Saturday, June 30, 2012

Felixitations by Roger M. Kean

Title: Felixitations
Author: Roger M. Kean
Cover Artist: Oliver Frey
Publisher: Reckless Books
Genre: Fantasy
Length: 108,000 words

One Being - Millennia - Destinies Changed

Facilitator and felicitator, to have winsome young Felix step into a man's life is a transforming event: the course of destiny is altered. Emotions are unlocked, hidden longings are revealed, luck changes for the better… and sometimes for the worse. When Felix appears pleasurable fun and deserved pure, dreamed-of felicity or punishment ensue.

Over a span of thousands of years this enigmatic being’s random odyssey affects the lives of men attracted to his mesmerizing persona… yet Felix bears no hidden agenda, does not choose when or where he materializes – all happens by felicitous chance… or does it?

Embark on an erotic journey through time. From Ancient Sumer, Egypt and Rome through Renaissance Italy, modern Europe, Africa, and the Americas to the future above Earth, witness a kaleidoscope of human lives felixitated by this most enchanting being, named Felix.

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This book is unique—not a romance, not even one linear story, Felixitations is a series of vignettes whose only constant is Felix, an enigmatic character who materializes for as long as he is needed.

The stories range in time from the days of Gilgamesh to a future we haven’t seen yet, clustering in the early sixties and more or less current times, but with ventures to other eras where historical figures might interact.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

A Picture is Worth...

These guys look like they're having a good time! But is it cold water? Anyone who wants to tell the story for us, send your 100 to 1000 words, with cover, links, and blurb me at CryselleC AT Gmail DOT com. And the rest of us will laugh along with these guys and maybe drool a little.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

A point to ponder NSFW

One of the lovely bits about reviewing is finding out where one's opinion goes against the mainstream. I've been reading a Regency romance, m/m, and run into one of those situations that makes some readers shriek.

The rest of this discussion is absolutely not safe for work and maybe I should put the adult splash page back up, because there is no squick warning splash page.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Out in the Rockies Blog Tour!


Hello, and welcome to Day 3 of the Out in the Rockies m/m Blog Tour! Out in the Rockies is fourteen days of fun and prizes, brought to you by eight Colorado-based authors of gay romance: George Seaton, PD Singer, Caitlin Ricci, Carter Quinn, Marie Sexton, Edward Kendrick, Brannan Black and Michelle L. Montgomery.

Today and Friday, we’ll be here sharing some excerpts and flash fiction. Before we get to that though, we’d like to invite you to check out the full schedule here:

At the end of the tour, we’ll give away a $120 gift card to either Amazon or All Romance Ebooks. Leave a comment here to be entered in the drawing.

Red+Blue by A.B. Gayle

Title: Red+Blue
Author: A.B. Gayle
Cover Artist: Anne Cain
Publisher: Dreamspinner
Genre: contemporary
Length: 325

An Opposites Attract novel
Fresh from backwoods Minnesota, actuarial student Ben Dutoit is ecstatic to land a job with Sydney Sutherland Family Insurance, one of the few companies that offers life insurance to people in the high-risk category. The fact that he gets to work in Gay Central, aka San Francisco, is just the icing on the rainbow-colored cake. Ben sets himself just three goals: be out and proud enough to participate in the Pride parade; seek out the company of like-minded souls in the clubs; and maybe, if he's lucky, fall in love. But the men Ben meets are everything he's not: suave, confident, sophisticated, and sexy. Unlike redneck Ben, they're blue bloods from blue states, born with status, wealth, and the responsibility that comes with the package. Ben's still wondering if red and blue can mix when he discovers what risk really means. The global economy tanks. The job he looked forward to is in jeopardy, and every dream Ben ever had is threatened, especially love, the biggest dream of all.
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The setting of this story is unique—insurance is one of those non-sexy essentials, something we don’t usually think about unless we’re either paying a premium or making a claim. A.B. Gayle gives a behind the scenes look into an industry that runs off math and investing, mostly through the eyes of Ben, the actuarial student—he doesn’t spend much time crunching numbers, and he’s a lot sexier than the usual math nerd. He’s come flying out of the closet once he comes to San Francisco, and dips his pen into the company ink with Jason, who’s much wilder than the usual insurance salesman.

