A MelanieM Review: Purple Haze (Aliens in New York #2) by Kelly Jensen

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Rating: 3,75 stars out of 5

Six months have passed since Dillon and Lang crashed into each other on a crowded street in New York City, changing the course of their lives. Now they’re living together as a couple, happy, in love, but not quite ready to say the words out loud.

Dillon is about to embark on a new adventure—opening a private art school housed in the brownstone left to him by his father. Lang… Lang is becoming ever more aware of the futility of his mission: being caretaker to his clan’s future when his clan might not survive the war with an opposing faction.

When a flashbulb outside a nightclub on New Year’s Eve temporarily blinds Dillon, the course of their lives is set to change again. Dillon’s perception of how the world works is going to be forever altered, and Lang will have to decide between his mission and the man who has come to mean more to him than he ever thought possible.

It will be up to both of them to chart a new direction, one that holds the balance between being human and alien. A course that might require sacrifices neither of them is willing to make.

Purple Haze (Aliens in New York #2) by Kelly Jensen is the sequel to Uncommon Ground and for me, a better story.  While I enjoyed the first tale, this one contained more information about the aliens, some of their culture and genetics that was lacking in the first story so it felt more well rounded.

It takes place six months after the conclusion of Uncommon Ground so in Purple Haze Dillon and Lang can be considered an established couple.  It’s no longer a case of instant love, something I had a problem with in the first story.  Here the author continues to build on  that new relationship, Lang’s inspection of his feelings about Dillon from his species pov and from the fact that he now “feels” more humanized than Skov after all his years alone on Earth.  Which of course, he is also realizing that was never really the case.Others of his world have always been there with their own agenda.

This is a novel crammed full of story threads.  Dillon’s continuing adjustment to his new reality, Lang’s stress and issues as he struggles with his new relationship, his mission, and fears abiyt the ongoing galactic drama on Jord,  And yes, even more!  There’s aliens on Earth and the fear of discovery!  Jensen threw everything in the pot on this one.

And it’s absolutely entertaining and suspenseful and fun.

There are still a  lot of holes here.  We know nothing of Jord other than their sun is dying leaving their world in a perpetual Ice Age so looking for a new world for their people is essential for survival.  Also that they are an “engineered species” with clans charged with traditional jobs such as farming which has evolved through the ages but clean certain clans subservient to others.Those seem to be the basics but the gaps of knowledge we need for a solid foundation for their world and species is huge.  And not present.  That’s really necessary to make a science fiction story come truly alive and a alien culture feel real.

The characters were also likable and easy to connect with, although again, those that were “alien” felt like dressed up humans, lacking an alien mindset that felt believable.  While I had so much fun with all the ships, and talky AI’s and such, they had a superficial feel to them.  What I loved was Dillon’s Korean mother and grandmother and their warm house.  They made every scene they entered just glow with joy and love.

Same for the scenes in the art school that Dillon created with characters the author  borrowed from another author’s series (with permission).  Since I hadn’t read that  author or series, having them there made little to no impression on me other than they seemed nice.  Extraneous but nice.

No, there was a whole action filled, suspense element here that worked.  The resolution to which also left me with many ore questions as to what happened to certain beings who caused all the problems.  Those answers never come.  It all gets wrapped up rather too tidely. Sweet but a bit too swiftly for all that went down.

I could be wrong but it seems like this is a 2 book series.  That would be a shame because we know so little about the alien cultures and so much is left unresolved about Lang’s people.  As for Dillon and Lang?  A HFN is how I would consider the ending.

I liked this story and the one before but don’t consider them as strong as Jensen’s other science fiction story, To See The Sun.

If you love science fiction romance, I recommend that one first.  Then these.

Cover art is simple and to the point.  Still far preferable than that failure of a cover for the first story which looks like a contemporary romance with models that looks nothing like the mcs.

Sales Links: Amazon

Book Details:

Kindle Edition, 191 pages
Published May 10th 2019
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URL https://www.kellyjensenwrites.com/purple-haze
Series Aliens in New York 

Uncommon Ground

What About Lunch? now folded into the first story as an add on

Purple Haze

An Ali Release Day Review: String Boys by Amy Lane

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Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Seth Arnold learned at an early age that two things in life could make his soul soar—his violin and Kelly Cruz. In Seth’s uncertain childhood, the kindness of the Cruz family, especially Kelly and his brother, Matty, gave Seth the stability to make his violin sing with the purest sound and opened a world of possibility beyond his home in Sacramento.

Kelly Cruz has loved Seth forever, but he knows Seth’s talents shouldn’t be hidden, not when the world is waiting. Encouraging Seth to follow his music might break Kelly’s heart, but he is determined to see the violin set Seth’s soul free. When their world is devastated by a violent sexual assault and Matty’s prejudices turn him from a brother to an enemy, Seth and Kelly’s future becomes uncertain.

