October 28th, 2015

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Blog Tour: Brass & Keys (Freshman Beginning) by Russell Soots

Brass & Keys (Freshman Beginning) by Russell Soots
Publication Date: October 15, 2015
Amazon Kindle: Brass & Keys - Freshman Beginning

Blurb: Having recently broken up with his sleazeball of an ex, recent high school grad Keldon Stonebridge is a handsome guy who’s optimistic about the possibilities of the summer ahead in his beautiful hometown of Asheville, NC. He intends to fill his days working, playing his saxophone whom he calls his baby, sipping green iced tea and hanging out with friends. He’s far less optimistic about a summer romance. But then he meets the very handsome Tyler Lawrence. A fellow musician and recent high school grad himself, Tyler also enjoys losing himself in his music and conspicuously avoids speaking about his own ex at all costs. The two quickly fall in love and achieve a bond that truly transcends love and music. It’s a bond that will be greatly tested by loyalty, tragedy and more.

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About the Auhtor: Living in central North Carolina, Russell thoroughly enjoys all of the great amenities of the state he’s called home his entire life. He can typically be found assisting a friend with their small business, writing in coffeehouses, enjoying meals, movies, museums and more with friends as well as fully enjoying the great wonder of life itself.

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2015 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: June Magee, RN, Festival Nurse

June Magee, RN, Festival Nurse by Ann McMan, Salem West, Barrett
Lesbian Romantic Comedy
Paperback: 236 pages
Publisher: Bedazzled Ink Publishing Company (December 3, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1939562805
ISBN-13: 978-1939562807
Amazon: June Magee, RN, Festival Nurse
Amazon Kindle: June Magee, RN, Festival Nurse

"More silly fun than a barrel of schnauzers." - Fay Jacobs "I was appalled by the way my good name was abused to write this laugh-out-loud, fabulously entertaining book." - Ellen Hart When iconic media sensation June Magee, R.N. and her trusty boi photographer Roi Rodgers ride into Rehoboth Beach, Women's FEST will never be the same! In non-stop hilarity and mayhem, the dynamic duo battle trains, drag shows, a death-defying car ride-and their unexpected attraction to each other. And, just when they thought things couldn't possibly get more complicated, a mysterious medical malady crops up and threatens to ruin the success of Women's FEST. Join June, Roi, Fay Jacobs, The Poodle Beach Girls, a go-go boy named Pico de Gallo, and a cast of zanies as they take CAMP Rehoboth by storm in the rollicking first June Magee, R.N. adventure, Festival Nurse.


Loved loved loved it - funny, romantic, a taut pace, good characters - everything I look for in a romantic comedy.

This one kept me smiling and often laughing out loud the entire time I was reading it. It was a real page turner.


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2015 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Endless Days of Summer by Stacy O'Steen

Endless Days of Summer by Stacy O'Steen
Lesbian Contemporary General Fiction
Publisher: Supposed Crimes LLC (July 1, 2015)
Amazon Kindle: Endless Days of Summer

Struggling to cope with the reality of her decision to live away from home, Penelope Van Buren is thrust into college life head first with nothing to break her fall. It's a whirlwind once her dorm mate convinces her to leave the room. Penelope finds friends in LGBTQA club but when the questions start flowing through Penelope's mind she realizes she's been wrong about so many things.

Seeing the world around her with new eyes, she analyzes an old relationship that may turn out to be even more than she thought it would be. In the end, Penelope needs to do what would make her happy. The problem is she can't seem to figure out what that is.


Pretty good debut.  Great coming of age story.  Really liked Penelope and the relationships she goes through on her journey.

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2015 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Too Late... I Love You by Kiki Archer

Too Late... I Love You by Kiki Archer
Lesbian Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 294 pages
Publisher: lulu.com (June 11, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1326285025
ISBN-13: 978-1326285029
Amazon: Too Late... I Love You
Amazon Kindle: Too Late... I Love You

Too Late… I Love You is the new novel from best-selling, award-winning author Kiki Archer.

Connie Parker isn’t convinced by this falling in love lark. Falling hurts, you end up with bruises and scars.

