Happy Labor Day, Announcements and This Week At Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words



Happy Labor Day!

I’ll be raising a glass to Rosie later on in the day!  Join me, won’t you? But before our celebrations start… a few announcements.  First, we have a new reviewer at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words. Please welcome Free Dreamer.  Her reviews should start to appear by the end of the month.  Another reviewer looks to be coming on board as well.  More on that later.  Now watch me do the happy dance as Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words expands once more.

Here is a small part of her bio:


“Hey there! My name’s Free Dreamer. I’m in my early twenties, I live in Vienna and recently started working in a book shop. I’m not a native speaker, but I lived close to London for about 10 months, so English very much feels like a second mother tongue.

I love my books to be dark and gritty. My favourite M/M author is Cornelia Grey, amongst others. I’m not easily squicked and I like books with plenty of plot outside the romance. So I really like Fantasy and Sci-Fi/Dystopian books. Though I do enjoy the occasional contemporary story and historical romance set in Asia. Basically, I’ll read pretty much anything, as long as it’s not full of teeth-rotting fluff or PWP.

Outside of M/M my favourite author is Brandon Sanderson. Should I ever have the honour of meeting him in person, I shall fall to my knees and declare him God of Fantasy. I’m not a typical romance reader, so I very rarely read M/F Romance. Mostly, I stick to Fantasy, Sci-Fi and the occasional historical novel set in China or Japan.”

For the rest of Free Dreamer’s bio – check her out on our Reviewers page here.

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This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

Sunday, September 6:

  • Announcements and This Week At Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words
  • Box Set Bonanza! The Brazen Boys Series by Daryl Banner (Books 1-4) (excerpt and contest)

Monday, September 7 – Happy Labor Day to  those in the U.S. and ex pats overseas

  • Cover Reveal for Sloan Johnson’s Triple Play (excerpt and contest)
  • Book blast for Lee Brazil’s ‘Keeping House’ (excerpt and contest0
  • A Stella Review: To Love A Traitor by J.L. Merrow
  • A MelanieM Review: Blind Hearts by Havan Fellows
  • A BJ Review: Love Starved by Kate Fiero

Tuesday, September 8:

  • Into the Spotlight: Wolf Creek by Nikko Lee (excerpt and giveaway)
  • A Mika Review: All Man by Jay Northcote
  • A MelanieM Review: Buttermilk Ranch by Patricia Logan
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Review: Three’s Company by N. R. Walker

Wednesday, September 9:

  • Coffee Sip and Book Break:  Brad Vance ‘Werewolves of Brooklyn’ (excerpt and giveaway)
  • A Stella Review: White Lies by Jack Byrne
  • A Paul B Review: Into the Dark Void by John Simpson and Robert Cummings
  • A MelanieM Review: Sinner’s Gin by Rhys Ford

Thursday, September 10:

  • Aria Grace ‘Best Gay Romance’ box set Book Blast (excerpts and contest)
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Review: Running With Scissors by L.A. Witt
  • A Jeri Review: The World As He Sees It by A. M Arthur
  • A MelanieM Review: Winter Wonderland by Heidi Cullinan

Friday, September 11:

  • Cover Reveal  – Blind Redemption by Denise Dearth and Amy Gillen‏ (contest)
  • In the Spotlight:  Articles of Release by BA Tortuga (excerpt and giveaway)
  • Kage Allen’s Book Blast and Contest
  • A Mika Review: Lovers & Fighters by Nash Summers
  • A Jeri Review: Not Safe for Work by L. A. Witt

YA Saturday, September 12:

  • An Aurora YA Review:  A Hard Days Night by Mia Kerick












Box Set Bonanza! The Brazen Boys Series by Daryl Banner (Books 1-4) (excerpt and contest)


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The Brazen Boys Series Box Set – Books 1-4 by Daryl Banner
Release Date: September 6, 2015

Goodreads Link
Publisher: Frozenfyre Publishing
Cover Artist: Daryl Banner (design) with Nick Duffy (model)


Buy the book: Amazon


Enjoy the first four books in the Brazen Boys series in this discounted box set collection. The Brazen Boys are standalone M/M romance novellas. They can be read in any order.
*** Contains: male/male sexuality, and adult language ***

#1 : “Dorm Game (The Brazen Boys)”
#2 : “On The Edge (The Brazen Boys)”
#3 : “Owned By The Freshman (The Brazen Boys)”
#4 : “Dog Tags (The Brazen Boys)”

DORM GAME (Book 1)

Andrew is the muscular dream boy from Intro to Psych. Michael is the lonely kid desperate for a new roommate. When a class project – and one very reckless decision – forces them together, an unstoppable game of teasing, torment, and pleasure begins. Michael will soon learn that Andrew’s sexual interests are far from ordinary …

ON THE EDGE (Book 2)

It is Derek’s birthday and there’s nothing he wants more than the mysterious, musclebound boy from the website who goes by the name Edge. When an accidental keystroke brings the dream boy to Derek’s house – in the flesh – Derek soon learns he’s in for a lot more than he would ever bargain for in a surprise birthday gift .

