The Cat’s Meow~~~Reviews that Purrr–Who Wants to Marry a Doctor

Title: Who Wants to Marry A doctor




Author: Abigail Sharp


Genre: Contemporary Romantic Comedy


Length: 384 Pages


ISBN: 9781455528783


Publisher: July 1st 2014 by Forever Yours



Heat Level: Moderate    Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥


 A Little About The Book

As a single mom and pediatrician, Sabrina Bankhead doesn’t have time for romance. All that changes when she reluctantly agrees to take part in a dating show fundraiser for a children’s hospital. But once she sets eyes on the journalist hired to cover the show, none of the four contestants stand a chance. If she doesn’t choose one of the eligible bachelors, the hospital doesn’t raise a cent. What’s a lovestruck doc to do?


Investigative journalist Quinn Donnelly is on the mend after an assignment in Afghanistan left him both physically and emotionally scarred. Though he’s itching to return overseas and finish his story, he’ll have to be content with this fluff piece assignment to cover a local dating show. One-night stands are Quinn’s forte-but after he meets Sabrina, he’s ready to say yes for the long haul. After years of chasing the next big story, Quinn is starting to wonder if maybe home really can be where the heart is . . 

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 My Review 

 Who Wants to Marry A Doctor is book two of the With This Ring collection. I call it a collection since it’s not so much a series. This book is a stand-alone. This was a very fun, story to read. A real page-turner from the beginning to the end.

Sabrina has reluctantly agreed to do a local reality showed called Who Wants to Marry A Doctor to raise money to build a new clinic so the children can be treated in town instead of sent to Jackson Hole. She is a single mother with a bit of a secret and a trust issue.

Quinn is a bachelor that has no desire to settle down. Though his life is lonely he loves his job as investigative reporter and all the travelling he has to do for his job, a lot of times dangerous. He has just survive an explosion in Afghanistan and after he heals he plans to go back and finish his story.  He is doing this TV show for something to do while he heals.

I loved everything about this story from beginning to the end.  I especially loved Sabrina’s sister Malora and the Dr. is in thing they do in the bar. (You have to read this!) I got excited every-time the bell rang!  The dates were funny, the men she dated each were fun to watch play out!

There are lots of twists and turn, some suspense and some hot sex. This book is a romance lover’s dream though I will say, towards the end of the book I was ready to wrap Quinn and Sabrina in duct-tape and toss em in a closet till they talked!

I highly recommend this to all contemporary romance lovers out there!  If you like a lot of drama, some hilarious comedy relief, cute kids, secrets, and hot sex this is for you!

A little about the author:

Abigail is a Boston-bred Yankee now eating grits and saying “y’all” in North Central Florida. She dreamed more of being a stage actress or joining the CIA than being an author. While she still enjoys participating in community theater productions and singing karaoke, the secret-agent career was replaced by hours at her computer, writing passionate and playful contemporary romance.
Abigail lives with her husband, two kids, and one crazy princess puppy. You can keep up with her on Goodreads or on Facebook at

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if your looking for a great book to read this summer this is definitely one to look at!!

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In the Lair with Desiree DeOrto

Hello everyone! Today we have author Desiree  DeOrto with us. *muses escort Desiree to the gazebo*

Hello Desiree . Do you have a specific writing style?

Desiree: I don’t have a specific writing style, per se, unless there was a style called, ‘The Desi’, then I’d TOTALLY write like that!

Cathy: Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?

Desiree: Yes. The entire Divinity Stone series is based around the myth of Shiloh Cemetery. Legend goes that at Shiloh Cemetery, there’s a warlock’s grave yard with an ever growing chain. Every year, underneath the blood moon, the chain has to be cut back by the cemetery keepers. If it’s not, then the Warlock will come back to life and set off the end of the world. *evil laugh*

When it comes to all my books, there’s a semblance of truth, regardless of any paranormal or fantasy element. The one thing that ties books to readers is emotion. The amazing ability to see a characters reactions and be able to say, ‘I’ve felt that way before.’ So with all my characters, whatever they’re going through has the same impact and emotion of when I went through similar. Granted, I’ve never saved the world, but the common basis of humanity is still there.


Cathy: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

Desiree: Ooh, that’s a hard one. Ever since I’ve became an author I’ve been surrounded by other amazing authors. I have love and respect for all of them. They’ve all helped me out in some way, the majority without even realizing it. I can’t really say that I have had one specific mentor, because each author that has touched my life has done so in a meaningful way. To pick one over the other, to me, would seem like the gravest of betrayals.


Cathy:  What book are you reading now?

Desiree: Read? What is that? Lol just kidding. I have a back list of books actually. Currently reading Crane by Stacey Rourke, then it’s on to My Soul For You by Morgana Pheonix, Marked by Felicia Starr, QuickBane by Chelsea Starling, and last but not least, Damaged by Becca Vincenza.


Cathy: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

Desiree:New-to-me, yes lol. I tend to get behind the times, so while some will be new to me, they could have been around for a while. I’m absolutely in love with Jessica Shirvington. She has an amazing, captivating voice, and not only are her books completely filled with historical information, but the story line and characters are flawless and outstanding.


Cathy: What are your current projects ?


Desiree:Oh, that’s a fun question! Right now I’m working on Divinity Stone 3, Buds Diner 3, Generation X, Ever After Novel 1, and Shattered Promises, first in the Shattered Trilogy. ALL of which will be published by the end of the year! I have many more books to come, no worries!

Cathy: Do you ever experience writer’s block? If yes, how do you get past it?

Desiree:I don’t like to think of it as writers block. I prefer to think of it as procrastination or ‘I don’t wanna’ syndrome. I’ll know I’ll have to write, but it will feel like pulling teeth to get the words to come. So, I start writing sprints with other authors, and since I’m highly competitive it gets the words flowing in a hurry.

Cathy: Who designed the cover?

Desiree: I did! Believe it or not, I went to college for Animation and Graphic Design. I never got to finish because I had to drop out to take care of my daughter, BUT the love of design and all things anime has remained. This year I’ve opened up my own Cover Art business, and have enjoyed every second of it!

Cathy: Do you have any advice for other writers?


Desiree:Don’t write for the fame, the money, or the status. If you follow what’s trending in the publishing world in order to seek any of those, then you’ll not reach as far as you can dream. Why? Because if you’re forcing the story, it will never be as great as it’s supposed to be. Follow your voice, believe in yourself and your characters, and do what authors are supposed to do: Breathe new life into the literary world. Only then will you not only ‘feel’ satisfied and complete, but your books will be too. Readers can tell the difference.


Cathy: If you had to go back and do it all over, is there any aspect of your novel or getting it published that you would change?


Desiree: LOL umm I wouldn’t have been so stupid? No, literally. My first book, The Prophecy, when I first wrote it I took advice from other people of how ‘they’ thought the book should be. What would be easier, faster, work better, etc. I. Hated. It. I spent so much time ignoring my own voice that I literally wanted to destroy my own book and never write again. But that was because I wasn’t writing ‘my’ book, I was writing everyone’s ideas of what my book should be. I completely re-wrote it, and couldn’t be happier with it! So yes, I would tell my past self to quit being so stupid, follow my ‘voice’, and to hell with others opinions!


Cathy: It’s Your Life…What actress would you have play you in a movie about your life? Why?

Desiree: I’d completely have to say RDJ. Yes, he’s male. But he’s HOT! Lol I really don’t watch TV, so I’m not current with any actresses. But I’d totally watch ‘my’ movie if RDJ was playing me just to see more of him.

Cathy: Coffee, Tea or Soda?

Desiree:Coffee AND soda! They don’t have very good tea around here (and no, I do not like sweet tea) so I don’t drink it much.

Cathy: What is your favorite Cartoon Character?

Desiree:Cartoons…. I have four kids, so my ‘favorite’ cartoon would have to be Calliou… because it entertains them the best!

Cathy: Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans?

Desiree: Hey everyone! I hope that you’re as excited as I am about the upcoming releases! Yes, there is plenty of emotional trauma for everyone in store, but don’t worry! As always, there is hope! Massive doses of love and confetti for everyone!

