Review, Guest Post and Giveaway: Foolish Encounters Anthology

Blurb:
An accident, a chance encounter, a thought blurted out, a boat blown off course, a change in direction that suddenly runs into the line of fire – the smallest misstep can change everything. These foolish encounters are the moments around which lives pivot and sometimes spin out of control. Join us for tales of imprudent choices and bad decisions that can lead just as easily to hilarity as they can to tragedy.

Review:
This anthology was super fun. Each story had some kind of comedy of errors happening that brought people together in the strangest of ways. Definitely recommend reading this anthology if you enjoy crazy antics, flying skateboards, and aliens that look like cute animals.
Overall Stars:
Four and a half
A Message from the Home Office by Angel Martinez
This is a cute little story. I loved how Rccred/Richard was so twitchy but had a pure heart at the same time. There was a good amount of lore involved in this story, kind of surprised how much for the length. It was also done in a way that didn’t feel like an info dump or that words were wasted on telling the background. I want to know more about the different species in this world. Fuzzle was an adorable addition and I hate how he was sabotaged. Sissal was so gentle with Rcrred when he needed to be. A very solid happy for now to this story.
Stars:
Four and a half
Shredding the Heart by JC Wallace
I really enjoyed how their relationship built slowly over time. I felt really bad for Quinn and his past keeping him from trying to have a relationship with anyone. Poor Nicholas being accused of using Quinn. My heart hurt as I read how shattered Nicholas was. I loved how they were able to work through their problems and we saw them a little bit in the future, happy together and working towards a common goal together.
Stars:
Four and a half
Lunary Imperative by Elin Gregory
This was a very interesting story. I enjoyed the politics and dynamics created in the world built. Haken was an interesting character and I wasn’t sure if he was going to get together with Raimi at first. I would have liked a stronger happy ending. But it was good enough for the length of the story. I’d love to read more in the world created.
Stars:
Four
Blue and Green Persuasion by Tinnean
I found this story, and the world created, to be very interesting. There were clues and hints about things to come that never got fully fleshed out or answered. My guess is due to space constraints, but it did leave me hanging a bit at the end. I really liked Hart’s character. The way he dreamed of being with Kes but didn’t know exactly what he was dreaming. I wanted to know more about Kes and his back story since there was just enough given to intrigue me, but not so much I felt like I got to know him all the way. I really would like more books in this world. The side characters were interesting, plus a spaceship that was almost sentient? Give me more, please!
Stars:
Four
Well Hello, Eight Eyes by Tali Spencer
Tanner has an sad backstory that you don’t fully understand until about halfway through the story. But it’s no less heartbreaking. Cory was adorable with his vibrant hesitancy. I kind of figured out the mystery of the island before it was revealed, but it was interesting. Made look up to see if such a place actually existed. I would have liked to see more of the relationship between Cory and Tanner. However they have a solid foundation for a relationship.
Stars:
Four and a half
The Fenestration Penetration by Amy Lane
Such a fun and cute story. I really liked Steve’s outlook on life and wanting to think happy thoughts about the random bits he sees on his delivery route. Gordie is cute with his unsureness and wanting both “sexy-sexy” and the date. There’s a good, solid happy for now ending. But I want to see them together more. Not because anything was left hanging, but I just enjoyed these characters that I didn’t want to let them go.
Stars:
Four and a half
The Nut Job by Freddy Mackay
This story is related to Angel Martinez’s story in the anthology. Characters mentioned in Angel’s story are the main ones in this story, and the characters from Angel’s are referenced. It’s set in the same world with the same rules and I’m glad this story happened. There was just enough of a hint of these guys in A Message From the Home Office that I wanted to know them. The story was cute. I loved that Raijin thought he was tripping the whole time. Spencer was so funny with his twitchiness about being labeled a squirrel. They all worked well together to get out of the crazy situation they were in. I want to know more about all of the characters, plus how Raijin handles the trip to Mithuana.
Stars:
Four and a half

Guest Post:
Elin Gregory joins us today to talk about one of her own happy accidents. Read and enjoy!
Happy accidents are the best. One of the most extreme I’ve ever heard of was a lady who found a pound coin in the lining of her coat, used it to buy a scratchcard which won £10,000, and used £20 of that to place a ‘yankee’ bet, where winnings from one race is put on the next, on the last three races in the Cheltenham Festival , which worked out beautifully netting another £150,000. On the way home her husband said “with luck like that today I hope you bought a lottery ticket” so she made him stop to buy one and won £7 million. Exciting eh? Well I have a story that’s equally exciting – as long as you bear in mind that what gets an author excited may not be what excites any more rational person.

