New Releases: December 19th, 2014

December 19, 2014

Captive to His Wonder by Remmy Duchene

 

Between snarky comments, Jace and Bradley move from annoyance to attraction. Jace learns losing the cowboy means losing everything.

Shipped off to boarding school at a young age, Bradley Ellesbury Jr. lacked for nothing, except the love and approval of his father. Now with his father’s recent passing, Bradley feels the sting of disapproval one last time with the reading of the will.

 

Forced to leave behind his glamorous Parisian lifestyle, Bradley returns to the small town of Foster Creek to do precisely what his father forbade—sell the ranch. Meeting the infuriating cowboy his father hired to run the place only makes him more determined to go against his father’s wishes.

 

Too old to be playing mind games with twenty-something know-it-alls, Jace Cornielle stays only because he promised the old man. Somewhere between picking fights and making snarky comments, Jace and Bradley move from annoyance to attraction. Then Bradley learns losing the cowboy means he loses everything.

 

Length: Novel (216p.) | Genre: Western | Release Date: December 19, 2014

Buy as eBook ($6.99 ISBN: 978-1-63216-475-9) | Buy as Paperback ($14.99 ISBN: 978-1-63216-474-2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Sensualist & the Untouched by Susan Laine

 

Wealthy hedonist Lucian mentors frigid virgin Corey in the arts of sexual pleasure. But they never expected to fall in love.

Being over thirty is not an issue for Corey Paige. Being frigid and a virgin, however, is a huge problem for the only son of a newspaper magnate. No matter the risk, Corey’s intent on resolving both problems in one go.

 

Enter Lucian Allard, a wealthy hedonist with a notorious reputation at club Boudoir—and an unconventional sexual mentoring program for those who suffer from dysfunctions. As the two men begin a sensual journey to awaken Corey’s libido, Corey’s frigid body isn’t all that begins to melt. His untouched feelings also spark to life.

 

Though a family emergency puts a halt to awakening Corey’s senses and desires, Corey and Lucian grow closer as friends. Then an unexpected kiss from Lucian in Corey’s most desperate hour changes everything. Now Corey must decide if the program is still an aid or an obstacle to two lonely men trying to maintain a professional detachment but falling hopelessly in love.

 

Length: Novel (324p.) | Genre: Contemporary, BDSM | Release Date: December 19, 2014

Buy as eBook ($6.99 ISBN: 978-1-63216-501-5) | Buy as Paperback ($17.99 ISBN: 978-1-63216-500-8)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One Holiday Ever After by Tere Michaels, Elle Brownlee & Elizah J. Davis

 

Come see what surprises three couples unwrap in this holiday collection of happily ever afters.

The holidays are a time for celebration, discovery, coming home, and maybe even miracles for those who are lucky. From the streets of New York City, to the wintery wonderland of the Maine woods, to the quaint, small town charm of Idaho, the men in these stories have different holiday desires. They’re looking for familiarity or fresh starts, but they have one thing in common—their happily ever afters might be waiting in the last places they think to look. Come see what they unwrap in these stories by three acclaimed authors of male/male romance.

 

 

 

Holiday Roommates by Tere Michaels

 

As an actor without prospects, Nate Brandywine needs an emergency roommate for the month of December. During a humiliating gig as a Christmas elf at a NYC department store, he meets Sean Callahan, his producer and a man struggling under the weight of a past-due loan. Sean’s desperate for a place to stay in the city for a few weeks. A month of sharing a workplace and an apartment with someone you can’t stop flirting with? Maybe the holidays won’t be so terrible after all.

 

Holiday Sanctuary by Elle Brownlee

 

Chris Declan is trekking through the wintry wonderland of rural Maine, searching for inspiration and himself, when he’s literally and figuratively taken by storm. First by the surprise blizzard that finds him seeking refuge in Paul Bak’s secluded cabin, and second by Paul. Making the best of being snowed in together soon becomes a comfortable friendship with fireside chats, a quaint holiday celebration, and more. But despite their growing closeness, there’s one thing they avoid—what will happen when the snow clears and the holidays end.

 

Holiday Homecoming by Elizah J. Davis

 

Gavin Anderson never thought making it as a writer in LA would be easy, but when his latest project falls through, he gives up on Hollywood and heads to Bonabri, Idaho in hopes that the peace and quiet of his childhood home will help him figure out his next move. Instead he finds Eric Nichols, his parents’ cute and charming housesitter who is there to experience the small town Christmas festivities. Gavin’s plans for quiet reflection are no match for Eric’s holiday cheer, and he soon finds himself swept up in the spirit of the season. Gavin thought his life had hit a dead end, but in coming home he finds what might be a new beginning.

