A Second Harvest by Eli Easton

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David Fisher has lived by the rules all his life. Born to a Mennonite family, he obeyed his father and took over the family farm, married, and had two children. Now with both his kids in college and his wife deceased, he runs his farm alone and without joy, counting off the days of a life half-lived.

Christie Landon, graphic designer, Manhattanite, and fierce gay party boy, needs a change. Now thirty, he figures it’s time to grow up and think about his future. When his best friend overdoses, Christie resolves to take a break from the city. He heads to a small house in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, to rest, recoup, and reflect.

But life in the country is boring despite glimpses of the hunky silver fox next door. When Christie’s creativity latches on to cooking, he decides to approach his widower neighbor with a plan to share meals and grocery expenses. David agrees, and soon the odd couple finds they really enjoy spending time together.

Christie challenges the boundaries of David’s closed world and brings out feelings he buried long ago. If he can break free of the past, he might find a second chance at happiness.

Review

David is a Mennonite (a conservative Christian religion) farmer in rural Pennsylvania who has recently lost his wife of almost 2 decades to cancer. He has 2 grown children in college and a farm to run. He’s lonely. He’s lonely and worried about how he’s going to convince himself that life is worth living.

Christie is an again party-boy in Manhattan. When he nearly loses his BFF to an overdose he decides to take a good hard look at his life and re-evaluate things. When his aunt leaves him a house in rural Pennsylvania in her will, he decides to live there for 6 months to clear his head while he clears out the house.

On the surface, David and Christie are as opposite as you can imagine. But something in the two of them are attracted to one another like magnets.

Once Christie begins the cooking/sharing meal process, the two find any excuse to spend time together. The only thing that keeps this from being a “relationship” is David’s denial, and Christie’s belief that David doesn’t see him that way.

When David’s will finally collapses and allows Christie in – the passion is beautiful – but can it last?

**

As you know Eli is one of my “Hall of Fame Writers”. If she writes it I will automatically buy it and I’m NEVER disappointed. Sure, some I like more than others, but she ALWAYS delivers a love story that warms your heart. Every. Time.

This story is particularly satisfying. It’s longer than some of her other stories and as such we are given more time with our characters and that makes the bonding more special.

Because this is a very, very, slow burn – most of the story is the two becoming friends. It felt very authentic and plausible. When David finally does give in to his passions, it makes sense, and the readers understand just why he’s able to do so.

Christie is authentic and proud and “FIERCE” all the way through the story. His character stays true to form from start to finish and I really appreciated his lack of wavering.

The other thing I really appreciated was Eli’s consistency with David’s children. They too didn’t waver and behaved as I think they would have/could have in this situation.

I thought the level of steam was appropriate for the story – enough to entice but not so much as to over take the storyline. I don’t think anyone with religious issues (either fears or passions) will be upset by this – she handles the religious aspect with a delicate hand.

My only niggling complaint with the story is the ending. We got a very long and drawn out courtship, and then the ending was POW right there and the story was over. This is one of the issues I’ve had with a few of the author’s stories. I feel like giving us a bit more – especially given that Epilogue!!! – would have felt more balanced. I do appreciate the epilogue but I would have wanted to see a bit more of what decisions drew the couple to that ending.

In any case, it’s a truly wonderful story that kept me reading into late in the night and I couldn’t put it down.

Highly Recommended!

5 of 5 stars

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Live for Love (All Cocks Book 4) by TM Smith

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Beauregard Boudreaux is a native of New Orleans Louisiana, born and raised there, he never thought he would ever stray far from home. The untimely death of his first love left Beau lost, adrift, looking for a place as far away from the pain as possible. Initially, he came to New York to visit a friend, the city growing on him, so he decided to stay. His law degree comes in handy at the LGBT Center he runs, but his bar is his baby.

William Richards grew up in Chicago, his family oddly normal and very accepting of his sexuality. Modeling paid the bills, gigs across the country as a model, male entertainer and a personal trainer giving him the opportunity to see the world. He hasn’t experienced loss or pain as Beau has, the common denominator between them is the loneliness. As All Cocks big, brooding bottom Connor, William has found friendship, family and an outlet for his craving to be more submissive than men of his size and stature usually are.