She has the perfect answer: she’ll write about love instead. But what happens when the novel-in-progress describes more about Connie’s own dull existence than she wants to admit? And when will she realise that her hero is beginning to resemble her new best friend Maria – a woman who seems to turn every simple outing with their 3-year-olds into a fun-filled adventure for them all?

In trying to make sense of the puzzle of her life, Connie learns there is no perfect person. Just that person who'll fit you perfectly.


Another well written book by Kiki Archer.  Hard to put down, kept my interest throughout.  I really liked Connie and how her story was told.  Liked Kiki's writing style as well.

I liked it - I liked it a lot - the premise was fresh and new and the humor in the romance most welcome.




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2015 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Smoothie by Jane Elliot

Smoothie by Jane Elliot
Lesbian Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Manifold Press (August 1, 2015)
Amazon Kindle: Smoothie

Nothing much ever happens to Heather, until the day she’s innocently minding her own business when a bomb goes off – and she’s precipitated into the kind of adventure which in her world only happens to people on TV! Thankfully she’s about as prepared and resourceful as a girl can be, because all of a sudden she’s in the middle of a road movie along with an extraordinary woman named Natalie – the two of them running for their lives into and out of a mess of complicated situations in which nobody is ever quite what he or she might appear to be …


Quirky, fun romance story, almost unbelievable but still couldn't put it down!  Loved Heather, Natalie.

You know how Bourne or Mission Impossible movies, no matter how implausible, are always completely believable while you’re enjoying them on the big screen? That’s Smoothie. Short review? Must read page turner that will leave you laughing, gripping the arm of your chair, and cheering for the underdog right to the end. A fascinating read. True writer’s craft. Depth of characters that are so real you’re sure you’ll bump into them on the street tomorrow. And as in real estate location, location, location comes to mind here. Not that the locations are particularly special or dramatic alone. But the depth and breadth of description… the picture that is painted throughout. A truly admirable piece of work. Books occasional move from between their covers  to the big screen. But this is the first time I’ve seen the big screen in all its technicolor, surround sound, and a pair of A list actors brought from the big screen to the pages of a book. 


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2015 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Skyclad by Max Ellendale

Skyclad by Max Ellendale
Lesbian Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Max Ellendale (July 5, 2015)
Amazon Kindle: Skyclad

When Ella Frost meets free-spirited Mae on a research trip, she never expected that the quest for information would send her life into a tailspin. Faced with difficult personal choices, will Ella break under the pressure of the existence that she's built for herself? Or will she allow Mae to lead her on a journey of self-exploration too tempting to ignore?


Very well written romance. First and not last one I will read from Max.  Loved watching the relationship between Mae and Ella blossom.

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2015 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Pure Indulgence by Victoria Sue

Pure Indulgence by Victoria Sue
Gay Erotic Romance
Publisher: Dark Hollows Press, LLC (February 21, 2015)
Amazon Kindle: Pure Indulgence

Joe, an ex-detective and a popular Dom, wasn’t gay. Not one little bit. He told himself that all the time he fought the inexplicable attraction he had for the gorgeous young submissive, Adam. Yet when he learns a psychopath responsible for two murders has set his sights on Adam, and Adam disappears, it suddenly seemed far more important to tell him something else.
Joe realizes Adam has become more important to him than his next breath, but if he can’t track down the psycho that was torturing and murdering submissives, Joe won’t ever be able to tell Adam anything else again, it will be far too late.


I have read other books by this author and was not surprised that she was able to pull me in with story.  The characters are easy to like and you can’t help but root for them.  I do suggest that you read the first book in this series before starting Pure Indulgence.

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2015 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Escaping From Him by Liam Livings

Escaping From Him by Liam Livings
Gay Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Manifold Press (February 1, 2015)
Amazon Kindle: Escaping From Him

Darryl’s on the run – from controlling boyfriend Chris, an air-conditioner called Dave (deceased), an intolerable, claustrophobic situation and a person he just can’t be any more. The trouble is, he doesn’t have a plan – or any money – and all he knows is he needs to get away from everything. That’s where a lucky lift to Glasgow comes in, which turns out to be just the beginning of a whole new life …


This is my first book by this author.  From the beginning I was pulled into the world he created.  I could not put this story down needing to see what would happen next and how the story would end.  I will be looking for more from this author in the future.

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