Saturday, July 24, 2021

Sexy Saturday: Monsoon Fever

 


Author: Lisabet Sarai
Genre: Historical multicultural MMF erotic romance

Blurb

When a charismatic Indian lawyer arrives at their remote Assamese tea plantation, he tempts a married couple with forbidden carnal delights.   

In the early years of their marriage, Priscilla and Jonathan eagerly indulged their physical desires, but now that passion has dwindled. Childlessness and the horrors of the Great War have taken a toll on their relationship. Though Priscilla still aches for Jon’s touch, he seems preoccupied with settling his father’s affairs in India, so they can sell the plantation they’ve inherited and return to England.

Anil Kumar served as solicitor to Jon’s father. Arriving unannounced, drenched by a monsoon deluge, he enchants both Priscilla and Jon with his beauty, poise and wisdom. In separate incidents, each of them succumbs to Anil's lustful attentions. Will the illicit cravings excited by the handsome Indian be the final stroke that destroys their marriage? Or the route to saving it?

Note: This book was previously published by Totally Bound. It has been revised and re-edited for this release.


Excerpt

She sank down into one of the chairs, staring blankly at the card, seeing its owner in her mind’s eye. Anil Kumar was a native, true, but clearly a gentleman. His clothing, even when wet, showed signs of custom tailoring. Perhaps ten years older than she and Jon, he had a regal bearing and a face both comely and intelligent. Heavy eyebrows arched over deep eyes the colour of teakwood. His high forehead was crowned by lush black hair, cut neatly but with a tendency to curl. His long, straight nose and square chin were balanced by a set of lips full enough to belong to a woman. 

A handsome man, yes, but more than the sum of his parts. Even in their brief interaction, Priscilla had sensed something, some energy or life in him that made him doubly appealing. He exuded confidence but without a trace of arrogance. The English had learned the hard way to be wary of the natives. Nevertheless, Priscilla could not help trusting Anil Kumar.

She heard the squeak of the door, looked up and caught her breath. It was Kumar returning. He was dressed all in white, in loose cotton trousers and a gauzy kurta that bared his throat. A gold amulet hung around his neck. His skin seemed darker, his face more exotic. Priscilla was reminded of the statues of Krishna she and Jonathan had seen in Calcutta, on their way to the plantation. Her heartbeat surged. Wet heat gathered between her legs. Before, he had looked like a gentleman. Now, he seemed a god.

“Please forgive my state of undress, Mrs. Archer, but I’m afraid that these are the only garments I have with me that are not soaked through. Your maid has kindly taken my suit for cleaning. As soon as it is dry, I will dress myself more appropriately. Meanwhile, I hope that I do not offend your sensibilities.”

“Not at all,” Priscilla waved off the concern with a smile. He certainly affected her sensibilities, but she was far from offended. “We all have to muddle along during this infernal rainy season. It’s difficult to imagine being completely dry.” 

“Ah, but the monsoon is a blessing from the Mother Goddess. Without it, all India would starve.”

“Yes, I’m sure that you are right. It’s just hard for me to imagine living with this for another three months.”

Anil leaned toward her, his face earnest. Priscilla caught a hint of sandalwood essence wafting from his warm skin. A wave of dizziness swept over her. “It must be difficult for you, being so far from your home. I think, though, that if you will allow yourself to do so, you will come to love India.”

Priscilla struggled to control her physical reactions, “Perhaps. Certainly, the rain is very beautiful. It softens the rough edges and makes everything seem dreamlike, insubstantial. Sometimes you can see the hills. Sometimes it’s as though they are not there.” 

“Yes, exactly.”  His eyes closed for a moment, as though he were gazing at something unseen. His jet-black lashes were as lush as a woman’s. “The monsoon reveals the truth, that all is Maya, illusion. Our bodies, this world, pleasure and pain, it is all a dream of the gods.”


Buy Links

Amazon  US – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0994WZP4B

Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0994WZP4B

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Barnes and Noble – https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/monsoon-fever-lisabet-sarai/1139827649?ean=2940164960315

Kobo – https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/monsoon-fever-a-multicultural-romance

Add on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/58554176-monsoon-fever



About Lisabet

Lisabet Sarai became addicted to words at an early age. She began reading when she was four. She wrote her first story at five years old and her first poem at seven. Since then, she has written plays, tutorials, scholarly articles, marketing brochures, software specifications, self-help books, press releases, a five-hundred page dissertation, and lots of erotica and erotic romance – over one hundred titles, and counting, in nearly every sub-genre—paranormal, scifi, ménage, BDSM, GLBT, and more. Regardless of the genre, every one of her stories illustrates her motto: Imagination is the ultimate aphrodisiac.

You’ll find information and excerpts from all Lisabet’s books on her website (http://www.lisabetsarai.com/books.html), along with more than fifty free stories and lots more. At her blog Beyond Romance (http://lisabetsarai.blogspot.com), she shares her philosophy and her news and hosts lots of other great authors. She’s also on Goodreads, Pinterest, BookBub, BingeBooks and Twitter. 

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Friday, July 9, 2021

Update: Naughty Netherworld Press and Readers Roost

  

The Tower from the Azathoth Tarot Deck

Hello Naughties and Roosties.

Things are going to hell in a handbasket, and every time I think that I'm okay to keep pushing myself, that ends up being not true. I'm afraid that I've behaved like a bit of an ass, and to anyone who was on the receiving end of that, I apologize. 

For the time being, I'm going to confine myself to doing one session of blog hops when the new Cloned Heat book comes out. This means that for the foreseeable future, the Roost Recommendations posts will be monthly rather than weekly. 

I will still do the Insecure Writers Support Group.

I may occasionally do other blog hops outside of the Big Four, but I've honestly found that I don't get much feedback from participating in these. 

While I'm not going to stop writing entirely (like anyone cares if I do or I don't), I'm going to keep my WIP stuff a lot closer to the chest. I always thought that people would enjoy watching a work in progress, but nobody seems to be very interested. It takes effort to create the posts, so if they don't have an audience, I don't see any reason to make them.

I learned a long time ago that for people to take an interest in a woman's work, she has to be pretty. I'm not and never have been. I guess I kept hoping that people's attitudes would evolve and that we as a society would come to realize that looks are an overall meaningless attribute, but, if anything, things have only gotten worse.

Somebody once said that music was better when ugly people were making it. I think the same is true of writing. People who are writing from the most wounded part of themselves often produce the most powerful work. 

The general public doesn't want the kind of work where someone has torn out their heart and spilled their guts. They want the shiny, the sparkly, the effervescent, soda pop, bubblegum. They don't want to see the scars behind the mask of perfection. I give the people the scars.

Oddly enough, after seeing the Black Mirror episode "Rachel, Jack, and Ashley Too," I think that Miley Cyrus may understand this better than just about anybody except for Britney Spears.

Anyway, after sitting there shaking and feeling like I am utterly losing whatever is left of myself and my questionable sanity, I realize that I really need to take care of myself. I'm 56 years old and my health isn't great. I need to tend to my body's needs and cultivate the haunted garden of my heart so I can keep pissing people off for at least another 40 years.

Your support is appreciated more than you know.

~Ornery Owl (still not Charlotte) Has Spoken~


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Believe me, if I could get away with it, I'd be doing this.

Monday, July 5, 2021

Roost Recommendations July 2021

 

Image by lil_foot_ from Pixabay

How are you doing, Roosties? For many of us in the Northern hemisphere, it's too hot outside. Stay in and find your next great read with Readers Roost!