The two men are perfect for each other, their tastes and lives align and the writing seems to be on the wall. But Beau has a secret he shares with a choice few, a secret that not only threatens to keep them apart, it’s deadly. Determined to keep a wall between himself and William, Beau fights the attraction, pushes William away every time he steps closer. Can one man’s determination and strength be enough to tear down a wall that holds back decades of pain and darkness? And if he can, will either of them survive the flood?

Disclaimer: This book is the fictional story of a man living with HIV. I have put a lot of time and effort into presenting this story as true to fact as possible, without going into gory or gruesome detail. If this subject is a trigger for you, you may want to skip this read. But my hope is that you give Beau a chance to capture your heart as he has mine, and William’s.

 

Review

William is 31, relatively young, healthy, living a good life, but he’s lonely. When he meets the somewhat reserved and enigmatic Beau, he’s captivated and wants to know more and spend more time with him.

Beau’s life at 43 has been quite a bit harsher and it’s not just anybody he’ll allow in. What feels like forever to the younger Will is the time necessary for Beau to grow to trust Will, to let him in on the secret he’s been carrying for decades.

Once Will finds out about Beau’s HIV status, he has some hard decisions to make – for him, his career and his friends and family. Do he and Beau have what it takes to make a risk like that worth it?

**

This is another lovely addition to the All Cocks series. Not one to shy away from drama, in this story we get Beau and his ex and their interaction which led to HIV for Beau and death for his ex.

I think the HIV is handled intelligently and with respect. I never felt preached at, but I did learn a bit about what it’s like to live with the virus. I think Will’s reaction was maybe only a little too “easy”. I think that combing one’s soul to decide about something so huge would take a bit more time and introspection.

I loved the accent and thought it added color and a bit of flavor to the story.

It was great seeing the other characters from earlier books, and I’m particularly interested in learning more about the baby search with Mattie and his men. I didn’t feel as close with Beau and Will as I have with other couples, but they were still a great pair.

If you’ve enjoyed the other books in this series, you’ll really enjoy this and though it’s best read as a series and in order, I think it can be read as a standalone.

Overall, highly enjoyable.

4 of 5 stars

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Guest Post with Quinn Dressler author of Murder Most Yowl!

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OS: Welcome to Quinn Dressler author of Murder Most Yowl!  Thanks for stopping by!

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QD:

Hi.

My name is Quinn and I’d like to thank everyone at Open Skye Book Reviews for inviting me to talk about three things I love, men, mysteries and kitties. Especially when they’re all combined into one story.

That’s what I’ve done with my new novella Murder Most Yowl.

 I’ve always been a cozy mystery person, even when I didn’t really know that the stories I liked were called cozy. A cozy mystery is a story which tones down sex and violence, although Yowl has some of both, and has a detective which usually isn’t a professional sleuth. It also takes place in a small community.

I grew up watching mysteries on TV. Shows like Magnum PI, Hawaii Five-O and Diagnosis Murder all stoked the cozy side of me. I liked how they toned down the violence. The only person who got hurt was the original murder victim, and really, somebody had to die or there would be no story.

But my favorite part was something so subtitle I didn’t even realize it for many years. The men in these shows never got married. Never had a long term relationship with a woman, so my imagination was free to pair single male characters up together in a way that would never make it to the screen. As long as the character I liked never actually got married on the show, I enjoyed watching. If things got too intense with a woman character, I’d get jealous and turn away.

I enjoyed other cozy’s of course, but I’m not like most readers of the genre. I like male characters, and most people who read cozies prefer a female at the helm. While I support anyone who reads, no matter their character preference, the world of cozy needs more men in it so I decided to write one of my own.

Murder Most Yowl centers around the life of Cameron Sherwood and his cats.

Cam barely fits the definition of a cozy sleuth. He is not currently a professional in law enforcement. An experienced NCIS investigator, Cam turned his back on that profession when an innocent gay man killed himself during the course of one of his investigations. Cam then set out on a career path that is the ultimate definition of cozy, he runs a shop that caters to cats and the people who love them.

Of course he can’t leave the entire world of mystery behind. While cat sitting for a friend, he discovers her body and gets drawn back into the chase for a killer.

Along the way he meets up with a cranky, yet sexy sheriff, is nearly killed by a Russian mobster, delves deep into the workings of a society family and tracks down a kleptomaniac cat who loves to steal bright and shiny objects including a clue.

Take a look:

“Oh, crap.” With my snooping around the Moss mansion this afternoon and the date afterward, I’d forgotten all about the damn necklace.

 “What?”

