Wonderland by J. Scott Coatsworth Blog Tour, Exclusive Excerpt & Giveaway!

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J. Scott Coatsworth has a new gay post-zombie apocalypse Christmas book out:


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Zeke is a hermit in his late forties who lives a quiet life in a small cabin in the Western Montana mountains, a few miles outside of Thompson Falls. He’s gotten used to being alone since the end of the world, and has everything he needs. Everything but someone to talk to.

Nathan is a younger man on a cross-country trek, searching the country for someone… anyone still alive. Saddled with a ghost from his old life and a case of OCD, he stumbles upon Thompson Falls and a pack of rabid dogs.

Rescued by Zeke, he has to figure out how to be human again. And with Christmas just a week away, both men have to figure out if there’s something left to be hopeful for, and if they might have a future together.

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Zeke removed the board that kept the Grocery Surplus doors closed and pushed them open. He always barricaded it when he left to keep out animal intruders. One time early on, he’d startled a bear inside, licking up honey off the floor. It had given him quite a scare before it lumbered past him and out of the store.

Out back, four makeshift wooden crosses marked the plots where he’d buried Redd Johnson, the owner, and the three others he’d found dead inside.

The checkout counters were covered in a heavy layer of dust he’d never bothered to clean. The plastic grocery sacks had hardened and flaked into little piles of white that swirled like snowflakes whenever the wind blew in from outside.

He picked up one of the faded cardboard boxes that used to hold Hershey bars. They were long gone. He had eaten a lot of chocolate in the first twelve months.

The store was out of most of the good stuff now, taken in the initial panic or used by Zeke. It was down to cans of the aforementioned Brussels sprouts and spinach, as well as green beans, canned tomatoes, and Dole fruit salad. Just another indication it was time to move on.

One corner of the ceiling had caved in since the last time he’d been there. He approached the pile of debris in the produce section of the store cautiously. The fruits and vegetables had long since rotted away.

He looked up at the new damage. The hole didn’t go all the way through to the roof, just through the interior ceiling. A couple boxes lay crumpled on the ground.

With a leery glance at the broken edges—must have been some kind of storage up there—he opened one of the boxes to see what was inside. It was a disassembled Christmas tree, probably for holiday displays.

Christmas. It had been a long time since he’d celebrated that holiday—or any of them, for that matter—not since his mother had passed away when he was ten. She had owned a tree just like this and had put it up every year. She’d been an environmentalist, not wanting to kill a living thing just to celebrate a man-made holiday.

Zeke glared at the tree and grunted. It wasn’t like he needed any more crap in his little cabin.

He closed his eyes, and he could still see her face, lit by the glow of the Christmas lights. “It’s the one time of the year when we all have to be nice to each other,” she’d whispered to him once, shooting a glance at his father, asleep in his easy chair. Zeke could still smell her sweet perfume. His father had been a rough man. Rough but fair.

“What the hell.” He hauled the box out to the ATV and transferred the metal branches into his sack.

Author Bio

J. Scott Coatsworth
Scott lives with his husband Mark in a yellow bungalow in Sacramento. He was indoctrinated into fantasy and sci fi by his mother at the tender age of nine. He devoured her library, but as he grew up, he wondered where all the people like him were.

He decided that if there weren’t queer characters in his favorite genres, he would remake them to his own ends.

A Rainbow Award winning and runs Queer Sci Fi, QueeRomance Ink, Liminal Fiction, and Other Worlds Ink with Mark, sites that celebrate fiction reflecting queer reality, and is a full member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA).

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The Island by M. Rose Flores Release Blast, Excerpt & Giveaway!

The Island

Series: Abnormal/Variant, Book Two

Author: M. Rose Flores

Publisher: NineStar Press

Release Date: May 4, 2020

Heat Level: 1 – No Sex

Pairing: Female/Female

Length: 86300

Genre: Horror/Thriller, LGBTQIA+, YA, PNR, bisexual, dark, horror, zombies/undead, postapocalyptic, family drama, found family, San Francisco, Alcatraz

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Two years after the end of the world, Cate and Marco have finally found a place for their people to start over. Sustainable and safe from zombies, the island is everything they hoped it would be. It seems the worst may finally be over; they can stop surviving and begin to live again. But the arrival of two new people sets in motion a chain of events that throw the island into unrest, and Cate must fight for her love, her people, and her sense of self. Can the inhabitants of Alcatraz Island find a way to come together when everything around them is falling apart?

Almost two years before their arrival on the island, just after the event that ripped their family apart, Marco began an aimless journey. With his foster family gone—some dead, some vanished—once again, Marco was on his own and sure it was for the best; other people only slowed you down, ended up as liabilities, or worse. Alone was good. It was what he was used to. But on his journey south, he collected other wanderers and began to consider the idea of a cooperative group or, maybe, a found family. There was, after all, safety in numbers.

Finally, together on the island, everyone assumes they are safe. But assumptions in a world run by zombies can be dangerous. Deadly. There is something going on in the city, terrifying and unnatural. Something that will change everything they think they know about zombies. And it’s coming to the island.

The Island is not a stand-alone. It’s advised that book one, The End, be read first.


The Island
M. Rose Flores © 2020
All Rights Reserved


Those are not people. The way they move, the fact that when we wave, they don’t wave back, and the way they are all shambling toward us down the paths to either side. It all collectively spells zombie.

“Hello,” calls Calvin.

No answer. Damn it.

None of us has the energy to fight any more. We spent the whole night fighting to get to the island. We watched our people get maimed and die; Calvin’s Nana Mae sacrificed herself to save him, my sister Mel, and their new babies. Five other people died too, though I didn’t know any of them well. They were all Marco’s people. Now we’re all one another’s people. What a way to make a family.

Toby is looking pale. His younger brother Jax, though much smaller than Toby, is doing his best to keep him upright. The place where Toby’s hand used to be, before it was clawed by an Abnormal zombie and then cut off by me to prevent infection, is wrapped in a bandage from what I’m guessing is a very limited supply. I think everything is probably limited. There wasn’t much time to pack or prepare after Mel’s labor screams drew in the horde last night. It’s not her fault. Birthing twins with nothing stronger than ibuprofen must be agony. But we had to leave in a hurry. We made it all the way to Alcatraz, barely. And now, apparently, we have to fight again.

I’m too exhausted to cry. We are broken, for the second time since this all started. It’s cold and drizzling. There’s a thick fog rolling in. At least it isn’t dark anymore.

“What do we do?” asks Sylvia, holding her kids close to her body.

“Same thing we’ve been doing,” answers Marco.

When he doesn’t offer anything else, Calvin steps in. “We should get the injured and the kids somewhere safe, right?”

Marco nods.

“They’re still far enough we can probably slip by them on that road—” Calvin points to the right. “—and come back out once you’re all safe inside. Shouldn’t take long to clear the island; there don’t seem to be many here.”

“It’s a big island,” says Marco. “There will be a lot more up there than you think.”

“Can’t say I’ll be much use,” says Captain Jacob, stepping forward through the group. He’s cradling his arm. I can guess what comes next: He edges his sleeve up, wincing, to reveal a definite bite near his elbow. The veins around it are black, all the way up and down his arm, peeking over the collar of his shirt.

