See, when I first started *Kermit Flail*, more than a year ago, I did it because a few people had asked me nicely if they could use my blog. I didn’t really have a forum for other people to speak here– it was mostly me blathering on and on and on… (Check it out– I’ve been nattering on since Squish was two months old. That’s nine years, peeps. I think I was more interesting nine years ago… don’t know why…)
Anyway– so, I thought I’d get one or two books a month, and some months have been like that, but I assumed I be doing it for people I was tight with because seriously– who’d come to my blog for book recs?
But you all have surprised me– and this month is that sort of an awesome surprise. I’ve met the lovely Ms. Carole Cummings in person (loved her!) and hung with the supremely awesome Goddess of Baseball, Ms. Kate McMurray during this last RT (adored!) but we also have Deja Black and L.A. Parker and Felice Stevens– the Felice Stevens who was recently on amazon.com’s top 100 Kindle sales PERIOD. And of course, we have the AMAZING AND TREMENDOUS Rhys Ford, doing urban fantasy which she’s wonderful at! In all, we have some happy, some dramatic, some fantasy, some urban fantasy, some contemporary, and even some Amy Lane Lite!
So, this is getting to be a pretty awesome deal. I am so proud of this months’ line-up! Please give a hearty HUZZAH for this month’s *Kermit Flail*– everybody here is both eclectic and HELLACIOUSLY BODACIOUSLY AWESOME!
BLUE ON BLACK
Kimolijah Adani—Class 2 gridTech, beloved brother, most promising student the Academy’s ever had the privilege of calling their own, genius mechanical gridstream engineer, brilliantly pioneering inventor… and dead man. But that’s what happens when a whiz kid messes with dynamic crystals and, apparently, comes to the attention of Baron Petra Stanslo. Killed for his revolutionary designs, Kimolijah Adani had been set to change the world with his impossible train that runs on nothing more than gridstream locked in a crystal. Technically it shouldn’t even be possible, but there is no doubt it works.
Bas is convinced the notoriously covetous and corrupt Stanslo had something to do with Kimolijah Adani’s tragic and suspicious end. A Directorate Tracker, Bas has finally managed to catch the scent of Kimolijah Adani’s killer, and it leads right into Stanslo’s little desert barony. For almost three years, Bas has tried to find a way into Stanslo’s Bridge, and when he finally makes it, shock is too small a word for what—or, rather, whom—he finds there.
The Rainbow League: Book Two
by Kate McMurray
Mason made headlines when, after his professional baseball career was sidelined by an injury, he very publicly came out of the closet. Now he’s scratching the baseball itch playing in the Rainbow League while making his way through New York’s population of beefcakes, even though they all come up short. Plus, he’s still thinking about last summer’s encounter with hot, effeminate, pierced and tattooed Patrick—pretty much the opposite of the sort of man he has long pictured himself with.
Patrick hasn’t been able to forget Mason either, and now that baseball season is back upon them, he’s determined to have him again. Mason is unlike any man Patrick has ever been with before, and not just because he’s an ex-Yankee. All Patrick has to do is convince a reluctant Mason that their one night wasn’t just a crazy fluke and that they could be great together… if only Mason could get past his old hang-ups and his intolerant family.
by Deja Black
Dan Tolliver, the adopted son of alpha pack leader Jeremiah
Tolliver, has suffered his last moment of abuse by his lover Keith Mulligan and
finds himself in the hospital. There he meets dark and sharp-tongued Dr. Aiden
Kavanaugh, who believes Dan needs some of his straightforward kind of medicine.
Still, there is something different about the doctor.
Aiden is a sandman, a weaver of dreams, and has been on
earth far longer than even he knows. He’s at the end of his time, ready to
transition, and needs a human mate to keep him connected to the world he’s
grown to love. Only he hasn’t found a special person who makes him want to
stay. He doesn’t despair, because not every sandman has the chance to choose,
but he knows if he doesn’t find a partner, he will soon lose his physical form
and exist only in dreams.
