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I Love #Blogging: 80% Recovered, Part-time Inactive, Getting There Slowly And Surely  Hi there guys, As you may all have realized by no...

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Review: Don't Twunk With My Heart (Loving You #2) by Renae Kaye

Don't Twunk With My Heart (Loving You, #2)
Published August 26th 2016 by Dreamspinner Press

Kee Smith isn’t sure who he is anymore. He knows who he used to be—the ignored gay son who chose a blue-collar job just because no one expected it, the submissive bottom who enjoyed large, masculine jocks who put him in his place, the sleek, fashionable twink who partied all night. But after his ex-boyfriend hit Kee and called him names, Kee retired from the social scene.
Back after a year’s hiatus, Kee still doesn’t know where he fits. His friends say he’s a twunk—a twink who put on muscle and turned into a hunk—but Kee is searching for somewhere to belong. Instead of going back to his usual type, Kee hooks up with twink Tate Stevens—a fashion-industry professional who works the image hard. It proves to be the best decision he’s ever made, and not just because he’s starting to regain his sexual confidence.
With Tate, Kee can open up about his fears and confusion without ridicule. Tate has his own fears about putting on weight and getting old. It will take work to make a relationship of opposites succeed, but they begin to realize the compromises will be worth it if they can be together. 

Open letter to multitaskingmomma subscribers, followers and friends

I Love #Blogging: 80% Recovered, Part-time Inactive, Getting There Slowly And Surely 

Hi there guys,

As you may all have realized by now, this blog slowed down to a complete stop a few weeks ago. I did put this on PRIVATE mode, but I received so many email requests to open it up even if it remained inactive. I listened and reopened and stayed out of blogging.

As I write this, I have to confess, I am so damned BORED!

Image result for tequila wormI am so used to multitasking, hence my moniker, but I got sick and was forced  to stay out of an activity I truly love. My kids put their feet down, glared and made me promise them I would cut down on my tasks. I had to be given a list, the youngest did that, and had to check boxes. On the list was blogging which, it turned out, was THE most stressful activity for me. That was the first to go on the shelf. Then, it was the reading. I sobbed. I truly did.

I am a bookworm and an addicted worm at that. Think GUSANO!

It was because of reading that my mind grew as a child and as a woman. It taught me so many things, brought me up to contemporary times as well as historical, supernatural, paranormal and all that jazz. Reading is also the one that made me get more creative, first as a reviewer, blogger, then as a writer myself. How do you think it felt having to be drugged out of mind it was impossible to read, much less think and create? I cried. I picked up my books, most ARCs and Review Requests, and I could not make sense of what I was reading.

Then, I opened the TV and tried to watch whatever series was currently popular or were tagged #MustSee, only to fall asleep five minutes into the episode and wake up four hours later. Needless to say, that was a futile activity.

What was left? Writing. Oh yeah, I wrote...two weeks later, I was still on writing...and writing...not getting far, not finishing whatever I was thinking I was writing. Yeah, that was stressful.

Image result for politic stressWhat happened next was weird. I stopped reading. I stopped watching TV series and instead watched my favorite channel, CNN. Let's leave this here, okay? I got addicted to politics and got stressed. Oh, boy.

Facebook! yes! That was the only way to go, right? Yes, great decision on my part as I had early on in my settings managed to filter lots of stuff I didn't want to see so was spared the many splendorous, malodorous, politicopinions I've had the misfortune of stumbling into. Then again, in the quiet of my corner, I learned a whole lot about people and things that go bump in the FB night, and I educated myself. Weird, for in this way, I wanted a way to get out of the doom and gloom and got...creative.

The result, I wrote two holiday reads, one a sci-fi/fantasy and the other, a holiday sequel to one of my books. Yes, I wrapped myself in holiday splendor, listening to *yikes* Christmas music in the ~ber~ months of Sept and Oct. I'll write about these new creations in my author blog right after I post this one. Needless to say, writing romance and comedy lowered the stress levels and I find myself in my current state: bored.

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Why am I bored? Well, my kids found out. Oopsies. Guys, a word of advise, don't mess with your kids after you promised them not to do any work. Just, listen to me: Dont. Mess. With. Kids.

So here I am, rambling, but guess what? I will post a review! yay!

Hep, wait. This does not mean the blog is 100% reopened, it is nowhere near that point yet. I finally was able to finish this one pleasure book read in...get this guys, this is mind boggling: 3 days. I'm pathetic!

