New releases: August 19, 2013

August 19, 2013

Isle of Wishes by Sue Brown

Paul goes to Wisconsin to find Liam, and finds himself interested in ex-military and still closeted detective Olaf. Isle of Wishes by Sue Brown, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Sequel to The Isle of… Where?

After a whirlwind vacation on the Isle of Wight, where he found the love of his life, Sam Owens sends Liam Marshall home to Michigan to tie up loose ends so they can be together forever. When all communication with Liam goes silent, Sam worries. Fearing the worst, he enlists the help of his brother, British Metropolitan police officer Paul Owens, to help him find Liam and get him back safely in time for their wedding.  Paul has little difficulty digging into this mystery across the pond. Paul is also good-looking and openly bisexual, all of which adds to the dismay of Wisconsin Detective Olaf Skandik.

Olaf is ex-military and still closeted now that he’s part of the police department. He’s frustrated, hemmed in by the walls he’s erected, and when he meets Paul, he wonders if this may be the time and opportunity for change. Looking into his brother’s missing fiancé, Paul also starts looking into Olaf, and business soon mixes with pleasure, a bit of romance that may strengthen his case for them to make a future together.

Length: Novel (242p.) | Genre: Contemporary | Release Date: August 19, 2013 | Buy as eBook ($6.99 ISBN: 978-1-62380-077-7) | Buy as Paperback ($14.99 ISBN: 978-1-62380-076-0)

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Whiskey and Wry by Rhys Ford

Damien wakes in Montana and flees to San Francisco in search of Miki, getting help from Sionn and avoiding the shooter out to kill him. Whiskey and Wry by Rhys Ford, available form Dreamspinner Press.

Sinners Series: Book Two; Sequel to Sinner’s Gin

He was dead. And it was murder most foul. If erasing a man’s existence could even be called murder.

When Damien Mitchell wakes, he finds himself without a life or a name. The Montana asylum’s doctors tell him he’s delusional and his memories are all lies: he’s really Stephen Thompson, and he’d gone over the edge, obsessing about a rock star who died in a fiery crash. His chance to escape back to his own life comes when his prison burns, but a gunman is waiting for him, determined that neither Stephen Thompson nor Damien Mitchell will escape.

With the assassin on his tail, Damien flees to the City by the Bay, but keeping a low profile is the only way he’ll survive as he searches San Francisco for his best friend, Miki St. John. Falling back on what kept him fed before he made it big, Damien sings for his supper outside Finnegan’s, an Irish pub on the pier, and he soon falls in with the owner, Sionn Murphy. Damien doesn’t need a complication like Sionn, and to make matters worse, the gunman—who doesn’t mind going through Sionn or anyone else if that’s what it takes to kill Damien—shows up to finish what he started.

Length: Novel (254p.) | Genre: Mystery/Suspense | Release Date: August 19, 2013 | Buy as eBook ($6.99 ISBN: 978-1-62380-079-1) | Buy as Paperback ($16.99 ISBN: 978-1-62380-078-4)

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Submerging Inferno by Brandon Witt

While helping Brett uncover the truth of his ancestry, Finn learns neither his magical life nor falling in love is simple or risk-free. Submerging Inferno by Brandon Witt, available from Dreamspinner Press.

A Men of Myth Story

A Bittersweet Dreams title:

Brett Wright and Finn de Morisco come from vastly different worlds. Disowned by his family for being gay, Brett builds both a life on his own terms and walls around his heart. But nothing can prepare him for the evil that stalks him in the night or from discovering the dark secrets of his heritage.

The youngest of a doting family, Finn lives a sheltered life that allows him to trust easily and makes him quick to jump to the rescue. While using his knowledge of the supernatural world to help Brett uncover the truth of his ancestry, Finn learns neither his magical life nor falling in love is as simple and risk-free as he believed.

New knowledge comes with a price—one that may prove too high for them to pay.

A Bittersweet Dreams title: It’s an unfortunate truth: love doesn’t always conquer all. Regardless of its strength, sometimes fate intervenes, tragedy strikes, or forces conspire against it. These stories of romance do not offer a traditional happy ending, but the strong and enduring love will still touch your heart and maybe move you to tears.

