Thursday, February 25, 2016

#BookTour NSFW #Excerpt - Slash Op by @JennaJohanis #SciFi #MMRomance #gayrom #giveaway

Please welcome J. Johanis to the blog. We're thrilled to share an exclusive excerpt from her upcoming release, Slash Op with you. It's a NSFW hottie excerpt, so sit back and hold on!

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I’m getting ready to release Slash Op, the second book in my Toy Soldier Series. Here is an exclusive excerpt and the first that I’ve released. This scene takes place in a gay bar on Fort Hood.

If you haven't already claimed your free copy of the first book in this series, you can find the Drago Star download on my website or click here: MOBI/ EPUB/ PDF

Slash OP: Exclusive Excerpt

 “I want your cock!” Cutie said and dropped to his knees.

Gideon stared down at him, his heart beating out of his chest. He’d never done something this daring. They were still on a military base. He was an officer, and for all he knew, the guy kneeling before him could be a private. Before Gideon could change his mind, Cutie opened Gideon’s fly, freeing his cock, and took the head in his mouth.

“Ah… fuck,” Gideon said as his face flushed. He closed his eyes, loving the feeling of the soft lips sliding up and down his shaft. Maybe he wasn’t broken. Maybe he just needed the right guy to come along. He fisted his hand in the twink’s blond curls just as two men walked into the dark hallway. Gideon’s heart leapt and he froze, but the men took no notice of him. When the men had passed, Gideon took a deep breath and pressed his forehead to the wall. His cock had flagged and was growing limp. Gritting his teeth, he pulled his dick out and shoved it back into his jeans.

“Hey, what’s up?” Cutie asked, wrapping his arms around Gideon’s waist. “Did I do something wrong?”

“No, it’s just… I don’t know.” Gideon’s face was on fire. He wanted to get the fuck out of there.

“Oh… well, it’s okay,” he said, rising to his feet. “You know, we can still have fun.” He reached into the front pocket of his jeans and pulled out a small bag of white pills. “I’ve got P. It only takes half a pill, you’ll be harder than…”

Gideon’s eyes grew wide as he stared at the bag of Persuasion. Memories of Stella injecting him with the drug flashed through his head.

Gideon snapped and slammed the twink into the wall. “Get that fucking shit away from me!” Gideon grabbed the pills out of his hand and threw them down the hall. He wanted badly to smack him for being so stupid. Before he did something he’d regret, Gideon stepped back and stormed away.

Blinded by his fury, he stopped by the edge of the dance floor to catch his breath. Laser lights crisscrossed the dance floor while men gyrated against each other to the music. Gideon leaned his back against the wall, sank down, and buried his face in his hands. Tears stung his eyes. Why was he even there? Did he think by returning to Fort Hood that things would change? He was fucked up. Ever since Drago fucked him, the only thing that ever made him come was thinking about Drago. Gideon wasn’t sure how many times he’d dreamt of being laid out naked before Drago—how many times he’d come while reliving the weight of the dragon crushing down on him and his cock ripping through him.

Gideon rubbed his hand along the tightening bulge in his jeans and gritted his teeth. A half-naked twink, begging to be fucked, couldn’t keep his interest, yet one thought of being ravaged by Drago had his cock ready to burst. He wanted to punch something, anything to vent his frustration. He wanted to beat the hell out of Drago for what he had done to him.

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Slash Op (Toy Soldier, #2)
J. Johanis
Title: Slash OP
Series: Toy Soldier #2
Author: J. Johanis
Publisher:  Self-Published
Length: 95 pages
Release Date:  February 29, 2016
Genre:  M/M Dark Erotica, M/M Sci-fi

The White House has ordered the execution of a highly sensitive covert operation in dragon-occupied territory. Though a Slash Op has a zero percent survival rate, the commanding general is forced to enlist his most prized officer for the task.

Major Gideon is embarking on his first mission in the dragon district. Yet Gideon has hardly recovered from all that Drago made him endure. For the past three months, Gideon has been plagued with dreams of dragons terrorizing him, but his dreams have gradually turned into sexual fantasies. Despite coming to terms with his longing to have Drago in bed, Gideon cannot suppress his desire to beat Drago’s face in. When Gideon is called for a mission in the most dangerous district on Earth, what freaks him out the most is the prospect of seeing Drago again.

