Book of the Week: Thick As Thieves by Tali Spencer

CCochetBooksI actually read this not too long ago and kept meaning to post about it, but things got a little crazy, as they do. I really don’t know why I waited so long to read this fantastic book.

Often I get in the mood to read a specific genre of M/M Romance and a couple of months ago, I was needing something a little different–or a lot different, from what I was writing. I was really in the mood for Fantasy. As it happens, I think Dreamspinner was having a sale. Yeah, we all know how dangerous that is. So I picked up a few (quite a few) titles and several of them were Fantasy. Thick As Thieves was one of those titles.

Just from reading the blurb, you know right away it’s not going to be your typical Fantasy. I don’t think I’ve ever read a blurb that grabbed my attention the way this one did. BTW, I snagged myself one of Tali’s unicorn horn soaps at GRL last year all innocent like, and now… well, let’s just say I’ll never look at it the same way again. This book was so much fun. Not just because of the unicorn horn. The world created for Thick As Thieves was spectacular and the writing sweeps you away to an amazing world of witches, wizards, and magic. You can bet I was up until the wee hours reading it. You know, one of those “just one more chapter” deals.

Madd and Vorgell are opposites in every way yet deliciously perfect for each other. I loved watching Vorgell’s character develop and grow through the story. Both men start off caring very little about anyone but themselves and their personal goals, but they’re soon thrown together on an adventure that threatens to destroy them. Every step they take reveals another layer of this magical world and the dangers the two face. Madd is a thief and young male witch, small and stubborn, with no care for a brute like Vorgell–other than to use him for the magic inside him, but as they continue on their journey, a bond forms between them, and it’s sweet, humorous, and sexy. By the end, I was wishing for more of these two and their world. Absolutely loved it.

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Genre: High Fantasy, M/M Romance
Pages: 200
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Anne Cain
ISBN: 978-1-62380-785-6

Blurb

After Vorgell the barbarian fucks himself with a unicorn horn, he ends up in a cell with Maddog, a pretty young thief. It’s lust at first sight for Vorgell—but honestly, he can’t help it. Unicorn horn is a potent aphrodisiac, and now he can’t stop thinking about sex. Luckily, Madd is one male witch who knows how to put Vorgell’s new magical body to good use when he tricks Vorgell into a kiss that helps them escape.

Vorgell may desire sex in general—and Madd in particular—but Madd has no intention of being screwed by a man twice his size. He has problems of his own, including an enchanted collar that causes him to desire his most hated enemy. He wants that collar off as soon as possible, but that requires stealing a basilisk egg from the castle they just escaped.

Drawn together by lust and magic, the two men join forces and soon find themselves up to their necks in witches, wizards, and trouble. Vorgell and Madd might just be perfect for each other, but first they have to survive long enough to find out.

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Book of the Week: Tequila Mockingbird

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While I was at RainbowCon, I attended the series writing panel where I amazingly won two ebooks from the fabulous Rhys Ford. As you imagine, I have been fangirling since. One of the books I received was an ARC of Tequila Mockingbird.

Now, I have to say that I LOVE the Sinners Series. From the moment I met the Morgan clan in Sinner’s Gin, I was a goner. How can you not love each and every one of them? Each Sinners book seems to get even better than the last and Tequila Mockingbird doesn’t disappoint. The story was sexy, sweet, funny, and heartwarming. I love that we get to revisit previous couples from the series and enjoyed watching their lives intertwine.

Forest’s character was strong yet vulnerable. He has a troubled past he’s trying to put behind him, but certain circumstances keep getting in the way. It’s heartbreaking, especially one particular source of Forest’s pain. Luckily, there’s Lieutenant Conner Morgan to catch Forest and lend him his strength, not to mention other members of the Morgan clan. Forest is a great addition to the Sinners family and he deserved so much love.

Getting to know Conner Morgan was engrossing. As the oldest Morgan and a SWAT Lieutenant, you expect him to be this serious, no-nonsense kind of guy, but Conner has a sweet, softer side, one that comes out especially around Forest. Conner had his own struggles, despite being brought up in a loving and accepting family. I loved how once he made up his mind, he used that Conner courage to follow through.

If you haven’t read the Sinners series I highly recommended. And now, I just have one question for Ms. Ford: When can we expect Quinn and Rafe’s book?

