News, Reviews and Giveaways for the week of August 29, 2016

Good morning!
I hope everyone had a great week last week and a relaxing weekend.  Read or listen to any great books?  Let me know in the comments.

I managed to listen to two books this week,  Under the Rushes by Amy Lane, narrated by Nick J Russo and Breakaway (Scoring Chances Book 1) by Avon Gale, narrated by Scott R. Smith.

In an awesome coincidence, Dreamspinner Press is having a sale on all of the books in the Scoring Chances series in celebration of the release of the fourth book on September 2, 2016.  Scoring Chances eBooks: eBook 1 is $1, eBook 2 is $2, and eBook 3 is $3.  What a great way to try out this series! Click below to go to Dreamspinner now.

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I also checked out what the three review blogs that post their upcoming schedules have on tap for us.   Oh. My. Goodness.  There are so many books coming out this week that my tbr list is going to explode.  The Novel Approach continues it’s GRL Author Spotlight with Lex Chase and Joyfully Jay is posting the September Reading Challenge Reading list on Tuesday.  I can’t wait for C.S. Poe’s blog tour for her new Book The Mystery of Nevermore and Alexis Hall’s Looking for Group.  Plus look for book releases and blog tours from Kate Ashwood, Blaine D. Arden, Shae Connor, Josephine Myles,Avylinn Winter,Jaime Samms, RJ Scott, TA Moore,William Galaini, Tara Lain,J.A. Rock, and Matthew J. Metzger. Wow!

Under the Rushes by Amy Lane audiobook coverAuthor: Amy Lane
Narrator: Nick J. Russo
Publisher:  Dreamspinner Press, LLC
Publication date:  August 26, 2015
Format: audiobook
Length: 11 hrs 52 minutes
Genre: MM, steampunk, fantasy
Summary: Ten years after Dorjan trusted a boy’s word over his superior officer’s, he and his best friend, Areau, are still living the aftermath—and trying to stop the man responsible. Locked in a careful dance to bring down a corrupt government, Dorjan struggles to balance his grief with Areau’s anger. Just when Dorjan reaches the end of his rope, he sees a familiar face in the shadows, and the boy he trusted a decade before offers him unexpected kindness.

Taern remembers the soldier who found him under the rushes and listened to his pleas to save his family. When Dorjan reappears in his life, Taern is both captured by his commitment to justice and terrified by the risks he takes. All Taern wants to do is fix him, but the oncoming destruction has been ten years in the making, and Dorjan doesn’t want his help. Not if it puts Taern at risk.

Powers clash and a world’s fate dangles between Areau’s madness and Dorjan’s nobility. While Dorjan fights to save the world, Taern joins the battle simply to save Dorjan, knowing everything hinges on the heart of a man in armor and the strength of the man who loves him.

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Thoughts:   I have read and now listened to this book.  It is  MM, fantasy, with steam punk elements.  It is dark and intense and lovely.  I loved it when I read it, and  I enjoyed the narration by Nick J Russo very much. 

Here is a wonderful review for Under the Rushes by Kaje Harper on Goodreads.

Up next:

Breakaway Scoring Chances book 1 by Avon Gale narrated by Scott R SmithAuthor: Avon Gale
Narrator: Scott R. Smith
Publisher:  Dreamspinner Press
Publication date:  August 09, 2016
Format: Audiobook
Length:  7 hrs 33 minutes
Genre: MM, Contemporary, Sports – hockey
Summary:  Drafted to play for the Jacksonville Sea Storm, an NHL affiliate, twenty-year-old Lane Courtnall’s future looks bright, apart from the awkwardness he feels as a gay man playing on a minor league hockey team. He’s put his foot in his mouth a few times and alienated his teammates. Then, during a rivalry game, Lane throws off his gloves against Jared Shore, enforcer for the Savannah Renegades. It’s a strange way to begin a relationship.

Jared’s been playing minor league hockey for most of his career. He’s bisexual and doesn’t care if anyone knows. But he’s determined to avoid another love affair after the last one left him devastated. Out of nowhere a one-nighter with rookie Lane Courtnall gives him second thoughts. Lane reminds Jared why he loves the game and why love might be worth the risk. In turn, Jared hopes to show Lane how to be comfortable with himself on and off the ice. But they’re at different points in their careers, and both men will have to decide what they value most.

