Dianne’s Throwback Thursday – Book Style

TBTBS Week 10

Welcome back to Throwback Thursday, Book Style.   This week I’m featuring a favorite author, and a favorite comfort read series which was written by her.  She is AM Arthur, and I’m talking about her Discovering Me books.  So far there are only these two, but another is promised!  AM has a knack for writing gritty, emotional contemporary stories about compelling guys who happen to live in small towns.  In fact, her blog is titled Small Towns, Big Love.  Check out all of her work here:

http://amarthur.blogspot.com/

The Discovering Me books are about Cole and Jeremy, two men who’ve had more than their share of hard times before they find a tentative solace with one another. The first story is mainly Cole’s, told from his pensive POV. The second is their life together told from Jeremy’s perspective. I love that Jeremy appears completely confident, in control and enviable in Unearthing Cole, but we discover he harbors a boat load of inner turmoil of his own in Understanding Jeremy. These stories also quietly, positively, and unceremoniously feature a bisexual character – and they were written well before the time when such characters seemed to become “popular” to write about.

Unearthing Cole AM ArthurTitle:  Unearthing Cole (Book #1)
Series: Discovering Me
Author: A.M. Arthur
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication Date:  March 20, 2013
Blurb:  Cole Alston swore he’d never return to his childhood home in rural North Carolina, but when his mother dies, he inherits her hoarded property. He hopes to sell everything and use the money to start over in Canada, far away from his abusive ex-boyfriend. It’s a daunting task, and Cole has no idea where to start. Luckily for him, the local antique store owner, Jeremy Collins, volunteers his services in sorting the hoard. Their professional relationship soon evolves into a personal one, but Cole must overcome his past and his anxiety before he can accept a new man in his life or the possibility of a happy future.

Here’s a fitting review by Feliz      goodreads books logo

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understanding-jeremyTitle: Understanding Jeremy (Book #2)
Series: Discovering Me
Author: A.M. Arthur
Publisher:  Dreamspinner Press
Publication Date:  July 23rd 2014
Blurb:  No one in Jeremy Collins’s life ever stays. His parents, sister, and wife are all dead. Now he has taken Cole Alston into his home to help him recover from years of abuse at the hands of his ex. Jeremy hopes Cole, who he loves, will stick around, but after eight years of Cole not being allowed to make his own choices, Jeremy doesn’t think he has the right to ask. As Jeremy keeps his concerns and desires to himself, his best friend Bethann calls on him for a huge favor–claim he’s the father of her baby so she isn’t ostracized in their small town for sleeping with a married man. However doing so would be tantamount to denying his relationship with Cole. Rumors fly before Jeremy can explain to Cole that he said no, and suddenly the whole town is in his business. Rather than reassure Cole, Jeremy’s explanations have the opposite effect. Something is going on in Cole’s mind that Jeremy doesn’t know about, and in order to get Cole to talk, Jeremy will need to confront his own deepest fear.

**Be aware this review will have spoilers for book one!!

My review:  goodreads books logo

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Enjoy your time in Franklin, North Carolina!  🙂

Dianne

 

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Books and Reviews – July 25, 2016

Good morning!

I hope you all had a great weekend and had time to read or listen to some wonderful books.  I read two books and listened to two audiobooks this week.  It was a very good week. 😉

 

The two audiobooks I listened to were very different.   The first was recommended by Atom Yang and is titled All I believe (First and Forever series #10) by Alexa Land and narrated by Greg Tremblay.

All I Believe Alexa LandTitle:  All I Believe
Series: The First and Forever series ( Book 10)
Author: Alexa Land
Publisher: Audrey Larsen
Publication Date: May 09, 2016
Length: 8 hours and 47 minutes
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Genre: Contemporary, humor

Blurb:  Nico Dombruso has learned to keep the world at arm’s length after being badly burned by his last relationship. Even so, he decides to let himself enjoy a summer fling while on vacation in Italy. It’s just sex after all, so what’s the harm?

He gets so much more than he bargained for when he meets gorgeous, mysterious, art dealer Luca Caruso. The connection between them is undeniable, and for the first time in years, Nico starts to consider the possibility of trusting his tattered heart to someone again.

But when a secret is revealed that shakes him to his core and threatens to tear his family apart, Nico runs, so far and so fast that no one, not even the man who was making him believe he could love again, might ever be able to reach him.

