Saturday, February 25, 2012

Dragon Hatching by JB McDonald

Title: Dragon Hatching (Dragon #3)
Author: JB McDonald
Cover Artist: Alessia Brio
Publisher: Torquere Press
Genre: fantasy
Length: 57 pages

Becoming a host for a parasitic dragon wasn't part of the plan. Actually, there wasn’t really any plan to begin with, but when the dragon egg hatches, Ashe figures it's time to come up with one.

Katsu's plans are failing miserably. His vast medical knowledge isn't helping Ashe's dragon situation, he's having problems staying detached, and the other mercenaries are concerned about their lifeforce being sucked dry and want Ashe to leave. Katsu is determined that if Ashe leaves, so will he. First, though, he has to make sure that his people aren't killed in battle... something they seem determined to do.

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This is the third installment in JB McDonald’s series with Ashe, the mercenary elf who’s not too clear on how to use his magic, and Katsu, the human medic for the mercenary band, who’s far too grumpy to admit he cares about anything besides a successful healing.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Bone Idol by Paige Turner

Bone Idol by Paige Turner
Publisher: Total-E-Bound
Genre: GLBT, Historical
Length: 86 pages


Love stripped down to the bare bones.

1875. The Bone Wars. Dinosaur hunters will go to any lengths to make bigger, better discoveries—and to see their rivals broken.

Henry is a man of science—precise, proper and achingly correct. When Albert arrives in his life in a storm of boyish enthusiasm, he’s torn between his loyalty to science and a new and troubling desire.

Albert wants to protect his father, and fears Henry means to ruin his reputation in the bone-hunter world. Will he be ruled by his fear, or by his feelings?

As they hunt for dinosaurs and explore their desire together, Henry and Albert find themselves digging up some secrets that could threaten their love—and their lives.

Book one in the Past Perfect Series

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Paige Turner has taken a tumultuous period in the evolution of a new science to place her lovers. With new specimens coming out of the ground every day, the leading figures in the infant field of paleontology were at each others’ throats, racing to publication, and gleeful about catching each other in errors. While some were established scientists who switched fields, many of them started as lucky property owners who dug up something interesting on their land. Bone Idol pits an established scientist against an interested amateur and his son.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

A Picture is Worth...


Our amorous tiger picture netted a cute ficlet from Tam Ames, check it out, and the free short it links to. What kid of inspiration might strike for these hockey players? If you have a ficlet or an excerpt from a story, I'll post it with links, blurbs, and covers. Send to CryselleC AT gmail Dot com.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

The Psychic and the Sleuth by Summer Devon and Bonnie Dee

Title: The Psychic and the Sleuth
Author: Summer Devon and Bonnie Dee
Cover Artist: Kendra Eggert
Publisher: Samhain
Genre: historical
Length: 237 pages

Inspector Robert Court should have felt a sense of justice when a rag-and-bones man went to the gallows for murdering his cousin. Yet something has never felt right about the investigation. Robert’s relentless quest for the truth has annoyed his superintendent, landing him lowly assignments such as foiling a false medium who’s fleecing the wives of the elite.

Oliver Marsh plays the confidence game of spiritualism, though his flashes of insight often offer his clients some comfort. Despite the presence of an attractive, if sneering, non-believer at a séance, he carries on—and experiences a horrifying psychic episode in which he experiences a murder as the victim.

There’s only one way for Court to learn if the young, dangerously attractive Marsh is his cousin’s killer or a real psychic: spend as much time with him as possible. Despite his resolve to focus on his job, Marsh somehow manages to weave a seductive spell around the inspector’s straight-laced heart.
Gradually, undeniable attraction overcomes caution. The two men are on the case, and on each other, as they race to stop a murderer before he kills again.

Warning: Graphic language and hot male/male sex with light BDSM themes. Despite “Descriptions of Murderous Acts” perpetrated by an unhinged killer, resist the temptation to cover your eyes—you’ll miss the good parts!
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The Psychic and the Sleuth is the latest heir in the genre of amateur investigator working with, or sometimes in opposition to, the steady copper. This time the cop has a personal interest in the case: his pretty young cousin was the victim, and Robert Court doesn’t believe that the man who swung for the murder was the evil-doer.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

A Thousand Word Thursday Story from Tam Ames


Meat Slut

“Let go, Joseph.” I shook my leg and his hold tightened. “Joey, I said let go of me right now!” Pulling on my leg seemed to have no effect. “Joseph if you scratch me with those claws I swear to God ...” 

::You’ll do what?::

“I’ll ... I’ll ... make sure we eat nothing but lentils for dinner for the next two weeks.” 

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day!


Happy Valentine's Day to all. Love is love.

Thanks for being patient with me: I've had some health issues that have kept me from posting (or even being able to read) lately, but should be back to my old schedule this week.

Now everyone go kiss someone, or say, "Aw!" to someone getting kissed. Or both.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Comrade Bear by Mary Winter

Comrade Bear
by Mary Winter
Publisher: Pink Petal Books
Genre: GLBT Paranormal
Length: 107 pages


Summary: Trent had always been the outsider on the team. When one-by-one Bjorn, Kjell, Hans, and Mark found mates, Trent knew he'd always stand alone. The European military structure might be more tolerant towards homosexuality; he wondered if his commanding officer and team members would be. Then Vik brings Aleksander back to the team. The Russian is the one man who can prove to be Trent's undoing. But betrayal and uncertainty run deep, and when Aleksander is asked to go undercover with a band of Russian shifters, Trent wonders if he can truly consider Aleksander is comrade, or if the man he's always loved might become his enemy.

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Mary Winter’s paramilitary/shifter series, Nanook Warriors, is up to its fourth installment. Featuring polar bear shifters in clandestine operations, Comrade Bear focuses on Trent, the one gay member of the team.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

A Thousand Word Thursday Story from Juniper Gray


Snow Day


Johnny's back arched as Jim's hands slid underneath him. The caress of those fingertips, firm over his hot, naked skin, left him breathless. Jim was above him, heavy weight between Johnny's thighs, hips rising and falling in a gentle, tender rhythm. Johnny pulled the covers tight around Jim's shoulders to shield him from the cold, and Jim smiled against his lips.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

This is not right

Elie Wiesel said...
"I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented."

Okay, he said that in a very different context, but we're seeing a metric ton of anti-"things I believe in" stuff happening this week, and this  is the most recent. Kari Gregg posted about this, including responses from the organization.

I just came away from reading Heidi Cullinan's blog regarding the Romance Writers' Ink's decision to exclude GLBT romances from consideration in a major contest. Read Heidi's blog post  here. Heidi's take is that this is a wrong thing done more out of thoughtlessness than malice. She may be right. For whatever reason they decided this, it's still a wrong decision.

Many writers who can express their dismay with better words than mine, including Smart Bitches, PD Singer, Anne Tenino, and Kate McMurray, have weighed in, and I'm sure there will be a lot more said.

There is a petition you can sign to express your disapproval which will generate an email to RWI. They need to see the disapproval for their wrong decision. I'm sorry some of their members are uncomfortable with same sex romances. I'm extremely uncomfortable with "he rapes her til she loves him" plots, but that's allowed. Who else sees the problem here?

Thursday, February 2, 2012

A Picture is Worth...


It's Thursday again, and I have a fresh pic to inspire you! What do you think is happening here? All the pics are fair game, and I post every story for every pic, because everyone has their own vision. If you have a ficlet 100 to 1000 words, or an excerpt that fits, send it with your latest cover, blurb, and links, so I can post it here for you. And if you have a pic that tells a story, send it to me, I will credit you, because I'm always on the lookout for great images. CryselleC AT gmail DOT com