Length: Novel (344p.) | Genre: Bittersweet Dreams, High Fantasy, Paranormal, Vampires, Angels and Demons | Release Date: August 19, 2013 | Buy as eBook ($6.99 ISBN: 978-1-62380-699-6) | Buy as Paperback ($17.99 ISBN: 978-1-62380-698-9)

New Releases: August 16, 2013

August 16, 2013

The Cost of Loving by Wade Kelly

Matt’s family and his new lover, Darian, must deal with the ramifications of Matt coming out, risking the wrath of his pastor and church. The Cost of Loving by Wade Kelly, available from Dreamspinner Press

Unconditional Love: Book Two; Sequel to When Love Is Not Enough

Matt Dixon, a young firefighter, is the golden child of his family, and he never dreamed that coming out would challenge more than the way his church sees him.

For years, Matt has led a double life hoping to avoid ridicule. When a self-righteous pastor’s statements provoke him to defend his recently deceased best friend’s honor and subsequently out himself, he suffers the brutal aftermath of his revelation. Everyone in his life, including his family and his new lover, Darian, must deal with the ramifications as Matt struggles to come to terms with guilt, shame, and his very belief in God.

Darian Weston lost his fiancé when Jamie took his life, and his feelings for Matt added guilt to his burden of grief. Confused and lonely, Darian clings to Matt despite his inner strife. But small-town realities keep intruding, and if Matt and Darian hope to make a life together, they must first take a stand for what they believe in, even if they fear the cost.

Length: Novel (350p.) | Genre: Contemporary | Release Date: August 16, 2013 | Buy as eBook ($6.99 ISBN: 978-1-62380-964-5) | Buy as Paperback ($17.99 ISBN: 978-1-62380-963-8)

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Jasper’s Mountain by John Inman

Timmy needs Jasper’s help—and wants his respect—so he hides his dishonest habits, but Timmy’s past puts Jasper at risk. Jasper’s Mountain by John Inman, available from Dreamspinner Press.

When small-time thief Timmy Harwell recklessly “borrows” a Cadillac for a joyride, he doesn’t expect to find a cool $100,000 in the trunk. His elation turns to terror when he realizes the SUV and the dough belong to Miguel Garcia, aka El Poco, a Tijuana drug dealer with a nasty reputation. Timmy sees only one way out: leave the stolen car behind and run as fast as he can.

His getaway is cut short when a storm strands him outside Jasper Stone’s secluded mountain cabin. Jasper finds Timmy in his shed, unconscious and burning up with fever, and takes care of the younger man, nursing him back to health. The two begin to grow close, but Jasper, a writer who seeks only solitude, is everything Timmy isn’t. Straightforward, honest, and kind.

Timmy needs Jasper’s help—and wants his respect—so he hides his dishonest habits. But when El Poco comes after him, Timmy realizes he’s not the only one at risk. His actions have also put Jasper in harm’s way. Honesty now could mean Timmy loses the man he’s come to love, but not being honest could mean far worse.

Length: Novel (204p.) | Genre: Contemporary | Release Date: August 16, 2013 | Buy as eBook ($6.99 ISBN: 978-1-62380-073-9) | Buy as Paperback ($14.99 ISBN: 978-1-62380-072-2)

New releases: August 12, 2013

August 12, 2013

Appearances Matter by Jeff Erno

It’s up to Todd to decide whether Galen is the gay boy of his dreams or just another dumb jock. Appearances Matter by Jeff Erno, available from Dreamspinner Press.

2nd Edition

Dumb Jock: Book Three

At age sixteen, Todd Hoffman is a social outcast. He lives with his mother in a rundown mobile home and doesn’t wear the nice clothes or drive fancy cars like the other students. He has one outlet: he secretly writes fan fiction about a boy falling in love with another boy he’s crushing on, and posts it online.

When Galen Caulfield, Todd’s real life object of affection, notices him and asks him out, Todd feels like he’s living his fantasy. Soon enough he realizes that fantasy and reality are two very different propositions.

Galen is the high school soccer team captain, clearly out of Todd’s league. On top of that, he’s popular, good-looking, and confident, so everyone thinks he’s straight. Now it’s up to Todd to decide whether Galen is the boy of his dreams or just another dumb jock.

1st Edition published by Amazon Digital Services, Aug 24, 2012.

