Tuesday, 22 August 2017

The Bones of Our Fathers by Elin Gregory - Review Tour





Length: 80,000 words approx

Publisher: Manifold Press

Cover Design: Michelle Peart

Blurb

Malcolm Bright, brand new museum curator in a small Welsh Border town, is a little lonely until – acting as emergency archaeological consultant on a new housing development – he crosses the path of Rob Escley, aka Dirty Rob, who makes Mal’s earth move in more ways than one.

Then Rob discovers something wonderful, and together they must combat greedy developers and a treasure hunter determined to get his hands on the find. Are desperate measures justified to save the bones of our fathers? Will Dirty Rob live up to his reputation? Do museum curators really do it meticulously?


Answers must be found for the sake of Mal’s future, his happiness and his heart.






Review

This book hit quite a few of my buttons. For starters it deals with archaeology, something which has always fascinated me. Then there’s the fact it features Mal and Rob, two utterly likeable yet totally realistic main characters who captured my imagination as soon as they were introduced. And, always important for me, the story scores rather low on the angst scale. Sure there is a dilemma the two men have to overcome but it, thankfully, doesn’t come with heart wrenching devastation.

So, those are the reasons why this book might well have been written to my personal requirements. They are not the only reasons this book struck a note with me though. I think I loved just about everything about this book. I loved the small town Mal has settled in and I had such a wonderful time getting to know his new home and the people who live there together with him. What’s not to adore about a community in which everybody knows everybody and they all look out for each other, even when separated by several centuries and while not always seeing eye to eye?

The historical aspect to the story was fascinating as was the archaeological angle. I smiled and sympathized when Mal had to explain that Time Team does not give a realistic portrayal of an archaeological dig. I can easily imagine this is something archaeologists have to do more than once in real life too. And the discovery itself was inspired; giving the story an extra level of intrigue.

But what touched me most was the care the people in this world took of each other, and Mal’s journey towards understanding that he’s no longer alone but has been included in a community that looks after its own.


In short, The Bones of Our Fathers is a wonderful, intriguing and uplifting story, filled with characters all of whom are diverse, original,and recognisable individuals I’d love to meet in real life. The writing is amazing and the story fascinating and sweet. I’m so glad this is the first book in a (much) longer series. I can’t wait for the next instalment; it’s going to be a delight to spend time with this fascinating cast of characters again and see others find their happily ever afters.

Author Bio

Elin Gregory lives in South Wales and works in a museum in a castle built on the edge of a Roman Fort! She reckons that's a pretty cool job.


Elin usually writes on historical subjects, and enjoys weaving the weird and wonderful facts she comes across in her research into her plots. She likes her heroes hard as nails but capable of tenderness when circumstances allow. Often they are in danger, frequently they have to make hard choices, but happy endings are always assured.


Current works in progress include one set during the Great War, another in WW2, one set in the Dark Ages and a series of contemporary romances set in a small town on the Welsh border.



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Monday, 21 August 2017

Out of the Shadows by K.C. Wells - Review Tour






Length: 62,991 words

Cover Design: Bree Archer 

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Blurb


Can he step out of the shadows and into love’s light?


Eight years ago, Christian Hernandez moved to Jamaica Plain in southern Boston, took refuge in his apartment, and cut himself off from the outside world. And that’s how he’d like it to stay.


Josh Wendell has heard his coworkers gossip about the occupant of apartment #1. No one sees the mystery man, and Josh loves a mystery. So when he is hired to refurbish the apartment’s kitchen and bathrooms, Josh is eager to discover the truth behind the rumors.


When he comes face-to-face with Christian, Josh understands why Christian hides from prying eyes. As the two men bond, Josh sees past his exterior to the man within, and he likes what he sees. But can Christian find the courage to emerge from the darkness of his lonely existence for the man who has claimed his heart?