Seth can’t come home and Kelly can’t leave, but they are held together by a love that they clutch with both hands.

Seth and Kelly are young and the world is wide—the only thing they know for certain is they’ll follow their heartstrings to each other’s arms whenever time and fate allow. And pray that one day they can follow that string to forever… before it slices their hearts in two.

There is nothing I love more than an angsty story and this one is full force, grade A angst. This author is the queen of making a reader cry. I almost never cry when I read a book and if I do it’s maybe my eyes getting a bit misty. But full on sobbing while trying to breathe, that’s only happened a few times and each of those have been one of this author’s books. This one got added to my ugly cry list list.
The blurb does a good job of giving the reader an overview of the story. There is a ton more that happens but I don’t want to spoil anything. There is the story of the two mc’s throughout their lives but there is also the story of their families and friends. There is a lot going on here but it is beautiful and emotional and sometimes a bit heart breaking.
As usual with this author the writing is top notch. She knows how to tell a story and to draw the reader in to the character’s lives. I loved both of these guys and was invested in their story from almost the first page.
This is one of the best this author has written in my opinion (which is saying a lot). I highly recommend this if you’re looking for an original plot that will bring out every emotion in  you.

Cover art: Reese Dante:  This cover was done by Reese Dante and I like it a lot. It’s very clean and modern looking while capturing the vibe of the story.

Buy Links– Dreamspinner Press | Amazon

Book Details;
ebook, 341 pages
Expected publication: May 28th 2019 by Dreamspinner Press
ISBN 139781644053393
Edition Language English

An Ashlez Review: Match Grade – Criminal Delights: Assassins by G.B. Gordon

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Rating: 3 stars out of 5

Eirik Haldurson is a hitman. Kidnapped at age five and cruelly trained by his captor, he is today one of the most sought-after contract killers alive. Emotional distance from his targets, brutally beaten into him until it became second nature, is now the only way he can function. Lately though, that distance has started to elude him. And when a Colombian drug cartel contracts Eirik to take out ex-soldier-turned-vigilante, Matt Moreno, distance is suddenly as close as heat to fire. And all hell breaks loose.

This book is part of CRIMINAL DELIGHTS. Each novel can be read as a standalone and contains a dark M/M romance.

Warning: These books are for adult readers who enjoy stories where lines between right and wrong get blurry. High heat, twisted and tantalizing, these are not for the fainthearted.

I’m not going to lie, I’m a little let down by this book.  All in all it was a great book, very action packed and exciting, but it was not what I was expecting in a criminal delights, coming to read a lot of these and I have loved almost all of them except 2 now, perhaps I’m spoiled.
Cyrus was my favourite character in the book, and that says something.
Matt was nice enough, well meaning, and kind of sweet in a way.
Eirik (or Eric when Matt says it????) Is a bit of a loss, going through a rough patch.
I found their dynamic great in the beginning, I was excited, things got interesting very quickly, but then their dynamic changed, it went from 0-10000 in the blink of an eye and I was a bit thrown off and confused by it.  And the whole thing in the end felt so unbelievable, perhaps I’m more of a slow burn type of person, or at LEAST some dark and interesting moments.

Overall it was OK and I’d classify it more as a thriller romance than dark romance.  Still worth a read though if you like a lot of action and guns!

Cover – I love these assassins covers, the red/black/white combo really work
Sales Links:  Amazon
Book Details:
Kindle Edition, 156 pages
Published May 3rd 2019 by Viridi Press
ISBN 139781999057305
Edition Language English

An Alisa Release Day Review: The Color of Summer by Anna Martin

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Rating:  3 stars out of 5

 

Tattoo artist Max Marshall races into his hometown of Sweetwater, West Virginia—and is promptly pulled over for speeding. Max’s luck isn’t all bad, though, because he recognizes the deputy, Tyler Reed, Max’s childhood best friend’s older brother.

 

Reconnecting with Tyler helps Max settle back in, and it also leads to attraction. But when he tries to explore that connection at the grand opening of his tattoo studio—by kissing Tyler—awkwardness ensues. Max wants more, but has he misread Tyler’s signals?

 

As a single father raising a six-year-old daughter, Tyler doesn’t have much time to date. He’s ignored his attraction to men for years, but he can’t stop thinking about the kiss he shared with Max. If he can handle the complications of dating in a small town and the possible consequences to his career, this romance could blossom with all the colors of summer.

 

This was an enjoyable story, however, if you are looking at it to be a best friend’s brother story, it isn’t.  We only see Tyler’s brother for a short bit and one scene about their relationship.  I felt these two took the time to build a pretty good relationship though I got the feeling there were parts of the story that I was missing.

