The Jonmarc Vahanian Adventures by Gail Z. Martin

A big welcome to Gail Z. Martin as part of her blog tour with Silver Dagger Book Tours for The Jonmarc Vahanian Adventures.

An Unexpected Hero
By Gail Z. Martin

Jonmarc Vahanian is the son of a blacksmith and a weaver whose world is no larger than his fishing village, until raiders destroy his home and kill the people he loves. One of the raiders curses Jonmarc with his dying breath, and as Jonmarc does his best to move forward, meeting tragedy at every turn, he starts to believe that the curse is real.

Jonmarc’s story charts an adventure that takes him across kingdoms, first as part of a traveling caravan of wonders, and then as a mercenary and smuggler. Along the way, he gains the fighting skills that will make him the best warrior of his generation, ultimately placing him in the path of destiny to be the making of kings and queens. And it all begins with a tremendously unlucky day.

Soldier. Fight slave. Smuggler. Warrior. Brigand Lord. You may have encountered Jonmarc Vahanian in the Chronicles of the Necromancer but you don’t really know him until you walk in his footsteps.

The Shadowed Path
The Jonmarc Vahanian Adventures Vol 1
by Gail Z. Martin
Genre: Epic Fantasy
NOTHING AHEAD BUT VENGEANCE – NOTHING BEHIND BUT BLOOD
Soldier. Fight slave. Smuggler. Warrior. Brigand Lord. You may have
encountered Jonmarc Vahanian in the Chronicles of the Necromancer but
you don’t really know him until you walk in his footsteps. This is
the start of his epic journey.
A blacksmith’s son in a small fishing village before raiders killed
his amily, Jonmarc was wounded and left for dead in the attack. He
tried to rebuild his life, but when a dangerous bargain with a
shadowy stranger went wrong, he found himself on the run.
Gail Z. Martin returns to the world of her internationally best-selling
books with these thrilling ales of adventure and high fantasy,
collected together here for the very first time.
OVER HALF A MILLION CHRONICLES OF THE NECROMANCER BOOKS SOLD
Attractive characters and an imaginative setting combine in an excellent,
fast-moving quest novel.”
– David Drake on THE SUMMONER.
The Dark Road
The Jonmarc Vahanian Adventures Vol 2
May you lose all you love to the flame and the sword—and the Dark Lady
take your soul!”
Jonmarc Vahanian fled from the raiders and monsters that killed his family,
but when danger dogs his steps once again, he leaves the traveling
caravan that gave him shelter to become a mercenary in nearby
Principality. His fighting skills help him rise through the ranks,
and draw the attention of a Nargi general—and the general’s
undead mage. An old, unsettled score turns deadly, trapping Jonmarc
in dangerous intrigue. He can save himself—and betray everything he
holds dear—or die a hero as the raider’s curse holds true.
This collection is the second set of short stories and novellas that
reveal another phase of Jonmarc’s growth from a blacksmith’s son
to becoming one of the greatest warriors in the history of the Winter
Kingdoms.
Soldier. Fight slave. Smuggler. Warrior. Brigand Lord. You may have
encountered Jonmarc Vahanian in the Chronicles of the Necromancer but
you don’t really know him until you walk in his footsteps.
Gail Z. Martin returns to the world of her internationally best-selling
books with these thrilling tales of adventure and high fantasy,
collected together here for the very first time.
OVER HALF A MILLION CHRONICLES OF THE NECROMANCER BOOKS SOLD
Gail Z. Martin discovered her passion for science fiction, fantasy and ghost stories
in elementary school. The first story she wrote at age five was about
a vampire. Her favorite TV show as a preschooler was Dark Shadows. At
age 14, she decided to become a writer. She enjoys attending science
fiction/fantasy conventions, Renaissance fairs and living history sites.
The Martins have three children, a Maltese, and a Golden Retriever.
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Series Tour – Studies in Demonology by TJ Nichols

A big welcome to TJ Nichols as part of their series tour with Gay Book Promotions for Studies in Demonology from DSP Publications.

STUDIES IN DEMONOLOGY REVIEW TOUR

SERIES INFORMATION

Author: TJ Nichols

Publisher: DSP Publications

Genres: Urban Fantasy, M/M Romance

Heat Rating: 3 flames

The stories need to be read in order.