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Thoughts: 
This is another book recommended by my good friend and enabler extraordinaire, Janice. I know pretty much nothing about hockey. She said it doesn’t matter. It is a fun book. Again, she was right. I listened to the audiobook and there is a primer on hockey at the beginning. It took me a while to get into the sports part but the characters and story made it easy. I loved Lane. Such a sweet, honest and somewhat clueless guy. Especially when feelings are involved. Jared and Lane are a great couple and I enjoyed learning about hockey from their points of view, as well as watching their relationship develop. The secondary characters are fun and I am excited that the next book is Riley’s. (I am sad that the audiobook isn’t out yet – soon I hope)
I finished the book having found a new author and a new series to enjoy and a new appreciation of hockey and Canadians.🙂

Here is a great review for Breakaway by Jules from The Novel Approach Reviews

The first three blogs listed below detail what they have on tap for us for the coming week.   The blogs that follow,  are ones that I check periodically throughout the week.  They all have wonderful articles, news, reviews and giveaways.  Whatever your taste in books, you will find among these blogs.
 I hope you have a fantastic week and read (or listen to) some amazing books. 
Grab a cup of your favorite brew and enjoy.

FBS, coffee and reading

 

The Novel Approach
Here’s a Sneak Peek at the coming Week.
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Joyfully Jay Reviews
m/m romance reviews and more.

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Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

This Week at Reviews and Scattered Thoughts on Books

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Prism Book Alliance

  Bu sure to take a look at their unique features such as Sunday Spotlight, Five Thing Friday, Outside The Margins, as well as news, reviews and blog tours.

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Love Bytes Reviews came into existence as on 4th of April, 2014, being formerly known as The Blog of Sid Love.

The Blog of Sid Love was started on 12th March, 2013 with a sole aim of promoting those M/M fictions that have quality and uniqueness in them. Like TBSL, LoveBytes struggles to give such books and their works the much deserved recognition by posting reviews, running giveaway contests for the authors, featuring their newly published works for promotion, hosting blog tours, conducting author interviews and lots more!

The blog has received great amount of popularity since its inception. As on date, the blog has caught attention of awesome followers in such a short period of time and brings on approximately 1000+ unique visitors each day (2000+ unique visitors on a peak day!). On an average, three book reviews per day are posted on the blog and there are contests on a daily basis to keep the readers and authors entertained!

Founder: Sid Love

Owner & Manager: Danielle Maas

Reviewers Team:  Danielle , Taylor, Carissa, Cindy, Donna, Roberta, Irene, Vicki, Dan, Paul, Marieke, Kimberley, Tara, Dennis & Rhonda

MM Good Book Reviews

Honest Reviews for Readers and Writers

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It’s About The Book

It’s All About Books (and maybe some other stuff) We’re experienced reviewers trying out our own blog! Basically anything book related can be found here!

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Welcome to Queer Sci Fi. We’re a blog and website that’s all about LGBT characters in science fiction, fantasy and supernatural fiction – whether it’s MM or FF romance with a sci fi bent or sci fi with LGBT characters. We’re dedicated to promoting the inclusion of LGBT characters in these genres.

Queer Sci Fi

In addition to hosting the above queer sci fi site, J. Scott Coatsworth has his own site with several weekly features: Author Spotlight, The Weekly Fix and Point of View

J. Scott Coatsworth My own Bent Perspective on SciFi and Fantasy

 

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Dragon Thursday

I decided to search for dragons on Etsy this week.  I saw several fun stores with interesting and unique dragon products.   With summer ending and the baking season approaching, this one caught my eye.
I always loved the rolling pins that my grandmother used.  They were utilitarian and well worn from many years of baking.   I now have her rolling pins as well as my great grandmothers and my moms.  When I found these whimsical rolling pins on Etsy, I was delighted.  I could just imagine all of the fun cookies and pastries that could be created with these.

The store is called Dough Roller.  It is a small family owned business near Vilnius, Lithuania.   Dough Roller logoThis wonderful dragon design is just one of many they have in their store.  I also love the Coffee Style themed roller.  Plus there are some Folk and Flower themes, Holidays, Movies, Cats,  Dog themes… Okay.  I found many that I would love to have.  Be sure to click on the logo above and find your favorite rolling pin. 

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Enjoy,

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Melyna

News, Reviews and Giveaways for the week of August 22, 2016

Good morning!

I hope you all had a great weekend and had time to read or listen to some wonderful books.   We are gearing up for school around here.  We start on Tuesday so we are trying to savor what is left of summer.

