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We, at Top 2 Bottom Reviews & More, wish to extend our deepest sympathies to the families and loved ones of the people who were taken too soon. Our prayers to the survivors, to all who have been hurt by the hate of a madman.

We are a strong ally of the LGBT community and we are heartbroken over the tragedy that took place in Florida. Words can’t express our sadness. We cry for everyone who was there, for their loved ones. We fight to understand the reasoning behind this, for the senseless killing, but we don’t have the answers, nor do we get how humans can live their lives with so much hate in their hearts.

That attack hurt in so many ways. How do we even begin to wrap our heads around what has happened? It seems with each step forward, there’s five backwards.  This is why it’s so important to be there for one another. To hold and hug each other. Stand proud and strong because backing down isn’t an option. Instead we will stand beside you and shout it out, we’ll love more, hug more. We’ll all be hand in hand to show the haters that we are and will always be stronger than they will ever be. They need guns, bombs and haters on their side. All we need are one another. Lowering our standards isn’t an option, so we’ll show them just how strong we are, as a team.

The thing is, we will win every single time. We have something a lot more powerful on our side. We have each other and we have the desire to show that love will win every time. Gay, straight, bi, I don’t care what you identify as, you have allies all over the world, and we all stand proud, and we’ll be loud, and we’ll continue to live our lives unashamed of who we are. Stay strong.

I’m your ally and I am proud.

Michele and the Top 2 Bottom crew.

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Hunted by Claire Thompson – a story fans demanded yet Amazon refuses

Here’s the book Amazon refused to publish. It’s NOT MM but it IS written by Claire Thompson, a known MM author.

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HUNTED by Claire Thompson

Brand New Dark Erotic BDSM Book — Banned by Amazon

*****Your fantasies should never be censored!*****

You’ve been asking for a new dark erotic tale from Claire Thompson, and I have delivered! Hunted is my latest release – a sexy, edgy abduction tale too hot for Amazon to handle! In spite of Amazon’s refusal to distribute this hard-hitting erotic drama that takes the reader on an intense but deeply satisfying erotic journey, this book is available for sale at Romance Unbound Publishing, iTunes,  Excitica and  Smashwords for only $2.99! Hunted is a powerful tribute to the strength of the heroine, who finds romance, an HEA and vindication at the end of her erotic journey.

I know you want to support indie authors and publishers, even when our work isn’t always available at the huge, inscrutable monolith that is Amazon. Despite their Goliath-size status, they won’t stop authors from creating and offering the work our fans demand. They won’t stop you from reading what you want to read.

Please support this grassroots effort to reach readers of dark erotica who enjoy testing their erotic limits and taking a wild ride. You can get the Kindle/mobi file, as well as epub and pdf, at Romance Unbound Publishing. It only takes a few minutes to create your account. I am appealing to my readers and fellow dark erotica authors to spread the word, and share this post on all your social media! Let us all support creative effort without fear of censorship. When the box has become too confining, it’s time to leap out! Check out my latest release, too hot for Amazon, but just right for my fans!

 

Here are the buy links.

Romance Unbound http://romanceunbound.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=4&products_id=82

iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/hunted/id1111855025?ls=1&mt=11

Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/635437

Excitica http://www.excitica.com/index.php/hunted-claire-thompson.html

 

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Blurb:

“Your former life is over. Your apartment will be emptied, your car disposed of, your life erased. You are now the property of Pirate Island, to be used and enjoyed as we see fit. Your life is quite literally in our hands.”

Mara Stevens jumps at the chance for a job at a new premier resort on the North Carolina coast. All she has to do is fly out to the private island and get through one more interview. Unfortunately, what should be a shiny new career opportunity turns into a living nightmare.

Upon landing, she learns the truth. She’s been taken to serve as a plaything to the owners and their chosen guests—high-powered, dangerous men who see her as nothing more than their sexual toy to use and abuse at their whim.

With no escape possible, Mara is forced to submit to the training and discipline of a sadistic taskmaster—or suffer the consequences. Good girls are rewarded; bad girls are punished—severely. Deep into her harrowing journey of forced sexual servitude and submission, Mara becomes prey for The Hunt. Naked and alone, Mara must summon all her courage and cunning, drawing on the indomitable spirit that still secretly burns inside her.

 

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Mara dropped her hand and took a step back. “What—” she began, confusion and shock twisting in her gut.

A second man, maybe thirty-five, with thick reddish-brown hair cut a little long, fine, aquiline features and brilliantly green eyes interrupted her. “Let’s see her naked.”

“What?” Mara cried again, the word bursting from her mouth in a sharp, incredulous bark. She looked wildly between the four men, who all regarded her with nasty smiles. She took another step back and turned toward the sliding doors, a vague but urgent idea of escape forming in her mind.

Ronaldo stepped between her and the doors, blocking her way. She whirled back toward Wallace, her heart pounding so loudly she could barely hear her own voice over its beat. “I’m here for a job interview. What is this? What was that man talking about?”

Wallace continued to grin his ugly grin. As if she hadn’t spoken, Wallace turned to the third man, a younger, more muscular version of himself, with the same mop of curly hair, though without the silver, and the same close-set, shrewd gaze. “What do you think, DJ? Did your sister find us a live one?”

The younger man nodded, his small eyes narrowing. “Oh, yeah,” he said fervently. “I like Alex’s idea. Let’s see her naked.”

Mara swayed, dizzy with shock and fear. This couldn’t be happening. She had to get out of there. She had to get help. Her cell phone was in her briefcase outside in the cart. She would call 9-1-1, but how would they get to the island? She didn’t even know where she was!

Wallace gestured toward Mara with his chin. “Go ahead, boy. Let’s see the goods.”

DJ jumped eagerly to his feet. As he stood, he pulled something from his cargo shorts pocket and flicked it open with a snick and a flash of silver. Terrified, Mara took another step back, bumping against Ronaldo. Strong arms reached from behind, hard fingers digging into her shoulders.

DJ moved closer, the switchblade gleaming in his grasp. “Relax, baby,” he said, his eyes glittering with malevolent lust. He grabbed the front of her dress. “You’ll be fine as long as you stay still.” She couldn’t have moved if she’d tried, caught in Ronaldo’s firm grip. With his other hand, DJ drew the tip of the knife down the fabric, which parted with a ripping sound.

“Oh my god,” Mara whispered, breathless with shock as Ronaldo pulled the torn dress from her body. DJ slipped the cold blade between her breasts and yanked it forward so the bra, too, fell open. Mara nearly fainted as the knife slid beneath the elastic of her panties and ripped them easily from her body. She sagged against Ronaldo, too terrified to make a sound.

Wallace leered at her with a wolfish expression. “Excellent breasts. Long legs. She looks strong. She’ll give the guys a run for their money during the next hunt.”

The hand was lifted. “That’s correct. Will you try to run away again, Mara?”

“No, sir,” Mara said with conviction. I won’t try. Next time I’ll fucking succeed.

“Good girl.” He pulled her to her feet and peered into her face. “Punishment is over. Sit on the couch. Would you like some water?”

“Yes, sir,” Mara replied.

Alex walked over to a small refrigerator set below a counter and returned with a bottle of water. Mara accepted it and drank deeply, grateful for this small gift. Alex sat again beside her, speaking in a matter-of-fact tone. “I am going to conduct an assessment of your penchant for erotic pain. A certain segment of our guest population enjoys indulging in the fine art of sadomasochism. We at Pirate Island take pride in the ability of our girls to handle whippings, bondage, erotic torture, humiliation play and whatever else pleases our guests with this particular predilection. Tell me,” he continued in a conversational tone, “do you have any experience with BDSM?”

Whippings, bondage, erotic torture…

The words whirled in Mara’s mind. This couldn’t be happening. She rocked back and forth on the couch, her fingers digging into her upper arms as she stared blankly at the ground. “No,” she moaned, not in direct answer to the man’s question, but because her mind refused to give his words credence. “No, no, no, no.”

“Sir.” Alex spat the word, making Mara jump. She looked at him, confused. He rose from the couch and stared down at her. With a disgusted shake of his head, he commanded, “Stand up.”

Slowly, Mara got to her feet. “You’re still in denial,” he said. “You need a dose of reality.” He gripped her arm and pulled her toward a door set into the side wall. “Let’s go into the playroom.” Opening the door, he pushed her through. Stepping in behind her, he flicked on the lights.

Mara stared, open-mouthed, as she took in the equipment scattered through the room. A gynecological table had been placed in the center, chains and leather straps hanging from large eyebolts along both sides. A large wooden structure in the shape of an X stood against one wall, cuffs hanging at the four corners, a leather strap at the center. On the wall Just behind the cross hung a series of whips of varying sizes and shapes, as well as several riding crops and canes. There was a chair that resembled an old-fashioned barber chair, again with straps and chains attached strategically on the arms and legs. Another chair had a large hole in the seat, a porcelain bowl set on the ground beneath it. A large dog cage sat in the corner of the room, a thin blanket on the floor of the cage. The only piece in the room not designed to terrorize was a loveseat set against the wall opposite the X cross.

“Please,” Mara blurted involuntarily, trying to pull away from her captor, “don’t make me go in here.”

“It’s for your own good,” Alex purred, his voice deeper since they’d entered what could only be called a torture chamber. He pushed her forward into the room. “Bad girls like you, disobedient, willful girls, can only become good, proper submissives through extensive training. What kind of trainer would I be if I just threw you to the wolves, as it were—if I let those guests have their way with you without first preparing you, teaching you?”

Mara’s knees buckled and she sank to the ground. “Please,” she cried. “I’m so afraid. I can’t do this. I just can’t.”

Alex lifted her, forcing her back to her feet. “Calm yourself,” he said gently, wiping the tears from her cheeks. “Your reaction is natural, but the sooner you accept your situation, the better off you’ll be.”

 

 

I don’t know about you but this one here sounds yummy~ Step out of the box and give it a shot…you never know…

Out of the box

 

Amazon is at it again! The we sell everything, anytime; everywhere giant of the world has decided to ban more books. –shaking head- They go out of their way to be sure that the items they allow listed or list themselves follow their policies. I think.

