Trying Times and Scattered Thoughts. This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words


Trying Times and Scattered Thoughts

This week I’m still trying to wrap my head around several thoughts this week, none of which is actually coming together into an cohesive post.   That’s the impact of all the events of the last week is having on me I guess.

Without even knowing the people involved, I’m hurting for them.  And our LGBTQIA  community.  I don’t know why I would think that the harm to the  community would always come from outside. Several times that’s proven not to be the case.  Santino Hassell is not the first case of catfishing, but  he has also hurt others in far worse ways.  That story is still unraveling.

Then there is the deeply disturbing events that lead to Riptide Publishing cutting all ties to  Sarah Lyon, ex Editoral Director, and Kate DeGroot, ex freelance editor and regrouping.  So many elements there to occupy my mind, but floating to the top have been things like “POC can’t be on book covers because they won’t sell. ”  And the obvious racism that existed at every corner there for some personnel/authors.  In an age of diversity, when we are talking about Quiltbag fiction…how can we still be facing such blatant racism?

Any why was it allowed to continue?

I get the power imbalance.  How could any of those authors speak up?  It would  cost them their stories and perhaps their livelihood. Or the artists who design covers they authors get to choose from.  I bet they got the message loud and clear to begin with. But truly?  Now, here?  Isn’t it time for us to be done with this?

But then I started to look through all the stories, catalogs, tons of covers…and noticed a dearth of yes, POC.  I began to wonder….are there more people like Sarah out there  telling artists and authors in our community …”don’t put POC on the cover, it won’t sell…”.  What an insidious, mean, racist sentence.  Guaranteed to make someone without power stop and think, and perhaps pull back.

I think it’s becoming clear..yes racism is with us…even in the LGBTQIA community.  We just need to choose to recognize it.  And then deal with it in a positive manner.  Help support those authors and publishers going forward towards  diversity across the spectrum in every way.

What are your thoughts on this and this whole sorry week.  Mine clearly are still coming together….

This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

Sunday, March 18:

  • This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

Monday, March 19:

  • DSP Promo Sarah Black on American Road Trip
  • BLITZ Tomboy by Janelle Reston
  • Livingston (Trenton Security #1) by J.M. Dabney Release Day Blog
  • A MelanieM Review:Livingston (Trenton Security #1) by J.M. Dabney
  • A Stella Review One Under by JL Merrow
  • An Alisa Review: No Rulebook for Flirting by Laura Bailo

Tuesday, March 20:

  • Blog Tour Jace’s Trial by JM Wolf
  • BLITZ The Moth and Moon by Glenn Quigley
  • TOUR Cutie Pies by Barbara Bell
  • A MelanieM Review:  Mage of Inconvenience by Parker Foye
  • An Alisa Review: Captive Hearts (Deviant Hearts #1) by A E Ryecart
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Audiobook Review: A Wild Ride (The Bullriders #1) by Andrew Grey and John Solo (Narrator)

Wednesday, March 21:

  • DSP Promo Julia Talbot
  • BLITZ The Vampire’s Angel by Damian Serbu
  • Release Blitz – Breaking the Rules by C.J. Lynne
  • A Caryn Review The Weekend Bucket List by Mia Kerick
  • An Alisa Review: The Paramedic Who Hated Jazz by Stephani Hecht
  • A Stella Review: Jace’s Trial (Trials in Abingdon #1) by J.M. Wolf (

Thursday, March 22:

  • DSP Promo S.E. Harmon
  • TOUR The Vampire’s Angel by Damian Serbu
  • RELEASE DAY BLITZ Moon Illusion by Michelle Osgood
  • An Ali Review: ​​​​Oskar Blows a Gasket​ by Al Stewart​
  • A MelanieM Review: Partner with Benefits (Kolar Creek Tales) by Val Francis
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Audiobook Review: How to Bang a Billionaire (Arden St. Ives #1) by Alexis Hall and Joel Leslie (Narrator)

Friday, March 23:

  • DSP PROMO SJD Peterson on Going Of Grid
  • Release Day Blitz for Leaning into the Look by Lane Hayes
  • Tour and Giveaway: One Under by JL Merrow
  • A Lila Release Day Review:   Going Off Grid by SJD Peterson
  • A MelanieM Review: One Under by JL Merrow
  • An Alisa Audiobook Review: Permanent Ink (Art & Soul #1) by Avon Gale and Piper Vaughn /Kirt Graves (Narrator)

Saturday, March 24:

  • A MelanieM Review: Murder Takes the High Road by Josh Lanyon

Hurricane Support and Aid. This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words


Hurricane Support and Aid

First it was Hurricane Harvey in Texas …one that people are trying to recover from, now the State of Florida is anticipating the devastation from the largest hurricane to ever come out of the Atlantic, Hurricane Irma, even as others in Puerto Rico, the Bahamas and others are in shock over the utter destruction Irma has left them in.  Meanwhile Texas is still trying to get rescue personnel into the remaining unsearched areas still looking for missing people, pets, anything and anyone that has been left out of the basic recovery operation.  Meanwhile, out in the Atlantic, Hurricane Jose, now a Category 4, is churning towards the Caribbean islands, including what’s left of Barbuda.

And hurricane season has just begun.

I haven’t even talked about what’s happening in the Pacific Northwest with its 100 year heat wave and wildfires.

FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, that  “everyone” relies on for federal aid to rebuild (including Trump and his Mar a Lago) is expected be out of funds by Friday.  According to the Bloomberg Report and other financial reporting institutions, FEMA had only $541 million out of $1.01 Billion available for assisting those affected by Hurricane Harvey (per a FEMA spokesperson albeit anonymously).  According to the report “This equates to spending roughly $9.3 million an hour, or $155,000 every minute.”

Trump had asked Congress for 8 billion in aid for Houston alone, after asking Congress to cut FEMA’s budget to build his wall.  Now there’s Irma.  We haven’t begun to add up the totals from the fires in the the Pacific Northwest or the damage from the high heat to the crops there.  All federal disasters themselves.

