Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult

Narrator: Brian Hutchison, Mia Barron, Therese Plummer

Title: Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult
Release Date: March 1st, 2011
Format: Audiobook (17 hrs and 26 mins)
Genre: Fiction, Women’s Literature
Published By: Atria Books
One miscarriage too many spelled the end of Max and Zoe Baxter’s marriage. Though the former couple went quite separate ways, their fates remained entangled: After veering into alcoholism, Max is saved in multiple senses by his fundamentalist conversion; Zoe, for her part, finds healing relief in music therapy and the friendship, then romantic love with Vanessa, her counselor. After Zoe and Vanessa, now married, decide to have a baby, they realize that they must join battle with Max, who objects on both religious and financial grounds.
three-stars
I started this book already having experience with Jodi Picoult’s writing, so I knew I was in for an intense experience. She is so methodical and expressive but I always find her stories disconcerting. I appreciate that the author told the story from Zoe, her new wife Vanessa and Zoe’s ex-husband’s point of view. It gave me an opportunity to empathize. I’ll admit it that I found the story a bit preachy and definitely advocated a viewpoint, but the story felt real especially in today’s political and religious climate. Zoe and Vanessa’s court case against Max made me examine my own views about this controversial issue. But the author’s writing was remarkable in that I could empathize to all three main characters even if I didn’t quite like them.

The story began with Zoe and Max struggling to conceive. What the reader never got to experience was any real tenderness, happiness or the power of their love. Their relationship was that of a woman determined to have a baby and the man she needed to make that dream a reality. It should have come as no surprise to the readers that Zoe and Max broke up. Unfortunately, Zoe’s new relationship didn’t resonate with me either. What did resonate with me was Zoe’s desire to have a family and the stress the struggle caused her, Max and Vanessa.

I would have loved this story more if the author had delivered multifaceted characters instead of Max, an alcoholic turned bible thumper fighting a music therapist and an atheist school counselor. The characters were over-simplified in such a way to make you either love them or hate them. The stereotypes were written in such a way that I felt led by the nose to the conclusion, which was a typical Picoult ending.

Release Blitz: Flash Daddy by Daddy X

Title:  Flash Daddy

Author: Daddy X

Publisher: Excessica

Release Date: May 12, 2017

Heat Level: 5 – Erotica

Pairing: Male/Female, Male/Female/Male (No Male/Male interaction), Male/Male/Female (Male/Male interaction), Female/Male/Female (No Female/Female interaction), Female/Female/Male (Female/Female interaction)

Length: approx. 18, 250

Genre: Romance, Erotica, #flashfiction #eroticromance #sextoys #exhibitionism #voyeurism #porn #sluts #prostitution #swinging #gangbang #analsex

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Fifty five X-tra hot quickies from the Master of Flash

Do you like your stories quick and kinky? Swift and sexy? Distilling the erotic energy of a romance novel into just a few hundred expertly chosen words?

Well, come a little closer. Daddy X has a story to tell you. It won’t take but a minute.

Daddy X’s flash fiction archive is brimming with tales of sudden satisfaction. From that trove he has chosen this premier collection, fifty five of his finest filthy reads.

Fast and furious romps abound, as do tender tales of loving sex. And since this is Daddy X, count on plenty of laughs along the road. Whatever your pleasure, you’ll find more than one gem that warms your cockles (or wets your cunnels!).

What’s up those little skirts he’s so fixated on? What, pray tell, is a Bowling Night Flasher? How can a gang bang be romantic? What’s the latest outrage from the horny, hapless Delbert? What’s live? What’s jive?

Don’t be shy. Take a chance. Life’s too short for regrets.

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An Almost Legal Adult  

Bob awoke to a rustling in the kitchen. His daughter Beatrice was back from wherever she went at night. It had been a while since they’d had much contact, given the way their respective schedules conflicted.

He descended the stairs. “Don’t tell me you went out dressed like that.”