[Review edited because I was a terrible reviewer and made spoilers. Bad Crys! Bad, bad Crys!]

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Hard Tail by JL Merrow

Title: Hard Tail
Author: JL Merrow
Cover Artist: Kanaxa
Publisher: Samhain
Genre: Contemporary
Length: 259
Rating: 4.25 stars out of 5


Finding love can be a bumpy ride.

His job: downsized out of existence. His marriage: on the rocks. It doesn’t take a lot of arm twisting for Tim Knight to agree to get out of London and take over his injured brother’s mountain bike shop for a while. A few weeks in Southampton is a welcome break from the wreck his life has become, even though he feels like a fish out of water in this brave new world of outdoor sports and unfamiliar technical jargon.

The young man who falls—literally—through the door of the shop brings everything into sharp, unexpected focus. Tim barely accepts he’s even in the closet until his attraction to Matt Berridge pulls him close enough to touch the doorknob.

There’s only one problem with the loveable klutz: his bullying boyfriend. Tim is convinced Steve is the cause of the bruises that Matt blows off as part of his risky sport. But rising to the defense of the man he’s beginning to love means coming to terms with who he is—in public—in a battle not even his black belt prepared him to fight. Until now.

Warning: Contains an out-and-proud klutz, a closeted, karate-loving accountant—and a cat who thinks it’s all about him. Watch for a cameo appearance from the Pricks and Pragmatism lovers. May inspire yearnings for fresh air, exercise, and a fit, tanned bike mechanic of your very own.

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For every door that closes, another door opens. For Tim, the dissolution of his marriage and the evaporation of his job let him step back from the cookie cutter corporate “happiness” that his life has become. Redundant at a job that he was good at but didn’t love, and redundant too in a marriage that was peaceful but not passionate, Tim has a chance to find out what he really wants.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Firenze by Barry Brennessel

Title: Crossroads: Firenze
Author: Barry Brennessel
Cover Artist: Deanna Jamroz
Publisher: MRL Press
Genre: contemporary
Length: 3100 words

Brandon Meier's academic year in Europe takes him far beyond museums, castles, and classrooms. When he embarks on a month-long rail journey, his sightseeing includes an edgy French boy, a Carravagio-esque Italian, a rich Swiss lad, a Croatian heartbreaker, and an Indonesian beauty in Amsterdam, to name but a few. These are lessons no textbook can ever teach.

It's not long before Brandon realizes that the best sightseeing is almost always off the beaten path. From sultry nights in saunas, to midnight strolls in seemingly endless parks, chance encounters in sleepy seaside towns and nights of wining, dining, BMW convertibles and penthouse apartments, Brian's year in Europe is anything but "by the textbook."
Next stop: Firenze


Review

Sometimes you have only five or seven minutes—this series of stories is meant to fill that need. A few thousand words isn’t much to build an entire story with, and this is really more of an interlude.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Reclaimed by Cari Z

Title: Reclaimed (Treasured #3)
Author: Cari Z.
Cover Artist: Winterheart Design
Publisher: Pink Petal Books
Genre: fantasy
Length: 44 pages
Rating: 3 stars out of 5


Everything seems perfect for Daniel Hart, set to graduate with his PhD and in love with the attentive but mysterious Rhys Daveth, a doppelganger and wanted criminal. Daniel's happiness is shattered when he has to make a painful choice between the man he loves and the vocation he's meant for. Even worse, a jealous figure from Rhys' past is determined to remove Daniel from the picture, which for him means taking on Daniel's shape and killing the original. If Rhys can't find him in time, Daniel will die, but after their last meeting Daniel doesn't even know if Rhys is interested in finding him any more.

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Some series are loosely connected—the order doesn’t matter and the entire backstory isn’t required to understand the current plot and world. Others must be read in strict order to get the entire picture. Starting here at Book 3 was probably not my best choice, and had I realized at the time it was a series, and tightly connected at that, I’d have read first things first.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Blog Hop Excerpt from PD Singer

From Fire on the Mountain by PD Singer.


