Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Pen & Drink Monthly Report by S.A. McAuley & SJD Peterson ::: Rec us what you love ::: includes giveaway

Pen & Drink


Hi! It’s almost fall and while the temp outside in Michigan is far from autumnal, both of us are already starting to think about how to fill our time when we’re driven back indoors. Writing is definitely on the must-have survival list for winter hibernation, and we need some amazing books to add too. So we want to hear from you!

We’ll tell you some of our favorites in different genres. Then comment below to recommend your favorites in those same genres or any of your other favorites. We’ll pick one random commenter to win a $10 Amazon giftcard to stock their own Kindle as the days shorten.



Athletes: Tigers and Devils by Sean Kennedy, Caught Running by Abigail Roux and Madeline Urban, Counterpunch by Aleksandr Voinov, Quarterback Sneak by Pepper Espinoza, Str8te Boys by Evangeline Anderson, Striker by KyAnn Waters, Sno Ho by Ethan Day… Most of my favorites are in this subgenre and I read a lot of them, so I’m always DYING for new, good recs!!

Sci-Fi: Bone Rider by J Fally, and the PsyCop series by Jordan Castillo Price

Contemporary: The Thomas Elkins series by N.R. Walker (ok, let’s be real, anything by N.R. Walker), the Sidewinder Series by Abigail Roux, the Temptation series by Ella Frank

Outside of the MM Romance/Erotica genre, I love Nalini SIngh’s Guild Hunter series and Immortals After Dark by Kresley Cole, most horror (Kin by Kealan Patrick Burke is one of my all time favorites!), and books that challenge my view of the world (like The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell).

But really, if you can suggest an athlete book I haven’t read and that’s five-star worthy, then you pretty much own my soul.



Athletes: I’m totally with Sam on TIgers and Devils. I think I’ve read it ten times!! Out of Position by Kyell Gold.

Contemporary: Hands down Nowhere Ranch, Special Delivery or anything else by Heidi Cullinan *pauses for fangirl moment* Nothing Ever Happens by Sue Brown, Strawberries for Dessert by Marie Sexton also make my list.

Sci-Fi: I’m not usually a fan of this genre but I have read PsyCop and I totally love the Borders War Series by Sam[1] [2] :)

BDSM: Love the Deviations series by Chris Owen, Handcuffs and Leather by Kim Dare, Dark Angel Sounding by Habu, and I highly, highly recommend the Master Chronicles by Jamie Craig if you like a little paranormal with your naughty.

Gay Fiction: Woke Up in a Strange Place by Eric Arvin, Lord John and the Private Matter by Diana Gabaldon

Outside the MM Genre I’d have to go with: Immortals After Dark by Kresley Cole (especially A Hunger Like No Other), Midnight Breed Series by Lara Adrian, King Henry VIII by Margaret George, Door To December by Dean Koontz and The Stand by Stephen King.

Okay, your turn! Help us fill up our Kindles with some great recs.

Until next month, happy reading!!


Meet Sam McAuley

Sam sleeps little, reads a lot. Happiest in a foreign country. Twitchy when not mentally in motion. Send her a picture and a song and she's bound to write a story about it. And yes, that's an invitation.



Meet Jo Peterson

SJD Peterson, better known as Jo, hails from Michigan. Not the best place to live for someone who hates the cold and snow. When not reading or writing, Jo can be found close to the heater checking out NHL stats and watching the Red Wings kick a little butt. Can't cook, misses the clothes hamper nine out of ten tries, but is handy with power tools.





Each week, on our Wednesday Author Column posts we will gift to one lucky commenter answering the authors question, a Kindle eBook from your TBR list. This month, Sam and Jo are also giving you the chance to win a $10 Amazon gift card. So two winners, two great prizes!

Please include your email so we can contact you


Kindle eBook: June M.

$10 Amazon gift card: Brandy Lucero


  1. Athletes: I can’t remember having read one of those in the MM genre… but I did like the heterosexual/NA Game On series by Kristen Callihan.

    Contemporary: the Cut & Run series by Abigail Roux, the Blackcreek series by Riley Hart, the Butterfly Hunter by Julie Bozza, the first ones in the Conquest series by SJ Frost.

    Sci-Fi: I’m not usually a fan of this genre either, maybe the great THIRDS series by Charlie Cochet would qualify (more like PNR-y…).

    BDSM: The Captive Prince series by SU Pacat/CS Pacat.