“Captain,” breathes Amy, our doctor, “why didn’t you say something?”

“Call me Jacob; I told you. I knew it wouldn’t do any good. Happened so fast. Had to get us here either way.”

Amy examines the wound, touches his arm where the veins disappear under his sleeve. “There’s no way this hasn’t reached a main vessel by now,” she says, feeling his face for fever and shaking her head. “I’m so sorry, Jacob.”

“I appreciate it, Amy. But there’s no need. I’ll have to show someone how to drive the ferry. Murray?”

“Of course, Jacob.”

“It has been an honor to know all of you,” Jacob says. “Marco, you take care of these people. You got us this far. Soon you’ll all be safe.”

“I’m sorry, Jacob,” says Marco, who looks on the verge of tears.

“Don’t be. I did my part. I can live with the result. Or, I guess I can’t.” He chuckles at his own dark joke, but it turns into a coughing fit that makes his whole body tremble. “Come on, now, Murray. We haven’t got all day.”

Murray follows Jacob, catching him as he stumbles getting back on the boat. Jacob looks back and lifts a hand in goodbye to all of us. He doesn’t have long. Another family member lost, claimed by the infection.

“We should go,” says Ana, ever the stoic. “They’re getting closer.”

We move up the wider path as quickly as we can, although every one of us is exhausted and several of us are in some way incapacitated, so we’re not as fast as we need to be. The path switches back and forth as it ascends.

“Stay together,” Calvin whispers as the first few zombies notice us.

We do as we did last night, shuffling the less capable into the middle of our huddle as we move. However, now, so many more of us can’t fight than can. When the zombies get to us, we are less efficient than we have ever been. It takes me two hits to take down one zombie, even though I sharpened my axe the other day, and I have to put my boot on its head to get the axe back. I haven’t had to do that in ages. Calvin gets one on the first try, but it takes him a second to pull his knife free. Somehow, we escape. But just up the path, more swarm toward us. Not many, but there are always more.


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M. Rose Flores has enjoyed writing since she learned how to string letters together. She grew up in the vast green Pacific Northwest of the United States, which with its dense forests, four seasons, and proximity to the ocean made a perfect setting for The End. When she isn’t writing on her computer or in a notebook (though scraps of paper and the palm of her hand will do in a pinch), she works as a professional dog trainer and loves every part of it, even the copious amounts of drool. She believes everyone should be represented in literature and all other media. The End is her first novel.

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A Fall in Autumn by Michael G. Williams Blog Tour, Interview, Excerpt & Giveaway!

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Hi guys! We have Michael G. Williams popping in today with the tour for his new release A Fall In Autumn, we have a brilliant interview with Michael, a great excerpt, and a fantastic giveaway, so check out the post and enter the giveaway!  ❤ ~Pixie~ p.s. keep an eye out for my review coming soon!

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A Fall in Autumn

(Stories of Autumn 01)

Michael G. Williams


It’s 9172, YE (Year of the Empire), and the future has forgotten its past.

Soaring miles over the Earth, Autumn, the sole surviving flying city, is filled to the brim with the manifold forms of humankind: from Human Plus “floor models” to the oppressed and disfranchised underclasses doing their dirty work and every imaginable variation between.

Valerius Bakhoum is a washed-up private eye and street hustler scraping by in Autumn. Late on his rent, fetishized and reviled for his imperfect genetics, stuck in the quicksand of his own heritage, Valerius is trying desperately to wrap up his too-short life when a mythical relic of humanity’s fog-shrouded past walks in and hires him to do one last job. What starts out as Valerius just taking a stranger’s money quickly turns into the biggest and most dangerous mystery he’s ever tried to crack – and Valerius is running out of time to solve it.

Now Autumn’s abandoned history – and the monsters and heroes that adorn it – are emerging from the shadows to threaten the few remaining things Valerius holds dear. Can the burned-out detective navigate the labyrinth of lies and maze of blind faith around him to save the City of Autumn from its greatest myth and deadliest threat?

Warnings: This book involves very minor knife-based and hand-to-hand violence.

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Dog Days by T.A. Moore ~ Audio Review

Title: Dog Days

Series: Winter Wolf 01

Author: T.A. Moore

Narrator: Derrick McClain

Genre: Paranormal, Shape shifters, Post-Apocalypse Future

Length: 7 hrs, 34 mins

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (9th February 2018)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: 💖💖💖💖 4 Hearts

Reviewer: Prime

Blurb: The world ends not with a bang, but with a downpour. Tornadoes spin through the heart of London, New York cooks in a heat wave that melts tarmac, and Russia freezes under an ever-thickening layer of permafrost. People rally at first—organizing aid drops and evacuating populations—but the weather is only getting worse.

In Durham, mild-mannered academic Danny Fennick has battened down to sit out the storm. He grew up in the Scottish Highlands, so he’s seen harsh winters before. Besides, he has an advantage. He’s a werewolf. Or, to be precise, a weredog. Less impressive, but still useful.

Except the other werewolves don’t believe this is any ordinary winter, and they’re coming down over the Wall to mark their new territory. Including Danny’s ex, Jack—the Crown Prince Pup of the Numitor’s pack—and the prince’s brother, who wants to kill him.
A wolf winter isn’t white. It’s red as blood.

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Review: Dog Days is a paranormal, shape shifter book set in a dystopian post-apocalyptic future by TA Moore. Sounds like a mouthful, right?

So, I feel like I’ve had my own Mandela moment (bringing the conspiracy theories, I know probably not cool). I say this because I was absolutely convinced that I’ve read TA Moore before and even had another audio. but no, I haven’t. I see no trace of book, audio or even a review I’ve written for TA Moore. Therefore, I went into this one blind and with mixed feelings. This is because I find post-apocalyptic books hit and miss and my enjoyment very much depends on my mood, especially when it isn’t a rose-tinted end of humanity trope. The very nature of the genre also means that romance usually takes a back seat to the crazy shit happening as the world goes to hell. Fair warning, this is for people that like their dystopian futures and the characters dark, unsafe and gritty where survival instincts reign if you hope to survive the day. If you’re looking for something that is primarily romance, this probably isn’t your thing.

Moore has created an intricate world. The start is kind of like The Day After Tomorrow. When storms take over the world and so many millions die, especially the humans because the conditions are hostile and no amount of technology can prepare the populations for this scale of disaster. Danny Fennick, who lives and teaches in Durham, England, is a weredog and decides to go back to the Scottish Highlands where he had grown up as he prepares to live out the storm. However, being a dog when werewolves want to take over is just as dangerous and deadly to him as the storm that killing so many.

Jack, who happens to be Danny’s ex, is the crown prince of his pack. The biggest problem is that his own brother wants him dead and he has been banished from his pack for being gay. Jack is tough and rough, he has to be to not only survive the oncoming wolf winter, but to also survive being banished in this weather. Jack needs to be prepared to do anything to survive because that is what world requires for him.

