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#review #mmromance #shifters #mpreg Charlie and the Panther (Land and Sea 4) by: Vinni George

What happens when fate intertwines shifters from land and sea?

Matteo Garras wants to be left alone. Most people take the hint. Apparently, Charlie Marsh isn’t most people. From the moment the alpha—who smells like sunshine—sits down next to Matteo at the local shifter bar, Matteo’s world tilts on its axis, making him want a future he didn’t think he could have, one he doesn’t think he deserves.

Charlie has always had a thing for grumpy cats, so his instant attraction to Matteo isn’t a surprise, but the intensity of his feelings and his possessive desire to protect the brooding omega are. The more Charlie gets to know Matteo, the more he realizes they have in common, including scars that are more than skin deep.

When pain from Matteo’s past tries to make him push Charlie away, fate pulls them back to each other, binding them together forever and giving Charlie the chance to show Matteo he deserves everything he’s ever dreamed of having.

Charlie and the Panther is the fourth and final book in the Land and Sea Shifter MPREG series featuring a grumpy panther with a sweet tooth, a sunshiny manatee with a heart of gold, and an accidental claiming.

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Charlie is a manatee shifter with a boat tour business. One day while unwinding after work he decides its time to introduce himself to the grouchy looking loner at the end of the bar.

Matteo (the grouchy loaner) prefers to keep to himself. If you don’t let others in, they can’t hurt you. And he has been hurt enough in his lifetime to avoid anything that has the potential to cause him any further harm.

Charlie is relentless in his approach but when the Panther finally let’s him in, it’s short lived and leaves both men miserable as ever. Fast forward to after my anger and some of the tears subsided, what happens in the coming chapters made me love Charlie even more. He’s perfect in every way. Charlie and Matteos story was so fun. Mr Grumpy meets Mr Sunshine. These 2 could not have been more different. With that being said they balanced each other perfectly. It checked all the boxes to make it my first 5 star read of 2024!
I’m really going to miss all the characters I’ve met throughout this series. They have all been wonderful but there is no doubt Charlie and Matteo are my favorite.

Vinni George has been a lover of romance novels (of all shapes, sizes, and colors) since she first got her hands on one of her grandmother’s Harlequins and has never looked back. She lives in Ohio with her two favorite guys (her husband and son) and, hopefully—one day—a dog. When not writing her own stories, she can be found helping to polish other people’s novels. In her spare time, Vinni dabbles in performance art, quilting, and various culinary pursuits and enjoys traveling.

Celebrating Pride Month with Michele Shriver #spotlight #wotr24 #attendingauthor


Michele Shriver is an International bestselling author of women’s fiction and contemporary romance. Her books feature flawed-but-likeable characters in real-life settings. She’s not afraid to break the rules, but never stops believing in happily ever after. Michele counts among her favorite things a good glass of wine, a hockey game, and a sweet and sexy book boyfriend, not necessarily in that order.

🏳️‍🌈What’s your name and a little about you?
Michele Shriver. Criminal defense attorney and family law mediator by day and writer by night.  Writing is cheaper than therapy and my job provides plenty of material. I just wish it wasn’t so hectic and I had more time to retreat to my fictional world.

🏳️‍🌈What made you decide to write LGBTQIA romance?
It was a little by accident. When I started writing, I had LGBTQIA secondary characters because I always want diversity in my books, And then those secondary characters wanted their own books, and I had to write them, and so on.
🏳️‍🌈Do you prefer to write standalones or series? Why?
Standalones with spin offs. I like standalones- complete stories and an HEA. But of course I always seem to have the aforementioned supporting characters who don’t leave me alone, so I write spin-offs and crossovers. It’s kind of like six degrees of separation.
🏳️‍🌈Do you have a current WIP? Care to share any details?
I’m currently working on an MM romance that is a modern day retelling of Cinderella, set in the world of modern day political intrigue and family drama. It will release in July, right before WOTR.
🏳️‍🌈If someone has never read your work, which book would you recommend?
I’m going to say Tranquil Harbor.  It’s women’s fiction with a sapphic bent. It’s special to me because I’m writing the next generation in this book, with the daughter of a couple in my very first book, now all grown up.
🏳️‍🌈What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
When not writing, I’m probably reading or watching hockey or football.
🏳️‍🌈Anything else you would like to add?
Thanks for doing this!


