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JesseWave Review of Light and Shadow

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light-and-shadow4.25 out of 5 stars for Light and Shadow!  Linked here is a nice review from Feliz over at Reviews by JesseWave.  The story of Cody, Nick and Ray continues to be a recommended read!

An excerpt from the review by Guest Reviewer Feliz:

…well-written story of endings and new beginnings.

First of all, this is a quiet book. Architect Cody comes to a small town in Oregon to renovate an old lighthouse. He meets and gets to know artist Nick, who is here on vacation with his partner Ray. Over the course of the next couple of weeks, Nick and Cody come closer, realizing they are kindred spirits. But Ray can also see the attraction, and starts fighting for Nick the only way he knows how: by guilt-tripping Nick

This story isn’t about cheating, and Cody is no relationship wrecker. Still, I can clearly see why some might think so and despise this story for it. The “normal” m/m trope would’ve had Ray out of the picture already, and Nick, wounded and hurt, find solace with Cody. This isn’t the case here. Ray IS still there, very present, and all three men have to deal with the fact that people can fall IN love, but can fall out of it too. I thought the premise of this book realistic and well executed, and I (c)an recommend it.

Read the entire review here:

Reviews By JesseWave: Light and Shadow

Thank you Feliz!

5 Stars for Light and Shadow


A review from Amazon for Light and Shadow — Thanks Beach Bum!

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Beach Book, December 16, 2012
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This review is from: Light and Shadow (Kindle Edition)

Or anywhere else for that matter. The author does a wonderful job of capturing the essence of a small coastal town and weaving a cast of local and visiting characters into the fabric of a developing romance. Using the backdrop of a lighthouse being lovingly refurbished by the town’s new resident, the author brings several engaging characters into the story as both friendship and enmity develop…Romance gradually blooms but it’s complicated and fraught with hesitation and conflicting desire. This is a very enjoyable read filled with great imagery.

To see the entire review click here.

Impressions Gives A Good Review

light-and-shadowThe first published review of Light and Shadow is here!

Impressions…of a reader…on romance & more has posted a review of my latest m/m romance novella.  Here is an excerpt from the review:

Light and Shadow by G.L. Roberts is a complicated romance between two men who connect and recognize each other as soul mates almost as soon as they meet. Roberts sells this connection as well as the growing physical attraction that develops as the romance progresses. The conflict comes in when the third party involved won’t step aside and will do anything and goes to great lengths to stay in the picture.

…Roberts’ romance is moody and atmospheric with a descriptive narrative that is quite beautiful at times. I specifically love her rendering of the Oregon Coast, the small town with its wonderful residents and her depiction of the lighthouse. As a reader, I was transported to the place. The story is narrated mostly from Cody’s perspective, and while there is dialog, narrative prevails. 

…as a whole I found Light and Shadow to be an interesting romance that presented a bit more than the usual conflicts, a good long-term resolution that worked well for all concerned, and a beautifully moody and rich atmosphere that captured my attention.

Category: LGBT/Gay Romance
Series: None
Publisher/Release Date: Seventh Window Publications/November 2012

See the entire review here: Impressions

Light and Shadow may be purchased at Seventh Window, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble.

Light and Shadow ~ Update

Award winning architect Cody Andrews was in a relationship moving out of control. Although his partner loved the fast life in LA, Cody wanted to slow it down and try to enjoy life with his partner. After two years of fighting, Cody found that all he could do was leave the relationship to save his sanity and self respect. Moving out of LA seemed to be his best bet, so he bought an abandoned lighthouse in the Pacific Northwest and left his high powered life behind. Fixing up the lighthouse keeps Cody’s mind occupied enough to forget everything he’d left behind, then he meets Nick Stanton.

Up-and-coming Chicago artist Nick Stanton and his partner Ray leave Chicago for a relaxed vacation on the Oregon coast. For Nick, it’s a time to reconnect with his partner and mend their ailing relationship; for Ray, it’s a tiresome getaway with little-to-no excitement. While Nick tries to enjoy the coastal surroundings, Ray begs to go someplace with a hopping club or a circuit party. And then they meet Cody.

When they meet, Nick and Ray are a reminder of Cody’s failed relationship. But Cody misses interacting with gay men. He likes Nick’s company and he finds Ray to be tolerable, yet the more time he spends with them, the more volatile Ray becomes. For Ray sees that Cody has everything Nick longs for, and everything Ray does not want. On a rain soaked and windswept highway a decision is made, and the lives of three men are tossed about like a tiny boat on an angry sea.

