Let’s go to the Movies #MFRWauthor #blogchallenge #romance

Hi, Y’all welcome back to the MFRW 52 week blog challenge. This is week 20. I can’t believe I have hung in there for 20 weeks!  This week’s topic is My Favorite Movies inspired by books. This should be easy right? Nope. I don’t  watch that many movies. I will admit I was a Twilight fan when it came out and saw all of them. Sorry, but the book was so much better. But yeah!  The young girl in me enjoys a sparkling vampire and sexy shirtless werewolves now and then so shoot me!

I guess my favorite would be  The Divergent Series. Divergent,  Insurgent and Allegiant I really liked this series but I have to admit I haven’t read the books.

I also loved the Hunger Games again I haven’t read those books but I do have them on e-book. It’s funny some of my friends in my writing chat group call me Katness LOL.

Now to a different Genre. The Help was really good. both in book and movie, I think I preferred the movie.

The Lovely Bones was a chilling movie. It broke my heart and no way would I read the book after that since I know books usually have more detail.

So it seems I have a pattern. If I read the books I prefer the book and will watch the move but once I watch the movie I usually don’t go back and read the books.

Except for Nicholas Sparks. I am a fan of both the books and movies I Adored the Notebook. It’s one of my favorite books and movies. I don’t think you can go wrong with a Nicholas Sparks book or movie.

What are some of your favorite Movies inspired by Books? Do you prefer the movies or the books?

I’m curious to see what the other bloggers watch, come go check them out with me!


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cat’s week in Review~~ #amreading #amlistening #amwatching

Hi everyone. This is a new thing I am trying. I hope you like my play on words!

I will tell you a little about each book or audio and link you to my Goodreads link for the full review. At Goodreads, you can usually get the buy links by clicking on the get a copy and it will pop up a list. I will also tell you who the publisher is that way you can always go there to buy as well.

You can also find these reviews at TTC Books and More where she has fun giveaways and prizes each month too, so go leave a comment on the reviews! To find each review just search the title and author of the book. Some of them have a blog tour as well with extra giveaways!

Books

Love’s Tethered Heart by C. L. Etta  Dreamspinner Press

 M/M contemporary  5 Meows  1 Purr

This is a bittersweet story. It is about a man (Mico) that barely survived a gay bashing. He is hooked up to a ventilator, feeding tube and catheter. It is also a story of a family sticking together and caring for the man instead of putting him in a skilled care facility.  Danny is a journalist that finds love in a very unlikely place.

I gave it one purr because though it’s not sexual there is a very sensual scene.

I applaud for dealing with such a sensitive story and making it so beautiful and romantic. Though someone is disabled, they are still very human and have needs. BRAVO!

You can see my full review at  Goodreads.  

 

A Coal Miner’s son T A Chase Published by Dreamspinner Press

M/M Contemporary

4 Meows.

T A Chase s one of my auto-buy authors. I love the realistic characters.

In A Coal Miner’s son, James is a wealthy coal mine owner and Cai is a mine worker.  It’s an awesome, rich/ man poor man story.

My  Goodreads  review 

 

Block and Strike  Kelly Jensen  Published by Dreamspinner Press  M/M Contemporary 

 4 meows  2 Purrs

I have only read a couple Kelly Jensen books, but she is heading right up there on my auto-buy too.  This story does have some violence and is very angsty , But I absolutely loved it.

Max is found on Jake’s doorway beaten almost to death. Jake takes him to the hospital. Jake has his secrets as well.  Block and strike is a lovely story of coming out, life and learning to trust and love.

My Goodreads review  

 

The Applicant by Aidee Ladner Dreamspinner Press 

MM Time Travel, Sci-FI

 3 Meows  2 Purrs

This one is a short story about time travel. Not usually my cup of tea but it was cute. There is a robot bear that makes it all worth reading. It is a setup  I think for a series and I am intrigued.

My Goodreads review  

Audio

Smoke and Mirrors by Charlie Cochet  Thirds book 7  narrated by Mark Westfield  10 hrs  42 minutes Audible 

M/M, Genres Mystery/Suspense / Science Fiction / Urban Fantasy / Werewolves/Shapeshifters

This is book 7 of the series and the best yet. That’s saying a lot as each book was fantastic. If you’re looking for an excellent series whether to read or listen to I highly recommend this.

Smoke and Mirrors does start where the last story ended with Dex being kidnapped and tortured. There are many emotional moments in this story. I laughed and cried more in this than the others and again that’s saying a lot. There are many shocking twists, several tear-jerking moments, of course, lots fo hot man-sex and wow what an ending.

