Book Blast, Giveaway, Review: When The Band Came To Town by H. Lewis-Foster

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Author Name: H. Lewis-Foster

Book Name: When The Band Came To Town

Release Date: April 8, 2015

Blurb:

In the swinging Sixties, life gets rockin’ for Jeff McInnery when a new band plays at the local pub. Caught up in lead singer Danny Speed’s cool, Jeff sneaks a kiss. But being found out as homosexual could stop Danny’s hot career fast, and even land him in jail. With harsh words, Danny leaves to head for fame and fortune while Jeff starts university. On campus, Jeff meets Archie Ballatine, a history student living as openly as possible. It’s an exciting new world of sex and friendship for Jeff, but then the band comes back to town.

 30,000 words

 Categories: Contemporary, Fiction, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Romance

My Review:

About the book:
Written in Jeff’s POV, we get a glimpse of gay life in the Sixties. Jeff is a waiter in a pub where Danny’s band plays. He meets the singer after the show and kisses him. But Danny rejects him, calling him vile words.
Jeff is afraid he’ll be outed to his family and friends now, and counts the days until he can leave for collage. There he meets Archie, a fellow student. They start having sex regularly, although it’s more like friends with benefits than being lovers.
The story unfolds, Jeff meets Danny again, but he needs to be Danny’s little secret if he wants to keep seeing him. Being outed as gay wouldn’t only destroy Danny’s career, it’d bring both of them to jail.
Jeff has to decide. He can’t be Danny’s boyfriend. And to stay in the shadows, always hide, always deny who he is? Can he do that? Does he want to do that?
And then there’s another man, someone who’s been there for him.

My Thoughts: This is a sweet story from the Sixties. I like H.’s writing style, and the story has a twist I hadn’t anticipated. H. met me in a pub in the Sixties and took me for a ride through the time. Jeff is just like the boy next door, Archie is as flamboyant as possible, and Danny-well, Rockstars are Rockstars.

The only thing I would’ve wished for was a longer story with more character development, but that can just be a personal preference.

In other words, a good read, I liked it.

4 **** of 5 stars

*I received an ARC in exchange for a honest review*

Excerpt:

“So what’ll you be studying?”

Jeff prepared for the usual perplexed reaction when he gave his answer. “Philosophy, would you believe? God knows what I’ll do with my degree when I’ve finished.”

“You’ll fathom the secrets of the universe, Jeff.” Danny sounded utterly serious as he stubbed out his cigarette in an ashtray. Then he broke into a grin. “Now come and have a dance.”

“What?” Jeff was sure Danny must be taking the piss.

“You heard me.” Danny stepped onto the dance floor and was soon moving to the music. His hips were twisting, his knees bending, and his backside gyrating in an unbearably provocative way. “Or do philosophers not lower themselves to such things?”

Sales Links: Dreamspinner Press

About the author:

H. Lewis-Foster lives in the north of England and has always worked with books in one form or another. As a keen reader of gay fiction, she decided to try writing herself and is now the proud author of several short stories and a debut novel ‘Burning Ashes’.
H. likes to create characters that are talented, funny and quite often gorgeous, but who all have their faults and vulnerable sides, and she hopes that you’ll enjoy reading their stories as much as she loves writing them. H. has also ventured into playwriting and was thrilled to see her first play performed at the Southend Playwriting Festival.

Where to find the author:

Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/HLewisFoster

Twitter: https://twitter.com/HLewisFoster

Website: http://hlewisfoster.wix.com/books

 

Goodreads Link 

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Bree Archer

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BookBlast, Giveaway, Review: The Altered by Annabelle Jacobs

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Author Name: Annabelle Jacobs  

Book Name: The Altered  

Release Date: April 9, 2015

Blurb:   Twenty years ago the UK’s water supply was contaminated with an experimental pathogen, Lycanaeris, causing widespread panic across the nation. Terrorism was suspected but never proven, and when nothing happened–no epidemic, no unexplained illnesses–the whole episode was written off as an elaborate hoax. But Lycanaeris was selective. Only those of a certain age, and with a specific gene in their DNA were infected. Time would reveal the pathogen’s true nature, when those susceptible grew up Altered.

