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Five More Vino & Veritas Cover Reveals for you


Here’s five more cover reveals for the Vino and Veritas Series.

Welcome to Vermont!
Vino and Veritas is the fictional wine bar and book shop you need in your life!

This collection of LGBTQ novels has something for everyone.

Chicken farmer vs. slick city bookseller?

Grumpy bar manager?

Nerdy bookseller? FBI agent undercover? Doggy vet single dad?

Pick your poison, readers.

True love is waiting.

Turnabout | Laurel Greer

Vino & Veritas #9


Release Date: May 10th, 2021

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I don’t have time for an unplanned visit home to help out in my father’s struggling letterpress shop. My stint in Vermont will have to be short, for a couple of reasons:

One, I’m a busy executive trying to climb the corporate ladder.

Two, my ex is still my dad’s right-hand man in the shop. And I am not over him.

Nothing has changed at the Burlington shop. Auden still has his infuriatingly sexy Scottish accent. He’s still hot, and still stubborn. Between operating the antique press with his shirtsleeves rolled up, and moonlighting at Burlington’s hottest inclusive wine bar, he pushes every one of my attraction buttons.

My falling-in-love-again buttons, too. Except I’m his polar opposite. I love change, and taking chances. Everything he avoids in life.

So why am I trying to convince him to reach for more than we’ve ever dreamed of—the possibility of forever?

Turnabout is a second-chance romance with interfering family, groveling, and a large helping of artisan stationery geekery.

Turnabout by Laurel Greer

Unguarded | Jay Hogan

vino & Veritas #10


Release Date: May 10th, 2021

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I fled Boston and my cheating jerk of an ex with three hundred dollars and a lip gloss in my pocket. Waking up the next day in Burlington, Vermont, with a crick in my back and a frozen ass wasn’t exactly in the plan. If there was one. Which there wasn’t. Story of My Life.

Three hours later and I’ve been hired as temporary help in the local veterinary and grooming clinic, which is kind of impressive since I know zip about animals and even less about grooming. But one thing I do know—I’m crushing hard on the sexy, absent-minded vet I work for.

My life is a hot mess. The last thing I need is another relationship. Emmett pushes all my buttons, but he isn’t out. He’s overwhelmed with a business to run and a son to look after and the kind of domestic life I never thought I wanted.

I should walk away.

But Emmett believes in me, and I might just be starting to believe in myself. As different as we are, is it possible we’re exactly what the other needs?

Unguarded by Jay Hogan

Insatiable | Rhys Everly

Vino & Veritas #11


Release Date: May 10th, 2021

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It was just a bet . . . until feelings got involved.

This job sucks but someone’s got to do it. My readers expect me to chronicle my very real, very steamy encounters in my novels. I’d never want to disappoint my fans, but the creative well has run a bit dry. Burlington, Vermont, seems like a good place to fill it up. This town offers a tempting array of artists, craftsmen, farmers, lumbersexuals . . . and so many beards.

But no one prepared me for Brody. He’s young. He’s hot. He’s definitely a grump. And he’s getting under my skin. Where I want him is under my bedsheets.

When my friend bets I’ll never be able to get Brody there, I make winning my mission. Turns out being with Brody is more than a plot device. He’s so very wrong for my life . . .  but is he right for my heart?

Insatiable is a standalone book in the Vino & Veritas series by Heart Eyes Press and contains a big/small, grumpy/sunshine pairing, a bed-hopping author, a jilted sugarmaker and a reluctant fake relationship.

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Daybreak | Kate Hawthorne

Vino & Veritas #12


Release Date: May 10th, 2021

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When a sunny young musician gets stranded with a grumpy mechanic during a snowstorm, a lack of heat is the least of their problems…

Liam Luckett is on an adventure. He’s dropped out of his Master’s program without telling his overbearing parents and set off on a road trip across the country. Armed with little more than his guitar, he’s looking for his best life. He never expected his car to break down in the middle of nowhere Vermont with a huge storm pending, leaving him stranded and at the mercy of a hunky local mechanic.

Jasper Cunningham is in a holding pattern. Three years after the death of his husband, he still hasn’t moved on. A hot, younger, stranded tourist is exactly the sort of complication this mechanic has been avoiding. But he also can’t leave him in the snow. He brings Liam home and lets him sleep on the couch. The air is heavy with more than snow, and when the power goes out, the two men become closer than either of them expects.

