April 15, 2015
The Bricklayer by Serena Yates
Mike and Ash must discover who is sabotaging Mike’s work, and why, before Mike faces a lawsuit.
Mike Brown has been a bricklayer working for the same construction company since leaving high school at eighteen. While building a conservatory for a Victorian house northwest of downtown Baltimore, Mike meets Ash, the landscaper hired to restore the gardens, when Ash distractedly stumbles over some of Mike’s equipment. Mike offers to take Ash to dinner as an apology, Ash hesitantly agrees, and the two men start dating. Then Mike is pulled away from his next assignment of building fireplaces by a promotion he doesn’t want, only to be fired for incompetence two weeks later. With Ash’s support, Mike must figure out who sabotaged his work, and why, before he faces a lawsuit.
Length: Novella (133p.) | Genre: Contemporary | Release Date: April 15, 2015
Buy as eBook ($4.99 ISBN: 978-1-63476-021-8)
Lost Along the Way by Marie Sexton
Daniel’s plan is simple: clear the clutter from his parents’ house, with the help of neighbor Landon. But the universe has other plans.
Three months after losing his parents in a car crash, Denver weatherman Daniel Whitaker returns to Laramie, Wyoming. It’s bad enough dealing with the death of his parents and his failing relationship of fifteen years, but when he finds his childhood home full of clutter, Daniel is at a loss. He enlists Landon, his parents’ sexy neighbor, to help him sort through the mess.
Landon Kushner is a study in contradictions. He builds wind sculptures out of scrap metal and loves the outdoors, but he also rides a mint-green Vespa and has an affinity for knitting and fortune-telling. He’s been friends with Daniel’s parents for years, and he’s more than willing to lend a hand.
Their plan is simple: clean the house so Daniel can sell it and get back to his life in Denver. But when a strange cookbook comes into Landon’s possession, Daniel begins to realize that the universe – and Granny B – may have other plans.
Length: Novella (126p.) | Genre: Contemporary | Release Date: April 15, 2015
Buy as eBook ($4.99 ISBN: 978-1-63216-858-0)
Conflict of Interest by Zahra Owens
While investigating a corrupt Scotland Yard detective, Finn and Tommy must confront danger and their feelings for each other.
When a material witness changes her story during a court interrogation, allowing the man who assaulted her little boy to go free, Senior Crown Prosecutor Finn DeHavilland’s legendary self-control goes out the window. His subsequent suspension from appearing in court leaves Finn with time on his hands. Desperate to continue working, and after regularly attending his mandatory psychiatric sessions, he accepts a delicate case involving a fraudulent Scotland Yard police detective.
Excited to be assigned to the case, DS Tommy Drummond, who has had a soft spot for Finn since Finn defended him during an internal investigation, and his partner, Stevie Fielding, begin uncovering evidence. A series of seemingly random occurrences muddle their investigation. Believing they’re on the right path, the team pushes forward, until Tommy’s apartment goes up in flames. Offering Tommy a guest room in his home turns up the heat on the growing feelings between Finn and Tommy. But Finn’s baggage may be too much to deal with, and paranoia threatens to tear them apart. As the net around the corrupt detective tightens, it becomes clear he must have had help from high places, and Finn and Tommy become pawns in the game.
Length: Novel (276p.) | Genre: Mystery/Suspense | Release Date: April 15, 2015
April 15, 2015
Good day to you wherever you are. My name is Zahra Owens and I’m writing this behind my desk in Antwerp, Belgium. My latest novel, Conflict of Interest, is available right now!
I’ve been accused of being a bit eclectic when it comes to the choice of subjects for my books. I know (and have enjoyed works by) worse offenders, though. At least I stick to mostly contemporary romance.
I agree that jumping from the diplomatic corps, to fashion designers and bodies-for-hire, to cowboys is playing the field a bit, but like my bio states, I’m a globetrotter and that means not only do I travel quite a bit and have seen a large part of the world, my interests vary as well.
