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My bestie Kelly Jensen has a new book available for pre-order! Check out her post for more info on this romantic sci-fi mail-order husband tale.

Kelly Jensen

To See the Sun is perhaps the most romantic story I’ve ever written, which is probably why I had to set in on a planet with little to no atmosphere between the surface and the burning sun, and deep crevasses full of poisonous mists. I put the people in the crevasses too, in a limited green zone. It’s paradise—not. But for Abraham Bauer, it’s a chance to live his dream. He’s one of a handful of colonists dedicated to the effort of terraforming the harsh environment of Alkirak, and though he is content to fill his days with farming, tinkering, and writing bad poetry, he’d really like someone to share it all with.

Enter Gael Sonnen. He’s never seen the sun shining over the oceanic planet of Zhemosen because he lives in the undercity, a level below decency, and several levels below a normal and placid life. His ticket out…

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Lander by J. Scott Coatsworth – Release week excerpt and giveaway!

LanderJ. Scott Coatsworth has a new MM Sci Fi book out:

Sometimes the world needs saving twice.

In the sequel to the Rainbow-Award-winning Skythane, Xander and Jameson thought they’d fulfilled their destiny when they brought the worlds of Oberon and Titania back together, but their short-lived moment of triumph is over.

Reunification has thrown the world into chaos. A great storm ravaged Xander’s kingdom of Gaelan, leaving the winged skythane people struggling to survive. Their old enemy, Obercorp, is biding its time, waiting to strike. And to the north, a dangerous new adversary gathers strength, while an unexpected ally awaits them.

In the midst of it all, Xander’s ex Alix returns, and Xander and Jameson discover that their love for each other may have been drug-induced.

Are they truly destined for each other, or is what they feel concocted? And can they face an even greater challenge when their world needs them most?

The Oberon Cycle: Book Two

About the Oberon Cycle:

Xander is a skythane man whose wings have always been a liability on the lander-dominated half world of Oberon.

Jameson is a lander who has been sent to Oberon to find out why the supply of the psycho-amoratic drug pith has dropped off.

What neither knows is that they have a shared destiny that will change the two of them – and all of Oberon – forever.

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Giveaway

Scott is giving away a $25 Amazon gift certificate and three copies of his queer sci fi eBook “The Stark Divide.”

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Excerpt

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Xander stared at the torrent of water pouring over the cavern entrance. Somewhere out there, Quince and the others were lost in the storm.

“What happened to everyone else?” Jameson shouted, putting his hand on Xander’s shoulder.

“I don’t know. Last I saw them was before the lightning strike.” How had things changed so quickly?

Jameson started toward the exit. “We have to look for them!”

Xander pulled him back.

Jameson’s eyes were wild.

He squeezed Jameson’s hands, trying to reassure him. “Hey, calm down. There’s nothing we can do right now.”

“We already lost Morgan.” Jameson’s eyes pleaded with him. “I can’t lose the rest of them.”

Xander shook his head. “It’s no use. We’ll never find them in this tempest. They’re seasoned veterans. They can take care of themselves. We’ll go looking after the storm passes.” The loss of Morgan weighed on him too, though he was less and less certain that Morgan had been a human boy at all.

Jameson looked doubtful.

Xander felt it too, but there really was nothing they could do. “Hey, it’s gonna be all right.” He pulled Jameson to him, enfolding the two of them with his wings. Jameson was soaked, but Xander didn’t care.

Jameson nodded against his chest. “You’re right. Gods, I know you’re right. I’m sorry. I thought we were done with all this.”

Xander held him out at arm’s length. “Gods, huh? We’re doing the plural thing now?”

Jameson gave him a half smile. “Trying it out? When in Rome….”

“How’s your hearing?”

Jameson cocked his head. “It’s better. But everything sounds muffled.”

Xander nodded. “I can tell.”

Jameson blushed. “Am I talking too loud?”

“Just a little.”

Jameson smiled sheepishly. “It’s weird. It feels like my ears are full of water.”

