Saturday, December 20, 2014

The Prophet (The Graveyard Queen #3) by Amanda Stevens

I was super excited to get the chance to read the most recent book in the Graveyard Queen series.  I absolutely adore the Graveyard Queen series because cemetery restoration is one of my favorite things and I love the symbolism that Amanda Stevens works into the books.  Here is the cover and the Goodreads blurb:

My name is Amelia Gray.

I am the Graveyard Queen, a cemetery restorer who sees ghosts. My father passed down four rules to keep me safe and I've broken every last one. A door has opened and evil wants me back.

In order to protect myself, I've vowed to return to those rules. But the ghost of a murdered cop needs my help to find his killer. The clues lead me to the dark side of Charleston—where witchcraft, root doctors and black magic still flourish—and back to John Devlin, a haunted police detective I should only love from afar.Now I'm faced with a terrible choice: follow the rules or follow my heart.

This book doesn't really focus on a cemetery restoration, although Amelia is working on one. This book gives a look into the mystical side of the south. Amelia is targeted by a ghost and a root doctor. She has to navigate her way through the shadowy world of the root doctors to find the truth behind the murder of the ghost haunting her. I was just so worried for poor Amelia! This mystery is a real nail biter! I was just so torn throughout this story! It didn't grab me and make me love it like the other two books in the series but it did keep me emotionally compromised throughout the book. I just wanted more ... good to happen for Amelia, I guess. The romance was barely there but still wonderful. I can not wait to see what Amanda does in the next book!

You can click here to find the Graveyard Queen series on Goodreads.  You can find Amanda Stevens' website here.  Her Graveyard Queen site is here.  Amanda can also be found on Twitter and Facebook.  This book earns 3 Fairies for a thrilling mystery that kept me on the edge of my seat.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Imaginary by Jamie Sullivan

I received a copy of Imaginary by Jamie Sullivan from Less Than Three Press through NetGalley.  I really enjoyed it and found it to be unique.  Here's the Goodreads blurb and the cover:

Aaron is a lonely, unloved boy when he first meets James. Their friendship seems like a dream come true—or perhaps just a dream, because no one else can see or hear James. Aaron stubbornly clings to his new friend, however, even when the friendship makes him an object of scorn and ridicule. No matter the years that pass, or the challenges they face, Aaron refuses to give up on his best friend—but life might just find a way to take James from him anyway.

This book was adorable. Absolutely adorable. I loved almost every moment of this book!  I will let you know that there are moments of child neglect, child abuse and talk of being let down by the foster care system.  If those are triggers for you, be warned.  I found the idea of James to be interesting.  It took so long for Aaron and I to figure out what and who James really was.  I don't want to spoil it for you though so I am going to try not to say much more.  But what a story!  Highly recommended!

You can click here to add Imaginary to your Goodreads. You can find author Jamie Sullivan on her website and on Twitter. I give Imaginary 4 Fairies for a lovely story of friendship, love and the impossible.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Here Comes Trouble by AE Via Spotlight Post

Author A.E. Via
Edited by: Tina Adamski
Cover Artist – Princess SO
Release Date: November 28, 2014

Detectives Mark Ruxsberg and Chris Green are very good at their jobs. Being the enforcers for God and Day's notorious Atlanta PD Narcotics Task Force causes the crazy duo to get into more trouble than they can often get out of. The pair never misses out on an opportunity to drive their Lieutenants crazy with their dangerous, reckless, and costly stunts, landing them in the hot seat in front God... often.

Ruxs and Green love their jobs and they don't mind the very demanding schedule that leaves them little time for socializing or dating. It was fine with them, they enjoyed hanging out with each other anyway.

However, most of the men in their close circle of friends and colleagues are pairing off and settling down. God has Day, Ro has Johnson, and their Sergeant Syn has Furious.

For the past several years, Ruxs has only sought out the advice and company of one person, his partner and best friend Green, and vice versa. Both of these alpha males are presumed straight, but neither can deny the heat that's building in their once 'just friends' relationship.


