Release Blitz for Wolf of the Northern Star by SJ Himes and Giveaway!

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OS: Welcome to SJ Himes!  We are lucky enough to have her here today to talk with Kane and Ghost – the “stars” of her Wolfkin series.

Kane, in the first book, there wasn’t a lot of time for “romance”  – if there was time and there hadn’t been any danger would you have done anything differently when meeting Ghost- the reunion?
 
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If I had more time, and things weren’t so dire when we met again, I would have done things much the same, I think. Because Ghost was stuck as his wolf so very long, away from our people, his loneliness, and the need to reconnect with other wolfkin, his family, those had to be met first. If I had met Ghost on his return to Baxter without danger snapping at our paws, I think a day or so to ourselves, then keeping his return to ourselves past that would have been cruelty. He was deeply loved–by both his grandfathers, his uncle, the family that spread out across the world after the tragedy–he needed them as they needed him. Now that we have time again, I think there’s plenty of family members we need to call, let them know the wolf they loved as Luca is home. Ghost is less a man and more a wolf–romance to him is unnecessary. Not that I won’t romance him–he would just see it as a waste of time, something too akin to lies and human frailties. He knows I love him. I know he loves me. Time alone, for just each other, no matter what we’re doing, is what makes him happiest above all things. Whether a moment to breathe in a hectic day, or a week in a den in the woods, it has the same impact. With Ghost, I’ve come to appreciate the importance of now. 
 
 
OS: : To Ghost– what about your Alpha pleases/displeases you the most?
 
Ghost: Please me most about Kane? *ponders* *Grins* I don’t need to think about it. What I love about Kane is that he is beyond honest about who he is, what his role is, his purpose and place in this life. He knows himself. And he shows who he is to our people and the world. He is honesty. There are no lies between wolves. He doesn’t even think to try. What displeases me the most though is less a displeasure and more of a frustration. He values rules and Laws and traditions that come from fallible wolfkin who came before us, and not from Wolf or Goddess. He would adhere to Clan Law even to his own detriment. Many of those Laws shouldn’t even exist. The influence of humanity on the wolfkin has corrupted the good, and glorified the bad. But I know he can see the dichotomy and is willing to work around it if he must. 
 
OS: to SJ Himes: What can we expect from this world in the future?  Is it just books 1 and 2 or can there be more from this world someday?
 
SJ: There are two, maybe three, books planned in this series. I named it a Saga because it is a long, complicated series arc that involves many characters and journeys. There next pairs in the books will be new, as Ghost and Kane have found their HEAs (for now) and the newest pairs will involve wolfkin we have met in the last two books. I won’t be taking two years between books, Fate willing–I should have the next book out by this time next year. (Each book is over 100k words, and that will be a standard for the series.)
 
Thank you for having me! 
 

 

Title: Wolf of the Northern Star
Author: SJ Himes
Series: The Wolfkin Saga, #2
Release Date: June 15th 2017
Genre: Gay Paranormal Shifter Romance

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Ghost, once known as the cub Luca, is finally home. Back among his kind and learning what it means to be both a man and a shaman, Ghost battles the expectations of his people, his family, and the pressures of a society that is both foreign and familiar. His power is greater than any seen before, dwarfing that of even the legendary Shaman Gray Shadow—and his union with Kane places him in the center of a controversy that rattles wolfkin society around the world.

Kane, greater alpha and Heir to Black Pine Clan, has finally defeated the traitor and murderer that destroyed the heart of Black Pine years before. Freed at last from guilt and pain, Kane has a new enemy to face: his own people. Placed on trial for violation of Law and blasphemy, Kane will have to fight to the death to preserve his bond with Ghost and keep his mate and people safe.

The soulbond between Ghost and Kane is forged by the creator and Goddess of the wolfkin. Usually, a sacred and treasured union that honors the pair and their clans, this soulbond is seen not as a gift, but a threat to eons of tradition and Clan Law.

The union of a Shaman and Alpha is anathema—but how to reconcile that belief when it is the wolfkin Goddess who forged it? Can Ghost and Kane save themselves, preserve their bond, and find a new future when the laws of the ancient past threaten to tear them apart?

*This book is part of a series and should not be read as a standalone. Prior books should be read to understand content. 104,000 words*

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EXCERPT

“Decisions need to be made,” Caius began, fingers of his right hand idly scratching the table top. “About many things. Some are more urgent than others, but we are out of time, so choices must be made now.”

“Out of time?” Ghost asked, tilting his head to one side, eyes locked on his grandfather. He paused, seeing the minute tension around Caius’ eyes, the way he held his shoulders. A faint whisper threaded through the air in the silence between them, and Ghost listened. Wordless, yet still conveying a sense of urgency. Kane reacted, though he hid it well, and Caius showed no sign of having heard the whisperer. “Someone is coming. Someone or something is coming, and you wish to act before you can’t anymore.”

