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The Kitchen Boy by August Li – Guest Post with Author!

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I’d like to extend a warm welcome to August Li as she shares some of her “story” about the Kitchen Boy.

 

Stories Within Stories

Hello and thanks for having me. I’m August Li (Gus) here to talk about my new novella release from Dreamspinner Press, The Kitchen Boy.

As you can probably tell from the beautiful cover art, books and reading play an important role in this story. As a person who loves books and tales, it was fun and interesting to explore how they can impact a character’s life and contribute to his growth.

Language represents freedom. My character Yoli is a kitchen servant and uneducated. At the beginning of the story, he cannot read. Though he daydreams as he works and makes up stories in his head, written language isn’t something he ever expects to understand. Circumstances put him in a position to start learning to read, and many things about him begin to change. In a way stories represent freedom for him on many levels. If he can’t escape his situation permanently, the books he reads afford him a way to escape it for a time. In his mind, he is able to go somewhere else. Language also grants him the freedom to express himself and work through some of his confusion through writing. And of course the most obvious benefit is that he learns a skill that gives him the potential to make a better life for himself.

Books are also a way for a character to learn about life and himself. We all learn from stories. Whether written in books or handed down orally, they’re a way to discover the world that is uniquely human, and we learn from them in ways we probably don’t even realize. Before we can even speak, we hear other telling small stories about what happened to them that day, and we begin to learn the nature of society and relationships by hearing about the ways others experience them. Later, stories teach us about the world beyond what we’ve personally seen and interacted with. They teach us about possibilities, and they teach us to dream. They teach us empathy as we imagine how we would feel in someone else’s situation.

Yoli’s world is initially very small. He came to the castle where he lives to work as a servant at a very young age. He hasn’t seen much of the world, and he rarely leaves the kitchen, which means he’s not only unfamiliar with other kingdoms, but that he has little experience interacting with others. He doesn’t get the chance to speak with many people, and when he does, it usually involves preparing food or cleaning the kitchen. Though they aren’t the only factor in the changes he experiences, books and tales are an important way for him to broaden his emotional landscape and enrich both his inner and outer life.

Stories within stories can echo thematic elements. Characters in stories are often unaware of forces affecting them or the themes shaping their lives. They likely don’t know that they’re taking part in a story about the rewards of compassion (or whatever). When Yoli is first learning to read, he has to start with something simple: books intended for children. While the characters in these tales are often talking animals, many of them have important messages that are reverberations of themes in the main plot. Sometimes they provide him with a moment of clarity, but even when they don’t, I can only hope they provide another layer that adds nuance for readers to enjoy.

What were some of the first stories that had an effect on you and stayed with you? What did you learn from them? Are there any books you’ve read recently that opened you up to new possibilities or taught you something interesting?

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Kitchen servant Yoli is one of only three men who know a carefully guarded secret about High Commander Koehen, the brilliant general who united their lands against a common invader. The enemy wants that secret, and they are willing to use either kindness or cruelty to obtain it.

Yoli must decide if his loyalties lie with the commander, who has shown him more affection than anyone in Yoli’s life, or with his own best interests. High Commander Koehen’s attention is capricious at best—he summons Yoli only when it is convenient for him, and Yoli knows there’s little hope of a future together. Is a glimmer of a hope for love worth sacrificing a chance for prosperity beyond his wildest dreams?

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The Library Audiobook by TM Middleton Tour- Giveaway!

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We are so luck to have TM Smith here today!  Thanks for joining us Tammy!

 

Q&A with Author TM Smith

 

Where are you from, and where do you call home?

I was born and raised in Georgia until I was 24. I was born military and married military so when my ex got out of the Army, we moved to Texas and I’ve been here ever since.

 

What inspired you to start writing?

I love to read, and the more I read fiction and fantasy, I started coming up with different outlandish stories in my head. One day I decided to sit down and try to turn it into something. The rest, as they say, is history.

 

How long have you been writing?

