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Staged (Belonging #3) by Kim Fielding

Staged by Kim FieldingStaged (Belonging #3) by Kim Fielding

Released on July 18, 2016

Published by Riptide Publishing

Pages/words count: 255 pages, 67,600 words

Categories: romance, sci-fi, alternate world/alternate universe, m/m, multiple partners

Blurb:

Once the second-prize winner on My Slave’s Got Talent, Sky Blue has spent the past few years singing at a failing New York nightclub. While Sky has never had control over his fate, his life seems to take a turn for the worse when he’s torn from the familiar comfort of performing and sold to a rich and enigmatic man.

Morgan Wallace takes his newly purchased slave to San Francisco, his intentions unclear. On the one hand, he treats Sky with more kindness than Sky has ever known—treats him like a real person. On the other hand, he shares Sky at parties hosted by his sadistic new friends.

A confused slave is an endangered slave, and Sky isn’t even sure of his master’s real name. Is he Morgan Wallace, wealthy and cruel, or Mackenzie Webster, caring and compassionate? Caught between hope, fear, and an undeniably growing attachment, Sky struggles to untangle which parts are real and which are merely a performance. His future, his heart, and even his life may depend on it.

Reader discretion advised. This title contains the following sensitive themes:

dubious consent
explicit violence
non-consent

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Our thoughts:

Having read both previous novels in the Belonging ‘verse, I was anxious to see what Kim Fielding would bring to the world that intrigues and saddens at the same time.

The Belonging ‘verse began with Collared by Rachel Haimowitz. That novel haunted me for days after reading it, but it sets the stage for readers so I believe it is a good place to start, in this series of three individual standalone novels.

This world is a cruel one. There are freemen and slaves. If you’re a slave, you are made to believe you have a genetic defect. A flaw that predestines you to a life of slavery. If one parent is a slave, you are a slave. You can never buy or earn your freedom. Born a slave, die a slave. A slave has no soul and is incapable of free thinking, deep feelings, or even taking care of themselves. At least that’s what free folk tell themselves to push away any guilt they might have over years of legalized slavery.

Sky Blue was born to a slave women in a brothel. Rumored to be the son of a famous singer, Sky has spent his whole life a slave, singing for his owners. His third owner decides to sell him off and thus begins his journey into the unknown.

Treated like a scourge, or worse, Sky is held in a warehouse in deplorable conditions until his new owner buys him. The man is a mystery. Not really telling him much about what he expects from Sky or what the new rules are. Sky’s new master seems nice but also harsh at the same time. He also seems wealthy. He’s even kind. It’s like he’s never owned a slave before. The lack of direction leaves Sky off-center. Before he knew the score. Sing. Entertain. Sing. Now, he’s clueless.

Morgan Wallace is doing a job and he must acquire a slave to get in the door with some new clients. That’s how he comes to acquire Sky. This is just a means to an end. Hopefully in a few weeks, the job will be done and Sky can go somewhere and live the rest of his life singing in a leisurely club or something. Unfortunately, two things happen. One, Sky must endure torture and rape at the hands of the clients Wallace must get in good with. No matter how sorry Wallace is, he’ll never be able to forgive himself for bringing Sky into this situation. The last thing is that he’s falling hard and fast for Sky. He likes his company. He likes his singing and his gentle way. He enjoys seeing him discover new things. Sharing a bed is glorious and they don’t even have to do anything but hold each other and be together.

In an effort to keep him safe, Wallace (Mac) doesn’t tell Sky anything details about his mission so you can imagine how terribly bad this has the potential to get for everyone involved.

I think the trust is where it’s at for these two. Even through the secrets and bad meetings Sky endures with Mac’s contacts, there’s trust. Sky has to trust that there’s a reason why Mac does what he does. Mac has to trust that Sky will come out of this alright and that the ends justify the means.

I loved seeing Sky become ‘free.’ He gets to discover his world for the first time, thanks to Mac. He’s also given the chance to choose for himself and even speak out and act out. The dynamic is definitely pushed past what was expected. I was even surprised in the end when Sky doesn’t just fall and blindly follow. He does what he wants and gives himself time to process.

A profound addition to the Belonging ‘verse. I’m thrilled there was an addition to the series and hope to see more in the future.

RATING: BAD ASS BOOTS!!

