November 23rd, 2015

andrew potter

Book Blast: Love in Uniform Anthology

Love in Uniform by Editor: Paige Prince, Authors: Angora Shade, Kay C. Sulli, DC Juris, Jean Wolfe, Shannen Malone, Kassandra Lea, Dale Cameron Lowry, Louise Blaydon, and Aiden McKenna
Amazon Kindle: Love in Uniform

Blurb: There’s just something about a man in uniform…whether it’s the delivery man bringing a special package to your door, the airline attendant taking care of your every need, or the cop with a set of handcuffs on his belt and a gleam in his eye, Love in Uniform provides fodder for every fantasy.
The Encounter - Hoping to escape the hot dance floor at a crowded club, a pilot finds himself wandering a dark secluded hallway. He’s pleased to see a table, but he’s startled when a shadow moves. Suddenly face to face with his ideal man candy, the pilot discovers the beauty of strangers and the thrill of sex in public places.
Wishing on the Perseid - Zach Johnson went looking for an adventure in the Rocky Mountains before settling into grad school. Little did he know Park Ranger Ryan Jenkins was exactly what he was looking for.
Special Delivery - An unexpected phone call turns Camden's boring day off into a potential disaster when he ends up taking his cousin's delivery shift with Axel, the tattooed hunk he dreams about. But Axel's got a plan...and a special delivery that'll leave Camden wanting more.
Westward Avenue Matchmaker - EMT Peter is getting tired of being called to Westward Avenue again and again for Mrs McKinney’s kitchen fires, but the chance to flirt with an attractive fireman makes it all worthwhile.
On the Wing - Traveling the world for work doesn’t leave a lot of time to find love on the ground. But maybe on the wing.
Let it Hurt - All Leo Shelton wanted to do was patch things up with his boyfriend Caleb Hart. When an accident threatens to take it all away the two realize just how much they need one another.
Loggerhead - Soon after they fall in love, Jake makes Eric a promise inspired by an old track uniform. But demanding work schedules at Jake’s four-star restaurant and Eric’s newspaper keep them from following through. Six years later, they take the honeymoon they never had, heading to the Florida coast in search of sea turtles—and rekindling their passion for each other in the process.
The Night Shift - Jonas Kelshiker works the night shift in the Evidence Room at the police depot, where the crimes have become monotonous and the policemen unremarkable – until the night Dan Harris shows up at his window.
Roadside Assistance - When Robert sees flashing lights in his rear view mirror, he doesn't know just how wild a turn his night is going to take. With the threat of his first speeding ticket imminent, he tries to use his clever mouth to get him out of trouble. But this cop won't let him get off that easy.

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Meet the author:
Angora Shade: Angora Shade is an American author living in what she lovingly refers to as "Sheep Shit Nowhere" Europe. In an attempt to add some spice to her small town life, Ms. Shade began writing explicit erotica as a form of self-entertainment. Exploring the boundaries of acceptable sexual literature, she often seeks to create stories that not only entertain others, but also expose and push against the negative stigma surrounding sex in modern day society. She believes that sex in literature, art, personal thought, and physical nature, should be celebrated and expressed openly and as easily as any God-given freedom. Her favorite themes in writing include revenge, self-discovery, alternative materials for love play/BDSM, as well as anything that produces a good tingle, sizzle, or laugh. When not writing, Ms. Shade enjoys red wine, travel, dancing, classic cartoons, baking, and creating fine art.
Kay C. Sulli: Kay C. Sulli is a queer asexual writer often found scribbling in the wilderness. She writes from the heart with a passion for history, nature, and the American West.
DC Juris: Romance author, sci-fi fan club Captain, cosplayer, reigning Queen of Monkeyland, and random menace. Yep, we're talking about DC Juris. She’s a cupcake making, football watching, rubber duck collecting, drag show loving, full of fabulous with a Capital F kinda gal. She's also an Ordained Minister and an amateur photographer. She lives in Upstate NY with her husband, three dogs, and two cats. When she's not writing, you can find her in her favorite chair watching "Star Trek" and "Supernatural" repeats on Netflix, or surfing the web for porn. Er...research. Surfing the web for research. She may speak softly but she lives and loves loudly. Just ask the neighbors.
Jean Wolfe: Jean Wolfe would really rather go hide under a rock somewhere than have to fill out author bios.
Dale Cameron Lowry: Dale Cameron Lowry is a writer and editor living in the Midwest with a partner and three irritable cats. This is Dale’s second story for Torquere Press.
Shannen Malone: Shannen Malone is an Irish student studying English, in the second year of her degree. When not scaling the monolith of her required reading list, Shannen can be found in her blanket nest, writing all things queer.
Kassandra Lea: Kassandra Lea has been writing for far longer than she cares to admit. She lies in southern Wisconsin with her mother, a gang of furry little monsters, and a ghost lovingly dubbed Bob.
Louise Blaydon: Louise is an academic, editor and writer. She primarily writes m/m and f/f fiction, and has published a number of novels and novellas and many short stories. She lives in England and has too many cats.
Aiden McKenna: Aiden McKenna is a writer and editor living in the dirty south. When not bent over the writing desk, she enjoys time spent with family on her farm and relaxing on the porch with a strong drink and a good novel.

