Musa Books I Love Blog Hop
Welcome to ‘Musa Books I Love’ Blog Hop! The Hop will be hopping from February 16 through 19. There are plenty of give aways and fun books to discover, so visit as many sites as you can. My give away is listed at the end of my post. Here’s also a link to the Blog
The hop has been a great way for me to catch up on some new authors and genres that I don’t normally read. I downloaded several books but haven’t been able to read all of them yet.
I write m/m romance and read a lot of it – so I decided to go in another direction when chosing the books I wanted to read for the hop. I picked a f/f love story and a thrilller/horror story. I’m really glad I ventured outside my self-imposed reading box!.
The first book I read was Song of Sappho: Lily in Bloom by Marie-Elise Basset.
A lovely widow discovers that she isn’t frigid; she just lacked the right partner in bed–her brother’s governess.
This is a historical GLBT romance set in Victorian times. It’s a wonderfully written short story, with very erotic sexually intimacy between two women in a time when women’s roles were restrictive and sexual stifling. Lily is sweet natured but also bold in her determination to leave England and set out for foreign lands. She knows there’s a world out there that is exotic and as different as her life she wants to leave behind.
The next book I read was House and Garden by Deb Victoroff. A story that slowly builds to its horrorifying conclusion.
An isolated country house on a parcel of overgrown land refuses to be gentrified by a girl from the city who is gradually terrorized by the nature that surrounds her.
Wow, home ownership was taken to whole new level. I love how Deb slowly builds up the tension and horror in this short story. She takes daily occurances and twists them around, and something as innocent as gardening becomes something dark and dangerous. Another beautifully written book published by Musa!
Other books I’ve purchased but haven’t read yet are:
L.B. Gregg’s – Second Cornwall Novella – Simple Gifts
David Pilling – Exiles
A.M Author – Prodigal
I look foward to reading them.
I’ve very proud to be a Musa Author and in the company of such wonderful authors. My m/m contemporary series – Woodland Village – has found a new home with Musa. The first two books – Blue Skye and Ryan’s Harbor, were re-edited, re-formatted. Blue Skye came out January and Ryan’s Harbor will be out the first of March. In April, book 3 will be released – John’s Match.
As Skye inspected the gallery, Drew studied him. He’d changed from the coltish teenager he’d kissed under a starless night so long ago. Now Skye showed up, six foot two inches of hard muscle, with ridiculously rich brown hair and those unforgettable gray eyes that were too seductive to be legal. Skye’s crisp white shirt stretched over his broad chest, his muscular physique refusing to be held in by a mere shirt. Even from where Drew stood, a whiff of oil paint and clean soap invaded the air around him.
Skye gazed at him, his face lit with boyish enthusiasm. “My work’s going to look awesome here. Carl told me he hired you. You did a fantastic job.”
Drew shrugged off Skye’s compliment. “The building had good bones.” It was easy to enhance the original warm red brick, the thick hewn wood beams and the numerous, wide, rectangular windows facing the street.
Skye stopped near a leather chair, his lean fingers resting on the headrest, mild humor curving his lips. “Your reputation’s deserving. I went to see the Johnson Building.”
The skyscraper had garnered a lot of press because of its innovative roofline, becoming a favorite landmark among New Yorkers.
Drew warily watched Skye sit in the chair, his jeans too tight to miss the restraint of his firm muscles. He cleared his parched throat, reaching for his water bottle. Empty. Damn. He tossed it in the waste basket.
I also have a short story — Lover’s Trill — in the GLBT anthololgy More Love Notes.
Lover’s Trill, included in More Love Notes, copyright 2012, Musa Publishing
Happy to wander aimlessly, Leo slipped his hands into his fleeced-lined jacket. Living in LA, he forgot how cold it could be in February. He turned the corner and sputtered to a halt. Staring at the poster pasted to the side of a building, he didn’t need to read the name spelled in bold letters across the poster to know who it was. He could never forget that face in rapture — when playing or getting off. Music and sex had invoked the same feelings in Andre Revele. Passion was passion, and that man always had both in spades.
The black and white picture showed Andre playing the violin. Numbness swept across Leo as he stared at Andre caressing the bow in those slender-fingered hands — such artistic hands on a large man. It had been love at first sight — or at least lust — when Leo had walked into the practice room.
He could still remember a youthful Andre, not quite grown into his robust physique, as he played the last stanza of Bach’s Concerto in E. The violin’s notes had faded into magic dust, the music echoing in the atmosphere long after the performance was over. Bright green eyes peered through dark lashes and sensual pouty lips morphed into a shy smile. That’s all it took for the seed of love to be planted in Leo’s musical heart.
He scanned the poster for the dates of the virtuoso’s concert. Tomorrow night was the last performance. Leo shuffled on his feet, unable to move away. He bit his lip and traced the image of Andre. Did he dare go?
For a fun celebration I will give away a digital copy of More Love Notes – so leave a comment, your email where I can contact you, and tell me what Musa book you’re reading! I will pick a winner at the end of the hop.
Have fun hopping!