Length: Novel (210p.) | Genre: Contemporary, Coming of Age| Release Date: August 12, 2013 | Buy as eBook ($6.99 ISBN: 978-1-62380-624-8) | Buy as Paperback ($14.99 ISBN: 978-1-62380-623-1)

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Stealing the Wind by Shira Anthony

Taren dives overboard and is saved by a pirate captain—his people are Ea, shape-shifting merfolk… and Taren is one of them too. Stealing the Wind by Shira Anthony, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Mermen of Ea: Book One

Taren Laxley has never known anything but life as a slave. When a lusty pirate kidnaps him and holds him prisoner on his ship, Taren embraces the chance to realize his dream of a seagoing life. Not only does the pirate captain offer him freedom in exchange for three years of labor and sexual servitude, but the pleasures Taren finds when he joins the captain and first mate in bed far surpass his greatest fantasies.

Then, during a storm, Taren dives overboard to save another sailor and is lost at sea. He’s rescued by Ian Dunaidh, the enigmatic and seemingly ageless captain of a rival ship, the Phantom, and Taren feels an overwhelming attraction to Ian that Ian appears to share. Soon Taren learns a secret that will change his life forever: Ian and his people are Ea, shape-shifting merfolk… and Taren is one of them too. Bound to each other by a fierce passion neither can explain or deny, Taren and Ian are soon embroiled in a war and forced to fight for a future—not only for themselves but for all their kind.

Length: Novel (214p.) | Genre: High Fantasy, Paranormal, Shapeshifter, M/M/M or More | Release Date: August 12, 2013

Buy as eBook ($6.99 ISBN: 978-1-62380-054-8) | Buy as Paperback ($14.99 ISBN: 978-1-62380-053-1)

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Anthology: Cuddling Edited by Anne Regan

These men face the challenges of keeping the spark alive with humor, creativity, and romance. Anthology: Cuddling Edited by Anne Regan, available from Dreamspinner Press.

What happens after “happily ever after”? No matter how long they’ve been together, the couples in this anthology find that keeping a relationship alive takes work. Whether it’s job conflicts or family issues, the seven-year-itch or just plain stuck-in-a-rut routine, these men face the challenges of keeping the spark alive with humor, creativity, and romance.

At First Sound by G.S. Wiley

Change of Heart by Rhidian Brenig Jones

Cupcakes for Two by K. Lynn

Dream Lover by Nico Jaye

Happy Holidays by Anna Butler

Home on the Range by Anna Martin

How to Date Your Husband by AC Valentine

Like an Old Sweater by Elizabella Gold

Looking Back by Rob Rosen

Quarter Moon Over a Ten Cent Town by Stephen Osborne

Reboot by S. H. Allan

Remember When by River Clair

The Cat’s Out of the Bag by Rowan McAllister

The Making of a Family by Caitlin Ricci

The Responsible One by Eva Clancy

The Thing I Love Best About Mitch by Dawn Douglas

Length: Novel (316p.) | Genre: Contemporary | Release Date: August 12, 2013 | Buy as eBook ($6.99 ISBN: 978-1-62380-652-1) | Buy as Paperback ($17.99 ISBN: 978-1-62380-651-4)

New releases: August 7, 2013

August 7, 2013

Syrah by Nessa L. Warin

Can Royce and Shawn be happy with a secret relationship or is Shawn going to have to choose between his dream job and his dream guy? Syrah by Nessa L. Warin, available from Dreamspinner Press.

All Corked Up: Book One

All Shawn Neale is looking for when he stumbles into All Corked Up on Christmas Eve is some wine recommendations. What he finds is an instant attraction to Royce Wilkinson, the shop’s owner. After a few weeks of flirting during shopping and some semi-dates at Royce’s wine tastings, they decide on a real date. It goes well, but life isn’t that simple.

Shawn wants to buy Delicto, the local pub he manages. He’s been planning his life around this for years, but when the owner, who believes being gay is an illness, discovers Shawn went out with Royce, he gives Shawn an ultimatum: stop dating guys or he won’t get to buy Delicto. It’s a heartbreaking quandary: Can Royce and Shawn be happy with a secret relationship until Shawn buys Delicto or is Shawn going to have to choose between his dream job and his dream guy?

Length: Novel (200p.) | Genre: Contemporary | Release Date: August 7, 2013 | Buy as eBook ($6.99 ISBN: 978-1-62380-031-9) | Buy as Paperback ($14.99 ISBN: 978-1-62380-030-2)

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Taking Chances by John Goode

Matt and Tyler are both running from the past—and each other—requiring some reverse engineering to actually spur any relationship. Taking Chances by John Goode, available from Dreamspinner Press.