So my next novel, Conflict of Interest, takes place in London, England, which is one of my three favorite cities to travel to (next to New York and Paris). It’s also a tribute to all the great British detective series the wide variety of British TV stations have produced in the last thirty years or so.
I’ll freely admit I have a thing for The Great British Detective. They are invariably staunch, sturdy, reliable men who get the crook into court within the time-span of their sixty or ninety minute story (no commercial breaks!). Although they rarely crack a smile, they are not devoid of (British) humor. Some of them stick to the book (which always seems like a thicker tome than their American counterparts need to adhere to), others are delightfully anarchistic and only seem to live by their own rules. They both get there in the end, because the series revolves around the cunning detective, which means he needs to be ready for another round next episode!
Conflict of Interest’s DS Tommy Drummond is made of that same cloth. He’s a hard-working man of the street, ambitious and determined to drag himself out of his council flat. He’s your typical (if there is such a thing) working class Londoner, son of a single mum and—thanks to a youthful indiscretion—father to a teenage daughter. With his thirty years, he’s also quite a bit younger than your average Great British Detective (think Inspectors Morse or Lynley). That doesn’t mean he isn’t as efficient as his (also) fictional counterparts.
I added love to the mix, though. Love in the form of a certain Crown Prosecutor, definitely not working class, and most certainly living in much nicer quarters than our Detective. Which will come in handy when Tommy’s more basic digs end up in a scorching heap and he’s out on the street. But won’t their different upbringing toss a spanner in the works?
So here’s my question to you. I know many a British detective series has been shown around the world. So are you a Sherlock fanatic? Or do you prefer the old school detectives like Inspector Morse (and Sergeant Lewis) or the more upper class antics of Inspector Lynley? What about the women?
Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple perhaps? Inquiring minds want to know.
Of course there’s something in it for you. A lucky commenter will get a free book from my backlist. This includes all eBooks, short or long, including all translations, published by Dreamspinner Press between 2008 and 2014.
But there’s more. I can understand if you already own everything I’ve published (“Thank you”—tongue firmly planted in cheek), so here’s a chance for some exclusive content. Sign up for my newsletter and get the Conflict of Interest prequel exclusively in your mailbox. This is the story of how Finn and Tommy met and the spark first ignited. It’s hinted at in the book, but only Newsletter Subscribers (you deserve those capitals) get to read that deleted scene! Go to my website (zahraowens.com) and click on “Newsletter” or take this direct link.
If you want to look around first and get to know me, I understand. Apart from my website, I hang around Facebook, manage my Facebook Page, stalk my favorite actors on Twitter, and waste some glorious time on Pinterest.
Don’t forget to post your answer(s) to my question below!
March 31, 2014
A Courageous Ride by Andrew Grey
Marshall is attracted to former bull rider Indigo, and the attraction doesn’t go unanswered. Marshall is torn between love and his career.
Aspiring orchestra conductor Marshall is exhausted after months of auditions without a single job offer. Marshall’s friend, Terry, recommends a change of scenery and points Marshall in the direction of a dude ranch run by former bull rider Indigo Santana. Marshall is understandably skeptical, but his friend is convincing, and Marshall needs a break, so he agrees to go.
Indigo captures Marshall’s attention but leaves him confused. Indigo’s confidence is shot after an injury ended his rodeo career, and he walks with a slight limp. He hasn’t been anywhere near a bull since he was hurt, and he’s not the most accommodating host. After all, the only reason he keeps guests is because his family ranch is all but bankrupt.
Marshall’s attraction doesn’t go unanswered, which leaves him with a huge dilemma. He’s torn between the possibility of love, something he’s searched for all his life, and the career he’s worked toward for as long as he can remember, which is miles away. From his side of the fence, Indigo doesn’t see how the ranch could ever be enough.
Length: Novel (204p.) | Genre: Western, Contemporary | Release Date: March 31, 2014
Sharing Heart by Ken Murphy
Mark expected to live happily ever after when he married Trevor. But in Boston, Trevor’s job and the cold are taking a toll.
