Monday, 29 June 2020

Book review - Stations of Shadow by J. Daniel Stone



Genre: LGBT Horror
I was gifted a copy of this book in exchange for an honest and fair review.

Halfway through this novel, I couldn't decide whether this book was too brilliant for me to totally understand every nuance, or pretentious AF. The truth is probably somewhere near the middle. 

Sebastian and Adrian are two New York drag artists, caught in a never-ending cycle of envy at each other's art, lust for each other's bodies, and professional admiration. Sebastian AKA The Hydra, seems to transcend his human form as he blows the audience's mind night after night, whilst Adrian (drag name Hera Wynn) wants The Hydra's crown and will do anything to get it. 

Wednesday, 24 June 2020

WROTE Podcast Review - Borderland by F E Feeley Jr and Jamie Fessenden

Genre: LGBT Horror and Dark Comedy

BorderlandBorderland by F.E. Feeley Jr.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Okay, so on first reading the blurb, this book doesn’t sound like a whole barrel of laughs. Borderland is the story of a young married couple, but of the MC’s has a one-way ticket to the next realm, via a terminal cancer diagnosis. Their final journey to George’s home town is hindered by their car breaking down in a ferocious storm, just outside the gates of an old hotel, the Borderland. This hotel has all the elements of “don’t go there or you won’t come out,” but George and Jason have no choice. George is sick and needs looking after.

See the whole review at http://www.wrotepodcast.com/borderlan...

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Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Five Minute Teaser Tutorial




Okay, so I know there are tutorials for doing book teasers across the net. Some of them are quite involved, with videos and long posts and lots of graphics, but this is just a very short version. Not even a tutorial really. Just, this is what I’ve learned so far. I’m passing it on because I hope it will be helpful. 

1. They shouldn’t cost anything, but make sure you're not using someone else's image without permission. The Shutterstock package I use is for 12 downloads a year at approx £39, and that works for me. You may find a site with royalty-free images for less than that, but that’s what I use. 

Saturday, 6 June 2020

Hearts Ablaze by A.D. Ellis - Feature and Competition


I'm delighted to feature Hearts Ablaze by A D Ellis. I'm reading the book at the moment and it's a lovely, light romance (so far!) My review will come in the next post. In the meantime, scroll down for a chance to win a $20 Amazon voucher, and scroll right to the end to read an exclusive extract from this enchanting book!

A.D. Ellis has a new contemporary MM romance out: "Hearts Ablaze."

Chase Steele and Xander Copperfield are down on their luck, as similar as they are different, and ready for a love they didn’t even realize they’d been waiting on their whole lives.

With two gorgeous “tough guys” discovering and exploring their true selves, Hearts Ablaze is a steamy, slow-burn, friends-to-lovers, opposites attract, bisexual awakening romance.

*This is the first book in the Forged in the City series.*

Book Review - Hearts Ablaze by A.D. Ellis

I seem to be OD'ing on romance novels over the past few weeks, and it was a pleasure to join in with A D Ellis's blog tour and have the chance to read her new novel, Hearts Ablaze, the first book of the Forged In the City series.

The book was an easy read, with engaging characters and a standard romance plot. Chase and Xander are carved straight out of a Hallmark movie (if Hallmark did bisexual/MM romances) and are sweet and endearing. There is a lovely secondary character called Ginny, who has terminal cancer, and a rough diamond biker/mechanic who gives Xan a lucky break. 

Monday, 1 June 2020

Book Review - Ruthless Sinner (The Zeta Cartel Series: Book 6) by A J Adams

Genre: M/F bad boy thriller/romance with sex, violence and drug references

I've thoroughly enjoyed the Zeta Cartel series, and was looking forward to this latest novel from A J Adams. Each book is completely different and can be read as a standalone story, but my advice is to immerse yourself in the dirty goings-on right from the start. The characters in each story are woven into the stories of other characters, so there is a theme running right through the series.
Each book focusses on a tough but ultimately good-hearted woman and the career-criminal she meets at a low point in her life. The men are not pussycats. They are killers who make their money from crime and drugs, but the series is up-front about that from the start. If it isn't your thing, avoid. If you love a bad boy who will kill to keep his lady from harm, fill your boots. 

