Promise of Hope Shelter by Sarah Hadley Brook – Spotlight and Giveaway


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Jacob Baumgardner is struggling to get his nonprofit shelter for gay teens up and running. The old building needs a lot of help in order for it to pass inspection. Raised by his grandparents for part of his life, the shelter is his chance to honor them. Unfortunately, someone is making his dream difficult. An anonymous extortionist is determined to ruin his late grandfather’s good name which could mean the end of the shelter.

Luka Smith is fairly new in town and willing to work hard at any job available. He is struggling to find his place in the world after a traumatic event in his teen years pushed him to run. When Jacob hires him to help with repairs at the shelter, Luka falls hard and fast. He wants nothing more than to be part of his world and help him with his dream, if Jacob will let him.

As they work together to ensure The Promise of Hope Shelter gets off the ground, their feelings only grow. But will a calculating blackmailer close the shelter before they even have a chance?

Enjoy an Excerpt

Jacob was torn between being embarrassment of being caught in the middle of a panic attack and the safety he felt while wrapped in Luka’s arms. Technically this was the second time this man had rescued him in less than…two…maybe three hours. Okay, the first time was not really rescuing, but he’d still helped him during a bad situation.

He squirmed a little and tried to pull away, but Luka’s strong arms tightened around his waist.

“Give it a few more minutes.”

Jacob nodded and slumped back against the wall of muscle behind him. His heartbeat sped up and he realized he could feel Luka’s beating hard into his back. Had Luka been worried about him?

It felt so natural to be in the man’s arms. Jacob hadn’t dated in quite some time, mainly due to his grandparents’ death and trying to start this new shelter, but he also hadn’t met anyone that had piqued his interest. And Luka definitely piqued his interest. Unfortunately, he was pretty sure he hadn’t made the best impression on Luka, although he was just as confident that Luka wouldn’t soon forget meeting him. .

“I’m okay,” he whispered.

“Okay,” Luka replied, pulling back. “No quick moves.”

Jacob nodded and waited for Luka to stand before he tried to push himself from the floor. His legs felt like jelly, so he was glad when Luka reached down like a lifeline. He grabbed onto the hand and let Luka pull him to a standing position.

They faced each other, Jacob eye level with Luka’s chin. He was too embarrassed to say anything and too wobbly to move, so he concentrated on the cleft in Luka’s chin.

“Jacob?”

Luka’s voice washed over him and brought him warmth. He caught himself before he leaned his forehead into Luka’s perfect golden skin. “Mmm?”

Luka’s thumb gently nudged up his chin until Jacob looked into his eyes. Dark chocolate eyes full of concern. “Are you okay?” Luka whispered, his hot breath caressing Jacob’s flesh. He shivered and nodded.

About the Author:Sarah Hadley Brook lives smack-dab in the middle of the Heartland and is the mother of two wonderful young men, as well as two cats. During the day, she works in the non-profit world, but reserves evenings for her hobby-turned-passion of writing, letting the characters she conjures up in her mind take the lead and show her where the story will go. When not working or writing, she can be found reading, working on dollhouses, trying her hand at new recipes, or watching old movies and musicals. In her ideal world, Christmas would come at least twice a year, Rock Hudson and Doris Day would have co-starred in more than three movies, and chocolate would be a daily necessity to live. She dreams of traveling to Scotland some day and visiting the places her ancestors lived. Sarah believes in “Happily Ever After” and strives to ensure her characters find their own happiness in love and life.

Author of:
The Great Pretender
Matthew’s Present
Caleb’s Choice
The Promise of Hope Shelter
Coming Soon:
Fate Heats Things Up
Eggplant Highlights and Mustard Yellow Jeans

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Pictures and Memories by Lauren E Mitchell

MEMORIES
Pictures and Memories by Lauren E Mitchell
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Genre: Contemporary, LGBT
Length: Short Story (43 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Fern

Tim is finally enjoying his gap year at the age of thirty-three, starting out in Asia with plans to go from there to Europe. But his itinerary didn’t account for Jaye, fresh out of high school and on his own gap year. Jaye turns Tim’s visit to New Delhi into something he never expected, something he must all too soon leave behind.

Tim is finally travelling. It’s taken him a number of years to save for it, but he’s thrilled when he finally has enough to make it worthwhile. At thirty-three he’s a bit old to be calling it his gap year, but that’s actually what it is for him. He’s in New Delhi when the Festival of Colours begins, and he meets Jaye when a handful of purple is thrown in his face. Jaye is eighteen and also on his gap year. And together they’re going to have a great adventure.

This is a fun and quick read. I enjoyed reading about the Festival of Colours and enjoyed both Jaye and Tim, but also Jaye’s two Indian friends. Seeing everything new through Tim’s point of view was a great way for the author to be descriptive without information-dumping too badly. I enjoyed learning bits and pieces of Indian culture, but a large portion of the middle of the book was steamily filled up with Tim and Jaye having sex and enjoying one another. I found the sex to be hot and descriptive, but very romantic and emotional as well. Personally, I didn’t find anything the least offensive or extreme and would think that most modern romance readers won’t find anything too outrageous with this M/M romance.

