yes, I did have to google how to spell budgerigar. I’ve nearly finished this story, as it’s sitting on 49,000 words.
Lastly, I’m dipping my toes into some self-publishing. I have an addiction to premade covers, whether they are covers I make or whether they are designed by someone else and I absolutely loved them. I have 20 and still counting. So as these covers speak to me, stories are being written inside my head. In October, I have a paranormal story called ‘Til Death Do Them Part coming out and it takes a look at love after death. Curious? Stay tuned!
I currently have many work in progresses and they range from a contemporary story about PTSD, to a paranormal story involving a mage and a vampire, to a futuristic science fiction story involving MPreg (male pregnancy, for those who didn’t know). And I’m hoping to get many more to you this year. I’ll have to avoid the internet and write, even when I’m exhausted after a full day’s work at the day job. But I’m committed to getting these stories out there for others to enjoy, so keep an eye on my name and the upcoming stories I have for you! 😉

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If you’d like to follow me and find out more about upcoming releases, you can find me here:
FB: https://www.facebook.com/authormegbawden/
Twitter: @megbawden

MEG BAWDEN was born and raised in North Queensland, Australia. She’s loved stories since before she can remember and has always enjoyed creating characters of her own, even if it did begin with drawing faces on toilet rolls and giving them names. Writing has always been a passion of hers and she’s loved the M/M genre since 2004, the first book she read being Rainbow Boys by Alex Sanchez.
Writing M/M since 2007, Meg has never had the confidence to attempt publishing her own stories, but in 2015, she decided that it was all about to change thanks to the amazing friends she’s made in the M/M genre and their support and encouragement. So watch out world, Meg Bawden is coming out to have some fun!

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David, Renewed (Book 1) Audiobook by Diana Copland Narrator Michael Pauley

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Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/david-renewed-by-diana-copland-8188-b

Blurb

When interior designer David Snyder buys a beautiful century-old house in eastern Washington, he is reeling with heartbreak and looking for somewhere to put down roots. Unfortunately his new home comes with a laundry list of problems: electrical, plumbing, heating… things David knows nothing about. When his mother offers him the business card of a local handyman, David pictures an overweight, balding man in his fifties. But Jackson Henry couldn’t be further from that stereotype.

Dark-haired, muscular, and handsome, Jackson left a large construction firm in Seattle to take care of his sick mother. However, his hometown still has an active “good old boy” network, and finding employment in construction is almost impossible for an openly gay man. Determined to persevere, Jackson takes odd jobs as a handyman. He’s exactly what David needs—in more ways than one.

David isn’t ready for his attraction to Jackson, not considering the way his last relationship ended. But as the two men get to know each other, it becomes clear that the heart often knows best, and it rewards those willing to listen.

Review

(Book reviewed here previously)

What a sweet, sexy and sentimental book! I just loved this so much! This is kind of a mutual hurt/comfort story about two guys who’ve had it a bit rough. David’s ex is really an asshole and he (later) really turns out to be more than just a bad break up. Jackson’s family makes his life hard and makes him feel inadequate. Together, with the help of their wonderful mothers, the two find their place in life and love.

I thought the romance was sweet, organic and sensual. The bit with David’s ex was a bit OTT but… it also reminds us that this stuff can happen in real life and it pays to be safe.

The stuff about the houses was interesting too. Having been a homeowner, I could relate to the never ending list of fixes and thought that having a new handyman boyfriend would be any homeowner’s secret fantasy!

I loved David’s mom and that David was unapologetic about it and that Jackson appreciated it too. The solution that they find at the end is perfect and we get a lovely sense of the coming couples (I’m talking about you Gil!) in future books.

If you want a fairly low angst, high romance story – this is for you!

4.5 of 5 stars

Audio

Michael Pauley is an excellent narrator. He has a great sense of timing and emotion and knows how to give the right emphasis on words and phrases to really draw a listener in. I liked the voices he selected for David and Jackson and felt the females and other secondary characters were excellent as well.

This is a great way to enjoy this great story.

5 of 5 stars

Overall 4.75 (rounded to 5) of 5 stars

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