This is a complex story where the characters come to life in this dark world, they are extremely well fleshed out making it much easier for me to understand their motivations and harshness of the world that they live in. Danny is the most relatable character, he is like the connection to humanity and he is reader’s bridge to understand Jack’s raw instinctive nature.

Derrick McClain did an awesome job of narrating this story. I love his narration and Dog Days is no exception. In the other audio I have narrated by him my collection is four contemporary romances, one light hearted shape shifter romance and this one. I hadn’t known what to expect, especially from a story that is very much in an English setting, but it was amazing. I really loved how he was able to do distinct voices for characters, especially with accents. He also managed to convey the emotions so well.

The End by M. Rose Flores Release Blast, Excerpt & Giveaway!

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Hi guys, we have M. Rose Flores popping in today with her new release The End, we have a great excerpt and a brilliant $10 NineStar GC giveaway so check out the post and enter the giveaway!❤ ~Pixie~

The End


M. Rose Flores

On Cate Mortensen’s seventeenth birthday, her family is scattered in a fight for survival, and she and her sister Melody are catapulted headfirst into a world where their phones are just hunks of plastic, they must scavenge for every bite, and they sleep with weapons in their hands. Traveling alone, and then not so alone, they follow the route their family planned to Alcatraz Island where the hope of safety and a real life awaits.

After more than a year on the road, Cate has found three things to be true. One: Zombies are a thing now. Two: Not all zombies are just zombies. Three (the game changer): Cate is immune to the infection.

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Dead Fall by Meredith Russell

Title: Dead Fall

Series: Dead Things 02

Author: Meredith Russell

Genre: Zombie, Post-Apocalypse, Science Fiction

Length: Novel (239pgs)


Publisher: Love Lane Books (31st January 2018)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: Since the events in Chicago, Devin and Noah dare to believe that a future is possible, and there is hope. For them and humanity.

Noah struggles to find his place at Devin’s side. Stricken with survivor’s guilt and a driving need to make a difference, Noah leaves his lover to investigate the only lead he has to stop the undead. Himself.

Devin has fought to stay sane in a world of horror for too long and his one shining light is Noah. When Noah heads off on some misguided venture to search for answers, Devin knows he can’t bear to be the one left behind again.

They are two men who have nothing, and everything, to lose.

Purchase Link: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Review: Dead Fall picks up less than two months after Dead Things so the stories must be read in order.

While Devin has settled back into life at the prison he’s still keeping his distance from Noah, he might have decided to give Noah a chance but letting go of the past is hard. Noah is still struggling with what his immunity could mean for so many people but life goes on with him unable to really help. Trying to fit in and find his place is not easy but at least he has Devin, well the little that the man gives him.

When news reaches them of Chicago the survivors at the prison become restless, and with Corden gone his little followers can only think about themselves and what they can get. With the prison in turmoil Noah thinks there’s only one place he can get answers, and to save the others he heads off alone.

This is a great addition to the Dead Things series. The story moves along at a fast pace, with lots of things going downhill. Devin is trying to help Jack keep control as there is a murmuring of trouble from those who had Corden’s favour, but that’s the least of their problems when they hear what has happened in Chicago. When Noah tears off trying to find a reason behind the cure Devin quickly follows refusing to let the one man who means so much to him go. But what they return to shocks them to the core.

We met new people in Dead Fall, new people who might know more about the outbreak than anyone knew. Noah heads face first into danger with Devin following very close behind. This story follows the in same vein as Dead Things with some pretty gruesome scenes with lots of blood… lots and lots of blood. We also discover that sometimes we readers wish we could be one of the characters because at one point I wanted to grab a gun and march some selfish gits out the prison and feed them to the zombies *grrrrr*

We find that without a strong manipulative personality in charge that some of the survivors are really just out for themselves and couldn’t give a damn about the others. Seriously there was one point my jaw dropped and I could only shake my head in disbelief at the selfish evil actions of some people.

Devin and Noah’s relationship progresses a tiny bit, just always remember that this series isn’t so much about romance but about surviving and discovering something special from the ashes. Their relationship is being developed in a time of hell, with zombies, disgruntled survivors and a military/scientist group who have been looking for someone like Noah for a long time.

I recommend this to those who love grisly zombie apocalypse, a hint at the truth, facing danger at every turn and still a hint of hope for the future.

Dead Things by Meredith Russell (2nd Edition)

Title: Dead Things (2nd Edition)

Series: Dead Things 01

Author: Meredith Russell

Genre: Zombie, Post-Apocalypse, Science Fiction

Length: Novel (288pgs)

Publisher: Love Lane Books (27th August 2014)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: Devin thought fighting a war in Afghanistan had shown him the worst kind of horrors.

It turned out he was wrong.

A deadly virus has infected the world population, leaving only a few survivors and creating monsters. Devin is part of a group who have found refuge in a secure place. He risks his life daily to scavenge the cities and highways for food and supplies.

On one fateful venture, Devin finds a man with the potential to change the dark future of blood and heartbreak into one of hope and second chances.

He finds Noah Weber.

Purchase Link: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Review: Devin is part of a small group of survivors living in a prison after a deadly virus outbreak. On a scavenging trip, Devin comes across another survivor, Noah, who has managed to survive living out in the open, who the zombie bites doesn’t infect, and who could just be humanities savior. But the journey to survival is harsh, with blood, loss of life and an egomaniac leading the way. Will there be a future for any of them?

This is a very grim and bloody zombie story, which has a glimmer of hope and maybe developing new relationships after you have lost your whole world. Devin nearly lost everything when the virus struck, but with himself and his sister safe in one of the only safe places in the country, he at least has life. But, when he comes across another survivor he is made to face the fact that although he has life…he is not living. Noah lost everything when the virus struck, he has survived by himself since those first bloody days and now he has been dragged to ‘safety’ where they inject him and want his blood. The only one he trusts is Devin, but Devin holds him away at arm’s length. Can Noah crack the shell that Devin has built around him?

I really enjoyed this story as it has a slightly darker outlook on life, after a virus outbreak that turns the population into zombies. Both the characters of Devin and Noah are really well written, with both of them reacting differently to how the disaster has affected them. Devin draws into himself and continues on, because he has people relying on him. While Noah, grips life with both hands and tries to get as much joy as possible or it could just be that he is around humans who aren’t trying to eat him.

This isn’t a huge romantic, sex-filled story, far from it. It is a story of new hope and maybe new beginnings. It is a story of starting to lay old ghosts to rest and of a glimmer of happiness in the future. This story also isn’t for the faint hearted as it has some pretty gruesome scenes with lots of blood, some with characters we are just getting to know and we don’t get a hearts and flowers happy ending. What we get is the beginning of something that could be special, and a new hope for all humanity.

So, I am going to recommend this to those who love grisly zombie stories, finding the beginning of new love amid harrowing times, of an egomaniac who just hasn’t got a clue and of hope for the future.

Dead Fall by Meredith Russell Blog Tour, Excerpt, Review & Giveaway!

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Hiya guys, we have Meredith Russell stopping by today with the tour for her new release Dead Fall, we have a great excerpt, a fantastic giveaway and my reveiew, so check out the post and enter the giveaway! <3 ~Pixie~

Dead Fall

(Dead Things 02)

Meredith Russell

Since the events in Chicago, Devin and Noah dare to believe that a future is possible, and there is hope. For them and humanity.