 I fished the thing out of my pocket. “I think this is what you’re looking for.”

 “What the hell?” Jake snatched it out of my hand and jumped to his feet. “You had this the whole time and didn’t tell me? I should charge you for withholding evidence.” He jabbed his hand at me, the momentum swinging the locket my way. It just missed my face. “I ought to go get my cuffs right now—”

“Hang on.” I didn’t care to keep my voice down. “I found it after our little encounter this afternoon.” I explained about Edgar, the kleptomaniac cat, and his little box of treasures. “I didn’t want another run-in with you right away, so I called the station and told your deputy about it.”

 “You reported it?”

“Yes.”

“Damn incompetent help,” Jake muttered, his eyes darting right and left. “I should have given you a chance to explain. I’m sorry.”

 “That’s okay,” I said, and it was. “You’ve only liked me for a couple of hours. You’ll get used to it.”

That made him laugh. Good.

 O’Neill fished a cellophane bag out of his pocket, then put the necklace in it. “You say a cat stole this?”

“I didn’t see him do it, but I found black fur on Ms. Welch’s white rug. Then he snatched my watch from the table next to me without blinking an eye. Edgar has balls.”

Jake chuckled. “Unless he’s been fixed.”

 Cat joke. We were going to be okay. “Funny.”

 It’s my hope that m/m cozy mysteries can one day become popular enough to join their classic companions on the TV screen. Until then we can enjoy offerings through books.

What’s your favorite cozy book or TV show? I’d love to know.

Until we chat again.

Quinn

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Cat-sitting is a dangerous business.

Cameron Sherwood turned his back on law enforcement the night his investigation led to the death of an innocent gay man. Now Cam spends his time running a business that caters to his favorite animal, cats. But when Cam stumbles upon the body of a friend while feeding her feline, he can’t walk away. Dealing with a sexy yet stubborn sheriff, a matchmaking sister, and a terrifying blind date, Cam must somehow track down a killer, all while keeping the cats around him fed with his gourmet cat treats.

 

Author Bio:

Quinn’s always been thinking up stories. A shy kid, she conjured up adventures while walking home from school. At first she only kept her tales to herself, then she shared them through fan fiction and short stories. She got a job with local TV stations, passing on noteworthy events to viewers on the evening news, winning a Golden Mic and three Emmy awards. Now as long as her cats don’t help her by walking on her keyboard, she’s working on writing more stories so everyone can enjoy them.

Author Links

Blog: https://quinndressler.wordpress.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100012216971417

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Twitter: @dressler_quinn

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/41984299-quinn-dressler?utm_medium=api

Email: quinndressler@gmail.com

Buy Links

Amazon and Dreamspinner Press starting June 29th.

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Excerpt

As I stepped into the living room, the small of my back itched. My hand whirled around my side, reaching for the Glock 23 that no longer nestled between my belt and my skin.

This was ridiculous.

I hadn’t carried a gun for three years, not since I handed my boss a paper that clearly stated, right under the NCIS logo, that Cameron Sherwood was no longer available to do his dirty work. I no longer faced armed terrorists or drug dealers with alarming frequency. These days the worst adversary I came across was a puffed-up cat sporting unsheathed claws.

So why did I reach for a nonexistent gun?

Everything looked normal. Fran Welch always kept her living room in pristine shape. I didn’t care for her color scheme. White furniture on top of a cream carpet was a little too sterile for me, but she didn’t pay me to criticize her taste.

She did, however, pay me to take care of her cat while she was gone. Speaking of Mr. Muffin Tops….

“Here, kitty, kitty, kitty.” I jiggled the plastic bag up and down. “I have your favorite treats.”

Nothing.

Where was that cat? Usually I only had to shake the bag once. The spoiled boy would appear out of nowhere, twining himself between my legs. Then he’d open his mouth, ready to accept any morsel of tuna, sautéed in salmon oil, which happened to drop his way.

Not today.

A breeze whipped through the open door, causing the drapes to flutter. The rest of the room was dead still.

“Here, Mr. Muffin Tops. Come on, boy.”

Nothing.

Ms. Welch trusted me to care for her baby while she was in New York. I had to find him.

I shut the front door, then moved farther into the house. I kept an eye on my feet, not wanting to step on anything important. A habit I picked up years ago while walking through crime scenes.

Crime scene?

