A VVivacious Review: Hijacked Love by Ethan Stone

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Rating: 4.5 Stars out of 5
 
Special Agent Zachary Pomeroy starts his first day at the Portland FBI Office with a bang. It’s the day of the plane hijacking by a man nicknamed by the media as D. B. Cooper. As Cooper pulls off the perfect crime, Zachary can’t help but pick up clues that might look like nothing to an uninclined eye. But as evidence starts pointing in a new direction, Zachary finds himself exposed in a whole new way. Will Zachary ever be able to answer the question of the century or will the answer continue to elude him?
 
This was a fantastic read. I have never heard about the plane hijacking by Dan aka D. B. Cooper but after reading the story I read up on the legend and I have got to say this story is interesting both ways, but I loved how the author come up with a possible solution for the problem. It was really amazing. This book makes for a very enjoyable read.
 
I loved how the story is written, the author manages to merge a lot different strands of content into this story and the story was richer for it. The author manages to work in the prejudice against gays, a love story, the D. B. Cooper case as well as a perfectly plausible explanation for how it went down (though it might not be consistent with the facts of the case). I loved how the author spun out the story, how there were little details incorporated all over the story making it work and making it such an interesting read.
 
I really liked Zachary and his story, especially how he solves the case. I was a little disappointed by the love story, it felt a little contrived like how Zachary comes off as especially happy about being in an open relationship and then the next second he turns to Phillip, his lover and confesses his wish to be exclusive. The sentiment didn’t ring true especially if you take the former statement to be sacrosanct. That was a bit of a glitch.
 
Otherwise I loved the story. It makes for an excellent read. It is a very good mystery and the story is very well told.
 
I also liked how the author was able to merge the prejudice homosexuals faced at that time into the story line in such an effortless manner. I loved how her explanation seemed so in sync with the attitudes of that time but more than anything the clues leading up to the big reveal were amazing.
 
This book is was so worth my time. I really want to check out more books by this author given how much I loved this one.
 
Cover Art:. The cover seems perfect for the storyline.
Sales Links:  GoodReads ~ Amazon
Book Details:
ebook, 54 pages
Published April 15th 2017 by Stone Publishing
Original TitleHijacked Love
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Edition Language English

Recent Release Spotlight with Ethan Stone on Wild Instincts (Seaside Shifters: Book Two) (author interview)

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Wild Instincts (Seaside Shifters, Bk 2) by Ethan Stone
Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Garrett Leigh

Available for Purchase at

 

Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words has Ethan Stone here today to talk about Wild Instincts.  What can you tell us about it?

The story stars 18-year-old police cadet Tyson Dakota, a bear shifter. He meets Amante, a mysterious stranger and begins a passionate relationship with him as he also begins training at the Seaside Police Department.

  • Please tell us more about our main characters.

Tyson is young and eager to not only do his best in his job but also to be the best man he can be. His father is quite the ne’er do well and Tyson doesn’t want to be anything like him. Amante is a few years older than Tyson and just in town for a short visit. His motives are secret and not something I want to spoil here.

  • What do you want to tell those who may be new to the series?

Seaside Shifters is set in Season, Oregon, which is a real town BTW. The fictional Seaside is a shifter haven of all breeds. Not only is it a safe place for members of the paranormal to live it’s also a place for them to vacation. This allowed me to bring all sorts of different shifters into one location instead of being focused on packs and families.

  • What about Wild Instincts makes you the proudest?

This was a fun story to write. One of my few recent ones that didn’t involve a serial killer. There is a mystery regarding drugs and it being brought into Seaside, but it’s not quite as heavy as my other books. I usually try not to write insta-love or insta-lust but I went with it here. Tyson and Amante want each other from the get go but they think their relationship has an expiration date, or so they think.

  • What is next for these characters?  Is there more to this series?  If so who will we hear from next?

