Harmony Ink New Release: March 13, 2014

March 13, 2014

Ghost Songs by Andrew Demcak

A Harmony Ink Press Young Adult Title

Todd and Jennifer work together to overcome their problems—a bad parent and physical abuse. Growing up is scarier than Todd ever imagined. Ghost Songs by Andrew Demcak, a Harmony Ink Press Young Adult title available from Dreamspinner Press.

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It’s not easy being Todd Williams, a fourteen-and-a-half-year-old gay musical prodigy. The bullies, Bob and Ari, at his fancy private school make his life a living hell.  Todd’s drunken, irresponsible mother, Eddie, constantly embarrasses him and puts his artistic future in jeopardy.  And now, his best friend, Jennifer, who plays clarinet with him in the orchestra, isn’t speaking to him. Maybe Leroy, Todd’s friendly poltergeist, knows what’s going on with her.  To top it off, he can no longer rely on Jennifer’s help in the race to solve a puzzle that could lead to a buried treasure.  Todd must learn to stand alone.  He’s finding out that growing up is far scarier than he ever imagined.

Length: Novel (210p.) | Genre: Paranormal: Ghosts and Spirits, Young Adult, Gay | Release Date: March 13, 2014

Buy as an eBook (ISBN: 978-1-62798-796-7) | Buy as a paperback (ISBN: 978-1-62798-795-0)

Harmony Ink New Release: March 6, 2014

March 6, 2014

If We Shadows by D.E. Atwood

A Harmony Ink Press Young Adult Title

Jordan was born female, but wants to live the last year of high school as a boy. He discovers being true to himself isn’t so simple. If We Shadows by D.E. Atwood, a Harmony Ink Press Young Adult title available from Dreamspinner Press.

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Born female, all Jordan wants is to slip under the radar and live the last year of high school as a boy. His parents and siblings support him, but he’d rather be recognized for his acting and musical talents than his gender issues.

When Shakespeare’s Puck gives him three magical potions—true sight, true seeming, and true love—Jordan discovers being true to himself isn’t as simple as he thought.

Jordan must navigate the confusion of first love, a controversial role in the fall musical, and his transgender identity, while fairy magic creates a net of complications over everything he does. In order to unweave the spells laid over his friends—his supportive older brother, James, his playwright friend, Pepper, and Maria, another transgender student—Jordan needs to understand exactly how far he’ll go to reach his goals of finding true love, true sight, and true seeming.

Length: Novel (240p.) | Genre: Contemporary, Fantasy, High Fantasy, Young Adult, Transgender | Release Date: March 6, 2014

Buy as an eBook (ISBN: 978-1-62798-821-6 ) | Buy as a paperback (ISBN: 978-1-62798-820-9)

Harmony Ink New Release: February 13, 2014

February 13, 2014

Valhalla by Ari Bach

A Harmony Ink Press Young Adult Title

In 2330, war is obsolete and only brilliant minds are valued. Branded as a useless barbarian, Violet is about to learn the world needs her. Valhalla by Ari Bach, a Harmony Ink Press Young Adult title available from Dreamspinner Press.

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Violet MacRae is one of the aimless millions crowding northern Scotland. In the year 2330, where war is obsolete and only brilliant minds are valued, she emerges into adulthood with more brawn than brains and a propensity for violence. People dismiss her as a relic, but world peace is more fragile than they know.

In Valhalla, a clandestine base hidden in an icy ravine, Violet connects with a group of outcasts just like her. There, she learns the skills she needs to keep the world safe from genetically enhanced criminals and traitors who threaten the first friends she’s ever known. She also meets Wulfgar Kray, a genius gang leader who knows her better than she knows herself and who would conquer the world to capture her.

Branded from childhood as a useless barbarian, Violet is about to learn the world needs her exactly as she is.

