October 24, 2014
Barbacoa by Erik Orrantia
When two Aztec skeletons are found lovingly interred, an ancient love story unfolds, of Metzín, Tototli, and their struggle to be together.
Professor Diego and his team have made a potentially world-shaking discovery at their archeological site in Central Mexico—two Aztec skeletons lovingly interred. As they begin to examine the remains, the story of an ancient mystery couple begins to unfold.
In pre-Columbian Mexico, a young Aztec warrior called Metzín cannot understand the strange attraction he feels for Tototli, a quiet slave owned by his family. Torn between familial duty and love for his “little bird,” Metzín becomes the target of a sadistic bully, both at school and on the battlefield.
In the present, Diego and his assistant, Gerardo, dare to start a romance amid the conflicting forces of their families, religion, society, and work. With funding for their project in jeopardy, they must balance love with social disapproval and solve the mystery of the intertwined Aztec skeletons.
And for Metzín—as war draws near, he must choose his destiny. Will he prove himself on the field of honor, or stay behind with his love? It is a more dangerous choice than Metzín realizes. Unbeknownst to him, forces beyond his control are gathering. It will be all he can do to survive the coming storm—and hold on to his love.
Length: Novel (220p.) | Genre: Historical Americas | Release Date: October 24, 2014
Damian’s Discipline by K.C. Wells & Parker Williams
Dom Damian Barnett agrees to help emotionally damaged Jeff, but when he learns of Jeff’s past, he wants to do more than offer his guestroom.
The man who pimped Jeff may be in prison, but Jeff is still living the nightmare, selling himself to men and relying on pills to manage. Then he meets Scott, a young American man who could easily have been where Jeff is now. Scott’s friends extend a helping hand to Jeff, and he grabs it.
Leo and Thomas bring Jeff to stay with Dom Damian Barnett until they can find him someplace more long-term. Still grieving from losing his sub to cancer two years before, Damian agrees to help. But when he glimpses the extent of the damage, Damian wants to do more than offer his guestroom. Jeff is not a submissive, but Damian can see he desperately needs structure in his life. It’s up to Damian to find an answer.
He never expects that what he discovers will change both their lives.
Length: Novel (240p.) | Genre: Contemporary, BDSM | Release Date: October 24, 2014
Patient Privilege by Allison Cassatta
Dr. Erik Daniels sees potential in heroin-addicted male prostitute Angel, but helping Angel could hurt Erik’s carefully built career.
Dr. Erik Daniels knows how it feels to lose everything. His addiction to alcohol cost him his fiancé and his private practice, but he finally managed to regain control over his life and become a successful substance abuse counselor. He helps people regardless of their ability to pay. It isn’t the dream life he had in San Francisco, but at least he has something to be proud of. Everything seems to be getting back on the right track until he meets Angel, a heroin-addicted male prostitute.
Erik not only sees a lot of himself in Angel but a great deal of potential as well. He’s willing to sacrifice a lot to get Angel on the right path—but it will come at a cost to his carefully rebuilt career.
1st Edition published by Silver Publishing, 2012
Length: Novel (204p.) | Genre: Contemporary | Release Date: October 24, 2014
Partnership Reforged by Ariel Tachna
Thierry has wanted the one thing Sebastien’s past denies him: an Aveu de Sang. He’s finally assembled a ritual that might succeed.
For two years, Thierry has wanted the one thing Sebastien’s past denies him: an Aveu de Sang. With the help of friends new and old, he has finally assembled a ritual that will give him a close approximation of the ultimate bond between vampire and mortal… if it succeeds.
Length: Free (30p.) | Genre: Paranormal, Vampires | Release Date: October 24, 2014
Buy as eBook ($0.00 ISBN: 978-1-63216-630-2)
October 24, 2014
Congratulations to Sula H., Henry M., and Tammy J., winners of the One Thing Leads e-book giveaway. They will receive an e-book in their choice of format.
There is a second (and final) giveaway for One Thing Leads. You can enter it here.
Thanks for your interest, and good luck.
Over and out,
October 24, 2014
Wild Summer by Suki Fleet
A Harmony Ink Press Young Adult Title
Christopher saved Summer’s life, but Summer pushed him away. For either to be happy, they must find each other and right past wrongs. Wild Summer by Suki Fleet, a Harmony Ink Press Young Adult title available from Dreamspinner Press.
A novella from the Love Story Universe
At fifteen, Christopher falls in love with a boy whose life he saves. But things go wrong and four years later, he wishes he’d acted differently. His conscience begins to haunt him, and he knows he must find Summer again.