I looked at the blogs that post previews for the week, and there are so many new to me authors showing up on their lists.  Who are some of your favorite new authors? 
As Always, they have cover reveals, blog tours, and giveaways galore.  Joyfully Jay  also has the September reading challenge information posted on their site. Plus! Take a look at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words blog.  They have a new look.🙂

Unfortunately, I haven’t had time to listen to my audiobook this week!😦 I am in the midst of listening to Under the Rushes by Amy Lane, Narrated by Nick J Russo.  It is a MM, fantasy, with steam punk elements.  It is dark and intense and lovely.  I have read this book and loved it, and  I am enjoying the narration by Nick J Russo very much. 

I managed to finish reading Relief Valve, the second book in The Plumber’s Mate series by J.L. Merrow

Relief Valve The Plumber's Mate 2 J.L. MerrowBlurb: If you dig up the past, be prepared to get dirty.

It hasn’t been all smooth sailing since plumber Tom Paretski and P.I. Phil Morrison became connected at the heart, if not always at Tom’s dodgy hip. Neither of their families has been shy about voicing their disapproval, which hasn’t helped Tom’s uneasy relationship with his prickly older sister, Cherry.

But when Cherry is poisoned at her own engagement party, the horror of her near death has Tom’s head spinning with possible culprits. Is it her fiance Gregory, a cathedral canon with an unfortunate manner and an alarming taste for taxidermy? Someone from her old writers’ circle, which she left after a row? Or could the attack be connected to her work as a barrister?

Phil is just as desperate to solve the case before someone ends up dead-and he fears it could be Tom. At least one of their suspects has a dark secret to hide, which makes Tom’s sixth sense for finding things like a target painted on his back…

Warning: Contains a strong, silent, macho PI; a cheeky, chirpy, cat-owning plumber; and a gag gift from beyond the grave that’ll put the cat firmly among the pigeons.

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Thoughts:  I enjoyed this book very much.  It is full of one-liners and I was laughing out loud many times. The relationship between Tom and Phil is not the main focus of this story although it is still developing. It focuses more on the mystery surrounding his sister and separately, the will of Tom’s late Aunt Lol.  It was interesting getting to know more about Tom’s family and of course the appearances of Tom’s friend Gary and Gary’s boyfriend Darren are always entertaining.
I am looking forward to the third book in the series. There is a bit of a mystery to follow up on from this book and I am curious where it will go.

I found this wonderful review of Relief Valve by author, Kaje Harper on Goodreads. 

The first three blogs listed below detail what they have on tap for us for the coming week.   The blogs that follow,  are ones that I check periodically throughout the week.  They all have wonderful articles, news, reviews and giveaways.  Whatever your taste in books, you will find among these blogs.
 I hope you have a fantastic week and read (or listen to) some amazing books. 
Grab a cup of your favorite brew and enjoy.

FBS, coffee and reading

 

The Novel Approach
Here’s a Sneak Peek at the coming Week.
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Joyfully Jay Reviews
m/m romance reviews and more.

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Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

This Week at Reviews and Scattered Thoughts on Books

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Prism Book Alliance

  Bu sure to take a look at their unique features such as Sunday Spotlight, Five Thing Friday, Outside The Margins, as well as news, reviews and blog tours.

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Love Bytes Reviews came into existence as on 4th of April, 2014, being formerly known as The Blog of Sid Love.

The Blog of Sid Love was started on 12th March, 2013 with a sole aim of promoting those M/M fictions that have quality and uniqueness in them. Like TBSL, LoveBytes struggles to give such books and their works the much deserved recognition by posting reviews, running giveaway contests for the authors, featuring their newly published works for promotion, hosting blog tours, conducting author interviews and lots more!

The blog has received great amount of popularity since its inception. As on date, the blog has caught attention of awesome followers in such a short period of time and brings on approximately 1000+ unique visitors each day (2000+ unique visitors on a peak day!). On an average, three book reviews per day are posted on the blog and there are contests on a daily basis to keep the readers and authors entertained!

Founder: Sid Love

Owner & Manager: Danielle Maas

Reviewers Team:  Danielle , Taylor, Carissa, Cindy, Donna, Roberta, Irene, Vicki, Dan, Paul, Marieke, Kimberley, Tara, Dennis & Rhonda

MM Good Book Reviews

Honest Reviews for Readers and Writers

MM Good Book Reviews

 

It’s About The Book

It’s All About Books (and maybe some other stuff) We’re experienced reviewers trying out our own blog! Basically anything book related can be found here!

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Welcome to Queer Sci Fi. We’re a blog and website that’s all about LGBT characters in science fiction, fantasy and supernatural fiction – whether it’s MM or FF romance with a sci fi bent or sci fi with LGBT characters. We’re dedicated to promoting the inclusion of LGBT characters in these genres.

