The Pills Bug of Time by Angel Martinez

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The Pills Bug of Time: by Angel Martinez
Series: Offbeat Crimes #2
Release Date: September 20, 2016
Pages:96 • Format: eARC
Published By: Pride Publishing
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Relationship and communication issues plague Officer Vikash Soren, but those are nothing compared to facing stick-throwing tumbleweeds, pill bugs and…time travel?

Vikash Soren, the perfect police officer except for his odd paranormal ability, never seems to lose his temper. Always serene and competent, he’s taken on the role of mediator in a squad room full of misfits. But on the inside, he’s a mess. Unable to tell his police partner that he loves him, Vikash struggles silently, terrified of losing Kyle as a lover, partner and friend.

But life in the 77th Precinct doesn’t leave much room for internal reflection. A confrontation with a stick-throwing tumbleweed in Fairmount Park leads to bizarre consequences involving pill bugs, statues and…time travel? If Vikash manages to survive the week and stay in one point in time, he might be able to address normal things like relationship problems. He just needs Kyle to have a little more patience. Maybe a few centuries’ worth.

Publisher’s Note: This book has previously been released elsewhere. It has been revised and re-edited for re-release with Pride Publishing.

four-stars

This was so freaking good. I don’t think I’ve enjoyed time travel this much since I’ve read C.B. Lewis series. I enjoyed this so much. This picks up a little bit after book one. We are in Vikash’s pov. I loved reading from his pov. He is dealing with so much and then he’s the victim of the pill bug weird time travel.

I loved the writing in this one, and I could definitely see myself reading this in a full length novel. I loved reading about Vikash vulnerabilities, and seeing the time travel concept. I think Martinez did a wonderful job on the pacing and the writing of the story. I adored seeing some of my favorite characters from book one. Mr. Jacket is my all time fave, and in this one we are introduced to Tim. That fuzz was super cute.

Outside of the fun times, and the supernatural elements that are happening, the relationship is weighing heavenly on Vikash shoulders. He’s kinda in the closet when it comes to being out around his peers. He’s having all these issues with being comfortable with Kyle as Kyle is with him. I think he went through so much in this that when times really got scary he realized that Kyle was definitely the one, and he didn’t care. I can’t wait until the next book comes out. I love these shorts.

About Angel Martinez

The unlikely black sheep of an ivory tower intellectual family, Angel Martinez has managed to make her way through life reasonably unscathed. Despite a wildly misspent youth, she snagged a degree in English Lit, married once and did it right the first time, (same husband for almost twenty-four years) gave birth to one amazing son, (now in college) and realized at some point that she could get paid for writing.
Published since 2006, Angel’s cynical heart cloaks a desperate romantic. You’ll find drama and humor given equal weight in her writing and don’t expect sad endings. Life is sad enough.
She currently lives in Delaware in a drinking town with a college problem and writes Science Fiction and Fantasy centered around gay heroes.

Lime Gelatin & Other Monsters by Angel Martinez

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This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

limegelatinandothermonsters_800Lime Gelatin & Other Monsters by Angel Martinez
Series: Offbeat Crimes
Release Date: August 16, 2016
Pages: 147 • Format: eARC
Published By: Pride Publishing
Purchase Links:
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Kyle Monroe’s encounter with a strange gelatinous creature in an alley leaves him scarred and forever changed, revealing odd abilities he wishes he didn’t have and earning him reassignment to a precinct where all the cops have defective paranormal abilities.

Just as he’s starting to adjust to his fellow misfit squad mates, Kyle’s new partner arrives. Tall, physically perfect, reserved, and claiming he has no broken psychic talents, Vikash Soren irritates Kyle in every way. But as much as he’d like to hate Vikash, Kyle finds himself oddly drawn to him, their non-abilities meshing in unexpected ways. If they can learn to work together, they might be able to stop the mysterious killer who has been leaving mutilated bodies along the banks of the Schuylkill.

three-half-stars

Haha, I enjoyed this book alot. Such funny characters, instances and love the paranormal feel of the story. I was immediately drawn into the story with Kyle’s funny stories, and Vikash’s stoic attitude. This read like a black comedy movie, such parody and it packed a punch of the laugh for such a short story. Angel Martinez did a great job, and I’m looking forward to book two!