Between their love for each other and their medical careers taking off, everything should be perfect for Mark Smith and Trevor Hayes. After all, happily ever after begins with “I do.” At least that’s what Mark expected when he and Trevor married. But six months in Boston and the threat of a harsh winter have turned Mark bitter, and his fall on the ice only adds to that chill. Boston is very different from Mark’s native Atlanta, and he’s having a hard time adjusting.
As a junior partner in a very busy cardiothoracic surgery practice, Trevor has little choice but to spend almost every waking moment at the hospital. In spite of all the difficulties in their lives, both men want to start a family. The challenge will be figuring out how to make it happen.
Unfortunately, with Trevor’s long hours to blame for a nasty accident, Mark begins to resent the toll Trevor’s job and the New England cold is taking on them. Maybe it’s the Boston air, or maybe happily ever after is just a fairy tale.
Length: Novel (200p.) | Genre: Contemporary | Release Date: March 31, 2014
Grand Adventures Edited by Anne Regan
In 2011, TJ Klune and Eric Arvin began a journey of love and invited us along. All income from this anthology goes directly to them.
On September 1, 2011, TJ Klune wrote, “…it’s not about the ending, it’s about the journey…” in a review of Eric Arvin’s Woke Up in a Strange Place. With those words, two men began a journey of love and invited us to ride along. TJ and Eric have shared so much with us: their wonderful books, their smiles, their humor, their lives, and their inspiring devotion to each other. In December of 2013, their journey took a detour when Eric was taken to the emergency room. He survived the surgery to remove a cavernous hemangioma from his brain stem, but the challenges TJ and Eric face are far from over.
The authors in this anthology donated their talent as a way to support Eric’s continued recovery, to help bring strength to TJ, and to show both of them just how much love surrounds them. Grand Adventures is a diverse range of stories about the journey of love. We’re going on some grand adventures for a great cause. Thank you for joining us.
One hundred percent of the income from this volume goes directly to TJ and Eric.
Foreword by S.A. McAuley
An Unexpected Thing by John Amory (Sequel to Protection)
The Twinkie Ignition by J.E. Birk
When Friendship Becomes More by Sophie Bonaste
Isle of Waiting by Sue Brown (A Missing Moment from Isle of Waves)
The Jogger by KC Burn
Holding Court by Cardeno C.
For Dear Life by Mary Calmes
Under the Full Moon by Ellis Carrington
Stripped by Shae Connor (2nd Edition)
That Place Across the Hall by C.C. Dado
Mistaken MD by Phoenix Emrys
Cops and Comix by Rhys Ford
Last First Kiss by LE Franks
Tomorrow by John Goode
From Fantasy to Friends by CR Guiliano (A Companion to For You)
Witness Protected by Dawn Kimberly Johnson
Water Under the Bridge by Mia Kerick (Sequel to Not Broken, Just Bent)
A Gentle Shove of Human Kindness by Amy Lane
An Atheist and a Yoga Instructor Walk into a Bar by Rowan McAllister
Stalking 101 by Moria McCain
Simple Desires by Tempeste O’Riley (A Spin-off of Designs of Desire)
Object of Care by Zahra Owens (A Clouds and Rain Story)
Kid Confusion by Madison Parker (A Companion to Play Me, I’m Yours)
Fall Train by Jaime Samms
The Exhibition by Andrea Speed (An Infected Short; Infected: Roan and Dylan)
What You Will by Tinnean (A Companion to Two Lips, Indifferent Red)
Prologue by Brandon Witt
Length: Novel (320p.) | Genre: Contemporary, Angels and Demons, Western, Mystery/Suspense, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy | Release Date: March 31, 2014
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.
February 12, 2014
Who doesn’t love a little snow on the roof? Our White Ganache Bliss highlights the best of age and experience.
