Suspicious Behavior by LA Witt and Cari Z Blog Tour and Giveaway!

About Suspicious Behavior


Detective Darren Corliss is hanging by a thread. In between recovering from a near-fatal wound and returning to work at a hostile precinct, he’s struggling to help care for his ailing brother. His partner and boyfriend, Detective Andreas Ruffner, wants to help, but doesn’t know how. And with his own family crises brewing, Andreas is spread almost as thin as Darren.


For cops, though, life takes a backseat to the job. When a stack of unsolved homicides drops into their laps, Andreas and Darren think they’re unrelated cold cases. But when a connection surfaces, they find themselves on the tail of a prolific serial killer who’s about to strike again.


Except they’ve got nothing. No leads. No suspects. Just a pile of circumstantial evidence and a whole lot of hunches. Time is running out to stop the next murder—and to pull themselves back from their breaking points.


Available now from Riptide Publishing.


About the Bad Behavior Series


It’s “hell no” at first sight for newly partnered detectives Andreas Ruffner and Darren Corliss. Darren is too chipper, Andreas is too gruff, and that whole “IA wants me to prove you’re a dirty cop” thing really doesn’t get them off on the right foot.


It doesn’t matter if they like each other. They’re partners and that’s final. Though Andreas is easy on the eyes. And Darren is kind of cute. And . . . okay, maybe they can make this work.


They’d better, because as their cases get more horrifying—and more personal—they’ll have to trust each other with their lives, and with their hearts.


Check out Bad Behavior!


About Cari Z.


Cari Z was a bookworm as a child and remains one to this day. In an effort to combat her antisocial reading behavior, she did all sorts of crazy things, from competitive gymnastics to alligator wresting (who even knew that was legal!) to finally joining the Peace Corps, which promptly sent her and her husband to the wilds of West Africa, stuck them in a hut, and said, “See ya!” She also started writing, because some things she just thought she could do better. She’s still climbing that ladder, but can’t stop herself from writing, or from sharing what she creates.


Cari enjoys a wide range of literary genres, from the classics (get ‘im, Ahab) to science fiction and fantasy of all types, to historical fiction and reference materials (no, seriously, there are so many great encyclopedias out there). She writes in a wide range of genres as well, but somehow 90% of what she produces ends up falling into the broad and exciting category of m/m erotica. There’s a sprinkling of f/m and f/f and even m/f/m in her repertoire, but her true love is man love. And there’s a lot of love to go around.


Cari has published short stories, novellas, and novels with numerous print and e-presses, and she also offers up a tremendous amount of free content on, under the name Carizabeth.


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About L.A. Witt


L.A. Witt is an abnormal M/M romance writer who has finally been released from the purgatorial corn maze of Omaha, Nebraska, and now spends her time on the southwestern coast of Spain. In between wondering how she didn’t lose her mind in Omaha, she explores the country with her husband, several clairvoyant hamsters, and an ever-growing herd of rabid plot bunnies. She also has substantially more time on her hands these days, as she has recruited a small army of mercenaries to search South America for her nemesis, romance author Lauren Gallagher, but don’t tell Lauren. And definitely don’t tell Lori A. Witt or Ann Gallagher. Neither of those twits can keep their mouths shut . . .

  1. A.’s backlist is available on her website, and updates (as well as random thoughts and the odd snarky comment) can be found on her blog or on Twitter (@GallagherWitt).




To celebrate the release of Suspicious Behavior, one lucky winner will receive a $10 Riptide credit and their choice in an ebook from each of Cari and L.A.’s backlist! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on August 26, 2017. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!


My Hero Audiobook by Max Vos Blog Tour and Giveaway!


When he was sixteen years old, Rich Miller saved a young man from drowning at his local pool.

Title: My Hero

Series: Hero #1

Release Date: September 28th, 2013

Publisher: Kindle Edition

Categories: M/M Romance, Sports, Contemporary



When he was sixteen years old, Rich Miller saved a young man from drowning at his local pool. Little did he know that years later, as a senior in college and Olympic diving hopeful, Rich would meet up once again with Johnny Milloway, now a big football player – and when Rich says big, he really means ‘bear’. The shy jock remembers his savior, and the two men become friends.

Johnny isn’t put off by the fact that Rich is gay. In fact, the more time he spends with Rich, the more curious he becomes. Johnny wants to know all kinds of things – what it’s like to kiss a guy, for instance. Only it doesn’t stop there…

Rich finds it difficult to believe that this relationship can go anywhere. Johnny is straight, and Rich isn’t prepared to deal with the heartache he knows will come his way in the future. He has enough on his plate as it is – the Worlds are just around the corner, his father would rather watch a football game than spend time watching his son dive…. What he doesn’t count on is Johnny, who can be very determined. And having Johnny in his life proves to be a catalyst for some pretty earth-shattering changes.

Rich shut his alarm off quickly as he tried not to wake his roommate. He was told in no uncertain terms that his 5:30 wake-up time was not conducive to their living arrangements. He pulled on a pair of nylon athletic shorts and picked up his gym bag before slipping quietly out of his dorm room. Walking down the hallway he pulled on a tank-top T-shirt that he’d picked up on his way out.

He liked going to the weight room in the early mornings. There was rarely anyone there, which was the way Rich liked it. He hated having to compete for equipment with the other jocks, especially the football guys. They always thought they took precedence over everyone else. Another reason he didn’t care for football or the players.

Before he opened the double doors that led into the weight room he heard the clank of one of the weight machines being used. This was only the second time in four years that he’d run into another person at this time of day. He peeked through the small window to see who it was before he entered. The only thing he could see was a big guy with his back to Rich and the door, as he did triceps extensions, his grey T-shirt wet with sweat. Rich hesitated briefly before pushing through the double doors.

Rich made his way to the leg press machine. He noticed that the guy, his back still to him, had ear-buds in, so he didn’t hear him come in, which was fine with Rich. He got busy with his own work out, paying no attention to the other guy in the room.

After his third repetition, Rich moved to the leg extension machine. As he draped his towel over the back of the machine, he looked up and his eyes locked with those of Johnny Milloway in the mirror. The big man’s eyes widened. He nodded quickly and looked away. Rich thought he may have blushed, but then he could have just been flushed because of the massive amount of weight he was curling, his biceps bulging.

Neither man spoke to the other. There wasn’t another instance of eye contact either. Rich had the feeling that Johnny Milloway was purposefully avoiding any contact with him, which made him slightly uneasy.

Rich finished up his leg work out and went into the locker room. He stuck to his routine of only working one body part at a time, then a quick shower before going back to his dorm room to pick up his books for whatever class he had that morning. He had made it a point to do as many morning classes as possible so that it would leave his afternoons free for the pool.

