Final Thoughts on Literary Titles ! and This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

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Final Thoughts on Literary Titles !

Hard to believe that once again September is winding down.  Well, it has been an eventful month.  Hurricanes, flooding, and well, just plain old tons of rain pouring through my communities have a dampening effect  that washed away  my planned thoughts for posted blogs.  Maybe we will see those slip into October, one of my absolute favorite months!

Yes, its still pouring outside even as I type.  This will go down as the wettest two, maybe three months recorded for our area.  The mold being reported is off the charts.  I will try to locate plants that love water for the backyard.  Submergents anyone?

Meanwhile back to some wonderful suggestions for our own literary days of the month.  Remember we had a giveaway going?

This was the contest:

Literary  Event Title Giveaway
If you all were to suggest a Literary Event for the calendar, what would it be?  An International LGBT Romance Story Day?  Triad in Lust Day?    Quiltbag Aliens HEA Day?  Give me some titles for our own special September literary events.  Let’s call it our LGBTQIA Literary  Event Title Giveaway!  Have your title chosen and we will have Stella set you up with a $10 gift card from Dreamspinners.   And here’s what you all came up with.

Here from Purple Reader:

It does look like quite the week lined up. I’ve seen a cpl of Free Lib boxes pop up in my neighborhood here in Chicago, and I had to smile. Some more ideas for days:
– GLBTQ Reads That Surprised You Day
– Older GLBTQ Readers Can Have Fun Too Day
– Read a GLBTQ Book Together Day
– Smile & Touch through Words Day
– Read the Book, Visit the Scene Day
– Honoring GLBTQ Books Where You Live Day
– GLBTQ Books That Changed the World Day
– Ok, I gotta stop this day, lol

From Ami: Read in Public Transportation Day

From H.B.  Donate a Book Day

From  Jen:

If I were to add another literary event to the calendar, it would be “Give a Kid a Book” day because reading meant so much to me as a kid and it means a lot to my kids. Reading can help kids in so many ways.

And also from P.R….Ok, This has been stimulating … and dangerous. Here goes with my imagination (I hope this is what you had in mind, because I had some fun here after not having time to think even scattered thoughts for a while):

Question Mark Day (Never Stop Asking Why)
Readers With Guilty Pleasures Day
Out-of-the-Limelight GLBTQ Genres Day (spreading the love to less popular genres)
Out of Your Comfort Zone Reading Day
Readers Reviewing Reviewers Day (let’s give THEM some feedback!)
Co-Authors Day
Pay It Forward with Words Day

Thank you everyone for participating.  Congratulations to Purple Reader on the winning ….many of them entries!  Please contact Stella about the gift certificate!
  Meanwhile, we have a great week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words.  Great tours, great books (audio and ebook), and did you all notice we slipped in another new reviewer on you?  Welcome, Ashez, our new reviewer to Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words!
 It’s going to be quite the week.  So don’t miss out on a day of it.

 

This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

Sunday, September 23:

  • Release Day Blitz for Of Sunlight and Stardust by Riley Hart & Christina Lee (excerpt and giveaway)
  • Final Thoughts on Literary Titles and Our Giveaway
  • This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

Monday, September 24:

  • Dreamspun Bru Baker on Hiding in Plain Sight
  • Review Tour – Darcy by RJ Scott & Meredith Russell
  • BLOG TOUR Ride or Dye by Aimee Nicole Walker
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Review: Counterpoint (Twisted Wishes #2) by Anna Zabo
  • A Stella Review: Of Dreams and Ceremonies (Butterfly Hunter #2) by Julie Bozza
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Review: Darcy (Boyfriend for Hire #1) by R.J. Scott and Meredith Russell

Tuesday, September 25:

  • DSP Promo John Inman+giveaway
  • OWI TOUR grydscaen: beginnings Author: Natsuya Uesugi
  • RIPTIDE TOUR RUNNING BLIND, a Havoc novel by SE Jakes
  • A Lila Release Day Review: Dragonslayer (Twitterlight #1) by Matthew Lang
  • A Lucy Review: Hard Truths by Alex Whitehall
  • A Stella Release Day Review: Strays by A.J. Thomas

Wednesday, September 26:

  • DSP Publications Matthew Lang on Dragonslayer
  • Review Tour – C.J. Baty – Starting Over
  • The Hunt by J.M. Dabney & Davidson King (Michelle) Blog Tour and Review
  • Blog Tour “no way out” by Eric Alan Westfall
  • An Alisa Release Day Review: Guarding His Melody by Victoria Sue
  • A MelanieM Review: The Hunt by J.M. Dabney & Davidson King
  • An Alisa Review: Starting Over (The Knights Club #1) by C.J. Baty

Thursday,  September 27:

  • DSP Promo Xenia Melzer
  • Guarding His Melody (A standalone in the Enhanced World) by Victoria Sue
  • Release Blitz Tour – RJ Scott & V.L. Locey – Ryker
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Review: Band Sinister by KJ Charles
  • A Free Dreamer Review: Witchbane by Morgan Brice
  • A Lila Audio Review: His Leading Man Author: Ashlyn Kane and Kenneth Obi (Narrator)
  • A Stella Review:  Falling Into Love by Nell Iris & Kris T Bethke

