August 25, 2014
Dead End by Stephen Osborne
Private detective Duncan must get rid of an evil spirit, save a witch, and somehow hold onto his boyfriend Robbie, who’s a ghost.
Duncan Andrews’s best friend Gina is a witch, his bulldog Daisy is a zombie, and his boyfriend Robbie is a ghost. Duncan himself is just your average private detective, who happens to specialize in paranormal cases.
Robbie’s cousin, Jason, has a problem. The house he’s living in is haunted by the ghost of serial killer Dr. Stanley Moore. Duncan thinks banishing the spirit will be an easy task, but when confronted, the ghost nearly kills Duncan.
If that’s not bad enough, a witch-hunting group called the Order of Cotton Mather have tracked Gina down and are bent on destroying her. And Robbie and Duncan’s relationship may be nearing an end, as Robbie feels he’s holding Duncan back from having a lover he can actually touch.
Duncan must rid Jason’s house of the evil Dr. Moore, save Gina, and somehow manage to hold onto Robbie in the process.
Length: Novel (200p.) | Genre: Mystery/Suspense, Ghosts/Spirits, Paranormal, Angels/Demons
Release Date: August 25, 2014
Moving Mountains by TN Tarrant
Nathan and Raven could have the future their hearts desire, but they must decide if it’s the best future for everyone involved.
After Nathan Taylor’s wife fell into a coma, he fought for years to get custody of their son, Christopher, and finally succeeded. Although Nathan loves his wife, Letty, he has never been in love with her—theirs was a marriage of convenience, and they both knew it. Still, when he meets Raven Black Bear, the physical therapist who cares for Letty, his attraction to the man leads to a crisis of conscience.
Christopher’s life in the custody of his selfish grandparents has been difficult, and Raven befriended the boy during Christopher’s court-ordered visits with Letty. On the day Nathan regains custody, he brings Christopher to Letty’s side to share the news while Raven is with her. Raven soon falls for Nathan, but he struggles with the moral implications of a relationship with his patient’s husband. Both men worry about how a romance between them will affect Christopher, and they face a difficult choice. They can have the future their hearts desire, but they must decide if it’s the best future for everyone.
Length: Novel (214p.) | Genre: Contemporary | Release Date: August 25, 2014
Learning to Love: Final Exam by K.C. Wells
Evan and Daniel, Josh and Chris, Sean and Michael; as their school career comes to a close, the final exam is a true test of friendship.
One house, three couples, and one year left until their final exams….
Evan and Daniel want to take their D/s relationship to the next level. When Daniel suggests conducting a little research at a BDSM club, Evan is more than up for it. Trouble is, one of their housemates isn’t happy about this.
Finances tighten for new couple Josh and Chris. Wanting to ease some of the pressure on Chris, Josh starts as an agency nurse. But tackling a heavy workload at medical school and working late-shifts leaves little time for the couple. Something’s gotta give.
In Spain, Sean was diagnosed as suffering from migraines. But after the medications have no effect and he starts suffering from other complaints, he decides to get a second opinion without telling Michael. When Michael finds out, Sean’s usually laid-back husband’s reaction shocks everyone. But Michael needs to get his head sorted fast, because Sean needs his strength.
As their school career comes to a close and the one person who holds them all together starts to fall apart, the final exam is a true test of friendship.
Length: Novel (244p.) | Genre: Contemporary, BDSM | Release Date: August 25, 2014
August 22, 2014
Time for Destiny by Michelle Rae
A Rupee minted 150 years ago transports Daniel to war-torn colonial India, where he faces the greatest challenge of his life.
When Daniel Wilson, oldest of five children in a troubled family, joined the military, he expected to see combat in Iraq. But it comes as quite a shock when a Rupee minted a century and a half ago transports him to that dangerous time in war-torn colonial India. After he meets and falls in love with Vir during his visit to 1857, he faces the greatest challenge of his life. He knows he may ultimately lose Vir because he belongs in a different time. Still, he wants desperately to keep his love alive despite threats of violence from both wars.