Noah struggles to find his place at Devin’s side. Stricken with survivor’s guilt and a driving need to make a difference, Noah leaves his lover to investigate the only lead he has to stop the undead. Himself.

Devin has fought to stay sane in a world of horror for too long and his one shining light is Noah. When Noah heads off on some misguided venture to search for answers, Devin knows he can’t bear to be the one left behind again.

They are two men who have nothing, and everything, to lose.

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Dead Fall by Meredith Russell Release Blast, Excerpt & Giveaway!

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Hiya guys, we have Meredith Russell stopping by today with her new release Dead Fall, we have a great excerpt and a fantastic giveaway, so check out the post and enter the giveaway! <3 ~Pixie~

Dead Fall

(Dead Things 02)

Meredith Russell

Since the events in Chicago, Devin and Noah dare to believe that a future is possible, and there is hope. For them and humanity.

Noah struggles to find his place at Devin’s side. Stricken with survivor’s guilt and a driving need to make a difference, Noah leaves his lover to investigate the only lead he has to stop the undead. Himself.

Devin has fought to stay sane in a world of horror for too long and his one shining light is Noah. When Noah heads off on some misguided venture to search for answers, Devin knows he can’t bear to be the one left behind again.

They are two men who have nothing, and everything, to lose.

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This Wish Tonight ~ MCB Anthology Blog Tour, Excerpts & Review!

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Hi peeps, we have This Wish Tonight anthology and it’s authors Gregory L. Norris, J. Scott Coatsworth and Wendy Rathbone stopping by for a visit today. We have some great excerpt for you to peek at and we have Lisa’s review. So check out the post and enjoy! <3 ~Pixie~

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This Wish Tonight


Gregory L. Norris, J. Scott Coatsworth & Wendy Rathbone

Warmth, family, good cheer? Not everyone associates these things with the winter holidays. For some, it’s a time of longing and reflection. Mischief Corner Books invites authors to create stories set during the holiday season and centered on the fulfillment of a wish or desire.

Fear of Fire by Gregory L. Norris

Glass Artist Lucius Price works desperately to create a holiday symbol intended to help the town of Villatopia heal from a rash of unsolved hate crimes against gay men. When he is targeted next and his studio set ablaze, handsome firefighter Oscar Ramos rescues Lucius from the flames, creating a different kind of fire during an unforgettable Christmas.

Wonderland by J. Scott Coatsworth

Zeke is a loner his late forties, living in a small cabin in rural Montana. Nathan has been traveling across country on foot since the zombie apocalypse, dealing with his OCD in an empty world.  Zeke just wants someone to love. Nathan just wants to be home again.

Fate brings them together in a winter wonderland, but their own fears and baggage may tear them apart.

Is there still hope for love at Christmas, at the end of the world?

Eve of the Great Frost by Wendy Rathbone

Remi has prepared for over a year to be the king’s gift at the annual celebration of the Eve of the Great Frost on the planet Niobe. Twelve men, taught under the tutelage of the Pleasure Master, hope to be the one (or one of several) chosen to spend an erotic night with the mysterious alien king who always wears a mask. But when Remi’s turn comes to be presented to His Majesty, everything goes wrong from a costume malfunction to breaking protocol. What happens next is a shock, and a night he will never forget

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This is How It Ends by Nick Wilgus

nick-wilgus-this-is-how-it-ends-cover-sTitle: This Is How It Ends

Series: Deadworld #1

Author: Nick Wilgus

Genre: Science Fiction, YA, Zombies, Horror

Length: Novel (301 Pages)

Publisher: DSP Publications (May 3, 2016)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: High school juniors Billy Gunn and Rory Wilder return from a weekend camping trip to find a mysterious plague has wiped out their small town of Port Moss, Mississippi. The question of why is only the beginning—especially when the dead refuse to stay dead. 

Figuring out what happened is job one for Billy and Rory. But complications quickly set in. Not only do the dead rise, but a freak storm threatens torrential downpours as winter looms. And enormous ships appear in the sky, bringing with them alien visitors with technology never seen before. 

Left without electricity and modern conveniences, Billy and Rory must figure out a way to navigate horrific zombies, advanced alien life forms, and apocalyptic storms, as well as deal with their growing love for each other in a world gone mad.

ISBN: 978-1-63476-827-6

Product Link: https://www.dsppublications.com/books/this-is-how-it-ends-by-nick-wilgus-248-b

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: Nick Wilgus is a new author for me and let’s just say I was definitely not expecting this book. At first I knew it was going to be about zombies, I mean dead who are not dead usually leads to zombies. However this one is way out there, I am talking aliens. I am not usually a fan of horror, science fiction or even young adult type stories, but this one is very unique and entertaining. Although I have to admit it is also very creepy. I could have done without all the religious crap out of Rory’s mouth though; it was what almost made me put the book down.

Billy has always been in love with Rory, but had never told him. This story starts with them camping out and skinny dipping. However Rory’s reaction to Billy’s erection, leads this whole story in a bit of strange land for me. He was raised by a mom that didn’t really give a damn about her boyfriend’s extra special love for him. I hope the rat ass bastard is dead let me tell you. It shows you why he is the way he is though. Both of these boys are fifteen and fighting their attraction to each other, well Rory is through most of the story. 

Then they come home to everyone in the town dead. However they don’t seem to stay dead. Then they meet up with Leisha and Mark; well let’s just say it is a unique group to say the least. This group has been thrown into a dystopian and post-apocalyptic type of world but then you add in the UFO’s and aliens, well let’s just say it keeps getting even crazier.

I got to figure that this had to be one story that was difficult to write, but the author did it perfectly. I would have liked it better had the kids been older and not so much religious crap flowing, however it was fun to read. This is one fast paced story and it was like the author just threw it into full gear going in. The build-up, the description, details and twists were something to see. It felt like I was right there with them. Although if this really did happen, give me a guy who really knows how to shoot and survive. 

I didn’t care for the ending, what a cliff-hanger this author has given us. However it makes me hungry to get my hands on the next book. It is a very dark and creepy story with a little bit of love in it. However little Jack is going to be one interesting little character I can tell. It is a page turner that is for sure. It kept my attention from the get go and wouldn’t let go till I got to the end. I just wonder what is going to happen in the next book. This author might just change my thinking about horror books and zombies. I would definitely recommend it. 

The Harbinger by Keegan Kennedy Blog Tour, Guest Post, Interview, Excerpt & Giveaway!


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The Harbinger


Keegan Kennedy

It starts as a whisper, barely audible.

Rumors. Paranoia. Conspiracy theories. Subterfuge.

Like lightning, the plague moves across the globe, spreading out in all directions. When the naysayers can no longer ignore the wails and moans of the dying, the Harbinger will already have them by their throats.

But the end is only the beginning…

Discovered in the Alaskan permafrost, the ancient virus was reanimated and genetically-altered. The new strain showed great promise in curing many of mankind’s afflictions. When the specimen fell into the hands of the Russian theocracy, their inept scientists attempted to create a biological weapon—a weapon that outsmarted them.

