Monday, June 18, 2018

Random Review: Bad Influence by K.A. Mitchell #Review #Giveaway

Author: K.A. Mitchell
Title: Bad Influence 2nd edition
Series: Bad in Baltimore #4
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Kanaxa
Publication Date: June 12, 2018
Length: 260 pages

Reviewed by Jenn


Can a future be built from pieces of a broken past?

Jordan Barnett is dead, killed as much by the rejection of his first love at his moment of greatest need as by his ultraconservative parents’ effort to deprogram the gay away.

In his place is Silver, a streetwise survivor who’s spent the last three years becoming untouchable… except to those willing to pay for the privilege. He’s determined not to let betrayal find him again, and that means never forging bonds that can be broken.

No matter how hard he tried, Zebadiah Harris couldn’t outrun his guilt over abandoning his young lover—not even by leaving the country. Now, almost the moment he sets foot back in Baltimore, he discovers Silver on a street corner in a bad part of town. His effort to make amends lands them both in jail, where Silver plans a seductive form of vengeance. But using a heart as a stepping-stone is no way to move past the one man he can’t forgive, let alone forget….

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Bad Influence is book four in K.A. Mitchell’s Bad in Baltimore series and I loved it! While reading the series, I’ve been so interested in learning more about Silver and this is his story and it was worth the wait! 

Jordan Barnett died when his parents kicked him out at 17 for being gay and Silver was born. Jordan was sheltered and from a very religious and influential family. Silver is a kid who has to do whatever is necessary to survive the streets of Baltimore.

Zebadiah Harris was the young man Jordan loved and the man he feels betrayed him. When a relationship starts with lies, it’s only a matter of time till it blows up in your face. When lies come to light, things for these young lovers quickly go seriously wrong. Now Zeb is in Baltimore and comes face to face with Silver, a person he knows so well and not at all at the same time. These two have common friends and keep running into each other and are put in a situation where they need to deal with the past. The time has come for all the lies and misunderstandings to be put to rest.

This is a series that I really love, it doesn’t shy away from anything. It doesn’t paint a picture perfect romance, but instead real stories of love and relationships. This book is at times heartbreaking, it’s always so hard to read about parents throwing away their children. Silver is no one’s victim though, he is strong, smart and most of all, a survivor. I love the message of redemption and forgiveness while still keeping the attitude that I’ve come to expect from this series. We get to catch up with the guys from the previous books and those are some of my favorite scenes. This is one to check out, you can read it as a stand-alone, but the other books are so good too! I recommend reading from the beginning!  This is a book/series with everything, a lot of heart, heat, friendship and snark! All things I love in a book.

I love this series


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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Random Review: Edge of Forever by Barbara Elsborg #Review #Giveaway

Author: Barbara Elsborg
Title: Edge of Forever
Self Published
Publication Date: May 31, 2018
Length: 279 pages

Reviewed by Meredith


When you stand on the edge, you might just find yourself falling.

Teaching Russians how to be cowboys? Levi thinks his father is joking when he tells him that’s what he wants him to do for the next six months. Working in the frozen desolation of southwest Russia he’ll earn enough to buy a new barn for their Montana ranch. But there’s a deeper agenda for sending him to the edge of nowhere. It will stop him sloping off on Saturday nights to gay bars and clubs for threesomes with strangers.

Pasha finally pushes his father too far and is banished to a remote ranch in the middle of a snowy Russian winter. Stripped of all the trappings of his privileged Moscow lifestyle, he has nothing at his disposal but a suitcase of designer clothes and a whole lot of sass. Pasha hates the countryside, hates physical work, hates the cold and hates cows. But de-prived of money, phone, and access to anyone who might help him, he’s screwed and not in a good way.

Levi’s counting down the days till he can return to the States and his Saturday night hook-ups. Then Pasha arrives at the ranch wearing eyeliner, retching every time he walks into a barn, and Levi is amused, irritated—and attracted. After a vicious attack on Pasha throws them into close quarters, both men are forced to re-evaluate not just who the other is, but whether they truly want to return to the lives they left behind.

