New Releases: June 3, 2013

June 3, 2013

Dumb Jock by Jeff Erno

What develops between Brett and Jeff proves challenging. In 1983, rural Michigan isn’t ready to embrace loves between men.

Dumb Jock by Jeff Erno

2nd Edition

Dumb Jock: Book One

Jeff Irwin is short, timid, and studious. A bit of a social outcast, he lives quietly in the shadows of the popular kids at his school, his life ruled by his ever-present fear of rejection or failure.

Enter high school football hero Brett Willson and the chance for Jeff to embark upon the challenge of educating the world’s dumbest jock.

But what develops between Brett and Jeff proves far more challenging than any tutoring session. In 1983, rural Michigan isn’t ready to embrace love between two men, never mind two teenage boys. If they’re going to make a go of it, Jeff will have to come out of his shell—and Brett will have to prove he’s more than just a dumb jock.

First Edition published by Xlibris, February 2009.

Length: Novel (246p.) | Genre: Contemporary| Release Date: June 3, 2013

Buy as eBook (ISBN: 978-1-62380-618-7) | Buy as Paperback (ISBN: 978-1-62380-617-0)

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Heart of Stone by Ari McKay

Luke wants Stone to succeed as a rancher and put the legacy of his shiftless father behind him, but he’d also like Stone to share his bed.

Heart of Stone by Ari McKay

Stone Harrison never knew he had an aunt; he certainly never expected her to bequeath him one of the largest spreads in central Nevada. But something about Copper Lake Ranch and its foreman, Luke Reynolds, speaks to him, offering a chance for the home he’s never really had.

Luke wants Stone to succeed as a rancher and put the legacy of his shiftless father behind him, but he’d also like Stone to share his bed. Unfortunately, Stone is convinced that the world is a harsh place that will never accept two men sharing their lives. Much to Luke’s dismay, he refuses to risk Luke’s life despite the intense attraction they share.

The tension between them escalates when a series of calamities strikes Copper Lake. An unexpected and unwelcome visit from Stone’s dandified cousin, James, only makes things worse. Stone’s ability to run the ranch comes into question, but the threat of losing it means less to Stone than the threat to Luke’s life. Stone will do anything it takes to protect the man he loves—even if it makes him a murderer.

Length: Novel (200p.) | Genre: Western, Historical – Americas | Release Date: June 3, 2013

Buy as eBook (ISBN: 978-1-62380-599-9) | Buy as Paperback (ISBN: 978-1-62380-598-2)

New releases: April 15, 2013

April 15, 2013

Bullheaded by Catt Ford

Bull rider Cody and bullfighter Johnny share a love of adrenaline and each other, but machismo threatens to ruin all they have built. Bullheaded by Catt Ford, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Aging bull rider Cody Grainger needs bullfighter Johnny Arrow for more than just protection in the ring. Their bond of trust goes beyond the professional and into love, but while their relationship holds up to the need for discretion imposed by their sport and repeatedly having to watch each other put themselves in the way of dangerous animals, other barriers still tear them apart.

For one thing, Cody is ten years older than Johnny. But instead of contemplating retirement, he focuses on winning the championship, desperate to stay on top. Johnny is only beginning to find the professional recognition he craves. When frustration leads Johnny to walk away, Cody’s season slumps. While they’re apart, they both slowly realize they are meant to be together. But machismo abounds in the sport of bull riding, and their pride might be an obstacle too big for love to overcome.

Length: Novel (340p.) | Genre: Western | Release Date: April 15, 2013 |Buy as eBook (ISBN: 978-1-62380-626-2) | Buy as Paperback (ISBN: 978-1-62380-625-5)

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The Mystery of Ruby Lode by Scotty Cade

Four adventure seekers travel to Colorado to unravel the mystery of the Ruby Lode mine. But Ruby Lode’s secret might get them first. The Mystery of Ruby Lode by Scotty Cade, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Second Edition

After six months of research, adventure seekers Bowen McAlister, Cyrus Curran, Duff Gentry, and Lockhart Dawson make their way to Boulder, Colorado, to explore the abandoned gold mine Ruby Lode. But when they arrive, Duff, a born psychic, senses something isn’t quite right—and the closer they get, the more his unease grows.

