And it’s out on March 17, 2017. Continue reading Guest Post and Giveaway: There’s This Guy by Rhys Ford
Release Date: April 5
Cover Artist: Garrett Leigh at Black Jazz Design
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Close friends and partners at FireWorks Security, Joel Weston and Kieran Ross know each others strengths and weaknesses. They have each others backs, make a formidable team, and carefully ignore their volatile chemistry.
When Kieran struggles with the aftermath of an assignment gone wrong, Joel is there to help. When Joel is caught in an explosion, Kieran jumps into a burning marina to rescue the man who means so much to him. But they never discuss whats closest to their hearts, not prepared to risk their friendship for the mere possibility of something more.
Faced with bombs, assassins, and old ghosts, Joel and Kieran must find out why theyre targets, who is coming after them, andmost of allhow each would feel if he lost the other. Should they continue as best friends, or is it time to take a leap of faith?
Jackie Keswick was born behind the Iron Curtain with itchy feet, a bent for rocks and a recurring dream of stepping off a bus in the middle of nowhere to go home. She’s worked in a hospital and as the only girl with 52 men on an oil rig, spent a winter in Moscow and a summer in Iceland and finally settled in the country of her dreams with her dream team: a husband, a cat, a tandem, a hammer and a laptop.
Jackie loves stories about unexpected reunions and second chances, and men who don’t follow the rules when those rules are stupid. She has a thing for green eyes, blogs about English history and food, and is a great believer in making up soundtracks for everything, including her characters and the cat.
And she still hasn’t found the place where the bus stops.
For questions and comments, not restricted to green eyes, bus stops or recipes for traditional English food, you can find Jackie Keswick in all the usual places:
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1. Teddy Bears (2016 Advent Calendar “Bah Humbug”) by Brandon Witt
Teddy Bears went against the norm with interesting, non-typical romance MCs in that they were both over forty and one was a reserved, dorky geek who struggled with body image. It ended up being a sweet romance and a lovely journey to self-acceptance.
1. A Kind of Romance by Lane Hayes
I still think this is my favorite Lane Hayes book yet and I LOVE her books so that’s a huge thing. Benny and Zeke are opposites. Zeke is a workaholic with daddy issues and hang ups about how gay men should act. Benny is fabulous and unapologetic about it. A forced set up brings them together. Their dynamic clashes in the best most explosive way. I was totally smitten with this couple. Zeke grows so much in this story. The push and pull are deliciously torturous. I adored this book!
The Impossible Boy – Anna Martin
This is not your average love story.
Ben Easton is not your average romantic hero. Hes a tattooed, badass, wannabe rock star, working in a perfectly horrible dive bar in Camden Town. His life is good, and hes totally unprepared for how one man will turn it upside down.
Stan isnt your average heroine. As a gender-fluid man, he proudly wears his blond hair long, his heels sky-high, and his make-up perfectly executed. A fashion industry prodigy, Stan is in London after stints working in Italy and New York City, and he quickly falls for Bens devil-may-care attitude and the warm, soft heart Ben hides behind it.
Beneath the perfect, elegant exterior, Stan has plenty of scars from teenage battles with anorexia. And it only takes the slightest slip for his demons to rush back in while Bens away touring with his band. With the band on the brink of a breakthrough, Ben is forced to find a way to balance the opportunity of a lifetime with caring for his beautiful boyfriend. Continue reading Release Blitz & Giveaway: The Impossible Boy by Anna Martin
Another satisfying year of books! I’ve listed several debut authors and new-to-me authors this time, along with some tried and true favorites.
These are in no particular order:
1. Bitter Legacy by Dal Maclean
A knockout of a debut novel, this brilliant and captivating page turner is an out of the box, thought provoking, daring, and emotionally wrenching story. Unforgettable characters involved in a perplexing crime mystery as well as mysteries of the heart. Exactly what I hope for when I pick up a book. A flat out, hold-your-breath ride to the end. More…please!
2016 had some powerhouse books. More importantly, I feel those books had some powerhouse characters full of moral ambiguity. I want to tread that fine line between needing to forgive a character and wanting to never see them again.
As always, these books are in no particular order of preference.
1. Rock N Soul by Lauren Sattersby
I’m not usually into ghost books, however; the emotional progression in this book is stunning. I was so wrecked by the end which is also something I’m not usually into. TL;DR I shouldn’t have loved this book, but I did.
