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Covet

M/M/M, Contemporary, Erotic Romance
[268 Pages / 71,000 Words]


Jack Mason—graphic designer and unrepentant player—has never been interested in monogamy. He certainly isn't looking for romance when he meets Professor Colin Sloan.

Newly single and not looking for anything serious, Colin is intrigued by Jack's offer of a physical affair with no strings attached. Becoming friends wasn't part of the plan, but as accidents go, this one's pretty great.

Peter Mason is Jack's identical twin. In a long-term relationship himself, Peter tells no one that he's falling for his brother's newest favorite, even as the secret creates tension with his girlfriend.

When Peter's relationship falls apart, he seduces Colin, fully expecting Jack to forgive his transgression. But Jack is keeping secrets too—he hasn't told even Colin that he's fallen in love. Suddenly the twins are feuding, and Colin is caught in the middle, blindsided by the revelation that he doesn't want to choose between them.

Now all three must find a way to share, or they'll tear each other apart.


Available for Purchase at:
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Matters of Heart
M/M, Contemporary Romance
[56 Pages / 15,000 Words]

Marco Spinelli has made Spinelli Medical Technologies an international power house; but there's no way he could have done it without Adam Callaghan, his best friend and resident entrepreneurial genius. Together they've spent years making their dream a reality.

Marco can't imagine life without Adam at his side, exactly like this—until a gala and an unexpected encounter make him realize he wants something more. Now he must repair a rift he never intended to cause, before he loses Adam for good.


[Click here for more info and an excerpt...]

Available for purchase:
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When the Moon Was ours by Anna-Marie McLemore

To everyone who knows them, best friends Miel and Sam are as strange as they are inseperable. Roses grow out of Miel's wrist, and rumors say she spilled out of a water tower when she was five. Sam is known for the moons he paints and hangs in the trees, and for how little anyone knows about his life before he and his mother moved to town.

But as odd as everyone considers Miel and Sam, even they stay away from the Bonner girls, four beautiful sisters rumored to be witches. Now they want the roses that grow from Miel's skin, and they're willing to use every secret Miel has fought to protect to make sure she gives them up.


Why you should read it: This book is strange and gorgeous and touching. The magic woven through the story makes it feel like a dream that's connected to our world but doesn't quite take place here. There's so much nuance to both that world and the characters, and an overwhelming amount of heart. I really loved the writing—language right on the edge of flowery—crafted to fit perfectly with all that magic and strangeness. A beautiful read.

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Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee

San Francisco, 1906: Fifteen-year-old Mercy Wong is determined to break from the poverty in Chinatown, and an education at St. Clare’s School for Girls is her best hope. Although St. Clare’s is off-limits to all but the wealthiest white girls, Mercy gains admittance through a mix of cunning and a little bribery, only to discover that getting in was the easiest part. Not to be undone by a bunch of spoiled heiresses, Mercy stands strong—until disaster strikes.

On April 18, an historic earthquake rocks San Francisco, destroying Mercy’s home and school. With martial law in effect, she is forced to wait with her classmates for their families in a temporary park encampment. Mercy can’t sit by while they wait for the Army to bring help. Fires might rage, and the city may be in shambles, yet Mercy still has the ‘bossy’ cheeks that mark her as someone who gets things done. But what can one teenaged girl do to heal so many suffering in her broken city?


Why you should read it: God, the things this book did to my heart. It's an incredible piece of historical fiction, and Stacey Lee does a terrific job crafting both world and characters into something completely immersive. With all the tragedy in this story it would have been easy for the result to be bleak and gritty and crushing—and there ARE glimpses of terrible things—but there is also love and community and the very best aspirations of humanity striving to do better. All without ONCE feeling preachy or unrealistic. I absolutely adored this book.


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Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova

The only way to get her family back is to travel to a land in between, as dark as Limbo and as strange as Wonderland...

Alex is a bruja, the most powerful witch in a generation...and she hates magic.

At her Deathday celebration, Alex performs a spell to rid herself of her power. But it backfires. Her whole family vanishes into thin air, leaving her alone with Nova, a brujo boy she's not sure she can trust, but who may be Alex's only chance at saving her family.


