The Playwright by Carolyn LeVine Topol

August 31, 2011

Can Nick trust his heart and find his own happy ending? The Playwright by Carolyn LeVine Topol, available from Dreamspinner Press.

The Male Room, book 3

Nick’s writing partner and best friend is tired of watching his buddy screw his life away to overcome the heartbreak of his first great love affair, and he also thinks that a romantic comedy playwright should actually write what he knows! Before Nick can wriggle out of it, he finds himself begged, nagged, and cajoled into a coffee date with one of the men who liked his profile at The Male Room, an online dating service for gay men.

No one is more surprised than Nick that the date is a success, and he’s interested in getting to know full-time news reporter and part-time theater critic Mark better. But better means closer, and the closer Nick gets to Mark, the more he remembers why he doesn’t go for long-term relationships. Long term affairs just lead to heartbreak, right? Nick’s imagination runs overtime, and he’ll have to trust in his heart if he wants this love story to have a happy ending.

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Genre: Contemporary
Length: Novella

Take a Dip by Lacey Wallace

August 31, 2011

Take a Dip by Lacey Wallace

After getting his girlfriend pregnant at sixteen, Adam Williams had never questioned his sexual preference. Not that he’s had a lot of chances to experiment in the seven years since. Raising his daughter as a single father hasn’t been easy, but Denise is the most important thing in his life. Then one day while taking Denise swimming at the local pool, Adam notices Mark, a flirty lifeguard who insists Adam isn’t as straight as he thinks. Adam’s sure the attraction he feels is just a phase he needs to work through – and Mark is more than willing to offer his help.

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Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short story

City Falcon by Feliz Faber

August 26, 2011

Will Mark’s need for Hunter outweigh his need to stay in the closet? City Falcon by Feliz Faber, available from Dreamspinner Press.

New York, 1994

What on earth is a live falcon doing in the middle of JFK airport? The answer to this question brings PAPD officer Mark Bowman face to face with falconer Hunter Devereaux, right in the middle of a fascinating field experiment using falcons to keep runways free of nuisance birds. The falcons are intriguing, but it’s arrogant, out-and-proud Hunter himself who really rubs Mark the right kind of wrong. Too bad Mark can’t act on the attraction: he’s deeply in the closet, and since he wants to keep his job, that’s where he’s determined to stay.

However, every time their paths cross, Hunter gets a little deeper under Mark’s skin, until Mark can’t deny his feelings any longer. Giving in to his desire makes Mark happier than he can remember being, but Hunter isn’t willing to hide their relationship forever. If they’re going to make a life together work, something has to give. Someday soon Mark will have to choose, or life will make the choice for him before he’s ready for it.

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Genre: Contemporary
Length: Novel

Bounty of Love by Scotty Cade

August 22, 2011

Can Zander and Jake fight big business to bring a killer to justice? Bounty of Love by Scotty Cade, available from Dreamspinner Press.


The night before his wedding, Zander Walsh, his parents, and his husband-to-be are all shot when they return home and interrupt a mysterious robbery in progress. After three weeks in a coma, Zander wakes up to find out he is the only survivor, and his perfect life falls apart in an instant.

Hunky FBI Agent Jake Elliot is investigating the case, and he eventually apprehends the killer—who soon escapes. Following six months of searching, Zander and Jake realize they’re being stonewalled by the FBI… and that they have slowly formed an unbreakable bond that is beginning to turn into much more.

Once they embark on a journey to apprehend the killer for the second time, they’ll discover that one terrible night was much more than just an interrupted robbery. Can big business and politics cover up the truth, or will Zander and Jake’s quest to unravel the mystery be the end of their newfound love and their lives?

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Genre: Contemporary
Length: Novel

Mistletoe Science by Serena Yates

August 19, 2011

Read all three Mistletoe stories in one collection! Mistletoe Science by Serena Yates, now available from Dreamspinner Press.

The Mistletoe Phenomenon: Magnus Carstens, an eminent glaciologist, recently had to change his life: he’s become his nephew Jakob’s guardian, has taken a new job as a park ranger, and moved them to Mistletoe, Wyoming. There he meets Lance Rivera, who is working in his sister’s store to make a living after his lover took off with all their money. When Lance and Magnum come together, literally under the mistletoe, both realize all they really want is a family to love.

The Solstice Mistletoe Effect: Lance and Magnus have a new life as a family with Jakob, but when they visit Magnus’s parents in Sweden, they are not happy. Magnus seems oblivious to the woman they think more suitable, but when an attractive job offer is added to the mix, Lance faces a crisis: What if Magnus chooses the new job and a life with Sigrid over the family he’s started with Lance and Jakob?

The Mistletoe Experiment: Lance is on cloud nine. Magnus proposed and they’re moving their family to Sweden for Magnus’s new job. But when an unexpected threat to their relationship surfaces, their new life turns out to be very different from what they had hoped. Will Lance and Magnus’s love be strong enough to make their Mistletoe Experiment a success?

