Sunday, March 30, 2014

My Kinda-sorta-maybe-weekly Book Review - The Harvest: Taken by M.A. Church

Welcome to the first of my kinda-sorta-maybe-weekly book reviews. Let me begin my stating that not every book I will review is a published book. Some will be unpublished works that I have read on authors’ blogs or sites such as Literotica or Nifty. When I review a work that is unpublished, the link to the site where I read the work will be included in the review.

The first book I am reviewing will come as no surprise to anyone who knows me and reads M/M fiction as I have stated numerous times that it is my all-time favorite book.

The Harvest:  Taken by M.A. Church, published by Storm Moon Press © 2013.

Blurb: 
“In the year 2050, humanity finds out they are indeed not alone.

Massive space ships appear without warning above the capital cities of all major nations. The planet Tah'Nar is dying. Chemical warfare has reduced the once-intersexed warrior race to sterility. They need fresh DNA in order to reproduce and have an idea for a harvesting program... and so they turn to Earth.

Earth governments negotiate a lottery, and Dale Michaels assumes he's safe since he's under the Harvest age limit. How wrong he is. He's illegally harvested and claimed by Tah'Narian starship captain Keyno Shou. From the moment Keyno sees Dale, he knows he must claim the spirited human male for his own. What he doesn’t expect is a spitfire with a mind of his own—and a deadly disease that will require a risky procedure to cure.”

I have long been a fan of Science Fiction literature, holding fast to the belief that today’s science fiction could very well end up being tomorrow’s science fact. I’ve also long believed that since there are other suns out there in the universe just like ours, the possibility of life out there exists. Their technology may be light years ahead of ours, or light years behind. Who’s to say?

Before The Harvest:  Taken was published, I had the privilege of reading it on Literotica. At first I thought it was going to be a typical hostile aliens abduct human women to bear their offspring. Boy was I wrong! Try this on for size:  typical hostile aliens abduct human MALES to bear their offspring. My first reaction to this was “give me a (expletive deleted) break”. I never expected to be drawn so fully into the story that I could actually empathize and identify with the main characters, Dale, and his alien counterpart Keyno. Masterfully written, it is one of those books that are truly difficult to put down once you begin to read it. It deviously draws you in. You don’t even realize it at first.

I felt horrible for Dale, torn from the only life he knew and put down in a completely alien one. I felt Keyno’s frustration as he deals with Dale’s anguish, fear, stubbornness and down-right bratiness (is that even a word?). In fact, a lot of Keyno’s sentences start with “Damn it, Dale”.

The original Literotica version has actually been split into two books, The Harvest:  Taken (available through stormmoonpress.com, amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com and other outlets, in print and ebook versions) and The Harvest:  Journey’s End (completion of The Harvest story, publication date unknown). There’s even a sequel that I have read, A Tah’Narian Christmas (publication date unknown).

In The Harvest:  Taken we find out why the Tah’Narians require fresh DNA, how the mating and young-bearing process works, and follow the relationship between Dale and Keyno from distrust and fear from Dale and frustration from Keyno to a very loving, equal relationship.

When Dale comes to Tah’Nar as Keyno’s mate, his life is altered in many ways, sometimes profound ways. What no one, even the King of Tah’Nar realizes what impact Dale’s presence has on the very cultural essence of Tah’Nar itself. Is it for the good of the Tah’Narian race? Read the best-selling The Harvest:  Taken for yourself. You won’t be disappointed.


On a scale of one to ten, I give this book a twelve.

Click here  for an awesome YouTube trailer.

Click here to visit MA Church's blog.

Click here to purchase The Harvest:  Taken in print or Kindle format from amazon.com.

Click here to purchase the print format or here to purchase the Nook format from barnesandnoble.com.

Click here to purchase the print or ebook format from Storm Moon Press.

Click here to purchase the ebook format from All Romance eBooks.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Wednesday Brief - Love Across Time Chapter 1


This week I have the honor of joining several best-selling authors is presenting a Wednesday Brief.

Each week these authors are given a prompt and write a 500-1000 word short story or chapter around that theme.

 Chapter 1 of my Wednesday briefs story, Love Across Time is now up. You can read it by clicking here.

Here is a sneak peek at what you'll find in chapter 1:

It is the year 2931. Man has finally woken up to see what was being done to the planet.  All vehicular traffic with the exception of that which was provided by extremely expensive solar-powered hovercrafts has been banned. New transportation technology in the form the travellator system has replaced cars, motorcycles, boats, trains and aircraft. Only bicycles remained. What were once roads are pedestrian walkways and bike paths, lined with all manner of trees and other forms of plant life. Racism, bigotry, sexism, virtually all forms of prejudice has been eliminated. Even crime had been abolished.
Quite by accident an unexpected side effect of using the travellator system was discovered. Working off of the little-understood tesseract theory, it came to light that the system could not only transport a person from one place to another, but also from the present time to any point in the past, and possibly to some point in the future. This astonishing discovery created quite a controversy. Most people saw it as a way to go back in time and witness historical events first hand as they happened. There was a group of people, however, who saw it as a way to go back and change events by preventing the attack on Pearl Harbor or the attack on the World Trade Center and other events. What this group never considered is what effect altering historical events would have on present time. As this group became more and more militant, the government recognized the need for a way to police the timeline, preventing any changes in it, for even the most seemingly insignificant change could have disastrous consequences. Drawing from top law enforcement officials, military special forces members and leaders of the scientific community, the Timeline Preservation Commission, or TPC, which was responsible only to the Department of Justice, was created.
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Ryan Edwards woke up from a fitful sleep. It was the dream again. The same dream he had over and over again. An unfamiliar, strangely dressed man was reaching out for him, calling out for help. The surroundings looked like something you'd see in an old movie. Weird. He shook his head, trying to clear the remnants of the dream from his head. I think I might need to talk to somebody about this. When I first joined TPC I was warned that I might start having strange dreams. Now I am. He thought to himself as he reluctantly pulled his body out from under the warm covers and padded to the bathroom for a shit, shower and shave.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Aaron's Journey Down The Long Road (book 3 in The Long Road series)

18-year-old Aaron was your typical popular, happy-go-lucky hometown sports hero with a dream. The lifelong dream of becoming a Firefighter. Given his father's unreasonable attitude towards Firefighters in general, Aaron realizes that this dream is beyond his reach.

A forced revelation to his best friend suddenly turns Aaron's world upside down and inside out. Suddenly, he is faced with no longer having a home, a family or friends. Lost, he does the only think he can think of - enlisting in the Air Force. Unbeknownst to Aaron, enlisting has more than one advantage - not only can he pursue his dream of becoming a Firefighter, but he finds happiness in a way that he never dreamed of.

However, that happiness comes with a cost. Is he willing to pay that cost?

Aaron's Journey Down The Long Road story index

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Continuing Down The Long Road (book 2 in The Long Road series)

Without warning, Child Protective Services start investigating Kyle and Jayson to find out what kind of parents they are. The question is why? Adam is well-adjusted, happy, well-loved and wanting for nothing. The answer was just as surprising as the investigation itself. Courtroom battles ensue, finding Adam almost jailed for assault. The dust finally settles and the Matthews-Williams family is once again the happy, loving, care-free family they once were.

A few years later Kyle and Jay decide to take another vacation trip to Hawaii, this time with Tommy and Andy, who were winners of a vacation trip. Reuniting with Tony and Billy finds Kyle and Jay on the receiving end once again of Tony's uber-generosity, resulting in them moving permanently to Hawaii.

Life in paradise isn't always paradise, however. Then the ultimate tragedy strikes, the Matthews-Williams family is left devastated, their lives changed forever. Can love be found again? Can they rebuild what they once had?

Continuing Down The Long Road story index

Friday, March 14, 2014

The Long Road (book 1 in The Long Road series)

Kyle Matthews, a high school physics teacher and Jayson Williams, an FBI Special Agent, seem to have it all...a loving, stable 5-year relationship, careers they both love, supportive friends and family. Like any other couple, they have their ups and downs.

Like any other couple they work through their ups and downs until Jay betrays Kyle in the worst possible way. However, things aren't always what they appear to be. Is Kyle's love for Jay strong enough to find and accept the truth behind Jay's betrayal? Can they rebuild the relationship they once held dear?

The Long Road story index

Wednesday Briefs

Hi, again,
Several authors (Night Tempest, Alicia Nordwell, Rob Colton just to name a few) do what's called Wednesday Briefs where each week they're given a topic and have to write a chapter of a story revolving around that topic.

I have had the honor of being asked to join them, so I will be starting that soon. It will be all new characters and will not be connected to The Long Road series. I'm thinking about making it a scifi story, but I'm not sure if I can. We'll just have to wait and see what my Muse has to say about it.

Hi, everyone

Hi, everyone.

I'm glad you all found me. I'm still trying to figure out how to add stuff to this blog, so please bear with me.

Once I have everything to my liking, I'll start posting the chapters from The Long Road, Continuing Down The Long Road and Aaron's Journey Down The Long Road.

Once I have these chapters all posted, I will go back to working on Heading Down The Long Road, which is a story about Greg Peters (the good cop from The Long Road) and Dave Barton (the Deputy Mayor from The Long Road).

Stay tuned for more!

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