Why you should read it: I absolutely love the characters in this book—the connections, the loyalties, the absolute heart of the story. Alex's relationship with her family is complicated and wonderful, so believable in the way it's full of both love and frustration in equal measure. Her crush on her best friend Rishi was also a high point for me; those feelings were such a lovely theme running beneath the heavier action. The world building is also excellent, and the magic beautifully portrayed. I enjoyed this enormously.
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Especially at Christmas Cover with cuddling men and gingerbread men

Simple After All
M/M, Contemporary, Holiday Romance
[55 Pages / 17,400 Words]

Noah Fiore, contracts attorney and dedicated curmudgeon, spends every Christmas with his family on the shore of Lake Superior. It's practically tradition for his sister to invite a tragic tagalong to the festivities. But this year Kara's guest is no pity case. Riley Coto is a friend, and his warmth and charm quickly win over the Fiore family.

When Riley overhears Noah complaining about Kara's habit of bringing home strays for the holidays, he feels more than a little out of place. But Riley finds himself drawn to Noah. Something tells him there's more to the man than the bad attitude he shows the world. With Christmas coming fast, Riley is falling for Noah, and there's nothing simple about that.


[Information and Excerpt: HERE]

Available for purchase at:
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Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera

Juliet Milagros Palante is leaving the Bronx and headed to Portland, Oregon. She just came out to her family and isn’t sure if her mom will ever speak to her again. But Juliet has a plan, sort of, one that’s going to help her figure out this whole “Puerto Rican lesbian” thing. She’s interning with the author of her favorite book: Harlowe Brisbane, the ultimate authority on feminism, women’s bodies, and other gay-sounding stuff.

Will Juliet be able to figure out her life over the course of one magical summer?
Is that even possible?


Or is she running away from all the problems that seem too big to handle? With more questions than answers, Juliet takes on Portland, Harlowe, and most importantly, herself.

Why you should read it: Gabby Rivera's book is beautiful and sharp, and it got me RIGHT in my heart. I cried multiple times at the writing and feelings in this story. Juliet is a character who is SO EASY to get attached to and fall in love with. This isn't a romance, but it's packed so full of love my heart was bursting by the end. Strange and difficult at times—Juliet's story isn't always an easy one—but also gorgeous from start to finish.

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Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

Her name is Binti, and she is the first of the Himba people ever to be offered a place at Oomza University, the finest institution of higher learning in the galaxy. But to accept the offer will mean giving up her place in her family to travel between the stars among strangers who do not share her ways or respect her customs.

Knowledge comes at a cost, one that Binti is willing to pay, but her journey will not be easy. The world she seeks to enter has long warred with the Meduse, an alien race that has become the stuff of nightmares. Oomza University has wronged the Meduse, and Binti’s stellar travel will bring her within their deadly reach.

If Binti hopes to survive the legacy of a war not of her making, she will need both the the gifts of her people and the wisdom enshrined within the University, itself - but first she has to make it there, alive.

Why you should read it: I love science fiction that manages to balance a galactic scope with a more tangible world. Binti is beautifully written, and I loved how vivid everything was. I also adored the main character, how deeply she felt, and how important her family and history were even while she was traveling so far away from them. I'm very much looking forward to the sequel to this novella (though it definitely stands alone just fine).

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Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

Children have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere... else.

But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children.

Nancy tumbled once, but now she’s back. The things she’s experienced... they change a person. The children under Miss West’s care understand all too well. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world.

But Nancy’s arrival marks a change at the Home. There’s a darkness just around each corner, and when tragedy strikes, it’s up to Nancy and her new-found schoolmates to get to the heart of the matter.

No matter the cost.

Why you should read it: This was haunting and morbid, and also full of heart. I enjoyed a lot of things about this novella, most especially (and personally) the fact that the asexual main character isn’t treated like a problem to be solved. It’s a quick read, and well worth it.

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Book cover: Running Hot by Yolande Kleinn -- two shirtless men nearly kissing behind the title, garage and a falling apart classic muscle car below


Running Hot
M/M, Contemporary, Romance
[August 10, 2016 / 17,000 Words]

Kurt Trench loves running a successful auto repair shop with his twin sister Lena. Lately loyal customer Shane Dolan has been coming around more often, and Kurt assumes it's because of his sister. While Kurt wouldn't dream of coming between them, he can't help being drawn to Shane himself... Or thinking about him in ways he definitely shouldn't.

