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yolandekleinn: (Purple Stripes)
2019-02-01 09:50 pm
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Re-Release: Anticipation (M/M Erotic Romance)

Anticipation by Yolande Kleinn: couch cushions and white text


Anticipation
M/M Erotic Romance, Contemporary, Friends-to-Lovers
[22 Pages / 6,800 Words]

Jason may be a lot of things (stubborn, arrogant, occasionally oblivious), but he's got no delusions about his hopeless and long-secret infatuation with his best friend. The night he tells Max the truth, Jason worries his confession will ruin everything.

But he should know better than to underestimate Max. Maybe his crush isn't so hopeless after all.


[Information and excerpt: HERE]

Available at:
Amazon / Apple / B&N / Kobo / Smashwords

 
yolandekleinn: (Book Recs)
2019-01-17 04:33 pm
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Three Undead-Themed Book Recs

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland

Jane McKeene was born two days before the dead began to walk the battlefields of Gettysburg and Chancellorsville—derailing the War Between the States and changing America forever. In this new nation, safety for all depends on the work of a few, and laws like the Native and Negro Reeducation Act require certain children attend combat schools to learn to put down the dead. But there are also opportunities—and Jane is studying to become an Attendant, trained in both weaponry and etiquette to protect the well-to-do. It’s a chance for a better life for Negro girls like Jane. After all, not even being the daughter of a wealthy white Southern woman could save her from society’s expectations.

But that’s not a life Jane wants. Almost finished with her education at Miss Preston’s School of Combat in Baltimore, Jane is set on returning to her Kentucky home and doesn’t pay much mind to the politics of the eastern cities, with their talk of returning America to the glory of its days before the dead rose. But when families around Baltimore County begin to go missing, Jane is caught in the middle of a conspiracy, one that finds her in a desperate fight for her life against some powerful enemies. And the restless dead, it would seem, are the least of her problems.


Why you should read it: The melding of history, alternate history, and horror elements in this book is sincerely fantastic. I'm a sucker for good world building, and for a compelling POV character, and Justina Ireland delivers both those things and an action-filled story that kicks ass. Bonus for asexual representation that I hope will continue to prove out as the series continues, but I don't want to say too much on that because spoilers. All around excellent, I loved this book.

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Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson

Mila Flores and her best friend Riley have always been inseparable. There's not much excitement in their small town of Cross Creek, so Mila and Riley make their own fun, devoting most of their time to Riley's favorite activity: amateur witchcraft.


So when Riley and two Fairmont Academy mean girls die under suspicious circumstances, Mila refuses to believe everyone's explanation that her BFF was involved in a suicide pact. Instead, armed with a tube of lip gloss and an ancient grimoire, Mila does the unthinkable to uncover the truth: she brings the girls back to life.


Unfortunately, Riley, June, and Dayton have no recollection of their murders, but they do have unfinished business to attend to. Now, with only seven days until the spell wears off and the girls return to their graves, Mila must wrangle the distracted group of undead teens and work fast to discover their murderer...before the killer strikes again.


Why you should read it: I went into this book based on powerful recommendations from friends, with very little idea what to expect. I knew it would be good, but reading it blew me away. I adored Mila, I thought the writing and pacing were fantastic, and the horror elements of interacting with LITERAL ZOMBIES were faced head-on. I finished reading this one faster than I've finished anything in a long time.

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Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire

Jacqueline was her mother’s perfect daughter—polite and quiet, always dressed as a princess. If her mother was sometimes a little strict, it’s because crafting the perfect daughter takes discipline.

Jillian was her father’s perfect daughter—adventurous, thrill-seeking, and a bit of a tom-boy. He really would have preferred a son, but you work with what you've got.

They were five when they learned that grown-ups can’t be trusted.

They were twelve when they walked down the impossible staircase and discovered that the pretense of love can never be enough to prepare you a life filled with magic in a land filled with mad scientists and death and choices.