FREEBIE ALERT!
Cloned Heat VII: Shadows of Yesterday is free to own between July 13 and July 18. All of the books in the Cloned Heat series are always free from Kindle Unlimited. Scroll down and grab your copy today!

The Adventure of the Deceased Scholar
Author: Liese Sherwood-Fabre
Genre: Mystery

Blurb
A tragedy during the 1868 Oxford-Cambridge Boat race puts Mycroft Holmes’ reputation on the line. When Mycroft Holmes identifies a drowning victim, he is drawn into a situation that could destroy not only Lord Surminster's name, but his own reputation as well. If ruled a suicide, the lord’s assets will be returned to the Crown, leaving his mother and siblings destitute. Should that happen, the victim’s sister has threatened to drag Mycroft’s good name through the mire. Will Sherlock be able determine what happened before more than one family is destroyed?

Bestselling author Gemma Halliday has called The Early Case Files of Sherlock Holmes "a classic in the making" and Kirkus Review described it as “a multifaceted and convincing addition to Sherlock-ian lore.” 

Buy your copy of the third installment of this Sherlock Holmes origin series now. Available in eBook and paperback.

Arresting Jeremiah
Author: Amber Daulton
Genre: Romantic Suspense

Blurb
Injured Parole Officer Jeremiah “Jim” Borden never expected Calista Barlow, the sassy blonde waitress he’s craved for months, to ring his doorbell. She slips into his heart—and his bed—but he’s obsessed with a gangland investigation that threatens his career and maybe even his life.

Calista doesn’t trust easily, not with a daughter to protect and the stalker who keeps calling her. After her violent ex-boyfriend returns, she finds solace in Jim’s arms.

Jim may have to forego his need for answers to protect the ready-made family he adores, but how will he and Calista escape an unseen enemy that is always one step ahead of them?

Tagline – When threats escalate, will Jim and Calista succumb, or fight for a love they can’t deny?

Charity Sunday: Habitat for Humanity & The Trevor Project

Lisabet will donate one dollar to Habitat for Humanity and one dollar to The Trevor Project for every comment received on this post.

Charity Sunday: Operation Homefront
Nomad Authors will donate a dollar to Operation Homefront for every comment. 
I have never been able to comment on this blog. The Comments Bot always thinks my comments are Spam and eats them. Perhaps someone who has better luck commenting there can tell them that I've included their post here at Readers Roost.

Charity Sunday: Tara's Chemotherapy 

My cat Tara is undergoing chemotherapy, which is very expensive. We've given up on getting the AC in the car fixed as it would cost way too much. Donations for Tara's care have been very helpful and I can't thank everyone who has donated so far enough.

Charity Sunday: The Trevor Project

Fiona will donate $3 to the Trevor project for every comment she receives on this post.

Cloned Heat VII: Shadows of Yesterday
Author: Lil DeVille
Genre: M/M Erotica, Sci-Fi
Post Link: Complete first chapter coming 12 July 2021 to http://www.naughtynetherworldpress.com

Blurb
Renegade roughneck Peregrine Varga is deep under the spell of the amphibious pleasure clone Finn Storm. The seductive mystics of Temple Bratuns must earn Peregrine's trust so that he will agree to allow them to deeply probe his psyche. What shameful secrets from the dark past are allowing Finn to control the normally sensible worker clone so completely?

The stories in the Cloned Heat series of erotic cliffhangers are always free from Kindle Unlimited. This book will be available to own free from 13 July 2021 - 17 July 2021.

Get the entire Cloned Heat series through this link.

The Curse of True Love
Author: Patricia Preston
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Rom-Com

Blurb
The course of true love never runs smooth~especially when there's a curse and witches involved! Join the fun, romance, and daring adventure when Ryan inherits a cursed mansion deep in the bayou country and falls for beautiful Amelie who has been imprisoned in her portrait since 1812. To claim his inheritance and free Amelie, his only choice is to break the daunting spell, but that comes with a price.

Damned If You Do
Author: Lisabet Sarai
Genre: BDSM Romance, Paranormal Romance, Erotica

Blurb
Sometimes romance can be hell.

Wendy Dennison is tired of being a starving author. The royalties from her critically acclaimed romance novels barely pay her bills. Her devoted agent Daniel Rochester may be smart and sexy, but he can't get her the sales she needs. Then a charismatic stranger appears at her coffee shop table, promising her fame and commercial success, as well as the chance to live out her dreams of erotic submission. But at what cost?

Nothing you can't afford to lose, my dear.

Seduced by the enigmatic Mister B, she signs his infernal contract. He becomes both her Master and her coach, managing her suddenly flourishing career as well as encouraging her lusts. Under her mentor’s nefarious influence, she surrenders to temptation and has sex with Daniel. The casual encounter turns serious when she discovers her mild mannered agent has a dominant side. As the clock ticks down to her blockbuster release and Mister B prepares to claim her soul, Wendy must choose either celebrity and wealth, or obscurity and true love. 

Dancing on the Edge of Moonlight
Author: Leandre Simone
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Women's Fiction, African-American Fiction

Blurb
Cara, while feeling stuck in her job, is abruptly and unfairly fired. She is seething in her office and in the midst of destroying company property when she hears a wolf whistle. She discovers it’s the company’s owner, the highly affluent and infamous musician, Julian Aristo Starr. Cara is aware of his alleged dual personalities as Aristo, the consummate perfectionist, performer and manipulator and Julian, the reclusive creative genius behind the man. Unfortunately, it’s Aristo. She is unimpressed.
Running out of time to clear the premises, Cara bolts out the building, only to encounter Julian, a totally different person than Aristo. Now, she’s intrigued. Julian convinces her to have dinner with him.
The following morning she wakes from an outrageous nightmare, that just might be true, given the men’s purple underwear on her mantel…………

Deadly Karma
Author: Laura Tolomei
Genre: BDSM, Steamy Romance, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy

Blurb
He wasn’t looking for love or soul mates. He was looking for that Halloween high. Such was his justification. What comes around goes around was more like it.


When Eunice Saint Jacques meets Adrien Ascott at the Halloween party of one of New Orleans’s prestigious hotels, she thinks he’s cute. Nah, she thinks he’s the most gorgeous creature ever. Little does she know he isn’t all that he seems to be, and that this Halloween will seal her destiny forever.

While it’s Presentation Night at Club Sortilege, the renowned New Orleans BDSM club, Yvette Carlisle, the Grand Master’s slave, is worried. What happened to her friend Eunice should never have happened.

Not now.

Hell, not for a long time.

Yet, here she is, talking to Adrien and uncovering an age-old curse that dates back to 1890 and makes his karma as deadly as that of Count Dracula himself. Is it true, or is he spinning just another tale of bondage and sadism in the plush lounge of Club Sortilege?

Death Southern Style
Author: Beverly Bateman
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Romantic Suspense

Blurb
Born and raised in New Orleans Julie Ann Dupré senses things other people don’t. She’s living in New York when she’s told her mother has been killed in an attempted robbery, which is odd because Perrine didn’t have anything valuable to steal. Julie Ann comes home to find the truth and discovers there’s a family secret, hidden for years. She searches to find the real reason for her mother’s death. Now someone is trying to kill her. Will her psychic senses, a little dog and a detective keep her safe?

