Blog Tour: Prince & Pirate by Elliot Cooper

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Oh My Shelves welcomes author Elliot Cooper to the blog with his latest release Prince & Pirate. Along with an giveaway he’s also brought an exclusive excerpt of Prince & Pirate! Please welcome him aboard!

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Prince & Pirate: by Elliot Cooper
Release Date: November 28, 2016
Pages: 120
Published By: NineStar Press
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Blurb

Prince Gavin is powerless to refuse when his father demands he secure an alliance with a distant kingdom. At first, he sees the journey as a chance to prove his worth and indulge in the grand adventures of his dreams. Yet nothing seems right about his father’s paranoid insistence he travel by merchant ship while disguised as a diplomat. Once out on the open sea, Gavin learns he’s been tricked into boarding an infamous pirate ship: the Ebon Drake.

Captain Marcas Drake is delighted to discover the courtier he’s kidnapped is really a prince. Acquiring such a hefty ransom will prove once and for all he’s a brilliant pirate in his own right, not riding the coattails of his father’s fame. And using his charms to seduce his prisoner makes for an entertaining pastime. But unfortunate events turn the Ebon Drake’s crew against their captain before the ransom can be carried out.

Marooned, Marcas and Gavin’s new equal footing turns the pirate’s sensual game into something else entirely. However, being stranded on a tiny island becomes the least of their worries when rescue arrives in the form of the bloodthirsty Crimson Queen, a pirate who’s been chasing Marcas for years. Working together to escape the queen is their only hope of freedom and a chance their growing love might outlast their misadventures.

Exclusive Excerpt

The distinct smell of smoke woke Marcas from an already fitful sleep. At first, he wasn’t sure if he was imagining the smell, but then Morris burst through the doors to his cabin in a panic.

“Cap’n! Cap’n! There’s a fire on deck! Fire!” Morris squawked, his voice cracking as he shouted.

“Damn it, boy! Get out there and help put it out!” Marcas commanded. He jumped to his feet and didn’t bother to put on his shirt or coat.

He chased after the cabin boy and saw a coil of rope near the mizzenmast was ablaze. The remnants of a shattered lantern were strewn off to the side of it. Kerosene. Some idiot had dropped the lantern. Or maybe the wind? Whatever had happened, Marcas decided while shouting orders to all hands on deck, he would find the culprit if there was one and give them twenty lashings. There was no question about his mood this night.

“The wind’s makin’ it spread!” Morris shouted, still panicked and not doing much to help save the ship or his fellow crew members.

“Stow your gab and help Canker and Bones with the bloody buckets!” Marcas shouted, gesturing angrily. He shoved the boy towards the line of pirates pulling water up from the waves before joining them himself. He wouldn’t lose his ship because of some adolescent who wasn’t worth a damn in a crisis. And he wouldn’t lose his ship to some damn fire!

A calm in the wind allowed the men to douse the final embers. The coil of rope and much of the deck were soaked, but the fire was no more. A cheer sounded on board as Mr. Dawkins shouted back down the line.

“She’s saved! Good work, mates!”

“Excellent work!” Marcas shouted. But any relief he felt was hidden by the rage still evident in his voice. “Now! Who’s responsible for this mess?”

The crew looked around at one another. Some busied themselves with checking the damage done to the ropes while others set about cleaning the mess itself. No one spoke.

“Did no one, not a one of you, see what started the fire?” Marcas snarled. Someone had caused the fire, accidentally no doubt, but that recklessness would not be tolerated. He had his suspicions, but he wanted a confession. He was not in the habit of punishing the wrong crew member.

“Most’ve us were below decks, takin’ our turns to sleep, Cap’n,” Bones said. He shrugged apologetically at his captain.

“Most,” Marcas parroted his bosun. He looked around at his crew again, attempting to look each one of them in the eyes as he spoke. “I know whose watch it was, so don’t count your captain a fool! If it was an accident of the wind, just speak the truth and be done with it. I can’t fault nature for her whims any more than I can the sea!”

Some of them laughed, but a good majority didn’t. An awkward silence settled on board until, finally, Morris walked up to his captain with his head bowed.

“I uh… ’Twas me, sir. I tripped an’ dropped my lantern. I din’t mean—”

Marcas grabbed him by the throat and lifted him up off the deck, cutting short whatever apologies he’d been trying to make.

“The next time I ask whose fault it is,” Marcas growled through his teeth, “I expect the culprit to answer me straight away. I have no time for blundering fools who bite their tongues!”

Morris whimpered and made a strange coughing sound. Captain Drake dropped him and let him splutter for all of two seconds before pointing at the bosun and the quartermaster.

