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TITLE: For Better or For Worse
AUTHOR: Emery C. Walters
ISBN: 9781634864626
GENRE: Gay / Transgender Romance
LENGTH: 12,532 words
PRICE: $2.99

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It was just going to be a simple Spanish fabada bean and chorizo soup from his grandmother’s favorite recipe. Jake hoped for a nice meal and a better time with his widower father. His dad didn’t seem homophobic, but he just didn’t get that Jake was gay. A quiet dinner might clear the air.

But the trip to the supermarket was a disaster involving a bear and some sausage. Then his dad showed up accompanied by a health aide who isn’t quite what she seems. And the bear shows up, too.

Stress and rum piles up. Will Jake’s father get a new grandson? Does Jake have a bear in the kitchen and in the bedroom, too? Is this meal one big happy family gathering, or an even bigger disaster?



TITLE: General
AUTHOR: T.A. Creech
ISBN: 9781634864619
GENRE: Gay Fantasy Erotic Romance
LENGTH: 34,557 words
PRICE: $3.99

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Sequel to Herald

Adam Thomas has always known the angels invading his home were going to liven up his life in all sorts of ways. But none of them are quite like the archangel who’s been comatose in Adam’s bed for months. It almost feels as if Adam is losing his mind, pining for Michael. Then Michael wakes up, and all hell breaks loose.

The moment Michael opens his eyes, restored and ready to fight, he sees Adam for the first time. The human cared for him, and Michael knows without a doubt that Adam is his.

It turns out to be surprisingly easy to convince Adam of this fact, and Michael is absolutely enamored with his human.

But when a threat comes into Michael’s new home, what lengths will he have to go to in an effort to keep his mate safe?



TITLE: Purple Daze
AUTHOR: J.D. Walker
ISBN: 9781634864602
GENRE: Gay Interracial Erotic Romance
LENGTH: 12,359 words
PRICE: $2.99

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When Gabriel “Gabe” St. James leaves the city behind and moves to a small town with his dad, the first person he meets is Lucifer Beelzebub “Beebub” Beaumont, who becomes his best friend. Now Beebub is quite the character, loves anything purple, and is larger than life in every way. Gabe simply tries to keep up, dreading the day his partner in crime and secret love will grow up and leave him behind, breaking his heart.

It’s many years before Beebub returns home, with scars both physical and mental. But he’s still the overly confident, arrogant person he’s always been, and expects Gabe to fall at his feet and declare undying love.

Just the opposite happens, however.

Both men must start over and learn who they are after all this time, and how to trust each other again. Will it be worth the trouble in the end?



TITLE: Sorcerer’s Lover 2
AUTHOR: Shawn Lane
ISBN: 9781634864398
GENRE: Gay Fantasy Erotic Romance
LENGTH: 11,132 words
PRICE: $1.99

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Sequel to Sorcerer’s Lover

Sorcerer Warin and illegitimate prince Benedict were torn apart just as they were on the verge of a new life together. Imprisoned for his own good by his half-brother and heir-to-the-throne, Benedict dreams of being reunited with Warin.

The lovers subsist on a handful of stolen encounters even as Warin plans to free Benedict. As the king lies near death, a rebellion against the heir is plotted.

But when the chance to escape during an attack on the castle presents itself, Benedict and Warin stay behind to fight. Will they be forced to sacrifice their chance for love and happiness for honor?

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Check out Renewal-A Queer Sci-Fi Anthology!

QSF Renewal-Print

QSF has a new book out, the latest in our series of flash fiction anthologies:

Re.new.al (noun)

1) Resuming an activity after an interruption, or
2) Extending a contract, subscription or license, or
3) Replacing or repairing something that is worn out, run-down, or broken, or
4) Rebirth after death.

Four definitions to spark inspiration, a limitless number of stories to be conceived. Only 110 made the cut.

Thrilling to hopeful, Renewal features 300-word speculative fiction ficlets about sexual and gender minorities to entice readers.

Welcome to Renewal.

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Excerpt

Because these stories are only 300 words each, we’re not supplying long excerpts, but here are the first lines of several of the stories. Enjoy!

