(Edition of November 30th to December 07th)
So, the Bookish News has a name! Isn’t this fabulous? Of course it is. Also, we have a header! I’m too proud of myself at the moment. I don’t own any of the pandas, just put everything together at Photoshop, haha! The big lovely panda was designed by @elsystudio and I found the the panda stamps at Google =) But it’s kind of illustrative, right?
But enough blabbering and let’s go to the news! With Christmas so near, authors are going crazy with their newsletters and I think I’ll need to dothis thing actually TWICE a week… As my OCD won’t allow me to do differently always, you will find the author’s news in alphabetical order of their first names!
In this issue, you’ll read news about: Andrea Dalling, Annabeth Albert, Avery Ford, Bonnie Dee & Summer Devon, Cherokee Randolph, Grace Burrowes, Jody Holford, K. J. Charles, Lisa Oliver, Margo Bond Collins, May Sage, Parker Elliot, Posy Roberts, Rayne Wagner, Rebecca Hamilton, Tessa Bailey
Andrea just released her Romeo & Julian romance at ARE! Check it out here❤
- Romeo & Julian
Release date: Dec. 02th (ARE store)
Fate brought them together. Family could tear them apart.
Love at first sight…
Nick Romeo’s first glimpse of Julian Capelle sends him tumbling into unquenchable passion. Shy and serious, Nick’s not sure he deserves someone with Julian’s charismatic charm…but the other man’s blue eyes and angelic smile are too gorgeous to resist.
A courtship in the limelight…
Julian is just as captivated by Nick’s dark good looks and smoldering gaze. When the young lovers are cast as the leads in an all-male production of Romeo and Juliet, it amplifies the electric desire between them.
With trouble waiting in the wings…
Julian’s older brother, Tyler, is part of a long-standing feud that turns him against Nick. Ty’s unceasing stream of insinuations water the doubts in Julian’s mind. When the truth surfaces, can he and Nick find a way to be together, or will the secrets of the past destroy their future?
This steamy gay romance has an HEA ending and no cliffhanger.
An author I had the pleasure of meeting at Big Gay Romance Giveaway =) She just released a Christmas themed gay romance!
- Wrapped Together, Portland Heat #5
Release date: Dec. 06th
In the bustling restaurants, shops, and cafés of Portland, Oregon, things really heat up for the hard-working men behind the scenes when the holidays come into town …
For a stationery store owner, the holidays are great for business. But for Hollis Alcott, Christmas reminds him of the tragic events of three years past, and the last thing he wants to do is take part in Portland’s over-abundance of festive cheer. But Sawyer Murphy, a hunky gift shop owner whose brother is married to Hollis’s sister, has made it his mission to pluck Hollis out of his holiday blues. And his plan is beginning to work. Wrapped in the warm glow of newfound passion, the former business rivals hit up Portland’s finest holiday traditions—and Hollis’s icy attitude begins to melt like snowflakes on his tongue. But he isn’t sure he can trust anyone with the only gift he has—his heart—without breaking it like an antique ornament. Unless he can find the courage to take a leap with the one lover he never expected…
Another author I had the pleasure of meeting at the Big Gay Romance Giveaway some weeks ago❤ I still need to read my freebie, but while I struggle with my TBR as all good readers, why not take a look into her newest Christmas themed release? =D
- Blue Christmas
Release date: Nov. 29th
“I feel like I’m destined to be alone…so I may as well isolate myself…”
Xander Hart has always dreamed of living on the beach – and thanks to a bequest from his grandfather, a home on a private island in desperate need of repair, and some hard-earned construction skills, he’s planning to spend Christmas alone on his new property, preparing it to host his family after the New Year. The last thing he needs is the distraction of a lover.
“My past has always haunted me…how will it shape my future?”
Frederick ‘Bing’ Thurgood has it all – a stake in the family fortune, a beautiful fiancée, and a loving family all gathered in town for his upcoming Christmas wedding. So what if he has a feeling in his gut that something’s not quite right? On the surface, it’s all perfect. Then Bing walks in on his fiancée with his best friend, and his perfect future comes crumbling down.
