A Lila Review: A Boyfriend for the Weekend by Caitlin Ricci

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Rating: 4 stars out of 5

Dexter is a horse trainer, a bachelor, and Jamal’s favorite client. Their regular Tuesday sessions have been going on for years and things are great, so when Dexter has to go out of town to show his friend’s Gypsy Vanner, he invites Jamal along for the weekend as his boyfriend.

A Boyfriend for the Weekend is a cute friends-to-lovers short story. It’s more than romance, it’s about friendship and family. Yes, there are smexy times involved but the majority of the time we get to know more about Dexter’s and Jamal’s friendship.

Based on the title, the reader would assume Dexter needed a boyfriend for the particular event but in reality, they go together as friends and from there move forward into a relationship. It’s a satisfying HFN.

It’s a quick, sexy, and out of the box look into the start of an uncommon relationship. Perfect for an afternoon read or to read between longer books. Well-written and interesting characters with a backstory.

The cover by Erin Dameron-Hill describes the main characters and brings the theme of the story to the forefront.

Sale Links: eXtasyAmazon | NOOK

ebook, 40 pages
Published: January 5, 2018, by eXtasy Books
ISBN: 9781487416768
Edition Language: English

A MelanieM Review: Beyond The Tunnel (The Wizard Shifter #1) by Dan Mitton

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 Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
 

What would you do if you rode into a mountain tunnel in North Carolina and then rode out into a different world? Adam Stephens is about to find out…


Adam Stephens is a man with a mission. It has been three years since they chopped that malignant brain tumor out of his head, and he is off on a solo motorcycle camping trip through the Appalachian Mountains.


When he rides into the Pine Mountain Tunnel in North Carolina and rides out into another realm—a realm that comes complete with a big sexy grizzly bear shifter, mages, and an evil sorcerer—he isn’t sure he isn’t lying in the tunnel after crashing his bike. Can such a world exist? Or is he dreaming? If he is dreaming…it sure is realistic.


Along the way, there will be some major hurdles to surpass including no indoor plumbing…and no coffee. A man needs some basic luxuries, correct?

I’m as divided about writing this review as I was when I finished this story. Beyond The Tunnel (The Wizard Shifter #1) by Dan Mitton has left me with so many mixed thoughts and feelings about this novel.  Generally,  they are all mostly good. I completed the story knowing I would love to read more in the series and that the characters certainly left a big enough impression that I wanted to know what happened to them after the ending.

First off?  I loved the premise of this story.  A man still in recovery from brain surgery decides to take motorcycle trip he had always planned on before his next chemo session starts.  Only the light he sees exiting a tunnel in North Carolina shines with a different glow, the highway has disappeared, and the forest turned almost primeval in it’s towering growth. Is it a delusion…a result of the surgery and tumor or is it real?  That would have been an interesting road to travel but Mitton goes for the straightford route which still works here.

Adams has found his  way into another world, complete with magic, shifters, and an evil sorcerer.  Whew.  Once here, so many things start to happen.  There’s a huge case of instant love.  And to give the author his due, Adam remarks that yes, it’s instant love with tons of sex.  Unfortunately, this part of the story doesn’t help the book.  I liked both characters of Adam and Rafe but never felt that they had the time to develop their relationship.  That ‘instant love’ thing just doesn’t work here.  Good thing both are likable.

However, there’s so much more happening here.  Mostly about an evil sorcerer, who just happens to be from Adam’s time.  I found the author’s ability to make the villages and their inhabitants come alive especially appealing and essential to this story.  I cared about them and certain events are devastating.

Mitton sets himself a high agenda here with this story, with multiple tasks he obviously he wanted to accomplish with the narrative. So much so that he starts with certain threads and then drops them throughout the storyline.  I’m not sure if that’s because he’s going to use them in stories down the line or what.  But to have these tantalizing hints tossed out here and then nothing made of them? Sort of irritating.  Adam glowed in the dark in places Rafe reported?  Had snatches of lightning that appeared around him?  Little story elements  so curious and neat that just disappear never to be seen again.  Argh.  And yes, there are huge holes in the story here that never to get explained satisfactorily or at all.  Almost all center around magic, Adam and the mysterious sorcerer.

However, there are scenes so beautifully descriptive you’ll believe you are there.  Characters both down to earth and magical that you’ll connect with and root for.  There’s so much in this story that even when you want to say “why did he pull that in”, you keep going because you have to know what happens to them all.

