Barb, the Zany Old Lady, Review: A Rose By Any Other Name (Fallen Rose #2) by Charlie Cochet

Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5

A Rose by Any Other NameJourney back into the Roaring 20’s, the days of Prohibition, where illicit gaming, illicit alcohol, and illicit sex can be had for the right price. And the right price gets you into the Pantheon, a heavenly operation full of scantily clad young men who are yours if you have the cash. The sweetest prize of all is Eros, a blond angel, complete with wings, who will take your breath away. Usually seen in the company of his best friends and fellow angels, Himerus and Pothos, one look at Eros destroys all of Edwards’s brain cells.

Edward Joseph Clarence Junior is celebrating his 30th birthday. His cousins, Maxfield and Albert, have brought him to this slice of heaven, and Maxfield has arranged some very interesting private entertainment for him. He submits, despite his better judgment, but what he wants most of all is to meet Eros. Unfortunately, Eros has been booked for the night by Ares, an evil-looking, powerful and influential man who will use brute force if necessary to get his way.

Eros is Julius, the young male prostitute we met in Roses in the Devil’s Garden. It was Julius, along with his best friends, Lawry and Terry, who escaped the raid the night he met Harlan. Lawry and Terry have come with him to the Pantheon and now play the roles of Himerus and Pothos.

We learn that Ares wants all of Eros, not just for sex, but to own him heart and soul, but Julius won’t succumb to him. In fact, Julius has rules in place that normally keep him protected from allowing men to think they have his heart when they pay for his body. He never sees a man for more than three days in a row, and he never kisses, under any circumstances. Ares intends to break those rules and break Eros’s stubbornness with them.

Edward returns again and again, hoping to gain an audience with Eros, and when he finally does, Eros/Julius is less than impressed with him. But Edward is nothing if not persistent, and he bombards Julius with kindness, buying his time for a three week period in which he doesn’t make one sexual overture, even though he’d like nothing better. The result of getting to know each other during this time is that Julius does start to care for Edward, and Edward falls head-over-heels in love with Julius. The kissing rule goes out the window, and the two make plans to go away together for a while so that they can avoid Ares’s hold on Julius.

But Ares learns of their plans and destroys the little happiness they’ve gained when he arranges for Edward to be committed to Bellevue Hospital, arranging a bogus diagnosis with Edward’s psychologist. Edward had suffered from anxiety disorder after his time serving in the ambulance corps in Europe, and though he’s been free of issues recently, Ares convinces Edward’s father that he needs to be committed then he moves in to grab Julius and keep him in the Pantheon until he’s finally willing to beg for all Ares can give him.

And this is just the beginning! There’s so much more to this story. There’s romance on multiple fronts as Julius’s friends find love and affection with Edward’s cousins, some more easily than others. Harlan and Nathan become involved when Maxfield and Lawry find evidence supporting Ares’s true identity as a crime syndicate boss. There’s adventure and intrigue and catastrophe when the entire mess comes to a head, and it looks like Edward and Julius may never get to be together. But, of course, Charlie Cochet does not let us down, giving us a HEA for the guys—all of the guys, in fact.

So what did I love in this story? I loved the characters. Julius, Lawry, Terry, Albert, Maxfield, Edward, Nathan and Harlan. Each one of them now has a place in my heart, and I’m so glad the author gave us the side stories of the secondary characters’ romances. I enjoyed the big screen production feel of the Pantheon stage settings—I swear I could hear the music playing in the background. Oh, and one more thing—the author gave us a little peek into a time when Edward met a fella named Jacky, before Jacky joined the French Foreign Legion (The Auspicious Troubles of Chance). Such a nice surprise! Thanks, Charlie!

What didn’t I like? There were a few places where I was lost in the dialogue, places where I couldn’t tell who was speaking. There were also a few segments in which one character referenced something as if it had just happened, and I couldn’t follow what they were talking about. And last, I just couldn’t wrap my brain around the way the final catastrophic event unfolded. Without giving away any spoilers, I can only say that the setting where Edward and Julius met up shouldn’t have still been standing at that point in time. I know that sounds odd, but I really don’t want to give away the concluding drama.

So all that being said, I’ve given this story 4.5 stars. It’s so lovely, complex, intriguing and fun, with wonderful, handsome, warm-hearted characters that I can’t possibly give it any less. If you love historical fiction, then by all mean buy this, and if you simply love an adventure with romance and intrigue, then don’t hesitate—you can’t go wrong.

Cover art by Aaron Anderson— captures the feel of the time period and depicts the MCs perfectly.

Sales Links:  Dreamspinner eBook Paperback     All Romance (ARe)   Amazon   A Rose By Any Other Name

Book Details:

ebook, 270 pages
Published September 12th 2014 by Dreamspinner Press
ISBN 1632160307 (ISBN13: 9781632160300)
edition languageEnglish
seriesFallen Rose

A Whistle Stop Tour for Lisa Henry’s Sweetwater (contest)

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Hi! I’m Lisa Henry, author of Sweetwater! I’m touring the web talking about my inspiration, my writing process, and giving you a behind-the-scenes look at Sweetwater. And of course there’s a giveaway! You could win a title from my back catalogue, as well as a $20 Riptide gift voucher!  And you can follow along at every stop on the tour schedule!

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Wyoming Territory, 1870.

Elijah Carter is afflicted. Most of the townsfolk of South Pass City treat him as a simpleton because he’s deaf, but that’s not what shames him the most. Something in Elijah runs contrary to nature and to God. Something that Elijah desperately tries to keep hidden.

