A MelanieM Review: A Certain Kind of Holiday (2015 Advent Calendar – Sleigh Ride) by Andi Van

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Rating: 4 stars out of 5

Sleigh Ride Advent StoryWhen Elliot Knapp took a business trip over the holidays last year, he didn’t expect to run into the professor his first serious boyfriend cheated on him with. The man was handsome, certainly, but Elliot has better things to do than deal with drama from a decade ago.

Luckily for him, Howard Wise wasn’t going to let him get away without an explanation. A year after meeting again, the couple is making their first holiday trip to celebrate Christmas. Everything is fantastic, but Howard is obviously keeping secrets, and Elliot can’t help but wonder what his silver fox has up his sleeve.

A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2015 Advent Calendar package “Sleigh Ride”.

A Certain Kind of Holiday is an total charmer of a holiday story.  Andi Van uses a serious misunderstanding from the past, a age gap, and two well defined, delightful characters to create a romance that readers will enjoy from start to finish.

At the beginning, we’re traveling on a train carrying our two main characters, a brief flashback reveals the reason Elliot feels so betrayed by his former professor, one he sort of idolized.  But there was far more to the little scene he interrupted and now Howard  finally gets to tell his side.  From there the author smoothly moves the romance forward, the path clear for these intelligent men so clearly drawn to each other.

The story made me smile, happy all the way through the ending.  What a joy to read.  Pick it up and add another wonderful tale to your holiday book list.  Happy Reading.

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

Book Details:

Kindle Edition, 29 pages
Published November 30th 2015 by Dreamspinner Press
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seriesSleigh Ride – 2015 Advent Calendar

A Paul B Review: Believing In The Traitor (A Paranormal’s Love #14) by Charlie Richards

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Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Believing in the TraitorWalter Blackhorse has spent the past three months in a coma.  Waking up, he finds himself not in a hospital, but a well-apportioned room in a mansion.  As he regains awareness coming out of his coma, he remembers being shot by his now former boss as he was protecting beings that were other than human.  Having spent the past few years working for the man who Walter now realizes was holding these beings captive; Walter wonders what will happen to him next.  Whatever happens, he hopes that the sexy beast he finds out is a gargoyle is somehow included in these plans.

Treatise has been the gargoyle clutch tracker for some time.  He is asked the by the clutch second Tobias to help the man who has just awaked from his coma company.  Thinking this was just a babysitting job and a demotion, Tobias assures Treatise that he is there both to help the man’s recovery and to ascertain any information he may have on paranormals and what his boss might have been up to.  When Treatise walks into the room that holds Walter, he is overwhelmed with the man’s scent and realizes that Walter is his mate.  Treatise hopes the man is innocent, as the clutch leadership seems to think he is.

As things progress between Walter and Treatise, Walter still has feelings that he is not fully accepted into the clutch.  Having worked for the men who were holding shifters captive gives Walter some feelings that he might never be fully accepted.  This bears out when Walter leaves the mansion with the two friends he has made, who happen to be mates of the clutch leadership.  Both gargoyles confront Treatise asking why his mate had kidnapped their mates.  The three try to figure out where their men have gone and why.

This fourteenth book in the Paranormal’s Love series is another solid read.  The main issue is a matter of trust.  Walter feels that others in the clutch do not exactly trust him since he unknowingly worked against the paranormal world.  This is proven when a couple of mates disappear with Walter with no known explanation.  However, it turns out that the situation arose from both a comedy of errors and presuppositions that could have avoided the ensuing mess.

The cover art by Carmen Waters shows a shirtless Walter in a field.  It is a decent cover for the book and fits the motif for the series.

Sales Links:  eXtasy Books |  Amazon | Buy It Here

Book Details

ebook, 107 pages
Published December 1st 2015 by Extasy Books
ISBN139781487405564
edition languageEnglish
seriesA Paranormal’s Love #14

Coffee Sip and Book Break with ‘Indigo’ by RJ Jones‏ (excerpt and giveaway

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Title: Indigo Road
Author: R.J. Jones
Cover artist: Meredith Russell

Synopsis

Two best friends take a year off to find themselves… and end up finding each other.

Joshua Simpson has just finished four years at Purdue University, but that’s not why he’s buzzing with excitement. Once they’ve said goodbye to their families, Josh and his best friend Alex are taking off to discover America in an old but reliable VW van, planning on not seeing snow for an entire year.