Queer Sci Fi

In addition to hosting the above queer sci fi site, J. Scott Coatsworth has his own site with several weekly features: Author Spotlight, The Weekly Fix and Point of View

J. Scott Coatsworth My own Bent Perspective on SciFi and Fantasy

 

Happy Reading

Melyna

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Dianne’s Throwback Thursday – Book Style

 

Blue Notes #1 Shira Anthony

Dianne’s review of Blue Notes on Goodreads

Welcome to Throwback Thursday, where I’m featuring another favorite series this week. – the fantastic Blue Notes series by Shira Anthony. In the spring of 2012 when I noticed a book about musicians in Paris, I was all over it. What music lover wouldn’t be?! I was charmed by the romance of Jason and Jules as well as the author’s captivating writing style. Her flowing descriptions of settings gave cities a distinct pulse, and her characters oozed personality, vulnerability and determination – she had me enthralled.

Shira is a well- traveled former opera singer, so she knows of what she writes here, in regard to the classical music details as well as the depictions of many cities around the world in which she sets the stories. The series features a different main couple in each book, however they are interrelated, with all of the main characters impacting each other’s life either on or off page throughout the series.  Suffice to say, the fact that this series went on to be seven books long – with each one being as good as or better than the one before it – made this reader ecstatic.

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Dianne’s review of Prelude on Goodreads

The relationships in the Blue Notes series are very raw and real. No easy path for any of these men! Shira takes them all on some gritty reality checks, but never fear, love prevails to the point of standing ovations!  It’s worth noting that this series of interrelated, classical music themed standalone novels can be read in any order. Chronologically they take place over several decades. I read them in the order they were released, but then I re-read them in chronological order, and would recommend approaching them that way if you are new to the series.

Enjoy!  ~ Di

(You can see Dianne’s reviews of Blue Notes, Prelude and Encore by clicking the links below the book cover)

Chronological order:
1) Encore
2) Prelude
Free prequel to Blue Notes: Knowing  (Blue Notes 0.5)
3) Blue Notes
4) Aria
5) The Melody Thief
6) Symphony in Blue
7) Dissonance

Blue Notes Encore Coer by Shira Anthony

Dianne’s review of Encore on Live Your Life Buy The Book

Order of publication:
Free prequel to Blue Notes: Knowing  (Blue Notes 0.5)
1) Blue Notes
2) The Melody Thief
3) Aria
4) Prelude
5) Encore
6) Symphony in Blue
7) Dissonance

 

 

 

 

You can buy these individually or they are available as a boxed set for $9.99

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Dragon Thursday

Recently, I received an unexpected package in the mail.  I recognized the name on the return address , but could not imagine what they would be sending me.  It turned out to be a beautiful framed cross-stitched dragon. I did not know why I was sent this amazing gift and contacted the friend that sent it.
It was made by Jennifer Hesse for an auction held by The Knightly Order of the Fiat Lux (KOFL) ,a fraternal non-profit organization dedicated to serving the community, ( http://www.kofl-games.org/about.php )
The auction supported The Autism Society of North Carolina.( http://www.autismsociety-nc.org/ ) Jennifer put a lot of time into this beautiful piece and I am honored that someone wanted me to have this gorgeous dragon. There was no note, and Jennifer couldn’t say who had won the auction or who had sent it to me, other than they are a mutual friend.

So thank you mystery friend and thank you Jennifer!
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News, Reviews and Giveaways for the week of August 15, 2016

Good morning!

I hope you all had a great weekend and had time to read or listen to some wonderful books.  It has been very busy again this week with school starting soon, band camp under way, and projects around the house.  I have been reading and listening as often as I can find the time.  I did not finish any audiobooks this week, but I did read two wonderful books.  The first is a suspense filled political thriller romance, and the other is a historical paranormal mystery romance novel set in the Victorian era of America.

Here is a quick look at what caught my eye on the review blogs for this week:  Cover reveals (So excited – Rhys Ford on Monday at The Novel Approach Reviews) Well, everyday there is an author featured that I will not want to miss.  Jordan L Hawk is on Joyfully Jay’s Monday for a guest post and Giveaway for her new book Fallow which is one of my featured books this week.  Joyfully Jay also has details for the September Reading ChallengeThey also posted their List of favorite international books I will also be looking forward to seeing Lex Chase, CS Poe, Angel Martinez, Lisa Henry and many more appearing on the blogs throughout the week. Plus there are giveaways and reviews galore! Be sure to check every day.

