Category Archives: DSP Publications

Ummana by Xenia Melzer

Title: Ummana

Series:  Gods of War # 3

Author: Xenia Melzer

Genre: Fantasy

Length: Novel (294 pages)

Publisher: DSP Publications (July 4, 2017)

Heat Level: Low – Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 3.75 Hearts

Blurb: In war, loss is the price of victory, and the cost of love is sometimes pain.

After Renaldo and Casto finally celebrate their marriage, the time has come for revenge against the followers of the Good Mother who tried to kill Casto—though this time, the gods of war won’t use bloodshed to take Medelina.

As a member of the Confederation of the Plains, Medelina answers to Ummana, the head of the alliance… and Casto is heir to the throne of Ummana. Accompanied by their most capable mercenaries, Canubis and Renaldo travel to Ummana to make Casto king.

They’ll face the Council of Elders; Lord Aran, Casto’s father; and Princess Anesha, Casto’s sister—none of whom are happy about the king’s return. For Casto, the city is a reminder of a terrible childhood, and Renaldo can only helplessly watch his beloved fight a seemingly hopeless battle.

Through trickery and political scheming, vengeance against the Good Mother is finally within their grasp—but their success might be bittersweet. Not everyone will return to the Valley with Casto and Renaldo..

ISBN-13: 978-1-63533-362-6

Product Link: DSP Publications | Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon DE

Reviewer: Shorty 

Review: Book three in the series has a different feel than the previous two books. There is still an interesting cast of characters throughout that add an element as well as political, plots, and some background info. I just could not put my finger on what was different with the overall feel of the story.

I love Casto but would like to see more of other characters as the main MC sometimes. Sic’s past and what he has been through broke my heart. I was happy that the person responsible for his pain finally got his. 

Though I enjoyed the series so far I did not care for this one as much. It’s a complex story that had me confused at times with explanations as to certain things. Never the less it’s a good read for the series.

It was an o.k. read.

The Green’s Hill Novellas by Amy Lane

Amy Lane - The Green's Hill Novellas CoverTitle: The Green’s Hill Novellas

Series:  A Green’s Hill Collection | Companion to the Little Goddess Series

Author: Amy Lane

Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal

Length: Novel (220 pages)

Publisher: DSP Publications (June 14, 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 4 ½ Hearts (Combined)

Blurb: Welcome to Green’s Hill, a small, secret collective of the fey, furry, and undead, existing unnoticed in the California foothills for over a hundred and fifty years.  Whether your passion is exotic were-animals, angels, elves, or vampires, you can find them here—although things are changing on the hill.

Bound by love and honor, Cory, Green, and Adrian work to give their followers a home—but they have no idea that the effects of their true love will spread like ripples in a pond.  

Be prepared for the unexpected, and ready for enchantment—you never know who will be awakened to the romantic possibilities of a vampire, a sorceress, or a pansexual elf who finds power in the force of love.

This anthology includes:

Litha’s Constant Whim

It is on Litha that Whim meets Charlie, and their vows to return next Litha and finish what they started launch a thirteen-year tradition of celebration.

1st Edition published by Dreamspinner Press, June 2010.

I Love You, Asshole! 

It’s a good thing vampires live forever, because it might take Marcus that long to convince Phillip that gender lines are for the living.

1st Edition published by Dreamspinner Press, May 2011.

Guarding the Vampire’s Ghost 

An accident of divine politics has put Adrian, a twice-dead vampire, in heaven and under the care of angels Shepherd and Jefischa.

1st Edition published by Dreamspinner Press, October 2010.

ISBN: 978-1-63476-019-5

Product Link: https://www.dsppublications.com/books/the-greens-hill-novellas-by-amy-lane-292-b

Reviewer: Shorty 

Review: Litha’s Constant Whim Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

This is the story of Whim, a young Sidhe, and Charlie. An awakening of love between the two and the journey they take to be together. Sweet and entertaining.