You can read my full review at

Goodreads 

Since the series is awesome and you do need to read in order,  you can buy the complete series

Thirds https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01LYZH1HN/ref=series_rw_dp_sw

 

Waiting for the Flood  Alexis Hall Narrated by Alexander Doddy  2 hrs 49 minutes Riptide Publishing. Audible

 MM Standalone (Spires Universe) contemporary (kisses and touches no sex)  104 pages

Waiting for the flood is very poetic, and a short sweet romance. The narration made the book in my opinion. I could listen to Alexander Doddy all day. 

You can read my full review at Goodreads 

 

Redesigning Max Pat Henshaw Narrated by David Ross Dreamspinner Press Audible

Overall 4  Performance 5  story 4

MM/ Contemporary

Freddy is an award-winning designer. He is surprised when Max a sexy, lumberjack type guy hires him to design his cabin in the woods. Max finds Freddy intriguing and they become friends and lovers.

My Goodreads Review  

 

The BlueBerry Boys by Vanessa North Tobias Silversmith Riptide Publishing Audible

4 story 4 performance 4 overall

M/M Contemporary

Blueberry Boys is a short and sweet romance. It is about a country boy who is closeted and an out and proud city boy.

There is a scene with the sweetest love letter from Conner to Jed that brought tears to my eyes.

Goodreads review

 

TV

 Friday night (Dec 30) we watched Vikings. All his Angels.  Originally aired 12/28.

I hate to give such a violent story 5 meows, but I have to.  What Radnor’s courage and strength to all the kings did to him was astounding. I think this was probably aired originally earlier in the week we DVR tv shows a lot to get out of the commercials.

Movies TV

 Traded

4 Meows 

This was a western. It was splendid but very violent. A cowboy’s son died from a snakebite and him nd his wife got into a fight causing the 17-year-old daughter to run away. She is kidnapped and sold into prostitution. The father goes to hell and back to rescue her.  Kris Kristofferson had a small part. It also stars Trace Adkins and Michael Pare

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I hope you enjoyed my week in review. I hope you find some good books to read an audio or movie. If you had a favorite this week, you would like to share, post in comments. I am always looking for good entertainment! See ya Next week!

On Tour with~~ Joe Cosentino~~Drama Muscle

Ride the Rainbow Tour Bus

Hi, ya’ll! Are you ready to go on a tour? Hope on the bus, and let’s go! Today’s visit is with one of my favorite M/M  award—winning authors…Joe Cosentino!

 Hello, Joe. Thank you for stopping by to chat with us today.

My pleasure. I love answering your questions!

Great. Here’s the first. When did you start writing?

 My mother says I was telling stories in the womb. Actually, she tells me I took forever to come out (of her womb)—and she says it still hurts! As kids my sister, neighborhood friends, and I created full theatrical, costumed and choreographed musical productions in the garage. After majoring in theatre in college I became a professional actor, working in film, television, and theatre opposite stars like Rosie O’Donnell (AT&T industrial), Nathan Lane (Roar of the Greasepaint onstage), Bruce Willis (A Midsummer Night’s Dream onstage), Charles Keating (NBC’s Another World), Jason Robards (Commercial Credit computer commercial), and Holland Taylor (ABC’s My Mother Was Never a Kid TV movie). Moving on to playwriting and ultimately writing novels came next. Along the way, I received two master’s degrees and became a college professor/department head (like Martin Anderson in the Nicky and Noah mystery series).

Wow! What was it like acting with all those celebrities?

In each case, I worked with them before they became famous, and in each case they were gracious, hard-working, kind, and very funny. I can see Rosie O’Donnell playing Noah’s mother in a TV version of Drama Muscle!

First things first. How did Lethe Press come to publish the Nicky and Noah mystery series?

I noticed Lethe Press publishes many humorous, theatrically-styled gay books, and the company has been successful for fifteen years. After I submitted the manuscripts, Steve Berman offered to publish them, saying he had great fun reading them.

Any plans for them to become a television series?

I have plenty of plans. I need a TV network to have them too. Can’t you see Matt Bomer as Nicky, Neil Patrick Harris as Noah, and me as Martin Anderson? Come on, TV producers, make your offers!

I definitely can see that and would love to watch it! Why did you write a gay mystery/comedy/romance series?

