HELLO FRIENDS, IT IS SPRINGTIME, THIS MEANS THE BIRDS ARE SINGING, THE BEES ARE BUZZING AND THE FLOWERS ARE BLOOMING, AND I CAN'T WAIT TO SHOW YOU WHAT MY FRIENDS AT BEATEN TRACK PUBLISHING HAVE IN STORE FOR YOU! BELOW ARE LINKS AND BLURBS OF BOOKS THAT ARE ALREADY OUT AND BOOKS THAT WILL BE OUT SOON, SO LET'S TAKE A LOOK, AND IF I HAVE REVIEWED THE BOOK I WILL INCLUDE THE LINK! HERE WE GO!!!
FIRST OFF I WANT TO MENTION JAMIE DEACON'S DEBUT NOVEL CAUGHT INSIDE WAS A LAMIE FINALIST THIS YEAR! WELL DONE JAMIE, I LOVE THIS BOOK AND WILL PASTE MY REVIEW LINK AFTER THE BOOK INFO!
Published: 29th September, 2016
Length: 83,000 words (320 pages) approx.
Luke believes he has his life figured out...and then he meets Theo.
It should have been simple - a summer spent with his girlfriend Zara at her family's holiday cottage in Cornwall. Seventeen-year-old Luke Savage jumps at the chance, envisioning endless hours of sunbathing on the private beach and riding the waves on his beloved surfboard. He isn't interested in love. Though his rugged good looks and lazy charm mean he can have his pick of girls, he has no intention of falling for anyone.
Nothing prepares Luke for his reaction to Theo, the sensitive Oxford undergraduate who is Zara's cousin and closest friend. All at once, he is plunged along a path of desire and discovery that has him questioning everything he thought he knew about himself. No one, especially Zara, must find out; what he and Theo have is too new, too fragile. But as the deceit spirals beyond their control, people are bound to get hurt, Luke most of all.
BEC'S CAUGHT INSIDE RELEASE DAY REVIEW!
BEATEN TRACK HAS A NEW AUTHOR! YAY! I CAN'T WAIT TO READ OPTION FOUR BY JON ELIOT KEANE COMING LATER THIS SPRING OR SUMMER! BELOW IS THE COVER OF THE BOOK AND A SHORT BIO ON THE AUTHOR! ENJOY GUYS:
Jon Eliot Keane studies people for a living. Sometimes, he writes about them too. He and his husband are owned by an obstreperous tortoiseshell cat, collect books and odd knickknacks, and make their home in Southern California near Los Angeles. Option Four is his first fiction publication – Coming Spring/Summer 2017.
HANS HIRSCHI RELEASED HIS LATEST NOVEL, LAST WINTER'S SNOW TODAY AND IT IS AMAZING! I JUST HAPPEN TO HAVE BY REVIEW LINK :) I WILL INCLUDE IT AFTER THE BOOK INFO AND EXCERPT!
This is the story of Nilas and how he navigates life, trying to reconcile being gay as well as being Sami. Set over several decades, we follow Nilas and his Swedish husband Casper, as they build a life amid the shallows of bigotry, discrimination, and the onset of the AIDS crisis.
Last Winter's Snow portrays recent LGBT history from a Swedish perspective, from the days when being gay was considered a 'mental disorder' to today's modern anti-discrimination legislation and the move toward equality. It's also the story of one couple and the ups and downs of everyday life in the face of changing rules and attitudes toward them and their relationship.
Last, not least, it's a book that celebrates the rich history and culture of the Sami and their land, Sápmi, as well as their ongoing struggle to achieve recognition and win back the right to self-determination over lands they've lived on for thousands of years.
Last Winter's Snow is Hans M Hirschi's first novel set almost entirely in Sweden, but it is the second time (after Fallen Angels of Karnataka) he takes his readers on a journey into the mountainous regions of Scandinavia in one of his acclaimed novels.
BEATEN TRACK BOOK LINK
Sam, the bartender, smiled at him, recognizing one of his regulars, and asked him if it’d be the usual.
“Yes, a large beer, please!”
Beer in hand, Nilas proceeded farther into the bar to find a place to sit or a familiar face, but the bar was oddly empty this time of day. Well, maybe traffic will pick up soon, Nilas thought and sat at one of the tables overlooking the street. At least this way, he would be able to follow what was going on outside.
His attention was focused on the whitish foam on top of his glass, while he nursed thoughts about the lecture he’d attended today. As part of their engineering curriculum, the students were also encouraged to study a humanistic subject of their choice, and Nilas had chosen a series of seminars about philosophy. Today’s lecture had been particularly interesting, as the professor had introduced them to the work of Danish philosopher Kierkegaard and his existentialism.
