Hey all, and I’m going to welcome you to *Kermit Flail* Monday!
Now first I’m going to have to apologize– my computer (and my family for that matter) were having fits and glitches today, and fighting with my keyboard to produce my usual *flail* worthy results was like… like… pulling suction cups off a cephalopod– sticky, slippery, painful, and I occasionally wondered what was the point.
Now, the computer is working again (but my internet is now thinking about up and quitting– and that’s not a local problem, I think Comcast has just been spreading the joy) but I’m not going to tempt fate. Usually I do lots of buildup and lots of flail between books–but I would rather have the post go OUT than have it all flailed, so we’ll have to make do.
Suffice it to say that we’ve got some AWESOME flail today– Shae Connor, Jaycee Edwards, John Inman, Andrew Grey AND his alter-ego Dirk Greyson– ALL of them have participated in my flail, and I’m SO HAPPY to have them aboard! May is a STUNNING month for books people, have no doubts about it! (I’m SO excited about Knight and Day,
y’all– maybe it’s because I heard Dirk talk about it, or maybe because Chicken drew Dirk’s avatar which you should go on FB and see– either way, the buildup has been SWEET and now I wanna read the book!) And Jaycee Edwards is on my FB feed all the time with her good humor and her dirty mind and a wee fandom obsession that I’m so proud to have egged on. Shae Connor FINALLY answered the call of the *flail* on time, and for that I’m grateful, cause, you know, Shae is EMINENTLY flail-worthy, and John Inman, who’s name is GOLD, also accepted the call of the *flail* and it’s such an honor to have HIM! (Oh, yeah– and Immortal
is out this week, so that’s sort of at the bottom– enjoy that one too!)
So thanks for your patience with the slight change of format– you can see why I wanted to get the flail out on time, right?
So ladies and gentlemen, please welcome my AWESOME, AMAZING, FLAILWORTHY visitors today, and let’s all give a big *Kermit flail* for May’s new releases!
By Shae Connor
After his move to Atlanta and away from the influence of his conservative parents, Mikey O’Malley finally feels free to be himself: art student, aspiring animator, and out gay man. He has friends, a new job, and not one, but two men interested in him. Cory Lassiter and Jimmy Black have been a happy couple for years, occasionally bringing a twink into their bed, but only for a brief roll in the hay. When Mikey meets the pair, the attraction is immediate, and it runs three ways. Mikey just can’t believe they’d have room in their lives for a permanent addition.
When Mikey’s newfound life is shattered by a lawsuit that accuses him of molesting a child years earlier, he’s determined to face his troubles on his own, but Cory and Jimmy are just as determined that he not have to go it alone. To reconcile his need for independence and his desire for love, Mikey has to learn that being a man isn’t just about standing on your own two feet. It’s about letting yourself lean on the ones who love you.
By Jaycee Edward
A chance encounter in a hospital waiting room between twenty-two
year old Will Messina and sixteen year old Josiah Pinkerton ends with a gift of
a stuffed dragon off the hospital gift cart and a memory neither of them can shake.
Five years later, when a lonely, buttoned-up Will ventures
into a gay club, he spots a pale, leather-clad specter with violet eyes tracking
his every move. Will realizes he’s being watched by the grown version of the boy
who’s haunted his thoughts for years.
Joey recognizes Will, but he’s no longer the sweet, brown-eyed
boy worthy of Will’s attention. He’s damaged and defective and lives in a
different world than Will now. When his childhood crush makes his way across
the bar, Joey doesn’t have time to decide whether to be enchanted or dismayed because,
unless he turns and runs, those worlds are about to
by R. Cooper
On the run from his old-blood werewolf family, Tim Dirus finds himself in Wolf’s Paw, one of the last surviving refuges from the days when werewolves were hunted by humans and one of the last places Tim wants to be. Kept away from other wolves by his uncle, Tim knows almost nothing about his own kind except that alpha werewolves only want to control and dominate a scrawny wolf like him.
