A MelanieM Advent Release Day Review: New Game, Start by C.S. Poe

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Rating: 4 stars out of 5

Reclusive medieval scholar, Edgar Royal, has a crush. On a guy. Not a big deal, except that said guy, Walter Chase, is a famous online gamer who has no idea Edgar even exists. Edgar has harbored these feelings for nearly a year, and when Walter announces on Twitter that he’ll be visiting New York City as a guest at the GamerOn convention, Edgar decides he’ll be one of the thousands of fans who responds to the message.

He definitely doesn’t expect to be singled out by the humble, gorgeous, out-and-proud heartthrob. And when it comes to dealing with people, Edgar’s skills are pretty nonexistent. Even with Walter giving all the right signals, Edgar lacks the courage do anything about the mutual attraction growing through their online courtship. He’s always been better with the written word, so maybe the perfect Christmas gift will say what he cannot. But if Edgar can’t get the present to Walter before the convention ends, he may miss out on the boyfriend of a lifetime.

I enjoy stories about gamer nerds so combining that with a holiday theme is a definite draw. C.S. Poe gets the gaming aspects spot on while creating a sweet romance for Edgar and Walter, two gamers looking for love at a convention in NYC.

New Game, Start by C.S. Poe has lovely characters, a great setting (NYC and a gamer  convention), and an easy flow to her story that sweeps you into the life of Edgar Royal, medieval scholar and reclusive gamer.  Not once did Edgar ever come across as anything less than authentic.  You believe in Edgar, crossed signals, his lack of self worth…and wish that everything will go Edgar’s way when he actually meets up with his hero, Walter.  Walter too is a terrific character and the combination works in every way as the geeky courtship builds towards a relationship.

I loved the feel of this story, it’s a lovely, quiet romp to the end and definitely one I recommend.

Cover art by Paul Richmond is the series Stocking Stuffer cover, full of humor and good cheer.

Sales Links:  Dreamspinner Press | Amazon

Book Details:

A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2017 Advent Calendar collection Stocking Stuffers.

ebook, 38 pages
Published December 1st 2017 by Dreamspinner Press
ISBN139781640803145
Edition Language English
setting New York City, New York (United States)

A MelanieM Advent Release Day Review: Ghostwriter of Christmas Past by TA Moore

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Rating: 4 stars out of 5

Ever since ghostwriter Jason Burke ended up in loco parentis for his orphaned niece, Mallory, he’s been trying. He goes to parent/teacher events, and he makes packed lunches, so he definitely didn’t mean to forget about Christmas. He just hasn’t celebrated it since he left home under a cloud years ago.

Put on the spot, Jason makes the snap decision to take Mallory to see where he and her father spent their Christmases as kids. The last thing he expects is to run into Tommy, his ex—ex-best friend, ex-boyfriend—who is still living in town… and working as a sheriff’s deputy.

It’s hard to avoid someone in a small town—and maybe Jason doesn’t want to. He got Mallory a Christmas, and maybe now it’s time to get himself a Christmas boyfriend. But first, he owes Tommy some explanations.

Sweet, somewhat poignant, and full of romance and hope for the future,Ghostwriter of Christmas Past by TA Moore contains so many elements that makes a wonderful holiday story.  Add in second chance at love, a recently orphaned child, and the “bestest present ever” and it becomes one I not only loved reading but absolutely recommend.

Tommy and Jason reconnect in their hometown after a decade or so has passed.  Sweethearts as teenagers, it ended when Jason left without a word to Tommy, leaving a wound and puzzle that exists to the present day.  Jason has returned with his orphaned niece in hand to show her where her he and her father lived and to give her some “Christmas” and snow.

Moore’s writing pulls us into these characters and their lives quickly through the poignancy of the situation and the sadness of the little 10 year old, Mal.  She’s grieving the loss of her parents, unsettled by the new guardianship of an uncle she barely knows, and acting out in exactly the way you’d think a little child in this situation would.  Especially when confronted by the reality of Jason and her father’s hometown.

With Mal at the center, Jason and Tommy (Tom as he insists on being called) start the process of reconnecting with each other, talking about the past, seeing if the sparks between them mean it’s more than attraction coming back to life.  It never feels like instant anything but more like two people who really do belong together, meeting again when the time is right.

I liked the ending.  It’s not a HEA, more a HFN which I feel is in line with the story.  It’s full of hope and exactly the right tone, considering all the decisions that still have to be made.  Anything more would have felt false.  Plus maybe next Christmas T.A. Moore will revisit this small family group and give us an update.  That I’d surely love!

Until then add Ghostwriter of Christmas Past by TA Moore to your holiday reading pile.  It’s exactly what Santa might have ordered.

Cover Artist: Alexandria Corza.  I love this cover.  Exactly right and stands out to grab your attention.

Sales Links:  Dreamspinner Press | Amazon

Book Details:

ebook, 57 pages
Published December 1st 2017 by Dreamspinner Press
ISBN139781640803138
Edition LanguageEnglish

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

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Almost There! The Best is Yet to Come

2017 Best of Lists Continue…

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

♡From H.B.

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

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

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

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

♡From Ami:

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

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

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

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

♡From Jen27:

Here are some of mine from 2017.

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

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

♡And Purple Reader:

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

Best of 2017 Giveaway

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

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

This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

 

 

Sunday, December 24:

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

Monday, December 25 – Merry Christmas Everyone!

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

Tuesday, December 26:

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

Wednesday, December 27:

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

Thursday, December 28:

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

Friday, December 29:

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

Saturday, December 30:

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