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Title: Campus Cravings

Author: Anthology

Publisher: C-Squared Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 392 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Welcome to Cathia University, where school is in session! Nine of today’s hottest gay romance authors have crafted brand-new interrelated novellas celebrating everything wonderful about college, including sophisticated professors, sexy teaching assistants, ambitious grad students, and spirited undergraduates, all looking for the same thing: an A+ in true love. Continue Reading

Title: Pulling Leather (Pickup Men #3)

Author: LC Chase

Publisher: Riptide Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 177 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: The toughest ride of his life is all in his head.

Bull rider Scott Gillard has a reputation for quick fists and harsh words. What no one knows is where that anger comes from. After a shocking incident sends him into a tailspin, he knows he needs help: he’s been fighting a battle he could never win. Now he’s trying to navigate a new life and embrace his true self, but some days are easier than others. Continue Reading

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You remember the old children’s story with the mouse from the country and the mouse from the city? It’s one of those fables with a moral and whatnot. Bruised is a country mouse, city mouse kind of story, only without the moral ;)

There’s the country mouse – Billy, who comes from a small town outside of Dallas – and the city mouse – Johnson, who comes from Santa Barbara. Amusingly enough, there is also the disparity in their jobs. One is a white collar worker – Billy the lawyer – while the other is a blue collar worker – Johnson the garage mechanic. Continue Reading

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TNA: Hi, Suki, welcome back to The Novel Approach. I’m so pleased to have you back to discuss your new novel Wild Summer. Your young heroes meet and fall in love as teenagers, go their separate ways, only to find each other again years later. Do you believe in the idea that in real life two people can be destined for each other, or is that only the stuff of fairy tales and romance novels? Why do you believe one way or the other? Continue Reading

thornhillsdilemma-300dpiWhile I’ve had the cover for my upcoming release, Thornhill’s Dilemma, for a few weeks, I wanted to save the cover reveal for my favorite site and second home online, The Novel Approach. So, without further ado, I unveil the beautiful cover. Thank you to Kelly Shorten at Musa Publishing for working with me to make this beautiful cover happen! Kelly is aces.

Book three of my Sapphire Club series, Thornhill’s Dilemma, tells the story of Phillip Allard and Alexander Chilton, with a guest appearance by Lady Hope Linden.

In the book’s original incarnation, Chocolate, Tea, and the Duchess, the story was a menage. When I received the rights to the story back from the defunct publisher, I did with it what my gut told me to do five years ago when I wrote the story. While there are a couple of menage scenes, not graphic, this is a story about Phillip and Alex.

There was so much more story for these characters than what I wrote in C,T, & D. Then I hadn’t explored their lives completely and considered things that will become evident in the reading. When I sat down to do a pre-edit, as I did with the other two books, Phillip spoke to me, quite adamantly. From that, comes what I think is a beautiful story that takes place in a time when homosexual relationships were against the law. Continue Reading

Title: Then the Stars Fall

Author: Brandon Witt

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 350 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: The death of his wife four years earlier left Travis Bennett a shell of the man he used to be.With his dog by his side, Travis raises his three children, manages his business, and works as a ranch hand. But every day, every minute, is an aching emptiness. Continue Reading

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Writing a superhero origin/love story is about forty odd years in the making – I have loved the superhero mythology in many forms since I was a toddler, entranced by dudes in masks with really, really complicated lives. How do I resist heroic angst and bad decision making, all wrapped into one glorious mess?

Answer: I don’t.

One of the main dumpster fires in the life of the heroic is their love lives. I mean – you don’t mention you’re fighting crime by night and your lover thinks you’re double timing them. Mention in and suddenly they’re getting kidnapped by every villain in the universe. Continue Reading

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Good morning! Historical m/m is a hard sell to traditional romance readers. Historical fiction has its own set of parameters. It’s judged on historical accuracy as well as the usual romance standards. So you really can’t completely disregard the fact that — although we all know that there is nothing new to homosexuality– two men couldn’t just up and announce they’d fallen in love and were going to move in together and get married and be a family. On paper, such a relationship had severe consequences – from death to banishment. That has to play a role in your story somehow. Continue Reading

Title: Kiss Yesterday Goodbye

Author: Cassidy Ryan

Publisher: Totally Bound

Pages/Word Count: 73 Pages

Rating: 3 Stars

Blurb: For their future, he must let go of his past.

Aidan has a huge crush on Jon, but not only is Jon his boss, albeit temporarily, he is also recovering from a bad break-up. On his final day at Jon’s publishing company, Aidan finds the courage to make his move. It results in what should be a solitary evening of mind-blowing sex before they go back to their own lives. But when a confrontation with his landlord leaves Aidan bruised, bleeding and homeless, Jon and his friends come to his aid. Continue Reading

Title: The Lord Won’t Mind

Author: Gordon Merrick

Publisher: Open Road Media

Pages/Word Count: 256 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Charlie Mills always played the role of the good grandson, and his grandmother rewarded him for it handsomely in the form of all the gifts, money, and attention a boy could want. Entering college in the late 1930s, Charlie just has to keep doing what his grandmother expects of him in order to continue to receive her gifts. He has to find a nice girl, get married, and have a few kids. Then one summer, he meets Peter Martin. Continue Reading

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