1 (tie-in). Beneath the Stain by Amy Lane
Paperback: 350 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (October 17, 2014)
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In a town as small as Tyson, CA, everybody knew the four brothers with the four different fathers—and their penchant for making good music when they weren't getting into trouble. For Mackey Sanders, playing in Outbreak Monkey with his brothers and their friends—especially Grant Adams—made Tyson bearable. But Grant has plans for getting Mackey and the Sanders boys out of Tyson, even if that means staying behind.
Between the heartbreak of leaving Grant and the terrifying, glamorous life of rock stardom, Mackey is adrift and sinking fast. When he's hit rock bottom, Trav Ford shows up, courtesy of their record company and a producer who wants to see what Mackey can do if he doesn't flame out first. But cleaning up his act means coming clean about Grant, and that's not easy to do or say. Mackey might make it with Trav's help—but Trav's not sure he's going to survive falling in love with Mackey.
Mackey James Sanders comes with a whole lot of messy, painful baggage, and law-and-order Trav doesn't do messy or painful. And just when Trav thinks they may have mastered every demon in Mackey's past, the biggest, baddest demon of all comes knocking.
No one does angst like Amy Lane. At times this book was almost too much--even for someone like me who adores angst--but it's impossible to put down. The characters are perfectly flawed, so loveable you feel every shred of their pain and hope and loss. A story that will stay with me forever, for sure.
This book pulled me in from the very beginning, and I almost felt like I was there.
Intense long gripping story with a plot that continued to evolve throughout the story. Interesting characters. Looked at sad side of life as well as the good side.
Amy Lane's dark contemporary stories always gut me -- this one was no different, and it wasn't even one of the darker ones. Incredible characters, roiling emotions, and rock and roll! When you finish an Amy Lane book, you feel like you really know all her characters personally (and for some of the less pleasant ones, that's not entirely comfortable!).
Absolutely loved every word, Amy Lane at her finest!
Coming of age story. As expected from this author, very well written and interactive. A song of life, love and friendship.1 (tie-in). The Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal by KJ Charles
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (June 16, 2015)
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A story too secret, too terrifying—and too shockingly intimate—for Victorian eyes.
A note to the Editor
I have been Simon Feximal’s companion, assistant and chronicler for twenty years now, and during that time my Casebooks of Feximal the Ghost-Hunter have spread the reputation of this most accomplished of ghost-hunters far and wide.
You have asked me often for the tale of our first meeting, and how my association with Feximal came about. I have always declined, because it is a story too private to be truthfully recounted, and a memory too precious to be falsified. But none knows better than I that stories must be told.
So here is it, Henry, a full and accurate account of how I met Simon Feximal, which I shall leave with my solicitor to pass to you after my death.
I dare say it may not be quite what you expect.
"The Caldwell Ghost" and “Butterflies” are previously published short stories. The Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal continues and completes Robert Caldwell and Simon Feximal’s story.
Well rounded characters and I enjoyed how their relationship was told through the cases they worked. I loved the world building and that I could picture everything as it was playing out, almost like I was watching a movie.
Another perfect read. A collection of short stories that piece together a lifetime relationship. Sad and sweet, scary and funny, all stories are different and entertaining.
This was literally the best thing I read all year.
This is a charming (if sometimes harrowing) homage to Victorian occultists and its resulting pulp fiction. KJ Charles's mastery of the vernacular of this period is remarkable, as always. Ever wonder what would have happened if Holmes and Watson had been lovers rather than colleagues, and if Holmes's weakness had not been cocaine but the result of arcane tampering? Here's the answer. (In Feximal's world, the Hound of the Baskervilles would have truly been a giant spectral hound.)
I adored this book which hearkened back to the days of Victorian England, and the poignancy of two men investigating to the best of their abilities. The irony--and hope--at the end undid me, and I have spent lots of fruitless--if wonderful time--imagining the ending that I'm sure we all wanted for our heroes. I did not realize until recently that parts of this book were released independently, as individual adventures, and that knowledge only made me love it more. It's like Sherlock Holmes, paranormal style, and I cannot praise it enough.
2. Restless Spirits by Jordan L. Hawk
3. Fool's Gold by Jess Faraday
4. Knight of Ocean Avenue by Tara Lain
5. Semper Fi by Keira Andrews
6. A Fashionable Indulgence by KJ Charles
7. A Scout is Brave by Jay Jordan Hawke
Model Citizen by Lissa Kasey
Most Beautiful Words by Raine O’Tierney
8. Americana Fairy Tale by Lex Chase
For Real by Alexis Hall
9. The Butterfly King by Edmond Manning
We Found Love by Allison Cassatta & Kade Boheme
10. Winter’s Wolf by Tara Lain
A New Man by P.D. Singer
Orion's Circle by Victoria Sue
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