I did like Kyle and Soren together, but I kinda would have liked them to build on it. It was super fast, and I know it’s novella length but maybe if we had a longer instance of them together I would feel better. I thought it was very funny, and laughed out loud numerous times. I loved all the paranormal elements and by far by funniest moment was with “Leather Jacket”. The connection between Kyle and Soren was super cute seeing as both guys had serious trust issues. This is such a wonderful fun story and I look for more.

About Angel Martinez

The unlikely black sheep of an ivory tower intellectual family, Angel Martinez has managed to make her way through life reasonably unscathed. Despite a wildly misspent youth, she snagged a degree in English Lit, married once and did it right the first time, (same husband for almost twenty-four years) gave birth to one amazing son, (now in college) and realized at some point that she could get paid for writing.
Published since 2006, Angel’s cynical heart cloaks a desperate romantic. You’ll find drama and humor given equal weight in her writing and don’t expect sad endings. Life is sad enough.
She currently lives in Delaware in a drinking town with a college problem and writes Science Fiction and Fantasy centered around gay heroes.

Blog Tour – Lime Gelatin & Other Monsters by Angel Martinez

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Questions for Paranormal Officers 4:

(A series in which we ask the officers in the 77th Precincts squad room questions. We’ve confiscated their car keys and transit tokens, so they have to answer before they get to go home.)

You all live in Philadelphia, which has some stunning art museums and statues. What’s your favorite piece of art?

Shira Lourdes (stress telekinetic): I like the room in the museum with all the armor. What? It’s in the art museum and it’s art. Just…in metal. It’s just cool.

Carrington Loveless III (skim-blood vampire): No, Shira, you’re right. Don’t let these Philistines make fun of you. The art of weaponry is underappreciated and the museum has some stunning pieces. I’m not sure I can pick one thing, though.

Amanda Zacchini (post-cognitive): No cop outs, Carr. Pick a thing and don’t sit there giving us a lecture on it.

Loveless: Fine. There’s an Anselm Kiefer sculpture called Palette with Wings. That speaks to me.limegelatinandothermonsters_bookmark

Jeff Gatling (teleporter of fruit): Of course it does, Carr. You pick one of the darkest artists in the museum. I see your brooding modern artist and raise you the board game sculpture at the Municipal Building. Something, you know, bright and fun. Vance? You have a favorite?

Vance Virago (intermittent Firestarter): I don’t do art.

Gatling: You like the Rocky statue.

Virago: *shrugs* It’s okay. All you smart asses are gonna pick on me and say it’s stupid and cliché and shit. But my favorite thing in this stinking city’s the stupid Love sculpture. It’s bright and happy and nobody’s gotta explain what the hell it means.

Zacchini: Hey, that’s not cliché. You like something and you know why. I like the bronze Pegasus guy in Fairmount. His poor little wings wouldn’t lift an overweight bumblebee, but he’s cool. Makes me smile. Kash?

Vikash Soren (paranormal talent unclassified): There’s a Henry Ossawa Tanner painting I love. The Annunciation. The colors are earthy and I like how he sets the scene with Mary young and not really sure she wants to hear this. That’s how it looks to me. With the angel as a…almost a spear of light. So different from any other annunciation ones.

Kyle Monroe (talent absorber): I like the painting called Two Dragons In Clouds. ‘Cause it’s two dragons. In clouds. And boy does that make me sound like an idiot. Um, Greg?

Greg Santos (waterfowl telepath): Nope. I answered the last question and none of you chuckleheads helped. Sitting this one out.

Wolf (wolf cursed into human form): I like the swan fountain. It’s art and it’s a fountain.

Krisk (lizard humanoid): *double tail thump*

Soren: You guys have been drinking from it again, haven’t you?

Wolf: It’s hot out. Don’t judge me.

~Excerpt~

Kyle sat up straighter, shifting to see between the heads in front of him. Soren looked like a poster boy for the model police officer, tall and straight, uniform crisp and sharp. He stood at parade rest beside the lieutenant impassively surveying his new colleagues. A little knot of resentment lodged in Kyle’s stomach. At his own introduction to the Seventy-seventh, he’d been nervous and fidgety, freaked out by the collection of…freaks. How can he be so calm?

“Officer Soren transferred from the Harrisburg PD—”

“Don’t they have enough freaky shit of their own up there?” Wolf called out in his rasping growl.

