Friday, November 30, 2012

The Suicide Year by Lena Prodan

Being a military kid isn’t easy. Every year might mean a new school and new friends. But staying in one place is just as hard when a girl doesn’t even fit in with the outcasts. How many secrets can she hold inside, especially when they’re tearing her apart? A crush on a girl at school, bouts of depression, suicide attempts, and fear of life beyond high school are enough to push her to the edge.
The one person she trusts with her secrets abandons her when she desperately needs a friend. Her lifelong dream of hiking the Appalachian Trail is yanked out of her grasp just before it comes to pass. The girl she likes hooks up with a boy. Her father blames her for her mother’s mental illness. And she’s afraid she’ll be outed to her parents. Desperate to escape, she plans the perfect fail-proof suicide, ready to leave all of her problems behind. But as she’s going through the ritual, she finds a savior in herself.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The Next Competitor by K.P. Kincaid

It’s the all-important Olympic season and eighteen-year-old American figure skater Alex Grady is discovering that there are many obstacles along the way on his quest to win a gold medal. For starters, he has to get through endless hours of practice under the watchful eye of his stern and slightly terrifying Russian coach. Then he has to contend with his all-American rival, Tanner Nielsen. Tanner has the talent, looks, poise and picture-perfect girlfriend that make him the ideal poster boy for United States figure skating.
Alex has the talent and his looks aren’t bad, but the filter between his brain and his mouth is missing, and he definitely doesn’t have a girlfriend. He doesn’t have a boyfriend either, although he finds himself thinking far too much about pairs skater Matt Savelli, which is ridiculous, since goody two-shoes Matt is totally not his type. Besides, Alex doesn’t have time to worry about dating, not with the Olympics looming, right? Can he find a way to go for the gold and still remain true to himself?

Monday, November 26, 2012

The Mediocre Assassins Handbook by Tamara Sheehan

Hyabusa Jao's life is in a slump, and the quality of his work is slipping. It wouldn't be such a bad thing if Jao was in any other business, but he's an assassin, and quality kinda matters. Since the death of his lover, the heart has kind of gone out of Jao's work and now his boss, the sadistic Kazematsuri, wants a favor from him. There's a new opium dealer muscling in on the local scene and the old drug lord, Aso, is getting worried about the safety of his sons.
Masahiro's old enough to look after himself but Ryo's stil la kid and he needs protection. Enter Jao. Too bad for Jao he's not much of a babysitter, and too bad Ryo's brother is damn good looking, because pretty soon Jao's got to keep Masahiro out of trouble too. Can Jao keep it together, or will he be shown up as a mediocre assassin?

Friday, November 23, 2012

Masks: Ordinary Champions by Hayden Thorne

Book Three of the Masks series follows Eric's adventures as a newly-transformed supervillain sidekick. Taking advantage of Eric's relationship with Peter, the Devil's Trill uses him for a shield against the superheroes. In the meantime, new villains and a new, covert vigilante-like group appear, with a young hero with chameleon powers attempting to infiltrate the Trill's hideout and help Eric.
Eric struggles with his conscience and schemes to turn the tables on the Trill, but his powers deteriorate. He grows more and more unstable and unsafe while the Trill's henchmen appear to grow stronger and stronger, as though they were also subjected to the same manipulation that's been used on Eric. As the Trill fights both the heroes and tries to assert his dominance over the new villains, Eric realizes that he doesn't have much time left to set things right on his own, even if it costs him his life.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The End by Nora Olsen

When World War Three breaks out, seventeen-year-old Julia is on a school trip to Amsterdam, while fourteen-year-old Marly is trapped in a prison for delinquent girls. They both discover magical amulets, and try their best to save themselves and those around them. But it looks like their best will not be enough, as nuclear war threatens the survival of the human race.
On her journey home to New York, Julia is joined by three other queer teens and the mysterious and alluring Ginger; lipstick lesbian Vikki; and five-thousand-year-old Skilly, who has an amulet that grants him eternal life. When Julia and Marly meet, they are immediately attracted to each other. But romance has to take a back seat as the five friends learn the true powers of the amulets. Can they travel through time to save the world from total destruction?

Monday, November 19, 2012



Hey, y'all!

When I was asked to describe my alter-ego, Dallas Coleman's, first YA piece, all I could think was, Oh, wow.







Zombie brides.

Storm-calling immortal homeless men.




They're all in there, biting and growling and basically screwing things up for mankind. I had a ball writing these guys and I'm very much looking forward to writing more.


