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Reading and Rambling

I am a single mom who spends all my free time reading to escape the craziness of real life.  Everything I read features hot men loving other hot men, probably due to the lack of hot men in my own life.  I recently tried my hand at the writing game.  My first short, Risking the Field, will be hitting the public this summer thanks to the Don't Read in the Closet event held every year by the M/M Romance Group on Goodreads.  I write under the name Jean McGray, an hommage to my grandfather and my high school nickname.

Crack the Darkest Sky Wide Open

Crack the Darkest Sky Wide Open - Eric Arvin, Jason Huffman-Black, T.J. Klune, S.J.D. Peterson, S.A. McAuley, Abigail Roux This was an amazing anthology from an exceptional group of authors. Each story was unique and twisted, some happy, some sad, some just seriously fucked. But all great.

Eric Arvin's "The Demon of Jericho" is a classic tale of demons and angels, good versus evil, with his special twist on it. While not my favorite story of the bunch, it was a good read and built a world that was rich in detail for such a short story. ★★★★☆

Abigail Roux's "A Cruel Thing" is a bittersweet reminder that even in a time of war, there is love and that love can hold you and comfort you as bombs are going off around you. There were tears, but it was a moving tribute to the soldiers who have fought and continue to fight for our country, hiding who they truly are. ★★★★★

SJD Peterson's "Wrong" reinforced that, in the end, you reap what you sow. It was a dark and twisted tale that will push the limits for some people. Just when you think you know where the story is going, it changes up and throws a curveball. ★★★★☆

Jason Huffman-Black's "Anguish" is a quick jaunt into the mind of someone lost and in pain. You can feel the anguish in the cryptic words and the abrupt ending leaves you shocked. ★★★★☆

S.A. McAuley's "The Hotel Luz" surprised me. What is you were given a chance to reconnect with that first love? Would you throw away a 14 year relationship? I thought I knew the answer and it went completely the other way, just like any great story does! ★★★★☆

TJ Klune's "John & Jackie" was the star of this book. This is the PERFECT love story that everyone dreams of. Not a perfect life, but that perfect love. I cried like a baby. It is told in flashbacks as John lies dying with Jackie by his side. This could have easily been a full length novel and held my attention. Such a beautiful, emotional story! ★★★★★+