When you stand on the edge, you just might find yourself falling in love.

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I have yet to read a Barbara Elsborg book I haven't loved. Each book is written so amazingly and Edge Of Forever may be her best yet. For me, it was easily one of the best books I've read in 2018 so far.

Pasha is outstanding. I adored him so much because he was who he was. He accepted no substitutes and what he is forced to endure proved how strong he was as well. After his father banished him to southwest Russia to work on a cowboy ranch Pasha is tested to the max. He is out of his element. Far away from money and all the luxuries he always lived with. He's cold, doesn't know what he's doing, and unashamedly gay in a place where all the other men (well most) don't look kindly on homosexuals.

Levi is from Montana and wants to start his own farm. To do so he needs money. He wasn't thrilled when his father sent him to teach Russians how to be cowboys in what felt like the coldest region in the world. It's there he meets Pasha and has to decide if letting the world know he's gay is worth it just to fall in love with this outstanding man.

The story takes a lot of directions and where it goes is exciting, brilliant, and so beyond entertaining. It's books like this that remind me why I love reading. You find love, wonderful plot, terrific characters, never a dull moment, and so much emotion.

I can't recommend this book enough.


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Release Blitz: Rainbow Place by Jay Northcote

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Length: 54,000 words approx.

Cover Design: Garrett Leigh @ Black Jazz Design


Can Jason find the courage he needs to be the man Seb deserves?

When Seb Radcliffe relocates to a seaside town in Cornwall, he feels like a fish out of water. He misses queer spaces and the sense of community he enjoyed when he was living in the city, and decides to open an LGBT-friendly cafe–bar.

Jason Dunn is the builder Seb hires to help renovate the rundown space where the cafe will be housed. Jason is also gay, but unlike Seb, he’s deep in the closet. He’s never had a relationship with another man—only allowing himself the occasional hook up with guys who are prepared to be discreet.

The attraction between the two men is instant and impossible to ignore. But while Seb is out and proud, Jason is terrified of being exposed. With the grand opening of Rainbow Place approaching, tension is growing among some locals who object to Seb’s plans. When things escalate, Jason is forced to choose whether to hide in the shadows and let Seb down, or to openly support the man he’s fallen so hard for.

Although this book is part of a series, it has a satisfying happy ending and can be read as a standalone.

Author Bio

Jay lives just outside Bristol in the West of England. He comes from a family of writers, but always used to believe that the gene for fiction writing had passed him by. He spent years only ever writing emails, articles, or website content.

One day, Jay decided to try and write a short story—just to see if he could—and found it rather addictive. He hasn’t stopped writing since.

Jay writes contemporary romance about men who fall in love with other men. He has five books published by Dreamspinner Press, and also self-publishes under the imprint Jaybird Press. Many of his books are now available as audiobooks.

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Saturday, June 16, 2018

Author Saturday Spotlight: Ella Frank #Interview #Giveaway

I am beyond thrilled to have the outstanding Ella Frank as our Author Saturday Spotlight. I joked recently about having not read her and so I started and haven't looked back. She's an extraordinary writer and today you will see some of her work, there's an interview, and a wonderful giveaway. Grab your drink of choice and join us.


Relationships are complex.
Love ever-changing.
And when it comes to rules of the heart,
they were made to be broken…

That’s what Robert Antonio Bianchi was telling himself, anyway.
Otherwise, he really had no excuse for what—or who—he’d done.

No excuse, except for his lonely heart, a pitcher of margaritas, four Bitter Bitches, and the apparent need to confess all his weaknesses to the two men he knew would bring him nothing but trouble.

But trouble was nothing new.

Just ask his crazy sisters or any of his friends, and they’d be the first to tell you:
If there was a bad decision to be made, Robbie always had a knack for making it.

