Audiobook Review: Never Lose Your Flames (New Canadiana #1) by Francis Gideon

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Title: Never Lose Your Flames by Francis Gideon
Series: New Canadiana #1
Release Date: August 1st, 2016
Format: Audiobook (11 hrs and 9 mins)
Published By: Dreamspinner Press
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Cop-turned-bounty-hunter Gabe Dominguez is hired to capture firestarter Nat Wyatt. For a dragon-shifter like Gabe, apprehending Nat is easy, but transporting him involves more time, energy, and blood loss than he envisioned. An attack from a band of fairies, an out-of-control forest fire, and a showdown at an auction don’t faze Gabe, but Nat’s innocence might stop him entirely.

Since discovering his abilities, Nat’s lost a best friend, a boyfriend, and trust in his brother. Only his love of concerts and card games get him through life without a home. Rumors of the Judge, a giant dragon who once destroyed half of Canada avenging those he loved, provide Nat with hope of vindication. When Nat discovers his captor is the Judge, he thinks he’s finally caught a break. Through late-night conversations and a shared love of music, Nat tries to convince Gabe he’s not guilty.

Can Gabe continue his cutthroat lifestyle, or will he run away with his dragon hoard like he’s always longed to do? Can Nat escape his legacy, or will his be another spark snuffed out by people who don’t understand? The Oracle, the most powerful wizard in Canada, might be the only one who can provide answers.

two-stars

This one was a pretty dry audiobook. The narrator’s voice wasn’t engaging enough to save this plot or make it interesting.

Gabe Dominguez was a bounty hunter hired to capture Nat Wyatt for his crime of arson. Gabe at first seems like a stoic character but clearly certain things about Nat chipped away at Gabe’s façade. As Gabe made his way with his captured prisoner in tow, Nat revealed more and more truths to where Gabe began questioning his sponsor’s intel.  There was a lot of world building as well as various supernatural characters but I didn’t feel the romance enough amongst the plot. I was hoping to “feel” instead of being told about their attraction. There were too many creatures and the author could have gradually introduced them in subsequent books.

I liked Gabe more than Nat but both characters were likeable. The story just wasn’t smooth and engaging enough and I had to really push myself to finish the audiobook. The premise was interesting but execution was a fail for me.

About Francis Gideon

Francis Gideon is a writer of m/m romance, but he also dabbles in mystery, fantasy, historical, and paranormal fiction. He likes to stay up late, drink too much coffee, and read too many comic books. He credits music, especially the artists Patti Smith, Frank Iero, Gerard Way, Florence + the Machine, and The Pixies as his main sources of inspiration, but the list grows every day. Since age twelve, he’s been trying to figure out what genre is best suited for a strange, quiet kid like him and so far, he’s happy to be where he’s ended up.

When not writing fiction, Francis teaches college English classes while he studies for his PhD. He has published several nonfiction and critical articles on everything from the Canadian poet and artist P.K. Page, transgender identity in the YouTube community, using fanfiction as a teaching tool, and character deaths in the TV show Hannibal. Those are all under different his “real” name, though. He writes his novels using his middle name, Francis, so that his students don’t Google him and ask too many questions.

Both Francis and his partner live in Canada, where they often disagree about TV shows and make really bad puns. To talk more about books, bad horror movies, LGBT poetry, or anything else, please drop him a line!

Chase This Light by Francis Gideon

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francis-gideonChase This Light: by Francis Gideon
Series: World of Love
Release Date: October 12, 2016
Pages: 112 • Format: eARC
Published By: Dreamspinner Press
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When Jason Flores moves to the Yukon for a new job, he’s not sure what to expect. His son Micah seems enchanted by the wildlife, but his recent fear of the dark means that the eighteen-hour nights in the winter will be a difficult adjustment. When Jason takes Micah to the local museum’s interactive lecture series on the gold rush, it turns out to be one of the best decisions he’s ever made.

