Release Blitz and Giveaway for 9 Willow Street by Nell Iris

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Length: 28,153 words
 
Publisher: JMS Books 
 

Heartbroken after the death of his beloved Nana, Hannes, the family outsider, finally allows himself to grieve. The legal battle over Nana’s quirky old house — the only place he’s ever felt accepted and loved — is over, and he moves in and finds a sense of peace.


… And a rabbit.


An adorable bunny with a huge personality moves in, too, and refuses to leave. Hannes instantly falls in love with the sweet animal who helps heal his heart. But one morning, Hannes’ view of the world changes when the rabbit transforms into a man. A man named Mattis.


After the initial shock, Hannes and Mattis discover a connection between them that runs deeper than it seems. Will their newfound feelings survive unraveling secrets and meddling families, and grow into something real? Something deep and everlasting?

 

Nell Iris is a romantic at heart who believes everyone deserves a happy ending. She’s a bona fide bookworm (learned to read long before she started school), wouldn’t dream of going anywhere without something to read (not even the ladies’ room), loves music (and singing along but, let’s face it, she’s no Celine Dion), and is a real Star Trek nerd (“Make it so”). She loves words, poetry, wine, and Sudoku, and absolutely adores elephants!


Nell believes passionately in equality for all regardless of race, gender, or sexuality, and wants to make the world a better, less hateful, place.


Nell is a forty-something bisexual Swedish woman, married to the love of her life, and a proud mama of a grown daughter. She left the Scandinavian cold and darkness for warmer and sunnier Malaysia a few years ago, and now spends her days writing, surfing the Internet, enjoying the heat, and eating good food. One day she decided to chase her lifelong dream of being a writer, sat down in front of her laptop, and wrote a story about two men falling in love.


Nell Iris writes gay romance, prefers sweet over angst, and wants to write diverse and different characters.


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A Jeri Review: Rewind by Rowan Shaw

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Rating: 3 Stars out of 5

I am always drawn to stories with a hearing impaired character. Although Enzo is deaf, he does have a cochlear implant- but he doesn’t wear that all of the time. And from the perspective of another hearing impaired person, a lot of it was spot on. But not all.
Enzo and Florian were boyfriends in high school until a hate crime led to Enzo losing his hearing and Florian losing his home when his parents found out he was dating a boy. By chance they meet again about 8 years later and are immediately drawn together.
I really liked a lot of this story, but while some things were lacking, others were really overdone. There were a lot of different things that the author was trying to make a point on. Being deaf, French sign language, being bisexual, being thrown out for being gay, hate crimes committed against them, etc, etc. There would have been more impact if only 2 or 3 of those were highlighted and explored more.
Enzo also went from hearing to deaf as an 18 year old. That is seriously traumatic and he acts like it is no big deal. He never laments what he has lost and how much has changed. He just shrugs it off. Lots of people talking at once and he can’t understand them. Oh well, he will just sit quietly. No, sorry. You’ll be upset that you can’t communicate, but you also don’t want to make a big deal of it.
I did enjoy the love story between Enzo and Florian. It was really sweet and loving and just so obvious how much they loved each other. How broken they both were by their “break up” which really wasn’t even their fault.
There were also some unanswered questions. And while one of those will be answered in the next book, there are at least 2 big ones that iare central to Enzo and Florian each that I don’t see getting answered in the next since they aren’t the main characters.
Generic cover. Would have been nice to see the model wearing a cochlear implant or have a scar on his face.
Sales Links:  Amazon

Book Details:

ebook, First, 350 pages
Expected publication: March 2019
Original Title Rewind
Edition Language English

Happy Halloween! And Welcome, November! This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

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Happy Halloween!

Halloween is but a few days away!  And some more frightfully fun and delightfully scary recommendations for tales of Stories that Go Boo for You still are making it our way. While I pause to wipe away some  pumpkin guts and toss a knife or two on the table, let me see what we have to offer up this Sunday morning:

More Recs of Stories that Go Boo for You

🎃From P.R.:

Those are some serious pumpkin carvings. My sister, nephew and I have tried pumpkin carving and it’s really not as east as t.v. makes it.
Here I go with more stories good for a Halloween read.
The Tourist by Clare London
Lesser-Bred series by Adrienne Wilder

🎃Ami:

I don’t celebrate Halloween since well, it’s not really Indonesian traditions, although I do like seeing all the decorations!

As for some Halloween Read — I HIGHLY recommend Stephen Osborne’s “Duncan Andrews” series, which involves detective with a ghost boyfriend. Or maybe “Winter” by Josh Lanyon or Motel.Pool by Kim Fielding.

Happy Halloween!

🎃From Jen:

For a book to be scary to me I have to care if the characters are in harm’s way and the spooky elements need to be more paranormal.

I am currently reading the new anthology Devil Take Me. I am on the second story by TA Moore and it is pretty scary. (The first story by Jordan L. Hawk was more whimsical than scary – though still really good.)