Anyway I’m getting away from my point…again.

Disaster aid is something we can help with on a smaller scale.  I believe we all know someone in the affected area.  I have relatives in Florida, friends in Texas, relatives there too.  Connections are global these days.  On our local news are aid trucks leaving daily for Houston with water, clothes, canned goods from various collection points.  Already the same is starting for Florida in anticipation.  We  know it’s going to be bad.

What are other ways you can help?

From the New York Times:

  • GlobalGiving’s Irma Relief Fund is accepting donations here. It vets the local organizations it helps fund and is well-regarded by charity watchdogs. (GlobalGiving prioritizes local organizations over the long term, but often steers money toward larger entities like Save the Children or the International Medical Corps during the early days of disaster response.)
  • Donors can also visit the crowdsourcing website GoFundMe to give money to the Direct Impact Fund, a nonprofit that distributes money to smaller campaigns within the United States and its territories.
  • GoFundMe also hosts individual crowdfunding campaigns for people and organizations. Those include several based outside the United States in case you would prefer to give directly to, say, The American University of Antigua, which is steering money toward Barbuda, or the Caribbean Eagles, a bikers’ group whose clubhouse was damaged in St. Martin.
  • (GoFundMe says fraud is rare. It says it works to verify that all funds go to intended recipients, but it cannot always verify the specific claims made by individual campaigners.)

♥︎Check out your local news and media.  They have the most uptodate information on donations and relief effort in your area.  They can tell you  where the  collection sites are, when the trucks are leaving and who is in charge of the convoys.  They have also done the legwork in vetting these groups.

For Pets/Animals:

Already we have pets and animals rescued from the Harvey Hurricane arriving in our local animal shelters for fostering and adoption.  To get them here takes money, time and effort, which takes money.  These animals have been fed, cleaned, housed, given shots.  And the organizations doing this work need our support too.

What to watch out for

  • To make sure you are giving to a legitimate and effective charity, check whether it has been rated or accredited by an organization like Charity NavigatorCharity Watch or the Better Business Bureau. These might not cover smaller, community-based charitable organizations. But you can read useful tips about choosing a charity from the Federal Trade Commission.
  • Among its recommendations: Do your research; don’t wire money or send cash; find out a charity’s address and phone number; call them if necessary; and be wary of charities that appear to be new.
  • Ms. Lake of GlobalGiving said that after major storms blow over and many emergency medical workers leave the scene, it is often up to local organizations to help rebuild communities. “These are organizations that are often overlooked and underfunded,’’ she said, “and they really do know their communities and are there for the long run.”

Here’s Charity Navigator’s Approved list for Houston Aid (and work for Florida too) as of Tuesday: 

• All Hands Volunteers
• American Kidney Fund
• American Red Cross
• Americares

• Best Friends Animal Society
• Brother’s Brother Foundation

• Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
• Child Foundation
• Children’s Hunger Fund
• Convoy of Hope

• Delivering Good
• Direct Relief

• Episcopal Relief & Development
• Feeding America
• First Book
• GlobalGiving

• Habitat for Horses
• Heart to Heart International
• Houston Food Bank

• International Orthodox Christian Charities
• International Relief Teams
• Islamic Relief USA
• Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago

• MAP International
• Matthew 25: Ministries
• Medical Teams International
• MedShare

• Operation Blessing International
• Operation USA

• Samaritan’s Purse
• Save the Children
• ShelterBox USA
• Small Steps Nurturing Center
• Star of Hope Mission

• The ALS Association, National Office
• The Zakat Foundation of America

• UJA-Federation of New York
• United Way of Greater Houston
• World Vision
• YMCA of Greater Houston


More coming.  If you know of any, please forward it here and we will update the list for Florida too.  People in all the affected areas, you are in our thoughts….


Note:  Winners of International Literacy Day will be announced next week, along with their comments.  

This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

Sunday, September 10:

  • Hurricane Support and Aid
  • This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words
  • Release Blitz for KA Merikan’s Manic Pixie Dream Boy

Monday, September 11:

  • Review Tour for Xavier Axelson’s Lavender
  • Dreamspinner Promo Andrew Grey
  • TOUR: Whitecott Manor by Emma Jane
  • A MelanieM Release Day Review: Family Man by Heidi Cullinan and Marie Sexton
  • A MelanieM Release Day Review: His Mossy Boy (Being(s) in Love#8) by R. Cooper
  • A MelanieM Review: Lavender by Xavier Axelson

Tuesday, September 12:

  • RIPTIDE TOUR and Giveaway: The Quarterback by Mackenzie Blair
  • Release Blitz for Heloise West’s  His Dark Reflection (Haven & Heart #3)
  • Release Blitz and Giveaway for Saved by AM Arthur
  • Dreamspinner Promo Alicia Nordwell on Earning His Trust
  • A MelanieM Pre-Release Review: Enter the Dragon (The Bestiary) by Jamie Sullivan
  • A Julia Review: Heat Wave, Seasons of Love book 3, by Elyse Springer
  • An Alisa Review: His Secret Admirer by Edward Kendrick

Wednesday, September 13:

  • Dreamspinner Promo Sean Michael
  • Review Tour – Annabelle Jacobs’  Maybe This Time
  • Review Tour – Con Riley’s Be My Best Man
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Review: Maybe This Time by Annabelle Jacobs
  • A Stella Review: Be My Best Man by Con Riley
  • An Alisa Release Day Review: Cataclysmic Shift (The Aloysius Tales #3) by Tara Lain
  • A Jeri Review: Living Out Loud by Nyrae Dawn & Christina Lee

Thursday, September 14:

  • Book Blitz for Knight of Sherwood by N.B. Dixon
  • Dreamspinner Promo Shira Anthony on Finder’s Keeper (Heart’s Gate)
  • RIPTIDE TOUR and Giveaway: In His Majesty’s Service by Elizabeth Silver and Jenny Urban
  • A Caryn Review: Midlife Crisis by Audra North
  • A MelanieM Review: Cinnamon Eyes by Nell Iris
  • An Alisa Review : Beast of a Time (Hellhound Bound #1) by Misha Paige

