Cellmate by Rachel West

June 16, 2010

Cellmate by Rachel West is now available in eBook.

Andy Bingham got behind the wheel after a night of heavy drinking and set in motion a series of events that would change his life forever. On his first night in prison after his drunk driving conviction, his cellmate, Jesse Cohen, surprises him by crawling into his bed. The sex is impersonal, not at all Andy’s style, but somehow exactly what he needs, and it feels so good to be close to someone again that he doesn’t question it.

The two men gradually forge a friendship, to their mutual surprise. As Andy learns more about the dark periods in Jesse’s past, they begin to understand that they have more in common than they once suspected. Andy and Jesse are on a slow and painful road, and they will struggle to acknowledge something of substance between them… and to discover whether what they have can survive the tough road that lies ahead.

Truth in the Dark by Amy Lane

June 16, 2010

Truth in the Dark by Amy Lane is now available in eBook.

I am not beautiful…

Knife’s entire existence has been as twisted as his flesh and his face. The only thing beautiful in his life is his sister. When Gwennie is obliged to turn a suitor down because she fears to leave her brother to the brutality of their village, Knife is desperate for anything to ensure her happiness.

Her suitor’s cousin offers him a way out, but it won’t be easy. Aerie-Smith has been cursed to walk upright in the form of a beast, and his beloved village suffers from the same spell. Aerie-Smith offers Gwen a trousseau and some hope, if only Knife will keep him company on his island for the span of a year and perform one “regrettable task” at year’s end.

Knife is unprepared for the form the island’s curse takes on his own misshapen body. In one moment of magic, he is given the body of his dreams—and he discovers that where flesh meets spirit and appearance meet reality, sometimes the only place to find truth is in the darkness of a lover’s arms.

Dreamspinner Press at Capital City Pride in Iowa

June 15, 2010

Hello there. This is Heidi Cullinan. Last weekend Marie Sexton came from Colorado and joined me at Des Moines’s Capital City Pride celebration.

We sold some books and gave away several hundred CD-Roms of promo material and DSP cards/coupons. Several people had heard of Dreamspinner, and some had purchased from us before. Many checked us out between Saturday night and Sunday, and some had already made purchases when they came back to see us. Several took our information and said they were going to check us out on Amazon and/or the Dreamspinner website for ebooks soon. Some said they planned to submit manuscripts. A few told me a Dreamspinner book (they couldn’t remember which one) was their local book club’s selection of the month, and they’d already been to our website beacuse of it.

There were a lot of people very pleased to see us there and felt excited to have a publisher at Des Moines Pride, and other Pride organizers from other areas actively lobbied us to their Pride events. The Iowa City coordinator was particularly eager. She lowered the booth fee from $100 to $10 for Dreamspinner because she felt that strongly about having literature (her words!) at her event, as Iowa City is known for its writers. I’m not sure I can compete with Flannery O’Connor and Raymond Carver, but I’m still flattered to be asked to go to Iowa City Pride.

Many, many men said they don’t really read but wanted to read our books. Everyone commented on the covers. Anne Cain’s in particular drew everyone. I was often asked “which one is the steamiest” and whatever I said, they bought. I was surprised by the number of people who asked if any were paranormal or fantasy. We would have sold a few science fiction books if we’d had them, and many were upset that I didn’t have Necking (I had the cover on a promo sheet.) I set my books frequently in the Midwest, and that seemed to tickle a lot of our browsers, that someone was writing about Iowa and Minnesota and people from Kansas; they were excited that there were books “about them.” I also got a lot of love for the clearly blue collar heroes. Marie got a lot of legs when I would mention that Promises had a cop, and I sold a few for her because I knew the men personally and mentioned there was a coming out issue in the book. Several browsers were also Colorado natives, so her books touched a cord for them personally as well.

The event was a lot of work, but the exposure and the connections was amazing. I had an author from Minneapolis come up and network with me, and several Pride organizers. We got about twenty names for a mailing list. We also raised $37 for One Iowa (our political lobby group: www.oneiowa.org), which for me was a personal mission, so that felt very good. I learned a lot about how to run a booth at an event too. I feel we got some incredible exposure for Dreamspinner as a house as well. Some people had heard of us, but many didn’t even know “these kinds of books” existed. Many said they hadn’t read in years but were eager to go home and start our stories. It was very fun to see the light in the guys’ eyes as they saw “their stories.” Everyone was highly impressed we were there “all the way from Texas.” Iowans are used to being dismissed and made fun of as “backwater” on a national scene, and it was clear people felt we were a professional outfit coming to Des Moines Pride, and I could tell it made them… well, proud.

