Little Squirrels Can Climb Tall Trees by Michael Murphy

July 27, 2012

Polar opposites attract and with it come the difficulties to make love work. Little Squirrels Can Climb Tall Trees by Michael Murphy, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Kyle Miller is a rare breed. Though born to conservative parents and raised in small-town Oklahoma, Kyle realized young that he had to escape rural America. Now he’s living in New York City, working as an ER doctor, and paying off his massive student loans. He’s never been on a plane and never seen a movie, but he is worldly enough to recognize attraction when it smacks him in the forehead. Not that he knows how he managed to crack heads with Joseph, who’s a good foot shorter than Kyle’s six and a half feet.

Joseph is Kyle’s polar opposite in other ways too, well-off where Kyle is poor, and self-assured while Kyle is insecure. He’s also determined to show Kyle what a great guy he is and bring the confidence Kyle shows in the ER out in his everyday life. But Kyle’s hectic work schedule and inexperience with relationships won’t make for an easy romance.

Length: Novel
Genre: Contemporary

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No Surrender, No Retreat by L.J. LaBarthe

July 26, 2012

Archangels Gabriel and Michael reunite at last, but a dangerous new challenge stands in the way of their happiness. No Surrender, No Retreat by L.J. LaBarthe, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Sequel to No QuarterArchangel Chronicles: Book 2

Seventy years after it began, the war between angels and demons is over. Archangels Gabriel and Michael reunite at last, but a dangerous new challenge stands in the way of their happiness: someone is kidnapping angels and selling them as trophies on the black market. When Raphael, Archangel of Healing, goes missing, his tearful lover joins with the Brotherhood of Archangels and their lieutenants to rescue him.

Without Raphael’s healing touch, disease spreads quickly through the world’s human population. The situation only worsens when the angel Agrat is kidnapped: the number of sex crimes begins to rise and her husband, Gabriel’s lieutenant, loses himself to his grief. As they mount a rescue mission, Gabriel and Michael’s relationship will be put to the test. With the threat of the world dying around them and tragedy looming overhead, can Gabriel and Michael keep love and hope alive?

Length: Novel

Genre: Paranormal, Angel and Demons

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Priceless by M.A. Church

July 25, 2012

Cupid aims his arrow towards Randy and Garret, but it seems Fate has other plans. Priceless by M.A. Church, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Sparks ignite when Cupid takes aim at two mortals in Las Vegas: Randy Jones, an average guy on a company vacation, looks into Garrett’s eyes at a craps table and time stands still. Throwing aside everything he believes, Randy engages in a torrid two-night affair with Garrett—only to panic when he realizes he’s fallen in love.

Cynical billionaire Garrett Shiffler has everything money can buy, and most of his dates can’t see past the dollar signs. Life has taught him that innocence and love are figments of the imagination. But when Randy disappears, taking with him feelings Garrett thought he’d never know, Garrett wages the most important battle of his life to win Randy’s love—but this time he fights with his heart, not his bank account.

Meanwhile, Cupid wonders what happened. His golden arrows never fail unless the Fates interfere. If Garrett wants to win Randy back, he’s going to have to do it on his own, because the Fates have other plans for Cupid.

Length: Novella

Genre: Other Paranormal

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Bus Stop by Anne Dudley

July 23, 2012

Hard decisions stand in between Benny and Stuart, will they eventually chose love? Bus Stop by Anne Dudley, available from Dreamspinner Press.

When Benny and Stuart first meet on the bus, it seems like they have nothing in common. Stuart is an up-and-coming ad agency rep. Benny drives a bus Stuart takes when he’s too drunk to get behind the wheel. Benny’s a doting father to a little girl who’s his whole world. Stuart’s not sure he ever wants kids.

Despite their differences, their shared circumstances bind them together. Benny and Stuart are both expecting unplanned children with women they don’t love. They’ve both spent too much time hiding from their true selves. And now that they’re being forced to face who they are, they can’t deny the attraction growing between them—an attraction that quickly deepens into something more.

Both men know the timing is wrong, and the path to any sort of future together is fraught with fear, pain, and some very difficult questions: How can they leave their pregnant spouses with integrity? How can Benny carry on an affair that might cost him his daughter, the brightest spot in his life? Can Stuart really turn his back on the comfort of the society life he’s been living with his girlfriend? But ultimately, only one question really counts: How can they go back to the lives they lived before when they’ve seen just how good love can be?

Length: Novel
Genre: Contemporary

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Daddio by Mickie B. Ashling

July 23, 2012

Lil and Grier’s romance continues in the third book of the Horizon Series. Daddio by Mickie B. Ashling, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Sequel to TasteHorizons Series: Book Three

Six months after meeting at the Taste of Chicago, Lil Lampert and Grier Dilorio are living together. Their physical bond glows brighter than ever, but the couple soon realizes that it takes more than three magic words and outstanding sex to make a partnership work.

Like any fledgling, Grier is learning how to navigate his new life. His problems should have ended when Jillian signed the papers acknowledging him as Luca’s biological father and he got the opportunity to pursue a career in interior design.  Instead, he’s hampered by old fears and bad habits that are hard to let go.