He preferred the athletic locker room here to the one at the aquatic center. This one reminded him of high school. The air was heavy with the smell of sweaty men with their dirty socks and soaked jock straps, always a major turn on for him. The only smell at the aquatic center was that of chlorine. Rich leaned against the beige tiles with his hands, his eyes closed, letting the lukewarm water cascade over his shoulders and back. He jumped when he heard another showerhead turn on.

Looking over he saw Johnny Milloway, his knees bent as his face pointed up into the spray, his head obviously higher than the shower head. Rich’s mouth hung open as he watched the water sleuth over his body through the dark hair that covered the massive muscles. The young man had very little body fat but he must have easily weighed in at two hundred and fifty pounds. His eyes dropped and Rich’s stomach tightened. Johnny Milloway’s cock and balls hung low, water pouring off his genitals. The kid was very well hung. The big football jock happened to look up, his eyes locking with Rich’s. He quickly turned his back to Rich, giving him a view of his perfect, fur-covered butt.

Rich felt the familiar tingle in his nuts and knew that if he continued to stare, he would end up with a full blown hard on, a definite breech of shower protocol. Wasting no time, he finished up his shower and hurriedly left the shower room and the football star behind. If he was fast enough he could get out of there before the freshman was finished showering.

He was tying his shoes when the biggest feet he’d ever seen came into view. Looking up slowly, he let his gaze travel up the thick calves, past the wet towel cinched around the hips, the hairy taut abdomen and then finally to the massive pectorals, the nipple barely visible through the dense fur. Rich couldn’t even see past the man’s huge chest muscles to his face unless he sat up straight, which he did.

“Ummm… can we talk, Rich?”

The voice was rich and deep, almost a whisper, but so powerful it made Rich’s insides vibrate.

“You know me?” Rich was more than slightly surprised.

“Of course. Wanna grab a coffee? You got time?” the big guy asked.

“Yeah, sure. I got time,” Rich answered, puzzled as to why this big jock would want to talk to him.

“Thanks. I’ll just get dressed. Be ready in a minute.”

Rich stood by the exit with his gym bag slung over his shoulder, wondering how this guy knew him. He didn’t have long to think about it.

“Um…. I’m ready.” The deep voice behind Rich made him jump.

“Starbuck’s okay?” Rich asked. “That’s the closest.”

“How about the Union Center, it’s free there,” Johnny Milloway suggested.

“Sure, that’s fine. There shouldn’t be many people there this time of the morning.” His response was a nod, nothing more.

It was a short walk. Neither said anything. They got their coffees and found a table off in a corner. Rich had been right, they practically had the entire place to themselves.

Rich looked at the big guy across from him. He had to admit, he liked the short, well-trimmed beard that made Johnny’s lips seem so damned kissable.

“So…I don’t think we’ve ever actually met,” Rich said, starting off. “I’m Rich Miller.” Rich extended his hand.

“Um…no, we’ve never been introduced,” Johnny said as he took Rich’s hand. His big hand made the diver’s all but disappear.

“Was there something in particular that you wanted to talk about, Johnny? It is Johnny Milloway, isn’t it?”

“Oh, yeah. Sorry,” the freshman said, blushing wildly.

Rich would never have thought, Who knew this big guy would be so shy?

Johnny took a big sip of his coffee and grimaced.

“Yeah, the coffee here isn’t the best, but it is free.” Rich chuckled at his expression. “So what did you want to talk about?”

“Well…I never…it’s just that I’ve always wanted to talk to you.”

“Really? What about?” Rich was even more curious now and more than a little surprised.

“You saved my life, and I never got the chance to thank you,” Johnny whispered, blushing even harder.

“Huh? I did? When?”

“I was twelve and it was at the Oak Ridge public pool one summer. I guess I was tired or something, but anyway, I started going under and you saved me.” Johnny looked up briefly before looking back down into his cup of black coffee. “I always wanted to…you know…say thanks personally.”

Rich thought back to that day. It was the only time that he actually thought he’d saved someone’s life. Sure, there had been other incidences where he’d helped people at the pool during the four years that he’d worked there, but there had only been the one kid that he remembered saving and here he was, sitting in front of him, all grown up.

“Wow, I do remember,” Rich said in awe. “You were just a little skinny kid.”

Johnny looked up with a slightly sideways grin. “Yeah, I guess I kinda grew up.”

Rich busted out laughing. “Kinda? Shit man, you’re huge.”

“Yeah, I did grow a lot these past few years.” Johnny was still blushing widely. “Anyway, thank you.”

“Oh. Yeah, well, you’re more than welcome, but I can thank you too.”

Johnny jerked his head up. “Thank me?”

“Yeah, because of you I had a summer job all through high school.” Rich grinned broadly.

Johnny matched his grin, but didn’t say anything.

“Now here you are, all grown up—which is an understatement— and a star football player,” Rich said, trying to avoid an awkward silence.

“Yeah, but nothing compared to you.” Johnny quickly replied. “You’re going to the Olympics.”

Rich’s mouth dropped open. “You know about my diving?”

“Hell yeah,” Johnny said. “Your triple twist with a somersault at the end is amazing. I bet you nail that quad next time, too.”

Rich sat there in total shock, unable to say a word.

“Uh, you want some more coffee, Rich?”

Rich looked down at his nearly empty cup. “Oh…yeah…sure.”

Johnny took both mugs for a refill, leaving Rich to meander through the information he’d just received. This big guy has followed my diving career and I saved his life. Too much.

“Here ya go. You did take two creams, right?” Johnny said, sitting the coffee down.

“Yeah, thanks, Johnny.” Rich quickly caught on that Johnny had remembered how many creamers he took.

“You’re welcome,” Johnny said with that almost silly sideways grin.

“Hey, Johnny, why were you in the weight room so early?” Rich asked after emptying the two small cream containers into his coffee.

“I like working out when there aren’t a lot of people around. I’m not much one for crowds.”

“Yeah, same here. Which is why I try and get there early.”

“You think you might like to work out together?” Johnny asked, the color rising in his cheeks.

“Yeah, sure. I’ve never had a workout buddy before. Might make me push a little harder.”

Johnny grinned wider.

The rest of the conversation was mostly about people they’d known in high school, teachers and coaches back then. Once they’d finished their coffees, they walked out of the Student Union Center where they ran into a group of some of Johnny’s teammates.

“Hey, Milloway, why you hangin’ out with the sissy diving boy?” one of the big players jeered.

Before Rich could say anything Johnny Milloway picked up the other player by the front of his shirt and slammed him into the doors of the Student Union Center. “You are not allowed to say anything. You are not even allowed to speak to him, got it?” Johnny’s voice was low but full of menace.

“Damn, dude. Chill,” the guy said, his hands in the air. “Didn’t mean to insult your boyfriend.”

Johnny growled, the sound almost primeval as he picked the guy up and threw him against the brick wall next to the door, making his head bounce off the hard surface.

