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review 2018-05-12 01:11
Starling (Love in Los Angeles #1) by Erin McRae and Racheline Maltese 3.5 Star Review!
Starling - Racheline Maltese,Erin McRae

Hollywood's newest star, 21-year-old J. Alex Cook never wanted to be famous, he just wanted to get out of Indiana. When he hooks up with Paul, a writer on a hit TV show, Alex is thrown into a web of relationships involving friends, lovers, and everything in between. 

Forced to figure out what it means to live -- and love -- in the public eye, Alex's quest to find his own happily ever after will make you believe love is possible... even in Los Angeles.

Please be aware, this is a high-heat, high-angst romance and includes characters with a past history of self-harm.

 

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We get a hard earned Happily for Now in this romance about two heroes who have a great deal of emotionial unrepressing to do. 

It is a compelling read as the heroes struggle with fame and ambitions and creativity and inexperience in many aspects of their lives.

The age gap is handled with depth. There is a separation which off putting while reading a romance as the heroes get together with other people, it reads true to character and the story.

The writing... in some ways it is great but in others the tone is too removed for me. I feel like I am looking through a peephole at times because of the shut down emotions or swallowed ones anyway and lack of self awareness or rich conversations of the heroes. Not my favorite.

I will check out other books in the series as these writers explore some complex ideas about friendship and love.
 
 

 

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A Queen from the North by Erin McRae 99 cents!
A Queen from the North: A Royal Roses Book - Racheline Maltese,Erin McRae


Lady Amelia Brockett, known to her family as Meels, is having the Worst. Christmas. Ever. Dumped by her boyfriend and rejected from graduate school, her parents deem her the failure of the family. 

But when her older brother tries to cheer her with a trip to the races, a chance meeting with Arthur, the widowed, playboy Prince of Wales, offers Amelia the opportunity to change her life -- and Britain's fortunes -- forever.

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text 2017-06-20 13:05
Blog Tour: A Queen From the North by Erin McRae & Racheline Maltese with Excerpt and Giveaway

 

Today’s stop is for Erin McRae & Racheline Maltese’s A Queen From the North. We will have info about the book and authors, plus a great giveaway. Make sure to check everything out and enter the giveaway.

Happy Reading :)


 

 

 

It may be the 21st century, but in a not-so-united kingdom the wounds of the Wars of the Roses have never healed. The rivalry between the Yorkish north and Lancastrian south has threatened to pull the nation apart for over 500 years.

While the modern world struggles with fractures born of ancient conflict, Lady Amelia Brockett faces far more mundane problems. Known to her family as Meels, this youngest daughter of a Northern earl is having the Worst. Christmas. Ever. Dumped by her boyfriend and rejected from graduate school, her parents deem her the failure of the family. But when her older brother tries to cheer her with a trip to the races, a chance meeting with Arthur, the widowed, playboy Prince of Wales, offers Amelia the chance to change her life -- and Britain's fortunes -- forever. Hunted by the press -- and haunted by Arthur's niece who fancies herself the kingdom's court witch -- Amelia finds herself adrift in a sea of paparazzi, politics, and prophecy.

With few allies beyond her allergic-to-horses sister-in-law, her best friend who has a giant crush on the prince, and the cute young receptionist at Buckingham Palace that calls himself her Royalty Customer Service Representative, Amelia must navigate a perilous and peculiar course to secure Arthur's love and become A Queen from the North.

 

 

 

 

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“The genealogists put together a list,” the Prince said. “All unmarried women of the peerage, in a certain age demographic, who do not have children and have not been divorced. As you might imagine, it’s not particularly extensive.” “Why not include commoners?” Amelia asked faintly. “By what criteria? There’s a nation of those. If someone is going to be subjected to this life, they may as well go in as prepared as possible.” “Wouldn’t it have been easier to hold a ball?” Prince Arthur laughed. His whole face brightened, almost like it had at the races. “The treasury’s already girding its loins for the inevitable royal wedding. Best not to run up an even bigger bill in the process of finding a bride.” "Are you…proposing to me?" She asked hesitantly. And then, more hysterically, “After five minutes? After talking about genealogy?” "Hardly.” Arthur sounded offended. “This is me asking if you'd agree to meet with me again to discuss the matter of marriage further." Amelia stared at him. This couldn’t possibly be happening. “Your genealogy, though, is hardly irrelevant.” Prince Arthur removed a piece of paper from the folio, spun it around on the table and pushed it at her. “This is my family tree.” “Yes. We do our homework here,” Prince Arthur flipped through his folio again. “You’re attractive, well-born, and intelligent. Pursuing a graduate degree in the earth sciences, I believe.” “I graduate in the spring. I’m applying to PhD programs. I want to study climate change,” Amelia managed to say, as if any of those words could be a defense against what was happening. “All of which is excellent. You also happen to be the only eligible daughter of one of the oldest families of York. Both the city and the ancient house.” “How is that a plus?” Amelia was wary. Little good ever came of the rare times London mentioned York. “Political marriages — at least of this form — are rather out of style these days. But the rift between the north and the rest of the country only grows.” “That’s the Prime Minister’s fault. And Parliament’s.” It was Amelia’s turn to be offended now. “The most recent jobs bill—” The Prince sighed. “Yes. I know. I agree with you. Yet as a member of the royal house I can hardly engage in politics. At least not on a parliamentarian’s terms. But symbolism is mine. And what I can do is unite York and London — York and Lancaster — in a way they haven’t been in centuries. I know this proposition is awkward, but we could make history, you and I.” “Awkward?!” Amelia exclaimed. “This conversation is insane.” Prince Arthur blinked mildly at her. “I’m merely trying to apply the available resources to a set of problems. Before you judge, I suggest you consider the resources that could be applied to your problems were you to choose to help me with mine.” “You don’t even know what my problems are!” “I don’t have to, to know we could help each other.” Amelia wanted to turn away from the intensity of his stare, but she couldn’t. He was magnetic, and there was a sharpness, even a shrewdness, to him that hadn’t been present at the races. His eyes may have been brown, but he was no prey animal. She couldn’t help but lean in ever so slightly. In her mind she cursed both the table between them and this proposed conspiracy. “Lady Amelia,” Prince Arthur said, “do you want to be Queen Consort of England, Scotland, and Wales, Her Royal Majesty of Britain?” “No!” Amelia pressed her feet firmly against the floor as the word came out of her mouth unbidden. The Prince was fascinating, but the question so baldly put was terrifying. Not to mention treasonous for her to answer in anything but the negative. She wondered, fleetingly, if this were a trap. “Shall I call to have you shown out then?” His words were without rancor, but there was a coldness to them she did not prefer. She shook her head. “No,” she repeated more softly. He smiled.

 

 

 

 

 
Erin McRae is a queer writer based in New York and Washington, DC. She is a researcher, statistician, and novelist.
She has a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the University of Toronto (Toronto, Canada) and a master’s degree in International Affairs from American University (Washington, DC).
Together with Racheline Maltese she founded Avian30, a literary collective dedicated to stories with magical and sexual realism. She is a hybrid author. She and Racheline Maltese have self-published titles (A Queen From the North, 2017; The Art of Three, 2017, and the Love in Los Angeles series, which was originally published by Torquere Press in 2014 and is being re-released in 2017). They have also published work with Cleis Press (Best Gay Romance, 2015), Dreamspinner (The Love’s Labours series, 2015), Supposed Crimes (Young Love Old Hearts, 2015).
She lives with her spouse and their two cats.
 
 
 
 
Racheline Maltese can fly a plane, sail a boat, and ride a horse, but has no idea how to drive a car. With Erin McRae she writes romance about fame and public life. She is also a producer and writer on Tremontaine, Serial Box Publishing's adventure of manners, swordplay, and chocolate that's a prequel to Ellen Kushner's gay lit classic, Swordspoint.
Racheline's training includes a journalism degree from The George Washington University, as well as acting and directing coursework at the Atlantic Theater Company Acting School (New York City) and the National Institute of Dramatic Art (Sydney, Australia).
Her fiction, non-fiction and poetry has appeared in numerous outlets, and she is a regular speaker on pop-culture topics at fan and academic conferences. Racheline also voiced Desire and Delirium in a benefit performance of Neil Gaiman's The Sandman for the CBLDF.
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text 2017-05-04 13:05
Blog Tour: The Art of Three by Erin McRae & Racheline Maltese with Giveaway

 

Today’s stop is for Erin McRae & Racheline Maltese’s The Art of Three. We will have info about the book and authors, plus a great giveaway. Make sure to check everything out and enter the giveaway.

Happy Reading :)

 


 

 

Jamie Conway has a charmed life. At 24, he's relocated from Dublin to London to star in his first feature film. Unfortunately, he also has one very big problem: He has a huge crush on his happily married costar. British heartthrob to middle-aged women everywhere, Callum Griffith-Davies should have more sense than to flirt with his new-to-the-business colleague, but good judgement isn't one of the qualities for which he's known. Nerea Espinosa de Los Monteros Nessim has better things to do than fret about her husband's newest conquest. She’s busy planning her daughter's wedding at the family's farmhouse in rural Spain. Besides, she and Callum have been married and polyamorous for almost 30 years; she's content to let him make his own bad choices. But when Nerea flies to London after her artwork is selected for a high-profile museum show, she falls for Jamie too. Soon Callum, Jamie, and Nerea have bigger problems, and surprises, than international logistics. From ex-lovers and nosy neighbors to adult children with dramas of their own, The Art of Three is a contemporary romance that celebrates families, and farce, in all shapes and sizes.

 

 

 

 

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Erin McRae is a queer writer based in New York and Washington, DC. She is a researcher, statistician, and novelist.
She has a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the University of Toronto (Toronto, Canada) and a master’s degree in International Affairs from American University (Washington, DC).
Together with Racheline Maltese she founded Avian30, a literary collective dedicated to stories with magical and sexual realism. She is a hybrid author. She and Racheline Maltese have self-published titles (A Queen From the North, 2017; The Art of Three, 2017, and the Love in Los Angeles series, which was originally published by Torquere Press in 2014 and is being re-released in 2017). They have also published work with Cleis Press (Best Gay Romance, 2015), Dreamspinner (The Love’s Labours series, 2015), Supposed Crimes (Young Love Old Hearts, 2015).
She lives with her spouse and their two cats.
 
Racheline Maltese can fly a plane, sail a boat, and ride a horse, but has no idea how to drive a car. With Erin McRae she writes romance about fame and public life. She is also a producer and writer on Tremontaine, Serial Box Publishing's adventure of manners, swordplay, and chocolate that's a prequel to Ellen Kushner's gay lit classic, Swordspoint.
Racheline's training includes a journalism degree from The George Washington University, as well as acting and directing coursework at the Atlantic Theater Company Acting School (New York City) and the National Institute of Dramatic Art (Sydney, Australia).
Her fiction, non-fiction and poetry has appeared in numerous outlets, and she is a regular speaker on pop-culture topics at fan and academic conferences. Racheline also voiced Desire and Delirium in a benefit performance of Neil Gaiman's The Sandman for the CBLDF.
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review 2016-07-07 00:00
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Author – Racheline Maltese & Erin McRae
Star rating - ★★★☆☆
No. of Pages – 60

Cover – Mysterious
POV – 3rd person, present tense
Would I read it again – Yes

Genre – LGBT, Supernatural, Paranormal, Vampire, Contemporary/Alternative Future


** COPY RECEIVED THROUGH NETGALLEY **


I really enjoyed this one. At first, I really wasn't sure, because you don't come across many 3rd person, present tense books, so it took me out of my comfort zone for a while. But, once I got into the bones of the story, I really liked it.

This could have been a 5 star but for four things:
1 – errors in spelling, grammar and missing words etc (This is an uncorrected proof, so I'm not actually marking down for that, but it was enough to interrupt my reading and understanding of sentences, which was a problem)
2 – the constant, short, half page scenes that I didn't find necessary at all. They often didn't add anything that we didn't already know and, when they did, the scenes deserved to be much longer. So, I'm unhappy with the consistency of the scenes, because the space these unnecessary scenes took up could have been put to better use elsewhere.
3 – the ending. I find it really unsatisfying and a little rushed. Everything just suddenly happened at once, in the last few pages and it was hard to get an emotional impact from that. If the main parts had been rushed, but Elliot's part had been better explored, maybe I would have been more emotionally invested in his final decision and the impact it had on those around him. But it wasn't, so I didn't.
4 – there are no chapter headings. Anywhere. For 60 pages, I would have liked a few divided chapters. Instead, it was just a fountain of scenes that rolled from one to the other so there was no real opportunity to put it down for a break.

For me, the story was fantastic. A world where vampires are locked down in New York City, held prisoner, but operating their own “warren” communities, is really original and brilliant. The way they operate, with rules and laws and working with humans, is fantastic.

The characters – Elliot, Matthew and Richard – are all great and intriguing in their own way. Richard is that aloof Alpha male – though described in a really unattractive way, despite being irresistible to these two 20-somethings – while Matthew is the heart and soul of the warren. Carefree and fun, when he's not holding everything together, Matthew is actually the best character here, despite the story being told exclusively from Elliot's POV. This is because Elliot is a whiny little wimp and makes snap decisions, stupid choices and often acts like a twelve year old. However, saying that, he does have some shining moments which made me enjoy parts of the story.

However, I feel we don't have enough time to get to know Matthew – we never get to know what brought him to the warren or why, despite it being hinted at as a big secret – and we never learn anything about Richard. Though I really loved their relationship with each other, how it interlocked and twisted with the various events, adapting and moving on, it never felt real. There was an emotional attachment missing that was filled with sexual exploration between all three of them, both together and in individual pairs. This, for me, wasn't enough to built a relationship upon.

It also never really felt as though Richard was included as an equal, except for one moment when Elliot invites him to participate. Even then, it's an invitation not an expectation that they should all be able to function together as a trouple. The lack of chemistry between the three of them was made up, in part, by the chemistry Elliot shared with Matthew. But only in part. Matthew and Richard had fantastic chemistry; Elliot and Matthew had great chemistry; but never did all three work together.

Overall, I would have been far happier if this had become a more cohesive novel, because everything that happened in this 60-page story needed much more elaboration. I needed the history, the background and the chemistry build. I needed the satisfying ending when not only Matthew but Richard – again, completely left out and ignored as inconsequential – discovered what Elliot's decision was. It would also have been much more satisfying if he'd made the decision on something less of a whim. Because it genuinely felt like he only decided at the last minute what he was going to do, never taking other people's feelings into account.

I should have loved this, lapping it up with a 5 star review. But that would be the full explored, well edited novel version of this story. What I just read needs some work.
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