Welcome to the first edition of Roost Recommendations. I participate in several blog hops to promote my own work, and my fellow Hoppers deserve better than just a dumb blurb from me, particularly since I often don't get around to visiting everyone.
I used to send tweeters looking for book recommendations to this blog, but it's been sadly neglected while I work on my own multitude of projects. I would like to remedy that situation while giving my fellow indie authors the exposure they deserve.
The post will be updated throughout the week. I will also provide links to the hops I'm sharing excerpts and buy links (where appropriate) from. I hope that this new feature will be helpful to authors and readers alike.
The links will be featured in alphabetical order by book name.
Author: Kayelle Allen
Genre: M/M Sci-fi Romance
Post Link: https://kayelleallen.com/alitus-deny-heart/
Pre-order Link: https://amzn.to/33rN3pI
Alitus is addictive. He must touch no one.
Almost a Countess
Author: Jenna Jaxon
Genre: Regency Romance
Post Link: https://jennajaxon.wordpress.com/2021/05/23/weekend-writing-warriors-05-23-21-almost-a-countess-had-he-drowned/
Buy Link: https://amzn.to/3oQgYBQ
Exiled to a lonely estate in north Yorkshire, Dora Harper finds life satisfying, if appallingly routine—until an escaped Scottish prisoner begs for her help. Despite her misgivings, Dora takes him in, feeds and clothes him, and is amazed at his transformation into a very handsome, virile gentleman, who claims he is an earl. No matter who he really is, his very presence in her house could ruin her reputation for good. Trouble is, Dora might not mind that at all.
Phineas “Finn” MacDonald, the Earl of Aberfoyle, is on the run from a troop of soldiers bent on hauling him to London to be transported for a criminal act. Dora’s miraculous appearance is a godsend for him, in more ways than one. The pretty young English woman is kind, compassionate, and willing to help him in his attempt to seek justice and evade the troop that is quickly closing in on him.
With their close proximity over several days, Finn’s desire to escape wanes, even as thoughts of Dora fill his mind. So when Dora suggests she pose as his wife to throw the soldiers off Finn’s trail, Finn wonders if he can persuade her to make the ruse a reality—before the army finds him and banishes him from Britain forever.
At Her Service
Author: Kari Trenton
Genre: Fantasy, LGBT Fiction
The story is a WIP. Here are a few sentences.
I’ll never forget the angry snarl of hatred which distorted her face. What I’d seen chilling within her eyes and pinched lips had finally been set free.
I whimpered at the sight of that twisted, quivering mouth, ready to cover my head with my hands.
A Barlow Lens
Author: Elizabeth Noble
Genre: Action/Adventure, Gay Fiction, Mystery
Buy Link: https://amzn.to/3bP7MIK
Digging into history can turn deadly.
Wyatt Harig and his partner Vladimir ‘Val’ Mihalic are busy planning their wedding when Wyatt’s old friend asks him to investigate the mysterious death of her uncle, Tom Manning, in a fire back in 1927. Back then men were silent, tough, and expected to marry nice girls.
Working with Val, Wyatt digs up clues uncovering the truth behind the tragedy. When Tom met Philip in a speakeasy outside Cleveland, Ohio the spark between them was instantaneous. They fell hard and fast for each other. However, with Philip working as a beat cop and Tom as a schoolteacher, their relationship being discovered meant the end of everything.
As the story of Tom and Philip slowly reveals itself, and Wyatt and Val realize nothing is as simple as they originally believed. While their trail heats up, an old enemy of Wyatt’s decides he’s waited long enough for revenge. Wyatt’s life before meeting Val catches up with him and the results could prove fatal.
Author: Aurora Springer
Pre-Order Link: https://amzn.to/3vhdlaC
Can a psychic woman from Earth find a home among the alien Warrish?
Alien merman, Baswin Kenton Tallis, Second of his Triad, lives on Earth disguised as a human. When the Earth authorities discover the secret identity of his older brother, Bas must flee to the Warrish base in the depths of the Pacific Ocean.
