An Egg for Ansel by Amy Bellows – A Review

I’ve read several books by Amy Bellows, and it’s a coincidence that I’m reviewing two of her books back to back. To be honest, she’s become one of my favorite authors because she can really pull me into her world.

I haven’t read the first book in the Alaskan Pebble Gifters Series, A Pebble for Lewis. I know that I probably should have BUT even so, I wasn’t lost reading this book. So many times, when you pick up a book in a series, it makes little sense because you haven’t met the characters, or understand the world in which it takes place. I did read (and review) Omega from the Ocean so I had an understanding of how this particular Omegaverse works (Heron Manor).  Again, it’s not a requirement, but Amy is building a world in the Omegaverse and it helps to know some of the rules of this Universe and the characters/shifters.

Daniel is an older Emperor Penguin shifter who’s son, Lewis, is one of the main characters in the first book in the series. I didn’t get the full dynamic of Lewis and Daniel’s relationship, or the implied difficulties between Daniel and Lewis’s husband, Todd. Although it was eluded to in this story, I will probably go back to get a more rounded view of the storyline. Apparently, there is a rift between Polar Bear shifters and Penguin shifters that not only is an issue in Lewis’s book but that carries over into this book as well.

Ansel is a young Polar Bear shifter who is a close friend of Todd and Lewis, but he’s also into older men. I liked Ansel from the beginning because he’s flashy, knows he’s good-looking (but doesn’t abuse that since it’s more or less negative for his love life), and yet he’s happy and bubbly. Ansel is quirky, funny and vulnerable without coming across as flighty or without depth. He wants nothing more than to have a “forever” with someone, but the reputation of Polar Bears is they never settle for one mate.

Daniel is an older man, who has very little experience in love and relationships, even though he’s a father and soon-to-be-grandfather. He’s totally bowled over by Ansel’s strong, yet lovable personality. He feels somewhat foolish pursuing a relationship with a much younger man, especially a different shifter but he’s unable to resist the younger man’s charms. I love watching him learn about himself in this book!

What we see in this pairing is with different cultures and customs, and age differences, these two men must decide if overcoming these odds are worth it to be together. It’s very relatable! None of us are shifters, but in life, we have to decide if someone’s outer appearance, beliefs or religion is going to stop us from getting to know the human inside.

In a world where the internet puts us in touch with people from all over the world, we see things we don’t understand. We come across different religions, different sexual identities, different customs and we forget that understanding differences can make us all more alike than different.

Besides all that, An Egg for Ansel is a well-written love story! Amy has opened her Universe and lets us all inside for a peek. It’s a treat to read as these men grow throughout the story, not only as a couple but as human beings in their own right.

Here’s the Blurb for an Egg for Ansel:

Ansel has a thing for older men.

Specifically his friend’s father Daniel, a penguin shifter who is surprisingly innocent for a forty-seven-year-old man. Ansel probably shouldn’t flirt with Daniel. Or go on a date with him. Or send him photos that Daniel claims are “irresponsible.” But Daniel’s so cute when he blushes, and it’s just a bit of fun. Ansel’s learned that men only want one thing from him, and then they’re gone.

But Daniel doesn’t leave.

In fact, Daniel wants nothing more than to love and take care of Ansel. But Daniel is an omega, just like Ansel, and in polar bear shifter culture a “blood-bond” can only exist between two people who have a child that is genetically related to both of them. If he asks Ansel to be his mate, will he be able to make Ansel happy? Or will he be just one more guy who asks Ansel to settle for less than what he truly wants?

An Egg for Ansel is a second-chance age gap romance with plenty of lace, cuddling, and MPreg of the penguin egg variety. It’s the second book in the Alaskan Pebble Gifters series, and will only make sense if you’ve read the first book.

You can order your copy from Amazon here: An Egg for Ansel

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An Egg for Ansel by Amy Bellows from Amazon

 

Pre-orders open for Born a Demon

First of all, I’d like to say hello to my new followers. Without you, I’d be shouting into the empty void, so thank you. I’m open to comments on what you want to see or books you’d like me to review. If you’re an author, send me a link to your book. I have no issues with LGBTQ themes, obviously.

Speaking of LGBTQ books (nice segway, huh?) My latest release, Born a Demon will be released from Changeling Press on Friday, January 10th. It will be released wide on Amazon, iTunes, Kobo, and Barnes & Nobel on January 17th. All sites are open for pre-order.

Born a Demon is the fifth and final (I think) book in the Paranormal B&B series. We were introduced to Rager in the last book in the series, Born a Halfling. He was the very large green Terran Demon who kidnaps Garth and forces a Mating Mark. At first, I thought Rager was a bad guy, but the more I got to know him, I realized he was desperately lonely. Of course, I can’t see heartbreak and not fix it. Besides, Conner (who we also meet very briefly meet in Halfling) spoke to me.