A few minutes ago, I made a resolution. I won't give up, but have to stick to the slowing down. What does that mean? For me, not getting myself into a situation where my body can no longer keep up with my brain.



Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Open but NOT ACTIVE: Still Recuperating

This is a rambling blog, something that I should not be doing, but am. 

Last September 26, 2016, I wrote this post on my wall on Facebook: (note: copy/paste)

Hi guys, I'm sorry to have to announce this, but my blog, multitaskingmommas Book Reviews, http://www.multitaskingmommas.com/, I've temporarily shut it down...or rather, put it on PRIVATE mode for the meantime. 
If you've noticed, I've not been active on FB of late, and those who are not in the know, I got sick last week and up till now, my breathing is not set on automatic. I have to manually think to breathe of go light headed. #Asthmaisabitch as they say and it is so true. 
When will I reopen? I have no idea. I tried to work, but no, all the time I was typing, I got light headed forgetting to breathe. So yeah, it's difficult. I will get myself on the healthy side of life first, before I can go online and do the blogging. For now, no, the blog has not been deleted. No. It is still there, just set on PRIVATE until further notice. And yes, I can still review on GR or Amazon if I want to, on my own schedule.
As for now, if you wish to communicate, the email, FB page and this one is always open. Send me a PM if need be.
Love yas! <3 div="">
Edit: Ooops, forgot to mention. The remainder of the review requests, I will be directly posting on to Amazon and/or GR.

I thought people would understand, and they did, but a lot of them didn't. I've gotten some emails, some nice, some not so nice, some clueless. But that's neither here nor there. Point is,  I found out people actually do love the blog and wanted to find out if it's closed or not. No, this is not closed. It was set to PRIVATE for a variety of reasons, top of which is, I'm sick.

No. I really am sick! I can't work because my meds keep my brain on the mushy side and I can't read either, for my brain keeps wandering as its...mushy.

However, I've received note that I could go on hiatus, just leave the blog open.

Okay, here, it is now open. This does not mean I can keep to my commitments, but for the sake of the reviews I've left for the books of the wonderful and understanding authors, I set this back to PUBLIC so the links are still live and kicking.

Now, I'm going back to bed and sleep.

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Monday, September 19, 2016

New book release! "A Touch of Blood" (an Avondale Story) by Etienne:


Publication Date: September 17, 2016
Marshall Sutherland graduates from law school and returns to his small hometown to practice law. Due to certain circumstances he vows to give up men, a move that brings danger into his life.Then he meets Doug Frazier, a mysterious newcomer to town who purchases a mansion that once belonged to the city’s founder. A friendship forms between the two men which may lead to more… if Doug’s almost unbelievable secrets don’t drive a wedge between them.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Out Now! #Taboo by @JoTannah #mm #MayDecember #erotic #romance

eXtasy Books
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Published By: eXtasy Books
Author: Jo Tannah
ISBN: 978-1-4874-0890-9
Page: 106
Word Count: 30701
Publication Date: September 9, 2016
Heat Level: 
Available Formats: Adobe Acrobat, Epub, Mobipocket, Mobipocket (.mobi)

Categories: Contemporary, Erotic Romance, Gay, GLBT, Interracial

Forbidden love. Family drama. A lot can happen in three days.

Margaret Maxfield is getting married and Zachary Parker is the man of honor. Going to the wedding would mean seeing Tristan Maxfield again after all these years. His teenage crush had turned into longing through the years and this may be his one chance to be with Tristan, his father’s best friend and partner. Margaret’s father.

When Tristan sets eyes on Zach for the first time in five years, he is confused at the feelings of attraction for the young man. Despite the eventual fallout over their affair, he decides to make a move.

Will Tristan and Zach’s forbidden love ever find a happily ever after?



This is one sweet hot and sexy tale about a young man who knows what and who he wants, and it'll take more than a bitter ex, family disapproval, and a large age gap to keep him from getting him ~ Pat Nelson

Thursday, September 15, 2016

#Reblog: Book Bloggers, Amazon Reviews, and the Purpose of Book Blog Tours by Alina Popescu

In Response to: No Thanks, No More Blog Tours, Reviews Removed, Algorithms & How Amazon Rules the Bloggers' World


Before we begin, you should know that I started as a reader. I've been reading since before I turned five and love doing to this day. I am the kind of reader that tries all genres. I will never say "I only read this" or "I only publish reviews of X type of books." I can't really do horror anything, yet I keep trying once in a while, because I know some stories are just a must read. From my high school years, I've been in humanities classes (yes, you have to choose between science and humanities before you start high school in Romania). I've done book reports for Romanian, universal, English, and Latin literature. I've read professional critics' books and literature history books and all that jazz.

