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Monday, May 1, 2017

*Kermit Flail* Monday-- May, Quickening, and RT!


You know, I think I'm gonna change the name here. I mean, I like Kermit and all, but seriously--I get so excited about this post every month--I think we should call it the Amy Flail, don't you?

So, on today's Amy Flail--

Well, first we've got Robert Winter with his new romantic suspense book--and it looks AWESOME. Now I'm a romantic suspense junkie, so I have to say, after meeting Robert at DSP Weekend for two years running, and sort of (TOTALLY) adoring him, I am more than happy to see he writes one of my favorite kinds of candy--go Robert!

Also doing romantic suspense this month is Andrea Speed--and if you're fans of my Little Goddess series, Andrea is your gal-- she's got a jitterbug action packed prose style that won't quit, and quite frankly makes me jealous. That, and Lochlainn is one of my favorite names, so the fact that her new book has that name (spelled slightly differently of course) is sort of making my mouth water. 

Rick R. Reed is here with a collection of some of his older stories--and I have to say, I love this idea of the collection. For those of us who have been around a while, having something like this to gather some of our oldest and best together, and to give a newbie a taste of who we are is really a marvelous idea. So now the Rick has some of his tastiest dishes to offer--by all means, take a bite!

Also here is Gus Li-- now Gus and I have attended quite a few Yaoi Cons together, and I LOVE not only his talent with the lovely covers but also his sense of humor. There is something very grounding about Gus--and I'm so excited to flail his work!

Ariel Tachna is here as well, with her newest Dreamspun Desire-- and like Ariel herself, who is irrepressible, funny, and enthusiastic in the extreme, this one looks like a real attention getter. You should all check it out!

Now I mentioned that romantic suspense is my candy, and I have to admit-- Melinda Leigh is one of my favorite flavors. Right now when I'm not reading Karen Rose (and I'm reading Karen Rose a LOT!) I'm reading Melinda Leigh. I told her that I'd promo her newest book on the flail, and while I'm not sure she knows what the flail is, she was SO appreciative, and I'm just up in the air about having a new book--in fact a new series--of hers to read.  

And I think that's about it, really, I mean is there anything I'm forgetting? Anything... anything...

Yeah, I'm playing with y'all-- the first part of Quickening is out on Tuesday. I know that a few of you out here have been following this blog since I only had two books--period. And then three, then five and now it's in the seventies.  

But Quickening takes us back to where it all begins. Back to the Little Goddess and her great big brawlie lovers and I adore her and I'm so happy.  So folks, tell your friends if they were fans of Cory and the LG, and definitely pimp Vulnerable the first book in the series if you can. (Warn them though...subtly... warn them about the end of that book.)  

But I'm so excited--and really proud. Underneath the book blurb I've got a list of blog tour stops--make sure you check some of them out. (I'll add links as I get them!)  I talk about the history of the LG, and about some of the challenges of writing a pregnant heroine who still kicks ass. 

So there you go folks--I"m at RT for the next week, but I've got some blog posts programmed to go, so make sure you check back to see what's cracking!  Have a FABULOUS May, and if you're going to RT in Atlanta, I look forward to seeing you there!

Every Breath You Take

Robert Winter

Someone is murdering young gay men in Washington, and it might have something to do with handsome, wealthy and successful Thomas. He goes through man after man because he learned his lesson years ago – no one can stay the night, or get too close. Then he meets Zachary, a vibrant transplant from Utah who can’t believe it when model-gorgeous Thomas picks him up on his very first time in a gay bar. Zachary wants more than a single night with Thomas, but he has no idea that his persistence will put him in the sights of a killer.



Gone by the Board

by August Li

The sea is full of jealously guarded secrets, but everything washes up eventually….

Betrayed by a trusted partner, Nathan figures he might as well be lost and heartbroken in the sunshine, and he heads to the coast of South Carolina, to stay with a friend and find a new direction for his life. But despite his efforts, he is lost in the fog, unable to find a guiding light and sometimes unable to find a reason to go on. His only respite from depression and anxiety is the soothing rhythm of the tides and the comfort he draws from proximity to the water.

When the sea sends a lifeline in the form of a strange and beautiful man, it’s easy for Nathan to ignore all the things that don’t add up about his new friend. But the tides can turn without notice, and it’s those mystical traits that will either finally lead Nathan safely to shore or drown him in confusion and despair.

