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Oct
27

Blog Tour + Giveaway: Prosperity by Alexis Hall

Blog Tour + Giveaway: Prosperity by Alexis Hall From the Author: Hello, and welcome to the Prosperity Blog Tour, celebrating Riptide Publishing’s release of Prosperity. Thank you so much to That’s What I’m Talking About for hosting me. And, to you, dear reader, for stopping by. I’m trying something a little different with this blog tour. I would very much like to invite you to join me over on Facebook at the Steampunk Flashgroup. A flashgroup is sort of a Facebook pop up shop. It’s a short-term group that will be active for the length of the Prosperity blog tour. I’ll be over there all week, and a little bit after, talking about the book, giving away many, many things, posting exclusive excerpts of Prosperity and the upcoming sequels, answering any questions, and generally having a ball. I do hope you will pop along and be part of the conversation. I also have postcards showcasing the absolutely stunning Prosperity artwork. If you would like one, please join the group and drop me a message, and I will be delighted to send one winging your way. About Prosperity A breathtaking tale of passion and adventure in the untamed skies! Prosperity, 1863: a lawless skytown where varlets, chancers, and ne’er-do-wells risk everything to chase a fortune in the clouds, and where a Gaslight guttersnipe named Piccadilly is about to cheat the wrong man. This mistake will endanger his life . . . and his heart. Thrill! As our hero battles dreadful kraken above Prosperity. Gasp! As the miracles of clockwork engineering allow a dead man to wreak his vengeance upon the living. Marvel! At the aerial escapades of the aethership, Shadowlesss. Beware! The licentious and unchristian example set by the opium-addled navigates, Miss Grey. Disapprove Strongly! Of the utter moral iniquity of the dastardly crime prince, Milord. Swoon! At the dashing skycaptain, Byron Kae. Swoon Again! At the tormented clergyman, Ruben Crowe. This volume (available in print, and for the first time on mechanical book-reading devices) contains the complete original text of Piccadilly’s memoirs as first serialised in All the Year Round. Some passages may prove unsettling to unmarried gentlemen of a sensitive disposition. About Alexis Hall Alexis Hall was born in the early 1980s and still thinks the 21st century is the future. To this day, he feels cheated that he lived through a fin de siècle but inexplicably failed to drink a single glass of absinthe, dance with a single courtesan, or stay in a single garret. He...
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Oct
22

Review: Precious Metals by L.A. Witt

Review: Precious Metals by L.A. Witt Precious Metals Author: L.A. Witt Reviewer: B. Rating: A- What I’m Talking About: I was very eager to read this title, having enjoyed the first story in the Metals series a great deal, and I wasn’t disappointed. If Noble Metals succeeded in being imaginative and exciting, then this one was even better. Still set in during the gold rush in the Klondike, Precious Metals is the story of another pair of companions-turned-lovers, an invention worth killing (or dying) over, and a perilous journey through the frozen north. While both stories share certain similarities, there are enough differences between the respective situations of the main characters to allow Precious Metals to successfully stand on its own. Joseph, the younger of the two men, is extremely clever and determined, and more than a little desperate to get back to the gold fields that have drawn so many with the possibility of fortune and a better life. Though the reasons for his initial trip turn out to be less sympathetic than they might have been, the change in his circumstances, along with the likelihood that he could lose much more than wealth, drew me in early on. Paul, the older and more reluctant of the pair, is likewise somewhat difficult to feel sorry for initially. Ordered to accompany Joseph on the first part of his journey, Paul is resentful of being saddled with the young man whose urgent need to return to the mining camp takes them on a treacherous expedition with no guarantee of a happy outcome. Once Paul’s personal history is revealed more fully, however, his earlier reticence becomes overshadowed by his tentative hope for a better future for himself as well as Joseph, and I found his heroism easy to embrace for the duration of the narrative. The obvious desire between Paul and Joseph was present from the moment they met, and the pulse of it only increases as the story goes on. Although there were a few moments where it’s not quite as easy to be swept up in their mounting attraction or to accept Joseph’s convictions regarding the ease of what lies ahead for them, the fantasy of their crossing, both geographical as well as emotional, is a solidly enjoyable experience. Once the perils of their excursion begin to wear down their defenses, these two compliment one another in nearly every respect, and watching them explore their growing connection was a real pleasure. Aside from the Steampunk...
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Sep
25