The smoking litter led from the road to what had been a camp site. The tent itself had been reduced to a few charred shreds of fabric on poles that curved into the air in the center of a circle of burning pine duff. The trees grew thick here, tall and thin, fighting to reach the light with their green upper branches. Lower branches had lost the race to the sun, forfeited their needles to become dry snags. Everything around the tent amounted to dry fuel—bad conditions for a fire to get loose.
“I think if we clear a fire break over here, we can keep it from getting into the trees,” Kurt said, and we started scraping the earth clean. Starving the fire would work better than trying to put it out directly--I’d learned that much from last week’s efforts. We worked diligently and were nearly two thirds around the fire zone when the wind whipped up.

A Blog Hop Excerpt from Michele Montgomery

From Michele Montgomery's upcoming novel, Lethal Obsession: Deserted.

June, 1999 – London, UK
The gray eyed man made himself at home in the old English manor he’d broken into just moments before. He sat on the overstuffed chair in the corner of the darkened bedroom while the man of the house was in the shower, whistling away as if he had not a care in the world. The silent intruder settled back, his left leg thrown over his right knee, as comfortable as he could be. He ignored the water dripping down the sides of his face from his hair; it had been storming for the full two days he’d waited for the master of the house to return from his trip to Greece, and he’d waited outside the entire forty-eight hours, until the man finally came home.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Pearl by Kelly Rand

Pearl by Kelly Rand
Publisher: Storm Moon Press
Genre: Trans, Historical
Length: 24 pages



Edith sleepwalks through a life so normal as to be boring. She lives with her mother, works a mundane job to support them, and makes no waves among the ladies of her sleepy 1920's Canadian town. Secretly, though, she watches the flappers and so-called "loose women" with envy, dreaming of what glamorous lives they must have. And that's before Clark walks into her life.

Clark embodies the world that Edith wishes she could be a part of. He's slick and dangerous and sexy in a way Edith has never experienced. So when Clark offers her a window into his world, she dives through without thinking. On the other side, though, her black and white world explodes into shades of gray, challenging Edith in ways she never imagined.
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This short is hot and sweet, holding a bit of something different. Kelly Rand sets her well-crafted story, Pearl, in the Roaring Twenties, in a small town where the biggest roar is boredom. Then she throws the doors of possibility open.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

A Blog Hop excerpt from Edward Kendrick


Edward Kendrick, another of our Colorado authors, has a little snippet from a work in progress that went with one of the Thousand Word Thursday Pics.

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“Why don’t you look around while I have a few words with Juste,” Dilys told Tien.

Tien took the hint and strolled down one of the aisles, stopping when he found the section dedicated to the paranormal. Pulling out a book that looked intriguing he began to thumb through it, found an interesting story and began to read. He got lost in it, so when Juste tapped his shoulder he jumped, almost dropping the book. Embarrassed, he shoved it back where he found it.

Flash Fiction for the Blog Hop from Caitlin Ricci

Caitlin got inspired by the picture on Michelle Montgomery's new cover -- Michelle's book rocks, and so does Caitlin's little fic. Amazing how folks see things so differently! Both Caitlin and Michelle are Colorado authors, here for the Out in the Rockies Blog Tour.



Detective Jamison Landry crept quietly through the ransacked house on Lightwood Terrace. The smell of incense was thick in the air and he had to consciously hold his breath to keep from choking on the sweet stench. Behind him he heard the other members of his team struggling with it as well. They’d been sitting on the house for weeks and finally had the search warrant  to go in and seize was Jamison was sure would be a large cache of illegal drugs hidden somewhere in the nineteen fifties ranch style house.

A Blog Hop Excerpt by George Seaton



The Card
Fathers Day 2012 Release
By George Seaton


The dynamic between fathers and sons is complex, most often least understood by the players themselves. But is it the father who does not know his son, or is it the son who does not know his father?