Why was I being so cautious? So a cat didn’t come when I called. That didn’t mean I was walking into trouble. The small of my back needed to get with the program.

I scratched my back, then made myself walk like a normal person, not caring what I stepped on. Ms. Welch might have shut the cat up in the kitchen when she left this morning, although she never had before.

When I stepped into the hall, the itch intensified into a full-fledged hackle. There on the left, the den door hung open, a sure sign that something was wrong.

Ms. Welch’s den was her workroom, the place where she planned her fabulous parties, and like any work area, it was a mess. She left the door open once and I accidently got a look inside. We were both mortified, and immediately pretended that it never happened. Ms. Welch’s home was her showcase. She never wanted visitors to see anything as ordinary as a pile of papers on the desk. She certainly wouldn’t leave on a trip without pulling that door closed.

Back in stealth mode—I couldn’t help myself—I tiptoed toward the den. Now I really missed my Glock. I searched the hallway for another weapon. An oil painting of a ship sailing through a hurricane hung on the opposite wall. Such a small ship was doomed to be swamped by the intense waves surrounding it. I hoped I wasn’t about to suffer the same fate.

I bunched my fingers into a fist and looked through the open doorway. My caution was justified. The den was a disaster.

Ripped from their shelves, dozens of Ms. Welch’s books littered the floor. Scattered papers covered every surface of the room, and the drawers of the filing cabinet hung open and empty. A broken vase lay next to a smashed computer monitor, the desktop covered with fragments of glass and pottery. Someone had torn a photograph of Ms. Welch into pieces. She smiled at me from one large fragment, her heart-shaped pendant around her neck.

A quiet yowl came from the right. I risked a step inside. A huddled mass of fur lay on the rug under the window.

“Mr. Muffin Tops!”

His legs twitched as he tossed from side to side, like he was groggy and trying to clear his thoughts. Blood pooled on top of his head, coating the orange fur between his ears with red.

“Oh, God.”

I had to get him to a vet. Forgetting about being careful, I crossed in front of the desk, then stopped cold.

Ms. Welch lay on the floor, between the workspace and the cat. Her skirt hiked up, revealing far too much of her leg, her blood seeping into the beige carpet.

Blood from a very big hole in her chest.

 

 

Daily Dose Short Story: Man’s Best Friend by C.B. Lewis

Dreamspinner Press Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/mans-best-friend-by-cb-lewis-7141-b

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Sam Eastman lives a lonely existence in the mountains of Colorado, working as a ranger and taking care of holiday cabins during the winter. He gets a new dog from the animal shelter and is shocked to find out he has accidentally adopted a shape-shifter.

Philip, a young Englishman, was on holiday and got a bit carried away on a night out. Sam agrees to help him get back to his friends, but a landslide cuts them off, stranding them in Sam’s cabin together. They end up getting closer than either of them expected.

When they go their separate ways, Sam gives Philip his number to stay in touch, but Philip loses it. He’ll have to resort to desperate measure to find Sam again.

Category: Paranormal, Werewolf/Shifter

Pages: 48

Review

From the blurb we know Sam accidentally “adopts” a dog-shifter. When the dog-shifter becomes human, he ends up trapped in the cabin with Sam for a few days during a blizzard. The two become “well acquainted”. When it comes time for Philip, the shifter, to go home, Sam gives him his number, but weeks go by and no contact. So Sam assumes it was a weekend convenience hook up. Until…

**

This was a very witty, well written short story full of laughter and lots of “doggy” moments. I loved that Philip retains some of his doggy self as a human and as a dog he loves to fetch!

The only thing I didn’t like was the ending – it was a bit too HFN – but given the brevity of the story, it might have been the only way it could end.

Lots of fun, hope we see more from this world in the future!

Recommended 4.5 of 5 stars

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They Called Him Nightmare by Deja Black Guest Post and Excerpt

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Growing up, Kai Bennu was taunted for skin dark as midnight and his otherworldly appearance. They called him Nightmare, but Alec Vasilios, a wealthy and powerful businessman, wants to call Kai his own. Kai’s past has left him with little trust in others and even more reluctance to surrender himself to Alec’s power. With both men harboring supernatural secrets, finding common ground won’t come without sacrifice.