One night everything changes. Kurt doesn't reciprocate Shane's kiss—he's got no intention of stealing his sister's man—but when he tells Lena what happened, she can't believe how thick her brother is. She's not the reason Shane's been coming around the garage, and Kurt and Shane have more in common than a love of classic muscle cars. Now it's on Kurt to make the next move, assuming he hasn't blown his chance for good.


[Information and excerpt: HERE]

Available for Purchase:
Dreamspinner Press / ARe / Amazon / Apple / B&N / Kobo

 
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Wonderly Wroth
M/M, Fantasy, Erotic Romance
[36 Pages / 8,100 Words]

Arthur knows he is destined to die at Camlann. But when the Lady Merlin enlists a powerful enchantment to save him—an enchantment to tether Arthur's life to Lancelot's—the magic carries unintended consequences. Lancelot's strength could be Arthur's salvation, but what of the deeper connection that now binds the king to his most loyal knight? The connection is only temporary, but when Arthur learns the truth of Lancelot's feelings for him, their friendship could change forever.

[Information and excerpt: HERE]

Available for Purchase at:
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Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Heather Lee

Missouri, 1849: Samantha dreams of moving back to New York to be a professional musician--not an easy thing if you're a girl, and harder still if you're Chinese. But a tragic accident dashes any hopes of fulfilling her dream, and instead, leaves her fearing for her life. With the help of a runaway slave named Annamae, Samantha flees town for the unknown frontier. But life on the Oregon Trail is unsafe for two girls, so they disguise themselves as Sammy and Andy, two boys headed for the California gold rush.

Sammy and Andy forge a powerful bond as they each search for a link to their past, and struggle to avoid any unwanted attention. But when they cross paths with a band of cowboys, the light-hearted troupe turn out to be unexpected allies. With the law closing in on them and new setbacks coming each day, the girls quickly learn that there are not many places to hide on the open trail.


Why you should read it: Everything about this book is phenomenal. The characters, the historical settings, the pace, the dialogue... So vivid and genuine. I adored every word.

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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.

Why you should read it: This book is beautifully written and painfully poignant. I felt deeply for these characters, two boys growing up and struggling to figure out who they are. I especially loved the ways their families fit together, and the close but complicated relationships between both young men and their loving parents. I don't want to give any spoilers, but I will say I found the ending deeply satisfying. An incredible read.

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More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

In the months after his father's suicide, it's been tough for 16-year-old Aaron Soto to find happiness again--but he's still gunning for it. With the support of his girlfriend Genevieve and his overworked mom, he's slowly remembering what that might feel like. But grief and the smile-shaped scar on his wrist prevent him from forgetting completely.

When Genevieve leaves for a couple of weeks, Aaron spends all his time hanging out with this new guy, Thomas. Aaron's crew notices, and they're not exactly thrilled. But Aaron can't deny the happiness Thomas brings or how Thomas makes him feel safe from himself, despite the tensions their friendship is stirring with his girlfriend and friends. Since Aaron can't stay away from Thomas or turn off his newfound feelings for him, he considers turning to the Leteo Institute's revolutionary memory-alteration procedure to straighten himself out, even if it means forgetting who he truly is.

Why does happiness have to be so hard?


Why you should read it: Wow. WOW. This is one I'm going to be processing for a while. Painful and honest and excellent. I don't really know how to describe the experience in any coherent way, but I am so glad to have read this book.

Book Recs!

Apr. 9th, 2016 03:50 pm
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The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley

1883. Thaniel Steepleton returns home to his tiny London apartment to find a gold pocket watch on his pillow. Six months later, the mysterious timepiece saves his life, drawing him away from a blast that destroys Scotland Yard. At last, he goes in search of its maker, Keita Mori, a kind, lonely immigrant from Japan. Although Mori seems harmless, a chain of unexplainable events soon suggests he must be hiding something. When Grace Carrow, an Oxford physicist, unwittingly interferes, Thaniel is torn between opposing loyalties.

Why you should read it: This book is strange and confusing and completely delightful. The characters were beautifully painted, the detail and world building were lovely, and the atmosphere was tangible. While the pacing was a little slow to get moving, I never considered setting the book aside, and the ending was entirely worth the investment.