I love You, Asshole! Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Marcus seems strong and knows what he wants. Phillip seemed quite the opposite. He has insecurities and fears but with Marcus’ help becomes the man he was meant to be. I really liked Phillip as he seemed real to me.

Guarding the Vampire’s Ghost Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

This is my favorite book in this series as it shows despite watching his lovers move on that Adrian learns to live without them and is happy. It’s about letting go and living again. The characters were wonderful in this series.

All in all it was an entertaining read with a whole cast of characters whose lives were intersected each other’s. Sweet yet heart-breaking this series will make you smile yet tug at your heartstrings.

Great read.

Recovery by Amy Rea Durreson

Amy Rae Durreson - Recovery CoverTitle: Recovery

Series: Reawakening 03

Author: Amy Rae Durreson

Genre: Fantasy

Length: Novel (370 pages)

Publisher: DSP Publications (May 9, 2017)

Heat Level: Low – Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: Resistance, exile, plague. Raif has survived them all, but now he finds himself in search of a new purpose. Traveling north to wake the dragon Arden, he hopes he has finally found a leader worthy of his loyalty, but Arden turns out to be more of a frivolous annoyance than an almighty spirit lord. Now bound to Arden’s side despite his frustration, Raif follows the dragon to the rich and influential lagoon city of Aliann, chasing rumors of the Shadow that once cursed his homeland.

With the election of a new duke at stake, Raif struggles to make sense of the challenges he meets in Aliann: a conspiracy of nixies and pirates, selkie refugees in desperate need of a champion, a monster that devours souls, a flirtatious pirate prince, and a machine that could change the world. For nothing in the city of masks is what it seems, from the new friends Raif makes to the dragon he follows—or even himself.

ISBN-13: 978-1-63533-356-5

Product Link: https://www.dsppublications.com/books/recovery-by-amy-rae-durreson-375-b

Reviewer: Shorty 

Review: This is my favorite book in the series. I will have to re-read the entire series at some point to see if my opinion on the other two books has changed since I read them. Raif’s duty is to give his heart to Arden, a fierce dragon who has a world of hurt to work through. 

The two are made for each other but the road is long and tough for them as they are also as different as night and day. Raif is serious whereas Arden is cheeky. But they both have their secrets that eventually come out as the two set out to gather Arden’s hoard.

I really enjoyed the cast of characters in this story as they added to the already interesting read. I was immersed in a world of dragons, humans, secrets, adventure and fantasy that took my breath away. 

Great read.

Resistance by Amy Rae Durreson

Amy Rae Durreson - Resistance CoverTitle: Resistance

Series: Reawakening # 2

Author: Amy Rae Durreson

Genre: High Fantasy

Length: Novel (350 pages)

Publisher: DSP Publications (December 29, 2015)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 3.75 Hearts

Blurb: Overthrowing the Shadow that ruled Tiallat was only the first step. For rebel leader Iskandir, rebuilding his shattered country is an even greater challenge. A poor harvest, religious conflict, and years of tyrannical governance combine with the challenge of getting the soldiers of the Shadow’s army home and rehousing the exiled who are flooding back into free Tiallat. 

Then people begin to get sick.

A thousand years ago, after the Shadow’s first defeat, a blight fell upon the north: a disease that killed more than the war itself. Now, as this plague returns, Iskandir must look north again to the newly awakened dragon Halsarr, a learned doctor and professor who wants no part in a new war. Even if Halsarr agrees to come to their aid, Iskandir is afraid of the truth he will expose. For the dragon Halsarr once loved a bold and reckless steppes elemental who later transformed into the lonely and powerful Dual God of Tiallat, the two-faced Lord who has been missing since the Shadow entered the country.

ISBN-13: 978-1-63476-168-0

Product Link: https://www.dsppublications.com/books/resistance-by-amy-rae-durreson-186-b

Reviewer: Shorty 

Review: I understood the downcast mood of the story given the circumstances. I even understood Iskandir’s doubt in himself at first. But, he got on my nerves with his uncertainty off and on throughout the book. 

