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dance only for meTitle: Dance Only for Me (Dance with the Devil #6)
Author: Megan Derr
Publisher: Less than Three Press
Length: 70k words
Genre: m/m Paranormal Fantasy Romance
Heat: 3 – Sexy & Mild
Sex Frequency: 2 – Few and Far Between
Keywords/Tags: Series, Magic, Demons, Angels, Vampires, Djinn, Cowboys, Dragons, Secrets & Lies, Past Trauma/Abuse, Mystery
Rating: Pretty Good

BLURB

Jackie Black is a cowboy and sorcerer and proud of both. He spends his days breaking curses and locating items of interest for other abnormals. His pride and joy are the alchemy-enhanced pistols at his hips. The love of his life is Roman, a businessman and witch. Tired of living several states apart, Jackie decides to surprise Roman by moving closer.

But instead of being a happy surprise, Jackie finds himself the victim of an unpleasant one. Alone in a strange city, with nowhere to go and his world in pieces, Jackie is taken in by an old man who says he is a paranormal detective and could use someone of Jackie’s power and abilities to catch a killer.

REVIEW

I started reading this when it came up earlier this year as a sequel, and around the 40% mark I stopped reading, so I could wait until it was finished. Honestly, I think that I’m just not that good at reading serials unless they’re the never-ending kind, because I’m not that good at waiting, and no matter how good the book is I eventually lose interest having to wait. Still, I’m glad that I got to read the beginning of this when I did back in January, because it made me instantly fall in love with Jackie Black, gunslinger and man of charming words 😉 And that meant that I was really excited to see how his story ended.

Jackie Black, youngest in the long line of gun-slinging cowboy sorcerers is in love. He’s had a rough ride of it in the past, but he thinks that Roman is the one — enough to move from his long-time home in the country and live in the city. When he surprises Roman after Roman canceled their date to tell him the happy news, that he’s househunting closer, he finds a complete surprise that ruins their relationship irreparably. Now, Jackie is alone in a strange city he doesn’t know well with nowhere to stay.

But the cowboy Blacks have a way of stumbling across trouble, and they’re duty bound as honest men to help in any way they can. So when Jackie meets a old man who is on the hunt after a ruthless woman stealing power he does everything he can to help. What he doesn’t know is that by getting to know the old man, he stumbled into an even larger and longer unsolved mystery involving the old man himself, a scarred vampire, and his father, the Black before him (currently off who knows where and not returning his calls). Backing down would be better — it seems that everyone who has gotten involved over the years has been killed off — but Jackie’s honor won’t let him. And maybe a touch of stubbornness that says that whatever impossible creature is picking off the people around him, he hasn’t met a sorcerer like Jackie Black yet.

Really, the best thing about this book is Jackie. He’s such a great character that you can’t help fall in love with him. He’s straight out of the old west, honor and stubbornness and all, trying to fit into a modern magical world. He’s almost comical at first until you really see his human side, and after that it’s so easy to get swept up in his adventure. I must admit that because I read the first bit of this as serial and then stopped I was under the misimpression of who Jackie’s love interest in this was. At first, I was a little miffed, but it’s only because it had been around 7 months that I’d been thinking he ended up with someone else, and I just hadn’t read that part of the story yet. But it didn’t take long for me to see that his real love interest here fit him so much better. I only hope that the really interesting character that latches onto him earlier in the book (and isn’t, of course, his love interest) will get his book, because I was a little sad that he seemed to disappear a bit after the halfway mark. We didn’t get to see him as much, even though I found him really endearing and one of the most interesting characters so far in this series. It makes me wonder if Megan Derr does have plans for him later in the series because he’s such a puzzle that never get’s solved in this book.

Fans of the series will want to continue and read this book. Honestly, it wasn’t my favorite, no matter how much I loved Jackie. I’m finding that even though I’ve enjoyed the last couple of books in this series I don’t have the same feelings as I had about the first three, which I just really loved and have read over and over. I’ll always continue to read, because even if Megan Derr’s books don’t turn out to be ones that I want to buy in paperback and keep as a comfort read, they’re still enjoyable, fun and a great escape. They’re some of the easiest and most comforting reading for me, and that only makes me even more excited for the next books to come.


