Crucible of Fate by Mary Calmes

November 21, 2012

Whether Domin is ready or not, Fate has stepped in to teach him a lesson: internal threats are just as dangerous as external ones. Crucible of Fate by Mary Calmes, available from Dreamspinner Press.

A Change of Heart Novel

In the secret city of Sobek, Domin Thorne is making his way as the newly chosen semel-aten, the leader of the werepanther world. He aspires to make sweeping changes—he’s set goals for himself and the people he chose to bring with him, modeling his reign after that of his friend, Logan Church. But Domin may have set too lofty a goal: his normal leadership style isn’t working.

While juggling a homesick Crane, a moody Mikhail, a bullwhip-wielding Taj, servants with murderous intentions, a visiting ex, and a mate on a dangerous goodwill mission, Domin has to figure out his new role alone. He also must determine how to deal with a conspiracy, all the while falling hard for a man who, for the first time in Domin’s life, reciprocates that love. Whether Domin is ready or not, Fate has stepped in to teach him a lesson: internal threats are just as dangerous as external ones.

Length: Novel | Genre: Fantasy/Paranormal: Werewolves/Shapeshifters | Series: Change of Heart by Mary Calmes | Buy as eBook | Buy as Paperback

Come Back to Eden and other stories by Julian Balfour

November 19, 2012

Four contemporary stories about love, life, and the struggles that come with them. Come Back to Eden and other stories by Julian Balfour, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Come Back to Eden: Nature-show host Hank Scott takes offense when photographer Brad Lanier suggests he pose for a nude calendar to raise funds for a bird sanctuary. Then the startup money disappears and Hank reconsiders. Over erotic photo shoots, Brad and Hank fall in love. But the calendar’s publication has consequences neither anticipated, and Brad has to decide how to face them.

Of Knaves, Thieves, and Teachers: After Professor Liam Tate has a confrontation with a sales clerk, the young man, Hoppy Cassidy, ends up in his class. When Hoppy saves Liam’s life, the dynamic of their relationship changes, but Hoppy has a fiancée, and Liam has a rule about student/teacher relationships. Will the time ever be right for romance?

Roger: After his partner’s death, James Rothman put his life on hold. Said life is turned upside-down when he meets the charming young Roger. Then Roger disappears and James pieces together the mystery to get him back. What he discovers will change the course of several lives—most notably James’s own.

A Dandy Potential: Fate keeps throwing Noah Matson and Dan DeLorca together. Noah tries to resist his attraction because of their age difference, but Dan has his own ideas about what makes a good relationship.

Length: Novel | Genre: Contemporary | Buy as eBook | Buy as Paperback

Mayon by Mickie B. Ashling

November 19, 2012

Torn between honor and desire, John struggles to define who he is and what Gregorio could mean to him. Mayon by Mickie B. Ashling, available from Dreamspinner Press.

The Philippines, 1946

After being discharged from the Marines, John Buchanan takes a position as overseer for plantation owner Ignacio Saenz. The work is good, but the real draw for John is Mount Mayon, the active volcano looming in the island’s horizon. Finally he has a chance to put his interrupted studies in vulcanology into practice.

Gregorio Delgado, the current overseer, isn’t thrilled at being replaced. However, he can’t ignore his attraction to John, who appears to be a kindred spirit. But John throws mixed signals—and more importantly, he pays too much attention to Margarita, one of Ignacio’s marriageable daughters.

As John and Gregorio begin a tour of the haciendas, John discovers he has far more in common with his new acquaintance than he thought possible. Torn between honor and desire, John struggles to define who he is and what Gregorio could mean to him. Like the unpredictable volcano, equal parts beauty and danger, Gregorio becomes an obsession that could erupt at any minute and destroy them both.

Length: Novel | Genre: Historical: World | Buy as eBook | Buy as Paperback

Papa’s Boy by Sue Brown

November 16, 2012

Ray must protect Lee and his own reputation, all while trying to convince Zeke that he doesn’t need to run away. Papa’s Boy by Sue Brown, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Sequel to Complete Faith – Morning Report: Book Three

When Ray Sloane tires of the men in his usual club, he finds himself in the Pink Palm, an inauspiciously named spit-and-sawdust dive, not the sort of place an elementary school teacher and pastor’s assistant should be seen in. On the other hand, Ray needs a fresh face. But what he gets is a closeted, desperately unhappy divorcé named Zeke.

Losing his teaching job and his kids has left Zeke bitter and in denial about his sexuality, but Ray is determined to get under his skin. Just as Zeke starts to relax, life interferes with Ray’s plans: Lee, the teenage organist from St. Mark’s, tells his parents that he was abused as a teeanger by a prominent congregation member from his old church, and Ray becomes the target of bullies at school and has to worry about his own job. With the specter of what happened to Zeke hanging over him, Ray must protect Lee and his own reputation, all while trying to convince Zeke that he doesn’t need to run away when their relationship grows more intense.

Length: Novel | Genre: Western | Series: Morning Report Series by Sue Brown | Buy as eBook | Buy as Paperback

Scourge by Etienne

November 16, 2012

Rodney, Clint and Lucien race against time to solve some crimes and arrest those involved while trying to build a relationship strong enough to survive over distance. Scourge by Etienne, available from Dreamspinner Press.

The Ivory Solution: Book One – The Chronicles of Old Town

When two young men set up an amateur sting to expose a pastor’s pedophilia, they gather plenty of evidence not just of the pastor’s predilections but of something even more sinister.  Out of their depth, they call in FBI experts to investigate.

