New Releases: April 18th, 2014

April 18, 2014

Control by Cardeno C. & Mary Calmes

 

Openly gay since he was a teen, Vy—a hawk shifter—worries he’ll be alone, because two males can’t be mates. That is until he meets Robert.

Vy Aleknos is the leader of a hawk shifter flock. Openly gay since he was a teen, Vy is proud and self-assured on the outside, while secretly worrying he’ll be forced to spend his life alone because two males can’t be mates. When bear shifter Robert Cimino appears in Vy’s small town, Vy realizes his concerns were unfounded — he has a male mate, and a sexy, dominant one to boot.

 

Robert is a bear shifter who refuses to shift. Immediately attracted to Vy, he deviates from his normal pattern and seeks more than a one off with the powerful, bristly hawk. But Robert’s affections are rooted in his human form, and when Vy discovers Robert doesn’t recognize him as his mate, he pulls away. If Robert wants to stay with Vy, he must convince a man deeply ruled by his animal instincts to give their relationship as humans a chance.

 

Length: Novel (220p.) | Genre:  Paranormal, Werewolves/Shapeshifters, Erotic Romance

Release Date: April 18, 2014

Buy as eBook ($6.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-742-4) | Buy as Paperback ($14.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-741-7)

 

 

 

 

Loving Jay by Renae Kaye

 

Liam can’t be gay. His dad won’t allow it. End of. He can’t be gay—so why does colorful, flamboyant Jay make him weak in the knees?

One thing Liam Turner knows for sure is that he’s not gay—after all, his father makes it very clear he’ll allow no son of his to be gay. And Liam believes it, until a chance meeting with James “Jay” Bell turns Liam’s world upside-down. Jay is vivacious and unabashedly gay—from the tips of his bleached hair to the ends of his polished nails. With a flair for fashion, overreaction, and an inability to cork his verbal diarrhea, drama queen Jay must have a screw loose.

 

An accident as a teenager left Liam with a limp and a fear of driving. He can’t play football anymore either, and that makes him feel like less of a man. But that’s no reason to question his sexuality… unless the accident broke something else inside him. When being with Jay causes Liam’s protective instincts to emerge, Liam starts to believe all he’s known in life has been a convenient lie. From intolerance to confrontations, Liam must learn to overcome his fears—and his father—before he can accept his sexuality and truly love Jay.

 

Length: Novel (200p.) | Genre:  Contemporary, Humor | Release Date: April 18, 2014

Buy as eBook ($6.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-630-4) | Buy as Paperback ($14.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-629-8)

New Releases: April 16th, 2014

April 16, 2014

Escape from CONICA by Robert Cummings

 

After learning the truth about a deadly virus, Phil is kidnapped. He strikes to break free and save his husband Ted from being infected.

In an America that achieved equality long before our own, Phillip Barcardi works as a security contractor. He’s hired as a site commander at a major pharmaceutical company, only to be kidnapped from his post after learning the truth about an aggressive virus spreading across the East Coast, one that targets homosexuals. A small group of wealthy and powerful dissenters are hell-bent on forming a “New World Order” that will remold society into their twisted vision. As US citizens are choosing sides for or against homosexuals, Phil’s husband, Theodore Rosenberg, a high school teacher, is sent to a “containment” zone where accused homosexuals are infected rather than saved—all by executive order of the President. As Ted struggles to understand what’s happening around him, Phil strives to break free before the people in power infect Ted with the deadly virus. No matter what it takes, Phil will fight his way to Ted, even if it means exposing himself to the virus. He only hopes he won’t be too late to save them both.

 

Length: Novel (210p.) | Genre:  Science Fiction | Release Date: April 16, 2014

Buy as eBook ($6.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-578-9) | Buy as Paperback ($14.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-577-2)

 

 

 

The Pack or the Panther & Wolf in Gucci Loafers by Tara Lain (Print Only)

Tales of the Harker Pack: Books One & Two

 

The Pack or the Panther

 

Cole Harker, son of an alpha werewolf, is bigger and more powerful than most wolves, tongue-tied in groups, and gay. For twenty-four years, he’s lived to please his family and pack—even letting them promise him in marriage to female werewolf Analiese to secure a pack alliance and help save them from a powerful gangster who wants their land. Then Cole meets Analiese’s half-brother, panther shifter Paris Marketo, and for the first time, Cole wants something for himself.