It resonated strangely with Nilas, who pondered the path in life he’d chosen and what he’d do, given that he firmly rejected any notion of the Christian god in his life, which, according to Kierkegaard, would be man’s final stage in life, to live in accordance with the laws of the Christian god.
It made him think about his family’s beliefs. The traditional gods of the Sami were closely tied to every aspect of their life, ruling over the heavens, mountains, waters, and forests. When the Swedes had conquered the land, they had all been forced into accepting the Christian faith. They had all been baptized, or, at least, they’d kept up the pretense. Behind the backs of the Swedes, many Sami continued to pray to their own gods and sacrificed to them, as they always had, although animal sacrifices had ceased.
Nilas knew that his father and many of his relatives would never walk by an ancient sacrificial place without leaving a gift for the gods. They respected them too much. Being young and rebellious, Nilas had questioned those beliefs at times—not only the faith forced upon them by the Swedish colonists and rulers, but also his own people’s. Kierkegaard wouldn’t have been pleased. At all.
“Hey! Is this seat taken?” Nilas was startled by the question that suddenly woke him from his philosophical reveries. He looked up to see a young man standing there, tall and slim in stature, with shoulder-length, straight, rye-blond hair, bright-green eyes, and a beautiful, dimpled smile. He looked expectantly at Nilas.
“No, go ahead. Have a seat,” Nilas responded almost automatically, intrigued why this stranger would want to sit next to him when he could’ve chosen any other empty table in the bar. How very un-Swedish.
The guy stretched out his hand. “Hi, I’m Casper. You looked lonely. I figured you might want some company.”
BEC'S RELEASE DAY REVIEW OF LAST WINTER'S SNOW
LAST DANCE OF THE SUGAR PLUM IS THE LATEST BOOK FROM THE AMAZING WRITING TEAM OF CLAIRE DAVIS AND AL STEWART AND IT COMES OUT APRIL 14TH! I LOVE THIS ONE AND YOU WILL TOO WHEN YOU READ IT! BELOW IS THE COVER, BLURB AND A SMALL EXCERPT:
Jonathan is a spy.
Anton is Jonathan’s ‘keeper’.
Jonathan is a spy with a code implanted deep in his subconscious, so deeply he can’t remember—anything at all.
Anton is an interrogator intent on retrieving the code, whatever the cost.
But sometimes they dream of dark tunnels and locked-up rooms, and then they both scream.
Along comes Harry, who seems to have all the answers…but who is he, and which side is he on?
For many months, Jonathan and Anton live apart from the world in a hazy, dreamlike state, only interrupted by interrogations and a healthy fear of HQ. One day, they watch a dance performance, and memories begin to unwind… A ticking clock… Betrayal… Missions… Always the scent of oranges. But with clarity, comes a return of powerful emotions…
Last Dance of The Sugar Plum is an exciting spy thriller with as many twists and turns as a maze.
42. Case files.
The boxing mantra
Focus—look for the details
Scanning—search for relevant clues
“It’s an honour to meet you, sir.”42 smiled at the aging man, trying to appear meek and respectable. “It will take several days to become familiar with the estate. Of course, I’m fully trained to guarantee safety and security.”
The man smiled in return with no hint of friendliness either in thin lips that twitched or hooded reptilian eyes.
42’s toes instinctively clenched.
“Well, I’m glad you’re here at last. The cameras picked up several anomalies last week.” The target’s voice was shrill and reedy like piss on a toilet bowl. “Marauders looking for the safe, I expect.” His voice rose at the end like an indignant rich old man, but 42 was not fooled.
“Yes, sir, I saw the recordings. Some people will try anything! Please be assured I can and will protect you twenty-four hours a day.” 42 tapped his security badge as if in deference to the bogus company it had taken years—years—to create.
“Are you armed?”
“Shoot anyone you see. Don’t worry about petty legalities.” His laughter grated around the room in endless circles then stopped abruptly. It was a long time since this man had lost control. “Shoot to kill. Minors and adults alike.”
During the infinitesimal pause, 42 observed the target watching with the same casual intensity as a cat before pouncing on prey.
“Yes, sir!” 42 pushed his shoulders back. “You can rely on us.”
The target reached out to softly touch the security badge on 42’s chest. One bony finger traced the plastic square slowly, leaving behind a faint residue of sweat. 42’s toes clenched and unclenched; however, his grin did not change.
“That’s a pretty thing, young man.”
