A MelanieM Release Day Review: Taming the Wyld (States of Love) by Lucie Archer

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Rating: 3.75 stars out of 5

taming-the-wyldThe Witness Protection Program dumps JD Smith practically at the ends of the earth—in Two Pines, Alaska—to protect him until he can testify against a dangerous gang. He tries to stick to his story and keep his head down, but it’s impossible to ignore bush pilot Jake Wylder, a sexy loner with quite a reputation around the small town.

Flying medical supplies around Alaska suits Jake’s wild streak and love of freedom. He’s perfectly content to keep his romantic encounters casual—at least until he meets JD. Something about the nurse makes Jake think settling down might not be such a hardship. Now he just needs to convince JD he’s serious—which won’t be easy, given his past.

For a relationship to stand a chance, JD must testify so he can return to Two Pines as the man he really is—and Jake must grow into the man JD needs him to be.

Taming the Wyld (States of Love) by Lucie Archer introduced me to a new author and a new series in one book, two things that I love.  In Taming the Wyld, Archer gave me several things I always look for in a contemporary romance. A location guaranteed to pull me in, in this case small town Alaska, two men with interesting backgrounds, and a plot just different enough to hook me.

The result is one that I enjoyed.  Shorter than I would have liked, Archer still was able to get  across layered characters, a true feel for living in an Alaskan small town, and a plot that had some surprises, some fun, and a wee bit of adrenaline rush.

A longer story would have given the reader more time to slide the connection to the MCs.  That would be flying bad boy Jake Wylder and doctor JD, currently hiding out as a nurse under the Witness Protection Program.  Honestly neither is completely likable at the beginning, both showing their flawed human sides. Both also could have used some more depth to their back histories to feel a tad more dimensional as well. But they do grow on you.

There’s a number of little plot threads running through the story, romance, personal growth, and oh, yes, that dangerous gang.  Archer does a lovely job of pulling it all together within 101 pages.  Yes, that’s right,  this is a very quick read at only 101 pages.   I felt the author had enough plot here for twice that amount.

I loved the town, the feel of Alaska Archer brought to her story.  It felt right.

Now I want to see what else this author has in store for me.  But in the meantime, I recommend you pick up Taming the Wyld.  Its a terrific short contemporary romance.  Just the thing for this Sunday afternoon.  I wonder what other states are on the list next?

Cover art by Bree Archer does a great job with both the location, the characters  and the element of flying with the plane. Love it!

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Book Details:

ebook, 101 pages
Expected publication: September 21st 2016 by Dreamspinner Press
ISBN 1634775902 (ISBN13: 9781634775908)
Edition LanguageEnglish

Series States of Love setting

Alaska (United States)

An Ali Release Day Review: David, Renewed by Diana Copland

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Rating: 3.5 out of 5  stars

david-renewed-by-diana-coplandWhen interior designer David Snyder buys a beautiful century-old house in eastern Washington, he is reeling with heartbreak and looking for somewhere to put down roots. Unfortunately his new home comes with a laundry list of problems: electrical, plumbing, heating… things David knows nothing about. When his mother offers him the business card of a local handyman, David pictures an overweight, balding man in his fifties. But Jackson Henry couldn’t be further from that stereotype.

Dark-haired, muscular, and handsome, Jackson left a large construction firm in Seattle to take care of his sick mother. However, his hometown still has an active “good old boy” network, and finding employment in construction is almost impossible for an openly gay man. Determined to persevere, Jackson takes odd jobs as a handyman. He’s exactly what David needs—in more ways than one.

David isn’t ready for his attraction to Jackson, not considering the way his last relationship ended. But as the two men get to know each other, it becomes clear that the heart often knows best, and it rewards those willing to listen.

This was well written story and I liked both of the main characters.  I felt the romance between the two men became serious rather quickly.  It wasn’t quite insta-love but it was close.  Despite the quick emotional connection they weren’t physical until later in the book.  That part was a slow burn.  The relationship between them was sweet and I liked the two of them together.  Despite the drama going on in the story with David’s ex, David and Jackson had no drama or angst between them and came across and mature and reasonable adults.  There are host of side characters and they were all interesting and added to the plot.  It seemed like the author may be setting this up to be a series with Jackson and David’s friends.  That would be a good thing I think.  They were all quite entertaining.
While I enjoyed this I wasn’t wow’d by it.  The plot itself was kind of average and didn’t stand out.  I’ve read similar stories a bunch of times before.  Overall though I would recommend this book.  This isn’t my favorite of this author’s but it’s still a good solid read and the actually writing/story telling is well done.
Cover by Anne Cain:  I like the cover a lot and I think it is really good representation of both of the MC’s and the plot of the story.  It fits the book perfectly.

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Book Details:
ebook, 244 pages
Expected publication: September 21st 2016 by Dreamspinner Press
ISBN139781634777285
Edition LanguageEnglish

Its Release Day for Flight: Queer Sci Fi’s Third Annual Flash Fiction Contest Anthology (QSF Flash Fiction #2) by J. Scott Coatsworth , Angel Martinez , Mila May, Jerome W. Stueart, Nina Packebush, Clare London

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Flight, a Queer Sci Fi Anthology
Publisher: Mischief Corner Books
Among the Many Authors Are: J. Scott Coatsworth , Angel Martinez , Jerome W. Stueart, Nina Packebush, Clare London…

Cover & Illustrations Artist: Mila May
Release Date: General release 9/21/16

Price: $4.99 eBook, $12.99 print b/w*, TBD print color*

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Blurb

A 300-word story should be easy, right? Many of our entrants say it’s the hardest thing they’ve ever written.