Light and Shadow, my newest novella from Seventh Window Publications, is due out this November! Final edits nearing completion, cover set. The countdown begins!

My first novella, Scar Tissue, the story about DEA agent Bob Elkins, and rookie CIA agent Mike Wells, is still available at Seventh Window, Amazon.com, and allromanceebooks.com. You can also find my free read, A Pharaoh’s Promise, at allromanceebooks.com, or at Goodreads.com.

For my readers who are awaiting news about Shieldmaiden, the druid/dragon fantasy, the manuscript is out looking for a home and I hope to have news for you soon. Thank you to all of you that follow my blog and look forward to more…


WIP ~ Shieldmaiden

An excerpt of a work in progress.  From Shieldmaiden, a f/f fantasy.

Bryn did not go directly to the others.  She walked through the stand of trees and back out to the open ground, where she waited for Meydra to join her.  Meydra descended silently, then stood in front of Bryn.  Her scales shimmered in the moonlight.

“What keeps you awake little sister?” Meydra asked, her voice soft and low.

“The sound of my own heart beat,” Bryn replied.  “It has been lonely for so long.  All these years, I held Thalynder in my heart believing it was she that stilled the wild beating.  I know now that was not the case.  It was you that stilled my wild heart, you that calmed my distress, and you that sang me to sleep.  This is truth.”

“That is not what is keeping you awake,” Meydra said.

“No,” Bryn said, and then took a step toward Meydra.  “I question my reasons now for bringing Thalynder on this journey, for it has grown too dangerous.”

Meydra bowed her head, and Bryn placed her forehead between Meydra’s eyes.  She reached out and placed a hand on each side of Meydra’s cheek.  They stood that way, dragon to human, alone in the moonlight, for many long minutes.

Keeping watch over the Standing Stones of Stenness, a lone dragon felt his heart glow with a peaceful warmth.  He began to sing, and the song lifted into the air and made its way south toward the heather moors of the island of Hoy.  His song was heard by Coeur de Fer, Prince Malcolm’s fire breather, and he opened his heart to hear the soft melody as it spoke to him of the now lost pleasures of flying without purpose.  He glanced out across the open plain and saw Caraid look down from her perch on a high hill in the North, her gaze fixed on the little stand of trees where the dragon riders slept. Her voice soon joined that of the distant dragon, and together they filled the night with a soothing melody; a dragon song of peace that filled their hearts with joy.

In the moonlight, the figures of Meydra and Bryn let the song wash over them as they stood obscured by their own light ~ one that rivaled the moon herself.

Light and Shadow ~ Coming Soon

My manuscript, Light and Shadow, another M/M Romance novella, will be published by Seventh Window Publications later this year.  The contemporary story set on the rugged Oregon coast, in an abandoned lighthouse, takes in all the sea can deliver.  Fresh air, brilliant light, star filled nights, and…dangerous liaisons.  One man’s hope for finding solace, is turned into a pursuit for love, holding out for nothing less than another man’s partner.  Love’s call, like that of the sea, cannot be denied, and the lonely man gives his heart away.

Excerpt from Light and Shadow:

Working kept Cody’s mind from thinking about Nick, but only just barely.  He would stop to pick up another tool, or grab some more screws, then look out the window hoping to catch a glimpse of Nick walking up the path to the lighthouse.  He constantly had to stem the urge to run up to the lantern room, and watch Nick on the beach from one of the large windows.  He knew Nick was still down there because the rental car was still parked next to his truck.

Nick had come out to the lighthouse, after having found Ray still asleep, and had left him a note telling him where he had gone for the day. When he arrived at the lighthouse, Nick told Cody he wanted time alone to think, and immediately went down to the beach, leaving Cody to wish he had followed Nick down to the sand and surf.  Instead, Cody went inside and slowly worked on the finishing touches to the bathroom, installing the replica mast lights above the mirror over the sink.

The bathroom was finally finished, and Cody stepped back to look at his handiwork.  The porcelain tiles, laid in a brick pattern on the wall, gleamed a bright white with the dark cobalt blue border adding just the right amount of contrast, and the brass of the fixtures adding to the nautical feel of the room.  Cody had removed the square window someone had hastily installed after a particularly heavy wind took out the original, and installed a round port hole window that resembled the one in the pictures of the original lighthouse, from its dedication ceremony of 1870.  The first project of many was completed, and he smiled at the hard work it took and the feeling of accomplishment.  He was busy admiring his new bathroom and did not hear Nick enter through the open kitchen door.