I am also an author, and value all my reviews. Even the negative ones, or the ones that only summarize my book. Someone took the time to leave a review or a rating, and I love that. Last but not least, I am a book promoter. I organize tours, I interact with bloggers, I try to connect them to the right authors, and make their life easier by providing them with all the information they need.

Book Bloggers - Where Should Their Reviews Go?

This post was prompted by a recent article by Multitaskingmomma who's an incredible book reviewer and an author. We've become friends over the years, and I hate having to not agree with her 100%. Still, I have to disagree on some issues.

Book bloggers, to me, are not the average readers. They run a blog dedicated to books, and they review books all the time. In my opinion, they are held to higher standards than the normal readers who sometimes review on Amazon or Goodreads. I have been blessed to work with some incredible bloggers who write amazing reviews, although not all book blogs have gotten the exact way they should review. They still sometimes do it like a normal reader would - they focus on whether they liked the book or not, and a quick?summary, without going into a deeper analysis of a certain book.

I am assuming that's why seeing book blog reviews among Amazon customer reviews doesn't really seem unnatural. They aren't always all that different. And here is where my opinion might upset some people: Book reviews published on blogs should be more professional and they should NOT be posted in the customer reviews section. The author or publisher should receive links to these reviews and post part of them (or the entirety of the reviews) in Amazon's Editorial Reviews section!

Editorial reviews for Lionel Shriver's novel, Big Brother

Editorial reviews for Lionel Shriver's novel, Big Brother

In order to have such reviews meet the standards of an editorial review, book bloggers should realize they have the same power as mainstream media. Their words can make or break a book. They have to think of their blogs as trusted, respected media channels that discuss books. Whether they make money from their blogs or not, they should be professional about their reviews. What does that mean? They have to take the time for a deeper analysis of books they review. They have to go beyond triggers, and likability. Sure, it's great if you identify with or like a character. But if it's a great character with a well-crafted arc and an amazing story line... who cares he's an asshole? In the end, it's a good book with well-developed characters!

They also should stop holding characters to impossible standards. There are broken, whiny, judgmental, mean, weak people out there, and authors have told amazing stories about them. We can't only focus on straight arrows, can we? Not all teenage heroes would be all convinced of their role to play and courageous. Most of them would be reluctant, scared, or driven by less than noble reasons (a means to hide what's broken inside). I do recommend the famous anime Neon Geneis Evangelion to anyone wanting to write teenage heroes, just to see the darker?side of the spectrum.

Again, I don't want to upset people I've worked with, a lot of them already to all of this. But not all. And this brings us to another issue:

How Many Reviews are Too Many?

Book bloggers have a hard time saying no. Or at least it seems like that sometimes. Sure, they can choose not to accept a book for review, not to join a tour, but the bigger, more successful blogs publish A LOT on a daily basis. Not all those posts are reviews, but a lot of them are. Sure, they have several reviewers participating, but it's still a heck of a workload.

In their attempt to help everyone, they take on a lot. And sometimes reviewers have to deal with numbers of books to read, not all of them to their liking. So there are times when people who definitely don't like a type of book end up reviewing exactly that. They make their opinions and preferences known, and their reviews reflect them more often than not. Is it doing a book justice? Debatable. I've had book reviewers take a chance on genres they didn't feel drawn to and ended up loving them. And yet, there are those who keep trying despite their obvious dislike. The effort should be appreciated, but the benefits to both reviewer and author/publisher are minimal.

So should bloggers cut down on reviews? Maybe. Should they cut down on tours and promo posts? Not necessarily. If you get all you need from a promoter, then why not? More content for your blog! Maybe ask for something unique - do an interview, post a guest post, etc. But promoters have a responsibility too: make the work of a blogger easy! That means no embellishments on your HTML which only fit your own blog design; clear, not heavily formatted documents with text information to be used to build a post; photos attached to the email, not pasted in the document; and generally making things as straightforward as possible.

What Is the Purpose of a Book Blog Tour?