Friday, September 28:

  • BLOG TOUR COUNTERPOINT by Anna Zabo
  • Exclusive guest post – CJ Baty Starting Over
  • Release Blitz – A Taste of Agapi by Chris Ethani
  • An Alisa Release Day Review: Love you so Special by Tara Lain
  • A MelanieM Review: Building Forever by Kelly Jensen
  • A Stella Review: The Thousand Smiles of Nicholas Goring (Butterfly Hunter #3) by Julie Bozza

Saturday, September 29:

  • Release Blitz – Distant Cousins by Eric Huffbind
  • Release Blitz – Keira Andrews – Honeymoon For One

Gay Superheroes and This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

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Gay Superheroes

Last week I started off the discussion of LGBT Superheroes because of the new film Black Panther and the colossal response that’s its engendered, due in no small part to representation. Of course it helps that its an outstanding movie too. But people of color are seeing themselves represented in a major motion picture in a way that they’ve never seen before and perhaps never been possible before.  Its origin?  A comic called Black Panther.

I don’t think you can underestimate the power of seeing yourself represented…in a book, graphic or not, or on a screen, small or large.  The above section of a comic book panel belongs to a long running comic book called  Life with Archie.  Here’s the full cover:

Amazing isn’t it.  More and more of the regular comics introduced gay characters or had characters come “out of the closet” in recent years.  Anyone remember seeing this Green Lantern panel?

 

And while the “mainstream” comics have been busy, so have many Quiltbag authors for writing LGBT superhero books and graphic novels.  Yes, it turns out there is a burgeoning niche and demand here.  We want to see gay superheroes too!

Some of the ones I love?

Katey Hawthorne’s Superpowered Love series (up to eight books now)
Andrea Speed’s Infected Series (Roan) up to eight books minus the connected series
Light by Nathan Burgoine
Panopolis by Cari Z

Here are some of the wonderful Gay Superhero Recommendations from all of you:

From Jen:

Here are some that I found:
KIM & KIM https://www.comixology.com/Kim-Kim-1/digital-comic/396452
MIDNIGHTER & APOLLO https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Midnighter_and_Apollo
AMERICA CHAVEZ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miss_America_(America_Chavez)

And here’s one that I read. It is not quite traditional superheroes, but the kids do battle bad things with magic. MAGIC BOY BASIL https://magicalboybasil.com

From Purple Reader:

Oh boy, now we’re talkin’! I’ll be seeing BP this week, and now you are stoking my love of superheroes even more. I’m looking forward to see what others rec. There’s some fanfic that is decent, as well, as well as gay sidekicks (and then there’s separating out paranormal powers from superhero stories), but here are ones with gay MCs that I’ve read and enjoyed over the years:

– QUEEROES by Bereznai – light-hearted look at gay teens w/ powers. My first such story – me: “What?! There are gay superheroes?!” *faints*.
– HERO by Moore – misfit group of teen superheroes.
– MASKS series by Thorne – another team of YA superheros, still enjoyable.
– BROKEN HEROS series by Perdita – now how about some college superheroes.
– FIERCE by Rosen – or a nerdy college freshman.
– PANOPOLIS series by Cari Z – creative take that has you rooting for the villain.
– WAYNE OF GOTHAM by Hickman – Not the best, but decent for me – it’s a gay Dark Knight after all.
– KING CAGE series by Mike Stop Continues – new & offbeat; urban graffiti superhero.

Ami 

I think Roan and Holden from “INFECTED” series by Andrea Speed to be LGBTQ superheroes :). I admit I don’t follow comic. Not my cup of tea. So I don’t know much about LGBTQ superhero in comic unless they’re being turned into movie

Moondrawn

Deadpool is pansexual. His kiss in 2009 with gay superhero Rictor was the first same-sex kiss in a mainstream Marvel comic. The movie Deadpool 2 will feature a bisexual and polyamorous superhero!

 

I love this thread and our recommendations and Giveaway continues until March 3rd!

It’s our  LGBTQIA Superhero Hunt Giveaway!

Find stories and LGBTQIA Superheroes!  We will give you all the entire month that’s left.  Must be superhero stories, can be graphic novels (comics).  Giveaway ends March 3 at midnight.  Gift certificates will be given away!  Must be 18 years of age or older.  Let the hunt begin!

And the winner of our Valentine’s Day Giveaway is announced at the very end of today’s blog.  Don’t miss it!

 

LGBTQIA Superhero Lists You May Not Be Aware Of!

