Bear my Stripes Audiobook by Artemis Wolffe Narrated by Gus Klondike

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Mark Bruner is a bear caught in the middle. While Mark has always harbored feelings that his father’s ancient clan might consider abhorrent, he’s been able to keep them in check for years in order to better serve his family’s needs. But, in the fallout of his brother’s ill-timed actions, the clan’s financial empire begins to crumble, and Mark finds himself with a plane ticket to Mumbai. Once aboard, he can’t help but be shaken up by the tattooed shifter in a nearby seat and those long-repressed feelings threaten to reemerge.
Zeke Kaplan isn’t like most tigers. Where any other tiger would prefer to roam wild and run free, Zeke has been desperately searching for the mate he knows can calm his inner-beast. So when he catches the eye of a weary-eyed bear with a chip on his shoulder, Zeke knows he’s found the one. Convincing the sexy and broad-shouldered giant, however, turns out to be more than a little challenging.
As Mark and Zeke’s forbidden romance buds, an old and dangerous enemy rears his head once more, threatening to destroy everything they’ve come to hold dear. When flight no longer remains an option, Mark and Zeke must fight back or lose each other forever. Can they overcome a force that would see them dragged into eternal dismay, or will they have to face a harsh truth and realize that sometimes romances should remain forbidden?


This is a lovely sequel to Striped and Bear. In Striped and Bear we saw a Bear who wanted to roam and now we have a Tiger who wants to nest.

The couple meets on the plane to Mumbai – not knowing they are going to the same place – and realize they are mates – but fighting the attraction.

When they part ways at the airport they don’t expect to see one another again so they’re shocked to run into each other at Zeke’s brother’s house.

There’s a fight to be together that results in a delightful HEA and we get to check up on our previous MCs who are now expecting!

I love these two books and the narration by Gus Klondike is just perfect! He does the emotion so well and I love his pacing and voice quality. He does a nice job with the voices and making the listener feel like they’re part of the story.

Highly recommended for fans of shifter romance!

4.25 of 5 stars


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How to Walk Like a Man (Howl at the Moon Book 2) by Eli Easton

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Deputy Roman Charsguard survived Afghanistan where he lost his best friend—his K-9 handler James. Roman was a military dog until two years ago when he developed the ability to shift into a human. It’s not easy to learn how to be a man. He found a place to live in Mad Creek, a haven for the secret world of dog shifters. Finding a reason to live has been harder. That is, until a certain human walks into the Mad Creek Sheriff’s office and starts making trouble.

Matt Barclay has the worst luck. First he was shot in a SWAT drug raid, then he was sent as DEA investigator to Mad Creek, a little town in the California mountains. Matt’s job is to keep a lookout for illegal drug farms, but nobody in the town wants him there. And then there’s Roman, Matt’s erstwhile baby-sitter. He’s the hottest guy Matt’s ever seen, even if he is a bit peculiar. If the town doesn’t kill him, sexual frustration just might.

The town is counting on Roman to prevent Matt from learning about dog shifters, Matt’s counting on Roman to be his work partner and tell him the truth, and Roman’s trying to navigate love, sex, and a whole lot of messy human emotions. Who knew it was so complicated to walk like a man?


Such an amazing sequel!

We met Roman (and fell head over heels in love with him!) in book one. He’s a newly quickened German Shepherd who lost his master, James, in the war in Afghanistan.

He’s adapting, slowly, to life on two legs with the help of Lance and Tim and of course, Lily.

Near the end of book one, Roman saves a DEA agent (who reminds him of James) from drug dealers. That DEA agent is Matt Barclay. Matt got injured in that drug raid, and is still recovering and though he’s grateful to the man who risked his life for him that day, but perplexed by his actions, as well.

When he meets Roman again at a joint DEA/Mad Creek task force meeting, he realizes that Roman is a unique guy. He’s at once innocent and sweet, but with a will of steel and a heart as big as the sky.

