Finn by Angel Martinez Endangered Fae #1

Finn coverTitle: Finn (Endangered Fae #1)
Author: Angel Martinez
Publisher: MLR Press
Genre: M/M, Fantasy, Fae
Published: May 2nd 2014 by MLR Press (first published July 2nd 2009)
Pages/Word Count: 205 Pages
Rating: 5.0 Stars
Blurb:
Lost and starving, Finn wakes to a poisoned world, but a man comes to him, a white light in the darkness—can a centuries old pooka find what he needs with a heartbroken, modern man?

When Diego rescues a naked man from the rail of the Brooklyn Bridge, he just wants to get the poor man out of traffic and to social services. He gets more than he bargained for when he discovers Finn is an ailing pooka, poisoned by the city’s pollution. To help him recover, Diego takes him to New Brunswick where Finn inadvertently wakes an ancient, evil spirit: the wendigo.

While they struggle to find a way to destroy the wendigo before it can possess Diego or kill nearby innocents, Diego wrestles with his growing feelings for Finn. Kill the monster and navigate a relationship between a modern man and a centuries old pooka. Piece of cake.

Review:

After discovering Angel Martinez at GRL last year and reading Rarely Pure and Never Simple, I was hooked and went searching for more books by her. I found the Endangered Fae series only to see that it was currently unavailable. I am happy to say it is once again available.

Finn is awesome – you should read this book. That should be enough, right?. No? Ok. Finn is also sweet and at times seems young and innocent, then his real age shines through in his weariness and longing for a world that is now beyond his reach. He is both powerful and vulnerable.

Although this book is titled Finn, it is also about Diego, Finn’s rescuer, his bright spot in an otherwise tarnished world. As the author takes us through the story we find out more about this attraction.

Diego is a kind soul that loves to help people. It is almost a compulsion, one that almost cost him his life and left him with seizures. It is a quality that makes Diego endearing. Diego is also an author, one who writes fantasy novels and I found it humorous that he was so reluctant to believe Finn was a Pooka, even when the evidence was being presented right before his eyes.

One of my favorite characters in the book is Tia Carmen. She is the bridge between the magical and human world in this story and I adored her. I want a Tia Carmen and I want to sit in her kitchen and smell the wonderful aromas and know the comfort she gives through her cooking. Finn is a lucky Pooka. :-)

I would be remiss to not mention Miriam. She is Diego’s editor and friend and a force of nature herself. She is a wonderful character and ally.

This book was fun to read. The writing is vivid, there is action and romance,magic, danger, insecurities and love. Finn captured my heart. On to Diego, Endangered Fae #2. (and more Finn!)

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A Blog Is Born

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I would like to give a big welcome to It’s About The Book. A new book review site started by two of my blog mates from Live Your Life Buy The Book. The blog looks great! You will see some familiar names on some of their reviews (maybe even mine) and new ones as well.
This is from their blog:
We have plans to bring readers reviews of both LGBTQ and heterosexual romance stories or stories with a romantic component. Who am I kidding? Stories with no romance will sneak in, too. Given the sheer number of cookbooks and cocktail books I read I’m sure there will be at least a couple of reviews of those. So, we plan on bringing you a mixed bag of mostly romance, both new releases and old.”
Exciting! Go check it out. :-)

Originally posted on It's About The Book:

dosomethingWhit and I recently lost our blog home. Unfortunately, we weren’t ready to stop giving our opinions on books. We found ourselves faced with the prospect of having to start our own blog or review for someone else, but we didn’t want to risk having another blog close when we weren’t done. Bravely, probably foolishly, we decided we could be bloggers.

Whit And Faye’s Fantastic Lazy Excellent Super Blog of Books was born! We wisely decided that was not the best name even though it was absolutely hilarious to us. The W.A.F.F.L.E.S blog didn’t exactly sound professional. We both threw out some names that were not very good or one of us completely hated. Finally, we cameanigif_enhanced-buzz-29175-1378874457-20 to the conclusion that we both didn’t hate It’s About The Book. A blog was born.

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Thoughts on reading and reviewing…

Live your Life buy The BookLive Your Life Buy The Book, the blog that I reviewed for, closed its doors yesterday.  The blog owner had lost her joy for reading in the rigors it takes to keep up a review site while also having all the responsibilities that are part of life outside of a blog like jobs and family.  She spoke about trying to get the three “R’s” back into her life:  She wanted to “refresh, rewind, and rekindle” her need to read.   Loss of joy, burn out, feeling overwhelmed are sentiments that I have heard from others and have felt myself when I committed to review more books than I had time to read.  This is where the joy starts to fade a bit.

Reading is an escape for me, a pleasure that allows me to step outside of my life.   There are so many wonderful books out there begging to be read and enjoyed that if I were to live long enough to read them all I would be rivaling Methuselah in age before finishing them.  Maybe live forever because there are new ones to add every week. ;-)

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.”

George R.R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons

This led me to contemplate why I wanted to start a blog.  I wanted to see if I could.  Maybe not the best reason to do it, kind of my version of exploring the digital frontier.  I chose to start one that encompassed things I love: books, coffee and taking photos.  When I talked to friends about starting this blog, I was warned to keep in mind why I was doing this – For Fun!  Like a mantra, I repeat it to myself when I see that I am putting more time into making sure I write a blog post because I think that I need to rather than because I want to.