Something long buried in the deep shafts and drifts of Ruby Lode makes its presence known by exposing dark, guarded secrets. Preying on the adventurers’ weaknesses and insecurities, Ruby Lode’s own destructive secret threatens their sanity, friendship, and ultimately their lives. Bo, Cy, Duff, and Lockey must work together to unravel the century-old mystery before they become another footnote in the mine’s history.

First Edition published by Silver Publishing, June 2012

Length: Novel (214p.) | Genre: Paranormal – Ghosts, Mystery/Suspense, Historical – Americans Release Date: April 15, 2013 |Buy as eBook (ISBN: 978-1-62380-564-7) | Buy as Paperback (ISBN: 978-1-62380-563-0)

Another excerpt from Tarnished Gold

March 25, 2013

Ready for another Tarnished Gold excerpt?

Here you go. This takes place in the early days of Jack’s career, before he met the love of his life.

Everyone Jack knew at the studio came to the fete at Herndon’s home, an exquisite palace in the Hollywood Hills. From the imposing colonnades that greeted their arrival, to the domed entrance hall, Jack marveled at the decadence in which the studio boss lived.

“Your home is amazing,” he told Herndon, as he cast his eyes at the painting of Saint Theresa, in a heavily gilded frame.

“The wife wanted a place that resembled the palaces in Rome. I can deny her nothing.”

Truly a palace.”

“Stocks, my boy. I’ve put my money in stocks. The market’s booming. You should consider investing some of your own money. I’m telling you, considerable return on investment.”

A newsreel cameraman stood before them, capturing the conversation for audiences across the country. The Starlight publicity machine was well greased and working smoothly.

“I’ve got my money in property, but I appreciate your advice.” In their investment discussion, Eric had convinced Jack to sink his money into real estate, something that would never devalue.

“If you ever decide to invest in stocks, come see me and I’ll steer you to my man. He’ll take care of you.”

“Thank you, I appreciate it.”

“I’d better see to the other guests. Enjoy yourself. This party’s for you.”

Jack mingled, drank more than was his custom, and eyed every man present for some discernible sign that they’d be interested in some alone time. As though possessed of some inner sense for such things, a man from across the room emerged from the crowd and sashayed his way toward Jack.

Jack leaned jauntily against the mantel, admiring the blond’s exaggerated hip action as he approached. The slim hips, long legs, and coy smile were all part of Dr. Jack’s prescription for curing profound loneliness.

“Mr. Abadie,” the handsome man said breathlessly, as he extended his hand with a flourish. “I’m Milo Somers. The studio has hired me to accompany you and Miss Hudson on the tour.”

Jack raked his gaze over the whole of Mr. Somers, stalling, quite deliberately, on the man’s burgeoning erection. “Really? Well now, that is the best news I’ve heard in some time.” Jack sipped his whiskey and let his remark foment sexy thoughts.

Milo rocked coyly for a few moments. “Might we go somewhere quiet? There are some things I’d like to discuss with you.”

Jack slowly pushed away from the wall, taking mental note of the things he’d like to discuss with the delicious Mr. Somers. “Follow me. I believe we’d find Oscar’s office much quieter.”

Follow the blog tour from now until April 8 (the badge says the 5th, but its the 8th.) Each comment you leave along the way, is an entry into the drawing for a Kindle, to be awarded on April 10.

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New releases: March 25, 2013

March 25, 2013

Into This River I Drown by TJ Klune

When a man falls from the sky, Benji begins to understand that the world is more mysterious than he ever imagined. Into This River I Drown by TJ Klune, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Five years ago, Benji Green lost his beloved father, Big Eddie, when his truck crashed into a river. Everyone called it an accident, but Benji knows it was more. Even years later, he’s buried in his grief, throwing himself into managing Big Eddie’s convenience store in the small-town of Roseland, Oregon. Surrounded by his mother and three aunts, he lives day to day, struggling to keep his head above water.