Pete Odjick, a tattooed First Nations and Inuit man, dresses up for the weekly lectures as Skookum Jim, one of the first prospectors to find gold. He takes an immediate interest in Micah and an even bigger interest in Jason.

As their flirtation grows into something more serious, Jason’s job at a big name oil company and Pete’s volunteer work with an environmental group become a point of contention. Can they come to an understanding and give Micah a family again? Or will the drastic differences between them tear them apart? As the winter nights grow longer, Pete and Jason worry their love won’t be enough to chase the darkness away.

four-stars

I thought this was a cute novella. Really well written, very detailed, and super cool facts. I liked both mc’s. I liked the setting as well. I did feel like Alaska was the glue that held the story together. I liked how both mc’s passions and jobs ended up intertwining. I think the author did a great job with researching for each guy’s cause and the historic facts that are featured in the museum. I thought the Micah was wonderful as well. He was such a sweet little boy, and he really felled hard for Pete.

Pete and Jason were great together. I think they each brought out certain needs and wants from one another. Like most books, a little bit of miscommunication causes them to suddenly split. Don’t worry it wasn’t petty nonsense. The split between the two definitely showed how each guy came to the realization that they needed each other more then they thought. I think Gideon was able to show how being different in causes as well as anything else in life can be a burden on a relationship. The goal is to compromise and talk things through. This is where Gideon excelled at in this story. Add on the bonus of Jason being a newly single father and moving to another country, I think he did great in choosing Pete and being able to think of Pete’s feelings and causes as well.

All in all, I’d say it was a pretty good story. It was very good for the length that it was. I am really liking these World of Love stories. Their short and very contemporary. I recommend this book big time. I am looking forward to more from Francis Gideon.

About Francis Gideon

Francis Gideon is a writer of m/m romance, but he also dabbles in mystery, fantasy, historical, and paranormal fiction. He likes to stay up late, drink too much coffee, and read too many comic books. He credits music, especially the artists Patti Smith, Frank Iero, Gerard Way, Florence + the Machine, and The Pixies as his main sources of inspiration, but the list grows every day. Since age twelve, he’s been trying to figure out what genre is best suited for a strange, quiet kid like him and so far, he’s happy to be where he’s ended up.

When not writing fiction, Francis teaches college English classes while he studies for his PhD. He has published several nonfiction and critical articles on everything from the Canadian poet and artist P.K. Page, transgender identity in the YouTube community, using fanfiction as a teaching tool, and character deaths in the TV show Hannibal. Those are all under different his “real” name, though. He writes his novels using his middle name, Francis, so that his students don’t Google him and ask too many questions.

Both Francis and his partner live in Canada, where they often disagree about TV shows and make really bad puns. To talk more about books, bad horror movies, LGBT poetry, or anything else, please drop him a line!

Never Lose Your Flames by Francis Gideon

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never-lose-your-flamesNever Lose Your Flames by Francis Gideon
Release Date: August 1, 2016
Pages: 310 • Format: eARC
Published By: Dreamspinner Press
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Cop-turned-bounty-hunter Gabe Dominguez is hired to capture firestarter Nat Wyatt. For a dragon-shifter like Gabe, apprehending Nat is easy, but transporting him involves more time, energy, and blood loss than he envisioned. An attack from a band of fairies, an out-of-control forest fire, and a showdown at an auction don’t faze Gabe, but Nat’s innocence might stop him entirely.
 
Since discovering his abilities, Nat’s lost a best friend, a boyfriend, and trust in his brother. Only his love of concerts and card games get him through life without a home. Rumors of the Judge, a giant dragon who once destroyed half of Canada avenging those he loved, provide Nat with hope of vindication. When Nat discovers his captor is the Judge, he thinks he’s finally caught a break. Through late-night conversations and a shared love of music, Nat tries to convince Gabe he’s not guilty.
 