I started writing Opposites in 2010. So, 6 years now.

 

What advice would you give a new writer just starting out?

Be very sure that this is what you want to do, because for every fan you find, there will be a hater lingering in the background. Overall, the LGBT writing community is an amazing group of people. There has to be a few bad apples though, and the negativity occasionally hits you where it hurts. You just have to let it roll off and keep going. There is one rule to live by if you want to be an Author, never engage the crazy. Comment and leave praise for those positive reviews all day long. But do not, I repeat, do not comment on a negative review, ever! It never ends well.

 

Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it?

Oh hell yes, don’t we all? Sometimes I have to make myself write, I might trash 90% of it in the end, but that 10% I get to keep is pretty fucking amazing. Other times I have to walk away and recharge. I have hit a wall a couple of times trying to take the story in a direction it didn’t want to go, or trying to force a character into a story. I’ve learned that if the character stops speaking to you, you’ve probably pissed them off, so figure out why and fix it. And if you can’t, either scrap them all together or kill them off and make it intense.

 

What Author’s in the genre do you read?

That list would take all day to complete. Some of my very favorites though, I’m talking auto buy just because of who wrote it, or books I have re-read multiple times… Sandrine Gasq-Dion, Andrew Grey, Mary Calmes, Morticia Knight, AE Via, Cardeno C and Amy Lane… just to name a few.

 

What comes first, the plot or characters?

That is a trick question, both. Sometimes someone just starts talking and I start writing and I mold his or her part of the story around them. Then there are times I come up with an amazing storyline in my head and I have to work the characters into it.

 

Are you working on anything at the present you would like to tell us about?

I am actually, lots of goodies for 2016! Gay for Pay is out now in audio, but I’m also having it translated in French through Juno Publishing. My editor is pouring over the Opposites series books as I type, helping me clean them up and I’m going to re-release that series. Opposites was the first book I wrote and I did it without an editor, don’t do that people. I think that cleaning them up is going to give the series new life and that makes me happy, I love the dichotomy of that series so much.

 

Describe the perfect writing space.

Sitting at my desk with my headphones in and a Mimosa next to me. I think I might like sitting on the beach with my laptop and a drink with an umbrella in it as well though.

 

Do you do research for your books? If so, what does that entail?

I do actually. I like to have an element of reality in my stories. For the Opposites series I had to research high points of elevation, water lines, fault lines, different cultures and economies. For the All Cocks stories I have had to endure hours upon hours of sexy, sweaty, hot man sex. I know, it’s a dirty job, but someone has to do it. Then there are aspects to some of my stories that aren’t as much fun to research, but I’m afraid if I don’t, someone that has lived through it would be offended at my ignorance.

 

How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?

5 novels and 2 novellas. You might as well ask me to pick my favorite child, that is a no win scenario.

 

Do you hear from your readers much? What do they say?

I do actually, I love to stay in touch with my readers. 99.9% of my emails from fans or messages on facebook is hearing what they liked or didn’t like about the books, asking when the next book is out, things like that. I remember about a week after Fame and Fortune released, I got an email from someone that was a survivor of sexual assault and she was telling me how impressed she was with the reality of the situation that I got right while not going too far or downplaying what happened in the book. She said while it was hard for her to read, it was very well written and conveyed. Brought a tear to my eye it did.

 

Thanks again and good luck!

 

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Book Name: The Library (Audiobook)

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Release Date: March 16, 2016

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Short, Sexy and oh so Steamy! Three gay couples run amuck in this short story where clothing, beds, even four walls are all optional.

The focus of this short story is to give readers further insight into the relationship of the twins fathers, Ciran and Rian. I’ve taken three scenes from Opposites that were cut short and elaborated on the shenanigans that ensued. I also focused more in the beginning on the relationship between Cirian and Rian, to give readers a chance to get to know them and the inner workings of their relationship a little better.