2254Hello again everyone and I hope you all are having a wonderful weekend! I finally finished Lost! And OMGOMGOMG I loved it!!! I know that some of you are Lost fans as well, so I will tell you that I was worried about how the series would end. I ended up making it 5 years?? now (something like that) since it ended and still not learning much about it, which is good. I hate getting spoilered, especially about something that I spent years really caring about. But I was worried because the middle seasons lost the thread of the story a bit and even I could see that when it was happening, not just in retrospect. But from the middle of Season 5 to the end of Season 6 it was go.go.go.go and right on target. That’s why I spent several days this week finishing it instead of reviewing 😉 But, I will say that I LOVED it to pieces and I cried like a baby. It would be worth watching again, that’s for sure!

I have a lot to update you about, so let’s get going 🙂

Announcements

take_a_breakFirst off, this week is going to be a slow week for us. We’re taking a week off — sort of. We still have a few guest posts this week and a few reviews and giveaways that were intended to go up, so those will still be on. But it’s a naturally slow week and since we have a large group of reviews we’re working on for the next few weeks, we’re going to use this slow week to try to get a bit ahead.

samhainbannerNow, this is exciting 🙂 We’re now going to be posting reviews from Samhain Publishing! While we often review books that we’ve bought or acquired from authors, we get the bulk of our books from the publisher for review. And until now that included just about all of them except Samhain. The good news about this is that because our books acquired for review take precedence over books that we buy and might decide to review, that means that we’ll be posting a lot more reviews of those Samhain books. First review up this week is Burden by Annmarie McKenna, reviewed by Sadonna.

This Week’s Wrapup

cover3_frontAnyta Sunday stopped by this week with a really great post called “On (Not) Coming Out as a Gay Romance Writer” that generated a lot of really interesting comments. Her book, Taboo for You is available here from Amazon!


03 SurfeitTalya Andor visited for a third time to talk about her third book in the Appetite series from Less Than Three Press, Surfeit For the Senses (all 3 are now on sale!). Every time she visits to talk about these books I have a day or two of severe cravings! But this was a really interesting post talking about the evolution of a multi-course meal in relation to writing a series. Read her post, “Themes of Progression”, here.


CH_BeginningOfKnowledge_cvrThe lovely and talented (and my friend) Anne Brooke visited this week for the first time here at The Armchair Reader! Her post, “Erotica or How to be Fully Human” generated a lot of interest and I love the insight that she has into writing about sex! Check it out and get her book The Beginning of Knowledge from Wilde City Press here. Or, read my review here.


CH_TruckerFucker_100dpi_cvrBarry Lowe was here to talk about why he writes the erotica he does and I really liked seeing his views on his own work (that I’m addicted to, which I said in my review). This is Barry’s first time at The Armchair Reader and you still have a chance to win Trucker Fucker by commenting in the post! Ends tonight at Midnight! Buy Trucker Fucker here at Wilde City Press.




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Dev Bentham, Clare London and Jordan Castillo Price (three of my favorite authors!) stopped here on Thursday for the last stop in their 3-part Art Appreciation Blog Tour! The other two stops were at Joyfully Jay and Book Reviews and More by Kathy. At TAR, they answered a whole group of random art questions and talked about their characters and their feelings about art. It’s a great tour, so check our their post here and make sure to check out the others as well!


dance only for meAnd last this week in a full week of guest posts and visits from authors, Megan Derr stopped by to talk about her new release in the Dance with the Devil series (one of my all time favorites!), Dance Only for Me,talking about the origins of the series in her post, “How Did We Get Here”. I loved this book like I loved the others so make sure to look out for my review, coming soon! Buy the book here at Less Than Three Press.