Can Gabe continue his cutthroat lifestyle, or will he run away with his dragon hoard like he’s always longed to do? Can Nat escape his legacy, or will his be another spark snuffed out by people who don’t understand? The Oracle, the most powerful wizard in Canada, might be the only one who can provide answers.

three-stars


This is a first read for me by this author. Lately I’ve been in a pnr/uf kick with alot of my reads. I can say most first books in a series don’t work for me. It’s usually copious amounts of world building, character building and the plot. It’s no difference here. I actually liked Nat’s character alot more then Gabe. Gabe was mean to me at times, I understood his position, job and character but he didn’t redeem himself in my eyes. To be fair, I didn’t want to like him either. I really enjoyed Nat’s character alot. Of course he seemed standoffish, but what do you expect him to be like when he’s been running his whole life.

I did like alot of the side characters. The entire cast of elementals, shifters and witches were a breath of fresh. Loved seeing new aspects to Urban Fantasy. I liked the build up between Gabe & Nat. I thought the writing was solid, and maybe the story could have been cut down by 50 pages. Some areas I felt dragged alot. It was a nice action paced story. A bit of romantic times, and seeing Gabe realize that Nat was truthful was my favorite part of course. I look forward to more from this author and this series.

About Francis Gideon

Francis Gideon is a writer of m/m romance, but he also dabbles in mystery, fantasy, historical, and paranormal fiction. He likes to stay up late, drink too much coffee, and read too many comic books. He credits music, especially the artists Patti Smith, Frank Iero, Gerard Way, Florence + the Machine, and The Pixies as his main sources of inspiration, but the list grows every day. Since age twelve, he’s been trying to figure out what genre is best suited for a strange, quiet kid like him and so far, he’s happy to be where he’s ended up.

When not writing fiction, Francis teaches college English classes while he studies for his PhD. He has published several nonfiction and critical articles on everything from the Canadian poet and artist P.K. Page, transgender identity in the YouTube community, using fanfiction as a teaching tool, and character deaths in the TV show Hannibal. Those are all under different his “real” name, though. He writes his novels using his middle name, Francis, so that his students don’t Google him and ask too many questions.

Both Francis and his partner live in Canada, where they often disagree about TV shows and make really bad puns. To talk more about books, bad horror movies, LGBT poetry, or anything else, please drop him a line!

The Taste of Ink by Francis Gideon

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TasteOfInk[The]LGThe Taste of Ink by Francis Gideon
Release Date: March 11, 2016
Pages: 200 • Format: eARC
Published By: Dreamspinner Press
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Trevor Dunn has never gone to the Calgary Stampede, in spite of living in the city all his life. He would much rather listen to music and draw comics in his basement than hang out with a bunch of cowboys. When his sister drags him to the Stampede’s opening parade anyway, Trevor is drawn to a cowboy sporting a green hat.

Charlie opens Trevor’s mind to the world of country music and country boys. But then an old flame appears in the middle of the festival and Trevor is torn. He adores Charlie, but Mathieu—a punk singer turned acoustic crooner—was Trevor’s first love, and Trevor lost him by being too afraid to chase the dreams they shared.

When the Stampede ends, Charlie will go back to Toronto, Mathieu will go back on tour, and Trevor will go back to his basement. Realizing that’s not what he wants, Trevor enters a mechanical bull-riding contest in hopes of winning the heart of his true love—or maybe both of them. This time, fear won’t stop him from going after what he wants.

four-stars

Me and this book, we bonded. Oh boy did we bond and bond and bond again. We bonded so much that I feel as if I could tell you about it, or keep it to myself because you know, bonding is personal.

I’ll try to find a midway point and try to make sense.

When the book came passing through my radar, the cover hooked me and then I read the blurb. There would be music, there would be a punk rock singer and there would be a character who has a second chance at either love, or the future he really desires or a blend of them both. That character, his name is Trevor Dunn and he could by my new BFF if only he were real.

Sigh.

