February 12, 2014
Our Dark Mochaccino Mousse are stories of danger and how our men strive to overcome it.
1. Storm Season by Nessa L. Warin
2. Clouds and Rain by Zahra Owens
3. A Matter of Time by Mary Calmes
4. Dirty Secret by Rhys Ford
5. The Gifted One by Jacob Z. Flores
6. Conquer the Flames by Ariel Tachna
7. Another Healing by M. Raiya
8. Haffling by Caleb James
9. Rarer than Rubies by EM Lynley
10. Memory Kick by C.M. Torrens
Help us complete the list! Share your favorite dark mochaccino mousse stories in the comments below.
December 12, 2013
I want to thank everyone who stopped by and commented and also bought Gingerbread Palace or any of my Dreamspinner titles. You made my release party such fun!
I write to entertain and it’s such a thrill hearing readers let me know which stories and excerpts they enjoy. Please keep commenting or emailing and offering that wonderful connection.
I’m also very active on Facebook.
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December 11, 2013
I probably should have posted this a lot sooner!
Since I need to take a break for an evening class for a few hours, here’s your chance to ask me any questions about me, my books at Dreamspinner or anything about writing.
A comment here will also get you an entry for my second giveaway. I’ll be back later to answer questions.
Since I also did not do a proper self-introduction before, here’s a bit about me and my writing.
I’m EM Lynley, and everyone calls me “Em,” which is easier to say than “E M,” right?
I write only m/m erotic romance, and have been with Dreamspinner since 2009. Most of my work is contemporary, and just about all of it has a mystery/suspense element, since that’s my favorite genre to read.
I am trying some new things and expect to be writing some paranormal/fantasy in the future! I recently finished a BDSM mystery/suspense novel for Dreamspinner. I can tell you the research for that was fun!
I am a former economist, so many of my books have a financial element too. Now I’m living near San Francisco, and I’ve worked in London, Tokyo, and Washington, D.C.
Some of my guilty pleasures: 80′s music, the TV show White Collar, and just about anything that has coconut or watermelon in it.
What are some of your guilty pleasures? Got a question you want to ask about or any of my series or characters? If you’ve read any of my stories, I’d love to know what you thought of them.
December 11, 2013
As I mentioned earlier, I loved writing about firefighters and especially about Kevin and Alex. When I finished this story it felt to me like the beginning of something new for these men.
So, I would like to offer a special FREE BONUS story if you purchased Gingerbread Palace by Friday 12/13.
I’m writing a New Year’s story for these boys, and I’ll email you when it’s ready.
How to collect your free BONUS story:
- Buy Gingerbread Palace from Dreamspinner or any distributor by 12/13. (Pre-orders qualify too, but I need the date of the transaction)
- Forward by email a copy of your payment receipt to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Wait for the e-mail from me at the end of the month to collect.
Email me if you have any questions.
December 11, 2013
As many of my regular readers know, I absolutely love cooking and eating, and I enjoy putting food into all of my stories in some way or another. I considered going to culinary school and decided against it, but I do cook complicated and exotic dishes fairly regularly. People love to invite me to potluck parties because I tend to bring something really amazing. I once saw two grown men arguing over who would lick the plate from one of my apple tarts. (Stay tuned, I’m putting that recipe in the next Delectable book!)
It didn’t take much for me to realize what a fun idea it would be to have a series where a main character in each book is in the world of food or wine. Elizabeth North, owner of Dreamspinner Press helped me create and name the series, and the rest is history.
If you haven’t seen the series, here are the other books. You can read them in any order!
Brand New Flavor, featuring a food critic and a guy who makes the most amazing ice cream you could imagine
Lighting the Way Home (co-written with the wonderful Shira Anthony), a holiday story set in New York at Chanukah. A world-class chef comes back for a family holiday and discovers love much closer to home.
An Intoxication Crush. I spent 7 years working in the California wine business, so I had to write a book featuring a winemaker. Austin Kelvin’s family winery is in financial trouble and the target of a corporate takeover, but will the investment analyst he’s falling for help or hurt his bid to stay independent?
Do you like to cook or do you avoid cooking if possible? What’s your favorite food to cook? Please leave a comment to add to the discussion.
Don’t forget today’s COUPON CODE
To celebrate the release of Gingerbread Palace, Dreamspinner Press is giving a special coupon code to get an additional 25% off any of my titles. Use coupon code: LynleyBlog (case sensitive) when you checkout from the Dreamspinner Website on December 11 and 12 only. See all of my DSP titles.
December 11, 2013
So, why firemen?
The real question is why not?
I’ve enjoyed reading stories about firefighters for years (Chris Owen, Damon Suede, Andrew Grey, among others) and I realized there were plenty of great storylines to use between a chef and a firefighter. Once I decided to set the story at Christmas, it was so easy to find just the right story.
Firefighters are well-known in the United States for doing charity work, fundraising, almost anything that helps kids. If my chef is also big on working with a kids’ charity, it was the perfect place for them to find their interests overlapping.
I didn’t think much about the research before I started writing. I admit I don’t know much about firefighters, but I definitely wanted to understand what these men and women think and feel when they are doing their jobs.