“Nice job,” Nick said, as he slipped his arms around Cody’s waist and pulled him back against his chest.  Cody started at Nick’s voice, but Nick held him close.  “Just me.”

“Well, just me, what are you doing?” Cody asked, and sank back against Nick’s chest.  He placed his arms over Nick’s, and held on to him.

“Admiring the view,” Nick replied. “That really is good work.  I especially like the brass fixtures.  Very handsome and seaworthy.”  Nick moved his head to look around Cody at the bathroom.

Cody turned his head slightly, kissed Nick’s cheek, and heard Nick respond with a soft moan.  “You’ve been down on the sand for a long time,” Cody said.  “Want a glass of wine or something to eat?”  Cody felt Nick’s embrace tighten, then he felt Nick’s lips on his exposed neck; the soft warm kisses sending a shockwave through his body.  He grasped Nick’s arms and let himself be kissed.  Nick kissed the right side of Cody’s neck, then the back of his neck and around to the left side where he lingered.  Cody felt a thrill running through his body, the thrill of being in someone’s arms again, and the building excitement of an unspoken need.  He started to turn in Nick’s arms, wanting to kiss Nick’s lips, but was held firm by Nick.

“No,” Nick said in Cody’s ear.  “Let me enjoy you from here for now.  I only have a moment longer, then I need to get back to town.  You have no cell phone reception out here,” he said, and chuckled against Cody’s neck.

“Yeah, and right now, I’m really glad,” Cody replied, and settled back in Nick’s arms, content for the moment to be held.  He felt Nick’s kisses begin the traverse of his neck again, this time left to right.  When Nick stopped at Cody’s right side, Cody squeezed Nick’s arms.

“I made a decision,” Nick said, and released his hold on Cody.

“I gathered that,” Cody replied, then turned to look at Nick.  “You just kissed me to say hello or goodbye.  Which is it?”  Cody knew the answer before Nick spoke.  It had been coming since their first breakfast alone at Linda’s place, where he had heard it in Nick’s voice as they spoke about Chicago, and Nick’s need to get away from the city.  The only thing he did not know was if Nick’s plans included him.

“You already know,” Nick said, and smiled at Cody.

Nick took a step closer to Cody, and Cody felt the room fade out of view.  He felt Nick’s lips on his, Nick’s hand on his, Nick’s grip anchoring him in the kiss.  He placed his left hand at the back of Nick’s head, then pulled him close, and let the room, the wind, the sea, all disappear.  He took Nick’s tongue with his and slowly pulled it into his mouth, sucking it slowly and deliberately, revealing his need to Nick.  He felt Nick responding to the kiss and he reached for Nick’s belt with his right hand.  Nick’s hand reached for Cody’s waist.  The kiss deepened, and each of them gasped and moaned with the intense pleasure of their wet tongues and mouths, responding to each other’s need.  Nick took Cody’s hand from his belt and unzipped his jeans, then he guided Cody’s hand to his growing cock.  Cody responded and pushed his own body hard against Nick, and felt Nick unbutton his pants seeking Cody’s own burgeoning erection.  Nick found Cody hot and hard, and as his hands moved over Cody’s cock, it twitched in his hands.

Shieldmaiden ~ WIP Fantasy

My current work in progress is a F/F fantasy romance set in the highlands of Scotland when dragons ruled the air, marauders ruled the north sea, and kings were a dime a dozen.  The Heroine, Bryn, a young woman from a displaced Druid clann, comes into her own while wielding a sword to protect her love, the Princess Thalynder; thoroughly unaware that she is a Princess in her own right.   The two women, accompanied by a Captain of the King’s Royal Guard and the Princess Thalynder’s Dragon Meydra, set off on a journey to the Standing Stones of Stenness, located on the island of Orkney.  On the island, Bryn hopes to find answers to her questions about her ancestors and why they left the island.  Princess Thalynder hopes the journey will bring out her own true love, unaware of Bryn’s love.  Dancing between friendship, sex, and love, the two learn things about themselves that bring them closer together, only to discover a secret, set in the ancient Stones, that will change their lives forever.