Some other books that got my “boo” going were:
A Light Amongst Shadows by Kelly York
Spirits series by Jordan L. Hawk
Tyack & Frayne series by Harper Fox
P.S. I Spook You by SE Harmon
A Frost of Cares by Amy Rae Durreson
Whyborne & Griffin series by Jordan L. Hawk

🎃From P.R. again:

A lot of gays go all out for Halloween. LOL, I dressed in drag with my friends one year, rented a limo & went to all the bars. And then there’s the Haunted Halsted Halloween Parade in Boystown Chicago. And with the mention of haunted, and yours with houses…
– you’ve got to include haunted houses – a pair by Poppy:
LOST SOULS, & DRAWING BLOOD, by Poppy Z. Brite
– And what’s more haunted than one of my fav locales – a fav set in NOLA:
THE WOLF AT THE DOOR by Jameson Currier
– Of course, another in NOLA – classic ghost story & good psycho thriller:
DUST OF WONDERLAND by Lee Thomas
– And you can’t mention NOLA without its iconic author & son, a pair from a pair of Rices:
INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE by Anne Rice
A DENSITY OF SOULS by Christopher Rice

🎃From our own Chaos Moondrawn:

Ally Blue Down
Sarah Waters Affinity (f/f)
Bump In the Night series from Riptide
Jacqueline Rohrbach Speak With the Dead
One of the stories I read and reviewed this week is The Werewolf on Lowre Few Lane by Bryce Bentley-Tales.  It’s a first novel by this author and it’s amazing.  YA, full of 13 and 14 year olds on an incredible adventure that’s scary, life altering, and very fitting this Halloween.  I just adored it.  I think you will too.  And it is on the list for YA Books that go Boo for You. Another?  Green Death by Madeleine Ribbon!  A post apocalyptic thriller that had  me up late at night

And Welcome, November!

This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

Sunday,  October 28:

  • The Rainbow Clause by Beth Bolden Audio Tour
  • More Recs of Stories that Go Boo for You
  • This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

Monday, October 29:

  • Release Blitz and Blog Tour – The Werewolf on Lowre Few Lane by Bryce Bentley-Tales
  • DSP Promo Renae Kaye on Knowing Me, Knowing You (Loving You #4)
  • DSP Cover Reveal Typhoon Toby by R.L. Merrill
  • A Lucy Review: A Secret to Die For by Edward Kendrick
  • A MelanieM Review: The Werewolf on Lowre Few Lane by Bryce Bentley-Tales
  • A Free Dreamer Review: Siege Weapons (The Galactic Captains #1) by Harry F. Rey
  • A Chaos Moondrawn Review: Just Say the Word by Elizabeth L. Brooks & Lynn Townsend

Tuesday, October 30:

  • Release Blitz – Hidden Depths by L.M. Brown
  • 99c Book Blast – Love Times Five by Lily G Blunt
  • DSP Cover reveal The Devil’s Breath by A. Nybo
  • A VVivacious Review: Life Underwater by Matthew J. Metzger
  • A MelanieM Release Day Review:  Knowing Me, Knowing You (Loving You #4) by Renae Kaye
  • A Chaos Moondrawn Release Day Review:  A Deeper Blue (The Game #2) by S.E. Harmon
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Release Day Review: Truth Will Out (Merrychurch Mysteries #1) by K.C. Wells

Wednesday, October 31:

  • Book Blitz (Signal) – Brina Brady – Master Braden’s Houseboy
  • Review Tour – I’ve Been Careless With A Delicate Thing – Marina
  • Lonely Hearts, A Novella Bundle by Posy Roberts Blog Tour
  • Release Blitz –  – Stoker & Bash #2 The Fruit Of The Poisonous by Selina Kray
  • A Caryn Review: Earthly Pleasures by Sera Trevor
  • A Jeri Review: A Summer Soundtrack for Falling in Love by Arden Powell
  • An Alisa Release Day Review: Trex or Treat by Tara Lain
  • An Ali G Review: I’ve Been Careless With A Delicate Thing by Marina Vivancos

Thursday, November 1:

  • In the Spotlight Tour and Giveaway: A Summer Soundtrack for Falling in Love by Arden Powell
  • Book Blitz – David Dawson – For The Love Of Luke
  • Book Blast – The M/M Romance Christmas Box Set by Isobel Starling
  • An Alisa Review: SINGLE WHITE INCUBUS by E.J. Russell
  • A VVivacious Review: Teacher’s Pet anthology
  • A MelanieM Review: Safe Harbor by David O. Sullivan
  • A Stella Review: Three Cakes by Kim Davis

Friday, November 2:

  • RELEASE BLITZ for Meik&Sebastian – Obsessed #3 by Quin Perin
  • BLITZ Green Death by Madeleine Ribbon
  • Release blitz Who We Were by Melissa Collins
  • Release Blitz Date Secrets Revealed (Dragon War Chronicles #2) by A.G. Carothers
  • A MelanieM Review Hearts at Sea by Cristina Bruni
  • An Alisa Review A Year And A Day (Fae Haven #1) by Elizabeth Silver & Jenny Urban
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Audio Review: Acceptance (Forbes Mates #3) by Grace R. Duncan and Christopher Boucher (Narrator)

Saturday, November 3:

  • BLITZ Green Death by Madeleine Ribbon
  • The Rising Tide, by J. Scott Coatsworth –  tour
  • A Stella Releases Day Review: Strays by A.J. Thomas
  • A  MelanieM Review Green Death by Madeleine Ribbon

Frightfully Fun and Ghoulish Ways of October. This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

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Frightfully Fun and Ghoulish Ways of October

The countdown to Halloween and All Hallows Eve continues.  Last minute decorations are still being put in place and costumes touches hang in the air.  Decisions! Decisions! Oh, what fun!  Scary movies to see at the theatre or to stream.  Get that popcorn ready!  Even Beetlejuice the play is here in town.