Book Review - A Little Chatter by Terry Connell

This is the review I wrote for WROTE Podcast. A fascinating book. Not one of my favourites, but no denying the skill of the writer and their powers of observation. A great collection of vignettes.


A Little ChatterA Little Chatter by Terry Connell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was gifted a copy of this ARC in return for an honest and fair review.

I was a little hesitant about reading this book at first. The cover doesn’t invite one in, with a barrage of repeated words that made my eyes go funny. It had a bit of a “try hard” feel about it, and the title seemed to suggest something frivolous, a trifling matter to pass the time if one had nothing else to do. It was an inauspicious start, and a shame because the stories themselves are startling, poignant, sometimes desperately sad, but always entertaining and well-written.

A frivolous read, this certainly is not. It is a truly diverse collection of vignettes than actual stories; snapshots of people’s lives and experiences, each one very different from the last. The author uses dialogue, prose, sections as if taken from official reports, and weaves all those things in to a highly readable package with some intriguing characters.

These stories feel more personal than ones written with fictional characters. These tales read like people who have really existed, people from the author’s past, or echoes of people he has encountered, however briefly. There are exquisite observations of everyday life, perfectly preserved. I can imagine the author sitting in a diner with his notepad, quietly taking in all the tiny dramas around him, then weaving them with words drawn from his imagination. It is a true piece of literary work, crafted with skill and a keen eye.

Standouts for me are the first story, Goodbye, Willow Grove, where two people have very different memories of the same, sun-drenched day. The Tire Swing, where an elderly man reminisces over his life. It is written from a second person aspect, which isn’t for everyone, but there was a poetic rhythm about it that I loved. Finally, Thursday Night at Niko’s Italian Restaurant, which sounds like a Billy Joel song and is a slice of life from the underbelly of old-school Americana.

There’s a theme of savagery running through a lot of the stories, a cynicism as well as rose-tinted sentimentality. Just like any good conversation, there is something for everyone. The book isn’t always a comfortable read. I didn’t warm to some of the stories, but that’s like any collection, as well as being human. And everyone in this book is achingly human; flawed, honourable, selfish, angry, loving. This is definitely a short story collection to check out if you want human stories to make you think

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Tuesday, 12 May 2020

Book Review - Far Away by Bryan T Clark

Genre: MM Romance

This was truly a gorgeous book, at a time when I was in the mood for a wallow into escapism. During the UK lockdown, there seems to be a lot of that. Books I might have found a little cloying, now just hit the spot.

Because this is a truly romantic story. And yes, the premise is a little far-fetched. Boy meets boy, they are torn apart, boy spends 12 years judging every relationship by the boy he met on a summer fling, boy goes to find boy and finds the attraction is still mutual.

But you know what? I think this year so far (2020) has taught us that life can be far-fetched. In January, we didn't know Covid-19 would have a such a major impact on all our lives, but it has. Therefore, it's churlish to be sniffy over the overtly romantic nature of a love story.

Basically, I loved it, and I hope you do too. Noah travels half way round the world to track down Spiro, the boy he could never forget. The book is drenched in faded summer memories, like an old photograph of when we were all young, smiling and innocent. The period setting, the extreme views of the parents, the secret meetings, it all felt very real.

Then move forward 12 years, and Noah has gone to Greece to find Spiro. Again, the reader can almost smell the hot earth, the olive trees, feel the heat of the sun prickling their skin.

This is a divine story, one to wallow in, one to enjoy when we can't travel ourselves. Find a sunny spot, mix up some sangria and lose yourself in this book. It will be worth it, I swear to you.

And the sex is off the scale too. Very hot, very sweaty, very real. Noah and Spiro make a very credible couple. I would love this to be made into a movie, for the romance, for the sex, for the awkward re-igniting of their relationship. It's all kinds of wonderful.