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Rules of Engagement (Book 1) Audiobook by LA Witt Narrated by Nick J Russo

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Dustin Walker has no idea that avoiding the search for Mrs. Right could send him into the arms and bed of Mr. Right Now. According to Dustin’s mother, he should be out looking for his next wife so he won’t be the divorced black sheep of the family. Instead, he passes his free time at a local bar and pool hall, where he meets someone who’s everything his ex-wife wasn’t: funny, caring, faithful… and male. Is Brandon Stewart just Dustin’s way of getting over a bitter divorce? Can Dustin really care for him, or is it simply that Brandon is the complete opposite of his ex-wife? Dustin keeps their affair as quiet as possible, because if it continues, he knows he’ll eventually have to come out to his homophobic family or walk out on the man he’s trying not to love.

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Dustin just got out of an awful marriage to an evil, cheating ex-wife. He’s not looking to get involved with anyone. And a man never crossed his mind.

Brandon is a bi-sexual professor who likes to play pool. He’s had some bad exes but no heavy baggage. When he sees Dustin one night at a bar, he’s immediately attracted and when Dustin sends him some mixed signals, he approaches him for more than a game of pool.

Though Dustin has no idea why a man is suddenly so attractive to him, he acts on his impulses and goes home with Brandon. The two start a brief affair but Dustin leaves after a couple weeks, freaked out about dating a guy.

Brandon gives him space, but doesn’t desert him, and when Dustin thinks he’s got it figured out, he allows himself to get involved with the still very confused Dustin.

**

I am a big fan of LA Witt and Nick J Russo, so when I saw this in audiobook format, I was psyched!

I vaguely remembered not loving the book when I read it years ago, but I didn’t remember much one way or another.

As I got into the book, I was surprised because – at the beginning – it was hitting all my buttons. Two men, one obviously bi-sexual and the other looking like he was too – that’s a hot button for me. The sex is scorching. Very well written and lots of it. I really like Brandon – he’s confident, sincere, smart, cocky but tender. At first Dustin seemed great, too – open, willing to explore another facet of his personality, interesting… but as the book went on (and it’s a fairly long book) I began to really get mad at Dustin.

First, I DO NOT understand his relationship with his ex wife. How could he have been married to someone literally as psychotic as she was for TEN EFFING YEARS? Then there is the OTT mother and homophobic brother – UGH – they were so, so UGLY and just didn’t seem to fit with either Dustin or his sister or his other brother. Then there’s the a**hole best friend, Dan… so many ugly people in his life that seem out of proportion to the reality that is in Dustin’s head.

Since this is told from Dustin’s POV I wanted a bit more understanding of how he could be the person he is with the baggage he carries.

Then there’s Brandon, who just KEEPS letting Dustin treat him like crap.

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Even at the end, when Dustin has admitted to himself that he loves Brandon, he doesn’t have the guts to tell him. And the story ENDS there! I remember – now- being SO MAD!!

After all the nonsense – and including the fact that he experiments with a man and a woman after he splits with Brandon – I NEEDED some serious redemption to make me like him and the story again.

On the one hand I appreciated the fact that he needed to KNOW if he was gay, bi, whatever – and I can almost concede the need to see other people to verify that – but I wanted more remorse, more guilt, more SOMETHING so that when he gets back together with Brandon it feels good again.

Given the recent hubbub about bi erasure, I was glad to see that not only did Dustin acknowledge his attraction to both sexes, but many times throughout the book it was great to see Brandon extoling the virtues of being bi. I was worried at times that Dustin was simply going to jump on the “gay” wagon despite all those years married to a woman, so though I was upset with how he arrived at the conclusion, I was pleased to see him open to the possibility that there was more than just gay or straight as options.

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End of spoiler section.

Given that there’s a book two and book two gives me the ending that I really wanted I can forgive book one for it’s ending. But at the time, I didn’t have book two to fall back on – so I’m advising you now, read book two before you judge book one.

Really, it needs to be read one after the other to fully appreciate their relationship because I was left with a bad taste in my mouth at the end of book one.

