A Blinded Mind by Cari Z.

November 2, 2011

Will Sam and Jonathan fight for a life together or choose life on the run? A Blinded Mind by Cari Z., available from Dreamspinner Press.

Jonathan Hatcher has led an interesting life. Once the psychic protégé of Dr. Nelson Cagney of the Bureau of Psychological Corrections, he escaped and went on the run through post-World War Three Europe, scraping a living out of the ruins of civilization and avoiding the mindless vics: humans turned berserker by exposure to biological and chemical weapons.

Once again at Cagney’s mercy, Jonathan is stuck in PsyCo’s high-security wing with no idea whether Sam, the man he thinks he may love, is alive or dead by his hand. Though at first he only plays along for news of Sam, soon Jonathan sees the conditions in the warring European Coalition are desperate. Sam and Jonathan must make a choice: make for France and a life together… or team up with their captors against a devastating new threat.

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Genre: Mystery/Suspense, Science Fiction
Length: Novella

Witch Hunt by Nick Chivers

October 31, 2011

Will Mike survive the forces hunting him to make it to The Council and the safety of Rick’s love? Witch Hunt by Nick Chivers, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Mike thought he could escape his past. He renounced his crown as High Mage of The Council, had the Bands of Binding placed on him, and tried to start over as a normal human.

It didn’t work. And now a part of that past wants him dead, and Mike is running for his life.

With his best friend, Andrew, and Andrew’s soulbound partner along for the ride, Mike can’t help but feel lonely until he meets Rick, an all-around gorgeous man who might just be the wrong guy—again—especially since Mike can’t shake an ex-lover who’s hoping for a second chance. It’s a lot to deal with as demonic forces pursue him from Mongolia to Brazil, but Mike has to make it to the safety of The Council if he doesn’t want to be the prize trophy at the end of this witch hunt.

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Genre: Fantasy/Paranormal
Length: Novel

Sauntering Vaguely Downward by Nessa L. Warin

October 31, 2011

Will Dylan and Brendan find a way to make t heir relationship last beyond Dragon*Con? Sauntering Vaguely Downward by Nessa L. Warin, now available from Dreamspinner Press.

Dylan Rojers is excited about Dragon*Con—a huge convention in Atlanta celebrating pop culture, science fiction, and fantasy—but he and his last-minute roommate, Brendan Stone, get off on the wrong foot. It seems that every time they manage a tentative truce, something happens to set them back, and by their second day at the convention, both think there’s no way they can get along.

But maybe Dylan and Brendan have more in common than they thought. Once they start talking, the sparks that were starting arguments ignite a different sort of passion. Through the four fabulous days of parties, shopping in the Dealers Room, costume parades, and discussion panels, Dylan and Brendan grow ever closer. There’s just one problem: they live in different cities, and Dragon*Con doesn’t last forever. Will Dylan and Brendan risk a long-distance romance or is a lasting relationship just one more all-too-brief fantasy?

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Genre: Contemporary
Length: Novel

Dawn in the Orchard by Cooper West

October 28, 2011

Can Gary and Chuck overcome homophobia and more to make a life together? Dawn in the Orchard by Cooper West, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Gary Winston is a professional musician with a debilitating problem: stage fright. Between his failing career and his failing relationship, Chicago has little left to offer him, so when he inherits his great-aunt’s pecan farm in North Carolina, it’s the perfect excuse to escape.

Nervous about being back in the deep South again, surrounded by small-town homophobia, Gary’s certainly not ready to fall in love. Then he meets local farmer, businessman, and fiddle player Chuck Everett, whose family has been contracted to harvest the crop of pecans. Chuck’s the perfect man for Gary… except for being deep in the Southern closet.

Life heats up quickly when they start making music together, and though both men have more than their fair share of baggage, neither can walk away from the relationship. If Gary rediscovers his muse and realizes being true to himself means moving past his comfort zone, will going forward mean leaving Chuck behind?

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Genre: Contemporary
Length: Novel

Nexus by Mary Calmes

October 26, 2011

Will Marcus come to terms with his role before his doubts endanger his hearth, his clutch, and his life? Nexus by Mary Calmes, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Marcus Roth is a top criminal lawyer by day and demon-slaying warder by night, but he is simply one of five warders—not really important to anyone but Joseph Locke, his hearth. Or so Marcus mistakenly believes.

On a trip to Lexington, Kentucky, to celebrate Joe’s grandfather’s birthday, that belief changes as Marcus unwittingly uncovers a paranormal dilemma and ends up revealing his identity as a warder to Joe’s family. Faced with a traitor, demons, and the return of an old enemy, Marcus must put his own needs aside to save his friends—though in so doing he may lose the man he loves forever. Even living through the ordeal might not be enough if Marcus can’t forgive himself and learn that his hearth and the rest of his clutch can’t do without him.