Sex sells. That’s a given and it has since the beginning of time, so why can’t we write it and sell it without being hassled. OH! It’s because we take it a step further. We add elements that burn virgin eyes and blow virgin minds up. The thrill of a great BDSM with added non-con, is a hard one to sell in this day and age. YET…a shitty told one with dead characters took the reading world by storm and Amazon hopped on that bandwagon. Go figure. We add plot, we flesh the characters, we have the HEA ending and nothing is left unanswered. YET…

I can probably go on for days about that but I’m a writer and a reader first, so I’ll focus on that area. Amazon is playing big daddy by not allowing certain taboo FICTION stories to be uploaded onto their site to be sold to the reading audiences. Fine. It’s their site, it’s their call. Their rules and not much we can do about it. Sure, we can gather together, get a petition going, share it on all media sites and keep telling your followers to sign it and share it and some will. Most won’t. It’s reality. It really is like fighting a losing battle but one worth fighting.

We have the freedom of speech on our side. As a general public that is. According to the constitution anyway. BUT, apparently, when it comes to FICTION stories, we are shut down even before the public is even aware of what’s going on. IF Amazon says no to a story chances are, that story, even if it’s available elsewhere, won’t be seen. It’s the truth and again, that’s Amazon’s fault…or ours? We did make that site what it is today. So, in short, Amazon is taking our freedom to speak, (in books that is.) Away from us once more.

Now, let me make one thing clear. I understand their reasons. I do. Because let me tell you. I have seen some of the things that wannabe writers try to and have successfully published there. Some sick minded people in the world, that’s for sure. They wrote/ write about really twisted shit that will mess with one’s mind for days, weeks, maybe years. I won’t even get into the poor editing (it’s actually non-existent.) The missing plots, the one dimensional characters with sick twisted ideas, the missing settings, and the holes in the plot, and I can go on and on here, but I won’t. You get the idea.

However, on the flip side of that are the successful writers who have many followers due to the many amazing stories they create, the ones which are edited with well thought out characters who are very dimensional, where the settings drag you in and make you a part of the story even if you’re just watching from the sidelines, that writer has talent. Their talent outshines the twisty wicked ones who did manage to screw things up for them on sites like Amazon.

They, the twisted ones, focus on rape, murder, gore, blood, more rape, rage, madness, and on and on. Without a plot at that. So, we had innocent readers who like to explore outside of the box and read something a bit more daring. They ended up with a twisted story and went ape shit on Amazon. Who was at fault? The writer was to start with. Then Amazon for allowing it to be published before they realized what was happening. I mean, I’m a self published author. I love control over my stories so that’s why I do it my way…I don’t do it because I’m trying to hide things that a publisher won’t publish had I selected that option. . I have nothing to hide. But, those other sick so-called writers did and they messed things up for people who write on the edge, out of the comfy box and for ones who like to read those type of stories. I’m also a responsible writer. I warn the reader beforehand so they aren’t surprised. Twisty idiots didn’t.

 

A friend of mine, Claire Thompson has been fighting with Amazon on and off for years over her stories. They get a kick out of banning her stories and have done so once again. Claire is one hell of a talented artist and I admire her in many ways. She dabbles in MM and FM fiction that is BDSM…Not that fifty shades of shit business either. It’s REAL BDSM. She knows it, she lives it, she is it. She also loves to write out of that safe box and her fans actually beg her for more. BEG for more edgy reading material! AKA: Taboo erotica. She adds non-con for her readers…not in a sick twisted way either. She does it with class. She has her Dom’s and her subs down to a T. She knows how to get inside their heads, inside our heads and feed us our inner most fantasies. NOT all of you of course. I know we all have different interests and that’s what makes us all amazing. But to be slapped across one’s face for daring to write what many want to read, is an insult.

It’s not right to Claire, it’s not right to her readers. Amazon really takes things one step too far, all the time. I wrote this because there are other ways to buy what you want to read. You can look on the author’s websites, their media pages, and they’ll guide you. They write for them and for you, please find them and support them away from the giant of Amazon. If they don’t wanna, they don’t haveta, but we want, and we should have.

Here’s a (tiny) list of publishers who do publish edgier stories. Not the fluffy ones we have too much of…IMO…I don’t do fluff, and that’s not a secret or anything new. I do like the edgy darker stuff and that’s where I’ll spend my money…not on Amazon. I don’t even have a Kindle! I refuse to follow the masses in that way. I own an E-reader but one that allows me to load what I want. I guess we’ll go ahead and call it… Safe Taboo Fiction. That would be a great publisher name! Safe as in NO incest, no sex with minors…NO sick twisty shit either.

 

Romance Unbound Claire Thompson actually IS her own publisher. She has an amazing editor and cover artist as well. Here’s her site. Buy there and she gets to keep her royalties. A note from Claire. Romance Unbound Publishing is a part of a groundswell of authors who are taking a more active role in the creative and financial direction of their writing careers. After publishing over forty novels in both print and ebook, I decided it was time to take control of my own destiny. With the help of dedicated beta readers, freelance editors, my cover artist and webmistress, I have achieved more success and creative freedom than I ever dreamed of! Please stop by my publishing site and check it out! Love, Claire

Forbidden Fiction– this is actually my favorite site. I read a lot of stories published by them.

Fantastic Fiction– is the mama bear to Forbidden.

Blushing Books– New site to me but they do publish the naughty and ARE on Amazon! They pay well too…looks like they have really great stories. I pointed you to the GLBT section.

A1adult-Looks naughty! I’ve never seen it but they do publish the taboo erotica stories.

Smashwords– It’s a fight of the fittest there but they’ll let you publish.

I wish I had the time to scour the internet for more but I don’t. If you know of any, please feel free to contact us and we’ll add a list to our classified page.

If you yearn for more, let the writers know so they can keep going knowing they have your support. And if you look, they don’t charge a bundle for a book.

 

P.S.- When I say Taboo I don’t mean incest on any level or sex that involves minors in any way…I have limits. Those are mine.

Roxy Reviews: Lynn Kelling’s Arctic Absolution

darker/edgier psychological romances

Dixon Rowe is a good man and a good cop who keeps finding himself in bed with the enemy. After he picks up a young ex-con named Jaye Larson for stealing food, Dixon is seduced by the possibility of helping someone truly in need. He tells himself he’s assisting young Jaye out of the goodness of his heart—not because of how sexy Jaye is under all of the tattoos and defiance. But temptation entangles them as the malicious ghosts of Jaye’s past returns to haunt their every step. Jaye’s ghosts are bad enough, but the demon from Dixon’s past is real enough to put both of their lives in danger.

Author: Lynn Kelling

Publisher: Fantastic Fiction

Buy Link: HERE

 

 

 

 

Roxy’s Thoughts

If I had to go the traditional route and use the kiss or star system, as so many do, then I’d give this one a solid nine!  Talk about an author, that’s right, I said, author, because this lady, Lynn Kelling did indeed earn the right to be considered an author and not just any writer who thinks that writing a story and adding sex scenes on every other page makes their work worthy of anything above a three from me, is asking a lot, or would that be thinking a lot? Whichever. Lynn Kelling and her publisher have earned the title of Must Have’s by Roxy.

Lynn broke so many of the MM readers “safe rules,” and I can’t be happier. She has two incredibly flawed characters who have faced many difficult challenges in their lives, even when they find one another. You know what I mean? Many a writer have a flawed character until they meet their forever love and suddenly they become strong and happy, end of story. Well, NOT with Ms. Kelling and her characters. These guys have to work for their HEA and they work hard, very hard and that is what makes this story stick out in good ways.

Rules broken you ask? Well, here’s a bit for you:

Rape! OH NO SAY IT ISN’T SO! (Hide your eyes! It’s written and it’s part of the plot and it’s explained via the characters memories and how he felt, they felt, as both of these men were raped by other men and they are NOT afraid to admit it and they aren’t hiding it, and the author has them bring it up and has them work it out as a team, so on and so forth. I get that rape is a yucky topic and no one wants this, not even in play, it’s disgusting and belittling, it’s illegal, it’s wrong, it’s taxing, it’s all of it. And many readers can’t read it, can’t think it, can’t abide it, and won’t have it in their stories-and I respect that to the nth level but…yes, I said BUT- there are many readers who do not mind reading about it IF it has something to do with the characters personalities and why they are the way they are and how they fix who they are and move forward from that is what matters. That’s what makes a story or breaks it. I mean it’s not like the author has a character running amok and raping others and gets clean away with it and it’s not approached or acted upon even unto the ending of the uh…story? Then that’s where I’ll have issues with the writer and the publisher but fact is, this story had to have what it has in there to show the scars the men have, and how they, through mental strength and their love of one another, overcame their plights.

Murder? Oh yes, funny that murder doesn’t bother us as much in a story as rape does. I guess because rape takes our rights away as individuals…but gotta remember this is a FICTION story and though it may have happened in real life, it didn’t happen to the real guys, because umm..they’re characters. To the real people who this has happened to, I hope that they are okay and are finding a way to move on and a way to face their demons, just like the author has her characters do. Such as murder. Not to say one should go and murder the rapist but I’ll just cover my eyes, OK? Rape is nothing to laugh at and I’m not doing that, but killing of another person is really bad as well. BAD! Shameful and oh so never coming back from that, or rape come to think of it but snuffing out the life of another human is hell wrong. On many levels.

Well, let’s just move on okay? We have these two very lifelike men who have had intense situations thrown at them in their lives and how they met, and what happened. It’s not a fluffy fufu romance this! No way. It’s hardcore and right up my alley. I mean, a young man who looks like a kid still is stuck in prison for killing a prick who tried to gut him, literally, is living on his own in the wilds of Alaska without a penny to his name and newly out of prison, and then we have the other who is a policeman and also has devils of his own to conquer, who meet one cold night when the younger man tries to steal staples: as in bread, canned food, things to eat..and he didn’t even hold anyone up with a gun. He was starving and needed food and since he didn’t have a job, or money, and newly out of prison, he had no choice but to steal. Enter the hot cop who tackles the guy to get the food back to the store owner, only for him to end up buying all of it and then some, for the other man who he finds an odd attraction to.

We have these men who each have difficult situations to overcome and I have to say, they do so, well, very realistically. I can imagine that if I were one of them, what I’d do. Even big bad cops have inner turmoils and demons to face about who they are and what they allow in their personal lives….and then the younger man who was in prison has to learn how to stop giving a voice the very dame demons in his head, the ones who keep him sleeping in a closet, or huddled in a corner of his room and then applaud him for being the strong one that the cop needs him to be. Talk about well written and completely interesting set of men…these are them.

Lynn did a fabulous job and I’m in love with her characters. I can’t wait to read another one…so, I’ll just go and do that now.

