Comply by Lee Manarte

Title: Comply

Series: Shattered 01

Author: Lee Manarte

Genre: Horror, Science Fiction, Fantasy

Length: Novel (201pgs)

Publisher: Lee Manarte (November 13, 2018)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: 💖💖💖💖💖 5 Hearts

Blurb:The world is a cruel place…”

No one believes that more than I do. My name is Declan Forester, and I am a Zedian. Part of a different species born with miraculous gifts from the gods, only the humans don’t see it that way. They see us as something to be tamed.

After being captured by the humans and stripped of my abilities, I have little left. With my life in shambles, my thoughts are haunted by my human tormenter. Dr. Adam Davenport. A human male that is everything nightmares are made of.

Now, his unwilling captive in a government-run facility, I am forced to obey his every demand, or be punished. Caught up in a web of lies about gods, the push to help a hot redhead, my high running desires and, oh yeah, the pending apocalypse, I find myself falling apart. And Adam may be the only one to save me…if I comply.

ISBN: B07KHKGXWS

Product Link: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Shorty

Review: Long ago a god got fed up with humans and wanted to do away with them. His brother traps him in glass ball for eternity after he sacrifices his brothers mates pure soul. Now about years later the world has changed. With the sacrifice came a new species of humans called Zadian’s who have unique abilities. Humans are scared of these abilities and so rules and regulations are started.

I don’t want to give anything away in this review. My emotions were all over the place with this story. I hated Doctor Adam and his hot cold treatment of Declan. I was beginning to think he had no feelings at all. Declan is a powerful Z healer. He learns of Adam’ brother Darren who is also a Z with extraordinary powers that have never been seen before.

Not a lot is given about who Darren actually is. Darren is supposed to release the evil god that was trapped so long ago so the president can have his power. I loved this story. It’s dark, twisted and oh so good. I didn’t care for the military base compound and the lengths they went to make sure the Z’s they had to comply. It was brutal.

Never the less this is a powerful story of good versus evil that does end with a cliffhanger so to speak. Highly addictive and engaging this story will have you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. I am looking forward to seeing what other twists and turns happen in the next book.

Fantastic read.

Comply by Lee Manarte Blog Tour, Guest Post, Review & Giveaway!

Hi peeps! We have debut author Lee Manarte, popping in today with the tour for her debut release Comply, we have a brilliant guest post from Lee, a fantastic giveaway and Shorty’s review, so check out the post and enter the giveaway! ❤ ~Pixie~

Comply

(Shattered 01)
by

Lee Manarte

“The world is a cruel place…”

No one believes that more than I do. My name is Declan Forester, and I am a Zedian. Part of a different species born with miraculous gifts from the gods, only the humans don’t see it that way. They see us as something to be tamed.

After being captured by the humans and stripped of my abilities, I have little left. With my life in shambles, my thoughts are haunted by my human tormenter. Dr. Adam Davenport. A human male that is everything nightmares are made of.

Now, his unwilling captive in a government-run facility, I am forced to obey his every demand, or be punished. Caught up in a web of lies about gods, the push to help a hot redhead, my high running desires and, oh yeah, the pending apocalypse, I find myself falling apart. And Adam may be the only one to save me…if I comply.

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Blood Bathory: Be Not Proud by Ari McKay

Title: Blood Bathory: Be Not Proud

Series: The Guardians of Gaia 03

Author: Ari McKay

Genre:  Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Horror

Length: Novel (360pgs)

Publisher: Ari McKay (August 6, 2018)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: Death, be not proud…

The conclusion of the war between Elizabeth Bathory and the Guardians of Gaia draws closer, but the theriomorphs and their allies are caught between vampires loyal to Elizabeth Bathory’s daughter, Anna, and humans controlled by Elizabeth and her sire, Thrace. With the forces of evil now pressing on them from two sides, the theriomorphs need help, and they need it fast!

And soonest our best men with thee do go…

It has been five hundred years since Antonio de Barajas, one of the oldest surviving theriomorphs, lost his mate at the hands of his worst enemy. But Gaia never revealed the whole truth about Raphael’s fate, and Antonio is shocked when Raphael arrives to train Evan St. John and Adam Carson as true Dark Guardians. Yet the man who returns after so long is not the same man Antonio once loved. The hard and lonely life as Gaia’s hunter has changed Raphael almost as much as his lost memories of Antonio and the love they once shared.

Thou art slave to fate, chance, kings, and desperate men…

Antonio must work with the stranger who wears his lover’s face, and while Raphael is welcomed by most of the team, one member sees his return as a threat to his own place in Antonio’s life. But Thrace has allied himself with terrorists who possess a weapon of mass destruction. Now the theriomorphs and Dark Guardians must work together in a race against time to discover Thrace’s plan. Even as Antonio and Raphael are irresistibly drawn to one another, Antonio risks losing far more than his heart this time. If he and his team fail in their mission, millions will die, for Thrace will stop at nothing to destroy Gaia once and for all

ISBN: B07FYXCVBW

Product Link: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Shorty

Review: What a story. I am going to be careful with my review and try not to give away any spoilers.