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August 23 - Urban Smoothie Read
August 25 - Bonkers About Books, BooksLaidBareBoys, Dog-Eared Daydreams, Making It Happen
August 28 - Gay Media Reviews
August 31 - My Book Filled Life, The Geekery Book Review, Bayou Book Junkie, Jim's Reading Room, Xtreme Delusions

Review

For the sake of this review I’m going to assume you’re familiar with K.C. Wells’ books and the way she writes wonderful, imaginative and very hot romances. Well, Out of the Shadows is certainly wonderful as well as imaginative. This however is a title in Dreamspinner’s Dreamspun Desires series and as such there isn’t a whole lot of on page sex. However, when these two men do show us what they get up to in the bedroom they are most definitely very hot together.

But, sex is not what this story is about. This is the touching tale of a man in his early thirties who’s lived as a recluse for the past eight years, hiding from the world and rarely interacting with anyone unless it is via email or telephone. Christian has been doing this for so long and has organised his life so well that he’s half convinced himself that life as he lives it is enough. And he needs to believe that because he can’t imagine living his life any other way.

Enter Josh. He’s been curious about the man living in apartment #1, the man nobody has ever seen; the man all sorts of weird theories are spun around. So when his employer sends him to do work inside that apartment, Josh is excited that finally the mystery will be resolved. Except that there is no sign of the inhabitant when he lets himself into the apartment.

Slowly contact is made, be it through a closed and locked door at first, but it isn’t long before Josh sees Christian face to face and realises why the man has been hiding (no I’m not going to reveal the reason). Now his mission changes from finding out who the mystery man is to helping Christian come out of his self-imposed isolation.

Josh’s arrival makes Christian resent his solitary existence. He’d convinced himself he could live his life more or less as a recluse, but having Josh in his apartment, interacting with him, forces him to take a closer look at his non-life and realise that he does want to do more than just survive. He wants to live again and maybe even love while he’s at it.

And so Christian, encouraged and supported by Josh, starts on a slow but unstoppable journey back into the world. It’s a beautiful process of small steps and huge courage.  Josh was a marvel; I adored him. The way he very slowly coaxes Christian out of his self-imposed isolation was an utter delight to witness. As for Christian, it is impossible not to feel for him, just as I couldn’t stop myself from cheering every time he took another step outside his comfort zone.

Now, before you think this is an angst-filled and heavy story, allow me to reassure you. While Out of the Shadows certainly has a storyline that will touch you deeply, it is also a fun and at times laugh-out-loud funny story. What’s not to enjoy about two men who are huge Harry Potter fans (or should I say nerds). Throw in Joss’s friends and you have more than enough lighthearted moments to balance out Christian’s issues. I can honestly say I enjoyed every single sentence in this book.

In short, Out of the Shadows is a sweet, heartwarming, and uplifting story that will leave you with a huge smile on your face. It is exactly the sort of read I find myself in need of these days.

Author Bio

Born and raised in the north-west of England, K.C. WELLS always loved writing. Words were important. Full stop. However, when childhood gave way to adulthood, the writing ceased, as life got in the way. K.C. discovered erotic fiction in 2009, when the purchase of a ménage storyline led to the startling discovery that reading about men in love was damn hot. In 2012, arriving at a really low point in life led to the desperate need to do something creative. An even bigger discovery waited in the wings—writing about men in love was even hotter….

K.C. now writes full-time and is loving every minute of her new career. The laptop still has no idea of what hit it… it only knows that it wants a rest, please. And it now has to get used to the idea that where K.C goes, it goes. 


And as for those men in love that she writes about? The list of stories just waiting to be written is getting longer… and longer….

