Countdown to the Holidays and This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

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Countdown to the Holidays

Tis the season for so many religious holidays.  December is the month that many celebrate the holidays, and not just Christmas.  Here’s a list of just some of the cultural and religious holidays celebrated during the month of December:

 As the countdown to the holidays continues, the race is on as the pace picks up.  Whether its to finish up all our chores at work or at home or both to get ready for the holidays, to get our shopping done, or the baking, the menus updated, or our traveling arrangements completed, all is in a whirr and a blur.  Even the weather is getting into the act.  The news is filled full of arctic forecasts, snow, ice and freezing  temperatures across the nation and countries elsewhere.

What are you rushing to get done?  Or are you already finished your list for the holidays?  Can you settle in with some books, ready to listen or read on your device or turn a page or two?   If so, check out all our new release day reviews and holiday reviews this week.  There are plenty of stories to add to your TBR pile or ones that maybe you just might want to gift to a friend with a gift card.    But before we get to our schedule this week, we have some announcements for you.

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~Announcements~

 

✒︎As some of you may have noticed or read our blog post, Eric Arvin passed away December 12 after a long illness and being left paralyzed after an operation for his brain tumors. A GoFundMe has been set up to help with funeral and other expenses. If you can donate, please do.

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https://www.gofundme.com/um-a-mothers…

✒︎Winner of Heidi Cullinan’s Santa Baby ebook is Purple Reader.  They have been notified. Thank you to everyone who participated.

 

✒︎We are looking for some new reviewers here at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words, specifically those interested in reviewing YA or NA stories, and those interested in reviewing lesbian fiction for us.  If you are interested or know of  someone who is, please ask them to contact us at scatteredthoughtsandroguewords@gmail.com.

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✒︎You Can Still Vote and Win!

We also have our on-going vote for our wonderful favorite flash fiction.  A random reader who leaves a comment after voting will be chosen to receive a $10 gift card from Dreamspinner Press.  Here again are the stories and their links:

STRW Flash Fiction Stories and Authors

Master’s Work by Tod Heil  

What Is Left Out By R. R. Angell

Consequences by Andrea Speed

THE SMIRK’S UP By Jenny Tate

Christopher by Ross Common

Magpie King by Leslie Plank

What Weighs Us Down by K.S. Trenten

Sad and Silly Humans by K.S. Trenten

[The authors retain the copyrights to their stories.  Stories may not be reprinted or copied without the express permission of the authors.]

Now here’s our poll.

For all the wonderful stories (there’s one extra), visit our Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words Flash Fiction 2016 Page.  For the readers who vote: We will gift a $10 DSP gift card to a reader (randomly chosen) who has voted. so readers please leave a comment once you have voted so we can pick someone as well as a email address.  Vote ends on the Winter Solstice, 12/21 at midnight. The author will get the $25 Amazon gift card.

You can only vote for one story, then press vote.

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☃Sunday, December 18:

  • Countdown to the Holidays and This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words
  • Book Blitz for A Christmas for Oscar by Alex Whitehall
  • An Alisa Review: A Christmas for Oscar by Alex Whitehall
  • A MelanieM Advent Calendar Review Day 18: Title Surprise

☃Monday, December 19:

  • Blog Tour and Giveaway – Jingle Spell by Chris Ethan
  • Release Blitz & Giveaway Tour: Bond Of Truth – KC Wells
  • DSP GUEST POST Robert Winter
  • A Free Dreamer Review A Bond of Three & A Bond of Truth by KC Wells
  • A Melanie Release Day Review: The 12 Days of Hipster by Raine O’Tierney
  • A Melanie Release Day Review: Catch and Release by BA Tortuga
  • A Stella Advent Calendar Review Day 19: Title Surprise

☃Tuesday, December 20:

  • Book Blitz for Interlude: First Noel by Tal Bauer
  • Riptide Tour and Giveaway: No Small Parts by Ally Blue
  • George Seaton on Writing and Whispers of Old Winds
  • A VVivacious Review: Connections Matter by Nicole Dennis
  • An Alisa Advent Calendar Review Day 20: Title Surprise
  • An Alisa Review: Hangin’ with My Window Man by Carolina Valdez
  • An Ali Audiobook Review: Power Play (Scoring Chances #3) by Avon Gale and Scott R. Smith (Narrator)

☃Wednesday, December 21:

  • Book Blitz for Hearts Alight by Elliot Cooper
  • DSP GUEST POST J.R. Loveless
  • Release Review Tour – Snow In Montana – RJ Scott
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Release Day Review: Disarming Donner by Charlie Cochet
  • A MelanieM Advent Calendar Review Day 21: Title Surprise
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Release Day Review:  Holiday House Swap by Sarah Madison
  • An Alisa Release Day Review: Love and Snowball Fights by J.R. Loveless

☃Thursday, December 22:

  • Release Blitz  – The Road To Frosty Hollow – RJ Scott & Meredith Russell
  • DSP GUEST POST Tray Ellis on the Love Wins Anthology
  • DSP GUEST POST Sean Michael
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Review: Jesse’s Christmas by RJ Scott
  • A Lila Audiobook Review: Good Boy (Theta Alpha Gamma #4) by Anne Tenino and Nick J. Russo (Narrator)
  • An Alisa Advent Calendar Review Day 22: Title Surprise
  • An Alisa Review: One Too Many by Bailey Bradford

☃Friday, December 23:

  • DSP GUEST POST Kris T. Bethke on “His Needs”
  • DSP GUEST POST Lou Sylvre
  • A MelanieM Release Day Review: Acting Up by John Inman
  • A Lila Review: Galaxy’s Heart by Shawn Lane
  • An Alisa Review: Unlikely Companions by Harold Mason
  • A MelanieM Advent Calendar Review Day 23: Title Surprise

☃Saturday, December 24:

  • Release Blitz – Jacob Cheyenne’s  Hanukkah Gifts
  • A MelanieM Review:Hanukka Gifts by Jacob Cheyenne
  • A Stella Advent Calendar Review Day 24: Title Surprise

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Here’s Reading You – Readers and Authors (Part II). This Week At Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

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Here’s Reading You – Readers and Authors (Part II)

Last week, we started our look at eBooks. How has the eBook changed reading, writing, and perhaps even publishing for you? Perhaps some people may share a view from the beginning, when eBooks started to flourish and others when the eBooks were already an established format as they are today. Where do we think this format might go next?  I have no idea.  Do you?