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Review from Twinsie Kelly

Death has a way of stirring up some very intense emotions but also seems to bring up secrets. Darcy and her mother, Meredith, don’t have the best of relationships. I think this occurs with a lot of families, but when Meredith is on her death bed she asks for her daughter specifically and gives her a hand blown glass heart with a cryptic message just before she passes. Darcy is drawn to find out more about her mother, in hopes of finding about what made her mom the way she was and why their relationship was so strained at time. This journey into her mother’s past also brings a lot of emotional baggage as she is accompanied by her soon to be ex. The exploration of her mother’s past, the prejudices she endured and overcame, and learning more about her mother prior to death really shows Darcy how closed off she has become, both emotionally and physically.

This story is very emotional. It shows the characters in very vulnerable situations while confronting and understanding their own emotions. There is a lot of reflection and a time of second chances. Sometimes it really is better to be late than never to show up. I will caution readers that if you have strained personal relationships, it will really touch those heartstrings. I highly recommend as this is a wonderful soul touching story.

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#review #mmromance #suspense #partofseries Headlines (Prime Time #3) by: Ella Frank

USA TODAY bestselling author Ella Frank concludes the story of Sean Bailey and Alexander “Xander” Thorne in Headlines.

Xander
If I had to describe Sean Bailey, it would be as the sexy, caring, wonderful man I’ve gone and fallen in love with. I never could’ve imagined a world where he was my everything. But with each passing day, the connection between us grows stronger, and the idea of a world without him is something I can’t imagine.

But Sean’s love doesn’t come without complications. As the older brother of my lifelong best friend, this new love has caused relationships to break down and communication to become stilted, and the one question that remains is: am I willing to give up the love and friendship of one for the chance of love and forever with another?

Sean
I didn’t mean to fall in love with Alexander Thorne, my brother’s ex and the number one prime-time news anchor in the country. I mean, no one could’ve seen that coming—least of all me. But that’s exactly what happened over these past couple of months: I fell in love.

That’d be complicated enough, I suppose, but Xander? Well, he fell in love with me too, and while it’s caused some major upset in the dynamics around here, I have to believe that a love this real can only lead to somewhere amazing.

This thing between us started out as a job, a friend helping out a friend. But after playing the role of Xander’s boyfriend, I find myself wanting the job full-time, because neither of us are playing anymore.

Headlines is the final book of the Prime Time Series and should only be read after book one, Inside Affair, and book two, Breaking News.

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Review by TwinsieTensie

*review may contain potential spoilers*

I really wanted to love this book. The first 2 books in the series were great. They had good flow, kept my intrest throughout, etc. I read both of them in a day and a half. This one had the potential to be great but it kind of fell flat for me. Why? Bailey! I’m sorry friend/brother or not, he shouldn’t have been the deciding factor as to whether 2 consenting adults entered into a relationship together. Especially for so long. I could understand the worry in book 1 and maybe part of 2 but the “oh we can’t because of poor Bailey” still being a topic in book 3 kinda ticked me off. I’m sorry, but I said what I said. Bailey being brought up over and over kind of ruined the magic of the beautiful relationship that Sean and Xander were building throughout the series.

Ella Frank is the USA Today Bestselling author of the Temptation series, including Try, Take,Trust, Tease, Tate, and True, and is the co-author of the fan-favorite PresLocke Series. Her Exquisite series has been praised as “scorching hot!” and “enticingly sexy!”

Some of her favorite authors include Tiffany Reisz, Kresley Cole, Riley Hart, J.R. Ward, Erika Wilde, Gena Showalter, and Carly Philips.