Now, for the AUDIO – Nick J Russo absolutely makes this worth the frustration. He is so dang sexy and he’s so good with emotion and pacing that I was immersed in the story and willing to move through even the ugly parts so long as I could listen to him narrating.

So… for the original story I give it a 3 of 5. Nick’s narration a 5 of 5 and Overall a 4 of 5 taking into consideration book 2.

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Out of Frame Audiobook by Megan Erickson Narrated by Marc Bachmann

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Perpetually shy Quinn Mathers is content to remain in the shadow of his brash best friend, Jess Hartman. But before their college graduation, he and Jess have planned one last hurrah: a spring break Caribbean cruise. And it won’t be just any cruise. Onboard are members of the reality show Trip League, which follows young 20-somethings on adventures around the world. Since the show’s beginning, Quinn has been fascinated by J. R. Butler, with his amazing body, warm eyes, and killer grin. Unfortunately he’s straight – or so the world thinks. At 19, J. R. signed a contract to play straight for the show, and there’s no way to get out of it now. Yet with each passing day, Quinn and J. R. find it harder to keep their hands off each other and to keep out of the camera’s frame. But when the lens finally focuses on them, J. R. must decide if he’s willing to risk his career by admitting his bisexuality, and Quinn must determine if he’s bold enough to stand in the spotlight with the man of his dreams.

Review

Jess is Colin’s sister from book 2. Her BFF is Quinn, a shy, bookish ginger. They’re both on Spring Break from their last year in college and both are determined to have a rip roarin’ good time.

They pick a cruise in which a crew of reality tv stars will be filming – Jess has a crush on Casey from the show and Quinn on JR. But mostly they just want to enjoy spring break, regardless of what happens with the tv personalities.

JR has been stereotyped as an angry, straight, black man on this “reality” show and he HATES it. He’s nothing like the man he’s portrayed as, and is tired of hiding his true nature and his bi-sexuality. But… he signed a contract and though it’s about to expire, his agent has him headed for other auditions that demand JR stay in the closet – and JR NEEDS the money so…

When JR sees Quinn something in him just shifts. He suddenly can’t keep the secret he’s had all these years for one more moment. Though he’s well aware of the risks he is compelled like nothing before to pursue something –ANYTHING- with Quinn.

Quinn, who has been burned by a closeted boyfriend before, knows his heart is bound to be broken, but can’t say no to the enigmatic JR (aka Jay).

In time, both men have to face the music and decide what the future will bring – no matter who it hurts.

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This is another beautifully written and narrated story by the team of Megan Erickson and Marc Bachmann.

Megan has a gift for giving us angsty new adults and showing us in their time of growth. Her sex scenes are hot without dominating the storyline and the feels are strong and feel authentic and possible.

Though I “pictured” JR’s voice as a little more gruff than it was portrayed in the audio, I loved, loved, loved Quinn’s cute little drawl!

(The Epilogue is wonderful – we get to see both of the previous couples again – so sweet!!!)

If you’re a fan of the series this is a must – though you don’t have to read the books in order to appreciate the magic in each one.

Highly recommended.

4.5 of 5 stars

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Shifting Moon (Shifters Book 10) by MD Grimm

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After a year together, wolf shifter Derek Williams and vet Brian O’Donogue decide to marry. All Brian wants is to be legally part of Derek’s family, after his own disowned him for being gay. As far as Derek is concerned, he already belongs to his mate, heart, body, and soul. But their plans are put on hold when Derek discovers an injured young shifter, Tommy, one night while running as a wolf.

When they learn the truth behind Tommy’s presence in Washington, they are quickly drawn into a war that has waged in the shadows for decades. Brian, Derek, and their allies must fight against the Knights and their leader, Arcas, to prevent them from attaining an ancient scroll, one piece of a weapon that can destroy all shifters.

When worlds collide, no one will be spared.

Review

This is definitely a book where you need to have been following along in the series. At the very least, you should have read book one in the series.