We’ve asked how do our readers find their stories and authors? What do you think about eBooks? How do authors feel about writing and then publishing their beloved books as ebooks? And we will be asking publishers the same questions too.  How has the eBook changed publishing? And where do they see it going from here?

One reader, batchelorboy55 brought up an interesting point I’ve missed so far.  Advantages of the eBook and eReaders.  Normally, we talk of the amount of books we can now take with us.  Some people enjoy the anonymity of it all…no covers to display, its all safely tucked away electronically.  Other talk about the types of books we can now buy because the authors have a reader audience that can find them…us!  But how about those other advantages?    Batchelorboy55 said “I now use my ereader with a large font, and when particularly fatigued can swap across to a digital audio, or text to speech audio setting.”  Yes, that’s an important point. One I should have brought up before.Whatever the reason you may be having eyesight issues, being able to have a larger font and make the books easier to read?  Its beyond marvelous.  Same goes for the backlit readers.  It eases the eyestrain. How about being able to look up a word without having to leave to get your Websters?  All that should be factored in as well. These are all terrific reasons to use a eBook and eReader. What other advantages do you think I’ve missed?

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So here is some of the last of our readers  comments.  Is yours among them?  Be sure to read all  the way to the end where we start to move into our authors posts for next week (and I’ve announced the winners) ….

From Theo:

 I mainly purchase books from new authors at publisher site, so authors who go independent without publishers are seldom on my radar, except when they are recommended by multiple people/authors (Jordan L Hawk was recommended by Rhys Ford and KJ Charles, River Jaymes and Leta Blake was recommended by multiple friends). However, once I like books by certain authors, I follow them on social media or subscribe to newsletters to make sure I don’t miss their new works.

From Ami:

Independent Authors: Before, I got to know independent authors from Goodreads reviews. But these days, I don’t go to GR anymore for updates. Instead, I tend to go scrounge the ‘recommendation’ section from Amazon based on books I love. I found them to be useful. I also subscribed to few author’s newsletters, diligently keep track of upcoming sections from favorite publishers and ARe, as well as checking out Netgalleys.

batchelorboy55:

One comment that often gets missed is ‘readability’.
As a librarian (45+ years) we always struggled with how technology could help readers with eyesight issues, blind, aged etc.
The ebook seems to have made that much more accessible than the clunky magnifiers collecting dust in the back corner of the library, as no-one knew how to work them, nor did many come seeking it.
Just as cumbersome were the sets of cassette tapes (some 20 tapes or more), with braille stick-ons indicating playing order.
I now use my ereader with a large font, and when particularly fatigued can swap across to a digital audio, or text to speech audio setting.
I have to admit though that Dragon Speaking still daunts me when it comes to shopping online for titles. Thankfully I’m not quite there yet, and I can guarantee that I’ll have a sizeable TBR collection to wade through first.

Jbst:

Mostly, I find them through review blog sites, known authors’ blogs whose books that I’ve enjoyed, Goodreads and Amazon reviews, Also, it may be through an ebook that I won in a contest or if the story or author was nominated and/or won awards. Sometimes, it’s just because I liked the cover, blurb, genre.

Forgot to mention about that sometimes a freebie book or MM group’s free stories have resulted in finding a new author which I’ve became a fan. Although, I’ve become much more picky about the freebies now.

mztikicat:

I get many referrals/recommendations from friends, group threads and updates at Goodreads. Also follow several m/m blogs, receive emails from Dreamspinner Press, ARe and a few other publishers. And I utilize Bookbub and Amazon, not just for the daily deals, but also for updates regarding new books being released by authors I follow.

 

And finally, ushering us into our blog next Sunday with the author’s point of view, someone who represents both the reader and author’s perspective:

Anna Larson:

As a reader: I don’t pick a book based on author or on publisher. If I like the Blurb and the reviews are decent, I’ll buy it. I get “recommendations” from BookBub, Amazon, Goodreads etc. I don’t check for publisher status at all so I don’t go looking for only from publisher x books. The blurb and a good cover is what will attract me to buy a book from anyone.

As an Author: My first short story was published in e-book format only from a small independent group as the publisher. My first longer book was both print and e-book, the second was e-book only for over a year. And my third is print and e-book from the start. All done independently.

 

Contest Winners!

I want to thank everyone for their wonderful comments.  Here are our winners for the $10 gift certificate (Dreamspinner, or Amazon, or Riptide…your choice) in no particular order.  Notice that there are 5 not 3 winners.  I have added two more because of all the wonderful comments.  I will be in contact with you about your choice of gift card.

  • Fehu
  • Tex Reader
  • batchelorboy55
  • mztikicat
  • Monica

New contest starts next week with our Authors Perspective on eBooks so be here with us for that too!

Now for this week’s schedule.

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Sunday, October 16:

  • Here’s Reading You – Readers and Authors (Part II).
  • This Week At Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words
  • A PaulB Review: The Promise (Sirius Wolves, #4) by Victoria Sue

Monday, October 17:

  • Riptide’s Tour and Giveaway: Slave Hunt (The Subs Club #5) by J.A. Rock
  •  Cover Reveal for Quarry by Elizabeth Noble
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Review: Slave Hunt (The Subs Club #5) by J.A. Rock
  • A Jeri Release Day Review: Guyliner by J. Leigh Bailey
  • A Caryn Release Day Review: The First Act by Vanessa Mulberry
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Review: A Kind of Honesty by Lane Hayes

Tuesday, October 18:

  • Love those Spooky Boys? Check out Katey Hawthorne’s WITCHY BOYS (excerpt and giveaway)
  • Release Day Tour : Sirius Wolves are back in Full Circle by Victoria Sue (excerpt)
  • Love Wins in ‘Touchdown (Game Day Book 1)‘ by T.S. McKinney Tour (excerpt and giveaway)
  • A MelanieM Release Day Review: Witchy Boys by Katey Hawthorne
  • A Stella Review: Of Love and Corn Dogs by Parker Williams
  • An Ali Audiobook Review: Groomzilla by Tere Michaels and Nick J. Russo Narrator
  • A VVivacious Review: Gryffon Hall by Alexis Duran