At the end of the event this group of gorgeous young men came over after I told them what we were selling; one bought, one ached because he was out of money and wanted Marie’s books, and all four swore they would be our assistants next year. I’m going to do my best to hold them to it.

I wanted to give a special shout to Zahra Owens, who donated two books to the booth; the full proceeds of their sale went to One Iowa. She also made these beautiful handpainted cards which One Iowa gave out to donors at their booth. Everyone loved them. Thank you for being so gracious, Zahra!

Our photo album from the day:

http://picasaweb.google.com/heidi.cullinan/DesMoinesPride2010#

Hopefully next year we see you there!

Loving Edits Contest Winner

June 14, 2010

 

Hi all!  The winner of the ebook is LJ user ”backroomvisitor”.  Please PM me with your email addy.  For those of you who would like another chance to win one of my novels, join me on Saturday, June 19, at the Dreamspinner page on Facebook from 1-6 EST.  I’ll be posting excerpts and having a few more drawings for a free copy of Loving Edits or any one of my other novels.  Thanks to all who participated.

Loving Edits by Mickie B. Ashling

June 14, 2010

Loving Edits by Mickie B. Ashling is now available in paperback and eBook.

When bestselling novelist Mick Henley contacts his editor and former lover, Paul Alcott, after a seven-year absence, hearing Mick’s voice reinforces what Paul has known all along―he still loves Mick. The possible reunion entices Paul into considering a dinner invitation, but his hopes are dashed when he learns Mick is in a loving relationship with Spanish Jai alai player Tono Garat.

Paul still accepts the invitation, and Mick asks Paul to help Tono through the final revision of a love story he’s written, inspired by his affair with Mick. When Paul refuses, Mick reveals he’s been diagnosed with a fatal disease, and the novel is Tono’s only means of coping with the eventual outcome.

Paul and Tono resent each other, but they can’t deny the strong sexual attraction between them. Can the past blend with the present to ease the way for Mick’s inevitable future? Will they overcome their differences to provide the loving support necessary to sustain the man they love or will their collision destroy Mick’s final days?

Seven Question Interview with Mickie B. Ashling

June 13, 2010

To celebrate the release of my latest novel Loving Edits I was recently interviewed by Shae Connor.  You can read it here:  Seven questions with Mickie B. Ashling

Pride In Des Moines

June 12, 2010

Heidi Cullinan and Marie Sexton will be at the Des Moines Pride Festival June 12th and 13th.  Stop by Dreamspinner’s table to say hello and to pick up an autographed copy of Heidi’s latest book, Miles and the Magic Flute.  Hope to see you there!

Win My Story + 1 Other from A Midsummer’s Nightmare

June 11, 2010

In celebration of my first published story, I’m offering a copy of the story, “Love Among the Stacks”  plus one other story of your choice from A Midsummer’s Nightmare anthology.  Comment  by 6:00 p.m. EDT June 18, 2010 here to enter: 

http://stone-flame.livejournal.com/1592.html

Dark Horse by Kate Sherwood

June 11, 2010

Dark Horse by Kate Sherwood is now available in paperback and eBook.

Dan thinks about just driving, leaving the whole mess behind. He’s got enough money. He could just arrange to get his stuff and his horse shipped to wherever he’s going. Taking off is what he used to do when things got to be too much, and it worked pretty well, really.

Dan Wheeler thought he’d found lasting love and stability with his life and work partner, Justin Archer. But when Dan finds himself alone again, still working as a horse trainer for Justin’s parents, he has to find a way to accept that his perfect life is gone forever.

Then he meets billionaire Evan Kaminski, who arrives to buy a horse for his younger sister, and Evan’s lover Jeff Stevens, a horse trainer who seems to understand more than just Dan’s job. Struggling to deal with all the upheavals in his life, Dan finds himself drawn to both Evan’s mercurial passion and Jeff’s quiet wisdom. Is Dan strong enough to take a chance on new love, or would it be better—safer—for him to be alone?

D.W. Marchwell interviewed

June 10, 2010

Come take a peek into the heart and mind of D.W. Marchwell. He’s sat down with the Book Wenches once again and talked about what m/m romance novels have taught him. Read the interview here.