An Alisa Audiobook Review: Behr Facts (Foothills Pride #3) by Pat Henshaw and David Ross (Narrator)

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Rating:  4 stars out of 5

 

behr-facts-audioBig, burly CEO Abe Behr is dismayed to discover someone—possibly a family member—is stealing from Behr Construction, which primarily employs Behr relatives. Abe takes the unprecedented step of hiring an outsider, likable CPA Jeff Mason, to go over the books and help find the culprit. They are drawn to each other as they talk to workers, including Abe’s two younger brothers and their shifty cousin.

 

Since he has sacrificed romance all his life to build the business, Abe’s surprised by his feelings for the handsome Jeff. He’s even more shocked when they are confronted by bigotry in the Sierra Nevada foothills community, which is being inundated by gays moving from the San Francisco area. As he and Jeff get closer, Abe must come to grips with coming out to a family and community that aren’t very tolerant. Fortunately, being the head Behr helps him find his footing and grab onto love when it bites him.

 

This is a nice continuation in this series.  Abe has pretty much considered himself asexual as he has never found someone who has really awakened his attraction before.  He is surprised when he realizes that he is definitely attracted to Jeff and doesn’t know what to do about it, it gets harder when he realizes he is in love.

 

We see this story from Abe’s point of view giving us a good view of his thoughts and feelings and how he is quite oblivious to many things going on around him.  I love seeing Abe stand his ground against the naysayers in his family and community when he realizes that there is a problem.  I had a bit of confusion with a few of the secondary characters actions and things they were saying at one point and then completely contradicting it a little bit later.  It didn’t take away from the story, but just left a little niggle in the back of my head trying to figure out what was going on a bit.

 

David Ross once again did a wonderful job narrating this story.  I was able to connect with the characters through his he showed the characters’ emotions in his reading of the story.  He accurately portrayed Abe’s confusion of his feelings and what actions to take.

 

Cover art by AngstyG is great and gives us a great visual of the characters and follows the pattern for the series.

 

Sales Links:  Dreamspinner Press | Audible | Amazon |  iTunes

 

Audiobook Details:

Audiobook, 2hrs 59min
Published January 5, 2017 (ebook first published October 28, 2015)
Edition Language: English

Series: A Foothills Pride Story

An Ali Audiobook Review: Where There’s Smoke (Panopolis #1) by Cari Z and Nick J. Russo (Narrator)

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Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
where-theres-smoke-audioPanopolis is a rough place to be an average Joe. I came here looking for adventure and excitement, but nobody cares about one more normal guy in a city filled with super-powered heroes. The closest I’ve come to glory is working in a bank that villains often rob.

But then I maybe accidentally-on-purpose helped a villain escape the hero who was trying to save the day. Imagine my shock when, a week later, that villain asked me out for coffee. One date turned into more, and now I’m head over heels in love with Raul.

Falling in love with the guy dubbed the Mad Bombardier isn’t without its downsides, though. I’ve had to deal with near-death encounters with other villains, awkwardly flirtatious heroes who won’t take no for an answer, and a lover I’m not sure I can trust. It’s getting to the point where I know I’ll have to make a choice: side with the heroes, or stand fast by my villain.

Either way, I think my days as a normal guy are over.
I really enjoyed this unique and creative story. Panopolis is a city filled with Heroes and Villians (think comic book characters). Edward is an average guy who has never actually met either until his bank is robbed by a villian. The two men have an instant connection and end up meeting again soon after. As Edward finds himself falling for Raul he has to constantly question his own values and what he is doing with a criminal. The story is filled with an interesting background plot of political corruption while the two MC’s give us some adventure, some romance and some smexy times. The world building was really well done and I could totally picture it.  I thought this was a great start to a new series. I love when author’s come up with completely new ideas and this is totally different than the usual love story in the m/m genre.
This audio was narrated by  Nick J Russo and as usual he does a great job with all of the voices.  I find that he is one narrator that I consistently enjoy.  The audiobook is pretty short, under three hours, and is an easy one to follow along with.  It is something that I would definitely recommend.
Cover by L.C. Chase:  I love the cover.  It’s very eye catching and it perfectly captures the world this book is set in.
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Audiobook Details:
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Published February 2nd 2017 by Riptide Publishing (first published April 25th 2015)
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Edition LanguageEnglish
SeriesPanopolis #1

A Lila Audiobook Review: Hanging The Stars (Half Moon Bay #2) by Rhys Ford and Greg Tremblay (Narrator)

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Rating: 4 stars out of 5

hanging-the-stars-audioAngel Daniels grew up hard, one step ahead of the law and always looking over his shoulder. A grifter’s son, he’d learned every con and trick in the book but ached for a normal life. Once out on his own, Angel returns to Half Moon Bay where he once found…and then lost…love.

