Saturday, July 14, 2018

Saturday's Series Spotlight: Cost of Repairs by AM Arthur Part 2

Acts of Faith #4
Rey King is happily settled in the life he shares with his partner Samuel Briggs. They have a close circle of friends, established routines, and Rey is even expanding his fledging catering business by bringing on a new partner. But he’s still haunted by the heartbreaking loss of his daughter six years ago. When Faith's grandmother unexpectedly passes away a month before Christmas, Rey is shocked by an offer he never saw coming.

Samuel Briggs knew loving Rey wouldn't be easy—Samuel’s no walk in the park either—and for eighteen months they've thrived as a couple. He believes their love can overcome anything—until a new obstacle is thrust in their path in the form of a shy, seven-year-old girl. Settling Faith into their chaotic lives won't be easy, but Samuel will do anything for Rey—even put up with Rey's new, handsome, too-attentive business partner and the long hours they spend together.

Misunderstandings, miscommunications, and unresolved tensions lead to one escalating fight after another, straining a relationship Rey always considered unbreakable. Rey knew getting his daughter back would change their lives—but he never imagined the best Christmas gift of his life could cost him the man he loves.

NOTE: This book was previously published under the same title. Cover art has been updated, and the content has been lightly edited, but no significant changes to the story or characters have been made. The story has also not been updated to reflect its pre-Marriage Equality setting.

BONUS CONTENT: “Party Favors,” a short story currently available for free on my website, which is set during the time period between the end of this book and the beginning of book five, Foundation of Trust. The story contains alcohol, a stripper, and bedroom fun.

Foundation of Trust #5
David Weller thought he had it all—a loving partner who gave him a ring, a “stepson” he adored, a steady job he didn't hate, and so much hope for their future. But in the wake of a devastating diagnosis, everything came crashing down. Four years after Owen dumped him, David is still sifting through the rubble of his life. His catering partnership is the only thing keeping him afloat during the day, while his nights are filled with dangerous sexual hookups and very bad decisions. And then the last person he ever expected to see again walks back into his life and changes everything.

Owen Hart's single biggest regret is the way in which he and his son Michael were forced to leave David behind—no explanations, no chance to make it right. Until now. Finally free of eight years of fear and lies, Owen's back for the only man he's ever truly loved. Seeing David again is as joyful as it is heartbreaking, because David is wounded in both body and soul, and it's all Owen's fault.

An incendiary encounter in a club proves their connection hasn't diminished over the years, but David's wounds run deeper than Owen's deception. His inability to forgive Owen is fueled by a decade-old betrayal that David must first forgive if he ever hopes to have a second chance with Owen.

NOTE: This book was previously published under the same title. Cover art has been updated, and the content has been lightly edited, but no significant changes to the story or characters have been made. Updates have not been made to the pre-Marriage Equality time period of original release. 

Acts of Faith #4
Original Review January 2015:
I really enjoyed getting back to Samuel and Rey in Acts of Faith.  The addition of Rey's daughter, Faith was absolutely spectacular.  We get a bit of Schylur and Barrett as well as a cameo of Gavin and Jace too from books 2 & 3.  I had read the first 3 books in this series over a year ago but I got sidetracked and just recently came back to it.  It was like walking into a store and running into an old friend, time may have passed but it feels like only yesterday when you start talking.  That's exactly how this book made me feel.  Rey is in his element as he's trying to start up his business and in his relationship with Samuel and yet, he's thrown for a loop when he is given a chance at the one thing that has eluded him for the past 6 years.  But, with help from the man he loves and the friends that have become his family, Faith just may become the missing piece that puts this puzzle together.


Foundation of Trust #5
Original Review August 2015:
I'm not sure why I waited so long to read this installment of the Cost of Repairs series.  David and Owen are equal parts stubborn and loving which make them perfect for each other.  Don't get me wrong, the stubborn parts seem to outweigh the loving parts but truth is that without the stubborn there wouldn't be any loving.  Yes, I know that statement is a mouthful of repetition and redundancy but it's completely true and because of it, I wanted to reach in the book and give both men a firm shake, and sometimes slap to the back of the head, but I also wanted to dive in and just hug them until the pain of the past was gone.  They may not have touched my heart quite as deeply as Rey and Samuel did from Cost of Repairs(Book 1) and Acts of Faith(Book 4) but they definitely burrowed in and found a lasting place with me.


Author Bio:
No stranger to the writing world, A.M. Arthur has been creating stories in her head since she was a child, and scribbling them down nearly as long. When not writing, she can be found in her kitchen, pretending she's an amateur chef and trying to not poison herself with her cuisine experiments. A.M. Arthur was born and raised in the same kind of small town that she likes to write about, a stone's throw from both beach resorts and generational farmland. She's been creating stories in her head since she was a child and scribbling them down nearly as long, in a losing battle to make the fictional voices stop. She credits an early fascination with male friendships (bromance hadn't been coined yet back then) and "The Young Riders" with her later discovery of and subsequent love affair with m/m romance stories. When not exorcising the voices in her head, she toils away in a retail job that tests her patience and gives her lots of story fodder. She can also be found in her kitchen, pretending she's an amateur chef and trying to not poison herself or others with her cuisine experiments.

