November 17th, 2015

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Blog Tour: Flesh Market by Kate Lowell

Flesh Market (Bodies and Souls Book 1)
Publisher: Loose Id LLC (November 9, 2015)
Amazon Kindle: Flesh Market (Bodies and Souls Book 1)

Blurb: Special Agent Leo Gale is up a creek. A year and a half of deep cover is about to go up in flames. He needs help – something, someone to salvage the operation and save the lives of untold numbers of trafficked teenagers.

But he wasn’t expecting the partner they sent, or his own gut-punch of a response to the man.

Julian worked hard for that FBI Honors Internship. It was supposed to be a foot in the door. He’d never expected it to catapult him into the middle of a major undercover operation. Yet here he is, sleeping on a filthy mattress and using every trick in the book to avoid torture—and worse. He’s never felt so scared, or so alive, in his entire life, and he’s not sure if it’s the danger, or Leo, that’s making his heart race.

There’s no time to think about it, though. The operation is heating up, and Leo and Julian are running out of time and options. As choices become more difficult, they must find a way to take the traffickers down, or risk becoming just another set of organs for sale.

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Meet the author: Kate lives on the east coast of Canada, in an old farmhouse in the middle of nowhere. She has one horse now, who still has medical issues, and three cats, all of which still have mental issues. She still refuses to get a dog, because who knows what would be wrong with it?

Kate loves to read and write. She also likes playing with computers and is going back to school to do a programming degree, just for giggles. Or the opportunity to take over the world. (Oh, who are we kidding? Think of all the work that would mean.) She also likes pictures of pretty men and keeps many of them on her computer. (The pictures, not the men.) She would dearly love a cabana boy to mow her lawn and maybe rub her shoulders after a long day of making men fall in love with each other, then cackling evilly and raining frustration and danger on them.

1) Why do you write?
I’ve always told stories—mostly inside my head. It’s almost a relief to get them out onto the page, like it makes room for the rest of my life. I’m must more fun to be around when I’m writing, because my brain can breathe.

2) Which of your books was the most difficult to write?
No contest—it was Flesh Market. This book dug its claws into me and wouldn’t let go. It was a difficult topic, and the story required me to write some scenes that brought me to tears as the words spilled onto the page. Those scenes, and ones to come in the sequels, are still hard to live with.

3) Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?
Julian is smart. Like, gifted smart. He’s driven to succeed, for reasons which will come to light in later books, but his childhood wasn’t the idyll some might suspect it was. Like most gifted kids, he’s not accustomed to failure—he’s used to deciding to do something, and then just doing it. Flesh Market will be a test, and a learning curve that will change Julian forever.

4) How much research do you do for your books?
Depends on the book. The Wolves and Witches series doesn’t need much research. Christmas Goes Analog needed a bit more, though most of that could be accomplished by asking my brother questions about what went on in his workplace. Flesh Market was probably the most research-intensive book I’ve written so far.

5) Who designs your covers?
The publisher provides a cover artist for books that are sold through them. My cover artist for Flesh Market is April Martinez, who has done other covers of mine. The base image of the two men came from the Spanish photographer called Varian Krylov. For my self-pubbed works, I did the covers myself, more or less successfully. 

Where to find the author:
Twitter: @Kate_Lowell
Goodreads Link:

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2015 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Balls Up by Kate Aaron

Balls Up (Blowing It 2) by Kate Aaron
Gay Contemporary Romance
Series: Blowing It
Paperback: 380 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 7, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1514235900
ISBN-13: 978-1514235904
Amazon: Balls Up (Blowing It 2)
Amazon Kindle: Balls Up (Blowing It 2)

Owen Barnes’s life is finally going the way he wants. He’s making a living as an author, and his relationship with building surveyor Magnus Cassidy is going from strength to strength. When Owen finds a lump, he buries his head in the sand. He’s too busy for doctor appointments and besides, it’s probably nothing. He pushes concern away and is soon swept up in a whirlwind of distractions. His best friend’s husband is falling apart and Owen needs to be strong for them, not burdening them with his fears. He says he’ll deal with it when the new book is released, when Ryan and Sameer are more stable, when he’s done writing. Owen has a hundred excuses to hide one simple fact: he’s scared. Eventually Magnus drags him to the doctor, and the news isn’t good. Can Owen cope with the unexpected turn events have taken, or is his perfect life about to go balls up?

