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4.5 and 3.5 Stars for Miracle on Mistletoe Lane by Derrick Knight – #MM #Romance @derrknight

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Title: Miracle on Mistletoe Lane
Author Name: Derrick Knight
Publication Date: October 20, 2014 –

Synopsis

Joe Koehler and his six-year old son, Joey, are down on their luck. Currently, Joe is unemployed due to a bad economy and taking care of a medically complex son. Recently father and son became homeless due to their apartment catching on fire and Joe being without any insurance. They are forced to live in Joe’s old red pick-up truck. Eventually father and son take refuge at Hope House, a local homeless shelter, which is run by a kindly, yet mysterious, elderly woman named Emily.

Sidney Maier recently inherited his grandparents home but the house is in desperate need of repair. Skills Sidney greatly lacks. He befriends a fellow church member Emily who is the Interim Director at Hope House. Sidney tells Emily that he needs help with remodeling his new home. Also, he confides in her, that he is lonely and wishes he could meet someone special.

Emily and her assistants orchestrate for Joe and Sidney to meet where an instant attraction forms between both men. Joe and Sidney embark on a journey of courtship, but soon a negative force learns of their budding romance and wants to stop it at any cost. Emily and her assistants must all use their special talents if Joe and Sidney are meant to live happily ever after.

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FourandHalfStars

This was a warm and cozy Christmas read, with all the magic associated with the holiday.  The author had me believing in miracles.
Joe was a lonely dad down on his luck, if something could go wrong it did for him and his son Joey.  The author had you hoping good things would happen to  them.  Sidney was a man looking for a permanent relationship, who had a horrible friend, Glen.  I loved Emily and all her friends, their part of the story was adorable.  The characters truly came alive in this story.
The story was well written and flowed easily. It was a perfect light hearted Christmas read to help you believe in miracles. I enjoyed it very much.
Sherry

ThreeandHalfStars

This was a cute story that sometimes had me laughing and other times had me saying, “Awww.” It was a relatively quick, fun read for a full-length novel.
Although the writing was so-so, the plot was entertaining enough to make up for it fairly well. I enjoyed the two main characters, Joe and Sidney, but I especially loved Joe’s son Joey and Emily and her crew. I actually felt that some of the side characters were better developed than the central ones.
My one main concern was with the sex scenes. I’m a pretty big fan of sex when it fits the context of the story, but here, I really felt that it didn’t. It drew me out of rather than further into the story. For the most part, the story had the feel of a sweet Hallmark Christmas romance–which, honestly, I loved. I think the words spent on Joe and Sidney’s intimacy would have been better used in developing them as people or showing us more “behind the scenes” of Emily and her helpers.
On a similar note, the sex scenes were also only so-so. I thought there were some odd metaphors (like comparing it to National Geographic…that was a little strange). I couldn’t tell how much was tongue-in-cheek and how much was serious.
At the same time, there were plenty of very obviously funny moments (Sidney’s payback to his friend Glen for being a jerk was absolutely one of my favorite scenes in any story ever, but I refuse to spoil it for readers; I swear I laughed for a good 30 minutes). I adored Emily and there was plenty of good-natured humor on her part, too. The end was a bit cheesy, but it definitely fit the overall tone.
To be honest, I would love to see the author write another story about Emily and Company helping another sweet couple on their way to happiness. If that ever happens, count me in to read it.
3.5 stars
Amy

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What was the inspiration for all the complications in this story?  The medical challenges, the economic challenges and more?

Unfortunately too many good families have been negatively affected by this stagnant economy.  All of us know someone whose life has been dramatically impacted and have lost their homes due to foreclosure and losing their jobs after years of being a dedicated employee.
In 2013 I remember watching a documentary on the Food Network about hunger in America.  One of the families was a single dad and his son.  The dad had recently lost his job.  He talked about the financial hardships. His young son had such a positive outlook on life given their life hardships.  I think partly inspired me to create the “Joey” character in my story.  In my story, Joey understands that his dad and him are homeless but thinks of their plight as an adventure.
Since I work in a Children’s hospital with medically complex kids, I thought my knowledge and experience could bring an unique quality to the story.

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When Joe lifted his head, he saw the man he had been fantasizing about since Joey was discharged from the hospital. He quickly stood up then nervously swayed back and forth. Partly because he was nervous seeing the man whom he secretly desired, but also because he did not want Sidney to know that he was living here at a homeless shelter. He did not want Sidney’s pity.

“Oh, I…” Joe struggled to find the right words.

“The church hired Mr. Koehler to finish remodeling our library,” Emily said smoothly. “We needed someone right away and by the Lord’s work Mr. Koehler was available. My assistants and I think he is a Godsend.”

Emily’s cell phone began to ring. “I need to take this call. It’s my husband.” She looked at Joe. “Would you be willing to give Mr. Maier a tour of Hope House while I take this call?”

Before Joe could respond, Sidney interjected.

“I would like that very much.”

The excitement in Sidney’s voice did not go unnoticed by either Joe or Emily.

“Good,” Emily said, taking her husband’s call as she walked away.

For a few moments Joe and Sidney just stared at each other, both men wanting to say something but too afraid. Finally, Joe mustered up the courage to start the conversation.

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Derrick Knight was born and grew up in Janesville, Wisconsin. Derrick earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition from the University of Wisconsin-Stout and a Master’s Degree in Health Services Administration from University of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois. For the last seventeen years, Derrick has been employed as a neonatal nutritionist in a neonatal intensive care unit at the largest teaching hospital in Illinois outside of Chicago.

Growing up Derrick was an avid reader of mystery novels. Agatha Christie was his favorite author. Ever since childhood Derrick dreamed of becoming a writer. He planned on writing mystery novels until a couple of years ago he read his first gay romance novel and he became hooked on the genre.