Trevor, I liked and GOT him immediately and wanted to learn everything about him. From his instinctual denial to attend the Calgary Stampede with his sister to his giving in and being right there with him as he experiences the parade and all it has to offer, including clowns *shivers* I loved being in his head. When Trevor sees the man in the green cowboy hat – aka Charlie – I was ready for him to take that first step toward something new.

The first encounter with Charlie was totally memorable. I like how ALL of him was described and the cowboy is deliciously dirty. Charlie is into Trevor and in town for Stampede so why don’t they just hang out for 10 days and see what they can get up to?  But while we get Trevor finding some quick ground with Charlie, we learn about Trevor’s first love Mathieu and I was instantly torn.

and it’s all in how you mix the two
and it starts just where the light exists
it’s a feeling that you cannot miss
and it burns a hole through everyone that feels it 

~ The Used, Blue and Yellow

We are old from the blurb that Mathieu comes back into Trevor’s life and when he does, with songs about heartbreak, I was a goner. I read through my fingers wondering how it was going to go down, the first face to face meeting with these two after that fateful night Trevor couldn’t move forward with his life and their relationship. I felt awful that I wanted these two back together after knowing so little about their past and I felt guilty that Charlie was there waiting.

Charlie, he is such a patient man with wisdom and simply this essence that makes you fall for him. You want him to want what Trevor wants and yet you admire his live in the moment attitude. The time Trevor spent with Charlie was read with an underlined feeling of anxiety for me. I was counting the days until the Stampede and the end of this “let’s see where it goes” deal right along with Trevor. But while I loved the two together, I am a sucker for second chances with first loves and I selfishly needed the Mathieu deal to happen.

I enjoyed the way the story was told and how we get bits and pieces of each man’s past revealed. I couldn’t tell you who I wanted Trevor with more because at different parts of the book, I felt different ways and kudos to the author keeping me spinning. The presence of the mechanical bull was a fun treat with its reason, resolve and respect for the story.  Plus, I mean;  men riding a bull, gripping their spread thighs tight around an object while biceps strain and torso’s become taught with the fight to not be thrown,  is hella hot. I’m not afraid to admit that.

Songs become meaningful when they’re meaningful to other people.

The music in this was what connected me to the characters. I am a self-proclaimed music nerd and I loved that bands I saw live in my early 20’s were mentioned as well as country artists I knew though I don’t listen to much of the genre. I mean, I think everyone kinda goes through a country phase and I hit mine in the late 90’s. I love the bits of music we get and how they give added depth to the characters as well as let them bond over a shared love.

The Taste of Ink for me, is full of allegories and metaphors, which I found engaging. If you look between the lines, look behind the lyrics, beyond the bull riding and just LOOK, you see more than the words on the page. You get a fully loaded romance of complex characters who find out the blend of the right colors, is worth being temporarily stained.

About Francis Gideon

Francis Gideon is a writer of m/m romance, but he also dabbles in mystery, fantasy, historical, and paranormal fiction. He likes to stay up late, drink too much coffee, and read too many comic books. He credits music, especially the artists Patti Smith, Frank Iero, Gerard Way, Florence + the Machine, and The Pixies as his main sources of inspiration, but the list grows every day. Since age twelve, he’s been trying to figure out what genre is best suited for a strange, quiet kid like him and so far, he’s happy to be where he’s ended up.

When not writing fiction, Francis teaches college English classes while he studies for his PhD. He has published several nonfiction and critical articles on everything from the Canadian poet and artist P.K. Page, transgender identity in the YouTube community, using fanfiction as a teaching tool, and character deaths in the TV show Hannibal. Those are all under different his “real” name, though. He writes his novels using his middle name, Francis, so that his students don’t Google him and ask too many questions.

Both Francis and his partner live in Canada, where they often disagree about TV shows and make really bad puns. To talk more about books, bad horror movies, LGBT poetry, or anything else, please drop him a line!

Guest Post: Francis Gideon

Oh My Shelves welcomes author Francis Gideon to the blog to chat about his new book, The Taste of Ink, releasing tomorrow – March 11, 2016 – from Dreamspinner Press and comic book influences. 

