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Red Fish, Dead Fish by Amy Lane Blog Tour Featuring Andrew Grey!



OS: Welcome to Amy Lane who’s here to talk about her latest book …. Erm and Andrew Grey!



The Inimitable Mr. Grey

By Amy Lane

Okay folks—so, I’m here today to promote Red Fish, Dead Fish, my latest story in the Fish Out of Water series. Now, usually in a blog tour, we talk about ourselves and our newest book until we can’t hardly stand it—but this time out I decided to do something different. I’m going to talk about other people’s books—because I know some amazing romantic suspense authors, and I wanted to celebrate them instead.


So Red Fish, Dead Fish is out on Amazon, it’s the second in the series, and I think you’ll like it very much a lot! That being said, let’s talk about Andrew Grey!

  Andrew Grey is one of my oldest and best friends in M/M Romancelandia, and if you ever get a chance to meet him, one of the first things that will strike you is his enthusiasm and genuine excitement to be where he is, meeting people in his life. Any of our mutual friends can recall with perfect clarity the moment they met Andrew—and how wonderful he made them feel.


Now Andrew is promoting a story from his famous Carlisle Cops series, but I happened to be there when he was exploring story arcs from his Day and Knight romantic suspense series written as Dirk Greyson, and I can tell you, he’s got a flair and a feel for the drama and noir mystery that comes with writing romantic suspense. Of course, as Andrew Grey he’s known for his sweetness and definitely for pulling on the heart strings—but in the gentlest of ways.


When I gave Andrew my little interview, he chose to answer “What Romance Suspense writer would you recommend and why?”

“I just read All In by Ava Drake and it kept me on the edge of my seat… Okay, I was laying down when I read it, but Dominic went to bed and I told him I’d be in soon and I ended up staying up until midnight just because I wasn;t going to put the dang book down.  Now for me, that’s a really good book.  What I liked was the way the romance and the suspence were integrated.  It didn;t feel as though you were alternating between the two.  The care and concern was evidenced during the suspence and that kept both parts of the story moving forward.”


Title: Fire and Fog

Author: Andrew Grey

Series: Carlisle Cops #6

Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Release Date: July 7 2017

Edition/Formats Available In: eBook & Print


Carlisle police officer Dwayne knows what Robin is doing the moment he lays eyes on the young man at Bronco’s club. But he doesn’t know that, like him, Robin also comes from a family who cast him out for being gay, or that he’s still lugging around the pain of that rejection. Robin leaves the club, and soon after Dwayne decides to as well—and is close by when things between Robin and his client turn violent.

When Dwayne finds out Robin is the victim of a scam that lost him his apartment, he can’t leave Robin to fend for himself on the streets. Despite Dwayne’s offer of help and even opening up his home, it’s hard for Robin to trust anything good. The friendship between them grows, and just as the two men start warming up to each other, Robin’s sister passes away, naming Robin to care for her son. Worse yet, their pasts creep back in to tear down the family and sense of belonging both of them long for.

Will their fledgling romance dissipate like fog in the sun before it has a chance to burn bright?


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For more interviews and author close ups for Romantic Suspense, check out the rest of the blog tour—


July 28 – MM Good Book Reviews Amy Lane

July 28 – Alpha Book Reviews (Just a little about Jackson in Fish Out of Water)

July 31 – Open Skye Book Reviews Andrew Grey

August 1 – Two Chicks Obsessed Kim Fielding

August 2 – My Fiction Nook Rayna Vause

August 3 – Tammy’s Two Cents Ava Drake

August 4 – Happily Ever Chapter Melinda Leigh

August 7 – Long and Short Reviews Karen Rose

August 8 – Love Bytes Charlie Cochet

August 10 – The Novel Approach Tere Michaels




Fish Out of Water: Book Two 

They must work together to stop a psychopath—and save each other. 

Two months ago Jackson Rivers got shot while trying to save Ellery Cramer’s life. Not only is Jackson still suffering from his wounds, the triggerman remains at large—and the body count is mounting. 

Jackson and Ellery have been trying to track down Tim Owens since Jackson got out of the hospital, but Owens’s time as a member of the department makes the DA reluctant to turn over any stones. When Owens starts going after people Jackson knows, Ellery’s instincts hit red alert. Hurt in a scuffle with drug-dealing squatters and trying damned hard not to grieve for a childhood spent in hell, Jackson is weak and vulnerable when Owens strikes. 

