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Vodka & Handcuffs by Brandon Witt Blog Tour, Guest Post, Excerpt & Giveaway!

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Hi guys, we have Brandon Witt popping in today with his upcoming release Vodka & Handcuffs, we have a brilliant guest post, a great excerpt and a fantastic giveaway, so check out the post and leave a comment to enter the giveaway! ❤ ~Pixie~ 

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Vodka & Handcuffs

(Mary’s Boys 02)
by

Brandon Witt

Vahin Arora, Hamburger Mary’s sexy bartender, plays the flirtatious role so well even his closest friends—his chosen family at Mary’s—don’t realize Vahin hasn’t had a hookup in months. Then Tall, Dark, and Handsome steps through the door, and Vahin’s libido races back to life.

Being a black cop on the Denver police force is no easy job—Marlon Barton can’t imagine adding being gay to the equation. And while Marlon loves his work as an officer, his life has taken a turn for the hellish because of his new partner, the nephew of a senator.

Fleeing his partner’s company one night, Marlon stumbles into Mary’s for the first time… and wakes up with a hangover in the bartender’s bed. The one-night stand heats up into a budding romance, but not without stress as Marlon’s partner’s actions threaten Vahin’s livelihood and Marlon’s future on the force. Can Vahin and Marlon face the challenges and hold on to the love, friendship, and family they’ve found?

Release date: 26th April 2017

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Nachos & Hash by Brandon Witt

Brandon Witt - Nachos & Hash CoverTitle: Nachos & Hash

Series: Mary’s Boys #1

Author: Brandon Witt

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Novella (105 Pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (January 25, 2017)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: Darwin Michael’s is living his dreams in the Mile High City. While Denver offers the perfect job, scrumptious dining, and whirlwind dating options, Darwin is losing hope he’ll find the right man to spark his interest for more than a one-night stand—until he sets eyes on Cody Russell.

Cody has just accomplished his life’s goal—get the hell out of Kansas. In one fell swoop, he lands a job at Hamburger Mary’s and gets a newfound family and the chance to be with other gay people! All that’s missing is someone special. But when Darwin shows his interest, Cody is sure it’s too good to be true. After all, what can Darwin possibly see in the high school dropout serving him nachos?

As Darwin falls in love, Cody struggles to realize his worth. When his past threatens the fragile life he is building, Cody spirals into a moment of dark desperation. But Darwin is determined to show Cody that love and family and home are there for him… will Cody accept what is offered? 

ISBN: 978-1-63533-209-4

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/nachos-hash-by-brandon-witt-8047-b

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: I have heard many things about this author’s work but never really stopped to look at one.  So imagine my surprise when I started reading this story.  Let’s just say that I am off to buy all of this amazing man’s work.  Wow, sexy men are at the top of the list.

Darwin has been in the dating scene for a while now, but this latest date makes him want to give it all up.  However one look at the sexy waiter has him changing his mind.  Poor Cody has finally gotten his dream.  He has left his nasty parents and moved away from Kansas.  He is working at Hamburger Mary’s and let’s just say the people there rock.  He likes Darwin but never expected the man to want him back.  This is one story that you need to read if you want the details.

I had a lot of fun reading this and can’t wait to read the next book in this series.  Cody is an absolute doll and one that everyone will love.  Darwin is sweet and has his eye on the man all the way.  The characters are all quirky and so much fun.  I find that this is probably going to be read many times over.  I can admit that some of the story had me in tears. 

It caught my attention from the moment I started reading and kept it all the way to the end.  For such a small story it is fully packed with a lot of tasty treats.  Way to go Brandon Witt, keep the books a coming.

Teddy Bears by Brandon Witt (Bah Humbug Giveaway!)

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Series: 2016 Advent Calendar- Bah Humbug

Author: Brandon Witt

Genre: Contemporary, Holiday

Length: Short Story (47 Pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (December 28, 2016)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: Other than working the front desk of a gay bathhouse in Denver, Brian McKay is a bit of a recluse. At the best of times, his social life consists of work, role-playing games at a local toyshop, and making YouTube videos with his Teddy Bear hamsters. The arrival of the holidays—with the annoying music, Christmas shopping, and all the reminders of how he disappointed his father—just reinforces his reclusive nature.

When James Olsen, a gorgeous daddy bear who frequents the bathhouse, notices him, Brian is at a loss. He’s not proud of his own bear status or his struggle with weight. The idea that James has interest in him beyond an easy hookup is more than Brian can fathom. But with a little bit of holiday magic, James might help Brian learn to accept Christmas again—and himself.

