Sunday, June 27, 2021

Roost Recommendations 27 June 2021


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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

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

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.

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

A creative retelling of the story of Noah.

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

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.

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.

Author: Sonia Droga
Genre: Adventure, Slice of Life

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

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

Great Wave
Author: Olga Godim
Genre: Science Fiction

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Author: Lenny Lee
Genre: Poetry

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The author shares her interpretations of several artworks featuring waves.

The Wave
Author: Dixie Jo Jarchow
Genre: Adventure

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!

Friday, June 25, 2021

Charity Sunday + Naughty Netherworld Update 27 June 2021: Tara's Chemotherapy & My Car Needs AC


This is my most recent picture of Tara. She's had her first dose of chemotherapy and is kind of in hiding right now. I don't think she feels horrible because she still pushes her way into the bathroom when I go in there (the door doesn't latch properly) but she hasn't been too interested in doing much of her usual activities. Mostly she's a bit lethargic.

The chemo drug itself isn't the biggest cost. Fortunately, it's a pill rather than an infusion. It costs $48 per pill. We're giving her prednisone at home. Having taken prednisone myself, I know it can sometimes make one feel a bit wackadoodle. 

The first time I took prednisone, I felt kind of dizzy and weak. However, I was also recovering from pneumonia and a severe laryngospasm that sent me to the hospital overnight. The second time I took it was to give me some relief from sciatica pain. I begged for more when it started to wear off, but the doctor refused to give it to me.

Anyway, that's ancient history, 2002 to be exact. My paternal grandmother died not long after this incident, on December 24, 2002. I felt like hot garbage when my father, my son, and I flew back to New York for her funeral. Less than 2 years later, my father would have a major hemorrhagic stroke.

I'll try to keep the trips down memory lane to a minimum. 

The biggest costs for Tara's treatment right now are the $165 per week of blood panels and physical exams. The next chemo dose will be given in three weeks. 

There was an unexpected abdominal ultrasound because the oncology doctor wanted to do a recheck and make sure the mast cell tumors hadn't spread to her abdominal organs. This procedure sang the discordant tune of $612 all told. I'm not even figuring in the cost of gas to go to the appointments. We live 60 miles from CSU where she is getting the chemotherapy and 50 miles from her regular vet, who is doing the blood work.

On top of the fun of making these trips, my car does not have a working AC, so we are driving with the windows down and it isn't much relief. Also, this happened.

I took this great picture of my own arm. You can click it to enlarge it. As well as the peeling skin, I also had weeping blisters. For those who may be wondering, the tattoo is permanent, not a temporary one. I got it close to 5 years ago.

Depending on what's going on with the AC, it could run anywhere between $200 and $500 to get it fixed.

I hate like hell to ask for money from people. Most of the time my son and I get by on my disability check ($1340 per month) which pays the bills with a small amount remaining. I make a small amount doing book reviews for the Online Book Club but it isn't by any means a steady income. 

I really appreciated the donations I received from a couple of great people following my post last month. If anyone else can kick in a little something, it would help a great deal. My Paypal is

I haven't done Tarot readings in a hot minute, but I'll do a reading for anyone who donates at least $10 and lets me know they want one. My offer for a promo post at Readers Roost ( for a donation of $5 or more still stands. Again, let me know if you want one by replying to this post with your email address.

You can also support me by subscribing to my Patreon. As little as a buck a month helps a lot and gets you free PDF copies of all of the smokin' hot Cloned Heat stories. 

Speaking of Readers Roost, I need to apologize to the last batch of participants in the WEP Challenge. I promise you that I will share your stories on the next Roost Recommendations. My mental health is kind of precarious on my best day, and last weekend the town where I live had an unexpected parade (I wasn't expecting it anyway) and yard sale day. 

I kind of liked watching the parade from my window, but I was unsettled by the people parking in the area in front of my house without asking if it was okay. I didn't want to make a fuss, so I didn't say anything. It was Food Bank Day later that afternoon, and I was very overwhelmed. 

I had a bit of a mental breakdown where I couldn't make myself do much of anything and started feeling like maybe I should just stop writing or interacting with people forever. I decided to take a week off of blogging rather than closing up shop permanently. 

Anyway, this is where things stand with me. Other than this post I may not blog again until it's time for the monthly MFRW Steam Hop on July 13, at which point I will hopefully be ready to get back up and running at full capacity again. It may be sooner, but I'm giving myself the option.

Again, I thank anyone who can help in any way with my cat and car expenses. Sharing helps too if you are unable to donate. I really appreciate it.

