P.O.E.T.S Day – Rain

Welcome to poets day. Today I have the first ever poem I wrote.

This poem was written with my late grandfather. He spent a long time explaining about the count of each line and how to make the poem have rhythm. It was written in the 1990’s when I was a young teenager and loved learning new things, of course, I still love to learn new things.

Rain

Rain is shining on the leaves,

Rain is shining on the webs,

Rain is shining on the grass,

Like crystals till the last.

(Written in the 1990’s with my late grandfather)

 

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GA Review – Faeries Anonymous by Valkyrie #FreeRead #Review #GayAuthors

 

Welcome to another GA Review post. My story review this week is by Valkyrie. Valkyrie is a signature author on GA and can be found all over the GA site. Most usually though she can be found in the chat thread Cards On The Table By Headstall (yes I know you may have noticed that thread is very popular 🙂 ).

Valkyrie is a prolific author on site and has many wonderful stories for you to choose from. So why not register with GA (It’s FREE) and come tell her what you thought of the story?

Her Author Bio says:

Valkyrie is new to fiction writing and finished her first serial in May 2014. Her work generally centers on flawed individuals who tend to go through some pretty tough times before reaching their happily ever after; if indeed, they do reach it. She is a big fan of animals, especially cats and horses, and they feature in quite a few of her stories. She is also a fan of sappy romance; although she tries to keep that to a minimum in her writing.

Faeries Anonymous by Valkyrie

Blurb/Description

Welcome to Faeries Anonymous–A support group for changelings.

Theme: Fairy Tales

My Review:

I loved this story. At first the way Faeries Anonymous (FA) is mixed up with Narcotics Anonymous (NA) is funny. Then you realize that Alvin thinks he’s human and the rest of the group he is sitting in on don’t.

Although this is a short story the descriptions of the characters are wonderful. Val gives her readers a wide variety of personalities and identities.

You have George, or as his friend call him Mr. Tumnus and the leader of the merry band is Garin, an elf. You also have a hobgoblin, two pixies, a grundel, and a gnome.

My only wish is that Val will consider doing a few sequels soon and telling us the stories of the others in the group.

A really entertaining read and highly recommended. 5*s

Just click the link here and read it for FREE now… Read Faeries Anonymous Now

 

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Wednesday Briefs – Here Kitty Kitty, Chapter 5.1

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Welcome to another Wednesday Briefs. All comments are welcomed and please check out the other authors at the end of this post.


Chapter 5.1

“I’m tired. When can we take a nap?”

“I’m hungry. Can I have a snack?”

“I want to stop now. My feet hurt.”

“Are we nearly there yet?”

Kitryn gritted his teeth to stop himself snapping at the whining kits. It wasn’t their faults that they’d had to move so fast and so far.

He shrugged his shoulders to get a blanket wrapped Simon into a more comfortable position. He was glad that Simon had refused his offer earlier in the night.

They’d only been able to hunt a few times and had only caught several small rabbits. Simon had drained them of what small amount of blood he could, but it hadn’t been near to enough. Kitryn had offered some of his own blood but Simon had refused.

When Simon had fallen into his day sleep and Kitryn had had to wrap him securely in a blanket and carry him, Kitryn had been relieved to still have all his strength. If he’d donated some blood to Simon, he wouldn’t have been at his peak like he needed to be to protect them all. He needed all his senses about him to ensure they weren’t being followed and that they didn’t walk into any traps.

“Just a little further. Then we can stop and rest. We need to get Simon to some shelter and out of the daylight. Come on we can do this. We’ll find somewhere soon I’m sure.”

“Cabin that way.” Fran pointed at a dirt track leading off the main path.

Kitryn looked dubiously up the track. “Is it safe?”

Fran shrugged and Kitryn was torn. He looked up at the dark clouds that had been dogging their steps all night and through the day. Should he risk it? Or hope they found shelter further on?

His mind was made up for him when the dark clouds finally burst. A flash of lightning and a rumble of thunder spurred him on and he led the way up the dirt track.

The rain got harder and it wasn’t long before they were all drenched. Lightning flashed and thunder shook the earth. The kits all bundled as close as they could. Simon was getting heavier with the added water soaking into the blanket.

They rounded a corner and Kitryn held in a whimper of relief when a log cabin came into view. He propped Simon carefully against a tree to shelter him from the rain and moved away to see if the cabin was occupied.

A sudden flash of lightning and a crash too near for comfort had Kitryn grabbing Simon back up and urging the kits away from the trees. Having no choice, he herded them toward the cabin and began banging on the door.

His picked up the sound of movement and prayed to whatever deity was listening that he hadn’t led them straight into trouble.

The door opened slowly and Kitryn was met with a face he never thought he would ever see again.

Fran pushed forward. “Grandma.”


