The Auspicious Troubles of Chance by Charlie Cochet

June 21, 2012

Can Chance change for the sake of love, or will his attempts only make it worse? The Auspicious Troubles of Chance by Charlie Cochet, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Chance Irving is a young man with a gift for getting into trouble—not surprising, as trouble is all he’s ever known. After losing everything he held dear one fateful night, he decides to leave New York and his past behind, and joins the French Foreign Legion. But even in Algiers, Chance can’t seem to shake his old ways, and he ends up being transferred to a unit made up of misfits and rabble-rousers like him—a unit he finds just in time to be captured and thrown into a cell with his new commandant, Jacky Valentine.

A highly respected commandant with a soft spot for hard luck cases, Jacky is the kind of guy who would go to war for you, and the three equally troubled youths from his unit he’s more or less adopted feel the same way about him. Suddenly Chance starts to think that his life doesn’t have to be as desolate and barren as the wastelands around him.

But even after their escape, with the promise of a future with Jacky to buoy his spirits, or maybe because of it, Chance can’t stop making mistakes. He disobeys orders, lashes out at the boys in Jacky’s care, and blazes a trail of self-destruction across the desert—until someone makes him realize he’s hurting more than just himself.

Length: Novella
Genre: Historical: America/European/World
Series: Timeless Dreams

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The Darkest Midnight in December by Jana Denardo

May 30, 2012

Caleb, Agni, Temple, and Li are hired to save a village from mysterious demon attacks. The Darkest Midnight in December by Jana Denardo, available from Dreamspinnerpress.

The year is 1930, and something is hunting infants and young couples in Economy Village, PA. When a local priest begins to suspect a demon may be the culprit, the sheriff calls in a team of Soldiers from the Sun. Caleb, Agni, Temple, and Li specialize in demon hunting, but they can’t rule out an old religious sect as the true culprit. Prejudice, distraught parents, and angry townspeople don’t make the team’s job any easier. And if something goes wrong, they’re on their own, because by the time their backup arrives, it will be too late.

Lenght: Novella
Genre: Historical – Americas, Fantasy/Paranormal – Angels and Demons

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Eden Springs by Ada Maria Soto.

May 24, 2012

Can a telescope, a whorehouse bathtub, and a cup of Chinese tea change Aaron’s stars forever? Eden Springs by Ada Maria Soto, available from Dreamspinnerpress.

In the boomtown of Eden Springs, someone is spilling the blood of children. Desperate, the sheriff calls in ex-Union scout Aaron Byrne to stop them. For the lawman for hire, it’s just another job—until he meets Jonah Mann, the town’s Oxford-trained astronomer-cum-schoolteacher. Aaron never stays in one place for long, but a few stolen glances from the eccentric professor begin to test his resolve to move along once the job is done. Now a telescope, a whorehouse bathtub, and a cup of Chinese tea could change Aaron’s own stars forever.

Genre: Western, Historical: Americas
Length: Novella

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On the Trail to Moonlight Gulch by Shelter Somerset

April 13, 2012

Will Tory’s secret destroy his chance at love? On the Trail to Moonlight Gulch by Shelter Somerset, available from Dreamspinner Press.

It’s 1886, and Chicago is booming, but for nineteen-year-old Torsten Pilkvist, American-born son of Swedish immigrants, it’s not big enough. After tragically losing a rare love, Tory immerses himself in the pages of a Wild West mail-order bride magazine, where he stumbles on the advertisement of frontiersman and Civil War veteran Franklin Ausmus. Torsten and Franklin begin an innocent correspondence—or as innocent as it can be, considering Torsten keeps his true gender hidden. But when his parents discover the letters, Tory is forced out on his own. With nowhere else to go, he boards a train for the Black Hills and Franklin’s homestead, Moonlight Gulch.

Franklin figures Tory for a drifter, but he’s lonely after ten years of living in the backcountry alone, and his “girl” in Chicago has mysteriously stopped writing, so he hires Tory on as his ranch hand. Franklin and Tory grow closer while defending the land from outlaws who want the untapped gold in Franklin’s creek, but then Franklin learns Tory’s true identity and banishes Tory from his sight. Will their lives be forever tattered, or will Torsten—overhearing a desperate last-ditch scheme to snatch Franklin’s gold—be able to save Moonlight Gulch and his final shot at love?

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Genre: Western, Historical Americas
Length: Novel

Home Is the Heart by JM Gryffyn

February 22, 2012

Will a move to New York City give Will and Brock a true chance at love? Home Is the Heart by JM Gryffyn, now available from Dreamspinner Press.

The last thing war-weary veteran William O’Sullivan expects to find while walking his family’s property is the love of his life, but that is exactly what happens. Under the summer sun, well-born Irishman Will meets gypsy lad Brock, and the two are instantly love struck.

Their newfound love may be rock solid, but so are the obstacles in their way. Will is expected to marry his childhood sweetheart and produce an heir for the family estate. Brock has his own waggon now and is expected to marry another Traveller. The roads to their futures are embedded firmly in the past—and don’t include their love. Running off to America seems a perfect solution, but in the mean streets of New York City, they very quickly find that even a love as strong as theirs must be earned.

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Genre: Historical
Length: Novella

Bonds of Earth by G N Chevalier

January 9, 2012

Can Michael and John find love and healing in the aftermath of World War I? Bonds of Earth by G N Chevalier, available from Dreamspinner Press.

In 1918, Michael McCready returned from the war with one goal: to lose himself in the pursuit of pleasure. Once a promising young medical student, Michael buried his dreams alongside the broken bodies of the men he could not save. After fleeing New York to preserve the one relationship he still values, he takes a position as a gardener on a country estate, but he soon discovers that the house hides secrets and sorrows of its own. While Michael nurses the estate’s neglected gardens, his reclusive employer dredges up reminders of the past Michael is desperate to forget.

John Seward’s body was broken by the war, along with his will to recover until a family crisis convinces him to pursue treatment. As John’s health and outlook improve under Michael’s care, animosity yields to understanding. He and John find their battle of wills turning into something stronger, but fear may keep them from finding hope and healing in each other.

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Genre: Historical – American
Length: Novel

Johnny V and the Razor by Ryssa Edwards

November 16, 2011

Johnny V and the Razor by Ryssa Edwards

Johnny V is a driver for Mr. Donnelly, a bootlegger who got too greedy with the wrong man. Sloane is “the Razor”, the muscle in his brother Nick’s bootlegging operation. When Sloane gives Donnelly his final payoff, Johnny’s a witness. Only one thing keeps Sloane off death row—he never leaves witnesses. But even knowing what Nick will do to them both if he finds out, Sloane can’t let Johnny get away.

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Genre: Historical
Length: Short story