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Trevor Dunn, the main character of my recent release from Dreamspinner Press entitled The Taste of Ink, is an aspiring comic book artist and writer. He gets stuck, however, halfway through the project he longs to complete. Like any writer or artist, this block happens for a thousand different reasons. Because Trevor’s been a late bloomer with almost everything he’s done so far (like school and his relationships), he’s nervous about the prospect of sharing his art and writing with others. More than that, he feels as if he’s already missed his one big break and chance to escape when he left his former boyfriend Mathieu. So when Charlie, the man in the green cowboy hat comes along, and seems to exude a new kind of confidence, Trevor is smitten right away.

The Taste of Ink features a lot of choices that Trevor thinks he has to make. Does he leave his hometown of Calgary or does he stay? Does he commit to Charlie or try again with Mathieu? Does he keep writing and drawing comics or does he give up and stick with his business class he’s currently enrolled in? Since this is an M/MM title, it’s kind of obvious where one of these choices lead his relationships. As for the other ones, you’ll have to read and find out!

A lot of Trevor’s character is based on my artist friends and my own extensive love for comics. I can’t draw or even work Photoshop for the life of me–but I do know a lot of really talented artists, many of whom work in comics. Two of them, Bronwin and Danielle, are also tattoo artists, which I think is rather appropriate. Since it’s very hard to choose my absolute favourite comics, I’m going to talk about the last five I recently read:

1. Saga by Brian K. Vaughan. This is a space opera of epic portions and I’m utterly in love with it. Read it from the beginning. Marvel at the art. And delight at the side plot around a romance author who brings two species together of a warring faction.

2. Chester 5000 XYV by Jess Fink. An erotic comic that’s part historical tale and part steampunk. Her art is gorgeous and the diversity of her couples (m/m, m/m/f, f/robot!) pleases me.

3. Trees by Warren Ellis. Is it giving anything away if I say there are trans characters in this? I don’t think so, even if some of them are surprising to find out. This is another sci-fi romp about mutant plants that makes me so, so happy to read. Partly because the art and writing is great, but also because of the transgender representation.

4. Sweetooth by Jeff Lemire. I picked this book up on a whim because Lemire is a Canadian comic artist I’ve heard praised again and again, and I didn’t expect much. But wow, this was intense and scary and just the right amount of awesome.

5. Deadpool. So I can’t recommend any specific comic yet, but I saw Deadpool in theatres and I utterly loved it. Cynical, sarcastic, and sexy in all the right ways. Highly recommend.

That’s it! If you check out any of these comics, I hope you enjoy. And if you pick up The Taste of Ink, I thank you in advance! 🙂


 

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The Taste of Ink by Francis Gideon
Release Date: March 11, 2016
Pages: 200
Published By: Dreamspinner Press
Purchase Links:
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About Francis Gideon

Francis Gideon is a writer of m/m romance, but he also dabbles in mystery, fantasy, historical, and paranormal fiction. He likes to stay up late, drink too much coffee, and read too many comic books. He credits music, especially the artists Patti Smith, Frank Iero, Gerard Way, Florence + the Machine, and The Pixies as his main sources of inspiration, but the list grows every day. Since age twelve, he’s been trying to figure out what genre is best suited for a strange, quiet kid like him and so far, he’s happy to be where he’s ended up.

When not writing fiction, Francis teaches college English classes while he studies for his PhD. He has published several nonfiction and critical articles on everything from the Canadian poet and artist P.K. Page, transgender identity in the YouTube community, using fanfiction as a teaching tool, and character deaths in the TV show Hannibal. Those are all under different his “real” name, though. He writes his novels using his middle name, Francis, so that his students don’t Google him and ask too many questions.

Both Francis and his partner live in Canada, where they often disagree about TV shows and make really bad puns. To talk more about books, bad horror movies, LGBT poetry, or anything else, please drop him a line!