A BJ Review: Perfect Day by Josh Lanyon

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Rating:  5 stars out of 5

Perfect Day coverOn a camping trip, Wyatt lets the L word slip big time during a hot and heavy session. Unfortunately, he’s well aware that his lover, Graham, is far from over his last boyfriend, Jase, and thus his declaration isn’t going to sit well.

What ensues is a short, sweet and perfect little story that had me teary eyed nearly from page one. In only twenty-eight pages, this ran the gamut from breaking my heart to making it soar and came complete with all the tentative stages of hope in between! Josh Lanyon writes beautifully. Darn it all, I wish I could use words like this for just one day… now that would be my perfect day.

 

 

 

Cover Artist: ?Simple but fitting cover that epitomizes the title. The addition of the bee makes it perfect.

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Book Details:  28 pages
Published May 28, 2012 by JustJoshin Publishing, Inc

A Paul Review: To Touch the Sky (Leap of Faith #2) by M.A. Church

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Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5

Leap of Faith: Book Two

He can run, but he can’t hide…

ToTouchTheSkyThis is the second book in M. A. Church’s Leap of Faith series. This book’s timeline is concurrent with the first book of the series and as such can be read as a standalone. Reading the first novel will give some back story to a couple of the characters and events mentioned but it is not necessary to enjoy this book.

In pre-Colonial America, Chetan is a warrior of The People, a group of Native American shifters of Wha-Tay. On a buffalo hunt with his tribe, Chetan is in charge of supervising his nephew Isi, who is on his first hunt. Things begin to go wrong and before Chetan can react, Isi is killed by a stampeding buffalo who escaped the hunt. Devastated, he goes into seclusion in a deserted cave. While there, he dreams of his fated mate, a white man with blond hair. Having failed his nephew, Chetan vows never to put himself in a position to hurt someone close to him again.

In modern times, Chetan is now called Gus Hawkins or Hawk for short. He owns a bar on the outskirts of Memphis. He has developed a reputation of player who only dates dark haired men, never lets the sleep over and never sleep with someone more than three times. This way he feels that he will never find his fated mate and will never develop feelings for someone to let them down again, like his nephew.

Simon Carter is a blond twenty something who most people would describe as a twink. He is a web designer for one of the major oil refineries in the Memphis area. He is a spitfire who takes the term twink and rails against it, going so far as to turn down a date when someone uses the term to describe him. So instead of the date that he was going to go on, he decides to go to this out of the way bar which has a reputation as being gay friendly. While playing pool, he nearly gets into a fight with some drunken college guys who are throwing homophobic terms at him. Then this big Native American step in to protect him from the possible gay bashing. Thus Simon is introduced to his fated mate, Hawk.

Hawk and Simon must overcome things in Hawk’s past and the reputation that Hawk has developed in the meantime. Simon cannot believe that Hawk could possibly be interested in him as Hawk never dates blonds. Hawk must convince Simon that he is a special case and that the rules do not apply to Simon, his mate. Hawk must also introduce Simon to his culture and the fact that he is a shifter and by agreeing to be his mate, Simon will become one too.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The author puts a different spin on the shifter genre with emphasis on the Native American culture. The shifter spirit, called a totem, often talks to the human side. The conversations between Hawk and his totem are both hilarious and insightful. You could call the totem a second conscious for Hawk. He implores Hawk to do what is needed but in many instances Hawk ignores the totem and does what he has always done. I am looking forward to the next book in this highly entertaining series.

The cover art by L.C. Chase is well done. It depicts the blond Simon in the foreground with a hawk soaring in the night sky in the background. It is a well done representation of the novel.

Sales Links:  Dreamspinner Press       All Romance (ARe)       Amazon      Buy It Here – April 3

Book Details

Ebook, 189 pages
Edition: English
Publish: April 2, 2015 by Dreamspinner Press
ISBN: 978-63216-913-6
Book Series: Leap of Faith
Shadows in the Night (Leap of Faith #1)
To Touch the Sky (Leap of Faith #2)

A Stella Review: Yes by Brad Boney ( a Double Dipping Review)

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Rating: 3.25 stars out of 5

What if youth wasn’t wasted on the young?