Wednesday, October 19:

  • In the Spotlight: Riptide’s Bluewater Blues by G.B. Gordon (giveaway)
  • Release Tour: Tempting Tristan: Tristan Brewer (Harborside Nights #3)by Melissa Foster (giveaway)
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady  Review: Bluewater Blues by GB Gordon
  • A MelanieM Release Day Review: Timing by Mary Calmes
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Review: Hexmaker (Hexworld #2 ) by Jordan L. Hawk
  • An Alisa Release Day Review: A-Viking by Kiernan Kelly

Thursday, October 20:

  • In the Series Spotlight:Mockingbird Place Series Tour by Kris Cook
  • An Alisa Review: The Cowboy in Unit E by Kris Cook
  • An Alisa Review: The Doctor in Unit H by Kris Cook
  • A Jeri Release Day Review: Turn the World Upside Down by Nyrae Dawn
  • A PaulB Review: The Dilemma by Victoria Sue

Friday, October 21:

  • Riptide Tour and Giveaway: Friendly Fire by Cari Z
  • Release Blitz & Review Tour – Con Riley’s Must Like Spinach
  • Blog Tour and Giveaway:AF Henley’s Wolf in League
  • A Caryn Review: One Pulse Anthology
  • A MelanieM Release Day Review: The Disciple (The Wheel Mysteries #4) by Susan Laine
  • A VVivacious Review: My Bare Naked Heart” by David Avery

Saturday, October 22:

  • Review Tour – Alyson Pearce – The Viscount And The Artist
  • A MelanieM Review: The Viscount and The Artist by Alyson Pearce
  • A MelanieM Review: Dragon Detective by Mell Eight

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Are You Listening Now? The Popularity of Audiobooks and This Week At Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

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Are You Listening Now? The Popularity of Audiobooks

I’m not quite sure when I first started noticing the increase in audiobook reviews  on our website.  A year ago?  Two?  Whenever the year or month, audiobooks and our reviews of them are definitely on the increase.  In fact, according to  Audio Publishers Association and MarketWatch*, audiobooks racked up over $1.5 billion in sales last year alone and remain, “the fastest-growing segment of the book publishing industry.”* No we aren’t saying the old print is dead thing again, or that e-books are a thing of the past.  No.  Just that along with those other formats, audiobooks has not only taken their place along side them but perhaps surpassed them in sales.

Not that I’m surprised.  With our fast-paced lives, driving to and from either work, soccer games or what have you, moving about the apartment, or whatever you may be involved in from packing up a house to pushing through some other chore, listening to a book is a wonderful way to pass the time or lose yourself for a while.

Yes, romances are among the top sellers, not that any genre or type of book is outselling another.  Self help?  Yep, its there among top audiobooks,  But so are business books and action thrillers along with the love stories I just mentioned.  People want to listen to them all.  Again, according to  MarketWatch, Amazon reports that its Audible sales are approximately 4 times higher than its books in the printed formats, although Amazon didn’t want to be precise about the numbers.  That’s a staggering  figure in a short amount of time, especially as it includes self published authors or authors producing their own audiobooks for the first time.

Another surprising factor to audiobooks I’ve seen here at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words?  That an audiobook can make a reader take a fresh look at a book or series.  Why?  It all comes down to that one  elemental factor ~ the narrator.  How well the narrator or in some cases as a book this week, narrators, does their job, can make or break an audiobook.

I know that the reviewers here often ask first who is the narrator when an audiobook comes across for review.  Yes, narrators often accumulate a following when they are good or even spectacular (or not so spectacular).  The ability of a narrator to bring individual voices alive for a reader or in this case a listener goes back I think to the storytellers or bards.  Whether they were gathered around a campfire or in a great hall, a bard’s ability to engage their audience, to connect with them and pull them in varies little emotionally with  our narrators today.  Both need to hook their listeners, make them feel the characters, move them to tears or laughter.  That’s a great narrator.PatchworkParadise_Audiobook

We’ve interviewed a narrator and an author who narrated their own novel.  See the links below.

Dreamspinner Press, Riptide Publishing, Less Than Three Press, Mischief Corner Books are, along with other publishers and Audible, companies who offer audiobooks for sale.  I know there are others.  Mind blank, send me names and help me out.  Authors are also putting out their  own audiobooks, like Jay NorthcoteTasting Notes Audiobook for one.  Our options to listen are getting enormous.

I hope to bring in more narrators for interviews.  What questions would you like to ask them?  Do you have favorite narrators of your own?  Send me their names.  I know several reviewers here have already accumulated their own lists.

Audiobooks have come a long way and are here to stay.  Again MarketWatch is reporting that famous actors are getting into the narrating business.  I’m not sure that’s a great idea.  I want to be lost in the character…not thinking “oh, that’s Clint Eastwood or whoever doing the voice over”.  How do you all feel about that?

And lastly, can any of you name your favorite audiobook to date?  Hmmm?  Start thinking about answers to all these questions.  You just might find that answering them will get you a prize come the first of October.

Now on to  our schedule at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words and yes, there are audiobooks being reviewed this week!