K.C. loves to hear from readers.
E-mail: k.c.wells@btinternet.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KCWellsWorld
Twitter: @K_C_Wells
Website: http://www.kcwellsworld.com




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Friday, 18 August 2017

Getting Through (Only You #3) by J.S. Finley - Release Blitz

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Title: Getting Through (Only You #3)
Author: J.S. Finley
Publisher: Self-Published
Cover Artist: Sara York
Release Date: August 17, 2017
Genre: Contemporary MM
Length: 51K

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Blurb

 

What if it’s too difficult to get through the rough patches? Lane: Being a nurse is Lane’s life, that is until Mike pushes him up against that damn door and kisses him like nobody’s business. Now he’s left wondering how he can live without Mike at his side. But beneath the sweet, calm exterior Mike portrays to the world is something dark and dangerous. Will Lane be able to deal with the monster within, or will it consume both of them? Mike: He can’t unsee the damage that bomb wrought or bring back his friend, but he can find solace in Lane’s arms…or he thinks he can. One night together is too much, and his memories overwhelm him, opening him up to the trauma he witnessed. Memories are hard to conquer because they don’t have to fight back, they just twist their way deep into the mind, making life too hard to tolerate. Can Lane save him, or will he push them both too far when the past threatens to overwhelm them? 

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Excerpt

 

Chapter One 

Emptiness filled Lane as he watched the blue ocean appear then disappear as condos and other buildings slipped by. Mike made a left, heading away from the slice of heaven they’d all enjoyed for the last few days. Maybe it was just the trip ending, but he thought it was more. He watched Mike, noticing the stubble on his jaw and how it covered his chin and went down his neck. They stopped for a light, and Mike glanced at him, his lips curved up in a smile that made Lane’s stomach twist. Why it made him feel funny, he had no clue. “So what do you really think about Thomas and Clay?” Mike’s question threw him. “What am I supposed to say?” Mike shrugged then went back to looking at the road as the light changed to green. “I don’t know; tell me what you really think.” He stared out the front windshield for a moment, wondering how to answer the question. “Well, I like Clay. I guess I just…” Another light stopped them, and Mike turned to look at him with his brows raised. “Are you jealous?” “What?” Lane couldn’t believe Mike had asked him if he was jealous. “Why would I be jealous?” “Just, you know, you thought you would get with Thomas if he was going to get with anyone?” Lane shook his head. “No. Not at all. I’m not jealous. It’s not like that.” “Talk. We don’t have long before we get to the airport.” The light changed again, and Mike took off. Lane turned to stare out the window, unsure how to voice what he felt. “I don’t like being alone.” “Then get out there and date someone.” He shook his head and turned to stare at Mike. The scene out the window wasn’t as interesting since they’d turned down a street away from the water. He missed the water, but what he missed more was the guys and being with them. “I can’t find anyone.” Mike chuckled. “Tell me about it. I’m surrounded by sexy women while I’m at work, but I can’t connect with them.” Depression made his head ache. Or maybe he was depressed, because in addition to having no clue what to do, his head hurt. What if he never figured life out? He would be one of those old men at the bars looking to pick up young women who had no interest in a rotten old fart. He shivered at the mental image. Mike’s words interrupted his thoughts. “I’ll be in New York next week.” “You should stop by.” The words were out before he even could think what that would mean. He worked nights and slept during the day. Mike was silent for a while, and they were close to the airport before he spoke again. “If I came up on Tuesday, could I stay at your place?” His earlier trepidation was gone. Screw sleeping, he’d have Mike with him. He nodded, excitement filling him. “I’d like that. I have to work on Tuesday night, but I’m off on Wednesday and Thursday nights.” Mike shot him a sweet grin. He pushed the tingly feelings away and rolled his eyes when Mike looked away. “Works for me. I’m working a little on Thursday and most of the afternoon and night on Friday. I’ll stay until Sunday.” “Awesome. It’ll be good seeing you again.” He meant it too. He could sleep after Mike went home. They pulled into the parking lot for the rental return, and his chest squeezed. If he thought he’d been melancholy before, this was way worse. He didn’t want to head home. He’d been alive when he was with the guys. The vacation had been great, but it reminded him of how much he missed his brothers—and they were his brothers. Seeing Mike next week would be good. Heck, he wished they lived closer. He wanted to see everyone more often, but for now, Skype would have to do. They got their bags out of the trunk and headed into the terminal after they handed over the keys to the car. Heat was building, and he was happy to be heading back to cooler temperatures. At least he told himself he was happy to leave. Actually, he wanted them all to stay here and live together. Maybe not together, but dammit, they should be closer to each other. Once inside, they headed upstairs to security. They both passed through without any issues. Mike’s flight was leaving soon, so he had to go. Mike pulled him into a hug and Lane held on, not wanting to let Mike leave. It had been an amazing vacation and he didn’t want it to end. “Hey, I’ll see you on Tuesday. I’ll call when I’m close.” He squeezed Lane again then backed away. “Sure, have a safe trip home.” He hated saying those words. Their home should be together. “You bet.” Mike gave a quick wave and was gone. Lane felt like his heart had been torn out. He missed Thomas and Clay, and Brent and Jake, but he missed Mike most of all. 