Harlan Crane, owner of the Empire saloon, knows Elijah for what he is—and for all the ungodly things he wants. And Crane isn’t the only one. Grady Mullins desires Elijah too, but unlike Crane, he refuses to push or mistreat the young man.

When violence shatters Elijah’s world, he is caught between two very different men and two devastating urges: revenge and despair. In a boomtown teetering on the edge of a bust, Elijah must face what it means to be a man in control of his own destiny, and choose a course that might end his life . . . or truly begin it for the very first time.

About the Author

Sweetwater_150x300Lisa Henry lives in tropical North Queensland, Australia. She doesn’t know why, because she hates the heat, but suspects she’s too lazy to move. She spends half her time slaving away as a government minion, and the other half plotting her escape.

She attended university at sixteen, not because she was a child prodigy or anything, but because of a mix-up between international school systems early in life. She studied History and English, neither of them very thoroughly.

She shares her house with too many cats, a dog, a green tree frog that swims in the toilet, and as many possums as can break in every night. This is not how she imagined life as a grown-up.

You can visit Lisa her website, at Goodreads, or on Facebook or Twitter.

Contest:  Thanks for following the tour! To celebrate the release, I’m giving away an ebook from my back catalogue, as well as a $20 Riptide gift voucher. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post with a way for me to contact you, be it your email, your twitter, or a link to your facebook or goodreads account. Please put your email in the body of the comment, not just in email section of the comment form, because I won’t be able to see it otherwise! On October 8, I’ll draw a winner from all eligible comments! Be sure to follow the whole tour, because the more comments you leave, the more chances you have to win the prize!

In the Spotlight: Lee Brazil~Master of Regency Romance (Tour and Contest)

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I am happy to welcome Lee Brazil, a favorite author here, to Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words!  Lee is going to settle into our author interview chair, answer some questions and talk about all the books we’re focused on today!  There are three blurbs and excerpts to read and a contest to enter.  Make sure you check them all out!  Now on to our interview.

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My Interview with Lee Brazil…

Lee, how do you keep the writing process fresh as prolific as you are as an author?

I think that’s a really tough question to start out with. The key I believe is to keep seeking new experiences in the real world. Walk, read, browse life. When writing doesn’t excite me, it drags. It’s slow going and feels like pulling teeth to get a sentence down. For me, that is when I know its time to pack up the backpack and get out of the office. I’ll go up to the park to hike, or down to the river to walk, or even off to the hardware store.

What is your favorite thing about writing?

My favorite thing about writing is knowing that whatever happens, whatever awful things the characters do to one another, they’re going to end up okay. Every day terrible things happen in our world, and we can only sit back and watch or read them and shake our heads and hurt for those involved. But in the pages of a book, the words of a story you’re writing, you can be assured that everything is going to be all right. Real life doesn’t guarantee happy endings, my kind of fiction does.

What dreams have you been able to live out (if any) through your stories?

LOL. Well, you’re full of the tough questions today. I think I actually live my ultimate fiction every day – my theme is love, and I was fortunate enough at thirty to meet a wonderful man and fall in love. That’s the story I try to tell in all my novellas. I’ve been able to explore things like crime solving with Pulp Friction that sort of fulfill a childhood fantasy. Hm… Scooby Doo and The Hardy Boys have to take credit for that little fantasy- growing up on mysteries obviously had some impact. I never would have read Dashiell Hammett et al if it weren’t for Saturday television. Um… Did I answer that question?

Chance or Cannon? Rory or Finn? Which would you choose?

Finn. Uncovering the complexities of a man who at first seems to have his whole life together, a man who is captain of his own ship and comfortable with the role? Oh yes, it’s been fun trying to get into his head and tear him apart.

If you have written stories all your life (as many writers have), what is the biggest change you’ve  have seen over time?

I have written stories all my life, and poetry. I think I’ve become less literary, more focussed in my writing. Before I wanted to tackle everything, explore the whole tangle of emotions and ideas that jangled in my head. Life and experience have taught me that you can only deal effectively if you narrow your focus. For me, that focus is love and romance and their role in our lives.

Do you have a favorite Muse? Or many?

I consider Havan Fellows my Muse. Why? Because since we met she has been there, reading what I write, encouraging me, helping me find direction when I lose creativity. When she tells me something I wrote is good, I can believe her, and when she tells me its off, I know she’s being honest and that what I write will be better for her input. Occasionally I’ll find a picture or a phrase that inspires me to an idea, or a story. I do my best work when Havan and I sprint and share. It’s incredible to me how that connection works, but nevertheless, it does.

What book is a comfort read for you?

When I need a comfort read I have a shelf of books that I go for – it holds all sorts of things, some John Sandford novels, a few The Cat Who books, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series, some Larry Niven, some high fantasy from the 80’s – Dragon Lance sort of things. Tolkien, John Jakes, Taylor Caldwell’s Captains and Kings.

On my kindle, I have a slew of m/m. If I reach for it, I’ll often find myself re-reading things like Amy Lane’s Chase in Shadow or Litha’s Constant Whim, and Ally Blue’s Love Like Ghosts.

Thanks, Lee.  This has been great.  I always learn something new each time you stop on by!  Now on to Lee’s stories.

 

Book Names:
Less Than All,
A Gentleman Never Does,
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Author Name: Lee Brazil

Author Bio:

Somewhere in a small town in up-state New York are a librarian and a second grade teacher to whom I owe my life. That might be a touch dramatic, but it’s nevertheless one hundred percent true.

