Glass Tidings
Blogtour , Bookteaser / December 8, 2016

About Glass Tidings Eddie Rodrigues doesn’t stay in one place long enough to get attached. The only time he broke that rule, things went south fast. Now he’s on the road again, with barely enough cash in his pocket to hop a bus to Texas after his (sort-of-stolen) car breaks down in the middle of nowhere, Midwest, USA. He’s fine. He’ll manage. Until he watches that girl get hit by a car and left to die. Local shop owner Grayson Croft isn’t in the habit of doing people any favors. But even a recluse can’t avoid everyone in a town as small as Clear Lake. And when the cop who played Juliet to your Romeo in the high school play asks you to put up her key witness for the night, you say yes. Now Gray’s got a grouchy glass artist stomping around his big, empty house, and it turns out that he . . . maybe . . . kind of . . . likes the company. But Eddie Rodrigues never sticks around. Unless a Christmas shop owner who hates the season can show an orphan what it means to have family for the holidays. Available from Riptide Publishing….

Hard Candy – Bend or Break #7
Bookreview / March 22, 2016

Hard Candy is part 7 in the Bend or Break series and tells us the story of Vincent (Vinnie) Lim. As we learned in part 6 he has an occasional hook up thing with his best friend Austin and he assumed Austin would always be there waiting for him. But then Austin fell in love with Sean and is no longer available. And now Vinnie is lost and doesn’t know what to do anymore. So one night he goes out dancing and picks up Bryan, a dance major. Vinnie is drunk and the one night stand turns out to be one of the worst he has ever had. He totally blew it and does what he always does. Pretend it never happened and he doesn’t know Bryan. But Bryan is the one person he cannot forget. Bryan is the totally out and totally posterboy for gay. He knows he wants Vinnie to pay attention to him but he knows he has to fight for it. Vinnie has a one tracked mind, always living up to someone else’s expectations. But Bryan won’t accept being left out and he demands to have attention. Will Vinnie be able to deal with that and…

Love Me Like a Rock – Bend or Break #6
Bookreview / March 22, 2016

Now as we all know I am a long time fan of the Bend or Break series, ever since part 1. And the more we get, the better they get. Love Me Like a Rock is part 6 in the series and tells the story of Austin (and a little Vinnie) who we already met in Level Hands). Amy Jo Cousins just keeps on writing one perfect story after another and it makes me fall more and more in love with these books and characters. So when I had the chance of reading parts 6 and 7 as an ARC I jumped at the chance and promised to write a review about them. So here they are….. Austin is an artist and always has been. Whatever his eyes see, his hands create. But there is one thing that keeps bothering him. He has a thing for his best friend Vinnie, who he occasionally hooks up with. He is hoping it will turn out into more, but Vinnie doesn’t seem to be interested in anything more. Austin gets more and more frustrated, but what can he do? At an evening drawing class he meets Sean, the naked male model in front…

Real World – Bend or Break #5
Bookreview / December 24, 2015

Real World is part 5 in the Bend or Break series by Amy Jo Cousins. Now as we all know I am a huge fan of the series and that hasn’t changed with this part. I already participated in the cover reveal for this book right here, and finally I read the book for real. And all I can say is “Wow, she did it again….” I LOVE LOVE LOVE these books and that will never change. In part 1 we met Tom Worthington who was so afraid of people finding out about his criminal father, it nearly paralyzed him. He totally withdrew from the world and nearly lost his boyfriend Reese Anders because of it. And now, 5 years later, it starts all over again. Tom’s father is about to be released from prison and is reaching out to his son to reconnect. His father has not changed and still thinks he did nothing wrong and was falsely accused of his crimes. Tom is torn apart over making the choice. The man is still his father, but he doesn’t want anything to do with him anymore. Should he go and visit him or not? Reese is stuck in a…

How We Began
Bookreview / November 9, 2015

How We Began is an anthology put together for a special cause. All proceeds go to The Trevor Project, an organization dealing with crisis intervention and suicide prevention for LGBTQ youth. Visit their site, it is a very good cause. All stories in this anthology revolve around the same theme. How does love begin? What happens when two people fall in love? Is it instant fireworks or does it take a bit longer than that? Some authors were known to me, some are new to me. But all in all the stories are a great read and certainly worth your money. TruNorth by Alexis Hall  Unexpected Dragons by Delphine Dryden In a world where everyone is able to turn into a dragon when they are ready, what happens when for the first time in a long time an all white dragon appears that breaths snow and ice instead of fire. A Song for Sweater-boy by Vanessa North Ash Cooper has made a mess—an angry prank turned into a criminal mischief charge and now he’s on probation. Jamie Allen has a talent for pattern recognition, but he’s not so great with people—how can someone as well-liked as Ash Cooper not have…

How We Began – The Inspiration
Blogtour , Bookteaser / November 9, 2015

How We Began is an anthology with a special meaning. It tells us that love can start in many ways, no matter who you are, where you are or even what you are. The world is full of stories. We watch them in theaters and read them in books. We tell them to our children and hear them at the office. Short stories in three-second sound bites. (Our team won the game last night!) Long, drawn-out stories that are shared over the course of many months. (Did you guys catch the 724th episode of Zombie Valley Girl Meth Head last night?) And then there are the stories we write ourselves, a little more every day. Stories entertain us. Stories teach us. They give us choices. They open us up to the humanity in one another and in ourselves. So what would it be like if you never heard or read a story in which you recognized yourself? Or if you found a glint of familiarity in a newscast or anecdote, only to have the tale end horribly, tragically…no happily ever after for you? How We Began is a book for those people. More specifically, it’s a book for LGBTQ+ young…