LENGTH: 29 pages
CATEGORY/TAG: M/M Paranormal Romance
HEAT LEVEL: 3/5 flames

 

 

 

EXCERPT:
They never asked him his name. They ran from his shadow. He was alone. Always alone. He was Nightmare.
To me he was everything I wanted. To me, he was beautiful. I needed to run my fingers along his skin, to cherish him. In the heat of the blazing sun, I wanted to taste his sweat. I wanted him beneath me, a part of me, a part of my soul. He didn’t frighten me. He entranced me. He called to me.

AUTHOR INFORMATION

Author Bio:
Deja Black had fantasies of men loving men, men who felt strongly, loved hard, and needed a hero. Then one great day she came across a book and discovered the world of m/m writing, encountered others who shared her obsession as much as she did, and found a world where she could not only be accepted for the lives and loves she envisioned, but she could create them too. So why not? Why not take the stories she would write and throw away as a teenager, grow them, dream them, and make them a reality where she could know her own characters, let them live their story, and make them real for someone else? And she did. Now, with the support of her hubby and some intense time management, she is learning to balance her family of two energetic children and a very needy shitzu at home along with the many students she teaches each and every day with her passion of writing what she loves to read.

LINKS:

Blog: dejablack77.blogspot.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/deja.black.69
Google+: Deja Black
Goodreads: Deja Black

 

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Daily Dose Short Story: Wild Fate by Savannah Brooks

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Caden Wells is finally on his way to the Alaskan wilderness, fulfilling a dream he’s had since he was a boy. He’s looking forward to solitary hikes and photographing wildlife. Upon arrival, he’s drawn to his guide’s brother, Drake Fisher, a man who resembles beast more than man. Drake’s unexpected interest surprises Caden, but when Drake claims fate has brought them together and that he’s a shapeshifter, Caden’s confusion turns to shock.

With the help of Drake’s brother, Dean, and Dean’s family, Caden realizes there must be some truth to Drake’s story. On his way to question Drake, the knowledge in his heart that something is wrong is confirmed by reports of poachers in the area. Caden sets out to save Drake, along with the life and love that have been waiting for him in Alaska all along.

 

Category: Paranormal, Werewolves/Shifters

Pages: 55

 

Review

When Caden travels to Alaska he thinks he’s going to find some amazing animals to photograph and get some quiet time to think. What he ends up finding is something far greater than he could guess.

Drake, the brother to the man who agreed to be Caden’s guide, is a recluse who only ventures into society twice a year. This year he’s come out early, and Caden is the reason.

When Drake tells Caden just how important he is to him, Caden can’t deny their attraction, but it takes a dangerous situation with some hunters for him to give in and become Drake’s mate once and for all.

**

This was a wonderful, fully developed short story. Yes, it moved pretty quickly, but the insta-love, insta-attraction, fated-mate thing suits itself well to a short story like this. There was enough character development for me to feel satisfied, a bit of mystery and a bit of smexy times and feels to round the story out nicely.

Highly recommended.

4.5 of 5 stars

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Gambling Men Audiobook by Amy Lane Narrated by Gomez Pugh

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Dreamspinner Press Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/gambling-men-by-amy-lane-7252-b

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Quent Jackson has followed Jason Spade’s every move in business and in poker since their first day as college freshmen. Eight years later, when Jace finally decides Quent is the one man he can’t live without, he sees no reason for that to change.
But as much as Jace believes that poker is life, no one gave Quent the same playbook. After their first passionate night, the real game of love and trust begins, and Jace has been playing alone too long to make teaching the rules easy. Jace only speaks two languages: one of them is sex, and the other one is poker. Between the two, he needs to find a way to convince himself to take a chance on love – and Quent to take a chance on him. It’s a lucky thing they’re good at reading the odds, because they’re playing for keeps, and this is one high-stakes relationship that’s definitely worth the gamble.

Review
(book originally reviewed here : http://kimichanexperience.com/?s=gambling+men)
Abridged
Quent is the low key, “grinder” type who has been following Jace since they met in college. He might have had feelings for him but would never have acknowledged them without some sort of hint from Jace first.

Jace is the “shark” type. Intense, driven, focused, seemingly without feeling – except where Quent is concerned. He can’t admit his feelings unless he’s assured of the results.

One day – seemingly out of the blue – Jace hits on Quent and suddenly their relationship has changed from friend to lover.

Though Quent has never been with a man, and Jace has never been in a relationship, they embark fearlessly on one – together.

**

First – this is my all time FAVORITE Amy book. I love these boys and have re-read this book over and over and over.

