Gingerbread Palace BONUS story offer

December 11, 2013

As I mentioned earlier, I loved writing about firefighters and especially about Kevin and Alex.  When I finished this story it felt to me like the beginning of something new for these men.

So, I would like to offer a special FREE BONUS story if you purchased Gingerbread Palace by Friday 12/13.

I’m writing a New Year’s story for these boys, and I’ll email you when it’s ready.

 

How to collect your free BONUS story:

  1. Buy Gingerbread Palace from Dreamspinner or any distributor by 12/13. (Pre-orders qualify too, but I need the date of the transaction)
  2. Forward by email a copy of your payment receipt to em@emlynley.com
  3. Wait for the e-mail from me at the end of the month to collect.

Email me if you have any questions.

I will have more information at my website and blog as well as on Facebook.

Gingerbread Palace is Book 4 in the Delectable Series

December 11, 2013

As many of my regular readers know, I absolutely love cooking and eating, and I enjoy putting food into all of my stories in some way or another. I considered going to culinary school and decided against it, but I do cook complicated and exotic dishes fairly regularly. People love to invite me to potluck parties because I tend to bring something really amazing. I once saw two grown men arguing over who would lick the plate from one of my apple tarts. (Stay tuned, I’m putting that recipe in the next Delectable book!)

It didn’t take much for me to realize what a fun idea it would be to have a series where a main character in each book is in the world of food or wine. Elizabeth North, owner of Dreamspinner Press helped me create and name the series, and the rest is history.

If you haven’t seen the series, here are the other books. You can read them in any order!

Brand New Flavor, featuring a food critic and a guy who makes the most amazing ice cream you could imagine

Lighting the Way Home (co-written with the wonderful Shira Anthony), a holiday story set in New York at Chanukah. A world-class chef comes back for a family holiday and discovers love much closer to home.

An Intoxicating Crush by EM Lynley Paperback

An Intoxication Crush. I spent 7 years working in the California wine business, so I had to write a book featuring a winemaker. Austin Kelvin’s family winery is in financial trouble and the target of a corporate takeover, but will the investment analyst he’s falling for help or hurt his bid to stay independent?

Do you like to cook or do you avoid cooking if possible? What’s your favorite food to cook? Please leave a comment to add to the discussion.

Don’t forget today’s COUPON CODE

To celebrate the release of Gingerbread Palace, Dreamspinner Press is giving a special coupon code to get an additional 25% off any of my titles. Use coupon code: LynleyBlog (case sensitive) when you checkout from the Dreamspinner Website on December 11 and 12 only. See all of my DSP titles.

Gingerbread Palace: It’s all about the firefighters! #gayromance #giveaway @emlynley

December 11, 2013

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So, why firemen?

The real question is why not?

I’ve enjoyed reading stories about firefighters for years (Chris Owen, Damon Suede, Andrew Grey, among others) and I realized there were plenty of great storylines to use between a chef and a firefighter. Once I decided to set the story at Christmas, it was so easy to find just the right story.

Firefighters are well-known in the United States for doing charity work, fundraising, almost anything that helps kids. If my chef is also big on working with a kids’ charity, it was the perfect place for them to find their interests overlapping.

I didn’t think much about the research before I started writing. I admit I don’t know much about firefighters, but I definitely wanted to understand what these men and women think and feel when they are doing their jobs.

A couple of years ago there was a terrible fire here in San Francisco and two firefighters were killed. It may not seem like much, but losing two men the same day greatly affected the entire area—the whole state. A huge funeral was held with 5,000 people in attendance. Friends, family and fellow firefighters spoke about the two men for hours.

What struck me most about the funeral—which was shown on live TV because it was a huge event for the city—was the kind of stories told about the men. Little anecdotes about how they helped people at a fire, or what they said while rescuing someone, or examples of how dedicated they were to their jobs. I realized I had a special glimpse into their world through the eulogies and stories.

 

When working on Gingerbread Palace, I watched firefighter training videos, read first-hand accounts of fires and injuries, and had a firefighter beta the story. I still don’t think I got enough into the mind of Kevin Flint to know how he thinks, but I do feel an even greater sense of respect for the dedication and sacrifice that firefighters make to help keep others safe.

