Home The Hard Way

Cover by Amber Shah      Author: ZA Maxfield

     Publisher: Riptide Publishing

     Rating: 4 stars

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     Type: Standalone Novel

     Purchased by reviewer


Blurb:  Dare Buckley has come home—or at least, he’s come back to Palladian, the small town he left as a teenager. After a major lapse in judgment forced him to resign from the Seattle PD, Palladian is the only place that’ll hire him. There’s one benefit to hitting rock bottom, though: the chance to investigate the mystery of his father’s suicide.

Dare also gets to reacquaint himself with Finn Fowler, whose childhood hero worship ended in uncomfortable silence when Dare moved away. But Finn isn’t the same little kid Dare once protected. He’s grown into an attractive, enigmatic stranger who neither wants nor needs what Dare has to offer.

In fact, Dare soon realizes that Finn’s keeping secrets—his own and the town’s. And he doesn’t seem to care that Dare needs answers. The atmosphere in Palladian, like its namesake river, appears placid, but dark currents churn underneath. When danger closes in, Dare must pit his ingenuity against his heart, and find his way home the hard way. Continue reading Home The Hard Way


     Author: SJD Peterson

     Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

     Rating: 4 stars

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     Type: Standalone novel

     Received from Publisher


Blurb:  With his fauxhawk, sleeve tattoos, and visible piercings, Ridley Corbin has the whole bad ass vibe going on in spades. The image serves him well as the self-proclaimed protector of the underdog, and he wants nothing more than to be Alex Firestone’s hero.

Alex, a mild-mannered library assistant, has moved to Slater, a quiet college town, hoping to hide from his past. He keeps to himself, but that doesn’t save him from catching the unwanted attention of the campus bully. But not all is as it seems. Alex’s past comes calling, and it’s time he becomes top dog. Continue reading BAMF

The Art Of The Heart

     Author: Dan Skinner

     Publisher: Cerberus Inc.

     Rating: 4.5 stars

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     Type: Short Story

     Purchased by reviewer


Blurb:  The heartland of America in 1965 feels like the end of the road for seventeen-year-old Zac Weston. After all, there’s nowhere to go when you’re shy, gay, and a virgin. A natural artist, inspiration strikes in the form of neighbor boy Rory, and Zac’s fantasies spill onto the pages of his notebook. When Zac’s secret is discovered, it might take more than wishes to magically make his world right. Continue reading The Art Of The Heart


     Author: James Patterson                                David Ellis

     Publisher: Little, Brown and                                              Company

     Rating: 5 stars

     Buy Links: Amazon

     Type: Standalone

     Purchased by reviewer


Blurb:  Everyone thinks Emmy Dockery is crazy. Obsessed with finding the link between hundreds of unsolved cases, Emmy has taken leave from her job as an FBI researcher. Now all she has are the newspaper clippings that wallpaper her bedroom, and her recurring nightmares of an all-consuming fire.

Not even Emmy’s ex-boyfriend, field agent Harrison “Books” Bookman, will believe her that hundreds of kidnappings, rapes, and murders are all connected. That is, until Emmy finds a piece of evidence he can’t afford to ignore. More murders are reported by the day–and they’re all inexplicable. No motives, no murder weapons, no suspects. Could one person really be responsible for these unthinkable crimes?

INVISIBLE is James Patterson’s scariest, most chilling stand-alone thriller yet. Continue reading Invisible

Understanding Jeremy (Discovering Me #2)

     Author: AM Arthur

     Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

     Rating: 5 stars

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     Type: Novella from Series

     Purchased by reviewer


Blurb:  No one in Jeremy Collins’s life ever stays. His parents, sister, and wife are all dead. Now he has taken Cole Alston into his home to help him recover from years of abuse at the hands of his ex. Jeremy hopes Cole, who he loves, will stick around, but after eight years of Cole not being allowed to make his own choices, Jeremy doesn’t think he has the right to ask. As Jeremy keeps his concerns and desires to himself, his best friend Bethann calls on him for a huge favor–claim he’s the father of her baby so she isn’t ostracized in their small town for sleeping with a married man. However doing so would be tantamount to denying his relationship with Cole. Rumors fly before Jeremy can explain to Cole that he said no, and suddenly the whole town is in his business. Rather than reassure Cole, Jeremy’s explanations have the opposite effect. Something is going on in Cole’s mind that Jeremy doesn’t know about, and in order to get Cole to talk, Jeremy will need to confront his own deepest fear. Continue reading Understanding Jeremy (Discovering Me #2)