Meanwhile, Clint Buchalla, investigative reporter for the Washington Ledger, is sent to Atlanta to interview a man about his top-secret study. Clint is so angry at his editor for cutting his vacation short that he gets drunk and winds up in bed with the man he was supposed to interview, Dr. Rodney Poucher. But it’s exuberant grad student Lucien Cormier, Rod’s houseboy with benefits, who really captures Clint’s attention… when he isn’t busy investigating the sharp drop in birth rates in metropolitan Black and Hispanic communities.

Rodney’s findings lead him, Clint, and Lucien to a meeting with the deputy director of operations of the FBI. But they only have so much time to figure out what’s going on and arrest those involved—and for Clint and Lucien to work out whether the spark between them can span the distance between Atlanta and DC.

Length: Novel | Genre: Mystery/Suspense | Series: The Chronicles of Old Town by Etienne | Buy as eBook | Buy as Paperback

A Tale of Two Trucks by Thea Nishimori

November 14, 2012

Mike and Joe walk down the path of love, but everyone seems determined to get in the way of their happiness. A Tale of Two Trucks by Thea Nishimori, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Interior designer Mike Stevenson is out shopping for a new ride when he literally runs into Joe Adams, a contractor who works for one of his clients. Mike feels an immediate spark of attraction, but Joe is wearing a wedding band, so Mike assumes his case is hopeless—just like the rest of his love life. Then the two lonely men start spending time together and Mike learns more about Joe’s past, falling deeper in love with him against his own better judgment. But everyone from Mike’s vindictive ex to Joe’s well-meaning family seems determined to get in the way of their happiness.

Length: Novella | Genre: Contemporary| Buy as eBook

Knitter in His Natural Habitat by Amy Lane

November 14, 2012

Stanley will give it all up to keep Johnny by his side, even his cushy life in the yarn store. Knitter in His Natural Habitat by Amy Lane, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Stanley’s life took a left turn at a knitting shop and hit a dead end. The closest thing he’s had to a relationship breaks things off to date a “nice boy,” and none of the pretty young things in Boulder’s limited gay scene do it for Stanley.  He needs to reevaluate whether working as a floor designer for a series of craft stores is really where he wants to be.

Then Stanley does a peculiar thing: he starts to live the life he fell into.  Stitch by stitch, he knits his life into something meaningful.  Just when he does, Johnny, the store’s new delivery boy, walks in.

Johnny is like no one Stanley has ever met: he doesn’t believe in quickies in the bathroom and has a soft spot for theater and opera. There has to be a catch.  When Johnny’s dark past comes back to haunt them, Stanley realizes how much he loves his cushy life in the yarn store—but he’ll give it all up to keep the man who makes his ordinary life extraordinary.

Length: Novella | Genre: Contemporary | Series: Knitting Series by Amy Lane | Buy as eBook

The Rule of Sebastian by Shelter Somerset

November 12, 2012

Sebastian retreats to a monastery to escape his troubled past, but new troubles find him. The Rule of Sebastian by Shelter Somerset, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Sebastian Harkin retreated to the Trappist monastery at Mt. Ouray, nestled high in Colorado’s San Juan Mountains, to escape a past filled with heartache and pain. The arrival of young novice Brother Casey Galvan gives Sebastian hope for the future. But when the monks discover a handsome stranger freezing on their doorstep during a snowstorm, Sebastian, Casey, and their fellow monks find themselves ensnarled in jealousies and passions that eventually lead to murder.

Desperate to conceal the crime from outsiders, Mt. Ouray’s abbot, Father Paolo Cabral, asks Sebastian to help solve the mystery. With Casey assisting, Sebastian plunges deeper into the investigation. But working with Casey threatens Sebastian’s self-control until his desires erupt, along with the dreaded past he has tried so desperately to put behind him. As Sebastian closes in on the killer, Father Paolo intervenes—not just in Sebastian’s search for the truth but in his pursuit of Casey’s heart.

Length: Novel | Genre: Mystery/Suspense | Buy as eBook | Buy as Paperback

The One Who Saves Me by Cardeno C.

November 12, 2012

Caleb struggles to help his friend heal, but he longs for more than Andrew can give him. The One Who Saves Me by Cardeno C., available from Dreamspinner Press.

A Book in the Home Series

At fourteen, Andrew Thompson and Caleb Lakes become best friends. As the years pass, they stand by each other through family trauma, school, and the start of their careers. They share their first sexual experiences as friends, learning and experimenting. And they talk each other through countless dates and breakups. Decades of trust and loyalty build a deep and abiding friendship —until Andrew suffers a tragedy. Caleb moves in with him, and the parameters of their unique relationship blur.

Wrestling with feelings he can’t articulate, Andrew spirals into self-loathing. Caleb struggles to help his friend heal, but he longs for more than Andrew can give him. After so many years, neither man knows how to break out of his established role. After all, boyfriends come and go, but best friends are forever.

Length: Novel | Genre: Contemporary | Series: Home Series by Cardeno C. | Buy as eBook | Buy as Paperback

Catalyst by Claire Russett

November 9, 2012

After four years on a space station, Rick accepts Jason’s affection, but the catalyst of their love is deadlier than expected.  Catalyst by Claire Russett, available from Dreamspinner Press.

An Argo Novel

For the past four years, Dr. Jason Finely and Colonel Rick Tennant have served on the Union space station Argo as its chief science officer and military commander. Jason is the brains, Rick is the brawn. They have become good friends, but Jason wants more.

Jason is a brilliant scientist, but his lack of confidence leaves him unlucky in love. And Rick is so committed to his job he’s oblivious that his best friend’s feelings for him go beyond friendship.

When Rick finally shows interest in him, Jason is thrilled. Then he discovers Rick’s sudden attraction may be the result of a threat to Rick’s life. If Jason hopes to discover the truth, first he’ll have to save his friend.

Length: Novel | Genre: Science Fiction | Series: Argo by Claire Russett | Buy as eBook | Buy as Paperback