This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

 

Sunday, February 25:

  • Perfect by Felice Stevens Release Day Blitz
  • RELEASE BLITZ for Captive Hearts (Deviant Hearts #1) by A E Ryecart LILY RECEIVED (2 emails)
  • Gay Superheroes and This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

Monday, February 26:

  • Bite Me by Beth Bolden BLOG TOUR
  • Blog Post- Katze Snow – Demons & Wolves Series
  • Release Blitz – Closets Are For Clothes – Addison Albright
  • RELEASE BLITZ FORSAKEN by J.R. Gray
  • A Lila Audiobook Review: Off the Beaten Path by Cari Z. and Jack Wesley (Narrator)
  • A Stella Review: Bite Me by Beth Bolden
  • An Alisa Review: Alpha Dragon: Bronaz by Kellan Larkin and Kaz Crowley

Tuesday, February 27:

  • RIPTIDE TOUR Where Death Meets the Devil by LJ Hayward
  • Release Blitz  – Bitten By The Alpha (Regent’s Park Pack #4) by Annabelle Jacobs
  • NDIGO BLITZ A Matter of Justice by J.C. Long
  • A Free Dreamer Release Day Review: Exodus ( Heaven Corp #2) by CC Bridges
  • A MelanieM PreRelease Review: Apocalypse Alley (Blue Unicorn #2) by Don Allmon
  • An Alisa Audiobook Review: Camp H.O.W.L. by Bru Baker and Dorian Bane (Narrator)

Wednesday, February 28:

  • BLOG TOUR FORSAKEN by J.R. Gray
  • DSP Publications Promo Sean Michael
  • Release Blitz RJ Scott – Winter Cowboy
  • A MelanieM Audiobook Review:  Runner by Parker Williams and Patrick Zeller (Narrator)
  • A Stella Review :New Heights by Quinn Anderson
  • An Alisa Review: Say Cheese by Michael P. Thomas

Thursday, March 1:

  • Release Blitz – Room For Recovery – DJ Jamison
  • DSP Publications Promo Chris E. Saros
  • BLOG TOUR  Found (Hamilton’s Heroes #1) by Annabella Michaels
  • A Free Dreamer Review: Celestia by J.D Evergreen
  • An Stella Release Day Review: Touch by Remmy Duchene

Friday, March 2:

  • Review Tour – Jay Northcote – Pretty In Pink S
  • DSP GUEST POST BG Thomas
  • Hurri Cosmo – Ghost Wolf – Virtual Book Tour
  • Riptide Tour and Giveaway: Apocalypse Alley by Don Allmon
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Review : Pretty In Pink by Jay Northcote
  • A MelanieM Review: Where Death Meets the Devil by LJ Hayward
  • An Alisa Release Day Review: Touch by Remmy Duchene

Saturday, March 3:

  • Ever After by Riley Hart & Christina Lee Release Day Blitz
  • Release Blitz CLOSER by F.E. Feeley Jr.

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Valentine’s Day Giveaway Winner is H.B.!  Congratulations, H.B.  Contact Stella at scatteredthoughtsandroguewords@gmail.com and she will arrange to get your gift card to you.

Best of 2017’s Coming In! This Week At Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

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Best of 2017’s Coming In!

Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words Reviewers are chiming in this week.  Ali and Alisa both came up with their Best of 2017 lists for our readers!  Everything from Best Books to Best Covers!  See if some of yours are among their choices.  We want yours too so check out our giveaway just above this week’s schedule.  It’s open all month.
Now for the first of many (we hope) of 2017 Best of Lists this month!

Best in Books in 2017

From Ali:

These were my favorite reads of the year:
  • Arrows Through Archer by Nash Summers
  • Everyday History by Alice Archer (although this was written last year so I don’t know if it counts)
  • Dear Mona Lisa by Claire Davis and Al Stewart
  • Kill Game by Cordelia Kingsbridge
  • Loose Cannon by Sidney Bell
  • Controlled Burn by Erin McLellan
  • Circle by Garrett Leigh
  • We Three Kings by AF Henley
My favorite covers of the year:
The Poison Within by Kasia Bacon
Kidnapped by the Pirate by Keira Andrews
Coach’s Challenge by Avon Gale
The Remaking of Corbin Wale by Roan Parrish
Blood Stained Tea by Amy Tasukada
Half by Eli Lang
 

From Alisa:

Here are my top books for 2017.
 

2017 Top Novels
Who We Truly Are by Victoria Sue
The Remaking of Corbin Wale by Roan Parrish
Christmas Eve Craigslist Killer by Jill Wexler
A Husband for Santa Claus by Missy Welsh
Vampire Claus by Robert Winter
Finding Home by Garrett Leigh
Nerdy Deeds by Tragen Moss
Without a Compass by Helen Juliet
Promises Part 3 by AE Via
Rogue Magic by Kit Brisby

Best Audiobooks of 2017
Until You by TJ Klune, narrator Reese Dante
The Deep of the Cound by Amy Lane, narrator Nick Russo
Kieran by Toni Griffin, narrator Nick Flint
Just Drive by LA Witt, narrator Nick Russo
Wake Me Up Inside by Cardeno C, narrator Charlie David

