So, for one thing, summer is coming to an end, and I’m not fond of the heat– but for another, it’s a Kermit Flail day, and while the offering this month is a little small, it is also MIGHTY!
First we have a story with the world’s best title. Love it Like You Stole It by Ki Brightly looks like my kind of gritty angst– I’m pretty sure there’s some angst lovers out there who are gonna swoon for that storyline and this makes me VERY happy!
And if angst isn’t your thing, Eli Easton–who has written some super awesome Christmas stories and my favorite fur baby love story of all time (How to Save a Life) has written a comic western, along the lines of Paint Your Wagon, and it looks like a cracking good time! Come check out her new audiobook, Robby Riverton: Mail Order Bride!
And if you’re into sci-fi these days, then Archie Hellshire has it! Archie tagged me on Twitter about a month ago, because apparently I encouraged him to write a couple of years ago, and he did. And now he has a book out and this makes me SUPREMELY happy. If what you do inspires people, you’re doing it right, and Archie’s thank you totally made my week. So come check out his book, Chance and see if it inspires you!
And, of course, it’s Fish month.
Now when I first wrote Fish Out of Water, unlike other books where a series just “happened”, I wanted to see our guys get closer while solving crimes together. This is my third go round with Jackson and Ellery, and these guys… well, they gut me every time. And this book was so big, it spilled out into Hiding the Moon, which is coming out in October. (It’s not a sequel, don’t worry–it’ll just answer some questions you might have about Fish 3. Not necessary, but very hot!)
Anyway– Fish 3 should be a lot of fun, a lot of angst and pain, and some action in my favorite vein– Shit Go Boom! Then there’s pecs! I hope you love it as much as I do!
Love It Like You Stole it
by Ki Brightly
Michael Levine is backed into a corner. He started tearing apart cars for the local mob with the best of intentions—to save up money to pay for his mechanic certifications and impress his crush and mentor, Ben. But Michael soon finds himself in way over his head. He knows stealing is wrong, but it’s only cars, and the insurance will pay to replace them, right? What started out as a small job to make some extra bucks soon turns into a nightmare he’s not sure he’ll ever be able to find his way out of.
Ben Jelen isn’t sure where his life is going. On the surface everything looks fine. He has a successful business, he’s raising his niece into a strong person, and he has a boyfriend most guys only dream of—sexy and rich. But nothing feels right. The only things that really keep Ben’s attention anymore are his classic Road Runner, his niece, and Michael—his Meeko. Ben took him under his wing forever ago, and their love of old cars and fast driving has forged a strong bond. Ben’s days don’t feel right if he doesn’t get to see Meeko at least once. But something seems drastically wrong in Meeko’s life, and Ben hopes he can put the pieces together to help him before it’s too late.
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Robby Riverton: Mail Order Bride
by Eli Easton
Being a fugitive in the Old West shouldn’t be this much fun. The year is 1860. Robby Riverton is a rising star on the New York stage. But he witnesses a murder by a famous crime boss and is forced to go on the run – all the way to Santa Fe.
When he still can’t seem to ditch his pursuers, he disguises himself as a mail-order bride he meets on the wagon train. Caught between gangsters who want to kill him and the crazy, uncouth family of his “intended”, Robby’s only ally is a lazy sheriff who sees exactly who Robby is – and can’t resist him.
Trace Crabtree took the job as sheriff of Flat Bottom because there was never a thing going on. And then Robby Riverton showed up disguised as a woman and betrothed to Trace’s brother. If that wasn’t complicated enough, Trace finds the man as appealing as blueberry pie. He urges Robby to stay undercover until the danger has passed.
But a few weeks of having Robby-Rowena at the ranch and the Crabtree family will never be the same again.
by Archie Hellshire
Daniel has spent his life traveling down the same well-worn path, safe inside a prison of his own making, with tomorrow promising no difference from yesterday. Then, one unremarkable morning, he meets someone who throws his life completely off the rails. All he knows about Nathan when he first sees him is that he’s beautiful, but it’s enough to get him to board the wrong train instead of going to the office.
This one careless step off the beaten path has unexpected consequences, as the mysterious passenger is being pursued by a cadre of mercenaries after the parcel he’s tasked with delivering safely to the other side of the city. Daniel has never considered himself brave, or strong, or fast, and he doesn’t come prepared for this fight, but at the right place, at the right time, someone can do the right thing and be a hero for a victim in distress.
Together, staying just out of reach of their pursuers and narrowly escaping tight spaces, they make their way to the delivery point. And as the journey wears on, they learn more about what’s in the parcel they’re carrying, and what it means for the world if they can’t deliver it.
A Few Good Fish
by Amy Lane
Fish Out of Water: Book Three
A tomcat, a psychopath, and a psychic walk into the desert to rescue the men they love…. Can everybody make it out with their skin intact?
PI Jackson Rivers and Defense Attorney Ellery Cramer have barely recovered from last November, when stopping a serial killer nearly destroyed Jackson in both body and spirit.
But their previous investigation poked a new danger with a stick, forcing Jackson and Ellery to leave town so they can meet the snake in its den.
Jackson Rivers grew up with the mean streets as a classroom and he learned a long time ago not to give a damn about his own life. But he gets a whole new education when the enemy takes Ellery. The man who pulled his shattered pieces from darkness and stitched them back together again is in trouble, and Jackson’s only chance to save him rests in the hands of fragile allies he barely knows.
It’s going to take a little bit of luck to get these Few Good Fish out alive!