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REVIEW TOUR: Fool’s Gold by Sarah Madison

Welcome to our stop on Sarah Madison’s review tour for her latest book, Fool’s Gold. This is one sweet romance you won’t want to miss!

ABOUT THE BOOK:

 
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Eight years ago, Jake Stanford had it all: a spot on the U.S. Olympic Equestrian Team and the love of his life, Rich Evans. A tragic accident wipes out everything in the blink of an eye. Hard work and sacrifice get him another shot at Olympic Gold, but only if he puts his past behind him and agrees to work with Rich again.

Bound by secrets he cannot share, Rich was forced to give up Jake eight years ago. Now he has a second chance to help Jake realize his dreams. But the secrets that drove them apart haven’t changed, and Rich must face them or risk losing Jake forever.

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Release Date: July 29 2016
 
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OUR THOUGHTS:

There is something compelling about the outstanding style and delivery of Sarah Madison. Her characters are complex and well developed, and they demand your attention. In this heartbreaking tale of young love and the struggle to find acceptance, even Jake’s overbearing, wealthy father grabs the reader’s attention with his misplaced overprotectiveness and homophobia. At the basis of it all is love and the confusion that surrounds navigating life.  As many readers know, life’s never easy and it’s often messy. The same is true for Jake and Rich.

Jake and Rich are two guys who are young and in love until a tragic accident forces Rich to make a tough decision. Fast forward eight years – they’re thrown together again in their beloved world of horseback riding. What starts out awkward soon begins to seem like old times. Or does it? In this sweet, smoldering romance Sarah Madison reminds us that you cannot change the past but you can overcome it.

RATING: STILETTOS

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Sarah Madison is a writer with a little dog, a large dog, an even bigger horse, too many cats, and a very patient boyfriend. An amateur photographer and a former competitor in the horse sport known as eventing, when she’s not out hiking with the dogs or down at the stables, she’s at the laptop working on her next story. When she’s in the middle of a chapter, she relies on the smoke detector to tell her dinner is ready. She writes because it’s cheaper than therapy.

Sarah Madison was a finalist in the 2013 and 2015 Rainbow Awards. The Boys of Summer won Best M/M Romance in the 2013 PRG Reviewer’s Choice Awards. The Sixth Sense series was voted 2 nd place in the 2014 PRG Reviewer’s Choice Awards for Best M/M Mystery series, and 3 rd place in the 2105 PGR Reviewer’s Choice Awards for Best M/M Paranormal/Urban Fantasy series.

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BLOG TOUR & GUEST POST: Walk a Mile (The Sixth Sense #2) by Sarah Madison

Today we’re thrilled to welcome Sarah Madison to 3 Chicks After Dark as part of her blog tour for Walk a Mile, Book Two of The Sixth Sense series, from Dreamspinner Press. While we’ve got her here, we asked her to share with us her favorite paranormal element and why she loves it. Check out what she has to say, and be sure to enter the giveaway! Welcome, Sarah!

Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!
by Sarah Madison

I’ve been asked what is my favorite paranormal element and why. I had to grin because I don’t think it will come to any surprise to anyone who knows me that I would chose shape-shifting! I love the infinite variety of forms this kind of story-telling can take, and the inventiveness of fellow authors as they weave tales about people who can change into wolves and tigers, otters and possums, and everything in between!

From the standpoint of a writer, I love being able to draw on my own observations and personal experiences in working with animals to bring realistic portrayals to my stories. I enjoy painting pictures with words, so I want you to be able to see clearly the needle-sharp teeth and little pink tongue of the cat that yawns, or recognize a canine behavior when you read about it in my story. I also love the idea that the form of the animal you take can determine other dynamics within the story: pack politics, and how you interact with others. I like the idea that you can take on the characteristics of your animal form—that you can experience the strength and power of the bear, or the speed and hunger of the wolf. That you can live in a world more of the sense of hearing and smell, and less of paying bills or surfing the Internet.

I think there are so many stories out there to be told. I want to read stories about less common-shifters. Maybe these characters don’t feel that they are special because they aren’t lions or tigers or bears. Maybe they feel like their gifts are useless until they are put to the test. Writers are all shifters in one form or another, and there is room for all our stories out there.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

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Cover Artist: Paul Richmond

Six months after starting their hunt for a serial killer who is still at large, FBI agents Jerry Lee Parker and John Flynn are partners in every sense. But Jerry has serious doubts about their relationship and whether they would even be together if not for the way Flynn changed after touching a mysterious artifact in a museum.

Flynn hates the extraordinary power bestowed on him by the artifact and wants nothing more than to have a normal life again. Jerry fears that without the unusual connection they forged, Flynn will no longer want or need him. Chasing after a similar artifact takes them back to Flynn’s old stomping grounds in Washington D.C., where his newfound abilities uncover long-buried secrets, the kind people would kill to protect. But they aren’t the only ones looking for these powerful relics, and what they discover will threaten their relationship—and their lives.

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EXCERPT:

Jerry returned his attention to the tableau unfolding in the aisle. Flynn was making his way casually toward Jerry; he yawned, taking his time. 15-A hesitated; Jerry could see that he had stepped into the aisle, but was thinking of sitting back down again. Just then, the door to the toilet opened and the toddler came out into the aisle. Picking up on the air of tension, the child immediately started to wail.