Carved pumpkin contests abound!  Love those!  I just got my pumpkins and now have design decisions to make as well.  Free hand?  Draw out picture and lines to follow?  Hmmm…don’t know.  There are certainly some genius designs out there. What imaginations to jumpstart mine.  Take a peek at some of these.

 

 

 

Do you carve pumpkins?  Which way do you go?  Traditional?  Wacky?  Nerd? Scary? Or for the laugh?  Let us know? Maybe send us a pic if you are so inclined.  And Happy Halloween Early.

More Frightfully Scary Stories and Tales of Horror that Go Boo for You:

🎃From H.B.:

Love the pics but I’ve never celebrated Halloween and I don’t know anyone who goes all out for the decor. Even the homes in my old neighborhood and new don’t really celebrate but I do like when I walk into a store and they have tried to do some decoration but also sell the items.

Other books I’ve thought of that can be a good Halloween read are the
Gothika Anthologies released by DSP
In a Dark Wood by Josh Lanyon
Mummy Dearest by Josh Lanyon
All In Fear: A Collection of Six Horror Tales by Steve Berman, et al
Unhinged by Rick R. Reed

🎃From P.R.:

Well, what does make me shiver my timbers? First, I have to care about the characters being threatened. The threat has be believable, and sometimes mysterious, that adds some suspense/tension. And then, people draw this line at different places, but it has to be monstrous without being too gruesome. With that in mind …
– A mysterious killer on the loose in my home state of TX (and historical at that):
THE GERMAN by Lee Thomas
– Speaking of TX, and who can resist this mashup?”
COWBOYS & VAMPIRES by Hank Edwards
– One where monsters are done well, with an edge:
MONSTER (Vertex #1) by Soren Summers
– Another mysterious monster, set in a fav historical time for me, the NW Territory:
MAN & MONSTER (The Savage Land #2) by Michael Jensen

I’m also throwing in Ground of Insurrection (Wizard Wars, #1) by Mell Eight because there’s nothing like a living prairie that likes to eat people.  More to come.  Almost done.  Only a short time left to get those titles in.

What makes a story go Boo for You?  And which ones have?

You have until the end of the month to get your recs into us.  I’m sure the authors and publishers will be releasing titles all month.  Let us know what new ones you find.  We will be doing the same.  Gift certs will be given out in our Horror or Boo For You Title Rec Giveaway!

And now onto what’s happening at our blog this week!

This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

Sunday, October 21:

  • Frightfully Fun and Ghoulish Ways of October.
  • This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words
  • Austin/Man Up Series by Felice Stevens Audio Tour
  • A Caryn Review: Single White Incubus by EJ Russell
  • A Stella Review : Falling Into Love by Nell Iris & Kris T Bethke

Monday, October 22:

  •  Panther Queen, by Amir Lane – release day blast
  • Release Blitz Tour – I’ve Been Careless With A Delicate Thing
  • Cover reveal Addis on the Inside by Annabelle Jay
  • Promo Laura Lascarso
  • A Lucy Review At Long Last: Scott and Preston by Shawn Lane
  • A MelanieM Audiobook Review: Crocus (Bonfires #2) by Amy Lane and Nick J. Russo (Narrator)
  • A Free Dreamer Review Priest & Pariahs (Centauri Survivors Second Chance Chronicles #3) by J. Alan Veerkamp

Tuesday, October 23:

  • Blog Post – Sarah Hadley Brook – Gateway To Love\
  • Book Blast – Omega Challenge by Quinn Michaels
  • BLITZ One Step Back by Edie Danford
  • Book Blast: Shadow Voice Author: Mary Rundle
  • An Alisa Release Day Review: Every Other Weekend by TA Moore
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Release Day Review: Hiding the Moon (Fish Out of Water #4) by Amy Lane
  • A Chaos Moondrawn Review: Expeditions, Estimation, and Other Dangerous Pastimes (Claimings #4) by Lyn Gala

Wednesday, October 24:

  • Release Blitz – An Erie Collection – V.L. Locey
  • Blog Tour Pisces Hooks Taurus (Signs of Love #4) by Anyta Sunday
  • Review Tour – – Fling by Baylin Crow
  • An Ashlez Review: The Story of Us by Barbara Elsborg
  • An Alisa Audio Review: BFF by K.C. Wells
  • A MelanieM Review: Green Death by Madeleine Ribbon

Thursday,  October 25:

  • In the Spotlight Tour and Giveaway: Single White Incubus by EJ Russell
  • Man Up Series – Franke by Felice Stevens Audio Tour
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Review:  Honeymoon For One by Keira Andrews
  • A Lila Review: Ben’s Bakery and the Hanukkah Miracle by Penelope Peters
  • A Stella Release Day Review: Strays by A.J. Thomas
  • A Chaos Moondrawn Prerelease Review: The Bones Beneath My Skin by T.J. Klune

Friday, October 26:

  • Release Blitz – Dark Rivers by Morgan Brice
  • A Lucy Release Day Review:  Embracing Fate (A Series of Fates #2) by C.C. Dado
  • A MelanieM Review:  Faith (Graphene #2) by Archie Hellshire
  • A Free Dreamer Review: Roam (Roam #1) by Dez Schwartz
  • A Chaos Moondrawn Review:  A Dance of Water and Air (Elemental Magicae, #1) by Antonia Aquilante
  • An Ashez Review: An Erie Collection by V.L. Locey

Saturday, October 27:

  • Cover Reveal – Irresistible Indigo (D’Vaire, Book 9) by Jessamyn Kingley
  • A Stella Review: All He Ever Needed by Cate Ashwood
  • A Stella Review “no way out” by Eric Alan Westfall

 

 

A MelanieM Review: Miracle of the Bellskis (Bellskis, #2) by Astrid Amara

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Rating: 5 stars out of 5

Too much family…too little Egg Nog.