But Roseland is no ordinary place.

With ever more frequent dreams of his father’s death and waking visions of feathers on the river’s surface, Benji finds his definition of reality bending. He thinks himself haunted; by ghosts or memories, he can no longer tell. Not until a man falls from the sky, leaving the burning imprint of wings on the ground, does Benji begin to understand that the world is more mysterious than he ever imagined—and more dangerous. As uncontrollable forces descend on Roseland, they reveal long-hidden truths about friends, family, and the stranger Calliel—a man Benji can no longer live without.

Length: Novel (400p.) | Genre: Angels and Demons | Release Date: March 25, 2013 |Buy as eBook (ISBN: 978-1-62380-409-1) | Buy as Paperback (ISBN: 978-1-62380-408-4)

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Tarnished Gold by Brita Addams

Jack must either forsake the man he loves and remain a box office darling, or follow his heart and let his shining star fade. Tarnished Gold by Brita Addams, available from Dreamspinner Press.

In 1915, starstruck Jack Abadie strikes out for the gilded streets of the most sinful town in the country—Hollywood. With him, he takes a secret that his country hometown would never understand.

After years of hard work and a chance invitation to a gay gentlemen’s club, Jack is discovered. Soon, his talent, matinee idol good looks, and affable personality propel him to the height of stardom. But fame breeds distrust.

Meeting Wyatt Maitland turns Jack’s life upside down. He wants to be worthy of his good fortune, but old demons haunt him. Only through Wyatt’s strength can Jack face that which keeps him from being the man he wants to be. Love without trust is empty.

As the 1920s roar, scandals rock the movie industry. Public tolerance of Hollywood’s decadence has reached its limit. Under pressure to clean up its act, Jack’s studio issues an ultimatum. Either forsake the man he loves and remain a box office darling, or follow his heart and let his shining star fade to tarnished gold.

Length: Novel (350p.) | Genre: Historical – America, BDSM/Kink |Release Date: March 25, 2013 |Buy as eBook (ISBN: 978-1-62380-423-7) | Buy as Paperback (ISBN: 978-1-62380-422-0)

Meet William Haines

March 25, 2013

Welcome back to the Tarnished Gold Blog Tour. As promised, I want to introduce you to William Haines, the first openly gay man in Hollywood.

As I researched old Hollywood, the name of William Haines surfaced in my reading over and over again. I had read much about him over many years, but without the focus of research, he was one name among many stars that captured my interest.

Charles William “Billy” Haines was born on January 2, 1900 in Staunton, Virginia. At 14, he left home for Hopewell, Virginia, where he and the young man he referred to as his boyfriend, found jobs at the local Dupont plant. They also opened a dance hall, which later burned down.

Several years after having been discovered in Hollywood in 1922, Billy went to New York, where he met Jimmie Shields, the man with whom he would build his life for the next 46 years. When Billy returned to Hollywood, he convinced Jimmie to join him.

Billy entered Hollywood at a time when gays were revered, they were even considered chic. Following the scandals involving Fatty Arbuckle, the unsolved deaths of William Desmond Taylor and Thomas Ince, the drug deaths of Wallace Reid and Olive Thomas, and many others that rocked Hollywood to its foundations, public outcry demanded that Hollywood clean up its act.

Jimmie Shields, Billy Haines, Joan Crawford & her husband, Alfred Steele 1955

Billy had a long career, which came to abrupt end in 1933, when Louis B. Mayer, who never liked Billy, confronted the actor with the ultimatum that either he enter into a lavender marriage or else. Billy told Mayer that he was already married (a testament to the depth of his love for Jimmie,)  and walked out, after which Mayer cancelled Billy’s contract and effectively ended his career.

