The Hate Project (The Love Study #2) by Kris Ripper

This arrangement is either exactly what they need–or a total disaster
Oscar is a grouch.
That’s a well-established fact among his tight-knit friend group, and they love him anyway.
Jack is an ass.
Jack, who’s always ready with a sly insult, who can’t have a conversation without arguing, and who Oscar may or may not have hooked up with on a strict no-commitment, one-time-only basis. Even if it was extremely hot.
Together, they’re a bickering, combative mess.
When Oscar is fired (answering phones is not for the anxiety-ridden), he somehow ends up working for Jack. Maybe while cleaning out Jack’s grandmother’s house they can stop fighting long enough to turn a one-night stand into a frenemies-with-benefits situation.
The house is an archaeological dig of love and dysfunction, and while Oscar thought he was prepared, he wasn’t. It’s impossible to delve so deeply into someone’s past without coming to understand them at least a little, but Oscar has boundaries for a reason—even if sometimes Jack makes him want to break them all down.
After all, hating Jack is less of a risk than loving him…

Although I haven’t picked up all of the Carina Adores offerings, I’m loving what I’ve read so far. Which brings me to the fact that I somehow missed the first book in Kris Ripper’s The Love Study series. I need to rectify that because I really need to get to know Oscar and Jack’s friends – because as friends go, this crew is amazing!

In the beginning, the short description of Oscar and Jack is pretty accurate. “Jack is an a**” and “Oscar is a grouch” – but that’s only on the surface. There’s so much more to both of these guys. The fact that they seem to bring out the worst in each other doesn’t help. They’ve both put up emotional walls that they are desperately afraid to let down.

I loved watching these two get closer and pick away at those walls. It broke my heart when the inevitable happened and those walls came up stronger than they were before. Since The Hate Project was told entirely from Oscar’s POV it would have been easy to sympathize with him, but my heart surprisingly went out to Jack more than once. And although the story was Jack and Oscar’s, their friends were a driving force in The Hate Project. They may have loved Oscar, but they didn’t coddle him. They called him out when he was wrong, but were there for him regardless.

As I said, this is one series that I’m definitely going to back track. The Love Study isn’t part of Carina Adores, but after meeting these characters and reading the description, I already know it’s the beginning that I shouldn’t have missed out on. 😉

Haven (Magic Emporium) by Morgan Brice

Old secrets, hidden psychics, secret shifters, ghosts, scandals—and true love.
A series of long-ago disappearances leads cold case private detective Austin Williams to investigate a troubled sanitarium.
Jamie Miller is new in town, temporarily running the local historical association, and he willingly signs on to help solve Austin’s mystery.
Sparks fly between them as they dig into the hospital’s troubled past. But someone wants the past to stay buried—and is willing to bury Austin and Jamie to keep it that way.

Haven is part of the multi-author Magic Emporium Series. Each book stands alone, but each one features an appearance by Marden’s Magic Emporium, a shop that can appear anywhere, but only once and only when someone’s in dire need. This book contains explicit scenes and a guaranteed HEA.

I have to admit, Haven is the only book that I’ve read in the Magic Emporium series. Since it’s a multi-author series with only one element of connection, it can definitely can be read as a stand alone. That one element was intriguing though and after taking a glance at the rest of the authors included in the mix, I have a feeling I’ll be checking out at least some of the rest of the offerings included in Magic Emporium. 😉

Jamie and Austin were both characters who were easy to like. They both had secrets that they were hesitant to reveal to each other, but those secrets made more alike than they realized. They also made them the perfect team to solve the more dangerous secrets that the town was hiding.

