November 25th, 2015

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Blog Tour: Travels Through The Scarlet Equinox

Travels Through The Scarlet Equinox by Toni Griffin, J. Scott Coatsworth, Angel Martinez, Freddy MacKay
Series: Mischief Corner Anthologies
Paperback: 430 pages
Publisher: Mischief Corner Books, LLC; First edition (November 18, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1519319207
ISBN-13: 978-1519319203
Amazon: Travels Through The Scarlet Equinox
Amazon Kindle: Travels Through The Scarlet Equinox

Look, it really did start out with demons. In space. Rescuing an angel from a deserted… Never mind. Brimstone has never been about just demons. The eponymous ship of the series, the Brimstone herself, and I have spent a prequel and four novellas building a little family of oddities, though that’s not what we started out doing.
The ship and I had a clear purpose – write some science fiction comedic pieces because, darn it, SF takes itself too seriously sometimes and needs to be reminded that the universe has a sense of humor. Ivana Cockatoo, all brash and sass, certainly confirms it. The ship’s AI doesn’t do serious for long. But she’s watched as we’ve added an angel, a cowboy from the Old West, an oversized pink hedgehog who can only speak in haiku, and so on to our ship family, and the Brimstone would like me to finally admit something. It’s not just about the funny, either.
Yes, the stories are humor, but they’re also about being who you are and holding up a single finger salute to a universe who says you have to be something else. It’s about being our quirky, strange, does-not-fit-in-pre-prepared-box, sometimes annoying, sometimes wonderful selves. It’s about following our passions, no matter the obstacles in the way. It’s about the family we gather around us, which may or may not include the family were born to. The new Brimstone story, Beside a Black Tarn? Well, you’ll just have to snag the Travels Through the Scarlet Equinox anthology and see for yourself.
Brimstone. Demons in space. How can you take that seriously?

BLURB: The Autumnal equinox—when the trees dress in their formal scarlet and gold and the crisp air whispers of chance and change, when bright days turn into sudden storms and the veil between reality and imagination thins. Join the Mischief Corner authors as they share stories evoking this often unpredictable time of year.

A Bear’s Bear by Toni Griffin
Matthew Warner's been a Chicago Bears fan as far back as he can remember. What other team was a young bear shifter from the Smokey Mountains supposed to root for? When his college friend gets tickets to the next home game, Matthew jumps at the chance for a holiday. It's his favorite time of year and Nic promises him pumpkin carving and a visit to the world's largest corn maze, what more could he want?
What Matthew doesn’t expect is finding out the defensive tackle for the Bears is his mate. Between fainting at the realization, meeting family, and dealing with the media fallout of his mate's coming out Matthew is in for a hell of a rocky Halloween.

The Autumn Lands by J. Scott Coatsworth
Jerrith is running. Kissed by an elf, he can't remain in his hometown of Althos anymore. Not that he wanted to stay.
Caspian still hasn't figured out why he kissed Jerrith, but he's running too. Since he was exiled from the Autumn Lands, his past has been hazy, and his future uncertain. But when a stray memory brings things into focus, the two decide to run toward something together. What they uncover will change how they see the world, and themselves, forever.

Beside a Black Tarn by Angel Martinez
When Shax stumbles across rumors of an experimental house that responds to the occupant’s brain functions, creating scenarios to please and delight, naturally he wants to steal it. But with the return of a troubled and hunted Julian Parallax and an overabundance of Poe references, even Shax’s scheming may not be enough to get the Brimstone crew out alive this time.

Eternity in the Tides by Freddy MacKay
Autumn has always been Zak's favorite season for hiking and camping. Not to mention breathing in all that crisp fall air and sitting around toasty bonfires. That all changed year and a half ago when a rich prick high on prescription pills sideswiped Zak while he was out biking.
Now his days are filled with pain and limited mobility. No more camping. No more trails. Zak's life as he knew it is gone forever.
Back at his beloved stomping grounds, Zak is ready to say hello and goodbye one last time. But when a cry from the frigid Lake Superior waters throws him into the role of a rescuer, more than just his life hangs in the balance. Little did Zak know how much one person giving a damn mattered to him.