A Tales From Foster High Story

Fearing the backlash of living as a gay man in Foster, Texas, Matt Wallace runs away to California, only to find it isn’t the Promised Land he’d hoped for. Christmas sees Matt returning to Foster, where he bumps into his old flame, high school jock Tyler Parker.

Now that they’re older, it doesn’t take Matt too long to figure out that love at first sight is a very real thing. The only problem is neither Matt nor Tyler seems to know what to do after that. They’re both running from the past—and each other—requiring some reverse engineering to actually spur the relationship past the false start.

Length: Novel (200p.) | Genre: Contemporary, Coming of Age, Humor | Release Date: August 7, 2013 | Buy as eBook ($6.99 ISBN: 978-1-62380-059-3) | Buy as Paperback ($14.99 ISBN: 978-1-62380-058-6)

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Blessed Curses by Madeleine Ribbon

Vaughn loves solving supposedly irreversible curses like David’s—and then he falls for David, who can’t quite keep his distance. Blessed Curses by Madeleine Ribbon, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Though he’s a sorcerer with a talent for creating blessings, David can do very little with any other magic. He works the night shift for his cousin’s magical supply shop because he’s cursed—his brother did it when they were kids—and now people can’t stand to be near David since he inspires irrational fear. Many experts have tried to remove it, but the curse has proven completely binding. Then David meets Vaughn at his brother’s wedding.

Vaughn works for the magical enforcers, picking apart complex curses and making sure sorcerers stay within the law. He has the ability to dampen magical effects around him and loves solving supposedly irreversible curses like David’s. He quickly develops a more personal interest in David. Despite the distance David attempts to keep between them, he finally realizes when Vaughn is injured on the job that he doesn’t want to stay away anymore. But what about the curse?

Length: Novella (168p.) | Genre: Contemporary Fantasy | Release Date: August 7, 2013 | Buy as eBook ($4.99 ISBN: 978-1-62380-057-9)

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Cashing The Reality Check by Lex Chase

With questions unanswered and emotions running high, Rook and Hogarth pursue a case right into a dangerous trap. Cashing The Reality Check by Lex Chase, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Checkmate: Book Two; Sequel to Pawn Takes Rook

Even after eleven months of keeping the mean streets of Axis City safe, superduo Checkmate—Hogarth Dawson—and his boyfriend, Memphis Rook, still receive the cold shoulder from the Power Alliance. Undeterred, Hogarth brings his intense focus to bear on Rook, and after Hogarth makes an accidental marriage proposal, it becomes all too clear Rook isn’t quite at the same place. But before life gets awkward, duty calls.

Booted-off female contestants of the romantic reality show Single and Super are being found in comas, and Checkmate needs to get to the bottom of it. As part of Rook’s plan, he cleans up his bad boy image and goes undercover as a bachelor looking for love among twenty-five frenzied women. Against Rook’s wishes, Hogarth sneaks onto the set as a cameraman to investigate the case on his own. With questions unanswered between them, emotions run high, distracting them and feeding a trap of their own making.

Length: Novella (138p.) | Genre: Contemporary, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Humor | Release Date: August 7, 2013 | Buy as eBook ($4.99 ISBN: 978-1-62380-060-9)

New releases: August 5, 2013

August 5, 2013

Valley of the Dead by J.S. Cook

When Jack meets exotic and alluring diplomat Samuel Halim, Jack’s life—and the war-torn world—will change forever. Valley of the Dead by J.S. Cook, avialble from Dreamspinner Press.

The Second World War rages: it touches Newfoundland in unprecedented ways, throwing spies and patriots together inside expatriate Jack Stolyes’s Heartache Café and forcing uncomplementary bedfellows into alliances. It’s all in a day’s work for Jack, whose introduction to the Island included corrupt cops, a murder on the doorstep of his restaurant, and more than one attempt on his life.

When exotic and alluring Egyptian diplomat Samuel Halim enters Jack’s small corner of the world, Jack’s life will change forever. Then, on his voyage home, Sam disappears along with the code key to decipher a Nazi radio command that will set Rommel’s troops in motion.

Jack finds himself with nothing to go on except a fragmented late-night phone call from Sam and a handful of disparate clues. In the teeming heat of Cairo—a city rife with romance, secrets, sex, and danger, where no one is who he seems and violent death waits around every shadowed corner—it’s up to Jack to find the new love of his life and deliver the code that will change the course of history.

