Authors – You are invited to join the 2017 Love is Love Holiday Delights Event

Hello Authors!

I know we have a lot going on with GRL just around the corner, but I wanted to be sure to invite you to participate in this years Love is Love Holiday Delights event.

As you may have noticed, the MM Holiday Delights name has changed to Love is Love Holiday Delights.  I have noticed more authors publishing holiday books that encompass characters on the LGBTQIA spectrum, not just MM, and I want this to be reflected in the holiday event.

The event will last from November 15, 2017 through December 15, 2017.   It will be focused mainly on new holiday releases, but you will still have access to all of an author’s spotlights from previous years.  New to the event authors with a back list of holiday titles will have everything listed with their Author Spotlight.  Past Author Spotlights will be run throughout the event with emphasis on new releases.  At the end of the event, a new 2017 master list will be made available that includes all authors and books that have been featured in the current and past holiday events.

Note:  If anything has changed about your books from past Holiday Delights events, please fill out a new submission form with the corrected information so that I may update it in the master reading list. This includes, new publisher, edited story, change to purchase links or anything else that you feel someone looking for your book needs to know.

Last year there were 93 authors in the event and 21 anthologies! 

I am looking forward to hearing from authors with holiday and winter themed books in the LGBTQIA spectrum this year.  If you are interested, please follow this link to the 2017 Love is Love Holiday Delights submission form

Please fill out the required information and get it back to me no later than November 10, 2017

I am looking forward to having a delightful holiday season with you.

Melyna

Authors – You are invited to join the 2017 Love is Love Holiday Delights Event

Hello Authors!

I know we have a lot going on with GRL just around the corner, but I wanted to be sure to invite you to participate in this years Love is Love Holiday Delights event.

As you may have noticed, the MM Holiday Delights name has changed to Love is Love Holiday Delights.  I have noticed more authors publishing holiday books that encompass characters on the LGBTQIA spectrum, not just MM, and I want this to be reflected in the holiday event.

The event will last from November 15, 2017 through December 15, 2017.   It will be focused mainly on new holiday releases, but you will still have access to all of an author’s spotlights from previous years.  New to the event authors with a back list of holiday titles will have everything listed with their Author Spotlight.  At the end of the event, a new 2017 master list will be made available that includes all authors and books that have been featured in the current and past holiday events.

Note:  If anything has changed about your books from past Holiday Delights events, please fill out a new submission form with the corrected information so that I may update it in the master reading list. This includes, new publisher, edited story, change to purchase links or anything else that you feel someone looking for your book needs to know.

Last year there were 93 authors in the event and 21 anthologies! 

I am looking forward to hearing from authors with holiday and winter themed books in the LGBTQIA spectrum this year.  If you are interested, please follow this link to the 2017 Love is Love Holiday Delights submission form

Please fill out the required information and get it back to me no later than November 10, 2017

I am looking forward to having a delightful holiday season with you.

Melyna

2017 Love is Love Holiday Delights Event

Hello,

As you may have noticed, the MM Holiday Delights name has changed to Love is Love Holiday Delights.  I have noticed more authors publishing holiday books that encompass characters on the LGBTQIA spectrum, not just MM, and I want this to be reflected in the holiday event.

The holiday season is just around the corner, and this year I will be doing things a little differently.  I love this event, but sometimes life has a way of making one need to change things.  The event will last from November 15, 2017 through December 15, 2017.   It will be focused mainly on new holiday releases, but you will still have access to all of an author’s spotlights from previous years.  New to the event authors with a back list of holiday titles will have everything listed.  At the end of the event, a new 2017 master list will be made available that includes all authors and books that have been featured in the current and past holiday events.

Last year there were 93 authors in the event and 21 anthologies! 

I am looking forward to hearing from authors with holiday and winter themed books in the LGBTQIA spectrum this year.  If you are interested, please follow this link to the 2017 Love is Love Holiday Delights submission form

Please fill out the required information and get it back to me no later than November 10, 2017

I am looking forward to having a delightful holiday season with you.