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About Toni Griffin
Toni Griffin lives in Darwin, the smallest of Australia's capital cities. Born and raised in the state she's a Territorian through and through. Growing up Toni hated English with a passion (as her editors can probably attest to) and found her strength lies with numbers.
Now, though, she loves escaping to the worlds she creates and hopes to continue to do so for many years to come. She's a single mother of one and works full time. When she's not writing you can just about guarantee that she will be reading one of the many MM authors she loves.
For a complete list of books, go to:
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About J. Scott Coatsworth
Scott is the admin for the Queer Sci Fi site. He has been writing since ele- mentary school, when he and won a University of Arizona writing contest in 4th grade for his first sci fi story (with illustrations!). He finished his first novel in his mid twenties, but after seeing it rejected by ten publishers, he gave up on writing for a while.
Over the ensuing years, he came back to it periodically, but it never stuck. Then one day, he was complaining to Mark, his husband, about how he had been derailed yet again by the death of a family member, and Mark said to him "the only one stopping you from writing is you."
Since then, Scott has gone back to writing in a big way, finishing more than a dozen short stories—some new, some that he had started years be- fore—and seeing his first sale. He's embarking on a new trilogy, and also runs QSF, a support group for writers of gay sci fi, fantasy, and supernatu- ral fiction.
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About Freddy MacKay
Freddy grew up in the Midwest, playing sports and running around outside. And honestly, that much has not changed since Freddy was small and throwing worms at other kids, expect worm throwing has been replaced with a healthy geocaching addiction. Freddy enjoys traveling and holds the view a person should continually to learn about new things and people whenever possible.
Freddy's contemporary LGBTQ book, Incubation: Finding Peace 2, won 3rd Place - Best Gay Erotic Fiction in the 2012 Rainbow Awards. In 2013, Freddy's story, Internment, tied for 3rd Place - Best Gay Fantasy in the Rainbow Awards. Freddy's steampunk/SF story, Feel Me, was a finalist and honorable mention in the 2014 Rainbow Awards for SF. You can email Freddy at:
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About Angel Martinez
While Angel Martinez is the erotic fiction pen name of a writer of several genres, she writes both kinds of gay romance – Science Fiction and Fantasy. Currently living part time in the hectic sprawl of northern Delaware, (and full time inside the author's head) Angel has one husband, one son, two cats, a changing variety of other furred and scaled companions, a love of all things beautiful and a terrible addiction to the consumption of both knowledge and chocolate.
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2015 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Broken Gait by Kate Pavelle

Broken Gait by Kate Pavelle
Gay Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 236 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (September 22, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1632161516
ISBN-13: 978-1632161512
Amazon: Broken Gait
Amazon Kindle: Broken Gait

Sequel to Wild Horses

Steel City Stories: Book Three

Attila Keleman can find no flaw in Kai’s work at his stables. Three months later, toiling side by side, Attila is smitten. Proud of his new partner, Attila wants to introduce them as a couple at an upcoming horse show. First, however, he has to conquer his demon. Attila can’t stand crowds of people, and a horse shows means just that. Grandpa Keleman can’t help him with his crippling social anxiety from afar. Attila turns to his horse, Sen. His equine partner is trained to help him through the most difficult panic attacks. With Sen and Kai by his side, Attila knows he can risk everything and emerge out of his comfort zone.

Kai agrees to do the show only to help Attila out of his shell. Once there, the press are all over them. Kai’s personality and looks results in media buzz and modeling offers—while Attila falls apart when Sen goes lame. Unable to deal with the pressure, Attila is convinced Kai would be a fool not to flee for greener pastures. Meanwhile, Kai is hell-bent on showing Attila his weakness is also his greatest strength—even if it means resorting to deception.

An enjoyable follow up to Wild Horses giving further insight to the characters and their journey to find balance in their relationship.

