A Jeri Release Day Review: The Playmaker by Andrew Grey

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Rating: 4 Stars out of 5

the-playmaker-by-andrew-greyWhen you are out and proud, but forced to live a celibate life, are you really out?

Hunter is a professional football player on the rise. While most of the world and the other players accept that he is gay, they don’t want to hear about it. Being gay is ok, being in a relationship apparently is not. During the off season his manager convinces him to hire a personal assistant to not only get his life together, but to get him where he needs to be. On time. Which is a problem for Hunter

Montgomery is desperate. Living on his sister’s couch, he needs a job so he can get out of her hair. Opportunity falls in his lap when he convinces the employment agency to give him a chance as a personal assistant.

Hunter is shocked to see Monty- a guy- at his door. Monty isn’t shocked at all, because he knows nothing about football and doesn’t realize he should be fan boying over Hunter.

Of course, sparks lead to more which lead to more. But not everyone is happy to see Hunter with another man.

I’ve only recently discovered Andrew Grey and I have yet to be disappointed. I am happy to say that most of his books make me cry and this one didn’t. While there was some tension and a falling out, it wasn’t the heart breaker it normally is. That isn’t a bad thing.

I really enjoyed seeing two men who were already out. No one was struggling with the sexuality. And honestly, it seemed like this would happen in the real world. People being totally fine with a sports star being gay, but freaking out when he is acting on it.

Monty was adorable. He probably wouldn’t like that term. But he swept in and turned Hunter’s life around. Without giving a flip that he was some big shot. They developed a sweet genuine relationship and were perfect together.

There were some great side characters; Monty’s sister and her girlfriend as well as Hunter’s teammates. Their interactions made the story more real and not just couple centric.

Another must read from Andrew Grey.

Cover art by L.C. Chase is perfect.  It captures both characters while being bright and eye-catching.

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ebook, 200 pages
Expected publication: November 18th 2016 by Dreamspinner Press
ISBN 1634778642 (ISBN13: 9781634778640)
Edition LanguageEnglish

A MelanieM Release Day Review: Snow & Secrets (Stanford Creek #3) by R.J. Scott as Rozenn Scott

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Rating: 4 stars out of 5 

snow-and-secrets-by-rj-scottFirst comes trust, then love… then the fight to stay alive.

Pop star Tyler Hart is desperate for peace after a humiliating public scandal. It seems like Stanford Creek may well be the place to lay low. After all, it worked for his friends and former bandmates, Cody and Danny. He borrows a cabin and settles in for a quiet Christmas…well, not quite.

Garrett Campbell is on the run. Wounded in the line of duty, he escapes to the only place he feels safe, Stanford Creek and his brother’s cabin. Only he doesn’t realize he’ll have a roommate, and a sexy one at that.

Amid snow falls and winter winds, passion burns bright. When danger threatens to follow Garrett, he has to decide whether to run again before his secrets could kill him and the man of his dreams.

I’ve not read the other books in the Stanford Creek series but as it turns out, thats fine.  Snow & Secrets, the third story by RJ Scott writing as Rozenn Scott, works great as a standalone.

Scott loves to combine romance and action/adventure in her stories and Snow & Secrets has plenty of both.  Tyler Hart, pop star and member of a popular band, went through a bad breakup.  His actions post breakup?  Well, they led to a drunken night at a bar that ends in a blurry,  misguided bathroom hookup…that went straight to the tabloids.  Outed to all, its affected his band, his friends and Tyler is pressured to the point of panic attacks to get away from it all.

I love how deeply the author is able to get us into the wounded mindset that is Tyler Hart.  He’s in a bad place in every way and the author is able to let us feel his pain and connect us to this troubled man.

Next up?  Garrett Campbell who’s carrying enough emotional baggage (to say nothing of his physical injuries) to fill a 747.  Garrett’s last tour of duty, a secret mission, was one of nightmares.  Garrett carries the mental and emotional scars with him, unable to put it and the questions he has about the mission behind him.  Unable to continue to work as he has, he too needs peace.  And both men end up in a remote cabin in Stanford Creek.  Turns out they have close connections that lead to their being roommates.

Scott gives us two perspectives here, Tyler’s and Garrett’s.  We get to see what has driven both men to this  point and place, we watch them juggle with their pasts which continue to haunt them, their desire for each other in the close quarters, and the passions and strengths that come out when danger follows one of them into the woods.