The Guardians have their hands trying to thwart another plan. Elizabeth and her Sire Thrace set plans in motion that they think will help their cause.

Antonio gets the biggest shock in this story when someone he thought was lost comes back but with no memory. My heart broke for Antonio for all that he has been through thinking all was lost. Yes, I understood the reasoning but felt there could have been a better way at the same time.

There is a lot going on in this wonderfully written story. It has plenty of suspense and tender moments in between. I was truly enthralled from start to finish in this showdown. I loved everything about the story and it’s characters brought the story to life with a great cast.

Fantastic read. Highly recommended.

Blood Bathory: Be Not Proud by Ari McKay Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway!

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Hi guys! We have Ari & McKay popping in today with the tour for their new re-release Blood Bathory: Be Not Proud, we have a fantastic giveaway where you could win a copy of Blood Bathory: Like The Night, and we have Shorty’s review so check out the post and enter the giveaway! ❤ ~Pixie~

Be Not Proud

(Blood Bathory 03)
by

Ari McKay

Death, be not proud…

The conclusion of the war between Elizabeth Bathory and the Guardians of Gaia draws closer, but the theriomorphs and their allies are caught between vampires loyal to Elizabeth Bathory’s daughter, Anna, and humans controlled by Elizabeth and her sire, Thrace. With the forces of evil now pressing on them from two sides, the theriomorphs need help, and they need it fast!

And soonest our best men with thee do go…

It has been five hundred years since Antonio de Barajas, one of the oldest surviving theriomorphs, lost his mate at the hands of his worst enemy. But Gaia never revealed the whole truth about Raphael’s fate, and Antonio is shocked when Raphael arrives to train Evan St. John and Adam Carson as true Dark Guardians. Yet the man who returns after so long is not the same man Antonio once loved. The hard and lonely life as Gaia’s hunter has changed Raphael almost as much as his lost memories of Antonio and the love they once shared.

Thou art slave to fate, chance, kings, and desperate men…

Antonio must work with the stranger who wears his lover’s face, and while Raphael is welcomed by most of the team, one member sees his return as a threat to his own place in Antonio’s life. But Thrace has allied himself with terrorists who possess a weapon of mass destruction. Now the theriomorphs and Dark Guardians must work together in a race against time to discover Thrace’s plan. Even as Antonio and Raphael are irresistibly drawn to one another, Antonio risks losing far more than his heart this time. If he and his team fail in their mission, millions will die, for Thrace will stop at nothing to destroy Gaia once and for all.

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Gray’s Shadow by K.A. Merikan Release Blast, Excerpt & Giveaway!

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Hi guys, we have K.A. Merikan stopping by today with their new release Gray’s Shadow, we have a great excerpt and a fantastic giveaway so check out the post and enter the giveaway! ❤ ~Pixie~

Gray’s Shadow

(Kings of Hell MC 04)
by

K.A. Merikan

— There can be no shadow without the man to cast it. —

Gray. Lost his twin. Will never be complete. Works alone.
Shadow. Monster? Human? Exists to be Gray’s one true companion.

After losing his twin brother, Gray has devoted his life to the Kings of Hell MC. He will do anything to protect his family and that means anything.

Even sell his own shadow to the devil.

Following a fire that left him without one arm, Gray feels pushed to the sidelines. In order to prove to his club that he is still capable of completing dangerous tasks, he will have to team up with the strange creature from the Other Side. Tall, inhumanly strong, and menacing despite the handsome exterior, Shadow is just the tool Gray needs.

The moment Shadow lays his eyes on Gray, he wants to crawl under Gray’s skin and make the human his.

Gray on the other hand isn’t willing to get attached to a monster destined to do the devil’s bidding and disappear once his time is up. Rejected, Shadow has to do everything in his power to convince his human that they belong together.

But as the clock ticks away precious minutes of Shadow’s existence, Gray will have to choose between his loyalty to the Kings of Hell MC and responsibility for the creature he brought into this world.

*

“Do you feel me running through your veins?”
Gray nodded.

*

POSSIBLE SPOILERS:
Themes: motorcycle club, alternative lifestyles, demons, monster, tattoos, secrets, crime, gothic, grief, mourning, enemies to lovers, forced proximity, fish out of water, opposites attract, demisexuality, gentle giant
Dark, paranormal M/M romance

WARNING: This story contains scenes of violence, offensive language, and morally ambiguous characters.

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Blood Bathory: Be Not Proud by Ari McKay Blog Tour, Intro, Exclusive Excerpt & Giveaway!

