A MelanieM Audiobook Review: Sun and Shadow (Day and Knight #2) by Dirk Greyson and Andrew McFerrin ( Narrator)

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Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5

Dayton “Day” Ingram is recovering from an injury suffered in Mexico—and from his failed relationship with fellow Scorpion agent, Knight. While researching an old government document, Day realizes he might be holding the key to finding an artistic masterpiece lost since WWII.

But the Russians are looking for it too, and have a team in place in Eastern Europe hunting it down. Day and Knight are brought back together when they are charged with getting to the painting first.

Knight wants to leave Mexico and everything that happened there behind, and return to the life he had—except it wasn’t much of a life. When he’s partnered up with Day, keeping his distance proves to be challenging. But Day is as stubborn as Knight and isn’t willing to let him walk away.

Their assignment leads them through Germany and Austria with agents hot on their tail—agents willing to do whatever it takes to get to the masterpiece first. If Day and Knight can live long enough to find the painting, they might also discover something even more precious—each other.

As once again exquisitely narrated by Andrew McFerrin, Sun and Shadow by Dirk Greyson picks up the story of the partnership of Scorpion agents Dayton “Day” Ingram and Knighton “Knight” after their first meeting and mission in Mexico.  For me, it’s here that the series and chemistry really starts to gell between Day and Knight (the name of the series as well).

I enjoyed the framework of a case that Grayson employs here far more than I did the one in the first story.  It’s a sort of Monuments Men caper of stolen/missing artwork from WWII and it leads our couple on a merry  chase through Europe that’s both taut with suspense and full of excitement.  It also allows Day and Knight plenty of time to address their increasing attraction to each other and Knight’s inability to let go of his guilt over the deaths of his wife and  child.  Plus Day has a few issues of his own to work out.  All while chasing an artwork that may or maynot exist and eluding the bad guys hot on their trail.  It all works together just as you hope a hot action thriller would.

I was happy to see some forward movement here with Knight on his guilt issues. That mobius loop of his is a refrain that gets tiresome as even Day admits after a while.  Even the verbiage coming out of his mouth is almost exactly the same.  I’m not sure why it’s so hard to empathize with Knight here but somehow the author has almost made Knight’s guilt ridden rants so predictable that instead of feeling sorry for him you start to turn it off. Just the opposite I know of what Greyson what going for.  It was even trying Day’s patience there…a wonder, as he could only suggest the same things to move the man on over and over.

Anyway.

Aside from that.  I thoroughly enjoyed this action packed, swift moving tale.  The relationship between Knight and Day is progressing nicely. The sex is hot, the emotional quotient heating up as each is starting to acknowledge what they mean to each other.  Ah, those slow burn romances! It helps with your partner being shot at, the stimuli of danger, death, and intensity is a great combination.

f course, Day remains a favorite with his high intelligence, snark, sexiness, and general overall appeal.  He pulled Knight right into it for me because Knight has really grown into a wonderful character that I’m rooting for as he works through his many issues and starts to realize what his present may hold for his future.

Making this story really jump to life is that marvel of a narrator Andrew McFerrin whose talents I can’t go on about enough.  McFerrin inhabits each character so thoroughly that you believe that there is more than one narrator, and slides the story along with his enthusiasm and excitement.  I hope he narrates the entire series.  And now I’m on the lookout for more stories that he has voiced.  Honestly, it’s a joy listening in and you can’t believe how fast the pace when under the thrall of an excellent narration.

So, onto Dusk and Dawn which unfortunately isn’t out in audio yet so I’ll be picking it up in eBook and yes, audio as well once its out.    I will be interested in comparing the two formats.  I will let you know what I find.  Until then?

Grab up Sun and Shadow (Day and Knight #2) by Dirk Greyson and Andrew McFerrin ( Narrator).  It’s an excellent action packed hot action thriller with a slow burn romance that’s heating up beautifully.  Really, this series is getting better and better with each story.  I’m definitely recommending it.

Cover Art: L.C. Chase works perfectly to brand the series, the couple and the story. Love it.