Here's an excerpt:

Spook walked across the room, heading right to the corner. Lola was right. There was something here.
God, he was tired. He'd worked all night slinging hash at the Station, then had crawled to the flat, where Lola had been waiting, gauzy fabric draping her, softening the sharp angles and the bulging belly where the babies -- babies, where the fuck were they all going to raise babies? -- were growing. It wasn't really his turn to go tracking, but Harry was down in the sewers looking for a shifter, Kat was working a shift at Jojo's and Greg and Nan were both... well, hibernating.
Right. Hibernating.
Until the sun went down.
Damned blood suckers. Really, Nan was cool, because she was a nurse, but Greg was a bicycle messenger and they didn't work third shift.
Damn it.
So, the Queen Bee and all-around pain in the ass bitch had given him twenty dollars and an address, telling him that Lightning McMann -- bum, nutcase, and uber-talented sensitive with a Meth habit -- had been having problems at that new coffee shop on West.
"Why did I move out here again?" The words were not even loud enough to be a whisper, really, because he knew the answer.
He'd moved because queer, Goth, psychic club kids with the ability to sniff out evil weren't really necessary in Amarillo.
Or wanted.
Or, really, suffered to live.
Oh, man. Good coffee.
The coffee shop was nice, though. Freak-friendly, with a safe-for-the-mundane vibe and a couple of the good chairs. Looked like a place for a little band on a pseudo-stage, too. Wicked.
There was a family sticker above the door, which had him eyeing the twins behind the bar with a distant, sort of prurient interest. There wasn't a thing between them, though, barring that normal sibling, you stole my Cheerios and kissed a boy first kind of mucky connection multiplied by dude, we have matching DNA strands.
Pity, because that would be relatively pretty jack-off material.
Something flared across from him, something willful and damned angry, with a connection that felt like being slapped with a bag of used coffee grounds. Well, hello, aren't you awake and aware and a little possessive?
He put his coffee mug down, watching the clouds of milk in it settle out, reflecting the light from the street outside, the people walking by, and...
There. Eyes. Dark eyes.
He grabbed his cell phone, dialed up the Loft.
Lola answered immediately. "Well?"
"Yeah. Lightning was right."
"It is big?"
Spook shrugged. "It's... real. Does that count?"


Official blurb: 

Twins Marcus and Micah have moved all over the country, trying to find a place to run their favorite business. They love their coffee shop, but there's always something, some sort of malevolent presence always ruins it for them. They don't know who or what it is that haunts them, only that they can't seem to escape it.
This time, though, they may have found just the right place to help them exorcise what ails them. Their new hometown has Spook, who has a pregnant friend, a demon belt buckle, and a way with spirits, as well as a host of other folks who are ready to take Marcus and Micah's problem on. Things get complicated quickly, and nothing is what it seems in this fast-paced urban fantasy.

Much love, y'all!

BA Tortuga

Review Round-Up October 26-November 19, 2012

Enjoy our most current Review Round-Up for Torquere Press and Prizm Books.  This review round-up covers 10/26-11/19.  For those of you that are our friends in USA we wish you the Happiest of Thanksgivings. We are SO thankful for all of our readers, authors and friends.  For those of you outside the US, we are thankful for you as well and hope you have a great week!

Brief Encounters

You Think You Know Someone by Glyn Soitino
Nemesis by Mel Spenser
A Hundred Lonely Halloweens by Ari McKay
Taking Inventory, a Hammer Novel by Sean Michael
Dromos by G. Arden O'feden
Genuine Leather Interior by M. Durango
The Witching Hour by Sophia Beaumont
Mystical Convergency by Katherine Halle
The Mercy of Gulls by Tray Ellis
It's Like a Party in My Closet by G.R. Richards
A Fairy's Tale by G.O. Noce
Crazy in Love by Julia Talbot
Rockin' Headboard by Jamie Lowe
Wolf Moon by Vic Winter
The Lake of Fire by G.S. Wiley
Bound by Blood by Aaron Michaels
Steam Heat by Ari McKay
Finders Keepers by BA Tortuga
The Wishing Book of Barnaby Sloan by Jenna Jones
Salamander Moon by Kate Roman
Nothing Better Than Leather by Katherine Halle

Top 2 Bottom Reviews

Werewolves Can't Fly by Berengaria Brown
A Hundred Lonely Halloweens by Ari McKay
Digging Without a Shovel by Neena Jaydon
Wolf Moon by Vic Winter
Starting the Roux by BA Tortuga

Love Romances & More

Slow Awakening by M. Raiya

Dark Diva Reviews

Couched As A Question by Jane Davitt
Taking a Chance by A. Catherine Noon & Rachel Wilder