It’s been three years since Seth Bellski forced his boyfriend and ex-boss Lars Varga out of the closet. Since then, Seth has passed the bar and become an attorney, and Lars has started his own firm. Their sex life has gotten steamier, and everything seems perfect between them. Until the holidays arrive.

It’s bad enough that Seth’s mother and father want them over every single night of Hanukkah. And that Lars’s less-than-tolerant parents are sleeping in the room next door for the duration of Christmas, putting the kibosh on their kink. They also end up attorneys representing opposing sides in a divorce case, one which quickly proves to be much more than it seems.

Amidst Hanukkah candles, Christmas lights, burned dinners and delayed court appointments, can Lars and Seth’s relationship survive the ultimate holiday challenge: too much family?

From my review in 2011, pre Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words:

I loved this. What a wonderful surprise to see this release. I loved the first book in the series, Carol of the Bellskis from Astrid Amara that was released last year. So this was a joyful present this December. This sequel finds partners Seth Bellski and Lars Varga happily together and getting ready for the holidays, Hanukkah and Christmas. For the first time, this will include Lars’ family, who is still not comfortable with the idea of their son being gay and his meeting live-in lover. Plus Seth’s loving and loud Bellski family has decided to migrate west and join them in Seattle-permanently.

The ensuing holiday stress brings much snark, cooking and loud arguments and of course love. Astrid Amara does this so well that when I finish one book I immediately want the next one to know what happens to her characters. These are real people with flaws who argue, laugh, make love and get stressed out. I love every minute I spend with them. And that includes Ruthie and Herman Bellski, the rest of their brood. I even warmed up to the Vargas along with Seth as the book drew to a close. It is also great to have a book that includes Hanukkah rituals as much as Christmas in the story, Seth is Jewish after all.

So definitely put this on your TBR stack, right near the top. Include the first book, Carol of the Bellskis too. It’s a win win for you. And then you will be like me, hoping that the next holiday season, finds another gift from Santa and Astrid, another Hanukkah spent with Seth and Lars and all their families.

Yes, this story is all that and more.  Little did I know at the time I would have to wait until the end of 2017 to get to the end of their story (so worth it), but here in Miracle of the Bellskis, you see Lars and Seth in the middle stages of their lives and relationship.  They’ve both made adjustments and grown as individuals.  I have always admired Amara’s depth of characterizations, and her ease of letting her characters flow into another stage in their lives is so wonderful and pertinent here.

If you loved them before, prepare for that to deepen as once more the holidays of Hanukkah and Christmas advance on Seth and Lars with all the chaos and hilarity that entails.  The joy in reconnecting with these stories just makes me feels warm all over at just the thought of them.  If you aren’t familiar with them, find them now.  You get the fun of reading all three together!  It’s a series I highly recommend.

Cover art by April Martinez is perfect.  I love the menorah that pulls together all three covers as well as the characters.  That’s Lars and Seth for me.

Special note:  on sale now at Loose id.

Sales Links:  Loose id | Amazon

Book Details:

ebook, 1st Edition, 110 pages
Published December 13th 2011 by Loose Id
Original TitleMiracle of the Bellskis (Bellskis, #2)
ISBN139781611185713
Edition LanguageEnglish

Series Holidays with the Bellskis

Carol of the Bellskis 2009
Miracle of the Bellskis 2011
Wedding Bellskis 2017

A MelanieM Review: Carol of the Bellskis (Bellskis, #1) by Astrid Amara

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Rating: 5 stars out of 5

Paralegal Seth Bellski is tired of being the secret lover of his boss, Lars Varga, founding partner of Finch & Varga Law. So when he asks Lars to spend Hanukkah with Seth’s family at their kosher B and B in Whistler, B.C., and Lars refuses, Seth realizes he will never get his self-conscious boss out of the closet.

So Seth prepares to spend his Hanukkah holiday alone in the B and B. Instead he finds himself running the place, as his aunt and uncle are missing, and seven demanding, peculiar, and danger-prone guests have arrived. To make matters worse, Lars shows up, begging forgiveness. Lars’s touches remind Seth of why he put up with his boss’s behavior in the first place. If only the words that came out of that beautiful mouth were as sweet as his kisses.

But how can Seth find time to fix his broken relationship when the guests are demanding kosher, gluten-free diets, losing their pet terriers, and hitting their heads on the ice? Seth and Lars find themselves put through the paces of being a married couple, all while still broken up. But then again, if they can survive this Hanukkah, maybe they’ll be singing a carol of the Bellskis.

Astrid Amara likes to release holiday stories and in 2009 started this Hanukkah trilogy.  It took her until 2017 to finish it but I’m so happy she did because it’s heartwarming, beautifully written,  full of suspense, mystery, romance, and love of all types.  And it all started here with Carol of the Bellskis.

