Nov. 14th, 2016

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Vic is a wonderful main character, a talented bisexual hockey player whose deep-seated isolation and inability to control his mouth get him sent down from the NHL to a farm team. There he meets Dan, a gay player with the desire, the strength, the warmth and the empathy to be his match. But in pro hockey, being closeted is still safest, and players can be shipped from one city to another on a day's notice. Add in Vic's mix of hockey ego, personal self-doubts, and lack of filters, and the results are funny, painful, angsty, sweet, unexpected, infuriating, and a whole lot of fun to read, from the HFN of the first novella, to the HEA of the last.

Two Man Advantage, Game Misconduct, Full Strength (3 novellas as 1 submission) by V.L. Locey
Bisexual Erotic Romance

Two Man Advantage
Publisher: Ellora's Cave Publishing Inc (April 15, 2015)
Amazon Kindle: Two Man Advantage

Victor Kalinski, all-star forward for the Boston Barracudas, is one of the biggest jerks in professional hockey. Before long his aggressive attitude gets him shipped off to play in the minor leagues.
Furious, he takes to the ice with equal amounts of skill and scathing sarcasm, which doesn’t win him any friends—except for good-natured team captain Daniel Arou. He won’t take any of Vic’s crap, and he won’t take no for an answer.
But Vic’s troublemaking is pulling his career one way while Dan’s talent is pushing his in the other. However much they scorch the sheets, they might soon be separated by more than Vic’s fear of being hurt.
Reader Advisory: This story has graphic sexual language and scenes—no closed bedroom doors (or other rooms) here!
Inside Scoop: This book contains scorching gay sex and a heaping helping of no-holds-barred snark between hot hockey heroes who don’t pull their punches.
A Romantica® gay erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave

Game Misconduct
Publisher: Ellora's Cave Publishing Inc (September 23, 2015)
Amazon Kindle: Game Misconduct

This book is a sequel to Two Man Advantage
Life has been treating Victor Kalinski well, which is a surprise for the ginger-haired forward with the venomous tongue. His career is somewhat stable, at least for another season. His relationship with Cougars alternate captain Dan Arou is deepening, despite the fact that Daniel has yet to come out of the closet.
It’s typical Kalinski luck when a puck bunny he shared a drunken night with several months ago slaps him with a paternity suit. Despite the sizzling passion and painfully heartfelt connection between them, Dan doesn’t take the news well, and heads back to Canada alone.
If he wants to make things right and win back the man he loves, Vic has no choice but to swallow his pride—and nobody’s prouder than hotheaded, ego-driven Victor Kalinski.
Reader Advisory: This story has graphic sexual language and scenes—no closed bedroom doors (or other rooms) here!
An adult male/male romance from Ellora’s Cave

Full Strength
Publisher: Ellora's Cave Publishing Inc (March 23, 2016)
Amazon Kindle: Full Strength

Book three in the Point Shot trilogy
What a difference a year makes. Twelve months ago, Victor Kalinski was one of the best and most controversial ice hockey players in the pros. This year he’s playing in the minors, has a paternity case pending, and has just been vindictively outed to the world by one of his own teammates.
But he seems to find life in the tiny town of Cayuga to his liking. A large part of that is Dan Arou, the Cougars’ alternate captain and the man who now holds Victor’s heart. Surely venomous, viper-tongued Victor hasn’t been mellowed by love!
Well, perhaps a little. But that doesn’t mean he doesn’t intend to get sweet revenge on those who’ve hurt the man he loves and the friends he’s somehow made along the way.
Reader Advisory: This story has graphic sexual language and scenes—no closed bedroom doors (or other rooms) here!
An adult gay romance from Ellora’s Cave

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Wright crafted an intriguing world and story populated by complex and interesting characters. I enjoyed Paladins immensely, and will definitely look forward to finding out what happens next…

Paladins of the Storm Lord by Barbara Ann Wright
Lesbian Sci-fi / Futuristic
Paperback: 314 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (May 17, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1626396043
ISBN-13: 978-1626396043
Amazon: Paladins of the Storm Lord
Amazon Kindle: Paladins of the Storm Lord

Surrounded by dead crewmates, marooned above an unknown planet, the bridge crew of the Atlas awakens from a crash with extraordinary mental abilities. When their most powerful member jettisons their passengers to the planet below, they have an unprecedented opportunity: they can become gods. Two hundred years later, Lieutenant Cordelia Ross is a paladin serving the Storm Lord, her city's patron deity. Her faith is absolute until her people are attacked by a native species, harmless creatures turned devious by an unknown hand. Cordelia tries to solve the mystery of their development before they kill anyone else, but the secrets surrounding them are too deep. As orders from the Storm Lord begin to value obedience over integrity, Cordelia wonders whose side her god is really on.

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Being the mother of a soldier who has completed 2 tours of Afghanistan, I was delighted to see the subject of returning from combat and adjusting to civilian life being treated in such a thoughtful and insightful way. The cast of characters were well fleshed out and this bitter sweet tale of finding love, when no longer whole in body, kept me thoroughly enthralled. A real feel good story.

Cookies by Teodora Kostova
Gay Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 276 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 3, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1530841216
ISBN-13: 978-1530841219
Amazon: Cookies
Amazon Kindle: Cookies

I went to war, running away from myself. I came back in pieces to find out who I really was... It took me nearly ten years, two tours in Afghanistan and losing a leg to come to terms with who I really am. Two years after coming back from war, I can say that I’m finally content. I’m as fit as ever, my prosthetic leg allowing me the freedom of moving and exercising as if nothing has changed. I own a small bakery in the centre of Cambridge, and I have a loyal circle of friends that I can always count on. And yet... Yet, there’s something missing. A part of me craves the intimacy, the deep connection to another human being. But another – bigger – part of me is terrified of letting anyone in. My internal conflict didn't stand a chance when I met Jay. He stormed through my defence walls like a hurricane, wrapping around me with gentle force until I had no choice but to surrender. Surrendering has never felt so good. Will Jay want to stay when he sees the real me? When he sees the nightmares and insecurities clawing at my soul? My name is Amir Gopal and this is my story.

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