Release Day Review: Electrochemistry by Andrew Grey

Today is Release Day for the newest Chemistry book by Andrew Grey, and I have to tell you, it’s sweet, funny, and yeah *sigh* just so Andrew! If you loved Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry, then this is a MUST READ.

Take a moment to check out the great excerpt and my full review below!

 

Title: Electrochemistry
Author:
Andrew Grey
Series: Chemistry, #3 
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: July 2, 2014 
Genre: M/M, Coming of Age, Contemporary, Romance
Length: 164 pages
Source: Author in exchange for honest review
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Science major Brad Jergens notices Jordy Fleming at school and at the grocery store where he works, but with the heat Jordy’s boyfriend emits, Brad doesn’t think he stands a chance. When Brad’s parents drag him along on a cruise, he and Jordy literally crash into each other, and the chemistry between them sends sparks flying. Unfortunately, as the weeklong cruise nears an end too quickly, Brad’s left to wonder if their mutual attraction will dissipate on a Caribbean breeze as soon as they return to dry land.

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Unbound by Cat Miller Release Day Blitz

Title: Unbound

Author: Cat Miller

Series: The Forbidden Bond Series  (Book 1)

Genre: Paranormal Romance/Vampires

Publisher: Montlake Romance

Release Date: April 1 2014

Edition/Formats It Will Be Available In: Audio Book, eBook, Print

Blurb/Synopsis:

 Girl gone wild . . .

College is supposed to be a time of discovery, but Danielle Vaughn never imaged it would be like this: heightened senses, supernatural powers, and a sudden craving for human blood. Dani is a demi-vamp, the daughter of a human psychic and a vampire noble, a living secret kept hidden for twenty-one ears.

As Dani’s heritage manifests itself, her thirst for blood is matched only by her hunger for Chase Diedrick. But as the son of the Vampire Council’s most powerful ruling family, Chase is already promised to another. Dani saw Council politics destroy her mother’s life; she won’t let the same thing happen to her. Besides, there’s no shortage of men who are eager to satisfy her every need, including the alluring vampire Kayden.

Unfortunately, Dani also has no shortage of enemies. Her heightened powers of telepathy and telekinesis attract the attention of a rogue vamp who preys on gifted vampires, absorbing their skills along with their lifeblood. Now, Dani must seek the Council’s help to quickly master her new vampire life . . . or risk losing it.

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I was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland and now I live not far from my birth place in PerryHall, Maryland. I have two teenage daughters and a man that keep me busy when I’m not working full-time as a Certified Medical Coder. I’m an avid reader and I love all genre of romantic fiction from historical to contemporary to paranormal. Sleeping has always been a problem for me so most nights I can be found in the living room reading or writing instead of in bed like the rest of the world. I don’t watch television. It’s not a conscious decision, it just never occurs to me to turn it on when I have books to read and writing to do. It can actually be a hazard, because I never know what the weather will be until I look outside and I have to rely on my kids and coworkers for local and world news. I love creating the characters you love and love to hate. My characters remind me of people I know and people I wish I had never known.

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5★ Review: A COURAGEOUS RIDE by Andrew Grey

Title: A Courageous Ride 
Author: Andrew Grey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: M/M Contemporary, Western, Romance
Series: Bullriders, #3
Release Date: March 31st 2014
Length: 204 pages / Novel
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Aspiring orchestra conductor Marshall is exhausted after months of auditions without a single job offer. Marshall’s friend, Terry, recommends a change of scenery and points Marshall in the direction of a dude ranch run by former bull rider Indigo Santana. Marshall is understandably skeptical, but his friend is convincing, and Marshall needs a break, so he agrees to go.

Indigo captures Marshall’s attention but leaves him confused. Indigo’s confidence is shot after an injury ended his rodeo career, and he walks with a slight limp. He hasn’t been anywhere near a bull since he was hurt, and he’s not the most accommodating host. After all, the only reason he keeps guests is because his family ranch is all but bankrupt.

Marshall’s attraction doesn’t go unanswered, which leaves him with a huge dilemma. He’s torn between the possibility of love, something he’s searched for all his life, and the career he’s worked toward for as long as he can remember, which is miles away. From his side of the fence, Indigo doesn’t see how the ranch could ever be enough.

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FOXE FIRE by Haley Walsh

Young. Gay. Teaches High School. Solves Crimes. What’s Up With That?

Title: Foxe Fire
Author: Haley Walsh
Series: A Skyler Foxe Mystery, #4
Publisher: MLR Press
Genre: M/M Mystery Romance
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Can out-and-proud high school teacher Skyler Foxe find the Redlands firebug before he falls prey to a killer?