Best Series of 2017
Mates Collection by Cardeno C
A Nerd in the Hand by Tragen Moss
The Hollydale Omegas by Susi Hawke
Men of Meadowfall by Anna Wineheart
Ironwrought by Anna Wineheart
Common Powers by Lynn Lorenz
Three Wishes by Sean Michael
Roguefalls by April Kelly
The Omega Auction Chronicles by Kian Rhodes
Devils Pride MC by Jessie G

 
Best covers of 2017:
Best in Show by Kelly Jensen, cover artist Alexandria Corza
The Remaking of Corbin Wale by Roan Parrish, cover artist Natasha Snow
Who We Truly Are by Victoria Sue, cover artist Paul Richmond
Black Market Blood by Francis Gideon, cover artist AngstyG
Vampire Claus by Robert Winter, cover artist Dar Albert
 

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 on 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 10:

  • Best of 2017’s Coming In! This Week At Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words
  • Blog Tour – His Taken Omega by L.C. Davis
  • Leaning Into a Wish by Lane Hayes Blog Tour
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Advent Release Day Review: The Puzzle Box (2017 Advent Calendar Daily – Stocking Stuffers) by C.C. Bridges

Monday, December 11:

  • Blog tour *Masked Heart by Chris McHart
  • Blog tour for The Perfect Gift, by Joe Cosentino
  • Review Tour – Not Just For Christmas by Annabelle Jacobs
  • A MelanieM Review: Not Just for Christmas by Annabelle Jacobs
  • A Jeri Release Day Review: An Unlocked Mind (Secrets#2) by K.C. Wells & Parker Williams
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Review:Leaning Into A Wish (Leaning Into Stories #3.5)
    by Lane Hayes

Tuesday, December 12:

  • DSP Promo S.A. Stovall
  • Promotion Tour – Memory of Me by Jess Thomas
  • Riptide Publishing Tour and Giveaway: Operation Green Card by GB Gordon
  • A MelanieM Review: The Unexpected Santa (The Sin Bin #5) by Dahlia Donovan
  • A Stella Review:  Desperately Seeking Santa by Eli Easton
  • An Alisa Advent Release Day Review: Poison Marked (2017 Advent Calendar Daily – Stocking Stuffers)
    by T.J. Nichol
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Audiobook Review: Dyeing to be Loved (Curl Up and Dye Mysteries #1) by Aimee Nicole Walker and Joel Leslie (Narrator)

Wednesday, December 13:

  • Blog Tour – Journey to Gaytopia by Joel Craig
  • Review Tour – RJ Scott’s Love Happens Anyway
  • In the Spotlight: Warlock Series By LM Somerton
  • A MelanieM Review:  Love Happens Anyway by RJ Scott
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Review: Secrets and Silk by Nicole Dennis
  • A MelanieM Release Day Review: Short Order (Foothills Pride #8) by Pat Henshaw
  • A Caryn Advent Release Day Review: The Probability of Mistletoe (2017 Advent Calendar Daily – Stocking Stuffers)
    by E.J. Russell

Thursday, December 14:

  • Tour for An Unlocked Mind by K.C. Well and Parker Williams
  • Book Tour – Ghoulish by Kat Bellamy
  • Review Tour – Secret Santa by Jay Northcote
  • An Alisa Review: The Remaking of Corbin Wale by Roan Parrish
  • A MelanieM Advent Release Day Review: A Timely Gift by Kris T. Bethke
  • A Melanie Release Day Review: (PreRelease Review) Kairos by Mary Calmes
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Review: Secret Santa by Jay Northcote

Friday, December 15:

  • Release Blitz – Short Order by Pat Henshaw
  • Review Tour for George Loveland’s On The Third Kiss
  • A MelanieM Release Day Review: The Gryphon King’s Consort by Jenn Burke
  • A Stella Review: ​Cruising by Cate Ashwood
  • An Alisa Review: On The Third Kiss by George Loveland
  • A Caryn Advent Release Day Review: Christmas Grace (2017 Advent Calendar Daily – Stocking Stuffers)
    by C.L. Miles

Saturday, December 16:

  • An Ali Advent Release Day Review: An Unexpected Sanctuary (2017 Advent Calendar Daily – Stocking Stuffers)
    by Cassie Decker
  • A Barb Advent Release Day Review:  In Case Of Emergency by Keira Andrews

 

 

 

 

In Need of Inspiration…about July. This Week At Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

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In Need of Inspiration…about July

With all the sadness and madness in the news today combined with the heat facing me outside my door, I was in need of inspiration for my post this morning.  Too early for the dog days of Summer, although the events felt like it. Mad Dogs and Englishmen?  Falls under the same category believe it or not.

So I went looking for things about the month of July, that midmonth of summer wondering what I would find other than the usual 4th of July and Canada Day mentions.  What a mixed bag…

In the Georgian calendar, the calendar that most of the world uses, July is the seventh month. However, on the Roman calendar, it was actually the fifth month and was call Quintilis, which meant fifth. Later in 46 B.C., Caesar gave 31 days and the Roman Senates named the month Julius in honor of Caesar. In northern hemisphere, July is usually the hottest month of the year when it is actually a winter time in southern hemisphere. It gets very cold in Antarctica and cold and rainy in South America. Because there isn’t much rain in July, the grass loses its greenness. Moreover, the abundance of flowers and insects occur in July.