Here’s what we reviewed this week:

Find a Way (Prince and Trader #2) by RG Green – Pretty Good
Sky Hunter (Skybound #3) by Fae Sutherland – Pretty Good
Audible by Dawn Kimberly Johnson – So So (Sadonna)
The Buyout by Bru Baker – Really Liked It (Nikyta)
Running Up That Hill by Barry Brennessel – LOVED it!! (Sadonna)

Coming Up This Week – 7/28 – 8/3

On Tuesday, Carole Cummings and J Tullos Hennig will be here for the first post in their new series about Spec Fic: “Two old Speculative Fiction Nerds walk into a bar…”. It’s going to be wonderful so make sure you look for it!

rulesforsuccess400On Wednesday, Mina MacLeod is visiting to talk about her new release (on that very day) from Less Than Three Press, Some Rules for Success in the Music Business (available now for Preorder!). I’m excited to read and review this one!






thornlessrose_tcmillAnd lastly, Friday brings us a post from TC Mill, who has a new release from Storm Moon Press, Thornless Rose available now! Look forward to my review of that one as well!






Here are our reviews for this week:

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Giveaways

Look forward to these giveaways this week!

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These giveaways both end tonight at Midnight. Click on the covers to enter!

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Reminders/News

  • For updates on all the posts, click on the button at the top right of the page (first in the right column) to get email updates so you don’t miss anything!
  • Be sure to look out for a new update soon. I’m going to be putting the covers of our best reviewed books (monthly) in the right column so you don’t forget the wonderful books that are newly released!
  • And lastly, our Author List is newly updated

Thanks everyone! Have a wonderful week and we’ll see you around 🙂


Last day of my tour, seems apropos to end with where Dance verse began. :3

It’s probably hard to tell, but all of Dance verse actually started with me wanting to tackle an entirely different premise. At the time I came up with it, there’d been a spate of ‘person falls in love with ghost’ books, and they always end one of two ways: Person dies and they’re together as happy ghosts, or ghost is reincarnated. You’d also have the more heartbreaking ‘ghost departs, person moves on,’ but you don’t see that particular end as much in romance books.

My idea was ‘why the fuck can’t he just stay with the effing ghost? What would come of that?’

And lo, Christian White was born, and everything else spun out from him. How do a ghost and a living woman have a kid? Magic, obviously. But I’m not big on the whole ‘oh, it’s magic’ shrug and run away. I want my magic systems to work. Magic, though, is like anything in fantasy – too little and it’s confusing, too much and everyone cries tears of bitter frustration or boredom from info dumping.

The first step was fleshing out the world. I didn’t want another series of just, or predominantly, vampires and werewolves. I wanted LOTS of supernatural creatures, with their own rules and traditions and problems. So in addition to the wolves and bloodsuckers, I’ve got demons, imps, goblins, witches and sorcerers, alchemists, elves, black dogs, dragons, and plenty I either haven’t mentioned or have yet to appear (or reappear, for those who remember the stories I’ve yet to rewrite).

After that, it was sorting out what all the different creatures do and their weaknesses: demons are fuck-all powerful, but they’re bound to a territory. After them come beings like djinn, imps, fox-spirits, and angels, but djinn and angels have to be summoned, imps all the power is in their horns, and fox-spirits it’s all in the tails. Onward down through the line.

But demons were my main concern when I started DwtD because Sable. He’s about the only being who can keep up with Chris and enjoys doing it. Somewhere in sorting those two out came the bit that accidentally became the series theme: Dancing.

I went with it because dancing has a long history in pretty much every culture. Everyone likes to get some music going and shake it. And I really really like dancing, even if I can’t do it for shit. So a demon’s most powerful spells (those that manipulate souls, or what demons call energies) must be done by way of dancing. The dance varies from demon to demon; there’s no one dance they have to perform.

It started out a small thing, but has become an underlying theme that ties the whole series together—even Midnight has a bit of it in there. In Dance Only for Me, I could not resist a fun nod to this theme by way of where Jackie winds up living :3

Any questions, feel free to ask, I am happy to answer. ^__^ Thanks for reading, peeps! All the love to Cole for having me.

dance only for me

Jackie Black is a cowboy and sorcerer and proud of both. He spends his days breaking curses and locating items of interest for other abnormals. His pride and joy are the alchemy-enhanced pistols at his hips. The love of his life is Roman, a businessman and witch. Tired of living several states apart, Jackie decides to surprise Roman by moving closer.