ISBN: 978-1-63533-190-5

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/teddy-bears-by-brandon-witt-7984-b

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: Brian had never had a Christmas he enjoyed until he met the man of his dreams.  James was the man Brian wanted, but never thought he could have.  It looks to me like he just might have received the perfect Christmas present ever.

I have to admit that I was not as happy about all the sex in this story, which is strange.  However I was just looking for something really cheesy I suppose.  I did however really like these characters.  They just came off perfect to me and I would love to read more about them.  This was a very cute little story that was a lot of fun to read.   I love how much humor is in these little stories, and how much story there actually is in them.

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Brandon Witt’s Questions!

Which of Brandon Witt’s novels is based on one of his real life traditions of having an annual Gay Boy Christmas Dinner?

(Just leave a comment with the answers on this post)

Catch up with the previous questions: MMGBR Bah Humbug Giveaway!

(Winners will be picked by a dart on 1st January 2017)

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Bah Humbug MM Good Book Reviews Giveaway Coming Soon!

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Hey everyone! I’m just here today to give you the heads up for MM Good Book Reviews upcoming month long giveaway which starts on the 1st December 2016. 

MM Good Book Reviews has asked each of the Bah Humbug Advent Calendar authors to submit a question which you readers will be able to answer. And most of them agreed! So throughout the month of December EVERY DAY we’ll have a review from the Bah Humbug Advent and the books author will ask a question… all you have to do is to answer the question in the comments for that review.

What will you win? Well I’m feeling very generous this year so MM Good Book Reviews has the most AMAZING prizes… especially for those of you who will be feeling the pennies pinching in the New Year! 4th & 3rd prizes are $25 Dreamspinner Press Credits, 2nd prize will be $50 Dreamspinner Press Credits and 1st prize is an astounding $100 Dreamspinner Press Credits!  

I know you’re thinking ‘what’s the catch’. Let me assure you there’s no catch whatsoever other than needing a Dreamspinner Press account if you win, oh and needing to get the answers correct 😉

The best thing about the giveaway is… there’s 31 chances to win! Yep if you comment on every Bah Humbug review with the correct answers then your name will be pinned 31 times to the corkboard (darts! It’s gonna be so fun on New Years Day) if you get 26 correct answers then your name will be pinned 26 times on the corkboard, easy.

And while it would be nice if you visited us every day in December you don’t have to, that’s right you could just visit once a week or if you’re really pushed for time then just once on the 31st Dec, I’ll be creating a page with all the links to the reviews and questions so you won’t have to miss any 🙂

So guys why don’t you nip over to Dreamspinner Press, check out the Bah Humbug Advent and take a look at the stories that have made me feel super generous this year ❤

Don’t forget the MM Good Book Reviews Bah Humbug Giveaway starts on the 1st December! 

Lots of huggles & snuggles ~Pixie~

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There’s always that one guy for whom the holiday season is anything but jolly. It’s a bother, a trial, or in a few cases, a downright misery, but in the end, the holidays bring hope, love, and cheer to even the darkest of days. What else but love would get Scrooge willingly under the mistletoe?

Holiday reading fun! A story delivered automatically to your bookshelf each day in December. More than 400,000 words of romantic fiction in 31 stories that would sell individually for a total of $85.69. Buy the package early and save:

November* – $49.99

*Sale of packages for daily delivery ends Nov. 25.

Beginning December 1, stories will be available individually as priced or as a bulk package for $64.99.

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Mapping the Forest by Brandon Witt Guest Post, Excerpt & Giveaway!

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Hi guys, we have Brandon Witt stopping by today with his tour for his upcoming release Mapping the Forest, we have a brilliant guest post, a great excerpt and a fantastic giveaway, so check out the post and leave a comment to enter the giveaway! ❤ ~Pixie~

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Mapping the Forest

by

Brandon Witt

Happily ever after has no map, but sometimes fate sends a guiding light.

Gabe Rice, a seasonal ranger at the Rocky Mountain National Park, can’t seem to get his life on the right trail. He loves the rugged beauty of the land, and there is no place he would rather live than the mountain community of Estes Park. But after six years, Gabe is beginning to wonder if he’ll ever get a full-time position or find love. When Gabe sees Luis—and hears his gorgeous singing—he’s compelled to meet him.

Luis Martinez, the new owner of a hotel and steak ride business in Estes, left California and a career as a therapist for a fresh start in Colorado. But even the beauty of the mountains can’t help him forget the past or move forward. Unprepared for his strong attraction to Gabe, Luis is ready to run and hide from emotions he never thought he’d have again.

