Apologies for the late start this week. I needed to complete my story for the June WEP Challenge. Visit http://writeeditpublishnow.blogspot.com 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. https://amzn.to/3gG8Yjh
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!
Author: Elizabeth Seckman
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
Post Links: 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 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
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.
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?
I know it isn't a book. Please be sure to check out my and other Charity Sunday posts for May. https://www.naughtynetherworldpress.com/2021/05/charity-sunday-help-with-taras-medical.html
Author: Anne Barwell, Elizabeth Noble
Genre: Fantasy, M/M Romance, Mystery, Paranormal Romance, Vampires
Buy Link: https://amzn.to/3wtOdOA
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.
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.
Author: Yolanda Renee
You don't get what you deserve, you get what you get. This hard-hitting drabble embodies that sentiment.
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
Post Link: https://writing-art-and-design.blogspot.com/2021/06/the-great-wave-wep-june-2021-challenge.html
A young soldier is stationed in a Garita on the coast of San Juan, Puerto Rico when a severe storm hits. Will he survive?
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
Post Link: https://kalpanawrites.com/great-wave/
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.
Author: Sally Stackhouse
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
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.
Author: Linda Hamonou
Genre: Mystery Romance
Buy Link: https://amzn.to/3cKuVN5
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
Post Links: 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.
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. https://amzn.to/3vDX7Zo
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
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
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?
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
Buy Link: https://amzn.to/3xpSYsA
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
Buy Link: https://amzn.to/3gG8Yjh
The pre-order price is just $2.99. Save $12.01 by pre-ordering now.
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?
Author: Lil DeVille
Genre: M/M Erotica, Sci-Fi
Post Links: http://www.naughtynetherworldpress.com/2021/05/peregrines-briny-obsession-mfrwhooks.html
Always free from Kindle Unlimited.
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. https://www.patreon.com/posts/51984050
You can purchase the six hot Cloned Heat Cliffhangers for your erotica collection, or read them free with Kindle Unlimited.
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.
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.
Buy Link: https://amzn.to/3q08U2i
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
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.”
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
Buy Link: https://amzn.to/3wz2Joo
Click to Enlarge
Author: Edward Hoornaert
Genre: Sci-Fi Romance
Post Links: https://eahoornaert.com/2021/05/25/mfrwhooks-71/
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
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. https://amzn.to/2Tod0Vu
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
Post Links: https://nancygideon.blogspot.com/2021/05/wewriwa-truth-or-consequences-an-untarnished-hero.html
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.