Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Some Fun Added to This Blog

J. Scott Coatsworth, a wonderful author from Sacramento, writes an ongoing series about life in Midtown River City for his blog, River City Chronicles.

Not only is this episodic story with its collection of recipes from the Old Country lots of fun to read in English, but Scott includes an Italian version for those who want to brush up on their language skills.

So that readers of my blog can keep up with the periodic story, I've put the page's badge to the left of this page. The badge links to Scott's River City page.

Another bit of fun I've added to this blog page is a link to Vance Bastian's Campfire Podcast. Vance is an incredibly talented narrator who magically transforms the written word to entertaining melody.

For his campfire stories, he takes novels and novellas that have a bit of a spooky edge--the kinds of tales traditionally told around campfires--and reads them an appropriately chilling fashion.

Give both Scott's River City Chronicles and Vance's Campfire Podcasts a whirl. You'll be glad you did!

Saturday, April 2, 2016

And Thank You to These Wonderful Reviewers Too!

Here's the second half of the reviews I promised in my last blog post. Thank you so much to all the reviewers who took the time to read and respond to When Adam Fell. I can never convey how much your time and consideration mean to me.


Pat Henshaw can pull me through a story like no other. When Adam Fell is the fourth book in her Foothills Pride series and is just as interesting as the others.


I loved that we get to see Adam’s story. He was intriguing when we saw him in previous books with his quirky mountain bistro that’s only open seasonally. But I so didn’t expect what we got. It was heartwarming to see this second time around story go so well.

The story is just enough to get your teeth into it and connect with the characters. I love these Foothills Pride novellas. I want more of them so we can see how the town evolves and develops and so all of my favorite characters can get their happily ever afters. The one I want the most next is John’s story. He’s intriguing with how tight lipped about his private life he is.


I simply love returning to Pat Henshaw’s world of the Foothills Pride series, where a community in Sierra Foothills near San Francisco is the location for a small group of gay men to settle and call home.

If you’ve been reading the Foothills Pride series this is another satisfying instalment. If you’ve not read the books, while this reads well as a standalone, I think it would be nice to go back and read the first three – if not for anything else you get to read about other charming characters such as Fredi, Max, Jimmy and Guy.

Bike Book Reviews: 5 double fudge brownie/5

It is no secret that I love this series, I have loved the guys of Foothills Pride from day one, and I knew I would love this book too, and boy did I! Pat Henshaw outdid herself on this one!

Love Bytes: 4 1/2/5

I loved the continuing tale of Stone Acres and how these two men fit in with the other men and background characters we’ve met in previous stories.  I really feel like Stone Acres, California is a real place, and I could stop by and visit.

I would highly recommend you pick up this series.  The novellas could probably be read as standalones, but take my advice, read them in order.

I highly recommend this book, and the entire series.  Enjoy.

Joyfully Jay: 3 1/2/5

Overall, this was a nice addition to a great series. While not my favorite of the series, I got a chance to meet back up with some of my old favorites. If you are a fan of this series, you don’t want to miss this one.


On the other hand, I enjoyed the plot of Adam trying to reestablish himself in the town he grew up in. I liked the quirky drama and the way it was resolved. The overall story was promising, and I enjoyed it.

Oh My Shelves: 3 1/2 / 4

Seeing David and Adam work together, to learn how to be with one another after being apart and yet having the history they do between them was bittersweet. I kept wanting them to give in and do more than just lie on a bed while mattress shopping, I wanted these to heal and be together again.

Jessie G. Books: 3.75 / 5

…ultimately, I liked Adam and Jason/David. I like that they found each other again and were able to love each other again…


This is the first book I've read by Pat Henshaw, and I'll definitely be reading more by this author in the future.  When Adam Fell is a good, quick read and is a second chance romance.


It’s breezy and shiny with a “we’ll conquer their town!” spirit that’s just a shade light. I’m always happy to see bullies and bigots get shafted, and you can expect that happens here.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Thank You for These Terrific Reviews for When Adam Fell

I've been remiss in sharing all the wonderful reviews When Adam Fell has gotten since it was released. This is partly due to having been under the weather, partly due to having traveled to Orlando and back for the Dreamspinner author event, and partly due to finishing #6 in the Foothills Pride series, Short Order.

But now that I'm back online somewhat (I'm going into edits very soon for #5 of the Foothills Pride stories, Relative Best, I thought I'd better share the half of the great reviews Adam has received. So here's the list--with links so you can read more than the sentences I include here. The other half of the list is coming in the next blog post.


Bayou Book Review: 5 / 5 stars

Definitely a fantastic addition to a fabulous series! Well written, emotional and all around fantastic! Very recommendable!

A.M. Leibowitz: 9 / 10 fountain pens

I don’t have a lot of books that are an automatic read, but this series is in that club. I’ve been following the intersecting lives of the characters since the first story, and I get a little thrill when I see there’s a new one.


This was a nice story of learning to retrust and love someone for a second chance at love. I do like Pat Henshaw’s story because it’s not all sex, they have wonderful meaning to the stories.