Beatrice turned from the cocktail she was assembling. “Dad, I’ve turned eighteen and I can wear what I want. I’m paying rent with what I make on my job. That makes me legally your tenant.”

“But sweetheart! Why go like that? All that tight leather. Your bare ass sticks out of those chaps. And when did you start drinking?”

“I didn’t. But there’s lots you don’t know about me, Dad. This is for someone in my room.”

“You have a boy in your room?”

“Well, not exactly..”

“Oh no! Not another woman!”

“No, Dad. A man. I have a man in my room.”

“Oh my god! Get him out of here! While you remain under my roof, you will be subject to my rules, no matter what you pay in rent. Now get him out of my house!”

“But Dad… He’s tied to the bed.”

“What?”

“Plus, he’s already paid.”

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Daddy X always wanted to be a dirty old man.

He survived the 40’s, 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, and George W. Bush. He maintained an (almost) steady trajectory through Catholic school, a paper route, muskrat trapping, a steel mill, Bucks County, the Haight Ashbury, North Beach, the SF bar business, drug addiction, alcoholism, a stroke, hep C, cancer, a liver transplant, a year of chemo, a stickup at his art gallery while tied to a desk (not as cool as it sounds), a triple bypass, heart attack…and George W. Bush.

Now he’s old, and it’s time to get dirty.

He’s been with Momma X (greatest editor on earth) for fifty years, but she thinks his stuff is too skeevy to deal with. They live in northern California with a ninety pound lop-eared hound (17” wingspan) and two cats. Some of Daddy’s dirtiest stories have been gathered in The Gonzo Collection and Brand X, also available from eXcessica. Daddy is also published in anthologies by Naughty Nights Press, House of Erotica and in Cleis Press’ Best Bondage 2015.

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Book Blitz – Love and Magic by RE Andeen

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Title: Love and Magic

Author: RE Andeen

Publisher: Torquere Press

Cover Artist: Kris Norris

Release Date: 7-27-2016

Heat Level: 2

Pairing: F/F

Length:: 10,000 words

Genre: Lesbian Romance, Multi-Cultural, Fantasy

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Kiv never expected to see a battle, let alone fight in one. She came to the island kingdom of Escot to use her magic to help people, not to kill them, but a petty, pointless civil war has made her job as Court Wizard difficult and then impossible. When the hostilities come to a head, Kiv finds herself on the battlefield, supporting one army against another.

On the other side, there is Tallas, a wizard more dangerous than three thousand swords and a woman more intriguing that than any Kiv has ever met. The battle will end in blood and death, as battles do, but for Tallas and Kiv, the end is only the beginning.

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Kiv woke with a start, wondering if she was dead. She cast about with her senses, both physical and magical, and decided she was alive after all. She was lying in a bed of golden wood on soft white cotton sheets under a green wool blanket. Overhead, she saw the silky blue canopy of a large tent, with the curtains on all four sides tied back to let in the morning sun, set in an open field without another structure in sight. The rain had finally stopped, though the sky was still gray.

She climbed out of bed, noticing that she was in nothing but her underthings, and looked for something to wear. Her clothes – long wool skirt, wide leather belt, white cotton blouse, and heavy wool cloak – were folded neatly on a table beside the bed, all the grime and gore of battle washed away, with her purple silk Court Wizard hood and her gnarled manzanita wand sitting next to the pile. She dressed and went looking for the kind soul who had taken care of her. Tallas – of course it was Tallas – was just outside the tent, her back to Kiv, cooking a skillet of something over a low fire that smelled amazing.

“Oh, good. You’re awake,” Tallas said, without turning around. “I trust you’re feeling alright. I checked you over myself last night, and I could find no injury or ailment beside exhaustion.”

Kiv walked over and sat on a rock next to the fire. “I’m fine,” she said. “I suppose I should thank you…”

“It was nothing,” Tallas said. “You’re a Wizard of the Guild, and we take care of our own.”