Length: Novel (226p.) | Genre: Historical, Mystery/Suspense | Release Date: August 5, 2013 | Buy as eBook ($6.99 ISBN: 978-1-62380-630-9) | Buy as Paperback ($14.99 ISBN: 978-1-62380-629-3)

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When Love Takes Over by Jacob Z. Flores

Zach and Van may either find love amid Provincetown’s colorful summer or more heartbreak than either can imagine. When Love Takes Over by Jacob Z. Flores, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Zach Kelly’s life is a shambles. His boyfriend of three years dumped him, and his writing career is going nowhere. On a whim, he heads to Provincetown, Massachusetts, to nurse his broken heart and figure out his next step. He’s expecting to find rest and relaxation on the sandy beaches of Cape Cod. Instead, Zach meets a hunky porn star during a chance encounter at a leather shop he mistakes as a place to buy a belt that is definitely not for whipping.

Van Pierce is smitten when shy and inexperienced Zach crashes through a shelf of fetish gear. Though Van’s got an insatiable appetite for men on and off the set, his porn persona, Hart Throb, hides a broken heart. He’s struggling to find the reality the porno set doesn’t offer, and Zach is fighting to find the fantasy that will set his writing on fire. The odd goofball and the suave beefcake may either find love amid Provincetown’s colorful pagentry where summer never seems to end—or more heartbreak than either can imagine.

Length: Novel (270p.) | Genre: Contemporary, M/M/M or More | Release Date: August 5, 2013 | Buy as eBook ($6.99 ISBN: 978-1-62380-023-4) | Buy as Paperback ($16.99 ISBN: 978-1-62380-022-7)

New releases: August 2, 2013

August 2, 2013

Beyond Duty by SJD Peterson

As Gunny and Mac navigate emotional waters as choppy as any they’ve seen, they might learn Semper Fi applies to more than their careers. Beyond Duty by SJD Peterson, available from Dreamspinner Press.

The repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell didn’t come soon enough for Gunther “Gunny” Duchene and Macalister “Mac” Jones, career US Marines who met at boot camp in the 1990s. They’ve been somewhere between best friends and lovers in peacetime and wartime both, but as the clock ticks toward Mac’s and Gunny’s retirements, the guys have much more to worry about than coming out.

Whether their relationship will survive outside of the closet they’ve had to shove it into for over two decades is a big question mark. Gunny questions why a hot military man like Mac—who could get any guy he wanted, including a younger, sexier one—would want him. But as Gunny and Mac navigate emotional waters as choppy as any they saw on duty, they just might learn Semper Fi applies to more than their careers.

Length: Novel (214p.) | Genre: Contemporary, BDSM/kink | Release Date: August 2, 2013 | Buy as eBook (ISBN: 978-1-62380-003-6) | Buy as Paperback (ISBN: 978-1-62380-002-9)

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Fighting for Hope by Serena Yates

When Grayson and James must obtain approval for their respective hospital proposals, attraction threatens to take over. Fighting for Hope by Serena Yates, available from Dreamspinner Press.

2nd Edition

Modern Battles: Book One

Eccentric Sir Malcolm Witherspoon has bequeathed a rare piece of land to the Oxford Hospital Trust with only one stipulation: it must become the site for a new medical center. Unfortunately, he left the details unwritten. Now, several hospital departments are fighting to get their visions approved by the Appropriations Committee. Head of Pediatrics Dr. Grayson Burrows believes the land should be used to build a new children’s hospital. Oncologist Dr. James Pearson is certain a cancer research center will do the most good.

It’s a battle neither wants to lose.

Soon, their professional integrity is on the line, and they don’t see eye to eye on medical care: Grayson thinks a holistic approach is optimal, while James knows logical trial and error works best. But when they’re tasked with obtaining the hospital board’s approval for their respective proposals, their personal attraction threatens to take over, making them behave in an entirely unprofessional way. As the deadline looms on the committee’s decision, both Grayson and James must reevaluate their priorities or neither doctor will get what he wants.

1st edition published by Silver Publishing, March 2011.

Length: Novel (240p.) | Genre: Contemporary | Release Date: August 2, 2013 | Buy as eBook (ISBN: 978-1-62380-628-6) | Buy as Paperback (ISBN: 978-1-62380-627-9)

Harmony Ink New Release: August 1, 2013

August 1, 2013

Determination by Jamie Mayfield

A Harmony Ink Press Young Adult Title

Unless he earns Brian’s forgiveness and wins back his trust, their love will be sacrificed on the altar of Jamie’s demons. Determination by Jamie Mayfield, a Harmony Ink Press Young Adult title available from Dreamspinner Press.