Detective Connor O’Reilly, a native of New Orleans and comes from a family of police. He’s an honest cop but realizes there is corruption in the division. He meets Julie Ann at her mother’s house and is immediately attracted to her. After telling her about the attempted robbery he checks into the case and finds no one is investigating the death. Julie Ann deserves the truth and he wants to know what really happened. He starts a thorough investigation. He’s warned off the case and then he receives a death threat.

Julie Ann and Connor work together to unravel the real reason behind Perrine Dupré’s murder, Julie Ann’s mysterious past, and why people want her dead, while developing their challenging relationship. Can they both survive? And what about their relationship?


Don't Drop the Baby
Author: Linda O'Connor
Genre: Medical Romance, Rom-Com

Blurb
Dr. Brogan Corkie is happily semi-retired from medicine and now has time for other hobbies. Her passion for food is only second to her skill at matchmaking!

Ross Skye, owner of BabyCare, a high-end line of baby merchandise, is injured in an accident, and Brogan uses her cooking, medical – and matchmaking – skills to help him out. Dr. Lauren Kane is taking care of her nephew for two weeks, and Brogan agrees to babysit while Lauren is at work.

Two years ago, Ross and Lauren dated. At that time, Lauren wanted kids, but Ross wasn’t keen. Now the tables have turned, and Ross is trying to convince Lauren that they’d make an awesome parenting team. Brogan suggests they test drive parenthood by looking after a simulated baby for a week – a computerized version that eats, sleeps, wets, and cries. Ross and Lauren experience the “joy” of having a newborn firsthand, and the bar is set pretty low. Their first goal is: don’t drop the baby. The second goal is to find out if their love for each other will survive the test of…parenting.

The Ethereal Road
Author: Stefan Tomasi
Genre: Spirituality

Blurb
Giulio Monaldi is an accomplished financial advisor with a seemingly “perfect life.” When abnormal test results hint at the possibility of terminal illness, he is urged to reconsider his beliefs, and forced to reconcile his disturbing past with the man he has become. Fearful that his day of reckoning is near, he fights to change his destiny and save his soul. In this thought-provoking debut set between Tuscany and Chicago, Stefan Tomasi blends literary fiction and magical realism to offer a unique look at modern-era spiritual empowerment. Fascinated by the dilemmas afflicting the human condition, Tomasi explores moral questions, evolving attitudes toward spirituality, and the meaning of life and death.

The Fated Series
Author: Becky Flade
Genre: Romance


Fated Souls

Maggie O’Connell went to Trappers’ Cove in search of a story. Aidan Gael went there to protect a secret. Together they found a love that will entwine their fates for eternity; but will also inspire an evil that will threaten everyone they cherish.

Fated Hearts

Henley Elliott lives in self-induced exile, running from one place to the next. Sheriff Carter McAlister can’t run from his nightmares. Fate brings these scarred hearts together but danger threatens to tear them apart.

Fated Desires

Former shortstop, Gabriel Foxx, isn’t looking for anything but a casual, friendly fling. Prickly divorcee Jenna Gavin isn’t even looking for that. But the more she tries to keep Gabe at arm's length, the more determined he is to break down her walls. When friendship grows complicated and mutual desire just isn't enough, will love be worth the risk?

Fated Always

A wild child who grew into a woman dedicated to protecting the wild, Tala Gael must choose between a man she doesn’t love and a man whose love she’s afraid to lose. Sawyer Gavin knows he’s fated to love Tala forever and is done waiting for their always to begin. Neither would know, until it’s too late, the evil their love would nurture.


 First We Kill All the Lawyers
Author: Seelie Kay
Genre: Paranormal Romance

Blurb
Donovan Trait is a marked man. He is flamboyant, stunningly handsome, and notoriously insatiable, but his attitude and style belie his skills in the courtroom. No one survives a cross-examination at Donovan’s hands. His knowledge of the law and trial practice has accumulated over the years… and years, of experience. More than three hundred years. You see, when Donovan isn’t seducing judges and juries, he’s a creature of the night. And now that someone has decided that it’s time to kill all lawyers, his lust for attention has set him in the murderer’s sights.

The problem is that vampires don’t die. Not easily, anyway. That’s good news for Donovan, not so much for his very human lady love, also a target of the serial killer. Will several unsuccessful attempts on his life expose Donovan’s true nature? Will the killer learn the secret that will guarantee a permanent death? Or will Donovan finally manage to put an end to the killer’s murderous spree and live happily ever after, with his lady love?

Coming Soon

The Four Winds: Regalia of Power
Author: Various
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult

Blurb
Take four authors, on two continents, with over 100 books published between them. Together they have created a Young Adult fantasy novel set in an alternative reality that jars everyday notions of time and space.

Four friends live in a dangerous world. They learn martial arts and magic, skills they take back to their war-torn homes: in a Europe overrun by violent gangs following the fall of Rome; an Australia where racist elites oppress Chinese miners; a Salt City in the Saharan desert, where a power-hungry dictator overthrows the matriarchy; and the American colonies, ruled by the grasping Brython Empire. Bound by friendship, these young people rally to protect The Regalia that control the elements.

Together they become a weapon that can destroy an entire city. In a worldwide game of cat and mouse, each object goes to one of the friends. Their quest becomes a mission to reach Constantinople, where they hope the regalia will be safe. But their challenges have only begun…

J.C. Gemmell Collection
Author: J.C. Gemmell
Genre: Sci-Fi

Tionosphere

For a million years, the human population was less than 26,000 people. By the year 2062, ten billion individuals crowded the planet.

As humanity faced its greatest challenge, two global corporations merge to deliver a radical solution: the construction of concentric spheres encircling the planet. For almost a thousand years, the new world was astonishingly empty, but as the tionsphere approaches capacity, its universal processing service starts to fail, threatening the lives of the obsessively-connected people.

Caitlyn and her small team of contract theorists accept the impossible task of understanding why. They discover individuals who seemingly pre-date the tionsphere, including one who plans to destroy everything within Tion’s spheres. Pazel is intent on killing thousands of billions of people to preserve an elite population tailored to his own desires.

Set on an immense scale, Tionsphere follows ordinary workers surviving in a world overflowing with people distracted by their technology and threatened by a life without it.

“The tension is palpable, the dialogue complex and the artifice of life itself intelligently exposed by those who break the chain. For serious science fiction fans, Tionsphere marks the beginning of a complex new series with plenty to think about long after the intense reading experience is over, and it’s therefore highly recommended for hardcore fans of the genre.” – Readers’ Favorite

The Uprisers

The elimination of Earth’s excess water was crucial to building a better world, providing access to real estate and raw materials. For a thousand years, the ejected ice remained safely stored in Tion’s orbit, and the human population soared.

Mike has a licence to move tourists through Tion’s spheres, despite new restrictions in the movement of people and data. His latest clients know nothing of his previous life and relationship to Pazel, or of the voice from his past, tempting him to return.

When Mike discovers scattered communities across Tion’s exposed surface, he knows he must confront Pazel. As they descend into the Depths and beyond, the crisis facing Tion becomes clear: the oceanic ice starts to bombard the world. Their journey becomes one of survival, not just theirs, but for hundreds of thousands of billions of consumers.

The Uprisers follows desperate people as they are forced to leave the safety of their connected lives behind and rise up toward the surface of Tion.

Demiurge

Desperate people will do anything to survive.
A pledge to their demiurge could be enough.

The Visionary

At the beginning of February 2060, Mount Erebus erupted, the first of a chain of Antarctic volcanoes that forever changed Earth’s future. Within days, sea levels began to rise, until sixty metres of water claimed coastlines worldwide.

