Reviews: Sunday, January 20 – Saturday, January 26, 2013

These weekly posts are meant to give you a different way of accessing reviews. Especially for everyone who is busy during the week and can’t always spend lots of time surfing the Internet. And let’s face it: who isn’t busy?

So, in chronological order from old to new, here are the books we reviewed. For some reason links to individual titles don’t seem to want to work today, so please go straight to the link to the review posts on the web site to browse for review details this week.

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A Zane Po’ Boy (The O’Hagan Way 3) by Joyee Flynn at Siren Publishing

Paranormal / Vampires / Demons / Gay Menage Erotic Romance / MMM

reviewed by Serena Yates

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A Brio Grinder (The O’Hagan Way 4) by Joyee Flynn at Siren Publishing

Paranormal / Vampires / Fae / Gay Menage Erotic Romance / MMM

reviewed by Serena Yates

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My Sunrise by Ava Kelly at Torquere Press

Contemporary / Gay Romance

reviewed by Serena Yates

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Last Dance (Orgasmic Texas Dawn 4) by A.J. Llewellyn and D.J. Manly at Silver Publishing

Contemporary / Mystery/Suspense / Gay Erotic Romance

reviewed by Serena Yates

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A New Normal by Carol Lynne at Total-E-Bound

Contemporary / Gay Erotic Romance

reviewed by Lena Grey

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Loving the Partner (Loving 3) by Shawn Lane at Evernight Publishing

Contemporary / Gay Erotic Romance

reviewed by Serena Yates

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Ricochet by BA Tortuga at Torquere Press

Contemporary / Cowboys / Gay Erotic Romance

reviewed by Serena Yates

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Winter Challenge by Serena Yates at Total-E-Bound

Paranormal / Psi Powers / Parallel Dimension / Adventure / Gay Erotic Romance

reviewed by Lena Grey

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Executive Benefits by Thirteen at Fantastic Fiction Publishing

Sci-Fi / Gay Romance

reviewed by Serena Yates

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Greenwode (The Wode 1) by J Tullos Hennig at Dreamspinner Press

High Fantasy / Gay Romance

reviewed by Serena Yates

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Toppling Pedestals by D.J. Manly at Total-E-Bound

Contemporary / Gay Erotic Romance

reviewed by Lena Grey

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Fair Catch by Del Darcy at Prizm Books

Contemporary / Young Adult / Gay Romance

reviewed by Jamie Deacon

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Absolute Virgin by G.R. Richards at Torquere Press

Contemporary / Gay Menage Erotica / MMM

reviewed by Serena Yates

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The Sorcerer’s Apprentice by Deirdre O’Dare at Amber Allure

Fantasy / Witchcraft/Magic / BDSM (light) / Gay Romance

reviewed by Serena Yates

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Lovers in Arms by Osiris Brackhaus at Fantastic Fiction Publishing

Historical / Post World War II / Gay Romance

reviewed by Alex

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If Come by A.J. Llewellyn at Total-E-Bound

Contemporary / Gay Erotic Romance

reviewed by Lena Grey

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The Vicar of Passmore (Passmore 1) by Mark Alders at Extasy Books

Contemporary / Humor / Gay Romance

reviewed by Serena Yates

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Christmas in Passmore (Passmore 2) by Mark Alders at Extasy Books

Contemporary / Humor / Gay Romance

reviewed by Serena Yates

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Sharing Tomorrow by Michael Barnette at Torquere Press

Fantasy / Fae / Gay Erotic Romance

reviewed by Serena Yates

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Your Money or Your Life (Tales of the Highwaymen 2) by Marie Medina at Evernight Publishing

Paranormal/Fantasy / Parallel Dimension / Gay Erotic Romance

reviewed by Serena Yates

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Ninja Cupcakes by T.A. Chase at Total-E-Bound

Paranormal / Psi Powers / Humor / Gay Erotic Romance

reviewed by Serena Yates

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Knowing (Blue Notes 0.5) by Shira Anthony

Contemporary / Gay Romance

reviewed by Lena Grey

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Blue Notes (Blue Notes 1) by Shira Anthony at Dreamspinner Press

Contemporary / Gay Romance

reviewed by Lena Grey

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The Melody Thief (Blue Notes 2) by Shira Anthony at Dreamspinner Press

Contemporary / Gay Romance

reviewed by Lena Grey

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Please feel free to leave comments and thoughts on anything concerning reviews right here.

Behind the Name, Storm Moon Press and Its Imprints

SMP Blog Tour 2013

Thank you to Rainbow Book Reviews for having us on the blog. It’s so great to celebrate our third anniversary and enter our fourth year! Exciting things are afoot at Storm Moon Press!

One of the questions I get asked most often―other than what I might be actively acquiring―is where the name of the press and its imprints came from. It’s not a very complicated answer, and it tells a lot about who we, behind the press, are.