Review: This Time Now by KT Grant

Review: This Time Now by KT Grant This Time Now Author: KT Grant Reviewer: B. Rating: B+ What I’m Talking About: Regret is never an easy thing to live with, but coming face-to-face with its source when you least expect it can be heartbreaking. Amanda Barkley and Billie Layne had big plans together before tragedy and circumstance tore them apart. Now, six years later, Billie is back and Amanda is still angry and hurting. While forgiveness isn’t a simple thing, second chances don’t happen often, and both women are about to learn that holding on to the past too tightly could cost them the very happiness they’ve been looking for. In This Time Now, Ms. Grant makes good use of the notion that opposites attract when telling Amanda and Billie’s story. From the beginning, I thought Amanda was a very likable character. At a little more than five feet tall, blonde, sweet, and pretty, she’s well liked by those around her. Despite the fact that she seems to be fairly independent, she’s surrounded by some well-meaning people who have her best interests at heart. She has sacrificed a great deal for those who need her, but has managed to build a life for herself that works. It’s not how she imagined things would be; yet she seems content to look ahead from where she is. I couldn’t help but want her to be happy, my reservations over her former girlfriend’s intentions aside. Billie, on the other hand, I didn’t care for at first. Her initial arrogance and presumptuousness did nothing to help me see her as a sympathetic character. Billie returns home after attaining the fame she left to pursue six years ago, as well as having a major health scare, with the notion that she can just reinsert herself into Amanda’s life and that they’ll pick right back up where they left off. Thankfully, it didn’t win Amanda over any more than it did me, and while I felt sorry for what Billie had been through, I was glad that Amanda resisted for as long as she did. It isn’t until Billie realizes she can’t bulldoze past Amanda’s resistance, and experiences a real dose of fear and potential loss over the situation that she begins to be honest with Amanda, as well as herself, making the inevitable ending much easier to accept. This Time Now is a very short tale of regret, forgiveness, love, and new beginnings. While I think Billie should have had to...
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Sep
11

Author Guest Post: Rebekah Weatherspoon

Author Guest Post: Rebekah Weatherspoon Today I welcome back Rebekah Weatherspoon to That’s What I’m Talking About. She’s here to share some of her personal experiences that went into the writing of her upcoming New Adult title, Treasure. Please help me welcome Rebekah to the blog. I think when a lot of people think of the New Adult genre, “angst” is one of the key descriptors that comes to mind. There are bad boys, all sorts of wrong sides of the tracks, the almost sexual assaults, and more dark pasts to shakes a stick at. One thing I like about the New Adult genre is that it tackles a period in life that is often overlooked in media. There are tons of books and television shows for kids from preschool to 18. and then the world seems to pick up again for the 25+ crowd. I think between the ages of 18 and 25 a lot of us did a lot of growing. I know I did. I finished college. Got my first car. Moved in with my first partner, worked THREE jobs at once, learned I wasn’t cut out to be a middle school teacher. During that time I also found my love of writing. It was a time for growth, but it was also a time when I struggled a great deal. I felt the first pull to end my life my senior year in high school. I was struggling with depression, undiagnosed vision problems, and undiagnosed ADHD, along with all the other fun stuff that comes with being an overweight black girl at a predominately white boarding school. Luckily, I had my father close by, and just having him there to listen and take as much of my pain as he could, gave me the will to hang on. He was there for me again in college when I felt the same pull and again in my early 20’s when those dark voices came back. It was his voice, and the voice of my significant other, who kept me from the closest I’ve been to the edge when in 2011, I finally made plans. I didn’t follow through with those plans and have since taken steps to really care for myself and put my own mental health before anything else. I’ve found joy in self care and joy in the strength it gives me to keep writing. When I decided to write Alexis and Trisha’s story, I wasn’t going for the angst factor. Instead I...
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Aug
22