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Hi guys! We have Ari & McKay popping in today with the tour for their new re-release Blood Bathory: Be Not Proud, we have a short intro from Ari & McKay with an exclusive excerpt, and a fantastic giveaway where you could win a copy of Blood Bathory: Like The Night, so check out the post and enter the giveaway! ❤ ~Pixie~

Be Not Proud

(Blood Bathory 03)
by

Ari McKay

Death, be not proud…

The conclusion of the war between Elizabeth Bathory and the Guardians of Gaia draws closer, but the theriomorphs and their allies are caught between vampires loyal to Elizabeth Bathory’s daughter, Anna, and humans controlled by Elizabeth and her sire, Thrace. With the forces of evil now pressing on them from two sides, the theriomorphs need help, and they need it fast!

And soonest our best men with thee do go…

It has been five hundred years since Antonio de Barajas, one of the oldest surviving theriomorphs, lost his mate at the hands of his worst enemy. But Gaia never revealed the whole truth about Raphael’s fate, and Antonio is shocked when Raphael arrives to train Evan St. John and Adam Carson as true Dark Guardians. Yet the man who returns after so long is not the same man Antonio once loved. The hard and lonely life as Gaia’s hunter has changed Raphael almost as much as his lost memories of Antonio and the love they once shared.

Thou art slave to fate, chance, kings, and desperate men…

Antonio must work with the stranger who wears his lover’s face, and while Raphael is welcomed by most of the team, one member sees his return as a threat to his own place in Antonio’s life. But Thrace has allied himself with terrorists who possess a weapon of mass destruction. Now the theriomorphs and Dark Guardians must work together in a race against time to discover Thrace’s plan. Even as Antonio and Raphael are irresistibly drawn to one another, Antonio risks losing far more than his heart this time. If he and his team fail in their mission, millions will die, for Thrace will stop at nothing to destroy Gaia once and for all.

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Blood Bathory: Be Not Proud by Ari McKay Release Blast & Giveaway!

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Hi guys! We have Ari & McKay popping in today with their new re-release Blood Bathory: Be Not Proud, we have a fantastic giveaway where you could win a copy of Blood Bathory: Like The Night, so check out the post and enter the giveaway! ❤ ~Pixie~

Be Not Proud

(Blood Bathory 03)
by

Ari McKay

Death, be not proud…

The conclusion of the war between Elizabeth Bathory and the Guardians of Gaia draws closer, but the theriomorphs and their allies are caught between vampires loyal to Elizabeth Bathory’s daughter, Anna, and humans controlled by Elizabeth and her sire, Thrace. With the forces of evil now pressing on them from two sides, the theriomorphs need help, and they need it fast!

And soonest our best men with thee do go…

It has been five hundred years since Antonio de Barajas, one of the oldest surviving theriomorphs, lost his mate at the hands of his worst enemy. But Gaia never revealed the whole truth about Raphael’s fate, and Antonio is shocked when Raphael arrives to train Evan St. John and Adam Carson as true Dark Guardians. Yet the man who returns after so long is not the same man Antonio once loved. The hard and lonely life as Gaia’s hunter has changed Raphael almost as much as his lost memories of Antonio and the love they once shared.

Thou art slave to fate, chance, kings, and desperate men…

Antonio must work with the stranger who wears his lover’s face, and while Raphael is welcomed by most of the team, one member sees his return as a threat to his own place in Antonio’s life. But Thrace has allied himself with terrorists who possess a weapon of mass destruction. Now the theriomorphs and Dark Guardians must work together in a race against time to discover Thrace’s plan. Even as Antonio and Raphael are irresistibly drawn to one another, Antonio risks losing far more than his heart this time. If he and his team fail in their mission, millions will die, for Thrace will stop at nothing to destroy Gaia once and for all.

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Impact Flash Fiction Anthology Blog Tour, J. Scott Coatsworth Guest Post, Excerpt & Giveaway!

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Hi guys, we have Queer Sci Fi’s Annual Flash Fiction Contest popping in today with the tour for their new release Anthology Impact, we have a brilliant guest post from J. Scott Coatsworth about writing Flash Fiction, some great snippets from a selection of the stories and a $25 Amazon GC giveaway, so check out the post, enjoy Scott’s post and then enter the giveaway! ❤ ~Pixie~

Impact

(Queer Sci Fi’s Annual Flash Fiction Contest 04)
by

Queer Sci Fi

IM * PACT
(noun)

1) One object colliding with another

2) An impinging of something upon something else

3) An influence or effect on something or someone

4) The force of a new idea, concept, technology or ideology

Four definitions to inspire writers around the world, and an unlimited number of possible stories to tell, but only 110 made the final cut.

A difficult choice to be made. An object hurtling recklessly through space. A new invention that will change the world. So many things can impact a life, a society, or a planet.

Impact features 300 word speculative fiction ficlets from across the queer spectrum from the minds of the writers of Queer Sci Fi.

Welcome to Impact.