    Outside the MM Genre, my absolute favorite is the wonderfully well-written, so deep and clever Original Sinners series by Tiffany Reisz: BDSM, lots of bisexual characters and a growing MM satisfaction as the series develops.
    I also really liked Comfort Food by Kitty Thomas (BDSM/Stockholm syndrom), the Slammed series and Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover (NA), On the Island by Tracey Garvis-Graves, Room by Emma Donoghue…

    Thanks for your recommendations and the chance at the giveaway!

    foebz (at) hotmail (dot) com

  2. Great recommendations. Some of my favourites? There we go
    Athletes: Tigers and Devils by Sean Kennedy
    Contemporary: Cut & Run series, Muscling Through (or basically whatever JL Merrow writes), the Adrien English series by Josh Lanyon (the same rule applies, whatever he writes...), etc...
    Sci-fi: Line and Orbit by Sunny Moraine, Blind Space by Marie Sexton, I'm not sure if the Whyborne and Griffin series by Jordan L. Hawk can be included here, but that's one great favourite, as the Magpie Lord by KJ Charles...
    BDSM: How to train your Dom in Five Easy Steps (by Josephine Myles), Rough Canvass (Joey W. Hill), Duck (Kim Dare), Axel's Pup (Kim Dare)...
    I also enjoy historicals (one of my favourite subgenres, in fact), and steampunk. I think I like almost everything!

  3. Athletes: Homo Action Love Story! by Bene Monopoli (it's not exactly a romance, but it's amazing), The Locker Room by Amy Lane, Him by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy

    Contemporary: The Something Like series by Jay Bell, the Amish Romance series by Keira Andrews, Glitterland by Alexis Hall

    Sci-Fi: I don't read this much. Under the Rushes by Amy Lane is a great fantasy/steampunk book

    My favorite series outside of M/M is the Newsfeed series by Mira Grant. It's so amazing! And I really loved A Bollywood Affair by Sonali Dev. Her next book comes out soon!

  4. i go for the more light hearted reads some time so I love to laugh with Julia Kent but my go to author for whatever i want is nicole edwards

  5. I really really love theSinfully.....ADDICTED TO ALL MALE ROMANCE blog. There were some great recommendations that were listed. I hope that I win, so that I can get a few of them. I really do not keep track on what genre the books are that I like to read, but I will try my best to help you out on your genre categories that you have listed.
    Athletes: I am pretty sure that there is some books in this genre, but I can’t remember having read one of those in the MM genre.
    Contemporary: Him by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy
    Sci-Fi: The New Haven Series by Nicholas Bella and anything by C.A. Taylor/ Aiden Bates/ Wolf Specter/Artemis Wolffe/ Shannon West/ D.J. Heart and Reese Corgan
    BDSM: I am pretty sure that there is some books in this genre, but I can’t remember having read one of those in the MM genre, but I have been wanting to read "The Captive Prince" series by SU Pacat/CS Pacat.
    Outside the MM Genre, my absolute favorite is the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy(BDSM).
    Thanks for your recommendations and the chance at the giveaway!!!!!!!

    1. I meant to also mention in Sci-Fi that I like anything Abraham Steele and Kethric Wilcox.

    2. Congratulations Brandy, you are a lucky winner and will receive $10 Amazon gift voucher from Sam and Jo. An email is on its way to you as we speak.

  6. Some great books on your lists. Here are some of mine that were not on your lists...I added some categories.
    Contemporary: Promised Rock series by Amy Lane, A Midwinter Prince series by Harper Fox, Gay Amish Romance series by Keira Andrews
    Paranormal: Tyack & Frayne by Harper Fox, SPECTR by Jordan L Hawk
    Paranormal/Historical: Whyborne & Griffin by Jordan L Hawk, A Charm of Mapies series by KJ Charles
    Historical: Think of England by KJ Charles, Enlightenment series by Joanna Chambers
    Fantasy: Lord of the White Hell & Champion of the Scarlet Wolf series by Ginn Hale


  7. Not a fan of Athletes or BDSM genre.
    Contemporary: anything by Felice Stevens, Josh Lanyon, LB Gregg, JL Merrow
    SF/F: anything by Angel Martinez, Lisa Oliver, Harper Fox, Nicole Kimberling, Astrid Amara, KJ Charles,
    Victoria Sue's Sirius Wolves series, Amber Kell's Moon Pack series, Rob Colton's Timber Pack Chronicles and Galactic Conspiracy series
    Outside MM genre: anything by Nalini Singh, especially Psy/Changeling and Rock Kiss series; and classic detective or mystery novels by: Dorothy Sayers, Arthur Conan Doyle, Rex Stout and Ellery Queen.
    Thanks for the giveaway.
    j dot stonewright at gmail dot com

  8. Athletes: I really love Isa K's HOW TO QUIT PLAYING HOCKEY, Teegan Loy's THE MAGIC BROOM, and Keira Andrews' COLD WAR. The CAMPUS CRAVINGS boxed set has some really good contemporary college m/m sports romances, too. I know I've enjoyed Riley Shane's IN THE PENALTY BOX, Anne Tenino's POSTER BOY, and Jeff Adams' HAT TRICK series...I guarantee I'm forgetting a few.

