Saturday, May 3, 2014

Thinking about my friends


I guess this is me promoting others. I do that sometimes. I wanted to let you all know about some books that my friends wrote. ALL of which I have NOT read... yet. But they are friends and I like to talk about my friends :)

First… S. Chris Shirley…. He has a book coming out June 11, 2014. This is his first publication and he has been working on this novel for years! YEARS!!!!! So check it out. If it sounds like a good read to you, buy it! and review it on Amazon, Goodreads, etc…

When seventeen-year old high school newspaper editor Jake Powell, fresh from Alabama, lands in New York City to attend Columbia University's prestigious summer journalism program, it's a dream come true. But his father, a fundamentalist Christian preacher, smells trouble. And his father is rarely wrong.
In Playing by the Book, Jake navigates new and unfamiliar ways "up North," starting with his feelings for a handsome Jewish classmate named Sam. What Jake could keep hidden back home is now pushed to the surface in the Big Apple.
Standing by his side are a gorgeous brunette with a Park Avenue attitude and the designer bags to match, a high school friend who has watched Jake grow up and isn't sure she's ready to let him go, and an outrageously flamboyant aunt who's determined to help Jake find the courage to accept love and avoid the pain that she has experienced.
Provocative and moving, Playing by The Book is a feel-good novel about the joy and heartbreak we encounter in the search for our own truth.
It is a YA novel. I read it is targeted for 13-16 yr olds. It is on Barnes and Noble for preorder.

And then there is Astrally Yours by Alex Carreras

This sci-fi fantasy novel is also found on Barnes and Noble
An Aferrum Brotherhood Novella. 20,486 words.
Caeli Aferrum found himself in the Midwest unsure what to expect from the human race.
He was searching Earth for a partner he could call his own along with some of his brethren. After a few beers and a name change to, Kyle he found the curious creatures full of questions. They appeared less scary and a whole lot sexier, especially the one named Hank.

When Hank Cutter entered Rascals Bar the last thing he expected in his small town of North Fork, Kansas was to meet a man. There was only one gay man in town and that happened to be him. He finds himself faced with a startling truth: Kyle is actually a Ferrumis in search of a mate he intends to have for life on the spacecraft Fronza, a stolen Thorean ship manned by seven other aliens who are roaming the galaxy with no particular destination in mind. He knew love came in many different shapes and sizes, but did his have to have a smooth metallic-colored tail and a set of razor sharp fangs?

Can their love span species lines and quench the growing lust in Caeli in time to save him from his Needing? Or will Hank deny his growing feelings to stay safe and sound on good ol’ planet Earth?

Tail and fangs? Hmm, sounds interesting to me!! :p
And lastly for today, my friend Michael Chulsky. I am about 1/3 to 1/2 way through his novel The Descending Darkness. It is a YA fantasy with teenage characters and his dialogue so far is exactly what I would expect from teenagers! When I finish, I will write a review.

After going from demon hunter to babysitter, seventeen-year-old SHADOW has truly hit rock bottom. One week he's slaughtering demons, and the next he has ten super-powered teenagers in his care. Shadow needs them, because without them he can't hope to defeat his new foe. But he's never dealt with other teenagers before. He never had a real childhood. He's always been a loner. Hell, he's tried the whole having-a-pet thing. It died. Shadow's mission: save the world and ensure his entire team survives the potential apocalypse. If MAEDARA, self-proclaimed fashionista and Queen of Evil, wasn't trying to rule the world, it'd be cake. Now, not only does Shadow have to deal with teens more concerned with going to the mall than fighting evil, but also a villain who, in his opinion, makes Lady Gaga look like Mother Theresa. Found on Amazon.
These are my picks of the week for you to check out while you are waiting ever so patiently for ME.

I am doing well. Busy as ever. I have RT coming up in a week. I hope to get the second round of edits this week, that would be great! I was crazy worried about my book Names Can Never Hurt Me so I asked a friend to read it and let me know if he hated it. Mainly because this particular editor for the first edits, really had nothing to say. Her silence made me question my writing. (AGAIN.) He said not to fear! He like it. Phew.

I'm sorry I doubted you Tina. You said you liked it and I should just trust your gut. But now I have 3 guts to go by. (three because my friend also gave it to his husband to read. Another of my friends.) I bank on their honesty. They are good people. So I hope it will also go over well with my audience. I want you readers out there to react. for good and bad. I want you to laugh and cry and relate to my characters. Or at least enjoy them. And hey, Names Can Never Hurt Me has a sequel planned! heehee. So when you finish reading, let me know if you are interested in more. (Although I hope by then I might have a good portion of it written.)

Coming soon! (I'll shout the date when I have it!)

What if sexuality wasn’t a definable thing and labels merely got in the way?

Nick Jones can’t remember a time when he wasn’t part of the in crowd. Everywhere he goes, he stands out as the best looking guy in the room, and women practically fall into bed with him. Then, after kissing Corey on a dare led to much more and on many occasions, Nick’s “screw anything” reputation escalated, but he didn’t care. 

When Nick meets RC at the restaurant where he works, it throws his whole life out of whack. Overweight, always sweaty, gay, and hairy like a bear; RC lives up to his dubbed nickname “scruffy dude.” He seems Nick’s complete opposite, but Nick can’t get him out of his head.

Because of peer-pressure and his fears about defining his sexuality, Nick struggles with stepping out of his comfort zone and caring about someone different than himself.  If he’s lucky, somewhere between arrogance and ignorance, Nick might find out what it means to be an adult, but if he’s wrong, he could lose everything.  

That's all for now. Over and out!



  1. You sold me on "Playing By The Book." As soon as that's out, I've got to pick it up. I've got Michael's book to read (so much to read, so little time). "Astrally Yours" sounds interesting. I've never read in that genre to hear what you think after you read it.

    And, well, "Names..." yay!!!

    1. LOL… cool. Thanks for stopping by and commenting Jeff. I never really know who reads my blogs. Yes, playing By The Book has been a long time coming. Chris has worked hard on it. And Greg was happy about how well Astrally Yours was doing on Amazon. And I fully understand about not having time to read!

  2. You folks just keep my reading list at the "overflowing" stage! THANKS! I can't get enough, and this will help a lot. They all look super!

    Peace <3