A blog tour for a book has one major purpose - get that book seen by as many readers as possible. Through promotional posts, reviews from book bloggers, guest posts, and interviews, the author and promoter strive to get the attention of all readers of said book blogs. That means that they want to tap into the larger community built around the blog - followers of the blog itself and social media audiences. That is why it's important for book blogs to promote their posts on social media and for promoters to help with that.

This second part - promoters helping - is tricky. You want to spread the word, but you don't want to spam. So I have come to play it by ear and promote less the posts from reviewers who already do heavy promo of what new things they publish on their blogs and do it more for those who only post their blog stop. It's not always perfect, but it's not too spammy either.

The reviews from book bloggers do serve as marketing material - but they don't need to be posted as Amazon Customer reviews. Snippets or the entire review can be used in the book itself (start or end), in the Editorial Reviews section I mentioned, or on an author's or publisher's site. This is how I do it on my author site - Alina Popescu, Writer.

book and story

Which brings us to the next important issue:

Amazon and Its Algorithms

Amazon wants reader reviews. Not friends, not what it considers to be professional reviewers (which makes sense because of the aforementioned--repeatedly--Editorial Reviews section. Jo from Multitaskingmomma is right in the fact that they crawl the internet to figure out connections. But I doubt they are as Big Brothery as she makes them sound. Simply because they don't have to. They own Goodreads. Authors and bloggers link their sites to their Goodreads account. They befriend readers and reviewers in an effort to network.

Is Amazon always right? Not really. Anything you can do about it? Stop double posting, maybe? I've had almost no reviews deleted since I stopped posting on Goodreads as often. I'd rather post on Amazon. Also, not copying and pasting the exact same review would help a lot. Or linking to the full review or prompting users where to read the full review. Sure, it would be a great way to build traffic to the blog, but at the same time, it would also make it easy for Amazon to find connections.

Still, the easiest way would be if the editorial reviews (which I consider book blog reviews to be) would just be published in the right Amazon box?by authors and publishers. They wouldn't ever remove those!

Speaking of algorithms, Amazon is not the only one authors and bloggers alike should worry about. Google is just as bad! Why I tried and failed to promote "no follow" links in blog posts. Why I stopped doing blogger roundups after tours (with links to everyone). And why I never included tour schedules in the doc and HTML kits I sent to bloggers. I keep HTML clean - no formatting other than titles, paragraphs, images, and links, and try to advise bloggers in how to comply with Google rules.

Linking in the traditional "do follow" way to buy links and author sites is frowned upon by Google. They might even increase your spam score for it. They also say it's bad to have too many links on one page. So when you publish a tour post with about 20 links to other bloggers, 5 to sites to get the book for, a few more to author sites, social media, and maybe Goodreads, you have a lot! But those aren't all links that appear on your page. Sidebar links count too. So I no-follow what I can in kits (most of the times, I became a bit lazy when I saw people didn't really take to it), and limit the number of links in a post as much as I can. I also encourage bloggers to stick to their own styles and blog?formats, to make sure Google does not ring the duplicate content alarm.

In Conclusion

Book bloggers are overwhelmed, authors want their reviews up and everywhere, and blog tours are an easy way for everyone to get to as many books as possible. But things do need to change. Bloggers have to hold themselves to higher standards. Authors and publishers need to post editorial reviews the right way and use them as effectively as they can for their marketing. And readers will always?tip their hat to quality blogs that introduce them to new books.

Promotion, traffic building, and community building on all sides need to be done right, in a thoughtful and effective manner. And we all need to appreciate how hard everyone works. If you're an author or promoter and don't know how it feels, try to cover two-three books every day for a month. You'll see :)

Whether you're an author, book blogger, or reader, what's your take on this?

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Review & Excerpt: The Pill Bugs of Time by Angel Martinez

Publisher: Pride Publishing
Author: Angel Martinez
Cover Artist: Emmy Ellis
Length: 31K
Format: ebook (and print in Offbeat Crimes: Volume 1)
Release Date: General release 9/20/16
Pairing: M/M
Price: $4.50

Vikash Soren, the perfect police officer except for his odd paranormal ability, never seems to lose his temper. Always serene and competent, he’s taken on the role of mediator in a squad room full of misfits. But on the inside, he’s a mess. Unable to tell his police partner that he loves him, Vikash struggles silently, terrified of losing Kyle as a lover, partner and friend.But life in the 77th Precinct doesn’t leave much room for internal reflection. A confrontation with a stick-throwing tumbleweed in Fairmount Park leads to bizarre consequences involving pill bugs, statues and…time travel? If Vikash manages to survive the week and stay in one point in time, he might be able to address normal things like relationship problems. He just needs Kyle to have a little more patience. Maybe a few centuries’ worth.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