Both are running away, but can they stop to see that what’s perfect, is in front of them?
When Bing flees the disaster his life has become, he takes shelter in his family’s secluded beach house, intending to drink the holidays away. That is, until he comes face to face with the only other man on the island – his new neighbor.
Blue Christmas is a standalone novella of approximately 25,000 words.
BONNIE DEE & SUMMER DEVON
For those who want beautifully written gay historical thematic romances to read this month, my divas Bonnie and Summer just released the Victorian Holiday Hearts Box Set, including all four books in the series of the same name❤ Also, you save a lot of money by buying the box set instead of book per book, as some panda blogger did, haha!
- Victorian Holiday Hearts Box Set
Release date: Dec. 5th
Four seasons, four novellas about one theatrical family. A boxed set of love.
They were the source of entertainment in a world without movies or television. Magic, singing and dancing, acting—the adopted and biological sons the Andrews family could do it all. And in the warmth of their eccentric and large family circle, they could be anyone they wanted or love whomever they wished. In a world where men loving men was a crime, the Andrews and their friends found refuge for true love.
Simon and the Christmas Spirit
Will and the Valentine Saint
Mike and the Spring Awakening
Delaney and the Autumn Masque
Simon and the Christmas Spirit: The holiday spirit has forsaken Simon Harris. A recent reminder of the man who used then left him sends lonely Simon on a glum visit to his club where a breath of fresh air in the form of Christopher Andrews enters his stale life. Simon and Christopher enjoy a few hours of pleasure, never expecting to see each other again, but Simon’s new resolution to change may transform both men’s lives.
Will and the Valentine Saint: Will Andrews wants to escape the lunacy of his bohemian family and have an orderly life. Presenting false letters of recommendation for staid employment, the last thing he expects is to fall for his genteel employer, Hugh St. John. As the pair plans a Valentine charity dinner, they grow ever closer to surrendering to Cupid’s arrow. But when Will’s background is revealed, will Hugh forgive his lies?
Mike and the Spring Awakening: Young Micah Cordett’s privileged life explodes when he is caught naked with a schoolmate. Running away from disgrace, he blunders into a trap and endures months of abuse before escaping and joining the Andrews family. Just as he begins to climb out of his fear, a reminder of his happier past arrives in the form of Lucas Spring. Mike might never be ready to explore the possibility of love despite Lucas’s gentle coaxing.
Delaney and the Autumn Masque: Delaney, a member of the Andrews theater clan, performs magic tricks at a fancy dress ball where he’s struck by the dramatic figure of the Grim Reaper. He follows Death to a quiet room for a glorious, lustful encounter. With his identity hidden, impoverished gentleman Bartholomew Bancroft dares to indulge in an impulsive liaison, but can he find love with the magician when the masks come off?
I met this author through the Kindle Scout program and voted for the book Facing Extinction to be published – unfortunately, it wasn’t this time. Despite not getting that particular publishing deal, the book arrived this week into the world =)
- Facing Extinction
Release date: December 05th
The inhabitants of Phoenix City do not know what happened to the Old World. They know all its systems failed and suddenly all support systems were gone. Electric power, the internet, communications systems, the entire infrastructure of their cities, all were either destroyed or otherwise ceased to exist. No one knows what happened. With the Old World gone, a few straggling survivors were left alive to start a new city and a new society.
Grace and I have met shortly after I started the blog, haha! I mean, I got acquited with her sugared historical romances by then, I still pin for actually meeting her? #crazygirl Anyway, she has new books in the oven and that is ALWAYS good news to meee /o/ I personally love the covers for her books on 90% of the time❤
- The Trouble with Dukes (Windham Brides #1)
Available at Dec. 20th
THEY CALL HIM THE DUKE OF MURDER…
The gossips whisper that the new Duke of Murdoch is a brute, a murderer, and even worse—a Scot. They say he should never be trusted alone with a woman. But Megan Windham sees in Hamish something different, someone different.