Melyna

Giveaway ~ 10,000 eCopies of The Last Grand Master by Andrew Q. Gordon

Andrew Q. Gordon is having a giveaway of his ebook The Last Grand Master.  He wants to give away 10,000 ebooks.  Plus there are prizes. How awesome is that?

From his website

Help me give away as many eCopies of The Last Grand Master as I can and you could win a $50.00 Amazon Gift Card, or one of two $25.00 DSP Publications Gift Cards. In addition to entering the contest, you’ll also receive a 35% off coupon from DSP Publications that can be used on anything in their store.

Click the link below to enter:

Get you Free Copy of “The Last Grand Master”

 

 

Corpies (Super Powereds Spinoff #1) By Drew Hayes, Narration by Kyle McCarley

Title:  Corpies

Series: Super Powereds Spinoff #1

Author: Drew Hayes

Narrator:  Kyle McCarley

Publication date:  May 24th 2016     (Original publication date: April 13, 2016)

Publisher:  Tantor Audio

Genre: Super Heroes, Sci-Fi, paranormal, Adult, Young adult, LGBTQIA

Blurb:  Titan was one of the nation’s most loved and respected Heroes, until an infidelity scandal tore his image and family apart. After decades spent out of the limelight, Owen Daniels has decided to take up the mantle of Titan once again to try and make amends for his years away. Unfortunately, the Titan Scandal is still common knowledge, and no Hero team wants such a polarizing figure. With no other options, Owen is forced to take a job overseeing a group of corpies, corporate-sponsored Supers who do rescue work… as long as there are cameras around.

Between a team that doesn’t want him, fellow Heroes who don’t trust him, and a nation that might not be ready to forgive the sins of the past, the return of Titan could prove even harder than the scandal that drove him away. But Owen will have to push on, because his new city is far from a peaceful one. A mysterious enemy is attacking Heroes and growing steadily stronger. An enemy that only the once-legendary Titan might be able to stop.

If he can manage to stick around this time.

Thoughts:  After reading Super Powereds Year 2 and finding out about Hershel and Roy’s father, Titan, I was curious how this book would go. I read a lot of MM romance and other LGBTQIA fiction. Having a gay character in a book not targeted at a particular audience was pretty cool . This book is part of a super hero series. This particular story is about a hero who happens to be gay.
The characters, both heroes and supers, are battling villains, giant robots and dealing with prejudices from people without super hero abilities as well as other supers, heroes and powereds. You would think all people with “super” abilities would support one another, but this is not the case, as it often is in real life. The prejudice also touches on how people react to a gay hero.  It touches on how people sometimes behave towards others that are different from themselves.  
I enjoyed finding out more about Titan’s character, what drove him to the choices he made, how others reacted and what has changed now that he has re-entered the hero world again. The story is fun, fast paced, has an awesome cast of characters and I have to say Hexcellent is one of my all time favorite characters.
I listened to the audiobook and I love the narration. Kyle McCarley does a wonderful job
A wonderful spinoff to the Super Powereds series. 

Amazon

Audible

Super Powereds: Year 2 ~~ Written by Drew Hayes, Narration by Kyle McCarley

Title:  Super Powereds: Year 2

Author: Drew Hayes

Narrator:  Kyle McCarley

Publication date:  July 11th 2016 (Original publication date: November 7th 2013)

Publisher:  Tantor Audio

Genre: Super Heroes, Sci-Fi, paranormal, college age

Blurb:  Despite having their secret revealed, the residents of Melbrook Hall return to Lander University for another year in the Hero Certification Program. Good thing the focus of this year is teamwork, because with their origins known they’ll have to lean on each other more than ever.

Now finally sophomores, their curriculum expands, allowing them to train in the majors that Heroes specialize in. The new classes will test their minds, bodies, and determination in ways never anticipated. In a year filled with the unveiling of secrets, unexpected entanglements, and, of course, super-powered battles, who will be left standing is anyone’s guess. Because if all that weren’t enough, more light is being shed on last year’s kidnapping attempt, and the results point at something far bigger than mere rogue educators.