Psychic sensitives, Holly Moon and her younger sister Rosie, were chosen as candidates for Warrish training as hyperspace navigators. The sisters are eager to contribute to humanity’s advance into space. But will they succeed? They must pass a series of rigorous tests and adapt to the alien neuro-implants.
Holly meets Baswin on an island in the Pacific Ocean, but their destiny lies farther away. What obstacles will block their journey to a happy reunion of the Flaming Comets Triad?
Follow the adventures of the three brothers of the Flaming Comets Triad in Baswin, Book 5 in Taxyon Space.
The Case of the Fabulous Fiance
Author: Diane Burton
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Buy Link: https://amzn.to/3vsjS2k
She’s at it again. Alex O’Hara just can’t say no to a new investigation. What do a 45-year-old boyfriend, a deadbeat dad, and a teenage runaway have in common? All new cases. With no receptionist, phone and internet problems, and her own boyfriend in the wind, Alex has no idea how she’ll manage. But the question for the past three months is why did Nick disappear. Is this the end of O’Hara & Palzetti?
Change of Plans
Author: Addison Albright
Genre: M/M Romance, Fantasy
Change of Plans is a novella (~32k words) coming to JMS Books in July. Change of Plans completes a series/trilogy, following The Contingency Plan and The Best-Laid Plans.
For overall context, Efren has awoken to discover an unknown man in his bed.
Cloned Heat V: Erotic Enlightenment
Author: Lil DeVille
Genre: M/M erotica, Sci-Fi
Buy Link: http://bit.ly/CH5AZ
In “The Siren’s Bite,” Colonel Ionescu revealed the truth about Finn to Iker and Peregrine. Meanwhile, Ohannes begged for Finn’s bite, becoming bonded to the amphibious pleasure clone.
General Bissette revealed that he was more slave than master to the sexy merman and was rewarded with a hearty spanking and a lusty romp with Ohannes. While Finn’s attentions were focused on directing the hot man-to-man action, Iker, Colonel Ionescu, and Peregrine put their rescue plan into action. Unfortunately, Peregrine was bitten by Finn and had to be subdued along with the other men.
Ionescu and Iker set out for the monastery, hoping to find a way to break Finn’s spell over their comrades.
Cloudburst Coffee and Spa
Author: Siobhan Muir
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Buy Link: https://amzn.to/2SsAloJ
Moira Callahan knows a thing or two about fresh starts. Second chances are a different story…
As an empath synced into the energies of spaces around her, Moira always understood what people needed, and tried to provide. But after escaping an abusive D/s relationship, she’s ready to make her own rules as the owner of the Cloudburst Coffee & Spa. Life is good. Until her first love shows up in town seeking his second chance.
Aiden Westmorland escaped Cloudburst to learn to control his sexual needs, but he left behind the one woman who calmed his statistical empathic abilities. Now he has a chance to rekindle the fire they’d shared as teenagers, with the flavor of BDSM. But earning the trust of an emotionally scarred woman after his long radio silence is easier said than done.
When Moira’s past comes to Cloudburst, threatening the life she’s fought to rebuild, Aiden insists she go to the police. But her former Dom has a past of his own, and he isn’t willing to let go so easily this time….
Author: J.Q. Rose
Genre: Cozy Mystery, Paranormal
Buy Link: https://amzn.to/3wyIV43
Lauren Staab knew there would be dead bodies around when she returned home. After all, her family is in the funeral business, Staab and Blood Funeral Home. Still, finding an extra body on the floor of the garage between the hearse and the flower car shocked her. Lauren’s plan to return to her hometown to help care for her mother and keep the books for the funeral home suddenly turns upside down in a struggle to prove she and her family are not guilty of murdering the man. But will the real killer return for her, her dad, her brother? Her mother’s secrets, a killer, a handsome policeman, and a shadow man muddle up her intention to have a simple life. Welcome home, Lauren!
Embers and Flame
Author: Sadie Jay
Genre: M/M Romance
The story appears to be 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.