And now, since I'm oversharing everything anyway...

Some of you may have wondered why I am so reluctant to share pictures of myself and tend to use illustrations instead. Well, a picture is worth 1000 words, and this picture reveals the awful truth. I really am extremely ugly and have rather severe skin problems (rosacea, and yes, it is being treated). 

I am a large person, and people tend to think it's okay to ridicule and berate people of my size. This is why I don't share pictures of myself and instead usually close my posts with a picture of my alter-ego, Ornery Owl. Admissibly, I'm pretty ornery-looking in my regular form too.

Now you know, and knowing is half the battle.

Crap, I almost forgot. Please be sure to visit the other Charity Sunday posts.

Ornery Owl Has Spoken

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Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Roost Recommendations 15 June 2021


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Apologies for the late start this week. I needed to complete my story for the June WEP Challenge. Visit for all the deets. You can submit your up to 1000 word story between June 16 and June 18. The theme is The Great Wave.

Because of this month's WEP Challenge, I didn't have time to participate in the MFRW Book Hooks hop, so there will not be as many books featured in this post. However, I am including links to the stories from the WEP Challenge to allow you to discover some awesome short fiction authors.

Regency Romance fans, pre-order the re-release of Only Seduction Will Do by Jenna Jaxon for just $2.99 and save $12.01 off the regular price. Scroll down to read the description, or follow the link now.

I had a bit of a personal setback, so this post will remain up for one week longer than usual as I am opting out of blog hops this week. I will return with new Roost Recommendations next Monday.

And now, on to this week's books and stories!

About Her
Author: Elizabeth Seckman
Genre: Romance
Buy Link: This book is a follow-up to About Us, which is free on Amazon.

About Her is the follow-up book to About Us, a free novel released last year. About Us is Hayden and Cam's story. In that story, Hayden leaves her abusive ex and calls on her husband's cousin, Cam, for help. Hayden's friend, Mark, warns her that Cam is and always has been in love with her and pulling him into her end-of-marriage disaster could end in heartache. Hayden doubts Mark's instincts. Cam couldn't be in love with her because Cam is involved with Shelley, his total knock-out of a girlfriend.

Hayden and Cam's happily ever after leaves Shelley alone and wandering the globe, so she needed her own story, so there is About Her. 

Almost a Countess
Author: Jenna Jaxon
Genre: Regency Romance

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 Trenten
Genre: Fantasy, LGBT Fiction

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

“She didn’t steal my name from me, Mother. Her mother gave it to her, just as you gave me mine.”

Author: Aurora Springer
Genre: Sci-Fi
Pre-Order Link: 

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.

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.

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
I know it isn't a book. Please be sure to check out my and other Charity Sunday posts for May.

Electric Candle
Author: Anne Barwell, Elizabeth Noble
Genre: Fantasy, M/M Romance, Mystery, Paranormal Romance, Vampires

When a vampire finds his soulmate, the bond is forever. It’s love at first sight.

Or is it?

Homicide Detective Jonas Forge has been a vampire for centuries. He’s fought wars, seen life go from the simple colonial days to the modern high-tech world. He’s evolved with the times, adapted to each new era, blended into each new life. The one constant is his best friend, mentor, and lover, Declan. Even though not fated to bond as soulmates, Forge and Declan are happy and settled in their life together.

Until Forge’s real soulmate falls, literally, into his life.

Forge isn’t thrilled with the guy, despite the pheromones attracting them to each other, and the feeling seems mutual. While trying to adjust to his clumsy soulmate and equally awkward feelings, Forge is also on the hunt for a serial-killer witnesses can’t identify who’s leaving a trail of bodies in its wake.

Will the bond Forge is finally forming with his soulmate be destroyed when the hunter becomes the victim?

If you like fated mates who aren’t perfect for each other, a paranormal killer who might not be caught and found families then you’ll love Elizabeth Noble’s Electric Candle.

Emmily Unbound
Author: Teresa Cypher
Genre: Sci-Fi Romance

This story is a WIP.

Emmily had an opportunity to turn the aliens over to authorities, and to be free of them. Of course, she didn't, but now General is sure she is as trustworthy as he hoped her to be. This is a week later and they're on the back porch together.

Great Loss
Author: Yolanda Renee
Genre: Disaster

You don't get what you deserve, you get what you get. This hard-hitting drabble embodies that sentiment.

Great Wave
Author: Nilanjana Bose
Genre: Fable, Humor

A retelling of the ant and grasshopper fable with a twist.

