This Red Rock by Louise Blaydon

April 20, 2011

Will a summer back home change Alex’s life forever? This Red Rock (m/m) by Louise Blaydon, available from Dreamspinner Press.

When an open life in San Diego beckoned, Alex Arzano left the oppressive Southwest town of his childhood without a second thought—until now. Working on his Uncle Frank’s New Mexico ranch isn’t Alex’s first choice of ways to spend the summer, but it turns out not to be as bad as he’d feared: the scenery is beautiful… and not just the landscape, either. Frank has put ranch hand Oro Torres in charge of Alex’s training, and everything about Oro, from his gorgeous accent and muscled forearms to the way he handles a horse, is completely captivating. Alex is quicker to learn than Oro expects, and the tension between them rises just as fast. Finally, close quarters and exhilaration push them to take that last step—and after that, there’s no turning back.

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Genre: Western
Length: Novella

His Soul to Take by C.M. Torrens

April 20, 2011

Will Robert overcome his suspicions about Simon’s true nature? His Soul to Take (m/m) by C.M. Torrens, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Simon has waited centuries for someone like Robert, but their first meeting is intended to be their last: Robert’s time on Earth is up, and it is Simon’s place to take him out of this world and into the next. Instead, Simon makes a split-second decision to save Robert’s life, though he is uncomfortably aware he has only postponed the inevitable.

Robert quickly falls for Simon, but when he notices the way Death seems to follow him around, his curiosity about Simon’s true nature turns to suspicion, all but erasing his memories of the man. Simon must fight to make him remember… and to stop Robert from making a grisly mistake.

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Genre: Fantasy/paranormal
Length: Novella

C.M. Torrens -My First Steamy Writing

April 20, 2011

His Soul To Take By C.M. Torrens
M/M Paranormal

Hi, I’m C.M. Torrens and since my debut novella, His Soul To Take, is live today, I thought I’d tell you a story just so you get to know me a bit.

When I was a kid about 13 or so, I noticed a lot of girls had diaries and decided to give it a try. I started writing about daily personal things, about the things I’d done, the fights I had with friends, stuff like that. When my little brother found out I was keeping something secret and forbidden and started peeking around until he found it. He’d steal it away, read it and try to put it back trying to hide the evidence of the theft.

Yeah right. Good luck there when you leave stuff hanging out of the drawer.

After much yelling and telling my mother, I decided I was going to make his head spin. I started writing steamy stuff about forbidden kisses and touches. Sexual things. Things I shouldn’t know about but had read about in the wonderful land of books.

My first erotic writing for an audience of one.

I left the diary where he could find it and pretended to wander away. I would catch him red-handed and shocked. I would tell my mother and maybe he would be so embarrassed, he’d never read my stuff again. Only that’s not exactly what happened.

I burst into his room and he was there with my diary reading on his bed. I shouted for my mother, yelling about how he had stolen my diary to read my personal thoughts. My dad walked into the room instead.

Where I could tell my mother about such writing and the reason, I couldn’t imagine telling my dad about such things. I waited with baited breath as he snatched the diary from my brother’s hands and looked down to see what I had written.

His face was blank as he read.

My stomach dropped and the heat rushed to my face. I watched his face never once breathing, waiting for … something. I’m not sure what I expected. Horror? Anger? Groundation until the end of time?

My father’s green eyes turned to me and he handed me back the diary. Now, I won’t tell you his exact words, because I don’t think he meant them the way they came out. I blurted out my plan to catch my brother in the act of reading my things. Told him it was all made up and I’m sure my eyes were pleading with him to understand I was NOT the trollop depicted in those pages.

With a thoughtful hum, told my brother that if he touched my stuff again he’d have an ass red enough to light the house on fire. And that seemed to be the end of that.

I was still writing. Always writing something.

About two years later, my dad saw me writing and handed me a book. I don’t recall him saying much about it when he gave it to me. It was in Spanish. About a nurse and so steamy it made my toes curl (then again my idea of steamy was a bit skewed). But it was in Spanish. My Spanish was not the best, but I wanted to read it. Because only dad and I could read more than a few words of Spanish, it felt like a secret.

Yes, my dad read steamy Spanish romances. Yes, my dad. The alpha male of my household (and God yes, he was alpha). That was his secret.

It felt like he was giving me permission to write it. That he knew the difference between the writing and the person.

He’s passed on now, my dad. And I really do wish he would have seen this day. I think he would have enjoyed reading my book and seeing me published. His Soul to Take is a great little novella, and though he might have skimmed the m/m content, I think he would like the story. I thank him for that one book he handed me because its often just the little things that show you much more than words ever could.

