Read Around the Rainbow | Favourite MM Romance Reads with Yellow, Orange, and Red covers

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The last day of the month happens to be a Friday this month, and the last Friday of the month is Read Around the Rainbow day. We’re a bunch of authors who every month blog on the same topic, and that topic this month is our favourite books with yellow, orange, and red covers.

We’re trying to go with the season and since it’s autumn here and the leaves are turning yellow, we figured we’d pick books to match 😁

Shall we get started?

Kings Rising

Kings Rising is the third story in the Captive Prince series by C.S. Pacat, and I don’t care what you say, today that cover is yellow. Tomorrow, I might argue that it’s beige, but unless you can see the yellow today, you need to have your eyes checked 😆

This is an awesome series. And given recent events, it might be an unpopular opinion, but I normally steer clear of everything royalty. I’m in no way or form a monarchist, and even reading made-up stories about kings and queens sets my teeth on edge…unless there is a paranormal spin. Then I can tolerate it. This takes place in a different world than our own.

Book cover of Kings Rising by C.A. PacatDamianos of Akielos has returned.

His identity now revealed, Damen must face his master Prince Laurent as Damianos of Akielos, the man Laurent has sworn to kill.

On the brink of a momentous battle, the future of both their countries hangs in the balance. In the south, Kastor’s forces are massing. In the north, the Regent’s armies are mobilising for war. Damen’s only hope of reclaiming his throne is to fight together with Laurent against their usurpers.

Forced into an uneasy alliance the two princes journey deep into Akielos, where they face their most dangerous opposition yet. But even if the fragile trust they have built survives the revelation of Damen’s identity – can it stand against the Regent’s final, deadly play for the throne?

https://books2read.com/KingsRising

Rarely Pure and Never Simple

Rarely Pure and Never Simple by Angel Martinez is the first story in the Variant Configurations series. I love this book so much. I reread it a couple of months ago, and I can’t wait for the second book. It was supposed to be released now in September, but I saw a post on Facebook that it’s been delayed.

I will argue that this cover is orange. I don’t really care whether you agree or not LOL. It’s at least a bit autumny, is it not?

Rarely Pure and Never SimpleVariant children are vanishing at an alarming rate. It will take a uniquely mismatched pair of trackers to untangle a web of conspiracy and misdirection to find them.

In his isolated cabin, variant Damien Hazelwood avoids human contact as much as possible to prevent attacks of blind berserker panic. But his rare talent as a locator makes him the go-to contractor for tricky missing person’s cases and when agents bring him a troubling contract involving missing variant children, he finds it impossible to refuse.

Licensed tracker Blaze Emerson can’t help being irritated when he’s expected to follow the strange, twitchy locator’s lead on his latest case. He works alone, he’s damn good, and as a variant sparker, he has both the fire and the firepower to take on anything out there. Though he has to admit there’s something intriguing about a man who can find people with his brain.
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With vastly different temperaments and backgrounds, Damien and Blaze need to negotiate quickly how to work together if they’re going to crack this case. Add in the sudden appearance of Blaze’s outlaw ex, the perils of tracking in the wilds, and a maddening lack of discernible motive or method, and they soon find themselves in as much danger as the kids they’re trying to rescue.

Variant Configurations takes place in a future Earth where humanity is reclaiming its spot in a gradually healing world. This book contains mentions of past abuse, action-adventure style mayhem, and the beginning sparks of a slow burn, series-spanning relationship.

https://books2read.com/Rarely-Pure-and-Never-Simple

Forsaken Fae: Book Three

I read the Forsaken Fae series by R.A. Steffan some time ago, it’s three books, so this is the last, and you have to read the first two to understand what’s happening. Normally, I don’t read a lot of faes, and I don’t read a lot of BDSM. This has both, so colour me surprised when I got a bit obsessed and read them all 😁. And at least here, I don’t have to explain the cover, right?

Forsaken FaeSome people just want to watch the world burn.
Unfortunately, those people seem to be in charge right now.

Trapped at the mercy of a corrupt Fae Court, Len and Albigard must overcome their harshest challenges yet in order to stop the Wild Hunt and retrieve their friends’ lost souls.

Albigard’s father seeks to use his estranged son as a weapon against their enemies, the demons. And apparently, he’s not bothered by the idea of entire worlds becoming collateral damage in his endless war.

Meanwhile, the pair’s only potential allies reside among the dregs of Fae society. The Forsaken—outcasts condemned by the Court—carry a terrible secret regarding the magical imbalance decimating the Fae realm of Dhuinne.