And thus begins the story of the priest, the princess, and the prick.

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It's time to come home, Finn.
It’s been seven years since Daniel Finley left his hometown in Florida for the hustle and bustle of Chicago’s city life.
Since then, he’s worked hard for his position at the prestigious law firm Leighton & Associates, even when it’s caused distance and isolation from his family and friends. But that’s all about to change.
On his thirtieth birthday, he receives the one thing he never dared hope for. Something that was promised to him years earlier—a note. One simple sentence from the man he’s never been able to forget.
Six words will forever change the course of their lives.
Brantley Hayes has it all. Or so he thinks. When he first made the decision to take a job down in Florida, his family thought he was crazy. But, after years of living in the quiet beach town, he finally feels a sense of community. He’s surrounded himself with friends who are like family, has a job he loves, and owns a spectacular beachfront property that is his sanctuary.
Yet he still feels unfulfilled, as if a piece of the puzzle is missing, and he knows exactly which piece it is. On an impulse, he follows through with a promise he made years earlier. A promise to call home the one he sent away.
Nothing is as simple as it seems.
After years of separation, the former lovers are reunited, but Brantley wasn’t expecting to encounter the high walls now guarding Daniel’s heart.
Daniel may not be the same person he was when he left, but he knows that the first step to healing is the note in his hand.

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Wide-eyed and innocent, you stumbled into my world, never knowing the danger that lurked within. The Wolfe’s Den is no place for a little lamb, but you came anyway, and from the moment you stepped inside, you were mine.

In my life there are no happy accidents. Every move is carefully orchestrated. Every situation premeditated. That’s what makes the hunt so intoxicating.

What you need, I become.

What you crave, I will give.

Except the one thing you desire above all else—love.

Everything I told you is true—I’m not a good man, but you choose what you want to hear.

You shouldn’t have come that night. Maybe then you’d be safe. But it’s too late now.

I want you because you remind me of him. I need you to give me back what I lost.

SHIVER WARNING: This is not a love story. It is not a romance. This is an obsessive stalker lust story that contains darker themes that may serve as a trigger to some readers. Shiver is a standalone novel.

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Try – verb: to make an attempt or effort to do something or in this case…someone.

Sex. Logan Mitchell loves it, and ever since he realized his raw sexual appeal at a young age, he has had no problem using it to his advantage. Men and women alike fall into his bed—after all, Logan is not one to discriminate. He lives by one motto—if something interests you, why not just take a chance and try?

And he wants to try Tate Morrison.

Just coming out of a four-year marriage with an ex-wife from hell, a relationship is the last thing on Tate’s mind. He’s starting fresh and trying to get back on his feet with a new job at an upscale bar in downtown Chicago.

The only problem is, Tate has caught the unwavering and unwelcome attention of Mr. Logan Mitchell – a regular at the bar and a man who always gets what he wants.

Night after night Tate fends off the persistent advances of the undeniably charismatic man, but after an explosive moment in the bar, all bets are off as he finds his body stirring with a different desire than his mind.

As arrogance, stubbornness and sexual tension sizzles between the two, it threatens to change the very course of their lives.

Logan doesn’t do relationships. Tate doesn’t do men. But what would happen if they both just gave in and…tried?

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What happens when these two worlds collide?

Ace Locke is Hollywood’s hottest action hero. Women across the globe fling their panties in his direction, but Ace isn’t interested in those—he’s more of a boxer briefs kind of guy. Specifically, those of the nearly naked male model on a billboard he drives past every day.

Though he recently made headlines for his public coming out, Ace is wary about pursuing a relationship, fearing what the court of public opinion will do to his career. But there’s something in the model’s expression that intrigues him and has him wondering what if?

Dylan Prescott just scored his biggest modeling campaign yet. One that has him plastered all over L.A. in not much more than what he was born with. And when he’s cast in Ace’s latest blockbuster, it puts him in close proximity to his ultimate fantasy.

