Friday Reads | Just Like in the Movies

A last minute Friday Reads post! I’d decided to skip writing anything today, I’ve picked mushrooms for nine hours, and it’s been a crazy week so I hadn’t even started reading anything. But, I sank down on the sofa, had my youngest empty a flower pot over me so I got to vacuum a little, then I searched the Amazon short fiction lists.  I’m a bit crazy when it comes to lists, and on my to-do list it says Friday Reads post, leaving it there unchecked makes me break out in hives, so here we go…

Today I’ve read Just Like in the Movies by Clare London. It’s a short read, will only take you a few minutes, and it’s free so you have nothing to lose. Baily is a negotiator so sometimes situations can turn a bit tricky. He figures if he ever gets shot it’ll be just like in the movies…it isn’t, not quite.

I enjoyed this story, it has a few smiles in it, and it’s short and easy to read – perfect for when you’re exhausted. I was rather surprised, the cover made me think it’d be silly YA story and I’m never good at reading blurbs, but it was a pleasant surprise for me.


Book Cover Just Like in the Moviesby Clare LondonAll Bailey wants is to be a good negotiator, and to impress his boss and teacher, the legendary Drew Fletcher. He admires Fletcher for his skills in the field, but that doesn’t stop him admiring the man for other, more romantic reasons as well. In a tense hostage situation, it’s pretty unlikely Bailey’s usual, rash behaviour will cover him in glory, but in his dreams, it’s all going to happen just like in the movies.

When he finally acts to protect his boss, it doesn’t go the way he hopes — or does it? Will Bailey get to play the hero and get the guy of his dreams?

The Big Gay Fiction Giveaway

I’m sure many of you have seen posts about the Big Gay Fiction Giveaway in your feed on various social media, but if you haven’t you have two more days to pick up some summer reading for free.

All you have to do is go to The Big Gay Fiction Giveaway and click on the cover of the book you want to read. You’ll then be magically transported to Instafreebie where you fill out the form, sign up for the authors’ email list, and then you’ll get a copy of the book in your inbox in your preferred format. Easy peasy!

I have Once in a Snowstorm in the giveaway, a tropy M/M romance about a grumpy lumberjack and a city guy getting stuck in a snowstorm.

If you don’t like lumberjacks I’m sure you can find something else among the 80+ stories that are offered.

Don’t miss out!


Looking to discover great new voices in MM fiction? Then the Big Gay Fiction Giveaway is for you! A selection of the finest gay and bisexual historical fiction, literary fiction, new adult fiction, science fiction and fantasy, as well as traditional and paranormal romance, all free for a limited time. Enjoy full novels, short stories, and chapters.

Friday Reads | The Poison Within

Friday again and I picked up The Poison Within (Inspector Skaer, #1) by Kasia Bacon this week. It showed up everywhere in my feed on Goodreads and it turned out to be free on Amazon (it isn’t anymore, I’m afraid, but you can stand to fork out a little money for a good story).

I haven’t read anything by Bacon before and I don’t normally pick books with elves. Don’t ask me why. I gladly read stories about almost every possible and impossible creature anyone can think up, but I tend to stay away from elves. I should probably add that even though there are elves it’s not heavy on ‘elf-content’ (LOL). There are humans and non-humans, conflicts and prejudice,  wrongdoings and revenge. It really has a little of everything, nothing feels hurried or left out yet it’s ‘only’ fifty pages long – just how I want my stories.

This is a lovely tale about bloody coughs and creatures I know nothing about – furias might be a new favourite – and I would love to read the next in the series…when it comes.

Check it out!


Book Cover The Poisin Within by Kaisa BaconBlack clouds of xenophobia gather over Radvadur, the western province of the Empire. The political climate is strained and fragile. A surge of Nymph refugees has stirred widespread hostility towards non-humans. When the investigation of a gruesome triple murder linked to the refugee camp ensues, it takes Inspector Käyru Skaer and his lover, Count Ellydhar Finn-Jánn, along an unusual path, at the end of which a precious gift awaits.

Käyru and Elly are worlds apart in social standing, but they have found common ground in the bedroom—up against the wall and the stable doors, too. The arrangement between them ought to have been temporary and of no consequence. As their circumstances change, will they find the courage to risk their hearts?

Warning: Contains mentions of off page sexual assault