“I know,” Kiv replied, “but I’ve never had anything like yesterday happen to me before.”

“Haven’t you?” Tallas asked, looking up from the fire, and Kiv suddenly felt that those jet black eyes were boring a hole right through her. “I suppose you haven’t…”

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RE Andeen is a writer, software developer, Klingonist, and general nerd. After a lifetime of immersion in science and technology, he discovered writing, quite by accident, in 2014. He lives in downtown Seattle.

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Book Blitz – The Olive Conspiracy by Shira Glassman

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Title: The Olive Conspiracy

Author: Shira Glassman

Series Title and Number: Mangoverse 4

Publisher: Prizm Books

Cover Artist: BS Clay

Release Date: 7/20/16

Heat Level: 2

Pairing : Female/Female, with significant Female/Male supporting characters

Length: 61K

Genre: Fantasy, Lesbian Romance, Multi-Cultural, Espionage, Political, Chick Lit

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When Ezra tries to blackmail Chef Yael about her being trans, she throws him out of her restaurant and immediately reports him to the queen. When police find Ezra stabbed to death, Queen Shulamit realizes he may have also tried to extort someone more dangerous than a feisty old lady.

The royal investigation leads straight to an international terrorist plot to destroy her country’s economy—and worse, her first love, Crown Princess Carolina of Imbrio, may be involved. Since she’s got a dragon-shifting wizard at her disposal, contacts with friendly foreign witches, and the support of her partner Aviva, Shulamit has hope. What she doesn’t have is time.

A love story between women, between queen and country, and between farmers and their crops.

Due out July 2016 electronically and fall 2016 in paperback. eBook purchases directly from the publisher, and paperbacks from anywhere, will include a free copy of Tales from Perach, five bonus short stories.

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“What’s that one? It looks like a map.”

Shulamit shifted papers around. “Mmm,” she agreed, turning the paper slightly and studying it more closely. “It’s a map of Perach. But I don’t know what all this mess is.” She squinted and shook her head. “I don’t know; it looks familiar, somehow.”

“Well, you do run the country.”

“This line… these patterns…”

With one arm folded across her midsection and the other arm upright so that her fist rested against her nose, Shulamit raked her memories. Those swirly bits. That pair of streaks. Why did they look so familiar? Why did she feel like she’d seen it before, what seemed like ages ago before the emotional upheaval of visiting Imbrio again and seeing Carolina?

“Oh, my God!” Heat flared in Shulamit’s cheeks. “Rivka, this makes no sense, but—Guard! Who’s out there?”

One of the guards appeared at the doorway. “Majesty?”

Shulamit held out one pointing finger. “Can you please bring me my latest notes on our agricultural pests?”

“Absolutely, Majesty.” He disappeared into the sunlight.

Rivka squinted at her. “I don’t get it.”

“You think I do?” Shulamit skin tingled as she waited for the papers to show up and either prove her wrong or show that she was absolutely right, thus opening up nothing but a cartload of further questions. Both hands fidgeted with the ends of her filmy yellow scarf.

Shulamit felt like every second was bloated and lazy until the guard reappeared. Where was he? Finally, the requested papers arrived, and she tore into them with such ferocity that several fell onto the floor and had to be retrieved.

“There!” she finally exclaimed triumphantly.

“What?” Rivka leaned over her shoulder eagerly, and Shulamit heard a soft thud as Isaac leapt off Riv’s shoulder onto the back of her throne to get a better view.

“The olive blight,” said Shulamit, her lips barely moving as she tried to make sense of the completely unexpected connection. “Ezra drew a map of the olive blight, and put it in the middle of his blackmail notes.”

“Is there anything else on the paper?” said Isaac in his normal voice.

Shulamit turned it over. “Oh, I’m so nervous, I’m not thinking straight. This is the map I already had.”