Friday, September 15:

  • Blog Tour Temptation Series Book V by Ella Frank
  • DSP Publications Promo Lina Langley
  • Review Tour – Eli Easton – How To Save A Life (Howl #4)
  • A Lila Review: Life Is Not A Musical (Woodstock Love #1) by Vicktor Alexander
  • A MelanieM Release Day Review: Finder’s Keeper (Heart’s Gate) by Shira Anthony
  • A MelanieM Release Day Review: Finding Mr. Wright (Leaning N #2) by BA Tortuga
  • A Stella Review: How To Save A Life (Howl #4) by Eli Easton

Saturday, September 16:

  • Release Blitz – EXPOSURE by Aly Hayden
  • A MelanieM Review: Burning Tracks (Spotlight #2) by Lilah Suzanne
  • A MelanieM Audiobook Review: Drama Cruise (A Nicky & Noah Mystery  #3) by Joe Cosentino and Brad Enright (Narrator)








Merry Christmas, More Announcements and This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words



Merry Christmas and More Announcements

Merry Christmas all.  This will be a short post this morning as I’m busy with  all things family and the holidays.  I hope you all are having a safe, happy, and wonderful holiday as well, no matter where you are.


✒︎Our first major announcement is that the author with the most votes of our poll is Ross Common who wrote Christopher.  If you want to read Christopher or any of the other stories, go to our Flash Fiction header in the menu and you can find them all there.  Congratulations to Ross Common for his amazing story.  Our thanks to all the authors and for their wonderful flash fiction.  We intend to do this again next next.  Stay tuned!

✒︎Second announcement.  The reader randomly chosen to receive the $10 Dreamspinner Press gift card after voting and leaving a comment was Suze294. Congratulations to suze294.  

Merry  Christmas everyone and here’s our schedule.


This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

Sunday, December 25:

  • A Melanie Advent Calendar Review Day 25: Don’t Let the Light Go Out by L.A. Merrill
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Review: Saving Jason by KC Wells
  • Merry Christmas, More Announcements and This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

Monday, December 26:

  • DSP GUEST POST Peter Grover
  • An Alisa Review: Russian Blau by Emily Carrington
  • An Ali Audiobook Review A Fortunate Blizzard by LC Chase
  • A Caryn Review: Boots by Angel Martinez
  • A Melanie Release Day Review: Chosen Pride by Mary Calmes
  • A VVivacious Advent Calendar Review Day 26: Title Surprise

Tuesday, December 27:

  • DSP GUEST POST Raine O’Tierney on The 12 Days of Hipster
  • DSP GUEST POST Jeff Adams
  • An Ali Review: The Road To Frosty Hollow – RJ Scott & Meredith Russell
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Audiobook Review: A HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS by Joe Cosentino and Narrated by Joel Leslie
  • A Barb the  Zany Old Lady Advent Calendar Review Day Review Day 27: Title Surprise
  • A Caryn Review: Wild Rose, Silent Snow by Angel Martinez
  • A VVivacious Review The House Guest by Asta Idonea

Wednesday, December 28:

  • DSP GUEST POST BA Tortuga on Catch and Release
  • DSP GUEST POST David Connor and E.F. Mulder
  • Cover Reveal for Hipster Brothel by K.A. Merikan
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Review: Deefur And The Great Mistletoe Incident by RJ Scott
  • A Stella Release Day Review: Jackass Flats by Julia Talbot
  • An Ali Release Day Review:  Whiskey Business by Avon Gale
  • A VVivacious Advent Calendar Review Day 28: Title Surprise

Thursday, December 29:

  • DSP GUEST POST Paul Comeau on More Things in Heaven and Earth
  • Review Tour – Posy Roberts – Analog to Digital
  • A Caryn Review: Bridge Over Troubled Water by Vivien Dean
  • A VVivacious Review: Under my Bed by T. A. Chase
  • A Lila Audio Review Fish Out of Water by Amy Lane
  • A Paul B Release Day Review: Analog to Digital

Friday, December 30:

  • Blog Tour: “Accused” by Leona Windwalker
  • Cover Reveal Regeneration by Louise Lyons
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Audiobook Review: Champagne Kisses by Lynda Aicher
  • A Lila Release Day Review: More Things in Heaven and Earth By Paul Comeau
  • A Melanie Release Day Review: In Enemy Hands by MA Church
  • A VVivacious Advent Calendar Review: Title Surprise

Saturday, December 31 (New Year’s Eve):

  • A Stella Advent Calendar Review Last Day:  First New Year’s After the Apocalypse by Jessica Payseur

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A Paul B Review: The Dilemma (Sirius Wolves #5) by Victoria Sue


Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

the-dilemma-by-victoria-sueMarcus Flint has recently been named Alpha of one of the largest werewolf packs.  How long will they allow a crippled human to lead them, let alone keep his three werewolf mates?

Three weeks have passed since the Claiming Ceremony gone wrong.  Hunter is in prison below the Supreme Alphas’ pack house.  Nate is still clinging to his mates and having problems dealing with his wolf.  Kellan feels that he is odd man out in the mating and isn’t feeling well, which is unusual for a werewolf.  Marcus still cannot believe that the Jefferson pack picked a disabled human to lead them.  However, he must attend to the needs of his mates before he can really focus on the pack.

The pack however is growing restless as their Alpha has basically not been seen in three weeks.  While he attends meetings with the pack leadership and the Supreme Alphas, he has not left the pack house.  When he finally starts to delve into pack business, he sees what terrible shape the pack has been in the last few years.  And with the pack growing as they are closest to Orion’s Circle, the problems are just going to increase. 

