Guest Post | Autumn Books by Nell Iris

Today, we have Nell Iris back on the blog 🥳 She’s here to help you fill up your TBR for the autumn. Welcome, Nell.


I want to start by thanking my dear friend Ofelia for welcoming me back to her blog. For once, I’m not here to talk about a new release; instead, I’m spreading some love for a couple of my older books. Because older books need love too, amirite? 😊

It’s foggy outside as I write this. And chilly; the thermometer says 1 degree Celsius (34F), but I’m wearing my favorite woolly socks, an oversized thick, knitted sweater, and my softest sweatpants, so even if my nose is a bit on the cold side, the rest of me is warm and cozy. And my soul is warm, because it’s AUTUMN, baby!, and I love autumn. It’s my favorite season of them all!

Because autumn is not only the time for knitwear and fresh, crisp air, it’s also the time for steaming mugs of tea (or hot chocolate!) and, of course, books. I can’t tell you how many hours I’ve already spent on Goodreads and various other book sites, looking for the perfect books to read this season, preferably with autumn vibes. And if you’re a bookworm like me, you’ve probably done the same.

So that’s why I’m here today. To tell you a little about stories I’ve written that have autumn vibes, to help you with your TBR for the coming months. Are you ready? Do you have a cup of a hot beverage of your choice? Fuzzy socks? Alright, let’s go.

#SlidingIntoMyDMs

If you’re in the mood for characters over forty flirting on social media like two old farts, a huge but adorable rescue dog, a character with abandonment issues and a possible tool belt fetish, and an old crush being brought to life, this is the book for you. There’s also the best sister in the world and slow walks in the autumnal forest. What more could you possibly need? 😊 

Sliding into my DMs

Acquaintances-to-lovers :: bisexual representation :: characters over 40 :: reunion :: rescue dog 

Hi. I heard you’ve been sick.”

Eddy Pennington is recovering from a severe bout of pneumonia when an old acquaintance, Moss, sends him a message on social media. They haven’t spoken in years, but Eddy is pleasantly surprised. He always liked Moss even if they were never close friends.

Moss Fanning has no ulterior motive with his message: all he wants is to wish Eddy a speedy recovery. He got over the crush he used to have on Eddy a long time ago.

They reconnect easily and have even more in common now. And when they meet in person, the attraction is instant. Will an innocent, well-meaning message on social media lead to something more? Something deeper? Something…everlasting?

M/M Contemporary / 21998 words

JMS Books :: Amazon

They Met in the Park

If you like the meet cute trope, this book is for you. And if you like a loner gentle giant who’s economical with his words, a spoiled cute dog who acts as cupid, and a talkative adorable man with a huge heart, you’ll definitely want to give this book a try. Add on a heroic rescue mission and you’re sure to melt 😊 

They Met in the Park

gentle giant :: size difference :: characters over 40 :: lone wolf :: meet cute

Can a spoiled little dog bring two strangers together?

The first time Jacke sees him, it’s a happy accident. He’s taken refuge in a quiet corner of the park, decompressing after a difficult day at work, when the man, dressed in a fancy suit, passes by him walking a spoiled little dog.

As the days pass, Jacke notices the adorable pair several times. He’s unable to take his eyes off the man whose first priority is the dog, even over his own comfort. And one day, when circumstances are right, Jacke takes a chance and speaks to the man. David.

David’s personality is as adorable as his outward appearance, and a short walk in the rain results in mutual attraction and a promise to see each other again. A second meeting in the park turns into a date, and Jacke starts longing for something he thought he’d never have; a partner. But does David feel the same? Will a chance meeting in the park turn into love?  

M/M Contemporary / 17478 words

JMS Books :: Amazon

If you can’t get enough of autumn, these three stories also take place in fall to varying degrees. In My Arms Again is a fantasy story that is set when autumn slips into winter; Of Autumn Leaves and New Beginnings is contemporary and the title speaks for itself; and finally, Us Again is a shortie with a very autumnal cover. 

Us Again

In My Arms Again :: Of Autumn Leaves and New Beginnings :: Us Again

I wish you a cozy autumn season and lots of lovely reads! 

#WhatToReadWednesday | Addiction

It’s #WhatToReadWednesday time, and I can honestly say my mind is blank. I stared at the screen for a long time not coming up with any theme whatsoever, but then I hopped over to nationaltoday.com and saw that September is National Recovery Month. I didn’t know what kind of recovery, but some clicks later, and: National Recovery Month is observed every year in September to promote and find new evidence-based treatments for patients battling addiction.

