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Sale: buy more books

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JMS Books redesigned their site and offers 30% off all ebooks to celebrate until Friday October 20th. Why not run over and buy some books??

Here’s a link to my books if you haven’t read them all yet: Nell Iris at JMS Books. 30% off! That’s a steal, go buy them at once! 😁

But why not browse around and see if you find something else you like? My friend Addison’s books are on sale too, and they are all great (especially Cultivating Love❤️). And I’ve done some shopping myself. I’ve been eyeing Sarah Hadley Brook’s Eggplant Highlights and Mustard Yellow Jeans for a while, but haven’t bought it until now. Isn’t it the greatest title? The cover is cool, too. Clickety-click the link and see for yourself.

I also bought Purple Daze by J.D. Walker (because purple cover), Dude Mama by Michael P. Thomas (because mpreg), and Dish of the Day by Clare London (because MMM). I also preordered Sweeter Than Honey by Jessica Payseur.

Yay, I love shopping books. Don’t you?

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Sunday Review: Dear Mona Lisa…by Claire Davis & Al Stewart

dear mona lisaTom, shy office clerk by day and drawer of foxes by night wakes up one Monday knowing the most extraordinary week of his life is about to begin. In five days time a lifelong ‘secret’ will be made gloriously public—but will it mean losing the person he loves most?

Getting married…

It seems like only yesterday Tom changed nappies and sang nursery rhymes to a laughing baby. He relishes the demands of being a daddy; especially teaching his little girl to draw and paint as she grows up. But the years tick by and times change. Long-buried secrets must come to the surface which may test even the strongest ties.

Tom and Lawrence…

He writes a list of all the things he has to do before the weekend and sticks it in the middle of his wall. The names and goals hang like threads of a spider’s web, inevitably leading to the centre, and all to the same place.

Dear Mona Lisa…

How to explain?
Each morning he notes the colours of dawn, listens to the birds and waits for the perfect moment. In one hand rests the balance of life and a terrible responsibility, in the other a wedding ring. Difficult days and the past loom, but his friends rally round and one by one the words come to life. Everyone waits as Tom finds the strength to open up and set free the secrets of his heart in a celebration of family, friendship and love.

A quirky story of modern life, set within the breathtaking landscape of Bradford.

This book…Wow. From the first line, it reached into my chest and grabbed my heart in an iron fist of emotions. It’s a work of art painted with words. It’s beautiful and heartbreaking and wonderful.

I love stories featuring quirky characters, where the authors bravely color outside the lines and turn their backs on stereotypes. And this book is all that, and more!

Main character Tom has had a very difficult past and a hard time coming to terms with his homosexuality. It’s a short story (65 pages according to Amazon) but the authors do a great job telling his backstory and giving just enough to break my heart. It’s less than a week before he’s getting married, and Tom has a hard time telling his beloved adult daughter that he’s getting married to a man. He’s terrified he will lose her, for very understandable reasons and this gem of a book shows how he goes about it.

Tom is an artist and draws quirky animals (foxes) and sees the world in colors. It’s difficult to explain, so I’ll show you in a couple quotes (I highlighted a gazillion when I read it. So many it would have been copyright infringement to post them all here 😁)

His purple rage consumed and grew, and I disappeared somewhere in all that aubergine.

His orange was the sun to my cold, lonely planet.

That last quote is about his husband to be, Loz (Lawrence) and it makes me week in the knees. Someone hand me my smelling salts, because I’m about to swoon!

The emotions in this book are amazing. The way Tom desperately loves his daughter leaps off the page. I can feel the love between the main characters all the way to my bones. The supporting characters are great, especially his ex-wife. And isn’t it great when the ex-wife isn’t portrayed like a villain?

I have one minor niggle: I would like to have known more about Loz. His love and support for Tom is abundantly clear, but I would have loved to get some more backstory. But in the end, it’s not enough for me to lower the rating, and I curse myself for making up a stupid five-star rating system, because this book deserves all the stars.

And if you manage to read through the wedding vows without grabbing for the Kleenex, you have no heart and you’re dead inside. Dead! 😁

Dear Mona Lisa… ends up on my re-read shelf. I want to kiss it and hug it and scream from the rooftops how great it is. If you’re in the mood for something different, something beautiful and artistic and emotional, this is the book for you.

5-stars

 


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#RainbowSnippets

Weekends means Rainbow Snippets-time here on the blog, since I’ve joined the Rainbow Snippets group on Facebook. According to their description, “it’s a group for LGBTQ+ authors, readers, and bloggers to gather once a week to share six sentences from a work of fiction—a WIP or a finished work of even 6-sentence book recommendation (no spoilers please!).”

I continue where I left off last week. The snippet is from my new untitled WIP, Benji is the bartender at The Broken Brick Bar (from Cinnamon Eyes), and Mr. Grunge is a newcomer.