Twelve-year-old Xin-yi and her mother fled their home, surviving amongst a community of rice farmers. A year later, a chance conversation with international census officials prepared her for a new life.

Now fourteen, Xin-yi commences her training as a visionary. It is her task to imagine a new Earth, rising above the drowning waters. Thousands of young people strive to design a world in which the displaced millions can live, and engineer a solution that will take a millennium to populate.

But Xin-yi’s challenges are more personal: coming to terms with the loss of her brother and unexpected feelings toward a friend. She has to choose between working to benefit humanity and her internal conflict with love.

Set over three decades after the 2060 flood, The Visionary combines dystopian, future and science fiction, and introduces J.C. Gemmell’s Tion series.

Hard Sci-Fi World Building Cookbook
Author: John Freeman
Genre: Sci-Fi

Blurb
Start with a story. Choose the locations it needs. Have the science behind them at your fingertips, as needed.

Note
I own a copy of this book. It is extremely detailed and well-researched. You can benefit from it whether you write fantasy/space opera like me, or whether you are the sort of writer who insists on realism in your sci-fi.


Hiking With a Killer
Author: Lyncee Shillard
Genre: Thriller
Buy Link: This story is a WIP

Excerpt
Cami removed the gas nozzle from her car and turned back to the pump. 

“Ain’t seen you before,” An elderly man stated. 

Her heart skipped a couple of beats. She’d been so focused on replaying the scene with her grandma she hadn’t heard him approach.

“Just passing through,” she forced a smile. The man wore a faded blue t-shirt and blue work pants. 

It Happened at the World's Fair (Movie Review)
Actors: Elvis Presley, Gary Lockwood, Joan O'Brien
Genre: Comedy
(Rent for $1.99, plus purchase options)

Blurb
The film follows Mike Edwards (Elvis), a crop duster who's business gets grounded, when he loses his plane. And it is all thanks to the gambling addition of his partner, Danny Burke (Gary Lockwood). To try and get their plane back, the duo hitchhike to Seattle World's Fair. But when they get there Mike find love and Danny finds easy pigeons for his gambling, but kind they find the happy ever after they are both looking for? You'll have to see the film to find out.

Kaleb the Brave
Author: Adam McCoy
Genre: Children's Books
Post Link: Read my exclusive review of this book for the Online Book Club here:

Blurb
Have you ever been afraid of the dark or what could be lurking in it? Have you ever wanted to face your fears but did not know how to defeat them? What if you had superpowers that could move mountains? Kaleb The Brave is a book about a young boy that struggles to find his courage amongst his fears. Will he be able to conquer them, or will they take over?

Laurel Glen Series
Author: B.L. Scott
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense

Adrenaline

A successful woman wary of charming men. A man full of regret for a massive error in judgement. Their fiery relationship that almost wasn’t. A novel of international intrigue, last chances, and trust. 

Lindsey Kelly loves two things—fast cars and her counter-terrorism business. She’s a self-made Beltway Bandit who rewards herself for her successes by racing her “baby,” a Ferrari F430 Spider, at Laurel Glen. When the car malfunctions during a practice lap, she meets a new track mechanic, Gavin Blake. Lindsey initially finds his looks compelling, but his judgmental and know-it-all attitude remind her of everything life with her ex-husband taught her to avoid. 

For his part, Gavin isn’t interested in rich women who think they own the world. Or so he tells himself. In his previous life as a high-powered attorney, someone like Lindsey could have been his, but now, simplicity is what he craves. He hopes an uncomplicated life as an auto mechanic with little responsibility will help him avoid another colossal error in judgment. 

The lives of these two self-avowed loners keep colliding, however, and a steamy on-again/off-again connection develops. They are eventually pulled into a vortex of danger when a terrorist organization attempts a takeover of Lindsey’s company. Working with the CIA, Lindsey becomes bait to draw out the leader of this radical group. Faced with personal jeopardy, Gavin and Lindsey discover a love and trust that is necessary for their very existence. 

Foreign Threat

A woman determined that no man will orchestrate her life. A man haunted by his past and not ready for love. A powerful international tale of passion, danger, and second chances. 

Carolyn Stone knows fear, but she’s vowed never to be powerless again. She must succeed in the counter-terrorist school to be eligible for her State Department deployment to a foreign posting. Everything is riding on this, and her counter-terrorist school instructor, Ben Jackson, is standing in her way. Carolyn is agitated by his high-handed, drill sergeant disposition but is also drawn to his intense, dark, good looks. 

Ben feels the spark between them, but he’s haunted by an incident in Afghanistan that makes any relationship problematic. He doesn’t deserve a smart, sexy woman, especially one whose expressive eyes intrigue him—one moment sparkling with interest, the next filled with sorrow and trepidation. 

Carolyn and Ben meet again in Jordan where the passion that has been smoldering leaps into flame. Carolyn unwittingly becomes entangled in a terrorist plot that endangers America’s national security and could destroy the tenuous calm in the Middle East. It falls to Ben to protect the only woman he could love.

 Tortuga Sunrise

The Tortuga Sunrise Resort on Grand Cayman Island offers sun, sea, sand, and fun. The resort owners try hard to provide an atmosphere where their guests can escape from the worries of work and everyday life. But behind the sparkling beaches, the swim-up bars, and the genial camaraderie, all is not as it seems. Something more sinister is lurking behind the idyllic, tropical façade. 

Dylan Bodden is happy with his life in the States as a security contractor with his buddies from his SEAL team days. He never expected to be an innkeeper while still in his thirties. But when his parents are killed in a tragic accident, he's forced to return to the Cayman Islands and join his sister, Leri, in attempting to keep the family resort afloat. 

Meredith Elliott arrives at the hotel desperately in need of the relaxation promised in the glitzy, online brochure. She must make some pressing life decisions, and Tortuga Sunrise is just the lush, tropical surroundings she wants while she contemplates her future. 

Neither Dylan nor Meredith expects—or wants—the instant chemistry they both feel. But there can be trouble even in paradise, and it seems to be waiting for them. Soon they're entangled in a dangerous rivalry with a neighboring resort involving international corporations, property rights, and nefarious business dealings that can change their idyllic island respite into a life threatening situation. 

One thing is for sure—nothing in their lives will ever be the same again. 

A Love Restrained
Author: Becky Flade
Genre: Romance

Blurb
Old secrets, new threats...What are they willing to sacrifice? Philadelphia police officer Kylee Parker sees the work in absolutes, that is, until she chases a drug dealer into a dead-end alley and finds the bad boy she once thought she loved. Jayson Donovan is loyal to a local mobster, but he can’t help reaching for Kylee when he knows he shouldn’t. Even when his secrets threaten them both.

Monsoon Fever
Author: Lisabet Sarai
Genre: Historical multicultural MMF erotic romance
Buy Links: 
Blurb
When a charismatic Indian lawyer arrives at their remote Assamese tea plantation, he tempts a married couple with forbidden carnal delights.   

In the early years of their marriage, Priscilla and Jonathan eagerly indulged their physical desires, but now that passion has dwindled. Childlessness and the horrors of the Great War have taken a toll on their relationship. Though Priscilla still aches for Jon’s touch, he seems preoccupied with settling his father’s affairs in India, so they can sell the plantation they’ve inherited and return to England.

