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Backstage with the Twins – Post Rainbow Con glee

 

 

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Another Rainbow Con has come and gone, the second of its gathering family and I don’t think there was an unhappy person there.

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I had the super lucky experience to have several fans come in to hang out with me as my special guests, including the amazing author Ava Snow, Terry from Books n Cozy Spots, and Pam who is just a delight to have around as a friend. Together they made sure this introvert didn’t not pend the weekend buried in her laptop writing and being anti social in between panels. Which I have to say there weren’t too many in betweens. I was slammed with them and had a damn good time too.

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That’s about what it looked like. All 3 make excellent Personal assistants for the chaoticly brained, (if anyone is looking to hire – just saying LOL)  From panels, to readings, signing, making sure I ate and I can’t forget the bat mitten play offs in the lobby. (the face plant was not me, but my highly skilled stunt double). I think I finally got an actual chance to sit at our author table on Sunday. It looked nice.

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As I mentioned I had a slew of panels I was on but I think my favs had been: Foreshadowing, Red Herring, and Chekhov’s Gun; Post Apocalyptic and Dystopia tales; and Hard and Soft Sci-fi. I got one chance to actually sit in the audience for a panel and  dragged Ava off to join me for the Anthrop Sex panel…  (shifters, furries and tentacles… need I say more?)

I had two successful readings. Presenting MUSE ME ONLY for Friday night’s Naughty Bedtime Stories and got a room full of laughs. Then Saturday my panel schedule kicked off with an author reading and got them crying with an excerpt from BIG SPOON & TEDDY BEAR.

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I could go on and on about all the marvelous authors and readers I got to catch up with and those I met for the first time, but instead just now we all had a great time, and while sadly there wont be ab=nother Rainbow Con until July 2017, that just means there is that much more time for you to plan to com join us and see and meet everyone for yourself. :)

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BOOKS ‘n COZY SPOTS BOOK REVIEWS – Shattered Soul by Jason Nichols

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4 stars

~ 4 Stars ~

Review of  – SHATTERED SOUL, by Jason Nichols

Gay / Autobiographical Fiction / Coming-of-Age / Human Spirit

copy provided by author for honest review.  Also purchased on Amazon.com

 

Reviewed by Jaycee ~ for Books ‘N Cozy Spots Book Reviews, www.Talon-ps.com

 

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Follow along on the journey of David as he is born and moves through life. From his first day, he is unwanted. Tortured, abused, raped, molested, kidnapped, beaten and raised in pure hell by religious fanatics and hateful people all around him. After multiple suicide attempts he finds what he hopes is acceptance and love, but is it enough?

His life is an endless stream of violence and hatred but he manages to find love and acceptance in the least expected place. But, his soul has been shattered a million times over and he isn’t sure if he can ever be whole, and neither are the people who actually do love him. His life is a constant struggle for peace. Can David come out on top whole and intact, or will the remains of his soul be thrown away forever?

 

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This book comes from an epically dark place.  The paradox is that it shines harsh light on many things apart from the horrific neglectful abuse of one small soul from before he took his first breath.   This story is an unvarnished accounting of key events in the most utterly sad life of a boy named David, but it is as much as story about the failure of a system to protect that child, of the consequences of wilful ignorance and the often irretrievable damage of abject moral certitude.

How any one life could experience the effects of such persistent, inconceivable evil and rise above it with any measure of intact humanity is amazing, considering its damn near impossible for the reader to endure its accounting.  Each stark chapter revealed some new horror for this child to endure as he grew and was passed back and forth between divided families who used him up and threw him out.

I’m not certain what saved him, or kept him from cracking completely, until he finally met his support system.  His inherent intelligence perhaps.  The small kindnesses of a few people along the way for certain.  And ultimately, key people in his life who manipulated circumstances where they could to help him procure a future when old enough to make his own way.

Mostly he found a few kindred spirits in some like-minded men who would become life partners in every important way a human being can need a partner; being there to let him pick up his own pieces when his burdens became too great, and waiting for him to come back from his quest to find the true core of himself.

There wasn’t much warm-fuzziness in this tale, but it is certainly anger provoking.  And thought provoking.  It is unquestionably a triumph of human spirit in a very big way, in a world that was evolving far too slowly, but evolving at least.  It is one of those reads I think everyone needs to face down once in a while, recognizing its core truths; facing harsh realities.

It left me sad to think of all of the “Davids” who don’t get simple kindnesses, who aren’t lifted up at the right time, who don’t find safe haven. And I mourn the state of “humanity”,  but at the same time I marvel at its resilience, the character that often springs from its struggles, and the ability of the Soul to be rebuilt if not repaired.