Here is a peek at the Divinity Stone series:


, Divinity Stone Book One The Prophecy

The people of Shiloh, Virginia thought it was just a story. A legend to keep children from misbehaving. A challenge to prove you have courage. What they didn’t know was that it was real. All of it was real.


When Starlette McKinley moved from the sparkling lights of LA to the sleepy town of Shiloh, she didn’t know that she would be the catalyst. She didn’t know that the rage and energy pulsing through her would be the key to unleashing an unsurmountable power that would either be the saving of mankind, or its destruction.


The blood will run, and the prophecy will be revealed. But will she be able to overcome the insurmountable odds? Or will she succumb to the energy within, welcoming the darkness that has become her only friend.



The Divine, Divinity Stone Book Two

The legend has become reality, even if the people of Shiloh, Virginia don’t know it yet.

Starlette McKinley had moved across the US only to find that the darkness raging inside of her wasn’t something of her own creation. It wasn’t something that could be medically treated by psychiatrists or any type of medication. The darkness was her power, and it was going to stay.

When she accepts that the greatest threat of all lies within herself, she will have to choose. Push away all those that she loves in order to keep them safe, or keep them near and witnessing their death.

Only through the help of The Divine will she be able to face what is to come. But at what cost? What sacrifice will The Divine demand as payment?

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In The Lair with Iyana Jenna


Hello everyone! Today I would like to welcome Iyana Jenna to the lair. Today she is giving us a double dose of hotness. Iyana  is here today to tell us about her new release Ya Like That? I sure did!!*muses fan themselves*

Ya like that

Title: Ya Like That

 Author: Iyana Jenna

 Genre: Erotica » BDSM

Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay

 Length: 12,940 words

 ISBN: 9781611526325

 Publisher: JMSBooks July 13 2014

 Heat Level: Explicit

 Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥


About the book!

Evan Foster is left with nothing after his father screwed up their family company. Evan’s father ended up in jail, his mother in a mental institution, and they lost all their possession to the bank. Evan dropped out of college and he still has to pay for his mother’s treatment. He has a job at a diner but it isn’t nearly enough.
Brian Donaghue is a millionaire with a multinational company but isn’t lucky in love. When he sees the picture Evan sends in with a resume, he’s immediately interested. But the way he ropes Evan into his company is far from conventional. Brian makes Evan an offer he can’t refuse.

Or can he?

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My Review

  The blurb above really tells you all I can without spoilers. I really liked this story a lot. Though it  has a lot of sex its very well done. I love How Iyanna’s stories are so full of emotion and so sexy. The one thing I really wish is they were longer.

I would have loved more details on how Evan’s father lost everything and more on the company Brian owns and why he went about roping in Evan the way he did.

Having said that, this story is short and to the point, filled with emotion and hot sex with a very satisfying ending.


If you like short stories,  sweeter versions of BDSM and a D’s lifestyle, broken men and a sexy  sweet ending this is definitely for you!


Just a few weeks ago Iyana released Will and Pleasure and we would like to share  the links and our review with you today.


Title:Will and Pleasure


Author:Iyana Jenna


Genre: BDSM • Contemporary • Erotic Romance • Fiction • Gay


Length: 15,465 Words


Publisher: JMS Books (June 29th)

Blurb: After his parents’ nasty divorce, Jake Welther was raised by his mother, so when his father dies, he’s surprised to find his name among his brothers’ in the will. Jake never thought he’d get anything from his old man, but neither the house nor the money is his inheritance. It’s a young sex slave named Luke.

 Luke is a product of the streets. One unfortunate night, a bad encounter with a client ended with him curled up in an alley, filthy and hurt. When Craig Welthier Sr. took him in, Luke thought he was finally safe and protected. Little did he know Craig would turn out to be worse than any of his previous clients.

 With his father gone, Jake doesn’t know what to do with Luke. His three brothers see no harm in continuing to use their father’s slave for their own twisted purposes. Though he doesn’t think of himself as anyone’s hero, he knows what Luke has endured at the hands of his family is wrong. Can Jake stand up to his brothers to rescue Luke? Will Luke find his happy ending after all?

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My review:

Will and pleasure is an intriguing story. I found it dark and sweet. I was a bit on the fence with the heat rating but chose moderate because of the context of the story.

Jake is shocked when he is snatched out of university and taken to his father’s estate, finding not only has his father died but had a dirty little secret. That dirty little secret was part of the inheritance and the other 3 boys were anxious to get their hands on this inheritance. What’s the secret read the book and see. It’s a very short story, fast paced and sexy so what have you to lose?
I love a good character andthisstoryisfilledwiththemSeveralnastyssdddddddddddddddddddeceitfulatherandthethreeevilbrothersasweetunderstandingrrrrrrrrr,,,,,,,,,,,,,, ,, a helpful hero bystander that even was interesting andJakee the main character shocked by what he finds out, confused in so many ways. Then there is Luke. He is so sexy and my heart went out to him and his dilemma.

I will say once again my only issue is I would like more details on the characters, who they are, how they look, etc. but having said that this story really is to the point and yet intriguing and sexy.

If you like a great, fast , short story, hot and sexy, a bit dark yet sweet, some drama and intrigue and some pretty hot man-sex that isn’t overly descriptive yet sensual This is for you.


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Iyana lives in Jakarta, a city famous for its traffic jams, a lot of cars and motorcycles, and people selling stuff on the roads. You can spend two hours on the road going to a place you can reach in half an hour in a normal situation. Thanks to the traffic jams, though, Iyana can come up with a lot of stories, mostly shorties, as she prefers to spend the time during her trips writing into her cell phone rather than sleeping.

Another thing Iyana loves is kitties. Right now she has five of them. Their names are Larva, Nyil, Cil, Betsy, and Horus. When she doesn’t write, she plays with them, or they would play with her when she writes.

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The Cat’s Meow ~~ Review’s that Purrr…Secrets in the Air


Wealthy family…
Childhood tragedy…
A love defying all odds…
Secrets in the Air
Flying is in Rhett O’Neil’s blood. And nothing makes this pilot fly higher than wrapping himself in his husband Kaden’s arms. He’s thrilled when his grandfather entrusts him with O’Neil Airways, the family’s charter airplane business. With a mix of humanitarian and corporate clients, Rhett plans a bright future where his success improves the world.
Elise, Rhett’s mother, begins offering advice to “help” her son through the transition into increased responsibility. As evidence surfaces that her words are escalating into devastating actions, the truth comes out about the death of Rhett’s sister Annabelle. Kaden has to race to protect his husband and himself from the consequences of the Secrets in the Air before it’s too late.

The wind assaulted Rhett O’Neil’s torso as he drove down Highway 495 on his motorcycle. He had every intention of heading straight home after landing his plane “Betsy,” but when he checked his phone, he found a message from his grandfather asking him to make a quick trip to the estate. What Pop wanted, he got. Rhett hoped they kept it short, because after a week away he would much prefer to make it home for dinner with his husband, who… Shit! I forgot to call Kaden. Before he could correct this grievous error, his phone rang through his Bluetooth helmet. He answered, “I love you.”

Kaden released a breath resonating with relief and exasperation. “Sure you do. I thought you’d be waiting for me after my shift. Isn’t that what we discussed forty-five minutes ago when you finished screwing around with Betsy?”

