A big welcome to the authors of the Heart2Heart Anthology Volume 4 as part of their tour with Gay Romance Reviews Tours.
I’d highly recommend all the stories in this anthology but have chosen three to review with this tour. I thought the idea behind this collection was very clever with the paranormal theme in common, and the play on name of the podcast host.
A Caller From Pittsburgh by Morgan Brice
This was a very sweet story, and I’d love to read more of Madden and Elias. I loved the not so veiled Supernatural and fanfic connections. It captured the feel of fandom and the people within it very well. I loved that although Elias is a huge fantasy/comic book fan, he still doesn’t believe in shifters, and how that changes. Madden is wonderfully geeky and I felt for him wanting to be accepted for who and what he is. His courting of Elias while in squirrel form was adorable and heartfelt. There’s a wonderful sense of community within this story too, which I loved.
A Caller from Montreal by S.J. Himes
I loved this story about a dragon and his treasure. The dragon mythology is a little different to what I’ve read before, and I loved the potential of a touch clairvoyant. Tarquin is wonderfully direct and focused, especially in the way he connects with Alaric, and just goes for it. I enjoyed how Alaric comes into his own and becomes more confident as his and Tarquin’s relationship grows too. Tarquin’s abilities with storms and weather is very cool, and I loved how his and Araric’s connection affects both of them. Carisle needs a mention too. They’re an intriguing character and I’d love to know more. I’m hoping we haven’t seen the last of these characters and their world.
A Caller from San Francisco by Hailey Turner
I love selkie stories and this one hit the spot nicely. Ethan and Jacob are both nice guys, and I thought their story was very sweet. I liked how Ethan wanted the relationship his parents have, which isn’t one between two selkies, and thought his loneliness came across very well. The world building is interesting, and I liked how Ethan is linked to his pelt, and not just in that it enables him to change forms. I also liked that although Jacob comes from a family of warlocks and witches, he has no magic himself. I liked the glimpse of his fellow fire fighters and how supernaturals are an accepted part of this world. More please.
Blog Tour & Excerpt:
Heart2Heart: A Charity Anthology, Volume 4
A Paranormal Collection Supporting LGBT Charity
This collection will be available for only 90 days before it’s gone forever.
Once upon a time, a bunch of authors wondered…
Why should Heart2Heart – the phenomenally successful dating app – only work its magic in the human world when lonely lycans, dejected dragons, and jilted jackalopes need love, too?
In this new paranormal universe, mages and shifters, vampires, psychics, and even humans, will reach out to Heart2Heart podcast host Gene E. Del’Amp for help finding a magical match… and they just might find that talking about their woes helps their wishes come true.
Eighteen of your favorite gay romance authors have come together to bring you brand-new paranormal and urban fantasy stories inspired by reader suggestions!
Once again, all proceeds from this collection will go to the authors’ favorite LGBTQ charities, to ensure that love in all its forms will be celebrated and protected every single day of the year!
All Proceeds Go To Charity:
What is Heart2Heart?
A Special Excerpt from Hailey Turner’s Heart2Heart Story “A Caller From San Francisco“:
A brief description of your story: As a selkie, Ethan knows to keep his seal skin safe and never give it away. With his clan on the other side of the country, he’s lonely and wishes constantly for someone to come home to. Everything changes when a fire ravages through his home, and he has to put his trust in a complete stranger.
Life would be easier if he’d chosen an apartment in Berkeley, but the San Francisco Bay was a heavily trafficked body of water, and Ethan hadn’t wanted to deal with all the boats. Plus, many of the shoreline parks closed overnight, and Ethan preferred swimming at night where no one could see him change form. Living in San Francisco meant easier access to the beach, even if he didn’t go as often as he’d like.
Ethan was willing to make the sacrifice for the good of his clan, but sometimes it was isolating, even with what friends he’d managed to make in the Bay Area. Sighing, he unzipped his jacket a little while he waited on the underground platform. It was warmer in the station than up on the street, and he was feeling a bit overheated suddenly.
