Kaidyn’s Courage by Diana Waters

Kaidyn’s Courage

by Diana Waters.

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When one man’s courage is lost to his own anger, another will try to rekindle it—no matter the cost.
Kaidyn is the son of the queen and a trainee officer in the kingdom of Sareen. He is also a Half-Blood—his father is from Iskandir, a neighboring kingdom which has been at war with Sareen for many years. Bitter and angry at the prejudice he faces, Kaidyn meets Sorin, a healer from one of Sareen’s most prominent noble families. As their relationship deepens, the war between Sareen and Iskandir grows worse. Not only will the pair inevitably become involved with the conflict one way or another, but Sorin is also hiding a secret, and time is running out for them both.

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Release Date: 22nd March, 2019.

Length: 147 pages.

Series: Wild Magics #2

Genre: QUILTBAG. M/M Romance. Fantasy.

Read as: eBook.

Sourced: the author.


My Thoughts

Kaidyn’s Courage is an emotional fantasy novel that at times had my heart racing and tears in my eyes. I really enjoy reading fantasy books that include QUILTBAG romances and Diana Waters has written an amazing book which delivers on all of these fronts.

I foolhardily started the book in my lunch break and was quite disappointed that I had to put it down and return to work. After this however, I was able to quickly devour the rest of the book in one sitting. Waters has written a really well paced novel that was not only really easy to read but made me want to keep reading. I found myself immersed very quickly and emotionally engaged with the characters. While I did read Kaidyn’s Courage quite quickly, boy did it manage to pack an emotional wallop.

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Pride Month 2019!

It’s that time of year again! It’s June and it is Pride Month 🌈

Every year in June the history, politics, culture, and people of the Queer community are celebrated. Marking the occasion of the Stonewall riots, the month long celebration is one that looks to empower and educate people, to embolden those to feel pride in themselves and their sexuality. 2019 is extra special because it is 50 years since the Stonewall riots.

To mark this month long occasion, I will once again be dedicating a whole month to queer, LGBTQ, and QUILTBAG pieces of popular culture. Keep an eye out for some book reviews, a blog tour, a comic, a smut lovers reading group post, and a post about one of my all time favourite books.

So no matter who you are, I hope you enjoy Pride Month and have a lovely June!

Book Bingo 2019

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Happy New Year!

It’s that time of year again! Reading challenges were met, I’ve finished reading Christmas themed romances, and now I am looking to the new year. I figured that since I focused on my Comfort Zone Challenge last year, I would go back to Book Bingo this year.

I had a fun time trying to expand upon my last Book Bingo Card and really challenge myself. I did find last time though, that I was struggling to fill the spaces as I wasn’t really looking forward to reading books that would fit the squares, so this time I made sure to give myself wiggle room.

Squares such as Shifters, Western Romance, Sports, Fae, and Paranormal are all kind of vague. This vagueness and lack of specificity should help me keep my motivation throughout the year as I can easily find books to my taste to fit those genres.

If you are wondering, MC means Main Character and Poly Romance is referring to a polyamorous relationship.

If anyone is interested in using this bingo card, go ahead. I only ask that you attribute the blog if you post it anywhere 🙂 You should look forward to sporadic updates about my progress as the year proceeds.  As always, happy reading!


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2019 Goals!

Happy 2019!

I have a few things that I would like to get done in 2019 and since I like making lists, I thought I would share them with you all. I really want to focus on getting things done that I have been putting off for ages – a lot of these things are ones I’ve previously started or got half way through and then gave up. So 2019 is the year of the reread – rewatch – and the replay.

Reading

Reread

It’s not like I have enough to read as it is, I want to go back and give a bunch of series a reread. They’re either ones that I never finished or ones from my childhood that I want to see if they hold up.

Read

The below aren’t really specific titles but rather authors or series that I have seen around and I want to see what they’re like.

 ✅ Read a Lori Foster book.