Jackson gets away, but the fallout from the encounter might kill him. It’s not doing Ellery any favors either. When a police detective is abducted—and Jackson and Ellery hold the key to finding her—Ellery finds out exactly what he’s made of. He’s not the corporate shark who believes in winning at all costs; he’s the frightened lover trying to keep the man he cares for from self-destructing in his own valor.






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Fish Out of Water: Book One

PI Jackson Rivers grew up on the mean streets of Del Paso Heights—and he doesn’t trust cops, even though he was one. When the man he thinks of as his brother is accused of killing a police officer in an obviously doctored crime, Jackson will move heaven and earth to keep Kaden and his family safe. 

Defense attorney Ellery Cramer grew up with the proverbial silver spoon in his mouth, but that hasn’t stopped him from crushing on street-smart, swaggering Jackson Rivers for the past six years. But when Jackson asks for his help defending Kaden Cameron, Ellery is out of his depth—and not just with guarded, prickly Jackson. Kaden wasn’t just framed, he was framed by crooked cops, and the conspiracy goes higher than Ellery dares reach—and deep into Jackson’s troubled past.

Both men are soon enmeshed in the mystery of who killed the cop in the minimart, and engaged in a race against time to clear Kaden’s name. But when the mystery is solved and the bullets stop flying, they’ll have to deal with their personal complications… and an attraction that’s spiraled out of control.





5 stars adult - 18+ Angst Level Audiobook Audiobook Month Author Provided Baseball Book Bullying Contemporary Fade to black/No Steam Gay Heat Index Humor Hurt/Abuse m/m Mary D Mild level angst Misunderstanding Monthly Theme Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Opposites attract

Audiobook Month: Femme by Marshall Thornton Narrated by Joel Leslie

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Queeny cocktail waiter Lionel wakes up to find himself in bed with Dog, a straight-acting softball player, and the two embark on a rocky road to romance. A journey that requires coming out of the closet, going into the closet, a pair of red high heels, many pairs of red high heels, a failed intervention, a couple of aborted dates, and homemade pom-poms. Mostly, Lionel and Dog learn what it means to be a man.



I’ve never read (listened to) any books by Marshall Thornton before and I have been missing out. I didn’t know what to expect, the blurb sounded interesting and I am so happy I got to listen to it. This book is so much fun. Lionel is a wonderful strong character, so sarcastic and funny with brilliant one liners. The way he deals with inept Doug (Dog) is marvellous. The dates they almost go on had me glued with anticipation because I just couldn’t see how Dog and Lionel were going to get anywhere. But they do make it in the end. Masterful writing to give us such a fun book with the sub text of believing in yourself and being true to yourself and don’t give in to stereotypes.

The story switches between Lionel and Dog’s points of view so we get the whole picture. I have to say Joel Leslie’s narration is superb. He brings such an energy to the story. The voices chosen for Lionel and Doug suit them so well I can visualise them. The secondary characters also shine. My favourites are Lionel’s friend Carlos (Carlotta) and Dog’s Sister Madison, they are so amusing.

This has everything I want in an audiobook, great story and brilliant narration. I highly recommend it.

5 of 5 stars


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Olivier (Order of the Black Knights #7) by T.J. Nichols

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Olivier Merlo works for a dangerous man. He does what he’s told without asking questions because he needs to protect his sister and niece. When someone gives his boss trouble, Olivier does what he does best. It’s a routine hit—until the victim’s brother starts poking around.

Cody Anders left his family behind a decade ago—along with their wealth and influence—to live on his own terms. Still, he knows his twin didn’t die of a drug overdose, and he’ll do anything to find the truth. What he uncovers is a conspiracy that will topple his family and leave him staring down the barrel of a gun.

Olivier must decide if he’s going to obey orders or free himself from the curse that has guided his hand for centuries. Cody, who challenges Olivier’s notion that no one can love him, holds the key to breaking his chains. But when the truth finally comes out, it might be more than Cody can accept.


This is a series that is written by different authors and each book can definitely be read as a standalone.

The basic premise is that the MC makes “a deal with the devil” – in this case an evil sorcerer – in return for vengeance – but with a steep price. All he has to do is forgive an enemy and he’s released but that seems to always be difficult.