Rhett laughed. “Checking a faulty engine blade is far from screwing Betsy.”
“You made that unnecessarily dirty.” But Kaden laughed, too, so Rhett concluded it was very necessary.
When their laughs turned to chuckles, Rhett said, “I should have let you know Pop asked me to stop by for something quick. I’m not sure what, though.”
“Please don’t tell him about the engine blade, Rhett. I’d like to see you sometime before my next shift,” Kaden said. He worked as a nurse from seven a.m. to three p.m. at the drug rehab floor of the local hospital.
“Stop. We’re not going to talk all night. Believe me when I tell you, I’d rather be home without clothes on, eating the dinner you promised.”
Kaden quieted on the other end.
“You are making dinner, right?” Rhett clarified.
“Roast beef has been cooking in the crock pot all day. But, see, we’d have to eat it upstairs if you planned to be naked.” Kaden’s voice now held an element of concern.
“Why?” Rhett asked.
“I’ll tell you when you aren’t driving. Be careful on that death trap.”
Rhett never understood why his motorcycle was a death trap, but Betsy provided perfectly acceptable transportation. And then he heard a shriek in the background. “What is that?”
“Lassie,” he answered, concern turned to defeat.
“Doesn’t sound like a dog.”
“It’s a cat. We talked about this. We agreed a cat would be an acceptable pet for our lifestyle,” Kaden reminded him.
Flicking on the blinker, Rhett turned off the exit. He had said that, but he didn’t expect Kaden to go out and get a cat while he was away. “Why did you name it Lassie?”
“Her. And that was her name for the first six months of her life.”
“Fair enough. I’m here, and I won’t stay long. Then you can explain why we have to confine nudity to the bedroom like teenagers,” Rhett said as he leaned over and punched in the security code to open the gate to his grandfather’s estate.
“Tell him I’m making dinner. He’s very concerned about your nutritional intake.”
Rhett drove around the maze that led to the main house. “Yes, but he might invite himself over if I tell him what you’re making.”
“Not if you mention Lassie. I love you. Please call me before you sit on that bike.” Kaden hung up without leaving space for Rhett to protest.
He shook his head and removed his helmet as he dismounted the motorcycle. Rhett paused to stroke the sleek paint job on his red Kawasaki. He didn’t care what Kaden thought, Rhett relished the thrill of riding. Kaden had seen too many fatalities from motorcycle accidents during his ER rotation in nursing school to feel the same. So maybe he did understand, but the peace on the issue was hard-won. Rhett tucked his helmet into the compartment under the seat and strode up to the house. The door swung open and Rhett smiled at Martha, his grandfather’s long-time household manager. “Heard the muffler?” he asked, taking off his coat and handing it to her.
“Your grandfather did. He’s in his study. I left snacks in there for you two.”
Rhett kissed her cheek. “Thank you.” He made his way through the expansive rooms decorated with the best art money could buy. A modern painting stopped him in his tracks. The splash of color and uneven lines contrasted with everything else in house. Rhett dashed to the study, knocked once and opened the slightly ajar door. “Are you going insane, Pop?”
Donald Everett O’Neil sat up, raised his eyebrow and grinned. “Unfortunately, not yet.” He gestured Rhett into the study, which was covered by model planes and pictures of his grandfather posing with the greats of aviation. Rhett was included in quite a few of those, as well. Yet in every one, he stared admiringly at his grandfather, as opposed to the celebrity sharing the shot.
“Unfortunately?” Rhett asked.
“Yes, Everett, sanity can be so taxing in one’s old age. I believe dementia is a self-defense mechanism so we aren’t forced to watch history repeat itself again, while no one heeds our warning,” his grandfather said. “How’d the flight go?”
Rhett shrugged. “No real problems. I’m sure you checked the stats before asking, so you’re well aware.”
Don’s laugh turned to a cough, which he calmed with a few sips of water. “Don’t smoke.”
“You can stop, you know.”
“And you can get rid of the bike, but we all have our vices. I’m old. I deserve to keep mine until it kills me.” Don removed his reading glasses and sat back in his chair. “Which is sort of what I wanted to talk to you about.”
“No. Dying.”
Rhett’s jaw dropped and his forehead moistened. “You’re… What’s wrong?”
Don waved him off. “Nothing’s wrong. Not that I know of, anyway. I am sixty-four, and don’t intend to live forever. Actually, I would love to die before asshole politicians run this country further into the ground. But not yet.”
“Pop,” Rhett started, raising his hand, “can you please get to the point?” He loved his grandfather, but he could not handle a rant about the government today.
“When did you get so impatient?”
“I have dinner and a husband at home waiting for me,” he answered.
“Your marriage is good then? You take care of each other?”
Rhett blinked, trying to follow the train of thought. His grandfather, while always supportive, never pried into his love life. “Yes.”
Don nodded. “I knew you would when you first brought him home.” The man’s voice had faded out again as he met Rhett’s eyes. “Your family is the most important ingredient of a happy life. I’m ensuring you have that before we continue this conversation. So, one more time, do you and Kaden have a strong relationship?”
“That’s what I thought.” Don slid a paper across the desk to Rhett. “What I’m discussing will not make your mother happy. You need to be prepared for that.”
“Yeah, well, she made her choices.” Like to move to California with her husband after they released the asshole from prison. Rhett, at fifteen, had refused to move with them, and Pop adopted him. One of the best days of Rhett’s life was when he took his grandfather’s last name, shedding the otherwise permanent tie to the man who donated his sperm to fertilize his mother’s egg.
Don sighed again. “I wish you’d make peace with her.”
“I have. Mom and I are fine as long as she doesn’t reference the donor. If I don’t have to hear about him, I can pretend she divorced him like she should have. Now, Pop, what isn’t going to make her happy?” Rhett tried to keep his exasperation at bay as he picked at the hummus and pita bread.
“I will get there.”
Thought you wanted to die before the politicians ruined the country? Rhett nodded instead of voicing his thoughts. He’d have to find a way to make the delay up to Kaden later.
“You’re doing a fantastic job with taking on a leadership role in the company. I can tell you love it.”
The corners of Rhett’s mouth lifted. “You knew I would. I’ve worked for you since I was twelve.”
“I knew you loved flying, but that isn’t the same as leading. You’ve gained respect by taking responsibility of all parts of the business,” Don continued.
“That’s how you make sure it’s done right,” Rhett repeated the words his grandfather had told him throughout his childhood.
Don nodded again, wearing a smile of his own. “Everett, there’s something that I haven’t shared with you yet. The company does more than provide flights to wealthy people. We also work with the FBI.”
Rhett snapped his gaze back to his grandfather’s. “You do what? Aren’t they the same people ruining your beloved country?”
“No, I refuse to do business with stupid people. The company assists the rescue division of the FBI, particularly human trafficking cases,” Don said.
“Human trafficking, like the sex trade?”
“Yes, to put it broadly, the FBI tracks cases of girls and young women who go missing. This unfortunately happens every day, but the government pays special attention when the missing girls are of a lower socio-economic class and when the disappearances occur in the same geographic area,” he explained. “They’ve currently zoomed in on several larger organizations. The missions are to apprehend the traffickers and rescue the girls.”
“Are you qualified to help with that?” Rhett asked.
“I’m qualified to fly a plane and keep my mouth shut. The FBI has grown to rely on me, but the truth is I’m not as young as I used to be. Is this something you would be willing to do occasionally?”
Though not sure exactly what he was agreeing to, Rhett nodded.
“Perfect. Now for the part that’ll make your mother unhappy. I’m retiring, and I would like to give you part of your inheritance early, which means in the next few weeks I’ll draw up the paperwork so you and I will share all the assets of the company, in addition to about twenty-five percent of the money I have set aside for you.”
“Thank you, but… why?” Rhett’s head spun at the thought. His grandfather had already provided him with a trust fund that he used to put himself through school and buy Betsy. He finally glanced down at the paper, which detailed the money he would receive and the legalities of the co-ownership.
“Because you’re responsible. I trust you and I’d like to keep the wealth, especially the business, in the family.” His grandfather handed him a signed check, then stood and embraced his grandson. “Be careful on the road.”
After thanking him again, Rhett sent a text to Kaden, ‘Sorry that took so long, but trust me, it was worth it.’

: This book is absolutely amazing. I couldn’t stop once I started.

Rhett works for his Grandfather that has raised him in a flying business. They fly rich people wherever they want.  When Rhett is given his half  the inheritance early so his Grand-father can step down since he can no longer fly at his age. Things begin to go crazy. Rhett finds that they have a special client that is FBI and only Rhett can fly them on special missions to rescue kidnapped girls that are sold into slavery.  He never realized that this mission might jeopardize the life of his husband as well as his own.

There are so many twists in this story.I don’t think that I  have ever wanted to kill parents like I did Rhett’s. I was in shocked several times but wow what an ending!!

Rhett and Kaden’s love for each other is outstanding. The sex scenes, while there are a few are very hot but very sensual. There is suspense from the get go to the very end.