However, Billy had an ace in the hole–he had a talent for interior design. With the opening of William Haines Designs, Billy created a career that sustained him throughout the rest of his life, which ended on December 26, 1973. William Haines Designs thrives to this day.

While the circumstances of Jack Abadie’s life are vastly different, I created Jack with Billy Haines in mind. It is with the same love of live that Jack pursues his career, and Wyatt.

Life was rich in the early days of Hollywood, but like all good things, the frivolity had to come to an end. The difference between Billy, and many others, was that Billy was prepared and he came out on tip of the game.

Find out how Jack Abadie handles his life in Hollywood. You can purchase Tarnished Gold at Dreamspinner Press.

Wisecracter, by William J. Mann is a wonderful rendition of the life of William Haines.

Leave a comment and you will be entered in the drawing for a Kindle, awarded on April 10th. Each comment throughout the tour is an entry.

The blog tour schedule can be found on my website.

Come on back here from 6pm to 9pm central time, for another excerpt.

Exclusive excerpt from Tarnished Gold

March 25, 2013

Marlowe’s is a fictitious gentleman’s club in Hollywood, patterned after the many that existed on Wilshire Boulevard in the 1920s. These clubs provided gay men with a protected place to interact.

I fashioned Marlowe’s a bit differently. This establishment is housed in a building that was once a home. It is furnished elegantly and the owner’s provide a higher class of whore for the gentlemen who patronize Marlowe’s. You’ll have to read the book to find out what Jack’s experience at Marlowe’s was, but here is a taste of the aftermath.

THE incident at Marlowe’s earlier in the year had shaken Jack to his core. The reality that he could approach another man with such cold, calculated intentions had frightened him to the point of celibacy, and he’d even convinced himself that he was above man’s baser instincts.

He’d struggled through Eric taking up with someone else, even through the man making a concerted effort to flaunt the guy, as if to say, “This is what I want, and it isn’t you.”

They’d established a new, considerably less comfortable routine in the house, where each man came and went pretty much as the proverbial ships passing in the night. They spoke little, save for what civility dictated, and the chasm between them had grown deeper than the San Andreas Fault.

Life on the set was the only exception to this rule. There, everything was as it had always been—friendly, professional, and heart wrenching.

To his detriment, Jack had allowed himself to fall in love with Eric, and as a counter, Eric had taken up with several exaggeratedly feminine men, all several years his junior. When Eric allowed one of them to spend the night, their nocturnal moanings spoke of territory claimed that Jack felt, albeit irrationally, should have been his.

To read the first chapter of Tarnished Gold and purchase, visit Dreamspinner Press.

Follow the Tarnished Gold Virtual Blog Tour by visiting the blogs I’ll visit, between today, March 25 to April 8. Each comment you leave is an entry in the drawing for a Kindle. The blog tour schedule and all the details are found on my website.

Each comment you leave throughout the tour, is one entry in the drawing for a Kindle.

The ending date should read April 8

Come back between 3pm and 6pm central time for the story of William Haines, the first openly gay actor in Hollywood.

Oh, the Decadence of Hollywood

March 25, 2013

Oh, the Decadence of Hollywood

Each author’s project comes together in stages. Tarnished Gold was no different. The concept has probably fermented for years, given my intense interest in the Golden Age of Hollywood. I am a bit of a Hollywood trivia buff, old Hollywood, that is, so since I started to write seriously, this book has lived, in some form, in the back of my head.

I am a fan of silent movies, as well as those early talkies, but I have always delved deeper, into the people who created those films, as well as those who starred in them. In the early days of Hollywood, glamour was the byword. Never did stars appear in public without full makeup in the case of the ladies, and dressed to the nines for the gents. They appeared as ideal men and women, untouchables, someone each fan of the flickers wanted.