Author: Teresa Cypher
Genre: Sci-Fi Romance
This story is a WIP.
Emmily is on a supply run, and Adren (the youngest looking alien) is with her this time. He's just revealed to her that they will harm bystanders to keep her from exposing them to authorities.
Heiress of the Nile
Author: Veronica Scott
Genre: Historical Romance, Paranormal Romance
Post Link: https://veronicascott.wpcomstaging.com/2021/05/22/no-time-for-errands-weekend-writing-warriors/
Buy Link: https://amzn.to/3fImW3D
1550 BCE – Forced by a vengeful Pharaoh to flee for her life and hide in the poorest section of Thebes, Lady Pebatma has scraped and struggled to support her ailing mother and young brother for the past two years. Now, out of funds with the rent to pay and no possessions left to sell, she begs the goddess Hathor for help. With a new pharaoh taking the throne, surely something can be done…
A powerful general in command of the army and best friend to Pharaoh, Marnamaret has everything a nobleman in Egypt could desire…except for true love. He refuses to settle for less. On a whim, he prays to Hathor to send him the woman of his dreams.Will the goddess answer these heartfelt petitions? And if she does, will Shai the god of Fate allow the course of two lives to be changed by love? For none can deny Fate….
Author’s Note: This is a connected series. Heiress of the Nile can be read as a standalone. Although it’s my newest novel, the story falls between Priestess and Warrior timewise and is set in the early days of this Pharaoh’s reign.
Hot and Hotter
Author: Daryl Devore
Genre: Steamy Romance, Romantic suspense
Buy Link: https://amzn.to/3wuQqZD
Some like it hot… others like it HOTTER! Daryl Devoré has done it again, pairing two of her smoking hot romances into one smouldering book.
What could be simpler than a routine plane trip from Toronto, Canada to Caracas, Venezuela for a rookie flight attendant and a sexy R.C.M.P. officer?
But Fate had other intentions.
After leaving a disastrous marriage, Paix Allcot begins a new career as a flight attendant. First time in her dream job, she is no longer a trainee and the passengers in economy class are under her care. Especially the handsome passenger seated in 36C.
Guy Lapierre, undercover officer, is following a vicious human-trafficker. He has little time for relationships. Too many innocent lives are at stake. Stranded on a tropical island, he is forced to work with Paix to survive until he makes a relationship destroying discovery.
Can a pink bra and a hot night on the side of a volcano save the relationship and their lives?
What's a woman to do when a voice follows her home and makes mad, passionate love to her?
Corporate businesswoman, Capricious Gray, is dragged to a sex toy convention by her best friend. After a mysterious disembodied voice helps her with her purchases, it follows her home. Passion ensues, leaving Capri torn between lust for her fantasy lover and the desperate need for reality in her life.
Thall, son of one of the Fates, harbours the irrepressible need to be with the woman he's desired from afar for years. In order to make her his, once and for all, he must help Capri get past her fears, including the fear of what he represents - a fantasy.
Can fantasy become a reality for these two lovers?
The Last Dragon
Author: Daryl Devore
Genre: Medieval Fantasy Romance
Buy Link: https://amzn.to/2QQN3wW
What do dragons, knights and romance have in common? Grab a copy of multi-published author Daryl Devore’s medieval fantasy romance – The Last Dragon and discover the answer.
A sorcerer craving dominance merged with a dragon, the power overwhelmed him causing him to split into three dragons. Demora ruled thought, but was lost in time. Yidithe offered protection, shining like the light of the sun. Ayrradex craved chaos, revelling in destroying souls.
Many knights died, attempting to slay the devil beast. One knight, Prince Hawkyns, did not fear death. He’d lost everything. Away on a mission when Ayrradex attacked his father’s kingdom, Penrythe, Hawkyns returned to find his noble father – feeble and defeated. His wise mother – crazed. His beautiful wife and unborn child - dead. Only a pile of ashes remained for him to bury. He knelt before his King and vowed to slay the devil-beast or be slain.