“Damn shamans,” Caius grumbled, exasperated, but without malice. Caius gave him a narrow-eyed glare, and Ghost grinned in response. He was not intimidated in the least by his grandfather, though everyone else treated him with caution.

“Who is coming, Sir?” Kane asked, maintaining his respectful composure. Caius gave Ghost one more glance, then returned his attention to his heir.

“The first members of the Tribunal are arriving soon. I just got word that Greater Clan Leaders from Dread Claw, Birch Grove, and Red Wraith Clans are arriving, as early as tomorrow. They will be bringing honor guards and some of their advisors.” Caius’ words were calm, but the tension around his frame was telling.

“You mean they’re bringing in greater alphas,” Kane said, mouth in a grim line. “An honor guard is easily six greater alphas, and that’s per Clan Leader.”

“Yes.”

“Why not the Clan Leaders alone? Why honor guards? What were they told when notified of Heromindes’ request for a Tribunal?” Kane was angry, each word layered in frustration. “These clans are our allies, and they’ve never traveled across borders in such numbers outside of a gathering!”

“If they are allies, why are you angry?” Ghost asked, interrupting before Caius could speak. He paced forward, yet skirted around the table, eyes locked on Caius. His grandfather, for all their blood connection, was still an alpha. Ghost respected his power, yet was not afraid of it—but he would also stay out of reach. Older wolves in the wild would snarl and snap at younger, impetuous younglings. Not that he expected such from Caius, but caution was wise.

Kane made a noise in his throat, half-strangled snort and half a sigh. Ghost gave his mate a quick grin, but went back to watching Caius. “Why are you angry at those you would call friend?”

“Luca—,” Caius began, Ghost quirked a brow at his grandfather, who shook his head and corrected himself when he spoke again. “Ghost, they are bringing honor guards. Almost twenty greater alphas who do not answer to me, in the company of my peers. In a gathering, there are many greater alphas, but also a hundred times more betas to temper the imbalance of power that results when greater alphas congregate in too large of a group.”

“What he means, little wolf, is that there is potential for aggression, fighting, frayed tempers, and extreme violence. Red Fern is all betas, but they are not enough to even out the rough nature of so many dominant personalities in one space, especially if the situation is tense already,” Kane said, reaching out for Ghost, taking his hand. “I don’t think the clan leaders would bring wolfkin guards with control issues, but we see problems like this during gatherings, too. Better to be prepared.”

“Andromeda reigns in Baxter,” Ghost stated, squeezing Kane’s hand but still watching Caius. “She will allow no violence to spill out amongst her clan.” Of that, Ghost was certain. She would never allow her people, her family, to be in danger. Andromeda was power and authority personified—she was the White Wolf, clan leader to the core. For a female, unheard of—for a beta, even more so. Though Ghost had his doubts about her beta status. “And why tense—because Kane is charged with blasphemy?”

Caius blanched at the word, and Kane’s hand tightened on his, almost painfully. Andromeda came to them the day before, warning Kane of the pending charges of blasphemy. Apparently, the clan leaders, Heromindes leading the way, discussed the bond between Ghost and Kane and decided Kane was guilty of two violations of Law in one occurrence—using the Voice to force a mating bond on a shaman.

“Yes, because of the charge of blasphemy,” Caius said, a subtle growl in his voice. “It is almost unheard of for that charge to be levied against any wolfkin, much less an heir to a clan. We have so few religious Laws.”

“I don’t understand,” Ghost said, brows lowered, biting his lip. He sent Kane a searching glance, then looked back to Caius. “Kane’s thoughts give me the meaning of the word, but the…concept? The concept is hard for me to understand. We are soulbonded, and She made it so. That has always been a sacred gift. Always.”

“They doubt that we share a soulbond, my love,” Kane told him, tugging on his hand and making him look down. Kane gave him a half-smile, a twist to his full lips that spoke of anger and some odd pain. “Heromindes, whether through bruised pride and fear, or ignorance, believes I have forced my gift upon you. I used the Voice against him in Worcester, and he cannot fathom how an untrained whelp of nineteen could withstand me. He leads the others in their mindset—there cannot be a soulbond between us, because I am alpha and you are shaman.”

“I see our bond with every glance of my Spiritsight,” Ghost replied, leaning on Kane’s shoulder, speaking now to his mate, his grandfather forgotten for the moment. “Every touch we share, every time we have sex, it grows stronger. We’re almost one soul now. How can they not see it?”

Ghost knew other wolfkin could sense the bond between them. They may not be able to see it, as he could, but their mental abilities gave them the ability to recognize a mated wolfkin. Some were better at it than others, and surely a clan leader would have the experience and skills to understand the bond between he and Kane.

