Blog Tour and Review: In Strange Woods by Claire Cray


Book Title: In Strange Woods

Author: Claire Cray

Publisher: Self-Published

Release Date: August 28, 2020

Cover Artist: Sneaky T

Genre/s: Contemporary M/M Romantic Mystery, M/M Gothic Romance

Trope/s: Instant attraction, Hurt comfort, Tortured protagonist, Family secret,

Long lost relative, Country boy/City boy, Rural romance, Fish out of water

Themes: Healing, Found family, Redemption, Heritage, Belonging, Homecoming

Heat Rating: 3 – 4 flames

Length: 71 370 words /204 pages

It is a standalone book.


Buy Links – Available on Kindle Unlimited

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In the stormy coastal woods of the Pacific Northwest, roots run deep and passions run wild.


Reeling with grief after the mysterious massacre of his wealthy family, moody New York photographer James Worthington Crane decides to take his downward spiral somewhere far away: to the rural Oregon Coast, where he’s just inherited a random piece of property hidden somewhere in the woods upriver.

But when James pulls into the decaying seaside town of Brooks, everyone thinks he’s someone else—an elusive local outlaw named Beau. Now James must fight through his grief to unravel a tangled web of family secrets and forgotten history…with help from a soft-spoken local hunk named Hunter Quaid.

Hunter’s been on his own since he left his fundamentalist family at the age of fifteen. It’s taken years of hard work to build the steady life he has now, fixing up seaside houses while living alone in a trailer by the river. Then James blows in like a winter storm, disturbing the peace and stirring up a hunger like nothing he’s ever felt.

As Hunter helps James search for the truth, their lives intertwine in unexpected ways—and they begin to discover what it means to find out where you really belong.

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#BadMoonRising Never Change (Demon’s Blood) by Shari Sakurai #horror #LGBT #shortstory — Books and Such

What’s Halloween without a few vampires? I’ve been a vampire fan since I watched the original Fright Night – how bad could they be if they looked like Chris Sarandon? Today’s author is no stranger to Bad Moon Rising, and she’s featuring a vampire short story set in her Demon’s Blood series universe. I’ve also […]

#BadMoonRising Never Change (Demon’s Blood) by Shari Sakurai #horror #LGBT #shortstory — Books and Such

New Release Blitz and Review: The Sorcerer’s Guardian (Chronicles of Tournai #4) by Antonia Aquilante

Title: The Sorcerer’s Guardian

Series: Chronicles of Tournai, Book Four

Author: Antonia Aquilante

Publisher: NineStar Press

Release Date: September 14, 2020

Heat Level: 3 – Some Sex

Pairing: Male/Male

Length: 111400

Genre: Fantasy, LGBTQIA+, Fantasy, romance, family-drama, gay, cisgender, magic, cat shifters, magician, captain of the guards, storm, antagonists to lovers, court intrigue

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Savarin honed his Talent through years of study, and to achieve his goal of becoming the most powerful and accomplished sorcerer in Tournai, he made magic his life. Among the wealthy and noble circles he moves in, no one would suspect the handsome, refined, arrogant sorcerer’s humble beginnings—which is how Savarin prefers it. He wants to be seen only as the man he’s made himself. When Tournai’s princes task Savarin with studying and strengthening the spells that protect the principality from magical attack, he is more than happy to do so. The spells are complex, centuries old, and exactly the type of puzzle Savarin is eager to solve. But to his annoyance, the princes insist Loriot accompany him on his journey.

Second son of a minor noble family, Loriot worked his way up the ranks of the royal guard to captain with single-minded determination and takes pride in his service to the crown. He must obey the prince’s orders to protect Savarin, despite believing his skills would be best used elsewhere and his wariness of magic. UnTalented himself, Loriot has learned not only the benefits of magic but also its potential for harm—and how to counter it. He still believes it’s best to avoid most magic entirely, which is difficult when he’s tasked with playing guard to a powerful sorcerer.

Loriot and Savarin clash repeatedly during their journey, but the simmering tension between them doesn’t only stem from their work, and passion develops into feelings neither expected. But Savarin must still secure Tournai’s magical barrier, and his only solution will endanger both him and the royal family.

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New Release Blitz: Time Lost by C.B. Lewis

Title: Time Lost

Series: Out of Time, Book Two

Author: C.B. Lewis

Publisher: NineStar Press

Release Date: September 7, 2020

Heat Level: 3 – Some Sex

Pairing: Male/Male

Length: 114600

Genre: Science Fiction, LGBTQIA+, science fiction, gay, British, detective/police officer, law enforcement, crime procedural, engineer, programmer/decoder, murder, mystery, age gap, interracial, dirty talk, spanking, outrageous flirtation

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A dead intruder. A missing scientist. A terrified child.