Enemies of the State by Tal Bauer The Executive OfficeTitle: Enemies of The State
Series: The Executive Office Book 1
Author: Tal Bauer
Publisher:  Nine Star Press
Publication Date:  February 14, 2016
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Blurb:  A rogue Black Ops unit with the president in their crosshairs.
A Secret Service agent who will break every rule.
A president falling for the one person he shouldn’t—a man.

Newly elected President Jack Spiers’s presidency is rocked from the very beginning, and he’s working furiously to keep the world from falling apart. Between terrorism attacks ripping apart Europe, Russia’s constant posturing and aggression, and the quagmire of the Middle East, Jack is struggling to keep his campaign promise—to work toward a better, safer world.

For Special Agent Ethan Reichenbach, Jack is just another president, the third in twelve years. With Jack’s election, he’s been promoted, and now he’s running the presidential detail, which puts him side by side with Jack daily. He’s expecting another stuffed suit and an arrogant DC politician, but Jack shocks him with his humor and humanity.

There are rules against a Secret Service agent and one of their protectees developing a friendship—big rules. Besides, Jack is straight as a ruler, and a widower, and Ethan has always avoided falling for straight men. Ethan keeps his distance, but Jack draws him in, like gas to a naked flame, and it’s a lure he isn’t strong enough to turn away from.

As the two men collide, rules are shattered and the world teeters on the verge of war, and a rogue Black Ops unit bent on destruction sets Jack in their deadly crosshairs. Ethan must put everything on the line in order to save the man he’s come to love, Jack’s presidency, and the world.

Thoughts:  4,5 stars
I did not expect to be swept away by this book. I am not usually looking for political thrillers. It came highly recommended and now I can see why. It is a political thriller, with lots of action and a wonderful romance too. It definitely had some edge of your seat moments and a few where I had to set the book down only to rush back because I had to see what happened next.
The book does leave us set up for the next in the series, so not a cliffhanger really but definitely open.
Michelle at Joyfully Jay Reviews gives an excellent in depth review here:  Joyfully Jay michelle-signature

I can’t wait for the next book!

 

 

Next up is a novel in one of my favorite series by one of my favorite authors.  Jordan L Hawk is a master story teller and has become an auto-buy for me.  This is the latest novel in her Whyborne and Griffin Series.

Fallow Whyborne & Griffin book 8 Jordan L HawkTitle: Fallow
Series: Whyborne & Griffin Book 8
Author: Jordan L Hawk
Publisher: Self
Publication Date: August 5, 2016

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Blurb:  When Griffin’s past collides with his present, will it cost the lives of everyone he loves?

Between the threat of a world-ending invasion from the Outside and unwelcome revelations about his own nature, Percival Endicott Whyborne is under a great deal of strain. His husband, Griffin Flaherty, wants to help—but how can he, when Whyborne won’t tell him what’s wrong?

When a man from Griffin’s past murders a sorcerer, the situation grows even more dire. Once a simple farmer from Griffin’s hometown of Fallow, the assassin now bears a terrifying magical corruption, one whose nature even Whyborne can’t explain.

To keep Griffin’s estranged mother safe, they must travel to a dying town in Kansas. But as drought withers the crops of Fallow, a sinister cult sinks its roots deep into the arid soil. And if the cult’s foul harvest isn’t stopped in time, Fallow will be only the first city to fall.

Fallow is the eighth book in the Whyborne & Griffin series, where magic, mystery, and m/m romance collide with Victorian era America.

Thoughts:  I have already said that this is one of my favorite series.  At one time I would have told you that I did not like historical fiction.  I was proven wrong.  I have found many wonderful historical novels in the MM genre over the years and this series is one of my very favorite.

I experienced a full range of emotions while reading this novel and even managed to snort/laugh my iced coffee at one point.  I adore this series. If you love historical (even if you don’t – you will. Trust me on this), paranormal romance and mystery. You will love the Whyborne & Griffin series. Go buy Widdershins – Whyborne & Griffin Book 1, and get started.

If you are already a fan , here is a lovely Review of Fallow by Dianne for It’s About The Book

If you have not read the series and are ready to settle in and enjoy or just find out more, click here:  Whyborne & Griffin series new covers Amazon

 

The first three blogs listed below detail what they have on tap for us for the coming week.   The blogs that follow,  are ones that I check periodically throughout the week.  They all have wonderful articles, news, reviews and giveaways.  Whatever your taste in books, you will find among these blogs.