We met Derek and Brian in book one, now they’ve been together for awhile and are thinking about taking the next step… marriage. They have some concerns about the process but all of they know they love one another.

While in the midst of the plans for the wedding the scroll that we’ve been following in the last several books shows up and causes a big problem.

We hear about Poe again and meet Pan another Agent. We also meet Derek’s mom and another shifter and his mate Zach.

There is a bit of hot lovin’, some exciting Arcas action and a few feels in this novel. The story arc moves forward and I look forward to seeing what happens to Gregor next!

(Another GORGEOUS cover by Reese Dante!)

4 of 5 stars

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Vote for the Best Audiobook of March 2016

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Best Audio Book Released in March 2016
  • Strong Enough by Cardeno C Nar Ezekiel Robinson 17%, 7 votes
    7 votes 17%
    7 votes - 17% of all votes
  • Part & Parcel by Abigail Roux Nar Brock Thompson 15%, 6 votes
    6 votes 15%
    6 votes - 15% of all votes
  • Fish Stick Fridays by Rhys Ford Nar. Spencer Goss 15%, 6 votes
    6 votes 15%
    6 votes - 15% of all votes
  • Love at First Sight by Cardeno C Nar. Alexander Collins 5%, 2 votes
    2 votes 5%
    2 votes - 5% of all votes
  • Dirty Heart by Rhys Ford Nar Greg Tremblay* 5%, 2 votes
    2 votes 5%
    2 votes - 5% of all votes
  • The Servant by Mary Calmes Nar Greg Tremblay 5%, 2 votes
    2 votes 5%
    2 votes - 5% of all votes
  • Beyond the Surface by Felice Stevens Nar. Marc Bachmann 5%, 2 votes
    2 votes 5%
    2 votes - 5% of all votes
  • Lollipop by Amy Lane Nar Philip Alces 5%, 2 votes
    2 votes 5%
    2 votes - 5% of all votes
  • Too Stupid To Live by Anne Tenino Nar. By Tobias Silversmith 5%, 2 votes
    2 votes 5%
    2 votes - 5% of all votes
  • The Rules of Engagement by LA Witt Nar Nick J Russo 2%, 1 vote
    1 vote 2%
    1 vote - 2% of all votes
  • The Right Time by Lane Hayes Nar by Michael Ferruiuolo 2%, 1 vote
    1 vote 2%
    1 vote - 2% of all votes
  • Bullheaded by Catt Ford Nar Derrick McClain 2%, 1 vote
    1 vote 2%
    1 vote - 2% of all votes
  • Charlie’s Hero by Nic Starr Nar Joel Leslie 2%, 1 vote
    1 vote 2%
    1 vote - 2% of all votes
  • The Wrong Man by Lane Hayes Nar Michael Ferruiulo 2%, 1 vote
    1 vote 2%
    1 vote - 2% of all votes
  • A Marked Man by Sandrine Gasq-Dion Nar. Greg Boudreaux 2%, 1 vote
    1 vote 2%
    1 vote - 2% of all votes
  • Greg Tremblay is my favorite narrator, no question. I love Ford's Dirty series because of him. He made each character jump out of the book and feel alive. He's also introduced me to book I've only chosen because HE was the narrator. I also think each book narrated by him makes the book better.* 2%, 1 vote
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  • Round and Round by Andrew Grey Nar Michael Pauley 2%, 1 vote
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    1 vote - 2% of all votes
  • Pulling Leather by LC Chase Nar Dorian Bane 2%, 1 vote
    1 vote 2%
    1 vote - 2% of all votes
  • Violated by Jamie Fessenden Nar KC Kelly 2%, 1 vote
    1 vote 2%
    1 vote - 2% of all votes
  • Dirty Laundry by Heidi Cullinan Nar. Iggy Toma 0%, 0 votes
    0 votes
    0 votes - 0% of all votes
  • To the Highest Bidder by Caitlin Ricci Nar Jean Samson 0%, 0 votes
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    0 votes - 0% of all votes
  • Deep Deliverance: Deep, Book 3 by Caleb Dickinson 0%, 0 votes
    0 votes
    0 votes - 0% of all votes
  • At Piper’s Point by Ethan Day Nar. Michael Lesley 0%, 0 votes
    0 votes
    0 votes - 0% of all votes
  • Out of Frame by Megan Erickson Nar. Marc Bachmann 0%, 0 votes
    0 votes
    0 votes - 0% of all votes
  • Out of Frame by Megan Erickson Nar. Marc Bachmann 0%, 0 votes
    0 votes
    0 votes - 0% of all votes
  • The Stolen Suitor by Eli Easton Nar. Rusty Topsfield 0%, 0 votes
    0 votes
    0 votes - 0% of all votes
  • Names Can Never Hurt Me by Wade Kelly Nar Jack Amber 0%, 0 votes
    0 votes
    0 votes - 0% of all votes
  • Heat Under Fire by Andrew Grey Nar Paul Morey 0%, 0 votes
    0 votes
    0 votes - 0% of all votes
  • Determined mate Book 2 by Toni Griffin Narr Dominic McCartney 0%, 0 votes
    0 votes
    0 votes - 0% of all votes
  • The Library by TM Smith Nar Greg Boudreaux 0%, 0 votes
    0 votes
    0 votes - 0% of all votes
  • The Merchant of Death by Lisa Henry and JA Rock Nar by Nick J Russo 0%, 0 votes
    0 votes
    0 votes - 0% of all votes
  • Ace by Jack Byrne Narrated by Jonathan David 0%, 0 votes
    0 votes
    0 votes - 0% of all votes
  • Trust Me by LA Witt Nar Charlie David 0%, 0 votes
    0 votes
    0 votes - 0% of all votes
  • Focus on Me by Megan Erickson Nar Marc Bachmann 0%, 0 votes
    0 votes
    0 votes - 0% of all votes
  • Better than Safe by Lane Hayes Nar Tyler Stevens 0%, 0 votes
    0 votes
    0 votes - 0% of all votes
  • Taylor Maid by Tara Lain Nar John Solo 0%, 0 votes
    0 votes
    0 votes - 0% of all votes
  • Frat Boy and Toppy by Anne Tenino Nar Nick J Russo 0%, 0 votes
    0 votes
    0 votes - 0% of all votes
  • Status Update by Annabeth Albert Nar Sean Crisden 0%, 0 votes
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Better Than Safe Audiobook Tour by Lane Hayes- Giveaway!