“Whoa, whoa, whoa there, Milloway!” one of the other players said as he tried to pull Johnny off the stunned guy he’d just body slammed. “Back off, man. Let him go. He didn’t mean anything by it.”

Breathing hard, Johnny let the guy go and he slid down the wall to the ground. When Johnny turned around Rich’s breath hitched. There was a fire in the man’s face that he would never have imagined could have been there from the shy guy he’d just had coffee with.

Johnny stared at the remaining four football players, his hands clenched tightly at his sides. “This guy saved my life when I was a kid, and none of you, and I mean none of you will disrespect him. Got it?”

“Oh fuck, man, we didn’t know,” another player said, backing off. “We got it, no problem, Dragon.”

“You just spread the word. You fuck with Rich Miller, you fuck with me.” Johnny bellowed.

Webb, one of the receivers that Rich knew about, picked up his buddy and started helping him walk away.

“We’ll spread the word, Dragon, you…just chill out man,” another said, backing away, leaving Rich alone with Johnny.

Rich stood there stunned for a moment, and then he started to get mad. “What the fuck, man?”

Johnny looked at him, his eyes still blazing, his breathing still rapid.

“Are you crazy?” Rich asked as he walked up to the hulk. “What’d ya go and do all that shit for?”

Now it was Johnny’s turn to look surprised. “I…I…wanted—“

“You wanted what?” Rich poked him in the chest. “Man, I don’t need this kinda shit.”

Rich turned on his heel and started to walk off.

“Rich… please?” It was the soft deep voice that he now associated with the non-crazy, shy Johnny Milloway.

“Hey, listen, asshole, I don’t need you or anyone else defending me,” Rich said as he continued to walk away.

“But… they were calling you gay and shit.” Johnny trailed behind him.

Rich stopped and slowly turned around to face the big man. “Just an FYI, dumbass, I am gay. So you run along now with your buddies and forget about it. Okay?”

And with that he walked away, leaving Johnny Milloway standing there apparently dumbfounded, his mouth hanging open.


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Max Vos is a classically trained chef with over 30 years of food service experience. After retiring in 2011, Max found himself with time on his hands and was urged to turn his talents to writing. ‘Cooking English’, a short story, now part of his anthology collection, Inappropriate Roads, is now available. My Hero was his first novel, which turned into an international best seller. Max now has a total of six completed novels, which are listed on his website, along with the entire Memories Series. My Hero: The Olympian, the sequel to My Hero was released late last year.

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Audiobook Release Blitz for The Necromancer’s Dilemma by SJ Himes performed by Joel Leslie and Giveaway!


Title: The Necromancer’s Dilemma
Author: SJ Himes
Narrated By: Joel Leslie
Length: 7 hours 47 minutes
Series: The Beacon Hill Sorcerer #2
Release Date: July 21st 2017
Genre: MM Paranormal Romance, Fantasy



Even love can die without trust.

Angel’s brother, Isaac, has returned home, and the pair begins to make slow and awkward attempts back to each other. Learning how to be a brother to a grown man instead of a parental figure has Angel adjusting his behaviors and habits, and Isaac still remains a mystery. Was it merely entering adulthood that turned Isaac away from an overprotective Angel, or does Isaac carry a secret that will keep them from finally being a real family?

Daniel Macavoy, Angel’s new apprentice, is torn between his bond with Angel and the grasping machinations of his father. Dealing with a traumatized apprentice with dangerous holes in his magical education, saving Daniel may be harder than Angel first thought – especially since the biggest problem is not revenge, but guilt.

The one shining beacon in his life is Simeon, Elder vampire of Boston’s only Bloodclan. Four hundred years old and sexy as sin, Simeon is warrior and sage, patient and cunning. The strength Angel draws from Simeon’s devotion and the newborn mate-bond between them is steadfast and true – and the fount of death magic that animates the undead lord places Angel in the midst of a power struggle for control over himself, his lover, and his family.

Through it all, Angel is beleaguered by the unwanted attention of a troll-hybrid, the adventures of a dragon in the city, and a serial killer has decided to hunt the back alleys and midnight streets of Boston.

Contains male/male sexual content. Violence, gore, sex, vampires. A cute dragon and some snark. Okay, lots of snark.

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Fangs withdrew from his neck, and Angel went limp, collapsing totally, his limbs buzzing and his body cold. Simeon had taken too much, but Angel would have given him all if it meant saving him. Simeon shifted under him, and Angel found himself on his back in Simeon’s lap, wide, strong hands brushing at his face and over his closed eyelids. A cool, soft kiss that tasted of copper and spice was pressed to his lips, and Angel opened his eyes.

A field of emerald consumed his view, and the heat and love in his mate’s eyes blazed brighter than any magical fire. “It worked? It did— you’re not dead. Well, super dead. Deader? Fuck, you know what I mean.”

Angel’s voice was raspy, and he swallowed, mouth dry. Simeon gave him a slow, sweet smile, and Angel grinned back, loopy and happy despite the spinning of his head. He looked so much better— still covered in blood and there was snow in his longish hair, but Simeon looked absolutely perfect to Angel. Simeon kissed him again, whispering over his lips, “It worked, my Leannán. Thank you.”

“Anytime. I figured I was Julien to your Romeo there for a minute— glad I’m not right all the time,” Angel whispered, grinning like an idiot. Simeon laughed and hugged him tight, rocking them both on the icy street. “You gonna tell me how that worked?”


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Book One

Title: The Necromancer’s Dance
Author: S J Himes
Series: The Beacon Hill Sorcerer #1
Narrated by: Joel Leslie
Length: 8 Hours 8 minutes
Release Date: 21st March 2017
Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy, MM Romance

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In a world where magic is real and evil walks amongst humanity, a young sorcerer is beset by enemies, both old and new.

Angelus Salvatore is the only necromancer in all of Boston, and his name is whispered warily by the undead and fellow sorcerers alike. He and his brother Isaac are the lone survivors of an attack by an army of the undead, in which Angel used a spell so powerful it forever marked his place in history. Now, years later, Angel struggles to balance his career as a teacher of the higher magical arts, his role as big brother, and a tenuous relationship with an Elder vampire from the local clan. When his brother’s boyfriend is used as a pawn in a mysterious plot to draw Angel out, Angel is once again drawn back into the old hostilities that fueled the Blood Wars and led to his family’s death.

Leaning on others for help is something Angel cannot do, and while he searches for clues as to who may be targeting him and his brother, Angel finds his heart steadily growing occupied with Simeon, Elder and vampire. Dealing with death magic and vampires on a daily basis may leave Angel jaded when it comes to life and staying that way, but the more time he spends fending off the ancient vampire’s attention and affections, the more he realizes he wants to give in.