Why you should read it: This is the second book in Seanan McGuire's Wayward Children Series. I loved "Every Heart a Doorway" (the first installment), and while #2 had a very different tone from the first, I loved this one just as much. The sense of place is so vivid even though the place itself is strange and unfamiliar. This story evokes classic horror movies and stories without ever losing sight of the stakes for THESE PARTICULAR CHARACTERS. I enjoyed it enormously.

 
yolandekleinn: (Me)
2019-01-03 12:57 pm
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Not a New Year's Post

A couple days into 2019, it's hard not to be a little introspective. I'm not going to make a list of last year's accomplishments, or come up with resolutions for the coming year. Those aren't really traditions I go in for, not least because I'm competitive as hell. The last thing I need is a string of posts I can find and compare myself to year after year, which will inevitably leave me feeling disappointed when I don't hit new milestones or write as many words as before or or or…

But I've got a lot of things right now that I'm grateful for:
* A day job I sincerely love, where I get to work with books every single day
* A supportive family who will always have my back
* Incredible, kind, talented, indescribable friends that make me feel lucky as hell
* Time and energy to keep writing, even when the query/submission process is overwhelmingly daunting

At the moment, I've got one manuscript in submission limbo. Took a while (not an unreasonable amount of time, just longer than my brain and heart wanted to wait) to hear back from my absolute top choice agent. The good news is, I got farther than I expected. She liked my query enough to request a partial manuscript. The bad news is, the partial didn't win her over. Obviously I'm going to try again… And obviously I'm going to sell this manuscript elsewhere… But rejection stings no matter what.

One thing I will say for this coming year: I have more stories than ever reverting to me after their contract terms expire. Historically, I've been slow as hell about revising-reformatting-rereleasing old stories. The very few I've done so far (Sage & Sand, Wonderly Wroth, Especially at Christmas) have taken me ages to get done. Not because they're long or especially challenging, but because every time it's like starting over with no knowledge of the process.

I'm going to try and stay more on top of this going forward. I already have covers designed for the next couple stories. That still leaves additional editing and then the dreaded formatting-to-publish (not to mention questions of what to do with two or three more stories I haven't touched yet). But I'm determined to stay on top of my back-catalog and get things wrangled so that nothing stays out of print too long.

And of course, there are things I'm writing right now. I can't wait to finish and share them with you, guys, they're going to be so good!

In the meantime: Happy New Year! May you find luck and safety and wonderful friends on your own forward path. Let's make 2019 excellent!
yolandekleinn: (Dabbling)
2018-12-15 04:04 pm
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Dabbling: Definite, Separation, Productive (M/M, Contemporary, 365 Words)

[This ficlet is not part of a larger work. I don't have any other stories involving these characters. It's just a fun little story written using the three prompt words in the subject line. I very much hope you enjoy it. :)]



"Do you really have to go?" A plaintive note snuck into the question, but Alec didn't waste any effort worrying whether it made him sound desperate. So what if it did? Maybe it would convince Grant not to leave. Surely some underling could go in his place.

Wasn't that the point of being a CEO? The ability to delegate? )
yolandekleinn: (Default)
2018-12-13 06:19 am

Out Today: Sage & Sand Re-Release

Book cover: Worn wood siding with text that says Sage & Sand Yolande Kleinn


Hello, my friends! I finally got off my butt and formatted this short story to re-release, and I’m here to let you know: it is here! Revised and polished but mostly unchanged.


Sage & Sand

[Historical Western, 8000 Words, M/M, Explicit Content]

When Bram Caldwell is given a three-day stage route of his own, he thinks he's ready for the responsibility. But the open road is dangerous, and he quickly finds himself in a tight spot with no way out.

Marshall Maddox is no one's hero. Right place, right time, nothing more than that. Still, something about Bram makes him want to stick around once the shooting has ended.


Purchase at: Amazon / Apple / B&N / Kobo / Smashwords

 
yolandekleinn: (Purple Stripes)
2018-11-29 04:00 pm
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Cover Reveal: Anticipation

So the thing is, one of my favorite parts of re-releasing old stories is the fact that I get to design new covers for them. I don't love the revision process, or formatting the actual contents of the book. But cover design? That's more fun than it has any right to be.