Unexpected Trust (Unexpected #2)

     Author: Silvia Violet

     Publisher: Silvia Violet Books

     Rating: 4 stars

     Buy Links: Amazon

     Type: Second novel in Series

     Purchased by reviewer


Blurb: Special Agent Hugh Cranford, better known as Sport, is conducting an off-the-record investigation. He’s after Danny O’Sullivan, a spy rumored to have assisted in the ambush of Sport’s former SEAL team. Danny claims he and Sport are on the same side, and the real traitor is the man Sport is working for. But Danny is a master manipulator. He’s also the most seductive man Sport has ever met. Sport can’t help being attracted to him, but that doesn’t mean he’s willing to trust him.

In his quest to bring down a few highly-placed traitors in the US government, Danny O’Sullivan has been keeping tabs on Sport. When Sport comes looking for him, Danny decides to bring Sport in on his secret mission and into his bed. Sport may not trust Danny, but he wants him. As the two men risk their lives to complete Danny’s mission, they discover neither is as strong as they like to pretend. Continue reading Unexpected Trust (Unexpected #2)

Filthy Acquisitions

     Author: Edmond Manning

     Publisher: Wilde City

     Rating: 4 stars

     Buy Links: Wilde City                                 Amazon

     Type: Standalone Novel

     Received From Publisher


Blurb: Keldon Thurman hates his job, purchasing serial killer art for a private investor. He would quit if he weren’t completely impoverished, but with no life skills and no ways to generate income, Keldon has no options.

However, Acquisition Number Five proves to be more challenging than expected. Wheel-chair bound Irene Woullet and her handsome nurse caretaker, Joshua Greene, refuse to cooperate. Keldon’s only chance is to seduce the old-fashioned, simple-living Josh in the hopes that Joshua can persuade Irene. But Keldon has to work fast—he has only two dates to win Josh’s affection.

With love’s potential in bloom, how can Keldon live with his own worsening conscience as he gathers these filthy acquisitions?

Continue reading Filthy Acquisitions

Chasing Sunrise: Blog Tour


It’s About The Book is happy to be hosting Lex Chase for her blog tour for Chasing Sunrise. It’s the first in a new trilogy which is very different from her previous works.  Thank you, Lex, for stopping by!

Heya and howdy do! I’m Lex Chase and I want to give a big thank you to the ladies at It’s About the Book for hosting me today on the Chasing Sunrise Blog Tour!

Chasing Sunrise paranormal urban fantasy featuring people eating vampires that definitely don’t sparkle, Ancient Roman shifters, torture, war, genocide, and a love story that causes irrevocable consequences. It’s definitely not your standard fluffy paranormal. It’s dark, and leads readers to places that they never thought capable. Even Whit left this lovely review right here that sums it up.

BiancaOne of the interesting thing about her review that tickled me, as the mention of the supporting cast of these female warriors and how she liked them. This was music to my ears! The women in question are King Sevon’s royal guard, a sisterhood known as the Armigers. They actually outnumber the male characters in the book, so it was a concern of how women in an M/M book would be received.

The captain of the Armigers, Bianca, and her second-in-command, Chaney, are a pair very dear to me. They’re a devoted lesbian couple that have a story just as epic as Sevon and Jack. In Chasing Sunrise we only get brief glimpses of their love for each other, but in those glimpses I wanted to express that they have a love extends beyond time itself. They have such a deep love for each other that Sevon can only dream of one day reaching with Jack.

But there’s a twist with Bianca and Chaney. We learn through the Darkmore Saga is there is a concept of a Chrono and an awakened. The easiest way to break this down is a Chrono is what we’d consider a “Maker” and the awakened is the “progeny” according to popular vampire tropes. A Chrono is a giver of time that makes an awakened immortal, or… have all the time in the world as it were.