When Conner told me he was Rager’s mate, I replied, “But, you’re straight!” And Conner smiled and said, “I was.” As with any book I write, I am surprised by some of the events that take place, but Conner closed some ties that were left open. Oh, and he was the perfect man for my lonely demon. I must admit, even was surprised at Conner’s passion for Rager. I never expected Conner to be the man to take the lead of claiming their relationship.

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Don’t make a demon sad! Born a Demon, Paranormal B&B 5

The following is the blurb:

Conner: I’m a reporter who’s seen horrors, but I faced them all without flinching. Despite everything — including a mother who thought I wasn’t quite human — I was happy with my life, my friends, my parents, and my job. Then I met Rager, a demon from a different dimension. I never thought I’d want a future with another man, but I want one with him. I can forgive his past transgressions, but he has to trust in me and our love. Is happiness really possible when I learn my entire life has been a lie?

Rager: Centuries of loneliness led me to make huge mistakes. I believed the wrong person, an innocent child was nearly kidnapped, and I almost killed a man by forcing my Mating Mark on him. As punishment, I’ve been sent to the Mortal Realm, where I’m helpless without my powers. Now I’ve met Conner, but I know he deserves a better mate. Can I help him accept the truth about himself, or will it tear us apart? And will my Queen allow me happiness after all the mistakes I’ve made?

Here’s a teaser from Conner’s point of view: I rested my hands on his chest, reveling in the feel of the crisp hair on my fingertips and pebbled nipples against my palms. “You’re fu*king beautiful, Ray. More than anyone I’ve ever known.”
His face tinged pink with lust as he pulled his bottom lip between his teeth. He looked away from me, closing his eyes. “I’m not human, Conner. I don’t normally look like this.” There was a note of fear and vulnerability in his deep voice. “What if you find the sight of me unbearable in my natural form?”
My heart nearly broke at his question. “Will you find me unattractive if my body changes in the Cross Roads?”
“No.” His voice was soft but determined.
I closed my eyes, whispering against his lips. “Why not?”
“Because I love you, Conner. Not your outer shell of a body. I love you.” His lips moved against my body, but my heart felt his words.
I opened my eyes to find him looking at me. “Then you know I don’t care about the color of your skin. I don’t care what genitals you have between your legs. I love your spirit, not the body your spirit inhabits. I love you, Ray.”

Here are the links if you’d like to read more!

Changeling Press releasing January 10.

iTunes Barnes & Nobel Kobo/Walmart and Amazon releasing January 17.

Omega from the Ocean by Amy Bellows – a Review

I love different takes on stories, and I’ve read lots of shifter books. This is my first Merman shifter/mpreg romance! Amy Bellows is a fantastic word artist. Her plot is tight, her world-building is, well, simply put, it’s delicious. That’s the only way to put it. This was the first time I read an Amy Bellows story, and I promise, it won’t be my last.

This is the first offering of the Heron Manor series. So many characters and shifters populate this Omegaverse and it makes for a rich and fulfilling story. Even with the large cast of characters, they are so easy to differentiate and remember because they are all unique. I could picture each person/shifter in my mind because she does so well in her descriptions.

First, there’s Jack. He’s a merman who lives in the ocean with his father and brother. He’s flirty, fun and defies the rules set out for omegas. Now, from the very start, you just hope he finds the Alpha he needs. He’s just such a sweet guy who the reader will relate to for so many reasons (most especially his struggle to find love). He’s had the world placed on his shoulders, for reasons we find out later in the book! Hint: The Sea King is the jerk responsible. I figured you figure that out anyway. Eventually, that weight gets even heavier but he never tries to ditch his responsibilities. Something we all can find uplifting!

Peter is a dragon shifter; a dragon shifter that has never found his inner beast because he hasn’t found his hoard. That’s another thing that was a twist for me. A dragon can only shift when they find their hoard, and they can’t’ find a mate until they can shift! Great conflict! This also makes the reader route for this guy! He’s been victimized by fate and that’s something he can’t fight! There’s no way to level the playing field here, and he is trying to resign himself to a long life alone.

Peter, who is obsessed with the mer-culture (specifically the Mermen of Rixton), finally meets Jack, it’s like the heavens open up for both of them. Sparks fly and fireworks go off! They are exactly what each man wants and needs to complete their lives. But, like life, it’s not that simple. It’s not just the promise Jack has made to the Sea King to save his family, or the fact Peter can’t become a dragon to claim Jack…it’s issues you discover throughout the book. Pure gold!

The book is low angst, thank goodness. I love characters who talk to each other. Sure couples have issues communicating, but the forces that work to create conflict here aren’t because these two men act like dunderheads and refuse to talk to the person they are supposed to care about. Secrets? Sure, but not doing anything to be purposefully mean to their lover.