No one wants a dramatic case first thing on a Monday morning, but that’s exactly what Detective Inspector Jacob Ofori got. It should be open and shut, but scientist Tom Sanders is nowhere to be found, a dead man seems to have appeared from thin air, and the Temporal Research Institute—Sanders’s company—is strangely uncooperative about assisting with the case.

Jacob’s only source is TRI engineer, Kit Rafferty. He clearly wants to help, but there’s only so much the man can and will tell him. As more and more impossible questions mount up, Jacob finds himself facing a reality that could change his world.

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New Release Blitz: Only Love is Deathless by Sita Bethel

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Title: Only Love is Deathless

Author: Sita Bethel

Publisher: NineStar Press

Release Date: June 8, 2020

Heat Level: 3 – Some Sex

Pairing: Male/Male

Length: 78900

Genre: Fantasy, LGBTQIA+, royalty, witches, mares, wizards, demons, magic/magic users, weddings

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Sreka’s younger brother, Dobrina, is in love. The only problem is that the law forbids him from courting until Sreka is married. Sreka hires the local adventurer, Košmar, to marry him so Dobrina can wed his love.

Even if he has to sleep on the couch, instead of with the crown prince on their farce wedding bed, Košmar will get to live like a king for a year. And once Dobrina is married, Sreka will quietly divorce him and send him on his way with gold for his services.

Nothing says destined romance like a battle with a dragon, so Sreka and Košmar stage their first public encounter to fool the royal court. However, as fate would have it, the dragon that was supposed to be as fake as their love is real.

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New Release Blitz and Review: Sorcery of the Blood by Alice G. Holmes

Title: Sorcery of the Blood

Author: Alice G. Holmes

Publisher: NineStar Press

Release Date: May 4, 2020

Heat Level: 1 – No Sex

Pairing: Male/Male

Length: 58100

Genre: Fantasy, LGBTQIA+, Romance, paranormal, gay, interracial, vampires, vampire hunters, dystopia, dark, magic, spells, witchcraft

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Kingston St. Louis and Martin Von Brandt are vampire hunters of the highest caliber. That is until Kingston is made a vampire and they discover too late that the city is being taken over by vampires in a bloody coup.

Branded as outlaws, they’re forced into hiding with an unexpected ally. For their plan to stop the coup to work, Kingston will have to overcome his prejudices and train the very vampires he used to hunt, and Martin must learn magic.

All the while, they struggle with their feelings for each other. Love can be a weakness, and they can’t afford weakness when hiding from a powerful enemy.

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What Day is it Anyway? Sunday, 5th April 2020

Yesterday: Yesterday started with my midnight queue to get onto the Tesco’s website to try and book a food order for the latter part of the month. I’m having to go between Tesco and Asda to get a slot now which is really annoying. Honestly at times the food situation causes me more stress than the virus threat. I don’t drive and I have a medical condition which makes carrying a lot of groceries almost impossible so its been quite a worry for me as I don’t know what I would do if I couldn’t get online orders. I had to wait about ten minutes but I was able to get a slot and do my shopping. Mission accomplished so I set my alarm and went to sleep.

I got up at about 8am and after getting dressed I went down to my local Tesco express to get milk and also see if they had any pasta and loo roll in. They had neither so I am keeping my fingers crossed that they turn up with my order on Thursday as I am starting to have to ration what I have left! I then cleaned my flat (and bleached the door handles again). I spoke to Mum and Dad on the phone. They are fine, are keeping busy and have neighbours and the village buddy system helping them which is good.

I had a pizza for lunch as a treat and when I went to do the washing up I found that Tash had decided to sit in my dish drainer! I think she was actually asleep in there before she heard me coming and sat up!


I spent the rest of the day playing my Sims. My prediction about Don was right and he left Bella for Nina Caliente! Luckily Bella has found love again with her lodger/slave Mitchell Kalani and they are raising her daughter Dallas Lothario together!

Today: I spent most of the day writing Perfect World 3. I will probably never have this much free time again so I am going to take as much advantage of it as possible to get it written. I also saw my Sims again this afternoon. It was Winterfest (aka Christmas!)! Poor Mitchell kept being given the empty present containing only sadness and lies 😦 but Bella and Dallas had a blast! Don came round to see his daughter but then ditched her to try and seduce Bella again. She is wise to his charms now and kicked him out!

Linda G. Hill came up with this great idea to keep track of the weeks and months ahead. For those who already are, and will be isolated in the coming weeks, it is important to all come together and support each other.

What Day is it Anyway? Sunday, 22nd March 2020

Yesterday: Me and my sister went down to Selsey to deliver Mum and Dad’s food shopping. My brother in law had luckily been able to get the bits that we hadn’t been able to early in the morning which was good. Alex is a chef and his work is now closed for the foreseeable future though hopefully he will be retained with help from the Government scheme for all workers who otherwise would have lost their jobs. As they were closing they had a load of fresh produce that would not keep so he came home with quite a few items that we were unable to get for ourselves thanks to all the hoarding!

