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 Dakota Skies by Taylin Clavelli 

Publisher: Wayward Ink Publishing

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How does it feel to have your first published novel?

Absolutely in awe at the finished product and happy beyond belief.

It has certainly been a learning curve. I think I’ve experienced every emotion in the process. Thankfully I’ve had Wayward Ink Publishing to guide me through it. Every member of the team has been helpful and courteous and it has made me realize what a group effort it is to bring a novel to the shelves.

In the beginning, I was ecstatic that WIP wanted to publish Dakota Skies. When they first read it, they fell in love with my boys and their story, but I was advised that it needed some work, which I wasn’t surprised about. For a story of such length, I didn’t expect it to be accepted without some changes, especially as I’d submitted it to another publisher prior to WIP. Unfortunately, it was turned down by the other publisher due to length and a few other things. After that, I rewrote it in the third person to remove some of the repetitive scenes which can accompany a story written in the first person with more than one main character. Thankfully, WIP believed in my boys and wanted to work with me to bring it to the public.

The pre-readers gave me confidence in my story and pointed out some areas which needed attention—mainly the opening chapter. WIP worked with me in making the first chapter in Dakota Skies one which would interest readers, rather than send them to sleep. We also reworked some scenes. Then it was onto the editing process. I think the majority of authors find the editing process somewhat painful. Again, I was guided through it, and the ladies that did my editing were very diplomatic in their suggestions. They brought to my attention some things I took for granted, like horse riding, phrases, etc., which needed more explanation. On the other hand, elsewhere, I’d gone into too much detail. And as down in the dumps I was when I first saw red on my chapters—when I saw the finished version it flowed much better. My knowledge of US grammar was much better too. I’ve come to appreciate hard editing.

Short of seeing the final version, the next high point was seeing the cover of Dakota skies. I was happy to let the artistic nature of those producing the cover let fly. Even then, I was consulted at every phase, and my views were taken into account.

In all, from start to finished product, the process has been a collaborative one. So when asked how I feel about my first published novel, I tend to do a silly dance, grin, and say “Bloody wonderful.”

 

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Synopsis:

Born in the wrong time…

In 1875 Dakota, Sheriff Jamie Carter has to hide his interest in men, even from his gutsy twin sister, Anna. On a good day, the truth can mean a bullet between the eyes, and on a bad, one in the back.

A man on a mission…

Jamie leaves Anna in charge of Blackrock and he hits the bounty hunting trail, along with his faithful equine companion, Houston. Five territories, scores of ‘Wanted’ posters, and many bullets later, his path unexpectedly converges with that of enigmatic loner, Kit Brooks.

Two men with one soul…

Will the smoldering fire between them rage into an inferno and break down protective barriers, allowing them to find love? Or will it separate and kill them?

Beneath Dakota skies…

Jamie and Kit’s story is a sweeping saga of cowboys, Indians, persistent broads, and vengeful villains, where the cowboys aren’t always the good guys, and love can’t be taken for granted.

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About the author:

Taylin Clavelli lives in the United Kingdom, about 15 miles south of Birmingham, and a short journey from the world famous Cadbury’s Chocolate factory. She’s married with children and loves her family with all her heart.

Her love of books has been a long standing affair, with Taylin liking nothing better than to lose herself in an imaginary world.

Until she met Lily Velden, she never considered trying her hand at writing. However, after talking ideas, Lily encouraged her to put pen to paper—or rather, fingers to keyboard. Since, with a few virtual kicks in the right place, she hasn’t stopped. Her confidence eventually led to her writing an original work for submission.

Her first published work was Boys, Toys, and Carpet Fitters, developed for the Dreamspinner Press Anthology – Don’t Try This At Home.

Now she absolutely adores immersing herself into the characters she creates, and transferring the pictures in her brain to paper, finding it liberating, therapeutic, and wonderful.

Outside of writing, her interests include; martial arts (she’s a 2nd Degree Black Belt in Taekwon-do), horse-riding, all of which facilitates her love of a wide variety of movies. Her action heroes include Jet Li and Tony Jaa—finding the dedication these men have for their art combined with their skill both amazing and a privilege to watch. If pressed, she’ll admit to thinking that the screen entrance of Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean – Curse of the Black Pearl, and Shadowfax in LOTR, to be the greatest screen entrances ever. Her all-time favorite movies are Star Wars and Lord of the Rings.

The simple things in life that make her day, putting a smile on her face are:

Laughter – especially that of her children.

The smell of lasagna cooking – it makes her mouth salivate.

The dawn chorus – no symphony ever written can beat the waking greetings of the birds.