I’m not actually sure if I’ll write more in the series or not. I guess it depends on readers’ reactions. I’d like to explore MPREG in another tale with a rare species like a white tiger. I also have ideas for a Jonah, a character seen in book one who is still laying in a coma.

Random Questions:

  • What one story made you lose sleep as a kid?

The Amityville Horror. In the story the little girl has a ghostly friend who happens to be a pig name Jodie. My mom collected pig items and outside my bedroom attached to a pole was a ceramic pig whose eyes glowed in the dark. Creepy.

  • What’s your favorite thing to wear?

Pajama pants. I shamefully admit I wear them all the time. I put on real pants only if I leave the house. Well, If I leave the house with plans to get out of the car. Picking up the kid or going to a drive-thru is a different story. I have many different types of pajama pants and they are so freaking comfortable. The perils of working at home, I guess.

  • If you could have a superpower, what would it be and why?

I’d love to be able to turn invisible and be able to sneak around unseen but that would make me a bit of a creeper. It would be interesting to have powers like Mr. Fantastic from the Fantastic Four because then I’d never be fat and I could adjust the size of my…feet.

Rapid Fire Time

  • Salt or Pepper?

Pepper all the way. Sometimes I add so much I sneeze because of it.

  • Top or Bottom?

Yes.

  • Tropical Island or Snow Covered Mountain Cabin?

Screw snow. Can’t stand the stuff. Give me a tropical island any time.

  • West Wing or Friday Night Lights?

I’ve seen all of Friday Night Lights and loved it. However, I wish West Wing was reality right now. Jed Barett for president. Hell, Martin Sheen for president.

  • Favorite Color?

Purple.

Light saber or a Sonic screwdriver?

  • I would love to have a lightsaber IRL.

Roller Skates or Ice Skates?

  • Neither. I have absolutely no balance at all.

Windows or Mac?

I’ve been a devoted Windows guy for years but a friend convinced me to buy a Mac and I freaking love it.

  • Call or Text?

Text for sure. I despise making a phone call.

Waxed or Furry?

Furry, baby. My boyfriend is a bear and I love it.

  • Shifters or Vampires?

Well, I’ve written a couple shifter books and no vampire books. What does that tell you?

  • Twinks or bears?

Twinks can be fun in bed but for LTR give me a bear.

  • World of Warcraft or Everquest?

BF is a devoted Everquest fan. I’m an Everquest widower. 😦

  • Fisting or Watersports?

Hell to the no.

Blurb

Police cadet and bear shifter Tyson Dakota looks forward to his on-the-job training in Seaside, Oregon, working alongside his cousin, Chief of Police John Dakota. Their goal is to investigate the growing meth epidemic and identify the kingpin bringing the drugs into their community. All signs point to someone inside law enforcement working with the drug traffickers, and Tyson must find out who before the body count gets any higher.

Along the way, Tyson meets Amante, a charismatic and attractive man in town for reasons he doesn’t want to share. Tyson is drawn to Amante despite his secretive ways and is sure there could be more between them than explosive passion, if he could just get Amante to make his stay in Seaside permanent. But when Tyson’s pursuit of justice puts him at odds with Amante, they could lose more than their fledgling relationship.

They could end up losing their lives.

About the Author

Romance on the Edge

Ethan Stone doesn’t write your typical boy meets boy stories. With a combination of love and suspense he makes his characters work hard for their HEAs. If they can survive what he puts them through, then they can survive anything. He enjoys Romance with an Edge.

Ethan has been reading mysteries and thrillers since he was young. He’s had a thing for guys in uniform for just as long. That may have influenced the stories he writes.

He’s a native Oregonian with two kids. One of whom has made him a grandfather three times over; even though he is way too young.

Readers can find Ethan online.