Can Angel find out who wants him dead, and keep his heart safe in the process? How can he fall for a vampire, when his whole family was torn apart by an army of the undead? Death stalks the streets of Boston’s historic Beacon Hill…and there is no one more suited to battle against death than a necromancer.

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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.

Links: Website | Blog | Facebook | Facebook Fan Group | Twitter | Amazon

About the Narrator

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Joel Leslie is a UK transplant, growing up with American parents in a British commonwealth. A classically trained actor with an MFA in theatre from USC, he is often cast for his unique ability to deliver native, authentic combinations of American and British sounds. His great range and ability to bring characters to life with honesty, wit and versatility delights producers and listeners alike.

He is proud to have a strong following with m/m listeners and an ongoing relationship with some of the finest writers in the genre. He loves that every day he gets to share these beautiful, inspirational and empowering GLBT characters with the world. When not in the booth he spends his time chasing after two loquacious wiener dogs.

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3.5 stars adult - 18+ Alternate World Book Dee Extasy Books Fated Mates Gay Heat Index Insta Love Little to no angst m/m Mid level steam/heat Military Novella 20-160 pgs (20k-40k words) Paranormal Part of a Series Race/Species Difference Shifter Standalone Uncategorized

Wrong Place, Right Time (Rogue Falls Novella) by April Kelley

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 Uri Etters is very good at getting himself into trouble. Good thing for him he knows how to handle most criminals. He finds himself in need of a rescue when some territorial crow shifters think he’s an enemy spy. Virion might have swooped in and saved the day, but it’s been Uri’s experience that nothing comes free, not even from a respected Rogue soldier. Uri discovers love comes easier than trust.






This is the third in the Roguefalls series. It can be read as a standalone, but recommend reading the first 2 books to fully understand the world-building – I plan on getting book 1.
Uri lives with his 2 brothers in a tent city. They are orphaned and considered ‘singles’ – people without a pack/clan or similar family structure. One of the brothers, Casey, needs medical help so Uri decides to try to make some money to help. Somehow, he gets in the middle of a turf war and is rescued by the commander of Team Five, Virion.

Virion recognises that Uri is his mate, but Uri is a little slow to the party. Both MC’s have some adjusting to do: Virion needs to understand that his mate is independent and not believe that Uri is with him out of gratitude. Uri has to learn to accept help when offered. Though they hit a rough patch of miscommunication, they are able to bond and develop the affection, (Virion is already in love), between them.

Uri is funny, vulnerable, yet strong, while Virion appears strong and intractable, but he is surprisingly soft and sweet where his mate is concerned. The secondary characters are memorable and fun as well, including Casey, Jalen, the couples from the first 2 books.
I liked the story with its mix of adventure, heart and humour; looking forward to next couple or throuple!

3.5 of 5 stars


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5 stars adult - 18+ Angst Level BDSM Book Contemporary Cop/Crime DA Gay Heat Index High but not hopeless Homophobia Hurt/Abuse Kinks m/m Mary D May/December May/December Medical Monthly Theme Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Opposites attract Part of a Series Purchased Reconcilliation Scorching/high heat slave/master Uncategorized

Kink Month: Saving Sebastian (Custos Securities #3) by Luna David

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Gideon McCade—weighed down by memories of his previous life as a Navy SEAL and a CIA agent—has blood on his hands. He turns to his BDSM club, Catharsis, and Dominating submissives to get him through the daily grind of civilian life. Knowing his past is too much to inflict on a life partner, he keeps his connections brief and superficial. When his former life comes back to haunt him, his desire for revenge pulls him back into the shadows, darkening his hopes for a future in the light.

Temporarily sidelining his career as a tattoo artist, Sebastian Phillips works as a composite artist for the local police department. To alleviate the inescapable burden of a congenital medical condition, he immerses himself in his art and seeks the catharsis of submission. But with life weighing heavily on his shoulders and darkness encroaching, he yearns for a contract with a Dominant that sees past the protective barriers he’s erected to the vulnerable submissive within.

When happenstance brings Gideon and Sebastian together, their connection is undeniable. The knowledge that they are both too damaged to form permanent bonds of love causes them to rely on an impersonal contract to fulfil their physical needs. But staying emotionally detached becomes impossible, and breaking their contract seems the only option. Will Gideon’s need for vengeance and Sebastian’s declining health destroy what’s grown between them, or will they help each other find their way back into the light


Saving Sebastian can be read as a standalone book. I had not read the previous two books before starting this one and I didn’t feel like I had missed out on any dynamics between the main characters and other characters.

So hot. I’m a sucker for a strong caring Alpha Dom and Gideon hits the spot. Sebastian is strong and fragile at the same time you just want to hug and protect him, though he’d hate that! Great combination of a suspense drama where Gideon is out to catch the guy who killed his platoon and the evolving BDSM relationship with Sebastian. The story told in the two different points of view, Sebastian’s and Gideon’s worked really well for me. It gave me a better depth of understanding of Gideon and Sebastian.

Gideon believes that his former life makes him unsuitable for a relationship and holds back. Sebastian has health issues and similarly does not feel he could have a full relationship. They agree to enter into a temporary without knowing about each other’s past. The secrets they carry from their past and present miscommunications pulls their relationship apart and it makes compelling reading. The D/S scenes between them are sublimely erotic. Luna David has created such detailed scenes of tenderness, control and seductive beauty that it was hard to put down. Through both Gideon and Sebastian’s personal and D/S the journey together we see them grow, facing their demons both apart and together. Sebastian’s health makes Gideon re-evaluate his feelings for Sebastian. I found this part particularly well written with such insight and understanding. Usually in a story I find myself drawn to one main character over the other but in this book I found both Gideon and Sebastian equally compelling.

There is a lot of details in this book and I have the feeling that it will still feel fresh each time I read it. One of the best BDSM books I’ve read. Books one and two are now on my reading list.

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AC Katt Memorial Blog Tour with Giveaway with an Exclusive Excerpt from Wolf Whistle!

Divine Promotions was sad to hear of the passing of Mary Lynn Hansel aka A.C. Katt. As both a friend and a wonderful author, she will be sadly missed. We decided we wanted to do one last tribute to her memory so we are doing this tour to honor her and the stories she wrote.


His Omega – Werewolves of Manhattan, #1

On his way home from a meeting of the North American werewolf council, Armand La Marche is stopped in his limousine by a boy who is hurt by an unknown assailant who murdered his friend. After decades of searching, Armand has found his mate. There is one problem, someone is trying to kill Sean.

Sean Quinn’s friend Leroy was gutted trying to protect him. He runs for help and stops the first car he sees.

Armand LaMarche is head Alpha of the North American werewolf council and was in his limousine on his way home to his Manhattan brownstone. When the wounded boy stops his car, Armand recognizes two things:the boy is part wolf, an Omega with a great gift, and he’s Armand’s mate. Now all Armand has to do is claim his mate and keep him safe from the murderer. ebook/dp/B00P9TVWSQ

Remy’s Painter – Werewolves of Manhattan, #2

Ian Sullivan is being chased by a mobster and has to come up with five thousand dollars 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 an seventy eight hundred 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.