When the pack doctor notices the pain the Marcus is in, he suggest that he apply to a program that a friend of his knows about.  It would involve robotic prostheses that would allow Marcus to run with the pack during the full moon.  When he visits Dr. Seth about the program, he learns that he must spend six months in Germany for the procedure as it is not yet approved in America.  Can he afford to leave his pack and more importantly his mates for such a long time in order to be a more effective leader and lover for them? 

This fifth novel in the Sirius Wolves series brings us another step closer to the upcoming war between the gods that has been foreshadowed.  Anubis finally makes his presence known, which unsettles Blaze, the Supreme Alpha.  Marcus is still wallowing in self doubt wondering if he is really meant to lead 2300 werewolves and growing.  Ricoh is dealing with Hunter’s betrayal and his feelings of guilt about Nate.  Nate is slowly recovering but still relies on Marcus and Kellan for the most part for strength.  Young hybrid Chris, whose white wolf is unheard of, seems to be the key to the reason why this battle is coming.  The book has a few surprises which I will let you discover for yourself.  As usual, I am looking forward to the next book.

The cover art by E Connors is typical for the series.  It has a shirtless well build man in front of a starry night background.  Again, I wish I could figure out which character it is suppose to be.

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Book Details

EBook, 220 pages
Edition Language:  English
Published:  April 7, 2016 by Dark Hollows Press
ISBN:  978-1-944054-54-0

Series:  Sirius Wolves – add to Goodreads here:

Of Computers, Technical Difficulties, and Moving Forward. This Week At Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words


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Of Computers, Technical Difficulties, and Moving Forward

As  you all may have noticed (I hope you all noticed) things did not run smoothly for us last week. Yes, it was computer problems.  Mine to be specific.  It decided to die.  Slowly.  Day by day…it just refused to work at certain things.  Wheels spinning, posts taking honestly hours to get out until it finally ground to a complete halt.  Ordered a new one. Issue solved. Right? Nope.  Order messed up, as was delivery.  New one ordered…saga continued until yesterday…when after a 24 hour learning curve (mine)…we are now back and up and running,  to our reviewers and co manager’s relief and mine.

Hopefully, yours too.

So first my apologies to the authors, publishers, and promotions companies.  For all the missed deadlines on tours….we are playing catchup and they will go out asap.  Our reviews too.  Nothing I hate  worse than missed  deadlines, ditto for Barb on reviews, so here we go.

Our new look is coming…still! I promise…its just slid into July or August at this point.

Next week we continue our look at our summer reading lists and anticipated summer big or even little books.  What are you reading, what are you looking at reading….what new releases are you highly anticipating?  Let me know! Trust me I need the diversion.

And now for something old and new at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words this week.


This Week At Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

Sunday, June 19:

  • Of Computers, Technical Difficulties, and Moving Forward
  • This Week At Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words
  • In the Spotlight:  Unbidden Dragon by Louisa Kelley (excerpt and giveaway)
  • Why Love Matters by Jay Northcote– A charity book release Announcement
  • An Alisa Review: Sins of the Past by Amanda Young

Monday, June 20:

  • Beauty, Inc by Tara Lain Tour and Giveaway
  • A Lila Audiobook Review: Lollipop by Amy Lane
  • A MelanieM Review: 7 & 7 Anthology
  • An Ali Audiobook Review: How to Be a Normal Person by TJ Klune
  • A Paul B Review: Wolfsong by T.J. Klune

Tuesday, June 21:

  • Wet Heat by RD Hero—Blog Tour—Riptide
  • Blood & Milk by N.R. Walker Tour and Giveaway
  • A Paul B Review: Delivered With Hope by AJ Marcus and Caitlin Ricci
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Review: Wet Heat by RD Hero
  • A MelanieM Review:  Blood & Milk by N. R. Walker

Wednesday, June 22:

  • Picked Fresh (Naked Organics #2) by Posy Roberts (excerpt and giveaway)
  • Taking a Chance—Blitz—Indigo Marketing Tour and Giveaway
  • Roped In by Marie Sexton and L.A. Witt— Riptide Blog Tour and Giveaway
  • A Barb the  Zany Old Lady Review: Roped In by Marie Sexton and L.A. Witt
  • A MelanieM Review: Finding Family by Connie Bailey

Thursday, June 23:

  • Collars ‘N’ Cuffs, A Wayward Ink Publishing Anthology Book Tour and Giveaway
  • Independence Daze Tour Blitz and Giveaway
  • Release Event and Giveaway : Picked Fresh (Naked Organics #2) by Posy Roberts
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Review: Rekindled Flame by Andrew Grey
  • A MelanieM Review: Sandman’s Family by C.J. Elliot

Friday, June 24:

  • In the Spotlight: ‘Daniel & Erik’s Super Fab Ultimate Wedding Checklist’ by K.E. Belledonne
  • Blog Tour  – The Pinkerton Man Series by CJ Baty
  • Taking the Plunge by Scott Kramer—Blitz and Giveaway
  • A MelanieM Review: Mud, Movies, Bullets and Bulls by B.A. Tortuga
  • An Ali Review: Reaping Fate by AJ Rose

Saturday, June 25:

  • An Alisa Audiobook Review:  Little Wolf by R Cooper
  • A Paul B Review: Psychic Says by JJ Black



In the Book Spotlight: VL Locey’s ‘Full Strength’ (excerpt and giveaway)



Full Strength (Point Shot #3) by  V.L. Locey
Release Date: March 23, 2016

Goodreads Link
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Cover Artist: Ellora’s Cave


What a difference a year makes. Twelve months ago, Victor Kalinski was one of the best and most controversial ice hockey players in the pros. This year he’s playing in the minors, has a paternity case pending, and has just been vindictively outed to the world by one of his own teammates.

But he seems to find life in the tiny town of Cayuga to his liking. A large part of that is Dan Arou, the Cougars’ alternate captain and the man who now holds Victor’s heart. Surely venomous, viper-tongued Victor hasn’t been mellowed by love!