BLOG TOUR: Mending the Rift by Chris T. Kat

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Mending the Rift by Chris T. Kat
Release Date: March 14, 2016
Pages or Words: 68,000 words
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: AngstyG
Categories: M/M Romance, Science Fiction, MPREG

We couldn’t be happier to host Chris T. Kat today! Chris is touring for her new release, Mending the Rift. I fell head-over-heals in love with this novel! I’m excited to share it on our site today and have Chris here for a little Q & A.

Welcome! Let’s just jump right in.

Do you pay attention to literary criticism? If so, how do you handle it?

That depends on the person criticizing. There are some reviewers I’ve gotten to know and I value their opinion. These are usually people who write well-thought out reviews without personally attacking an author if the book isn’t what they expected. Most reviewers point out what they liked, and what didn’t work for them. If I read those reviews, I try to understand their POV, but this is my story and the criticism doesn’t change that particular book. One criticism that I’ve heard / read often about my books is that people didn’t like the narrator’s voice or didn’t like the way the story turned out. Guess, I’m not everyone’s cup of tea, and that’s fine with me.

How do you come up with your titles?

Ah, titles, they’re a pain in the ass… Well, at least they are for me. Usually, I write the story, and for me to find it on the computer, it simply receives a letter, or it’s titled after the main character’s name. Awesome, huh? lol
While I write the story, I have some vague ideas for titles and scribble them down. That means the main point of the story has become crystal clear for me, so it’s easier to give the story a title. Sometimes, like in A Purrfect Match, it’s a bit of a word play. Mostly, though, I try to give my books a short title that shows the main obstacle / plot.

Mending the Rift came after I finished writing the story, and to me it’s the perfect title.

What new authors have grasped your interest?

The last book by a completely new author was Family of Lies by Sam Argent—I really, really loved that book!

I love Liv Olteano’s works and wish she’d write faster. ;-) I haven’t read a lot of books by new authors lately, though some authors are new to me. There are for example KJ Charles and Jordan L. Hawk.

What is the hardest part about writing?

This will sound odd, but the hardest part about writing is finding time to write. I can only write on the weekends, so my time is very limited. The weekends are also for our family, to play with the kids, or make trips, or spend time in our garden. Sometimes I don’t write for weeks—especially in the summer months—because there’s so much other stuff I like to do.

When I have time to write, the hardest thing is to stop on Sunday and then re-start the next Saturday. I always have to find my way back into the story and the flow of things. Once I’m back into everything, I have to stop again already!

Now for something light and fun. Name your four most important food groups.

Hmm, now that’s difficult. Since I got diagnosed with diabetes, my eating habits have changed, so my most important food groups include vegetables, meat (even though I’m not really a meat-lover) and eggs, bread, and most importantly—cake! Yes, I know that cake isn’t a food group, but I love it, so there. ;-)

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Blurb:

In a future where man’s ability to reproduce is severely compromised, humanity has adapted to survive. Breeders—male and female—have become precious commodities, and they are strictly guarded and subject to limitations.

Luca Walker is a breeder. Though he knows what’s expected of him as the youngest son of the Northern Confederacy’s Vice President, he’s held out against the pressures of an arranged marriage because he longs to marry for love, not duty. But he’s been promised to Colonel Liam Smith and there’s little he can do about it, no matter that Luca is secretly in love with his bodyguard, Marcus Gray.

When Luca finds himself pregnant with Marcus’s baby, Smith is furious and vows to take what is his—by force, if necessary. Now Luca must fight for his life and the life of his unborn child… as well as the love of Marcus and the happily ever after he’s always dreamed of.

Excerpt from Chapter Two:

Marcus rappelled off and stepped onto the ground with a crunch of his boots. Pointing at the opening with the askew ladder, he asked, “Don’t tell me you seriously considered climbing down this way.”

Luca shrugged. “I’d have preferred spontaneous levitation, but it didn’t happen.”

He yelped when Marcus put an arm around his torso and lifted him to his feet, as if he weighed nothing. “Hey!”

Marcus silenced him with a glare, and Luca gritted his teeth while Marcus thumped dust off his clothes. “Your father is livid.”

Luca swallowed. He’d expected worried, maybe a bit mad, but livid? His father never got furious at him. Not for long, anyway. Being the baby of the family had its perks. “Why?”

