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

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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.

http://www.wwltv.com/weather/harvey/harvey-relief-where-to-donate-locally/468464551

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
• DonorsChoose.org

• 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
• SBP
• 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)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Countdown to the Holidays and This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

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Countdown to the Holidays

Tis the season for so many religious holidays.  December is the month that many celebrate the holidays, and not just Christmas.  Here’s a list of just some of the cultural and religious holidays celebrated during the month of December:

 As the countdown to the holidays continues, the race is on as the pace picks up.  Whether its to finish up all our chores at work or at home or both to get ready for the holidays, to get our shopping done, or the baking, the menus updated, or our traveling arrangements completed, all is in a whirr and a blur.  Even the weather is getting into the act.  The news is filled full of arctic forecasts, snow, ice and freezing  temperatures across the nation and countries elsewhere.

What are you rushing to get done?  Or are you already finished your list for the holidays?  Can you settle in with some books, ready to listen or read on your device or turn a page or two?   If so, check out all our new release day reviews and holiday reviews this week.  There are plenty of stories to add to your TBR pile or ones that maybe you just might want to gift to a friend with a gift card.    But before we get to our schedule this week, we have some announcements for you.

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~Announcements~

 

✒︎As some of you may have noticed or read our blog post, Eric Arvin passed away December 12 after a long illness and being left paralyzed after an operation for his brain tumors. A GoFundMe has been set up to help with funeral and other expenses. If you can donate, please do.

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https://www.gofundme.com/um-a-mothers…

✒︎Winner of Heidi Cullinan’s Santa Baby ebook is Purple Reader.  They have been notified. Thank you to everyone who participated.

 

✒︎We are looking for some new reviewers here at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words, specifically those interested in reviewing YA or NA stories, and those interested in reviewing lesbian fiction for us.  If you are interested or know of  someone who is, please ask them to contact us at scatteredthoughtsandroguewords@gmail.com.

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✒︎You Can Still Vote and Win!

We also have our on-going vote for our wonderful favorite flash fiction.  A random reader who leaves a comment after voting will be chosen to receive a $10 gift card from Dreamspinner Press.  Here again are the stories and their links:

STRW Flash Fiction Stories and Authors

Master’s Work by Tod Heil  

What Is Left Out By R. R. Angell

Consequences by Andrea Speed

THE SMIRK’S UP By Jenny Tate

Christopher by Ross Common

Magpie King by Leslie Plank

What Weighs Us Down by K.S. Trenten

Sad and Silly Humans by K.S. Trenten

[The authors retain the copyrights to their stories.  Stories may not be reprinted or copied without the express permission of the authors.]

Now here’s our poll.

For all the wonderful stories (there’s one extra), visit our Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words Flash Fiction 2016 Page.  For the readers who vote: We will gift a $10 DSP gift card to a reader (randomly chosen) who has voted. so readers please leave a comment once you have voted so we can pick someone as well as a email address.  Vote ends on the Winter Solstice, 12/21 at midnight. The author will get the $25 Amazon gift card.

You can only vote for one story, then press vote.

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This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

 

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☃Sunday, December 18:

  • Countdown to the Holidays and This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words
  • Book Blitz for A Christmas for Oscar by Alex Whitehall
  • An Alisa Review: A Christmas for Oscar by Alex Whitehall
  • A MelanieM Advent Calendar Review Day 18: Title Surprise

☃Monday, December 19:

  • Blog Tour and Giveaway – Jingle Spell by Chris Ethan
  • Release Blitz & Giveaway Tour: Bond Of Truth – KC Wells
  • DSP GUEST POST Robert Winter
  • A Free Dreamer Review A Bond of Three & A Bond of Truth by KC Wells
  • A Melanie Release Day Review: The 12 Days of Hipster by Raine O’Tierney
  • A Melanie Release Day Review: Catch and Release by BA Tortuga
  • A Stella Advent Calendar Review Day 19: Title Surprise

☃Tuesday, December 20:

  • Book Blitz for Interlude: First Noel by Tal Bauer
  • Riptide Tour and Giveaway: No Small Parts by Ally Blue
  • George Seaton on Writing and Whispers of Old Winds
  • A VVivacious Review: Connections Matter by Nicole Dennis
  • An Alisa Advent Calendar Review Day 20: Title Surprise
  • An Alisa Review: Hangin’ with My Window Man by Carolina Valdez
  • An Ali Audiobook Review: Power Play (Scoring Chances #3) by Avon Gale and Scott R. Smith (Narrator)