So much happens in this story that I could seriously write tons more, but I don’t do spoilers! Amy Bellows is an excellent author and this book is amazing in its details, and richness of her characters. And the cover! It’s off the charts gorgeous!

As you can tell this is a MM love story that has heat and sweet, action, fleshed-out characters and a truly spectacular story! I highly recommend this book. 5+/5 Stars

The blurb for Omega from the Ocean:

An MM Retelling of The Little Mermaid. With dragons.
Merman Jack is a terrible virgin sacrifice. Mostly because he isn’t virginal. At all.

Hopefully the Sea King won’t notice.

For Jack, the human world has too many wonderful temptations, and too many alphas to resist. He only has two months left before he has to give himself to the Sea King, and he doesn’t want to spend them in the cold, dark catacombs where the Mermen of Rixton live. It may be forbidden for Jack to go to shore, but when did that ever stop him?

Peter is a terrible dragon shifter. He can’t figure out what he’s supposed to collect for his hoard. Without his hoard, he can’t do any of the important dragon-shifter things, like take his dragon form or find his fated mate. After years of losing his lovers to their fated mates, Peter’s feeling his age, and he’s tired of being alone.

When Peter sees a beautiful merman on the beach, he thinks he’s finally found his fated mate. Jack falls hard for Peter too, but he knows they can’t be together forever. If Jack doesn’t show up on the day of his sacrifice, the Sea King will kill his father and take his brother instead.

Will the love between a terrible virgin sacrifice and a terrible dragon shifter be enough to change their fate?

Omega from the Ocean is a 77,000-word gritty, age-gap romance with knotting, light D/s, and Mpreg of the dragon-egg variety. While the ending may be an HEA for Jack and Peter, it’s an HFN for the rest of the Mermen of Rixton. Omega from the Ocean is intended for an 18+ audience.

You can buy your copy from Amazon here: Omega from the Ocean

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Omega from the Ocean by Amy Bellows

New Release on Wattpad

I know some characters are hard to let go of. Well, for me at least. When I fall for a character or a couple, I want to continue to check in with them and see how life’s treating them. I want to catch up like old friends, ya know?

With Michael Reed, from Born a Halfling, I just sort of fell for him. He is such a survivor! He’s unashamed of who he is, but he had to overcome that hurdle of acceptance. The road was rocky, but he kept walking until he found his crown. The Queen’s crown, Drag Queen that is!

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Michael aka Ember Rose, Drag Queen extraordinaire. Born a Halfling, Paranormal B&B 5 available on Amazon, Kobo, iTunes, B&N and Changeling Press.

Anyway, I decided to work on a few free stories that would let the readers see into the past, where Jessie and Micheal first meet. That time in their lives helped Michael heal from not only his war injuries but set his psychological struggles on the path to recovery. He eventually finds his way to the stage, but these stories check in with the throuple and give us insight into their lives.

I hope you enjoy these stories and it gives you the same warm fuzzies I got about not only Michael but Jessie and Garth. I plan on making this free Wattpad series a continuing story until my men have told their stories. You can check out not only Michael’s story but a bonus scene from the guys in the first book, Born for You called The Webcam Show. Just click the following link; MD Stewart Author on Wattpad. I hope you read my erotic short stories, leave comments or ask questions and of course, follow me!

And, here’s the cover of the book that Changeling Press will use to cover the most erotic part of the story in their free eZine called The Cheeky Changeling. It should be in February’s edition. Also, my next and last book in the series, Born a Demon will be released on Changeling on January 9th and at other retailers, including Amazon on January 17th. I’ll post more about that later along with the links to preorder!

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Wattpad

I just started writing on Wattpad! I have two stories up; short stories that delve into the life between the main characters from my series on Changling Press, Paranormal B&B.

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Josiah Turner, a ghost from 1901 and Matson Ashby, a history professor in Born for You, a MM paranormal romance available here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07R59D8K8

The first story is an erotic short between the main characters in Born for You. In the book, we meet Matson Ashby, a college history professor who has hidden his sexuality from his hometown. Growing up in the small southern town of Prenter’s Bottom, North Carolina, he knew his sexual orientation would cause problems. After accidentally outing himself he decides to live his authentic life, and consequences be damned.

Next, we meet, Josiah Turner, a man who was murdered in 1901. He haunts the land he grew up and died on; the same land that Matson’s family now owns. He’s watched Matson his entire life, feeling like his guardian, until one day, a grown-up Matson appeals to him in a new, and unexpected way.

Together, they find their way and navigate not only their feelings for one another but their relationship as a ghost and human. Hecate, the Queen of the Supernatural steps in and their lives change again. Josiah becomes human! They soon discover that Josiah is an exhibitionist, shocking both men!