High school English teacher Skyler Foxe is now out and proud, even though a few months ago he had no intention of being so. But since the cat is now out of the bag, he embraces it as well as his boyfriend, head football coach, Keith Fletcher. But who is that good-looking gay parent hanging around Keith, causing mischief at the school as well as in Skyler’s private life? And then someone from Skyler’s past returns, stirring up trouble. Add to that a firebug and suddenly everyone seems up to no good, especially when a smoldering corpse is found outside of the local gay bar. Skyler can’t help himself and he gets up to his old sleuthing tricks once more.

Where were you born and where do you call home?

I’m an L.A. gal, born and bred. In fact I’ve lived all my life in southern California, inhaling smog and enduring earthquakes. I moved to the Inland Empire—an inland portion of socal that lacks a coastline and therefore seems to encourage the more religious and redneckky individuals. It’s part of the reason I write the Skyler Foxe series, to comment on the less tolerant in an otherwise fairly liberal state.

 

What is the name of your most recent book and if you had to sum it up in 30 or less words, what would you say?

FOXE FIRE: Out-and-proud high school teacher Skyler Foxe worries about that good-looking gay parent hanging around his boyfriend. Add to that a firebug and a smoldering corpse and Skyler gets up to his old sleuthing tricks.

 

I love reading the warnings on the blurbs for many books. If you could write a warning label for yourself as a person or an author, what would it say?

Prickly when rubbed the wrong way. Caution: Snark Ahead.

 

If you gave some of your characters an opportunity to speak for themselves, what would they say?

That’s a good question. Perhaps my protagonist Skyler would ask me why I make him do such stupid things, and I would counter that I used to be a twenty-five-year old and I well remember the stupid things I did. But I think he’d thank me for his love life. J

 

What does your protagonist think about you? Would he or she want to hang out with you, the author?

Since he’s a lot of me he would probably like hanging out with me, though I was never a party person like he is. But we would crack jokes back and forth, and I do approve of his reading list.

Which character speaks the loudest, to you? Do any of them clamor to be heard over the others?

Skyler, of course. As I said, he’s me in many ways, but I think he’s a lot braver than I am. He stands up for himself in ways I can’t even imagine doing, facing murderers and homophobes. And I have taught kids, and you really must love it to try to get through to those little bas— I mean eager young minds, because high school kids are the worst!

 

Do your characters try to make like bunnies and create ever more convoluted plots for you? Or do you have to coax them out of your characters?

I outline my plots ahead of time so I pretty much know what’s going to happen. But as with any organic experience, the writing of it can veer you off of the outline. More things occur and you make a left turn here and there. That’s the fun part of writing; when a character you never heard of before walks in the door and suddenly you have to find a name for him and a backstory.

 

Have you based any of your characters on someone you know, or real events in your own life?

Well, as I said, I based a lot of Skyler’s personality traits on myself, though I’m not a man and I’m not gay. But the first three books are based on real events—no matter how outlandish they may seem—that happened at my son’s high school. Really!

How did you come up with the title?

All the titles are based on something to do with foxes. And the quotations in the front of the book, too. It’s fun coming up with them. I hope I don’t run out!

 

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

The message is always love, trust, acceptance, friendship will win the day. Bad things might happen in the books but I always want to leave the reader laughing and happier that they spent time with Skyler and friends.

 

Do you have plans for a new book? Is this book part of a series?jeri-on-a-camel

This is the newest book, FOXE FIRE. The next book in the series has Skyler and friends heading off to the White Party in Palm Springs and is called DESERT FOXE. And after that another novella of short vignettes about summer vacation, with one of the stories to feature his high school students. Then the series will just go on until I find a good place to end it.

Where do you see yourself in five (5) years?

Finally a successful author, making a living at what I do. So many authors can’t do that. And with eleven books in two different genres, you’d think I’d be making a living by now, but I’m not. So I hope my hard work will finally pay off.

Do you prefer ebooks, paperbacks or hardcover?

I prefer print. It’s hard to read a digital book, even though I do it all the time while editing my own work. I don’t enjoy it. I enjoy the tactile nature of a book. And it’s funny, but I always print out the manuscript to edit it. I’ve read studies that prove that you retain more information by reading print rather than digital, so that comes as no surprise to me.

 

Are you a self published (Indie) Author or big trade published?

Both.

I think it’s pretty tough trying to get noticed as a self-published author without having the ready audience from traditionally published books. I don’t recommend it to authors. I was traditionally published first with a big New York house for my medieval mysteries (www.JeriWesterson.com), and then traditionally published by MLR Press for the Skyler books. Once I established a fan base, I self-published a novella to go along with the Skyler books. And that was fun and interesting, but I still prefer that the mundane tasks (editing, formatting, proofreading, cover design) be handled by someone else. After all, I still have the lionshare of promotion to do myself.