 

Roxy reads: Spliced series….Different

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Mason has been tasked with the job of helping his fellow shifters escape from the compound. Two techs need his help to ensure the breakout goes smoothly. One of those techs, Brennan, has a thing for Mason—and Mason has a thing for Brennan too.

Once Mason and his three friends are out of the compound, running for their lives across the expanse of the Yorkshire Moors, Mason wonders whether they’ll manage to be free for more than the time it takes to speed farther than a few feet. Freedom—the feeling of it is addictive, and Mason wants more of it. He isn’t prepared to give it up without a fight.

With Brennan by his side, Mason knows he can accomplish anything. There is one burning question, though. Can Mason really accept who he is? Can he learn to love himself as half shark, half gorilla? If he doesn’t, he has a feeling life won’t be all roses, despite being free of the compound.

So, he’ll just have to give his new life his best shot, won’t he?

28956720After being created in a lab, his DNA spliced with both canine and primate genes, Dex has spent his entire life locked up. He has always longed to see the outside world and to find lasting love with that one special person—dreams he never thought would come to fruition. Yet when he and his friends discover a plot to kill them all, they have no choice but to plan an escape. A life outside the walls of their compound is everything that Dex has ever hoped for, but there’s only one problem—James, a lab technician who Dex can’t seem to get out of his heart or head.

28798353When scientists mess with the most primitive elements of a man’s core, the results are bound to be explosive.

Joey has it tough. Not only has he been spliced with a kangaroo and a gorilla, he’s also been brought to the other side of the world. Feeling exploited, desperate and wishing he had love, companionship and acceptance, he takes the risk of leaving the compound in the search of happiness. But will he find it? Or has the person he’s drawn to got other ideas? It certainly seems that way as the temperature goes from boiling hot to downright frosty.

 

28956744George hates change, but when his only two options are death or escape, he runs away with his friends into the unknown. Will he be able to find not only a new life, but a new love?

 

Yes, I read this series and it was unlike anything I’d ever read. I mean, I’ve read a lot of shifter stories. There are several types too. We have wolves, dogs, tigers, elephants, lions, and I could go on and on but you get the jest, right? What I haven’t read up until recently were stories about genetically created individuals who were made in a lab by mad scientists. I’m not talking upset….angry scientists..I’m talking about crazy as all get out, mad scientists…think Dr. Jekyll meets Lex Luther and they were let loose to make anything they wanted. HOLY SHIT! I dunno about you but that would be interesting….As long as it’s a movie or a book. I don’t want to see a real shif….well maybe that would be sorta cool. To see a real shifter?! Hmm…Anyway….onward….(No scary shifters though.)

In this series the crazy guys spliced DNA from two different animals and injected those in test tube babies just to see what would happen. I mean, read the titles and you’ll get the answers. We have book one titled SharkORilla….that’s a Shark and a Gorilla mix….and add the man as the human who is the shifter….Just, wait….Imagine seeing a man begin to shift….(Sure, you’re hell brave NOW, but if it really did begin to happen you’d probably stand there, scream your bloody head off, pee your pants, and then run away-as fast and as far as you could get. Don’t even try to deny it because I would be right behind you!) So, this person begins to shift and his head doesn’t just grow a long snout with a black wet nose…OH no…this shifter’s head turns into a SHARK’S HEAD…a shark…the head of a shark….here, here’s a picture of a shark just to give you a better visual….thYes…right?! A shark head…hmm…creepy…okay, now, lets add the body of a gorilla…it’s not just any gorilla…it’s the great silver-back one…here’s a pictureg Please, close your eyes and blend the two. Got it? The mental, right? So, in this particular story, and keep in mind these are short ones, so the backstory is given to you in each of them through the eyes of each individual we meet. SharkORilla by Sarah Masters stars Mason and lab tech Brennan. Also, I forgot to add that these men, shifters, splicers, whichever, have been born and raised in a lab..all but Joey, who is the Kangorilla…he was born in Australia then moved to the lab in the UK…and watched, tested, studied, all of it since the moment of labby conception…from babies to men they lived, damn near strapped to tables and studied, poked, examined, even when they jacked off! All of their personal time…well, they had NONE….everything from sleeping to peeing was recorded and oftentimes strapped down on tables and probably sedated to keep them under control because if you’ll look all of them have that ORILLA bit in them…with the head of something else actually….body of a ORILLA and the head of in this case shark…But let me stop that, lets move on….Anyways, Brennan and another tech were talking one night in Mason’s room and we find out that the four of them, the shifters were going to be put down, killed….why? Because the crazed scientists learned all they could learn from them and letting them loose wasn’t an option…it would most definitely have all of them in prison for this, right? So, a break them free plan is put into motion….

Brennan and his lab partner team up with a couple other guys and devise a way to get them out of there and to safety. The escape is fast and a success and along the way Brennan and Mason realize they are mates for life and they get their HEA….I won’t go into detail for you because it’s a short story….I’d ruin it if I did that and I don’t want to do that….

Next is PUGORILLA….YES! A pug face and an ORILLA body….out of the four stories, this one here made me chuckle a bit…the image! A pug dog’s face…here….pwith the body of that silverback above…a big orilla and a small puggy face! THE IMAGE! lol! Just….how crazy is that?! Falls into the crazed scientists bit really well, right? Of course I have to laugh and if the writer didn’t while thinking this up, UMM…I just dunno what to say…In PUGORILLA we have Dex, the pug/gorilla/man mix and James, the lab tech and friend to Mason who manage to also realize they are mates while they are on the run from the crazy people…a cute short and now lets move on….

imagesKANGORILLA! Joey and his twins star in this story…he meets them at the little bar they all stopped at to get their acts together…Joey has the body of the roo and the orilla…and just the cutest personality! Wait till you meet his mates..and this is a menage! A way too short one at that….OH the picture I have in my head of how Joey looks when he shifts! LOL! Sorry..but it’s funny as hell…(And my personal fav.)

indexElephorilla….(the hardest one for me to pronounce!) And OK..the craziest one to picture….Stars Charlie who despises change and protects his friends with his life is also the shyest one in the group….he’s a big ole’ softie who also finds his place in the world….

Overall these shorts are cute reads…I will say that you must not go at this series with a serious attitude or you won’t even like the first part of the first short story…you must go at these with a light mind and don’t expect the world to change just because you read them….they are fast reads and mostly meant to entertain…the sex scenes with all these guys are well written and I don’t know how these writers did it, but we are dealing with guys who are flawed and as real as characters can get. Dimensional is the word. The writers did a good job at having fun and I’m glad I was able to join in it…as a reader of course…No talent here….but to put these stories together as these gals did..BRAVO…

 

Read and reviewed by Roxy.

 

 

 

Top 2 Bottom Author Interview – SPLICED AUTHORS

Please help us welcome the ladies of the Spliced series! We are very happy to have them here and lucky Roxy was chosen to read their stories, as you’ve seen….Here’s what they have to share with us…

 

 

 

What’s your favorite comfort food?

Sarah – It used to be shepherd’s pie but these days it’s bacon and poached eggs!

Lavinia – Sausage and mash smothered in thick dark gravy or a chicken and leek pie. Oh and I love Chinese food!

Lily – Mashed potato. I love it, always have. Nice and creamy with a bit of grated cheese.

Jambrea – Would all work? I’m a total foodie!

Who do you turn to for encouragement when you feel your writing isn’t all you think it can be?

Sarah – Lily Harlem.

Lavinia – I’m so lucky to have a really good support network. I have three friends who read all my books and always offer me words of encouragement. I have another good friend called Mae Hancock – an M/M author who I’ve known for years and we’re always emailing back and forth, offering each other support. Lily Harlem and I live close to each other so it’s lovely to meet up with her occasionally for coffee and a chat. Writing can be a very solitary profession so it’s great to have friends you can talk to who understand what you’re going through. Then of course there are all the lovely authors and readers who I’ve met online and in conferences who have been so kind to me since my first book was published five years ago.

Lily – The Brit Babes! http://www.thebritbabes.co.uk I couldn’t do it without them, we’ve all been close friends for about five years now and clubbed together online to offer support and encouragement to each other and fellow authors from around the globe. Sarah is also a Brit Babe. I’ve very fortunate in that Lavinia and I live fairly closeby, so the odd coffee, or glass of wine together is always a treat and definitely boosts my mood and enthusiasm for writing.

Jambrea – I don’t know if I have any one person.

Do you have pets? If yes, what are their names?

Sarah – A cat called Bumblelina.

Lavinia – Two cats called Cindy and Tilly. They are both rescue cats and are polar opposites. Cindy is the friendly and love. Tilly is timid and actually quite fearful – even of me. I’ve had her for nearly six years and she’s never once sat on my lap no matter how much I try to coax her.

Lily – I’m a sucker for waifs and strays that need a home. I’ve currently got a rescue cat and dog, though over the years I’ve adopted horses, rabbits, guinea pigs and even fish that needed a safe place to live and be cared for.

Jambrea – I have two kitties. We got them for Christmas. Two sisters named Miss Isley (Izzy) FireStar Pie & Little Bit BlueStar Dean. My son thought they should have middle names and since he has two, he gave them two.

What do you think your strongest asset is in writing? Or weakness?

Sarah – Editing as I write. My weakness is waffling pointless drivel.

Lavinia -I’d like to think that world building and characterization are my strongest assets. I still get emails from readers asking if I’ll be writing more books in my Shifters’ Haven series which I stopped working on a couple of years ago. People seem to like the side characters I wrote into the later books and want to read their stories. There will be more! I haven’t finished with the series yet, I’m just talking a break to work on other projects. My weakness I’d say is my self editing. I wish I could write faster, but I pour over every sentence and paragraph and can’t move on to the next one until I’m happy with it. It’s a very slow way of working and I keep looking for ways that I can speed up.

Lily – I’ve been told that my stories are like watching a movie, so I guess I’m pretty good at setting a scene.

Jambrea – I think I’m pretty good with dialogue. As for weakness– I have a very hard time self-editing and tend to turn stuff in as soon as I’ve written the first draft.

What mundane thing do you have to do that you totally dislike?

Sarah – Emptying the dishwasher.

Lavinia – housework. I hate it and have to force myself to do it.

Lily – Ironing Mr H’s work shirts! Sometimes he does them but then I feel mean, he gets very little free time.

Jambrea – Any form of house work.

What is your favorite genre to read?

Sarah – Crime, thriller.

Lavinia – Romance. I read all forms of it – M/M, M/F, Young adult, New Adult and at the moment I’m really into dark romance and I love paranormal too. I’ll occasionally switch it up and read a thriller or horror, but not too often.