When Derrick is not writing, he is working on restoring his Arts & Crafts home, tending to his garden, and being an advocate for improving infant nutrition. Currently. Derrick resides in Peoria, Illinois with his two cats Iris and Madison Grace.

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4.5 Stars for Hard Riders Anthology by Jenna Byrnes, LM Somerton and Morticia Knight – #MM Romance @morticiaknight @lmsomerton @Totally_Bound

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Title: Hard Riders Anthology
Author Name: Jenna Byrnes, LM Somerton, Morticia Knight
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ear Blue Sky by Jenna Byrnes

Respect all, fear none is the Rebel Riders Motorcycle Club’s motto. Will the Riders step up when the Demon Outlaws go after one of their own?

Sky Warren doesn’t let the screen door smack him on the way out of Kansas. When his former abusive partner Duke is arrested for selling drugs, Sky takes off. He’s ready for a clean start and a change of scenery. Moving to Lakewood, Colorado, with his cousin and accepting a job in Billy’s bike shop seems like just what he needs to start over. In Billy’s riding club he meets Task Rivers, a handsome, sexy biker, and they hit it off immediately. Task is edgy, yet he shows Sky how a respectful and considerate man treats his partner. The two fall into a lusty, passionate relationship.

Death before dishonor. The Demon Outlaws have another way of looking at life. When Duke Lessing comes after Sky and is rebuffed, he joins the Outlaws in their troublemaking ways. With the Demons spoiling for a fight, Task calls on a few of the more hardcore Rebel Riders. As the night heats up, Sky is determined to avoid what seems like inevitable bloodshed. He wants to leave and lure the Demons away, but Task and the Rebel Riders have other ideas. Sky knows Duke doesn’t give up easily and learns that neither does Task, who’s fighting for what he wants. But will it be a fight to the death?

 

Mantrap by L.M. Somerton

Not all cages have bars.

The Wyverns Motorcycle Club has a reputation as fierce as its dragon emblem. Its enigmatic leader, Rogue Hellaby, has a police file so thick you could prop up a table with it. The qualifications for membership are a reckless disregard for authority and the attitude of a spitting cobra. But The Wyverns MC is not quite what it seems. All the riders have dubious histories in the military or the police—now they just serve and protect their own interests and those of Horatio Trap, the manipulative bastard who recruited them.

When Rogue receives an instruction to kidnap and hold hostage the son of a powerful drug lord, he doesn’t bat an eyelid. But Rogue has never had to deal with a captive like Orlando de la Pena. Orlando is furious—not because he’s being held prisoner, but because he’s prevented from partying at his favorite BDSM club. Rogue discovers that the only way to deal with Orlando is to become the Dom he so obviously needs. But Orlando’s father wants him back, and The Wyverns must face a battle that could cost them their lives.

Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of light BDSM.

 

Biking Bad by Morticia Knight

When Dylan, a young wannabe investigator, stumbles into the Mojave Sidewinder’s MC bar, he finds all kinds of trouble—especially in biker Luc ‘Zero’ Villarojas.

The Mojave Sidewinders is the largest gay MC club in Southern California. They’re also one-percenters, which makes them alluring to those looking for trouble and a danger to those making it. Luc ‘Zero’ Villarojas has been a brother ever since the club’s prez took him in as a runaway. At thirty-four years of age, he’s content to ride his hog, chase tail and run his tattoo and piercing parlor, Zero to Sixty.

Dylan has had to take care of himself since his aunt died when he was still a teen. Even though he’s barely twenty-two years old, the small spitfire has made his way in the world as best as he can and has even started his own would-be investigative agency. He’s proud of himself, even if his agency is on the edge of town in a ramshackle building.

Working his first big case involving a missing young man, Dylan barges into Road Rage, the Mojave Sidewinder’s exclusive bar, and starts asking questions. When it looks as though he’s about to get beaten up, a large, muscled biker covered in ink comes to his aid. Dylan’s incredibly attracted to him—even if Zero is pretty scary and Dylan’s still a virgin. But is there something Zero knows about the missing man that he’s hiding? And is Dylan in more danger than he realises?

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FourandHalfStars

Clear Blue Sky – Sky and Task are hot together. It was a little quick for me – almost an insta-love story, but because of Sky’s past – I felt that this was an OK quick to love story. I really liked how dedicated Task was to Sky – knowing his past was helpful and allowed Task to open up to Sky too.
Mantrap – Orlando is a playboy trying to stick it to his dad. I must say that he does a good job. But, despite his nonchalant persona, Orlando is quite deep. Rogue is similar to an onion. Doesn’t smell too nice, makes you cry, but once you peel the layers back, it OK.  I enjoyed this story – mainly because I liked the dynamic of the rough and tumble “good guys”. I wish I knew more of their background and who this Horatio Trap truly is. I really enjoyed this story.
Biking Bad – this was by far my favorite in the anthology. It seemed to be the most complete story and I really enjoyed the twists and turns. Dylan is a sweet guy trying to do the right thing – Zero is a hot, bad boy, who not only falls head over heels for Dylan, but saves the day too. Plus, the antagonist is really easy to hate!
I would read books by any of the three authors – they were all awesome!
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Clear Blue Sky.    4 stars
This was a fast, short read.  The plot dealt with realistic events, written well and with lots of feeling.  Sky had been in an abusive relationship and was trying to remove himself from that, when he met Task.  Bad biker dude, with secrets of his own, but defininitly with a caring side.  The story revolved around that one goal of getting Sky away from his abusive boyfriend. It had plenty of steamy hot sex.
Mantrap
4 stars
This was an exciting MC story.  A small group of ex- cop/military guys gone bad, working special assignments.  Plenty of hot sex and a story that keeps you reading.  The characters felt real, and the writing was descriptive enough for you to visually imagine the story.
Biking bad
3.5 stars
This story didn’t keep me interested as the other two.  It was a typical MC story.    Zero the main character was very caring biker. Grimm was the bad biker, didn’t like him, though the author did a good job of describing him and making you not like him.  The plot was ok it just left me wanting to know more.
Sherry

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Excerpt from Clear Blue Sky

“No one will ever love you as much as I do.” The ominous words echoed in Sky Warren’s head as he tossed and turned. The shadowy figure stood directly in front of him, reaching for his arm, and once again he felt the painful snap of a broken shoulder. Sky groaned and sprang up in bed, sweat pouring down his face.