Anil Kumar served as solicitor to Jon’s father. Arriving unannounced, drenched by a monsoon deluge, he enchants both Priscilla and Jon with his beauty, poise and wisdom. In separate incidents, each of them succumbs to Anil's lustful attentions. Will the illicit cravings excited by the handsome Indian be the final stroke that destroys their marriage? Or the route to saving it?

Note: This book was previously published by Totally Bound. It has been revised and re-edited for this release.


Naval Maneuvers
Author: Dee S. Knight
Genre: Military Romance

Blurb
Men and women of the armed forces experience lust and love pretty much like everyone else. Except, well, there is that uniform. And the hard-to-resist attraction of “duty, honor, service” as a man might apply them to a woman’s pleasure. All things considered, romance among the military is a pretty sexy, compelling force for which you’d better be armed, whether weighing anchor and moving forward into desire, dropping anchor and staying put for passion, or in anchor home, setting a course for renewed love. Explore the world of love and the military and see just how hot Naval Maneuvers can be.

Sho Okamuto Collection
Author: Sho Okamuto
Genre: Action/Adventure, Comics

Street Comics Series
Street Kids

The government has decided to clear out the projects to build a new city and the gangs in the projects stood their ground and started a war with the police force. The next day with the riot being over, three best friends living in the projects get together, as usual, to hang out to have a good time. Police patrolling the projects, gangs hanging around the streets, the three street kids will encounter events during their day, which they did not expect to happen. Join the wild ride and join a day in the life of the three street kids journey, to see the crazy events unfold and will they survive the tough streets or will something go wrong? See what they get up to!

Street Kids 2

An exciting new adventure, the sequel to Street Kids, where Sid has begun a new chapter in his life. After the massacre, Sid has begun a new journey in his life, becoming a bare-knuckle knockout king, fighting to earn some cash. The projects are getting worse and worse, as new gangs are starting to emerge, causing trouble in the streets and harassing innocent people. Sid is on a new mission to fight crime, to protect innocent people, and wants to stop the madness of the criminal activities happening in the projects, so the innocent people don't have to suffer and experience the same pain as Sid is going through. Jump on and continue with the thrilling ride and continue the fast-paced action-adventure journey with Sid, as he fights in no-time limit bare-knuckle boxing matches and saving an innocent kid from the gangsters. Sid will run into an obscure person and the time will come, where Sid will have to decide between life or death.

Street Robbers

The world of crime, the greed to steal to become rich, is the way how criminals survive on the rough and tough streets to become successful in their life, through their craft of hustling and their art of stealing.
Three strangers from different walks of life get offered a robbery job by an anonymous man. If successful in pulling off the robbery, the three strangers will be set for life.
A robbery that was supposed to go smoothly as planned, backfires from an unexpected ambush.
Did the robbers get set up? Is there a snitch within their crew?
Be part of an exciting, thrilling adventure, to see how the robbery unfolds and will the robbers survive and come out successful.


Yakuza Series
The Yakuza Way

A yakuza name Carlos gets busted and gets arrested for selling drugs on the streets. Carlos is at court and the police officer meets with Carlos. The police officer offers Carlos to go undercover, to help the police officer to take down and have Carlos's yakuza boss get arrested. Enjoy the photo comic and ride with Carlos on this exciting, thrilling journey and see if Carlos will succeed in his new adventure.

The Chef and the Yakuza

A yakuza-owned restaurant, ran by a talented head chef, gets a surprise visit from the owner of the restaurant aka the yakuza boss. A nice catch-up ends up turning sour and the yakuza boss challenges the head chef in a game of poker, giving the head chef no choice but to accept the challenge. If the head chef wins the poker game, he will walk free but if the head chef loses to the yakuza boss in a game of poker, the head chef may not be walking out alive. Check out the photo comic book and be part of an exciting and thrilling, action-filled adventure and see what will happen to the head chef.

Talon

Sin Imara is a city where the yakuza has the power and is the ruler of the corrupted city. Businesses run and owned by the yakuza, where cops have no power and no access into Sin Imara. Simon is an undercover cop, who got his cover blown, gets killed by the ruthless yakuza. Getting shot up and getting sent down to the burning gates of hell, Simon arrives in hell who will meet with a devil. The devil explains the deal that Lucifer has given to Simon and Simon accepts the deal and accepts his new mission. The devil gives Simon superhero powers, giving Simon the powers being able to transform into a superhero called Talon. Talon aka Simon must now go and avenge his killers and will Talon keep the deal as promised or will he break the promise with Lucifer. Follow the thrilling, fast-paced journey of the new superhero, Talon and be part of an exciting story and see what will happen to Talon aka Simon.

Vic Pandal Collection
Author: Vic Pandal
Genre: Action/Adventure, Espionage

Bond Double Oh Who?

A super agent cannot allow enemy spies to conduct their nefarious activities without intervention, and Super Agent Ace Bond is the man to stop them and save the world.

Internal Dissent

Despite unwelcome thoughts impeding his focus, Cornelius gleefully anticipates renewing his relationship with an old acquaintance, but other activities threaten to distract him. Perhaps his preoccupation with nefarious interests, latent family ties, and his bid for some quick cash may be too much.

Sal'fish Sammy's Tabij (Is A Guyanese Ting Book 1)

The dialog in this story is in Guyana's Creole broken English dialect. Do NOT read this story if you're not of Guyanese, West Indian, or Caribbean origin.
Sal'fish Sammy depends on his trusty tabij to help him elude trouble and escape danger, but there might be a limit to how much aid the amulet can provide. Will the tabij support his next escapade, brazen as it is, or will Sammy go down this time? Find out if the tabij is as powerful as Sammy thinks in this entertaining adventure.


Rainbow Desire
Author: Various
Genre: LGBT Romance

Blurb
Rainbow Desire is a celebration of life and love in its kaleidoscope of exotic rainbow colours. The stories within the book also reflect its vibrant shades of romance from light and dark. I hope you will enjoy the wealth of narratives in this glorious LGBTQ+ anthology.

A Rancher's Pride
Author: Barbara White Daille
Genre: Clean Romance

Blurb
Sam Robertson’s life just changed. In one short day, he found out that he’s a daddy; that his beautiful little girl, Becky, is deaf; and that her aunt, sign language teacher Kayla Ward, intends to fight him for custody.

There are plenty of reasons Sam shouldn’t fall for Kayla. A city girl like her has no place on his ranch, particularly when she’s his ex-wife’s gorgeous sister. But thanks to the judge’s orders, Sam’s spending a lot of time with Kayla, trying to give Becky the stable home she’s never known.

Despite their ongoing custody battle, Sam and Kayla’s love for Becky brings them closer than they ever expected, and Sam knows that no matter who wins in court, he could still lose—Kayla or his daughter.

The Scent of a Man (6-Book Series)
Author: Veralyn Keach
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Vampires

Blurb
Per the author, "if you're a lover of the Twilight series, this will be up your alley."

A Season To Avenge
Author: Russ J. Taylor
Genre: Action, Crime Fiction, Hard-Boiled Mystery

Blurb
Fans of Harry Bosh, Death Wish, The Equalizer or Dirty Harry will love this book!

An intense and groundbreaking crime thriller about a retired detective turned vigilante who will stop at nothing to hunt down the killer of his best friend’s son.

Jack Wilson is a retired detective in California with extensive experience as an investigator. He has a perfect life until his best friend’s son is murdered while inadvertently interrupting a home burglary. The police investigate the case, but find no obvious leads and the case subsequently stalls. Jack is compelled to start looking into the case and is immediately warned by the lead homicide investigator stop or face criminal charges. Jack now has to decide if he is willing to forfeit the ethical and legal principles he has followed his entire career and risk the likely consequences.

