New Releases: January 28th, 2015

January 28, 2015

Alchemy Ever After by Raine & Siôn O’Tierney

 

When a warm touch awakens the consciousness within a living ice sculpture, Idrian learns about physicality and the magic of passion.

The city of New Alexandria is filled with powerful magicians-in-training and mechanical follies, the world’s largest library, and marvels beyond compare. The allure of this modern metropolis draws young people from all over the world, but Idrian has come instead for the opportunity to learn the new art of alchemy.

 

He’s been taken as an apprentice by Maketh, a scholar experimenting with new ways to combine technology and the ancient mystic arts. Together they’ve animated a living ice sculpture. Idrian cannot wait to unveil the sculpture alongside the other wonders at the annual Spring Festival.

 

After witnessing his master in a passionate embrace with another student, Idrian’s mind drifts to things beyond alchemy. And when a warm touch accidentally awakens the consciousness within the living sculpture, Idrian learns firsthand about physicality and the magic of passion.

 

Length: Novella (56p.) | Genre: Paranormal, Ghosts/Spirits, Urban Fantasy, Steampunk

Release Date: January 28, 2015

Buy as eBook ($3.99 ISBN: 978-1-63216-301-1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drive Your Truck by Julia Talbot

 

Neither Garrison nor Walt expect their bit of fun to amount to much. But to find a happy ending, they must overcome their trust issues.

Home on compassionate leave for his brother’s funeral, Navy SEAL Garrison Matthews needs to blow off a lot of stress and grief before he returns to active duty. In honor of his brother, he takes Bettie, the brothers’ souped-up vintage truck, out for a spin. A bit of an adrenaline junkie, Garrison has no problem finding trouble. This time trouble’s named Walt, and he happens to be Garrison’s sister-in-law’s brother.

 

Neither man expects their fun to amount to anything else, but after an injury sends Garrison home for good, he turns to Walt, hoping to start a new life. Walt is a closeted sheriff’s deputy, and while he adores Garrison, he isn’t sure he’s ready to come out… or for such a big commitment. Being fresh out of the service isn’t easy on Garrison either. To find their happy ending, Walt and Garrison must overcome their trust issues and get ready to settle down together.

 

Length: Novella (130p.) | Genre: Contemporary | Release Date: January 28, 2015

Buy as eBook ($4.99 ISBN: 978-1-63216-398-1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friends With Benefits by Cheyenne Meadows

 

Ram agrees to pose as Wiley’s boyfriend for a weekend, but they find out fate has other plans when they kiss on a dare and passion erupts.

Playboy wolf shifter Wiley can’t duck out of his pack’s biggest annual event, despite knowing his grandmother has possible suitors lined up and waiting. Wiley has no intention of settling down, and the situation dangles just above disaster. Thankfully, Wiley’s best friend, lion shifter Ram, agrees to pose as Wiley’s boyfriend for the weekend.

 

They find out fate has other plans when they kiss on a dare, and the passion erupts, so hot and intense they fear the couch may spontaneously combust beneath them. Neither man is able to push the small act of affection from his mind, but both struggle with uncertainty and the ramifications of following where their libidos lead.

 

If they can’t outrun their feelings, they’ll have to muster the courage to face their fears before they lose everything, including their friendship.

 

Length: Novella (124p.) | Genre: Paranormal, Werewolves/Shapeshifters

Release Date: January 28, 2015

Buy as eBook ($4.99 ISBN: 978-1-63216-481-0)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Until My Whole Life Could Belong by Amy Lapine

 

Chase and Mitch share a history, and it’s not all positive, but much can change in four years. They might get another chance at happiness.

Chase Parker never imagined he’d run into his high school adversary, Mitch Ramsay, on a commuter train. Four years can do a lot to change a person, like Mitch developing a fascination with Italian poetry and Scrabble, or playing defense for the Detroit Red Wings. One thing hasn’t changed, however: Mitch is still in love with Chase, and he’s not going to settle for less than everything from Chase in return. While the history they share isn’t all positive, apologies and honesty might give them a second chance at happiness.

 

Length: Novella (46p.) | Genre: Contemporary | Release Date: January 28, 2015

Buy as eBook ($3.99 ISBN: 978-1-63216-402-5)

New Releases: January 26th, 2015

January 26, 2015

Black John by Amy Lane

 

John doesn’t want a relationship with an addict. Galen doesn’t want a conscience. But the two can learn from and heal one another.