Also another aspect of being awakened, harkens to the belief that one is not truly awake and aware of the truths to the world when they were once human. I’m a huge philosophy nerd, and I essentially try to put the concepts in plain enough English that readers aren’t left scratching their heads and running to Google for wtf did I say? I am absolutely and constantly slipping this stuff in left and right on the downlow. In the case of the awakened and seeing the “truth of reality” is a very teeny tiny subtle reference to German philosopher Immanuel Kant being inspired by philosopher David Hume with the line that Hume had “awoken him from his long dogmatic slumbers.”

Short version: It’s cool, kk? 😀Chaney

In Chasing Sunrise we discover that for a Chrono and awakened to have a romantic relationship, it’s a punishable criminal offense. While centuries have passed, many are still quite close-minded to such a relationship. To earn Sevon’s trust, Bianca confesses to Sevon that Chaney is her Chrono and they are indeed lovers. Sevon, who is gay, at first finds this news absolutely scandalous and uncomfortable.

I enjoy the play of taking the “scandal” of a gay relationship, and twisting it into something else. Something else that readers of LGBT fiction would find familiar but unusual. We have read countless stories of gay relationships facing trials and dangers if they can truly remain together, and we’re aware it’s going to all be okay in the end.

But what about a trope where being gay isn’t the issue at all, but a certain social standing? Or a certain race of people? Or in the case of the Darkmore Saga certain species of werecritters, and immortals having relations with mortals (which is a whole other ball of wax.) It’s a trope that is interesting to explore beyond LGBT couples but straight ones as well. And it’s something where readers are not exactly truly sure if it’s going to work out for the best like they’re so comfortable in the standard LGBT relationship story.

Essentially, Bianca and Chaney serve as my own poster children for civil rights in the context of this series. And I hope M/M readers appreciate and want to learn more about their love story as well as Sevon and Jack. Because these ladies have weathered the storms of their relationship and they have become so diesel, they can and will rise to the occasion.




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Genre: Vampires, Werewolves/Shapeshifters, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Fantasy
Series: The Darkmore Saga: Book One
Length: Novel
Published: July 25, 2014
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN: 978-1-62798-776-9
Buy: Paperback or eBook

Chasing Sunrise
The Darkmore Saga: Book One
On the Coastal Bend of Texas, a hidden kingdom called Darkmore lies in ruins, and King Sevon Maraté is trapped. Using Sevon as a mouthpiece and a scapegoat, Lord Dominic rules from the shadows. Sevon copes with the unrelenting abuse by dressing in women’s finery and casting an image of graceful nobility. Born of royal verkolai blood and as beautiful as he is lethal, he possesses the ability to part the Veil separating his world from hundreds of others. His gift is his chance to escape, but Dominic refuses to relinquish his tool for power. Dominic forges an ambitious plan to invade the prosperous land of Priagust. Only a select few know the mythic kingdom of shifters exists. Sevon is out of options for his people’s survival, and cooperating with Dominic is his only chance.

On their foray into Priagust, Dominic’s men kidnap and interrogate a shifter named Jack. Even under torture, Jack’s loyalty to his kind never wavers. But as Jack’s knowledge about Darkmore’s king and its history unsettles Sevon, a curious bond begins to form. Despite Sevon’s mistrust, Jack is determined to tame Sevon’s wild heart and perhaps earn his freedom. As invasion looms, Sevon wonders if trusting Jack will lead him into another trap or if he should forget about chasing the sunrise and remain Dominic’s compliant prisoner.

Chasing Sunrise Excerpt

A knock at the study doors startled Sevon, and the accompanying peal of thunder aggravated the situation. “Enter,” Sevon growled.

The door parted, and green eyes flickered through the dim lantern light. Sevon stiffened with the recognition that the emerald eyes belonged to Lady Bianca, the captain of the Armigers. Her skin was as white as paper and her makeup as black as calligraphy ink. Her lips were stained with obsidian glaze, her eyes rimmed in swooshes of kohl, and her jet-black Mohawk styled into a professional tail down the middle of her scalp. Bianca’s silver piercings, necklace chains, rings on every finger, and fashion sense were drawn from the human rock stars of the seventies. She was a punked-out rabble-rouser in the wrong decade.