Sales Links:  Dreamspinner Press | Amazon  |  Audible | iTunes

Audiobook Details:

Listening Length: 7 hours and 4 minutes

Audible Audio, Audiobook
Published July 7th 2018 by Dreamspinner Press LLC (first published November 9th 2015)
ASINB07FMCHLLS
Edition LanguageEnglish
SeriesDay and Knight #2

Day and Knight

Sun and Shadow

Dawn and Dusk

An Alisa Review: Up to Code (Directions #1) by Jena Wade

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Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Aiden was an Omega who needed a job doing what he loved. He never imagined he’d meet his fated mate during the interview. He was ready to bond right away, but something stopped his Alpha from claiming him. Aiden’s patience held strong, but being near his mate every day without bonding threatened to drive him insane.

Brandon owned a successful company, and he wanted to share that success with his mate and their child. But the continued thefts troubled him and the last thing he wanted to do was drag his new mate into any danger.

Danger found them anyway.

I always enjoy a good mpreg story so I jumped at the chance to read this series.  Aiden works hard to show his alpha that he is worthy but still Brandon delays them bonding.  Brandon thinks he is protecting Aiden when in reality he is just driving them both crazy.  The danger wasn’t really all that much when it actually came about and was cleared up pretty easily.

These two characters work well together once they get the chance to.  I liked both of them and was able to understand them for the most part since the story is told through both of their eyes.  There just seemed to be a few times where the characters seemed to have the same conversation and both act like they have never talked about it before.  That is one of those things that really bug me, if they had just been revisiting a conversation that would be different but having pretty much the same conversation twice, umm no.

The cover art by Silver Heart Design Studio is nice gives visuals of the characters.

Sales Links: Amazon

Book Details:

ebook, 136 pages

Published: May 26, 2018

Edition Language: English

Series: Directions #1

An Alisa Review: 2230: The Perfect Year by CM Corett

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Rating:  4 stars out of 5

Alex Coulson spends his days as a lowly laboratory assistant. At night, he watches movies in his lonely apartment and dreams of exciting adventures and handsome leading men.

When an electrical fire breaks out in the lab, an experimental machine malfunctions and Alex is caught in the explosion. He awakens, injured and confused, to learn he has traveled two hundred years into the future—to the year 2230. Under the care of the gorgeous Doctor Baylin Davies (a definite contender for a leading man) Alex recovers quickly, and his feelings for Baylin deepen each day. Baylin is handsome, sexy, caring, and a verified genius—everything Alex could ever dream of. Add in the whole concept of living in the future, and Alex soon decides the year 2230 is the perfect year to begin his new life.

But then there’s the major…

Whenever the intimidating military man, Major Marcais, is near, a strange power overcomes Alex’s senses, clouding his mind and weakening his desire to be with Baylin.

When the major reveals he is an alien and declares Alex to be his life mate, Alex must find the strength to resist him. And while fighting for the man he truly desires, Alex just might discover he’s the leading man in his own adventure.

Accidental time travel, not something I usually read about but this sounded interesting and I went for it because I have enjoyed the author.  I liked how this wasn’t overly sci-fi but just enough to keep it interesting.  Alex and Baylin feel an instant attraction to each other and both try to navigate how a relationship would work especially if the High Order want to send Alex back to his time.  And Major, he is basically a jerk, he comes around just enough to make Alex off balance.

We get to see both Alex and Baylin struggle with their feelings and how they think they should approach them with each other.  I loved how adorable Alex is and is awkwardness is made to be just a cute quirk since he is so different than those around him.  Baylin still struggles with his confidence based on how some others treat him but Alex is determined to show him differently and he will need it to fight for what he wants.  I was very happy that Alex had the ability to stand up for what he wanted and didn’t have to go along with what the Major said.

Cover art by Natasha Snow is nice though doesn’t scream futuristic to me.

Sales Links: Nine Star Press | Amazon | B&N

Book Details:

ebook, 30,600 words

Published: August 6, 2018 by Nine Star Press

ISBN: 978-1-949340-37-2

Edition Language: English

A Stella Release Day Review: Midnight in Berlin by JL Merrow

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RATING 2,75 out of 5 stars


One bad decision can change your life forever.

It’s midnight in Berlin, and drifter Leon is hitchhiking home in the rain, covered in feathers after a wild festival in the city park. He can’t believe his luck when he’s picked up by a hot guy in a Porsche. That is, until he learns his driver is a creature from his worst nightmares—and plans to turn him into one too. He runs, but he can’t escape the werewolf’s bite.