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2015 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Misplaced Affection by Wade Kelly

Misplaced Affection by Wade Kelly
Gay Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 378 pages
Publisher: Wade Kelly Books; 1 edition (December 17, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0692350241
ISBN-13: 978-0692350249
Amazon: Misplaced Affection
Amazon Kindle: Misplaced Affection

Clichés are overrated and loving the boy next door may not be as genuine as the love Flynn sacrifices along the way. Knowing he’s gay and acting on it were two separate notions to Flynn Brewer until he’d met Keith, his first boyfriend, in high school. Before then, being gay wasn’t as real as the pain of living day-to-day. Flynn’s fear of coming out to his religious best friend Zach in their conservative community destroyed his relationship with Keith, but Flynn rationalized his avoidance and bottled up the truth until it was regrettably too late. Zachary Mitchell was the perfect son and role model as far as the outside world could tell. Active in his church while attending college, Zach had a personality that could sell anything, do anything, or be anything. Except, he couldn’t sell the truth to himself. Just when he was ready to reveal his internal conflict to Flynn and expose the darkness lurking in his heart, and in his “perfect” family, Zach met a girl and got sucked deeper into his chasm of deception. Caught in a living Newton’s Cradle of his own design, Flynn must choose between idealistic childhood fantasy, or a tempestuous passion that could ignite the very air he breathes.

Well written and quite a heart gripping story. Zach's parents are what LGBT kids who have them as parents, fear. Ms. Kelly could've been relating the story of any gay kid, in USA. Very touching and agonizing at times. There were parts of the story that made me want to smash Zach's head and scream at him, then other parts I wanted to hug him and keep him safe. Well done, Wade!

Coming of age journey with all it's bumps and twists. First kiss, first love, first friendship, and first jealousy. 

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2015 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: No Place That Far by L.A. Witt & Aleksandr Voinov

No Place That Far (The Distance Between Us) by L.A. Witt & Aleksandr Voinov
Gay Erotic Romance
Paperback: 210 pages
Publisher: Samhain Publishing (January 27, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 161922786X
ISBN-13: 978-1619227866
Amazon: No Place That Far (The Distance Between Us)
Amazon Kindle: No Place That Far (The Distance Between Us)

Sometimes you only get one chance at a second chance. The Distance Between Us, Book 5 Still finding his footing after a long-overdue divorce, Marcus is looking forward to some mind-numbing drinking while ogling the grooms at Chris and Julien's wedding. He never expected his attention to be diverted by the gorgeous best man. One of Julien's French Foreign Legion buddies, Timur doesn't speak much English, but language is no barrier to Marcus understanding exactly what the huge Tartar wants-a one-night stand. Except that one night turns into two, three, then more, which puts Marcus on edge. After Timur is done house-sitting for the honeymooning couple, he's headed back to the Legion for another five years. Like it or not, once Timur gets on that plane, the fling is over. Unfortunately, Marcus forgot to tell his heart not to fall in love. And this time, if history repeats and he makes another wrong decision, he may never see his tattooed Legionnaire lover again. Warning: Contains a soldier who makes up for his lack of English by using his hands to read his lover's body; a chef-turned-bartender who no longer believes in love; a length of paracord that probably wasn't meant to be used this way; and a couple of newlyweds who are game for some four-way play.

Spot on voice and characters, fantastic tension, loved everything about this story.

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2015 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Knave of Broken Hearts by Tara Lain

Knave of Broken Hearts (Love in Laguna) by Tara Lain
Gay Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (August 3, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1632169614
ISBN-13: 978-1632169617
Amazon: Knave of Broken Hearts (Love in Laguna)
Amazon Kindle: Knave of Broken Hearts (Love in Laguna)

A Love in Laguna Novel

Jim Carney has a full time job―running from himself. Since he walked out on his wealthy family at sixteen because he’d wrecked his best friend’s life over some yaoi graphic novels, Jim has lived a macho, blue-collar existence of too much booze and too little responsibility. Then Billy Ballew, the man Jim most admires, gives Jim a chance to come through as his construction supervisor. For once, Jim is determined to make someone proud. Then Jim goes in for a physical for his new job, and his yaoi dream comes to life in the form of cardiologist Ken Tanaka. Jim discovers he has two heart problems―a wonky mitral valve and a serious attraction to his doctor. But Ken is a major player, and Jim might be just a notch on the doc's stethoscope. To Ken, Jim is unforgettable―but the living embodiment of his traditional family’s worst nightmares. How come the minute Jim decides to be responsible, he finds himself taking care of his kid brother, getting a proposal from a wealthy woman, making a deal with the devil, and winding up in the hospital―when all he really wants is the Knave of Broken Hearts?

A story from the heart (or for the heart)  - pan intended. The main hero - a macho constriction worker with gentle yaoi soul finally find his manga idol to mend his literally broken heart. Lovely fun story.

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