Wrap-Up Wednesday (On a Thursday) | February

I had this idea of doing a wrap-up post of what I’ve read on the last Wednesday of the month…and that was yesterday. Ah well, we’ll do a wrap-up Thursday.

This month I’ve read some stuff I don’t normally pick, but then again, I’m terrible at reading blurb so it’s not that unusual. Every book is a surprise! LOL

Lights Out, Valentine

Lights Out, Valentine by Neil Plakcy – I figured I had to read at least one Valentine story this year, so I did. This is a shorty, only about twenty pages or so. Ryan is a hairstylist who’s lusting for one of his clients, and lucky for him there’s a power outage when it’s only the two of them in the building. Short and easy and free!

South Beach hairstylist Ryan hates Valentine’s Day. But when the lights go out while he’s cutting his favorite client’s hair, will he give his heart away? Only Cupid knows!

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The Ransom of a Night Hunter

The Ransom of a Night Hunter (A Game Most Dangerous 2) by Megan Derr – here is one of those where I perhaps should’ve read the blurb. I had no idea it was a series. I started out confused thinking perhaps I was reading some kind of superhero story (I like those), but nope no superheroes. It had me laughing, and I loved the dad.

I might have to read the first one LOL

The Ransom of a Night HunterAll Whitney wants is to go to dinner with his boyfriend and ask him to move in with him. Instead he winds up kidnapped, a mistake for which his family will harass him relentlessly—and which his kidnappers will swiftly come to regret. Author’s Note: This book is a sequel to A Game Most Dangerous

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Midnight Kisses

Midnight Kisses by Lorelei M. Hart – Here we are, out of our comfort zone. I picked this up at the big winter giveaway back in January (I think) and figured ‘hey, I like bear shifters’ and I do. I don’t know if it’s another case of me not reading blurbs or what because when I search now, I can’t find the story, but we have a bear and a wolf shifter, fated mates and what makes this outside the comfort zone is that it’s Mpreg. Each to their own and all that, but yeah, not my thing.

Aha! It’s still up on Prolific Works, and it’s a case of me not reading the blurb again LOL Midnight Kisses

When fate sends your mate…sometimes you need to be patient.

Fun Fact: Polar bears aren’t known for being patient. Midnight Kisses is a sweet with knotty heat M/M shifter mpreg possible short featuring a woodworking polar bear, a fox promised to another, a boss who is more than they appear, true fated love, and a familiar faces from the Omegas of Animals universe. While

Midnight Kisses takes place in an mpreg world, there is no mpreg on these pages. If you like your alphas hawt, your omegas strong, and your mpreg with heart, download Midnight Kisses today.

Thatcher’s Mate

Thatcher’s Mate (Mate 18) by Dawn Wilder – So, as usual, I had no idea this was a series LOL. It’s a stand-alone story, so I suspect all stories in the series are. Two werewolves share a tent at a tournament, there is an evil ex, and some violent scenes – all in good werewolf tradition. I enjoyed it, but now I’m struggling to remember anything deeper than a short summary of the plot. Thatcher's Mate

Lorenzo never thought he’d end up here…

Lorenzo never expected to be looking for a new pack.

But when his Alpha’s behavior pushes him out, he finds himself fighting in the tournament to show off his skills to potential new Alphas.

Only problem is, his old Alpha just can’t seem to let things go…

Lorenzo is a complication Thatcher doesn’t need…

Thatcher never thought he’d be in the tournament either. Or that he’d end up sharing a tent with someone as sexy as Lorenzo. He just wants to focus on competing.

But, man. It’s difficult. This could get real complicated real fast.

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Wild by Nature

Wild by Nature by Lynn Van Dorn – Now we’re talking. Mpreg might be out of my comfort zone, but Daddy books…that’s waaayyy out there. I would’ve quit this, I was about to several times, but it has something. I mean, it’s sooo insane. I just can’t with Daddy Thor, but damn I was laughing. Should I ever recommend a Daddy/boy book, this would be it! Thank you Lynn Van Dorn for making me laugh. Awesome! 50515923._sy475_

While on vacation, Hayden Blake and his ex-boyfriend get into an ugly argument. Needing some space, Hayden storms out of their rented cabin and gets not only lost it in the dense woods of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, but injured as well. Being rescued is a miracle, but being rescued by a man who looks like a Norse god wearing plaid—that’s a dream come true.