“A soulbond is incredibly rare, Ghost,” Caius said, leaning back in his seat, the chair creaking. “Last count, there was only a dozen soulbonds scattered between the clans. There’s just over two hundred clans across the whole world. Hundreds of thousands of wolfkin, and only twelve pairs. Well, thirteen, now. There is only one other wholly male pairing, but those two wolfkin are a beta and an alpha, not alpha and shaman.”

“So, because our Great Mother has only gifted twelve pairs before us, that rarity makes our bond less likely?” Ghost was fed up. He growled, a soft rumble in his chest. This was not the welcome home he’d dreamed of when he was trapped in his wolf-form lost in the North. Though then, he’d been worried his people wouldn’t want him because he was defective and Gray Shadow died saving his life, but now it seemed they did want him, just not bonded to Kane.

How was their pairing wrong?

“Ghost, it’ll be alright,” Kane said, his free hand rubbing over Ghost’s stomach in soothing circles. Ghost rarely felt his temper slip free from his usual calm, but it was escaping his control now. Last time he got this vexed he tore apart an ugly couch back at the sanctuary, but he was a man now, he didn’t think his mate or the White Wolf would appreciate him destroying furniture.

“Then we prove we are bonded,” Ghost said decisively. “Show them the truth, and they must leave us be.”

Caius sighed and shook his head, and Kane hugged him even as he frowned. Ghost could see the doubt and the underlying worry that weighed down both alphas’ shoulders, but he had an unshakeable faith in his soulbond with Kane and the support of the deity who created it. They would be fine.

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About the Author

I’m a self-employed writer who stresses out about the silliest things, like whether or not I got my dog the best kind of snack and the fact my kindle battery tends to die when I’m at the best part in a book. I write mainly gay romance, erotica, and urban fantasy, with ocasional forays into contemporary and paranormal. I love a book heavy on plot and character evolution, and throw in some magic, and that’s perfection. My current series are: The Beacon Hill Sorcerer, Bred For Love (as Revella Hawthorne), and The Wolfkin Saga. My last two novels in the Beacon Hill Sorcerer won 3rd Place in the Gay Fantasy category for the 2016 Rainbow Awards.

I live in New Orleans, where the personalities are big and loud and so are the bugs! New Orleans is rich in cultural history, and the flavor and music of the City is impossible to hide. Before that, I lived all over the United States: Tampa, Western Massachusetts, Indianapolis, and on and on…. I’m a nomad, and I’ve yet to find a place that calls to me strongly enough to become home. My faithful travel companions are my dog Micah, the numerous voices in my head who insist they all get put on paper, and the wind at my back.

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On Point (Out of Uniform #3) Audiobook by Annabeth Albert Narrated by JF Harding

Audible Link
https://www.audible.com/pd/Romance/On-Point-Audiobook/B06XRMCCW8?qid=1498063867&sr=1-1

Blurb

Never fall for your best friend…

Pushing thirty, with his reenlistment looming, decorated navy sniper Maddox Horvat is taking a long look at what he really wants in life. And what he wants is Ben Tovey. It isn’t smart, falling for his best friend and fellow SEAL, but ten years with Ben has forged a bond so intimate Maddox can’t ignore it. He needs Ben by his side forever—heart and soul.

Ben admits he likes what he’s seen—his friend’s full lower lip and the perfect muscles of his ass have proved distracting more than once. But Ben’s still reeling from a relationship gone to hell, and he’s not about to screw up his friendship with Maddox, too.

Until their next mission throws Ben and Maddox closer together than ever before, with only each other to depend on.

Now, in the lonely, desperate hours awaiting rescue, the real challenge—confronting themselves, their future and their desires—begins. Man to man, friend to friend, lover to lover.

Review
(Book reviewed here previously.)

I. LOVED. This. Book!

First, I love the series and it’s original spinoff. Though each book is absolutely a stand alone, you get a little bit “more” if you read them in order – first the #gaymers series then the Out of Uniform series.

Ben, we’ve met before, and he isn’t as loveable as some of the other characters. He sleeps around a lot and doesn’t seem to catch a clue that Maddox is so obviously in love with him.

(Little warning, there is a ménage scene in this that involves Maddox and Ben and someone else who doesn’t seem to mean anything later – just in case you hate that stuff.)

Maddox is so, so, so wonderful. He’s sweet, sensitive, caring – and built like a linebacker! I love that! I loved how torn he was between doing what was right for himself versus what was right for his family or for Ben.

The smexy times are – as always- smokin’. Annabeth can seriously write some hot chemistry and these two sizzle! Maddox opens up and Ben gets downright naughty with the dirty talk!

I was almost near tears when our two MCs are injured – and that is what finally drew them together, I think. So, most of the story is really these two guys learning how to really be in a relationship together after years of friendship. There is still relationship angst and other issues to overcome, but a lot of this is these two guys – being adults – and dealing with a new “reality”.

This is hands down my favorite in the Out of Uniform series – these two guys just really touched me, Maddox especially. I can’t wait for the next one!