With my medieval mysteries, they do it all, too, but I am self-pubbing a prequel in the spring just to see how that goes. I am also writing a new urban fantasy series (http://www.jeriwesterson.com/booke-of-the-hidden) that my agent is shopping now. This is a very tough business, and these genres (gay mysteries, historical mysteries) are very difficult to make a living with, so I really don’t recommend going it on your own until you are established. It’s so much harder to do. It took me over a decade to get published and I learned a lot about writing and the industry along the way. Writers who rush to publish are not learning what they need to learn, and I fear they are wasting their time and money.

What do you think makes a book a really good/bestseller ?

If I knew the secret to that…

 

Have you ever suffered from a “writer’s block”? What did you do to get past the “block”?

I outline. It’s the only sure-fire method. I have three books to write a year in three different genres. I haven’t got time for writer’s block. But if you outline, even very loosely in a chapter by chapter outline, you at least know where you are headed each day. My minimum is writing 10 pages a day and that can take all day.

 

What was your favourite chapter (or part) to write and why?

And no, it’s not the sex scenes. It’s the comedy scenes. When I make myself laugh out loud, I know I’ve got something.

Have you ever read a book more than once?

I used to all the time, but there are so many books on my TBR pile that I feel obligated to jump in with new stuff. But I used to never put down a book once I started, and now I fling them away. I’m a lot pickier. If you can’t interest me in the first few pages it isn’t worth my time. After all, as a writer, I have to do the same thing. I have to grab your interest in the first few pages. If I have to do the work, I expect other authors to do it too.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Yes, don’t do it! Don’t do it expecting to make a lot of money. Don’t do it if you can’t take rejection. Rejection is your friend. It makes you work hard, discovering where you’ve failed. Don’t do it if you don’t want to put the time in. Don’t tell me you don’t have time to write. I wrote part time, working part time, and raising a toddler. If I had the time, you have the time. Writers write and they read. If you don’t like reading books, what makes you think what you write will be what others want to read? Writers read EVERYTHING. Not just books in the genres they write, but everything. Be curious. Write a lot. Edit out a lot. Kill your darlings. Read what’s successful and write what you love.

 

What is the best advice that you have ever been given when it comes to writing?

Don’t give up.

 

Do you write under a pen name?

Haley Walsh is my pen name.

Cats or dogs?

Cats. They take care of themselves and they smell good.

 

White wine or red?

White with fish, red with meat.

 

Coffee or tea?

Coffee in the morning, tea in the afternoon.

 

Favourite food?

Toss up between lobster drenched in butter and a really good T-bone.

Vanilla or chocolate ice cream?

Chocolate.

What are 4 things you never leave home without?

My keys, a pen, money, and gum.

Laptop or desktop for writing?

Laptop. Desktop for designing.

 

Where and when do you prefer to do your writing?

My home office. Hubby built the desk and shelves just for me.

 

 

One of your favourite quotes

“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.” Groucho Marx

List 3 of your all time favourite books?

Just three? Because they are all series. The Lord of the Rings, the Harry Potter series, Lord Peter Wimsey series.

Haley Walsh tried acting, but decided the actor’s life was not for her. Instead, she became a successful graphic designer in Los Angeles, her hometown. After twelve years of burning money in the ’80s and early ’90s, she retired from the graphics industry and turned her interests toward writing novels. She became a freelance newspaper reporter, wrote articles for quirky magazines, published award-winning short stories, and writes an acclaimed series of medieval mysteries (www.JeriWesterson.com). FOXE TAIL is her first m/m mystery, followed by FOXE HUNT and OUT-FOXED. FOXE DEN, a novella of Skyler and Friends holiday stories, was released last year. Be on the lookout for the next Skyler Foxe Mystery, FOXE FIRE, to be released soon. For more, see her website at www.SkylerFoxeMysteries.com. And don’t forget to friend her on Facebook.

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5 Drops Review: DUMPED IN OZ by Andrew Grey

Guess what I have for you today? Yep, that’s right, it’s Release Day for Dumped in Oz! Below you’ll find my review and a short excerpt, but a few days ago I posted the entirety of chapter one HERE, so check that out too. Oh, and if you want to stalk him a little extra, there’s a fan group on Facebook called All The Way With Andrew Grey you can check out.

 

Title: Dumped in Oz
Author: Andrew Grey
Series: Tales from Kansas, #1
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 15th 2014
Length: 164 pages / Novella
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Because of an opportunity he’d be a fool to turn down, Lyle Powers transfers to his company’s warehouse in central Kansas. The last thing he expects is to meet another gay man in the small town, let alone one who captures his interest.