 ✅ Finally start a Katie Ruggle book (also known as Katie Allen)

✅ A Dreamspun Beyond book 😓 It used to be a subscription but now they’re single purchase books. Waaaah, I wanted to try a subscription 😋

Watching

 ✅ Watch more than the first episode of Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency.

Playing

Start

Finish

I have so many games that I am half way through and really need to finish. I have a tendency to not finish a game even though I am really near the end because I think I need to keep playing and experiencing more of the story.

  • Mass Effect 3 – my save file from Mass Effect 2 corrupted 😥 and I need to go back and play the last boss battle to get it back. It was such a blow that I haven’t been back but I just really love the series and need to finish it!

Dream Daddy.


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Comfort Zone Challenge: Battle Creek (2015)

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Second Last Month!

For this month’s challenge, I decided that I would try and tackle a television police show. I’m not the biggest fan of police procedurals or any type of crime show, so I had to try and find something that I would like but also still challenge my comfort zone. So immediately dismissing Brooklyn 99 as an option (because I love that show) I tried to find something that was both gritty and funny.

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Comfort Zone Challenge: Get Out (2017)

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Almost Over!

I was naughty and didn’t post last month, the main reason why was because I really struggled with this (and last months) challenge. I failed the first time so I figured I would give myself another month to try… I failed again.

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Comfort Zone Challenge: Western (Pinkerton Man Series by C.J. Baty)

Comfort Zone Challenge - 3Half way there! 

This month I challenged myself to try the Western genre. My thoughts on the Western genre are somewhat limited to John Wayne, the knowledge my Grandad liked them, and the fact that they’re the old man version of Mills and Boon books.

So with that in mind I, once again, tried to find something that was of the genre but something that I would enjoy. So by some incredible stoke of luck I found a book while shelving that was both a Western and a gay romance!

So, happy Comfort Zone Pride Month!

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Rat Queens Volume One: Sass and Sorcery

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rat-queens-vol-01Rat Queens Volume One: Sass and Sorcery

Written by Kurtis J Wiebe.

Art by Roc Upchurch.

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Six Word Summary: Intrigued. Compelled. Need to read more.

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Blurb: Who are the Rat Queens?

They’re a pack of booze-guzzling, death-dealing battle maidens-for-hire and they’re in the business of killing all the god’s creatures for profit. Meet Hannah the Rockabilly Elven Mage, Violet the Hipster Dwarven Fighter, Dee the Atheist Human Cleric and Betty the Hippy Smidgen Thief.

This modern spin on an old school genre is a violent, monster-killing epic that is like Buffy meets Tank Girl in a Lord of the Rings world on crack!

Collecting Rat Queens #1-5!


Release Date: March 26, 2014.
Length: 128 pages.
Genre: Graphic Novel & Fantasy.
Read as a: Paperback.

My Thoughts: I really enjoyed this graphic novel, it had me smiling, cringing, and (a truly rare occurrence) actually snorting. The first book, Sass and Sorcery is really in your face as the characters, world, and kind of bloody minded humour of the world is set up. Pages had me holding the book away from myself, taking in the bloody sense, others had me smirking at the banter between the Rat Queens, but as the book went on the more I felt connected to the story and the characters. Continue reading “Rat Queens Volume One: Sass and Sorcery”

My Favourite Queer Films

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As someone who has previously studied film at a tertiary level, I have a intense appreciation for film and all that it can represent. Queer representation in film was a focus of mine, and even though I may be a bit rusty and not as up to date with films as I once was, I still know what I like. Which, fair warning, tends to be comedies or cheesy romances.

The Celluloid Closet (1995)

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The Celluloid Closet is a 1995 American documentary film directed and written by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman. The film is based on Vito Russo’s book of the same name first published in 1981 and on lecture and film clip presentations he gave in 1972–1982. Russo had researched the history of how motion pictures, especially Hollywood films, had portrayed gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender characters.

The Celluloid Closet is an important queer film because it documents and discusses the history of non-heterosexual characters within early Hollywood films. The film talks about how these characters were hidden in subtext, how they were portrayed as villains, and how censorship affects visibility. Continue reading “My Favourite Queer Films”