Because they taught me the joy of reading, of escaping into worlds crafted of words.

Have you ever been nine years old and sure of nothing so much as that you don’t belong? Looked at the world from behind glasses, and wondered why you don’t fit?

Then turn the page and see… there you are, running from Injun Joe in a dark graveyard; there you are fencing with Athos; there you are…beneath the deep blue sea- marveling at exotic creatures with Captain Nemo.

I found myself between the pages of books, and that is why I write now, it’s why I taught English and literature for so many years, and it’s why my house contains more pounds of books than furniture.

If I’d had my way, I’d have been a fencer…or a starship captain, or a lawyer, or a detective solving crimes. But instead, I am a writer, and that’s the best thing in the world to be if you ask me, because as a writer, I can be all those things and more.

 If I hadn’t learned to value the stories between the pages, who knows what would have happened? Certainly not college…teaching…or writing.

Author Contact:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lee.brazil
Twitter: @leebrazil
Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/crawlinbedwithlee/
Publishers: Lime Time Press, Breathless Press, Evernight Publishing
Cover Artist: Various
Blurbs/Excerpts/Sales Links:

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Nicholas Danville doesn’t trust his lover to share the depth of his attraction.
He knows full well Victor must marry to fulfill his duty to his aristocratic family.
Assuredly marriage will mean the end of their liaison.

A youthful indiscretion leads to a humiliating encounter between Nicholas Danville and Lord Victor Ware. Nicholas is sent home in disgrace, and Victor continues life in the Ton. Years later, Nicholas’s reproving parents send him to town to attain a degree of polish before he prepares for life as a member of the clergy.

A chance encounter with an old friend leads to a new confrontation between Nicholas and Victor. This time, the attraction between them burns brighter, Nicholas is old enough to know his own mind, and Victor is done with self-denial.

From ballrooms to gardens and opera houses, Victor sets about proving that a passionate liaison between two men is possible even under the narrow gaze of the Ton

Less Than All excerpt:

Peter had evidently taken the time to pull his glossy Hessians back on because Victor had swallowed half the glass before he heard the door click behind him. Lifting the glass to study the amber liquid in the firelight, he spoke without turning around.

“I pay you an adequate allowance to cover your own establishment Peter, exactly because I do not wish to find hordes of drunken revelers have invaded my home.”

“I’m glad for Peter’s sake that you’re a generous man, My Lord Ware. But I’d hardly call our little gathering a horde.”
Victor whirled about to find Danville lounging in altogether too close a proximity. A single lingering glance impressed upon Victor the slender lithe frame, lovingly outlined by tight buff colored breeches, fine white linen shirt open at the neck. Both his discreetly embroidered waistcoat and his black tailcoat hung open. Danville’s inappropriate dishabille enticed him as the devil tempted sinners. He held up a hand as though to ward off the smaller man, but Danville stepped impossibly closer, and Victor groaned as his blood thrummed and his head swam.

Strong arms wrapped around his neck, tugging his head down, and soft wet lips pressed lightly against his mouth. “I’ve waited years for this moment, Ware.”

Then Victor gave up listening, gave up fighting the response of his body as an agile tongue probed the seam of his lips, seeking entrance. He accepted Nicky’s kiss, opened his mouth to suck at the questing tongue. He chased Nicky’s tongue for what seemed like ages, his body hardening and heating with lust.

His arms closed around Nicky’s slender waist, hauling the man close so he could seek solace for the ache of his prick in grinding against the silk of Nicky’s evening breeches. The shattering of his whiskey glass on the hearth broke the mood, and Nicky pulled away, retreating to the door.

“I’m going now.” He paused, hand on the doorknob. A strangely earnest expression crossed his face as he tilted his head to glance back at the stunned Victor. “Shall I return? Or do you forbid Peter’s friends the run of your home?”

He slipped from the room while Victor struggled to frame a coherent response.

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Short of funds, Gareth proposes to wager for love. Does Gideon dare play out this hand?

Gideon Westwood is passing time at a debutante ball when he encounters a man from his past he’d give anything to avoid.
Unfortunately for him, Gareth Belmain isn’t in the mood to be pushed aside.

A wager leads to a walk in the garden and a kiss to angry words.

Will a public challenge put an end to any hope they might have for a future together?

A Gentleman Never Does Excerpt:

“If you’re short of funds, I don’t wish to gamble with you for money.”

Gareth smirked, painted lips twisting. “Such an honorable man you are. Fine then, if we shall not play for money, then we play for love.”

A chill washed over Gideon. He shifted on the delicate chair, fearing it might splinter if he abused it too much. “For love?”
Gareth whispered, “You were used to love me dearly. We could play for that.” Gideon’s dismay must have shown on his face, and again he cursed his inability to master the stoic boredom society expected of its young men and women.

“Or maybe not. What stakes would you care to play for, my Corinthian friend?”

The sardonic emphasis on Corinthian hurt a bit, as he had no doubt that Gareth intended it to. It angered Gideon that Gareth held such power over him still, to arouse his emotions, his body this way. Instead of answering the question Gareth had asked, he let his hurt and anger have sway. “Why are you without funds? Too many hours of shopping in Bond Street, my dear?”

Gareth’s blue eyes flickered and his narrow jaw tightened. Gideon’s gaze focused on the tight pinch of his full lips. Those lips had touched his… He bit back a curse as his pantaloons grew uncomfortably tight. “Fuck.” The coarse word was a hoarse whisper that he hoped no one else picked up on.

