Title: Rubble and the Wreckage
Author: Rodd Clark
Genre: M/M Romance, Thriller
URL: Driven Press
Price: US $5.38
Other Information/warnings: Explicit violence
Summary [from the publisher]:
Gabriel Church knows you can’t take a life without first understanding just how feeble life is, how tentative and weak it stands alone. If you desire murder, you hold a life in your hand. Whether you release it to grant life or grip tighter to end it, it is at your command and discretion. Gabriel is a serial killer with a story he wants told. Christian Maxwell studied abnormal psychology in college but chose instead to focus on a career in writing. His background comes in handy when he thinks of writing about a serial killer. He can’t think of anyone more qualified to write the story of Gabriel Lee Church, and do so in the murderer’s own words. It’s been done before, but never with a killer who has yet to be captured or convicted. There was never anything more than a gentleman’s understanding between the two men that Christian would record Gabriel’s life story. The killer did not ask for his complicity in any crimes, nor did he ever ask for his silence. Christian’s interest in the man, though, is fast becoming something more than academic. When the writer and his subject become unexpected friends and then lovers, the question remains: What is Gabriel’s endgame . . . and why does he want his story told?
Title: Black Girl in Paris
Author: Shay Youngblood
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Price: Out of print
Shay Youngblood’s debut novel, Soul Kiss, received accolades from reviewers and writers alike. The Washington Post hailed it as “intelligent and erotic … immensely engrossing and satisfying,” while The Atlanta Journal-Constitution called it “exquisite.” Tina McElroy Ansa described it as “extraordinary … lyrical, intimate, funny, unsettling, enthralling.” Now, in her second novel, Youngblood explores the endeavor of a creative coming-of-age, and infuses her story with the same mesmerizing, lush language and impressionistic style that won her so many fans the first time around.
Black Girl in Paris wends its way around the mythology of Paris as a city that has called out to African-American artists. Like James Baldwin, Langston Hughes, and Josephine Baker before her, Youngblood’s heroine leaves her home, in the American South, nurturing a dream of finding artistic emancipation in the City of Light. She experiments freely, inhabiting different incarnations–artist’s model, poet’s helper, au pair, teacher, thief, and lover–to keep body and soul together, to stay afloat, heal the wounds of her broken heart, discover her sexual self, and, finally, to wrestle her dreams of becoming a writer into reality.
Youngblood’s lyricism, as effortless as an inspired improvisation, and her respect for the tradition she depicts create a natural tension between old and new, reverence and innovation, and tell a story at once timeless and immediate.
My review: Continue reading Black Girl in Paris by Shay Youngblood
Title: Butterfly Tattoo
Author: Deidre Knight
Genre: Contemporary het romance (with bisexual and homosexual content)
URL: Samhain Publishing
Price: US $6.50
Other Information/warnings: m/f, (past) m/m, references to past violence
Summary [from the publisher]:
Just when the darkness seems permanent, fate flips a switch.
Michael Warner has been drifting in a numb haze since his lover was killed by a drunk driver. As the anniversary of the wreck approaches, Michael’s grief grows more suffocating. Yet he must find a way through the maze of pain and secrets to live for their troubled young daughter who struggles with guilt that she survived the crash.
Out of the darkness comes a voice, a lifeline he never expected to find—Rebecca O’Neill, a development executive in the studio where Michael works as an electrician.
Rebecca, a former sitcom celebrity left scarred from a crazed fan’s attack, has retreated from the limelight and from life in general, certain no man can ever get past her disfigurement. The instant sparks between her and Michael, who arrives to help her during a power outage, come as a complete surprise—and so does her uncanny bond with his daughter.
For the first time, all three feel compelled to examine their inner and outer scars in the light of love. But trust is hard to come by, especially when you’re not sure what to believe when you look in the mirror. The scars? Or the truth?
Rating: 1/10 Title: ‘Til it Bleeds
Author: Stephanie Burke
Genre: Paranormal, Action Adventure, Horror, Daemonum
URL: Changeling Press
Price: US $3.99
Warnings: Explicit sex including rimming, fisting and blood play. Violence
Summary (from the publisher): Darkness, demonic possession, the gates of hell threaten to open, and evil threatens to rise over the land… in Ohio.
The Hands of Fate, a pair of ancient relics with untold power, have gone missing, and it’s up to a special pair of operatives to recover them.
The Guild has assigned their best bonded fighting unit, Faith and Vice, to recover the legendary Hands from a scheming under-investigator seduced by their dark power. But with summoned demons, power hungry humans, and maybe even the Guild itself standing in the way, Faith and Vice have an unrelenting fight on their hands, a fight to save an undeserving humanity from itself, to protect the innocents they are sworn to save, and to uncover the dangerous truths hidden deep within the hearts of the Guild. All while holding their own inner demons under tight rein — demons driven by lust and blood hunger, and only satiated by each other.
To succeed, and to save the world, they may have to fight — ‘Til It Bleeds and beyond.
My Review: Before you read any further, I must advise that this review contains a significant amount of spoilers. This is normally something I try to avoid, but in reviewing this piece it is not possible to avoid spoilers. That having been said…
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