Release Party – Curious Sustenance by Charley Descoteaux

November 21, 2013

 

Hello! I’m Charley Descoteaux—welcome to my first release party! Today I’m taking over the Dreamspinner blog to introduce you to my new novella, Curious Sustenance and to chat with all you lovelies. Curious Sustenance is a love story with a little side of kink and I hope you enjoy it!

I’ll be here all day, posting a bit about the story, its origins and an amazing recipe mentioned in the book, and answering any questions. I’m also giving away an ebook copy and a couple of surprises (to be unveiled shortly) to random commenters, so don’t be shy!

This story came about differently than my other Romances. Originally, I tried to write it as an M/F Romance. That was many years ago—before Dreamspinner was a twinkle in Elizabeth’s eye, before e-publishing opened up the Romance market to every kind of love imaginable. I thought I could manipulate the characters and the story, and everyone would live kinkily ever after. Wrong! Ross didn’t put up much of a fight—he’s a sweet guy and doesn’t like to rock the boat—but Miles just wasn’t attracted to Janet “that way”. He wasn’t interested in her curves except as an artistic outlet, a canvas. I tried re-writing the pivotal early scene where they meet and fall hard—a few different ways—but there was no heat. None.

I figured the story wasn’t meant to be, put it away and moved on. That’s not the only 2,000-3,000 word beginning hiding in my false-start files. I don’t add to them as regularly as I did in the 1990s, but nobody’s perfect so I don’t expect everything I start to become a masterpiece (or even publishable).

Earlier this year I was involved in a conversation on a Goodreads thread, about various turn-ons and turn-offs in erotic fiction, and the subject of boundaries came up. The comment was made that establishing boundaries in a kinky scene or relationship wasn’t sexy so it’s okay if these conversations are left out of stories. Miles sat up in my head and said, “Are so!”

A few weeks later I had a finished draft—it was much hotter than the false start. All Janet had to do was take a half-step to the side and let Ross play! (Okay, maybe she had to do a little more than “let”. ;) )

Right now I’m working on another Contemporary ERom (no kink this time), and another story that can’t decide whether it’s Urban Fantasy, Romance, or something else.

If anyone has any questions, fire away! But since this is my party, I get to go first.

I love Contemporary Romances, especially ones with chance meetings or opposites attracting. What are your favorite sub-genres and tropes?

 

While you’re thinking about your answer, here’s the blurb and an excerpt of the first time Ross goes to my unconventional little club.

Ross Jenson is looking forward to a little midmorning delight to celebrate making Lifetime in Weight Watchers, but after he spent eight months losing ninety-eight pounds, what his lover gets him is a triple-layer chocolate cake. When Ross refuses to eat it, the newly minted ex leaves the country and dumps him via e-mail, with three sentences and a link to a chubby chasers web site. A few days later, Ross’s best friend and workout buddy takes him to her favorite club for drinks. Ross is shocked when he realizes it’s a sex club but warms to the idea in record time when a mysterious Japanese man and his silken ropes sweep him off his feet. Ross has never thought of himself as adventurous, but he can’t stop thinking about the man who makes his bones feel like gummy worms.

 

 “Where are we going?” Ross tried to hide his nerves, but after the last surprise, he wasn’t sure he wanted any more.

“It’s a private club. Don’t worry, I’m a member, and you’re my guest.” They stopped on the landing, in a little alcove. A red door stood at the end of a short hallway to his left. The street sounded very far away. “Tonight, you’ll be Hunter.”

“Pardon me?”

“You can stay anonymous. And since you have those luscious green eyes, you’ll be hiding behind the name Hunter.” Janet smiled and gently pulled his top button open before taking Ross by the hand and heading for the door.

On the other side of the red door was a foyer lined with red velvet curtains. Janet passed her coat and purse to a pretty young man on the other side of a counter. It was as if they’d stepped onto the set of an old porn flick. Brad had been on an oldies kick not long ago, and the fake potted palm in the corner, muted lighting, and shirtless boy behind the counter wearing a red bow tie the exact color of the curtains reminded him of one of those flicks. He backed toward the door.

“Scarlett. Welcome back, stranger.”

A very male voice pulled Ross away from the door, a voice with the right mix of silk and whiskey to tickle him in a nice place. The large man attached to it let the red curtain opposite them fall closed and sauntered in with an athletic grace that had Ross re-evaluating his plans to flee. If the man hadn’t practically stepped out of one of his own fantasies, Ross would’ve been a little afraid; he hadn’t noticed the other man was there.

“Parker, meet my friend, Hunter. He’s new, so be nice.”

“I’m always nice.” Parker smiled at Ross as he looked him over, those three little words sounding like nothing if not an invitation. “Have a good time.”