There was plenty of action, danger, spookiness and romance to keep the pages turning in Haven. There were also some familiar characters for those readers who have read the Fox Hollow series and other Morgan Brice books. Just enough to give new readers a taste or what they’ve been missing and give long time readers a chance to re-visit familiar locations and characters. Which kind of makes me think that readers haven’t seen the last of Jamie and Austin 😉

This is Not a Horror Movie by Sara Dobie Bauer

Emory Jones loves two things: horror movies and Connor Nichols.
For the past four years, Emory, Connor, and their families have vacationed side by side on Longboat Key, Florida. Eighteen-year-old Emory has pined for his neighbor from behind the covers of Stephen King books, but college boy Connor has never noticed him. Probably because Emory looks like Jack Skellington with good hair.
Emory anticipates another predictable summer of sunburn and disappointment. Instead, he ends up with a mystery on his hands when a beloved beach bum goes missing, and Connor volunteers to help with the search. Turns out it’s not just scary movie cops who are worthless, so the boys start an investigation of their own—leading them straight to an abandoned beach resort.
Despite the danger, Emory and Connor grow closer, but as Emory’s gay dreams start coming true, so do the horror movie tropes he so loves. Even though he knows that sex equals death in slasher flicks, Emory can’t keep his hands off the guy of his teenage dreams.
This is Not a Horror Movie is a 78,000-word new adult gay rom-com… with a monster.

There was so much to love about This is Not a Horror Movie. It was a grand mix of a sweet young romance, laced with humor and a touch of B-Movie campiness.

Emory was adorable. He was a little geeky and totally clueless about his growth-spurt turning into someone both girls and guys were staring at for reasons he didn’t quite understand. He had admired Connor from somewhat of a distance for years. His family knew all about his attraction to their yearly vacation neighbor, but since Connor was way out of his league, most likely straight and too reminiscent of the jocks at his school – Emory kept his feelings to himself. This was destined to be a summer of change though.

Both Emory and Connor were the kind of teenage boys that were refreshing to read about. They were far from perfect, but they were good, thoughtful, caring kids. The kind of kids who walked an older woman’s dog, or went in search of a homeless Vet – and put themselves on the line when they could have just turned away.

I also loved the family connections in This is Not a Horror Movie. They had their moments, like all families do, but both Connor and Emory’s families were super supportive. I also adored the twin connection between Liz and Emory.

Basically, This is Not a Horror Movie is the perfect vacation read, especially if you’re headed to the beach. 😉

This Is Not A Horror Movie Release Blitz


Book Title: This is Not a Horror Movie

Author: Sara Dobie Bauer

Publisher: Self-published

Cover Artist: Natasha Snow Designs

Release Date: May 13, 2021

Genres: m/m new adult, gay paranormal romance, LGBTQ, romantic comedy

Trope: Friends to lovers

Themes: non-explicit, humorous, teens, Florida, summer vacation, hauntings, evil spirits

Heat Rating:  2 flames

Warnings: Scenes of graphic violence, death of minor characters, mentions of bullying, alcohol use

Length:  78 000 words

It is a standalone story.

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Emory Jones loves two things: horror movies and Connor Nichols. 

For the past four years, Emory, Connor, and their families have vacationed side by side on Longboat Key, Florida. Eighteen-year-old Emory has pined for his neighbor from behind the covers of Stephen King books, but college boy Connor has never noticed him. Probably because Emory looks like Jack Skellington with good hair.

Emory anticipates another predictable summer of sunburn and disappointment. Instead, he ends up with a mystery on his hands when a beloved beach bum goes missing, and Connor volunteers to help with the search. Turns out it’s not just scary movie cops who are worthless, so the boys start an investigation of their own—leading them straight to an abandoned beach resort.

Despite the danger, Emory and Connor grow closer, but as Emory’s gay dreams start coming true, so do the horror movie tropes he so loves. Even though he knows that sex equals death in slasher flicks, Emory can’t keep his hands off the guy of his teenage dreams.


I’m about to follow a mysterious rat into the darkness when a hand lands on my shoulder. I suck a panicked gasp in through my lips as Connor says, “Sorry! Sorry.”

I put my hands on my knees and relearn breathing.

He stands there, backlit like some kind of hot angel, and shrugs. “Maybe you should be thanking me.”


“You like to be scared,” he says.

