Cultivating Love – Review Roundup

Donna at Love Bytes Same Sex Book Reviews had some nice things to say about Cultivating Love, and rated it a 4.5 out of 5. Here are a couple excerpts from her review:

I first read this book years ago, when it was released through a different publisher. I continue to re-read it at least once a year, and I love it even more each time. Now that the author has expanded this edition (can you say…perfect epilogue) this was my favourite re-read yet.

I’m not normally a fan of books with already established couples, I usually feel as though I’ve missed part of the story, but I never get that feeling with Cultivating Love. I absolutely recommend this to anyone in the need for a slice of happy in their life.

Click here to read the full review.

Screenshot 2017-06-26 10.17.56Sue at Books Laid Bare Boys rated Cultivating Love 4 out of 5, and said it’s “A really nice read.”

Click here to read the full review.

Remember to follow the release blitz and review tour (stops are detailed at the bottom of this post) and enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway for a chance to win a signed print copy of Cultivating Love.

 

Unexpected Review – Cultivating Love

This was out of the blue and made my morning when I saw it on my WordPress blog feed this morning:

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Gigi at Gay Book Reviews posted a review of my 2009 release at Loose ID, Cultivating Love. Go check out the nice things she says. Hint: she’s placed the book on her Goodreads “Fuck yeah, 5+ stars” shelf. 😀

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A Sale, Reviews, and Announcements

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All Romance eBooks is having a 25% off sale today to celebrate the first day of summer. ’Til Death Do Us Part is included in the sale!

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Check out this back cover image for the upcoming print release of ’Til Death Do Us Part. As you can see, my short story sequel, From This Day Forward, made it through edits in time to be included in the back of the hardcopy. That’ll be a sweet bonus for people who buy the paperback (available June 30th), because the eBook version of the short story won’t be out until August 6th!

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Love Is Proud is a charity anthology to benefit the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando. It includes short stories (2k-5k words) and poetry by JMS Books’ authors. It will be released in both ebook and print formats on July 30, 2016.

Okay, Then (2,532 words) is my contribution to the Love Is Proud anthology, revisiting the main characters from ’Til Death Do Us Part. Okay, Then takes place within the timeline of the flashback scenes from the novel, detailing Sam & Henry’s first date/encounter after Sam tells Henry “Okay, then” while they’re together on a research trip in Honiara in the Solomon Islands. The story can stand alone and has its own HFN.

From This Day Forward is a short story (10,901 words):

Revisiting the characters from ’Til Death Do Us Part, Henry and Sam Miller-Greene are enjoying life in the summer after Henry’s rescue from a small South Pacific island, where Henry and three others were marooned.

Henry and Sam thought adopting Aiden—a child with whom Henry’d been stranded—would be smooth sailing. Matters are complicated by the public nature of their rescue that has turned the survivors into overnight celebrities. Anti-gay fueled animus rears its ugly head in the blogosphere, causing concerns over the the impact libelous rumors might have on Aiden.

Their nightmare separation behind them, Henry and Sam are anxious to renew both the intensity of their former intimacies—now hampered by having a curious and still apprehensive child sharing their home—and their commitment to one another.

From This Day Forward can stand alone and has its own HEA.

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Fantastic reviews have come in for ’Til Death Do Us Part lately (click images for links to the reviews):

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Review “Roundup” – ’Til Death Do Us Part

I put the dreaded scare quotes around “Roundup” in the title since there’s only one more that’s trickled in since my last Review Roundup post (not counting a repost of the only negative one I’ve seen on a blog, a full month after the first time they posted it… not sure why they did that).

Anyway, I’m still expecting three more review sites to post something. Two blogs that requested copies, saying they had an interested reviewer (not a guarantee, I suppose), and Inked Rainbow Reads, which I’m pretty sure will be posting one at some point since they’ve already had three reviewers upload their reviews to Amazon–nice ones, so I’m looking forward to the eventual post on their blog. Maybe a fourth is going to chime in, too, thus the delay?

MM Book Escape posted a review not too long ago. Here are the highlights and links:

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Excerpts from a Review by Ida of “MM Book Escape”

5 out of 5 stars

MMBookEscape5StarsOh my. Ms. Albright sure knows how to tell a story. I was a goner from the first page and had so much trouble putting this book down.

I work night shift. After work I worked the night before starting this book. I read the book on my break at work. I read the book during my sleep time because I could not stop reading the book. I had to know what happened next. I hardly had any sleep that day, not good.

I cannot recommend this book enough. I really enjoyed this author’s writing style. I will be looking for other books from this author. I love an author who keeps me so enthralled in a story-line that I can’t bear to part with the book.

More Reviews for ’Til Death Do Us Part

A couple more reviews have come in for ’Til Death Do Us Part since I did a Review Roundup post back on April 28th. Sadonna at “The Novel Approach” and Giles West at “multitaskingmomma” each had nice things to say about the book.

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Excerpt from a Review by Sadonna of “The Novel Approach”

4 out of 5 stars

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This book is just really well written. There was drama and suspense that is not manufactured, and sucked me in from the first page. I enjoyed all of the characters, including the large cast of supporting characters. I had only read short stories from this author in the past, but I’ll be looking for more longer works.

Definitely recommended for those who like a gripping and dramatic story with likeable characters who have to work for their happy ending.