 

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SHATTERED SOUL also received the following ratings:

 

ROMANCE FACTOR ~ 3 Hearts ~

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BONUS FACTOR ~ Indomitable Human Spirit, Unconditional Love ~

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Blog Tour – What No One Else Can Hear by Brynn Stein

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WHAT NO ONE ELSE CAN HEAR

BRYNN STEIN

Contemporary / Crime Fiction / Gay Fiction / MM Romance / Paranormal

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Prologue

I COULDN’T believe it. I stood in the doorway of a child’s room on the third floor of the Lynneville Center for Children with Autism after having been hastily hired and sent up here. At first I was shocked to see dozens of expertly drawn pictures of me taped up all over the walls. Then I noticed the four worried-looking adults in the room, their attention focused on the bed. In that bed, seemingly catatonic, was the very boy I’d been seeing in my dreams for almost six years.

I had been looking for Stevie all that time, but now that I had found him, I realized that until that moment I’d always had the smallest doubt that he was real—almost a hope that there wasn’t a suffering child who needed me, whom it had taken me so long to find. All my energy for six years had been focused on finding him, yet a niggling doubt had remained … until I stepped through that doorway.

“Stevie,” I whispered. “I finally found you.”

 

He didn’t move; he only blinked on reflex. He simply lay on the bed, so still, and stared at the ceiling. I knew I could help him. I moved to his side, nudging the doctor out of the way, and touched his hand.

 “Come on, man. Come on back now.” I put my hand on his head, and Stevie immediately turned his head toward me. Though his eyes were still a little unfocused, he had no trouble recognizing me.

“Hi, Bear,” he said and reached out to be hugged, as he always had in my dreams.

It was so natural for Stevie to talk to me and hug me that it didn’t occur to me it might be strange for the staff gathered in Stevie’s room. They were suddenly doing the best imitations of goldfish I had ever seen. The doctor and the other man had comically wide eyes, while the two women looked almost ready to cry from shock or maybe just relief.

The older one, a lady in her forties, seemed to recognize my confusion. She came to stand close to me and said in a hushed voice, “That’s the first time we’ve ever heard him speak.”

He always could, of course.

He spoke to me all the time in my dreams.

He finally let go and looked at me. “Bear, you’re here? You’re really here?” His gaze scanned the room. “Not in the forest?”

“No, buddy.” I laid him back down and rubbed his hand as I spoke. “Not in the forest this time. We’re right here, in your room.”

Stevie yawned and looked exhausted.

“Go to sleep, big guy. I’m working at the center now, so I’ll be waiting for you when you wake up.”

He smiled and was asleep almost immediately.

By that time the staff’s shock had worn off and curiosity had set in with a vengeance. We barely stepped out of Stevie’s room before the never-ending string of questions began.

“Bear?” “Forest?” “Stevie can talk?” The questions bombarded me simultaneously.

We all took seats in the living room area and I set about answering their questions. I was hoping what they had just witnessed would keep them from laughing me out of the room. The story I had to tell them was pretty spectacular.

Dottie, the lady in her forties, started things off by introducing me to the others. Dr. Brown was the physician on staff and had been watching Stevie decline over the last several months with no idea how to help him. Hank and Stacy were the other staff members who had been in Stevie’s room. They, along with Dottie, were support staff for the students who lived here, providing whatever assistance they needed, with supervision and compassion. Other people working on the hall that night wanted to hear as much of the story as possible, so they came and went, working when needed, listening when they could, as did Dottie, Hank, and Stacy.

“I don’t even begin to know where to start asking questions,” Dr. Brown finally admitted.

“The beginning is always nice,” Stacy said.

I smiled and thought Stacy had a good idea, so I told them about my first meeting with Stevie.

 

 

 

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About the author:

 

Brynn has always loved to write about strong male characters and their close friendships. When she found the world of m/m fiction, she fell in love. Finally, a way to bring those strong male characters together and let those emotional connections spill over into deeper relationships. Sometimes her characters go through the emotional wringer, but they always have each other.

 

Where to find the author:

 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/brynn.stein

Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/brynnstein2

Twitter: https://twitter.com/BrynnStein

Other: http://brynnstein2.wordpress.com

 

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/search?utf8=%E2%9C%93&query=brynn+stein

Publisher: Dreamspinner

Cover Artist: Reese Dante


Tour Dates & Stops: July 27, 2015

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