Joyfully Reviewed

Forever May Not Be Long Enough by Mychael Black & Shayne Carmichael
A is for Andy by Sean Michael

Coffee Time Romance & More

Cereus: Opening by Sean Michael, Julia Talbot, BA Tortuga

Elisa Rolle Reviews

A Fighting Chance by Andi Penn
Poisoned Spirits by Missouri Dalton
The Hanged Man's Ghost by Missouri Dalton
Fiends in Low Places by Missouri Dalton

Manic Readers Reviews

The Man Who Liked Wintergreen by Lucius Parhelion

Pants Off Reviews

The Wishing Book of Barnaby Sloan by Jenna Jones
A Most Unusual Courtship by Nancy M. Griffis

Rainbow Book Reviews

Play Dead by Julia Talbot
Attitude on Wheels by Sean Michael
Where He Belongs by DC Juris
Raine Fall by DC Juris

Reviews by Jessewave

Cartography for Beginners by Jenna Jones
It Happened in Buenos Aires by Missouri Dalton
Masks Off! Anthology by Various Authors
Couched as a Question by Jane Davitt
Moon Shadows by Neena Jaydon
Personal Fitting by Rob Knight
Nothing Better Than Leather by Katherine Halle
The Man Who Wouldn't Wear Leather by Aaron Michaels
The One That Gave by TC Blue

Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words

Leather Work and Lonely Cowboys by BA Tortuga

Literary Nymphs Reviews

Moon Shine by Julia Talbot & BA Tortuga
Switch by Sean Michael
Starting the Roux by BA Tortuga
Cereus: Opening by Sean Michael, BA Tortuga, Julia Talbot

Hearts on Fire Reviews

Nemesis by Mel Spenser
You Think You Know Someone by Glyn Soitino
The Lake of Fire by G.S. Wiley
Finders Keepers by BA Tortuga
A Fairy's Tale by G.O. Noce
Worth the Wait by Mychael Black
Happy Halloween by Missouri Dalton
Earth Boys Are Easy by Tam Ames
Digging Without a Shovel by Neena Jaydon
Bone: Slip of the Tongue by I.D. Locke
Crazy in Love by Julia Talbot
A Hundred Lonely Halloweens by Ari McKay
Moon Shine by Julia Talbot & BA Tortuga
Spell the Coffee by Glyn Soitino

Affair de Coure Magazine

Ruby: Lost and Found
M.D. Grimm
Torquere Press

Lord Morgorth lived a calm life on the outskirts of Happy Valley. His castle was situated between two empires, and occasionally a knight would show up and challenge him. Still he was bored. After returning home from a trip, he discovers that another mage had tried to enter his castle. This slightly angered and amused Morgorth--who would dare try to steal from him?  Aishe was on a mission--to kill the mage that slaughtered his village for a powerful stone. He aligns himself with Morgorth, and they begin their hunt of a the destructive magical object. 
The story was very well written with a lot of description. The author builds an elaborate world and sucks the reader into it. The romance between Aishe and Morgorth is very shaky, but finally cements itself in the end. Watching Aishe fulfill his duty and Morgorth learn to love made the book even more interesting.  Overall, Ruby: Lost and Found is a wonderful book for those that like a little love with their magic. 
Rebecca Hallowell

Bone: Slip of the tongue
I. D. Locke
Torquere Press. Inc,
E- book

Ivriah, a powerful battle mage had just returned home after combat. Despite being exhausted and covered in blood, he decided to use the sigil in his room to summon a demon to service his baser needs. Same-sex coupling was illegal in Islafar, and if found out, he would be severely punished. When the demon arrived, it turned out to be the demon he usually summoned in battle, Orajin. He was fast and had great fighting skills but was not the demon he summoned for this task. Through his exhaustion he had made a mistake with the summoning spell, and they were now locked in a contract they could do nothing to escape.
For such a short story this has an interesting plot and likeable characters. There is one scene that involves a bit of torture that may be too intense for some readers. Overall a good read.
Rebecca Halliwell