When reading an Astrid Amara story, you can’t just pick out one strength because her stories are so amazingly well rounded and beautifully written.  That shows here.  Her characters are strong, believable, and so are their relationship dynamics, as faltering as they are in the beginning.  With Seth Bellski, you get his formidable Jewish family, their strength in their belief in their family and their religion, yes, more.  It never tips over into caricature as it could so easily, but these people come across with love and care, if at times a bit of fond exasperation with knowledge of their foibles.  Then there is Lars and his side of the family. Reserved, cold…well, I will let the story speak to the Vargas. They remain, however, authentic and real.  That becomes something of a element of slow growth (very slow) over the course of the series, ending only with Wedding Bellskis this  December.  But I’m getting way ahead of this couple now at their breaking point.

The author sets out so many tough goals here and meets them all.  There’s a romance and some very difficult relationship decisions that  have to be worked through here by Lars (especially Lars) and Seth,.  There’s an inn that can’t run itself where everyone seems to keep disappearing, so mysteries to solve,  Hanukkah to celebrate, and much, much more.  And it all meshes so well, like one of life’s tapestries.  You will leave wishing you knew these people and wanting to be a part of their lives.

This story is full of so much emotion, action, color, and wit.  It’s lively, poignant, sad, angry, lusty, romantic, funny, and a great read.  I relished my time with Seth, Lars, and all the many Bellskis, and couldn’t wait until the next Hanukkah rolled around because that’s when Astrid Amara promised to roll out the next installment.  Ah well,  it was worth the wait even if it took until 2011.

Carol of the Bellskis rang in this series, this couple!  It’s not to be missed.  The Trilogy is on the top of my recommendations, not just for the holidays, but anytime of the year.  But grab up all three now and read right through!  What a treat is in store for you, starting with this remarkable story.

Cover art by April Martinez is strong, on target, and not only brands the series by the use of the menorah on all 3 titles but that’s also my idea of both characters.  Perfection.

Sales Links:  Loose id | Amazon

Book Details:

ebook, 1st Edition, 100 pages
Published December 14th 2009 by Loose Id
Original TitleCarol of the Bellskis
ISBN139781607375272
Edition LanguageEnglish
SeriesHolidays with the Bellskis

Of Polar Vortexes. Bombogenesis and Thundersnow. This Week At Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

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Polar Vortex. Bombogenesis. Thundersnow!

Yes, this is the week the weather took over Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words!  So cold my keyboard (ok, my fingers) just about froze!  Six degrees here and they are calling for much colder weather to come!  Nope, Maryland is officially known as The Temperate State.  Nothing temperate about these temperatures!  In fact the whole East Coast is frozen from Niagara Falls to Tallahassee, Florida.   Snow is falling in Texas to Florida. Iguanas are dropping like hail near the Everglades.  And the Meteorologists are having a field day, either defending or denying the use of some of the words I’ve used above.  Especially bombogenesis!  That one caused a howl!

Nice to see language and words with the power to make things pop on a daily basis!  You can find the definitions of these terms and others like seiche and haboob here.  Terrific article but I’m more interested in the way these words flew about the media.  People got downright Twitterpated!  There’s a polar bombogenesis coming! RUN!!!!!!! To the grocery store or the liquor store or wherever one runs.  But run!  Not sure where they thought we were going?  Alaska?  Because it’s downright warmer there then here.  How about “bomb cyclone”?  Heard that one too!  What terms have you been hearing?  How have you been coping with the cold, if at all?  Maybe you are one of the luckier ones and live outside the “frozen zone”, what advice, other than “Let It Go” (runs and hides) would you have for us?

I’ve been taking the cold by staying inside with the dogs and reading (and binging Netflix I confess).  The cold (a 2 degree morning today) is good for that.  Luckily I’ve had some wonderful stories for company.  Charlie Cochrane’s Lindenshaw Mysteries (a cozy if ever there was one) is on it’s third installment.  Just terrific.  Plus I have some old favorites I’m discussing below.  What are you all reading during this “bomb cyclone”? Or winter hurricane?  What tales are keeping you warm? More about that later….

Now, onto this week.  There are some very special books we are reviewing this week, some with starts that go way back! This week I’m finishing up a trilogy that started in 2009.  That would be Astrid Amara’s wonderful Bellskis series.  One came out in holiday season 2009, then another during the holiday in 2011, and then…nothing.  I was bereft!  I loved this series and couple!  Then the news that Loose id was closing and the final story arrived.  Wedding Bellskis!  Be still my heart.  All three are reviewed this week.  Astrid Amara’s trilogy combines  murder, mystery, Hanukkah, a sometimes rocky romance, and a couple to remember.  Check them out!

Next up?  Another story  with it’s start years ago.  That would be Laura Baumbach’s Genetic Snare.  How many of you science fiction lovers remember the first story?   That would be Details of the Hunt (Details #1) by Laura Baumbach published back in 2006 (2007).  Honestly I can’t remember which year I read but I think it was 2006.  A long time!  Anyway, then she announced there would be a sequel….which never came.  Which because she was busy establishing MLR Press among other things.  Now, years later, we are finally getting that story!  There’s a time traveled pirate, a huge alien who talks like a film noir gangster, suspense, and alien tentacle sex..sort of.  Yes, it works but you really need to read both books.

Finally there’s Amy Tasukada’s Yakusa Path series.  The third book is out and I’m reviewing it this week.  It was one of my Best of 2017 and it looks as though it will be on my 2018 list as well.  Just amazing.  So if you don’t mind gritty, brilliant, bloody fiction, check out One Thousand Cranes (Yakuza Path #3) by Amy Tasukada.  Again you will need the entire series.