When Aiden realizes Keith is a far greater monster than Dan
has any idea, they grow and work together using the support of the pack—and
Dan’s inner strength—to overcome impossible odds.
Saving Rainbow Falls
by L.A. Parker
The small town of Rainbow Falls is dying. Shops are closing, the major industrial employer is shutting their doors, and the town square is beginning to look as dilapidated and run-down as the townsfolk feel. Sam Monroe, the town’s attorney, puts forward a shocking economic solution – one which has the potential to divide the town right down the middle of Founders Street.
Despite a lack of support from the mayor and town council, seeing a glimmer of hope for their future, the remaining business owners take on the challenge, throwing unexpected support behind the idea. But not everyone in Rainbow Falls accepts Sam’s proposal.
Can a former popular tourist destination bend to the winds of change? Can reluctant committee chair, Mike Murphy, convince the citizens to take this chance? Can a town really be saved…one kiss at a time?
The answer hinges on the success of the newly founded and very colorful Rainbow Falls Pride Committee.
BUY AT AMAZON
One Step Further
by Felice Stevens
Alex Stern has it all; good looks, charm, a job he loves and everyone calls him a friend. He lives life to the fullest at a breakneck pace, in the city that never sleeps. But Alex is also a master pretender; not even his best friend sees the pain that Alex hides so well. Alex himself isn’t sure who he is or what he’s searching for, he only knows that he hasn’t found it yet.
As a veterinarian, Rafe Hazelton loves each animal that crosses his path; they don’t care if he stutters a bit or that he prefers men. Their love is unconditional, but his life is still empty; they can only give him so much. New friendships convince him it’s time to break the wall of loneliness he’s hidden behind since childhood and discover what he’s been missing.
Alex and Rafe forge a friendship that turns physical, and they both swear that the relationship will last only as long as the fun does. But when old heartaches come to light and secrets hidden for years are revealed, Alex and Rafe discover if they accept what’s in their hearts and take it one step further, the greatest reward is waiting for them in the end.
Ink and Shadows
by Rhys Ford
Kismet Andreas lives in fear of the shadows.
For the young tattoo artist, the shadows hold more than darkness. He is certain of his insanity because the dark holds creatures and crawling things only he can see—monsters who hunt out the weak to eat their minds and souls, leaving behind only empty husks and despair.
And if there’s one thing Kismet fears more than being hunted—it’s the madness left in its wake.
The shadowy Veil is Mal’s home. As Pestilence, he is the youngest—and most inexperienced—of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, immortal manifestations resurrected to serve—and cull—mankind. Invisible to all but the dead and insane, the Four exist between the Veil and the mortal world, bound to their nearly eternal fate. Feared by other immortals, the Horsemen live in near solitude but Mal longs to know more than Death, War and Famine.
Mal longs to be… more human. To interact with someone other than lunatics or the deceased.
When Kismet rescues Mal from a shadowy attack, Pestilence is suddenly thrust into a vicious war—where mankind is the prize, and the only one who has faith in Mal is the human the other Horsemen believe is destined to die.
by Amy Lane
A Candy Man Book
Rico Gonzalves-Macias didn’t expect to fall in love during his internship in New York—and he didn’t expect the boss’s son to out them both and get him fired either. When he returns to Sacramento stunned and heartbroken, he finds his cousin, Adam, and Adam’s boyfriend, Finn, haven’t just been house-sitting—they’ve made his once sterile apartment into a home.
When Adam gets him a job interview with the adorable, magnetic, practically perfect Derek Huston, Rico feels especially out of his depth. Derek makes it no secret that he wants Rico, but Rico is just starting to figure out that he’s a beginner at the really important stuff and doesn’t want to jump into anything with both feet.
Derek is a both-feet kind of guy. But he’s also made mistakes of his own and doesn’t want to pressure Rico into anything. Together they work to find a compromise between instant attraction and long-lasting love, and while they’re working, Rico gets a primer in why family isn’t always a bad idea. He needs to believe Derek can be his family before Derek’s formidable patience runs out—because even a practically perfect boyfriend is capable of being hurt.