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Book Review – Stockton Wolves Series by Lisa Oliver

Blurb for Book one – Only 99p on AmazonUK

The first 20,000 words of this story were published as a free read for the Goodreads MMRomance Group Love’s Landscapes Project. 49,000 words have been added to make this into the book my characters wanted it to be.

Shane West was used to being the only wolf shifter at the Stockton Police Department. His enhanced senses helped him do his job efficiently and he prided himself on keeping control of his animal instincts. Gay from the first day he’d shifted, he also expected to live his long life alone, and provided it meant that he didn’t have to come into contact with any of his ex-pack, he told himself he was happy. And he was. Until Dimitri Polst was assigned as his new partner.

Confirmed ladies man, Dimitri Polst knew Shane from before he’d ever shifted into his wolf form. Two years older and from the same pack, Dimitri had made it his teenage mission to bring as much pain and humiliation to pretty-boy Shane as possible. But eight years later, he searched for that pretty boy, now all grown up, with a completely different mission in mind.

Being fated mates was hard enough, but when one man is straight and the other one has no reason to trust, then sparks are bound to fly. Add in a serial killer who is making inroads into the gay population and a possible shifter involvement, and Shane and Dimitri have a lot of thing to overcome before they get their HEA.

Warnings: This book is is a love story between gay male shifters. It includes graphic depictions of sexual acts between men, some violence and coarse language. If these things don’t interest you then please don’t buy this book.

My Review

Book one of this series was the first book by Lisa Oliver that I read, and I fell in love with her work and characters.

There is almost always a time all her books when you just want to bang the characters heads together, and either tell them to grow up, or point out the obvious to them.

I have favorite bits from all five books and this review would be far too long if I tried to tell you all of them. So, for this review I am going to focus on my favorite book.

Tell Me The Truth (Book five) is about Captain Anthony Reynolds (aka Tony) and Special Agent Niclas Draig (aka Nico). I like this one for many reasons, it has dragons in it, it drops lots of surprises in the readers laps, its funny, and it is hilarious to see an older mate being brought down a peg or two by their younger mate (especially when the older mate can be a bit arrogant at times).

My favorite parts of this book are when the younger mate tells the older one what for. Usually along the lines of telling his mate to grow up and start acting his age. Of course, the older one seems to trip over his tongue with everything he tries to say to his mate. It gets him into so much trouble when what he wants to say comes out wrong and ends up offending his mate.

I won’t put in any more detail because I wouldn’t want to spoil this series for those of you who haven’t read it yet. All I will finish by saying is, Lisa Oliver is a brilliant writer and I urge you all to add her to your to be now list.

A very highly recommended series 5*s. If I could give more I would.

 

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Book Review – Guardian by Sierra Riley #FreeKU #Review

Blurb

“I won’t get hurt again.”

“He probably has women falling at his feet.”

Attorney Alexander Wilson lies to himself. He’s not in the closet. He’s happy alone. He could come out to his work colleagues any time. Until then it’s one nerd and his Corgi, his string of failed relationships, and his collection of Space Shuttle toys. So when he’s hired by a tattooed, musclebound mechanic, it’s just as well that Conflict of Interest prevents him getting involved.

“A guy like him wouldn’t spend time with a guy like me.”

Mechanic Titus Edwards walked away from a promising Army career. As a former EOD expert he’s faced tougher environments than Flushing, Queens, but never a tougher job: raising his eight year old niece. When her biological father crawls out of the woodwork, Titus needs an attorney if he’s to protect her. But he’s not expecting to find himself drawn to Alex. After all, Alex is a guy. And Titus isn’t gay.

“We’re wasting time on a fairytale.”

Both men are haunted by pasts they would rather forget. But if they are to forge a future together they’re going to need to overcome more than their individual hurts. Can they learn to trust themselves and each other before it’s too late?

Guardian is a steamy, standalone gay romance novel with a HEA and no cliffhangers.

My Review

This book is a slow, low angst story. Both men take their time getting to know each other and their pasts before moving forward with any relationship.

I liked this read because it was easy and relaxing. There was no bad guy that needed to be found and beaten. There was no violence that needed the police to be involved. Once they embark on their relationship there are just the two men working it out together.

A great read for a lazy day curled up with a good book and a cup of your favorite drink. 4*s

 

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Short Scene – Here comes trouble

As you may have guessed there is no Wednesday briefs chapter this week, sorry, time got away from me. Instead, I have a nice short scene for you starring Jamie, Andrew, and Lizzie, and a big ball of fur.

Here comes Trouble.

“Where did all that come from?” Jamie wondered in dismay as he surveyed the mess of the lounge. There was toilet paper everywhere. It had been ripped into small pieces and strewn all over the furniture, carpet, and TV like confetti.

