December 12, 2013
Private Display of Affection by Winter Sandberg
A Harmony Ink Press Young Adult Title
Hugo and Kevin become more than friends, but keep their relationship a secret. Will they find a sanctuary big enough to hold their feelings? Private Display of Affection by Winter Sandberg, a Harmony Ink Press Young Adult title available from Dreamspinner Press.
Hugo Thorson knows he’s gay, but coming out during high school is not part of his plan. His parents are open-minded, but Hugo doesn’t want to add more stress for anybody, especially his dad, who is fighting terminal cancer.
At a summer job he meets and befriends Kevin Magnus, and before long, their friendship becomes something more. Kevin knows this will anger his overbearing father, so he decides to protect his secret by dating a girl at school.
Hugo plays along, but it’s still hard to watch the two of them together just to make Kevin’s homophobic father happy. And when Hugo’s father dies, he realizes he can’t go on living the lie. He comes clean to Kevin, who decides Hugo’s true feelings are more important than his father’s expectations.
One fact remains: Kevin and Hugo’s relationship must always be hidden behind friendship, lies, girlfriends, or secret kisses. Will they find a sanctuary big enough to hold their feelings?
Adapted as a Young Adult edition of the novel Spark by Posy Roberts, published by Dreamspinner Press, 2013
Length: Novel (210p.) | Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult, Gay | Release Date: December 12, 2013
December 2, 2013
It has been wonderful chatting with all of you today. It seems to be winding down so I’m going to bring the chat to a close. I’ll check back and respond to questions, so feel free to ask. Don’t forget that you have until 6:30pm EST tomorrow to enter what I’m now calling the “Name Your Gay Bar” Contest to win a free eBook of Rum & Ginger. I’ve been popping over to Dreamspinner and I noticed that my backlist of eBooks are all on sale! If you want to check something out at a discount now is the time to do it. I recommend the novella Wayward Grace- it’s pirate steampunk and super-fun and also my Christmas-Anti-Christmas story, The Vanguard’s Gift. I really want to do more with those characters but I think the story being a part of the Advent Calendar confused people. But please pop over and check them out.
Rum & Ginger has been a very personal experience for me and I’m really happy that so many of you came out to help me celebrate. We recently lost our local gay bar and I feel like Ben opening his might give me a place to hang out with all the great people that I miss from my old hangout. You can bet they’ll be making appearances. I’ll be doing some more blog posts throughout the month. You can follow me on Facebook or Twitter: @mascaraboy13 to be notified of those types of things.
You may have realized that the title of the book is Ben’s favorite drink, Rum and Ginger Ale. My preferred drink is red wine and I raise one to you now in gratitude. Shall we wrap this up with a toast? What will you be toasting? Goodnight everyone!
November 14, 2013
Not Broken, Just Bent by Mia Kerick
A Harmony Ink Press Young Adult Title
Timmy feels betrayed when longtime friend Ben denies his feelings. If they can find forgiveness, they may be able to move forward together. Not Broken, Just Bent by Mia Kerick, a Harmony Ink Press Young Adult title available from Dreamspinner Press.
Braving the start of high school, longtime childhood friends Benjamin Wells and Timmy Norton quickly realize they are entering a whole new world colored by their family responsibilities. Ben is trying to please his strict father; Timmy is taking care of his younger sisters. While their easy camaraderie is still comfortable, Ben notices Timmy growing distant and evasive, but Ben has his own problems. It’s easier to let concerns about Timmy’s home life slide, especially when Timmy changes directions and starts to get a little too close. Ben doesn’t know how to handle the new feelings Timmy’s desire for love inspires, and his continuing denial wounds Timmy deeply.
But what Timmy perceives as Ben’s greatest betrayal is yet to come, and the fallout threatens to break them apart forever. Over the next four years, the push and pull between them and the outside world twists and tears at Ben and Timmy, and they are haunted by fear and regret. However, sometimes what seems broken is just a little bent, and if they can find forgiveness within themselves, Ben and Timmy may be able to move forward together.
Length: Novel (180p.) | Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult, Gay | Release Date: November 14, 2013
November 11, 2013
Hello, Dreamers! Bru Baker here. Today is release day for Island House, and I have goodies to share! I’m terrified and ridiculously excited all at the same time, and so happy be here with you today! It’s my first novel, so I’m new to the promotion circuit. I figured I couldn’t go wrong if I came bearing gifts.
I’ll be doing giveaways throughout the day here on the Dreamspinner Press blog, so check back for snippets of the book, insights into the characters, and chances to win copies of the ebook as well as other swag. I’ll also be sharing some of my favorite things from the book.