This gay romance is approximately 95,000 words in length. It is the tenth book in the Firsts and Forever Series, but each book is written to stand alone, so jump in anywhere.

Please note: Contains adult language and graphic sex. Only intended for adult readers.

Thoughts:  I started this series at book ten.  You would think that I would be lost but these appear to be written as standalone books.  There are many characters that I was curious about and when I checked the previous releases, I found that they had their own books.  I guess I will be starting a new series. 🙂

This book is fun, Over The Top, sexy, romantic, and very Romeo and Juliet without our MC’s dying.  I gave it four-star-review

I found a lovely Five Star review at Prism Book Alliance  by Caroline Brand that sums it up perfectly.

The next book I listened to was the first in a series, Pinned (SSU Boys #1) by Maris Black.  I had listened to her Kage series and loved it.

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Author: Maris Black
Publisher: Audible Studions
Publication date: August 18, 2015
Length: 9 hours and 30 minutes
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3.5 rounded up to 4.0
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On his first day of college, all Jeremy Miller can think about is getting away from his hellish home life, making the wrestling team, and finally getting a real boyfriend. He’s sick to death of being used by closeted football players who are too afraid to admit they like guys. What he doesn’t count on is losing his mind over the gorgeous, golden-eyed wrestling captain who needs to keep their attraction a secret at all costs.

After earning a full-ride wrestling scholarship and getting accepted into an elite sports medicine program, Beck thinks he’s got it made. Now he’s a favorite for the national championship in his weight class. Life has never been sweeter or more predictable. Never mind that he’s gay and wishing he didn’t have to hide it. There will be plenty of time for a social life after graduation. Until then he doesn’t need anything to get in the way of his big plans, and that includes the adorable little wrestler who’s got him all tied up in knots.

Thoughts: I picked up this series because I listened to the authors Kage Trilogy and loved it. This one has a younger cast of characters, in a college setting and the MC’s in this story are on the wrestling team.
It took me a while to warm up to the characters. Lack of communication, misunderstandings and what felt like a lopsided relationship in the beginning, then there is a turning point in the book. From that point the book picked up for me and the characters matured. There is some very emotional parts in the story that were tough to go through with the characters and also sweet and sexy times as well.
Overall I enjoyed the story and will be looking at listening to the other books in this series.

I also read two books this week. The first is an urban fairy tale by Harper Fox.

Priddy's Tale by Harper FoxPriddy’s Tale
Author: Harper Fox
Publisher: FoxTales
Publication date: June 18, 2016

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Blurb:  What doesn’t kill you sometimes makes you wish it had…

Priddy’s a lost soul in a part of Cornwall the tourists don’t get to see. He’s young, sweet-natured and gorgeous, but that’s not enough to achieve escape velocity from his deadbeat village and rotten family life.

He’s a drifter and a dreamer, and self-preservation isn’t his strong suit. An accidental overdose of a nightclub high leaves him fractured, hallucinating, too many vital circuits fried to function in a tough world. When a friend offers him winter work in a lighthouse – nothing to do but press the occasional button and keep the windows clean – he gratefully accepts.

His plans to live quietly and stay out of trouble don’t last very long. A ferocious Atlantic storm washes a stranger to Priddy’s lonely shore. For a shipwrecked sailor, the new arrival seems very composed. He’s also handsome as hell, debonair, and completely unconcerned by Priddy’s dreadful past.

Priddy has almost given up on the prospect of any kind of friendship, and a new boyfriend – let alone a six-foot beauty with eerily good swimming skills – out of the question entirely. But Merou seems to see undreamed-of promise in Priddy, and when they hit the water together, Priddy has to adapt to Merou’s potentials too, and fast. His lover from the sea might be a mere mortal from the waist up, but south of that line…

Far-flung west Cornwall has a hundred mermaid tales. Priddy’s loved the stories all his life. Now he has to face up to a wildly impossible truth. Merou’s life depends upon his courage and strength, and if Priddy can only find his way in the extraordinary world opening up all around him, all the ocean and a human lifetime needn’t be enough to contain the love between merman and mortal.

Thoughts:  I loved this book!  It is beautifully written, lyrical, moving, romantic, tragic, sexy and humorous. The characters are very likeable, especially Priddy, Kit and Merou.  I am pretty sure this is my first mermaid/merman book. I loved the lore and development of the myths come to life.  I found a great Review by Lisa at the Novel Approach Reviews that I would like to share with you.   Recommended.