I've got a handful of stories (most of them very short) that have reverted to my control this past year, and a couple more that will be coming back to me soon. Which means I need to get off my butt on formatting and re-releasing these titles. Sage & Sand is still set to come out on December 13th, after almost a year on the back burner. I'm hoping to move a lot faster in 2019, with at least two stories to re-release, possibly three (in between new things I'm working on and will hopefully be able to announce soon/along the way).

Anyway. That was rather a long tangent to preface the fact that the next story I'll be re-releasing is Anticipation (smutty PWP friends-to-lovers fic in the range of 7,000 words). I don't have a release date chosen yet, but what I do have is a cover design to share.

I'm gonna tuck the image below a cut for the sake of the dramatic reveal... )
yolandekleinn: (Book Recs)
2018-11-19 07:47 am
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Three YA/Teen Book Recs

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter navigates between the poverty-stricken neighborhood she has grown up in and the upper-crust suburban prep school she attends. Her life is up-ended when she is the sole witness to a police officer shooting her best friend, Khalil, who turns out to have been unarmed during the confrontation – but may or may not have been a drug dealer. As Starr finds herself even more torn between the two vastly different worlds she inhabits, she also has to contend with speaking her truth and, in the process, trying to stay alive herself.

Why you should read it: Look, there's a reason this book conquered the NYT bestseller list and then lived there for months. It's one of the most powerful stories I've ever read. An incredible main character that captured my heart, an honesty that got under my skin, a whole world of grief and rage and love and people fighting to live. Starr's family is wonderful, and every character in this book felt absolutely real. I could spend this post trying to explain the reasons everyone should read this book, and still not fit it all in. Stunning.

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A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

The monster showed up just after midnight. As they do. But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting. He’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming… The monster in his back garden, though, this monster is something different. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor. It wants the truth.

Why you should read it: This was a quick read, and so full of feeling it took my breath away. An incredible study of grief. I don't want to say too much about it, but it's excellent.

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Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

They killed my mother. They took our magic. They tried to bury us. Now we rise.

Why you should read it: This is another one where I don't feel like I can coherently explain all the reasons you should read this book. YOU SHOULD READ THIS BOOK. The characters are wonderful, the writing is perfect, and the world building took my breath away. The descriptions of magic are some of the best I've ever read, and I love how well the internal mechanics of it all work. The scope of the story (which is huge and expansive) never trampled the compelling character details, which is an impressive balance to maintain. I adored this book.
yolandekleinn: (Me)
2018-11-10 08:22 am
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True Things

So. Here's a truth: I don't like writing about me.

I never really have. Even as a kid writing blatant self-insert fanfic—projecting every scrap of youthful angst onto characters I wanted to be—I only ever wrote fiction. I kept to the pretext of writing stories and nonexistent events. I never successfully kept a journal; I think I gave up on anything like a diary somewhere around sixth grade.

No matter how many issues I hash out through fictional characters, knowingly or otherwise, the hardest stories for me to write are the ones that hit close to home. The sweet but overwhelming family in "Simple After All" tracks so near to my own that drafting the story was surreal as hell. I'm working on a book now in which a character picks up their violin and discovers the joy/difficulty of playing again after years away.

And then there's Ilsa Vance, my asexual space detective who has a falling out with a close friend in "Open Skies". She's by far the most difficult character arc I've ever written—not least because I was determined to give her the support and acknowledgment I never received from the friend who said the same hurtful things to me.

This habit isn't likely to change. Projecting onto fictional characters has its merits. Even better, the blatant escapism and entertainment of my less personal stories is satisfying in ways I've never really known how to express. (My family, bless them, has supported me at every turn, despite my inability to articulate why I sometimes bury myself in fiction for days or weeks at a time.)

