Michele reviews: Orion’s Way by D.C. Juris

Author: DC Juris
Publisher: Torquere Press
Buy Link: HERE

Five bloody kisses!

 

 

 

 

 

Blurb:

Orion is a vampire with a tragic past. After running away from abusive parents at the tender age of sixteen, he was turned by a ruthless elder vampire and forced to torture and sexually abuse human feeders and submissive vampires. Though that’s all behind him now, he still lives in the shadow of what he was, and it’s cost him the loyalty of Xavier, the human feeder he loves. Malagan is Orion’s closest friend–the vampire who saved him from brutality all those years ago. Malagan knows the dominant side of Orion–the side Xavier needs–is still there, lurking below the surface. But if Orion’s going to find his way back to who he ought to be, he’ll need help. And Malagan is just the man for the job.

Michele’s thoughts
Ah, short stories….so very hard to score. It’s sorta like being dumped into the middle of a conversation between friends, and you’re the new one…lost. Well, I agreed to do some reviews to help the site out a bit so it’ll be what it’ll be from me.

Not my favorite to do. Short stories. With an already established cast of people who know one another quite well…course I don’t know a single one of them so to me, they are all strangers and I always feel as if I jumped in, got lost, stayed that way and just when I thought I got what may have been going on, the damn thing ends. UGH! I don’t like shorts.

However, in saying that, DC Juris did it again to me~ I got dumped into the middle of a story with my favorites..VAMPS! Haven’t gotten a great vampire read in a while and I miss them. DOM Vamps! OH YES! GIMMIE! DC did gimmie! I was very happy that I went against my no short story rule, especially to review, and reviewed it! I started reading, twenty minutes later I was done and here I am. Happy! Because I want to share with you how well DC did with this cast of characters I’m very unfamiliar with. By the end of this, I loved what I knew of them..the patient Master of the entire clan Malagan, his crew Orion, Marcos, then his ex friend Clay. Oh a lot happens on these pages and I was instantly hooked and yelled at DC for not giving me more! Can you hear me DC?! I love to see these Vamp Masters do their thing..and boy oh boy do they do their thing…but now I need to know how Xavier and Orion are going to get along…I need to know if Orion can be the Master he was born to be? OH! The suspense…

So, yes, I loved the short…I have lots of questions but I hope there’s more about these characters to read coming soon…if not, DC, I’m going to send you lots of pesky emails.

Five kisses for Orion’s Way!

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This weeks specials: 2 Anthologies, and 2 books by Author DC Juris! Grab them on sale 20% off while you can!http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=specials

New Releases 11/11/15

Love in Uniform Anthology
with stories from: Angora Shade, Kay C. Sulli, DC Juris, Jean Wolfe, Shannen Malone, Kassandra Lea, Dale Cameron Lowry, Louise Blaydon, Aiden McKenna
157 pages / 46000 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-998-8
$4.49

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Blurb:

There’s just something about a man in uniform…whether it’s the delivery man bringing a special package to your door, the airline attendant taking care of your every need, or the cop with a set of handcuffs on his belt and a gleam in his eye, Love in Uniform provides fodder for every fantasy.

These nine stories are penned by both seasoned scribes and new authors; the anthology provides readers with the perfect opportunity to explore offerings from their favorite storytellers as well as find a new favorite or two.

Containing M/M stories from authors Angora Shade, Kay C. Sulli, DC Juris, Jean Wolfe, Shannen Malone, Kassandra Lea, Dale Cameron Lowry, Louise Blaydon, and Aiden McKenna, Love in Uniform is sure to have something for dreamers of men wearing dress duds.

Individual stories available for sale as well.

Bad Moon Rising
by DC Juris
107 pages / 31000 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-989-6
$3.99

Buy Link:http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=4541

Blurb:

Bryce never expected to find himself smack in the middle of a zombie apocalypse, and he certainly never expected to meet the man of his dreams along the way. But there’s more than zombies in the way of his happily ever after. Richard comes with baggage, in the form of his on again, off again bipolar lover Cole, who is off his meds and descending into his own mental hell at an alarming rate. Will the three men be able to work out their romantic feelings? Oh yeah… and then there’s that little issue of the zombies…

Previously published by Breathless Press.

