By Karrie Jax
Karrie Jax Fan Art
I was fortunate enough to meet Greg Tremblay at this year’s GRL in San Diego. He’s an amazingly sweet and talented man. While I was talking with him he gave me a glimpse of just how skilled he is as a voice actor by slipping easily in and out of a variety of voices. It’s eery – like talking to Jae and Ichi having them in the same room. Their voices are so unique and their speech patterns such that you’d think it would take him a bit to “get in character” but he just slips in and out like changing coats! I was floored! Anyhow, he was also talking a little about his process and his relationship with Rhys Ford and her “Dirty” series – The Cole McGinnis Mystery Series. I asked if he’d be willing to answer a few questions for me and from that discussion I give you this nearly 45 minute phone interview we shared. (Please ignore the obvious nerves and fan-girling you might catch on my side of the conversation – Greg was amazing!)
I want to express my most sincere gratitude to Greg for his time and talent and also give a nod to Rhys Ford for her body of work and her amazing talent and for Dreamspinner for their blending of their respective geniuses. Thank you!
I can’t wait for the last Cole McGinnis book and it’s audio companion!
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There’s a dead man in Miki St. John’s vintage Pontiac GTO, and he has no idea how it got there.
After Miki survives the tragic accident that killed his best friend and the other members of their band, Sinner’s Gin, all he wants is to hide from the world in the refurbished warehouse he bought before their last tour. But when the man who sexually abused him as a boy is killed and his remains are dumped in Miki’s car, Miki fears Death isn’t done with him yet.
Kane Morgan, the SFPD inspector renting space in the art co-op next door, initially suspects Miki had a hand in the man’s murder, but Kane soon realizes Miki is as much a victim as the man splattered inside the GTO. As the murderer’s body count rises, the attraction between Miki and Kane heats up. Neither man knows if they can make a relationship work, but despite Miki’s emotional damage, Kane is determined to teach him how to love and be loved — provided, of course, Kane can catch the killer before Miki becomes the murderer’s final victim.
Miki is an orphan, abused and neglected by the system, who finds his calling in a band called “Sinner’s Gin”. He meets Damian and the two, along with two other boys, set the world on fire with their bluesy rock. Until one night, when a mysterious car crash destroys their world, killing everyone but Miki.
Kane is an Irish cop from a huge but great family, who likes his job and working with wood. One day his wood working is interrupted by a strange dog that belongs to Miki. Besides their instant attraction, the two end up spending time together when Miki becomes the center of a bizarre crime spree involving dead body parts being delivered to his door.
Rhys Ford is a poet and she writes elegant, flowing, beautiful love stories full of pain and passion and promise. Sinner’s Gin combines a compelling mystery with a passionate love story between an angsty rocker and a sweet but tough cop.
Plus there’s Dude – an awesome mutt – who has klepto tendencies and likes to hog the couch.
The audio book:
Narrated By Tristan James
Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
All those lovely Irish accents just flow off his tongue like warm honey. It is a truly sensuous experience to hear Rhys’ evocative words read in that warm, husky voice. Just as I praised Rhys and Greg Tremblay for their work on the Cole McGinnis series, I am equally praise-laden for the Sinner’s series.
Tristan is a treat to listen to and combing him with another of Rhys fantastic stories is a match made in heaven.
I give both book and audio book 6 out 5 stars – amazing!
Copy provided by Dreamspinner for honest review
Fan Art by Karrie Jax
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Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Chris McHart, author of Small Steps.
Open Skye: Hi Chris, thank you for agreeing to this interview! Can you describe your book to us?
Small Steps is a book about love (big surprise here!). It’s about overcoming your own problems, about facing the truth, and forgiving. It shows how much can love do, and what love can’t do.
Open Skye: Have you ever read something that made you think differently about your genre? Can you tell us what it was?
Not really. I’ve read good and not so good stories, but not one changed how I think about the genre.
Open Skye: Can you tell us about your character’s family life?
Sebastian’s parents are both dead, and he doesn’t have siblings. They weren’t good parents, mostly concerned about their drinking, not their child.
Open Skye: Can you compare yourself to your main character?
LOL, okay, I’m female, I like to drink but I’m not an alcoholic. I’m also in a loving, stable relationship, I have friends and a good job. All these things that Sebastian doesn’t have.
Open Skye: In order to get to know you a bit better, will you describe your past week as a type of landscape or a weather forecast?