Now, the androvirus is a deadly airborne plague, conquering the world in a matter of days. With a communicability of 100% and a mortality rate of over 90%, there is no immunity. For the survivors, who can suppress the virus, there is only change. A few adapt, but most become walking, talking gray horrors with an appetite for flesh.

Primarily set in the American city of Memphis, four loosely-connected strangers, caught up in their lives, find their worlds annihilated by the swiftly-moving plague.

Alex Connelly is a wealthy, young executive, living an idyllic life with his pregnant wife, Madison. Kirk Foster is a self-absorbed aging gay man, desperate to hang onto his youth and sex appeal. Meredith Brinkley’s on-going war with breast cancer takes a turn for the worse, and she faces an impending double mastectomy. Logan King is a closeted baseball jock, playing for a minor league team while coming to terms with his true identity. And only together will they survive…

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Skyships Over Innsmouth by Susan Laine

Susan Laine - Skyships over Innsmouth Cover sTitle: Skyships Over Innsmouth

Author: Susan Laine

Genre: Post-Apocalyptic, Science Fiction, Horror

Length: Novel (200pgs)

ISBN: 978-1-63476-990-7

Publisher: DSP Publications (2nd August 2016)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 4 ½ Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: Twenty winters have passed since the Cataclysm brought down society and robbed people of their memories. Humanity, vastly reduced in numbers since the initial chaos, has started anew in Canal City with the aid of library books and steam technology. The Scout and Ranger Corps was established to search for possible survivors and to replenish dwindling resources.

Dev is the captain of the scout airship Smoke Sparrow, and Shay is the scholar of their newest expedition. Their destination is Innsmouth, Massachusetts, a small fishing town that is mentioned in obscure books but shows up on no maps. Might its secrets offer answers? But within the fog-covered, ruined hillside town by the bay lurk unspeakable dangers and horrors beyond imagining. The expedition team soon learns that Innsmouth is one town that should have been left forgotten.

Purchase Link: https://www.dsppublications.com/books/skyships-over-innsmouth-by-susan-laine-279-b

Review: For twenty years humanity has tried to rebuild their world, after a Cataclysmic event that robbed them of their memories and knowledge. After relearning the basics and finding what they can still use to survive the population of the new Canal City have established the Scout and Ranger Corps, groups of people who fly out in the Skyships hoping to find other survivors and resources.

Dev is a skyship captain on the airship Smoke Sparrow heading to a small fishing town called Innsmouth, he’s taken many journeys just like this one and the scholar Shay is a young man he’s admired for some time. Shay is excited about Innsmouth and the mystery that surrounds it, it isn’t on any map and Shay wants to know why, he’s happy to be paired up with Dev again and although he does feel an attraction to Dev he’s already involved with their guard Malia.

Their visit to Innsmouth takes an abrupt turn when Malia goes missing during a scout of the town; it will take all their wits and bravery to face the horrors that lurk in the fog.

This is a brilliant post-cataclysmic horror story that bows its head to H.P. Lovecraft’s The Shadow Over Innsmouth, it’s beautifully written drawing us into the world where hate has been forgotten, where everyone is on equal footing and where love is love.

Dev and Shay are fantastic characters who face a horror that was best left forgotten, Malia is a brilliant character who surprises everyone with her strength and friendship. And the surprises that do crop up sure as hell do surprise you.

Dev and Shay’s budding relationship is tucked into the background as they investigate Innsmouth, the horrors they discover send a shiver down your spine… and being honest I’m unlikely to ever venture out when there’s a fog lingering.

The resourcefulness of the human race shines through as they try to build a world where they can survive, and although everyone has forgotten the past it also proves that some humans have an instinct for greed and power.

The world building is amazing and at times you can feel the damp fog sneaking up on you, the characters are given life as the story unfolds and the horror that comes to light really does send shivers down your spine. I can’t help but hope that there will be a sequel because that epilogue really has my hopes up 😉

I recommend this to those who love horror, post-apocalyptic stories, strong characters, a budding romance and an ending that leaves you intrigued.

North To Zombieville by Meg Bawden

Meg Bawden - North to Zombieville CoverTitle: North to Zombieville

Series: Zombieville #1

Author: Meg Bawden

Genre: Gay Erotic Romance, Horror, Zombies, Apocalyptic 

Length: Novel (200 Pages) 

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (May 18, 2016)

Heat Level: Low 

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts 

Blurb: The year is 2028, and Dallas and Raleigh Jenson are torn apart when a worldwide zombie apocalypse ravages their home of Townsville, Australia. After a year of searching, Dallas, a former Australian army rifleman, finally reunites with Raleigh, but it’s not like old times. Not only do they have zombies to contend with, but also other humans, changed by desperation and willing to do anything to survive.

Dallas and Raleigh have changed too. So much so, that Dallas struggles with the idea that Raleigh no longer needs or wants his protection. But they will need to rely on each other and find strength in their love as they are forced to evade zombies and watch their friends die. As they fight for their lives in a brutal landscape where every supply and every step toward a potential cure is a battle to the death, only their trust in each other can keep them from perishing. 

ISBN: 978-1-63477-275-4 

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/north-to-zombieville-by-meg-bawden-6799-b

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: Most of my life was spent reading romance stories whether contemporary or paranormal, as long as there was a happy ending it was for me. Now lately I have come across stories about zombies and even though I love watching those kinds of movies, I have never really wanted to read a horror story. This author is also new to me, so I was doubtful on reading it. I have never really been one to try new things so when I was handed this story, you could imagine my expression.

Dallas and Raleigh were out on the town, enjoying their anniversary when it happened. When the world was overtaken by the dead. These two madly in love men were separated and had no clue if the other was alive or dead. Dallas went on to look for Raleigh, finding and rescuing people on the way. The only rule he had was that they were never to say a word to him about him looking for his husband. 

Raleigh had been taken to safety by others, but had left behind his husband. He had no clue if Dallas was alive or not, but he kept a positive thoughts to that effect. Raleigh at one time had been a photographer and gentle as can be. Dallas was the one to take care of him and keep him safe. However as time goes by Raleigh has taken care of himself. 

A year has passed and to their shock they find each other. However they have both changed so much, but their love has strengthened. It will take time. Now I must admit that if you are in a pretty good sized city, what are the odds that one man would be known by all those who they rescued. That was what was so strange about this. Overall this story is about the many people that have survived what has happened. You have your dumb zombies and then you have the souped up zombies, I will let you figure that one out. 

This story is full of characters with different attitudes and some that are just complete asses. Not everyone will make it out alive, but there are a couple I wouldn’t mind seeing gone. There was one part of the story that had me in tears, but I will let you figure who it is. I loved Dallas quite a bit. Here is a man who is ex-military and his main priority is finding his husband. Now Raleigh is a different matter. He is very whiny and childish in some parts, pretty reckless and stupid in others. I think he has an offbeat attitude and I don’t much care for him. He reminds me of those books where the damsel needs rescuing. However that is how he comes off, it is not the way he is in some parts of it. 

