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Friday, December 18, 2015

Happy Happy Release Day!!! Review, #Giveaway & Exclusive Excerpt: Men in Uniform: A Wayward Ink Anthology

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Men In Uniform Cover
Title: Men in Uniform
Authors: Eric Gober, CJ Baty, Alina Popescu, Kassandra Lea, Asta Idonea, Eddy LeFey, Lily Velden, Jim Dunaway, Carol Pedroso, Jo Tannah
Genre:  Gay Romance, Military, Contemporary, Fantasy, Mystery, Science Fiction
Publisher: Wayward Ink Publshing


Like your boys in blue keeping the… peace?
Hot firemen dealing with… heat?
Naval Officers getting in way too… deep?
Perhaps you have a ‘thing’ for marines…
Or do you prefer your Men In Uniform to belong in the future?
Another galaxy?
Another time?
Wherever your love of a uniform leads you, MEN IN UNIFORM has something for you.


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Stories Included


IssueNo.1

ERIC GOBER
Come to a land…
Where epic battles rage…
Among monsters, superheroes, and a very sexy cop.
Love and war are funny business in Hollywood, U.S.A.


PinkertonMan

CJ BATY
A blackmailer forced Stiles to leave his perfect life behind.
Along the way, he found a new friend, a job as a Pinkerton Agent, and murder.
Can Stiles find the murderer before he kills again?



ProtectTheEx


ALINA POPESCU
Sean never thought his military career would ever have him babysitting his ex who Sean hasn’t seen in six months.
When best friend Tom finds out his younger brother Aiden is targeted, Sean drops everything to protect the man he still loves.
Can two former lovers survive a weekend alone in the woods, or will the threat from within be more devastating than the one from outside?



SparkInTheShadows
KASSANDRA LEA
Love beckons Officer Warden Brooks to the shadows of a desolate place.
But his lover Tate Eldridge is so much more than a criminal, he’s a beautiful mystery.



HHHH
ASTA IDONEA
When his father loses the battle against Hrafnaheim, Prince Darius finds himself a political prisoner.
Taken in chains to a dark and unfamiliar land, he begins to lose hope.
But then Captain Morten Gunnarsson of the Palace Guards is assigned to watch over him.
Now it is not just Darius’ body being held hostage, but also his heart.



EmperorsSlave
EDDY LEFEY
When the Draaduuri arrived on Earth many humans died.
Captain Timothy Kellerman’s family was among them
Now, a truce has been struck. He is the prize.
Crown Prince Yuuhaan has instantly bonded with his slave.
Can the prince keep his baser instincts in check long enough for Timothy to transform?
To become the next great hope of the Draaduuri and the human race?



YesYesYes
LILY VELDEN

Go to Portsmouth, said my friends. It’s quieter. You’ll be able to write without distraction.
They obviously hadn’t met my mysterious and elusive neighbour, Finn.…
After all, what would a Friday night be without hearing Moaner, Gusher, or Squeaker screaming out their joy at being shagged senseless by the obviously talented Finn?
Come to think of it, what would a Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday night be without it either?
Thank God for Mondays!




FirefighterMarineJIM DUNAWAY
Apartment building fires are always tragic, even if everyone makes it out alive. But what happens when a person can’t make it out on their own?
Brave firefighters must risk their lives in order to rescue trapped people.
Lieutenant Kenny Whitfield is one such firefighter. Brave and somewhat reckless. 
Lance Corporal Steve Martinson is one such person in need.
When Kenny and Steve meet face to face in the hospital, well…


BlueKnight
CAROL PEDROSO
Franc has resigned himself to yet another year of pain and humiliation in order to complete his on ship training.
Then along comes Zyph, with his sexy blue skin and probing questions…
Will he be Franc’s Blue Knight?




RoyalGuardian

JO TANNAH
Warrior and Dragon Seek to Destroy Those Who Had Dared Harm Their Prince.


Review by: Ray
My Rating: 4 stars out of 5

As the title implies, this book is an anthology of short stories about—you guessed it—men in uniform.

One story, the last one in the book, stands head and shoulders above the rest.  Titled “The Royal Guardian” by Jo Tannah, it is a sweet love story.

Commander Lando Garr has but one assignment, guarding Prince Kallen, heir to the throne.  Lando has been the prince’s guardian since the prince was born, and has watched him grow into a young man.

When the prince was young and ill, Lando brought him a present from a distant planet.  A present in the form of an egg.  An egg, the contents of which change both of their lives forever.

This is a love story with different levels, and the relationship between the prince and the hatchling is an extremely clever idea.  I’ve been a reader of science fiction for many decades, and can usually see things coming.  However, this idea took me by surprise.

I cannot say anything else without giving things away.  The story does jump back and forth from present to past, a device that will be a bit off-putting to some readers.  That being said, the story is well worth the effort.




Review by: Giles West
My Rating: Four out of five stars

Men in Uniform anthology

The Royal Guardian by Jo Tannah

It was an absolute pleasure to read a short story as original and compelling as “The Royal Guardian” by Jo Tannah.  The author was able to create a world so complete and unique in such few words that it was amazing.  Of course, as with stories like this one, the least said about plot the better.  That’s where the difficulty comes when reviewing these stories.

The characters are well rounded and have interesting back stories.  We come to know and feel for them.  The young prince’s story was very well written and held my interest.  And I can’t go into that without spoiling the enjoyment for the reader.

As a reader you want to know more about this world, its inhabitants, the history of that world and its future.  There’s a mixture of science fiction and fantasy combined with rich almost folkloric story telling.

This story doesn’t belong in an anthology but fleshed out as its own series of books—there is that much there that’s good and new.

I, personally, like the way Jo Tannah has with words.  The smooth flow of the words is especially evident in the love scenes which are extremely well written.

On the downside, the story does need a bit of finessing here and there.  Better editors would also seem to be in order.  While the back stories are interesting and add quite a bit to the story, they are slightly disruptive.  This is mostly because it needs to be made more clear when there’s been a change in time—whether we’re looking a something in the past or present.  But it’s not such a serious issue it takes away from the story too much.

“The Royal Guardian” has a great plot, relatable and interesting characters—human and non human, and an extraordinary world and universe for readers to explore.




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