Lily – Romance of any kind.

Jambrea – I mainly read m/m romance of any genre, but I like just about anything. I love to read all kinds of different things.

What is your favorite genre to write?

Sarah – Crime, thriller.

Lavinia – the same genre that I read – romance, especially paranormal.

Lily – The same as I like to read, romance.

Jambrea – I would have to say romantic suspense.

What classes have you taken – or want to take, to improve your writing skills?

Sarah – I’m a trained editor but would love to attend a world-building class.

Lavinia – I studied creative writing with the open university and I’ve read read countless books on writing. The next course I want to take is actually something a little different. It’s the James Patterson Masterclass. I’m interested to see how he plots his novels and builds his worlds and how I could apply that to my romance novels. My novel Mobsters and Miracles was a romantic thriller and I’d really like to write more of those.

Lily – I studied creative writing with Cardiff University. The teacher was amazing and completely inspirational. At the beginning of the course she’d set writing exercises and I’d think why are we doing this? Now I look back and I understand exactly how she was making us think and write – clever.

Jambrea – I really haven’t taken any classes. I should probably fix that.

What would you say to a budding M/M writer?

Sarah – Do it.

Lavinia -Research, read lots of M/M books so that you gain an understanding of the genre, but most importantly write from the heart.

Lily – Remember that love is love, romance is romance, it’s just a few technical difference when it comes to ‘putting it in’ that’s different.

Jambrea – Write for yourself.

Would you consider writing in a genre you’ve never done before? If no, why?

Sarah – I used to say a straight no to this question, but now? Yes, I’ll write anything except incest/step-brother etc.

Lavinia – Yes. When I get a story idea that won’t leave me alone, I have to write it down. If that idea happened to be in a different genre, I’d run with it.

Lily – I don’t usually say never, but sci-fi is really not for me. I can’t imagine ever writing a space story. I recently read a brilliant one by Sarah though, it’s in the Brit Boys: On Boys anthology and called E2 – http://www.amazon.com/Brit-Boys-Ashe-Barker-ebook/dp/B00QMSXM0Y/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1454234501&sr=8-1&keywords=brit+boys+on+boys

Jambrea – Of course. I will try to write anything once.

What do you do for fun?

Sarah – Read

Lavinia – I read a lot, I have a few t.v series that are my guilty pleasure and I play darts. Even though darts is fun, I actually take it seriously and play in both a normal league and a super league.

Lily – I’m either vegged out on the sofa with the fire on, a glass of wine and a good box set to watch (Mr H giving me a foot massage is the icing on the cake in this scenario), or I’m outside either running, walking the dog or horse riding. I don’t like crowds much so living in the countryside suits me.

Jambrea – Watch television/movies and read. Lots of reading.

Where is your favorite place to write?

Sarah – In my office with the door shut.

Lavinia – I mostly work from my desk at home, but when the mood hits, I take my laptop out and write in coffee shops and little country pubs. My ideal writing place is anywhere with a view of the sea.

Lily – I have a little pink study at the top of the house with glorious views over farmland and rolling hills. When I step in there I’m in the zone.

Jambrea – I don’t really have a favorite place. I have a desk in my bedroom, but tend to write in front of the television in the living room.

How does your family and friends react to what you write?

Sarah – They’re fine with it. My life, my choice, as it were.

Lavinia -I’m really lucky in that all my family and friends are accepting of what I do.

Lily– They don’t react because they don’t know!

Jambrea – They are all cool with it. Some are proud. I don’t hide what I write and I’m lucky I don’t have to.

Do you have a favorite recipe to share that you make when you are in a time crunch?

Sarah – Bacon and poached eggs hahaha.

Lavinia – In a time crunch I would make spaghetti with Parmesan cheese and olive oil. Quick, simple, but delicious.

Lily – I start the day with porridge (microwaved!) sprinkled with seeds. It’s a real energy boost and stops me reaching for biscuits mid morning. Got to keep writer’s bum at bay!

Jambrea – Pizza Delivery… lol

When you feel discouraged with a current work in process, what do you do?

Sarah – Switch to a different WIP or start a new one. Or, if that fails, walk away for however many weeks/months it takes for the muse to come back.

Lavinia – I don’t really get discouraged, but I’ve written myself into a corner before or thought I had. When that happens, I work on something else. I’ve got dozens of wips at various stages of completion so there’s always plenty to choose from.

Lily – That doesn’t really happen, I’m usually desperate to get it down and just keep at it. If there’s a section I’m not happy with I highlight it so I can go back and give it more attention.

Jambrea – I usually don’t feel discouraged. It might be because I’m a mood writer so I tend to write when I’m in the mood. Um… unless I have a deadline… lol

What are some of your other creative outlets?

Sarah – I’m a cover artist so I have fun in the day job creating covers for other authors. Best job ever.

Lavinia – I enjoy oil painting though I’m not terribly good at it.

Lily – I like to draw and paint. I live by the coast and love to sit and copy the image of the cliffs and waves and small coastal towns.

Jambrea – I like to paint. Mostly abstract, but I’ve been going to these paint and wine things they have around town. I love them.

What’s your favorite season to write about?(Spring, Summer, Fall or Winter)

Sarah – Any!

Lavinia – It would have to be summer. Personally I live for the summer months and hate the cold so I tend to set most of my novels in hot places.

Lily – Oh, that’s a hard one. I think I tend to set my WIP in the season I’m in when writing it. For example SPLICED was written in the autumn and because it’s set in the Yorkshire Moors there’s wind and rain and it’s dark and cold, much like that time of year in Yorkshire!

Jambrea – I don’t really have a favorite to tell you the truth.

Are you a morning, afternoon or night owl?

Sarah – Afternoon. Keep away from me in the mornings and evenings. I need peace during those times.

Lavinia – Night owl. Definitely. For example it’s gone one in the morning now and I’m working on answering these questions.

Lily – I was always an afternoon person but lately I’ve become a morning person. I write full time and when Mr H is away on business I can please myself what time of day I do things. I don’t write when I’m tired, though, I tend to keep using the same few words and the next day I look at what I’ve done and hit delete!

Jambrea – I am NOT a morning person at all. And I don’t stay up too late. I like my sleep so I guess that makes me an afternoon kinda gal.

What are the top three things on your bucketlist?

Sarah – I’m not saying. Because jinx…

Lavinia -I’d love to travel around America. I’d love to take a screenwriting class in UCLA and I’d love to live abroad one day – somewhere warm like Spain or Florida.

Lily – I’ve just done one of them and that was to visit Table Mountain in South Africa – awesome! I’d love to see Niagara Falls and also visit Australia. Travel is something that I didn’t do for years but now Mr H and I have the bug.

Jambrea – I would love to have one of my stories turned into a movie or TV show. Go on a cruise and travel outside of the United States.

What music do you listen to when you write? Or do you have to have total silence?

Sarah – Silence for me with earplugs in!

Lavinia – silence mostly, but occasionally I’ll have classical music playing.

Lily – Total silence is a must!

Jambrea – I usually have the television on in the background. Sometimes I’ll have music, but I don’t have any one kind. I like just about everything. Kind of like my reading. I’m eclectic.

What social medias seem to work for you?

Sarah – Facebook for the win!

Lavinia – I do a bit of everything, Facebook, Twitter, the occasional blog. I used to go on Goodreads and Facebook much more than I do now, but I found them too much of a distraction. I was chatting far more than i was working so I had to drastically cut back. If I had to pick a favorite though, it would be Facebook.

Lily – I don’t know how much any of them work when it comes to selling books but I do enjoy interacting with readers and other authors on Facebook.

Jambrea – Facebook. I only use Twitter to promote because it will show up on Facebook as well.

How did you discover M/M romance?

Sarah – By being an editor.

Lavinia – While searching in online bookstores for paranormal romance. I came across the M/M romance section and bought a few books. That was around 2008-2009 and I read the almost exclusively for a year before starting work on my own M/M novel.

Lily – Sarah Masters! (LOL from Sarah)

Jambrea – I read an Ally Blue story.

Beverage of choice?

Sarah – Green tea, thanking you kindly. Very nice of you to offer hahaha.

Lavinia – I drink water mostly. But I do have one can of diet coke per day. I hate that I drink it. I know how bad it is for me and I’m trying to wean myself off it.

Lily – You can tell the time of day by what I’m drinking LOL, I start with tea, then water and juice and then wine.

Jambrea – Diet Coke or Diet Dr. Pepper

What kind of computer do you work on?

Sarah – A big beast!

Lavinia -A laptop. I just got a new one for Christmas. I actually hate getting a new laptop because I get so used to the one I’m working on plus I hate having to re-upload and download all the programs I use. But when I work from my desk, I plug it in to a large monitor, keyboard and mouse so I essentially use it like a desktop computer.

Lily – A Mac. Mr H bought it for me for Christmas a few years ago. I was reluctant to change from my small laptop that I’d had for years but he made me take that leap – thank goodness I did.

Jambrea – I have an HP split. It was out of commission for a while, but I have my baby back now.

Do you hear voices in your head telling you what to write or are you inspired by what goes on in the world?

Sarah – Both. I feel insane at times.

Lavinia – I wouldn’t say voices exactly, more like images and scenes that play out almost like a movie. But yes, I’m inspired by what goes on in the world, t.v, and especially books. For example I might read an FBI romance and it will spark an idea for my own story. I don’t write down every single idea I get, but if the idea won’t leave me alone, I’ll usually write a prologue or the first chapter that I can revisit at a later date.

Lily – I’m inspired by the world and my experiences. My current WIP is a story set in Cape Town. Inspiration came from my recent trip there and the sights and sounds are still fresh in my mind.

Jambrea – I don’t. I call what I do a brain dump. lol I just start typing and sometimes I surprise myself.

Do you have a routine of exercise? If so, what is it?

Sarah – Pardon? I have no idea what the word exercise is or means.

Lavinia – Um, moving on swiftly…

Lily – I run about 4k every morning before I sit down and write. If I didn’t I’d be a fidget bum all day.

Jambrea – Um. No. lol I should start doing something. I was doing the T25 for a bit, but got out of the routine when I moved.

How do you feel about the future of books? More e-books or will print always be around?

Sarah – Hopefully, print will always be around, but I don’t read them these days. Kindle all the way for me. I hate damaging spines and having real book pages touched, so the Kindle is perfect.