 

Length: Novel (280p.) | Genre: Contemporary, Holiday | Release Date: December 19, 2014

Buy as eBook ($6.99 ISBN: 978-1-63216-578-7) | Buy as Paperback ($16.99 ISBN: 978-1-63216-577-0)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When the Planets Align by Kate McMurray

 

Best friends Michael and Simon see the potential for more, but they’re never in the right place at the right time to move forward.

Best friends Michael Reeves and Simon Newell always lived within ten minutes of each other, but somehow they’re never in the same place at the same time.

 

Brash, outgoing Michael’s unwavering confidence that he and Simon are meant to be carries him through some hard times. When Simon moves to New York, Michael dutifully follows. Quiet, practical Simon loves Michael as a dear friend, but he’s not ready for anything romantic.

 

Several years and several failed relationships later, Simon realizes he’s been in love with Michael all along. Only now Michael has moved on. Though Simon offers everything Michael’s ever dreamed of, the timing is all wrong. Confusion, betrayal, and secrets from the past threaten their friendship until it might be time for them to go their separate ways. Or maybe the planets will finally align, and Michael and Simon will find themselves in the right place at the right time to take the next step.

 

Length: Novel (220p.) | Genre: Contemporary | Release Date: December 19, 2014

Buy as eBook ($6.99 ISBN: 978-1-63216-611-1) | Buy as Paperback ($14.99 ISBN: 978-1-63216-610-4)

 

 

 

 

 

Snow and Moose and Finnish Secrets by Reni Kieffer

 

A neglected secret threatens to ruin Jake and Ian’s magical Christmas in the Finnish woods.

When Jake takes his boyfriend Ian home to celebrate Christmas with his parents in the Finnish woods, Ian, a skeptic by nature who has to deny his preference for guys in front of his own family, is not only worried about the reaction of Jake’s family, but also about the feast itself—and the cold. However, within minutes, Jake’s parents make Ian feel warm, welcome, and at home, and begin to introduce him to their Christmas traditions.

 

The visit goes smoothly until Jake’s ex-girlfriend barges in and drops a bomb that shatters their peace and harmony—a tiny detail Jake failed to mention to his boyfriend. Angry and hurt, Ian struggles to let go of the past and focus on the blessings surrounding him.

 

Length: Day Dream (25p.) | Genre: Contemporary | Release Date: December 1, 2014

Buy as eBook ($1.99 ISBN: 978-1-63216-753-8)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Under a New Star by Leo d’Entremont

 

Old holiday traditions lead to crossed signals when scientist Michael and Aerial Morph Adrian discuss their relationship.

In the 26th Century, mankind has breached the light speed barrier and begun to colonize other planets. They’ve also learned to Design human beings, known as Morphs, for specialized colony missions. Adrian is an Aerial Morph, on his way to colonize the low-gravity planet Eridani VI with his scientist Partner, Michael. In violation of the rules of the Morph Projects, they’ve been lovers for months. Michael cares more about his work than anything, while Adrian doesn’t take anything seriously except Michael. Before they arrive at their new home, they need to curtail their relationship before it destroys their professional Partnership.

 

The colony ship is scheduled to arrive at their destination on Christmas Eve. Some old holiday traditions persist, but when Adrian and Michael have differing ideas about what’s best for their relationship and their careers, holiday gifts and ideas for new beginnings lead to crossed signals.

 

Length: Novella (76p.) | Genre: Science Fiction | Release Date: December 1, 2014

Buy as eBook ($3.99 ISBN: 978-1-63216-754-5)

 

THE SENSUALIST & THE UNTOUCHED Release Party #4: Party Wrap-up

December 19, 2014

Hi to any newcomers and late party-goers. I’m Susan Laine. I’m hosting a release party here today, Dec 19, starting from 2:00 p.m. EST for my latest release, The Sensualist & the Untouched.

The last hour of this release party is at hand! I’m still open for any and all questions you might have, so don’t be afraid to ask.

This is the wrap-up party, as it were. My time here at the Dreamspinner Blog is coming to an end. Thank you all kindly for stopping by and commenting! I hope you’ve had fun hanging out with me :)

Using Random.org, I will announce the winner of the giveaway an hour after this last post, so keep checking it at around 7:00 p.m. EST. You have an hour to comment on this, or any of the posts, and be a part of the giveaway. The very best of luck to all who commented and thanks again!

You can find me at:

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All my very best,

Susan Laine

THE SENSUALIST & THE UNTOUCHED Release Party #3: Characters & Excerpt & A Giveaway

December 19, 2014

As usual, I’m Susan Laine. I’m hosting a release party here today, Dec 19, starting from 2:00 p.m. EST for my latest release, The Sensualist & the Untouched.

How to describe Corey and Lucian?

Corey is a rational kind of guy. He sees a problem and he tackles it head on. He over-analyzes too, which makes him hesitate whenever the opportunity to be close to someone presents itself.