All Kurt Jorgenson wants is to go hunting and bag a sizable deer, but instead he finds Hayden Blake, a city boy lost in Kurt’s forest. He takes Hayden home to care for his injuries, but Kurt finds himself drawn in ways he hadn’t dreamed existed to the young man he’s rescued and installed in his spare bedroom.

Kurt yearns to be everything Hayden needs but he doesn’t know where to start. Hayden desires Kurt and longs for a home, but he’s not sure he has anything worthwhile to offer in return. However, with the help of a nosy librarian, a trip to Walmart, a pig named Wilbur, and cops bribed with cheese, Kurt and Hayden may find their way to a well-deserved happy ending.

Wild By Nature is a 36k romance novella with a displaced twink, a confirmed bachelor, improper library behavior, pasties, shirtless wood chopping, fuzzy cows, and gas station pizza. It contains men falling in love, falling into bed, and just falling. Not necessarily in that order.

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The Witch’s Brew

The Witch’s Brew (The Witch’s Brew 1) by Brenda Cothern – I don’t know what to say about this. I finished it, so it has something, but beta readers and editors are golden, you know.

Shall we talk epithets? Please don’t make me talk epithets, don’t make me have to read epithets ever again. I often talk about my slightly strange aversion to speech tags, but I can live with a few speech tags in a story, a few. What turns me off big time is if the boss speaks to his employee while the younger man flirts with the older man who is talking to his adoptive son right there in the club while his lover who also is his employee is looking across the area to watch the bigger man. Names! Names would be good here! I mean I just can’t when the younger man thrusts into his boss during the sex scene. No.

Still, the plot had a mystery so while sighing and groaning and rolling my eyes, I wanted to know who the bad guy was.

Sorry for being a bitch. The Witch's Brew

After his discharge, former Delta soldier Adam Travail just wanted to find somewhere to settle, a new home, where he could utilize his skills without the threat of his PTSD rearing its ugly head. The security position at the Chicago nightclub The Witch’s Brew seemed like the perfect fit and it was even after he learned that everything he thought was fiction was, in fact, reality.

Fighting his attraction to his new security employee was the least of Mikael Popov’s problems when he is attacked several times in his club. Keeping his employees, his family, safe was Mikael’s responsibility, just as keeping their world hidden was until he had no other choice.

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#PictaBook | Jaeger’s Lost and Found

Pictabook logoA few days ago, #PictaBook was released, but I have one more excerpt I wanted to share. Jules and Nix are doing a buddy read of Jaeger’s Lost and Found.

At this point in the story, Nix hasn’t discovered the beauty of books, but he’s starting to. He’s overcome most of the anxiety the thought of reading brings on and is starting to reflect over what it is he’s reading.

From the beginning, Jules has been throwing books in different genres his way in hopes of him finding something he loves. It’s not Jaeger’s Lost and Found, but they’re getting there LOL

Jaeger's Lost and Found

Excerpt:

While he ate, he checked PictaBook. FluffyPink had commented on Nix’s review, and so had KyleRichards. Jules took another bite of food and tried to ignore the disappointment blooming in his chest. He clicked the private messages.

ReadingInACorner: Sorry about earlier.

He hesitated before sending it, but he needed to say something about the day. The reply was instant.

SexyDoornail69: It’s cool. You had to work, I understand.

ReadingInACorner: Yes, but I could have… I don’t know, I guess I was shocked to see you. I had no idea you lived here.

SexyDoornail69: It’s okay, Jules. You were busy with all those kids.

Jules smiled and slumped back on the sofa. He loved the children. How adorable, funny, creative little children could grow up and become people was a mystery to him.

He loved children, but couldn’t stand people.

ReadingInACorner: Saw that you’ve gotten a comment from Kyle on your review.

SexyDoornail69: Yeah, and I’ve almost listened to the entire other book you suggested.

Oh? Jules sat up straighter, took a bite of Lo Mein noodles. The story, another paranormal, was about a guy with some social anxiety Jules could relate to and a vampire about to die unless he could reconnect with his coven.