If the three worlds are to survive, Len and Albigard must tame Dhuinne’s dark heart before everything around them falls into ruin.

https://books2read.com/ForsakenFae3

Don’t forget to check out what the others have written!

Nell Iris

Ofelia Gränd

Ellie Thomas

A.L. Lester

Amy Spector

Addison Albright

Lillian Francis

Read Around the Rainbow | Do you set your books in the place you live?

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We’ve reached the Read Around the Rainbow post of the month. I didn’t write anything last month, but I’m here this month!

If you’re not familiar with the RAtR, it’s an author collaboration. We’re a group of authors who blog on the same topic on the last Friday of every month.

This month’s topic is:

Do you set your books in the place you live or have lived in?

I wrote Ofelia’s post first, and in it, I said that in most of my stories, I have things from Falkenberg (translates into Falconmountain), which is where I grew up. It’s a small city on the Swedish west coast that was first mentioned in writing in the late 1200s. So there’s a lot of history.

I never say Falkenberg though. I either make up a name or leave out a name LOL. And I do the same in Holly’s stories. In Love in an Elevator which will be out on July 23rd, Hayden is an event planner, and he’s arranging movie showings on the town square every Saturday in July.

When I was a teen, they did that in Falkenberg.

ÄlmhultBut, the reason I thought I’d write yet another post on the subject, and not just stop after Ofelia’s, is that I finished the first draft of a yet-to-be-named story that will be out in December (written to celebrate Crossword Day). And it’s the first one I’ve ever written that takes place where I live now. I live outside of a population centre in Älmhult’s county (where IKEA was founded). It’s no more than a crossroad really, so it has never occurred to me to set a story here before.

We have a preschool and a church, but that’s it, and you only have to cross the road to go from one to the other. There used to be a small grocery shop, a bank, and a post office, all in the same intersection, but that was long before we moved here. We’re talking 15-20 years back.

To be able to write the story, I made up a police station – we don’t have any cops nearby – and I made up a grocery shop since we don’t have any of those nearby either.

I doubt I’ll write more stories set here. Maybe. But it can go days without me seeing a single person, so there isn’t much human interaction going on. I love it. I think the neighbours are a bit too close – you can see four houses from ours, but they’re all summer houses, so at least the winters are calm and quiet LOL.

And last week my youngest had her last day at preschool, so now I don’t have to go down to the village anymore. My life as a true hermit can begin! Finally!

Check out what the others have been writing about

Nell Iris

Lillian Francis

Fiona Glass

Ellie Thomas

K.L. Noone

Amy Spector

Addison Albright

Ofelia Gränd

Read Around the Rainbow | Weird Internet Searches

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It’s time for the second Read Around the Rainbow post, and I didn’t participate last month (I did as Ofelia but not as Holly), so for us here on the blog, it’s the first! We’re a group of writers who blog on the same topic once a month, and you’ll see the ones who have written posts this month down below.

Weird Internet Searches

That’s what we’re talking about today. There are many, many times I’ve been thinking to myself that I hope no one will check what I’ve been searching for, but I’m gonna go with the most recent LOL

A few weeks ago, I submitted A Drop of Moonshine, and as you might have guessed, it’s the liquid kind of moonshine, not the shiny kind in the sky.

Now, at the risk of outing people I know, I’ve been involved in the process of making moonshine. I don’t know how it is where you are, but here it’s illegal. It’s illegal to own one of those distiller machines, so I’m not gonna name any names LOL

DrinkBut how I ended up watching all kinds of questionable YouTube videos and reading shifty blog posts is that where I come from – Sweden – we make moonshine out of potatoes. Common knowledge, people! And they do in A Drop of Moonshine, too.

Since it’s been many years since I saw anything related to moonshine-making, I was a bit unsure of time and temperature and stuff, so the googling was on, and that’s when I realised that on the other side of the pond, people make moonshine out of corn.

I assume this is a take what you have at hand thing. Corn doesn’t grow well here; summer is too short.

Anyway, that’s how I ended up searching for moonshine recipes. And it might not be the weirdest thing I’ve ever searched for, but it was the most recent one that had me thinking ‘I hope the police don’t check my search history.’ Normally that thought pops up when I’ve researched how to effectively kill a character LOL

Want to read about what the others are searching for? Below you’ll find links to their posts.

A.L. Lester

Nell Iris

Fiona Glass

Ofelia Gränd

Amy Spector

Ellie Thomas

Addison Albright

K.L. Noone