Meet the Author

 

Thank you for reading my stories. I wasn't sure when I sat down to write if I had it in me to finish this. It has been a journey. I love reading. It's my greatest pleasure to sit down with a good book and live inside the pages. My perfect day would be a book, good music, and unlimited cocktails. I'm going to try to keep on writing and reading, playing with my dogs and cats, and living life. 

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Giveaway

 

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Release Blitz Schedule

 


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Forbidden Lust - An MM Erotica Short Story by Grayson Knight

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Title: Forbidden Lust: Novocaine Book One
Author: Grayson Knight
Publisher: Self-published
Cover Artist: Grayson Knight
Release Date: August 3 2017
Genre/s: Contemporary Gay MM, Stepfather, Taboo, Erotica,
Length: 11K Words/33 Pages

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Blurb

 

Jackson has never felt anything from his mother. All his life she treated him badly and he thought he would never have anything good in his life. That is until Cole came on the scene. Cole was in his early forties, and he was kind, handsome and built from pure muscle. The only problem was he was about to marry Jackson’s mum, but he was all that Jackson could think about. It was on the night of his eighteenth birthday when the only gift Jackson got was a pendant from Cole that he knew meant that there was something between them. Jackson’s innocence was something that he wanted to offer Cole, but he never knew if that chance would ever appear. For now, he would have to watch from afar and hope that his fantasies would be enough. Maybe one day he would get a chance at a night with Cole, but a sexual relationship with his stepfather was surely off limits and taboo. Or was it? An MM Erotica Short Story by Grayson Knight.
 

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Excerpt

 

On the night of my eighteenth, my mum had gone out partying with her friends and I was alone in my room. I was wearing nothing but my boxers as I stood in front of the mirror lifting my free-weights in an attempt to exercise out my anger. As I watched myself, my green eyes looked back at me from my reflection with determination. I was determined to not let this get me down, and I would go on and eventually make something of myself. There was a knock on my door, and I carried on working out as I shouted. “Come in.” The door was already ajar and I watched as it opened and Cole came in and stood awkwardly by the door. He was tall and muscular, and as I watched him in the reflection of my mirror I could see his pecs tense, and his nipples were erect through his tight t-shirt. He was pretty fucking hot. “Sorry to bother you Jackson, I just wanted to come and see how you were doing.’ He stepped forward and sat on my bed behind me. I crouched and put my weights on the floor next to my mirror and stood up. I tried to wipe the sweat that was dripping from my blonde hair as I turned to face my future step-father. He looked me up and down and his eyes landed on my toned stomach as he quickly averted his eyes. I smiled at him then. “It’s OK Cole, you’re not bothering me at all.” Our eyes met, and I swear I felt something spark between us. I licked my dry lips and Cole caught the action. He shifted where he sat as he signalled for me to sit beside him. As I did his weight on the bed made me feel a little flustered, I turned to face him and he was looking at me intensely. His eyes bore into me and my breath hitched in my chest. He was ridiculously sexy and I suddenly felt very exposed sat here in just my tight boxers. 

