Thursday, June 22, 2017

Review Tour: Misdemeanor by C.F. White #Review #Giveaway



Buy Links:  Pride Publishing (Early Download) Amazon US | Amazon UK (Out July 4)

Length: 77,579 words

Publisher: Pride Publishing

Blurb

After his mother tragically dies and his deadbeat father goes off the rails, nineteen-year-old Micky is left to care for his disabled little brother, Flynn.
   
Juggling college, a dead end job and Flynn's special needs means Micky has to put his bad boy past behind him and be the responsible adult to keep his brother out of care. He doesn't have time for anything else in his life.

Until he meets Dan.

"Amazingly gritty and raw. This slice of life is so realistic it flays you." - Pride Publishing




Review

I love when authors add elements to stories that are too often ignored. In this case there's a character in this book with a rare genetic disability known as William's Syndrome. Mikey's younger brother, Flynn, suffers from this. My heart ached for both of them. But it's stories like this one that raises awareness. I had never heard of William's Syndrome. Had no idea about it until now.

Mikey and Dan are the MC's of this story. Mikey is thrust into caring for his brother after the sudden death of their mother. He's a bad boy and suddenly he has to get his stuff together and step up. Dan is Mikey's opposite. Dan comes from a good home, great family, a lot of stability, and a great job. He's middle class and already has his stuff together. I love opposites attracting. And these two couldn't be more opposite.

What I loved: 1. Opposites attracting. It's an awesome trope and one I'm always looking for more of. 2. Awareness toward disabilities and explaining it so well. 3. Flynn. He is a fabulous secondary character. He loves everyone and has a heart bigger and stronger than a lot of characters I've read.

There were glaring issues however. I'm not going to count the cliffhanger as an issue because there's no way of knowing when the next book will be released. If it's over a year a way then I'd recommend waiting for that to read this one otherwise you'll be very frustrated. So, not judgement there. I have faith the author knows what they're doing.

One issue was the head hopping. The massive switch of POV's caused a lot of confusion and I was often rereading and going back. This took me out of many scenes and I feel I lost a lot of connection and understanding due to that fact.

Another issue was more of a personal one. Please realize I'm saying it's personal and in no way reflects the writing style. It was concerning the amount of fat-shaming in this book. There's a secondary character in this named Dougie. He's overweight. The shaming surrounded him. As an overweight person myself I was taken aback by a lot of it and wondered if this was a view many saw in overweight people. It was hurtful to see an overweight person perceived this way. Now, I don't know if that was the intention of the author but I can't ignore that's how I read it and I can't pretend it didn't affect my feelings toward the story.

I think there's a lot of fabulous to this story. Flynn alone is reason enough to read it. Dan and Mikey had severe communication issues and tended to run away from a lot of their issues which is a bit irritating. But I encourage you to read this and make your own opinions. If you're a fan of angst then this is a great book for you.






Author Bio

Brought up in a relatively small town in Hertfordshire, C F White managed to do what most other residents try to do and fail—leave.

Studying at a West London university, she realised there was a whole city out there waiting to be discovered, so, much like Dick Whittington before her, she never made it back home and still endlessly searches for the streets paved with gold, slowly coming to the realisation they’re mostly paved with chewing gum. And the odd bit of graffiti. And those little circles of yellow spray paint where the council point out the pot holes to someone who is supposedly meant to fix them instead of staring at them vacantly whilst holding a polystyrene cup of watered-down coffee.

She eventually moved West to East along that vast District Line and settled for pie and mash, cockles and winkles and a bit of Knees Up Mother Brown to live in the East End of London; securing a job and creating a life, a home and a family.

Having worked in Higher Education for most of her career, a life-altering experience brought pen back to paper after she’d written stories as a child but never had the confidence to show them to the world. Having embarked on this writing malarkey, C F White cannot stop. So strap in, it’s gonna be a bumpy ride...