Excerpt from Shieldmaiden

The sun was beginning to rise and the day promised to be clear and warm.  Meydra was awake long before the sun cleared the horizon and sat very still while her two charges slept peacefully against her chest.  Bryn was holding Thalynder and sometime during the night their legs and arms became entwined.  They both looked quite content.  Meydra smiled at the two and wondered if she should tell them the quest would be in vain.  She knew where Thalynder’s true love could be found, but she also knew that Bryn wanted desperately to see the Stones at Stenness.  The problem did not lie with the true love, it lie with the Stones.  In Stenness, Bryn would learn the truth about who she was and why she had to give up her dragon.  Meydra was not sure she was ready to tell that story to Bryn.  It would change many things and for the moment, Meydra liked things the way they were.  No, she decided, “I will not tell them.”

“Tell us what?” Bryn asked quietly.

“That the sun rises and you will be missed in the Keep,” Meydra whispered.

Bryn hugged Thalynder closer to her.  “I like it right here,” she said.

“So do I,” Thalynder replied with a little morning yawn.  Thalynder turned in Bryn’s arms to face her bedmate.  After a momentary hesitation and a little inhale of breath, Thalynder kissed Bryn’s mouth.

Bryn felt Thalynder’s mouth on hers and her body immediately responded.  She pulled Thalynder tight against her and slipped her hand behind Thalynder’s neck.  She returned the kiss, letting it linger until Thalynder wanted her to stop.  She moaned softly against Thalynder’s mouth.

Thalynder broke the kiss, but did not move.  She looked at Bryn and smiled, then reached up and ran her hand over Bryn’s neck.  “You are blushing my Bryn,” Thalynder said.

“That was a nice kiss, Lynder,” Bryn replied, and took Thalynder’s hand in hers.  “Why did you kiss me?”

“Because you looked so soft and beautiful in the dim light,” Thalynder said.  “And, I’ve never kissed a woman before.”

“Neither have I,” Bryn said.  Her voice was soft and her lips wet, and she realized that her mouth was not the only thing that was wet.  She blushed again, and felt the need to tack a different direction.  “Have you kissed a man?”

“Yes, many times,” Thalynder laughed.  “The male attendants my father had chosen to be my playmates when I was younger were anything but chaste.”  Her breath touched Bryn’s face.  “Have you not kissed a man, Bryn?”

“Only once,” Bryn replied.  “It was part of my instruction.”

“Oh, yes, I forgot, you druids have other areas of instruction,” Thalynder said and now her voice was thick.  “Someday you should instruct me.”  She leaned up and kissed Bryn again, this time she pushed her hand against Bryn’s breast.

Bryn’s body responded before she could think.  She returned the kiss with more desire, allowing her tongue to brush Thalynder’s lips.  She arched her back and pushed her breast hard against Thalynder’s hand, and ran her bare foot up Thalynder’s leg.  They continued to kiss and when Bryn moved to touch Thalynder’s neck, and began to undo the laces at the top of her dress, Thalynder abruptly stopped.

“No, my Bryn,” Thalynder said.  “Enough instruction for one day.”  Thalynder moved to sit up, and put back on her shoes.

Bryn rose to sit next to Thalynder.  She was winded from the excitement of having Thalynder in her arms, but began to realize it was all a game to Thalynder.  Thalynder’s inquisitive nature, her persistent quest for adventure; were her only feelings for Bryn at that moment.  Bryn sighed.  Something she had dreamt of doing for many years had happened, and it was all a game.  She lifted her tunic off the ground and shook it out before placing it over her head.  She got it over her head, and then stood with her back resting against Meydra.  Thalynder was standing at Meydra’s tail looking out over the grassy meadow between garden and Keep.  Bryn looked longingly at Thalynder’s back.  “At least I held her close,” she whispered.

Thalynder turned to look back at Bryn.  “Come on Bryn, I’m hungry and we have to prepare for our journey.”

Bryn kissed Meydra’s cheek and heard the little moan of pleasure as it rose deep inside Meydra’s throat.  She patted her shoulder, then trotted after Thalynder.  She glanced back over her shoulder as she walked under the linden arch, and watched as Meydra lifted effortlessly into the air; the only sound coming from the wind as it moved beneath her wings.

Scar Tissue Rated an A- at BookingIt!

Scar Tissue was given an A- rating by Katie over at BookingIt.net!  Check it out here: http://www.bookingit.net/?p=3305

Scar Tissue by G.L. Roberts

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Bob has been a DEA officer for three years who is attracted to a new CIA recruit, Mike. But, in 1976, if Bob is caught in a relationship with another man, his government career could be over. Is the quiet Mike even interested and is he worth it?

Although I found the premise a bit odd (1970s gay men? I kept picturing an overabundance of moustaches), the story between Bob and Mike got under my skin.

