Mid-Summer Surprises & This Week At Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

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Mid – summer blooms, Rainy Days, and the Surprises They Bring

I don’t think I can ever remember a rainier spring and beginning to summer than we have had this year.  Not a day has gone by without a soaker shower or two and the ground is so saturated that it makes squishing sounds when you walk on it. Something Winston abhors.FullSizeRender

But the vegetation is thriving, the growth on trees, shrubs and plants of all sorts is lush and things have bloomed here that I haven’t seen bloom in some time.  Welcome back, double pink azalea, I thought you had died.  Well, hello there, deep red lily, I forgot about you over by the lobelia.  I love surprises like those.  What’s equally great?  Surprises in the books that have come my way and in the new authors that are popping up in the books my reviewers are reading.

Jon Keys.  Have you heard of him?  No?  Well, I’m reading his book Obsidian Sun and I’m captivated by his characters and amazing world building.  First the cover art that grabbed my attention (just a wow).  Did I ever tell you all that I love spiders? Hmmm….well I do.  Then an excerpt came my way that was heartrending and spell binding, all of which made me grab up a copy when I had the chance. Look for more about this book and Jon Keys later in the month.ObsidianSunFS

BJ’s favorite author of late?  That would be Jaye McKenna whose latest story in her Guardians of the Pattern, Ghost in the Mythe (Guardians of the Pattern #3.0), blew BJ away.  Look for that review this week.  Plus  there are all these series that seem to be coming to an end this year like Ariel Tachna’s Lang Downs series, Shira Anthony’s Mermen of Ea, along with Tere Michaels Faith, Love, & Devotion series (sigh), among them. Some of these final stories I have loved and other finales?  Not so much.   But I have my favorites among them and I can see series finale stories shaping up to be the subject of a blog post of my own.

Did you catch Paul’s Paranormal Portfolio blog column last week? I loved Paul’s column on mpreg, btw, and can’t wait to see what he follows that up with.  Do you have any suggestions for Paul for future columns?  Make sure you  send them on….he’ll love hearing from you.

Now I have a question for you all.  Sometimes we get the ARCs (a review copy) for novels that won’t be released for weeks, sometime months.  Do you all want to read these reviews early?  Or would you all rather wait until closer to release time to hear about them?  Barb, our Zany Old Lady read a story  she adored from L.A. Witt, What He Left Behind.  The Preorder is this week but it doesn’t get released until September.  And this is happening more often then not.  How do you all feel about that?  Want to wait  or get the reviews now?

Whew…that’s a lot of things to cover.  I’m done and now lets get to this week’s schedule at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words.

 

Our Upcoming Week At Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

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Sunday, July 12, 2015:

  • Mid-Summer Surprises & This Week At Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

Monday, July 13, 2015

  • Sean Michael ‘Blended Family’ book blast and giveaway
  • Riptide’s Where There’s Fire by Cari Z Tour and Giveaway
  • A Stella Review: When Will I See You Again (Crescent Bay Chronicles #1) by Julie Lynn Hayes
  • A MelanieM Review:  Stud Player (King of Hearts, #2) by Havan Fellows

Tuesday, July 14, 2015:

  • In the Spotlight: Plaid Nights Anthology – excerpts and giveaway
  • A Sammy Review: Yours All Along by Roni Loren
  • A Mika Review: A Casual Thing by Annabelle Jacobs
  • A MelanieM Review: Dead Blind (Jack of Spades: 2) by Lee Brazil

Wednesday, July 15, 2015:

  • JR Grey’s Bound Series Blog Tour and Contest
  • The Baker Blog Tour and Contest
  • A Stella Review: When Will I Be Loved (Crescent Bay Chronicles #2) by Julie Lynn Hayes
  • A MelanieM Review: Flashbulb by Clare London
  • A BJ Review:  Cop Out by K.C. Burns

Thursday, July 16, 2015:

  • A BJ Review: Ghost in the Mythe (Guardians of the Pattern #3.0) by Jaye McKenna
  • A Barb, A Zany Old Lady Review: What He Left Behind by L.A. Witt
  • A Paul B Review: Xavier by Catherine Lievens
  • A MelanieM Review:  Tigers on the Run (Tigers and Devils #3) by Sean Kennedy

Friday, July 17, 2015:

  • Back to Market Gardens with On the Clock by Aleksandr Voinov and L.A. Witt (giveaway)
  • In the Spotlight: Buchanan House by Author Charley Descoteaux
  • Its All About The Fantasy with Danny’s Dragon by Sidonia Guillone (guest blog and contest)
  • A Paul B Review: More Than Patient (A Loving Nip #4) by Charlie Richards

YA Saturday, July 18, 2015:

An Aurora YA Review: Book to Come

 

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Paul’s Paranormal Portfolio – A Look at MPreg (a new Reviewer Column At STRW)

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Paul B’s Look At Male Pregnancy Paranormal Stories

Welcome to the second edition of Paul’s Paranormal Portfolio. The blog editor, Melanie, has asked that I make this a monthly column to talk about all things paranormal, alien, and science fiction not only in gay romance books but also in television, movies and books in general. While the emphasis will be on gay romance in those media, this column will hopefully touch on all things paranormal.

I would like to use this edition of the portfolio to discuss an issue that has grown in the area of paranormal and science fiction gay romances. Male pregnancy has been seen in more and more books in these genres. Whole series of books are centered on the idea. Love it or hate it, the growth in the number of books featuring the idea proves that is here to stay.