I highly recommend this to everyone that likes a M/M, romantic suspense, especially if you like mystery, intrigue, nail-biting suspense and sweet, loving man-sex.

Liz Borino transcribes the world inside her head onto the page, and shares it with the people who are stuck in the “real world” to makes their lives a little more interesting. Because in her world, heroes fall and standup again with the help of their partners and friends. Liz’s world is littered with formidable obstacles, which her heroes overcome with a fire of courage and passion. The beauty of love between two men is celebrated. Who wouldn’t want to live there?
When not with her heroes, Liz enjoys exploring cities, working toward social justice, and editing for other authors. Liz published twelve books since 2012. Visit to learn more!

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In the Lair with Mia Kerrick

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Mia Kerick has eight published books, and one short story in an anthology collection.

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As a musician at the popular college café Coed Joe’s, high school senior Kai Manter is never lacking for male attention. Out, proud, free-spirited, and sexually aware, Kai sets his sights on his darkly Gothic and undeniably bad-tempered co-worker, Jamie Arlotta, a freshman at the local arts university. Sporting long hair and alluring hippie style, Kai expects his interest will be reciprocated, with satisfying sex as the end goal. That’s what usually happens. But Jamie’s lessons in life have been harsher. Having been sexually abused by his older stepbrother for several years, Jamie has grown an impenetrable outer shell meant to keep the world at a safe distance.

Kai is angry at first when he takes the brunt of Jamie’s bad temper, but after Kai accidentally discovers the abuse Jamie has suffered, he wants to fix things. Kai’s plan is based on what he knows best—music—and he stages a “musical intervention” to let Jamie know he’s not alone and things can get better. When Jamie’s perspective changes and he emerges from his shell, Kai changes, too, gaining a whole new understanding of what sex can be when love is there too.


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Not Bent Just Broken

Braving the start of high school, longtime childhood friends Benjamin Wells and Timmy Norton quickly realize they are entering a whole new world colored by their family responsibilities. Ben is trying to please his strict father; Timmy is taking care of his younger sisters. While their easy camaraderie is still comfortable, Ben notices Timmy growing distant and evasive, but Ben has his own problems. It’s easier to let concerns about Timmy’s home life slide, especially when Timmy changes directions and starts to get a little too close. Ben doesn’t know how to handle the new feelings Timmy’s desire for love inspires, and his continuing denial wounds Timmy deeply.

But what Timmy perceives as Ben’s greatest betrayal is yet to come, and the fallout threatens to break them apart forever. Over the next four years, the push and pull between them and the outside world twists and tears at Ben and Timmy, and they are haunted by fear and regret. However, sometimes what seems broken is just a little bent, and if they can find forgiveness within themselves, Ben and Timmy may be able to move forward together.

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There is a short continuation of Tim and Ben’s story in Grand Adventures called Water Under The Bridge


The Red Sheet:

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One October morning, high school junior Bryan Dennison wakes up a different person—helpful, generous, and chivalrous—a person whose new admirable qualities he doesn’t recognize. Stranger still is the urge to tie a red sheet around his neck like a cape.

Bryan soon realizes this compulsion to wear a red cape is accompanied by more unusual behavior. He can’t hold back from retrieving kittens from tall trees, helping little old ladies cross busy streets, and defending innocence anywhere he finds it. Shockingly, at school, he realizes he used to be a bully. He’s attracted to the former victim of his bullying, Scott Beckett, though he has no memory of Scott from before “the change.”

Where he’d been lazy in academics, overly aggressive in sports, and socially insecure, he’s a new person. And although he can recall behaving egotistically, he cannot remember his motivations. Everyone, from his mother to his teachers to his “superjock” former pals, is shocked by his dramatic transformation.

However, Scott Beckett is not impressed by Bryan’s newfound virtue. And convincing Scott he’s genuinely changed and improved, hopefully gaining Scott’s trust and maybe even his love, becomes Bryan’s obsession.

With its NEW Updated Cover(This book was awesome!)

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With an awesome foreword by Cody Kennedy about bullying


Us Three  (I absolutely loved this book!)

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In his junior year at a public high school, sweet, bright Casey Minton’s biggest worry isn’t being gay. Keeping from being too badly bullied by his so-called friends, a group of girls called the Queen Bees, is more pressing.

Nate De Marco has no friends, his tough home life having taken its toll on his reputation, but he’s determined to get through high school.

Zander Zane’s story is different: he’s popular, a jock. Zander knows he’s gay, but fellow students don’t, and he’d like to keep it that way.

No one expects much when these three are grouped together for a class project, yet in the process the boys discover each other’s talents and traits, and a new bond forms. But what if Nate, Zander, and Casey fall in love—each with the other and all three together? Not only gay but also a threesome, for them high school becomes infinitely more complicated and maybe even dangerous. To survive and keep their love alive, they must find their individual strengths and courage and stand together, honest and united.

If they can do that, they might prevail against the Queen Bees and a student body frightened into silence—and even against their own crippling fears.

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Beggars and Choosers

After a hard life filled with experiences he’d rather not remember but can’t forget, Brett Taylor decides he doesn’t need anyone or anything. He gets a job at a bar in a nothing little town where he can fish and race dirt bikes and hide from the world. So naturally as he’s walking across the parking lot at his new job, reminding himself how self-reliant he is, he meets someone he can’t shove aside.

Brett can’t help but admire Cory Butana, the kid who lives above the bar where his father is the principal bartender. Unwanted by either parent, the sweet, personable Cory grew up neglected and hungry for affection. Now he’s determined to make something of his life, even if he has to work himself ragged to do it.

Cory shouldn’t have to suffer like Brett did, and Brett wants to lend a hand. But when their relationship evolves into something Brett isn’t ready to need, he reacts… and the consequences may destroy their fledgling future. With scars like theirs, forgiveness is never easy.

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Unfinished Business

Sequel to Beggars and Choosers

After struggling through dishonesty, betrayal, and the kind of pasts they’d like to leave behind them, Brett Taylor and Cory Butana are back together and starting to build a new life. Brett has a good job. Cory has started college. But not everything goes the way they planned.

Still recovering from the emotional and physical repercussions of a brutal assault, Cory finds himself trapped by his own insecurity and fear, unable to believe that his heart is safe with Brett or that his body is safe without him. On the other hand, Brett has total faith in Cory’s love and commitment, even though he still struggles with his own ghosts.

With girls flocking to Brett’s side and a wannabe-lover lab partner feeding his doubts, Cory can’t find a way to tell Brett about the unfinished business that haunts him. If Brett wants to save him, he’ll have to see through Cory’s deception in time.

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A Package Deal

Robby Dalton is the perfect all-American boy. He played the sports his father chose for him in high school, attended the college his father selected, and has worked hard to conform to his father’s macho views. But emotionally he doesn’t fit anywhere, and he can’t connect with a woman beyond a few uninspired dates. Robby’s not in the closet, because he’s never guessed he’s gay. Now he owns a small commercial construction company, and one night after work he runs into Savannah Meyers. He finds her fascinating and agrees to a date, thinking maybe this woman would be different.

But Savannah has her own agenda. She is looking for a love match for her roommate, Tristan Chartrand, whom she rescued from the streets years ago. He’s like a brother, and her only family, so she wants him safe and happy. Her plan seems to begin well, because when Robby meets Tristan, he’s surprised to find it’s Tristan he wants, not Savannah. But some people in Robby’s life don’t approve of Tristan’s lowly station in life, and some don’t approve of Robby being gay. Some people are full of hate and violence, and Robby and Tristan will need courage and strength if a loving future is to be part of the deal.

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Out of Hiding

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After graduating from high school early, twenty-year-old Philippe Bergeron spent the past several years lost among the stars while fishing off the New England coast. A shoulder injury ends his dream of living reclusively on the water, and he finds himself lost among the bright lights of New York City. His older brother, Henri, has asked Philippe to chaperone his seventeen-year-old niece, Sophie, on her tours of the city’s legendary dance programs.