Overall I hated the cliff hanger and want to know what is going to happen. It drives me crazy when authors write their stories like that. I just hope that this one doesn’t make it to the end of the pile, because usually books with cliff hangers don’t last long with me. I hate to wait.

Other than that I was very surprised to find that I really enjoyed this book and look forward to the next one. 

Skyships Over Innsmouth by Susan Laine Guest Post & Excerpt!

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Hi peeps, we have Susan Laine stopping by with her upcoming horror/ steampunk/ post-apocalyptic release Skyships Over Innsmouth, we have a fantastic guest post from Susan and she also brings along a great excerpt, so check out the post and enjoy! <3 ~Pixie~

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Skyships Over Innsmouth


Susan Laine

Twenty winters have passed since the Cataclysm brought down society and robbed people of their memories. Humanity, vastly reduced in numbers since the initial chaos, has started anew in Canal City with the aid of library books and steam technology. The Scout and Ranger Corps was established to search for possible survivors and to replenish dwindling resources.

Dev is the captain of the scout airship Smoke Sparrow, and Shay is the scholar of their newest expedition. Their destination is Innsmouth, Massachusetts, a small fishing town that is mentioned in obscure books but shows up on no maps. Might its secrets offer answers? But within the fog-covered, ruined hillside town by the bay lurk unspeakable dangers and horrors beyond imagining. The expedition team soon learns that Innsmouth is one town that should have been left forgotten.

Release date: 2nd August

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Salvadore's Luck by Odessa Lynne

SL-1000x1600-300x480Title: Salvadore’s Luck

Series: Wolves’ Heat, #5

Author: Odessa Lynne

Genre: Post-Apocalyptic/Futuristic/Action-Adventure

Length: 363 pages

Publisher: Odelyn Publishing (April 30, 2015)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥3.5 Hearts

Blurb: Once every three years, humans become sexual prey to a species that has no control over the urge to mate because of a devastating attraction to human scent.

Bad luck has dogged Salvadore for far too long, and this time it’s put him in the midst of his worst nightmare. He’s trapped inside the protectorate where the aliens called wolves roam free—and heat season has started. He’s terrified and he has good reason to be: if he doesn’t submit, he’ll end up with teeth at his throat and claws in his spine.

Between the memories that haunt Salvadore and the secrets he carries with him, the chances of him making it out of heat season alive aren’t looking good.

But Salvadore’s about to have the first lucky break he’s had in years…

ISBN: 9781310458187

Product Link(s): http://amzn.to/1WcMbNU



Reviewer: Lisa

Review: Each book in Wolves’ Heat collection features a different romantic couple. To enjoy the overall story arc and crossover characters, I would recommend reading the series in sequential order.

There is nothing better than a paranormal romance involving two gorgeous men. This is the second book by Odessa that I have read and I am still not really sure if I actually like it or not. The title was what caught my attention and made me want to take a look. I love anything paranormal. The blurb made me a bit hesitant in reading it because it comes off a bit dark to me.

Wolf and Salvadore are my favorite so far. They seem more in tune with each other and are very hot together. Wolf is a watcher whereas Salvadore is human. These two just seem to click better than the others. Salvadore might be human but he has something about him that is a bit different from many humans. He can tell when someone lies to him, which rocks.

This story moved forward a bit more than the others but there is still something missing in it. The blurb actually gives some away but I would definitely say you can’t read this without reading the first books. Now, I am still not certain if I actually like this series or not, but it was a bit more interesting than the others. I am afraid though that my attention wavered quite a bit with this book and didn’t keep it like it should have.

The story line for these stories are a lot more intriguing and unique that I was surprised that the follow through was not perfect. I do want to see what the next book has in it, but I am not rushing into it. For the first time, I am just not sure about these books. They come off a bit rushed and the narratives of the characters are not developing like they should.

I will wait and see about the next book.

* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through http://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com *

The Ride by Talia R. Blackwood

fc7ddefbfcdf9158a12656ea66834145.image.300x450Title: The Ride

Series: Apocalypse 03

Author: Talia R. Blackwood

Genre: Post-Apocalypse, Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Length: Novel (232 pages)

ISBN: 9781622321445

Publisher: Silver Publishing (29th March 2014)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥3 – 3 ½ Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: An apocalypse forever alters the world and people are forever changed. Emanuel Comstock, a fat, shy guy no one wants around, hides a frightening, terrible power within himself. And the Dark Ones want him.

The world ends and Emanuel reels from shock. His secret love and best friend, Lucian, abandons Manny for a life with Raide and the orphan baby, Brigit. A Dark One kidnaps Emanuel to sell as a slave and he doesn’t fight back. Why bother? He’s just a clumsy guy nobody wants.
The new rules of the world confuse Black Rose. He doesn’t care about Dark or Bright Ones. He wants to be left alone. When Ghost asks him to start an exploratory journey toward the mountains, Black Rose grabs the opportunity, but he’ll need a slave for the trip.
Emanuel and Black Rose leave their former life behind. The struggle to survive in a hostile world among cannibals and monsters is challenging. But Emanuel understands Black Rose is more than just a crook, and Black Rose realizes the humble slave shines with a light much brighter than anyone suspects.
Through their discoveries, inner growth, and mutual awareness, their trip to nowhere turns into a battle to remain together.

Purchase Link: https://spsilverpublishing.com/the-ride-ebook-p-60486.html

Review: This story is part of a series and must be read in order. Emanuel (Manny) survived the merging of two parallel worlds, having his secret love meet another man and the creatures of the night, but now he has been captured by the Dark Ones and sold off as a slave. Black Rose (Darius) was in prison when the world ended and is now with the Dark Ones, he couldn’t care less about the Dark or Bright Ones and just wants to be left alone to survive. Being sent out to explore is the excuse Black Rose needs to leave the Dark Ones behind but he takes his new slave with him as company. As they struggle to survive against cannibals and monsters, both Darius and Manny realize that the other is more than he seems. And they find something in the other that they thought was forever lost.

This is a great addition to the Apocalypse series, which starts just after the end of The Event. Manny is still hurting from the rejection of Lucian, it was one last blow to his self-esteem so when he is captured by the Dark Ones he can’t see the point of fighting. Darius takes Manny with him because he needed a slave; he finds Manny annoying with no backbone and too timid and wants Manny to run away from him. When Manny finally has enough of being treated badly he runs and finds himself in major trouble, when Darius tries to come to his rescue they both find themselves captured and it results in Darius coming to realize how important Manny is to him, and with Manny finding his backbone.

I really enjoyed this addition to the series and was happy to see Manny find someone who appreciated him, even if they had a very rocky start. This story continues with the storyline of the Dark Ones and Bright Ones and we have more discoveries about the Apocalypse and the survivors. The relationship between Manny and Darius is not very pleasant at first with some forced sexual contact; it also has a very strong feel of D/s in the mix, which later adds a bit of excitement to their relationship. We see a huge development in both Manny and Darius as both men find that they aren’t as they see themselves; Manny isn’t quite the fat, timid, shy man he thinks he is and Darius isn’t the bad, mean, incapable of caring man he became. Their fight for survival has them meeting other survivors both Dark and Bright, and in one town just wrong, who add more to the overall storyline and Manny proves to be so much more than just being a sidekick to Lucian.