Lavinia – This is a really difficult question for me. I’m torn. I used to have a real addiction to buying paper books and have hundreds of them on my bookshelves. I also love seeing my own books in print. However now I read almost exclusively on my kindle and I read somewhere that nearly 4 billion trees are cut down every year to make paper. So a large part of me thinks that paper books should be eradicated completely. If publishers stopped producing paper books, people would have to use ereaders. i love browsing around bookstores, but maybe the solution would be for the bookstores to have screens full of ebooks that you could flip through almost like a jukebox. I’d hate to see paperbacks go, but it would be good for the planet and I’ve never been averse to change.

Lily – I think both will stick around. The US seems much fonder of ebooks than the UK but the UK will catch up eventually.

Jambrea – I think both are here to stay. I know personally I buy the print of any e-book I love.

What do you prefer to read? E books , blogs, magazines or print?

Sarah – Ebooks.

Lavinia – ebooks.

Lily – ebooks, I love my Kindle!

Jambrea – Ebooks.

On those days you’re in a funk, what do you do to get back to the keyboard?

Sarah – Walk away and do something else I enjoy. Usually reading.

Lavinia – I’d do something else for a while. Reading or practice my darts for an hour. I live on the edge of a forest so sometimes I go for a walk and plan the next scene I’m going to write.

Lily – I have to use up energy. Running, walking, a trip to the beach with the dog. Sometimes I just push it all aside and have a girly day out with friends, shopping or lunch, then I come back fresh to the keyboard. I’m lucky though, I don’t get funk days very often.

Jambrea – I read a book or watch some television

Do you watch gay porn to get ideas?

Sarah – Nope.

Lavinia – No. I have watched it in the past though.

Lily – I have in the past, particularly for my Caught on Camera serial which is about two gay guys making a porn movie in Las Vegas called Slippery Slots and falling in love as they shoot – PART ONE IS FREE http://www.lilyharlem.com/caught-on-camera.html

Jambrea – I watch gay porn, but not really to get ideas. lol I just like gay porn.

What is nearest and dearest to your heart?

Sarah – My husband, five children and two grandsons.

Lavinia – My family and friends. My cats.

Lily – My family, my friends and my animals. I also love Wales which is where I live. I’m not Welsh but the lovely people have adopted me and now I’m proud to call this beautiful country home.

Jambrea – I would have to go with my son and family, with a few friends thrown in.

Do you have a story or an author who inspires you?

Sarah – I used to, but now I’ve taken to inspiring myself. I can’t be those authors or write their stories, nor do I want to. I’m busy being me these days.

Lavinia – I love J.R Ward. I think her world building is second to none.

Lily – Too many to mention!

Jambrea – I don’t know if I’d say inspires me. I have a ton that I admire.

If you are sick, what is the first thing you do?

Sarah – Keep going. No time to be sick!

Lavinia – Depends how ill I am. I’d probably dose myself up with medicine, climb into bed then watch some TV or read a book.

Lily – Tell myself I’m not and try and carry on as normal. Mr H gets frustrated because I wait until I’m really poorly before I go to the doctor.

Jambrea – Sleep.

What is your personality like?

Sarah – So laid back I could fall over. I let karma do any work that needs to be done. My thought time is better spent on things that matter.

Lavinia -My friends always joke that I’m so laid back, I’m horizontal. If you follow star signs then I’m a pretty typical Aquarius. I’m broad minded, friendly and I’d say I’m progressive. I’m introverted and I can be quiet, but people tend to mistake that for shyness. I live in my head a lot.

Lily – I don’t let things wind me up, I definitely go with the mantra of worry about things I can change and not about things I can’t. When I’m in the middle of writing a book I’m quiet and insular, then when I’m done I’m like ‘where is everyone? Let’s party, now!’ Us writers can be a funny bunch!

Jambrea – I am pretty laid back. It takes a lot to stir me up. Unless you’re my eleven year old. Poor guy

What do you look for when seeking out an on line friendship?

Sarah – I don’t get too close to people online. There are only a handful of people I have shared my private life with. Lily is one of them.

Lavinia – I don’t really seek out friendship online, but I’m always open to meeting new people.

Lily – I don’t seek out friendship on line but when I come into contact with new people I appreciate honesty and a sense of humour.

Jambrea – I don’t seek out friends on line, but I have met a few that I couldn’t imagine living without now that I know them.

What makes you laugh/sad/angry?

Sarah – Laugh: my family. Sad: The sorry state of the world and some of the people in it. Angry: See previous answer.

Lavinia – My friends make me laugh. I’ve stopped watching the news because it makes me both sad and angry and I made a pact with myself that if I read a news article online, i won’t read the comments underneath it because they’re almost always negative. I try to stay away from negative energy.

Lily – Mr H makes me laugh, a lot! I get sad and angry when I watch the news on TV, it all seems to be bad news.

Jambrea – Laugh: when my son is being goofy. Sad: when my son is hurt. Angry: when my son is being extra difficult. (See a theme?  lol

What promotional tricks have worked for you?

Sarah – Just being myself, chatting and whatever on Facebook.

Lavinia – I wouldn’t say I do any tricks. I just write my books, put them out there and hope people like them.

Lily – Readers tell me they enjoy my newsletter which they sign up for here – http://www.lilyharlem.com/newsletter-subscription.html

Jambrea – I’m like Sarah, I just chat on Facebook.

Who came up with the idea for the Spliced series?

It was a group effort. Kind of like a rainbow colored brainstorm!

Where did that idea come from?

It all started with a picture Lavinia posted on Facebook of an animal that was a mixture of two creatures. Jambrea then put out a dare telling Lavinia to write the creature’s story – he was a gay shifter!

Sarah Masters then posted some pictures of crazy creatures too, so Jambrea said she should write one as well. After that Jambrea suggested it be an anthology – a sexy MM shifter anthology – and Sarah wanted Lily to come and play. Which of course she did!

Did you feel as if you were under a lot of pressure to outdo your writing partners in this?

No. We all wanted to be equal in this project.

Did the four of you compare notes during the writing process or did you write the story then share it?

A little of both. We had a Google doc set up for information and shared the stories with each other at different stages. Basically it is about the spliced shifters escaping from the compound they’ve been kept locked up in and experimented on, and finding themselves on the wild Yorkshire Moors. They each meet new people, mates, and have to battle with their inner demons as well as avoid being recaptured.

Aside from the answers you have provided for the interview, what else do you think we should know about the four of you?

We all work well together and hope to do more in this universe. Spliced shifters have more stories to tell and it’s our job to write them.

Do you have plans to take us on another amazing and exciting adventure that is different than the plot norm of these days?

Never say never. It is fun to write something different though you have to be a little bit brave too.

Why did you decide to take that jump and break out of what everyone considers, NORMAL to do this series?

For the fun of it. To make something that might seem absurd and turn it into a well-written world. We also liked the theme of acceptance and our characters are all struggling with this initially, it’s hard to be a shifter, it’s even harder when you’re not one but two animals combined.

 

 

 

Spliced Series:

 

When scientists mess with the most primitive elements of a man’s core, the results are bound to be explosive.

 

Living a loveless existence is hard for any shifter, but having DNA spliced with creatures who stand out from the crowd is damn near impossible. Which is why four experimented-on souls decide to break free from the chains that hold them, climb the fences that circle them, and go in search of adventure, passion and most of all, their mates.

 

But nothing worth having is ever easy, and for Sharkorilla, Pugorilla, Kangorilla and Elephorilla, this is definitely the case. They’ve come to the end of one very long, hard and frustrating road, but now, with the help of men who have big hearts, they must shed their fears, accept their bodies, and be true to the desires that burn within them. The only problem is, will they get away with it?

 

Please note, Spliced can be enjoyed as individual stories, but reading in order enhances the pleasure as you get to see the progression of the shifter’s sexy adventures.

 

 

Sharkorilla – Mason has been tasked with the job of helping his fellow shifters escape from the compound. Two techs need his help to ensure the breakout goes smoothly. One of those techs, Brennan, has a thing for Mason—and Mason has a thing for Brennan too.

 

Once Mason and his three friends are out of the compound, running for their lives across the expanse of the Yorkshire Moors, Mason wonders whether they’ll manage to be free for more than the time it takes to speed farther than a few feet. Freedom—the feeling of it is addictive, and Mason wants more of it. He isn’t prepared to give it up without a fight.

 

With Brennan by his side, Mason knows he can accomplish anything. There is one burning question, though. Can Mason really accept who he is? Can he learn to love himself as half shark, half gorilla? If he doesn’t, he has a feeling life won’t be all roses, despite being free of the compound.

 

So, he’ll just have to give his new life his best shot, won’t he?

 

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Pugorilla – After being created in a lab, his DNA spliced with both canine and primate genes, Dex has spent his entire life locked up. He has always longed to see the outside world and to find lasting love with that one special person—dreams he never thought would come to fruition. Yet when he and his friends discover a plot to kill them all, they have no choice but to plan an escape. A life outside the walls of their compound is everything that Dex has ever hoped for, but there’s only one problem—James, a lab technician who Dex can’t seem to get out of his heart or head.

 

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Kangorilla – Joey has it tough. Not only has he been spliced with a kangaroo and a gorilla, he’s also been brought to the other side of the world. Feeling exploited, desperate and wishing he had love, companionship and acceptance, he takes the risk of leaving the compound in the search of happiness. But will he find it? Or has the person he’s drawn to got other ideas? It certainly seems that way as the temperature goes from boiling hot to downright frosty.

 

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Elephorilla – George hates change, but when his only two options are death or escape, he runs away with his friends into the unknown. Will he be able to find not only a new life, but a new love?

 

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Find the authors…

 

Sarah Masters

 

Lavinia Lewis

 

Lily Harlem

 

Jambrea Jo Jones

Please welcome MM author Faith Ashlin!

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Hello,

 

I’d like to introduce myself. My name is Faith Ashlin and it’s wonderful to be here on Top 2 Bottom reviews. I’ve been writing for a long time now and I thoroughly enjoy it. What’s not to love? Total control over beautiful young men, making them fall in love and lust and… getting them steamy whenever I want!

 

I do like a bit of steamy but I prefer a plot and proper characters along with the steam. I like seeing how my characters cope with the worlds and situations I throw at them. It’s fun to put them through hell then create a happy ending.

My characters are very important to me. Sometimes, when I write, they feel almost like friends I’ve come to know and love. I don’t want them to be perfect – real people never are – but I do want them to be good people. Ones that are trying their best to be decent. I also like them to grow and change.