His books: http://www.ethanjstone.com/my-books

Love a Thriller Combined with Romance? Check out Ethan Stone’s ‘Hacked Up’ (character interview)

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Hacked Up by Ethan Stone
S
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Available for Purchase at

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Twenty Questions with Detective Peter Tao, from Hacked Up

(from Ethan Stone: I’ve done twenty questions with me  but today I’m going to do it with Detective Peter Tao, the main character of Hacked Up.)

  • Do you like blue cheese? 

Peter Tao:It’s not my favorite thing in the world but a salad with a few blue cheese crumbles isn’t the all that bad.

  • Have you ever smoked cigarettes? 

 

Peter Tao I tried when I was fifteen and my dad caught me. He was furious. That alone was enough to stop me from ever trying it again.

  • Do you own a gun? 

Peter Tao  I’m a cop. What do you think?

  • What flavor Kool-Aid? 

Peter Tao  Is there a vodka flavor?

  • Do you get nervous before a Dr. appt? 

Peter Tao That would mean I actually go to the doctor. I prefer to stay away from anyone wearing a white coat.

  • What do you think of hot dogs? 

Peter Tao Full of some of the grossest stuff out there. I love em.

  • Favorite Movie? 

Peter Tao Probably not the best choice but I love the Dirty Harry movies. I don’t envision myself as Dirty Harry and I’m much more by the book than he is but, damn, sometimes I wish I could do what he does and get away with it.

  • What do you prefer to drink in the morning? 

Peter Tao  Coffee. The stronger the better.

  • Can you do a push up? 

Peter Tao   Absolutely. Try to do ‘em every day to keep myself in shape.

  • What’s your favorite piece of jewelry? 

Peter Tao   I have a ring from my maternal grandmother that is very sentimental to me. It was her wedding ring. If I were straight I’d give it to my wife. Marriage isn’t in my future, even if it is legal. I have no plans to come out. It would destroy my parents.

  • Do you have a favorite hobby? 

Peter Tao   Does work count as a hobby?

  • Do you have ADD?

Peter Tao Nope. I’m skilled at multi-tasking and staying focused.

  • Do you wear glasses? 

Peter Tao  20-20 vision, baby.

  • Who was your childhood idol? 

Peter Tao  George Michael

  • Name three drinks you regularly drink? 

Peter Tao  Coffee, Beer, Vodka.

  • Current worries?

Peter Tao   Figuring out how to have a love life and not have my parents find out.

  • Current hate? 

Peter Tao  Beliefs that exist simply because someone a long time ago said it was so.

  • Favorite place to be? 

Peter Tao   The police station.

  • How do you bring in the new year? 

Peter Tao    Last year was with my best friend, Jamey. This year…depends what’s going on with Bryce.

  • Where would you like to go?

Peter Tao:    Bryce’s bed. It hasn’t happened yet. Hopefully soon.

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Blurb for Hacked Up by Ethan Stone

Seattle is being plagued by a string of gruesome murders. For Detective Peter Tao, it’s a career-making case, but he’s struggling to find a lead. How is the killer choosing his victims? What is he trying to prove?

With a long list of suspects and nothing to connect them, Peter is more determined than ever to apprehend the murderer. Then Peter gets the one vital piece of evidence that ties everything together. Now he’ll have to look beyond the obvious to identify the killer before anyone else is murdered.

Solve the mystery in this fast-moving crime thriller by Ethan Stone.

About the Author

Romance on the Edge

Ethan Stone doesn’t write your typical boy meets boy stories. With a combination of love and suspense he makes his characters work hard for their HEAs. If they can survive what he puts them through, then they can survive anything. He enjoys Romance with an Edge.

Ethan has been reading mysteries and thrillers since he was young. He’s had a thing for guys in uniform for just as long. That may have influenced the stories he writes.

He’s a native Oregonian with two kids. One of whom has made him a grandfather three times over; even though he is way too young.