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Line and Orbit by Sunny Moraine & Lisa Soem

Adam Yuga, a rising young star in the imperialist Terran Protectorate, is on the verge of a massive promotion…until a routine physical exam reveals something less than perfection. Genetic flaws are taboo, and Adam soon discovers there’s a thin line between rising star and starving outcast.

Stripped of wealth and position, stricken with a mysterious, worsening illness, Adam resorts to stealing credits to survive. Moments from capture by the Protectorate, help arrives in the form of Lochlan, a brash, cocksure Bideshi fighter.

Now the Bideshi, a people long shunned by the Protectorate, are the only ones who will offer him shelter. As Adam learns the truth about the mysterious, nomadic people he was taught to fear, Lochlan offers him not just shelter—but a temptation Adam can only resist for so long.

Struggling to adapt to his new life, Adam discovers his illness hides a terrible secret, one that the Protectorate will stop at nothing to conceal. Time is growing short, and he must find the strength to close a centuries-old rift, accept a new identity—and hold on to a love that could cost him everything.


Why you should read it: I enjoy good science fiction, and this book hits a lot of great buttons. I found the world building vivid, the characters imperfect and compelling. The physical spaces in the story came across especially well. I liked this one a lot.

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For Real by Alexis Hall

Laurence Dalziel is worn down and washed up, and for him, the BDSM scene is all played out. Six years on from his last relationship, he’s pushing forty and tired of going through the motions of submission.

Then he meets Toby Finch. Nineteen years old. Fearless, fierce, and vulnerable.  Everything Laurie can’t remember being.

Toby doesn’t know who he wants to be or what he wants to do. But he knows, with all the certainty of youth, that he wants Laurie. He wants him on his knees. He wants to make him hurt, he wants to make him beg, he wants to make him fall in love.

The problem is, while Laurie will surrender his body, he won’t surrender his heart. Because Toby is too young, too intense, too easy to hurt. And what they have—no matter how right it feels—can’t last. It can’t mean anything.

It can’t be real.


Why you should read it: God this was satisfying. Gorgeous. Hot. Intimate and sexy as hell. This book was beautifully written, and I recommend it fiercely.
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Open Skies
by Yolande Kleinn
Asexual/Aromantic, Science Fiction, Adventure
[113 Pages / 40,000 Words]

Partners for seven years, Ilsa and Kai are the best Professional Finders in the business. There's nothing they can't track down, no matter how hazardous the path or unfamiliar the star system.

Eleazar Dantes isn't their first client searching for lost family, though he is the most unpleasant. For double their usual fee, Kai and Ilsa will tolerate a lot—even Dantes's insistence on tagging along. A high stakes hunt is no time for distractions, though. When Kai realizes his true feelings for Ilsa, his timing couldn't be worse.

Because as the trail they follow grows more dangerous, Kai and Ilsa begin to doubt they'll find Eleazar's missing daughter alive.


[Information and excerpt: HERE]

Available for purchase at:
LT3 / ARe / Amazon(dig)+ (print) / BookStrand / Kobo / Smashwords

 
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Ashes on a Distant Wind
by Yolande Kleinn
M/M, Post-Apocalypse, Sci-Fi
[55 Pages / 18,000 Words]



Before the Vrete came to Earth, Donovan Riggs was a man of faith. By the time they were gone, he'd left that part of himself behind for good. In the aftermath of a war nobody won, humans live in a world they destroyed in order to keep it for themselves.

Riggs is simply trying to survive. Alongside Beau Greer, a young medic who stumbled into his life and then refused to leave, Riggs travels dangerous roads between long-dead cities. Scavenging doesn't offer much of a future. It barely provides for the present. But Riggs will do anything to protect what's his.

When thieves threaten to massacre a nearby town, Riggs and Beau must make a difficult choice, even if it means putting themselves directly in the line of fire.


[Information and excerpt: HERE]

Available for purchase:
LT3 / Amazon / ARe / BookStrand / B&N / Kobo / Smashwords
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Liesmith by Alis Franklin

Working in low-level IT support for a company that’s the toast of the tech world, Sigmund Sussman finds himself content, if not particularly inspired. As compensation for telling people to restart their computer a few times a day, Sigmund earns enough disposable income to gorge on comics and has plenty of free time to devote to his gaming group.