I enjoyed the research and it affected me so much, I intend to write another story with firefighters. It may be more about Kevin and Alex, or another completely different set of characters, but firefighters are in my brain and I want to explore their world in much more detail.

Leave a comment to be entered in the giveaway

Do you enjoy firefighter stories in general? What are your favorite books about firefighters?

Did you want to be a firefighter when you were a kid?

New releases: July 10, 2013

July 10, 2013

Horizons by Mickie B. Ashling

Clark’s competitive college football world is not gay-friendly, and he’s denied his sexuality for years. But then he meets Jody. Horizons by Mickie B. Ashling, available from Dreamspinner Press.

2nd Edition

Horizons Series: Book One

College football player Clark Stevens, a popular wide receiver with a potential NFL contract, has a few problems. He’s got a jealous girlfriend, a narrow-minded and controlling father, an attention problem, and an unexpected and powerful attraction to the trauma doctor—the male trauma doctor—who treats him for a broken bone.

Dr. Jody Williams is getting some really mixed signals. He can’t ignore how much he wants Clark, because it’s obvious Clark feels the same way. For the out and proud doctor, the solution seems very simple. For Clark, it’s not! His world is not gay-friendly, and the obstacles he’s faced have led him to deny his sexuality for years.

It’s the Super Bowl of disasters, no matter how you look at it. In the end, Clark has to decide if he’s going to stick with the only life he’s ever known or take a chance on a new one with Jody.

1st Edition published by Dreamspinner Press, April 2009.

Length: Novel (250p.) | Genre: Contemporary | Release Date: July 10, 2013 |Buy as eBook (ISBN: 978-1-62380-962-1) | Buy as Paperback (ISBN: 978-1-62380-961-4)

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An Intoxicating Crush by EM Lynley

When Simon’s is sent to covertly scope out Kelvin Cellars, Simon falls hard for owner Austin. But is it only an intoxicating crush? An Intoxicating Crush by EM Lynley, available from Dreamspinner Press.

A Delectable Novel

Simon Ford’s success is hard-won. He grew up in Napa and resents the rich people who have moved into the valley, changing the culture by opening boutique wineries and pricing the locals out of the market.

Austin Kelvin runs an award-winning winery his father started after making a fortune on Wall Street. He lives the posh lifestyle Simon resents but secretly longs to attain. However, Austin’s world isn’t as luxurious and privileged as it seems: he didn’t inherit his father’s business savvy, and his winery is going under.

When Simon’s boss sends him to covertly scope out Kelvin Cellars for a possible takeover bid, Simon sees it as a step toward attaining his financial dreams. Until he falls hard for Austin. The feeling is mutual, but when Austin learns the real reason for Simon’s initial interest, he suspects Simon’s seduction is merely a means to procure the winery at a bargain price.  If there’s any hope of winning Austin’s heart, Simon will have to risk it all to prove Austin is more than just an intoxicating crush.

Like all Delectable novels, this book includes the recipes used in the story.

Length: Novel (234p.) | Genre: Contemporary | Release Date: July 10, 2013 | Buy as eBook (ISBN: 978-1-62380-873-0) | Buy as Paperback (ISBN: 978-1-62380-872-3)

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Love, Like Water by Rowan Speedwell

Foreman Eli spends his life rehabilitating abused animals, and Joshua is just another lost soul until they forge a connection. Love, Like Water by Rowan Speedwell, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Three years undercover with one of the worst gangs in the country left FBI agent Joshua Chastain shattered. Battling nightmares and addiction, he leaves the concrete jungle for New Mexico horse country, hoping to start over on his uncle’s ranch.

Foreman Eli Kelly spends his life rehabilitating abused animals, and Joshua is just another lost soul. But as Joshua slowly begins to put his life back together, Eli realizes that Joshua is a lot more than his newest project.

Joshua’s plan seems to work—maybe a fresh start was just what he needed. Then, just when he has finally found a sense of peace, crime and hatred nearly destroy all his hard work, forcing him to reevaluate what he wants out his relationship with Eli and his own life.