Length: Novel (330p.) | Genre: Science Fiction, Young Adult, Lesbian | Release Date: February 13, 2014

Buy as an eBook (ISBN: 978-1-62798-719-6 ) | Buy as a paperback (ISBN: 978-1-62798-718-9)

Harmony Ink New Release: February 6, 2014

February 7, 2014

Lessons on Destroying the World by Gene Gant

A Harmony Ink Press Young Adult Title

Three days after dying, Micah awakens with godlike abilities. New friends ask him to impose Biblical rule, but he opposes the idea. Lessons on Destroying the World by Gene Gant, a Harmony Ink Press Young Adult title available from Dreamspinner Press.

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Micah McGhee has struggled all his life against prejudice and abuse. Forced to drop out of school after the death of his mother, Micah works full time to support himself and his alcoholic father. One night, on his way home from a party, Micah’s hard life ends when he’s beaten to death by a street gang.

Three days later, Micah awakens with godlike abilities granted by the alien device that resurrected him. His work helping the downtrodden and performing miracles soon earns him worldwide attention—including the notice of conservative Reverend Vaughn Titus. Micah’s friends, devout Christians Antonio and Monica, along with Reverend Titus, urge Micah to use the power of the artifact to impose Biblical rule on the world. But Micah is all too familiar with how Christian law treats LGBT people, and he opposes the idea. When Antonio, Monica, and Reverend Titus gain access to the device, Micah must risk everything to stop them from forcing their religion onto everyone on earth.

Length: Novel (200p.) | Genre: Science Fiction, Young Adult, Transgender | Release Date: February 6, 2014

Buy as an eBook (ISBN: 978-1-62798-793-6) | Buy as a paperback (ISBN: 978-1-62798-792-9)

Harmony Ink New Release: January 30, 2014

January 30, 2014

Triane’s Son Fighting (Bitter Moon Saga: Book Three) by Amy Lane

A Harmony Ink Press Young Adult Title

Torrant and Aylan ride to Dueance to infiltrate the Regent’s council and change policy toward the Goddess’s chosen from the inside. Triane’s Son Fighting (Bitter Moon Saga: Book Three) by Amy Lane, a Harmony Ink Press Young Adult title available from Dreamspinner Press.

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2nd Edition

Sequel to Triane’s Son Learning
Bitter Moon Saga: Book Three

Outraged by the destruction of innocent lives and the threat to his family’s safety, Torrant Shadow and Aylan Stealth-Moon ride to Dueance, the capital of Clough, with a desperate plan: Torrant will impersonate Yarri’s dead brother, Ellyot Moon, and infiltrate the regent’s council to help change to the government’s policy toward the Goddess’s chosen from the inside.

But from the very first night, Torrant and Aylan are pressed into service in the shadows of the ghettoes, fighting for the lives of the brutalized people within. It’s a bitter job, made more so by close scrutiny and mockery from Consort Rath, the ruler whose policies have created the discrimination and cruelty wreaking havoc in their country.

Torrant’s only bright moments come from Aylan, whose love and loyalty never falter, and the hungry, compassionate minds of the younger regents. Believing that all they need is a worthy song to follow, Torrant sets about leading them to accomplish the salvation of their country. But not even Torrant can be everywhere at once. When faced with one disaster too many, he realizes one man alone cannot right the wrongs of an entire government—not even Triane’s Son.

1st Edition published as Bitter Moon II: Triane’s Son Reigning by iUniverse, 2009

Length: Novel (350p.) | Genre: Fantasy, High Fantasty, Young Adult, Bisexual | Release Date: January 30, 2014

Buy as an eBook (ISBN: 978-1-62798-341-9) | Buy as a paperback (ISBN: 978-1-62798-340-2)

Harmony Ink New Releases: January 23, 2014

January 23, 2014

Beloved Pilgrim by Christopher Hawthorne Moss

A Harmony Ink Press Young Adult Title

During the Crusades, Elisabeth longs to be the person she knows is hidden inside. When her twin dies, she lives as a knight. Beloved Pilgrim by Christopher Hawthorne Moss,  a Harmony Ink Press Young Adult title available from Dreamspinner Press.