Suddenly the path ahead opens to a future that looks brighter for both of them, if they can find the courage to walk forward—together.

Release date: 4th November 2016

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Myths Untold: Faery ~ Anthology

Myths Untold Faery Cover sTitle: Myths Untold: Faery

Series:  Anthology

Author: August Li, Brandon Witt, J. Scott Coatsworth, Skye Hegyes

Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal

Length: Novel (247pgs)

Publisher: Wilde City Press (April 13, 2016)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: Faeries are part of mythology the world over, past, present, and future. Called elves, brownies, the fae, and more, they evoke a sense of wonder and a little danger. Faery has its own rules, and humans enter at their peril. In this spirit, we bring you the first book in the Myths Untold anthology series—four stories from the land of the Fae: a homeless man in Cardiff and the luck that could destroy him; the trans man in future San Francisco who falls for an elf; the village boy who has always been a little different; and a faery prince whose birthright was stolen from him. Welcome to Faery.

ISBN: 978-1-925313-94-9

Product Link: https://www.wildecity.com/books/gay-mainstream/myths-untold-book-one-faery/#.V8m_1DFrg4c

Reviewer: Shorty 

Review: The Pwcca and the Persian Boy by Gus Li

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Glyn and Farrokh are companions and lovers trying to survive on the streets. Farrorkh learns there are homeless disappearing and so leaves to discover why until he does not return and Glyn goes looking for him. Intriguing and well written. This story draws you in till the end.

The Other Side of the Chrysalis A Myth of Men Story by Brandon Witt

Hreat Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

This was a great story but also horrifying at what was done to Quay. My heart broke for Quay’s suffering silently as he watched his perfect brother take his place. At the same time he sse’s Flessar, an outcast like him as attractive. It is forbidden for them to be together though. The whole story was both magical yet sad. It was a great mix.

Changeling by Skye Hegyes

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Tyler and Marsh were a great match in this story as one is different than the others and soon learns why. The overall feeling is learning to live with the truth and being happy in the situation as you can.

Through the Veil by J. Scott Coatsworth

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Tris takes Colton on the other side of the wall and shows him things he’s never seen before. I loved how this story showed the differences between the two men and places. It was a perfect blend to keep the reader interested.

I have to say I normally do not like all the stories in an anthology yet this one I loved them all. They each were unique in their own ways and were beautifully written. Highly recommended.

Son of Money by Brandon Witt

Brandon Witt - Son of Money CoverTitle: Son Of Money

Series: N/A

Author: Brandon Witt

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Novel (284 pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (July 11th 2016)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 3.75 Hearts

Blurb: Randall Morgan, youngest son of one of Seattle’s wealthiest families, rejected his family’s money to live free of their control and pursue his career as a photographer. To make ends meet, Randall does erotic photography and massage—a secret he keeps from his family so he can remain a part of his young niece’s life. But the price of that relationship is high, and Randall is once more slipping under his family’s thumb.

Noah Carroll is the spokesperson for the Seattle Humane Society, and the city holds a special place in his heart. When fate intervenes during a pet adoption, Noah finds himself face-to-face with his first love—Randall.

While Noah and Randall are not the teenagers they once were, the flame of a first kiss long ago draws them together. Their romance is beginning to grow, but someone is out to destroy Randall and expose all he keeps hidden.

When secrets and rumors thrust Randall into the public eye, his relationship with Noah isn’t the only thing that comes under threat.

ISBN: 9781634773126

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/son-of-money-by-brandon-witt-7215-b

Reviewer: Aerin

Review: Randall Morgan, the black sheep of the wealthy Morgan family, gave up on the family fortune in order to be free of their manipulations and expectations and be himself. Randall is a talented photographer who’s supplementing his income by offering relaxation massage that more often than not have happy endings for his clients and for himself. Randall photographs children in fantasy settings, but he also does sexual and pornographic photography, usually joining in the fun half way through. His family managed to get over the fact that Randall chose his own destiny and that he is gay, but they will never accept Randall’s promiscuity. The only thing that keeps Randall in Seattle is the love for his 7 year old niece Bailey, who’s the most important person in his life.

Noah Carroll is the son of missionaries, he’s a former religious man who wanted nothing more than to become a minister and teach people about God. Life in general, and a series of events that rocked Noah’s faith in God, led him to leave his religion behind and become the face of Seattle Humane Society. Noah and Randall have known each other from their teenage years, when they shared a kiss that neither of them will ever forget. Noah has always known Randall is the one, and planned to reconnect with him in the near future. That moment comes sooner than expected when Randall comes to adopt a puppy for his niece Bailey.