1. Snow on the Roof anthology
2. Beyond Duty by SJD Peterson
3. The General and the Horse-Lord by Sarah Black
4. The Hand-me-down by Zahra Owens
5. Inherit the Sky by Ariel Tachna
6. Good to Know by D.W. Marchwell
7. Rite of Passage by Bryl R. Tyne
8. The Cool Part of His Pillow by Rodney Ross
9. Life Begins at Forty by Jessie Blackwood
10. Spot Me by Andrew Grey
Share some white ganache bliss with us. Who are your favorite characters with a little snow on the roof?
February 12, 2014
The Raspberry Caramel Duet brings together two distinct flavors, just as these books bring together men in two distinct times in their lives, our May/December romances.
1. Clouds and Rain by Zahra Owens
2. Exploring Limits by Nicki Bennett and Ariel Tachna
3. After Ben by Con Riley
4. Bullheaded by Catt Ford
5. Chasing the Sun by Jacob Z. Floes
6. Acrobat by Mary Calmes
7. A Hard Winter Rain by John Inman
8. The Boy Who Came In From the Cold by B.G. Thomas
9. Honeymoon Cottage by Matt Brooks
10. Tattoos & Teacups by Anna Martin
Did we miss your favorite Raspberry Caramel duet? We want to know what it is!
February 12, 2014
For us, Dark Ganache Bliss represents all that is so sinfully rich that one bite is all you can take, but that one bite is enough to hold you for days.
Some of our Dark Ganache Bliss stories of erotic romance are:
1. Ride the Wind by Anne Dudley
2. Apprenticed to Pleasure by Brandon Fox
3. Daddio by Mickie B. Ashling
4. Facade by Zahra Owens
6. All Bets Are Off by Marguerite Labbe
7. Learning to Love series by K.C. Wells
8. Coloring Outside the Lines by Diana DeRicci
9. Designs of Desire by Tempeste O’Riley
10. Raining Men by Rick R. Reed
Did we miss your favorite dark ganache bliss? Add it in the comments below!
September 26, 2013
This is my last post today.
Just a quick reminder that the giveaways are open until Friday midnight EST. After that I’ll pick the winners and notify them.
The code ZahraBlog gives you 25% off any Western on the Dreamspinner Website and of course this includes the entire Clouds and Rain series, but also some pretty amazing books by other authors. (make my day and break the bank, will you?). This code is also valid until midnight Friday EST.
And I’ll see you around!
September 26, 2013
Last full post for the evening and if you’ve come this far, you already have lots to read.
If you’ve been here during the blog take-over, you will have had the chance to interact with me. If you’ve come late, you have more chances!
Answer me this: “Where will we meet next?” (virtually or in person)
September 26, 2013
I’ve explained how this became a series, so you’re probably wondering if there’s going to be more?
Well, I can say YES (tentatively)
I’ve been writing what will probably me the last of the series and it’s called Frost and Thaw. Can’t say much yet, but I know we’ll be going forward in time, like I did between the first two books and the third and fourth. This time we’ll need to skip five years, simply because I need one of my two main character to be 21 when the books starts and in Moon and Stars he’s only 16. His counterpart is… ahem… a bit older than him and I don’t want the age difference to be too much of an issue.
This info should be enough for anyone who’s read Moon and Stars or who is reading it right now, to figure out who I’m talking about!
Now for another giveaway!
The swag pack includes: Stickers of the covers of all four books, stickers with my logo on them, a bolo tie, handmade by yours truly so you can channel your inner cowboy, and two screen cleaners (to wipe the screens of your Kindle/iPad/smartphone/tablet/laptop/…). The artwork for the logo and the screen cleaners is actually by the inimitable Paul Richmond, who is even more amazing in real life than he is on his Facebook page!
I will ship this pack anywhere in the world, but those residing in the US will have to wait for me to send it until I’m in the US mid October (GRL here I come!). Not that long a wait, right?
For your chance to win it, tell me your wildest dreams. Not just any dream, but what is the ultimate thing your favorite author could do to make your day? Be original!