Lance tasks Roman with keeping Matt occupied and out of town so as not to give away the secrets of the quickened. Roman diligently drags Matt all over the mountains both in search of the drug dealers who might be praying on the town and because he’s fascinated with him.

It doesn’t take long before Roman’s affections turn from friend to more and he struggles with understanding these new emotions and desires. Luckily *smirk, he has Lance to go to when he’s got questions.

When Roman gets shot and Matt is faced with some questionable actions from both Roman and the rest of the town, will Roman have to give up his new love? Or will Matt be able to accept Roman for who he really is?

How to Walk Like a Man - Eli Easton**

OMG this was even better than book one and I absolutely LOVED book one. I’ve already rhapsodized on how amazing I think the “quickened” concept is in my review of How to Howl at the Moon here:

Roman grabbed me by the heartstrings in book one and he continues to tug at them throughout this entire story.

Gawd. When Roman “tells” the story of James and his training days and the day he turned into a man I was seriously sobbing. It’s such a touching story and so obviously in tune with that relationship between man and dog. There’s no question that the love Roman had for James was deep and abiding and Roman’s pain and loss is so deep and heartbreaking.

The parts where Roman is discovering his sexuality had me howling with laughter. Lance and Tim’s “help” is hysterical.

“I think I need a doctor.”

“What’s the matter?”

“My… my penis is all swollen up and hard. Could it be a spider bite or… or…” Roman swallowed, pressing down the panic. “I don’t know. Cancer?” He knew cancer killed a lot of humans and involved lumps and tumors.

There was silence from the other end of the line. A long silence.


“Yeah, uh, Roman….” Lance sounded strained. “You’ve never had this happen before? I mean, since you’ve been human?”


“Ah.” Lance covered up the phone with his hand and said something. Roman didn’t understand his words, but he thought he heard Tim giggling on the other end. Lance came back. “Sorry about that.”

Roman felt a tinge of annoyance creep in among the fear. “Do I need a doctor, sir?”


This had me in tears, it was so funny!

The slowly developing relationship between Matt and Roman is so sweet, my only regret is that we didn’t get to see them as a couple for more than a few pages. I loved how easy going Matt was and how tender and gentle he was when he figured out Roman was a virgin.

The rest of the townspeople continue to entertain me endlessly with their “dogisms” and the drinking of broth instead of coffee was another inspired detail.

Watching Lance nearly screw up everything with his overprotectiveness also made me laugh out loud. In the movie theatre:

Then, Beaufort compounded the weirdness. Because, you know, this wasn’t already strange enough. He stood up, faced the people sitting behind them, and loudly said. “We’re just going to quietly enjoy the films.Quietly. Without comments, talking, or noises of any kind.” Then he sat back down.

So funny! I must have underlined a dozen passages that cracked me up.

I can’t express just how entertaining this book is. The dogisms are hysterical, Roman is an absolute sweetheart and the love story is so very sweet.

I can’t recommend this and the entire series enough.

6 of 5 stars


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Talker (Book 1) by Amy Lane


Tate “Talker” Walker has spent most of his life hiding his scars under a bright punk facade, and until he sat next to Brian Cooper on a bus, it worked. But Brian has spent his whole life being the invisible man, and he’s used to looking below the surface. What he sees in Talker is a fragile and lovable human being.Brian is outwardly straight, but Talker is desperate for love, and when Talker’s behavior leads to some painful consequences, Brian is forced to come out of his closet-in dramatic fashion. He’ll do anything to make sure Talker sees that he’s the Prince Charming Talker has always needed.



Brian is a homeschool college student who has a hard time relating to people. He meets Tate “Talker” on the track bus and they instantly become friends.

Over time, Brian begins to realize that his lack luster relationships with girls probably stem from the fact that he’s gay and in love with his best friend, Talker. But by now Talker only sees Brian as his “friend” and since Talker has shared his intimate secrets Brian doesn’t know how to get Talker to see him as that boyfriend he’s been searching for.

Talker - Amy Lane**

This is part one in a series and sets up the complicated relationship between Talker and Brian. We learn the painful back story that is Talker’s distant and recent past. Brian has growing to do as well and it’s his own coming of age story.