Here are the previous snippets if you need to catch up: 1 | 2

“Soda water with a wedge of lime, please.” Mr. Grunge was well articulated and polite. Benji approved. Tucking dark coffee locks behind his ears, Mr. Grunge looked up. Pain shone from big caramel eyes, framed with thick, sooty lashes, and and hit Benji right in the stomach, as if someone had head-butted him while wearing a football helmet.

Oups, I think I cheated and only gave you five sentences! Sorry 😇

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I’ve also gotten a Facebook profile for my pen name, so if you feel like it, I would love to be your friend 🙂


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Red Popcorn Strings and Gumball Rings

Dreamspinner Press’s advent calendar Stocking Stuffers—including my story Red Popcorn Strings and Gumball Rings—is now available for preorder. In October, the pre-order price is $39.99, which is a great price for thirty-one stories. From December 1st, the stories will be available individually, if you just want to read about Casey and Ellis and not the other guys 🙂

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Blurb:
Christmas is coming, and young couple Casey and Ellis are very much in love. Unfortunately, they’re also the definition of dirt poor, and they don’t have the money for nonessentials like decorations. Or a turkey. Or gifts. Between the recent death of Casey’s beloved momma and Ellis’s estrangement from his family, all they have is each other.

When Ellis finds the saddest-looking Christmas tree south of the Mason-Dixon Line thrown away outside his workplace and brings it home to Casey, things look up. Life is still a struggle, but wealth isn’t always measured in money, and what seems worthless to others is often invaluable to the people who love it.

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So hop on over and pre-order the advent calendar. Can you think of a better way to spend December, than reading 31 holiday-themed stories? I sure can’t 😁


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Release Blitz and #giveaway: Vows Series (audio) 1&2 by Addison Albright

 
Narrated By: David Gilmore 
‘Til Death Do Us PartAmazon US | Amazon UK | Audible US | Audible UK
Length: 8hrs 3 mins
 

Henry and Sam Miller-Greene are living the dream. They love their careers — which afford each of them opportunities to travel to exotic locations — they love their home, Sam’s caring family, and each other. They disagree on the subject of adoption, but are fully committed to each other in marriage … ’Til Death Do Us Part.

The dream is shattered when Henry’s plane crashes, and he’s presumed dead. But four people — Henry, two other men, and a child — survive undetected on a remote, small, and insignificant island. Will Sam and Henry’s love be able to survive as well?

Henry fights to endure in harsh conditions, never knowing when disaster will strike. Sam struggles with his loss, but with help moves on with his life. Will Sam be able to put aside his new love when he reunites with Henry?

 

From This Day ForwardAmazon US | Amazon UK | Audible US | Audible UK
Length: 1hr 19mins

Re
visiting the characters from ’Til Death Do Us Part, Henry and Sam Miller-Greene are enjoying life in the summer after Henry’s rescue from a small South Pacific island, where Henry and three others were marooned.

Henry and Sam thought adopting Aiden—a child with whom Henry’d been stranded—would be smooth sailing. Matters are complicated by the public nature of their rescue that has turned the survivors into overnight celebrities. Anti-gay fueled animus rears its ugly head in the blogosphere, causing concerns over the impact libelous rumors might have on Aiden.

Their nightmare separation behind them, Henry and Sam are anxious to renew both the intensity of their former intimacies—now hampered by having a curious and still apprehensive child sharing their home—and their commitment to one another.

Author Bio
Addison Albright lives in the middle of the USA with two peculiar cats. Her stories are gay (sometimes erotic) romance, and tend to be sweet man-love in contemporary settings. Her education includes a BS in Education with a major in mathematics and a minor in chemistry. Addison loves spending time with her family, reading, popcorn, boating, French fries, “open window weather,” cats, math, and anything chocolate. She loves to read pretty much anything and everything, anytime and anywhere.

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Release blitz and #giveaway: A Cowboy for Caleb by L.C. Davis

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Book Title: A Cowboy for Caleb (Great Plains Shifters #1)
Author: L.C. Davis
Publisher: Self-Published
Cover Artist: Wolf Conan
Release Date: October 11
Genre/s: M/M Romance, hurt/comfort MPREG with a HEA
Length: approx. 37k words

It is a standalone story, but is the first in the Great Plains Shifters series (the same universe as The Mountain Shifters).

Blurb
Falling for his deceased twin brother’s mate was never part of Dustin’s plan.

This midwestern Alpha might be a little rough around the edges, but he lives by a few simple principles and honor is chief among them.

Nonetheless, when tragedy strikes the Meadowlands Pack, Dustin feels he has no choice but to bring his twin’s mate home to take care of him. The only problem is, Caleb isn’t anything like Dustin expected of the city omega who stole his brother’s heart and divided their family.

What starts out as trying to do the right thing soon becomes a blurry series of complicated decisions that lead Dustin further away from the path he’s always followed—and further into the arms of the one omega he was never supposed to want.

Caleb has been through the worst a mated omega could fear. He’s lost his mate and their unborn child, and now he finds himself at the mercy of an Alpha who has every reason to hate him.

Despite being twins, Dustin and Caleb’s former mate, Alec, are nothing alike. Caleb wants nothing more than to please his new Alpha and secure his position in the pack, but Dustin seems to take everything he says the wrong way.