Noah is everything Randall has always wanted in a man, and the one person he’s been comparing all others to. Their relationship progresses rather quickly because there is no hesitation or confusion as to where they see themselves in the future. I thought things moved at a pace that was too rapid for me, because it’s been over 20 years since Noah and Randall have seen each other. The children they’ve both been are nothing like the men they’ve become, so I wish there was more flirting, sexual tension, that get-to-know-you beautiful time before any serious relationship; but at the same time I appreciated how sure of himself Noah was and how confident he was in his feelings for Randall.

Randall’s little side business is revealed by a jealous client and Randall is accused of prostitution. His reputation is pretty much destroyed and new claims of inappropriate behavior with the children he photographed are being made by an anonymous source. Randall becomes depressed and insecure, which I understood and sympathized with. However, I loved how solid and supportive Noah was through it all; Noah was by far my favorite character, I adored him! Randall was harder to like, more difficult to connect with, and I think that’s because he lacks the charisma that attracts me to a person. There were plenty of things to like about him, but overall I found him bland and forgettable.

Son of Money is not an angsty book, there’s no relationship drama and most importantly, there are no misunderstandings. When it comes to family however, this was filled with the kind of drama that only rich and entitled people are able to create. So much backstabbing!!! One of the reasons I didn’t love this book as much as the more recent Brandon Witt books are the horrible secondary characters. There were exactly two secondary characters I liked, Randall’s sister in law and best friend Kayla, and Bailey (his niece). That’s it! The rest were a bunch of cold hearted, manipulating, hateful, controlling freaks. Also, there isn’t a lot happening in this book aside from Randall trying to find out who’s trying to destroy his career and reputation. After a while it became a bit boring and I wanted to get to the end of it, while hoping something would happen to engage me and pull me in.

Nice writing like always, but not the best I’ve seen from Brandon.

Son of Money by Brandon Witt Guest Post & Excerpt!

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Hi guys, we have Brandon Witt stopping by with his upcoming release Son of Money, we have a fantastic guest post and an interesting excerpt, so check out the post and enjoy! ❤ ~Pixie~

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Son of Money

by

Brandon Witt

Randall Morgan, youngest son of one of Seattle’s wealthiest families, rejected his family’s money to live free of their control and pursue his career as a photographer. To make ends meet, Randall does erotic photography and massage—a secret he keeps from his family so he can remain a part of his young niece’s life. But the price of that relationship is high, and Randall is slipping under his family’s thumb.

Noah Carroll is the spokesperson for the Seattle Humane Society, and the city holds a special place in his heart. When fate intervenes during a pet adoption  at the humane society, Noah finds himself face to face with his first love—Randall.

While Noah and Randall are not the teenagers they once were, the flame of a first kiss long ago draws them together. Their romance is just beginning to grow, but someone is out to destroy Randall and expose all he keeps hidden.

When secrets and rumors thrust Randall into the public eye, his relationship with Noah isn’t the only thing that comes under threat.

Release date: 11th July 2016 

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Shifting Silver by Brandon Witt

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Series: Dreamspinner 2016 Daily Dose: Walk on the Wild Side

Author: Brandon Witt

Genre: High Fantasy

Length: 49 pages

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (June 1, 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: The year is 1618, and Allakau is different from the other members of the Alaskan Yupik tribe. His people survive by hunting, but Allakau is unable to kill or eat flesh. As another season reaches its end and winter approaches, Allakau encounters a narwhal with silver eyes similar to his own. He saves the creature’s life but incurs his father’s wrath, and Allakau is given one last chance to prove himself a productive part of the tribe or be left behind to die. As he spends time alone in the woods, clues about his past and destiny begin to fall into place with the aid of another silver-eyed creature. His hunt might finally lead him to the truth about what sets him apart and where he belongs—if he can survive it.

ISBN: 978-1-63477-498-7

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/shifting-silver-by-brandon-witt-7174-b

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: Allakau was always different from the rest of his family, for one he hated to kill any animal. Even his mother has noticed. His tribe survives from the kills they make, but Allakau cannot eat nor kill any animal. He feels something for the animals. Then he sees a narwhal that has the same color of eyes as he does, and it says his true name.

Then his father has given him an impossible choice – either kill within the three days or forever leave. Searching the woods gives him time to reflect and he realizes his life is not the same as it was. For he is very special, then he finds another animal with the same eye color, the same animal that he once was.

This one was a bit strange to me, so it was harder to get into it. It was well written with a lot of depth to it, but I just couldn’t connect with the story. Even though I couldn’t connect, I could tell that it was a pretty damn good story.

This is one that I would recommend to all.