This vignette is something of a prologue for the forthcoming novella, ‘Get Lucky’ (coming out this December in the Once Upon a Time in the Weird West anthology). The story takes place in the same steampunk, weird west setting as ‘The Hollow History of Professor Perfectus’ (published in the anthology Magic and Mayhem), as well as The Long Past collection, which will be released in January 2018. -Ginn
Dalfon Elias drew his horse to halt at the top of the wooded hill and considered the overgrown road ahead of him. As he dismounted, a little green pterosaur that had been occupied drinking from a muddy rut took flight into a flowering dogwood. Otherwise the road appeared largely abandoned and the surrounding lush forest stood quiet in the early morning sun. Dalfon crouched. The tracks that he followed weren’t difficult to pick out; the two nails missing from the horse’s hind shoe left a particularly distinct impression. Continue reading “Floods End” by Ginn Hale
The victim lay on the table and the bright lights shining down on the body allowed the Dr. Peter Fontaine to examine the injuries in great detail. The rich, flawless brown skin appeared to be nearly perfect except for the very clear presence of bite marks on the lower left leg.
Who could have taken such a depraved step? Who, seeing this perfect beauty would savagely tear into her with their teeth alone?
Peter adjusted the lights and leaned in to examine the wound more closely, photographing the jagged edges in detail.
They would need to get a forensic dentist in—to make a mold of the teeth for further identification.
Then a long shadow fell across the subject. Looking up he saw Lt. Olson standing, arms crossed over his chest observing him.
“Are you finished?” he asked.
“I think I need a couple more minutes to document this to narrow down the suspects,” Peter mumbled.
“Suspects?” Nick moved around the table to get a clearer view of the injury that had captured Peter’s attention. “To me this seems like an open and shut case.”
Peter glanced up to see the corner of Nick’s mouth twist up in a quirky half-smile. Now that he’d fully broken the surface of his TV coroner fantasy the real world swirled in around him. He felt the heat of the kitchen and heard the music drifting up from where their guests sat in the living room.
Yet Nick stood there frowning down at the turkey like the best crime-scene re-enactor around.
“I found a resident of the house behaving suspiciously and, on a hunch, processed her coat for trace evidence,” Nick went on. “I found evidence of butter, sage and parsley.”
“What do you mean the behaving suspiciously?” Peter asked. He couldn’t believe that Nick was playing along with this. Or that he had somehow known exactly what had been going on in Peter’s head.
Had he been talking to himself out loud? Granted, that sometimes happened but usually only when he was drunk and he hadn’t had even cracked open a single Thanksgiving beer yet.
“The subject was observed standing in a corner licking her chops in an exaggerated manner.” Nick pointed to the corner of the kitchen where their cat, Gigi sat. Her long pink tongue flicked out and around her muzzle as though it was an independent creature. “I don’t think we’ll get a confession out of her, but I think if we subject her to a sniff test we’ll get a whiff of poultry. I’m pretty sure we can get a conviction.”
“But look at her.” Peter whirled around, clutching at Nick’s shirtfront. He seemed slightly taken aback but then resolved himself back into her role of sardonic detective. Peter wound his fingers harder in Nick’s sweater. “She’s clearly starving.”
“But the evidence is right there. Anyone looking at it will know there has been a crime.” Nick pointed to the molested turkey leg. “It’s out of our hands.”
“But what if we take it apart,” Peter whispered.
“You mean destroy evidence of cat lips?”
“Birds get carved all the time. All we have to do is take these legs off, slice the breast and put it on a platter.”
“Dismembering the body, huh?” Nick gave a low whistle. This attracted Gigi, who started circling his leg. “It could work.”
“No one needs to know about the cat lips.” Peter drew nearer. “The bird was already dead anyway.”
“But we know where those lips have been,” Nick pointed out. “Dark places. Nasty places.”
“We can just cut that part off,” Peter persisted. “If I leave it on the floor I’m pretty sure the remaining evidence will vanish.”
Their course decided, they set to the carcass quickly.
It was greasy work. More than once, Peter’s fingers plunged into stuffing, but in the end the bones were picked clean and the slices artfully arranged on a platter.
Nick bore the grand dish into the dining room. Peter followed behind, holding a gravy boat.
Both heard the tiny sound of cat lips smacking behind them, but neither said a word.
Nicole Kimberling lives in Bellingham, Washington with her wife, Dawn Kimberling, two bad cats as well as a wide and diverse variety of invasive and noxious weeds. Her first novel, Turnskin, won the Lambda Literary Award for Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror. She is also the author of the Bellingham Mystery Series.
The Bellingham Mystery Series is available here. I cannot recommend this series enough. READ IT!!! No, really. Go get these books and read them.
It was going to be her most favourite holiday, Deacon decided. Sure, Christmas would always hold a special place in Zig’s heart and he’d done his damned best on her birthday but Thanksgiving—this Thanksgiving—was going to break all expectations.
Because for the first time in Zig’s short, tumultuous hard life, she was in a place she called home and was elbow deep into the cavity of a thawed out twenty-pound turkey, shoving balls of Portuguese-sausage-and-mushroom stuffing into its cavernous hollow. Continue reading “Thanksgiving Marshmallows” by Rhys Ford