I won’t discuss the ending.  Parts really didn’t make too much sense, especially with regards to the evil sorcerer.  So I expect he’s coming back in the sequel.  It all ends on an up and joyous note, one that will make you want to read the next story.

Cover art works for both the characters and the storyline,  Great job.

Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Exstasy 
 
Length: 79,777 words

 

An Alisa Review: The Undefendable (The Vampire Court Chronicles, #1) by Suede Delray

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Rating:  3 stars out of 5

 

Welcome to Vampire Court, where nothing is as it seems, where justice is swift and severe for the guilty, and the rules are not to be broken.

 

Meet Winter, a gorgeous, human-despising vampire accused of mass murder. Winter hides a secret that could clear him of the charge, a secret he fights to conceal. If known, it would be worse than the murder charge he faces.

 

Meet Dustin Belmont, fresh out of law school. He is also struggling, trying to jump-start his career, unable to turn down this job offer, no matter how weird these people seem.

 

Dustin is trying to wrap his head around who or what his new client is. Forced to spend a week at The Source, the bizarre vampire mansion preparing his case, Dustin will have loads of time to get to know his disagreeable, uncooperative client. But can Dustin even defend the gorgeous Winter when what he has done appears to be clearly undefendable?

 

This story wasn’t quite what I was thinking it would be but it was very interesting and took a while to really get going.  Winter isn’t quite as he seems and not what he has always known.  His family history has been kept from him his entire life and now it is coming for him.  Friends and Dustin are going a long way to help and support him as he tries to stop his brother.

 

Winter doesn’t understand the changes going on in him body and isn’t sure who to trust.  He ends up having to trust Dustin to try and save him but ends up trusting him with more.  Winter has been very lonely, with the vampire’s rule that they can’t have lasting relationships with humans he has not had any consistent companion for a long time.  I could feel Dustin’s confusion with this new world he is thrust into and his complete disbelief in the beginning, it takes him having to actually see it all happening for him to open up his mind to the world around him.  I am interested to see how this series continues and what will happen with these characters.

 

The cover art by Martine Jardin is nice and gives good visuals of the characters.

 

Sales Links: Amazon | B&N

 

Book Details:

ebook, 156 pages

Published: October 13, 2017 by Extasy Books

Edition Language: English

Series: The Vampire Court Chronicles #1

What We Are Thankful For In Books Continues and This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

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What We Are Thankful For In Books Month Continues

Our What We Are Thankful For In Books Month continues.  If you missed it last week, this month we are going to celebrate the things we’re grateful for…bookwise.    For some of us (myself included as you will see this week), its new authors (not new necessarily, but new to us or yes, just plain spanking new release new).  For others it may be new books that they read that they just think the world of and need to share!

Could be new narrators if you love audiobooks. How many times has a narrator made or broke a audiobook for you?  I can think of a audiobook I just listened to where the narrator was incredible and made the story fresh again…all it has to be is book related.

Could even be a new cover artist because in my mind they are so important when it comes to bringing a reader forward and getting them interested in a story, yes, even in this age of eReaders and eBooks.  Think of all those covers that made you laugh or made you dwell on their beauty?

This week I have an incredible Author and Series Discover/Highlight with J.M Dabney that you won’t want to miss on Thursday.  The author gives us insight into the characters and  their linked series that I’ve been reviewing for the past month and a half.  Plus what the future holds for any new series and her writing.  I was so happy with the interview and I hope you all will be too.

Last week I posed the question “What have you discovered or have found this year in books that you are grateful for?” and several of our readers have left some wonderful comments I wanted to share:

From H.B.:

“I think I’m always grateful that books seem to inspire being open minded and that authors choose to tackle subjects readers or people in general may be too scared to address or inquire about. I like that there have been an bigger influx of stories with ace and transgender characters, and mpreg stories.”

From Purple Reader:

“Great thought, H.B., and I couldn’t have said it better in this day and age. More specifically to my own reading, I was thankful I had enough time to get into some long-held tbr series in some of my fav genres and I loved them all, gay: fantasy (Gordon’s Champion of the Gods), mystery (Marshall Thornton’s Boystown), historical naval/pirates (Kei’s Pirates of the Narrow Seas), scifi/dystopia (Hassell’s ICoS), Steampunk (Hall’s Prosperity), action/adventure (Bauer’s Executive Office), and western (anthology, Once Upon a Time in the Weird West)… ok, you found me out, I pretty much like any gay genre, as long as it’s good.”