Every silken note Liam sings on that guitar thaws Jasper’s heart a little.  Suddenly, Liam’s itchy feet aren’t so eager to move on. When their feelings get too big to ignore, the bond they’ve formed is tested. Will daybreak leave them going their separate ways?

This opposites-attract, hurt/comfort romance features a grumpy widower who is only soft for one specific blue-eyed musician, a remote farmhouse, a friendly dog, and enough snow to knock the power out until love catches fire. 


Heartsong | A.E. Wasp

Vino & Veritas #13


Release Date: May 10th 2021

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The best music comes from the heart.

Sean Anderson has spent his life waiting to get the hell out of West Virginia. His plans got derailed when his dad shipped him off to “pray the gay away,” but he’s over it, ready to prove that he’s a grown-ass man who can take care of himself. Of course, he’d have a better chance convincing himself if he could stop lusting after his grumpy roommate.

Army veteran Cooper Hill returned to Vermont minus one leg and one career, but determined to build a new life. When an army buddy asks Cooper to keep an eye on his nephew, a junior at the local college, Cooper can’t say no. He’s expecting a sheltered kid. What he gets is a gorgeous young man whose brilliant poetry gives voice to everything Cooper’s been trying to express. He wants Sean more than he’s ever wanted anything. And somehow, miraculously, Sean wants him too.

But wanting each other isn’t the same as being good for each other . . . especially when past pain threatens to write its own verse in their song.

A stand-alone novel in Sarina Bowen’s True North world, HEARTSONG contains first love, found family, kisses around the campfire, and two caring men who discover they make beautiful music together.

Heartsong by AE Wasp


Release Blitz: Reinventing Cato by Barbara Elsborg

Reinventing Cato | Barbara Elsborg

Unfinished Business #3

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Release Date: March 24th, 2021

Length: 111,000 words

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Fate is not always written in the stars…

Being headhunted by NASA might be his ultimate dream, but Cato’s life still sucks. He’s tired of anonymous one-night stands. He’s tired of being lonely. And, frankly, he’s tired of himself. As the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve, he realises the only thing to do if he wants to be happy is to reinvent himself.

Persuaded by his sister to spend New Year’s Eve in Scotland with his parents, Vigge can’t escape the memory of why their family fractured eighteen years ago, and his part in it. He’s channelled the guilt he feels into finding truth and justice for others, but his own life is empty and cold.

A chance encounter at a snowbound airport has Vigge and Cato colliding in more ways than one. Someone seems to have it in for Cato, and as Vigge gets drawn into the mess of Cato’s life, he finds himself falling for the sexy scientist.

If only Vigge can make peace with his past and step away from the darkness, they just might have a chance at a future as bright as Cato’s beloved stars.

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They didn’t get through Kendal until after midday. Vigge decided to top up the fuel and buy food and water, in case they got stranded. When he turned into the petrol station, Cato opened his eyes and sat up. “Are we nearly there yet?”

“That was an excellent imitation of a bratty teenager.” It was.

“Well, are we?”


Cato put on his glasses. “I’ll get the fuel. You want something to eat?”

“If you fill the car, I’ll buy the food.”

Cato grabbed his coat and put it on before he got out of the car. As Vigge headed across the forecourt, Cato shouted, “Buy condoms. The ribbed ones. Extra-large. And pineapple-flavoured lube. And I hope you’ve brought your handcuffs.”

 Vigge spun round, horrified, but there was no one around to hear.

Cato grinned. “Do the best you can.”

Vigge shivered. He should have put his coat on too. It was icy cold. He slipped into the shop and sighed. Not much choice on a snowy New Year’s Day. He picked up a basket and put in bottles of water, chocolate bars, crisps, two warm cheese and onion pasties—the only hot food they had—and a box of mince pies. His mother hadn’t offered any rings of the cake and Vigge hadn’t wanted to ask again.

Cato came in to pay while Vigge stood at the coffee machine. He looked down at Vigge’s basket. “Browsing for food to sustain us just in case we’re cut off in the middle of nowhere and it turns out that you don’t find me very appetising? Though I find that very hard to believe.”

“Food to sustain us?”

“You’re not going to share? Do you have no sense of Christian charity?”

“No. Want a coffee?”

“Black please. No sugar.”

 Vigge filled two paper cups and went to pay.

“Did you get the other stuff? If they don’t have pineapple flavour, I can cope with coconut. But the extra-large condoms are a must-have.”

The guy behind the counter turned beet-red.

“I’ll go back to the car and warm it up.” Vigge hurried out of the shop before he laughed.