No Thanks, No More Blog Tours, Reviews Removed, Algorithms & How Amazon Rules the Bloggers' World

Image result for loving blogI recently posted a rambling of mine, wherein I announced that multitaskingmommas Book Reviews will temporarily cease from accepting Blog Tours. In that same post, it mentioned that we are only accepting the minimum amount of Review Requests. To read entire post, just look up, its the featured post on the blog.

Someone asked how and why did we reach this decision. Well, it's really a combination of things. 
  • One, busy lives. All the reviewers in this blog are authors and when there is a deadline, we stop blogging and focus on our writing. 
  • Two, busy lives. When life sends us lifedramas, we have no choice, but to sit down and listen. 
  • Three, the schedule no longer looked fun. Truth of the matter is, the request for blog tours came to such a degree we no longer could focus on cooking lunch. Yes, I agree, we could always refuse the tours, but wow, we have received emails to the effect of why we are no longer friends. Uhm...we are friends, it's just, we don't have 48 hours in one day.
  • Four, I, multitaskingmomma, discovered some of our reviews were being summarily removed. I will focus more on this in a bit.
  • Five, Amazon. The Blogger Police came knocking on the door.

Okay, let's talk about the reviews. As you well know, we at multitaskingmomma take pride that every review we write are cross posted everywhere we can link it to. These links we send off in an email to the organizers and authors who requested them. That said, we are happy to say, we strove hard to comply with our end of the bargain. We also take pride in stating we have never accepted money for those reviews. Not a cent. Nada. Most times, not get thanked by anyone either. *shrugs*

When I noticed some of the reviews posted on Amazon were taken down, I thought it was a glitch and would reappear. Then I began to read threads of blogger reviews summarily removed by Amazon because of some weird new policy they have. Que horror! What do they remove, you ask? Well, here's a list:
  • Reviews from family members
  • Reviews from friends
  • Reviews from other authors
  • Paid Reviews

Okay, you've watched it? Good! But hold up, that is just the tip of the iceberg, peeps. 

Ever heard of Algorithms? I'm sure a whole lot of you can lay claim to saying you've heard of the term, or you've encountered it somewhere. So how is this related to your reviews? How is this related to removal of reviews linked to blog tours? How is this related to bloggers getting banned from reviewing on Amazon?

Lets do a simple definition: 

a process or set of rules to be followed in calculations or other problem-solving operations, especially by a computer.

I've seen statements to the effect of: that mysterious Amazon algorithm...

Yes, it is mysterious as Amazon sets its own parameters in terms of rules and calculations. This includes their bots searching tags which will link you to the authors. 

No, this is not an infallible program and it leaves a huge margin of error where many bloggers and purist reviewers fall into. 

What about the Blog Tours? How is this involved?

Simple peeps: Blog Tours are an algorithms' paradise. Think: Search Engine Optimization!
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From the titles of Blog Tour, to the schedule of the tour, to the list of bloggers involved in the tour, all the way to the file names of your images for teasers, banners, and what nots. Every single file you send off to you bloggers for the tours gets lynched in by the bots working on their set algorithms to establish these individual file names are somehow within their parameters, down your review goes.


Well, look at how the blog tours work, they each have schedules which are most likely set up in google docs. I noticed most of  our reviews taken down were linked to those tours. Although I made careful tweaks to the content that shouldn't link it, there was one set of parameter I'd missed out on: the date. 

Reviews posted within a specific set of time, frequency and such, they eventually get taken down because the bots know it was from a scheduled tour, whether or not the reviewer was involved in said tour.

Look at those hashtags!!! LINKS!
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No! Amazon is not always right in terms of this, we have no argument there. Although algorithms are what they rely on, it is still full of errors and if it calculates a targeted parameter, then it takes down the review. Unfortunately, it's what they rely on but also seek to improve daily. And not only Amazon either, the NSA does it, and you do, too. How?

Links. Links. Links. 