42 nodded enthusiastically.
“Feel free to have a look around the house then come to my office.” Suddenly his finger was underneath 42’s chin, digging into the soft flesh.
YES THIS BOOK IS AS GOOD AS IT SOUNDS! LOOK FOR MY RELEASE DAY REVIEW ON THE 14TH AND BELOW IS THE BOOK LINK SO YOU CAN CHECK IT OUT!
NEXT UP IS LOVE OF THE GAME BY PHETRA NOVAK AND IT COMES OUT APRIL 15TH! I LOVE THIS BOOK TOO! BELOW IS THE BLURB, COVER AND EXCERPT FOR THIS ONE!
Johannes is starting his new life as a rookie in the best hockey league in the world, the NHL. His new home for the next four years is Montreal, Canada, and he's excited to get to his destination when a storm arrives, stranding him in Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, France.
In the hotel lounge, he tries to amuse himself the best he can. He's nursing a lukewarm beer, and about to head back to his hotel room for the night, when the most gorgeous man he's ever seen, with piercing green eyes, buys him a drink. He swears he has never been so instantly turned on as he is in that moment. The man flirts openly with him, making no secret of what he wants from Johannes as he invites him to meet in his room. Not being out only makes Johannes hesitate for a moment before accepting the beautiful stranger's come-on.
Charlie, a cocky and opinionated, ex-submissive and reporter is leaving Paris after being on vacation when the studly jock just happens to appear out of nowhere - served on a silver platter. Charlie sees no reason to deny himself a last rendezvous before he gets on his plane back to Canada.
What he doesn't expect is this stranger to see the real him. Charlie's normal plan of attack is to take charge. But when it backfires, and the studly stranger not only takes control but makes him want more, Charlie does the only thing he feel comfortable doing. He runs!
Like a jack-in-the-box, the bartender suddenly appeared before him, all smiles and with a fresh beer that was put in front of him.
“I’m sorry, I didn’t order this…” The protest was more a formality than an actual objection. He was ready for a new one, but how could the bartender have known that?
“With courtesy from the gentleman at the other end of the bar.”
Johannes followed the direction of the bartender’s discreetly pointing finger, his breath catching in his throat the second his gaze locked with the most amazing green eyes he’d ever seen. A storm of butterflies erupted in his gut, making all of him tingle, and even if he’d wanted to, he couldn’t look away.
It wasn’t often that he was awestruck by a man’s looks, but this one was such a fine specimen it was impossible to not take an interest. The way those green eyes bore into his, the suggestiveness there, it was clear what was on the table, and that he wasn’t the only one looking.
The stranger’s eyes roamed down over his body like a hot touch, taking in every inch, it felt like. The soft-looking, full lips that were twirled into a cocky smirk rather than a smile made him want to reach over and grab the man by the front of his shirt and kiss that smirk away. The impulse to do just that surprised him.
Hannes, get a hold on yourself. It takes more than a pretty face to get you all ecstatic.
But there was no hiding it. He was excited by the guy and the open proposition on the table, maybe, or solely, because of what Adam had suggested on the phone just minutes ago.
“May I make a suggestion, sir?” the bartender said with a friendly smile.
He already knew what he was going to do. Adam’s words rang loudly in his mind, but to humor him, Johannes nodded.
“Perhaps you should flip the napkin around?”
Johannes made a face, doubt rushing through him. No way had this guy sent him a note on a napkin. What was this? Junior high? “I don’t—”
“Oh, just do it already!” the bartender interrupted, seeming more excited than he should be.
Quirking a brow at him, Johannes flipped the napkin over, and there, written in neat block letters, it said, Meet me by the men’s room. Don’t make me wait!
Johannes snorted out a laugh. Was this guy serious?
YAY I CAN'T WAIT FOR YA'LL TO READ THIS BOOK! BELOW IS THE LINK SO YOU CAN CHECK IT OUT:
When greed, fear and obsession rule the senses, danger is never more than a heartbeat away.
A night of celebration affords the perfect opportunity for an unlikely band of criminals to make their move, but as details emerge, it soon becomes clear the crime is far more sophisticated than the police first thought.
And that's only the beginning.
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Reunions is Season Seven in the Hiding Behind The Couch series.
This instalment follows chronologically from Two By Two (Season Six) and Those Jeffries Boys.
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WARNING: this story touches on themes of suicide ideation, sudden infant death, cancer, dementia, drug dependency and dissociative PTSD. These are not graphically or gratuitously depicted, but may, nonetheless, cause distress to some readers.