Johnnies: Book Four

 

John Carey is just out of rehab and dying inside when he gets word that Tory, the guy who loved him and broke him, has removed himself from the world in the most bitter way possible—and left John to clean up his mess.

 

Forced back to his hometown in Florida, John’s craving a hit with every memory when he meets Tory’s neighbor. Spacey and judgmental, Galen Henderson has been rotting in his crappy apartment since a motorcycle accident robbed him of his mobility, his looks, and his boyfriend all in one mistake. Galen’s been hiding at the bottom of an oxy bottle, but when John shows up, he feels obligated to help wade through the wreckage of Tory’s life.

 

The last thing John needs is another relationship with an addict, and the last thing Galen wants is a conscience. Both of them are shocked when they find that their battered souls can learn from and heal one another. It doesn’t hurt that they’re both getting a crash course on how growing up and getting past your worst mistakes sure beats the alternative—and that true love is something to fight to keep if your lover is fighting to love you back.

 

Length: Novel (280p.) | Genre: Contemporary | Release Date: January 26, 2015

Buy as eBook ($6.99 ISBN: 978-1-63216-553-4) | Buy as Paperback ($16.99 ISBN: 978-1-63216-552-7)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Double Indemnity by Maggie Kavanagh

 

Sam is determined to expose the real reason his friend died and to clear Nathan’s name—even if it’s the last thing he does.

Sam Flynn dreamed of being a journalist, until a car accident killed his parents and put his brother into a long-term coma. Now Sam spends his days as a landscaper, toiling in the New England sun, and his nights drunk in bed with the closest warm body. In his limited spare time, he writes about Stonebridge’s local crime and politics on his blog “Under the Bridge.”

 

Then Sam’s favorite client is found dead in her home—shortly after telling him someone has betrayed her trust. Sam can’t believe her grief-stricken husband, Nathan, would be a suspect, but the investigation focuses on him. Sam has always admired handsome Nathan from afar, but now he puts his libidinous feelings aside to help clear his name. But the closer he gets to Nathan, the more he’s told to keep away from him and the investigation—by the fatherly police chief, by an officer on the case who’s hated him since school, and by Nathan himself.

 

Sam is determined to expose the real reason his friend died and to clear Nathan’s name—even if it’s the last thing he does. Which, considering how fast the death toll is rising in Stonebridge… it might be.

 

Length: Novel (214p.) | Genre: Mystery/Suspense | Release Date: January 26, 2015

Buy as eBook ($6.99 ISBN: 978-1-63216-378-3) | Buy as Paperback ($14.99 ISBN: 978-1-63216-377-6)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nights Like These by Chris Scully

 

Miles doesn’t plan on liking the night shift or falling for Colton. But Miles will have to decide what’s truly important.

Starting over sucks. At forty, Miles Koprowski thought he had life all figured out. He had a nice car, a hot young lover, and a cushy job… and then he didn’t. Call it fate, or karma, or a downturn in the market, but this opinionated cynic is now forced to play rent-a-cop in a dying office building in the burbs just to make ends meet. Throw in an unhinged ex, a coworker who hates him, and a hot new boss, and suddenly everything is uncertain.

 

Miles doesn’t plan on liking the night shift or becoming embroiled in a mystery that reawakens old passions and puts him in danger. And he certainly doesn’t plan on falling for the overbearing head of security, Colton Decker, former soldier and doting dad. But nights like these can change a man, make him start to believe there’s more to life than a high-paying job and a warm body in his bed. With a thief on the loose and his new job in jeopardy, Miles will have to decide what’s truly important. He might discover things he never knew he wanted… as long as he makes it through the night.

 

Length: Novel (200p.) | Genre: Erotic Romance, Humor, Mystery/Suspense

Release Date: January 26, 2015

Buy as eBook ($6.99 ISBN: 978-1-63216-401-8) | Buy as Paperback ($14.99 ISBN: 978-1-63216-400-1)

New Releases: January 23rd, 2015

January 23, 2015

Blink by Rick R. Reed

 

Life can change in the blink of an eye. Andy learns that truth in 1982 when he meets Carlos. Thirty years later Andy vows to find him again.

Life can change in the blink of an eye. That’s a truth Andy Slater learns as a young man in 1982, taking the Chicago ‘L’ to work every morning. Andy’s life is laid out before him: a good job, marriage to his female college sweetheart, and the white picket fence existence he believes in. But when he sees Carlos Castillo for the first time, Carlos’s dark eyes and Latin appeal mesmerize him. Fate continues to throw them together until the two finally agree to meet up. At Andy’s apartment, the pent-up passion of both young men is ignited, but is snuffed out by an inopportune and poorly-timed phone call.