 

When Analiese runs off to marry a human, Cole finally has a chance with Paris, but the solitary cat rejects him, the pack, and everything it represents. Then Cole discovers the gangster wants Paris too and won’t rest until he has him. What started as a land dispute turns into World War Wolf! But the bigger fight is the battle between cats and dogs.

 

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Socialite Lindsey Vanessen wants someone to love who will love him back—an impossibility for a gay, half-human, half-werewolf. Too aggressive for humans, too gay for wolves, and needing to protect the pack from human discovery, Lindsey tries to content himself with life as a successful businessman. But when someone starts kidnapping members of wealthy families, Lindsey meets tough cop Seth Zakowsy—the hunky embodiment of everything Lindsey wants but can’t have.

 

Seth has never been attracted to flamboyant men. What would the guys in the department think of Lindsey? But intrigue turns to lust when he discovers Lindsey’s biting, snarling passion more than matches his dominant side. It might mean a chance at love for a cop in black leather and a wolf in Gucci loafers.

 

Length: Novel (320p.) | Genre:  Paranormal, Werewolves/Shapeshifters

Release Date: April 16, 2014

Buy as Paperback ($17.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-752-3)

 

 

 

Wolf in Gucci Loafers by Tara Lain

 

Intrigue turns to lust when tough cop Seth discovers the biting, snarling passion of Lindesy, who is half-human, half-werewolf.

Sequel to The Pack or the Panther

Tales of the Harker Pack: Book Two

 

Socialite Lindsey Vanessen wants someone to love who will love him back—an impossibility for a gay, half-human, half-werewolf. Too aggressive for humans, too gay for wolves, and needing to protect the pack from  human discovery, Lindsey tries to content himself with life as a successful businessman. But when someone starts kidnapping members of wealthy families, Lindsey meets tough cop Seth Zakowsy—the hunky embodiment of everything Lindsey wants but can’t have.

 

Seth has never been attracted to flamboyant men. What would the guys in the department think of Lindsey? But intrigue turns to lust when he discovers Lindsey’s biting, snarling passion more than matches his dominant side. It might mean a chance at love for a cop in black leather and a wolf in Gucci loafers.

 

Length: Novella (234p.) | Genre: Paranormal, Werewolves/Shapeshifters

Release Date: April 16, 2014

Buy as eBook ($5.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-451-5)

 

 

 

Haunted Heart by Susan Laine

 

Duncan wants to hire Ruben, an artist, but Ruben is agoraphobic. Duncan sees past Ruben’s anxiety and tries to coax him out of his shell.

Duncan Kerr is the art director of Enamored Press, an erotic romance publisher based in Seattle. An open submissions call for new artists yields an imaginative book cover with rich details and bold colors that catches his interest. After a few more samples of work and some e-mails, Duncan is determined to hire the talented young artist on a permanent basis.

 

But Ruben Winterbottom isn’t an average freelance artist. His agoraphobia leaves him terrified to set foot outside his secluded house in the woods by the Olympic National Park. Living alone, fear is Ruben’s sole companion.

 

When the two men meet, Ruben has a panic attack and hides away. Although confused, Duncan sees past Ruben’s anxiety to his artistic gifts and beautiful soul. So he sets out to coax the young man out of his shy shell.

 

Falling in love with a broken boy, however, might be the first draft of heartbreak.

 

Length: Novella (162p.) | Genre: Contemporary  | Release Date: April 16, 2014

Buy as eBook ($4.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-686-1)

Eagle’s Blood Release Party final post

April 14, 2014

Well faithful readers, we’ve arrived at the final post for the “Eagle’s Blood” release party. It’s always fun for me sharing some of my raptor knowledge with new people. I hope all of you have enjoyed it too. So, now for the part that everyone’s been waiting on…THE GIVEAWAY…so for a chance to win an e-copy of “Eagle’s Blood” and to prove that you’ve read some of the previous post. In the comments below, answer both of these questions. What is the name of P&W officer who helped Brock rescue the eaglet? And, what color is the vet wrap the Landon uses to patch Brock up? In a couple of hours I’ll check the replies and randomly pick a winner.