Now, Angel’s life is a frantic mess of schedules and chaos. Between running his bakery and raising his troubled eleven-year-old half-brother, Roman, Angel has a hectic but happy life. Then West Harris returns to Half Moon Bay and threatens to break Angel all over again by taking away the only home he and Rome ever had.

When they were young, Angel taught West how to love and laugh but when Angel moved on, West locked his heart up and threw away the key. Older and hardened, West returns to Half Moon and finds himself face-to-face with the man he’d lost. Now, West is torn between killing Angel or holding him tight.

But rekindling their passionate relationship is jeopardized as someone wants one or both of them dead, and as the terrifying danger mounts, neither man knows if the menace will bring them together or forever tear them apart.

Hanging the Stars is a beautiful second chance story. I have a soft spot for young couples that get an opportunity to reconnect and this story doesn’t disappoint. The connection between Angel and West still runs through them after a decade apart. What they had made a difference in the men they became and what they wanted for their future.

The story starts strong and directly into the action. We get adrenaline filled scenes that set the path for the characters to see each other again. There are small coincidences that make their first encounter even more meaningful. Having them get together without trouble or misunderstandings worked for the story.

Each main character has a very defined backstory that intertwines with the other. They have family and friends in common, but at the same time, they have a separate story that’s only theirs. And that’s what makes their story special. A lot is going on against them, but they are ready to face everything together. 

All the twist and turns are fast-paced and keep the reader trying to flip the pages faster. Well, in this case for the audio to hurry up. But this also is the reason I didn’t give the story a higher rating. It was easy to miss an important element with all the information coming our way.

Overall, this is an interesting addition to the story. We get to see Lang, Deacon, and Zig again. Plus, I love Roman and his relationship with Angel. I hope the author give us more stories in this series because there are several characters with a lot of potential for love. 

Greg Tremblay did a good job giving life to the characters and making them unique. Especially the young ones. 

The cover by Reece Notley is nice but a bit generic. Plus, the model’s picture has been used in several stories recently. 

Sales Links:  Dreamspinner | iTunes | Audible

Audiobook Details:

Narrator: Greg Tremblay

Length:  7 hours 41 minutes

Published: January 12, 2017 (Audio Edition) by Dreamspinner Press

ASIN: B01N9PZE6V

Edition Language: English

Series: Half Moon Bay

Book #1: Fish Stick Fridays

Book #2: Hanging the Stars

An Alisa Review: What the Cat Dragged In by Kate Steele

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Rating:  3 stars out of 5

 

what-the-cat-dragged-in-by-kate-steeleAn owl and a pussycat? Seriously? Oh yeah. Seriously hot.

 

It’s a case of lust at first sight. The sizzle between Kyle and Bryan ignites into a passionate encounter with an unexpected result. Fun and games between this owl and lynx shifter are all well and good, but love? That’s more than either one expected, and, for this interspecies couple, may be the very thing that tears them apart.

 

This is a cute short story.  Kyle always runs when Bryan is around because he doesn’t know how Bryan will take his attraction.  When Bryan uses Kyle’s games against him things get interesting.

 

I loved how Bryan didn’t care about what others would think of their relationship and just went with being with the man he wanted.  Kyle has more doubts, but when he sees that Bryan won’t hold prejudices against him he opens up.  Both characters make mistakes which we see in their interactions, but want to do right by the other in the end .

 

Cover art by April Martinez is nice and is a standard “fling” cover for Loose Id.

 

Sales Links: Loose Id | Amazon

 

Book Details:

ebook, 48 pages

Published: January 24, 2017 by Loose Id

ISBN: 9781682522943

Edition Language: English

Release Day Blitz: Learning to Want by Tami Veldura (excerpt)

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Title:  Learning To Want

Author: Tami Veldura

Publisher: Nine Star Press

Release Date: November 21 2016

Heat Level: 4 – Lots of Sex

Pairing: Male/Male

Length: 30k words

Genre: Romance, Science Fiction, BDSM (spanking, dominance, denial)

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Synopsis

Khoram is an enforcer, a bodyguard, but his boss has just betrayed him. Now he’s stranded on a desert planet he’s never heard of, chained to the only other human around.

Atash grew up in the cracks of Dulia’s complex social structure, where dominance and submission are a man’s worth. He’s struggled for years on a lower caste but Khoram could be his ticket to a better life if they can find common ground.