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Myths Untold: Faery Anthology Blog Tour & Interview Question!

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Hi guys, we have August Li, Brandon Witt, J. Scott Coatsworth, Skye Hegyes stopping by to celebrate their new release the anthology Myths Untold: Faery, I asked the guys where they got their inspiration for their stories so check out their answers. Enjoy the post ❤ ~Pixie~

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Myths Untold: Faery

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August Li, Brandon Witt, J. Scott Coatsworth, Skye Hegyes,

Faeries are part of mythology the world over, past, present, and future. Called elves, brownies, the fae, and more, they evoke a sense of wonder and a little danger. Faery has its own rules, and humans enter at their peril.

In this spirit, we bring you the first book in the Myths Untold anthology series—four stories from the land of the Fae: a homeless man in Cardiff and the luck that could destroy him; the trans man in future San Francisco who falls for an elf; the village boy who has always been a little different; and a faery prince whose birthright was stolen from him.

Welcome to Faery.

The Pwcca and the Persian Boy, by Gus Li

Despite beauty and luck, something about Glyn makes everyone uncomfortable. Homeless on the streets of Cardiff, he has nothing to keep him going but his friendship with Farrokh. Through stealing and fortune’s occasional favor, Glyn keeps them alive. But then homeless youths begin to disappear, and when Farrokh goes missing, Glyn begins to discover the reasons behind both his luck and the way people react to him. Determined to save his friend from a danger he never imagined, he enlists the help of Lleu, who might be an ally, or might be manipulating Glyn to achieve his own goals.

The Other Side of the Chrysalis, by Brandon Witt

In a species that values beauty above all else, Quay looses both his freedom and his birthright as prince of the fairies.  Lower than an outcast, he watches over his younger brother, hoping against hope that Xenith’s rebirth will provide safety and positions that has slipped through Quay’s grasp.  Though he expected kindness from no one, Quay gradually starts to trust that there is more to life, even for the likes of him, as sexual encounters with Flesser, a fairy barely accepted himself, turn from lust to love.  Quay knows having forbidden relationships will be his undoing,  but he is powerless to turn away.

Changeling, by Skye Hegyes

With his pointed ears and a tail, Tyler’s always been different than the other children, but until Marsh, a brownie tells him he’s a changeling, he never thought he wasn’t human. Now he will discover what faery life is like, and just how being a changeling could change his life. On the way, his ties with his mother will be pushed and prodded even as his friendships grow and his love life blossoms.  However, in a village of God-fearing people, those who are different are spurned and Tyler will discover how much trouble a fledgling changeling can get into.

Through the Veil, by J. Scott Coatsworth

In the not-too-distant future, San Francisco has been swamped by rising sea levels caused by global warming, and has only survived by building a wall to keep the water out of the heart of the City. Colton is a trans man barely getting by on the canals outside the wall. Tris is an elf who has come to the human world on his journey to become a man. Fate brings them together, and everything changes for Colton when he sets out with Tris to find the elf’s missing brother, taking Colton behind the Wall for the first time.

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Under A Sky of Ash by Brandon Witt

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Author: Brandon Witt

Genre: Contemporary

Length: 270 pages

ISBN: 9781634770484

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (March 21, 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Reviewer: Aerin

Blurb: More than a decade after leaving Colorado to attend college and escape his past, Isaiah Greene moves back and builds a life in Denver as a special education teacher. When he meets Ben Woods, the mentor of one of his students, the attraction is immediate. The revelations that they’ve both suffered traumatic childhoods form a bond between them.

Raised by an abusive grandmother, Ben is a recovering addict who has made a family with his construction worker boss, Hershel, and Hershel’s husband, Daniel—drag queen ManDonna. Adding Isaiah to his life gives Ben a glimpse of a future he’d never dreamed possible for himself.

Both Isaiah and Ben are survivors, but when guilt drives a wedge between them, the past threatens to end their relationship.

Ben and Isaiah embark on journeys of self-discovery. Though their path will be difficult at times, humor and love find a way to bring light to the darkness.

Product Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php? products_id=7548

Review: Just look at this fantastic cover. It’s one of the best I’ve ever seen! To me, this beautiful cover had its own story to tell.  I expected an intense, emotional book that would probably make me shed a few tears! I was not disappointed! This will more than likely be in my top 3 books that I’ll be reading in 2016 and it currently holds the #1 spot.