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Genre: Contemporary
Length: Anthology

Prep Work by PD Singer

August 17, 2011

Prep Work by PD Singer

Celebrity chef Jude Marshall’s ditched his camera crew for the first time in a month—he’s been eating his way through local cuisines on several continents for his television show. No spider-on-a-stick this trip, thank God. Jude’s exhausted; all he wants on his London layover is a pint of beer and some comfort food. Stumbling into a gastro-pub, Jude instead finds haute cuisine;his grumbles bring him face to face with chef—and fan—Tommy Bell.

When Jude steps into the kitchen to autograph Tommy’s copy of his cookbook, he finds himself lending a hand, and discovers it’s possible to tenderize a hardened heart.

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Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short story

Georgia Girl

August 15, 2011

I was born and raised in Georgia and have lived my whole life here. Other than the occasional day when the entire outdoors is a sauna or the air is so thick with pollen you can’t breathe, I love it. I can’t imagine living anywhere else for very long.

Sand & Water is set primarily on Tybee Island, but John and Bryan spend a rather notable week in Atlanta too, and I use ”local color” from both places, both real and fictionalized: restaurants, the Tybee pier and beach, Sweetwater beer. I like it when the setting of a story is a much a part of things as the plot or the characters. Obviously I have a soft spot for Georgia, but I try to include those kinds of details in every story.

If you’ve been to Georgia, what were your favorite things? Where would you go (or go again) if you had the chance? What kinds of story locations do you enjoy the most?

Giveaways! We’ve got giveaways!

August 15, 2011

So, as promised, I have Things And Stuff to give away. How can you snag one of them? Just comment on any of my posts here today, and your name will go in the bucket. If there’s something in particular you want (or don’t want), tell me in your comment, and if you’re a winner I’ll do my best to match you up with your choice.

Freebies up for grabs:

A personally autographed paperback copy of Sand & Water
A $15 iTunes gift card
A $10 Starbucks gift card
A bag full of local Georgia/Atlanta goodies

Comment away, and good luck! :)

Back! With an excerpt…

August 15, 2011

I’ve made it back with a brief excerpt from John and Bryan’s story. You can actually read the complete first chapter on the purchase pages through the Dreamspinner site, but this is a bit further in. :)

John slept like a log that night and woke up early Saturday morning feeling better rested and more refreshed than he had all week long. Typical, he thought. The one day of the week I could sleep in, and I’m awake at dawn.

Being up so early gave him a chance to do one of his favorite things: go down to the beach and watch the sunrise. Beth wouldn’t be awake for at least another hour, especially since she was still recovering from whatever little bug she’d had the day before. Meghan would be up around eight to head into the restaurant, earlier than during the off-season.

Moving quietly so as not to wake them, John slipped into swim trunks and a T-shirt and pulled on socks and sneakers. Sliding his keys, wallet, and cell phone into his pockets, he headed toward the water under the lightening skies. The clouds from the day before had disappeared, and it promised to be a gorgeous day. Probably hot too, but they’d be in the air-conditioned comfort of the Marine Science Center part of the time. John planned to invite Bryan and Jeremy for a walk out on the pier and maybe along the beach once the kids got tired of the animals. The center was small, but Beth loved the touch tank, where crabs, small rays, and other marine life were available for kids to pet.

Crossing the last street at the edge of the island, John climbed the wooden steps leading across the dunes and onto the beach below. As the water came into sight, he could see two figures standing ankle-deep in the surf, boards under their arms, talking about something. After a few seconds, they both waded out farther, dropping the boards and climbing onto them, stroking out toward the breakers.

John smiled as he settled on the bottom step to watch. Surfing wasn’t common at Tybee, since the waves weren’t anything to write home about, but John knew Kai liked to go out sometimes. He couldn’t tell who the two men were for sure—at least, from here they both seemed to be men—but one of them was about Kai’s height and seemed to have his broad, muscular build. John had no idea who the other man might be but watched as he turned to catch a low wave, rising to his feet, gliding across the water. It wasn’t a long ride or a fancy one, but it was smooth and steady, and he dropped back down to the board with an easy grace as it moved into shallower water. He slipped off the side and stood up, turning back to yell something to Kai before gathering up his board and walking up the beach.

Between the increasing light and the man’s proximity, John could recognize then that it was Bryan. As he watched, transfixed, Bryan shook his head, throwing off droplets of water in all directions, then wiped his face with one hand. He bent to grab a sports bottle that sat in the sand next to a pair of shoes, and John’s mouth went dry as the move stretched Bryan’s swimsuit tight over his ass. Bryan came back up and tilted his head back to pour water into his mouth, and John couldn’t look away.

“Holy hell, he is hot,” John murmured.

Almost as if he’d heard him, even though John knew he was too far away, Bryan froze in place and then turned, catching sight of John where he sat staring. Bryan grinned and waved his free hand, bending to set his water bottle back down and then walking in John’s direction. John fought for composure, but watching Bryan’s muscles flex as he moved, bare chest still glistening with sea water, wasn’t doing much to help him get himself under control.

Sand & Water by Shae Connor

August 15, 2011

Hi all! I’m here to celebrate the release my first novel, Sand & Water, which is now available for purchase in ebook and paperback formats.

Unfortunately, I had a last-minute appointment come up, so I’m going to have to run out for a bit, but when I get back, I’ll have giveaways, excerpts, and some other things to share. So check back in, and be ready to comment to win! (Heck, start by commenting here if you like. They all count!)