Christoph made one mistake, but he’s paying for it plenty. He took Leon for a rogue werewolf on his way home from a hunt, and by the time he realizes the truth, it’s too late to do anything but make Leon a monster to save his life. That doesn’t save Christoph from the pack leader’s harsh punishment.

As Leon struggles to cope with his horrifying new reality—and his mixed feelings for the man who bit him—he’s desperate to discover not only what’s happened to Christoph, but the secrets their pack leader is hiding from them all.

Secrets the pack will kill to protect.

First Edition published by Samhain Publishing, Ltd., February 2012.

I’ll be honest. I struggled a lot with Midnight In Berlin. And at the beginning I didn’t even understand what was wrong. This is a second release and I missed it when it was first published. In the years the author has become a favorite, her works are always so great. That’s why, although I badly wanted to put this novel down and start reading something else, I had to force myself to finish it.

The plot is actually interesting, a little boring at the beginning because I didn’t get it what was going to happen.  But then when there was some action and mystery to solve, I was interested and curious about Leon and Cristoph characters and their HEA. The writing superb as always and the scenes so well done, I felt I was there with the couple.

There were some elements I didn’t enjoy and why I rated the novel so low. First of all I was so upset  with the resolution of the little mystery, I actually felt cheated, I don’t want to reveal anything but I thought it was too easy to just put things like that. There were quite a lot of secondary characters and I would have so loved to know more about them, but maybe there was no space for them. In fact to me the story felt rushed and ended too quickly, it surely deserved more pages, that way so many things would have been more explained and developed. Most of all the romance part, almost inexistent, should have had a more important role in the plot. And most likely that’s the main reason why I had trouble connecting with Leon and Christoph.

Midnight in Berlin is not the masterpiece I’m used to reading by JL Merrow, in my opinion the author last years’ releases are the best she has done.

The cover art by Tiferet Design is awesome, I adore it and find it eyecatching. I love the colours and it’s fitting. I couldn’t have asked for more from a cover. Well done.

SALE LINKS   Dreamspinner Press | Amazon

BOOK DETAILS

ebook, Second Edition, 200 pages

Expected publication: August 24th 2018 by Dreamspinner Press (first published February 21st 2012)

ISBN13 9781640801219

Edition Language English

Remmy Duchene On Writing, Romances, and their new release “Tempt Me” (author interview)

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Tempt Me by Remmy Duchene
Dreamspinner Press
Published August 17th 2018

Cover Art:  Kanaxa

Sales Links: Dreamspinner Press | Amazon | B&N

Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words is happy to host Remmy Duchene here today on tour for Tempt Me. Welcome, Remmy!

Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words Interview with Remmy Duchene

How much of yourself goes into a character? Quite a bit. Sometimes I spend a few hours writing and at the end, I feel so exhausted. I seem to go on the emotional ride with my characters (as weird as that sounds). I cannot tell you how many times I message one or both my best friends with tears in my eyes saying “these characters are breaking my soul!” The struggle is real.

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?: I generally use versions of people I know for my secondary characters. One or two times I’ve used someone for a main – I am always afraid I’ll write the characters too close to a friend or family member and someone they know will read it and well—down hill from there. I know, paranoid but things happen lol

Does research play a role into choosing which genre you write?  Do you enjoy research or prefer making up your worlds and cultures?: Any world I create generally has a touch of a real culture in it. Lately, I’ve been using quite a few made up small towns but I plop them down on top of an actual small town. So, though I make certain things up, some things are real. It’s weird to put it that way and I’m not sure it makes sense to anyone else but me lol.

Has your choice of childhood or teenage reading genres carried into your own choices for writing?: It used to. But over the years the romance genre has morphed into something I don’t recognize. As a writer I have to find a way to adapt while still holding on to those imaginative wonder I am used to from my teenage years.

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?: Yes. My novel WHISPERS OF LOVE wreaked havoc on my emotions. It hit a little too close since Hilo went to school like he was supposed to, graduated and work just didn’t seem to want to find him. He had to work at a menial job, struggling to make ends meet, unable to find love—yeah, close to home.

Do you like HFN or HEA? And why?: It depends on my mood at that point in the story. I mean, everyone prefers HEA, right? And in this industry most people believe HFN means the story will have a book 2.