He’s right. Haunted house in the neighborhood? I’m first. Spooky cemetery? Coming through. Maybe that’s part of the reason I always let Liz drag me to parties at the Outpost. It feels like being in a scary movie. I’m waiting for Leatherface to show up and murder the morally reprehensible youth. Of course, if horror movie rules are true, I’m totally dead. I lost my virginity at sixteen and more often than not spend “happy hour” sharing malt liquor with Longboat’s famous homeless dude, Leland.

“What are you doing over here?” Connor asks.

“Befriending local wildlife.” I glance over my shoulder into the dark. I shove hair out of my face—a nervous tic I’ve acquired since growing it out. Because I needed another nervous tic. “What are you doing over here?”

“Talking to you.” He grins, but I can feel a disconnect. 

Connor and I have always had a mutually agreed upon rhythm. He’s the big, gorgeous straight dude who puts up with me, the skinny, little gay kid. 


No one knows I’m gay down here. Florida is for family, not fu— Anyway.

In summers past, Connor wrestled me and tickled me, and I pretended not to like it. We talked about some things, mostly scary movies, but kept an emotional distance. He accepts me being a drama queen, and I never let him know I would climb Everest for his kiss. 

Staring at me with a dumb look on his face is not our rhythm.

I finally lose my shit. “Jesus, am I bleeding from my eyes?”

He coughs out a laugh. “What?”

“You’re looking at me funny.”

He looks away. “Oh.”

I cross my arms. I have, in fact, filled out a lot since last summer—and the lifeguarding helps—but I’m still self-conscious about my small frame and will probably never forget the jocks calling me “Tinker Bell” from seventh to tenth grade. I press my lips together and side-eye the kids dancing to some club beat on Liz’s phone. “Everyone’s looking at me funny, actually.”

Connor clears his throat and plucks at the front of his tight, white T-shirt. He looks like he wants to dive headfirst into the empty pool at his back.

“You don’t have to talk to me, you know.”

His blue eyes flit back my way. Even in the dark, I know they’re blue. He says, “But I like talking to you.”

I hug myself tighter and lift a shoulder. “Seen any good horror movies lately?”

His smile is back. “Tons. I saw this French one called Raw.”

I bounce up on my toes. “Cannibals! Oh my God, that movie was so good! The writing.” I tear at my hair in euphoric bliss.

He nods. “And the scene with the roommate.”

“And the ending!” I poke him in the chest. “Dude, I tried to get Liz to watch it. She’s all vegetarian now because she dated this hippie dude senior year. She said she gave up meat for her health, but I think it’s because he said he tasted death in her mouth.”

Connor does the silent open-mouth laugh thing that happens when my storytelling reaches peak levels of absurd. 

“She made it thirty minutes into the movie before she had to leave the room and vomit. Meanwhile, I was sitting there eating, like, spaghetti.”

He puts his hand on my shoulder as he keeps laughing. I smell his deodorant: sporty man stuff. “I can’t believe I almost didn’t come this year.”

That steals the air from my lungs. Sure, I should be avoiding the guy, looking forward to the future, but all of a sudden, I can’t imagine a summer without Connor Nichols making me blush.

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Sara Dobie Bauer is a bestselling romance author and mental health / LGBTQ advocate with a creative writing degree from Ohio University. She lives with her hottie husband and precious pup in Northeast Ohio, although she’d really like to live in a Tim Burton film.

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All Fired Up Release Blitz

Release Blitz & Excerpt: All Fired Up By Jenn Burke

Ashes & Dust, Book 1

Once bitten. Twice burned. Forever bonded.

Don’t miss this riveting and romantic spin-off series from Jenn Burke, author of Not Dead Yet.

Paranormals are dying. All over the city, with no explanation and only one thing in common: their magic is missing.

Vampire and private investigator Evan Fournier isn’t supposed to be taking on paranormal cases, but when the murderer hits close to home, he agrees to look into it. The last thing he expects is to become a target himself—and then to become irrevocably bonded to the man who just tried to kill him.

With his memory gone and his soul bonded to a stranger, former firefighter Colin Zhang wants to be anywhere else. He doesn’t have a damn clue why he just tried to kill Evan, and he didn’t even know about magic until just now. The sooner he can get back to his real life, the better.

