Designs, Scattered Thoughts and More Decisions. This Week At Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words


Designs, Scattered Thoughts and More Decisions

So.  After much thought and  looking at designs, the poll, other sites, I’ve arrived at…nothing concrete.  But with input, we are getting closer.  Highest on the list readers want to see?  More reviews.  So on that front, we are looking for more reviewers so that we can handle more reviews here of every sort.  We are a LGBTQIA review site, that means we want to review books of LGBTQIA content…all LGBTQIA content.  From fiction to non fiction, to gay to lesbian, and all the genres you can think of.

We want to review them all.  We are doing good but we’d like to do better.  Also we are losing one of our reviewers this month.  BJ is moving on to writing full time and we wish her well.  She will be hard to replace.  But try we must as Yoda would say.  So if you love to read, are already reviewing books or want to try your hand at reviewing or know someone who reviews or any combination of the three, write us at    Send us a link to some of your reviews or a sample too.  We have more than enough books to go around!

Meantime, as the heat wave continues in the US…its a perfect time to curl up with more books in ebook, audiobook or even paperback form.  Here some you might want to consider for your TBR list.  Meanwhile, its still July, so grab up those blueberries, hotdogs, and favorite scoops of ice cream and celebrate and the month ends.




This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

Sunday, July 24:

  • Designs, Scattered Thoughts and More Decisions
  • This Week At Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

Monday, July 25:

  • Cover Reveal for Flying Fish by Sedonia Guillone
  • Cover Reveal for Amber Kell & RJ Scott – The Case Of The Guilty Ghost Signal Boost Productions
  • A Free Dreamer Release Day Review: Checkmate by Nicki Bennett and Arial Tachna
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Audiobook Review: Island Doctor by Sue Brown
  • A MelanieM Review: All Note Long by Annabeth Albert

Tuesday, July 26:

  • Angel Martinez Talks Drowning in Ideas, Writing, & Lime Gelatin and Other Monsters (guest post and excerpt)
  • Roller Girl by Vanessa North Blog Tour – Riptide Publishing
  • Its Release Day for By Quarry Lake – Josephine Myles (excerpt and giveaway)
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Review: By Quarry Lake by Josephine Myles
  • A BJ Review: Deductions by Lyn Gala
  • A Jeri Review: The First Morning After by Marie Lark

Wednesday, July 27:

  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Release Day Review: Best in Show by Kelly Jensen
  • A Stella Release Day Review: Settling Down by Nicole Forcine
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Audiobook Review: Temptations of Desire by Tempeste O’Reily
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Audiobook Review: The Law of Attraction by Jay Northcote
  • A Lila Review: Witch King by T.A. Creech
  • A MelanieM Review: Lime Gelatin and Other Monsters by Angel Martinez

Thursday, July 28:

  • Book Blitz and Giveaway – Laid 3 by A.J. Llewellyn
  • Release Blitz and Giveaway- The Beginning – Victoria Sue
  • Series Recap – Anna Butler – Taking Shield Series Tour and Giveaway
  • An Alisa Review: Damaged by Noah Willoughby
  • A BJ Review: Femme by Marshall Thornton
  • A BJ Audiobook Review: Sunset Park by Santino Hassell

Friday, July 29:

  • Release Blitz Tour and Giveaway- Annabelle Jacobs – Bitten by Mistake
  • Release Day for Priest and Pariahs by Mann Ramblings (excerpt and giveaway)
  • With or Without You by Zane Riley Tour and Giveaway
  • Book Blitz and Giveaway – Another Secret by Stevie Woods
  • A Lila Audiobook Review: Duke in Hiding by MJ O’Shea
  • A Jeri Review: Fish Out of Water by Amy Lane
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Review: No Quarter by Christine D’Abo

Saturday, July 30:

  • A MelanieM Release Review: Bitten by Mistake by Annabelle Jacobs
  • An Alisa Review: Finally His by Shawn Lane






An Alisa Review: Alex’s Law by Jayce Ellis

Rating: 4 stars out of 5

alex's lawAlex Corrigan is in love with his boss, Judge Lawson Daniels, and thinks those feelings are returned. That assumption is sorely tested two days before the court holiday party they’re organizing together, when the venue calls and cancels, followed by a snafu with the caterer. Alex could handle that, but after an intimate dinner followed by a decidedly unromantic e-mail, he’s left wondering about the future of his employment as well as his relationship with the debonair older man.