The relationship between them is immediately deep so watching them transition from friends to lovers felt really natural even though the painful parts of Talker’s life make it hard to read at times.

I loved this series so much and highly recommend it.

4.5 of 5 stars


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Whiskey and Wry (Book 2 Sinner’s Gin Series) Audiobook by Rhys Ford Narrated by Tristan James


He was dead. And it was murder most foul. If erasing a man’s existence could even be called murder.
When Damien Mitchell wakes, he finds himself without a life or a name. The Montana asylum’s doctors tell him he’s delusional and his memories are all lies: He’s really Stephen Thompson, and he’d gone over the edge, obsessing about a rock star who died in a fiery crash. His chance to escape back to his own life comes when his prison burns, but a gunman is waiting for him, determined that neither Stephen Thompson nor Damien Mitchell will escape.
With the assassin on his tail, Damien flees to the City by the Bay, but keeping a low profile is the only way he’ll survive as he searches San Francisco for his best friend, Miki St. John. Falling back on what kept him fed before he made it big, Damien sings for his supper outside Finnegan’s, an Irish pub on the pier, and he soon falls in with the owner, Sionn Murphy. Damien doesn’t need a complication like Sionn, and to make matters worse, the gunman-who doesn’t mind going through Sionn or anyone else if that’s what it takes to kill Damien – shows up to finish what he started.


What? Damien is alive? Miki will be so psyched! These were my first thoughts when I read the blurb. That’s because Rhys Ford has a way of making her characters a part of your life and the Sinner’s Gin boys are now imbedded in my psyche.

Damien is the driving force behind Sinner’s Gin and when the band is split up by the crash that killed the other 2 band members, Damien is mysteriously kidnapped and held far from San Francisco in a mental hospital. The memories that surface, bits and pieces of his life with Miki, are treated like part of his delusion and it takes a crisis to set him free of his captors and into the hands of his savior.

Sionn (pronounced shoon) owns a bar that doesn’t allow anyone non-Irish singers to perform – so we know something important is occuring when Sionn makes an exception for the cute new guitarist, Damien. Damien and Sionn form a quiet alliance over coffee and then gradually deepen the relationship.

In a bit of serendipity, Sionn is the cousin to Miki’s cop, Kane Morgan. Sionn calls on Kane to help investigate Damien’s kidnapping and a new shooting attempt of his life, thus getting Miki and Damien together after over a year apart. (This part of the book made my heart sing. I wanted to cry along with the boys at their re-union.)

Though it would be tempting to be jealous of the relationship between Miki and Damien, it’s readily apparent that both boys are already head over heels in love with their respective Irishmen, so the focus can be on finding the person bent on destroying Damien’s life.

The villain in Whisky and Wry is perfectly terrible and creepy. The mystery is satisfying and grotesque. The love story is sweet, sexy and sublime. Another fantastic book and a great addition to the series.

I highly recommend this book and give it 6 of 5 hearts, amazing.


Tristan James’ voice is just perfection. The big O inducing.

Oops! Can I say that?

But really – the man’s voice is just so sexy, his accents make my toes curl. When you put these two together, Rhys’s beautifully crafted words with Tristan’s sumptuous voice you can’t have anything but another hit.

I just can’t praise the combination enough. I can’t wait for Tequila Sunrise to come out on Audio next. (Look here for that review

I give the narration a 6 out of 5 hearts as well, thus the overall rating a 6- out of this world!


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Author Name: DC Juris

Book Name: Bad Moon Rising

 Release Date: November 11, 2015


Bryce never expected to find himself smack in the middle of a zombie apocalypse, and he certainly never expected to meet the man of his dreams along the way. But there’s more than zombies in the way of his happily ever after. Richard comes with baggage, in the form of his on again, off again bipolar lover Cole, who is off his meds and descending into his own mental hell at an alarming rate. Will the three men be able to work out their romantic feelings? Oh yeah…and then there’s that little issue of the zombies…


Previously published by Breathless Press.