No one was fiercer at war than Hamish MacHugh, though now the soldier faces a whole new battlefield: a London Season. To make his sisters happy, he’ll take on any challenge—even letting their friend Miss Windham teach him to waltz. Megan isn’t the least bit intimidated by his dark reputation, but Hamish senses that she’s fighting battles of her own. For her, he’ll become the warrior once more, and for her, he might just lose his heart.
- Too Scot to Handle (Windham Brides #2)
Available at July 25th, 2017
Colin MacHugh is trying to come up to scratch as the brother and heir of a newly minted duke, but Polite Society isn’t keen on a former army captain acquiring even a courtesy title. At the suggestion of an aristocratic friend, Colin takes an interest in a charitable home for urchins. Miss Anwen Windham is devoted to the same institution, and as Colin and Anwen work together to save the failing orphanage, their interest in each other becomes passionate.
When the orphanage’s troubles take a criminal turn, everybody is suspect, from Colin, to the children, to Anwen. If Colin blows retreat and heads home to Scotland, the orphanage will surely fail. If he stays to fight the accusations coming at him from all sides, he could lose a future with Anwen–and his life…
I think I’ll never end this post, as I just dicovered this author through one of my Entangled Plublishing newsletters, haha! *signs up for author’s newsletter in the process* I love friends to lovers books, especially if they are sugared and sound cute!
- More Than Friends
Release date: Dec. 05th
Owen Burnett planned on a quiet, easygoing Christmas, hanging out with his best friend and neighbor, Gabby Michaelson. So when his mom pressures him to come home for the holidays, he tells a little white lie…that he’s spending the holidays with his new girlfriend. But when his family shows up unexpectedly, Owen pulls the best friend card and asks Gabby to play his fake girlfriend.
Gabby’s been hopelessly in love with her best friend Owen for what feels like forever, but playing his “fake” girlfriend when the entire boisterous Burnett clan visits is easier said than done. The more she tries to deny the attraction between them, the more obvious their chemistry becomes. But even though she’s not the only one feeling it, putting their friendship on the line is a risk she can’t take.
K. J. CHARLES
I’ve met K. J. Charles through Ava March’s twitter because I’m that big of a stalker? #sorrynotsorry Despite owning two or three of her books, I have yet to read any of them #shameonme. On her last newsletter, she gave us a release date for Wanted, a Gentleman, and revealed the covers for books 1 and 2 of her new trilogy, Sins of the Cities!❤
- Wanted, a Gentleman
Available at January 9th, 2017
By the good offices of Riptide Publishing KJ Charles’s new Entertainment WANTED, A GENTLEMAN Or, Virtue Over-Rated the grand romance of Mr. Martin St. Vincent . . . a Merchant with a Mission, also a Problem Mr. Theodore Swann . . . a humble Scribbler and Advertiser for Love Act the First: the offices of the Matrimonial Advertiser, London where Lonely Hearts may seek one another for the cost of a shilling Act the Second: a Pursuit to Gretna Green (or thereabouts) featuring a speedy Carriage sundry rustic Inns a private Bed-chamber *** In the course of which are presented Romance, Revenge, and Redemption Deceptions, Discoveries, and Desires the particulars of which are too numerous to impart
- An Unseen Attraction, Sins of the Cities #1
Available at Feb. 21th, 2017
Lodging-house keeper Clem Talleyfer prefers a quiet life. He’s happy with his hobbies, his work—and especially with his lodger Rowley Green, who becomes a friend over their long fireside evenings together. If only neat, precise, irresistible Mr. Green were interested in more than friendship. . . .
Rowley just wants to be left alone—at least until he meets Clem, with his odd, charming ways and his glorious eyes. Two quiet men, lodging in the same house, coming to an understanding . . . it could be perfect. Then the brutally murdered corpse of another lodger is dumped on their doorstep and their peaceful life is shattered.
Now Clem and Rowley find themselves caught up in a mystery, threatened on all sides by violent men, with a deadly London fog closing in on them. If they’re to see their way through, the pair must learn to share their secrets—and their hearts.