A couple of years ago I was doing some reading in preparation for writing a massive three part novel set in 7th century Scotland, Northumberland and north Yorkshire. Historically, 300 Welsh cavalrymen lost a battle and were besieged at a place called Cattreath, which is normally identified as Catterick, site of a Roman fort. But Cat Treath in Welsh means the Battle on the Beach so I decided to resite the battle to the coast. I looked for a beach that would be enticing for cavalry and found a beauty with deep wet mud under the sand, a fast flooding tide and crumbly cliffs that one could just about scramble up. So, I had found the site for the battle, now I just needed to come up with a way of getting the remnants of the army, complete with wounded and camp followers, to Catterick which is miles away. “What I’d really like,” I said to a friend as I Googled, “is something nice and close. An old villa site, maybe, or an abandoned Roman lighthouse.” Boing went Google and spat out an archaeology report. There, on the top of those crumbly cliffs, within staggering distance of the beach, was an abandoned Roman lighthouse complete with defensible walls and a well from which had been taken a dozen skeletons of about the right period showing signs of death by violence. It was really bad luck on the poor souls who ended up in the well, but that little find solved me a dozen plot problems, added some very powerful scenes and sent me off to bed smiling so much that my cheeks ached.

Of course that scratchcard/racing/lottery win may just be an urban legend, but it is odd the way things turn up when you need them. Serendipity!

Excerpt:
The Lunar Imperative
Elin Gregory
“Looks like your ride is here.” Occam’s voice boomed in the open cargo bay. “Damn, he looks as rough as an asteroid’s chuff. He looks nearly as mean as you do, no offence intended.”

Haken snorted and shouldered his kit bag, ambling across the bay floor to join the little spacer. He let the satchel dangle from his free hand, swinging it gently to draw the eye.

The wheeled vehicle approaching was unfamiliar to Haken but from the gun mounts on the roof, it was a cast-off from some armed force. Likewise, the man driving it was personally unfamiliar to Haken but a familiar type. Big, scarred, pugnacious. He halted the vehicle and got out, peering into the darkness of the ship.

“You the TS Gorgon? I’ve come to collect your passenger.”

Occam gave Haken a nudge, and they stepped forward into the light.

One of the best ways Haken had found to gauge the worth of a man was by his reactions on first seeing a Vargan. Even fully clothed, they were intimidating. But Haken was half clad so the stranger would be getting almost the full effect of Haken’s heavily muscled body and pelted hide peppered with ritual cicatrices, and his fanged smile.

He didn’t faint, run away or even step back, but his eyes did widen. He caught a breath then scowled as he realised Haken had noticed.

“Name’s Blass,” he said. “I didn’t know they let your sort off the leash.”

About The Authors:
Amy Lane has two kids in college and two kids in soccer, and four fur-babies up in her business as she writes. She, her Mate, and her brood live in a crumbling crap mansion and squander their funds on movies, travel, and joy.

While Angel Martinez is the erotic fiction pen name of a writer of several genres, she writes both kinds of gay romance – Science Fiction and Fantasy. Currently living part time in the hectic sprawl of northern Delaware, (and full time inside the author’s head) Angel has one husband, one son, two cats, a changing variety of other furred and scaled companions, a love of all things beautiful and a terrible addiction to the consumption of both knowledge and chocolate.

Elin Gregory lives in South Wales and has been making stuff up since 1958. Writing has always had to take second place to work and family but now the kids are grown up it’s possible she might finish one of the many novels on her hard drive and actually DO something useful with it.

Historical subjects predominate. She has written about ancient Greek sculptors, 18th century seafarers but also about modern men who change shape at will and how echoes of the past can be heard in the present. Heroes tend to be hard as nails but capable of tenderness when circumstances allow.

There are always new works on the go and she is currently editing a novel about spies in the 1920s, finishing one set in 6th century AD England and contemplating one about the Second World War. Any excuse to buy more books!

Freddy MacKay grew up in the Midwest, playing sports and running around outside. And honestly, that much has not changed since Freddy was small and throwing worms at other kids, expect worm throwing has been replaced with a healthy geocaching addiction. Freddy enjoys traveling and holds the view a person should continually to learn about new things and people whenever possible.

Freddy’s contemporary LGBTQ book, Incubation: Finding Peace 2, won 3rd Place – Best Gay Erotic Fiction in the 2012 Rainbow Awards. In 2013, Freddy’s story, Internment, tied for 3rd Place – Best Gay Fantasy in the Rainbow Awards. Freddy’s steampunk/SF story, Feel Me, was a Finalist and honorable mention in the 2014 Rainbow Awards for SF.