Why? Seriously, Luca, you have to ask why?” Marcus patted Luca’s behind more firmly than was strictly necessary.

Luca shifted, trying to get away from Marcus’s arm. When that didn’t help, he slapped Marcus’s hands away and stepped aside. He couldn’t think when he was so close to Marcus—when the man touched him, he sent shivers up and down his spine. He ignored the glower Marcus directed at him. “Yes, seriously. He knows I don’t want to marry Smith. I don’t want anything to do with all that shit. I want to decide what I’m going to do with my life.”

Marcus shook his head. “Smith is a good man. My brother Kyle worked for him. He said he always treated his people well. If you want I could try to get Kyle on the phone so you can talk to him. That is, if I can get a hold on him. Trust me, you’ll be in good hands.”

“You don’t get it! I don’t want to be in good hands!”

“No?” Marcus raised an eyebrow.

Luca huffed, a small smile forming on his lips. “Well, yes, of course I want to be in good hands. But I want someone to love me, and not just for my ability to become pregnant. I want… you.”

Luca’s heart thundered in his rib cage. There, he’d said it. The ball was in Marcus’s court. Sure, it had only been one night, and Marcus’s reaction afterward hadn’t been promising, but maybe he’d just been scared? Maybe he feared to lose his job? Nonetheless, there was more going on between them, and they both knew it. That one night had just been the last logical step. Luca regretted nothing.

For a moment Marcus seemed startled, and there was a softness in his eyes that was solely reserved for Luca. The softness vanished too quickly for Luca’s liking.

Instead, Luca was greeted with Marcus’s usual, scrutinizing gaze. “You don’t want me, and you better never mention this again. It was a mistake. Now get it out of your head and be a good boy.”

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 Meet the author:

Chris T. Kat lives in the middle of Europe, where she shares a house with her husband of many years and their two children. She stumbled upon the M/M genre by luck and was swiftly drawn into it. She divides her time between work, her family—which includes chasing after escaping horses and lugging around huge instruments such as a harp—and writing. She enjoys a variety of genres, such as mystery/suspense, paranormal, and romance. If there’s any spare time, she happily reads for hours, listens to audiobooks or does cross stitch.

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Our Thoughts:

Sometime I just can’t help myself, I fall all over a sweet story about men fighting for their partner and child. This is that one time. Mending the Rift captivated me from the opening scene. Luca is quite the handful for his parents. He’s a rare Breeder, capable of conceiving and bearing children. That makes him valuable and worth protecting.

After a third world war, biological warfare, and some seriously devastating effects, the world is trying to recover from all the harm it inflicted on the environment and it’s people. The population was almost decimated but with the help of Breeders, they’re recovering, or at least the Northern Confederacy is. The Southern Union is antiquated in its approach and it’s resulted in staggering losses.

Luca will be married off to a suitable spouse. Someone vetted and chosen for him. Luca wants Marcus, his bodyguard not someone chosen for him. This one desire, a meddling dad and some preemptive procedures set Luca and Marcus on a path of difficulty but also bliss.

What I loved about Luca was his resolve to take on his pregnancy with an open heart and mind (once he knew who the daddy truly was). He was sassy and challenging but always concerned for his baby. The epitome of a glowing parent to be, he was an emotional mess and that made him endearing. It’s the one time when excessive crying was attractive for a guy and not a turn off. Hormonal mess for the win!

While trying to navigate his first pregnancy, Luca is also trying to come to terms with his place in his world as a Breeder. He’s always had mixed feeling about his status and what it signifies.

Marcus is a rock. There for Luca, understanding and encouraging but also fiercely protective. Given the rare opportunity to love and marry a Breeder, he’s determined to protect Luca from harm and cherish what he brought to their relationship. Marcus knows the importance of being Luca’s husband and father to their children.

The turmoil of the world trickled down to Luca and Marcus. Their path isn’t easy and the threat is very real. In one pregnancy term, we witness how stressful it all is and how hard they have to fight to be together and have their child.

This book just gave me happy feels! The suspense was perfectly timed and balanced the emotional aspect in Mending the Rift. I could read several books all centered around Luca and his pregnancy follies. Or, even better, raising a head strong, spirited child. A great world to revisit, if ever in the authors plans.

