Monday, April 11, 2016

Blog Tour, Review, Excerpt & #Giveaway: Home by Donna McIntosh

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Title: Home
Author: Donna McIntosh
Genre: Science Fiction, Thriller, Gay Romance
Length: Novel



LAPD Detective Sean Hennessey has one person he’s repeatedly tried to arrest and bring to justice: his nemesis, Mitchell Yates.Yates has been in and out of trouble for years, always skating around the edges of LA’s underbelly; however, Sean can never pin anything on him.But one night all of that changes.Caught in the wrong place at the wrong time, instead of arresting Yates, Sean is rescued by him and taken to Yates’ home—a satellite high above Earth. There, Sean discovers a world he thought possible only in Science Fiction.Everything he believed he knew about Yates is turned upside down, and Sean must make a decision: to remain with the LAPD or join Yates and work toward intergalactic peace.



Excerpt

Yana looked at his lover, Sean, gasping for breath next to him, blood trickling down the side of his battered face, then to Aaron, bloodied and semi-conscious on the ground. “Him. I choose him. You give me your word? He will be sent to a neutral base?”

“He will. He will be given medical care and transferred immediately.” With the wave of a hand, Aaron was carried to the chief’s transport. “We will return here to begin mining again in one hundred days. If you are still alive, make yourselves known to us. No one has ever lasted that long, but there is a first time for everything known to the Gods. If you are chosen by Them to survive, then I can do no less than to assist in your return to your people.”

“Can you leave us our weapons at least?” Yana stood as the others departed.

“No.” The chief said nothing more. In a nearly silent whoosh, they were gone.

Sean pulled his belt off, and wrapped it around the bleeding gash in his thigh. “We’ve got to find shelter.”

The roar of a beast startled them, and they took off into the nearby trees. Sean fell twice, and each time Yana pulled him back up.

“Go on,” Sean insisted, but Yana grabbed Sean’s arm and pulled him through the woods.

The small encampment had several shelters—similar in style to the old Quonset huts and interconnected by covered, reinforced walkways. If they could make it back there, they might stand a chance; but between them and the settlement was the woods. Woods filled with all kinds of animals— each more vicious than the last. They didn’t dare stop because the ground beneath their feet was just as dangerous, with insects the size of rats that crawled and buzzed and flew at them at every turn.

Review by: multitaskingmomma
My Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars

Home is a re-release of what used to be a series but now published as one novel for the sake of continuity. There is more than just one story going on here and basically, there is the longish first part where Yana and Sean's relationship develops into a full romance. The second, and succeeding parts are a collection of what I think to be an anthology-like collection of short stories taking place a year after Sean joins Yana on Home, or the satellite way up in the sky hovering over Earth and manned by people called the Peace Keepers. But I am getting ahead of myself, so let me backtrack a bit.

Sean is an LAPD detective and for years has been after this one criminal by the name of Mitchell Yates. One day said criminal saves his life and in one blink he finds himself healed almost instantaneously and aboard what seems to be, not a spaceship really, but an airborne facility that screams of highly advanced technology. Sean has a difficult time accepting what may not be reality but is also finding himself more and more attracted to Yates who is really Yana. Their romance builds until Sean makes the decision to leave Earth and be with Yana on this version of a eutopic society. Fast forward one year later, Sean uses his skills as a former LAPD detective and joins Yana on missions. These missions are treated episodic and each time we see the development between Yana's and Sean's relationship. 

Overall, this was a very light read as each episode begins and ends but continues the personal stories of the main and secondary characters. There is Aaron and his angel child, Evie, there is the enigmatic healer whose importance is downplayed, the Elders whose roles are not expanded much so I don't really know all that I want to know about them, and then there is Jimmy whose character never reached a resolution. 

The science fiction world is built around the real world and other than the mention of supreme beings other than the Elders nothing else is added. I get the feeling this is not the end of Sean and Yana's story (ies) and really wish there was more. The episodes are entertaining in that they are short episodes of some action and adventure.

Note: eCopy provided by WIP in exchange of an honest review.





Giveaway


Prize: $6.99 WIP Gift Card

About the Author


DONNA McINTOSH was born in Elmira, New York, grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, married a Texan and has lived all over Texas for the last thirty-plus years. Donna has four children, ran a Day Care Center for many years and has written fan fiction since she was thirteen.
Donna loves long walks so her mind can ramble. She loves reading and her tastes run from Historical novels, to Sci-Fi, Westerns, Classics, all the way to WWII and biographies. In short, anything that catches her eye.
Donna loves total quiet, very little TV, occasional movies, wildlife, beaches, birds, cats, newborn babies, flowers, and great big smiles. Oh, and hugs!
She hates flying, total darkness, people who talk endlessly about themselves, intolerance, and bigotry.
Donna’s biggest asset?  Her wild and endless imagination.
Her biggest flaw? She’s a Libran and simply cannot make a decision!
DONNA McINTOSH can be found at her website: http://donnamcintosh.weebly.com/

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