Derry was born with powers that terrified her parents. They delivered her to a nunnery to be raised in secret. Jathe, a wise sorceress, discovered the young girl and trained her to one day use the secret hidden in her soul.
Legends spoken around campfires hinted the sole way to destroy Ayrradex was when the hearts of a knight and a golden dragon became one. But after a vicious battle with Ayrradex, the golden dragon was thought to be dead.
Can Prince Hawkyns’s bravery and Derry’s powers end the reign of the devil-beast’s terror?
Little Amethyst Abaya
Author: E.D. Martin
Genre: Adult Fairy Tales, Fantasy
This book is a WIP.
This week I’m continuing to share from my upcoming-ish release, book 3 of my Heartsbane Saga: Little Amethyst Abaya, which is a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood set in a world of Vikings.
Luca & Ash
Author: Fallon Brown
Genre: LGBT Romance
This story is a WIP.
I’m sharing more from Luca & Ash today. We’re back in Luca’s POV now. I skipped over the beginning of the scene, with Luca doing a bunch of thinking. Jenny & Bree have left, and Jeremy took a call outside, leaving his daughter, Nita, in the cafe with Luca. And the door has just opened, admitting…
Author: Iris Blobel
Post link: http://irisblobel.com/mfrwhook120521/
New Beginnings: https://amzn.to/2Sgr6aZ
More Beginnings: https://amzn.to/3vfmtwo
Zach Taylor, an escort in Sydney, living in Hobart, enlists the help of Natasha Peterson when his teenage friend, Mia, runs away. He soon finds out that the ‘dragon’ is really more of a kitten. And although Natasha, Mia’s teacher, is attracted to him as well, she has her own problems to deal with, not to mention her initial reaction to Zach’s occupation.
Will Zach’s job keep him from a chance to be with Natasha?
Life is good for teenager Mia Levesque. But when Darren Schuster shows up in Hobart, she knows something is up once Sophie and Mark cut their weekend away short and rush home in the middle of the night. When Sophie won’t answer Mia’s questions, emotions run high, and Zach confirms Darren’s identity to Mia. Disappointed, angry, and feeling alone, Mia runs away.
Will life settle back into a routine for Mia once she finds out about the stranger in her life?
New Beginnings have given the Levesque girls a new start in life, will More Beginnings be another chance for them?
Author: Edward Hoornaert
Genre: Sci-Fi Romance
Buy Link: https://amzn.to/34fo8Gi
Pandora Dayle is her family’s disgraced black sheep. Ten years after running away from home, she’s rebuilt her self-respect at an isolated facility for saving animals native to the colony’s planet. Her redemption feels as fragile as a dream, but she’ll be okay if nothing traumatic happens.
But when the best friend from her innocent youth arrives, her insecurities mushroom.
Aidan used to be Pandora’s best friend. Since his teen years, he’s held heroic jobs—police officer and now Search and Rescue leader. He adored innocent young Pandora so much he compares every woman to her idealized memory, and finds them wanting.
But when he rediscovers the real thing, she’s not at all what he expected.
Booker, a naïve Apprentice Cupid for a secret organization, receives his second assignment: get Pandora and Aidan to mate. They’d been close friends, so his strategy is simple: He flies Aidan to her island and tells him to impregnate Pandora.
What could possibly go wrong?
Author: Harrison Phillips
Genre: Gay Romance, Military Romance
Buy Link: https://amzn.to/34c2LpF
The First Solis Elf in 500 years, Callon joins the military to escape his father's plans. Unfortunately, he can't escape his Solis Genes. Sent from the Elvan Army to the Fae Honor Guard to the Fae Marines, he knows the transfers are his father's manipulations to make him marry Brant, his ex-fiancé.
The Prince and the Pea
Author: K.L. Noone
Genre: Adult Fairy Tales, M/M Romance
Post Link: https://klnoone.wordpress.com/2021/05/24/rainbow-snippets-slightly-belated-but-sneaking-in/
This is from something brand-new – something light and fluffy and no (or at least low) angst, a little cheerful m/m retelling of “The Princess and the Pea,” and I hope it’ll be fun!