The Great Wave
Author: Michael Di Gesu
Genre: Historical Fiction

A young soldier is stationed in a Garita on the coast of San Juan, Puerto Rico when a severe storm hits. Will he survive?

Great Wave
Author: Rebecca Douglass
Genre: Humor, Mystery

Every day, Mildred Perkins sits out in the winter rain for hours at a time on a rocky point in a small coastal town. What could she be doing there?

The Great Wave
Author: Kalpana
Genre: Romance

Can Shyam ever overcome his fear of the waves and be a surfer like Tripti? Can he tell her how he really feels about her?

The Great Wave
Author: Hilary Melton-Butcher
Genre: Creative non-fiction

The author reflects on her lifelong fascination with geology, volcanoes, and the Island of Krakatoa.

Great Wave
Author: Sally Stackhouse
Genre: Paranormal

A clairvoyant woman is aware that her daughter is in grave danger, but she is miles away. Is there anything she can do to save her child?

The Great Wave
Genre: Fantasy
Author: Team Netherworld

My take on the Atlantis myth can be blamed on H.P. Lovecraft. Also, James Cameron, because I was watching the documentary wherein he supports a mission to discover if there is any real archaeological basis to Plato's Atlantis story.

Harajuku Kiss
Author: Linda Hamonou
Genre: Mystery Romance

At times, life can be so depressing. She is walking her usual recovery tour in Harajuku, finishing with a crepe, trying to forget that her boyfriend dumped her once again for the week-end... When the unthinkable happens... A boy stops in front of her in the street and kisses her, in the middle of the street, before running away.

Trying to discover more about him, she is dragged into a dangerous game of mystery. A biologist has been murdered and a deadly virus is on the loose. First suspect: the mysterious Harajuku's stranger. 

Heiress of the Nile
Author: Veronica Scott
Genre: Historical Romance, Paranormal Romance

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.

The House at the Crossing
Author: Linda Hamonou
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Sci-Fi
Buy Link: This story is a WIP. It is the prequel to Demon Soul. The buy link is for Demon Soul.

The House at the Crossing follows one of Demon Soul's more obscure characters as she first comes into the House. It's supposed to explain why there are so many people in the house and sort of where they come from and at the same time be a first time adventure for the main character as she needs to adapt to her new role and the new version of who she is. 

In Search of the Wave
Author: Jemima Pett
Genre: Adventure

A divorcee works at a cafe in Arles while solving the mysteries of interesting and famous works of art.

The Last Dragon
Author: Daryl Devore
Genre: Medieval Fantasy Romance

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?

Luca & Ash
Author: Fallon Brown
Genre: LGBT Romance

This story is a WIP.

A few sentences:
They left, and I looked back at Luca. “I’m not sure I even know what just happened.”
Luca chuckled. “I’m not sure anyone knows what happens when Nita is around. As for Jeremy, it’s complicated.”

The Merchant's Love
Author: Antonia Aquilante
Genre: Fantasy, M/M Romance


Faelen, cousin to the prince and son of a diplomat, has finally come home to Tournai after years away. The pull to return was almost tangible, and the sense of rightness at being back is absolute. He wants nothing more than to put down roots and build a life among family while pursuing his linguistic studies. Becoming involved in magic meant to protect Tournai isn’t part of his plans…and falling in love is even more unexpected and unfamiliar, but he finds himself doing just that as his friendship with Maxen deepens into something more.

Maxen, second son of a wealthy merchant family, longs to leave Tournai and visit everywhere he can. All his life, he’s found places on maps and dreamed, planning out routes to get to them. For now, he’s tied to Tournai’s capital city by family obligations and his position in their shipping business. Someday, though, he’ll be able to travel. His sudden attraction to Faelen shocks him, but their friendship soon becomes a necessary part of his life. Love, however, has no place in his plans, especially not love for a royal cousin with secrets who wants nothing more than to stay in one place.

For Faelen and Maxen to build something real between them, they must resolve their differences, but when magic goes awry and all Faelen’s secrets are revealed, will Maxen remain at his side?

Only Seduction Will Do
Author: Jenna Jaxon
Genre: Regency Romance

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Alethea Forsythe has been desperately in love with the Earl of Manning since they first met last summer and although the earl has made it clear he doesn’t return her regard, Alethea fights to keep her dreams of him alive. However, in a moment of despair, she is seduced by a married man and, when she discovers she is with child, fears she is now undone. With her reputation about to be ruined, she has the choice of accepting an arranged marriage to a stranger or taking matters into her own capable hands.