 

Flash forward to present day. Andy is alone, having married, divorced, and become the father of a gay son. He’s comfortable but alone and has never forgotten the powerful pull of Carlos’s gaze on the ‘L’ train. He vows to find him once more, hoping for a second chance. If life can change in the blink of an eye, what will the passage of thirty years do? To find out, Andy begins a search that might lead to heartache and disappointment or a love that will last forever….

 

Length: Novel (200p.) | Genre: Contemporary | Release Date: January 23, 2015

Buy as eBook ($6.99 ISBN: 978-1-63216-586-2) | Buy as Paperback ($14.99 ISBN: 978-1-63216-585-5)


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fractured Souls by Alana Ankh

 

Nikari Prince Shuri finds love in the land of A’rankin–as well as questions he’s afraid to answer. Who is Prince Tynare really?

Sequel to Beyond the Rift; Elemental Lovers: Book Two

 

Centuries ago, a group of Aranken mages left their homeland and became the ancestors of the Nikari. Now a Nikari prince will return, seeking truth and finding far more than he expected.

 

Shuri Fezenda has one goal in mind when he departs for A’rankin—to identify the culprit behind the conspiracy targeting Ivy, his brother’s consort and a man Shuri cares for deeply. But when he meets Prince Tynare’Or’Therar, Shuri’s world is turned upside down.

 

Beautiful and mysterious, Tynare draws Shuri like no other. The secrets he whispers taunt and tease, but Shuri’s treacherous heart races and his body responds when Tynare shoots him a knowing smile. And then Shuri meets Tynare’s twin brother, Nari, and in Nari’s kindness and blind eyes, he finds refuge and a love beyond anything he thought he could feel.

 

Torn between duty and confused emotions, Shuri faces an A’rankin on the brink of civil war and a foe he didn’t count on—the neighboring land of Shyrn. At the heart of the conflict, one question remains. Who is Tynare really, and who is Nari? Shuri is almost afraid to learn the answer.

 

Length: Novel (276p.) | Genre: High Fantasy | Release Date: January 23, 2015

Buy as eBook ($6.99 ISBN: 978-1-63216-480-3) | Buy as Paperback ($16.99 ISBN: 978-1-63216-479-7)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mano’s Story by Michael Murphy

 

For years Mano avoided getting close to a man. With help from Jake and others, Mano looks for the courage to go after what he has always wanted.

Sequel to Little Squirrels Can Climb Tall Trees

 

Mano and Jake, friends since childhood, are each the brother that the other never had, hermanos.  It doesn’t matter that Mano is gay and Jake is straight. They have each other’s backs. When he grows weary of being used as a pawn by his parents as their marriage collapses, Mano moves in with Jake’s family.

 

Jake and Mano both need a chance to start over, so they move to Hawaii and work for Jake’s uncle, Mano working as a lifeguard. In his free time, Mano explores his sexuality and finds he has no shortage of men in his bed. But after watching his parents’ relationship disintegrate, Mano guards his heart and keeps it strictly sexual.

 

Determined to become self-sufficient, Mano returns to college while still working full-time. When he meets the man of his dreams, he’s too scared and unsure of himself to pursue him. For years he went out of his way to avoid getting close to a man, so now when he wants to, he doesn’t know how. With the encouragement of Jake and others, Mano searches for the courage to go after what he’s always really wanted.

 

Length: Novel (200p.) | Genre: Contemporary | Release Date: January 23, 2015

Buy as eBook ($6.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-520-8) | Buy as Paperback ($14.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-519-2)

New Releases: January 21st, 2015

January 21, 2015

The Elevator Mechanic by Serena Yates

 

Joe and Bill wonder whether moving beyond casual sex is worth the risk, since Joe’s work makes it impossible to settle down.

2nd Edition

 

A Workplace Encounters Book

 

Quiet elevator installer Joe Taylor craves more stability in his career, but not in his personal life. Casual sex suits him, and when he meets fitness center owner Bill Evans at a mall where they are both working, they agree on no-strings-attached weekend hookups. Both men have fought hard to escape their pasts and are afraid to commit, so the agreement works well for them—at first. But when the sex gets hotter by the weekend and a deeper connection forms, Joe and Bill wonder if a relationship is feasible, especially since Joe’s work makes it impossible for him to settle down. Joe must consider his changing priorities and decide if he can take a risk on something beyond the physical.