The discovery of a Father's Day card in a box---long ago shoved into a dark corner in a cellar---provides a revelation to a son, a gay son that shatters all previous conclusions about his father. Set in Denver, the ravages of a massive flood, and the disappearance of a nine-year-old girl, provide the background for a son's coming of age, and a father's eerie ability to "...read the hunch...," that is essential to his prowess as a cop.

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I am looking at it now. It is an unremarkable card from the folks at Hallmark. It is mostly cream-colored, with a textured gold-colored ribbon surrounding the sentiment and drawing on the front. The sentiment reads, “To the best father in the world.” The drawing provides a briar pipe—quite simple in its design—resting in an ashtray on a round tabletop with a thin spiral of white smoke coming from a small red glow within the innards of the pipe’s bowl. A pair of leather gloves lay next to the ashtray. I do not know why this particular card captured my interest then, so many years ago. Then again, perhaps I do. I wonder at the symbolism of the drawing, especially the leather gloves. But even now I smell the delicious aroma of the tobacco mix (a tinge of vanilla), and I know the gloves would smell just as lovely if I could pick them up and cradle them against my nose. Maybe that was it. Maybe the image on the face of the card just impressed me as something the best father in the world would have on his side table. And, yes, perhaps the best father in the world would live on a wooded drive, in a two or three-story farmhouse in Vermont or Maine. Perhaps he and his son would walk the woods of ancient oak—the trails layered with the colors of fall—along with their three or four Irish Setters, and trade thoughts about life and living and the future. And, as the day began to fade and the wind picked up, they would walk back to the warm inviting farmhouse, the father’s hand upon the son’s shoulder.
My father smoked fat cigars. A large tumbler of scotch/water invariably sat next to his ashtray on the side table next to his—and only his—recliner; a large leather chair that sputtered a complaint when he first sat down and creaked whenever he stretched to retrieve his scotch or cigar from the side table. We, my mother and I, lived with my father in a ranch-style house in southwest Denver, with a backyard fenced-in by chain link that corralled a black, brown and white dog of indeterminate lineage; our trees were modest, bushes really. Our lives, unfortunately, did not conform to the pleasant world evoked by Hallmark.

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Coming on Father's Day (June 17) from MLR Press!

Find George's news and tidbits at here at his blog, and there's a review to his gothic romance, Finding Deaglan, somewhere around here, which is set in Colorado. I think the Byers-Evans House was part of the setting.

Monday, June 11, 2012

A Thousand Word Thursday story by Thorny Sterling

Toast to Love
By Thorny Sterling

I sat in my usual booth with an open bottle of beer in front of me. Well, it hadn’t been my booth for 3 months, 14 days, and about 2 hours, but I sat here considering maybe changing that.

“Don’t.”

“Huh?”

I looked up and there’s lean and lanky Tommy Chester. He’d been half the reason I’d stopped coming in here. He’d started bartending here, and it was no longer the place I could get away from the temptation of him in this hick town. Bad enough he worked behind me at the mill all day, now he was here too? Three months, 14 days, and about 2 hours ago, I’d gotten smashed lusting after those ropy arms, that silky black hair, and those big brown eyes only to have a near-death experience on the way home by being on the losing side of a run-in with a telephone pole.

I’d given up drinking and stayed away from the bar ever since.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Fallen Angel by Eden Winters

Title: Fallen Angel
Author: Eden Winters
Cover Artist: Alessia Brio
Publisher: Torquere Press
Genre: contemporary
Length: 212 pages

Ten years of rescuing lost youth from the streets wear a man out, and Noah Everett buckles under the pressure of being "The Angel." What began as a two-man mission is now going corporate, meaning rules, regulations and inexperienced volunteers needing guidance in a field Noah makes up as he goes along. On top of this, his latest prospective rescue doesn’t seem to go to plan. Is he losing his touch? Normally he’d turn to his mentor, Doc, in times of trouble, but the old man's strength isn't what it used to be. Noah’s lover would be the next most obvious choice to share this burden with, but Jeremy Kincaid is about to leave for college. After all Jeremy's endured to achieve this goal, Noah won’t stand in his way, even though he fears losing the man to the joys of student life.