Roger Kypers is a recovering alcoholic with a twelve-year-old daughter he only gets to see for part of the summer. Neither Lyle nor Roger is looking for a relationship, and they fumble at the start, yet emotions build as Roger shows Lyle the landmarks of Oz.

But when Roger’s wicked witch of an ex-wife threatens to take his daughter away for good if he doesn’t act “normally,” he’s faced with the challenge of letting her get away with it, or fighting to accept himself and standing up for what he knows is right.

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5 Star Review: CROSSING DIVIDES by Andrew Grey

Oh, and it’s on sale (25% off) at DSP, now thru December 21st!

 

Title: Crossing Divides 
Author:
Andrew Grey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 20th 2013
Genre: M/M, Contemporary, Suspense, Romance
Length: 200 pages
Source: Author in exchange for honest review
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Carter Hopkins is on a mission. He has already written about the conflict in Syria, but is determined to go even deeper. With his editor’s help, he joins a band of freedom fighters led by Jalal. But it is Jalal’s brother, Nemat, who draws Carter’s attention. Nemat has left the family olive grove to join his brother in fighting the Syrian government in Aleppo. When Carter saves his life and is declared an honorary member of the family, Nemat couldn’t be happier, even though he knows his family will never understand his true interest in Carter.

Carter and Nemat say their goodbyes after the end of the assignment. Carter’s stories garner a lot of attention, but he can’t stop thinking of the man he left behind. Then rumors of the use of chemical weapons give Carter another chance at a story, and he jumps at it. But much has changed in Syria, and any chance of getting Nemat out of harm’s way seems more impossible than ever. 

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Release Spotlight: ARV-3 by Cameo Renae

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Title: ARV-3
Author:
Cameo Renae
Series: The After Light Saga 
Publisher: Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly
Release Date: November 25th 2013
Genre: YA, Dystopian, Post-Apocalyptic, Romance
Length: 3654 kb | 219 pgs. 
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The beginning of the end. The Apocalypse. A nuclear fallout wiped out every living thing on the planet, except for a few thousand of us who took shelter in underground bunkers across the globe. Now, after thirteen long years, we were finally able to return to the topside to begin to rebuild.

We thought we were alone. We were never more wrong.

Before the fallout, scientists had worked on creating an anti-radiation vaccine (ARV). The first two attempts failed, but despite the incomplete tests and results, the government approved and distributed the third serum to the masses in an effort to aid those who had no shelter.

It worked, keeping those who remained on the topside alive, but it also altered and mutated them. This new and infectious threat had completely outnumbered us. Now, we not only had to rebuild our planet. We would have to fight for it.

My name is Abigail Park. I’m seventeen, and this is my story.

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Review: INSIDE OUT by Andrew Grey

Today is Release Day for the newest book by Andrew Grey, and I have to tell you, it’s a wonderful read! Inside Out is a bit different in all the best ways, and in the vein of such works as Taken and Stranded, has a bit more grit than some of his others. . . Oh, and it’s on sale (30% off) at DSP, now thru Nov 30th!

Take a moment to check out the great excerpt and my full review below.

 

Title: Inside Out
Author:
Andrew Grey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: November 25th 2013
Genre: M/M, Contemporary, Romance
Length: 200 pages
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Former mercenary Bull Krebbs now heads up security at his nightclub in Harrisburg, PA. Working the door night after night, he’s seen it all. Though tough on the outside, he’s a little hurt that people find him unapproachable. Then he pulls a cute twink out of line to perform a random search, and he’s surprised when the guy giggles and squirms.

Zach Spencer, graphic artist, twink, and seriously ticklish, isn’t intimidated by Bull. He’s in awe, and when Bull saves Zach from being trampled on the dance floor, Zach finds his inspiration for the superhero in his graphic novel.

Soon Zach wants more and makes his move by asking Bull on a date. Though small, he has a backbone of steel. He’ll need it—their happily ever after is thwarted at every turn, including by Bull’s interloping mother showing up unannounced and enemies from Bull’s past threatening to pull him to the other side of the world.

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TEMPTING GRAY by T.A. Grey [Release Day Blitz]

 

       

Title: Tempting Grey
Author: T.A. Grey
Series: The Untouchables (# 2)
Genre: Paranormal Erotic
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: Nov 21 2013
Edition/Formats Available In:  E~Book
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It all began nearly 600 years ago…
A dangerous vampire, mated to a woman his heart no longer beats for.
A mistake that would change his entire life.
A mistake so horrific it would lead Grayson Blackmoore back to one woman.
A woman who holds the power to shatter him completely—Arabella Donahue.
Vengeance, bloodshed. The hunt is on and Grayson won’t stop until they’re all dead.

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