Here’s an image I had in mind when writing Corey:

Gray Sweater

Lucian, however, is more instinctive that Corey. He’s unafraid to try new things, and he’s a great lover of both men and women. In fact, due to his family, Lucian has made a conscious choice to have his whole life revolve around sensual issues.

Here’s an image I had in mind when writing Lucian:

White Suit

Here’s a scene to show Lucian and Corey learning more about one another in an intimate—and pitch-black—setting at Boudoir:

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“Am I your first frigid man?” Corey wondered briefly if that were true. Statistically he couldn’t be the only one in town.

“You’re not my first enigma” was Lucian’s cryptic reply. That seemed so like Lucian that it made Corey laugh. “You want to dance, Corey? No one would see. Not even me.”

Corey bristled. “I happen to be a good dancer.” Then he cleared his throat. “Not that that’s the point or anything.”

Lucian let out a merry sound. “I’d love to dance with you. I bet you lead very well. I must confess the notion of your hand on the small of my back is enthralling.”

Corey swallowed nervously in the blackness. He wasn’t sure what it was about the idea of dancing with Lucian that made him anxious and jumpy. His confused mind still reeled and refused to provide him with clear-cut answers. And his body was so deep into the land of confusion, Corey wondered if it would ever get unlost again.

The rising pace of the “Boléro” changed to a new piece then. A lone saxophone began to play, a blues tune so soft and melancholy it stirred something in Corey’s chest. A heavy weight shifted, an ever-present reminder of the pain he carried. And yet, the notes of the sax held a certain erotic charge that tingled on the edges of Corey’s awareness and in his gut, this time showing him how a single instrument could depict his condition so accurately. The sad longing for sensuality.

Would it be so bad if I danced with Lucian?

Corey threw caution to the wind. “We can try that. One dance.”

Lucian let out a surprised, gleeful gasp. “Really?” Corey heard chair legs scrape on the floor as the man rose and then soft footfalls as he approached. “Take my hand.”

Corey knew that if Lucian had used an endearment right then, he would have changed his mind so fast his head would have been left spinning like in those old time cartoons. But Lucian’s voice sounded gentle and kind and even somewhat yearning, so Corey stood up and fumbled to find his host’s hand in the dark.

How Corey wished he could have felt passionate sparks and colorful fireworks as their hands touched. Alas, all he felt was a hand smaller than his own with delicate bone structure, long, svelte fingers, soft skin that carried the scent of passion fruit, and the feel of luxuriously manicured nails.

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Time to announce today’s giveaway! As the above excerpt shows, this is Corey’s first time dancing with someone, and is therefore profoundly meaningful for him.

So I pose you this question: What do you remember from the first time you danced with someone?

I’ll answer to get the ball rolling.

I was a teenager, thirteen or fourteen. My Mom had taken me and my sister on a cruise, just a short two-day trip. I wore a blue silk blouse I’d borrowed from my Mom when a man came to ask me to dance. I did, though I’d never done that before and was feeling a bit nervous. I don’t recall his face, only that he was a lot taller than me and he had a spicy cologne. We never really spoke and I never learned his name. Yet I remember the experience well. I’ve danced with other men since then but that moment has stuck with me.

The prize for this giveaway is an e-book (your choice of format) of The Sensualist & the Untouched—or if you already have it, one from my backlog.

You can find me at Dreamspinner Press and at my website.

THE SENSUALIST & THE UNTOUCHED Release Party #2: Themes

December 19, 2014

Hi again! I’m Susan Laine. I’m hosting a release party here today, Dec 19, starting from 2:00 p.m. EST for my latest release, The Sensualist & the Untouched.

I have a couple of themes that take center stage in this book.

The first is sexual inexperience and how detrimental the effect of that can be on a person’s self-esteem, especially if you are an adult. The emotions connected to that state of being are the same for both men and women: Poor self-esteem, shame, embarrassment, and feelings of inadequacy. Last but not least, there is loneliness, which is another central theme.

The physical aspect in a relationship may not be key but it is important. As social beings, we all have an instinctive need to connect with people, to see and to be seen by others. Our modern society is over-sexualized. Sex sells, as the saying goes. You can see it everywhere, not just on the pages of a porn magazine, but in huge billboards around big cities. Women with big boobs and butts, men with thick muscles and ripped abs. The imagery radiates sex.

It seems as though everyone is having sex everywhere, all the time, with anyone and everyone.

But… what if you’re not? What if you’ve never felt the touch of another, never been kissed, never been seen as desirable, never even been brushed against by someone who isn’t part of your immediate family?

That is where Corey comes from. No sex. No touch. No intimacy. No sensuality. Nothing.

He is fundamentally alone and lonely, and he’s tired of it. He’s an adult, in his thirties, and he has no practical knowledge of what it takes to be intimate with another human being. Loneliness is his best—and worst—friend.