Definitely a fun read for the summer.

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First love can save you … and ruin you …

Eighteen-year-old Noah Rothenberg spent the perfect summer with his first love, the charming and

seductive Spiro. He fell head over heels in love from what started as a clumsy crush. But that was twelve years ago. His relationships since have been spectacular failures because of how things ended with Spiro. If he has any hope of moving forward, he needs to find Spiro and get some closure … even if he has to fly halfway around the world to do it. Too bad he instead finds himself falling—again—for the man who ruined him for all other men.


Love isn’t an emotion Spiro Papadopoulos entirely trusts anymore. He’s far too pragmatic for that. His focus these days has to be on his art and caring for his ailing mother. Being with Noah again is easy and feels so right … but is it love? Spiro isn’t sure. Besides, with his entire life being tied to Greece and Noah’s to New York, love might just be a luxury neither of them can afford.


Can Spiro and Noah overcome the oceans and years between them—or will their second chance at love end as badly as their first?



Far Away by Bryan T Clark - Exclusive Excerpt and Competition

I am absolutely delighted to take part in Bryan T. Clark's blog tour for his new book, Far Away, a lush romance which I will review in my next post. My review will be in the very next post after this one.

Not only that, but scroll down for an EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT of Far Away, which ends with a delicious kiss...

Finally, feast your eyes on these two lovelies, and be in with a chance to win a juicy $25 Amazon voucher!

Far Away

Bryan T. Clark has a new contemporary MM romance out: Far Away. And there's a giveaway!

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First love can save you … and ruin you …

Eighteen-year-old Noah Rothenberg spent the perfect summer with his first love, the charming and seductive Spiro. He fell head over heels in love from what started as a clumsy crush.

But that was twelve years ago. His relationships since have been spectacular failures because of how things ended with Spiro. If he has any hope of moving forward, he needs to find Spiro and get some closure … even if he has to fly halfway around the world to do it. Too bad he instead finds himself falling—again—for the man who ruined him for all other men.

Love isn’t an emotion Spiro Papadopoulos entirely trusts anymore. He’s far too pragmatic for that. His focus these days has to be on his art and caring for his ailing mother. Being with Noah again is easy and feels so right … but is it love? Spiro isn’t sure. Besides, with his entire life being tied to Greece and Noah’s to New York, love might just be a luxury neither of them can afford.

Can Spiro and Noah overcome the oceans and years between them—or will their second chance at love end as badly as their first?


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Excerpt

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“You know, you are as handsome as you were years ago.” Spiro held up a finger. “I saw this before I drank the ouzo!” The corner of Spiro’s mouth curved into a slight smile as the gold flakes in his eyes danced in the light. 

Noah winced at the thought of how gangly he was growing up. Perhaps Spiro only thought he was cute back then because he was drinking that ouzo stuff. Spiro was still as sweet and adorable as he was when they were kids... but now, that adorable and sweet Spiro was eye fucking him. He saw the same look in Spiro’s eyes earlier, when they were sitting on the pier. That same smile now, the deep stare: he was a hundred percent sure he was being eye fucked right now. 

Noah’s arousing thoughts caused his cheeks to blush as a flutter ran from his chest to his head. The rush of oxygen caused him to feel lightheaded for a second. Without shame, Noah knew he would give himself to Spiro tonight without hesitation if that was what Spiro wanted. Perhaps one should always have a hesitation, but this was not the case. 

Noah wanted nothing more than to be possessed by the person in front of him. He wanted to be naked, lying beside this man, on the beach, in the boathouse, in the barn, right here, if that was what Spiro wanted. Are there no limits tonight? Have I gone mad?

That hot summer day in the boathouse, the moment Spiro pushed deep inside him, their souls had connected forever. Noah knew little about the grown man in front of him, yet it was as if they’d been together forever. If Spiro asked, he would sleep with him tonight. All he had to do was ask. 