Sophie meets with professional dancer and choreographer, Dario Pereira, to prepare a routine for her college auditions. Dario’s cool perfection and immaculate style contrast with Philippe’s awkward scruffiness, but it wakes desires Philippe thought he’d left behind. When the attraction is surprisingly returned, Dario’s confidence won’t let Philippe remain invisible. Unsure but curious, Philippe relaxes his rule of isolation, and as the summer progresses, his relationship with Dario leads him to a surprising discovery of his submissive sexual tendencies and a greater sense of self-awareness.

Tragedy threatens to destroy the connections Philippe has made and forces him to retreat into the shadows of his past, far from the radiance of Dario’s love. Ultimately, he must decide if it is time to stop hiding and set himself free.

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Each person who submits a picture of one of Mia Kerick’s books or book cover images on an eReader on Vacation or Staycation (a vacation at home) will receive a mystery swag bag with Mia Kerick Items. Maximum 2 pictures entries person. Please message Beckey, my assistant with your address.

The group for the event giveaway can be found here:

Please post your pictures there in the group page.

There is also GRAND PRIZE giveaway for United States entries on the rafter that is pinned to the top of the group page.

The Grand Prize is Mia Kerick beach towel, Kerick Teddy Bear, Mia Kerick tote bag, and Mia Kerick Coffee Mug with Folger’s Hazlenut coffee. Be sure to look at the pinned  post at the top of the page for the raftercopter link.

Contest Ends on July 31, 2014.

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Mia Kerick is the mother of four exceptional children—all named after saints—and five nonpedigreed cats—all named after the next best thing to saints, Boston Red Sox players. Her husband of twenty years has been told by many that he has the patience of Job, but don’t ask Mia about that, as it is a sensitive subject.

Mia focuses her stories on the emotional growth of troubled young men and their relationships, and she believes that sex has a place in a love story, but not until it is firmly established as a love story. As a teen, Mia filled spiral-bound notebooks with romantic tales of tortured heroes (most of whom happened to strongly resemble lead vocalists of 1980s big-hair bands) and stuffed them under her mattress for safekeeping. She is thankful to Dreamspinner Press for providing her with an alternate place to stash her stories.

Mia is proud of her involvement with the Human Rights Campaign and cheers for each and every victory made in the name of marital equality. Her only major regret: never having taken typing or computer class in school, destining her to a life consumed with two-fingered pecking and constant prayer to the Gods of Technology.

My themes I always write about:

Sweetness. Unconventional love, tortured/damaged heroes- only love can save them

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The Cat’s Meow –Project Fierce Chicago Charity hop!

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Hello! Thanks so much, Cathy, for allowing me to be a guest on your blog today. I wanted to talk a little bit about my story SAMMY in the Project Fierce Charity Anthology. Homelessness is a terrible aspect of society and I’m very glad to be able to help.

Less Than Three Press has done a few charity works in the past, mostly for relief efforts for natural disasters. It’s something they’ve always wanted to pursue further, but with more emphasis on the LGBTQ community, so when they were asked by one of the participating authors if they’d be willing to back an anthology for Project Fierce, it seemed like the perfect starting point to making a concerted effort in that direction.


Nobody deserves to be without a home. In collaboration with several authors, Less Than Three Press offers up an anthology of stories about young people who find that home and family are not always where you expect to find them.

All proceeds from this charity anthology will be donated to Project Fierce Chicago.

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Project Fierce Chicago’s mission is to reduce LGBTQ youth homelessness in Chicago by providing affirming, no-cost transitional housing and comprehensive support services to homeless LGBTQ young adults. PFC also aims to encourage community-building and civic engagement through cooperative living and youth leadership development.

LT3’s Project Fierce Chicago charity anthology includes 20 short stories from Aeris, Vicktor Alexander, Talya Andor, C.J. Anthony, Blaine D. Arden, Kayla Bain-Vrba, Sophie Bonaste, Kenzie Cade, Jana Denardo, Alessandra Ebulu, Dianne Hartsock, Leta Hutchins, Caitlin Ricci, Lor Rose, B. Snow, Rin Sparrow, Andrea Speed, Piper Vaughn, Layla M. Wier, and Xara X. Xanakas

Pairings: M/M, F/F, genderqueer

Content: Contains no explicit content.

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In my story SAMMY, Sam is one of the countless homeless GLBT youth surviving on the streets in Portland, Oregon. At fifteen he inadvertently came out to his parents, and instead of the support he’d hoped for, they sent him to live with his uncle. Unfortunately, the man was even less tolerant of his penchant for wearing women’s dresses. Rather than change to please his family, feeling unwanted and misunderstood, he ran away to find a better life.


He spent three months living under bridges, hungry and lonely, until he meets Tad, a young man who gives him a spot on his floor to sleep when he needs one and shows him that by flashing a bit of thigh and his pretty smile at the local businessmen, he could make enough money to keep his stomach full and maybe hide away a little for his own apartment. He doesn’t dare dream of attending college one day.


When this story opens, Sam has been on the streets for several years when one of his ‘regulars’ begins to take more than a business interest in him. For the first time Sammy dreams of more than a bleak lonely future, but does he dare hope that someone like him could find their happily ever after?




A familiar loneliness touched John. He’d been living in the city for sixth months but had managed to make only a handful of friends. And between work and school, who had time to find a boyfriend?  Sam stirred and smiled down at him and John climbed to his feet, self-conscious when Sam’s grin widened.


“Weren’t you on your way somewhere?”

John blinked with surprise. “I forgot! Yes, and now I’m very late.”

He pushed through the bushes and Sam put a hand on his arm once they were free. “I’m going to go…”

John impulsively covered Sam’s hand with his own, hoping to spend a little more time with him. “I’m just going a couple of blocks to the shelter on Burnside. Walk with me. It’s a beautiful evening and we probably won’t have many more of them.”

Sam gave him a curious look, lifting an eyebrow. “You volunteer at the shelter on Friday nights? That’s kind of pathetic, John. A guy like you should be out partying.”

Heat rushed to John’s face and he looked away to hide his blush. “If you say so.”

He started down the bike path and Sam fell into step beside him. Evening sunlight glinted on the Willamette River when they reached the waterfront and they paused to enjoy the view.  John glanced at Sam. His white blond hair was cut into a bob and framed his sweet face and John liked how the sunlight glinted in the light strands. It was nice to have someone with him, even if it was only for a few minutes. Sam was right. He needed to get out more and meet people.

They headed north, John picking up his pace after glancing at his watch. He’d be too late to help with dinner at all if he didn’t hurry. The shelter always seemed understaffed in late the summer when the homeless started seeking food and a bed off the cold streets for the night.

John sighed when they reached the front entrance to the shelter and he saw the long line of people filing in. Sam gave him a sly wink. “Lots of customers tonight. Must be serving meatloaf.”

“Lasagna. Hey, thanks for walking with me.”

“Sure.” Sam tilted his head at the line. “I’m not kidding about the amount of people. Need some help inside?”

“You want to volunteer?”

Why not? I know some of these guys.”

John looked at Sam closely. There was more to this man than met the eye. “You have to fill out some paperwork before you can help, but that would be great.” He bit a lip. “Maybe come back in the morning when it’s not so busy…”

Sam grinned and said with a hint of laughter, “Goodnight, John.”

“Sammy.” John took a breath, nervous. “I won’t be here late. Could we get a coffee afterwards? I mean, if you’re not—”

Sam tilted his head, his look speculative. “Are you talking a couple hours or the whole night?”

Heat flushed through John. He winced at the dent to his savings, but he couldn’t face another Friday night alone. “How about a couple hours and see where it leads?”

Sam gave him a brilliant smile, snatching John’s breath. “Sure hon. I’ll see you later.”



In the Lair with Christina Cole Author of Keeping Faith

Hello everyone! Today we have Christina Cole in the Lair.


The Power of Love


Of all the characters I’ve created since I began writing many, many years ago, I think perhaps the one who’s come to mean the most to me is Tom Henderson, the cowboy hero of my latest western historical romance, Keeping Faith.

Tom has a lot of strikes against him. He’s not exactly the sort of man any girl would want to take home to Mama, if you know what I mean. Despite his handsome face – and those devilish dimples in his cheeks – he doesn’t have much to offer.

