Friday, March 22, 2013

Review: A Shadow of Wings by Linda Gayle

Title: A Shadow of Wings
Publisher: Self-published
Length: 164 pages

Grade: A+


Thrown out on the street by his homophobic stepfather, Dylan struggles to get his life together. Years of being used and abused have left him tough and determined to make it on his own. When he sees a dog getting beaten, his protective instincts drive him to rescue her. But as the attackers turn on Dylan, out of the shadows comes a hero. One with mysterious eyes and a shy sensuality Dylan can’t resist.

Cam Coburn can’t reveal his true identity to the man he rescues. Nor can he reveal that he’s a freak among freaks, a cockatrice shifter with an unwanted gift for seeking out conflict rather than treasure. Newly independent from his mentor, Cam sees in Dylan his first chance to test the limits of his human guise. Defying every rule, Cam succumbs to Dylan’s seduction for just one night. But Cam finds he can’t let his lover go, and Dylan breaks down every barrier. For he is the one human who can gaze in a cockatrice’s eyes without fear.

Yet even as their bond deepens, danger closes in on them from all sides, and Cam’s dark secrets may save them—or lead to their destruction.


Quite frequently, I check the Amazon Top 100 Gay Books for paranormal-type novels by new authors. As I’ll explain next month in a post on Jessewave, “Why I Love Shifters," I need to read at least one paranormal book a week or I go into withdrawal. 

So, imagine my surprise when a new shifter book knocks my socks off! A Shadow of Wings starts out as your typical shifter novel but quickly morphs into a deeply emotional against-all-odds love story that touched me on many levels. Dylan has had a rough life. Thrown out of his house for being gay, he turns to selling himself to survive, add in one bad boyfriend, a drug habit and it’s a wonder he’s still alive. However, he’s gotten himself clean and is working at a vet’s office cleaning animal cages when he’s attacked, then saved by the mysterious Cam. Yes, yes, we’ve all read this scenario before in m/m romance books, but the difference is Cam. He’s not just any guy, nor a guy who happens to be a shifter. His whole life has been lived in the shadows, never growing close to anyone and when Dylan breaks down those walls, Cam opens up into this beautiful character, who just happens to be a cockatrice shifter.

Yep, you read that right. A cockatrice shifter. No werewolves to be seen in this book! Enter in some amazing world building; namely a secret order of blind priests who have been procreating this species to fight evil for centuries, bad guys who are weasels, and a very interesting twist to the plot that I saw coming, but still surprised me because it was so cool and you have read it to believe it! The unusual twist fit perfectly into the plot because it explained so much of the history of the cockatrice in the world.

But what I loved most was Cam and Dylan’s relationship. Dylan is no fragile flower and when he finds out Cam’s true nature, he’s grossed out, yet turned on. Dylan is a gem. He’s no damsel who needs saving and I think it is his unrelenting nature that drives the plot and love story.

Since I read so many paranormal books, it takes a lot to surprise me and A Shadow of Wings did just that. It is my favorite paranormal m/m book I’ve read so far this year. Ms. Gayle’s writing style is crisp, original and sensual. I am very excited about this series and cannot wait for book two.

Highly recommended.

Originally posted at Reviews by Jessewave

Saturday, March 09, 2013

Feature Author Spotlight: Kari Gregg

We'd like to welcome Kari Gregg to Lasha's Reviews. Her new novel, Half A Million Dead Cannibals is a unique romance set amongst a post-apocalyptic world that includes my favorite monsters: ZOMBIES!

To celebrate she is offering up TWO gifts for my loyal readers. One, a $10 Amazon gift card and two, the zombie classic movie, Day of the Dead (2008). Please use the Rafflecopter option to enter both.

I hope you all make it. I've got my Twinkies and my gun, so I'm prepared! *g* Now, here's Kari...

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Top 10 Fave and Fabulous Zombies on the Net

Zombie fans are legion and dedicated. Surf the net and you’ll find more zombie fan sites and fun links than there are likely to be undead brain munchers when (not if) the fit hits the shan. Fortunately, you have a long-time zombie fan right here to help you sort the shan from the awesome. What are the most fun and funniest zombie links on the net? Grab our melee weapon of choice, compadres, and exercise your clicker finger with:

To get in shape for the apocalypse, the zombie fitness app:

Don’t let undeath ruin your relationship! Zombie Love Song:

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Wetted your appetite for m/m zombie apocalyptic romance and my Half a Million Dead Cannibals? Not yet? Dammit.

How likely are YOU to survive the apocalypse?

Is it time for Dead Cannibals’ Riley and Graham to strut through undead dystopian America now? No? Damn, you guys are tough.

Zombie fandom began with Plato. No shit. The Philosophy of Zombies:

On the bright side, the good news about becoming a zombie:

Zombie prepping isn’t just for crackpots (although embracing your crazy helps):

Get your undead on, buddies, because that’s it. Oh, sure, I’ve got more fun links, tons more. Tune into my #DeadCannibals Twitter hashtag for additional fabulous zombie links to play around with, but for now, it’s time for the pimping and commenting to win goodies!

Leave a comment below with your email address and your hand-to-hand combat/melee weapon of choice (crowbar? baseball bat? curtain rod?) for a shot at a Zombie Outbreak Response Team car decal like so:

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All that’s keeping Riley from the man he’s falling in love with are the ruins of a city filled with half a million dead cannibals.

Strangers, Riley and Graham sheltered together in a basement storage unit when the zombie outbreak slammed into the world three months ago. They lived through the first blast of the plague, but they may not last much longer among survivors scrambling for dwindling resources. They agree to hike from the city and to the safety of the mountains. They didn’t count on the storm they hoped would cover their exit developing into a Nor’easter, though, and they sure didn’t think their visibility would shrink so badly that they’d hike into the leading edge of a zombie swarm, either. In the chaos of escaping the ravenous horde, they are separated, with Graham racing toward feral dog packs to the east and Riley sprinting to hostile survivors hunting them to the west.

Nobody said finding and keeping a quality guy (alive) during the apocalypse would be easy.

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Author Bio:

Kari Gregg lives in the mountains of Wild and Wonderful West Virginia with her Wonderful husband and three very Wild children. When Kari’s not writing, she enjoys reading, coffee, zombie flicks, coffee, naked mud-wrestling (not really), and . . . coffee!

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