All that and so much more!  There’s a few more holiday stories and audiobook reviews and everything in between.  Plus giveaways, author interviews, and guest posts!  Stay with us, stay warm, and stay safe….

More about the giveaway at the end of the post.

 

This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

Sunday, January 7:

  • Of Polar Vortexes. Bombogenesis and Thundersnow.
  • This Week At Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words
  • A MelanieM Review: Carol of the Bellskis (Bellskis, #1) by Astrid Amara

Monday, January 8:

  • Hannah Carmack on Seven-Sided Spy
  • Blog tour *Bleeding Like Me by Riley Parks
  • DSP Promo Ari McKay
  • A Stella Review: Like a Gentleman by Eliot Grayson
  • A MelanieM Review: Beyond The Tunnel by Dan Mitton
  • An Alisa Review: Tangled Up in You by Emily Carrington
  • A Lila Audiobook Review: Uncommonly Tidy Poltergeists by Angel Martinez and Michael Pauley (Narrator)

Tuesday, January 9:

  • Release Blitz – Lost In Time – A.L. Lester
  • DSP Promo Logan Meredith
  • DSP Promo Z. Allora on The Great Wall
  • A Jeri Release Day Review: Bleu Balls (Balls to the Wall #7) by Tara Lain
  • A Lila Release Day Review: Southernmost Murder by C.S. Poe
  • A MelanieM Review: Bring Me the Dead by Becky Black

Wednesday, January 10:

  • Release Blitz – Coach’s Challenge (Cayuga Cougars #3) by V.L. Locey
  • Release Blitz – Forever With You by Londra Laine
  • Review Tour – Amy Tasukada’s One Thousand Cranes
  • A Stella Review: Mended With Gold by Lee Welch
  • A MelanieM Review: A MelanieM Review:  One Thousand Cranes (Yakuza Path #3) by Amy Tasukada
  • An Alisa Audiobook Review: Freckles by Amy Lane and Nick J. Russo (Narrator)

Thursday, January 11:

  • DSP Promo Andrew Grey
  • Harmony Ink Promo Gene Gant
  • Riptide Tour & Giveaway: Relay by Layla Reyne
  • A MelanieM Review: Genetic Snare (Details #2) by Laura Baumbach
  • An Alisa Review: Christmas Kisses at the North Pole by Jessie Pinkham
  • A MelanieM Review: Miracle of the Bellskis (Bellskis, #2) by Astrid Amara

Friday, January 12:

  • Release Blitz & Review Tour for Rebecca Cohen’s Not All Chocolates & Cuckoo
  • Review Tour for Sam Burns’ Blackbird In The Reeds
  • Riptide Tour and Giveaway: Two Feet Under by Charlie Cochrane
  • A MelanieM Review: Two Feet Under (Lindenshaw Mysteries #3) by Charlie Cochrane
  • A MelanieM Review: Not All Chocolates & Cuckoo Clocks by Rebecca Cohen
  • A Stella Review: Composing a Family: A Mannies Incorporated Novel by Sean Michael

Saturday, January 13:

  • A MelanieM Review: Magical Rescue (Shifting through the Snow Book 8) by Laura Baumbach
  • A MelanieM Review:Wedding Bellskis (Holidays with the Bellskis, #3) by Astrid Amara

 

 

 

 

 

Best of 2017 Giveaway

Who has made an impact on you this year?  Start thinking about it.  This week starts our Best of 2017 Giveaways.  We need your Best of in whatever Categories you would like to submit.  Have a Best of Covers?  Great!  How about a Bests of Supernatural Romance? Perfect! Best Historical Romance? Love it!  Getting the idea?  So what’s your Best of 2017?  I will be gathering mine for the next 2 weeks and will trot them out at the end of the month.  Prizes will be offered up! Gift certificates, more than one, for participations and more.

Our Winners are:   Purple Reader, H.B., and Ana!  A $10 Gift Card will be yours.  Happy New Years to all of you and a huge thank you to everyone that provided us with all those lists.  I will be putting up a page with everyone’s 2017 Lists this week so   be on the lookout for that too!  New Giveaway up next week! Yep the Polar Vortex Giveaway!

A Barb the Zany Old Lady Review: Eight Nights In December by Keira Andrews

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Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5

This is a lovely holiday story featuring a family celebrating Hanukkah.  Lucas’s college roommate Sam is heading home for the holidays and Lucas is looking forward to peace and quiet in the dorms while the partying jock is away.  Orphaned after his father passed away in September, Lucas has nowhere to go—until Sam’s mother takes him by the hand and drags him home to New York with her. 

She deposits him in Sam’s little brother’s room, but when Lucas gets a look at his little brother, Nate, is evident that little is the last word he’d used to describe the sexy, glasses-wearing geek.  And Nate’s view of Lucas isn’t that bad either.  It’s not long until the two begin a fling and though Lucas starts off as an inexperienced virgin, by the time the eight days of Hanukkah are over, that’s no longer the case.  In fact, by the end of the eight days there’s more going on than a holiday fling, and neither Nate nor Lucas are looking forward to their separation after New Year’s Day. 

But Nate’s not out and Lucas promised his dad he’d go to his dad’s favorite college to study medicine.  Nate also isn’t happy with the career choice he’s following to please his own dad.  He really wants to be a photographer but he promised his dad he’d be a lawyer.  Can these two young men find their way to their hearts’ desires—including each other—after only eight days together? 

This is, as I said, a lovely story and for those who like sexy romps, this one will make your holiday stocking sizzle.  It’s also a sweet love story and just thing to brighten a gloomy day. 