I can’t recommend the series or this book enough – highly recommended! 6 of 5 stars

Audio

JF Harding is a relatively new to me narrator. I’ve listened to the Kage series and of course the Cut and Run series but I couldn’t have told you who narrated those audiobooks. (They’re not my favorite series and I guess I just wasn’t paying attention 😉 He did a FANTASTIC job with this! He’s got excellent timing and an understanding the material. He uses great voice differentiation and accents and I was really taken in by his interpretation of the writing.

I loved reading this but I think listening is the even better way to experience this!

Highly recommended!

6 of 5 stars

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Noble Intentions Audiobook by Andrew Grey Narrated by Robert Nieman

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https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/noble-intentions-by-andrew-grey-8681-b

Blurb

Robert Ashton is in for the surprise of a lifetime. His mother, a bit of a rebel, raised him away from the rest of the family, and it’s not until he’s contacted by his lawyer about an inheritance that he learns who he truly is: the new Earl of Hantford. His legacy includes ownership of the historic Ashton Park Estate—which needs repairs Robert cannot afford. He’ll simply do what the nobility has done for centuries when in need of money. He’ll marry it.

Tech wizard Daniel Fabian is wealthy and successful. In fact, he has almost everything—except a title to make him worthy in the eyes of the old-money snobs he went to prep school with. His high school reunion is looming, and he’s determined to attend it as a member of the aristocracy.

That’s where Robert comes in.

Daniel has the money, Robert has the name, and both of them know they can help each other out. But their marriage of convenience has the potential to become a real love match—unless a threat to Daniel’s business ruins everything.

Review

I’d had this book on my TBR list but hadn’t gotten to it by the time the audiobook came out, so I was psyched to listen to it, as I usually read a book before I listen and I consider it a treat to listen to a book for my first exposure to a story.

In general I’m a fan of Andrew Grey and I find his books to be a reliable source of low angst, feel-good romance that you can trust for a solidly enjoyable experience. Some of his stories really touch me and some are just pleasant, but rarely am I disappointed.

I was disappointed with this.

Part of the reason why – I think – is because the narrator choice was just wrong. I’m actually a fan of Robert Nieman and I find his narrations to be enjoyable most of the time. But he has a specific style and tenor to his voice that really didn’t match up with this story and his lack of appropriate accents was glaring.

I don’t know how much “artistic license” an author has when choosing a narrator, but I do think someone else would have been a better choice. Nieman used a vague British accent inconsistently for the British characters and gave no Texan accent to Daniel despite the fact that his accent is referenced in the story. He also gave no New York accent to anyone though the story is set in the city for some of the time.

I could have looked that over except that Nieman also has a style that is more rambling and chaotic with speed changes and pauses that aren’t always what I’d predict and that can really work in some cases (ie Amy Lane’s Clear Water) but didn’t work here. He also mispronounced a few words and that always bugs me.

Nieman is easy enough to listen to and the sound quality was fine but I don’t think he added to the story.

Now, about the story. I love the premise and I thought Grey did a fair job of making me “believe” these two guys could form a partnership in this day and age based on the idea that they each offered something the other needed. However, Daniel’s “need” was weak at best and didn’t seem to fit given that he was already leery of “gold-diggers” before he and Robert met. I wanted him to spend more time explaining why Robert’s version of gold-digging was okay before he accepted the proposal.

Beyond a very superficial amount of concern regarding distance and the particulars of the partnership there is almost no tension in this story. As a result there is very little chemistry or drive for the relationship on an emotional level either. When our MCs get their HEA it didn’t feel “hard won” or even that difficult and I wasn’t that invested in the outcome.

I stuck with the story easily enough and wasn’t ever tempted to stop, but it wasn’t something I’d recommend to a friend either.

All in all it was like bland tea and dry toast – it filled some empty spaces but that’s about it.

 

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A Destiny of Dragons by TJ Klune

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Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/a-destiny-of-dragons-by-tj-klune-8626-b

Blurb

Sequel to The Lightning-Struck Heart

Once upon a time, the wizard’s apprentice Sam of Wilds got his happily ever after in the arms of his cornerstone, Knight Commander Ryan Foxheart. A year has passed, and while Sam’s been captured five or six more times since then, things are pretty great. His parents are happy, Gary and Tiggy still eat sass for breakfast, Randall is somehow alive despite being older than the gods, the King rules with a gentle hand, Kevin the dragon is as gross as ever, Morgan sighs a lot, Ryan continues to be dashing and immaculate, and Sam is close to convincing Prince Justin they will be best friends forever.
Life is good.
Until it’s not.
Because Vadoma, the leader of the gypsy clan and Sam’s grandmother, has come to the City of Lockes with a dire prophecy written in the stars: a man of shadows is rising and will consume the world unless Sam faces his destiny and gathers the five dragons of Verania at his side.
And she brings along her second-in-command, a man named Ruv.
Ruv, who Vadoma says is Sam’s true cornerstone.