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Sunday, September 11:

  • Are You Listening Now? The Popularity of Audiobooks
  • This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

Monday, September 12:

  • Riptide Publishing’s Blog Tour and Giveaway – Counterbalance by Aiden Wayne
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Review: Counterbalance by Aidan Wayne
  • A MelanieM Release Day Review: Obsidian Moons by Jon Keys
  • An Alisa Release Day Review: Cougar Chaos (Mountain Spirit Mysteries #4) by A.J. Marcus

Tuesday, September 13:

  • In the Spotlight: Bread, Salt & Wine by Dev Bentham (excerpt and giveaway)
  • Jay Northcote’s Into You Release Tour
  • A MelanieM Review: Heart of the Warrior by Kendall McKenna
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Review: A Cowboy’s Home (Montana #3) by R.J. Scott
  • A Caryn Review: The Eleventh Hour by Elin Gregory

Wednesday, September 14:

  • Series Spotlight: Crooked Tree Ranch Recap by RJ Scott (excerpt and giveaway)
  • Blog Tour and Giveaway: “Is This Desire?” by R. Paone
  • A MelanieM Review: Open Road by M.J. O’Shea
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Review: Kyle (Legacy Ranch #1) by R.J. Scott
  • An Alisa Audiobook Review:  The Burnt Toast B&B (Bluewater Bay #5)
    by Heidi Belleau and Rachel Haimowitz with Dorian Bane (Narrator) andTobias Silversmith (Narrator)

Thursday, September 15:

  • Riptide Publishing’s Blog Tour and Giveaway:  Rented Heart by Garrett Leigh
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Review:  Rented Heart by Garrett Leigh
  • A MelanieM Release Day Review:Commitment Ranch (Leaning N #1) by B.A. Tortuga
  • A Free Dreamer Release Day Review: Do-Gooder by J. Leigh Bailey

Friday, September 16:

  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Release Day Review: Tied Up in Knots (Marshals #3) by Mary Calmes
  • A MelanieM Review: Skyships Over Innsmouth by Susan Laine
  • An Alisa Audiobook Review: Sweetwater by Lisa Henry and Dorian Bane (Narrator)
  • A Caryn Release Day Review: Waiting for Patrick by Brynn Stein

Saturday, September 17:

  • A Stella Review: Resonance by Lillian Francis
  • A MelanieM Review: Midlife Crisis by Rob Rosen
  • A Paul B Audiobook Review: Black Balled (Black Balled #1) by Andrea Smith and Narrator Eva LeNoir

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Falling Into Autumn and This Week At Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

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Falling Into Autumn

“The foliage has been losing its freshness through the month of August, and here and there a yellow leaf
shows itself like the first gray hair amidst the locks of a beauty who has seen one season too many.”
–   Oliver Wendell Holmes

Ah, September.  That month of in-betweenness.  Neither summer nor fall.  Still hot but sometimes cold.  Its the month that never quite figures out where it wants to be.  It fluctuates between seasons, like someone dithering on making a decision between clothes they are trying to decide on for an evening out. The sweet yet raucous sounds of late summer are still in full swing…cicadas are still a loud chorus at my house.  Yet also can be heard the sounds of snow geese and Canada geese, flocks in flight, sounding off, in preparation for migration.  So too have I seen my first sight and sounds of kettle of hawks, soaring high above…all signs of autumn approaching.

Literature is full of love notes to autumn.  And not just literature, poetry, songs…from Neil Diamond’s September Morn to Henry David Thoreau’s “Happy we who can bask in this warm September sun…”, odes to this wildly uneven and serendipitous month are everywhere.  Its jumbled ways making people perhaps feel a little crazy and alive, as if they don’t know what to expect from each day to the next.

So I’ll leave you with some crazy facts about September:

  • Shakespeare did not mention September in any of his plays.
  • Groucho Marx said “My favorite poem is the one that starts ‘Thirty days hath September’ because it actually tells you something”.
  • Band-Aids were invented in the month of September.
  • The last day of September in any year always falls on a different day of the week from the last day of any other month.
  • The poem “Mary had a Little Lamb” was published September 1st, 1830.
  • September 5th, is National Cheese Pizza Day.
  • September 9th is National Teddy Bear Day.
  • September 16th is National Play-Doh Day.
  • September 19th is “Talk Like A Pirate Day” around the world… an International event.

So argh me hearties!  That’s more than enough for any crazy month, including September, which has Labor Day, one of our best known holidays here in the States.

We also have a new reviewer starting up with us this month.  Welcome, Caryn.  Her first review will be posted this week!  All in all, a very busy week.

 

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Sunday, August 28:

  • Falling Into Autumn
  • This Week At Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

Monday, August 29:

  • In the Spotlight: Amy Stilgenbauer ‘Sideshow’ (excerpt and giveaway)
  • An Alisa Release Day Review: A Fallen Heart by Cate Ashwood
  • A Caryn Review: The Hearts of Yesteryear by Vivian Dean
  • An Alisa Review: Hunger by Amanda Young
  • A MelanieM Review: Magnified by Mell Eight

Tuesday, August 30

  • Riptide Publishing’s Tour and Giveaway:   Looking for Group by Alexis Hall
  • A MelanieM Review: Review Tour – Blaine D. Arden – Full Circle
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Review: Priddy’s Tale by Harper Fox
  • An Alisa Audiobook Review: Tasting Notes by Cate Ashwood

Wednesday, August 31

  • Release Blitz & Review Tour – Matthew J. Metzger’s What It Looks Like
  • A MelanieM Review: What It Looks Like by Matthew J. Metzger
  • A Jeri Release Day Review: Lord of a Thousand Steps by Tara Lain
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Release Day Review: Wide Open Spaces by Renee Stevens
  • A Lila Release Day Review: Wrenches, Regrets, & Reality Checks by LA Witt

Thursday, September 1

  • Mini Blog Tour Invite – Age Is Just a Number, A Wayward Ink Publishing Anthology
  • Coffee Sip and Book Break with Devon & Levi VS Real Life Wyomans from Wide Open Spaces by Renee Stevens (excerpt and giveaway)
  • A Paul B Review: For a Dragon’s Enthusiasm by Charlie Richards
  • An Alisa Release Day Review: Bear Among the Books by TJ Masters
  • A MelanieM Release Day Review: The Senator’s Secret by KC Wells
  • An Alisa Audiobook Review: Ben by Toni Griffin

Friday, September 2

  • Blog Tour for Lord of a Thousand Steps by Tara Lain
  • In the Spotlight: Wide Open Spaces by Renee Stevens (excerpt and giveaway)
  • Release Blitz for Kyle by  RJ Scott
  • A MelanieM Release Day Review: Red Thread by Bryan Ellis
  • A MelanieM Review:    Age is Just a Number Anthology

 

Saturday, September 3

  • A Barb Release Day Review: Empty Net by Avon Gale
  • A Paul B Review: Bear in Mind by Susan E Scott
  • An Alisa Review: Grand Opening by Morticia Knight

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So A New Look and This Week At Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

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Its Here!