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Random Review: Arrows Through Archer by Nash Summers #Review #Giveaway




Author: Nash Summers
Book: Arrows Through Archer
Self-Published
Publication date: June 12, 2017
Length: 264 pages


Reviewed by Meredith


Synopsis

After the loss of his parents, Archer Hart is consumed by grief. Each day, he struggles his way through classes, parties, and trying to put on a good front for the sake of his best friend. But at night, he falls asleep to the sound of gunshots ringing in his ears.

Mallory is a man fighting a war of emotions all his own. When his son invites his best friend back home to Banff over a college break, he’s happy for the company.

Some time during the late-night talks, subtle smiles, and long, long silences, the two men begin to find solace in one another.

But love isn’t always easy, especially when it strikes you straight through the heart.









Review

This is a very very emotional book. Right from the very beginning you are thrust into the darkness. It is broken into two parts. Before and After. It isn’t until you get to the second part that you realize before and after what.
Nash Summers describes emotion beautifully. There’s a poetic curl to each moment and it wraps around the characters and with that they are built. Part one is in Archer’s POV. We don’t necessarily get to see inside his head as deeply as I would have liked and we don’t even really understand him completely, but what’s interesting about that is with depression, bereavement, any sort of recovery whether it is emotional or physical sometimes the person going through it doesn’t even understand what is happening to them. They don’t enjoy this feeling but they don’t know how to fix it and they are almost lethargic.
Part two is told in Mallory’s POV and we do see inside his head better. So, that told me this was purposely written this way. He’s seventeen years older than Archer and sees the world differently. He’s going through his own pains and doesn’t really handle a lot of it much better than Archer, but there was a shift with him. These two and what their lives become is an awesome evolution.
This spans over the course of three years and there’s a jump. I started part two so curious. Because of the way part one ends you’re like, “OMG I need to know more now!” And we do and all the darkness and sadness and daunting feeling lifts into a beautiful story.
This is a wonderful read that you just NEED to read.





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Blog Tour: An Unexpected Truth by S.A. Meade ~Guest Post #Giveaway



The ridiculous heat has fried my brain. If I were to write a blog post it would be mainly me moaning about suffering a British heatwave armed with nothing more than an electric fan. It would not be nice.

I’m offering up an excerpt from An Unexpected Truth. This little scene is centered around the premise that maybe you can’t always get a hint of someone’s personality from the appearance/state of their living space.

Or maybe you can. ;)

Brendan followed Adam back down the hall and into a long, bright room. Built-in bookshelves flanked the fireplace. Brendan knew enough about architecture to know that it was as old as the house itself. He sank onto an overstuffed chair and stretched his legs across a Persian-type rug. He felt as if he’d wandered into the center pages of an interior design magazine. There were no scattered piles of papers, or discarded newspapers. No empty mugs or plates. Not a crumb to be seen. Brendan glanced around, searching for clues about Adam. There were no photos on the mantelpiece or bookshelves. No bric-a-brac, apart from expensive-looking pieces of porcelain and one or two bronzes. It really was like sitting in a magazine spread. There was nothing wrong with the room. It just felt…empty. It cried out for touches of humanity, flaws, like a wonkily hung picture or a smudge of dust on a shelf, or ring marks on the highly polished coffee table. Brendan didn’t dare set his mug down, either on the little side table or on the richly colored rug. He held on to it. Almost afraid to move, to knock the carefully placed cushion at his back out of place.

Maybe it’s because he has so much time on his hands. Maybe he cleans this place every day.

He carefully sipped his coffee and stared out of the French doors leading to a long, thin back garden. Like the living room, nothing appeared out of place. There were no mysterious stains on the patio stones. Every bit of shrubbery had been pruned into submission. Empty clay pots spoke of bedding plants for every season. The patio furniture had been covered by tarp. No errant weeds poked up between the patio stones. What little lawn there was had been so meticulously trimmed that Brendan had a mental image of Adam on his hands and knees with a ruler and a pair of nail scissors.

“Are you up for a walk in the park?” Adam set his mug onto a placemat on the coffee table.

