Sunday, February 28, 2016

Flashfic from Clare London: She knows what this card player's holding

© Clare London

“So, what have you got?”

Drew blinked at me over the top of his cards. Pretty, thick lashes. Wide eyes with that sparkle in the corner like a cartoon character. “I don’t think I’m meant to tell you, Charlie. Even I remember that much about the rules.”

I smirked. He loved to play the dopey twink. “I just meant, what are you gonna play next?”

The wide eyes narrowed. “You mean, what card?”


He frowned. It looked just as cute on him as a smile, his mouth plumped into a pout rather than a grin. “I can’t decide.”

I bit back a sigh. Sometimes the dopey twink seemed more than a role. “The suspense is killing me here. You take minutes for every bloody move.”

Drew’s eyes were back on mine. Bright; concentrated. Much as that made my mouth go dry and my briefs turn a size smaller, I’d rather he got on with the bloody game.

“You said to be careful. To think each move through.”

Jesus. “Yeah, but also to finish the game before Tuesday.”

“That’s sarcasm. The lowest form of wit, you said.” He stuck out his tongue at me. Quickly, glisteningly, like a small, sexy snake tasting the air. Then he moistened his lips.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Unreachable by Katie Leone

Title: Unreachable
Author: Katie Leone
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Cover Artist:  Unknown
Genre:  social issues/gender issues/not romance
Length: 436 pages
Formats:  mobi, print

They say no student is beyond reach – he’s out to prove them wrong.

Janice Rosenthal is entering her eighth year of teaching, but it might be her last. Never before has she had a student as unruly and insubordinate as this one. Andrew Bryant is the terror of seventh grade, a student known for driving teachers to the edge of retirement, and he is in her class.

How can Janice--and the rest of her students--make it through the school year with such a disruptive force in the classroom? Her only hope is to try to break through the orphan's defenses, to pierce a wall that no other teacher has ever scratched.

When she discovers Andrew's secret, two lives will be changed forever. 

Bookbub brings me some interesting things. I’m not sure I would have found this otherwise, though I am glad I did.

Unreachable is told from the adult’s POV, and this is a story of Janice Rosenthal’s growing up as much as it is about her student. Even after eight years of teaching, or maybe because of them, Janice starts out making some assumptions about one of her students and how things will work out with Andrew in the class.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

12 Courses by EM Lynley

Title: 12 Courses
Author: EM Lynley
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Cover Artist: LC Chase
Genre: contemporary
Length: 32k words
Formats: epub, mobi, pdf

Thom Kennedy Leyton returns to San Francisco to take up the reins of Graze, one of the city’s best restaurants, years after he lost his job when his innovative new set of recipes was stolen. Thom’s loss of self-esteem eventually caused his boyfriend, Blake Warner, to end their relationship, sending Thom into a deep depression.

Now, cured of fifty excess pounds and any attraction to Blake, Thom’s back in town. Blake catches him off guard when he visits Graze several days in a row, and Thom lets himself get caught up in Blake’s allure, despite knowing better.

Thom juggles a renewed relationship with Blake, a Christmas visit from his parents, and an important holiday menu based on a Twelve Days of Christmas theme. When an old acquaintance reveals that Blake knows more about the theft of the recipes than he lets on, Thom doesn’t know whom to trust. But the truth isn’t quite that simple, and Thom won’t be able to decide if Blake deserves a place in his life until he learns exactly what happened years ago.

I’ve been following the Delectable series, and was quite pleased with the Christmas-y edition of this food centered series. Not only has the author cooked up a second chances story to break and remake hearts, but the food writing is enough to make you drool.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Inquiring minds want more than hawtsex

Anyone who’s still paying attention to my opinions at this point knows that I like details. I like them to make sense, and I like them to bear more than a passing resemblance to reality as I understand it. So if a cop is involved in a fatal shooting and gets shoved back into duty without investigation and counseling, I will roll my eyes.  I might frighten the cat if the virginal MC deepthroats Mr. Baseballbatforacock first time out. And if some weird but hugely important element is thrown into the story for two paragraphs and then completely ignored, I will make a note, and the pen might go all the way through the paper and into the desk.