Here’s a tiny excerpt to show how loneliness effects Corey:

Corey had never realized, not with the total awareness of this moment, how much he ached to be touched. His raw, palpable loneliness permeated his whole body, from skin to soul. Perhaps the constant solitude had fried his brain, making him mad, delusional, and wanting impossible things. But in his heart, he had more than an inkling it was this isolation that left him hollow and hurting, touch deprived and in desperate need for contact.

“Fuck. I’m sorry.” Corey was glad his face was hidden by the cushion, but he wasn’t stupid enough to believe or hope that Lucian hadn’t noticed.

Loneliness

How about a realization that others seem so capable of love—while Corey is not?:

Love….

Funny how Corey could recognize it, though he had never felt it or sensed it aimed at him. Perhaps it was instinctual and universal and undeniable.

If so, why couldn’t he reciprocate? Why could he not… feel… those better emotions, the ones that didn’t make him feel like a loser, despondent and bereft of hope? Had it been nothing more than… gasp… a fluke?

As I’m sure you can imagine, this is an emotional ride. Corey has a lot to deal with throughout the story, and because of him, so does Lucian.

Lonely Heart

And now, a question for you all: Do you find it easy or hard to talk about loneliness?

If you feel the topic is too intimate and private, there is absolutely no obligation to answer.

As I wrote, at times I almost choked on the heaviness and hollowing feeling as I experienced it through Corey. Many find it hard to admit they ever feel lonely, even in company, while others find comfort and safety in solitude. Our society labels poorly those who have the courage to admit their loneliness, as though they were abnormal or freakish somehow. That is the place where Corey’s loneliness stems from, the unwillingness to vocalize it, burying it under the condition of frigidity.

My books can be found through my website.

THE SENSUALIST & THE UNTOUCHED Release Party #1: Intro for Today’s Event

December 19, 2014

Hi! I’m Susan Laine. I’ll be hosting a release party here today, Dec 19, starting from 2:00 p.m. EST for my latest release, The Sensualist & the Untouched. This is a standalone contemporary M/M erotic romance.

I’ll be around for four hours to offer excerpts, a giveaway, a picture or two, and answers to any and all of your questions. I might even spring up a few myself. I’ll do a post once in an hour or so, to give everyone a chance to stop by here at DSP’s blog.

Here’s the cover by the talented Bree Archer:

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This novel is set in contemporary New York City, and tells the tale of Corey Paige, an adult male who has never experienced any kind of sex first-hand. Corey is introduced to Lucian Allard, an eccentric man with a large cache of sensual wisdom ready to be imparted on a sexual novice like Corey. A sensual journey begins.

You can find the book HERE.

Here’s the blurb:

“Being over thirty is not an issue for Corey Paige. Being frigid and a virgin, however, is a huge problem for the only son of a newspaper magnate. No matter the risk, Corey’s intent on resolving both problems in one go.

Enter Lucian Allard, a wealthy hedonist with a notorious reputation at club Boudoir—and an unconventional sexual mentoring program for those who suffer from dysfunctions. As the two men begin a sensual journey to awaken Corey’s libido, Corey’s frigid body isn’t all that begins to melt. His untouched feelings also spark to life.

Though a family emergency puts a halt to awakening Corey’s senses and desires, Corey and Lucian grow closer as friends. Then an unexpected kiss from Lucian in Corey’s most desperate hour changes everything. Now Corey must decide if the program is still an aid or an obstacle to two lonely men trying to maintain a professional detachment but falling hopelessly in love.”

As I said above, I’ll be around from two to six EST to offer excerpts, giveaways, pictures, and trivia tidbits. So please, if you’re interested and/or have some free time, stop by at the DSP blog.

Question for you all: Are you familiar with my work, or would The Sensualist & the Untouched be your first story of mine?

You can find more about me and my books at my website.

New Releases: December 17th, 2014

December 17, 2014

Canning the Center For by Tara Lain

 

When drag queen Trevor discovers Jamal’s future is threatened if he’s seen with a guy, Trevor becomes Trixie to let Jamal pass as straight.

A Novel in the Long Pass Chronicles

 

Six foot seven inch, 300 pound Jamal Jones loves football, so when he finds out the ultra-conservative owner of his new pro football team fired their current center because he’s gay, bisexual Jamal decides to stay in the closet and hang with the females. Then, at a small drag show, he comes face-to-face with his sexual fantasy in the form of Trixie LaRue, a drag queen so exquisitely convincing she scrambles Jamal’s hormones—and his resolve to nurse his straight side.

 

Trevor Landry, aka Trixie LaRue, hides more than his genitals. A mathematician so brilliant he can’t be measured, Trevor disguises his astronomical IQ and his quirk for women’s clothes behind his act as a gay activist undergrad at Southern California University.