Celebrating Pride Month with Kate Hawthorne #spotlight #wotr24 #attendingauthor

Hello, and thanks for being here to Celebrate Pride Month with Twinsie Talk. I’m Twinsie Tenise, self proclaimed resident MM reader and reviewer over here at TwinsieTalk. Throughout the Month of June we will be sharing Q&A sessions we had with over a dozen authors who write LGBTQIA Romance or books with LGBTQIA characters. Each day will Spotlight a different author. We hope you enjoy getting to know these wonderful authors and find lots of new books to fill your TBR. 

Special thanks to all of the authors who signed up and took the time to answer the questions. Shoutout and HUGE thank you to Twinsie Jo for the amazing rainbow graphics and Twinsie Angie for her input and assistance. Love you both!

Today we are Celebrating Pride Month with Kate Hawthorne

Kate is another favorite human! She always has a huge smile on her face and tall heels on her feet. I’m envious of her ability to function in them, that takes a special kind of talent. Kate is wonderful. She is the hard working face behind the curtain of the Writers on the River Anthology this year and definitely goes above and beyond to help raise money for a charity that has become very near and dear to all of our hearts. We love you Kate! 

Kate Hawthorne is an author of character-driven LGBT romance, known for crafting emotionally intense stories with high heat and a kinky twist. Creating worlds where passion and angst collide, Kate’s books bring you complex protagonists in fearless pursuit of happy—if not sometimes unconventional—endings.

🏳️‍🌈What’s your name and a little about you?

My name is Kate and I’m an author! I’m an over-caffeinated, bisexual, former pro-Domme who has been publishing LGBT+ romance for the past 6 years. I was born and raised in southern California, but my family and I have been living in Louisville since the very end of 2019. In my spare time I like to read books, write books, drink wine, and do witchy shit.

🏳️‍🌈What made you decide to write LGBTQIA romance?

I was very fortunate to fall in with a group of LGBT readers *and* authors who were extremely supportive of my creative endeavors. I wrote a chapter for fun and I’ve never looked back.

🏳️‍🌈Do you prefer to write standalones or series? Why?

I’m a series girl, through and through. I really enjoy exploring the complex dynamics and relationships that show up in families and friend groups and the best way to explore that is in a series!!

🏳️‍🌈Do you have a current WIP? Care to share any details?

It’s February when I’m filling this out, so I’m currently writing a book called Tied Down. It’s the 2nd book in my series, Trophy Doms New York. But if this goes live in June for pride, I’ll have just released All In, the first book in that series!! It’s a spin off of my 2023 series, Trophy Doms Social Club. Both series are about friend groups with too much money and a list of kinks a mile long 😉

🏳️‍🌈What are your must have writing snacks and drinks?

Coffee all morning and water for the rest of the day. I’m not a huge soda drinker and I only drink alcohol socially (but I am VERY good at it). I type 70+ WPM so I don’t snack a lot while I’m writing, but I love funyuns, apple cinnamon rice cakes, and extra toasty cheezits.

🏳️‍🌈If someone has never read your work, which book would you recommend?

I think Humbled is a great place to start. It will drop you right into the heart of the current world I’m writing it and it delivers all of the things I’m best known for: spicy sex, kink, and angsty emotions.

🏳️‍🌈If you could recommend 1 LGBTQIA Romance (not your own) to readers, what would that book be?

I could NEVER pick just one. But I’ll tell you my favorite LGBT romance authors are EM Denning, Leta Blake, Sheena Jolie, Con Riley, Riley Nash, and JR Gray. If you like romantasy that fucks, Alethea Faust for sure has to make that list. I’m also a huge fan of all things Sierra Simone (especially her MMF books).

🏳️‍🌈What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

It’s so rare that I have it, I don’t even know. I like to read and watch Drag Race and listen to EDM and read tarot cards for my friends.

🏳️‍🌈Anything else you would like to add?

