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. 

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Welcome to my new home

Some of you may know me from Books, Coffee and Captured Moments.  It was my first blog and encompassed many of the things I love.  After three years, I decided it was time for a change.  All of the book related posts have been moved here to
The Bookish Blue Dragon.  This includes the categories Books and Reviews, MM Holiday Delights and Dianne’s Throwback Thursday – Book Style.  I also brought over the MM Holiday Delights Reading lists from 2014-2016.

This is a LGBTQIA friendly site.  Most of the books I read and review are in the MM genre, but not exclusively.   Most of the books I read also contain adult content, so the site is for 18 years of age and older.  My tastes in books runs from contemporary to historical, you will also find Scifi, paranormal, fantasy, mystery, suspense, sports themes and holiday themes.  Some may be dark and gritty and the next book may be light and sweet.  Most of all I love stories with a bit of romance and always a happy ending.

Please take a moment to look around.  Maybe you will find something new or run across one of your old favorites.  I look forward to hearing about your favorite books too.

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Hemovore (2nd edition) by Jordan Castillo Price. Even more to love.

hemovore-second-edition-by-jordan-castillo-priceHemovore
Edition: 2, re-edited with additional content, including the bonus 30-page novelette,Sweet
Author: Jordan Castillo Price
Release Date: January 31, 2017
Length: 96,000 words
ISBN: 978-1-935540-88-5
Publisher: JCP Books
Cover Artist: Jordan Castillo Price
Official Website: http://jcpbooks.com/ebook/hemovore

Summary:
Mark Hansen thought working as an artist’s assistant would be glamorous, especially if that artist was a vampire. Black tie events, witty repartee, gracing the pages of the local style section…. Didn’t happen. Not even once.

Jonathan Varga is an enigma. True, he’s quiet, generous, and scrupulously polite. But he has zero social life, refuses to be interviewed or photographed, and insists he can only consume feline blood.

Why supermarket blood won’t suffice, Mark hasn’t asked. He’s rarely at a loss for words—he can dish an insult and follow it with a snap as quick as you can say “Miss Thang.” But one look at Jonathan’s black-as-sin gypsy eyes, and Mark’s objections drain away.

So he endures the perpetual grind of their routine: Jonathan hiding in his studio, swiping black paint onto black canvases. Mark hurling insults while he buffs the office to a shine with antiviral wipes. Each of them avoiding the other in a careful choreography…until a blurb in Art in America unleashes a chain of harrowing events.

As secrets from Jonathan’s past are brought to light, it becomes clear that all his precautions weren’t nearly enough.

Second expanded edition includes bonus novelette Sweet

 

Review:  LYLBTB 50 star
 When I read the first edition I loved the fresh take on vampirism. The new virus, Human Hemovore Virus (HHR) Is the latest life threatening and life altering virus to plague humankind. It has changed how people interact even more than the HIV virus has.
 
“Safe sex. As if. No sex with a vampire was safe sex. You couldn’t even dry-kiss without someday finding yourself on the long road to a permanent liquid diet…if you even survived all three hideous stages of the disease, which a majority of the people who contracted it did not.”

 

I enjoyed the authors exploration of what life living with the virus is like for V-positives and what it is like for V-negatives and how this affects all interactions between people in this new age. The main characters, Mark and Jonathan, a v-negative man working for a v-positive artist illustrate the complexities for both. That said, this story is also about romance, relationships, mystery, intrigue, murder and dealing with life’s obstacles. It has humor, love and a grittiness that I adore in Jordan Castillo Price’s storytelling. I loved every moment!

This edition includes a novelette titled Sweet. I absolutely adored this story. It is a wonderful look into the lives of the main characters after the end of Hemovore. I am afraid to say anything for fear of giving something away, except that it is sweet, I did tear up a bit and thought it was perfect.
Review copy provided by author for honest review. I have the first edition in my library and I was eager to read this new edition which included an exclusive novella, so I requested a book for an honest review.

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Author and artist Jordan Castillo Price writes paranormal sci-fi thrillers colored by her time in the midwest, from inner city Chicago, to rural small town Wisconsin, to liberal Madison. Her influences include Ouija boards, Return of the Living Dead, “light as a feather, stiff as a board,” girls with tattoos and boys in eyeliner.

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 mind-bending trilogy Mnevermind, where memories are made…one client at a time.