Well, perhaps a little. But that doesn’t mean he doesn’t intend to get sweet revenge on those who’ve hurt the man he loves and the friends he’s somehow made along the way.

An adult gay romance from Ellora’s Cave


Pages or Words: 45,000 words
Categories: Bisexual, Contemporary, M/M Romance, Sports (Hockey)
This is a trilogy and should be read in order.

Excerpt just for Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words:


I lowered my hand. Dan was holding a bottle of Coke out to me. We had dumped all the booze down the drain. Now it was soda, water or milk. The domesticity of my life was downright embarrassing at times. I knocked back half the bottle of happy fizzy in one long pull. Dan sat down beside me, tugged the bottle out of my hand and took a swig.

“I’m out of root beer,” he informed me, then placed the bottle on the coffee table before slinging his leg over my thighs.

When he settled, I placed my hands on his sides. His fingers moved over my face and ended up on my scalp. My eyes drifted shut as Dan began massaging my head, his thumbs going in a circular motion on my temples.

“Holy fuck, that is nice,” I sighed.

He leaned in to give me a light peck. Things being what they are between Arou and me, that tiny smooch led to more tiny smooches. Soon his tongue was teasing the seam of my lips as his hips began a slow grind guaranteed to make me hot and hard. I was so into using sex to make me forget the past couple of hours. Dan’s hold on my head tightened as his tongue repeatedly swept the inside of my mouth.

He wiggled free after a nice, sloppy make-out session. I released my hold on his ribs and shivered as he slid to the floor between my spread legs.


Buy the book: Amazon | iBooks | All Romance eBooks

Meet the Author

V.L. Locey loves worn jeans, yoga, belly laughs, reading and writing lusty tales, Greek mythology, the New York Rangers, comic books, and coffee. (Not necessarily in that order.) She shares her life with her husband, her daughter, one dog, two cats, a flock of assorted domestic fowl, and three Jersey steers.

When not writing spicy romances, she enjoys spending her day with her menagerie in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania with a cup of fresh java in hand. She can also be found online on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and GoodReads.

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23-Mar: MM Good Book Reviews, Man2ManTastic

24-Mar: Sik Reviews, Wicked Faerie’s Tales and Reviews

25-Mar: Love Bytes, Divine Magazine

28-Mar: Bonkers About Books, BFD Book Blog

29-Mar: Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words, Oh My Shelves

30-Mar: Jessie G. Books, Bayou Book Junkie




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Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words Author Discovery: Mika on Avril Ashton


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Mika on Author Avril Ashton

If you are looking for an author who talks with her readers, I’d say Mrs. A is one of the best ever. She is funny, she is honest and she writes about glorious guys. I just happened to come upon Love the Sinner (Brooklyn Sinners, #1) one day, never heard of the author and decided to give it a go. Well 2 series later and a couple of stand alones I’m hooked on Mrs. Ashton’s writing. I’m always looking forward to her guys. They are masculine, sexy, passionate, gritty and dangerous. Then she writes about those sweet damaged boys who would hurt you more than those other physically demanding guys.  She has some memorable characters; Rafe, Syren, Mateo, Dima, Tek, Xavier, Donovan. Those are just to name a few. She writes about tropes that are not likely commercialized in this genre. I mean if you want recommendations pick up A Sinner Born (Brooklyn Sinners, #3) and (Watch Me) Save You (Run This Town, #4), I’d start from book one on both of those though.

I like that she writes about guys from all different walks of life. From the privileged to the outcast; she writes a web of story with actions that sometimes I have a hard time seeing. One of my favorite characters ever was written by Mrs. A, that guy Syren. She killed it with him. I love him. He was so damaged, but he pulled on my heart strings. I was interacting with Mrs. A the other day on Twitter and I asked her if she ever considered writing a contemporary M/M romance with no destruction. Her response was yes, she wrote So Far Gone. I laughed because peoples response was the opposite of the book. I on the other hand really liked it. It was realistic fiction. Cheating, scandals, death it all happens in real life so when that was put out there I enjoyed it. 

I like her writing because she delivers the feelings, rawness, the love and the passion from her characters. No matter what she puts her characters through they always come out with a HEA. She is automatic-buy for me. I like that she connects with her readers. If you are looking for some passion with your stories then try out Avril. I really like you would like her guys.

About the Author

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A Caribbean transplant, Avril now lives in Stone Mountain, GA., with a tolerant Spousal Equivalent. Together they raise an eccentric daughter who loves reading and school (not so much school anymore). Avril’s earliest memories of reading revolve around discussing plot points of Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys with an equally book-minded mother

Always in love with the written word, Avril finally decided to do the writing in August of ’09 and never looked back. Spicy love scenes, delicious heroes, and wicked women burn up the pages of Avril’s stories, but there’ll always be a happy ending; Av remains a believer of love in all its forms.

You can connect with her as Mika does through (AvrilAshTwitter, or through her website and check out Avril Ashton’s Goodread’s page for all her stories.  You can find it here.  Looking for a new contemporary novel to read?  Start with one of Mika’s recommendations, Love the Sinner by Avril Ashton.  Check it out below.

Love the Sinner coverLove the Sinner (Brooklyn Sinners #1)
by Avril Ashton

Detective Gabriel Ashby has never looked twice at another man, yet the criminal across from him, the man he’s interrogating, isn’t like any other. Gabe can’t deal with the sudden, intense need he has for one of NYPD’s Most Wanted. Everyone close to Angelo Pagan ends up dead, with the smug gang leader standing amid the rubble. Gabe would love nothing more than to bust Angelo’s ass and lock him up. So why is he seeing the bastard in his dreams at night?