Law can’t wait to see his clerk again. But Alex is cold and distant in the light of day, and Law doesn’t understand. The party looms in the background, but Law’s excitement is turning to dread. On top of that, someone is sabotaging them, trying to get Alex fired and drive Law off the bench. If there’s any chance for a happy holiday for Alex and Law, they’ll have to find out who.

Alex and Law have worked seamlessly together since Alex was hired as Law’s clerk. When they hit a road block in organizing the holiday party they work even closer together than usual. Then Alex is hit with something to make him doubt Law’s feelings and faith in him.

I liked both of these characters. Alex is a very earnest young man who will do anything to help Law and Law just thinks the sun rises and sets by Alex. I could feel how heartbroken Alex becomes when he receives the email from Law changing some court record and reports he had completed. Law’s confusion in Alex’s behavior is evident in how he closes himself off. Seeing them figure out the puzzle together while also making the party a success was wonderful.

Cover art by TL Bland is nice and brings attention to the book.

Sales Links: Dreamspinner Press | Amazon | ARe

Book Details:

ebook, 53 pages
Published: July 23, 2016 by Dreamspinner Press
ISBN-13: 9781634770101
Edition Language: English

A Barb the Zany Old Lady Review: The Second Half: A Gay American Football Story by Scott D. Pomfret

Rating: 3 stars out of 5

The Second HalfPeyton Stone, former star quarterback, is now an offensive line college football coach. And he’s totally in love with his quarterback, Brady Winter. Brady is older than the other students, having completed a tour of duty with the Army, and Peyton knows that even though he worships the ground Brady walks on, it’s inappropriate to start something with a student, and to top it all off, he’s not even sure Brady is gay.

An accidental locker room conversation nixes the latter worry and the two head out to demonstrate how much they want each other. Of course, things like that can’t be kept quiet, and Peyton eventually is outed, shamed, and kicked off the coaching squad. But it’s when Brady turns his back on him that he’s really rocked out of his complacent world.

Is there any chance for them at all? And what happens when Peyton finally stops running away from his problems and decides to stand and face them like a man?

I eventually liked the story itself because it follows Peyton’s path to self-discovery and subsequent maturity, but I didn’t care for the writing style. Sentences were short and choppy and the whole story was told from Peyton’s POV, whereas I would have liked to get Brady’s perspective on some things. Peyton was a bit of an “ass hat” and not a likeable character, IMHO. The world as he knew it revolved around him so he was constantly questioning why things weren’t going his way.

After a while, I started to think the story may have been written to come across as a satirical look at a bumbling, indecisive, egocentric, gay college coach and his lover—a strong, brave, and decisive Iraq war vet. Add to that the fact that the situations and secondary characters were not realistic or likeable and the story appeared to be a farcical poke at campus football, its players, and coaches, so I concluded that maybe that’s what the author intended. I really don’t know. It’s just not a style I normally enjoy.

In this case, I’m giving it the benefit of the doubt. If you are looking for something fluffy that pokes fun at college football, its players and coaches, this would be a good choice. Just don’t plan to take it seriously.

Cover art by Inkspiral Design features a very large, imposing football player—shirtless, pants slung low on his hips, but wearing his shoulder pads. It’s attention-getting due to the colors and the model used.

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Book Details:

Kindle Edition, 234 pages
Published June 14th 2016 by Lethe Press
Original TitleThe Second Half: A Gay American Football Story
Edition LanguageEnglish

An Alisa Review: Falling for Santa Claus by CJ Anthony

Rating:  3 stars out of 5


Falling for Santa ClausWhen Jack Frost’s aunt dies and leaves him her house in the tiny town of Great Falls, Jack seizes the opportunity to escape the rat race of Chicago for the quaint village he loved as a child. On his first night he’s welcomed by a baseball bat and a trespassing warning from Nick St. James—longtime Great Falls resident and infamous curmudgeon.