He was born in a barn. Literally. Tom’s a bastard, as well. His mother has lived her life as a drunken whore. At the start of the story, she’s recently been released from prison after serving a sentence for manslaughter.

To make matters worse for Tom Henderson, he’s never had any education. He can’t read, can’t write, and doesn’t know about ciphering. He’s got a past filled with shameful memories of childhood and no prospects for the future.

Throughout the story, people are quick to put Tom down.

“You’re nothing more than an ignorant, illiterate cowboy, and the son of a filthy, drunken whore,” one well-meaning woman tells him.

According to the ranch hands he works with, he’s “got no manners”, is a “low-down critter”, and “ain’t got a lick o’ sense.”

Even Lucille, the pretty, dark-haired girl he’s got his eye on, tends to look down on him. Her are a few of her thoughts:


First, he was hardly civilized. He talked too loud, sang those awful bawdy songs in an off-key voice, and he laughed at his own jokes. Second, he was irresponsible, a trait he’d no doubt picked up from his mother. Oh, what was the point in counting? Tom Henderson was a fine looking man, and if the feelings still stirring about inside her heart and soul were any indication, he sure knew how to please a woman. But Tom wasn’t looking for love, only for a good time, a one-night stand as the cowboys called it.


But love stories are about change, about the power love works in our lives in we’re willing to open ourselves up to it. Falling in love means taking risks. It means exposing our weaknesses, letting others get close enough to see our vulnerabilities.

Falling in love also means finding our own strengths. It means seeing not who we are, but who we are meant to be, and striving to become that person.

Keeping Faith is a story of Tom Henderson’s fervent desire to become a better man and to build a dream for himself, and for those he loves.

Yes, love is a powerful force. It can, indeed, change lives.

Keeping Faith – Currently #1 Best-selling Historical Romance

Love brings them together. Hatred tears them apart. One man. One Woman. Between them, a precious child whose future they hold in their hands

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Keeping Faith



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Publisher: Secret Cravings Publishing



Release date: July 1, 2014




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Everything they say about Tom Henderson is true.  Born in a barn, the bastard son of a drunken whore, he’s got nothing to offer, and any dreams he might have are as far away as the distant snow-capped Rockies — and probably as unattainable. He’s long had his eye on pretty Lucille McIntyre, but that’s just one more impossible dream.

Lucille has always been considered the prettiest and most popular girl in Sunset, but her father’s sudden death has left her shaken and sad. Now, life seems to be passing her by.

When a prim and proper spinster arrives to deliver a squalling 3-month-old infant to Tom, his life and Lucille’s both change. His decision to keep the baby girl sets off a firestorm among the good ladies in town who don’t consider him fit to raise a child.

Together, Tom and Lucille will do anything in their struggle for keeping Faith.


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That squalling sound came again, and when Miss Christensen turned and opened the door of the coach, the sound grew louder. Louder, clearer, and too distinct to be mistaken for anything but what it was.

A baby’s cry.

“Your sister died in childbirth, Mr. Henderson. She left behind a beautiful little girl.”

“Can I see her?” Tom gestured for Lucille to join him. She’d heard every word, he suspected. Together they peered past the somber spinster, straining to get a glimpse of the infant.

Miss Christensen eyed him, checked Lucille over with an appraising glance as well, then turned and carefully removed the little blanket-wrapped bundle from the coach. Tom smiled, noting the wicker basket in which his little niece—his niece!—had made the journey from Denver to Sunset.

“It appears,” Miss Christensen said, holding the child up for Tom’s inspection, “that you’re the only family she has.”

Questions flooded his mind. He wasn’t sure if he should ask any of them.

Lucille stepped up and asked for him. “Her father? Where is he?” She reached out to touch the baby’s cheek.

“Terrible tragedy.” The woman closed her eyes as if offering a silent prayer. When she opened them again, she turned to face Tom. “The child’s father took his own life, I’m afraid. Grief sometimes makes men crazy.”

Lucille gasped, a cry of utter, heartfelt dismay. Tom felt it, too, but no sound came out when he opened his mouth. Too much bad news was coming at him all at once.

“I’m from the Children’s Foundling Home,” she explained. “The father, your sister’s husband,” Miss Christensen added, “brought the child to our doorstep, left her there, then disappeared. Although we tracked him down…” Her voice trailed off.

“What’s her name?” Tom leaned closer. Soft, crooning sounds came from his throat.

“Lafferty. Baby Girl Lafferty.”

He blinked. “What sort of name is that?”

“Her father’s name was Samuel Lafferty.”

“Yes? So, what’s the baby’s name? Her given name,” he pointed out. The thought that this innocent babe was nothing more than baby girl to the people who cared for her brought a surge of emotion so powerful it frightened him.

“It’s not our place, Mr. Henderson, to—”

“Well, whose place is it?” He reached for the infant, his movements so swift and sudden, the protective woman had no chance to put up a defense. “She deserves a name. Every baby deserves a name.”

“Once she’s adopted, her new family will decide what to call her.” A stricken look appeared on her face. Obviously she didn’t trust Tom with her precious responsibility. He understood, but he was kin. Nobody needed to adopt her. She had family.

“What of Mr. Lafferty’s folks?” Lucille asked. “Do they know about his daughter?”

“He had no family that we could find.” The woman sniffed again, then held out her arms. “I’ll take her now, Mr. Henderson.”

Tom took a step back, clutching the baby more tightly. “She’s got an uncle.” He looked up and smiled. “She’s got a grandmother, too.” Ordinarily he wouldn’t go around calling any attention to his mother’s existence, but this was far from an ordinary event. After all the hardships, all the horrors, all the sufferings and shames of Charlotte Henderson’s life, this one singular moment could change everything. What was that crazy story Ma used to tell him, about some bird rising up out of the fire? As a boy, he never understood it, but suddenly its meaning came clear in his mind. Bad things happened, but good things could still come of it. Instead of wallowing in ashes, you could look up, see the sky and choose to fly.

“Please, Mr. Henderson. It’s plain to see that you’ve got no way to provide for your niece. I suppose I should have taken time to make the trip on my own to assess the conditions, but I was hopeful you’d be in a position to take her. Optimism is one of my weaknesses, I daresay.”

She didn’t look too optimistic in Tom’s eyes. He couldn’t imagine her ever having a positive outlook about anything.

But this child! She needed hope. She deserved bright blue skies and sunny days. She deserved butterflies and flowers, and the sweet promise of spring. Not some strait-laced, tightly-corseted old biddy who thought of her as nothing more than baby girl.

Tom looked down at the tiny bundle he held in his arms. So tiny, yet so perfect. He marveled over the little fingers, touching each one by one. When the baby’s hand closed around his big thumb, he felt a tugging at his heart so real, so undeniable, he suddenly couldn’t find his breath.

“Excuse me, Mr. Henderson.” Edith Christensen’s nasally voice grated on Tom’s nerves. “I have to leave now. It’s a long trip back to Denver. You need to give me the child.”

“Not yet, ma’am. She’s my niece. I want a little time with her.” He stroked one soft, pink cheek and was rewarded with a gurgling, cooing smile. “She likes me,” he said, glancing toward Lucille.

And he liked her. No, he loved her. This precious life wrapped in a thick gray blanket was kin. Not his own child, but a child who shared his blood, all the same. She was Sally’s daughter, and Sally was gone now. This sweet, nameless angel was all that was left to him of his sister’s kindness, her goodness, her own innocence.

He wished he could have taken better care of Sally, could have helped her and given her all she needed, but he’d failed her. Too young, too mixed-up, and too bitter about his own life, Tom hadn’t been able to save Sally from the wretched evils of their childhood.

But he’d damned sure save this baby.

“I’m not giving her back,” he said in a quiet voice. “I’m going to keep her.”

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Not the Marrying Kind – Book 1, The Sunset Series


Here is a little about Christina

Christina Cole will always be grateful to her grandfather who patiently held her on his lap and taught her to read. He also told her stories of his own childhood and stirred her imagination with scenes from days gone by. From him, she developed not only a love of words and story-telling, but a deep appreciation for history and a longing to learn more about the past.