Janet linked her arm through Ross’s and led him beyond the far wall of curtains. She waved to a couple sitting in a conversation pit to their left, and Ross heard a moan to his right. Across the room, right outside an alcove in the corner, a nude man sat tied to a chair while a leather-clad woman teased him with a riding crop.

“This is a sex club.” Ross hissed into Janet’s ear. “You brought me to a sex club?”

She pulled him the last few steps to the bar and found them two empty stools. The stools were freestanding and a few didn’t match. It was like being in someone’s living room while they were having a theme party. Before Janet had time to answer, his eyes grew wide and he leaned in even closer.

“You’re in a sex club?”

“You don’t have to do anything if you don’t want to, sweetness. Not even watch, okay? I wasn’t about to leave you home alone tonight. Do you want a drink?”

 

Thanks for reading! I’ll be back shortly with something a little naughtier.

photo credit: InstantPyro via photopin cc

New releases: October 25, 2013

October 25, 2013

Coronation by Grace R. Duncan

When Bathasar becomes a ruler, he has little time for his lover, the slave Teman. Their love could glow brighter than the crown jewels. Coronation by Grace R. Duncan, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Golden Collar: Book 1.5; Sequel to Choices

When a country crowns a new ruler, the people rejoice. For most, it’s a time to put away old fears and look to a future of peace and prosperity. But for Teman, a pleasure slave in the land of Neyem, the coronation of his love and master Bathasar fills him with new fears.

Assassination rumors roll through the country—and Bathasar is the target. And Teman knows a malik has many duties. Bathasar may not have room in his life for devotion to a slave—a lover he can’t publicly claim. The love they have might shine brighter than the crown’s jewels, but only if they can keep it alive against all odds.

A Timeless Dreams title: While reaction to same-sex relationships throughout time and across cultures has not always been positive, these stories celebrate M/M love in a manner that may address, minimize, or ignore historical stigma.

Length: Free Short (47p.) | Genre: Historical World, Timeless Dream, BDSM/Kink | Release Date: October 25, 2013 |Buy as eBook ($0.00 ISBN: 978-1-62798-284-9)

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The General and the Elephant Clock of Al-Jazari by Sarah Black

General John Mitchel and Gabriel Sanchez must rescue Eli and Daniel. Eli’s obsesseion with an elephant clock complicates matters. The General and the Elephant Clock of Al-Jazari by Sarah Black, available from Dreamspinner Press.

The General and the Horse-Lord: Book Two – Sequel to The General and the Horse-Lord

Fresh out of the closet, General John Mitchel and Gabriel Sanchez are settling into their new life together when an old army colleague taps them for a rescue mission to Tunisia. Eli and Daniel, two former Rangers working security, have been arrested in Carthage, charged with blasphemy and thrown into prison.

With rampant unrest in the ancient city and an old enemy targeting them, John gathers a team to liberate the two captive men. When he discovers Eli’s boyhood obsession with Al-Jazari’s Elephant Clock, the rescue becomes complicated and strangely beautiful, and John and Gabriel have to risk what they love the most to bring their team home.

Length: Novel (244p.) | Genre: Mystery/Suspense | Release Date: October 25, 2013 |Buy as eBook ($6.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-208-5) | Buy as Paperback ($14.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-209-2)

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Quadruple Flip by David Connor

Tom Alan falls head over toe pick for Milo while training for Sochi. But following his heart could cost him the only family he’s ever known. Quadruple Flip by David Connor, available from Dreamspinner Press.

A Spin-off of Double Flip

Since childhood, Tom Alan Baranowski has concentrated on one goal: the Sochi Olympics. His figure skating partner, Erika Tsukino, is as talented and dedicated as he is, and their coach, Erika’s father and Tom Alan’s surrogate father—who moved the family back to Japan to live and train—sees bright things in their future.

But when practicing a rarely performed throw—the quadruple flip—leaves Erika seriously injured, Tom Alan is sent off to train separately. His new training partner is Milo Fisher, and meeting the openly gay British ice dancing champion brings back feelings Tom Alan buried when he promised Erika’s father he’d make her his bride after the Olympics.

As Tom Alan falls head over toe pick for Milo, he realizes that if he follows his heart, he could lose the only true family he has ever known. He fears breaking his vow will hurt Erika, and that her parents, whom he holds dear, will never forgive him—and neither will the legion of Japanese fans who claim him as their own. Now going for the gold might not be his greatest desire or the skate to true happiness.

