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Woke Up in a Strange Place by Eric Arvin. ebook. Very good fantasy m/m story about a man who wakes up in the afterlife, with no memory of his prior life, and, with the help of a cryptic guide, begins a journey to recover his memories and make his peace with the significant people from his life.
Blood Howl by Robin Saxon & Alex Kidwell. ebook. Very good paranormal m/m romance about a guy, formerly Special Forces, who now offers those skills for hire. When a job goes in an unexpected direction, he has no idea how much his world is about to change… If a few more questions had been answered by the end of the book, this could have been a five-star read. Maybe there will be a sequel?
Ex Equals by LA Witt. ebook. Very good m/m romance about a guy, formerly in the Navy, who has just started teaching math at a community college and discovers that his ex (still in the Navy) is in his evening class.
In Remembrance of Us by AJ Rose. ebook. Very good m/m romance about a guy suffering from amnesia after a mugging. He’s missing the last two years of his life… including he and his best friend becoming much, much closer. I got sniffly while reading this one. (Be aware that there’s cheating, which I realize is an automatic no for some readers.)
Boystown 3: Two Nick Nowak Novellas by Marshall Thornton. ebook. Two very good historical m/m mysteries about Chicago PI Nick Nowak. It’s 1982, and no one really understands why gay men are getting sick… :(
Bulletproof (A Matter of Time #3/#5) by Mary Calmes. ebook. Enjoyable roller coaster of a read that picks up three years after A Matter of Time. Sam’s been away from home in deep cover for months. Jory’s working a job he hates and trying to extricate himself from the complicated interpersonal situations he tangles himself into.
A Little Bite of Magic (Magic #1) by MJ O’Shea. ebook. Sweet paranormal m/m romance about a witch/chef who leaves his pretentious family behind in New Orleans to open a restaurant in San Francisco.
Happy Trails by Carol Lynne. ebook short. Good short m/m romance about a college student out hiking with his cop brother and his brother’s hot work partner. This read like a snippet from a longer book rather than a complete story, which I found frustrating.


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Congrats to Tracy W, who won In His Hero’s Shadow (EMS Heat #10) by Stephani Hecht! In His Hero’s Shadow will be released by eXtasy Books on August 15.

Congrats to Majken, who won the Cross Bones anthology, courtesy of Piper Vaughn and M.J. O’Shea! Cross Bones will be released on August 15 by Dreamspinner Press.



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Ashton and Justice by Stephani Hecht. ebook. Sweet m/m romance about the abused son of a prominent district attorney and the son of a notorious criminal. Their fathers hate each other – how can things possibly work out?
More Than Moonlight by MJ O’Shea & Piper Vaughn. free ebook collection. A collection of three sweet short m/m romances, about two of the band members of Luck in the band’s early days.
Moonlight Becomes You by Piper Vaughn & MJ O’Shea. ebook. Excellent m/m romance about two bands, Luck and Moonlight, going on tour together. The lead singer of Luck becomes fascinated by the lead singer of Moonlight, and is increasingly frustrated because Moonlight’s lead singer treats him coldly and keeps his distance.
A Change of Pace (Change #3) by JM Cartwright. ebook. Very good m/m romance about a guy who moves to North Carolina from Chicago with a chip on his shoulder about the whole thing and then meets a local carpenter he develops confusing feelings for.
Lucky by KM Mahoney. ebook. Good paranormal m/m romance about a bear shifter who moves to a small town in Wisconsin known to be paranormal friendly and meets an extremely unlucky (but cute!) fairy.
The Tower by Chris Owen. ebook. Good m/m romance, set in the indeterminate nearish future, about a guy who works in an office tower where career advancement literally involves moving up the tower/ladder. When the CEO’s administrative assistant (from the very top of the tower) takes an interest in him, he has no idea what to think.
Seeking Kokopelli by Shelley Munro. ebook. Good paranormal m/m romance about the lead singer of a band who’s subtly pursuing one of the roadies (a widower), not realizing that his own odd paranormal secret might need to come out.
Change in Attitude (Change of Heart #2) by Kiernan Kelly. ebook. Ok paranormal m/m romance in which veterinarian and werewolf Dae is called by his brother back to the pack that cast him out, and his human mate insists on going along despite the danger. This felt less polished than other work I’ve read by this author.
Only Yours by JR Patrick. ebook short. Ok short m/m romance about a guy who asks his boyfriend to move in with him… and when he wakes up in the morning, his boyfriend is gone.
The Attorney (The Male Room #2) by Carolyn LeVine Topol. ebook. Ok m/m romance about the lawyer from The Male Room, who’s now trying the gay dating site himself. He’s not doing so well with his picks, though, so one of the site’s owners sets him with someone he’d never have picked for himself.
To Love Again (Bound Hearts, Book 1) by Simone Anderson. ebook. Ok kinky m/m romance about a writer and dominant whose vanished ex-boyfriend turns up on his doorstep as an abused and escaped slave. While the storyline had potential, I never connected to the characters and felt, at times, as if I was reading parts of a research paper or something.
Buried Treasure by DC Juris. ebook short. Ok short m/m romance about a guy who visits his father at the nursing home and one of the orderlies from the nursing home. I just couldn’t suspend disbelief that six months of weekly platonic lunches would seamlessly flow into one dinner date and then moving in together…