“Bones! Mr. Dawkins! Give young Mr. Morris here twenty lashes!”

The boy cried out and then shoved his fist against his mouth. He knew he’d earn more lashes if he made so much as another sound.

Marcas wasn’t interested in watching the proceedings. He knew the boy would be days recovering, but it would be well worth keeping him below decks and out of everyone else’s way. The boy was a hazard, not only to himself, but to everyone on board. If he kept it up, he’d be dropped off at the next port with his cut of the gold they had, which was nothing to crow about.

Author Bio:

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Elliot Cooper writes speculative fiction featuring queer characters. His novels and novellas come with hopeful and happy endings, though his short fiction runs the gamut of styles and genres. He strives above all to make his readers feel, while also increasing positive representation of LGBTQ characters and their stories.

Website:www.elliotcooperwrites.com

Twitter:@elliotwrites

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Enemy of My Enemy by Tal Bauer

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

talEnemy of My Enemy: by Tal Bauer
Series: The Executive Office #2
Release Date: October 24. 2016
Pages: 287 • Format: eARC
Published By: NineStar Press
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An affair that stunned the world.
Two men, committed to their impossible love.
One general, determined to destroy them both.
President Jack Spiers and former Secret Service Agent Ethan Reichenbach throw caution to the wind, committing themselves publicly as the first out male lovers and partners to occupy the White House. Jack moves Ethan into the Residence, but as Ethan settles into his new role as first gentleman of the United States, not everyone is thrilled with their choices. When it seems like the world turns against them, Jack and Ethan must turn to each other, finding the strength together to press on.
In the chaos, Jack’s relationship with the Russian president, Sergey Puchkov, grows closer, and the two nations find themselves working almost as allies. But President Puchkov has secrets of his own, secrets that could rip everything apart. And Ethan steps back into the action with Lieutenant Adam Cooper, taking charge of a covert kill team tasked with hunting down General Madigan once and for all.
But Madigan is elusive, and his dangerous reach is long. He strikes at Jack and Ethan from the shadowy corners of the globe, unraveling their entire world. As the mad general draws new allies together, he is single-minded in his quest to destroy the only two men who ever beat him.
He will stop at nothing until Jack and Ethan are shattered men, worlds apart, and struggling to get back to one another.
And after that, Madigan’s true revenge begins…

four-half-stars

This might be the novel version of Scandal. I enjoyed this so much more then book one. I’m all for that, but good Lord it seemed Good never could prevail against the evil in this book. That ending!!! ZOMG, I swear if it turns out to be true then I will find you Tal Bauer!!!! Nooooo, please don’t let crazy become the mole. It’s always the most loyal ones right. This book picks up immediately after the first, it’s not a stand alone and you definitely need all background info going into book two. Ethan & Jack!!! You guys gave me straight feelz. I was overloaded with joy with how fair these two have come, but just like Olivia and Fitz your happiness had a timeline!

I don’t even know where to start. So much information was thrown at me, that I am not 100% certain who is Good and who is Evil. It was so many twisty turns in this book, so many Noooo moments, so many tears!!! Gosh, I didn’t expect the tears but they were out in full force today! I really enjoyed the writing and the transition into each different povs. I think getting the main cast pov instead of just Ethan & Jack’s made the story. It was realer to see from everyone’s aspect. Even crazy ass Madigan. He was crazy but I liked his thoroughness.

You notice in my review that I don’t really talk about the plot, well I think it’s best if you read it and feel it while everything is happening. I mean it’s some really big WTF moments in the book, and yeah I closed my left eye and suspended reality for a while, but it’s fiction and I love it. I’m seriously in love with Fiasal and Sasha at the moment. I swear they better get a HEA by the end of the next book. Don’t know about their counterparts but these two need to come out on top

Ethan & Jack’s love was able to stand against everything that was happening to them. At the end of the day it’s still a romance, and I love them together. It was heartbreaking moments, but I love that they were able to be together by any means necessary.

Now, how long until the next book? Do I have enough time to order a case of wine?

About Tal Bauer

Tal Bauer writes LGBT fiction and romance, bringing together a career in law enforcement, trauma medicine, and international humanitarian and disaster relief work to create dynamic, strong characters, intriguing plots, and unique, exotic locations. Tal’s stories weave together pulse-pounding adventure, cunning intrigue, and sweeping romance. Tal is a member of the Romance Writers of America and the Mystery Writers of America.

