I'm getting a lot of "where is this on Amazon?" requests. (Book is out today) I'll add the buy links here as they come in, and when they're all set, II'm getting a lot of "where is this on Amazon?" requests. (Book is out today) I'll add the buy links here as they come in, and when they're all set, I'll put them out in my newsletter. It should be soon, hopefully. In the meantime you can get it at Wilde City if you absolutely cannot wait.
Scroll through my Twitter feed Friday evening from about 5 until 9 on September 5, and you will see me freaking the fuck out over a book. This is theScroll through my Twitter feed Friday evening from about 5 until 9 on September 5, and you will see me freaking the fuck out over a book. This is the book.
I've been seeing this book around, and I gotta tell you, I was saying no. Because I could think of eight million ways this setup could go horribly, terribly wrong. Having grown up in a family full of pastors and living near two different Amish communities in my life, one the Amish/Mennonite megahub that is Kalona, Iowa, I know Amish, well, and while I don't wish to join their lifestyle, I have deep, intense respect for it and their right to live how they wish to. I also know how a gay Amish man would be received, that there's a lot we wouldn't expect in both the accepting and non-accepting departments. I feared a lot of over-angst. I feared slipshod research, over sentimentalization and basically an exploitation of a community. For no other reason than that's what I've seen when I've read Amish romances, far too many times. And if the respect was there, how could there be an HEA? I mean, really? I couldn't work it out. I feared obvious conflicts and all kinds of things bad. I thought, this is stupid, I can't read this book. There's no way.
But I caved and read the Amazon sample. The moment on the barn beam hooked me. Hard. I saw the price and thought, okay. I'll bite.
I will stand here now, hat in hand and say, not a single fear was realized. Not one. It is full of research and respect and knowledge and FULL understanding. It is not over-angsted. It is fucking hot, while not being gauche given the subject matter. It ends happily, but I swear to god, at 93 fucking percent complete, I still wasn't sure. I really, really worried. I couldn't imagine how. And when it was done, I exhaled with those best of breaths. The ones where you know everything is okay, and you made it, they made it, EVERYBODY FUCKING MADE IT and the sun will come up tomorrow, and two boys will be happily snuggled in corner of it somewhere.
I needed this book. This month has been surgical recovery, too many books, too many decisions, too much everything. This week ended with me feeling weird and overwhelmed for reasons both identifiable and not. I've become very, very picky lately, hating almost everything I read. I wanted so much to love this book, but it could not have me cheaply. It had me. It caught me, made me, took me up to the stars and let me run.
No, it's not fancy, and that's why I like it. It's sweet, delightful. It made me sigh and freak out and worry and basically let go. If I still haven't sold you and you like my stuff, and you read Love Lessons? This is Walter and Kelly go Amish. I mean, not really. But it is, in its way. Those archetypes.
And this was self published. She did this all herself and the team she hired. Hot. Damn.
Just fucking go buy it. Read it. Do it. Five goddamned fucking stars. I'm not normally one for sequels post HEA, but I'm totally down for this one. I'm all the hell over it.
This is the correct edition and cover for this book and should be set as the primary. Please don't change it. (I'm the author, and I approved this mesThis is the correct edition and cover for this book and should be set as the primary. Please don't change it. (I'm the author, and I approved this message.)...more
To whoever keeps deleting the new edition of this book and/or making it not the primary edition: stop. This is the proper edition. This is the properTo whoever keeps deleting the new edition of this book and/or making it not the primary edition: stop. This is the proper edition. This is the proper cover. (I'm the author. I should know.)...more
If I were on my game I'd take the time to write up a real review. I'm tired and a bit sick, but I know if I don't review this now, I never will. So yoIf I were on my game I'd take the time to write up a real review. I'm tired and a bit sick, but I know if I don't review this now, I never will. So you get what you get.
Short version is this is quite good and very refreshing. Think Ginn Hale's Wicked Gentlemen, though not exactly. What you're here for are the characters and a slow burn. Stephen is smart, wiry, tense, and strung too tightly. Also strong, which becomes important. Crane is both breezy, bumbling Brit lord and wily pirate. Basically between the two of them they keep fucking stereotype and massaging subtlety.