Let me start my review by saying that I’m truly overwhelmed and impressed with Brandon Witt’s talent for writing. Not only is his work easy to read and sure to make a lasting impression, it draws the reader (in this case me, of course) in to the point where every description of surroundings, every detail and emotion was right there for me to feel. I was right there with the characters seeing what they saw, sharing the sights, smells, feelings with them until I felt like I was a part of them. This happens so rarely to me that I was completely overwhelmed in the most beautiful way.

The night 12-year-old Isaiah got his first kiss from RJ, the boy he loved, turned into a nightmare that still haunts him two decades later. RJ’s entire future was ripped away from him in the most horrific way possible and he now lives in an assisted living facility, where he waits patiently for Isaiah to come visit and spends his days coloring. Isaiah still feels guilty for running and leaving RJ behind on that horrible Halloween night, and no matter how much professional help he’s gotten, he is still haunted by it.

Isaiah is now a teacher for special needs children, and that’s how he meets Ben Woods, the “brother” of one of his students. Ben is exactly the type Isaiah is attracted to, imperfect, somewhat damaged, with wise eyes that tell a story of a hard life. Isaiah can’t stop thinking about Ben and no matter how many warning flags and signals his brain is trying to send him when it comes to Ben, Isaiah simply can’t stay away.

Ben’s childhood pretty much ended the day before his 6th birthday, when his alcoholic father murdered his mother and brother before pulling the gun on himself. Ben doesn’t remember everything that took place that night, yet his whole life path changed that night. Sent to live with an emotionally abusive grandmother, Ben numbed his pain the only way he knew how: by submerging himself into a world of drugs and alcohol, prostitution and sex. Years later, Ben is a recovering addict who has the full support of his make-shift family: Daniel aka Mandonna and his long-time partner Hershel.

Brandon Witt - Under a Sky of Ash Teaser sI can’t tell you how much I loved Mandonna, she was fierce and funny and precious, with a huge heart full of love for the people in her life…you know, the typical drag queen. Everybody needs a Fairy Drag-mother in their lives and Ben is a lucky bastard for having one. Mandonna was the very much-needed burst of happiness and light with mad fighting skills. Just give her a pair of stilettos and she’s lethal! But I also loved Hershel, the intense and grumpy guy who’s the opposite of Daniel, but his exact perfect match. So much love for those two!

I can’t say much about Ben and Isaiah’s relationship without giving the whole plot away, but let me touch on a few things I loved the absolute most! You know how usually Brandon’s books lack the steam factor? Well rest assured, there’s plenty of steam in this one. And while the sex scenes are not overly descriptive, they’re still hot and just perfect!

I also loved how honest and real the characters were, especially Ben when it came to his feelings for Aaron and his relationship with him. It was painful and brutally honest. Definitely not pretty, but oh so real!

Usually I’m pretty good figuring out early on which way a book or plot is headed, and despite a few warning bells I had no clue I was going to get completely and totally blindsided. I really didn’t see that coming. It was shocking and surprising, but definitely not overly dramatic or embellished. Well done Brandon, very well done!!!

I apologize for the long review, but in all honesty I barely touched up on the important stuff. This book is absolutely amazing. The best I’ve read in a very long time. I can’t recommend this enough. Read it or you’ll miss out on a wonderful story.

And for those of you that need a happy ending, you’ll definitely get one. A beautiful one that made me smile and made my heart happy.

Oh, and the dedication is very special as well. Eric Arvin, if you played such an important role in Brandon’s career as an author, thank you! If it wasn’t for you we’d miss out on some great talent!

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Under A Sky of Ash by Brandon Witt Guest Post & Giveaway!

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Hi guys, we have Brandon Witt stopping by with his upcoming release Under A Sky of Ash, Brandon chats about the inspiration that had him writing the story and we also have a fantastic giveaway, so enjoy the post and leave a comment to enter the giveaway! ❤ ~Pixie~

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Under A Sky of Ash

by

Brandon Witt

More than a decade after leaving Colorado to attend college and escape his past, Isaiah Greene moves back and builds a life in Denver as a special education teacher. When he meets Ben Woods, the mentor of one of his students, the attraction is immediate. The revelations that they’ve both suffered traumatic childhoods form a bond between them.

Raised by an abusive grandmother, Ben is a recovering addict who has made a family with his construction worker boss, Hershel, and Hershel’s husband, Daniel—drag queen ManDonna. Adding Isaiah to his life gives Ben a glimpse of a future he’d never dreamed possible for himself.

Both Isaiah and Ben are survivors, but when guilt drives a wedge between them, the past threatens to end their relationship.

Ben and Isaiah embark on journeys of self-discovery. Though their path will be difficult at times, humor and love find a way to bring light to the darkness.