She flipped over the correct parchment. In Ezra’s lazy scrawl, it said,

Imbrian man (Name: Rui?) *possibly leader

Imbrian man with missing tooth. Drinks like a fish.

Perachi woman (from Lovely Valley?) Money-minded.

Unknown man (Light skinned. Imbrian?)

Unknown woman (Perachi?)

Who is “André?”

“There is no way this means anything good.” Thoughts whirled through Shulamit’s mind, thoughts that she was afraid to put to words. What did Imbrio have to do with agricultural pests? What about—what about Carolina?

Malkeleh,” said Isaac, interrupting her mental maelstrom. “Let me see Ezra’s map again.”

Shulamit flipped the paper back over.

“Look,” said Isaac. “His map—the infestation goes down the river straight into the Lovely Valley.”

Shulamit shook her head slowly and groped around for Rivka’s hand. She clung to her friend’s arm with both hands like it was a bellpull, then hugged it tightly to her chest. “Whatever this is, we have to stop it. We have to stop them.

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Shira Glassman is a bisexual Jewish violinist living in North Central Florida. She is best known for her Mangoverse books, four fluffy queer fantasy novels (and accompanying short stories) set in a tropical Jewish fairytale kingdom ruled over by a young lesbian and her “family of choice”, including a dragon. These books have reached the finals list of multiple years of the Bi Book Awards and Golden Crown Literary Society Awards. She writes other short contemporary and fantasy fiction as well, including two contemporary romance novelettes about professional musicians. Shira’s greatest inspirations are French and German opera and Agatha Christie novels, as well as her own family life and closest friends.

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But First Must Come the Storm by Brooke Radley

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Release Date: March 14, 2016
Pages: 271 • Format: eARC
Published By: NineStar Press
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On the blustery first day of her fall semester, twenty-year-old Millie Carrera is determined to start her junior year on the right foot. She has a great GPA, a nice apartment, and if she plays her cards right, she might even graduate a semester early. It’s everything she ever wanted. That is, until she runs into Summer Evans.

Literally.

Summer is older, gorgeous, and because of Millie, has coffee seeping through the front of her blouse. She also happens to be Millie’s new Science Writing professor. Millie worries their embarrassing encounter may haunt her for the entire semester, and Summer’s lingering glances don’t make her feel any less self-conscious. Millie makes every effort to get back into Summer’s good graces, and soon she can’t tell if she’s drawn more by guilt or attraction.

Summer’s passion for her subject strikes a chord with Millie, who wants desperately to get to know her better. Astoundingly, Summer seems to want the same thing.

As the two get to know each other, their friendship grows into something more—something forbidden. Acting upon their feelings would jeopardize Millie’s education and Summer’s job, but when they’re together, it’s hard to care. Will they be able to keep their hands off each other long enough to get through finals, or will the semester end in heartbreak?

three-half-stars

What do you do when you are rushing to class and spill hot coffee all over a gorgeous woman and that gorgeous woman ends up being your Science Writing Professor? Well that is what we are going to find out as one Mille Carrera meets Dr. Summer Evans in the most awkward meet cute… ugh.

I love the idea of a student teacher relationship, it always works for me but with two women this was new territory.

Summer has been teaching for three years and is offered an associate professor title which can put her on the track for tenure. Working at a community college, I know that tenure is what most instructors are looking for as it aids to the stability of their career so when tenure came up early in the story, I was intrigued how it would be handled when the women attempt a relationship.

This is a very slow burn romance. The two women actively play the roles of student and teacher with very little engagement into a relationship for at least half of the book which for me, was far too long. I get that they both have school and careers to consider yet aside from a few thoughts from Millie on a hike or when she sees Summer at random school events or the cheek caress to wake Millie from Summer… we don’t get much in the way of chemistry or attraction. I love a good slow burn but the heat was turned down so low it was almost non-existent.