But. Maybe it would do me good to branch out a little. Take a more direct approach now and then. Try and shake off the fierce but irrational voice in my head insisting The Real Me is too boring to waste words on, and instead put myself out there a little more.

That's what this is. No promises, but I'm going to do my best. And hey, if you're reading this and there's anything you'd like to know, go ahead and ask. I may not possess a whole lot of insights or life-hacks, but what I've got I'm happy to share.

Cheers.
yolandekleinn: (Purple Stripes)
2018-10-27 01:01 pm
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RE-RELEASE: Sage & Sand (MM Romance, Explicit)

Book cover: Worn wood siding with text that says Sage & Sand Yolande Kleinn


Hello, my friends! I finally got off my butt and formatted this short story to re-release, and I’m here to let you know: it is here! Revised and polished but mostly unchanged.


Sage & Sand

[Historical Western, 8000 Words, M/M, Explicit Content]

When Bram Caldwell is given a three-day stage route of his own, he thinks he's ready for the responsibility. But the open road is dangerous, and he quickly finds himself in a tight spot with no way out.

Marshall Maddox is no one's hero. Right place, right time, nothing more than that. Still, something about Bram makes him want to stick around once the shooting has ended.


Purchase at: Amazon / Apple / B&N / Kobo / Smashwords

 
yolandekleinn: (Book Recs)
2018-10-11 02:47 pm
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Mismatched Book Recs

There's no real unifying theme to this recs post. None of these are in corresponding genres, they're just things I've read recently and thought were truly excellent. I've got a couple more recommendations to wrangle (I've been reading more as the weather gets colder, because it's tough to write during my commute when it's rainy and chilly and unpleasant out), but for now I have these to offer.

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Hamilton's Battalion by Courtney Milan, Alyssa Cole, Rose Lerner

On October 14, 1781, Alexander Hamilton led a daring assault on Yorktown's defenses and won a decisive victory in America's fight for independence. Decades later, when Eliza Hamilton collected his soldiers' stories, she discovered that while the war was won at Yorktown, the battle for love took place on many fronts...

Why you should read it: The three novellas in this collection were wonderful, and incredibly distinct. I appreciated the realistic intersection with events that interest any Hamilton musical fan, while exploring a fascinating variety of romances and characters. The concept uniting the stories is tenuous at best, but the romances all stand alone beautifully without the framework imposed on them. I think you can buy all three stories individually at this point as well. Whatever format you prefer, read for a damn good time.

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Brown Girl in the Ring by Nalo Hopkinson

The rich and privileged have fled the city, barricaded it behind roadblocks, and left it to crumble. The inner city has had to rediscover old ways--farming, barter, herb lore. But now the monied need a harvest of bodies, and so they prey upon the helpless of the streets. With nowhere to turn, a young woman must open herself to ancient truths, eternal powers, and the tragic mystery surrounding her mother and grandmother. She must bargain with gods, and give birth to new legends.

Why you should read it: I know this book is a classic, but I just read it for the first time this year. I loved the main character, I loved the bleak but vivid world building, and I absolutely adored the writing. The horror elements got under my skin in a way that was downright visceral, and I spent every page tensely wondering how it could end in anything but heartbreak. Gorgeous and horrifying and beautifully crafted.

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A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota by Sun Yung Shin

Essays that challenge, discomfort, disorient, galvanize, and inspire all of us to evolve now, for our shared future.

Why you should read it: This is an incredible collection of writings, and that summary is perfectly on the nose. The book was a tough read, because the truths it talks about aren't pleasant ones. All of the essays are good. Some of them absolutely flattened me with their honesty. I'm glad as hell I picked this one up, and I recommend it with all my heart.

 
yolandekleinn: (Purple Stripes)
2018-07-28 11:00 am

Out Today: COVET Re-Relase

Book cover, three men embracing, Covet Yolande Kleinn


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:
Amazon / B&N / iBooks / Kobo / Smashwords

 
yolandekleinn: (Book Recs)
2018-07-22 07:44 am
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Middlegrade/YA Book Recs

Star-Crossed by Barbara Dee

Mattie is chosen to play Romeo opposite her crush in the eighth grade production of Shakespeare’s most beloved play in this Romeo and Juliet inspired novel.

