Review: A Restored Man

I just finished reading the latest edition to the men of Halfway House, A Restored Man. Jamie Reese has written a home A_Restored_Manrun (sorry for the baseball reference, I know it should be a car one instead) with this one. This is book number three in the series, and in my opinion, the best of the three.

A Restored Man is Cole’s story. If you recall from the previous read, Cole comes in at the end. He is at the HH after serving a prison term for grand theft auto. As part of his rehab, he gets a job working for Aidan’s brother, Ty, at his car shop (repair, restoration, custom work of all kinds).

Before I get too far into my thoughts, here’s the blurb:

Cole Renzo thinks his greatest challenge is to behave for the remainder of his term at Halfway House. Until he meets his new boss, Ty Calloway, a man who ticks off every box on Cole’s list of interests.

A sought-after restorer and customizer of exotic and collectible cars, Ty had enough confidence to command what he wanted in life, until one fateful night changed everything. Almost two years later, he’s slowly rebuilding his life with great control. He’s defied the odds and works tirelessly to be the man he once was—but he still feels broken.

Cole’s candor and unfiltered personality awaken Ty’s barely-remembered desire to greet each new day with a smile, while Ty’s unwavering acceptance of Cole’s quirks and brash humor makes Cole feel as if he fits in for the first time in far too long. When a nemesis threatens Ty’s personal restoration and the things he holds dear, Cole is determined to protect their relationship, even if that means sacrificing everything he’s worked so hard to achieve. Continue reading “Review: A Restored Man”

Wednesday Briefs Sci-Fi MM Flash

My muse has been all over the place of late. Usually it goes on vacations for extended periods of times without asking. Now, it’s just jumping around—ooh, look at that shiny, sparkly thing…let’s try that!!

I really appreciate those of you who stop by and check out my Wednesday Briefs stories. This week I decided I want to focus on flash fiction. I had a lot of fun in Lisa Kessler’s class, and I really want to hone writing a complete story in less than 1000 words.

The below story is sort of a sci-fi m-m story. My hope is to keep the same characters and write short pieces about snippets of their lives. I hope you like them or at least keep reading to see how they grow.

I’m getting to the story, I promise!! This week’s story is based on the prompt, “Huh, that’s smaller than I thought.” Come on, get your mind out of the gutter…well, temporarily!!! *wink*

Photo courtesy of Kevin Mitnak
Photo courtesy of Kevin Mitnak

Mission Interrupted

by

Avery Dawes

Blaster fire sounded from behind Sid. One lucky shot caught his thigh as it streaked by. “Damn-it!” He keyed the small comm in his ear. “Gareth, where in the universe are you? I’m hit!” Sid pulled the lone stun grenade from his pocket and launched it. He wasn’t a weapons guy. Blasters were foreign to him. Besides, even if he had one, he couldn’t hit the broad side of a space cruiser in broad daylight.

A bass voice sounded in his ear. “What in the Meridan Galaxy do you expect? You tripped the Clanadies’ security on entry.” The dumbass that belonged at the end of the sentence went unsaid.

Gareth sounded really pissed. Well, Sid was just as pissed, and his leg throbbed like the techno beat in Club Paragon. He quickly typed the last of the code into the cantankerous older model Xlite processer, starting the final download to his microdrive.

His comm blared to life with Gareth’s commanding voice. “Sid, you’ve got fifteen seconds to get your ass out of there. Otherwise, I won’t be responsible for what happens.”

“Gareth, you big lunk! You’re supposed to be keeping them off of me. One more minute. Then, I’ll be done.” Sid cursed under his breath. The download was taking its sweet time. Babying the ancient machine didn’t work either. Continue reading “Wednesday Briefs Sci-Fi MM Flash”

Kindling Flames: Stolen Fire Book Blitz

Stolen-FireTitle:  Kindling Flames: Stolen Fire

Series:  The Ancient Fire Series #4

Author:  Julie Wetzel

Published:  March 3rd, 2015

Publisher:  Crimson Tree Publishing

Genre:  NA Urban Paranormal Romance

Content Warning:  Violence, adult language

Recommended Age:  18+

Synopsis:  Night. A time of quiet, of peace, of rest, and now, a time of terror.

With an uncontrolled vampire plaguing the city, the Vampire Council of Brenton once again calls on Darien Ritter for help.

Overwhelmed with the issues of a new menagerie and plans for his wedding, Darien still manages to step up and answer the call. The only problem is, he suddenly finds himself a little too… human.

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Excerpt:

“We are at your call, Master.” A male voice rang out across the room, drawing everyone’s attention.

Darien turned in his chair to see Josh coming through the doorway. His brother was only a step behind.

“I don’t have full control over my powers at the moment.” Darien stood up as he addressed the new vampires. “What I ask of you could be dangerous.” Continue reading “Kindling Flames: Stolen Fire Book Blitz”