Length: Novel (284p.) | Genre: Western | Release Date: July 10, 2013 |Buy as eBook (ISBN: 978-1-62380-787-0) | Buy as Paperback (ISBN: 978-1-62380-786-3)

New releases: March 29, 2013

March 29, 2013

Chateau d’Eternité by Ariel Tachna

The ability to travel through time it’s not without risks—to Russ and to the world as he knows it. Chateau d’Eternité by Ariel Tachna, available from Dreamspinner Press.

When Russ Peterson accepts an invitation to an all-expense-paid vacation at a castle in southern France, he doesn’t expect to learn he has the ability to travel through time. For a historian, it’s a dream come true, offering the chance to find answers to the mysteries of the past. But it’s not without risks—to Russ and to the world as he knows it.

After a few short supervised visits, Russ still hasn’t made up his mind about his newfound abilities. Then, on his first extended trip, he meets Quentus Maximus, second in command to the Legate of Nemausus. While learning firsthand about the realities of life in Roman Gaul, Russ is shocked by his reaction to Quentus’s dominant nature. After a week with Quentus, Russ’s vacation is up, and he realizes he wants a chance to see if their relationship can flourish.

Arranging a year-long sabbatical from work to give time to make the decision is easy. Figuring out if he can live with Quentus’s dominant nature long-term, and finding a way to establish a life for himself in Roman Gaul, is an entirely different matter.

Length: Novel (200p.) | Genre: Historical – Europe, Other Paranormal |Release Date: March 29, 2013 |Buy as eBook (ISBN: 978-1-62380-607-1) | Buy as Paperback (ISBN: 978-1-62380-606-4)

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Lighting the Way Home by EM Lynley and Shira Anthony

Josh realizes there is more to Micah than his lousy life choices… but that doesn’t mean Josh is ready to forgive him. Lighting the Way Home by EM Lynley and Shira Anthony, available from Dreamspinner Press.

A Delectable Novel

World-class chef Joshua Golden is homesick for Paris before he even arrives in New York, but he’ll endure it—his parents need him to help run the family restaurant while his mother recovers from surgery. Running a place so far beneath his talents is bad enough, but bad turns to worse when Josh discovers his former best friend and lover, Micah Solomon, is living at his parents’ house with his ten-year-old son, Ethan.

For ten years, Josh has done his best to forget how Micah shattered his heart into tiny pieces. Now Micah’s back, fresh out of prison, and helping out at the restaurant. Micah may not be the kind of sous chef Josh is used to, but he is more helpful and supportive than any of the other employees. But Josh finds it hard to keep his distance when, time after time, Micah proves himself a better man than Josh thought. Reluctantly, Josh realizes there is more to Micah than his lousy life choices… but that doesn’t mean Josh is ready to forgive him.

Length: Novel (206p.) | Genre: Contemporary | Release Date: March 29, 2013| Buy as eBook (ISBN: 978-1-62380-413-8) | Buy as Paperback (ISBN: 978-1-62380-412-1)

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Perfect Match by JJ Ryan

If Trevor and Patrick’s new love is to survive the drama, Patrick will have to own up to what he wants—and fight for it. Perfect Match by JJ Ryan, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Seattle trauma doctor Patrick Quinn has never been in love. In fact, he’s never even had a long-term relationship. In his limited personal life, getting a date is only half the problem. Being able to keep it, despite emergency duties in the ER, is the other. So though he’s interested in Trevor Oneil, a man he meets on a dating site, he decides to take it slow.

Trevor moved to Seattle looking for a fresh start. Recently single and lonely in his new city, he works business hours as an anesthesiologist, hoping a better work-life balance will make it easier to meet someone. Patrick might be just what he’s been hoping for.

Then disaster hits and a severely injured Trevor lands in Patrick’s ER. Unable to work on Trevor, Patrick feels helpless. He wanted to ease into a relationship, but he’s already attached. Then Trevor’s past comes rushing in to take him away from the dangers of Seattle. If Trevor and Patrick’s new love is to survive the drama, Patrick will have to own up to what he wants—and fight for it.