 

To Trevor, Jamal is the answer to a dream—a man who can love and accept both his personas. When he discovers Jamal’s future is threatened if he’s seen with a guy, Trevor becomes Trixie to let Jamal pass as straight. But Trevor risks his position every time he puts on a dress. Is there a closet big enough to hold a football pro and a drag queen?

 

Length: Novel (250p.) | Genre: Contemporary | Release Date: December 17, 2014

Buy as eBook ($6.99 ISBN: 978-1-63216-262-5) | Buy as Paperback ($16.99 ISBN: 978-1-63216-261-8)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Twisted Roses by Skye Dragen

 

When Payne discovers his Fae nature, his attraction to his dragon tutor, Aden, might be the least of his concerns.

Payne has always had trouble fitting in, and being abandoned by his parents has left him reluctant to trust anyone. He knows he’s different, but he has no idea how different until his grandfather invites him to Blackwater Falls—a beautiful estate he’s offered as his inheritance. Payne thinks it’s too good to be true, and it turns out he’s right.

 

Walking the wooded trails of the estate begins to awaken something in Payne. As he discovers his Fae nature, he learns his family’s legacy: to serve as caretakers to a preserve for Sidhe, Fae, and other magical creatures. Word of the return of the long-lost Fae prince reaches the preserve’s inhabitants, and Payne must navigate a world of political intrigue he can’t begin to understand as various factions seek to entice him to their Courts.

 

Dragon Aden Canicus offers to tutor Payne, and the tension between them is instant and growing. But prickly and aloof Aden keeps Payne at arm’s length. Unable to trust their connection when his family is threatened, Payne seeks other allies. Their direction leads him down a dangerous path where a dragon’s affection is the least of his concerns and may even end his life.

 

Length: Novella (144p.) | Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Werewolves/Shapeshifters

Release Date: December 17, 2014

Buy as eBook ($5.99 ISBN: 978-1-63216-279-3)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chance to Be King by Sue Brown

 

To keep Eric with him, Thomas must come clean about his involvement in a decade-old web of tragedy and revenge.

2nd Edition

 

After working nonstop for two years, actor Eric Pawlowski desperately needs a respite from his grueling schedule and the crippling migraines that come with it. Thinking that a few weeks in a secluded cottage is just the thing, his vacation gets off to a rough start when he almost mows down the only other guy who lives on the remote road. Fortunately Thomas is quick to forgive, and soon he, Eric, and Eric’s two dogs are palling around like they’ve known each other for years.

 

But when Eric witnesses Thomas coldly order a lost stranger off his property, he starts to question how well he knows him. Despite a mutual attraction that has Eric cursing every time a well-meaning member of the nearby small town interrupts their attempts to get intimate, Eric wonders if acting on his desire for Thomas will get him involved in a situation he shouldn’t be in. When his rented cabin catches fire in the middle of the night and the firemen call it arson, it confirms Eric’s suspicions.

 

To keep Eric with him, it’s up to Thomas to come clean about who he is… and his involvement in a decade-old web of tragedy and revenge into which Eric has unwittingly walked.

 

1st Edition published by Silver Publishing, 2010.

 

Length: Novella (132p.) | Genre: Contemporary | Release Date: December 17, 2014

Buy as eBook ($4.99 ISBN: 978-1-63216-394-3)

 

 

 

 

 

 

More Than a Superstar by Nic Starr

 

Just as Sam and Rob find their happiness, a secret from the past threatens to tear them apart.

Sam Miller’s dreams are simple—to give back to the aunt who supported him since his mother’s death and to have a family of his own. He focuses on making a success of their catering business Poppy’s Pantry, and his close group of friends. However, when Aunt Poppy ends up in the hospital, it’s a stranger Sam meets in the corridor who gives him the support he needs.

 

Rob Taylor is a man with secrets. His life in the public eye has taken its toll, and now he lives with the repercussions. When he finds himself falling for Sam, he knows things are finally going his way.

 

But just as Sam and Rob find their happiness, another secret threatens to tear them apart.

 

Length: Novella (106p.) | Genre: Contemporary | Release Date: December 17, 2014

Buy as eBook ($4.99 ISBN: 978-1-63216-297-7)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tidings of Comfort and Joey Down Under by David Connor

 

It’ll take a miracle to set things right between Seth and Sandy. Good thing ’tis the season.

Seth Anderson thought he was a finalist in the Hot Jack cologne modeling contest for King’s Department Store, but Sandy King, upon reviewing Seth’s photo and resume, just wanted to jump him like a horny kangaroo. Seth quickly learns there is pain behind Sandy’s bravado and a sweet, lonely man behind the act. A holiday romance blossoms like the flowers on an Australian Christmas Bell.  When Seth, used to a family dynamic without boundaries, oversteps by outing Sandy to his estranged grandmother, however, everything changes. Sandy is furious. He breaks things off with Seth and threatens to return to the US. As Christmas approaches, any chance at happily ever after seems as likely as a snowstorm in Sydney. It would take a miracle from above to set things right. Good thing ‘tis the season.