Get Him to the Geek by DC Juris


Title: Get Him to the Geek
Author: DC Juris
Publisher: Torquere Press
Pages: 26
Characters: John and Bernie
POV: Third person
Sub-Genre: Contemporary
Kisses: 4


Blurb:

Two years is a long time to swear off love, but John Daily is doing just fine. Sure, he’s lonely, but he’s not risking his heart again. Not after what he went through, watching the man of his dreams wither away and die. His best friend, Sylvia, has other plans. She’s set him up with someone who will be perfect for him. Now, if she can just get him to the geek…

Review:

When the story begins, John is in the middle of an argument with Sylvia, his friend. She is trying to persuade him to go on a date which, unbeknownst to him, she has already set up. When he learns this he is less than impressed but eventually caves and goes on the date.

The moment John sets his eyes on Bernie all bets are off. He wants Bernie and isn’t afraid to let Bernie know about it.

Bernie is afraid that John will not want him if he gets to know the real Bernie, so he spends most of the date pretending to be something he is not. This makes him nervous and clumsy, which John rather likes.

Neither man is perfect but they are rather perfect for each other. It was lovely to read a story where both men are not model perfect but extremely attracted to each other nonetheless.

Very readable and I would love to read more about them as they get to know each other further.

Reviewed By: Violet

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Best Laid Plans by DC Juris


Title: Best Laid Plans
Author: DC Juris
Pages: 167
Publisher: Breathless Press
Characters: Kale, Perry
POV: 1st person
Sub-genre: Transgender, Romance
Kisses: 3


Blurb:

Disowned by his family for being transgender, Kale drained his bank account and set out to go as far as the money would take him planning to make a new life for himself. But when the money stopped, he found himself homeless, his plans pretty much screwed.

Perry set out to find a male hooker to slate his lust. Instead he found a handsome young man who insisted he wasn’t a prostitute. Can they work past their differences and see what’s in front of them, or will their best laid plans drive them apart?

Review:

I liked Kale, he is a sweet young man who is comfortable in his own skin (f to m). I found it hard to believe why he would put himself in danger selling himself on the streets, yes to put a roof over his head BUT mainly to see Perry on Tuesday nights.

Perry is a middle age gay man with a teenage daughter who lives in another state. I can see how he starts to have feeling for Kale, who has not been honest with him about being transgender…( they had not gotten past oral sex). When Kale tells him, Perry was very cruel to Kale, though I have to give it to Perry he does research the difference between transgender and transvestism.

I also liked the character of Enrique, Kale’s friend though we didn’t get to see him much or Perry’s daughter who we only met on a phone call. Although this was a sweet story with a scary moment for Kale it was very short and introduced characters who could have enriched the story. Unfortunately, they were not allowed to develop more and were largely ignored once introduced. This was a story I could have loved and maybe there will be a sequel that will give this story the time it deserves.

Reviewed by: Cheryl

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Nothing to Forgive by DC Juris


Title: Nothing To Forgive
Author: DC Juris
Publisher: MLR Press
Pages: 22
Characters: Vodwynn, Hadryk
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Fantasy, Sci-Fi, MPreg
Kisses: 4

Blurb:

How will Vodwynn react when he learns the sacrifice Hadryk has made to keep him safe?

Finally done with war and fighting, Hadryk, a military officer, has agreed to be a pup host – to be impregnated – in order to protect his lover, Vodwynn, and he can’t hide the proof much longer. Embarrassed and worried, he considers staying with his brother instead of going home, but, drawn by his love, he goes home to Planet Torbid and Vodwynn. Vodwynn reacts as anyone would. But when he realizes the sacrifice Hadryk has made, can he change his mind? Can he open his heart to discover the new wonders of Hadryk’s body, and how strong their love truly is?

Review:

Wow, I knew DC Juris was an author that wrote stories that were different, and they also suck you in a way that will cause to you think…WOW, if only this could really happen! I just love the way his mind works! I just wish the story was longer, so i could have gotten to know Vodwynn and Hadryk more. It was would have been interesting to see how the pregnancy might have brought them even closer together, as well as the fun they could have found with his body as it changed throughout the pregnancy.

Nothing to Forgive
shows you that no matter what life throws your way, when you find the one you are meant to be with, no matter what they will be by your side through it all. That to me is what keeps me coming back for more in reading books like these. I can’t wait to see what DC rights next!