Length: Novella (196p.) | Genre: Time Travel | Release Date: August 22, 2014
Buy as eBook ($5.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-804-9)
Frozen Hearts by Teegan Loy
College hockey player Erik is hanging up his skates, tired of living a lie. He must resist the pressure of others in order to make peace.
The best college hockey player in the country is hanging up his skates because he’s tired of living a lie. Five years ago, Erik Fox’s father found out about his indiscretions and forced him to change schools in the middle of the night. Erik had a boyfriend, and hockey players do not date boys.
With his college career over, Erik is determined to get his life on the right track, and that means making peace with the boy he left behind and living according to his own desires. But to do it, he must resist pressure from his father and everyone who wants to define him as nothing but a hockey player.
1st Edition published by Silver Publishing, March 2013
Length: Novel (200p.) | Genre: Contemporary | Release Date: August 22, 2014
Murder on the Mountain by Jamie Fessenden
Police detective Kyle and mystery writer Jesse are drawn to one another. Jesse learns things that could solve a case—or get him killed.
When Jesse Morales, a recent college grad who aspires to be a mystery writer, volunteers to work on the summit of Mt. Washington for a week, he expects to work hard. What he doesn’t expect is to find a corpse in the fog, lying among the rocks, his head crushed. The dead man turns out to be a young tourist named Stuart Warren, who strayed from his friends while visiting the mountain.
Kyle Dubois, a widowed state police detective, is called to the scene in the middle of the night, along with his partner, Wesley Roberts. Kyle and Jesse are instantly drawn to one another, except Jesse’s fascination with murder mysteries makes it difficult for Kyle to take the young man seriously. But Jesse finds a way to make himself invaluable to the detective by checking into the hotel where the victim’s friends and family are staying and infiltrating their circle. Soon, he is learning things that could very well solve the case—or get him killed.
Length: Novel (210p.) | Genre: Mystery/Suspense | Release Date: August 22, 2014
Taste of Air by Cassie Sweet
When Jolen discovers Estoban has a piece of the Elementica, he knows he must do everything he can to save the man he has come to love.
The reappearance of necromancers to the Dominincál city-states worries Sadonia prolate Estobán Medovin. Ever since Masters Nico and Theodyne drove the necromancers from his mind three years before, he’s suffered an odd affliction—painting while asleep. It is a secret that, if discovered by his enemies, could bring his rule to an untimely and violent end. On the eve of the demigogal elections in the holy city of Gusan, fearing the new candidate might be under the necromancers’ direct influence, Estobán requests an alchemist well-versed in ferreting out death dancers to join his mission to seek out conspirators.
Evil floods the streets of the holy city, and the elementals are anxious. Master alchemist Jolen Meripen should know; as an aerothant—hybrid of a human and air elemental—he can hear their voices in his head, telling him of the corruption festering under the pristine edifices.
When Jolen discovers a piece of the ruby tablet known as the Elementica in Estobán’s possession and the necromancers bid to collect them all and thus rule over the elements, he knows he must do everything he can—including sacrificing his life to bring peace to Dominicál and save the man he has come to love.
Length: Novel (230p.) | Genre: High Fantasy | Release Date: August 22, 2014
August 22, 2014
The Supernaturals by Gene Gant
A Harmony Ink Press Young Adult Title
Ahmad, Inky, and Mina help Draven on his quest to free his human mother, so he doesn’t have to become a monster like his father. The Supernaturals by Gene Gant, a Harmony Ink Press Young Adult title available from Dreamspinner Press.
Draven, a fledgling monster, faces an impossible choice just three days before his fifteenth birthday. If he doesn’t make his first human kill and release the beast within him, his father will kill his mortal mother. But Draven doesn’t want to become a sadistic, ruthless fiend like his father.