I tend to avoid books about addiction, so this will be a short list 😆, but here are a few books dealing with addiction that I like.

Cut & Run Series by Abigail Roux and Madeleine Urban

I haven’t read the entire series, but since it’s one of the main characters who fight addiction, it’s gonna be there. If you haven’t read this, check your library. There was some copyright conflict between the authors, and it’s hard to get hold of the books now. I own the first three or four, but I’ve seen them at the library, so check there if you want to read them.

Cut and runA series of murders in New York City has stymied the police and FBI alike, and they suspect the culprit is a single killer sending an indecipherable message. But when the two federal agents assigned to the investigation are taken out, the FBI takes a more personal interest in the case.

Special Agent Ty Grady is pulled out of undercover work after his case blows up in his face. He’s cocky, abrasive, and indisputably the best at what he does. But when he’s paired with Special Agent Zane Garrett, it’s hate at first sight. Garrett is the perfect image of an agent: serious, sober, and focused, which makes their partnership a classic cliche: total opposites, good cop-bad cop, the odd couple. They both know immediately that their partnership will pose more of an obstacle than the lack of evidence left by the murderer.

Practically before their special assignment starts, the murderer strikes again this time at them. Now on the run, trying to track down a man who has focused on killing his pursuers, Grady and Garrett will have to figure out how to work together before they become two more notches in the murderer’s knife.

PsyCop Series by Jordan Castillo Price

Oh… Vic. As awesome as he is, there is a certain addiction to those pills. I think these books are in KU now.

Among the LivingOnce upon a time if you told doctors you heard voices,
they’d diagnose you as schizophrenic, put you on heavy drugs,
and lock you away in a cozy state institution
to keep you from hurting yourself or others.
Nowadays they test you first to see if you’re psychic.


Victor Bayne, the psychic half of a PsyCop team, is a gay medium who’s more concerned with flying under the radar than making waves.

He hooks up with handsome Jacob Marks, a non-psychic (or “Stiff”) from an adjacent precinct at his ex-partner’s retirement party, and it seems like his dubious luck has taken a turn for the better. But then a serial killer surfaces who can change his appearance to match any witness’ idea of the world’s hottest guy.

Solving murders is a snap when you can ask the victims whodunit, but this killer’s not leaving any spirits behind.

Amazon

This Is Not a Love Story by Suki Fleet

It’s been a long time since I read this, and I don’t even like YA/NA…unless it’s Suki Fleet or Al Stewart 😁 Read this if you haven’t!

This is not a love storyWhen fifteen-year-old Romeo’s mother leaves one day and doesn’t return, he finds himself homeless and trying to survive on the streets. Mute and terrified, his silence makes him vulnerable, and one night he is beaten by a gang of other kids, only to be rescued by a boy who pledges to take care of him.

Julian is barely two years older than Romeo. A runaway from an abusive home, he has had to make some difficult choices and sells himself on the street to survive. Taking care of Romeo changes him, gives him a purpose in life, gives him hope, and he tries to be strong and keep his troubles with drugs behind him. But living as they do is slowly destroying him, and he begins to doubt he can be strong enough.

This is the story of their struggle to find a way off the streets and stay together at all costs. But when events threaten to tear them apart, it is Romeo who must find the strength within himself to help Julian (and not let their love story turn into a Shakespearean tragedy).

https://books2read.com/ThisisNotaLoveStory

Harper Fox

While trying to come up with books with addiction, two of Harper fox’s came to mind. Driftwood, I reread not too long ago, and Rowan in Half Moon Chambers is someone who pops up in my mind now and then.