Length: Novel (320p.) | Genre: Contemporary | Release Date: October 25, 2013 | Buy as eBook ($6.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-094-4) | Buy as Paperback ($17.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-093-7)

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A White Coat Is My Closet by Jake Wells

Pediatrician Zack hides who he is, wrapped in his white coat. When a chance meeting turns into love, he must choose being in or out. A White Coat Is My Closet by Jake Wells, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Zack Sheldon doesn’t have time to be lonely. He’s in his last year as a pediatric resident, almost married to the job, and busy with the joys and sorrows that come with providing medical care to children. Professionally, he’s confident, accomplished, and respected. But personally he’s too insecure to approach a sexy man like Sergio Quartulli, or even to imagine that Sergio might be attracted to him.

Zack spots Sergio from across the gym, and then a chance meeting poolside somehow turns into a date. Before Zack knows it, they’ve become a couple, but Zack’s white coat is his closet at the hospital, and committing to a relationship with Sergio makes it difficult for Zack to continue hiding behind it. On the other hand, he grew up in a small town where being gay was shameful, and he works in an environment that can sometimes be homophobic, so it’s hard for him to open up about who he really is. Before Zack can make a choice on his own terms, circumstances force him to make a decision. He can continue to hide, or he can step out from behind his white coat and risk everything for love.

Length: Novel (344p.) | Genre: Contemporary | Release Date: October 25, 2013 | Buy as eBook ($6.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-255-9) | Buy as Paperback ($17.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-256-6)

New releases: October 7, 2013

October 7, 2013

Flying Colors by Clare London

Red lives the party life and has it all. But he wants real love and wants it with gun-shy Carter. But Carter has a sexy secret. Flying Colors by Clare London, available from Dreamspinner Press.

True Colors: Book 5

Red De Vere appears to have everything—good looks, a prestigious job, attention from the paparazzi, and a choice of lovers. But one day he takes an outrageous step too far at a formal embassy dinner, and the press turns on him. Shocked, he realizes it’s time to find something better in life than partying. He envies the love that his friends Miles and Zeke have, and when he dares to consider that possibility for himself, his hopes and desires rest in his quiet, serious friend Carter Davison.

Carter loved a man who cheated on him, then died violently, and he refuses to make himself vulnerable again. He knows Red is interested; Red has been supportive and admiring since they met. And Carter’s honest enough to admit he’s attracted to Red. But Carter can also think of nothing worse than being the lover of someone in the public eye. Playboy Red must stay an attractive friend, that’s all.

While Red yearns for something real, Carter has some sweet, sexy secrets that might surprise even Red. If Carter dares emerge from his shell, and Red pursues a more rewarding path, romance could spark. Then there’s no telling what might happen.

Length: Novel (234p.) | Genre: Contemporary | Release Date: October 7, 2013 | Buy as eBook ($6.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-199-6) | Buy as Paperback ($14.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-198-9)

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Trusting Thomas by  K.C. Wells

Abused sub Peter finds calm and peace with his rescuer, Thomas. But his abuser lingers, endangering both men, and Thomas falls for Peter. Trusting Thomas by  K.C. Wells, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Collars and Cuffs: Book 2

Christmas is a time for goodwill to all, but Collars and Cuffs co-owner Thomas Williams receives an unexpected gift that chills him to the bone. A Dom from another Manchester club asks Thomas for his help rescuing an abused submissive, Peter Nicholson. Thomas takes in the young man as a favor to a friend, offering space and time to heal, but he makes it clear he’s never had a sub and doesn’t want one.

Peter finds Thomas’s home calm and peaceful, but his past has left him unwilling to trust another Dom. When Thomas doesn’t behave as Peter expects, Peter’s nightmares begin to fade, and he decides he’d like to learn more about D/s life. A well-known trainer of submissives, Thomas begins to teach Peter, but as the new submissive opens up to him, Thomas finds he cares more for Peter than he should. Just as he decides it’s time to find a permanent Dom for Peter, they discover Peter’s tormentor is still very much a threat. With their lives in danger, Thomas can’t deny his feelings for Peter any longer. The question now becomes, can Peter make it out of the lions’ den alive, so that Thomas can tell his boy that he loves him?

Length: Novel (282p.) | Genre: BDSM/Kink, Contemporary | Release Date: October 7, 2013 | Buy as eBook ($6.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-329-7) | Buy as Paperback ($16.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-328-0)

New releases: October 4, 2013

October 4, 2013

Ethan in Gold by Amy Lane

Ethan enjoys his life as a porn model until he meets Jonah, who sees him for the treasure he is, not the damaged person he seems to be. Ethan in Gold by Amy Lane, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Johnnies: Book Three

Evan Costa learned from a very early age that there was no such thing as unconditional love and that it was better to settle for what you could get instead of expecting the world to give you what you need. As Ethan, porn model for Johnnies, he gets exactly what he wants—comradeship and physical contact on trade—and he is perfectly satisfied with that. He’s sure of it.