Yes cover by Brad BoneyOn the eve of his fortieth birthday, Ian Parker is looking for a reboot. He may be the proud owner of a trendy coffee shop in Austin called La Tazza Magica, but his love life has been MIA for years. During a trip to Denver with his best friend, Mark, Ian buys an enchanted chocolate from a mysterious candy store—then wakes up from a nap two decades younger. After the initial shock, Ian realizes a quirk of the universe has given him a second chance and, with Mark’s help, he devises a plan to start over.

With a new lease on life, Ian sets his sights on handsome architect Bartley James, a regular customer at La Tazza. He pursues Bartley as Ian’s twenty-one-year-old alter ego, Ryan, with decidedly unexpected results. Joining Ryan on his adventures are Matthew, the dreamy new barista, Jeremy, the geeky high-school math teacher, and Sam, the pizza delivery boy. Even as misunderstandings and expectations collide, Ian remains determined to right his past mistakes and find his off-ramp to happiness.

 

Be careful what you wish for cause you just might get it!

The glow from the flame threw shadows around the kitchen as he sang “Happy Birthday” to himself. Then he closed his eyes and blew out the candle. Since no one could hear him, Ian didn’t see any harm in saying it out loud.

“I wish I could go back and do it all over again.”

Ian is the forty years old owner of “La Tazza Magica”, an European style cafè, a place for writes, students and players to come. Ian is a lonely man, apart from his coffee shop, he has very few people in his life, Mark is one of them. Ian is going to Denver with his friend to celebrate his fortieth birthday. During his time in Denver, he buys a chocolate kiss called Manick Butter (with pot in it) and eats it on the plane coming back to Austin. He takes a nap and when he wakes up he looks twenty years younger. After the initial shock, he and Mark will work on planning a new identity to Ian. So Ian becomes Ryan and he will use this second chance to remedy all the mistakes he made in his previous life and maybe to have a real chance at dating Bartley, one of his customers and biggest crush.

Yes by Brad Boney is one of that books that leave me thinking about them for long time, especially cause I’m still not sure if I liked it or not. Brad Boney is an author I really appreciate. He’s really good with words and his stories are always so interesting. The writing is enchanting. I couldn’t put the book down till the end. And it happens to me every time I read a book by Brad Boney, I’m glad to have read it.

Of course this book is a standalone, but I’m wondering why all Boney’s books (and I’m thinking about The Return, The Eskimo Slugger and The Nothingness Of Ben) aren’t part of a series, since the MCs of each story can be found in all these books, maybe it could be simple for the readers. Of course having read the other books first helped, but I honestly don’t think you’ll miss something in this book if you haven’t.

There are some recurrent elements in Boney’s books. First of all there are a lot of movies, songs, television characters mentions, sometimes I didn’t get them being Italian but I enjoyed them. In The Return we got a lot of discussions about songs and singers, while in Yes we had a really great discussion on the story of the porn and its actors. And I’m mentioning just one dialogue.

Then, what I loved in all of his books is the great second characters cast, we always get a lot of people, a lot of background, a lot of details. In Yes we meet Quentin, the smarter brother of Ben (The Nothingness Of Ben) and all the Walsh clan too. We meet Topher and the wonderful people of The Return. Most of all, we know Mark, who supports and accepts the change in Ian with not so much fussing. A friend that helps you no matter what, even in crazy and magical times. In fact, in Boney’s books there’s always a paranormal (or magical) aspect that brings the MCs together.

Yea has a mysterious aurea as in The Return, even if not in the same way but it missed the emotional parts of The Return and the chemistry of The Nothingness Of Ben. Yes is a light reading, an easy and pleasurable one. There are some funny moments too, like this scene:

“This is the test I was talking about. Read a couple of sentences.”
“Why?”
“I saw it on Teen Wolf. Stiles said you can’t read when you’re dreaming. We need to eliminate the possibility that this is a hallucination.”
“So that’s your first move? You’re taking a cue from an MTV show about werewolves? What happened to a logical explanation?