“Your Majesty, if I may have a word?”

Sevon didn’t know what to make of her and the fact she would reach out so soon. He squinted, and something tickled at his memory like the haze of a dream.

“Do I know you?” Sevon asked as he tried to put her face onto a point of reference.

Bianca bowed her head. “Yes, Your Majesty. You were just a boy. My wife and I have very fond memories.”

Sevon smiled; Bianca seemed respectful at least. He prodded for more information. “Your wife? Is she here?”

Bianca was a handsome woman in the way Sevon was a beautiful man. Her smile was one of confidence and fearlessness. “Lady Chaney, Your Majesty. She’s my Chrono

The term hit Sevon with a thump to the chest. “Your Chrono?” he asked convinced he misheard her. He didn’t know what to say. He had never met another aisa that had such a taboo relationship.

Bianca smirked. She was testing him. It was impossible she could be lovers with her Chrono. “One of the many crimes I have willingly committed in my lifetime,” she said.

Sevon decided to hold this nugget of information in case the right opportunity presented itself. He nodded. “And now you are here to atone for your wrongdoings.”

“And perhaps guide His Majesty out of his own,” Bianca said.

He gauged her tone and noted the hint of compassion. Sevon was still suspicious. Dominic had insisted on letting the Armigers into the kingdom. Clearly, they were his allies.

Sevon didn’t respond but changed the subject instead. “You had something you’d like to say?”

Bianca stepped toward the window and held out a hand. “I hope His Majesty is aware that the people of Darkmore cannot survive like this,” she said in a low tone, as if she was warning a child. “I’ve caught up on the recent events of this kingdom. Just tonight, I’ve uncovered issues of repossessing the stockyards. And then burning noble homes in disagreement with the Crown to cinders? I’ll have you know Lord Unger was the ambassador of the king of Leiser Nachtwald, Darkmore’s connection to Eastern Europe. He has been our ally since before you were born. His king trusted Darkmore to have his best interests at heart. How do you think it appears to his king that Darkmore shows no mercy to Unger’s court and Unger himself?”

Sevon’s eyebrow quirked and his lips pressed into a thin line. He couldn’t tell Bianca the truth. He didn’t dare. Someone was listening somewhere, and the news would get back to Dominic. “Dominic says Leiser Nachtwald has nothing to offer us anyway,” Sevon expertly lied. He assumed an air of indifference and tried to throw Bianca off the trail.

Bianca straightened to her full height of six feet. She turned to face him, and there was no mistaking her doubt. “Oh really now? How can Lord Ravensgrove be so certain?”

“Because he is,” Sevon said, waving a hand. He glanced toward the window to keep from looking Bianca in the eye. If she could see him clearly, she’d catch him in his lies. “We have everything right where it’s supposed to be,” he said, injecting confidence into his voice.

Bianca frowned. “Have you even been listening? Rationing resources when it’s quite apparent the kingdom doesn’t have enough to go around to begin with? Assassinating people for having an opinion?”

Sevon stood and strode to the bookcase. Keeping his back to Bianca, he waved behind him. “Yes, yes, whatever. That’s all very small in the scheme of things.”

“By the fangs of my ancestors!” Bianca growled. “What are you talking about?”

Sevon scanned the bookcase, and his fingers flicked over the spines of the old tomes. He brightened when he found an antiquated atlas. He shouldered the gargantuan book off the shelf, then slammed it onto the desktop. Bianca danced back three steps as Sevon flipped to the proper page. He smiled in contentment at the continent spanning the two enormous sheaves of paper.

“There. Our new home,” Sevon purred in quiet reverence.

Bianca stepped toward the desk, examining the book. “Saionavora? The shifters’ land? It’s a fairy tale!”



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LXC_FlamesAbout the Author:

Lex Chase once heard Stephen King say in a commercial, “We’re all going to die, I’m just trying to make it a little more interesting.” She knew then she wanted to make the world a little more interesting.

Weaving tales of cinematic, sweeping adventure, epic love—and depending on how she feels that day—Lex sprinkles in high-speed chases, shower scenes, and more explosions than a Hollywood blockbuster. She loves tales of men who kiss as much as they kick ass. She believes if you’re going to going to march into the depths of hell, it better be beside the one you love.

