Top Five Books / Book Series Of All Time by Chris T. Kat – Guest Blog and Giveaway

Long and Short Reviews welcomes Chris T. Kat who is celebrating the upcoming release of her newest book Nemesis. Leave a comment or ask the author a question to win your choice of a book from her backlist.

Top Five Books / Book Series Of All Time

Thanks so much for having me on your blog today! Dreamspinner Press will release my new m/m shapeshifter novella, Nemesis, Alpha Unit One: Book Two, on August 16th.

Like most authors, I’m also a reader. As much as I like reading physical books—don’t you just love the smell of an actual book in your hands?—I’m really happy someone invented e-books and e-readers. I can take my e-reader with me everywhere, and I don’t have to worry about carrying enough books with me, or find space for them! This happened to me on one vacation, and it was terrible. Five days before the end of our vacation, I ran out of books. That’s not an experience I want to repeat!

As much as I enjoy reading new books, there are books that I’ve dubbed my comfort reads, which means I can read them over and over again. So, in no particular order, here are some of them:

5. Josh Lanyon’s The Ghost Wore Yellow Socks. I’ve got this as an e-book, paperback, and audiobook, and I read or listen to it at least once every year. I don’t know what it is that always gets to me, whether it’s the whole atmosphere, the mystery, or the relationship between the two main characters, but this is a story I’ve been re-reading for years now. On a sidenote: I was also extremely happy about the sequel. 😉

4. The Investigating Love series by LM Somerton, which consists of three books: Rasputin’s Kiss, Evil’s Embrace, and Tarot’s Touch. I love the relationship between Connor and Alex and totally adore Connor. I love how he’s such a good cop but at the same time shy and innocent. It’s a combination I find irresistible.

3. There’s another Josh Lanyon series called Holmes and Moriarity that I really enjoy. Like with most of Lanyon’s characters, I needed some time to warm up to them, but after a while I fell in love with Christopher Holmes. The books are very humorous, which is always a big win for me.

2. I’m also a big fan of A.E. Via’s Nothing Special series. I don’t like all the books in the series the same, but I do re-reads of the first book, called Nothing Special. I enjoy the interaction between God and Day, and I especially like the sassiness of Day.

1. Last one for today: The Beacon Hill Sorcerer series by SJ Himes. This series consists of three books so far, and I’ve re-read the first one several times. I like the whole world-building in this entire series as well as the characters within. Simeon, the vampire, is the right fit for Angel, the necromancer, but to be honest, I mostly read the books for Angel. I love his snark and attitude. 

That’s my favorite list for today. Of course I’m always open for suggestions, so if anyone has any book recommendations for me, go for it!

Nicky Reed may have won the battle regarding baby shifters working as policemen, but he’s not so sure about the war. His mate and superior officer, Sam Black, is still overprotective with a capital O. As a result, Nicky sometimes finds himself repressing some of Tiny’s—his snow leopard cub other half’s—natural urges. Which leads to frustration on Nicky’s part.

With a new drug called Nemesis killing in record numbers, Alpha Unit One must find out who’s behind this horrible narcotic and get it off the streets—a tall enough order without press accusations that baby shifters are to blame for the team’s lack of success.

Their investigation into Nemesis leads Nicky and Sam and the rest of the team into unexpected waters. Will the stress rip the squad apart? The baby shifters may find themselves unable to perform the job they love: protecting the people of New York City. And Nicky may be in over his head—in more ways than one.

Enjoy an Excerpt

Where did you hide it? I shrieked. I couldn’t help myself. This couldn’t be asked in a normal tone of voice—not anymore. Where the hell did she put it?

You’re obsessed with that freaking ball, you know that? Connor prowled along Annie’s back in his shifted form as a polar fox kit, his white fur a stark contrast to her orange-and-black stripes. He seemed so very small in comparison to Annie, and it didn’t help one bit that a pregnant Annie was an even bigger Annie than normal.

Where is it? If I’d been in my human from, my lower lip probably would’ve wobbled. Although maybe not, because in my human form, I wouldn’t lose it about my most favorite ball—ever.

It has to be here somewhere, Annie replied in a startlingly soothing voice. She only used that tone when she played with Connor and me in our baby-shifter forms. We’d dubbed it her mother-voice, which she hated. Of course we liked to tease her mercilessly with that. But… but not now. Now I needed to find my ball!

You kicked it away, I muttered, you go and find it. I want it back!
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“Having trouble with the kids, darling?” Jake, Annie’s human mate, crouched low and petted her head, grinning. Annie gave him a withering stare that would’ve sent anyone else fleeing, but not Jake.

Connor proceeded to walk back and forth on Annie’s back, sometimes jumping and barking. Very funny. Why was no one helping me find my ball? It was bright red and fit perfectly in my mouth. Didn’t they see how important it was to find it?

I plunked my butt dejectedly on the floor and tried to control the urge to cry. Lunch break was supposed to be fun, not the end of the world. Which it was. At least for Tiny—my name for my snow-leopard-baby-shifter form—who very much ran the show at the moment.

A big hand lifted me up in the air, and Roland’s mangled face came into view. While strangers still shied away from him and I still caught the others sometimes throwing pitying looks at him, I had no qualms. When he held me close, I reached out with my paws and pressed them against his cheek. He smiled, and I gave the tip of his nose a swift lick.


That certainly wasn’t the reaction I’d hoped for. He liked me doing this. Sometimes. I think. Or not?

My ears drooped and my whiskers trembled as I stared at him. Roland settled me against his chest and repeated, “Ugh.” Not aimed at me, then.

Curious, I turned my head, and sure enough, Annie had shifted back into human form and was now assaulting… uh, kissing… Jake. I mirrored Roland’s “ugh” with a protesting mewl. Jake’s hands were tangled in Annie’s long reddish braid while she held him as closely as possible to her body.

Connor shook himself as he too shifted back to human, causing his white-blond hair to fly around wildly. “Please,” he groaned. “Get a room. We’re supposed to be tough cops, not some lovey-dovey… I don’t know whats.”

Jake freed himself from Annie. “If you can be a tough cop and a baby shifter, I don’t see why I can’t be a tough cop and a lovey-dovey something or other.”

I gazed back at Connor, waiting for a witty reply, but none came.

Turning my attention back to Roland, I wondered why he had picked me up in the first place. Which reminded me—my ball!

A cry escaped my mouth—it was supposed to be a growl, but try growling when you’re a snow leopard cub—and I climbed up on Roland’s shoulder for a better vantage point.

“There’s no need to cry, kiddo. I saw that ball go underneath Sam’s desk.”

I bunched my muscles to jump to the ground, but Roland closed both hands around my middle and stopped my forward momentum. Irritated, I wriggled in his hands. Let me down!

Before Roland had a chance to say anything, the office door banged open, revealing a wild-eyed Sam. My Sam, to be precise.

About the Author Chris T. Kat stumbled upon the M/M genre by luck and was swiftly drawn into it. She divides her time between teaching, taking care of her family, reading, and sometimes writing. She enjoys a variety of genres, such as romance, paranormal, and suspense. She also buys way too many fabrics and spends a ridiculous amount of time behind her sewing machine.


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  1. Debra K Guyette says

    I loved the first book and can’t wait to read this one. I enjoy Charlie Cochet’s THIRDS series. Have your tired it.

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