His Soul To Take, Available Today at Dreamspinner Press

After the War by T.C. Mill

April 20, 2011

After the War by T.C. Mill

After a crushing surprise attack by the invading Ammathans, the soldiers of Menelat’s army are scattered, struggling to survive long enough to regroup. Among them are Diertan, an ordinary soldier, and the man who saved his life: Terimath, a quiet gunman who is one of the most frighteningly competent people Diertan has ever known. The two of them are sleeping together, but Diertan can’t consider them lovers—Terimath is too distant for that. But as they head toward Diertan’s hometown, cracks appear in the gunman’s shell, making Diertan wonder if he is alone in his feelings after all.

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Genre: Fantasy
Length: Short story

His Soul To Take, Release Day Party!

April 20, 2011

His Soul To Take by C.M. Torrens

Debut M/M Paranormal Novella

Available at Dreamspinner Press

I’m so excited and jittery it’s not even funny. My stomach has been twisting all week at the thought of this. Everyone wants to see their books do well. Being my 1st out in the world, it feels like I’ve just thrown my baby into the deep end of the pool and praying it’ll swim.

The dreaded questions floating to my mind make it hard to sleep. What if I missed something? What if everyone hates it? What if no one reads it? But it’s done and published, so someone must have liked it. Right? I mean, I love it, but I’m Momma. I’m supposed to love it.

Well, I have some fun stuff for you today to celebrate the baby-tossing. I’ll be giving away a free copy and generally making a nuance of myself. Why yes, I did say free.

Allow me to introduce, my story, and maybe, just maybe, the baby won’t sink to the bottom of the pool. At least not immediately.

His Soul to Take, is an m/m, paranormal romance novella. Here’s a quick blurb:

For centuries Death has endured his curse. Never seen by the living he moves among them, taking souls to the afterlife he can never have. He stumbles upon Robert, a handsome dancer, who not only sees him, but wishes to know him. Death is reminded of Simon, the man he use to be. Drawn to his human side he intervenes, sparing Robert from a painful death. But Simon has only postponed the inevitable. Robert’s time on Earth is growing to a close. As each moment with Robert becomes more precious than the last, his true identity is revealed forcing Robert to make the one request that may doom his soul forever.

Interested? Want that free copy?

This is what you can do to win.

Tweet the following: I want a free copy of @CMTorrens debut book #HisSoulToTake

Contest will run all day from 5am EST the 20th to 5am EST the 21st. A full 24 hours to get your name thrown into the hat. Random.org will choose the winner and I’ll announce soon after and contact the winner with their prize.

Not hard, right? Good luck! I hope you enjoy it because I very much enjoyed writing it.

Pale as a Ghost by Stephen Osborne

April 15, 2011

Can Duncan balance the demands of his personal life with the supernatural demands of his career? Pale as a Ghost (m/m) by Stephen Osborne, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Private detective Duncan Andrews’s best friend Gina is a witch. His dog is a zombie. And his dead boyfriend, Robbie, is a ghost. So it’s hardly any wonder that he uses his connection to the supernatural to help him solve cases. Good thing, too, because Duncan has his hands full. Janice Sanderson, the richest woman in Indianapolis, wants him to find her stripper daughter, Brenda, and another client is having some trouble with a specter haunting her family home. On top of that, Duncan has decided to add dating into the mix, though after Robbie’s death, he’s not sure he’s ready.

When Duncan meets Nick while tracking down a lead on Brenda’s boyfriend, he shelves his doubts and agrees to a date. Robbie doesn’t make it easy on him, showing up to spoil his chances, but that is the least of Duncan’s worries—because one of his clients’ husbands is missing and there’s a serial killer on the loose—one Duncan fears isn’t human.

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Genre: Fantasy/Paranormal
Length: Novel

Thanks for an great Detour Release Party

April 13, 2011

Thanks so much for spending time with me for my release party for Detour. I’ve been sipping on wine and having cheesecake as I chatted with you all. *raising a glass of wine in a toast*  Thanks for celebrating my release with me I had a blast and hope you all did too.

I am so excited that I got to introduce you to Robert Berkus and Miguel Rodriguez. There will be much more to come in the Something in Common series. Be sure and check my site for details.

Go on and buy Detour here at Dreamspinner Press.

Here are some places you can find me:

Talia Carmichael site – http://taliacarmichael.com
Blog – http://taliacarmichael.com/blog
Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/people/Talia-Carmichael/10000156072246

Don’t forget to enter the Detour Contest 2. I will be around for a while to respond to any comments on this and other posts below. Thanks for a great day.

A way to the heart

April 13, 2011

In Detour, Miguel makes Robert some food – both chicken and dessert empanadas. As the saying goes food is the way to the heart…. or is that stomach. I think heart sounds better so I am going with “food is the way to the heart”. I think food evokes many emotions in people.