My problem, if it can be called problem, was that I couldn’t like Ian as Ryan, he did some really nasty and insane things in my opinion, he definitely didn’t learn from his past mistakes. Ian wakes up in a younger body but he is still Ian inside, so why does he behave as a teen? I couldn’t go past a couple of things: SPOILER

Let’s talk a little about the ending. Briefly it was an unexpected disappointment. The story resolved in the simplest way you can think of. Okay it’s a book, okay believing in a couple of things not everybody believes in, but it felt short to me, just too simplistic. Boney took me to other levels in the past. In Yes at the end it was almost as nothing had ever happened and it’s not a good feeling when you’re done with a book and you don’t know what to do about it. I’m still thinking I missed something.

So if you read the previous books by Brad Boney, you’ll know what to expect. Yes is a well written, funny and smart book. You will meet and know more about the characters you loved in them. I am really sorry to say that this one wasn’t so great as the others.

Cover art by Alex Saskalidis. This cover is something different and very welcomed. Well done.

Sales Links:   Dreamspinner Press      All Romance (ARe)     Amazon    Buy It Here

BOOK DETAILS

Published March 16th 2015 by Dreamspinner Press
ebook, 220 pages
ISBN13 9781632168429
Edition language English

 

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A Mika Review: Yes by Brad Boney (a Double Dipping Review)

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Rating: 4 stars out of 5

 What if youth wasn’t wasted on the young?

Yes cover by Brad BoneyOn the eve of his fortieth birthday, Ian Parker is looking for a reboot. He may be the proud owner of a trendy coffee shop in Austin called La Tazza Magica, but his love life has been MIA for years. During a trip to Denver with his best friend, Mark, Ian buys an enchanted chocolate from a mysterious candy store—then wakes up from a nap two decades younger. After the initial shock, Ian realizes a quirk of the universe has given him a second chance and, with Mark’s help, he devises a plan to start over.

With a new lease on life, Ian sets his sights on handsome architect Bartley James, a regular customer at La Tazza. He pursues Bartley as Ian’s twenty-one-year-old alter ego, Ryan, with decidedly unexpected results. Joining Ryan on his adventures are Matthew, the dreamy new barista, Jeremy, the geeky high-school math teacher, and Sam, the pizza delivery boy. Even as misunderstandings and expectations collide, Ian remains determined to right his past mistakes and find his off-ramp to happiness.

I have grown to love Brad Boney. I know in the past I’ve been hesitant to start his other books because I didn’t know how much heartache I would be dealing with. I haven’t been let down yet. I absolutely adore The Nothingness of Ben it’s one of my favorite books ever and to see them pop up all over his books makes me warm inside. I love that he is able to build this magical world, his writing is always whimsical. I like that he deals with real life topics on top of the romance aspect.

In this book we meet Ian, forty year old coffee shop owner of La Tazza Magica, who’s in a slump and has a major man crush on Bartley James. Right off the back I fall in love with the characters. Ian and his best friend Mark travel to Denver for some debauchery and it’s hilarious. I won’t give away what happens. Enter one Ryan Parker who I really liked except for him making one of the dumbest mistakes in his life! I was so mad at him, did you not learn anything from your uncle Ian. I’m so happy Mark said something because I was thinking he couldn’t be that careless. Of course Boney paints this magical time with an abundance of gay porn history I knew nothing about but I definitely Googled some things and can I say Hello Al Parker.

All in all I like how everything ended up, my only thing was the ending with Matthew. And I loved the Walsh clan, Stanton & Topher, Marvin and the Dime Box crew all making a presence in this book. I am certain that Brad Boney just gave my friends a new game night game… it was totally fun with that scene as well as that amazing shout out to Teen Wolf!

Cover Art by Alex Saskalidis, I liked this cover as usual the symbolism of the story always is a depiction based off the cover. I love the simplicity in the title and the cover. Alex did a good job.