“Griselda pulled the weeds from between the rows of Valerianella locusta plants in the garden, careful not to disturb the buds that would grow into the babies that were her only real income-producing crop.” —The Witches’ Garden, by Rie Sheridan Rose

“I didn’t know how truly the world was in trouble until I went journeying to look for Anisette’s bluebonnets.” —Bluebonnets, by Emily Horner

“The ship’s drive malfunctioned at the worst possible time.” —The Return, by Andrea Speed

“Before we continue, there’s a rather macabre fact about me I should share.” —Rejuvenation, by Christine Wright

“When I died they buried me at the bottom of the garden and returned to the fields.” —Below the Hill, by Matthew Bright

“The world is ending and I can’t look away from your eyes.” —Sunrise, by Brigitte Winter

““Losing one’s superpowers to your arch nemesis sucks donkey nuts, I tell ya. And trust me when I say I suck a lot of them.” —Rainbow Powers,

Publisher: Mischief Corner Books
Author: Various – see Authors section below
Cover Artist: Gus Li
Length: 196 pages
Format: eBook, Paperback
Release Date: 9/13/17
Pairing: Various – covers many pairings and identities
Price: 4.99, 16.99 paperback (b/w illus); 28.99 (color illus – avail 9/16)
Series: SF Flash Fiction Anthologies – Book Three
Genre: Sci Fi, Paranormal, Fantasy, Horror, Romance, Mainstream

Blurb:

Re.new.al (noun)

1) Resuming an activity after an interruption, or
2) Extending a contract, subscription or license, or
3) Replacing or repairing something that is worn out,
run-down, or broken, or
4) Rebirth after death.

Four definitions to spark inspiration, a limitless number of stories to be conceived. Only 110 made the cut.

Thrilling to hopeful, Renewal features 300-word speculative fiction ficlets about sexual and gender minorities to entice readers.

Welcome to Renewal.

Excerpts:

Because these stories are only 300 words each, we’re not supplying long excerpts, but here are the first lines of several of the stories. Enjoy!

“Griselda pulled the weeds from between the rows of Valerianella locusta plants in the garden, careful not to disturb the buds that would grow into the babies that were her only real income-producing crop.” —The Witches’ Garden, by Rie Sheridan Rose

“I didn’t know how truly the world was in trouble until I went journeying to look for Anisette’s bluebonnets.” —Bluebonnets, by Emily Horner

“The ship’s drive malfunctioned at the worst possible time.” —The Return, by Andrea Speed

“Before we continue, there’s a rather macabre fact about me I should share.” —Rejuvenation, by Christine Wright

“When I died they buried me at the bottom of the garden and returned to the fields.” —Below the Hill, by Matthew Bright

“The world is ending and I can’t look away from your eyes.” —Sunrise, by Brigitte Winter

““Losing one’s superpowers to your arch nemesis sucks donkey nuts, I tell ya. And trust me when I say I suck a lot of them.” —Rainbow Powers, by Dustin Karpovich

“The day I was born again was damp, rainy—a good day for rebirth, all things considered.” —The Birthing Pod, by Michelle Browne

“Intwir’s twelve eyes roved over the container, taking in the cracked outer lock and the elasticated fabric stretched tightly over its exterior.” —In a Bind, by S R Jones

“‘You’ve reached Androgyne HelpLine. Press one to start service. Press two to interrupt or cancel service. Press three—’” —Auto-Renew, by Ginger Streusel

“The doctor tells me that my wife is dying, but I already know.” —I Will Be Your Shelter, by Carey Ford Compton

“‘San Francisco was the first to go dark, followed by Los Angeles.’” —When Light Left, by Lex Chase

“My fingers lingered on the synthetic skin, trailing soft patterns across my work.” —Miss You, by Stephanie Shaffer

Buy Links Etc:

Mischief Corner Books (info only): http://www.mischiefcornerbooks.com/renewal-qsfs-fouth-annual-flash-ficiton-contest.html

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074ZPB4ZM/

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/renewal-j-scott-coatsworth/1127042522?ean=9781975654368

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/renewal-27

iBooks: Coming Soon

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36113415-renewal

Gabbi Reviews: The Sorcerer’s Lover by Shawn Lane

Title: Sorcerer’s Lover

Author: Shawn Lane

Publisher: JMS Books

Pages: 43

Characters: Warin, Benedict

POV:  3rd

Sub-Genre: Historical, Romance

Kisses: 5

Blurb:

When Warin, a sorcerer, needs a large amount of coins to rescue his sister from her abductor, he chooses to abduct someone himself. And he selects the man he has been lusting after ever since sharing a secret, sensual moment at court months earlier — Benedict, the beautiful and illegitimate son of the king.

At first, Benedict is reluctant to give into forbidden desires, but he cannot resist the enigmatic sorcerer’s pull. Yet when he surrenders to his lust, he’s also not sure whether it’s of his own free will or because of a spell Warin cast on him.

As the men grow closer, however, they realize that when the ransom is paid, Benedict must be released and Warin must flee from punishment. Will they be able to end their passionate affair and separate, or will they fight to stay together, even if it means facing the king’s wrath?