Atash wants to teach Khoram the art of submitting by choice and maybe make a name for himself along the way. Khoram, however, isn’t here to play Atash’s political games. He’s going to escape, if his former employer doesn’t see him killed first.

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Learning to Want
Tami Veldura © 2016
All Rights Reserved

Khoram couldn’t help testing his bonds. The metal chain between his hands and feet rattled, laughing at his attempts. The line of slaves shuffled forward one space, and Khoram was dragged along whether he wanted it or not. A lot of things were happening whether he wanted them to or not. The food he ate, the beer he drank, the clothes they took, the hands that verified he was in working condition. He flinched at the memory.

To distract himself he looked up and tried to count the days. Four behind bars on Elliot’s ship thanks to good-for-nothing Nik, six on the small space hopper, three in the holding cells while he and the Ohiri waited for another connection, two in the transport that left them here on Dulia, five—no, six now—at the auction house. Twenty-one days for Nik to cover his tracks. Almost a full cycle for the trail to go cold. Khoram grit his teeth. At the very least something different was happening.

The slave line shuffled forward.

Here, off stage, they kept the rooms mostly dim. It didn’t diminish Dulia’s oppressive heat in the slightest, but the closer Khoram was guided to the glowing roll-up door of the slave block, the more he longed for home. His fitful dreams tortured him with visions of Avois’s wet jungles and waterfalls. He hadn’t actually been home in over a decade, too busy making his fortune as an enforcer and bodyguard, but he was starting to see the error of his ways. Or at least the error of Nik’s.

Khoram licked his lips. He pressed them together, already regretting it. They’d been chapped dry for days. His wrists and ankles chafed under the iron. These were better discomforts than the lingering slick between his legs and exactly what lay on the other side of that bright doorway.

A Dulia lizardman flared the red frill around his neck as he walked the slave line, clicking orders in his native tongue and emphasizing them with a small electric prod. Khoram had tested the prod’s worth enough times to know it could knock him on his ass without much effort. He looked away from the mercenary and shuffled forward with the line.

He wasn’t exactly inconspicuous. The group he was chained to consisted largely of Ohiri natives: light-skinned, five-foot average, and generally docile. They were just as likely to stay in line without the chains and prod. Khoram stood out among them: a tall, dark, massive human furious in his captivity. Khoram was highly trained and just waiting for a chance to show it. In a fair fight, the lizardmen would fold like paper and they knew it. He’d never been unchained, left alone, or handled by fewer than four, and they were always armed with their electric prods. Always on alert.

Khoram grit his teeth. From capture to sale, he hadn’t managed a single successful bid for freedom, and he’d tried more than a few times. Now he took a breath and let his patience steady his hands, let the line of slaves tug him along. If the lizardmen couldn’t be overcome, whoever purchased him could be. Khoram wasn’t entirely familiar with Dulia’s customs, but if the easily dominated Ohiri were slaves of choice, Khoram wasn’t going to fetch much interest or profit.

The slave in front of him was unleashed from the line and yanked out the bright door. A lizardman pointed at the vacated spot, and Khoram shuffled forward to occupy it. The heat pulsed through the door in bright waves, bringing scents of sand, sweat, and a light spice that was unfamiliar. He could hear voices, now: the auctioneer yelling in rapid Duliana, the crowd barking their bids in turn, the sound of rhythmic smacking, a chorus of cheers. Another winning bid.

Then Khoram’s chains were unleashed and, flanked by two lizardmen with prods, he was led through the door. Hot metal rattled under his feet, and the blinding sun limited his view of more than the circular platform onto which he was pulled. A lizardman unhooked his wrists from his ankles, instead latching the chain to something that hoisted his arms suddenly overhead. His breath whooshed out. They tightened his ankle chains to the platform, and with a metal screech, it slowly began to rotate. They were showing him off. A tingle of awareness tripped over his skin and exposed groin—the attention of a hundred eyes.

Khoram squinted. The auctioneer espoused in Duliana for several minutes, likely explaining why the hell this bear of a human was on the block instead of a lithe Ohiri, spinning his assets to garner the crowd’s favor. Khoram knew a snake-oil salesman when he saw one, even if he didn’t share their language.

The platform turned him, and he faced the crowd. More of a species mix than he expected. Lizardmen were not the primary slave-owners if this was a decent selection. Mostly tall Frea, in fact, their black scales draped in white gossamer. They were members of Dulia’s refined upper caste, and other than video, this was the first he’d seen them. They weren’t known to ever leave Dulia, though they profited from the wider galaxy’s trade gladly. Pockets of Slone-dogs made the most noise in the crowd. They barked in their hybrid dialect, likely obscene things Khoram didn’t want translated. He curled his lip at the closest pack, and they yipped at each other.

