GayRomLit Virtual Gift Basket Giveaway: Basket One

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The Novel Approach has it’s first GRL Virtual Gift Basket Giveaway. Yay! Some great authors have contributed to the basket. Check it out!

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1237It’s been in the planning for weeks, and the time is finally here! With less than three weeks until the official first day of GayRomLit 2014, The Novel Approach and our team of Featured and Supporting Authors have put together Seven Virtual Gift Baskets to give away.

Rhys Ford: $25 Gift Card to the e-tailer of the winner’s choice
Sherrie Henry: An e-copy of Last of the Summer Tomatoes
RJ Scott: An e-book of choice from her backlist

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Rainbow Awards: Honorable Mention

Originally posted on Thorny, Not Prickly:

I wanted to post something quickly tonight since we have a special guest visiting tomorrow ;)

SPLINTERS got an Honorable Mention in
Gay Erotic Romance in the 2014 Rainbow Awards!

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As Elisa Rolle says on her site: “an honorable mention means a judge gave a rate of 36 or above out of 40 to the book; an honorable mention doesn’t mean the book is automatically among the finalists, could be could be not, but it’s important to understand there are more than 500 books in the literary contests, all books are in the process of being read by the jury, but only half of them will go to finals.”

More than 500 books AND THEY NOTICED ME? :D I mean, seriously, I was just happy to be listed and have people proud of me for even entering. Being recognized is just so awesome <3

And, um, if you’d like…

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To read, reading, read.

My To read list has grown like wild fire this week. The list is varied covering several genres.  Here is a brief list of the ones I could not resist buying:

Brothers in Arms by TA WebbBrother’s in Arms (The Broken Road Cafe #2) By T.A. Webb

I love Tom Webb’s writing style and enjoyed the first book in this series very much.  Check out his Goodreads page for more for this wonderful author:

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Blurb:

Betrayed on every front, Dan O’Leary cashed in all his chips and moved from the big city life of Atlanta to small town Blue Ridge, Georgia. While licking his wounds, he never meant to start a new relationship, especially with closeted Chief of Police Nick Oliver.

But now all Dan’s hot buttons are being pushed. One of his employees is being terrorized by seemingly upstanding townspeople. Then worst of all, he’d promised himself he’d never be anyone’s dirty little secret, and when Nick’s fear of being outed causes him to hurt Dan, Dan knows there’re problems in paradise.

With trouble on all sides—a homophobic football coach, an ex lover, and his former best friend—it takes a shot in the dark before he realizes the real danger. It’s time for Dan to figure out who he can trust and close ranks with his brothers in arms.

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Broken Pieces by Riley HeartBroken Pieces by Riley Hart

I am not sure who recommended this one to me but it sounds intriguing.

Blurb:

Can three broken pieces make a whole?

Josiah Evans is the orphan who lost both his parents. He’s sweet, shy, and all heart. He wants nothing more than to be loved.

Mateo Sanchez is the son of a gang leader. He’s seen it all, and never hesitates to do what needs to be done, no matter what it is.

Tristan Croft is the wealthy attorney who clawed his way up from the bottom to rule his own world. He’ll never depend on anyone but himself again.

Three men who couldn’t be more different…and yet, as their lives intersect they find an uncommon balance that calms the storms inside each of them, and ignites fires hotter than they ever thought imaginable.

Told uniquely in three parts and spanning over ten years, BROKEN PIECES is a journey of healing for three fragmented souls, finding love in the unlikeliest of places—with each other.

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Queers by A.J. RoseQueers by A.J. Rose

This book has come highly recommended.  It is definitely near the top of my TBR list.

Blurb:

Within her walls are stories. Love. Laughter. Tears. Lives lived to the fullest, and sometimes cut short before they really get started. She’s seen it all, from homelessness to super-stardom, boys dressed as girls, girls dressed as lamps, and boy, does she have secrets she could tell. Her one truth is that everyone who darkens her doors is accepted with open arms and a song.

Her name is Queers, and for one of L.A.’s few dueling piano bars, she has a lot of heart. On her stage, the beautiful voice of Duff McKinley rings so true he captures the shattered heart of his boss, Brad Mosely, who checked out of life three years ago. But even lifelong dreams have untold consequences.

Duff came to L.A. to chase his musical aspirations, but his best friend Garrett Slater accompanied him to chase a wish of his own: finding The One, his white knight. He believes Landon Kennedy fits the bill. Suave, handsome, and powerful in the music industry, Landon can show Garrett a life he’s only seen in movies. But even as Landon helps Duff realize his dreams, he brings Garrett into a nightmare he may never leave, one from which Garrett’s roommate, Jackson Moriarty, is determined to rescue him. If Garrett repays Jackson by seeing his own charms, so much the better.

