Got the Tuesday blues? Perk up your day with a New Release from JMS Books!


TITLE: Murder on Rainbow Lane
AUTHOR: Edward Kendrick
ISBN: 9781634861120
GENRE: Gay Thriller Romance
LENGTH: 28,467 words
PRICE: $3.99

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My name is Adam Moore, and I am not a happy camper at the moment. Someone is killing the residents on Rainbow Lane cul-de-sac. If that wasn’t bad enough, they’re trying to frame me for the murders.

My only hope of proving my innocence? Detective Steve Jarrett … if I can convince him I’m not the man he’s looking for. Although he may be the man I’ve been looking for all my life.


TITLE: Paint It, Black
AUTHOR: J.D. Walker
ISBN: 9781634861151
GENRE: Gay Erotic Romance
LENGTH: 13,244 words
PRICE: $2.99

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Engelbert Trentworthy — dear God, call him Trent — is a bit of a slut. Most people don’t take him seriously, and really, neither does he. Trent keeps things simple and doesn’t allow others to get close for reasons he never shares with anyone. Then he meets photographer Elias Lane at the customer service desk where he works.

Elias is captivated by Trent’s appearance and asks him to be part of a photo shoot. Unfortunately, Trent’s image ends up in a shop window near his job and causes all kinds of havoc. To make it up to him, Elias buys Trent dinner. But when Elias tries to push for more, Trent backs away.

Somehow, between the coworker who’s harassing Trent for sex and the specter of Trent’s black past, Elias is determined to get Trent to give him a chance, in every possible way.


TITLE: Shift
AUTHOR: Nickie Jamison
ISBN: 9781634861007
GENRE: Gay Interracial Erotic Romance
LENGTH: 7,562 words
PRICE: $1.99

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Raleigh lives a quiet life, working his steady job as a mechanic at Baker’s Towing & Repair in a small back-woods Southern town, never imagining that there could be more. Then he meets his boss’s nephew, Harry Dawson — the straight-talking, no bullshit, sexy surfer-boy who’s come to work a summer job before returning to college in the fall.

Dawson encourages Raleigh to pursue his lifelong passion for designing cars, but Raleigh has his reservations. Will love be enough to push Raleigh out of his comfort zone and give him the courage to turn his dreams into a reality?

Gabbi Reviews: Chevalier by Mary Calmes


Title: Chevalier
Author: Mary Calmes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 118
Characters: Mason James, Luc
POV: 1st
Sub-Genre: Paranormal, Shapeshifter, Series, Romance
Kisses: 5

Blurb:

Sequel to Romanus

Fireman Mason James thought finding out he is a Romanus—a rare class of gargoyle—would be the surprise of a lifetime, but he’s proven wrong when he discovers he is the son of a comte and goji nobility. But his newly discovered family doesn’t think his gargoyle lover, Luc, is good enough for a goji of Mason’s stature—how could a warrior ever be? But despite the Moreaus’ uncertainty and elitism, they are Mason’s only chance to unravel the mystery behind his mother’s death, find a solution for the class divide that might separate him from Luc, and discover what it truly means to be a Romanus.

Review:

To say that I am a fan of Mary Calmes is pretty much an understatement. I read just about everything she has published and I’m always anxious for more. When I read Romanus, I truly hoped she would write more about these characters, so I was thrilled to see that she did continue Mason and Luc’s story.

Let me say that if you haven’t read the first book in this series, you definitely need too. Romanus is a book about the beginning of Luc and Mason’s relationship and how much Mason’s life changes after being a good-Samaritan to an elderly man in need. I do think it is necessary to read the first book to truly understand the dynamics between Mason and Luc as well as the beginning of Mason’s new life and existence.

As much as I enjoyed the first book, I have to say I loved this one even more. Not only is there the amazing chemistry between Luc and Mason we finally begin to understand Mason’s roots and they mystery behind him being a “Romanus“. I found myself enthralled with story and quickly became wrapped up in the suspense of Mason’s life and how he was going to be able to keep Luc as his mate.

The many twists and turns in this story was not only well-thought out, it is very easy to become engrossed within the lives of these two characters. I loved the backstory and the history of Mason’s clan and was fascinated by the fresh story-line and the love Mason and Luc share between them.