Length: Novel (200p.) | Genre: Contemporary | Release Date: March 29, 2013 |Buy as eBook (ISBN: 978-1-62380-421-3) | Buy as Paperback (ISBN: 978-1-62380-420-6)

Sneak Preview: Sept 24, 2012

September 23, 2012

Our upcoming releases for the week of September 24, 2012.

Click on the covers to read the blurbs of each title.

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Release date: Sept 26, 2012

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Release date: Sept 28, 2012

Release date: Sept 28, 2012

Italian Ice by EM Lynley

July 22, 2012

Unless Reed can learn to put the past behind him, he risks destroying everything he’s built with Trent. Italian Ice by EM Lynley, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Precious Gems: Book TwoSequel to Rarer than Rubies.

In this exciting sequel to Rarer Than Rubies, gay romance author Trent Copeland and former FBI agent Reed Action head to Italy for a Roman holiday.  What should be a relaxing and romantic vacation is interrupted when Reed’s not-so-former boss asks for his help with a case. Trent’s shocked to discover in the six months they’ve been living together in LA, Reed hasn’t been completely honest about his “retirement.”

Reed heads for Sicily on the trail of a suspected antiquities-smuggling ring and to find Peter Isett—a former FBI partner he also hasn’t been completely truthful about. Stung by Reed’s dishonesty, Trent questions what else Reed might be hiding. But when he overhears something that tells him Reed’s life is in danger, Trent follows Reed to a remote chain of ancient volcanic islands off Sicily’s northern coast. Soon Trent is caught up in the smugglers’ web, and Reed must decide between his heart and his mission—a decision complicated by his past with Peter. Reed’s position is perilous: unless he can learn to put the past behind him, he risks destroying everything he’s built with Trent.

Length: Novel
Genre: Mystery/Suspense
Series: Precious Gems by EM Lynley

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EM Lynley’s Contest Winners!

July 30, 2011

Yes, that’s plural, because I had such a great time chatting with so many people!

First is Beatrice: who wins a $5 gift certificate to All Romance eBooks. Of course, I’d like for you to buy one of my titles with the certificate, but I’ll never know.

Second prize is to Myristica who wins an e-book copy of Disguises, also from Dreamspinner Press.

And don’t forget to check out my new release Rarer Than Rubies and take your own journey through Thailand with Trent and Reed.

Thanks everyone who came by to chat! And stop by my website for some free reads!

EM Lynley — Gay Romance / Love Spans the Rainbow
http://www.emlynley.com | http://emlynley.livejournal.com | http://facebook.com/emlynley

Did someone say “free reads”?

July 30, 2011

I did!

Want something short, sweet and HOT? I have a few over on my website. Enjoy!

EM’s Free Reads


Free stories

Chunky or Creamy? — Richie thinks he may have found his perfect mate, if only the guy can fuck as well as he applies eyeliner.

The Interview — NSFW (2700 words) — Dylan is asked to do some very inappropriate things at this “job interview,” but it makes him want the job even more.

Pineapples & Chocolate — NSFW (2300 words) — Ben’s late-night grocery shopping is for much more than food. written from prompts: ecstatic, tuba, goldfish, nut sundae, greivous, craptastic, fire truck, pencil, pineapple and dinosaur

Going to the Zoo – NSFW (2200 words) — Nate & Cory from “A Heat.Seeking.Missile” are back for a fun sexy short. Written from prompts: Nate & Cory, zoo, rubber band, ice cream, elephant (Extended version published by Torquere Press as “Animal Instincts”)

What’s for Dinner? (1600 words)– Maybe getting stuck in the elevator isn’t so bad after all. Written from prompts: Elevator, trip, klutz, grin for Addison Albright

Chapter 1 from Sex, Lies & Wedding Bells — NSFW (April 2009)

–EM

EM Lynley
http://www.emlynley.com/free_reads.html


Comment by midnight tonight!

July 30, 2011

The contest goes on till midnight Pacific time. I might not be online then… well, you can see why I might want to get into bed right now.

But I’ll choose a winner Saturday morning and post here, as well as email the winner at the email address you gave when you left a comment.

I may even give out two prize, since we got such great comments today.  I’m thinking I may give away an e-book as well. How does that sound?

–EM

EM Lynley
http://www.emlynley.com