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RAINBOW SNIPPETS ~ September 24th

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This week’s Rainbow Snippet is taken from my taboo story

Let Your Heart Decide

There’s a short verse at the beginning of each chapter which tells part of Samuel and Thomas’s story.

The entire poem is collated at the end of the book

and it is also published in the LOVE IS LOVE Poetry Anthology in aid of Orlando’s Pulse Victims Fund.

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Let Your Heart Decide

 

~Samuel and Thomas~

My heart overflows with abundant joy.

Joined as one,

I cherish these captured moments of sheer bliss.

 

The sweet taste of your love lingers in my thoughts.

I yearn to hold you in the quiet darkness of the endless night.

Let Your Heart Decide

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Review ~ Lost in the Echo

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Title: Lost in the Echo
Author: Jack L Pyke
Publisher: Fantastic Fiction Publishing
Release Date: August 23rd, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Suspense, Romance
Page Count: 99 pages
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5

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Three days. Three questions. Three answers.

Kidnapped, blindfolded, and bound to a bed, running away isn’t an option any more for Will Chambers. Despite being a linguistic tutor and having every conversational tool at his disposal, all Will wanted to do was fade into the background, become lost in the echo of wild heath and harbour. But now someone wants to put his body and mind on full display, force Will to find his voice—answer three questions, over three days. All Will has to do is provide three… simple… answers.


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4*

This is an extended edition of a short story first published for the Goodreads Love Has No Boundaries “Dear-Author” Challenge.  I haven’t read the original version, so I can’t compare the two or say what has been added or improved on.

I particularly liked the wonderful writing style and use of language. Right from the start the author sets the tone well.  I was enthralled by the sentence structure and use of imagery to reveal the different settings. Jack creates a suspenseful atmosphere, especially in the first half. The story itself is mysterious and gripping, and held my attention to the end.

This is a complex tale with many layers that needs your full attention, otherwise you may miss clues and references to the various characters and their relevance to the plot. There’s no real backstory at the start and information on the characters drips through a few drops at a time. I was a little bewildered at first and not sure who was being referred to. I think that was the intention of the author. The story gradually unfolds with flashbacks to explain the current situation.

The story has a dark element, but it wasn’t quite as dark as I’d thought it would be.  Yes, there’s kidnapping, physical restraints, and psychological torture to some degree. Above all, it’s an emotional tale, full of pain and grief. It is also about love and love for more than one person.

We experience what Will is feeling. We’re lost with him, confused as to what’s going on. His senses have been dulled, and we experience what he’s going through. Will is lost in the echoes of the past and his grief is palpable.  

I enjoyed the story, but read it again to sort out the characters, who did what and their motives, plus to order the different flashbacks.  It’s a multi-layered story with lots going on that I didn’t fully understand at first. The second reading clarified some of my confusion. Even so, I struggled with what had exactly led to the kidnapping and am still a little muddled about the motives and why things happened as they did, both in the current as well as the backstory. 

I don’t want to give away any spoilers in this review. Give it a try. I recommend it.

***An ARC of Lost in the Echo was provided by ForbiddenFiction in exchange for an honest opinion***

 

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“Hm.” Will brushed the flat of his stomach, just by accident at first as he shifted the sheet to get comfortable, but then, as his body reacted, a run of happy goosebumps chased a second, more deliberate touch.

One arm covering his eyes, almost hiding him from loving the touch he played on his body, Will dug the flat of his feet a little harder into the mattress. The shy covering of sheet only added to the slow tease of the back of his hand brushing the length and thickness between his thighs. So easy… so easy just to slip between material and skin, maybe just to feather-play those fingers between navel and the vulnerability of everything hidden beneath the thin safety of the covers, to stroke, to please.

Will arched his back slightly, letting a soft murmur escape his lips. How long had it been? How long since he’d known the feel of his body pressed into the mattress by someone else. Hearing a whisper in his ear, keep the touch light… a game of mutual consent, or shift it into something darker, where giving up control tipped the scales, and a harder tease with cuffs slipped around his wrists as that heated body above him shifted a cock deeper, dug that rough drag of nails down his thigh— harder.