So on the good news front, for folks who enjoy “Eagle’s Blood” the second book “Grizzly Discovery” is already in the editing queue. Landon and Brock are back and in the fight of their lives as they try to find the poachers who are killing bears. All this, while they’re trying to work out their own relationship.

I hope everyone has a great week and a happy Easter.

If you want to keep up with the things going on in my writing, stop by my website www.ajmarcus.com, or my facebook page . I love hearing for readers.

Thanks for your kind attention this afternoon.

Fly free!

A.J.

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April 14, 2014

A.J. here again. Since we’re celebrating the release of “Eagle’s Blood” today, we might as well have a final scene as we wind down. This is a scene where Landon patches Brock up from the eagle scratches.

He turned and looked at Brock. A dark stain marred his uniform. “What happened to you?”

Brock glanced down at his shirt. “Shit, I must be bleeding worse than I’d thought.”

Concerned, Landon hurried over to him. “That was your blood on the bird?”

“Probably the fresher stuff.” Brock frowned.

“Take your shirt off and let me clean that up for you.” He rushed over to his supply cabinet and grabbed a bottle of alcohol and one of peroxide.

“You don’t need to,” Brock said. “I can stop by the house and get cleaned up.”

Landon shook his head as he grabbed a towel and ran it under warm water. “It will only take a minute. I take it you put her in your shirt on the way up the cliff.”

“Yeah, since there was only one, it seemed like the thing to do.”

“You kept her warmer.” Landon started back toward Brock. “But it wasn’t the smartest thing to do.” He nearly stopped as Brock laid his uniform shirt on the metal exam table beside him and then pulled off the torn white T-shirt underneath. He’d known Brock for a couple of years, knew he was in good shape, but he’d never dreamed he was hiding such a perfect body under his tan uniform. Blond hair covered the massive chest. Landon took a deep breath and reminded himself that he was going to have to be clinical. He and Brock had a good relationship. It was important for a rehabber to be on good terms with P&W. But spring was always a busy time, and it had been awhile since he’d even had a date, much less touched a man like Brock.

“The important thing for me was saving her life.” Brock laid the T-shirt on top of his uniform.

One of the things Landon liked about Brock was his devotion to the wild animals. A few weeks ago, Brock had searched for the den of a mother mountain lion that had been hit by a car. It had taken him two days to find it, but he’d shown up on Landon’s doorstep with two little cubs that didn’t even have their eyes open. “You’ve had a tetanus shot recently?”

Brock nodded. “We have to stay current on those for work.”

“Good.” Landon reached out with the towel and ran it over Brock’s chest to clean away the blood. Stay clinical, he told himself, trying to ignore his racing pulse and tightening crotch. “I don’t think this is going to need stitches. If she’d been a little older, that might not have been the case. Even little, these birds can do a lot of damage with their feet. The biggest fear now is infection. Nests aren’t the cleanest places in the world.”

“Yeah, I’ll be more careful next time.” Brock’s eyes followed Landon’s hand as it moved across his chest.

Once the blood was cleared away, Landon grabbed the bottle of peroxide. “This is going to sting a bit.” Before Brock could reply, he held the towel under the scratches and poured the peroxide across them.

Brock hissed through clenched teeth as his blue eyes widened. “Yeah, that burns,” he sighed when it was over.

Landon dabbed his chest with the towel. “I don’t think we need the alcohol at this point. But we should bandage the wound.” He went back to his supply cupboard. Turning away from Brock made it easier for him to think. The urge to run his fingers across the massive, furry chest was strong. He didn’t even know how Brock would take any kind of advance from him. But damn, the man was hot.

After grabbing a tube of triple antibiotic ointment, a large bandage, and some medical tape, Landon turned back to Brock. The ranger was still sitting on the stool. Still looking sexy as all hell. “Due to the spread of the scratches, we’re going to need a large bandage. We can use medical tape, which is going to pull hair when it comes off, or we can use vet wrap, but I’ll need to go all the way around you with it.”

Brock thought for a moment. “What colors of vet wrap do you have?”

Landon set the things in his hands down on the table next to the uniform shirt. “What?” That hadn’t been a question he’d been expecting.