He did not really give Halsarr a chance as far as I’m concerned. I loved Halsarr. Iskandir, not so much. I was ready to slap him quite a few times just to knock some sense into him.

However, I did enjoy the story line and how everything played out. Though it’s depressing at times it fit perfectly and added an intriguing layer. 

A good addition to the series.

Reawakening by Amy Rae Durreson

Amy Rae Durreson - Reawakening CoverTitle: Reawakening (2nd edition)

Series:  Reawakening 01

Author: Amy Rae Durreson

Genre: High Fantasy

Length: Novel (280 pages)

Publisher: DSP Publications (October 27, 2015)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: For a thousand years, since their defeat of the Shadow at Eyr, the dragons have slept under the mountains. Now their king, Tarnamell, has woken. Driven mad by loneliness, he hurls himself south until he finds and tries to claim the Alagard Desert. Unfortunately, the desert already has a guardian spirit, and he doesn’t want to share. Amused by the cocky little desert spirit, Tarn retreats, planning to return in human form. 

When his caravan enters the desert, however, Alagard is missing. Rumors fly of a dark power, and soon Tarn’s caravan encounters the living dead and an amnesiac mage called Gard.

Forced to take refuge in the Court of Shells, a legendary fortress in the heart of the desert, Tarn, Gard, and their allies decide to seek out the Shadow before it destroys the desert. But to confront the Shadow, Tarn needs to gather his strength. A dragon’s power depends on the love and loyalty of his human hoard, but Tarn’s original hoard has been dead for centuries. Before he can face his most ancient enemy, he must win the trust of new followers and the heart of a cynical desert spirit.

First Edition published by Dreamspinner Press, 2014.

ISBN-13: 978-1-63476-166-6

Product Link: https://www.dsppublications.com/books/reawakening-by-amy-rae-durreson-163-b

Reviewer: Shorty 

Review: I have mixed feelings on this story. Hence the lower rating than I would have usually given this type of story. Tarn has awoken from a very long sleep and so sets out to find a new horde. A horde of people? Umm could you not have said people loyal to him? They are not treasures they are living beings. 

I understood Alagard’s antic’s in his spirit form but not in his form. He absolutely got on my nerves then. The story line slows on and off throughout and it drove me crazy as i was like can we speed things up please I don’t have all day.

Other than those things I really enjoyed this story. It was well written with adventure and mystery. Not to mention the evil guy that most paranormal stories have in them. I was captivated by the descriptions of the places where Tarn travelled on his mission. 

Great read.

Love and the Stubborn by Xenia Melzer

Xenia Melzer - Love and the Stubborn CoverTitle: Love and the Stubborn

Series:  Gods of War # 2

Author: Xenia Melzer

Genre: Fantasy

Length: Novel (334 pages)

Publisher: DSP Publications (December 13, 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 3.75 Hearts

Blurb: All is fair in love and war. By now, Renaldo has found out the hard way how utterly stupid this statement is once you’ve met your match. And Casto won’t give an inch in their ongoing war for love.

After a tumultuous start to their relationship, Renaldo and Casto seem to have finally reached calmer waters. But just when Renaldo starts getting comfortable and thinks he can relax, things get out of hand again. His old enemy, the Good Mother, is dangerously close to defeating the divine brothers by reaching out to what is most dear to him. Casto still clinging to his stubborn pride is all the plotters need to drive him and Renaldo apart. Burdened by the secrets of his past, Casto fights with everything he’s got not only to save his life, but also to secure his future happiness. Facing the destruction of everything they have built together, Renaldo and Casto must choose between pride and love.

ISBN-13: 978-1-63477-190-0

Product Link: https://www.dsppublications.com/books/love-and-the-stubborn-by-xenia-melzer-336-b

Reviewer: Shorty 

Review: I have to say from the beginning of this book I hated Renaldo. I cannot honestly understand someone who claims to love another then turns around, because Casto was late, and forces him to accompany him to a festival where he allows him to be touched by another, paraded nude around others and then has sex with him through the night as a part of a display of ownership knowing that Casto did not want to.