Driftwood

Thomas Penrose is a village doctor in rural Cornwall. Popular with patients and friends alike, and handsome into the bargain, he lives in a romantic clifftop tower by the sea. It’s a wonderful life – if only Dr Tom could enjoy it. He’s a veteran of the conflict in Afghanistan, fighting a lonely battle against alcoholism and PTSD.
Determined not to inflict his troubles on anyone else, Tom keeps himself to himself. But fate has other ideas, and brings a handsome surfer crashing to his feet after a dreadful wipe-out on Porth Beach. Just another crazy surf bunny? Not a bit of it – Flynn Summers is one of Cornwall’s heroes, a fearless search-and-rescue helicopter man. Why is he risking his beautiful neck in the stormy off-season waves?
Despite the rocky beginning, Tom and Flynn become friends. Both are concealing sorrows behind a tough facade, and for once in his life Tom thinks he’s met someone who can handle him, shadow-side and all. But Flynn isn’t a free man. He’s unhappily locked into a bond of obligations and bad memories with formidable pilot Rob Tremaine – and Rob has no intention of letting Flynn go.
As Tom and Flynn begin their high-risk, high-reward romance, will the tides of the past sweep in to destroy their new love?

https://books2read.com/Driftwood

Half Moon Chambers

A cop and a recovering addict – no chance for romance there.

Yet Vince, a street-hardened narcotics officer, is having to reassess his life. Six months ago, he hit rock-bottom. A bullet brought him down, and his beloved partner Jack betrayed him. Badly disabled and in constant pain, Vince is flying a desk these days, and it doesn’t suit him at all. His world is looking grim when he meets Rowan Clyde, sole surviving witness to a vicious drugs-related killing.

Rowan doesn’t want to talk. He’s vulnerable, trying to hold his own life together in the wake of a crippling addiction. Vince should have no time for him, and Rowan certainly shouldn’t trust a cop with an agenda to get him onto the witness stand at any cost.

Yet despite their differences, there’s an instant pull of attraction between these two damaged men. Their new bond is put to the ultimate test on the tough streets of Newcastle during a dark northern winter, as each turns out to hold the keys to the other’s survival – and to his destruction.

https://books2read.com/HalfMoonChambers

Out of Nowhere by Roan Parrish

I might have to reread this. I love the first book in this series, but I never could forgive Colin for how he treated Daniel in that first book, so when I read this, I held on to that. Maybe I wouldn’t be as angry with him if I read it now as I was when I read it back then. Maybe… or maybe I would, because fuck him! LOL

Out of NowhereThe only thing in Colin Mulligan’s life that makes sense is taking cars apart and putting them back together. In the auto shop where he works with his father and brothers, he tries to get through the day without having a panic attack or flying into a rage. Drinking helps. So do running and lifting weights until he can hardly stand. But none of it can change the fact that he’s gay, a secret he has kept from everyone.

Rafael Guerrera has found ways to live with the past he’s ashamed of. He’s dedicated his life to social justice work and to helping youth who, like him, had very little growing up. He has no time for love. Hell, he barely has time for himself. Somehow, everything about miserable, self-destructive Colin cries out to him. But down that path lie the troubles Rafe has worked so hard to leave behind. And as their relationship intensifies, Rafe and Colin are forced to dredge up secrets that both men would prefer stay buried.

https://books2read.com/Out-of-Nowhere

The Disassembled Life of Duncan Cole by S. Hart

I’ll sneak in a little Duncan here toward the end because Duncan is awesome even though he’s crazy and has a weakness for morphine and caffeine 😆

The Disassembled Life of Duncan ColeIn which we meet Duncan: professional nobody who presents himself to the public as a scowling, smoking pile of contempt. Against his will, he meets Sam: a less than professional coal miner who inspires the worst in men. Together they take on one malicious train and a most insidious re-animator, and along the way Duncan remembers a few things that he’d previously forgotten.

https://books2read.com/DuncanCole

I don’t think I have written a single book dealing with addiction. Not in any other way than running away from an addicted parent, at least.

Wrap-Up Wednedsay | August

It’s wrap-up time! I was in a bit of a reading slump at the beginning of the month. There are a lot of things going on in my private life, and this month has been a bit overwhelming, so I was unable to focus.

I did reread The Disassembled Life of Duncan Cole, which is a long read, but other than that, I’ve only read a few short ones toward the end of the month. I don’t mean only in the way that short stories don’t matter as much as longer stories, because they do, but the duration I need to stay focused to consume them isn’t as long.

The Disassembled Life of Duncan Cole by S. Hart

Let’s start with Duncan. You can read me rambling on about it over at Holly’s, but here I’ll just say that I love Duncan! This is a steampunk story, and it’s awesome with all its brass and copper.