Xander kissed him gently. “It’ll pass.” He looked around the cavern at last, his eyes gradually adjusting to the dim blue light.

The place was a faeryland, filled with rows of golden stalactites and stalagmites, like the bulwarks of an eldritch castle. Each one was a miracle of minute detail, like candle wax dripped from above. The whole cavern was lit by a turquoise-blue glow.

Xander looked around for the source. It came from pools of water on either side of the cavern. The scintillating light shimmered along the walls, creating complex, ever-changing patterns.

“Look, Jameson… it’s beautiful.” They were both a muddy mess. “We’re stuck here until the storm blows itself out. Why don’t we get cleaned up and try to rest? Then we can figure out what to do next. We have a long flight to Gaelan.” He was still shivering from the rain.

“A bath sounds like heaven.” Jameson let Xander lead him to one of the glowing ponds.

“Do you think it’s safe to go in?” Xander asked, pulling off his boots and testing the water with his toes. It was warm.

Jameson looked queasy, but then he smiled. “They called them faery ponds. There’s a microscopic organism that makes the light. It’s harmless, but beautiful.” He grinned. “Romantic, even.”

Ah, that’s how you knew this place. “You’ve been here before, haven’t you?” he said, slowly and clearly, gesturing to indicate Jameson and the cavern. His own generational memories were still fleeting, occasional things.

Jameson’s smile fled. He shrugged. “Not me personally….”

“Shhh. I know.” If he closed his eyes and focused, he could see this place too, but he seemed to be able to block them out when they were inconvenient. “Too many memories.” Xander pointed at his head.

Jameson nodded. He looked relieved. He reached out and pulled Xander close, his hands warm on Xander’s waist.

Xander slipped his arms around Jameson and kissed him once, twice. He wrinkled his nose. “You’re filthy and you stink! So do I.” He held up his shirt as proof. It was covered in mud stains.

Jameson laughed. “We can fix that.”

He helped Jameson unlace the sides of his shirt, pulling it off to reveal the naked skin underneath. Jameson returned the favor, his hands lingering for a moment before withdrawing to pull down his own pants.

They shucked their wet and dirty clothes and descended into the water. It was surprisingly warm, silky and smooth around Xander’s waist.

The pool was about three meters across and sloped down to about a meter deep at the far end. There was a warm, gentle current drifting past Xander’s legs, and the stone beneath his feet had been worn smooth by water and time.

Xander washed the grime off his skin, and it drifted off into the water around him.

Jameson pulled him in deeper and gestured for him to lower his head.

Xander lay in Jameson’s arms, and warm water washed over him, carrying the mud and dirt out of his hair. Jameson massaged his scalp, pulling away the twigs and bits of gunk he’d accumulated on the mad run through the forest in the storm.

Xander’s desire threatened to overwhelm him at Jameson’s gentle touch. He dipped his face into the water and rinsed off. It was so fucking good to get clean.

He shook his head, splashing Jameson, who shot him an aggrieved look.

The look turned into a wicked grin, and Jameson splashed him back. Then they were going after each other and laughing, a fine mist of water flying through the air.

Damn, it’s good to hear you laugh again. Xander grabbed Jameson and kissed him, harder this time, and Jameson’s body responded. They fell back into the water, and Jameson was hard against him, his own need naked before Xander’s desire.

After all that had happened, Xander needed to feel human and alive again. He tugged Jameson back to the shallow part of the pool and pulled his skythane down on top of him, Jameson’s skin warm against his own.

He kissed Jameson’s neck and nibbled on his ear, eliciting a low moan.

Jameson wanted this as much as he did. He could tell.

For a long, slow, ecstatic hour, Xander forgot all about the storm.


Author Bio

ScottScott lives between the here and now and the what could be. Indoctrinated into fantasy and sci fi by his mother at the tender age of nine, he devoured her library. But as he grew up, he wondered where the people like him were.

He decided it was time to create the kinds of stories he couldn’t find at Waldenbooks. If there weren’t gay characters in his favorite genres, he would remake them to his own ends.

