Northern Star by Ethan Day

NorthernStar_100dpi_cvr-210x330Deacon Miller never had it all—he never really believed he could. Growing up in a broken home with an alcoholic mother and a revolving door of truly pathetic father figures taught him to keep his expectations low. Now at twenty-seven, on the night before Christmas Eve, his life is turned upside down yet again; his boyfriend has dumped him, he just fled the holiday family reunion from hell, and now to top it all off, a blizzard has left him stranded in an airport hotel.

Steve Steele has spent the better part of his forty-four years living a lie, ignoring his attraction to other men in an attempt to fit into the mold of the man he thought he should be, instead of living life as the man he knew himself to be. Recently divorced after coming home from work one day and coming out to his wife, Steve has floundered over the past year, desperately attempting to wade through the guilt and find the courage to start again.

That’s when a chance meeting in a hotel bar brings two lonely men together… and what should’ve been a one night stand turns into something much more than either one ever expected.

Buy Link: Wilde City Press

Review: Lynn, 5

As with all Ethan Day books, I expected humor and fun loving characters. We get that and a whole lot more with this book.

The two main characters Steve and Deacon are dealing with some pretty major life changes. Deacon, who grew up neglected and unloved with his alcoholic mother, moves back home to be with his teenage sister when his mother goes to jail for a DUI. While back in town he runs into Steve, someone he never thought he’d see again after their one night hook up months ago. Steve, who is fresh out of the closet following a six year marriage, never stopped thinking about Deacon and the one night they shared together.

This book is both charming and sweet but deals with some serious issues too. Deacon, after years of neglect from his mother, feels unworthy of love and is damaged in many ways. Steve’s patience and understanding is just what Deacon needs to help him overcome his insecurities. Steve is dealing with his guilt by not being honest with his ex wife during their marriage. They both help each other in ways neither one ever thought possible.

One of the scenes in this book I truly loved was between Steve and his very straight colleagues. They’re all standing around the fire pit while at a backyard barbecue talking about gay sex and asking Steve all kinds of questions. It was laugh out loud hysterical, in true Ethan Day style.

I really loved how this story was delivered. The words just flowed off the page and had me hooked from page one. As with the author’s previous books, there is a lot of humor, but he also deals with some darker issues that I haven’t seen from him before. I really enjoyed how he incorporated the humor he’s known for within a story that was just a little darker than we’re used to seeing from him. It was a nice balance and very realistic.

In a nutshell, this was a story of two people getting a second chance to love and be loved. Another great story, not to be missed from Ethan Day.

A new side of Ethan Day

So this funny, charming, and crazy man had some ideas and wrote a lot of books. And in them, his characters were just as funny, charming, and crazy as he is. Readers laughed so much they cried. The self-proclaimed “little homo that could” is now one of the brightest names in M/M publishing.

But like all people, Ethan Day is not one thing. He’s not even “just” two or three things. So what happens when an unapologetic, hopelessly romantic comedian, optimist and dreamer gets serious? Well … let’s see.

As I understand it, A Token Of Time had been rolling around in Ethan’s noggin for years, slowly shaping into a darker, grittier, less intentionally funny novel than anything he has released to date. There is mystery and intrigue, heartache, drama, an homage to the “matinee era” of Hollywood, and a paranormal twist that I look forward to discovering. And, of course, a romance, too … because even though he has stretched his creative wings and entrusted us with a soulful story many years in the making, he will always be Ethan.

On the run from his family, Zachary Hamilton was cursed with a gift he neither wanted nor asked for. The recent murder of his lover unleashed a chain of events revealing Zachary’s connection to the recently deceased legendary matinee idol, Marc Castle. Attempting to unravel the mystery behind the movie star, Zachary encountered an ancient relic shrouded in history and folklore, leading to a discovery so shocking it altered his very existence – challenging everything Zachary knew to be true – to believe that the impossible, was possible.

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In celebrating the release of A Token Of Time, Ethan Day is offering up 1 e-book copy to a very lucky winner. To enter, please comment below with the era you would would most like to visit. Contest is open until Wednesday, April 25th, at 11:59 pm (PST). Winner will be randomly selected and notified on Thursday.

And the winner is Claire! I will be e-mailing you directly.

At Piper’s Point

Ten years and many boyfriends later, Cassidy Winters finally returns to the ancestral home of his late grandmother, Sadie Hart, despite the best efforts of his father to prevent it. Cassidy’s plans of a quiet, seaside ceremony to wish a final farewell to Sadie quickly unravel. Interruptions run roughshod, beginning with Neil, who walks out of the ocean and straight into Cassidy’s bed. The dominos topple one by one when the little dog he rescues from the hounds of hell brings him to Ben, the hunky vet who rescues Cassidy right back. News of his arrival spreads faster than Cassidy’s legs, bringing his boyhood friend and first love Nate Sommers to his doorstep — leaving Cassidy spiraling into a multi-layered love snafu. As if the island wasn’t getting crowded enough for Cassidy’s good taste and bad decisions, best friends Ollie and Spencer arrive in time to witness the uninvited return of Cassidy’s most recent ex, Teddy, who’s refusing to stay dumped.

Fists fly and all hell breaks loose amid mojitos and martinis while Cassidy finds himself planning a huge party to celebrate Sadie’s life. Accusations are aimed as arguments and libidos boil over, but even through the chaos Cassidy knows exactly who he wants. While he’s certainly willing, he isn’t sure if he’s ready or able for love and life at Pipers Point.

Melting the Slopes Anthology

Sno Ho by Ethan Day
Boone Daniels seems to have trouble finishing things. Along with the half dozen or so novels he’s started, only to abandon mid-way through, his love life could be best described as a series of drive-by’s.

Boone has spent the past week staying at a ski-lodge in the tiny mountain town of Summit City. He’s been using his time alone to write while waiting for his boyfriend to join him for their anniversary.

What happens to Boone when he winds up dumped on the eve of his one-year anniversary and ends up at a bar having one too many cocktails? Wade Walker.

William Maltese’s Bottom’s Up mixes erotic lovers and exotically lit-and-layered Pousse Cafes amidst the snowfalls of London, Paris, Brasov, and Aspen.

Jason Eddings’s One Fire, One Ice mixes enough Grant, Babhru, schnapps, and steamy cocoa to melt slopes and loving hearts.