Angelo Pagan knows attraction to Gabe is suicide. He’s resolute to ignore the chemistry…until a police raid goes wrong. He critically injures Gabe, changing the trajectory of both their lives. Now the two can’t get close enough. They settle into a forbidden affair threatened by lies and betrayal, living on different sides of the law with no way of breaching the gap between them. With the authorities looking to make an example of Angelo, Gabe has to decide if it’s really worth it to hate the sin but love the sinner

Book Details:

ebook, 229 pages
Published May 9th 2012 by Ellora’s Cave
ISBN1419939688 (ISBN13: 9781419939686)
edition languageEnglish

First Lines in Novels and This Week At Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words



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As September winds down to the start up of October, so many things start to cram themselves into my head.  Where is the dancing skeleton dressed like a Venice dandy?  And the pumpkin headed schoolboys that talk?  But somehow, as I watch the leaves turn colors and fall, often brown because of the lack of rainfall, a line jumped into my head….”To wound the autumnal summer…”. An opening first line of a  science fiction story of the 90’s, that returns to me time and again even if the rest of the book doesn’t.  [Note: Can I find the book on my many shelves at the moment? No, I cannot.  It will be credited as soon as I can find the damn  book or someone can send me the title or my memory kicks in…which ever comes first.]

First lines are like that, good ones, bad ones, really good bad ones.  Standing there looking at the fall leaves swirl made that one pop back up and now, like a earworm, it will be stuck there all day.    I know I’ve had that happen with first lines from other books as well, from the sublime to the ridiculous. “Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.” Yep, that’s another one that has stayed with me along with the story’s imagery. Thank you, Daphne du Maurier and “Rebecca”. The first line has a huge job to do.  It has to hook the reader in, intrigue you, be memorable enough in its content or language to make you continue to read on…  And some do it unbelievably well.

How about these?  Can you place these to the author and novel? One of them even has a famous bad writing contest named after it and is often featured in a comics with a beagle.  Some might be easy, others a little obscure and pulled from my library (and favorite authors).

“It was a dark and stormy night…”

“Call me Ishmael.”.

“All children, except one, grew up.”

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…”

“There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it.”

“All this happened, more or less.”

“It was a pleasure to burn.”

“It was love at first sight.”

“When I finally caught up with Abraham Trahearne, he was drinking beer with an alcoholic bulldog named Fireball Roberts in a ramshackle joint just outside of Sonoma, California, drinking the heart right out of a fine spring afternoon.”

“We were somewhere around Barstow at the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold.”

[Answers below this week’s schedule.]

It got me thinking which the novels you’ve all recently read have had first lines that have stuck with you?  Any of skeleton reading booksthem?  Let me know if you can think of any novels you’ve read where the opening lines have made you sit up and take notice!  In the meantime, here is our upcoming schedule this week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words.


This Week At Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

Sunday, September 27:

  •  First Lines in Novels and This Week At Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

Monday, September 28:

  • Cover Reveal for Jaye McKenna’s ‘Lethe Blade’
  • Return to Lake Lovelace with Rough Road by Vanessa North (contest)
  • Book Spotlight:  Raine O’Tierney & Debbie McGowan’s ‘Where the Grass Is Greener’ (excerpt and giveaway)
  • A Stella Review: Rough Road by Vanessa North
  • A PaulB Review: Betrothed by Therese Woodson

Tuesday, September 29:

  • Best Books of September 2015
  • A BJ Review:  Rattlesnake by Kim Fielding
  • A Stella Review: The Last Yeti by Tully Vincent
  • A  F.D. Review: Late Summer, Early Spring by Patricia Correll
  • A MelanieM Review: High Stakes (Four of Clubs 4) by Parker Williams

Wednesday, September 30:

  • Best Book Covers of September 2015
  • A Stella Audiobook Review: Just Desserts by Mary Calmes
  • A BJ Review: Chasing Death Metal Dreams by Kaje Harper
  • Barb, A Zany Old Lady Review : Model Citizen by Lissa Kasey
  • A MelanieM Review: Brimstone Owned and Operated by Angel Martinez

Thursday, October 1:

  • Natalie-Nicole Bates ‘Everything Anise’ book blast and giveaway
  • Book Spotlight: Annabelle Jacobs is Back with ‘The Altered 3‘ (excerpt and contest)
  • A Mika Review: Where Wishes Go by S.A. McAuley
  • A MelanieM Review: Flax’s Pursuit by Bellora Quinn and Angel Martinez
  • A Wynter Review: Kaminishi by Jan Suzukawa

Friday, October 2:

  • S.A. McAuley ‘Where Wishes Go‘ book blast and giveaway
  • A Solitary Man by Shira Anthony and Aisling Mancy Cover Reveal
  • AF Henley’s ‘Wolf, WY’ Book Release Guest Blog and Giveaway
  • A Stella Review: The Last Nights Of The Frangipani Hotel by Bey Deckard
  • A Sammy Review: The Ultimate Team by Tricia Owens
  • A MelanieM Review:  The Firebird and Other Stories by R Cooper

YA Saturday, October 3:

  • A Free Dreamer YA Review: This Book is Gay by James Dawson



Some Famous First Lines:

“Call me Ishmael.” —Herman Melville, Moby-Dick (1851)

“It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents, except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets (for it is in London that our scene lies), rattling along the house-tops, and fiercely agitating the scanty flame of the lamps that struggled against the darkness.” —Edward George Bulwer-Lytton, Paul Clifford (1830)

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.” —Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities (1859)

“There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it.” –  C. S. Lewis, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (1952)

“All children, except one, grow up”. -, J.M. Barrie. Peter Pan (1911)

“It was a pleasure to burn.” —Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 (1953)

“All this happened, more or less”. —Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five (1969)

“It was love at first sight.” —Joseph Heller, Catch-22 (1961)

“When I finally caught up with Abraham Trahearne, he was drinking beer with an alcoholic bulldog named Fireball Roberts in a ramshackle joint just outside of Sonoma, California, drinking the heart right out of a fine spring afternoon.” – James Crumley, The Last Good Kiss (1978)

“We were somewhere around Barstow at the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold.”- Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

Its A Hockey Romance With Sizzle – Game Misconduct by V.L. Locey (excerpt and giveaway)



Game Misconduct by V.L. Locey
Release Date: September 23, 2015

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Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Cover Artist: Allyse Karam



Buy Links:  Ellora’s Cave | Amazon


This book is a sequel to Two Man Advantage

Life has been treating Victor Kalinski well, which is a surprise for the ginger-haired forward with the venomous tongue. His career is somewhat stable, at least for another season. His relationship with Cougars alternate captain Dan Arou is deepening, despite the fact that Daniel has yet to come out of the closet.