Do you read romances, as a teenager and as an adult?: I jumped from Nancy Drews and Hardy Boys to romance. I grew up reading Catherine Coulter, Jayne Ann Krentz and Nora Roberts. There weren’t any LGBT books in Jamaica.

Who do you think is your major influence as a writer?  Now and growing up?: I’ve been a reader for as long as I can remember. I’ve always loved the ability to get lost in a world not my own. Books took me to adventure, romance, dark places I can escape to and have the time of my life.  I think that is my major influence as a writer—the ability to take someone out of their everyday, and give them the ability to speak foreign languages, travel to places they probably cannot afford and meet spectacular people they wouldn’t have otherwise.

How do you feel about the ebook format and where do you see it going?: I am on the fence about the eBook format. I love the feeling of a paperback in my hand. I was recently at my BFF’s wedding and the power went out. I wasn’t phased in the least because I had my book with me and didn’t have to worry about charging it. On the other hand, I understand that the world is in progression and technology gives you the option of adapting or dying. I chose both—eFormat but still keeps my books around.

How do you choose your covers?  (curious on my part): For my self-published books I have three fantastic cover designs that are my go to. I’ve worked with one, StudioENP for years now. The other two are new. These three designers know me so well, I have never had to send a cover back and tell them it is wrong. I am fairly easy with covers. I understand this is the designer’s art as much as it is the face of my book, and I tend to tell them about my characters and suggest colours I love and then step back and watch them create. So far, I’ve been very lucky since I normally write interracial and stock photos alone are hard to come by.

Do you have a favorite among your own stories?  And why?: Isn’t this a bit like asking which child is my favorite? Lol. Let me see now – My favorite….So far I have to say… Anywhere But Here and Call Me Gideon – I know, those are two. But Anywhere But Here is a tale about a black doctor who was raised in India and a John Doe that is brought into his hospital badly beaten up. I love the change of scenery in this story because it takes place in India and Sri Lanka and this was a first for me.

Call Me Gideon is another one I’d say is up there for my top. The emotions in this story breaks my heart just thinking about it and that was as raw as I’d ever written.

Whispers of Love is close up there as well but you said pick one lol.

What’s next for you as an author?: Currently, for this year I haven’t released much. Aside from TEMPT ME that was release August 17th through Dreamspinner Press, I am one of the lucky authors in the BEAUTIFUL SKIN anthology being released August 23rd that was put together by the fantastic Emmy Ellis at StudioENP. She recognized the need for awareness in the diversity area and has stepped up to do something about it. I’m also hard on work on my next novel tentatively titled BABY, COME TO ME (for those who know me, that title will change five million times before the final product is done lol)

If you write contemporary romance, is there such a thing as making a main character too “real”?  Do you think you can bring too many faults into a character that eventually it becomes too flawed to become a love interest?: I’m not sure the answer to this. Readers say they want real but sometimes they tell you a character is too real – which I don’t know if that is possible.

 

What traits do you find the most interesting in someone? Do you write them into your characters?: Loyalty. That is a very important thing to me. I generally write that into my good-guys. But my bad guys? Forget about it lol

 

Have you ever put a story away, thinking it just didn’t work?  Then years/months/whatever later inspiration struck and you loved it?  Is there a title we would recognize if that happened?: yes. All the time. Case in point, my short ONE FINE THING (That will be in the Beautiful Skin anthology), I was stuck on that one for years. I started it about eight years ago—wait, no more. Because I started it while I was in college. I graduated college, graduated university, graduated college again, worked for six years—so yea, WAY more than eight years. I just couldn’t make it work. Then Emmy ask for stories for this anthology and WHAM! Unstuck.

 

Have you ever had an issue in RL and worked it through by writing it out in a story?  Maybe how you thought you’d feel in a situation?: Usually. Some of the hardships my characters go through usually is an offshoot of my some of my real life situation. I mean, some things happen in your life that you cannot make up, right?

 

What’s  the wildest scene you’ve imagined and did it make it into a story?: LOL – yeah, we’re not going to answer this one. Lol. Nope.

 

Ever drunk written a chapter and then read it the next day and still been happy with it?  Trust me there’s a whole world of us drunk writers dying to know.: I did that last weekend lol! Granted I wasn’t completely blitz, just a little tipsy. I stared at the screen the entire day nothing would come out right so I poured myself a glass of wine that turned into four and voila! Love scene written that blew my mind lol. Never doing that again though. The consequences were dire lol.