I’m super excited to be sharing with everyone today and BIG thanks to the Twinsie team for putting this together. If you’re at Writers on the River this year, make sure to come by and say hi.

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This is my Review for Reckless by Kate

This was my first ‘best friends dad’ book. I was nervous going in, because, well it was new territory for me. Let me just say, I’m glad I gave this troupe a chance.

Cameron, with his smart mouth and need to please. Luke with his dominant nature.(Ummm, yes, please!) These 2 were kind of perfect for each other. Well, except for the pesky age gap and the fact that Cameron is Luke’s sons best friend. Ehh semantics.

I found myself rooting for these 2. Defending them in my head against anyone who questioned their “relationship”.
Reckless was a very good book with interesting plot twists. I’m looking forward to getting to know the next brother in Heartless, book 2 in the series.

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#review #mmromance #suspense #partofaseries Breaking News (Primetime #2) by Ella Frank

USA TODAY bestselling author Ella Frank continues the story of Alexander Thorne and Sean Bailey in Breaking News.

Xander

Sean Bailey, the older brother of my lifelong best friend, has always been a surly, temperamental pain in my ass. But sometime during the last few weeks, I’ve gone and fallen head over heels for him.

Gruff and charming, charismatic in his own way, I’ve found myself looking past my preconceptions and discovered a whole new side to Detective Dick—a side I could fall in love with.

But life isn’t always easy—it can change course in the blink of an eye. Sometimes for the good and sometimes for the bad. I know this because last night I experienced both sides.

I went to Sean for help in guarding my body; what I didn’t expect was for him to steal my heart.

Breaking News is not a standalone and should only be read after book one, Inside Affair. 

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The stalker may no longer be a threat but Xander is a mess after the entire ordeal. He doesn’t know if he can ever return to his apartment, it no longer feels like a safe space for him. Plus there’s no way he can leave Sean’s side. Then there’s also the giant elephant in the room. Bailey. They need to fill him in on the pairs new found feelings before he finds out from someone else.

I’m obsessed with Xander and Sean! While they may seem an unlikely pair, they are an absolutely adorable couple. I love them both and I really hope they get a happily ever after. Together.

Ella Frank is the USA Today Bestselling author of the Temptation series, including Try, Take,Trust, Tease, Tate, and True, and is the co-author of the fan-favorite PresLocke Series. Her Exquisite series has been praised as “scorching hot!” and “enticingly sexy!”

Some of her favorite authors include Tiffany Reisz, Kresley Cole, Riley Hart, J.R. Ward, Erika Wilde, Gena Showalter, and Carly Philips.

Celebrating Pride Month with A.D. Ellis #authorspotlight #wotr24 #attendingauthor


Hello, and thanks for being here to Celebrate Pride Month with Twinsie Talk. I’m Twinsie Tenise, self proclaimed resident MM reader and reviewer over here at Twinsie Talk. Throughout the Month of June we will be sharing Q&A sessions we had with over a dozen authors who write LGBTQIA Romance or books with LGBTQIA characters. Each day will Spotlight a different author. We hope you enjoy getting to know these wonderful authors and find lots of new books to fill your TBR. 

Special thanks to all of the authors who signed up and took the time to answer the questions. 
Shoutout and HUGE thank you to Twinsie Jo for the amazing rainbow graphics and Twinsie Angie for her input and assistance. Love you both! 😘
 
Our Spotlight today is with someone who happens to mean a whole lot to us over here at Twinsie Talk. She is a wonderful human and I adore her! (Adore also happens to be the title of one of her books) I suggest checking it out if you haven’t already. Enough of my rambling though because I could really go on and on about all of their MM titles. Let’s get to know our Pride Month Spotlight author for June 7th, A.D. Ellis.
 


Escape into addictive, sexy, emotional M/M romance.

A.D. Ellis is an Indiana girl, born and raised. She spends much of her time in central Indiana as an instructional coach/teacher in the inner city of Indianapolis, being a mom to two amazing teens, and wondering how she and her husband of over two decades haven’t driven each other insane yet. A lot of her time is also devoted to phone call avoidance and her hatred of cooking.

