The Brat by Patricia Logan Tour and Character Questions and Prizes!





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Charles Fordham III has been expelled from Oxford and sent home with his tail between his legs. The self-professed “brat” has always gotten away with things because of his father’s influence and money. Poor Chas is in for the surprise of his life in the form of a tall, well-muscled, former Marine bodyguard… but even more daunting days may lie ahead. Have his years abroad prepared him for the expectations of his father when he’s forced to live up to his legacy?

Tate Heston returns home from Iraq when his beloved career is cut short by an IED. He’s used to turning boys into men and then leading them into battle where sometimes the good guys lose. This makes him even more hesitant about taking on a job guarding a spoiled brat, but he believes he can probably do what he does best…  make young Chas a man.

Not everyone wants to see the brat succeed in his father’s place. Things have been running just fine for years and the return of Charles Fordham III and the shake up his arrival causes, has his family’s enemies in a panic. But as the boy assumes his rightful place, Tate understands sometimes a man must take his fight to the enemy… regardless of battlefield… or boardroom.



Chas whirled on Tate, stalking up to him, probably having decided that he was the whole problem. Hell, Tate was totally fine with that. Better he hate him than his father. Hate was easy to handle but he was really surprised when he stopped right in front of him and shouted at him.

“You have no right to tell me how I should talk to my father, you… you cretin!” he screamed.

Tate was only slightly surprised as spittle flew out of Chas’s mouth when he spoke and he raised his hand. Is he gonna…?

Tate reached up and stopped Chas’s slap inches from his cheek as he viciously swung his hand toward him. Tate managed to grasp Chas’s wrist, stopping the blow and the action brought the young man flush up against his body. For a few seconds their faces were inches from each other and with all of Chas’s rage, the way his chest heaved with anger, Tate inexplicably felt his cock harden in his jeans. His fury is magnificent. Tate didn’t know whether he should stop the kid or just bend him over his father’s desk and fuck him right then and there and get it over with. He let the thought slide through his mind for a few seconds as he stared into Chas’s magnificent angry amber-colored eyes. It’s probably not the right time… more’s the pity.

Tate hesitated only a second and then tore his gaze away from the man’s, bringing Chas’s arm down and then around the man’s side so that he was forced to turn his back on Tate. Chas cried out as Tate deftly brought his hand up between his shoulder blades, causing him to bend forward to take the pressure off or have his arm snapped in the process. A second later, Chas’s knees gave out and he dropped to his knees on the thick carpet to relieve the pressure on his arm. Tate bent over him, still holding Chas’s fingers up behind his back with one hand. He laid his hand on the back of the young man’s neck, pushing his forehead firmly to the floor with the other hand.

“Ah! You’re hurting me!” Chas gasped out, drooling down toward the carpet beneath him. His body was shuddering but all the fight had gone out of him and he suddenly went boneless as his body relaxed.

Tate leaned down to speak softly at his ear. “No hitting. No slapping. No getting physical of any sort. That clear?” Go ahead. Fight me, you little fucker. I’ll have your jeans around your ankles and my dick up your ass so fast, you won’t know what hit you.

A second later Chas gave an almost imperceptible nod. His chest was heaving and Tate thought he heard a sob come out of the man as he grunted in pain again.

“Okay,” Chas finally ground out through gritted teeth, “Let me up.”


Character Interview Questions (from Tate’s Point of View)

1.What is your biggest fear? That some of the men I served with will never make it home.

  1. What is your most prized possession? My Grand Torino.
  2. What do you enjoy doing on your day off? Taking Chas sightseeing. He left the US when he was only 10 so helping him to discover his home (California and Los Angeles) is great. We take road trips and he’s growing to love our state.
  3. Your best childhood memory? Going on road trips with my mom and dad. We didn’t have money so that was our vacation. Sometimes, just going to see the ocean or a ball game in summer was the best time of my life.
  4. Where do you hope to be in five years? Living wherever Chas calls his happy place (hopefully by a beach).


Meet the author:

International bestselling author Patricia Logan, resides in Los Angeles, California. The author of several #1 bestselling erotic romances in English, Italian, French, and Spanish lives in a small house with a large family. When she’s not writing her next thriller romance, she’s watching her grandchildren grow up way too soon, and raising kids who make her proud every day. One of her favorite tasks is coaxing nose kisses from cats who insist on flopping on her keyboard while she types. Married to a wonderful man for 30 years, she counts herself lucky to be surrounded by people who love her and give her stories to tell every day.

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Strong Signal by Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell

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I was counting down the months until the end of my deployment. My days were spent working on military vehicles, and I spent my nights playing video games that would distract me until I could leave Staff Sergeant Garrett Reid behind.

That was when I met him: Kai Bannon, a fellow gamer with a famous stream channel.