Dreamspinner Press is running a special price offer on the series during the Blog Tour.

Book 1 will be $1.99 – Book 2 $2.99 – Book 3 $3.99

BOOK 1 – Warlock in Training – 78 000 words

Can be read as a standalone story

Angus Donohue doesn’t want to be a warlock. He believes draining demons for magic is evil, but it’s a dangerous opinion to have—his father is a powerful and well-connected warlock, and Angus is expected to follow the family tradition.

His only way out is to fail the demon summoning class. Failure means expulsion from the Warlock College. Despite Angus’s best efforts to fumble the summoning, it works. Although not the way anyone expects.

Angus’s demon, Saka, is a powerful mage with his own need for a warlock.

Saka wants to use Angus in a ritual to rebalance the magic that is being stripped from Demonside by warlocks. If Angus survives his demon’s desires and the perils of Demonside, he’ll have to face the Warlock College and their demands.

Angus must choose: obey the College and forget about Demonside or trust Saka and try to fix the damage before it’s too late. Whatever he does, he is in the middle of a war he isn’t qualified to fight.

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Excerpt

IT WASN’T that Angus Donohue couldn’t summon a demon; it was that he didn’t want to. He didn’t even want to be here. A cool breeze brushed against his skin, and the trees around him rattled like a closet full of old bones. Maybe if he didn’t put enough will into the spell the whole thing would fall apart.

If he couldn’t summon a demon, he’d fail the class and get kicked out of the exclusive Warlock College his father had forced him to attend. While there was a certain prestige in being a warlock, it wasn’t what Angus wanted to do with his life. He certainly didn’t want a demon to draw magic from. He had to fail this class. His father would be horrified, but Angus would be free from all things magical.

“Widdershins, three times,” the lecturer commanded.

All the college students of Demonology 102 started walking anti-clockwise around the circles they had carefully constructed out of will. Angus suppressed the shiver. He wasn’t afraid of demons. Okay, maybe just a little. What if his demon was something truly monstrous?

Last semester they’d been learning about the different types of demons and the theory behind drawing magic from one. This semester was about putting that knowledge into practice. Those people with magic who didn’t draw on demons were called wizards and usually sold their services cheaply in the local paper. Angus didn’t want to be a practicing wizard either. Just because he had magic didn’t mean he needed to make a career out of it, and telling his father that hadn’t been a wise move. His father had spent three hours railing about why wizards were dangerous and should be banned from practicing magic.

So here he was, trying to summon a demon that he didn’t want, to give himself more of the magic that he didn’t want either. He let his circle weaken and his attention drift. He would not summon a demon.

He’d have rather been a vet.

Maybe studied medicine.

Although the rich, these days, saw specialist warlock healers who had demons. Though his father sneered at them too. He sneered at anything that didn’t increase his power and standing. That he was on the board of the East Vinland Warlock College did not make life IT WASN’T that Angus Donohue couldn’t summon a demon; it was that he didn’t want to. He didn’t even want to be here. A cool breeze brushed against his skin, and the trees around him rattled like a closet full of old bones. Maybe if he didn’t put enough will into the spell the whole thing would fall apart.

If he couldn’t summon a demon, he’d fail the class and get kicked out of the exclusive Warlock College his father had forced him to attend. While there was a certain prestige in being a warlock, it wasn’t what Angus wanted to do with his life. He certainly didn’t want a demon to draw magic from. He had to fail this class. His father would be horrified, but Angus would be free from all things magical.

“Widdershins, three times,” the lecturer commanded.

All the college students of Demonology 102 started walking anti-clockwise around the circles they had carefully constructed out of will. Angus suppressed the shiver. He wasn’t afraid of demons. Okay, maybe just a little. What if his demon was something truly monstrous?

BOOK 2 – Rogue in the Making – 87 000 words

The blood sacrifices have brought rain to Demonside, but across the void, the Warlock College of Vinland is still storing and gathering magic, heedless of the warnings of the international magical community. The underground is full of warlocks who disagree with the college, but do they care about wizards and demons or only about snatching power?

With a foot in each world, Angus is no longer sure whom he can trust. The demons don’t trust humans, and even though he is learning more magic, he will never be one of them. He is human and only tolerated. Some demons would be happy to slit his throat. It’s only because his demon is powerful in his own right that Angus is alive.

