Effigy in Garnet
Well, my goodness. A literary vampire tale that does not have the word “vampire” in it. It’s a love story, of course, not a vampire story. Still, how could I possibly refuse this one…?
ps. This is a really good story. – Tyree Campbell, Managing Editor, Sam’s Dot Publishing
A “Keeper”… — Barbara Custer, Editor, Night To Dawn
Silver Apples of the Moon
Sharon Bidwell is definitely one to watch. Silver Apples of the Moon (ROADWORKS#13) was a story I couldn’t resist. It had all the elements that are important, including originality, great characterisation – you can almost feel the pain and anguish – and sensitivity that makes the reader remember the story long after reading it. As an editor, I read a lot of stories, most of which I don’t remember, but this one had me gripped from start to finish. This is a writer who’s going places.’ – Trevor Denyer, Editor, Roadworks.
Bitter and Intoxicating (from Red Velvet and Absinthe anthology)
I loved Bitter and Intoxicating. I devoured it in one sitting. It skews perfectly with my own sensibilities, especially IN THE BLOOD. — Rick Reed, Author.
Writing quality: Certainly doesn’t disappoint, perfect typography and grammar. Overall very well-written; I couldn’t have done better with editing and structure. Complaints: Really none at all *grin* erotica is my favorite genre once again. Stories I liked: Favorite is Bitter and Intoxicating by Sharon Bidwell, by far! Hot hot hot! – caffevitale
This was an interesting tale, filled with passion, fervor and artistry both in the descriptive use of the words and the subject matter. – Vampirique Dezire
Equal Opportunities (Radgepacket Volume 5)
Arachne’s Labours (previously published at Full of Crow)
“The story’s brilliant. Very poetic, very disturbing, leaves you wanting more.”
Acting Out (Calm & Chaos 1)
“The story draws you in, this dance the two of them have towards Alex seducing Nick both into making the film and into becoming his lover, as both men discover exactly what it is they want and need from each other. I love Alex’s confidence, his dominance and his yearning to teach Nick what being a gay man is all about. I love Nick’s shyness and his eventual letting go of his inhibitions to realize what he has been all along.
The two men are charming, hot, sexyand the story flows along at a fast pace, delivering surprises and insights into the two men and their lives which I really enjoyed. I loved getting to know Nick’s family and his disapproving brother Charles, and I LOVED Nick’s dad and his understanding and love for his son. And Alex and Nick’s first lovemaking scene was warm, tender, hot and just right. There are some funny lines, some emotional moments and a lot of wonderful, warm fuzzy feelings for me in this book.” – The Romance Reviews
Delightful! Simply delightful! This Fling is very well written, with a degree of character development that is suited to the length. … Both are endearing, and it is the characters that make the storyline. Alex’s fight with himself was truly entertaining, and Mani’s (the man in white) own innocence was cleverly portrayed. There is some sex between the characters, which is at times rather unusual, as only sex between human and incorporeal can be. The sex is not the centre of the storyline though, the romance between the pair is – and a charming romance it is, too. That’s not to say the sex is not great, it is. Wonderfully described and fairly varied. Space, Man is an excellent, smooth flowing, out-of-the-ordinary quick read. –Elizabeth Marie (JERR)
The character of Bray of the typical beach bum was hysterical. Alex’s response to Bray’s offer for a last ‘butt’(Sex) was highly amusing. Alex’s response to his initial encounter with Mani was memorable! Mani’s strangely beautiful looks hooked Alex in spite of his promises to himself. The situations that Mani got Alex in were both comical and intriguing. It was wonderful to watch the evolution of Alex and Mani’s relationship and how they overcame their differences. Thanks go to *Ms. Bidwell* for such a heartwarming story. — Teresa, Fallen Angel Reviews
A very funny and tender story, about a man that fears the pain of loss and about a space man who wants for the first time to be with another soul, to belong to another person. I love all I have read by Sharon Maria Bidwell, and this little story gain a very special place in my preferences. – Elisa Roile (Italy)
Totally agree with your reviews!
I’m going to check out your other books, and you can’t stop me!
Keep up the good work!
Really powerful stuff. Completely gripping. (Comment on Degrees of Sickness short story published by Midnight Street).
– Reader Comments
I know absolutely nothing about British nineteenth century class distinctions yet it felt real to me even in its remoteness. You were absolutely right when you said “You think you know this story, but you don’t…”
I have to say, as an admirer of BBWs, your comparison of Margaret’s sex with Rose’s father shook me up … it still lingers with me … and yet you totally nailed your intention in that scene. I suspect it will be a long time before I forget that one. Not to mention the ending…
But the novelette of “manners” the whole E.M. Forrester feel to the meeting at the graveyard at the beginning … there is so much to the story that fascinates me. Yet above all, your story felt real. Thank you for the incredible read.