In Olivier, our MC struggles with what he calls his darker nature, a need for violence and that supersedes his conscience sometimes. When he meets Cody, though he falls for him, his drive and fear keep them separated.

While the mystery and action in Olivier are good, I have to say that the romance isn’t so great. Olivier is definitely hard to like and more anti-than hero.

There was a lot of potential and some definite sexual tension followed by some smexy times, but the pay out at the end is not very fulfilling and I didn’t walk away from this feeling good about our couple. It’s definitely more HFN than HEA but a weak one at that.

It was definitely entertaining and I still really like the overall premise of the series, but this wasn’t my favorite.

3.5 of 5 stars


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Out of The Shadows by KC Wells

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Can he step out of the shadows and into love’s light?
Eight years ago, Christian Hernandez moved to Jamaica Plain in southern Boston, took refuge in his apartment, and cut himself off from the outside world. And that’s how he’d like it to stay.
Josh Wendell has heard his coworkers gossip about the occupant of apartment #1. No one sees the mystery man, and Josh loves a mystery. So when he is hired to refurbish the apartment’s kitchen and bathrooms, Josh is eager to discover the truth behind the rumors.
When he comes face-to-face with Christian, Josh understands why Christian hides from prying eyes. As the two men bond, Josh sees past his exterior to the man within, and he likes what he sees. But can Christian find the courage to emerge from the darkness of his lonely existence for the man who has claimed his heart?


I loved, loved, loved, loved this!  It was so much fun!

Both Christian and Josh are fun and interesting characters. Josh cracked me up with his bluntness and Christian won me over with his willingness to trust Josh.

I loved how flirty and fun and willing to laugh at themselves these guys were with one another. Their dialog felt authentic and really helped to make the story more plausible.

While I thought Christian’s transformation from complete recluse to “out on the town guy” was ridiculously easy, I appreciated that so much of his pain was internal and that viewed with adult eyes it might be easy to peel away.

The smexy times were nice, I wish there’d been more of them, but it felt appropriate for this series.

I was so enthralled with this I couldn’t put it down and while I was looking forward to reading it – it still managed to surprise me with how much I enjoyed it!

Highly Recommended!

4.5 of 5 stars


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Audiobook Month: Prosperity by Alexis Hall Narrated by Nicholas Boulton

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M’lady’s name is Shadowless, cos she’s the fastest ship in the sky. And she ain’t no everyday airship, she’s an aethership, meaning she don’t need engines nor turbines nor nowt but an aethermancer and the stars t’ guide her.
When luckless Dil falls half-dead onto the deck of the skyship Shadowless, he joins an outlaw crew haunted by visions of maelstrom. Driven by a ruthless captain, guided by a pilot with madness in her eyes, they hunt the power that holds up the clouds. Until it turns – to hunt them



Prosperity was my first introduction to Steam Punk and I haven’t found any other I like as much as this story. The world building by Alexis Hall is superb. The mastery of it is that the story uses slang and dialects, easily understood because the context makes it easy to deduce the intended meaning. I do recognise some of them but they are so old I doubt many people use them nowadays (at least not where I live).

The story is set in a kind of frontier mining town where characters are as large as life such as gapped tooth Alice, M’lord and the hero Piccadilly (Dill). My heart is with Piccadilly. He is a bit of an Artful Dodger character, looking for a place to belong. They are on a grand adventure going into danger to mine phlogiston from the sky but are unaware that M’lord got the sky claim in an underhanded way. There is danger from Pirates and they must beware of the Kraken, tentacled monsters of the sky. The pace and exciting battles made me stop just to listen soaking it all in. This is not a romance more an adventure with relationships included.

Nicolas Boulton’s narration is excellent. The accents he uses and feeling he puts into the story make it stand out. Terrific narration turns a good story great and a great story excellent. It enables you to drift into their world and escape for awhile.
Piccadilly describes Ruben’s voice as “like velvet and kisses” and this sums up how I feel about Nicholas Boulton’s narration.