The wait for it all to happen was just that, a wait and while I do like that they took their time, the small bits of intimacy we get weren’t enough for me to really engage with the romance. Once they do dance around the idea though, the story began to pick up a smidge but it didn’t hold steady for me.

“I can’t stop thinking about our kiss. And the more I think about it, the less I care about the repercussions. It’s getting harder to stay away.”

“You could stop.”

“Stop what?”

“Stop fighting it.”

To have a chance at any sort of relationship, Summer and Millie have to set boundaries and ground rules for not only how they the budding relationship hidden but who they will trust with it as well. Unfortunately there is no one they can trust and they decide to only be with one another off campus. I can tell you how much I worried for them when they decided this. When I was young I dated my boss and though we kept our relationship out of work and even went to other towns for movies etc. it was unavoidable that simply being around one another, looking at each other for three seconds too long was enough to cause folks to begin talking about us… as a couple.

The issues the women face were believable as you can’t begin to care for someone and simply shut those feelings off. It was a tough situation for Summer and Millie to be in and they handled it the best way they could though feelings did get hurt along the way.

But First Must Come the Storm was a nice slow burn romance between a teacher and her student and what lines you’ll cross to be with the one you love.

 

About Brooke Radley

rooke Radley wrote her first story, a fantastical adventure including dragons and castles overrun with ghosts, when she was five years old. She has a degree in English from Virginia Tech. Her first published novel, Nightshade, was released in November 2015. She lives in Chesapeake with her two dogs.

The Better To Kiss You With by Michelle Osgood

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Release Date: 
April 21, 2016
Pages: 182 • Format: 
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Published By: 
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Deanna, the moderator for Wolf’s Run, an online werewolf role-playing game, wanders the local forest with her dog Arthur and daydreams about Jaime, the attractive, enigmatic woman who lives upstairs. When threats from an antagonistic player escalate, Deanna wonders if her job could be riskier than she’d ever imagined—and if her new girlfriend knows more about this community than she had realized.

four-stars

Well this was even better than I expected!

We meet Deanna our narrator as she is chasing after her dog Arthur and meets the stunning upstairs neighbor Jaime. From the minute Deanna sees Jaime I fell in love with her voice. Deanna is snarky, she is witty, smart and the girl has lust in her heart. Ha. Lust and the all too familiar disease of open mouth, insert foot when it comes to beautiful women.

So anyway, Deanna meets Jaime and they have instant chemistry. Deanna works for an online for a game called Wolf’s Run as a moderator of the games chats if you will and this game is full of wolf shifters who run in packs. Uh huh… you know the title of this book? Take it to heart. But Deanna being the “den mother” of the chats runs into a few players or jerks who like to mess with her and one in particular has her spooked and for good reason.

I am not sure how much to say about the plot of the story as though it’s hinted at it’s not mentioned in the blurb so I will leave off. I will just say it went where I hoped it would, I liked the take on it and it proved functional and fundamental to the story arc as well as the romance. Deanna’s reaction was classic when first revealed and really as honest as she could be.

Deanna and Jaime have a great start to their relationship and the sex they have was hot as heck. Goodness. I am all for individuals who can tune into their partners needs in bed and these girls do over and over again.

For me, what sticks out the most with the book is how sex-positive it truly was and that is refreshing. I love it when an author can write a woman, or in this case two, and make them want sex with no hint of shame or self-loathing. Deanna has to many sexy thoughts about Jaime before the share a single intimate touch that made me chuckle because one minute she would full on wanting to lick the freckles off Jaime to reminding herself that life, truly is not a porn movie.

The Better To Kiss You With was a fun and sexy introduction to a new me to author. I loved the author’s voice throughout the book with the small jabs at social injustice and how she blended them in well with the characters. Deanna and Jaime are a beautiful couple and the end gave me a great look at how their relationship is evolving with Jaime’s family.

 

About Michelle Osgood

Michelle Osgood lives in Vancouver, BC, with her partner Elizabeth and their two cats. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English, and has been reading, writing, and blogging in fandom communities for five years. She likes to read romance novels, speculative fiction, and feminist pop culture critique.