But every time either of them tries to leave, pure agony stops them short. Forced to work with Evan or suffer the consequences, Colin must excavate the secrets buried in his missing memories while battling two rising threats: the conspiracy behind the murder, and his mutual attraction to the bond mate he never wanted.

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Found family “There are two meetings with new clients tomorrow. One at 10 a.m. and one at 3 p.m.” Hudson took out one of the shirts Wes had tossed into the suitcase and refolded it Marie Kondo–style. I nodded. “Got it.” “And Sam’s got a list of questions from the website that I was going to tackle tomorrow.” “Yep.” “If the reporter from Canadian Investigator calls back, tell him I’ll get in touch when I’m back in the country.” Our receptionist, Sam, would take care of that, but I made an affirmative grunt. “You taught Vamp Junior bad habits, Hud,” Wes piped up from inside the massive walk-in closet. I shook my head at the old nickname as Hudson gave a grunt of his own. The man had mastered the art of grunting instead of responding with words…and yeah, I’d kind of picked it up. But hey, so had Wes—sometimes—so there. “Are you taking notes?” Wes made his way toward the bed and the half-full suitcase. I held up my sketchpad, complete with the caricature of Wes and Hudson on a plane. “Nope.” “Hey, that’s pretty good. New style?” Wes haphazardly folded a shirt and put it in the suitcase and Hudson predictably picked it up and refolded it properly. Wes didn’t notice. “I’m playing with it a bit.” “Cool.” Hud frowned at the picture. “You sure you’re going to remember everything?” I raised a brow. “Two new client interviews, plus the questions from the website tomorrow, impersonate you for the Canadian Investigator interview.” “Ha. Funny.” “Relax, boss. I know what I’m doing.” “I know. I’m just—” “Freaked out,” Wes supplied as he appeared from the closet with a new load of clothes. “Freaked out,” Hud agreed with a sigh. “Have you gotten any updates?” I asked softly. “The last I heard, he was going into surgery. No news is good news, right?” I wasn’t sure, so I grunted noncommittally. “Exactly my thoughts.” Hudson refolded another shirt, then seemed to realize that the suitcase was mostly full, and mostly with Wes’s clothes. “Do I not get to wear clothing?” “If I had my way, no,” Wes singsonged back. “I’m not parading naked around London.” At that declaration, Hudson joined Wes in the closet, and I chuckled at the bitching between them. This was family. Maybe not by blood—well, sort of, since Hudson had used his blood to turn me into a vampire. But this was what family was supposed to be. Love without limits or conditions. Love that accepted you, no matter who you were. “Oh!” Hudson stuck his head out of the closet door, his hands full of pants and shirts in a variety of colors. “We need to discuss new clients.” “The ones I’ll be meeting with tomorrow?” “No. I mean the ones who show up looking for special help.” Oh—those kind. The sort looking for Wes the God and Hudson the Vampire King. “I’m not sure we can hang up a Gone Fishin’ sign for them.” Hudson scowled. “Well, we’re going to have to. Because like hell you’ll be taking on any paranormal cases while we’re gone.” I set my shoulders and opened my mouth, preparing for a fight. Hudson might be my sire, and my boss, and my unofficial big brother, but I did not appreciate being told what I could and couldn’t do. Especially not in that almost-not-quite sire voice. “What Hudson means,” Wes interjected before I could share my displeasure, shooting a glare in Hud’s direction, “is that those cases tend to go sideways.” “Sometimes,” I countered. “Most of the time,” Wes counter-countered. “Name one that didn’t.” It took me a few seconds, but then I snapped my fingers and pointed at Wes. “Finding the witch’s familiar.” Hudson squinted at me. “Oh, you mean the cat the witch stole from the kid in the unit down the hall and tried to hex you and me so we wouldn’t find out? Which left us wandering Midtown without memories for a couple of hours until Wes found us and did his god thing?” Oh. Right. I mean, in the grand scheme of paranormal cases we’d investigated, it was one of the more tame ones. There’d been no murder, at least. Or creatures summoned from the beyond. That had to count for something, right? The deepening scowl on Hudson’s face said no. “Okay. No paranormal cases. I promise.” If only I knew how I would come to rue those words.