“—since Harrisburg is in our jurisdiction,” she continued with a quelling glance. “He’ll start out partnered with Monroe.”

“What does he do, ma’am? That it’s safe to put him with Kirby, er, Kyle?” Shira Lourdes asked as she flicked nervous glances across the room at Kyle. An empty chair slid away from her and fell over. Her partner, Greg Santos, shook his head and righted the unfortunate piece of furniture.

“Officer Soren’s abilities are his business, which he may or may not choose to share if you ask. And don’t bully him about it either, any of you.” Lieutenant Dunfee swept the room again, pinning each of her officers with her needle-laser gaze like captive butterflies. “Monroe, my office after briefing. Info on your current case.”

She dismissed them, stalking from the room with thunderclouds in her eyes. Kyle found himself approaching the new guy and trying his best not to be awkward. Did he offer to shake hands? Was it safe? Would the guy flinch like so many people did at the sight of Kyle’s scarred hands? Soren was even taller up close, six-foot-three of lean inscrutability, his blue eyes startlingly bright against smoky bronze skin.

“Um, hi, I’m Kyle Monroe.” Kyle fidgeted when Soren didn’t offer his hand either. “You’re with me, I guess. I’ll show you our spot in the squad room.”

limegelatinandothermonsters_postcardSoren followed him silently and Kyle was starting to wonder if he was like Krisk in the not-speaking department until he finally spoke in a smooth, soft baritone, making Kyle startle and miss a step. “Why do they call you Kirby?”

“You’d hear it sooner or later, I guess.” Kyle shrugged. “It’s this thing I do, absorbing other people’s talents temporarily. If they’re close to me. Or touch me. Like Kirby, the little pink dude in the video game.”

“Ah.”

Just that? Soren didn’t edge away, or change expression at all. Was he made of stone? “It’s a thing. Everyone here has a thing.”

After a few more steps, Soren asked, “Always?”

“What…oh, was I always like this? Who knows? I mean, maybe I’ve picked up stray thoughts or something, but no. It’s pretty recent. Knowing that I do this.”

Kyle took a wide arc around Vance as he entered the squad room, pointing to the double desk in the far corner, well removed from everyone else. “That’s ours. Coffee’s over there, but you might not want that coffee. Let me grab my file and we’ll go see the lieutenant.”

“So what’s your story, Soren?” Vance called across the squad room. “What flies your freak flag?”

“Yeah, what do you do?” Jeff Gatling stopped ’porting his banana from one corner of his desk to the other.

“I don’t really do anything,” Soren answered as he hefted the empty coffee pot. “Guess I’ll make fresh since I’m the new guy.”

He opened the top to remove the filter and every human voice in the squad room yelled out, “No!”

Most people would have startled, maybe dropped the carafe. Soren just blinked at the roomful of people gesturing wildly. He took the filter out and emptied it over the trashcan. “Why not?”

“You don’t want to do that.” Kyle stayed by his desk, a nice safe distance from the coffee station. “That’s Larry’s job.”

“Larry’s not keeping up then.”

The container of sweetener packets began to rattle. It shivered across the counter and leaped to a messy end, ceramic shards skittering across the floor. The desk that Krisk and Wolf shared rose from the floor several inches and slammed back down. Wolf fled with a squeaking yelp just before the desk flipped on its side.

Soren glanced toward Kyle. “Larry’s not a cop, is he?”

“He is…he was! A dead cop. Larry’s a ghost. He gets ticked if anyone else makes the coffee. Put the stuff back, please!”

“Larry?” Soren raised his voice but to all appearances remained completely unruffled. “I’m new here. I’m very sorry I invaded your jurisdiction. See? I’m putting the carafe back. Closing the top. Are we good, Larry?”

A breeze ruffled through a stack of papers, but no further mayhem ensued. The carafe slid from its pad on the coffeemaker and floated to the water cooler where Larry, who never manifested in a visible form, whistled tunelessly while he filled the carafe.

From his dim corner of the room, Carrington said in his dry, genteel way, “Welcome to the Island of Misfit Freaks.”

 


limegelatinandothermonsters_800Lime Gelatin & Other Monsters by Angel Martinez
Series: Offbeat Crimes
Release Date: August 16, 2016
Pages: 91 • Cover Artist: Emmy Ellis
Published By: Pride Publishing
Purchase Links:
PrideAmazon • Kobo

Kyle Monroe’s encounter with a strange gelatinous creature in an alley leaves him scarred and forever changed, revealing odd abilities he wishes he didn’t have and earning him reassignment to a precinct where all the cops have defective paranormal abilities.