He glanced around the dark room, trying to get his bearings. It was just a dream. He was used to them. Sleep was tenuous most nights, with nightmares just a whisper away from his consciousness.

Sky’s bedroom door opened and his cousin Billy moved in front of him, a beer in one hand and a plastic bottle of water in the other. “Bad dream again?” He held out both drinks.

Sky accepted the water and chugged down half of it. He wiped his mouth with the back of his arm and looked at Billy. Curly blond hair gave his cousin the perpetual appearance of bed head, no matter what time of day. A soul patch below the lower lip was his only facial hair, and there was usually a cigarette hanging from the edge of his mouth. Tonight was no exception.

“I’m okay.”

“I know.” Billy twisted off the beer cap and, after removing his smoke, took a swig. “Ruby and I were kickin’ back for the night. Checking if there’s anything I can do for ya before we go.”

“No thanks.” Sky felt slightly guilty. It was bad enough he was crashing at his cousin’s apartment, dampening any shreds of privacy the man had. Now he’d interrupted what was happening between his cousin and Ruby, his perky girlfriend with curly red hair and the biggest tits he’d ever seen on a woman the ripe old age of twenty-one. Barely. He shook his head and offered a small smile. “Sorry, man. I’ll keep it down.”

Bottle and cigarette in one hand, Billy ruffled Sky’s short, spiked brown hair with the other. “Nah, it’s all good. Just remember… The prick is gone. Prolly doing time in Leavenworth by now. He can’t hurt you anymore.”

Sky hugged his arms around his chest. “I know. Damn it! I’m fucking tired of these nightmares. Makes me look like such a pussy.”

“It doesn’t. You had a fucking broken shoulder, man. Even three months after the surgery and physical therapy, I know it still twinges. Prolly never be normal.”

“Thanks for that.” Sky smiled at his closest relative in the world. Billy had been like a brother growing up in Kansas. When his aunt had moved Billy to Colorado for her job, they’d both taken it hard. They’d kept in touch, and any time one of them needed the other, they’d come running.

Like Billy had, when Sky’s former partner Duke had ratcheted domestic violence up to a whole new level. He’d thought his cousin was going to kill the man, but there hadn’t been anything Sky could do about it from his hospital bed. What he had had a choice about—and what Billy could never understand—was Sky’s going home with Duke when he’d been released from the hospital. That fact was still a sore subject between them.

“If you’re sure you’re okay…” Billy motioned toward the other room.

Sky nodded. “Thanks for the water—and everything.”

“Any time, dude. Get some sleep.”

“You do the same.”

Billy grinned. “No promises.” He backed out then closed the door.

It wasn’t five minutes later that Sky heard his cousin’s headboard banging against the wall. He had to smile.

He polished off the last of the water then tossed the empty aside. Leaning back, he tried to face his demons because the therapist he’d seen a couple of times had told him that could make the bad dreams go away. It hadn’t worked yet, but Sky had hopes.

 

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Rogue leaned back against lumpy vinyl and fought the desire to tap his fingers against his denim-clad thigh. Impatience would get him nowhere. As always, Trap’s minion would show up when he was good and ready, not before. The annoying little shit loved to yank Rogue’s chain—one day he would have to be taught that pushing the ‘Do not touch’ button could be bad for any chance he had of reaching his next birthday.

Rogue glanced around the dingy diner. Positioned in a rear booth, he could see the front door, the counter and most of the tables. To his left, the door to the kitchen swung back and forward on badly oiled hinges, its high-pitched squeal an assault on his ears. The air conditioning droned in the background, the white noise supplemented by the restrained chatter of half a dozen patrons. In front of him, on the sticky melamine tabletop, sat an untouched cup of coffee. The surface of the dark liquid glimmered with an oil slick of scum. The waitress had already passed him more than once, clutching a full pot, hopeful for refill trade. Rogue would rather wash his mouth out with bleach. It would probably taste better as well.

At the table nearest the front window, a guy that looked like everyone’s favorite stereotype of a rough biker forked bacon into his mouth and slurped coffee. Rogue cringed. His second in command was a walking garbage disposal. Hatchet belched and shifted his muscular frame slightly in his chair slightly. The subtle signal made no difference to Rogue’s outward appearance, but inside he went to high alert. Fifteen seconds later the diner door slid open. The man who walked to the counter couldn’t have looked more out of place if he’d been wearing a hula skirt in the Arctic. Selling his suit on eBay would have funded the entire diner staff’s salaries for a month, including tips.

Rogue stretched out his legs and crossed them at the ankles. He controlled his breathing as the man at the counter took his own sweet time ordering. Rogue couldn’t hear the conversation between customer and server, but the stupid grin on the waitress’s face told him that his contact was sweet-talking the woman with a couple of pints of verbal syrup. Finally, the man strolled the length of the diner and slid into the booth opposite Rogue. He looked at the table with distaste and pulled a pristine white handkerchief from his inside pocket before wiping away a few stray crumbs. The scent of his expensive cologne wafted across the table and tickled Rogue’s nose.

“Smith.” Could the man use a false name that was any less original?

“Rogue. How have you been?” Smith’s voice was mellow and cultured.

“You’re not my boyfriend, Smith. Cut the crap and get to the point.”

Smith tutted. “You could at least be civil. We’ve been meeting for three years. I’d like to think we are friends.”

Rogue growled, low in his throat. “Friends don’t blackmail each other.”

