Friday, December 9, 2016

Release Day Review: His Fairy Godfather by Cate Ashwood and Nico Jaye #Review #Giveaway

Authors: Cate Ashwood & Nico Jaye
Book: His Fairy Godfather
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication date: December 9, 2016
Length: 230 pages

Reviewed by Erin


Since the death of his father, Trick Grigsby has fought to keep his head above water. Following in his father’s footsteps as a talented architect, he hopes to work his way up at the firm. Unfortunately, the company’s new owner barely resembles the man who was once Trick’s father’s best friend. Trick’s days are filled with drudgery and cruel remarks from the man who was supposed to be his mentor—along with his two sons, whose only jobs seem to be making Trick’s life miserable.

But all that is about to change.

Edwin Goodmaker struggled through his fairy godparent curriculum, but his mother—the reigning Fairy Queen—has a simple solution: Edwin will go to New York City and get some practical experience. When he meets Trick, Edwin knows he’s found a worthy charge, and he’s sure he can help Trick achieve all of his heart’s desires. Edwin falls for Trick, but with everything standing in their way, a fairy-tale ending might remain nothing more than a dream.

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If you are looking for something sweet, fluffy and will make your heart as gooey as a warm sugar cookie, look no farther than His Fairy Godfather written by Cate Ashwood and Nico Jaye. I can't begin to tell you how much I adored this book! I pretty much started smiling from the first page and didn't stop until I got to the end ... and that happy, feel good feeling stayed with me long after, too. I'm telling y'all, this book could be one of those holiday movies that you wait and wait all year for then watch pretty much non-stop all the way until January. Then get sad you have to wait another year until it comes on again. That is if you don't save it on your DVR to pull out in July or something. 

Edwin Goodmaker is a fairy godfather ... in training. The training part is important you see because while Edwin has mastered some of his necessary duties, there are a few he needs some work on. So, what's a Fairy Queen to do but to send Edwin, who just so happens to be her son, to New York City (by way of Kansas. On a bus no less!) to be among the mortals. And wouldn't you know, his very first day there he stumbles across, quite literally, none other than Trick (ugh, this name, but really, it fits and I got used to it) Grigsby. Trick needs a fairy godfather like no one else. This poor guy, verbally abused by his evil boss and his two worthless sons, Trick trudges through every day. He's cynical and jaded but he has a heart of gold buried beneath all the crap of his life. So when he and Edwin cross paths, Edwin knows that he's meant to help Trick achieve all his hearts desires. 

What follows is an adorable friendship full of Edwin's absolute delight and wonder in the mortal world and Trick's belief that there is good out there, especially if you're worthy. Or happen to have your very own fairy godfather. Not sure many people kiss have sexy times with THEIR fairy godfathers but Edwin and Trick do. And it's sweet and hot. And the two of them together as Edwin shows Trick there are good things for him and Trick shows Edwin things like cotton candy and pizza are just too delightful for words. This book is all the things a fun holiday story should be. Magical, whimsical, and it will leave your heart full and with a smile on your face. Don't let this one pass you by people!! You'll be so sorry if you did!


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Blog Tour: Once Upon a Time in the Weird West Anthology~ Guest Post Tali Spencer #Giveaway

Diverse Reader is happy to have Tali Spencer here today for the Once Upon a Time in the Weird West Blog Tour. This is an anthology with stories from Tali, of course, and many other talented authors! Enjoy the post, the book info, and the amazing giveaway!!

Authors: Langley Hyde, Astrid Amara, Ginn Hale, Jana Denardo, Kim Fielding, Venona Keyes, Jamie Fessenden, Lex Chase, C.S. Poe, Tali Spencer, Nicole Kimberling, Shira Anthony, Andrew Q. Gordon

Book: Once Upon a Time in the Weird West

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Publication date: December 16, 2016

Length: 400 pages


This isn’t the same old Wild West. The usual suspects are all present: cowboys, outlaws, and sheriffs. There’s plenty of dust, tumbleweeds, horses, and cattle on the range, but there are also magical gems, automatons, elementals, airships… even dinosaurs and genetically modified insects. Roaming among the buffalo and coyotes, you’ll encounter skinwalkers, mad engineers, mythical beings cloaked in darkness, and lovers who stay true to their oaths… even beyond the grave. On this frontier are those at the mercy of their own elaborate devices as well as men whose control of time and space provides a present-day vision of the West. There might even be a dragon hidden amongst the ghost towns and wagon trains.
If you like your Westerns with a splash of magic, a touch of steampunk, and plenty of passionate romance between men, these genre-bending tales will exceed expectations. 
Hold on to your hats, cowboys and cowgirls. The West is about to get weird, and you’re in for a hell of a ride.