March was cool in parts of the Bay Area, but it got chilly during the night. Usually, Ethan could regulate his body temperature better than his human friends simply because he was a selkie. Tonight though, he stayed a little too warm even when he finally got on the first train. He thought it was a car where the heating was broken and perpetually on, but even when he switched cars, Ethan still found himself sweating.
He tried to ignore how uncomfortable he was on the trek home. He turned up the music a little and zoned out, trying not to fidget so much. He was definitely going to change forms and sleep in the tub tonight. Soaking in water would make him feel a lot better.
Then he made it home and realized nothing would be right again.
The flashing lights of multiple firetrucks up ahead on Sutter Street caught Ethan’s attention. The bus braked to a stop on the wrong side of the intersection since two police cars were blocking the way forward. Ethan turned off his music as the bus driver opened the doors.
“If you’re getting off, you need to get off here,” she said.
Ethan scrambled off the bus, heart pounding in his chest as he rushed across the street, barely cognizant of the lights changing. A police barricade had been set across the sidewalk, and Ethan’s sneakers skidded over wet cement. Smoke hung heavy on the air, stinging his nose as he finally caught sight of the devastation that used to be his apartment building—and where he’d left his seal skin, as he always did when venturing out into the world.
Ethan didn’t know he was crying until he tasted tears on his lips.
What are your thoughts on being part of Heart2Heart volume 4?
I’ve loved being part of this volume! Getting to play with magic this time around was so much fun, and the company of my fellow authors was stellar as always. I was happy and honored to be invited back. Heart2Heart is such a fun community effort, and I had a blast.
Where can readers find you online:
You can follow me on other social media platforms, join my Facebook readers group, and sign up for my newsletter right over here: linktr.ee/haileyturnerwrites
More information on the Charities chosen for Volume 4:
As with previous editions of the anthology, we’re honored to be donating our net profits to three deserving charities.
🌈 – Camp fYrefly (multiple locations, summer camp)
“Camp fYrefly is a summer camp and leadership retreat designed for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-identified, two-spirited, intersexed, queer, and questioning youth, (LGBTQ2S+) and planned in part by a committee of the same youth it seeks to serve. Founded in 2004 by Dr. André P. Grace and Dr. Kristopher Wells, Camp fYrefly is designed to help youth develop the leadership skills and personal resiliency necessary for them to become agents for positive change in their schools, families, and communities.”
🌈 – Project 10 (youth services and advocacy, Quebec)
“Project 10 works to promote the personal, social, sexual and mental well being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, two-spirit, intersexed and questioning youth and adults 14-25.
Through advocacy and education, using a harm reduction approach, Project 10 aims to facilitate the empowerment of youth at individual, community, and institutional levels with a particular emphasis on supporting individuals and groups who experience multiple and intersecting oppressions.
Services are free of charge, confidential and anonymous, and are offered in English and French.”
🌈 – QMUNITY (local services, BC)
“A non-profit organization based in Vancouver, BC that works to improve queer, trans, and Two-Spirit lives. We provide a safer space for LGBTQ/2S people and their allies to fully self-express while feeling welcome and included. Our building serves as a catalyst for community initiatives and collective strength.”
These are all great Charities and we need to take care of our youth and the next generation. Love is Love. Be safe and kind. No one should have to suffer for who they are or who they love!!
Authors and their stories:
Charlie Cochet – A Caller from Windermere
Hailey Turner – A Caller from San Francisco
J.D. Light – A Caller from Springfield
Jenn Burke – A Caller from Ottawa
Kiki Burrelli – A Caller from Portland
Lisa Oliver – A Caller from New Orleans
Macy Blake – A Caller from Knoxville
Maz Maddox – A Caller from New York
Morgan Brice – A Caller from Pittsburgh
Pandora Pine – A Caller from Boston
Piper Scott – A Caller from Chicago
Silvia Violet – A Caller from Savannah
SJ Himes – A Caller from Montreal
Susi Hawke – A Caller from Austin