Scarred Mate – Werewolves of Manhattan #3

Colin Callahan, scarred as a child in a fire, delivers Chinese to supplement his income until one day he delivers to the loup garou who is his mate.

Alpha Marc Thierry was used to the North Woods of Minnesota so his elevation to third on the loup garou council necessitated a move to a Gramacy section of New York City. On Monday nights his housekeeper is off and Marc doesn’t like casseroles. He calls for Chinese and gets a musical voice on the line that calls to him. To his delight and surprise the boy on the phone delivers his food and is his destined mate. Unfortunately for Marc, Colin Callahan thinks that the only reason Marc could want him is biological, he has to like his mate. Colin has a scarred face and thinks no-one could love him as he is. It’s up to Marc to convince him differently.

Marking Kane – Werewolves of Manhattan, #4

Returning from his territory in Atlanta, Gabriel Martin stumbles across a man in an alleyway who has been gang raped – his mate.

Gabriel Martin has hope. Three of the Alphas on the council have found mates in the past few years. Returning to New York from Atlanta, he comes across a human who has been raped in an alleyway. The human is his mate, Kane Brady.

Kane has been teaching at the local high school and refuses to rubberstamp the education of their star basketball players’ almost paying the price with his life. He’s unusual as he’s a Human Omega but he can’t be intimate with Gabriel because of his horrific experience.

Alexei’s Mouse – Werewolves of Manhattan #5

After leaving his place as the Russian Second and immigrating to America, Alexei Davidoff just wants to settle in and not upset the status quo. He wants to start his position with Garou Industries and improve the conditions for his packs. The gods have a different plan for him.

Donal Berne ran away from home at fourteen to escape a bad situation and found himself in an even worse one. Seven years later the only way out that he sees is to overdose.

On the verge of Donal’s suicide, Alexei comes to his aid realizing that he is his given Mate. Overcoming the physical and mental injuries will take time, patience and a blessing from the gods to use both Alexei’s and Donal’s experiences to assist homeless and abused wolves.

Julio’s Wolf – Werewolves of Manhattan # 6

Julio Reyes has had a hard life. Orphaned at fourteen, he ran away from a group home to avoid rape but wound up being an independent prostitute in NYC. He has a life plan—go to school, become a stylist and open his own salon.

Etienne Daurensbourg is one-hundred and thirty-nine years old and fears he’ll never find his Mate until his friend Alexei introduces him to Julio. Julio is Etienne’s Mate but before he has a chance to court Julio, who is a human high beta and therefore stubborn and independent, Julio gets knifed and is forced to let Etienne provide him with a home and help to recover.

Pack problems arise that may force Etienne into the pit. Will Julio be able to love Etienne despite the fact he is a loup garou?

Wolf Whistle – Werewolves of Manhattan #7

Wolf Whistle

Werewolves of Manhattan


A.C. Katt


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Richard Kerrigan is on the verge of losing hope. Fired from his job for blowing the whistle on a defect that would harm service members if used as designed, he is now blacklisted in the Chicago area. A local Serbian mobster wants Richard and won’t take no for an answer.

Garou Industries, the loup garou privately owned company, has been searching for Richard to offer him a position in the company as they value having someone with his integrity on staff. Richard relocates to Manhattan to begin his new job and stays with Julien Bellaire, his mentor, who is also Richard’s Mate.

Before they can settle in, the Serbian mobster turns up dead and a corrupt cop who secretly works for the Serbians comes to New York with trumped up charges to pin the murder on Julio. With over eighty witnesses to Julio being on an airplane at the time of the murder, the cop abandons trying to frame Julio and instead plots to murder Richard. The loup garou request assistance from the Italian mob to protect Richard which comes with some interesting consequences.




Richard slowly opened his eyes. He reached for Julien but grasped only air. After sitting up in bed, he spotted Julien in the breakfast nook off the master suite reading on his phone. He turned just as Richard was about to speak.

“You’re awake!” Julien sauntered over to the bed.

“What time is it?” Richard asked, rubbing his eyes.

“Just after ten, mon ange, are you hungry?”

“I’m starving. Julio told me about the hungries, but I thought he was exaggerating. It seems he wasn’t.”

Julien pointed to the table. “Isabel left you some sandwiches and pastries to hold you until breakfast.”

“I’ll have to thank her. As I’ve heard them say, my stomach feels like my throat’s been cut.” Richard put on his new robe and slippers and walked over to the table to sit with Julien.

After finishing his snack, Richard strode to stand at the window and parted the curtain to observe the street below. He was disappointed that he would be unable to explore his new home city right away. Basically, because of that damned cop, Stawski, he was housebound. Although, being confined with Julien was an interesting way to pass the time.

Richard pivoted to speak to Julien. Simultaneously, there was the sound of shattering glass and something whizzed by his ear.

Julien tackled him from behind.

“What was that?” Although he was pretty sure he knew the answer.

“A bullet.” Two more shattered the other panes of the window in quick succession. The terrible sound of splintering wood made him jump.

Julien kept his body over Richard’s. “Stay down, mon ange.”

The Enforcers came hurtling up the stairs. Charles and Denis ran out to the street. Three more bullets came through the window. Julien, with Richard beneath him, crawled across the room.

“Are you all right, mon ange?” Julien asked as soon as they were out of the line of sight. He picked Richard up and brought him to the loveseat in the sitting room away from the window. “I never knew I could feel such fear.”

“A little shaken up but fine.” Richard shivered. “If I hadn’t turned my head… Just when it seemed everything was going right.”

Julien’s voice lowered with emotion, “It will be all right, nothing is going to happen to you, I promise.”

“I don’t want to lose you, my wolf.”

Denis and Charles came back upstairs. “By the time we got out there, he was gone, Alpha.”

Julien hugged Richard and kissed his hair. “Isabel,” Julien shouted down the stairs, “get Richard something strong to drink. Charles, get The Alpha on the phone for me, and Denis, you call Murphy and tell him if he knows what’s good for him his ass will be at my door in fifteen minutes.”

The elevator pinged and Isabel hurried into the room with a thick afghan and a hot toddy. Charles handed the phone to Julien who put it on speaker.

“Alpha, that dirty cop just emptied his gun trying to shoot my Richard. He was outside my home! I had Denis call Murphy. I don’t know if he’s still out there.” Julien’s voice shook.

“I’ll call the others and Henri. We’re on our way.” Armand shouted before he got off the phone, “Rene, call Booker, I want him aware of everything that transpires.” The phone clicked, and Armand was gone.