“Mr Trap wouldn’t be so crass. Blackmail is such a sordid word. I prefer to think of it as gentle persuasion,” Smith said as he tweaked a crisp cuff, allowing Rogue to catch a glimpse of a silver cufflink in the shape of a dagger. “Mr Hatchet is enjoying his breakfast, I see. You were told to come alone.” The warmth in Smith’s voice disappeared, replaced with an icy chill.

“It’s not my problem if one of my acquaintances happens to like the food in this dump,” Rogue snarled.

Smith raised a sandy eyebrow.

“Fine. Fuck knows why, but he has a thing for you. He wasn’t going to miss an opportunity to ogle your tight little ass.” Rogue chuckled as Smith’s face reddened. “Don’t think I haven’t noticed you eyeing him right back, either.”

Rogue thought Smith might need a brown paper bag to hyperventilate into but, at that moment, the waitress sidled up to the table and placed a cup and saucer in front of Smith along with a plate holding an enormous slice of peach pie.

“There you go, honey. I even managed to find matching crockery for you.”

“Well thank you kindly, sweetness. You’re a darling.” Smith gave the woman a little pat on the backside and sent her on her way.

 

Excerpt from Biking Bad

“Zero, that sweet piece of ass I gave a Prince Albert to a few weeks back is here asking about you.”

Luc ‘Zero’ Villarojas grunted then took a strong pull of his longneck beer. He never drank any of the brews that were on tap at Road Rage. He liked the feel of the bottle in his hand, liked the way his large fingers could wrap around the smooth glass. The fact that it also came in handy as an occasional weapon at the Mojave Sidewinder’s biker bar only added to its appeal.

After taking another healthy swallow, he regarded his Sidewinder brother, Tank. He was Zero’s piercer and body mods guy at Zero to Sixty, the tattoo parlor he owned and operated in Indio, right off the interstate past Palm Springs. Tank’s real name was Sherman, but since he was built like a formidable military vehicle, the nickname had glued itself to him the way leathers would to skin when the heat reached intolerable levels.

“Why should I give a fuck?”

Tank snickered. “That was one pretty cock. He let me get it nice and hard for the piercing.” Tank licked his lips. “Ever since I finished it, I haven’t been able to stop thinking about sticking my tongue through that ring in his tip and giving it a little tug.”

Zero shrugged then finished off his beer in three long gulps. He wiped the back of one of his big hands across his mouth as he banged down the empty bottle on the bar.

“Then why don’t you?”

Zero gestured with his index finger, and Fuzzy, the big bear of a bartender that ran the joint and tended the bar for the club, ambled on over. His mammoth salt-and-pepper beard was divided in half, the two ends braided. They reached down to the middle of his cut and there were rumors that he hadn’t trimmed it in over thirty years.

“One more, Fuzzy. Tank? You drinkin’ or tonguing dick?”

His friend let out a loud snort. “If things go my way, both.”

After collecting his second beer then leaning back against the long, scarred wood counter, Zero faced the main section of their hangout. He saw the piece of ass Tank had mentioned. The almost-too-pretty man stared unwaveringly at him. He had a nice lean body, toned, well-inked—pierced nipples, and of course, what Zero knew to be his most recent piece of body jewelry that was undoubtedly pressing against the zipper of his tight denim. He was the kind of guy Zero liked to stick his dick into—smaller than him, a hungry little bottom. But he was also smug and overly aware of how he had all the men’s cocks dripping when he walked in the room. Plus, Zero had already fucked him. Once was usually enough for him with anyone.

“Well?”

Zero slowly turned to Tank. “Well what?”

“You gonna tear that ass up or what?”

“He’s all yours.”

Tank smirked. “Let me guess. You drilled him already.”

“Through the floor.” Zero took another swig of his beer.

Tank shrugged. “I’m not proud. I’ll offer to break in his guiche for him.”

Zero turned to Tank, pulling his eyebrows together. “I don’t remember Pretty Boy’s taint being pierced.”

“It isn’t. Yet.” Tank winked at him.

Grunting, Zero broke his gaze from Tank’s prey, his attention captured by a disturbance near the entrance to the club’s hang. He absent-mindedly wondered if a couple of chicks were trying to weasel their way in. Or maybe it was some tourists who didn’t realize that Road Rage belonged to the Sidewinders, and that the club was not only exclusively for men, but for gay men.

TWO 4 Star Reviews for Choosing Happy (More Than Friends #3) by Aria Grace – #MM Romance @ariagracebooks

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Title: Choosing Happy (More Than Friends #3)
Author Name: Aria Grace
Publication Date & Length: March 15, 2014 – 224 pgs

Synopsis

Book 3 of the More Than Friends Series. Can be read in sequence or as a standalone.  (Book #1 is free)

Steve is living in Portland with many regrets. He has alienated the people he cares most about by making bad choices that continue to haunt him. When he meets a kid that’s in a bad relationship and needs some help, Steve reluctantly offers it, knowing it’s his chance to redeem himself. What he doesn’t expect is to find happiness. It’s there, all he has to do it choose to accept it.

For mature readers.

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FourStars

Steve and “Little Duck” Joey – so sweet. I love their characters. Steve has this overprotective streak in him that I simply have to admire. Despite not knowing Joey at all, Steve takes up for him – the attraction for Steve is there and he pines away. When it becomes too much, he tries to strike up a conversation, not knowing the consequences that Joey will face.

Joey is such an endearing character. Despite his innocence, I liked him right away. He was trying to find a way out for himself and got caught up with someone who was less than honest. Joey’s character is so sweet to Steve, but you see hints of his old, more confident self – before Topher. I liked seeing both sides of Joey and I LOVED his nick name of little duck.

I liked that the story had a lot of mystery. You were not given a lot of information about Topher, but from the impressions that Steve give, Topher is not a decent person. Grace does a good job of portraying the true hatred that Steve feels towards Topher. I could feel Joey’s fear, Steve’s hatred and Topher’s arrogance.