 I hope you have a fantastic week and read (or listen to) some amazing books. 
Grab a cup of your favorite brew and enjoy.

FBS, coffee and reading

 

The Novel Approach
Here’s a Sneak Peek at the coming Week.
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Joyfully Jay Reviews
m/m romance reviews and more.

Joyfully Jay Coming This Week large logo

Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

This Week at Reviews and Scattered Thoughts on Books

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Prism Book Alliance

  Bu sure to take a look at their unique features such as Sunday Spotlight, Five Thing Friday, Outside The Margins, as well as news, reviews and blog tours.

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Love Bytes Reviews came into existence as on 4th of April, 2014, being formerly known as The Blog of Sid Love.

The Blog of Sid Love was started on 12th March, 2013 with a sole aim of promoting those M/M fictions that have quality and uniqueness in them. Like TBSL, LoveBytes struggles to give such books and their works the much deserved recognition by posting reviews, running giveaway contests for the authors, featuring their newly published works for promotion, hosting blog tours, conducting author interviews and lots more!

The blog has received great amount of popularity since its inception. As on date, the blog has caught attention of awesome followers in such a short period of time and brings on approximately 1000+ unique visitors each day (2000+ unique visitors on a peak day!). On an average, three book reviews per day are posted on the blog and there are contests on a daily basis to keep the readers and authors entertained!

Founder: Sid Love

Owner & Manager: Danielle Maas

Reviewers Team:  Danielle , Taylor, Carissa, Cindy, Donna, Roberta, Irene, Vicki, Dan, Paul, Marieke, Kimberley, Tara, Dennis & Rhonda

MM Good Book Reviews

Honest Reviews for Readers and Writers

MM Good Book Reviews

 

It’s About The Book

It’s All About Books (and maybe some other stuff) We’re experienced reviewers trying out our own blog! Basically anything book related can be found here!

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Welcome to Queer Sci Fi. We’re a blog and website that’s all about LGBT characters in science fiction, fantasy and supernatural fiction – whether it’s MM or FF romance with a sci fi bent or sci fi with LGBT characters. We’re dedicated to promoting the inclusion of LGBT characters in these genres.

Queer Sci Fi

In addition to hosting the above queer sci fi site, J. Scott Coatsworth has his own site with several weekly features: Author Spotlight, The Weekly Fix and Point of View

J. Scott Coatsworth My own Bent Perspective on SciFi and Fantasy

 

Happy Reading

Melyna

Finn and library

 

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Dianne’s Throwback Thursday – Book Style

Hello fellow readers! I’ve been reflecting on the fact that so many of my favorite books are actually series. I love long stories, so complex story arcs which develop over a lengthy period of time are my cup of tea. Lou Sylvre’s captivating Vasquez & James series fits that bill perfectly.

Dreamspinner Vasquez and James seriesSonny James is an artist. He’s laid back, and prefers the solitude of his Pacific Northwest weaving studio to any other location. When ex-ATF/security agent Luki Vasquez shows up with his bad ass attitude and emotional baggage, Sonny’s world changes forever. The spark of attraction between them is supernova bright.

The author writes with a unique style, beautifully combining the depths and nuances of each man’s personality with the evocative story settings, heart pumping action scenes, and gut wrenching situations. Sonny’s home and the surrounding region are as much a character as the men are – I love how it’s an intrinsic part of Sonny’s being, and how it comes to mean the same to Luki. Both men have rich cultural heritage – Sonny’s Native American one in particular – and this plays a big part as well. There is action and suspense galore in this series. As Luki’s world of crime fighting leaches its way into the men’s tentative relationship, we get to see how they work together when the chips are down.

With all the action and mystery in this series it is still a profoundly character driven one. Sonny and Luki both have demons in their pasts – and their present – that are confronted individually and as a couple. The love they develop and harbor for each other is one of my favorite romances in MM. This series does get gritty, be ready for some heartbreaking moments, some frustrating moments, and some screaming at the characters moments. It’s all oh so worth it.

Loving Luki Vasquez Book 1 Vasquez and james series by Lou SylvreI identify so much with this review by Mary, written about the first book in the series  – Loving Luki Vasquez.  She really captures the overall flavor and vibe of the story, and indeed the series.

Mary’s Goodreads review

My review for Saving Sonny James, book four in the series, is here: goodreads books logo

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All seven stories are avalable as a bundle for $9.99 at DreamspinnerPress  and Amazon US

Enjoy! ~ Dianne