So let’s from from more of you….what are you thankful for in books this year?  What’s stood out for you?  Stella, the gift certificate fairy is waiting in the wings with arms full of certs!  And we have plenty of the month to go!

What have you discovered or have found this year in books that you are

Thankful for Giveaway

What have you discovered or have found this year in books that you are grateful for?  Write in and let us know.  Short, long, recommendations, however, you would like to tell us.  Let’s hear from all of you.  Leave us your comment of what you are grateful for in books (author, series, books, narrator, cover artist, whatever it may be, along with your email address where you can be reached if chosen. Multiple gift certificates will be handed out the last week of November!  Must be 18 year of age or older to enter.

This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

Sunday, October 5:

  • What We Are Thankful For In Books Month Continues
  • This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

Monday, October 6:

  • Release Blitz for Tiki Torches and Treasure by J.C. Long
  • Release Blitz and Giveaway for Beauty & The Guardian Beast by Rhys Ethan
  • Riptide Publishing Tour and Giveaway: Lace-Covered Compromise by Silvia Violet
  • A MelanieM Review: Trouble (Twirled World Ink #2) by J.M. Dabney
  • A VVivacious Release Day Review: Blood Drop (The Warlock Brothers of Havenbridge #5) by Jacob Z. Flores
  • An Alisa Review: Lace-Covered Compromise by Silvia Violet

Tuesday, October 7:

  • Dreamspinner Press Promo: Anne Barwell
  •  Blog Tour and Review for Tara Lain’s “Never”
  • A Free Dreamer Review: Blood Borne (The Republic #3) by Archer Kay Leah
  • A MelanieM Review: The Royal Marine by Dahlia Donovan
  • A MelanieM Review: Drama Detective (Nicky and Noah Mystery #5) by Joe Cosentino

Wednesday, October 8:

  • Cover Reveal for Jackie Keswick’s Undercover Star
  • Riptide Publishing Tour and Giveaway: Watch Point by Cecilia Tan
  • A Julia Review: Ardulum: Second Don by J.S. Fields
  • A MelanieM Review: Scary (Twirled World Ink #3) by J.M. Dabney
  • A Stella Review: Making Home (Bay Valley U #1) by Dev Bentham
  • An Alisa Release Day Review: Fortune’s Slings and Cupid’s Arrows (Lawyers in Love #2) by Ari McKay

Thursday, October 9:

  • Guest Column Come on, Muse!” from Nancy Stewart (Beulah Land)
  • Dreamspinner Promo:Fortune’s Slings and Cupid’s Arrows by Ari McKay
  • Author and Series Discovery: J.M. Dabney and Linked Series
  • A MelanieM Review: Lucky (Twirled World Ink #4) by J.M. Dabney
  • A VVivacous Review: The Boy Who Fell to Earth by A Zukowski
  • An Alisa Review: The Undefendable (The Vampire Court Chronicles, #1) by Suede Delray

Friday, October 10:

  • DSP Promo M.A. Church
  • BLITZ: A Bolt of Blue by Nicky Spencer
  • Tour for Dirk Greyson’s Hell and Back
  • A Julia Review: Changing Colors by Elyse Springer
  • An Ali Audiobook Review: Five Minutes Longer (Enhanced #1) by Victoria Sue and Nick J. Russo (Narrator)
  • An Alisa Review: Finding Persimmon by R.W. Clinger

Saturday, October 11:

  • Release Blitz for A Bolt of Blue by Nicky Spencer
  • A MelanieM Pre-release Review: Dragon Rider (Landlocked Heart #3) by Kay Berrisford

 

 

An Alisa Review: Good Things (Roguefalls #4) by April Kelley

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Rating:  3 stars out of 5

 

Sometimes doing right by others means giving up on your own happiness and sometimes it’s just stubbornly resisting the best Fate has to offer.

 

Good things never happen in a continuous stream for Jalen Etters. He has a job he loves, a roof over his head, and all the food he could eat. He even flirts with a sexy little barista named Markie. When he finds himself hiding out from human soldiers on his construction job site, he thinks his good streak is over. Thankfully, Rico, a hawk shifter, is sent to save him, so the good streak is still intact. Then he finds out Rico is his mate but he’s in love with Markie. Maybe his good streak is over after all.