Reviewed By: Nicole Harvey

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YAY! DC Juris is with us today from MLR Press

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DC, thank you for taking some down time and spending it with us. Let’s start this off with a beverage. We have coffee, tea, some sort of juice (I think it’s been in here a few weeks) and soda. What would you like?

Thanks for having me! I’ll take a decaf coffee, heavy on the cream and sugar.

Charles! Please bring DC the low grade juice.

DC, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

 For those who don’t know me, I’m a bisexual transgender fella, married to the most amazing man in the world, still looking for the woman of my dreams, and I write GLBTQ romance. I have three dogs and three cats. I enjoy long walks on the beach and…oh. ::ahem:: Never mind. J

mochaWhen you received news that your manuscript had been accepted what were the first words that fell from your mouth?

I read the e-mail, called up my husband and said, “Guess who just sold an mpreg story?!? THIS GUY!!” LOL I’d already had it turned down a couple times because of the content, so I was thrilled to find a home for it.

 

What forces brought you over to the MM Genre and what made you want to write it?

Growing up, I didn’t relate to the characters in romances, and that left me pretty disillusioned. The first story I ever wrote started out an m/f, but morphed into an m/m/f. I ended up doing a search for “gay stories” on Amazon. I found MJ Pearson’s “Discreet Young Gentleman.” The rest is history.

Would you care for some cookies? We have chocolate chip, peanut butter, oatmeal with or without raisins and a package of mystery ones. We have cake too. Your choice.

As long as the cookies are gluten free, I’ll take peanut butter.

 

But of course! We knew you were coming and Charles made a special plate just for you! Charles! DC’s cookies please!

DC, how many hours a day do you spending writing?

Not as many as I’d like. My Evil Day Job takes a lot out of me mentally, so daily writing is tough. But on Wednesdays and the weekends I spend as much time as I can. I’ve been known to write from 9 AM to 3 AM on those days.

Do you write right through or do you revise as you go along?

chewy-chocolate-chip-cookiesI write things down as they come to me and piece them together later, then I revise.

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

 I have a general idea of where the story is going, but I don’t plan things out. That just feels unorganic to me. I’ll jot down notes, but that’s about it.

Of your characters do you have a favorite and why?

I have several favorites, all for different reasons, but Derek from Even Guys Cry is probably my overall favorite, because he’s a lot like me.

Writers often go on about writer’s block. Do you ever suffer from it, and what measures do you take to get past it?

I had writers block once, in 2009. It was during a very, very dark time for me. I’d lost two people very close to me, and my world was spinning out of control. It came down to, quite literally, write or die. I looked in the mirror one night, after several months of this, and said to myself, “you’re going to write, or I’m going to end it.” And I’m reasonably certain I meant that. Writing has always been a part of me – it defines me in so many ways. To be without those voices in my head… Well, at the risk of sounding nuts, I didn’t know how to function. That same night, I wrote from 8 PM until 8 AM the next morning, non stop. Several really good stories came out of that.

Do you have a particular spot in your house that you call your comfy zone? (The place where you write.)

I have a writing office, but really, I can write anywhere. Growing up, my writing wasn’t respected, so I had to grab time anywhere I could. I can write in the tub, on the toilet, while cooking, and I’ve even been known to drive down the street with a notebook balanced across the steering wheel. LOL

When you’re in the mindset to write, do you put a sign up that warns others not to disturb you while at work?

LOL Have you met me? I don’t need a sign to warn anyone off. But seriously, no. My Hubby is very respectful of my time.

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

Dry and darkly sick. LOL I loved Seinfeld. I really love Ron White, Jeff Dunham, and John Stewart.

What is the most frequently asked DC Juris question?

“Do you wear a penis all the time?” Seriously. That’s life in the spotlight, folks. LOL And the answer is no.

What are you working on now?

I have 21 WIPs currently. I’m in the middle of a short story for a charity anthology, and I’ve got a fantasy thing I’m starting after that. Both m/m.

Writing is obviously not just how you make your living, but your life-style as well. What do you do to keep the creative “spark” alive – both in your work and out of it?

I don’t really have any trouble being creative – it’s just always something I’ve done.