Josh has always considered himself straight—except for that one time in college—so when he and Alex are living in such close proximity on the road, he’s unsure what these new feelings mean. Is it because they’re spending 24/7 together, or is it something deeper? And does it really matter since Josh has only ever seen Alex with women?

While in Oregon, Josh meets Johnno, a sexy but confusing Aussie surfer. While having an impromptu surfing lesson, Johnno helps Josh realize who he is and what he wants—but Alex’s reaction leaves Josh confused.

From a Montana ranch to the bright lights and dangerous streets of Los Angeles to a dark and lonely deserted highway in Alabama, join Josh and Alex as they drive around the US, discovering not only who they are, but who they can be together.

Genre: New Adult, Gay Romance, Contemporary
Length: Novel

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Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01867I9M4/
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01867I9M4/
Amazon AU: http://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B01867I9M4/
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/594892
ARe: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-indigoroad-1926713-149.html

Giveaway

Prizes: 1 ecopy of Indigo Road; 1 ecopy of any RJ Jones’ backlist titles, winner’s choice.  Must be 18 years of age or older to enter.

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About the Author

R.J. Jones started as a reader and eventually made the progression to reviewing. It wasn’t until two men popped into her thoughts, insisting on telling her their story that she started to write.

It started with one scene. A hot and dirty one in the shower…

R.J.’s initial thought was if she could write their scene then they’d shut up and allow her to concentrate on other aspects of her day. Not so. That shower scene ended up being 3000 words long and three hours of work.  And still, they didn’t shut up.  They told her their entire story and she didn’t sleep for days. Sometimes she couldn’t keep up with what they were telling her and she had to keep a notebook by her bed.

Whilst she was writing their story a side character decided he needed his story told too. Then other characters followed suit.

You see the problem? If she ever wants to sleep again then she needs to write.

R.J. is a wife and a mother to two boys. She is surrounded by males. Even her dog is a boy.

R.J. Jones can be found at:

Website: http://rjjonesauthor.com
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In the Book Spotlight: Voss Foster’s ‘A Fool’s War’ (excerpt and giveaway)

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A Fool’s War ( #3) by Voss Foster
Release Date: December 2, 2015

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Publisher: Prizm Books
Cover Artist: Kris Noriss

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Blurb

Marley is alive, and back with Toby and the rest of Zirkua Fantastic. But King Jester, the spirit of discord, still roams free, and his most fearsome creations, the Princes, have been loosed from their prisons. Now, human and immortal alike are disappearing, no sign of a body or a struggle to be found. More and more of them each day.

Now, it’s the duty of the last remnants of resistance to stand strong against the impossible, battle back the chaos before it ravages Earth. And all the while, a single question remains unanswered: can life ever return to normal after this?

 

Pages or Words: 51,000 words
Categories: Fantasy, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Urban Fantasy

Excerpt

Toby wrapped an arm around Marley, felt the hard muscles of his arms. “You’re wonderful.”

“Well, I try.”

They wandered through the camp. Once, it had been a circus, the greatest circus in all the world: Zirkua Fantastic. But it died when King Jester escaped. Now, only haunted remnants remained. Hawkers’ corridor, once lively with trade, stood as dusty, weather-beaten booths, the machines and stock left abandoned. The tent frame stood, its fabric long burned away.

And there was the graveyard. It started with Darius, killed in King Jester’s escape. But it grew. It grew too much, too fast. After they rescued Marley, they buried what was left of the victims, of the old performers.

Toby turned his eyes away from the graves, back to the skeleton of the tent. Those humans who chose to stay, after everything, spent most of their time here. Toby shook his head. Again, was this really safety? Could they really be safe, even with the protections. Those who stayed behind stayed to fight.

When Toby looked at them, he didn’t see them alive. Just dead. Killed by Coyote or killed by King Jester or, done away with. Whatever happened down in the town. And he wasn’t the one who could keep them safe. Not against King Jester or his army of half-breeds.

Buy the book: Torquere Books

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Meet the Author

Voss Foster lives in the middle of the Eastern Washington desert, where he writes science fiction and fantasy from inside a single-wide trailer. He is the author of Tartaros, The King Jester Trilogy, and the Evenstad Media Presents series, among others. His short fiction has been featured in various magazines and anthologies, including Andomreda Spaceways Inflight Magazine. When he can be pried away from his keyboard, he can be found cooking, singing, practicing photography, and belly dancing, though rarely all at the same time.