But instead of being a happy surprise, Jackie finds himself the victim of an unpleasant one. Alone in a strange city, with nowhere to go and his world in pieces, Jackie is taken in by an old man who says he is a paranormal detective and could use someone of Jackie’s power and abilities to catch a killer.

You can buy it here.

And in honor of its release, all this week paranormal books at LT3 are discounted 20%, so check those out too :3

Megan is a long time resident of m/m fiction, and keeps herself busy reading, writing, and publishing it. She is often accused of fluff and nonsense. She loves to hear from readers, and can be found lurking in various corners of the internet.

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Congrats to

Cel

for winning the copies of the Beach Remedy by Sasha L Miller and Herbal Remedy by Megan Derr. Sasha has already emailed Cel, so you should already have received the books, but if not, please email me at armchairreader[dot]coleriann[at]gmail[dot]com so you can get them. Thanks for playing everyone and thank you all for stopping by and commenting on Sasha’s guest post “How the Vampires Started It All”.


Herbs and spices.Title: Herbal Remedy (a Paranormal Days story)
Author: Megan Derr
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Length: 13k words
Genre: m/m Paranormal/Fantasy Romance
Heat: 2 – Romantic & Tame (mostly fade to black)
Sex Frequency: 2 – Few and Far Between
Keywords/Tags: Short Story, May/December, Magic, Witch/Mage, Dreadlocks!, Secrets & Lies, Urban Fantasy, California
Rating: Pretty Good

**Giveaway! Enter by 6/18 to win a copy of this story (as well as it’s partner, Beach Remedy, by Sasha Miller) on Sasha Miller’s guest post yesterday.

BLURB

Jordan is used to being the butt of every hedge witch joke, painfully aware he’s a checklist of clichés, and long resigned to never being as successful as the more favored elemental witches. Then a prestigious magic firm puts out a call for hedge witches, and the chance to prove himself and become more than a joke is impossible to resist—even if he has to put aside all those things he loves for a little while. It’s only temporary, the money is great, and it will all be worth it in the end.

REVIEW

In this Paranormal Days story, we get to know Jayden’s brother, Jordan. In Beach Remedy we really don’t get to see much of Jordan, only enough to see that he’s a more reserved and responsible version of Jayden with long, beautiful dreadlocks. And, while they’re both hedge witches, Jordan is the only one that really practices. He’s a stereotype in most ways (think beach bum), even down to the herbal blends he loves to smoke. One of the biggest differences are their sexuality — while both brothers are gay and Jayden tends to be a somewhat promiscuous wildcat, Jordan prefers a more sedate and mature man, and hasn’t been out on a date in forever.

Being a hedge witch is Jordan’s dream. He makes defensive amulets and protection charms agains vampires and werewolves. He makes his own small spells that he sells to his neighbors, including his herbal cigarettes (though some of them are private and definitely not-legal). It’s what he loves to do, even if most people see him and immediately take him for a lazy bum and he’ll never make enough money. Both he and Jayden have taken care of each other from a young age, but Jordan is fed up of always living hand to mouth when they deserve so much more.

The remedy seems to be against a lot of what he stands for, but it might not be that bad either. A large magic firm is looking to take on hedge witches to travel around the country and work. It pays a lot of money and Jordan knows that he’s good enough to get one of the coveted spots. But working up the corporate ladder means saying goodbye to his dreadlocks, his pride, and most unfortunately, his time. The only thing that saves him from a complete breakdown of spirit is the distinguished older man he meets while on the road…

In structure and plot, this story differs a bit from Beach Remedy. Where that story is all about falling in love and having fun on the beach, Herbal Remedy is really about trying to make it through the pitfalls of a relationship with an older man while trying to work a particularly demanding job. Jordan is a genuinely good soul. In many ways he’s uncomplicated and fiercely loyal, and that can come across as naivety. In a way it is. Falling in love for Jordan is freeing and beautiful with no reservations, which makes dealing with the experience of a man so much older than him a difficulty that he didn’t expect to face and doesn’t know how to reconcile. I liked Jordan quite a bit. I’m not sure how much I liked Shayne, and I can’t decide if it’s his actions or the fact that I felt like I didn’t really get to know him or much about him or see them a lot together. Or both. Probably a little of both.