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Tequila Mockingbird by Rhys Ford
Book Three of the Sinners Series
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery/Suspense
Pages: 250
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN: 978-1-63216-014-0

Blurb

Lieutenant Connor Morgan of SFPD’s SWAT division wasn’t looking for love. Especially not in a man. His life plan didn’t include one Forest Ackerman, a brown-eyed, blond drummer who’s as sexy as he is trouble. His family depends on him to be like his father, a solid pillar of strength who’ll one day lead the Morgan clan.

No, Connor has everything worked out—a career in law enforcement, a nice house, and a family. Instead, he finds a murdered man while on a drug raid and loses his heart comforting the man’s adopted son. It wasn’t like he’d never thought about men — it’s just loving one doesn’t fit into his plans.

Forest Ackerman certainly doesn’t need to be lusting after a straight cop, even if Connor Morgan is everywhere he looks, especially after Frank’s death. He’s just talked himself out of lusting for the brawny cop when his coffee shop becomes a war zone and Connor Morgan steps in to save him. Whoever killed his father seems intent on Forest joining him in the afterlife. As the killer moves closer to achieving his goal, Forest tangles with Connor Morgan and is left wondering what he’ll lose first—his life or his heart.

PREORDER from Dreamspinner Press

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This week’s Recommended Reads.

CharlieRoseOver the weekend I managed to get in a couple of reads. I’d been eager to read Stormhaven for a while now, but hadn’t had the time. I just couldn’t wait anymore, and was up until about 4 am one evening. I love that series soooo much!  Excuse me while I….

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Stormhaven (Whyborn & Griffin #3) by Jordan L. Hawk
Fish & Ghosts (Hellsinger #1) by Rhys Ford

(click on the titles for my thoughts on each one) Both are fave authors of mine, and I had such a great time reading these. The Whyborne & Griffin series just keeps getting better and better. I’m always so excited when the next book comes out. The Hellsinger series had a great start, and I’m looking forward to the next book!

I’ve been on somewhat of a paranormal kick recently, loving every moment of it, but then after reading these authors: Jordan L. Hawk, Rhys Ford, Shira Anthony, Piper Vaughn, KJ Charles, can you blame me?

Coming next: After Christmas Eve by Michael Rupured, and Polyester Prince by Hayley B. James.

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2014 and tackling the terrifying TBR list

CharlieRoseLike most readers, I have a TBR list, one that seems to have a life of its own. The books multiply like bunnies. For every one I read, three more take its place. (I blame Dreamspinner Press and their ridiculously amazing sales!) I have eBooks from 2010 and 2011 which I don’t know that I’ll get around to as 2012 and 2013 have produced twice as many eBooks that need reading. Sadly, 2013 was not a good year of reading for me. I read quite a bit, but mostly books on writing or for research.

This year, I’ve decided to try and tackle my ever growing TBR list. Over the weekend, I spent a few hours sorting through my eBook folders. There are A LOT of them. Here’s how I organize them, in case anyone fancies doing something similar. I have an ‘eBooks’ folder in my SkyDrive, and inside that folder, every author who I have at least 3 or more books for gets their own folder. All other eBooks go into a folder labelled ‘Authors’. Then I have a ‘Favorite Authors’ folder, a ‘2012’, and ‘2013’ folder, plus a ‘TBR’ folder. Inside my ‘TBR’ folder is a ‘Priority’ folder. As I read books in my ‘TBR’, they get moved to their respective folders. It’s the only way I can keep track of things. Any non-LGBTQ fiction goes into a separate folder labeled accordingly: Research, Crime Fiction, M/F Romance etc.

I hope to read a lot more fiction than I did last year, and catch up on some books I meant to read ages ago. I’m off to a pretty good start. Here’s what I read this week. All of which I highly recommend!

Piper Vaughn’s – Love Rising
Shira Anthony’s – Stealing the Wind (Mermen of Ea #1)
KJ Charles’s – The Magpie Lord (A Charm of Magpies #1)
KJ Charles’s – Interlude with Tattoos (A Charm of Magpies #1.5)

I’ll probably be adding more of my thoughts on books I enjoyed. I guess you could call them reviews, but I don’t consider myself a reviewer. Despite being a writer, reviews are freakin’ hard, and there’s a lot more to them than just saying I liked or didn’t like something, because I’d consider that more an opinion. My reviews are really more along the lines of fangirl ramblings.