Waiting for Forever: Book III

Brian McAllister and Jamie Mayfield have risked everything in a desperate escape and are finally together. Jamie is free of his tormentor… for the moment. But Brian and Jamie know that one wrong choice could lead him to their door.

The long, lonely hours in their safe house leave Jamie with nothing to do but think. He thinks about Brian, about the direction their lives should take. He thinks about his parents. Mostly, he thinks about drugs. Jamie wants to feel good again, forget about his self-hatred, and stop the gnawing cravings that prey upon his mind and body.

One moment of weakness may prove fatal for them both.

After being reunited with his father, Jamie attempts to put his life back together amid rehab, seizures, and the gutting loneliness of Brian’s rejection. As he tries to cope, he finds that relying on his friends isn’t as difficult as he’d imagined, and soon he can stand on his own feet. Jamie starts college, working to become the man Brian needs. Unless he earns Brian’s forgiveness and wins back his trust, their love will be sacrificed on the altar of Jamie’s demons.

Adapted from the award-winning Little Boy Lost series by J. P. Barnaby.

100% of the author’s royalties are being donated to help homeless LGBT kids find safe shelter.

Length: Novel (336p.) | Genre: Contemporary | Release Date: August 1, 2013

Buy as an eBook (ISBN: 978-1-62798-010-4) | Buy as a paperback (ISBN: 978-1-62798-009-8)

New releases: July 31, 2013

July 31, 2013

The Prince He Loved by Michael Barnette

It will take all of Raphael and Ice’s combined skills to restore the government of Alleven to its rightful ruler—and stay alive. The Prince He Loved by Michael Barnette, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Prince Raphael d’Alleven flees for his life after his family is murdered and the government of Alleven is taken over. Exhausted and unable to find a way off world, Raphael literally runs into his best hope for salvation: a genetically engineered soldier named Hadrian Ice. Ice hadn’t planned on taking service with anyone, but understanding the predicament Raphael finds himself in, Ice is unable to turn him away.

With bounty hunters on their trail and Vicount Alfonso Macchoine, scion of the House responsible for the coup, joining the hunt, it will take all of their combined skills to restore the government of Alleven to its rightful ruler, Raphael’s missing twin sister, Raphaella. As long as they don’t get killed first.

Length: Novel (258p.) | Genre: Science Fiction, Mystery/Suspense, Paranormal |Release Date: July 31, 2013 | Buy as eBook (ISBN: 978-1-62380-029-6) | Buy as Paperback (ISBN: 978-1-62380-028-9)

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Where My Love Lies Dreaming by Christopher Hawthorne Moss

Frankie and Johnny’s passionate love affair falls apart when Johnny refuses to admit two men can be in love in the Civil War South. Where My Love Lies Dreaming by Christopher Hawthorne Moss, available from Dreamspinner Press.

As the famous riverboat Le Beau Soleil lazily steams down the mighty Mississippi into the heart of the South, distractions of every sort attempt to pull agent for the Treasury Johnny Stanley away from his assignment. While liquor and gaming are no great temptations, his fascination with Le Beau Soleil’s owner, the debonair Frankie Deramus, means Johnny’s steadfast denial of his attraction to men is no longer feasible. Johnny fights his lust, but when he must come to Frankie’s aid, he can’t ignore his urges any longer.

Their passionate love affair falls apart when Johnny refuses to admit two men can be in love. A bitter confrontation between the lovers at a Mardi Gras masquerade forces Johnny to run north. Frankie tries to follow, but the Southern states secede one by one, making it impossible to track Johnny down. The Civil War pits brother against brother and separates lover from lover. When at last the lovers meet again, it’s on the battlefield….

Length: Novel (350p.) | Genre: Historical, Americas | Release Date: July 31, 2013 | Buy as eBook (ISBN: 978-1-62380-638-5) | Buy as Paperback (ISBN: 978-1-62380-637-8)

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The Mirror by Bell Ellis

Vic sees his face in a mirror—but it’s a ghost looking for reincarnated love. Vic then meets Jules and finds himself torn between the two. The Mirror by Bell Ellis, available from Dreamspinner Press.