We’ll start out with the blurb and the beautiful cover that L.C. Chase designed.
Unable to move on after the death of his lover, British expat Niall Ahern clings to Nolan’s dream of living in the Caribbean by moving to Tortola. Once there, he finds that not even the beauty of the island can fill the hole in his heart. Broke and spent in nearly every way imaginable, Niall wants out of the lonely, miserable, guilt-ridden life he’s carved out for himself.
When Ethan Bettencourt, a wealthy tech guru, shows up in British Virgin Islands looking to purchase a second home, he gives Niall hope that he can move on. Both men fall hard and fast, but Niall finds piloting his yacht in the midst of a hurricane is nothing compared to weathering life’s simple misunderstandings. As their troubles come between them, Niall is left to wonder if he and Ethan are over before they’ve begun.
In Island House, Niall quits his job and moves to Tortola to open up a fishing charter, since that was his deceased partner’s dream. What’s your dream job? One lucky commenter will receive a free ebook copy of Island House. I’ll announce the winner (and the next contest!) in my next post at 12 p.m. EST, so check back then!
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November 7, 2013
Here’s to You, Zeb Pike by Johanna Parkhurst
A Harmony Ink Press Young Adult Title
Dusty’s new life is a struggle, after appedicitis ruins everything. At what point in life do you keep climbing your mountain or turn back? Here’s to You, Zeb Pike by Johanna Parkhurst, a Harmony Ink Press Young Adult title available from Dreamspinner Press.
Fact: When Zebulon Pike attempted to climb what is now known as Pikes Peak, he got stuck in waist-deep snow and had to turn back.
That’s the last thing Dusty Porter learns in his Colorado history class before appendicitis ruins his life. It isn’t long before social services figures out that Dusty’s parents are more myth than reality, and he and his siblings are shipped off to live in Vermont with an uncle and aunt they’ve never met.
Dusty’s new life is a struggle. His brother and sister don’t seem to need him anymore, and he can’t stand his aunt and uncle. At school, one hockey player develops a personal vendetta against him, while Emmitt, another hockey player, is making it hard for Dusty to keep pretending he’s straight. Problem is, he’s pretty sure Emmitt’s not gay. Then, just when Dusty thinks things can’t get any worse, his mother reappears, looking for a second chance to be a part of his life.
Somehow Zebulon Pike still got the mountain named after him, so Dusty’s determined to persevere—but at what point in life do you keep climbing, and when do you give up and turn back?
Length: Novel (180p.) | Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult, Gay | Release Date: November 7, 2013
October 25, 2013
Coronation by Grace R. Duncan
When Bathasar becomes a ruler, he has little time for his lover, the slave Teman. Their love could glow brighter than the crown jewels. Coronation by Grace R. Duncan, available from Dreamspinner Press.
When a country crowns a new ruler, the people rejoice. For most, it’s a time to put away old fears and look to a future of peace and prosperity. But for Teman, a pleasure slave in the land of Neyem, the coronation of his love and master Bathasar fills him with new fears.
Assassination rumors roll through the country—and Bathasar is the target. And Teman knows a malik has many duties. Bathasar may not have room in his life for devotion to a slave—a lover he can’t publicly claim. The love they have might shine brighter than the crown’s jewels, but only if they can keep it alive against all odds.
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: Free Short (47p.) | Genre: Historical World, Timeless Dream, BDSM/Kink | Release Date: October 25, 2013 |Buy as eBook ($0.00 ISBN: 978-1-62798-284-9)
The General and the Elephant Clock of Al-Jazari by Sarah Black
General John Mitchel and Gabriel Sanchez must rescue Eli and Daniel. Eli’s obsesseion with an elephant clock complicates matters. The General and the Elephant Clock of Al-Jazari by Sarah Black, available from Dreamspinner Press.
Fresh out of the closet, General John Mitchel and Gabriel Sanchez are settling into their new life together when an old army colleague taps them for a rescue mission to Tunisia. Eli and Daniel, two former Rangers working security, have been arrested in Carthage, charged with blasphemy and thrown into prison.
With rampant unrest in the ancient city and an old enemy targeting them, John gathers a team to liberate the two captive men. When he discovers Eli’s boyhood obsession with Al-Jazari’s Elephant Clock, the rescue becomes complicated and strangely beautiful, and John and Gabriel have to risk what they love the most to bring their team home.
Quadruple Flip by David Connor
Tom Alan falls head over toe pick for Milo while training for Sochi. But following his heart could cost him the only family he’s ever known. Quadruple Flip by David Connor, available from Dreamspinner Press.