Jack wants to give Nick the benefit of the doubt—he can’t deny his attraction to the big man—but after several run-ins with Nick’s grumpiness and closed-off heart, he’s ready to give up. Only after discovering the secret Nick’s been covering up for years does he vow to break through Nick’s walls to find the loving man hiding behind them.


I love holiday stories and Christmas in July just gives me more opportunities to read them.  I enjoyed this book and the characters.  Jack is happy to move to Great Falls and has wonderful memories of his childhood there.  It takes a little getting used to, but he loves the town’s residents and the slow pace of life.


Seeing everything through Jack’s eyes made it a bit hard to understand the “ornery and stubborn” Nick.  Through glimpses you could see that Nick isn’t quite as bad as he wants everyone to think.  Jack’s determination to get to know Nick and the person beneath his grumpy exterior is endearing and learning Nick’s secret can make you see him in a different light.
Cover art by Paul Richmond is adorable and catches your eye.


Sales Links: Dreamspinner Press | Amazon | ARe


Book Details:

ebook, 52 pages

Published: July 24, 2016 by Dreamspinner Press

ISBN-13: 9781634770125

Edition Language: English

A Lila Audiobook Review: The President’s Husband by Michael Murphy and Randy Fuller (Narrator)

Rating: 5 stars out of 5

the-presidents-husband audioWhen an assassin’s bullet strikes his predecessor, Grayson Alexander becomes the first openly gay President of the United States and his husband, David Hammond, becomes the first openly gay First Husband. With their world turned upside down, David relies on his career as a medical school professor and ER doctor to keep him grounded. But his decision to keep working ruffles feathers from day one.

Gray throws himself into learning everything he needs to know to be President, especially a liberal president surrounded by a conservative cabinet and staff. Even though he puts in outrageous hours working and traveling seven days a week month after month, he’s happy. But David has trouble coping with Gray’s new job requirements. He can’t help but feel abandoned by his husband of ten years.

When Gray asks for his help with a public-health crisis, David obliges, but he is furious about what happens once the emergency passes. When they learn that the President’s staff has manipulated them both, they wonder if their relationship can survive the White House.

The President’s Husband is a remarkable read. If you’re looking for a political thriller, a steamy romance, or a drama, this is not it. This story is solely about the relationship between the newly appointed President of the United States and his husband of ten years.

We get to meet David and Gray during the Presidential Inauguration. The author gave us a hint of their relationship and how comfortable they are with each other. After ten years of marriage, they knew each other well and respected their individual careers and their dedication to them.

David and Gray have a great chemistry that it’s easy to feel during the entire story, even when they weren’t together. They have an active sex life, which the reader gets to hear more about than actually be witness to, but it works with the focus on their marriage. The on-page sex isn’t there to arouse the reader but to complement the couple’s relationship.

The political discussions are minimal since we only get David’s POV. There’s enough to set the stage for the book, but mostly, everything seems separate from the main plot. Yes, politics kept them apart, but the policies and procedures aren’t the main reason for it.

I think they are more medical references and information in the story than politics. The medical crisis David helps Gray with is the main point of content between them. There are a lot of details about what happens during this time, and some parts may be a little monotonous.

There’s a lot of drama involve in this novel, and David takes the center stage. We pass a significant amount of time in his head, making it difficult to get to know Gray. In reality, David is the main character and Gray is just his husband. We don’t get to see the antagonist doing his bidding, just mentions of him. It isn’t until the climax that we get to see the extent of his involvement.

David and Gray interact with a high amount of characters, but we only get to learn the names of a handful. David’s experiences are more important than how he gets them. Gray’s not a strong character, but he’s likable enough. I like David and how he took life by the horns, but he was a bit whiny in certain areas.

In order to enjoy this story, you need to be in the right frame of mind. You have to forget about everything you know about the President and how his family is handled. There aren’t meddling family members or best friends. David takes all his decisions using logic and tries to retain the status quo instead of rocking the boat. And this cost them both deeply.

Overall, this is a story about marriage and how communication is essential in a relationship. They could have solved a lot of problems with a simple conversation, but the rest of the drama is just an added bonus. I’m surprised by the lower rating in this story, but I think is more of a case of expecting a different story.