I never expected to become fixated on someone who’d initially been a rival. And I’d never expected someone who oozed charm to notice me—a guy known for his brutal honesty and scowl. I hadn’t planned for our online friendship to turn into something that kept me up at night—hours of chatting evolving into filthy webcam sessions.

But it did. And now I can’t stop thinking about him. In my mind, our real life meeting is perfect. We kiss, we fall into bed, and it’s love at first sight.

Except, like most things in my life, it doesn’t go as planned.

*Strong Signal is a standalone, full-length novel with no cliffhanger*


Garrett is finishing out his last tour in Afghanistan while playing an online role playing game and being grumpy. He’s a mechanic and he thanks the military for getting him out of his crappy town but beyond that, he has no sentimental ties to his time in uniform. One night, while playing, his “dude” in the game is killed by some other “dude” and in terms of etiquette, Garrett feels he’s been slighted. So… he stalks the other “dude” and finds out so much more than how to get even.

Kai is an online gamer who gets paid to do it! He sits in front of a camera all day and records himself playing games and he’s so charming and interesting and good at what he does, people pay to watch him do it! (This is a real thing in life!) He finds Garrett’s “stalking” intriguing and they slowly go from reluctantly respectful of one another, to more and more curious, until one day they finally begin to talk to one another as people.

From that point on their relationship moves forward like any sort of “online” dating … a bit of information sharing, some flirting, then more flirting, then a lot of flirting… you get the idea.

By the time Garrett’s time is up, he and Kai are very close and Garrett is sure it will translate into a physical “real life” relationship. Kai knows it won’t….


This is one of the best books I’ve read… It literally has something in it for every single reader.

I’m not gonna give too much more away about the plot because really – that’s for you to discover. The important part of this is the amazing characters that Megan and Santino have created and the way they organically evolve for us over time. The parts of the book where two MCs are apart should feel “uncomfortanle” and be something that – as a reader- you want to race through to get the guys together. But the way these two writers did it, I couldn’t skim, couldn’t begrudge the distance, instead I was captivated by just watching their relationship develop – slowly – as it did over time.

This book is at times amazingly tender and sweet, then raunchy and “dirty”, followed by nerdy and hysterical, then moving and heart-wrenching. It seriously has it all. There were times I had to ask my IT-ish/Gamer-ish husband what the leet speak was so I could figure out what they were saying – but that’s part of the fun!

Kai and Garrett don’t do the “big misunderstanding”, they don’t lie, they don’t communicate super great – but hey – who does? – so their relationship really feels authentic. Kai’s illness is handled with grace and intelligence and Garrett is just about as huggable as can be. I loved them as a couple and enjoyed their online interactions almost as much as their in person interactions.

There are so many great secondary characters in this story as well and one of them gets his own book! I can’t wait to read that…

I highly recommend this book – it is truly wonderful – not surprising given that the two authors involved are so gifted – together their chemistry is off the charts!

6 of 5 stars


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Downpayment by AJ Mars

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Mike Barrow and his friends are among many boys in Manchester who think the city will be their chance to improve themselves. But for now Mike is living in a damp flat with his friend Callum, and they’re both making ends meet by working the streets. When Mike meets Chris Wildsmith, a late-twenties entrepreneur, he thinks he’s hooked a job that will pay his rent for several weeks—a windfall already.

But his connection with Chris quickly goes beyond what’s normal between rent boy and client. Mike meets Chris’s friends, goes to Chris’s parties with him as his “boyfriend,” and finds himself swept up in a world he’s never known. He’s sure it’s all going to go horribly wrong, and when Chris’s work colleague figures them out and becomes violent, he’s almost proven right. But Mike isn’t the only one who has confused professionalism with something else. The breakup that follows gives Mike the impetus he needs to relaunch himself as somebody else, a man who will hopefully be someone Chris very much wants to be with.


If you’ve seen the movie “Pretty Woman” you know the basic plot summary of Downpayment. Substitute an insecure British guy for Julia Roberts and a set it in the UK.


I don’t normally like to be abrupt with my reviews, especially since I appreciate how it can be difficult to be a writer and put something out there for people to read and consider, but this just was too similar to the movie for comfort. I love the idea of doing a male, British take on the movie – there are a lot of ways it could have been really fun and interesting – but it just didn’t come across in this book.

There were several times the POV changed and it was hard for me to know from which perspective I was reading. Sometimes, when a book is very “British”, it takes a moment for the word choice and rhythm to take over and my brain to catch up, and this is such a book, only I never quite “caught up”.

From a “romantic” perspective, there are definite moments of great “feels” and I suppose if I’d never seen the movie I might have enjoyed this book, but it just never felt “right” to me.

(The cover does NOT match the content, FYI.)