Content Advisory: Graphic violence, dragon sex, & non-con.

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J. Johanis writes m/m dark erotica and enjoys creating worlds that are myth-based or futuristic.
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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

#BookTour - Tall Order by @IrenePreston $25 GiftCard #GiveAway #Excerpt #MMRomance #gayromance

Welcome to the Tall Order Book Tour

Author Irene Preston has graciously given us a special excerpt from Tall Order and is doing a GiveAway for $25 Gift Card. Be sure to check out the Rafflecopter below!

You can read Lisa and OJ's, Gay Guy Straight Girl Review of Tall Order here.

Tall Order Blurb

Chef Dylan Trevino screwed up bad, and he knows it. When he left Austin, his job, and his boyfriend behind, Dylan was confident Aston would follow him to New York. Now he’s back home and working for the worst caterer in town just to pay the rent. Being head chef at a party thrown by a famous rocker doesn’t make up for serving bland tacos while dressed like a dime-store cowboy. Thank god his ex can’t see him now.

Aston Winkler’s steampunk guitar mods are all the rage with musicians and he’s got invites to every hot party in town. Too bad he’d rather be listening to garage bands than networking in a penthouse. From his 6’7” vantage point, Aston has no problem spotting Dylan at the crowded SXSW party. Getting his boyfriend back? That’s a tall order.

Release Date: February 16, 2016
Contact: Irene Preston (
ISBN: 978-0-9968099-1-7
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Excerpt 1 from Tall Order by Irene Preston:

“Hello, Dylan.”

Dylan closed his eyes at the unfairness of the whole fucked up night. Damn, damn, damn. The sound of his name on Win’s lips still made him weak at the knees. It made him want to punch the asshole in the other room and anyone else who’d touched Win while he was gone. It made him want to take Win home, and take him to bed, and remind him they belonged to each other. Dylan and no one else took care of Win. Unfortunately, none of that was possible, and it was all his fault.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Gay Guy Straight Girl #BookReview - Tall Order by @IrenePreston #MMRomance #GayRomance

Tall Order
By Irene Preston

Lisa's Rating - 3.5 Stars
OJ's Rating - 3.8 Stars

Release Date: February 16, 2016
ISBN: 978-0-9968099-1-7
74 pages
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Chef Dylan Trevino screwed up bad, and he knows it. When he left Austin, his job, and his boyfriend behind, Dylan was confident Aston would follow him to New York. Now he’s back home and working for the worst caterer in town just to pay the rent. Being head chef at a party thrown by a famous rocker doesn’t make up for serving bland tacos while dressed like a dime-store cowboy. Thank god his ex can’t see him now.

Aston Winkler’s steampunk guitar mods are all the rage with musicians and he’s got invites to every hot party in town. Too bad he’d rather be listening to garage bands than networking in a penthouse. From his 6’7” vantage point, Aston has no problem spotting Dylan at the crowded SXSW party. Getting his boyfriend back? That’s a tall order.

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About Our Gay Guy/Straight Girl (GGSG) Reviews

~I’ll show you mine if you show me yours~
This isn’t a buddy read. Our co-reviews are done on a blind basis. We both choose the book we want to read, but from there on out we don’t discuss any of our thoughts before the review is live.  We think it’s more fun this way and we won’t influence each other.

Three Questions
We’ll form 3 questions for each other during our read to be answered in the comments below the review. Please feel free to join in our discussion, we’re always happy to know what you think.

Lisa Arbitrary

Well this was delightful little morsel. A story of second
chances and growing up and realizing a perfect life isn’t always the most
glamorous.  Set in Austin, Texas amid Win’s
art, Dylan’s culinary debacle, and the SXSW scene, I’m betting by the end of
the first chapter you’ll be craving more.