–Diane Charles Linford-author
“I read your story, not knowing what to expect … I am well impressed.” — Reader Comments
A Slow Fuzzy Screw
I enjoyed learning about these two very different men along with their histories, fears and desires. The blistering hot sex scenes took my breath away. – Robin, Romance Junkies
…‘not to be missed’: … a unique story which is not so much a love story as it is the story of two men, each with painful pasts… — Tara, Two Lips Reviews
Fans of M/M and BDSM will delight in the eroticism of this tale, while at the same time be moved by the hurt both of these men have felt in their past. This isn’t a happily ever after story, no, it’s more one of possibilities and an acceptance that they both need while at the same time sparking something that could develop into a happily ever after. — Bitten by Books
The story focuses on two interesting characters, with equally complex backgrounds. Especially enjoyable are the flashbacks to Leon’s past, how they are interspersed throughout the story and provide insight to a complex character. The story concentrates greatly on the senses, in particular smell and touch. The descriptions provided for Shayne and Leon create a powerful experience for the reader. … You will not be disappointed! — Emily, Rainbow Reviews
The uncertainty of Shayne and Leon about this mating is a masterpiece. — Elisa Rolle
Normally, I want my gay romance to be all happily ever afters. But, sometimes a dose of reality hits just the right key. That is not to say this has an unhappy ending. Just that the two men that come together aren’t experiencing love at first sight. They have found someone to share their sorrow, ease their loneliness and maybe start to build something meaningful with. … I really enjoyed this story because we got backstory about Leon’s people … some depth of character for Shayne, a bit more about the mysterious Cody (the host of Del Fantasma) and, oh yeah, hot sex. Really hot sex. … These two men understand the real world and that happiness doesn’t happen in an instant. They’ll have to work for it, but that’s what makes it worthwhile. Highly recommended. — jshillingford
Bidwell deserves kudos for elevating an erotic, ménage vampire tale to such a cerebral level that I wasn’t sure how the story would end. The characterizations are particularly strong in Virgin Special. Bidwell gives the reader a lot of background on each person, with plenty of vivid flashbacks so that their motivations are crystal clear. This is a good thing because the heart-stopping ending pays off handsomely. I would have been okay with either outcome. — marame (Rainbow Reviews)
For me, the heart of VIRGIN SPECIAL was Seth. Cranky, irascible, moody and brooding. Hardly the hero, eh? Yeah, he is. He made me think of a young Heathcliff, with fangs. He loved Hannah from the moment he first met her, while she was still human. And what Hannah wants, Seth makes sure that Hannah gets. That doesn’t mean that Seth welcomes James with open arms. Far from it. Making friends with Seth is kind of like making friends with a tiger – a really moody tiger with great big fangs. In order for the trio to bond, Seth has to learn to love James and then convince him that he doesn’t want to die. This is a hard place for Seth to be – he would give up everything, including his own existence, to see Hannah happy. … I wouldn’t recommend starting the series with this book. Pick one of the earlier books and get a feel for the world of DEL FANTASMA. But you HAVE to read this book. It’s been a while since I felt so good about seeing my fictional friends get their happily ever after. I was smiling through my tears. —yoshi (Wild About Books)
“This story…wow. Just…wow!
– Reader Comments
Cosmic is an incredible journey of passion and love played out in the stars… – Joyfully Reviewed
Bidwell creates scenes that are palpable and intriguing. She vividly describes the tensions and conflicts between the characters, and she goes on to create a universe with much thought and creativity. Axel, with his almost antagonistic personality traits, and Snake, with his shy demeanor, makes delicious moments come to life lucidly. And the introduction of Sela is a good twist. … A good read, and worth checking out! – Rainbow Reviews
Cosmic is an adventure in space full of secrets and intrigue. … emotional turmoil … irresistible love … – Literary Nymphs
The One That Got Away (Shifting Perspectives 2):
A fish, a pigeon, and a swan. Unusual creatures with unusual tales of love lost and discovered await you … all three stories presented in this anthology have merit in that they take you on very different aspects of shape-shifting, and will definitely holdinterest for fans of this genre. – Rainbow Reviews
“A fish tale that is very much an original, this story was a truly refreshing look at those old fish stories you heard growing up as a kid. Of course, it also makes me wonder if that big old catfish in my mom’s pond may be more than meets the eye… Hmm, I might have to do some fishing this summer.” – Bitten by Books
“I Do” An anthology in support of marriage equality:
A sad, yet heart-warming story of one man’s insecurities and his struggle to learn to love again. And this time it feels so right in Swansong by Sharon Maria Bidwell. – Alternative Read Reviews
Death, love, loss and hope. The ingredients for angst and redemption are all there. So much emotion is packed into this little story it’s hard to believe it doesn’t read over the top, but it’s just right. It might be a slightly painful reflection of what life is for some men, but it’s also a realistic one and promising. (Swansong by Sharon Maria Bidwell). – Dark Diva Reviews
Due to the variety of the anthology there is sure to be something for every romance lover. There are fantasy, historical, contemporary settings mixed with action, humor, heartbreak, child birth and throughout each there is a distinct thread of romance. Some stories are longer than othersbut each is a well written introduction to engaging characters that involve you in a snippet of their lives. From sweet romance to scorching sex, the heat level varies but surprisingly keeps you interested from story to story. In an anthology this long with as many varying voices and styles, it’s rare to have such a solid group of authors and stories. Combined with the excellent cause the proceeds support, this is a definite buy for all romance lovers. – Kassa – 3 AM
Like a lot of people, I’m not always a fan of anthologies. For a typical volume with 20 short stories, you’ll find a couple that are wonderful, a couple that are appallingly bad, and the rest somewhere in the middle, a big lump of mediocrity. It’s annoying to shell out full price for a book you know it’s likely you’ll only enjoy a small portion of, so with a few exceptions, I tend to shy away from anthologies. This is one of those exceptions. … It’s amazing. Really, there wasn’t a single story of the twenty presented here I didn’t enjoy in some way. … Also, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the beautiful way the book is set up. – Genre Reviews
How swell that good intentions combine with entertaining writing. – Richard Labonte, Lavendar Magazine
This anthology offers everything from warm, thought-provoking stories to erotica. The result is a varied mixture of mostly quality work…This anthology would make an excellent addition to any established GLBT fiction collection. – Jason D.Phillips GLBT-RT
I think I’ve mentioned before that anthologies usually make me twitch. … It’s rare that I read an entire anthology. It’s even rarer when every one of the entries is good. Congratulations. – Jayne, Dear Author