Outwardly confident, Dylan has no problem with his sexuality or his pretty-boy looks, and uses both to his advantage to get what he wants. And what he wants is the impossible—Ace Locke.

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I am so excited to have you on Diverse Reader! I am a fan and greatly respect your work. I want to ask you some questions, get to know you, pick your brain a bit.

Thank you so much for having me. It’s a pleasure to be here with you at Diverse Reader, pick away, I’m ready…maybe…okay, yep, I’m ready! Go for it.

What are three things about you we won’t read about in your bio?

Hmm… let me see. I’m an Australian. Born and bred. I moved from Sydney to the US when I was nineteen, and the rest of my family still lives Down Under.

I am a total foodie, and not necessarily the snobby, posh food. I mean I love to try anything and everything food wise—except Sushi. In most of my books there is some element of food, and it’s usually just a great excuse for me to try things or get into research by eating it— #noshame.

I love to dance and sing…badly. I don’t care that I can’t hold a tune to save myself if there is a song on I love, I will be the one belting it out at the top of my lungs. As I just recently displayed for my co-author Brooke at the Taylor Swift concert we went to. I don’t think I stopped singing and dancing all night.

You write in both the MF world and in the MM world. It’s not easy to make both work but you do wonderfully. What made you cross the streams so to speak?

I love romance, no matter what genre it is. MF/MM/PNR/Historical, I love to write about love and am fortunate that readers have trusted me when I’ve gone off in a different direction.
I started with MF romance because that was what I was reading. I had grown up reading Sandra Brown and Nora Roberts and was fascinated by the many different ways people could meet and fall in love. By age fourteen, I was writing long drawn out romances that I made my friends listen to which I’m sure they just loved…okay, maybe not LOL.
The crossover happened after reading Blackdagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward. I found myself incredibly invested in a certain friendship/love in that book (Butch and V, I’m looking at you) and it had me going in search of romances in the MM genre and I found a whole new world of romance and I fell in love.
It called to me and made me think how wonderful it would be to write a romance in this genre and maybe introduce some of my readers who hadn’t read MM before (like me) to it—and so TRY came about.
After that it was really about writing what came to me. Try was a huge surprise. I never expected it would be as well received as it was. But word of mouth got Logan and Tate into people’s hands after a year or so, and when Take came out it was exciting to know I could explore both the MF and MM worlds when it came to my writing. 
I hope that remains the case as I go on in my career, and I never know what exactly I will write until I get there but I am open to anything and I think that is the beauty of being in a creative field like writing—the sky is the limit.

You co-author with Brooke Blaine often. Co-authoring is one of those things that when you find someone that you click with you feel like you’ve won the lottery. What, in your opinion, makes that partnership work?

We know and trust each other. Co-authoring isn’t easy. You not only have to come up with a plot you both love and understand, you then have to blend your voices in a seamless way that makes the reader feel as though the story they’re reading came from one mind.
I’ve known Brooke for years, both personally and professionally. We have worked on our solo projects together (nearly all of them) and we know how each other thinks. This is key in my opinion. She can finish a sentence of mine that I stop halfway because she understands my style so well—and vice versa—and I think that kind of working relationship is extremely rare and vital to having a successful and long lasting co-author partnership.
I couldn’t, and don’t want to, imagine doing this with anyone else (But we both know if J.R. Ward asks either of is—that’s a given LOL)

What is your favorite part about writing a book and your least favorite?

My favorite part of writing is coming up with the characters and stories and all the possibilities. Also, when I get a devious little ah ha! moment. That’s fun too!
My least fun part is writing chapter one. I always write it ten times before I am happy,  and I usually end up going back to the first draft.

We often read authors saying, “I write JUST too much.” Or “Oh my god, I wrote looked 32 times in this book.” What is that one word you always find you write too much?