Back links, home links, short links–these are all link resources commonly known as network-accessible resources. This system is distributed throughout the internet and provides the resources we, its clients, uses. This includes anyone and everyone that can access them. Each resource is linked to other resources and are categorized, or typed, to bunch them together or lump them into a specified relationship. Each specified relationship is linked to others of the kind and so on and so forth. 

Bloggers, reviewers, everything you write, including what you're reading now, these are all translated into a code. I won't go further into what specifics, just bear in mind, everything is linked and somewhere along the way, Amazon bots will link the links and eventually remove what their set parameters dictate as non-compliant to their policies.

In short, links rule the internet world and Amazon has become the bloggers' police. 

How will this affect the future of multitaskingmommas Book Reviews? I have no idea.  Right now, I am caught between wanting to continue the blog and see how it goes insofar as how Amazon treats our reviews, and wanting to close it down for the futility of it all. 
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Amazon, however, should not rule our world. We still have Goodreads...which is owned by Amazon. We also have the publisher sites where we can post our reviews, if only most would consider it possible to do so without buying from them for we still have other vendors we are loyal to and frankly, a lot of publisher sites make it an effort to buy from them, much less post a review.

I am also playing around with the idea of closing down the blog and be done with it all. I still am. What's stopping me? Well, this is my baby, and frankly, this is my first love. Blogging. It allows for me, as a reader, to be introduced to new ones and keep on with the old. The thing with reviews being taken down, it's not making me miserable, not at all, it's just disheartening to see something created torn down because it crept within the secret parameters a strong-arm site created. 
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It makes me wonder, what will happen to the tours if this clampdown continues? Where will the promoters go from here? And truly, we cannot even rely on readers who buy the books and post their reviews religiously because I know of two bloggers who've been banned for posting their Verified Purchases reviews.  

Right now, it is a wait and see situation for this blog to join up with tours. Promote, yes, but with the surfeit of people sending emails at the last minute and saying sorry, but emergency! it's just not working anymore. Especially as there are no thanks in return, even a simple PM would do it, but no, none. Again, disheartening.

For now, we will continue to accept the Review Requests, but it will be very limited. Promotions, if we have the time, and not working with deadlines ourselves.

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Blog Tour, #Review, #Excerpt & #Giveaway: The Senator's Secret by KC Wells

K.C. Wells - The Senator's Secret

Author: K.C. Wells
Release Date: September 1 2016
Length: 220 pages

When his Republican opponent outs him with a photo in a Facebook post, Senator Samuel Dalton doesn’t have many options open to him. It doesn’t matter that the photo was totally innocent. He has no choice but to come clean – until his staff suggest putting a spin on it that leaves Sam reeling.

Sure, he’d end up with a lot of sympathy, not to mention the possibility of more voters from the LGBT community, but it still seems a pretty drastic solution.
Now all they have to do is persuade Gary, the other man in the photo, to play along. It sounds so easy - convince the constituents of North Carolina that he and Sam are engaged.
No big deal, except for the fact that they’ve only just met…


