Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Pre order Love on the Rocks!

Love on the Rocks (Another Bar Tender Tale)

Available on August 6th from Dreamspinner Press! 

Pre order Love on the Rocks


Twenty-six-year-old barman and cabaret entertainer Justin has recently moved to London for a fresh start. Charismatic and flirty, Justin is naturally the center of attention wherever he goes. There’s only one problem: the object of Justin’s affections, a handsome, enigmatic bartender named Yena, isn’t won over by Justin’s charm. In fact, he flat out turns Justin down.

Stripping off his showmanship frills and charms, Justin aims for a different approach: reveal himself for who he is. Underneath his public face Justin is an honest young man who wants someone special to share his time with… and laugh at his awful jokes.

Justin can only hope the real him is irresistible to the man he loves.

Cover Artist    Ria Chantler

Categories  -

    Melanie Tushmore
    Bar Tenders by Melanie Tushmore

Book Type - eBook

This product will be in stock on Wednesday 6 August, 2014

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Review for Summoner of Storms Spectr 6 by Jordan L Hawk

Summoner of Storms (Spectr #6)


Federal exorcist John Starkweather’s life is in tatters. His best friend Sean betrayed him. SPECTR, the agency he viewed more as a surrogate family than an employer, wants him dead. 

His only allies are members of the mysterious organization called the Vigilant, whose motives remain in question.

The only thing keeping John together is the presence of his lovers: Caleb Jansen, a powerful telekinetic, and Gray, the vampire spirit possessing Caleb.

Together, they must not only evade capture, but somehow stop SPECTR from building an army of demon possessed soldiers. 

If they are to succeed, John must question everything he’s ever believed about SPECTR and spirits. 

And Caleb and Gray must decide how far they’re willing to go—not just for John’s love, but for his very life.


My review:

Yes, THIS is the final installment the Spectr series! The big finale! Hang on for a wild ride.

What I've loved about this series from Jordan L Hawk is the setting, the sense of place. Most of the action takes place in the US city of Charleston, South Carolina. The flowing descriptions of crumbling swamp ruins and set amongst urban sprawls are simply beautiful, poetic at times (as Hawk's prose often is).

There's also lots of action in the Government agency buildings with the 'good' agents on the run, rogue, from their untrustworthy ex-comrades in Spectr while they try to figure out who they can trust. For fans of spy thrillers, espionage, and detective dramas, this series has it all, blended with paranormal superstition, history, voodoo magic and demons.

Hawk clearly knows her stuff when it comes to these subjects, and the narrative flows like a dream, still easy to follow for someone like me who doesn't usually delve into detective themed books. There's enough exorcist and demon action to keep this dramatic and unique, and Hawk delivers an EPIC final installment in Summoner of Storms.

I'm reluctant to give too much away, but I would say the clue --as ever!-- is in the title of the book. That should give the reader some idea what to expect from the final battle between the agents of Spectr and the demons summoned forth in battle.

I enjoyed this series so much, and the final book certainly delivers the goods. Readers will not be disappointed, except in that the series has come to its end! (sob)

Job well done, Hawk!


bookshelves: action, contemporary, crime, elements-of-mythology, fantasy, gay-lead-characters, horror, hot, intense, loved-it, m-m, mild-horror-theme, mystery, paranormal, set-in-america, sizzling-hot

Read in July, 2014


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Monday, 26 May 2014

#MusicMonday #Ministry #AlJourgensen

I realise I've been a bit slack with updates, so here's a #MusicMonday post about a really awesome band. 


"Ministry was the single most important influence in the sound and concept of Nine Inch Nails..."
~ Trent Reznor, Nine Inch Nails.

"Al Jourgensen perfected industrial music to the point where it appealed to a metal audience, but was still rooted in electronic music with really cool, heavy melodies."
~ Burton C. Bell, Fear Factory.

"Ministry is not as much a band or a movement as it is a culture. They have the ability to throw you into a trance with a single riff for minutes on end and still retain a verse/chorus structure that actually means something."
~ Joey Jordison, Slipknot.

Ministry are probably THE band to bridge the divide between metal and ACTUAL industrial music

If ones takes a band like Nine Inch Nails as a commerically viable and radio friendly style of industrial metal, let me guide you toward the darker side, toward the bands who came first (before Rammstein, before White Zombie...) and in the very darkest corners of the 1980s was a band called Throbbing Gristle, but believe me you don't want to go down that path unless you have an inkling of what you're getting yourself into.

Industrial trance, then? With a beat? Could almost be played on a club dance floor...?