Help arrives in the form of Ahmad, a powerful 1500-year-old djinn whose soul is trapped in a brass ring, and handsome Inky, who is also much older than he seems. In turn, they introduce Draven to the eerie, mysterious Mina, who has information they need to rescue Draven’s mother. But their quest to free her is not without obstacles. Draven falls head over heels in love with Inky, only to discover how deadly this can be. And Ahmad’s ring falls into the hands of an enemy who won’t hesitate to use Ahmad against his friends.
Length: Novella (154p.) | Genre: Fantasy – Mythology, High Fantasy, Young Adult, Gay | Release Date: August 14, 2014
Buy as an eBook (ISBN: 978-1-63216-299-1)
August 21, 2014
Conflicted by Louise Lyons
Paul and Greg belong to rival drag racing gangs. Paul thinks having Greg for a lover is a temporary bit of fun, but Greg has other ideas.
Two competing gangs of car and drag racing enthusiasts with a shared history of pain and rivalry leading to outright hatred. Two men from opposite sides of the tracks, yet with more in common than they’d like to admit.
Paul Appleton is a troubled man who has never been in a relationship, having lost everyone he cared for in his life. His mother died when he was very young and subsequently, he lost his brother and his best friend. Now Paul is convinced love will always end in tears.
Greg was living on the streets after his parents died and was stabbed by a junkie, ending up in hospital. The Buchanans took Greg under their wing while doing charity work, and Greg joined their loving family when he was adopted. He and his siblings are also car enthusiasts with much more money and therefore better cars than Paul Appleton’s gang.
When they eventually find a connection, Paul fights his feelings and tries to convince himself his lover is only a temporary bit of fun, but Greg has other ideas.
Length: Novel (300p.) | Genre: Contemporary | Release Date: August 20, 2014
Happy Independence Day by Michael Rupured
Student activist Terrence and Mafia hustler Cameron want to find a way to stay together, but first they need to find a way to stay alive.
Prequel to Until Thanksgiving
Terrence Bottom wants to change the world. A prelaw student at Columbia University majoring in political science, his interests range from opposing the draft and the war in Vietnam, to civil rights for gays, to anything to do with Cameron McKenzie. Terrence notices the rugged blond hanging around the Stonewall Inn, but the handsome man—and rumored Mafia hustler—rebuffs his smiles and winks.
Cameron McKenzie dropped out of college and left tiny Paris, Kentucky after the death of the grandmother who raised him, dreaming of an acting career on Broadway. Although he claims to be straight, he becomes a prostitute to make ends meet. Now the Mafia is using him to entrap men for extortion schemes, he is in way over his head, and he can’t see a way out—at least not a way that doesn’t involve a swim to the bottom of the Hudson in a pair of cement flippers.
Cameron is left with a choice: endanger both their lives by telling Terrence everything or walk away from the only man he ever loved. The Mafia hustler and the student activist want to find a way to stay together, but first they need to find a way to stay alive.
Length: Novel (256p.) | Genre: Historical Americas, Holiday | Release Date: August 20, 2014
Stepping Through by CJane Elliott
Cameron’s well-planned life is turned upside down when Apollo’s magic helps him realize the truth about his sexuality and passion for music.
Cameron Wheeler’s life is all mapped out: he’ll finish business school, return home to Vermont, get a job, and marry his high-school girlfriend. He’s packed away what he really wants—a career as a musician—because he knows it’s never going to happen. But Cameron’s well-planned life is turned upside down when he walks into a musty jewelry shop in LA and meets the mysterious Apollo, who tells him to “follow his soul, not his past.” Apollo’s magical presence spurs Cameron to discover and follow his true path, in life and in love.
Length: Nap-size Dream (52p.) | Genre: Urban Fantasy | Release Date: August 20, 2014
Buy as eBook ($2.99 ISBN: 978-1-63216-071-3)
August 20, 2014
Thank you to all who entered, by telling me where you met your other half.
The winner of the eBook of Conflicted is Ardent Ereader. Your first date sounded lovely I will contact you off the blog about receiving the prize.
Those who kindly entered, but didn’t win the book, will be offered a bookmark and postcard.