Saka only has a year to prove that Angus’s people can change and that the magic taken will be rebalanced, but the demons want action. His affection for Angus is clouding his judgment and weakening his position in the tribe. Time is running out, and he must make a choice.

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BOOK 3 – Blood for the Spilling – 93 000 words

Sheets of ice are spreading across the human world, ushering in an ice age as the magic drained from Demonside turns that world into a desert. Angus and reluctant warlock Terrance have defected from Vinland to the Mayan Empire—a land of dark and potent magic. But the Mayans aren’t offering sanctuary for free.

Nor is the world willing to stand back as Vinland attacks, and the backlash will affect all magic users.

Mage Saka has no tribe. He is now just another refugee fleeing the dying Demonside. He knows the conflict brewing now will be worse than the first demon war. Countries are banding together—not just against Vinland, but against all magic. Where will the powerful Mayan Empire stand?

Angus might have the power to fight Vinland and the Warlock College, but the cost will be terrible. Saka is torn between helping Angus and stopping him. And Terrance would do anything for Angus, but he’s terrified of the man Angus is becoming, even as Saka is warming to the idea of a relationship between the three of them.

No matter what choice they make, victory will be bittersweet, and when the ash settles and the snow melts, nothing will be the same.

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About the Author

TJ Nichols is the author of the Studies in Demonology and Mytho series. Having grown up reading thrillers and fantasy novels, it’s no surprise that mixing danger and magic comes so easily. Writing urban fantasy allows TJ to make sure that evil gets vanquished and the hero gets his man.

With two cats acting as supervisors, TJ has gone from designing roads to building worlds and wouldn’t have it any other way. After traveling all over the world and Australia, TJ now lives in Perth, Western Australia.

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Interviewed by Catherine Curzon & Eleanor Harkstead

I’ve been interviewed by Catherine Curzon & Eleanor Harkstead, and answered questions about my road to publication, co-writing, writing across genres, researching WWII for Echoes Rising and books that have influenced me.

Thank you for having me!

You can read the interview here.

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Threatening Sky by S. Jade Castleton

A big welcome to Kiwi author S. Jade Castleton as she celebrates the recent release of her new book Threatening Sky.


‘I was just talking to dad.’

This is the last thing Owen expects to hear on a quiet Spring afternoon. He and his brothers and sisters presumed long ago that their father was dead. Why else would there be no contact from him in over a year?

But Mr Tremayne is no ghost. He wants back as if he never left, and Owen discovers that there are far worse words to hear. Words that shake his hard-won confidence and resilience, jeopardise his partnership with Andrew, and disrupt his siblings’ settled lives.

With everything he won in Mackerel Sky at risk of being taken away, Owen must dig deep to overcome self-doubt, despair, and fresh secrets. Andrew’s love gives him strength, but will it be enough to get him through these tough times?

Threatening Sky is a battle for keeps: peace, security, life, love.

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Who knew that naming a cloud formation could be so powerful?

Owen didn’t. But when Andrew Gordon, his boss, mentor, and the man he’s sleeping with for quick money, puts a name to his favourite clouds, Owen’s attraction to Andrew becomes difficult to deny.

Except, with sleep disrupted by nightmares, past secrets and lies that might yet tear his family apart, and a brother who cannot forgive or accept, can Owen summon the courage to act on his feelings and admit he’s fallen in love?

Even if he’s not gay.

Mackerel Sky is a tale of recovery and romance coaxed from a tangle of desperation, lies, and personal demons.

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About the Author
Jade lives in New Zealand but most of her characters don’t. She’s trying to encourage a change there.

She has been writing since she could make letters with a pencil, though Threatening Sky is only the second novel actually FINISHED. She’s now looking forward to progressing the stories of other characters who’ve been keeping her company over the years, whether they be short stories or novels.

Jade is trying to be more consistent with blogging on her website (where you can meet a couple of her other characters), and she welcomes contact through email. (She has a twitter account but is even slower tweeting than blogging.)

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Audiobook Tour – Here Comes Trouble by A.E. Via

A big welcome to A.E. Via as part of her audiobook tour with Signal Boost Promotions for Here Comes Trouble.