As forbidden tensions mount between Alpha and omega, Caleb begins to fear that Dustin will start taking his developing interest the right way.

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Excerpt
If it wasn’t for me, he’d still be here.

The omega’s words were still echoing in Dustin’s memory as he taped up another box. He stacked it on top of the growing pile accumulating by the wall in the cozy apartment Alec and Caleb had shared. Dustin knew for a fact that his brother’s eye for design and homemaking was every bit as poor as his own, so the charming atmosphere had to be all the omega’s doing. 

The place still smelled like Alec. Despite all the teasing Dustin had given his brother about smelling like the stables, that scent was at once comforting and heart wrenching. It filled him with nostalgia and memories, and in combination with the artifacts that were still left out from Alec’s last day of living, it was all too much.

Since Dustin had been raised with the firm belief that Andrews men didn’t cry, he’d put all of his emotional energy into packing. While he’d meant only to pack up the things Caleb would need to settle comfortably into the Meadowlands Pack, he’d ended up packing half the damn apartment in his attempt to put off returning to the hospital. 

The moment he’d gotten into his rental car, all the right words had come flooding to the surface of Dustin’s mind. He should have said so many things that just wouldn’t come to him at the time. At the very least, he should have told the omega that it wasn’t his fault Alec had been killed by a distracted driver or that the bridge hadn’t been properly treated or that the baby hadn’t been strong enough to make it. The only thing he could do for his brother now was to take care of the mate he’d left behind, and he was already doing a hell of a job bungling that.

To be fair, he wasn’t sure any Alpha would be at his sharpest when he’d just imprinted on his dead brother’s mate. Nothing about that day had gone as planned.

Dustin decided to just be grateful that shock hadn’t made him say anything to tip the omega off to the truth. He’d come so close, but something had held him back. Perhaps the last lick of sense rattling around in his empty skull. The last damn thing Caleb needed after losing his mate and miscarrying their child was to find out some Alpha he’d never even met from halfway across the country had imprinted on him. Especially not Dustin.

About the Author

L.C. Davis is an M/M romance author with a passion for representation. Series include The Mountain Shifters, Great Plains Shifters, Kingdom of Night and Queer Magick.

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Book review Sunday

It feels great to have gotten back into my reading habit again. I miss reading when I don’t take time for it. But no more of that! I decided Sundays are for reading…and maybe reviews on the blog? I’m not promising every Sunday, but I’ll try to write—and post—more reviews because I want to. Sound good?

Today, I’m gonna gush about For a Reason by Jessie G. It’s part two of the Sizzling Miami-series, but this book is standalone (I haven’t read part one and had no problem following along.)

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for a reasonFormer Marine and full time big brother, Bull Connor spends his days helping those in need of a second chance and his nights fighting the inner demons that won’t let go. During a routine tow he comes face to face with the only person who refuses to need him and the one man he wishes would.

As a throw away, Ian Jones is used to being alternately overlooked or ridiculed but hasn’t given up on the idea that with just one chance he could turn it all around. Rescued by the one person who neither overlooks nor ridicules him, he longs to be seen as more than just a man in need.

Ian isn’t pining for the family he’s never known but when they descend, unwanted and uninvited, Bull must prove that he’s the man who will protect Ian’s long neglected heart by sharing the demons that torment his wounded soul.

I love stories where the main characters connect early on and really want to make a relationship work. So many books out there are about people not looking for relationships or not having time to fall in love, and I guess those kind of stories are trying to tell us that because the MCs fall in love despite these conditions, their love must be very special and unstoppable. And as true as that might be, my favorite kind of story is the one where the guys meet, like each other and decide they want to take a chance on being together, and then they spend the rest of the book working on the relationship.

For a Reason is exactly that. It is also a story about courage, about being brave, and about making your own family when the one you were given at birth is found lacking. It’s about loyalty and friendship, and about having each other’s backs, no matter what. But most of all it’s about love. A beautiful kind of love that wild and passionate, but at the same time tender and romantic. It’s about two people that come to trust each other implicitly, who will fight tooth and nail for each other and work hard on their relationship by talking, communicating, and trusting.

Both MCs are fabulous characters. I love that even though Ian has had a really tough life, he isn’t broken. And I love that Bull is everybody’s protector and caretaker, but has no one to take care of him…until Ian. I love the way they accept each other completely and how they both pour their hearts and souls into making life better for each other.

I have a minor complaint and that’s not even about the story. Bull’s real name is Jon Connor, and every time I read his real name I heard Arnold Schwarzenegger saying John Connor with his Austrian Terminator-accent in my head and I giggled loudly to myself. But that’s just my twisted brain playing tricks on me – can’t be helped 😁

This is going on my re-read shelf, for books to read when I need a big hit of romance or for those dark gloomy days when I need something that makes me feel better, that fills my stomach with happy, fluttering this-book-is-so-darned-good-butterflies.

Highly recommended.

5-stars