The Nicky and Noah mysteries are the kind of books I like reading: funny, theatrical, sexy, wild, and wacky with a solid mystery full of plot twists and turns at its center—and a surprise ending!

What does the term, cozy mystery, mean?

The Nicky and Noah mysteries are set in an Edwardian style university founded originally by a gay couple (Tree and Meadow) whose name the university bears: Treemeadow College. It is a gay cozy mystery comedy series, meaning the setting is warm and cozy, the clues and murders (and laughs) come fast and furious, there are enough plot twists and turns and a surprise ending to keep the pages turning, and at the center is a touching gay romance between Associate Professor of Directing Nicky Abbondanza and Assistant Professor of Acting Noah Oliver. Along the way, Nicky and Noah fall in love, as I’ve heard the readers fall in love with them. For most of my life I’ve read cozy mystery novels. Though full of murder and mayhem, they always made me smile, challenged my brain, and relaxed me. What could be better than a brain-teasing puzzle taking place in a comfortable environment with lots of gay people? Like an Agatha Christie novel, the mystery is the central focus with red herrings and inversions leading to a satisfying conclusion. As in an Armistead Maupin novel, the characters are wacky, surprising, and endearing. In the first novel, it is winter, so white snow, cherry wood mantels surrounding blazing fireplaces, and hot chocolate are in abundance. In the second book, it is fall, so gorgeous leaves of amber, violet, and scarlet blanket the campus. The third book (Drama Cruise not yet published) takes us on cruise to Alaska for sights of glaciers and whales while Nicky directs a murder mystery dinner theatre show onboard ship.

Why did you set the series in a college university?

As a college professor/department head, I have always been aware that colleges are rife with mystery, romance, and humor. In each book Nicky and Noah eavesdrop, seduce, role play, and finally trap the murderer, as pandemonium, hilarity, and true love ensue for a happily ever after ending—until the next book.

Was Drama Queen, the first Nicky and Noah mystery, well received?

Reviewers called RDrama Queen hysterically funny farce, Murder She Wrote meets Hart to Hart meets The Hardy Boys, and a captivating whodunit with a surprise ending. Who am I to argue? Drama Queen also won four Divine Magazine Reader Poll Awards for favorite books of 2015: Best Mystery, Best Crime, Best Humorous, and Best Contemporary. In Drama Queen college theatre professors were dropping like stage curtains and amateur sleuths/college theatre professors Nicky and Noah had to use their theatre skills, including impersonating other people, to figure out whodunit. When the ebook reached eighteen on the Amazon bestsellers list in its category and the paperback and audiobook (with all twenty-four roles played by Michael Gilboe) sold like tickets to Les Mis after the Tony Awards, it was time for another Nicky and Noah mystery.

What is the storyline of Drama Muscle, the current Nicky and Noah mystery?

In Drama Muscle Nicky and Noah don their gay Holmes and Watson personas again to find out who is murdering musclemen in the Bodybuilding Department In the novel Nicky is directing bodybuilding students in Treemeadow College’s annual Bodybuilding competition on campus. Bodybuilding students and faculty drop faster than barbells until Nicky figures out the identity of the murderer, as well as Noah’s secret revolving around Van Granite, one of the bodybuilding professors. Noah’s hysterically funny parents visit from Wisconsin and are drawn into the action, and Nicky and Noah reach a milestone by the end of the novel.

Why did you set the second novel in the Bodybuilding Department?

I  have always been fascinated with bodybuilders. The concept of eating protein every two hours, lifting weights for three hours a day, shaving every body part, spray tanning, and posing in tiny gold trunks is amazing to me. What dedication! I quickly noticed the link between bodybuilding and theatre. So I realized the second Nicky and Noah mystery would take place in the Bodybuilding Department at Treemeadow College.

Since I work out every day (yet see very little results!) and am enamored of the real bodybuilders who are so big they don’t even need to iron their shirts, Drama Muscle holds a special place in my heart.

Since you are a college theatre professor, is the series based on you, your colleagues, and students?

My colleagues kid me that if anybody at my college ticks me off, I kill him/her in the series? Hah. To be honest, I like my colleagues and students too much to murder them in my books. Martin Anderson, Nicky and Noah’s department head, is based on me. He’s a loyal, hardworking department head and professor who fully supports his faculty colleagues, office assistant, and the students in his department. Like me, he is also a little bit, well quite a bit, of a gossip. My knowledge of theatre is also very evident in the series. The other characters and the location came from my head. As my mother says, “How do you think up all these crazy things? Well, you always were a bit crazy as a kid.”