Renaldo was way too full of himself. The way he treated Casto was atrocious. I would have left. I loved Casto’s spirit and defiance. Unfortunately it seemed as if Renaldo wanted instant submission yet for him to be defiant. That is contradictory to say the least. I think Renaldo should not have been in a relationship as he knew not what he actually wanted.

There were a lot of POV’s by different characters throughout this story. It gave an added depth to the story. So much happens that it’s impossible to write about everything. Some want both Renaldo and Casto gone for good. Some want just Casto gone and still others want to see them succeed. 

As with all stories there are villains in this one there are more than one that will stop at nothing to destroy Renaldo and Casto. The though was well written with a master/slave theme, suspenseful, drama humiliation aspects at times. It was an o.k. read. I did not enjoy it as much as I did the first book.

Countermind by Adrian Randall

Adrian Randall - Countermind CoverTitle: Countermind 

Author: Adrian Randall

Genre: Paranormal, Science Fiction

Length: Novel (286 pages)

Publisher: DSP Publications (February 28, 2017)

Heat Level: Nil

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: In a postprivacy future, secrets are illegal and all communication is supervised. Telepaths are registered and recruited by a government with no qualms about invading the minds of its citizens. Fugitive psychics are hunted by the Bureau of Counterpsychic Affairs, or Countermind.

Alan Izaki is one such fugitive, as well as a hacker, grifter, and thief.

Countermind agent Jack Smith is hunting him through the twisted underbelly of Hong Kong.

But Alan possesses a secret so dangerous and profound it will not only shake Smith’s loyalties, but the foundations of their society.

And Alan isn’t the only one on the run. Rogue psychic Arissa binti Noor escapes Countermind, in search of brilliant game designer Feng Huang. She hopes that together, they can destroy the government’s intrusive Senex monitoring system.

Their goals seem at odds, and their lives are destined to collide. When they do, three very different people must question their alliances and their future, because everything is about to change.

ISBN-13: 978-1-63533-269-8

Product Link: https://www.dsppublications.com/books/countermind-by-adrian-randall-356-b

Reviewer: Shorty 

Review: Let me start by saying this story was complex. The terminology used in it confused me at times but never the less I understand the nature of what it meant the further I read. A glossary would have been nice though to have a reference to look at. So much takes place in this book there is no way I can cover every character and twist in the review.

The Countermind agency is tasked with keeping psychics from using their abilities in an unlawful way by any means necessary, including reprogramming. This is done by using a telepath. What I found strange that they use other telepaths to scan minds in the guise of looking for rogues. Yet it is against the law for other telepaths to do the same.

There was an overabundance of information throughout this story. So much so that I had to continuously stop and restart reading. I found Jack’s character to be without emotions and cold at times. He seemed almost inhuman. But he thawed the further I read and started thinking for himself at the end. 

Alan makes his living as a thief. He’s extremely smart and cunning for his age. There is a massive mystery surrounding who he is which I will not go into less I spoil it for other readers. Arissa is a Countermind agent in training who is a powerful telepath. Zheng is the head of Countermind and most defiantly is not who he seems.

There is abundance of mystery, adventure, deceit, betrayal and drama throughout. All these ingredients and characters made for a great read with plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader intrigued

Shadow Fray by Bradley Lloyd

Bradley Lloyd - Shadow Fray CoverTitle: Shadow Fray

Series:  Shadow Fray Round # 1

Author: Bradley Lloyd

Genre: Science Fiction

Length: Novel (284 pages)

Publisher: DSP Publications (May 30, 2017)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: Family is worth fighting for—and family doesn’t always mean blood.