Release date: 21st March 2016

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The Shattered Door by Brandon Witt, 3rd edition

o-the-shattered-doorTitle: The Shattered Door, 3rd edition
Series: N/A
Author: Brandon Witt
Genre: Spiritual
Length: 340 pages
Publisher: DSP Publications (February 2nd, 2016)
Heat Level: Low
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts
Blurb: After a tortured childhood and years of soul-searching, Brooke Morrison has finally settled into a comfortable life. While his sexuality prohibits him from practicing his degree in youth ministry in a church setting, he’s found a fulfilling job as a youth counselor at a residential treatment facility in Colorado. He falls in love, marries the man of his dreams, and makes peace with God. He’s happy.

Then his buried past drags him back to the Ozarks.

The life Brooke has worked so hard to build is crumbling in his hands in the face of painful memories and past abuse, and his confidence is withering. In El Dorado Springs, where his nightmares come to life, Brooke desperately seeks closure life doesn’t offer.

Brooke must find value in himself, in his marriage, and in the world around him—and create the hope and perseverance to keep his past from swallowing him whole.

1st Edition published by Createspace, 2011.
2nd Edition published by Itineris Press, 2012.

ISBN: 978-1-63476-050-8

Product Link: https://www.dsppublications.com/books/the-shattered-door-by-brandon-witt-204-b

Reviewer: Cat

Review: Brooke moved to Denver after college to get away from home and put his past behind him. He gets a job at a boy’s center as counselor and makes significant changes there. Brett has a beautiful apartment and meets the man of his dreams. Even though he can’t use his degree in a church, he loves his job with the youth, loves his husband. He almost has that fairy tale life until a tragedy brings back his past and it could all come crashing down around him.

The Shattered Door is one of my favorite books. Written in first person, I felt like I was Brooke. It begins in the present then goes back seven years, and you wonder what had happened to cause Brooke such emotional angst almost to the end. Just when you think it’s over, there is another twist. The story leaves you on the edge of your seat, laughing and crying. I could feel Brooke’s angst and pain. The romance between him and Jed was sweet and charming.

This isn’t exactly a romance but more a story of life and relationships.

I highly recommend this book to anyone that likes a book that is looking for something different. If you like angst, friends to lovers, raccoons, story’s set in the mid –south and no sex, you will LOVE this book.
*I received a copy of this book for an honest review from mmgoodbookreviewers.com*

The Imperfection of Swans by Brandon Witt

ImperfectionofSwans[The]LGTitle: The Imperfection of Swans
Series: N/A
Author: Brandon Witt
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Novel (284 pages)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (January 18th 2016)
Heat Level: Low
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts
Blurb: Kevin Bivanti’s dream is to open a wedding dress shop, a place with the stunning gowns to make every bride-to-be feel adored. At thirty-eight, he quits a successful advertising career to buy an old brownstone in a trendy Boston neighborhood and to make his dream a reality. When one of his cosigners drops out, fate intervenes, ushering in Casper James, who hopes to open his own bakery. With Casper willing to take the risk, their ambitions meld into a wedding dress and wedding cake boutique.

Extensive renovations to the brownstone, an affair with his ex-husband, family drama with his mothers, and the anxiety of significant life changes push Kevin to the brink of a nervous breakdown. In the midst of stress and uncertainty, Casper becomes more than a business partner, a mutual attraction that adds another layer of intensity and risk.

With their dreams on the verge of reality, Kevin and Casper must find the courage to face the stress of managing their attraction, the gamble of a new business venture, and the resurgence of Kevin’s personal demons.

ISBN: 9781634768177

Product Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=7324

Reviewer: Aerin

Review:It’s been a while since I’ve read a Brandon Witt book, so I thought it was about time to get back in the saddle. Now, after finishing this book, I wonder, how is it possible that what came after the epilogue changed this rating from a solid 4 stars to 5 stars? Only one answer comes to mind, so that must be it: this book was written after real characters, with real feelings, which makes the topic of this book even more heartbreakingly real.

I have to offer praise to Brandon for having the courage and determination to approach a topic that’s rarely mentioned when it comes to men: eating disorders. I know we get to see how the female population suffers and is affected by these, but to get to experience it from a male POV, and to see that men deal with body image issues and eating disorders while striving to achieve perfection just as women do, was captivating, heartbreaking, eye-opening, and an experience I won’t forget anytime soon.

Kevin is a gorgeous 38-year-old man, who comes from an overbearing Italian family who’s as supportive as it is overwhelming. Kevin has been dreaming about owning a bridal store since he was a teenager, and while he never gave up on his dream, life had other plans in store for him.