We’ve been promising a new look here at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words and its arrived.  Colors and fonts are still being tweaked, and this look may not even last past this year but a freshening up was needed.  A search engine is down at the bottom near the calendar.  I hope to get it up near the top of the menu soon but, hey, we are making progress.

Now you can see multiple reviews and tours at one time.  The most recent post will be the one in the largest box.  I hope this will make finding the days posts easier as will having a search engine back again.  Oh the story as to how it disappeared in the first place is one for the books!

We would love to hear your feedback and your comments on the colors and formats will be used in our tweaking in the future.

We’ve added another reviewer but are still looking for a couple of more to add.  Please contact us at scatteredthoughtsandroguewords@gmail.com if you would like to review for us.  We would love to hear from you.

And now for our busy agenda this week.  Its packed full with a 5 day event of new cover reveals from Aria Grace, release day reviews and author interviews.  Plus we love our audiobooks here too, so we have quite a few of those reviews too.  Stay tuned all week, we have something for everyone.

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Sunday, August 21:

  • This Week At Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words
  • So A New Look At Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

Monday, August 22:

  • Cover Reveal More Than Friends (More Than Friends #1) by Aria Grace (with giveaway)
  • Cover Reveal for Aria Grace’s Drunk In Love (More Than Friends #2) – with Giveaway
  • The Butch and the Beautiful blog tour with Kris Ripper (Riptide Tour and Giveaway)
  • Blog Tour – Surfacing by AL Bates (author interview, excerpt and giveaway)
  • Release Blitz Tour for Matthew J. Metzger’s What It Looks Like (excerpt and giveaway)
  • A Jeri Release Day Review: The Luckiest Master by Sean Michael

Tuesday, August 23:

  • Cover Reveal for Aria Grace’s Just Stay (More Than Friends #4) – Teasers and giveaway
  • Cover Reveal for Aria Grace’s Choosing Happy (More Than Friends #3) – with interview (character)
  • A Lila Review: And the Survey Says by Karma Eastwick
  • A BJ Release Day Review: Crisped + Sere by TJ Klune
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Audiobook Review: Betrothed: A Faery Tale by Therese Woodson

Wednesday, August 24:

  • Cover Reveal for Aria Grace’s Best Chance (More Than Friends #6) – with Teasers and giveaway
  • Cover Reveal for Aria Grace’s Hands On (More Than Friends #5) – with giveaway
  • In the Spotlight: Julie Lynn Hayes ‘Civil War and Broken Hearts’, Rose & Thorne #2 (excerpt and giveaway)
  • A Stella Review: Daring the Wolf by Skylar Cates
  • An Alisa Review: Keeping Karma by Tory Temple

Thursday, August 25:

  • Cover Reveal for Age Is Just a Number, A Wayward Ink Publishing Anthology
  • Cover Reveal for Aria Grace’s Finally Found (More Than Friends #8) – Teasers
  • Cover Reveal for Aria Grace’s My Name is Luka (More Than Friends #7) – Excerpt/giveaway
  • An Alisa Audiobook Review: Out of Nowhere by Roan Parrish
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Audiobook Review: Signs of Desire by Tempeste O’Reily
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Pre-release Review: Tongue & Groove by Shae Connor

Friday, August 26:

  • Cover & Blurb Reveal – Montana #4 – RJ Scott
  • End Street Detectives are Back in End Street Vol 2 by Amber Kell & RJ Scott (Series Recap Tour and Giveaway)
  • Cover Reveal for Aria Grace’s Looking For Home (More Than Friends #9) with giveaway
  • Cover Reveal and Recap for Aria Grace’s Choosing Us (More Than Friends #10) interview with Adam or Joey plus recap of all new covers
  • A Stella Release Day Review: Back Off That’s My Jock by Wade Kelly
  • A MelanieM Release Day Review: Don’t Twunk with My Heart by Renae Kaye

Saturday, August 27:

  • A Stella Review:  Not a Game by Cardeno C.
  • A Lila Review: Tracefinder: Changes (Tracefinder #2) by Kaje Harper

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Things Are Heating Up All Around Us and This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

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August Heat is the name of a short story by W. F. Harvey, penned in 1910.  It tells the tale of two men, previously unknown to each other who find out through slim connections that one will be murdered by the other.  It ends with the character Withencroft writing the day’s events as Atkinson sharpens some tools: “It is after eleven now. I shall be gone in less than an hour. But the heat is stifling. It is enough to send a man mad.”

Ah, yes, the wonderful August heat!  Whether you are the characters of Harvey’s August Heat, or August Heat (Commissario Montalbano #10) by Andrea Camilleri, Stephen Sartarelli (Translator) or the families, cowboys and ex soldiers in BA Tortuga’s story, Real World, where the Texas heat is as real as the men and situations she writes about in her Love is Blind series,  the searing heat of the summer acts like a main character of its own in novels and real life all over the world.  This series is rapidly becoming a favorite series of mine.  But that no surprise as I include that author as a favorite writer to rec as well.

We have a number of release day reviews this week, as well as audiobook reviews and regular reviews too.  If you love fantasy, be sure to check out Blaine D. Arden’s Forester Trilogy which is ending with Full Circle: Forester Triad Act Three (Tales of the Forest, #3) and can be found complete in A Triad in Three Acts which will also be reviewed this week.  Plus you won’t want to miss its stunning covers.  Ali is reviewing a book that she thinks will be in her top 10, will it be in yours?  Check it out.  Plus I have Christian Baines back with his long awaited sequel to The Beast Without, The Orchard of Flesh (Arcadia Trust #2) by Christian Baines.  I have a author interview and giveaway.  Don’t miss that either.  What a week we have in store.

Plus this will be our last week for our old look.  Next week, a new look, a contest to welcome in something entirely different.   Stay inside, away from the heat, unless you’re in the Southern Hemisphere where its winter and  cold.  Grab up some books to read either way.  Be here with us all week!  Leave your comments, we love hearing from you.  Now for this week’s schedule.