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Paul Fallon is a fashion advertising guru. He’s a genius at dealing with difficult editors, art directors, and designers alike. He thrives on the chaotic atmosphere and constant challenges. But in his personal life, he’s hoping for peace and stability. Settling down with a nice doctor or lawyer sounds perfect. Anyone but an artist. He’s been there, done that, and he doesn’t want to relive the heartache.
Seth Landau is a model, occasional guitarist, and aspiring painter. He’s quirky, flighty, and wise beyond his years. Life has taught him some tough lessons, then given him opportunities he never dreamed of. He’s learned to appreciate the fragility of life and to express it in his work. Seth’s flare for the absurd combined with a supple mind and a beautiful body are too alluring for Paul to ignore. Against his best intentions, Paul is drawn to the younger man whose particular brand of crazy challenges Paul to accept that things aren’t always as they seem. Sometimes taking a chance is better than being safe.

Play Time: 8 hours, 12 minutes

Categories: Contemporary, Fiction, Humor, M/M Romance, Romance

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Lane Hayes is grateful to finally be doing what she loves best. Writing full-time! It’s no secret Lane loves a good romance novel. An avid reader from an early age, she has always been drawn to well-told love story with beautifully written characters. These days she prefers the leading roles to both be men. Lane discovered the M/M genre a few years ago and was instantly hooked. Her debut novel was a 2013 Rainbow Award finalist and subsequent books have received Honorable Mentions in the 2014 and 2015 Rainbow Awards. She loves red wine, chocolate and travel (in no particular order). Lane lives in Southern California with her amazing husband and the coolest yellow Lab ever in an almost empty nest.