Jonah Stevens has spent most of his adult life helping to care for his sister and trying to keep his beleaguered family from fraying at the edges. He’s had very little time to work on his confidence or his body for that matter. When Jonah meets Ethan, he doesn’t see the hurt child or the shamelessly slutty porn star. He sees a funny, sexy, confident man who—against the odds—seems to like Jonah in spite of his very ordinary, but difficult, life.

Sensing a kindred spirit and a common interest, Ethan thinks a platonic friendship with Jonah won’t violate his fair trade rules of sex and touch, but Jonah has different ideas. Ethan’s pretty sure his choice of jobs has stripped away all hope of a real relationship, but Jonah wants the whole package—the sexy man, the vulnerable boy, the charming companion who works so hard to make other people happy. Jonah wants to prove that underneath the damage Ethan has lived with all his life, he’s still gold with promise and the ability to love.

Length: Novel (350p.) | Genre: Contemporary | Release Date: October 4, 2013 | Buy as eBook ($6.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-318-1) | Buy as Paperback ($17.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-317-4)

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My Only Sunshine by Rowan McAllister

Mason is running the family ranch when he finds Tanner. IF they face trouble together, they may have a bright future. My Only Sunshine by Rowan McAllister, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Tanner Wallis is nearly at the end of his rope the night Mason Seidel finds him lying next to the mangled body of a cow on the back pastures of the Seidel family’s Wyoming ranch. Recently out of the hospital after he and his boyfriend were brutally beaten, Tanner is jobless, homeless, and almost penniless. His desperate hope is that Mason will believe he’s innocent of the senseless crime and give him a place to heal, both physically and emotionally, until he can get on his feet again.

But Mason already has enough on his plate. He’s only been back on the ranch a few months, ten years after his father kicked him out for being gay, and only because his sister begged him to come help after the man’s disabling stroke. With all his responsibilities—running the struggling ranch and keeping his sister and father off his back—Mason can’t really afford the distraction Tanner represents. But he can’t just abandon the attractive young man either. There’s trouble in spades on the ranch, but if they face it together, Mason and Tanner might find a future with a little sunshine.

Length: Novel (226p.) | Genre: Western | Release Date: October 4, 2013 | Buy as eBook ($6.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-288-7) | Buy as Paperback ($14.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-289-4)

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Tag Team by SJD Peterson

Robert and Rig’ sub died and by fate find Mason, whose dom died. Together, they must face pain and loss before they can truly live again. Tag Team by SJD Peterson, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Guards of Folsom: Book Two

Following the death of their sub, the former owners of the Guards of Folsom, Robert “Bobby” Alcott and Rig Beckworth, were left to pick up the pieces as best they could. After seven years, these two Doms are ready to move on and find the boy who will complete them. Their painful past comes crashing back when they meet Mason Howard, a submissive who just weeks ago lost his Doms in a car accident.

Reeling from overwhelming grief that’s complicated by a severe social anxiety disorder, Mason can barely leave his home. When Rig and Bobby find him, he’s hit rock bottom, believing life is no longer worth living. Bobby and Rig set out to prove the younger man wrong. Fate has brought the three men together, but they’ll have to face the pain of fear and loss head-on before they can all truly live again.

Length: Novel (220p.) | Genre: BDSM/Kink, M/M/M or More | Release Date: October 4, 2013 | Buy as eBook ($6.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-189-7) | Buy as Paperback ($14.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-188-0)

New releases: September 18, 2013

September 18, 2013

Dumb Jock: The Musical by Jeff Erno

Evan and Noah could be in love, just like characters in their school musical. But not if Evan’s best friend finds a way to ruin it. Dumb Jock: The Musical by Jeff Erno, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Dumb Jock: Book Four

Evan Drake needs to be a role model to his younger brother Brandon, and although he’s a star on his high school basketball team, there’s more to him than meets the eye. He’s interested in many things, including drama and singing, and when he joins drama club, he meets Noah Sheridan, and he’s pretty interested in him, too.

Noah is a super smart, cute but nerdy kid who has written a high school play about two gay students who attended Boyne City High twenty years ago, and who, in real life, fell in love with each other. When the drama department elects to use the play for their high school musical, Noah urges Evan to audition for the lead role. Evan ultimately decides he wants to be in the play, but when he shows up to audition, it sends shockwaves throughout the school. His teammates are furious, and so is his best friend Bryan. As Evan and Noah grow closer, Bryan gets more traitorous, and it seems he wants nothing more than to see his former friend broken down.

Length: Novel (200p.) | Genre: Contemporary, Coming of Age | Release Date: September 18, 2013 | Buy as eBook ($6.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-134-7) | Buy as Paperback ($14.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-133-0)

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Homespun by Layla M. Wier

Owen and Kerry have been off-and-on lovers for two decades. But can a farmer convince an artist that marriage can make things even better? Homespun by Layla M. Wier, available from Dreamspinner Press.