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Cover art by Dar Albert depicts head shots of two young men gazing fondly at each other in the top pane of the cover, the title and a Star of David in the center, and a night scene of New York City in the lower pane.  Bright and attractive, it suits the story perfectly.

Sales Link:  Amazon

Book Details:

ebook, 100 pages
Published December 7th 2017 by KA Books
ISBN139781988260259
Edition Language English

Almost There! The Best is Yet to Come 2017 Best of Lists Continue. This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

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Almost There! The Best is Yet to Come

2017 Best of Lists Continue…

This week I’m devoting our blog to lists from our readers and what wonderful lists they came up with.  One author on many of there lists is one that will be on mine too.  But in what manner?  Because Annabeth Albert is one author I’m wrestling with right now for mine own lists because I love so many of her stories.  What do I choose from?  Her #gaymers series (Status Update, Beta Test)? Her Out of Uniform series (On Point) or even her newest one Rainbow Cove (Tender with a Twist)?  Rhys Ford for her gritty urban fantasy and contemporary? Heidi Cullinan? On and on, there are authors with multiple stories that made a huge impact on me this year…how to narrow the list down or do I?

Please feel free to chime in here.  Because my lists start tending to look like scrolls rolling across the floor…

And then there are the authors new to me and their  series, writers like J.M. Dabney, Dahlia Donovan, and Lindsey Black.

Yes, my list will be long.  Be prepared on the 31st!  Until then enjoy these wonderful lists from some of our readers and you still have until the end of the week to get yours in as well and be entered for our Best of 2017 Giveaways. See the details below.  Until next week..

Be Safe, Be Merry, and Happy Reading from all of us to all of you!

Happy Holidays to one and all from everyone here at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words!

 

♡From H.B.

Thanks for sharing your list with us. I never was very good at picking out books I thought were the best over all books I’ve read well here goes:

Best of series 2017:
At Last, The Beloved by Stella Starling
The F-Word by E. Davies
Regent’s Park Pack by Annabelle Jacobs (technically book 1 was released in 2016 but book 2 and 3 was released this year)
Luna Brothers by Ashe Moon

2017 Best Novels:
Archangel’s Assassin by Barbara Elsborg
Haunted by Casey Ashwood
Thick & Thin (THIRDS 8) by Charlie Cochet
Darkest Hour Before Dawn (THIRDS 9) by Charlie Cochet
Gummy Bears & Grenades (THIRDS 9.5) by Charlie Cochet
Dim Sum Asylum by Rhys Ford
Siren’s Call by J.C. Owens
The Foxling Soldati (Soldati Hearts 2) by Charlie Cochet
Bone to Pick by T.A. Moore
Daimonion (The Apocalypse 1) by J.P. Jackson
To Touch You (Mates 4) by Cardeno C.
A Worthy Man (The Men of Halfway House 5) by Jaime Reese
FU: Fixer Uppers by Devon McCormack
Love Connection (#gaymers 3.5) by Annabeth Albert
True Colors (True Love 2) by Anyta Sunday
Half by Eli Lang
Married for a Month by Cate Ashwood
Ge-Mi (Part One) by Mell Eight
Man Walks into a Bar: A Trio of Short Stories by Lissa Ford

Best listened to audiobook in 2017:
Don’t Twunk With My Heart (Loving You 2) by Renae Kaye
Whyborne and Griffin series book 1-8 by Jordan l. Hawk
Lightning Struck Heart by T.J. Klune
Stranger on the Shore by Josh Lanyon
#gaymers series by Annabeth Albert

♡From Ami:

It is ALWAYS difficult for me to choose things for “Best” List. Mainly because I read a lot (more than 400 titles, MM and MF) so I hate sorting them out in order. But I’ll try. And I prefer to use the word “Favorite” rather than Best, since I know my taste is different than others

Favorite New-To-Me Author 2017
Roe Horvat (Debut Author)
Sam Burns (Debut Author)

Favorite Novel Read in 2017
Back to You by Chris Scully
Kill Game by Cordelia Kingsbride
Love is Heartless by Kim Fielding
On Point by Annabeth Albert
Bad Behavior by L.A. Witt & Cari Z.
Accepting the Fall by Meg Harding
The Love Song of Sawyer Bell by Avon Gale (F/F Romance)
Tender with a Twist by Annabeth Albert
Sightlines by Santino Hassell

Favorite Novella / Short Story Read in 2017
The Layover by Roe Horvat
Handmade Holidays by Nathan Burgoine

♡From Jen27:

Here are some of mine from 2017.

Series:Whyborne & Griffin by Jordan L. Hawk (has been since it started)

New-to-me-Author:Kasia Bacon
Holiday story: Color of You by C.S. Poe (I was lucky enough to win an ARC.)
Audiobook: The Alpha King by Victoria Sue
Short Story: Dear Mona Lisa by Claire Davis & Al Stewart
I have way to many novels that I loved, but some of the authors who had multiple five star reads for me this year are: Jordan L. Hawk, Rhys Ford, Tal Bauer, Victoria Sue, Kasia Bacon, Keira Andrews, NR Walker, KJ Charles, Cat Sebastian, CS Poe, Eli Easton, Layla Reyne, Charlie Cochet, Annabeth Albert, Garrett Leigh, Santino Hassell, TJ Klune, Harper Fox

♡And Purple Reader:

hanks fro all the good recs. Certainly a lot to look into. I didn’t know if this was limited to 2017 releases, but as far as fantasy goes: I read and loved the first 4 in Andrew Q. Gordon’s Champion of the Gods series this year, and the latest (4th – Child of Night & Day) was this year.