To everyone who has taken the time to drop by, read my articles, and leave comments – thank you so much, I really appreciate your support.
That’s all, folks. Take care and goodnight.
August 20, 2014
Time for one more post before I draw the prize winner of a copy of Conflicted, in 45 minutes time. Here I’ve answered a few random interview questions. Now’s your chance to ask me anything you like, whether it be about writing in general, my current release, Conflicted, or about me personally.
Conflicted, is of course available from Dreamspinner Press in both eBook and Paperback, and is now also available from Amazon for Kindle.
When you start a book, do you already have the whole story in your head or is it built progressively?
I usually have a basic idea for the plot with a few important events in my head, and the rest of it builds progressively once I get started. Quite often I will write whole scenes or sections of dialogue for a part of the story that I haven’t yet got to, and then mark them for inclusion later.
How do you come up with the titles?
Occasionally, but not very often, the title comes to me when I get the idea for the story. More often, though, I will get several chapters into what I’m writing and gradually the idea for the title forms, which I might well tweak a few times before I’m happy with it.
What book are you reading now?
I just finished reading Wade Kelly’s new release, Names Can Never Hurt Me. It’s a long book and I read it in two days. I couldn’t put the thing down. A real tugger at the heartstrings and I adored the second main character, RC. He was very real and it was easy to fall for him from the off, even though he didn’t look appealing in the beginning.
Do you see writing as a career?
I would like it to be. I have a full time job at the moment and initially, I see writing as a way to supplement my income and be able to treat myself. I would love to be able to write full time and quit the day job. It was always a dream, but with one book published and (hopefully) more to come, I would like to think that dream’s getting a little bit closer !
Food – well I love all sorts and I like trying new things to eat. My favorite is Mexican, but I love Chinese, Italian and Indian food as well, and I enjoy making up new dishes and trying new combinations.
Colors – purple has always been my favorite color, but I really love green as well.
Music – my tastes are quite diverse. I enjoy rock music and used to be a bit of a headbanger. I love country and western, some modern chart music, classical and opera and even trance which is perfect for working out to. There’s not a great deal I don’t like.
Favorite subject in school? Why?
Geography. I was fascinated by different countries, how mountains formed, what caused earthquakes and so on. I liked it so much I would make up my own geography projects at home and draw maps. My friends thought I was weird!
What do you always order in a favorite restaurant?
I never order the same thing twice. I like variety. My favorite restaurant is part of a UK chain called Chiquitos (Mexican of course). Each time I go I pick a different starter, main and dessert and try a new cocktail from their vast menu.
August 20, 2014
Now it’s time for a giveaway. This will be an eBook of Conflicted. As yet I don’t have a back catalogue to offer, I’m sorry to say, but one day…fingers crossed…
To be in with a chance to get a free copy of Conflicted, tell me where you met your other half, or a previous other half. Paul and Greg get together in a bar. I met my ex-husband at a martial arts club (he was my instructor).
Have you met someone in an interesting place? Best answer will be the winner.
And there’s more…
I recently had some promo goodies for Conflicted made up in the form of postcards and bookmarks. The artwork for the book is by the amazing Maria Fanning and I was delighted with the results. I’ve been sending a few of these out to people who have contacted me through Facebook and Twitter over the past few weeks.
If you haven’t connected with me on FB or Twitter, you can find me at the links below:-
I have a blog too, which I post regular updates on about what I’m doing, and occasionally host other authors too, so please check it out, follow it if you wish, and keep in touch:-
And back to the goodies. If you would like a bookmark and (autographed) postcard, please message me. You can either comment on this post, get in touch through FB or Twitter, or simply email me:-
I would be delighted to send you one of each item, wherever you happen to be in the world, so don’t be shy – just ask!
August 20, 2014
Now for an interview with one of my main characters. I thought you might like to meet Greg Buchanan and find out a little more about him. I would have liked to get Paul here as well, but he can be a bad-tempered individual and he doesn’t like talking about himself.