Daniel is one of thousands forced to hide his altered status by living a quiet life. He’s not like the others, though. Daniel can’t help looking so distinctive or being able to see every altered for what they really are. To those abducting altereds, that skill makes him valuable.

For Jordan, shifting from human to wolf means living under the radar to avoid unwanted attention. Meeting Daniel complicates matters. Daniel’s existence is a threat to Jordan and his friends, but Jordan can’t seem to shake the strange connection between them. When danger threatens, there’s little time for Daniel and Jordan to work out their feelings before lives are at stake.    

Pages or Words: 209 pages, 75,000 words  

Categories: M/M Romance, Paranormal

 

My Review:

Both Daniel and Jordan never believed in mates, but there’s a pull between them that’s way too strong to ignore. It practically forces them together. That doesn’t mean it’s easy for them. There are misunderstandings, jealousy, and close friends that don’t like strangers in their middle (and have a good reason for that).

Jason and Daniel have to overcome a lot of obstacles, on top of being hunted for what they are. They need to stand together, convince their friends that neither of them is dangerous and fight for their lives.

Starting with the first scene, the book took me in and didn’t let me go. In addition, the sex was hot, just enough roughness and shifter in it to be erotic beyond everything.  But this book has much more to offer than that. Read it.

I’ll be waiting impatiently for the second book.

5 ***** Stars out of 5

*I received an ARC in exchange for a honest review*

 

Excerpt: He laughed at the joke Matt was in the middle of telling, chipping in for a bit and teasing him, and then he felt it again, creeping up the back of his spine like icy fingers. Daniel stayed perfectly still, suppressing his body’s natural reaction, and carefully turned to place his empty pint glass on the bar. He let his gaze wander along to the end of the bar, past the couple he’d spotted earlier, and— Bloody Hell. He sucked in a sharp breath before he could stop himself. Usually he got a flash of images, depending on how much they’d been altered—claws, teeth, and fur if they changed fully, but never anything like this. One minute Daniel was looking at a tall dark-haired, really hot man, and in the blink of an eye he’d changed into a huge black wolf, fangs bared in a snarl—clearer than anything he’d seen before. The image vanished almost as soon as it appeared, and the noise from the bar suddenly jarred Daniel back to his senses. Fuck.

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My Review:

Sales Links:  
Amazon US
Amazon UK

About the author:   Annabelle Jacobs lives in the South West of England with her husband, 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.

Where to find the author: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ajacobsfiction Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Annabelle-Jacobs-Fiction/458768424158896

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJacobs_fiction

website: www.annabellejacobs.com    

Goodreads Link

Publisher: Annabelle Jacobs

Cover Artist: Natasha Snow

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Review: Songs of the Earth (Sumerian’s Sons #2) by Lexi Ander

This is the second Printbook in the Sumeria’s Sons series. They need to be read in order.

About the book:
Tristan has found out about his heritage and plans on embracing it, even if a lot of things are still in the dark. He also accepted he’s deeply in love with Ushna, whom he calls his husband.
The urge to claim Ushna as his own rides him strong, but he can’t do that, since the man is not his Twin Flame. If he’d do it, he’d sentence Ushna to be alone in his future lifes. It has to be enough for him to have Ushna by his side in the present. The world around them is dangerous, with threats coming up left and right, but Tristan, together with Ushna, stands up and fights.
But then the Gods approach him to do something he’d never even dreamt off. 

My thoughts about it: I loved it as much as the first one. It sometimes moved so fast, I had to go back and reread, but that didn’t stop me from enjoying it. Picking up where the first book ended, this book grabbed me from the first line and held my attention to the end. I can only say it again: Go get your copy and read it.

My rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

 

Official info:

Blurb:

Thrust into the role of Prince of the Lycans, Tristan strives to find his footing in a life suddenly rife with secrets and lies—and danger. Betrayed by a Goddess meant to safeguard him, desperate to protect his consort and their growing tribe, he can only prepare for the worst and struggle to hope.
And then the worst comes to kill them…

Buy links

Less Than Three Press

Amazon US

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