It’s typical Kalinski luck when a puck bunny he shared a drunken night with several months ago slaps him with a paternity suit. Despite the sizzling passion and painfully heartfelt connection between them, Dan doesn’t take the news well, and heads back to Canada alone.

If he wants to make things right and win back the man he loves, he has no choice but to swallow his pride—and nobody’s prouder than hot-headed, ego-driven Victor.

Reader Advisory: This story has graphic sexual language and scenes—no closed bedroom doors (or other rooms) here!
An adult male/male romance from Ellora’s Cave

Pages or Words: 32,500

Categories: Contemporary, M/M Romance, Sports Romance


I found Dan in our bathroom running a Q-tip around his right ear as water from his recent shower ran from his hair. He smiled at me, a special kind of light in his eyes. I stalled in the doorway, my summons wrinkled in my fist. The smile disappeared from his face as I stared blankly at him. He tossed the swab into the trash, which needed to be dumped, and turned to face me.
“What’s wrong?” he asked. My gaze roamed over him clad in nothing but gray cargo shorts that hung off his hips. If not for the fact that my heart was beating so hard I was scared it would blow up, I would have gotten all over the man. He still torqued me up like no one else ever had. “Vic, what’s wrong?”
I handed him the wadded-up legal document. His gaze darted from my face to the crinkled papers then back to my face.
“I don’t know who the fuck this chick is, but she is playing me,” I managed to cough up. I looked around the room, trying to get the palpations under control. The walls had ugly flowered wallpaper on them. The counter was plain white. Two razors lay side by side next to the sink. Sometimes, like right then, I wanted nothing more than to grab my razor and my toothbrush and get the fuck out of Dodge. Just seeing Dan’s personal shit playing cozy-cozy with mine scared me to death. Most days when that urge to fuck this thing up overtook me, I swallowed it down like a bad oyster and forced myself to get past it. Today, then, there, that second, those two razors were about to push old Vic K. over the brink.
“Paternity test,” he whispered as the papers blew in a stiff summer wind. I couldn’t look away from those two disposables.
“Someone is playing me, Dan,” I grunted, then spun from the Schick love-fest occurring on the chipped white bathroom counter. I pounded out to the living room, my feet squelching in my wet sneakers.
“Well yeah, obviously this Heather chick is trying to pin this on you. Big-name sports star. It happens like daily, you know?”
I nodded as I paced the small but homey place where we spent most of our downtime, aside from the bedroom. I jammed my fist into my other hand and began grinding as I circled the sofa.
“Yeah, but why me and why now? Why not do this when I was pulling in the big bucks in Beantown?”
Dan dropped onto the couch and put his bare feet on the edge of the coffee table. As I paced, he flattened out the summons on his thick thighs and read. My gut was in turmoil. My head felt light. My heart still thundered in my ribs. A kid. My kid. I barely made it back to the bathroom. I threw up the fancy lunch that we had eaten at the golf club earlier. Dan didn’t come in, which was wise. I don’t like people fawning over me when I’m sick. Dear old Mom never did. I could handle myself. Been doing it since I was about five. I’d had a head cold the month before and nearly ripped Dan into bits one day for making me chicken noodle soup. Why that man was still with me, I do not know. I retched a few times, then slammed the lid and flushed. Over to the sink for a swig of mouthwash. Do not look at the razors, Kalinski, or you will make a bigger twat out of yourself.
“You okay?” Dan called.
“Yeah, just some ptomaine from the clam chowder at lunch,” I replied, my throat and nose still burning. “I’m taking a shower.”
“Okay. I’ll read this over close while you wash.”
The shower didn’t last long enough, nor did it help one damn bit. Aside from having nuts that smelled like an Irish glen, I was still this close to hyperventilating. A kid. Holy fucking goat titties, I needed a drink.
“Hey, you need to call a lawyer in the morning,” Dan said when I shuffled into the living room in nothing but an old pair of cutoff jeans. “This paperwork is crazy legal, but according to what this Hillary—”
“Heather. Heather Pavlick. Who the fuck is Heather Pavlick?” I asked the kitchen table.
I jerked open the cupboard under the sink and reached for the bottle of Yukon Jack, one of three or four bottles of booze we had on hand for cocktails at night if the mood struck. Dan kind of liked Jack over ice. Did I want ice? Did I want a glass? Nah. The whiskey burned my raw throat like gasoline. I lowered the bottle, coughed, and ran the back of my hand across my tingling lips. I saw Dan appear in the doorway, papers still in his hand. He looked upset.
“I wish you’d use a glass,” he grumbled, then stalked around me to get two tumblers from the cupboard next to the fridge. I sucked in some air through my teeth in reply. His whole body twitched at the sound. “Two fingers, and stop making that fucking noise,” he said after he returned to my side. I glugged some Jack into both tumblers, my eyes on Dan’s. He handed me a glass. We both knocked the whiskey back then went out to the couch, him with my summons and me with the Jack.
“Okay, so this is obviously some sort of rip-off,” Dan said after we’d dropped our asses back to the sofa. Thankfully he’d left the boob tube off. I was so not in the mood to talk over his science shows. I poured myself another two fingers. Dan held up his glass, so I refreshed him. “Heather Pavlick. Is that the girl you were serious with?”
I shook my head as I swirled the Canadian whiskey around my glass. Mr. and Mrs. Rupert’s voices, as well as the smell of meat grilling, rolled in through the windows.
“No, her name was Gina. We were careful. I mean, we were obsessively careful every time we fucked to prevent any kind of kid-making.” A kid. I couldn’t get the glass of whiskey to my lips fast enough. Ah, what a nice burn.
“This is why you should just identify as gay and be done with it. You don’t have to worry about knocking me up.”
“Yeah well, if I could just pick my sexual identity like I do my socks, I would. But I kind of like pussy once in a while. Stop badgering me, gay boy.”
“That’s just weird,” Dan muttered, and sipped his Jack.
I nodded. Yeah, to a gay dude, wanting pussy probably did seem weird. And while I didn’t crave it anymore because, yeah, Dan Arou, back in the day I’d taken some great delight in leaping from twat to cock with wild abandon.
“Maybe you can talk to someone in the team’s legal department. I mean, this will come out. They’ll want to know about it beforehand so they can handle the bad PR.”
“Fuck. My. Life.” I dumped more of the amber liquid into my glass. My stomach rolled and bucked as whiskey met empty gut. Whatever the landlord was cooking was making me queasy.
“This is just fucked,” Dan said after a long moment of silence punctuated only by my stomach speaking up. “See, this paper says ‘unborn child’, and that’s impossible. You and me have been tight since Thanksgiving of last year. That’s nine months, right? November to July is nine.”
“If you count November.”
Christ on a unicycle. Dan and I really been doing the monogamy thing for nine months. I mean, I knew that we had, but hearing him say it out loud drove the point home. No wonder those razors made me twitchy. That was fucking incredible. Even with Gina, I’d bailed at six months. That had been the most solid relationship I’d ever been in before Mr. Stumpy and I had hooked up. Someone call Guinness. We got a new world record here. I threw another two fingers of Yukon down. Dan made a noise about the speed of my ingestion, I assume, which I ignored.
A moment ticked by. Two. Three. Dan sipped and repeatedly read that summons, counting and recounting the months. This was major fuckery, because there had been no one but Dan since the first time I’d punched him in the face.
My gaze rested on the Xbox under the flat screen. Our games were scattered on the floor. I tipped my head to stare at the artwork on a World War I battle game that Dan and I liked. It showed a German zeppelin dropping bombs on some European city…
It hit me like a semi that had lost its brakes. Ms. Goodyear. That blonde with the incredible tits. I’d rolled her the night I’d tried to drink Dan away. Had her name been Heather? Had she said? Did it matter? Guess so.
“Ah, fuck,” I moaned, then closed my eyes.
“What? Did you figure out who this woman is?”
Shit. Just shit. This was going to be bad. I inhaled through my nose, blew out the breath and started sucking on that Jack bottle like a hungry babe. Dan jerked it from my hand. Whiskey sloshed down my chest. I swallowed what was in my mouth, licked my lips and turned to find Dan looking at me with concern tinting his lapis eyes.
This was going to suck.