Another excellent, fun, sexy romance with appearances by many of my favorite characters. I would've loved this story to be longer, as I think forgiveness, on both Adam and David's side, might have taken longer in a real-life setting, but overall the author did a very good job. This was a sweet and loving look at second chances. Thank you, Pat.


Another sweet and thought-provoking addition to the Foothills Pride series.

Divine Magazine: 4/5 stars

When Adam Fell is a heartwarming, thoroughly enjoyable, story…. the journey they took and the way the story came together made for a compelling 4 star read.

On My Shelves: 3.5/4 stars

When Adam Fell is a lovely story about redemption and learning to love again.   It’s a story about forgiving the ones who hurt you and forgiving yourself for your part in the hurt. It’s a story about being strong enough to lean on someone for support and being there for that same someone, so neither of you fall.


I love this series and each couple that has come about.  The Foothills Pride series is rich with wonderful stories, believable people and moving romance.  When Adam Fell is the fourth, grab them all up!  I highly recommend them all.

BFD Book Bag: 3/5 stars

I was a bit disappointed in this one. Just like with book 3, I thought this story was incomplete and rushed. There were big gaps in the story.


I enjoyed this quaint, adult, second chance MM romance. It was a quick, easy read–low on angst, honest, and heartfelt.
More reviews to come in the next post.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Tired, Coughing, But Writing

After going to Orlando with many other Dreamspinner authors at the beginning of March, I got the airplane cold when I got back. Ugh.

Since I work better under deadline--I started off writing for metropolitan daily newspapers right out of college--I was so happy to get to talk to Lynn, one of the DSP founders, and set up a deadline for the books I'm writing on spec.

We decided I'd send in the 6th Foothills Pride series (Short Order) on May 1. Then I'd turn in my addition to the States of Love novella series (tentatively titled Big Red Love) by May 15.

Before then, edits on the 5th Foothills Pride story (Relative Best) begin April 7.

All of this sounded easily doable in Orlando at the beginning of March. Then I flew home to California.

The plane ride to Florida was a flying can of cold germs as was the flight back. I was sitting in an incubator and breathing in lungful after lungful of contaminated air.

Having a lower than average immune system, I came down with a cold March 10
. Though it started off looking like it might be benign, this cold has worked itself into being a contender. I'm sleeping in the recliner in the family room and taking a doctor-prescribed Sudafed with codeine so that I can sleep.

So instead of writing during a coherent block of time, I'm now writing by fits and starts--in between naps, coughing fits, and trips to the bathroom.

When I dreamed of becoming a fulltime writer and getting my work published someday, as I graded essays and reviewed books, I never imagined being a fulltime writer would be like this. My lack of imagination in this astounds me!

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

New Growth for Stone Acres, California

The Foothills Pride gay romance novella series set in Stone Acres, California, was never planned to be a series.

No, in fact, it was planned as a single novella, What's in a Name?

I had retired from teaching English composition part-time at City College and had always promised myself that when I retired I would become an author. I'd been a book reviewer for quite a few years and had often thought to myself, "I could have written a better book than that," which, granted, is a pretty puffed up thing to say when I hadn't even published a book before.

Notice, I didn't say I hadn't written a book before. I had. I'd written nine of them, tried to get agents for two of them, self-published one of them, and let the rest sit on a bookshelf behind my writing desk like tombstones.

But for some reason, I kept writing. It definitely wasn't because of the accolades my work was getting.

So I wrote a novella and sent it to Dreamspinner, who miraculously bought it. Their claim that they were where dreams came true was no idle boast as far as I was concerned.

Because I'm ever the optimist, I wrote a second novella, Redesigning Max, and sent it in. Was I really an author? Had I finally stepped into another writing realm? The answer was yes, yes, I had.

I just signed the contract for #5 in the Foothills Pride series: yesterday. Relative Best will release, as will a paperback edition of the first four books in an anthology edition, in late summer/early fall 2016. I'm happy, proud, and busy. I'm an author.
For those who want to know, Relative Best is the story of Ezekiel Bandy, owner and proprietor of Bandy's Finest Hotel which backs up to Stonewall Saloon in Stone Acres, California. Zeke is intrigued with Victor Longbow, who's looking for a photo of his Navajo ancestors to validate his existence. But complications at the Bandy Hotel complicate Zeke's search for love just as Vic's obsession does his.

Until then all four books (What's in a Name?, Redesigning Max, Behr Facts, and When Adam Fell) are available online wherever eBooks are sold.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Play List and Terrific Review for When Adam Fell

Inked Rainbow Reads posted a wonderful review of When Adam Fell today.

Also included with the review is my playlist for the book, including such goldie oldies as Walk, Don’t Run by The Ventures, Things We Said Today by Dwight Yoakam, and House of the Rising Sun by Eric Burden and the Animals, among lots of others. Check it out for a list of old hits.

And if you'd like to buy a copy of the book, here's where it can be found:
Dreamspinner
AmazonUK
Kobo
AllRomance Ebooks