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2015 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Laurel Heights 2 by Lisa Worrall

Laurel Heights 2 by Lisa Worrall
Gay Erotic Romance
Paperback: 214 pages
Publisher: White Stiletto Press (October 1, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1502597446
ISBN-13: 978-1502597441
Amazon: Laurel Heights 2
Amazon Kindle: Laurel Heights 2

Will and Scott are now out and proud and living together in Scott's tiny house. So everything is perfect, right? Wrong... Scott has a new partner, a new male partner, and Will is not happy about that at all. A sadistic serial killer is at large, torturing his way through the gay community, but Will and Scott have no leads. And one of the residents of Laurel Heights has been arrested for murder.


The story was fine. It seems cookie-cutter style, but everything that was necessary for the story to be told and entertaining was there.  It seems almost all the male characters were gay, so that was a little unrealistic. The climax to the ending was a satisfying surprise. 

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2015 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Redemption (Diversion 5) by Eden Winters

Redemption (Diversion 5) by Eden Winters
Gay Mystery / Thriller
Series: Diversion
Paperback: 258 pages
Publisher: Rocky Ridge Books (August 7, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1626220298
ISBN-13: 978-1626220294
Amazon: Redemption (Diversion 5)
Amazon Kindle: Redemption (Diversion 5)

Living is the easy part.

Agent Lucky Lucklighter and his partner escaped Mexico alive, only to plunge into bureaucratic fallout from their mission. Hell, maybe Lucky should have stayed south of the border. Especially when the Southeastern Narcotics Bureau places Bo into rehab, and Lucky’s facing both therapy and an inquiry into a fatal shooting. Watching over his shoulder for a vengeful drug lord or a cartel don calling in favors leaves his scarcely able to imagine a future for them as agents, or as lovers.

Bo Schollenberger once had a vision for their life together, but he’s bowed by the weight of his undercover work. Lucky’s hanging on by his deeply chewed fingernails, clinging to hope by making Bo’s dream of a home into reality. The last thing he needs is a phone call from a dangerous man who knows too much, summoning him back to Mexico for “An early Christmas present.”

Not when the SNB brass asks tough questions like “How well do you really know your partner?”


I loved the bond between the guys. Excellent character development.

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2015 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Infected: Paris by Andrea Speed

Infected: Paris by Andrea Speed
Gay Mystery / Thriller
Publisher: DSP Publications; 1 edition (February 24, 2015)
Amazon Kindle: Infected: Paris

Prequel to Infected: Prey

In a world where a werecat virus has changed society, Roan McKichan, a born infected and ex-cop, works as a private detective trying to solve crimes involving other infecteds.

Roan is working a frustrating stalker case, with no shortage of suspects and little solid evidence, when he comes across a startling eyewitness living in his car across the street from the scene. A tiger-strain infected, the only one Roan’s ever met, Paris Lehane is a former Canadian golden boy who suffered a breakdown after becoming infected in college.

While Roan's ex, Diego “Dee” Cole, warns against falling for the infected Paris, a man doomed to die, Roan struggles with his attraction and the knowledge that no happily ever after is possible for them.

But is the knowledge enough to discourage him from following his heart? Roan helps Paris out of homelessness, and maybe a special hospital can help Paris with the infection, but Roan’s got his hands full with this case, and there’s no end in sight.


I found the world building and character development in Infected: Paris to be both interesting and completely absorbing. The writing style was solid, and the plot development strong.

Incredible characters. Strong plot. Overall amazing story.


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2015 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Palace Dog by R.E. Nelson

Palace Dog by R.E. Nelson
Gay Historical Romance
Paperback: 206 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (February 27, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1632165376
ISBN-13: 978-1632165374
Amazon: Palace Dog
Amazon Kindle: Palace Dog

In April 1975, as the government in Saigon is falling, Michael Andrews prepares to make his way back to Vietnam to find the love he was forced to leave.

But Michael’s journey begins four years earlier. He joins the Air Force to keep out of the Army and out of Vietnam, but his first assignment is teaching English in Saigon to members of the Vietnamese military in an Army program called Palace Dog.

As an artist, and a man, before his time in Vietnam, Michael found life lonely and unsatisfying. In the midst of war, Michael searches for direction and meaning. He ultimately finds love and hope with Thao, a young Vietnamese art student, only to have their already uncertain future wrenched from them when he is pulled out of the country.

For Michael, his return in 1975 is inevitable and without question, though the outcome he hopes for is anything but assured.


This book was very well written. It put me right onto the streets of Vietnam: sights, sensations, smells, anxiety, and all.

This started out really slow for me. I'm a romance reader, and the romance didn't start until more than halfway through the novel. The subplot with Richard seemed like filler to me from a genre romance perspective. Once the romance plot really got going, I couldn't put it down. But it took a long time. This made Saigon feel like a real place, not just someplace you see in film clips on TV. All the characters felt real and unique, even the minor ones. Beautifully written literary style novel.

Excellent historical details and setting -- very well done throughout. Every part of it seems authentic and there's a real tension in the story regarding America's withdrawal from Vietnam and the collapse of the war efforts and the impact on the characters. Some pacing and flashback problems and abrupt ending but overall very strong and interesting.



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