When Vic Ledore buys an antique mirror only to find it’s haunted, his initial fear turns to intrigue when he realizes he and the ghost wear the same face. The mirror is possessed by Philippe Montmarche, a vagrant who lived in early-1800s New Orleans and committed suicide after his lover went to war and died. Philippe is helplessly trapped until he can find his true love again. He also believes Vic is his reincarnation, but Vic isn’t so sure.

Soon after, Vic meets Jules Cassell, a gorgeous, witty, interesting man who relieves Vic’s ennui and quickly finds his way to Vic’s heart. But Philippe has captivated Vic as well, and when Philippe’s search to find his lover mysteriously involves Jules, Vic can’t help but be drawn in to the tragic love story as he hopes to discover his own.

Length: Novella (93p.) | Genre: Paranormal, Ghosts/Spirits | Release Date: July 31, 2013 |Buy as eBook (ISBN: 978-1-62380-878-5)

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What There Is by Kate McMurray

New roommates make a pact: Justin will help Mark find a man, and Mark will help Justin find something he loves more than baseball. What There Is by Kate McMurray, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Former professional baseball player Justin Piersol needs a new life after a career-ending injury, and his job as a high school baseball coach isn’t exactly fulfilling. Still, things are looking up: he finds the perfect room in an apartment in Brooklyn with Mark, who writes a popular column on sports statistics.

Mark is nerdy and socially awkward and intensely shy, and he immediately develops a terrible crush on Justin, who barely seems to notice him. As they get to know each other, Justin admits he misses playing baseball, that coaching doesn’t scratch the itch. Mark confesses he thought he’d be married by now, that he wants a serious relationship. So they make a pact: Justin will help Mark find a man, and Mark will help Justin find something he loves more than baseball.

They put their plan into action… and then life gets complicated. Mark meets a nice guy named Dave, and Justin is suddenly crazy with jealousy. Justin realizes he wants to let go of the past and focus on the present, but as Mark and Dave become an item, Justin fears he’s too late.

Length: Novella (67p.) | Genre: Contemporary | Release Date: July 31, 2013 | Buy as eBook (ISBN: 978-1-62380-016-6)

New releases: July 29, 2013

July 29, 2013

Designs of Desire by Tempeste O’Riley

Seth is instantly smitten by the artist helping with his newest project, but Jason lives in constant fear that he’s not worthy of anything. Designs of Desire by Tempeste O’Riley, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Artist James Bryant has forearm crutches in every color from rainbow for fun to sleek black for business. He even has a pair with more paint splatters than metal. After his family’s rejection and abuse from a man he thought loved him, James only just gets through the day by painting. He lives in constant fear that he’s not worthy of anything, let alone love.

As CEO of his company, Carrington Enterprises, Seth Burns is a take-charge kind of guy, and he is instantly smitten by the artist helping with his newest project. When he witnesses James suffer a panic attack, a protective instinct he never knew he had kicks in. He truly believes nothing is unobtainable—including James—if he’s willing to put in the time and effort.

James is shy and confused by Seth’s interest in him as a person. With Seth’s support, can he work through his fears to finally find the true love he deserves, or will someone finally land the crushing blow he won’t survive?

Length: Novel (200p.) | Genre: Contemporary, BDSM/Kink | Release Date: July 29, 2013 | Buy as eBook ($6.99 ISBN: 978-1-62380-005-0) | Buy as Paperback ($14.99 ISBN: 978-1-62380-004-3)

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It Should Have Been You by Michael Murphy

Patrick has lived a sheltered life and doesn’t have a clue how to survive on his own until he meets Juan, a street-savvy Latino youth. It Should Have Been You by Michael Murphy, available from Dreamspinner Press.

After a hit-and-run driver kills David McCleary, his mother, Frieda McCleary, tells her younger son, Patrick, “It should have been you.” While the McCleary family limps along for a while, it clearly died with David. In an effort to deal with her son’s death, Frieda joins a fundamentalist church while her family watches her become a stranger. When she discovers Patrick is gay, she is convinced he is the reason David was taken from her. Patrick’s father runs interference, but when he leaves town for work, she throws Patrick out onto the streets.

As a blond-haired, blue-eyed sixteen-year-old kid from the suburbs, Patrick has lived a sheltered life and doesn’t have a clue how to survive on his own. He’s struggling until he meets a local priest running a homeless shelter who introduces Patrick to Juan, a street-savvy Latino youth wise beyond his years, and they strike up an instant rapport.

