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BOOK BLAST: Farm Fresh (Naked Organics #1) by Posy Roberts

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Farm Fresh by Posy Roberts
Release Date: January 28, 2016
Publisher: Labyrinth Bound Press
Pages or Words: 202 pages, 63,000 words
Cover Artist: Natasha Snow
Categories: Contemporary, Fiction, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Ménage/Poly, Romance

Blurb:

Jude Garrity visits the farmers market every Saturday. As an environmental engineering student, he’s curious about living off the grid and sustainable agriculture.

And one particular farmer.

Hudson Oliva has worked hard to support his commune, where queer people live without fear of harm or retribution. When Jude asks pointed questions about living there, Hudson realizes he needs to be honest about his home. Few people know what the farm is actually about, but Jude is insistent.

Jude moves to Kaleidoscope Gardens, however, his sexual hang-ups make it hard to adjust. He’s an uptight virgin living among people who have sex freely and with multiple partners. When Jude finally loosens up, Hudson is flooded with emotions. Falling for Jude wasn’t part of Hudson’s life plan. But when vindictive rumors about the commune begin to spread, love might be all he has left.

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Excerpt:

“You wanted to know where I’m from,” Hudson said. Jude nodded but remained tight-lipped. “I grew up north of Miami in a small city. I couldn’t wait to get out, so I tried to hitch a ride to Seattle. Didn’t get that far.”

“How far did you get?” Jude looked surprised as he asked, so Hudson reached out and pressed his palm to the center of Jude’s chest.

“About five miles away. I’ve been here ever since.”

“What made you run? I mean… maybe that’s too personal.”

Hudson coasted his hand over the slight swell of Jude’s pec and thumbed over his nipple, which stood at attention, pert and flushed, like his lips and cheeks. It was a good color on him.

“My parents sent me away to one of those ‘pray away the gay’ places, which obviously didn’t work, but it probably saved my life since my mom had to haul Papi off me when she told him why I needed to go there. He had so much pride, and having a gay son wasn’t something he could live with. It was as if me being gay made him gay. I was accosted by religion and hatred for who I was from that day until I left, so I became an expert at being secretive and learned to lie through my teeth while living with them. My eighteenth birthday Papi and I fought, and I ended up with another black eye. I packed a bag and snuck out of the house while they were sleeping.”

“Did they call the cops or anything?”

Hudson shook his head and knew his smile was pathetic. He still held hope he and his father could reconcile. He knew Papi would be proud of him and what he’d accomplished on the commune. “I left a note and eventually let them know my address, but in all the years, I’ve gotten one letter.”

“I’ve talked to my parents twice since I left, and both times left me feeling shredded inside.”

“I’m sorry.” Hudson scooted closer and pulled Jude into a tight embrace. The feel of Jude’s warm skin against his own had Hudson’s body responding in no time flat. He kissed Jude’s neck and the sharp line of his jaw. He thrust his fingers into Jude’s spun-gold hair and drew their mouths together.

Jude moved his lips, pressing chaste kisses to Hudson’s, and then he snaked his arm between their bodies. Jude splayed his fingers across Hudson’s chest and pushed him away. He hung his head, looking down at the mattress in what appeared to be shame.

Hudson took the sting out of the rejection by thumbing over Jude’s bottom lip, shiny with saliva. “You have a delectable mouth, like it’s made for kissing.”

Jude laughed. “So do you.” Then he bit his lip and made brief eye contact before scooting back a few inches.

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Meet the author:

Posy Roberts writes about the realistic struggles of men looking for love. Whether her characters are family men, drag queens, or lonely men searching for connections, they all find a home in her stories.

Posy is married to a man who makes sure she doesn’t forget to eat or sleep. Her daughter, a budding author and dedicated Whovian, helps her come up with character names. When Posy’s not writing, she enjoys crafting, hiking, and singing spontaneously about the mundane, just to make normal seem more interesting.

