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Careened: Winter Solstice in Madierus (Baal's Heart) Paperback – May 13, 2016
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About the Author
Artist, Writer, Dog Lover - http://www.beydeckard.com
Canadian indie author Bey Deckard wanted to be many things when he grew up: veterinarian, vampire, paleontologist, crane operator, sniper, ophthalmologist, brain surgeon, marine biologist, lawyer, forensic anthropologist, set designer, underwater archaeologist, mortician, rock star, philanthropist... but writer was not on the list. Artist wasn’t there either because he’d been drawing and paintings since he was a tot and figured that made him one already.
Freelance graphic design paid the bills while Bey levelled up with a BFA in Art History (minor in Anthro). However, he landed in the tech world where the degree was worth FA, and stayed there for over a decade before leaving, thoroughly sick of working for The Man. That’s when the writing started, and Bey still can’t believe it wasn’t on that list above because he absolutely loves doing it and can’t really imagine doing anything else.
Bey’s books aren’t quite romance and aren’t quite erotica, and they jump from genre to genre, but they’re all character driven and he likes to think they’re interesting.
These days, if Bey’s not writing or working on graphics, you’ll find him posting pics of his best buddy and constant canine companion Murphy, cooking up some tasty vegetarian eats, hanging out on facebook, or sitting back to watch a movie with a drink (or many).
As a reader, Bey’s usual staples are biographical works, medical research papers, all sorts of history books (nautical, medieval, and medical being his favourites), science fiction, fantasy, horror, KGB/CIA thrillers, and graphic novels.
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Top Customer Reviews
If someone asked me to describe the emotion of Baal's Heart in one word, that word would be Gobsmacked! On the surface, this is a story of Jon's self-discovery, coming of age amongst pirates but after a few chapters you realize that, yes it is a story of self-discovery but not only Jon's. He may be the newest member of the crew but Captain Baltsaros and First Mate Tom also learn and grow, not always forward but life is that way, three steps forward and two steps back.
I'm doing an overall series review because this is not a tale where you can read just one, Baal's Heart is a package deal and trust me, it's a package you won't want to return. Don't get me wrong, it is not all sunshine and roses, this is a tale of filled with darkness and grit but that does not mean there is no happiness and triumph because it is chock full of all of it. This is not for the faint-of-heart, much of the boys' journey may be hard to take, good and bad, but for me it was worth it.
Jon, Tom, and Baltsaros' relationship is more than just a ménage or threesome, it is a complicated, messy at times, unsure, but a relationship from the heart for sure. The sexy times are off the charts, the heat is just short of starting your Kindle or paperback ablaze. This journey is a tale of so much more than just sex and passion, there is plenty of drama, violence, piracy, backstabbing, underhandedness, but there is also lots of friendship, compassion, and plain heart. Bey Deckard is a new author for me but Baal's Heart will not be the only thing I'll be reading, can't wait to check out more of his work. I went searching for tales of pirates when the newest season of Starz' Black Sails began back in January, there may be more fantasy than history in this series, I was not disappointed and highly recommend this series to anyone who looks for an amazing story with unforgettable characters, history fan or not, don't let this one pass you by.
What a nice surprise. I’ve been missing this series, and this short was a wonderful revisit to the pirate world of John, Tom and Captain Baltsaros. The story begins at a point when John has distanced himself from Tom and the captain. Though it isn’t clear at first what happened to cause his withdrawal, it becomes clear that John had been assaulted. Tom does his best to bring John around and the winter holiday is the best time of year for showing one another how much they care.
This story was touching and sweet, but also erotic with some dark undertones. When I learned what was bothering John, I imagined I’d missed something, but I’m sure now that the event had to have happened in the interval between books. Since I am still starving for details about the event, I’m wondering if this is some kind of prelude or peek into what will follow in book #4. Overall, this book was an awesome extension to the Baal’s Heart Series. I love seeing these three together so much that I would be happy if the series continued on indefinitely like a soap opera. I recommend this book to anyone who read and loved Bey Deckard’s Baal’s Heart Series.
Jon is struggling with nightmares, but Tom, always the peacemaker between the three, thinks he has the perfect plan to pull Jon out of his head for a while.
When Baltsaros tells Jon the story of Winter Solstice, or Corestmas, they decide it would do them all three some good to celebrate.
The story is brief but it was just enough to allow us to peek inside a little bit and see that everything is going to be okay.
These three might fight and squabble, which is part of the fun and I caught myself grinning from ear to ear, but above all they love each other and I can’t wait to see what they get up to next.