She loves chocolate, hot tea, sweet wine with friends, pizza, and naps along with reading and writing romance. These loves don’t leave much time for housework, much to the chagrin of her husband. Who would pick cleaning the house over a nap or a good book? She uses any extra time to increase her fluency in sarcasm.

A.D. uses she/they pronouns.

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🏳️‍🌈What’s your name and a little about you?
A.D. Ellis. I’m a mom of two teens, a teacher of 25 years, and an author of over 50 titles. I love tea, sweet red wine with friends, crochet, reading and writing, and naps.

🏳️‍🌈What made you decide to write LGBTQIA romance?
Actually, a character I’d written into a book (he was a child at the time) prompted me to dive into LGBTQIA romance. That character turned out to need a story (as an adult) and I started reading a lot of MM romance and fell in love. I was introduced to one of my best friends at that time and his stories of dating and romance (or lack there of) fueled my stories. I wrote that first MM book (Sawyer) and haven’t looked back.
 
🏳️‍🌈Do you prefer to write stand alone or series? Why?
Both? Standalones are fun because they are quick and easy. Series are great because you can totally submerse yourself into that world.
 
🏳️‍🌈Do you have a current WIP? Care to share any details?
At the time of this interview, I’m writing my 2024 Christmas story (no title yet) and then I’ll do a couple shorts for projects. After that, I’ll dive back into The Men of Haven Grove and finish book one (books 2 and 3 are next on the books as well).
 
🏳️‍🌈What are your must have writing snacks and drinks?
I almost always have hot tea as I’m writing. Snacks are hit and miss.
 
🏳️‍🌈If someone has never read your work, which book would you recommend?
Series- start with Jett & Leighton (On Cravenwood Block) or Silver & Sage (Silver in the City). If you want standalone, go with Take Me Home or Two Weeks in Paradise.
 
🏳️‍🌈If you could recommend 1 LGBTQIA Romance (not your own) to readers, what would that book be?
Just one!??! That’s sooo unfair. I’d say anything by NR Walker. And the ENTIRE Hazard & Somerset universe by Gregory Ashe.
 
🏳️‍🌈What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
I am a huge fan of naps if I have about an hour. Naps during a thunderstorm are top-level. I love to read and write. Taking a nice walk on a pretty day is a great way to relax. And I love meeting up with friends and just spending time with them. Family time shouldn’t be overlooked either.
 
🏳️‍🌈Anything else you would like to add?
Huge thanks for the spotlight! Readers, thank you for taking a chance on my stories.
 


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Since I mentioned it above, I’m including my review for Adore today.

Adore is book one in The Remington Place series. Cooper is an aspiring pre-school teacher. He rents a room from an amazing grandmother figure named Bev. (I freaking love that woman. She adds a special element to the book.) Jesse is a mechanic. He moves in next door and is getting ready to reopen the towns autobody shop. The 2 meet and there is definitely a possible friendship worth exploring. The question is- what happens the more time they spend together?

I flipping adore Cooper and Jesse! Complete opposites with a 25 year age gap and a bit forbidden since, you know, Jesse is Cooper’s dads best friend. Buuut that didn’t stop these 2 men from at least a casual fling. Absolutely nothing can go wrong when you keep things casual, right? Riiiight!

Book one in this series really set the bar high. I seriously cannot wait to meet the rest of the men from Remington Place.

I received a copy of this book from the author and this is my honest review.

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Celebrating Pride Month with A.J. Truman #Spotlight #Wotr24 #attendingauthor

Hello, and thanks for being here to Celebrate Pride Month with Twinsie Talk. I’m Twinsie Tenise, self proclaimed resident MM reader and reviewer over here at Twinsie Talk. Throughout the Month of June we will be sharing Q&A sessions we had with over a dozen authors who write LGBTQIA Romance or books with LGBTQIA characters. Each day will Spotlight a different author. We hope you enjoy getting to know these wonderful authors and find lots of new books to fill your TBR.