The Little Crow by Caitlin Ricci

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

the-little-crowTitle: The Little Crow by Caitlin Ricci
Series: Heart of Darkness, #1
Release Date: September 12, 2016
Pages: 161 • Format: eARC
Published By: NineStar Press
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Detective Jamison Landry’s job isn’t easy. He’s dealt with the worst criminals imaginable and believes in his work and the community he serves. But he’s never met someone quite like Mal before.

The mysterious man, rescued from a basement in which he was chained by cultists, keeps Jamison guessing. He both confuses and excites him, and Jamison isn’t sure how he feels about that. Plus, things turn from unusual to downright strange when people start insisting Mal isn’t quite human. And Jamison’s creepy dreams of crows and graveyards don’t make things any better for him.

Will Mal stay around long enough for Jamison to figure out his secrets, or will this stranger leave him aching for more?

one-half-stars


This is my Yeah, Okay Sure Face. I still don’t know what the eff is going on face.

 

I’m going to be super serious here, I don’t even understand the story. I don’t know what the point is. I mean it’s not really a romance. From the first time Mal is on the scene it’s weird. It was manipulations, and choppy sentences. The plot didn’t make much sense to me. I didn’t like Mal, and Jamison was clueless. That’s the safest way I can describe him. Without giving away the plot (**snorts** if you want to call it that), I still didn’t get the story. It was slow, and halfway through it I wanted to chuck it. I didn’t like the writing of the story. Everything felt disjointed from the pacing of the story to the characters themselves. The ending was abrupt which was not needed even thought a sequel was in the works. I can’t recommend this book, because I didn’t even like it.

About Caitlin Ricci

Caitlin was fortunate growing up to be surrounded by family and teachers that encouraged her love of reading. She has always been a voracious reader and that love of the written word easily morphed into a passion for writing. She comes from a military family and the men and women of the armed forces are close to her heart. She also enjoys gardening and horseback riding in the Colorado Rockies where she calls home with her wonderful husband and their two dogs. Her belief that there is no one true path to happily ever after runs deeply through all of her stories.
2013 Rainbow Awards Finalist- Young Adult Fiction- Lost and Found Charity Anthology
2014 Rainbow Awards Winner- Best Lesbian Contemporary & Erotic Romance, and second runner up for Best Lesbian Book – Camellia, written with Cari Z

Blind Date by Kay Doherty

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Title: Blind Date by Author
Release Date: August 29, 2016
Pages: 113 • Format: eARC
Published By: NineStar Press
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Dekker Callan is content with his life though he knows something is missing. Wanting the kind of love his friends share with their partners, Dekker is talked into taking part in a modeling and dating show as part of a fundraiser. He immediately falls in love with the anonymous, sexy voice on the other side of the wall, but fate has a surprise in store–his mystery man isn’t single.

Slade Gannon wasn’t supposed to take part in the dating show. That spot was for his roommate, Phil, who becomes ill and asks Slade to take his place. Slade has just recently gone through a breakup with his cheating boyfriend, George. Shocked and pleased when he wins the interest of handsome Dekker Callan, before he can go on the obligatory blind date, his ex asks for a second chance. Believing Dekker can’t possibly be as good on the inside as he looks on the outside, Slade agrees.

Dekker and Slade hit it off immediately, drawn to each other despite Slade being involved with someone else. They finally get their opportunity to be together when Slade finds out his boyfriend is still cheating, but just as they seem to discover the happiness they’ve been waiting for, George throws them one last hurdle—and this one may prove to be insurmountable.

three-half-stars

Okay this was hot. Like smoking UST, and desire wrapped in one.

So this was my first read from this author, and I’m pleasantly surprised. I enjoyed it alot. I typically don’t go for blind date tropes, but I read the excerpt and I was interested. Dekker! Good lawd, that man did 100% turnabout in my mind. He went from this shy guy, to the exertive guy knowing what he wants. I mean, it was sexy to see a man pursue someone like Slade. Slade dropping the bomb that he was in a relationship at the beginning of the story made it interesting. I wanted to see how these two were going to act, and if the author would have been bold and have someone cheated. I would have been fine with cheating it happens in real life. I like that Dekker kinda checked Slade and state that just because he was pursuing him didn’t mean he was going to act on his feelings until the relationship was ended.

Slade kinda confused me, I don’t know if getting back with his ex was because he was lonely, or because he cared. I get taking him back for the amount of time to see if it would have worked, but he didn’t have a kind thing to say about George. These are some friendly guys in this story. The are all willing free with their bodies and kisses. I liked it. I thought the flow and pacing of the story was just right, and I really liked the writing style. I did feel at times it was prolonged for no reason. Some of the content could have been cut for me, but that’s my preference. I look forward to more from this author!.