Low, low sex content--there are some good bits, but be in the mood for the teasing, drawn-out stuff. If you read my work, Love Lessons looks like a boinkfest in comparison. Not super high on UST, because it's an even slower build. I suspect what we're going to get is this drawn out over several books, this romance. I would say overall this is not a traditional romance, because the focus isn't remotely the HEA. That's just a happy accident, their hooking up, and you get the idea this will continue in the next installment. Which, happily, is for sale.
The story is also clever and fun to watch unfold. Paranormal but not too thick in its painting. Historical but very out of the usual box. Written by an actual Brit, too, so you'll be wanting to pour some PG Tips and break into McVities Digestives before it's said and done, without quite knowing why.
The Magpie Lord and this Charm of Magpie series reminds me of a TV show. Each episode a story, but when you turn the page there's legitimately more to read. Yes, it's fun to watch them flirt and blink, but mostly it's delicious to watch them play off one another.
Let's put it this way. I have a pile of work to do and several stories to write, and a sea of samples and purchased books on my kindle. Yet I'm off to buy book two of this and read it instead of doing anything else. Really, do you need any other rec than this?...more
I think by now the word is out that I’m a sucker for holiday romances: I have a pile of them on my Kindle waiting for that magic moment when I have evI think by now the word is out that I’m a sucker for holiday romances: I have a pile of them on my Kindle waiting for that magic moment when I have everything turned in and all the holiday prep finished and I can indulge. I’ll admit I snuck one in early, because how do you not read in a Tere Michaels novella when you know it’s there? I’m so incredibly glad I did: Holiday Roommates is sweet, hilarious, and heartwarming.
Essentially this is classic Michaels but with a flirty, light-hearted holiday twist. The sexual tension you count on from her is present in spades, but so are elf costume crises, some seriously killer flirty banter, and a wry and managing Jewish mother (and sassy grandma) you must read to believe. In addition to the “when will they?” suspense of the romance, we witness Nate’s struggles as an actor and Sean’s as a budding producer. I think my favorite part of the story was the resolution: I worried when I started there was no way for everything to work out and still be believable…but I should never have doubted it, because Tere totally pulls it off.
Do yourself a favor: buy yourself (and your friends) this Christmas story. You can purchase it right on her website–Here’s a distribution note from her website. “Right now we’re only offering a PDF version; when the .mobi and .pub versions become available, just contact the site and you’ll receive whichever version you want (with proof of purchase of the PDF) at no additional cost.”
Also from the website: “I hope you all love Nate and Sean and their crazy circle of friends and family. I hope you want the story to continue – because they’ll be back for Valentine’s Day! As a reminder to myself about what matters in the coming year, I will be donating 25% to The Trevor Project, an outstanding non-profit which offers outreach to LGBTQ youth struggling with suicidal thoughts. When holiday donations have dried up, I’m looking forward to gifting TTP in January to shine some light on their winter doldrums!”
Everyone wins! Go grab your copy of Holiday Roommates today....more
So this book needs more review than I have time to give. But it made me happy and was so worth the wait I made myself endure to read it. I'll try to dSo this book needs more review than I have time to give. But it made me happy and was so worth the wait I made myself endure to read it. I'll try to do this better when I have time, but highlights:
*slow burn *UST *gentle but potent emo *FUCKING OPERA *NYC *white/blue collar mashup *widower
This was seriously adorable, sweet, and exactly what I needed to read last night. Low-moderate heat level, Nice UST, adorable heroes. Geek love, jockThis was seriously adorable, sweet, and exactly what I needed to read last night. Low-moderate heat level, Nice UST, adorable heroes. Geek love, jock love: trope city, feel good, go buy it already....more
These rights have actually reverted back to me. I need to get it formatted and up for free download, etc. I have a pile of this crap, actually, but itThese rights have actually reverted back to me. I need to get it formatted and up for free download, etc. I have a pile of this crap, actually, but it all needs editing and I so do not have time for this right now. So if anybody out there is bored......more