Sunday, 7 February 2016

Featured Bargain - All Romance ebooks

Guess what book of mine is half price at ARe today?

"I loved this book. It has torrid, forbidden romance, ups and downs, triumph and grief, and it made me CRY." - Ink Rainbow Reads

"This is one of those books that you wish you could read over and over for the first time!" - Bike Book Reviews

"I was sobbing like mad several times in this story, even though I knew it was coming.  But the power of the descriptions and the emotional strength of those moments won through and I was lost." - Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

"...truly an exceptional book." - Nautical Book Reviews

Saturday, 6 February 2016

Rainbow Snippet 6/7 Feb

Rainbow Snippets is a Facebook Group that invites authors to post 6 sentences of their work each weekend. It can be from anything you like, your current WIP, a recent release, the golden oldie that even you had forgotten you had written, or just a scrap of an idea (as long as it has 6 coherent sentences). Nothing of your own work worth mentioning? How about a 6 sentence review of your favourite LGBTQ+ story.

What to do this week? How about a snippet from my latest release 'New Lease of Life'? A contemporary romance set in London, it is available here from Dreamspinner Press. And if you time it right you could still get 25% in store.

“Uh-huh.” One of Colby’s large fingers hooked under Pip’s chin, bringing their faces level. “That’s better. Pip, you’re not damaged goods and you never have been, not to me. You’re a flawed hero. No, you’re my flawed hero, and I would be honored to be your sidekick. If you’ll have me?”

Divine Magazine said "I absolutely loved New Lease of Life. It's a feel good story that will touch your heart and keep you riveted to the very end."

Friday, 29 January 2016

Fiction Friday

If you hang around here for more than a couple of Fiction Friday posts you'll know that I like a plan for my reading. I don't always stick to it but I do like to have something to guide the way. Generally I set a different plan each month just to shake it up a bit.

My initial plan for January was to have another 'series' month whereby I try to finish a series to the end. I also decided that since I have a Kindle full of free reads I would try and read some of those as well. 

I started the 'series' reads quite well, completing the remainder of the 'With a Kick' series (Books 2 - 5) in the space of a week. I blogged about these here.

Then I started Victor J Banis' Tom and Stanley series, reading Deadly Nightshade and Deadly Wrong. If you're looking for Romance with that capital R I'd move right along, but if you don't mind a lead with issues and baggage and who hasn't got everything sorted by the end of the book then I'm happy to recommend these. Word to the wise Deadly Nightshade doesn't even have a HFN, in fact the ending is very downbeat as far as the relationship goes, so be prepared to buy the second book straight away.

I also read Secrets and Charmed & Secrets and Bow Ties by Lou Harper. (Books 2 & 3 in a 4 book series.) Both four star reads for me all the way. In fact Bow Ties actually gave me that 'scared in the pit of your stomach' feeling. I had intended to start on the next book in Lou Harper's series and then this happened.

Yep, Amber Quill Press announced they'd be shutting their doors for good at the end of March. Panic gripped me. I have many books by Amber Quill Press on my Kindle in that never decreasing TBR pile. What if a book had a sequel that I hadn't bought and it goes out of print never to return?

Change of reading plan.

Now reading nothing but Amber Quill books from my TBR pile... I will report on this change of plan in the coming weeks since it will certainly stretch into February.

Wait, I hear you cry, what about the freebies that you read?

Yes, exactly, what about them. Read: 12. DNF'd: 5 (although one was based on content rather than quality. Too macabre.) Of the 12, I deleted 9 off my Kindle immediately. 4 were MPREG (but only half were deleted). 3 were installment/serial fiction (2 were deleted). 4 actually had a half way decent plot, but of these, 1 was installment, 1 was horror and therefore not my thing (and deleted), and 2 needed massive content edits for plot holes and relationship development.
Sometimes these freebies will throw up a diamond in the rough or hidden treasure, not so this time.

This post has grown longer than I intended.

Next Fiction Friday post will all about Amber!

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Something's missing

I don't know if you've noticed, but Lesson Learned has disappeared from the book shelves of all the normal retailers.

Basically I got my rights back from Ellora's Cave in mid December. Getting this book back out on sale is one of my solid plans for 2016. 

So for now Nathan and Drew will be taking a break but I promise they will definitely be returning under my own Finally Love Press imprint. 

Hopefully this time their story will have a cover that actually has a connection to the story!

Saturday, 23 January 2016

Rainbow Snippet - 23/24 Jan

Rainbow Snippets is a Facebook Group that invites authors to post 6 sentences of their work each weekend. It can be from anything you like, your current WIP, a recent release, the golden oldie that even you had forgotten you had written, or just a scrap of an idea (as long as it has 6 coherent sentences). Nothing of your own work worth mentioning? How about a 6 sentence review of your favourite LGBTQ+ story.

My six lines last week came from my current WIP, Resistance. Today I thought I'd dip into the prequel, Resonance, Rick and Mal meet for the first time.

“Now shh while I find out where that tail goes.”
His mouth ghosted over the small of my back, pausing to tongue at my dimples. I wriggled, rubbing my rock hard cock against the welcome friction of the mattress. It felt as though he’d been teasing me for hours and from the expert way that he played my body, knowing just how to hold me still and when to let me squirm it felt as if I’d known him years.
His tongue reached my coccyx where the dragon’s tail veered off to my right buttock before curling around itself on the swell of my arse cheek. Nothing so crude as an arrow pointing directly to my pucker.