Last is another contemporary romance with a lovely setting and endearing MC’s

Solo Honeymoon by Lisa WorrallSolo Honeymoon
Author: Lisa Worrall
Publisher: White Stiletto Press
Publication date:  June 13, 2016
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Blurb:  Leo Barratt hadn’t written his bucket list, but he was pretty sure there were several things hewouldn’t have put on it. Like… waking up to a Dear John letter from his fiance, Eric, the day before their wedding… or going on his honeymoon – alone.

But, under the strict instructions of his mother, he found himself in Venice at Bauta, the beautiful bed and breakfast where he’d supposed to have started off married life. Instead, he planned to spend three weeks inside his room and wait for the pain to go away.

Or at least that’s what he thought…

Bauta, was run by Matteo Leghissa and his mother, Luana. Used to getting his own way, Matteo refused to allow Leo to wallow in self-pity and appointed himself as Leo’s official guide.

Apparently, falling in love with a beautiful stranger wasn’t on Leo’s bucket list either but…..

Thoughts:  This was another book recommended to me by My friend Janice – Enabler Extraordinaire . 🙂  I was saying we did not always agree on sweet, sappy romances. Next thing I know, she is sending this recommendation.  This is not sappy in the least and it is a very lovely romance.   I found this Review by Sammie for The Novel Approach Reviews.  Perfect.  Enjoy.

 

Grab a cup of your favorite brew and enjoy.

FBS, coffee and reading

Melyna

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Dianne’s Throwback Thursday – Book Style

TBTBS with Dianne week 9 Hanging by the moment Where you are

Welcome to another edition of Throwback Thursday, Book Style.  This week I’m featuring two contemporaries – both of which pack a powerful emotional punch.

Hanging By the Moment by H.B. Pattskyn is a very raw, real portrayal of a man living with HIV. The pairing of this character with a somewhat naïve younger man–who has devoted his life to his Russian father’s business—makes for some heart tugging reading. The setting for this story is where the author lives, and is an area I lived in for years, so I know it’s 100% authentic.

Hanging in the Moment by H B PattskynTitle: Hanging in the Moment
Author: H.B. Pattskyn
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication date: September 06, 2013
4,5 stars

Blurb:  Pasha Batalov has lived his whole life doing what a good son is expected to do. He dropped out of school to help run the failing family restaurant, and ever since he’s put up with his difficult business partner, who also happens to be his father. And, of course, he keeps his sexual orientation a secret from his conservative Russian family. After being closeted costs him his first serious relationship, Pasha resigns himself to one-night stands and loneliness.

But after a chance encounter with lost delivery truck driver, Daniel Englewood, Pasha starts to question all of his assumptions about life. Daniel is sweet, funny, smart, drop-dead gorgeous—and for the last six years, he’s been living with HIV. Pasha worries that he won’t be strong enough to help Daniel if HIV turns to AIDS, but he can’t walk away from their deepening attraction. He also doesn’t know if he can be strong enough to face the hardest task that a relationship with Daniel demands: coming out to his family and friends, and risking losing everything else he holds dear.

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My review:  Dianne’s Review

Next up is Where You Are by J.H. Trumble. This one is somewhat controversial, as it involves a relationship between a high school teacher and his student.  I implore everyone to consider reading this one, yes the subject matter is heavy on more than one level, but the writing is nothing short of exquisite. This is not a lust fest, in fact there is no explicit on page sex. Rather, it is an exploration of the hearts of not only the main characters, but of everyone else in their lives.

Where You Are by J H TrumbleTitle: Where You Are
Author: J.H. Trumble
Publisher:  Kensington
Publication date: December 24, 2012
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Blurb:  A Lambda Literary Award Finalist 2014.

Robert Westfall’s life is falling apart–everywhere but in math class. That’s the one place where problems always have a solution. But in the world beyond high school, his father is terminally ill, his mother is squabbling with his interfering aunts, his boyfriend is unsupportive, and the career path that’s been planned for him feels less appealing by the day.Robert’s math teacher, Andrew McNelin, watches his best student floundering, concerned but wary of crossing the line between professional and personal. Gradually, Andrew becomes Robert’s friend, then his confidante. As the year progresses, their relationship–in school and out of it–deepens and changes. And as hard as he tries to resist, Andrew knows that he and Robert are edging into territory that holds incalculable risks for both of them.
J.H. Trumble, author of the acclaimed Don’t Let Me Go, explores a controversial subject with extraordinary sensitivity and grace, creating a deeply human and honest story of love, longing, and unexpected connection.