The Turning Point by Amy Paine

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Series: Traveling Companions
Release Date: March 7, 2016
Pages: 44 • Format: eARC
Published By: NineStar Press
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1920s aristocratic feminist, Benita, dreams of heading her own magazine in a male dominated world but needs her lover Terence to help her reach her goals. Millie, a rich socialite and heiress to the Hemsby fortune, is about to be married to James, thus fulfilling her family’s dream of assuring their line.

A chance encounter on a train journey to London throws both women together, and a sensual trap is spun by their mutual desires. By the time they alight on the platform at Waterloo, both are changed and neither wants to say goodbye.

Is Benita strong enough to risk jeopardising her dreams and goals for a woman who captivates her? Can Millie break with tradition to follow her heart? When confronted by opposition and heartbreak Benita and Millie must find a way to be together, yet the world seems set to oppose them.

four-stars

Um… so, what happens on the railway to Waterloo, stays on the railway to Waterloo???

This was so much fun, so fresh and so damn sexy. Not only is this a historical f/f novella featuring a  feminist woman who is a reporter for a travel magazine but said strong woman is also a POC. I can’t stay how thrilled I was to get that bit of information right away as Benita tells us about her parents; her mother being Jamaican and the scandal of her marrying a lord.

…do you make a habit of seducing women on trains?

I loved getting in Benita’s head as Millie boards the railway carriage and has to squish in next to her and I love the boldness in everything Millie does.

This was a lovely exploration of women and sexuality in the 1920’s. It was interesting to get both women’s perspectives on their “relationship” with men; Benita’s boyfriend being one of convenience and Millie’s fiancé being that of familial duty and how they stand as feminist.

This is relatively short story and does not give much exploration to the characters other than what we are told about them. What it does give is a sexy romp in a railway carriage between two women of different social status, age and race and how all of that doesn’t matter when the one next to you, turns you on like never before.

“You’re one of us, aren’t you?”

“One of whom?”

“One who so adores the female sex. But in your case, you don’t dare enough.”

Romance for me can be the small things people do for one another but it is also those explosive beginnings where you know without a doubt, if you don’t get your hands on the person that is turning you inside out, you will lose it. Thank goodness Millie has great ideas on how to rationalize Benita out of her skirt.  Mmm hmm.

While this was sexy and intriguing it left me with a want for more. I would have loved to be in Millie’s head when she first saw Benita and was attracted to her. I would have loved to be in her head when she makes this trip the trip where she will make Benita finally see her and go for what she’s been wanting to do. The end was a bit quick and I hope, as the title of “Traveling Companions” suggests, there will be more in the story as I would love to see how the women navigate this new relationship among their rellality. Also, I would love to see the toys Millie has as I have seen a few pictures from the decade and before of women with the like.

I truly hope the series continues with these characters as they were intriguing and I would love to see how this all works out.

The Turning Point is a wonderful short story of self-exploration of your mind while investigation the sexuality you are told you shouldn’t want. It’s about choosing which part of you shall be free, which part you’ll show to the world to fit and get by and the line you won’t cross to lose one to the other.

 

About Amy Paine

Amy Paine is the LGBT name for a well-known author of contemporary romance. She loves writing about strong women with tantalizing stories to tell, and always likes a happy ending. She writes across a broad spectrum of genres, enjoying penning both historical and contemporary stories.
Right now, she is busy at work on the rest of the Travelling Companions series that sees her two heroines negotiating many twists and turns with their 1920s romance. She also has plenty of other ideas in the pipeline.
When she’s not writing, Amy loves to cook, walk, paint and spend time with friends. She is probably to be found at least one day a week in her favourite café enjoying her preferred tipple—a frothy cappuccino—or indulging in plenty of cakes at afternoon tea.