Chevalier by Mary Calmes is nothing short of a wonderfully written, rich and very romantic story that is an easy book to recommend. If you haven’t experienced Mary’s gargoyles, do yourself a favor and read both books now. This series is a highly entertaining, sexy read that will leave you wanting more. I love these characters and I hope Ms. Calmes will continue to write more about them in the future.

Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Gabbi Reviews: Death or Life by TA Chase


Title: Death or Life
Author: TA Chase
Publisher: MLR Press
Pages:
Characters: Noah Wiltson, Cain Packert
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary, Suspense
Kisses: 4.5

Blurb:

Imagine Noah Wiltson’s surprise when a hired killer gives him the means to live his life without doubt or fear.

Noah Wiltson wants nothing more than to be left alone. His father’s candidacy for President forces him to have secrets. Imagine his surprise when a hired killer gives him the means to live his life without doubt or fear.

The killer knows this hit is going to be his last. Whether he chooses to walk away or whether they kill him. He’s never been a team player, so he ends the game on his terms.

A few months later, Noah meets Cain Packert, a man who intrigues and excites him. Only one of them knows the truth. Can they find love amid secrets and threats?

Review:

Death or Life by TA Chase is a nail biting, suspenseful novel that kept this reader on the edge of her seat. Wow! Just when I thought things were going to go a certain way, Ms. Chase threw in a curve ball or three and before I knew it everything I thought was going to happen didn’t!

Death or Life starts off with a bang and ends with one.

When we meet Noah, he’s being confronted by a man sent to assassinate him. To his surprise, and to my own, the contract killer gives him a few words of warning and lets him go. What follows next is a series of twists and turns that will satisfy any reader who loves a lot of mystery with their romance.

Noah is a very likeable man. Basically, he’s a genuinely nice guy caught up into a deadly deceit and lies of someone who should have been looking out for him, instead of wanting to kill him. Luckily, Noah does have a small circle of people he can trust and rely on. This is good, because Noah has a good heart and often looks out for others, even when his own life is in danger.

When he meets Cain, Noah is immediately drawn to the mysterious man. I liked the sizzling chemistry between them and the ongoing saga of who Cain really was *I truly thought he was someone else for a while…boy was I wrong* and the secret of his past that continues to haunt him. Cain is one of those men who does what he feels is right, even if it isn’t always the noblest of choices to make. I liked Cain and found him to be a strong character and very well matched for Noah.

The characters that really did steal the book for me were the two main secondary characters. I can’t say their names, or I’ll spoil it, but I totally fell in love with them and was bewitched by their relationship. I couldn’t help but hope there was going to be more about them than there were. In some ways I thought this couple stole the spotlight from Cain and Noah. Though I really liked the main heroes, in the end it was the secondary couple who truly stole my heart.

Death or Life by TA Chase is a novel not to be missed. I truly hope Ms. Chase will one day write more about the secondary heroes. Along with Cain and Noah, I adored them and would love to read more about them in the future.

Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Patrick St. John Reviews: Timing by Ashley John


Title: Timing
Author: Ashley John
Publisher: Self-Published
Pages: 336
Characters: Tom Pond, Cole Davison, Auntie Belinda, Ricky, AKA Miss Kitty Litter
Sub-Genre: Gay Fiction
Kisses: 4

Blurb:

Tom doesn’t have time for a relationship – not now that his
fingers are practically touching the promotion he’s spent years
chasing. His weekdays are consumed by desperately fighting for
his editor’s attention and his weekends are wasted alone with
meals for one and his cat for company.

All Cole has ever wanted is to work on the farm he was raised on,
but money is tighter than ever and he is forced to get a job in a
bar to keep a roof over him and his auntie’s heads. Time is
running out for the farm but he spends his days dreaming about a
future he thinks he’ll never have.

After an unexpected collision at the village train station, their lives
suddenly become connected when Cole clumsily spills his coffee
on Tom and it sets into motion something greater. Tom is wary
of listening to his heart and Cole is distracted by the threat of
losing everything. Each possesses something the other
desperately needs, but can they ignore bad timing to listen to their
hearts?