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This review by Justin (a teacher) mirrors my thoughts (excepting the teacher component):  Justin’s Goodreads Review

You might need extra tissues and cookies to get through them, but I hope you consider these gutsy, substantive reads.

Enjoy!

Dianne

Books and Reviews – July, 18, 2016

Good morning!

I hope you all had a great weekend and had time to read or listen to some wonderful books.

 

 

I finished my PsyCop series marathon.  Wow.  This series just got better and better with each book.   PsyCop is a fun, sexy, fast paced, erotic, paranormal series.  I mentioned that many friends had recommended the series to me.  I am sometimes like a crow distracted by shiny objects.  then I read her book, Magic Mansion.  My focus was redirected.  It is not like her Psycop series, but I will always think of it as my gateway book into the creative mind of Jordan Castillo Price.

did I mention that I listened to this series?  The narrator is Gomez Pugh.  He does an outstanding job. Just perfect!

PsyCop Series Amazon linkOfficial website: http://psycop.com/

Once upon a time if you told doctors you heard voices, they’d diagnose you as schizophrenic, put you on heavy drugs, and lock you away in a cozy state institution to keep you from hurting yourself or others.

Nowadays they test you first to see if you’re psychic.

The PsyCop series by Jordan Castillo Price features frazzled psychic medium Victor Bayne and his smokin’-hot boyfriend, Jacob Marks. Fifteen years ago, Victor studied at Heliotrope Station, one of the original residential psychic training programs in the U.S. The only thing he learned in that facility was how to be a better liar.

Now he’s part of an elite PsyCop unit. Solving murders should be a snap when you can talk to the deceased. But since no one’s ever given him a lucky break when they were alive, why would they start now ?

Psy-curious? Check out the stories.

There are plans for a Crash PsyCop Prequel novel and a Psycop Shorts anthology to come out later this year.  Can’t wait!

Want to know more about Jordan Castillo Price and her other books?  Click on her pic below.

jcp-200 bio picFrom her website:
Author and artist Jordan Castillo Price is the owner of JCP Books LLC. Her paranormal thrillers are colored by her time in the midwest, from inner city Chicago, to small town Wisconsin, to liberal Madison.

Jordan is best known as the author of the PsyCop series, an unfolding tale of paranormal mystery and suspense starring Victor Bayne, a gay medium who’s plagued by ghostly visitations. Also check out her new series, Mnevermind, where memories are made…one client at a time.

With her education in fine arts and practical experience as a graphic designer, Jordan set out to create high quality ebooks with lavish cover art, quality editing and gripping content. The result is JCP Books, offering stories you’ll want to read again and again.

I also read two books this past week.  Very different from the Psycop series.  The first one is

Picked fresh Naked Organics 2 posy RobertsAuthor: Posy Roberts
Publisher: Labyrinth Bound Press
Publication date: June 23, 2016
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Blurb:  Is five thousand miles far enough to say I love you?

Hudson Oliva loves stability. He was a throwaway teen before finding Kaleidoscope Gardens but has since thrived at the commune. When Jude Garrity moves in, life gets even better, but Hudson still craves more. He knows he has to be satisfied with their exclusive status being temporary and that Jude will eventually navigate his full sexual awakening with their other housemates.

Hudson has a journey of his own to make. It might only require going home to settle his grandmother’s estate, but he plans to use his time away to figure out how to temper his feelings for Jude and bury his jealousy once and for all. But when Jude joins him on his trip, Hudson falls even deeper in love, especially after Jude stands by his side when he finally confronts his mother for rejecting him.

However, it’s not all hearts and flowers while they travel. They’re over two thousand miles from home when Hudson learns a ruthless corporate farm threatens the commune they both love. In order to save their way of life, Hudson must ask his mother for help. And if he wants a chance at a stable future with Jude, he has to tell him the truth about his feelings, no matter if it ruins the harmony he’s tried so hard to preserve.

Thoughts:  four-star-review    This is the second book in Posy Roberts Naked organics series.   The books center around Kaleidoscope Farms, a commune that grows and sells organic produce, strives for a lifestyle that leaves as small an environmental impact as possible and believes in free love.  It is very much a feeling of the 60’s and early 70’s back to nature movement with a modern vibe.  The first book introduces us to Hudson, Leo and Charlie who live together in a poly-amorous relationship.  As well as the other members of the commune.  We meet Jude in this story.  Book two explores more of Jude and Hudson’s relationship.  I enjoyed the back to nature vibe of the book, and the way the characters work and live together.  Each book develops the characters and their relationships while building the frame work for more.  Very enjoyable.

