Monthly Archives: June 2016

The Sweetest Nectar by A. J. Marcus


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

No man

“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.

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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.


A New Alpha in Town


Another action-packed shifter from A.J. Marcus

“The past year has been hard for werewolf Tanner Groff. After his pack was killed by shifter hunters, he’s staying on the move, looking to warn other shifters there’s a band of militaristic hunters looking to kill every shifter they can find. When he catches the scent of a bear shifter named Van, Tanner changes his course and follows in hopes of having a quiet discussion with Van. But before that can happen, the hunters strike sending them on a desperate rescue mission they aren’t sure will succeed. Being in close quarters with passions running high, Tanner and Van find a mutual attraction and hope they can survive long enough to explore it and the new path their lives are takin.”


If you’re looking for erotica with steamy M/M sex on every other page, this book is not for you. If you’re looking for ‘edge of your seat’ action with a little sex thrown in, I urge you to read it.

Werewolf Tanner Groff is headed for Las Vegas when he meets up with bear shifter Van and hummingbird shifter Parker. When the hunters who are out to kill all shifters attack, they make off with Parker and Tanner and Van follow in the middle of an early Colorado snowstorm.

Tanner is injured and Van hurries to get him to Hardwood Valley in time.

Tanner finds, not only a new home, but the man  who he’s fated to be with.

A J Marcus

A.J. Marcus

A.J. has been writing to pass the time since high school. The stories he wrote helped him deal with life. A few years ago, he started sharing those stories with friends who enjoyed them and he has started sending his works out into the world to share with other people. He lives in the mountains with his extremely supportive husband. They have a lot of critters, including dogs, cats, birds, horses, and rabbits. When not writing, A.J. spends a lot of time hiking, trail riding, or just driving in the mountains. Nature provides a lot of inspiration for his work and keeps him writing. He is also an avid photographer and falconer. Don’t get him started talking about his birds, because he won’t stop for a while.

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