About the Author:

Jenn Burke has loved out-of-this-world romance since she was a preteen reading about heroes and heroines kicking butt and falling in love. Now that she’s an author, she couldn’t be happier to bring adventure, romance, and sexy times to her readers.

Jenn is the author of a number of paranormal and science fiction romance titles, including the critically acclaimed Chaos Station science fiction romance series (authored with Kelly Jensen) and her newest series, Not Dead Yet, both from Carina Press.

She’s been called a pocket-sized and puntastic Canadian on social media, and she’ll happily own that label. Jenn lives just outside of Ottawa, Ontario, with her husband and two kids, plus two dogs named after video game characters…because her geekiness knows no bounds.

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The Haunted Heist (Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries #3) by Angie Fox

Just because she can see the dead doesn’t mean Verity Long wants to spend her days hunting ghosts. Instead, she’s over the moon to land a marketing job at the local bank… until she finds her new boss dead in the vault. Even her ghost friend, Frankie, knows that’s no way to start a career. 
Relieved to let the police take charge, Verity steps aside, bound and determined to keep her ghost sightings to herself. But when she learns the main suspect in the murder is a very crooked, very dead mobster, Verity knows it’s up to her to solve the case. 
She teams up with her ghostly gangster buddy Frankie, as well as the irresistible and charming Ellis, as the three of them search haunted mob hideouts, hidden passageways, and historic cemeteries for the facts behind the heist of the century—and a modern-day motive for murder. 
Too bad uncovering the truth could very well make Verity the next victim…

Verity is fast becoming one of my favorite Cozy Mystery sleuths – just thought I’d put that out there. 😉

In The Haunted Heist she seems to be finally getting a break, until tragedy strikes. When the possibility of ghostly interference seems likely, she has no choice but to try to get her ghostly acquaintances to help her get to the bottom of what happened.

As usual, the mystery in The Haunted Heist was just part of the story. Verity wasn’t sure what to do about her kinda, sorta relationship with Ellis – mainly because of the backlash from his family and the rest of the town. (Ellis wasn’t about to give up on her though.) She was also still trying to help free Frankie. As if that wasn’t enough, she found herself in search of a ghostly minister willing to perform a wedding. All of which kept the pages turning.

Next up in the Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries is Deader Homes and Gardens and it’s already ready and waiting on my kindle. 😉

Bell, Book and Scandal (Bedknobs and Broomsticks #3) by Josh Lanyon

Black Magic. Blackmail. Little Black Books. Must a witch break his vows to save his marriage?
Cosmo Saville loves that his husband has finally accepted his witchy ways. And in return, his promise to stay out of police business guarantees them a happily ever after. At least, until he discovers he might be responsible for a dangerous game of blackmail…
Police Commissioner John Joseph Galbraith feels relieved that his marriage is back on track. Especially since he has his hands full with a high-profile suicide and rumors of a city-wide extortion ring. But when he stumbles across Cosmo breaking his vow by playing cop, John agonizes over old wounds.
With the commissioner’s badge and family in jeopardy, Cosmo has no choice but to put his life on the line…
Can the witch expose a dark conspiracy, save John’s career, and return to love’s delicious spell?
Bell, Book and Scandal is the third book in the Bedknobs and Broomsticks romantic gay mystery trilogy. If you like quirky characters, snappy spells, and madcap suspense, then you’ll love Josh Lanyon’s supernatural story.

John and Cosmo are such an unlikely couple. So much so that I sometimes wonder while reading this series why Cosmo puts himself through what he does to stay with John. The heart is a fickle thing though and even though I spent some time being frustrated with the police commissioner and in fear for Cosmo’s heart, I have to admit that the man not only surprised me in Bell, Book and Scandal, he even impressed me a little bit.