The child of a lesbian couple, Kevin had all the support and love needed while growing up, and he was never judged of shamed for his homosexuality. But sometimes, no matter how much love and support we have, we are still affected by different conditions and/or we’re not quite happy with who we are.

Kevin suffers from a severe anxiety disorder that started in his teenage years, and has been battling bulimia and anorexia for many years, even though for the most part he got his bulimia under control. Kevin is gorgeous and has a great body, only when he looks in a mirror, that’s not what he sees: he sees ugliness and fat, imperfection and disappointment.

No matter how much those around him tell him he looks great, he never believes it. Being married for years to Scott, a beautiful, pretty much physically perfect man, and being cheated on and divorced because Scott chose another man, certainly didn’t help Kevin’s condition.

Kevin’s story affected me a lot, and I was able to connect with him like I’ve never connected with another character before. I understand perfectly what he’s going through and that he can’t control the way he feels about his own body; I understand because I go through the same thing, although I’m not even close to the severity of Kevin’s experiences. But I experienced this enough throughout my life to feel connected to Kevin on a very deep level.

Casper is a chef whose dreams are to one day open his own dessert shop, specializing in wedding cakes. When Casper and Kevin meet through some mutual friends and learn that they have similar goals, they decide to go into business together to help each other with the expenses or starting a new business, and to offer people a unique experience when it comes to their bridal needs.

Casper finds Kevin extremely attractive and no matter how much he tries, he can never think of him as a business partner only. This was one of those cases where the heart wants what it wants, and having faith in fate might make your dreams come true. Casper knows that he’s not beautiful enough, not cool enough, not interesting enough and entirely too geeky to ever make Kevin interested in him, especially once he meets Kevin’s ex-husband/on-again lover Scott, because he knows he’s never going to fall into the same category with Scott. And yet he never stops hoping.

The more time Kevin spends with Casper, the more attracted to him he feels; the stress and pressure of starting a new business, along with his anorexia, are causing Kevin to experience severe anxiety attacks. But with time he comes to realize that being with Casper makes him feel relaxed and happy, and the anxiety that causes him to eat Xanax like candy doesn’t make an appearance as frequently when they spend time together.

What starts off as a friendship becomes so much more, and I loved every bump in their road to happiness. Casper and Kevin are a great couple and a fantastic team, and I especially love how unconditionally Casper loves Kevin, and how good he is for Kevin’s well-being.

The reason I wanted to give this book 4 stars instead of five is for the lack of steam and sex factor. If this had some on-page sex and maybe some descriptive steamy parts, it truly would’ve been the most perfect book.

Only after reading the word from the real life Kevin at the end of this book, and Brandon’s word where we find out most of this book’s characters are inspired by real-life people, this book became less of a fiction and more of a reality, and I quite frankly stopped minding the lack of sex that much.

I know this is still fiction and many of the things that happened are fiction as well, but knowing the core of this book is based on real people made a huge difference for me.

Lovely book!!!

* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through https://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com *

Christmas Miracles of a Recently Fallen Spruce by Brandon Witt

ChristmasMiraclesofaRecentlyFallenSpruceLGTitle: Christmas Miracles of a Recently Fallen Spruce
Series: 2015 Advent Calendar: Sleigh Ride
Author: Brandon Witt
Genre: Contemporary/ Holiday Short
Length: 26 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (Dec.1 2015)
Heat Level: Low
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ Hearts
Blurb: Paxton Peterson’s favorite day of the year is his annual Gay Boy Christmas dinner. He’s checked and double-checked his to-do list, because nothing stresses him out like the unexpected.

Confident everything will run smoothly, Paxton embarks on his yearly snowshoed hike through the Rocky Mountains near his home. His perfectly planned evening is cut short by Logan Charles’s careless enjoyment of his brother’s snowmobile, and Paxton is stranded in the woods.

It’s the worst thing that could’ve possibly happened to him—or maybe the best.

A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2015 Advent Calendar package “Sleigh Ride”.

ISBN: 978-1-63476-937-2

Product Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=7170

Reviewer: Cat

Review: Paxton has everything in order and is off for his annual Christmas Eve hike. This year he gets to snowshoe in fresh snow. Everything is perfect just like he likes it. Until a snowmobile nearly hits him changing his plans completely.

This story was so much fun. Written almost poetically it is funny, charming and sexy. I fell in love with Paxton and his anal ways immediately. Being a bit compulsive myself I really related to him. I adore Brandon’s witty (pun intended) style of writing.

If you like Type A personality’s, the Marlboro man, funny, charming, romance with a little heat this is a must read.

* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through https://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com *