Jack Fitzwilliam, the Earl of Manning, is out enjoying a little Christmas revelry with friends—which ends in a visit to The House of Pleasure. After an unusual encounter there, he winds his way home to discover a late night summons to Miss Forsythe’s home. His evening becomes even more bizarre when the lady in question throws herself on his mercy and begs he take her to wife. At twenty-three, Jack has many more wild oats to sow, but his innate sense of honor will not allow him to shirk the duty of a gentleman.

Radiantly happy, Alethea vows to be an exemplary wife to Jack, however, his acceptance of her proposal comes with its own set of unexpected conditions. In exchange for the protection of his name, Jack vows his marriage to Alethea will be in name only. Desperate to touch her husband’s heart, Alethea battles to win his trust and love. When a trial by fire tests her love and Jack’s honor, will the passion that suddenly blazes between them temper their love or consume them?

Peregrine's Peril
Author: Lil DeVille
Genre: M/M Erotica, Sci-Fi
Buy Link:
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Regular price 99 cents.

This story is also available as a PDF for my patrons at any level, starting at just a buck a month.

You can purchase the six hot Cloned Heat Cliffhangers for your erotica collection, or read them free with Kindle Unlimited. 

Phantom Wave
Author: C.J. Austin
Genre: Horror, Paranormal

On an abandoned beach at night, a boy tells his friends a ghost story about a phantom wave that strikes on the anniversary of the sinking of a steamship. But is it just a story?

Red or Green?
Author: Jemi Fraser
Genre: Science Fiction

As her ship begins to crumble around her, a technician has an important decision to make. Will she choose wisely?

Author: Alexis Duran
Genre: Fantasy Romance, M/M Romance
Buy Link: This Story is a WIP

Following the death of his mother the Queen, Prince Gabriel returns home for the first time in three years, hoping for a reconciliation with his estranged brother, the new king, but all is not well at Castle Rosenthal. King Tristan has fallen under the sway of a mysterious noble woman with a dark past, and all along the border of the Black Forest, magical denizens are on the move. Gabriel begins to fear for his life. Is the handsome huntsman in on a plot to assassinate him, or is there an even darker, more evil power afoot? A forced flight into the Black Forest may expose ancient magic at work, if Gabriel can survive long enough to uncover it.

Swept Away
Author: Sanhita Mukherjee
Genre: Science Fiction, Speculative

Musings on a divided fictional society illustrate non-fictional truths.

This is a boldly worded piece and it is likely to make some readers angry. This was my comment to the author.

There's a bit of Huxley and Orwell in this piece. I agree with Pennie that there is an incessant need on people's parts to categorize everything and everyone. This is very divisive. I think that people should be curious about and even proud of their ancestry, but no one should deem themselves better than anyone else.

My one real criticism? There's no such thing as a "feminazi." This is a term that gets applied to women who refuse to shut up or back down when confronted by sexism. I've been called a "feminazi" more than once and didn't much appreciate it, although it sure let me know who the person saying the word really was.

I think that we ought to be able to read and comment on controversial work without resorting to name-calling and threats. I am extremely disturbed by the fact that the go-to these days is to threaten and verbally abuse anyone with whom one disagrees and to silence the voices of those who do not adhere to each and every one of certain social edicts. 

Should anyone disagree with any aspect of, for instance, Black Lives Matter, or with any aspect of the current ideal of medical transition on demand and without question even for children and adolescents, one is immediately howled down as a racist or a transphobe.

The words written by this author should make all of us rethink the way we respond to controversial ideas. For instance, I vehemently disagree with the author on the use of the term "feminazi" and I think she has some erroneous ideas about feminism. However, if I were to berate her, call her names, and launch into ad hominem attacks, I would only be shutting down potentially useful dialogue.

As Dr. Martin Luther King said following the assassination of Malcolm X, "I think we have got to learn to disagree without being violently disagreeable."

Tales of the Onyx Sun
Author: P.T. Wyant
Genre: Sci-Fi, LGBT Romance

This story is a WIP, so there is no buy link yet.

 Josul has convinced Taliya that she needs someone to help her with the ship and she has been talked into buying a slave (but only so she can free him or her). Josul picked out three likely candidates and she is interviewing the third, having already rejected the other two.

There's a Rooster in my Bathroom
Author: Trish Ostroski
Genre: Memoirs, Non-Fiction
Post Link: You can read my exclusive review of There's a Rooster in my Bathroom for Online Book Club here. 