Today, she still loves reading, and loves sharing her own stories about men and women and the romance of an earlier time.

Her romantic stories have been published online and in print, and she’s also published inspirational pieces, poetry, and essays.

She is happily married to the love of her life, and lives a simple, uncomplicated life in a small mid-western town.

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Official website: Christina Cole Romance

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Christina Cole’s Love Notes

Other novels by Christina Cole


Happily Ever After


The Wrong Woman


I hope you enjoyed the post. I think I will add both Keeping faith and Not the Marrying Kind to my to buy list. Did you see one you would like?  What do you think is the power of love?

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The Cat’s Meow ~~~reviews that purrr~~Wrecked by Anne Conley



Wrecked - Book CoverTITLE – Wrecked

SERIES – Stories of Serendipity

AUTHOR – Anne Conley

GENRE – Contemporary Romance


LENGTH –26 pages

PUBLISHER – Anne Conley

COVER ARTIST – Vanessa Booke

A little about the book…

Welcome to Serendipity, Texas, where the days are hot and the nights are steamy. Meet real people with real problems, as they live life and find love in a small town.

One moment of distraction, and Renae causes Jason to wreck his motorcycle, setting into motion a love affair that could be her undoing.

She has big plans for her empty nest, but one night of passion changes everything. He’s perfect. Too perfect, but her own stupidity entwines their lives together forever. What if she finds out he’s gassy, doesn’t like kittens, has a terminal illness, or…hates babies?

Jason is just visiting his dad in Serendipity, not staying. But his plans change when things with his dad are worse than he thought. Renae is a pleasant distraction, and the more he gets to know her, the more she becomes another reason to stay.

When their lives entwine, they both have choices to make, hurts to get over, and ideals to let go of. Is it possible for them to do it, in order to get their happily ever after? Or will things be wrecked?


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She started out watching the movie on the opposite end of the couch, but pretty soon she found herself flush against him, needing to feel human contact. They shared her blanket, but it wasn’t a sexual thing. It was comforting to feel his warmth pressed against her body. To her delight, he jumped when she did, but when she looked at his face to see if he looked scared, he showed very little emotion. Only his eyes held the fear that she knew her entire face was projecting.
At some point, one of his arms crawled around her shoulders and he pulled her close to him. At another point, she reached for his other hand, holding it to her chest and squeezing it when she closed her eyes against the soggy girl in the movie. His warmth and comfort was something she had never experienced, though had often wished for. She tried not to dwell on that thought too much. In Renae’s experience, dwelling on the positive was inevitably a mistake. It always set her up for a let-down.
After it was over, Jason let out a pent up breath. “I forgot how freaky that damn movie was.”
“Not me, I remembered. I won’t be sleeping tonight.” She laughed nervously and unfolded herself from the ball she’d curled up into on the couch, standing and stretching.
Jason stood too. “I guess I should go. As much as I would like to stay… I don’t think you want a repeat performance.”
He sounded hurt, and she wanted to reassure him. He’d been so agreeable all night, and they’d gotten along so well. Renae touched his arm. “It’s not that I don’t want that, Jason, I do. As long as we’re talking about that amazing night we shared.” She watched as he nodded. “But I was really drunk that night, and I want a real relationship with you. Not like a marriage or anything, but I don’t want something based on great sex. Does that make sense?”
He nodded soberly, waited a beat, then his face cracked into that grin that made Renae willing to do anything. “Great, huh?”
She laughed. “Stud-muffin caliber sex.”
He stilled, a perplexed expression on his face. “I don’t know what that means.” She answered with a shrug, secretly amused by his confusion. “But sex in the future is still on the table, right?”
Renae nodded. “Yes, I think so.” It was something she’d considered, repeatedly. Especially at night when she was supposed to be sleeping.
“Good.” He lowered his head to hers and kissed her. It was such a sweet and tender kiss, considering they’d just been talking about how great the sex between them was, that Renae was caught off guard. She’d been preparing for a conquering kiss of triumph, since she’d just agreed they might have sex someday. But this kiss was a consuming kiss, his warm lips softly nibbled on her lips and when she opened, he slowly swept his tongue inside, softly overwhelming her senses, until yet again she was a trembling mass of nerves. He seemed to sense it, and his hand came to her lower back where he supported her. He didn’t pull her closer, or press himself against her, he just held her, kissing her softly. When his other hand reached for her face, she couldn’t stop herself from melting into him.
Her own hands tugged on his hair, adjusting the position of his face so she could deepen the kiss. As much as she loved the tender kiss, Renae wanted more. She whimpered into his mouth as she pulled his hair, and something seemed to snap inside Jason. He hauled her against his body and a primal sound came from the back of his throat. He trailed kisses across her cheek and down her neck, whispering about her smell and the things she did to him.
“No control around you… so fucking perfect… want more.”
She pulled his head back up to her face to keep kissing him and wrapped one arm around his neck while her other hand snaked down his chest. She felt like a volcano had erupted inside her and her veins were filling with molten lava. The only thing to quench it was Jason.


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Anne has written her entire life and has the boxes of angst-filled journals and poetry to prove it. She’s been writing for public consumption for the last four years. Currently she is writing two romance series. In Stories of Serendipity, she explores real people living real lives in small town Texas in a contemporary romance setting. In The Four Winds, she chronicles God’s four closest archangels, Uriel, Gabriel, Raphael, and Michael, falling in love and becoming human. She lives in rural East Texas with her husband and children in her own private oasis, where she prides herself in her complete lack of social skills, choosing instead to live with the people inside her head.


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: I loved this story. Even though this is book eight, it stands alone fine. This is my first book in the series and I had no problems following along I will say now I need to go get this first seven.


Renae is a single mom that has spent her life raising her daughter after the tragic death and scandalous gossip it cause 17 years past.  She has just dropped her daughter off at college and is heading home with a sad heart and thoughts of what will she do all alone now. She wasn’t paying attention and nearly hit a man on a motorcycle.


Jason is in a rush to get to his dads. His brother called and said he has been having a lot of issues and since Jason’s job isn’t as demanding and he is single he is the one to go take care of him.  He only plans to stay a couple weeks, but when he gets there, he finds his dad is worse off than he thought. When he meets Renae and their first night together is explosive he finds that he may not mind living in Serendipity after all.


This is a fabulous story of two middle-aged people that’s lives have just taken a drastic change.  There is lots of emotion on both characters parts. I loved the caring family bonds each character has and I loved the comradery of  Renae’s friends. Heck, I loved everything about this story. Renae has many trust issues and is very wary of any man and her new predicament really causes her to be cautious. Jason is more carefree and has a very short temper but is a very loving and caring man.  I also loved Les, and he is the reason I am going to have to get the rest of these books to see his story. I hope there is another book to come soon.


If you like a great romance with a lot of angst and passion, small rural towns, tight friendships, middle-aged characters, caring families, and some hot sex, this is for you.  Shoot, I highly recommend this to anyone that loves steamy contemporary romance with a happy ending






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The Cat’s Meow Reviews that Purrr–Walls for the Wind by Alethea Williams


Title: Walls for the Wind by Alethea Williams


Genre: Historical, Western


Length: 300 pages


ISBN: 978-1-61160-800-7


Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press LLC ( April 1st 2014)


Purrs: low  Meows: ♥♥♥♥

 A little about the Book

Can an angel survive Hell on Wheels? Kit Calhoun leaves New York City with a train car full of foundlings from the Immigrant Children’s Home. Her assignment is to sever ties, so she has no idea of the tangled threads of connection that await her in Dakota Territory. First is what to do with the leftover children who simply refuse placement. Second is handsome Patrick Kelley, continually managing to distract Kit from her task. Third is the demented gambler who fastens deadly attention on Kit and keeps turning up everywhere from Julesburg to Cheyenne.

Forced to leave behind everything familiar, is it possible for a company of New York City castoffs to learn to fight for their hopes in the raw new American West?