Just as he’s starting to adjust to his fellow misfit squad mates, Kyle’s new partner arrives. Tall, physically perfect, reserved, and claiming he has no broken psychic talents, Vikash Soren irritates Kyle in every way. But as much as he’d like to hate Vikash, Kyle finds himself oddly drawn to him, their non-abilities meshing in unexpected ways. If they can learn to work together, they might be able to stop the mysterious killer who has been leaving mutilated bodies along the banks of the Schuylkill.


About Angel Martinez

The unlikely black sheep of an ivory tower intellectual family, Angel Martinez has managed to make her way through life reasonably unscathed. Despite a wildly misspent youth, she snagged a degree in English Lit, married once and did it right the first time, (same husband for almost twenty-four years) gave birth to one amazing son, (now in college) and realized at some point that she could get paid for writing.
Published since 2006, Angel’s cynical heart cloaks a desperate romantic. You’ll find drama and humor given equal weight in her writing and don’t expect sad endings. Life is sad enough.
She currently lives in Delaware in a drinking town with a college problem and writes Science Fiction and Fantasy centered around gay heroes.

Virtual Tour – Kellen’s Awakening by Bellora Quinn and Angel Martinez

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Oh My Shelves welcomes authors Bellora Quinn and Angel Martinez to the blog to share a post from the world of Aura…

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L&I Meet the Maintenance Troll
City Licenses and Inspections log, J. Kaminski
8:05, Thursday, January 12
Inspection of Crossover Tenement #12K-13
We arrived at the building and did a visual of the exterior. Complaints have been received from neighbors regarding strange smells and possible unsafe conditions. Building exterior appears sound. Broken front step. Security door non-operational.
Inside the front door, spotted a handlettered sign pointing toward the basement – “Maintenance Troll.” Our first thought was it had to be a joke and the super had his apartment in the basement. I checked the records. There was no super on file.
There was a strong odor coming from the basement. We suspected this was the source of the complaints and proceeded downstairs. We hadn’t made it three steps down before we heard the sound of a bolt being drawn and a heavy door opening.
“L&I, sir,” I said, assuming this was the super. “We need to do a full walk through here.”
“Come.”
That was invitation enough and we proceeded down to the bottom of the stairs where a steel door stood open for us. I don’t mind telling you in this report that we were shocked to a standstill to find an actual troll just beyond the door. Bob may have excused himself at this point, claiming to have left his CO meter in the truck, I’m not sure I was paying attention.
“Tea?”
It was at this innocuous question that I both remembered how to breathe and wished I hadn’t. Still, I was thankful that it didn’t appear we were about to be killed by a wild troll. Procedure at this point says to retreat and call AURA for a containment and removal but as there seemed to be no imminent threat, I decided to proceed with caution.
“We were called on a complaint about odor. We’ll need to inspect for sewer gasses.”
“No gasses. Just troll.”
“Oh. Um. Do the residents complain?”
The troll at his point made a movement that I am not ashamed to tell you may have caused my own release of gasses. As it turned out, this was a shrug.
“Clean. Cheap. Quiet. Smells bad. They stay.”
“Is there anything you could…do about the smell? The rest of the block is complaining.”
“Try.”
To be thorough we completed the inspection and found no deficiencies in plumbing, electrical or structural. We noted the broken step and started to write an abatement to remedy but by the time we were ready to hand it over the Maintenance Troll had patched the cement and put up caution tape. We still issued the abatement notice for the odor.

Cautionary file note for Crossover Tenement #12K-13: Maintenance troll in residence. Inspection and city maintenance personnel should approach with extreme caution. We do not recommend drinking the tea.

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Thank you.

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~Excerpt~

“Before Kai gets lost in regaling you with wedding details…” Tenzin settled, then grunted as several flower fairies immediately popped into view around his head to land on his shoulders. “Our lovely Sin, now that we’re among friends and not at work, can you tell me why you insist on tormenting Kellen so terribly?”

“Oh, I dunno.” Sin picked up a spicy fried mushroom with his claws and popped it in his mouth. “I think I’m pretty good at tormenting him.”

Ness nudged him. “Be serious, love. Why do you pick on him? Even I’ve seen it.”