No one knows what calamity poisoned the earth and decimated the human population, but living close to the toxic ground means illness and death. Justin is determined to keep his twin sister and younger brother from that fate—no matter what he has to do. To earn enough to keep his family safe in a high-rise, Justin enlists in a deadly sport called Shadow Fray. He quickly finds himself in over his head, especially when he is scheduled to face the most dangerous player.

Hale—who competes as Black Jim—knows he won’t be on top forever, despite his skills. He fights for a better life for his daughter, but his time is running out as Shadow Fray becomes increasingly lethal. Something about the newest fighter intrigues him, but does he dare defy his masters to investigate? Justin and Hale will clash in the ring, while beyond it the powerful elite and the crumbling world seem determined to keep them apart. If they can find common ground, they might have a chance to fight for their futures.

ISBN-13: 978-1-63533-360-2

Product Link: https://www.dsppublications.com/books/shadow-fray-by-bradley-lloyd-379-b

Reviewer: Shorty 

Review: This book was intense. It has fighting to the extreme in it. So be advised of that. It’s brutal and gory. 

Shadow Fray is a no holds bar fight ring that never stays in one place. Fighters are anonymous when they fight. The bosses do not care if they die in the ring either. I found that even though this story is no so much a romance as it is a survival in a time when things are not so great.

The main character’s, Hale, who fights as Black Jim and is known in the fighting world for his impressive winning streak fights for his daughters wellbeing. Justin, a beginner to the scene, has aligned himself with the wrong handler who really does not care anything about him except the money he brings in. But Justin is fighting for his family to have a better life.

I really liked the explanation of the epidemic that tore the wold apart and found it intriguing that no one could actually walk on the ground due to the contamination. As a result all the population that is left has to live in high rises. 

I don’t want to give away too much but I will say I loved the plot as it was more than fights. The rules to this new earth are downright scary. At times it seemed that civilization went backwards instead of forward. The mystery surrounding the bosses was intriguing. It’s truly a well written story about two men trying to survive any and all dangers. 

Fantastic read.

Unearthed by B.A. Tortuga (2nd Edition)

B.A. Tortuga - Unearthed CoverTitle: Unearthed (2nd edition)

Author: B.A. Tortuga

Genre: Horror, Paranormal

Length: Novel (200 pages)

Publisher: DSP Publications (January 10, 2017)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 3.75 Hearts

Blurb: Some ancient secrets are better left buried….

When Jacob Keys gets the call every man dreads, he leaves his Wyoming home to find his mother’s killer. A whole archaeological team in Sardinia is dead, all of the bodies accounted for—all but Caleb Paulsen, consummate scholar and Jacob’s former lover. In Italy, Jacob sets out to discover the cause of the tragedy. And to find Caleb.

Meanwhile, a shipment arrives for Jacob in Wyoming. Jacob’s friend, Ben Walking Turtle, and his partner, Sam MacDougal, retrieve the box… and with it, a ruthless and cunning entity that’s been biding its time.

From Sardinia to Wyoming, Phoenix to Denver, this lethal ancient evil travels toward its bitter last stand, leaving death and destruction in its wake.

None of the men who touch it will ever be the same.

First Edition published as Diggers by Dallas Coleman, from Torquere Press, 2008.

ISBN: 978-1-63533-257-5

Product Link: https://www.dsppublications.com/books/unearthed-by-ba-tortuga-345-b

Reviewer: Shorty 

Review: A man on a mission, Jacob sets out to Italy to discover what happened to his mother and Caleb. Unbeknownst to him an ancient evil is about to invade Ben’s lover Sam and cut down all in its path in brutal fashion. While I love horror stories this one was confusing at times. 

There some confusion on my part at times to where exactly the location was referring to as it changed suddenly with no warning. As with all horror books there is a lot of death in brutal fashions throughout. 

There were also a lot of POV’s throughout the story. Some I felt were unnecessary to have. Sam was super scary at times in his possession but he also confused me before he was possessed. Ben was sweet and seemed to care for Sam a lot. 

