October 30, 2014
Guardians (The Woodmen Chronicles: Book Two) by A.M. Burns
A Harmony Ink Press Young Adult Title
Bigfoot Thom Woodman feels like he’s being forced to choose between the human and Oh Mah worlds, and life with or without his mate, Ben. Guardians (The Woodmen Chronicles: Book Two) by A.M. Burns, a Harmony Ink Press Young Adult title available from Dreamspinner Press.
The Woodmen Chronicles: Book Two
Thom Woodman is a bigfoot, although he prefers to be called an Oh Mah. When it comes time for the Oh Mah biannual gathering, he’s excited to go with Ben Steele, the human he bonded with.
To Thom’s surprise, he is offered a place among the Guardians, the leaders of the Oh Mah. But since he grew up half in the human world, he can’t make a decision before he finds out more about these Guardians.
When an Oh Mah is killed by a human, the growing antihuman sentiment runs rampant through the gathering. Thom’s family swears to help protect Ben, but when some of the Guardians join the anti-human faction, they aren’t sure they can live up to their promise. Even when Ben is kidnapped, Thom doesn’t know what to say when the Guardians demand his answer. Thom feels like he’s not only being forced to choose between the Oh Mah and the human world, but also between a life with or without Ben.
Length: Novel (214p.) | Genre: Fantasy: Urban Fantasy, Fantasy: High Fantasy, Paranormal: Other, Young Adult, Gay | Release Date: October 30, 2014
October 29, 2014
Cutting Out by Mickie B. Ashling
Sloan must help his ex, Cole, rescue his family while Trent chooses between marrying Sloan and a military career cut short.
Sequel to Cleave
Hours after stepping off the yacht where they had their mock wedding, real life intrudes, and arguments arise between Sloan Driscoll and Trent Hamilton. Seeking relief at his BDSM club, Trent bumps into an old army buddy who tells him things are different now that DADT has been repealed. Meanwhile, Sloan receives a frantic call from ex-lover, Cole Fujiwara, who tells him that his twins and ex-wife have been kidnapped. Cole asks Sloan for help but makes him promise not to include Trent in the rescue attempt.
Trent considers the opportunity to resume a career cut short, and despite Sloan’s threat to postpone the wedding, he leaves for the Middle East as an independent mercenary while Sloan rushes to aid Cole.
In Tokyo, disturbing revelations draw the former couple together, and old feelings are rekindled. Despite this new understanding, neither man makes a move. Sloan is focused on rescuing Cole’s family without jeopardizing his relationship with Trent, while Cole must prepare himself to survive disappointment if Sloan chooses to segue into married life as a military spouse.
Length: Novel (220p.) | Genre: Contemporary, BDSM | Release Date: October 29, 2014
A Day at a Time by Nic Starr
Sean Vargos isn’t all he seems, but Dave wants the chance to show Sean he can be trusted and the past doesn’t have to dictate their future.
Sean Vargos is quiet, well respected, and dedicated to his job. But Dave Simpson sees Sean as more than a coworker. He’s fought his attraction to Sean for months but can’t get him out of his thoughts.
They tentatively embark on a relationship, but Sean isn’t all that he seems. He struggles to put his past behind him and overcome his fears.
Dave, with his good looks and open nature, accepts that sometimes Sean’s doubts get the better of him and he runs. Dave just wants the chance to show Sean he can be trusted and the past doesn’t have to dictate their future.
Length: Novella (77p.) | Genre: Contemporary | Release Date: October 29, 2014
Buy as eBook ($3.99 ISBN: 978-1-63216-121-5)
Healing by Grace R. Duncan
In a post-pandemic world, former nurse Mark helps Duncan tend a broken leg. But as Duncan heals, he realizes he doesn’t want Mark to leave.
When Duncan stumbles into a pharmacy in search of something to fix his broken leg, he’s surprised to find someone else there. Like the rest of the post-pandemic world, it appeared empty. Instead, he discovers Mark, a former nurse who walked away from his profession after losing too many patients to the virus. Despite swearing he’d never practice medicine again, Mark patches Duncan up over Duncan’s protests. He even finds an abandoned house in the tiny town, and they settle in until Duncan heals enough to look out for himself. Much to the chagrin of both, they find themselves caring for each other.
Duncan welcomes it, thrilled at finding someone he can trust. However, he’s well aware of the shadows in Mark’s eyes and understands Mark’s reticence as he learns the story. But as he’s starting to do things for himself again, Duncan realizes he doesn’t want Mark to leave. He’s not sure if can get Mark to let go of his fears so they can stay together and love. But Duncan’s damned sure going to try.
Length: Novella (98p.) | Genre: Science Fiction | Release Date: October 29, 2014
Buy as eBook ($3.99 ISBN: 978-1-63216-122-2)
Hunted Guardian by M.D. Grimm
Falcon shifter Con is injured while keeping powerful scrolls away from a monster. Alpha wolf Quincy must nurse the wounded raptor in secret.
In eighteenth-century Egypt, falcon shifter Con’s parents died attempting to keep powerful, ancient scrolls out of the hands of a monster. Now it falls to Con to keep the scrolls hidden and lead the hunter away so their sacrifice isn’t for nothing. But he isn’t quite fast enough, and he finds himself helpless in an unfamiliar English countryside village. That is, until a beautiful man with a limp carries Con to his manor to tend to his wounds.