This short story explores one night where Matson lets Josiah live his fantasy by performing on a webcam show. You don’t have to read Born for You to enjoy the short story, but I think you’ll like getting to know these two men. To read The Webcam Show go to Wattpad and check it out. Leave a comment too!

The next story I posted is about Michael Reed. We meet him in the fourth book in the Paranormal B&B Series, Born a Halfling. Michael is the talented and fun-loving Drag Queen who is addicted to coffee and cusses like a Marine. Well, because he was one! A highly decorated one at that. Born a Halfling is a MMM, LGBTQ paranormal romance between Michael, Garth, a half-demon/half-angel, and Jessie a human security guard.

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How I Became a Drag Queen ~ Michael/Ember Rose

In this erotic short series, (first story just published) we’ll watch the budding relationship between Jessie and Michael grow. In the first part, Garth has asked Jessie about his first romantic interaction with Michael. Each installment will reveal the intimate details of their life eluded to in the book. You can check it out here: Michael’s Healing on Wattpad

As always, thank you for checking out my blog and I invite you to see all my books on my website, www.mdstewartauthor.com and I’ll be adding a newsletter soon too!

Crossing the Line Series SALE

 

To kick off the holiday season, I’ve put my science-fiction romance series, Crossing the Line on Amazon on sale. And what a spectacular deal!

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Crossing the Line Series available on Amazon

 

Double Time, book one in the series is normally .99 but will be FREE today (Black Friday) until the end of the day Monday (Cyber Monday). My Forever Love, book two, normally, 2.99 will be on sale for .99! And to make it an even better deal (or should I say…BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE), this book contains a bonus novella. So basically you’re getting THREE books for less than a buck! Come on, that’s a steal, right? And who doesn’t want to take a break from the hectic day-to-day running around for a little bit of sweet and a whole lot of steam?

 

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Double Time Crossing the Line Book One

Blurb for Double Time:

 

How can a woman choose between her two sexy husbands? After a time anomaly appears, pilot Captain Dave Amsted researches the strange distortion. He begins to remember a woman he’s fallen in love with but never met. He’s frantic to find the wife he knows is out there, only to find her married to another man. Can he convince her she is the one who completes him, or will he have to give her up to the husband she’s in love with?
As the owner of KenSpec Labs, Dr. Marc Kensington knows about the tears in time. After a sustained rip, he starts having dreams about an unknown man, a man who wants to claim his wife, Sadie. He knows he’ll fight to keep her for himself, but should he deny her a chance at happiness?
Sadie doesn’t understand why she’s been dreaming of a man she’s only seen in pictures. She’s in love with her husband, Marc, but she starts to have memories of being married to this sexy stranger and memories of events that have never happened.
Both men love her, but will she break Marc’s heart and choose a husband she’s never met? This story contains love between two men and their wife. And of course, lots of hot ménage m/f/m loving.

 

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My Forever Love Crossing the Line book Two

 

Blurb for Crossing the Line:

Lisbeth Mohr is a highly trained computer engineer who spent years learning how to read the complex equations for KenSpec Labs as part of a research crew that flies over a time distortion. Afterward, she begins to grieve the absence of a man she’s never met. After waking up with a tattoo she doesn’t remember, she asks her boss, Dave Amsted for his help.
Stieg Warner is an Academy Award-winning German Actor and Director who’s been having dreams of an American woman he’s never met. Although he doesn’t know her, he loves her in a way he’s never experienced and is obsessed with finding her.
But love isn’t the only thing that crosses over the time rip. Something evil has set sights on destroying Lisbeth and her crew.
This book contains a m/f love so epic, even time can’t contain it.
Bonus Story:
Jonas Kirkhart is Stieg’s bodyguard and best friend. They’ve grown up together, surviving German Reunification, fighting back to back. But as a gay man, he’s given up on finding love because of society’s judgmental attitude.
The alien Being MedTech, Aaron knows Jonas is his mate the moment they meet, but he’s been directed by his home planet to mate a Being female and produce children.
How can the men be together and still fulfill the edict passed by Aaron’s government?
This story contains a m/m love story that evolves into a m/m/f relationship and a glimpse at the Being homeworld.

Get your copies here: Crossing the Line Series on Amazon

 

 

Changeling Press Interview

I’ve learned so much working for Changeling Press. I honestly think it helped me to envision my books and my stories a little more. I’m still what is referred to as a “pantser” when I write (in other words, I don’t outline my story, I write by the “seat of my pants”), but I can see where to make my story flow a little better.

In any case, I got to participate in an author interview with Jessica Coulter-Smith for Changeling Press and I wanted to share that with you. Thanks again Jessica and Changeling Press!

Check out the interview here; Interview with M.D. Stewart and check out the book featured in the interview.

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