Release Blitz, Review & Giveaway - Dinner at the Blue Moon Cafe by Rick R Reed











Publisher: Dreamspinner Press




Length: 67,000 words




Cover: Aaron Anderson




Blurb




A monster moves through the night, hidden by the darkness, taking men, one by one, from Seattle's gay gathering areas.

Amid an atmosphere of crippling fear, Thad Matthews finds his first true love working in an Italian restaurant called the Blue Moon Cafe. Sam Lupino is everything Thad has ever hoped for in a man: virile, sexy as hell, kind, and he can cook!

As their romance heats up, the questions pile up. Who is the killer preying on Seattle's gay men? What secrets is Sam's Sicilian family hiding? And more importantly, why do Sam's unexplained disappearances always coincide with the full moon?

The strength of Thad and Sam's love will face the ultimate test when horrific revelations come to light beneath the full moon.


Excerpt


From the moment Thad stepped through the front door of the Blue Moon Cafe, the decor cleared up any mystery about what kind of food they served. The little cafe, with its mahogany bar along one wall, its grouping of maybe a dozen tables, and its faux-tin ceiling, could have been straight out of central casting for Italian joint. Thad saw the requisite checkered tablecloths, the oil paintings of Italian landmarks like the canals of Venice, the Coliseum, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and St. Peters Square. And yes, each table sported a candle plugged into the opening of an empty green-glass Chianti bottle. A TV sat above the bar, thankfully turned off.


Buona Sera by Louis Prima played from the overhead speaker system. Thad was certain the rest of the evening would be peppered with the likes of Dean Martin, Jerry Vale, Rosemary Clooney, and of course, Sinatra. Underneath the music was the usual restaurant orchestra: conversation, laughter, the clink of glassware and the tinkle of silverware.

The scents of garlic, oregano, basil, and tomatoes perfumed the air. Over a counter at the rear of the restaurant, Thad could see into the kitchen: a wood-burning oven, chefs busy at their stations, the occasional upsurge of flame as one of them poured alcohol into a pan and ignited it by tipping the pan. Thad's mouth began to water.

He already liked this place.

And he liked it even more when he saw the bartender, who was busy drying wineglasses and reaching up to hang them upside down on a rack above the bar. He was a compact little guy, olive skin and shaved head. His muscles tested the endurance of the black T-shirt he wore, and even from his vantage near the hostess stand, Thad could make out the thick black five o'clock shadow that covered his jaw. He was just the kind of guy Thad fantasized about. One who would take him roughly and be in charge.

Stop it, now! I'm in Green Lake, not Capitol Hill. This guy probably has a wife and two kids at home and would not appreciate how I'm imagining how he would look should the seams of that tight T-shirt burst and reveal a defined and hairy chest. He wouldn't cotton at all to my thoughts of wondering how his asshole would taste, for crying out loud.

Or maybe he would.

Thad grinned and bounced up and down a couple of times on his heels, feeling strangely energized and definitely a little smitten.

Shut up, horndog. Behave yourself.

REVIEW:

Rick R Reed is a New Author to me and i'll be honest i haven't read many Horror books. I am however a huge fan of M/M and Paranormal reads, and i do like to think i'm open to all Genre of reads. So i thought why not, and i can honestly say i really did enjoy this book, more than i was expecting to. It wasn't as gruesome as i expected it to be or maybe i was just very nervous about reading it, so was pleasantly surprised that it didn't scare the bejesus out of me!!

There is someone or something stalking the streets of Seattle's gay district looking for young gay men to kill. I liked the fact that we started this book off in the mind of the killer and that we got to hear their thoughts before they went for the kill. It definitely added more to the story getting that side of events.

Thad is a bit down on his luck he's recently lost his job and is currently in limbo going through the same routines day in day out. When he decides to try out the new Italian restaurant The Blue Moon cafe.
 Sam has recently moved to Seattle opening a family run restaurant. The connection between these two is instant and strong. Sam is everything Thad has ever dreamed of. He's compassionate , giving, and handsome. But as their love grows so do the questions. Why do Sam's unexplained disappearances always coincide with the full moon? 

The twists and turns made this engrossing.  It's a very good paranormal / chiller. Prepare yourself for a unique blend of dark suspense.


Author Bio


Rick R. Reed is all about exploring the romantic entanglements of gay men in contemporary, realistic settings. While his stories often contain elements of suspense, mystery and the paranormal, his focus ultimately returns to the power of love.

He is the author of dozens of published novels, novellas, and short stories. He is a three-time EPIC eBook Award winner (for Caregiver, Orientation and The Blue Moon Cafe). He is also a Rainbow Award Winner for both Caregiver and Raining Men. Lambda Literary Review has called him, "a writer that doesn't disappoint."

Rick lives in Seattle with his husband and a very spoiled Boston terrier. He is forever "at work on another novel." 

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