Over the years, Noah had never been opposed to just having sex with someone if he was into them. He wasn’t a slut, and it was never ideal. But sometimes, a person needed to satisfy an itch. It was one of the perks of being a gay man... Anonymous, cheap sex was somehow acceptable.

But this wasn’t what he was feeling tonight. What was going through his heart was something deeper, a longing to be consumed by Spiro. It was the same as years ago, and again this afternoon when Spiro recognized him—and now. Years of therapy told him to slow down. Be careful. Don’t be stupid.

When their dinner was served, they continued talking as they ate. Noah was a master at appearing that he was eating, nibbling on bits of food. Keeping it light, he shared a little about his job, his friend Rodney, and the passing of his grandmother that led to the selling of the lake house. He held back his depressing track record with men.

It was approaching midnight when the two left the restaurant and emerged onto the dark narrow street. All the stores were closed for the night, and the street had been abandoned hours ago. It was only the two of them. Goosebumps rose on Noah’s arms as the chilled air attacked his skin through his shirt. 

“Are you cold?” Spiro asked. Illuminated by a thin slice of the moon, his eyes revealed his concern for Noah’s comfort.

Noah tried to play it off. “I’m okay.” 

“With the breeze coming off the ocean at night, the nights are cooler. We’ve been waiting all summer for this breeze. I’m sorry it’s not warmer for you.”

“Is it always like this, this time of year?”

“Yes.” Spiro stepped in a little closer. “The best time to be here if you like warm weather is around your birthday.” 

Noah’s brows rose. “How do you know my birthday?” The warmth of Spiro’s breath caused him to inhale. 

“It’s June tenth, right?”

“Yeah! How do you know that?”

“Really? I’ll never forget your birthday. It was the day you arrived at the house.” Spiro’s hand lightly touched Noah’s arm.


His touch made Noah draw a breath. “Oh! That’s right! Trust me, I remember.” Noah smiled at the thought of that day. It was the beginning of the best summer of his life.

There was a moment of silence as the two stood on the narrow sidewalk. Noah looked at the moon, trying to fill the space with something. As he looked down, Spiro came in and kissed him. Startled, it took a half a second for it to register and their mouths to sync. 

Their kiss deepened as Spiro backed him against the building. Savagely, they kissed for several minutes before Spiro pulled back. “You are handsome. I’ve wanted to kiss you since this afternoon.” Spiro’s penetrating stare kept Noah pinned to the wall. 

The cool nighttime temperature had vanished. Noah’s body was on fire, heat rising from his chest, extending all the way to the tips of his fingers and toes. He could feel heat on his cheeks as well. There were no words to come close to how Noah was feeling. Instead, he leaned in as their heads closed the gap between them. 

Spiro gripped the back of Noah’s head and pulled him in, deepening their kiss again. The taste of ouzo engaged Noah’s taste buds as he recalled how magnificent Spiro was at kissing. This kiss was anything but gentle as Spiro’s warm tongue invaded Noah’s mouth.


Noah’s eyes drifted to Spiro’s bow-shaped lips before moving up to his eyes. Their eyes met, causing Noah’s heart to skip a beat. Noah had no idea what he saw in those cat eyes that were staring intensely back at him and caused his heart to flutter. It wasn’t disdain, dominance, or dismissal, the usual looks his peers gave him upon meeting him for the first time. It was... he’s really looking at me.

Everything about Spiro enthralled him. No longer wishing away the next two months before he could escape to Harvard, he was cautiously excited about the summer.

“Hi, I’m Noah.” He felt the heat of a blush on his cheeks as he extended his hand. Spiro looked directly at him; his deep stare instantly pinned Noah. His dark locks of hair, jet black, ran the length of his neck and curled at the nape of his neck. Noah tried to release a breath quietly. Adrenaline pumped through his veins like the multiple streams that fed into Lake Winnipesaukee. He’d never acted this boldly when it came to meeting someone. The way Spiro looked at him gave him the boost of confidence that he could actually stand here and talk to him. This was a first, and it surprised him.

