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“I don’t want to graduate and be sitting around on some random porch ten years from now, regretting. You have to live in the moment. You can’t let experiences pass you by without doing anything about it.” — Susane Colasanti


Title: Get What You Need

Author: Jeanette Grey

Publisher: Samhain Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 247 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Love isn’t rocket science. It’s much, much harder.

Determination and elbow grease propelled Greg London from blue-collar background to Ph.D. candidate. His single-mindedness doesn’t leave a lot of room for a personal life, but that’s the price of success. Besides, it’s not like the boring nerd ever ends up with the hot guy. Continue Reading

Title: The Boy Who Came In From the Cold

Author: B.G. Thomas

Narrator:: Charlie David

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Run Time: 7 Hours, 57 Minutes

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Blurb: Todd Burton has had enough of small-town Buckman. His abusive stepfather calls him a fag; his friend Austin makes him realize he may be gay, but Todd doesn’t want to admit his stepfather is right; and he dreams of being a chef. Three good reasons to flee his hometown and pursue greener pastures. But when Todd reaches the big city, his luck runs dry. Soon he can’t pay his rent and gets evicted. In the middle of a snowstorm. Continue Reading

“Hate crimes are the scariest thing in the world because these people really believe what they’re doing is right.” – Cher


Title: Bashed

Author: Rick R. Reed

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count:

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: 2nd Edition

It should have been a perfect night out. Instead, Mark and Donald collide with tragedy when they leave their favorite night spot. That dark October night, three gay-bashers emerge from the gloom, armed with slurs, fists, and an aluminum baseball bat. Continue Reading

2014GRL_BlogTour_sq200x200In the summer before my second senior year of college (yes, I was on the five-year plan), I needed money. I was broke. Desperate for a second job, I took a better-than-minimum-wage gig working for a local company, updating the city directory. Our job was to wander the city of DeKalb, knocking on doors, asking personal questions of residents: what’s your income bracket? How many people are in your household? Do you own your own home?

The questions were a combination or dull demographics and invasive questions about money. See, the “city directory” wasn’t actually sponsored by the city. A scuzzy marketing company used college students to collect these intrusive answers, selling the results to telemarketers so they could better target calls. Using the words “city directory” made their questions seem legitimate. Continue Reading

Title: Does the Feeling Go Both Ways?

Author: AR Moler

Publisher: JMS Books

Pages/Word Count: 124 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Deep cover DEA agent Landon Cross can’t seem to escape his past. First, his cover is blown by a guy he’d busted in another operation. Then, his rescuer is medic Trey Jernigan, his best childhood friend, first love, and a person Landon betrayed as teenager. Continue Reading

“I have so much love for you… for us… I am overcome with this feeling that just one life will not be enough to give to you… and forever won’t nearly be long enough to spend with you.” – Steve Maraboli


Title: John & Jackie

Author: TJ Klune

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 122 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: John and Jackie first laid eyes on each other when they were twelve years old.

Now, seventy-one years later, Jack prepares to give his beloved husband the ultimate gift. Before he does, they’ll relive five key moments from their younger lives together over the course of a single afternoon. From their first meeting and first kiss to the violence of an abusive father and the heartache of growing up, these moments have defined who they have become. As sunset approaches, John will show the depths of his love for the one man who has made him whole: his Jackie. They’ll soon learn there is no force more powerful than their devotion to one another. Continue Reading

“Trust, huh? Deacon didn’t know what that word meant to Trevor. On one hand, it was a word he no longer believed in and, on the other hand, trust meant more to him than he could verbally express.” – S.A. McAuley


Title: Damaged Package

Author: S.A. McAuley

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 215 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Forced into early retirement from his career as a SWAT officer for the city of Detroit, James Deacon knew that when he failed it would be a fall of epic proportions. He’s been living life by the tips of his fingers for over twenty years, and his new gig organizing a group of misfit military types into a functioning team—including his reluctant ex-fiancée—won’t return him to stable ground anytime soon. Continue Reading

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© Rick R. Reed, 2014, all rights reserved

Bashed, my hate crime/love story, includes an afterword exclusive to this new edition. I’m sharing it with you in this guest post to let you know why the subject matter for this book—hate crimes against LGBT people—is so close and personal for me. I also think this afterword gives you a glimpse into how writers get inspired. Inspiration comes from the most unlikely of places, sometimes nightmare territory where you’d rather not venture… Continue Reading

Title: Mending Him

Author: Bonnie Dee and Summer Devon

Publisher: Samhain Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 243 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: “As his world collapses, love opens his heart.”

Robbie Grayson has always felt like a bit of an outsider in the Chester family, though he’s related by blood. An orphan taken in at a young age, he is further set apart by a limp inflicted by a childhood illness. Continue Reading

Title: Let Love Live

Author: Melissa Collins

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 298 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Who would you become if you lost the only person who ever mattered?

For twenty-six year old Dylan Hopkins, the answer is easy. He’s become no one. Memories of the happier times are all he has left as he finds himself meandering numbly through his now dull life. Though he cares about his work and family dearly, he’s yet to let himself find love again. Afraid of letting go of what he once had, Dylan chooses to keep his heart buried, where it belongs, having died a long time ago. Continue Reading

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