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Ebook Giveaway: The Cross Bones Anthology [CONTEST CLOSED]



Congrats to Jennifer, who won Packing Leather (Sun, Sea & Submission #1) by Kim Dare!



Many thanks to Piper Vaughn and M.J. O’Shea for donating an ebook copy of the forthcoming m/m pirate romance anthology, Cross Bones, for a lucky commenter to win! Cross Bones will be released on August 15 by Dreamspinner Press.

Ahoy, me proud beauty, shiver me timbers! I ask ye to sail me jollyboat on the high seas, lubber, but will ye dare to accept? On offer be a pirate’s life full of danger and risk, and not just to yer neck, but to yer very virgin heart! There’s many a bodice to be ripped–or perhaps I should say many a codpiece to be snapped–and should ye be graced enough to cross bones with a corsair, don’t be an addlepate! Heave ho, lad, handsomely, and show him how ye bury yer treasure!

Pirates didn’t only sail the high seas in historical times. Modern-day renegades and futuristic rebels are just as ripe for adventure and plunder. No matter the time, place, or circumstances, bad boys steal affection as often as they salvage treasure, and in these stories of romance, a rogue’s black heart always conceals a center of gold.

Irish Red by M.J. O’Shea
Christopher, the barkeep at The Dagger, has always been wary of storms. Storms always bring trouble, washed in from the sea, right to his door. That night was no different. The rain and the wind brought with them Irish Red O’Malley – pirate king of the seas, captain of the famed Sargasso, a ruthless, cunning killer… and the love of Christopher’s life.

Black John by Piper Vaughn
Former pirate Juan “Black John” de Avila has found a home on Isla Sagrario, a safe haven for men who desire the touch of a man rather than a pretty woman. When Jacob, the lover he thought had died, washes ashore after a shipwreck, Juan believes he’s been given a second chance at love. But Jacob Bellamy thinks the safety of Sagrario is an illusion, one that will come to a brutal end should their enemies ever catch wind of their whereabouts.

Captain Merric by Rebecca Cohen
When British Navy Captain Daniel Horton, set adrift by mutineers, is rescued by a pirate vessel, the most he hopes for is a quicker end than dying of thirst – especially when he learns the ship belongs to the infamous Captain Merric. The last thing he expects is to recognize the pirate as a face from his past – a man he’s spent his career trying to forget. Daniel needs to get back to a British port to regain his command and salvage his reputation, but Captain Merric is not about to let him go again without a fight.

Touched by the West Wind by Ellen Holiday
Aboard the pirate ship Bandit, Thomas Bay and the orphan known only as Bren share an unlikely friendship. Bren was raised a sea rat from the moment he was old enough to hoist a rigging, while Thomas ran off to sea to escape his overprotective mother. Thomas loves to lose himself in books, while words to Bren are only so many impractical scratchings. But when Bren is injured during a raid, they both discover that just because something can’t be seen doesn’t mean it isn’t real.

The Golden Galleon by K.R. Foster
Lovers Jason Lane and Flynn Olson run The Golden Galleon, a successful pirate-themed restaurant. As much as he loves his job, Flynn is looking forward to a relaxing Sunday off and the chance to read a new novel he’s been anticipating. But that’s before “Captain” Jason summons “First Mate” Flynn back to the restaurant, where Flynn is about to discover that work is the last thing on Jason’s mind.

My Hand in Yours by Emily Moreton
Peacekeeper Jack Tanner doesn’t ask too many questions when a stranger introducing himself only as Captain Roberts offers him a tumble. Though he suspects the man is a pirate, it’s been so long since he’s felt such attraction that Jack prefers not to inquire too closely. Everyone knows the tales of pirates, of how they take to sea and never return to stay on land, and only a fool would try to keep them. As long as Roberts doesn’t try raiding his town, Jack can live with the situation… though that’s about to change.

