New Books! Sale Books! Free Books! All the Books!

Okay, so that may, in fact, be a bit of hyperbole. But! I do have a bunch of awesome MM & MF BDSM erotic romance and Paranormal NA romance related book news to share.

Okay, first off, if you’re a fan of MM erotic romance and BDSM, Jess Jarman’s Nothing Serious is ah-maaaaaaaaa-zing! Seriously. It’s not only ridiculously hot, it also made me both laugh and cry – Jess’ emotional content is phenomenal.

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Aaron Stevens likes his life the way it is. As a surgical resident, he is perfectly content with the fact that the precious hours he has outside the hospital revolve around taking care of his mother and sister. He doesn’t have the time or inclination for a serious relationship. So the fact his lover lives halfway around the world and is fine with jetting off to exotic locales a couple times a year for a few weeks of hot sex is as close to perfect as he can get.

The last thing Jack Hayes ever expected when his best friend got involved with an American was to hook up with her son. And he sure as hell never imagined it would continue for as long as it has. For years, he has been at Aaron’s beck and call, satisfied with submitting to him whenever Aaron and his busy life allow. But, after a change in his family’s company that has him looking for a new job, and possibly moving, Jack has begun to examine what he really wants in life and isn’t sure stolen moments here and there are enough anymore.

When Jack arrives to attend Aaron’s sister’s wedding, keeping what he and Aaron have a secret begins to take its toll. Aaron is unwilling to come out to his family, afraid of hurting them and ruining what should be the happiest day of his sister’s life. As much as Jack has come to love Aaron, he can’t bring himself to be the dirty secret in Aaron’s closet. Aaron has a choice to make, because the tighter he holds on to keeping their “nothing serious” arrangement, the closer he comes to losing everything.  Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iBooks, Kobo, ARe

And to celebrate the release of this awesome book, we’ve put book three of the Bound series, The Professor’s Student, on sale for a bit. You can get it at Amazon for 99 cents! (Limited time only.)

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Six weeks in Ireland on a Bronze Age archeological dig is exactly what Josie Cooper needs. She loves teaching, but fieldwork is where her heart is, and working with Professor Declan O’Shaughnessy is a dream come true…until she meets the man. Declan is brilliant, gorgeous, and unapologetically arrogant. By the end of the first week, Josie is ready to push him into the Atlantic.

Unfortunately, annoyance doesn’t stop her physical reaction to him. Nor does it stop the way every accidental touch makes her crave more. More of his hands on her skin. More of his lilting voice in her ear.

Knowing Josephine Cooper’s reputation in the archeology world, Declan is thrilled that she’d accepted his invitation to work the dig. However, he hadn’t counted on his overwhelming attraction to the American professor. Though he tries to maintain his distance and keep things professional between them, that plan goes to hell when he learns that Josephine returns his interest. And when an opportunity to act on that attraction, as well as explore her submission, presents itself, he jumps at it—taking complete control.

For the next five weeks, Josie agrees to submit to Declan. His instruction awakens needs she didn’t know she possessed, and she learns more about desire and herself than she would have thought possible. But what happens when their time is over, and Josie has to give up being his student to go back to being the professor again?

If paranormal erotic romance and/or a fan of new twists on Arthurian legend, you’ve got to get Jess Jarman’s The Deepest Cut. For starters, it’s FREE! Secondly, but far more importantly, it’s brilliant. And the the subsequent books, are too. Albion’s Circle is one of my all time favorite series.

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For nineteen years, Anna has been plagued by dreams of lives lived only in legend. Finally free from the family that believed her hopeless and worthless, she’s ready to start her life over—alone.

When Anna meets an enigmatic stranger claiming to be the legendary wizard Merlin, she is forced to question the very reality she’s struggled to accept. With the mythic figures from her dreams intruding on her waking life, Anna learns that she’s been reborn to fight an ancient evil alongside King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table.

Caught in an ages old conflict, Anna is the key to stopping a dark magic that will destroy the world—and Merlin wants to make sure that this time, Anna isn’t alone.

Content Warning: This book contains mentions and depictions of self-harm and illicit drug use.

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After you finish that one, you’re gonna want to get In My Veins, too. I can’t tell you how much I adore this series. It’s true, I’m a sucker for all things Arthurian, but this reimagining of the mythos is just fantastic.