The table was silent for a moment while they continued looking at the menus. Ruxs didn’t care that his date was mad. She’d really shit bricks if she knew that he’d called and asked his partner to crash their date. This girl was annoying to no end, and a motor-mouth.
“Are you gonna eat, Green?” Ruxs looked at his best friend
“I ate earlier.”
“Ate what.”
Green looked up at him and grinned. “Pasta salad.”
“Fuck you. The Greek pasta with that good cheese?” Ruxs turned to face him, his mouth curling up in a sneer. Green knew that was his favorite. He’d made it when he wasn’t there, the little fucker.
“Yeah.” Green chuckled softly. “Just order it here. You’ll like it.”
“But I want a steak.” Ruxs leaned over, his chin practically on Green’s shoulder, looking down at his menu.
“Order it as a salad, with your meal.” Green shouldered him back over after stealing a quick look at his fuming date.
The waitress sat down their drinks. Smiling broadly. “Okay. I know you guys are ready to eat. What’s it going to be?”
Sarah looked smugly at Ruxs before ordering her food. “I’ll have the prime rib with a Maine lobster tail. And a glass of your most expensive wine.”
Oh, Ruxs was pissed now. Now she was trying to break his wallet. Seriously. He puffed his chest out, ready to tell the waitress they were going Dutch. Another pull on his hair. He turned and frowned at Green. Fuck that. This little witch was doing this on purpose, knowing she wouldn’t be seeing him again.
Green shook his head slightly and turned his attention back to the server. “I’ll just have an order of mozzarella sticks with ranch dressing.”
Ruxs’ eyes narrowed as he glared at his partner. How the hell had he gotten into this mess? He guessed it was sort of his fault. He never should’ve invited Green, but then there was no way he wouldn’t have shoved a saltshaker in Sarah’s mouth before their date was over.
“Order your food,” Green hissed.
Ruxs turned back and saw the waitress was waiting on him. “I’ll have a sirloin, medium rare with the Greek pasta salad.”
“Sure thing.” She scribbled in her pad and tucked it in her smock so she could collect their menus.
“What cheese do you use in your Greek salad?” Green asked the waitress.
“We use provolone.” She answered quickly.
“Can you use feta cheese please? He doesn’t like provolone,” Green said and handed over his menu.
“Aww. You two know exactly what the other likes. I wish my man could order for me like that,” the waitress cooed, giving them a sparkling look before shuffling off. Green closed his eyes and shook his head like he possibly just screwed things up for him, but he had no clue. Shit was fucked before he even got there.

A.E. Via is still a fairly new author in the beautiful gay erotic genre. Her writing embodies everything from spicy to scandalous. Her stories often include intriguing edges and twists that take readers to new, thought-provoking depths.
When she’s not clicking away at her laptop, she devotes herself to her family—a husband and four children, her two pets, a Maltese dog and her white Siamese cat, ELynn, named after the late, great gay romance author E. Lynn Harris.
While this is only her sixth novel, she has plenty more to come. So stalk her – she loves that - because the male on male action is just heating up!
Go to A.E. Via’s official website for more detailed information on how to contact her, follow her, or a sneak peak on upcoming work, free reads, and where she’ll appear next.


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Author A. E. Via asked me to review her latest book, Here Comes Trouble,  This book is a hot cop romance of the M/M variety.  The beginning of the story is definitely of the slow burn variety but it quickly speeds into adult territory.  A. E. is the master of writing hot alpha males.  She seems to love them as they feature in every work of hers that I have read so far.  She has a knack for making you feel for these tough as nails guys who find love in the places that they least expected it.  I love her characters.  She always describes and develops them thoroughly.  I felt like the plot was not as strong as it could have been but over all this was a fun read.  I give Here Comes Trouble 3 Fairies for a fun romance full of hot alpha males doing what they do best.

A. E. has been gracious to offer up 3 digital copies of Here Comes Trouble for 3 lucky readers today.  Just leave a contact method in your comment on this post and 3 winners will be chosen at random.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Manifest by Alden Lila Reedy

I love the art of cosplay. It has been a wonderful experience for my children to learn about cosplay and to cosplay at their favorite events. I was so excited to see that Less Than Three Press had a new story out that focused on cosplay and gender identity- two things that are meaningful and special to me. Here is the cover and Goodreads blurb for Manifest from Less Than Three Press:

The very last thing Chris expects when he's forced to take sewing lessons is to enjoy them. Or for sewing to lead him into the world of cosplay, and a friend with whom he begins to cosplay in earnest—and who convinces him to try dressing up as female characters.
He certainly doesn't anticipate the realizations that cosplaying stirs—realization that could cost Chris not just his best friend, but his family as well.

I loved this short story! It was interesting and emotional to read. I found the writing style to be interesting. It's written like a diary entry or a the way that you would tell a story to a friend. I found it to be very emotional. It just grabs you and draws you in. I have found that many people who cosplay use the activity as a way to explore their personality and self expression. Crossplay is a great way for cosplayers to explore their gender identity and expression. Chris is no exception. Cosplay is so much more than just sewing and gluing some stuff together. It is a way to be more you. You can experience new things and come out of your shell in a safe place. Cosplay has a great community world wide that is super safe and supportive. I really enjoyed reading Chris' story about his journey into cosplay.

This short story is available right now for pre-order at an insanely discounted rate on the Less Than Three website. It is also available as a part of the Geek Out Bundle from Less Than Three. I give Manifest 3 Fairies for a lovely story about cosplay and finding yourself that left me wanting more. .

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Rabbit Season by Megan Derr

I was so super excited to see Rabbit Season by Megan Derr available on NetGalley.  I stumbled across Backwoods Asylum by her about a year ago on Amazon and loved it.  I was so excited to see another lovely cover about interesting shapeshifter groups.  Here's the Goodreads blurb and the cover:

Sidney has quietly loved twin brothers Brook and Colby for years, watching and pining as they came to his house for the summer every year. Painfully aware that they have each other, have no reason to notice the unremarkable duck they grew up babysitting.

Then the twins and their mother are attacked days before an important meeting that will change the shifter world forever. When the twins come to stay with Sidney's family until the attackers are caught, Sidney learns that all things have their season, and even violent protests will not keep two rabbits from the man for whom they've been patiently waiting…

Warning: Story contains incest.