2.75 of 5 stars


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Interview with the amazingly talented REESE DANTE





Reese Dante Interview (Morgan and Reese GRL 2015)





I should just put her work up here and say “‘Nuf Said” because it’s so obvious by her work that she’s amazingly talented – but… that’s not all!  She’s also a gifted writer and a terrific person to boot!

She graciously answered some questions I posed and here are her answers:

RD: First and foremost, THANK YOU for the invite!

I want to start with a very basic intro. I have two personas in the M/M genre.

Reese Dante is my designer side. I work with both publishers and self-pub authors to design cover art (I also design covers for MF and ménage, as well as other pairings and genres).

Jaime Reese is my M/M author side. To date, I’ve published three contemporary romance titles in The Men of Halfway House series and have a fourth tentatively scheduled for release in Spring 2016.



What is your background (in art)?

I’m actually a self-taught artist. I doodled on random pieces of paper and I drew my first portrait in middle school. I’ve worked with several media—including charcoal, oils, acrylics, watercolors—but prefer pencil portrait sketching.

For a long list of reasons, I decided to go to school and focus on a traditional career. I hold degrees in marketing and business management (BBA, MBA). I worked my way up the corporate ladder for 15½ years before finally turning away from a management position to focus on art.

I believe everything happens for a reason (if you’ve read one of my books, that phrase probably sounds familiar LOL). I don’t regret the time spent while working in a traditional office setting. I learned a lot about myself and my limitations and I do believe it contributed heavily to making me the person I am today.

Art has always been my escape, my safe place and I noticed I turned to it more in the latter years of my corporate term. It was the one thing I did that always put a smile on my face. It took me a long time to get here, but I finally found my way to doing what I’ve always loved for the right reasons. And I’ve never been happier.






How do you pick which covers you’ll do?

I think it’s more of a question of which cover I won’t do. I have a few hot buttons, but I’ve only turned away one cover commission as a result of it and that was years ago.

The main driving force is my schedule. If I can’t make the requested deadline, I don’t accept the job. I’m hesitant to take on another project at the risk of compromising quality. I like to tinker with a design for a while and come back to it. I can do this endlessly because there’s always something new I see or another detail I think might work, so I prefer to have time that allows for that.


What percentage of the books do you actually read in entirety (if any)?

I don’t read a book before I work on a cover design. To be candid, it’s a time issue. As an alternative, I usually work off a completed form that provides me with enough information regarding the manuscript and characters. And I’m not shy about asking for additional bits of info or clarification on any points. I need to have a good handle on the story before I can work on the design.


Where do you get your images from (faces, bodies, etc)  Is there a place for that?  (IE stock photo sites etc)

I use different sources depending upon the project and what’s needed. I usually use stock sites but have, on occasion, coordinated licensing agreements with photographers for a particular image or model.


Some of the other covers I’ve seen – not yours – have the same model over and over again.  How does that happen?  (Not sure of the process for cover making.)

Sadly, most cover artists and authors have limited resources and budgets.  And the cost of stock images, fonts, and other elements (software and tools) can start to add up. Most of the stock I see (and use) are from microstock sites.  They make it affordable and easy to use beautiful pictures. And with royalty free licenses, you can typically reuse without rebuying—so that makes it increasingly desirable. And believe it or not, there are authors who specifically request ‘that guy on cover X’ or model Y.

Seeing the same model and face, over and over… it’s frustrating and it happens – to all of us.  I’ve come to grudgingly accept it.  It’s the trade-off we accept with the use of microstock. It’s one of the reasons some people like to crop out the face. However, I try to change the models a little when I can (eyes, hair, clothing, etc.) to reduce some of the initial shock of seeing the same model.  Sometimes, the model looks completely different than the stock shot when I finish with the changes (yay!).


I know you can’t tell me your favorite cover(s) – can you tell me which ones were the hardest to make?  The most fun to make? 

No. LOL I won’t list a favorite or the most fun or the most difficult.

I will say I love a challenge. So molding a stock model to match a character is something I enjoy. I also enjoy designs where I’m granted more creative freedom. And anything with tattoos and angels always make me smile.


Is it different making your own covers?


The covers for The Men of Halfway House series feature one of my characters from each story. I want them to be the central focus because these are their stories and struggles. The first step of my process is to know my characters, and that usually begins with a clear visual. Unfortunately, I can easily delay writing until I find that perfect shot—or at least am able to find an image I can tweak to match the visual in my mind. After that, the story flows very easily.

So I will take the time to hunt for the perfect photo and tweak as needed until my character is staring right back at me. And I can happily say, I’ve been lucky to have that happen with each of the covers in my series.

