Love at First Sight by Cardeno C.

July 11, 2011

Will Jonathan and David’s love at first sight survive the revelations of Jonathan’s scandalous past? Love at First Sight by Cardeno C., available from Dreamspinner Press.

Do you believe in love at first sight? Jonathan does: the moment he glimpsed the striking David from afar, he was hooked, but David disappeared before they could meet.

More than three years later, Jonathan gets a second chance—he and David finally meet face to face, and the two fall into a passionate love affair. David turns Jonathan’s previously lonely life into a fairy tale, giving him more than he ever imagined. But the past few years have been hard for Jonathan, and he’s terrified that his young son and scandalous past will be too much for David. If they’re going to build a future together, they’re both going to have to dig deep: David for the courage to share himself in a way he’s never considered… and Jonathan for the strength to tell the truth.

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Genre: Contemporary
Length: Novel

Once in a Lifetime by Ariel Tachna

July 8, 2011

Will Shane’s year in France lead to a lifetime of love? Once in a Lifetime by Ariel Tachna, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Offered a yearlong medical research fellowship in France, Shane Johnson has many hopes for the experience: a chance to improve his French, an opportunity to hone his research skills before starting his PhD at Baylor, and the freedom to live life as an openly gay man for the first time. He’ll chronicle his year abroad with its challenges, victories, and setbacks as he struggles to balance his faith with his sexuality.

As he navigates the shoals of a first kiss, a first relationship, and perhaps even lasting love, Shane will have to balance his newfound emotions with his long-term plans, and he’ll face the decision of how his once-in-a-lifetime experience will fit into the life he wants to lead.

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Genre: Contemporary
Length: Novel

Haji’s Exile by Alan Chin

July 6, 2011

Haji’s Exile by Alan Chin

Nathan has cared for horses all his life, but Haji is the first he’ll train on his own. When the Arabian stallion arrives at Bitter Coffee Ranch, Nathan thinks he is the most beautiful thing he’s ever seen. And then he lays eyes on Haji’s handler, Yousef. Nathan has much to learn about horses, about pride, and about love, but with the ranch’s hopes riding on Haji, he’ll also learn that all things have their price.

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Genre: Contemporary, Bittersweet Dream
Length: Short story

Mixed Signals by Cooper West

July 6, 2011

Can Frank and Benjamin overcome tangled lines of communication? Mixed Signals by Cooper West, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Frank Sheldon is trying (not very hard) to put his life back together several years after his dishonorable discharge from the military for “conduct unbecoming.” The handsome son of a wealthy businessman, he’s doing his best to avoid family obligations when he meets eccentric programmer Benjamin Kaplan. Frank is interested, but unlike most people Frank’s ever met, Benjamin isn’t swayed by his name or good looks. Or is he?

As Frank gets dragged into the drama of his sister’s political campaign, he manages to pursue Benjamin under the guise of funding Benjamin’s video game start-up. But unknown to Frank, Benjamin runs a mysterious muckraking news site, and when the now-involved Benjamin takes steps to back down his coverage of Frank’s sister’s campaign, everything starts to unravel. Frank wonders if Benjamin was just using him all along, and Benjamin assumes that Frank wants nothing to do with him. Will the mixed signals break them apart?

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Genre: Contemporary
Length: Novella

The WASPs by Clancy Nacht and Thursday Euclid

July 6, 2011

Is Tyrone willing to be more than Blake’s best friend? The WASPs by Clancy Nacht and Thursday Euclid, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Blake Brooks’s life is not going as planned. His wife kicked him out to move the nanny in, and his father disinherited him. The only haven he has left is his old boarding school buddy, Tyrone Edwards. It turns out Tyrone has a room all ready, clothes picked out, and a place in his life reserved for Blake and his daughter Bitsy, whom they both adore.

Tyrone has always played it straight, even in boarding school when everyone was experimenting. Now he’s giving Blake mixed messages: affection and teasing one minute, fobbing Blake off on a gay co-worker the next. Is Blake succumbing to wishful thinking, or has Tyrone been holding out for Blake?

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Genre: Contemporary
Length: Novella

Living Promises by Amy Lane

July 4, 2011

Can Collin help Jeff face the phantoms of his past and gamble on a future filled with happiness? Living Promises by Amy Lane, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Six years ago, Jeff Beachum comforted a frightened teenager outside an HIV treatment clinic, and Collin Waters has remembered his kindness ever since. Now, after six years of crushing on the kind, brown-eyed sweetheart of his dreams, Collin is feeling adult and together enough to make his move. Too bad fate, which has never been kind to Jeff, has something else in mind.

Jeff’s life had fallen completely apart before that long-ago day, and it isn’t much better now. Jeff has toughened up, become self-reliant, been the funny guy his friends turn to, the one who gives advice and comfort when needed. But every phantom from Jeff’s past is about to come out to haunt him, and the family Jeff has staked his future on isn’t in such great shape either. Collin is more than a starry-eyed kid, and it’s a good thing, because Jeff’s going to need all the help he can get. No one knows better than Jeff that life can be too short to turn your back on honest love, and that living happily is the best promise of all.

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Genre: Contemporary
Length: Novel

Bicycle Built for Two by Jeff Adams

June 29, 2011

Can Jason and Ben overcome distance to make a relationship work? Bicycle Built for Two by Jeff Adams, available from Dreamspinner Press.

While on a three-day charity bike ride from Boston to New York City, Jason Karn makes an unexpected stop to help a fellow rider having trouble with a flat tire. Ben Stewart is new to long-distance rides, and Jason takes him under his wing. The mutual attraction is obvious even before they make it to New York City, but there’s a minor roadblock: Ben lives in Chicago. Flying back and forth seems like the only option until Jason comes up with an idea that will bring them together permanently—if they can work out the details.

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Genre: Contemporary
Length: Novella

As Seen on TV by Rebecca Leigh

June 29, 2011

As Seen on TV by Rebecca Leigh

Graham Britner has never been one for travel or vacations. Work has been his life, but lately, life as a Fortune 500 stockbroker has gotten overwhelming, and he figures a trip to Hawaii will get him as far away from New York as possible. What are the odds that his fantasy man, hunky television actor Bruce Newsome, will be vacationing at the same resort as Graham? Probably only slightly greater than the chances that Bruce will want Graham as much as Graham wants him.

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Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short story

Take the Lead by Johnny Diaz

June 27, 2011

Can Gabriel navigate the challenges of a new crush and an ailing parent? Take the Lead by Johnny Diaz, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Popular college professor Gabriel Galan has a job he adores in Boston, a hot young lover, and a buddy who goes along on pub crawls and Star Trek nights alike. But Gabriel wants more.
When Gabriel’s stubbornly independent father needs help managing his Parkinson’s disease, Gabriel takes on more than he bargained for, and his smooth-cruising life is about to take a sharp turn as he teeters on the edge of a new crush on Adam, his father’s physical therapy dance class instructor.

Gabriel has always yearned for a co-pilot on his journey through life, but first he needs to take the lead and navigate the troubled waters of his own heart.

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Genre: Contemporary
Length: Novel

Equilibrium contest winner

June 25, 2011

Make that winner(s), since I’m feeling generous and have decided to give away two copies of the book. :) I put everyone’s names in a hat, shook them around and pulled two out, and they were:

Kathy B

Beatrice

Congratulations, both of you! I will contact you ASAP about your books. Thanks to you and everyone else who commented today, I really appreciate it, and I hope that I kept you at least a little entertained during my stint on the blog.

Meredith

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