Ghost of Jupiter by Jana Denardo
Privateer Alessandro Bellimo raids unlicensed cargo vessels under the authority of the Confederation military-until he captures a ship filled with cryo-units containing chimerae. The transgenic beings, created to fight for the enjoyment of the rich and depraved, are illegal, and Al has no idea what the military might do with his purloined cargo. But once Al gets to know Telek, one of the engineered beings, he isn’t about to give Telek up to either the military or to his creators.

Officer and a Gentleman Pirate by E.S. Douglas
Rheinallt Jones may be a successful pirate, but his luck seems to run out when he’s captured after literally stumbling over a British Navy lieutenant when leaving a dockside tavern. While not above taking advantage of the chance to arrest the blackguard, the lieutenant finds himself in danger of falling under the influence of Jones’s silver tongue and not inconsiderable charm. At least, until he hears the sound of gunfire outside the prison….

Objectivity by K.J. Johnson
American reporter Matthew has travelled to Africa to write a feature about modern piracy. There he meets the handsome pirate leader Achmed, who seems to enjoy putting him on the wrong foot at every opportunity. In the space of twenty-four hours, Matthew discovers there’s more to Achmed than meets the eye, and that the world may not be as black and white as he assumed.

Worth the Price by Cornelia Grey
Lieutenant Edward Moon has been chasing the infamous Captain O’Shea for longer than he can remember. When he falls into the pirate’s hands, however, things take a turn he’d never imagined. Edward finds himself torn between his duty and a dangerous loyalty to O’Shea. When the captain faces the gallows, Edward must take the hardest decision of his life-but will it be worth the price?

Peter and the Lost Boys by Juan Kenobi
Peter’s thinking of leaving his job working for a non-profit independent filmmaker when he runs into a colorful stranger named Kap at a local bar. As luck would have it, Kap runs a film company himself, and offers Peter a job-though he warns him the duties may be different than he’s used to. Once Peter sees the houseboat that doubles as Kap’s home and office, he’s sure this is the beginning of a whole new adventure for both of them.

Rough Trade by Cooper West
Audacity Gunner isn’t officially captain of the pirate vessel Carthage. As a fully-AI ship, Carthage doesn’t actually need a captain, but her human complement looks to Audacity’s leadership in their raids against the Colonial Federation. After a shore leave gone bad leaves a crewman locked up without bail, Audacity’s ready to take help wherever he can get it, even from a handsome but desperate-looking stranger who claims he can get their engineer out of the brig in exchange for passage off the spaceport. Dr. Sagittarius Diefenbaker ‘s credentials are far too impressive for a ship as disreputable as Carthage, but Sag will prove to have a surprising affinity for rough trade.

From a Simmer to a Burn by B. Snow
“We want something, we take it!” – That’s what pirates do, but even five years of getting what he wants hasn’t extinguished the spark of anger that constantly simmers in Sule, a former slave who escaped from a Dutch plantation. That anger threatens to burn out of control when Olaf, a Dutch-speaking carpenter, joins the crew. Olaf, used to coldness, finds himself drawn to Sule’s heat, but the fire that rages in Sule may end up destroying them both.

On the Wings of Lir by Riley Shane
In the time of Queen Victoria, the invention of airships has brought about a resurgence in piracy. Of all the buccaneers who sail the skies pillaging merchant airships, the worst is Patrick Kelly, captain of the Wings of Lir. When fate lands Captain Kelly in Hugh Edwards’s path, the young lieutenant can’t believe his luck. He’s determined to capture the pirate… but finds himself caught instead.

The Winds of Change by Maggie Lee
After weeks stuck in Nassau, watching their meager resources dwindle away, Theo Cook and Sebastiano Cortez are glad to sign on with the pirate captain Edward Teach, whose growing reputation seems to ensure a lucrative voyage. But sailing with the increasingly erratic Teach comes with a price, and the attentions of the Revenge’s master gunner, Philip Morton, challenge the assumptions Theo has always made about Seb. Their world is changing, and Seb and Theo will need to adapt or be swept under.

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Congrats to Laura M, who won Blind Items by Kate McMurray! Blind Items is being released today by Dreamspinner Press.



