Happy Post Turkey Day, everyone! This week, I have a M/M historical to read to you - and you all know how much I appreciate historicals in addition to Regency - a medieval historical from Charlene Newcomb, Men of the Cross. A bloody, tumultuous, but fascinating time to write about - come have a listen!
Men of the Cross
Battle Scars 1
by Charlene Newcomb
They embarked on the Crusades as strangers.
They battled through as more than brothers-in-arms.
Men of the Cross (Battle Scars I)
The idealistic knight Henry de Grey was prepared to bloody his sword, to slay the enemy, when he joins the Lionheart’s crusader army. But Henry struggles to justify the violent acts he has committed in God’s name when innocents are slaughtered.
Battle-hardened Sir Stephan l’Aigle's prowess on the battlefield is well known, and he takes Henry under his wing. Through heroism and heartache, the two knights’ friendship will be tested.
Their greatest trial will not be fought with sword or lance, but with their hearts.
This epic saga reveals the fighting spirit and impact of war on the knights who serve the Lionheart, the bonds of comradeship - and love - that develop between them, and their personal joys, sorrows and struggles. Men of the Cross is a must-read for all who enjoy action-packed historical fiction with a slow-burn romance.
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Charlene Newcomb lives, works, and writes in Kansas. She is an academic librarian by trade (recently retired), a U.S. Navy veteran, and has three grown children. When not at the library, she is still surrounded by books trying to fill her head with all things medieval and galaxies far, far away. Men of the Cross is book 1 of the Battle Scars trilogy, novels taking place during the reign of King Richard I, the Lionheart, of England. The anthology, Betrayal, includes her short story, “A Knight’s Tale,” a prequel to Battle Scars. Her current WIP is Rogue, another medieval tale set at the end of evil King John’s reign. Char’s other love is science fiction. Echoes of the Storm was published in July 2020.
Char loves to travel and enjoys quiet places in the mountains or on rocky coasts. But even in Kansas she can let her imagination soar.
I'm going to make this really easy. There is no official reading order. ESTO Universe stories - so far - are all stand alone. Two short stories, one novella, and three novels.
If you'd like to read them in Universe chronological order:
You'll find mentions of characters from other stories sometimes and By Imperial Decree has two minor character appearances from an earlier story, but you don't need to have read the others to know what's happening in your current read.
The latest addition is, of course, By Imperial Decree - out now in ebook and paperback :)
Mischief Corner Books
I love reading for everyone on Fridays. It's always fun, but some weeks I get to have extra fun :D This week's excerpt is from a paranormal short story by Ofelia Gränd - Elevator Pitch. Come have a listen.
by Ofelia Gränd
Bjorn Ritter only wants one thing—to live his life away from nosey, demanding bears. That's easier said than done when you're the son of the female running the Bayside Bear Community. Cecil Baxter might be a bat, but he grew up away from shifter communities and he's doing his best to continue to keep his distance. Shifters aren't an accepting bunch and Cecil has never fit the norm.
Already facing a dreaded meeting with his mother, the last thing Bjorn needs is a stranger using his elevator to escape a pack of werewolves. And Cecil, whose day just seems to be getting worse and worse, could really do without the added stress of finding himself trapped in an elevator with a huge bear shifter.
Ofelia Gränd is Swedish, which often shines through in her stories. She likes to write about everyday people ending up in not-so-everyday situations, and hopefully also getting out of them. She writes romance, contemporary, paranormal, Sci-Fi and whatever else catches her fancy.
Her books are written for readers who want to take a break from their everyday life for an hour or two.
When Ofelia manages to tear herself from the screen and sneak away from her husband and children, she likes to take walks in the woods…if she’s lucky she finds her way back home again.
Out now - and thank you so much to everyone who has purchased! The story of Shiro, Marsh, and their pretend engagement is out there waiting if you haven't. :) In ebook and paperback.