 

Max moves back to his hometown to be closer to his mother who recently had a stroke and though he had been there for a few weeks following said stroke everyone acted like he hadn’t been to town for years which I thought a bit strange.  Tyler has basically dedicated his life to his daughter but never really thought about finding another romantic relationship.

 

This story felt almost too smooth.  Yes there was the one night Max kissed Tyler and Tyler rebuffed him but there wasn’t even 24 hours of worry before that was fixed.  The only other conflict was when Max was going to move in with Tyler and his mom basically talked him out of it and made him doubt his feelings, which I still can’t believe happened, but the following weekend he is suddenly sure.  Those and some time jumps and inconsistencies were the main things that had me at 3 stars instead of 5.

 

I love the cover art by Reese Dante and the visual it gives of Max.

 

Sales Links: Dreamspinner Press | Amazon | B&N

 

Book Details:

ebook, 223 pages

Published: May 28, 2019 by Dreamspinner Press

ISBN-13: 978-1-64405-140-5

Edition Language: English

M.D. Grimm on the Craft of Writing and the new release Wisdom’s Allegiance (The Shifter Chronicles #13) (author guest blog)

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Wisdom’s Allegiance (The Shifter Chronicles #13) by M.D. Grimm

Dreamspinner Press
Publication: May 28th 2019
Cover Artist: Catt Ford

Buy links: Dreamspinner PressAmazon

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Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words is happy to have M.D. Grimm here today on tour for the new release Wisdom’s Allegiance.  Welcome, M.D.!

 

 

Hello everyone! Thank you for joining me. And thanks to Scattered Thoughts for hosting me. M.D. Grimm here and very excited to talk about my new release “Wisdom’s Allegiance” (The Shifter Chronicles Book 13). This book can be read as a stand-alone, however, so if you’re intrigued and don’t want to start at the beginning, just check this one out.

I’ve been writing on and off for most of my life and my first published story was in 2011. Since then I have learned so much about the craft of writing. And the one thing that underwent the most evolution—besides my skill itself—is the reason behind my writing. At first, I wrote because I wanted to. I was curious about the structure of stories and the creation of a story, from character to plot to dialogue, etc. From grade school to high school there were several story writing assignments that I gravitated toward and had so much fun doing. That was my first inkling that I might be a writer. I greatly enjoyed the process and putting my imagination to good use. Also, by middle school, I was a voracious reader, thanks mostly to the Harry Potter books. Then I graduated to “The Lord of the Rings” and never looked back.

I have to say that those two series heavily influenced my writing, even to this day. The intricacies and depth of those universes encouraged me to create something similar. It was like they issued a challenge for me to try and one-up them, and I happily accepted, not really knowing what I was doing. LOL.

I didn’t start small or with baby steps—I just dove into the deep end and hoped I swam. I apparently like to bite off more than I can chew and then I have to struggle to keep afloat. Nowadays, however, I have more experience and books under my belt, so I can assess better what I can handle, how much I can handle, and when I can handle it. But I’m still learning. And I really believe that is key—you never stop learning. You shouldn’t. I know that if I stopped challenging myself and fell into a rut that I would grow bored and restless and wouldn’t want to write anymore. I have so many stories inside me and the biggest challenge is making a priority list and not getting distracted by new and shiny projects.

So, with around 20 stories published, my reason for writing has changed and grown. At first it was to satisfy a personal need, and though that is still important—I write for myself first and foremost—I want to say something with my stories. Themes are so important to stories, especially if you want to say something with finesse and subtlety instead of beating the reader over the head with it.

Yes, writing offers me an escape and a way to control things when life gets out of control, but my biggest pursuit is to make my readers smile. To give them hope or simply a warm feeling. To make them smile. I want people to enjoy my stories. That’s probably why I gravitated toward romance—readers expect a happy ending of some sort. It also gives me a thrill when characters triumph over tremendous odds since life so rarely offers such an outcome. Other genres don’t always give me that cleanly resolved ending. I definitely write escapist fiction/fantasy/romance and I won’t apologize for it. I firmly believe romance can say something important, if nothing else then you can be loved for who you are. Just have courage and put yourself out there.

So… why do I write? Lots of reasons. I enjoy it. I want to say something. I want to bring enjoyment to others. I love to create. The satisfaction of completing a project is like nothing else. It’s a natural high I will never get tired of feeling.

While right now I am focused on m/m romance I will be branching out and expanding on more diverse characters with different temperaments, identities, and persuasions. The options are limitless and the spectrum of human identity and all that entails is fascinating and beautiful.

I am currently working on several projects—an m/m fantasy trilogy, book 7 of my The Stones of Power series, and book 2 of my Saga of the Bold People.