Once I got over my fear of moustaches, I found the setting intriguing since most psychologists had recently declared homosexuality not a mental illness and a new wave of people could express whom they were. Of course, many were very careful to not be too forthcoming with their sexual preferences.

This little discourse leads me to Bob. He is not necessarily openly gay, but he does not hide, either. Importantly, Bob is a character with depth that is a Vietnam vet and still recovering from the shocks of war and losing friends.

Then walks in Mike. He is a military sniper who also was in the war, but Mike has his own issues that pre-date his military service. I liked how Bob realized that Mike would not take to fast and hot, so Bob tries to take things slowly. Of course, the best laid plans…

The relationship between Bob and Mike is rather sweet, even if a bit awkward mainly because they do not want to openly court each since their careers could be in jeopardy. But, their tiptoeing only adds tension and excitement. Then, when the relationship looks like it is going to take off, there is a twist in the plot, which adds more dimensions to both characters.

Scar Tissue surprised me. The setting of the story is unusual, the characters different from the norm, and their relationship is actually quite sweet. I liked how Bob and Mike are both manly-type men who try out a relationship and how their story is very different from the romantic status quo. Give this one a try!

BookingIt Grade: A-

Publisher: Seventh Window
Pages: 71
Release Date: January 31, 2012

Buy from Seventh Window Publications. It is also available at the Amazon Kindle ebook store: Amazon
Book Description
It was 1976, the year of the .38 Special, the .45 Magnum, Cold War threats and Vietnam Vets returning state side looking for jobs. It was also a time when being gay could get you fired from your job, beat up or killed. This was especially true for Bob Elkins, third year DEA officer who finds himself deeply attracted to CIA newcomer Mike Wells. Although Mike returns Bob’s romantic gestures, he goes cold when it comes time to become intimate. Is Mike playing with Bob or is there something more going on? To find out, Bob must put his reputation and job on the line and risk everything.

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Update on Free Read ~ A Cautionary Tale

Sadly the link to the free read is no longer up for your convenience. Let me explain.

Authors use the internet for many things. To do research on a story. To offer excerpts to entice a reader to read more of their work. We even use the internet to promote ourselves. One way we do that is to offer free reads. We do it on lot’s of sites. Goodreads, All Romance eBooks, Rainbow eBooks, Barnes & Noble, and even Amazon. We do it so that you, kind reader, will discover our work and perhaps purchase one of our other books. This is all well and good, and it is usually a win/win situation. Alas, that is not always the case.

This Monday, June 18th 2012, a person claiming to be a publisher (self or otherwise), pirated several free reads from M/M authors and F/F authors who just happen to be posting free reads for the summer reading events. We post them on the sites we belong to, like Goodreads, and we post them for our followers on our blogs. The despicable person, who shall remain nameless unless he/she/it continues to do this, stole those free downloads and uploaded then on Amazon with the intent on making money off of them. He/she/it did not even bother to remove the names of the authors from the front of the book covers, nor did he/she/it attempt to hide the fact that those books all had disclaimers regarding infringement rights. He/she/it clearly pirated…stole…ripped off those books.

I will still offer my book to you if you are interested in reading it, but you will have to get the free read at either Goodreads, All Romance eBooks, or Rainbow eBooks. I have linked each of these sites for you. Again the title is A Pharaoh’s Promise, by GL Roberts. I hope you will check it out.

Gentle reminder: this story is about a romance between two men, and may be considered NC17.

A Pharaoh’s Promise is the story of the love between a Pharaoh of the Hyksos Dynasty, and the slave that carves and paints his image on the walls and obelisks of Lower and Upper Egypt.  It was originally released on Goodreads for the M/M Romance group’s Love is Always Write event.

GL Roberts

Free Read ~ A Pharaoh’s Promise

My short story A Pharaoh’s Promise is available for free on the Goodreads site. It is a sweet romance set in Ancient Egypt when Pharaoh’s and slaves mingled and met ~ and sometimes fell in love. It is the story of a young Pharaoh, and the slave that carves and paints his likeness all over Lower and Upper Egypt. It is a story of loyalty and trust among the sands of an ancient era.

The Goodreads site, and its M/M Romance group, is sponsoring the Love is Always Write event, which is in full stride, offering free m/m romance reads to Goodreads members throughout the summer. To become a member of Goodreads is free, but you will need to sign up to become a member.

I hope you take a moment to check out Goodreads and the Love is Always Write event, and check out A Pharaoh’s Promise while you are there.
A Pharaoh’s Promise

GL Roberts

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