Category Archives: Authors V – X

No More of Tom … by Victor J. Banis

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When Victor sent me this article yesterday, (which is really a letter to his fans and peers), I was in tears because I’m  very fond of him and I can appreciate how difficult it must have been for victor recenthim to write it. Sadly, there is no one to whom he can pass the torch because he’s unique and so are his books. Victor is held in high esteem by everyone who has read his books or knows him, and for him to lose that wonderful gift, his writing, that he has shared with us for decades,  must be a bitter blow, but for his fans his work will live on. Many of Victor’s stories are among my prized collections and I wish selfishly that this day had never arrived. Tough as this article will be for you to read, it was heartbreaking, I’m sure, for Victor to write.

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But Tom’s no more – and so no more of Tom …. Lord Byron

It has been more than 2 years now since I had a new novel released, and in that ensuing time, there have been only a handful of short stories, some of them written in the past and recently discovered by me in boxes of old manuscripts, and only a couple of them new material.

Still, I get queries from friends and fans, asking about what will come next – I get this one often: “Will there be another Tom and Stanley book?”  How I wish I could answer in the affirmative – but, sadly, no, there is not likely to be another Deadly mystery novel – nor, I think, any novel at all.

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In the Key of

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inthekeyof_1Title: In the Key of
Author: Willa Okati
Cover Artist: Scott Carpenter
Publisher: Loose Id
Amazon Buy Link: In the Key Of
Genre: Contemporary M/M Romance
Length: Novella
Rating: 5 stars

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A Guest Review by Sammy

Review Summary: A deeply moving and beautiful story that encourages us to love despite the risks!

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High Concept

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High ConceptTitle: High Concept
Author: Whitley Grey
Cover Art: Mina Carter
Publisher: Loose Id
Buy Link: High Concept
Length: Novel/103,015 words
Genre: Police procedural/Suspense/Contemporary M/M romance
Rating: 3.75 stars out of 5

A review by LadyM

Review summary: A bit crowded and sometimes slow, but good police procedural intertwined with burgeoning relationship between a closeted cop and an FBI profiler.

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Pitch

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PitchTitle: Pitch
Author: Will Parkinson
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Publisher: Dreamspinner (Harmony Ink Press)
Buy Link:  Pitch, Dreamspinner
Genre: M/M Contemporary YA Romance
Length: Novel
Rating: 5 stars

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A Guest Review by Sammy

Review Summary:  A gritty novel of young love, betrayal, and healing.

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Two Guys Walk Into An Apocalypse 2: It Came From Birmingham

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itcamefrombirmingham185Title: Two Men Walk Into An Apocalypse: It Came From Birmingham
Author: V. L Locey
Cover artist: B. S. Clay
Publisher: Torquere Press
Amazon buy link: Two Guys Walk Into An Apocalypse 2: It Came From Birmingham
Genre: Paranormal M/M
Length: Approximately 120 pages
Rating: 3.75 out of 5 stars

Guest review by Orion

Review summary: A funny take on zombie apocalypses

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500 Miles

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PW_500_MilesTitle: 500 Miles
Author: Parker Williams
Cover Artist: Deana C. Jamroz
Publisher: MLR Press
Buy Link:  500 Miles, MLR Press
Genre: M/M Romance
Length: Short Story (12, 000 words)
Rating: 4.5 stars

A Guest Review by Sammy

Review Summary: A tender coming of age and first love story from a promising new author.

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Chase the Storm

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ChaseTheStorm1Title: Chase the Storm 
Author: V.M Waitt
Cover Artist: Adrian Nicholas
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press 
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Genre: Contemporary/Western
Length: Novel. 210 pages
Rating: 4 stars out of 5

A Guest Review by Zac D

Review Summary: A beautiful book, let down in places by some misplaced vulgarity, but nonetheless, a strong debut from a new author, and a wonderful, heartwarming read.
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Aria of the Eclipse

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med_AriaEclipseTitle: Aria of the Eclipse
Author: Vivien Dean
Cover Artist: Trace Edward Zaber
Publisher: Amber Quill Press LLC
Amazon Buy Link: Aria Of The Eclipse
Genre: Science Fiction / Interspecies
Length: aprox 120 pages/35k words
Rating: 4 stars out of 5

A Guest Review by ZenHarley

Review Summary: A pleasant story, not too heavy on the SF

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A Beautiful Disaster

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beautifuldisasterTitle: A Beautiful Disaster
Author: Willa Oakti
Cover Artist: Crystal Esau
Publisher: Loose Id
Buy Link:  A Beautiful Disaster, Loose Id
Genre: M/M Romance
Length: Novel
Rating: 5 stars

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A Guest Review by Sammy

Review Summary:  Two wounded men meet…one bent on escaping his past, the other bent on embracing his. Only one of them can move forward. Will his strength be enough to carry the other with him?

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Open Cover Before Striking

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wo_opencoverbeforestrikingTitle & buy link: Open Cover Before Striking
Author: Willa Okati
Cover Artist: April Martinez
Publisher: Loose Id
Amazon buy link: here
Genre: M/M contemporary
Length: Novella
Rating: 3 stars out of 5

A guest review by Leslie S

Review summary: Well written as you’d expect from this author, but I couldn’t connect with the characters and was left oddly dissatisfied.

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Community Service

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CommunityService72lgTitle: Community Service (Broken Mirrors 3)
Author: Vaughn R Demont
Cover Artist: Angela Waters
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publisher Buy Link
Amazon Buy Link: Community Service (Broken Mirrors)
Genre: M/M Urban Fantasy
Length: Novel
Rating: 4.75 out of 5 rating stars

A Guest Review by Raine

Summary Review: This Spencer and James double act – balancing on the frenetic edge of disaster – works the trick.

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It Takes Practice

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Title: It Takes Practice
Authors: Willa Oakti
Cover Artist: Posh Gosh
Publisher: Total-E-Bound Publishing
Buy Link:  It Takes Practice, Total-E-Bound Publishing
Genre: M/M contemporary
Length: Novella
Rating: 3 stars

 

A Guest Review by Sammy

Review Summary: There is no time limit on love…or forgiveness.

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Toughskins

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toughskins_300Title: Toughskins
Author: William Masswa
Cover artist:
Publisher: Bold Stroke Books
Amazon Buy Link:Toughskins
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Genre: contemporary gay romance
Length: 264 pages
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5

A guest review by Sirius

Summary: Sweet and angsty story about two traumatized guys finding their way to each other in the world of wrestling, which I overall quite enjoyed.

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Iron Eyes

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imageTitle: Iron Eyes
Author: Vivien Dean
Cover Artist:Trace Edward Zaber
Publisher: Amber Quill Press
Publisher Buy Link
Amazon Buy Link: Iron Eyes
Genre: M/M Romance, Steam Punk, Fantasy
Length: Extended Novella 36,000 words
Rating: 3.75 out of 5 stars

A Guest Review by Raine

Summary Review: Sometimes even when done well, less is just not enough- for me these fully imagined characters would have been better served by a full length novel and a more detailed steampunk world.

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Sweet As Chili Pepper

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17232696Title: Sweet as Chili Pepper
Author: Veronica Sloane
Publisher: Torquere Press
Cover Art: n/a
Amazon Link: Sweet As Chili Pepper
Genre: contemporary m/m romance
Length: short story (46 pdf pages, 12.200 words)
Rating: 4.25 out of 5 rating stars

A Guest Review by Feliz

Summary Review: A sweet, positive, romantic story, just right for a Valentine’s read.

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