When I work on a cover for someone else, it’s a bit tougher for two reasons. First, I don’t know their story. I typically have a series of responses to questions I use as a guide and commonly ask follow-up questions. And oftentimes, there are critical details I might not know because I didn’t ask the ‘right’ question. You’d be surprised how much info an author keeps safely tucked in their mind. 🙂

Second, authors typically ‘create’ their character based on a list of traits or are inspired by a celebrity image. They might have a photo of a celebrity, but it’s not necessarily the ‘face,’ it’s the attitude, or general vibe of the shot. So matching another person’s visual can be a little challenging at times because I can’t ‘see’ it as clearly as I can see my own characters. But it’s a challenge I openly welcome. 🙂



Any advice for aspiring cover artists?

Learn the craft. Your designs represent the story for the author but they also represent you as an artist. Define your own style. It’s what will make you different from other artists.



Thank you to Reese for her honest and illuminating answers! 

You can find her as an author and artist at these sites:


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4 stars adult - 18+ Angst Level Book Contemporary Established Couple Gay Geek/Jock Heat Index Homophobia m/m Mid level angst Mild/low level heat New Adult Novella 20-160 pgs (20k-40k words) Part of a Series Purchased Valentine's Day

A Valentine’s Memory (Memories book 3) by Max Vos









There’s a lot going on this Valentine’s Day for the Sutton family. Adam and J.J. have a romantic evening ahead of them, and they’re not the only ones.

Unfortunately, Thad has something else on his mind, and it’s gnawing away at him. When he finally tells his new family what’s going on, it’s all hands on deck to help him.

No one messes with the Suttons….





Our favorite couple – JJ and Adam – are back! JJ and Adam are both trying to plan a surprise evening of romance and at the same time help their adopted brother Thad with his romantic evening with Jason.

Thad has some super creepy stalker issues to deal with and we get some surprising information about Adam’s mom.

In the end – we get more Sutton madness and crazy naked time – on Valentine’s Day!


This is another lovely installment in the series. I just love this couple and find anything they end up doing so very charming.

Fans of the series will love this little holiday story.

4 of 5 stars


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Excerpt and Slipping causes in without sounding preachy by AJ Marcus – Author of Hoofbeats





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28542624by A.J. Marcus

Inspiration for books can come from a lot of different places. I like writing about animals and luckily Nicole Godfrey does too, so we work well together. When we first approached the idea of writing a book together, I asked Nicole what she’d like to do. I’m fairly versatile when it comes to most things in life, including my writing, but I figured she was going to want to work on something with shifters in it. She then said she wanted to do a Native American horse shifter. I thought it was a great idea and said he should fall in love with a cowboy. That’s where we started with the whole thing.

As we brainstormed the idea, it hit me that the horse shifter should be some kind of guardian over wild horses. Right now there’s a lot of ranchers in the west trying to eradicate our wild horses, that gave us a starting point to delve into Derek Dancing Hawk. He’s very wrapped up in what’s going on with the wild horses, but you’ll have to read the book to see just who wrapped up, and how Cole, our cowboy, fits into the efforts of Derek and the other horse shifters. I think we came up with an interesting idea and hope the readers agree and find it entertaining.

For readers familiar with my Mountain Spirit mysteries, they’ll see a little seasoning of causes in here. But finding a way to season a book with a little knowledge can be a fine line for a lot of authors. If done wrong it can come across as fairly heavy handed, which is never good, too little and the readers don’t get much out of it. In “Hoofbeats” we touch on a couple of things, the plight of wild horses, drugs are bad, and coyote feeds on chaos.

We incorporated a bit of Native American spirituality into the book, thanks to Nicole’s personal heritage and some of the studies I’ve done over the year. For me, I’ve always enjoyed Coyote tales, we’re both story tellers. You’ll find a few paw prints in this book, and I’m not telling who, but Coyote actually has two rolls, but we tried to be subtle with it as opposed to bashing readers over the head. Think of out as our little Easter eggs for the readers. Again, feeding folks a little bit of information, enough to not distract from the overall story which if Cole and Derek falling in love and overcoming the forces set against them.

We’re going to do a comment give away. We’ll do a random drawing tomorrow and post the winner. Leave us a comment with either your favorite Native American tale, or your favorite kind of shifter. The winner will get an e-copy of “Hoofbeats”



Derek and Cole go looking for the Coyote who’s haunting their joint dreams:

In the distance a coyote howled.

Cole straightened and listened. “And what’s with that damned coyote? He’s howling in the real world and in our dreams. I don’t get it.”

“Me either.” Derek stood. “What do you say we try to find him? If he’s here in our dreams, we should be able to track him down.”

“And do what? Question him?”

“Sure, why not?”

“’Cause he’s a coyote.” Cole shook his head as he accepted the hand Derek offered him and stood.

“Right. According to legend, Coyote was the first of the shifters. He’s the one who granted all the other shifters the power to change shape.”

Cole cocked an eyebrow as Derek’s human body blurred, quickly replaced by his horse form. “So Coyote’s some kind of shifter god?”