Series Blurb:

It’s hard to tell a story in just 300 words. Each year we ask writers to take the challenge, turning in stories across the queer spectrum. The rules are simple. Write a complete sci fi, fantasy, paranormal or horror story, include LGBTIQA characters, and do it all with just 300 carefully chosen words.

This book contains 110 stories of 300 words or less each.

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Jogger’s Hill by Sean Kerr

Title: Jogger’s Hill

Author: Sean Kerr

Genre: Horror, Paranormal, Erotica

Length: Short (30pgs)

Publisher: eXtasy Books (October 11, 2017)

Heat Level: Moderate – Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: They say that more than a mouthful is a waste, but sometimes, a mouthful can kill.

Andrew has had the time of his life at GRL. He even got to meet his idol, but as a result of his outrageous flirting, he’s late leaving the event.

Unfamiliar with the roads of Colorado, Andrew takes a shortcut towards Thornton, following the directions of a sign onto a long dusty road. But the night has other plans for Andrew, and as his car breaks down on an isolated hill, he’s haunted by a terrifying voice.

Do it for Robin, the ghostly voice chants, but as a cute stranger comes to his rescue and lends him a helping hand, Andrew gets more than he bargained for.

ISBN: 978-1-4874-1477-1

Product Link: eXtasy Books | Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Shorty

Review: An amazing horror story that sends shivers through you at the climax of the book. I was stunned speechless at this brilliantly written short. Andrew waited to long to leave a convention. He is traveling to Thornton inn when he starts having car trouble, hearing a voice whispering t him and meets a cute guy on the side of the road.

I honestly would not have done what he had. My first thought would have been what is this young man doing out here in the middle of the night all alone in the darkness. The story takes on a terrifying tone as the revelations come to light when he actually makes it to the inn.

Fantastic read.

A Demon Inside by Rick R. Reed

Title: A Demon Inside (2nd Edition)

Author: Rick R. Reed

Genre: Paranormal, Horror

Length: Novel (253 pages)

Publisher: DSP Publications (25 Aug 2015)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥ 3 Hearts

Blurb: Hunter Beaumont doesn’t understand his grandmother’s deathbed wish: “Destroy Beaumont House.” He’s never even heard of the place. But after his grandmother passes and his first love betrays him, the family house in the Wisconsin woods looks like a tempting refuge. Going against his grandmother’s wishes, Hunter flees to Beaumont House.

But will the house be the sanctuary he had hoped for? Soon after moving in, Hunter realizes he may not be alone. And with whom—or what—he shares the house may plunge him into a nightmare from which he may never escape. Sparks fly when he meets his handsome neighbor, Michael Burt, a caretaker for the estate next door. The man might be his salvation… or he could be the source of Hunter’s terror.

ISBN: 9781634761079

Product Link: DSP Publication | Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Prime

Review: A Demon Inside by Rick R. Reed is a rather spooky novel and not for the faint of heart. For anyone who has read the first edition of this book, I have to admit that I never read the first edition, so I’m not entirely sure what has changed since.

The story itself has left me with some rather mixed feelings. Being a DSP Publication means that any romance is not front and centre of the plot, and what romance there was throughout the story was really nicely done. However, it is not that aspect that has bothered me. The horror was fantastically written and I really enjoyed it. In hindsight, though, I think that there was some sort of spark missing with the horror that connected all the dots for me in my head. But mostly, I found that after the build up in the horror and the terror felt by Hunter, the ending was a little too flat and a little too quick for my liking.

Nonetheless, this book does the creepy and poltergeist things perfectly, so on the surface this is a fantastic horror story which may well leave you with chills running down your spine.

The story follows Hunter Beaumont and finds his life at loose ends when in a tumultuous short period of time his beloved grandmother dies and his boyfriend dumps him. In a move that is something like a classical gothic horror, Hunter decides to live in Beaumont House after being told by his grandmother on her death bed to burn it down. Beaumont House has no end of secrets (which leads Hunter to uncover the memory of when his parents had died when he was a child) and some of them are quite deadly (this is one house with a bad history).

The subplot featuring the neighbour of Beaumont House, Michael, is where the romance comes in. Michael is a sweet guy and matches well with Hunter. However, Hunter seems to spend a lot of time doubting his new relationship and I’m not entirely sure whether or not this is actually to do with the “demon” of Beaumont House or just Hunter being insecure. This adds a nice, lighter plot to the otherwise dark/horror we otherwise get.

Despite my conflicted feelings, this is a good book and anyone into horror and anything that is generally just creepifying (in the words of Joss Whedon) stories will at least enjoy this read.

Blood Bathory: Absence of the Sun by Ari McKay

Title: Blood Bathory: Absence of the Sun

Series: The Guardians of Gaia 02

Author: Ari McKay

Genre:  Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Horror

Length: Novel (278pgs)

Publisher: Ari McKay (June 4, 2018)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 4 1/2 Hearts

Blurb: Tyger tyger, burning bright…

As theriomorphs in the service of Gaia, Tyr Gustavson and his lover Aaron fought against the vampires aiding the Third Reich during WWII. But even the fierceness of Tyr’s tiger form couldn’t save Aaron from being torn apart when a mission went horribly wrong. Lost in his pain, Tyr remained feral until he was unwillingly recalled to Gaia’s service seventy years later.