A Spin-off of Double Flip
Since childhood, Tom Alan Baranowski has concentrated on one goal: the Sochi Olympics. His figure skating partner, Erika Tsukino, is as talented and dedicated as he is, and their coach, Erika’s father and Tom Alan’s surrogate father—who moved the family back to Japan to live and train—sees bright things in their future.
But when practicing a rarely performed throw—the quadruple flip—leaves Erika seriously injured, Tom Alan is sent off to train separately. His new training partner is Milo Fisher, and meeting the openly gay British ice dancing champion brings back feelings Tom Alan buried when he promised Erika’s father he’d make her his bride after the Olympics.
As Tom Alan falls head over toe pick for Milo, he realizes that if he follows his heart, he could lose the only true family he has ever known. He fears breaking his vow will hurt Erika, and that her parents, whom he holds dear, will never forgive him—and neither will the legion of Japanese fans who claim him as their own. Now going for the gold might not be his greatest desire or the skate to true happiness.
A White Coat Is My Closet by Jake Wells
Pediatrician Zack hides who he is, wrapped in his white coat. When a chance meeting turns into love, he must choose being in or out. A White Coat Is My Closet by Jake Wells, available from Dreamspinner Press.
Zack Sheldon doesn’t have time to be lonely. He’s in his last year as a pediatric resident, almost married to the job, and busy with the joys and sorrows that come with providing medical care to children. Professionally, he’s confident, accomplished, and respected. But personally he’s too insecure to approach a sexy man like Sergio Quartulli, or even to imagine that Sergio might be attracted to him.
Zack spots Sergio from across the gym, and then a chance meeting poolside somehow turns into a date. Before Zack knows it, they’ve become a couple, but Zack’s white coat is his closet at the hospital, and committing to a relationship with Sergio makes it difficult for Zack to continue hiding behind it. On the other hand, he grew up in a small town where being gay was shameful, and he works in an environment that can sometimes be homophobic, so it’s hard for him to open up about who he really is. Before Zack can make a choice on his own terms, circumstances force him to make a decision. He can continue to hide, or he can step out from behind his white coat and risk everything for love.
October 24, 2013
Safe by C. Kennedy
A Harmony Ink Press Young Adult Title
Caleb and Nico met at 10, kissed at 12, and were in love by 18. Caleb must keep Nico safe after Nico’s family finds out. Safe by C. Kennedy, a Harmony Ink Press Young Adult title available from Dreamspinner Press.
They met at ten, kissed at twelve, and were madly in love by eighteen.
Caleb Deering is the captain of the swim team and the hottest senior in school. He comes from a loving home with a kind father and a caring, but strict mother who is battling breast cancer. Nico Caro is small and beautiful, and has a father who rules with an iron fist—literally.
One morning Caleb forgets himself, and he pecks Nico on the lips at school. A teacher sees them and tattles to the headmaster. The accidental outing at school might be the least of their problems, because the ball set in motion by the school’s calls to their parents could get Nico killed. In the face of that very real danger, Caleb knows he has only one mission in life: to keep Nico safe.
1st Edition published by No Boundaries Press, April 2012.
Length: Novella (90p.) | Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult, Gay | Release Date: October 24, 2013
Buy as an eBook (ISBN: 978-1-62798-346-4)
October 23, 2013
Monsters Under the Bed by Susan Laine
Sam, a PI, was hired by a dead billionaire, and must search for the key to the monsters under the man’s bed. But danger lurks in the dark. Monsters Under the Bed by Susan Laine, available from Dreamspinner Press.
When PI Sam Garrett is hired by eccentric billionaire toy maker and child genius Mozart “Mo” Chance—after his apparent suicide in the hills of San Francisco—Sam takes the case out of sheer curiosity. In a world where the Veil lifted a decade ago and exposed mythical beings living among humans, Sam faces a big challenge as the mystery surrounding the case deepens.
The inheritors of Mo’s fortune—the uncle, the butler, the nanny, and the bodyguard—all possess secrets, and some are willing to protect them at any cost. The trouble is that Sam’s partner and lover, Rex Ford, is suddenly under suspicion as well.
Clouded by doubt, Sam continues to search for answers as tapestries of crimes begin to unravel and powers beyond his imagination are unleashed. If Mo endured horrific nightmares about monsters under his bed, there’s no telling what dangers await a nosy PI. What dangers lurk in this darkness? Sam is about to find out.
