The Romance Reviews

The Romance Reviews

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Vote for my book, please!

Hey, there!  What's in a Name? is nominated for Book of the Week.  I'd love to have your vote.  Thanks!  (Click on the book title above or Book of the Week for the voting link.)

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Thank You for All Your Good Words!

A big THANK YOU to Will Parkinson of Pride-Promotions for getting the news about my book out to reviewers and blogs yesterday, the release day for What's in a Name?

Here are some of the very nice things people said about the book:

From Sinfully...Addicted to All Male Romance (formerly Sinfully Sexy Book Reviews) (5 stars):

...the witty dialogue, the fun these two men have, the way they connected, and Guy’s ability to pull out some awesome dates was all so perfect and written so well.

This book is tucked away in my favorites to pull out when I need to remember than love can happen for all of us if we look in the right place.

From Queer Town Abbey (4 stars):

Whats in a Name was different, fresh, fun and had no explicit sex.


From Love Bytes Reviews (4 1/2 stars):

Pat Henshaw has delivered a wonderful tease! I so want more, more, more! I absolutely loved this short book and can’t wait for more of the story.


From MM Good Book Reviews (5 hearts):

This is one pretty damn cool and well-written story.

I really enjoyed the pacing and the cast of characters in this book. This is the type of book you can sit back and just read without thinking too much.

From Molly Lolly (4 1/2 stars):

This book was a fun quick read.

Where can you buy the book?

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Release Day! Hurray!

Join me for my Book Blast today at the sites below, facilitated by Pride Promotions.  Thank you, Will!  And order the book at either Dreamspinner Press or Amazon.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

A Lovely Journey of 500 Miles

Reading Challenge 2015
January - We Love Short Shorts!

500 Miles by Parker Williams
Rating: 5 stars

At 39 pages, Williams' 500 Miles is a hop, skip, and a jump into love and romance.  The story is told by a guy named Mark who grows up having a crush on his big brother's best friend, Jase.  While Mark's brother treats him like a typical big brother, Jase showers Mark with attention, and consequently, Mark 's feelings turn from liking to loving, especially when Jase says if Mark ever needs him, he'd walk 500 miles to be there for him.

When Jase and Mark's brother go off to war, Mark realizes how much he misses Jase.  They exchange letters and Jase sends Mark some tapes with music (including the song 500 Miles) and his musings about the service.  Then Mark learns that Jase is married, and heartbroken, Mark wonders how he'll be able to live without Jase.

Mark gets his chance to find out when Jase is wounded and returns to U. S. shores.

Fortunately, Williams ably carries off this very compact story that must be convincing in very few words.  Not only does the reader have to invest in Mark, which happens effortlessly, but more importantly still care about Jase who seems to callously throw away Mark's love and devotion with his sudden marriage.

This is the true beauty of the story: While Mark is angry and devastated by what he feels is Jase's desertion, Mark never loses his love of the man.  So when Jase actually needs Mark's help--something neither of them ever envisioned--Mark rushes in to his aid.

I would love to see the story expanded into a full-length novel since the characters here are so vivid and engaging.  Fortunately, since that may never happen, the short, short story works very well in its present state.

I would heartily recommend this story for anyone dipping a toe into the gay romance arena, who wants a feel-good, HEA read.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Contract Signed for Sequel to What's in a Name? Yea!

What Fredi would wear:
 A Tom Ford outfit
 as shown in Esquire
I signed a contract with Dreamspinner Press for the sequel to What's in a Name?  The novella, Redesigning Max, follows Fredi Zimmer, the flamboyant architect and interior designer friend of Jimmy Patterson in What's in a Name?, as Fredi redesigns a mountain cabin for outdoorsman Max Greene.

Here's the short synopsis I wrote about it:

Renowned interior designer Fredi Zimmer is surprised when outdoorsman Max Greene, owner of Greene's Hunting and Fishing, hires him to remodel his rustic cabin in the Sierra Nevada foothills.  Fredi is an out and proud Metro male whose contact with the outdoors is from his car to the doorway of the million-dollar homes' he remodels, and Max is just too hunky gorgeous for words.

When Max starts coming on to Fredi, the designer can't imagine why.  But he's game to put a little spice into Max's life, even if it's just in the colors and fixtures he'll use to turn Max's dilapidated rustic cabin into a showplace.  Who can blame a guy for adding a little sensual pleasure as he retools Max's life visually?

Max, for his part, is grateful when Fredi takes him in hand, both metaphorically and literally.  Coming out, he finds, is the most exciting and wonderful time of his life, despite the conservative former friends who want to stop his slide into hell.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year!

Jimmy & Guy wish you a very

May 2015 bring you all the joy, love,
and caffeine you've ever wanted.

(from Pat Henshaw, author)