Rest Thy Head
Author: Elaine Cantrell
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Post Link: http://elainepcantrell.blogspot.com/2021/05/saturday-sample-and-weekend-writing_01583417063.html
Buy Link: https://amzn.to/3umUUQv
Running away from a fiancé who betrayed her, Peyton O’Malley finds employment at a beautiful mountain inn called Rest Thy Head. She didn’t expect to live in the haunted room or to fall for the inn’s owner, a fire-scarred, war veteran who uses the inn to hide away from the world. She didn’t expect her sister to show up at Rest Thy Head either, much less her formidable mother.
Now, thanks to the aid of a friendly ghost, Peyton has a shot at true love, and so does her sister Ashley, provided the guys cooperate of course!
The Scholar's Heart (Chronicles of Tournai Book 3)
Author: Antonia Aquilante
Genre: Fantasy Romance, M/M Romance
Buy Link: https://amzn.to/3hQyPr9
The Scholar's Heart
A Tale of Tournai
Second edition July 13, 2020 from NineStar Press
First edition May 30, 2016 from Dreamspinner Press
Though he is the youngest son of a royal duke, Etan is a scholar at heart, happiest in a library surrounded by his books. He contentedly juggles his work for the prince’s government with his studies of the history and legends of Tournai, a subject of particular interest to him because he shares the secret magical Talent that runs in the royal bloodline. However, Etan’s peaceful world turns upside down when his best friend—the man he secretly loves—unexpectedly marries someone else.
Tristan is the oldest son of a wealthy merchant, raised to shoulder responsibility for the family business one day. That day comes far sooner than anticipated, and he makes a deathbed promise to his father to marry the woman his father chose and become head of the company and family. Tristan values his friendship with Etan and has always been attracted to him, but he can’t forsake his duty to his father, even if it means giving up the possibility of having Etan as a lover.
A year later, Tristan is a widower with an infant daughter and a mother who demands he marry again quickly—something Tristan resists. Circumstances throw Etan and Tristan together again, but even as they succumb to the desires they’ve always harbored, Etan battles his feelings, wary of being cast aside once more. When the unimaginable happens, Etan and Tristan must come together and support each other through the ordeal…and maybe beyond.
Author: Lisabet Sarai
Genre: Erotic romance
Post Link: https://lisabetsarai.blogspot.com/2021/05/they-bring-out-worst-in-each-other.html?zx=689277e9c7c5edf7
Buy Link: https://amzn.to/3hTiTUT
How can she choose between her husband and her master?
Some women might think Leah's existence heavenly – shared by two sexy men who both adore her. Ten years married to lusty, artistic Daniel, she still finds ecstatic release in surrendering to her master Greg.
But Daniel’s and Greg’s jealousy and possessiveness have made Leah's life a hell. They bring out the worst in each other. And in some sense, it’s all her fault. If she loved only one of them, if she made a choice, that would be that. In theory, at least.
Unable to bear the continuous conflict, she escapes to the beautiful Maine coast to ponder her future. Gradually she realizes that she cannot live without either of her lovers. But if the two men can't settle their differences, how can she bear to live with them?
Note: This book was previously published by Totally Bound with the title Truce of Trust. It has been revised, expanded and re-edited for this release.
Author: Lyndi Alexander
Genre: Sci-Fi Romance
Post Link: https://lyndialexander.wordpress.com/2021/05/18/the-ladies-always-love-the-cowboys-even-in-space-mfrwhooks/
Buy Link: https://amzn.to/3ffqjQz
Valeni Pascual wants to be free to make a living hauling cargo with her spaceship and to understand the shapeshifting alien who presents sometimes as the steamy male Nik and other times as the blonde bombshell Nikki.