 

I was looking forward to this story and seeing these characters finally get their own story after seeing them in the last few.  Jalen has lived his life for his brothers forever and is willing to give up his own happiness for those he loves.  Markie and Rico have danced around each other for a long time and just as either of them are willing to make a move Jalen is thrown into the mix.

 

Jalen has trouble giving up control of everything and trying to figure out everything with his mates makes that even harder.  I hurt for Markie and Rico when Jalen just seemed to give up hope and wouldn’t respond to anything or anyone.  Markie really shows how he cares and is willing to push in order to break through the walls around Jalen’s heart and finally show his feelings towards Rico.  Rico seemed to think he had everything figured out but it didn’t mean they were all up to his way of thinking and I was happy to see them all finally get past the barriers in their way.

 

The cover art by Erin Dameron-Hill is nice and follows the pattern for the series.

 

Sales Links: Extasy Books | Amazon

 

Book Details:

ebook, 112 pages

Published: September 1, 2017 by Extasy Books

ISBN: 978-1-4874-1444-3

Edition Language: English

Series: Roguefalls #4

Goodbye August and Hello September! This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

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Goodbye August and Hello September!

As summer draws to a close and fall starts to peek around the corner it’s time to start thinking about those Best of Lists.  Best Contemporary Romances, Best Science Fiction, etc.  Best Covers.  So start compiling your lists for this year’s Best of in your minds and getting them ready because you know what’s coming! Too soon?  Just an early preparation call….

We have closed out our Fantasy Recommendations below.  Please check them all out.  Plus I’ve added them to our Menu on Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words front page for easy viewing.  Well done, readers!  And thank you everyone who commented!

Our winners are:  Suze and Purple Reader!  Please contact Stella at scatteredthoughtsandroguewords@gmail.com and she will get in touch with you about your gift certificates!

Fantasy Titles Recommended – 

Nightrunner Series by Lynn Flewelling
Dance with the Devil series by Megan Derr
Charm of Magpies series by KJ Charles
Hexworld series by Jordan L Hawk
Woke Up in a Strange Place  by Eric Arvin
The Druid Stone (Layers of the Otherworld #1) by Heidi Belleau and Violetta Vane
Galway Bound (Layers of the Otherworld #1.1) by Heidi Belleau and Violetta Vane
Hainted by Jordan L. Hawk
The Pirate’s Game (Etsey Novels #3) by Heidi Cullinan and
Etsey novels by Heidi Cullinan
Kushner’s Riverside
 Now we are taking a short break from giveaways and will return the first full week in September with something new for everyone!

 

This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

Sunday, August 27:

  • Release Blitz- Ruby Moone’s Memories
  • This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

Monday, August 28:

  • Dreamspinner Promo A. R. Barley
  • DSP PUBLICATIONS TOUR Mark David Campbell on Eating the Moon
  • INDIGO BLITZ Nate and Cameron Collection by Kevin Klehr
  • A Caryn Review:  Becoming Andy Hunsinger  by Jere’ M. Fishback
  • A Melanie Release Day Review: Remember When by SJD Peterson
  • An Ali Audiobook Review: Draakenwood (Whyborne & Griffin #9) by Jordan L. Hawk and Julian G. Simmons  (Narrator)

Tuesday, August 29:

  • Release Day Blitz The Highlander by Kasia Bacon
  • Release Blitz for Magnetic (Treacherous Chemistry #1.5) by Avylinn Winter
  • RIPTIDE TOUR and Giveaway: Midlife Crisis by Audra North
  • A Kai Review: Yanni’s Story (Spencer Cohen #4) by N.R. Walker
  • A Free Dreamer Review: Dali by E.M. Hamill
  • A MelanieM Review: A Book of Revelations by A.C. Burch
  • A VVivacious Review: Magnetic (Treacherous Chemistry #1.5) by Avylinn Winter

Wednesday, August 30:

  • COVER REVEAL Waking the Behr by Pat Henshaw
  • 3 day release blitz *Healing Him by Amanda Brennan
  • Blog tour for Survivor by T.M. Smith
  • Dreamspinner Promo Zhara Freytes on Like Parting Two Seas
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Review: Three Player Game (Bluewater Bay) by Jaime Samms
  • A Kai Release Day Review: Like Two Parting Seas by Zhara Freytes
  •  An Ali Audiobook Review: Legal Tender (Art Series #4) by Andrew Grey and John Solo (Narrator)

Thursday, August 31:

  • Felice Stevens Audio Tour and Review for Learning to Love
  • INDIGO TOUR My Life as a Myth by Huston Piner
  • Release Blitz – Annabelle Jacobs – Maybe This Time
  • An Ali Review: My Dark Knight (Kings Of Hell MC #2) by KA Merikan
  • An Alisa Review: Protecting Max by Edward Kendrick
  • A MelanieM Review: Male Bonding by Angela Claire
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Audiobook: Review Learning to Love by Felice Stevens and Derrick McClain (Narrator)

Friday, September 1:

  • Dreamspinner guest post SJD Peterson
  • Release Blitz – Clare London – Between A Rock & A Hard Place
  • RIPTIDE TOUR Glamour Thieves by Don Allmon
  • A Caryn Review: Stone by Stone by Stevie Woods
  • An Alisa Review: Without A Compass by Helen Juliet
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Audiobook Review: Submission (Deviations #1) by Chris Owen and Jodi Payne
  • A Lila Audiobook Review: Well-Tailored: A Thorne and Dash Companion Story by Silvia Violet and Greg Boudreaux (Narrator)

Saturday, September 2:

  • In the Spotlight:The Veranda (Lavender Shores #3) by Rosalind Abel
  •  A MelanieM Review: Justified by Mell Eight

An Alisa Review: Wrong Place, Right Time (Roguefalls #3) by April Kelley

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Rating:  4 stars out of 5

 

He only knows one way of life, and that’s hand to mouth, but when a soldier offers him something better, it’s difficult to trust something so freely given.

 

Uri Etters is very good at getting himself into trouble. Good thing for him he knows how to handle most criminals. He finds himself in need of a rescue when some territorial crow shifters think he’s an enemy spy. Virion might have swooped in and saved the day, but it’s been Uri’s experience that nothing comes free, not even from a respected Rogue soldier. Uri discovers love comes easier than trust.

 

This was a nice continuation of this series.  Uri and his brothers have been relying on themselves since their mother’s death living as singles.  Virion wants to take him away from that and help his brothers at the same time.

 

We see both Uri and Virion work through their own emotions and learn how to navigate a relationship let alone a mating.  They both need a little bit of sense knocked into them but what stubborn male doesn’t.  I was a bit confused on the conflict Uri was found in because I could swear it was the same conflict as before Christian went after Ward but they are both there and together in this book unless it was a different one but it left me scratching my head.  I look forward to seeing more of those in Roguefalls.

 

The cover art by Erin Dameron-Hill is great and follows the pattern for the series.

 

Sales Links: Extasy Books | Amazon | B&N

 

Book Details:

ebook, 86 pages

Published: July 14, 2017 by Extasy Books

ISBN: 978-1-4874-1394-1

Edition Language: English

Series: Roguefalls #3

An Alisa Review: Resistance (Roguefalls #2) by April Kelley

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Rating:  4 stars out of 5

 

Christian Martin has been in several battles in his life, but the one he has with his mate may just be the one that brings him to his knees.

 

Christian has never had a serious relationship in his life. He doesn’t plan to start with an alpha wolf shifter who thinks he can dictate what Christian is and isn’t going to do. Ward Malone might trigger every warning bell Christian has, but he also triggers every sexual fantasy. Christian wouldn’t mind giving in to Ward if fun was all he wanted. Unfortunately, Ward is an all-or-nothing kind of guy.

 

This was another good story in this series.  We saw Christian and Ward meet at the end of the last book and I was excited to see their story.  Christian has never really had a family and makes a point to not allow close connections with anyone other than Dylan.  Ward throws all of his feelings and plans out of whack.

 

We learn a little more about the world in which these characters live and how much Christian’s childhood has affected his adult life.  Ward thinks he has everything figured out with how their future looks but gets a rude awakening with the others’ reactions.  Both Christian and Ward have to learn to make some compromises for them to work together.

 

We get to see both of these characters while they work out their feelings for each other and, for Christian, those around them.  Ward is confused by Christian’s reaction to him and is willing to walk away if that is what he really wants.  I loved seeing Christian’s team make him really see that there are people there for him and give him the opportunity to go after his mate.