Nicky is described as having an enormous manhood. Does that help him solve the murders?

It doesn’t hurt. Well, maybe it does. Hah. Nicky has to flirt his way into some places to get certain information, so his handsome face, muscular body, and huge penis are definitely assets. Even more, however, Nicky and Noah use their theatre skills, including playing other people, to get clues. Most of all, Nicky uses his smarts, always a fine asset in an amateur detective.

Nicky is of Italian-American decent, like you. Is that a coincidence?

Not at all. I come from a very funny Italian family. I use that in a great deal of my writing, though my mother swears nothing I write about actually ever happened.

Noah is eight years younger than Nicky. Does that present a conflict in their relationship?

People who say age is only a number are lying. Age always comes up. Thankfully, Nicky and Noah handle it, like everything else, with great humor, style, and love.

Your Dreamspinner Press novellas (An Infatuation, A Shooting Star, A Home for the Holidays, and The Naked Prince and Other Tales from Fairyland) were so well received. What do you say to people who loved them and might be surprised that the Nicky and Noah mysteries are quite different? 

I love salmon but I also love chicken. It’s the same thing. I’d ask them to give Drama Queen and Drama Muscle a try. Like I found eating pea soup as a kid, they may acquire a different taste.

What’s next for you as a writer?

Nine Star Press is publishing my two novels that place at a gay summer resort on the Jersey Shore: Cozzi Cove: Bouncing Back and Cozzi Cove: Moving Forward.

Tell us about your other mystery series, the Jana Lane mystery series.

I created a heroine who was the biggest child star ever until she was attacked on the studio lot at eighteen years old. In Paper Doll (Whiskey Creek Press), Jana at thirty-eight lives with her family in a mansion in picturesque Hudson Valley, New York. Her flashbacks from the past become murder attempts in her future. Forced to summon up the lost courage she had as a child, Jana ventures back to Hollywood, which helps her uncover a web of secrets about everyone she loves. She also embarks on a romance with the devilishly handsome son of her old producer, Rocco Cavoto. In Porcelain Doll (The Wild Rose Press), Jana makes a comeback film and uncovers who is being murdered on the set and why. Her heart is set aflutter by her incredibly gorgeous co-star, Jason Apollo. In Satin Doll (not yet released from The Wild Rose Press), Jana and family head to Washington, DC, where Jana plays a US senator in a new film, and becomes embroiled in a murder and corruption at the senate chamber. She also embarks on a romance with Chris Bruno, the muscular detective. In China Doll (not yet released from The Wild Rose Press), Jana heads to New York City to star in a Broadway play, enchanted by her gorgeous co-star Peter Stevens, and faced with murder on stage and off. Since the novels take place in the 1980’s, Jana’s agent and best friend are gay, and Jana is somewhat of a gay activist, the AIDS epidemic is a large part of the novels.

 Thank you for stopping by and Congratulations for winning Best Contemporary Novel, Best Mystery Novel, Best Crime Novel, and Best Humorous Novel of 2015 for DRAMAQUEEN, the first Nicky and Noah mystery published by Lethe Press, in the Divine Magazine Readers’ Poll Awardshttp://www.lethepressbooks.com/store/p303/Drama_Queen%3A_A_Nicky_and_Noah_Mystery.html

Laugh the winter weather away this January! DRAMA MUSCLE, the second Nicky and Noah mystery, by Joe Cosentino, published by Lethe Press is available Now!

DRAMA QUEEN, the first Nicky and Noah mystery made today’s list of Favorite LGBT Books of 2015 on Elisa Rainbow’s blog (thank you, Lorraine Lesar!).

DRAMA MUSCLE (a Nicky and Noah mystery)

a comedy/mystery/romance novel by JOE COSENTINO from Lethe Press

DramaMusclecover

Paperback: 60,000 words

Publisher: Lethe Press

Language: English

Cover Design: Denny Minonne

ISBN-10: 1590215664

ISBN-13: 978-1590215661:

Release date: January, 2, 2016

 

 

It could be lights out for college theatre professor Nicky Abbondanza. With dead bodybuilders popping up on campus, Nicky, and his favorite colleague/life partner Noah Oliver, must use theirdrama skills to figure out who is taking down pumped up musclemen in the Physical Education building before it is curtain down for Nicky and Noah. Complicating matters is a visit from Noah’s parents from Wisconsin, and Nicky’s suspicion that Noah may be hiding more than a cut, smooth body. You will be applauding and shouting Bravo for Joe Cosentino’s fast-paced, side-splittingly funny, edge-of-your-seat entertaining second novel in this delightful series. Curtain up and weights up!