Personally, I’d had them get a divorce and become friends instead, but that’s just me. I enjoyed their courting and how they fought to be back together. I think Gray’s POV was needed. Plus, I think they were too young for their level of accomplishments.

This is my first story narrated by Randy Fuller. He did an excellent job, not only with the characters’ voices but with the feelings behind their exchanges. Also, I love how mature his voice is. It made it easier to visualize the main characters as older men with established careers instead of young men trying to figure out life. He also incorporated the omniscient narrator and gave it its own tone.

The cover by L.C. Chase goes with the story, but it’s hard to see the two men like David and Gray. There weren’t enough details in the story to have a clear picture of what they look like.

Sales Links:  Dreamspinner | Amazon | Audible

Audiobook Details:

Narrator: Randy Fuller
Length: 7 hours and 26 minutes

Published: May 24, 2016 (Audio Edition) by Dreamspinner Press
Edition Language: English


A MelanieM Review: Undercover Boyfriend (One Fine Day #1) by Jacob Z. Flores

Rating: 5 Stars out of 5

Undercover BoyfriendTwo men, one lie, and a whole bunch of trouble.

Marty Valdez is in serious trouble. His sister’s wedding is around the corner, and everyone expects to meet Marty’s super-successful underwear model boyfriend—whom Marty invented. Now Marty has to produce a half-naked hottie or suffer the worst humiliation of his life.

FBI agent Luke Myers is in serious trouble. He’s been working undercover to take down a dangerous drug cartel, but his cover’s blown and he needs to disappear. Luckily, a geeky yet intriguing comic book artist gives him the perfect opportunity. Luke just has to pretend to be his boyfriend, and pretending is what he does best. But between Marty’s mother and his ex, Luke might’ve bitten off more than he can chew, and Marty’s knack for finding trouble might ruin more than just his sister’s wedding.

Undercover Boyfriend by Jacob Z. Flores is a perfect example why I love this series.  It takes the Harlequin type plot and romance, gives it a M/M couple and then elevates it again with characters I adored, a plot that, while you couldn’t expect to take it seriously all the time, was just real enough to believe in, and a ending to keep you smiling hours after you put the book/Kindle/Nook down.

Another huge plus?  The author is making it into a series. Win win.

Like the blurb, you have to start the review with the characters and Marty Valdez.  Oh Marty.  Marty has spent his life running away from things by creating fake people to help him out of situations, from playdates in childhood he wanted to avoid to his sister’s wedding now that he has to attend with a boyfriend he’s made up.  Fake friends have always worked before but now he has to produce.  In other  hands, Marty would come off perhaps unlikable, sad even but in Jacob Z. Flores’s characterization, you get Marty.  You understand him, and he’s so darn cute and funny and easy to love….well, you’re on his side immediately.  And you just know he’s the type to fall into the trouble walking around the corner.

That’s Luke Myers, the FBI agent deep undercover.  Luke is a character that Flores uses to play off Marty to perfection and I liked the way he comes alive within the Valdez household.  We get a 2 person pov  here, one being Luke’s and that works well for both furthering our connection to the characters and moving the storyline along quickly.

Yes, back to the plot.  The drug cartel.  That’s never forgotten, as it could have been here.  It slithers along, like a deadly little threat to their growing romance, poking up here and there to remind us of its presence.  Loved that effect and its smash bang blowup was thrilling. *fans*

So, this book has it all for me.  A great couple, wonderful romance, and a thriller to boot.  And we are getting a new series out of it too.  I can’t wait for the next book to be released.  Want a new romance?  Need a new couple to root for and fall in love with?  Pick up Undercover Boyfriend by Jacob Z. Flores.  I highly recommend it.  Then join me in waiting for the next story in the series.

Cover art by Paul Richmond is great.  I can see that being Luke Myers.