Yes, within her walls, Queers has long history. Unrequited love, sinister intentions, fame, fortune, and a group of friends and lovers who would do anything for each other no matter the cost.

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How to Train Your Dom in Five Easy Steps by Josephine Myles

Josephine Myles is one of my favorite authors!  She has a delightful sense of humor and always comes through when I need a pick me up.  I love books with a bit of kink and I can’t wait to see what she does with the BDSM theme. A friend of mine at It’s About The Book reviewed the ARC here: (not spoilerish at all) It's About The Book Badge

Blurb:

Sometimes the little head really does know best.

Jeff White’s needs are simple. All he wants is a submissive to help him explore the dominant side that his ex-girlfriend couldn’t handle. Problem is, inexperience in both dating and domming has resulted in a string of rejections.

What he needs is an experienced sub willing to show him the ins and outs of controlling a scene. Unfortunately, the only one willing to take him on is male, and Jeff is straight. One hundred percent, never-gonna-happen straight.

Easygoing painslut Eddie Powell doesn’t care that Jeff is younger, working class, and shorter. Eddie likes a bit of rough, and Jeff fits the bill perfectly. The trick will be convincing him to follow Eddie’s five-step training programme—which would be easy if Eddie wasn’t starting to have feelings for the rough-around-the-edges landscaper.

Once Jeff lays his hands on Eddie, things definitely get out of hand. But it’ll take more than hot, sweaty, kinky sex to persuade him to come out of the closet—especially to himself.

Warning: Contains a happy sub, a confused Dom, a high ratio of sex to plot, misuse of root ginger, and a suitcase of kink. Written in Jo’s usual exceedingly “English” English.

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OK. What I am currently reading:

Beneath The Stain Amy Lane  I am on part four of the Serial novel by Amy Lane called Beneath The Stain.  Oh my goodness, this is pure Amy Lane.  Angst, pain, love, loss,healing, beautiful phrasing, and characters that have captured my heart.  I cannot wait to start part four.  (As I have sporadic reading time lately – I am saving this for when I can read obsessively without too much interruption. :-)

 

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Inappropriate Roads A Max Vos Anthology  Inappropriate Roads: A Max Vos Anthology

I enjoy Max Vos writing style.  He writes it like he sees it and makes no apologies.  His writing is fun and humorous and the sex down and dirty.  This is an anthology with a couple of previously released works as well as some new ones.  I just started this one tonight. :-)

 

Blurb:

It’s time for a journey along some inappropriate roads….
Along the way, you’ll meet a host of interesting men: the shy teacher, more than a few bears, the geeky numismatist, and the hunky glass artist, to name but a few.
They all have a story to tell, and it won’t be long before you spot the common theme – hot encounters with even hotter men. And these guys don’t pull any punches, so expect to find yourself getting hot under the collar.
So if you’re ready, we’ll be off. Fasten your seatbelts, please.
And then hold on for an exhilarating ride….

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Now on to what I have Read:

Stitch Gothika #1  Stitch (Gothika #1) by Kim Fielding, Jamie Fessenden, Eli Easton and Sue Brown.

“Stitch is an anthology of 4 novellas by m/m romance authors, each with a Frankenstein/Creature theme. It is the first in a series of gothic m/m romance anthologies called gothika”.

I love anthologies and I was not sure if I would enjoy this one.  Creatures?  I was pleasantly surprised.  Everything from steam punk to sci-fi, golems and one that I am not sure how to categorize – but borders Sci-fi.  All in all I enjoyed the entire anthology.

4.5 stars overall.

Brandilyn at Prism Book Alliance did a wonderful review of the anthology that is right in line with my thoughts.  You can find it here:

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Muscling Through JL Merrow  Muscling Through by J.L. Merrow

  Blurb:

The bigger they come, the harder they fall… in love.

Cambridge art professor Larry Morton takes one, alcohol-glazed look at the huge, tattooed man looming in a dark alley, and assumes he’s done for. Moments later he finds himself disarmed—literally and figuratively. And, the next morning, he can’t rest until he offers an apology to the man who turned out to be more gentle than giant.

Larry’s intrigued to find there’s more to Al Fletcher than meets the eye; he possesses a natural artistic talent that shines through untutored technique. Unfortunately, no one else seems to see the sensitive soul beneath Al’s imposing, scarred, undeniably sexy exterior. Least of all Larry’s class-conscious family, who would like nothing better than to split up this mismatched pair.

Is it physical? Oh, yes, it’s deliciously physical, and so much more—which makes Larry’s next task so daunting. Not just convincing his colleagues, friends and family that their relationship is more than skin deep. It’s convincing Al. 