Length: 8hrs 30mins

Narrator: Aiden Snow

Nothing Special Series

Book #1 – Nothing Special – Audible US | Audible UK | Amazon US | Amazon UK
Book #2 – Embracing His Syn – Audible US | Audible UK | Amazon US | Amazon UK
Book #4 – Don’t Judge – OUT JULY 24


Blurb

Detectives Mark Ruxsberg and Chris Green are very good at their jobs. Being the enforcers for God and Day’s notorious Atlanta PD Narcotics Task Force causes the crazy duo to get into more trouble than they can often get out of. The pair never misses out on an opportunity to drive their lieutenants crazy with their dangerous, reckless, and costly stunts, landing them in the hot seat in front of God…often.


Ruxs and Green love their jobs and they don’t mind the very demanding schedule that leaves them little time for socializing or dating. It’s fine with them, they enjoy hanging out with each other anyway.


However, most of the men in their close circle of friends and colleagues are pairing off and settling down. God has Day, Ro has Johnson, and their Sergeant Syn has Furious.


For the past several years, Ruxs has only sought out the advice and company of one person, his partner and best friend Green, and vice versa. Both of these alpha males are presumed straight, but neither can deny the heat that’s building in their once-“just friends” relationship.



A.E. Via has been a best-selling author in the beautiful gay romance genre for five years now, but she’s no stranger to MM. She’s been an avid reader of gay lit for over fifteen years before she picked up her laptop to place her own kiss on this genre. She’s also the founder and owner of Via Star Wings Books, having published a couple great new up and coming MM authors.


A.E. has a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from Virginia Wesleyan College that she used to start her own paralegal firm after she graduated in 2008. She spent five years preparing and filing bankruptcy petitions for struggling blue collar workers who couldn’t afford to file with a lawyer. It was a rewarding and satisfying career… but another path called to her. Writing.


A.E.’s writing embodies everything from hopelessly romantic to adventure, to scandalous. Her stories often include intriguing edges and twists that take readers to new, thought-provoking depths.


Now that she’s gotten over her 10 books published hump, she’s kind of known now for her hardcore, play rough and love hard, bad boy, alphas. However, she does like to push herself to step out of her comfort zone, exploring different tropes, but she won’t push herself into a whole other genre. She’s head over heels for gay romance and she has tons of more hot stories to tell.


Be sure to visit Adrienne on her social media pages and subscribe to her newsletter to never miss another release date! Go to A.E. Via’s official website http://authoraevia.com for more detailed information on how to contact her, follow her, or a sneak peak at upcoming work, free reads, VSWB submissions, and where she’ll appear next.


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Book Review – Honey from the Lion by Jackie North


Love Across Time #2
Publisher: Self-published
Pages: 240
Characters: Laurie/John
POV: 3rd
Genre: Time Travel, Historical, Romance, Series

Blurb:
Soulmates across time. A love that was meant to be.

In present day, Laurie, tired of corporate life, takes a much-needed vacation at Farthingdale Dude Ranch.

The very first night a freak blizzard combined with a powerful meteor shower takes Laurie back to the year 1891. When he wakes up in a snowbank, his only refuge is an isolated cabin inhabited by the gruff, grouchy John Henton, who only wants to be left alone. His sense of duty prevails, however, and he takes Laurie under his care, teaching him how to survive on the wild frontier.

As winter approaches, Laurie’s normal fun-loving manner make it difficult for him to connect with John, but in spite of John’s old-fashioned ways, the chemistry between them grows.

Sparks fly as the blizzard rages outside the cabin. Can two men from different worlds and different times find happiness together?

A male/male time travel romance, complete with hurt/comfort, true confessions, a shared bed, fireplace kisses, the angst of separation, and true love across time.

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Review

I love stories that include time travel, and this one didn’t disappoint. The author did a fabulous job in describing the past, and I particularly loved the details as they added to the realistic feeling of the period. I also loved the contrast between the reality of the past compared to the way it was portrayed in the present, and not just the dude ranch compared to the harshness of the 1890s, but the ‘adjustments’ to John—and Laurie’s—story.

Although I’ve read this series out of order—and read book 3 first—so knew the basic storyline of this one going into it, it didn’t detract from my enjoyment.