- An Unnatural Vice, Sins of the Cities #2
Available at June 06th, 2017
Unwanted desire flares between two bitter enemies as the fog of Victorian London conceals deadly dangers. An Unnatural Vice is the second novel in K. J. Charles’s Sins of the Cities trilogy.
Lisa is another author I’ve met at the Big Gay Romance Giveaway and she has a new book in the wild and is working on the Cloverleah Pack series book 10, entitled “On The Brink”! The girl is ON FIRE!
- Don’t Bite, Stockton Wolves Book #4
Release date: Dec. 06th
Trent Summers keeps a smile on his face, even though he feels like he’s dying inside. Since he was horribly knifed by a killer bear he’s had trouble with anxiety and panic attacks. Knowing most of his friends are shifters and immune to such things doesn’t help. Mace’s mating with Roan gives him some hope, but a mate of his own is just a pipe dream. In the meantime, he has to put aside his fears and help his friends find rogue vampires – not exactly a cure for stress.
Prince Alexi Vandermot is getting more than a little pissed off at his coven leader. There are rogue vampires in town and he’s ready to hunt them down. The problem is, his cousin keeps saying no. Things aren’t improved when the police come to call, bringing a consultant with them. Shifters are one thing, but Alexi is floored to find the consultant is his mate…human, scared and straight.
Claiming a mate is one thing; keeping him safe is another. When the rogues are found to have family ties to the coven and one of them fancies a bite out of Trent, the coven and the pack have to work together to make sure the body count doesn’t get any higher. When problems start to erupt inside of the coven as well, Alexi wonders if he’ll ever have any time to get to know his anxious mate.
Warning: This book is M/M, contains graphic content and coarse language. Trent suffers from panic attacks which some people might find a trigger and keep an eye on Kalel; he’s taken to stealing hats.
MARGO BOND COLLINS
I honestly can’t remember how I’ve found myself into this author’s newsletter, but I AM SO GLAD I AM! She just told us about the pre-order of her next romance, written along with N. R. Larry! This sounds good, people. Take the word of someone that isn’t really into heterosexual romances as a rule, LMAO! You can pre-order it on Amazon.
- Immortal Winter
Available on Dec. 16th
Jayla Storm woke up next to a dead body, with no memory of how it got there. Then Kip Stanton blew up her ice tower—the only home she’s ever known—and kidnapped her, insisting it was for her own good.
Now she’s stuck with a group of rebels hell-bent on usurping the queen who saved Jayla’s life. As her memories resurface, she’s afraid to trust anyone, even while her feelings for Kip grow stronger.
But wherever Jayla goes, the monstrous ravagers follow. If she’s going to survive, and perhaps save Kip and the others, she’ll have to learn to trust someone—maybe especially herself.
A princess locked away in an ice tower.
A handsome kidnapper who insists her savior-queen is a liar.
And a chance to break the curse that’s bound them all.
Cover chance allert! May notified us that she decided to change the cover of Beauty and the Beast, third book in the Not Quite the Fairy Tale series! I personally can’t chose a favorite cover, as both are AMAZING! I don’t know why she changed it, though, she didn’t say on the e-mail I saved to build this post…
- Beauty and the Beast, Not Quite the Fairy Tale #3
Release date: March 11th
“Let me tell you one thing, Beast: if your Prince ever returns, watch his back. There are thousands who would gladly throw daggers at it.”
And Belle would be first in line.
Ten years ago, he was Prince Aiden, heir of Jereena, at the top of the world – now, they call him Beast.
Aiden has landed on his feet, his exclusive club is the place to be, he makes hundreds of thousands a night.
What else could he possibly want?
Belle grew up during the Anarchy, and the corrupted system screwed her, big time, but she managed to get by. Then, her stupid brother goes and steals from the Beast, who demands her as payment. Well, her, a pile of cash, or her sister – option two and three aren’t acceptable.
Beauty and the Beast is the third volume of Not quite the Fairy Tale, however it’s a standalone.
I’ve actually just met this author while doing this post… What’s wrong with me? Hahaha! But his romances sound the epitome of CUTENESS!❤ Scroll down if you do not believe me.