Hello, MINISTRY - " SO WHAT " from album 'The Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste'. (1989/1990)

'Destroy us, or make us saints

We don't care, it's not our fault that we were born too late

A screaming headache on the brow of the state'

Yes, Ministry is a very politically aware band. They are left wing, anti-Bush administration, freedom thinking and boundary challenging, throwing up angry ideas to their listeners.

Listen, and watch, with an open mind!

A live video from 'SPHINCTOUR' (1996)
N.W.O. (New World Order) is an open protest against war, and against the Bush administration.

In this song, "A new world order" is the sound byte from Bush Snr. and yes, it is as chilling as it sounds when spliced with images of war.

Probably the most unsettling visual in this live video is the on stage backdrop: it is a repeated visual of a suited man walking on you, stamping down, while the sample repeats Bush declaring "A new world order a new world order a new world order a new world order..."


And yet the band are not without a little humour in their work:

'PSALM 69' was one of their biggest hits:

"69! 69! 69!"

Along with 'JUST ONE FIX' a collaboration with poet/novelist William S. Burroughs:

"Never trust a junkie..."

Most of the songs I've chosen to represent Ministry are from the album Psalm 69: The Way to Succeed and Suck Eggs, becauseif you haven't heard Ministry before, or are new to industrial metal in general, I believe it's a good place to start.

The riffs and driving melody lure you in. :)

Frontman and Ministry founder Al Jourgensen recently released his auto biography:

I'm currently reading it, and this quote from Al's stepdad, Ed Jourgensen, really reasonated with me, as I'm sure it would to anyone who's always felt different, looked different, and been treated as 'different' no matter what you look like.

" It's like he's saying, if all you're going to do is judge my appearance, I'll scare you away, but if you get to know me, I'm a good person. And if you manage to do that, you've gotten past my guard and I'll let you in. " 

~ Ed Jourgensen, Al's Stepdad.

Al Jourgensen, a recent photo

[There's been speculation that actor Johnny Depp modelled his Jack Sparrow look on Jourgensen's every-day look, as they've known each other for years. An interesting thought!]

What was also interesting to learn, from Al's book, is that he really isn't keen on performing live, nor is he keen on the audience mindlessly smashing about in a mosh pit to his music.

" My music's not all about violence and anger and blind rage; there has always been a lot more to it than that, but people cling to what's most powerful and what they can easily understand. "

~ Al Jourgensen

For anyone interested further in Al's musical career, he's recorded a country album under the name Buck Satan, been involved in numerous side projects, and produced other bands himself.

Here's a tasty snippet of his collaborative efforts! To end on a more upbeat note ^_^

1000 Homo DJs - Supernaut (Black Sabbath cover)

THIS is an awesome cover.

Please try to open your mind to the fact that creative artists may choose bizarre pseudonyms. One other artist involved was Jello Biafra, formerly of The Dead Kennedys, political supporter of punk ethics, and a spoken word performer known for using shock tactics.

My final video is from another of Al's side projects, with possibly the most dodgy band name in history. BE VERY CAREFUL how you Google this one!

REVOLTING COCKS - 'Do ya think I'm sexy?' (Rod Stewart cover)

Al is singing the chorus. 'IF YOU WANT MY BODY!' Yes, that chorus! And yes, that's his head appearing on the creamed-up stripper's body. Nice!

Probably one of the best music video concepts ever created: man walks into a dazzling strip club, sits down to watch the show... Oh no, wait, actually it's HELL and all the strippers are kinky demons or zombies. AWESOME.

I hope this post has brought some new tunes into your life :)  Enjoy <3


Friday, 28 March 2014

Tush Writing Update for 2014

Tush's Writing Update for 2014

(Pic is: a guitar pick I caught in the audience from my favourite band, around 2005.)

Hello! And I'm sorry updates have been relatively quiet... Real life has been changing a lot for me; shit happens, life goes on. Basically I will be doing a major MOVE soon, so 2014 will likely be spent adjusting, adapting, and moving forward.

I can't wait :)

While I haven't written anything new, I am pleased to say I will have TWO brand new releases for 2014 (which were already written, yippee!) and are just going into editing stages now. 

Estimated releases for both, summer 2014. More details as and when I have them :)

Another Bar Tender Tale: Love on the Rocks, will be released with Dreamspinner Press.

It is a spin off from previous novella, A Bar Tender Tale, which was released with Dreamspinner back in 2012. My apologies to fans of the first story, but original couple Nathan and Auryn will not be in the spin off. Current character, Justin, simply took up too much page space with his effervescent personality!

Justin was one of Nathan’s bar colleagues from Rainbows. Justin’s story is really sweet, and I’m looking forward to its release. (ETA August 2014.)

Pic is: fond memories of gigs past, used as inspiration for my 'big' upcoming project! 