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Review 


As you may have gathered from the blurb, this is a taboo story. Here we have eighteen year old Jackson who has the hots for his soon to be stepfather, Cole. When it turns out that the attraction is actually returned, Jackson discovers that the reality of being with Cole is even better than anything he could have imagined.

What to say about this story? Well, first and I guess foremost, it’s a hot tale. Jackson is a typical eighteen-year-old and his libido is constantly on the go. Cole appears to have more control when the story starts and tries to keep his distance from the young man who’s about to become his stepson, but in the end the mutual attraction proves much stronger than common sense.

This is an erotic tale more than anything else so a lot of the story focuses on sex. And, I have no problem with that. I would however have liked a scene featuring Jackson’s mother to experience her horribleness first hand, so to speak. As it is we have to take Jackson at his word when he says she’s a nasty piece of work and since he’s obsessed with the man she’s about to marry I’m not sure he’s all too trustworthy.

Cole’s role and action in this story required some real suspension of disbelief. Why would a man who according to Jackson is caring and nice marry someone as nasty as Jackson’s mom? And, why did he go ahead with the wedding ever after giving in to his attraction to Jackson?

I understand that this is the first book in a planned series and it is quite possible that these and other questions will be answered later on. I hope so, because this could be the start of an intriguing tale and I will most definitely read the second book to see where it all goes.

However (and I hate doing this) I feel I have to add the following. I really hope that what I just read was the ARC rather than the finished product. Because in my humble opinion this book could do with an editor and/or proofreader. I know that it is next to impossible to produce a completely mistake free book. This story however had too many repetitions and uses of ‘sound-a-likes’ for me to think they’d just slipped through the net. And that’s a shame. Forbidden Lust could be a wonderful addition to the Taboo Genre. As it stands, this book is an entertaining and hot read that should have been more.

 

Author Bio

 

Grayson Knight has always had a love of books, writing and beautiful men. So it seemed natural to combine these loves and create his own worlds in the form of erotic gay fiction. When not creating adventures of very sexy men, Grayson can be found spending time with his loving husband and two cats. 

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Review Tour Schedule

 

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Thursday, 17 August 2017

A World Apart by Mel Gough - Cover Reveal



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Release Date: September 18

Publisher: Ninestar Press

Length: 52,000 words

Cover Design: Natasha Snow 

Blurb

Ben Griers is the darling of Corinth Georgia’s Police Department—intelligent, handsome, and hardworking. Thanks to his beautiful wife and clever daughter, Ben’s family is the envy of the town. Yet desperate unhappiness is hiding just below the surface.

When Donnie Saunders, a deadbeat redneck with a temper, is brought to the Corinth PD as a suspect in a hit-and-run, Ben finds himself surprisingly intrigued by the man. He quickly establishes Donnie’s innocence but can’t shake the feeling that Donnie is hiding something. When they unexpectedly encounter each other again at an AA meeting in Atlanta, sparks begin to fly.


With his marriage on the verge of collapse, Ben is grateful for the other man’s affection. But he is soon struggling to help an increasingly vulnerable Donnie, while at the same time having to deal with the upheaval in his own life. Ben eventually realizes that they cannot achieve happiness together unless they confront their darkest secrets.


Author Bio


Mel was born in Germany, where she spent the first twenty-six years of her life (with a one-year stint in Los Angeles). She has always been fascinated by cultures and human interaction, and got a Masters in Social Anthropology. After finishing university she moved to London, where she has now lived for ten years.


If you were to ask her parents what Mel enjoyed the most since the age of six, they would undoubtedly say “Reading!” She would take fifteen books on a three-week beach holiday, and then read all her mom’s books once she’d devoured her own midway through week two.


Back home in her mom’s attic there’s a box full of journals with stories Mel wrote when she was in her early teens. None of the stories are finished, or any good. She has told herself bedtime stories as far back as she can remember.