6 of 5 stars


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Audiobook Month: A Reason to Believe by Diana Copland Narrated by Jack LeFleur

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Detective Matthew Bennett doesn’t believe in ghosts. So when the spirit of a murdered child leads him to her body, he’s shaken to the core – and taken off the case. Unable to explain his vision, or to let go of the investigation, Matthew turns to renowned medium Kiernan Fitzpatrick. Though he has doubts about Kiernan’s claims to communicate with the dead, Matt is nevertheless drawn to the handsome psychic, who awakens feelings he thought were long-buried.
Haunted by the lingering spirit of the little girl, Kiernan is compelled to aid in the search for her killer. The chance to get closer to the enigmatic Matt is an unexpected bonus. Although Kiernan’s been betrayed by people who turned out to be more interested in his fame than in himself, with Matt he’s willing to risk his heart. As the two men grow closer, Kiernan helps Matt rediscover that life offers no guarantees – but love offers a reason to believe….

A great paranormal murder mystery with excellent narration.
Matt is a homicide detective who has lost his partner (off and on the job). He gets a call about a case involving a murdered child; in the course of the investigation, he encounters the child’s ghost. This leads him to seek out a psychic – Kiernan. At first Matt is a sceptic, but as he gets to know Kiernan, he changes his mind and finds a reason to believe (sorry, I just had to ☺!). The 2 men learn to trust each other and develop an attraction to each other during the course of the investigation. The mystery and romance were well done with excellent narration!
Jack LeFleur’s range of voice characterisations is impressive – I had no trouble identifying all the different characters. What a fabulous voice! He has a way of building up the scenes, whether they were suspenseful or erotic that kept me listening well after my bedtime. I was thoroughly hooked from beginning to end.
I would highly recommend both the book and audio, but definitely the audio – it brought a really good book to life.

5 of 5 stars


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4.5 stars Action/Adventure adult - 18+ Alternate World Angst Level Beth Jumper Book Contemporary Dreamspinner Established Couple Friends to lovers Gay Heat Index Hurt/Abuse Hurt/comfort m/m Mid level angst Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Opposites attract Paranormal Part of a Series Race/Species Difference Scorching/high heat Shifter

Rise and Fall (THIRDS Book 4) by Charlie Cochet

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After an attack by the Coalition leaves THIRDS Team Leader Sloane Brodie critically injured, agent Dexter J. Daley swears to make Beck Hogan pay for what he’s done. But Dex’s plans for retribution are short-lived. With Ash still on leave with his own injuries, Sloane in the hospital, and Destructive Delta in the Coalition’s crosshairs, Lieutenant Sparks isn’t taking any chances. Dex’s team is pulled from the case, with the investigation handed to Team Leader Sebastian Hobbs. Dex refuses to stand by while another team goes after Hogan, and decides to put his old HPF detective skills to work to find Hogan before Theta Destructive, no matter the cost.

With a lengthy and painful recovery ahead of him, the last thing Sloane needs is his partner out scouring the city, especially when the lies—however well-intentioned—begin to spiral out of control. Sloane is all too familiar with the desire to retaliate, but some things are more important, like the man who’s pledged to stand beside him. As Dex starts down a dark path, it’s up to Sloane to show him what’s at stake, and finally put a name to what’s in his heart.


So as the series continues I would say that this is almost like part 2 of the previous book Rack and Ruin. I am fortunate to have the complete series lined up to read in order and hanging storylines (not Cliffhangers) just push me to start the next book in the series.

Dex’s need to protect the people he loves is the basis for this next book. The fact that he will basically lie, cheat and misdirect everyone to get there is where we find this story going. Sloan is no fool and he basically knows what Dex is up to but he wants Dex to be honest with him. As the story continues Dex starts bringing in the rest of the team and although they disagree with him keeping Sloan out of the loop they help and assist as needed. Dex ends up in some pretty harrowing situations and escapes with luck and help from his team.

Things escalate until we get a declaration from Sloan that he loves Dex, as well as a need to let everyone know that Dex is his. The team works together to take down the bad guys, Ash is faced with his desire for Cael and we get just a glimpse of Calvin and Hobbs as a couple.

The sex is as intense as always, the storyline moves along at a good pace and we are given enough twists and turns to want to continue following the series to see where everything goes. Dex and Sloan seem solid in their relationship so I believe the author can start exploring other pairings of the team. We are left with Sloan and Ash facing Maddock knowing they had to explain their involvement with his sons. Definitely a good incentive to pick up the next book.


4.5 of 5 stars

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Audiobook Month: Scrap Metal by Harper Fox Narrated by Sean Gormley

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Is there room for love in a heart full of secrets? One year ago, before Fate took a wrecking ball to his life, Nichol was happily working on his doctorate in linguistics. Now he’s hip deep in sheep, mud, and collies. His late brother and mother had been well-suited to life on Seacliff Farm. Nichol? Not so much.