I found the ending a little unrealistic – but it was so happy and so romantic and deeply satisfying I was quite happy to disengage my brain, ignore logic and just enjoy it. Readers who hate cliché’s or stories where Fate steps in and magically fixes everything might be disappointed, but readers who can just relax and enjoy the happy ending should find this satisfying. Tim and Jaye so clearly love each other – even with their age difference – that it was a pleasure to read about them coming together and starting a lovely, sensual relationship.

A fun book with interesting cultural tidbits and a good bit of traveling fun. This is a steamy M/M that I really enjoyed.

1980s Movies and Patience by Grace Duncan – Guest Blog

Long and Short Reviews welcomes Grace R. Duncan whose latest book Patience was just released.

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In my blog post for Divine Magazine, I talked about how Chad, the human mate in Patience, has an almost unhealthy obsession with all things 80s. The Divine Magazine post talks about the music so close to his heart, but he also has a love for 80s movies.

In the early part of the book, Jamie is stuck in wolf form. The stress from the end of the semester, combined with not shifting at all outside the full moon meant his wolf was going to take over whether he wanted it to or not. So, he was stuck for a few days, having to pretend to be Chad’s dog. While he’s stuck, he and Chad watch the first two Lethal Weapon movies.

Mind you, I’m not the biggest fan of Mel Gibson’s attitude any more than anyone else is. But you have to admit, he does crazy well:

I mean, really well:

And despite having to see them in all grays, Jamie found himself thoroughly enjoying watching the movies with his mate.

Unfortunately for Jamie, Lethal Weapon isn’t the worst of Chad’s crimes. In fact, to Jamie’s dismay, Chad reenacts most of the Risky Business scene:

At one point, Jamie actually puts his paws over his eyes.

Of course, no discussion of 80s movies can happen without mention of the director of 80s teen angst films: John Hughes. I had the opportunity to see The Breakfast Club in the movie theater when it came through for the anniversary while I was writing Patience. Chad convinces Jamie to let the movie distract him while they’re on the flight to Europe to research human mates. There is, of course, the opening:

And the very memorable ending:

Even Jamie had to admit it was a good movie, though of course he had to tease Chad about it.

I had a lot of fun with Chad’s 80s fanboy tendencies. In Acceptance, I have fun with Quincy–the jaguar–who is a huge anime fan and self-professed otaku. I look forward to writing about him in July.

Do you like 80s movies? Do you have a favorite?

3_8 PatienceFSJamie Ryan was almost ready to accept he’d never find his destined mate. They’re uncommon to begin with, and same-sex versions are downright rare. Since his gay best friend found a destined mate, Jamie figured he was out of luck. Until end-of-semester stress forces him to go through the full-moon shift early. Stuck in wolf form, he runs into none other than his destined mate. Who’s human.

Chad Sutton has always had good instincts. They served him well as a detective and continued on when he went private. Those instincts tell him there’s something about the dog that comes up to him while running away from animal control that isn’t quite right. He works to put the pieces together, but is unsuccessful until his dog turns into a human before his eyes.

Jamie has no idea what the mate bite of a shifter will do to a human. He’s terrified to try—and possibly kill his mate. They hunt for answers while working together on one of Chad’s cases. It’s easy to see they belong together, but Jamie fears the gods gave him someone he can’t keep.

About the Author: 3_8 grace duncanGrace Duncan grew up with a wild imagination. She told stories from an early age – many of which got her into trouble. Eventually, she learned to channel that imagination into less troublesome areas, including fanfiction, which is what has led her to writing male/male erotica.

A gypsy in her own right, Grace has lived all over the United States. She has currently set up camp in East Texas with her husband and children – both the human and furry kind.

As one of those rare creatures who loves research, Grace can get lost for hours on the internet, reading up on any number of strange and different topics. She can also be found writing fanfiction, reading fantasy, crime, suspense, romance and other erotica or even dabbling in art.

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Laughter is the Best Medicine by Joe Cosentino – Guest Blog and Giveaway

LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE
by Joe Cosentino

My parents were and are really funny. One December my mother said to me, “For years you’ve been returning my gifts. Tell me exactly what you want for Christmas, and I’ll get it.” I replied, “A red shirt.” She answered, “I don’t like red, I’ll get you a blue one.” When I told my father I received a faculty endowed chair from the college where I am a professor/department head, he replied, “What can college guys know about chairs? You better bring that chair to me, so I can fix it.”

Humor is the salve that gets us through life, including in the most tragic of circumstances. It’s what connects us with other people, the world, and our emotions.
Growing up in a home where my mother sang “Let Me Entertain You” from the musical Gypsy while mopping the floor, and my father did the hula with a cigar in his mouth and my mother’s sweater wrapped around his waist, it’s no wonder I became an actor. Nobody laughed harder than my parents at my comic antics in film, television, and theatre productions opposite stars like Bruce Willis, Nathan Lane, Holland Taylor, Rosie O’Donnell, Charles Keating, and Jason Robards. No matter what role I played, including on NBC’s Another World as Carl Hutchins’ snitch, and a hotrod-riding punk in ABC’s My Mother Was Never a Kid, I found the humor in the character.