Where to find the author:

Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/posyroberts11/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/posyroberts

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/posyroberts/

 Our thoughts:

The unique content is what attracted me to Farm Fresh, that and Posy Roberts always delivers a compelling story. With Farm Fresh, I was eager to delve into a topic I’ve never read before in a fiction romance, communal living.

Jude has been drifting since leaving home and attending college.  He’s fast tracking his degree so he can get to the best part, the practical application. He’s all about reducing his carbon footprint and looking at inventive, environmentally friendly uses for crop growth. That’s how he meets Hudson, at a farmers market. Hudson is beautiful and charismatic. He also sells organic produce from the farm he lives at, Kaleidoscope Gardens. After months of talking, Jude finally asks about Kaleidoscope Gardens and Hudson answers honestly. It’s a commune. Living off the land, producing what they need to survive and experiencing free love in an open and accepting environment.

Jude is all about the idea of the commune, he just has a lot of baggage from his past. His parents were strong in their religious beliefs and that led to some extreme practices towards sex and masturbation. Living in a sexually free place should be liberating for Jude, as he hoped it would be, but it’s anything but.

All the people were so open and enlightening. I loved that aspect of the story. Molly, Freya, Leo and Charlie were phenomenal secondary characters that enriched the story and Jude’s experience at Kaleidoscope Gardens from the beginning. What surprised me was the turn Hudson took throughout the book. He starts off so nice and happy but he’s far from that after Jude’s arrival. The anger became a bit consuming before it was worked out. Again,  Leo, Molly and Freya were sharing words of wisdom and trying to help Hudson and Jude through this tough place.

Overall, I liked the book because is was so different from anything I’ve read. It made me look at communal living in a brighter perspective. Most conjure images of crazy, self-absorbed gurus with a suicide pact waiting in the wings. This commune was on the opposite end of that spectrum. I also enjoyed the natural way the members lived. Reducing their carbon footprint and just being pure and loving. That would be a refreshing way to live…. and love.

RATING: BAD ASS BOOTS!

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Bent Arrow by Posy Roberts

Bent ArrowReleased 3 September 2015

Published by Labyrinth Bound Press

Cover art by DJ Mack

Sales link: Amazon

Blurb:

Sometimes curves in the road take you right where you belong.

Luther Almond’s life working the Bakken oil field is perfect—short-lived jobs, temporary housing, and easy hookups. That’s one reason he won’t move home when he inherits the lake house. When Erik Heat bends over to fix Luther’s pipes, his tattoos hint he might be up for more than working on the drain. The last thing Luther expects is to want more from this guy than one night.

Every time they’re together, Luther is more grounded and Erik more confident. When the lake house demands attention, Luther asks for Erik’s help. There he imagines a more permanent life, one where he stops running. But he wants Erik by his side. Can he find the courage—and the words—to ask?

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Our thoughts:

I’ve read a few Posy Roberts books and what I’ve always loved was how emotionally charged they can be. Broken Arrow was a bit different from those I’ve previously read and that was an exciting change.

With Bent Arrow being a novella, the men hook up fairly quickly. Thinking it will just a be a one-off and moving on, but that’s not the case at all.

Luther works the Bakken oil fields. Tough work, long hours but decent pay. He’s really running from his family. Too worried and embarrassed to tell them he’s gay. The oil fields give him work, a place far from home and plenty of men to pass the time with.

Erik is a plumber, sent on a job at Luther’s place by chance. When Luther sees his tattoo, they start to flirt. That eventually leads to a hook-up. Erik is definitely running from something. He’s sweet, sensitive, kind and scared out of his mind. Luther isn’t sure why, but he’s determined to find out. Now, all Luther can think about is Erik and getting back together.

Now the commitments from his family, that have been thrust upon him, don’t seem as daunting. Erik eventually comes along with Luther to fix up that commitment. A house. Left to Luther by his grandma. Can he live that close to family and still live his life the way he wants, with another man?