Sales Links:  Dreamspinner Press | ARe | Amazon

Book Details:

ebook, Dreamspun Desires #12, 236 pages
Published June 15th 2016 by Dreamspinner Press, LLC
Original TitleUndercover Boyfriend
ISBN 1634771508 (ISBN13: 9781634771504)
Edition LanguageEnglish
SeriesOne Fine Day #1
CharactersMarty Valdez, Luke Myers settingSan Antonio, Texas (United States)

Other Editions (2)
Undercover Boyfriend (Dreamspun Desires Book 12)
Undercover Boyfriend (One Fine Day, #1)

Enjoy Science Fiction? Check out Save Jake Venice by Asher Oswald (Excerpt and Giveaway)

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Title: Save Jake Venice

Author: Asher Oswald

Publisher: Torquere Press

Cover Artist: Kris Norris

Release Date: 7/27/16

Heat Level : 2

Pairing: male/male

Length: 10,000 words

Genre:Gay Romance, Science Fiction, Time Travel

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When I heard Jake Venice had taken his life, I felt like I died with him. Suffocated by the fluff and fakeness of the plastic faces at his funeral, all I wanted to do was join him…wherever he was now.

I woke up the next morning with one last chance. Somehow, I was put ten days back, and I had one shot to try and save Jake. I drove across the country to find him, but when I did…How do you convince someone to hold on who’s already let go? How do you bring light to someone committed to the darkness? I have ten days to try.


No call from Jake. No call from the mechanics. As I take out my wallet to check on what cash I have left, the piece of paper falls out. It’s crinkled now. I unfold it.

One shot.

I look up and close my eyes, then stare at the words again. The future I remember seems like the dream now.

Did Jake really kill himself? Did I just dream it, and drove all the way out here only to be reminded of his rejection? But it was so real. I can’t abandon him in his darkness.

I fold the piece of paper back up and put it in my wallet.


Early evening and I’m back at the coffee shop, ordering my mocha and a ham sandwich. The barista grins, “The usual, huh?”

I already have a usual.

He’s mixing my drink as I catch his attention, “Do you know a Jake Venice?”

He looks at me sideways, “Is that, like, some kind of drink?”

“No, it’s a guy. He comes in here sometimes, I think. Glasses, goatee.”

The barista laughs, “That’s 90% of the dudes that come in here, man. Sorry.”

“He said he plays piano at some club around here on weeknights…any idea of where that might be?”

The barista swirls whipped cream onto my mocha and hands it to me, “That could be a lot of places. Check out the board by the door—customers put up posters and stuff there.” He hands me my sandwich, “Have a nice day.”

I devour my usual and then take a look at the large corkboard by the door. Posters and advertisements, one on top of the other, desperately vie for attention.

Despite all the screaming ads, an image catches my eye: Jake in a tux by a piano. He’s trying to look relaxed as a lounge singer, but his natural stiffness shines through even here.

Danny McGee’s Piano Bar in downtown…” I mumble to myself, fingers quivering as I punch the address into my phone. Perfect. It’s only a few minutes from the motel, just over the Potomac.

A cold wind picks up outside the bar, blowing my black jacket about and herding people inside for refuge. The fevered weather of the last few days is leaving.

Across the front, in bright cartoon letters, glows Danny McGee’s. Amplified piano reverberates from the walls, and my heart begins to pound. Another gale blows down the street, and the sky vomits rain. I flee for the doorway.


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Asher Oswald hails from the cool, coniferous shores of Lake Superior. Raised on the boreal beauty of the North and long winter nights, Asher writes to penetrate the heart of the human experience, to lay bare its beauty as well as its anguish. To escape his own thoughts and inspire them, he enjoys hiking the North Woods, playing piano, and traveling the world to add to his growing collection of experiences.


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A Jeri Release Day Review: The Boy Next Door by Kate McMurray

Rating: 3 Stars out of 5

The Boy Next Door 2Lowell hasn’t been back to his home town in 20 years. But after his abusive father dies, he feels the need to be there to care for his mother. So he goes from being an out and proud single gay man in Manhattan to the “only” gay man in a fairly conservative town. And then he finds out that he bought the house next door to his former childhood friend and crush.

Jase is in his childhood home raising his daughter after a pretty bitter divorce. A divorce brought on by the fact that he couldn’t deny the fact that he was gay any longer. But his ex-wife doesn’t want their daughter exposed to any of the men that could be in Jase’s life. So he sticks to one offs when he does to gay bars in the city. But then Lowell moved in next door.