☃Wednesday, December 21:

  • Book Blitz for Hearts Alight by Elliot Cooper
  • DSP GUEST POST J.R. Loveless
  • Release Review Tour – Snow In Montana – RJ Scott
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Release Day Review: Disarming Donner by Charlie Cochet
  • A MelanieM Advent Calendar Review Day 21: Title Surprise
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Release Day Review:  Holiday House Swap by Sarah Madison
  • An Alisa Release Day Review: Love and Snowball Fights by J.R. Loveless

☃Thursday, December 22:

  • Release Blitz  – The Road To Frosty Hollow – RJ Scott & Meredith Russell
  • DSP GUEST POST Tray Ellis on the Love Wins Anthology
  • DSP GUEST POST Sean Michael
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Review: Jesse’s Christmas by RJ Scott
  • A Lila Audiobook Review: Good Boy (Theta Alpha Gamma #4) by Anne Tenino and Nick J. Russo (Narrator)
  • An Alisa Advent Calendar Review Day 22: Title Surprise
  • An Alisa Review: One Too Many by Bailey Bradford

☃Friday, December 23:

  • DSP GUEST POST Kris T. Bethke on “His Needs”
  • DSP GUEST POST Lou Sylvre
  • A MelanieM Release Day Review: Acting Up by John Inman
  • A Lila Review: Galaxy’s Heart by Shawn Lane
  • An Alisa Review: Unlikely Companions by Harold Mason
  • A MelanieM Advent Calendar Review Day 23: Title Surprise

☃Saturday, December 24:

  • Release Blitz – Jacob Cheyenne’s  Hanukkah Gifts
  • A MelanieM Review:Hanukka Gifts by Jacob Cheyenne
  • A Stella Advent Calendar Review Day 24: Title Surprise

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A Ali Review: Spirit by John Inman (audio version), John Anthony Davis (Narrator)

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Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

SpiritAUDLGJason Day, brilliant designer of video games, is not only a confirmed bachelor, but he’s as gay as a maypole. One wouldn’t think being saddled with his precocious four-year-old nephew for four weeks would be enough to throw him off-kilter. 

Wrong. Timmy, Jason’s nephew, is a true handful. 

But just when Timmy and Uncle Jason begin to bond, and Jason feels he’s getting a grip on this babysitting business once and for all, he’s thrown for a loop by a couple of visitors—one from Tucson, the other from beyond the grave. 

I’m sorry. Say what? 

Toss a murder, a hot young stud, an unexpected love affair, and a spooky-ass ghost with a weird sense of humor into Jason’s summer plans, and you’ve got the makings for one hell of a ride. 

This was an enjoyable story with both a mystery and a paranormal twist. The main character Jason is a likable MC and his narration is filled with humor. I didn't find the child very realistic or age appropriate in his behaviors but he was an entertaining twist to the story so I overlooked most of that. I found the end to be predictable but it was one of those stories that still warms your heart so again, I overlooked that too. The story is creative and has a lovely happily ever after at the end. I did this on audio and enjoyed the narrator. He had a nice voice and did all of the different characters well, including the child. I think this will entertain even those who don't typically like paranormal stories as the ghost part doesn't overwhelm.

Cover art by Reece Dante. I like this cover a lot. I think it is a really good representation of the story. It's just spooky enough to draw you in.

Sales Links:  Dreamspinner Press | Amazon | Audible | iTunes

Audiobook Details:

NarratorJohn Anthony Davis
Length6 hours and 47 minutes

November 2014 Summary of Reviews

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November 2014 Book Review Summary

*Key:
STRW S series
C contemporary
F-fantasy
SF-science fiction
PN-paranormal
SP-supernatural
H-historical
HR-horror
N-Nonfiction
YA-young adult

Rating Scale: 1 to 5, 5 stars is outstanding
5 Star Rating:

Cold Day in Hell (In from the Cold #5) by Lee Brazil STRWCS PF2014
Final Blow (Whispering Winds #5) (Pulp Friction 2014 #19) by Havan Fellows
Manipulation by Eden Winters
Radiant Burn (Fighting Fire #5) (Pulp Friction 2014 #17) by Laura Harner,
Sand and Ruin and Gold by Alexis Hall STRWF
Starstruck by L.A. Witt STRWCS, A Barb Review
Terra Firma (Earthquake #5) by T.A. Webb STRWCS PF2014
The Devil Lancer by Astrid Amara STRWH, SN
The Shearing Gun by Renae Kaye STRWSC
Then the Stars Fall by Brandon Witt, STRWC
Third Eye by Rick R. Reed STRWSF A Barb Review

4 to 4.75 Star Rating:

The Best Corpse for the Job by Charlie Cochrane (4.25) STRWCS MelanieM
The Circus of the Damned (Deal with the Devil story) by Cornelia Grey (4.25) STRWSN
The Eskimo Slugger by Brad Boney (4) STRW, Sammy Review
Carnival-Decatur by Zoe Lynne (4) STRWYA, Aurora Review
Chestnuts Roasting Anthology (Mischief Corner Anthologies (4.75) STRWHS
Ciro (Shivers ) by Remmy Duchene (4) STRWF PaulB Review
Key of Behliseth by Lou Hoffmann (4) STRWF An Aurora YA Review
Heart by Garrett Leigh (4) STRWCS, A Mika Review
Heat (Salisbury Stories #1) by RJ Scott and Chris Quinton (4.5) STRWCS MelanieM
Off Course by Bailey Bradford (4) STRWSNS MelanieM
Precious Metals by L.A. Witt (4.5) STRWSN, F MelanieM
Saving Crofton Hall (Stately Passions #1) by Rebecca Cohen (4.5) STRWCS MelanieM
Semper Fi by Keira Andrews (4.75) MelanieM
Sleigh Ride (Minnesota Christmas #2) by Heidi Cullinan (4.75) STRWCS MelanieM
Unjustified Claims (Hidden Wolves #3) by Kaje Harper, (4.75) STRWSNS PaulB
Wholehearted by Cate Ashwood Audio Book, Wholehearted by Cate Ashwood – Audiobook narrated by John Orr (4.5) STRWCS A Barb Review
3 to 3.75 Star Rating:

Billionaire with Benefits by Anne Tenino (3.25 stars) STRWCS MelanieM
Forgiving Thayne (True Mates #2) by J.R. Loveless (3.5) STRWSNS, MelanieM
Galactic Treasure (Earth Con #2) by Theodora Marie Adams (3) PaulB Review
Say Something by BA Tortuga (3 stars) STRWC MelanieM
Who Knows the Storm (The Vigilante #1) by Tere Michaels (3.25) STRWCUF

2 to 2.75 Star Rating:

Damaged Package by S.A. McAuley (2.75) STRWC A Mika Review

Review: Acting Out (Calm and Chaos #1) by Sharon Maria Bidwell

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Rating: 3 stars out of 5

Acting Out coverNicholas Sandford and Alexander Lasseter were friends for years before their mutual agent  partnered them in a film that would bring them success as actors and link them together in the public’s memory as the best of friends.  When renown director Robert King sends them a script that is almost guaranteed to give them the roles of their lives, only one of them is eager to accept.  The problem is that the script calls for Nick and Alex to  play friends who become lovers during the course of the film, including nudity and sex scenes.

Alex has always known that he was attracted to men but has kept that side of himself hidden from Nick.  Nick has always thought of himself as straight, although his dates with women are few and the number of relationships he has had is zero.  But to act in this film, Nick faces the condemnation of his family, his own fear of taking a role he wants dearly and the fact that if he turns down this role, Alex will go on to other films without him, leaving Nick and their friendship behind.

When Nick and Alex agree to act in the film, everything between them starts to change with just one kiss.  As fantasy turns into reality, Nick must face his own fears about his sexuality and come to an acceptance about himself as well as Alex in order for the men to move forward with their careers and romance.

Short review?  A stultifying well written story that follows two friends journey through endless self examination of their sexuality, their roles in their friendship to a final acceptance of their homosexualityp and love.  That’s the cliff notes review, the succinct version of what is to follow.  Oh that the author had done the same for her story.

Everything about this story should have made me feel so much stronger about the plot and characters than I actually do.  The plot is a terrific one…in theory.  It’s really one man’s introspective journey to self awareness and acceptance of his sexuality through the course of a film role and with help with his best friend/love interest.  It should be painful, dramatic, and finally fulfilling, yet this story is none of those things. Instead it feels drawn out, verbose, of only middling tension with characters that never rise to the reality and drama of the roles they are filming.