“We have to get dressed, mon ange. Armand and the others are coming here. Charles, close the curtains and the shutters. Call in all of the Enforcers and set up a perimeter around the house. I want to know how this happened. We knew he was coming and should have been more prepared.”

Richard went into the bathroom and dressed quickly, staying well away from the windows.

Charles and Denis came back upstairs. “Alpha, we couldn’t find him. He had too much time to get away.” Charles cringed.

“You’ll have to do better than that. I want to know where Stawski is staying and with whom. I want to know when he takes a piss in the morning. He shot at the Alpha Mate. I will not tolerate this. The eight of you were supposed to protect him. You didn’t do your job,” Julien roared.

Richard came out of the bathroom and stood in front of his wolf with his hands on his hips. “Stop yelling at them. The guy could have been on a rooftop, and they were told to watch the street. That bullet came from a high-powered rifle. He probably had a scope. You have no idea if he was close to the house or on top of a building a block away. Give them a break.”

Richard glared at Julien. His wolf’s gaze lowered to the floor. “I suppose you’re right. But I can’t let anything happen to you. You’re my life. They have to be more vigilant and if that means I have to bring in more Enforcers from Washington and Oregon, I will.”

The doorbell rang, and Marcel came up. “Detective Murphy is downstairs waiting for you along with a CSI team. He says they need to find the bullet and that we have to leave the area while their team is gathering evidence.”

“Send him up.”

Julien’s eyes dimmed with worry.

Richard had never seen anyone that strong, look so vulnerable. “I’ll call Julio and Etienne and see if we can stay there with our household until the detective and his team finish.” He addressed Murphy, “How long will you be?”

Julien interrupted, “Armand is on his way. Can’t we stay in the formal dining room?”

Murphy shook his head. “I need you to give us a couple of hours to examine the evidence and for crime scene clean-up to board up the window. We won’t be able to prosecute without evidence. Will that be acceptable, Alpha Bellaire?”

Julien gave Murphy a withering stare. “It has to be acceptable, does it not? However, I haven’t forgotten that it was you who brought that scum to my home in the first place. If you had used your brain and directed him to Kellerman, he would have no idea where Richard lived.”

Murphy turned purple. “He had a subpoena. I had no idea it was illegally obtained and unenforceable in New York.”

“Maybe you should have made inquiries. I’m going to have words with The Alpha over this lack of discretion on your part. You put Richard in danger and there is no law against my damaging you,” Julien replied with some force.

“Come with me.” Richard rubbed soothing circles on his back. “Let the detective do his job. The sooner we leave, the sooner we can come home.”

Murphy’s face showed pure relief.

“Murphy, I will still have words with Armand about this.” Julien and Richard walked out of their suite, across the gallery, toward the office.

“Easy, Julien. I’m fine. Let’s go call Etienne. We can have drinks, something to eat, conversation, and come home when Detective Murphy is done.” Richard followed Julien into his office as he called Etienne and Armand.

A half hour later, Richard and Julien arrived at Etienne and Julio’s home. Armand came in just after they did.

“As Henri is our Director of Security, I asked him to come with us,” Armand told Julien and Etienne as Rémy, Ian, and Henri followed him in the door.

“This is totally unacceptable. Murphy brought this man to your home instead of directing him to Edward? I’m going to have Murphy’s balls. The Mates are to be protected. Murphy should know that the gods would never pick a murderer for a Mate.” Rémy, whose temper was always uncertain, growled. “I’m calling him to get his ass over here and explain himself.”

“Doesn’t Detective Murphy—” Richard started.

“Detective Sergeant Murphy,” Ian said with a straight face.

Julien sent Ian a frosty gaze. Richard kicked Julien under the table.

“Doesn’t Detective Sergeant Murphy have to stay at the crime scene?” Richard asked.

“Murphy can let one of his minions handle that. I want his ass quivering in front of me while I singe his hide,” Rémy shouted.

Henri’s Little One – Werewolves of Manhattan #8

Alpha Henri Giraud has finally found his Mate; but Vitas Kosloff comes with a host of problems not the least of which he carries a great gift and the Russian First, Fydor Chernof, claims Vitas is his.

After much hardship, Vitas Kosloff finds his Mate, Henri Giraud, Director of Security for the North American Council and Garou Industries. Vitas, held captive by Fydor Chernof, the Russian First, who claims Vitas belongs to him He escapes Chernof’s torture with the aid of Chernof’s two Betas, Anatoly and Maxim.

Vitas carries is a full loup garou who carries a huge mating gift, he can tell the truth from lies and dream the future. Because of this Chernof will stop at nothing to re-capture him, even after Henri mates and marries Vitas. With the aid of the other Mates, the North American Council and Frank Ferone, Vitas and Henri attempt to outwit Chernof and take care of the Russian problem for good.

The Betas: Rene – Werewolves of Manhattan #9

When attending a wedding, Frank Ferone is introduced to René DuBois, a violet eyed stranger. René has a secret to hide but can’t overlook that he’s met his mate. René starts to romance Frankie and soon Frankie falls in love. But how is he going to react when René tells Frankie he is loup garou. Werewolves? Really?


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Audiobook Month: Staff Picks -Our Favorite Audiobooks and Narrators


You know we all love audiobooks here at Open Skye, here are some of our favorites (it can be for the story, the narration or both!):





Narrators: Gomez Pugh, Joel Leslie, Greg Tremblay

Books: PsyCop series, Something Like series, Whyborne and Griffin series


Books: The Whyborne & Griffin series, by Jordan L. Hawke Harry Potter series, narrated by Stephen Fry, by JK Rowling Between Sinners and Saints, by Marie Sexton Superhero, by Eli Easton Brother Sinister series, by Courtney Milan

Narrators: John Solo, Michael Ferraiuolo, Nick J. Russo, Rosalyn Landor


Books: Wolfsong by TJ Klune, The Queen and Homo Queen, by TJ Klune,  Salvation, by Sloane Kennedy, Absolution, by Sloane Kennedy, Lord Mouse, by Mason Thomas, Try, by Ella Frank Darkhorse, by Kate Sherwood. All of the Outlander books! And Davina Porter as narrator!

Narrators Joel Leslie Froomkin, Shannon Gunn, Michael Lesley



The Dirty Heart series by Rhys Ford
Dark Horse series by Kate Sherwood
The Necromancers Dance by SJ Himes
For Real by Alexis Hall
Scrap Metal by Harper Fox
Psy Cop series by Jordan Castillo Price


Greg Tremblay / Boudreaux
Joel Leslie Froomkin
Gomez Pugh
Charlie David


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I have a hard time narrowing this down to a few “favorites” but…


Blame it on the Mistletoe by Eli Easton narrated by Jason Frazier is one of my all time favs.