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At the time of the earliest Crusades, young noblewoman Elisabeth longs to be the person she’s always known is hidden inside. When her twin brother perishes from a fever, Elisabeth takes his identity to live as a man, a knight. As Elias, he travels to the Holy Land, to adventure, passion, death, and a lesson that honor is sometimes found in unexpected places.

Elias must pass among knights and soldiers, survive furious battle, deadly privations, moral uncertainty, and treachery if he’ll have any chance of returning to his newfound love in the magnificent city of Constantinople.

1st edition by Nan Hawthorne published by Shieldwall Books, February 2011

Length: Novel (304p.) | Genre: Historical, Historical-European, Young Adult, Transgender | Release Date: January 23, 2014

Buy as an eBook (ISBN: 978-1-62798-539-0) | Buy as a paperback (ISBN: 978-1-62798-538-3)

 

Heavyweight by MB Mulhall

A Harmony Ink Press Young Adult Title

As a gay teen in a backwater southern town, Ian keeps many secrets. As those secrets come to light, Ian’s world crumbles. Heavyweight by MB Mulhall,  a Harmony Ink Press Young Adult title available from Dreamspinner Press.

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Secrets. Their weight can be crushing, but their release can change everything—and not necessarily for the better. Ian is no stranger to secrets. Being a gay teen in a backwater southern town, Ian must keep his orientation under wraps, especially since he spends a lot of time with his hands all over members of the same sex, pinning their sweaty, hard bodies to the wrestling mat.

When he’s trying not to stare at teammates in the locker room, he’s busy hiding another secret—that he starves himself so he doesn’t get bumped to the next weight class.

Enter Julian Yang, an Adonis with mesmerizing looks and punk rocker style. Befriending the flirtatious artist not only raises suspicion among his classmates, but leaves Ian terrified he’ll give in to the desires he’s fought to ignore.

As secrets come to light, Ian’s world crumbles. Disowned, defriended, and deserted by nearly everyone, Ian’s one-way ticket out of town is revoked, leaving him trapped in a world he hates—and one that hates him back.

Length: Novel (304p.) | Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult, Gay | Release Date: January 23, 2014

Buy as an eBook (ISBN: 978-1-62798-713-4) | Buy as a paperback (ISBN: 978-1-62798-712-7)

Harmony Ink New Release: January 16, 2014

January 16, 2014

Pukawiss the Outcast by Jay Jordan Hawke

A Harmony Ink Press Young Adult Title

Joshua is captivated by the Ojibwe legend of Pukawiss, whose nontraditional lifestyle inspires Joshua to embrace his sexuality. Pukawiss the Outcast by Jay Jordan Hawke, a Harmony Ink Press Young Adult title available from Dreamspinner Press.

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When family complications take Joshua away from his fundamentalist Christian mother and leave him with his grandfather, he finds himself immersed in a mysterious and magical world. Joshua’s grandfather is a Wisconsin Ojibwe Indian who, along with an array of quirky characters, runs a recreated sixteenth-century village for the tourists who visit the reservation. Joshua’s mother kept him from his Ojibwe heritage, so living on the reservation is liberating for him. The more he learns about Ojibwe traditions, the more he feels at home.

One Ojibwe legend in particular captivates him. Pukawiss was a powerful manitou known for introducing dance to his people, and his nontraditional lifestyle inspires Joshua to embrace both his burgeoning sexuality and his status as an outcast. Ultimately, Joshua summons the courage necessary to reject his strict upbringing and to accept the mysterious path set before him.

Length: Novel (204p.) | Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult, Gay | Release Date: January 16, 2014

Buy as an eBook (ISBN: 978-1-62798-647-2) | Buy as a paperback (ISBN: 978-1-62798-646-5)

Harmony Ink New Release: January 9, 2014

January 9, 2014

Freeing Stella (Being True: Book Two) by Zoe Lynne

A Harmony Ink Press Young Adult Title

When Stella’s sister admits to liking a girl, it’s hard for Stella to keep up her own charade hiding behind Steven, the boy she was born as. Freeing Stella (Being True: Book Two) by Zoe Lynne, a Harmony Ink Press Young Adult title available from Dreamspinner Press.