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STRANDED

DEFINITION:

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(of a boat, sailor, or sea creature) left aground on a shore

“a stranded whale”

left without the means to move from somewhere.

“he offers a lift to a stranded commuter”

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The boys in this collection of short stories have most definitely been left STRANDED!

They’ve been shipwrecked and abandoned.

Marooned and cast away.

And left helpless and high and dry.

But you should never underestimate the tenacity of the human heart…

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STORIES INCLUDED:

CRAVING STAINS

Alina Popescu

Trapped since birth in a sterile, hospital-like apartment, Wynn longs to break free to experience the world.

Enter Doyle.

But is Doyle real, or is he just a figment of Wynn’s imagination?

SAY CHEESE

Michael P. Thomas

Sitcom sensation Felix Medrano, America’s Sweetheart, throws a star-studded surprise party for his sweetheart, beanpole barkeep Grover Shepherd.

It’s a smash, save for one detail: Shep is a no-show.

Who’d have thought it would be so hard to pop the question?

STANDBY

Kim Fielding

Who’d have thought being stranded at the airport could possibly have some long term benefits?

Certainly not Tom.

But then he hadn’t bargained on meeting Rafael

THE RAIDER

Asta Idonea

The gods truly do work in mysterious ways as Thorstein found out when he was left for dead on the battle field of a foreign land.

THE BUCKLE

Rob Colton

One ditching and one rescue later, Hayden discovers the use of a telephone isn’t the only offer that’s on the table…

ARI

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Benji and Ari have spent their lives feeling lost and alone, stranded between genders.

Can they help each other stop unravelling?

OPPOSITES ATTRACT

Lily G. Blunt

Chris and Andreas are opposites in character.

Both fear the other wants to move on.

Can being stranded on a mountainside resolve the doubt that is threatening to tear them apart?

OUT OF ORDER

Eric Gober

Rob was the one who got away.

Trent stumbles upon him during a trip to San Francisco

Right before a deadly earthquake

DATING FOR DEAFIES

Nikka Michaels

If Evan York keeps hiding from the world behind his laptop he might miss out on something special.

Will he find the courage?

ONE SNOWY NIGHT

Louise Lyons

One snowy night, Keith Brambles learns that appearances can be deceptive.

THE CLIMB

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Jessie went camping with friends expecting to have some fun and maybe drink a little beer.

Instead, he found his perfect man

but is he real or just a dream?

DID YOU LEAVE ANY FOR ME

Sarah Hayes

Two ex-lovers, one hotel room, and one random act of technology.

Will they fall out or fall back in love?

SWEETNESS AND STRENGTH

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Miles makes one seemingly small and inconsequential decision that turns out to be not so small and inconsequential after all.

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Review of Downing Tools by Edison Hart

Title: Downing Tools

Author: Edison Hart

Series: More Than Mates (Book 1)

Publication Date: 18 September 2014 (Second edition: 26th September 2014)

Genre: MM Romance/Gay Aussie Erotica

Length: 15,584 words

Pages: 59

Publisher: Amazon

Purchase Links: Amazon.com  and Amazon UK

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 My Review:

Trent Hall is an apprentice painter, gay, in the closet, and a virgin. He is also a horny yet self-conscious teenager. He meets his dream guy, “Macca”, a muscle-packed hunk on a building site, and from the first glimpse of his firm arse, Trent lusts after him and wonders if he could be ‘the one’. Thus follows a mix of humorous and angst-filled scenes as Trent observes and awkwardly pursues Macca, but it soon becomes evident the feeling of desire is mutual.

Edison Hart’s writing draws you in from the start and Trent’s inner dialogue and fears come across as both real as well as amusing. The reader feels for the young guy, face palming when he speaks before he thinks on several occasions, and no doubt cheers him on when he dates the object of his affection.

The erotic scenes are hot and explicit yet tastefully written with passion.

The story is a delight to read with likeable and believable characters, fun and hot all rolled into one. I look forward to Book 2 in this series and further works from this talented author.

The author provided me with a copy of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

Blurb:

Apprentice painter Trent Hall is a total klutz when it comes to boys. In fact, he’s pretty bad at social interactions generally. So when a fit, super- confident, blue-eyed tradie called Macca turns up on the building site, the nineteen-year old Aussie responds the only way he knows how—by making things way more awkward than they need to be.

Misunderstandings, miscommunications and misfires abound on this hot, horny, and often clumsy adventure. But then, the course of true love never did run smooth. Not for Trent, anyway.

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Edison Hart is a 34-year old gay Australian writer living in London. So he’s the full box-and-dice cliché.

For 15-years he’s been a journalist working in print, radio and television in both Australia and the UK. (Although he uses a different name for that, as MM romance readers might not understand his love of dirty politics and grubby criminal downfalls).