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Holiday Spotlight 2016 – Atom Yang

Atom Yang

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Author: Atom Yang  
Publisher: MLR Press
Publication date: December 04, 2015

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Blurb: The Chinese New Year is a time for saying goodbye to the past and hello to the future, but Clint doesn’t want to bid farewell to his cousin’s handsome American friend, Weaver, after they share an unexpected passionate encounter.

The Lunar New Year is the biggest holiday in the Chinese calendar, a time for family reunions, and for saying goodbye to the past and hello to the future. Clint, however, doesn’t want to bid farewell to what happened after last year’s celebration, when he and his Cousin Maggie’s handsome Caucasian friend, Weaver, shared an unexpected but long-desired passionate encounter. East is East and West is West, and Weaver seems to want to keep it that way, but maybe Clint can bridge that great divide this coming New Year, and show Weaver what it means to be loved and accepted.

Holiday Spotlight 2016 – Therese Woodson

Therese Woodson

The Trouble with Elves by Therese WoodsonThe Trouble with Elves
Author: Therese Woodson
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication date: November 30, 2013

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Blurb: Cal Martin loathes Christmas music, especially the clichéd carols pumped through the mall speakers on endless loop. Even worse is the holiday-themed hell of Santa’s Village that looms right in front of the sports store he manages. It’s yet another hurdle for Cal as he tries to survive the world of retail during the soul-sucking holiday season… until he catches a glimpse of one of Santa’s elves and becomes infatuated with the cheery, gorgeous guy dressed in candy-cane tights.

Of course, just walking up to the guy and asking him out isn’t easy, and a botched attempt at matchmaking ends up turning a simple courtship into a mess for the gossip page. What can Cal do to overcome his social ineptitude, correct erroneous assumptions, and maybe have a merry little Christmas of his own?

A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2013 Advent Calendar package “Heartwarming”.

Holiday Spotlight 2016 – Em Woods

Em Woods

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Author: Charles Dickens & Em Wood
Publisher: Totally Bound Publishing
Publication date: December 3, 2012

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Blurb:
The Classics Exposed…:
A Christmas Carol by Em Woods and Charles Dickens
Love at first sight is a beautiful thing, but sometimes, true love waits a lifetime to shine…and then needs a little help from the Three Ghosts of Christmas.

As a young man, Ebenezer Scrooge felt the sharp pain of loss and resolved to protect his heart from all others, taking solace in his gold and silver. Years of discarding his own emotions, and those of anyone around him, has turned Scrooge cold.

When deceased lover and partner Jacob Marley pays miserly Scrooge a late night visit, pride and disbelief buoy Scrooge’s courage. As the fabled Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet-to-Come arrive to show Scrooge the error of his ways, they also give him brief glimpses of a love so strong it has stood the test of time.

In an inspiring tale of change, a deep-seated need flares to life, leaving Scrooge without a doubt that love and family are what really matter at Christmas.

Holiday Spotlight 2016 – Alexis Woods

Alexis Woods

alexis-woods-hammers-thief-coverTitle: Hammer’s Thief    new-icon-2016
Series:  Chosen Angels (Book II)
Author:  Alexis Woods
Publisher:  Beaten Track Publishing
Publication date:  December 1, 2016
Cover artist:  Photo by Strangeland Photography – Cover art by Francu Godgluck
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranornma
Length: 302 pages (80,000)
Characters:  Judah Maccabee and Locke
Summary:  Eight nights to fall in love. Running away from his foster home at eighteen, Locke struggles to survive the brutal winter streets in Atlantic City. Trust is a fickle thing, and Locke hasn’t had much of it. He’s worked hard for everything he has. When a helpful security guard takes him in during a Code Blue, Locke discovers that some things are more than they seem. His fantasy becomes reality, but sometimes reality is too good to be true. Graced by God, Judah Maccabee has dwelt in Yahweh’s kingdom for nigh on two thousand years, rising through His ranks to become a leader among the warrior angels. A blessing bestowed, Yahweh has found the one for him. Now Judah has only the eight nights of Chanukah to fall in love with the one who will complete him. The only catch – his other half must love him in return if he is to stay earthbound. But expecting Locke to fall just as hard and fast as he does rebounds in a devastating way. When egos rule and demons lurk, can these two men pull together, trust in family and faith, and earn love? And can they do it in a single week?