- Manny Overboard
Release date: Nov. 29th
All Derek Huntzberger knows is business. He loves his kids, Delilah and Blake to death but that doesn’t necessarily mean he knows how to be the best father. Since the death of his wife five years ago he’s buried himself in his work, only making time for his children but never daring to have his own fun. When his children’s much loved and needed nanny backs out of their Caribbean vacation, Derek’s desperate for a replacement. When Noah shows up at the port, he’s more than a little sceptical.
Noah Parks is in need of cash which means working all summer break is a given. It might not be so bad after all when he’s set up with a nannying job on a cruise ship vacation. With plenty of fun in the sun, island excursions and poolside relaxing, looking after adorable Delilah and Blake is almost too easy. It just so happens that the only hard part of Noah’s new job is with his gorgeous workaholic boss and the unexpected pull he feels towards him.
Stuck on a cruise ship, it’s not so easy to hide from your feelings. When cabin fever gets the better of Derek, it’s downtime that he needs and Noah’s all too willing to show him a good time. But fitting into the life of someone as busy as Derek isn’t easy. With Blake and Delilah coming first and business second, Noah knows he doesn’t have a place in Derek’s life. Or does he?
Manny Overboard is a light-hearted first time gay romance novel featuring adorable kids, holiday romance and a satisfying HEA.
Another wonderful author met through Big Gay Romance Giveaway – seriously, I loved that deal! I met soo many wonderful authors! My digital shelves are falling apart and my credit card is crying blood, but WHO CARES?! I AM HAPPY! Anyway, Posy told us about the newest release on her catalogue this week, check it out:
- Analog to Digital
Release date: December 1st
For years, Ethan and Toby have said they’ll never marry, despite Ethan’s secret wishes. So leaving sunny California for snowy Minnesota to witness his sister’s vow renewal is not how he wants to spend his Christmas Eve. It’s the second time she’ll say “I do” in less than a year, when Ethan saying those words to Toby even once is hopeless.
In the run-up to the ceremony, Toby seems to avoid Ethan, and doubts grow in his absence. Ethan can’t help noticing Toby spends more time with Ethan’s family than with him. Little does Ethan know, Toby has desires of his own. But if Toby doesn’t find a way to reveal them, Ethan could leave for home without him.
I’ve met this author sometime between last year and this one at a blog tour that I hosted for the first book of The Sphinx series, Curse of the Sphinx! This week, she releaved to us the cover and blurb for the third book, Myths of Immortality, and showed us the new covers for books 0.5, Origin of The Sphinx, and 2, Demigods and Monsters❤ One thing at a time, haha!
- Origin of The Sphinx, The Sphinx #0.5
Release date: June 06th, 2016
Rayne explained all cover changes: “It’s been an interesting process as I’ve “branded” the series, and my cover designer may have wanted to kill me, but I couldn’t be happier with the results! With the series branding, Demigods and Monsters got a new cover, and this is a real treat! Origin of the Sphinx got a facelift as well. It’s the prequel novella about how the curse came to be. I’m really loving how it turned out”. I’m with you there, Rayne! Those are WONDERFUL!❤
In Ancient Greece, the invocation “May the Gods watch over you” was more than a spoken blessing. It was an entreaty for divine benevolence.
Phoibe, daughter of Hera, is content. Raised by her aunt, her life is quiet, filled with milling grain and spinning wool. But after her Hestia celebration, Eros, god of love, visits the small town of Belen.
And now Phoibe will have to choose— If she marries a mortal, she risks eternal solitude for a moment of love. If she follows her heart, she risks spurning a god.
The gods are enormously powerful, but they don’t fix problems. They make bigger ones.
Uncover the curse. . .
- Demigods and Monsters, The Sphinx #2
Release date: April 25th, 2016
Here’s a little something of what the author had to say about this particular cover: “The cover ‘model’ is Josh “The Punk” Thomson, an actual fighter in Bellator MMA. I thought it truly divine that Xan, demigod son of Ares, be represented by a skilled martial artist. Did you catch my nerdy reference to deity there? lol”. We did got your reference, Rayne! SO CLEVER❤
Can Apollo’s curse be broken?