 

1st Edition published by Silver Publishing, 2010.

 

Length: Novella (116p.) | Genre: Contemporary | Release Date: January 21, 2015

Buy as eBook ($4.99 ISBN: 978-1-63216-618-0)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Red by B.G. Thomas

 

Can one night together fill a void in two men’s lives? Kirk will find out when he splurges on male escort Red.

Leslie “Red” Parks was pretty surprised to find he was considered attractive enough to be a male escort. And once he started and the money came rolling in, he found he didn’t want to stop. For the first time in his life, people truly want him, and he likes that. A lot.

 

Kirk Toliver has never thought of himself as desirable either—which is why he is single. That, and he has spent years of his life caring for his ill mother. Before she passed away, she made him promise he would splurge on something crazy with the money she left him. So what’s crazier than hiring a male escort?

 

But neither expected that one night together could lead to what was missing in both their lives.

 

Length: Novella (90p.) | Genre: Contemporary | Release Date: January 21, 2015

Buy as eBook ($3.99 ISBN: 978-1-63216-771-2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What’s in a Name? by Pat Henshaw

 

“Guy” has had a different name each time Jimmy has seen him. While Jimmy’s trying to come up with his real name, he’s distracted by a crime.

Barista Jimmy Patterson thinks it’s a good idea to get rip-roaring drunk on his birthday after he’s dumped by his boyfriend. When the burly owner of Stonewall’s Bar rescues Jimmy, the night starts to look up.

 

Now Jimmy just wants to know the bartender’s first name since he’s worn a different name tag every time Jimmy’s seen him. “Guy” Stone gives Jimmy seven guesses, one for each night he takes Jimmy out on a date.

 

While Jimmy’s trying to come up with his name, he’s distracted by the destruction of his coffee shop and what looks more and more like a hate crime.

 

Length: Novella (90p.) | Genre: Contemporary | Release Date: January 21, 2015

Buy as eBook ($3.99 ISBN: 978-1-63216-399-8)

Bye And Have a Great Evening!

January 21, 2015

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Hope all of you have had a wonderful day!  I’ve really enjoyed being here with you today and now have to get back to writing the third book in this series, The Behr Facts.  Watch for the second in the series, Redesigning Max, which centers around Fredi, the interior designer in What’s in a Name?   Out-and-proud Fredi helps outdoorsman Max Greene come out, and Max’s old friends aren’t happy with him or the gay men who’ve recently settled in the foothills community.

What’s in Les Halles?

January 21, 2015

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Hello, again.  Pat Henshaw, author of What’s in a Name?, back again with a restaurant recommendation.  Why restaurants?  Well, the viewpoint character, a barista named Jimmy, is being wined and dined by a bartender whose given name is a secret.  Until Jimmy guesses the bartender’s name, he calls him Guy.

Guy and my husband have a few things in common, the most notable being their love of food.  This time I’m recommending a restaurant where I’ve eaten, but my husband hasn’t.  The next time we’re in New York, however, I’ll introduce him to it.

We love to watch Anthony Bourdain’s wild jaunts around the world tasting strange and exotic dishes.  I read Kitchen Confidential and enjoyed it also.  So once when I was the publicist for an independent publisher and would travel to New York on publicity tours or Book Expo, I decided I had to eat a Bourdain’s stomping ground, Les Halles.

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Since I’m originally from Nebraska where a typical dinner for me as a kid was beef, potato, and corn, eating at Les Halles was akin to a flashback to my childhood.  The beef menu at the restaurant is extensive, but what makes it stand out is how they cook the cuts to perfection.

If you’re ever in the neighborhood, I suggest you try it out.

Now since I’ve shared where Guy would take Jimmy if they lived on the opposite coast, it’s your turn.  Where’s your favorite place to eat in the Big Apple?  Or where would you like to eat when you visit there?

What’s in a Name? at Passionfish

January 21, 2015

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Pat Henshaw back again to talk about my novella, What’s in a Name?  As I mentioned before Guy, the bartender at Stonewall Saloon in the Sierra Nevada foothills, takes the viewpoint character, barista Jimmy Patterson, out on a number of dates during the story.

One of my all-time favorite romantic places to eat is Passionfish in Pacific Grove, California, which is a small community adjacent to Monterey.  They take pride in the fact that they serve “sustainable seafood, slow-cooked meats, and organic greens.”  In other words, you’ll get the best meal of your life there.