Cosmo finds himself in a no win situation in Bell, Book and Scandal. He doesn’t purposely try to break his promise to John, but trouble seems to follow him – even when he’s trying his hardest to avoid it. He may be at the center of a case John’s trying to solve without even knowing it. He soon finds out that it may involve more than some of the city’s prominent figures. His family may be in danger as well. Whether John wants to admit it or not, Cosmo may be the only one who can get to the bottom of the mystery.

Hex in the City is the next book in the Bedknobs and Broomsticks series.

Silent Knight (Fog City #5) by Layla Reyne

I won’t let anything happen to you. 
Fourteen years ago, Braxton Kane’s feelings were forbidden.
As an officer, he couldn’t fall for an enlisted… no matter how much he longed for Holt Madigan.
Now—as a police chief in love with a digital assassin—his promise to always protect Holt is becoming harder to keep.

I’ll protect you. 
Holt doesn’t understand why his best friend has been pushing him away for months.
But when Brax’s life and career are threatened, Holt refuses to allow the distance any longer.
The Madigans protect their own, and Brax is family, whether he believes it or not.

I won’t let anything happen to you either. 
Forced together, Holt realizes his feelings for his best friend have changed.
His desire to explore the promise their single night together held is undeniable.
His resolve to protect the man who has always protected him is unshakable.
But if Holt wants a future with Brax, he’ll have to search and destroy the person who attacked him—before Brax activates the kill switch and sacrifices himself.

Love and devotion. Friendship and trust. Family. It all comes down to this. Holt and Kane, together at last, in the final book of the Fog City romantic suspense series.

This is one of those books that I couldn’t wait to read, but was dreading at the same time. Of course I’ve felt that way whenever one of my favorite series has come to an close (and this author has made me feel that way more than once.) As bittersweet as this ending to Fog City was, it couldn’t have come to a more satisfying close or ended with a more perfect couple.

The series began centered around Hawes and Dante/Chris in the first three books – Prince of Killers, King Slayer and A New Empire. In each of these books readers got to know not only the main characters, but Helena, Holt and Brax. Although I was happy that the story continued and Helena and Celia got their HEA, I was really excited when I found out that Holt was next. After all he had been through, it made sense that he would be the last of the Madigans to find the happiness he deserved. That didn’t make the wait any easier or the torture even less, especially while reading Queen’s Ransom.

Although readers knew that Holt and Brax had a history, their past was laid out in the beginning chapters of Silent Knight. Pretty much the first half of the book is told from Brax’s POV and it was both beautiful and heartbreaking. Their relationship seemed doomed from the start. Even a friendship between an officer and an enlisted man was frowned upon when they met. Brax would take what he could get though, even though it nearly broke him. Getting into Brax’s head, in both the past and the present, helped readers understand where he was coming from. It didn’t help Holt or his family understand why someone so close to them seemed to be pulling away. It’s a good thing that the Madigans were tenacious. They protected family above everything else, and Brax was family, whether he admitted it or not.

There was so much to love about Silent Knight. There was love and betrayal, loss and hope, acceptance and loyalty, along with some healing. The sense of family was first and foremost – and the Madigans gained a LOT of family during the course of the Fog City series. There were a lot of familiar faces from previous books and series, which kind of gives me hope that we haven’t seen the last of the Madigans. 😉

Bout-of-Books 31 Progress


As usual, I’ll keep this post front and center for the duration of Bout-of-Books.

As of the time that I started writing this post, I am currently reading a total of 3 books – which is totally not outside the norm for me. They include two books just for fun (one from my physical TBR pile and one on my kindle) and one ARC on my other kindle. I plan on finishing those up before I pick up anything else. I hope to start at least one audio book this week, but other than that, I have absolutely no plans. I’ll have to sneak in a couple more ARCs for sure, but it’s pretty much going to be a coin toss on what ends up on my TBR pile for the rest of the week.