Special thanks to all of the authors who signed up and took the time to answer the questions.
Shoutout and HUGE thank you to Twinsie Jo for the amazing rainbow graphics and Twinsie Angie for her input and assistance. Love you both! 😘

Today we are Celebrating Pride with A.J. Truman!

I discovered A.J’s work around January of this year. I read the first 3 books of The Single Dads Club in less than a week. Its an addictive series. As I type this I realized I never completed the series as I was waiting for book 4 to release then I kinda forgot. Ask anyone who knows me, I’m the queen of forgetfulness. But I digress, we are here to get to know A.J, our first Pride Spotlight.  I cannot wait to meet him in July.

A.J. Truman remembers his college days like it was yesterday, even though it was definitely not yesterday. He writes books with humor, heart, and hot guys. What else does a story need? He loves spending time with his pets and his husband and writing on his sun porch. You can email him at info@ajtruman.com.

Want to be the first to find out about his next book, including cover reveals and special sneak peeks? Want access to exclusive content like bonus stories and giveaways? Then join the Outsiders, A.J.’s mailing list for super fans. You can sign up here: http://www.ajtruman.com/outsiders/

You can also follow me on Facebook and Bookbub to be alerted when I release new books.

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🏳️‍🌈What’s your name and a little about you?
 A.J. Truman is a gay man living in the middle of Indiana with his husband, son, and pets. He writes spicy romantic comedies with humor, heart, and hot guys. Think LOL meets DTF. He loves spending time with his family and occasionally sneaking off for an afternoon movie.
🏳️‍🌈What made you decide to write LGBTQIA romance?
As a gay man, I wanted to see myself as the romantic hero. I wanted to read about messy, complicated, funny characters who found joy in being gay rather than sadness and isolation. Oh, and I’m a huge fan of romcoms and wanted to make people laugh as well as swoon.
🏳️‍🌈Do you prefer to write standalones or series? Why?
I write series of standalone books. My books take place in the same world and have characters pop in from different books, but they all can be read as standalones. I’d rather do this than follow the same couple through multiple books because once they have their HEA, I don’t want to bother them with more plot shenanigans.
🏳️‍🌈Do you have a current WIP? Care to share any details?
My next book that’s releasing is the fourth book in my Single Dads Club series called The Fireman and the Flirt. It’s about a realtor who needs to clinch one final sale before year’s end, and his new client happens to be his old high school crush. Think House Hunters, but horny.

🏳️‍🌈What are your must have writing snacks and drinks?
I like to avoid snacking while writing. But I always treat myself to a sweet treat when I finish a draft or publish a book.
🏳️‍🌈If someone has never read your work, which book would you recommend?
The Falcon and the Foe
🏳️‍🌈If you could recommend 1 LGBTQIA Romance (not your own) to readers, what would that book be?
Social Skills by Sara Alva is an oldie but a goodie, and it inspired me to become an author. It’s a very sweet college romance between a nerd and the jock he must tutor.
🏳️‍🌈What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
going to the movies! I love going to the movies by myself, getting popcorn, and chilling out.


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This is my review for The Barkeep and the Bro. My most favorite of the 3 in the series I’ve read as of yet.

Mitch is looking for yet another bartender. Staffing his bar is becoming increasingly difficult as the years progress and Mitch is just… tired.
Charlie’s life is in the gutter right now, he’s staying with an old friend and needs a job like yesterday! He finds somewhere locally hiring but he’s not sure Mr. Dekker would want to hire him. You see, Charlie dated Mitch’s daughter. He also dumped Mitch’s daughter so, yeah, there’s also that.
Mitch and Charlie couldn’t hide their mutual attraction. There were multiple things standing in the way of them acting on said attraction. Ignoring it all together seems like a fantastic plan. I didn’t agree with this plan but no one asked me. Annnnnd moving on… when these 2 geniuses finally came to their senses it was fire! I was really looking forward to reading this book and it did not disappoint. Even the parts that irritated me. They were essential to their story and you gotta get through all the annoying stuff to get to the best part so I guess I liked those parts a little bit too. Whatever.