What kind of books do you like to read outside of the MM Genre?

I don’t read m/m at all, with only a very few exceptions. In general I don’t actually read all that often, but when I do, I go for Peter David and Richard Knaak. My all time favorite book is The Island of Doctor Moreau by HG Wells, and I’ve read it over 100 times. Not even kidding. If I’m bored or feeling ill or just looking to kill time, I’ll read it. I read it twice on the plane to GRL this year.

Pick one: Scientist, Astronaut, Retail, or Horse Trainer-

Good God not retail – been there, done that. It’s really cold in space, so that’s a no-go. I’d say scientist but those are always the guys who end up releasing the zombie apocalypse. But horses might kick me… Eh. Horse trainer, I guess.American Paint Horse

Aside from writing, what else do you enjoy doing?

Photography, going to thrift stores, going to drag shows, going on long drives to nowhere, baking cupcakes.

Any special projects coming out soon we should watch for?

I’ve got a few releases slated for this year. ::sly smile::

Can you please tell us where we can find you on the Internet?

Website: www.dcjuris.com

Blog:  http://dcjuris.blogspot.com

Facebook Author Page: www.facebook.com/danielchristianjuris

Personal Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/dcjuris

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/dcjuris

It was a pleasure having you here with us today. Please come by and let us know how you’re doing from time to time. OH! And before you leave, can I get your help here in the kitchen? Thanks!!

Thanks for having me! And as far as the kitchen – as long as there’s nothing sharp and pointy, I’m in!!

Nothing that’ll hurt you, dear. Follow me!dishes

Two of a Kind by DC Juris


Title: Two of a Kind
Author: D.C. Juris
Publisher: Fanny Press
Pages: 106
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary
Kisses: 4.5




Blurb:

Two of a Kind continues the story of Vincent and Eric, which DC Juris began in his novel, Finding Sanctuary.
Vincent and his childhood friend Eric became a couple after Eric initiated him into the pleasures of the Playhouse, a refuge for men to act out their submission/Domination fantasies. Their relationship is warm and loving, but not exclusive. Eric is a “switch,” and since Vincent is a submissive, Eric sometimes looks to his own Dom, Anton, for satisfaction—causing Vincent to feel jealous and insecure. Then Anton’s uncle dies and Dimitri—Anton’s twin and a troubled, surly, irresistibly sexy version of his brother—comes for a visit. When Dimitri sets his sights on Vincent, ridiculing his supposed sexual passivity, Vincent begins to wonder: is he really a sub, or a switch, like Eric? In the first blush of their relationship, Vincent and Eric reveled in their connection, calling themselves “two of a kind.” Perhaps they are also alike in ways that challenge their current power dynamic. Two of a Kind continues the story of Vincent and Eric, which DC Juris began in his novel, Finding Sanctuary.

Review:

Wow! D.C., I loved this follow up! I remember bugging you for the sequel and here it is. I picked the book up, and read this baby through one sitting. That is hard for me to do, given what I do, so, Bravo!

This is the sequel to Finding Sanctuary which we covered here: That story was just awesome, it pushed envelopes and in this one, it’s the same characters however, the level of BDSM is not as intense here.

Vincent, who if you’ll remember was our lost guy from the first story, is back with Eric as his partner/ his Dom. He loves him, there is no doubt about that but when Eric, who is a switch and often calls upon his onetime Dom, Anton for things he should be going to Vincent for, this creates a crack in their solid foundation. There are times Eric and Anton get their subs together and they all have a foray in the bedroom, that often lands the four of them in the same bed.

Then Anton’s uncle dies and low and behold his twin, Dimitri enters the scene and he’s like a whirlwind of lost and trouble, all in one. He’s a drug addict, he loves to play games, he’s sexy as all get out of course and he has his sights set on none other than Vincent. And Vincent, feeling rejected/hurt by his partners closeness with Anton, falls into Dimitri’s trap, just once but that was enough to possibly end what he and Eric have built up to that point in trust.

I really enjoyed this story and I’m making a formal plea to D.C. to write Anton’s story next. No plot holes, true to life characters, a wonderful story line and I have to say that I really liked Anton. A lot. Not to mention Dimitri, even if he is the bad boy. I have a thing for badboys.

Reviewed By: Michele

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