    BDSM: Josephine Myles' SCREWING THE SYSTEM and Lynn Lorenz's THE BEST VACATION THAT NEVER WAS (even more effective because it seems like straightforward m/m contemporary for a while). Heidi Belleau's STRAIGHT SHOOTER works in the m/m BDSM *and* sports categories (oh, does it ever)!

    Sci-fi: I recently loved Aidee Ladnier's THE KLOCKWERK KRAKEN!

    Contemporary: Damon Suede's HOT HEAD, Clare London's SAY A LITTLE PRAYER (has fantasy elements), LA Witt's THE CLOSER YOU GET, Keira Andrews' A FORBIDDEN RUMSPRINGA, Edmond Manning's Lost and Founds series (some of his are technically recent historical, but)...

    Outside m/m: Well, it's m/m/f (with some explorations of gender identity to boot), but Tara Lain's Genetic Attraction series is just delightful! I was impressed by Melanie Ting's Hockey Is My Boyfriend series, especially volume 2 (very memorable, believable sex scenes!) and 3 (two very different yet completely plausible arcs for the same story). Alison Tyler's DARK SECRET LOVE series is a very engaging BDSM tale, with a hint of m/m here and there...

    I know I'm forgetting a bunch of them. Oh, well...

    --Trix, vitajex(at)aol(Dot)com

  9. I really like your lists. They both have lots of authors I enjoy reading. Here are some more books with athletes: Amy Lane's The Locker Room, Leta Blake's Training Season and Training Complex, Kelly Wyre's Fight, Kindle Alexander's Double Full, and Mercy Celeste's Southern Scrimmage series. I've never read anything by this author, but The Glasgow Lads series by Avery Cockburn might be worth checking out.

    If you like to read about some crazy characters with a big dose of violence thrown in, try K.A. Merikan's Guns n' Boys series or their Sex & Mayhem series and Nicole Castle's Chance Assassin and the Mako Shark series. Love them!!!

    I'm still a fan of J.R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood series, too. Thanks for the giveaway. :)


  10. love these lists! Jo's list reminded me that I still have the third book in the Border Wars to read (just 1-clicked it!!)


    1. forgot my list :P

      Athletes: Counterpunch, Double Full
      Contemporary: Temptation series, Cut & Run series
      Sci-Fi: Dark Space by Lisa Henry, Border Wars
      BDSM: not sure if Flesh Cartel totally fits here but not sure where else to put it,Men of Honor series by SE Jakes has elements of BDSM, Collared by Kari Gregg, Pure series by Victoria Sue
      Paranormal: my absolute favourite genre! Tameness of the Wolf series by Kendall McKenna, Assassin/Shifters and 12 Olympians series' by Sandrine Gasq-Dion, PsyCop, SPECTR, Whyborne & Griffin...honestly I could keep going on and on!
      Outside M/M: Nalini Singh's Guild Hunter and PsyChangeling series', Laurell K Hamilton's Anita Blake series...but her latest couple of books have been a real disappointment

  11. The Dragon Kings by Donna Grant.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

  12. Really to many of each in each genre to i listed the first ones that come to mind!
    Athletes: TA Chase's Out of Bounds
    BDSM: Deviations series by Chris Owen
    Contemporary: Chess Series by Sean Michael
    Paranormal: Southern Shifters by Bailey Bradford

  13. A really great list of books from you both. I've got plenty to list but I'm just feeling too tired to list them all, so I'll just list one from each category.
    Athletes: All for the Game series by Nora Sakavic
    Contemporary: A Matter of Time series by Mary Calmes
    Sci-Fi: I want to name something mpreg but I'm not. THIRDS series by Charlie Cochet (because I just recently read it and fell in love with it)
    BDSM: It's hard since it's not my favorite genre and it tends to be a hit or miss with me. With or Without Him by Barbara Elsborg

    humhumbum AT yahoo DOT com

  14. I am furiously adding to my lists. Nothing extra to add.


  15. Man, I had a whole comment ready to post and then lost it! UGH!

    OK, recommendations:
    Athletes (all are contemporary also): Daisy Harris Holsum series, Flesh Cartel by Heidi Belleau & Rachel Haimowitz, Kindle Alexander's Full Disclosure and Double Full