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Celebrating Pride Month with T.S. Ankney #Spotlight #Wotr24 #attendingauthor

Hello, and thanks for being here to Celebrate Pride Month with Twinsie Talk. I’m Twinsie Tenise, self proclaimed resident MM reader and reviewer over here at Twinsie Talk. Throughout the Month of June we will be sharing Q&A sessions we had with over a dozen authors who write LGBTQIA Romance or books with LGBTQIA characters. Each day will Spotlight a different author. We hope you enjoy getting to know these wonderful authors and find lots of new books to fill your TBR.

Special thanks to all of the authors who signed up and took the time to answer the questions. Shout-out and HUGE THANK YOU to Twinsie Jo for the amazing rainbow graphics and Twinsie Angie for your input and assistance. Love you both!

Today we are celebrating pride with author T.S. Ankney!

T.S. is a new member of the Writers on the River family. I’ve yet to meet T.S. in real life but from the interactions we’ve had online I think we will get along great. I cannot promise the first time we meet that I won’t be awkward as all get out. That’s just how I roll. Haha!  I look forward to meeting in July and learning about all your books.


T.S. Ankney read their first romance novel at age twelve, when they snuck a book with a risqué cover out of a relative’s cabinet and read it at night under the covers with a flashlight to avoid getting caught relishing the “good parts.” They are a tiny blue dot in a big red state in the Midwest US and they love a sad song, a happily ever after, and believe representation matters. When not writing, you can find TS streaming documentaries, reading new books by their favorite authors, or indulging in reality TV competition shows like Project Runway or Great British Baking Show.

Connect with T.S. through their website: www.tsankney.com

🏳‍🌈What’s your name and a little about you?
T.S. Ankney
🏳‍🌈What made you decide to write LGBTQIA romance?
I’ve been an avid reader of MM Romance for years, so I decided to try my hand at some. My alter-ego writes diverse MF contemporary romance so it wasn’t a huge leap. Plus, everyone deserves their HEA!
🏳‍🌈Do you prefer to write standalones or series? Why?
Depends on the story, but I do love being able to sink into a world over several books and go deeper with characters and settings.
🏳‍🌈Do you have a current WIP? Care to share any details?
Well, I just finished up book three in my latest MM romantic suspense trilogy, Guardian Alliance Security, about a trio of former SEALs who have started a private security training facility and are investigating the mysterious deaths of their friends.
🏳‍🌈What are your must have writing snacks and drinks?
Water, coffee, and my music. No snacks. I forget about all of it anyway once I’m in the writing groove.
🏳‍🌈If someone has never read your work, which book would you recommend?
If you like short, steamy reads, then I’d suggest book one in my Hot Takes series, Right-Hand Man. If you’re looking for a little mystery/suspense/military with your MM romance, then I’d start with book one in my One of Our Own series, Shoot to Kill
🏳‍🌈If you could recommend 1 LGBTQIA Romance (not your own) to readers, what would that book be?
Anything by KJ Charles. She’s one of my all-time favorite authors!
🏳‍🌈What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Reading, watching movies and TV, playing with my dog Karley, adult coloring apps on my new iPad.
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Can’t think of anything right now. Looking forward to meeting everyone at my first WotR!

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Celebrating Pride Month #biography –Rainbow Warrior My Life in Color– by: Gilbert Baker

Today we are kicking off Pride Month by honoring the late, great, Gilbert Baker.

 

All of the above photos were included in the book Rainbow Warrior.

I slowly made my way through this book as I needed frequent breaks due to some of the content. As I processed these amazing moments in history, it made me sad. We’ve come a lot further since the creation of the first rainbow flag in 1978– yet in some ways its as if nothing much has really changed at all.