ReadingInACorner: And what do you think?

Jules ate several mouthfuls and had almost given up on getting an answer when the phone finally buzzed.

SexyDoornail69: I like the world, but I would’ve wanted to know more about it. Is it a series? I don’t have much left at all, and there is no way we’ll get to know more about why it rains all the time or what they do to grow food and things when it’s always dark and rainy. And I like the finder and his friend, but I don’t know about the vampire. And was that all the sex? It was nothing.

Jules laughed and looked at Booksy. “He’s a little insane, I think.”

Booksy lifted his gaze from his paw for a second to look at him, then he went back to grooming.

ReadingInACorner: So more sex is what you’re after in your books, but also more world building?

Perhaps it was time to pick a contemporary story. He could ask Nix to read the lumberjack stories he’d read, so they could finish the series together.

SexyDoornail69: Sex, yes! But I don’t know what you mean with the rest.

ReadingInACorner: You want the world described better.

SexyDoornail69: Not too much. I hated when I had to read a page and all it had was a description of something boring.

Jules nodded and took another bite of food.

ReadingInACorner: But now you’re listening to it, so a page wouldn’t be too hard to get through.

SexyDoornail69: Huh, didn’t think of that.

Delicate little bubbles spread in Jules’ chest. Nix was discovering books, and Jules yearned to show them all to him. There were so many worlds, so many adventures, and so many love stories waiting for him.

SexyDoornail69: I’m going to hit the gym, talk to you later.

The gym? Jules grimaced in distaste, but he remembered what Nix looked like. A body like his didn’t come from reading on the couch. Jules had tried it for years and no washboard abs had appeared.

ReadingInACorner: Okay, be careful!

He stared at the words after he’d sent them. Nix would think he was insane, but the gym was a scary placelots of strangers and strange machines.

#PictaBook in the JMS shop


pictabook (small)Jules Rose leads a quiet life working as a librarian. He’s happy to spend his spare time reading books and talking to his homicidal cat. What more could he wish for? But when his cozy Friday night is shattered by a friend request on his book community app, politeness gives him little choice but to accept. Jules doesn’t want to talk to anyone, but he can’t be rude. Besides, if he had to talk about something, books is the topic he’d pick.

Phoenix Ford is dyslexic and avoids everything that has to do with the written word, but when the colleague he’s trying to impress calls him stupid, he decides to convince the other man, he’s mistaken. All he needs is the right book to make him look smart, a perfect balance between intelligent and short. And who better to ask for help than a guy who loves books so much, he labeled one boner-worthy on a book app?

When Jules finds out Phoenix never has read a book from start to finish, he’s on a mission. He will find the right book, the book that will make Phoenix fall in love — with reading. Phoenix’s plan might have been to listen to the book Jules picked for him to impress his colleague, but that was before he got to know him. Talking about books is a sure way to Jules’ heart, but is it enough for him to agree to go on a date?

Release Day | #PictaBook

Pictabook logoIt’s release day!!! #PictaBook is live, isn’t it amazing?! I think it is LOL

So often when working on a book, I love my characters through the first draft. I’m fond of them through the second draft. They’re dear to me through the beta reading process. When we reach the blurb writing, I often feel a bit of distance would be good. When the edits appear in my inbox I sigh – not because of my editor, she’s great – but by now I’m already writing another story, I’m already in love with a new set of characters, and the old guys are intruding on that love affair. Then by the time of the release day, I’m mostly happy to be able to move on.

The love affair is over.

But… I still love Nix and Jules.

No blurbs, edits or proofreadings killed them.

That’s unusual.

There are a few of my books that still make me smile when I see them. It has nothing to do with sales or reviews or what other people have thought of them. They make me smile because of how I felt writing them – because I still care about the characters. Elevator Pitch is one, Banger Challenge another. They might not be the best stories I’ve written, but they’re special to me.

And now I’m adding #PictaBook to that list.

It’s a 36k contemporary gay romance story about a dyslexic carpenter and a librarian with social anxiety and a murderous cat. And it makes me laugh.