Pages or Words: 31,000 words

Categories: Contemporary, Fiction, Gay Fiction, Horror, M/M Romance, Romance, Thriller



“Stay down!”

“What’s going on?” I whispered.

“Looters,” Cole revealed. “They’re going up and down the street, searching cars.”

Well, at least they wouldn’t steal it, since we had the keys, and the chances of them sticking around to do any real damage to it seemed pretty slim, too. All we had to do was wait it out, and they’d go away.

Dolly stood and paced to the door, walking back and forth in front of it like she was on guard duty.

On the street, yelling broke out, and gunshots echoed in the night.

Richard cursed.

Our visitors had apparently been discovered. Shouts of run and look out descended into just inarticulate screaming and then the unthinkable: Dolly started barking.

Cole lunged for her, but the damage had already been done. The people outside started banging on our door, pleading to be let in.

“What do we do?” I looked to Richard, who was shaking his head.


“But if we don’t let them in, they’ll be infected,” I argued. Those were people outside — we had to help them. What if the roles were reversed? What if that had been me outside?

“And if we do let them in, we’ll be infected.” He reached for one of our backpacks and started shoving things inside. “We can’t stay here. Cole, shut that damned mutt up!”

“I’m trying!” Cole struggled with Dolly, trying to get her calmed down and quiet.

Richard threw a bag at me, hitting me square in the chest and bringing me back to reality. “Pack light. We’ll be walking.”

“The car–”

“Is compromised. We’ll never get near it. Hurry up. Cole!”

Cole scrambled back to us, dragging Dolly behind him.

Outside the shouting and banging intensified. Someone must’ve gotten smart, because a brick came careening through an exposed part of the door glass near the top. It sailed through the air, barely missing Richard’s head.

“Time to go!” Richard shoved Cole toward the back door. “Bryce, help me with the boards!”

I grabbed up a discarded hammer and handed it over to him while I fished in my bag for the crowbar I’d brought. We struggled with the boards, hacking and pulling. Richard’s face turned red with his exertion, and the warmth of my own efforts spread out from my arm muscles, making my chest tight and painful.

“Hurry up, guys!” Cole shouted.

I glanced back at the front door. The newcomers — two beefy men and a scraggly haired woman — had managed to get several of the boards free and were shouting at us. Behind them, I could see the horde moving closer. The woman let out a scream and disappeared from sight. The men didn’t even look back for her — they just kept on coming.

“Bryce!” Richard had gotten enough of the boards cleared for us to get through. I jumped out after him as he pulled Cole through. We ran along the back alley, Cole carrying a still-barking Dolly.

“Shut her up! She’s going to give us away!” Richard smacked at Dolly’s muzzle as he ran.

That seemed to stifle her for a few minutes, and we made it down the alley and through two more without chase. At last Richard stopped, heaving for air, and leaned against the wall of a building. I didn’t want to stop. My nerves on fire with adrenaline and fear, I ran past him.


I ignored him. Fight or flight had kicked in. I wasn’t much to look at size-wise — I had no hope of fighting off a crowd of hungry zombies, so flight it was. I had to get away from there. Like a rat in a maze, I kept running through alleys and streets I didn’t know and couldn’t really see, until I stepped square into a hole and stumbled. I put my arms out and tried to catch myself, but only succeeded in falling on my wrist, wrenching it back against my arm. I couldn’t keep from crying out, but even the momentary pain didn’t stop me.

I surged to my feet again, but I must’ve injured my left ankle in the fall as well, because it wouldn’t support my weight and I fell back down. Undaunted, I crawled for my life. Footsteps grew nearer and nearer. They’d catch me, but I’d be damned if they’d catch me easily.

“Bryce! Stop!”

I rolled over under the power of someone else. At any other time, I probably would’ve registered that the person was Richard. But right then, I didn’t recognize him. He knew my name, kept yelling it over and over — that much I realized — but it made no difference to me. I fought him as hard as I could, and at last, he simply pinned my wrists and collapsed on top of me.