I also enjoyed the slight hint towards Steve’s past. Having not read the previous stories, these hints helped me put more context to why Steve was the way he was towards Joey and towards his friends.

This was a cute story of finding out what unconditional love is really about. I would for sure read from this author again.

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Haven’t read any of the others in the series, but was able to read this book as a standalone.  Once I started reading it I needed to keep going until I finished.  The style of writing drew me into the plot and kept me interested until the end.
The characters came alive in the story and I found myself hoping that Steve would find happiness in the end. The author had you just wanting to hug Joey. I would like to go back and read the first two books to find out more of Steve’s background.  All in all, a very loving story that I enjoyed.
Sherry

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Does he seriously have sympathy for me? That’s a new low, even for me. “Yeah.” I carefully reach out to take his hand. “And I promise not to bite.”

Moving slowly, he scoots out and walks behind me to the front door. Just like the little duck he was trained to be.

I open the door and sweep my arm in for Joey to look around. “There’s a guest room down here with a private bath.” I start walking but he doesn’t follow. When I reach the door to the bedroom that hasn’t been used since Zach’s last visit, I clear my throat, getting Joey’s attention. “In here, little duck. You can clean up and I’ll find some clothes for you while we wash yours.”

Nothing I own will fit his slender form but I’ve got a handful of clothes that guys have left here over the years that I keep in case they ever come back. Fortunately or unfortunately, they rarely return after I’ve driven them away.

Joey reluctantly walks to me and peeks in the room. “You really don’t mind?”

I shake my head, my eyes locked on his profile as he decides whether he can trust me or not. To my surprise, he steps in and sits on the edge of the bed.

I grab a few towels from the hall closet and walk into the bathroom. “You need to soak those gashes to make sure they don’t get infected. Want me to run a bath for you?”

His terrified eyes bug open and I know he thinks I’m trying to take advantage of him.

“Look, kid.” I pull out the desk chair and roll it so I’m sitting in front of him with about a foot between our knees. “I know you’re scared and you should be. You shouldn’t just trust a stranger off the street.”

Okay, this isn’t exactly making his breathing even out or his color improve. He looks like he’s about to burst into tears or jump through the window…or both.

I take a deep breath and start over. “My name is Steve Montgomery. You already know that I own The Waffle Haus. Rachel knows you’re with me and she’d kick my ass if I harmed one hair on your head so you can relax. I promise I won’t hurt you.”

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Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Aria enjoys the year round sunshine and laid back environment of the west coast. She lives with her husband and two children on a quiet hill that gives her lots of time to read and write. Her first series was a semi-traditional look at sexy gigs found online. She has now ventured into the exciting M/M world of gay erotica.

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Another Four Star Review for Owned for Christmas by Willa Edwards – #Menage @willaedwards @Totally_Bound

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Title: Owned for Christmas
Author Name: Willa Edwards
Publication Date & Length: December 19, 2014

Synopsis

Christmas with her boyfriend’s family seems like a lovely idea—until she finds her previous Dom staying for the holidays too.

Kate Baker is nervous about meeting her boyfriend Daniel’s family. When she walks into the family home to find Grant, her former Dom, spending the holidays with them too, her world turns upside down. How can she spend Christmas with the man who shattered her heart and broke her trust in the whole BDSM scene?

Although she had no idea Grant and Daniel were brothers, Grant revives all those needs that Daniel can’t fulfil. But she won’t give up the man who helped mend her broken heart after Grant shattered it—even if she has to bury the submissive part of herself to do it.

A year ago, Grant Farrell left the woman he loved—and the best sub he’s ever controlled—to tend the family ranch after his father’s death. It almost tore his heart out to leave Kate but he had no other choice. He didn’t realise how much it had hurt them both until she shows up at his family’s home on his brother’s arm.

Now more than ever he’s determined to keep her in his life, even if he has to share her to do it. But half measures won’t be enough anymore. He needs either to own her completely, or give her up to Daniel for good.

Can he convince Kate to forgive him for the pain he caused her and the secrets he kept? Or will he lose her to his brother for his past mistakes?

Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of anal sex and double penetration

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FourStars

This was an excellent story.  It was a warm holiday read.  The author used very descriptive language so you could visualize the scenes well. The story flowed well.  The author had you loving the relationship between Kate and Daniel.   But then introduced Grant and the story sizzled.
The characters in the story were perfect.   Where Daniel was a very loving, caring and sweet guy, his brother Grant, was the opposite and was a very dominating guy.  Kate was a loving young woman knowing something was missing in her life. The story is about how two sexy cowboys are going to work their way into Kate’s life.  A very quick, excellent read!
Sherry

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I’ve wanted to be writer as long as I can remember.  My mother claims that I wanted to be a writer when I was four (but I’m still not sure I knew what a writer did back then).   I completed my first novel at the ripe age of 8 in my grandmother’s dining room using my mother’s typewriter from college.  It consisted of one typed page, four chapters, each a paragraph long.  The story was about a set of alien sisters that landed on earth, had to learn how to make their way home but in the process fall in love with two human boys.  I know, a love story from the very beginning.  I blame Walt Disney.

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5 stars for Red Dirt Heart 3 by N. R. Walker #MM #Romance #gayfiction @NR_Walker

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Title: Red Dirt Heart 3 (Red Dirt Heart #3)
Author Name: N. R. Walker
Publication Date & Length: Oct 17, 2014 — 287 pgs

Synopsis

Life for Charlie Sutton has never been better, or busier. With Travis now a permanent fixture of Sutton Station, a permanent fixture at Charlie’s side, Charlie’s convinced he couldn’t do anything on his ever-growing to-do list without him.

He can run a multimillion dollar cattle business, finish his degree, try and further the local beef industry, deal with staff issues, Ma’s failing health, and an attention-demanding wombat. He can even deal with an unexpected visitor and some shattering news.

He can deal with it all, as long as he has Travis.

But what happens when he doesn’t?