Thoughtful, real and easy to read, Trish Ostroski shares a variety of stories and lessons in this whimsical, easy-to-read book. With insights and observations from a life well lived in places like Moldova all the way to Hollywood and beyond, she shares her wonderful ride! With a career focused on service above self, she was able to experience places and people most of us can only imagine. The stories resonate with those who love travel and life lessons learned along the ride. The book reads like scenes from a movie. Each one a new chapter in the travels of Trish, allowing the reader to skip from section to section as the stories demand. From poignant Peace Corps experiences to the trauma of surviving an earthquake, there are life lessons for any reader. The people, places and things that Trish Ostroski has experienced will keep you reading into the night. A beautiful, book-on-the-nightstand read for anyone who loves a good story!

These Haunted Hills
Author: Jana Denardo
Genre: Mystery

The story is a WIP. Here is a sample.

Picking up here with Brendan and Josh after Brendan has returned from Columbus

I’m sorry about leaving like that.”

Josh shook his head. “You don’t owe me an apology.”

“I do.”

Three Times Better
Author: Sadie Jay
Genre: M/M/M Romance 
Buy Link: This book is a WIP

It doesn’t surprise Chris that he and Scott fall back into old habits—or back into bed, to be more specific—when he returns to his hometown after ten years away. Best friends since grade school, they’d been each other’s firsts for everything important. What surprises him is the pull he feels for the young man who seduced him on a night out at a local bar. 

There’s a joke amongst Scott’s friends that his house is fitted with a revolving front door. He doesn’t deny it. He likes sex, and he likes variety. He’s happy, and his lovers, both men and women, leave happy. But with Chris staying with him until he gets settled, he puts a moratorium on the swinging door. Except for Milo. For some reason, he can’t turn the young man away.

Having grown up in a town where he and his mom are called trailer-trash, 20-year-old Milo’s life hasn’t been easy. He has every reason to be angry and resentful, and yet, he remains optimistic, fun, and determined. Scott has been his friend and mentor, despite their age difference. He’s come to rely on the older man to be his safe place, but he has to wonder if the new guy is going to change all of that. The fact that he and Chris have an instant connection only confuses him further.

To Target the Heart
Author: Aldrea Alien
Genre: M/M Romance

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Triple Wedding
Author: Edward Hoornaert
Genre: Sci-Fi Romance
Buy Link: This book is a WIP.

Teegan Dayle is a driven businesswoman whose company grows houses. When her three estranged sisters plan a triple wedding, she’s determined to show them her life is perfect — so she needs a gorgeously handsome wedding date to wow them.

Sterling, her roommate’s brother, is a handsome loner. When Teegan asks him to be her fake date, he refuses — until he learns that amazing new creatures will be at the wedding. He’s determined to be the first to study them, even if it means pretending to love a woman he doesn’t get along with.

How far will they have to take the pretense? All the way?

Booker is a naïve young Apprentice Cupid whose job is to make a match for Teegan — but not with Sterling. Can he break up matches as well as he makes them?

Twirl and Dip
Author: Karen Michelle Nutt
Genre: Romance
Buy Link: This story is a WIP

Eastyn has her soda shop to run and specialty ice creams to create. Only the place is falling apart, and she may have a haunted jukebox that chooses songs to communicate. If things couldn't get any more complicated, Drake, her ex-fiancé, returns home after five years on the road with his rock band, Never Mind the Damage.

Eastyn vows not to fall for Drake's charms again, but when you have a lifetime of memories with the man, the heart seems not to care about pledges. Her haunted jukebox believes choosing the right song to twirl and dip to is the answer to everything. However, Eastyn isn't convinced. She wants to know if Drake is home for good, or will he break her heart all over again?

The Ugly Duckling (working title)
Author: E.D. Martin
Genre: Adult Fairy Tales, Fantasy
Buy Link: This book is a WIP. The buy link is for the other books in the Heartsbane Saga series.

For the next month or two, I’ll be posting snippets from Heartsbane Saga book 3.5.
This story is a retelling of The Ugly Duckling, and it centers on Uli, the childhood nurse of Prince Brandulfur who accompanies him on all his adventures, even when he’s grown up.

An Untarnished Hero
Author: Dana Ransom
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Suspense

Buy Link: This story is a WIP.

Some heroes are forged by sheer determination. Jimmy Redbone is one of them in my Texas-set WIP, An Untarnished Hero. As a U.S. Marshal, he’s faced down crushing odds without a blink and he’s not about to let something as trivial as an injury keep him from protecting his wife and their future together in this week’s WWW excerpt.

Author: Carole Stolz
Genre: Poetry, Christian

The author expresses how faith helped her overcome fear.

Wave After Wave
Author: Denise Covey
Genre: History, War

A young man and a dog attempt to escape a village destroyed by warlords.