 

Length: Novella (67p.) | Genre: Contemporary, Humor | Release Date: December 1, 2014

Buy as eBook ($1.99 ISBN: 978-1-63216-750-7)

 

 

 

 

 

The Swag Man Delivers by Sean Michael

 

When Orpheus runs into Gage on an Australian beach, he figures Santa knew exactly what he was doing.

Orpheus “O” Drummond, a recent Ph.D. graduate, is visiting Australia after defending his thesis, and being dumped by his boyfriend. While alone on the beach in Australia was not how he’d originally planned on spending his Christmas, when O runs into Gage, he figures Santa knew exactly what he was doing.

 

Gage is traveling away from his Texan home, trying to “find himself.” When he finds O instead, he doesn’t think things could have worked out better. Together Gage and O celebrate Christmas in the best way they can think of.

 

Length: Day Dream (31p.) | Genre: Contemporary | Release Date: December 1, 2014

Buy as eBook ($1.99 ISBN: 978-1-63216-751-4)

 

New Releases: December 15th, 2014

December 15, 2014

Blood and Rain by Shira Anthony

 

Hunter Adrien must stop a war between humans and vampires, even if it means losing gentle vampire Nicolas.

Blood: Book One

 

Adrien Gilbert has spent several lifetimes searching for the love he lost. Born in the 1800s into a clan of fabled vampire hunters, Adrien once wanted nothing more than to tend his family’s vineyard in southern France or read a good book. But Adrien’s peaceful existence ends abruptly when his older brother, François, is murdered. Bound by his hunter’s oath, Adrien sets out on a path that will forever change his life when he agrees to execute his brother’s killer, the vampire Charles Duvalier.

 

After months chasing the elusive Charles, Adrien reluctantly makes a bargain with Nicolas Lambert, an ancient vampire. Adrien will escort Nicolas to Paris for his marriage to a rival clanswoman, and Nicolas will help Adrien find Charles. Nicolas’s quiet strength and gentle heart soon convince Adrien that Nicolas is nothing like the vampires he has sworn to destroy. As the wedding date draws nearer, a force intent on destroying the fragile peace between the vampire clans threatens to tear apart both the vampire realm and the world of the hunters. To secure both past and future for those he loves, Adrien must find a way to stop the looming war between hunters and vampires. But first he’ll have to let Nicolas go.

 

Length: Novel (280p.) | Genre: Historical European, Other Paranormal, Vampires, Urban Fantasy

Release Date: December 15, 2014

Buy as eBook ($6.99 ISBN: 978-1-63216-607-4) | Buy as Paperback ($16.99 ISBN: 978-1-63216-606-7)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fire and Water by Andrew Grey

 

Officer Red and lifeguard Terry might discover a connection if they can see past what’s on the surface.

Officer Red Markham knows about the ugly side of life after a car accident left him scarred and his parents dead. His job policing the streets of Carlisle, PA, only adds to the ugliness, and lately, drug overdoses have been on the rise. One afternoon, Red is dispatched to the local Y for a drowning accident involving a child. Arriving on site, he finds the boy rescued by lifeguard Terry Baumgartner. Of course, Red isn’t surprised when gorgeous Terry won’t give him and his ugly mug the time of day.

 

Overhearing one of the officers comment about him being shallow opens Terry’s eyes. Maybe he isn’t as kindhearted as he always thought. His friend Julie suggests he help those less fortunate by delivering food to the elderly. On his route he meets outspoken Margie, a woman who says what’s on her mind. Turns out, she’s Officer Red’s aunt.

 

Red and Terry’s worlds collide as Red tries to track the source of the drugs and protect Terry from an ex-boyfriend who won’t take no for an answer. Together they might discover a chance for more than they expected—if they can see beyond what’s on the surface.

 

Length: Novel (200p.) | Genre: Mystery/Suspense | Release Date: December 15, 2014

Buy as eBook ($6.99 ISBN: 978-1-63216-359-2) | Buy as Paperback ($14.99 ISBN: 978-1-63216-358-5)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Wedding to Die For by Xavier Mayne

 

Troopers Brandt and Donnelly must stop a murderer before he ruins the wedding of the year and destroys lives to cover his tracks.

A Brandt and Donnelly Caper: Case File Three

 

When a high-profile gay celebrity couple asks two of the city’s most established vendors to provide cake and flowers for their wedding and they refuse, a resulting boycott threatens to shut them down. It’s up to the next generation in the family-owned businesses to save them from ruin. Justin Capella, baker’s son, and Roman Montgomery, floral scion, work together to plan the gay wedding of the year.

