Since I’ve started writing book reviews for self-published/indie authors, I thought it would be a good idea to highlight the books that are scheduled for the month! Check back for book reviews every Friday and sometimes a random one thrown in if I read additional to the list!
Title: Permanent Jet Lag by A. N. Casey
Genre: Contemporary Gay Fiction
Rating on Amazon: 4.8 out of 5 stars
Review on August 4th
Nineteen-year-old Lucas Burke prefers being alone. He likes the silence, and he loves not having to care about anyone else’s problems: the less he’s forced to feel, the better. But after a year of college-induced isolation from everyone he used to know, the wedding of a former classmate sends Lucas back home, and that means reconciling with a group of friends that now might as well be strangers. His sister hardly knows him, his “genius” best friend is nothing more than an addict, and his ex-boyfriend is still in a coma. All the while, wedding preparations send Lucas head first into a relationship with the groom’s best man—a recently cancer-free ex-Olympian who can’t stop talking. Lucas knows that if he wants to survive the summer, he’ll have to learn to be a friend again, but it doesn’t come easy, and it might already be too late.
Week of August 7-12th is Savy Leiser week!
On August 11th, Savy will be releasing two children’s books in the Furever Home Friends series. In addition, I’ll be reviewing her debut novel Beauty King. Check back for an author’s interview with Savy as well!
Title: The Making of a Small-Town Beauty King
Genre: Coming of Age
Rating on Amazon: 4.8 out of 5 stars
He wants to be the first boy to win the beauty pageant.
She wants to destroy the pageant entirely.
The world’s most boring town just got a whole lot more interesting.
Once a year, the boring small town of Grey Acres perks up for its annual town fair.
For champion Mathlete and headstrong feminist Stephanie Simon, this year’s fair means another year of pressure from her mother (an 80s beauty queen turned pumpkin farmer) to enter the fair’s beauty pageant.
For college-bound convenience store clerk Jackie Almond, the fair just means the same old rush of customers buying slightly more interesting newspapers. That is, until a fateful meeting with a quirky guidance counselor informs Jackie that most colleges won’t accept him without something to make him stand out.
Just as Jackie hatches a plan to become the first-ever male Fair Queen, Steph devises a scheme to destroy the pageant that’s offended her for years.
What follows is an all-out war between Steph and Jackie, complete with pumpkin theft, sabotaged first dates, department store shoplifting, and paint-filled water balloon fights, all leading up to one Saturday-night beauty pageant the forgettable town of Grey Acres will always remember.
Furever Home Friends series
The Furever Home Friends is a series of kids’ books about shelter dogs and their journeys to adoption.
Meet Princess Allee!
While living at the shelter, Allee, a black lab puppy, dreams of being a princess. When a stylish young woman comes to adopt her, Allee thinks her dream is about to come true!
But Allee soon learns that her new suburban life doesn’t include castles or crowns. It includes two dog brothers that she has to learn to get along with!
Can Allee learn to feel like royalty even when living the average life?
Princess Allee is a 36-page hardcover, 8×8-inch picture book.
Despite Chewie’s friendly personality, he’s too shy to let the shelter volunteers take his picture!
See, Chewie is stuck with scars on his face after the abuse he suffered as a puppy, from a man who was prejudiced against pit bulls.
Can Chewie find the confidence to stand up to these awful pit bull stereotypes, and smile for the camera?
Smile, Chewie! is a 36-page hardcover 8×8-inch picture book.
Title: Start Again (#1 in Start Again Series)
Rating on Amazon: 4.6 out of 5 stars
Review on August 18th.
I had the perfect life. Then an accident took everything I loved.
After two years of barely getting by, I need to get away from here.
My plan? Drive across the country until I find a new place to live. There is just one problem with that. I have to take an old family friend along for the ride.
At first, I don’t know what to make of Ryan Grant or the way it feels like he can see through me with those gorgeous green eyes of his. He’s got secrets. And he’s definitely holding a lot back.
But wow, there’s so much more to him than I expected.
Not that it matters really, my heart and mind are trapped in the past.
I’ve never had the perfect life. And lately work seems to be my only focus.
Probably because I’ve been betrayed a time or two by people I thought I could trust. By people who were only after me for one thing. So I’m moving west from Philly to Seattle.
There is just one problem with that. I don’t fly. Ever.
So when Katie Taylor offers to drive me across the country, how can I say no? She is my dream girl after all. Always has been.
But is her tragic past too much for her to overcome?
Title: Start Over (Book 2 of Start Again series)
Rating on Amazon: 4.6 out of 5 stars.
Review on August 21st.
I like to play by the rules.
But when I get coaxed into crashing a party, I run into the last man I ever thought I’d see again, my one and only one-night stand, Luke Walker.
It’s been ten years since we’ve seen each other, but our chemistry is just as palpable as it was that night so long ago.
Only problem is, I’m leaving in one month for a pediatric fellowship across the country.
I like to keep everything close to my chest.
But when I see Ivy Green again, the woman I was never able to get out of my mind, I want her.
It doesn’t matter that my dark past and dangerous present mean I can’t keep her. That my secrets would destroy any shot at a real future.
After all, she’s leaving in a month.
What’s the worst that could happen?
Can be read as standalone novel.
Title: Same Love by Tony Correia
Genre: Gay Fiction
Release Date: August 1
Review on August 25th
At seventeen, Adam has suspected for a while that he might be gay. His sketchbook has become full of images of good-looking men, and he isn’t attracted to any of the girls he knows. When he reveals his feelings to his devout parents, they send him to a Christian camp, warning him that there will be no room in their lives for a gay son. The last thing Adam expects is to meet someone he is deeply attracted to; unfortunately, Paul is more committed to his Christian faith than Adam is.
Adam tries to bury his attraction to Paul by concentrating on his art and his new friends Rhonda and Martin. When it becomes clear how unhappy Rhonda and Martin are at Camp Revelation, Adam and Paul are both forced to question what the church tells them about love. But with a whole camp full of people trying to get Adam to change who he is, what kind of chance do Adam and Paul have to find love and a life with each other?