In the forests of the night…

When fighter pilot Adam Carson’s plane was shot down, he thought the worst that could happen was being sent to a Nazi prison camp. Little did he know there were other monsters in the shadows, and one of them wanted to claim him. But refusing Elizabeth Bathory had a price. Adam was turned against his will and trapped in a coffin as punishment for his resistance.

What immortal hand or eye…

While hunting ghouls, Tyr and his colleagues discover Adam’s prison. Believing he could be an asset, Marielle Du Lac frees him. Adam joins the team and is drawn to Tyr, despite Tyr’s hatred of vampires. When Tyr rejects Adam out of fear, Adam accepts a suicidal mission to find Thrace, the original nosferatu. If their desperate plan works, the theriomorphs could destroy not only Elizabeth, but the sire of all vampires as well. But if it fails, they could unleash a force leading to the destruction of them all… and perhaps of Gaia herself.

ISBN: B07DD5F3RH

Product Link: Amazon US | Amazon UK 

Reviewer: Shorty

Review: Adam Carson is taken prisoner after his pane is shot down. Only to be taken to Elizabeth during a transport where he’s turned. After the turnng he’s put in a coffin where he stays for a long time. Tyr has been feral and grieving since losing his other half. Now many years later he’s approached with a task to locate Elizabeth.

I loved Adam and Tyr. Tyr grief stricken even now and Adam who finds himself drawn to Tyr. But this story is not all romance and flowers. There is still the ongoing hunt to find Elizabeth and do away with her. Suspenseful and mysterious this story takes you on an adventure where all is not as it seems. The characters are intriguing and fascinating.

Even though some are highly questionable in their actions they all added that special element to bring the story into the light. I truly enjoyed this story and looking forward to reading more.

Great read.

Chosen by A.M. Arthur

Title: Chosen

Series: Prodigal 03

Author: A.M. Arthur

Genre:  Paranormal

Length: Novella (99pgs)

Publisher: Briggs-King Books; 1 edition (March 21, 2018)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: Grayson “Gray” Jones has spent his entire adult life trying not to be seen, not to be noticed, and simply existing day to day. Trying to ignore the fact that he can’t remember anything about his life prior to turning fifteen. All he knows is survival. The day before his thirtieth birthday, Gray wakes up to find his brown eyes unexpectedly a vivid blue—and tiny flashes of memory start to return. He grew up in a now-abandoned Pennsylvania town called Chosenone, and that town is calling him home.

Ravaged by an underground fire, no one lives in Chosenone anymore, and during Gray’s explorations of the old buildings, he’s shocked to run into his childhood friend Ian. He and Ian shared everything growing up, even their birthdays. But while Gray’s life post-Chosenone was one of inexplicable hell, Ian grew up to become a decorated police officer. And Gray hates cops. But some force drew them home to finish a ritual that began fifteen years ago, and this time, Gray wants to finish it once and for all—even if it costs him his own life in the end.

ISBN: B07BBYRW5W

Product Link: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Shorty

Review: Another intense and interesting addition to an already amazing series. Gray is drawn back to Chosenone after being gone for so long. Upon arrival flashbacks begin to happen as snippets of that time so long ago come back with a vengeance. Ian the only man Gray has ever loved is also drawn back to the ravaged town and what they uncover will test the both of them.

I loved this story. The fact that this place actually exist is a plus. The accounts of the fire burning under the town is true and added an awe inspiring feel to the story. The paranormal aspect was mind blowing in it’s intensity not to mention the reason for it happening to begin with.

I loved this story as well as the first two in the series. I am hoping there will be more or some like it in the future.

Fantastic read and highly recommended.

Impact Flash Fiction Anthology Cover Reveal, Snippets & Giveaway!

Hi guys, we have Queer Sci Fi’s Annual Flash Fiction Contest Anthology Impact popping in today to show off it’s wonderful cover, we also have snippets from a selection of the stories and a $25 Amazon GC giveaway, so check out the cover, enjoy the teasers and then enter the giveaway! ❤ ~Pixie~

Impact

(Queer Sci Fi’s Annual Flash Fiction Contest 04)
by

Queer Sci Fi

IM * PACT
(noun)

1) One object colliding with another

2) An impinging of something upon something else

3) An influence or effect on something or someone

4) The force of a new idea, concept, technology or ideology

Four definitions to inspire writers around the world, and an unlimited number of possible stories to tell, but only 110 made the final cut.

A difficult choice to be made. An object hurtling recklessly through space. A new invention that will change the world. So many things can impact a life, a society, or a planet.