Thomas Kozlowski, the not-so-easily impressed acting professor, can’t get his hot new college freshman Justin Brady out of his head. Sexy bod, killer smile and a taste for taking charge, this cocky nineteen-year-old is Thom’s forbidden fantasy. The professor wants a lesson in getting owned, and the strapping young freshman is all too eager to give it.

DOG TAGS (Book 4)

Growing up, Jesse was lonely, bullied, and misunderstood. Brandon was the scary, messed-up boy next door. When Jesse hears that Brandon is home on leave from the military, he discovers his childhood neighbor’s Army training has turned him into a hard-bodied beast. Jesse can’t keep his eyes off of him. They are no longer children. They have different needs. The summer just became full of possibilities.

Pages or Words: 491 pages, approximately 77,600 words
Categories: BDSM, Contemporary, Erotica, Fiction, Gay Fiction, Humor, M/M Romance, New Adult, Romance


Dorm Game (Book 1) excerpt:

His eyes narrow. Andrew looks so sexy when his eyes narrow. Especially wearing nothing but those loose, acid-washed jeans sagged just enough to show the black waistband of his boxers, the brand printed in giant green block letters across it. With a voice as hard and unforgiving as iron, he repeats the question patiently to me. He knows how deeply I’m breathing without even listening. I’d swear he even knows my heart rate, my thoughts. He knows the answer in my jagged sighs and can tell whether it’s reward or punishment I crave. His strong jaw working to produce the words of the question, I’m distracted by the beauty of this boy I’ve let into my life, this boy who drips sexuality. He sweats and I’m horny. He rubs a spot on his shoulder and I’m hard in an instant. I’ve wanted Andrew for so long and now I have him. Or perhaps it’s more accurate to say, he has me. Fastened to a bed, at his total mercy, it’s pretty fucking clear I’m not going anywhere.

On The Edge (Book 2) excerpt:

I’m distracted so horribly when he raises his arms to throw open my cabinets, his shirt lifting up and giving me an intoxicating peek at his lower back, all the thick muscles curving and pointing and directing and flexing, leading their way toward the obvious piece of fucking Leonardo Da Vinci-caliber art that is his ass.

Owned By The Freshman (Book 3) excerpt:

He’s such a cocky fucker.
You know the type. He’s hot shit and he knows it. Overconfident. Strutting to class, he’s surrounded by his bros. His snug, hot shit clothes show off all the best parts of his body, which is perfectly proportionate and an obvious result of daily trips to the gym—or he’s got perfect genes, which is somehow just as likely. He kicks up his feet in my classroom, sporting his bright red-and-white high tops. Carefree and above it all, this tool. Even his hair’s cocky, swept up into a proud little tuft in the front.
What a cocky shit.

Dog Tags (Book 4) excerpt:

The first channel I come by shows a bunch of shirtless military boys marching through the rain. It’s a movie or a comedy or something, can’t say what it is and, to put it bluntly, I don’t care; the boys are hot and that’s all I seem to notice.
Their muscles firm, their bodies jogging in perfect unison—like they were part of one machine, synchronized, unyielding—I watch as their dog tags bounce on their proud chests.
And each of their faces is Brandon’s face.


About The Author

Meet Daryl Banner:

Daryl Banner is a writer and composer who graduated from the University of Houston with a degree in Theatre and Psychology.

He does not write in any single genre, as his stories tend to span several. He is most inspired by the smart and unlikely hero, but urges you (the reader) not to fall in love with them; they may deceive you with their innocence. He is thrilled by putting his characters in terrible situations where they must face choices and challenges that seem impossible to overcome.

Daryl Banner writes science fiction / urban fantasy, M/M romance, and post-apocalyptic fantasy. He cannot wait to hear what you think about his stories and welcomes (and responds to!) all feedback.

Follow him on Facebook here:

Interesting tidbits: Daryl is also an obsessive piano player, video game enthusiast, and occasional actor. He’s been remixing video game music for over fifteen years, and is a passionate Final Fantasy fan. You can feed your ears with many of his remixes (as well as his original music) on his YouTube page http://www.youtube.com/DarylBanner . He also composes original soundtracks that accompany some of his books. You can listen to and download them here: http://darylbanner.bandcamp.com

Where to find Daryl Banner:
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/darylbannerwriter
Facebook Author Page: http://www.facebook.com/darylbannerwriter
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/darylbanner
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/darylbanner
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/darylbanner
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/author/darylbanner
Bandcamp: http://darylbanner.bandcamp.com


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