Control. He didn’t mind games of surrender, if only in the bedroom. He didn’t mind admitting how much he missed being held and fucked hard enough so that—

Giving a cry, he twisted to his side; head now buried in his pillow, legs curled up in almost a defensive position as he gripped at the sheet, trying to stop the heat he could feel burning in his cock.

Wrong. Today of all days, it was wrong.

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RAINBOW SNIPPETS ~ August 20th

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This week’s Rainbow Snippet is taken from my taboo story

Let Your Heart Decide

There’s a short verse at the beginning of each chapter which tells part of Samuel and Thomas’s story.

The entire poem is collated at the end of the book

and it is also published in the LOVE IS LOVE Poetry Anthology in aid of Orlando’s Pulse Victims Fund.

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Let Your Heart Decide

 

~Samuel and Thomas~

Oh my love! Kiss my mouth, touch my skin.

Slide your tongue between my parted lips;

draw out the passion from deep within.

Let me savour each sensual kiss that binds us as one.

 

Pull me close. Hold me near.

Wrap me in your arms and entwine our limbs

For your love soothes away my pain and fear.

 

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RAINBOW SNIPPETS ~ August 13th

RAINBOW SNIPPETS

 

This week’s Rainbow Snippet is taken from my taboo story

Let Your Heart Decide

There’s a short verse at the beginning of each chapter which tells part of Samuel and Thomas’s story.

The entire poem is collated at the end of the book

and it is also published in the LOVE IS LOVE Poetry Anthology in aid of Orlando’s Pulse Victims Fund.

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Let Your Heart Decide

 

~Samuel and Thomas~

His fingers brush over my arousal,

causing me to lift towards his hand,

desperate for his touch.

He collects the gathering moisture with his thumb

and brings it to his lips to taste the very essence of me.

 

Take my hand and lead the way.

Whisper words of love; let them fall softly on my ear.

Confess your every desire,

And with each secret freed,

tell me all you wish to say.

 

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Let Your Heart Decide

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Review ~ Bitten by Mistake

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Author: Annabelle Jacobs

Release Date: July 28 2016

Length: 81,000 words

Cover Artist: Natasha Snow

 

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From animosity to searing passion in a lunar cycle… but can their bond survive?

Wolf shifter Nathan Kohl’s pack is his whole life. Arrogant and handsome, he avoids commitment to anything or anyone outside of his pack. He works hard, plays hard, and pursues humans as lovers because there’s little to no chance of him forming a permanent bond. However, when Jared Taylor comes into Nathan’s life, every rule is broken.

After a bad experience, Jared vowed to never get involved with another shifter, no matter how much they got under his skin. Despite being physically attracted to Nathan, who’s all kinds of hot, Jared only sees an arrogant, domineering bastard.

A disastrous case of mistaken identity throws Nathan and Jared together until the next full moon. Forced to spend the next twenty-eight days in close proximity, they can no longer ignore the powerful attraction between them. Passion ignites, and their relationship takes a turn neither of them wanted.

But when the full moon comes, everything might change again.

 

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4.5*

This is a fast-paced, fun, and sizzling story that had me engrossed right from the start. There are several moments near the beginning that had me chuckling out loud.

A wolf shifter and a human start out as antagonistic ‘enemies’ only to become lovers via an accidental bite and a strong bond that forms between them. I haven’t really read many paranormal/shifter stories, but I like Annabelle’s take on this genre (both in this story and The Altered series).  This story is set in contemporary London with humans and shifters living side by side, fully aware of each other. The shifters rule themselves through the various packs, unless an issue affects humans, such as when a shifter illegally bites a human.

Once bitten in this AU doesn’t necessarily mean the human automatically or immediately becomes a shifter, and so an agonizing month of waiting follows. Will he or won’t he change? Neither Nathan nor Jared know. Will Nathan be found out and punished, even sentenced to death for this illegal act? And when a bond develops between them, will it last after the next full moon? Exciting stuff. So much uncertainty and dread pervades the two characters’ emotions and their interaction. And all the time a powerful force draws them towards each other. But will it come to an end or will they become mates? I loved this uncertainty and their desire for the bond to remain in place. There’s lots of powerful feelings in this relationship with plenty of intense and steamy times.  I especially loved the growly, possessive, claiming scenes and the hot sex with teeth and claws. ROAR! There are also some lovely comforting and tender moments where the two guys are caring for each other and where they are filled with doubt about their future.