“Last time I checked, vet wrap comes in a lot of different colors. If you’ve got blue, red, or dark green, I’ll go for that. Otherwise we’ll just tape it on.”

“I think I’ve got some dark green.” Landon walked to the drawer with the vet wrap. “Most of my patients don’t care about the color of their bandages.”

Brock laughed. “I just don’t want to go with pink or anything weird. I don’t know  it would just make me feel strange, even if no one but me knew it was there.”

Damn, that almost sounds like he might be straight. “Okay, let me get some.”

A few minutes later, Landon had the bandage on and had wrapped the forest-green vet wrap around Brock’s bulging chest.

“Thanks.” Brock pulled his uniform shirt back on after rolling up the ruined T-shirt. “You saved me some time going back to the house.”

“Hey, anytime,” Landon replied. He handed the half-roll of vet wrap to Brock after he had his shirt buttoned. “Here, take this. You’ll need to change out the bandage when you go to bed tonight. You’ll probably need to do that for a couple of days. Put some kind of antibiotic ointment on it each time. If the scratches start to look funny, get to the doctor.  Eagle claws can carry some really nasty germs.”

Brock nodded. “Okay. Speaking of the eaglet, would it be okay if I stopped in and checked on her from time to time? I like eagles and she’s had a hard start to life.”

Happy with any excuse that would bring Brock back to his house, Landon smiled. “My door is always open. With it being spring, either I’m here or one of the volunteers is all the time.”

Brock smiled. His white teeth sparkled in his rugged, well-tanned, clean-shaven face. “Cool. If I’m in the area, I’ll swing by. I’ll try to call first to make sure you’re here.”

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To experience more of the chemistry between Brock and Landon, you’re going to have to read the book.
So we’re going to have time for one more post before we wrap things up for today. It’s going to be your last chance to get answers to all your pressing questions. If it isn’t apparent by now, I’m full of lots of useless bird facts. Does anyone out there know why owls fly silently? Or why hawks are so beneficial to our environment?

Eagle’s Blood Release Party post 4

April 14, 2014

Okay folks, you guys are being really quiet on the comments. That means it’s time to break out the pictures. Let’s see if some bird pictures will help folks liven up a bit.

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Here’s a handsome barn owl.

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This is a ferruginous hawk. They are the largest hawks in North America.

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This little guy is a male American Kestrel. Smallest of the falcons in NA.

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His name was Zephyr. A male red-tailed hawk I flew for 2 seasons. I hope he found a mate and is out making more awesome hunters.

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I’ll wrap up this round of bird pictures with a lovely snowy owl.

As much as hot romance plays a large part of “Eagle’s Blood” so too do the birds and other wildlife in the book. I’m hoping I did everyone justice. We’ll be wrapping this whole thing up in another couple of post. If there’s more you want to know about the book, Colorado, wildlife, I might even answer questions about me. But you all know that authors are kinda boring.

So what is your favorite wild critter?

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April 14, 2014

A.J. back again. So I’m sitting here, just finished up my taxes, you know how writers are with deadlines…but looking out my window, there’s a fair amount of rapidly melting snow outside and the mule deer are wandering past. It all reminds me of the day I started writing “Eagle’s Blood”. I already had an idea for the book, Landon the wildlife rehabber would fall in love with Brock the P&W officer. I just had to come up with a really cool way to start the book. Last year, about this time, we had a major spring blizzard come through. The spring snows in the Rockies can be some of the worst. Sitting here at my computer, watching the snow blow in an almost horizontal way, the opening scene came to life.

Here’s the opening scene from “Eagle’s Blood”

Chapter 1

The frigid wind lashed Parks and Wildlife officer Brock Summers as he rappelled down the cliff face. Even his heavy Carhartts over several thick layers weren’t enough to totally buffer him from the late-spring blizzard blasting against him. It was all he could do to hold on to the rope as he slid toward the eagle nest below him.

“How are you doing?” Dara Silverstein, his backup, asked through the radio.

“Cold,” Brock replied. “But I’m almost there.” Glancing below, he could see the large stick nest in the same place it had rested for many years. Green pine branches poking out of the snow on the nest told him the nest was in use this year. He didn’t see the customary shape of a brooding eagle. The fears that drove him to do the dangerous climb grew stronger.