Review:

All in all, this is a very nice love story. In many ways, it also reflects the vagaries of life and how one or more of the characters handle the changing situation. Tom and Cole are attracted to each other from the first, and a slow dance ensues until romance begins to bloom.

At stake is not only the happiness of two people who deserve it, but the future of an old family farm and Cole’s family continues to own. Just as it appears that they will lose the farm, someone comes up with an idea, and things begin to change. But evil lurks in the hearts of some men and Cole goes to war with that evil. Does he win? Do Cole and Tom actually become a couple after a huge disaster befalls the beautiful pair who are supposed to be in love? You’ll have to get the book to find out. I would have given this story 5 kisses except that it is a tad slow in parts, but nonetheless, a good story.

Recommended!

Reviewed by: Patrick St. James

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Gabbi Reviews: To Steal His Heart by Alec Nortan

Title: To Steal His Heart
Author: Alec Nortan
Publisher: Nine Star Press
Pages:
Characters: Matt Glenn, Jordan Cobbers
POV: 1st
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
Kisses: 2

Blurb:

The best way to catch a thief is to act like one—or at least that’s how Matt Glenn operates. He’ll protect your valuables, but the one thing he can’t protect is his own heart. His life is looking up when he meets hot client Ben on his latest assignment. But when Matt comes back into contact with police lieutenant Jordan Cobbers, the man who could have been the love of his life, things get complicated. As the danger rises and lives are placed at risk, will Matt survive?

Review:

I hate writing reviews on books that I, for some reason or the other, do not care for. When I read a book, I expect to like the characters, enjoy the chemistry and emotional connection they have together and read a story-line that I like. Whether it’s a mystery, sweet romance, paranormal or filled with angst, I look forward to enjoying the ride the author takes me on.

Unfortunately, I struggled reading through this book.

I honestly did not like the main character Matt very much. Although I though his profession was interesting, I thought his wishy-washy feelings toward Jordan and even Ben bothered me. I wish I could get into it more, but I don’t want to spoil it for those of you who haven’t read it, so I’ll thread lightly. I just didn’t connect with him as a reader.

Jordan has been in love with Matt for some time. I thought he could do better than Matt. I didn’t like the way Matt treated him at times and I didn’t understand why Jordan didn’t tell Matt to bug off and mean it. I thought the chemistry they had together wasn’t natural, more stilted. They just didn’t mesh well with me. I’m sorry. I’m sure other readers will feel differently than I do, but I just did not connect with either hero.

I thought the ongoing plot was interesting, but it could have been more developed. Maybe if the book had been in 3rd person instead of 1st person, I would have liked it better? I just don’t know. Maybe if I saw Matt through Jordan’s eyes I would have liked him. Maybe, maybe not.

But… in saying all this I do want to end this review on a positive note. I think the author has a creative imagination and I will give him another shot. I truly think he deserves it.

To Steal His Heart wasn’t my cup of tea, but it just might be yours. I’m sure there will be people who will love Matt and Jordan and really love the story Matt had to tell.

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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LOVE CONQUERS ALL … Check out this very special submission call from Torquere Press

From diagnosis to ringing the bell, cancer is a bitch. Torquere is looking for fully realized 3,000-10,000 word cancer themed stories with a HEA ending for an anthology titled “Love Conquers All.” Proceeds will benefit DJ Manly in her battle with this horrible disease.

Please send your submissions to submissions@torquerepress.com with “Love Conquers All” and your story title in the subject field. Please see our general submissions guidelines for formatting etc. Deadline for submission is August 15, 2016; all submissions will be held and reviewed after the deadline.

If the completed anthology reaches a minimum word count of 60K, the book may go to print. Terms of contract will be electronic and print rights for three years, as well as an electronic and print copy of the book. Print rights are reserved for six months. If the print rights are not optioned, all print rights revert to the author.

We’ll also be releasing the story on its own in ebook format. Royalties for the single title electronic version will be 45% net on books sold through Torquere Books and 35% net on books sold through our distributors, again for a period of three years. Torquere Press will be donating all proceeds of their royalties to DJ Manly. If you are interested in donating your author portion of royalties please let us know on your submission.