Oh, cool! I’m on holiday, so I would say a very sunny day on a beach. Slightly windy, some small waves, just enough heat so you can lie in the sun and relax.
Thank you to Ms McHart for her time!
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Otter Chaos (includes Tail Slide)
Lon Ewing snowboarded in and turned economist Corey Levigne’s life upside down, introducing him to a world he didn’t know existed. Corey’s still adjusting to a boyfriend who shifts into an otter and raids the koi pond—and now Lon says Corey’s department chair is a werewolf?
Wolves at the university, wolves in the bank—across Lon’s desk sits Professor Melvin Vadas and his hench-wolves, demanding a construction loan for the pack’s new lodge in the mountains. There’s just one little problem: the proposed building site is home to a breeding population of rare fish.
What do wolves care for stupid human rules, an otter who’d barely make a good snack, or one pesky human determined to protect the environment? Once they’re snout to snout with Corey and Lon there’s more than silverscale dace on the Endangered Species list.
Includes Tail Slide (the short that kicked off otter madness)
Fresh powder snow and running water in the Colorado back country call Lon like the moon calls the wolves. Belly-sliding to a good time on the weekends makes up for a workweek at a desk, and meeting Corey adds a whole new level of fun to snowboarding.
It’s easy to slip away for time alone in the woods without raising suspicion, but how’s Lon to entertain himself when bad snow and a worse spill force them off the mountain too early?
Never give an otter a box of Cheerios.
Pages or Words: 84500 (11000 Tail Slide, 73500 Otter Chaos) 276 pages total
Categories: M/M Romance, Paranormal
Threading his way between the tables to reach the group, Corey intended to set the glass down on the small table in their center without interrupting the flow. Maybe he didn’t really need to steady himself on Lon’s shoulder, but it was a good excuse to touch his boyfriend, get a little squeeze and a promise for later in at the same time. “Bet you need to wet your whistle.”
Lon jerked up hard enough to jostle Corey’s arm. Brown liquid slopped over the rim of the glass. At least it missed Lon’s instrument, but what—?
“No. Sorry. But no.” Lon twisted under the strap of his guitar. “We need to leave. Now.”
“Wha—?” Corey all but dropped the glass. “Why?”
“Now. Please.” Lon was up and sidling toward his guitar case.
Corey followed. What else could he do? The man who’d been gleefully leading fiddles and mandolins had cased his instrument and bolted out the side door. Lon barely waited on the porch of the old house turned brewpub, dashing to the passenger side of the RAV4 before Corey was quite outside in the chill spring night.
“Go, go, go,” Lon begged. “Quick.”
“Okay.” Corey tucked his long legs under the steering wheel and peeled out of the parking lot. “Want to explain the sudden need to be elsewhere?”
Lon’s knuckles practically glowed with their whiteness—if the armrest of the passenger seat breathed, Lon would have choked the life out of it three blocks back. “I smelled wolf.”
That again. “I did see Melvin come into the pub.” Corey aimed the truck toward south Boulder, because Lon had that trembly look where his dark brown hair and beard seemed to puff out bigger. Absolutely no reason to stress him, and every reason to take him home and pet him into exhausted, sweaty peace.
“Can you get a job at Harvard or Stanford or somewhere far, far away from CU?” Lon whimpered. “Or decide you don’t like me anymore?”
“No and no.” Corey gave his lover a stern look on the turn into the driveway. “I’m headed for tenure here and I love you. I don’t want to change either one of those things.” He pulled Lon across the console to plant a kiss in short, sleek, hair. “Let’s go look at the koi one last time, and then last one into bed is a rotten egg.”
“Rotten egg! Ick!” But Lon was diverted enough to scamper to the back yard, not too fast to be caught.
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Meet the author:
P.D. Singer lives in Colorado with her slightly bemused husband, two rowdy teenage boys, and thirty pounds of cats. She’s a big believer in research, first-hand if possible, so the reader can be quite certain PD has skied down a mountain face-first, been stepped on by rodeo horses, acquired a potato burn or two, and will never, ever, write a novel that includes sky-diving.
When not writing, playing her fiddle, or skiing, she can be found with a book in hand.