Red Dirt Heart 3 is the story of Charlie Sutton finally realising he can be the man Travis Craig deserves, even if he doesn’t have Travis. It’s a story of love, family, holding on, letting go and coming home.

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FiveStars

I have to say I couldn’t wait to read this book to know what  happens with Charlie and Travis.  The author had me hooked with book 1 & book 2.  The author did a wonderful job pulling you into the story. The books span through a year of their life. The 3 books are true romance stories and each one got better than the one before.
The author had you feeling all sorts of emotions for the characters, feeling of sadness, anxiety and so much happiness.  I just couldn’t put the book down, The author’s way of writing was so superb it pulled you into the story and you  just had to know how it was going to turn out.  They were the perfect happily ever after stories.

 

~Sherry

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Who am I?

Good question…

I am many things; a mother, a wife, a sister, a writer.

I have pretty, pretty boys who live in my head, who don’t let me sleep at night unless I give them life with words.

I like it when they do dirty, dirty things…but I like it even more when they fall in love.

I used to think having people in my head talking to me was weird, until one day I happened across other writers who told me it was normal.

I’ve been writing ever since…

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4.5 Stars for Red Dirt Heart 2 by N. R. Walker #MM #Romance @NR_Walker

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Title: Red Dirt Heart (Red Dirt Heart #2)
Author Name: N. R. Walker
Publication Date & Length: Aug 27, 2014 — 250 pgs

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Up until Travis arrived on his doorstep, Charlie had lived a very solitary life. He had surrounded himself with isolation; a couple million acres of red dirt, scorching sun and loneliness.

Six months on, winter has settled over the desert, and Charlie has the life he never dreamed possible. But living and working together, twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, for six months straight starts to take its toll.

Charlie is a stubborn, stubborn man, who tends to have more conversations in his head than what comes out his mouth, whereas Travis has no problem saying what’s on his mind. And even as they both struggle to communicate, struggle to make sense of need versus want, Charlie can see that he’s pushing Travis away – yet seems helpless to stop it.

When it all boils down to whether Travis should stay or go, maybe the decision won’t be theirs to make.

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FourandHalfStars

This book picked up right where book 1 left off.  The same wonderful characters.  Charlie, Travis, George, ma and all the Sutton Station crew.  Everyone of the characters had a special spot in the story and made the book.  The writing was superb, the story flowed flawlessly.  It was one of those books you just can’t put down until your done, because you need to know what’s going to happen.

~Sherry

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Who am I?

Good question…

I am many things; a mother, a wife, a sister, a writer.

I have pretty, pretty boys who live in my head, who don’t let me sleep at night unless I give them life with words.

I like it when they do dirty, dirty things…but I like it even more when they fall in love.

I used to think having people in my head talking to me was weird, until one day I happened across other writers who told me it was normal.

I’ve been writing ever since…

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4 Stars for Red Dirt Heart (Red Dirt Heart #1) by N. R. Walker #MM #romance @NR_Walker

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Title: Red Dirt Heart (Red Dirt Heart #1)
Author Name: N. R. Walker
Publication Date & Length: Feb 20, 2014 — 164 pgs

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Welcome to Sutton Station: One of the world’s largest working farms in the middle of Australia – where if the animals and heat don’t kill you first, your heart just might.

Charlie Sutton runs Sutton Station the only way he knows how; the way his father did before him. Determined to keep his head down and his heart in check, Charlie swears the red dirt that surrounds him – isolates him – runs through his veins.

American agronomy student Travis Craig arrives at Sutton Station to see how farmers make a living from one of the harshest environments on earth. But it’s not the barren, brutal and totally beautiful landscapes that capture him so completely, it’s the man with the red dirt heart.

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FourStars

This was a lovely story of a lonely, non confident man, Charlie, who had a lot of responsibilities but was content to live his life alone.  Then in came a student to learn more about ranching in Australia.  Travis was confident, eager to please and an all around great guy.  This was their story of how they fell in love.
The plot line was realistic and believable.  The dialogue was great, full of understanding about the characters.  The ending was perfect.
~Sherry

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I am many things; a mother, a wife, a sister, a writer.

I have pretty, pretty boys who live in my head, who don’t let me sleep at night unless I give them life with words.

I like it when they do dirty, dirty things…but I like it even more when they fall in love.

I used to think having people in my head talking to me was weird, until one day I happened across other writers who told me it was normal.

I’ve been writing ever since…

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TWO 4 Star Reviews for Barefoot Dancing by T.A. Chase – #MM Romance @TaChase @totally_bound

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Title: Barefoot Dancing
Author Name: T.A. Chase
Publication Date & Length: November 28, 2014

Synopsis

A moment in time can be the most pivotal one in our lives.

Kendall VanHooren is happy with his life. He works as a corporate lawyer in his father’s firm and does as he wishes on the weekends. He used to be a partier, but as he’s matured, he’s settled down and figured out that sometimes quiet is a good thing.

George Bowie is working a minimum wage job, which is barely keeping him off the streets most days. He lost his job in the banking crisis and has learned the hard way that pride has no place when it comes to survival.

Dancing barefoot on the beach might seem an odd thing to do, but it brings two men together at just the right moment for their worlds to collide.

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FourStars

Kendall and George…*sigh*, such a cute story.  While I don’t usually enjoy insta-love/lust stories, this one just made it past all my usual barriers.

George is immediately my favorite character – he is so genuine in his life. Kendall is just as endearing, because he recognizes his fortune, doesn’t let George’s circumstances sway his lust for George and in the end, both are able to see each other for who they really are, not for their circumstance, both good and bad.

I really enjoyed this story – it was short, sweet and very fairy-tale, happy ending.

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I found this book quick and easy to read.  The story flowed very well.  It was a lovely story of being in the right place at the right time.  It didn’t matter that George was homeless and Kendall rich.  They both knew that they wanted to be happy and believed they found the right person.  The author made you totally love George, with all his struggles of no money and being homeless. And even though Kendall was rich the author played him as a sincere, very kind guy. It was a nice happily ever after book.  Thoroughly enjoyed it.