For twenty years, Owen Fortescue, a down-to-earth farmer in upstate New York, has had an on-again, off-again relationship with volatile New York City artist Kerry Ruehling. Now that same-sex marriage is recognized in New York, Owen wants to tie the knot. But Kerry responds to the proposal with instant, angry withdrawal. Owen resolves to prove to Kerry that, regardless of the way his family of origin has treated him, family ties don’t necessarily tie a man down. With help from his grown daughter, Laura, who loves them both, Owen hopes to convince Kerry that his marriage proposal isn’t a trap, but a chance at real love.

Length: Novella (104p.) | Genre: Contemporary | Release Date: September 18, 2013 | Buy as eBook ($3.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-157-6)

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Sandstorm Heart by Liv Olteano

Their planets have a history of strife, but Ron and Zaoh have good chemistry. Ron has a secret that could keep them apart. Sandstorm Heart by Liv Olteano, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Space Files R: Book Two

Ron Vid is a Celian soldier with some personal demons. Hoping for respite, he deserts his squad and leaves his planet. Working as a mercenary on Asai, planet of sand and wind, he has a reprieve, until the Haffa named Zaoh joins the mercenaries. Celians and Haffas have a history of strife, but when Ron and Zaoh are paired on a mission, their chemistry crackles. After they fight together for survival, it’s clear Zaoh wants Ron. Zaoh can be a fierce and dominant lover, but Ron’s secrets, and his fear that the Haffa might uncover them, could keep Zaoh from getting his man.

Length: Novella (118p.) | Genre: BDSM/Kink, Sci-Fi | Release Date: September 18, 2013 | Buy as eBook ($4.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-158-3)

New releases: August 2, 2013

August 2, 2013

Beyond Duty by SJD Peterson

As Gunny and Mac navigate emotional waters as choppy as any they’ve seen, they might learn Semper Fi applies to more than their careers. Beyond Duty by SJD Peterson, available from Dreamspinner Press.

The repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell didn’t come soon enough for Gunther “Gunny” Duchene and Macalister “Mac” Jones, career US Marines who met at boot camp in the 1990s. They’ve been somewhere between best friends and lovers in peacetime and wartime both, but as the clock ticks toward Mac’s and Gunny’s retirements, the guys have much more to worry about than coming out.

Whether their relationship will survive outside of the closet they’ve had to shove it into for over two decades is a big question mark. Gunny questions why a hot military man like Mac—who could get any guy he wanted, including a younger, sexier one—would want him. But as Gunny and Mac navigate emotional waters as choppy as any they saw on duty, they just might learn Semper Fi applies to more than their careers.

Length: Novel (214p.) | Genre: Contemporary, BDSM/kink | Release Date: August 2, 2013 | Buy as eBook (ISBN: 978-1-62380-003-6) | Buy as Paperback (ISBN: 978-1-62380-002-9)

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Fighting for Hope by Serena Yates

When Grayson and James must obtain approval for their respective hospital proposals, attraction threatens to take over. Fighting for Hope by Serena Yates, available from Dreamspinner Press.

2nd Edition

Modern Battles: Book One

Eccentric Sir Malcolm Witherspoon has bequeathed a rare piece of land to the Oxford Hospital Trust with only one stipulation: it must become the site for a new medical center. Unfortunately, he left the details unwritten. Now, several hospital departments are fighting to get their visions approved by the Appropriations Committee. Head of Pediatrics Dr. Grayson Burrows believes the land should be used to build a new children’s hospital. Oncologist Dr. James Pearson is certain a cancer research center will do the most good.

It’s a battle neither wants to lose.

Soon, their professional integrity is on the line, and they don’t see eye to eye on medical care: Grayson thinks a holistic approach is optimal, while James knows logical trial and error works best. But when they’re tasked with obtaining the hospital board’s approval for their respective proposals, their personal attraction threatens to take over, making them behave in an entirely unprofessional way. As the deadline looms on the committee’s decision, both Grayson and James must reevaluate their priorities or neither doctor will get what he wants.

1st edition published by Silver Publishing, March 2011.

Length: Novel (240p.) | Genre: Contemporary | Release Date: August 2, 2013 | Buy as eBook (ISBN: 978-1-62380-628-6) | Buy as Paperback (ISBN: 978-1-62380-627-9)

New releases: July 29, 2013

July 29, 2013

Designs of Desire by Tempeste O’Riley

Seth is instantly smitten by the artist helping with his newest project, but Jason lives in constant fear that he’s not worthy of anything. Designs of Desire by Tempeste O’Riley, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Artist James Bryant has forearm crutches in every color from rainbow for fun to sleek black for business. He even has a pair with more paint splatters than metal. After his family’s rejection and abuse from a man he thought loved him, James only just gets through the day by painting. He lives in constant fear that he’s not worthy of anything, let alone love.