Its not just the main characters we get to fall in love with. No, RJ Scott (as she is always so good at), gives us a cast of believable warm human beings to pull close around us like a comfortable, snug blanket.  We connect with everyone here.  Sisters, brothers, friends…enough that, even though this works as a standalone story, you want to go back and read the other stories because Stanford Creek has become real and inviting.  And yes, that’s exactly what I’m doing next.  Gong to pick up and dive into the stories I missed next.

I’m hoping that, since some of the mystery was left open-ended, that RJ will be taking this thread involving Garrett and extending it into the next story.  Fingers crossed.  I’d loved to see that happen.

Either way, here’s another RJ Scott story to love and one I recommend.  Pick up Snow & Secrets, grab a blanket to wrap up in and prepare to enjoy a wonderful romance.

Cover art is very much in keeping  with how I pictured the characters.

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Published November 15th 2016 by All Romance Books
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SeriesStanford Creek #3

A Paul B Review: Makepeace (Taking Shield #3) by Anna Butler

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Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

makepeace-by-anna-butlerA year has passed since Shield Captain Bennet was rescued from Telnos.  Having spent the past year doing his research at the Strategy Unit and teaching at the Thebaid Institute, Bennet is anxious to get back out into space.  However, he must rotate out of Shield for three years and serve in Fleet.  Before that happens, Bennet comes to a realization that the Maess have been using Makepeace, an old Albion colony that was overtaken over a century before.  If his analysis of the information he took from T-18 is correct, the Maess are holding humans as prisoners on the former farming colony. 

Having passed his theories along to IntCom, Bennet is assigned to the dreadnought Corvais as their Flight Captain.  Having served onboard for almost eight months, Bennet formulates some chilling possibilities what is happening on the lost colony of Makepeace.  Surmising that the Maess are using the prisoners for scientific experiments, he alerts his superiors of his theories.  When confronted with the possibilities of what is going on, the Albion president authorizes Bennet to rescue the prisoners, with the proviso that if the humans are being in any way controlled by the Maess, he is to not only destroy the base but take out the prisoners as well.  The ultimate decision would be his alone.  The prospect of killing almost 200 “innocents” weighs heavily on Bennet.

Bennet is assigned to the Caliban, a dreadnought whose commander happens to be considered an uncle by Bennet.  Warwick has been friends with his father Caeden since they were in the Military Academy together.  Known for his exploits, Warwick cannot wait to get behind enemy lines like Bennet has been doing all along with Shield.  When Bennet gets on board the Caliban, he finds that Warwick has developed a cult of personality around him to the point the crew almost worships him.  They too are excited to get behind enemy lines and attack instead of defending what territory they have left.  Bennet, having been behind enemy lines, knows that there is no real glory to being there and wonders if the crew is in for a rude awakening when they get to Makepeace.  But Bennet has enough to worry about with the prisoners and the side project that has been given to him.  He hopes this far deep into Maess territory there aren’t any problems…

The third book in the Taking Shield series once again has Bennet in the thick of a military campaign while trying to sort out his feelings not only for his family and lovers but also for the new crew of the Caliban.  He alone really knows the full extent of the mission that he is to undertake and the strain of it puts a stress on his daily living.  Because of this and his usual obliviousness to personal situations, Bennet is both surprised and yet in retrospect not shocked at the actions Warwick undertakes during the battle for Makepeace.  The results of the battle have far reaching effects on Bennet not only militarily but personally as well.  Seeing that one of his theories about the colony having been proved correct, Bennet feels isolated as to the decisions he has to make and a having taken a step away from humanity.  Bennet will have to deal with this when he joins his father on his next assignment on the Gyrfalcon.  I am waiting impatiently for the next book in the series.

The cover art by Wilde City Press once again is well done.  It has what has been described as a Maess form inside the standard Shield badge that has been on the previous covers. 

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Edition Language:  English

Published:  July 6, 2016 by Wilde City Press

ISBN:  978-1-925506-19-8

An Alisa Release Day Review: Why I Love Geeks by T.A. Chase

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Rating:  4 stars out of 5

 

why-i-love-geeks-by-ta-chaseNew York City Homicide Detective Chuck Davidson is a guy’s guy. He likes sports, beer, and classic cars—fancy gadgets, not so much. When yet another high-tech phone goes on the fritz, he knows he needs help, and he meets a man who loves technology as much as he hates it—cute but awkward biochemist Herbert Pommerset.

 

Herb’s never been with a man—not even on a date. He hides behind his research, daydreaming about what it might be like to find someone special. A malfunctioning phone causes his path to cross with a sexy older detective, and Herb wishes he’d spent less time studying science and more learning how to flirt, because he can think of some experiments he’d like to conduct with Chuck. None of his considerable intelligence is helping him express his desires to the other man.