    BDSM and Paranormal: Eden Bradley has some in her Midnight Playground series

    Paranormal: JR Ward Lover at Last and I am really looking forward to Larissa Ione's next book in her Demonica series because it will be her first MM story!!! Love her books so I know I will love this one too. Base Instints will be out 9/14

    Contemporary: Ella Frank's Try & Take, Kindle Alexander's Secret & Always

    Outside of MM: So many. In no particular order I wold recommend Cherise Sinclair's Shadowlands & Mountain Masters/Dark Havens series (great BDSM), the Demonica series by Larissa Ione (great PNR), Kallypso Masters (great romances with characters who were in the military and who are into BDSM), Joanna Wylde's Reaper series (sexy alpha MC bikers).

    manning_J2004 at yahoo dot com

    1. Congratulations June, you are a lucky winner an get to choose any M/m Romance book from your wish list. An email is on its way to you :-)

  16. What incredible lists!! I'm loving this comment thread. Keep it coming... at least until I'm broke ;) xx

  17. Athletes: The Locker Room by Amy Lane, Caught Running by Abigail Roux and Madeline Urban

    Contemporary: Pretty much anything by Mary Calmes (Frog, A Matter of Time series, Acrobat), Cardeno C (The Half of Us, He Completes Me, Love at First Sight), Heidi Cullinan (Family Man, Let It Snow, Sleigh Ride) and JL Merrow (Muscling Through, Pressure Head, Heat Trap) are re-reads.

    Sci-Fi: This is probably not really my category, but I did like the Sci-Regency series by JL Langley

    And a few different categories:
    YA: Superhero by Eli Easton and On the Right Track by Sam Kadence were touching but not too YA-angsty.

    NA: Heidi Cullinan again is amazing. I love all of the Love Lessons series, especially Fever Pitch, and Carry the Ocean is great.

    Paranormal/shifters: Mary Calmes' Change of Heart series, Cardeno C's Until Forever Comes, and KJ Charles' A Charm of Magpies series (also historical) are great.

    Humorous: (I really think that humor can be harder to write than angst.) TJ Klune is the master here. I love Tell Me It's Real and The Lightning-Struck Heart so much.

    Outside of MM romance: I recommend GA Aiken/Shelly Laurenston's Dragon Kin and Pride series for the humor and romance.

    waxapplelover (at) gmail (dot) com

  18. Thanks for the recommendations! Here are a few of my favorites:

    Athletes: Love Match by Keira Andrews, The Unforgiving Minute by Sarah Granger, The Magic Broom by Teegan Loy
    Contemporary: Love Lessons series by Heidi Cullinan, Sinners series by Rhys Ford, Strawberries for Dessert by Marie Sexton, Loving Jay by Renae Kaye, Amish trilogy by Keira Andrews, Clear Water by Amy Lane, Scrap Metal by Harper Fox, Sweet Young Thang by Anne Tenino, Misfits by Garrett Leigh
    Sci-fi: Sci-Regency series by JL Langley, Alpha Trine by Lexi Ander, Line and Orbit by sunny Moraine
    Outside mm: Darkest London series by Kristen Callihan
    Historical: Enlightenment trilogy by Joanna Chambers, Think of England by KJ Charles, Brook Street trilogy by Ava March
    Paranormal: Whyborne and Griffin series by Jordan L Hawk, Charm of Magpies series by KJ Charles,
    THIRDS series by Charlie Cochet, SPECTR series by Jordan L Hawk, Tyack and Frayne series by Harper Fox, Damned If You Do by JL Merrow
    amaquilante(at)gmail(dot) com

  19. Athletes: Tigers & Devils is the only sports book that comes to mind. I loved it but it's been years since I read it.

    Sci Fi : Angel Martinez- Gravitational Attraction and JL Langley's Sci-Regency series

    Contemporary: It's a tie between Adrien English Mysteries by Josh Lanyon & Romano & Albright series by LB Gregg. I've reread them so many times I've lost count.

    Paranormal: JCP's Psycop series is my favorite, but I loved The Irregulars & Hellcops

    BDSM: I usually avoid this genre, but I read AB Gayle's Leather + Lace and enjoyed it.

    Outside of m/m - Anything by Diana Gabaldon, but particularly all of the Lord John books, and anything by Sarah Monette.