All of them? LOL. I find it changes from book to book. Isn’t that crazy? I will say there are the standard repeaters such as turned, looked, or narrowed. But I also find there are phrases we sometimes get comfortable with in certain books, and we keep using.
I’m very lucky in the sense my editor pulls no punches in being a wiseass and telling me when to cut things or just cuts them for me, and between him and Brooke, I can honestly say my writing has improved in leaps and bounds.
We all start somewhere, and I am proud of my first stories, but I would like to believe that with every new novel I improve and become better at my craft. Tough skin and the willingness to listen and adapt can really change and improve a writer’s course.

Name three famous people, either living or dead, you’d love to sit down with and pick their brain?
This question is so HARD. It changes all the time for me. But right now it would be Jane Austin, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and my third is a three-way—Nora Roberts, J.R.Ward & Taylor Swift!

Can you tell us what book signings, conventions and such you’ll be attending the rest of this year?
I’m not attending any book signings for the rest of this year. I have decided to take some time at home and recoup after a few health issues, and really focus on my work.

Can you tell us what you’re currently working on or what you have coming?

I can! I am currently working on CONFESSIONS: PRIEST (Confessions Series Book #3) and I have just announced in my reader groups that there will be a fourth novella/novel (depending on what’s left to tell) for Robbie, Julien & Joel to wrap up their story this year. Heading into 2019 I will be writing more standalone MM romances in the Confessions world/universe. I’m not divulging who will get a story as of yet and when, but I love the Chicago I have created with Mitchell & Madison, The Popped Cherry, JULIEN Restaurant and I don’t want to leave anytime soon. I’m very excited!
There will also be some co-authored books with Brooke and maybe an MF thrown in there somewhere. I’m very excited for the future!

How can readers find you: Twitter, Website, Facebook, Instagram…?

How do you decompress after writing a book?

I go on TV Show binges. It is really quite alarming how much TV I can watch in a week. But I find after writing and editing I am so drained it is like you are coming down from an adrenaline rush. My brain goes numb and zoning out for a week is the perfect remedy—though probably not the healthiest.

What is your writing process?

I listen to a lot of music building up to writing a book. Songs that I think would fit the characters and their relationships, and then I start to write down quotes here and there. From there, I’ll try my hand at chapter one (and we all know how that goes for me…) and after I nail the vibe and feel of that, and know I am heading in the write direction, I start work on a very loose outline.
I used to be more of a pantser when it came to writing. I would sit down and just go with the flow. But the more I delved into series and had the same character’s popping up here and there, it became MUCH easier to have some idea of the direction I was going and the different layers I wanted to explore.
Right now I am in the middle of fleshing out an outline for Priest, and while I know all the things that need to be in the story, I need a sense of direction with the three POV’s and flashbacks and story building. It just makes life more manageable.
After that, I start my actually writing. I am pretty good at keeping to a schedule and I am one of those weird people who love to get up bright and early and work in the wee hours of the morning. Once I start, I don’t like to stop. I will work on the story every day unless something comes up—and I am laser focused. I live, breathe, and eat the story until it’s done.
Brooke chapter reads for me (as I do her) and gives me notes and suggestions on what to fix along the way, and then once the story is complete and I love it, it’s off to the editor.
My critique/beta process has changed dramatically over the years, and I have discovered that what works well for me, most certainly won’t work best for others. My best advice is to find what DOES work for you. No one’s way is the “right” way, but it is imperative to edit your books, take pride in your work, and put out the best product you can—don’t rush. You only get one first impression with a book.

Fast Fire Questions:

Coffee or tea? Coffee
Day or night? Morning/Day
Favorite comfort food? Sweets (especially caramel)
Favorite color? Blue
TV show or movie? TV Show
Favorite flower? Tulips

Thank you, Ella, so much for hanging out with me today.

Thank you so much for having me. It’s been an absolute pleasure getting to know you Meredith!
Xx Ella


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