About Kay Doherty

Kay lives in Colorado with her husband and their animal children. Family is important to her so there are weekly visits to her parents and frequent text messages with her brothers. She has a severe addiction to coffee and Mexican food. She loves to read and write and can easily become consumed by it for hours, much to the dismay of the husband and dogs. On occasion she can be convinced to venture out into world of the living.

In The Twist (The Wild Hunt, #1) by L.A. Stockman

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

In The Twist: by L.A. Stockman
Series: The Wild Hunt
Release Date: August 22, 2016
Pages: 134 • Format: eARC
Published By: NineStar Press
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Twelve dead children. An ex-priest with the faith to move mountains. A hunter out of the depths of legend. Together, they must find a way to overcome their pasts and become something entirely new if they are to defeat an ancient evil.

David Shaughnessy was content in his life as a police detective in Armata, California. It lacked the visceral, sick thrill that came with exorcising demons, but it was better for him, saner. Until the night he got called out to a vicious murder in the woods, and met Dallan Jaeger. The older man and Interpol agent is much more than he seems to be, and their connection is immediate, powerful. Trust blooms quickly as they learn to work together to pursue the evil fae responsible for the murders.

They must learn to do more than trust each other if David is to fulfill his birthright and claim what was so long denied him. Only then do they have a hope of catching the killer…in the Twist.

two-half-stars

I’m still confused by the end of the story. I know most Urban Fantasy stories first book in the series is generally world building and introduction of characters. This book didn’t follow that formula, in fact I felt like I stumble somewhere in the middle of the series. It was no introduction of the world. I am still uncertain on the mythology of the characters. Some of it I got, and figured out but by then the story was over. I think it was to short and not properly told.

I didn’t connect with the characters and some of the time, I didn’t know when the pov changed. I can’t distinguish the two main characters from one another at all. David & Dallin still confuses me. I don’t like being confused. It was okay writing but the story was so congested and disjointed that I’m left feeling nothing. Sad to say it, but once it was finished I was happy. I wanted more background on both guys, the world building and everything else included. I think this is one of the books that would have benefited if it was around 320 pages or so. It never got a chance to change my mind either. Sorry but this book didn’t work for me at all.

It’s a Sin by Steve Burford

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itsasintype500It’s a Sin by Steve Burford
Series: Summerskill and Lyon, Book One
Release Date:  January 10, 2016
Pages: 239 • Format: eARC
Published By: NineStar Press
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“He is a talented and very promising young policeman. Make no mistakes, he deserves the promotion.”

But when gay Detective Sergeant Dave Lyon is assigned to Detective Inspector Claire Summerskill’s team as part of the Service’s ‘positive discrimination policy’, no-one at Foregate Street Station is happy. And that includes Summerskill and Lyon.

Mutual suspicion and mistrust must be shelved however, when a young man’s beaten body is found on a canal tow path, and a dead-end case of ‘happy slapping’ unexpectedly turns into a murder investigation.

Why would someone want to kill middle class arts student Jonathan Williams? And how is his death linked to that of rent boy and would be ‘adult’ film star Sean?

As Summerskill and Lyon’s investigations proceed, the newly-promoted detectives begin to untangle a web of connections, false assumptions and sheer prejudices that force them both to question closely not just their relationship with each other but with the rest of their colleagues at Foregate Street Station and with the Police Service as a whole.

“It’s A Sin” is the first in the “Summerskill and Lyon” police procedural novels.

two-half-stars

I’m in the minority on this book. I feel hella bamboozled. Let’s be clear there is NO Romance, No Happy Endings, No Happy Times and I got a female pov the entire book. Let me clear up some things first. I love mystery/thriller stories, and I loved that it was a mystery thriller tag on my gay romance books. But this wasn’t romance, and the story could have been about 50 to 75 pages shorter in my opinion. It took me 4 days to read this, and that should tell you something. I’m a fast reader and I picked up and finished 4 other books while trying to wrap my head around if I liked it or not. I enjoyed the writing alot, it’s a first for me by this author but it read like a typical police procedural. I know it says that in the blurb but it’s something that I could have watched on tv, nothing spectacular stood out regarding the plot or characters.

Honestly I understand having Claire’s opinion but it did not give me nothing outside of politics that she had to deal with regarding working with a gay man on the police force. The actual mystery was kinda meh. It’s not hard to see who the killer might actually be with the select group of people we are given. I did not connect with anyone. Dave and Claire were meh. Richard was super annoying. Rudge was insubordinate and basically disrespectful. It all felt a bit elementary and obviously I finished it but I didn’t like it. I could possibly see myself reading more from this author but not this series. It’s just not for me.