Then in walks the new guy with the unpronounceable last name who immediately becomes IT’s most popular team member. Lain Laufeyjarson is charming and good-looking, with a story for any occasion; shy, awkward Sigmund is none of those things, which is why he finds it odd when Lain flirts with him. But Lain seems cool, even if he’s a little different—though Sigmund never suspects just how different he could be. After all, who would expect a Norse god to be doing server reboots?

As Sigmund gets to know his mysterious new boyfriend, fate—in the form of an ancient force known as the Wyrd—begins to reveal the threads that weave their lives together. Sigmund doesn’t have the first clue where this adventure will take him, but as Lain says, only fools mess with the Wyrd. Why? Because the Wyrd messes back.


Why you should read it: I enjoyed this book ENORMOUSLY. Engaging characters, Norse mythology and creepy horror elements all layer together to make for a fascinating read. I found Sigmund especially likable, and will definitely be purchasing the second book in this series.

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Lord Heliodor's Retirement by Amy Rae Durreson

Unlikely hero Lord Adem Heliodor saved his queen’s life during the Screaming, a magical attack on his city, but his broken nerves have forced him into an unwanted early retirement to his country estate. Adem thinks his life is over, but retirement holds some surprises. First, there’s his new librarian, who turns out to be not just the first love he thought was dead, but also someone surprisingly knowledgeable about political intrigue. Then there’s the assassin in the orchard and the discovery that the Screaming was just the first attack on the city.

Why you should read it: Because it's charming, suspenseful and beautifully written. I liked both main characters enormously; and even more importantly, I adored their chemistry and rekindling relationship. The magic of the world was understated but well constructed, and I enjoyed the world building. Well done all around, an excellent read.

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The Ruin of Gabriel Ashleigh by KJ Charles

The youngest son and the blackest sheep in his family, Lord Gabriel Ashleigh never imagined he could sink so low. Though he’s a notoriously bad gambler, he takes on the formidable but strangely alluring Francis Webster, only to lose everything: all his money, the lovely estate he inherited from his aunt, and any hope of future happiness. So it’s a shock when Webster summons him to a private game for a chance to win back his possessions. The stake? If he fails, Ash must surrender his body.

Francis has been waiting years for this moment. At Eton, Ash’s elder brother harassed him relentlessly. Now, consumed by lust and rage, Francis is only too happy to exploit Ash’s foolish indiscretions. But as Francis strips the magnificently built youth—first of his family assets, then his clothes—he begins to wonder whether he’s been plotting revenge . . . or exquisite seduction.


Why you should read it: KJ Charles writes such amazing characters. Even in a work this short, the world and people feel maddeningly real. This story is also hot as fuck. I recommend it fiercely.
yolandekleinn: http://www.yolandekleinn.com/zESPECIALLY.html (Especially at Christmas)
For the first time in five years, Andrew is single at Christmas.

At least he’s not spending the holidays alone: his roommate is here to share the ups and downs of the season. Jake may be out of Andrew’s league, but they make a good team. Then Jake kisses him in the middle of a noisy Christmas party, and changes all the rules.

Andrew doesn’t believe in Christmas miracles. But maybe, just this once, he can make an exception.

[Information and excerpt HERE]

Available for download from:
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King Arthur. Guinevere. Uther Pendragon. Morgana le Fay. Merlin the Wizard. Sir Lancelot. Sir Gawain. Mordred. Maybe you know all of these names and more; maybe you’ve only heard of a few. Maybe you’ve heard of sordid love affairs or magic enchantments gone wrong. Tales of the world of Camelot have been adapted into animated movies, television dramas, Broadway musicals… and now erotica.

For this anthology, we asked for both reimagined old stories and newly invented ones, dalliances we were expecting and affairs we wouldn’t have imagined, familiar characters, new characters, and some we thought we knew but discovered anew in the telling.

Read about Arthur’s origins from the steamy love affair of King Uther and Igraine, a woman married to another man. Take a peek into the mind of Mordred, a villain against his own choosing, as he seeks out his own pleasure before fulfilling his destiny. See how Arthur and Lancelot ache for each other, and feel your pulse quicken as they finally give in to temptation.