Mainstream movies have used male pregnancy as a source for comedy. While there are comedic moments in gay romance novels surrounding male pregnancy, the primary function of the device is to provide offspring for our gay male couples. Having read several of these novels, I have found that there are basically four major ways that authors have used this plot line

The first and I think most prevalent is the alpha-omega coupling. The omega shifter, the weakest members according to some authors or the strongest members according to others, has the ability to become pregnant. The omega usually finds his alpha mate and they will start a family. On rare occasions, omegas will become pregnant by alphas who are not their mate.
Next up is the paranormal who can become pregnant because of the type of paranormal they are. The most common occurrence of this I have found in books featuring faes. It is usually a unique ability of the species and usually not revealed to others unless they become a mate to someone who can become pregnant. An example of this is Stormy Glenn’s Midnight Mating story Sparkle and Purr.

Another example is the paranormal who can get their mate pregnant regardless of gender. An example of this is Charlie Richard’s gargoyles in her Wolves of Stone Ridge and Love at First Bite series. Since the gargoyles are all male, they must be able to impregnate their mate, whether they are male or female to keep the gargoyle population from extinction.

The fourth major theme of male pregnancy is the paranormal with reproductive organs from both genders. While the paranormal may be distinctly male (or female), he has the ability to create offspring in either fashion. The Fal’Amoric in Lexi Ander’s series The Valespian Pact series are an example of this. When Zeus Vondorian was taken to Chtichilian doctors to cure him of his blindness, they took away half of his ability to reproduce.

While these are the primary ways I have found for male pregnancy in paranormal gay romances, it is by no means a complete list. A rare example in found in Erin M Leaf’s book Rock Star Baby. In her book, two alpha shifters produce an offspring which is noted by the outgoing leader of the wolf council to be quite rare and special. If you have different examples of male pregnancy, please feel free to comment or send me an email (found on my profile page).

Also, if you have an idea for future editions for this portfolio, email me or comment below.

                                                                                                                – Paul

This Week At Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

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It’s the  4th of July Weekend here in the US  (as well as wherever US citizens happen to be overseas) and that usually means fireworks, food, friends and families combining in celebration of our Independence Day!  Its been a soggy one, a humid one but the fireworks were still so glorious and loud and my dogs hated  every second of it, even from under the bed covers at home.

I expect to hear the fireworks and local “booms” going off tonight as well.  It’s going to be a long night for us all.  Any one got doggy ear plugs we can borrow?

I hope you are all having a good time this Sunday.  This week our reviewer Paul B is launching his monthly column here, Paul’s Paranormal Portfolio where he’s going to blog about all things supernatural and paranormal in LGBTQIA fiction.  This week? It’s all about the mpreg, a highly contested element in some supernatural/high fantasy/scify stories.  How does Paul feel about it?  Check it out on Wednesday, July 8th to find out and let us know what you think about mpreg as well!

Also this week, we continue our Author Discovery Blog.  Here one of our reviewer’s talks about an author they have recently discovered and why their stories resonate with them so.  I love finding new authors and stories, hope  you will as well.

And now for this week’s schedule.

 

This Week At Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

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Sunday, July 5, 2015:

  • This Week At Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

Monday, July 6, 2015:

  • Megan Mulry’s “Bound for Passion”  Author Interview and Tour
  • Chris McHart – Alex’s Surprise & Saving Alex book blast and giveaway
  • Reviewer Author Discovery:  Posy Roberts
  • A Paul B Review: Fae For All (Cloverleah Pack #6) by Lisa Oliver
  • A MelanieM Review:  The Pinch of the Game by Charlie Descoteaux

Tuesday, July  7, 2015:

  • Launch Announcement of Totally Pride from Totally Entwined Books
  • Lane Hayes ‘The Right Time‘ Keep Me In Mind tour and giveaway
  • A Sammy Review: The Right Time by Lane Hayes
  • Alexis Duran ‘Betwixt and Between‘ book blast and contest
  • Guest Blog: Isabelle Rowan “Snowman” Tour
  • A MelanieM Review Repeat:  Snowman by Isabelle Rowan

Wednesday, July 8, 2015:

  • Cover Reveal for A Demon Inside by Rick R Reed (giveaway)
  • A Stella Review: The Storm Before The Calm by Cate Ashwood
  • A BJ Review: Winter Kill by Josh Lanyon
  • Paul’s Paranormal Portfolio-Mpreg in Stories

Thursday, July 9, 2015:

  • Release Day for Beneath the Scales by Aurora Peppermint
  • Book Spotlight:  The Luckiest by Mila McWarren and giveaway
  • MA Church ‘Bad Boys Club’ Book Blast and Contest
  • A Stella Review: For Real by Alexis Hall
  • A MelanieM Review: Acting On Love by SJ Frost

Friday, July 10, 2015:

  • Jon Key’s Obsidian Sun Book Blast and Giveaway
  • CC Dado ‘Imposter in Zebra-striped Briefs’ virtual tour
  • A MelanieM Review:  Imposter In Zebra-striped Briefs by CC Dado
  • In the Book Spotlight:  Ari by Cheryl Headford – contest
  • A Mika Review: Death’s Ink Black Shadow by John Wiltshire

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YA Saturday, June 10, 2015:

  • Aurora Peppermint’s Beneath the Scales Spotlight!