Blog Tour: A Road Through Mountains by from Miranda Macleod

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     Cecily’s heart thumped and her own fingertips began to tingle with a sudden jolt of adrenaline that coursed through her at the shock of recognition.       

     Surely it couldn’t be…

     The woman stopped talking, as if aware that guests had joined them in the room. She began to turn, revealing a creamy bronze face, and just a hint of freckles sprinkled across prominent cheek bones like a fine dusting of cinnamon. Her eyes shone with the brilliant blue of an Alaskan glacier in the afternoon sun.RC

     In truth, the room was drenched in shadows and not a single detail of the woman’s appearance was the slightest bit visible. It didn’t have to be. Cecily saw it all vividly in her mind just the same. She knew without a doubt, once she managed to will her heart to stop racing and forced her eyes to look up, that the face looking back at her would most certainly belong to Rorie Mulloy.

     Cecily silently cursed her luck. What were the odds? The very first time since college that she’d dared to venture backstage at a theater, and she found herself face to face with the reason she’d left in the first place.


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A Road Through Mountains by Miranda Macleod
Release Date: March 29, 2016
Pages: 223• 
Published By: Apple Blossom Press
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When Cecily Parker volunteers backstage at the Oakwood Theater, the only thing she wants is a few hours of relief from the doldrums of her upper class suburban existence. The last thing she expects is to be reunited with the only person she ever truly loved, a woman she left behind almost twenty years ago.

Rorie Mulloy has built a career as an award winning production designer in Hollywood, but her personal life is anything but a success. When she agrees to design the sets for a community theater production of A Streetcar Named Desire in Connecticut, she has no idea that the woman who broke her heart and ruined her for love will be assigned to her crew.

As the sparks are rekindled between them, these star-crossed lovers just might have a second chance at love. But only if they can overcome the ghosts of their past, and survive the sometimes comic cast of characters determined to keep them from their happily ever after.


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About Miranda Macleod

Miranda lives in New England and writes heartfelt lesbian romances featuring witty and charmingly flawed women that you’ll want to marry. Or just grab a coffee with, if that’s more your thing. She is an avid reader and a good cook, and loves to travel. Before becoming a writer, she spent way too many years in graduate school and has worked as a temp in just about every office building in downtown Boston at one time or another.

Review: Pretty When They Collide by Rhiannon Frater

About the book
An exciting new novella set in the world of Pretty When She Dies…

Cassandra is a dhamphir-the offspring of a vampire and mortal woman-and a  thief of occult relics. 

Aimee is a full-blood witch that is bound to a powerful vampire who traffics in the slavery of supernatural beings.

Both are powerful, lonely, and trapped in the dangerous world of the vampires. 

When Cassandra steals a relic from Aimee’s vampire master, he targets her as his next acquisition. What he doesn’t realize is that a chance encounter between Cassandra and Aimee ignited a spark between them that they cannot deny. 

To survive, the women must find a way to band together and fight against the ruthless evil that conspires to enslave them forever.

My Rating

My Review

Rhiannon Frater has done it again. Pretty When They Collide is my first F/F book. This was exceptionally written and engaging. 


In this book you meet Cassie and Aimee. Cassie is a antique acquirer that’s also a half-vampire half-human. Aimee is a rare full blooded witch trying to escape her vampire master. 

For this book to be a novella it had everything that one of Ms. Frater’s novels would have possessed. From the beginning it is packed with action and it makes you want to continue to turn every page until you reach the end. 

The love story between the two characters was well written and it didn’t turn me off or make me uncomfortable with sex scenes, that a lot of books seem to put in just to call it erotica, but if you ask Ms. Frater she doesn’t particularly enjoy writing sex scenes anyway because she writes horror. I have read about dhampirs before and never did I read about a dhampir that possess the powers that Cassie did in this book.
If you want to read a F/F book and don’t have a place to start I recommend this one and remember these aren’t your sparkly vampires or your good witches.