Sometimes the bounce is a fact.  It might hit the WTF button, and then the cat spends the next half hour under the couch wondering if I’ve lost my mind. It might hit the Huh?? button, and then I go looking.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

From the Ashes by Kayla Jameth

Title: From the Ashes
Author: Kayla Jameth
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Cover Artist:  Mina Carter
Genre:  fairy tale
Length:  90 pages
Formats:  Mobi

Cinder never thought that he could rise from the ashes of his life, but an unexpected encounter with a woman claiming to be his fairy godmother may be just what he needs. Finding himself flung into his very own fairy tale, she sends him off to meet his Prince Charming. But was the gown really necessary?

This charming retelling of the Cinderella tale gives us a Cinderfella with wonderful period feeling and just enough magic to make it all work.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Indigent (anthology)

Title: Indigent (anthology)
Author: FE Feeley et al
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Cover Artist:  Louis J Harris
Genre:  anthology
Length:  180 pages
Formats:  MOBI

Five authors have joined together to produce stories evoking both loss and hope. Reaching deep within their fiery imaginations, these stories take flight and showcase dreams for a better today and future for LGBT everywhere. Embodying a diverse set of talents and stories, this volume sets out to grab the hearts of those who read the m/m genre and to offer hope to LGBT across the globe. By offering this book, we hope to support the following charities across the globe:

GALA, South Africa
Lost-n-Found, USA
Youth Off The Streets, Australia
The Albert Kennedy Trust, United Kingdom

This anthology edited by Louis J Harris and Kimi D Saunders

Indigent has been produced to entertain and delight and all the stories leave the reader with a “feel good” state of mind.

Frederick Eugene Feeley Jr’s “Indigent”, after which the anthology takes its name, brings the reader to witness an apocalyptic war between the good and evil that rages in one man’s mind. Soon he will know that his problems are insignificant compared to those of others.

Mari Evan’s “Stumbling into Forever”, involves a handsome young vampire who will learn that just a sip of blood is the difference between love and freezing to death.

Leona Windwalker’s “If Only the World”, takes rejection to another level. A heartbreaking story that is turned on its head by the kindness of strangers.

Shaye Evans’ “Rescued”, is a contemporary social statement about the aftermath of a young man’s life after his drink has been spiked at a bar.

M. LeAnne Phoenix’s “Higher Love”, takes us on an almost spiritual journey through the minds of two people who have never met, but have spoken on a telepathic level. When they do come together, that bond is already cemented, but there is a price to pay.

From CoolDudes Publishing - we're making an effort to support our gay community. Are you?

I really wanted to love this anthology. I bought it for a good cause, and I firmly believe that the various charities the book is intended to benefit, such as GALA in South Africa and Lost-n-Found in Atlanta, Georgia, are worthy of support. I count my money well spent.


Thursday, February 11, 2016

Back with the Thursday inspiration!

Well, let's try this again: my spoons have been limited, and blogging is what disappears first when the energy goes. So... feeling better about life, blogging comes back.

I plan to go back to posting a prompt pic every Thursday. If you feel inspired to write a flash-fic (meaning 1000 words or less) I'll post it with your news and links, and if you have an excerpt from a published work in that length, I post those too. Bloggers love other people's content. :)

If you just like to admire and sigh, that's fine too.

Of the prompt ficlets folks have posted here, five (that I know of) have expanded into published stories. One's in a flash-fic anthology with Hugh Howey.  All of them have brought pleasure to the readers.

Check here to find the free reads or click tag "Free read" or "Thousand Word Thursday" for the older pictures. Any of them are fair game for fics or excerpts, and they're all worth looking at.

If you have a picture that tells a story, or begs for one, email me, I'll post it, within limits, no full frontal nudity please. That's for tumblr.  crysellec AT gmail DOT Com.

And the reviews will be back. Maybe slowly, but back.