You can buy it at:

http://www.lethepressbooks.com/store/p353/Drama_Muscle%3A_A_Nicky_and_Noah_Mystery.html

http://www.amazon.com/Drama-Muscle-Nick-Noah-Mystery/dp/1590215664/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1449696136&sr=1-4

Amazon myBook.to/DramaMuscle

My Review

5 meows 3 purrs (moderate sexual content)

This is book two in the Nicky and Noah mysteries but stands alone quite well.

In Drama Muscle Nicky and Noah are helping to make the bodybuilding competition more creative. Nicky is the producer and Noah helping with each one’s posing. They have chosen a Greek gods theme. Then the students and supervisors start dying one after another. Nicky begins investigating to help find the murder.

Once again Joe Cosentino delivers an intriguing story with lots of fun characters. I never tire of Joe’s stories. He has such a clean yet humorous style and though the mystery seems a bit predictable at first it twists and turns. I admit I suspected the killer but never could figure out a motive so I was unsure of what the outcome would be.

I love Nicky and Noah. They are quirky, very much in love and also sexy. I like the way the sex is handled in the store. It’s hot, sensual and yet tasteful.  The descriptions add a lot to the story. I could visualize their Victorian home as if I was there.

There was another storyline as well as the murders that really had me worried. Noahs parent comes to visit and keep pressing marriage. Nick keeps bringing it up, but Noah seems to brush him off, and then he begins cozies up to one of the bodybuilding teachers. What’s the outcome here? It was another surprise!

If you like a fast-paced, humorous mystery with some quirky characters, lots of twists and the hot, sensual, man-sex, this is definitely for you.

I promise you a laugh a minute!
* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review *

 Here is a little more Drama Muscle

As Mack drank, Jimmy Saline, a theatre major working as a student aide in the gym, said hello to me, then approached Mack shyly. At about a hundred pounds, Jimmy’s whole body could have fit into one of Mack’s muscular legs.

“Excuse me?” said Jimmy hoarsely.

Mack looked at Jimmy like a fly buzzing around his head. “Yeah?”

Jimmy swallowed hard. After clearing his throat, he wiped the perspiration off his freckled forehead, and croaked out, “You looked really up there good.” Jimmy’s face turned the shade of his fire-engine-red hair. “I mean you looked good up there. You should win.”

Mack smiled. “Thanks.”

I pretended to focus and refocus some lighting equipment near them as Jimmy handed Mack a fluffy white towel, then started to walk away.

Mack wiped the sweat off his handsome face. “What’s your name?”

“Me?”

Mack nodded.

Jimmy looked like a shock victim. “James…Jim…Jimmy.”

“Hi James Jim Jimmy. I’m Mack.” Mack offered his thick hand.

Jimmy’s face lit up like a torch as he stared at Mack’s hand in wonder. Finally his sweaty hand connected with Mack’s.

As they shook hands, Jimmy said, “I didn’t mean to take you away from your rehearsal.”

“You didn’t take me away,” Mack responded. “I’m on a break.”

“I’m glad. I mean, it’s good to have a break once in a while, because you might get tired, and then you’ll need…a break.” Jimmy raised his brown eyes to his mop of red hair. “I’m babbling.”

As Jimmy started to leave, Mack said, “Are you a phys. ed. major?”

Laughing, Jimmy responded, “What gave me away? My skinny arms or skinnier legs?”

Mack put his strong hand on Jimmy’s minuscule shoulder. “Jimmy, you shouldn’t put yourself down.”

“I’ve learned to do it before someone else beats me to it.” Realizing he was still holding Mack’s hand, Jimmy moved away nervously. “I’m a theatre major, working here as a student aide.”

“Why do you want to work in the Phys. Ed. building if you’re a theatre major?”

I’ve been asking myself the same thing.

“You don’t want to know.” Jimmy picked up a broom resting against the gym wall and began sweeping the floor.

Mack held the broom still. “I don’t ask a question unless I want to know the answer.”

Jimmy looked down at his sunken chest. “I took a weightlifting class last semester. Obviously I failed. When I was leaving class one day, I saw you coming into the weight room.”

“That’s why you applied to be a student aide here?” Mack asked in astonishment.

Jimmy nodded. “I hoped I could meet you.”

“Why?”

Jimmy took a step backward. “Please don’t get freaked out.”