This brings me back to reviewing.  I want this to be a place where I share books I enjoyed reading.  I am a “feels” kind of person.  I want to tell you how a book made me feel.  I enjoy happy books, but will dip my toes into angst when I feel assured of a happy ending (waves at Amy Lane).  This is not for everyone but I am reading for me – not anyone else.  You may see a lot of the same authors as I do have ones that I tend to gravitate to.  You will also see “new to me” authors and I love recommendations from friends about what they have found.  If I read a book that just does not do it for me – you will not see it reviewed here.  Not all books are for all people and I do not like to see reviews that bash a book or author because the person that read it did not like it.  Not my cup of coffee and I will not do it. Ultimately, this is not a dedicated review site.  I share my love of the books that I read for the pure fun and joy of doing it, and I hope you find some joy in it too.

That said, I plan to get the list of M/M Historical romance titles in order and posted here that my friend Dianne put together for me. She is an awesome source for that genre of M/M romance.  I will also be moving my list of M/M holiday titles over here from my Facebook page M/M Holiday Delights.  Having everything in one place will make it easier for me and as you will see, I Love holiday themed romance.

I want to thank Barb for asking me to review for her site, allowing me to be part of her blog family and introducing me to some awesome people. Through her and her blog I had the courage to reach out and talk to other readers, reviewers and authors, and it has been a wonderful experience.

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Happy reading,
Melyna

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Christmas in July from Dreamspinner Press

PresentADay_website Some how I missed this awesome event.

Dreamspinner Press is having Christmas in July by offering three books at just .99 everyday.

 

They are also having a 25% discount on all of their holiday themed books.

So check it out and get some great deals.

Today’s gift:

It’s Christmas in July!
As a special present from us to you, the eBook versions of  Designs of Desire by Tempeste O’Reilly, Wake Me Up Inside by Cardeno C., and Moonlight Becomes You by M.J. O’Shea and Piper Vaughn and are each $0.99 today only!
All holiday eBooks are 25% off for all of July, and this is your last chance to get the 2011 I’ll Be Home for Christmas Advent Calendar set! It’s only $49.99 for the full set. On August 1, it will be gone forever.

 

New Release: Project Fierce Chicago Charity Anthology

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Happy release day to my fellow authors in the Project Fierce Chicago Charity Anthology! This anthology was a labor of love. The subject of GLBTQ homelessness is near and dear to my heart. I’ve even addressed the topic on this blog in the past. When I heard about Project Fierce Chicago, an up and coming charity trying to raise money to purchase properties which it hoped to convert into transitional homes for some of the homeless GLBT youth in the city, I wanted to do something to help. I didn’t have the means to donate a huge amount of money myself, but I thought maybe if we put together an anthology, as I’d seen done before, we might be able to give them a sizable amount over time. The owners of Less Than Three Press generously agreed to produce the anthology and to give up their own earnings to the cause. All…

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Wolf Bound by Theo Fenraven

Wolf Bound by Theo Fenraven Title: Wolf Bound
Author: Theo Fenraven
Publisher: Voodoo Lily Press
Genre: M/M, Paranormal, Shifter
Published: May 25th 2014
Pages/Word Count: 136 Pages
Rating: 4.0   Stars
Blurb:
A year after suffering a disastrous end to his relationship with his partner, teacher Jon Anderson trades his apartment in the city for a lake house in the country. Told there is an author living nearby, Jon, who dreams of being a writer, goes in search of him and finds the attractive older man in a small, rustic cabin on a tiny island on a neighboring lake. Harrison Kalmes shows Jon around, but makes it clear he’d rather be left alone. Jon respects that wish until the night he and his friend, Suzie, drink a little too much scotch and impulsively decide to visit the island.

What happens then is the start of an incredible journey that will eventually take Jon all the way to mysterious and seductive Transylvania in Romania, where he searches for the answers that will save someone’s life while setting him on the road to rediscovering his own.

Beware the woods. Transylvania isn’t only about vampires.
Review:
I have read some of Theo Fenravens free reads on his blog and enjoyed them.  When Wolf Bound was released, I was intrigued but hesitant. Of the paranormal sub-genres, shifters are not ones I gravitate to.  I decided to read it because of the good experience I had with his other stories.
I was not disappointed.
Jon and Harrison are wonderful characters.  Both have suffered traumatic experiences in their lives, although of very different types.  Harrison is a writer and Jon aspires to become one.  When Jon finds out that Harrison is his neighbor, he decides to introduce himself. Harrison is pleasant, but he makes it clear he prefers to be left alone.  When events occur that bring Jon back to Harrison’s home, Jon discovers that things may not be as they seem with Harrison.
This is a short story and I don’t want to give anything away.  I Can say I love the way the author built his shifter mythology.  It was refreshing.  The author’s style is crisp and uncluttered while still being beautifully vivid and laced with humor.  I was happily caught up in seeing where the author would take the characters.

4 Stars – Very enjoyable read, would recommend to a friend.

SPLINTERS on Amazon

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Hooray! It’s here!

Originally posted on Thorny, Not Prickly:

So Amazon went a little early. Oops. Since it’s already selling, I’m just gonna go ahead and tell you all right now.

I SOLD MY FIRST BOOK!! :D

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Waking up in a strange place isn’t a first for model and actor Allan Seville, but discovering himself alone and bound to a rough plank in the middle of an open Texas range certainly is. With no memory of who did this to him or why, panic sets in, until rescue comes riding up on a big, brown horse.

There’s more to Duke Walters than a handsome face and sexy drawl. In the arms of this rugged cowboy, Al discovers a peace and safety he never knew he needed, and now doesn’t want to be without.

But someone wants Al out of the way and drugging him during a movie…

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Weekly News from Prism Book Alliance

I’m happy to be able to add another source for our reading delight.

Prism Book Alliance has a “Weekly Summary” that has their reviews, author interviews, blog tours and giveaways.  Plus a “Coming this Week” entry.   There are some great finds here!

Check it out!

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Happy reading,

Melyna

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