 

If you could imagine the best possible place for you to write, where would that be and why?: Oh man I could go on and on with this.

  1. The Port of Naples – just watching the cruise ships come in on one side and the city with historic buildings on the other.
  2. On a beach in Cuba.
  3. In an open concept condo in Paris that sits right outside the Eifel Tower.
  4. On the ground in front of the louvre.

Like I said – I could do this forever…

 

With so much going on in the world today, do you write to explain?  To get away? To move past? To widen our knowledge? Why do you write?: Most times to hide. I mean, like you say, the way the world is today you need that time of seclusion from most of it. You can’t keep getting bombarded by all the crazy and not take time away from it. Also, I write because I don’t think I’m remotely good at anything else lol.

 

What’s next for you as a writer?: I am not entirely sure. I make writing plans all the time and then my muse blows them out of the water. It’s better to not plan…just go with the flow.

About Tempt Me...

Officer Gabe Ford knows finding love could be a tad problematic—especially since he hasn’t come out to his partner of six years yet. But what’s a guy to do when his body wants what his brain is saying he can’t have?

A year and a half after a breakup, Jason Tomlinson isn’t actively looking for a relationship. Hell, he can do bad all by himself. But Gabe Ford is just too damn yummy to resist. Just as things are beginning to pick up, one bullet may end it all before it even begins.

About the Author

Remmy Duchene is a Canadian-hockey-watching-baseball-playing kind of guy. He loves walking in the rain and bugging his friends about his latest story ideas. Remmy believes that true love comes in all shapes, sizes, and sexualities. He is always saying “I’d rather see two gay people in love get married than two straight people that hate each other.”

Book Blast for Born to be Wild by A.L. Simpson (excerpt)

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Book Title: Born to be Wild

Author: A.L. Simpson

Publisher: Cocky Romance Publishing

Cover Artist: Susan Horsnell

Genre/s: M/M Contemporary

Length: 61,482 words/331 pages

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Blurb

Strong-willed.
Defiant.
Wild – Liam was born that way.
He’s running from his past when he meets Jake, the owner of a gay club where beautiful men earn money by pole dancing.
Liam has nowhere to go so, what has he got to lose by taking up Jake’s offer to dance. With somewhere to live, money and new friends, his life appears to have taken a turn for the best.
So, what sends Liam plunging into darkness once again?
Can Jake bring him back into the light, this time for good?

***Can be read as a standalone story***

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Excerpt

Present Day

LIAM

The lights of the club dimmed. A spotlight appeared over center stage and a voice boomed over the loudspeakers.

“And, now please welcome the main attraction of the Velvet Post. Our very own Devil in disguise – Lee!”

Chatter ceased. Not a sound filtered through from the main area of the club where I waited beneath the stage. You could have heard a pin drop.  

I gripped the pole, propelled myself almost to the top and wrapped one leg securely around the shimmering post, resting my other booted foot against my knee.

“Ready?” Pedro asked.

I nodded. Music thundered as the platform I was on began to rise. I didn’t need to glance up to know thick smoke billowed above me. I would emerge from it like I had done every night for the past three years.

I waited until my torso had cleared the floor of the stage and pressed a small button on the edge of my wings. The enormous wings eased open and scattered red lights flashed amongst the black feathers. The platform continued to rise and gripping the pole with my right arm and foot, I stretched out my left leg and arm until I was in a spread-eagled position. The smoke thinned and wafted away as the platform clicked and locked into place at stage level.

Men whistled and surged forward as I twisted erotically and slowly slid from the pole. The club was packed; I would make good money tonight.

About the Author 

I live in sunny Queensland, Australia and retired after 37 years of Nursing.

My husband of 44 years, together with our elderly Jack Russell Terrier and extremely opinionated 26-year-old Cockatiel, enjoy exploring the country with our caravan.

When we are at home, we spend our time renovating our home.

I write a variety of stories including Male/Male, Menage and Shapeshifter.

Each book has a strong focus on story line with romantic interest building throughout.

I explore real life issues from kids on the streets to motorcycle war and put my own twist on each one.

I hope you take the opportunity to check out my offerings.

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