Gareth’s tension faded and his eyes sparkled with mirth. “No, dear heart. A gentleman never pays his tailor before his gaming debts. If you must know, I played a little too deep the other night at that new hell, off Curzon street.”

The lure of cards had always been impossible for Gareth to resist. They’d often played together at school and through long rainy days at home. So Gideon knew that Gareth might be susceptible to the lure of the cards, but he wasn’t a bad player. While losing wasn’t unheard of, it was rare. “I can float you a bit till quarter day if you like.” Gideon offered.

“Kind of you, but no. If you were inclined to lose to me, that would be one thing. But I am not in need of charity.” The cards were snapped down onto the table sharply. “Cut.”

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When Randall Gretton’s father leaves his family behind to seek out his lost love, Randall finds an unexpected sympathy in his father’s actions. The dashing soldier takes completely to heart his father’s advice to his children, “If you are fortunate enough to find love, then seize it.”

Is a chance encounter at a masquerade Randall’s chance at lifetime love?

Randall’s Romance Excerpt (NSFW)

He closed the door behind himself and turned the key in the lock. The book room was lit by a single porcelain candelabrum on the mantel piece. In the flickering candlelight he located Terence at the fireplace, swirling a snifter of brandy in his hand. Terence turned his head, tensing at the sound of the key turning in the lock.

“Never fear. It’s just me. I’d about given up hope of finding you; there are so very many highwaymen present tonight. Next time you must choose a more singular disguise.” Checking the room carefully for any other entrance, Randall realized Terence had chosen the perfect place for their encounter.

The highwayman glanced back at him, dark eyes glittering through the slits of his long mask. “I’d hate to draw attention.” Hi voice was muffled by the mask, but Randall caught the faint foreign accent he aped and rolled his eyes.

Randall felt his blood heat as that hooded gaze traveled down his form. His cock stirred and this time he made no move to hide his interest. “Truth, Terence, attention is to be avoided, but there is something to be said for ease of recognition in these circumstances.”

He crossed the Aubusson carpet to stand in front of his lover, drew the man to him. Terence came willingly enough into his embrace, but when Randall tried to raise the man’s domino to reveal his features, Terence caught his hand in a gloved grip. “No. Just in case, we must be discreet.”

“I did lock the door, you know.” Randall buried his face in the fabric and tightened his arms, crushing Terence along his length. The man’s costume was a miracle of tailoring, for he seemed to have even added padding to his narrow shoulders and lifts to his boots.

“Yes, but that might not be the only key.”

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Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words September 2014 Summary of Reviews and Best Covers

 

 

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Summary of Book Reviews and Best Covers of September 2014

 

September 2014 Book Review Summary

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C contemporary
F-fantasy
SF-science fiction
PN-paranormal
SP-supernatural
H-historical
HR-horror
N-Nonfiction
YA-young adult

Rating Scale: 1 to 5, 5 stars is outstanding

5 Star Rating:

A Forbidden Rumspringa by Keira Andrews STRWCS
Aftershocks by T. A. Webb (PF2014)
Blown Chance by Havan Fellows (PF2014)
No Fae Is An Island by Angel Martinez (STRWFS)
The Path by Ariel Tachna (STRWC)
Yakuza Courage (The Way of the Yakuza #2) by H.J. Brues STRWCS

4 to 4.75 Star Rating:

A Rose by Any Other Name by Charlie Cochet, (4.5) STRWHS
A Suitable Replacement (Deceived #5) by Megan Derr (4) STRWFS
A Tooth for a Fang by Liv Olteano (4) STRWSNS
Bliss by Heidi Belleau and Lisa Henry (4.5) STRWSF A Barb Review
Elijah’s Ghost by Amber Kell (4) STRWSPS
Finally Home by Zee Kensington (4.5) STRWCS
Firestorm (SoulShares #4) by Rory Ni Coileain (4.5) STRWFS
Frankie’s Knight (PF2014) by T.A.Webb (4.75) STRWPF2014S
Lukos Heat by Megan Derr (4) STRWFS)
Midsummer Curse by Megan Derr (4.25) STRWSPS
Midsummer Moon by Megan Derr (4) STRWSPS)
Pulling Leather (Pickup Men Series) by L.C. Chase (4.5) STRWCS
Solitude by Anna Martin and Tia Fielding (4.25) STRWC
The Last Thing He Needs by J. H. Knight (4.5), STRWC
The Last Wolf (Sapphire Ranch Wolves #1) (4) STRWSPS
The Lost Weekend (Infected 7.5) by Andrea Speed (4), STRWSPS
The Nesting Habits of Strange Birds by Charley Descoteaux (4.25) STRWC
Wolf in Gucci Loafers by Tara Lain (4) (STRWSPS) A Barb Review

3 to 3.75 Star Rating:

David’s Dilemma by Rae Brewster (3) STRWSPS
Living Again by Brynn Stein (3.5) STRWC A PaulB Review
Men of the Manor Anthology (3.75) STRWHA

2 to 2.75 Star Rating:

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Best Covers of July 2014

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A Forbidden Rumspringa, cover artist Dar Albert
A Rose By Any Other Name, cover artist Aaron Anderson
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David’s Dilemma, cover artist Jess Buffett

 

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Infected: The Lost Weekend, cover artist Paul Richmond
Living Again, cover artist Bree Archer
Lukos Heat, cover artist Julie Wright
No Fae Is An Island, cover artist Winterheart Designs

 

 

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Pulling Leather, cover artist/author L.C. Chase
The Last Wolf, cover artist Meredith Russell
The Path, photographer Ariel Tachna
Yakuza Courage, artist Reese Dante

A PaulB Review: Living Again by Brynn Stein

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Living Again coverAfter a car accident breaks Daniel’s arm and good leg, he must rely on nurse Jonah for the next couple of months while he recuperates. They must move past both past memories and present troubles in order to build their future together with Jonah’s son.