Some immediate facts that floated to the top:

  • On July 1, 1898, the San Juan Hill was occupied by the American troops during the Spanish-American War.
  • During World War I on July 1, 1916, the Battle of Somme began.
  • On July 2, 1881, President James Garfield was killed by Charles Guiteau.
  • On July 11, 1804, during a duel between Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton, Hamilton was killed.
  • The first atomic bomb was set off by scientists in Alamogordo, New Mexico on July 16, 1945.

Hmmm…the dig went on.

  • On July 1, 1867, the Dominion of Canada was established due to the British North America Act.
  • On July 5, 1971, Amendment 26 was proclaimed which set the voting age at 18 in the United States.
  • On July 16, 1790, District of Columbia was established.
  • On July 2, 1890, the Sherman Antitrust Act (an Act to prohibit trusts) was passed by the United States Congress 
  • The 38th President of the United States, Gerald R. Ford, was born on July 1, 1913.

Then finally…hope arrived in the form of National holidays…ones I didn’t even know about…but I’m putting them on the calendar now.blueberry6

July is officially National Blueberry Month, National Ice Cream Month and drumroll please, National Hot Dog Month.  Be Still My Heart.  I’ve a love for all three.  So a month made for me. And its only half over!  So now I’m grabbing a spoon and heading for the Blue Bunny double chocolate fudge. Maybe with some blueberries on top. Don’t judge. Join me after looking over our great lineup this week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words.  There’s something for everyone.

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This Week At Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

Sunday, July 10:

  • In Need of Inspiration…about July.
  • This Week At Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words
  • In the Spotlight: Ice (The Salisbury Series #2) by Chris Quinton & RJ Scott (excerpt and giveaway)

Monday, July 11:

  • The Silvers by J.A. Rock Blog Tour and Giveaway
  • Complexity by Harper Miller Tour and Giveaway
  • A Paul B Review: Delivered to Hope by Caitlin Ricci & AJ Marcus
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Audiobook Review: Until September by Chris Scully
  • A Stella Review: Chasing the Dream by Andrew Grey

Tuesday, July 12:

  • AJ Llewellyn’s re-release of Mating Tomeo. Release Day Tour and Giveaway
  • Gays of Our Lives by Kris Ripper Blog Tour and Giveaway
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Review:  Gays of Our Lives by Kris Ripper
  • A BJ Review: Assumed Dead by Becky Black
  • An Alisa Review: Code Name Jack Rabbit by Elizabeth Noble

Wednesday, July 13:

  • An Alisa Review: Awakening the Alpha by Carolina Valdez
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Audiobook Review: Designs of Desire by Tempeste O’Reilly
  • A Jeri Review: Dinner for One by Meg Harding
  • An Ali Review: Wildflowers by Suki Fleet
  • A MelanieM Review:  Kissing Alex by R.J. Scott

Thursday, July 14:

  • Book Blitz and Giveaway – The Olive Conspiracy by Shira Glassman
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Audiobook Review: Dogwood Days & Spring Fever by Poppy Dennison
  • A Stella Review: Picked Fresh by Posy Roberts
  • An Alisa Review:  Sign Here Please by Feral Sephrian

Friday, July 15:

  • In the Spotlight: Into the Blue by Pene Hanson (excerpt and giveaway)
  • Book Blitz and Giveaway – Summer Lovin’ Anthology
  • Acceptance Blog Tour and Giveaway by Grace R. Duncan blog
  • A Paul B Review: Acceptance by Grace R. Duncan
  • A MelanieM Review: The Greek Tycoon’s Green Card Groom by Kate McMurray
  • An Alisa Review: Lock & Key – Z. Allora

Saturday, July 16:

  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Review: Left of Centre by Zathyn Priest
  • A Lila Audiobook Review:  Love Hypothetically by Anne Tenino
  • A Stella Review:  Strong Medicine by JK Hogan

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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

 

 

An Alisa Review: Sins of the Past by Amanda Young

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Rating:  4 stars out of 5

 

Sins of the PastTwo men bonded by love. A long forgotten secret neither knew they shared in common.

Andrew Vought is a wealthy single parent who’s all but given up on love. Ryan Ward is an up-and-coming landscape architect, who’s never believed true love exists.

In each other’s arms, they find the love they’ve sought. But can a budding new love survive the secrets both men harbor?

 

Amanda Young did a great job with this short story.  Ryan believes he will never know true love because of how he behaved in his younger years.  Andrew has been looking for love for a long time and continues to hope.  Their connection isn’t instant, but they are both willing to work for their relationship.

 

I connected with both of these characters.  They both slowly approach their relationship, but don’t know what to do when some past decisions come back to haunt them.  I could feel Ryan’s heart breaking when he felt that he would lose Andrew when he realized their connection to each other.

