First Impressions

by Christopher Koehler Penny’s Rating: B+ Publisher Description: “The first time Henry Hughes and Cameron Jameson meet, it’s an unmitigated disaster. Cameron reminds Henry of all he left behind when he stopped making adult films, and he cruelly rejects Cameron. When Cameron discovers Henry’s porno-thespian past, he assumes he’s dodged a bullet. But circumstances continue to throw the two together. Though the physical attraction between them grows, they cling to first impressions, even as a slow dance reveals just how good they could be. Henry finally realizes how wrong he was, but Cameron can’t cope with “sleeping with the enemy”. It will take a confrontation for Cameron to realize just how wrong he’s been, but unfortunately, he may have lost his chance.” ebook, 300 pages Published April 16th 2012 by Dreamspinner Press ISBN13 9781613724804 edition language: English If someone had told me before I offered to review this book for Net Galley that First Impressions was a gay contemporary romance novel that follows the plot of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, I would have told you that there was no way that would work as a novel. So I am glad I didn’t know that when I started reading. You…

TELLING JASE

My short story, TELLING JASE is now available on Goodreads as part of the Love is Always Write series by members of the M/M Romance Group on Goodreads. You currently have to be a member of the M/M Romance Group to view the story. Click HERE to view the book page on Goodreads, and HERE to access the story. If the story gets a positive reception, I may post it as an e-book for download. It will also be available later in 2012 as part of the Love is Always Write collection, but for now it is available only though the links above. TELLING JASE tells the story of Sean Taggert, who has been in love with his best friend and former college roommate Jase Shaw for the last two years and nine months. He’s never told Jase how he feels, though. There were always other people in the way. Up until six months ago, Jase was shacked up with his cheating college boyfriend Marcus. Up until last night, Sean was engaged to the mother of his two-year old child, Cody. Cody may have been the result of a drunken one-night stand, but Sean would do anything for his son,…

Love Life

Penny’s Rating: C- By Rachel Spangler Publisher Description: “Life coach Elaine Raitt is educated, elegant, and dedicated to her profession. Blue-collar boi Joey Lang is too insecure to even approach her—that is until her well-meaning but meddling best friend Lisa decides to break the ice and makes Joey a life-coaching appointment with Elaine. A session meant to bring clarity only leaves them both feeling more confused about their purpose in life and love. Will Joey be able to find the strength to chase the woman of her dreams, and even if she does, will Elaine be willing to risk the life she loves for the woman who could be the love of her life?” When I read the description for this book, I was super excited. My first lesbian book review for Net Galley? Bring it. I tackled it enthusiastically, and overall, I am very sorry to say that I was disappointed. I do however think that where I found the story lacking has more to do with my own personal viewpoint the story itself. It is a well written story, it’s just that the story embodies that whole Bridget Jones’s Diary-ish whiny non-proactive woman thing, and that crap drives…

Burn (Elementally Evolved #1)

by T.J. Klune Penny’s Rating: A Publisher Description: “Set in a world that closely resembles our own, Burn is a story of redemption and betrayal, of family and sacrifice, which leads to the greatest question of all: how far would you go to save the ones you love? Fifteen years ago, Felix Paracel killed his mother with fire that shot from his hands. Since then, he has hidden from forces bent on exploiting him and his fire and wind Elemental abilities. But Felix’s world is about to change, because he is Findo Unum—the Split One—and his coming has been foretold for generations. Though Felix’s arrival brings great joy to the Elemental world, it also heralds a coming darkness. No one knows this better than Seven.—Seven, the mysterious man who rescued Felix from that horrible fire years ago and then disappeared; Seven, who has returned to claim what’s rightfully his: Felix’s heart. But even as Felix begins to trust Seven and his feelings about his place in the world, the darkness reveals itself, bringing consequences no one could have predicted.” Ok, I have to admit, even though I am reviewing this book for NetGalley, I actually purchased the e-book of Burn…

Galley Proof

By Eric Arvin Penny’s Rating: C- ebook, 1st Edition, 195 pages Published January 13th 2012 by Dreamspinner Press ISBN 1613723342 (ISBN13: 9781613723340) Edition language: English Publisher Description: “Fiction writer Logan Brandish is perfectly happy in his peaceful small-town routine with his best friend, his cat, and his boyfriend—until he meets the editor of his next book, the handsome Brock Kimble, and the lazy quiet of everyday living goes flying out the window. Faced with real passion for the first time, Logan becomes restless and agitated, and soon his life and his new manuscript—a work in progress he’d always thought would be completed—are in a shambles. But as Logan is learning, you can’t always get what you want… at least not right away. To take his mind off the mess, he takes a trip, but even the beautiful Italian, um, scenery can’t keep his thoughts from his erstwhile editor for long. Logan just might have to admit there are some things you can’t run from.” Okay, I’ll admit it. This book was not my cup of tea. This was my first experience reading anything by Eric Arvin, and bottom line, this just wasn’t my style. Arvin however, has written quite a…

Romance Writers of America Shouldn’t Discriminate
Musings , Notes From Penny / February 7, 2012

So…You may have been following this, maybe not, but last week, RWI (Romance Writers Ink) a chapter of Romance Writers of America, announced the 2012 Rules for their MTM Published Author Contest, and this year they added a new restriction: This year, MTM’s rules & regulations were changed to state: – Note: MTM will no longer accept same-sex entries in any category. Now, this contest has accepted same-sex romance submissions in previous years, and some of those submissions have actually won. Here’s the kicker though. Several authors who write same-sex romance who had planned to submit entries contacted contest organizers asking why there had been a change in rules, and the response they got back was that same-sex content made some RWI Chapter Members “uncomfortable”, and that “same-sex was just too much”. Umm. Yeah. Uncomfortable? Really? I am angry about this. I really am. This is discrimination, period. Romance is defined by RWA as a love relationship between two individuals. For RWI to accept submissions for all other types of romance, and excluding same-sex relationships because they make people “uncomfortable” is discrimination pure and simple. I also find it to be illogical for the following reasons: As a reader- we…