“This really burns me, you know?” Becky piped up as she came through the door, iPad in her hand. “Does that Pastor Hartsell think he can just go around, making up shit like this?” She glared at Curtis. “He can’t go around telling everyone Sam is gay when we know he’s not!”
Curtis’s eyes flickered in Sam’s direction before he spoke. “Only, Hartsell didn’t say that, did he?” he chided Becky gently.
Josh snorted. “Yeah, he was real careful about how that post was worded. ‘What is the nature of the relationship…?’ And the part asking folks what that photo said to them? Inspired. His supporters come up with all the shit he wouldn’t dare say. And of course, he doesn’t comment on any of it.” He scowled. “He doesn’t need to; they went ahead and said it all for him. He gets to sit back and read it, while we’re the ones doing the weeping.” Josh stuck out his chin. “So let’s get this statement out. He won’t be so cocky when we’re suing his ass for libel and defamation of character.”
“You sure we want to go that route?” Curtis said quietly.
Sam fired him a look, but Curtis was avoiding his gaze.
“Of course he does,” Becky interjected, her eyes flashing. “Sam can’t just sit here and let that… man hint that he’s… well, it’s just….” She narrowed her eyes. “You know what would cook his goose? If we announced that Sam was gay, and that he and this Gary were secretly engaged. That’d make Hartsell look like a nasty piece of work, outing Sam like that and making him look all sleazy, when they were keeping it quiet so as not to detract from the campaign.” She gave Curtis an evil grin. “Yeah, they’d look all wholesome—a sweet, cute gay couple heading for marriage, and there’s him, trying to make the whole situation seem sordid.”
There was a stunned silence.
Sam was the first to react. “This is not the plot from a Will &amp; Grace episode, all right?” His head was still reeling from her suggestion.
“Wait a minute, wait a minute!” Josh straightened in his chair, his eyes shining. “You might have something there.”
Two heads swiveled in his direction, and from three mouths came the same word simultaneously: “What?”
Josh was nodding, his cheeks flushed. “This might work to our advantage.”
“Excuse me?” Sam was having a hard time dealing with this.
“Oh, come on,” Josh said with a cheeky grin. “Coming out is fashionable these days. Everybody’s doing it—actors, athletes, singers…. Since the SCOTUS decision last year, coming out is the new black.” He waggled his eyebrows. “It’d bring you a whole heap of new supporters, Sam.”
What the…?
Becky was on the edge of her seat. “Yeah. Let everyone see them as a committed couple, putting their relationship on hold until after the election. They’ve not been hiding it, exactly—they just want the focus to be on politics.”
“But—” The turn in the discussion left Sam gaping in amazement.
Josh waved a hand to hush him. “Yeah,” he said, nodding excitedly. “I like that. We do a press conference, break the story, get public opinion on our side, sympathy for the way Hartsell has portrayed their relationship—”
“What relationshi—”
Becky and Josh ignored Sam, lost in their own little world. “Oh my God!” Becky put her hand to her chest. “Can you imagine? The wedding? It would be so beautiful!”
“Wedding? What wed—”
“We’d have lots of photos taken of the happy couple, showing their life together. We could start up a Twitter account where they send cute little tweets to each other.” Josh grinned. “Move over, Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka, Elton John and David Furnish, Ellen and Portia—they could become the gay couple of the decade.”
“Okay, that’s enough!” Sam growled. When his staff jumped and turned to face him, he pointed to the outer door of his office. “You two,” he said, indicating Josh and Becky, “out, now.”
Becky gave him a startled glance before lurching to her feet and scooting out of the room, Josh following her with a perplexed expression.
Sam closed the door behind them and faced his chief of staff. “What. The. Fuck, Curtis?” He glared at his friend, his heart pounding, head aching.
Curtis regarded him calmly. “What have I been telling you?”
Sam stared at him, mouth open. “You… you’re not actually considering their harebrained scheme, are you?”
He shrugged. “Why not?”

Review by: multitaskingmomma
My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Dreamspun Desires is a series from Dreamspinner that much reminds me of the achy tooth, sweet stories I read way back when I was younger. Like, waaaaaay back. There are some series hits and then there are the misses. What's good about The Senator's Secret is the author, it's KC Wells, and I've never read a book I didn't like from this woman.

Yes, this is uber sweet. Yes, this is low angst. Yes, this is pure romance. Who doesn't like them? Don't answer, cause for sure, I absolutely love pure romances. For me, this is what reading MM is all about, to get that gooey feeling that leaves a great taste at the end of the read and makes me smile stupid.

Sam and Gary, they are the romance couple to read. Although the background to their story is political, there is none of the angry, anxious or miserable stories one reads on a daily basis. This story is meant to inspire and give the readers the chance to just forget about reality and drown in that loving feeling.

KC Wells succeeded mightily, in my opinion, for although she's a great author when it comes to romance, reading this without the whip kind of jarred me for a moment and I was just hoping...but no, she left the whip out on this one. Still made me smile silly though, and grinning until the end.

Author Bio

Born and raised in the north-west of England, K.C. WELLS always loved writing. Words were important. Full stop. However, when childhood gave way to adulthood, the writing ceased, as life got in the way. K.C. discovered erotic fiction in 2009, when the purchase of a ménage storyline led to the startling discovery that reading about men in love was damn hot. In 2012, arriving at a really low point in life led to the desperate need to do something creative. An even bigger discovery waited in the wings—writing about men in love was even hotter….

K.C. now writes full-time and is loving every minute of her new career. The laptop still has no idea of what hit it… it only knows that it wants a rest, please. And it now has to get used to the idea that where K.C goes, it goes.

And as for those men in love that she writes about? The list of stories just waiting to be written is getting longer… and longer….

K.C. loves to hear from readers.

E-mail: k.c.wells@btinternet.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KCWellsWorld

Twitter: @K_C_Wells

Website: http://www.kcwellsworld.com