At seventeen, Summer pushes away the boy who saved him. Four years later, he is stuck in an abusive, damaging relationship. When he sees Christopher again, it’s a sign he can’t go on living like he is, but he can’t begin to see a way out.
For either boy to stand a chance at happiness, they must find each other and obliterate the wrongs of their shared past.
Length: Novella (138p.) | Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult, Gay | Release Date: October 23, 2014
Buy as an eBook (ISBN: 978-1-63216-496-4)
October 23, 2014
Someone said they look positively evil on the cover of Dingo Run! I hadn’t thought of this. Do you think they look mean? My friend says they look too cute to be mean. I don’t know LOL.
I can tell you that a lot of people have said to me they hesitated to pick up a book about two bad guys. That surprised me, because they aren’t really bad guys. Mark was originally framed because he dared tempt the son of a powerful man, and because he encountered some corrupt police, not all that uncommon in Australia back then, sadly.
Sure, Mark kills a man in one of the stories. But people have told me they cheered when he did that! You’ll see what I mean when you read Walkabout.
So, no, I don’t see them as bad guys. It’s hard to explain without giving away too much of the plot, but I see them BOTH as honest, decent guys in a bad situation which they are trying to get out of. The fates seem to smile on them a couple of times, but somehow I think they deserve it, after the rum trot they’ve been given.
I’ve said before that your characters have to be like good friends so you can write about them, and I personally couldn’t be good friends with someone that I didn’t feel was a decent human being.
A good friend asked me the other day what Jim is going with his hand in Mark’s pocket on the cover of Dingo Run. I can tell you, that picture has been toned down compared to the text, and I in turn toned down the scene from… let’s just say what inspired it!
October 23, 2014
Someone asked me the other day where I get my inspiration for my stories from. I have to say, this is one of the most difficult questions you can ask an author.
I guess the practical answer would be, from my own experiences. I mean, I’ve ridden and chased stock and camped out and all that for many years. It’s as natural as breathing to me. So I guess that’s the backdrop that The Bushranger’s series is set against.
But where do the characters come from? I’d say Jim Kelly was inspired by a particular actor who shall remain nameless (but as a matter of interest is still riding horses into his 80’s) and a host of other people… the great-uncle I never met, my grandfather… and a host of gay or bi or straight friends who have contributed a character trait or two to the montage that gradually crystallized in my head to become Jim. The same could be said for Mark.
Other odd sources might be a song I overhear, something someone close to me does or says, or just a comment I overhear on the street. Maybe it’s a couple I see hugging or greeting each other.
Dingo Run Release Party 2 – Can you really ride for hours in the Australian outback in this day and age, without coming across traffic?
October 23, 2014
Yes! Australia is not that much different in size from the United States, but whereas your population from what I remember is well over 150 million people, Australia’s limited water resources mean the country can only support a relatively small population. Last I heard it was about 20 million, from memory. All around the small town where I am right now, there are thousands of hectares of forestry land which is farmed regularly by loggers. But most of the time the forestry is empty and quiet, an ideal haven for horse riders (and motorbike riders, wild pigs, the occasional deer, lots of kangaroos, echidnas and a host of birds).
I’ve often ridden out with an experienced group and we have ridden at a fast clip for a few hours without seeing a soul except the wildlife. The horses love these fast trail rides, and the ones we leave behind have to be stabled while we are gone to stop them stressing out from being left behind!
We take water bottles (of course), wear helmets, and carry mobile phones, and if there are beginners in the group an experienced rider will sometimes ‘pony’ their horse for them (lead one horse while riding another) so they can keep up with the group. I’ve done this a lot. It’s quite a knack, especially when you are galloping with a group of riders, but I always make sure I’m riding a good horse to pony off.
My boyfriend has just pointed out that a more accurate picture of me and my friends out riding, rather than the serene image above, would be this LOL:
One day when my kids are all grown up and left home I’ve promised myself I’m going to pack a swag and head out on a good horse and just not come back. It’s a big country, and one day I’m going to ride out and get lost in it forever J
October 23, 2014
Hi, everyone, Jack Byrne here. Today is the release date for the third novella in my series, ‘The Bushrangers.’ The series now has three novellas in it:
The Billabong, Walkabout and Dingo Run
The series follows the meeting of a young widower, Jim Kelly, with the notorious bushranger Mark Turner in the 1870’s in the Australian outback. There is a deep attraction between them, and the innocent Jim soon finds himself caught in a relationship with a man whose reputation is as a criminal and a murderer. This causes Jim all sorts of concerns, but it’s also at odds with what he sees in Mark as they get to know each other.
Does anyone have any questions about the series, in particular the characters? At the end of thisparty I’ll be giving away an eBook copy of Walkabout to one lucky reader. Use the comments to answer one of my questions and you’ll go in the draw.