Mack raised Jimmy’s chin from his chest. “I’m not freaked out.”

“I’m not a stalker or anything. I know that someone like you would never be friends with someone like me. I just want you to know that I really admire what you’ve accomplished as an athlete. And I’ve watched the way you interact with people, how you listen to them and respect them. I think that’s a really good thing. And I think you’re a really good guy.”

Jillian Flowers tapped Mack’s perfect back, then flicked back her blonde hair. “Mack, you um want to go over our like poses together?” She pressed her strong shoulder against his. “I, you know, promise to go like easy on you.”

Jimmy looked like a squirrel at a demolition site. “I’m sorry I bothered you. Good luck with the competition.” He scurried off to the supply room.

“Wait!” Mack shouted, but Jimmy was gone.

 

Meet Amazon Bestselling Author Joe Cosentino:

Joe Cosentino

Joe Cosentino wrote Drama Queen and Drama Muscle  Nicky and Noah mysteries (Lethe Press), An InfatuationA Shooting StarA Home for the HolidaysThe Naked Prince and Other Tales from Fairyland (Dreamspinner Press), Cozzi Cove: Bouncing Back (Nine Star Press), Paper Doll (Whiskey Creek Press) and Porcelain Doll (Wild Rose Press) Jana Lane mysteries, and The Nutcracker and the Mouse King (Eldridge Plays and Musicals). He has appeared in principal acting roles in film, television, and theatre, opposite stars such as Bruce Willis, Rosie O’Donnell, Nathan Lane, Holland Taylor, and Jason Robards. His one-act plays, Infatuation and Neighbor, were performed in New York City. He wrote The Perils of Pauline educational film (Prentice Hall Publishers). Joe is currently Head of the Department/Professor at a college in upstate New York, and is happily married. His upcoming novels areDrama Cruise Nicky and Noah mystery (Lethe Press), Satin Doll and China Doll Jana Lane mysteries (Wild Rose Press), and Cozzi Cove: Moving Forward (Nine Star Press).

You can Stalk oops Follow Joe:

Websitehttp://www.JoeCosentino.weebly.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/JoeCosentinoauthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JoeCosen

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4071647.Joe_Cosentino

Amazon: Author.to/JoeCosentino

Praise for DRAMA QUEEN, the first Nicky and Noah mystery by Joe Cosentino from Lethe Press:

 

“Without doubt, the funniest book I have read this year, maybe ever” “brilliant” Three Books Over the Rainbow

“I cannot stop laughing. Drama Queen is Hardy Boys-meets-Murder She Wrote-meets-Midsummer Murders, with a side of parodic, farcical, satire.” “Whodunits don’t come more whodunnit than this.” Boy Meets Boy Reviews

 

“I’m hoping that this is just the start for Nicky and Noah. If Jessica Fletcher could have so many murderers in Cabot Cove, why shouldn’t the same hold true for Treemeadow College?” Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words Reviews

 

“This fast-paced, hilariously funny, entertaining novel will have you on the edge of your seat as you try to figure out who-dun-it!” Joyfully Jay

 

“a murder mystery, a comedic romp, an investigative caper, and a love story all rolled up into one nifty little novel” The Novel Approach

 

“The tangled weave of murder mystery and other mysteries comes to a startling conclusion that is both satisfying and mind-boggling.” MultitaskingMomma

 

“I am not used to reading books that make me snigger out loud, but in Drama Queen Joe Cosentino has struck a great balance between his use of tongue in cheek humour and a compelling mystery which we want to see solved.” Divine Magazine

 

“Nicky and Noah are two sexy leading characters who conduct the investigation in this comedic caper with wit and style.” Vance Bastian Reviews

“Cosentino does a wonderful job of writing a mystery that keeps the reader guessing right up until the end.” Barron Owens Reviews

“I love this story, just the right mix, of fun, hilarity and mystery in the mix. The storyline is fresh and well thought out, and the dynamic of the characters is through the roof! Bike Book Reviews

 

“The author clearly knows of what he speaks on all matters theater, and the kind of authentic details he brings to the table in terms of characters and staging makes this immensely entertaining.” Love’s Last Refuge Reviews

What are you waiting for? go grab a copy and get ready for some fun and laughs!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cat’s Meow~~Reviews That Purrr—Resurfaced by Leslie Lee Sanders

Cats meow reviews that purr

Hi Y’all. It’s been a crazy week for me with fall approaching my allergies have kicked in and I have been dealing with a flea issue, so lots of spraying in the house. Bad for my allergies and asthma. Good that I get to lay down afterward and read all afternoon and evening.