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Genre: Fantasy/Paranormal
Length: Novella

Return of the Pirate Ghost by Jay Starre

October 26, 2011

Return of the Pirate Ghost by Jay Starre

Sequel to The Pirate Ghost

Martin Stark is searching for a ghost. Six months ago, a pirate ghost visited his mansion in Jamaica and enticed him into his cellar. They made passionate love while a hurricane destroyed the house above their heads. The pirate, William Heathcliff, had saved the young millionaire’s life. Now, Martin is searching desperately for the ghost and for something he has never before experienced: Love.

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Genre: Fantasy/Paranormal
Length: Short story

Burnt Offerings by Pearl Love

October 26, 2011

Will a death sentence be Alen’s end or his salvation? Burnt Offerings by Pearl Love, available from Dreamspinner Press.

On his way home from the market, beautiful and shy Alen is accosted by local ruffians who try to take advantage of his innocence. When Alen attempts to defend his virtue, the situation takes a turn for the worse and he accidentally slays one of the men. Now he faces the mockery that is the town’s justice. The penalty for murder: a slow, painful death upon the altar of the mighty god of fire. Alen’s sentence is gleefully announced by the village priest, a loathsome man who promises deliverance if only the lovely boy will submit to depraved pleasures.

But Alen has a secret, one to which he desperately clings even though it may cost him his life. For many years, Alen has watched the flames dance in his mother’s hearth, the mystery that dwells in the bright glow alleviating his loneliness and offering endless fascination. When the time comes to face his destiny upon the pyre, Alen hopes that the fire’s magical embrace might hold the key to his salvation. But will the flames herald his destruction even as all of his prayers are answered?

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Genre: Fantasy/Paranormal, Bittersweet Dreams
Length: Novella

Teacher Plus Two by Valentina Heart

October 24, 2011

Will Mattian, Orrin, and Hara survive slavery and separation to find love together? Teacher Plus Two by Valentina Heart, available from Dreamspinner Press.

In a technologically advanced universe where humans are classed according to their sexual expertise, Orrin, a man approaching revered Teacher status, is kidnapped and forced to educate slaves in the pleasures of the flesh. Before he can attempt to teach his first student, he has to save the life of Fai, a purring Mattian. Orrin just manages to nurse his little lion back to health when their cell gains another occupant: Hara, an exotic and experienced slave who was sold by his old master. Despite their difficult circumstances and knowing they will eventually be separated, the three men form an steadfast bond.

Soon Hara finds himself with a colorful new Master across the universe while Orrin and Fai remain behind at the slave traders’ base. With their problems only building daily, can they find a way back to each other or will they succumb to the trials they face?

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Genre: Science Fiction
Length: Novel

Caregiver by Rick R. Reed

October 24, 2011

Can Adam’s journey with AIDS bring Dan and Sullivan together? Caregiver by Rick. R. Reed, available from Dreamspinner Press.

It’s 1991, and Dan Calzolaio has just moved to Florida with his lover, Mark, having fled Chicago and Mark’s addictions to begin a new life on the Gulf Coast. Volunteering for the Tampa AIDS Alliance is just one part of that new beginning, and that’s how Dan meets his new buddy, Adam.

Adam Schmidt is not at all what Dan expected. The guy is an original—witty, wry, and sarcastic with a fondness for a smart black dress, Barbra Streisand, and a good mai tai. Adam doesn’t let his imminent death get him down, even through a downward spiral that sees him thrown in jail.

Each step of Adam’s journey teaches Dan new lessons about strength and resilience, but it’s Adam’s lover, Sullivan, to whom Dan feels an almost irresistible pull. Dan knows the attraction isn’t right, even after he dumps his cheating, drug-abusing boyfriend. But then Adam passes away, and it leaves Sullivan and Dan both alone to see if they can turn their love for Adam into something whole and real for each other.

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Genre: Contemporary
Length: Novel

Artistic Appeal by Andrew Grey

October 21, 2011

Can Brian overcome Nicolai’s reluctance and his own fears to build a relationship worth having? Artistic Appeal by Andrew Grey, now available from Dreamspinner Press.

Brian Watson knows close friends Gerald Young and Dieter Krumpf have an ulterior motive when they invite him to their Christmas party. Brian has taken over the case to secure the return of the famous painting called The Woman in Blue to Dieter, but they don’t want Brian to be all work and no play. They intend to set him up with a friend, but she’s not who catches Brian’s eye. Instead, it’s Nicolai, the deaf art restorer caring for the works already returned to Dieter.

But pursuing Nicolai won’t be easy. A year ago Nicolai had to fight to regain his independence after a bad break-up, and he’s reluctant to give up his freedom a second time. Plus, Brian has competition in Justin, Nicolai’s ex, who wants him back badly.

Nicolai’s reluctance isn’t the only roadblock. Brian was married to a woman for almost ten years. Now he has to confess to his mother, his ex-wife, and his young daughter that he loves a man—all while conducting a potentially groundbreaking court case and trying to convince Nicolai that love isn’t about codependence, it’s about support.

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Genre: Contemporary
Length: Novel