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lions-hero-alexis-woods-boughs-of-evergreen-a-holiday-anthologyTitle:  Lion’s Hero
Series:  Chosen Angels I
Author:  Alexis Woods
Publisher:  Beaten Track
Publication date:  December 2015
Cover artist:  Francu Godgluck
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 54 pages
Characters:  Ari and Gabriel
Summary:  Eight nights to fall in love. Ari has a mission: meet and fall in love with a man chosen for him by God. The catch: he only has eight nights to do complete it – the eight nights of Chanukah. Gabriel has a test of faith. Reaching out to a young man, he finds himself confronted with the unbelievable. Believe, and the Festival of Lights may herald a miracle.

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On Goodreads at: www.goodreads.com/AlexisWoods
By Email: alexiswoods553@gmail.com
On Google+: https://www.google.com/+AlexisWoodsAuthor
Twitter: @alexiswoods553
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100008026278147&fref=ts

Holiday Spotlight 2016 -Brandon Witt

Brandon Witt

christmas-miracles-of-a-recently-fallen-spruceTitle: Christmas Miracles of a Recently Fallen Spruce
Author:  Brandon Witt
Publisher:  Dreamspinner Press
Publication date:  December 01, 2015
Cover artist:  Paul Richmond
Genre: MM Contemporary Holiday
Length: 7000 words
Characters:  Paxton Peterson and Logan Charles
Summary:  Paxton Peterson’s favorite day of the year is his annual Gay Boy Christmas dinner. He’s checked and double-checked his to-do list, because nothing stresses him out like the unexpected. Confident everything will run smoothly, Paxton embarks on his yearly snowshoed hike through the Rocky Mountains near his home. His perfectly planned evening is cut short by Logan Charles’s careless enjoyment of his brother’s snowmobile, and Paxton is stranded in the woods. It’s the worst thing that could’ve possibly happened to him—or maybe the best.

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Author:  Brandon Witt
Publisher:  Dreamspinner Press
Publication date:  December 01, 2016
Cover artist:  L.C. Chase
Genre: MM Contemporary Holiday
Length: 15000 words
Characters: Brian McKay and James Olsen
Summary: Other than working the front desk of a gay bathhouse in Denver, Brian McKay is a bit of a recluse. At the best of times, his social life consists of work, role-playing games at a local toyshop, and making YouTube videos with his Teddy Bear hamsters. The arrival of the holidays—with the annoying music, Christmas shopping, and all the reminders of how he disappointed his father—just reinforces his reclusive nature. When James Olsen, a gorgeous daddy bear who frequents the bathhouse, notices him, Brian is at a loss. He’s not proud of his own bear status or his struggle with weight. The idea that James has interest in him beyond an easy hookup is more than Brian can fathom. But with a little bit of holiday magic, James might help Brian learn to accept Christmas again—and himself.

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http://www.brandonwitt.com

Holiday spotlight 2016 – K.C. Wells

K.C. Wells

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Author: K.C. Wells
Publisher: Island Tales Press
Publication date: November 10, 2014

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Blurb: With one week until Christmas, David Poulter is on his way to a reunion of his Chemistry degree group, fifteen years after they all graduated from Manchester University. He’s looking forward to seeing his old friends. They’ve lost touch over the years, and it will be good to see them all again.
Especially Cameron Trent. Talk about the one that got away… Still, David wasn’t out when he was a student, and as for Cameron, David didn’t have a clue as to his friend’s sexuality.
So when David finds himself unexpectedly sitting opposite Cameron on the train to Manchester, he can’t believe it. And when he learns that not only is Cameron gay, but that his confident exterior hid a shy young man who was too nervous to come right out and ask him on a date all those years ago, the trip up north takes a new direction – one that David is not going to forget.
And Christmas might be very different this year.

Holiday Spotlight 2016 – T.A. Webb

T.A. Webb

His Name was Harley Manfield by T.A. WebbHis Name was Harley Manfield
Author: T.A. Webb
Publisher: A Bear on Books
Publication date: November 15, 2013

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Blurb: They were the Three Musketeers.

College friends, they bond quickly. Time passes, and each man chooses his own path in life. One goes to Maine, one to New York. Harley stays in Atlanta, keeping their home safe.

When tragedy strikes, secrets are revealed and hearts are broken, The glue that held them together is tested, but in the midst of all their pain, Harley’s love still binds them together.