Sherry

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There is beauty in every kind of love, so why not live a life without boundaries? Experiencing everything the world offers fascinates me and writing about the things that make each of us unique is how I share those insights. I live in the Midwest with a wonderful partner of thirteen years. When not writing, I’m watching movies, reading and living life to the fullest.

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5 Stars for Lower Education by A.M. Leibowitz – #MM #bisexual #romance@amyunchained

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Title: Lower Education
Author Name: A.M. Leibowitz
Publication Date & Length: November 1, 2014
Publisher: Supposed Crimes, LLC

Synopsis

Phin Patterson is an educational consultant dissatisfied with his job and his life. On a mission to complete one last assignment before escaping his unfulfilling career and figure out what he wants, he accepts a commission from Donald Murdock at the New York State Education Department. Suddenly, he finds himself on his way to evaluate a tiny school in New York’s Southern Tier, not far from the town where he grew up. Now his only goal is to get in, do his job, and get out before anyone from his past remembers him.

That turns out to be easier said than done. Dani Sloane, the sharp-witted administrative assistant to the principal, learns the truth about why Phin is really there. With the help of her friends, she sets out to unmask him and force the local board of education to stop the plans that could ruin their school. Discovering that her sometime-lover is an old business associate of Phin’s only complicates both the situation and their relationship.

Meanwhile, Phin, who has committed himself to keeping his emotional distance, can’t resist the charm of the town and its residents—especially the school psychologist, who turns out to be an old friend he hasn’t seen in over twenty years. While Dani works to take him down and save her school, Phin wrestles with learning how to do the right thing, including telling the truth to the man with whom he’s already falling in love.

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First off, I’d like to say Thank you for taking the time to answer these questions so me and my readers can get to know a little bit more about you!

Now for the hard part:

  • Can you describe in detail what your writing environment is like?

I homeschool my younger child, so my work space looks like my kid doing her work while I do mine, both of us curled up on living room furniture—she with books, me with my laptop. I like quiet (no music or television), lots of light, and comfort. I’m always cold, so I keep on hand blankets, hot drinks, and fingerless gloves.

  • Is there one of your characters that you relate to (from any of your works)? Why?

I relate most to Dani (from Lower Education). She’s smart and curious, and she’s utterly devoted to the people she loves. She’ll do what it takes to protect them, even if that means digging into things she might be better off leaving alone. I also relate to her as a parent, always praying she’s doing and saying the right things with her kids.

  • If you couldn’t be an author, what would you do instead?

My college degrees are in nursing and health science. I would love to be a community health/sexuality educator. Maybe that’ll be my next career. Ha!

  • Is there anything that you learned during the writing process that you wish you had known before hand?

That it’s okay to screw up. No one is going to be angry that the manuscript isn’t perfect the first time out, even if I’ve missed a bad stereotype or cliché. Everyone who read my novel during the editing process was incredibly gracious and kind. It requires an incredible amount of trust on both sides.

  • Is there anything that you wish you could change about your book now that it is out?

A lot of things! I noticed how often I do annoying things such as using people’s names too frequently in dialogue. I also think I gloss over the big reveal at the end, and it makes less sense than I would hope. Since the story skewers the state of public education, I think I may disappoint some educators with my resolution to the problem. I might handle that differently or explain it better.

  • How do you come up with new ideas for your story?

My kids and spouse are great for that. I’m also often inspired by blogs and news articles I read. I got my “real” start in writing as a social justice blogger, and that’s where my heart will always be.

  • What’s next for you as a writer?

I have another novel currently with beta readers. It’s an incredibly personal work about coming to terms with our (often multiple) identities and how to integrate competing aspects of ourselves. It didn’t start out that way, but that’s where it ended up. I’ve also written a series of short stories for self-publication, and I’m planning another novel.

  • Where do you live? Do you think this influences how or what you write?

I’m in western/Finger Lakes region of New York. It absolutely influences me. I understand my beautiful state, and I almost always set my stories here. Locals who read my work can find references to familiar places.

  • What is your favorite genre outside of the one you write in? Why?

I like fantasy kid lit. There’s something wonderful about slipping through the wardrobe door that appeals to me at a very deep level. Whether it’s Aslan and Narnia or Harry Potter’s wizarding England or the Great Ga’Hoole Tree, good kid fantasy offers a peek at the deeper truths of life uncluttered by adult worries.

  • Do you have any vices? Shoes, coffee, shopping…etc?

Coffee, for sure. I drink a lot of it. Also, slash fan fiction, especially Harry Potter. It’s my version of reading trashy romance novels. (I can’t believe I just admitted that!)

 

Thank you so much for taking your time to answer my questions. I wish you much success as a writer!!

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FiveStars

This book rocked!  Wonderful story about thinking you can just do your job, but ending up doing more, by being involved with the people and falling in love with the town, and trying to do what’s right instead of just getting by.   There were many main characters that kept your interest in the story.  It wasn’t just a happily ever after right from the beginning, the characters struggled with pressures of losing their control over the town school.  The author did very well covering all the struggles.
I couldn’t put it down once I started reading it, I needed to know where the plot was leading too.
The interest level just kept you coming back to the book to know if Phin, the main character,
was going to do what’s right.
Highly recommend this book, I will read more by this author.
Sherry

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Phin closed the gap and kissed him

Elegant and sensual dance

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He pulled out his phone and glanced at it. “Listen, I need to go. Dani, what time do you want me to come over to help Jake draw his display board?”

“Is nine okay? We need to be at the school by eleven to set up, and the fair starts at noon.”

“Sure thing.” He grinned at the group. “Good night, ladies. Alex.” Once again, his face colored just a little when his eyes flicked to Alex. With that, he was off.