However, for a short story, I think that we get a pretty good picture of the world and a lot of story for only 13,000 words. As I said in my review today of Beach Remedy, these stories should definitely be read as a pair. I only say that because I enjoyed both of them. They definitely don’t need to be read together, and you could pick either one to read as a standalone story and be satisfied. Recommended.


Hello, hello, welcome to blog tour stop #2 and many thank yous to Cole for hosting me to talk about Beach Remedy by yours truly and Herbal Remedy by the awesome Megan Derr. ^__^

Vampires! If you visited blog tour stop #1 (at Babes in Boyland), you’ll note I mentioned that I’m not a huge fan of vampires. So when Megan suggested I try my hand at them, to see if I could create a vampire I did like, I had to sort out what it was that annoyed me so much about them.

What it basically boiled down to was one of my biggest pet peeves with characterization. Wherein, a character is solely, utterly, completely defined by one single characteristic of their lives and everything they do and all of their motivations revolve around that single aspect. So I didn’t want vampires that did nothing other than stalk prey, drink blood, have sex (often combining with the blood-drinking), and moping about how full of woe their lives were.

So my aim was to make as plebian a vampire as I could, and so Quinn the tech analyst who’s shy and awkward and not so great at vamping it up was born. ^__^ The second vamp I wrote, Lee in Beach Remedy, is along those same lines (though he thinks he’s a bit more suave, at least ;3). He’s got a normal 9 to 5 type job, is off on vacation, and mostly just wants to enjoy the beach and try to get laid. His love interest, Jayden, is a hotel clerk by day and sometimes plays with his hedge witch powers, but is mostly interested in hanging out with his friends and hitting the beach as much as possible.

Megan’s stories in the ‘verse tend to skew a bit more towards the paranormal, but they also have normal goals and interests. Paranormal Days is definitely meant to be more of a laid back, casual sort of supernatural, featuring short, easy reads and good times. Beach reads, if you will. ;3

Both stories are now up and available in LT3’s book market, and if you’re curious to see earlier stories in the ‘verse, you’ll have to pick up the anthologies That Famous Happy End and Bad Moon Rising from LT3. All the stories in the ‘verse are stand-alone, though, so definitely not a pre-req to reading either of the remedies! ^__^

With his cousin laid up from a broken ankle, Lee agrees to help him out and combine a beach vacation with a bit of legwork to scope out a haunted lighthouse. That his cousin agrees to pay for the vacation certainly makes a cheesy ghost tour bearable. Lee’s plan is to get the work out of the way quickly, then spend the rest of his time on sun, sand, and all the blood and sex a vampire can stand. But the cute hotel clerk he picks out proves to be anything, but an easy snack.

Jordan is used to being the butt of every hedge witch joke, painfully aware he’s a checklist of clichés, and long resigned to never being as successful as the more favored elemental witches. Then a prestigious magic firm puts out a call for hedge witches, and the chance to prove himself and become more than a joke is impossible to resist—even if he has to put aside all those things he loves for a little while. It’s only temporary, the money is great, and it will all be worth it in the end.

GIVEAWAY

If you would like a chance at winning a matched set of Beach Remedy and Herbal Remedy, leave a comment (including a way to contact you!).

Winner will be drawn next Tuesday, June 18, using random.org

~*This contest is open to adults age 18 and up. Your comment confirms that you are of legal age.*~

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ABOUT SASHA L. MILLER
Sasha L. Miller spends most of her time writing, reading, or playing with all things website design. She loves telling stories, especially romance, because there’s nothing better than giving people their happily ever afters. When not writing, she spends time cooking, harassing her roommates, and playing with her cats.

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ABOUT MEGAN
Megan is a long time resident of m/m fiction, and keeps herself busy reading, writing, and publishing it. She is often accused of fluff and nonsense. When she’s not involved in writing, she likes to cook, harass her cats, or watch movies (especially all things James Bond). She loves to hear from readers, and can be found all around the internet.

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