Joint Review: Not Fade Away by S.E. Jakes

Joint Review: Not Fade Away by S.E. Jakes Not Fade Away Author: SE Jakes Reviewer: Jen Twimom & B. Rating: A- (Jen) & A+ (B.) What We’re Talking About: Not Fade Away is a wonderful “slice of life” short set in the Hell or High Water series, which features hard, dark men who run under-the-radar black ops rescues. This story focuses on main characters Tom and Prophet, two men who have overcome tremendous personal demons to find happiness and, dare we say, love. Although Not Fade Away can be read and enjoyed as a stand alone novella, we do not recommend it, as readers will find more emotional gratification from following the pair on their journey starting with the first book in the series, Catch a Ghost. B.: Taking place during an increasingly rare moment of “peace” (a term which has a very different connotation in the lives of the two main characters), Not Fade Away is a brief, but wonderfully done glimpse at the current state of Tommy and Prophet’s relationship. I absolutely love these two, and was thrilled to see how their abrasive and defensive natures have become so complimentary. Irrevocable choices have been made at this point in their story. Experiences have been shared and battles have been fought. And they’ve come through it all stronger than ever. Jen: I agree! This time around, we witness a more playful duo, engaging in a game of Truth or Dare, and it is such a change of pace from their normal pace. However, once Tommy completes his dare, the couple becomes distracted (in good way *wink*) and Proph’s truth never comes out. It isn’t until months later (present day) that the unsaid truth is addressed, and the couple successfully jumps yet another hurdle. What happens between the pair is so fitting and serves to only makes their relationship stronger. I adore Tommy and Prophet so much, and I appreciate that despite all of their demons, they now fully embrace each problem and use them to strengthen what they have. B.: At this point, both Tommy and Prophet have learned that accepting someone else’s acceptance is a daunting thing—and that the possibility of losing it is downright terrifying. But, they’ve each come to the realization that fighting one another and fighting for one another are often the same thing, and that some reciprocal button-pushing will usually lead to a whole lot of mutual satisfaction. These two get each other better than just about any other couple I’ve...
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Aug
14

Author Guest Post: Rebekah Weatherspoon

Author Guest Post: Rebekah Weatherspoon I am excited to have as my guest Rebekah Weatherspoon, author of adult and new adult romance, both contemporary and paranormal. Today Rebekah is here to share with us a little about her upcoming story, Burn, which is part of the All You Can Eat Anthology. Please help me welcome Rebekah Weatherspoon… Thank you for having me! Whenever there’s a conversation about me offering up a piece of writing, whether it’s a blog post, a full length novel, or a short story, there’s always that moment of pure panic. What in the heck am I going to write about? I’ve had a busy year. Novellas and short story releases almost back to back. My brain is pretty much fried, and the year isn’t even close to being over yet. For this post, being hella busy with release after release gives me a chance to talk about my next bit hitting shelves, Burn, which will be featured in the anthology All You Can Eat. I’ll let the editors of this steamy collection of works give you a little background on the project in their own words. First, R.G. Emanuelle and Andi Marquette have done an anthology prior to this. That one, through Bedazzled Ink, is “Skulls and Crossbones: Tales of Women Pirates.” We had a great time with that, though doing anthologies is kind of like herding cats in some respects, because you’re dealing with several different authors and you’re trying to coordinate their schedules with the publisher’s schedule. So after we did that anthology, we decided that eventually, we’d like to do another one. But we weren’t really sure what topic that would be, so we back-burnered anthologies and focused on other projects. But then we started talking about it again last year. We had floated the idea of doing something with regard to food, but things didn’t really gel until last fall, when it hit us. Food. Romance. Erotica. Duh. R.G. is a lifelong foodie; she learned food and cooking from her mom, who immigrated from Italy via Argentina. She completed culinary school and worked as a food and travel writer, and also had her own personal chef business for a while.  Andi just likes food, and enjoys the interplay of food, culture, and social ties. So the two of them combined their different perspectives and decided to invite several authors to participate in an anthology whose main themes were food, romance, and/or erotica. They left it pretty open-ended, for writers to...
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Aug
1