Dani watched him go, shaking her head. “Pied piper,” she muttered.

“What?” Eunice asked.

“You know—the pied piper. He got everyone to follow after him, thinking he was solving the town’s rat problem, only then he stole the children.” She laughed. “I’m just being paranoid. Where are the kids? We should get going—long day tomorrow.”

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A. M. Leibowitz is a spouse, parent, feminist, and book-lover falling somewhere on the Geek-Nerd Spectrum. She keeps warm through the long, cold western New York winters by writing romantic plot twists and happy-for-now endings. In between noveling and editing, she blogs coffee-fueled, quirky commentary on faith, culture, writing, and her family.

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INTERVIEW 5 stars for Shifting Hearts by Silvia Violet – #MM #Romance #Paranormal @Silvia_Violet

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Title: Shifting Hearts
Author Name: Silvia Violet
Publication Date: October 25, 2014

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After experiencing what happens when someone you love walks away and never looks back, Brandon decided love was for fools. Then he spent a summer with Zach. He struggled against feelings that grew every time he and Zach were together, telling himself they were just having a fling. When Zach confessed his love one hot summer night, Brandon panicked. He scoffed at Zach and made sure he walked away first.

Three years later, their paths cross again when Zach becomes the vet at Wild R Farm where Brandon works. Brandon realizes his feelings haven’t changed, but Zach treats Brandon with scorn despite Brandon’s every attempt to show Zach he’s no longer the self-centered man he used to be. When a night out ends with Brandon driving Zach home, confessions are made on both sides, and hope begins to build in Brandon’s heart.

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FiveStars

This book had everything I love.  Cowboys, shifters, and sexy romance.  It was fast moving and written so well that it flowed beautifully.  I really enjoyed the characters in this story, the author brought them to life with the descriptive writing.
The story was focused on Brandon and Zach, who once had a relationship, but one of them ended up being a jerk.  Couple years later they are both in the same place and try to resist each other, too afraid to get involved.
Due to the way Brandon was brought up he had a hard time with relationships, but with friends like Tristan and Will, he was able to find his feelings for Zach.
Tristan was another ex-lover of Brandon’s, but Tristan was able to forgive and move on.
Zach had been hurt by Brandon but was still in love with him. One night Zach had a lot to drink and Brandon took him home and things started to change for them.  They both became aware of how they still felt and tried to move forward.
It was a perfect love story told beautifully.
I would definitely read more by this author. Highly recommend this book.
~Sherry

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Brandon settled his and Zach’s tabs and managed to get Zach to his truck without incident. “Did you drive here?”

“Nope, Martin picked me up.”

Brandon snorted again. Fucking Martin. The two of them together was so not going to happen.

Zach giggled. “I’ve always loved it when you go all ferocious stallion.”

Oh fuck. “Just get in the truck, Zach.” Brandon helped him step up and maneuver himself into the passenger seat.

“It’s fucking wrong.“ Zach said as he laid his head back on the seat.

“What is?”

“That you’re so fucking hot.”

No. No, no, no. This was not happening. “Just close your eyes and stop talking. You’ll be better off that way.” Maybe he’d pass out and then Brandon’s dick could stop reacting to his soft words and beautiful eyes and everything that made him the only man Brandon really wanted.

“No, I’ll forget it all. Best thing about being drunk. I might as well say what I want because who will care later.”

“I will.”

“Nah, you never did. That’s what makes it so unfair.”

Brandon rubbed his forehead, trying to ward off a massive headache. “You’re wrong about that. I—”

“What? You didn’t mean to look at me like I was a bug you wanted to squash when I said I loved you?”

“You’re drunk. Really fucking drunk, and I’d be an idiot to say anything now. More of an idiot than I already have been and—”

“Fuck, you’re babbling.” Zach looked extremely amused.

Brandon scowled at him. “Nope, it’s your imagination”

“It’s not.”

“Yeah, it is”

Zach grinned. “You could kiss me to shut me up.”

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Silvia Violet writes erotic romance in a variety of genres including paranormal, contemporary, sci fi, and historical. She can be found haunting coffee shops looking for the darkest, strongest cup of coffee she can find. Once equipped with the needed fuel, she can happily sit for hours pounding away at her laptop. Silvia typically leaves home disguised as a suburban stay-at-home-mom, and other coffee shop patrons tend to ask her hilarious questions like “Do you write children’s books?” She loves watching the looks on their faces when they learn what she’s actually up to. When not writing, Silvia enjoys baking sinfully delicious treats, exploring new styles of cooking, and reading to her incorrigible offspring.

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1. What inspired you for this piece? Is there a history you have with cowboys that helped you write it or did you have to do a lot of research?

My original inspiration for the Wild R Farm series happened when I mentioned the idea of a book about a cowboy and his horse where the horse is a shifter. A friend dared me to go for it. I’m so very glad I did! I’ve not had much experience around cowboys so I did have to do some research. My daughter takes riding lessons so I had opportunities to research the horse farm aspect of the story while at the riding barn.

2. Why write in the LGBT et al community? What drew you to these type of characters?

I’ve enjoyed reading bisexual ménage and m/m for many years and since I first starting writing (my first books were m/f romances) I’ve enjoyed writing in the male voice. So it felt natural to try writing gay and bisexual characters of my own. I enjoy exploring many different types of relationship in my writing.

3. If there’s one thing you want your readers to take away from this book, what is it?

Even if you’ve made some terrible mistakes in the past, you can redeem yourself. Don’t give up.

4. What’s the first LGBT et al book you read? And if you can’t remember, what’s your favorite one that you’ve read?

My first LGBT romance was Jules Cassidy’s story in Suzanne Brockmann’s Troubleshooters series. His story arc covers several books, but All Through the Night focuses on him.

5. What are you working on next?

I’m working on Wild R Christmas, the next book in the Wild R Farm series. It will be out in December. When it’s done, I’ll be starting on Fitting In Book 3.

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