Here I was, minding my own beeswax, reading happily away at a yet to be reviewed book, when Lisa says: Hey, I got this here book, you wanna do a GG/SG? I read the blurb and thought, hmmm… OK. Little did I realize this would be such an enjoyable, delectable morsel, this book did not fail to excite my literary taste buds, tickle my reading palate, make me cry as if cutting up fresh, savory onions, and satisfy my M/M sweet tooth. Here’s the spicy SXSW results – oh, yeah, it’s got some cayenne kick to it, too.

PS: My inner gear head rejoiced over Izzie, the Isetta, and of all things a Jeep Wagoneer! Like red meat to a gear head!
Personal Tags: Foodies, Food, Geeks, Chefs, Hot Sex, Hot Angst, Betrayal, Collectible Cars; Tall Dudes; Indie Rock; SXSW; Hipster



Aston Winkler (Win) - A 6’ 7” nerdy creampuff! I just ate Win up and could totally
go for seconds. Even if I did keep getting his name messed up. Aston/Austin/Win/Winbaby???

Dylan Trevino - Chef du jour – here today, gone tomorrow? I spent a good
portion of the book pretty sour on Dylan, but eventually I could see his heart
and head were true.


Aston Winkler - At 6’7” tall, Aston Winkler was impossible to miss even in a penthouse crowded with SXSW partiers. When Dylan rounded the corner, the sight of the familiar face towering above the rest of the crowd knocked the wind slap out of him. …He wasn’t ready to face Win yet. But Dylan couldn’t move for a full minute. …Eleven months, two weeks, and three days since he’d last seen the man he loved. He refused to call it a year.

Dylan Trevino - He glanced down at his blue Roy Rogers-style shirt and brown polyester pants. He looked like something out of a bad fifties western. He was a walking joke. Fitting, because Joe Bob’s Texas Catering Company was a joke to everyone in the Austin culinary world. A year ago, if anyone had told him he would ever touch food prepared by Joe Bob’s he would have laughed his ass off. Now here he was, Joe Bob’s new pet chef, hired on for the SXSW music festival to trot out in front of V.I.P. clients. …Dylan was the perfect size. 5’11”, not too thin, not too bulky. Average. If someone stared at Dylan, it was because he was hot and beautiful, not because he was a human giraffe.



Dylan is a guy down on his luck. He left Win in Austin to go
build his career as a chef in the Big Apple. He returns to Texas amid SXSW, humiliated,
but determined to get it right this time. Aston is a guy who was betrayed and forced
to learn how to keep on moving forward on his own. He just had to find some

The backstory is mixed throughout the book and it fills in nicely.
Sometimes this can annoy me, but not here. These two do have a history and a
foundation to build on, even if Dylan let it go up in flames. The pacing stayed
quick and fresh. The two of them are so in love it’s an absolute delight to get
to watch them figure out the right recipe to make their soufflé rise.


I didn’t have any pre-conceptions at all about this story, or even really what it was all about, and what a sweet, melt in your mouth tidbit it is. Dylan’s running away from his sexy, geeky, artsy, tall and insecure boyfriend to run to the bright burning chef’s kitchens of New York City is a good story plot enhanced by the way Aston (Win) rises to the occasion like a tasty, fluffy quiche. The batter that holds this literary culinary concoction together to its delicious, fulfilling conclusion is the way it is written. This isn’t a heavy as Christmas fruitcake story, more of a nouveau cuisine masterpiece: light and just this side of totally filling, yet satisfying.


Snappy and spicy storytelling with no angst at all. There is a sprinkle of jealousy and a good helping of self-doubt, but it all rolls up into a tasty bite. This is my first book from Irene Preston and I am pleasantly surprised. She could have easily drowned me in syrupy sweetness here, but she didn’t and I am grateful. Love the cover too! Oh, and I didn’t even tell you about the sexy bits. You’ll just have to peel this one for yourself to find out.


Honestly? At first I was taken aback by the writing. It’s totally straightforward storytelling, no ifs, ands, or buts about it. That’s what had me a bit off kilter at first and then I got carried on into it, smoothly, and I realized that this type of writing is what I always look for. Writing that carries me along and lets me enjoy the story without having do crossword puzzles to figure it out.