I was a bit disbelieving that Lowell didn’t recognize that the house he bought was next door to his former childhood friend’s house. But, ok.  Although awkward at first, they quickly fell back into the friendship they had as kids. When Jase could no longer deny his attraction, things heated up. Quickly. But he was staying firmly in the closet.

One of the things I really liked about this book is the everyday adult issues that came up.  Kids, ex wives, hating your job, sick parents, etc. So often books just kind of gloss over real life things. I want to yell “what about your job?” “do you grocery shop?” Silly. But true. The author dealt with these things without them being silly filler.

Lowell and Jase were really hot AND sweet together and seeing Lowell with Jase’s daughter was heart melting. Some of the things that keep my rating at 3 stars:  Lowell basically is like a puppy waiting for Jase. They fight, break up, Lowell takes him right back. I also think it is pretty unrealistic that Jase was in the closet with even his closest friends. And while this could have been a HEA, we really just get a happily for now…

Cover Artist: Aaron Anderson has created a new cover that is perfect for the storyline.

Sales Links: Dreamspinner Press | ARe | Amazon

Book Details:

ebook, 2nd Edition, 200 pages
Expected publication: July 22nd 2016 by Dreamspinner Press (first published January 25th 2011)
Original TitleThe Boy Next Door
ISBN 1634773829 (ISBN13: 9781634773829)
Edition LanguageEnglish

A Paul B Review: Third Mate (River Wolf Pack #3) by Rebecca James

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Third MateThe third book in the River Wolf series is crafted into a well written episode of what could be a popular soap opera.  Ms. James has expanded the role of minor characters from her previous books while still weaving in the major characters from them as well.  If you are looking for romance, jealousy, triangle romances, office politics and strong family ties, this book has it for you.

The main focus of the book is the romance and friendships between Leo, an alpha wolf shifter trying to get ahead in pack hierarchy, Sam, a rogue omega wolf who lost his pack due to hunters, and Foster, a coyote shifter who has gotten separated from his pack.  Leo really does not want to be bothered with taking on an omega as a mate.  However, his hormones seem to be telling him otherwise when he is around Sam, the rogue omega he has been assigned to assimilate into the pack.  Sam meanwhile enjoys his friendship with Foster while secretly wanting Leo.  But Sam thinks Leo is into Foster.  Foster is under the assumption that Leo lusts after Sam and is trying to do everything to get Sam to realize it.  If he cannot have the hunky alpha wolf, he wants his best friend to have a shot at him. 

Meanwhile Stone is causing all sorts of trouble in the pack, as usual.  He is trying to mate as many pack members as possible and has his eyes set on Sam.  Jax is beginning to realize that he will never want to convert to a werewolf and fears his time with the pack second David is coming to an end.  Elsewhere, pack members are grumbling that First Alpha River and his half werewolf First Omega Josiah had twin girls six months ago, the first girls to be born to werewolves at least in recent memory.  River ignoring the complaints have only made the matter worse.  While the main antagonist in the werewolf-human congress is gone, relations between the two species are still tenuous at best.  Can River keep his new family and his pack from forces both inside and outside the pack?

I love the characters in this series.  Josiah being half were and new to the pack leads to his continued insecurity.  His focus as lead omega, his mate and his young girls are the only things that ground him.  But they also feed his insecurity because of the looks he gets.  Sam and Foster are trying to make new starts for themselves but some inside the pack do not like strangers, whether were or human.  Foster still longs to find his true mate.  This affects his relationship to not only Sam and Leo but also to the pack as a whole.  The decisions made at the end of the book serve as a conclusion and a new beginning for the men (and girls) of River Wolf pack.  I highly recommend this book and the previous books as well. 

The cover by Written Ink Designs serves the book well.  It has three shirtless men on the top half while a pack of wolves dominates the bottom half.  The only quibble I have with the cover is that one of the main characters in the book is a coyote shifter.  I know wolves and coyotes probably would not peacefully coexist in the real world, but there might have been a way to represent Foster’s other half.