Daniel Larson wakes up in the hospital after a serious car accident in which he suffers a concussion, broken arm and broken leg. Having lost his other leg in an explosion in Afghanistan, Daniel wonders how he will cope until he heals. His Uncle Lawrence has contacted a home nursing agency to help Daniel deal with life until he is recovered. Uncle Larry is upset when the nurse that is sent is Jonah Thacker, a male nurse.

Daniel prides himself on being able to live his life despite his disability. At first he resents having someone taking care of his basic needs. However, he soon realizes that he will not survive without help for the next few weeks until his arm and leg heal enough for him to return to his life as a college professor. And if that help comes in the form of hunky nurse Jonah, who is he to complain?

As the two grow closer together, various obstacles come in the way. First, Uncle Larry does everything within his power to get another nurse assigned to Daniel. Uncle Larry has promised Daniel’s father that he would take care of Daniel. However, he does not approve of Daniel’s homosexuality. A male nurse would he figures would be too much temptation. Second, they want to maintain a sense of professionalism, at least until Jonah is no longer Daniel’s nurse.

Daniel is drawn further to Jonah when he meets Jonah’s nephew/son Ethan. Ethan was born with birth defects due to his mother (Jonah’s sister) being exposed to a virus in Africa as a medical resident. Ethan was born with malformed legs and heart problems. His mother dies nine months after he was born in an accident and Jonah becomes his primary care giver.

As the relationship between Daniel and Jonah grows, both most deal with issues concerning past relationships. Daniel lost his boyfriend Tom in the explosion that took his leg while Jonah was rejected by Ted when he became Ethan’s de facto father. To complicate things more, Ethan’s health problems become worse and Uncle Larry does whatever he can to keep the two apart. They realize that they should make a go of the relationship, but is it too late to build this family?

I liked the slow build of the romance and the angst each of the characters felt as they move toward each other. You can tell they have been hurt in the past and are slow to move onto a new relationship for fear of being hurt again. This of course leads to misunderstandings on both their parts as to each other’s motives. However, they do work together to thwart Uncle Larry’s attempts to keep them apart. They also find comfort in one another during Ethan’s health scares and what finally brings them together for good.

Jonah’s son Ethan is a well written character. His precociousness and love of life despite all his health problems warms your heart. I wonder if Ms. Stein drew on her work as a special needs teacher to help her craft Ethan’s vivacious personality.

If you are looking for steamy sex scenes, this is not the book for you. Most of the bedroom activities take part off page and are only alluded to for the most part. However, if you are looking for a well crafted angst filled romance, I would give this book a read.

The cover art by Bree Archer is well done. The models selected for Jonah, Ethan and Daniel on the top half are what I would picture them to be. The bottom half shows a silhouette of Daniel walking on a boardwalk using crutches instead of his prosthetic leg.

Sales Links:    Dreamspinner Press      All Romance eBooks (ARe)      Amazon          Living Again
eBook Details
200 pages
Published July 21, 2014 by Dreamspinner Press
Edition Language English

Get Hot and Heavy with Julia Talbot’s Georgia Knights Book tour and contest!

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Book Name: Georgia Knights
Author Name: Julia Talbot

Author Bio: Julia Talbot lives in the great Southwest, where there is hot and cold running rodeo, cowboys, and everything from meat and potatoes to the best Tex-Mex. A full time author, Julia has been published by Torquere Press, Dreamspinner Press, and Changeling Press. She believes that everyone deserves a happy ending, so she writes about love without limits, where boys love boys, girls love girls, and boys and girls get together to get wild, especially when her crazy paranormal characters are involved

Author Contact:
. Find Julia at @juliatalbot on Twitter, or at http://www.juliatalbot.com

Georgia KnightsPublisher: Torquere Press Inc
Cover Artist: Alessia Brio
Pairing:  M/M/F  Menage

Sales Links:  Amazon         All Romance             Torquere Books

Georgia Knights Blurb:

When anthropologist Georgia Cortez heads to rural Georgia from New Mexico, she’s on the trail of a juicy old legend. Haley Falls seems like just the place for old-time ghost stories and spooky hauntings, but she’s on the hunt for something far rarer, a survival of an old sect of medieval knights.

Caid and Alton are Haley Fall natives, and they used to be best friends. A falling out years ago ended in them not speaking, even after Alt left town and returned older, if not wiser. They unite when it comes to a nosy scholar like Georgia picking apart their heritage, and putting their whole town in danger. When boys meet girl, though, they decide wooing is far better than scaring the lady off, and they set about distracting Georgia in the best way.

While their three way romance heats up, so does the intrigue in Haley Falls, until the three of them are facing a danger far worse than falling in love with each other.

Categories: Bisexual, Contemporary, Ménage, Thriller

Georgia Knights Excerpt:

“Boys…” She felt all flushed and tipsy, like her skin was too hot. It was amazing.

“Alt…” Caid stared at Alton over her head. “You. Damn it.” There was no anger there. Just a strangled heat.

Alton lifted one eyebrow. “Whut? We’re all adults here. There’s no reason not to enjoy ourselves.”

Well, that was true enough. She sure was enjoying them. A lot.