Sure. Actually you should know that he’s also one of the major Native American gods. Almost all the tribes revere him. If he’s joining us in here, there’s got to be a reason.” Derek butted Cole with his head. “Come on, climb on board. We can chase him down faster like this.

“You know, there’s one weird thing I still don’t understand.” Cole put his hands on Derek’s broad back, bounced twice, and jumped up.

A soft chuckle rose up as Cole wrapped his legs around Derek. “Just one? You’re accepting all this fairly well.

Cole leaned over and patted Derek’s neck as Derek took off, going from standing still to a smooth gallop in a split second. “Why can’t you just talk to me like normal when you’re in horse shape in the dreams?”

No clue. I’ll have to think on that one for a bit.

As the wind of Derek’s passing whipped around them, the coyote howled again. It helped Cole feel a little better that they were trying to 92

find answers to one of the things they were questioning. Having no clear and easy course to follow made his life even harder.

Derek ran in the direction of the howls. But they never found the coyote. After a while joyful yips replaced the howls, like the coyote was playing with them. By then heavy sweat coated Derek and Cole both.

“Let’s give it up.” Cole sat back like he would on a normal horse he wanted to slow down.

I’m good with that.” Even Derek’s mental voice sounded tired. “This is worse than trying to chase prairie dogs.” Derek turned back toward the herd, moving at a sedate walk.

A heavy yawn escaped Cole. “We should probably try to get some real sleep.”

Yeah.” Derek’s mental yawn was nearly as loud as Cole’s real one. “I just wish we were together in the real world.

“We will be.” Cole slid off Derek’s back as they approached the herd.

Derek shifted back to his human form. “Yeah, I know, but I don’t like waiting.” He took Cole in his arms. “I want to do this anytime the urge hits.” He kissed Cole.

“Me too.” Cole stopped and pulled Derek down into the lush green grass.

They settled into each other’s arms with light kisses. Soon fatigue overtook them and, as the coyote howled and Derek snored softly, Cole drifted off to sleep.



After a run of bad luck, gifted horse trainer Cole Frasier thinks he’s lost his touch. When he’s offered three times his normal rate to gentle a stallion, he needs the money badly enough he jumps at the opportunity, even if his boss is of questionable morality.

Once he meets Midnight Blood, he knows there’s something special about the horse, but he doesn’t know how special until he begins sharing dreams with the magnificent steed.

Derek Dancing Hawk is a horse shifter trapped in his horse form due to guilt over losing the wild herd he was guarding. When he meets Cole, as Midnight Blood, he wants to find a way to be human again. During a fight between Cole and the ranch foreman, he manages to shift and save Cole, but his transformation from horse to human is captured on camera. This not only gives Cole’s boss blackmail material, but also creates the need to warn the horse shifter council of the threat to their anonymity. The existence of shifters is a closely guarded secret, one they will go to great lengths to keep.

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A.J. has been writing to pass the time since high school. The stories he wrote helped him deal with life. A few years ago, he started sharing those stories with friends who enjoyed them and he has started sending his works out into the world to share with other people. He lives in the mountains with his extremely supportive husband. They have a lot of critters, including dogs, cats, birds, horses, and rabbits. When not writing, A.J. spends a lot of time hiking, trail riding or just driving in the mountains. Nature provides a lot of inspiration for his work and keeps him writing. He is also an avid photographer and falconer. Don’t get him started talking about his birds, because he won’t stop for a while.

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Nicole Godfrey is a writer who calls the beautiful city of Colorado Springs home, along with her fury children. She was born in Omaha, NE. and has lived in Florida and Tennessee. Her writing career started with poetry at a young age, leading to her first publication at the age of twelve. Poetry eventually evolved into the love of storytelling, and any good story, no matter the genre, is open to her creative mind. She has two short stories published through Colorado Springs Fiction Writers Group; A Page Lost in An Uncommon Collection, and The Power of the Word in Remnants and Resolutions: Tales of Survival.
When she’s not writing, Nicole actively participates in Amtgard and loves to play table-top RPG’s. Art has also been a part of her life since a young age, so she spends as much time as possible playing with different mediums.


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Love and the Exorcism by Melanie Hansen Exclusive Excerpt!




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Love and the Exorcism


Tom Hannity is not boring, despite what his ex-boyfriend says.  He loves his circle of family and friends and finds peace in the beauty of flower arranging.  Still stinging from his recent breakup, Tom attends an Anti-Valentine’s Day “Ex-orcism,” hoping for some fun and forgetfulness.

Mario Tellez is tired of party boys, and he’s had his eye on Tom for a while.  When they run into each other at the Ex-orcism, sparks fly, until an accidentally overheard conversation drives Tom to do something he normally doesn’t do.