Length: Novella (156p.) | Genre: Fantasy, Mythology, Mystery/Suspense, Paranormal | Release Date: October 23, 2013 |Buy as eBook ($4.99 ISBN: 978-1-62380-072-7)
Nothing Serious by Jay Northcote
Mark admits he’s gay and a ‘friendship’ blooms with the man moving him out of his home. Jamie initiates Mark into gay sex, and love grows. Nothing Serious by Jay Northcote, available from Dreamspinner Press.
Mark O’Brien is finally being honest with himself. His relationship with Rachel is over and he’s moving out of the home they’ve shared for six years. They get along, but he can’t fix a relationship when the person he’s with is the wrong gender.
Jamie Robertson, one of the removal men, is huge and ridiculously gorgeous, and Mark is smitten at first sight. When a cardboard box splits, revealing items of a personal nature that Mark never wanted anybody to see, he’s mortified. But it sparks the start of a beautiful friendship with benefits.
As Jamie initiates Mark into the joys of gay sex, the two men get increasingly close and “nothing serious” turns into something rather important to both of them. But communication isn’t their strong point. Will either man ever find the courage to be honest about his feelings?
Length: Novella (158p.) | Genre: Contemporary | Release Date: October 23, 2013 | Buy as eBook ($4.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-167-5)
Relationships 101 by Allison Cassatta
As Patrick and Chris vie for track team captain, Patrick casts doubts in Chris’ mind about his lover’s fidelity. Will Chris and Josh last? Relationships 101 by Allison Cassatta, available from Dreamspinner Press.
Chris Bishop graduated high school with Josh, the love of his life, by his side. Agreeing it’s not wise to room together, the boys choose to live in the dorms—separate dorms. But their decision fails to keep them apart, and on day one they’re caught making out by Chris’s devilishly handsome new roommate, Patrick—who happens to bat for the same team, athletically and sexually speaking.
As Patrick and Chris vie for the position of track team captain, Patrick unintentionally fills Chris’s mind with doubts about Josh’s fidelity. Young relationships are rife with painful bumps. Will Chris and Josh see it through?
Length: Novella (118p.) | Genre: Coming of Age, Contemporary | Release Date: October 23, 2013 | Buy as eBook ($3.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-168-2)
October 21, 2013
Bad Idea by Damon Suede
Trip gambles his heart and his art on a rotten plan: sketching out a “very graphic novel” and falling in love with the dork of his dreams. Bad Idea by Damon Suede, available from Dreamspinner Press.
Bad Idea: Some mistakes are worth making.
Reclusive comic book artist Trip Spector spends his life doodling supersquare, straitlaced superheroes, hiding from his fans, and crushing on his unattainable boss until he meets the dork of his dreams. Silas Goolsby is a rowdy FX makeup creator with a loveless love life and a secret streak of geek who yearns for unlikely rescues and a truly creative partnership.
Against their better judgment, they fall victim to chemistry, and what starts as infatuation quickly grows tender and terrifying. With Silas’s help, Trip gambles his heart and his art on a rotten plan: sketching out Scratch, a “very graphic novel” that will either make his name or wreck his career. But even a smash hit can’t save their world if Trip retreats into his mild-mannered rut, leaving Silas to grapple with betrayal and emotions he can’t escape.
What will it take for this dynamic duo to discover that heroes never play it safe?
Bloody Love Spats by Valentina Heart
Tom is a vampire with powerful roots; Marik is an Alpha werewolf. Their attraction may not be enough to overcome centuries of prejudice. Bloody Love Spats by Valentina Heart, available from Dreamspinner Press.
Tomislav Vugrin doesn’t think himself much of a vampire—not that others are tripping over themselves to dispute it. Despite descending from one of the most powerful vampire lines and having a coven queen for a sister, he’s far from a stuck-up royal and even farther from a force to be reckoned with.
That’s when fate puts her spiteful fingers to use and places him right in the path of Stone Marik, the new Alpha werewolf of the East Pack. Add a bit of the teasing scent of a mate, and the attraction is stronger than any lack of information about bonding that might stand in their way.
But changing allegiance might be more than Tomi can handle, even if he has the best of intentions. Centuries of prejudice divide their two species, secrets and lack of time work against them, and soon even their desperate need for each other might not be enough to keep them alive.
Length: Novel (200p.) | Genre: Paranormal, Vampires, Werewolves/Shapeshifters | Release Date: October 21, 2013 | Buy as eBook ($6.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-138-5) | Buy as Paperback ($14.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-137-8)
Anthology: Steamed Up Edited by Anne Regan
Inventors, pilots, tinkers, and soldiers; magical metals to replace an aging heart or a ruined limb; steam-powered fantasy worlds of clockwork nightingales, automatons, dirigibles, and men. The stories in this anthology visit diverse times in the history of modern man, and the men who populate these tales face war and cruelty, masters and autocrats, illness and poverty and greed. Yet the heat of romance outmatches even the steam engines, and time and again, the gears of love rule the day.