 

Review

Wow! Just, wow! Destiny of Dragons (DoD) is an absolutely brilliant continuation of The Lightning-Struck Heart, (aka The Havehart Saga, at least that’s what I call it – and I capitalized it).
I can’t describe the book without mentioning spoilers; all I can say is that the entire story is awesomely epic. The gang – Gary, Tiggy, Kevin and Ryan – set off on another adventure, and for the fans that have waited for this book, it is so worth it! There is family drama, rival cornerstones, monologuing, heart-boning moments and actual boning, there is also some growing up that Sam has to do – don’t worry though, it will probably take at least 5 or 6 more books for Sam to really mature (and yes, this is a shameless request for more than a trilogy ☺) …
DoD is not a standalone, but there are references to TLSH that are detailed enough to help one understand the current shenanigans, I mean, saga. However, I highly recommend reading TLSH – it is brilliant.
One more thing, since I already knew what Gary and the gang sounded like, (thanks Michael Lesley), I kept trying to do their voices in my head (while reading). I failed miserably, so I fervently beg TJ Klune, please, please release the audiobook soon!!!

5 out of 5 stars

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July’s Theme is Audiobooks and Our Favorite Narrators – with a Giveaway!

July’s Theme is Audiobooks and Our Favorite Narrators – with a Giveaway!

(Yes, we know June is technically Audiobook month but… well… we wanted it to be July!)

 

All of us at Open Skye really enjoy audiobooks. You can see that pretty much every LGBT audiobook released gets listened to and enjoyed by at least one of us – as our tastes are pretty diverse. As a result we couldn’t really focus on our “favorites” because we’ve already reviewed them for you here (though there are some we’d like to showcase.)

So we decided to mix in some favorites with some new releases done by some of our favorite narrators. This month, in addition to the normal amount of audiobook reviews we’re used to doing, look for some additional “retro reviews” and favorites!

 

 

 

Why We Love Audiobooks: July 20th

 

Favorite Audiobooks From Our Reviewers: July 27th

 

 

We’re also running a contest! Each time you comment on an audiobook review your name will be entered into a drawing – at the end of the month one winner will be drawn and you’ll receive $20 credit from Amazon for choosing your own audiobook! (We can’t give audiobook credits unfortunately due to Audible’s strange new policies. ☹ )*

 

 

 

 

 

*Must be able to win via email and prize is in US dollars.  Giveaway closes July 31st. Winner will be emailed by the August 15, 2017.

The Perfect Sub
( Eagle Iron Gym #2
) Audiobook by Sean Michael Narrated by Jeff Gelder


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Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/the-perfect-sub-by-sean-michael-8680-b

Blurb

While new couple Tide and Lance spend time deepening their relationship and further introducing Lance to the joys and vagaries of being a sub, established couple Tyrone and Bran discover that they still have a thing or two to learn as well.

A new job finds Bran run off his feet, and a visit to the eye doctor leads to the discovery of a brain tumor. Bran is terrified. He strives to be the perfect sub for his beautiful master and sees the tumor as a personal failing as he tries to handle every last phone call, e-mail, and text that comes in, no matter how early or late. When Tyrone finally finds out about the tumor Bran’s been keeping a secret, he realizes he’s been taking his sub for granted, and he works to rediscover his boy and their relationship. Of course, that’s easier said than done given that Bran’s job is taking up all his time and he would rather pretend the tumor just doesn’t exist than actually deal with it.

It’s going to take all of Tyrone’s prowess as a master to help guide Bran through these troubled waters.

Review

I initially started listening to This audiobook but realised that it would be better if I listened to book 1 first, The new boy, book 1 in The Eagle Iron Gym series. The first two chapters focus on Tide and Lance from book 1, Tyrone and Bran are a more established couple and come more fully into the story from chapter 3. From then on the focus swaps between the two couples. This can be listened to as a standalone but I wanted the context from book 1.

Sean Michael always writes really hot loving scenes. Master Tide continues to train Lance and build his self confidence. Whereas it’s more about the dynamics of Tyrone and Bran’s relationship. Tyrone and Bran love each other a lot but somewhere along the way Bran convinced himself he has to be perfect and when Tyrone realises this he blames himself. Tyrone is such a caring Master and he is very creative with punishments

Jeff Gelder is not a favourite narrator of mine. He comes across as sounding a bit robotic and doesn’t really bring out the emotions or excitement of stories. This one is no exception. I wasn’t really convinced by the voice he chose for Master Tyrone.