I really liked the plot of this story but the delivery was a little wrong to me so it made it impossible for me to enjoy it as much as I should have. It was an ok read.

Countermind by Adrian Randall Guest Post & Excerpt!

Adrian Randall - Countermind Banner

Hi guys! We have debut author Adrian Randall stopping in for a visit today with his upcoming debut release Countermind, we have a fantastic guest post from Adrian and we have a great excerpt, so check out the post and enjoy! ❤ ~Pixie~

Adrian Randall - Countermind Cover

Countermind

by

Adrian Randall

In a postprivacy future, secrets are illegal and all communication is supervised. Telepaths are registered and recruited by a government with no qualms about invading the minds of its citizens. Fugitive psychics are hunted by the Bureau of Counterpsychic Affairs, or Countermind.

Alan Izaki is one such fugitive, as well as a hacker, grifter, and thief.

Countermind agent Jack Smith is hunting him through the twisted underbelly of Hong Kong.

But Alan possesses a secret so dangerous and profound it will not only shake Smith’s loyalties, but the foundations of their society.

And Alan isn’t the only one on the run. Rogue psychic Arissa binti Noor escapes Countermind, in search of brilliant game designer Feng Huang. She hopes that together, they can destroy the government’s intrusive Senex monitoring system.

Their goals seem at odds, and their lives are destined to collide. When they do, three very different people must question their alliances and their future, because everything is about to change.

Release date: 28th February 2017

Continue reading Countermind by Adrian Randall Guest Post & Excerpt!

Warlock in Training by T.J. Nichols

T.J. Nichols - Warlock In Training CoverTitle: Warlock in Training 

Series: Studies in Demonology # 1 

Author: T.J. Nichols

Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal

Length: Novel (226 pages)

Publisher: DSP Publications (February 14, 2017)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: 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.

ISBN-13: 978-1-63533-267-4 

Product Link: https://www.dsppublications.com/books/warlock-in-training-by-tj-nichols-353-b

Reviewer: Shorty 

Review: Demonside and Humanside are in trouble. Both dimensions are changing at a rapid pace due to too much magic being taken from demonside and none being given back. Demonside is becoming hotter while humanside is becoming colder. The warlock’s in training at the college are being lied to by someone wanting power no matter the cost.

Saka is a mage demon. He is angry that his lover Kitu was taken, never to return. Saka has waited a long time to be able to cross the void and take a warlock to his side as the demons cannot open the void from demonside. The day comes when Angus opens it. Angus does not want to be a warlock. But his father has pushed him to go to the college. His only chance is by failing the test which goes horribly wrong and results in him being taken to demonside.

Once there Angus learns what has been happening and agrees to help as much as he can. Amid lies, deception and deceit on the warlock’s side there comes danger at every turn. Not knowing who to trust in a world full of people hell-bent on keeping secrets no matter the cost. The whole story intrigued me. I found myself swept up in a story that I thought would be a good read but was so much more.

Passion, deception, betrayal, mystery, suspense are all throughout this riveting story of two men wanting to save two worlds and those that would stop them to keep all the power for themselves. I am looking forward to seeing what else happens as the series progresses.

Highly recommended.

As It Should Be by Sean Michael (2nd Edition)

Sean Michael - As It Should Be CoverTitle: As It Should Be (2nd edition)

Series:  Windbrothers # 2

Author: Sean Michael

Genre: Fantasy

Length: Novella (164 pages)

Publisher: DSP Publications (December 6, 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 4 – 4 ½ Hearts (Overall)

Blurb: Set in the sweeping Windbrothers’ world, where magic users and their sworn mates find each other through a process of trial and error, these stories, which take place long before the events in Desert, explore the different ways that ba’chi and hi’icha come together to become ki’ita. For every magic user, there is a grounding force to steady him, and neither half of the pair feels whole until he finds his destined lover.