 

Queer Sci Fi’s Annual Flash Fiction Contest challenges authors to write a complete LGBTQ speculative fiction micro-story on a specific theme. “Flight” leaves much for the authors to interpret—winged creatures, flight and space vehicles, or fleeing from dire circumstances.

 

Some astonishing stories were submitted—from horrific, bloodcurdling pieces to sweet, contemplative ones—and all LGBTQ speculative fiction. The stories in this anthology include AI’s and angels, winged lions and wayward aliens. Smart, snappy slice of life pieces written for entertainment or for social commentary. Join us for brief and often surprising trips into 110 speculative fiction authors’ minds.

Length: 33.6 K
Format: ebook, print
*Book contains 5 illustrations inside.

Pairing: LGBTIQA

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Excerpt

Smoke, by Zev de Valera

He rubbed his temples and squinted at the soft light of his surroundings through the fans of his thick eyelashes. The last drink had been a mistake.

Was that a shaker he’d felt, or the onset of a hangover?

He clutched a silken pillow and waited.

Suddenly, he felt his home tremble; a few pieces of glass

and ceramic ware teetered and then fell to their demise.

Shit. This is the real thing.teaser4

With an effort, he hauled himself from his bed.

How many years had it been since the last one?

Sixty? Seventy?

The shaking ceased, and he looked around his small dwelling.
A model unit when he’d purchased it. Now filled with the result of years of collecting: a gramophone, a first generation television set, a water clock. And much more. All of it all had sentimental value—as did the photos of the various men that sat atop or alongside the items in his collection. Some of these men had loved him. All of them had once owned him. Now he owned their memories. That was the bargain.teaser2

Another shake. Followed by several unnerving tilts. He willed his cherished possessions to remain in place and willed himself into sobriety and a more becoming appearance as he prepared himself for work.

What to wear?

He selected a red brocade tunic and pants. A classic look always worked best for the initial consultation.

A resounding thud.

He peered up into the small shaftway at the center of the ceiling.

A pop.

Then a small circle of light at the end of the shaft.

He sighed, folded his arms, and transformed into a cloud of red smoke.

Up and away to meet his new master.

Judge’s Choice — J. Scott Coatsworth

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Publisher (info only, no buy link yet):  Pride Publishing: https://www.pride-publishing.com/book/the-pill-bugs-of-time

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About Queer Sci Fi Flash Fiction

In the first year of the Queer Sci Fi Flash Fiction contest, we received about 15 entries for the theme “Endings”. In the second year, it was 115 for “Discovery”.

This year, we had more than 170 entries from people around the world, and from all parts of the LGBTIQA rainbow. “Flight” represents 110 of those people and their stories.

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Series Recap Tour for K.A. Merikan’s Guns n’ Boys Series (excerpt and giveaway)

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Series Recap Tour & Giveaway

Guns n’ Boys Series 

K.A. Merikan 

 

Author: KA Merikan
Series Links
 
Guns n’ Boys: He is Poison (Book #1) Amazon US  Amazon UK
Guns n’ Boys: He is Mine (Book #2) Amazon US  Amazon UK
Guns n’ Boys: Paris (Book #2.1) Amazon US  Amazon UK 
Guns n’ Boys: Homicidal Instinct (Book #3) Amazon US  Amazon UK 
Guns n’ Boys: Swamp Blood (Book #4) Amazon US  Amazon UK 
Guns n’ Boys: Chokehold (Book #5) Amazon US Amazon UK 


Blurb
 

‘Guns n’ Boys’ is a twisted, dark erotic romance mixed with a crime thriller. It’s a long, turbulent journey of one couple deeply entrenched in the dealings of their mafia family. Behind the morbid humor and extreme violence hides the intense love affair of Domenico Acerbi, the mafia’s best hitman, and Seth Villani, the Don’s son.

Together, they have to deal with their blooming affection for each other, their familyís homophobia, their own prejudice, lust, jealousy, and violence. In true anti-hero fashion, they do so in most morally ambiguous ways. 


Author Bio


K. A. Merikan is the pen name for Kat and Agnes Merikan, a team of writers, who are taken for sisters with surprising regularity. Kat’s the mean sergeant and survival specialist of the duo, never hesitating to kick Agnes’s ass when she’s slacking off. Her memory works like an easy-access catalogue, which allows her to keep up with both book details and social media. Also works as the emergency GPS. Agnes is the Merikan nitpicker, usually found busy with formatting and research. Her attention tends to be scattered, and despite pushing thirty, she needs to apply makeup to buy alcohol. Self-proclaimed queen of the roads.


They love the weird and wonderful, stepping out of the box, and bending stereotypes both in life and books. When you pick up a Merikan book, there’s one thing you can be sure of ñ it will be full of surprises.


Website: http://kamerikan.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/KA_Merikan
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KAMerikan/
Pinterest: https://uk.pinterest.com/KAMerikan/

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