About The Author

V.L. Locey loves worn jeans, yoga, belly laughs, reading and writing lusty tales, Greek mythology, the New York Rangers, comic books, and coffee. (Not necessarily in that order.) She shares her life with her husband, her daughter, two dogs, two cats, a flock of assorted domestic fowl, and three Jersey steers.
When not writing spicy romances, she enjoys spending her day with her menagerie in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania with a cup of fresh java in hand. She can also be found online on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and GoodReads.

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Paul’s Paranormal Portfolio – A Look at MPreg (a new Reviewer Column At STRW)


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Paul B’s Look At Male Pregnancy Paranormal Stories

Welcome to the second edition of Paul’s Paranormal Portfolio. The blog editor, Melanie, has asked that I make this a monthly column to talk about all things paranormal, alien, and science fiction not only in gay romance books but also in television, movies and books in general. While the emphasis will be on gay romance in those media, this column will hopefully touch on all things paranormal.

I would like to use this edition of the portfolio to discuss an issue that has grown in the area of paranormal and science fiction gay romances. Male pregnancy has been seen in more and more books in these genres. Whole series of books are centered on the idea. Love it or hate it, the growth in the number of books featuring the idea proves that is here to stay.

Mainstream movies have used male pregnancy as a source for comedy. While there are comedic moments in gay romance novels surrounding male pregnancy, the primary function of the device is to provide offspring for our gay male couples. Having read several of these novels, I have found that there are basically four major ways that authors have used this plot line

The first and I think most prevalent is the alpha-omega coupling. The omega shifter, the weakest members according to some authors or the strongest members according to others, has the ability to become pregnant. The omega usually finds his alpha mate and they will start a family. On rare occasions, omegas will become pregnant by alphas who are not their mate.
Next up is the paranormal who can become pregnant because of the type of paranormal they are. The most common occurrence of this I have found in books featuring faes. It is usually a unique ability of the species and usually not revealed to others unless they become a mate to someone who can become pregnant. An example of this is Stormy Glenn’s Midnight Mating story Sparkle and Purr.

Another example is the paranormal who can get their mate pregnant regardless of gender. An example of this is Charlie Richard’s gargoyles in her Wolves of Stone Ridge and Love at First Bite series. Since the gargoyles are all male, they must be able to impregnate their mate, whether they are male or female to keep the gargoyle population from extinction.

The fourth major theme of male pregnancy is the paranormal with reproductive organs from both genders. While the paranormal may be distinctly male (or female), he has the ability to create offspring in either fashion. The Fal’Amoric in Lexi Ander’s series The Valespian Pact series are an example of this. When Zeus Vondorian was taken to Chtichilian doctors to cure him of his blindness, they took away half of his ability to reproduce.

While these are the primary ways I have found for male pregnancy in paranormal gay romances, it is by no means a complete list. A rare example in found in Erin M Leaf’s book Rock Star Baby. In her book, two alpha shifters produce an offspring which is noted by the outgoing leader of the wolf council to be quite rare and special. If you have different examples of male pregnancy, please feel free to comment or send me an email (found on my profile page).

Also, if you have an idea for future editions for this portfolio, email me or comment below.

                                                                                                                – Paul