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DSP GUEST POST: Remmy Duchene and BLMorticia on Wounded Pride (author interview)

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Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words is happy to have Remmy Duchene and BL Morticia here today talking about writing, books and their latest story Wounded Pride. Welcome, Remmy and BL!

~Our Interview with Remmy Duchene and BLMorticia~

  • How much of yourself goes into a character?

RD: Well, ethics and morals, I try to put most of my own in my good guys. Renford isn’t at all like me. He’s brave, loves working out, funny – hell the only time I’m funny is by accident and I’m always stunned someone laughs lol. Most times, I put my attitude in a character, give him a bit of my temper to handle things he needs to handle. But sometimes I base characters off people I’ve met.

BL: I agree. I also base characters off people I know. Brian isn’t really like me. He has an air of confidence I don’t possess. His vulnerability might be attributed to me though. The sexy piece of ass he is, yeah that’s all him and no, I don’t know anyone like that.

  • Do you feel there’s a tight line between Mary Sue or should I say Gary Stu and using your own experiences to create a character?

RD: I don’t think so. If I based all my characters off my own experiences they will all be the same, I think. I try to create experiences for my characters, sort of like making them have their own thing going on rather than putting my bad luck on them. No one deserves that lol.

BL: I have used a few of my experiences, not in Wounded Pride though. It could be as simple as having an agreement with a significant other. And it will be the stupidest thing. Yes, I’ve done that before. I love that term Gary Stu. I’ll have to use that. lol

  • Does research play a role into choosing which genre you write?  Do you enjoy research or prefer making up your worlds and cultures?

RD: When using a location/culture that is real, I think as a writer I am limited to the special kind of crazy I would like to instill in certain stories. Especially with cultures–I believe, since I am an outsider I have to be careful not to offend anyone. That isn’t what I want to do with my writing. I enjoy researching cultures in general–one of the reason I write predominantly interracial/multicultural stories. I LOVE making up my own words because then you can write anything you want as long as it jive and is consistent. But for Wounded Pride I think I was limited to the kind of crazy we could bring. This story takes place in New York, mostly, so there are certain things about that microcosm that we cannot change.

BL: I also love doing research. I also write a lot of interracial but, I have to saw, not to the extent of Remmy. Not that I haven’t wanted to. I love learning about different cultures and nationalities of people. For Pride, I did a little research on the Lakota tribe. I wanted to make Brian real and not a stereotype.

Has your choice of childhood or teenage reading genres carried into your own choices for writing?

RD: Kinda. As a child and teenager, even now, I will read almost anything. From science fiction to erotica, if it has words I will take a look. Well, I wasn’t reading erotica as a kid but I picked up my first romance novel at eight years old and I haven’t looked back.  But that was because being from a 3rd world country and living in the middle of nowhere, things to read weren’t plentiful so you read what you can get.

BL: I read romance when I was young and yes, that has carried on into adulthood. I don’t read very much outside of romance, but I’m looking to change that.

  • Have you ever had to put an ‘in progress’ story aside because of the emotional ties with it?  You were hurting with the characters or didn’t know how to proceed?

RD: A few times. And it’s for completely different reasons for me because as a female writing MM. Case in point, recently I started on a ‘secret story’ and I’ve had to put it aside so many times because from the first chapter, I started sobbing. There is a lot of hardship that one main character has been through and that is still on the horizon and it’s just heart wrenching. As a human being, it pains me to have to put a ‘person’ through the hell I know I must to have the story come out right.

BL: Not with Pride, but I did put it aside because I didn’t know what to do next. I recently wrote a trans romance and my anxieties about writing a new character got to me. I’m still nervous, but I managed to finish the story and I hope to have someone trans to read it for me before release.

  • Do you like HFN or HEA? And why?

RD: As long as there is happy in there I am happy lol. Honestly, as a reader and a writer in the same body, I find myself reading a book and then thinking “was that ending appropriate for the story?” and “was that ending necessary?” I’m a nerd, I know. Look, happily ever afters are a little hard to write especially when it’s a short story and it has to move so fast to get to the end within a set number of words. So happily for now will do. Other times, you just NEED that happily ever after. 

BL: Lately I’ve been writing more happy for now because true HEA, to me, have to be long as hell. For me, either one works as long as the characters are satisfied. 

  • Do you read romances, as a teenager and as an adult?