“Just be careful,” Dara said. “We don’t even know if this is the right nest.”

“I am being careful.” Brock found the ledge with the tips of his toes. There wasn’t anything to get hold of to steady himself as the wind tried to pull him off the cliff. He struggled to keep his balance for a moment as he took a cautious step toward the nest. There was still no sign of the parent birds. Even in the blizzard, they should’ve appeared as soon as he and Dara approached the cliff. He’d known this pair for several years, most of the time he’d been stationed in Teller County, Colorado. They were extremely aggressive. That was why he wore the big clunky helmet that provided almost no warmth but would protect him if either of the golden eagles decided to dive-bomb him.

“I’m at the nest,” he said.

“What’s there?”

“No mother bird,” he replied, digging into the snow with one hand while holding on to his climbing rope with the other. His gloved fingers touched something that didn’t feel like a stick. He carefully uncovered the frozen remains of an eagle chick. “I’ve got one chick, looks to be about three weeks old. Frozen.”

“Damn,” Dara replied.

As Brock lifted the chick aside, something under it moved. He looked closer. A smaller eaglet shivered in the wind that now blasted it. “Got a younger one, alive.” Brock tried to move around so his body would block some of the wind from getting to the little eagle. Next to the tiny one, there was a third chick that wasn’t so lucky. Parts of it were missing.

“Do you need me to lower a basket down?” Dara asked.

“No, there’s just the one,” Brock replied. “I’ll carry it out. Besides, with this wind, I don’t think the basket would be safe.” He pulled his right glove off with his teeth so he could unzip his Carhartt and get the jacket under it open. Finally he’d opened all the way down to his T-shirt. The little eagle nipped at him as picked it up.

Brock chuckled. “Still got some spunk left in you.” The eaglet still had a bit of food in its crop. Glancing at the third chick that had lost pieces, Brock knew where the food had come from. He tucked the bird against his chest and closed his layered clothing around it. The little ball of fluff moved a couple of times, then settled in to sleep as the warm darkness surrounded it.

With a parting frown at the two chicks that hadn’t survived, Brock moved to the edge of the ledge where he could start back up the cliff face. He didn’t want to upset the actual structure of the nest. Eagles, maybe even the one he currently cradled, might want to use it in the future. It was in a prime location with plenty of prey around.

“Coming up,” he called to Dara as he grabbed the rope and started the long, slippery climb back to the top of the cliff.

“Just be careful,” she said. “If anything, the wind up here is getting worse.”

“Don’t tell me that,” Brock replied. “I expect it to be sunny and warm by the time I get up there.” Talking to Dara helped take his mind off the treacherous climb. If he wasn’t talking, he might over think  every part of what he was doing. To make it to the top, he had to relax and just let his body do what he did on a regular basis. He’d been climbing cliffs since his teen years. This was just another climb, like hundreds before it.

Dara laughed. “Yeah, I think I can convince myself it’s sunny and warm up here.”

“Hey, at least it’s not as cold as it was a couple of months ago. You know, when we had that stakeout in the blind with the high around zero.” He let his feet find the holds they needed to get up the cliff. It would’ve been so much easier in thinner, flexible shoes, but his feet would’ve been numb from cold before he’d even reached the nest if he’d done that. Even the foot warmers he currently had in wouldn’t have helped.

“There is that. I don’t think I would’ve agreed to help you then. I would’ve made one of the other guys come with you. That elk stakeout was bad enough without wind.”

Brock continued to find the footing he needed. “Yeah, but we got the poachers that time.”

“Yeah, we did.”

Brock’s left foot slipped and threw him off-balance . He grabbed hold of the rope to keep from sliding down, but he swung a bit. Deep in his shirt, the eagle moved. Its small, sharp talons tried to find something to cling to. It dug into Brock’s chest.

“Shit.”

“What’s wrong?” Dara asked.

“Lost my footing and the little guy decided to hold on to my chest. Glad he’s not much bigger, he could really do some damage.” Finding his footing again, Brock tried to ignore the pain and continue up the cliff face.

“Geez, I thought it was something major. I thought you were Mr. Macho Stud who could handle a little bit of pain now and then.”