Where to find the author:
Publisher Website: http://RockyRidgeBooks.com
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26721642-otter-chaos
Publisher: Rocky Ridge Books
Cover Artist: Dar Albert, Wicked Smart Designs
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As a rhino shifter, Tromp knows that he’s not the sexiest beast in the world. In fact he’s clumsy and he can’t see very well, and that’s whether he’s in his human or animal form. Still, he enjoys going to the bar and watching the other shifters hooking up, especially the dancers. Then he sees a slinky kitty dancing on the little stage and he’s immediately smitten. He knows a sexy beauty like that would never go for him, but he’s happy just to watch and fantasize about what could be.
For his part, panther shifter Pepper might be gorgeous on the outside, but he knows most people see him as nothing more than a piece of meat and he’s had a hard past. There’s something in the way the big rhino shifter looks at him while he dances, though, that makes him feel special. So when his stint on the stage is over, he heads right to the rhino’s table.
Can Tromp and Pepper ignore the world’s expectations and find what they need in each other?
Pages or Words: 10,500 words
Categories: Contemporary, Erotica, Fantasy, Fiction, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy
Tromp got his beer at the bar and made his way over to the table in the corner where he usually sat. It was an out of the way booth and afforded him a good view of the rest of the place. His thick bottle-cap glasses improved his poor vision enough that from here he could watch the pretty people hooking up—the slinky twinks finding each other or handsome older men to dance and laugh with. He was a bit too lumbering for dancing. Too clumsy and grumpy for easy pickups, too. In short, he didn’t really belong. Hence the out of the way table.
The music was loud and thumping, vibrating up from the floor, and his beer was cold. It was all he really needed after a long week of walking around the three warehouses he worked security on. He’d stay and watch for a while, then head home to the peace and quiet of his little cottage just outside the city.
Someone came out onto the tiny stage, one of the performers who danced in stretch jeans and open-front shirts. This guy had waist-length black hair, golden skin, and sharp features.
Tromp watched, utterly fascinated. He usually didn’t do more than admire the beauties who were out of his league, but there was something about this guy, something slinky and sexual that made him want in the best way. Or worst way, given that he never had a chance with the beautiful ones. Still, he could look his fill, couldn’t he? After all, that’s what the dancers were all about—looking but not touching.
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Meet the author:
Often referred to as “Space Cowboy” and “Gangsta of Love” while still striving for the moniker of “Maurice,” Sean Michael spends his days surfing, smutting, organizing his immense gourd collection and fantasizing about one day retiring on a small secluded island peopled entirely by horseshoe crabs. While collecting vast amounts of vintage gay pulp novels and mood rings, Sean whiles away the hours between dropping the f-bomb and pursuing the kama sutra by channeling the long lost spirit of John Wayne and singing along with the soundtrack to “Chicago.”
A long-time writer of complicated haiku, currently Sean is attempting to learn the advanced arts of plate spinning and soap carving sex toys.
Barring any of that? He’ll stick with writing his stories, thanks, and rubbing pretty bodies together to see if they spark.
Where to find the author:
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/SeanMichaelWrites/
Publisher: Sean Michael
Cover Artist: Kris Norris
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[Thomas] Hi there, thank you for hosting us here today. Our book, Uncaged is set in a world where shifters can be imprisoned for life if they break any shifter laws. The laws are upheld by a force called the Elite who work for a ruling family, the Masons.
[Lisa] At the heart of this story is a true mate romance. Lucas is a hybrid shifter who is fighting his way up through the ranks of cage fighters. Carlin is an Alpha Wolf shifter who has already attained one of the top positions and is quite happy with his lot…until he meets Lucas and realizes they are true mates. Now freedom is on his mind, and he will fight to get it.
This book is a little different from my other books (the Cloverleah Pack, Bound and Bonded, Stockton Wolves and the Alpha and Omega series) but that is to be expected with a collaborative effort. For me the important element of the story was the love growing between two men…
[Thomas] …and for me it was the fight scenes and the underlying theme of this series which is how men will act under an oppressive ruling family. I think we got a good balance and hopefully readers will think so too.
[Thomas] Well, Carlin loves to cook but it’s not something he gets a lot of chance to do very often…
[Lisa]…and Lucas loves to listen to jazz music, something even Carlin doesn’t know.
[Lisa] I have – some of the Cloverleah Pack books, like where Scott walks away from Damien in book 3, and Anton acts like such an ass to Troy in book 4 – for some reason both of those scenes made me tear up at the thought of it, and I had to work extra hard to get those men their HEA.
[Thomas] This is my first book, so the short answer is no. But I imagine Mom will have me thinking of some soppy stuff in the next one…not that it will make me cry, but Mom probably will.
