Archive for May, 2011

The Case of the Cockamamie Killer by David M Brown

Rating: 4/10 ★★★★☆☆☆☆☆☆ 
Title: The Case of the Cockamamie Killer
Author: David M Brown
Genre: satire, mystery
URL: Smashwords
Price: $2.99
Other Information/warnings: violence, homophobic language, rape, torture, death of a child
Summary [from the author]:

When a colleague is slain in cold blood, tough-guy word processor and private detective Chak Charon investigates—and soon finds himself out of a job, snatched from his apartment, and audited to within an inch of his life. Pursued by a vicious IRS agent, Charon takes refuge in a Chinatown boarding house and proceeds to discover the tax agency’s dirty little secret…at great cost.

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Trammel by Anah Crow and Dianne Fox

Rating: 7/10 ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 
Title: Trammel
Authors: Anah Crow and Dianne Fox
Genre: paranormal, horror
URL: Samhain Publishing
Price: US$5.50
Other Information/warnings: copious gore, violence, reference to horrific accidental deaths, explicit sexual content
Summary [from the publisher]:

In the relative security of Atlantic City, Lindsay feels safe for the first time in his life. He and Dane even sneak away from their mage “family” for the occasional date.

All that ends with the arrival of Noah, whose magic is a pure, wild fire fueled by terrible grief over the loss of his wife. To Lindsay’s great surprise, he is assigned to be Noah’s mentor, protector and healer. Of course, his efforts to help Noah master his immense power aren’t without a few fiery slip-ups.

Just as Lindsay is rising to the challenge, word comes that Moore, the scientist who once imprisoned Lindsay, holds a young girl who has manifested a powerful new magic. The desperate mission to free her leaves Noah severely wounded, Dane captured…and Lindsay in charge of those who remain.

The fate of Dane and the lives of the family rest on Lindsay’s untested shoulders. He must trust in himself and his growing connection to Noah to save his lover, his friends, and everyone else who will suffer if Moore’s plans go unchecked.

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The Tradesman’s Entrance by Cameron Vale

Rating: 10/10 ★★★★★★★★★★ 
Title: The Tradesman’s Entrance
Author: Cameron Vale
Genre: humour, erotica, m/m
URL: Smashwords (published by Vagabondage Press LLC)
Price: US$1.99
Other Information/warnings: explicit sexual content, intentionally bad writing excerpts
Summary [from the publisher]:

Virginal Stephen Patterson is suffering from writers block on his latest money-spinning bodice-ripper, and his mood can only get worse when Dave the plumber shows up two hours late, mocks him, and plunders his pantry.

But first impressions can be deceptive; Dave is a highly unusual tradesman with an odd line in biscuit-based philosophy, an open-minded approach to sex, and a cast-iron certificate in unblocking all sorts of pipes.

When Dave decides that it’s long past time for Stephen to unclog years of fear and insecurity, Stephen may finally discover who he really is.

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