Some mates discover each other with relative ease, while others have a harder time uniting with their designated partners, and the world they live in can be accepting, cruel, or even indifferent. From a shape-shifter with a secret to a pair of twins who think they’ll never find their lover, Sean Michael gives us a lot to love, just as it should be, in these stories sure to tug at your heart.

First Edition published by Torquere Press, 2006.

ISBN-13: 978-1-63477-745-2

Product Link: https://www.dsppublications.com/books/as-it-should-be-by-sean-michael-335-b

Reviewer: Shorty 

Review:

Coming Home ~ Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Bren has never had a real home because of the secret he carries. When he is caught stealing from Iral he thinks he has met his end. But the sexy man takes him into his home. When an accident forces Bren to reveal his ability he thinks he has lost what happiness he has. 

I loved this sweet story of Bren and Iral. I felt so bad for Bren and the life he had lived. Iral was kind and caring. I was very happy that Bren finally found a family to call his own.

Turtle ~ Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Satta meets two identical brothers in the woods who are mischiveous and playfull. So’ and Du’ have been wandering since their grandmothers passing when they find Satta. The three begin a passionate romance and end up bonding. However Satta’s tribe does not approve and wants him to bring the two young men to them for trial.

I loved the interactions between these men especially after what Satta’s elders did to him. It broke my heart that people could be so evil and uncaring of how others feel. 

The Winds Will ~ Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 3.75 Hearts

Benik wins a challenge for the shy Semon. As they get to know one another Semon becomes more confident. Sweet and short story.

Blown Together by the Wind Heart ~ Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 3 ½ Hearts

Delen and Unar are two men who find each other with the winds help. Delen trades food for food while Unar sleeps until one night he is hurt in the process and so begins their romance and travels. It was a sweet story.

A Face Without A Heart by Rick R. Reed (4th Edition)

Rick R. Reed - A Face Without A Heart CoverTitle: A Face without a Heart (4th Edition)

Author: Rick R. Reed

Genre: Fantasy, Horror

Length: Novel (200 pages)

Publisher: DSP Publications (January 31, 2017)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: A modern-day and thought-provoking retelling of Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray that esteemed horror magazine Fangoria called “…abook that is brutally honest with its reader and doesn’t flinch in the areas where Wilde had to look away…. A rarity: a really well-done update that’s as good as its source material.” 

A beautiful young man bargains his soul away to remain young and handsome forever, while his holographic portrait mirrors his aging and decay and reflects every sin and each nightmarish step deeper into depravity… even cold-blooded murder. Prepare yourself for a compelling tour of the darkest sides of greed, lust, addiction, and violence.

First Edition paperback published by Design Image Group, 2000.

Second Edition paperback published by iUniverse/Back in Print, 2006.

First Edition eBook published by Bristlecone Press, 2009.

ISBN-13:  978-1-63533-263-6

Product Link: https://www.dsppublications.com/books/a-face-without-a-heart-by-rick-r-reed-350-b

Reviewer: Shorty 

Review: Having read the story and seen the movies about Dorian Gray I was not sure what to expect with this book. It was thought provoking and intriguing as we learn Liam is the artist that paints the picture that ages. Liam was intriguing yet at times seemed a little to absorbed in his own world which I expected. Upon meeting Gary, someone who I didn’t like to begin with, he insists on painting his portrait.

Gary is what I would call self centered and arrogant. He knows he looks good. When he sells his soul in order to stay young his life takes a downhill turn. Drugs, murder, mayhem and mystery surround Gary as we follow him down his own rabbit hole. 

The details of the different scenes throughout were well written and thought out. I felt as though I was actually there witnessing what was happening. The story grabs the reader from the start and does not let go until the very end. It was a fantastic story that I enjoyed very much.