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This Week At Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

 

Sunday, August 14:

  • This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words
  • Things Are Heating Up All Around Us

Monday, August 15:

  • A MelanieM Release Day Review: Marriage of Inconvenience by MJ O’Shea
  • A VVivacious Release Day Review: Coin of the Realm by Michael Murphy
  • A MelanieM Release Day Review: Real World by BA Tortuga
  • An Alisa Audiobook Review: Hell on Wheels by ZA Maxfield

Tuesday, August 16:

  • In the Spotlight:  Adulting 101 by Lisa Henry (Riptide Tour and Giveaway)
  • Blog Tour, Giveaway and Author Interview – Priest and Pariahs by Mann Ramblings
  • Dreamspinner Author Guest Post and Book Tour:  B.A. Tortuga and the Real World
  • A MelanieM Release Day Review: Flying Fish by Sedonia Guillone

Wednesday, August 17:

  • Series Recap Tour – Blood Moon Alliance by  SA Welsh
  • A MelanieM Release Day Review: Relative Best by Pat Henshaw
  • A Paul B Review: Psychic Says by JJ Black
  • An Alisa Review: Softpaw by Osiris Brackhaus

Thursday, August 18:

  • New cover reveal: Jamie Deacon ‘Caught Inside’ (cover reveal and giveaway)
  • In Our Spotlight: Lilah Suzanne ‘Burning Tracks’ (excerpt and giveaway)
  • Release Blitz & Review Tour – Blaine D. Arden – Full Circle
  • A MelanieM Review:  A Triad In Three Acts by Blaine D. Arden
  • A Free Dreamer Review:  The Cop and the Drifter by Christiane France
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Audiobook Review: Moment of Truth by Karen Stivali

Friday, August 19:

  • In the Spotlight: The Orchard of Flesh (Arcadia Trust #2) by Christian Baines(author interview/giveaway)
  • In the Review Spotlight: Sarah Madison’s Fool’s Gold
  • A MelanieM Review: Fool’s Gold by Sarah Madison
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Release Day Review: Turning the Page by Andrew Grey
  • A MelanieM Review: The Orchard of Flesh (Arcadia Trust #2) by Christian Baines

Saturday, August 20:

  • An Alisa Review:Behind the Uniform Anthology
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Audiobook Review: Hexbreaker by Jordan L. Hawk

Those Hot August Days and This Week At Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

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Those Hot August Days and Nights

In tropical climes there are certain times of day
When all the citizens retire
To tear their clothes off and perspire
It’s one of those rules that the greatest fools obey
Because the sun is much too sultry
And one must avoid its ultra violet ray

The native grieve when the white
Men leave their huts, because
They’re obviously definitely nuts!
Mad dogs and Englishmen
Go out in the midday sun…*

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Mad dogs and Englishmen,written by Noel Coward and also later sung by Joe Cocker, summed up some of what the ancients already knew.  The hot summer skies could drive you batty.  It drove the lions and other predators out of the high mountains looking for water and food, telling the local populace that just by looking up at the night sky and the constellations looking down upon them that it was time to pen up their livestock or bring them down out of their highland pastures.  Or if you were honest like Jane Austen, you wrote this:

“What dreadful hot weather we have! 
It keeps me in a continual state of inelegance.”
  Jane Austen 

But if you look further, our poetry and books are full of lyrics and rhymes where the summer night air is forever perfumed and full of song (its crickets and cicadas, damnit, laughing)  and romance is waiting for lovers everywhere.  The fact that you were sweating away is somehow forgotten.  I sort of love that, since I’m sitting in my air-conditioned room writing this.  Plus, yes, I know, they didn’t know what air conditioning was.  They used fans or what have you.  It was still hot, they napped.  Hot is hot. Dry heat included.  Don’t get me started on Delta Dawn heat.

So before I start in on this week’s schedule I’ll leave you with two contrasting views of summer.  Not that the first author couldn’t write some startling views of humankind, but here he’s in a kinder frame of mind. Then there’s Henry Rollins.

“Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?”
– William Shakespeare

“The streets lie, the sidewalks lie, everything lies
You can try and read it but you’re gonna get it wrong…all wrong
The summer evenings burn and melt and the nights glitter but you’re gonna get it wrong
And it’s gonna sink its teeth into your flesh and pull you to the bottom.”
– Henry Rollins

Why bring them up?  On August 9th, its National Book Lovers Day.  From William Shakespeare to Henry Rollins, and Jane Austen to Walt Whitman. And in M/M fiction, from Ethan Stone to Devon Rhodes, to Amy Lane and Rick R. Rick and so many more. To any author you have ever loved and read and reread.  Grab up an extra book or two, or three or four.  I know I’m going for that new Harry Potter story too.  So many books.  Plus did you know that Rhys Ford has a new one coming out?  Shhh.  More about that later.  In the meantime, here is our schedule this week.  We have so many release day  reviews, I’m sure you will find books to add to you TBR pile.  Check them all out.

Plus we are still looking for reviewers.  Send us a email at scatteredthoughtsandroguewords@gmail.com if you want to review for our blog.

 

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Sunday, August 7:

  • Those Hot August Days and Nights
  • This Week At Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

Monday, August 8:

  • Starting New Blog by SC Wynne – Riptide Publishing Tour and Giveaway
  • Confessions by Ethan Stone – author Guest Blog and Dreamspinner Tour
  • An Alisa Release Day Review: Confessions by Ethan Stone
  • A Paul B Review: Crash (Demon Elite 1) by April Kelley
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Release Day Review: Starting New by SC Wynne

Tuesday, August  9 – National Book Lovers Day:

  • Nash Summer’s Poison Tongue Book Release Author Blog
  • An Alisa Release Day Review: One Step Forward by Tia Fielding
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Release Day Review: Stranger in Black by Devon Rhodes
  • A Paul B Review: Wolf (Demon Elite 2) by April Kelley

Wednesday, August  10:

  • Nine Star Press Blog Tour – To Fight His Heart by Alex Nortan
  • An Ali Release Day Review: Poison Tongue by Nash Summers
  • A Paul B Review: Cosmo (Demon Elite 3) by April Kelley
  • An Alisa Release Day Review: Running Hot by Yolande Kleinn
  • A MelanieM Review: Blind Date by Kay Doherty