I also liked the reason for the travelling in time. It’s a lovely mix of romantism and folklore of the area, especially in the way it’s perceived at first, before the reality of what is really Laurie’s heart’s desire sinks in.

One of the reasons I love time travel stories is the fish out of water side of it. I thought Laurie’s reaction that he’s stepped into a mock up and people play acting rather than the reality of his situation was nicely done, as was his panic when he figures out the truth. I thought it was realistic that he had no clue how to survive in this time, and had to learn even the small things like lighting a fire and not burning down the cabin in the process.

I always appreciate stories that take into account that being gay is illegal too, as it is a reminder of the harsh realities of the past.

John and Laurie have very different personalities, with Laurie’s mind and mouth constantly on the move, while John is so matter of fact. I liked how they fit together and complemented each other. Laurie talking a lot faster, which parallels the different pace of life between past and present, and John’s reaction to Laurie’s swearing, was also a nice touch. As an aside I appreciated that Laurie does wonder about that reaction, as he doesn’t want that kind of relationship, and then realised it is a sign of the times and their differing mindsets. John might be bigger and stronger, but Laurie brings his own strength to their relationship. I really felt for John dealing with his experiences in the war, the details such as why he uses china crockery instead of tin, and how he slowly thaws as his and Laurie’s friendship and relationship progresses.

I was very impressed by how the author maintains an interesting and enthralling story from one point of view, and two characters interacting for most of it. Apart from the Laurie’s time on the dude ranch, and the occasional trips into town this story is him and John snowed in in a cabin.

I’d recommend Honey from the Lion to readers who enjoy time travel fish out of water stories with endearing characters, and a sweet romance. 5 out of 5 stars.

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Book Review – 9 Willow Street by Nell Iris


Publisher: JMS Books
Pages: 84
Characters: Hannes/Mattis
POV: 1st
Genre: Paranormal Romance

Blurb:
Heartbroken after the death of his beloved Nana, Hannes, the family outsider, finally allows himself to grieve. The legal battle over Nana’s quirky old house — the only place he’s ever felt accepted and loved — is over, and he moves in and finds a sense of peace.

… And a rabbit.

An adorable bunny with a huge personality moves in, too, and refuses to leave. Hannes instantly falls in love with the sweet animal who helps heal his heart. But one morning, Hannes’ view of the world changes when the rabbit transforms into a man. A man named Mattis.

After the initial shock, Hannes and Mattis discover a connection between them that runs deeper than it seems. Will their newfound feelings survive unraveling secrets and meddling families, and grow into something real? Something deep and everlasting?

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Review

I loved this story for so many reasons. Hannes’ memories of his nana and their relationship paint a picture of a very strong willed lady and a wonderful friendship between the two of them.

I liked Hannes and how he’s so different to the rest of his family who didn’t impress me much with their priorities and the way they treat him. Mio is such a cute bunny, and I liked him as Mattis—his human form too 😉 I really liked Hannes’ reaction when he discovers his rabbit is really a shifter, and thought it felt realistic as opposed to him just saying ‘wow, that’s cool’ and accepting something out of the realm of his reality.

The world building around the bunny-humans is wonderfully detailed, and I felt for Mattis living in a society with expectations he knew he didn’t want. I loved the reference to werewolf erotica as Hannes tries to figure out how everything works in Mattis’ world.

I thought this was a lovely light story about soul mates and true love, and found it a very satisfying read despite its shorter length.

I’d recommend 9 Willow Street to readers who enjoy a very sweet and romantic story which is a perfect pick-me-up with an added bonus of bunny shifters. 5 out of 5 stars.

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July Love Bytes Reviews Blog Post – Authors in RL

In my July post I’m sharing about Gillian St. Kevern’s visit earlier in this month. It’s so cool spending time with another author, especially as it’s something I don’t get to do very often.

And naturally we had to stop off and visit Maurice the Moa at the library on our way home from the airport. You can read more about our four days together here.

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Release Blitz – Patron of Mercy by Sam Burns and W.M. Fawkes

A big welcome to Sam Burns and W.M. Fawkes as part of their release blitz with Signal Boost Promotions for Patron of Mercy.

Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Universal Link – Exclusive to Amazon and Available to Borrow with Kindle Unlimited


Length: 70,000 words approx.