Luther must decide what he really wants out of life. Erik knows, but Luther needs to catch up and get on the same page. Until then, they will be spinning their wheels and Luther just might spin away and out of control.

An enjoyable read from start to finish. No assumptions, no rules, no playing. Just truth. What can be and what just might be too far out of reach. A player becomes the gentle, committed soul. The tortured becomes the cherished. Seriously a good read, make time for Posy Roberts, her books are always a treat.

RATING: BAD ASS BOOTS!!

Silver Scars by Posy Roberts

Silver ScarsReleased 22 June 2015

Published by Labyrinth Bound Press

Cover Artist: Natasha Snow

Blurb:

A bomb destroyed high-powered lawyer Gil Lemieux’s seemingly perfect life, and PTSD has ruled every decision since the explosion that left him scarred inside and outside. Moving home with his mom is meant to be a temporary measure, just like proofreading for a medical institution is only meant to be a stopgap. But two years after taking on the wrong court case, he’s still living in fear.

Keith Kramer might be based 1,500 miles away from Gil, but their shared work brings them together—a chance meeting that’s life-changing. Gil is drawn to Keith’s good looks and intelligence, but it’s his innate understanding that Gil is more than the scars on his skin that is truly attractive. He’s everything Gil used to be and more. It blows Gil’s mind that his attraction might be returned.

Only doubt could widen the distance between them. Keith’s hopefulness, borne out of surviving some tough challenges of his own, isn’t enough to bridge the distance alone. Gil will need to believe he has as much to offer as Keith if they’re to build a life together.

Sales Links: Amazon • All Romance eBooks

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Our thoughts:

I’ve read one other book by Posy Roberts, Tangled Minds. The complexity of the feelings within that book is what propelled me to read Silver Scars. If it had a fraction of the intensity of Tangled Minds I knew I would love the story. Well folks, I was blown away. Literally could not put this book down no matter how intense or sad it became and believe me, it was both.

Gil was a victim of a trauma. A disgruntled parent from one of his court cases decided to seek revenge for his poor choices and Gil was the brunt of his rage. A rage that took from him his life. Everything he was, gone. His looks, his sanity, his freedom, peace of mind, relaxation, career, independence. All gone in a blink. Now, Gil is trying to cope, with the help of his mother and a very determined psychotherapists. He’s working as a copy editor and his job takes him to the company’s home base (away from Arizona to Wisconsin).

While on his little trip outside his comfort zone, Gil meets Keith. What a meeting it is! Keith is a strong personality. Very personable and dapper. He finds Gil attractive and the feeling is mutual. They have a great evening and that turns into an extended night. They find out that they’re both scarred in different way, for different reasons. Both have suffered and been dealt a bad hand in life. Keith has moved past the worst of his trauma and he’s able to help Gil. Thus begins their long and successful long distance relationship.

While apart they use Skype and phone conversations to really get to know each other. To show support, encourage and help each other. They even have some kinky fun with it. Before they know it, they’re ready to make this relationship more. But they’re both struggling and broken. Gil with his severe PTSD and Keith with a leg injury that’s becoming worse.

Posy Roberts manages to capture the raw emotion these men would have while navigating such tragic circumstances. I longed to see these two happy and together. Once together, I longed for them to click and work and stay together. These two had something unique. A special understanding of each other that firmly deepened their love and commitment to each other. I enjoyed watching the happy times but also marveled at how they could be strong for each other when the chips were down.

Overall, this was a beautiful story of overcoming obstacles and doubt. Working through suffering and trauma to find themselves, their strength and with that an everlasting love. Beautiful steps from start to finish. Bring tissues because this one made the tears fall a few times.

RATING: STILETTOS ALL THE WAY!!

BLOG TOUR and GUEST POST: Silver Scars by Posy Roberts

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Silver Scars by Posy Roberts
Release Date: June 22, 2015
Publisher: Labyrinth Bound Press
Cover Artist: Natasha Snow
Word Count: 86,700 words
Categories: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Romance

We welcome author Posy Roberts to 3 Chicks After Dark! She’s here to share insight on Gil, the main protagonist in her new release, Silver Scars. We appreciate Posy’s openness on the topic of PTSD and how it molded the pages of Silver Scars. Thanks, Posy!