Lex is a pop culture diva and her DVR is constantly backlogged. She wouldn’t last five minutes without technology in the event of the apocalypse and has nightmares about refusing to leave her cats behind. She is incredibly sentimental, to the point that she gets choked up at holiday commercials. But like the lovers driven to extreme measures to get home for the holidays, Lex believes everyone deserves a happy ending.

Lex also has a knack for sarcasm, never takes herself seriously, and has been nicknamed “The Next Alan Moore” by her friends for all the pain and suffering she inflicts on her characters. She is a Damned Yankee hailing from the frozen backwoods of Maine residing in the ’burbs of Northwest Florida where it could be 80F and she’d be a popsicle.

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Chasing Sunrise Tour Stops:

7/13 – Chris T. Kat – The Power of Androgyny

7/17 – Michael Rupured – Whispering for Help: Chasing Sunrise Goes Viral

7/19 – Lily Velden – Don’t Lose Your Way

7/20 – Jaime Samms – Screw Sparklepires! Meet the Aisa

7/22 – Aidee Ladnier – Were…what? Meet the Shifters!

7/24 – Grace Duncan – Walking the Runway with Sevon

7/25 – Chasing Sunrise Release Day!

7/26 – Shira Anthony – When Disaster Strikes: Natural Disasters in Fiction

7/29 – Dreamspinner Twitter Takeover with Charlie Cochet

7/30 – It’s About The Book – “I loved you before Nazareth.” Meet Bianca and Chaney

8/2 – Chat at the Dreamspinner Press Facebook Page

8/8 – Charlie Cochet – The Catharsis of Lovers Shirts

8/13 – Gay List Book Reviews – The Necessity of Brutality

8/16 – Tali Spencer – The Shape of Things to Come: Glass Moon

Drift (Turbulence #2)

     Author: Lyn Gala

     Publisher: Loose Id

     Rating: 4 stars

     Buy Links: Loose Id and Amazon

     Type: Sequel Novel

     Purchased by reviewer



Blurb:  Allie always enjoyed casual sex with crewmates, but the war never let her get too close to anyone. Now the war is over, and shipmates lost. Somewhere Allie lost some part of herself, too. But no matter how hard she tries, she can’t escape the gentle touch of Shank Lacroix, her favorite lover. He insists on standing by her and helping her find the missing pieces. The problem is that the old pieces don’t fit anymore. Allie wants more even as she fears her changing beliefs and sexual appetites.

Shank knows the signs of a person carrying too much guilt and anger. Allie is in danger of emotionally self-destructing. Shank knows he has to save his beautiful and dominating Allie and help her find herself again. In his youth, he went on a vision quest to find his path, but right now, spiritual quests don’t have much to offer him. However, he does hope a quest to find their missing crew might help them find themselves and their love before it’s too late. That is assuming that Command doesn’t catch them trying to desert their posts and execute them first. Continue reading Drift (Turbulence #2)

Razing Kayne

     Author: Julieanne Reeves

     Publisher: Hellsgate Publishing

     Rating: 5 stars

     Buy Links: Amazon

     Type: Standalone Novel

     Purchased by reviewer


Blurb:  For two years, State Trooper Kayne Dobrescu has wanted only one thing: to understand why his wife inexplicably killed their children and then herself. Memories haunt his days and lay siege to his nights, leaving him questioning his reasons for living.

Jessica Hallstatt became a widow and single mother the night her firefighter husband died in a fiery explosion at an accident scene. While her husband may have died a hero, he left Jessica with deep emotional scars that haven’t begun to heal.

When Kayne accepted a transfer to the mountain town of Payson, Arizona, he never expected to meet anyone like Jessica. From the moment he pulled her over for speeding, he was drawn in by her whiskey colored eyes and sassy dimple. But she and her children are a forever type package, and he’s vowed never to give anyone the power to destroy him again. Yet fate has other ideas, throwing Kayne and Jessica together in a fight against an unknown enemy to save the life of a child—and hopefully one another.

Warning: Contains graphic language, explicit sex and one very hot man in uniform. Continue reading Razing Kayne

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