4.5 of 5 stars

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Something’s Brewing at Joe’s by SJD Peterson

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https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/somethings-brewing-at-joes-by-sjd-peterson-8629-b

Blurb

The promise of a dream job lures Murphy to Tampa, but he arrives to the rude awakening that the offer is on hold. Now he’s got two choices: slink back to Michigan with his tail between his legs or stay and look for work. Things perk up when he goes into a coffee shop and learns the owner is looking for someone to renovate the apartment above it. He happily takes the job, only later realizing he’s met Joe Sterling, Kaffeinate’s proprietor, before… when they hooked up at a club Murphy’s first night in Tampa.
Murphy and Joe are both proud, passionate, and outspoken. Neither is looking for a relationship, though they can’t deny they go together as well as coffee and doughnuts, in spite of their tempers. But that’s before Joe learns Murphy will be working for the corporation he believes is harming local businesses and the environment—and if Murphy will be supporting it, Joe wants nothing to do with him, dooming any possibility of an unexpected happy ending.

Review

This is a story about choices. Not just who you date, but where you live, who you work for and do you value the company that you work for values and work ethics.

I like that Murphy was pursuing a career dream and was not afraid to leave all that he knows to travel to the opportunity. I love how even though it wasn’t working out as planned he was making the best of it and moving forward! I loved that Kallie was such a strong character! Not afraid to take a chance on hiring Murphy, as well as speaking her mind to Joe. I liked joe but really had a problem with his jumping to conclusions. In many ways even though he had rough spots in his life it still seemed like so much came easy for him and he didn’t understand the sacrifice that Murphy made in accepting a job sight unseen moving to Florida.

SJD Peterson does a great job interweaving all of the said issues into a great story that keeps you turning the page until the end!

4 of 5 stars

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Manny Get Your Guy by Amy Lane Blog Tour and Excerpt!

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Blurb:

The Mannies

Starting over and falling in love.

Tino Robbins’s sister, Nica, and her husband, Jacob, are expecting their fifth child. Fortunately, Nica’s best friend, Taylor Cochran, is back in town, released from PT and in need of a job.

After years in the service and recovering from grave injury, Taylor has grown a lot from the callow troublemaker he’d been in high school. Now he’s hoping for a fresh start with Nica and her family.

Jacob’s cousin Brandon lives above the garage and thinks “Taylor the manny” is a bad idea. Taylor might be great at protecting civilians from a zombie apocalypse, but is he any good with kids?

Turns out Taylor’s a natural. As he tries to fit in, using common sense and dry wit, Brandon realizes that Taylor doesn’t just love their family—he’s desperate to be part of it. And just like that, Brandon wants Taylor to be part of his future.

Links:

https://www.amazon.com/Manny-Your-Dreamspun-Desires-Book-ebook/dp/B0721LK4FT/ref=la_B008FRGFG8_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1497943827&sr=1-2

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/manny-get-your-guy-by-amy-lane-8550-b

Excerpt

… too quiet… (Part 1)

One of the hallmarks of watching four kids is a requisite amount of chaos. After our two eldest moved out into an apartment, Mate and I would literally look at each other and shudder in the practically obscene quiet.

A parent knows—quiet is not necessarily a good thing when you’re juggling a herd of rambunctious, clever, self-motivated human beings.

When I was pregnant with my fourth kid, I would get home from working full time and sit down with the other three to watch cartoons. The youngest was a toddler who liked to wander the house, and we would block off the living room so he could stay in “the pit” and play while I napped in front of the television. The older kids were pretty good at making sure he didn’t get into too much trouble, but that didn’t stop my anxiety levels much. To this day, my older kids tell me that the one of the freakiest things I did as a parent was sit bolt upright from a somnolent slouch on the couch and scream, “WHERE’S ZOOMBOY!”

Lucky them, they got a reprise after I gave birth to their little sister because then I’d come home from work and put both kids in the pit. Fun right? Cause watching Mom pull a full-on puppet-master-zombie has got to be high entertainment.

But it does underscore the fact that too much quiet scares us.

Now those without kids might be asking, “What’s the worst that can happen?” but I’ll tell you right now, every parent-fail picture on the net was preceded by a moment of, “My God, it’s quiet. What in the hell are they doing back there?”

I have a couple of kids stories that start with, “Too quiet…” and, hey, a whole blog tour with which to share them. For this episode of “Too quiet…” we’ll go back, way back, to before ZoomBoy and Squish were born, when it was just me and Mate and Chicken and Big T…

We’re talking prehistory—pre first novel, and, oh my God, pre- soccer. Chicken was five, Big T was seven, and they were both just old enough to let mom and dad sleep in on Saturday, and get their own damned bowl of cereal.

Except this time, unbeknownst to sleeping mom and dad, that wasn’t what was on the menu.

It started out with that delicious Saturday feeling of, “What do we have to do today? Oh my God… absolutely nothing… Mmmm…”

And then, we heard footsteps. Patter-patter-patter-patter… and then our bedroom door was slammed shut. THUMP!

Mate and I regarded each other thusly: 0.0 0.0 “That can’t be good.”