“I’m scared that I’ll wake up and there’ll be this big empty space here… ” He pressed gently against Nathan’s chest “…where I should be.”

There’s enough world building throughout. Nathan is not that clued into his shifter way of life, thus requiring computer research and the need to question his friends/pack members rather than have the info dumped in the text, so that worked well. The reader finds out the details at the same time as Nathan and Jared.

A few minor things I thought were missing from the plot: I’d have relished more backstory for both main characters sprinkled throughout the story, e.g. more detail on Jared’s past relationship that went wrong and the reason why he loathed shifters so much. More information on the rogue pack storyline to fill in some gaps would have worked well too. I was also expecting a confrontation scene between Nathan and the big, bad Alec and was hoping to find out more about the tension between them. Perhaps his character was being built up in readiness for a future storyline.

I’m not going to give away spoilers, but I thought the ending was resolved in the best possible way for these guys.

The story finishes with hints at options for further books and I’m hoping the series will continue. I’d like to know what’s happening for Nathan and Jared, as well as following other romances that form. I’m especially hoping Luke gets his own story in the future.

A recommended read. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Annabelle Jacobs lives in the South West of England with three rowdy children, and two cats. An avid reader of fantasy herself for many years, Annabelle now spends her days writing her own stories. They’re usually either fantasy or paranormal fiction, because she loves building worlds filled with magical creatures, and creating stories full of action and adventure. Her characters may have a tough time of it—fighting enemies and adversity—but they always find love in the end.

 

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RAINBOW SNIPPETS ~ August 6th

RAINBOW SNIPPETS

 

This week’s Rainbow Snippet is taken from my taboo story

Let Your Heart Decide

There’s a short verse at the beginning of each chapter which tells part of Samuel and Thomas’s story.

The entire poem is collated at the end of the book

and it is also published in the LOVE IS LOVE Poetry Anthology in aid of Orlando’s Pulse Victims Fund.

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Let Your Heart Decide

 

~Samuel and Thomas~

 

His lips trail purposefully down my chest;

his tongue circles the hardened nubs,

teasing as I writhe under my lover’s touch.

He flicks his thumb over the other nipple

in a dual assault on my senses.

 

With soft caresses over my skin,

his strokes leave a tide of gooseflesh in their wake.

Shaking with need, he holds me close,

whispering words of love and comfort.

I respond with heartfelt expressions of my desire.

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Let Your Heart Decide

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The gang posts throughout the weekend, so check back a few times if you can.

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Cover Reveal

Cover Reveal: A Summer’s Day

 (Shakespearean Anthology with a Twist)

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Release Date: 12th August, 2016

Cover Art: Jay Aheer  Simply Defined Art

Genre: MM Mixed

We have modern retelling of some plays, interpretations of others and one of the sonnets, and delightful referencing of anything Shakespeare.

There is gentle YA romance next to very hot 18+ stories and all kinds of relationships – first love, May/December, interracial, second chances, happy endings and even a tragic one.

We’re travelling from Ancient Rome through Renaissance England to modern day UK, Venice Beach and other places in USA, Vancouver and Havana.

There’s fun, drama, tears, angst, joy and, above all, lots of true love.

 Note: All proceeds of this collection go to the It Gets Better Project™.

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 DEEPER THAN DID EVER PLUMMET SOUND

Rory Ni Coileain

 Clarence Limont is a slowly fading star of the London stage; convinced his great performances are all behind him, he nevertheless agrees to play Prospero in an off-off-Broadway production of The Tempest helmed by an old friend.
Jaymes Stafford is the production’s starry-eyed Ariel, waking feelings Clarence had thought long dead and buried.
But the poisonous jealousy of other members of the cast may steal the stars from Jaymes’ eyes, and even put paid to Clarence’s illustrious career.