I was thrilled this week when my friend and one of my favorite authors contacted me and asked if I would like a review copy of Resurfaced. I squealed in delight. Scared the cats to death,  but man was I happy.

For those of you that don’t know Leslie, she is the author of a fabulous LGBT dystopian, Post-apocalypse series called Refuge Inc.

Resurfaced is a standalone story.

Title: Resurfaced

Series: (Refuge Inc. Series) A standalone of the Refuge Inc. series

Author: Leslie Lee Sanders

Genre: lgbt, Post-apocalyptic, dystopian

Pages: 63

Abut the book:

Given a rare chance at sanctuary inside the subterranean Refuge facility, Damien and Patrick were lucky to survive the cataclysmic asteroid impact that left the world a dark, toxic wasteland. But has their luck finally run out?

Chosen to confront the devastation above on a mission that can save the future of mankind, they emerge but quickly realize they might be unable to safely return to their comforts, their families, and the only home they’ve known since impact.

Will developing a bond and building trust aid them when using their skills as a botanist and engineer to find a living plant? Will finding a plant be the key to returning to their home beneath the surface? Or will unearthing Refuge Inc. secrets be their downfall?

 

You can buy resurfaced at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B014K4F52O

MY REVIEW

The stars of the show–oops– I mean book were Damien a botanist and Patrick is an engineer. They lived in Refuge Inc. and were sent out on a special Mission.

There weren’t any characters that stole my heart. Damien and Patrick are the only two in the book though some are mentioned. Damien keeps mentioning his son Connor and I hope to see his story soon.

This is a very short book without a lot of plot or action. It is a bit dark and very much based on the emotions of these two men.

The most memorable event for me was the end so I can’t tell you what it is. The story is short so read it and see. It will bring tears to your eyes.

The one thing that I didn’t like so much was that the story is so short I never really got a chance to know who these two men really were and the full extent of why they are on this mission. I would have loved this book to have been a little longer.  The entire premise of finding life outside Refuge Inc. was very intriguing and I wouldn’t have minded spending another hour or so with these men.

Resurfaced is part of the refuge Inc. series. Though it is not required to read in order if you have read the other books you would understand what Refuge Inc. is and the references to the legends. Plus it’s a good post-apocalyptic series if you’re looking for a new one to read.

If you like an emotional, heart wrenching dystopian story, and post-apocalypse You will like this.

* I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review *

You can stalk—oops—follow Leslie:

Facebook Author Page: 

LLS Twitter Page:

Refuge Inc. Twitter: 

Goodreads: 

Website: 

Amazon author page: 

Mailing list: 

If you would like to see how all this began, check out the Refuge Inc. Series (It is really good)

Before the Darkness

Amid Darkness: 

Beyond the Darkness: 

Or you can get all three books..

This is not really a romance or erotica. It is  LGBT Dystopian Post apocalypse.

 

 

Fame and Fortune…Excerpt , Review, Giveaway

Fame and Fortune
An All Cocks Story– book #2
Love should be multiplied, not divided!

 

Welcome to the All Cocks house!

All Cocks house

 

Hello everyone, and thank you, Cathy, for hosting me today. I thought I’d share some insight into the house on Mamaroneck Island that Victor, Andrew, and Mattie call home. The models refer to it as the All Cocks house, because it is their home base outside of the studio in the city. When I started writing the series, I knew I wanted to base it in NYC, but I wanted the throuple to have a home away from all the madness in the city. I researched outlying areas that were driving distance to the city while being quaint and maybe a little secluded. I settled on Mamaroneck because I wanted a house on the water, I mean how much fun will I have writing scenes that are set on water?!

Back of the All Cocks house

 

An excerpt from Fame and Fortune

 When Victor first brought Andrew out to the house they now owned on Mamaroneck Island he thought it was too much, too big for just the two of them. Victor had come prepared for that reaction, though, explaining his plan as they walked from room to room. How Victor wanted their small company to become an extended family of sorts. The models could stay with them and shoot out at the house sometimes. The attic could be their office away from the office. “There are seven bedrooms Victor, what the fuck are we going to do with seven bedrooms?” Andrew asked, still a little overwhelmed at the thought of investing in such a large home.