Georgia took a bit of pizza and offered it to Caid, holding it up to his lips. “Want some?”

“Mmmhmm.” Caid nipped it out of her fingers, licking at a little sauce that slid down to her knuckle.

She watched as he licked her finger clean, then offered a bite to Alton, going from sweet smile to wicked grin.

“Tasty.” Alton was more blatant, nibbling her fingers along with the pizza, loving on her.

Her nipples were hard as rocks, her belly taut and tense.

“Lord, Caid. She smells good, huh?” Alton leaned on her, smiling across at Caid, hand pushing Caid’s against her under the table.

“You both do.” Caid said it on a moan, Adam’s apple bobbing.

“Y’all are enough to make me breathless.” Talk about mating rituals. Jesus. She could write a bestselling erotic thesis about them.

“You’re the hottest thing I’ve seen since I laid eyes on Caid, and he’s been resisting me for years.”

Oh. Oh, God. Alton obviously had no filters. She took a moment to visualize that — fine bodies moving, rubbing. Kissing. Oh. Pretty.

Caid made another one of those noises, sounding almost pained. “Y’all.”

“I. Is there somewhere… The cook’s watching us.” And she wasn’t putting on a show for the sixteen-year-old, acne-ridden mouth breather.

“My place.” Alton threw a bunch of bills on the table, waving to the little teenagers who watched them avidly. “I need a box, kids.”

“Alton has a place almost up to the falls,” Caid whispered, breath hot on her neck.

“Okay.” She sounded like a phone sex worker, all breathy and husky.

They packed up the pizza and headed out, Alton hustling them back to her little rental SUV. He didn’t give either one of them time to think, either, just groped them both impartially.

“Alton, you’re dangerous. Sit in the back seat.”

“What? Why?” He pouted at her, but Caid punched his shoulder.

“Because no one can drive with you all over them, Alt. Get.”

She gave in to her baser instincts and went up on tiptoe to kiss the corner of Alton’s mouth. “I have to focus, huh?”

“Oh.” Alton blinked, those pretty gray eyes bright. “Got it. I’ll just sit in the back and…” He made an unmistakable motion with his hand.

She swatted him, chuckling. “Now, now. Don’t pop too soon.” She winked at Caid, offering him a quick kiss, too.

Caid surprised her with a kiss that curled her toes, capturing her mouth for a long moment before moving away. He went and sat in the passenger seat, staring, focused.

“Oh.” Wow. Okay. Driving.

Driving would be good.

KnightsBadgeTour Dates: September 29th, 2014

Tour Stops: Parker Williams, Love Bytes, Inked Rainbow Reads, Rainbow Gold Reviews, Andrew Q. Gordon, Prism Book Alliance, Elisa – My Reviews and Ramblings, MM Good Book Reviews, Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words, Fallen Angel Reviews, Iyana Jenna, Amanda C. Stone, Velvet Panic, Havan Fellows

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On Tour with K.C. Wells’ Confetti, Cake, and Confessions! (contest)

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Check out K.C. Wells latest release, Confetti, Cake, and Confessions from Island Tales Press.  There’s an excerpt to read and a contest to enter!

Book Name: Confetti, Cake, and Confessions
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23148914-confetti-cake-confessions
Author Name: K.C. Wells

Author Bio:

Born and raised in the north-west of England, K.C.Wells always loved writing. Words were important. Full stop. However, when childhood gave way to adulthood, the writing ceased, as life got in the way.

K.C. discovered erotic fiction in 2009, where the purchase of a ménage storyline led to the startling discovery that reading about men in love was damn hot. In 2012, arriving at a really low point in life led to the desperate need to do something creative. An even bigger discovery waited in the wings – writing about men in love was even hotter…

K.C. now writes full-time and is loving every minute of her new career.

The laptop still has no idea of what hit it… it only knows that it wants a rest, please. And it now has to get used to the idea that where K.C goes, it goes.

Author Contact: K.C. can be reached via email (k.c.wells@btinternet.com), on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/KCWellsWorld), on Twitter (@IslandTalesPres) or through comments at the K.C.Wells website (www.kcwellsworld.com ) K.C. loves to hear from readers.

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Cover Artist: Meredith Russell

Sales Links:   Amazon             All Romance eBooks (ARe)

Confetti, Cake, and Confessions Blurb:

Tony Porter and Marc Powell had lived in the same house for the past eight years, since their single parents moved in together. When Tony’s mother Marie and Marc’s father Dennis decide to tie the knot at last, it should be an occasion of great joy for everyone. Except all Marc can think about is having to spend the next two weeks with the young man he’s been in love with since he was sixteen.

Tony feels so torn about Marc coming home from college. He keeps telling himself that it’s wrong to feel this way about him. After all, in two weeks’ time they’ll be related. So when the two young men are thrown together to prepare for the wedding, tensions rise and discoveries are made.

It’s going to be a very long two weeks, and a wedding that no one will ever forget.

Confetti, Cake, and Confessions Exclusive Excerpt:

Tony sat up on the edge of the bed and put his head in his hands.

I am such a mess right now.

Everything was going wrong. He’d asked Tammy out because that’s what you’re supposed to do. His mates at college had already begun making comments on his lack of a girlfriend and he’d panicked. He could’ve chosen some quiet, shy girl who wouldn’t have made demands on him, but no, he had to go and ask out Tammy Wentworth, probably the biggest slut on campus. He groaned aloud at the thought. Okay, so she was a good cover, but there was going to come a time pretty soon when she wouldn’t take no for an answer. There had already been signs of that.