 

Where to find the author:

 

Tour Dates & Stops:

December 9:

The Hat Party, Bayou Book Junkie, Book Reviews, Rants, and Raves, KathyMac Reviews, BFD Book Blog, Velvet Panic, Full Moon Dreaming, Happily Ever Chapter, Wicked Faerie’s Tales and Reviews, Nephy Hart, Cheekypee Reads and Reviews, MM Good Book Reviews, Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words, Mikky’s World of Books

December 10:

Havan Fellows, Parker Williams

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Enter to win a Rafflecopter Prize: Zirkua Fantastic (King Jester #1).  Must be 18 years of age or older.   Link and prize provided by the author and Pride Promotions.

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Let the Memories Continue for The Greatest Gift by Felice Stevens (release day/giveaway)

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The Greatest Gift

Memories, Book 3

Felice Stevens

M/M Romance

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Cover Designer:  Dar Albert/Wicked Smart Designs

Cover Photo:  StockPhoto

Release Date:   12.10.15

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After five years, Alex Stern and Rafe Hazelton have what seems to be the perfect marriage. Alex is entering his last years of residency and Rafe’s veterinary business is busier than ever. For Rafe, all that is missing is a child, but Alex, afraid of ending up to be a man like his father, isn’t as sure. He doesn’t want to make any mistakes.

When a new patient enters the hospital, Alex is drawn to the young, desperately ill single mother, who shares her fears for the future of her young son. Rafe worries about the toll on Alex becoming emotionally invested in a patient, yet he too can’t walk away once he meets the little boy, and together they vow to help in any way possible.

Families are not always born of blood— love is a gift no one can plan for. And sometimes from the darkest of tragedies, the brightest light will shine.

This is a 25k word novella in the Memories series.

 

 AMAZON US: http://amzn.to/1YZUJpG

AMAZON UK: http://amzn.to/1Njkl9F

AMAZON CA: http://amzn.to/1U5kwds

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EXCERPT

“Okay, Alex. I can see Dylan likes you and Jude is a smart girl. She wouldn’t give her baby to just anyone. But let us know where you are throughout the day, please.”

“Of course.”

They said their goodbyes and Valerie gave them her car seat for Dylan. Rafe expertly buckled it into the backseat of their car and off they went to the Bronx Zoo.

Rafe steered the car up the FDR Drive toward the zoo, and Alex decided to sing a song to keep Dylan entertained. He searched his memory for a song and only one came to mind. He started to sing and Rafe glanced over at him in disbelief.

“Alex.”

“What?” He bit his lip to keep from smiling.

“That is not an appropriate song for a four year old to sing.”

Alex could see Rafe fighting to keep from bursting out in laughter.

“I couldn’t think of anything else.”

“More. Sing more, Alex.” From the backseat, Dylan continued the song. “Hundred bottles of beer on the wall…”

“I can’t believe you’ve had this child less than an hour and you’ve already taught him a drinking song.”

“Hey,” said Alex, protesting Rafe’s accusing tone. “I can’t help it if he’s a smart kid and picks things up quickly.”

“Impossible.” Rafe muttered under his breath, turning into the parking lot of the zoo and finding a spot to pull into. He killed the engine and turned to face Alex who gave him a wide-eyed stare.

“What’s wrong?”

“Don’t pull that innocent look on me.” Rafe huffed. He tried to affect a stern look but Alex could see the twinkle in his eyes behind his glasses.

“It would help your outrage if you didn’t look like you were about to laugh yourself.”

“Hmmph.” Rafe turned away, but not before Alex saw his lips twitch with suppressed laughter.

“Hey,” said Alex. “I love you.”

“Love you too.”

That got him a full blown smile and a kiss.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Felice Stevens has always been a romantic at heart. While life is tough, she believes there is a happy ending for everyone. She started reading traditional historical romances as a teenager, then life and law school got in the way. It wasn’t until she picked up a copy of Bertrice Small and became swept away to Queen Elizabeth’s court that her interest in romance novels was renewed.

But somewhere along the way, her reading shifted to stories of men falling in love. Once she picked up her first gay romance, she became so enamored of the character-driven stories and the overwhelming emotion there was no turning back.

Felice lives in New York City with her husband and two children. Her day begins with a lot of caffeine and ends with a glass or two of red wine. Although she practices law, she daydreams of a time when she can sit by a beach and write beautiful stories of men falling in love. Although there is bound to be some angst along the way, a Happily Ever After is always guaranteed.

 

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