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by Andrea Speed

Violence has been Lochlann O’Connor’s companion since he was born into a family of old-school Irish terrorists. From there he is recruited into Alpha, a secret government agency dedicated to fighting terrorism—with extreme prejudice. Lochlann’s bravery, efficiency, ruthlessness, and the natural deadeye aim that lets him hit anything that moves, quickly make him one of the shadowy organization’s most valued operatives.

Cas Vega joins Alpha because it’s marginally better than a prison sentence. He’s a former drug cartel assassin—or at least that’s his story. But Lochlann is suspicious. Despite an irrational and overwhelming attraction to Cas, Lochlann has questions, and they soon lead to a deeper and deadlier mystery. What is Alpha’s true purpose, and why does it seem they want to eliminate Lochlann?

Lochlann and Cas must work together to get to the bottom of Alpha’s scheme and escape it—and all while Cas keeps secrets that could cost him his life if they’re revealed. But it’s not an alliance that can last. Duty turns the men into enemies, even while fate compels them into each other’s arms. Before they can contemplate which will prevail, they must figure out how to survive.

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by Rick R. Reed

Horror. Romance. The two seem at odds, yet in provocative author Rick R. Reed’s hands, the pair merge like a match made in heaven ... or hell.

Prepare for a dark journey into an unhinged world populated by ordinary and extraordinary monsters. Unhinged brings you sometimes chilling, sometimes romantic, sometimes hilarious, but always thought-provoking tales.

Among them you’ll find a chilling and redemptive ghost story, a most unusual and shocking first meeting for two lovers, a story revolving around one of the 20th Century’s most horrific serial killers, and a darkly comic take on the vampire mythos. This collection will make your heart race with passion ... in all its forms.

Contains the stories: Echoes, How I Met My Man, The Man from Milwaukee, Sluggo Snares a Vampire, The Ghost in #9, and Incubus.

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Stage Two

by Ariel Tachna

Love has a steep learning curve.

Assistant high school principal Blake Barnes has everything he wants—a chance to help troubled students and an outlet for his passion for theater. Well, almost everything—he still goes home to an empty apartment. Then his high school crush explodes back into his life, the unexpected guardian of two boys in Blake’s care.

Thane Dalton has always been a bad boy through and through. Not much has changed, including his mistrust of authority figures, and no amount of institutional bureaucracy will keep him from protecting his nephews from the bullies terrorizing them. If that means butting heads with Blake, so be it.

Blake and Thane have lessons to learn: that they both have the boys’ best interests at heart, that the tension between them isn’t just confrontational, and that sparks can fly when opposites come together.

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Say You're Sorry

by Melinda Leigh

After the devastating loss of her husband in Iraq, Morgan Dane returns to Scarlet Falls, seeking the comfort of her hometown. Now, surrounded by family, she’s finally found peace and a promising career opportunity—until her babysitter is killed and her neighbor asks her to defend his son, Nick, who stands accused of the murder.

Tessa was the ultimate girl next door, and the community is outraged by her death. But Morgan has known Nick for years and can’t believe he’s guilty, despite the damning evidence stacked against him. She asks her friend Lance Kruger, an ex-cop turned private eye, for help. Taking on the town, the police, and a zealous DA, Morgan and Lance plunge into the investigation, determined to find the real killer. But as they uncover secrets that rock the community, they become targets for the madman hiding in plain sight.

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by Amy Lane  

Cory thought she’d found balance on Green's Hill—sorceress, student, queen of the vampires, wife to three men—she had it down! But establishing her right to risk herself with Green and Bracken had more than one consequence, and now she’s facing the world's scariest job title: mother.

But getting the news that she’s knocked up takes a back seat when a half-elf hunts them down for help. Her arrival brings news that the werewolf threat, which has been haunting them for over a year, has finally arrived on their doorstep—and it’s bigger and more frightening than they’d ever imagined.

Cory throws herself into this new battle with everything she’s got—and her men let her do it. Because they all know that whether they defeat this enemy now or later, the thing she's most afraid of is arriving on a set schedule, and not even Cory can avoid it. The trick is getting her to acknowledge she's pregnant before she gives birth—or kills herself in denial.

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May 1--Rainbow Gold Reviews
May 5 - Divine Magazine 
May 9 - Genre Talk at The Novel Approach

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