To Move Forward by Geoffrey Bauernfeind

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I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

“Patrick and Ben were more than friends before they went their separate ways. In the years that followed, Patrick stayed true to himself and Ben married. Patrick searched for happiness. Ben seemingly had it all. Now Patrick and Ben, currently divorced, meet at a fair, and suddenly Patrick is thrust into Ben’s life once again. He has no idea what he is getting himself into because, as much as Patrick desires Ben and vice versa, there are skeletons in both cupboards and both must make sacrifices in order to be together.”

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I really enjoyed this book. Too many times, you know how a book is going to end as soon as you start reading. This one took an unexpected turn about the middle, and I thought the ending was going to be different.

Don’t want to post any spoilers. No matter how much things change in twenty years, some things remain the same.

I would recommend this book for anyone wanting a sweet romantic read with no erotica.

5 Stars

 

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A Second Look (Pacific Palms Resort Story Book 2)

 

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“Matt has loved his handsome best friend Zack since they were kids, but, after many years of watching him chase and bed anybody but Matt, he has locked that love away into a small corner of his heart. When Zack invites Matt to go on a trip to Pacific Palms, a luxurious all-gay resort, Matt is constantly reminded that Zack is his friend. Zack is just not into him that way, but it doesn’t matter. Lots of other men are into Matt and his hairy muscular chest.

When Zack realizes how many men are into his old friend, he starts to see him in a new light. Matt is no longer the dorky kid who ate dirt. He’s the man Zack was always meant to be with. Zack tries to make a move. Matt rebuffs him. He doesn’t want to be another one of Zack’s conquests. He wants more.

Zack has to decide if he is ready for more with the man who he never thought of as a lover. Matt needs to trust that Zack’s feelings for him are real.”

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

From the blurb, you can almost guess the ending.

Having never read anything by this author, I didn’t know what to expect. It is mildly erotic – probably a 2.5 on a scale of 1 to 5. Some might not find it erotic enough, I did. It is well written and edited. If you want to while away a couple of hours away from the cares of the daily news, I recommend it. I enjoyed the story, although I would have liked a little more of the back story of the two men.

About the author:
“I started writing gay male erotic romance stories in the early ’90s, but only gay male porn magazines would publish them. I’m so glad things have gotten more respectable and the readership more broad. I am a lesbian in an interracial same-sex marriage, and I love writing interracial romance stories. I love flipping stereotypes and challenging myself to write characters that are ever further from who I am. I hope you enjoy my stories. I certainly love writing them. “

Native Wind – A. M. Burns

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“After his family is killed by thieves, sole survivor Trey McAlister is taken in by a nearby Comanche clan. Trey has a gift for magic and the clan’s shaman, Singing Crow, makes him an apprentice. While learning to control his powers, Trey bonds with a young warrior and shape shifter, Gray Talon. When they are sent out on a quest to find the missing daughter of a dragon, they encounter the same bandits who murdered Trey’s family, as well as a man made of copper who drives Trey to dig deeper into the magics that created him.

It doesn’t take them long to discover a rancher near Cheyenne, Wyoming is plotting to build a workforce of copper men—and has captured the dragon’s daughter they’ve been searching for. Trey and Gray Talon must draw on all their knowledge and skills to complete their quest—one that grows more complicated, and more dangerous, with each passing day.”

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This is a fast-paced, intriguing story from the beginning which takes place during a buffalo hunt to the final conflict with the man building the copper army.

It’s hard to categorize this book. It’s fantasy; it’s paranormal; it’s M/M romance (not erotica); it’s steampunk; it’s nineteenth century; it’s western. (And I may have missed one or two categories.)

I know a lot of M/M readers will be disappointed because there isn’t any sex and very little romance. But life isn’t all about sex, even though a lot of readers and authors try to make it that way.

All in all, this is a book that you’ll find hard to put down.

Weatherboy – Theo Fenraven

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After fifteen-year-old Tuck finds a Maya artifact while on vacation in Guatemala, his whole life changes. To his surprise, he discovers he can make it rain and snow. A local weatherman happens to be around when Tuck creates a waterspout near his home in Tarpon Springs, Florida, and the next thing he knows, someone from the Department of Homeland Security is picking him up at school and taking him to their offices in Orlando. From there, things only get weirder and more dangerous when he’s escorted to Washington, D.C.

With help from friends and family, Tuck tries to outwit government agents while staying one step ahead of the mysterious Rafe Castillo, the man assigned to ride herd on him. Tuck has an amazing opportunity to reverse the effects of climate change… but only if he stays alive long enough to do it.