Stella at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words has a lovely 4.5/5.0 review .

The last book I read this week is

wolfsong by TJ KluneAuthor:  TJ Klune
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication date:  June 20, 2016

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Blurb:  Ox was twelve when his daddy taught him a very valuable lesson. He said that Ox wasn’t worth anything and people would never understand him. Then he left.

Ox was sixteen when he met the boy on the road, the boy who talked and talked and talked. Ox found out later the boy hadn’t spoken in almost two years before that day, and that the boy belonged to a family who had moved into the house at the end of the lane.

Ox was seventeen when he found out the boy’s secret, and it painted the world around him in colors of red and orange and violet, of Alpha and Beta and Omega.

Ox was twenty-three when murder came to town and tore a hole in his head and heart. The boy chased after the monster with revenge in his bloodred eyes, leaving Ox behind to pick up the pieces.

It’s been three years since that fateful day—and the boy is back. Except now he’s a man, and Ox can no longer ignore the song that howls between them.

Thoughts:  Wow.  This is one of those books that once I started reading, I did not want to stop.  Shifter’s is not my favorite sub-genre.  A friend told me it was not like other shifter stories and assured me I would enjoy it.  I did.  So much.  I love the style, the feel of the story and I adored Ox.  One of my favorite books of 2016.

I am sharing this beautiful review by Veronica at Joyfully Jay’s.  She is spot on and the last paragraph describes the writing style perfectly.  Click on Veronica’s logo below.

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 I hope you have a fantastic week and read (or listen to) some amazing books. 

Grab a cup of your favorite brew and enjoy.

 FBS, coffee and reading

 

Melyna

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Dianne’s Throwback Thursday – Book Style

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Hi everyone! Grab your coffee and enjoy this week’s Throwback Thursday, Book Style.

This week I have picked stories by two of my favorite authors, both of whom have written across a range of sub-genres, and done it all with flair.

First up is the fascinating and powerful fantasy Turnskin from the astonishing mind of Nicole Kimberling. The societal disparity and tensions resonate with those of our own world. The human element is core. This is not your typical shifter story!

Turnskin by Nicole Kimberling coverTitle: Turnskin
Author:  Nicole Kimberling
Publisher:  Blind Eye Books
Publication date:  March 01, 2008

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Blurb:   Raised in a remote farming community, Tom Fletcher knows little of his Shifter heritage and less about the dangerous lives that others of his kind lead in the city of Riverside. For Tom the big city is a daydream of opening nights and bright theater lights.

But when Tom meets Cloud Coldmoon — infamous and handsome heir to a criminal syndicate — everything changes. Suddenly suspected of murder, Tom must flee to the only city where his kind are common.

Filled with shapeshifters, con men, mobsters and ruled by the vengeful Coldmoon Family, Riverside is as perilous as it is alluring. Tom seeks refuge in the Turnskin Theatre, where his shape-changing skills can be put to good use on and off the stage.

Here he has a chance to fulfill his dreams of stardom and romance, but only if he can stay one step ahead of police and criminals alike, otherwise the next shape he takes could be his last.

 

This review by Susan mirrors my thoughts:  Susan’s Goodreads Review

 

Next up is Second Act, a contemporary from the incomparable Kaje Harper. Whatever you do, do not dismiss this as being “another Hollywood story.” This author presents some raw, flawed, genuine characters in quite an unexpected and refreshing manner.

Second Act Kaje Harper coverTitle:  Second Act
Author: Kaje Harper
Publisher:  Amazon Digital Services, LLC
Publication date:  January 04, 2015

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Blurb:  Sometimes you have to go home again.
When Bryce Edwards left Minnesota for the bright lights of Hollywood ten years ago, he was determined not to look back. He’s built a solid acting career through his own hard work and talent. But when he finds himself unemployed right before Christmas, the memories he’s been ignoring start to rise up and annoy him.

Maybe it’s time to take a different approach; maybe it’s time to confront his past and not just use it as motivation for his next angsty scene. If he can make peace with what happened back then— the small-town bigots who drove him away, and his first boyfriend who refused to leave with him— maybe he’ll be free to move on to something better. He’s not sure what “something better” will look like, but he’s finally ready to get on a plane, go home, and find out.