“Tell you what,” Brock chuckled. “Let’s have this little guy grab hold of your tit and see what it feels like.”

“Tell him to aim right and you can have an interesting piercing.”

Brock was getting near enough to the top of the cliff that he could just barely make out what Dara was saying, over the wind, without the radio. “Nope, don’t really want to get a piercing from an eagle. Although, it would make an interesting conversation point to go along with that scar on my ass from that bear.”

Dara laughed. “I think most folks would rather you flash your chest at them than your ass any day.”

Brock cleared the top of the cliff. Dara offered him a hand to steady himself. The wind was worse than it had been down the cliff face.

“Let’s get back to the trucks.” Brock pulled the rope up and coiled it around his arm as Dara untied it from the ponderosa pine it was anchored to.

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We’ll get to a Landon scene in a little while.
So what are some of the scariest winter adventures that folks have had? After the winter that might be winding down, I’m sure there are a few out there.

Eagle’s Blood Release Party post 2

April 14, 2014

Hey, A.J. back here. I figure since this book is called “Eagle’s Blood” we’ll start out the wildlife related posts with one on Eagles…complete with pictures. YEAH pictures.

Eagles

Eagles, the largest birds of prey, have inspired an array of emotions in primates since the beginning of time. Certainly, all humans fear raptors flying toward them, and as a falconer, that was something I had to overcome. Predators, and eagles are predators, think it’s funny if you flinch. However, way back down the evolutionary tree, our ancestors were much smaller and the ancestors of the eagles were much larger. In the natural world, that made us prey. Fossilized remains have been found showing evidence of eagle predation on proto humans. So, it’s natural for us to be afraid.

Once we evolved far enough that we came off the eagles’ readily-available menu, we looked at the eagles with awe, emulating their powerful spirit. They inspired people to fly, literally, and sometimes with rather disastrous results before airplanes were invented. In time, they became symbols of power. The king of the gods, Zeus had an eagle as his symbol. The bald eagle is the symbol of the United States.

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Across our globe, there are approximately 63 species of eagles. The number changes a bit due to new scientific data. There is a lot of data that shows the ferruginous hawk of the American plains should be an eagle, but is still classified as a hawk. Eagles range in length from 16 to 39 inches and weigh from one to 16 pounds. Those 60 some odd birds are broken up into two sub families and twenty two genera. The largest genus, Aquila, includes the two eagle species we have here in North America the bald eagle and the golden eagle.

Eagles are extremely opportunistic and prey on everything from ground squirrels up to large monkeys, from fish to geese, even the occasional road kill. As apex predators, eagles take what they can catch. They are highly intelligent and use that to their advantage. In Spain, a group of Imperial eagles, a subspecies of golden eagles, have learned to take chamois sheep off of mountain sides, then soar back to their nest carrying a sheep that they wouldn’t be able to lift if it weren’t for the strong upslope wind currents along the cliffsides.

Here in the U.S., eagles taught us a hard lesson. As apex predators, they warned us of things going wrong in our world. Back in the late 1950s and early 1960s, farmers routinely sprayed the pesticide DDT on crops. We soon learned that it didn’t break down and instead contaminated our rivers and lakes. Fish and water fowl that lived in and on the water became toxic and the bald eagles, who preyed on the contaminated fish and water fowl, fell into a rapid decline. Where once bald eagles were a common sight, in just a few decades, their population crashed to where their very survival was endangered. With a lot of work from environmentalists, zoos, and falconers, the bald eagle once again soars the skies over North America, but its tale is a precautionary one to watch what we are doing to our environment before it’s too late.

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Eagles have been used in the sport of falconry for millennia. In medieval times, they were reserved for emperors since they were viewed as the emperor of birds. In Europe today, they are bred in captivity and a large number are flown by falconers in many different countries. In Mongolia, eaglers have many cultural traditions revolving around their birds. Here in the United States, where the Native Americans still revere the eagle as the messenger of the Gods, we have very strict regulations regarding the use of golden eagles for falconry and bald eagles are not allowed. Only a few falconers, in the U.S., fly eagles, and they must acquire a special permit in addition to their regular falconry license. The birds can only be taken from the wild under special conditions. It takes a lot to fly an eagle, but those who do think it’s worth the work.