A couple of years ago there was a terrible fire here in San Francisco and two firefighters were killed. It may not seem like much, but losing two men the same day greatly affected the entire area—the whole state. A huge funeral was held with 5,000 people in attendance. Friends, family and fellow firefighters spoke about the two men for hours.
What struck me most about the funeral—which was shown on live TV because it was a huge event for the city—was the kind of stories told about the men. Little anecdotes about how they helped people at a fire, or what they said while rescuing someone, or examples of how dedicated they were to their jobs. I realized I had a special glimpse into their world through the eulogies and stories.
When working on Gingerbread Palace, I watched firefighter training videos, read first-hand accounts of fires and injuries, and had a firefighter beta the story. I still don’t think I got enough into the mind of Kevin Flint to know how he thinks, but I do feel an even greater sense of respect for the dedication and sacrifice that firefighters make to help keep others safe.
I enjoyed the research and it affected me so much, I intend to write another story with firefighters. It may be more about Kevin and Alex, or another completely different set of characters, but firefighters are in my brain and I want to explore their world in much more detail.
Leave a comment to be entered in the giveaway
Do you enjoy firefighter stories in general? What are your favorite books about firefighters?
Did you want to be a firefighter when you were a kid?
July 10, 2013
Horizons by Mickie B. Ashling
Clark’s competitive college football world is not gay-friendly, and he’s denied his sexuality for years. But then he meets Jody. Horizons by Mickie B. Ashling, available from Dreamspinner Press.
College football player Clark Stevens, a popular wide receiver with a potential NFL contract, has a few problems. He’s got a jealous girlfriend, a narrow-minded and controlling father, an attention problem, and an unexpected and powerful attraction to the trauma doctor—the male trauma doctor—who treats him for a broken bone.
Dr. Jody Williams is getting some really mixed signals. He can’t ignore how much he wants Clark, because it’s obvious Clark feels the same way. For the out and proud doctor, the solution seems very simple. For Clark, it’s not! His world is not gay-friendly, and the obstacles he’s faced have led him to deny his sexuality for years.
It’s the Super Bowl of disasters, no matter how you look at it. In the end, Clark has to decide if he’s going to stick with the only life he’s ever known or take a chance on a new one with Jody.
1st Edition published by Dreamspinner Press, April 2009.
An Intoxicating Crush by EM Lynley
When Simon’s is sent to covertly scope out Kelvin Cellars, Simon falls hard for owner Austin. But is it only an intoxicating crush? An Intoxicating Crush by EM Lynley, available from Dreamspinner Press.
Simon Ford’s success is hard-won. He grew up in Napa and resents the rich people who have moved into the valley, changing the culture by opening boutique wineries and pricing the locals out of the market.
Austin Kelvin runs an award-winning winery his father started after making a fortune on Wall Street. He lives the posh lifestyle Simon resents but secretly longs to attain. However, Austin’s world isn’t as luxurious and privileged as it seems: he didn’t inherit his father’s business savvy, and his winery is going under.
When Simon’s boss sends him to covertly scope out Kelvin Cellars for a possible takeover bid, Simon sees it as a step toward attaining his financial dreams. Until he falls hard for Austin. The feeling is mutual, but when Austin learns the real reason for Simon’s initial interest, he suspects Simon’s seduction is merely a means to procure the winery at a bargain price. If there’s any hope of winning Austin’s heart, Simon will have to risk it all to prove Austin is more than just an intoxicating crush.
Like all Delectable novels, this book includes the recipes used in the story.
Love, Like Water by Rowan Speedwell
Foreman Eli spends his life rehabilitating abused animals, and Joshua is just another lost soul until they forge a connection. Love, Like Water by Rowan Speedwell, available from Dreamspinner Press.
Three years undercover with one of the worst gangs in the country left FBI agent Joshua Chastain shattered. Battling nightmares and addiction, he leaves the concrete jungle for New Mexico horse country, hoping to start over on his uncle’s ranch.
Foreman Eli Kelly spends his life rehabilitating abused animals, and Joshua is just another lost soul. But as Joshua slowly begins to put his life back together, Eli realizes that Joshua is a lot more than his newest project.
Joshua’s plan seems to work—maybe a fresh start was just what he needed. Then, just when he has finally found a sense of peace, crime and hatred nearly destroy all his hard work, forcing him to reevaluate what he wants out his relationship with Eli and his own life.
March 29, 2013
Chateau d’Eternité by Ariel Tachna
The ability to travel through time it’s not without risks—to Russ and to the world as he knows it. Chateau d’Eternité by Ariel Tachna, available from Dreamspinner Press.
When Russ Peterson accepts an invitation to an all-expense-paid vacation at a castle in southern France, he doesn’t expect to learn he has the ability to travel through time. For a historian, it’s a dream come true, offering the chance to find answers to the mysteries of the past. But it’s not without risks—to Russ and to the world as he knows it.
After a few short supervised visits, Russ still hasn’t made up his mind about his newfound abilities. Then, on his first extended trip, he meets Quentus Maximus, second in command to the Legate of Nemausus. While learning firsthand about the realities of life in Roman Gaul, Russ is shocked by his reaction to Quentus’s dominant nature. After a week with Quentus, Russ’s vacation is up, and he realizes he wants a chance to see if their relationship can flourish.