Cover Design: Natasha Snow


Lords of the Underworld Series


Prince of Death – Amazon US | Amazon UK | Universal Link
Prisoner Of Shadows – Amazon US | Amazon UK | Universal Link


Blurb


Lach has spent the last few thousand years counting only on himself. What he needed, he took. What he wanted, he won with charm. All except a god he turned his back on an age ago, when he had a different name and didn’t know what he was giving up.


Thanatos, god of merciful death, is one of the gentlest gods in the pantheon—easing the transition between life and death for billions of mortals. But he has faced eternity alone. After breaking his heart on the sharp words of a fisherman’s son, he hasn’t been able to connect with anyone.


Now, Lach is crashing back into Thanatos’s life, dragging him into an adventure that could save the world . . . or kill them both.


PATRON OF MERCY IS THE THIRD BOOK IN A SERIES, BUT CAN BE READ AS A STAND ALONE NOVEL.

Sam Burns wrote her first fantasy epic with her best friend when she was ten. Like almost any epic fiction written by a ten year old, it was awful. She likes to think she’s improved since then, if only because she has better handwriting now.
If she’s not writing, she’s almost certainly either reading or lost down a Wikipedia rabbit hole while pretending to research for a novel.

W.M. Fawkes is an author of LGBTQ+ urban fantasy and paranormal romance. With coauthor Sam Burns, she writes feisty Greek gods, men, and monsters in the Lords of the Underworld series. She lives with her partner in a house owned by three halloween-hued felines that dabble regularly in shadow walking.


Website: https://www.fawkeswrites.com
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Twitter: https://twitter.com/FawkesWrites



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Blog Tour & Book Review – Treasure Trail by Morgan Brice

A big welcome to Morgan Brice AKA Gail Z. Martin as part of her blog tour with Gay Book Promotios for Treasure Trail from Darkwind Press.

Review

I loved the first book of this author’s new series, and the way it links into other books she’s written as Morgan Brice and Gail Z. Martin. The crossovers made me very happy, especially the appearances of characters from the Badlands, Sons of Darkness, and Deadly Curiosity series, and the way this story fits into the author’s overarching universe. I particularly liked Erik and Simon’s friendship and the way they had bonded over the weird stuff, and their abilities.

Like other books from this author, the settings feel like characters in their own right, and add to the richness of the story.

I became invested in Erik. Ben, and their stories, both separately and together, very quickly. Both have been damaged by their pasts, and need a new start. I thought their PTSD was handled realistically, and I felt for both men. I also thought, given their backgrounds, that it was realistic they’d doubt each other at first, and I like that although their attraction was instant, it took a while to build their friendship, relationship, and trust. I also liked that these guys are in their mid 30s rather than young men in their 20s as they bring more of their life experience to the story. They’ve had similar experiences in some ways, yet have very different personalities. I had to smile at the Supernatural reference, and I love that Ben has framed Marvel posters, and that Erik is much more capable to defending himself that I expected, given his nerdy university vibe.

I loved the family feeling of the supporting cast, and how they do support each other, and Erik and Ben. I particularly loved Susan, Erik’s neighbour, and was pleased that she plays a decent sized role in the story. She totally rocks! I’m looking forward to seeing more of Jaxon, Alessia, and Monty too.

The plot kept me turning pages, with its red herrings as to who the bad guys were. The showdown was exciting, and I loved the way ghosts figure into this story, and how they do their bit in supporting the action, and Eric, Ben, and their new friends too. The epilogue and set up for the series made me very happy.

I’d recommend Treasure Trail to readers who enjoy paranormal stories with likable characters who have abilities, plenty of appearances by ghosts, a great supporting cast, and a plot that keeps you turning pages. 5 out of 5 stars.

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Book Title: Treasure Trail

Author: Morgan Brice

Cover Artist: Lou Harper

Genre/s: Urban Fantasy MM paranormal romance

Trope/s: Second chance, friends to lovers, starting over, psychic/medium and a cop, mystery, action/adventure,

Themes: Taking a chance on love, running from your past, trust, friendship, found family

Heat Rating: 4 flames

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When a missing antique shows up under mysterious circumstances, Ben and Erik are plunged into danger as a cursed hotel’s long-ago scandals resurface. Someone wants those secrets to stay buried—and is willing to add Ben and Erik to the death toll to keep the past hidden.