He stopped yelling, instead resorted to just whispering my name in my ear again and again in a monotonous tone that finally managed to bore into my brain and made me stop struggling.

Richard pulled back and looked down at me. “I’m getting up, okay?”

I nodded. Still feeling skittish though, I tried experimentally to wrest one of my wrists out of his grip.

“Easy,” he cooed. “You’re not in danger.”

“Not yet,” Cole chimed in from behind him.

“You’re not helping,” Richard snapped at him.


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Romance author, sic-fi fan club Captain, cosplayer, reigning Queen of Monkeyland, and random menace. Yep, we’re talking about DC Juris. She’s a cupcake making, football watching, rubber duck collecting, drag show loving, full of fabulous with a Capital F kinda gal. She’s also an Ordained Minister and an amateur photographer. She lives in Upstate NY with her husband, three dogs, and three cats. When she’s not writing, you can find her in her favorite chair watching “Star Trek” and “Supernatural” repeats on Netflix, or surfing the web for porn. Er… research. Surfing the web for research. She may speak softly but she lives and loves loudly. Just ask the neighbors. ::wink::


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Watching Out For Fangs (Cloverleah Pack book 7) by Lisa Oliver (Review)

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Josh moved from the huge San Antonio pack to join the men at Cloverleah looking for a bit more adventure, and the chance to meet his mate. He’s quick to adapt to the much smaller pack, and even his status as one of the few beta wolves in a group full of Alphas. A chance visit from the Atlanta coven has him meeting the man he was waiting for. It was just a damn shame he was unconscious at the time.

Vadim D’Arcy should be the Regent of the Atlanta coven, but he gave up his position years before when a personal tragedy had him hiding away in his huge mansion. Forced into a situation where he had to escort a cursed vampire to Cloverleah, he realizes pretty quickly that Josh is his true match. The only problem is, he doesn’t want one.

However threats on the pack, and two interfering Fae soon nudge the two men back together. Fighting other wolves, and even vampires is becoming commonplace for the Cloverleah pack. But a dark magic user just might have the last laugh. Can Vadim fight his personal demons long enough to keep his mate safe, and will Josh be there for him when he does? Or will a combined attack from the coven and the pack in Atlanta bring the entire Cloverleah pack to its knees?

Warnings: This is an m/m erotic romance featuring a sweet but staunch beta wolf, an old as sin vampire and all your other favorites from Cloverleah. HEA and no cliff hangers guaranteed.


The Cloverleah pack has several new enforcers, Josh is one of them, from the San Antonio Pack. Josh, like most of the guys in this pack, is ready to meet his mate. He’s not been celibate by any means, but he hasn’t given his heart to anyone.

Vadim is the second oldest vampire in existence. We met his coven when they attacked Cloverleah from Atlanta, trying to get Dean, the Omega as their own. Vadim hasn’t had anything to do with the coven for years, but now he’s being drawn into politics by his scheming brother and his overly ambitious wife. Vadim lost his true love hundreds of years ago and has since sworn to never love again. So when he meets Josh and is forced to bond with him to save him, he’s torn between his vows to his old lover and the fact that without him his newly mated shifter might die, innocent of all the drama.

It takes them awhile to figure things out, but after challenging his brother and being imprisoned, some pesky Fae break Vadim out and return him to Josh. There they begin the process of resolving their mating.

The rest of the book centers on them strengthening their bond as well as fighting the battle between the scheming brother and the evil Atlanta pack who are still after Dean and the Fae and the power those could bring to their pack.


I guess you could read this as a stand-alone. Lisa does a lovely job of giving just enough back story that you wouldn’t be completely lost – but it’s definitely best as part of the series.

It’s a wonderful series and I’ve enjoyed each of the books so far. Lisa’s writing just gets better and better and though my copy of the book had several typos, the writing itself was excellent.

I love the world she’s set up. It’s intricate and involved and with the addition of the Fae, Diablo, Dean and now Vadim, it’s more than just a shifter series. There’s magic and maybe in the future Demons and Angels?!?