The Steamed Up stories include:
The Clockwork Nightingale’s Song by Amy Rae Durreson
Caress by Eli Easton
Swiftsilver by Bell Ellis
The Clockwork Heart by Kim Fielding
The Galatea’s Captain by Anka Grace
Screws by R.D. Hero
The Golden Goose by Mark Lesney
Spindle and Bell by Augusta Li
Ace of Hearts by Mary Pletsch
Five to One by Angelia Sparrow
Untouchable by Layla M. Wier
October 18, 2013
The Choosing by Annabelle Jacobs
Jerath has his fangs and must soon perform the Choosing. But first he must flee for help to save his village and finds it in handsome Meren. The Choosing by Annabelle Jacobs, available from Dreamspinner Press.
Jerath is facing the biggest problem of his life. When boys in his shapeshifter village Eladir get their fangs, they must endure a coming-of-age rite called the Choosing, so they can take on their animal form. The rite is performed on the full moon, but the trouble is the Choosing involves having sex with a girl, and Jerath’s only interested in boys. Even if he manages to somehow get through the rite, he doesn’t know if he’ll ever find a mate in his village, where opposite-sex couples are the norm.
Even worse, he may miss the rite altogether after raiders attack his home and take several young men prisoner. Jerath will need the help of warriors if he’s to free the captive shapeshifters, so with his best friend, Serim, he flees south to find aid. Along the way, they meet Meren, a handsome warrior whose attraction to Jerath is instant and very much returned. But with the next full moon approaching and available time for the prisoners to undergo the Choosing running out, Jerath’s love life is far from his only worry.
Length: Novel (210p.) | Genre: Coming of Age, High Fantasy, Paranormal, Shapeshifter | Release Date: October 18, 2013 | Buy as eBook ($6.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-191-0) | Buy as Paperback ($14.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-190-3)
Ride-Off by Mickie B. Ashling
Preston and Konrad have reclaimed the life they once had. But family pressure and old secrets creat a storm they must weather. Ride-Off by Mickie B. Ashling, available from Dreamspinner Press.
Finally reunited, Preston Fawkes and Konrad Schnell put family and obligations aside, preferring to remain in seclusion on Ned’s estate to get reacquainted. Unfortunately, reality can only be held off for so long, and they return to Texas to reclaim the life they put on pause. Trying to strike the right balance between business, family, and romance requires ongoing effort, and the challenges begin shortly after they arrive.
At the top of the list is Bandi, Konrad’s son, and his desire to play polo. A close second is Conrad “Sasha” Fawkes, Preston’s actor son who’s struggling to succeed on Broadway. And last, but certainly not least, is Paloma, the fiery Argentinean beauty Preston sired after a passionate tango.
Blending the interests and needs of three grown children is difficult at best and almost impossible when agendas collide and old secrets are unearthed. The situation comes to a head when the family gathers in San Antonio for Thanksgiving, throwing Preston and Konrad into a maelstrom they must weather as best they can, or they’ll face a major ride-off that could throw the game before it even starts.
Saving Sonny James by Lou Sylvre
Sonny heads to Europe after trying to help Luki through depression. Harold has plans for Sonny and Luki must break free of PTSD to save him. Saving Sonny James by Lou Sylvre, available from Dreamspinner Press.
Luki Vasquez and his still newlywed husband are back home after pulling off a harrowing desert rescue of their teenage nephew Jackie. But the events of the last couple of years have begun to catch up with Luki—loving Sonny James and letting Sonny love him back has left gaps in his emotional armor. In the gunfight that secured Jackie’s rescue, Luki’s bullet killed a young guard, an innocent boy in Luki’s mind. In the grip of PTSD, memories, flashbacks, and nightmares consume him, and he falls into deep, almost vegetative depression.
Sonny devotes his days to helping Luki, putting his own career on hold, even passing up a European tour of galleries and schools—an opportunity that might never come again. But when Luki’s parasomnia turns his nightmares into real-world terror, it breaks the gridlock. Sonny realizes what he’s doing isn’t working, and he says yes to Europe. Enter Harold Breslin, a dangerously intelligent artist’s promoter and embezzler whose obsessive desire for Sonny is exceeded only by his narcissism. When Harold’s plan for Sonny turns poisonous, Luki must break free of PTSD and get to France fit and ready in time to save his husband’s life.