Eagles top the evolutionary chain that began millions of years ago with dinosaurs. If you look into the eyes of an eagle, and you understand that in their mind they can still eat you. You are little more than a strangely-dressed ape, and monkeys are tasty. With their dagger-like talons, and sharp hooked beak, they are the embodiment of a predator. But beyond that, they are the ultimate in grace and power. Watching an eagle swoop out of a clear sky to take down a running jack rabbit, or scoop up a huge rainbow trout, is something you’ll never forget. Even today, these birds inspire the human soul in ways that no other creature on the planet ever will. If you get the chance go see them in their natural habitat, it’s a sight that will leave its mark on you forever.

Does anyone have any stories/encounters with eagles that they’d like to share? Eagles are one of the many birds that inspire me everyday. For me, there is nothing more thrilling than happening to come across an eagle on my day to day travels. And if you can’t tell, I love writing about them too.

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April 14, 2014

Greetings, A.J. Marcus here, taking over the Dreamspinner blog on release day of my latest book “Eagle’s Blood” which is book one of the Mountain Spirit series.

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“Eagle’s Blood” follows wildlife rehabilitator Landon and Colorado Parks and Wildlife officer Brock as they fight to save eagles from poachers and in the process find the love that’s been sitting right in front of them for several years.

I promise not to spend all afternoon talking about the book. There are so many more interesting things to talk about that helped me write the book. In the past, I was part of a wild bird rehabilitation center. I did a lot of photography for them, kept up their website, did education programs, releases and even occasionally actually rehabbed birds. There’s a lot that goes on behind the scenes to get wildlife that’s been injured back to where they belong. What kinds of things would you like to know about?

I’ll try and post some pictures of different critters and make this as interesting as possible. Toward the end of everything, I’ll post a blurb from the book and we’ll have a contest for an e-copy. I’m fairly flexible today, so what do you want to talk about? If you don’t tell me, I might be just tempted to post bird pictures all day. :D

New Releases: April 14th, 2014

April 14, 2014

The Crystal Lake by L.J. LaBarthe

 

The Brotherhood is moving to stop Naamah, the Grail thief. Michael and Gabriel’s love is tested as they join in on the hunt.

Sequel to The Wind-up Forest; Archangel Chronicles: Book Five

 

The thief of the Grail has been identified and the Brotherhood of Archangels is moving to counter her evil machinations. But as demons flock to the side of the thief and betray Hell, monsters are enslaved and shifters and an angel turn traitor. The love between Gabriel and Michael is tested as they join the rest of the Brotherhood on the trail of Naamah. Danger makes strange bedfellows in the form of Lucifer, the Archdemons, and Lilith.

 

A traitor lurks among the angels and humans, and the Venatores are discovering vital new information. Lovers Liam, a Necromancer, and Baxter, a shifter working for Michael’s Venatores unit, must face not just the living but the dead. Archangels Raziel and Uriel contend with demands on Raziel’s power that wear him to the brink of exhaustion. The Brotherhood will need all their strength to prevail against the threats surrounding them.

 

Length: Novel (260p.) | Genre: Paranormal, Angels and Demons | Release Date: April 14, 2014

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Eagle’s Blood by A.J. Marcus

 

Landon patches up Brock after an eaglet rescue in a blizzard. For the first time, Landon wonders if they can be more than friends.

Mountain Spirit: Book One

 

Brock Summers is a Colorado Parks and Wildlife Officer with a heart of gold. When he discovers a video of golden eagles being shot and learns of a nest in trouble, not even a blizzard can stop him from trekking up the mountain in an attempt to rescue them.

 

When Brock returns with the one eaglet he manages to save, Landon Weir, the local wildlife rehabilitator, patches up the bird and the injury Brock suffered during the rescue.  Though they have been friends and colleagues for years, their shared passion for protecting wildlife and the feeling of Brock’s body under his hands makes Landon see Brock differently. For the first time, Landon wonders if they can be more than friends.

 

To Landon’s surprise, Brock asks him out to dinner to thank him for his aid, but before they manage their first date, another video of eagles being killed surfaces. Neither man will let inclement weather, a dangerous mountain, or armed poachers stop them from rescuing the eagles—or each other.