As lambing season progresses in the teeth of an icy north wind, the last straw is the intruder Nichol catches in the barn. He says his name is Cam, and he’s on the run from a Glasgow gang. Something about the young man’s tired resignation touches Nichol deeply, and instead of giving him the business end of a shotgun, he offers Cam a blanket and a place to stay. Somehow, Cam quickly charms his way through Nichol’s defenses and into his heart. Even his grandfather takes to the cheeky city boy, whose hard work and good head for figures help set the farm back on its feet. As the cold Scottish springtime melts into summer, Nichol finds himself falling in love. When tragedy strikes, Cam’s resolutely held secret is finally revealed and Nichol must face the truth. He’s given his heart away, and it’s time to pay the price


I first read Scrap Metal on recommendation from a friend. I’m not sure if I would have picked it up on my own. I got caught up reading it, didn’t want to stop so when I realised it was in audiobook I had to listen and I was not disappointed. Set on the Scottish Isle of Arran the story starts by painting a bleak setting. One full of hardship and grief.

This Romantic Drama is written with such depth that I felt like I was there with Nichol as he fought to find a stray sheep in the poring rain. There are so many evocative scenes in this book made even more vivid by the narration.

The pace was just right for me slow and steadily building the relationship between Nichol and Cameron as well as the mystery of why Cameron was on the Island. It is told from Nichol’s point of view and you get his despair at moving back to his childhood home after the death of his mother and brother and how the mood changes for both Nichol and his grandfather once Cam arrives. The fortune of the farm starts to turn as love blooms. Granda Harry is a wonderful curmudgeonly old character who keeps the old ways and is never wrong. For all the grumbling between Nichol and Harry you can feel the love they have for each other.

The reason I love this book more in audio is the way Harper Fox’s excellent prose is enhanced by the narration. The Scottish accents and the way it is delivered by Sean Gormley makes you feel the wind, rain, sunshine, hope and despair. I never tire of listening to this story.

5 of 5 stars


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Audiobook Month: Remy’s Painter: The Werewolves of Manhattan, Book 2 by AC Katt narrated by Joel Leslie

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Ian Sullivan is being chased by a mobster and has to come up with $5,000 he doesn’t have. His only hope is an estimate for a large house. Little does he know that the house belongs to a loup garou who just happens to be his mate.
Ian Sullivan is in trouble. His father and brother died because his brother gambled and owed money to a mobster. Now Sal Ferrara want to collect from him and if he doesn’t, he’ll take Ian as his boy toy instead. Ian’s only hope is getting a job from an estimate his father had outstanding for a 7,800 square foot house. Little does Ian know that the house belongs to a Remy Clavier, a loup garou who meets Ian and knows he’s found his mate. Now all Remy has to do is take care of Sal Ferrara and convince Ian, a human, to accept both him and his wolf.

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Ian lost his father and brother to a gambling debt with a mob boss. Now he is doing his best to make the money needed to keep him from being essentially a sex slave for that same mob boss by continuing his father’s painting business.

Remy is the second most powerful werewolf in North America and finds his mate in the house painter whose come to do his newly purchased houses.

Remy is afraid to tell Ian his truths and Ian is afraid to trust someone so obviously out of his normal circle.

Eventually they must band together for Ian’s protection and slowly grow to love one another. They keep things chaste until Remy tells Ian of his true nature and claims him as his Mate.


I really liked the slow burn of this novel. The author does a lot to make the whole “insta-love” more palatable and sincere.

I liked the characters and found the story interesting. I wish there were more about being a werewolf in this story, however. Besides the rules and the mating bite there is nothing about being a werewolf in this story at all.

My main problem was the writing itself. It’s rather stiff and awkward, there are some grammatical mistakes and the dialog isn’t very believable. Everyone is entirely too self aware and they spend way too much time dissecting their feelings. There is a lot of telling and not much showing.

I think the creativity and storylines are great and with some improved editing future works could be outstanding.

3 of 5 hearts


Joel makes this series a “must have” for me! I love his French accents and his ability to make each and every (and there are a LOT of them!) characters stand out on their own. He’s good at giving the emotional scenes their due without making it feel too much like a soap opera.

Highly recommended for fans of the series!