“Yes. I’d like that.” Brendan hated that he wanted to escape this sterile perfection, even if it meant a walk over a breezy hillside on a cold day. He couldn’t see himself ever relaxing in such a place. Guilt nagged at him. He wondered how he could find himself so attracted to Adam, but feel so uncomfortable in his home.

“Good.” Adam smiled. “Finish your coffee and we’ll stretch our legs.”

Brendan downed the rest of his coffee. “Right, I’m ready when you are.”




Buy Links: Pride (Early Download)| Amazon US | Amazon UK (Out July 11)

Length: 58,591

Publisher: Pride Publishing

Blurb

A trust destroyed is a trust that is hard to recover.

Brendan Matthews is happy training racehorses for a living. He thinks heís hit the jackpot when a wealthy orthopedic surgeon, Adam Ahmadi, sends six yearlings his way. Not only are the horses a cut above the rest, their owner isnít too shabby either.

But not everything is as it seems. Adam has many secrets, most of them dark and deadly. When Adamís past returns with a vengeance, he disappears, leaving Brendan confused and hurt.

If Adam survives, will his past destroy their future?

Author Bio

S.A. Meade lives in deepest Wiltshire with her son, a dog and two cats. She is still partial to gin and tonic and loves to cook. When she's not working, she stares at her laptop and waits for inspiration to strike, preferring that to mowing the lawn or weeding. When parked in front of a computer, she can be found wandering the streets of her village, dog in tow.

Felice Stevens' Kindle World Is Live! #Excerpts






World Description

“New York City is the city that never sleeps, a city where anything is possible. For the high-powered gay men of the Big Apple, Happily Ever After might not be too far away. It could be at Sparks, the hottest gay nightclub in town, in the bustling hallways of one of New York’s busiest hospitals, or on the streets of Brooklyn. In a city of 8 million people, endless love stories are just waiting to unfold. Will Cupid strike a dance instructor, a bartender, or a vampire? In Felice Stevens' Memories with The Breakfast Club Kindle World, the possibilities are infinite.”




 I'm so excited to have been chosen by Amazon for the inaugural gay romance Kindle World. I know many people are not aware what the platform is so let me explain. 


Kindle World is a way to write your own story in a world you love. Say you love the guys from the Breakfast Club. Want to find out more about Sam's old boyfriend who makes an appearance in Betting on Forever? You can write his story! Love Micah and Josh? Write their wedding and wedding night scene.

Or create your own characters and put them in Sparks, Marcus's night club.


You don't have to stick to contemporary either. Maybe you want to do a paranormal and have a whole underground shifter world in Sparks, or do a time travel of Alex and Rafe back to the Regency days. ANYTHING is possible!!


I hope everyone enjoys these fun stories and maybe even tries writing one. 

Once again, Julian Cornell is at the zenith of his career; not only have his designs helped the young men and women in the burn unit, he’s about to ink an exclusive deal with the hottest model for his new high-fashion menswear collection. Everything is perfect except his husband doesn’t understand how important it all is to him, and the model might want more than just to walk the runway in Julian’s clothing.

Nick Fletcher has never been the jealous type; he’s always been confident his place is right by his husband’s side. But now that Julian is about to re-launch his fashion line, Nick fears Julian might be sucked back into a world of beautiful people and wonder what he’s missed being married to a less-than perfect man like Nick.

Leave it up to two meddling friends who think they know best to arrange a hot date guaranteed to put the spice back in Julian and Nick’s marriage, enabling them to remember that what lies beyond the surface is a lifetime of love.








Excerpt of Memories Follow by S.C. Wynne




When four o’clock neared, I made my way to Paws For Care. I opened the door to the veterinary shop, but I wasn’t greeted by the usual cheerful woman at the counter. Instead, a cute blond guy sat in her spot looking like he’d rather be anywhere than where he was. His face was flushed, and he avoided direct eye contact. “Welcome,” he said stiffly.