RATING: STILETTOS!!

Tour Dates & Stops:

14-Mar

The Novel Approach, Alpha Book Club, Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words, Book Lovers 4Ever, Elisa – My Reviews and Ramblings, Caraway Carter, Gay Media Reviews

15-Mar

Nephy Hart, Joyfully Jay, Carly’s Book Reviews, Wicked Faerie’s Tales and Reviews, A.M. Leibowitz

16-Mar

Love Bytes, TTC Books and More, Havan Fellows, Jessie G. Books, Unquietly Me, MM Good Book Reviews

17-Mar

Prism Book Alliance, The Blogger Girls, V’s Reads, Divine Magazine

18-Mar

Molly Lolly, KathyMac Reviews, Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents, Man2ManTastic, My Fiction Nook, 3 Chicks After Dark, Bayou Book Junkie, Hearts on Fire, Inked Rainbow Reads

 

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Darkness Eternal (Refuge Inc. #5) by Leslie Lee Sanders

Darkness Eternal (Refuge Inc. #5) by Leslie Lee Sanders
A standalone in the Refuge Inc. series
Released: 1 March 2016
Published: LLS Books
Pages: 165 Pages

Blurb:

As above, so below, except when referring to the underground Refuge Inc. compound.

A century after an asteroid impact and merely fifteen years after a second collision that turned the world into a noxious wasteland, Cadet Connor Nichols and other Refuge facility residents are making the most of their spherical underground utopia they call home.

But when a breach threatens to poison the occupants with toxic air, Connor is forced to make life-altering decisions in an attempt to save lives and his only home. With help from best friend and training partner, Vince Moore, he’s reminded that good leadership requires responsibility.

His struggle intensifies as everything he knows about the facility, the leaders, and himself becomes twisted, distorted, and turned into the unimaginable when his efforts exposes shocking secrets that threaten their future.

*A standalone in the Refuge Inc. series

Author website: http://leslieleesanders.com

Author Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/LeslieLeeSanders

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01A00QBCU

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Our Thoughts:

Darkness Eternal is a dystopian, science fiction story about a group of people living underground in a sphere. A big event forced them into this pod of life with its multiple levels.

Unfortunately, their leader started to feel the need to be the ultimate decision maker in everything. Anyone who disagreed with him would be sent on missions sure to result in death. He was selective in his choices for who entered the sphere from the beginning. No couples could conceive and the young were raised in the manner that Dr. Randolph felt best served his purpose.

It isn’t until two cadets, Vince and Connor, that Dr. Randolph’s  perfect society begins to falter. One fated mission put them on the path of truth. Randolph, Vince’s dad, has been manipulating everyone and left hundreds to die. Now the two cadets and the people left behind must do what they can to stop the course Randolph has set into motion. All before he collapses the whole sphere that provides their safety and every need.

The suspenseful element was written really well. We don’t know how things will proceed or turn out. It’s like we’re stepping through everything right alongside Connor. His descriptions are vivid and his thoughts are clear. Connor is a bit naïve because of the way he was raised and manipulated. I felt this brought a lot of interest to the story. It’s like we’re all experiencing what is happening at the same time as Connor. Only a few really know the truth and they’ve been exiled. Now, transparency is real.

Vince was a strong man. His feelings for Connor had been suppressed by his father and their societies silly rules against same-sex relationships. Seeing these two fight their urges and then eventually give in was sweet and a nice side to the main action. Tamara, their friend and fellow cadet, brought a great attitude and a sharp tongue. She was the perfect relief at the right moment. Whether it was words or wisdom, sass or concern she was always there with perfect timing and her loyalty was strong.

Overall, the world building was just right for this story. Just enough to know what was going on, but not an information dump. I found this to be an interesting story of survival, hope, and potential for a better world.

RATING: BAD ASS BOOTS!

COVER REVEAL: Mending the Rift by Chris T. Kat

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Mending the Rift by Chris T. Kat
Release Date: March 14, 2016
Pages or Words: 68,000 words
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: AngstyG
Categories: M/M Romance, Science Fiction, MPREG

Blurb:

In a future where man’s ability to reproduce is severely compromised, humanity has adapted to survive. Breeders—male and female—have become precious commodities, and they are strictly guarded and subject to limitations.