Greg Buchanan:- So I’m second best? Thanks, Louise, that really makes a guy feel special. *laughs* I’m just kidding.
LL:- Well, I know you have a sense of humor. So, where shall we start? When did you first meet Paul?
GB:- It was a couple of years before the first events in Conflicted. The Buchanans adopted me when I was seventeen, so it’s six years since I moved to Stockton.
LL:- What led to you being adopted by the family?
GB:- I’d been living on the streets after my parents died. I ran into trouble when I found some money someone had dropped and another guy thought he’d rather have it for his next fix than let me eat. I got stabbed and I ended up in hospital. Mum…I mean Agnes Buchanan, was doing charity work in the hospital and she was determined to help me out. I was pretty lucky.
LL:- They are a lovely family. I know you went to school with your adoptive brother and sister, Jamie and Janice. Did you meet Paul in school?
GB:- No, he was expelled before I got there. *sniggers* Fighting, can you believe that? Anyway, I ran into a few of his friends at school, but I didn’t meet him until, maybe three years later. I had my first car – an orange TVR Cerbera. Loved that beast – I was gutted when it got smashed up. I’m getting side-tracked. I went along to a car show with Jamie and Janice and Dad. Paul and his friends were there. He didn’t even have a car then and he was acting like a complete idiot, just being loud and getting in people’s faces.
LL:- Jumping forward to the first car event in Conflicted, how did you feel about Paul damaging Jamie’s car?
GB:- Well, I didn’t know it was him at the time. Jamie was heartbroken. He’d only had the BMW about five minutes and then to find it with scratches all down the side – I know how I’d have felt if it was my car. I wanted to punch whoever did it. But I only found out Paul was responsible when he confessed to me. I was pretty shocked, but he felt bad about it and he apologized to Jamie and offered to pay for the damage, so I let it go.
LL:- Just like that?
GB:- Well…um…I was sort of…getting fond of him by then. *reddens and coughs* He did the right thing by owning up and saying sorry. He realized how childish and spiteful it was.
LL:- Tell us what happened when you first saw Paul in Lambert’s, the gay bar you both went to.
GB:- *laughs* That was pretty funny. No one knew about me then and when I saw him, I initially cringed, because I thought he’d run off and tell everyone about Greg Buchanan being gay. And then I thought – wait a minute – what’s he doing in here? He was about to walk over to some bloke he’d been gawking at and he saw me and changed direction, so he obviously didn’t want his secret getting out either. He looked pretty annoyed about it, as if I’d ruined his night just by being there.
LL:- So what happened next?
GB:- Um…well…we talked. We hadn’t had a conversation since we got in that fight at the car show you asked me about earlier. I felt awful about the crash and Paul’s friend and everything. I couldn’t help thinking maybe I was responsible. So I told Paul I was sorry for what happened. I thought he still blamed me and I could tell he was really cut up about it.
LL:- Could you tell us what made you keep going back to Paul after the first time you “hooked up”? You said yourself that he was hard work.
GB:- Ha ha, well he was really hard work. He’d never had a proper relationship and he was determined to keep it that way. I think he was telling that to himself as much as he was me. When Abby and Stu, who he lodges with, went away for a week and he had the house to himself, he decided we’d have some fun…you know, the cats are away so the mice can play, type of thing. When they came back, that would be the end of it. It didn’t turn out quite like that though, I’m happy to say.
LL:- Was it difficult telling your family about Paul?
GB:- Not as difficult as I expected. It was quite funny to see Jamie and Janice’s reactions to me getting it on with one of the enemy, so to speak.
LL:- One final question. How do you feel about what Paul’s doing now?
GB:- I’m incredibly proud of him and I’m not just saying that because I love him. He’s starting to be successful and he’s grown a lot. He’s more open, at least with me and his close friends. He’s much less angry too, as if that huge chip he had on his shoulder has melted away.
LL:- Well, a lot of that is down to you, Greg. Thank you for talking to me today. I wish you and Paul all the happiness in the world.