October 22, 2014
Cockstrut by Jacques N. Hoff
Cockatoo shifter Louis is the perfect guy for avian vet Sebastian, but Louis is a captive and needs the help of the Undercover Peckers.
World-renowned avian vet Sebastian Grant is so sure bird shifters aren’t real that even when an unruly cockatoo named Louis ends up naked in his arms, it’s difficult for him to admit he’s not imagining it. Louis might be everything Sebastian has been looking for in a partner—funny, confident, sexy, and genuine—but there’s one major problem: Louis is a captive in a gilded cage. With the help of Simon, his blue jay partner, Jay, and the expanding team of Undercover Peckers, Sebastian finds out he’s willing to do anything to make sure Louis is able to fly free and cock strut to his heart’s content.
Length: Novella (120p.) | Genre: Paranormal, Werewolves/Shifters, Humor
Release Date: October 22, 2014
Buy as eBook ($3.99 ISBN: 978-1-63216-412-4)
Coming Out in Style by Gene Taylor
After a night out, Drew reminisces about his first forays into life as a gay man and his first steps toward and out and proud life.
After a disappointing trip to a new gay bar, Drew and his long-time love, Kliff, end up in an all-night diner where Drew reminisces about how he ‘came out’ as a young man. His trip down memory lane takes him past the story of Mike Bailey, his first love, to the time he spent in Dallas in 1967 and the first time he entered a gay bar. His experiences there—far superior to those at the last gay bar he visited—and the young man he met marked his first forays into life as a gay man and his first tentative steps toward an out and proud life.
A Timeless Dreams title: While reaction to same-sex relationships throughout time and across cultures has not always been positive, these stories celebrate M/M love in a manner that may address, minimize, or ignore historical stigma.
Length: Novella (92p.) | Genre: Timeless Dream, Historical America | Release Date: October 22, 2014
Buy as eBook ($3.99 ISBN: 978-1-63216-157-4)
Dingo Run by Jack Byrne
With Jim’s life hanging by a thread, Mark forms an alliance with an infamous bushranging family. But will Mark’s choices finally drive Jim away?
New South Wales, Australia, 1876. As captured outlaws, Jim Kelly and Mark Turner face the gallows. Help comes from an unexpected quarter, but their hasty escape goes wrong and now Jim’s life hangs by a thread. Mark is driven by desperation to form an alliance with an infamous bushranger who may hold clues to his mysterious past. But as Jim and Mark’s relationship intensifies, it is also tested. Their secret is discovered, tempers fray, and jealousy flares.
Length: Novella (82p.) | Genre: Other Paranormal, Historical World, Western
Release Date: October 22, 2014
Buy as eBook ($3.99 ISBN: 978-1-63216-155-0)
October 21, 2014
One step always leads to another. Make sure the road you travel is the one you want.
I’ve loved posting and chatting with all of you wonderful folks.
Thanks for your interest in One Thing Leads.
Part of the message of the book is that we never know where our next step will take us. A large part of where we end up in life depends on who we trust to walk with us. Dion, Kenji, Grayson, and the others in One Thing Leads all take different paths. Sometimes they intersect and they walk together; sometimes they pull each other down uncertain roads in troubling directions.
But as long as there is love, there is a way. That may sound like a trite, old cliché, but I don’t care. There’s truth in it. That’s why we write and read romance.
So take care. Watch where you step. You never know where you’ll end up when one thing leads to another.
Peace ‘n’ hugs to you all.
October 21, 2014
This man wants you to trust him.
You see a guy, and suddenly your world tilts for just a moment—or forever, perhaps. He’s stunning. Maybe it’s his eyes, his shoulders, that scruffy-chin look you love, or he just has “something” you can’t define.
What does that do to you?
If you’re in a relationship (I am), sighing and shaking your head with a tiny smile is appropriate. Maybe you whisper, “If only…” and let the thought trail away.
If you’re single, perhaps your thoughts turn to the civil engineering task of getting across the street or hotel bar or the condo association quarterly meeting without leaping over chairs and tables.
These are just two of the myriad things sexual attraction does to us.
My question for this post is this: What do you do with those hormonal urges and surges? Ignore them? Push them down or away? Give in?
If you look at the last post, you’ll see I’m running a giveaway for One Thing Leads. The way to enter is to go to the book’s website and look at the character demo pics, then leave me a comment with your vote for the sexiest. Right now Grayson Sinclair, pictured above, is winning, not that this has anything to do with winning an e-book. The cad, the villian, the evil sexpot is considered by most as the sexiest.
Just my luck most of the time.
So what do you think? Is the villian in One Thing Leads the one to die for?