In her day job, Mel works for an NGO as operations manager. No other city is quite like London, and Mel loves her city. The hustle and bustle still amaze and thrill her even after all these years. When not reading, writing or going to the theater, Mel spends her time with her long-time boyfriend, discussing science or poking fun at each other.




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Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Tops Down Bottoms Up by Jay Northcote - Review Tour




Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Length: 23,000 words approx 


Blurb

Will Rowan’s festival fling with sexy dancer Seth lead to something more permanent?


Rowan is stuck at a folk festival helping out a mate, and it really isn’t his scene. The yoga and singing workshops are bad enough, but morris dancing is the final straw. Bearded men with beer guts prancing around wearing bells—who wants to watch that?


All Rowan’s preconceptions are shattered when he meets Seth—a morris dancer, and the stuff Rowan’s fantasies are made of. Seth persuades Rowan to come to a dancing workshop, and Rowan’s willing to do whatever it takes to get to know Seth better. The attraction is mutual, and a lesson filled with innuendo and flirting leads to an incredible night together.


When Rowan arrives home, he’s gutted to find that Seth has given him the wrong phone number. Assuming Seth did it on purpose, Rowan resolves to forget about him. But fate—and friends—conspire to get them back together. Will they manage to stay in step this time around?


A much shorter version of this story was originally published in the Not Quite Shakespeare Anthology by Dreamspinner Press. This version has been revised and extended. Almost half of it is new content.



August 16 - Gay Book Reviews, The Way She Reads, Mikku-chan, Au Boudoir Ecarlate
August 18 - The Day Before You Came
August 21 - Millsy Loves Books
August 23 - Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words, MM Good Book Reviews
August 25 - Sarandipity Book Reviews, Wicked Faerie's Tales & Reviews
August 28 - Bayou Book Junkie, Jessie G Books
August 30 - My Fiction Nook, Xtreme Delusions
September 4 - Diverse Reader, Making It Happen, Book Lovers 4Ever
September 6 - Padme's Library, Wicked Reads

Review


This was my second encounter with Rowan and Seth. The first time I met these two men it was in a shorter version of this story in an anthology called ‘Not Quite Shakespeare’. My (very short) review of it at the time said:

Morris dancing might not be the first thing to spring to mind when it comes to romance but boy did it work.

And to be honest, that review still stands. Tops Down Bottoms Up is still a sweet, funny, charming, easy to read and very enjoyable story.

Rowan’s cynicism about all things folk and especially morris dancing, had me grinning from the very start and of course his attitude only served to make his slow but inescapable conversion all the more delicious. If I had to come up with an alternative title for this story it would be ‘The Things We Do For Love’ (or in Ronan’s case ‘For Attraction’). Because it is of course only his instant attraction to the gorgeous Seth which makes him show up for a morris dancing workshop.

And that’s when the real comedy starts. I have to admit I knew nothing about morris dancing before reading this story and that I had absolutely no idea there were so many opportunities for double entendres and innuendo. For starters there’s the fact that the title of this story is actually a term used in morris dancing, and then there’s everything these dancers get up to with their sticks. J

And, talking about sticks, Ronan and Seth are very sexy together. But then again, hot and well written sex scenes are something I expect when I pick up a story by Jay Northcote. Just as this story proved once again that Jay has a special talent when it comes to writing delightful stories which flow smoothly and characters who will charm their way into your heart. 

There’s a little bit of angst in the story, but overall it’s a lighthearted, laugh-out-loud funny, sexy and charming tale about two men falling hard.



Author Bio

Jay lives just outside Bristol in the West of England. He comes from a family of writers, but always used to believe that the gene for fiction writing had passed him by. He spent years only ever writing emails, articles, or website content.


One day, Jay decided to try and write a short story—just to see if he could—and found it rather addictive. He hasn’t stopped writing since.


Jay writes contemporary romance about men who fall in love with other men. He has five books published by Dreamspinner Press, and also self-publishes under the imprint Jaybird Press. Many of his books are now available as audiobooks.

Jay is transgender and was formerly known as she/her.





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