Review:

I admit that I’ve read this book before when it was first released years ago. I’ve read so many books since then, I kind of forgot about it so when I noticed it was re-released by JMS books, I knew I wanted to read it again and see if I enjoyed it as much as I once did.

For one thing, Ms. Lane does a good job writing historical romances. I quickly found myself wrapped up into her characters’ lives and enjoyed the story they had to tell. One of the tricky things about gay historical romances can be the ‘taboo’ of homosexuality back in the both recent and dark ages. Ms. Lane does an excellent job tackling this while still allowing her heroes work toward a happy ending.

Who doesn’t love reading about a sorcerer who falls in love with a young prince? I was and I still am intrigued by the interesting dynamics of this couple and truly loved the sizzling chemistry they had together. I liked reading about their forbidden love and truly rallied behind this couple as they strive to work together to rescue Warin’s sister. Though this book ends with a positive note, it is definitely open-ended and I hope that Ms. Lane writes more about Warin and Benedict in the future.

If you are in the mood for a well-written historical romance with plenty of intrigue and erotic moments between two fascinating heroes then Sorcerer’s Lover is definitely an excellent choice for you!

Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Gabbi Reviews: Hate to Love You by J.D. Walker

Title: Hate to Love You
Author: J.D. Walker
Publisher: JMS Books
Pages: 28
Characters: Sybron Adell, Rio Jachetta
POV: 1st
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
Kisses: 4

Blurb:

Sybron Adell is forty-one and comfortable with his life, mostly. He has eye candy in the luscious form of his neighbor Finn and a job that is stable. Of course, there’s always a thorn to be found, and that’s Rio Jachetta, Sybron’s boss. They’re good friends, but sometimes, Rio pushes the limits. Just for fun.

And then Rio goes too far, with a merger and lost jobs being the least of Sybron’s worries. Rio’s cavalier attitude is not appreciated by Sybron, who is adept at pouring coffee on thousand-dollar suits, when necessary.

If Rio wants to fix things, he may have to overcome his natural arrogance and think of others for a change, in order to save his friendship with Sybron. Heaven alone knows if it will work, especially if he wants more.

Review:

Hate to Love You is a short and entertaining story that quickly captured my interest from start to finish. J.D. Walker writes fast-paced and interesting short stories that I easily enjoy.

Sybron is a forty-something man whose life has been on pause for some time. Sybron has a routine he lives by and pretty much doesn’t enjoy the company of others. Because he is a tad bit grumpy most of the time, he doesn’t have many friends and his life is working full time and then going home alone.

For years, Sybron’s boss and sometimes friend, Rio, has been driving him crazy. Rio’s love ‘em and leave ‘em lifestyle and his smooth disposition keeps Sybron on edge. Rio’s constructive criticism and teasing banter he shares with Sybron keeps Sybron on his toes in more ways than one. But as Rio continues to chip away the frozen wall Sybron has around his heart and life, Sybron begins to realize that maybe there really is more to both Rio and himself than meets the eye.

Hate to Love You is a story of Sybron’s journey of self-awareness that I highly enjoyed. Though he is a likeable man, his pessimism often overtook any kind of good things or happiness he might have achieved. I liked how he became aware of some of his unhappy faults as he began to work at making his life a more optimistic one to have. He and Rio will be a good match and though this was a satisfying short read, I hated to see it come to an end.

Recommended.

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Anne Reviews: Five Minutes Longer by Victoria Sue

TITLE: Five Minutes Longer
Author: Victoria Sue
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 205
Characters: Talon Valdez/Finn Mayer
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Series, Romantic Suspense, Paranormal
Kisses: 5

Blurb:

Talon Valdez knew when he transformed into an enhanced human, his life and his dreams were finished. Reviled, mistrusted, and often locked away, the enhanced were viewed as monsters, despised by the public, and never trusted to serve in the military or any law enforcement agency.

Years later he gets a chance to set up a task force of enhanced to serve in the FBI, but with one proviso: each enhanced must partner with a regular human.

Finn Mayer dreamed of joining the FBI from the time he was fourteen and made every possible sacrifice to make it happen, including living with his selfish mother and bullying, homophobic brother and never having a boyfriend. But his undiagnosed dyslexia stopped his aspirations dead in their tracks. His last chance is to partner with Talon, an enhanced with deadly abilities who doesn’t trust regular humans with their secrets and wants Finn to fail.

Four weeks to prove himself to the team. Four weeks for the team to prove itself to the public. And when another group threatens their success—and their lives—four weeks for them to survive.

