The Novel Approach

Where Reading and Romance Meet…

Title: Sarge (F.I.S.T.S.: Book One)

Author: Bey Deckard

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 49 Pages

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Blurb: Sometimes it’s just about being in the right place at the right time… with the right person.

Sarge is the short story of a burgeoning D/s relationship between two space marines stationed on an alien planet where an endless war drags on.

Sergeant Wilkes is a hard man with a long, celebrated military career.

Brawny, tattooed, and utterly submissive, Murphy is just an interesting diversion… until Sarge realises he has found something truly rare. Continue Reading


Q.) Hi, Belinda, and welcome to you. We’re glad to have you here with us today. What do you find most creatively satisfying about writing Alt U/Fantasy/Paranormal/Sci-fi rather than a contemporary romance?

A.) I think I fell in love with speculative fiction way back when I was a kid. The first books I read were children’s classics like Black Beauty and Little Women, which in their way were as far different from my life as a fantasy or paranormal could be. When I was in the sixth grade, I was introduced to Tolkien and Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Those books taught me that I could literally make my own worlds, no matter how fantastic or unlikely. My personal life always held an edge of fear and stress; at best, my father was a very unpleasant man. At worst…well, that doesn’t bear discussion. Just suffice it to say that I lost myself for hours at a time in worlds of my own making, where I was usually the hero out saving the lives of my classmates. Continue Reading


Gaslamp Fortnight: A Steampunk Book Tour – October 27th – November 7th

Authors L.A. Witt, Alexis Hall, and Cornelia Grey come together on a Steampunk book tour to celebrate the releases of Precious Metals, Prosperity, and Circus of the Damned.

Join us on adventures through the lawless, untamed, kraken-infested skies! Trek the snowy wilds of the Klondike in the company of a Mountie! Visit a soul-stealing circus where entertainment is at your own risk! Riptide’s Gaslamp Fortnight will tempt you with the steampunk and gaslamp worlds of Cornelia Grey, Alexis Hall, and L.A. Witt.

And Gaslamp Fortnight is featuring a fabulous giveaway! Comment on the tour stops for a chance to win a $250 gift certificate to Harlots and Angels Steampunk Corsetry and get your own custom corset or personalized steampunk gear.

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Title: All Fired Up (Sin City Uniforms: Book One)

Author: Morticia Knight

Publisher: Totally Bound

Pages/Word Count: 160 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Officer Shawn Everly patrols the Strip and one night, fireman Trent Marshall saves him when danger strikes. But it’s still uncertain whether Trent can save himself from getting his heart broken by Shawn.
The party never ends on the Las Vegas strip but neither does the danger. Officer Everly is new to the beat, having recently relocated to Vegas from Los Angeles. Foot patrol on the Strip is a demanding assignment because he’s up close and personal with the public. But what he’d really like to do is get up close and personal with Station 32’s hunky fireman, Trent Marshall. Continue Reading

Title: Beneath the Stain: Parts Six and Seven

Author: Amy Lane

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 350 Pages (Full Series)

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: In a town as small as Tyson, CA, everybody knew the four brothers with the four different fathers—and their penchant for making good music when they weren’t getting into trouble. For Mackey Sanders, playing in Outbreak Monkey with his brothers and their friends—especially Grant Adams—made Tyson bearable. But Grant has plans for getting Mackey and the Sanders boys out of Tyson, even if that means staying behind. Continue Reading

Title: Patchwork Heaven

Author: Jaime Samms

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 344 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Singer Coby Kennedy and his drummer twin, Bruce, have a band called Patchwork Heaven. They have been rising steadily up the country music charts, but unfortunately, that rise has attracted unwanted attention. Faced with anonymous letters, sinister gifts, and the wanton destruction of their personal space, they hire The Detail, a specialized security firm. Coby never anticipated Gregor, The Detail’s owner and his personal guard, would be quite so intriguing. Continue Reading

8548904TNA: Hi, Alex, thanks so much for joining us today. Why don’t we start things off by having you tell us a bit about yourself?

Alex: This is where I go ‘Oh, blimey, what do you want to know?’ because I’m socially inept and never know what people expect me to answer to this. How do you sum yourself up, after all? I’m the one who doesn’t talk a lot but when they do, they come out with an observation so odd, nobody knows how to reply. I’m INTP, which apparently means I ought to be in my room trying to figure out the internal dimensions of the Tardis right now.

On a ‘just the facts please’ basis, I am a hetromantic asexual agender person largely regarded by the world as a straight married woman with two children. But for most of my life I haven’t known the right labels, so I’ve just thought of myself as weird and identified hard with the aliens and robots of SF. Which naturally made me want to write, and here I am today. Continue Reading


Cowboys and Dandies and Wizards, Oh My

Lisa asked me to talk a bit today about the inspirations for Prosperity, particularly in the light of the blurb, which is quite self-consciously pulpy.

Prosperity actually has quite a long history of how it got where it is, and so it has quite a lot of random influences feeding into it. I originally wrote it in response to an open call for frontier stories. I really want to something about the wild west, or at least that felt like the wild west, but I’m kind of squicked out by the, y’know, the genocide that was going on at the time. More broadly, the problem with frontier stories is that virtually every “frontier” explorers have ever encountered has been someone else’s home. You had all these Victorians running off excitedly to darkest Africa and talking about all the things they’d found that nobody had ever seen before. Things that by and large were built by people whose descendants still lived in the area. Continue Reading


If You Could Pay To Be With Someone, Would You?

We fantasize about movie stars, athletes even our neighbors. We don’t do anything with them because maybe they’re unavailable or we don’t deem ourselves worthy but there was a price, and you could pay it to be with them for one evening, would you? There’s a part of us that say “no”. We’d want that person to want to be with us, not for the money we’d pay them but because they desire us. That’s one of the dilemmas my protagonist, Peter encounters when he decides to dabble into the dark side and become an erotic masseuse. Continue Reading

Title: Prosperity

Author: Alexis Hall

Publisher: Riptide Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 190 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: A breathtaking tale of passion and adventure in the untamed skies!

Prosperity, 1863: a lawless skytown where varlets, chancers, and ne’er-do-wells risk everything to chase a fortune in the clouds, and where a Gaslight guttersnipe named Piccadilly is about to cheat the wrong man. This mistake will endanger his life . . . and his heart. Continue Reading


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