The first hint of issues with Acting Out arrives with Nick Standford,  The story starts out in Nick’s pov and immediately the reader is plunged into an almost endless stream of thoughts from Nick about his conflicting feelings about the role he is being asked to play, his friendship with Alex, thoughts about his family, Alex’s sister, the swan in the river….on and on it goes and we haven’t even reached page 4.  Just the appearance of Nick on a page means that a full blown dithering inner monologue is sure to follow.  How can a reader even begin to care about a character if even reading that character’s thoughts feels like a walk through a bog?  Here is Nick waiting for Alex to appear:

 The only good thing was their mutual agent, Alana Reynolds, wouldn’t be here. She of the overlong and straight blonde hair hanging like a curtain, swaying, seductive, invariably irritating Nick to hell. Whenever she looked at Alex, gone was the unsettling stare Nick paid her so well to use while representing him. Nick saw nothing hard, cold, or business-like when she skimmed that large frame. He’d never known Alana to gawk at anyone with a less than analytical eye, and the realisation that she did otherwise left him torn between gratitude not to be the object of her scrutiny and belligerence because she paid Alex such close attention. Around Alex, her expression came close to an open display of desire. For some reason, Nick didn’t like it.

He didn’t want to know whether Alex had seduced Alana, or she him. He was doubtful the two were having sex; still, he disliked the possibility. He could imagine those perfect bodies locking together too easily, but he tried not to. Imagining Alana naked was one thing, but considering what an attractive couple they made struck him as disturbing. Women could look at other women to say they were appealing, even beautiful. Men didn’t do that. They called each other “fit,” and it was too easy to gaze at Alex and see an extremely fit man, indeed. He didn’t feel comfortable admiring Alex; he never had, even though he had a case of justifiable envy. Those broad shoulders and muscular build, the square jaw and disarming grin… Nick swallowed, wanting an antacid. He touched his tie, fingered his lapel, and looked around, wondering if they’d have such a thing on the premises. Probably against Health and Safety. He should have been even more gracious to the serving girl, who would have no doubt given him anything he wanted.

That is one of Nick’s shorter moments, most of them are actually quite protracted in every way you can imagine. Alex Lassiter is a little better.  Alex is already comfortable with his sexuality although not out because of his profession.  He is one of those actors that get the action/suspense roles that command large sum salaries and huge box office returns unlike Nick who gets the lanky, brainy geeky roles.  The point of view switches back and forth between Alex and Nick, but honestly neither character comes across as realistic or particularly memorable. Nick constantly frets about his thoughts and emotions toward Alex and the film roles they are to play and the reader should be right there with him emotionally as he works through his inner conflicts.  Instead, the writing and descriptions, although well written and with a certain style, don’t even begin to bring an element of real passion and pain into the equation.  We just don’t get any real measure of  angst or mental anguish, just a mention of emotional discomfort and irritation.

One thing stood out for me in this very serious story and that is the lack of humor.  A touch of humor, self depreciating or otherwise can lift a scene up, enlivening it along with the characters.  And that element is missing along with any real drama or emotional highlights.   Or should I say emotional highlights that feel like emotional highlights.

From beginning to end neither the characters or the narrative serve to involve the reader emotionally in this story.  I can’t decide whether it is the constant musings on their sexuality and the possibilities of sexual attraction or the inner arguments as well as monologues that continue ad infinitum that serve to distance the reader from these characters.  But what ever the source, the reader will find themselves disconnected from this story and the men through the very same emotional channels which should be engaging their attention and that is such a shame as the story had real promise.  A promise it never delivered.

The Calm and Chaos part of the title is derived from two acting roles the men played in a film, their first together.  Colin Calm Cameron and Chandler Chaos Chance, two detectives, partners as well as friends.  That film and those roles sounded far more interesting than Acting Out, which is the first in a series.  For myself, I am leaving this series at the first book.  If you are a fan of this author, than you might consider reading this story, otherwise I would give it a pass.

Cover Design: Kelly Shorten is very nondescript, it could be for any story, not just this one.

Book Details:

ebook, 75,000 word count
Published June 8th 2012 by Musa Publishing