When we decided to officially become an LLC, we needed a name for ourselves. I’ve identified as pagan for as long as I can remember, and when it came time to choose a name, I turned to my pagan roots for an answer. It’s an old tradition that each full moon in a month was given a name, and it’s there that I looked for our name. I’ve always been fascinated by moon rituals, stories of insanity during the full moon, and even have a character I’m writing based on the The Moon tarot card. In fact, whenever I do spreads for tarot for myself, The Moon often shows up for me. So, our name needed to have ‘moon’ in it somewhere.

K. Piet (my business and writing partner) was born in March, and so was I. I looked to the March names for the full moon. The primary name was Storm Moon, though there were also Crow Moon, Sugar Moon, Sap Moon, Chaste Moon, and about half a dozen others. None of them really struck like Storm Moon, though. Add to it the color correspondence for the March full moon, green (K.’s favorite color) and purple (my favorite color), we thought it was really meant to be! And so, in January of 2010, Storm Moon Press was born!

When it came time to name the imprints that would be associated with Storm Moon Press, it made sense to, once again, turn to the names of the moon. I picked up my book and wrote down all known names for every moon, and then brought the list to K. and Roger (our other business partner). We sat down and went over every name, narrowing it down bit by bit until our list consisted of three names we thought expressed the feel of each imprint best.

Wild Moon Press, our heterosexual imprint. This, actually, isn’t an official reference to a moon. I put ‘wild’ in front of ‘moon’ and ‘press’ because I felt that’s what the imprint was. We didn’t really want run-of-the-mill het fiction. We wanted fiction that pushed the envelope, that challenged our readers and took them on a wild ride.

Thunder Moon Press, our non-erotic QUILTBAG imprint. Thunder Moon refers to the July full moon when wind and storms can be at their worst. It’s a bold month, beginning the second half of the year, and we wanted Thunder Moon Press to be bold, to be something new, to be an imprint where authors could take their works that weren’t romances, weren’t erotic, and give them a proper home.

And finally, Budding Moon Press, our young adult QUILTBAG imprint. It refers to the April full moon, the full moon of growth. Of renewal. Of beginning. It’s exactly what Budding Moon Press is. We feel that the best investment for us is in fiction geared toward QUILTBAG youths. It’s a demographic without much representation, and most of what is represented is still romance centric. We wanted QUILTBAG young adult stories that are not just romances. We also want fantasy, science fiction, horror, paranormal, anything and everything under the sun a young adult struggling for content with their gender and sexual orientation might want to read. Budding Moon Press is one of Storm Moon Press’ most important imprints, and it’s the one we’re most aggressively seeking submissions for.

What’s in a name? At Storm Moon Press, quite a lot. We’ve put a lot of thought into our name and into the names of our imprints. Our names tell readers and authors exactly what each one is about, what we’re seeking, what we’re publishing. Of course, the name is just the beginning, and we can’t wait to see each imprint flourishing with fiction to please whatever mood a reader happens to be in that day!

S.L. Armstrong is the Managing Editor for Storm Moon Press. She is also the co-author of Making Ends Meet and Other Side of Night: Bastian & Riley. S.L. can be found at www.slarmstrong.net or on Twitter @_slarmstrong.

Giveaway Opportunity!

This guest post is part of Storm Moon Press’ 3rd Anniversary Blog Tour! Comment on this post or any other post on the blog tour with your e-mail address, and you’ll be entered for a chance to win the Grand Prize of receiving 1 FREE e-book each month of 2013 from that month’s new releases for a total of 12 free e-books! Runners up will receive a $25 gift certificate to their choice of Amazon or All Romance eBooks. For more details and to find out about our 3rd Anniversary, head over to Storm Moon Press’ Official Blog. Thanks for joining us!

Reviews: Sunday, January 6 – Saturday, January 12, 2013

These weekly posts are meant to give you a different way of accessing reviews. Especially for everyone who is busy during the week and can’t always spend lots of time surfing the Internet. And let’s face it: who isn’t busy?

So, in chronological order from old to new, here are the books we reviewed. For some reason links to individual titles don’t seem to want to work today, so please go straight to the link to the review posts on the web site to browse for review details this week.

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Do Svidaniya, Good-bye by Cecilia Ryan at Dreamspinner Press

Historical / Early 20th Century / Gay Romance

reviewed by Serena Yates

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Chase The Ace by Clare London at Amber Allure

Contemporary / Gay Erotic Romance

reviewed by Lena Grey

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The Counterfeit Claus (Rescue Twinks 1) by Cherie Noel

Contemporary / Christmas Story / Gay Romance

reviewed by Serena Yates

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Substitute Heart by Summer Michaels at Less Than Three Press

Contemporary / Gay Romance

reviewed by Serena Yates

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Mannies Incorporated by Sean Michael at Torquere Press

Contemporary / Gay Erotic Romance

reviewed by Serena Yates

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Xylophone by K.Z. Snow at Dreamspinner Press