Where to find the author:

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Facebook Author Page: LaneHayesauthor
Twitter: @LaneHayes3

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7125719.Lane_Hayes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Aaron Anderson

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4.5 stars Action/Adventure adult - 18+ Angst Level Book DA Fated Mates Gay Hurt/Abuse m/m Magic Mid level angst Morgan Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Paranormal Part of a Series Scorching/high heat Shifter vampire

Bailey (Battle Bunnies Book 1) by Stormy Glenn and Bellann Summer

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http://www.bookstrand.com/book/bailey

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[Siren Everlasting Classic ManLove: Erotic Alternative Paranormal Romance, M/M, shape-shifters, HEA]

They know a thousand ways to kill…and zero ways to love.

As a Battle Bunny, honed in the fires of hell, Bailey fights every day just to function. Blind since birth, the skills he learned to protect himself after years of torture at the hands of a sadistic scientist keep him alive, but nothing can protect him from the mate he discovers on a rescue mission.

Harvey Blackstone watched his brother die a slow agonizing death from behind the bars of the cage he had been tossed into. He vowed revenge on those that took his only family, if he survives that long.

When the doors opened and the most stunning man he had ever seen steps inside, Vey is close to death. Discovering the man who rescues him is also his mate seems like a gift from the gods. Claiming Bailey is not the same as keeping him safe. The scientists that kept him prisoner are after them all, and it will take more than a family of Battle Bunnies to keep them all safe. It will take a miracle.

Review

You have to love it when two great authors work together like this!

This is book one in a series and so it does a bit of world-building. There are 5 “Battle Bunnies” – a litter of bunnies who were sold to a lab and experimented on (aka tortured) for years by an evil scientist and now (after having escaped) they have some extra special powers and a vendetta to rid the world of labs that experiment on shifters.

In this case, Bailey, the runt of the litter, blind at birth, finds his mate in a lab where he and his brother’s are on a rescue mission. Vey (aka Harvey) is a Gargoyle and he’s been tortured to near death and forced to watch his brother die in the hands of the scientists.

Now, Bailey and Vey have to navigate the world as a couple and do so while continuing the Battle Bunnies mission to save shifters.

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This book is fun and sexy, sweet and funny… it pretty much has it all! Vey is a typical alpha male who wants to protect Bailey, but Bailey refuses to let him.

The other brothers find their mates in this book as well, so I look forward to learning more about their characters and mates in the next installments.

To add to the yummy goodness of the book, bunnies can get pregnant! So… in addition to worrying about his sweet little bunny shifter, we get to watch these guys go through Bailey’s heat cycle and pregnancy too!

Super fun!

I loved it and can’t wait for more!

4.5 of 5 stars

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Reviewed by Morgan

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BannerTemplateAuthor Name: Draven St. James

Book Name: Between The Lies

Series: Club Syn

Book: One

Can be read as a standalone

Release Date: April 4, 2016

Club Syn 1 - Between the Lies-FINALBlurb:

Professor Graham Darrius leads a double life, everyday he enriches the lives of students, but at night he struts the stage as Ebony Powers at Club Syn. The two personas cannot mix, which is an easy rule to follow until a sexy man from Iowa stumbles through the door.

Spencer Neil has never stepped foot into a gay bar and holy shit did he get more than he’s ever imagined. What did he know about drag queens, go-go boys and heated exchanges in dark corners? The world he lives in is academic and predictable. At least until he meets Graham, and sees that sometimes all is not what it seems.

Beneath the shock of discovery, misunderstandings, silk stockings, and wicked instruction Graham finds himself falling for Spencer and Spencer finds he’s getting a whole different kind of education.