Spiro shook Noah’s hand. “Um, my English is not so good. My name is Spiro.” A deep voice cast from his full lips. Spiro saying his own name sounded more exotic than when Noah’s grandmother said it.

Geeze Louise, his teeth are perfect, too. They’re so freaking white. Noah stumbled over his own words as he searched for something to say. Spiro’s gaze kept Noah from looking for more than a second before lowering his head.




Author Bio

Bryan T. Clark

Bryan T. Clark is a multi-published award-winning author of gay romance, and contemporary books.

In his early in life, Bryan learned that he was different from everyone else in his world. As a young African American boy, he was the second to the youngest of seven children. Long before hormones kicked in and the realization of same sex attraction, it was his light skin and blond hair that made him different from those around him. Teased within his own race for being lighter than everyone else, the kids on the playground called him “Cornbread”.

As a writer, Bryan has taken back the power once given up to those schoolyard bullies. He is committed to bringing his readers stories of real life, with multicultural characters, riveting plots, and where the underdog always wins. He is the founder of Cornbread Publishing: the name empowers him and is a constant reminder that life can have a Happily-Ever-After.

Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Bryan and his husband of thirty-six years have made their home and life in the Central Valley of California.

Author Website: https://www.btclark.com
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Thursday, 30 April 2020

New Release! Lexington Black by Lady Jaguar

Genre: MM Romance


So I've been busy again during lockdown, and now I have a bright, shiny new book for you! Lexington Black was previously published in 2015 by my pen name, S A Smythe, but the story has been extended, given a beautiful cover by S A Collins and turned into something really special.


Author Name: Lady Jaguar
Publisher: Hollow Hills Publishing
Release Date: April 30 2020
Format: eBook
ASIN: B087PFM58Y
Price: $2.99
Story Type: Novel >50k
Word Count: 88,000
Cover Artist: S A Collins
Genres: MM romance
LGBTQ+ Identities: gay
Is This Part of a Series?: No



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Robert Martyn is divorced, sexually confused and living an unexciting life as a book-keeper. His ambition to be an author has stalled, and he has a nightmare of a family. His father's tragic death when Rob was young means he has found it hard to trust anyone, yet over the course of a test drive with a suave stranger, he discovers he is capable of behaving in a totally out-of-character and risky manner. 

Lexington Black is the wealthy New Yorker who rocks Rob's world. After a night of hot sex, he wastes no time in luring Rob to the US to stay at his penthouse for a month so that he can reboot his writing career. A ruthless businessman, Lex is accustomed to getting what he wants. He has fallen head over heels for Rob and will do anything to keep him in his life, even if it means lying to him about his past.

As Rob is introduced to gay Manhattan by Lex's colourful friends, he is unaware that Lex is holding on to a crucial secret. It is only a matter of time before their relationship is balanced on a knife edge, and their future happiness depends on a rebuilding of trust and friendship.
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Monday, 27 April 2020

Book Review - Love On The Hudson by K D Fisher



Genre: MM Romance
This is a prime example of a book I bought purely on the strength of the cover. I saw the author on IG, loved the cover and promptly bought the book about a year ago. I don't think I even knew what genre it was at the time. It's an example of how a cover can work, if one thinks outside the box. The story could easily fit the "two hot guys against a background of sunny poppy fields" scenario, but they didn't do it. Massive respect to them for not going down a well-trodden path. 

It's a pure coincidence that I've read two books with Greek protagonists in the last three weeks, but the style and done of each one is very different. This book as a more serious tone than the other one, although they both deal with bigotry and the lack of acceptance, complicated family dynamics and hard choices. 

But 'serious' in no way means dry. The author has a deft touch when dealing with each character's struggles, and has surrounded the protagonists with a lovely array of side characters, each with their own fully-realised stories. 

The book loosely follows the normal romance trope. Boy met boy in the past. Can't forget him. Circumstances mean they meet again. Fall in love again, then hit obstacles, etc., but I for one LOVE this pattern, and this book didn't disappoint in any form. It was in turn romantic, heartbreaking, tense, ringing a whole gamut of emotions out of the reader. 