(“The Tempest”)

 A FINE LINE BETWEEN
Louise Lyons

 When Romeo runs into Julian on the beach, he’s the last person he wants to see as he’s grown up hating him due to his parents’ aversion to Julian’s dad.
Forced to rescue Julian from the sea, Romeo is surprised by his grudging attraction to the other young man.
When simple lust becomes something more, the pair ignore their parents’ anger, but family fights drive the lovers away from home – into a horrifying incident. Will it make the Montgomerys and the Caplins rethink their feud?
(“Romeo and Juliet”)

TWO GUYS FROM VANCOUVER
Dianne Hartsock

 Valentine has been watching Preston date man after man with never more than a brotherly hug for him.
Finally, despairing that Preston will ever love him in return, Val moves away to college, where he meets the glorious Silver, a man with problems of his own, who just might be his answer.
Torn between his attraction to Preston and his growing desire for Silver, Val wonders if he’ll ever find love or will his life become as tragic as any of the Shakespearean plays he loves so well.
(“The Two Gentlemen of Verona”)

 KISS ME, KADE
Nephy Heart

 Kade is in trouble, negotiating a dangerous path between an authoritarian father and wayward sister.
Then Pete storms into his life and tries to take over.
It can only end in disaster.
(“Taming of The Shrew”)

 WHEN I LOVE THEE NOT
Rian Durant

 Desmond, the heir of a business owner is outed in the media after a hot night with his lover, Olvin, who also happens to be the company’s best negotiation expert.
This is only the first step in Ian’s plan to get back at Olvin for choosing Michel Caswell as a main assistant for the latest merger instead of him, a plan in which he’s moving everybody around like pawns on a chessboard, bending the rules.
Will Ian drive a wedge between Desmond and Olvin and get the position he wants or will he realize that there’s something more important that stops the world from turning into chaos?
(“Othello”)

 THE MERCHANT OF VENICE BEACH
Kathy Griffith

 Tony and Bartholomew have been friends for years, but his latest request is a little much.
Bart needs a loan to impress Porsche Keller, a personable billionaire, but the only cash available is from banker and raging homophobe Sherlock Palmer, who has a devious plan for them.
Will our heroes find love and get their happy ending?
(“The Merchant of Venice”)

 THE DEVIL AND THE LION
Asta Idonea

 Caius Martius and Tullus Aufidius have long been enemies.
Then Martius arrives on Aufidius’ doorstep, seeking a military alliance. Aufidius accepts; however, he wishes their partnership to extend from the battlefield to the bedchamber.
His lust for Martius is one of the reasons he spares his life, but his jealousy will soon have terrible consequences.
(“Coriolanus”)

 IF MUSIC BE…
Charlie Cochrane

 Rick Cowley finds himself taking up am-dram once more, thinking it’ll help him get over the death of his partner.
He’d never anticipated it would mean an encounter with an old flame and the sort of emotional complications the Bard would have reveled in.
Still, old Will had the right word for every situation, didn’t he?
(“Twelfth Night”)

A HERO’S LAST BATTLE
Phetra H Novak

 Claudio is happy to be home after serving his country as a soldier for over fifteen years being stationed mostly abroad ready to settle down.
Hero is still living at home, together with his father, trying to do what is expected a young man his age is supposed to do, work and live every day like it is your last.
The two men meet at a family wedding, realizing they share a mutual dream of finding love and starting a family but evil lurks amongst them. Will these two lovers find a way to be together?
(“Much Ado About Nothing”)

 NOTHING LIKE THE SUN
JL Merrow

 Hollywood darling Jerome Winter always defined himself by his looks—until a fire destroyed them.
His oldest friend and still-loyal manager, Sam, has long carried a torch for him, but with his looks—and earning power—gone, what does Jerome have left to offer?
(Sonnet 130)

 THE SUN OF TOMORROW
M LeAnne Phoenix

 When actor Koray Shepherd rescues writer Winter Sirois from the brutal hands of his supervisor, Winter never would have believed the beautiful Turk would share his love of The Bard.
When Koray asks Winter out on a date, Winter takes center stage in his very own tragedy, determined to end his play for today with a happily ever after.
Screwing his courage to the sticking place, Winter sets his sights on the future and Koray… but when the horrors of yesterday resurface, will he crest the waves of fear and despair, or will he be heard no more?
(“Macbeth”)

 MUCH ADO ABOUT LADY MACBETH
Rebecca Cohen

Competition for roles is always high when the King’s Men put on a play, but David seems to come up against Jacob time and time again, no matter what part he is auditioning for.

But now they both want to be Lady Macbeth and it’s more than simple rivalry that causes the sparks to fly.
(Shakespeare’s Magic)

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