The Disassembled Life of Duncan ColeIn which we meet Duncan: professional nobody who presents himself to the public as a scowling, smoking pile of contempt. Against his will, he meets Sam: a less than professional coal miner who inspires the worst in men. Together they take on one malicious train and a most insidious re-animator, and along the way Duncan remembers a few things that he’d previously forgotten.

https://books2read.com/DuncanCole

Manikin by Jordan Castillo Price

This is the third story in the Channeling Morpheus/Sweet Oblivion series. I reread the first two some time ago and when I couldn’t find anything I wanted to read, I read this again. Wild Bill!!!

ManikinMarushka loves pretty things: lace and velvet, porcelain and pearls. She sews elaborate costumes for all of her dolls, and she spends hours arranging their hair just so. Her collection is growing; she’s added a very pretty trinket, and his name is Michael. She can’t wait to dress him up.

Michael always suspected mentally ill vampires grew worse and worse as the years went by. He’d never realized how unhinged they could get.

Now Michael is in way over his head. Will Wild Bill save him? Or was it only wishful thinking on Michael’s part that their connection ran deeper than sex… or blood?

https://books2read.com/Manikin

The Tinker’s Apprentice by Jordan Castillo Price

While we’re on the Jordan Castillo Price train, this is part of the Your Book Boyfriend’s Boyfriend giveaway, so I picked it up. It’s cute! It reminded me a little of Quill Me Now! It’s not the same, but something about the vibe reminded me of it.

Tinker's ApprenticeMagical bonds can move mountains…or at least keep the magichanical appliances running.

Conrad has a special talent—one for overthinking even the simplest of decisions. As a tinker’s apprentice, he should have mastered at least some magichanics by now. Unfortunately, he hasn’t even picked out his starting tool. A glimpse of an intriguing young man at the auxiliar shop makes him wonder if maybe a magical mascot can help him level up—but how would he ever pick the right one? Can Conrad settle on a magical assistant, or should he just grab a random tool and hope for the best? Either way…it’s now or never.

Grab it here!

Pursued By A Bear by Allison Temple

I thought this was from the YBBB giveaway too, but it appears I was wrong. I have no idea when or where I grabbed this, but if I read more than the first sentence of the blurb (That’s usually how far I get. One sentence. Blurbs bore me to no end LOL) I’d forgotten it now. I thought I started reading a paranormal romance with a bear shifter finding his mate. This is a contemporary tale about a guy who is rescued by his ex when an actual bear stalks him. It was okay, but not what I thought I would be reading and was in the mood for. I take full blame for that 😆

I can’t find any links for this, so… I must have grabbed it in a giveaway or something. 

pursued by a bearOne night. One truck. Two very different bears. Xavier only wants one of them to eat him.
The last place Xavier wants to be is at funeral in his remote northern hometown. That is, until a literal bear chases him into Lane’s truck. Lane broke Xavier’s teenage heart fourteen years ago, so trapped in a truck on the side of the road, is well and truly the last place Xavier wants to be.
Being pursued by a bear shouldn’t be a recipe for romance, but as they wait for help, Xavier and Lane get a chance to air old hurts and find the pieces of themselves that still fit so well together. If they can escape the bear, a second chance at love may be waiting for them with the sunrise.

 

Twice Bitten Eliot Grayson

Since I was in the mood for paranormal, I then hopped on to Twice Bitten. This is my first Eliot Grayson story, and I liked it a lot! I have… ah… there is knotting here, and that’s NOT my thing. I have read very few knotting books, and when lines like ‘You’re going to take it,” he said matter-of-factly. “And my knot.” come up, I cringe and try to read through my closed eyes LOL. I really liked Angelo though. It made me want to write a prim and proper vamp 😁 Oh, and it’s also from the YBBB giveaway.

Twice BittenA werewolf walks into a vampire bar… ouch.

Vampire enforcer Angelo has enough problems already, and a tall, dark, and irritating alpha werewolf is the last thing he needs.

With his cheating, murderous mate on the run, Jack’s looking for help from the local authorities—who assign Angelo to solve the problem quickly.

They don’t have anything in common on paper, but sharing magical compatibility, a sense of humor, and a common goal can build a bond—whether mundane or otherwise. Even when another bond’s impossible…

Warning: Contains magical attack scorpions, knotting, and a vampire who’s desperate to avoid ruining his suit, falling in love, or other catastrophes. Spoiler alert: He falls in love. Does he ruin his suit, though? Read and find out! Happy ending guaranteed.

Grab it here!

I have this feeling of having forgotten some book, but I can’t remember having read any more this month…