Steamroller by Mary Calmes

September 6, 2012

Sometimes people come steamrolling into your life and all you can do is hang on for the ride or lose your heart in the process. Steamroller by Mary Calmes, available from Dreamspinner Press.

About the last thing Vincent Wade expected was for Carson Cress to ask him out. Vince is a dedicated biology student and a bit of a loner. Superstar quarterback Carson is larger than life, and he lives under a public microscope. There’s no way they should work. But Vince is learning that sometimes people just come steamrolling into your life and all you can do is hang on for the ride or lose your heart in the process. If their relationship can survive the fallout when an injury derails Carson’s future plans, maybe Vince can finally find something to believe in.

Length: Novella
Genre: Contemporary

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Love in Plain Sight by Susan Laine

September 5, 2012

Love may be in plain sight, but that doesn’t mean it should be taken for granted. Love in Plain Sight by Susan Laine, available from Dreamspinner Press.

A Senses and Sensations Story

What does love look like? If you see it, will you give it the attention it deserves?

Police volunteer Sebastian Sumner may be deaf, but he’s strong and capable. He’s been involved with Detective Jordan Waters for a year now. Their relationship hasn’t been smooth sailing, but their love is on solid ground. Too bad their work lives are on shakier soil—Jordan’s is, anyway, as he sets out with his partner to investigate Aldous Henley, a shady art dealer suspected of forgery and smuggling. But proving these crimes and bringing the man to justice is more challenging than Jordan expected.

Before long, Henley isn’t just a work problem. The case consumes Jordan’s attention, and he’s struggling to balance his busy professional life and his equally important private life—especially with a significant anniversary approaching. Love may be in plain sight, but that doesn’t mean it should be taken for granted.

Length: Novella
Genre: Contemporary
Series: Senses and Sensations by Susan Laine

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The Legend of the Apache Kid by Sarah Black

September 5, 2012

Raine’s quest for the perfect family might be the very thing that tears him and Johnny apart. The Legend of the Apache Kid by Sarah Black, available from Dreamspinner Press.

English prof-slash-cowboy Raine Magrath knows Johnny Bravo is an airhead. A beautiful young Apache film-making genius airhead, but still. They meet in a hot tub during Johnny’s first film festival, but he bolts before his work is even shown. When Johnny drifts back to Taos a year later, they slide into a slow cowboy two-step so easily Raine starts to think Johnny might be the one. When Johnny’s young cousin Weasel joins them, Raine’s life seems complete, a ready-made family to love and protect.

Raine is sure that with his gentle guidance, Johnny can achieve the sort of worldly success Raine turned his back on years before. But Johnny has his own idea about what he wants his life to become. Too late Raine remembers that Johnny runs when he feels a chain tightening around his neck. Raine’s quest for the perfect family might be the very thing that tears them apart.

Length: Novella
Genre: Western

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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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Hard Streets by John Simpson

August 29, 2012

Frankie and Sam make the best of the cards they’re dealt—but is there any room in an escort’s life for love? Hard Streets by John Simpson, available from Dreampinner Press.

Hard Streets John Simpson

Life as a New York City street hustler isn’t easy. Luckily Sam has the older, more experienced Frankie to guide him through the pitfalls of his new life. Together, Frankie and Sam make the best of the cards they’re dealt—but is there any room in an escort’s life for love?

Length: Novella
Genre: Contemporary

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Sorcerer’s Knot by Tali Spencer

August 23, 2012

In a world where pleasure unlocks even the best-guarded secrets, Cian is out to gather them all. Sorcerer’s Knot by Tali Spencer, available from Dreamspinner Press.

In a world where pleasure unlocks even the best-guarded magic, Cian has a long list of magical talents—and an even longer list of sorcerers he slept with to acquire them. He even seduced a dragon. There’s just one arcane power left for him to master: command over the sea. Now Cian has learned where to find Muir the Scarred, the only man known to have mastered that power—and he is determined to wrest it from him by whatever means necessary.