[Lisa and Thomas] No.
[Lisa] I have always wanted to collaborate with someone else. Writing can be quite a lonely occupation. I never thought my first co-writing project would be with my son, but it was really fun to do and I am looking forward to working on the next book.
[Thomas] I didn’t realize that the writing process itself took so long. I have these ideas in my head, but when we came to putting them on paper it was like…you have to be able to convey what’s in your head, clearly enough on paper so others can see what you are thinking. I found that hard – as well as the sex scenes…my Mom did those and no, I didn’t even talk to her about them…talking to my mother about sex is just freaky.
[Lisa] Yep, you left all that to me, lol. Not a problem. I have trouble with action scenes, I always have. That is what made writing this book so much more fun because I had someone who I could talk to about specific movements, sensations and things like that – there are more action scenes in this book than in any of my other ones.
[Thomas] I try and eat healthy when I can – fruit, vegetables, a lot of water, and fish/chicken. I can guess what Mom is going to say.
[Lisa] too right, lol. Chocolate, chocolate, tea (for fluids) and more chocolate.
Thank you Lisa and Thomas!
Here is an excerpt from their book:
Carlin knew he was behaving like an idiot pacing up and down the floor of his small apartment, but he couldn’t stop. How long did it take for one man to have a shower for fucks sake? He’d ordered food for the both of them. Having been a fighter for more than five years, Carlin knew that Lucas would be hungry – hopefully for food and sex. But if the bloody man didn’t get his skates on then Carlin would eat alone and get straight to dessert when Lucas arrived.
About to call Brian and find out where his errant fuck had gone, Carlin caught the sound of people outside of his door. He threw himself on the couch and picked up a book. He didn’t want Lucas thinking he was waiting for him or anything.
Brian came in, Lucas a few steps behind him.
“Alpha Fighter Carlin. This is Lucas, ranked fifth after today.”
Carlin was surprised. He’d heard the man had moved swiftly up the ranks, but he didn’t realize that Lucas was so close to a shot for an Alpha ranking. In theory, one more fight and he might have to fight Lucas in the ring. For a moment Carlin was tempted to send the man away. He did have some conscience, even after so many years of being a fighting machine. He didn’t want to have to kill someone who had been in his bed.
But then Lucas stepped past Brian, and Carlin was caught in angry eyes. Silver eyes. Something tugged at Carlin’s brain – the eye color had some significance, didn’t it? But then Lucas’s scent hit Carlin’s nose and any rational thought fell straight out of his brain.
“Leave, Brian,” Carlin said, standing up and not breaking his stare with Lucas. He knew his body radiated the power he was famous for, and guessed he might look intimidating, as he heard Brian whisper to Lucas as he scurried out of the door, “I told you not to stare at an Alpha. You’re dead meat pup.”
“Better dead than a fuck toy,” Lucas snarled – his comment for Brian, but those silver eyes stayed fixed on Carlin.
“I agree,” Carlin said, his voice dropping as he got closer. Before Lucas could react, he reached his hand around, grabbing Lucas by the nape and pushing the man’s face into his throat. Whatever Lucas was going to say was muffled by Carlin’s skin, although the man was kicking, punching and doing everything he could to get free.
“Sniff, damn you,” Carlin said urgently. “Fucking sniff, and then I’ll let you go.”
Carlin felt Lucas quieten, although his body still stayed rigid in Carlin’s grasp. Lucas’s deep inhale was the only sound in the room. Carlin knew the moment Lucas had worked out what Carlin was trying to say.
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Meet the authors:
Lisa Oliver had been writing non-fiction books for years when visions of half dressed, buff men started invading her dreams. Unable to resist the lure of her stories, Lisa decided to switch to fiction books, and now stories about her men clamor to get out from under her fingertips.
When Lisa is not writing, she is usually reading with a cup of tea always at hand. Her grown children and grandchildren sometimes try and pry her away from the computer and have found that the best way to do it, is to promise her chocolate. Lisa will do anything for chocolate.
Thomas Oliver doesn’t have a lot of time for writing itself although he can talk about his ideas for hours. A construction worker by day, he has a wicked imagination and it was from sharing some of his ideas with Lisa, that the idea for this series was born.
When not working, Thomas is like any other young man. He loves to spend time with friends, his girlfriend and working on his car. His dream is to do up a project car – something mean, with attitude and plenty of power under the hood.
