2016 Favorites!

Ashley 2016 Favorites

Harold (Theosophi 2) by T.A. Creech

This delightful novella is about a grumpy angel falling to earth and the former soldier who falls in love with him.  See my review for more details!

Hexmaker (Hexworld 2) by Jordan L. Hawk

The second book in the amazing Jordan L. Hawk’s Hexworld series, this book follows the fox shifter Malachi and the forensic hexman for the Metropolitan Witch Police Dr. Owen Yates .  When Malachi, a thief, is wrongfully accused of murder he is only just saved by Owen who happens by and who Malachi recognizes … Continue reading

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Review tour: Anthology Mischief Corner – This Wish Tonight

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Blurbs:

Warmth, family, good cheer? Not everyone associates these things with the winter holidays. For some, it’s a time of longing and reflection. Mischief Corner Books invites authors to create stories set during the holiday season and centered on the fulfillment of a wish or desire.

Fear of Fire by Gregory L. Norris

Glass Artist Lucius Price works desperately to create a holiday symbol intended to help the town of Villatopia heal from a rash of unsolved … Continue reading

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Review: Thianna Durston – Of Mooning Santas and Penis Lights

51soh7g6fjlAuthor: Thianna Durston
Reviewer: Diane
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Contemporary holiday

Summary:

Former US Marine John Ving hates everything about holiday displays: they’re tacky, they waste energy, and they’re an eyesore. So what does his new neighbor do? He sets up the holiday spectacle from hell, and he doesn’t seem to care which holiday—he has a menorah, a baby Jesus, a Santa, and everything in between. Not to mention it’s swathed in enough lights his house is probably visible … Continue reading

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Review: Iced – Jon Keys

51shgv9httlAuthor: Jon Keys
Reviewer: Diane
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Contemporary holiday

Summary:

Keith Walker, a mall bookstore employee, is struggling to get through another miserable holiday season while trying to preserve a crumbling long-term relationship. One of his few comforts is his morning coffee made by a good-looking, younger barista. Austin Novak felt an attraction when Keith started frequenting the coffee shop, but he doesn’t think the older man has any interest in him or his graphic novel collection.

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Review: Angel Martinez – Boots

51uxfuyiz9lAuthor: Angel Martinez
Reviewer: Diane
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Genre: Fantasy

Summary:
Newly expanded version!
Willem’s lost his job and his boyfriend, and now possibly his mind when his cat calls him a nitwit.
Willem’s father never approved of his artistic talents, his choices in life, or the fact that he’s gay. When the only thing Horst leaves to Willem is the family cat, he thinks it’s his father’s last insult from the grave. That is, until … Continue reading

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Review: Ann Anderson – Traditions

517qffi-fjlAuthor: Ann Anderson
Reviewer: Diane
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Contemporary Holiday

Summary:

When Marcus and James started dating a few years ago, James invited Marcus home to spend the holidays with his close, Christmas-loving family. Marcus quickly realized once was enough, and since then, he’s stayed behind.

But this year will be different. Though the festivity and chaos make Marcus uncomfortable, he loves James, and he’s decided to put aside his unease so they can spend Christmas together—even if … Continue reading

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Review: R. Cooper – Being(s) in Love Bundle

511gfktenklAuthor: R. Cooper
Reviewer: Diane
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Fantasy/Paranormal Anthology

Summary:

Beings fall in love, too.

In a world where magical creatures came out of the closet after the First World War, romance still pops up in unexpected places. Police detective and werewolf Ray Branigan will have to overcome his own prejudices to find a happy ending, in Some Kind of Magic. Dragon and historian Philbert Jones has a challenge to face in A Boy and His Dragon—convincing … Continue reading

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Review: C.M. Corett – 2 Days Later

51d3vg93vl-_sy346_Author: C.M. Corett
Reviewer: Diane
Publisher: NineStar Press
Genre: Contemporary/Holiday

Summary:

Nate Beckett doesn’t expect much from life, and he definitely doesn’t believe in New Year’s celebrations or resolutions. A happy New Year? Not likely. As the manager of McGee’s bar, the best he can hope for is a drama-free night. One glance at the sexy young man on the dance floor and that hope is long gone. Once again, his young neighbor Justin is back to … Continue reading

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Audio Review: Toni Griffin – Forbidden Mate (Holland Brothers 4)

51j6scfcz3l-_aa300_Author: Toni Griffin
Reviewer: Diane
Publisher: Mischief Corner Books, LLC
Genre: Paranormal

Narrator: Dominic M. McCartney

Summary:
Finding his mate should have been Patrick Holland’s greatest day, instead it turned into a nightmare with one phone call. His mate didn’t want him. His heart broke, but at sixteen he was too young to do anything. The next ten years—ten long years— of Patrick’s life are spent at odds with his mate. Split by forces he can’t comprehend and … Continue reading

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Review: CJane Elliot – All the Way to Shore

51avsr1gztlAuthor: C Jane Elliot
Reviewer: Diane
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Contemporary

Summary:

Jonathan Vallen has never felt good enough. A gentle musician who loves to garden, he’s woefully unsuited to running Vallen Industries, the family business. When his father hires a hotshot executive, Marco Pellegrini, to save the company, Jonathan moves away and leaves his humiliation behind. A year later and forty pounds lighter, Jonathan runs into Marco on an LGBT cruise. Marco doesn’t recognize him, the sparks fly, … Continue reading

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