Blaine D. Arden
Blaine D. Arden is a purple-haired, forty-something author of gay & trans* romance mixed with fantasy, mystery, and magic who sings her way through life in platform boots.
Born and raised in Zutphen, the Netherlands, Blaine spent many hours of her sheltered youth reading, day dreaming, making up stories and acting them out with her Barbies. After seeing the film “An Early Frost” as a teen in the mid-eighties, an idealistic Blaine wanted to do away with the negativity surrounding homosexuality and strove to show the world how beautiful love between men could be. Our difference is our strength, is Blaine’s motto, and her stories are often set in worlds where gender fluidity and sexual diversity are accepted as is.
When not writing or reading, Blaine has singing lessons and hopes to be in a band someday. Supporting Blaine in pursuing her dreams and all matters regarding household, sons, and cairn terrier, is her long-suffering husband for over twenty years.
Blaine has been published by Storm Moon Press, Less Than Three Press, and Wilde City Press. Her scifi romance “Aliens, Smith and Jones” received an Honourable Mention in the Best Gay Sci-Fi/Fantasy category of the Rainbow Awards 2012.
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The Fifth Son
In a land where magic is commonplace, Prince Llyskel has none. He can’t command spells, he has never been taught to fight, and as the fifth son of the King, he will never rule. Everyone believes he’s a weakling, most of all himself.
Jonah and Scott are both Deaf, but couldn't be more different.
Scott, a color consultant who doesn't interact well with the hearing, watches his gorgeous new neighbor swim every morning, but has no idea how to approach him. He doesn't even know his name.
Jonah, a bouncer with an 'I'm Deaf, deal with it' attitude, loathes the way Scott lets people treat him. So why can't he stop thinking about him?
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- Being Human
on July 05, 2012
I had some niggles, but overall there is something compelling about the story and about Tommy and his family, that keeps you hooked until the end :)
To describe my feelings about the book, I'm starting with the niggles: The beginning (first few chapters) after Tommy's just been turned, I feel could have been a bit tighter, it felt a bit repetitive at points--as if Patricia Lynne was a bit too focussed on getting the point across. That feeling completely disappeared as the book progressed, though.
The premise was interesting. A bond between brothers that transcends life, and causes a vampire to retain, or rather refind/rebuild, his humanity. I thought the characterisation was good, and I liked how the conflicting reactions to vampires were shown through secondary characters.
Despite my love for Buffy/Angel the series, I'm not really a vampire story fan, but I thoroughly enjoyed this one.
I loved the ending and am grateful that Patricia Lynne didn't make it easy on herself by having Tommy simply accepted by society or make it all better.
The line that stuck with me most: "One cannot prosecute the lion for hunting the antelope."
Nothing could be more true.
Great story!!! I'm glad I bought it :)