My review is here:  Goodreads Review

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Books and Reviews – July 10, 2016

Good morning!

I hope you all had a great weekend.

In addition to reading Smoke and Mirrors  (Thirds #7)  I also read the latest Eli Easton A Second Harvest (Men of Lancaster County #1)

A Second harvest Men of Lancaster County 1 Eli EastonAuthor: Eli Easton
Title: A Second Harvest (Men of Lancaster County Book 1)
Series: Men of Lancaster County
Publisher:  Dreamspinner Press
Publication date:  July 01, 2016

4,5 stars

 

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Blurb: David Fisher has lived by the rules all his life. Born to a Mennonite family, he obeyed his father and took over the family farm, married, and had two children. Now with both his kids in college and his wife deceased, he runs his farm alone and without joy, counting off the days of a life half-lived.

Christie Landon, graphic designer, Manhattanite, and fierce gay party boy, needs a change. Now thirty, he figures it’s time to grow up and think about his future. When his best friend overdoses, Christie resolves to take a break from the city. He heads to a small house in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, to rest, recoup, and reflect.

But life in the country is boring despite glimpses of the hunky silver fox next door. When Christie’s creativity latches on to cooking, he decides to approach his widower neighbor with a plan to share meals and grocery expenses. David agrees, and soon the odd couple finds they really enjoy spending time together.

Christie challenges the boundaries of David’s closed world and brings out feelings he buried long ago. If he can break free of the past, he might find a second chance at happiness.

Thoughts:  I thoroughly enjoyed this book.  David and Christie are both very likeable characters.  It is sweet and romantic with two men who are trying to find what they really want and need in their lives.  Sometimes it is comes later in life and where you least expect to find it.  One aspect of the book that appealed to me personally was the bonding over food.  I love food-centric stories.   I found this lovely review by Christy Duke at Rainbow Book Reviews that I would like to share.

smoke-mirrors thirds book 7 Charlie CochetAuthor: Charlie Cochet
Title: Smoke & Mirrors (Thirds #7)
Series: Thirds
Publisher:  Dreamspinner Press
Publication date: July 08, 2016

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Blurb:  Life for Dexter J. Daley has never been easy, but he’s always found a way to pick himself back up with a smile on his face. Taken from his home, and the arms of his boyfriend and THIRDS partner, Sloane Brodie, Dex finds himself in a situation as mysterious and lethal as the Therian interrogating him. Dex learns what he’s secretly believed all along: his parents’ death wasn’t an accident.

Discovering the whole truth about John and Gina Daley’s homicide sets off a series of events that will change Dex and Sloane’s lives forever. As buried secrets rise to the surface and new truths are revealed, Dex and Sloane’s love for each other is put to the test, with more than their relationship on the line. If traversing the waters of murder and secret government agencies wasn’t enough, something inexplicable has been happening to Dex—and nothing will ever be the same.

Thoughts:  Wow.  I love this series and I loved this book.  from the first page until the last, I did not want to stop reading.  This book picks up where to Catch A tiger by the tail ended.  It is fast paced, and though it centers on Dex and Sloan, the cast we all know and love are there.  It is suspenseful, has moments that broke my heart, made me cringe, left me feeling angry  and other moments that made me laugh.   Of course with Dex and Sloane there are sexy times aplenty.  Plus it is setting up for something big that the author has planned for our guys.

Jay of Joyfully Jay Reviews has a fantastic review I would like to share.   I have to agree, “best book in the series”  Click here to read her review:

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I am on the last audiobook of the  PsyCop series marathon.

Spook Squad PsyCop book 7 audio cover by Jordan Castillo PriceSpook Squad (PsyCop #7)
Author: Jordan Castillo Price
Narrator: Gomez Pugh
Publisher: JCP Books LLC
Publication date (audio): May 04, 2016
Original publication date: August 20, 2013
Length: 12hrs 8 mins
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Blurb: 

Everyone enjoys peace and tranquility, and Victor Bayne is no exception. He goes to great lengths to maintain a harmonious home with his partner, Jacob. Although the cannery is huge, it’s grown difficult to avoid the elephant in the room…the elephant with the letters FPMP scrawled on its hide.