Author Name: Tali Spencer

Short Story Title: After the Wind

In my Weird West story, “After the Wind,” cowboy Micah Dawes reflects on having sex with other people. “I burn mattresses with my wet dreams, so I’ve been real careful with humans. It’s a sad state of affairs,” he says at one point. You see, Micah is a fire elemental. And being a fire-head presents special problems when taking a lover to bed.

In the 1860’s Wild West of “After the Wind,” a supernatural catastrophe killed a lot of people and gave the survivors elemental abilities. Micah’s eyes and hair glow like hot coals, and he also creates and commands Fire. Other weirdlings, as elementals are called, have powers over Air, Earth, and Water. 

Another character in the story, Berto, is an Air elemental. Micah is drawn to him. Trouble is, as Micah again puts it: Fire and Air tend to blow things up.

Sex between weirdlings involves their elements as well as their bodies. Elementals release their element in a variety of ways. Losing control during sex is definitely one of these. Air feeds Fire, so if both lovers lose control they burn down the bed, or the house. They might also damage each other. Micah’s ejaculate contains fire. His body (and semen) is immune to fire, of course—but his lovers are not so gifted. Berto, being Air, might die if Micah came inside him.

Berto is more compatible with his lover, Win Wilson, an Earth elemental. Earth is the least volatile element. Win anchors Berto physically when orgasm creates a kind of love devil that literally blows him away. Berto doesn’t need to hold back when with Win.

When Micah finds Rain, whose element is Water, his cowboy heart is hopeful. He wants to save Rain from evil poachers who hold the young man captive—but he also hopes they might become lovers. Water swallows Fire.

I kissed every part of him that could be gotten at there in the well-house. He even opened some of his shirt buttons, probably fearing I’d rip them off. He was perfect, beautiful, a fluid and giving body unlike any I’d ever known. It was like tasting freedom because I didn’t have to fear burning him, not with so much water near. A fire weirdling letting go is a danger. I could leave Rain unscathed, given his power, and still burn the well house down.

Many dangers fill the world of “After the Wind.” Elementals frighten regular humans, who still outnumber them and have placed Dead or Alive bounties on their heads. Sex adds a level of complication. When Rain comes, the skies open and drenches towns with the source of his name. Micah must consider his element when choosing a partner. Air seeks Earth or Water. Fire seeks Water or Earth. Water needs someone who will ignore wet sheets. Earth’s bed might sprout new growth. Air’s partner must be comfortable with possibly levitating.

But the sex can be mighty explosive!

Check out all the stories in the Once Upon a Time in the Weird West anthology. It’s a great collection!

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After the Wind Blurb
Tali Spencer's story in the anthology

Plagued by drought and raids from hostile Comanches, the West Texas frontier is a hell of a place to carve out a living. Twenty years ago, a mysterious disaster devastated the Llano Estacado and cursed the survivors with supernatural abilities over Fire, Air, Water, and Earth. The Anglo government promptly outlawed these powers—and they’re willing to pay good money to anyone who turns over an elemental, dead or alive.
When rancher Micah Dawes desperately needs water for his herd, he strikes a deal with two unsavory bounty hunters for the services of a chained, blue-haired water elemental named Rain. Micah pities Rain, but he has to play his cards close to his chest—because Micah, too, survived the Wind, and the reason he always wears a hat is to hide his glowing red hair….

About Tali Spencer

Tali Spencer delights in erotic fantasy and adventure, creating worlds where she can explore the heights and shadows of sexual passion. A hopeful romantic and lover of all things exotic, she also writes high fantasy and science fiction. If you would like to see inspiration pictures for her characters, or glimpse how she envisions her worlds, check out her Pinterest boards.
Tali’s books include the Pride of Uttor books: Captive Heart, Dangerous Beauty, Adored, and Victory Portrait, all with Resplendence. Her gay male high fantasy stories, Thick as Thieves, Sorcerer’s Knot, and The Prince of Winds, are published by Dreamspinner Press. Her light-hearted contemporary, The Last Cannoli, is a Goodreads free read. She often publishes in anthologies, and puts up free stories and excerpts on her blog.
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