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PicMonkey CollageTitle: Rasputin’s Kiss and Evil’s Embrace

Author: L.M. Somerton

Publisher: Totally Bound

Pages/Word Count: 222 Pages/178 Pages

Rating: 3.5 Stars Overall

Blurb: Rasputin’s Kiss — What if the last thing you felt was the kiss of a knife? Rasputin’s kiss is lethal. He’s a ghost-killing and disappearing into the night. With few leads and four bodies on his conscience, Detective Inspector Alex Courtney and his team are running on empty and it’s only a matter of time before Rasputin strikes again. When Alex recruits a young detective to play the part of his boyfriend and provide a tempting target for a killer, he knows he is taking a huge risk. He doesn’t expect Conor Trethuan to be a perfect potential submissive. When their mutual attraction becomes more, Alex has to face the conflict between his possessive instincts and the need to push his young lover into danger. Investigating their feelings has to come second to investigating the case. There’s no time to decide if what they feel for each other is real. With Rasputin closing in, they may not live to find out. Continue Reading

Title: My Favorite Uncle

Author: Marshall Thornton

Publisher: Wilde City Press

Pages/Word Count: 220 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Martin Dixon’s carefully constructed peaceful life is turned upside down.

When his super Christian eighteen year-old nephew Carter shows up unexpectedly on his doorstep and announces that he’s gay, Martin’s first impulse is to send him back to his parents. But when he discovers that Carter has been in a mental hospital to cure his gay-ness, he realizes he’s stuck with the boy. Unfortunately, the two get on each other’s nerves, each driving the other to distraction. Independently, they each arrive at the same conclusion. The other would be much less annoying if he only had…a boyfriend. Continue Reading

Title: Stepping Through
Author: CJane Elliott
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 52
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond

Blurb: Cameron Wheeler’s life is all mapped out: he’ll finish business school, return home to Vermont, get a job, and marry his high-school girlfriend. He’s packed away what he really wants—a career as a musician—because he knows it’s never going to happen. But Cameron’s well-planned life is turned upside down when he walks into a musty jewelry shop in LA and meets the mysterious Apollo, who tells him to “follow his soul, not his past.” Apollo’s magical presence spurs Cameron to discover and follow his true path, in life and in love.

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Hero was originally written to be a novella to answer a call from Ellora’s Cave for stories themed around “drink.” I missed the deadline by five months and overshot by forty thousand words, but the whole concept of the story was this idea that a regular joe accidentally walked into a shifter bar, and they decided to have a little fun with him.

I can’t tell you how that turned out to be and the shifter hero is a house happened, except that’s pretty much how my brain rolls. Try to make it simple, and I will turn it upside-down, sideways, and ship it to Mars. Continue Reading

Title: Boystown: Season One

Author: Jake Biondi

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 303 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: One of the most diverse and lively neighborhoods in the country, Chicago’s BOYSTOWN has something for everyone. So it’s no wonder that Jesse Morgan and Cole O’Brien chose to live there upon graduating from college. Ready go begin the next phase of their lives in an exciting new city, Jesse and Cole quickly find themselves at the center of a new group of friends.
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“I am afraid of him now. The one I love most in the world.” – Neil Jordan

Title: The Crying Game

Author: Kol Anderson

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 41 Pages

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Blurb: William Davenport can’t take the weight of the secret in his life any more.

When his brother makes the ultimate sacrifice for their family’s legacy and leaves William in the cold, it may just be time to accept the reality that everyone wants him to accept. Continue Reading

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As much as I love reading, my favorite kinds of books are those that come in a series. I love revisiting characters, discovering aspects of their lives that might not appear during their starring role.

Write what you love, right? When I decided to write, I had an idea for a series set at a fictional sex club outside of London and Sapphire Club series was born. I wanted a historical with modern thinking characters. Characters that let it all go when it comes to sex.
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TNA: Welcome to The Novel Approach, Shira, we’re glad to have you with us today. Why don’t we start by having you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Shira: Thank for hosting me today! For those who may not know, I was a professional opera singer for about 14 years, and a violinist before that. I come from a family of musicians. My mom is a harpsichordist and my sister was a professional cellist. I gave up singing for a new career as an attorney. Guess it’s not a big surprise that in addition to the musicians in my books, there are a few lawyers too! Oh, and if you’re planning on attending GRL this year in Chicago, you can hear me sing. I’ll be hosting an event with Lane Hayes and doing a mini-recital of opera, show tunes, and torch songs.
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Thank you, The Novel Approach, for giving me yet another guest spot! I was here less than a month ago to talk up Project Fierce Chicago. It was easy to tell everyone to buy it, because all the proceeds go to Project Fierce Chicago, an organization that helps homeless LGBT youth. This time, I’m slinking in, asking you to check out Bedtime Stories, another anthology, but this time I’m selfishly taking all the proceeds. Well, me, six other authors, and Wilde City Press. :)

When Anna Martin sent me a message on Facebook asking if I’d be interested in doing an anthology with her and some other authors, I thought she’d sent the note to the wrong person. Easy mistake to make on Facebook, right? The only thing I’d had published at that point was a story in the Cross Bones anthology from Dreamspinner Press. But it turned out that Anna had read that story and liked it, and really did mean to ask me. “The theme is bedtime stories,” she said, and left the rest up to us.
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Title: Breaking Free

Author: Cat Grant

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 204 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Richard Carr has the kind of life most people would envy. Partner in a major Los Angeles law firm, married to the man of his dreams, Richard seems to have it made – except for the lie he’s been living for the past forty-odd years. Continue Reading


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