The Sinners Gin Series by Rhys Ford narrated by Tristan James is another

Amy Lane’s Promise Rock series narrated by Paul Morey and Sean Crisden

Mary Calmes’ Marshall series narrated by Tristan James

Bolt Hole and Christmas Kitsch by Amy Lane narrated by Nick J Russo

NR Walker’s Red Dirt Heart narrated by Joel Leslie

Jordan Castillo Price’s Psycop series narrated by Gomez Pugh

Avril Ashton’s Sinner’s Series narrated by Renard Pasquale

These rank among the top favorites for me.


I think Joel, Nick, Tristan, Gomez, Greg Tremblay, Charlie David and Sean Crisden set the standard for excellence in narration and I’m probably going to be willing to buy an audiobook based on the fact that they’re narrating it alone!


Narrators: Joel Leslie, Michael Lesley, Greg Trembley, Tristan James, Cornell Collins, Sean Crisden

Audiobooks: Singles: The Lightning Struck Heart, Crossroads, Family of Lies. Series: Sinners Gin, Marshals, Dirty, Mangrove Stories, Black Balled, Bear, Otter And the Kid, Love Lessons?

4.5 stars 6 stars Action/Adventure adult - 18+ Angst Level Audiobook Audiobook Month Author Provided Beth Jumper Book Contemporary Enemies to Lovers Gay GFY/OFY Heat Index High but not hopeless Hurt/comfort Length m/m Misunderstanding Monthly Theme Morgan Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Part of a Series Scorching/high heat Single Parent Standalone Uncategorized

Audiobook Month: Retribution (The Protectors #3) by Sloane Kennedy Narrated by Joel Leslie

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Ex Special Forces soldier Michael “Hawke” Hawkins has spent every day of the last ten years waiting for the moment he would get to watch the life fade from the eyes of the men who brutally murdered his wife, but when he finally gets the break he’s been waiting for, the trail leads him to someone he wasn’t expecting.

After nearly two years of running, 24-year-old Tate Travers has become an expert at hiding…until the day a dangerous stranger shows up looking for vengeance and threatens to destroy the fragile life Tate has managed to build for himself and his five-year-old son. Except the life Tate has been struggling to hold on to started unraveling long before Hawke showed up looking for the same men Tate has been running from…his own father and older brother.

Retribution – it’s all Hawke has wanted since the day he held his wife’s hand as she took her last breath. And he won’t give that up for anything or anyone…not even the tormented young man trying to give his little boy a better life. Because Tate is the only one who can lead Hawke to the men he’s been searching for. And if it means forcing the young man to confront the past that nearly destroyed him, then so be it.

Only the last thing Hawke expects to feel is something besides the hatred that has driven him. And he definitely never expected to feel it for a man.

But when it comes down to choosing between the unwanted feelings Tate stirs in him and the revenge he’s finally close enough to taste, will Hawke be able to give up the one thing that has kept him going for a second chance at a future he gave up on ever having?

Review by Beth

OMG! I really liked this story when I read it, but listening to it on audio just hit it out of the park! Joel’s voices bring every character to life in a realistic and believable way! Even his voice for Matty, a five year old boy was spot on! Joel’s use of inflection and timing puts you into the middle of the action and you can’t help but get caught up in all of the feelings and passions expressed in the story!

Sloane has outdone herself in storytelling. She has a realistic handle on the hurt/comfort genre and can tell the story, making it exciting, sad, tense, happy and completely satisfying! She gives the background out slowly about Hawke’s past so you see past the cold focused person he starts out as. She shows us Tate as a scared but totally devoted father to Matty. We even see Ronan becoming more human in his decisions about where his life is going. The story moves along smoothly, developing and intensifying as it progresses. We get a some really great sex scenes, an intense confrontation and HEA in the end. What more could you ask for in a book!

6 of 5 stars!


Review by Morgan

(Book reviewed here before)

I’m a bit torn on this review.

First, I loved the hurt/comfort that we get. Both MCs are so damaged and then throw in a sick kid – wow! – so much angst!

I loved the HEA and the choices that get made regarding the “retribution” as well as the overall outcome.

I loved Matty! What a trooper! His superhero fanboy-ness was adorable!

What I didn’t love: The first sex scene between Tate and Hawke. It wasn’t rape, but it wasn’t exactly consensual and it definitely made me uncomfortable.

I also didn’t love how long Hawke drew out his feelings for his ex – despite his obvious attraction and feelings for Tate.

I also didn’t love how Tate allowed Hawke to just walk all over him – most of the story!

But… I did love the feels and the very sweet ending … so – all in all I can say I enjoyed this. But it had it’s hard moments.

3.75 (rounded to 4) of 5 stars for the book


I am consistently impressed by Joel Leslie’s narrations! He manages to give every character a unique personality through his voice and his pacing. Female and child roles are done with as much skill as the older, male character voices. He’s a master at drawing the listener in and persuading them to become involved in the story, no matter the subject matter.

Highly Recommended!

5 of 5 for the audio

Overall 4.5 of 5 stars


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Andrew Grey Guest Post for Growing His Dream


OS: Welcome to Andrew Grey here today to talk about his newest book. Thanks for dropping by!


My family moved from the suburbs to a rural area between my Junior and Senior year of high school. That was a very traumatic period for me. I had to leave all my friends behind as well as the conveniences of the city to live in a rural area. Little did I know what those experiences would mean to me later in life. I was lucky in that I met some new friends and built a new life for myself after the relocation and one of my friends lived on a dairy farm. She was am amazing girl and while we lost touch, I will always remember the fun times we had together at the farm. The farm in Growing His Dream isn’t one particular farm, but a conglomeration of all of the ones I knew growing up. Any more than Lachlan and Abe are people I knew there. They are also a mixture of some of my friends that I remember so well with such fondness. But there was one thing I didn’t have to imagine. My friends were big hearted and kind. Those qualities were real.


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Love can grow in even the harshest conditions.

Life has been a struggle for Lachlan Buttar ever since his mother passed away and left him unprepared to take care of himself. He’s gone from homeless to staying with a local minister, but it soon becomes clear he will be better off, and safer, on his own. Fortunately Foster and Javi agree to take Lachlan in and offer him a real home on their dairy farm.

It’s there that Lachlan meets another of the workers, local farmer Abe Armitage. Though the attraction between them is instant, Abe refuses to act on it until Lachlan returns his interest. By then, strong feelings have taken root, and a passionate romance quickly blossoms. But both men carry baggage that could crush any chance of happiness together, particularly since Lachlan witnessed a crime, and there are those who will do anything to make sure he cannot reveal what he’s seen.



“What’s going on?” Harriet asked, coming into the kitchen, and Foster shrugged as she and Javi sat down.

“Well, I was in church last Sunday.” Abe shook his head. “I don’t usually go because they… well, they don’t represent me, but my dad told me that I had to go and that he was tired of me missing services. I think he figures that they’ll change me or something. Anyway, at the end of the service, Reverend Felder stood and said that there was a member of the community in need.”