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Book Details:

ebook, 220 pages
Published March 16th 2015 by Dreamspinner Press
ISBN139781632168429
edition languageEnglish

In the Book Spotlight: Emerald Keep by A Catherine Noon & Rachel Wilder (contest)

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Emerald Keep (The Persis Chronicles #2)
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Authors A Catherine Noon & Rachel Wilder

Release Date: April 8, 2015

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In 2012, I read Emerald Fire by A Catherine Noon & Rachel Wilder and was smitten.  I loved the deep world building, the amazing cultures the authors created, and above all the complex characters at the heart of the story.  I had given up thinking I would see a return to this universe….until I heard Emerald Keep was scheduled for release on April 8th!  Be still my heart!  Here’s your first look at the sequel (mine too).  And don’t forget to enter the contest to be found at the end of the post.

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About Emerald Keep….

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When Emerald Keeper Teeka returns to the city of Reghdad and leaves the harsh desert behind, he finds that not all dangers come from the Great Valley. The dangerous Daymonth is nearly upon them and no one can survive on the surface of the planet — but Senior Hunter Quill Mayer is trying to get to Reghdad, and Teeka, before the start of it. Even if he makes it, Emerald Keep denies Teeka’s Contract with Senior Hunter Quill, and Teeka discovers his enemy is more powerful than any of them suspected and he will stop at nothing to separate Teeka and Quill — even by striking in the very heart of the city.

Pages or Words: 81,000 words

Categories: Erotica, Fantasy, Fiction, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Romance, Science Fiction

STRW Spotlight Book Excerpt

Teeka fought not to fidget as Cordell paid the young man and unrolled the message sheet. He didn’t like the way Cordell frowned and curbed the impulse to snatch the moss paper away and read it himself.

Cordell met his gaze. “The Corsair MD Stardawn clipped a runner on rocks on the way to Kotek Stronghold from Cyrus. When she arrived at Kotek Stronghold, she couldn’t leave. Most passengers got to Cyrus on the other corsairs that had room, but with cramped quarters. Passengers that chose to stay at the stronghold received assistance with lodgings and a voucher for travel after Daymonth.”

“Does it say anything about the passengers on the Sandqueen?” Teeka clutched the edge of the table.

“There is no Senior Hunter Quill Mayer listed on the Sandqueen’s manifest.” Cordell glanced again at the paper. “The Dock Assistant says that livestock wouldn’t have been accommodated due to space constraints.”

Teeka took a deep breath and took the paper from Cordell. He pretended to read it, but tears blurred his vision.

“Maybe he hired a corsair from Kotek City to Reghdad like you did,” Cordell pointed out.

The price of a corsair would be out of anyone’s reach unless they were like Teeka’s father, a minister with the wealth to pay for it and the political pull to be able to hire it without any other passengers. Corsairs that made the run from Kotek City would be stuffed full of passengers and luggage for families journeying to caverns along the route; no one would take one all the way to Reghdad. It wouldn’t make sense.

Quill didn’t make it. He couldn’t leave the truffles alone at the stronghold.

Teeka was alone for the Daymonth.

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Publisher: Torquere Press
Cover Artist: BSClay

Sales Links: Torquere Press

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About the authors:

For author and textile artist A. Catherine Noon, it’s all about the yarn, both metaphorical and literal – spinning a yarn, knitting with yarn, weaving, sewing, painting, sharing stories and good times over a cup of coffee with dark chocolate.

She teaches creative writing, creative expression, and textile arts.

For author Rachel Wilder, it’s all about the person – from characters to clients. Image Consultant | Dominatrix | Author

Where to find the author:

My links: Blog | Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Amazon | LinkedIn | Pandora 

Knoontime Knitting:  Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Ravelry
Noon and Wilder links: 
Blog | Taurus and Taurus (NSFW) | Website | Facebook

The Writer Zen Garden:  The Writers Retreat Blog | Forum | Facebook | Twitter | Meetup

National Novel Writing Month: NaNoWriMo | ChiWriMo | Blog | Facebook | Twitter

Team Blogs: Nightlight | Nightlight FB Page |  Beyond the Veil | BtV FB Page  | Nice Girls Writing Naughty | NGW FB | NGW Twitter

 

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Tour Dates & Stops: April 1, 2015

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Contest: Must be 18 years of age or older to enter. Rafflecopter link and prizes provided by the authors and Pride Promotions. Enter to win a Rafflecopter Prize of a knitted scarf by the authors.

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