Review: Home the Hard Way by Z.A. Maxfield

Review: Home the Hard Way by Z.A. Maxfield Home the Hard Way Author: Z. A. Maxfield Reviewer: B. Rating: A What I’m Talking About: When Dare Buckley left Palladian, he was a golden boy in mourning, and the town was a place of personal tragedy and loss. Going away meant starting over, and moving on wasn’t something he’d ever allowed himself to regret. As with all things not fully understood until much later, however, leaving usually means leaving someone behind, and Dare soon finds that the secrets that shaped the former children and the community he once knew run far deeper than he could have ever imagined. Isolated and stigmatized from the moment he arrived in town, Finn Fowler has never had it easy. Small and unmistakably “different,” he was targeted and bullied, briefly finding acceptance and friendship with Dare, only to lose everything all over again when Dare and his mother left Palladian. But, time and circumstance have redefined Finn, and the man he’s become has been getting along just fine on his own. At least, he was until his former protector’s return threatens everything, especially the walls he’s so carefully built around his heart. As much as I loved Home the Hard Way, I never quite figured out how I felt about Dare. While his past is certainly tragic, and grieving is a process that is unique to every individual, I really didn’t like him at first, and was never thoroughly convinced of his worthiness. Still, he is necessary on many levels, and provides an excellent lens through which to watch the story evolve. His assumptions about Palladian and all the people in it compared to the reality of what he finds when he comes home in disgrace are important, and serve as a painful testimony about selfish actions. His befuddlement over the changes in Finn, especially, but the rest of the town as well, was more than a little insulting, considering his abandonment of the boy he’d sworn to protect, yet I found the entire situation intriguing and darkly entertaining. I may not have liked Dare, but I very much wanted him there, learning and, yes, hurting a bit as he decided how to handle the second chance he was given. Regardless, Dare is a vivid, crucial component of the narrative, and I can’t imagine this story being as meaningful without him. Finn, on the other hand, is a wonderful character, and I absolutely loved him from the start. He has a seemingly infinite...
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Aug
1

Book Tour + Giveaway: Z.A. Maxfield

Book Tour + Giveaway: Z.A. Maxfield Hello and thanks to That’s What I’m Talking About for letting me be here today! I’m Z.A. Maxfield, coming at you from lovely sunny southern California where I’m blogging about my latest release, Home The Hard Way. *** I’m doing a giveaway and there are a couple different ways to win! At each tour stop, one lucky winner will get to choose any book from my backlist, so if you’re new to Z.A. Maxfield, this is a great way to find out if you want to dive in! At the end of the tour, I’ll be giving away a Riptide gift certificate, so you’re going to want to follow along the whole blog tour HERE for your best chance at a prize! About the book: Here’s the blurb for Home the Hard Way: Dare Buckley has come home—or at least, he’s come back to Palladian, the small town he left as a teenager. After a major lapse in judgment forced him to resign from the Seattle PD, Palladian is the only place that’ll hire him. There’s one benefit to hitting rock bottom, though: the chance to investigate the mystery of his father’s suicide. Dare also gets to reacquaint himself with Finn Fowler, whose childhood hero worship ended in uncomfortable silence when Dare moved away. But Finn isn’t the same little kid Dare once protected. He’s grown into an attractive, enigmatic stranger who neither wants nor needs what Dare has to offer. In fact, Dare soon realizes that Finn’s keeping secrets—his own and the town’s. And he doesn’t seem to care that Dare needs answers. The atmosphere in Palladian, like its namesake river, appears placid, but dark currents churn underneath. When danger closes in, Dare must pit his ingenuity against his heart, and find his way home the hard way. Read more about Home The Hard Way HERE Giveaway: There’s two ways to win today! Comment below for a chance to win an ebook from my backlist AND you can also… Enter the Giveaway! a Rafflecopter giveaway The giveaway is open during the time specified on the Rafflecopter form. Winner(s) chosen at random from all eligible entries. This contest is open internationally where not prohibited by law. Open to participants, 18 years or older, who are legally allowed to participate in such a contest as allowed by their local laws. All federal, state, local, and municipal laws and regulations apply. Void where prohibited. No purchase necessary. By participating in the contest,...
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Jul
18