Luca Walker is a breeder. Though he knows what’s expected of him as the youngest son of the Northern Confederacy’s Vice President, he’s held out against the pressures of an arranged marriage because he longs to marry for love, not duty. But he’s been promised to Colonel Liam Smith and there’s little he can do about it, no matter that Luca is secretly in love with his bodyguard, Marcus Gray.

When Luca finds himself pregnant with Marcus’s baby, Smith is furious and vows to take what is his—by force, if necessary. Now Luca must fight for his life and the life of his unborn child… as well as the love of Marcus and the happily ever after he’s always dreamed of.

Finally, the cover reveal!!

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Excerpt from Chapter Two:

Marcus rappelled off and stepped onto the ground with a crunch of his boots. Pointing at the opening with the askew ladder, he asked, “Don’t tell me you seriously considered climbing down this way.”

Luca shrugged. “I’d have preferred spontaneous levitation, but it didn’t happen.”

He yelped when Marcus put an arm around his torso and lifted him to his feet, as if he weighed nothing. “Hey!”

Marcus silenced him with a glare, and Luca gritted his teeth while Marcus thumped dust off his clothes. “Your father is livid.”

Luca swallowed. He’d expected worried, maybe a bit mad, but livid? His father never got furious at him. Not for long, anyway. Being the baby of the family had its perks. “Why?”

Why? Seriously, Luca, you have to ask why?” Marcus patted Luca’s behind more firmly than was strictly necessary.

Luca shifted, trying to get away from Marcus’s arm. When that didn’t help, he slapped Marcus’s hands away and stepped aside. He couldn’t think when he was so close to Marcus—when the man touched him, he sent shivers up and down his spine. He ignored the glower Marcus directed at him. “Yes, seriously. He knows I don’t want to marry Smith. I don’t want anything to do with all that shit. I want to decide what I’m going to do with my life.”

Marcus shook his head. “Smith is a good man. My brother Kyle worked for him. He said he always treated his people well. If you want I could try to get Kyle on the phone so you can talk to him. That is, if I can get a hold on him. Trust me, you’ll be in good hands.”

“You don’t get it! I don’t want to be in good hands!”

“No?” Marcus raised an eyebrow.

Luca huffed, a small smile forming on his lips. “Well, yes, of course I want to be in good hands. But I want someone to love me, and not just for my ability to become pregnant. I want… you.”

Luca’s heart thundered in his rib cage. There, he’d said it. The ball was in Marcus’s court. Sure, it had only been one night, and Marcus’s reaction afterward hadn’t been promising, but maybe he’d just been scared? Maybe he feared to lose his job? Nonetheless, there was more going on between them, and they both knew it. That one night had just been the last logical step. Luca regretted nothing.

For a moment Marcus seemed startled, and there was a softness in his eyes that was solely reserved for Luca. The softness vanished too quickly for Luca’s liking.

Instead, Luca was greeted with Marcus’s usual, scrutinizing gaze. “You don’t want me, and you better never mention this again. It was a mistake. Now get it out of your head and be a good boy.”

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Meet the author:

Chris T. Kat lives in the middle of Europe, where she shares a house with her husband of many years and their two children. She stumbled upon the M/M genre by luck and was swiftly drawn into it. She divides her time between work, her family—which includes chasing after escaping horses and lugging around huge instruments such as a harp—and writing. She enjoys a variety of genres, such as mystery/suspense, paranormal, and romance. If there’s any spare time, she happily reads for hours, listens to audiobooks or does cross stitch.

Twitter  •  Goodreads  •  Blog  •  Amazon Author Page

Tour Dates & Stops:

January 15, 2016

Parker Williams, Divine Magazine, Love Bytes, My Fiction Nook, Bayou Book Junkie, Full Moon Dreaming, A.M. Leibowitz, Wicked Faerie’s Tales and Reviews, Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words, Rainbow Gold Reviews, Man2ManTastic, BFD Book Blog, V’s Reads, The Blogger Girls, Molly Lolly, 3 Chicks After Dark, Louise Lyons, Mikky’s World of Books, MM Good Book Reviews, Alpha Book Club, Bonkers About Books, Bending the Bookshelf, Nephy Hart, Dawn’s Reading Nook, Velvet Panic, The Hat Party

 

 

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