Contains comic misunderstandings, misuse of art materials, and unexpected poignancy.

This was my first J.L. Merrow.  My friend J. recommended it because I love stories with a sense of humor and a British voice with that humor is just a bonus.  This book is a classic opposites attract but with depth.  Larry is a posh professor, while Al is the stereotypical working class guy who also happens to be an artist.  Al doesn’t understand why someone like Larry would be attracted to him except for what they have physically – which is hot, but they have the art in common too, not that Al realizes that.

Their first meeting had me laughing out loud.  Al is so naive, he misunderstands Larry’s reaction to him and the results are hilarious.  Al is such a gentle soul and I could not help but find him endearing.  Larry’s family is not so enamored with Al and I was ready for them to mind their own business.  Luckily after a series of misunderstanding, Larry comes to his senses and then has the task of convincing Al they are, indeed, right for one another.  This was sweet, romantic and fun.

4.5 stars

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Whew!  If you have made it to this point, Thank You!  I hope you have found something in these list that looks interesting.

Happy Reading,

Melyna

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News, new release and Queer Romance Month

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So much to love about this post. Check it out!

Originally posted on KJ Charles:

It’s all about the exciting news this week.

First we have the release of gay historical romance anthology Another Place in Time. This is a collection of six stories put together by the lovely Susan Lee, ranging from Knights Templar to 1940s America, written by a selection of some of my favourite historical authors and also me. It’s being published to coincide with the US LGBT History Month, and all monies raised go to All Out. What I’m getting at is, go spend some money. The first reviews are in and stellar.

a consistently high quality anthology, not one of the short stories was less than a 5 star rating for me and I can honestly say I absolutely loved every single one of them (Sinfully Sexy)

ATIPfinalMy story, ‘The Ruin of Gabriel Ashleigh’, is my first foray into Regency. I’ve always loved Georgette Heyer’s Regency romances…

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Free Ficlet and Giveaway: Wet Paint by Will Parkinson

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Great Young Adult release from Will Parkinson. If you haven’t read the first Transitions book, Pitch, go pick it up and of course, Wet Paint too. :-)

Originally posted on The Novel Approach:

Blurb:Transitions: Book Two

Although Addy’s heart and body bear the scars from his life before he was adopted by the Deans, he’s ached for something he thought he would never find. Until he met Benny. He isn’t sure how anyone can care for someone as broken as he is, even though he wants it desperately.

High school senior Benny Peters has his whole life planned out for him, until a chaste kiss at summer camp opens a new world of possibilities. Determined to erase Addy’s insecurities, Benny works to take away his boyfriend’s pain and replace it with love.

When Addy’s past intrudes on their future, it’s going to take everything Benny can muster to show that no matter what–or who–they face, they belong together.

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News, Reviews and Giveaways 09-28-2014

Here we are again.  Another week has flown by – which means we are another week closer to GRL. Yay!

I just finished checking out this weeks posts and there are some great interviews, cover reveals, book reviews and give-aways  coming from all three sites – Everyday!   (You have to check out The Novel Approaches GayRomLit Virtual Gift Basket Giveaways)

So many authors, so many books and just not enough hours in the day!   So mark you calendars,  set your reminders, what ever it takes so you don’t miss any of it.

Click on the logos below to find out what fun things you can expect this week from these great blogs!

Joyfully Jay

m/m romance  reviews and more.

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Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week.

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To read, reading, read.

Life has been full lately leaving little time to do one of my favorite things, read. My Goodreads TBR list keeps growing and I keep adding books to my “Currently reading” list and have not gotten a chance to review any of the ones I have finished.

I am currently reading Beneath The Stain part Two by Amy Lane. It is a serialized book that is being released in seven parts. I adore Amy Lane.  She is an awesome writer and is known by her tagline Amy Lane:  Angst and Pain.  One thing I have always been able to count on after the angst and pain is a happy ending.  I am hoping these guys get theirs too.  So far I am loving this series.

Beneath The Stain Amy LaneTitle: Beneath the Stain (Beneath the Stain – Serial #1-7)
Author: Amy Lane
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: m/m, rockstar, angst,contemporary, Awesome Amy Lane
Published: In a series with first release August 29. Expected full release October 17, 2014
Where to buy: DreamspinnerPress
Blurb:
In a town as small as Tyson, CA, everybody knew the four brothers with the four different fathers– and their penchant for making good music when they weren’t getting into trouble. For Mackey Sanders, playing in Outbreak Monkey with his brothers and their friends—especially Grant Adams–made Tyson bearable. But Grant has plans for getting Mackey and the Sanders boys out of Tyson, even if that means staying behind.