By mistake I read this book before reading book 1 (Dang it!) No worries, though. This was such an enjoyable read. At times, though, I wanted to throttle Owen for keeping secrets from Magnus, especially such delicate and dangerous secret. I understand why he didn't want to find out about the lump in his testicle. Denial is such a bitch. I liked the pacing of the story, the characters were folks we might actually know in real life out there, so to me, they were believable. As always, Kate did a great job with this one!

Balls Up by Kate Aaron was an engaging and refreshing read that follows the story of Owen and Magnus from Book 1 (Blowing It). Aaron has managed to create a new plotline that not only retains the characterization that we came to love, but also further their story with new pitfalls. What could have been a very melodramatic look at a serious medical diagnosis was handled with both care and consideration, with a hopeful air of the future. Together, Owen and Magnus approached this fight together, while looking forward to what might come. Great writing, great characters, and great continuation of the verse.

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2015 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Bright Lights of Summer by Lynn Ames

Bright Lights of Summer by Lynn Ames
Lesbian Historical Romance
Paperback: 286 pages
Publisher: Phoenix Rising Press (November 12, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1936429101
ISBN-13: 978-1936429103
Amazon: Bright Lights of Summer
Amazon Kindle: Bright Lights of Summer

It's March, 1941. Captain America appears in a comic book for the very first time. New York City receives 18.1 inches of snow, its 3rd largest snowfall in history. In Holland, the Nazi occupiers forbid Jews to own businesses. In Poland, Heinrich Himmler inspects Auschwitz. World War II is raging in Europe, but America has yet to enter the fray.

And in Phoenix, Arizona, a 16-year-old scrap of a girl named Theodora "Dizzy" Hosler, takes the field to try out for the World Champion P.B.S.W. Ramblers softball team.

Set against the backdrop of perhaps the most dramatic time in US history, comes the story of Diz and Frannie, two women fueled by an unquenchable passion for the game of softball and feelings for each other that go far beyond the bounds of friendship. Will their love for the game bring them closer together or tear them apart?

A beautiful love story that is not just about softball.  Down to earth characters. Wonderful read that I would recommend!

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2015 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: A Man's Man by Genta Sebastian

A Man's Man by Genta Sebastian
Gay Young Adult
Paperback: 174 pages
Publisher: Shadoe Publishing (June 19, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0692474382
ISBN-13: 978-0692474389
Amazon: A Man's Man
Amazon Kindle: A Man's Man

“It’s like this, see. My dad’s a fag, his boyfriend’s a queer, and I think I might be gay. I mean, I think it’s catching or something.” When thirteen year old R.J. decides to turn his dad straight, unintended consequences mess everything up. His father is miserable, the kids at school hate him, and his best friend Jessica is furious. Can he make things right? To make things right he will have to figure out for himself what it means to be A Man’s Man. (For readers age 12-16)

A must read for teens who are struggling with having gay parents.  Real life situations and with all the insecurities of the teen years thrown in as well.

Enjoyable story with some endearing - and some who aren't supposed to - characters.  Loved the country town setting, and watching the young POV character learn some truths the hard way.

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2015 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Back Swing by Jeanine Hoffman

Back Swing by Jeanine Hoffman
Lesbian Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 180 pages
Publisher: Yellow Rose by RCE (May 8, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1619291363
ISBN-13: 978-1619291362
Amazon: Back Swing
Amazon Kindle: Back Swing

Riley Finney, the golf pro first introduced in the novel Strength in Numbers, has had an upsy-downsy life. By her senior year of high school she knows she must juggle her lesbianism with the need to keep silent to further the chance of following her golf dreams. When she joins the Nittany Lions college golf team, she falls in love for the first time. She later makes the pro tour but is betrayed and outed, sending resounding shockwaves through her world that threaten to affect her career plan. Will she tuck tail and run home to Pennsylvania? Or can she stand up to the challenges she faces in both love and professional golf?

I loved the way the author depicted Riley's growth as a determined young sportswoman settling into her sexuality. A wonderful read.

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