I’m going to try really hard to hit all the twitter chats this week because they’re way too much fun to miss. I’m also going try a lot harder to keep my promise to myself to review books as I read them. (I didn’t do such a hot job of that during the last BoB, so I hope to do better this time.) Not all those reviews may show up here right away, but they’ll definitely be posted on Goodreads and Amazon as they’re written – mainly because I’m still behind on my reviews. 😉

And there you have it! My plans for the week – which are most definitely subject to change. 😉 Be sure to visit the Bout-of-Books site and find out how you can join in on the fun… after all, you were gonna read anyway, right? Why not join in on the epic craziness? 

Total Number of Books & Pages I’ve Read Today:
3 Books; Approx. 265 Pages

Total number of books & pages I’ve read: 3 Books; Approx. 265 Pages
Today’s #insixwords Challenge:
Finish What I Started Kinda Day 😉

  • Finished The Haunted Heist (Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries #3)
  • Finished This is Not a Horror Movie
  • Finished The Thief (Black Dagger Brotherhood #16)

Total Number of Books & Pages I’ve Read Today:
Approx. 167 Pages

  • Started Burn (Witchbane #2) by Morgan Brice (Approx. 16 Pages)
  • Started The Elven King’s Promise (Fated Elves #3) by Devon Vesper (Approx. 53 Pages)
  • Started Gone For Good by Harlan Coben (98 Pages)

Total number of books & pages I’ve read: 3 Books; Approx. 432 Pages
Today’s #insixwords Challenge:
Magic, Ghosts, Fae, Suspense – Oh My!

  • Finished The Haunted Heist (Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries #3)
  • Finished This is Not a Horror Movie
  • Finished The Thief (Black Dagger Brotherhood #16)
  • Started Burn (Witchbane #2)
  • Started The Elven King’s Promise (Fated Elves #3)
  • Started Gone for Good

Total Number of Books & Pages I’ve Read Today:
Approx. 93 Pages + 2 Hours Audio

  • Continued Burn (Witchbane #2) by Morgan Brice (Approx. 24 Pages)
  • Continued Gone For Good by Harlan Coben (69 Pages)
  • Started Dead in the Water (Gemini #1) Audio – (Approx. 2 Hours)

Total number of books & pages I’ve read: 3 Books; Approx. 525 Pages + 2 Hours Audio
Today’s #insixwords Challenge:
Wednesday’s ALWAYS A Slow Reading Day

  • Finished The Haunted Heist (Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries #3)
  • Finished This is Not a Horror Movie
  • Finished The Thief (Black Dagger Brotherhood #16)
  • Continued Burn (Witchbane #2)
  • Continued Gone for Good
  • Started Dead in the Water (Gemini #1)

Total Number of Books & Pages I’ve Read Today:
Approx. 163 Pages + 1 Hour Audio

  • Continued Burn (Witchbane #2) by Morgan Brice (Approx. 14 Pages)
  • Continued Gone For Good by Harlan Coben (105 Pages)
  • Continued The Elven King’s Promise (Fated Elves #3) by Devon Vesper (Approx. 44 Pages)
  • Continued Dead in the Water (Gemini #1) Audio – (Approx. 1 Hour)

Total number of books & pages I’ve read: Approx. 688 Pages + 3 Hours Audio
Today’s #insixwords Challenge:
Not Awful Progress, But Not Great

  • Finished The Haunted Heist (Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries #3)
  • Finished This is Not a Horror Movie
  • Finished The Thief (Black Dagger Brotherhood #16)
  • Continued Burn (Witchbane #2)
  • Continued Gone for Good
  • Continued Dead in the Water (Gemini #1)
  • Continued The Elven King’s Promise (Fated Elves #3)

Total Number of Books & Pages I’ve Read Today:
Approx. 111 Pages

  • Finished Burn (Witchbane #2) by Morgan Brice (Approx. 60 Pages)
  • Continued Gone For Good by Harlan Coben (44 Pages)
  • Continued The Elven King’s Promise (Fated Elves #3) by Devon Vesper (Approx. 7 Pages)

Total number of books & pages I’ve read: Approx. 799 Pages + 3 Hours Audio
Today’s #insixwords Challenge: Grandmonsters + Work = Not Much Reading Time