Ms. Preston did a good job of weaving Aston and Dylan’s relationship after Dylan comes back from New York to Austin and encounters his ex-boyfriend way before he’s ready to. The interplay between Aston’s insecurities and Dylan’s perfectionism and his protectiveness towards Aston is well done and carried consistently throughout. The characters are true to their personalities the whole way through the book to the point that I was actually in tears at the end. Not bad at all. I’m not going to give you spoilers, I’m just going to let you know that if you want a tasty, not too filling, sweet read, this is it. Enjoy. I’m going back for seconds.


For OJ

1) The elevator scene. Too harsh? Or was she asking for it?
2) There was a bit of jealousy in this, do you like that or not? A lot of people just don't do       jealousy.
3) That first time, when Dylan climbs Aston, yeah? Dylan was starving for a touch, starving for Win. I was like, "Oh me too!"

For Lisa

1) What is it that called to you about this book for us to do a GG/SG review?
2) Did you think the characters were sufficiently developed?
3) In a similar situation, would you have done as Aston did with their relationship? Or not.


Irene Preston has to write romances, after all she is living one.  As a starving college student, she met her dream man who whisked her away on a romantic honeymoon across Europe.  Today they live in the beautiful hill country outside of AustinTexas where Dream Man is still working hard to make sure she never has to take off her rose-colored glasses.

Where to find Irene

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I would like to thank Irene Preston for providing us with a review copy in exchange for our honest reviews.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

OJ's Newest #BookReview OJ - A Cook's Tale by @mannramblings #gayromance #mmromance

A Cook's Tale
(Ship Logs of the Santa Claus: Book Two)
By Mann Ramblings
3.75 Stars
Wayward Ink Publishing Unit 1, No. 8 Union Street Tighes Hill NSW 2297 Australia 
Ramblings, Mann (2015-11-27). A Cook's Tale (Ship Logs of the Santa Claus Book 2)  
Wayward Ink Publishing. Kindle Edition. 
EBook ISBN: 978-1-925222-70-8 

Available for purchase at:
Wayward Ink Publishing

After a horrific breakup, Erron Murfin is bitter, homeless, and friendless.  When the cook’s position on the Santa Claus presents itself, Erron decides to escape his current circumstance and join the crew.  On board he reconnects with family friend Gamin Wells, whose own secrets and issues begin to surface upon Erron’s arrival.  The least of which is the reason the pair haven’t laid eyes on one another in over twelve years. 

As Erron settles into his new duties, the men on board take an interest in their newest crew member.  Among those intrigued by Erron are polyamorous couple, Barrus and James.  Despite Erron’s cautious nature, he’s drawn into a triad relationship with the pair. 

But there’s something about Gamin… Is Erron too damaged to confront his own feelings? Will his past prevent him from finding what he needs? 

Personal Tags: War; Hot Angst; Hot Sex; Alpha types; Space Traders; Science Fiction; Not Really Taboo; Older Man/Younger Man; Three Ways. 

OJ's Review 


I had read the first book in this series, Ship’s Log of the Santa Claus, and had thoroughly enjoyed its premise and the way the whole story carried through. The pace of the first book is well done and the plot unfolds just right. So when I saw there was book two I bought right away. Unfortunately life happens and I couldn’t get to it as quickly as I wanted. Finally, here it is, the further stories and escapades of the crew of the Santa Claus, a trading ship and home to the unwanted veterans and survivors of the Centauri Civil War.  

Erron knew the decommissioned ship had once housed over a hundred and fifty soldiers while transporting supplies and vehicles. For the thirty or so current members of the crew, it must be fairly spacious. After the Civil War, the Santa Claus had been purchased by Captain Danverse and populated primarily with a host of men whose military contracts had been bought out after being marked redundant. 



With a wolfish grin, Erron peeled his shirt over his head, catching the complete attention of all the players. As his flat, tight stomach came into view, all conversation stopped. Every male in the room projected his need at Erron without a single syllable. He tossed his shirt into the pot before he unbuckled his pants. A collective gasp went through the room as he peeled his clothing down his lean, taut thighs and depositing it on top of his shirt. Erron stood before the men in a pair of snug, wine colored briefs that molded obscenely to his form. “Holy shit, the new boy is packing!” Priest shouted. 