It’s not pretty, but they’re making it together, until one night Juan goes off with a stranger to earn a few bucks… and doesn’t come back. Patrick is determined to find him, regardless the danger and cost.

Length: Novel (240p.) | Genre: Contemporary, Coming of Age | Release Date: July 29, 2013 | Buy as eBook (ISBN: 978-1-62380-588-3) | Buy as Paperback (ISBN: 978-1-62380-587-6)

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Heir to the Throne by Maria Albert

Descent of Kings 2: Destinies and lives of men and others become inescapably intertwined in a world falling into war. Heir to the Throne by Maria Albert, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Descent of Kings: Book Two

“It would not be the first time I made such a grave tactical error. I have made many. It is not your responsibility to save this world from the evil that threatens to consume it, Aras. Do not blame yourself for my shortcomings.”

—Prince Talon of the Amontir

When his bonds to his cousins Hunter and Beryl are unexpectedly severed, Talon is devastated, fearing his kinsmen dead. In his darkest hour, Talon succors a young Wood Elf, Aras, unaware of the crucial role his new friend is destined to play.

Prince Jargas thought he would never learn the secret of his grandsire’s line and his lost heritage. He never suspected the answer might lie in a Dwarven dungeon or that it could cost him the life of his beloved twin sister, Jarina.

Young apprentice trader Rion and his guard, Tarrell, thought Athanark would be their new home until they met Talon and Aras.

Friends become enemies and enemies become friends as new alliances are forged, men die, cities burn, and kingdoms fall. Everyone has secrets, and no one is who or what he seems.

Length: Novel (450p.) | Genre: High Fantasy | Release Date: July 29, 2013 | Buy as eBook (ISBN: 978-1-62380-562-3) | Buy as Paperback (ISBN: 978-1-62380-561-6)

New releases: July 22, 2013

July 22, 2013

Billy’s Bones by Jamie Fessenden

Tom Langois believes he’ll never see Kevin again—but Kevin turns up three years later, interested in more than friendship. Billy’s Bones by Jamie Fessenden, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Kevin Derocher was thirty-two when he walked into Tom’s office, newly married, a baby on the way, and the collar of his red flannel shirt pulled up to hide the bruises around his throat from when he hanged himself in his garage. After his initial consult, therapist Tom Langois believes he’ll never see Kevin again—but Kevin turns up three years later to make repairs on Tom’s new house.

Kevin and Tom become fast friends, and Tom begins to suspect Kevin may be interested in more than friendship. However, Kevin remains haunted by something from his childhood—something so terrible he blocked it from his mind. These suppressed memories make it impossible for Kevin to get close to anyone without panicking and lashing out, sometimes violently. But as his past begins to surface, it becomes apparent that Kevin may hold the key to a twenty-five-year-old mystery: what happened to Billy?

Length: Novel (254p.) | Genre: Contemporary, Mystery/Suspense | Release Date: July 22, 2013 | Buy as eBook (ISBN: 978-1-62380-942-3) | Buy as Paperback (ISBN: 978-1-62380-941-6)

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Find a Way by R.G. Green

Derek left Gravlorn in search of answers, and although Kherin is determined to keep what they found together, growing tensions threaten. Find a Way by R.G. Green, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Prince and Trader: Book II

Passion has blossomed from the lifelong friendship between Kherin Rylle, the second prince of Llarien, and Derek Resh, a trader employed by the crown. But left on his own in the border city of Gravlorn, Kherin soon draws the anger of the Defenders and his own brother as charges of cowardice and treason are thrown at his feet. Meanwhile, the increasingly dangerous attacks of the northerners bring more than the threat of war to Llarien’s border. Rumors of an ancient northern magic promise a danger far greater than war, and Kherin can’t say the rumors aren’t true.

Only now he has to learn the truth on his own.

Derek left Gravlorn in search of answers for the unexpected happenings at the border, and although Kherin is determined to keep what they found together, growing tensions, hidden jealousies, and unforeseen revelations about the northern lands threaten to take away everything he has worked to gain. As the border grows more dangerous, Kherin faces the reality that courage and honor may not be enough to end the northern threat, and love may not be enough for Derek and Kherin to find happiness.

Length: Novel (214p.) | Genre: High Fantasy | Release Date: July 22, 2013 | Buy as eBook (ISBN: 978-1-62380-605-7) | Buy as Paperback (ISBN: 978-1-62380-604-0)