Something that isn’t even close to being over with.

Thoughts: This series just keeps getting better. I love it. Even the part(s) that about broke my heart.
For a more in depth review check out by Henry Lazarus’s Review on Goodreads

To find out more about the series click here:  Super Powereds

You can also find my more in depth review of Super Powereds: Year 1

You can purchase here:  

Amazon

Audible

 

A Boy Worth Knowing by Jennifer Cosgrove

Title: A Boy Worth Knowing

Author: Jennifer Cosgrove

Publication date:  March 20th 2017

Publisher:  NineStar Press

Genre:  Young Adult, paranormal, MM

Blurb:  Ghosts can’t seem to keep their opinions to themselves.

Seventeen-year-old Nate Shaw should know; he’s been talking to them since he was twelve. But they aren’t the only ones making his high school years a living hell. All Nate wants is to keep his secret and keep his head down until he can graduate. That is, until the new boy, James Powell, takes a seat next to him in homeroom. James not only notices him, he manages to work his way into Nate’s life. But James has issues of his own.

Between dead grandmothers and living aunts, Nate has to navigate the fact that he’s falling in love with his only friend, all while getting advice from the most unusual places.

Ghosts, bullies, first love: it’s a lot to deal with when you’re just trying to survive senior year.

Thoughts:  This is a wonderful book that also happens to be young adult. Nate is a senior in high school and in addition to struggling with the usual teen drama, he also has to deal with ghosts. He can see them, hear them and talk to them, even when he doesn’t really want to.
Then a new guys comes to his high school and his life begins to change in ways he never let himself think was possible. He makes a friend. This may not seem like a big deal, but Nate is kind of an outcast, bullied because he is different (that ghost thing)
This story is sweet, endearing and humorous. It has a great cast of characters> I especially love his Nana and his Aunt. The story rings true of the high school experience (minus the ghosts). Dealing with the pettiness, drama, friendships, love and family.
I found this book through a review by Jules at the Novel Approach reviews. I do not always buy a book based on reviews, but this one stuck with me. Thanks, Jules.

You can purchase the book here:

NineStar Press

Amazon

 

The Invasion of Adam (Tork & Adam #2) by Claire Davis and Al Stewart

Title: The Invasion of Adam

Series: Tork & Adam  Book 2

Authors: Claire Davis & Al Stewart

Publication date: December 1st, 2015

Publisher:  Beaten Track

Genre: Contemporary, M/M, College age, New Adult

Blurb: College life, fun nights out, guys everywhere—Adam thought his life was perfect…

Until he met Tork.

Green-haired Tork creates origami models and reads Dickens. He lives in supported housing, and he is absolutely not impressed by money.

Adam and Tork come from opposite worlds, but even as Adam fights it, the attraction stays strong.

Will Tork win the battle to understand his past and be well? Is there another Adam beneath that polished surface? Can they overcome their differences, and will there be dancing at midnight?

Find out what happens in a year of Adam, Tork, and Dickens the cat.

Sequel to The Invasion of Tork but can be read as a stand-alone.

Thoughts:   I discovered Adam and Tork during my MM Holiday Delights event. The authors stated it had a holiday theme and after reading the blurb and reviews, I bought it. I loved it. I am finally getting back to the guys and they are as wonderful as I remembered. I still got aggravated with Adam and his sarcasm, but I finally understood some things about him and his coping techniques. Tork has my heart and although it was hard to see him still struggle, he has become so much stronger. He shines and Adam shines with him. This is a beautiful story, filled with so many emotions. Fear, anger, hope, love and forgiveness.
I consider this book as also having a holiday theme (if only a part) I am definitely adding it to next years list. ❤

You can purchase the book here:

Beaten Track Publishing

 Amazon

 

Drinker of Blood (SPECTR 2) #3 Written by Jordan L Hawk

Title: Drinker of Blood

Series: SPECTR 2  Book 3

Author: Jordan L Hawk

Publication Date:  March 17, 2017

Genre: paranormal, mystery

Blurb:  An outbreak of demon attacks across Charleston has worn SPECTR agent John Starkweather to the bone. Now a new threat faces his team: a demon with bullet—and bite—proof skin, which can’t be stopped by ordinary means.