 

I don’t want to add much to the blurb, because I don’t like to add spoilers. I really enjoyed this book. I would recommend it for any teenager who likes excitement and intrigue.

As usual, Fenraven gives us an interesting story with well-developed characters.

 

Theo Fenraven happily lives in south Florida, where it is hot and sunny much of the year.

Theo’s blog: http://theofenraven.wordpress.com.

Theo’s author page on Amazon: amazon.com/author/theofenraven.

 

The Sweetest Nectar by A. J. Marcus

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The second of the Hardwood Shifter series continues the excitement of the first with the exploits of Parker, the hummingbird shifter.

Parker’s best friend, Van the bear shifter, has found his mate in Tanner the werewolf, and he’s lonely.

Tanner and Van leave the valley to search out other shifters and warn them about the hunters who are out to kill every shifter they find. While they’re gone, a call comes in about an unknown shifter who thinks he’s being stalked. Even though everyone thinks Parker is too small and fragile to help, he takes on the task of finding and identifying the shifter. What he finds is a candy maker who happens to be a sugar-glider shifter who’s nearly as small as he is.

These two tiny creatures take on the bad guys and prove that size can’t beat brains and cunning.

With Parker’s need for sugar, and Roger’s candy-making skills, it’s a perfect match.

No Man’s Land – Theo Fenraven

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“Amateur ghost hunters Cy and Zelda are invited to the BWCA in Northern Minnesota to investigate an alleged haunting at Brighton Lake Lodge. Mac, the owner, has returned home from London with plans to restart the family business, but the ghosts have to be dealt with first.

Interesting things happen the moment they arrive; it seems there isn’t one ghost, but many. One of them uses Zelda’s robot, Orwell, to communicate with them, and they find out the ghosts aren’t ghosts at all.

Set in a time in the not-so-distant future, the story destroys ideas of what is real, what isn’t, and reveals the lengths people will go to in order to survive.”

I ‘met’ Fen’s work several years ago when a friend lent me the first of the Precog in Peril books and immediately fell in love with it.

What do I expect when I pick up a new Fenraven book?

Well-defined characters that I would recognize if I saw them on the street? – check

Description of scene that not only makes me see it, but makes me feel like I’m there? – check

Excitement? – check

GLBT characters? – check

Hot and erotic M/M sex? – Oops – not this time. In fact, there is very little sex at all.

So what do we have? A fast-paced, science fiction story set in the near future that will draw you in from the beginning.

When Cy and Zelda meet Mac, they hope they are going to find ghosts. What they find is much more, an alien species that warns of impending danger to Earth due to the climate change no one believes in.

With the help of Zelda’s brother and two robots, they discover a secret the government doesn’t want known.

I cannot recommend this book enough to science fiction fans. Forget it’s GLBT – it’s science fiction.

 

PS – I want an Orwell.

Theo Fenraven happily lives in south Florida, where it is hot and sunny much of the year.

Theo’s blog: http://theofenraven.wordpress.com.

Theo’s author page on Amazon: amazon.com/author/theofenraven.

Say hello to him on twitter: @fenraven.

My Two Cents Worth

MCC NetworkThere’s been a lot of discussion lately about differences of opinions between authors and the people who read our books.

Those of us who write LGBT books are being criticized for a couple of things.

First off, we are told our e-books should be free. I’ll admit there are some out there that even at free are not worth the price. But there are also a lot of good books that are not selling.

So we come to the second point. The readers want to tell us what to write. If there isn’t explicit, erotic sex, they don’t want to read it. And most of them don’t even know what constitutes gay sex.

It has reached the point where I expect the dictionary to list ‘erotica’ as a synonym for ‘romance’ any day now.

I had one reader complain because one of my early books didn’t have any anal sex in it. I’m sorry. I think that is because a large portion of readers of M/M books are straight women who have the mistaken idea that anal sex is all gay men do. The fact is over 1/3 of gay men don’t engage in anal sex at all. I even had one author tell me that any gay man who says he doesn’t, is lying.

The books where two men engage in anal sex on every other page are just not believable, and a lot of M/M writers are trying to get away from this type of writing.

I try to follow two quotes in my writing:

“This above all to thine own self be true.” – Wm Shakespeare

“Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.” Cyril Connolly (1903-1974)

No, I’ll never be rich from writing. I don’t even make enough to have to file Income Taxes since I don’t sell enough to have taxable income. But, I write what I believe in. If readers don’t like it, I’m sorry. But I want my books (even paranormal and fantasy) to be believable.