I also don’t give M/M Romance books star ratings. It’s one of those topics that can be debated until everyone’s blue in the face, but personally, I think folks should do whatever feels comfortable for them, and in my case, I don’t feel comfortable rating my fellow authors, so I don’t. I’m not saying authors should or shouldn’t rate/review other authors, I’m just saying I won’t. Now if I like, or love a book, I’m not shy about shouting it from the mountain top. When I read, I read for the sheer enjoyment of it. I read for me.

It’s funny, how despite now being an author, I pretty much still approach books the same way I have all my life. I don’t pick up a book, start reading, and suddenly become its editor. I’m there to enjoy it. I have enough editing to worry about in my own stories without worrying about what was missed in someone else’s. I may notice things I hadn’t noticed before, or have names for all the structural elements that compose a story, but when I pick up a book, the author stays behind, and the reader takes over. I want to be swept away by the story, the characters, the world, and the emotions. If the story succeeds in that respect, I’d call it a winner. As long as it piques my interest, I’ll read any genre. I do however, need coherency. If I’m reading a book, and something in the writing jars me out of the story every other paragraph, I’m not likely to continue. It’s been a long time since I’ve come across a book that’s done that.

Right now I’m reading Jordan L Hawk’sStormhaven (Whyborne & Griffin #3), which I LOVED the first two by the way, and I have a couple of eBooks lined up after that. I’m aiming for at least three eBooks a week, depending on schedules and length of books. There’s also a few new releases coming out this month which I’m looking forward to: Hayley B. James’s – Polyester Prince (ABQ Heat #2), and KJ Charles’s – A Case of Possession (A Charm of Magpies #2)

What are you reading at the moment?

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Hello: Take Two!

weeklynewsupdateHello folks. It’s been a while since I posted something new, but this month has been somewhat disastrous for writing what with family obligations among a host of other family shenanigans. Life is bound to happen.

It’s been so crazy, I forgot my own birthday. Well, nearly. I happened to look at the calendar today and realized it’s tomorrow. I’ve also got family visiting from out of town, and next week there’s a bunch of house stuff that needs sorting. Hopefully I can get everything back on track for the new month, and maybe even get a couple of posts out before then. There are some awesome guests coming up at the Purple Rose Tea House, along with some great giveaways.

As for what I’m working on (or been attempting to work on) Hunter’s book and a historical have both been fighting for center stage pretty much nonstop, which has made things a little tough as well. It’s hard to concentrate on one story when your brain wanders off and starts thinking of another story, especially when they’re such completely different genres. I have managed to get some reading in. I want to hone my craft and make it the best it can be, so I’ve been reading up on some recommended writing books. Most of them I found on Kristen Lamb’s Blog. If you’re an author, and you haven’t checked out her blog, don’t miss out!

Yes, there are LOADS of books on writing out there, and a lot will rehash the same “rules” or principles, tell you things you already know, but there are certain books which I have found to be very helpful, not just because of the content, but because of how it’s presented. I admit, I prefer textbooks where the author “chats” to me rather than presenting paragraphs and paragraphs of clinical sounding information.

As an author, it’s my job to know my strengths and weaknesses where my writing is concerned. It’s pretty safe to say  that my strength lies in my characters. I LOVE creating characters and giving them life. My weakness, plot and structure, so I want to strengthen that. Here are the books that I’ve read/am reading:

Bob Mayer – THE NOVEL WRITER’S TOOLKIT: From Idea to Best-Seller (Writing)

James Bell ScottPlot & Structure: (Techniques And Exercises For Crafting A Plot That Grips Readers From Start To Finish) (Write Great Fiction)

Jessica page MorrellBullies, Bastards And Bitches: How To Write The Bad Guys Of Fiction (This one’s more for bad guys. I want to improve my antagonists)

I finished Bob Mayer’s book and took lots of notes, and I’m halfway through James Bell Scott’s book, highlighting and taking notes. Most of the information isn’t new, but it’s done in a way where I can pinpoint those weak spots and try to make them better. So far, I’m enjoying these books.

On the publishing front, I reckon edits on Johnnie’s book will be coming through anytime now, and then at some point, production will start on Jack’s. I’ve also got to start thinking of what I’m going to do for The Impetuous Afflictions of Jonathan Wolfe and The Heart of Frost once they’re published. I want to come up with some creative promo, though with Jack it will be much easier since it’s a Winter/Christmas story. Busy times ahead!

x Charlie

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