From Posy Roberts:

In Silver Scars, the main character, Gil Lemieux, suffers from Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. For those of you unfamiliar with PTSD, it’s what was originally called Shell Shock, the condition WWI soldiers often came home with. The term PTSD didn’t come about until the ’80s, though many other terms have been used over the years.

But PTSD isn’t a disorder only experienced by soldiers. People who have experienced trauma in the form of stress events, sexual assault, threats to their life, or even witnessing accidents can be affected.

I’ve experienced PTSD myself, after being raped. Prior to that, I was a brash, bold college student who didn’t give a second thought about walking across campus alone at eleven at night. After, I was very different. Walking on campus during the day with numerous people around could freak me out. I scanned every place I went, refused to sit with my back to the door, startled easily, and eventually had flashbacks.

When it came to writing about Gil’s experiences with PTSD, I researched deeper so his experience was not my own. He would react to his fears in a much different way than I did because he was a different person, so I dug into the psychology literature.

Some days writing about Gil was very easy and natural. Other days it was hard to even open my file. It took me months to write this story, and I was very insecure about it at first. Now that it’s out there, I realize that was because I felt exposed in a way I’ve never felt with a book before.

I’m very protective of Gil. He’s an extraordinarily strong man who doubts himself at every turn because of what that bomb stole from him. His entire past—career, confidence, friendships, haven, love life—is untouchable now. He has no hope for his future. He lives with his mother, can’t work as a lawyer anymore—which was part of his identity—and he reacts violently to touch, stagnating his love life.

Writing about someone so hopeless at the start of the book ended up influencing how it was written. I tried writing in third person, past tense like other books I’ve written. Nope. Gil refused and demanded first person. Okay. I could do that. I enjoy writing in first person. But Gil wasn’t happy with that either.

When I finally started listening to all he was saying, I was writing in first person, present tense. Gil was too afraid to look back and too afraid to look forward. The only moment he could think about was right this second, and he was so inside his own head—as a way to protect himself from all he feared—first person was the only way he was willing to talk to me.

Gil’s PTSD and anxiety truly changed how this story was written. I’m glad I listened to him, because words started to pour out of me once I did.

Blurb:

A bomb destroyed high-powered lawyer Gil Lemieux’s seemingly perfect life, and PTSD has ruled every decision since the explosion that left him scarred inside and outside. Moving home with his mom is meant to be a temporary measure, just like proofreading for a medical institution is only meant to be a stopgap. But two years after taking on the wrong court case, he’s still living in fear.

Keith Kramer might be based 1,500 miles away from Gil, but their shared work brings them together—a chance meeting that’s life-changing. Gil is drawn to Keith’s good looks and intelligence, but it’s his innate understanding that Gil is more than the scars on his skin that is truly attractive. He’s everything Gil used to be and more. It blows Gil’s mind that his attraction might be returned.

Only doubt could widen the distance between them. Keith’s hopefulness, borne out of surviving some tough challenges of his own, isn’t enough to bridge the distance alone. Gil will need to believe he has as much to offer as Keith if they’re to build a life together.

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Sales Links: Amazon • All Romance eBooks

Meet the author:

Posy Roberts writes about romantic male love. Whether these characters are family men, drag queens, or lonely men searching for connections, they all find a home in her stories.
Posy is married to a man who makes sure she doesn’t forget to eat or sleep; her daughter, a budding author and dedicated Whovian, helps her come up with character names. When Posy’s not writing, she enjoys crafting, hiking, and singing spontaneously about the mundane, just to make normal seem more interesting.

Where to find the author:

Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/posyroberts11
Twitter: https://twitter.com/PosyRoberts
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/posyroberts/
Facebook Author Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/757618490928296/
Website: http://posyroberts.com/

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