Seventeen-year-old Hope Nicholas is done running. Apollo’s curse has ruled her entire life, limiting her choices and robbing her of the things that matter most. But she refuses to live in fear any longer. In fact, she’s ready to do whatever it takes to break the god’s power over her existence.
When the goddess Artemis instructs Hope to impersonate a demigod and infiltrate a conservatory to get access to the Olympian library, she doesn’t hesitate. As she sees it, there’s nothing left to lose.
But once inside, Hope discovers the only way to get what she needs is to work with her sworn enemies. As the lines between demigod and monster are crossed again and again, Hope has to dig deep for the courage to accept her fate or fight for the freedom to save herself.
- Myths of Immortality, The Sphinx #3
Available on January 12th, 2017
In the realm of the dead, there are no lies.
Hope Nicholas is desperate to believe that the truth will set her free from the bindings of Apollo’s curse. But to get the truth, she must travel to the Underworld, a feat near impossible for the living. The gods there have their own agendas and, forced to forge alliances with the most unlikely allies, Hope will find that death is not the worst torment of the Underworld.
Athan Michael spent months chasing Hope, only to have her disappear once again. And when he discovers her destination, he knows the treacherous journey to the Underworld is one he cannot take alone. Forced to put aside his past with Xan and Dahlia, the three demigods embark on their own quest. But the past will not stay buried, and Athan must decide how much he’s willing to sacrifice to help Hope break the curse.
Told in duel points of view, Myths of Immortality is a tense, action-packed story that will leave you begging for the next installment of The Sphinx series.
I honestly can’t recall how I got acquited with Rebecca’s books, but I have been on her newsletter for LONG now, haha! Her newest book is already up for pre-order at Amazon and, needless to say, it sounds AWESOME.
- Something like Voodoo
Release Date: Feb. 07th
High School can be a witch.
A teen girl with the ability to predict deaths through her drawings shouldn’t need to lie constantly to make her life sound interesting. But that doesn’t stop Emily from spinning stories faster than she can keep up.
After transferring to a new school, Emily’s ‘dull’ life is shaken by the appearance of a boy who seems unfazed by her far-fetched stories. A too-handsome-for-his-own-good senior, Noah has some secrets of his own. He needs Emily’s special gift to save him from Sarah, queen bee of the school’s It Girls, whose own supernatural abilities have forced him into a life of silence and solitude.
But when Emily tries to free him from Sarah’s voodoo curse, things go belly up, landing Emily on Sarah’s hit list. Soon, Emily and Noah are on a collision course with the It Girls, leading to a shocking revelation that ties them together in unimaginable ways. If their powers remain unchecked, this teenage popularity contest could spell the death of them all …
Romantically charged and eerily chilling, Something Like Voodoo weighs the choice of saving your life versus fighting for a life worth saving. This paranormal romance will put a spell on you.
I just met this author this week through Entangled Publishing’s newsletter and her new book sounds AWESOME – one more newsletter for me to subscribe to!
- Wound Tight, Made in Jersey #4
Release Date: Dec. 05th
When CEO Renner Bastion walks into a room, everyone keeps their distance. Well, everyone but the sarcastic, tattooed, Boston-bred security guard whose presence has kept Renner in New Jersey longer than intended. As if the unwanted attraction isn’t unsettling enough, Renner finds out his protector isn’t as unavailable as originally thought.
Milo Bautista just came out to his wealthy, ultra-confident boss, a man he secretly respects and admires…in more ways than he’ll admit. Worldly, experienced Renner would never look in his direction, let alone share some of that confidence he wears like a cloak, so Milo has set his sights on someone else to be his first.
Until Renner offers him private lessons in seduction…
Honestly, I didn’t think there was SO MUCH to tell since last Wednesday! #craziness #holidaysfever #byemoney Hahaha! I’ll be back with more news Friday or Saturday on a special edition of this section. I swear I don’t usually receive so many emails? I think? Maybe 200-300 per day? Oh, well, I’ll survive LMAO
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