As a rebel insurgence builds against the oppressive government known as the Agency, Valeni and Nik/Nikki encounter a sexy Terran cowboy named Garrett Rawls. Since being pulled into this region of space by another mysterious wormhole, Garrett has looked for a way to return to Earth. After meeting Valeni and Nikki, he might have found something worth staying for.
However, dark forces may have a much bigger picture in mind for all of them. Valeni, Nik/Nikki, and Garrett are pulled into a life and death fight that lays bare all of their secrets and their desires. Will they lose everything as the battle against the Agency rages around them or can love pull them through?
Song and a Shadow
Author: Paula Wyant
Genre: Fantasy, M/M Romance
This story is a WIP. Here are a couple of paragraphs.
Kurtzen paled briefly at the mention of the breach in protocol but Hierik’s eyes widened. Pashevel gave him a brief wink and he relaxed.
“Prince Pashevel. Thank you, indeed, for gracing us with your presence. And please, send my apologies to your father. I did not think that something as simple as a birthday celebration would be of interest to his Highness.”
Sweet Texas Dreams
Author: Dana Ransom
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Post Link: https://nancygideon.blogspot.com/2021/05/wewriwa-a-dream-come-true-sweet-texas-dreams.html
Buy Link: https://amzn.to/2QXtrHG
If only life mirrored the fantasy found in books . . . Young Becca Bass, the sheltered youngest daughter of West Texas tracker Harmon Bass, has grown up surrounded by the daring do of others, but the idea of heroics simply terrifies her...until a handsome stranger shows up at the front steps needing to hire her father.
Tales of the Onyx Sun
Author: Paula Wyant
Genre: Sci-Fi, LGBT Romance
This story is a WIP, so there is no buy link or blurb yet. Here are a few sentences from the snippet.
“Good, now let’s go shopping. Got a list of what you need?” He shook his head. “Never mind. Of course you have a list. You even keep lists of lists.”
“Okay, one more thing and I think you’ll be all set,” Josul said.
“Oh? What’s that?” Taliya ran through a mental list of things needed while he watched with an amused smile. “What’s so funny?”
“You. You’re going through a mental checklist looking for something you forgot, aren’t you?”
These Haunted Hills
Author: Jana Denardo
The story is a WIP. Here is a blurb.
I’m picking up this snippet (longer than lines) from when Brendan has come back from Columbus (ironically) and has decided to try and move past his son’s death. For reference, Josh is out in the woods fixing his trail cameras and doesn’t know Brendan is back and the pendant in question is the one made of his son’s ashes. These Haunted Hills
To Poison a Prince
Author: Aldrea Alien
Genre: Fantasy, M/M Romance
The story is a WIP. Here is a blurb.
Darshan and Hamish are a pair of thirty-something princes from two vastly different lands. Their tale starts with them travelling through the ginormous Udynea Empire that Darshan is from on their way to the capital.
Author: Iris Blobel
Post Link: http://irisblobel.com/snippetsunday230521/
Buy Link: https://amzn.to/34ikxYm
She loves the feel of his skin beneath her hands …
Lexie Marshall packs up and moves 3,000 km east with her daughter Zoe, to forget and move on. Now, all that matters is her daughter and her new job. She tries hard to stay focussed, but the sexy and extremely kind park ranger, Jesse, is not making it easy. And when her husband shows up in the small coastal town creating chaos, all she can do is hang on and trust her new friends.
After his last girlfriend walked out on him, Jesse Parker is doing just fine on his own. Until his accidental meeting with single mother Lexie, when he rescues her and her daughter from getting lost in the forest. But when her past catches up with her, he is right in the middle of it all and it might ruin his career.
Will returning to her old life be the only chance to save his career?
Author: Jessica Subject
Genre: M/M Romance, Sci-Fi
The story has not yet been released. It has been contracted to Decadent Publishing. You can follow the author for details.
Set-up: Last weekend Ojokun learned the being he was trying to pick up was the younger brother of two of his teammates. Many of you seemed to think that was the end of things between them, but we're just in the beginning of their story. Vawn may have seen through Ojo's pickup lines, but that didn't mean he didn't like the attention.