 

Length: Novel (200p.) | Genre: Mystery/Suspense | Release Date: April 14, 2014

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Love Lessons Learned by K.C. Wells

 

When John comes out, he’s supported and loved by his family and friends. What more could he want? Only his new boss, closeted Brett.

John Wainwright is having a momentous day. To start off, he lands his first teaching job. Then his brother, Evan, and Evan’s husband, Daniel, take him out to celebrate in Manchester’s gay village. An encounter with a sexy man forces John to admit what he’s been denying for too long—he’s gay. His coming out proves he’s supported and loved by his family and roommates. What more could a man want? There’s just one small problem: John’s dishy Head Teacher, Brett Sanderson, and John’s gigantic crush on him. Too bad Brett is straight.

 

Brett Sanderson leads a double life. At thirty-three, he is the Head Teacher of a primary school. But for seven years now, during every school holiday, Brett has fled to Brighton, where he becomes ‘Rob,’ a man who has a different guy in his bed every night but has never had a relationship.

 

Once he’s back in school, Brett is firmly back in that closet, until his newest staff member starts prying open the door. When John pulls out all the stops to get Brett’s attention, neither man is prepared for the consequences.

 

Length: Novel (286p.) | Genre:  Contemporary  | Release Date: April 14, 2014

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New Releases: April 11th, 2014

April 11, 2014

Union by Annabelle Jacobs

 

As Cerylea’s wedding nears, Ryneq and Nykin must combine their strength to protect their people from Seran’s plot for revenge.

Torsere: Book Two

 

After the defeat of the Lowland Army at Torsere and with King Seran on the run, King Ryneq and his sister, Cerylea, continue their journey to the Elven City of Alel to proceed with the union of the two realms. Fully recovered from his injuries and newly announced as King Ryneq’s Consort, Nykin returns to his duty as a Dragon Rider in the King’s army. He and Ryneq have little opportunity to celebrate their union, but make the most of their time together before leaving for Alel. Since the ambush at Neest River destroyed the main bridge, traveling by ship is the only option. An unusual storm threatens their crossing, making Ryneq wonder if some new magic is rising against them.

 

As the wedding between Cerylea and the Elven prince Morkryn approaches, the dragons sense a malevolent presence. To protect the young couple’s fragile bond, Nykin and his dragon, Fimor, take to the skies, setting up a patrol along the border of the magical city. But as the evil grows more potent, the enchanted boundary grows weaker. Ryneq and Nykin must combine their strength to protect their people from Seran’s extreme plot for revenge.

 

Length: Novel (230p.) | Genre:  High Fantasy| Release Date: April 11, 2014

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Only Love by Garrett Leigh

 

Life has taught Jed not to waste time, and after Max’s late night episode of epilepsy, Jed realizes how much Max means to him.

The diagnosis of a chronic stomach condition leaves thirty-two-year-old Sergeant Jed Cooper with little choice but to call time on his Army career. Then on the dusty streets of Kirkuk, an ambush gone tragically wrong decimates his team, and he returns to the US with a shattered leg and the memory of his best friend dying in his arms.

 

Life in his sleepy hometown proves intolerable until he finds solace in a lakeside cabin with vivacious young carpenter, Max O’Dair. In the shadow of the epilepsy that periodically plagues Max, he and Jed form an unspoken bond. After a late night episode, Jed realizes how much Max means to him, and life has taught him not to waste time.

 

But the lines between contentment and complacency are blurred. Things left hidden resurface to tear through their world, and before they can repair the damage, death comes to call again. Faces, past and present, rally around them to weather the storm, but before long, they are left with only love.

 

Length: Novel (274p.) | Genre:  Contemporary | Release Date: April 11, 2014

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Awake and Alive by Garrett Leigh

 

After a successful surgery relieves Jed of the illness that nearly killed him, he returns home to slowly recover with Max.

 

A Missing Moment from Only Love

 

After a successful surgery relieves Jed of the illness that nearly killed him, he returns home to slowly recover with Max. With time to reconnect, Max shows him a new way to love. Now at a crossroads and facing a new life, Jed must listen to his friends and family to learn how to move forward.

 

Length: Free Day Dream (34p.) | Genre: Contemporary | Release Date: April 11, 2014

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