Impact features 300 word speculative fiction ficlets from across the queer spectrum from the minds of the writers of Queer Sci Fi.

Welcome to Impact.

Series Blurb:

It’s hard to tell a story in just 300 words. Each year we ask writers to take the challenge, turning in stories across the queer spectrum. The rules are simple. Write a complete sci fi, fantasy, paranormal or horror story, include LGBTIQA characters, and do it all with just 300 carefully chosen words.

This book contains 110 stories of 300 words or less each.

Release date: 25th July 2018
Pre-order:
 Amazon US | Amazon UK | B&N | iTunes | KoboAngus & Robertson

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Frozen by A.M. Arthur (2nd Edition)

Title: Frozen (2nd Edition)

Series: Prodigal 02

Author: A.M. Arthur

Genre: Paranormal

Length: Novella (119pgs)

Publisher: Briggs-King Books (March 17, 2018)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: Best friends Lee Mitchell and Roman Carmichael have been inseparable since childhood, and at fifteen, realize they mean so much more to each other. But not everyone in their small, upstate New York town is happy about their fledgling romance, and during a spring canoe trip, Roman goes missing during a supposed accident Lee can’t remember. Heartbroken by the loss, Lee spends the next ten years rooted in place, building a life around the river that took his heart away, and obstinately searching for any sign of his lost love.

During a winter snowstorm, Lee sees a stranger on the side of the road in board shorts and a t-shirt, and he risks bringing the man home. But beneath the shaggy hair and beard is Roman. His Roman. Ten years older, but alive and well, and in Lee’s house. Roman’s reappearance, however, has a time limit, and as Lee works to recover all the memories he lost, one thing becomes frighteningly clear: as scary as the supernatural might be, sometimes human beings are the most horrifying villains of all.

Note: This story was previously published under the same title. No significant changes have been made.

ISBN: B07BBVF9RX

Product Link: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Shorty

Review: Lee has been searching for Roman for ten years since he disappeared during a canoe trip. One day he see’s a man walking along the road when it starts snowing. He picks him up after contemplating the pros and cons and discovers it is Roman. Now after ten long, lonely years the boy he loved is back.

Roman is secretive about where he has been these past ten years but the two’s love never died. Revelations slowly come out about that fateful night that separated the two. My heart broke for both Roman and Lee. I was amazed at the story and how everything came to pass. The ending was the real shocker to me as everything unfolded to a climatic ending.

Fantastic, heart gripping story of sacrifice, and a love that never dies. Highly recommended.

Prodigal by A.M. Arthur

Title: Prodigal

Series: Prodigal 01

Author: A.M. Arthur

Genre: Paranormal, Horror

Length: Novella (115pgs)

Publisher: Briggs-King Books (2nd edition) (March 14, 2018)

Heat Level: Low – Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: At eighteen, Ethan Wilde left his stifling, rural hometown of Kingston, North Carolina, and he never looked back. But something has always been missing from his life, he isn’t sure what—or who. Twelve years later, an article about the bizarre murder of a childhood friend lands in his inbox, and an instinct deep inside of Ethan insists he return to Kingston. He only plans to stay in town for a few hours, but at the funeral, he runs into a man he never expected to see again: his former-best-friend and lover Jesse.

Rooted in Kingston by forces he can’t explain, Jesse couldn’t leave with Ethan twelve years ago, but he doesn’t regret it. Ethan is free to live his life, while Jesse remains behind, protecting a terrible secret—a secret that began when he and five others were only nine years old. They were taken into the woods, and no one knows what happened. And only Ethan has ever left Kingston—but now he’s back, and Kingston isn’t letting Ethan leave a second time.

After twenty dormant years, the evil that wanted them is back and it’s collecting the souls who defeated it once before. Ethan and Jesse’s love is as powerful as it ever was, but are they strong enough to save each other a second time?

Note: This book was previously published under the same title. No significant changes have been made.

ISBN: B07BBXSTQ3

Product Link: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Shorty

Review: After leaving Kingston, n.c. years ago Ethan gets an email about a friend death. He returns for the funeral only to be thrust into a mystery and nightmare that started when he was nine years old. Jesse his best friend never left Kingston and upon Ethan’s return sets out to protect the man and to renew the bond they felt for another.

I absolutely loved this story. It’s spine-tingling and edge of your seat, page after page of memories rediscovered, a love that never died and an evil that laid in wait. I loved how close Jesse and Ethan were. I felt bad for their other four friends in the story.

The paranormal aspect of the story was gruesome in it’s intentions. But also added a dangerous appeal to an already amazing story.

Fantastic read and highly recommended.

Bleed by Joel Abernathy

Title: Bleed

Series: Flesh and Bone 02

Author: Joel Abernathy

Genre: Gay Romance, Horror, Paranormal 

Length: Novel (236pgs)

Publisher: Joel Abernathy (7th June, 2018)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: Vengeance.