 

The cover art by Erin Dameron-Hill is nice and follows the pattern for the series.

 

Sales Links: Extasy Books | Amazon | B&N

 

Book Details:

ebook, 107 pages

Published: July 7, 2017 by Extasy Books

ISBN: 978-1-4874-1355-2

Edition Language: English

Series: Roguefalls #2

A MelanieM Review: A Place for Dreams by Deja Black

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Rating:  2 stars out of 5

Raksha has arrived from Nepal, along with his people, to reclaim his mate, but Cole Brightside is a young man afraid of a past he doesn’t fully remember. The two have only connected in Cole’s dreams, where Raksha is both beast and man. Now, Raksha wants them together again in the real world.
Can Cole make it past his own fears to become the man Raksha needs him to be? Can Raksha accept who Cole has become?
Can they find a place for dreams?

A Place for Dreams by Deja Black is a story that has a neat promise, a yeti as one of the main characters and what could have been a sweet, lovely lovers reunited romance.  And it is for some of it, but it is also a confused tale where too much mythology gets squished together along with a back history that it turns garbled and the ending is just plain confusing.

I read it twice and still went ‘huh’ in places.

Cole is a well drawn character with a history that brings the mystery as well as the mythology (a voice in his head and nightmares from childhood).  Then the person from his dreams actually appears in front of him and I just didn’t buy into the story at all.  I love these books but the  author wasn’t able to pull me into their world enough to connect me to their relationship or myth building.  So it just didn’t work at all from there on out.

I liked the idea that Cole wasn’t just prepared to drop everything just because Raksha showed up and said he was someone else.  That alone made sense.  I wish most of the  rest of the story  had done the same.

Cover art has none of the mystical elements you would expect for this story.  I consider it a miss.

Sales Links: eXtasy Books |  Amazon

Book Details:

ebook, 69 pages
Published July 7th 2017 by Extasy Books
ISBN 1487412118 (ISBN13: 9781487412111)
Edition LanguageEnglish

And Happy Sunday! Playing Catchup! This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

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Happy Sunday!

With new surge suppressor tower installed and many new power cord backups happily put away, this is one happy Sunday!  Now that everything is done, I’m happily typing away, even though storms are gathering with more forecast for tomorrow!  Happiness is backup cords!

We had started in on our recommendations for contemporary  stories involving soldiers/wounded warriors and you all didn’t let us down.  The wonderful recommendations came in and we have listed them below.  Thank you to Didi, Ami, H.B., Suze, Jen, Purple Reader, and Shirley Ann for all your great suggestions.  Please let me know if I let anyone’s out or if you think of any books that should be included after the fact!

Soldiers and Wounded Warriors Rec List Part II–

Annabeth Albert’s Resilient Heart,
Eli Easton’s How to Walk Like A Man,
JL Merrow’s Permanently Legless,
Jordan S Brock’s Change of Address
Between Ghosts by Garrett Leigh
Annabeth Albert’s Out of Uniform
The Sentinel by Eden Winters
The Telling by Eden Winters
Once a Marine by Cat Grant
500 Miles by Parker Williams
Walking Wounded by Lee Rowan.
I’ll be Your Drill ,Soldier by Crystal Rose.
Shell Shocked by Angelia Sparrow and Naomi Brook.
Soldier by AKM Miles.
Marathon Cowboys by Sarah Black
Special Forces series by Aleksandr Voinov
The Release series by B.A. Tortuga (3 books)
Manny Get Your Guy by Amy Lane

Honor by Cait Forester, Brian C. Palmer
Be Mine (At Last, The Beloved Series #2) by Stella Starling [series should be read in order]
Alpha Barman by Sue Brown
Cut & Run series by Abigail Roux
Strong Signal by Megan Erickson & Santino Hassell
Falling Down by Eli Easton
Latakia by J.F. Smith
Keeping Promise Rock by Amy Lane
Private Truths by C.B. Lewis
The General and the Elephant Clock of Al-Jazari by Sarah Black*
The General and the Horse Lord Series by Sarah Black get my vote as well as others
Sidewinder series by Abigail Roux
Marshalls series by Mary Calmes
Tonlet’s Wes’ Denial

Announcement:  The winner of the contemporary section is Shirley Ann!  Stella will be in touch with you about your certificate.