And that was the idea. Stars were carefully packaged and promoted. Most were given new names—Joseph Frank Keaton became Buster Keaton; Luis Antonio Damaso de Alsonso lived his life as Gilbert Roland; an Italian with the lengthy name Rudofo Alfonso Raffaello Pierre Filibert Gugliami de Valentina d’Antonguolla shortened it up to Rudolph Valentino. Let us not forget his wife, Natacha Rambova, who came from the very unglamorous Salt Lake City and entered the world as Winifred Kimball Shaughnessy Alla Nazimova started life in the Ukraine as Miriam Edez Adelaida Leventon and, be still my heart, Jose Ramon Gil Samaniego, was better known to the world as Ramon Novarro.

All who went to La-La Land sought something—stardom, the extravagance afforded stars, sex. The free-wheeling stars took the excitement seriously. Parties and drug use were commonplace, followed by scandals, public outcry, and morals codes, which guaranteed the studios control over not only their movies, but the lives of stars—on and off the screen.

Tarnished Gold tells the story of a star and the pressures he faced to live an authentic life—that of a gay man—and not compromise his belief that he should have the right to do just that.

Here’s a little taste of Jack as he begins his Hollywood career:

As the clock struck nine, Eric announced dinner was served. The guests followed him into the festively decorated dining room. They found their assigned seats marked by the calligraphically written place cards. The smell of pine from the sprays on the table combined with the delicious aromas of the food. A tree stood majestically in a corner, reaching ten feet to the ceiling, decorated with gilded violins and lutes. The tinsel twinkled in the candlelight from the elaborate silver candelabras and sconces, setting a decidedly merry tenor.

Upon each gold-rimmed plate, save Jack’s and Eric’s, lay a gold box wrapped in red ribbon. The gifts were a surprise to him, and the absence of one before him made him feel uneasy, and not a little left out.

“Everyone, your attention, please.”

The excited din settled into murmurs, then everyone turned their attention to Eric, who stood at the opposite end of the table.

“I’d like to welcome you to my home. This has been an especially prosperous year for us at Starlight, and to be able to share that with all of you is indeed my greatest pleasure.

“You’ll see a small token of my esteem in front of you. Please open the boxes.”

A dignified commotion ensued as the guests opened their boxes and the ladies oohed upon seeing the gold snowflake earrings, and the men aahed at the gold snowflake cufflinks. Jack glanced to his left, then the right and admired a set of each, while he sat empty-handed. He hoped no one would notice that Eric had forgotten him.

Appreciative thank-yous flowed from the guests, each acknowledged by the gracious host.

Eric remained standing and allowed a few more moments to lapse before he tapped his glass. “If you will indulge me, I have one more gift to present.”

A hush fell over the guests as a butler placed a beautifully wrapped box in front of Jack. He keenly felt the attention as the guests focused on him. With a barely perceptible nod, Eric signaled that Jack should open the gift. Jack removed the bow and lifted the lid.

You’ll find your copy of Tarnished Gold at Dreamspinner Press, in either ebook or paperback. For the first twenty readers who buy a paperback, you’ll find them signed by me.

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New releases: March 18, 2013

March 18, 2013

But Not For Me by J.S. Cook

With a gang war looming, Nino must set aside his feelings for Stanley and concentrate on asserting his superiority over Big Frank. But Not For Me by J.S. Cook, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Gangster Nino Moretti’s world is a series of contrasts between extreme wealth and abject poverty, an unstable existence punctuated by booze and bullets. For Nino, the gangster lifestyle is even more dangerous because he is a finnochio—a gay man—in a position of absolute power at the head of his own criminal organization.

When Nino rescues beautiful mob accountant Stanley Zadwadzki from a violent assault at the hands of sadistic rival gangster Big Frank O’Hara, both Nino and Stanley become hunted men. Stanley places himself under Nino’s protection as Nino’s accountant and unofficial companion. As a warning, Frank murders Nino’s office boy. In a quest for revenge, Nino tracks Frank to Little Italy, where the resulting confrontation forces him to shoot a bystander to protect Stanley. With a gang war looming, Nino must set aside his feelings and concentrate on asserting his superiority over Big Frank—or lose everything he holds most dear.