Review: Noble Metals by L.A. Witt

Review: Noble Metals by L.A. Witt Noble Metals Author: L.A. Witt Reviewer: B. Rating: B+ What I’m Talking About: From the moment the distinguished, self-assured gentleman walked into the brothel where he worked as a prostitute and bartender, Robert Benton’s curiosity was piqued. Upon learning that the man was headed to the gold fields he had been yearning for since his arrival in Seattle, Robert knew the handsome stranger would likely be his last chance to start the new life he’d come north for in the first place. Finding love—and losing it—along the desperate and ragged trail to find gold certainly wasn’t something he’d ever dared to consider. Brilliant and determined, and somewhat eccentric if his employers and peers are to be believed, Dr. John Fauth needs something most other men headed to the Yukon haven’t even considered in their quest to strike it rich in the harsh Canadian wilds. With time and resources running out at the university in Chicago that employs him, he’s got to accomplish what he set out to do or he’ll lose everything. Sometimes, though, even the most meticulously laid plans have a way of coming undone, and John learns that falling apart might just be his only saving grace after all. From the beginning, it’s clear that Noble Metals relies heavily on its romantic elements, which are occasionally over-the-top, but suit the story well. As John’s feelings towards Robert grow, his priorities change, even though he doesn’t act on his new convictions and alter his course until it’s almost too late. The contrast between the unforgiving cold of the environment and the warmth of the men’s mutual affection was a nice touch, and is the focus of much of the narrative, but since their ill-timed love affair is one of the best parts of the story, I enjoyed reading about it tremendously. Something I didn’t expect was how engrossed in the events of the tale I became, but I found the narrative to be more and more intriguing as the perilous nature of the men’s journey increased. Robert and John face a number of dangers as their story progresses, and the severity of their situation grows along with the desperation of those around them. Although I’m not overly familiar with the details of the gold rush of the Yukon, and can’t attest to the accuracy presented in Noble Metals, I was drawn in by the battle between hopelessness and resolve the men undergo. There are plenty of conflicts going...
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Jul
11

Review: Running Wild by S.E. Jakes

Review: Running Wild by S.E. Jakes Running Wild Author: SE Jakes Reviewer: B. Rating: A- What I’m Talking About: When I first heard that one of my favorite authors, SE Jakes, was working on a new m/m series about a motorcycle club, I knew immediately that I’d be on board for anything she had planned. Having read the Hell or High Water books (as well as a few of her other titles), I was already aware of her abilities when it comes to writing sexy, complicated heroes. Now that I’ve had the opportunity to read Running Wild, I can happily confirm that I’ve fallen in love with the Havoc series, too. Revolving around a car theft ring and its various participants, Running Wild introduces us to two unique new characters: Sean Rush, a twenty-four year old Army veteran and all-around danger magnet, and Ryker, Sean’s guardian angel and a Lieutenant in the local, ruling motorcycle club, Havoc. Sean is an interesting character in that his personal history is tragic enough that it could have taken the entire story into such a dark place that the rest of the narrative wouldn’t have felt balanced. Fortunately, Sean is no wilting victim, and his loyalty, tenacity, and complete disregard for his own safety when it comes to helping his friends makes him a much deeper and multifaceted character. Sean is easy to like, despite his knack for causing trouble, but never more so, at least for me, than when he’s with Ryker—or having an epiphany about himself because of Ryker. Although the story is told in the first-person from Sean’s perspective, I completely fell for Ryker from the very beginning. Eleven years older than Sean, he’s a lot more level than the headstrong object of his desires, and his deceptively open approach to dealing with the chaos surrounding both of them in the first half of Running Wild makes him a dangerously lovable stabilizing force in Sean’s world. As the story progresses and the truth behind Ryker’s (and Havoc’s) interest in Sean is slowly revealed, however, we discover that Ryker is more than what he seems. Ryker and Sean are positively scorching together. From their first encounter, it’s obvious that they make each other completely crazy in (mostly) all the best ways. Sean has had a lot of growing to do, and Ryker’s possessive form of patience is exactly what he needs. Ryker, by turns, wants Sean, wild and vulnerable as he is, and goes to tremendous lengths...
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