When Cato came out carrying a plastic bag, Vigge wondered what he’d bought. Cato settled in the seat next to him and wriggled out of his coat.

“I’ll eat as I drive. You can feed me,” Vigge said.

Once Cato had fastened his seatbelt, Vigge set off. Cato picked up the bag of stuff Vigge had purchased and chuckled.

“The good news is we’re not going to be short of chocolate. The bad, you didn’t buy condoms and lube.” He pouted. “If we get stranded, we’re going to be bored. We need something to do to keep us warm.”

Cato pushed the pasty to Vigge’s lips and he bit into it.

“We could play I Spy,” Cato said as he chewed his own pasty. “I spy with my little eye, something beginning with S.”


“You guessed. Though you’re a policeman so… I spy with my little eye, something beginning with S.”




“I give up. This pasty’s not bad. Thank you. I missed breakfast.”

He kept feeding Vigge bites until it had all gone. Vigge licked his lips, then froze as Cato’s fingers brushed his cheek.

“You’re a messy eater. I’ll remember that.”

 Vigge glanced at him and found Cato smiling. Oh God. “What did you buy in there?”

“I was spoilt for choice. So many things that would make great presents for next Christmas, but I’d just forget I’d bought them. I was tempted by a Santa Claus that swayed his hips and winked when you pressed on his stomach. Bit too low in my opinion. Obviously designed by some pervert. But this was irresistible.” Cato pulled out a chocolate advent calendar. “Reduced to ten pence. Bargain. We can open random days. There’s a joke under each door. Choose a door.”


Vigge found a chocolate being pushed into his mouth.

“What do you call a snowman with a six-pack?” Cato asked.

“An abdominal snowman.”

Cato huffed. He pressed out a chocolate for himself. “My joke is— What goes oh, oh, oh?”

“Santa walking backwards.”

“Right, no more. Obviously, you’re an expert in terrible Christmas jokes. I bet that was useful on your resumé.”

“More chocolate please.”

This time when Cato put the piece of chocolate against his lips, he slipped a finger into Vigge’s mouth. Vigge went quiet and Cato took his finger out.

“Well done on telling the difference between chocolate and flesh.”

Vigge swallowed hard.

“Have I wasted money on extra-large condoms?” Cato asked.

Vigge’s heart thumped hard. “They didn’t sell condoms in there.”

“So you looked?”


About The Author

Barbara Elsborg lives in Kent in the south of England. She always wanted to be a spy, but having confessed to everyone without them even resorting to torture, she decided it was not for her. Volcanology scorched her feet. A morbid fear of sharks put paid to marine biology. So instead, she spent several years successfully selling cyanide.

After dragging up two rotten, ungrateful children and frustrating her sexy, devoted, wonderful husband (who can now stop twisting her arm) she finally has time to conduct an affair with an electrifying plugged-in male, her laptop.

She writes stories about two guys, two guys and one woman, and one guy and one woman in most genres—contemporary, paranormal, sci fi, suspense, urban fantasy. Her books feature bad boys and quirky heroines, and she hopes they are as much fun to read as they are to write.

She loves hearing from readers and can be contacted at bjelsborg@gmail.com If you’d like to hear about future releases please ask to be put on her mailing list.

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Aimee offers up another wonderful romance in the Queen City

Beautiful Trauma CoverBeautiful Trauma by Aimee Nicole Walker

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Yet another wonderful romance from the pen of Aimee Nicole Walker in this fantastic series.

There’s so much to he happy about in this book, from the opposites attract nature of Henry and Ezra’s life experiences, to the age gap and light-hearted touches of a Dom/sub caring relationship which sees equal opportunities for both men to demonstrate their feelings for the other.

A great set of supporting characters, some of whom we’re already familiar, helps bring this rich narrative to life.

My only grumble is going behind spoiler tags and, tbh it’s not really a grumble, it just made me laugh:


why is the ‘bad guy’ always a man with a British accent!

Here the tensions come totally from within the story, there’s nothing thrown in for the sake of dramatic effect. In fact, I’d nicely relaxed as I hit the 75% mark and beyond with only the usual fears and doubts about any relationship being points of concern.

The last 10% really kicked up the pace and I loved how everything was resolved with a nod to a true classic.

A wonderful epilogue rounded out this smashing Road to Blissville spin-off and I’m really hoping it’s going to be Des and Geoff next!

PS: The dedication in this book made me get very teary, thanks for that Aimee, it was beautifully stated and you’re so right about the love and joy that comes with new life.

#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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