 

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“We set one up for shooting scenes here, the other we use for models. They stay for shoot or if they need home. Fame, fortune and a family Andrew, this is what I am wanting for you, for us.” Victor led Andrew into the master bedroom to a picnic basket, blanket and pillows all set up beside the fireplace where a fire was already burning beautifully. They ate and talked, Andrew finally coming around to the idea and sharing things he wanted to do to the home with Victor.

 Yeah it’s a big ass house, but Victor holds to his promise to fill it. Before it’s all said and done, I think they might even have a few little ones running up and down the stairs of their large estate. But that’s waaaaaaaay down the road. For now I think this throuple will be happy with the different models that come and stay at the house sporadically, their extended family of sorts. Can’t you just imagine the holiday parties? I can and I want to go!

 

Victor Dimir
moved to America with his traditional Romanian parents when he was just a
child. His Romani parents taught him their traditions and how to be a shrewd
business man, but it was the attention of a classmate at school that taught
teenage Victor about his sexuality. When he came out to his parents he knew it
would be difficult for them to understand, but he never expected them to disown
him.
Andrew Jones
grew up with a single mom and his grandmother teaching him about life, he had
an absentee father at best. The only thing the man ever did for Andy that stuck
was buy him a camera for his thirteenth birthday. When Andrew went off to
college on a scholarship to study photo journalism, he wound up falling in love
with his Romanian roommate.
They became
inseparable and wound up starting their own business together: a gay porn
website where people could go and watch romantic gay porn instead of the rough
and tough, or wham bam thank you man crap that was flooding the internet at
that time. After ten years together they were still perfectly happy, not
realizing something was missing, until they met a broken young man that needed
a family.
Matthew Carlson
was homeless, jobless and broken. At sixteen he ran away from home after being
brutally assaulted by several young men that he thought were his friends, and
then being told he brought it on himself for being gay by his parents. Matthew
has done a lot of things these last few years just to get by. When he finds the
flyer for All Cocks, he decides to call and see where it leads. What has he got
to lose?
Matthew has deep
rooted scars that aren’t visible on the outside to most. But when he walks into
All Cocks, both Victor and Andrew can see the darkness in his eyes; they also
see him. Can three men that did not know they needed each other get past the
stigma of society to find a place of happiness, together?
*Advisory warning: This story contains a scene of
sexual assault.*
 
 
 
Buy Links Fame and Fortune: Amazon | ARe | Smashwords Amazon UK | Amazon AU |

Gay for Pay Amazon –  Amazon UK – Amazon AU – ARe –  SW

 

 

 

 

My review for  Fame and Fortune 

Meows 4  Purrs ( so hot you need a cold shower)

Fame and fortune is a very sweet romance between three loving men.  Though Victor and Andrew have been partners for ten years, they both felt something for the sweet angelic looking boy Mattie when he showed up for a job. Both men could tell he was broken and not ready for porn shoots. When Mattie finally insists they set him up, and none of them was prepared for Mattie’s reaction. Now Mattie has to tell Victor and Andrew about his past abuse.

I must warn you if you’re susceptible to triggers, there are back flashes of gang rape and date rape drugs. I will say That TM handled it with finesse, and the story has a lot of light moments and sensual loving sex to soften the harsh scenes.

I loved all the characters and the main storyline of the coming to term with the change in their relationship.

I will say that the story begins moving fast and skipping quickly through years. I would have liked to have seen more of the things that happened than short paragraphs telling us about them. There were a few places where the author told us of things that happened between other characters ( from the first book) that I personally felt should have been left out and this book the first. Now having said that; I still loved this story and all of these men and cannot wait for the next book–Jon and Kory–and all the others. (Yes I read all the small print at the end that tells what’s coming soon!)

I highly recommend this if you like gay new adult romance, angst, threesomes, menage, hot man-sex and allover fun, sexy romance!

 
A military brat born and raised at Ft. Benning
Georgia; Smith is an avid reader, reviewer and writer. She now calls Texas home
from her small town on the outskirts of the DFW Metroplex. Most days you can
find her curled up with her kindle and a good book alongside a glass of
something aged and red or a steaming cup of coffee!
 

 

At 44 years young, she’s decided to enter the
next phase of her life by adding the title of “author” to her list of
accomplishments. Smith is a single mom of three disturbingly outspoken and
decidedly different kids, one of which is Autistic. Besides her writing, Smith
is passionate about Autism advocacy and LGBT rights.


 
Her series Opposites goes beyond the norm of society, exploring what society would be like were it the norm to be gay/lesbian. To be straight labels you the outkast. Her latest series, the All Cocks Stories, is set within the world of online gay porn. 
 

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