Readers can find Ethan online.

http://www.ethanjstone.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ethan.stone.54

Twitter: @ethanjstone

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/ethanjstone/

Tumblr: http://www.tumblr.com/blog/ethanstone

Email: ethanstone.nv@gmail.com

His books: http://www.ethanjstone.com/my-books

An Alisa Release Day Review: Confessions (Reno PD Case Files #1) by Ethan Stone

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Rating:  4 stars out of 5

 

ConfessionsA serial killer known as the Confessor is kidnapping and torturing gay men, and Reno Police Department Evidence Technician Leif Carson is determined to catch him.

 

His personal life isn’t any less stressful. Despite being a virgin and having zero experience with men, he can’t stop thinking about his best friend’s ex, Rafe Castillo. Rafe is suffering from PTSD, but that doesn’t stop Leif from wanting to be with him.

 

Complete opposites, they’re an amazing fit once they do get together—until Rafe’s PTSD gets in the way and he walks away from the relationship before it has a chance to truly blossom. Even though he has intense feelings for the man, Leif has no choice but to let him go.

 

When the Confessor kidnaps Rafe, Leif does everything possible to locate him before he’s murdered. Rafe’s near-death experience changes him profoundly, but the danger isn’t over yet. Leif and Rafe will have to face pure evil together if they’re going to last.

 

This was a great story.  From the very beginning Leif is doing everything he can to help fine the confessor along with his friends also working at the police department while still trying to learn how to have his own personal life.

 

Leif is the only single person in his group of friends and really wants to find someone to love and have someone to love him.  When Leif brings his friend’s ex home to sleep off his drunkenness the events of the next morning give him hope that he may have found that person.  However, a misunderstanding on Rafe’s part send him right back into a drunken haze.

 

This story is told from Colin’s view, but it is told in such a way that I could still understand the other characters feelings in addition to Colin’s.  When Rafe disappears after their misunderstanding he won’t let anything get in his way to find Rafe while also finding the Confessor.  Colin is so innocent when it comes to relationships, but also so grown up with how he acts it was nice not having the younger person throwing a fit as is often seen.  This book is a spin-off of Ethan’s Flesh series, but it isn’t necessary to read them to connect with this story since it didn’t rely on the events of those books.  I can’t wait for another book in this series to see more of these characters.

 

Cover art by Aaron Anderson is wonderful and sets a tone for the story.

 

Sales Links: DSP Publications | Amazon | OmniLit

 

Book Details:

ebook, 216 pages

Published: August 12, 2016 by DSP Publications

ISBN-13: 9781634771788

Edition Language: English

Series: Reno PD Case Files #1

In the Release Day Spotlight: Confessions (Reno PD Case Files #1) by Ethan Stone (author interview)

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Confessions (Reno PD Case Files #1) by Ethan Stone
D
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Release Date    August 9, 2016

Sales Links DSP Publications | Amazon

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Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words is happy to have Ethan Stone here today to talk writing, books and Confessions.  Welcome, Ethan.

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Welcome to the second stop of the Confessions blog tour. Today I’m going to answer some questions. I hope you get to know me a little better.

  • Where do you normally draw your inspiration for a book from?  A memory, a myth, a place or journey, or something far more personal?

Yes. 😉 I draw inspiration everywhere. My friends, my boyfriend, my family—they all know they could become part of my stories. I can be driving along and see something as simple as a fallen free and come up with an idea. With Cristian Flesh from In the Flesh and that series it was just his name. I thought Flesh would make a good surname and then came his first name. Almost immediately I had his past in my head and the plot of the book came tome quickly.

  • Are you a planner or a pantser when writing a story? And why?

I’m more of a pantser. I usually start with the initial idea and some character sketches. Sometimes I’ll make a list of the beats I need to hit but it’s not ever long. Anytime I try a full outline I lose interest and it joins the pile of partial stories.

  • Contemporary, supernatural, fantasy, or science fiction narratives or something else?  Does any genre draw you more than another when writing it or reading it and why does it do so?

