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!
September 26, 2013
It’s no surprise that, given their history, Kelly and Cooper have unresolved issues between them. So when Kelly needs Cooper’s help (if anyone has read Floods and Drought, you know what he needs him for!), Cooper isn’t too eager…
KELLY found his way to the woodshed by walking toward the bright yellow light shining from its open door. When he walked in, Cooper was sweeping the last of the woodchips from the back of the tractor trailer. Despite the quickly cooling autumn air, he looked sweaty and hot.
“What are you doing here?” Cooper asked gruffly after letting Kelly wait for several long seconds.
“Looking for you. Can we talk somewhere? Privately.”
“What is this about?”
Kelly couldn’t help hearing the unspoken dismissal. Cooper clearly had no desire to talk to him. He decided to cut to the chase. “It’s Rory McCown. He broke his parole this afternoon, and he needs your help.”
“That’s what public defenders are for,” Cooper replied as he continued to sweep the floor.
“And his public defender is Sean Goddard,” Kelly said without further explanation.
“Norm’s son? Is he even out of diapers yet?”
Kelly chuckled, more out of nervousness than because he found what Cooper had said funny. “Just passed the bar. You know his dad, right?”
Cooper nodded. “Sure I do. He was my biggest competition when I first came to town. Big shark of a small-town lawyer, but he was gracious enough to not fight me over my piece of the pie.”
“Well, Sean’s a little out of his depth against Emmett Love.”
“Jeezus,” Cooper replied. “Emmett Love? Carries the name, but doesn’t know what it means. He used to hold the record for the most parolees returned to prison. Don’t suspect he got any more lenient in his old age?”
“Nope,” Kelly replied. “And he’s got it in for Rory’s hide.”
“Rory needs your help, Coop.”
“Can’t do it. I’m not a lawyer anymore.”
“You’ll always be a lawyer, Coop. You were the most amazing legal mind I’ve ever met.”
Cooper looked at Kelly from under his hat. “The emphasis on ‘were.’ They disbarred me, Kelly. Stripped me of my rights. I couldn’t represent Rory if I wanted to. And I don’t want to.”
“You don’t need to represent him. He just needs some advice. And to know someone is on his side.”
“We’re all on his side,” Cooper was quick to reply, standing tall, his broom by his side. “He’s Tim’s man. He used to work here. I like him. But I don’t see what I can do for him.”
Kelly smiled. If his memory didn’t betray him, the sparkle he saw appearing in Cooper’s eye was the first sign of Cooper becoming excited about something, although the rest of his body still dismissed him. “He needs someone to show him he’s worth fighting for. And he needs someone to talk Emmett Love under the table. According to your reputation, you’re the only guy in this town who can do that.”
“Naah,” Cooper said, putting his broom aside. “I was never interested in him enough to talk him under a table.” Cooper wiggled his eyebrows, and Kelly was transported back to the law library, their study group, and their favorite place for sex. On top of or under the long tables.
“Pretend,” Kelly ordered. “Just this one time and just for Rory’s sake. Love is hell-bent on sending him back to state prison for a year. I’ll settle for him serving the remainder of his parole, not his prison sentence, in county jail.”
“But it’s not your call, is it?”
“No, that’s something the county prosecutor has to decide, but he’ll listen to Love. If Love recommends the shortest possible sentence, he’ll follow, and then all Sean Goddard needs to do is agree with it. The judge will follow the prosecutor. You know that.”
“I suppose it’s worth a shot.”
Kelly had the overwhelming urge to wrap Cooper in his arms and kiss him senseless. He thought he could smell Cooper’s sweaty, manly scent from where he was standing, but considering the overwhelming woodsy aroma emanating from everything else in the shed, he figured it was just his imagination. When he took one step toward Cooper, the man tensed up, though, so he decided a butch punch to the arm would be enough. “I knew I could convince you.”
Cooper shrugged. “Emmett Love probably won’t even let me in.”
“Don’t know if you don’t try. And if he doesn’t, at least Rory will know you support him.”
“Fair enough,” Cooper said. “What time do you want me there?”
If you’ve read Floods and Drought, you know how this ends!
September 26, 2013
For a chance to win either:
answer me this:
What do you like about cowboy stories? Is it the rugged men? The horses? The outdoors? The fact you know what they’ve been doing behind closed doors and they still manage to get on a horse afterward? (which reminds me someone needs to write a gay romance set in the Tour de France!)
I want to know!