Now on to

Part II – Soldiers/Warriors ~ Historical and Science Fiction Recommendations

There are so many wonderful stories that involve the past and the future with warriors and soldiers.  Let’s start our next series of lists.  Whether the author is Charlie Cochrane or Aleksandr Voinov, their stories will have you under their spells of soldiers past and future.

Some of my recommendations:

Memory of Scorpions series by Aleksandr Voinov (Science Fiction)

Song of the Navigator by Astrid Amara (Science Fiction)

The Borders War (5 books) by S.A. McAuley (Science Fiction)

Promises Made Under Fire by Charlie Cochrane (historical)

The Devil Lancer by Astrid Amara (historical/fantasy)

More on mine later…..more coming!

Comment with recommendations and your email address and  two readers will be picked to receive a $10 gift cert from Dreamspinner Press or Amazon, your choice.  Giveaway ends next Saturday, August 5.  Must be 18 years of age or older to enter.

 

This Week At Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

Sunday, July 23:

  • Annnd Happy Sunday! Playing Catchup~
  • This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

Monday, July 24:

  • DSP GUEST POST Roe Horvat on The Layover
  • Harmony GUEST POST Annabelle Jay on Caden’s Comet: Book Four in The Sun Dragon Series
  • Release Blitz Stormy Nights by Jules Jones, Storm Duffy
  • A MelanieM Review: Force of Nature (Coming About #4) by J.K. Hogan
  • A VVivacious Review: High and Dry (Mate of the Tyger Prince #5) by Shannon West
  • A Kai Audiobook Review: Summer Heat by Jay Northcote and Mark Steadman (Narrator)
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Audiobook Review: Devotion (Forbes Mates #1) by Grace R. Duncan and Joel Leslie (Narrator)

Tuesday, July 25:

  • Treading Water (Forgotten Soldier) by Jessie G Tour _Ena Amanda
  •  Blog Tour *Death by Starlight by Alexis Duran
  • DSP GUEST POST Luca Domani on American in Venice
  • A MelanieM Review: A Place for Dreams by Deja Black
  • An Alisa Review: Rescued by Dakota Storm
  • A Stella Review:  The Garden by Rosalind Abel
  • An Ali Audiobook Review:  A Day Makes by Mary Calmes and Greg Tremblay (Narrator)

Wednesday, July 26:

  • RIPTIDE TOUR Get a Grip (Bluewater Bay) by LA Witt
  • Audiobook Release Blitz The Necromancer’s Dilemma by S J Himes
  • REVIEW TOUR Up In The Air: Johannesburg by George Loveland
  • An Alisa Review: Up In The Air: Johannesburg by George Loveland
  • A MelanieM Review: Red, White, and a New Beginning by Thomas Grant Bruso
  • A VVivacious Review: That Doesn’t Belong Here by Dan Ackerman
  • A Lila Audiobook Review: Tall, Dark, and Deported by Bru Baker and Dorian Bane (Narrator)

Thursday, July 27:

  • Losing My Religion by AS Tucker  Release Tour
  • Release Blitz – Clare London’s Peep Show
  • RELEASE BLITZ Roaring Waters (The Warfield Hotel Mysteries #3) by CJ Baty
  • A Stella Review: Spun! by JL Merrow
  • An Ali Prerelease Review: Spectred Isle (Green Men #1) by K.J. Charles
  • A MelanieM Review: Treading Water by Jessie G
  • An Alisa Review: Man Candy (Candy #1) by Amanda Young

Friday, July 28:

  • RIPTIDE TOUR Cutie and the Beast (Fae Out of Water #1) by EJ Russell
  • RELEASE BLITZ Teresias Bound by Rebecca James
  • DSP GUEST POST BA Tortuga on Road Trip, Vol 1
  • Release Tour:Unscripted Love by  Aimee Nicole Walker
  • A Caryn Review: Cutie and the Beast (Fae Out of Water #1) by EJ Russell
  • A Stella Release Day Review: Runner by Parker Williams
  • An Alisa Audiobook Review: Pent Up by Damon Suede and Christopher Kipiniak (Narrator)

Saturday, July 29:

  • A MelanieM Review: Jordan’s Pryde (Pryde Shifter #1) by Giovanna Reaves