I usually write mysteries. The few times I’ve written a contemporary romance with some sort of action or mystery I have a very hard tome finishing it. I like the romance interwoven in between the mystery. I’m not sure what it says about me that I like writing about murders and serial killers but I try not to think about that. I have written a couple paranormal stories (Including one coming out in September) but even those have a mystery element as well.

  • If you had a character you’ve written you would write differently now at this time in your writing career, who would it be and why?

When I wrote In the Flesh I wasn’t aware of the ‘rules of romance.’ If I were to write the book now I’d have those thoughts in my head and sometimes that leads to internal censoring. Flesh doesn’t follow those rules but he does have his own set of rules.

  • Can an author have favorites among their characters and do you have them?

Cristian Flesh was my first so he’s special to me. But Kash from Compromised is a favorite because of all my characters he’s the one I’m most like. There’s a lot in that book that mirrored my life at the time. I adore Linc from Bartender, PI because he’s so funny. So, yeah I’m not sure I have an absolute favorite. It’s kind of like trying to pick which child you love most.

  • If you were to be stranded on a small demi-planet, island, or god forbid LaGuardia in a snow storm, what books would you take to read or authors on your comfort list?

I’ve recently discovered an author by the name of S.C. Wynne. She writes some absolutely fantastic stories. I’ve been binging on her books lately and am down to a handful. I don’t know what I’ll do when I’ve read them all. I’m also a fan of Jay Northcote, Kai Tyler and L.A. Witt.

  • How early in your life did you begin writing?

I don’t remember a time I didn’t write or want to write. In third grade I wrote a story about a dwarf/elf combo named Hodey. He swung on ropes hollering “Hodey Hooooooooo.” In my twenties I wrote a book titled “A Gentleman Among Thieves.” That’s a book that will never see the light of day. For many years I wrote my own soap opera I called Fortune.

  • Were you an early reader or were you read to and what childhood books had an impact on you as a child that you remember to this day and why?

I was a voracious reader until my early teens. There’s a great series of books that started with Bunnicula. I read that book and the sequels more times than I can count. I loved the Amelia Bedelia books. My favorite was Priscilla by Colleen Copeland. It’s a true life story written from the perspective of the pig.

  • What question would you ask yourself here?

Who put the bop in the bop do bop shoo bop shoo bop?

  • If you were writing your life as a romance novel, what would the title be?

Work in Progress.

Thanks to everyone for visiting and if you have other questions feel free to ask. A big thanks to Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words for hosting me.

Confessions

Blurb

A Reno PD Case File

A serial killer known as the Confessor is kidnapping and torturing gay men, and Reno Police Department Evidence Technician Leif Carson is determined to catch him.

His personal life isn’t any less stressful. Despite being a virgin and having zero experience with men, he can’t stop thinking about his best friend’s ex, Rafe Castillo. Rafe is suffering from PTSD, but that doesn’t stop Leif from wanting to be with him.

Complete opposites, they’re an amazing fit once they do get together—until Rafe’s PTSD gets in the way and he walks away from the relationship before it has a chance to truly blossom. Even though he has intense feelings for the man, Leif has no choice but to let him go.

When the Confessor kidnaps Rafe, Leif does everything possible to locate him before he’s murdered. Rafe’s near-death experience changes him profoundly, but the danger isn’t over yet. Leif and Rafe will have to face pure evil together if they’re going to last.

About the Author

Ethan Stone

Romance on the Edge

Ethan Stone doesn’t write your typical boy meets boy stories. With a combination of love and suspense he makes his characters work hard for their HEAs. If they can survive what he puts them through, then they can survive anything. He enjoys Romance with an Edge.

Ethan has been reading mysteries and thrillers since he was young. He’s had a thing for guys in uniform for just as long. That may have influenced the stories he writes.

He’s a native Oregonian with two kids. One of whom has made him a grandfather three times over; even though he is way too young.

Readers can find Ethan online.