His friends say Scott’s brain works a little differently – he sees relationships between things that others miss, and gets more done in a day than most folks manage in a week. He seeks to transform traditional sci fi, fantasy, and contemporary worlds into something unexpected.

He runs Queer Sci Fi and QueeRomance Ink with his husband Mark, sites that bring queer people together to promote and celebrate fiction that reflects their own reality.

Author Website: https://www.jscottcoatsworth.com

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Happy Release Day to Me!

The Gryphon King’s Consort is now available everywhere! You can pick it up in ebook or paperback at your favourite retailers. Here are some convenient links…

The blog tour for the release continues, too! You can check out the stops on this post. I’ve got TWO $25 credits for the Dreamspinner Press store up for grabs, so don’t forget to enter the giveaway.

AND, if you want an extra chance to win some extra goodness, sign up for my newsletter! I’ll be selecting one random subscriber on Dec. 22 to win a $10 Amazon gift card.

Happy reading, all!

 

The Gryphon King’s Consort Blog Tour Begins!

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Hey all! If you were watching my social media yesterday, you know that my blog tour for The Gryphon King’s Consort kicked off with a post over at MM Good Book Reviews. Be sure to head on over there to get my favourite recipe of all time (my mom’s Christmas Perogies) and enter my giveaway!

Other stops on the tour:

December 13Dreamspinner Press Blog
December 14Boy Meets Boy
December 15Long and Short Reviews
December 19Love Bytes
December 20Open Skye Book Reviews
You’ll have a chance to enter the giveaway at each stop. I hope you do!
In other news, The Gryphon King’s Consort is now available for preorder pretty much everywhere. You can grab a copy from your favourite store. Less than one week to go until it’s live!

Look what’s up for preorder!

The Gryphon King’s Consort—my first solo book since 2015—is now available for preorder!

I’m so excited for The Gryphon King’s Consort, guys. I love the arranged marriage trope because it’s such a fun dynamic to write. Taking two strangers and working out their differences so they reach a point where they truly do love each other is just so, so satisfying.

Check out the blurb…

The Gryphon King’s Consort

perf4.250x7.000.inddLove takes flight.

The sudden death of the Gryphon King throws the kingdom of Mythos into uncertainty, and Crown Prince Luca rushes both his coronation and an arranged marriage to a man he’s never met. Eirian is young and idealistic, and while they both want what’s best for their people, their philosophies couldn’t be more different. While Luca believes in honoring tradition, Eirian is determined to infuse modern values into their kingdom of magical creatures. When given the choice between loyalty to his husband and his own crusade, Eirian makes a decision that might doom their marriage.

Still, Luca is committed to making their union work, and that means forgiving his brash consort. But when Eirian becomes the target of a deadly conspiracy, Luca must act fast—or forever lose the chance to explore their burgeoning love.

Amazon and other retail links coming soon! But you can preorder now on the Dreamspinner Press site.

Some questions answered…

Is this a historical? 

No, this story is set in an alternative modern-day universe where races of mythological creatures—mythos—have their own kingdom sort of overlapping human territory.

Where is the story set?

The majority of this book takes place in the Montreal, Quebec area, specifically in Senneville.

What’s a gryphon?

griffin-1299148_1280There are various spellings of the word (e.g., griffin, griffon), but they all refer to the same creature. In mythology, it has the head, talons and wings of an eagle, and the hindquarters of a lion. In my world, gryphons are shifters, and they were a lot of fun to write!

Want to know more about The Gryphon King’s Consort and other upcoming releases?

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#TBT Book Reviews: The Dark Space series by Lisa Henry

It’s Throwback Thursday again! This week, I’m looking back at the Dark Space series by Lisa Henry. Such a great m/m sci-fi! I can’t wait for the next book.