 

The cover art is very nice and caught my attention.

 

Sales Link: Amazon

 

Book Details:

ebook, 97 pages
Published: 2nd Edition May 14, 2016 by Amanda Young
ISBN: 9781599985992
Edition Language: English

A Lila Review: To Live Again (The Distance Between Us #6) by L.A. Witt

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Rating: 4.25 stars out of 5

To Live AgainGreg Douglas moves in with friends after his wife of almost twenty-five years asked him for a divorce he didn’t expect. After they finished moving Greg into the house, Rhett and Ethan — MCs in The Distance Between Us — decided to take Greg out, giving him the opportunity to explore his bisexuality.

At Wilde’s, Greg is overwhelmed by the amount of men around him and how comfortable they all seemed with their sexuality. He tries to escape the chaos and instead meets Samoan deejay Sailo Isaia. The attraction between them is mutual and instantaneous. And from that night on, we think about them as an item.

The story concentrates on how Greg deals with his divorce, his sexuality, his grown kids, and his new found relationship with Sailo. We get to see his day-to-day struggles and how Sailo becomes the force that gives him the strength to move forward.

To Live Again is a story to read in one sitting, especially if you enjoyed all the previous books in the series. This installment is all about Greg’s journey after his divorce, and Sailo is an integral part of it. They’re great together and from the beginning, we get to see how much they will mean to each other.

Their relationship starts as a one-night stand, but before the end of the night, it turns into something more. They didn’t label it, just live their relationship day to day. Greg’s life is morphine as the chapters go by and Sailo is his only constant. He’s always there for him, letting him talk, experiment, and giving him the type of relationship he missed.

As with the other books, the sex scenes are smexy and significant. Each time they were together they got a little closer. It also allowed Greg to discover something new about his body and sexuality. Yes, he gets his bisexuality really well, perhaps too fast, but we get to see the questions behind his actions.

The author did an excellent job portraying Greg and Sailo according to their age. The blurb mentions a difference of almost twenty years, but it’s actually ten. They think before they act and even when some of their decisions can be considered irrational, they took the time to look beyond their individual wants and needs. Sailo’s son was always his priority.

The ending was rushed and the central conflict between Greg and Sailo a little over the top, but it worked. I’m not a fan of the issue between Greg and his ex-wife, it felt unnecessary in relation to their previous encounters. But his relationship with his grown children compensated for it.

All the new characters take an important role in the story, and the returning cast makes us feel like we are meeting with old friends again. We also get snapshots of the lives of the main characters in the previous books. We learn a little about where their lives are at the moment and how their relationships evolved.

Overall, a nice, easy read.

The cover by Angela Waters matched the previous books in the series. Plus, the two men on the cover are exactly as described in the story. Very well done.

Sale Links: Samhain | Amazon | ARe

Book Details:

ebook, 253 pages
Published: April 12, 2016, by Samhain Publishing
ISBN: 9781619231733
Edition Language: English

Series: Wilde’s
Book #1: The Best Man
Book #2: The Distance Between Us
Book #3: A.J.’s Angel
Book #4: The Closer You Get 
Book #5: Meet Me in the Middle
Book #5.5: Missionary
Book #6: No Distance Left to Run
Book #7: No Place That Far
Book #8: To Live Again

Its All About the Heart’s Perspective in The Heart As He Hears It By A.M. Arthur (excerpt and giveaway)

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The Heart As He Hears It (Perspectives #3) by A.M. Arthur
 Release Date: April 19, 2016

 Goodreads Link
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Cover Artist: Lyn Taylor

Blurb

While most of his friends have moved on to “real” careers, Jon Buchanan is content skating through life as a part-time waiter and gay porn star. Firmly single thanks to a previous relationship disaster, he focuses his spare time on Henry, a dear friend dying of cancer.

And with Henry’s happiness paramount, Jon is on a mission to help Henry meet his recently discovered grandson.

Isaac Gregory hasn’t set foot outside for the past year. He has everything he needs delivered, and his remaining family knows better than to visit. When a complete stranger shows up claiming to be his grandfather—with a distractingly handsome younger man in tow—his carefully structured routines are shaken.

Despite his instant attraction, Jon senses Isaac is too fragile for a relationship. Yet tentative friendship grows into genuine companionship. And when Henry’s health begins to fail, they realize Fate brought them together for a reason.

 

Pages or Words: 253 pages
Can be read as a standalone

 Also available in audiobook format with Guy Locke as the narrator
 Categories: Contemporary, Fiction, M/M Romance, Romance

Excerpt

Jon studied him, his gaze taking in…something. “May I ask you something?”

“Of course.” His chest flushed with anticipation.

“How do you feel when you’re with me?”

Isaac tried to push aside the anxiety still attempting to blur his thoughts, an old friend that wanted to be part of the conversation. Only anxiety wasn’t allowed in, not this time. He shuffled through different words, emotions and adjectives, searching for the one that best described how he felt about Jon. How Jon made him feel, despite being a near-stranger, bigger, stronger and far more experienced in pretty much everything. Jon still made him feel… “Safe,” Isaac said.