I have been impressed with the continuality of the storyline as it arcs over the three books but one thing has me stumped and that is Lucian’s continued existence… why? Well we already know that doubles disappeared but Lucian apparently never died in the other world… he was a world-famous rock-star at the time the worlds collided but the accident that would have killed Lucian’s double happened two years before…. And we already know that the worlds were only about 3 months out of sync. Yeah so I am stumped. Other than that, I am liking where this story is going, there’s danger and darkness, some mystery as to what is happening to them all and we are getting great relationships developing. We also know that there are more interesting relationships to come, as they dig into what really happened to the worlds.

I recommend this to those who love post-apocalypse struggles, love developing in hard times, danger and darkness lurking in the background and more stories to come.

After the Hell by Eric Del Carlo

20409351Title: After the Hell

Author: Eric Del Carlo

Genre: Dystopian / Post-Apocalyptic / Paranormal

ISBN: 78-1-62300-596-2

Length: Novel (186 pages)

Publisher: Loose Id (December 31st, 2013)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥3~3.5 Hearts

Reviewer: Thommie

Blurb: Shadow Juke, post-apocalyptic gunslinger, mercenary, cold-blooded killer…red-hot lover. Forced to take on a rescue mission he never wanted, Shad must retrieve Harc, the lover of the ethereal witch the White Whisper, from the perilous Scarlet Fires Oasis. There the powerful wizard Capricorn holds the witch’s beautiful lover captive. Too bad for Shad that he himself has fallen in love with the man.

Shad is thrown down among the slaves of Capricorn’s brutal temple, only to fall in with a gathering rebellion. There, he’s forced into sexual gladiatorial games by an old nemesis.

The world of After the Hell is fraught with sex, danger, monsters, mutants, black magic, radioactive wastes, and even a porn-obsessed mad scientist. Throughout, Shadow Juke must fight his way against impossible odds. Yet if he succeeds in rescuing Harc, he may have to give up the man he loves…

Product Link: http://www.loose-id.com/after-the-hell.html

Review: Nuclear war a hundred years ago still affects the last remnants of humanity on Earth. The Hell had woken magic in this world and supernatural now walks side by side with natural. Civilization as we know it no longer exists. There are wizards and witches, and there are mere mortals trying to survive yet another day. And among them, there are… others as well.

I liked this post-apocalyptic world. I’d hate to live in such a desolate Earth where pain and suffering is a given, but it gave the read a tang of desperation that went hand in hand with the wastelands the story takes place. The Hell as it’s called in this book is the ultimate crash down of our society, humans releasing nuclear weapons and literally wiping out Earth’s bio system and life. What remained were a 10% perhaps of world’s population? The numbers are vague but we get the idea. As the Hell shattered the entire planet, it managed to open new possibilities. Magic became a given and few lucky humans got powers beyond imagination. As always with power came arrogance and cruelty. Also new creatures are introduced in this book as well as mutants. In this setting, we meet Shad.

Time… there is never enough time. Shadow Juke’s always running out of it, the only way to keep a few paces ahead taking a job. He’s a gunslinger after all and good at it. This time his mission is more complex and though they always are, Shad finds himself inexplicably attracted to his objective.

So yes, there is the instant love thing I usually dislike, however in this book it becomes almost impossible for instant love not to exist when it comes to Harc, the abducted lover of the White Whisper and Shad’s mission. Harc is one hell of a character; he’s astonishingly beautiful and almost magical himself. He’s a mystery, an unknown entity, and he manages to imprint on Shad’s head from the moment he sees his hologram from the witch. The chemistry among Shad a Harc though, while almost making it, failed. Somehow, there was a loss of connection, at least for me, and the couple just didn’t achieve to draw me in their love-web.

While trying to rescue Harc from Capricorn Shad gets captured himself by the great wizard. I think the time he spend as a slave in that temple was the strongest emotionally part of this book.

A juice that turns you into a mindless slave… Authority is an illusion. It remains strong as long as the effect of that illusion doesn’t wean. If it does, it shatters like a toy under a strong boot.

I loved the author’s way of thinking and explanations about the Slave Temple. That was something that intrigued me and I’d have loved a bit more time and story behind that Temple. The way the plot moved from the Temple on was also a powerful emotional punch. It gave way feelings of satisfaction marred with sadness and melancholy. I didn’t know what to feel for Capricorn and the White Whisper in the end, but again I think those feeling would have been way stronger if both those characters had a bit more spotlight in the book. They were too strong to be left in the shadows like that.

Is the victim really a victim..?

The book eventually ends with surprising elements and shocking answers to many questions. Harc gives us what we want to know and a bit more. However the end itself is not a happily ever after one. After all this story is set in a whipped out world and Shad is still bartering for time for in the end there is only one question still hammering its way inside your head:

Could he beat out Death..?

Overall, I found this book good enough and enjoyable, but I think that you should really be in the mood for this type of book to really appreciate it. So if you love post-apocalyptic dystopian books with hot guys and a strong erotic blend in it I’d totally suggest this to you.

Strain by Amelia C. Gormley

18460726Title: Strain

Author: Amelia C Gormley

Genre: Dystopian/Sci-Fi/Romance with a Zombie twist and a touch of BDSM

Length: Novel, 375 pages

Publisher: Riptide Publishing (February 17th 2014)

Heat: Explicit

Heart: ♥♥♥♥♥ 4.5 Hearts

Reviewer: Tams

Blurb: In a world with little hope and no rules, the only thing they have to lose is themselves.

Rhys Cooper is a dead man. Cut off from the world since childhood, he’s finally exposed to the lethal virus that wiped out most of the human race. Now his only hope for survival is infection by another strain that might provide immunity. But it’s sexually transmitted, and the degradation he feels at submitting to the entire squad of soldiers that rescued him eclipses any potential for pleasure—except with Darius, the squadron’s respected, capable leader.

Sergeant Darius Murrell has seen too much death and too little humanity. He’s spent a decade putting plague victims out of their misery and escorting survivors to a safe haven he can never enjoy. He’d rather help Rhys live than put him down, so when Rhys can’t reconcile himself to doing what’s necessary to survive, Darius is forced to save Rhys in spite of himself.

But with each passing day, it looks less and less likely that Rhys can be saved. And that means that Darius might soon have to put a bullet in the head of the one person in years who reminds him of what it means to be human.

Purchase Link: http://riptidepublishing.com/titles/strain

Review: Rhys Cooper has been mentally and physically abused for most of his teenage years. As one of the few survivors forced to hold up with a religious fanatic that blamed homosexuals for the virus that has almost wiped out mankind, he was ridiculed and shamed for his sexuality daily. Malnourished and already close to death, he’s exposed to the Revenant Strain of the virus while trying to protect his sister and her child. Revs are zombie like creatures that feed off of survivors.