What I loved about this book is the sideways “non”-conversations that the boys have with one another. They manage to navigate their relationship with a series of poker metaphors and pointed looks. It’s hysterical. The sex is phenomenal – neither is inhibited and Jace is so growly then cuddly – it’s a perfect blend.

Quent is both the social follower but their emotional leader in the relationship. Jace has so much to learn about expressing himself but when he does it just tears your heart out and makes you want to hug him.

I also LOVED Jace’s family – Mike and Jefferson were such great role-models and I loved their life lessons through poker.

In relative Amy terms – there is almost no angst in this book – but there is lots of deep emotional bonding and lovely relationship building and some fantastic “newbie” sex to be explored. Not to mention that it is hysterical.

If you haven’t read this wonderful book by Amy Lane I highly recommend it.

6 of 5 stars

Audio

OMG – I have waited literally FOREVER for this to become an audiobook. I WAS NOT DISAPPOINTED! Gomez Pugh is an amazing narrator and he does SUCH a great job with this. He didn’t sound like the boys do in my head, but he’s wonderful nonetheless. I adored listening to this and would highly recommend this to EVERYONE!!

6 of 5 grateful it finally came to audio stars

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Why Love Matters by Jay Northcote

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All royalties from sales of this story will be split equally between two LGBT charities: The Human Rights Campaign in the USA and Stonewall in the UK.

Alastair needs help overcoming issues with touch and physical intimacy in order to clinch a business deal with some demonstrative Italians who prefer hugging to handshakes.

Martin, his assistant, has the perfect solution. His mother runs cuddle workshops, which could help Alastair overcome his fears–if he’s brave enough to try. Alastair is nervous not only about the workshop, but also because he will be sharing a room with Martin, who’s starred in his fantasies more often than an assistant should.

Alastair reluctantly decides to give it a try, so they head to a commune in Wales where Martin grew up. The weekend at the commune with Martin proves to be transformative in more ways than one.

Review

Alastair is a cold, anxious man with a lot of potential. His employee of two years, Martin, has become more than Alastair’s willing to admit. When the two end up on the road and sharing a room Alastair can’t hide from his feelings any longer.

**

This is short and sweet, with just enough smexy to make it hot, too! Jay is a fantastic writer and knows how to deliver well-rounded characters – even in a short story.

I loved the “cuddle workshop” and how transformative it was. I also loved that Alastair didn’t hedge once he and Martin got involved. Martin is wonderful and my only complaint was that we didn’t get more of him!

Highly enjoyable!

4.5 of 5 stars

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The Paranaturalist by Ki Brightly Photo Journal Guest Post

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OS: Welcome to Ki Brightly author of The Paranaturalist.  Thanks for stopping by!

KB:

Hello! My name is Ki Brightly. My most recent novel, The Paranaturalist, releases on June 27th. It’s a fast paced paranormal adventure romance. Joe, The Paranaturalist, and Owen, a Metaphyiscal Consultant (aka herb shop worker) both live in Erie, Pennsylvania. In fact, the entire story takes place in Pennsylvania…well, sort of, mostly. I grew up in Pennsylvania, with a minor break for New Orleans, so I felt comfortable writing there.

I thought you might enjoy taking a stroll through some important places in the book with me, learning a little about the places Joe and Owen visit.

First, Presque Isle, or just “the peninsula” to locals, is a large backdrop for the book. Several major scenes, including the ultimate “betrayal” take place here.

 

This is a photograph by Brian Fisher of the Presque Isle Lighthouse.

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This is a photograph of Beach 7 by Anna Gregoroff, which features in the story in the scene where Joe rediscovers “Peter”.

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This is a photo I took the other day at the “Kite Beach”.

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The final scene in the book takes place at Frontier Park, which some of my readers may remember from The Shape of Honey. It’s the place where Dean works. It’s weird how that little park near my apartment sees so much paranormal action, isn’t it? (I think I’ve literally visited it every day for the past week because…why not?)

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Of particular interest in The Paranaturalist, the Willow Grove.

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The stream Joe and Owen cross during the final scene with the bad guy.

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(All photos of Frontier Park and Arboretum were taken by Ki Brightly.)

Next take a look at Sara’s, the greasy spoon near the beach.

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Even though this one says “Sally’s” they are actually right next to each other, and as far as I know, Sally’s is defunct and never open, more of a relic to look at near the functional Sara’s. (These photos came from Trip Advisor of all places.) During the summer, when it’s warm, those red wind breaks are removed and it’s all outdoor picnic seating. There’s a smaller indoor area as well with picnic tables.