Quarry by Elizabeth Noble

elizabeth-noble-quarry-cover-sTitle: Quarry 

Series: The Vampire Guard # 2

Author: Elizabeth Noble

Genre: Mystery, Suspense, Paranormal

Length: Novel (200 pages)

Publisher: DSP Publications (January 17, 2017)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: The members of the Vampire Guard—Jonas Forge, spy and soldier turned cop; computer hacker extraordinaire Blair Turner; Declan, thief, con man, and ex-pirate; and medical examiner and werewolf Dr. Lucas Coate—face a dangerous and elusive enemy.

And this time, it’s personal.

Over the course of three hundred years, a man has touched each of their lives in ways they are only just realizing. When a hunt for a psychotic killer in the present resurrects memories and clues from the past, they discover how they have been affected and are bound by the existence of a ruthless vampire criminal. Now, while preventing a heist at a high-tech art show and thwarting several large-scale explosions, the team must employ their unique blend of science and supernatural abilities to put an end to the machinations of the man toying with their lives.

This time, he won’t slip through their fingers.

This time, it’s more than a case. It’s a hunt, and Forge, Blair, Declan, and Lucas won’t stop until they’ve captured their quarry.

ISBN-13: 978-1-63533-259-9

Product Link: https://www.dsppublications.com/books/quarry-by-elizabeth-noble-341-b

Reviewer: Shorty 

Review: The gang is on a mission to discover the whereabouts of a vicious criminal. In the process of tracking him down we get a glimpse of the characters met and the circumstances in some cases. The nature of the crimes is devious yet brilliant and the culprit came as no shock to me. However his connection to some in the group did.

I was stunned speechless by how well written, intriguing and thoroughly captivating this addition was. The characters were all engaging, determined and hell-bent on finding the man responsible for so much mayhem. The investigation itself and how Blair, Jonas, Declan and Lucas discovered who was behind the acts was mind blowing.

I loved how well these men worked together and protected one another in the face of danger. Chocked full of suspense, mystery, danger and drama this book packed a punch until the very end. I am highly anticipating more in this entertaining and riveting series as I can’t get enough of this series. 

I highly recommend this story and series for all to read.

Hearts of Darkness by Andrea Speed

Andrea Speed - Hearts of Darkness CoverTitle: Hearts of Darkness

Author: Andrea Speed

Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction

Length: Novel (200 pages)

Publisher: DSP Publications (November 8, 2016)

Heat Level: Low – Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 4 ½ Hearts

Blurb: Kaede Hiyashi is sick and tired of living in the shadow of his father, supervillain Doctor Terror. Brilliant but crazy, Doctor Terror sends his son to Corwyn, California, for reasons Kaede can’t imagine. Sent to accompany and protect him is Ash, a genetically modified supersoldier raised and trained by an infamous death cult.

Corwyn is lousy with superheroes, led by the obnoxious Dark Justice. Kaede finds himself dancing around Dark Justice as he digs into his father’s mysterious business and teaches his socially awkward—but physically lethal—bodyguard to acclimate to “normal” life. Can these two wacky supervillains figure out what Doctor Terror wants them to do, solve the riddle of the villain known as Black Hand, and keep Dark Justice from raining on their bloody parade? The course of love—and world domination—never did run smooth.

ISBN-13: 978-1-63477-549-6

Product Link: https://www.dsppublications.com/books/hearts-of-darkness-by-andrea-speed-325-b

Reviewer: Shorty 

Review: Kaede Hiyashi is the son of supervillian Doctor Terror. With the numerous enemies the villain has Kaede has been training for all different scenarios when his father assigns him a genetically enhanced bodyguard, Ash Burn. Both of these are by no means perfect and each have their own struggles to deal with but amid all the chaos they lean toward one another.

I loved the fact that just because you were in the superhero category did not necessarily mean you were one. There is battles and death throughout as is expected in this type of book. I found myself enthralled with the twists and turns that emerged in this story as I followed the two men throughout their journey.

The characters in this story were well detailed with a hint of mystery to them that added to their appeal. The overall feel of the book was never knowing what to expect in regards to certain characters like Doctor Terror, Dark Justice and Black Hand. I love when an author takes me by surprise in a story.

Great read.