  • Finished The Haunted Heist (Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries #3)
  • Finished This is Not a Horror Movie
  • Finished The Thief (Black Dagger Brotherhood #16)
  • Finished Burn (Witchbane #2)
  • Continued Gone for Good
  • Continued Dead in the Water (Gemini #1)
  • Continued The Elven King’s Promise (Fated Elves #3)

Total Number of Books & Pages I’ve Read Today:

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Black Moon Rising Blog Tour

Blog Tour, Excerpt & Giveaway: Black Moon By Sam Burns & W.M. Fawkes


Wolf Moon Rising, Book 1

An apple a day won’t keep this doctor away.

Linden Grove has always known that he’s not destined to be the next pack alpha. That position belonged to his brother Aspen—but then Aspen left the pack to join the military. When the unthinkable happens and the pack is left rudderless, someone has to step up and take care of it. Can a doctor go from “do no harm” to defending his own with his teeth and claws?

Colt Doherty is used to a certain kind of life. Glittering, picturesque, and . . . empty. As the youngest child of the country’s only werewolf senator, Colt has grown up in the spotlight, and he’s all too used to knot-headed alphas taking credit for the work of others, especially omegas like himself. When his editor sends him to write a story on the Grove pack, though, he finds something completely unexpected: Linden Grove in his unpolished perfection, as shiny and unexpectedly sweet as the apples his pack are known for.

A Grove pack omega has been kidnapped, and someone has to step up. The pack needs Linden to fill his father’s shoes, but no wolf can stand on his own. To save the day, sheltered Colt has to drop the politics and become the action hero he never thought an omega could be.

Black Moon is an 90k word standalone novel featuring one fiery journalist, one doctor with an obsession for hand knit sweaters, and the sweetest apple pies on the whole eastern seaboard, all bundled up in a non-mpreg A/B/O universe.

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New Blog Tour Excerpt:

If you’ve never driven the side roads off Virginia highways, let me tell you, you’re missing out on a whole bunch of fields. Hours and hours of trees and farmland. Endless, mundane hours. Before I even got to Grovetown, I lost patience with the audiobook I’d been listening to, slammed it off, and turned on an old Blink-182 album, shouting along with lyrics worn familiar by a youth spent pissed the fuck off. Finally—fucking finally—I wound my Prius up hilly roads, passing what looked to be an apple orchard with a sign out front that said, “Grove Apple Grove.” Right, the Grove pack had been founded around an orchard, wolves rushing in from the coast back in ye olden times and settling where they could grow fruit plentifully. Sounded kind of nice, all those sweet apples. A whole pack’s hopes and dreams growing deep with tree roots in soil. Hey! Maybe apples were the key to overcoming the Condition. An apple a day and all that shit. You never know, but I was already looking forward to heirloom apples and cider donuts. Whatever the case, I was surprised by how much I liked the sound of a pack with a place to belong. There was, of course, a pack in DC. Dad was alpha, but we were spread out through the whole district, and everybody had drives and intentions outside of the good of the pack. There wasn’t much communal about it, just, if two wolves had a problem, if an alpha got out of hand, Dad was expected to delegate someone to handle it. That was the kind of pack I was used to, not the kind who looked after each other, settled in close to their neighbors, and worked together. As idyllic as it sounded, it was just a nice thought. Like the drive through the countryside, there was no damn way that kind of life wouldn’t bore the ever-loving shit out of me the second I was done writing about the Grove pack’s weird traditions and backward habits.

Enter the Giveaway:

To celebrate Sam & Waverly’s new release, we are giving you 1 of 3 chances to win an e-copy of Black Moon!

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About the Authors:


Sam is an author of LGBTQIA+ fiction, mostly light-hearted fantasy romances. Most of her books include a little violence, a fair amount of swearing, and maybe a sex scene or two. Or four.

She is a full-time writer who lives in the Midwest with her husband and cat. Someday, she plans to be a full-time writer who lives near the ocean with her husband, cat.

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