What should have been a hot and fun night turns into Tom and Mario seeing each other at their absolute worst, although surprisingly, it brings out the best in them, too.  Navigating around the toxic people in their lives isn’t easy, and after a small series of bumps in the road, they finally come around full circle… to Valentine’s Day and laying old demons to rest.


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Tom slumped on Suzanne’s couch, floating in an alcoholic daze. After his overly dramatic bracelet burning, he’d stalked back into the kitchen to slam several Love on the Rocks, following those with some god-awful concoction called Adios Motherfucker.

“Love Stinks” by the J. Geils Band and “Love Hurts” by Nazareth played in an endless loop, and Tom’s voice was hoarse from singing loudly along with both choruses. Suzanne was passed out in a large leather recliner nearby, curled up in a ball with her wimple askew and hanging over one eye. Little snores issued every now and then from her garish red lips.

Bubblegum and his two cronies hadn’t been spotted in a while, and Tom was almost sure they’d left. Good riddance. But Mario was still there, leaning against a wall, talking to a few people. He held a Coke bottle loosely in his fingers, and as far as Tom could tell had been nursing it for quite a while.

Tom stared at him, appreciating how Mario’s tight white T-shirt hugged his torso, the way his faded jeans hung low on slim hips. He was wearing sneakers, a backward baseball cap, and some sort of necklace, the whole effect casual and sexy.

His brown skin had a golden glow to it, like it had been burnished by the sun. Must have some sort of outdoor job, Tom decided. Maybe a tour-boat operator or fishing guide?

He traced his gaze back up to Mario’s handsome face and caught Mario looking directly back at him. His lips quirked up in a faint smile, and Tom, with the classic balls in a bottle, got up and approached him.

“Hey,” he rasped, trying his best not to slur.

“Hey yourself.”

Tom leaned against the wall next to Mario. Well, “collapsed” might have been a better word, but he tried to lean.

“You said you wanna mess up my hair.”

Mario smiled again, turning to face Tom, resting with one shoulder against the wall. “I’d say you’ve done a good job of that yourself, amigo.” He reached out and brushed a lock of hair off Tom’s forehead, sending a tingle of heat racing across Tom’s skin.

“Just so you know, I’m not boring,” Tom informed him defiantly.

“I never thought you were.” A lazy thread of amusement ran through Mario’s voice.

“And my sister’s flower shop isn’t lame-ass.”

“I love flowers.”

Tom could feel a boozy grin spread across his face. “I do too. I never thought I’d enjoy flower arranging, but it’s… peaceful, soothing. I like pretty things.”

Mario’s gaze held some serious heat as he traced up and down Tom’s body. “So do I.”

Tom swallowed and licked his lips nervously, then again when Mario stared at them, his own lips parted.

“Uh,” Tom gulped. “Think I need some fresh air.”

He pushed away from the wall and staggered out to the back porch. Smoke from the bonfire still wafted skyward, and a haze lingered up around the porch lights. Tom wrinkled his nose at the pungent smell, then moved around to the side of the wraparound porch. It was darker there, a hint of the sea on the light breeze.

Tom took a deep breath, bracing his hands on the porch railing. Suddenly he heard movement behind him an instant before a hard, warm body pressed up against him.

“I could think of lots of ways to mess up your hair even more,” Mario rasped in his ear.

“Here?” Tom gripped the railing hard as Mario pushed his hips flush with Tom’s ass.

“Mmm. A little dangerous, yes? We might be caught. It’s my favorite fantasy.” He circled his hips against him, and Tom gasped.

“I—I don’t—why—”

Mario wrapped his arms around Tom’s waist, his lips brushing against Tom’s ear. “I used to see you with Jake, out at those clubs. I always wondered what you saw in that bitchy little queen. You were way out of his league.”

Tom was astounded. Out of Jake’s league? Jake was drop-dead gorgeous—dark hair, green eyes, with a sculpted body he spent hours honing in the gym. He was a social butterfly, loving to see and be seen. Hanging out at the hottest gay bars in Orlando and Miami was his favorite thing to do. Tom hadn’t believed it when Jake wanted him, plain old Tom Hannity, flower arranger and part owner in Hannity Floral, Fort Pierce, Florida.

Not daring to question it, Tom had just gone with it, enjoying the hot sex and the excitement of being on the arm of someone so high profile on the Florida gay scene. Rumors of Jake’s cheating drifted to Tom’s ears every now and then, but after a few weeks Jake pretty much moved in with him, and Tom was very happy. He’d thought Jake was too.

But apparently he’d been “bored.” Jesus.

Mario’s lips were on his neck now, and Tom swallowed. “You think I’m pretty?” he asked stupidly, and Mario’s mouth curved against his skin in a smile.

“Adorable,” he whispered. “Just my type. Cute and classy. So much better than Jake deserved.”

Wow, Mario had watched him that much? How had Tom never noticed him?

“I think you have a streak of danger in you too,” Mario rasped. “Should we find out?” He brought his fingers down to the button of Tom’s pants and flicked it open. He’d just started to slide his hand inside when the wind shifted yet again, bringing that fucking burning smell to Tom’s nose. Tom gagged, the Adios Motherfucker finally rebelling, and he leaned over the railing to vomit right into the bushes.

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Melanie Hansen has spent time in Texas and Florida prisons…for work.   She’s been in a room with a 17-year-old mass murderer who was also one of the most soft-spoken and polite teenagers she’s ever met.  After a 13-year career as a court reporter, she can tell many stories both hilarious and heartbreaking.

She grew up with an Air Force dad, and ended up marrying a Navy man.  After living and working all over the country, she hopes to bring these rich and varied life experiences to her stories about people finding love amidst real-life struggles.

Melanie left the stressful world of the courtroom behind and now enjoys a rewarding career transcribing for a deaf student.  She currently lives in Arizona with her husband and two sons.

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6 Days to Valentine by LE Franks Review






Wilde City Presents



In Nick’s perfect world, Valentine’s Day would be struck from the calendar.

Nick’s dreams of a Happily Ever After were shredded long ago, and the last thing he and his customers need is a bunch of happy loving couples rubbing it in their faces.

Bouncer Fat Boy Newman is willing to bet he knows Nick’s heart better than Nick does. He has just six days to change Nick’s mind about romance and the holiday and the perfect man to do it.

Too bad it’s not him.
Too bad Nick’s not going down without a fight.
Too bad he cheats.



This is a very sweet – sort of Cyrano-like-story about “fixing up a friend” and finding true love instead.

The beauty of a well-written short story is how every word is meant and needed and LE Franks does a great job with this sweet Valentine’s Day story.

4 of 5 stars


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Reviewed by Morgan


6 Days to Valentine by LE Franks Tour



In Nick’s perfect world, Valentine’s Day would be struck from the calendar.

Nick’s dreams of a Happily Ever After were shredded long ago and the last thing he and his customers need is a bunch of happy loving couples rubbing it in their faces.

Bouncer Fat Boy Newman is willing to bet he knows Nick’s heart better than he does. He has just six days to change Nick’s mind about romance and the holiday and the perfect man to do it.

Too bad it’s not him.

Too bad Nick’s not going down without a fight.

Too bad he cheats.

Pages or Words: 24,000 words


Categories: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, Humor, M/M Romance, Romance



I looked again at the stunned blond sprawled at my feet. From this angle, he might be considered cute, certainly the butt in his jeans was worth exploring further, but for some reason, it was his cap that caught my eye. I could see part of a logo from one of those Texas schools—the one with the horns. Reaching down, I hooked it with my finger. I held it up so I could see it clearly, though it was hard to mistake the long white horns stretching across the front of the orangey wool.


Hmm, old-style baseball cap. I peered inside and checked out the underside of the brim, looking for his name. Someone had signed it in black ink, but it was worn and smeared in places, making it barely legible. Given the fading and the stains on the sweatband, it hadn’t been new in a very long time. Certainly not when this guy was in school.


“My hat. Please.” A soft drawl and a hand moving into my line of sight distracted me. It’s possible, though unlikely, that I missed him waving up at me; I’d had quite a late night, after all. I think, instead, that my brain froze the second he pushed himself into the cobra pose and looked deep into my eyes.


I hadn’t gotten much sleep after leaving the bar in the early hours of the morning. I’d walked around the neighborhood, halfway hoping I’d get rolled by a drunk or knifed in an alley. It was a thoroughly depressing failure. I was still there, still intact, and still feeling guilty as hell, all of which pissed me off to no end. Even worse, everyone I’d seen since entering the bar had congratulated me on my win, while FatBoy was doing a spectacular job of avoiding me.


I sat still, considering the blue depths, the straight nose, the plump pink lips, the strawberry locks curling over his ears. Then FatBoy finally decided to make an appearance, jerking the man up by his pits and dangling him in front of me like a rag doll.


Surprising as the maneuver was, it did have the added benefit of shaking his limbs out so I could get a nice long look at the whole…package.


“Ever hear of picking up after yourself?” FatBoy growled his exaggerated drawl at me. I guess that answered the question of whether or not FatBoy was still mad.


“Yeah…no…” I muttered, thinking about the wrongness of the whole thing and absently fondling the cow head on the front of the hat, forgetting what I’d been asked just a moment before.


“What the hell?” the blond jerked away from our bouncer, grabbing his hat and inadvertently catching my pinky in the adjustable strap.


“Yow!” Fuck that hurt. I shoved my finger in my mouth, sucking furiously where part of the nail was now missing.