I’ve always loved the idea of a man who tries to do the right thing, no matter what the cost to himself. A man who is decent and honourable, regardless of what the world thinks. That’s a theme that runs through many of my books. Good men who, hopefully, come across as realistic people, coping with life and love.

I think my love of a noble man is because I’m not sure how I’d react in a really difficult situation. I’m unexciting and I like my creature comforts. I don’t know how strong I’d be under pressure. I need central heating and knowing I have somewhere safe to go home to and a future to look forward to, however boring it may be. That makes the brave and true hero seem all the more appealing.

Nicky, in my new story, ‘To Stand Close’, is a man like that. Although he knows the world thinks he’s a loser – an opinion that matches his own low sense of self-worth – he’s still a man who has honour, which he holds true to quietly, without a fuss.

I like Nicky, he’s far from perfect, has some odd passions, but he’s a good man. I hope you like him too.

If you’d like to try a some of my writing there is a link to a free read below. I hope you enjoy it.

 

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To Stand Close

Faith Ashlin

Can love grow and survive for two men on opposite sides of the deepest of chasm—slavery? 

In this world one country has cut itself off, and is closed and mysterious to everyone else. What’s the secret it’s hiding? Magic? Monsters? No, just the cruel reality of slavery. But inside its borders life goes on as normal, and it competes with the rest of the world at sport just like everyone else, just to prove that it’s the best.

Nicky accepts that, and is happy in his own small, simple life as a gymnastics coach. He accepts it because he’s never known anything else, but he stays as far away from the brutality of slavery as he can, until he’s given a present he doesn’t want and isn’t allowed to refuse.

As for love? Well, he loves his sport, isn’t that enough?

 

General release date: 27th March

 

Buy link:

https://www.totallybound.com/to-stand-close#excerpt

 

FREE READ!!!

My Unintended

Faith Ashlin

Noah and Greg are teachers and have been living together for a while. They’re content in their lives and with each other. Or at least they think so. Then Noah is forced to consider his dreams for the future when his parents change their wills. He’s told the family house will be left to his sister rather than him, as she has children. But does he want a wife and traditional family?

Instead of talking to Greg, as he knows he should, he runs back home. His grandmother takes him in hand and tells him a story about her own loves back before she was married.

It makes Noah think about what he really wants.

 

Free download link:

https://www.totallybound.com/my-unintended

 

Roxy Reviews: Alicia Cameron’s – Demoted series

In a world where intellect and achievement are valued above all else, a young man risks everything to save his brother from a life of slavery. Thrown into a harsh, unyielding world where slaves are treated as less than animals, Sascha struggles to come to terms with everything he knows being ripped away from him, but a life of success could never prepare him for his life as one of the Demoted. Sinking lower and lower, Sascha begins to lose hope, but the whim of a mysterious, wealthy man has the potential to change all that.

Cashiel has a dark history that he guards carefully. Between family and business and politics, he rarely has time for a slave, much less a lover. But when he sees a young man who reminds him of the very history he is trying to escape, he makes an impulse decision that he’s not sure whether to regret or not. The slave could expose everything, or he could be the most valuable asset that Cashiel has ever acquired.

Cashiel and Sascha share desires, hopes, and a home. Each man is limited by status, hindered by history, and desperate to succeed. The question is, will that be enough?

 

 


Sascha’s world changed when Cashiel Michaud bought him, rescuing him from a brothel and a life of torture. They developed a sexual relationship, but can their relationship amount to more than that? Deceit, lies, and political scandal color not only their world, but their relationship, and dark figures from both men’s pasts threaten to intrude on the few moments of peace they have. A slave is never safe from harm, nor is an outcast family member. In the end, are Sascha and Cash strong enough to face the challenges, or will they be torn apart forever?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


After the news breaks about Cashiel Michaud’s involvement in research to undermine the Demoted system, he and Sascha find themselves detained as a legal case develops. Separated, they work from both sides to get released, making sacrifices and arrangements along the way. If they do reunite, will they be the same?

Sascha and Cash face a number of threats from the outside world, and some from the people closest to them. When they don’t know who to trust, their plans and their relationship are put to the test. And the results of this test could affect the world

 

 

 

 

 

 

This amazing and very edgy series written by Alicia Cameron can be bought by following this link to Forbidden Fiction. I have to say this…I am very happy to see a publisher allow it’s writers to go beyond the safeword and tell us the edgy, angst filled stories with wonderful plot lines. I get that some people are sensitive to certain situations and due to that, many publishers won’t allow or take these type of stories.  But for those of us who need more than the fluff, the overly sweet make my teeth hurt love stories, the OMG! If I read another perfect story I’m going to scream, type of thing, Forbidden Fiction AKA Fantastic Fiction fills that need in all the ways we love. In saying that- here we go on an interesting and very adventurous time with the stars of this series.  Cashiel  and Sascha. Talk about a strong couple who really tested my patience!

I didn’t know what to expect when I started reading this series written by Alicia. She’s a new one to me and so is her publisher. (Then again, there are so many publishers out here that it’ll be a while before I remember who is who.)  I read the blurb to the first story, Subjection and I KNEW I had to read it and begged for the others in the series. By chance I came across these by browsing the web and I’m thrilled I took the time to do that. Imagine my surprise when I found a publisher who published what I crave to read.  Now, this particular series is one I have to give a bitty warning to possible readers because we’re not supposed to add to what could be a shock factor. I personally don’t get it, but whatever.

We have Cashiel who is and lives as a freeman, and we have Sascha who is and lives as a slave. We’re not talking slaves of old, we’re speaking of population control slaves of the future. Demoted is what the government calls the men and women who don’t pass an assessment exam in highschool and slaves is what they become for the rest of their lives. Imagine being one. These kids take a test, just like kids in school do now, and the scores are used against them, and that’s what these people have for the rest of their lives. Good or bad, these kids don’t stand a chance. When they end us as a freeman’s slave, it’s anyone’s game. Truly! Some are treated well, others, such as Sascha- well not so much. He was bought by a whore house right out of the training facility when he was deemed as a Demoted citizen, or perhaps I should say slave. He spent a couple, few years there, went to the whore house was there for a bit, and then Cash bought him. Sascha is in his early twenties, so he’s a kid. He was seventeen when he became the subject of abuse and slavery.

All bars are crossed in the story very early on and I’m not even kidding. If you’re squeamish, if you do not like to see fictional characters that are “real” to you be hurt- as in whipped or raped or degraded- then you need to stop and find something else. There were times while reading this story, by story I mean the series, where I’d get frustrated, mad, sad, shocked, happy all of it.  The author held very little, if anything, back and that’s what made it one hell of a story! I believe in breaking boundaries in fictional stories, just like many of us at T2B do…and to be able to actually read this without worry that I couldn’t talk about it when I was done, was a treat.

Let me get back on track without rehashing the blurbs.  Once I picked the reader up and was a chapter into the first one, I couldn’t and didn’t want to stop reading, not even to cook and take care of the kids, never mind the other half.  We get to spend a lot of time in both characters heads throughout the entire story and come to understand them, feel them, get mad with and at them, maybe even love them but what you don’t ever feel, well what I didn’t ever feel was angry at the writer for putting these characters through the mental and physical abuse that she did. If the future were to really end up like this, people would in fact act just like the author described. Lets just admit it, people are worse than animals. They pick on what they don’t understand or like. They kill when they are afraid. They run out of fear. I can’t see how many people are better than a pack of wild animals to be honest. Well, in the story the characters are just like people! So, it’s very believable.

Sadly Sascha was mistreated the whole time he was being trained by the “Miller system,” on being a good sex slave. OMG! The torture he endured and the hell he lived, wow! It really made me sad for him and his new master at the start was a standoffish type of guy. He bought the slave because it was what was normal and thankfully Cash wasn’t like anyone else. That and he really wanted to prove a point to his self. He hated seeing what was being done to the good looking younger man, saw the physical scars and decided to do something about it. Sorta for face and sorta for Sascha.  Once they get home, Cashiel is very private, he avoids his slave, he won’t go near him actually but he takes great care of him. I mean we really see into these characters in ways I haven’t felt in a long time. I love to feel them, and this story had me, as I stated already, feel.

There’s a big secret that Cash is hiding and when Sascha finds out what that is, it threatens to destroy the bridge the two have built to live as slave and master. As the story goes on we see Cash get arrested, we see Sascha willingly go to a sadistic asshole who rapes him, beats him, and calls it all a game. The rich do what they want, even as they do now, and the man responsible for many of the bad things that happen to these two, is one of the rich. Then Cash’s mother! She’s something else and I hate her. Hate her passionately and when I got to the middle of the second one I wanted her dead.  There were times I hated Cash. OMG! I mean, he’s stubborn and he loves his slave and he allows his rich friend to abuse his property, his slave, his everything for the sake of ? And I did the ? on purpose because I do not want to give anything away. Which is why I’m rambling on here. I hate to give anything away.

I will say this…IF you enjoy angst and such, grab yourself a copy of this series and give the author a chance. She’s skilled at her craft and I enjoyed reading her stuff. Editing is fine, no holes but this…the ending of the last one, left me hanging a bit and I’ve been watching for a fourth one…I haven’t emailed her or asked her, but I will.

Just this last thing…Read it and hold on, then let us know what you think. There are a few shorts written with the two characters that I haven’t read, yet…but I’m sure Syrus, the hottie bodyguard in the third book, isn’t in them…and he’s also a lover of the other two..the third one is where we see the author tackle the menage. IMPRESSIVE! And don’t worry….Sascha ends up a uhhh, spoiled one? LOL! Here’s the link to the series in case you would like to try them out….HERE

Roxy

Help us welcome author and cover artist BJ Sheppard!

 

Hello, Everyone!

I’d like to take a moment to personally introduce a great friend of mine. He’s not just your typical hi and bye type friend to me, he’s a true real friend who takes a moment every single day to say hello and ask how I am…and we chat and chat, when we have a moment. He lives on the other side of the pond and we both work…so, we don’t get to gab as often as we’d like, but when we do, we get at it.

Mr. B.J. Sheppard is more than your average Englishman. He’s witty, funny, warm, caring, and very very talented. He’s an author and a cover designer! He has connections with editors and beta readers. He’s well-connected. But that’s not what drew me to him. The fact that he reached out to offer a hand when I needed it, did. I don’t chase people, as you are well aware, but when one pops up and holds out a hand, I’ll grab it and keep that hand warm and safe.