Downing Tools is his first foray into the hot and steamy world of MM/gay romance and erotic fiction. He specialises in Australian romances — with typical Aussie characters and humour—and horny sex scenes as hot as the Aussie sun.

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Chapter 7 ~ Part 2

Even though it was the last weekend in September, it was a gloriously warm and sunny day. After checking the forecast yesterday, I decided we could have a picnic in the local park and watch some local musicians perform. So before collecting Edward, I packed several blankets and the finger food I’d purchased the previous day.

When I arrived at the boys’ house, only Aiden and Seb were up. Edward was still upstairs getting ready, so I sat and chatted to them for a few minutes while I waited. Seb seemed so much happier in Aiden’s company. “Thanks for dancing with Aiden last night, Jayden, you saved me the embarrassment.”

“No problem,” I assured him and felt relieved he was not jealous of Aiden’s hot routine with me on the dance floor.

“But you can dance with Aiden next time, Seb. It’s about time you treated your boy to a dance,” Edward said as he walked into the room. He wound his arms around me and kissed me firmly on the cheek.

Seb nodded but didn’t commit himself either way as he eyed my Edward. A spark of jealously flashed through me with the non-verbal communication that obviously still passed between the two of them.

We said our goodbyes and wished each other an enjoyable day. When Edward implied he would see them tomorrow, I hoped that meant he would be staying the night with me again. I was determined to remain sober so I’d remember everything that passed between us today.

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4* Review from Rainbow Gold Reviews

4.0 out of 5 stars

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PAINT THE SKY 

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 This is a story of a relationship between two men, Benjamin (Ben) Penrose, 23, son of well-off, successful, indulgent parents, studying English literature and music; and Vincent (Vinnie), 23, an art major with a much different background. After finally screwing up his courage to speak with Vinnie as he was spotted painting a picture on the campus grounds one afternoon, Ben wangles a casual invite to see Vinnie’s school art exhibition. At that moment, Vinnie is all that Ben can think about. He even ends up returning to his room and writing a story, featuring the seemingly impoverished student artist. This is unusual for Ben because he is a self-professed “horn dog” who “prefers one night stands over dating.” Yet somehow, he sees himself wanting more with the somewhat elusive Vinnie. However, when he does meet up with Vinnie again at the art exhibition and is introduced to Vinnie’s brothers as “BJ” instead of Ben or Benjamin, it dawns on him that Vinnie may be onto him and his past sexual promiscuity. Nevertheless the two men make a plan to have Vinnie sketch Ben for a portrait for his father, in turn, Ben brings his violin and plays a piece that he wrote especially for him.
One theme throughout this book, as you probably already noticed, is art and music. One beautiful scene that really strikes this theme home is as follows: 

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“Finger paints?” The image of Vinnie dipping his fingers in the soft liquid and applying it to a canvas was highly erotic. “Have you ever used them to paint a picture?” I swallowed hard. Not for the first time, I breathed in his unique scent. I longed to trail my tongue along his neck and take his lips with mine. Vinnie reached around me to take the dark blue pot, his bare arm rubbing against my torso, and his warm breath close to my ear. “No, I haven’t actually, but I’d love to paint the night sky as it looks tonight to remember you playing the violin for me.” “You want me to play again?” My voice was hoarse with desire. I swallowed deeply trying to moisten my throat. “No, I want to paint the sky on you.” His lips barely touched the side of my face, soft and warm, but sent a scolding tingle rippling through my body. “Can I?” he whispered into my ear.

I nodded once, hardly daring to move in case I scared him away. I couldn’t believe this was happening. Vinnie’s empty hand stroked up and down my chest from behind, his thumb grazing across my shirt over my nipple before reaching the buttons. One by one, he undid them, tantalizingly slowly, peppering my neck with soft sweet kisses, until my shirt hung open, my chest exposed. The pads of his fingers trailed over my skin, seeking, exploring, taking his time, painfully slow. His breath came out in loud and fast pants.

Vinnie led me across the room, pulling me by the shirt. “Lie back on the sofa for me and I’ll paint you.” As if in a dream, I settled my head against one arm of the sofa, my legs dangling over the other end, scarcely breathing now. Vinnie knelt on the floor beside me with an open pot of paint in his hand. Teasingly, he dipped his index finger into the dark blue paint as if it were cream he would lick off. His finger connected with my skin and he made short strokes across my chest, the coldness of the paint making me shiver.