What appeals to me about this series is that the characters usually fall for one another early on, but there’s more “story”. The length means we get to see our couples interact for more than just the mating. In this case it’s the fighting of the Atlanta Pack and there are some really touching moments involved.

I highly recommend this book and this series to fans of shifter romances.

5 of 5 stars


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Author Name: Lisa Oliver

Book Name: Watching Out For Fangs

Series: Cloverleah Pack

Book: Seven

Release Date: October 17, 2015

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Josh moved from the huge San Antonio pack to join the men at Cloverleah looking for a bit more adventure, and the chance to meet his mate. He’s quick to adapt to the much smaller pack, and even his status as one of the few beta wolves in a group full of Alphas. A chance visit from the Atlanta coven has him meeting the man he was waiting for. It was just a damn shame he was unconscious at the time.

Vadim D’Arcy should be the Regent of the Atlanta coven, but he gave up his position years before when a personal tragedy had him hiding away in his huge mansion. Forced into a situation where he had to escort a cursed vampire to Cloverleah, he realizes pretty quickly that Josh is his true match. The only problem is, he doesn’t want one.

However threats on the pack, and two interfering Fae soon nudge the two men back together. Fighting other wolves, and even vampires is becoming commonplace for the Cloverleah pack. But a dark magic user just might have the last laugh. Can Vadim fight his personal demons long enough to keep his mate safe, and will Josh be there for him when he does? Or will a combined attack from the coven and the pack in Atlanta bring the entire Cloverleah pack to its knees?

Warnings: This is an m/m erotic romance featuring a sweet but staunch beta wolf, an old as sin vampire and all your other favorites from Cloverleah. HEA and no cliff hangers guaranteed.


Pages or Words: 270 pages/91,497 words


Categories: Erotica, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Paranormal, Romance



“Everett was known as your favorite, yet you have set him free, compelled him to leave you and never return. You have met your true match, my son.” Not a question, but a statement of fact. Vadim opened his eyes, knowing he could never lie directly to his mother. He nodded instead, as his brain once again focused on Josh. What would the young wolf be feeling, knowing that Vadim had bonded with him without permission and then rejected him as a mate? Maybe some of the pain he was feeling was coming from his mate, even if they were separated by miles. That idea didn’t make him feel any better.

“The wolf you healed?” This time his persistent mother was asking a question so Vadim nodded again.

“And you didn’t think to stay and protect him?”

Letting out a deep breath in an effort to calm himself, Vadim said slowly, “I came here to protect him, from this coven and the Atlanta pack.”

“That didn’t work out too well for you now, did it?” Eloise had a small smile on her face as though a lot happier now she knew the reason behind the loss of Vadim’s fabled control. “What are you going to do?”

Vadim would have shrugged but that was a little hard to do with his arms strung up, so he was forced to speak instead. “Wait out my punishment. If I am released in time I will go home and sort out my affairs. Either way I anticipate it will all be over for me in six weeks as I haven’t fed for a while.”

In a strong flowing movement Eloise stood up, gliding over to where Vadim was chained, her gown settling around her feet in a soft mist. The finery of the pale blue looked incongruous against the dirty concrete floor.

“You would die rather than accept your true match? Why would you do such a cruel thing to your wolf? Is he that disfigured from the attack on him that you cannot look past it?” Vadim realized his mother was not only shocked, she was hurt as well, and damn it all, Vadim didn’t like it when the lovely woman was upset. So he answered as honestly as he knew how.

“Josh is beautiful, mother,” Vadim assured her softly, remembering all too well the lovely features of his mate’s face. They would be scorched in his brain until he took his last breath. “He is a loyal fighter, a beta wolf, with tanned skin and light hair that glows like a halo in the sun. There is nothing wrong with him at all.”

“Then why?” Easily asked, harder to answer.

“Because I made a promise, mother, surely you can understand.” Vadim’s voice hardened. “My true match, my mate, he’s a wolf and he deserves to be loved with an open heart. To be held and cared for, to be protected and cherished in the way of a wolf, not bonded forever to a vampire with no heart.”