Masks: Evolution by Hayden Thorne

While his friends continue to develop their newfound powers, Eric begins to feel the effects of being the odd man out. Around him, things go from bad to worse for Vintage City as the Shadow Puppet, a new super-villain, steps into the Devil’s Trill’s shoes and wreaks havoc with his army of killer mannequins. Magnifiman, Calais, and Spirit Wire have their hands full, with the Puppet proving to be much more slippery than the Trill and leaving the good guys scrambling for clues. Work-related stress begins to creep into Eric’s relationship with Peter, which reaches the breaking point when Peter takes a new superhero under his wing, a fire-wielding teenage girl, whose awesome powers could make her a better match for Peter.
To make matters worse, there are the strange headaches, sleepwalking, and nightmares that haunt Eric, as well as the Devil’s Trill’s call for him to take his place as a super-villain sidekick. There’s also Brenda Whitaker, her mysterious past, and her sudden desire to help Eric as he struggles to figure himself out and make the right choice before his parents ask him again about his awful Geometry and Chemistry grades. Can Eric handle the stress? Find out in this second book of the Masks trilogy.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Staged Life by Lija O'Brien

Nancy Dodd grew up privileged, at least for the early nineteen hundreds, until her father died, leaving an overbearing uncle as her only choice of a legal guardian. Instead of going to live with her mother’s brother, Nan is spirited away by her father’s less-acceptable family to become a player on vaudeville, staying in hiding until she reaches adulthood.
Joining a troupe called the Five Larks, Nan begins her new life. Gradually learning about show business, Nan sings and dances her way into the Corbin family, which includes hoofer Pete, and talented writer Beatrice. Nan knows she’s not like so many of the other girls she sees on vaudeville. She has no interest in boys, and she doesn’t want to settle down and get married. She finds a kindred spirit in Beatrice, and as they grow up, they find they have more and more in common.
As Nan, Beatrice and Pete struggle to form a new act, one that will take them to the big time, Nan knows she has to take the bull by the horns with her uncle, who is still searching for her. She wants a life free of fear, where she and Beatrice can live together. Can she pull off the biggest acting job of her career and be free of the past at last?

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Masks: Rise of Heroes by Hayden Thorne

Strange things are happening in Vintage City, and high school goth boy Eric seems to be right in the middle of them. There’s a new villain in town, one with super powers, and he’s wreaking havoc on the town, and on Eric’s life. The new super hero who springs up to defend Vintage City is almost as bad, making Eric all hot and bothered, enough so that he almost misses the love that’s right under his nose.
Peter is Eric’s best friend, and even if he does seem to be hiding something most of the time, he finds a way to show Eric how he feels in between attacks on trains and banks and malls. The two boys decide to start dating, much to the chagrin of their other best buddy, Althea, who has a terrible crush on Peter, and a secret or two of her own to keep.
As the fight between the villain, known as the Devil’s Trill, and superhero Magnifiman picks up, Eric’s relationship with Peter almost ends before it begins when Eric finds out about Peter’s special talents, which might just rank Peter as a superhero in his own right. When the Trill takes an interest in Eric, too, Peter and Althea, along with Magnifiman and Eric’s normal, middle-class family all have to work together to keep Eric, and their city, safe. Can they figure out the super villain’s plan in time?

New Release from Dallas Coleman

New this week from Prizm Books...

By: Dallas Coleman
140 pages / 32400 words
ISBN: 978-1-61040-393-1
Buy Link:
Twins Marcus and Micah have moved all over the country, trying to find a place to run their favorite business. They love their coffee shop, but there's always something, some sort of malevolent presence always ruins it for them. They don't know who or what it is that haunts them, only that they can't seem to escape it.
This time, though, they may have found just the right place to help them exorcise what ails them. Their new hometown has Spook, who has a pregnant friend, a demon belt buckle, and a way with spirits, as well as a host of other folks who are ready to take Marcus and Micah's problem on. Things get complicated quickly, and nothing is what it seems in this fast-paced urban fantasy.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Heart's Price by KL Richardsson

They kidnapped Mikael. They kidnapped his family and killed his parents. Now, they may succeed in ending Soren's very world. It's time to stop them.
Soren's life changed the moment his cousin Katjin brought home a renegade heart-sense. Forced to act as guardian over the wayward pair, Soren created his own mess when he bound Katjin and Mikael in a ritual so old people had forgotten its consequences: a bond between two people so strong that it kept them physically together. Soren's world has turned upside down, from the kidnapping and valiant rescue of his family, to his exile from the plains he grew up in. Now Soren's going to turn the tables on the very Empire that has been hunting him for over a year.
Partnered with Aidan, the Shahi firepower, and Aya, lost twin of an Empire 'path, Soren finally has to put the great plan to topple the Empire's hold on the Clanfolk in motion. Even with the support of his renegade uncle, Soren begins to doubt his ideas with every step. His need to save lives combines with the inner struggle that Aidan, Soren's closest friend and ally, seems to be going through, and all Soren can do is keep his act together, damn the consequences. Soren's learning that everything, from victory to love, has its price.