Jon’s eyebrows crept up. The corners of his mouth quirked into something not quite a smile. “Really?”

“Yes. The first time I saw you on my security feed, I noticed how beautiful you were.” His cheeks warmed.

Jon flat out grinned. “Yeah?”

“You’re kind and patient, and I feel safe because you don’t try to fix me, and you don’t act like I’m broken. My family thinks I’m broken, and I don’t want them to fix me. I just…” Something in Isaac shifted, accepting this new truth. “I need to feel safe, Jon. That’s why I hide. But you make me not want to hide.”

Jon’s eyes glittered. His expression melted into something so warm, so sweet, that it burned in Isaac’s blood in a way he didn’t understand at all. The strange sensation urged him to reach out, to initiate contact of some kind. Deep-rooted fear kept Isaac still, unable to make that first move. Unable to do anything except soak in the wonderment on Jon’s face.

“I think that’s the greatest compliment I’ve ever gotten,” Jon said. His voice was hoarse, strange. Almost difficult to hear, so Isaac paid more attention to his lips. “Is it cheesy to say your strength makes me want to be better too?”

Isaac shook his head. “I’m not strong.”

“You’re stronger than you think. You proved that by letting me and Henry in two weeks ago. You proved it again by going out to rescue a kitten. Twice, by the way. You told me you want to get better, get into the world, and that takes a fuck-ton of courage when you’ve lost as much as you have. I know it won’t be easy, but I still want to help you do that.”

“I know you do. I want that too.”

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Meet the Author

A.M. Arthur was born and raised in the same kind of small town that she likes to write about, a stone’s throw from both beach resorts and generational farmland.  She’s been creating stories in her head since she was a child and scribbling them down nearly as long, in a losing battle to make the fictional voices stop.  She credits an early fascination with male friendships (bromance hadn’t been coined yet back then) with her later discovery of and subsequent love affair with m/m romance stories. A.M. Arthur’s work is available from Samhain Publishing, Carina Press, Dreamspinner Press, and SMP Swerve.

When not exorcising the voices in her head, she toils away in a retail job that tests her patience and gives her lots of story fodder.  She can also be found in her kitchen, pretending she’s an amateur chef and trying to not poison herself or others with her cuisine experiments.

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This Week At Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

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This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

Sunday, April 17:

  • This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

Monday, April 18:

  • Return to Bluewater Bay with Selfie by Amy Lane (Riptide Tour and Contest
  • RJ Scott’s Love’s Design Tour and Giveaway
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Review: Selfie by Amy Lane
  • A Lila Audiobook Review: Buchanan House by Charley Descoteaux

Tuesday, April 19:

  • A.M. Arthur ‘The Heart As He Hears It’ book blast and giveaway
  • L.J. LaBarthe’s Book, Line, and Sinker  Dreamspinner Author Tour
  • T.J. Klune’s Guest Blog for Withered + Sere (Release Day Author Spotlight)
  • A BJ Review:  Withered + Sere Review by TJ Klune

Wednesday, April 20:

  • Lord of the Hearth, Lord of the Hollow by Sara Kane Guest Blog
  • A MelanieM Review: Lord of the Hearth, Lord of the Hollow by Sara Kane
  • A Stella Review: Old Town New by BA Tortuga release day review
  • A MelanieM Review: Professional Distance by Silvia Violet

Thursday, April 21:

  • Old Town New by BA Tortuga Author Blog
  • In the Spotlight: Tali Spencer ‘Victory Portrait’ (Excerpt and giveaway)
  • A MelanieM Review: Hidden Wings by Ana Raine
  • An Alisa Audiobook Review:  Pulling Leather by L.C. Chase

Friday, April 22:

  • COZZI COVE: MOVING FORWARD by Joe Cosentino, guest blog
  • A Lila Review: Pride Weekend (A Buchanan House Love Story )Charley Descoteaux
  • A Paul B Review: A New Alpha in Town by A J Marcus
  • A BJ Audiobook Review: The Two Gentlemen of Altona by Lisa Henry and J.A. Rock

Saturday, April 23:

 

  • A Free Dreamer. YA Review: “Boy Meets Boy” by David Levithan

 

Melanie M Thoughts On Labeling – Isn’t It Time to Put Away GFY?

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Melanie M Thoughts On Labeling – Isn’t It Time to Put Away GFY?

Funny isn’t it when all lines of thought lead to a convergence of minds?  That seems to have happened this past week or two.  But I’ve been thinking of it for some time.  And it seems to come down to this.

Labels.

A simple word that applies to so many people that can be so very hurtful when used or misused, intentionally, unintentionally,  or just because thats a pattern that everyone has fallen into over time.  The M/M romance community has been very vocal of late about one author’s latest release and whether its a GFY or bisexual or what have you. More on that later.  But that’s not a new argument, trust me. She is but the latest target which is unfortunate and undeserved.

We should be  long past such  discussions.  I had sort of hoped that we were.