Best of 2017 Giveaway

Who has made an impact on you this year?  Start thinking about it.  This week starts our Best of 2017 Giveaways.  We need your Best of in whatever Categories you would like to submit.  Have a Best of Covers?  Great!  How about a Bests of Supernatural Romance? Perfect! Best Historical Romance? Love it!  Getting the idea?  So what’s your Best of 2017?  I will be gathering mine for the next 2 weeks and will trot them out at the end of the month.  Prizes will be offered up! Gift certificates, more than one, for participations and more.

Ends this Saturday, December 30th.  So get those lists in and let’s starting comparing!  Happy compiling! Must be 18 years old to enter.

This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

 

 

Sunday, December 24:

  • An Alisa Advent Release Day Review: Candy Canes and Cappuccinos by Elizabeth Coldwell
  • An Alisa Review: The Icicles by R.W. Clinger
  • Almost There! The Best is Yet to Come 2017 Best of Lists Continue.
  • This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

Monday, December 25 – Merry Christmas Everyone!

  • Book BLITZ Get Up by Reece Pine
  • BLITZ Run in the Blood by A.E. Ross
  • Jared’s Fulfillment by Riley Hart Blog Tour
  • A Caryn Release Day Review: Color of You by CS Poe
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Review:Don’t Plan to Stay by Kaje Harper
  • A MelanieM Advent Release Day Review: Homemade from the Heart by Bru Baker
  • A Stella Review: Like a Gentleman, by Eliot Grayson

Tuesday, December 26:

  • DSP Promo Scotty Cade on Someone To Kiss
  • Tour Blitz for Sin and Saint by J.M. Dabney
  • A Free Dreamer Review :In Blood and Pain by Aldrea Alien
  • A MelanieM Advent Release Day Review: The Billionaire’s Boxing Day Bargain by Ava Hayden
  • A MelanieM Release Day Review: Sin & Saint (Executioners #4) by J.M. Dabney
  • An Ali Review: Will & Patrick’s Endless Honeymoon (Wake Up Married #7) by Leta Blake

Wednesday, December 27:

  • On tour:Blood’s Song by Tempeste O’Riley
  • DSP Promo KC Burn
  • A Caryn Release Day Review: Being with Him by Mickie Ashling
  • An Alisa Review: I Only Want to Be With You by J Scott Coatsworth
  • A Caryn Advent Release Day Review: A Holiday Crush by CJane Elliott
  • An Alisa Release Day Review: Someone to Kiss by Scotty Cade

Thursday, December 28:

  • Harmony Ink Promo RG Thomas
  • SEAN MICHAEL on Composing a Family
  • A LIla Review:  Came Upon a Midnight Clear by Katie Porter
  • A MelanieM Advent Release Day Review:  Ghostwriter of Christmas Past by TA Moore
  • A MelanieM Review:A Viking For Yule by Jamie Fessenden
  • An Ali Review : On Your Knees, Prospect by KA Merikan
  • An Alisa Review: Life on Pause by Erin McLellan

Friday, December 29:

  • Cover Reveal for La Famiglia (A Men of Gilead Novel) by Deanna Wadsworth
  • Release Blitz – Beyond The Tunnel – Dan Mitton
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Review:  Eight Nights In December by Keira Andrews
  • A MelanieM Advent Release Day Review: New Game, Start by C.S. Poe
  • A MelanieM Review: 415 Ink: Rebel by Rhys Ford
  • An Alisa Review: Raven (Elsewhere #2) by H.J. Perry

Saturday, December 30:

  • A Lila Advent Release Day Review: The Werewolf before Christmas by Charles Payseur
  • A MelanieM Review: A Cop for Christmas by Jamie Fessenden

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An Alisa Advent Release Day Review: Candy Canes and Cappuccinos by Elizabeth Coldwell

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Rating:  3 stars out of 5 

Kyle is struggling to run his coffee shop on his own after his partner walked out on him. He has his eye on Steven, who comes into the shop each day, but hasn’t worked up the nerve to express his interest. When Steven asks Kyle to help out with Christmas lunch at the homeless shelter where he works, Kyle is too exhausted to agree. He donates his tips but still feels he’s blown his chances with Steven and made himself look like a selfish jerk.

On Christmas Day, Kyle sees a way to make amends—to both Steven and the needy people depending on his kindness. It’s the right thing to do, and Kyle hopes he can clear up the misunderstanding and show Steven the type of man he really is. Maybe then they can consider some dessert when the lunch at the shelter is over…

Kyle and Steven have been flirting with each other for months but never took anything further.  Kyle has worked hard to make his coffee shop successful and doesn’t think before he gives Steven an answer.  I did love how he stepped up when he was walking and knew the people from the shelter needed help.  Despite their flirting neither of them know much about each other and they get a little bit of a chance to talk.  However, I couldn’t help but feel that Steven pushed Kyle a bit too much once they were alone and I didn’t like the explanation that it means more so it’s okay

Cover Art by Paul Richmond is the series cover for the Stocking Stuffer 2017 Advent collection.  Humorous but doesn’t pertain to one story.

Sales Links:  Dreamspinner Press | Amazon

Book Details:
ebook, 24 pages
Published: December 24, 2017 by Dreamspinner Press
Edition Language: English