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I was not expecting to have my emotions tugged quite so strongly by this book, but man. Wow. There was so much about it I loved. I loved how the aliens were alien and unknowable. I loved Cam and his nobility. But mostly, I loved Brady and his “fuck ’em all” attitude, and how he develops, but not in big sweeping strokes. He felt real, like a real 19-year-old from the wrong side of the tracks (or the district, as the case may be) who’s trying to fit in a really big universe when all he wants is to go home. My chest and gut are all twisted up by the last quarter, but yeah, I loved it.

It’s going on my “re-read” shelf and I’ll be checking out Ms. Henry’s other books.

You can buy Dark Space here:

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Excellent follow-up to Dark Space. Although Brady develops pretty significantly in this book, he is still the angry, pissed-off-at-the-world young man I loved in book 1. I can’t wait to see where the author goes with this story. I’m hoping that ending means a third book is on the way!

You can buy Darker Space here:

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#TBT Book Reviews: Learning Curve by Kaje Harper

It’s another instalment of my Throwback Thursday book reviews! Today I’m going to share a short and sweet review I did for the last book of one of my favourite m/m series of all time…and then I’m going to add a little more from another blog post on my favourite cops in m/m.


18335673This series just blew me away. I’m definitely having a moment of mourning that it’s over.

The thing I loved most about the books was that Mac and Tony are just regular guys. Tony’s not an amateur detective, just a great high school teacher, and Mac, while an excellent cop, is not supercop. Their challenges and struggles felt very real, very visceral at times. More than once I found myself laughing, or crying, or with my heart in my throat. This book, in particular, is heart-wrenching and amazing, all at the same time, as Mac struggles to come back from the events of the third book.

I will be rereading this series at some point, because this journey is so good, I can’t just experience it once.

 


From my Top Ten M/M Cop Characters post over on Scorching Book Reviews:

1. Detective Jared “Mac” MacLean from Kaje Harper’s Life Lessons series

Oh, Mac. What an amazing character. When we first meet him, he is utterly smitten with the witness in his latest murder case, Tony Hart, an openly gay high school teacher. Problem is, Mac has always been in the closet and has no plans to come out—the potential to upset his life as a single dad dependent on conservative relatives for childcare is too great. Mac’s character arc over the course of the series is phenomenal and organic, and his relationship with Tony is one of the strongest, most satisfying I’ve read in any romance. No matter what life throws at them, they face it together.

Favourite quote:

Perry’s expression sharpened at Mac’s verbal hesitations and flat tone. “What the fuck kind of accent is that? You a foreigner as well as a fag?”

“That is my coming back from almost fucking dead accent,” Mac said as coldly as he could.

– Learning Curve, Kaje Harper

You can buy Learning Curve here:

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#TBT Book Reviews: Will & Patrick Wake Up Married by Leta Blake and Alice Griffiths

Welcome to my Throwback Thursday series of book reviews. I thought I’d share some love for books that aren’t new releases. These reviews have all been previously shared on Goodreads. My bestie Kelly Jensen discovered this series this week, and it reminded me just how much I LOVED Will & Patrick. This review is for the entire serial, which you should totally pick up. Like right now.


One morning in Vegas, two strangers wake up in bed together. Neither Will nor Patrick really remembers the night before (at first, anyway), but their bodies illustrate that there was some serious loving happening. All night. And to top it off, they’re sporting matching wedding rings. Oops.

For almost anyone else in that situation, it would be a simple thing to get a divorce—but not for Will. He’s the son of a mobster, he’s inherited a massive trust fund from his grandfather, and one of the stipulations of the inheritance is that should he ever marry, it needed to be for love, and divorcing will ensure his inheritance returns to his mobster relatives. He can’t let that happen, because he’s got a humanitarian non-profit depending on those funds. Double oops.

This series of novellas was such a fun romp. The family drama was dramatic—as you expect a mob family to be—but the characters of Will and Patrick raised the story to a whole new level. Will is diabetic and an alcoholic, which I thought was worked into the story quite well and not used for melodramatics. Patrick is a neurosurgeon, with all of the ego that goes along with that. He also has Asperger’s, which shines through in his dealings with everyone in Will’s wacky hometown.