Contemporary / Gay Romance

reviewed by Lena Grey

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Julian’s Happy Place (Aberdeen Pack 2) by Stormy Glenn at Siren Publishing

Paranormal / Werewolves / Gay Erotic Romance

reviewed by Serena Yates

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Something to Believe In by Sloan Parker at MLR Press

Contemporary / Christmas Story / Gay Romance

reviewed by Lena Grey

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Gratefully His by Shawn Lane at Amber Allure

Contemporary / Interracial/Multicultural / Gay Erotic Romance

reviewed by Serena Yates

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The Red King by Rosemary O’Malley at Phosphenes

Historical / Pirates / Gay Erotic Romance

reviewed by Alex

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O Come All Ye Kinky Anthology at Riptide Publishing

Anthology / Mixed Genres / BDSM / Christmas Story / Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Erotic Romance

reviewed by Serena Yates

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My Roommate’s a Jock? Well, Crap! by Wade Kelly at Dreamspinner Press

Contemporary / Gay Romance

reviewed by Lena Grey

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Finding Frankie (Mech Warrior 1) by Stormy Glenn at Silver Publishing

Sci-Fi / Gay Erotic Romance

reviewed by Serena Yates

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A Present for Daddy by J.M. Snyder at JMS Books

Contemporary / Christmas Story / Gay Romance

reviewed by Barb Manning

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Please feel free to leave comments and thoughts on anything concerning reviews right here.

Reviews last week: Sunday, December 30, 2012 – Saturday, January 5, 2013

These weekly posts are meant to give you a different way of accessing reviews. Especially for everyone who is busy during the week and can’t always spend lots of time surfing the Internet. And let’s face it: who isn’t busy?

So, in chronological order from old to new, here are the books we reviewed. For some reason links to individual titles don’t seem to want to work today, so please go straight to the link to the review posts on the web site to browse for review details this week.

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The Rest of Forever by Kate Aaron at MM Romance Group @ Goodreads

Contemporary / Gay Erotic Romance

reviewed by Serena Yates

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Too Much Christmas Spirit by Lisa Worrall at White Stiletto Press

Contemporary / Christmas Story / Gay Erotic Romance

reviewed by Serena Yates

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Rocky Mountain Christmas by Michael Barnette at Silver Publishing

Paranormal / Christmas Story / Contemporary Setting / Gay Romance

reviewed by Serena Yates

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A Charming Idea by Alex Mar at Dreamspinner Press

Contemporary / Christmas Story / Gay Romance

reviewed by Serena Yates

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The Sushi Chef by David De Bacco at Kokoro Press

Historical (Recent) / 1990s / Gay Fiction

reviewed by Alex

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The Perils and Pleasures of a White Christmas by Emily Moreton at Dreamspinner Press

Contemporary / Christmas Story / Gay Erotic Romance

reviewed by Serena Yates

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Wish List by J.J. Cassidy at Dreamspinner Press

Contemporary / Christmas Story / Gay Romance

reviewed by Serena Yates

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Beaten (A Hammer Novel) by Sean Michael at Torquere Press

Contemporary / BDSM / Gay Erotic Romance

reviewed by Serena Yates

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Velvet by Xavier Axelson at Seventh Window Publications

Historical / Medieval / Gay Romance

reviewed by Lena Grey

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Eynhallow by A.J. Llewellyn at Amber Allure

Paranormal / Shifters / Gay Erotic Romance

reviewed by Serena Yates

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The Baby New Year by Rob Rosen at Torquere Press

Contemporary / Gay Erotic Romance

reviewed by Serena Yates

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Safe Harbor by Laylah Hunter at Dreamspinner Press

Contemporary / Gay Romance

reviewed by Serena Yates

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Revelation by Nicole Dennis at Silver Publishing

Contemporary / Rock Bands / Gay Romance

reviewed by Serena Yates

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What Masa Wants by Shawn Bailey at Phaze Books

Contemporary / Yaoi / Gay Romance

reviewed by Alex

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Griff And Ash by D.J. Manly at Amber Allure

Fantasy / Fairy Tale / Gay Erotic Romance

reviewed by Serena Yates

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Under the Rushes by Amy Lane at Dreamspinner Press

Steampunk / Gay Romance

reviewed by Lena Grey

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Hot Rivals (All Male Nudes! 1) by Cheryl Dragon at Resplendence Publishing

Contemporary / Gay Erotic Romance

reviewed by Serena Yates

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Eight Days by Cardeno C. at Dreamspinner Press

Contemporary / Gay Romance

reviewed by Serena Yates

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Lace by Jaime Samms at Total-E-Bound

Contemporary / Gay Erotic Romance

reviewed by Lena Grey

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The Perfect Gift (Mr Popsalos 2) by Lisa Worall at Silver Publishing

Contemporary / Gay Romance

reviewed by Serena Yates

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Please feel free to leave comments and thoughts on anything concerning reviews right here.