#PictaBook

Excerpt:

Jules’ heart was throbbing in his throat as he pulled the door open and stepped into the restaurant. It was a dimly lit Indian place and Jules’ tongue got stuck to the roof of his mouth when he spotted Nix at a table in the corner.

He wore a shirt perfect for him. His intense eyes were glowing in the dark, and Jules’ steps faltered. This isn’t a date. Nix didn’t want to eat alone, and he was here to keep him company, nothing else.

Hi.” It didn’t come out louder than a whisper, and Jules looked away before he blushed. Pulling out the chair across from Nix, he sat.

Hi.” Nix smiled and Jules’ heartif it was even possiblebeat faster.

A short woman, dressed in a dark red sari, appeared by their table to take their orders. Jules couldn’t find his voice to answer her, but Nix rattled off a few things, and when she finally turned to him, he ordered a Masala Chai tea with an explanation of already having eaten.

Silence settled over them as she left.

Did you have a good day?” Nix spun his glass and looked at Jules.

It was okay. Jenny and I went out to eat.”

Nix nodded. “Were you arguing?”

Jules frowned, then he remembered the scene in the parking lot. “No, no… it was… She insulted my cat.”

Nix widened his eyes. “You have a cat?”

Jules smiled. “Yeah, Booksy. He’s great. He hates everyone, so we’re kindred spirits.”

Nix laughed, deep and low, and it sent a tingle down Jules’ spine. This was not good.

I already knew you had a cat.” Nix grimaced. “Jenny told me that unless I knew the name of your cat, I was a stranger. But she insulted him?”

Jenny had told Nix about Booksy? “Not everyone has to like to cuddle.”

If possible Nix’s eyes widened more. “Of course not.”

Jules sighed, fully aware he sounded like a crazy person. “I don’t do well with people.”

You do well with me.”

He grimaced. “I almost turned back twenty times on the way over here.”

Nix’s gaze softened. “But you made it.”

Jules shrugged. “Jenny wants me to meet someone.”

I figured.”

Oh God, had she tried to get Nix to ask him out? “She didn’t put you up to this, did she?”

No.” He laughed and shook his head. “No, this is all me.”

She made it sound as if it was an effort to love Booksy, so I had to defend him.”

Of course.” Nix smiled at him. “So… he’s a lovable little furball?”

He’ll scratch your eyes out in your sleep.”

Nix laughed. “Charming.”

He’s awesome.”

The tea arrived with some of Nix’s dishes, and along with them came the silence again. Nix took a few bites before looking at Jules. “Want to taste?”

No.” He smiled and shook his head. “It smells good, but I’m full.”

Silence again, but it wasn’t the kind that made Jules want to scream. He studied Nix, watched the fork go in between his lips only to slide out again, and soon after he was squirming in his seat. This was not good. He shouldn’t get a hard-on from watching Nix eat.

What happened to your date?”

Nix grimaced. “Turns out it was a booty call.”

Cold washed over Jules. “Oh, so it’s… already over?”

Nix snorted. “I left.”

What? No… booty?”

Nope.”

Oh… “A rain check?”

#PictaBook in the JMS shop (20% off)


pictabook (small)Jules Rose leads a quiet life working as a librarian. He’s happy to spend his spare time reading books and talking to his homicidal cat. What more could he wish for? But when his cozy Friday night is shattered by a friend request on his book community app, politeness gives him little choice but to accept. Jules doesn’t want to talk to anyone, but he can’t be rude. Besides, if he had to talk about something, books is the topic he’d pick.

Phoenix Ford is dyslexic and avoids everything that has to do with the written word, but when the colleague he’s trying to impress calls him stupid, he decides to convince the other man, he’s mistaken. All he needs is the right book to make him look smart, a perfect balance between intelligent and short. And who better to ask for help than a guy who loves books so much, he labeled one boner-worthy on a book app?

When Jules finds out Phoenix never has read a book from start to finish, he’s on a mission. He will find the right book, the book that will make Phoenix fall in love — with reading. Phoenix’s plan might have been to listen to the book Jules picked for him to impress his colleague, but that was before he got to know him. Talking about books is a sure way to Jules’ heart, but is it enough for him to agree to go on a date?