I found this book to be adorable and interesting. I love that Megan Derr put so many of the attributes of the shifters' animal sides into their human sides. The duck shifters were gabby and gossipy, just like every flock of ducks I have ever seen in the wild. The rabbit shifters acted like most rabbits I've raised over the years. They were about as inhibited as any rabbit I've bred or raised over my 18 years as a rabbit breeder. I found it more... funny than creepy. But I can see that this book may not be for everyone. Please take note of the trigger warning in the blurb above. Sidney was an interesting character. He was quiet for a duck. I loved the idea of his having two mates who were so different from each other. I believe wholeheartedly that there are people in this world who are not meant for only one person. Love is love and each of us has a different place in this world. Skylar from Backwoods Asylum made an appearance which was nice. I adore him so it was great to see more of him. Megan Derr is a master at making characters seem like real people. I really enjoy her works and I can not wait to see more from her in this vein.

Click here to add Rabbit Season to your Goodreads. You can find author Megan Derr on her website, Facebook and Twitter. I give Rabbit Season 3 Fairies for a lovely story of some interesting shape shifters. I wish it had been longer!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Hero Worship by Christopher Long

I was super excited to get a copy of Hero Worship for review through NetGalley.  I love superhero stories of all kinds.  Comic books and superheroes are a big part of my life so I was stoked to get to read this take on the realistic world of superheroes.  Here's the cover and Goodreads blurb:

Ever since becoming an IWP—Individual with Powers—Marvin Maywood has dreamed of joining the Core, a group of gifted heroes who save lives and stop crimes. But because he's a homeless teenager who is forbidden to use his amazing powers, wanting and achieving that dream are two very separate things.

But when Marvin saves a family from dangerous hoodlums with his incredible strength and speed, his chance to try out for the Core comes at last. The opportunity seems like a dream come true—until he realizes that the idyllic hero life he imagined is just a mask for the corrupt reality. And when a beloved hero is murdered, Marvin is suspected of being the villain behind the crime.

This book was insanely well done. I really found it to be refreshing and different. You would think, based on the title, that the book would be all about how awesome heroes are. It is not. It is a realistic look at what heroes would be like in the real world. The book's version of the Justice League was interesting. Everyone trusted and believed in this group of heroes but there were all kinds of politics and general human issues behind the scenes. Marvin has to come to learn that it isn't all what it seems. It also brought home what I know to be truth in our world- there is a very fine line between a hero and a villain. Look at the world we live in today, even the world I lived in as a child in the 80's: police officers with 30+ years of service end up in jail because they make child pornography in their spare time or they end up on TV for shooting a child or kicking a homeless woman. There are so many times that those who are supposed to be heroes are really just villains in disguise. Marvin finds this to be true too. I will let you know that there is a scene where Marvin is sexually assaulted but it stops before it becomes a rape scene. I felt that this scene was brave and important because it shows a male being assaulted by a female character and does not perpetuate rape myths. I found Marvin and his friends to be the REAL heroes of this story. The ending was fulfilling and hopeful. I really loved this book and bought my own copy to share with family and friends.

You can click here to add Hero Worship to your Goodreads. Author Christopher Long can be found on his website, Facebook and Twitter. I give this wonderful book 4 Fairies for an amazingly realistic look at the world of superheroes.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Ghost House by Alexandra Adornetto

I received a copy of Ghost House by Alexandra Adornetto in exchange for my honest review. I love a good ghost story so I had to give it a read. Here is the cover and the Goodreads blurb:

From the New York Times bestselling author of Halo comes the start of a beautiful and powerful new series.

After the loss of her mother, Chloe Kennedy starts seeing the ghosts that haunted her as a young girl again. Spending time at her grandmother's country estate in the south of England is her chance to get away from her grief and the spirits that haunt her. Until she meets a mysterious stranger…

Alexander Reade is 157 years dead, with secrets darker than the lake surrounding Grange Hall and a lifelike presence that draws Chloe more strongly than any ghost before. But the bond between them awakens the vengeful spirit of Alexander's past love, Isobel. And she will stop at nothing to destroy anyone who threatens to take him from her.

To stop Isobel, Chloe must push her developing abilities to their most dangerous limits, even if it means losing Alex forever… and giving the hungry dead a chance to claim her for their own.

I found this book beyond interesting. I enjoyed the beautifully described setting. The idea of spotting a ghost wandering out of the mist in the lush wet moors... wow. I enjoyed the Character of Chloe who has so much going "wrong" in her life. She feels completely out of control of her life. She's lost someone important to her and been taken from her home. I enjoyed that Alexander Reade is not the typical perfect guy in a romance. He made some mistakes in his life but he has been paying for them for over 157 years. I found this story to be interesting and it kept me reading. I loved this awesome take on a ghost story and a romance. The characters were also lovely.

You can click here to add Ghost House to your Goodreads. You can find author Alexandra Adornetto on Facebook and Twitter. I give Ghost House 4 Fairies for a lovely and innovative take on the ghost story.