The characters of David and Nick are wonderful; so endearing yet flawed as well. I was afraid this was going to go down the "gay and hating himself" route for Nick, but of the two, he was the more lovable, if I'm honest. Although that doesn't take away from David, ambitious, lonely, hard-edged because he has needed to be. It's a case of opposites attracting yet working with each other's differences, and it was beautifully done. 

This was a book I took a gamble on, and I'm so glad I did. I'm sure I'll re-read it again in the future.

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Art historian David Webster left his childhood home of Saugerties, New York ten years ago and hasn’t looked back. Intelligent, successful, and proud of his sexuality, David has built a comfortable, if lonely, life in Chicago. But when he learns his father has suffered a debilitating stroke, he decides to leave his prestigious museum job and move home to care for his dad. Until now David has never questioned his devotion to academic and professional success. Suddenly he’s forced to confront and reevaluate his desires, chief among them, his former best friend Nick. 

Nick Patras has spent his entire life trying to be the perfect Greek son. From devoting himself to football, to forgoing an athletic scholarship to work at his family’s diner, to denying his sexuality and getting married to his high school sweetheart, Nick got used to putting his family’s dreams ahead of his own. The facade shattered, however, when Nick divorced his wife and left the family business to follow his dream of starting an organic farm. Finally content with the life he’s built for himself, Nick is still haunted by the mistake that ended his friendship with David a decade earlier.

When David and Nick reunite their old feelings are undeniable, but can David trust Nick with his heart a second time around? As David embarks on a new career as an artist, he must decide whether or not Nick fits into this composition.

Sunday, 12 April 2020

New Release: Axe by Ruby Carter

Here's one for lovers of M/F biker romances. I'm delighted to feature Ruby Carter's storming new re-release. Axe is part of the Devil's Reapers MC series, and now available on Amazon!

Genre: M/F biker romance




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Dani Cooper is a small woman with big ambitions... and even bigger worries.

Determined to escape her past, Dani throws herself into her dream of becoming a tattoo artist, but quickly finds herself falling into the lap of Axe Cole, bad boy biker and president of the Devil’s Reapers MC. Though she finds herself instantly drawn towards him, past experiences keep her from giving in - until it becomes clear that fate has other ideas.

When a traumatic event finds Dani leaning on Axe harder than ever, old rivalries reignite, and a terrifying threat looms, Axe finds himself faced with a choice: follow his heart and give himself to the woman he loves, or protect his Pixie by walking away for good.

Will Axe and Dani’s relationship survive, or will the revelation that their lives are more intertwined
than even they know prove too great?

💜 **This is an extended edition of my debut novel - the first in Devil’s Reapers MC series - Axe. Boasting a whole host of new content and reimagined scenes inspired by my true life experiences.

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Saturday, 11 April 2020

Book Review - The King Trials (Chronicles of Wehlmir Book 1) by D L Sims

Genre: LGBT fantasy romance/adventure 

High fantasy and futuristic romance are genres I've struggled with in the past. I'm not the right reader for a huge cast of characters, worlds unfamiliar to our own and complex plots regarding differing kingdoms warring with each other. 

That said, I enjoyed The King Trials immensely. How is it one author can make the characters so accessible, the plot easy to follow yet woven with skill? If more fantasy books were like this one, I would definitely read more of the genre. 

I won't pick apart the plot, because I always include the blurb so the reader can see for themselves, but I loved the representatives of each kingdom, chosen to compete in the Trials for the right to be King. One of those combatants is Andalen, who is taking part in place of their brother, who is academic but not strong enough to compete in the physical aspects. 

Another is Grantham, a man with a secret love for his best friend. 

I could go on, but each character has their own unique skill and personality, with their own personal  challenges going on with regards to family, sexuality and gender. There is an emphasis on relationships, whether parent/child, friends or brothers and sisters, told with empathy. There are meaty fight scenes, and moments of genuine sadness and tension.