And then what the fuck do I do?

Because there was no way he was going to have sex with Tammy. No way on this planet.

Oh, Mum had been delighted, had made noises like ‘it’s about time’ and had squealed and hugged him, much to his discomfort. Dennis had grinned and then, to Tony’s horror, he’d taken him aside and asked quietly if they needed to have That Talk. Tony had almost heard the capitalized letters. He’d squirmed and Dennis had taken pity on him, patted his arm and given a serious nod, as if that conversation could wait for another time.

Like hell it could.

Then there was the whole Marc scenario. And that was a real mess.

Categories: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, New Adult

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Tour Stops: Carly’s Book Reviews, Parker Williams, Havan Fellows, MM Good Book Reviews, Rainbow Gold Reviews, Jade Crystal, Prism Book Alliance, Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words, Multitasking Mommas, Cate Ashwood, Queer Town Abbey, LeAnn’s Book Reviews, 3 Chicks After Dark, Fallen Angel Reviews, Iyana Jenna, Michael Mandrake, It’s Raining Men, Kimi-Chan

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Fall is here and the Schedule this week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

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Fall has arrived and the countdown begun for GRL in Chicago, that Gay Rom Lit Conference.  Loads of great authors,  bloggers, readers and publishing companies in one spot for 5 days!  Am I excited?  You betcha, just over the moon. Last year I came home exhausted, loaded down with books and great memories and I am looking forward to more of the same.

Another new change here at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words is the author interview section.  We have had so many great interviews that I wanted to make sure they were available all the time.  Want to know the background for the Endangered Fae series from Angel Martinez?  Its there in a 3 part interview.  Or insite into Lou Hoffman’s latest release, Key to Behliseth?  It’s there as well.  I will be going back and adding more as I have time.  Check them out when you have a chance.

Winner Announcements:

  •  Winner of Rachel Haimowitz and  Aleksandr Voinov’s Belonging Universe contest is: HB
  • Winner of Kimber Vale’s Contest is Emily.
  • K. A. Merikan’s Men ‘n’ Guns Contest is Echo
  • Winner of Rob Rosen’s Men of the Manor Contest is Evey!
  • Erin McRae and Racheline Maltese’s Starling contest is: Issa
  • Moriah Gemel’s Contest: AND THE WINNERS ARE…

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Heather L.,Lori M.,Lovely L.,April P.,Jeanette G.
Roxanne J.,Jodi C.,Amanda S.,Penny M.,Zach P.
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And now for this week’s schedule at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words:

Monday, September 29:

  • K.C. Wells’ Confetti, Cake and Confessions Book Tour and Contest
  • Julia Talbot’s ” Georgia Knights”  Book Tour and Contest
  • A Paul B Review: Living Again by Brynn Stein

Tuesday, September 30:

  • Lee Brazil’s Keep Me In Mind Book Tour and Contest
  • Lisa Henry’s Sweetwater Book Tour and Contest
  • A Barb: A Rose by Any Other Name by Charlie Cochet
  • September Summary of Reviews and Best Covers

Wednesday, October 1:

  • Rachel Haimowitz’s Song of the Fallen (Counterpoint and Crescendo)‏Tour and Contest
  • Sean Michael’s Underground: Special Teams Book Tour and Contest
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Review:  Grumble Monkey and the Department Store Elf by B.G. Thomas (audio)
  • A MelanieM Review:  Midsummer Law by Megan Derr

Thursday, October 2:

  • Totally Bound’s Carol Lynne & The Brick Yard Book tour and contest
  • On Tour with Jess Buffett and “His Sleeping Beau” (contest)
  • A PaulB Review:  His Sleeping Beau by Jess Buffett

Friday, October 3:

  • Beany Sparks ‘Aiden’s Shepherd’  Book Blast and Contest
  • A MelanieM Review:  Dead Things by Meredith Russell

Saturday, October 4:

  • A MelanieM Review:  Red Dirt Heart by N. R. Walker

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A PaulB Review: Elijah’s Ghost (A Wizard’s Touch #4) by Amber Kell

Rating: 4  stars out of 5

“It only takes one event to change the world.”

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Elijah Trenton is an average student at wizard school. His true abilities are found out after an accident in one of his classes. He must learn how to live life with his new found skills and the attention of Devin Stewartson, his crush in one of his classes. He must also deal with family and enemies who want to use this power for their advantage while trying to keep himself and his friends safe.

Elijah’s Ghost is the fourth installment of Amber Kell’s “A Wizard’s Touch” series. While you can read the book as a stand-alone, there are parts of the plot which reference past events in the series.

The book starts out in the middle of a History of Spell Casting class, where Elijah Trenton is listening to his professor drone on and on. The only things that make the class bearable are the professor’s assistant who summarizes the class on cue card, his roommate Porter and his crush, Devin Stewartson, one of the “D” triplets introduced in earlier books. Elijah is surprised when the assistant yells at him to take cover, as it is the first thing she has ever said. After making sure Porter and Devin are safe, all hell breaks loose in the classroom, with the professor ending up dead.

Up until this point, everybody has considered Elijah an average wizard at best, including Elijah himself. He has failed to master the basic spells needed to pass his classes and hopes to just graduate and teach Magic Theory, considered the most basic of all classes. When the Headmaster of the school questions what has occurred, it is learned that Elijah is a necromancer. His world is then turned upside down.