Audio 5 of 5 stars

Overall 4 of 5 stars


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Out of the Ashes by Ari McKay Guest Post!


OS: Welcome to Ari of Ari McKay one of the authors of Out of the Ashes!


Hi there! Ari here, of the writing duo of Ari McKay. Thanks to everyone at Open Skye for hosting us on their blog for the blitz of our new release, Out of the Ashes! We are super excited about our story and about the Dreamspun Beyond line, and we can’t wait for everyone to read our story!

Dreamspun Beyond, like the Dreamspun Desires line, takes favorite tropes, gives them a spin and a happily ever after for that warm fuzzy that everyone enjoys from a feel-good romance. Our story, Out of the Ashes, uses the Fated Mates trope, but we change it up a little bit. Eli Hammond is a big, buff werewolf, but what happens when he finds out he’s destined to be with Arden Gilmarin, a small, almost delicate half-elf? And how can Eli even think about romance when he returns home after a trip to find that several members of his pack have been murdered, and the rest have been kidnapped? For Eli, this isn’t the time to meet his mate, and Arden sure isn’t the mate he would have imagined, but our boys are in for a wild ride as they learn that sometimes destiny knows what they need better than they might have imagined.

We had a lot of fun with the world building for this story. McKay and I both have a love of Asheville, North Carolina, so when we decided to write a paranormal tale, we couldn’t resist setting it in that area. With the surrounding mountains, the nearby Cherokee reservation, several national forests and a distinct set of lore all its own, the mountains of North Carolina practically begged to be the setting for a supernatural community. Thus was the Asheville Paranormal Council born, a group of creatures that live in the area and try to keep their community safe from outside threats, including the humans who live unaware of them in their very midst. From shapeshifters, to elves, to wizards, to dryads and wee folk, the council does its best to deal with the issues of supernatural beings in a modern world. Of course, they can get bogged down in the bureaucracy, as Eli discovers to his annoyance. But when a demon incursion looms, everyone must fight together to protect the area. The over-arching plot that will span three different pairings, but romance is still the central part of the Asheville Arcana tales.

The path to romance isn’t easy for Arden and Eli. They are very different people, from different backgrounds and experience, and Eli’s denial of their bond sets the stage for misunderstanding and doubt. But was the two of them learn to work together, they start to realize that there is something about their very differences that makes them stronger together. But the evil which has taken Eli’s pack is both powerful and ancient, and their efforts to deal with it have put them both in incredible danger — and before it’s all over, Eli is going to have to face hell itself to save his pack and his mate.

We really hope you enjoy the story, and that the wild ride makes you want to come back for more!


In their differences, they’ll find strength—and love.

Alpha werewolf Eli Hammond returns from a fishing trip to discover a nasty surprise—five members of his pack murdered and the rest missing. He needs help locating and rescuing his pack mates, but the supernatural council in Asheville, North Carolina, turns him away.

Except for one man.

As they work together, Eli is stunned—and not especially thrilled—to discover half-elf Arden Gilmarin is his destined mate. But as Arden and his friends struggle to help Eli in his quest, Eli surrenders to the demands of his body—and his heart. They’ll need to bond together, because the forces opposing them are stronger and more sinister than anyone predicted. The evil has its sights set on Arden, and if Eli wants to save his mate and the people he is entrusted with protecting, he’s in for the fight of his life.

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Ari McKay is the professional pseudonym for Arionrhod and McKay, who have been writing together for over a decade. Their collaborations encompass a wide variety of romance genres, including contemporary, fantasy, science fiction, gothic, and action/adventure. Their work includes the Blood Bathory series of paranormal novels, the Herc’s Mercs series, as well as two historical Westerns: Heart of Stone and Finding Forgiveness. When not writing, they can often be found scheming over costume designs or binge watching TV shows together.

Arionrhod is a systems engineer by day who is eagerly looking forward to (hopefully) becoming a full time writer in the not-too-distant future. Now that she is an empty-nester, she has turned her attentions to finding the perfect piece of land to build a fortress in preparation for the zombie apocalypse, and baking (and eating) far too many cakes.

McKay is an English teacher who has been writing for one reason or another most of her life. She also enjoys knitting, reading, cooking, and playing video games. She has been known to knit in public. Given she has the survival skills of a gnat, she’s relying on Arionrhod to help her survive the zombie apocalypse.



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