The search leads him to a career criminal and his protégé who are on a vicious drug fueled crime spree that is spiraling out of control. Working alone, Jack must not only try to outmaneuver the lead detective whose intuition tells her Jack is running a parallel investigation, but also attempt to catch the killer. Through the use of unfamiliar and unconventional methods, Jack undertakes a relentless journey attempting to find and bring the killer to his own version of justice.

Sergeant Pepper and Mr. Paws
Author: Al Riney
Genre: Animal Stories, Children's Books

Blurb
Private Rick Santos and the little cat who befriended him—Sergeant Pepper—are now famous war heroes: battle buddies wounded in combat and awarded the Purple Heart together. In foreign territory, they survived mortar fire and enemy insurgents. In domestic territory, they endured hospitals and therapy centers.

Now they’ll face their greatest challenge yet: civilian life.

When Rick is sent to a special facility for intensive post-traumatic stress therapy, he trusts his Uncle Ernest Gonzales in Florida with Sergeant Pepper’s care. In the foreign world of Hummingbird Circle, Sergeant Pepper encounters a clutter of six cats managed by the mild-mannered Mister Paws, the polydactyl pal of Uncle Ernest.

These lazy, quirky, and undisciplined house cats thoroughly annoy the disciplined Sergeant Pepper. With her army mindset, she feels like a square peg jammed into a round hole.

War’s long tendrils soon reach into the cushy, relaxed existence found at Uncle Ernest’s home. When a gang of tough street cats and a vicious attack dog named Killer disrupt the peace of Hummingbird Circle, the army cat sees it as her duty to assist Mister Paws in overcoming the insurgency.

Only this time, Sergeant Pepper faces an unexpected threat. She discovers something worse than enemy insurgents . . . her own deeply-hidden PTSD. Can she overcome her own demons to save those in her charge? Will she ever be reunited with her best friend Rick? Find out in Sergeant Pepper and Mister Paws, a wonderful new read for ages 10 and up.

Seventh Generation
Author: Steve Prentice
Genre: Teen, Young Adult, Native American Fiction, Metaphysical Fiction

Blurb
Life is a mess. Trae lost his mom. He had to move from the reservation to New York City. Now, he’s having visions of burning rivers and a decaying world. What else could go wrong?

After his mother’s death from cancer, Trae and his father moved into the city. It seemed all his father wanted was to get as far away from the reservation as possible, forgetting their life there and the heartache of his wife’s death. Sometimes, it seemed to Trae, his father would like to forget him, too.

Trae had been told by some of his teachers that he was “crazy.” He had never believed them and told himself they just didn’t understand him and were too lazy to get to know him. After coming face to face with Ela, one of the Little People of legend, Trae starts to believe maybe he is as crazy as they had always accused him of being. As Trae’s friendship with Ela grows, his imagination becomes plagued by visions of burning rivers and a decaying world.

Is it an active imagination trying to come to grips with the death of his mother? Madness? Or an ancient prophecy coming to life?

A Stolen Heart
Author: Kayelle Allen
Genre: Sci-Fi Romance

Blurb
When he rescues a half-human orphan, a glorified space pirate turned entrepreneur sets in motion a chain of events that threatens to topple the powerful Thieves' Guild he once led.

Multiple layers of conspiracy unfold, reaching all the way to Luc's immortal ex--the king. Behind each solved mystery looms an unseen foe, undoing the good Luc accomplishes. For the sake of this child, Luc must postpone his own freedom and master his desire for revenge or he will violate an ancient vow. Worse, he'll put the toddler at risk.
At war with his compassion for the vulnerable child, loyalty to the king, duty to the Guild, and the bright lure of freedom he's coveted for centuries, Luc seeks the right path. Will he choose liberty and unparalleled success, or restore the Thieves' Guild to its former glory while overseeing the child's training?

A hard choice for any man.

For an immortal whose inner monster can destroy on sight? Impossible.

A pirate with a monstrous past can never be trusted with an innocent child. Luc must ensure the child is protected, safe, nowhere near danger. Nowhere near him. Even if this little boy has already stolen his heart...

Surviving the Business of Health Care
Author: Barbara Galutia Regis
Genre: Medical, Nonfiction
Post Link: You can read my exclusive review of this book for Online Book Club here: https://forums.onlinebookclub.org/viewtopic.php?f=24&t=188361

Blurb
Healthcare has changed immensely over the past few generations - house calls from a local family doctor are a thing of the past, and the deeply personal relationships and bonds between provider and patient are eroding with the demands of for-profit insurance. As a family practitioner focused on cradle-to-grave care, author Barb Regis has a valuable perspective on how patients can experience better outcomes.

Topics addressed in this information-packed book include how to choose a primary care physician, how to plan for catastrophic healthcare costs, how to comparison-shop for medication, and how to be an effective advocate for yourself and loved ones. As the daughter of a busy family doctor, Barb also shares vivid anecdotes from her childhood which illuminate the heart of a doctor's calling and demonstrate how insurance can dictate and interfere with quality of care. This book is a must-listen for everyone who wants to make informed, effective decisions about healthcare - knowledge is power!

Jonathan Taylor
Indie Author and Reviewer

There Are No Countries
Author: Marshall Smith
Genre: Romantic Fantasy, Science Fiction

Blurb
Scouting crews arrive on newly discovered Dandros to find it ripe with life and fresh for colonization. There are no people and no vertebrate animals. But there is one castle, and one statue of a man known as the anomaly. Energy resonates from the head of this monument of times past where instruments and machinery probe the anomaly’s head and its empty keep, the only signs of civilization. It mourns for its love, speaks of its demise, and tells the humble beginnings of Dandros. It is kept under lock and key for the stories it tells.
They learn that his name is Doug, a traveler from long ago, and he had prayed to a being known as the Goddess. Doug’s energy mentions her endlessly just before he had turned to stone. He had been making plans for her physical arrival on Dandros.

The Three Minute Club
Author: Yuyan Huang

The Three Minute Club is a blog featuring the author's thoughts, plus three one-minute exercises: a physical exercise, a mantra, and a mindfulness exercise. It's perfect for those who have trouble allowing themselves to take breaks.

You can read my review of the Three Minute Club here.

Timber Man
Author: Bo Aro
Genre: Adventure, Suspense
Buy Link: This story is free to read online

Blurb
POV: You have the power of plant manipulation, and have been secured and contained inside of a forest. One day you discover that a ranger has been watching you through binoculars, from her tower. You become friends.

True Detective Series
Author: Lynn Chantale
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Steamy Romance

Blurb
Family is everything.

No one knows that better than Carson, Matt and Nathalie. Through trials, and hardships, unwavering love and devotion, they’ve built a solid family unit. But Matt longs for a reunion with his estranged family.

A family in need.

In spite of the pain his sister put him through, Matt agrees to help his sister with a potentially ugly custody battle. Meanwhile Carson struggles to keep both Matt and Nathalie safe from Black Hemlock and anew more potential dangerous foe.

With every family there are secrets and hidden truths and buried lies. And lies, even those of omission, can destroy.

Contains strong language, violence, and explicit descriptions of sex. Contains BDSM elements. Also contains sensitive material which may trigger some readers.