“I have a four o’clock appointment with Dr. Hazelton.” Pinky squirmed in my arms and I kissed her furry little head.

The guy scanned the logbook in front of him. “Name?”

“Pinky.”

He frowned and kept his eyes down. “No, I mean your name.”

“Oh.” I laughed. “Sorry. It will be under Bernadette Franklin. I’m her son.”

He flicked his sky-blue eyes to mine and then down again. “Okay. It’s here.”

“Of course it is. Do people usually try to sneak in to see the vet?”

“Not really.”

When he turned his head toward the back, I noticed there was a long, jagged scar that ran along his jaw. My stomach tensed as I wondered how he’d gotten it. He didn’t look like the type who’d go in for plastic surgery. While he looked kind of rumpled, he seemed clean. His plaid shirtsleeves were rolled up, revealing muscled forearms, and he smelled like detergent. “You’re not the usual receptionist.”

His face flushed more, and he swallowed hard. “Patty had a hair appointment and she asked me to cover for an hour.” His thick dark lashes hid his expression. “I manage the kennel in back.”

“So you’re a jack-of-all-trades.”

“Hardly.” For the first time, he met my gaze squarely.

The punch of attraction that hit me when his light gaze rested fully on mine surprised me. He had a guarded but kind of innocent air about him that made my chest tight. I could see instantly that he’d been hurt horribly by someone. I was shocked I could read that so clearly on his handsome face, but it was there.

“You’re doing great.” I spoke firmly, wanting to reassure him for some bizarre reason.

His mouth tightened and he said, “Yeah, right.”

“I mean it.”

He shook his head and pointed toward the chairs behind me. “Take a seat. I’ll call you when the doctor is ready for you and Pinky.”

I moved to the seating area and sat where I could watch him. I knew I was acting kind of weird, but he intrigued me, and I didn’t get intrigued easily these days.







Excerpt of Finding His Place by Nic Starr



“Tell me about the new job at Sparks.”


An image of Darius immediately filled Kieran’s mind. Darius striding around the club making sure things were running smoothly, Darius observing the crowd from his favorite position near the bar, looking up and finding Darius’s blue eyes on him on more than one occasion, and the way Darius quickly looked away as if he’d been caught staring or doing something he shouldn’t be doing.

Kieran gulped his beer before speaking. “There’s a guy….”

“Oh.” Michael looked startled for a moment, but then grinned and leaned forward. “I like the sound of this already.”

“He’s my boss. Sort of.”

“Sort of?”

“He’s the manager of the club, although another guy, Brad, is the one who looks after the bar.”

“So why the long face? What’s the problem?”

“Fuck, Michael, you know how I feel about dating at work.”

“You’re dating him?”

“What? No!” Kieran sat back.

Michael grinned. “Freudian slip?”

“I just think he’s hot, that’s all.”

“I’m still not seeing the problem.”

Kieran sighed. “There’s no problem, not really. He just makes it so freaking hard to focus. Everywhere I look, he’s there. And if he’s not, I’m wondering where he is. And it doesn’t help that Brad gives me a hard time about it.”

“He knows about your little crush?”

Kieran groaned and lowered his head into his hands. “Oh shit, Michael, what am I going to do?”

Michael shrugged. “Fuck him and get him out of your system?”

Kieran lifted his head and looked at Michael. “You’re a big help.”

“What can I say? That’s what friends are for.” Michael laughed, then his eyes grew serious. “But when I asked about Sparks earlier, I was actually referring to Marcus.”

It occurred to Kieran that Marcus hadn’t even entered his mind when Michael had mentioned Sparks. What the hell?








Other Stories in Kindle World

Tony De Luca is a simple guy. He works for his uncle’s Brooklyn-based construction firm. And he knows from experience that keeping his head down and doing his job is the best way to deal with the meddlesome family members he sees daily. They think he’s quiet and maybe a little awkward but the truth is more complicated. Tony has a secret he isn’t ready or willing to share. He’s an expert at avoiding familial scrutiny. At least he was until the sexy guitar player showed up.