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Dance With Me by Heidi Cullinan. ebook. Excellent m/m romance about two men who’ve both lost (or given up) something they cared about and been living half lives ever since. It’s also about learning to accept and deal with chronic pain/injury/illness. Plus the story takes place in the Twin Cities; in fact, Laurie’s condo would be a ten-minute walk from mine. :) Recommended.
A Matter of Time, Volume 1 and A Matter of Time, Volume 2 by Mary Calmes. ebook. Very good m/m romantic suspense about an architectural assistant who inadvertently witnesses a organized crime-related murder and then meets a straight police detective who keeps turning up in the oddest places. I read this story when it was released a few years ago, in its original and unedited ebook form. It was a delight to reread it all without the editing issues detracting from the story.
Bridges by M.J. O’Shea. free ebook short. Very good free short m/m romance about two guys who got off on the wrong foot with each other in grade school and remain enemies throughout high school. Then they end up working together at the grocery store as overnight stockers…
Breaking Point by S.L. Armstrong & K. Piet. free ebook short. Very steamy free kinky short m/m scene between two lovers.
Shadowed (Treasured #2) by Cari Z. ebook. Very good paranormal m/m romance in which Arcane Studies PhD student Daniel and his occasional lover Rhys head to Venice for Daniel’s winter break. Things start out well for them…
Family Unit by ZA Maxfield. ebook. Good m/m romance about two very different guys in their mid-40s (one a retired marine, the other a liberal raising his grandson) who get off to an awkward start, but then slowly grow to know each other better. While I enjoyed this one more than the other ZAM titles I read this week, I felt it suffered from a similar problem with the ending – the story stops, with many questions left unanswered, and then an epilogue is tacked on… an epilogue that doesn’t answer the questions. :(
Rhapsody for Piano and Ghost by ZA Maxfield. ebook. Good paranormal m/m romance about a 19-year old pianist who’s brilliant musically, but very naive interpersonally. Then some well-meaning ghosts move in and start “helping” him with his social life…
All Stirred Up (Stir #2) by ZA Maxfield. ebook. Good m/m romance about the “evil” twin brother of one of the main characters from Stirring Up Trouble, who’s struggling with escalating PTSD. An intervention by his board of directors and his twin have him heading for rehab in the company of a very unusual doctor. I found the ending of this one very frustrating – it felt as if it just stopped, rather than providing closure, and the epilogue did nothing to assuage that.
What Child Is This? (Crossing Borders #2) by ZA Maxfield. ebook. Good holiday m/m romance about how getting away from it all for a relaxing holiday weekend doesn’t always turn out as one might hope.
The Truth About Al (Rocky Mountain High: Campus Hearts #2) by ML Rhodes. ebook. Good m/m romance about the son of a conservative politician whose family is pressuring him to present a “suitable” (i.e., straight) image so as not to damage his mother’s run for Senate.


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Ebook Giveaway: Moonlight Becomes You by Piper Vaughn & M.J. O’Shea [CONTEST CLOSED]

Many thanks to Piper Vaughn and M.J. O’Shea for donating an ebook copy of their forthcoming m/m romance, Moonlight Becomes You, for a lucky commenter to win! Moonlight Becomes You will be released on August 9 by Loose Id.

Eleven years ago Shane Ventura made the biggest mistake of his life when he caved in to pressure from his record label to kick his best friend Jesse Seider out of their band, Luck. Though he had a gorgeous voice, Jesse wasn’t beautiful, and didn’t fit the label’s ideal look. But Shane’s never wanted anyone else more, and all the sex and alcohol in the world can’t fill the void Jesse left behind.

As his thirty-second birthday approaches, Shane feels more miserable than ever. Even the prospect of teaming up with Britain’s hottest band, Moonlight, for an epic world tour can’t get him out of his depressive funk. Until he meets lead singer, Kayden Berlin, and falls into instant lust.

Though Kayden acts like he’s not interested, Shane knows he feels the spark between them. But the harder Shane pushes, the more Kayden pulls away. Then one explosive night things finally come to a head and Shane is left nursing a broken heart. That seems to be Shane’s lot – lucky at everything but love, the one thing that matters most. But there’s a lesson Shane still hasn’t learned: when it comes to love, you can’t always leave things to chance.

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More Than Moonlight: Free short story collection featuring the characters from Moonlight Becomes You.

About Piper

Piper Vaughn wrote her first love story at eleven and never looked back. Since then, she’s known that writing in some form was exactly what she wanted to do. A reader at the core, Piper loves nothing more than getting lost in a great book – fantasy, young adult, romance, she loves them all (and has a thousand book library to prove it!). She grew up in Chicago, in an ethnically diverse neighborhood, and loves to put faces and characters of every ethnicity in her stories, so her fictional worlds are as colorful as the real one. Above all, she believes that everyone needs a little true love in their life…even if it’s only in a book. You can find out more about Piper at her website, Facebook, Twitter, and joint blog with M.J.

About M.J.

M.J. O’Shea has been writing romance since algebra class in sixth grade (when most of her stories starred her and Leonardo DiCaprio). When she’s not writing, she loves listening to nearly all types of music, painting, reading great authors, and on those elusive sunny days in the Pacific Northwest, she loves driving on the freeway with her windows rolled down and her stereo on high.

You can find out more about M.J. at her website, Twitter, and joint blog with Piper.

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