My purpose, carved deeper into my soul than the names carved into my flesh.

Dominic.

The man who took everything from me, my own personal devil in shifting flesh.

Ursache.

My pack. The high-born family of wolves I’ve sworn my life to protect, even if my dying breath is pledged to another.

Mason…

My everything. Friend, confidant, enemy, lover. Most dangerous of all, he would become the reason I lived if I let him. He is the one thing I won’t allow Dominic to take from me. Love is not a luxury I can afford, but the sweetness of revenge has nothing on the taste of him…

This is the second book in the Flesh and Bone series, and the books are meant to be read in order. “Bleed” is an MM shifter romance with no MPREG. Readers 18+ only.

This is a dark romance with themes that may be triggering to some readers. Please see the inside cover for content warnings that contain vague spoilers.

ISBN: B07CQY5Y8X

Product Link: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Shorty

Review: Vasal has been hunting for the man who killed his family and broke him for many years. Along with that he has been hiding his feelings for his best friend Mason. Mason is the son of the Alpha. He has always felt like he never belonged. He has always loved his best friend Vasal but has buried his feelings for him.

There were a lot of twists and turns throughout the story that had me on the edge of my seat. Vasal and Mason struggled with their feelings for one another as the story progressed. But when the past comes back full force Vassal will do anything to get back the man he loves.

I loved this story full of interesting situations and intense scenes. I did wonder exactly what happened to Vasal and his family years before as we were given glimpses only. Aside form that it was an amazing story.

Dark, mysterious and tense scenes give the reader a wonderfully written story that keeps the attention well to the end and beyond. I am looking forward to the next addition to the series.

Highly recommended.

Sinister Hunger by Katze Snow

Title: Sinister Hunger

Series: Bloodstream 01

Author: Katze Snow

Genre: Fantasy, Horror

Length: Novel (212pgs)

Publisher: Katze Snow (April 19, 2018)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: A world of intrigue. A life of lies. A future of sacrifice.

Vincent Hudson is a vampire hunter, and his life is about to be ruined.

When a hunting trip ends in tragedy, he is forced to do the unthinkable—seek refuge in Sanctuary Hope, where each family must nominate a member to the city council. But there is a catch.

In exchange for refuge, the nominees are turned into bloodslaves for an elite chain of vampires, and unaware of the gut-wrenching reality, Vincent nominates himself. He only wanted to save his group.

Now, a life of captivity and war await him. . .

ISBN: B07C7QM9N9

Product Link: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Shorty

Review: In a world where humans are trying to survive after catastrophic disasters there are sanctuaries where you can go to be protected. But beware these cities are not what they seem.

Maddox is in charge of Sanctuary Hope. I found this name ironic because from what I read there is no hope only servitude and despair for those Maddox deems not fit.

Vincent goes into servitude believing his group will be taken care of. but unbeknown to him Maddox is only using him to stop Vincent’s uncle. The act that turned me against Maddox’s character to begin with was him imprisoning Vincent’s nephew and using him before he ever talks to Vincent. This young man had not done anything wrong so I was pissed at Maddox. I felt he lied to Vincent from the beginning.

We will see if Maddox can redeem himself in my eyes but I doubt it as I cannot stand the things he’s done so far. I feel sorry for Vincent and the life he in is store for with someone he will not be able to trust.

This is a dark tale full of deceit and manipulation. I am hoping for a better understanding of why Maddox feels the need to treat people as he does when they come to him for help and pledge a person into servitude so the rest of their family are safe and why it seems that it did not apply to Vincent or his group.

Interesting read.

Exhale by Joel Abernathy

Title: Exhale

Series: Flesh and Bone 01

Author: Joel Abernathy

Genre: Horror, Paranormal

Length: Novel (254pgs)

Publisher: Joel Abernathy (March 28, 2018)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: Two men haunted by the same ghost…

Falling for “the other man” in my marriage was never part of the plan. Then again, according to Nicolae Ursache, I am the other man, and human wedding vows don’t apply. Not to werewolves.

Nicolae is a smug, arrogant alpha male stereotype–and I do mean alpha in the literal sense–but when the same people who killed my wife kidnap my teenage daughter, he’s my only chance at getting her back. The fact that Nicolae was my wife’s rightful mate means that we share a mutual interest in bringing Ellie home, but I never could’ve imagined how he planned to do it.

I will do anything to protect my daughter. Even if it means becoming the plaything, or worse, of the man I loathe most.

This dark shifter romance contains material suitable for adult audiences only. It is a standalone with full resolution.

**NOTE: There is no mpreg in this universe. 18+ readers only.**

ISBN: B07BSP985L

Product Link: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Shorty

Review: This was a really awesome story. Jack is a human and after the death of wife he decides him and his daughter need a change of scenery so they move to a place where everything at first glance becomes so much worse than what they left.