Ikar is one of the standout characters, at war with his powerful older brother and I'm not going to spoil it but the ending is bittersweet and beautiful. 

D L Sims is not afraid to kill their darlings, that's for sure. Again, the skill is in making me care, so further down the line there are real moments of shock. Thanks, dear Author!

The writing is brilliant, soulful, gorgeous and colourful. I was hooked within the first few pages and genuinely enjoyed every part of it. It's a promising start to a series in a pretty crowded genre, and deserves to do well.

This is the first in the Chronicles of Wehlmir series, and I'm definitely going to check out the next book, but as a standalone story it works very well too. 

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The king of Elthare is dead. Invitations have been sent out to the noble families to put forth a Champion to participate in the 43rd King Trials, a grueling competition that has left former competitors permanently injured, disabled or dead.

Who will be king?

Grantham Sinero, a man skilled in hand-to-hand combat and armed with the ability of telekinesis.

Andalen Amadon who can inflict pain and suffering with a single touch and is a highly trained archer.

Khett Pedgram, the former prince of Elthare, able to control the four natural elements and has an immense knowledge of the kingdom's history.

Ikar Dominikov who holds no special powers, but is a great hunter and tracker.

A kingdom at war.

When soldiers from the empire of Mezerah invade Elthare, the Trials are cut short, and the Eltharians must prepare for a war no one ever saw coming. Many lives are lost, but with the help from their allies to the north, Elthare may have a fighting chance against the Mezerans.

At the end of the Ten Day Battle one Champion will be crowned the new monarch of the now fractured kingdom.

But who will be left alive to claim the throne?

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Thursday, 9 April 2020

Nothing to do with books but a gorgeous recipe for those with a sweet tooth

I did an Instagram post with some Macaroons I made today, and people have been asking me for the recipe ever since. They are super-easy but I'm not sure on allergy information as the recipe is very old. I've had this book for over 35 30 years! Anyway. Here it is. I hope you enjoy them. 


Macaroons

250g (8oz) caster sugar
150g (5oz) ground almonds
1 tablespoon rice flour (I use semolina)
2 egg whites
rice paper (available in all good cook shops)


Mix the sugar, almonds and rice flour together and set aside.

Beat the egg whites lightly, then add the dry ingredients. Beat to a smooth, firm consistency.

Leave to stand for 5 minutes, then roll into small (walnut sized) balls and place slightly apart on a baking sheet lined with rice paper.

Flatten slightly and place a split almond or a glace cherry on each one.

Bake in a preheated moderate oven, 180 C (350 F), Gas Mark 4, for 20 minutes, checking after ten minutes. Turn the tray around if they are browning unevenly.

They should be golden brown but still moist. Cool on the baking tray.

Makes between 20-25 macaroons.

Enjoy!

Jayne x









Tuesday, 24 March 2020

Locked down like I am? Pick up a free ebook :)

Hi Everyone, 

Times are tough at the moment, and I want to do my small bit to spread a bit of love and cheer. 

You can pick up copies of the following ebooks for free on Bookfunnel for the next few weeks. Just check out my My Books page for links and details!


Alternatively.... Kindle Unlimited have a promotion going on right now, where you can have two months free trial. During that time, you can stock up your Kindle with books and then cancel the subscription if you don't want to pay the monthly fee.



I hope you all stay safe and well.

Jayne x

Friday, 13 March 2020

Let's talk book reviews (briefly..)



For those who don't know me that well, I write book reviews. I sometimes do it for WROTE Podcast, and also just because I love giving my opinion, whether I've paid coin for the book or been asked to review by the author or publisher.


If you look through the books I've reviewed in the past on Goodreads and Amazon, you will see a raft of 4 and 5 star reviews. Maybe there will be a few 3 stars, and rarely, a 1 star. 

This isn't because I want to be nice to everybody. I'm not like an enthusiastic puppy, grateful to eat any old shit that's lying around. It's because I genuinely stand by that rating, and I ALWAYS try to make the review honest and fair.