Anyone wanting to contact Thomas can do so through Facebook.
Where to find the author:
My Blog: http://www.supernaturalsmut.com
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25695445-uncaged
Publisher: Oliver Group Publications
Cover Artist: Lisa Oliver
To honor his father, young footballer Todd Mackerson commits to his goal of playing for a professional team. When, at the age of 20, he is offered a place to train with one of England’s biggest clubs, he leaves home convinced his dream is within reach.
Being warned by his new team mates of the tough rules and hard training routines, Todd is undeterred. But when he discovers that the player’s way of bonding borders on the sexual, and that he must learn to accept the erotic affections that connect the team together, he wonders how far he can go for his dream.
But, after experiencing the care and attention men can give to each other, Todd feels awakened. Learning that each player has a special “partner” on the team, who they play and bond with as intimately as lovers, Todd becomes fascinated with the idea.
And when he develops feelings for one player in particular, he discovers how a stronger kind of romance – that between two men – can be pure and powerful enough to bring magic and success on the pitch.
Todd wants more than anything to be a star “footballer” (us Americans call it soccer!). He’s super excited when he gets invited to audition for one of the big name teams.
When he gets there he’s surprised by how much they want him and by some of what happens behind closed doors to help make the team so good.
He’s got a girlfriend, but he’s told he can’t really see her during the season to keep his energy on the team. Instead he’s told to focus his energies with his teammates. Though he’s skeptical, he doesn’t want to give up his chance to be among the great players on the team.
Eventually he finds his place on the team and is excited he made the right choice.
Boy… I don’t think I’m the right audience for this book. From the blurb it looked intriguing – I was kinda expecting a straight guy to be forced to explore some of his more “gay” instincts and have him find love in the arms of a fellow team mate.
Well … no.
First, there is a lot of terminology and soccer stuff and colloquialisms that went over my head.
Second, there is absolutely no love story that I could find in this book.
Third, there is sex with women, sex with other guys and the one guy who looks like he might be “paired with” in any way (romantic or on the team) does not have sex with him til the end.
Frankly I just didn’t get it. So… I assume I am not the target audience. To me it read like a soccer/erotic fantasy where the dreamer not only makes it into the big leagues with soccer but gets to mess around with hot guys while never being gay and still keeping a girlfriend on the side.
Not my cup of tea, shall we say.
I found nothing “romantic” about this, and that’s what I read for. So again – I must not be the right person reading this.
The writing and editing were good, I guess. I had a hard time following it but I had a PDF and those are tough for me to read on my Kindle… so some of my problems might arise from that.
I vaguely wanted Todd to hook up with Daryl but I wasn’t really sure I cared by the end because there never seemed to be any point to the pairing – at least not romantically.
So… I’m going to hold off giving this any sort of rating because I just don’t think this was meant to be a romance and if that’s the case I wouldn’t have read it so I can’t say that I know how to rate this at all. I will just say that if you are looking for some sporty, erotic fiction this might be right up your alley, but if you want a romance or some deeper story about an emotional connection – I’d skip this.
(Copy provided by Publisher for honest review)
Latino linebacker Emilio Madero has a huge crush on the new backup quarterback. He’s perfection in motion with his lean, muscled body and rich-boy good looks. But there’s no way in hell Emilio is going to do anything about it. He’ll just have to be content with fantasizing about the guy of his dreams and watching him from afar, because hitting on another player is out of the question. That is until Andrew turns the tables and makes the first move. Then all bets are off as the two of them drift into uncharted territory.
So this is a bit sized love story that is pretty angst-ridden.
Emilio has a crush on Andrew but fears he’s out-classed by the all American freshman. Not to mention that he can’t just be gay with a guy on the team.
The night the two get together is a truly awful event of hazing and then furtive sex between a jaded “player” and a golden-hearted virgin. Andrew has a lot to teach Emilio about love – the kind you do with your heart.
The smexy times are super hot between these two and in a short number of pages you get the idea that they just might have a chance at something – it’s definitely something that keeps you interested in the series.
But… be warned it is hard to read at times, there is a lot of pain in this story, but a lot of feels too. And a HFN, no HEA – not yet.
Chris Patton is amazing. I really have become quite a fan of his. I’ve enjoyed every one of his narrations and though he doesn’t do anything “over the top”, he is really good at handling emotions and making you part of the story. It definitely adds to the overall experience.
4.25 of 5 hearts