Mark of the Gladiator by Heidi Belleau and Violetta Vane is an intricately researched historical set during the time of moral corruption that marked the Roman Empire. It weaves together two storylines. The first involves a romance and mystery set within an aristocratic family. Someone is trying to kill one of two highborn brothers, and our hero is drawn to both men. Here, I think the mystery takes center stage over the romance.
The second storyline, which I found most compelling, focuses on our hero ...more
Ah, Hawaii. How I’d like to be there right now, composing this article on my Android tablet on a lounge chair overlooking the Pacific Ocean. I have traveled all over the country, and there are about three or four states I have yet to visit. Hawaii is on the bucket list, and I’m writing about the Aloha State today because on this day in 1959, President Eisenhower signed the bill into law that would grant Hawaii statehood. It didn’t take effect until August of that ...more
The Ides of March aren’t necessarily unlucky for everybody. Celebrated in ancient Rome as a feast day for Mars, the god of way, this day is best known for the assassination of Julius Caesar. To many, it’s another ordinary day, but it’s always a good time to catch up on reading.
All Romance carries many historical romances and erotic stories set in ancient Rome and the Roman empire. If you’re in the mood for something different, try one of these eBooks for the Ides of March, ...more
The Flesh Cartel: an international, multi-billion-dollar black market that trades in lost souls. Or more specifically, their bodies.
Highly organized and frighteningly efficient, the Flesh Cartel could teach even the KGB a thing or two about breaking a human mind. Fortunately for their ultra-rich clients, they’re just as skilled at putting people back together again—as perfect pets, well-trained and eager to please.
No matter what your secret tastes or dark desires, the Flesh Cartel—for the right price, of course—will hand-design the plaything of your dreams.
Stay tuned for ...more
The War at the End of the World by Heidi Belleau and Violetta Vane is a haunting short story that combines elements of dark fantasy with historical fiction. It may frustrate those readers who want a linear narrative in that it features flashbacks in non-consecutive order within its single first-person viewpoint. I’ll admit that I got confused from the June 1965 flashback through the ending as to who was who and what had happened.
However, the story itself made it all worthwhile with its intensely ...more
Hawaiian Gothic by Heidi Belleau and Violetta Vane is another strikingly original story in the gay romance genre. It may pose a challenge for traditionalists in that it does not offer a linear story structure that allows you to spend time on the evolution of the heroes’ romantic relationship. Instead, you get numerous short flashbacks interspersed through the present that illustrate our hero’s seemingly one-sided attraction to his best friend. But the shifts in time are clearly labeled and easy to follow. The viewpoint is ...more
The story opens with Sean, penniless and alone in New Orleans. Sean is young, smart, and too warm-hearted to be bitter or cynical. He and his girlfriend are both heroin addicts, and she has just left him for a sugar daddy. Desperate to win her back, he must get his hands on some money.
This leads him to dip his toe into the murky waters of gay prostitution, where his mixed-race (Cuban and Irish) beauty draws attention. He is saved from a bad situation by the ...more
Allie Ritch: Today (5/20/13), my log line for Husbandry is up at The Log Line Blog at theloglineblog.blogspot.com. Anyone who comments on my or any of the other daily log lines is entered in the monthly contest (as outlined by The Log Line Blog).
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