This anthology, edited by long-time Circlet editor Jennifer Levine, includes the following stories:

Wonderly Wroth by Yolande Kleinn
Destiny by Katya Harris
Under the Sign of the Dragon by Jean Roberta
Questing by Charles Payseur
The Giving Game by Alexandra Erin
The Shape of Camelot Today by Michael M. Jones

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You can read an excerpt from “Wonderly Wroth” here and an excerpt from “Questing” here.

Anthology is available for purchase at:
Circlet Press / Amazon / Kobo / Smashwords
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The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

Blue Sargent, the daughter of the town psychic in Henrietta, Virginia, has been told for as long as she can remember that if she ever kisses her true love, he will die. But she is too practical to believe in things like true love. Her policy is to stay away from the rich boys at the prestigious Aglionby Academy. The boys there — known as Raven Boys — can only mean trouble.

Why you should read it: It's been a really long time since I read a series that worked its way this far under my skin. Something about the way the author puts her words together and sneaks into the characters' heads REALLY works for me. These characters are charmingly dysfunctional and beautifully codependent, and I fell for them hard. It doesn't hurt that the settings and world building are just as gorgeous and vivid. This series is one of my new favorites, and I will be anxiously awaiting release of "The Raven King" next year.

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George by Alex Gino

When people look at George, they see a boy. But George knows she’s a girl.

George thinks she’ll have to keep this a secret forever. Then her teacher announces that their class play is going to be
Charlotte’s Web. George really, really, REALLY wants to play Charlotte. But the teacher says she can’t even try out for the part … because she’s a boy.

With the help of her best friend Kelly, George comes up with a plan. Not just so she can be Charlotte — but so everyone can know who she is, once and for all.


Why you should read it: Okay, so this one is actually middle grade, not YA. And it is EXCELLENT. I don't have a lot of coherent things to say about it, beyond the fact that it hit me hard and was absolutely wonderful.

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The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth

When Cameron Post’s parents die suddenly in a car crash, her shocking first thought is relief. Relief they’ll never know that, hours earlier, she had been kissing a girl.

But that relief doesn’t last, and Cam is soon forced to move in with her conservative aunt Ruth and her well-intentioned but hopelessly old-fashioned grandmother. She knows that from this point on, her life will forever be different. Survival in Miles City, Montana, means blending in and leaving well enough alone (as her grandmother might say), and Cam becomes an expert at both.

Then Coley Taylor moves to town. Beautiful, pickup-driving Coley is a perfect cowgirl with the perfect boyfriend to match. She and Cam forge an unexpected and intense friendship — one that seems to leave room for something more to emerge. But just as that starts to seem like a real possibility, ultrareligious Aunt Ruth takes drastic action to ‘fix’ her niece, bringing Cam face-to-face with the cost of denying her true self — even if she’s not exactly sure who that is.


Why you should read it: This book was difficult and gorgeous and sharply written. Also devastating and excellent. It's one of those books I know I'll be processing for weeks, and even once I've managed to wrap my head around it I doubt I'll be done. Beautiful.
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Restless Shadows, Waiting Roads
By Yolande Kleinn

M/M, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
[40 Pages / 14,000 Words]


As a child, Caleb was helplessly drawn to the woods behind his family's house—a deep forest that became a friend, a sharer of secrets, even a protector. On the night Caleb was stranded by a blizzard, a mysterious figure saved his life and kept him from harm.

But all too soon his family moved away, and Caleb set the mysterious stranger aside as a figment of his imagination. Now, more than fifteen years later, Caleb returns to the woods he left behind and encounters a familiar face...


Read an excerpt... )

Available for purchase:
LT3 Press / All Romance / Amazon / B&N / Kobo / Smashwords

 
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By Hand and Heart
By Yolande Kleinn

M/M, Contemporary Fantasy Romance
[4,700 Words / 19 Pages]


(Part of Mythologically Torqued Volume II)

When Luis Pygmalion accepts an intriguing commission—to sculpt the most beautiful man he can imagine—he considers it a worthy challenge. His own dreams conjure the perfect image to inspire him and guide his art. But the closer Luis comes to completing his work, the harder he falls for the face in his dreams. He knows falling in love with a statue is completely irrational, yet Luis fast begins to doubt he can part with his masterpiece at all.

[Read more (including an excerpt) HERE.]