Gilbert fought Political and Religious wars for Gay rights his entire life. He spoke up when others remained silent. And he kept moving forward for the cause, though his heartache from all of those he lost had to be physically draining. To be anyone in the GLBT community during the AIDS epidemic and the war on gays during a couple decades there would have been equally sad and scary af! Could you imagine having a friend during that time just disappear? Only to find out later they died from gay cancer and their family quietly packed up their things and had them buried without any sort of thought going out to the friends who certainly would have wanted to pay their respects.

Gilbert’s story made me smile and laugh while also breaking my heart. I don’t know if it hit me harder because I am a lesbian. Putting myself in their shoes is scary. There were some brave men and women who fought hard for the rights my wife and I have today. Some paid with their lives. I choose to honor those wonderful humans throughout the month of June.

To give you an idea of just how MASSIVE the mile long rainbow flag, created in memory of the 25th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, here are some specs mentioned in the book…

  • 150,000 square feet
  • 7000 pounds
  • 1 mile long
  • would take 2500 people (at minimum) to carry

A one mile long strip of 6 different colors that then had to be sewn together to create a rainbow. This Queen had a big ol bright colorful dream she brought to fruition with the help of a whole lot of gays and their ally’s. Oh to be present during such a memorable moment in history.

I wanted to use Gilbert to kick off Pride Month because without the Gay Betsy Ross, would we even have a pride Month to celebrate? Stay tuned the rest of the month, all the odd days in June. Each day we will have a Q&A with an author who writes books with LGBTQIA characters. You won’t want to miss it!

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Gilbert Baker was the creator of the Rainbow Pride Flag and the meaning of each color. In 1978 Gilbert began creating the first rainbow flag for the San Francisco Liberation Day Parade. THEN in 1994 he wanted to make a mile long rainbow flag to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Stonewall. Yes, you read that right. 1 mile long. This book follows Gilbert on his journey through life. He was often depressed and never saw his worth. Then again he was a feminine-ish gay man living in a really messed up time in history. Gilbert is one of the forefathers of the gay rights movement. If not for humans like him, would gays even be allowed to marry today? Men like Gilbert, Harvey Milk, and a slew of others paved the way for us modern day gays. I will forever be grateful for them and will remember them as Pride Month approaches.
I listened to the audio book and it is read by one of Gilbert’s good friends, Graham Halstead. He put this book together after Gilbert passed using Gilbert’s notes and journals.

#review #ya #thriller —You Won’t Believe Me by: Cyn Balog

Brace yourself for the unexpected in this chilling novel that will thrill suspense and horror readers alike! Willow can’t remember what landed her in captivity, but she’ll do anything to survive. For fans of Natasha Preston and Stephen King.

Willow is alone, confined to a bed with restraints. She can’t remember how she got there…or how long she’s been there.

An old lady appears in her room to feed her twice a day. Granny doesn’t talk, but Willow can hear thumping from somewhere beyond her door. It’s not Granny’s shuffling steps. It’s too loud to be Granny’s cat. Is it someone? Something?

Then Granny’s cat dies in Willow’s room. And Granny follows a few days later. Willow will do anything to survive. But freeing herself from her bed is only the beginning… Because there is someone else in the house. Who is this mysterious teen who calls himself Elijah? And is he the reason she’s hostage or the key to her escape?

Don’t miss these other gripping novels from Cyn Balog:

Alone

That Night

Unnatural Deeds

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Review by Twinsie Tenise

I received this book from a secret Santa exchange. I’ve never read this author before but the cover alone drew me in and the magic between the pages kept me engaged and guessing until the very end.
The plot was nuts. I couldn’t keep up. My mind was reeling with all of the possibilities of what was happening to this poor girl. Then when I found out the actual truth, all of the pieces clicked into place, and it left me speechless.

Cyn is an author of 9 YA novels and ghostwriter of hundreds of novels for many popular authors. She lives outside Allentown, PA, with her husband and daughters. Visit her online at www.cynbalog.com.