Length: Novel (310p.) | Genre: Historical – Americas | Release Date: March 18, 2013 |Buy as eBook (ISBN: 978-1-62380-417-6) | Buy as Paperback (ISBN: 978-1-62380-416-9)

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Dueling Divas by Antonio

Nash and Stacey will need all the help they can get to escape the cruel fate the murderer has planned for them. Dueling Divas by Antonio, available from Dreamspinner Press.

An Avondale Story

The Next Club Superstar contest is just the venue Nash Argento needs to further his career as a singer. There’s only one problem: he has to dress in drag.

With the help of his best female friend, Nash negotiates the challenges of becoming a drag queen in order to compete. But his troubles are far from over. His key competitor is Stacey—a biological woman. Incensed, Nash tries to get her disqualified, but Stacey is desperate for the money, and with the help of her quirky divorcée best friend and the best friend’s lawyer, she manages to stay in the contest.

Bobby Carter is a lonely librarian looking for Mr. Right—and he’s looking in Nash’s direction. Nash seems to be everything Bobby needs… and then he brings Nash home for dinner and discovers Nash is his sister’s main competition. Nash and Stacey get to know each other and even become friends—and just in time. Someone is murdering the contestants one by one, and Nash and Stacey will need all the help they can get to escape the cruel fate the murderer has planned for them.

Length: Novel (260p.) | Genre: Mystery/Suspense |Release Date: March 18, 2013 | Buy as eBook (ISBN: 978-1-62380-415-2) | Buy as Paperback (ISBN: 978-1-62380-414-5)

Honeymoon Cottage by Matt Brooks

February 15, 2013

As Dale matures, Rey becomes less sure of his own commitment—which could lead to the heartbreak he’s been expecting. Honeymoon Cottage by Matt Brooks, available from Dreamspinner Press.

It’s 1962, and Dale Parker has been on his own for two years, ever since his small-town family disowned him on the suspicion of homosexuality. He works as a waiter in a Southern California coastal restaurant, but his life is going nowhere fast: he has no real education and has never had a real relationship. So when he finds himself falling in love with Rey Durán, one of his customers, he knows he’s in over his head.

Rey is nearly twice Dale’s age and a descendant of one of the original Spanish land grant families in California. He’s had plenty of disappointments in love, and that’s what he’s come to expect. He loves Dale, but Dale is a young, poor, uneducated Anglo—how can their differences be anything but insurmountable?

Determined to overcome the obstacles and prove himself to Rey, Dale sets out to finish his education and settle down. He wins over Rey’s family, starts learning Spanish, and adopts a culture vastly different from his own. But as Dale matures, Rey becomes less sure of his own commitment—which could lead to the heartbreak he’s been expecting all along.

Length: Novel | Genre: Historical – Americas | Buy as eBook | Buy as Paperback

Call Me Church by Tinnean

August 29, 2012

In the height of the Depression, Church and John are looking to escape. Maybe if Johnny’s lucky, Church will let him tag along. Call Me Church by Tinnean, available from Dreamspinner Press.

It’s the height of the Depression, and people are desperate for a distraction from their lives. Film director Church Chetwood wants to help them forget—and he manages it with his documentaries and travelogues. But when the saber-tooth tiger he captured escapes, Manhattan’s grave situation only worsens. Now Church is facing ten years up the river.

Black Tuesday left John Smith a homeless sixteen-year-old orphan, and in the past four years he’s survived as best he could. When his path crosses Church’s, Johnny’s looking for a meal, nothing more. Surely after all he’s done, no one could love him—especially not Church, who insists he isn’t “like that.” But Church does have a plan to get away. Maybe if Johnny’s lucky, Church will let him tag along.

Length: Novella
Genre: Historical – Americas, High Fantasy – Alternate History

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