Between the heartbreak of leaving Grant and the terrifying, glamorous life of rock stardom, Mackey is adrift and sinking fast. When he’s hit rock bottom, Trav Ford shows up, courtesy of their record company and a producer who wants to see what Mackey can do if he doesn’t flame out first. But cleaning up his act means coming clean about Grant, and that’s not easy to do or say. Mackey might make it with Trav’s help–but Trav’s not sure he’s going to survive falling in love with Mackey.

Mackey James Sanders comes with a whole lot of messy, painful baggage, and law-and-order Trav doesn’t do messy or painful. And just when Trav thinks they may have mastered every demon in Mackey’s past, the biggest, baddest demon of all comes knocking.

A novella that I just finished is by another author I go to for happy stories, Cardeno C.  Her new series is Hope and the first book is McFarland’s Farm.
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Author: Cardeno C.
Publisher:The Romance Authors
Published:September 10th 2014
Pages: 56 pages
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Genre: Contemporary, m/m

My rating: 4 stars
Blurb:
Wealthy, attractive Lucas Reika treats life like a party, moving from bar to bar and man to man. Thumbing his nose at his restaurateur father’s demand that he earn his keep, Lucas instead seduces a valued employee in the kitchen of their flagship restaurant, earning himself an ultimatum: lose access to his father’s money or stay in the middle of nowhere with a man he has secretly lusted over from afar.

Quiet, hard-working Jared McFarland loves his farm on the outskirts of Hope, Arizona, but he aches to have someone to come home to at the end of the day. Jared agrees to take in his longtime crush as a favor. But when Lucas invades his heart in addition to his space, Jared has to decide how much of himself he’s willing to risk and figure out if he can offer Lucas enough to keep him after his father’s punishment is over.
Review:
I enjoyed this one very much. Jared McFarland is an endearing character. He is a down to earth, hardworking, kind soul that has devoted his life to his farm and loves the little community of Hope, Arizona. When he is presented with an offer he really can’t refuse he ends up with an unwelcome guest in the form of spoiled,but handsome Lucas Reika. They have a history through people they know and an unspoken attraction to one another. It moves fairly quickly but I enjoyed watching Lucas and Jared interact and although I was not certain about the transformation that Lucas went through would last, they were fun together and I was invested in their happy ending.

I have been on a roll with good books.  One I was eagerly awaiting release of was:
Title: Duck, Duck, Ghost (Hellsinger #2)
Author: Rhys Ford
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Published: September 8th 2014
Word/page count: 240 pages
Genre: m/m, contemporary, paranormal
My rating: 5 stars
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Paranormal investigator Wolf Kincaid knows what his foot tastes like.

Mostly because he stuck it firmly in his mouth when his lover, Tristan Pryce, accidentally drugged him with a batch of psychotropic baklava. Needing to patch things up between them, Wolf drags Tristan to San Luis Obispo, hoping Tristan’s medium ability can help evict a troublesome spirit haunting an old farmhouse.

With Wolf’s sister handling Hoxne Grange’s spectral visitors, Tristan finds himself in the unique position of being able to leave home for the first time in forever, but Wolf’s roughshod treatment is the least of his worries. Tristan’s ad-hoc portal for passing spirits seems to be getting fewer and fewer guests, and despite his concern he’s broken his home, Tristan agrees to help Wolf’s cousin, Sey, kick her poltergeist to the proverbial curb.

San Luis Obispo brings its own bushel of troubles. Tristan’s ghost whispering skill is challenged not only by a terrorizing haunting but also by Wolf’s skeptical older cousin, Cin. Bookended by a pair of aggressive Kincaids, Tristan soon finds himself in a spectral battle that threatens not only his sanity but also his relationship with Wolf, the first man he’s ever loved.

Review:
Rhys Ford can do scary! She has written some pretty gruesome bad guys in her other series and the ghost in this book is creepy! I loved it. She also rounds it out with humor, eccentric characters, steamy romance and sweet emotions. Duck, Duck Ghost picks up with Tristan and Wolf after Fish & Ghost (Hellsinger #1) Things have not gone as planned for those two and in an attempt to reconcile they wind up visiting one of Wolf’s relatives to help with a possible haunting. The writing is fast paced and the characters and descriptions are rich and vivid. I enjoyed this one just as much or more than the first book. It does end with a slight cliff hanger. The story arc for this book is wrapped up but the cliff hanger sets up the next book and it was tantalizing and not anything that felt like I was left hanging. I can’t wait to see where Ms Ford takes our guys next!

 

I have three more that I have read but those will have to wait for now.

 

Happy Reading

Melyna

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