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When Lisa is not writing, she is usually reading with a cup of tea always at hand. Her grown children and grandchildren sometimes try and pry her away from the computer and have found that the best way to do it, is to promise her chocolate. Lisa will do anything for chocolate.

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Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Lisa Oliver, author of Watching Out For Fangs, which is book seven of the Cloverleah Pack series.

Hi Lisa, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.

Hello, and thank you for hosting me here today. WOFF is a true mating story between a beta wolf shifter, Josh, and an ancient vampire, Vadim. As you can imagine they are both totally different. Vadim is cold-hearted, doesn’t believe love is for him and can’t imagine himself with a mate for a number of reasons. Josh is young, a bit idealistic, but he’s been looking after his mother and his sisters for a while, and he knows a bit about how matings are supposed to go. Underneath all this, are the threats to the Cloverleah pack which haven’t been sorted yet and which both Josh and Vadim have to help with. So there is action, love and for those of you who are fond of the men at Cloverleah, a chance to meet up with them all again. This one can be read as a standalone though.

1) Is there a certain type of scene that’s harder for you to write than any others? Love? Action? Romance? Tragedy?

I have trouble with action scenes. The love is fine, sex scenes are no problem, but as I visualize things as they happen in my head, I find it difficult sometimes to get all the impressions I want to express down on paper. When I was writing Uncaged with my son, Thomas, that helped a bit because I could ask him – is this move possible, can a person do this that or the other. I still struggle with them though and they tend to be short scenes in my books because of it.

2) What do you think makes a good story?

The characters. It doesn’t matter if you love them or hate them, I think you have to feel something for them, otherwise even the most cleverly crafted story line will fall flat.

3) Do you hear from readers much? What do they say?

My readers are amazing. They connect with me on FB, they email me either directly or through my blog and they are so supportive. I can be having a bad day, and wonder what the heck I am going to write next, and then someone gets in touch and lets me know something they loved about one of my books and it is such an uplifting feeling. I love my readers and hope they realize how important they are to me.

4) How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?

I think WOFF is my 17th fiction book, or 16th. No, it’s the 17th if you include the one I wrote with Thomas (which I do). My favorite though? That is really hard because there is a piece of me in all of them and I love them all for different reasons. The Cloverleah pack is my favorite series, because I have got to know the men so well, and I love how close they all are as a pack. But if I had to pick a favorite then it would be Getting Close to the Omega (Bk 5). Dean was adorable and Matthew was so lovely and I really needed for Dean to have his HEA.

5) What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I read, a lot, lol. I am also an art student and love photography, painting and drawing with charcoal. I am also currently studying to be a life coach which keeps me busy. I have a lot of grandchildren that I like to spend time with, although my favorite thing to do is to go out for lunch. I hate cooking.

Thank you Lisa!  I loved the book and love the series!


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Ice Around the Edges by Mary Calmes

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This title is part of the 2010 Advent Calendar: 2010 Advent Calendar: Naughty or Nice

Evan Kano’s life is on an even keel until the night he’s shot at the homeless shelter where he works. The resulting turmoil is not caused by a bullet but by a blast from the past: Evan’s first lover has returned to visit him in the hospital and deliver some big news.

Ten years ago, Dixon Bain walked out of Evan’s life because he thought his family didn’t approve of him having a male lover. But Dixon has discovered that what he thought he knew could not be further from the truth, and now he’s returned to claim the only man he’s ever loved… if he can melt the ice around the edges of Evan’s still-wounded heart.


This is a short story from the Advent Calendar series in 2010.

Evan is in the hospital recovering from a bullet wound when his ex, Dixon shows up. Dixon left Evan 10 years ago because he thought he’d be disowned for being gay.

Neither guy has gotten over the other and after a much needed discussion occurs between Dixon and his family, the time looks like it might be right for reconciliation.