What are my favorites?  Well, the crab cake with lime relish is to die for.  If you like Dungeness crab as much as I do, you’ll go for the crab salad with avocado next.  The main course is a toss-up since what’s on their permanent menu is wonderful, but their specials are usually more so.  The duck, the lamb, and the trout are ones we’ve eaten time and again.  The piece de resistance for dessert lovers is their lemon verbena crème brûlée, but you can’t go wrong with their banana bread pudding either.

When Guy and Jimmy travel to the coast, I’m sure they eat at Passionfish every time, just as we do.

Now that I have you thinking about food and your favorite gourmet restaurant, I want to know all about it.  Where is your favorite romantic dining spot?  What do you recommend from the menu?

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What’s in a Name? Travels to a Tavern in Virginia

January 21, 2015

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A lot of eating takes place in my novella, What’s in a Name?  For one thing, the burly bartender whom the viewpoint character, Jimmy, dubs “Guy” takes Jimmy out on seven dates–or at least tries to.  And dates to Guy include meals.

My husband, like Guy, is a man who loves his food.  Consequently, he’s taken me out to romantic restaurants as well as funky-dude diners and chop-houses.  As part of my release day blogging, I’d like to share some of those eating experiences with you since we’ve lived on all three U. S. coasts and in the middle of the country.

The first place I’d like to revisit is Chowning’s Tavern in historic Williamsburg, Virginia.  We spent the day visiting the Governor’s House–no the Gov didn’t invite us to dine with him–and the House of Burgess where our daughter was told by Patrick Henry himself that she couldn’t vote and the other Williamsburg historic stops.

We were tired, and the kids a little grumpy.  But we’d made reservations for Chowning’s, even though we had no idea what to expect.  What we got was a rousing good time of clapping and singing and laughter.   We left with full bellies, happy smiles, and tired feet.

Sure, on the East Coast there are thousands of 5-star dining spots.  But the eating experience I remember best is the one that made me smile the most:  Chowning’s in the heart of historic Williamsburg.  I’m sure Jimmy and Guy would be there having a rousing good time if they ever traveled east.

Because I collect places to eat,  I have to ask: Where have you eaten that’s got an historic past?  Was it fun or stately?  Would you return or was it a “once is more than enough” experience?

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What’s in a Unique Name?

January 21, 2015

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Pat Henshaw here, author of the novella, What’s in a Name?, releasing today.

The premise of the story is that both the viewpoint character, a barista named Jimmy, and a bartender, whom Jimmy calls Guy, have really unfortunate given names.  Jimmy’s real name is King James because he was named after the Bible that sat on his mother’s hospital bedside table.  Jimmy wants to know Guy’s real name, so Guy gives him seven guesses over seven days to do so.

In our family, when our daughters complained about their given names, we always told them they were lucky.  They could have been named after their grandmothers: Eula and Floy.  That always shut them up.

When I worked as an English composition instructor, I was always struck on how some of my students worked around their given names.  One named Ajax had me calling him A. J. even though his middle name didn’t begin with the letter J.  I saw that as a lemonade solution.

Even though I had some ideas of what Jimmy would guess as Guy’s names, I still ransacked online baby naming sites and compiled a list of unique and often strange given names.  Here’s a smattering of my favorites:  Abacus, Boundary, Caraway, Doubt, Every, Five, Gravity, Halcyon, Irony, Julep, Music, Opera, Pyramid, Rude, and Sonnet.

What unusual or unique names do you have or have you come across in your life?  As a fiction writer, I’m always collecting names!

What’s in a Name?

January 21, 2015

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In my novella, What’s in a Name?, the viewpoint character, barista Jimmy Patterson, has noticed that the burly, bearish bartender of Stonewall Saloon wears a different nametag every time Jimmy and his boyfriend come in.  This unleashes curiosity in Jimmy.  What’s the bartender’s name?

Jimmy understand being given a embarrassing name at birth.  After all, his mother named him for the Bible by her hospital bedside: King James.  Fortunately, there was the “James” in there which he immediately turned into “Jimmy.”  And he always had the backup of his initials, K. J.

But Jimmy wonders what it would be like to have no useable parts to a given name.  What if both of the bartender’s names were horrible–especially for someone over six feet tall and burly–and even his initials can’t be used?

In writing the novella, I had to come up with at least seven plausible given names that would be embarrassing for a big, gruff man, names that couldn’t be abbreviated to be acceptable for a bartender.

What are your guesses as to the names I came up with?  What names would you never, ever want as your first name?