Arranging a year-long sabbatical from work to give time to make the decision is easy. Figuring out if he can live with Quentus’s dominant nature long-term, and finding a way to establish a life for himself in Roman Gaul, is an entirely different matter.
Lighting the Way Home by EM Lynley and Shira Anthony
Josh realizes there is more to Micah than his lousy life choices… but that doesn’t mean Josh is ready to forgive him. Lighting the Way Home by EM Lynley and Shira Anthony, available from Dreamspinner Press.
World-class chef Joshua Golden is homesick for Paris before he even arrives in New York, but he’ll endure it—his parents need him to help run the family restaurant while his mother recovers from surgery. Running a place so far beneath his talents is bad enough, but bad turns to worse when Josh discovers his former best friend and lover, Micah Solomon, is living at his parents’ house with his ten-year-old son, Ethan.
For ten years, Josh has done his best to forget how Micah shattered his heart into tiny pieces. Now Micah’s back, fresh out of prison, and helping out at the restaurant. Micah may not be the kind of sous chef Josh is used to, but he is more helpful and supportive than any of the other employees. But Josh finds it hard to keep his distance when, time after time, Micah proves himself a better man than Josh thought. Reluctantly, Josh realizes there is more to Micah than his lousy life choices… but that doesn’t mean Josh is ready to forgive him.
Perfect Match by JJ Ryan
If Trevor and Patrick’s new love is to survive the drama, Patrick will have to own up to what he wants—and fight for it. Perfect Match by JJ Ryan, available from Dreamspinner Press.
Seattle trauma doctor Patrick Quinn has never been in love. In fact, he’s never even had a long-term relationship. In his limited personal life, getting a date is only half the problem. Being able to keep it, despite emergency duties in the ER, is the other. So though he’s interested in Trevor Oneil, a man he meets on a dating site, he decides to take it slow.
Trevor moved to Seattle looking for a fresh start. Recently single and lonely in his new city, he works business hours as an anesthesiologist, hoping a better work-life balance will make it easier to meet someone. Patrick might be just what he’s been hoping for.
Then disaster hits and a severely injured Trevor lands in Patrick’s ER. Unable to work on Trevor, Patrick feels helpless. He wanted to ease into a relationship, but he’s already attached. Then Trevor’s past comes rushing in to take him away from the dangers of Seattle. If Trevor and Patrick’s new love is to survive the drama, Patrick will have to own up to what he wants—and fight for it.
December 4, 2012
Is doing a GoodReads giveaway for a print copy of ITALIAN ICE http://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/36791-italian-ice
The contest ends Dec 9.
Chris T. Kat:
A Purrfect Match (Bewitching Book Tour)
December 10: Interview at Roxanne’s Realm - www.roxannesrealm.blogspot.com
December 11: Guest Blog at Regina Ross - http://reginamayross.com/
December 12: Guest blog at Buffy’s Ramblings - http://buffy-kennedy.blogspot.com/
December 13: Promo at Avril’s Blog - http://avril-ashton.blogspot.com/
December 14: Review at Overflowing Bookshelves - http://overflowingbookshelves.com
December 15: Interview at Bewitching Book Tours Magazine - http://issuu.com/bewitchingbooktours
December 16: Interview and review Love YA Books – http://www.loveyabooks.com/
December 16: Promo at SMARTMOUTHTEXAN - www.smartmouthtexan.wordpress.com
December 20: Guest blog at Lisa’s World of Books - www.lisasworldofbooks.net
December 20: Review at Smitten With Reading - http://www.smittenwithreading.blogspot.com/
December 22: Guest blog at Fangs, Wands & Fairydust - http://fangswandsandfairydust.com/
December 24: Guest blog at The Creatively Green Write at Home Mom - www.creativelygreen.blogspot.com
Other dates (not included in the Bewitching Book Tour):
December 8 - 10: Guest Blog & Giveaway at M.A. Church - http://machurch00.blogspot.com
December 11: Interview at Full Moon Dreaming - http://fullmoondreaming.blogspot.com
December 15: Naughty or Nice with SJD Peterson - http://sjdpeterson.blogspot.com
November 21, 2012
Will Cameron find Jay again? Or will the chance of a happily ever after melt away? Brand New Flavor by EM Lynley, available from Dreamspinner Press.
When artisan ice cream maker Jay Brown first meets food writer Cameron Clay at a charity tasting event, they get along like strawberries and chocolate sauce. Jay’s unique flavors thrill more than Cameron’s jaded palate, but after a delicious encounter in Jay’s delivery truck, where extra-creamy frozen treats are not the only delights sampled, Cameron loses Jay’s contact info—and any hope of a real date.
Desperate, Cameron convinces his editor to host an artisanal ice cream contest in hopes of drawing out the elusive genius. But more complications threaten to intervene. Will Jay even enter the contest? Or will the chance of a happily ever after melt away?
Length: Novella | Genre: Contemporary | Series: A Delectable Novella by EM Lynley| Buy as eBook