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Anna is his. Merlin has failed. The Circle is broken. After being defeated in every lifetime, Mordred believes he has finally won.

Even though Anna has little hope of gaining Merlin’s forgiveness for believing Mordred over him and the rest of the Circle, she isn’t giving up and vows to set things right. When an offer of help comes from an unlikely ally, Anna must trust her instincts—the very thing that got her into this mess in the first place.

Because more than just her survival hangs in the balance. Mordred took her for a reason. Anna is the key. The key to completing the Circle. The key to preventing unthinkable death and destruction at Mordred’s hand. The key to destroying the heart of a wizard whose love has followed her through the ages.

But Mordred has forgotten exactly what he is up against. Arthur and his Knights. The most powerful Magical to ever walk the Earth. And a love a thousand years in the making.

Note: This book contains some MM scenes.
Content Warning: This book contains mentions and depictions of self-harm.

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Edge of Darkness is the latest book in the Albion’s Circle series, and as much as I love the series as a whole, I think this one is my favorite. There may have been totally was ugly crying on my part near the end.

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How far is too far? Where is the line that can’t be crossed? For Merlin, when it comes to Anna, the answers are easy. Too far doesn’t exist, and the uncrossable line has gotten pushed farther and farther away through the centuries until Merlin doesn’t see it anymore. And that becomes ever more clear to everyone as a new threat rises.

Being back with the Circle, back with Merlin—where she belongs—Anna should be happy. Her magic, finally free and within reach, and her memories following quickly, should be cause for celebration. But all of that is overshadowed, tainted by Mordred and the connection he’s forged between their minds. With Mordred in her head, taunting and manipulating her at every turn, Anna fears she’ll never truly be free.

Though his days as King of Camelot and High King of all of Albion are in a long, distant past, Arthur has never felt the weight of his crown as heavily as he does now, in this life. While having Anna with them and being able to complete the Circle for the first time since Camelot is an advantage Arthur cannot discount in the battle to come, the odds are certainly not in their favor. Not with an enemy who seems to always be always one step ahead. Not when the trust Arthur and the others have built over lifetimes together is dissolving beneath lies and secrets.

The Circle is faltering, and Mordred’s increasingly bold attempts against them are pushing them to the breaking point. If they can’t return to their former strength—back to the stuff of legends—to defeat the powerful Magical, someone may pay the ultimate price before the final battle even begins.

Content Warning: This book contains mentions and depictions of self-harm and suicide.

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Okay, so I think that’s it for all the book news – for now, anyway. I’ll have two new releases coming up in October, but more on those later! But, for now, get reading! This stuff is awesome!

Merlin Club : The Fires of Idirsholas or The One Where Eye Makeup Becomes an Indicator of Evil


Okay…before we get into the recap, I have to do a little shameless self-(and also Jess and Jen) promo for our brand new Merlin inspired anthology, If Ever I Would Leave You: Arthurian Stories for a New Generation.

Jess, who’s awesome, btw, suggested that we do Arthurian themed stories since we all love this stuff so much, and I’m so freaking glad we did! I just love the finished stories, and I’m so damn excited about antho! Also, Kris Norris made this beautiful cover for us!You can check out the book here and here. And here’s a peek at the cover.

Okay – recap time!

The episode opens with an ominous looking castle in the distance against the backdrop of an equally ominous looking sky. This can only mean one thing. Evil is afoot. And evil’s name is Morgause. And Morgause is wearing her Country Music Awards dress to cast a spell to bring some crusty, ancient knights back to life. It works.