As CEO of his company, Carrington Enterprises, Seth Burns is a take-charge kind of guy, and he is instantly smitten by the artist helping with his newest project. When he witnesses James suffer a panic attack, a protective instinct he never knew he had kicks in. He truly believes nothing is unobtainable—including James—if he’s willing to put in the time and effort.

James is shy and confused by Seth’s interest in him as a person. With Seth’s support, can he work through his fears to finally find the true love he deserves, or will someone finally land the crushing blow he won’t survive?

Length: Novel (200p.) | Genre: Contemporary, BDSM/Kink | Release Date: July 29, 2013 | Buy as eBook ($6.99 ISBN: 978-1-62380-005-0) | Buy as Paperback ($14.99 ISBN: 978-1-62380-004-3)

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It Should Have Been You by Michael Murphy

Patrick has lived a sheltered life and doesn’t have a clue how to survive on his own until he meets Juan, a street-savvy Latino youth. It Should Have Been You by Michael Murphy, available from Dreamspinner Press.

After a hit-and-run driver kills David McCleary, his mother, Frieda McCleary, tells her younger son, Patrick, “It should have been you.” While the McCleary family limps along for a while, it clearly died with David. In an effort to deal with her son’s death, Frieda joins a fundamentalist church while her family watches her become a stranger. When she discovers Patrick is gay, she is convinced he is the reason David was taken from her. Patrick’s father runs interference, but when he leaves town for work, she throws Patrick out onto the streets.

As a blond-haired, blue-eyed sixteen-year-old kid from the suburbs, Patrick has lived a sheltered life and doesn’t have a clue how to survive on his own. He’s struggling until he meets a local priest running a homeless shelter who introduces Patrick to Juan, a street-savvy Latino youth wise beyond his years, and they strike up an instant rapport.

It’s not pretty, but they’re making it together, until one night Juan goes off with a stranger to earn a few bucks… and doesn’t come back. Patrick is determined to find him, regardless the danger and cost.

Length: Novel (240p.) | Genre: Contemporary, Coming of Age | Release Date: July 29, 2013 | Buy as eBook (ISBN: 978-1-62380-588-3) | Buy as Paperback (ISBN: 978-1-62380-587-6)

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Heir to the Throne by Maria Albert

Descent of Kings 2: Destinies and lives of men and others become inescapably intertwined in a world falling into war. Heir to the Throne by Maria Albert, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Descent of Kings: Book Two

“It would not be the first time I made such a grave tactical error. I have made many. It is not your responsibility to save this world from the evil that threatens to consume it, Aras. Do not blame yourself for my shortcomings.”

—Prince Talon of the Amontir

When his bonds to his cousins Hunter and Beryl are unexpectedly severed, Talon is devastated, fearing his kinsmen dead. In his darkest hour, Talon succors a young Wood Elf, Aras, unaware of the crucial role his new friend is destined to play.

Prince Jargas thought he would never learn the secret of his grandsire’s line and his lost heritage. He never suspected the answer might lie in a Dwarven dungeon or that it could cost him the life of his beloved twin sister, Jarina.

Young apprentice trader Rion and his guard, Tarrell, thought Athanark would be their new home until they met Talon and Aras.

Friends become enemies and enemies become friends as new alliances are forged, men die, cities burn, and kingdoms fall. Everyone has secrets, and no one is who or what he seems.

Length: Novel (450p.) | Genre: High Fantasy | Release Date: July 29, 2013 | Buy as eBook (ISBN: 978-1-62380-562-3) | Buy as Paperback (ISBN: 978-1-62380-561-6)

New releases: July 24, 2013

July 24, 2013

Accidental Chemistry by Susan Laine

Zane and Josh are complete opposites who try to make something work, but mishap and miscommunication keep interfering. Accidental Chemistry by Susan Laine, available from Dreamspinner Press.

A Second Chances Story

Zane Roscoe’s evil day job at a musical instrument store is supposed to teach him responsibility. What he really wants is the fun, excitement, and artistic challenge of being a musician. Joshua Norton is in college, training to become a pharmaceutical chemist, and he is Zane’s complete opposite: introverted, intellectual, and quiet. When the two meet at a gay night club, their relationship begins with a case of mistaken identity and a wounded ego.