 

Justin and Roman haven’t seen each other since that fateful day in third grade when a single kiss shocked Justin and sent Roman to boarding school. As fate would have it, Justin and Roman rediscover love while working on the wedding. But disaster might pry them apart again.

 

Troopers Brandt and Donnelly are working with a statewide task force for the rights of LGBT citizens—all while searching for a killer wedding planner. As guests at the “wedding of the year,” they are the first responders when all hell breaks loose. In investigating, the troopers are led to a shadowy figure they believe seduced Roman into doing his bidding. But the real murderer will cover his tracks at all costs, including Roman and Justin’s lives.

 

Length: Novel (250p.) | Genre: Mystery/Suspense | Release Date: December 15, 2014

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Quite A Spectacle by Meg Harding

 

Michael is terrified to spend Christmas with Max’s family in London for the first time in a decade.

Max moved away from his family to be with Michael, and his family never got over it. Now, for the first time in almost a decade, he’s going to return to London for the Christmas celebrations. He’s confident his family will welcome Michael with open, loving arms. At least that’s what he tells himself.

 

Michael doesn’t have his head buried in the sand. He knows he has a lot to prove this Christmas, and he’s not sure if he’s up to the task. All these years and he’d never considered having to spend a holiday with Max’s family. Now that it’s happening he’s not scared to admit it—he’s terrified.

 

Length: Novella (56p.) | Genre: Contemporary, Humor | Release Date: December 1, 2014

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Love Light by Jane Darius

 

Nick and Ben trade holiday horror stories at a resort on Lake Malawi and realize they’re lucky to have each other.

Nick, a bartender, and Ben, a hotel reviewer, have been together two years. Though he hates the paperwork involved, Nick agrees to accompany Ben to a beautiful lodge on the Mozambican side of Lake Malawi. Over a bottle of wine, they trade Christmas horror stories from their pasts. But memories of hurt and loss only serve to remind them how lucky they are to have found each other. It might be time to try out the showerhead built into the tree outside….

 

Length: Day Dream (21p.) | Genre: Contemporary | Release Date: December 1, 2014

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New Releases: December 12th, 2014

December 12, 2014

The Holiday Hoax by Skylar M. Cates

 

Evan and JD pretend to be boyfriends over the holidays so Evan can take JD home. What could possibly go wrong?


I’m Evan Goodman, budding actor, future star, college freshman. Oh, and let’s not forget—recently dumped. If only my family wasn’t expecting to meet my new boyfriend over the holiday break. Enter JD Laurens—a sweet and quiet science major who mostly keeps to himself. When he gathers the courage to come out, poor JD gets abandoned by his only family right in front of me, and now he has nowhere to go for Christmas. But I have a proposition for him: pretend to be my boyfriend for the holidays so I can take him home. It’s a win-win. What could go wrong?

 

Length: Novella (83p.) | Genre: Holiday, New Adult, Contemporary

Release Date: December 12, 2014

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Hot Water by Cassie Sweet

 

On the South American island of Santa Juanita, dive master Clive convinces Trevor to loosen his tight work schedule for a vacation romance.

Summer never ends on the tiny South American island of Santa Juanita where the people are beautiful and the water is always—hot!

 

Dive master Clive Ducaine left a disastrous affair and corporate day job to pursue a simpler life. He has no regrets about his decision to move to Santa Juanita to teach tourists the fine art of spelunking. With the unlimited banquet of hot bodies and casual sex to fill his days and nights, he has truly found paradise on earth.

 

Eight years ago Trevor Donohue’s lover was gunned down on a New York street and died in Trevor’s arms. Life changed that day, and not for the better. Now, working as a VP for a medical manufacturing company leaves Trevor no time or desire for another relationship. But then, during his first vacation in years, he meets the resort’s sexy dive instructor, Clive. Suddenly abandoning his tight schedules and video-meetings for a little vacation romance looks a lot more promising.

 

Length: Novel (200p.) | Genre: Contemporary | Release Date: December 12, 2014

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The Right Words by Lane Hayes

 

Michael must reevaluate his plans and find the right words if he wants to build more than a beach house with Luke.

A Right and Wrong Story

 

Escaping an abusive relationship left Luke Preston anxious and spouting panic-induced poetry. Desperate for a fresh start, Luke accepts a job remodeling a tired old beach house for a professional soccer player and his model girlfriend. While his passion is literature, not sports, focusing on the renovations eases his anxiety. Until the job he signed up for turns out to be more complicated than advertised.

 

Sidelined with a serious injury, soccer star Michael Martinez decides his beach house is the perfect place to recuperate. Remodeling might be the diversion he needs to keep his mind off his busted knee. Falling for the pretty designer with some quirky habits wasn’t on the drawing board. Unfortunately, Luke didn’t build a big enough closet for Michael to hide in. Having a star-powered sports career used to be all Michael lived for, but he’ll have to reevaluate his plans and find the right words if he wants to build more than a beach house with Luke.