In my case my fav comfort food is hot cereal -oatmeal, cream of wheat or any of those it doesn’t matter it is about the feeling of comfort it brings to me.

If I am happy I like something with caramel or marshmallows.

When I am extremely happy or in a giddy mood I like to enjoy a slice of cheesecake. (as I am having today)

What are some of the food or foods you like and what are the emotions they bring out in you?

Sparks – Sneak Peek Excerpt

April 13, 2011

A few days ago Sparks – Book 2 in the Something in Common series, was contracted by Dreamspinner Press. Sparks is about Bernard “Bernie” Jenkins and Tomas Rodriguez. Below is an unedited sneak peek of the book.

Sparks by Talia Carmichael
Coming soon from Dreamspinner Press.

Unedited Excerpt:

“What makes you think I can’t dance?” Bernie’s tone was more curious than anything else.

Tomas wasn’t about to admit that, with Bernie being so clumsy, he didn’t expect much from him on the dance floor.

“Just a guess.” He shrugged.

“Assumption based on my less than gracefulness.” Bernie sounded amused.

Tomas didn’t answer. He led Bernie to a corner of the dance floor. It had enough space that he could teach Bernie to dance without making Bernie feeling self-conscious. Tomas turned to him. Over Bernie’s shoulder, he noticed the men at the table had all moved closer to where they were. He frowned.

Robert and Alex were next to each other. Alex made a twirling motion of his fingers. Miguel, Alejandro, Malik, and Hector leaned next to each other, smirks on their faces. The rest of the poker crew were spread out around them, all staring. Bernie went to turn. Tomas caught his hands, holding Bernie facing him. He didn’t want Bernie to get nervous. With the yahoos watching them, he would.

“So show me what you can do,” Tomas challenged.

Bernie stiffened, his pale green eyes narrowing behind his black frames. His lips curled into a sly smile. Uneasiness gripped Tomas. Bernie started to move. Tomas’s mouth dropped open. The gracefulness of Bernie’s movements made it seem as if he didn’t have any bones in his body. Bernie rolled his hips. It beckoned sex. Bernie partially lowered his lids over those captivating pale green eyes. In a slow glide, he moved into Tomas’s body. The height of his lanky frame was a match of Tomas’s own six-three, brawny body. A slender finger lifted Tomas’s chin, closing his mouth. Bernie leaned into the side of his face. His slightly curly, dark brown hair brushed the side of Tomas’s face. Tomas stifled a shiver.

“Aren’t you going to dance?” Bernie’s soft voice sounded much more seductive than Tomas remembered.

Tomas gulped. Bernie’s hands slid around his waist and down his hips. He gripped him and moved against his body. Shaking out of his stupor, Tomas shifted and moved with him. Bernie’s soft sigh tickled the side of Tomas’s face. His cock went rock hard. Pulling back slightly, Tomas moaned as Bernie’s hands tightened on his hips, pulling him back against him. Giving in to his silent demand, Tomas moved against him. He felt the movement of Bernie’s cock. It was a delicious friction between them as they danced. The herbal scent of Bernie’s shampoo and soap surrounded them.

With a gulp, Tomas put his hands on Bernie’s shoulders. Through the cotton of his tee-shirt against his fingertips, Tomas could feel the muscles in Bernie’s shoulders. It was startling to realize that Bernie had muscles. He was so gangly, and wore baggy clothes, so Tomas hadn’t even realized it. Bernie rolled his hips in a motion that made Tomas’s cock jerk and his balls go tight.

Jerking away, Tomas said in a hoarse tone, “Enough of the lesson, kid.”

“Not a kid. And thanks for the lesson.” Bernie smirked.

He walked away, a sway in his hips. His ass looked fuller in his baggy pants. Tomas licked his lips.

Coming soon from Dreamspinner Press.

Detour – Contest 2

April 13, 2011

Detour – Contest 2:

Now for contest two. To enter the contest answer both of the following questions:

1.) What do you have in common with someone you care about (it can be a significant other, lover or friend)?

2.) At the end of Detour, Robert tells Miguel what brought them together as a couple. What brought them together? 

 The contest will go until 11:59 pm Eastern time on Thursday, so you have sometime to enter.

Note: Please enter an email address when you post your comment below. Once I announce the winner your email is how I confirm I am sending the prize to the person who commented below for the contest.

One winner will be selected at random from all the correct comments and will receive an All Romance Ebook – $ 25 ebooks bucks! (must have an account at All Romance Ebook so I can send the prize to you)

I will post winner and instructions to claim the prize on my blog here on Friday.

Good Luck!