My acting career helped me realize comedy isn’t only for comedies. Humor can be injected into other genres like romance, drama, and mystery. After I moved on to playwriting and ultimately becoming a novelist, I did exactly that. Reviewers and readers called my Bittersweet Dreams romance novella from Dreamspinner Press, An Infatuation, “incredibly touching,” “pithy,” and “moving,” often citing the box of tissues they needed to finish it. At the same time they labeled Harold’s remembrance of his high school crush, Mario, as “hysterically funny.” When Harold and Mario met up at their comical high school reunion, readers screamed with laughter.

I have the feeling the same thing will occur when Dreamspinner Press releases my next Bittersweet Dreams romance novella this fall, A Shooting Star. College freshman/theatre major Bobby’s infatuation with senior star David Star will bring sad tears to readers’ eyes, but also tears of laughter.

In the same vein, when I created my two mystery series, humor was in the forefront. The Jana Lane romantic mysteries (Paper Doll and the upcoming Porcelain Doll and Satin Doll) place ex-child star Jana Lane in peril, as she uncovers who attacked her on the studio lot at eighteen and who is after her now at thirty-eight. However, her eccentric agent (who I want to play in the movie version), gay best friend, and devoted fan bring lots of yucks to these whodunit mysteries.

My current release, the first Nicky and Noah mystery from Lethe Press, Drama Queen, uses humor to the max. Nicky and Noah panic as their college theatre professor colleagues drop like stage curtains. Since the local junior detective seems more interested in trying to get into Nicky’s well-endowed pants, it’s up to budding amours Nicky and Noah to solve the mystery. Through clues, red herrings, plot twists and turns, reversals, and a surprise ending, Nicky and Noah use their theatre skills to investigate, including impersonating other people. The cast of characters is exactly that—real characters ranging from a Playwriting professor with a split personality to a department office assistant who runs the department. As Nicky and Noah eavesdrop, seduce, role play, and finally trap the murderer, hilarity ensues. Readers tell me they enjoy solving the (five!) murders in Drama Queen along with Nicky and Noah, while rooting for their budding romance and laughing at their high-jinks.

The series is wild and wacky, bordering on farce, while still maintaining realistic characters with an emotional connection. In the upcoming second novel, Drama Muscle, Nicky and Noah don their gay Holmes and Watson personas again to find out who is murdering musclemen in the Physical Education Department. In the third book, Drama Cruise, Nicky and Noah embark on a cruise to Alaska while putting on murder mystery dinner theatre—and solving a real murder mystery onboard ship. As is the case with Drama Queen, both of the subsequent novels include quaint characters, witty dialogue, and fast-paced shenanigans.

They say laugher is the best medicine, and I agree. Why save humor for the humor genre? I believe in spreading the wealth.

7_13 DramaQueencoverIt could be curtains for college theatre professor Nicky Abbondanza. With dead bodies popping up all over campus, Nicky must use his drama skills to figure out who is playing the role of murderer before it is lights out for Nicky and his colleagues. Complicating matters is Nicky’s huge crush on Noah Oliver, a gorgeous assistant professor in his department, who may or may not be involved with a cocky graduate assistant…and is also the top suspect for the murders! You will be applauding and shouting Bravo for Joe Cosentino’s fast-paced, side-splittingly funny, edge-of-your-seat, delightfully entertaining novel. Curtain up!

About the Author:7_13 Joe Cosentino Joe Cosentino is the author of Drama Queen the first Nicky and Noah mystery (Lethe Press), An Infatuation (Dreamspinner Press), Paper Doll the first Jana Lane mystery (Whiskey Creek Press), and The Nutcracker and the Mouse King (Eldridge Plays and Musicals). He has appeared in principal acting roles in film, television, and theatre, opposite stars such as Bruce Willis, Rosie O’Donnell, Nathan Lane, Holland Taylor, and Jason Robards. His one-act plays, Infatuation and Neighbor, were performed in New York City. He wrote The Perils of Pauline educational film (Prentice Hall Publishers). Joe is currently Head of the Department/Professor at a college in upstate New York, and is happily married. His upcoming novels are Drama Muscle the second Nicky and Noah mystery (Lethe Press), A Shooting Star (Dreamspinner Press novella), A Home for the Holidays (Dreamspinner Press holiday novella), The Naked Prince and Other Tales from Fairyland (Dreamspinner Press), and Porcelain Doll the second Jana Lane mystery (Wild Rose Press).

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Giveaway: Post a comment below by a week from today about humor in fiction. One winner will be chosen by us to receive from Joe Cosentino an ebook copy of his hit Bittersweet Dreams hit MM romance novella, AN INFATUATION, published by Dreamspinner Press.