Available for purchase:
Torquere / Amazon / All Romance / Smashwords


 
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I feel like it's been ages since I posted any recommendations, but I've got some excellent reads to share today. All the stories in the lineup this round come from Dreamspinner Press's 2015 Daily Dose, Never Too Late.

Full disclosure: I have a story in the anthology as well. But there was never any question about whether or not I would read the whole package. Romances starring older men are right in my wheel house, and I've been so stoked to read the stories in this collection. These are three of my favorites so far. I've still got plenty more queued up on my e-reader, so you should probably brace for a Part Two to come.

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Saints Save a Sinner by Dawn Douglas

William Arthur Ainsworth, second son of the Earl of Cannahan, has just purchased a Lieutenant’s Commission in the Coldstream Regiment, British Foot Guards. A new officer, Will shows promise and is taken in hand by experienced Scottish Sargent Duncan Blair. Friendship grows into affection and desire as the men fight the French from Egypt to Sweden and back to the Spanish Peninsula through the six coalitions of the Napoleonic Wars. A bloody defeat in Spain and tragedy at home pull William away from service in the British Army and turn him from an officer to an earl, but status, time, and distance combined can’t change Will’s feelings for Duncan. When a hard-won peace is finally achieved, Will realizes the most important mission he may ever undertake will be convincing Duncan that the end of the fighting can mean the beginning of their lives together.

Why you should read it: Dawn Douglas writes beautifully, and I adored these characters. Two men so strong and stubborn that you can't help but root for them, and a historical setting that rings vividly true. I'm always impressed when an author manages to weave in actual historical events without fucking up the pacing of the story, and it's a feat well managed here. Gorgeous all around.

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A Life Without by Katya Harris

After decades of wondering and worrying over his submissive tendencies, fortysomething Todd decides to explore his fantasies. His first step is to join a BDSM club, and it's there that he meets Malik, a young and beautiful Dominant who is very interested in introducing Todd to this world. In fact, Malik is interested in everything about Todd, which is startling to the older man given the differences in their ages. Malik helps Todd explore his submissiveness, but after an unpleasant meeting with Todd’s ex-boyfriend, he also encourages him to confront his demons so he will no longer live his life in shame.

Why you should read it: I enjoyed this story a lot. The writing and tone were lovely, and the dialogue felt incredibly natural. Sometimes instant chemistry is a tough sell for me—for all the romance I read, love-at-first-sight isn't my thing—but I really bought the connection between Todd and Malik. I loved EVEN MORE the way they communicate clearly right from the start, about their needs and wants and intentions. Very satisfying.

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Don't Wanna Lose your Love by Kris T. Bethke

As it often does, the bad news comes in the middle of the night.

When attorney Ben Winters’s close friend takes a bad spill and ends up in the hospital, he flies across the country to be there for her. His instant attraction to her brother takes him by surprise. Wanting Zack Anderson is easy; actually having him is a bad idea. While the two connect over concern for Zack’s sister, there are many reasons to fight the attraction brewing between them. Things heat up as Ben’s friend begins to show improvement, but the reasons not to get involved with the younger man remain the same—long distance relationships never work, and Ben doesn’t do one-night stands. But there’s one powerful reason to give in: Ben has never wanted anyone more.


Why you should read it: I found this story charming and sweet. I could very much feel the difference in age between the characters, beyond just being told it was there, which was a joy to see. Lovely.
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What East Wind Brought You?
By Yolande Kleinn

M/M, Contemporary Erotic Romance
[12,300 Words / 40 Pages]


Widowed author Daniel Stone hasn't written a single word in two years. Raising his two young daughters alone is a challenge, but he knows the real reason his work has stalled has more to do with his own broken heart. Single fatherhood is tough, and Daniel never intended to be doing this alone.

At his best friend's suggestion, Daniel hires live-in nanny Corbin Bennet to help with the heavy lifting. Meddlesome, charming and excellent with children, Corbin is perfect for the job. He's also gorgeous, and stubbornly determined to find his way past Daniel's defenses.

Daniel isn't looking for romance. But now that Corbin is in his life, there's no denying the growing attraction between them. Despite Daniel's reservations, Corbin could be exactly what he needs.


[Read more HERE.]

Available for purchase:
Torquere / B&N / Kobo / Amazon / All Romance

 

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