Adjusting to a small apartment in a four-season state—with a much younger man sporting a stubborn streak—is a challenge for Lil. His position as Luca’s “Daddio” is a delicate balancing act between doing what he thinks is right and deferring to Grier’s eight years of experience.

Life is stressed enough, but now Lil and Grier also face an unexpected complication from a powerful, far-reaching ruling body. Suddenly Luca’s safety—and their happiness as an emerging family—depends on Lil’s keen understanding of human nature and Grier’s willingness to learn.

Length: Novel
Genre: Contemporary
Series: Horizons Series by Mickie B. Ashling

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Technically Dead by Tia Fielding

July 22, 2012

When Heath accidentally stumbles back into Bran’s life, it changes more than either man thought possible. Technically Dead by Tia Fielding, available from Dreamspinner Press.

When Brandon Roland’s parents kicked him out for being gay, he turned to prostitution to get by—something that almost cost him his life when he was attacked by strangers. Bran was saved by a vampire named Heath, and during their year together, Bran’s life was good—but then Heath sent him packing for reasons unknown.

That was twelve years ago, and Bran’s come a long way since then. He has an education, a job as a social worker at a vampire/human youth shelter, friends, and a tattoo he adds to annually to commemorate another year without the love of his life.

The trouble with being a very old vampire is that the older you are, the less you feel. Heath is over nine hundred—he was sure he’d never experience emotion again, but he never counted on Bran. When Heath accidentally stumbles back into Bran’s life, it changes more than either man thought possible—and then history literally catches up with them and turns their lives inside out.

Length: Novel
Genre: Fantasy – Vampires

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Italian Ice by EM Lynley

July 22, 2012

Unless Reed can learn to put the past behind him, he risks destroying everything he’s built with Trent. Italian Ice by EM Lynley, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Precious Gems: Book TwoSequel to Rarer than Rubies.

In this exciting sequel to Rarer Than Rubies, gay romance author Trent Copeland and former FBI agent Reed Action head to Italy for a Roman holiday.  What should be a relaxing and romantic vacation is interrupted when Reed’s not-so-former boss asks for his help with a case. Trent’s shocked to discover in the six months they’ve been living together in LA, Reed hasn’t been completely honest about his “retirement.”

Reed heads for Sicily on the trail of a suspected antiquities-smuggling ring and to find Peter Isett—a former FBI partner he also hasn’t been completely truthful about. Stung by Reed’s dishonesty, Trent questions what else Reed might be hiding. But when he overhears something that tells him Reed’s life is in danger, Trent follows Reed to a remote chain of ancient volcanic islands off Sicily’s northern coast. Soon Trent is caught up in the smugglers’ web, and Reed must decide between his heart and his mission—a decision complicated by his past with Peter. Reed’s position is perilous: unless he can learn to put the past behind him, he risks destroying everything he’s built with Trent.

Length: Novel
Genre: Mystery/Suspense
Series: Precious Gems by EM Lynley

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Free Nap: Valentine Wish by Eden Winters

July 20, 2012

Isaac Lewis left the gangs behind to remake himself. He’s a street fighter turned gym rat, a thug turned honest man—only his loneliness hasn’t changed.

Success as a restaurateur hasn’t erased Thierry Guillaume’s insecurities. Well-padded in a world where looks matter, he’s been grasping at crumbs of affection. Can Isaac convince him he deserves the whole cake?

Length: Nap-size Dream
Genre: Contemporary

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The Wish by Eden Winters

July 20, 2012

Paul and Alex don’t see eye to eye but will a familiar ghost help them see what is right in front of them? The Wish by Eden Winters, available from Dreamspinner Press.

At his death, Byron Sinclair left behind more than just his much older partner, Alfred Anderson. The couple helped raise their respective nephews, and while Paul Sinclair and Alex Martin are now adults, they still have some growing up to do, particularly when it comes to getting along with each other.

If they refuse to be in the house at the same time, how can Alex be so sure Paul is an opportunistic suck-up with the morals of an alley cat? Paul isn’t impressed with aloof and arrogant playboy Alex, either. Both swear they know all they need to about the other–and about themselves.

Byron’s dying wish is for Alfred to help Paul and Alex see how perfect they are for each other. But when the boys stubbornly refuse to acknowledge what’s right in front of them, Byron must get creative–though it’ll be difficult without hands, or a voice, or a body….

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Length: Novel
Genre: Fantasy/Paranormal: Ghosts/Spirits

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Speechless by Kim Fielding

July 19, 2012

If words are the bridge between two people, what will keep Travis and Drew together? Speechless by Kim Fielding, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Travis Miller has a machining job, a cat named Elwood, and a pathetic love life. The one bright spot in his existence is the handsome guitar player he sometimes passes on his way home from work.  But when he finally gathers the courage to speak to the man, Travis learns that former novelist Drew Clifton suffers from aphasia: Drew can understand everything Travis says, but he is unable to speak or write.

The two lonely men form a friendship that soon blossoms into romance. But communication is only one of their challenges—there’s also Travis’s inexperience with love and his precarious financial situation. If words are the bridge between two people, what will keep them together?

Length: Novella
Genre: Contemporary

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