Mesmerised by the closeness of his beautiful face, the view of the night sky through the window, and the picture forming upon my chest, I watched as dab after dab and stroke after stroke he built up a mix of shades, until a dark night sky with the moon and stars were there to be seen—a masterpiece, drying on the warmth of my blazing skin, a transient thing of beauty. His fingers skimmed my skin causing gooseflesh to ripple in waves down my arms and thighs. My nipples pebbled in response to his touch. And when he was done, his lips met mine in a languid kiss; how our first kiss should have been—sweet, innocent, and full of promise. He pulled away, smiling down at me. This was the beginning of something special. My heart knew it at that very moment.

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It may seem like the men are well on their way to a happy future together at this point, but things don’t always go the way you expect them to, do they? Both men are working through things and there is some heartbreak and angst looming on the horizon. Ben convinces Vinnie to move in with him, and they are both thrilled and having a wonderful time with each other at first. However, Ben just can’t leave well enough alone, and he breaks Vinnie’s trust by overstepping his bounds. Then Vinnie becomes elusive about his activities and whereabouts during his painting projects. They start to bicker and snap at each other, and eventually things become too much for either of them to bear, and their relationship crumbles.Will a sudden critical situation bring the men back together, and allow them to reaffirm their love for each other, or is what transpired just too much to be overcome? You will need to read this wonderful story to find out what happens.

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Chapter Seven.

Even before I was properly awake, I knew I’d had too much to drink the previous night. My head was pounding and my mouth felt and tasted awful. After the incident with Jedd, I’d knocked back a lot more drink and vaguely remembered being helped to the car by Edward and Aiden. It might have been Seb though. Everything was a little vague this morning.

I rolled over and stretched a little, but my stomach objected. I was about to curl up into a ball, but I sensed I was not alone. As quickly as my spinning head would allow, I turned to see who was sharing my bed with me. My foggy eyes met Edward’s concerned emerald ones.

I tried to work out why he was in bed with me, and for the life of me, I couldn’t recall what happened last night or rather the early hours of this morning. Edward obviously understood my dilemma and gave me a knowing sexy smirk.

 

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A Twist and Two Balls by Clare London

 

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Eddy March, or Eduardo Mancini as he would aspire his stage name to be, is an impoverished actor desperately seeking employment. At the start of the story an honest mistake on the way to an audition results in Nuri, a handsome bear of a man, chasing Eddy across Soho until they reach an ice cream parlour, aptly named ‘With A Kick’, which sells adult boozy concoctions.

All is not as fearful and desperate as it appears for Eddy, and the two men resolve the situation to their mutual benefit.

Clare peppers the exciting chase, along with the rest of the story, with humorous asides and well-placed theatrical and classic movie references that made me chuckle.

The story is a delight to read. Hot and sensual when needed, and balanced by the delicious alcoholic ices that will make your mouth water and cool you down.

A Twist and Two Balls is the first story in the ‘With A Kick’ series in which the tales are based around an ice-cream shop with a difference. Sue Brown’s story, Hissed as a Newt, comes out on 29th September.

Blurb:

Eduardo Mancini is going to be a star of the London stage and screen. Or that was the plan. His alter ego Eddy March hasn’t got further than the chorus and a bit part in a TV series. His parents aren’t supportive, his agent can’t place his particular skills, and he’s finding it hard to hang onto his young dreams. Things go from bad to worse when he’s late for an important audition, hasn’t got enough money to pay the taxi fare, and is chased across the streets of Soho by the irate driver.

Eddy reaches what he believes is sanctuary – With A Kick, a store where ice creams are blended with alcohol and imagination, and where his friends can help him. But Nuri the taxi driver is persistent in his steady pursuit, above and beyond the money he’s owed. Despite their very different characters and background, Eddy and Nuri’s relationship goes from a complete unknown to a wary balancing act. There are still mistakes to be made, and hurdles to clear. And both of them have to admit that their life so far hasn’t gone the way they planned.

But maybe being caught by Nuri was just what Eddy’s career needed – both for his job and his heart.

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About the Author

Clare took the pen name London from the city where she lives, loves, and writes. A lone, brave female in a frenetic, testosterone-fuelled family home, she juggles her writing with the weekly wash, waiting for the far distant day when she can afford to give up her day job as an accountant. She’s written in many genres and across many settings, with novels and short stories published both online and in print. She says she likes variety in her writing while friends say she’s just fickle, but as long as both theories spawn good fiction, she’s happy. Most of her work features male/male romance and drama with a healthy serving of physical passion, as she enjoys both reading and writing about strong, sympathetic and sexy characters.

Clare currently has several novels sulking at that tricky chapter 3 stage and plenty of other projects in mind . . . she just has to find out where she left them in that frenetic, testosterone-fuelled family home.

All the details and free fiction are available at her website. Visit her today and say hello!

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