 

Just when it seems they might overcome their differences, Herb’s research puts him in danger. He’s made a discovery that could cost him his life, and Chuck must use his very different talents to rescue the geek he’s coming to love.

 

This was a wonderfully sweet story.  Herb and Chuck are both adorable in their own ways.  Herb has never has a date and has a severe case of verbal diarrhea, that can be a bit intrusive and absolutely hilarious.  Chuck is a bit jaded by his life as a homicide detective, but has never had someone who wanted to stay around once they found out how much his job can take him away.

 

They are both attracted to each other when they initially meet; however they don’t exchange names in their short interaction, but it takes some interference and planning from Chuck’s sister, Jesse, who happens to work with Chuck.  A nice coincidence, don’t you think.  When she gets them face to face again it is impossible to deny their chemistry.  When Chuck’s job brings him to the lab that Herb and Jesse work at he is willing to pull out all the stops to protect them.

 

Herb is so adorably sweet and continues to just hope that Chuck may want him for more than one night.  He needs a bit of grounding and reassurance, but is willing to jump head first into his first (and hopefully only) relationship.  Chuck has a bit of trouble understanding his immediate feelings for Herb, but doesn’t let that stand in the way of making it work.  They are both so different, but still a bit broken and lonely on the inside that they connect perfectly, maybe a little too perfect at times, but that is okay with me.

 

Cover art by Anne Cain is wonderful and gives us a great visuals of the characters..

 

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Book Details:

ebook, 200 pages

Published: 2nd Edition, November 18, 2016 by Dreamspinner Press

ISBN-13: 9781634777926

Edition Language: English

Laura Lascarso on Writing and Andre in Flight (Dreamspinner Press Author Guest Blog and giveaway)

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Andre in Flight by Laura Lascarso
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Release Date: November 16, 2016

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Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words is happy to have Laura Lascarso here today to talk about writing, and her latest release Andre in Flight.  Welcome, Laura and thank you for answering some of our questions today.

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An Interview with Laura Lascarso author of Andre in Flight

  •  Where do you normally draw your inspiration for a book from?  A memory, a myth, a place or journey, or something far more personal?

For me, each book is different. My first novel, about a teen’s struggle with her alcoholic mother, was inspired by Tracy Chapman’s song FAST CAR and some of my own family’s struggles with alcoholism and depression. The second, a Romeo & Juliet with racecars, was born from my mom’s struggle with breast cancer (she survived!). With ANDRE, I was gifted a story from my best friend from high school about an experience she had with an unrequited lover. The one I’m working on now was inspired by a poem. I guess that means I find the world, for better or worse, an inspiring place.

  • Are you a planner or a pantzer when writing a story? And why?

I’m a pantzer who aspires to be a planner. I used to completely fly by the seat of my pants, get to about page 80, and realize I didn’t have a plot. Lately, I’ve been using beat sheets to outline my story. Or I’ll write a synopsis of the story before I begin. Knowing the ending is so helpful when crafting a story. That said, if a character speaks to me, I’ll follow them down any rabbit hole. For me, it’s all about the characters. Perhaps to my own misfortune, plot comes second.

  • Contemporary, supernatural, fantasy, or science fiction narratives or something else?  Does any genre draw you more than another when writing it or reading it and why does it do so?

I like reading emotionally complex stories, whether it’s a romance, thriller or fantasy. I suppose I gravitate towards writing the same. I’d like to delve more into speculative fiction because I like the themes you can weave in with those types of stories, whether it’s psychological or spiritual, but I tend to keep my stories pretty realistic and contemporary. I write mostly young and new adult. I like the challenges and discoveries of new adulthood.

  • If you had a character you’ve written you would write differently now at this time in your writing career, who would it be and why?

I don’t think so, not at this time, but I reserve the right to change my mind.

  • Can an author have favorites among their characters and do you have them?

I definitely have favorites, some are immediate and some grow on me the more I get to know them. Sometimes a character eludes me and I have to really delve into their lives to understand them better. Revision helps with that. I’d like to write a story where the protagonist becomes the antagonist, like Walter White in BREAKING BAD or Anakin Skywalker in STAR WARS. The reversal of that would be cool too, like Scrooge in A CHRISTMAS CAROL. I really like characters who transform throughout the story. I feel like it’s a much more rewarding experience for readers.

  • If you were to be stranded on a small demi-planet, island, or god forbid LaGuardia in a snow storm, what books would you take to read or authors on your comfort list?