Well, we got to talking, I ended up talking about River and I needed a back cover for it in the worst way…River of Tears that is…I, with BJ’s help brought it to print! But that’s not what I’m here for. When he did that spine and back cover, and I saw it, held it in my hands, I teared up. Not because it’s my baby, but because that cover is amazing! Thanks to Zathyn Priest who did the front cover and to BJ who did the spine and back cover. He matched the coloring with ease. Then I went off to his site and I found the talent! You can see some below. He has pre-made ones, he’ll also create covers to match your needs…Personalization is big with him and with most writers. Just ask and he’ll deliver.

Anywhoot, I asked him if he’d mind if I exploited him and he blushed! I know he did. I didn’t see him but I knew. He accepted at my insistence and my ability to bug the hell out of people to get them to help me promote them. That’s what I do. Help others promo their art….So, without further delay, here’s my friend, BJ!

 

Thank you for taking the time to answer our questions, BJ, please come  on in and make yourself at home.

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Thanks for having me.

It’s my pleasure! Have a seat while I grab us something to drink and a snack. I know you must be tired after that long flight over!

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Here we go. I couldn’t decide on which one, so I grabbed a bit of each. Mixed_Drink_Tray_-_Glass

Now that we’re all settled, lets begin. Can you tell us a little bit about your background?

Well I started writing when I was very young, but only took it up properly about three years ago. I love telling stories, and I have studied writing at a higher learning institute here in the UK. Around about the time my second book was released, I got very interested in design as well, so I now run a cover design and formatting service for self-published authors.

And I can attest to that! I have very little free time on my hands and I needed to get River of Tears formatted for Createspace and Smashwords. I asked BJ and guess what he did? YES…and let me tell you he did a professional outstanding job!

Tell us, what was your first book and how long did it take to get it published?

My first book was a novella called ‘Always Have, Always Will’.Picture It was a bit of a crazy book as far as publishing goes. I sent it to one of the big M/M publishers initially, but it wasn’t as fluffy and sex filled as they like, so they took a pass on it. I then got signed to the now defunct Silver Publishing, which was a bad error. They went bust and I got the rights back without it ever seeing the light of day. Just when I was getting ready to give in on sending it out, Wilde City Press picked it up and published it for me.

I understand the frustrations all too well. Glad to see I’m not alone in this. And when did you start writing gay fiction? What about this genre interested you the most?

I first started reviewing books, after I found a few mainstream novels with strong gay characters. I was heavily moved by books by David Levithan, Michael Cunningham, Steve Kluger and Michael Chabon. From there it wasn’t long until I discovered the M/M Romance genre existed. I started a small review blog of my own, and was quickly offered a slot reviewing at the Novel Approach book review site. I wrote reviews for them for a year before giving that up to focus on my writing.

We are very aware of that site. If you all remember Lisa from a couple of years ago? She used to run the show here and then decided to start-up her own review site. We are happy to see she chose perfection in a reviewer! Glad to see you’re flying on your own now. More covers and more stories! So, how many books have you written this far?

In my head I have written dozens…in reality, 1 short story, 2 collections of short stories, a novella, and three novels.

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Do you write full-time?

Ha! I wish. No one really knows who I am, so I don’t make enough money to do this full-time. Much like every other author though, it is the dream to be able to work on my characters all day long.

I don’t know of many people who can stay home and make a living off of writing or reviewing for that matter. Those who do are few and far between. And have to be machines! It takes me a minute to get a story done and people pump out one a month. Is there a magic writing program I haven’t heard of yet? ANYWAYS…lets move on…what do you say we go and sit down at the pool?

So much better. The breeze is perfect. Now don’t you nod off on me, we’re talking here. Looking back was there something in particular that helped you to decide to become a writer? Did you choose it or did the profession choose you?

It chose me. Given the choice, I would probably not bother, and do something that rakes in unhealthy amounts of cash and buy myself that plastic surgery I have been wanting for a while now. But, alas, the writing chose me. No going back now.

Plastic surgery? What on earth for? You don’t need to cover the beauty! On a typical writing day, how do you spend your time?

Mainly fretting, thinking I’m rubbish and deleting things from my manuscripts. Then I’ll have a short burst of inspiration, crack out about 2000 words and have a nap.

I see your eyes drooping! No nap for you right now. Oh, wait until I show you your room! Here, have a snack.

When it comes to plotting, do you write freely or plan everything in advance?

I do a main overall plot, but then when I start writing, it’s a very organic process. I just see what happens and go where the story takes me.

What kind of research do you do before and during a new book?

I set most of my stories in fictional cities, so I can make up stuff that will help to drive the plot. As far as illnesses and professions go, I try to read a lot about it beforehand and use that as a guideline. I think in cases of this, it’s important to focus on the character as opposed to the minutiae of their traits though. Feelings over fact and all that.

What’s your favorite snack to eat while you’re sitting behind the computer and trying to describe what scenes are going on in your head?

Cigarettes (Oh  you’re such a rebel! I love it! Me too! And for those who do not smoke, we’ve already heard every reason why we need to quit. And since we’re not kissing you, please keep all remarks to yourselves. Thanks.)

I recently learned that you’re also a very talented cover artist. How did you get started with that?

Trial by fire really. I just practiced and practiced until I figured out what looked good and what was needed. From there it was just a case of putting together a portfolio and trying desperately to pimp my business out…still a work in progress.

I have to say, your trial by fire thing works very well for you! I mean, let me show everyone what you did! 20160214_082246 20160214_082315

 Talk about talent! I’m still in awe of this cover!

Is there a special technique to making the lovely covers shown on your site?

It’s a bit like writing really. I tend to let the creativity do what it wants. I don’t tend to stifle any urges to not do things. It’s a quick fix if I do something wrong and want to get rid of it, so I test out lots of different looks and see what sticks.

 A quick fix he says. And tell us, where do you get your ideas for your pre-made covers?

God only knows. I just added one where half the page was covered in butterflies, because it looked pretty. No one is going to buy that unless there is a huge market for lepidopterist erotica. You never know. Still, it’s pretty and I liked it, so it made the cut.

How would you describe your sense of humor? Who and what makes you laugh?

I have a pretty dark sense of humor. I like to be sarcastic and play with that when writing. I have a character called Liam Adams in my Rainbow Connection stories, who is just unapologetic and obscene. He says the things I don’t have the balls to say.

I think most writers have a character or two that allows them to be free, or should I say, which allows us to get away with saying what we normally can’t? I am guilty.

We’ve had all of our drinks, our snacks, what do you think about a cup of java? And speaking of drinks, what are your favorites?

Coffee, Beer, Fanta Zero. Not all at once.

What are you working on now?

Just trying to get my design business off the ground really. And a secret writing project that is a secret….shhhhhhh!

When it comes to promotion, what lengths have you gone to in order to increase reader-awareness of your work?

I’m pretty terrible at promotion. I don’t feel comfortable bigging myself up really. (To those of  you who aren’t sure what ‘bigging’ means, it’s like tooting your own horn so to speak. OR bragging, or patting ones own back.) I send out review copies of my books and share the reviews. I post on Facebook and Twitter. Asides from that, I’m not really very active with promotion.

Yeah, me either. I write, release, and mention it and then go to the next. I’m better at helping others do promotion. We have a lot in common! What kind of books do you like to read?

I like speculative and transgressive fiction stories. My favorite authors are Chuck Palahnuik, Douglas Coupland, Augusten Burroughs, Michaels Cunningham and Chabon. I’m pretty open to new suggestions.   Have you read John Saul, John Hart? Couple of my favs. No I haven’t. I’ll look them up.

If you weren’t a writer or cover artist what would you be?

I’d probably be a mortuary technician…for a while there, that was a serious consideration.

WOW…you’re a brave one! That’s a creepy career. When it comes to the covers of your books, what do you like or dislike about them?

This is promotion right….uh, I like all things about my books covers. I’m very good 😛

Aside from writing, what else do you enjoy doing?

I like music, movies, going on adventures with my lovely fiancé, Si.  May I say that you two are perfect together?! Yes, I said it.

 

I know you’re exhausted! C’mon, I’ll show you to your room.

 

Before I leave you in peace, can you share any special projects coming out that we should watch for?

There is a sale on until the end of February at my site, all book covers are down to $35 per ebook cover. Please go here to get yours before time and covers run out! Covers

Oh, the shower is here! AYE! That’s Marvin, your personal assistant while you’re here…I have no idea why he’s…I mean he knows you’re taken but he’s a..oh nevermind, anyway, let me get him out of there and while I’m doing that, can you please tell us where we can find you, your books and your covers? And while you’re at it, what are your fees? I know I’ve fallen in love with a few of your covers, mainly two titled Bad Boys and The Message. I personally cannot wait to get the stories done! And now I’m eyeing Fractured! Well done, BJ!

Okay, so there is a sub-page on my author page that tells you all about my new design business, BJS Cover Design and Formatting (original name, I know). That’s where you can find a bundle of pre-made covers on sale for $35. There is also a good explanation of my fees there, which basically equate to this:

Pre-made covers – $35

Commissioned covers – on an hourly rate. First hour is $30, and every subsequent hour is $25. More can be charged for harder projects, more stock photos or more concept designs.

Formatting (ebooks and paperbacks) – the same hourly rate as above applies.

 

You can find my site at: http://bjsheppardauthor.weebly.com

My cover design and formatting site at: http://bjsheppardauthor.weebly.com/bjs-cover-design–formatting.html

My Facebook links:

Author page: https://www.facebook.com/BJSheppardauthor/

Design page: https://www.facebook.com/BJSheppardCoverDesign/

Twitter: @bj_sheppard

 

Thanks for having me!

 

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Thank you for visiting BJ! Come again soon!!

 

 

 

 

Coming in March!

Two Pet Dicks by John Inman

Two Pet Dicks by John Inman

Title: Two Pet Dicks
Author: John Inman
Release Date: March 18, 2016
Category: Humor, Contemporary, Mystery/Suspense
Pages: 200

Old friends and business partners, Maitland Carter and Lenny Fritz, may not be the two sharpest pickle forks in the picnic basket, but they have big hearts. And they are just now coming around to the fact that maybe their hearts are caught in a bit of turmoil.

Diving headfirst into a whirlwind of animal mayhem, these two self-proclaimed pet detectives strive to earn a living, reunite a few poor lost creatures with their lonely owners, and hopefully not make complete twits of themselves in the process.