“Shit, sorry, man. You just…” The blond trailed off as he fixed his attention on the hand now shoved between my lips. You’d think he’d never seen a man suck on anything before.


I might have answered him, but I’d hopped off my stool and was now too busy brushing bar floor debris off the front of his well-formed chest. My hand slid down the front of him until fingers gripped my wrist tightly just as I was getting to the fun parts, freezing my hand in place at his waist.


“My name’s Cameron.” It was a perfectly reasonable answer to an obvious question that I hadn’t asked. He removed my hand from his body before stepping out of my personal space to sit. I wanted to follow, but in a rare show of restraint, I chose leaning against the bar two stools down.


God, I need a drink. And a bed. And a man. And a way to go back through time.

Hell—two out of four ain’t bad. Well, more likely one out of four, which sucked, and my night was going to get worse…


When Rachel came in, she was going to skin me and make rainbow boots out of my hide. The story was already making the rounds, and my act of treachery, while still hidden, was lying like a dead skunk, stinking up the air between FatBoy and me.


I was waiting for inspiration to strike, gifting me with the perfect pickup line—the dazzler that would have my tongue in Cameron’s mouth and his beautiful golden body pressed up against the wall in the supply room with enough time before I had to officially clock in for work.


Apparently not. All I was hearing from the celestial chorus was the sound of crickets. I went with the old standby and introduced myself. “I’m Nick.”


I must have been grinning like an idiot. I could feel my cheeks begin to ache, and my palms developed an unexpected dampness. Rubbing them hastily against my soft denims, I reached across to him and held out my hand.


“Call me Cam.” He smiled. Sweet Jesus, it was a beauty of a smile, and I felt my cock begin to fill. Dammit. The lunch bartender chose that moment to lean over and smirk at me.


“Soooo, Niiiiiick…who’s your friennnnd?” Christine made a decent margarita and a top-notch Bloody Mary of her own special recipe, but her gaydar was broken. Anyone could tell that this sweet angel of the south was 100% boy meat.


“Ma’am! Cameron Fielding at your service.”


I was stunned as I watched my morsel of seraphic delectability stand and doff his cap, and felt a shiver run up my spine. It seemed to be in a race with the tightening of my jeans and the galloping of my heart, and I had a sudden irrational urge to pull him closer and sniff his hair. And maybe touch it.

What the hell?


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  • LE Franks lives in the SF Bay area and writes M/M Romance in a unique mix of humor and drama with enough suspense to produce fast paced stories filled with emotion and passion and featuring characters that are quirky and complicated and sometimes a little bit dark. LE Franks is a best selling author and finalist for 2013 & 2014 Rainbow Awards. Her books are available through her publishers at MLR Press, Dreamspinner Press and Wilde City Press and Pride Publishing and online bookstores.




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Hoofbeats by AJ Marcus and Nicole Godfrey

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Dreamspinner Presents


After a run of bad luck, gifted horse trainer Cole Frasier thinks he’s lost his touch. When he’s offered three times his normal rate to gentle a stallion, he needs the money badly enough he jumps at the opportunity, even if his boss is of questionable morality.

Once he meets Midnight Blood, he knows there’s something special about the horse, but he doesn’t know how special until he begins sharing dreams with the magnificent steed.

Derek Dancing Hawk is a horse shifter trapped in his horse form due to guilt over losing the wild herd he was guarding. When he meets Cole, as Midnight Blood, he wants to find a way to be human again. During a fight between Cole and the ranch foreman, he manages to shift and save Cole, but his transformation from horse to human is captured on camera. This not only gives Cole’s boss blackmail material, but also creates the need to warn the horse shifter council of the threat to their anonymity. The existence of shifters is a closely guarded secret, one they will go to great lengths to keep.


Derek loses his herd to a group of hunters and his guilt forces him into his horse-form permanently for the last several years. He ends up owned by an evil jerk named Oscar and being trained by the magical trainer, Cole.

Cole is trying to get his mojo back after losing one of his training horses to a devastating injury. He takes a risky job for a lot of money knowing that something isn’t right.

Derek and Cole connect right from the start and it’s clear that they’re meant to be when they begin dreaming each other’s dreams. But the evil Oscar won’t let them be and ends up blackmailing them to do his bidding.

Fortunately there are more powers that be out there in Derek and Cole’s corner and life ends up taking some interesting twists …


This is a fairly unique shifter book, as far as I’m concerned. Most of the book Derek is a horse, but in his dreams he’s a man and he and Cole can build their relationship.

I got pretty frustrated by the evil Oscar… and wished the story moved a bit quicker in the middle… but I loved the twists and turns the story took and thought the world-building was fascinating and refreshing.

This looks like it might become a series and I look forward to reading more from this world.

4 of 5 stars


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