They try talking but stumble over one miscommunication after another. So Zane decides they better stick to sex—except a series of bumbling disasters, accidents big and small, and minor mishaps leads to frustration. Afterward, Zane wants to apologize for his behavior. But Joshua ran, and finding him turns into a test of character, as does earning Joshua’s forgiveness. Can they find the new beginning they need for a second chance at love?

Length: Novella (104p.) | Genre: Contemporary | Release Date: July 24, 2013 | Buy as eBook (ISBN: 978-1-62380-015-9)

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Incoming by Robert Cummings

Shawn ends up in a combat zone with a sexy squad leader who wonders if Shawn would be open to some male companionship. Incoming by Robert Cummings, available from Dreamspinner Press.

2nd Edition

Jack Russo is two hundred pounds of deadly Army specialist fighting two wars—one in Iraq in 2004 and the other against the US military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy, which keeps him closeted and lonely. When his injured gun truck driver is replaced with new recruit Shawn Farrelly, Jack is instantly attracted even though the private’s sexuality is a mystery.

Recently married, Shawn joined the military to get benefits for his wife, only to end up in a combat zone with a sexy squad leader to whom he is inexplicably drawn—and who clearly wonders if Shawn would be open to some male-male experimentation. But war is a dangerous time to explore new feelings, and all too soon a rescue mission devolves into an ambush. Despite seeing no escape, Jack and Shawn decide to go out with smiles on their faces—together.

First Edition published by Silver Publishing, February 2011

Length: Novella (73p.) | Genre: Contemporary, BDSM/Kink, M/M/M | Release Date: July 24, 2013 |Buy as eBook (ISBN: 978-1-62380-940-9)

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Left on St. Truth-be-Well by Amy Lane

Nobody plans on taking a left at St. Truth-be-Well and finding love at the Bates Parrot Hotel. Left on St. Truth-be-Well by Amy Lane, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Carson O’Shaughnessy has one task: track down his boss’s flighty nephew, Stassy, and return the kid to Chicago. Then Carson can go back to waiting tables and being productively bitter about his life. He didn’t count on finding a dead body in Stassy’s bed, and he certainly didn’t count on the guy in the flip-flops and cutoffs at the local café helping him get to the bottom of the crime.

But Dale Arden is no ordinary surfing burnout—he’s actually a pretty sharp guy with a seductive voice and a bossy streak wider than the Florida panhandle. When he decides to boss Carson right into his bed, Carson realizes Stassy’s not the only one who’s been lost. Carson likes to think he’s got his life all figured out, that sex with guys is your basic broom-closet transaction; he may just have to revise his priorities, because nobody plans on taking a left at St. Truth-be-Well and finding love at the Bates Parrot Hotel.

Length: Novella (152p.) | Genre: Contemporary, Humor, Mystery/Suspense |Release Date: July 24, 2013 | Buy as eBook (ISBN: 978-1-62380-018-0)

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When We Picked Apples Last Autumn by Hank Fielder

Benny offers a life of peaceful comradeship. But for Josh, only life-and-death adventure can convince him their attraction will be more. When We Picked Apples Last Autumn by Hank Fielder, available from Dreamspinner Press.

At twenty-eight, Josh Adams has more than a few secrets and personal demons. He’s an international traveler and doesn’t think he’ll ever be ready for the serious attention handsome and heroic airline pilot Benny Mills is ready to pay him. Their shared near-death experience seems to clarify everything for Benny, who wants nothing more than to share his stunning home in an idyllic Wisconsin apple orchard with Josh.

Benny offers commitment and a contented life of peaceful, loving comradeship far from the high-flying hazards of foreign travel. But for sexy love-’em-and-leave-’em-hot Josh, only another life-and-death adventure can convince him that the smoking heat of their mutual attraction is destined to be more than a hit-and-run entertainment.

With time running out, finding refuge from his increasingly dangerous world just might be what Josh needs after all.  Especially when his and Benny’s very lives depend on it.

Length: Novella (65p.) | Genre: Contemporary, Mystery/Suspense | Release Date: July 24, 2013 |Buy as eBook (ISBN: 978-1-62380-939-3)

New releases: July 12, 2013

July 12, 2013

Shadows in the Night by M.A. Church

Granny never mentioned to Chip that her legacy comes with a Native American shifter who intends to claim Chip as his mate. Shadows in the Night by M.A. Church, available from Dreamspinner Press.

When Chip Riley’s beloved granny passes away, she leaves him all her money, her land, and a house that needs some tender love and care. She never mentioned the legacy comes with a Native American shifter who intends to claim Chip as his mate.

Jason Sky has lived since buffalo roamed the land. When his totem spirit, a black cougar, saves a little girl, he doesn’t realize that generations later, her grandson will become his mate, leaving him to take on a modern man with modern ideas. But that’s the least of his problems.