Our parents live in Selsey so we got the train to Chichester to catch the bus (unfortunately none of us drive!). The high street was about as busy as it is on Sunday but there were a lot of signs in shop windows saying that they were closing until further notice. The bus was almost empty but I was glad of that really!

Talking to Mum and Dad through a window from halfway down the garden path was a surreal experience (although not the first I have had since all this began!) and trying to hear each other at times was difficult due to the very enthusiastic seagulls screeching overhead! It was then back on the almost empty bus and then train!

When we got back we went on a walk and played some Pokemon Go. It was nice to do something normal amidst all the worry.

Today:  Today’s mother’s day and it is the first one ever that we have all spent apart. Of course we must and as a friend said we are doing it so that we can all spend the next one together. I helped Sarah set up Skype on her laptop so we can call each other on that and Mum and Dad can see their grandson.

We then went on another Pokewalk and tried to talk about other things!

This evening I’m going through my emails (there is a lot!) and sorting a few bits online out. My copy of Animal Crossing has arrived so I will play a bit of that in a while too.

I watched the PM’s speech earlier and the information that is being given is still confusing. Also I do not understand how they are saying that younger people will just get a mild case of the flu and then reporters were saying there were people in their 30s and 40s waiting to go into intensive care in hospitals?! Do they have underlying conditions too which made them sicker? It wasn’t clarified and more clarity is needed immediately as it is just adding to the fear and panic buying!

One thing that did also annoy me is Dad said that there were hoards of people rushing off down to Wittering beach this weekend! I understand wanting to get out but all dashing down to a crowded beach?! It’s madness! At the moment we are being allowed to go out if we want to as long as we are sensible but I wonder how much longer we will be given this freedom for when there was so many people disregarding the advice completely.

Linda G. Hill came up with this great idea to keep track of the weeks and months ahead. For those who already are, and will be isolated in the coming weeks, it is important to all come together and support each other.

What Day is it Anyway? Friday, 20th March 2020

My day: I worked from home today so I got up at around 7.40am rather than 5.50am had I been actually going into the office.

I went into the bathroom and got onto the scales whilst mentally preparing myself for them to herald the first of the bad news for today, but I was in for a pleasant surprise. Apparently being in a permanent state of anxiety and fear is good for weight loss as I have lost half a stone in a week! So I logged that outcome on the tracker and then got ready to face the day.

Working from home this morning proved to be somewhat problematic due to the number of staff trying to do the exact same thing and the system kept going down over the course of the morning. Luckily by the afternoon it had calmed down a bit and I was actually able to get some work done.

Our parents are isolating at the moment as they are in the vulnerable category and my sister called me to say that they had been unable to place a food order from anywhere online due to the demand and website issues. Luckily she was able to get most of what they needed but there were a few things left so I said I would check the stores near me. They needed bread, eggs, chicken, sugar and yogurts and apparently these things are now as rare as loo roll and hand sanitiser thanks to all the selfish people hoarding enough food to feed the country for years! Honestly it makes me furious the more I think about it. If everyone just bought what they needed then there would be plenty for all. What the hell is the matter with them and how did people become this selfish?

Anyways, I was able to get the yogurts in the Tesco express near me. To my utter horror I saw that the hoarders have also now started on the cola so I grabbed a bottle for myself (I have a cola addiction which is now down to one glass a day but if I don’t have this I get the shakes and a headache. There is no way I’m going to suffer with that alongside everything else that is going on!).

Then I ventured into the town to look for the other items. Iceland shut at 5 so that was no good so I pressed on and went to Morrisons. It looked fairly normal in there when I first got inside but very quickly it deteriorated into looking like someone had played a nightmare version of supermarket sweep in there. It had none of the aforementioned items however I was able to get a six pack of bread rolls.

The final stop was the other Tesco express which had the eggs! I used the self-service in the last one and this time I went to the cashier. There is now a massive load of tape on the floor in x’s that you mustn’t cross whilst being served. The lady serving me was really nice and we complained about the hoarders for a few minutes before I went back home. I let my sister know what I was able to get and her husband is going to go into town super early tomorrow to find the rest of them!

I then called mum and dad to sort out their asda online account and make sure they had their next delivery slot booked for April. I also spoke to my sister again and we are going to go down and leave their shopping on the doorstep for them tomorrow. Dad said he was going to leave the cash in an envelope outside. I said we would message him when we were there as if he left it too early the postman might think that he had left him a massive tip!

The final thing I had to do today was test out my new thermometer. I was hoping that it was better than the last one I had as that one told me I was clinically dead when I took my temperature! This new boots one informed me that it was slightly under normal. I was happy with that – I was worried about the fever alarm going off!

Linda G. Hill came up with this great idea to keep track of the weeks and months ahead. For those who already are, and will be isolated in the coming weeks, it is important to all come together and support each other.