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Eye of the Beholder by Lee Rowan


Lee Rowan is well known to readers of gay historical romance particularly for her Royal Navy series, and the last book, Home is the Sailor has just been released to much acclaim.   

When I asked Lee to write a blog post I had no idea what she would talk about and, as usual, she surprised me with her topic.  


Awhile back—I can’t say exactly when or how long ago—I ran across a review in which the reader was complaining about unrealistic heroes in gay romance.  Everyone was gorgeous, he said, and every guy’s apparatus was above average.   Totally unrealistic!    

 He had a point… and he missed the point.  

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Home is the Sailor


Title: Home is the Sailor (print / eformat)
Author: Lee Rowan
Publisher: Bristlecone Pine Press
Genre: Historical Mystery
Length: Novel (73k words)
Rating: 5 stars out of 5

Five Star Read

A Guest Review by Aunt Lynn

One Sentence Review: Will and Davy are back in a great end to a great series.

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Speak Its Name: A Trilogy


Speak Its Name for ARe newTitle and Link: Speak Its Name, A Trilogy
Authors: Charlie Cochrane, Lee Rowan, Erastes
Publisher URL: http://www.bcpinepress.com
Genre: Historical M/M
Length: Novel
Rating: 5 stars out of 5

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Title: Touch
Author: Lee Rowan
Publisher: All Romance Ebooks’ newsletter, Wildfire
Genre: Historical (M/M)
Length: 2418 words
Rating: 5 stars out of 5

A Guest Review by Aunt Lynn


After making their escape from their shipmates as everyone scrambles for shore leave, Lieutenants William Marshall and David Archer finally have some precious time alone. After a very quick coming together, they now have a few minutes to savor being together, and Davy has an idea for something new. Does Will have the patience to make it through Davy’s experiment?


Note: I had read Ransom (reviewed here) ages ago, then re-read it, along with its sequels Winds of Change (reviewed here), Eye of the Storm (reviewed here), and Sail Away (reviewed here), all part of the Articles of War series, for this special Lee Rowan Day. Although each book can be read as a standalone, I highly recommend that you read and enjoy the series in order, especially as you get further in as references are made to previous events and built-upon emotions. There is also a short free scene (available on the All Romance eBooks site) and a vignette as part of the Heroes Unwrapped anthology (not reviewed).

A teensy review of a teensy story: Set sometime between Ransom and Winds of Change, this little tale told from Will’s POV is a perfect sweet and spicy taste — like black pepper ice cream — of our lovers (as they take a taste of each other!). It’s a short scene of one of the few times they get to be alone together without prying eyes and ears: on shore leave. There is teasing, and tenderness, and sensual and sexual exploration. So many senses are used in this little gem, and for one, Will is overwhelmed by it all.


Touch is a wonderful little interlude and peek into the bedroom of Will and Davy for those who read the Articles of War series by Lee Rowan. And it’s free, so why not?

Coming Up on the Blog – week of March 22


Hello again and happy Sunday. What do I have for you this week? Here goes ~

On Monday, March 23rd, another Amber Allure book is on the block. You have to log on to see which one will be going home with one lucky reader.

On Wednesday, March 25th, author Lee Rowan will be interviewed on the blog. Lee is well known to many of you as a historical writer but I’ll bet you didn’t know that she writes contemporaries as well. Also on Wednesday, Aunt Lynn will be reviewing 3 of Lee’s books including Eye of the Storm Lee’s most recent release, Ransom which won an EPPIE, Winds of Change, and Sail Away Trilogy #109. Lee will talk about her writing career and update us on her new contract with Perseus, a NY publisher. Hope you’ll drop by to catch Lee’s interview, the reviews of her books, and ask her questions about her other books. You might even want to ask her how she likes living in Canada (she’s originally from the US) and what she thinks of our metric system. *g* So please check out the blog on Wednesday.