Barking drew Jamie’s attention to the hallway and before he could take more than one step a bundle of fur flew at him and he caught it at the last minute.

He looked down into sparkling eyes full of mischief. A very wet tongue bathed him from chin to forehead and the bundle let out a happy yip.

“Where are you? Puppy, here, Puppy.” Andrew appeared in the doorway looking harried, annoyed and carrying a leash in one hand.

As soon as he saw Jamie he froze. “Ah.” He ran a hand through his hair and looked at the mess. “You’re home early.”

Trying to keep his face away from the small dog in his arms, Jamie glared at his mate. “Where did this ball of energy come from?”

“Um, Jackson wanted to give Lizzie an early fifth birthday present. He dropped the puppy off on his way to work this evening. I only turned my back for a second to sort out the accessories Jackson left—food, bowl, and such—and before I knew it the rascal was in the bathroom. The more I chased him the more he shredded the toilet roll. I didn’t expect you home yet and I was hoping to get this cleared up.”

The bundled of fur in Jamie’s arms wriggled until he set the puppy on the floor, keeping a tight hold on the collar around its neck. “What’s its name? And more to the point I suppose, is it a boy or girl?”

Andrew laughed. “It is a he, and he hasn’t got a name yet.” He handed Jamie the leash he was holding and Jamie clipped it in place.

“Well, he looks like trouble to me,” Jamie grumbled, surveying the mess again. He looked at his watch and cursed. “Lizzie will be home soon and we can’t leave this mess.”

Thinking fast Jamie started muttering under his breath. A soft chiming noise echoed through the room and in the blink of an eye all the toilet paper had disappeared and two full trash bags had materialized in the middle of the carpet. Jamie only winced slightly at the masive use of his magic.

Right on cue, the front door crashed open.

“Da, Pa, I’m home!” Lizzie called as she ran into the room. “A PUPPY!”

The puppy jolted at the noise and managed to pull free of Jamie’s grasp. Seeing the young girl now kneeling on the floor the furball made a beeline for her and she scooped him up nuzzling his fur.

Jamie shook his head and, picking up the trash bags, headed out into the kitchen.

***

Dinner was nearly ready to serve and Jamie was just about to call everyone to wash up when a crash sounded from the lounge.

Running into the room he froze in shock in the doorway.

Sitting in the middle of a broken glass lamp was the puppy, tongue hanging out as he panted—or more likely laughed. He was also covered in mud.

Looking around Jamie took in the devastation of the room—again. Muddy footprints marked the couch and armchairs. Muddy smears and long rips showed where the puppy had skidded across the carpet—how Jamie didn’t know. The coffee table was on its side, as was the side table that had held the glass lamp.

“Puppy,” came Lizzie’s voice as she ran into the room. Before Jamie could move she tripped over the still panting puppy and rammed into the couch, which in turn knocked over the remaining side table and smashed the other glass lamp.

The noise seemed to unfreeze Jamie. “TROUBLE!” he bellowed and the puppy slinked under the couch.

 

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Release Day – Resist and Triumph A charity anthology, put together by and Edited by Grace R Duncan and Tucker McCallahan #Giveaway

 

OUT NOW!!!!!

Resist and Triumph

As 2017 opened, the United States took several steps back in the progress toward equality. In response, a group of authors has stepped up to offer positive stories of hope and love. In an effort to help fight and support those groups who are facing even greater challenges, we wrote these stories to offer a small amount of aid.

Stories of hope, resistance, and ultimately triumph fill the pages of this anthology.

All proceeds from the anthology go to The Trevor Project and GLAAD to help fight the effects of the dark times we’re facing.

Stories in this anthology:

Breaking Ties with the Bully by Perci T. Brooks

Consummation by Tucker McCallahan

Fighting the Alpha, the Omega Way by Carol Pedroso

Get Off of My Runway by Shane K. Morton

Leto of The Ionian Sea by Maria Siopis

Red by Vicktor Alexander

The Respect of Love by Mandi Ware

Small Victories by Helene Dupres

White Rabbit by Grace R Duncan

Buy Links

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**Also available on Kindle Unlimited**


Fighting the Alpha, the Omega Way by Carol Pedroso

Alpha Enforcer Gerard Gilbertson is sent in to investigate Alpha Kief Freaton and his pack. But, what he finds is both good and bad.

The good is he finds his mate, An omega named Strin.

The bad is his mate is being forced to use his omega powers to help the corrupt Alpha make money by conning people. Alpha Freaton is using a collar to control Strin, with the threat that the collar will kill the other omegas living in the pack and Strin if Strin doesn’t follow orders.

With Gerard’s help, Strin has to fight the Alpha for his right to freedom. And he has to do it the Omega way…

Giveaway

 

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