Because this is a serial, with quite a significant overall word count, Leta Blake and Alice Griffiths have plenty of time to explore Will and Patrick’s personalities and the secondary characters as well. There are plenty of ups and downs for the two of them, from difficulties at Patrick’s new job to Will’s still-lingering feelings for his ex. This was the best kind of contemporary romance, with more than a little wish fulfillment, a ton of sexual tension, and scads of emotions, both high and low.

The first episode is currently free on Amazon and elsewhere if you want to give it a try. You can also buy all of the books in one package for a decent discount, which is what I did after whipping through the first book.

#TBT Book Reviews: How to Walk Like a Man by Eli Easton

Welcome to my Throwback Thursday series of book reviews. I thought I’d share some love for books that aren’t new releases. These reviews have all been previously shared on Goodreads.


26165684This book is trademark Eli Easton, with lots of humour and a romance that leaves you sighing with satisfaction. Roman is newly quickened — he started out life as a dog, but after growing close to his Army handler and watching him die in Afghanistan, he gets the spark that allows him to shift into human form. It’s only been two years since he’s been able to shift, and there are a lot of things that are still so new to him. But one of the best things about this book is how much joy Roman has in being human. It’s really sort of uplifting to read.

Then there’s the pure “wtf” aspect of the humour on Matt’s end. Matt is human, in the DEA, and assigned to the weird little town of Mad Creek to be on the lookout for drug operations. This, understandably, freaks out the sheriff of Mad Creek (Lance, one of the heroes from the previous book), seeing as the entire town is made up of quickened — some of them pretty doglike. Roman, a deputy, is assigned to keep Matt busy out of town, but it’s not enough to keep Matt from wondering wtf is going on.

Although this book is the second in the series, you could definitely read it as a standalone — though then you’d be missing out on Lance’s story, and that one is just as cute and funny. I highly recommend both!

You can pick up How to Walk Like a Man at:

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#TBT Book Reviews: Breakaway by Avon Gale

Welcome to my Throwback Thursday series of book reviews. I thought I’d share some love for books that aren’t new releases. These reviews have all been previously shared on Goodreads.

First up is Breakaway by Avon Gale, in honour of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Technically, Avon doesn’t like me right now because my Ottawa Senators knocked her Boston Bruins out of the playoffs in Round One. (Kidding, kidding. I think.) Anyway, I absolutely adore Avon Gale’s Scoring Chances series, and here’s what I thought of Breakaway!


breakawayDo you like hockey with your m/m? If you haven’t read this series by Avon Gale yet, you need to! I absolutely fell in love with the characters in the first book, particularly Lane, and I ended up devouring the rest of the series over the next few days.

In Breakaway, Lane Courtnall is a rookie on the ECHL’s Jacksonville Sea Storm. He’s 20, gay, from Chatham, Ontario, and does not communicate well—he’s a shade too blunt and really doesn’t grasp the point of a brain-mouth filter. His teammates don’t like him very much because of said lack of brain-mouth filter, so he decides to throw his gloves down during a game against Jacksonville’s rivals, against their bruiser, Jared Shore. As it turns out, Jared’s bisexual, and that fight leads to Lane and Jared connecting off the ice in a much more pleasant manner. But Jared’s at the end of his career (he’s in his early 30s) while Lane is at the start of his very promising one, so can they figure out how to work out a future together?

The best thing about Avon’s Scoring Chances series is how strongly the love of hockey shines through the narration and the characters. There’s not a lot of angst in these books (the third is about the angstiest to date, but I think the upcoming number four might top it). Most of the players have no problem accepting their bisexual and gay teammates, which is refreshing. These books are about the love of the game first and foremost, which makes them a joy to read.

Even if you’re not a hockey fan, I think you’d still like these books. They make hockey very accessible—the games and practices are big parts of the story, but the books don’t linger on the play-by-play on the ice. I seriously loved them.

You can pick up Breakaway at:

Dreamspinner Press | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo