What I Love: This sequel is even better than the first book in the Society of Gentleman series! KJ Charles continues to embroil her characters in the contentious historical events of the Regency era, this time the Cato Street Conspiracy. She even intertwines this book and the previous, with part of this book reliving the events of the first book through Dominic and Silas’ eyes to start off their own struggle.
Each of these two characters personify the two factions. Dominic represents the government, the Tories who fear a revolution like the one that tore France apart. But his loyalties and beliefs are tested by his own need for a male lover to break the law and to protect his sedition-writing lover.
Silas represents the radicals, watching good working class families and ex-soldiers struggle to feed themselves, and writing pamphlets to urge government reform while the Tory government enacts constricting laws against public protest. But his beliefs are tested by the need to protect his former apprentice and current gentleman, the protagonist from the first book, and his Tory lover Dominic, through association with a seditionist.
Not only is A Seditious Affair a sexy (dominating) read, but you get to live through this piece of history.
I make no secret I’m shy. Or I wouldn’t, if my tongue didn’t constantly tie together, or I wasn’t running altogether from human contact. Sometimes I mention it in my written updates.
Unfortunately, though, as C Hope Clark points out, at some point if I want to make a full-time income on my fiction writing, I will have to talk to people. And even promote myself. And answer that dreaded question: so what do you write?
What I absolutely love about this book is how she takes these incredibly scary things, like live interviews and in-person events, and then tells you how to prepare for them to limit your stress and how much you are put on the spot.
Like preparing your one-line answers for the seemingly simple but completely mind-blanking questions of who you are, what you do, and what your book is about.
Or if you’re at an in-person event, take some business swag that explains your books and why readers should read them, as passersby will read them before they engage you in conversation, and thus take care of the sell and the one-liners part of the conversation.
Or if you’ve agreed to a live interview, you can ask for the questions ahead of time AND practice. You can even suggest questions you want to cover but your interviewer may have missed. This way, you’re practiced and ready to appear your best for your interview.
I highly recommend The Shy Writer Reborn for every shy person or introvert whose job or passion includes the need to sell. Or talk to people. It is the best $2.99 you’ll ever spend.
Scoundrel by nature and master thief by trade, Mouse is the best there is. Sure, his methods may not make him many friends, but he works best alone anyway. And he has never failed a job.
But that could change.
When a stranger with a hefty bag of gold seduces him to take on a task, Mouse knows he’ll regret it. The job? Free Lord Garron, the son of a powerful duke arrested on trumped up charges in a rival duchy. Mouse doesn’t do rescue missions. He’s no altruistic hero, and something about the job reeks. But he cannot turn his back on that much coin—enough to buy a king’s pardon for the murder charge hanging over his head.
Getting Garron out of his tower prison is the easy part. Now, they must escape an army of guardsmen, a walled keep and a city on lockdown, and a ruthless mage using her power to track them. Making matters worse, Mouse is distracted by Garron’s charm and unyielding integrity. Falling for a client can lead to mistakes. Falling for a nobleman can lead to disaster. But Mouse is unprepared for the dangers behind the plot to make Lord Garron disappear.
What I Love: After reading the sample, I knew this book was for me. It starts off with a delicious The Dark Defiles vibe – the homophobia, but also the protagonist who just doesn’t give a shite about it and will sleep around to suit his needs while also being incredible at his less than wholesome work. But unlike The Dark Defiles, Mason includes an actual Romance for the protagonist Mouse (so no worries there, romance fans), and does not end with the protagonist’s self-immolation that left me heart broken for ages.
An amazing first book from Mason Thomas. I will definitely pick up anything else he writes.
Captive Prince changed my life.
How many times does anyone get to say a book changed their life? But it’s true. Three years ago, I’d just reread my first draft of God Cursed and had the epiphany that it was actually good — possibly good enough to get published.
There was just one major obstacle: the market. Not the most artistic of obstacles (unlike writer’s block or the muse), but all I knew then was yaoi — published in Japan and translated into English for fangirls. But not really anything published in English first, and not novels.
Then my husband and I got married in Kyoto, and I just happened to decide to check out Amazon’s LGBT section. I’d always figured it would be mainly memoirs and literary works. Not something I’d really be interested in if it didn’t have a gay protagonist.
But at the top of the list was Captive Prince by C.S. Pacat.
Princes? Kidnapping? Political Intrigue? Fantasy epic?
I was sold. I bought the first book, and binged my way through it. Then the second. Then for good measure, read them both again. (While on my honeymoon with castles and gardens and museums and trains and anime nerd stuff yanking at my attention. My husband pulling me off the train before I ended up halfway across Tokyo. Yes, it was that good.)
But there was more to it than that. Captive Prince had a huge following. Captive Prince introduced me to the m/m and gay romance and gay fantasy. C.S. Pacat was actually making a living at this.
She gave me hope.
When I returned home, I dove into my writing again with my kind of protagonist. There’s probably nothing I’ve written since then that hasn’t been inspired, at least a little, by Captive Prince.
And now, after three years of waiting, the third and final book of this trilogy has arrived.
I want to share Captive Prince with you. That’s why I’m giving away paperback copies of all three Captive Prince books, including the third book to be released in Feb.
And follow the instructions. (The answer to the question is Olivia Helling, of course.)
Once you’ve entered, you will get even more chances to earn entries by sharing your personalised link. Each person who enters because you shared your link will earn you bonus entries.
This giveaway ends Sunday, January 24.
Has a book changed your life? Which one?