JC “Jake” Wallace started writing from a young age, but took a break for marriage, kids, and college (in that order). A few years ago, he rediscovered his passion and ventured out into the brave new world of publishing. He now has several novels and short stories published. At night and on the weekends, Jake writes about all things men, believing there is nothing hotter than two men finding and loving one another, whether for a night or forever. An avid reader of M/M romance, Jake loves a good twist of a plot, HEA, HFN, or tragic ending. He also writes what his bestie calls HUNK (Happy Until the Next Kidnapping). In his daytime hours, Jake works with individuals with autism and behavior problems. He is owned by a beautiful partner, three kids, two grandchildren, two dogs and one cat. He lives in the Adirondack Mountains in Northern NY.

Tali Spencer fell in love with writing at an early age and never stopped. Thanks to a restless father, she grew up as a bit of a nomad and still loves to travel whenever she can. Her longest stint in one place was Milwaukee where she went to college, enjoyed a series of interesting careers, and raised three surprisingly well-adjusted sons. She later married her true love and put down new roots in Philadelphia, where she lives in an ongoing Italian American family sitcom. At least she’s learned how make good pasta. When not writing, Tali reads everything from sweet goofy romances to medical research, manages her fantasy football team—go Gekkos!—and takes long walks with her loving, if slightly neurotic, poodle.

Tinnean has been writing since the 3rd grade, where she was inspired to try her hand at epic poetry. Fortunately, that epic poem didn’t survive the passage of time; however, her love of writing not only survived but thrived, and in high school she became a member of the magazine staff, where she contributed a number of stories.

It was with the advent of the family’s second computer – the first intimidated everyone – that her writing took off, enhanced in part by fanfiction, but mostly by the wonder that is copy and paste.

While involved in fandom, she was nominated for both Rerun and Light My Fire Awards. Now she concentrates on her original characters, and recent novels have received honorable mention in the 2013 and 2014 Rainbow Awards.

A New Yorker at heart, she resides in SW Florida with her husband and two computers.

Ernest Hemingway’s words reflect Tinnean’s devotion to her craft: Once writing has become your major vice and greatest pleasure, only death can stop it.

Author Contact:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/freddy.m.mackay, https://www.facebook.com/amartinez2, https://www.facebook.com/amy.lane.167, https://www.facebook.com/Tinnean, https://www.facebook.com/jcwallacebooks, https://www.facebook.com/elin.gregory, https://www.facebook.com/tali.spencer
Twitter: https://twitter.com/FreddyMacKay, https://twitter.com/AngelMartinezrr, https://twitter.com/amymaclane, https://twitter.com/jcwallacebooks, https://twitter.com/ElinGregory, https://twitter.com/tali_spencer, https://twitter.com/tinneantoo
Wilde City Press Website: http://www.wildecity.com/
Wilde City Press Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/wildecity/
Rainbow Gold Reviews: https://www.facebook.com/rainbowgoldreviews, https://twitter.com/LGBT_Reviews

Where To Buy:
Wilde City Press: http://www.wildecity.com/books/gay-mainstream/foolish-encounters-a-rainbow-gold-anthology/#.VRIAAGaGKQk
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00VH512E0
ARe: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-foolishencountersarainbowgoldanthology-1777497-166.html

Tour Stops:
8-Apr: Angel Martinez, Decadent Delights
9-Apr: Molly Lolly, Carly’s Book Reviews, Bayou Book Junkie
10-Apr: MM Good Book Reviews, Chris McHart, Hearts on Fire
11-Apr: Rainbow Gold Reviews
13-Apr: Divine Magazine, Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words, Love Bytes, Bike Book Reviews
14-Apr: Cate Ashwood, Prism Book Alliance, BFD Book Blog
15-Apr: Sinfully Addicted to All Male Romance, Inked Rainbow Reads, Wicked Faerie’s Tales and Reviews, Foxylutely Book Reviews

Giveaway:
Rafflecopter is allowing the full list of prizes since there are SO MANY! How great is that?! Here’s a full list of the prizes so you can see the full extent of how great it is.
3 eBooks of Foolish Encounters
$10 Gift Certificate
$15 Gift Certificate
An eBook copy of They Come by Night by Tinnean,
An eBook copy of Snow on Spirit Bridge by Freddy MacKay
Choice of eBook from Angel Martinez’s backlist
Choice of eBook from Elin’s Gregory’s backlist
Surprise prize from Tali Spencer
Choice of eBook from JC Wallace’s backlist

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

4 responses to “Review, Guest Post and Giveaway: Foolish Encounters Anthology

  1. I really love reading stories with a bit of whimsy in them so I have put this on my WANT TO READ List! Thank you for the post and the giveaway!

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  2. I love to read antho’s and this book of them sound like good reads and I look forward to reading form new writers that I have not read from before. Thank you for being in this antho.

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