As an alpha wolf, Quincy’s compassion is not valued by his pack, which leads him to nurse the falcon in secret. A bond quickly forms between Quincy and the mysterious raptor, so he’s concerned at Con’s reaction to the arrival of another visitor, the Countess Blackburn.
Length: Novella (198p.) | Genre: Paranormal, Werewolves/Shifters, Historical European, Mystery/Suspense | Release Date: October 29, 2014
Buy as eBook ($5.99 ISBN: 978-1-63216-290-8)
October 27, 2014
Beyond the Rift by Alana Ankh
The Nikari rule a vast empire, until innocent Andari mage Ivy claims the heart of Nikari emperor Kris and changes the course of history.
Across the centuries, the Nikari, a race of vicious elemental mages, have built an empire, bringing an entire continent to its knees. The course of history seems set… until one innocent Andari mage changes everything and claims a greater prize—the heart of the Nikari emperor.
Behnivyr ‘Ivy’ Erethe knows his duty is to wed another Andari Pure-Blood. Craving one moment of freedom before his loveless bonding, he escapes his father’s suffocating protection and goes to a masquerade ball, only to unexpectedly meet a mysterious Nikari named Kris. Kris makes Ivy ache with a need he barely dares to acknowledge. One kiss, one dance—and Ivy’s life changes forever. Unbeknownst to Ivy, Kris is actually Kristelien Fezenda, the Nikari emperor. Forced to make a difficult choice, Ivy picks love over duty and becomes Kris’s concubine.
Poorly prepared for the whirlwind of emotion Ivy summons inside him, Kris now faces the hardest battle of his life. In a ruthless world where all weakness is exploited, where allies become enemies in the blink of an eye, where love can mean death, he will have to defeat more than his own personal demons to breach the rift between him and Ivy.
Length: Novel (260p.) | Genre: High Fantasy | Release Date: October 27, 2014
Heart by Garrett Leigh
Cornish baker Seb is fascinated with Irish Traveller Dex, but Dex is a slave in a violent underworld. Can Seb heal his fractured heart?
Cornish pastry chef Seb Wright dreads the summer tourist season. The cash injection to his artisan fudge pantry is more than welcome, the extra work, less so. Then one summer, a shadowy Good Samaritan catches his eye. Irish Traveller Dex is bewitching, a beautiful sullen enigma who turns Seb’s world upside down until he disappears in the night, vanishing like a mystical summer rain.
Twelve months later Dex is in the midst of a dark storm. A slave to his master, ‘Uncle’ Braden, he spends his days cleaning caravans and his nights working in Braden’s other businesses. His short summer with Seb seems a lifetime ago. Lost in the savage violence of the murky underworld, he doesn’t dare dream he’ll ever find his way back, until one night, a brutal crime opens the door for a chance escape. A new life beckons, old faces emerge, and immersed in the heady vibe of London’s East End, new love begins to heal his fractured heart.
Length: Novel (204p.) | Genre: Contemporary | Release Date: October 27, 2014
Bones by Kim Fielding, Eli Easton, B.G. Thomas, Jamie Fessenden
You cannot hide your desires from the loa, or from the maddening spell of the drums. Four authors imagine love under the spell of Voodoo.
Vodou. Obeah. Santeria. These religions seem mysterious and dark to the uninitiated, but the truth is often very different. Still, while they hold the potential for great power, they can be dangerous to those who don’t take appropriate precautions. Interfering with the spirits is best left to those who know what they’re doing, for when the proper respect isn’t shown, trouble can follow. In these four novellas, steamy nights of possession and exotic ritual will trigger forbidden passion and love. You cannot hide your desires from the loa, or from the maddening spell of the drums. Four acclaimed m/m authors imagine homoerotic love under the spell of Voodoo.
The Dance by Kim Fielding
The Bird by Eli Easton
The Book of St. Cyprian by Jamie Fessenden
Uninvited by B.G. Thomas
Length: Novel (260p.) | Genre: Contemporary, Historical European, Urban Fantasy, Mystery/Suspense, Paranormal, Ghosts/Spirits, Mythology | Release Date: October 27, 2014
The Sol of Jupiter by Thaddeus J.
The intense yet awkward attraction growing between young Marines Turner and Jace complicates both their personal and professional lives.
Turner Michaels is an idealistic junior enlisted communicator who wants nothing more than to successfully execute his duties. After being transferred to a light armored reconnaissance unit in the middle of the Mojave Desert, the young Marine starts to feel a bit overwhelmed and out of place from his usual role of support— until he is reunited with his old friend Jace Sozio.
Jace is impulsive, headstrong, and loyal to a fault, but carrying a chip on his shoulder and keeping others at a distance is easier than being true to himself. Reconnecting with his closest friend from basic training might be simple, but the intense yet awkward attraction growing between them complicates both their personal and professional lives.
Can devotion and honor be stronger than bigotry and misperception? The Corps has always been a sacred brotherhood where men and women trust each other with their lives—but Turner and Jace will have to find a different way to fit the General Issue mold.
1st Edition published by Thaddeus J., June 2013
Length: Novel (270p.) | Genre: Contemporary | Release Date: October 27, 2014
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.