When they stumble onto a confusing crime involving venomous reptiles, which is rather unnerving since they’re more accustomed to dealing with misplaced puppy dogs and puddy tats, they take the plunge into becoming real-life crime stoppers.

While they’re plunging into that, they’re also plunging into love. They just haven’t admitted it to each other yet.

Under a Sky of Ash by Brandon Witt

Under a Sky of Ash by Brandon Witt

Title: Under a Sky of Ash
Author: Brandon Witt
Release Date: March 21, 2016
Category: Contemporary
Pages: 270

More than an decade after leaving Colorado to attend college and escape his past, Isaiah Greene moves back and builds a life in Denver as a special education teacher. When he meets Ben Woods, the mentor of one of his students, the attraction is immediate. The revelations that they’ve both suffered traumatic childhoods form a bond between them.

Raised by an abusive grandmother, Ben is a recovering addict who has made a family with his construction worker boss, Hershel, and Hershel’s husband, Daniel—drag queen ManDonna. Adding Isaiah to his life gives Ben a glimpse of a future he’d never dreamed possible for himself.

Both Isaiah and Ben are survivors, but when guilt drives a wedge between them, the past threatens to end their relationship.

Ben and Isaiah embark on journeys of self-discovery. Though their path will be difficult at times, humor and love find a way to bring light to the darkness.

The Worst Bad Thing by J.E. Birk

The Worst Bad Thing by J.E. Birk

Title: The Worst Bad Thing
Author: J.E. Birk
Release Date: March 23, 2016
Category: Contemporary
Pages: TBC (Novella)

Scheduling for Cover Reveal (Feb. 23), Guest Posts, and Reviews (including Release Day Reviews). Text only ARC available.

Iceland, Stonehenge, London, Paris….

To the casual observer, it looks like a dream trip. For Tate O’Reilly, it’s anything but. He’s a man on a mission to rectify a critical mistake, and there’s nothing to hold him back—certainly not friends or family. For Tate, it all comes down to one simple thing—he must fix what he has broken.

What he doesn’t count on is meeting Gabriel Carillo. Gabriel is kind, mysterious, and seems to be on his own mission to ensure their paths keep crossing. But Tate’s hiding an awfully big secret—one he’s certain even Gabriel can’t forgive.

Does a man’s past have to determine his future? In the middle of cities filled with history, Tate is going to find out.

Bankers’ Hours by Wade Kelly

Bankers' Hours by Wade Kelly

Title: Bankers’ Hours
Author: Wade Kelly
Release Date: March 25, 2016
Category: Contemporary
Pages: 290

Even though bankers’ hours leave long weekends for romance, cosmic intervention is Grant’s only option when money doesn’t buy happiness and he’s got virginity in spades.

Grant Adams is a twenty-six-year-old bank teller who’s unlucky at love, yet hopelessly hopeful. After years of horrific first dates, he’s convinced he’s saving himself for true love. Surely he has bad taste in men because it couldn’t possibly be his persnickety nature that’s sent them packing.

Tristan Carr has been in a holding pattern since his daughter was born fifteen years ago, which suits his workaholic lifestyle just fine. This ex-Navy turned auto mechanic never wanted anyone interfering with being a weekend dad. For Tristan to rearrange his perfectly orchestrated life, a guy will need to be special. Or in the case of the newest employee at his bank, the guy will need to be adorable, shy, and open to the prospect of forever when it shows up at his window.

Bundles
Rock By by M.J. O’Shea

Rock By by M.J. O'Shea

Title: Rock Bay (Bundle)
Series: Rock Bay
Author: M.J. O’Shea
Release Date: February 26, 2016
Category: Contemporary
Pages: 543
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Read all three stories of small town romance in this exclusive bundle of M.J. O’Shea’s Rock Bay series!

In Coming Home, Tally has to pull out all the stops to prove to Lex, his gorgeous boss at the local coffee shop, he was never really the jerk he seemed to be. If he can win Lex’s heart, the rest of the town should be a piece of coffee cake. In Letting Go, can Mason learn to trust again and can Drew learn to let go of who he thinks he is? If not, a real connection is nothing but a pipe dream. In Finding Shelter, both Justin and Logan have come to town hoping to leave troubled pasts behind them. They are attracted to each other too, but Justin is wary. Will Logan’s love, faith, and stubbornness be enough for Justin to believe their love is worth fighting for?

Audiobooks
Bully for You by Catt Ford

Bully for You by Catt Ford

Title: Bully for You
Narrator: Cory Lord
Author: Catt Ford
Release Date: February 8, 2016
Category: Western, Daily Dose 2013
Length: 2 hours and 11 minutes
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What could be hunkier than a cowboy? Not much, according to Martin Du Bois. He convinces two friends that a visit to the rodeo is every gay man’s wet dream, and so the three of them gaily (and I do mean gaily) set off to watch cowboy asses in action.

A visit to a bar after the event gets Martin closer to the action than he ever thought possible, and he meets Jesse Cumberland, the man who caught his eye in the ring and made his rhinestones sparkle. Instant attraction leads to a one-night stand that gets under Martin’s insouciant skin and causes him to rethink his determination not to get involved emotionally. When Jesse invites Martin to his ranch, the visit is almost derailed by Martin’s realization that they lead very different lives. As a flaming city queer, he sees no way to fit with the solid, athletic Jesse. It’s up to Jesse to see if he can change Martin’s mind.

First Comes Marriage by Shira Anthony

First Comes Marriage by Shira Anthony

Title: First Comes Marriage
Author: Shira Anthony
Narrator: John Solo
Release Date: February 9, 2016
Category: Contemporary, Dreamspun Desires
Length: 6 hours and 20 minutes
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Their marriage was supposed to be all business….

When struggling novelist Chris Valentine meets Jesse Donovan, he’s interested in a book contract, or possibly a date. The last thing Chris expects is a marriage proposal from New York City’s most eligible bachelor!

Jesse’s in a pinch. To keep control of his company, he has to marry. So he has valid reasons for offering Chris this business deal: in exchange for living in a gorgeous mansion for a year, playing the doting husband, Chris gets all the writing time he wants and walks away with a million-dollar payoff. Surely Chris can handle that. He can handle living with the most handsome and endearing man he’s ever met, a man he immediately knows he wants in the worst way and can’t have. Or can he?

Eyes Only for Me

Eyes Only for Me

Title: Eyes Only for Me
Author: Andrew Grey
Narrator: Tristan James
Release Date: January 25, 2016
Category: Contemporary
Length: 6 hours and 19 minutes

For years, Clayton Potter’s been friends and workout partners with Ronnie. Though Clay is attracted, he’s never come on to Ronnie because, let’s face it, Ronnie only dates women.

When Clay’s father suffers a heart attack, Ronnie, having recently lost his dad, springs into action, driving Clay to the hospital over a hundred miles away. To stay close to Clay’s father, the men share a hotel room near the hospital, but after an emotional day, one thing leads to another, and straight-as-an-arrow Ronnie make a proposal that knocks Clay’s socks off! Just a little something to take the edge off.

Clay responds in a way he’s never considered. After an amazing night together, Clay expects Ronnie to ignore what happened between them and go back to his old life. Ronnie surprises him and seems interested in additional exploration. Though they’re friends, Clay suddenly finds it hard to accept the new Ronnie and suspects that Ronnie will return to his old ways. Maybe they both have a thing or two to learn.

Sleeping ’til Sunrise by Mary Calmes

Sleeping 'til Sunrise by Mary Calmes

Title: Sleeping ’til Sunrise
Series: Mangrove Stories
Author: Mary Calmes
Narrator: Greg Tremblay
Release Date: January 26, 2016
Category: Contemporary
Length: 2 hours and 12 minutes
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Everyone in Mangrove, Florida, knows Fire Chief Essien Dodd is a saint. He took care of his ex-wife until she died, is raising his teenage daughter alone, and is the kind of man who pulls kittens from trees. All in all, the man’s a catch. But Roark Hammond has sworn off getting involved with a man who’s been hurt before because he can’t guarantee he won’t hurt his prospective love again. If only he could get Essien out of his mind long enough to focus on anyone, or anything, else.

Strong emotions are in play. Essien is lonely but determined to focus on Ivy; Ivy wants her father to have a new life so much that, to his horror, she’s trying to find him a man; and Roark is so scared of the present and past, he won’t allow himself to commit. To have any chance of sleeping ’til sunrise and greeting each new day together, Essien and Roark will have to rethink how they’re living their lives and focus on what’s most important.

Running with the Wind by Shira Anthony

Running with the Wind by Shira Anthony

Title: Running with the Wind
Series: Mermen of Ea Trilogy, Book Three
Author: Shira Anthony
Narrator: Michael Stellman
Release Date: January 26, 2016
Category: Werewolves/Shapeshifters, High Fantasy, Paranormal, Fantasy
Length: 7 hours and 36 minutes

With the final confrontation between the island and mainland Ea factions looming, Taren and Ian sail with Odhrán to investigate a lost colony of merfolk in the Eastern Lands. Upon their arrival, the King of Astenya welcomes them as friends. Odhrán, however, isn’t so quick to trust the descendant of the man who held him prisoner for nearly a decade, especially now that he has someone to cherish and protect—the mysterious winged boy he rescued from the depths.

Armed with the knowledge he believes will save the Ea, Taren returns to the mainland. With Ian at his side, Taren convinces Vurin that their people must unite with their island brethren before it’s too late. When Seria and his men attack, Taren must call upon the ancient power of the rune stone to protect his comrades. But using the stone’s immeasurable power commands a hefty price—and Ian fears that price is Taren’s life.

The Millionaire Upstairs by M.J. O’Shea

The Millionaire Upstairs by M.J. O'Shea

Title: The Millionaire Upstairs
Author: M.J. O’Shea
Narrator: Rusty Topsfield
Release Date: January 27, 2016
Category: Contemporary, Dreamspun Desires
Length: 5 hours and 26 minutes
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He might be hard to work for, but he’s impossible to resist.

Sasha Sobieski has the perfect job working at legendary American fashion house Harrison Kingsley—or at least he used to. He just never thought he’d have to work for Harrison Kingsley himself. Harrison is exacting, difficult, cold, and hands-down the sexiest man Sasha has ever seen.

After years at the top, Harrison Kingsley knows what he wants, when he wants it, and exactly how he’d like it to be delivered to him. What he wants most right now? His new assistant. Sasha is mouthy, opinionated, and he drives Harrison mad. Problem is, Harrison can never tell if it’s with anger… or desire.

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