Once Jacob surrendered his PsyCop badge, he infiltrated the Federal Psychic Monitoring Program. In his typical restrained fashion, he hasn’t been sharing much about what he actually does behind its vigilantly guarded doors. And true to form, Vic hasn’t asked. In fact, he would prefer not to think about the FPMP at all, since he’s owed Director Dreyfuss an exorcism since their private flight to PsyTrain.

While Vic has successfully avoided FPMP entanglement for several months, now his debt has finally come due.

PsyCop is a fun, sexy, fast paced series by Jordan Castillo Price.   I have had many friends recommend it and I am glad I (finally)  listened to them.  Thank you!

I just finished Ghostv, PsyCop #6  The series starts out with Among the Living and it is about three hours long.  The books gradually get longer with Camp Hell (Book 5) coming in at 10 hours and 55 minutes.  Ghostv  at 12 hours and 6 minutes., and Spook Squad 12 hrs 8 minutes.  It was so much fun!   They are addictive.  I Love the narrator.  He is wonderful and gives distinct voices to the characters.

There are several Short stories in the series too and four are free on Jordan Castillo Price’s website.  These include Inside Out PsyCop 0.1  Thaw PsyCop 1.1 (I listened to the audio),  Mindreader PsyCop 2.3, and Stroke of Midnight PsyCop 3.1.

I will be sad to get to the end of this series.

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 I hope you have a fantastic week and read (or listen to) some amazing books. 

Grab a cup of your favorite brew and enjoy.

 FBS, coffee and reading

 

Happy Reading and listening,

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Dianne’s Throwback Thursday – Book Style

 

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We’re back with more Throwback Thursday, Book Style!

This week, I’m happy to feature the lovely and talented Julie Bozza.  I had the pleasure of meeting Julie in Chicago during Gay Rom Lit in 2014. She was gracious, unassuming, and more than happy to talk books. If you are looking for transcendent, riveting, gorgeous writing –Julie Bozza is your ticket.

The Definitive Albert J Sterne by Julie Bozza coverI consider her Definitive Albert J. Sterne to be a cornerstone book in my library.  The main characters are as deep as dark rivers, the law enforcement procedural is fascinating, the crime aspect takes haunting turns and the romance is etched out in painstaking and unconventional terms. Don’t let the 1970-80s setting or the 628 page length daunt you, dive in and savor this remarkable and unforgettable reading experience.
Blurb:
Albert Sterne, forensics expert with the FBI, is so obnoxious on the surface that no-one bothers digging deeper. When he’s sent to Colorado to investigate what turns out to be the work of a serial killer he encounters Special Agent Fletcher Ash and they end up reluctantly joining forces to unravel the case. It’s only a matter of duty, though; it can’t be more, because Albert doesn’t do friendship – and he certainly doesn’t do love!

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I’m embarrassed to say, despite my love for this book, I’ve never written a comprehensive review. This one by Lady M parallels my thoughts well. The book now comes with the wonderful companion piece – Future Bright, Past Imperfect.

Also by Julie Bozza, is her shining, romantic Butterfly Hunter.

Butterfly Hunter by Julie Bozza (Book 1) coverRather the opposite in scope from The Definitive Albert J. Sterne, this series shines a spotlight on love in many forms.

Blurb: 

It started as a simple assignment for Aussie bush guide Dave Taylor – escort a lone Englishman in quest of an unknown species of butterfly.

However Nicholas Goring is no ordinary tourist, his search is far from straightforward, and it’s starting to look as if the butterflies don’t want to be found.

As Dave teaches Nicholas everything he needs to survive in the Outback he discovers that he too has quite a bit to learn – and that very often the best way to locate something really important is just not to want to find it…

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My (very succinct!)  heartfelt reviews for the first two books in the series are here:

Dianne’s Review of Butterfly Hunter

Dianne’s Review of Of Dreams and Ceremonies

Here is a link to the Goodreads page for the series

Enjoy!

Dianne

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Books and Reviews – July 04, 2016

Good morning!

I hope you all had a great weekend and for those of us in the US – Happy Fourth of July!

I am still in the middle of a PsyCop series marathon.  PsyCop is a fun, sexy, fast paced series by Jordan Castillo Price.   I have had many friends recommend it and I am glad I (finally)  listened to them.  Thank you!

I just finished Ghostv, PsyCop #6  The series starts out with Among the Living and it is about three hours long.  The books gradually get longer with Camp Hell (Book 5) coming in at 10 hours and 55 minutes.  Ghostv  at 12 hours and 6 minutes.  It was so much fun!   They are addictive.