Garon, another shifter with a long-held hatred for Jason, plots to kidnap Chip and lure Jason to his death. Soon Chip finds himself in an untenable position between a rock and a hard place. A leap of faith may be the only way to save himself and the man he’s learned to love.

Length: Novel (200p.) | Genre: Paranormal, Werewolves/Shapeshifters | Release Date: July 12, 2013 |Buy as eBook (ISBN: 978-1-62380-642-2) | Buy as Paperback (ISBN: 978-1-62380-641-5)

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An Unlocked Heart by K.C. Wells

Alex seems determined to avoid Leo’s gaze, but that’s like a red rag to a bull. Leo loves a challenge. An Unlocked Heart by K.C. Wells, available from, Dreamspinner Press.

A Collars & Cuffs Story

Since the death of his submissive lover two years ago, Leo hasn’t been living—merely existing. He focuses on making Collars & Cuffs, a BDSM club in Manchester’s gay village, successful. That changes the night he and his business partner have their weekly meeting at Severinos. Leo can’t keep his eyes off the new server. The shy man seems determined to avoid Leo’s gaze, but that’s like a red rag to a bull. Leo loves a challenge.

Alex Daniels works at Severinos to scrape together the money to move out on his own. He struggles with coming out, but he’s drawn to Leo, the gorgeous guy with the icy-blue eyes who’s been eating in his area nearly every night.

Leo won’t let Alex’s hesitance get in the way. He even keeps him away from the club so as not to scare him. And as for telling Alex that Leo is a Dom? Not a good idea. One date becomes two, but date two leads to Leo’s bedroom… and Alex discovers things about himself he  never realized—and never wanted anyone to see.

Length: Novel (314p.) | Genre: Contemporary, BDSM/Kink | Release Date: July 12, 2013 | Buy as eBook (ISBN: 978-1-62380-851-8) | Buy as Paperback (ISBN: 978-1-62380-850-1)

New releases: July 1st, 2013

July 1, 2013

Cricket by Anna Martin

Cricket bridges the gap between England and New York for Henry—but Ryan must resolve his sexuality and his fear for them to be together. Cricket by Anna Martin, available from Dreamspinner Press.

New York native Henry Richardson needs a change. His boyfriend just dumped him, and his business has fallen victim to the economy. But is jumping on a plane after a surprise phone call taking things too far?

The promise of a new opportunity drags Henry away from the city to a tiny village in the English countryside and an enormous manor house his great-grandmother wants to bequeath him. As an experienced wedding planner, he sees the potential in renovating the dilapidated building and using it for events. All he needs is to find some local businesses to provide the essentials.

That’s how Henry meets Ryan Burgess, the shy but hardworking owner of an organic farm. The spark between them sizzles slowly while work on the house continues, but Ryan is deeply in the closet and unwilling to take the last step. They finally find something that clicks in cricket, something that Henry, a former amateur baseball player, is surprisingly good at. For him, cricket helps bridge the gap between England and New York—but unless Ryan can find something to span the divide between his sexuality and his fear, their relationship doesn’t stand a chance.

Length: Novel (280p.) | Genre: Contemporary | Release Date: July 1, 2013 | Buy as eBook (ISBN: 978-1-62380-877-8) | Buy as Paperback (ISBN: 978-1-62380-876-1)

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Wild Horses by Kate Pavelle

Reclusive horse trainer Attila finds Kai’s presence tolerable as Kai tries to separate his new existence from his promiscuous past. Wild Horses by Kate Pavelle, available from Dreamspinner Press.

A Steel City Story

Homeless pickpocket Kai Alwright steals a cell phone and some cash one day only to find the owner texting him, appealing to his better qualities. The request to return the phone stings Kai’s pride; he rides his rusty bicycle all the way to the stables north of the city, where Attila Keleman, the phone’s owner, offers him a new start in the form of a job and a roof over his head. Soon Kai discovers a natural talent for work with horses, and he makes every effort to separate his new existence from his promiscuous past on the streets.

Attila is a reclusive horse trainer whose dressage trophies gather dust, and whose broken heart has been walled off. His undiagnosed Asperger’s makes life around people a challenge, but though he prefers the company of horses, Attila finds Kai’s presence tolerable—even refreshing.

When a client who rides at the stable with her daughter finds out Attila is “still gay,” she tries to run Kai off—and she doesn’t stop there. Mortified, her adult daughter runs away and falls victim to a dark figure from Kai’s past. Kai joins Attila in a rescue mission that tears the civilized masks off their hidden pasts.

Length: Novel (350p.) | Genre: Contemporary, BDSM/Kink | Release Date: July 1, 2013 | Buy as eBook (ISBN: 978-1-62380-601-9) | Buy as Paperback (ISBN: 978-1-62380-600-2)