When LGBT enlarged to embrace more of the sexual spectrum to become LGBTQIA, I was encouraged.  It made me hopeful that I would see a change in outlook on people and in our ability to become more open in our perspectives on not only romance but relationships, people, in every aspect would follow.  And to a degree, that’s happened.

But only to a degree as these past weeks have born witness.

Labels and peoples unwillingness to see beyond certain rigid character/sexual definitions still continue to amaze me.  Do you know I still read/hear people say?  That bisexuality is still a stop over on the road to gaytown.  As though it has no legitimacy, no validity of its own.  Its as though people cannot imagine being attracted to both sexes so obviously they are in denial and therefore, not bisexual at all.  And yes, from the discussions held from friends and strangers on the subject, that amount of dismissal and outright contempt that attitude shows hurts.

There’s another issue here.  That’s the GFY label.  That’s the one that holds so many awful connotations, ones I don’t think people have thought about.  We are long overdue to put that label aside for good.

GFY.  Gay For You. How cutsey.  How not.  What?  Someone can wave a magic wand and make that person gay?  Just for them?  People?  Have you not heard enough rightwingers or conservative religious believers spout that at you already?  Why on earth would you want to perpetuate that as a label?  No, you can’t make someone gay for you.  Look at the science.  We know enough about the sexual spectrum.  We are past this. Long, rainbow colored, unicorn, flag waving, past this.

People are pansexual, bisexual, asexual, asexual romantic, omnisexual, lesbian, gay, every wonderful sexual or non-sexual out there. But they aren’t fucking gay for you! Now having said that, it doesn’t mean that LGBTQIA and non fiction isn’t having an impact in the world, even, sigh, the so-called GFY labeled novels.  Here is part of a wonderful FB post from TJ Klune about the current GFY dustup and a email he received:

So, here’s the thing.

I see drama crap in this genre again, people saying what an author can or cannot write about, if GFY is an acceptable trope or if it’s erasure.

Here’s some perspective to make you think if we’re truly arguing about something petty, or if there is something bigger we could (and should) be focusing on.

Part of an email I received from a reader:

“I live in the most homophobic place on earth where you get stoned to death if you’re discovered as a homosexual. I am from Iraq.

You made me laugh and cry, fall in love, be heart broken and be angry and make stupid mistakes with them. your books are my haven from a prejudiced, blood thirsty reality. you made me believe that there’s beauty in who we are. Paul and Sandy’s friendship? Bear and Creed’s? God, what wouldn’t I do to have that. Paul’s family, his parents, his Nana and even johnny Depp. They’re hope shining and bright and something I wish my family was, something I wish I would be in hopefully a long time.

This has become too long and you may never read it. But, I had to tell you that reading your books is a necessity for me, a drug that keeps me sane when I’m pushed to my breaking point for simple silly things like not wearing a head scarf or wearing makeup. You showed me love in all it’s capacity, in all it’s craziness. I know I may never find something like that but at least I’ll feel it through your characters, through you and your power I won’t say ability no it’s your power to channel emotions.”

 

 

That’s heartbreaking and very powerful stuff.  It made me cry and made me more determined to get this out in the right way. Enough to give you pause, right?

And from another literary corner, author Amy Lane, with many terrific thoughts too on the subject, chiming in here from her blog: http://writerslane.blogspot.com/2016/03/your-drug-of-trope.html?m=1&zx=aab514f9a1daa573.  She talks a little about the history, science and authors viewpoint.  It works but perhaps again doesn’t take in enough of the impact.

Yes, GFY is a literary trope, one that has a history behind it, one that authors themselves may not even use.  But if the ones that write the reviews use it, if the ones that read the reviews use it, then it still continues to have power. Power it shouldn’t have.

Maybe I’m not looking at the wider view yet.  Does this label have an impact on those who are fighting for their lives in third world countries because of who they love?  No, it doesn’t.   Maybe.  But its a perception of love that has a power that carries through populations that might surprise you for such a tiny label that I’m fighting for here.

GFY.   Gay For You.

On the back of that  small three letter label stands centers that think they can change a person’s sexuality, people that think being gay is a disease that can be cured, politicians with banners of hate and a sexuality that’s like magic that can come and go with the wave of a magic wand.

Too strong?  Maybe.

Or maybe not.

So if its not the writers, maybe it time for us  reviewers and readers to ditch the GFY, from our reviews, vocabularies, our tagging, and our minds. Let’s take the first step together.  Really its not as big a step as you think.

On our next reviews, instead of GFY, how about pansexual if it applies, omnisexual, bisexual or, even asexual romantic or somewhere along the sexual spectrum wherever that character may stand.  There is a host of applicable terms…lets use them.  Let’s talk to the author, open up a discussion on sexuality.  This could be an amazing opportunity.  Let’s not lose it to get lost in negativity but use to to move forward once more.

How do you all feel about this?  I want to know.  Are you ready to give up your old labels and move forward?  Let’s put GFY behind us and move forward towards the diversity that LGBTQIA stands for in everyway.