Resonance is currently free at ARe or 99p from Amazon.

Friday, 22 January 2016

Fiction Friday - Festive edition

Christmas, a time of good cheer and plenty of feel good books to read.

I had a long list of books I wanted to get to this year but I didn't manage even half of them. In fact there were some that I was really looking forward to that never got opened and a huge pile from last year (2014) that still never got read. But I did read some excellent stories with the warm and fuzzies galore.

Winter Wonderland (Minnesota Christmas #3) by Heidi Cullinan. One of most eagerly anticipated books of the year. I was sitting on this for weeks but refused to let myself open it until 1st December. 5 stars for the book and 5 for the series. Please say there will be more... Winter Wedding, anyone?

The Winter Spirit by Indra Vaughn. A warning to all. Read the Blurb, or at least glance at the cover. Either would have given me the inkling that the love story was with the ghost *facepalm* No wonder I wasn't feeling the relationship in the first part of the story, I had the wrong MC. Once I got back on track I thoroughly enjoyed this one.

One Holiday Ever After by Tere Michaels (Goodreads Author), Elle Brownlee (Goodreads Author), Elizah J. Davis. Three stories in one book here. Holiday Roommates - 4.5* Delightful./Holiday Sanctuary - 4* Very cute./Holiday Homecoming - 4.5* Gorgeous. Honestly I know the average of the 3 stories is closer to 4 than 5 but the stories are such an amazing collection of sweet, Christmasy goodness that I couldn't give them anything less.

The Working Elf Blues by Piper Vaughn. Throughly charming. And apparently I have a soft spot for stories set in the North Pole!

If Only in My Dreams by Keira Andrews. Road Trip. Former friends to enemies to lovers. What's not to love.

What Happens At Christmas by Jay Northcote. A veritable pile of tropes, brilliantly executed.

An Angel in Eyeliner by Hunter Frost. This was a pleasant surprise. A new to me author. And a sweet story.

Talk Turkey (Sleigh Ride - 2015 Advent Calendar) by Bru Baker. I didn't buy all of the Advent this year. But I did pick a few that were either by favourite authors or got decent reviews from the first few readers. And I think I was hungry when I wrote my review on Goodreads!

Personal Shopper by Tere Michaels. Cute with a twist.

Christmas Miracles of a Recently Fallen Spruce (Sleigh Ride - 2015 Advent Calendar) by Brandon Witt. The last line is perfect.

Grateful (Sleigh Ride - 2015 Advent Calendar) by Kim Fielding. If there is ever a time of the year to believe in love at first sight it's Christmas.

Midwinter Night's Dream (Unwrapping Hank #2) by Eli Easton. I had my issues with this book, more so than any other on the list, but I still enjoyed reading (most) of it. More details of my issues in the Goodreads link.

Humbug by Joanna Chambers. At 48% I was firmly in the 'I hate this MC' camp. And then a miracle happened...

Loving Blitz (North Pole City Tales #4) by Charlie Cochet. An obsession with the North Pole, I tell you. It's the only explanation.

Magic & Mistletoe by Annabelle Jacobs. No angst. Not a jot.

A Fortunate Blizzard by L.C. Chase. I started the month on a 5 star read and ended on one too. I sobbed my way through a lot of this book. Highly recommended but tissues may be required.

I read more, a total of 32 books over the month. I dnf'd none (in the spirit of the season I skimmed rather than dnf'd), although two were deleted from my Kindle immediately after finishing (can you guess which ones I skimmed, then). The remainder were satisfactory to good reads, with a coupe that would have made it to this list with a bit more backstory and a couple more chapters.

All in all a successful month of reading.

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

With a Kick Wednesday - A Fiction Friday post for the hump day

With a Kick is a series of novellas/novels set in London and alternately written by Clare London and Sue Brown.

I read the first of these stories, A Twist and Two Balls by Clare London, at the end of November and promptly fell in love. With the idea, with the ice cream shop, with the secondary characters, and most importantly with the MCs, especially Nuri.

I moved on to read Nice and Snow in December. That meant jumping out of order but the story dealt with the same two MCs as in ATTB and if anything they were even more engaging the second time around.

Then in early January I finished off this series.

Hissed as a Newt by Sue Brown starts with a drunken clown rolling around in the gutter. Normally I hate clowns but Stan was a darling.

Slap and Tickle by Clare London is, as the name suggests, a kinky little offering and I loved Phiz and the way he lets his mouth run away with him.

Bells and Balls by Sue Brown. Not one but two rugby players. Anyone who has read my own books will know I have a soft spot for a man who can play rugby, so this one had my name written all over it :) Sweet, and we get to catch up with several of the other couples, plus it's Christmas to boot.

Pluck and Play by Clare London. A busking cowboy! Plus a real sense of a threat in this book made this one of my favourites in this series.

This is a great little series, full of a well-rounded cast of reoccurring characters, and plenty of British humour.

And there is another book coming in February *snoopy dance*

Plus if you pick these books up in January they are half price at ARe and Amazon