The story also includes a few brief scenes of an intimate (non-explicit) nature.
BELOW IS THE LINK TO REUNIONS: CHECK IT OUT GUYS AND I WILL SEE YOU ON THE 19TH FOR RELEASE DAY FOR SURE!!
HERE IS A LOOK AT SOME OF THE BOOKS COMING FROM BEATEN TRACK THIS SPRING AND SUMMER!!
Knight of Sherwood - N.B. Dixon (book 2 of Outlaw's Legacy) (1st June 2017)
Robin returns to England after four years fighting in the Holy Land. On arriving at Locksley, he discovers that Guy of Gisborne, his most hated enemy, has been made Sheriff of Nottingham. Forced to flee into Sherwood, Robin sets himself up as champion of the poor.
But Robin has a secret. His feelings for his friend Will Scathelock have deepened, but to acknowledge the truth would mean facing up to his past. Meanwhile, Lady Marian Fitzwalter, heiress to the vast Huntingdon estate, is determined to claim Robin for her own.
SAGA Anthology (Autumn 2017)
A collection of stories celebrating the 50+ LGBTQIA folks among us!
THIS IS THE OTHER BOOK FROM DEBBIE! I CAN'T WAIT FOR THIS ONE!!
(this is so rough it’ll give you splinters)
Jesse Thomas is embarking on the final year of his Bachelor's degree in English Literature, and he's fairly confident he'll get top marks, but it's the only thing he is confident about. In a few weeks' time, he's heading to Cornwall with his best friends, Noah and Matty, and their new housemate Leigh, for a week of 'fun and relaxation'.
As the holiday nears, Jesse's body anxiety escalates. He'll be sharing a campervan with three other people, which will mean getting dressed and undressed in front of them or else squeezing into the tiny bathroom. Then there's the surfing and swimming, and a whole host of other activities that involve showing a good deal more of himself than he'd choose to.
However, it's not Noah and Matty seeing his body that bothers him; it's beautiful, funny Leigh, and Jesse's not the only one having a hard time.
??? - Larry Benjamin (July? 2017)
PS - Caraway Carter (TBC)
Caddo Norse #2 (Title TBC) - Phetra H. Novak (TBC)
NOW FOR THE BOOKS BY BEATEN TRACK PUBLISHING THAT WERE RELEASED IN MARCH!
Once in the Underworld - Ofelia Gränd (Nortown #4)
Chris Hart owns the only grocery shop in Nortown, but he isn't exactly overrun by customers. Some days he wonders why he bothers to open the doors at all. Spending his days smiling at the few people that do trickle in and his nights alone in bed isn't the most interesting life a man could lead. But when Chris suddenly gets the excitement he's been craving, it may just be more than he bargained for.
Gabriel Miller loves his life. He's close to his sister, has a job he adores and is the proud owner of one and a half cats. But all of it is taken away when he witnesses a murder and, to keep him safe, the police place him in Nortown, of all possible locations.
Chris can't believe they're letting someone live in his gran's old cabin in the middle of the winter; it's too cold. When the poor man shows up in his shop looking to buy clothes, Chris's heart melts, despite the freezing temperature. Gabriel notices the way the shopkeeper looks at him, but it can't be right. No one looks at a heavyset man with heat in their eyes. Do they?
When the danger follows Gabe to Nortown, it's more than their chance at happiness that is threatened, and Chris and Gabe find themselves fighting just to stay alive.
Just Words - Ofelia Gränd (Nortown #4.5)
Aiden leaves the security of his massage studio behind to rush into the woods when he hears Tristan has gone after some gun-carrying idiots from the city. He can't believe Tristan is willing to risk his life for some stranger.
What will Aiden do if Tristan is killed? He must stop him before it's too late. He can't lose Tristan. And neither gun-waving lunatics nor the frost-covered roads surrounding Nortown will keep him from getting his boyfriend to safety.
I REALLY LOVE THIS AUTHOR, AND HER BOOKS! THIS SERIES IS AMAZING, LOOK FOR MY REVIEW OF THESE TWO SOON!
SO THAT'S WHAT'S UP AND COMING SOON FROM BEATEN TRACK PUBLISHING! I HOPE YOU WILL FOLLOW THESE LINKS AND GET TO KNOW THESE AUTHORS AND BOOKS! YOU WILL LOVE THEM! THANKS FOR HANGING OUT WITH ME AND THE GUYS FROM BEATEN TRACK PUBLISHING! SEE YOU SOON, YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT THESE GUYS HAVE IN STORE FOR US THIS FALL :p!!