Why you should read it: I don't read a whole lot of middle grade, but I saw the blurb for this one and needed it instantly. Sweet and charming and honest, it's a quick and wonderful read. Strongly recommend.

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Dreadnought by April Daniels

Until Dreadnought fell out of the sky and died right in front of her, Danny was trying to keep people from finding out she’s transgender. But before he expired, Dreadnought passed his mantle to her, and those secondhand superpowers transformed Danny’s body into what she’s always thought it should be. Now there’s no hiding that she’s a girl.

It should be the happiest time of her life, but Danny’s first weeks finally living in a body that fits her are more difficult and complicated than she could have imagined. Between her father’s dangerous obsession with “curing” her girlhood, her best friend suddenly acting like he’s entitled to date her, and her fellow superheroes arguing over her place in their ranks, Danny feels like she’s in over her head.

She doesn’t have much time to adjust. Dreadnought’s murderer—a cyborg named Utopia—still haunts the streets of New Port City, threatening destruction. If Danny can’t sort through the confusion of coming out, master her powers, and stop Utopia in time, humanity faces extinction.


Why you should read it: This is such a satisfying superhero fantasy story, and I appreciated how complex a character Danny is. She's a teenager with a lot to contend with, including a complicated (not so great) family situation. All of these elements are given the space to really have an impact on the character, and the result is a fiercely believable teenager. Dreadnought is a first book in a longer series, and book two is already out if you finish and are craving more.

[Warnings for bigotry and transphobic language among those complicated things Danny is contending with.]

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The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang

Paris, at the dawn of the modern age:
Prince Sebastian is looking for a bride―or rather, his parents are looking for one for him. Sebastian is too busy hiding his secret life from everyone. At night he puts on daring dresses and takes Paris by storm as the fabulous Lady Crystallia―the hottest fashion icon in the world capital of fashion!

Sebastian’s secret weapon (and best friend) is the brilliant dressmaker Frances―one of only two people who know the truth: sometimes this boy wears dresses. But Frances dreams of greatness, and being someone’s secret weapon means being a secret. Forever. How long can Frances defer her dreams to protect a friend?


Why you should read it: This graphic novel is indescribably lovely. Sweet characters, gorgeous art, a wonderful conclusion. It reads like a fairy tale though there's no literal magical elements in it. Just superb.
yolandekleinn: (Purple Stripes)
2018-07-20 05:09 pm
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RE-RELEASE: Covet (M/M/M Erotic Romance)

Book cover, three men embracing, Covet Yolande Kleinn


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:
Amazon / B&N / iBooks / Kobo / Smashwords

 
yolandekleinn: (Purple Stripes)
2017-09-14 09:08 am
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NEW RELEASE: Matters of Heart (M/M Contemporary Romance)

Book Cover with purple and pink cityscape and giant moon, white text says Matters of Heart Yolande Kleinn


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:
LT3 / Amazon / B&N / Kobo / Smashwords

 
yolandekleinn: (Book Recs)
2017-09-04 08:23 pm
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Three Excellent YA Books You Should Read

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.
yolandekleinn: (Purple Stripes)
2016-12-02 09:12 pm
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NEW RELEASE: Simple After All (M/M, Holiday Romance, 17.4k Words)

Simple After All 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:
Dreamspinner Press / Amazon / B&N / iBooks / Kobo

 
yolandekleinn: (Book Recs)
2016-10-04 08:34 pm
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Three Recommendations

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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2016-08-10 06:29 am
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NEW RELEASE: Running Hot (M/M, Contemporary Romance, 17k Words)

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 / Amazon / Apple / B&N / Kobo

 
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2016-07-16 08:21 am
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NEW RELEASE: Wonderly Wroth (M/M Erotic Fantasy Romance)



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:
Smashwords / Apple / B&N / Kobo / Amazon