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Book Details:

ebook, 176 pages
Published July 16th 2016 by JMS Books
Edition LanguageEnglish

Series:  River Wolf Pack

First Omega (River Wolf Pack #1)

The River Wolf Pack is Back with Third Mate by Rebecca James (Excerpt and Giveaway)

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Title: Third Mate

Author: Rebecca James

Series Title and Number: River Wolf Pack Series, 3

Publisher: JMS_Books

Cover Artist: Written Ink Designs

Release Date: July 16th

Heat Level: 5

Pairing: Male/Male and Male/Male/Male

Length: 176 pages

Genre/Tags: poly, contemporary, paranormal (wolf-shifters), M/M and M/M/M romance, paranormal romance

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After the birth of River and Josiah’s twin girls, pack tensions increase. The presence of rogue wolves, females, and humans have many pack members uncomfortable. In exchange for Leo’s help, Stone offers Leo the position of second alpha should Stone succeed in usurping River. Leo’s conflicted between his desire to rise in the pack, his dislike for Stone, and his increasing feelings for both Sam and Foster. Sam and Foster are best friends, but as a coyote shifter, Foster yearns for his true mate and doesn’t believe he will find him if he stays with the werewolves. Jax knows he must make a difficult decision before he’s turned out of the compound. When David finds out Brooks is considering mating Stone, he determines to stop it. The Angel Hills pack offer a deal in exchange for omegas for their pack.


Stone’s sharp, deep voice cut into Leo’s thoughts, and he turned his attention to the front where the contentious alpha had already begun arguing his points.

“…no place for females. Do they even have any werewolf in them?”

“Of course they do; they’re mine. They are developing as quickly as any werewolf child.” River said more calmly than Leo would have under the scrutiny of so many condemning eyes.

“But have they shifted?” someone asked.

“Not yet. You know as well as I do that they could be a year old before they shift.”

If they shift,” Stone muttered. “And most do by seven months.”

“If they don’t shift,” someone else said, “they aren’t werewolves. They’ll have to leave.”

“They don’t belong here.” Stone stood, feet apart and hands on hips. Justin, Stone’s pregnant omega, cowered in submission at the sound of Stone’s displeased voice. His three beta mates sat with eyes downcast, although Leo saw Canaan glance up more than once. There was something shrewd and calculating about Canaan, and although Leo felt sorry for him after his son was killed, it didn’t make it any easier to like him.

“As my children, they certainly do belong here, as yours do, and the progeny of everyone else present,” River said, tone brooking no argument.

Stone made a frustrated sound and looked around, eyes landing on Griffin, an alpha of Stone’s age.

Griffin stood. “Your own father drove your mate’s father from the pack for having relations with a human female.”

“My father did not drive him out. Derrick was punished—told he couldn’t leave the compound. But he ran away.”

“This is true,” Old Ben called out.

“The fact remains that Thorn did not approve of the boy’s actions,” Griffin argued. “He didn’t invite Derrick to bring his female lover into the pack because females don’t belong with werewolves.”

“I don’t know what you’re getting at,” River said with a sigh. “I am not attempting to bring a female among us. My daughters were born to me, and are therefore a part of this pack.”

Before Griffin could speak again, Stone interrupted. “Which wouldn’t have happened if you hadn’t mated with the half-human, which you did without consulting the pack.”

“Josiah is a werewolf,” River said. “And I do not need to consult my pack before mating.”

Half-werewolf,” Stone corrected. “Unlike someone who willingly takes the bite and transforms, your mate will always be part human. Which is why he spawned twin abominations—”

In two steps, River crossed the room and had Stone’s neck between his hands, thumbs cutting off the alpha’s air flow. Leo glanced at the humans. Several flinched, and others looked horrified.

“Don’t you ever,” River breathed heavily into Stone’s purpling face, “ever speak of my mate or children in that manner again. Am I clear?”

Stone’s eyes bulged and his mouth gaped as he tried to dislodge River’s grip. Leo stood, along with the other alphas in the room. As pack alpha, River had the right to kill Stone for such an insult, and Leo found himself almost hoping River would. He got the feeling Stone’s mates felt similarly.


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logoRebecca James has written all her life, mostly to entertain herself and friends. An English major, she currently writes as a second job but would love to do it full-time. Her first book came out in October of 2015. Since then, she’s written both contemporary and paranormal and hopes to put out a sci-fi book soon.

She’s fortunate to have a husband who supports her in her writing career, three wonderful children, and a rat-terrier.

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