But completing the task isn’t so easy. First, Cian’s boat is wrecked on the shores of Muir’s desolate island. Then he learns an enchantment will keep him there forever. And when he tries to seduce Muir, he finds himself being seduced by the mysterious sorcerer instead. But the source of the power Cian seeks is also trapped on the island, and it will stop at nothing to break free, even if that means forcing pleasure—and magic—from Cian’s unwilling body.

Length: Novella
Genre: Other Paranormal

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Rocking Out by Emily Veinglory

August 23, 2012

Bevin knows love means making compromises, but can he convince Scott—and himself—that it’s worth it? Rocking Out by Emily Veinglory, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Bevin Stewart and Scott DeMaris may have been surreptitious lovers in high school, but now they have nothing in common. After graduation, Scott took their band, Black Lam, to the top of the charts. Crippled by an anxiety disorder, Bevin stayed home and opened a café with the royalties he received for penning lyrics.

When Scott barrels back into Bevin’s orderly life, looking for a real friend instead of showbiz phonies, they discover the spark is still flickering. But Bevin is plagued by panic attacks and agoraphobia—he can’t possibly handle the chaos of a relationship with a rock star. Even if he could, Scott is inconsiderate and in the closet. Bevin knows love means making compromises, but can he convince Scott—and himself—that it’s worth it?

Length: Novella
Genre: Contemporary

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Fallen Sakura by April Moone

August 22, 2012

Will Haru and Sakurai’s love wither as easily as the sakura flower? Fallen Sakura by April Moone, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Manga artist Kobayashi Haru blushes easily and falls in love even more so. When he meets the aloof Sakurai Aki, he tries to convince himself he’s only interested in friendship. But the more he sees of his new friend, the more he’s drawn to the cool beauty. Only Haru’s shy manner and firm belief that Sakurai is straight keep him from showing his real feelings.

Everything changes the moment Sakurai offers to sleep with Haru. Haru has reservations, but he’s falling for Sakurai, and it’s impossible to say no. Despite Sakurai’s private nature, their relationship blossoms and seems perfect—until Haru learns Sakurai’s secret. Furious and hurt at being used, Haru cuts Sakurai out of his life. If only it were so easy to cut him out of his heart.

Length: Novella
Genre: Contemporary

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Irresistible by Talia Carmichael

August 22, 2012

Harper’s heart is set on Del, and he is powerless to resist. Irresistible by Talia Carmichael, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Irresistible by Talia Carmichael

A Something in Common novella

Del Jenkins prefers to be alone—or so he tells himself until his younger brothers try to make him a playdate with bookstore owner Harper Hillman. Del’s brothers just want him to make a new friend, but there is no way he can be friends with Harper. Not unless Harper’s definition of “friends” includes jumping into bed together and getting naked and sweaty. When Harper turns him down flat because he doesn’t sleep with strangers, Del shrugs it off and suggests they get to know each other better. He already sees something wonderful in Harper, and he won’t give up so easily.

Harper is still mourning his dead husband, and a casual sexual encounter with Del is the last thing he wants. But getting to know each other—platonically, of course—should be harmless. In no way is Harper getting close to another man. But as he and Del spend more time together, Harper realizes it’s too late—he’s already involved. His heart is set on Del, and Harper is powerless to resist.

Length: Novella
Genre: Contemporary
Series: Something in Common Series by Talia Carmichael

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Campus Visit by Stella Huerto

August 15, 2012

Unless Damian and Alex can admit their feelings to each other—and the world—their time as best friends may be over. Campus Visit by Stella Huerto, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Damian Garza and Alex Murphy became best friends in their closed-minded small town, remained inseparable through Alex’s coming out, and have stayed close while studying at different colleges. They’re close enough that Damian dares a shocking e-mail confession: he’s bisexual and wants to experiment with men. With Alex.

It’s supposed to be a simple friends-with-benefits arrangement, one weekend only. That one weekend turns into two, then three, then a whole season of unexpected passion. But life after graduation can’t be ignored: soon Damian will be obliged to return to his family’s orange orchard, and Alex will fly off to his dream job in Europe. Unless they can admit their feelings to each other—and the world—their time as best friends may be over.

Length: Novella
Genre: Contemporary

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