Remy Nelson is a small-town, free-spirited guy looking for a new life in the big city. He stays busy playing his instrument on a busy Manhattan street corner during the day and bartending at night. Remy is more interested in finding steady employment than a mate, but he can’t deny his attraction to the dreamy construction worker with soulful eyes, a kind heart, and a unique way with words. Falling for Remy wasn’t what Tony expected, but keeping him will require courage. And an end to keeping secrets
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The last person Antonio expected to see sitting at the bar in Sparks was Scott, the only man he'd ever truly cared about, the only man who ever broke his heart. As memories of the painful end of their relationship come flooding back, all Antonio can do is run.

Scott’s number-one regret is believing Antonio would hurt him. He’s never forgotten the look on Antonio’s face the night they broke up. If there’s any chance he can repair the damage he’d done, he’s going to take it.

Though they care deeply for each other, Antonio and Scott will need to forgive and trust again if they're to find their way around the obstacles in their path.











Dillon Lee’s grandfather was a conspiracy theorist. Every summer he’d take Dillon on a tour of New York City while entertaining him with tales of aliens. Fifteen years later, after a phone call from a lawyer, Dillon is carrying his grandfather’s ashes from landmark to landmark, paying a sort of tribute, and trying to figure out what to do with his unexpected legacy. When someone tries to steal the ashes, a guy Dillon has barely met leaps to the rescue, saving the urn and the day.

Steilang Skovgaard is a reclusive billionaire—and not human. He’s been living in Manhattan for over twenty years, working on a long-term plan to establish a safe haven for his people. For seven years, his reports have gone unanswered, however, and he is the only surviving member of his interstellar team. The connection he forms with Dillon soon after meeting him is something he’s missed, something he craves.

But after someone keeps trying to steal the ashes, it looks as though Dillon’s grandfather was involved in more than theories—and might not have been exactly who everyone thought he was. Steilang doesn’t know how close he can get to the truth without revealing himself, and Dillon is running out of people to trust. Can these two work out what’s going on before the thieves set their sights higher?

When life brings you someone who’s supposed to be yours you’ll need to decide if you’ll give into the anticipation…

Dixon Avery’s only focus is his center and he doesn’t have time for anything else. Especially with the upcoming event to raise funds he has to keep on track without distractions. Except he can’t get the sexy bookstore owner he’s just met out of his mind. Since the man dismissed him then it won’t be a problem to forget about him since he won’t see him again. Maybe…possibly. Yet when the man shows up to his center Dixon knows there’s no way he could have ever forgotten about him. Now he has to decide what to do about the man who has captured his attention.

Reginald Williams doesn’t like anything that upsets his orderly world. Especially when it’s the man he’s been seeing pass his bookstore for years on the way to the center he owns. The man who he’s thought about all too often, admiring him from afar not just for his work at the center but also as a man who he’s attracted too. Now he has an opportunity to meet him when he comes into his bookstore looking for Reginald to volunteer. He never reacts well when being caught off guard. He’s mad at himself for the lost opportunity. Now he’s going to have to step out of his comfort zone and take a chance on not only doing a good thing to help out at the center but maybe have a chance with a man who makes him want to step out of his orderly world.

Two men not looking for things to change but life has a way of doing things that will fulfill what they never knew was their anticipation….




Coming Soon


On 
For almost a year, Doc1984 and Wallflower have been battling it out online. There's no subject they can't disagree over, no end to their aggravation with each other. 
Off
 Mitchell Abend and Jackson Wallach are in perfect sync from the moment they're introduced. Mitchell's never quite gotten over being publicly humiliated by a former lover, but Jackson's quiet strength encourages him to trust once again. Jackson's isolated himself after a devastating accident, but Mitchell makes him want to live again.
 On and Off
 Wallflower and Doc's online battles take an unexpected turn from adversaries to friends. But when one of them discovers his online friend and offline lover are one and the same, revealing the dual connection may cost him both a friendship and a chance at love.