There are several Short stories in the series too and four are free on Jordan Castillo Price’s website.  These include Inside Out PsyCop 0.1  Thaw PsyCop 1.1 (I listened to the audio),  Mindreader PsyCop 2.3, and Stroke of Midnight PsyCop 3.1.

I am working my way through these as I get a chance. Busy week!

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I also read Absinthe of Malice by Rhys Ford. ❤

Absinthe of Malice by Rhys FordAbsinthe of Malice (Sinners #5)
Author: Rhys Ford
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication date: June 22, 2016

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Blurb:  We’re getting the band back together.

Those five words send a chill down Miki St. John’s spine, especially when they’re spoken with a nearly religious fervor by his brother-in-all-but-blood, Damien Mitchell. However, those words were nothing compared to what Damien says next.

And we’re going on tour.

When Crossroads Gin hits the road, Damien hopes it will draw them closer together. There’s something magical about being on tour, especially when traveling in a van with no roadies, managers, or lovers to act as a buffer. The band is already close, but Damien knows they can be more—brothers of sorts, bound not only by familial ties but by their intense love for music.

As they travel from gig to gig, the band is haunted by past mistakes and personal demons, but they forge on. For Miki, Damie, Forest, and Rafe, the stage is where they all truly come alive, and the music they play is as important to them as the air they breathe.

But those demons and troubles won’t leave them alone, and with every mile under their belts, the band faces its greatest challenge—overcoming their deepest flaws and not killing one another along the way.

Thoughts:  I loved this book! This is the fifth book in the series and  I recommend you read the series from the beginning.   Here is a link to a review that I think sums up my feelings on this book and the series in general:

Review of Absinthe of Malice by Lindsey at The Novel Approach Reviews

 

The first three blogs listed below detail what they have on tap for us for the coming week.   The blogs that follow,  are ones that I check periodically throughout the week.  They all have wonderful articles, news, reviews and giveaways.  Whatever your taste in books, you will find among these blogs.

 I hope you have a fantastic week and read (or listen to) some amazing books. 

Grab a cup of your favorite brew and enjoy.

 FBS, coffee and reading

 

The Novel Approach
Here’s a Sneak Peek at the coming Week.
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Joyfully Jay Reviews
m/m romance reviews and more.

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Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

This Week at Reviews and Scattered Thoughts on Books

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Prism Book Alliance

  Bu sure to take a look at their unique features such as Sunday Spotlight, Five Thing Friday, Outside The Margins, as well as news, reviews and blog tours.

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Love Bytes Reviews came into existence as on 4th of April, 2014, being formerly known as The Blog of Sid Love.

The Blog of Sid Love was started on 12th March, 2013 with a sole aim of promoting those M/M fictions that have quality and uniqueness in them. Like TBSL, LoveBytes struggles to give such books and their works the much deserved recognition by posting reviews, running giveaway contests for the authors, featuring their newly published works for promotion, hosting blog tours, conducting author interviews and lots more!

The blog has received great amount of popularity since its inception. As on date, the blog has caught attention of awesome followers in such a short period of time and brings on approximately 1000+ unique visitors each day (2000+ unique visitors on a peak day!). On an average, three book reviews per day are posted on the blog and there are contests on a daily basis to keep the readers and authors entertained!

Founder: Sid Love

Owner & Manager: Danielle Maas

Reviewers Team:  Danielle , Taylor, Carissa, Cindy, Donna, Roberta, Irene, Vicki, Dan, Paul, Marieke, Kimberley, Tara, Dennis & Rhonda

MM Good Book Reviews

Honest Reviews for Readers and Writers

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It’s About The Book

It’s All About Books (and maybe some other stuff) We’re experienced reviewers trying out our own blog! Basically anything book related can be found here!

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Live Your Life Buy The Book:

A Blog Site purely about books and authors;

featuring reviews and gorgeous graphic gifts.

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Welcome to Queer Sci Fi. We’re a blog and website that’s all about LGBT characters in science fiction, fantasy and supernatural fiction – whether it’s MM or FF romance with a sci fi bent or sci fi with LGBT characters. We’re dedicated to promoting the inclusion of LGBT characters in these genres.

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In addition to hosting the above queer sci fi site, J. Scott Coatsworth has his own site with several weekly features: Author Spotlight, The Weekly Fix and Point of View

J. Scott Coatsworth My own Bent Perspective on SciFi and Fantasy

 

Happy Reading

Melyna

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