Tim isn’t in Wolf’s Paw an hour before he draws the attention of Sheriff Nathaniel Neri, the alphaest alpha in a town full of alphas. Powerful, intimidating, and the most beautiful wolf Tim has ever seen, Nathaniel makes Tim feel safe for reasons Tim doesn’t understand. For five years he’s lived on the run, in fear of his family and other wolves. Everything about Wolf’s Paw is contrary to what he thought he knew, and he is terrified. Fearing his mate will run, Sheriff Nathaniel must calm his little wolf and show him he’s more than a match for this big, bad alpha.
By John Inman
Jim Brandon has a new house, and boy is it a pip. Built high on the side of the San Diego mountains by a legendary B movie actor of the 1930s, Nigel Letters, the house is not only gorgeous, but supposedly haunted. As a writer of horror novels, Jim couldn’t be happier.
But after a string of ghostly events sets Jim’s teeth on edge and scares the bejesus out of his dog, Jim begins to dig into the house’s history. What he finds is enough to creep out anybody. Even Jim. It seems long dead Nigel Letters had a few nasty habits back in his day. And unhappily for Jim, the old bastard still has some tricks up his sleeve.
As Jim welcomes his ex, Michael, and a bevy of old friends for a two-week visit to help christen the new house, he soon realizes his old friends aren’t the only visitors who have come to call.
As former NSA, Dayton (Day) Ingram has national security chops and now works as a technical analyst for Scorpion. He longs for fieldwork, and scuttling an attack gives him his chance. He’s smart, multilingual, and a technological wizard. But his opportunity comes with a hitch—a partner, Knighton (Knight), who is a real mystery. Despite countless hours of research, Day can find nothing on the agent, including his first name!
Former Marine Knight crawled into a bottle after losing his family. After drying out, he’s offered one last chance: along with Day, stop a terrorist threat from the Yucatan. To get there without drawing suspicion, Day and Knight board a gay cruise, where the deeply closeted Day and equally closeted Knight must pose as a couple. Tensions run high as Knight communicates very little and Day bristles at Knight’s heavy-handed need for control.
But after drinking too much, Day and Knight wake up in bed. Together. As they near their destination, they must learn to trust and rely on each other to infiltrate the terrorist camp and neutralize the plot aimed at the US’s technological infrastructure, if they hope to have a life after the mission. One that might include each other.
by Andrew Grey
Carter Schunk is a dedicated police officer with a difficult past and a big heart. When he’s called to a domestic disturbance, he finds a fatally injured woman, and a child, Alex, who is in desperate need of care. Child Services is called, and the last man on earth Carter wants to see walks through the door. Carter had a fling with Donald a year ago and found him as cold as ice since it ended.
Donald (Ice) Ickle has had a hard life he shares with no one, and he’s closed his heart to all. It’s partly to keep himself from getting hurt and partly the way he deals with a job he’s good at, because he does what needs to be done without getting emotionally involved. When he meets Carter again, he maintains his usual distance, but Carter gets under his skin, and against his better judgment, Donald lets Carter guilt him into taking Alex when there isn’t other foster care available. Carter even offers to help care for the boy.
Donald has a past he doesn’t want to discuss with anyone, least of all Carter, who has his own past he’d just as soon keep to himself. But it’s Alex’s secrets that could either pull them together or rip them apart—secrets the boy isn’t able to tell them and yet could be the key to happiness for all of them.
by Amy Lane
When Teyth was but a child, a cruel prince took over his village, building a great granite tower to rule over the folk. Greedy and capricious, the man will be the bane of Teyth’s existence as an adult, but as a boy, Teyth is too busy escaping his stepfather to worry about his ruler.
Sold into apprenticeship to the local blacksmith, Teyth finds that what was meant as a punishment is actually his salvation. Cairsten, the smith, and Diarmuid, his adopted son, are kind, and the smithy is the prosperous heart of a thriving village. As Teyth grows in the craft of metalwork, he also grows in love for Diarmuid, the gentle, clever young man who introduces him to smithing.
Their prince wants Diarmuid too. As the tyrant inflicts loss upon loss on Teyth and Diarmuid, Teyth’s passion for his craft twists into obsession. By the time Teyth resurfaces from his quest to create immortality, he’s nearly lost the love that makes being human worth the pain. Teyth was born to sculpt his emotion into metal, and Diarmuid was born to lead. Together, can they keep their village safe and sustain the love that will make them immortal?