It was my turn to get it, and I staggered out of bed in my T-shirt and underwear, opened the door, and waved my arms to dissipate the choking cloud of smoke that was emanating from the kitchen.

That’s right. Smoke.

Okay, open doors, open windows, turn on ceiling fans, then get to the bottom of the smoke… which lay in the bottom of the toaster.

“Oh my God, you guys! It’s like a briquette! What happened?”

“It just didn’t pop up,” Chicken said, looking scared.

“Well, that’s okay—why didn’t you wake us up?”

Now remember, Big T didn’t speak well at this point, but he did manage to say, “You wanted to sleep in.”

“Okay, we get that—but you should still wake us up in an—“

Then Mate—who had been opening all the side windows too—spoke up. “Big T, what’s the phone doing here?”

“Where?” I asked, because I hadn’t seen it.

“In the storage room?” (Now it’s the little kids’ bedroom.)

“Oh,” Said T. “We were gonna call 911.”

Mate and I regarded him, dumbfounded.

“You were going to call 911?”

“Yes.”

“But you weren’t going to wake us up?”

The two kids looked at each other. “We didn’t want to get in trouble,” Chicken said frankly.

Well, by the time Mate and I could actually find words for how wrong this was, we had stopped being mad. And yeah—from that moment on, making their own breakfast was prefaced by, “Cereal only!” pretty much until they were both in high school.

But oh yeah—we kept that lesson of “Too quiet…” alive and well in our house. When the next batch of kids came along, one of them brought home a book about five monkeys who were making breakfast and set the house on fire. Mama woke up the fire department in her kitchen, and was like, “You didn’t wake me up?” The little kids thought that was hilarious—

Right up until we told them that it had almost happened to us!

I worked hard to keep the “manny” parts of Manny Get Your Guy from being overwhelming—but they are there. Taylor has a lot to learn about childrearing, and one of his first lessons is that too much silence freaks him the hell out.

I figured that was one lesson every caregiver learns naturally, and my boys in Manny Get Your Guy were no exception.

Sequel to:

The Virgin Manny

Blurb:

The Mannies

Growing up and falling in love…

Sometimes family is a blessing and a curse. When Tino Robbins is roped into helping his sister deliver her premade Italian dinners when he should be studying for finals, he’s pretty sure it’s the latter! But one delivery might change everything.

Channing Lowell’s charmed life changes when his sister dies and leaves him her seven-year-old son. He’s committed to doing what’s best for Sammy… but he’s going to need a lot of help. When Tino lands on his porch, Channing is determined to recruit him to Team Sammy.

Tino plans to make his education count—even if that means avoiding a relationship—but as he falls harder and harder for his boss, he starts to wonder: Does he have to leave his newly forged family behind in order to live his promising tomorrow?

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June 24 – MM Good Book Reviews
June 27 – My Fiction Nook
June 28 – Open Skye Book Reviews
July 1 – Boy Meets Boy
July 3 – Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words
July 5 – Love Bytes
July 6 – Long and Short Reviews

Oversight by Santino Hassell Blog Tour and Giveaway!

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About Oversight

Blurb

Holden Payne has it all . . . or so he thinks. As heir to the founder of the Community—an organization that finds, protects, and manages psychics—he’s rich, powerful, and treated like royalty. But after a series of disappearances and murders rock the Community, he’s branded the fall guy for the scandal and saddled with a babysitter.

Sixtus Rossi is a broad-shouldered, tattooed lumbersexual with a man bun and a steely gaze. He’s also an invulnerable—supposedly impervious to both psychic abilities and Holden’s charms. It’s a claim Holden takes as a challenge. Especially if sleeping with Six may help him learn whether the Community had more to do with the disappearances than they claimed.

As Holden uncovers the truth, he also finds himself getting in deep with the man sent to watch him. His plan to seduce Six for information leads to a connection so intense that some of Six’s shields come crashing down. And with that comes a frightening realization: Holden has to either stand by the Community that has given him everything, or abandon his old life to protect the people he loves.

Now available from Riptide Publishing. https://riptidepublishing.com/titles/oversight

About The Community Series

What lies beneath the surface of the world you thought you knew?

Secrets and lies have twisted an underground community founded by psychics escaping persecution. Blackmail, sex, and social climbing in the name of power has created an irreparable rift.

In the eyes of the founders, there are two sides: loyalists and everyone else. Surely no one would emerge from their tightly woven webs. And they certainly wouldn’t sow the seeds of rebellion within the heart of the Community’s only queer night club.

Now an outcast, a scion, and a runaway are leading a revolution to save not only the men they love, but the entire Community.

Check out The Community series! https://riptidepublishing.com/titles/series/community

About Santino Hassell

Santino Hassell was raised by a conservative family but grew up to be a smart-mouthed, school cutting grunge kid, a transient twenty-something, and eventually transformed into a grumpy introvert and unlikely romance author with an affinity for baseball caps. His novels are heavily influenced by the gritty, urban landscape of New York City, and his desire to write relationships fueled by intensity and passion.