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  My Review:

Walls for the wind is a lovely, poignant story. Kit is an orphan raised in a children’s Asylum, that after reaching 18 went to school and felt called to came back to work with the reverend who is like a father to her. As his assistant and working for food and board she soon finds that she wants more of her life, a husband and children of her own. Circumstances land her on an orphan train west to place a load of older children in homes to work and learn to farm in exchange for food, clothing and shelter. She has an 8-year-old and 2 year old she is set on keeping together in one-home and a 15 year old boy that is headstrong that she doesn’t want to find back out on the streets.  Her friend Connie from the Asylum that is a few months from 18 that wants to go west to find her future husband and setup her own sewing shop convinces Kit to take her along also.. Not able to find suitable homes for these four children and news of the passing of the Reverend, Kit finds herself stuck in the wild west with four children she had to adopt, faced with the weather, little money, a handsome shop manager and a scary mysterious Gambler.

I will say for me the story started out a bit slow while Kit was learning her way in the orphanage but once they hit the rails for the west the story picked up and got very interesting.  I love a story with good characterisation.  I loved both Kit and Connie. They are both strong women. Connie knows exactly what she wants, Kit is learning as she goes as fate forces her hand along the way.

The gambler is mysterious. He gave me the chills. The story does switch views a lot from character to character, but it was easy to follow .


 I have this in paperback and my husband read it. Here is his comments. He says he really liked the story. It was interesting. He liked the characters and the settings were very realistic.  He also rates it a four.

If you like stories of the old west, strong female leads, Orphans, gamblers,  and a budding romance this is for you!
* I received a copy of this book free-of-charge from the author in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions expressed are my own*


A little about Alethea: 

Alethea Williams writes historical novels set in Wyoming. WILLOW VALE is the story of a Tyrolean woman who escapes the devastation of WWI and finds new hope in America for herself and her little daughter. WALLS FOR THE WIND features a group of New York City orphans bound for the end of track and a test of survival in Hell on Wheels, Cheyenne, Dakota Territory.


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In the Lair with Joe Shwartz Author of A Season Without Rain


Hello everyone!  Today  we are on tour with Joe Shwartz.


A St. Louis native, I write exclusively about the Gateway City. I prefer the style of fiction deemed transgressive fiction. That is my stories protagonists generally find a solution to their problems through either illicit or illegal means. I personally prefer stories told through a criminal’s point-of-view. It is never the crime that fascinates me so much as the motivation to do it and the terrible, almost predictable outcomes to such actions. Just as I have an expectation of writing to be read I believe that it is as important, if not more so, that you as a reader should have the expectation of being entertained as you read. Anything less is such a disappointment.

Life is short. Stories are forever. -Joe

 Writers, by nature, are lay philosophers mining their own lives looking for some kind of universal truth. The old saying write what you know is exactly what every writer is hoping for no matter what it is they’re trying to accomplish. As a writer I know this: The more truthful I can be, the more honest  and emotionally open I am willing to expose myself, the better my writing will be to read and consequently the better I will feel to have purged my subconscious.

It never occurred to me how cathartic writing could be until I stopped trying to write for the entertainment of others and finally began to write for myself. In ‘Joe’s Black T-Shirt’ I first discovered my words could heal me. Six years ago as I struggled with sobriety I realized I had never written a story for myself. I began innocently enough to write a short story called Father’s Day in which a man coincidentally enough called Joe is attending the funeral of his long time absentee father. In it this Joe receives an inheritance in the form of a letter from his deceased father briefly explaining why he left and that he has never forgotten him. After I wrote that letter, which was really to myself, I did something sober that I thought impossible, I cried. That letter, those simple words on a page, healed a pain in me I’d been carrying around since I was eight years old. Truth, I discovered, was the most important and powerful ingredient any author could possess in creating good fiction. It occurred to me immediately that what I had done for myself, maybe I could do for others. That is why I now realize I wrote A SEASON WITHOUT RAIN. Dudes don’t talk. We are taught as boys not to cry. As men we learn to turn off our emotions. This is where women are a thousand times better off than men. If you see two women embrace, you think nothing of it. But if you see one man kiss another man, I promise you one of those men are about to die. It is rare we men can be emotionally honest. We have this tendency to stuff our feelings down using drugs and alcohol to numb the pain. It becomes so habitual to the process it eventually comes to the point we no longer realize we’re even doing it. As men we wear our pain as a badge of honor. Scars and tattoos are merely skin deep compared to the pain they represent, reminders of how much we need to keep it to ourselves. As I wrote this novel it occurred to me wouldn’t it be nice, refreshing even, to write something that revealed all that manly bullshit for what it really is? A devil’s mask men wear to protect themselves, men who are scared to death to let anyone see the real fragile person hiding inside.

As a writer, I am fascinated by stories: These simple devices through which we can see society as a whole. A story can simply entertain its reader or be something bigger. The one thing we all occasionally think about but rarely talk in depth about is death. It is like to talk about it is to jinx ourselves; even worse than that is that we never discuss suicide. I have never owned a gun because I believe if I had one, I most likely would kill myself with it. Say something like that in a casual conversation at the next family bar-be-que and I promise you will instantly know the definition of silence. Ten seconds later it will be like you never said it. No one likes to acknowledge mortality or the fact it is truly a choice to live. In lieu of death; that final, permanent, irreversible step men choose self-destruction. If some guy deliberately jumps off a bridge and lives to tell about it, nobody is going to casually dismiss it, but consistently getting blind drunk, fighting with your friends, pissing in public, driving home drunk or high and living to tell about it and your considered a warrior, mildly courageous, likely to be praised by your friends for such asinine exploits. Take a bottle of pills, get rushed to the hospital and have your stomach pumped – pussy. Drink a liter of whiskey, smash your truck into a tree or a fence or your own goddamn house and live to laugh about it – hero. It’s a completely fucked up sense of machismo we dudes have invented to erase the shame we feel no matter how ridiculous or disingenuous the source.

I invented Jacob initially as a key to get to the source of my own bullshit. A device to excommunicate a lifetime of self-loathing for things that were absolutely not my fault like my father and eventually my step-father leaving and no matter how much biochemical crazy glue I poured inside my body that old familiar pain kept returning as senseless and stupidly as someone hitting themselves in the head with a hammer then having the balls to bitch about having a headache. I hope this book, this story, can do for dudes reading it what it did for me writing it, that is explain to them they can change, that there really is a God, that things can get better but it is up to them. If a dude can learn to embrace the possibility of living and quit trying to prove how brave he is by confronting death, exploring self-destruction until it eventually, almost shockingly works, then there is an amazing gift waiting for him called peace which is as immeasurable and precious as life itself.

A SEASON WITHOUT RAIN is that story about a young man, who if you were to know him, be a friend to him, you would think has a good life. As amazing as how false that assumption is in reality, it is more potent when revealed in fiction. As a reader you are allowed to follow Jacob into his darkest depths hoping he will eventually change. If some dude reading this story sees some of his own story inside this one and decides not to get divorced, or put a shotgun in his mouth, or simply give up on himself then I will be deeply satisfied. That is what I hope anyway, that by sharing a story, by reaching out to a fellow dude in pain, he will be able to do likewise and maybe that is the beginning of the end for a million others.

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Title: A Season Without Rain

Author: Joe Schwartz

Genre: Fiction

Length: 348 pages

Release Date: November 2013

ISBN-13: 978-1493513390

Imprint: GMTA Publishing

A little about the book:

: Jacob Miller is angry with himself, the world, and God. Life seems so unfair, so cruel, that he can’t imagine why anyone even tries. After having a nervous breakdown, selling his business, filing for bankruptcy, having a baby, and finding out he owes over twenty grand in taxes, he is hardly happy to be alive.

In the span of a year, Jacob will discover three very important things about life. Things can always be worse. There really is a God. And if you wait long enough anything can change.

A Season Without Rain explores that gray area between poverty and middle class life, the struggling underclass for whom there are no advocates. A powerful story told in a modern, everyday voice that will entrench readers in Jacob Miller’s black world of anger, hate, resentment, lies, and violence.

A Season Without Rain is Joe Schwartz’s first novel. His previous short story collections Joe’s Black T-Shirt, The Games Men Play, and The Veiled Prophet of St. Louis have been acclaimed vulgar as Bukowski and visceral as Carver. Joe lives and works in St. Louis happily writing stories exclusively about the Gateway City.

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