Where Darkness Meets Light
Author: Sabrine Elouali
Genre: Poetry

Blurb
A poetry collection depicting the trials and tribulations of living with mental illness and the journey of one girl's struggles to try and overcome them. From the difficult beginnings of life that contributed to her illnesses, to the present day where she still faces her demons day in day out. Full of harsh truths, comforting truths, and humbling truths. A book that will have you reflecting on your own life, where you can make changes, improvements and start to really challenge your regular ways of thinking. Featuring descriptions of hope as well as woeful testimonies, each poem illustrates the thoughts and emotions this young woman has gone through and continues to go through. Having written this book to inspire, and open the eyes of all who come across it, as well as hopes of breaking the stigmas around mental health and mental illness.

A Witch's Quandary
Author: Tena Stetler
Genre: Fantasy Romance

Blurb
Gale's engagement is off because she refuses to leave her thriving business in Ireland to follow Dillon to Scotland. Her family and friends are on the emerald isle. Yet, when Dillon returns with the whole story and asks for her help, she must follow her heart.

Becoming a Solicitor, then partner in the family law firm was never Dillon's dream. Now it's his nightmare. Called to Scotland, his father demands he take his rightful place in the firm or be disowned and disinherited. Something is terribly amiss in the firm and family.

During Gale and Dillon's investigation, they discover the enforcer for the Demon Overlord is also delving into rumors the firm is acting illegally. Magic has been stolen, someone is being blackmailed, and a member of the Witch's council is corrupt. If Gale and Dillon want a life together in Ireland, they have to unearth secrets threatening to destroy the firm and family in Scotland.


Windmaster Legacy
Author: Helen Henderson
Genre: Fantasy,

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Blurb
Newly handfasted to the dark-haired archmage Lord Dal, Ellspeth and her husband escort his mother on a final journey to her ancestral lands. Their plans change when mercenaries under the control of a rogue mage attack. Dal's mother is severely wounded and Ellspeth is captured. Her sole hope for escape is Nobyn, an untrained wizard going through the throes of awakening magic. However, Nobyn is Bashim's apprentice and under the mage's total control.

Dal must make an impossible decision whether to rescue his wife, cure his mother, or thwart Bashim's plans. More than who lives or dies is at stake. He might be able to live with his responsibility for the death of a loved one, but could he survive killing the future of magic.

Sunday, June 27, 2021

Roost Recommendations 27 June 2021

 

Image by congerdesign from Pixabay

Sorry to have missed last week's Roost Recommendations. You'll find the explanation in the preceding post. We're back in action and ready to rumble this week! I will be including links to this month's Charity Sunday posts and will reshare these links through July.

I did not link with Weekend Writing Warriors this week but will be back to sharing works from Weekend Writing Warriors authors next week.

And now, without further ado-doo, let us begin.

At Her Service
Author: Kari Trenten
Genre: Fantasy, LGBT Fiction

The story is a WIP. Here are a few sentences.

"She won’t.” She moved a little closer. I felt the silent message in the way she twitched her ankle."

Bound and Breathless
Author: Lisabet Sarai
Genre: Erotica, BDSM

Blurb
Agony that burns - until it sets you alight with pleasure

For some people, kink is a game, a way to spice up sex by adding a hint of taboo. This book isn’t about those people.

These stories dig deeper, baring souls, exposing the heady thrill of power and surrender, intimacy and complicity. In the passionate dance of dominant and submissive, there is no tomorrow. There is only now, balanced between pleasure and pain, breathless with forbidden possibilities.


Change of Plans
Author: Addison Albright
Genre: M/M Romance, Fantasy

Change of Plans is a novella (~32k words) coming to JMS Books on July 17. Change of Plans completes a series/trilogy, following The Contingency Plan and The Best-Laid Plans.

Once upon a time, two handsome young princes fell in love, faced down adversity, and lived happily-ever-after…until one romantic evening, they unwittingly ate a confection laced with a mind-wiping toxin.

Crown Prince Efren of Zioneven blindsided Prince Marcelo of Sheburat when he used The Contingency Plan embedded in a peace treaty to marry the naïve young prince. Now, Marcelo is shocked again when he awakens in an unfamiliar bed, in an unfamiliar land, in the arms of a stranger who’s taking such liberties!

Will that ignominious new beginning to their relationship doom their chances at rekindling their love? Or will Efren’s giddiness and the less formal surroundings of Zioneven propel them toward a more teasingly fun rapport?

Marcelo and Efren have forgotten more than their love. On their journey home to Zioneven, their Best-Laid Plans went awry when Marcelo was abducted. Now, neither remembers the unexpected strength of character and ingenuity Marcelo manifested to survive his harrowing ordeal, or Efren’s frantic search for his new husband.

Were Marcelo and Efren specifically targeted for the Forget-Me-Not poisoning, or were they the victims of a random assault? Is this new attack related to Marcelo’s abduction and his sister’s death? Will Marcelo revert to his old mild-mannered, unassuming self, or will he step up to prove he’s the same brave man his new family claims he is amid the fresh danger swirling around them?

…and a limerick 😁:

There once was a handsome young prince,
whose naïveté made himself wince.
He was a huge fan
of “The Contingency Plan,”
till a drug turned his memory to mince.

…and a haiku 😄:

They fell in love once.
But can they do it again?
Forget-Me-Not, dear.

Charity Sunday: Habitat for Humanity & The Trevor Project

Lisabet will donate one dollar to Habitat for Humanity and one dollar to The Trevor Project for every comment received on this post.

Charity Sunday: Tara's Chemotherapy + Cie's Car Needs AC

My cat Tara is undergoing chemotherapy, which is very expensive. The AC in my car isn't working, which is wretched in the heat. You can see the lovely sunburn on my arm in the post.


Embers and Flame
Author: Sadie Jay
Genre: M/M Romance

The story is a WIP. Here is a blurb.

After an amicable breakup, Charles “Cherry” Andrews’ ex left him the couch, the bed, and the camping equipment. Replacing the noises of St. Louis with crickets and birdsong at his favorite campground feels like the perfect vacation. He’d hoped to prove to himself that he’s fine on his own, but instead of finding inner-peace, he’s simply bored. His evening becomes instantly more interesting when a gorgeous guy with a loud motorcycle pulls into the neighboring campsite. 
          Ben Torres hopes that a cross-country motorcycle tour will help him find his own peace after his mother’s recent death, but a faulty tailpipe curtails his plans within hours of leaving home. Luckily for him, the cute redhead in the next camp spot happily shares his fishing equipment as well as offering taxi service during a week-long search for parts.
An unexpected kiss on their last day together leads to an afternoon of discovery that turns into a summer romance that in turn becomes a long distance relationship in the fall. Everything would be wonderful if they could spend the rest of their lives in a tent by a lake. But Cherry’s overly involved ex-boyfriend sticks his nose where it isn’t wanted and Ben’s 17-year-old son has a hard time accepting his father’s bisexuality. Two-hundred miles may be the least of the challenges they face.

The Envoy's Honor
Author: Antonia Aquilante
Genre: Fantasy, M/M Romance

Blurb
Second son of an earl and cousin to the Crown Prince, Griffen has worked hard to forge a career in diplomacy for the principality of Tournai, but he never expected his diplomatic skills to be necessary to a problem so personal to him and his family. A delegation from the mysterious kingdom of Ivria has come to Tournai to make sure the secret of their people—the magical Talent allowing them to change into dragons—and therefore their kingdom itself remain safe. The delegation is concerned with Corentin, an Ivrian with the ability to change into a dragon—and the man Griffen’s older brother is soon to marry.