15-A snapped like a wire stretched beyond its tensile strength. Whipping off his sunglasses, he reached into the pocket of his hoodie and pulled out a glass vial. Holding it up high over his head for everyone to see, he shouted, “Everybody stay where you are!”

People glanced up and turned around in their seats, startled and immediately alarmed. 15-A looked around sharply, making sure that no one was trying to rush him. Several people had started halfway up out of their seats to see what was going on; Jerry knew they were remembering United Flight 93.

15-a moved his hand in a broad semi-circle so that everyone could see the vial tucked in his palm. “I have Sarin!” he announced. “If anyone moves, I break the vial. Someone make that child shut up!”

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Sarah Madison is a veterinarian with a big dog, an even bigger horse, too many cats, and a very patient boyfriend. She is a terrible cook, and concedes that her life would be easier if Purina made People Chow. She writes because it is cheaper than therapy.

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REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: The Boys of Summer by Sarah Madison

Boys of Summer CoverRelease Date: April 14, 2013
Published by Sarah Madison
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David McIntyre has been enjoying the heck out of his current assignment: touring the Hawaiian Islands in search of the ideal shooting locations for a series of film company projects. What’s not to like? Stunning scenery, great food, sunny beaches…and a secret crush on his hot, ex-Air Force pilot, Rick Sutton.

Everything changes when a tropical storm and engine failure force a crash landing on a deserted atoll with a WWII listening post. Rick’s injuries, and a lack of food and water, make rescue imperative, but it takes an intensely vivid dream about the war to make David see that Rick is more than just a pilot to him. Will David gather his courage to confess his feelings to Rick—before it’s too late?

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Our Thoughts:
I was absolutely hooked from the beginning by Madison’s writing style. Maybe that sounds crazy, but it was easy for me to lose myself in the words and the vivid images she created. Also you can’t go wrong with ogling a hot pilot. That was an excellent way to get things started. ;)

This story is an action packed adventure set in beautiful Hawaii. The circumstances under which David finds himself in Rick’s plane are simple – he’s scouting out locations for future Hollywood film projects. When a tropical storm rolls in turning one of his routine scouting missions tragic, Rick’s forced to land anywhere he can find.

In David and Rick, Sarah Madison has created genuine, relatable, and likable characters. I enjoyed their wit and banter as well as sharing their inside jokes. Their depth of character is remarkable. You couldn’t find two more different guys thrust together in a situation that will irrevocably bind them. What Rick and David experience together is life-changing; there’s no way they can survive the island and come out  on the other side unaffected. It’s human nature to band together in times of crisis, and these guys form a bond that’s undeniable. The depth of their connection is almost indescribable yet very tangible – the reader almost realizes it before they do.

To be honest I was a little confused at first as to why this story was labeled a World War II era historical – these guys are clearly in the present day. I mean, David has a tablet and all kinds of modern technology, so it was pretty obviously not the 1940’s.  I wondered if it might be told in flashbacks or with time travel, both techniques authors use to infuse historical elements into contemporary stories. I was dead wrong on both  – Madison uses a dream sequence to tie our modern day heroes to an exciting World War II past.

At first I was a little thrown by the dream sequence and not sure how it would further their story. How much could we really learn from something that didn’t directly impact the present?  It’s not like either of these guys actually lived during WWII, making it almost seem like a story within a story. Many of the characters are major players in the dream, and I found it very clever the way Madison incorporated them. However it wasn’t just characters that made crucial appearances, but also significant objects. (The identity disk poem will probably haunt me for quite some time. :)) For me the dream is a depiction of David’s vulnerability and fears. It illustrates his feelings for Rick, even those that may yet be unacknowledged. By the time the sequence ended, I was in tears and found myself struggling to shift back to the story in the present. The dream characters were so REAL, and the were IN LOVE. I was only a tiny bit frustrated that their present day counterparts didn’t just fall in line. Not to mention I was a little wary Madison would play a cruel trick and it would turn out David had imagined the entire thing. I mean that’s how it happens in the movies, right? ;)

Ultimately this is a story about taking chances and never settling – whether it’s your personal or professional life. Life’s far too short to just accept your lot as anything less than satisfying. Both Rick and David find themselves pushed to pursue things beyond their comfort zone. Maybe this is a result of being through such a tragic event? Surviving a crash landing on a deserted island would certainly force you to face your mortality and potentially change your perspective and outlook on life.

I’m unsure if there’s a sequel to The Boys of Summer in the works, and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t hoping for one. Or two. ;) The way this ends leaves plenty of room for the reader to imagine where things go from here,  but I’d love the chance to see what Madison envisions for their future.

RATING: STILETTOS

 

Giveaway:
Sarah Madison has graciously donated one ebook copy of The Boys of Summer to be given away to a lucky reader! All you need to do is enter the Rafflecopter drawing below. Good luck!
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Want to learn more about Sarah Madison and find more of her stories? You can find her in any of the following places:

Her website: www.sarahmadisonfiction.com

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