Enrolled in new classes and a new tutor hired by his father, Elijah and the school learn not only can he interact with the dead, but is the most powerful necromancer to come along in ages. Because of his strength Elijah is unable to banish his avatar. Devin suggests that they talk to Jaynell, the powerful wizard who lives at the local wolf pack house for help.

Once at the pack house, Elijah discovers that it is haunted. Elijah then attempts to cast the spirit out. Back at the school, Elijah and Devin have a romantic encounter, but Elijah is troubled because Devin did not act the same as he had before they went to the pack house. Porter tells Elijah that Devin is possessed by the spirit Elijah tried to cast out and only killing the spirit will free Devin. Porter does this but the result is killing Devin. Elijah must now go to Hades and reclaim Devin’s soul for him to live again.

I enjoyed how Elijah slowly starts to accept his powers through the book. He has been beat down from family and fellow classmates as lucky to be at wizard school. When he discovers his powers, he feels like a screw up because he has not recognized his gifts to date. As he begins to learn of his powers, the negative feelings are still there even though everybody is telling him how special his powers are.

The courtship between Devin and Elijah was well done. Devin is tentative with Elijah because Elijah’s world has been turned upside down with his new skills and he wants Elijah to have time to adjust. Elijah is tentative because of his own low self esteem and knows Devin is bisexual. An encounter with a girl after one of Devin’s brothers clears up earlier misunderstandings and Elijah realizes Devin wants him.

I enjoy how Ms. Kell brings in new elements into her series, this time including ghost to go along with the wizards and weres. She includes characters from previous books in the series, but they play a supporting role. With Jaynell and Elijah now on board, Ms. Kell has set up future books for a potentially cataclysmic showdown with a future (or past as we are dealing with the paranormal) powerful enemy. I look forward to see where she takes these characters forward.

 

Cover Art by Posh Gosh. Well done cover depicting Elijah, Devin and Elijah’s avatar “puppy.”

Sales Links:   Totally Bound Books       Amazon   Elijah’s Ghost

Book Details:
115 Pages
Published September 19, 2014 by Totally Bound
Edition language English
Series A Wizard’s Touch #4

Books in this series include:

Jaynell’s Wolf (A Wizard’s Touch, #1)
Kevin’s Alpha (A Wizard’s Touch, #2)
Farren’s Wizard (A Wizard’s Touch, #3)
Elijah’s Ghost (A Wizard’s Touch, #4)

A Wizard’s Touch: Volume One (A Wizard’s Touch #1-2)

A MelanieM Review: Midsummer Curse (Midsummer #2) by Megan Derr

Rating: 4.25 stars out of 5

Midsummer Curse coverBrayton’s a lone wolf.  He’s also a “jack of all trades”, roaming the country fixing  problems for the supernaturals who call on him.  A call from a friend sends Brayton to supernatural town of Midsummer’s Night where a curse on the town’s gremlin threatens all things mechanical and worse in Midsummer’s Night. It should be a easy job, find the person responsible, have them break the curse and the gremlin and the town’s problem is fixed.  But nothing is ever so simple in Midsummer’s Night.

Ferdinand (Ferdy to friends), the town’s adorable gremlin, is miserable. His passion and nature is to fix and tinker  with all manner of things mechanical.  But someone or something has put a curse on him and now everything he touches falls to pieces…coffee pots, cars, clocks…everything.  His only hope lies in the gorgeous werewolf who has just arrived in town to fix his problem.  Ferdy has just broken up with his boyfriend and doesn’t want another.  So why can’t he get Brayton out of his head and heart?

Brayton’s stymied.  Everyone seems to love Ferdy and no one can figure out why he’s been cursed.  Something peculiar is going on and Brayton is determined to get to the meaning of it all.  But all he can think of is Ferdy, how the endearing pint sized gremlin smells and giggles.  What is happening to them both? Only time and a keen nose will sniff out the cause of their problems and much, much more.

Who knew gremlins could be so endearing?  Obviously Megan Derr, because with Ferdy she has created a pint-sized character full of vulnerability, sweetness, and a innate need to tinker with everything that has gears and mechanical moving parts.  With Ferdy and the reader its love at first sight.  For others it might take a sniff or  two before a powerful connection is made.  That’s where the other wonderful character of Brayton comes in.  Brayton is the odd were known as a lone wolf.  He wanders without a pack on business brought to him by word of mouth (or whatever parts necessary).  Brayton is snarky, self assured, and powerful in his own right.  Ferdy’s  total opposite or is he?  That’s one of the real delights of this story.

The chief plot of Midsummer Curse is a mystery.  Who and why cursed Ferdy so that everything mechanical he touches falls immediately to pieces?  As he is the town’s chief mechanic and handyman, this poses a huge problem for all.  That is hurts Ferdy horribly only gradually comes out as well. There are other small plot threads woven through this story that are equally enjoyable and twisty.  I love it when that happens.

Midsummer Curse may just be my favorite of the series.  A romantic duo of werewolf and gremlin?  Be still my heart and let my feet find a path to Midsummer’s Night and more stories to come.

Cover art by Megan Derr.  Love the car, now where’s my wolf?

Sales Links:    Less Than Three Press          All Romance eBooks    Amazon    Midsummer Curse

Book Details:

ebook, 57 pages, also available in audio
Published January 2010 by Less Than Three Press
ISBN139781936202157
edition languageEnglish
seriesMidsummer #2

Midsummer Series in order they were written and should be read (available in print, ebook and audio):

  • Midsummer Moon
  • Midsummer Curse
  • Midsummer Law
  • Midsummer Baker
  • Midsummer Days (Print collection of all stories)

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