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Being True: Book Two

Stella Marshall feels invisible to everyone but her sister Jessica and best friend Jenna. Thanks to their Friday night LGBTQ youth group meetings, she can be true to herself and cast aside the boy she was born as, Steven. The rest of the time, she locks herself away, because if her super conservative, Christian parents ever found out….

When her little sister admits to liking a girl as more than a friend, it becomes ten times harder for Stella to keep up the charade. She wants to stand by Jess and take some of the heat away, and that means coming out of the closet—even if it costs Stella her family and the girl of her dreams, Lillian Nelson. Unfortunately, it’s too frightening to give up the security of hiding behind Steven. But Stella knows she has to be brave, for herself and her sister.

Length: Novella (112p.) | Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult, Transgender, Lesbian | Release Date: January 9, 2014

Buy as an eBook (ISBN: 978-1-62798-716-5)

Harmony Ink New Release: December 19, 2013

December 19, 2013

The Other Me by Suzanne van Rooyen

A Harmony Ink Press Young Adult Title

Treasa feels claustrophobic in her own skin. As she spends time with Gabriel, she realizes she may want to be him more than she loves him. The Other Me by Suzanne van Rooyen, a Harmony Ink Press Young Adult title available from Dreamspinner Press.

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Fifteen-year-old Treasa Prescott thinks she’s an alien. She doesn’t fit in with the preppy South African private school crowd and feels claustrophobic in her own skin. Treasa is worried she might spend life as a social pariah when she meets Gabriel du Preez. Gabriel plays the piano better than Beethoven, has a black belt in karate, and would look good wearing a garbage bag. Treasa thinks he’s perfect. It might even be love, as long as Gabriel doesn’t find out she’s a freak.

As Treasa spends time with Gabriel, she realizes she might not love him as much as she wants to be him, and that the reason she feels uncomfortable in her skin might have less to do with extra-terrestrial origins and more to do with being born in the wrong body.

But Gabriel is not the perfect boy Treasa imagines. He harbors dark secrets and self-destructive tendencies. Still, Treasa might be able to accept Gabriel’s baggage if he can accept who she longs to be.

Length: Novel (216p.) | Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult, Transgender | Release Date: December 19, 2013

Buy as an eBook (ISBN: 978-1-62798-644-1) | Buy as a paperback (ISBN: 978-1-62798-643-4)

Harmony Ink New Release: December 12, 2013

December 12, 2013

Private Display of Affection by Winter Sandberg

A Harmony Ink Press Young Adult Title

Hugo and Kevin become more than friends, but keep their relationship a secret. Will they find a sanctuary big enough to hold their feelings? Private Display of Affection by Winter Sandberg, a Harmony Ink Press Young Adult title available from Dreamspinner Press.

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Hugo Thorson knows he’s gay, but coming out during high school is not part of his plan. His parents are open-minded, but Hugo doesn’t want to add more stress for anybody, especially his dad, who is fighting terminal cancer.

At a summer job he meets and befriends Kevin Magnus, and before long, their friendship becomes something more. Kevin knows this will anger his overbearing father, so he decides to protect his secret by dating a girl at school.

Hugo plays along, but it’s still hard to watch the two of them together just to make Kevin’s homophobic father happy. And when Hugo’s father dies, he realizes he can’t go on living the lie. He comes clean to Kevin, who decides Hugo’s true feelings are more important than his father’s expectations.

One fact remains: Kevin and Hugo’s relationship must always be hidden behind friendship, lies, girlfriends, or secret kisses. Will they find a sanctuary big enough to hold their feelings?

Adapted as a Young Adult edition of the novel Spark by Posy Roberts, published by Dreamspinner Press, 2013

Length: Novel (210p.) | Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult, Gay | Release Date: December 12, 2013

Buy as an eBook (ISBN: 978-1-62798-536-9) | Buy as a paperback (ISBN: 978-1-62798-535-2)