Blog Tour Interview with Enjoy the Dance Author Heidi Cullinan and Rafflecoptor Giveaway

You can read part two of this interview below, part one at The Novel Approach, and part three at Prism Book Alliance. P: It’s been my experience people have a lot of misconceptions about what youth homelessness (and even homelessness in general) is. Do you share that experience, and if so, what kind of damage do you feel that does? How do we repair it? H: Youth homelessness in Iowa is a largely invisible crisis for most of the general population, and can take many forms other than what many would think of as a person living in a tent or cardboard box and panhandling at intersections and highway ramps.  Homeless youth under the age of 18 can be youth who have run away, or they can be youth who were ejected from their family homes, often due to LGBTQ identities.  Many homeless youth are ages 18-24, and they have aged out of either the child welfare system or the juvenile justice system with no supports or permanent connections. Homeless youth often “couch surf,” moving from location to location wherever they can find a place to stay and possibly a meal.  A lot of homeless youth are forced to engage…

Sharing a Pond by Alex Whitehall

Penny’s Rating B+ ~ When I first hear the words: frog-shifter paranormal romance, my first thought was, I am skeptical. What? I was. I wasn’t sure in spite of the bizarre plethora of stuff that I read, (which, let’s be honest, includes a fair amount of shifter paranormal romance, mostly of the werewolf persuasion) that a three-way frog-shifter romance was going to work. I was pleasantly surprised and my skepticism proven wrong by this story. I have found that I usually enjoy Less Than Three Press publications, because their authors do bring a different perspective to their stories. They do LGBTQIA fiction, but their stories are not always your typical m/m or f/f romance. Things are not always that clear-cut, and LTTP embraces that, which is awesome. This story instead turned out to be really cute. The frog thing works, and is actually used to explain (rather conveniently) one MC’s gender bending which occurs prior to the start of the book, and which furthers the plot of the story. These three are adorable together, and I can just picture three little frogs swimming and playing in a huge claw-foot tub. Being a frog-shifter story, this is a new take on a fairly standard…

The Midnight Gardner by R.G. Thomas

Penny’s Rating: B It’s been a while since I read a YA fairy-tale that I really enjoyed. This is a super-cute quick read, that just happens to have an inter-species (Gnome/Human) age appropriate romance. This is also book one in a series: The Town of Superstition, so if you want to read something that doesn’t end on a to be continued cliffhanger, this is not that book. There are going to be three in the series, and if you read, you’re going to want to read all of them, and you’ll have to wait for them to come out. Like I have to now. Thomas has successfully created a modern-day fairy-tale, that ties together witches, werewolves, dragons, garden gnomes, with one very unusual small town. There were twists and turns that I didn’t expect in this book, and given that the book is written with young teens in mind, I find that incredibly refreshing. So many LGBTQIA YA fiction novels often fall into those tragic archetypes of familial rejection, rebellion, tragedy, prejudice, or angst. I’m not knocking that at all – we all learn from tragedy and pain, but sometimes that is not what we need. Sometimes we need the fairy-tale. Sometimes, we need simple, clear-cut,…

Josh Lanyon’s Adrien English Mystery Series

 ~Penny’s Series Rating: A ~ SO this wasn’t a review I planned on doing, but I ended up enjoying this series so much that I wanted to give it a shout out. I am in love with this series. I’ll be honest, I don’t love every mystery I pick up. But this is mystery with a side of exquisite, yell out loud at the fictional character’s you are reading about, angst. I will admit, I read all five books in three days. I barely slept because I couldn’t go to bed until I knew what happened, and I was useless the next day, but it was so worth it. Josh Lanyon, it’s official, I am a convert. He’s become my go-to mystery author. Adrien English Book Blurbs and Links Fatal Shadows (Adrien English #1) One sunny morning Los Angeles bookseller and aspiring mystery author Adrien English opens his front door to murder. His old high school buddy (and employee) has been found stabbed to death in a back alley following a loud and very public argument with Adrien the previous evening. Naturally the cops want to ask Adrien a few questions; they are none too impressed with his answers, and when a few…

Lonely Hearts Blog Tour and Rafflecoptor Giveaway

~Penny’s Rating: A ~ After reading Lonely Hearts, I have come to the following conclusions: 1. This series rocks. 2. I now want to own a Tesla. 3. I want to relive my college years at St. Timothy, and sing my aca-scuse me ass off. (I may be combining this with a Pitch Perfect fantasy…) 4. I have a renewed obsession with all things Studio Ghibli, especially Howl’s Moving Castle. I am so glad that Baz and Elijah got their story! If you haven’t read the Love Lessons series, I really do recommend you start with book one, Love Lessons, because you will have a better idea of who all of the characters in the series are, and they are all awesome sauce. This book is like old home week, because we get to visit with the MC’s from Love Lessons and Fever Pitch, see all of our pals from St. Timothy and even run into a few (spoilers) other slightly older residents of Heidi Cullinanland Minneapolis/ St. Paul (I won’t say who exactly, but I was so glad that they showed up in this!) Heidi Cullinan has a gift for tackling really intense issues: drug use and trauma recovery, affluence and…