Jeremy may be young and caught up in his own fights, but he's not blind to Noah’s plight, and now questions his own choices. Four years at State with a full ride will launch his future, but his present includes Noah--and a meth addict who’s become Jeremy’s own personal mission.

When a physical attack sends Noah spinning out of control, Jeremy must reevaluate his life and plans before the man he knows and loves disappears forever.

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For those of you who haven’t read Angel of Thirteenth Street, go fix that right now. Okay, you’re back? Good. Now we can talk, not so much because you need all the background in the first book as because it’s just that good and this follows on. Fallen Angel stands alone but is that much richer if you’ve read the first one.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

I didn't forget the eyecandy!

I'll take one of those! Anyone who has a little excerpt or story of 100 to 1000 words to explain why this fella is working on the beer, send it this way with your latest cover, blurb, and links. The rest of us will pop another cold one to keep him company.

I'm at CryselleC at gmail dot com.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Handle With Care by Josephine Myles

Title Handle With Care
Author Josephine Myles
Publisher Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: 191 pages


The best things in life aren’t free…they’re freely given.

Ben Lethbridge doesn’t have many vices left. After raising his little sister to adulthood, he wasted no time making up for the youth he lost to responsible parenting. Two years of partying it up—and ignoring his diabetes—has left him tethered to a home dialysis regimen.

He can do his job from his flat, fortunately, but most of his favourite things are forbidden. Except for DVD porn…and fantasizing over Ollie, the gorgeous, purple-haired skateboarder who delivers it.

Their banter is the highlight of Ben’s lonely day, but his illness-ravaged body is the cruel reality that prevents him from believing they’ll do anything more than flirt. Not to mention the age gap. Still, Ben figures there’s no harm in sprucing himself up a bit.

Then one day, a package accidentally splits open, revealing Ben’s dirty little secret…and an unexpected connection that leaves him wondering if he’s been reading Ollie wrong all this time. There’s only one way to find out: risk showing Ollie every last scar. And hope “far from perfect” is good enough for a chance at love.


Product Warnings: Contains superhero porn comics and a cute, accident-prone delivery guy with colour-changing hair. Readers may experience coffee cravings, an unexpected liking for bad mullets, and the urge to wrap Ollie up and take him home.

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Josephine Myles is an autobuy author for me, and once again she has demonstrated why. Her latest novel, Handle With Care delicately explores a budding relationship between a thirty-three year old kidney patient and the much younger parcel delivery man who brings the his nearly daily fixes of porn.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Last Stop by Lou Harper

Title: Last Stop
Author: Lou Harper
Cover Artist: Lou Harper
Publisher: Samhain
Genre: Contemporary
Length: 211 pages

When love drifts into his life, danger isn’t far behind.

Sam Mayne’s life is as dull as the dishwater in his small-town Montana diner, and that’s just how he wants it. Quiet, uneventful, safe from his shadowy past. The breezy young drifter who answers his help-wanted ad makes him uneasy in ways he dare not examine too closely. Except he can’t help but be pulled in by Jay Colby’s spunky attitude, endless stories, and undeniable sex appeal.

Fresh off yet another romantic disaster, Jay doesn’t understand his attraction to the taciturn line cook, but there’s no fighting the chemistry that lands them in bed together. Where Sam’s subtly dominant streak takes command, and Jay delights in discovering the pleasures of his submissive side.

Safe in the assumption their relationship is temporary, neither lover holds back when the heat is on. Until Sam’s deadly past catches up with them with a vengeance, forcing him to drop the life he’s built, pick up his lover, and run. As danger cuts closer to the bone, Sam and Jay are forced to face the truth. About themselves, about the depth of their love—and the newly forged bonds that are about to be tested to the limit.
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Product Warnings
Contains enough sparks to ignite a sexual fire, ably fanned by the judicious use of some interesting props, as well as some butt-warming spanking. Sizzzzle.

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Jay Colby drifts around, finding work and sex partners here and there as his needs dictate, and those needs aren’t always sexual. A sugar daddy, good for two nights or two years, is okay by him, and when he finds himself on the steps of a diner in Mini-town, Montana, he’ll sling hash and lay his boss with equal enthusiasm.