Review:

I got hooked by this story from the very first page.  What often makes or breaks a story for me is its characters, and I loved the contrast between Finn and Talon.  While Talon has powers, Finn has had to find a way to work around his dyslexia, and hold onto his dreams despite the shitty hand life has dealt him.  While his brother did come across as a little stereotypical at first, sadly it reflects life and some of the people who populate it a bit too well.  There’s another character I’m keeping my eye on who I suspect is not the nice guy he portrays himself to be, but time will tell.

The world building in this story is interesting, especially with the way it could be present day, but for the twist of the enhanced gene that becomes active in some at puberty. I thought the fact that 50% of humans distrust those who are enhanced was very realistic.  Some might argue that parents wouldn’t turn their back on their own children, but sadly this has been shown to be true as well.

The story itself kept me reading way too late several nights in a row for just one more chapter… It’s gripping, and I thought the action scenes were well written, and edge-of-the seat.

I was really happy to learn that this is the first in the series, and I already have book two loaded on my tablet as part of my TBR list.  Although the ending of this one is satisfactory for now, I figured Finn and Talon’s story wasn’t over, and I’m hoping the other team members of HERO (Human Enhanced Rescue Organisation) will get their own stories, as it’s obvious they have them to tell.

When I read a review copy, I usually take a lot of notes about what happens—and my reaction—for said review, but with this story I got so caught up with the characters and everything happening that there’s very little written down.  It’s the reason it has queue jumped my review pile ahead of books I’ve read and still need to write reviews for!

I’d recommend Five Minutes Longer to readers who enjoy reading romances with suspense,  interesting world building, and characters who stay with you long after you close the book.

Reviewed By: Anne

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Kimberly Reviews: Tufted and Tatted by Jacques N. Hoff


Title: Tufted & Tatted
Author: Jacques N. Hoff
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 82
Characters: Atticus, Scott, Irwin, and Mickey
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Humor, Shapeshifters
Kisses: 2.5

Blurb:

Freed from the Australian zoo where he was the subject of forced breeding experiments, Atticus makes his way to the tufted puffin grounds in California, only to find he may not be free after all. Atty is a loner, but he doesn’t want to fight the pull of a flighty surfer who gives his inked skin a pleasant, uncontrollable itch.

Scott has the sun on his face, the waves beneath him, and gratitude for every second of life he gets to embrace. Then Atty appears, and it’s like the universe has tuned his meditation bell to the perfect frequency.

The Tiki Pro surfing competition in Florida is calling to Scott, and Atty agrees to make sure Scott gets there safely. A cross-country road trip in the Hunny Wagon seems like a perfect way to live in the present and get tantric all at the same time.

But they aren’t making this trek alone.

Review:

Tufted & Tatted
centers around tufted puffin shifter Atticus and his rather sudden mating attachment to a flighty surfer named Scott. Atticus was not looking for love or mates or anything of the sort when he was freed from his zoo enclosure. After all, he saw what his friend Irwin and his French booby mate Mickey were like, all committed to each other and willing to go to the ends of the earth with each other. Atticus was not looking for any of those hang-ups. But love does not abide by anyone’s timeline, and soon Atticus is bonded with a surfer dude who appears to have a few gaps in his memory and his awareness.

What commences is a cross-country trip, where Atticus tags along with Scott on the way to a Florida surfing competition. But what could have been a meaningful storyline where the two get to know each other and reveal a bit more about their bond gets a bit short-changed by the light plot. Tufted & Tatted is the fourth book in the Peckers series. Having never read the three prior books, I came into this a bit lost and all my questions were never really answered. Perhaps the Shifter origins were explained in an earlier book, but coming in as a new reader I did not get that information. Nor did I get clarity on Scott’s car accident, which gave him the blackouts and amnesia in the first place. Was it truly an accident or was it insurance fraud, which was the implication that continued throughout much of the book. I felt like I was just dropped into the middle of events and then pulled out again, and that made my enjoyment of the book decrease. So, too, did the flipping points-of-view, but that’s just a personal preference, and I could have overlooked it if the switches came with answers to the lingering mysteries of the backstory.

Coming out of this book, I was intrigued enough by the concept of the universe to want to know more. Which means I’ll likely go back to the beginning and ready all the books in order, in hopes that my questions are answered along the way. And that’s the advice I’d give other readers who are new to the series. Don’t jump in at the end, else you might find yourself lost and wondering too much to enjoy the developing story of newly-bonded mates Atticus and Scott.

If you’d like to read the entire Peckers series, the books in order are:
• Jay Walking
• Cockstrut
• Masked Booby
• Tufted & Tatted

Reviewed By: Kimberly

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