Thursday, August 11:

  • Posy Roberts’ North Star Anthology Blog Tour
  • A MelanieM Release Day Review:   North Star Anthology by Posy Roberts
  • An Alisa Review: Safe with You by Catherine Lievens
  • A Paul B Review: Tanner and Shade (Demon Elite 4) by April Kelley
  • An Ali Release Day Review: Spindrift by Amy Rae Durreson

Friday, August 12:

  • Ash by April Kelley –  Blog Tour and Giveaway
  • Review Tour & Release Blitz – Catherine Lievens – Safe With You
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Release Day Review: Expanded Hearts by Logan Meredith
  • A Paul B Review: Ash (Demon Elite 5) by April Kelley

Saturday, August 13:

  • An Ali Audiobook Review: Gambling Man by Amy Lane
  • A VVivacious Review: Orientation by Rick R. Reed

 

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Why Don’t More Readers Read Historical Romance or Fiction? This Week At Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

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Why Don’t More Readers Read Historical Romance or Fiction?

Today, I’m returning to the theme of under-read tropes in  M/M or LGBTQIA novels and stories, romance or otherwise. In case this I’m not just singling out the historical western but the historical genre in general.  Now maybe I’m wrong, and  I’m hoping to hear from you that I am, but again, on the list of tropes people are reading, the list falls out something like: contemporary romance, contemporary  action/adventure, contemporary  western, contemporary mystery, contemporary whatever I’ve left out, supernatural shifters (this could be higher), paranormal, fantasy, science fiction, historical.  Yep.  Historical normally falls in the last couple of slots.

Now that’s not my list personally because fantasy, science fiction, historical fiction are top areas of interest for me.  But I’m talking in general….or do you all think I have it wrong?

Historical fiction, romance or otherwise, has always required more thought, more expectations of the readerI guess to look outside our time frame at ideologies, cultures, and see how  things might actually have been through the words and stories of talented authors.  And we have some  outstanding ones!    Charlie Cochrane leaps to mind with her Cambridge Fellows Mysteries (Orlando and Jonty).  Cochrane makes the Edwardian period of England come alive with every street, dinner, word, and mystery. Elin Gregory (A Taste of Copper, On a Lee Shore) has many time periods and does them all justice in her wonderful stories.  Astrid Amara?  Oh my, The Devil Lancer bring the Crimea war and its tumultuous stomach churning sea crossing vividly to life in a book that I’ve reread several times as have several reviewers here.  I have quite a few more, including Rebecca Cohen of The Crofton Chronicles and Erastes, author of M/M historical fiction and  the moderator of Speak Its Name, a blog dedicated to gay historical fiction which I love.  Check out her blog here.  That’s just for starters.

Then again maybe I’m completely wrong.  The whole lot of you are going, “pshaw, I’ve been reading historical fiction and historical romance all along.  What’s this nutty woman talking about?” Or words to that effect.  I would certainly be happy to hear that.

So what say you all?  Am I wrong, am I right or somewhere in between?  How do your lists of genres shake out?  What historical authors do you read?  I really want to know.

And now onto this week’s schedule.

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 This Week At Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

Sunday, June 5

  • Why Don’t More Readers Read Historical Romance or Fiction?
  • This Week At Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

Monday, June 6

  • Riptide Tour and Contest for 24/7 by JA Rock
  • Return to Zero by Isobel Starling Tour and Giveaway
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Review: 24/7 by JA Rock
  • A BJ Review: The Silvers by J. A. Rock
  • An Ali Review: Hat Trick by Meg Harding

 

Tuesday, June 7:

  • Blog Tour for Breathing Betrayal by Bellora Quinn and Sadie Rose Bermingham.
  • An Ali Review: The Mongrel Trilogy by KZ Snow
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Audiobook Review: Clockwork Tangerine by Rhys Ford
  • A Paul B Review: Wooing the Lighthouse Keeper by Charlie Richards
  • A Jeri Review: A Good Enough Reason by CE Lievens

Wednesday, June 8:

  • Acceptance—Cover Reveal and giveaway
  • A BJ Audio Review: Where Nerves End by L.A. Witt
  • A Stella Review: Under a Sky of Ashes by Brandon Witt
  • An Ali Audiobook Review: Resurrecting Elliot by Cate Sherwood

Thursday, June 9:

  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Audiobook Review: Blueberry Boys by Vanessa North
  • A Jeri Review: Out in the Field by Kate McMurray
  • A Lila Review: Crashing Blue by Della Boynton
  • A BJ Audiobook Review: Waiting for the Flood by Alexis Hall

Friday, June 10:

  • Always Another Side – Annabelle Jacobs Tour Signal Boost Tours
  • Set Me Free by Kitty Stephens   Excerpt Tour and Giveaway
  • A Jeri Review: Debt by KC Wells
  • An Alisa Review: Dirty Angel by Barbara Elsborg
  • A Paul B Review:  Alexi’s Mouse by A C Katt

 

Saturday, June 11:

A Free Dreamer  YA Review:Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

 

 

The Importance of World Building in Fantasy/Sci Fy Fiction and This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

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The Importance of World Building in Fantasy/Sci Fy Fiction

For the last couple of weeks I’ve been talking about the little overlooked trope of historical stories in LBGTQIA fiction and I’m going to get back to that next week, way back in authors and eras this time.  But for now, lets look forward.

Whereas those authors face entirely different obstacles when tackling their stories, primarily making their designated time period is accurate down to the details while still able to make their stories and characters come alive for their readers, the author that decides to write fantasy or science fiction has an entire different issue ahead of them.  They have to imagine new worlds, build them up, complete with cultures,  languages, religions, sexes or not, biologies, mythologies, or use old world gods and myths and sciences, or any combination thereof.  And make it believable.  Yes, a daunting task.

And if you notice and read our reviews here its one of the first  things we bring up in our reviews.  The line in the review usually starts something like this “the author’s ability to world build….” and then goes on for better or for worse.  And it occurs right at the beginning of the review, again in the middle and sometimes again at the end.  Why?  Because its so important.  If you don’t get this right, if you make us question parts of your universe, if its illogical, got huge holes in its fabric that makes us stop reading and start thinking about it and not your characters, then, you’ve lost us, your readers.