 He’d never be large and imposing, his frame didn’t allow it. A lean body and smooth skin could still turn heads. The treatment responsible for his hair growing in green made all the rest on his body the same color. Jade colored hair on his arms and legs was too odd and a green pubic zone made him feel like a perverted clown, so it had to go. 


Tall and thick, with coarse hair on his arms and legs, Gamin’s size and sturdiness were a stark contrast to Erron’s smaller stature. Wisps of fur reached around the sides of the chef’s rounded belly that matched the meaty globes of his behind. Everything about Gamin was solid and manly. The peppering of gray on his head and beard fit him as well. 


A large man chuckled at the top of the steps. “A little anxious to get on board?” His head was shaved to the point of stubble, matching the growth framing his jaw. Dark eyes and a wide smile made Erron look twice. Strong and confident as he descended the steps, the man wore a snug T-shirt and breeches lined with pockets down the side. He was thick and muscular with a little padding around the waist. Obviously, the man knew his way around the gym, but enjoyed his food as well. 


Barrus and James were good together. Slightly mismatched, Barrus was large, wide, and slightly gruff to James’ lean and kept appearance.  A wave of vertigo hit him as gravity upended itself and the ladder was no longer under his foot. He braced for impact, but found himself caught in James’ arms. James may have been leaner than Barrus, but the man was strong and, damn it, he smelled good. 


This is a really good M/M Science Fiction story with a solid plot and great characters. All of our favorite characters from the first book are back, the MCs as SCs this time and some of the SCs are now MCs, as it should be. The focus changes from Captain Danvers and Sergeant Jacks to Gamin, the chef, and his story which is intertwined with Erron’s story.  Gamin was Erron’s mother’s best friend, until they had a huge falling out and never spoke again, some twelve years previous to Gamin and Erron reconnecting. Erron’s mother was a woman, unlucky in love, who had Erron and Gamin became his father figure as he was growing up. 

As Erron joins the crew the angst over his nascent, unacknowledged, feelings for Gamin come in conflict with his feelings for Barrus and James, an open relationship couple with a somewhat, although really incorrect, tawdry reputation onboard. It is this interaction, intertwined with Erron’s reaction to the anti-space nausea medication that sets the stage for a truly heart-warming story. 


Mann Ramblings delivers with his easy flowing, comprehensible style of writing. The story arc flows at a natural, progressive pace without any rough edges or unpredictable jumps to distract the reader away from the emotional, exciting story. The sex scenes are really smoking hot, in an intense M/M way, reminiscent of the first book. Gamin and Niven’s story is told in such a tasteful, emotional and happy manner that I truly felt this enormous sense of loss, adding so much hot angst to this story. The characters are well developed with a complete wholeness about them. I can feel Erron’s mishaps and his feelings, Gamin’s gut wrenching sense of loss and Barrus and James’ interplay and interaction in their relationship. A truly solid, well written book. 

I hope we are treated to a third in the series: Barrus and James’ story begs to be told. 


Like many gay men, when MANN RAMBLINGS grew up, there weren’t any heroes he could relate to. The world held him back while he tried futilely to hide the real person inside. So much has changed since those hollow days. He finally found his voice, the voice that says it’s all right to revel in the so-called inappropriate joys, laughs, and loves that storm inside a man’s head. It took a long time to find that courage and now that it’s here, he plans to use it well. 

While spending years more focused on visual arts, he never let go of his innate passion for storytelling— he wanted to write and draw comic books when he grew up. Once he discovered M/ M fiction, a whole new world opened with new possibilities. Why couldn’t you have fantastic and dynamic tales with an M/ M cast? He started reading the online tales of authors like, Night Tempest, Rob Colton, and Alicia Nordwell, which only fueled within him the need to create. Eventually he found, and with a little coercive nudge from Night Tempest, started sharing his tales with an unexpected level of positive response. That experience and support gave him the courage to cross his fingers and aim for the world of M/ M publishing. 

Born and raised in Michigan, Mann Ramblings continues to type away, wishing it was practical to use a noisy, old fashioned keyboard that clacks with each strike, if only to annoy his loving partner and spoiled miniature dachshund. 

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