If you were to ask her what gave her the courage to finally publish, she’d tell you it was her amazing family and friends. Support is vital in all things and when you’re afraid of your dreams, it will be your cheering section that will lift you up.


Acts of Faith #4

Foundation of Trust #5

Release Blitz: Smoke in the Mirror by Aimee Nicole Walker

Title: Smoke in the Mirror
Author: Aimee Nicole Walker
Series: Road to Blissville #5
Genre: M/M Romance
Release Date: July 12, 2018
Cover Model: Travis
Photographer: Wander Aguiar
Cover Design: Jay Aheer at Simply Defined Art
Memphis Sullivan thought he was coming to Blissville to help his cousin out, but instead, he gained three meddlesome females, a tribe, and a permanent home. More than a year later, he owns a popular comic book and vinyl record store and doesn’t think his life could get any better. That all changes when the star of his favorite television show and bad-boy fantasies rides into town and spices up his vanilla world.

Lyric Willows’ decision to visit an old friend in Blissville will change his life in ways he never dreamed possible. The paranormal investigator is immediately drawn to the mysterious disappearance of the town’s founder in 1850 and rumors that his former home is haunted. More alluring to Lyric than the history of Bliss House is the immediate connection he feels to the adorably geeky owner of Vinyl and Villains, who also happens to be his friend’s cousin.

Lyric becomes Memphis’s houseguest when he decides to stay in town to conduct a paranormal investigation. Tight spaces lead to sexy encounters, and before long, ghosts aren’t the only things that go bump in the night. The more they unravel about Anthony Bliss’s disappearance, the more tangled in one another they become. How is it possible for two virtual strangers to feel like they’ve known each other for their entire lives? Was their love written in the stars, or is it nothing more than an illusion?

Smoke in the Mirror is the fifth book in the Road to Blissville series. Each book can be read as a standalone book or part of the series. This book contains sexually explicit material and is intended for adults 18 and older.

“Any ideas where I should start?” I asked Maegan.

“The attic,” they all responded.

Aiming a crooked smile at Memphis, I said, “Sounds like we have a date with an attic.”

All I could think about was being alone with Memphis long enough to claim the kiss I’d planned to give him in his office. The rest could wait until we were alone at his house, but no living or dead person was going to keep me from kissing Memphis up in that attic. Regardless of his blasé comments earlier, we needed to have a conversation before I got him naked. Lust made you bolder, but it also made you the ultimate rationalizer. I didn’t want Memphis to compromise anything to be with me, because I wouldn’t change my mind. No matter how good sex would be between us, I wouldn’t wake up the morning after wanting to live a happily ever after with him.

“I’m ready,” Memphis said as he rose to his feet.

“We’ll hang back here,” Maegan said.

“Yeah, we don’t want to get in the way,” Milo added.

“Unless you want someone to hold the video camera on you…I mean, for you,” Andy offered. I looked over in time to see Milo jab him a good one with his elbow, making all the air in Andy’s lungs whoosh out of him. “Never mind,” he squeaked.

I exchanged a smile with Memphis. “We’ll be back in a bit,” I told them.

“Don’t rush on our account,” Elijah said.

“You guys have serious issues,” Memphis said then left me standing there by myself. It felt like I was standing in front of the firing squad, which wasn’t too far off the mark if Memphis wasn’t being honest with me and ended up hurt by my inability to give him more than sex.

“Um…yeah,” I said then hurried after him, only stopping long enough to grab my bag of equipment before heading up the grand staircase. I caught up with Memphis just as he reached the top. I set my bag down and he spun around and faced me. I backed him up until I had him pinned between me and the wall then lowered my head until my lips hovered above his. “I don’t think I can wait.”

“So don’t,” Memphis challenged.

I fucking knew it was a mistake to give in to temptation, but I’d never wanted anyone as much as I wanted him. I couldn’t live the rest of my life without knowing if his lips were as soft as they looked. I would never kiss another man without wondering if Memphis tasted better. Kissing him might ruin me for everyone else, but it was a risk I was willing to take. Correction: had to take.

Author Bio:
I am a wife and mother to three kids, three dogs, and a cat. When I’m not dreaming up stories, I like to lose myself in a good book, cook or bake. I'm a girly tomboy who paints her fingernails while watching sports and yelling at the referees.

I will always choose the book over the movie. I believe in happily-ever-after. Love inspires everything that I do. Music keeps me sane.


Smoke in the Mirror #5


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