There are three main Strains of the virus. Revenant, Revs, Zombies. Rots, these survivors once infected simply Rot and die. Juggarnauts, Jugs, super soldiers that protect the survivors from infection when possible, and dispose of them when not. This is a government issued virus that we lost control off, how many times does science have to be bitch slapped for messing with DNA and genetics? The virus has morphed into these three categories. There is a possible cure for Rev and Rot, to be infected by a Jug with their strain of the virus. This can only be done through bodily fluids, specifically during sex.

When a team of Jugs comes across Rhys and his brother-in-law they are immediately taken with the young man and his innocence. They want to save him and protect him, but what it requires they do leaves him feeling even more abused and degraded than he already does. After all, he’s never had a choice about anything in his life up to now, and the soldiers that are passing him around like a blow up doll aren’t giving him a choice either. But multiple Jug hosts must transmit their Strain of the virus through Rhys if he is to have any chance to survive. He’s humiliated nonetheless and unable to reciprocate even a modicum of pleasure with any one, except Darius.

There is something about Rhys’ young and innocent nature, his inexperience that is just a little rough around the edges due to the life he’s led that drives Darius insane with want and need. And as much as Rhys tries to convince himself that he doesn’t enjoy the sexual contact with any of the soldiers, he’s lying to himself when it comes to Darius. As the story progresses so does their relationship. Darkness and death are a daily occurrence for these men, and their only light is each other. They both refuse to admit it. Out loud, to everyone around them that can see it plain as day, and least of all to themselves.

Rhys is certain that his body won’t take the Strain, that he is going to die. He captures every stolen moment he can with Darius. Their relationship slowly shifts from forced and just about making Rhys immune, to something more tender, sensual, and loving. The dominate and submissive aspect is always front and center. Darius begins to want to love Rhys while dominating him. The two go hand in hand for Darius. But he fears the day that they realize Rhys is not immune, the day he has to kill the young man he’s not sure any longer if he can live without.

This story was long, dark, and full of pain and misery. Death is everywhere in this dystopian society and though a lot of couples have sex purely for pleasure. There is the degrading transfer immunity sex. On the run trying to find sanctuary or make it back to base, the team along with their few survivors faces Revs, Rots, starvation, and basic annihilation. This is an intricately written novel with several things making the backbone of the story. There is the science of the Strains, which sort of bored me a little and is the only reason I knocked off half a star. BDSM plays a huge part of the story, but is the lighter side of this lifestyle. Darius is just the huge, imposing, overpowering, sexual being and it is basically ingrained in him to dominate. Rhys is a natural submissive, so their pairing was brilliance. And then there is that Zombie twist which is made believable with the science.

I know this is a lot to absorb in one book, but it is almost 400 pages. I was intrigued from start to finish, read this book in one sitting that caused me to lose lots of sleep. Fast past and engrossing with lots of action and mystery. You really won’t know until the last dozen or so pages 1, if Rhys is going to survive 2, did the Jug Strain take? Or is he some kind of immunity Strain? And 3 will he and Darius be able to survive each other if they stay together? The sex is off the charts smoking friggin hot! And aside from a couple of scenes that skirt the boundaries of acceptability, but thankfully never jump the fence, no one is forced into anything. I did prefer Rhys and Darius in the latter half of the book when their relationship became more loving and even keel. But BDSM is what it is, that is the lifestyle and kudos to the author for staying true to that aspect of her novel.

Fans of Dystopian, Zombies, Sci-Fi, BDSM, and an impossible love just maybe having its way in the end will love this book.

The Landing by Talia R. Blackwood

8212589d20cdd68e47dcf1c0fbfbe082.image.300x450Title: The Landing

Series: Apocalypse 02

Author: Talia R. Blackwood

Genre: Post-Apocalypse, Science Fiction, Fantasy

Length: Novella (178pgs)

Publisher: Silver Publishing (23rd November 2013)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥♥ 3½ – 4 Hearts   

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: In a ruined world, where the darkness spreads, monsters roam, and all hope seems lost, can dreams still come true? 

An apocalyptic event hits the world. Jet pilot Adrian Melser is forced to emergency land; his jetliner crashes in a place beyond recognition—a collision of different realities—where poisonous gases obscure the sun and monsters haunt the night. Adrian still has to take care of his surviving passengers. 

Paul Mendoza sees the plane landing from the prison he’s about to escape from. Under the order of Ghost, a serial killer eager to create his evil empire, he assaults the airplane and enslaves the captain.

Despite violence and oppression, Adrian understands Mendoza is special. The criminal is the man he has always wanted at his side. But a sad past has hardened Mendoza’s heart, and Ghost can’t tolerate losing the most charismatic of his followers.

Harsh reality is not for dreamers. All seem lost. But Adrian wants to preserve hope and fight for the man he loves.

At any price.

Purchase Link: https://spsilverpublishing.com/the-landing-ebook-p-60425.html

Review: This book is part of a series and can be read in any order. Adrian has just received the worst news of his life but he forges on only to discover that what had happened before was just a blip compared to what he now faces. Forced to make an emergency landing Adrian lands in what only can be hell, the world is no longer the same but Adrian’s responsibilities to his passengers means he has to make a sacrifice… of himself. Paul Mendoza is a convict who finds himself following an evil child serial killer when the prison they are held in crumbles around them, but taking the pilot as his slave has him rethinking his position. Despite the life Mendoza has led, Adrian is convinced that there is some good in the man, but getting him away from Ghost, the leader of the criminals, proves to be much more dangerous than either of them thought.

So for those of you who read The Event this book runs parallel and ends just before the two groups meet up. We see the full circumstances that we only heard a bit about and meet the people who survived the plane crash landing and the vile criminals who haunt their area. Adrian is the man who we follow from the beginning, he receives bad news and sees his hopes and dreams being shattered, but finding himself in an emergency, he proves to himself that he can be the man who is needed in an emergency. Being taken prisoner has him still believing in his dreams and for what he will face, he has to cling to his dreams to survive. Mendoza believes firmly that he doesn’t deserve redemption but fighting Adrian’s dreams and trying to shatter them doesn’t work and Mendoza is soon beginning to believe himself. 

We discover the horrors that still exist from the human world, the vileness that managed to survive and is determined to rule the world with darkness, trying to gather the dark ones who also revel in pain and destruction. Adrian and Mendoza aren’t the only characters that we want to meet, we discover Black Rose and Serpent who aren’t as bad as they seem and Ian a doctor who was on his way to meet other survivors. And then we have some characters who we want to wash ourselves clean after we meet them like Ghost who is vile and a mysterious young man (who we also met in The Event) who seems to thrive on lost hope.

This is one of those stories that you can’t easily peg, because the criminal element changes the basic survival needs. It also adds a darker element to the sexual aspects of the story, as there are some scenes of reluctant sexual contact. The scenes between Adrian and Mendoza are darkly hot and they really work together, with Adrian making Mendoza face the future and not the past. There are some scenes of violence and at times even knowing the final outcome (if you read The Event that is) you wonder if they will get away alive. The setting that we are given lets us know of the bleakness that surrounds the characters and it lets us know the fear they are going through, the story is perfectly written and I can’t wait to see whose story is next. 

I recommend this to those who love surviving the Apocalypse, finding love in dangerous situations, working towards redemption and an ending that is happy for now with hope for the future.