It's rare that a book comes along without any redeeming features whatsoever. Even if it's just the cover, there is something positive a reviewer can say about it. You can leave a critical review without harsh words and unkindness. I know some people would disagree, but I'm all about spreading positivity. There's enough negativity in this world without me adding to it. This is especially true in the community I write for, which is close-knit and frankly, needs all the support it can get. 

If I do give a book a 1 star, it will be for a good reason; usually it's because it panders to racist, homophobic or sexist stereotypes. Having said that, I don't automatically slate authors who have pissed me off for whatever reason, especially if I haven't read the book! Or use a review as a weapon to prove a point. No revenge 1 stars either. Nope. No way. I know revenge 1-starring books is A Thing, and I understand why people can be driven to do it, but I've never done it and never will.

The reviews I share on here are for books I've liked or adored for whatever reason, whether it be needing a cuddle, escapism, sexy times or lush romance. In other words, this site is my attempt to spread some love. 

As ever, comments are welcome. 

Lady J x 


Massive Thank yous

I'll make this short. I'm not Gwyneth Paltrow...

A huge thank you to Other World's Ink for organising the blog tour. Check them out. They are fantastic and will walk you through everything you need to do to make the tour successful



And very many thanks to the following blogs for featuring Going Down on my latest blog tour, and spreading the word to so many people.


authoraddisonalbright.com

mirrigold.com

mickiebashling.blogspot.com

cajuncabinet.home.blog

jscottcoatsworth.com

scott@queeromanceink.com

myfictionnook.com

lovebytesreviews.com

neverhollowed.wordpress.com

sharonicalogic.home.blog

kittenwylde.wordpress.com

valerieullmer.com

amyaislin.com/blog

bayoubookjunkie.wordpress.com

mmgoodbookreviews.com

boymeetsboreviews.blogspot.com

elizabeth-noble.com/thoughts-and-things-blog

rainbowgoldreviews.wordpress.com

annebarwell.wordpress.com

queerscifi.com



















Going Down Blog Tour has officially ended...



THE WINNER OF THE GOING DOWN
AMAZON $15 VOUCHER COMPETITION HAS BEEN CHOSEN!

Congratulations, and Thank You to everyone who took part. 

The winner has been contacted by email.




Wednesday, 11 March 2020

Day 14 Going Down Blog Tour



Day 14


It's the last day of the Going Down Blog Tour! And it's ending with a bang.

Very many thanks to Anne Barwell at Drops Of Ink for supporting Going Down on her blog. There is a filthy excerpt included with today's feature.





Tuesday, 10 March 2020

Day 13 Going Down Blog Tour


Day 13


Very many thanks to Rainbow Gold Reviews for featuring Going Down on their blog, AND for the staggering 9/10 Review!

"....I liked the way this story built and grew. I liked the suspense, the action and of course the hotness between the MCs. It was a fun story with lots of surprises."

Day 12 Going Down Blog Tour



Day 12


Very many thanks to Elizabeth Noble at Emotion In Motion for supporting Going Down on the blog tour!

Sunday, 8 March 2020

Day 11 Going Down Blog Tour





Very Many Thanks to Boy Meets Boy Reviews for featuring Going Down on the blog tour!

Chance to win a $15 Amazon voucher
Excerpt from the book
Teasers

Review of Stay With Me by Lily Lamb

Stay With MeStay With Me by A.L. Lamb
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I say "deceptively," because this author never shies away from difficult subjects. She writes gay characters with sensitivity and a lot of affection.

I had a Lily Lamb binge-read this week as I just needed a book to wrap around me like a warm duvet, and this provided just the escapism I needed. Even though there is a tough sub-plot, that of a young Asian bullied by his overbearing father, and another of a character feeling uncomfortable in his own skin, not being the svelte love interest in so many other novels, this was a warm, sweet book with a lovely ending and two delightful characters. I was rooting for them to find happiness right from the first page.

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