Happy Friday, Everyone! This week, I have a bit from A.G. Carothers latest book from The Assassin's Guild series - T.A.G. You're Heard. Assassins, past evil catching up, lots of excitement ahead! I hear from A.G. that there will be a Christmas book for these characters too, so this is the time to catch up. :D
(If I have any Filipino listeners, there is one sentence in Filipino that I did the best I could with. I apologize in advance.)
T.A.G. You're Heard
The Assassin's Guild 2
by A.G. Carothers
Hello again, Mr. No here, communications agent for T.A.G. and your inside source to your favorite agents.
Our next file is on Operation Gingersnap and none other than Agent Code name Mr. Kr, aka Connor Foley Turgenev, our snarky and hyperactive computer genius.
Connor gets hit with a blast from the past that he'd thought was long dead. Yoshi and the rest of Upper Management must scramble to save him before his situation turns dire.
In the meantime, will nearly losing Connor push our gentle giant of a Chef, Asbjorn Sternberg, to open himself up to Connor and truly be the Daddy and partner that Connor wants and needs? Or will he let injuries obtained while serving in the Norwegian Army fuel his self doubt?
Find out this and exciting news that might change the face of T.A.G.'s future in this next installment from the archives.
Warning this book contains references to childhood abuse that some may find upsetting.
About A. G.
A. G. Carothers is actually a dragon very cleverly disguised as a human. They are a non-binary author of LGBTQIA Romance and Urban Fantasy, who enjoys writing original and entertaining stories. They are very excited to share the worlds they've created with you.
A.G. currently lives in Tennessee with their platonic life partner, who is not a dragon. They yearn to live back in Europe and will some day. In their spare time they are addicted to losing themselves in the lovely worlds created by other authors
It's almost time. A brand new ESTO Universe novella launching on November 17 - a thing that hasn't happened since 2013! Up for pre-order now!
By Imperial Decree - where we get to explore more of both the Galactic Hansa and the Altairian Empire through the setting and the characters. There's royalty/commoner and fake engagement tropes going on, an AI ferret, and a lightning sword.
You may even, if you're very polite, meet the Empress. \o/
Come pre-order your copy here :D :
It's Friday! Hope it's a good one for everyone. :) Today, I get to read to you from *drumroll* the newly released, 3rd Stoker and Bash mystery, The Death Under the Dark Arches by Selina Kray. I love Time and Hiero and have been waiting for this one. Come have a listen as Hiero does what he does best...
The Death Under the Dark Arches
Stoker and Bash 3
by Selina Kray
Universal Buy Link
Sing a song of sixpence
A stage full of fright
One two-faced blackbird
Won't last the night
When a phantom presence lures Hieronymus Bash into a deadly game, threatening to kill one of the players at his beloved Gaiety Theater each day until famed actor Horace Beastly returns to the stage, London's premier consulting detective is on the case. The trouble? Horace Beastly is Hiero's alter ego and the true object of this murderous obsession. When the current star of the show is struck down, Hiero has to risk everything by stealing back the spotlight.
After a golden summer together, DI Tim Stoker would do everything in his power to protect the man he loves. But a specter from his own past proves an unexpected, and perhaps fatal, distraction.
Scheming prima donnas, grudge-fuelled critics, and an axe-wielding theater ghost are all out for blood. Will Hiero and Tim unmask this menace before the final curtain call, or are they past the point of no return?
Selina Kray is the nom de plume of an author and English editor. Professionally she has covered all the artsy-fartsy bases, having worked in a bookstore, at a cinema, in children’s television, and in television distribution, up to her latest incarnation as a subtitle editor and grammar nerd (though she may have always been a grammar nerd). A self-proclaimed geek and pop culture junkie who sometimes manages to pry herself away from the review sites and gossip blogs to write fiction of her own, she is a voracious consumer of art with both a capital and lowercase A.
Selina’s aim is to write genre-spanning romances with intricate plots, complex characters, and lots of heart. Whether she has achieved this goal is for you, gentle readers, to decide. At present she is hard at work on future novels at home in Montreal, Quebec, with her wee corgi serving as both foot warmer and in-house critic.