Moving onto my big project, which is novel length, I absolutely can’t wait to share it with you. It is a spin off from the Crucifox universe, but aside from some brief mentions and cameos it is its own standalone novel. 

Phoenix (Death Rose #1) will be released with Less Than Three Press.

A little background: the first proper ‘band’ book I wrote was Crucifox and, yes, The Green-eyed Monster is the first in the Crucifox series (which is taking longer than originally anticipated to complete. Because life happens, basically). The stories run parallel.

While Crucifox is very much about the band itself, with an insider’s view looking out, I’d always had plans for another point of view.

In the same universe but with a different band, thus a different story. So many of those band names were too awesome to pass up, so please get ready to welcome Death Rose into the spotlight. 

(If you get the pun, well done and have a cookie.)

Many years ago (ahem!) before I started working with bands, I was simply a fan. A wide eyed teenager who thought that the guys up onstage were gods, and I absolutely worshipped

Still do, if I’m honest. But now I have more life experience and know that these guys are just people like you or me... just very, very talented people.

What I wanted to do with the Phoenix novel was to show my love of music the way I originally discovered it: as a fan

A fan who went to gigs, was madly in love with the guitarist (yeah, it’s always the guitarist… or the singer!) and if there was a chance of getting backstage to meet the band, that was absolutely the best thing that could ever happen. 

Pic is: a wristband to get backstage at Brixton Academy, London. Quite a recent gig for me; 2013. I really wish I'd kept more of these wristbands and passes.

My novel, Phoenix, is seen through the eyes of a teenage boy, Alex, and his journey as he goes to gigs and tries to meet his favourite band. What I wanted to capture with this story was the heart-stopping joy something so simple like a strip of paper around a wrist, or a laminate around a neck, could feel like. 

Access all areas is like a drug, but more addictive.

 ~ ~ ~

On a parting note, yes there are a few brief mentions of the band Death Rose in The Green-eyed Monster, mostly derivative as narrator Sky can’t stand them:
“…our spandex-clad pals, Death Rose…”  is one of my favourite quotes describing the band. 

He he he.

Bring on summer 2014!

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Review for Love Rising by Piper Vaughn

Review for 

Love Rising

by Piper Vaughn


In the 1700s on the island of Sagrario, men who love other men find safe haven. For Francis Holland, an escaped indentured servant, Sagrario offers nothing but loneliness. His life begins to change when he finds Wick, a merman, washed ashore.

When Wick awakens under Francis’s care, Francis returns him to the sea at his request. Soon after, they begin to meet in secret, and gradually, Francis blossoms under this new companionship. However, a merman is a difficult creature to entrust one’s heart to. With one trapped on land and the other at sea, the differences in their species threaten to keep them apart forever. It may not be long before Wick is gone, taking Francis’s reason to smile with him

My review:

I do love fairy tale style, and mermen stories <3 This story from Piper came to life after a prompt from me, and the outcome was just so wonderful I adored it from start to finish. The cover is the cherry on the cake.

ebook, 42 pages.

bookshelves: elements-of-mythology, fairy-tale-style, fantasy, fantasy-romance, gave-me-warm-fuzzies, historical, i-demand-a-sequel, know-ill-read-again, loved-it, m-m, mermaids-mermen, set-at-sea, sexy-times, shifters

Read in January, 2014

Review for Jurassic Heart by Anna Martin

Review for

Jurassic Heart

by Anna Martin

My review:

I may not be a massive dino fan, or even know much about science or any of the 'ologies', so perhaps i was worried there'd be lots of technical talk that would go over my head... I needn't have worried, the writing is clear and fast paced enough that i didnt get bored with any of the talk on digs or bones (and yes there is enough cheek and wit to keep my dry sense of humour satisfied!).

Overall this is a wonderful read, a light hearted mystery/whodunnit, sweet and charming, but also packed with action and EEK OMG moments, because i cared about the characters and their bones. (Ahem.)

Great visuals as well, i could really see the characters, the whole cast, and it gelled well for me. Recommended! 

Monday, 13 January 2014

Review for Special Needs (book 1) by KA Merikan

Review for:

Special Needs (Special Needs #1)


This book (series) is a wonderful idea, addressing the 'other side' of fetishes that don't get discussed much, when someone is perhaps shy about admitting what they want. Really well done.

It's novel length, and there's plenty to sink your teeth into. I think the cover (gorgeous as it is) gives a perfect example of how the book is; bright, colourful, unique, sweet and romantic.

Not perhaps what one might be expecting from the blurb. But definitely give it a go, recommended to those who like contemporaries, with a bit of spice/individuality.