“Look, I just don’t like everyone, okay?” Sin spread his hands when everyone gave him side eyes. “Took me a bit to warm up to Val, right?”

“You had good reason to be angry with Val,” Ness said as he reached for an oat muffin. “I don’t think Kellen ever actually caused you harm.”

Sin heaved a dramatic sigh. “Fine. He’s absolutely useless as a paramedic.”RC

“Not everyone is suited for emergency field medicine,” Tenzin said gently.

Ness leaned over to kiss the top of Sin’s head. “You are because you’re brave and don’t stop to think.”

“Hey!” Sin swatted at an equine flank.

“Oh, dear. I didn’t mean it that way.” Ness flushed darkly while the others laughed. “You don’t overthink. When someone needs help, you just do instead of overanalyzing. Not everyone can be that sort of heroic.”

“Good recovery.” Sin grinned up at his flustered lover. “Yeah, I get it. He’s not the first responder kind. But the little guy’s just sneaky. He doesn’t look people in the eye. He flinches at the weirdest times. I don’t trust him.”

Tenzin frowned as he ladled vegetable panang onto a plate and set it in front of Kai. “Eat, beloved, before you waste away. About Kellen. I believe it’s deep-seated trauma, something so terrible that he doesn’t want to have to talk about it, since that would mean acknowledging it.”

“Tenzi’s so often right about these sorts of things.” Kai took up his fork, toying with his food rather than eating yet. “But this time, I have to disagree. There is something uneasy about him. Something beyond old fears.”

“You hardly see him thirty seconds out of any week,” Tenzin protested. “What could you possibly base this on?”

“Ah, love. A drow knows deception. There’s something not quite right about that pixie.”


kellensawakening_800Kellen’s Awakening by Bellora Quinn and Angel Martinez
Series: AURA, Book Three
Release Date: May 3, 2016
Pages: 214 • Cover Artist: Emmy Ellis
Published By: Pride Publishing
Purchase Links:
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The staff at AURA has had a busy summer. Between chronic understaffing, dealing with warring goblin factions and an unusual number of hazardous Events, everyone is overworked. Sinistrus the incubus, newly hired as an AURA medic, actually enjoys his busy new life of responsible employee and faithful lover to his gorgeous police sergeant, Ness the centaur. Life would be perfect, except for a niggling suspicion about a colleague. Everyone else seems to disagree, but Sin’s certain something’s not right with that pixie.

Kellen, a pixie crossover, loves his job working in AURA medical, even if he is something of an outsider. His job and the friends he manages to make are happy spots in an otherwise dark and secretive life. As the rest of AURA tries to discover the root of the inexplicable rise in violence and large scale Events, Kellen fights to preserve his own life and what dignity he has left.

These two unlikely heroes must put their differences aside and navigate tragedy and ever-escalating disaster together in order to stop the sinister forces that hold Kellen in thrall.


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4-May: Wicked Faerie’s Tales and Reviews, Molly Lolly, My Fiction Nook

5-May: Love Bytes, Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words, A.M. Leibowitz

6-May: Havan Fellows. MM Good Book Reviews, BFD Book Blog

9-May: Prism Book Alliance, Bayou Book Junkie, Nephy Hart

 

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About Angel Martinez

The unlikely black sheep of an ivory tower intellectual family, Angel Martinez has managed to make her way through life reasonably unscathed. Despite a wildly misspent youth, she snagged a degree in English Lit, married once and did it right the first time, (same husband for almost twenty-four years) gave birth to one amazing son, (now in college) and realized at some point that she could get paid for writing.
Published since 2006, Angel’s cynical heart cloaks a desperate romantic. You’ll find drama and humor given equal weight in her writing and don’t expect sad endings. Life is sad enough.
She currently lives in Delaware in a drinking town with a college problem and writes Science Fiction and Fantasy centered around gay heroes.

About Bellora Quinn

Originally hailing from Detroit Michigan, Bellora now resides on the sunny Gulf Coast of Florida where a herd of Dachshunds keeps her entertained. She got her start in writing at the dawn of the internet when she discovered PbEMs (Play by email) and found a passion for collaborative writing and steamy hot erotica. Soap Opera like blogs soon followed and eventually full novels.
The majority of her stories are in the M/M genre with urban fantasy or paranormal settings and many with a strong BDSM flavour.