If you’re interested in receiving Selina’s newsletter and being the first to know when new books are released, plus getting sneak peeks at upcoming novels, please sign up at her website: www.selinakray.net
Happy Friday Halloween Eve! This week, I'm reading to you from Nicholas McIntire's epic fantasy, The Hunter's Gambit. Magic, monsters, mayhem - best kind of fantasy, right? :D Come have a listen.
There's also a giveaway at the bottom of the post - don't forget to enter!
The Hunter's Gambit
Archanium Codex 1
by Nicholas McIntire
Black Dove Press
Barnes & Noble
Aleksei Drago never expected an easy life, but he never expected what he got. Growing up amongst the Ri-Vhan of Seil Wood, losing his mother and just as suddenly being torn from the forest folk, Aleksei had no choice but to make the best of the unpredictable path in life.
But what happens when the monsters and figures of fiction become horrifyingly real? Can Aleksei find the right path? When his life and the lives of his family and friends are at stake will he fight, reforging himself into the man Prophecy demands he become? In a world of magic and Magi, of Angels and Demons alike, how will a simple farm boy survive his own contorted destiny?
This is the story of a seemingly-simple world gone mad, and the reality that every action, no matter how apparently benign, can serve to unravel terrifying truths. This is the story of Aleksei Drago, farmer, Hunter, and so much more.
Critically-acclaimed author Nicholas McIntire has been writing fantasy since he was 8 years old. The bones of the Archanium Codex were first created when he was 16, and in the past 20 years, he has taken that initially simple idea and crafted it into a fully realized world, finished the sequel, earned three degrees (one in Russian, Eastern European Studies, two in Nursing), and lived life to its fullest. Now writing full-time, Nicholas is ready for share is vision of the Archanium Codex, a 10 book series. The first book of the series being The Hunter's Gambit.
Nicholas, lives in Fort Worth, Texas, but writes in both Fort Worth and Fort Davis, TX, where his family has a small place situated at 5200 feet in the Davis Mountains - and, yes, Texas does have mountains.
Author Website: https://www.nickmcintire.com/
Author Facebook (Author Page): https://www.facebook.com/NGMcIntire/
Author Twitter: @nickmcintire
Author Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17088295.Nicholas_McIntire
Author Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Nicholas-McIntire/e/B07X7D7CH6
Where are we now? Briefly, the rewrites are done after content edits. So far, we're still on track for 11/17 for By Imperial Decree.
Um, my 30K novella is now 38K, but that's not as huge a jump as some rewrites have been this year (*cough* A Fine Mess *cough*.)
Also, I'll be doing a Facebook Live Ask Me Anything hour on Sunday, November 1.
1 pm EST, my FB group. It's a public group, so I think anyone can come?
Come chat with me! :D
Happy Friday, everyone! This week I'm reading to you from another appropriate book for spooky season - Warren Rochelle's The Werewolf and His Boy! Magic, secrets, werewolves, witches, scary monster-type beings, all perfect for October. Come have a listen. :D
The Werewolf and His Boy
by Warren Rochelle
Barnes and Noble
Henry Thorn has worked at Larkin's since graduating high school. He likes it -- especially when he can use his secret skill of hiding inside shadows so his boss can't find them. Without that talent, he would never had survived growing up different.
When a hire enters the store, Henry's other latent talent kicks in. He can smell an emotional response even before he lays eyes on the redhead.
Jamey Currey came out, and his conservative parents promptly kicked him out. He, too, is different -- he senses Henry's attraction the moment they met. The first time they kiss, torrential rains fall from skies split by lightning.
Their kiss also awakens the Watchers, diabolical hunters who will stop at nothing -- even extermination -- to keep magic suppressed. With the help of a friendly coven of friendly witches, the boys embark on a quest to discover an ancient key to restoring magic to the world, and to understand mysteries of their own hearts.
The question is, will this quest cost them their lives?
Angel writes (mostly) Science Fiction and Fantasy centered around queer heroes. Currently living part time in the hectic sprawl of northern Delaware and full time inside her head, she has one husband, one son, two cats, a love of all things beautiful and a terrible addiction to the consumption of both knowledge and chocolate.