RD: Yes. I am a sucker for romance. Sometimes I want the harder stuff but most times I love a little of the old, corny stuff too. As a teenager, I devoured every romance novel in my high school library (I am not kidding). After I graduated I went back to visit the the school and stopped off in the library. When I was introduced to the new generation of Library Club members one girl was like “omg! You! You’ve read every romance novel in this place!”

BL: I did. I read some of my grandma’s Harlequins when I was younger. They were very vanilla. When I was a teen or young adult, I graduated to more “erotic” works. Anne Rice, Fern Michaels, Jackie Collins. The stuff my grandma would have a fit about if she knew.

Who do you think is your major influence as a writer?  Now and growing up?

RD: Growing up, I loved spinning words. Whether it was for lyrics for a song or poetry. I always love the feeling of creating and since I wasn’t remotely good at anything else. Now, I am heavily influenced by the people around me. The people I ‘meet’ who read other stuff I’ve written.

BL: Growing up, I had no influences as far as writing, but when I got older I looked to Anne Rice as Zane as major influences. When I started writing erotica and or fanfiction, I wanted my books to be just as racy as Zane’s. Lol I don’t think I’ve achieved that yet.

  • How do you feel about the ebook format and where do you see it going?

RD: Honestly, I have mixed feelings about it. I mean I LOVE the feel of a paperback in my hands. Being able to turn the pages, smelling that book smell. I read e formats on my tablet and this is when a book is not in paperback format. I would love it if we could keep both but after seeing one of Canada’s largest music stores shut down because no one is buying CDs anymore – I hold out no hope.

BL: I do love paperbacks, but the Kindle is such a godsend. I have a young one, so I can’t really keep the racy paperbacks in my house and I have a small place too so, space is limited. As far as where it’s going, I believe people will always buy paperbacks regardless of how many e-readers are sold. Many people prefer it. 

  • How do you choose your covers?  (curious on my part)

RD: So far, I have been very lucky with my cover artists. For Wounded Pride BL and I sat down and discussed the men to be on the cover. Since it’s a second story to Wounded Hearts the colours etc were already picked. So this cover was just to change the backgrounds and the model. Usually, for me, I fill out the cover art form and for me, if when I open the cover my first reaction is “YES YES YES!” Then that’s my cover. If I have to sit and think about it – or close the file, go away and come back, then it’s not my cover. I usually give the cover artist a little bit of a free range to be creative. I find this gives them the chance to come up with something impressive.

BL: I have also been lucky. The Wounded Pride cover model was easy for me. I have used that model many times and I’m not ashamed! Lol I think LC did a great job on both Wounded Covers. As far as my others, I also give artists free reign. I try not to be difficult because I know their time is precious. Most of the time, all the pope who have worked on my covers have gotten them exactly right.

  • What’s next for you as an author?

RD: Surprisingly, a lot. I have a couple of stories being translated in different languages with Dreamspinner – French, Italian and German so far. BL and I wrote Wounded Hearts together and that is now in French and Italian! How awesome is that! My story Piece of Me is coming soon and the third book in my intoXication series was recently accepted and coming soon! So there is plenty that I’m excited about.

BL: I’ve just released the second books in both my Hardy and Day series and Hirah Blaze collections. I’m taking a break for now and focusing on newsletter promotion.

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 About Wounded Pride (Wounded #2)

Renford Kline is straight… right? He got over his experimentation in college and moved on. Then how does he explain his blush-inducing fantasies about Brian Daystar? Fantasies he’s having when he should be focused on his career move from attorney to professor. When Brian comes to New York, Renford knows he’s in trouble. Everything about Brian attracts him—from his tight body to his beautiful, dark hair—but Renford is straight… right?

Brian Daystar needs a break. He’s been working nonstop to turn his Montana ranch into a safe haven for at-risk youth—so much so that he can’t even bring himself to care when he finds out his partner, country star Corey, is cheating on him. Their relationship has been over for a long time, but it might take his feelings for Renford to make Brian accept it.

Both men have decisions to make. Renford must come to terms with who he truly is, and Brian is going to have to decide if he will shun his happiness or embrace it.

 

✒︎Want to know more about the Authors?  Contact them at their links below:

Remmy Duchene – https://remmyduchene.wix.com/remmyduchene

                               https://twitter.com/remmyduchene

                               https://remmyduchene.blogspot.com

                              https://www.instagram.com/manluvlikeaboss

 

BLMorticia aka Sharita Lira –  http://thelitriad.com/

                                                http://blmorticia.wordpress.com

                                                https://twitter.com/AuthorSharitaL

                                                http://instagram.com/sharitalira/