GB:- Thanks a lot. Now, all you people out there make sure you buy the book and find out what me and Paul get up to! *smiles winningly* Louise will post the links below again.
eBook – http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=5329
Question: I hope you all enjoyed meeting Greg. Is there a question any of you would like to ask me or Greg, relating to Conflicted?
August 20, 2014
I’ve submitted a few things recently and am waiting for the “yay or nay”. I’ve written some short stories lately to send in for anthologies – one of which I got the answer on this morning. I have a story accepted for Dreamspinner Press’s upcoming “Advent” anthology so I was delighted to get the acceptance email on the very morning of my first release.
I’ve also submitted a novella about a hapless guy named Rhys, who has lost his job and been dumped by his cheating boyfriend in the space of one week. On the spur of the moment, he takes off on a trip to Peru (something I have longed to do and even bought books about it in the hopes I might get there one day). Disaster strikes, but Rhys is rescued by the proverbial knight in the form of the very sexy Rafael.
I’m waiting to hear about a full length novel I submitted, based on the paranormal. Fantasy, vampires, ghosts and other imaginative themes are one of my favorites to write, and my story The Eye of the Beholder is about a cruel young man who runs a modeling agency with his aunt. Vince’s mother died in childbirth, but as a witch, she returns in the form of a ghost to set him on the right track and make him realize that there is more to life than beauty. Vince turns ugly overnight and must try to find love to lift the spell. Despite months of searching, no one will look twice at him, with the exception of lonely male vampire named Peter. Vince, still having learned nothing, decides to use Peter to lift the spell, not realizing that Peter is using him in return. Against all odds, the pair fall in love, but they seemed destined to be torn apart.
In the planning stages, is a story about the victim of domestic abuse, which I mentioned earlier. I have notes and a few scenes for that, but it’s likely to be a few months before a get started on it. Another idea has come to the fore and is demanding to be written first. I’ve been trying to put it off, but no, it’s determined to fill my head with scenes and dialogue until I get on and write it! I had the idea for a story set in the early 1990s, based on the rock bands of that era – long hair, spandex, screaming guitars… That was my era too. I was a big fan of the second wave of glam rock and went to dozens of concerts, my favourite venue being Nottingham Rock City in the UK, which will feature in the story. At least I have plenty of experience to draw on for that one! I’ve almost finished the first chapter of it.
I post news on my current and up-coming works on my blog and my Facebook page regularly, below:-
Facebook – www.facebook.com/louiselyonsauthor
I write in the genre of MM Romance, but within that, I write Contemporary, Coming of Age, Supernatural/Paranormal. My release, Conflicted, is Contemporary:-
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Question: What is your favourite genre and what are you reading now?
August 20, 2014
This is something I’ll be talking about quite a bit over the next few weeks on my blog tour. I get my inspiration from lots of different things. It could be the lyrics of a song, or from someone or something that I see. It might be from my own experience. For instance, an idea for a future story is based on a young guy who has escaped from a situation involving domestic violence, which is something I went through many years ago – and happily escaped from.
The inspiration for Conflicted came from my own love of all things motor. I’m a bit of a tomboy and I love cars and motorcycles. I have a lovely sporty car and am a member of an owners club, so I get to do some of the things that Greg and Paul do in the book. I attend car shows and exhibit my car and I enjoy watching drag racing at a nearby venue. Going to these types of events gave me the idea for the book and because I’d already been to so many of them, I didn’t have to do much in the way of research.
I chose two of my favourite car models for Greg and Paul – a yellow Nissan R33 Skyline for Greg and a black Ford Capri for Paul. My first two cars were Ford Capris, so although Paul complains about not having much money and having to buy a wreck to fix up, he does love the car really.
Conflicted buy link - http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=5329
You might not be an enthusiast, but maybe you have a favourite car too? My pride and joy is a Mitsubishi FTO affectionately known as Ed (the silver car pictured).
Question: What model of car do you like and why?