I’d probably bring the Bible because there’s a ton of stories in there. And subtext. So much subtext.

  • How early in your life did you begin writing?

My first published work was MARTY, THE MACAW WHO COULDN’T SING when I was in third grade. It travelled around in one of those bus libraries. I’ve always enjoyed living inside imaginary worlds and writing is a way to share them with others.

  • Were you an early reader or were you read to and what childhood books had an impact on you as a child that you remember to this day and why?

As I alluded to previously, the Bible had a profound impact on me. When I was in fourth grade, my mom, her boyfriend and I lived on a sailboat. My dozen or so Nancy Drew’s and Sweet Valley Highs got old pretty quickly, but the Bible kept my attention. Power, love, vengeance, compassion, forgiveness, violence—so many characters in moral quandaries. I wouldn’t consider myself a religious person necessarily, but I do often go back to Bible stories for inspiration. After that, Edith Hamilton’s MYTHOLOGY: TIMELESS TALES OF GODS AND HEROES. It’s a little more racy than the Bible. One of my favorite picture books was THE MONSTER AT THE END OF THIS BOOK with Grover—so much suspense!

  • What question would you ask yourself here?

I’d ask, what advice do you have for fledgling writers? Keep on trucking. And there are enough critics out there who will tear you down. Don’t do it to yourself. Be your own advocate, artistically and otherwise.

  • If you were writing your life as a romance novel, what would the title be?

Great question! My instinct is to say something flippant like YOU’RE DOING THE DISHES TONIGHT but truly, I am blessed to have a partner who loves me unconditionally and is a great comfort when I need it. We’ve been together since we were 21 (15 years), so in a lot of ways, it feels like we’ve grown up together. At the risk of sounding cheesy, I’d name my romance STILL THE ONE.

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About Andre in Flight

When up-and-coming Miami painter Martin Fonseca encounters youthful pretty boy Andre Bellamy washing dishes in the kitchen of La Candela, he swears he’s known him before, intimately. But Andre only arrived in Miami weeks ago, after running away from small-town Alabama and his abusive father. When Martin discovers Andre trading sexual favors for a place to stay, he offers him a room in his studio apartment. As roommates only.

What starts as a playful friendship turns into something more as Andre begins posing for Martin, whose true passion is painting fantastical portraits. Martin’s obsession with Andre grows until they are sharing more than just flirtatious conversation. But when an eccentric art collector buys one of Martin’s paintings, Martin’s past jealousies resurface and threaten to destroy what he and Andre have so lovingly built.

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About the Author

Laura Lascarso lives in North Florida with her darling husband, two children, and a menagerie of animals. Her debut novel, Counting Backwards (Simon & Schuster 2012) won the Florida Book Award gold medal for young adult literature. She aims to inspire more questions than answers in her fiction and believes in the power of stories to heal and transform a society.

For social critiques, writer puns, and Parks and Rec gifs, follow her on Twitter @lauralascarso

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Its Release Day for A Christmas Kiss by Annabelle Jacobs

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A Christmas Kiss – Annabelle Jacobs

Author: Annabelle Jacobs
 
Cover Design: Garrett Leigh
 
Release Date: November 18 
 
Length: 38,000 words
 
Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK
 

Blurb

Keeping secrets from your best friend isn’t right, but it’s easier than admitting you’ve fallen in love with him.

Sharing a late-night kiss with his best friend, Alex, is Riley’s dream come true. Waking up to discover Alex was too drunk to remember anything is more like a nightmare. Scared the truth could destroy their friendship, Riley keeps quiet and pretends nothing happened.

Alex can’t shake the feeling that he said or did something stupid on their group’s drunken weekend away—why else would Riley be avoiding him? Although the explanation he finally gets sounds plausible, Riley’s still acting strange, and trying to figure out why that is unearths emotions Alex has worked hard to bury.

Riley knows not telling Alex how he feels is probably selfish, but he wants one last normal Christmas before he has to come clean and face the potential fallout.

He should have known it wouldn’t be that easy.


 

 

Author Bio

Annabelle Jacobs lives in the South West of England with three rowdy children, and two cats. An avid reader of fantasy herself for many years, Annabelle now spends her days writing her own stories. They’re usually either fantasy or paranormal fiction, because she loves building worlds filled with magical creatures, and creating stories full of action and adventure. Her characters may have a tough time of it—fighting enemies and adversity—but they always find love in the end.

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Website : www.annabellejacobs.com
Email : ajacobsfiction@gmail.com
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