“We have plenty in need,” Harriet said.

“This is different,” Javi broke in, and she grew quiet.

“The reverend then brought Lachlan in front of the congregation and said that he’d been staying with his family for a few weeks and that he needed a home. He stood up there with an old ball cap in his hand, twisting it back and forth. It was so Dickensian.”

“Like you know what that means,” Foster teased.

“I read A Christmas Carol in school once—I know who Dickens was.” Abe rolled his eyes. “The thing is, no one came forward. He just stood there, looking like he wanted to disappear, and it was obvious that the reverend, high and mighty as he is, just wanted Lachlan out of his house.” Abe shuddered. He wasn’t a fan of someone he saw as a hypocrite.

“And now he was walking out in the rain….”

“With no place to go.” Harriet finished Foster’s sentence for him. “He said he’d be eighteen in a few days.”

“Yeah. I can’t imagine trying to be on my own at his age without a home or anyone.”

Abe could tell Foster’s mind was already running a mile a minute by the intensity in his eyes.

“Mom, can you see about getting him back in school? He has to be close to graduating and he needs to do that. Lachlan can help here on the farm, and we’ll give him an allowance and make sure he has what he needs.”

That was why Abe thought the world of Foster. He always thought of other people and what they needed. Foster had given Abe a job on the farm a year ago, when he and his father hadn’t been on speaking terms. They barely were now and at most tolerated each other. Abe didn’t ask his father about his bible thumping, and his father didn’t talk to Abe about the fact that he preferred boys to girls.

“I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone look so miserable as he did that Sunday.” Abe kept trying to imagine how he’d feel if he’d been up there, and the only words that came to mind were naked and completely exposed.

“He said that his mother died of cancer not too long ago.”

Author Information


Andrew grew up in western Michigan with a father who loved to tell stories and a mother who loved to read them. Since then he has lived throughout the country and traveled throughout the world. He has a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and works in information systems for a large corporation.

Andrew’s hobbies include collecting antiques, gardening, and leaving his dirty dishes anywhere but in the sink (particularly when writing) He considers himself blessed with an accepting family, fantastic friends, and the world’s most supportive and loving partner. Andrew currently lives in beautiful, historic Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

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Mario Lipinski author of Symbols Guest Post on Bullying


OS: Welcome to Mario Lipinski author of Symbols! He’s stopped by today to tak to us about bullying.


Thank you for giving me the chance to present my upcoming book ‘Symbols’ to the amazing people at Open Skye Book Reviews!

Since bullying is one of the central topics of the story, I’d like to share some thoughts on this subject. I’m also very interested in your opinions and would be glad if you also shared them with us.




First I must make a strange confession:

I’m a gay man in my forties, and I have never been bullied.

That’s extraordinary. I know. It’s like winning the lottery twice in a row. And usually probabilities hate me. There is a tiny chance for those pills to have an annoying by-effect? Ah, here comes the rash… but somehow I dodged the inevitable.

Some statistics say that nine out of ten LGBT+ students report sexual-orientation-based bullying. A frightening ninety percent.

Maybe those numbers don’t apply to Germany, or Europe as a whole, but bullying exists everywhere and in all facets. While I made it through school unscathed, my sister wasn’t so lucky. She’s a straight, white cis-female, and she was bullied. By other straight, white cis-females. Worst of all, it was two of her friends who turned against her. There were no warning signs and no obvious reasons. Those ‘friends’ just began to taunt her and another girl. Each day, their insults became more vicious and personal. My sister and the other girl did the only logical thing: they teamed up, became friends, even best friends, and their mutual support made the attacks bearable. But even nowadays, her voice becomes subdued and frail when she talks about that time of her life.

How sad that story is, it also illustrates what’s most important when confronted with bullies: allies. People who listen, people who help, people who are simply there. It doesn’t matter whether those people are friends, family, teachers, or professionals. Everyone can become an ally. Having allies doesn’t guarantee that the bullying stops, but bullies can only succeed if they can isolate their victims.

Though I was never bullied, I feel a powerful urge to add this theme to my stories. The statistics I quoted above prove me right. Bullying is something almost every gay person has lived through. Those experiences shaped them, and in the best case, they emerged as stronger people. I’m not the most prolific author, quite the contrary, and only have written a mere handful of stories yet. Still three of them touch the topic of bullying in some form.

‘Symbols’ is one of them. It focuses on the relationship between two very different guys, but in both their lives bullying plays an important role. Bullies and their actions shape Matt’s and Shane’s relationship, or more precisely, the way the two have to deal with them shapes it.

Matt is a small, timid boy. He has always been the victim, and in the light of what I said above, he chose the wrong strategy to deal with his tormentors: He isolated himself. At school, he is virtually invisible. He never leaves home and spends most of his spare time with woodworking.

Shane is a six-foot-eight bodybuilder, scarred and inked all over. No one would dare to directly attack him. Still he suffers from another form of bullying: prejudices and jumping to conclusions. People fear him for no reason.

Only when the two become allies, they can break the cycle and free themselves. And this illustrates a very important point: allies can come in all shapes and sizes. A powerful bodyguard like Shane, or a shrewd genius like Matt. Or anything in-between. In their own way, everyone can be the one ally who makes a difference.


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Violence is hard to escape because of the scars it leaves—on the body, the mind, and the heart.


Small, skinny, and timid, Matt is the school’s punching bag. He suffers in silence and holds no hope anyone will come to his aid. The last thing on his mind is finding someone special. He’s sure it’s impossible, so why bother trying?


Shane is no stranger to pain. At his old school, he broke a football player’s arms for tormenting his friend, and with his size and multiple tattoos, he looks every bit the thug everyone—Matt included—assumes he is.


Building trust isn’t easy, but a sweet yet passionate romance slowly unfolds. Their road isn’t without bumps, but Matt and Shane navigate them together, finding happiness and security in each other—until another act of violence and its aftermath threatens to tear their lives—and their love—apart once and for all. But like the symbols etched into Shane’s skin, some things are made to last.


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Author Bio:

Mario Kai Lipinski lives in Herne, Germany.

He is a spare-time author, and his evil day job, teaching mathematics at university level, isn’t that evil after all. Granted, on some days he wants to strangle his students, but it only takes a coffee or two and he remembers how much he loves them. He loves nerdy science stuff too. Does it show in his books? Of course it does.

English is not his native language, and he frequently gets asked why he writes in English. The answer has two parts. Firstly, he has slightly masochistic tendencies. Secondly, most books he reads are in English. So it feels only natural to write in this language too. English is beautiful—until it isn’t. Never, absolutely never, get him started on comma rules.

One reader described his books as “sexually explicit Disney movies.” That hits the nail on the head. Mario is into romance with a capital R and loves his cheesy. He is so good at channeling his inner teenager that sometimes he doubts he even has an inner adult.