Blurb

Erik Mitchell traveled the world uncovering art fraud and relic theft, which pitted him against spoiled billionaires, unscrupulous collectors, mobsters and cartels. He worked with law enforcement across the US and Europe, but a sting goes wrong and Erik ends up injured, then returns to find his partner cheating. Erik decides to stop globe trotting and buy an antique shop in scenic Cape May, NJ, rebuild his life, and nurse his broken heart.

Undercover Newark cop Ben Nolan went down in a hail of bullets when a bust went sideways, after a tip-off from a traitor inside the department. After he recovers, he spends a couple of years as a private investigator, only to tire of seeing the worst of human nature. So when his aunt offers him the chance to take over her rental real estate business in Cape May, it seems too good to be true. Now if he could just believe he could ever be lucky again in love.

When a missing antique shows up under mysterious circumstances, Ben and Erik are plunged into danger as a cursed hotel’s long-ago scandals resurface. Someone wants those secrets to stay buried—and is willing to add Ben and Erik to the death toll to keep the past hidden.

Excerpt

“What the hell did you pack in these boxes? Rocks?” Sean Meirlach shifted the heavy moving box on his shoulder. Sean looked and sounded like the Jersey Shore guy he was, brawny and blunt.

“Books,” Ben replied. “You know, those rectangular paper things? Ever read one?” The teasing was good-natured. Ben Nolan had spent most of his summers working for his cousin’s mom, and they were thick as thieves. Which, Ben reflected, was a poor analogy for an ex-cop-turned-former-private-investigator. And now, at least for this summer, a vacation rental manager in beautiful Cape May, New Jersey.

“Yes, dumbass. I’ve read lots of books. And not just the ones with pictures in them,” Sean said with a smirk. Sean played up his bad boy persona, but Ben knew his cousin had plenty of brains, hustle, and street smarts.

“Good to know. I’d hate to have to break it to Aunt Meg that her favorite son was illiterate.”

Sean snorted. “Favorite son? I’m her onlyson, asshole. And she’s already pissed at me because I just want to run my food truck in Wildwood. Which is why you’re doing me a huge solid, taking over the family business.”

“Whoa, there! Hold up. I’m here for the summer. Justthe summer. I said I’d see how it went. No promises.”

“Just the summer? You sure brought a lot of shit with you if it’s just for the summer.” Sean set the box down a little harder than necessary on a table in the upstairs apartment over the rental office, which would be Ben’s home for the next few months. Ben dumped the tangle of odds and ends he had carried up from the rented van and flopped onto the couch. He had put most of his things in storage when he left Newark and brought what he didn’t want to do without, or what the apartment didn’t have. Sean had driven the truck up to Cape May, while Ben drove his black Mustang, packed to the roof.

He owed Sean a lot for helping him move—and, if truth be told, for pushing him as the perfect candidate for the job to Aunt Meg.

“Don’t screw up the master plan, dude!” Sean chided. “You’re sick of the big city and getting shot. And I need a little of that good life, somewhere not quite as buttoned-down.” He reached for a bottle of water and took a swig. “I love this town, but I need to stretch my wings. And the vibe in Wildwood is different. People come for the Pier and the Boardwalk and the rides. More singles, not just families. And they all have to eat!”

Sean’s truck, Put A Ring On It, specialized in kickass onion rings, which went on everything—burgers, hot dogs, chicken wings, even chili. The combination of great food, a catchy name, and Sean’s outgoing personality had made for a very successful launch.

About the Author

Morgan Brice is the romance pen name of bestselling author Gail Z. Martin. Morgan writes urban fantasy male/male paranormal romance, with plenty of action, adventure and supernatural thrills to go with the happily ever after. Gail writes epic fantasy and urban fantasy, and together with co-author hubby Larry N. Martin, steampunk and comedic horror, all of which have less romance, more explosions. Characters from her Gail books make frequent appearances in secondary roles in her Morgan books, and vice versa.

On the rare occasions Morgan isn’t writing, she’s either reading, cooking, or spoiling two very pampered dogs.

Other books include Witchbane, Burn, Dark Rivers, and Badlands. Watch for more in these series, plus new series coming soon!

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