The Ivrians seem to want to drag Corentin back to Ivria for the offense of revealing their secret, but Griffen refuses to let it happen. His determination puts him into contact—and conflict—with Kirill, a negotiator for the king of Ivria who possesses the dragon Talent himself. The two clash and connect, getting closer and pulling away as they try to negotiate the needs of their people and an unwanted attraction between themselves. However, just as trust might be growing between them, a plot is uncovered and a member of the Ivrian delegation murdered. Griffen and Kirill must discover who is behind both for the safety of their countries and the people they love...and for a chance to be together.

Fear Not, Dream Big, and Execute
Author: Jeff Meyer
Genre: Christian, Motivational, Self-Help
Post Link: You can read my review of this book at the following link.

Blurb
This book was written for Christian ministers to help them connect better with their congregation as well as to help them define their own goals. However, it is also an excellent guide for laypeople and it even works if you aren't Christian. I am an agnostic and have been using the exercises in the book myself. The book contains a fair bit of scripture, but it has a common-sense approach that speaks to readers rather than at them. I have enjoyed using this book. It's a bit like having your own pocket motivational coach!

The Flood No One Thought Would Come
Author: Pat Garcia
Genre: Christian

Blurb
A creative retelling of the story of Noah.

Fukt 2 Start With
Author: Walt Cessna
Genre: Urban Fiction, Short Stories, Gay Fiction, LGBT Fiction

Blurb
Inspired by life events "Fukt 2 Start With: Short Stories & Broken Werd" is a collection of short stories that follow the lives, times and numerous misadventures of various misfits who live so far on the edge that falling off is somewhat implausible. While facing the major struggles of everyday life, while often out of their own league, they learn to adapt and figure out new ways to make it through and ultimately survive.

Note
Walter Cessna (July 24, 1970 – March 15, 2017) was a friend of mine. He inspired a character that I created for a recent chapter in my WIP, Galaxy Girl. Fukt 2 Start With is his only published book. If you would like to learn more about Walt, you can read my post here.

Ghol
Author: Sonia Droga
Genre: Adventure, Slice of Life

Blurb
A fisherman's son watches the sunset while waiting for his father to return to shore. It is getting late, and rain is starting to fall.

Great Wave
Author: Charlotte (MotherOwl)
Genre: Fantasy

Blurb
Susan is missing her friends from Japan when she receives a magical letter.

Great Wave
Author: Olga Godim
Genre: Science Fiction

Blurb
What will Cadet Neville do when a bunch of mutant mouse-bug hybrids infests the military freighter Mariposa and he is ordered to run damage control? Find out in this amusing story!

The Great Wave Metaphor
Author: Pennie Nichols
Genre: Creative Nonfiction

Blurb
The author reflects on her mother's battle with Alzheimer's disease.


High Ground
Author: L.G. Keltner
Genre: Science Fiction

Blurb
The narrator watches from their vantage point on a space station as people who couldn't afford to escape await a giant wave that will wipe them out.

In Pain and Blood
Author: Aldrea Alien
Genre: Fantasy

Blurb
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The Pornographer's Apprentice
Author: Lisabet Sarai
Genre: Erotica (F/F, M/M, Bisexual, Menage a Trois, BDSM), Steampunk

Blurb
In prudish, patriarchal Victorian England, nineteen-year-old prodigy Gillian Smith finds a secret society dedicated to the erotic arts. She’ll need both her intellect and her physical charms to earn the permanent position she craves.

Inspired by a salacious catalogue found in her deceased uncle’s library, she applies for an apprenticeship with the Toymakers Guild. The Guild fabricates bespoke sexual artifacts for the private pleasure of select clients – an occupation for which Gillian, with her technical abilities and her lascivious temperament, is eminently suited.

The other apprentices, initially skeptical about a female engineer, become enthusiastic supporters once they’ve tested her erotic aptitude. The voluptuous Governing Director, and the dashing French journeyman likewise help expand her carnal repertoire. The final decision, however, rests with the reclusive Master Toymaker, who has been missing for nearly two years.

When an unscrupulous nobleman sets up a competing enterprise, he threatens not only the livelihood of the Guild’s members but their lives as well. Gillian hatches an audacious plan to entrap the villain, save the Guild, and leave the absent Master no choice but to grant her heart’s desire.

If you like steam punk erotica with a kinky feminist bent, you'll love The Pornographer's Apprentice.

You can read author Lisabet Sarai's guest post for Reader's Roost here:

You can read my (five-star) review of The Pornographer's Apprentice here:

Rene Descombes
Author: N.R. Williams
Genre: Fantasy

Blurb
A horrific earthquake followed by a tsunami devastates the idyllic French village where Rene and his wife Margo live.

Shinto
Author: Lenny Lee
Genre: Poetry

Blurb
Haiku is one of my favorite forms of poetry. It's short, sharp, and gets right to the point. If you like Haiku, follow the link.


Stop Cock
Author: J.L. Merrow
Genre: Mystery, M/M Romance

Blurb
A match made in heaven – but the honeymoon from hell

Plumber Tom Paretski and his newly-wedded husband, PI Phil Morrison, plan to enjoy their honeymoon in Italy to the full. It should be the start of a wonderful future together. But when Wayne—Phil’s ex best mate and Tom’s former bully—turns up unexpectedly at their hotel, issues from their schooldays threaten to derail the fun. Tom may not bear a grudge against Phil for past injuries any longer, but Wayne’s another matter—or is he?

Wayne now seems determined to make friends, but Tom’s struggling to forgive and forget. To add to his confusion, cryptic messages from home spark the question: Are he and Phil are really as in tune as he thought? Tom’s not the first man Phil ever made a commitment to, and that marriage turned sour sooner rather than later.

It shouldn’t surprise them when death explodes onto the scene in shocking fashion, and their honeymoon turns into a murder investigation. When the group of locals Wayne had been meeting with turn their attention to Tom’s psychic abilities, he and Phil will need to pull together to figure out what’s going on—or risk this trip being the last they’ll ever take.

Storm of the Water Dragon
Author: Steph Wolmarans
Genre: Fantasy

Blurb
Asuka and Hisoka are in search of a water dragon. Will they survive their journey?

Storm Stealth
Author: Roland Clarke
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Blurb
Detectives Sparkle Anwyl and Kama Pillai of the North Wales Police make an unexpected discovery when attempting to rescue a trio of men from a flood.

Submerged by a Wave of Relief
Author: Susan B. Rouchard
Genre: Family, Slice of Life

Blurb
Grandpa Albert's peaceful afternoon is disrupted when his great-granddaughter turns his backyard into her playground.

Under the Wave
Author: Anne E.G. Nydam
Genre: Art, History

Blurb
The author tells the history of the famous Japanese woodcarving that was the inspiration for this month's WEP prompt.

The Wave
Author: Jackie Begue
Genre: Art Appreciation

Blurb
The author shares her interpretations of several artworks featuring waves.

The Wave
Author: Dixie Jo Jarchow
Genre: Adventure

Blurb
I love this story and its self-absorbed protagonist whom I somehow wound up rooting for anyway. She was rather Absolutely Fabulous. 

I did have one criticism. As a fat person who tried for 33 years to hate herself thin, the term "overweight" always makes me cringe. Granted, it's not as awful as the loathsome "obese," which makes me want to throw things. Just say fat!