If you’re like me, you are always in the hunt for something new and different. Usually when I’m writing, I don’t read in my genre (gay lit, transgressive, or western), but since I’ve wandered into some girl-on-girl action, I figured why not indulge, see what’s new on the to-review list.
And yowzers, did I ever hit paydirt!
As guest reviewer for GRR-Reviews, I dove into a paranormal gay rocking actioner that had me flicking pages and staying up all night.
Clipped by Devon McCormack
Publisher: Wilde City Press
Genre: mainstream gay: erotic, fantasy/paranormal, series
Review snippet: “The action is high, fast, cinematic and violent. The sex is aggressive, full of rage, potent, and sometimes disturbing—not so much acts of arousal as in-your-face displays of arrogance and power. It is revenge eroticism, dominance and submission without safe words, without foo-foo romanticism.”
It’s a guy book. And boy howdy, do I ever like guy books.
See full review at GGR-Reviews.
Books 1 & 2 of the Sugar House series
Author: Pavarti K. Tyler
Sugar and Salt introduces many of the players who inhabit a high end bordello servicing A-listers with anonymity and creativity.
“The writing is smart, evocative and reminiscent of those 30’s and 40’s Tracy and Hepburn movies.”
Amazon review HERE.
Protecting Portia hits the ground running, giving center stage to two damaged souls, throwing in a dollop of danger and portents for things to come. It’s a more satisfying read, with stronger characterizations and a very satisfying outcome.
This is erotica with plot, characterization and a fully-fashioned story.
Amazon review HERE.
I accepted a literary work for my review blog: The Collection of Heng Souk by S.R. Wilsher
Genre: literary fiction, historical fiction
This is one of those game-changer novels that will stay with you long after you set it down. Normally this genre is waaaay off my radar, but the author made a powerful case for his work, impressing me with his professionalism and just damn good delivery, that I said okay.
I’ll never regret it.
Review snippet: “Spanning generations and cultures, the Collection of Heng Souk confronts the horrors of war, without prejudice, and with profound insight into how our personal histories shape us and those with whom we share the vagaries of this—and that—time and place. It speaks to the nature of grief, to choices, to resolve and courage in the face of the unspeakable.
Some books make you stop and think, some leave you questioning what you thought you knew about events of the past. This book is one of those game-changers that will stay with you long after you click off your eReader.”
Read full review HERE.
Then last, but not least, what might prove to be my favoritest book, one I shall purchase when it comes out in print, is a stunning debut novel by an author who goes onto my auto-read list…
The Next by Rafe Haze
Wilde City Press
Genre: Gay mainstream, suspense, crime, thriller, erotic
Review snippet: “The Next is a character study of perception and failure and final acceptance. It is ugly and voyeuristic and brutal and sensual and intensely personal. I don’t believe I ever inhabited a character’s mind and body in quite the same way. The portraits he paints of the souls around him were painful and brilliant and insightful and almost too honest to bear.”
Full review HERE.
Until I read Clipped, and then The Next, I was unaware of Wilde City Press. They specialize in gay fiction, so perhaps not your cuppa. However, this editor/author wants you to know she is very impressed with the quality of the selection, the editing and formatting, and the professional-looking site.
And as many of you are aware, I don’t impress easily.
Check them out.