Nicolai, the alpha of the Ursache pack, is angry. He is furious with Franchesca for leaving him all those years ago and marrying Jack. He convinces Jack the only way to get back Ellie, his daughter, after she’s kidnapped by her grandparents is to mate with him. There is so much to this story. Twists and turns and revelations come to light that will change more than a few lives.

Intense, passionate, mysterious, suspenseful and highly addictive this story will have you on the edge of your seat. I absolutely loved it and am looking forward to the next book in the series.

Highly recommended.

Blood Bathory: Absence Of The Sun by Ari McKay Blog Tour, Guest Post /w Exclusive Excerpt, & Giveaway!

Ari McKay - Blood Bathory Absence Of The Sun TourGraphic

Hi guys! We have Ari & McKay popping in today with the tour for their new re-release Blood Bathory: Absence of the Sun, we have a brilliant guest post from Ari where she shares an exclusive excerpt, and a fantastic giveaway where you could win a copy of Blood Bathory: Like The Night, so check out the post and enter the giveaway! ❤ ~Pixie~

Blood Bathory: Absence of the Sun

(The Guardians of Gaia 02)
by

Ari McKay

Tyger tyger, burning bright…

As theriomorphs in the service of Gaia, Tyr Gustavson and his lover Aaron fought against the vampires aiding the Third Reich during WWII. But even the fierceness of Tyr’s tiger form couldn’t save Aaron from being torn apart when a mission went horribly wrong. Lost in his pain, Tyr remained feral until he was unwillingly recalled to Gaia’s service seventy years later.

In the forests of the night…

When fighter pilot Adam Carson’s plane was shot down, he thought the worst that could happen was being sent to a Nazi prison camp. Little did he know there were other monsters in the shadows, and one of them wanted to claim him. But refusing Elizabeth Bathory had a price. Adam was turned against his will and trapped in a coffin as punishment for his resistance.

What immortal hand or eye…

While hunting ghouls, Tyr and his colleagues discover Adam’s prison. Believing he could be an asset, Marielle Du Lac frees him. Adam joins the team and is drawn to Tyr, despite Tyr’s hatred of vampires. When Tyr rejects Adam out of fear, Adam accepts a suicidal mission to find Thrace, the original nosferatu. If their desperate plan works, the theriomorphs could destroy not only Elizabeth, but the sire of all vampires as well. But if it fails, they could unleash a force leading to the destruction of them all… and perhaps of Gaia herself.

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In The Twist by L.A. Stockman

Title: In The Twist

Series: The Wild Hunt 01

Author: L.A. Stockman

Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Fantasy, Mystery, Horror

Publisher: NineStar Press (August 22, 2016)

Length: Novella (134 Pages)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: Twelve dead children. An ex-priest with the faith to move mountains. A hunter out of the depths of legend. Together, they must find a way to overcome their pasts and become something entirely new if they are to defeat an ancient evil.

David Shaughnessy was content in his life as a police detective in Armata, California. It lacked the visceral, sick thrill that came with exorcising demons, but it was better for him, saner. Until the night he got called out to a vicious murder in the woods, and met Dallan Jaeger. The older man and Interpol agent is much more than he seems to be, and their connection is immediate, powerful. Trust blooms quickly as they learn to work together to pursue the evil fae responsible for the murders.

They must learn to do more than trust each other if David is to fulfill his birthright and claim what was so long denied him. Only then do they have a hope of catching the killer…in the Twist.

ISBN: 978-1-91115-371-9

Product Link: NineStar Press | Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: When I first saw this book it fascinated me, but I still wasn’t to sure I wanted to read it. I still picked it but sat on it for quite awhile. I have never really been one to pick a story by an author I have not read before, but still the story called to me. There was just something about it that drew me to it.

I have never been a fan of dark stories, horror or even paranormal mysteries. This story however, once I started reading it kept my attention from the first word. It was compelling and extrememly dark. The characters are very unique and so are their stories.

There is a dead child in a tree, murdered and left for them to find. Then to find out that it is not one child that this evil has taken but twelve. Twelve innocent’s to be slaughtered by an evil no one knows about. David is an ex-priest who has a dark past. Parents gone, they were raised in a horrible place that did more to them in the name of evil. Only to be taken by priest that were cruel and sadistic. He has left the priesthood and is now a police detective who deals with the worst one can see.

Dallan works for Interpol and is older than dirt. He is the leader of the Hunters. A paranormal group that hunts the evils down and takes them to where they were meant to be. Twelve children have lost their lives and Dallan is sent in to find him. What it leads him to is a man who has been hurt and scarred, but whose heart is still so big and powerful. It leads him to a family he had not expected.

David must open his mind to the things that could be and what he is. He must claim his birthright and fight with the hunters. It will also lead him to his heart.

Now this is one book that I would love to put a higher than five mark on. It is a very fascinating story that made me hunger for more. I can not wait to get my hands on the next story. This is one book that might change my mind on stories like this. I would definitely recommend this.