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Starting in may Sara’s is so packed with people from about noon on, almost every day of the week, you literally can’t find a parking spot.

Unfortunately, some of the more fun places in the book like Presque Isle Herbs and The Dew Drop Inn aren’t actual, factual buildings outside of my imagination. I really enjoyed creating Briony’s shop, which will crop up again in future stories I am sure. It’s kind of this magnificent jumble of herbs and candles and teas, the sweet love child of some of my actual favorite places to shop.

One of the places that happens to be real, sort of, is Owen’s apartment he shares with his friends. It’s actually modelled extremely closely from my own dwelling at this point in time, right down to the balcony, although we only have two “bedrooms” in my apartment, so in that regard Owen’s is bigger, nicer. Also, all of the furniture is different. I guess really, only the bones of the place are Owen’s apartment. I won’t lie. When I decided to make Owen’s apartment from my apartment I was having an epic lazy day, but then I ended up changing so much stuff I had to map it out and write it down anyway, so my laziness ended up backfiring.

Finally, I thought you might like to see the Allegheny River near the small town of Kittanning, Pennsylvania that figures so prominently in the pivotal moments of the story.

This is the Kittanning Citizens Bridge. When I was in high school the Mothman Prophecies was filmed there. It was a real stir in that small town, let me tell you. EVERYONE wanted to catch a glimpse of Richard Gere because the most interesting thing that normally happens there is someone occasionally gets drunk and causes a ruckus. Seriously, it’s the type of area where three men brawling gets written up in the newspaper as a “riot”. But it’s pretty. This is the bridge that Owen, Frank and Chad were fishing near.

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Image is from BridgeMapper.

If you’re interested there are more pictures of Kittanning at this site. I have a real love/hate relationship with it since I grew up nearby, but I’m told it’s perfectly lovely by people who moved there after their formative years.

http://www.flickriver.com/places/United+States/Pennsylvania/Kittanning/search/

I hope you all enjoyed the visual tour through The Paranaturalist. If you’re reading the book now you can take a peek and have something to go along with my words in your mind.

Happy reading!

OS: Thanks Ki, that was amazing!

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The Paranaturalist

 

Release date June 27th, 2016

 

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As a kid, Joseph Appleyard saw things hidden from others. Now he is The Paranaturalist, an investigator and cohost of a television show that seeks to prove the existence of the paranormal. Some think Joe is crazy, but they don’t realize he knows firsthand there’s more to the world than what most perceive. The trouble is, somewhere along the way, Joe lost his vision and it left his world flat and dull. One night an investigation goes horribly wrong, and a powerful ghostly manifestation sends Joe tumbling into a river. Spirit worker Owen Watson saves Joe’s life, and once they are back on dry land, whatever has been blocking Joe’s vision has been washed away.

When a haunting goes from annoying to dangerous, people turn to Owen Watson. He hates those infuriating hacks from TV, but when he pulls Joe from the river, his mind begins to change. Joe is scared and confused, and Owen realizes he might just be the real thing. Together, they work to understand the part of Joe that has been shut away for so long. But just as Joe is reacclimating to his abilities, his career as a paranormal investigator is in danger of being ripped away. Owen would gladly battle a bloodthirsty spirit for Joe, but he’s out of his element in the world of reality television.

 

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Ki grew up in small town nowhere pretending that meteor showers were aliens invading, turning wildflowers into magic potions, and reading more than was probably healthy. Ki had one amazing best friend, one endlessly out of grasp “true love”, and a personal vendetta against normalcy.

Now, as an adult, living in Erie, Pennsylvania, Ki enjoys the sandy beaches, frigid winters, and a wonderful fancy water addiction. Seriously, fancy waters…who knew there were so many different kinds? It’s just water…and yet…

Ki shares this life with a Muse, a Sugar Plum, and two wonderful children.
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Daniel & Erik’s Super Fab Ultimate Wedding Checklist by KE Belledonne Tour and Giveaway!

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When Daniel gets caught up in the demands of a cheeky wedding planning app, his fiancé Erik grows frustrated with his preoccupation with adhering to heterosexual traditions. Will Daniel’s groomzilla ways give them the wedding of their dreams, or ultimately lead to their relationship’s demise?

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