The next morning , there’s a peasant in Uther’s court warning Uther about the goings on at the ominous looking castle and Uther’s all bored and dismissive, practically rolling his eyes. But he sends Arthur and the guard out to investigate the ominous looking castle anyway. 
Gaius gives Merlin the details about the Knights of Medhir and Morgana finds a note in her chamber from Morgause telling her to meet Morgause in the woods. That night, Morgana sneaks out of the castle and meets Morgause in the woods. They discuss bringing about Uther’s downfall and Morgana agrees to help. Morgause casts some kind of spell on her. The next morning, Morgana wakes up in her bed looking confused. 
Gwen tends Uther who’s fallen ill, then Gwen goes to Gaius because she’s not feeling well. Meanwhile, Arthur, Merlin and Camelot’s guard finally make it to the ominous looking castle and are predictably attacked.  Also, predictably, Merlin and Arthur are the only ones who make it out alive. They ride back to Camelot to discover that everyone except Morgana has been magically roofied. 
Arthur races off in a panic to look for his dad. Merlin tells Morgana he knows that she’s not affected because she has magic and then lies to Arthur about why she’s not affected. Merlin goes to Gaius chambers and tries different magical spells to wake his ass up – they don’t really work – but they are entertaining in a creepy sort of way. 
Meanwhile, Morgause, looking particularly stunning in her armor, leads the Knights of Medhir on an attack on Camelot while Merlin, Morgana and Arthur frantically play hide the king by dragging him all over the castle. Merlin gets separated from them and heads down to ask the dragon for help. The dragon is pissed that Merlin has promised to release him and hasn’t yet, so he’s not talking. Merlin swears on his mother’s life that he’ll keep his promise. And the dragon tells him that the only way to break the spell, kill the already dead knights and wake Camelot is to kill the spell’s vessel which just happens to be Morgana. 
Merlin and Arthur are both starting to succumb to the spell, and things are looking particularly hopeless, so Merlin grabs a bottle of hemlock from Gaius’ chambers and poisons his water bag with it. Arthur fights his way out of the castle to get a cart that was left in the courtyard when its driver fell asleep, and Merlin convinces Morgana to have some of the water before he finishes it. 

Morgana drinks and immediately feels the effects. Merlin is incredibly traumatized by having to kill his friend and holds her as she’s dying. Morgause busts in and she and Merlin have a pissing contest about whether or not he’ll tell her what poison was used so she can save Morgana. He wins, she calls off the undead knights, he reveals the poison and Morgause magics her and Morgana out of there – to her secret evil lair, I assume. 

The knights all stay dead this time, everyone in Camelot wakes up, and over supper Gaius tells Merlin that he didn’t really have a choice about poisoning Morganna. And that pisses me right off because maybe Morgana wouldn’t be turning to dark magic if someone had been supportive of her – even if they had to hide it from Uther. So you know what? Fuck you, Gaius! Fuck you very much!

Merlin realizes he has a promise to keep and leaves the table to head down to the see the dragon, carrying a wrapped sword. It’s a sword from one of the undead knights. With the knight’s sword and a spell Merlin cuts through the ginormous chain imprisoning the dragon and frees him.
The look on Merlin’s face says it all. This will not end well. 
Also, the previews involve a lot of screaming and Camelot burning. So…you know. 

And now, the questions. 

1.       If I’d written this episode…I would have made the costumers give Morgause a new dress. One that didn’t look like she’d stolen it from Miranda Lambert’s concert bus.
 2.    The thing I loved/hated most about this episode. Merlin having to poison Morgana actually broke my heart a little. I’m not sure if that goes under loved or hated. I did hate that even though Morgana agreed to help bring down Uther, Morgause cast a spell on her without her consent and she seemed lost and horrified by how everything was going on. That’s a shitty thing to do to your sister, Morgause.
3.    Something you’ve never noticed about this episode before. So many things. First off is Morgana’s heavy eye makeup halfway through the show signifying her descent into evil.  Second, is the fact that Morgana seemed pretty lost as to what was occurring since Morgause cast the spell on her after magically knocking her ass out. Third is the way Gaius was all, “whatever-she-got-what-she-deserved” – that pisses me off. If he hadn’t spent the first few seasons lying to her about her abilities and making her think she was crazy and that no one cared, maybe we wouldn’t be here right now. 
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4.    Favorite Costume. Gotta give it to Morgana’s green dress. 

5.    Here is Proof of some random head canon I’ve created. I didn’t create this, but I concur with it. Morgana and Morgause are supposed to be half sisters. However, they appear to have a lot more going on.

6.    What Merthur moment did Jess have the naughtiest thoughts about? I’m guessing when Arthur was impressed by Merlin’s good ideas. And also when Merlin had to get a little rough with Arthur to keep him awake.
7.   What made Jen lose her shit (in a good or bad way) in a bad way? I shall show you with a picture I’ve already posted. Because it was that good. 
Jess’ take on the episode is here, and Jen’s is here.