 

Length: Novel (204p.) | Genre: Contemporary | Release Date: December 12, 2014

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Minstrel’s Solstice by Nicole Dennis

 

Minstrel Kerryll and Duke Cullan live at opposite ends of society, but they’re both looking for a place to belong.

A wasting plague swept over the Four Quadrants, changing how folks view the traveling guilds. Most travelers now make permanent contracts and settle in villages instead of continuing on the road. Needing to alter his lifestyle, Kerryll MacGhylle rides deep into the Northern Quadrant in search of a place to belong.

 

The Northern Duke, Cullan Gryffyn D’Antuono, accepts the contract of the frozen minstrel arriving during a powerful ice blizzard. He nurses Kerryll through the ravages of the sickness. Though they live at opposite ends of society, they have more in common than they realize.

 

Length: Day Dream (29p.) | Genre: Historical European, High Fantasy

Release Date: December 1, 2014 | Buy as eBook ($1.99 ISBN: 978-1-63216-745-3)

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Magic of Weihnachten by Bru Baker

 

American Walsh and German Dierck must hide from the traditional trappings to discover the magic of the season.

American Walsh Brandt is happy when a promotion lands him his dream job and a quiet new life in Germany. Until December rolls around, when he realizes it’s almost impossible to hide from the holiday season in Germany.

 

Dierck Reiniger is fascinated by Walsh’s hatred of Christmas and makes it his personal mission to help Walsh enjoy Weihnachten and the German traditions he grew up with. Walsh has a great time getting to know Dierck—but he still isn’t sold on Christmas, despite Dierck’s efforts. Dierck’s on the rebound, and he’s determined to develop their physical relationship slowly, much to Walsh’s frustration. It isn’t until they’re alone in a secluded cabin—hiding from the traditional trappings—that Walsh finally recognizes what the magic of the season can bring when spent with someone special.

 

Length: Novella (51p.) | Genre: Contemporary | Release Date: December 1, 2014

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Neighbors by Emma Wilson

 

With some help from friends, Eric and Rhys might finally move beyond watching each other through their windows.

Ever since he moved to London, shy editor Eric has been watching his neighbor, Crooked Smile, jog every morning. Aspiring restaranteur Rhys eats breakfast by the window so he can see his neighbor, Bed Head, help the old woman downstairs clean off her car. When Eric’s roommate unexpectedly returns home for the holidays, she realizes their idiocy and, with the help of Rhys’s business partner, Andreas, tries to help both men see there might be more in their futures than they’re seeing through their windows.

 

Length: Day Dream (39p.) | Genre: Contemporary, Humor | Release Date: December 1, 2014

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Thank you!

December 10, 2014

Thank you!

 

My time here on the blog is up. Thanks for being here!  I appreciate the support.  I’ll return here this afternoon to announce the winners.  Please feel free to continue to leave comments. I will be back later to respond to each one.

 

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Next for me:

I’ve started a new series. Book one, titled Here for You, will be out this February. *Happy dance*

This is a very emotional series for me, and I hope all of you will check it out. It revolves around 4 roommates in South Florida. When tragedy strikes, it has a ripple effect. Each roommate will get his story. I hope you will like the first book.

The Sunshine and Happiness series will be 3-4 books (I hope) . I fell hard for these fellas.

 

Thanks again for being here with me.

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Worlds

December 10, 2014

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Diversity in romance

Last year I attended the awesome Rainbow conference in Tampa. It was tons of fun. I was nervous, however, to be sitting on the panels. My favorite panel was about writing diversity in romance. This one is an important topic to me.  When I look around my area, I see so many types of people, and I love that diversity. I think contemporary novels should reflect the modern world. In my previous books some of my characters are Cuban, Italian, Jewish, Indian, and Brazilian. This reflects my real world because I have family and friends of different religions and races. Perhaps if I wrote historical romances, I’d create a far different world. But in contemporaries, I’m committed to expressing diversity.

The Holiday Hoax, for example, has Evan a member of a family of two religions. They try and balance both Christmas and Hanukkah. The main aspect of his family, whatever holiday, is love. This family is all sweetness and love– –I celebrated that in the novella—–Evan’s family embraced its differences. JD was not as lucky.  I don’t sit down and order myself to put in diverse characters, which would be silly and be way too forced, but I’m comfortable with diversity. I think this is why it often naturally comes into my books.  Evan told me his background as I wrote him, and I simply followed his voice.

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I’m curious how you all feel? Do you like seeing contemporary romances express some diversity?   Or do you not really think about this question?

One reader will get any e-book from mine of choice for this answer!