John’s only solace comes in the form of his lovers: Caleb Jansen and the vampire spirit Gray. Caleb and Gray have their own problems, however. Unbeknownst to John, they’ve been tracking a mysterious entity across the city. And after they finally come face to face with their quarry, nothing will ever be the same.

Thoughts:  I love the SPECTR series. All of them. Every time a new books comes out, I am excited and a bit nervous. What is going to happen to our guys?
I had to sit back and think about this one. I am a huge fan of Gray/Caleb and John. Zahira fits in perfectly with the guys in the new series too. This book had a transitional feel to me. Some information is revealed that was brought into focus in the last book. There is more turmoil within the trio and the ending left me feeling off kilter. I am used to the serial style these books are written in and the arc for the NHE mystery was basically left solved but not quite and there are many unanswered questions regarding SPECTR, John, Caleb/Gray, Zahira, the new characters, the influx of NHE’s and more. There is a lot going on and I think I will be puzzling over it until the next book. As always, it is fast paced and riveting, just left me with a lot of questions and a bit nervous for the guys.
I am anxiously awaiting the next installment.

You can purchase it here:  Amazon

You can find the First series here:  SPECTR First series

 

 

Super Powereds: Year 1 Audiobook review. Written by Drew Hayes, Narrated by Kyle McCarley

I have a friend named Janice that is dear to me and has the title of Enabler Extraordinaire.  She earned this title because during our weekly conversations, she will recommend books that I should listen to or read and I typically will end up buying these recommended books.  Our tastes in books are similar and she has rarely steered me wrong. 😉

When she recommended this audiobook I was a bit skeptical. I should know better.  This was awesome.  It reminded me of some of my favorite movies from around 2005 -2006 that I watched with my kids, Sky High and Zoom.  Although Superpowereds is more of a college age adventure.  It is well written and the narration is excellent.  

Title: Super Powereds: Year 1

Series:  Super Powereds

Author: Drew Hayes

Narrator:  Kyle McCarley

Blurb:  Knowledge is power. That would be the motto of Lander University, had it not been snatched up and used to death by others long before the school was founded. For while Lander offers a full range of courses to nearly all students, it also offers a small number of specialty classes to a very select few. Lander is home to the Hero Certification Program, a curriculum designed to develop student with superhuman capabilities, commonly known as Supers, into official Heroes.

Five of this year’s freshmen are extra special. They have a secret aside from their abilities, one that they must guard from even their classmates. Because for every one person in the world with abilities they can control, there are three who lack such skill. These lesser super beings, Powereds as they are called, have always been treated as burdens and second class citizens. Though there has been ample research in the area, no one has ever succeeded in turning a Powered into a regular human, let alone a Super.

That is, until now…

Thoughts:  I am a new fan of Drew Hayes. I listened to the Vampire Accountant series first and adore Fred.
The author has taken one of my favorite genres/tropes and made a wonderful book for adults with superheroes and villains. The Powereds remind me of the sidekicks from Sky High (one of my favorite Superhero movies)
I chose to listen to the audiobook and the narration is wonderful. The story has a large cast of characters and the narrator did an excellent job of keeping the voices separate.
The audiobook length is 26 hours and 10 minutes. It is fast paced and was a fun listen. There was never a moment where my attention wavered. I was fully invested in the characters (even the ones I didn’t particularly like). It is definitely new adult with off page sex, drama, under age drinking, violence – it IS a superhero training program after all and has a bit of mystery and suspense too. It is also about the human (superhero/powered or not) issues of being different, facing adversity,trust, making friends,romance and growing up.
I thoroughly enjoyed it and have book two waiting in my audible library.

You can purchase Super Powereds: Year 1 Here ~

Amazon

Audible

Note:

I am relistening to this book now.  It is just as good, if not better, the second time.  Reviews for books two and three soon