Thanks for joining me and may dragons guard your dreams,

M.D. Grimm

Blurb:

Can a loyal and sensual owl shifter couple woo a human mate who’s convinced he’s an ugly duckling?

When socially awkward Dexter Fortis rescues an elf owl blown off course by a storm, he has no idea the bird is a shifter named Orion. Or that his life is about to change.

Orion falls in love with the kind custodian, but he must convince his long-term partner, Talon, that Dexter is just who they’ve been searching for to establish a permanent ménage. Even if they can gently break down Dexter’s walls, they’ll have to contend with a dangerous cult rising in the shifter community and a hidden enemy determined to keep Dexter from them.

 

About the Author

M.D. Grimm decided to become an author in the second grade (kind of young to make life decisions, but whatever) and nothing has changed since then (well, plenty of things, actually, but not that!). Thankfully, she has indulgent parents who let her dream, but also made sure she understood she’d need a steady job to pay the bills (they never let her forget it!). After graduating from the University of Oregon and majoring in English (let’s be honest: useless degree, what else was she going to do with it?), she started on her writing career and couldn’t be happier. Working by day and writing by night (or any spare time she can carve out), she enjoys embarking on romantic quests and daring adventures (living vicariously, you could say) and creating characters that always triumph against the villain (or else what’s the point?), finding their soul mate in the process.

Visit “M.D. Grimm” at Facebook and Goodreads.

Email: mdgrimm29@yahoo.com

Website: www.mdgrimmwrites.com

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Release Blitz and Giveaway for The Color Of Summer by Anna Martin

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Length: 71,000 words approx.
 
 
Cover Design: Reese Dante
 
Blurb
 

Tattoo artist Max Marshall rushes into his hometown of Sweetwater, West Virginia—and is promptly pulled over for speeding. Max’s luck isn’t all bad, though, because he recognizes the deputy, Tyler Reed, Max’s childhood best friend’s older brother.


Reconnecting with Tyler helps Max settle back in, and it also leads to attraction. But when he tries to explore that connection at the grand opening of his tattoo studio—by kissing Tyler—awkwardness ensues. Max wants more, but has he misread Tyler’s signals?


As a single father raising a six-year-old daughter, Tyler doesn’t have much time to date. He’s ignored his attraction to men for years, but he can’t stop thinking about the kiss he shared with Max. If he can handle the complications of dating in a small town and the possible consequences to his career, this romance could blossom with all the colors of summer.

 
About The Author
 

Anna Martin is from a picturesque seaside village in the southwest of England and now lives in the Bristol, a city that embraces her love for the arts. After spending most of her childhood making up stories, she studied English literature at university before attempting to turn her hand as a professional writer.


Apart from being physically dependent on her laptop, Anna is enthusiastic about writing and producing local grassroots theater (especially at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where she can be found every summer), going to visit friends in other countries, and reading anything thatís put under her nose.


Anna claims her entire career is due to the love, support, prereading, and creative ass kicking provided by her best friend Jennifer. Jennifer refuses to accept responsibility for anything Anna has written.


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http://www.facebook.com/annamartinfiction
http://www.pinterest.com/annamartinficti/
http://instagram.com/missannamartin
http://www.twitter.com/missannamartin

 

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Cover Reveal – Come Play: An MM Erotica Charity Anthology

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COVER REVEAL

Book Title: Come Play – An MM Erotica Charity Anthology

Authors: Quin Perin, A.G. Carothers, E.M. Denning, Emma Jaye, K.C. Wells,

Lynn Van Dorn, Luna David, Sara Dobie Bauer, T.M. Chris, T.S. McKinney

Cover Artist: Morningstar Ashley

Release Date: June 11, 2019

Genre/s: M/M Erotica, M/M BDSM

Trope/s: Including hurt/comfort, first time, forbidden and others

Themes: Anthology includes BDSM and erotica. It has a wide variety of tastes/themes

Heat Rating:  A mix of 4 and 5 flames. This anthology features a collection of erotic MM short stories.     

Blurb

Watch and Learn if the Coach’s Little Kitten can be Tamed.

Follow the Doctor’s Orders and read all about Brotherly Love.

Understand Abstract Love and then take a peek at A Kink Chronicles Short.

It’s all about Pretty Boys, The Kiss, and Particular Tastes bundled up in this must-have erotic anthology.

Come, play with us.

Abstract Love by Sara Dobie Bauer

A Kink Chronicles Short by Luna David

Brotherly Love by Lynn Van Dorn

Coach’s Little Kitten by Quin Perin

Doctor’s Orders by Emma Jaye

Particular Tastes by T.S. McKinney

Pretty Boy by E.M. Denning

Tamed by T.M. Chris

The Kiss by A.G. Carothers

Watch and Learn by K.C. Wells

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