I love Mary so much. Her lovers are always so well matched. Dixon is so cock-sure but flawed and Evan is so “perfect” but clueless. She excels at giving us wonderful family members as secondary characters that are almost as fascinating as the MCs themselves, in this case Dixon’s mother and grandfather.

At first I thought there’s no way Dixon can be exonerated for how he left Evan, but Mary got me there. With Evan showing us how both parties played a role in their break up, I really felt good about them re-connecting.

Even bullet-ridden, the smexy times between these guys was hot!

If you love second chance stories – you’ll love this one!

4.5 of 5 stars


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Winter Wonderland (Minnesota Christmas Book 3) by Heidi Cullinan

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Finding Mr. Right can be a snow lot of fun.

Paul Jansen was the only one of his friends who wanted a relationship. Naturally, he’s the last single man standing. No gay man within a fifty-mile radius wants more than casual sex.
No one, that is, except too-young, too-twinky Kyle Parks, who sends him suggestive texts and leaves X-rated snow sculptures on his front porch.

Kyle is tired of being the town’s resident Peter Pan. He’s twenty-five, not ten, and despite his effeminate appearance, he’s nothing but the boss in bed. He’s loved Paul since forever, and this Christmas, since they’re both working on the Winter Wonderland festival, he might finally get his chance for a holiday romance.

But Paul comes with baggage. His ultra-conservative family wants him paired up with a woman, not a man with Logan’s rainbow connection. When their anti-LGBT crusade spills beyond managing Paul’s love life and threatens the holiday festival, Kyle and Paul must fight foreveryone’s happily ever after, including their own.

Warning: Contains erotic snow art, toppy twinks, and super-sweet holiday moments. Best savored with a mug of hot chocolate with a dash of spice.


This is the third in the series, and Paul is our last of the “Three Bears” to find love. Ever since he first decided to leave Arthur and commit to finding his own, true love, he’s been dating a bunch of mis-fits. Just guys who, for whatever reason, don’t fit with Paul.

Kyle has grown up worshiping/crushing on Paul. He’s 25 to Paul’s 36, and everyone but him believes he’s too young for Paul. The town sees him as sort of this sexless but gay Peter Pan, full of light, goodness and gaiety, but he’s tired of that. He wants to be seen for more than his family, his good works, or his looks. And he wants Paul. Full stop.

When Paul realizes that his secret admirer is Kyle, his initial reaction is the same as the town’s. No. Way. Too young. Not his type. Forget it. But after one brief and intense moment where Paul is forced to see the real Kyle he realizes that Kyle just might be the perfect man for him. And he is.

There are, of course, obstacles in the way beyond the age thing. Fundamentally, Paul is still fighting who he is. In a way, both men are. They are both “out” but without serious boyfriends it’s like that’s just a “thing” not who they are. When they begin to really date it changes things, especially for Paul’s (evil) family.

Secondarily there is another library fundraiser to be managed, this year a “Winter Wonderland” that has a scope far beyond one simple event.

Kyle has to decide if Paul is “the one” or just “convenient” and Paul has to decide who gets to choose his life partner, him or everyone else.


This is my second favorite in the series and though second, it’s a close second. It’s wonderful! Kyle, Paul and Kyle’s family are truly special characters and it was so much fun to see them interact. “Valley High!”

My heart bled for Paul at the hands of his family. I wanted to punch them in the face, as Kyle says, for how callously they disregarded him. My only complaint was that we never did get an actual confrontation between Paul and his family.

The smexy times in this book, similar to the others, were numerically few on page, but very intense and special. It was so great to have a slight character be all toppy for once and to break that stereotype.

It was wonderful seeing Gabriel, Frankie and the other two bears again. Corinna is hysterical again and so amazing to help settle her “other son” Paul.

Though I’m never a fan of Christmas ooey gooey-ness, I am a total fan of this Christmas series. Though the holiday is central, it’s absolute truest message – LOVE – is honored and therefore didn’t bother me in the slightest.

I highly recommend this book, series and author.

4.5 of 5 stars


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Copy Provided by NetGalley for an honest review

Available November 10th

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