What elements do you find important in world building?  What do you look for in your fantasy and science fiction in order for you to feel like your world in that novel is complete?  Write and fill us in.  I’m curious.  Some seem to think its tons of pages.  Hmmm. No.

Its not volume that speaks either.  I have read books of well over hundreds of pages that made virtually no sense where the author threw in a kitchen sink worth of narrative for a space opera that was just sort of crazy…nothing made sense but it was huge in pages.   And yet a small sharp story as was noted in A VVivacious Review: Fire Up My Heart by Asta Idonea put in all out there for the reader to see in a small, terrific package.

So I’m thinking its time to put together a list of recommended fantasy and science fiction authors and stories.  So gather together your recs and start sending them in.  I hope there are plenty I and our reviewers haven’t read yet, we are always looking for more, you know how we love our fantasy and science fiction here.  Come on, send us names and books…but make sure their world building is up to the challenge…

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 This Week At Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

Sunday, May 29:

  • The Importance of World Building in Fantasy/Sci Fy Fiction
  • This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

Monday, May 30:

  • Riptide Publishing’s No Remedy blog tour with Christine d’Abo (giveaway)
  • A VVivacious Review: Dark Side by Shannon West
  • A Lila Review:  Guardian by Jordan Taylor
  • A BJ Review: Til Death Do Us Part by Addison Albright

Tuesday, May 31:

  • A Lila Review: First and First by Santino Hassall
  • A Free Dreamer Review: Song of Song by L.J. LaBarthe
  • An Alisa Audiobook Review: In the Middle of Somewhere by Roan Parrish
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Audiobook Review:  A Helping Hand by Jay Northcote

Wednesday, June 1:

  • Cover Reveal Blitz: A Second Harvest by Eli Easton (cover reveal)
  • Dragon Men Series by Amber Kell – Series Recap Tour and Giveaway
  • A Stella Review: Stained by Chris T Kat
  • A Paul B Review: Seducing His Reluctant Vampire by Charlie Richards
  • An Alisa Review: The Pirate’s Cove by Michelle King

Thursday, June 2:

  • New Book Blitz – Love Off the Radar Collection by A.J. Llewellyn and D.J. Manly
  • The Scorpion’s Empress Release Day Blast and Giveaway
  • A Lila Audiobook Review:  Fish Stick Fridays by Rhys Ford, Narrator Spencer Goss
  • A Paul B Review: Wooing the Lighthouse Keeper by Charlie Richards
  • A Free Dreamer Review:  Lost Souls by Barbara Sheridan

Friday, June 3:

  • Book Blitz and Giveaway for Becoming Rory by Ashavan Doyon
  • A Paul B Review:  Alexi’s Mouse by A C Katt
  • A Lila Review:  Chevalier by Mary Calmes
  • An Alisa Review: Reckless by Caitlin Ricci

Saturday, June 4:

  • A MelanieM Review:  Safe In His Heart by Renae Kaye
  • A BJ Audiobook Review: Covet Thy Neighbor by LA Witt

 

 

What Genres Do You Think Get Overlooked? This Week At Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

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What Genres Do You Think Get Overlooked?

When thinking of genres in that LGBTQIA stories can fall into, the ones that most quickly fall into mind are contemporary, supernatural, fantasy, SciFy, paranormal, action adventure, mystery, romance, all sorts of combinations thereof and somewhere down the line comes historical and western.  And I’m not sure why.

Contemporary romance with cowboys?  Yes, and lots of them.  But historical romances, and those with cowboys? Maybe not so many…

And I absolutely adore them.  When they are done right.  That’s a spectacularly hard thing to do.  Between the language, the feel of the times and locations, and the rules and  laws that changes by crossing a river…well the challenge to a author is daunting to say the least.

And yet  there are those writers that can bring you into the hills and times of our past and bring them alive in ways that make history and their characters sing to your heart.  Is or was it possible for men to have a happy ending in the past or was every story a Brokeback Mountain?  Hmmmm…..write me and let me know your opinion.

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Sunday,  May 15:

  • What Genres Do You Think Get Overlooked?This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

Monday, May 16:

  • Stumptown Spirits by EJ Russell – Riptide Tour and Contest
  • A Lila Review: Enemies of the State by Tal Bauer
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Review: Rhythm & Blues by Shae Connor
  • A MelanieM Review: Locked by Anyta Sunday

Tuesday, May 17:

  • In the Spotlight:  Dusk Peterson ‘The Balance’ (excerpt and contest)
  • A MelanieM Review:  Sweet William by Dianne Hartsock
  • A Lila Review: The Servant by Mary Calmes
  • A VVivacious Review: Five Times My Best Friend Kissed Me by Anna Martin
  • An Ali Review: Violated by Jamie Fessenden

Wednesday, May 18

  • A Stella Review: Risk Aware by Anita Gormley
  • A Paul B Review: First Omega by Rebecca James
  •  A Lila Review:  Werewolves of Chernobyl by LA Witt
  • A MelanieM Review:  The Cattle Baron’s Bogus Boyfriend by Nicki Bennett

Thursday, May 19

  • Blog Tour – Eli Easton book: How to Wish Upon a Moon
  • ON HIGHER GROUND BY MELISSA COLLINS: Release and review tour information 🙂
  • New book blast: AE Ryecart ‘The Story of Love’ (excerpt and giveaway)
  • Pre-release Celebration for The Debt by K.C. Wells (tour and giveaway)
  • A Jeri Review:  On Higher Ground by Melissa Collins
  • A Paul B Review: Second Alpha by Rebecca James

Friday, May 20

  • Coffee Sip and Book Break with Carrie Pack’s ‘In The Present Tense’ (excerpt and giveaway)
  • A BJ Review:  Audio Review – Tackling the Tight End by Tara Lain
  • A MelanieM Review:  A Place to Call Their Own by Dean Pace-Frech
  • A Lila Review: Prince of the Seas by Emily Carrington

Saturday, May 21

  • In the Spotlight: AC Katt ‘Alexi’s Mouse’ (excerpt and giveaway)
  • A Stella Review:  What Remains by Garrett Leigh