He’s been a finalist in both the Bisexual Book Awards and the EPIC Awards, and was nominated for a prestigious RITA award in 2017. His work has been featured in BuzzFeed, Huffington Post, Washington Post, RT Magazine, and Cosmopolitan Magazine.

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To celebrate the release of Oversight, one lucky winner will receive a $15 Riptide credit! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on July 1, 2017. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!

 

See Me: Lightning Tales, Volume 3 Audiobook by K.C. Wells, Narrated by Joel Leslie

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Audible Link

https://www.audible.com/pd/Fiction/See-Me-Audiobook/B071ZJG6GV?qid=1496853339&sr=1-4

Blurb

Adrian DeSoto spent most of his time in high school being bullied and beaten up, simply because he was perceived as gay. Always slight, effeminate, he was the perfect victim for guys like Martin Cavanaugh, one of the high school jocks. When it all got too much, Adrian was faced with two options, one more devastating than the other. Eleventh grade saw a new Adrian, one who hid his fears and pain behind a mask in a bid to survive.
Eleven years later, and Adrienne is one of the top drag acts in Orlando. She’s fierce, funny, and exuberant. A face from the past gives her a shock, and after that there’s only one thing on her mind – revenge.
Marty Cavanaugh has a particular kink. He loves it when a drag queen goes down on him. But that’s as far as it goes. He won’t admit to himself what’s under that tight fitting dress. And then he meets Adrienne and his whole world goes into a tailspin…
Warning – Contains men in drag, honey! You have been warned.

Review by Morgan

I really enjoyed book one in this series, and I haven’t (yet) read/listened to book two, so I believe this is totally fine as a standalone.

I love the different levels of complexity explored here. We get a lot of “gay guilt” but also this weird hybrid that allows Marty to feel “okay” as long as it’s a drag queen which is kind of the reverse when some gay guys feel drag queens aren’t “manly” enough for their “gayness”… or whatever. There’s a lot of crossing over sexual identity lines that are fascinating to explore.

Adrian/Adrienne is awesome! What a great character! I wish he/she’d have made Marty earn his way back with a bit more groveling, but I was pleased to see that hurdle crossed without a lot of angst.

I thought Marty’s self evaluations and movement toward self appreciation and forgiveness was authentic and moved at a good pace, but I do wish he and Adrian had spent more time together on page getting to know one another again as adults. There’s a big (6 week) time leap that frustrated me a bit and I wish we’d seen some of what happened during that time.

The birthday “gifts” were funny and sweet and though I wish we’d had more work up on page towards these events, they themselves were well done.

I’m not sure I’d have been as motivated to read this as I was to listen to it. Joel’s addition to the equation meant I was totally enthralled by all the flavor and color he adds with the addition of accents and other auditory pizazz which really brought these guys to light. Marty felt a lot more “flat” than did Adrian/Adrienne and I think listening to this helped him to “pop” more and feel more like a three-dimensional character.

Given that this is a relatively short story I think it met my expectations for feeling fully developed, but – as I said – if it’d been a bit longer I’d have felt more of a connection to our guys as a couple with staying power. Where it stands it still felt a bit like the main connection was their sexual chemistry and some lingering feelings from high school rather than a more mature and mapped out relationship between two adults.

All in all it was a fairly light read with a bit of emotional impact and a very good way to spend a few hours.

4 of 5 stars for the audiobook

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Review by Anna

 

Adrienne is a fierce drag queen, however her alter ego, Adrian, is not quite as confident. He is still haunted by his past, by the incessant bullying and loneliness in High School and when Adrienne spots one of her tormentors is the audience when she’s on stage, she can’t help giving Adrian the revenge he needs.

Marty, is not the same guy he was in High School, in fact he is one of the most lonely, sad and depressing characters I have read in a while, when we first meet him. He is a severe closet case, hiding so far back he can see Narnia. In his attempt at denying himself, he has developed a kink for drag queens. Men, but with all the outer trimmings of women.

This was a super sweet enemies-to-lovers story, with a long slow burn between the two main characters. I did however feel a bit let down, that we did not get to experience the first couple of weeks of their relationship. I felt cheated when the story suddenly jumped 6 weeks in time.

 

This is book 3 in the Lightning Tales series, and even if the story sort of works as a stand-alone I was a bit confused at the beginning as to Ric’s role in this. He plays quite a big part in this story, and I didn’t know him! I might have to go back and get his story too.

I listened to the audio version of this book and thought that Joel Leslie did a credible job with the narration, but I never warmed to his choice of voices for the two main characters, unfortunately. It was, however, not too bad, and the prose of the story flowed easily, the plot and the characters were engaging and interesting. I would recommend for an easy read with loads of queens!

 

 3.5 out of 5 stars

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