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Excerpts from a Review by Giles West of “multitaskingmomma”

4.5 out of 5 stars

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I read this novel in one sitting on a rainy day that seemed to just fit with the book somehow. The cover certainly works and the colors are eye-catching. I’m writing this directly after finishing the novel. Even though I’m still gathering my thoughts on it, I must admit I did get teary-eyed in parts. It’s never a bad thing when a story can elicit such emotions from a reader.

‘Til Death Do Us Part is a great read with interesting characters. The plane crash was handled well and the writer definitely did her research regarding not just the crash but also island survival. I enjoyed reading the story and cared about It’s a book I definitely recommend.hr6

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Henry and Sam Miller-Greene are living the dream. They love their careers — which afford each of them opportunities to travel to exotic locations — they love their home, Sam’s caring family, and each other. They disagree on the subject of adoption, but are fully committed to each other in marriage … ’Til Death Do Us Part.

The dream is shattered when Henry’s plane crashes, and he’s presumed dead. But four people — Henry, two other men, and a child — survive undetected on a remote, small, and insignificant island. Will Sam and Henry’s love be able to survive as well?

Henry fights to endure in harsh conditions, never knowing when disaster will strike. Sam struggles with his loss, but with help moves on with his life. Will Sam be able to put aside his new love when he reunites with Henry?

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Buy Links

Now available in eBook formats at:

JMS Books, LLC – EPUB, MOBI, PDF, HTML
Smashwords – EPUB, MOBI, PDF, LRF, PDB, TXT, HTML
Amazon Kindle – Kindle Format (AZW)
iBookStore – iBook Format (EPUB)
Barnes & Noble – Nook Format (EPUB)
Kobo – iBook Format (EPUB)
All Romance eBooks – EPUB, MOBI, PRC, PDF, HTML
OmniLit – EPUB, MOBI, PRC, PDF, HTML
BookStrand – EPUB, MOBI, PDF, HTML
Blio – EPUB, Blio Format

Note: When you buy directly from JMS Books, LLC’s webpage, you will acquire the complete set of formats (EPUB, MOBI, PDF, HTML), whereas purchases made from distributors involve a choice.

Coming June 30, 2016 in print format. Preorder the paperback at JMS Books, LLC at 12% off the regular price.

 

Review Roundup – ’Til Death Do Us Part

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Excerpt from a Review by Dyllan of “Gay Book Reviews”

4.5 out of 5 stars — “Recommended Read”

Gay Book ReviewsI really, really, really liked this story. The author sets the pace well, and we are able to get to know the characters and how they are dealing with everything since the crash. The day-by-day at the island sometimes cracked me up, and at others had me at a point of tears. Henry, Garret, Devon and Buddy would probably never have met under normal circumstances, but they are all each other got for now, and the only way to stay alive is relying on each other.

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Excerpts from a Review by Camille of “Joyfully Jay M/M Romance Reviews and More”

4.75 out of 5 stars

Joyfully JayI haven’t turned pages so damn hard since Stanford shot Griffin and Alec chose Seregil!!

I recommend this book to everyone! Especially if you’re an angst fiend and love a long, slow burn of a veritable smorgasbord of will-he-or-won’t-he (be it all the survivors surviving, Sam making a choice, Sam making the same choice the reader would, who ends up with that KID?!).

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Excerpts from a Review by Freya of “Sinfully–Gay Romance Book Reviews”

5 out of 5 stars

SinfullyI have to say that the emotional trauma is extremely well done. On more than one occasion, I had a lump in my throat. 

I found this book a pleasure to read and an education. It made me realize how little I know about survival and encouraged me to think about the things I take for granted. Bravo.

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Excerpts from a Review by Bethany of “Rainbow Gold Reviews”

9.5 out of 10 Pots of Gold

Rainbow Gold ReviewsI read this book in oe sitting, ’cause that is how it captivated me, dragging me in and not letting me go till I found out what would happen next.

Rainbow Gold Reviews 9-1:2The writing is fantastic, very descriptive and has great story building. You get glimpses of the past and how Sam and Henry fell in love.

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Excerpt from a Review by Belen of “Gay Book Reviews”

4 out of 5 stars

Gay Book Reviews…in the end this was filled with humor, emotion and hope and I eagerly turned each page to find out what happened next.

Bottom line: I enjoyed it thoroughly and I will definitely be checking out something else by Addison Albright.

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Excerpts from a Review by Dee of “Love Bytes Reviews”

4.5 out of 5 stars — “Recommended Read”

Love Bytes ReviewsReading about the plane going down had me on the edge of my seat.

It held my attention from start to finish. Would I recommend this story as one of love and survival? Hell yes!

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Excerpts from a Review by Meredith of “Diverse Reader”

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My heart broke a billion times reading this.

I often found myself an emotional mess!

If you love angst then you’ll love this book.

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Henry and Sam Miller-Greene are living the dream. They love their careers — which afford each of them opportunities to travel to exotic locations — they love their home, Sam’s caring family, and each other. They disagree on the subject of adoption, but are fully committed to each other in marriage … ’Til Death Do Us Part.

The dream is shattered when Henry’s plane crashes, and he’s presumed dead. But four people — Henry, two other men, and a child — survive undetected on a remote, small, and insignificant island. Will Sam and Henry’s love be able to survive as well?

Henry fights to endure in harsh conditions, never knowing when disaster will strike. Sam struggles with his loss, but with help moves on with his life. Will Sam be able to put aside his new love when he reunites with Henry?