On Monday, April 6 Madeleine Urban, Rhianne Aile and Abigail Roux will make their debut on the blog. Thanks to everyone who submitted questions. I think this will be another dynamite interview and I can’t wait to see their answers to the questions.

I would also like to wish a happy birthday to two frequent followers of this blog, especially on Fridays when I post the hawt menz. :) The first is author M.L. Rhodes who is celebrating today and Mary M our French Canadian correspondent whose birthday is tomorrow, March 23rd. Happy 21st birthday ladies!!! The gift on the right is for you – make good use of him. :)

There are countless reviews scheduled this week including Deadly Wrong, Ghost of a Chance, Where The heart Is, On the Other Hand Death, and many more that were scheduled for last week but didn’t get posted because of all the excitement of the Amber Allure free books announcement. Many readers and followers of the blog had a great time and six of them ended up with free books. In addition, author Rick R. Reed gave away copies of two books, EPPIE winner Orientation and VGL Male Seeks Same.

One reader has already submitted her post for the April 8th blog birthday celebrations and I’ll be approaching some of my author friends to ask if they would like to donate books to this worthy cause. I’m also looking for the ugliest book covers to post on April April 8 … that means your book covers authors!! Please don’t forget to either email me or leave a comment on the blog if you wish to do a post on April 8. The rules are in last Sunday’s post. In the meantime we are all working very hard to bring you book reviews as soon as we can. Keep logging on for the latest because every day there’s something new.

See you all next Sunday!!

Coming Up on the Blog – week of March 15


You saw my big news about Amber Allure giving out free books through the blog. I think that’s so cool! I’m sure you thought that I would have no other news .. well, you’re wrong. Here’s the update for this week.

As mentioned earlier, every day this week except Saturday a new book will be given away by Amber Allure. Whoo hoo! Hope you win.

On Monday or Tuesday I have a special announcement about how I would like to celebrate the blog birthday on April 8 with your help. Yes it’s been almost a year – what a kick this new venture has been. I can’t wait to see what the next year will bring.

On Wednesday, March 18, fresh from winning an EPPIE for Orientation about a gay man and a lesbian (best GLBT book) Rick Reed will join us as the Author in the Spotlight this week. Rick writes gay contemporary romances usually with a twist, horrors, thrillers, paranormals and whatever else he dreams up. He’ll talk about the secret to his longevity (his career as an author *g*), how you can be like Rick, and who he likes best – me or Pee Wee Herman!

On a more serious note, Rick shares his thoughts about some themes he would like to see explored in M/M books.

Next week Lee Rowan will be on the blog. Most of you know Lee as a historical author – well she writes contemporary stories too. She will talk about her deal with Perseus, the same NY publisher who signed Erastes and Alex, and she’ll tell us when her book is going to be released. She’ll also answer my questions on far ranging topics and I’m really looking forward to her answers.

We have quite a few reviews coming up within the next few days including Hard Fall, Seeking Something Wicked, Polar Reaction, Tigers and Devils, Deadly Wrong, and many, many more. Watch for them.

Till next week people!

Eye of the Storm – Promo


Title and Link: Eye of the Storm
Author: Lee Rowan
Publisher URL: http://www.lindenbayromance.com
Genre: gay/historical
Length: Novel


It’s Winter, 1802 and the long war between England and France has entered a fragile truce. But the lives of Commander William Marshall and Lieutenant David Archer have become more complicated than ever. As a Commander, Will is accustomed to making tough decisions. Can he give an order that will surely put his Davy in harm’s way? He almost lost his lover to a bullet once before and he fears losing him now, yet duty calls. Davy is tormented by doubt. Will walked away before, trying to end their relationship for Davy’s own safety. Can he trust Will again — not only to stay with him, but to believe that their love is worth the risks?

Eye of the Storm is available from Linden Bay Romance. This is the third Age of Sail adventure with those ruggedly handsome men of His Majesty’s Navy and it is even more exciting than Winds of War and Ransom, which won an Eppie.

A review of Eye of the Storm will be posted soon.