Release Party: Offside–First contest: chance to win the ebook.

April 28, 2011

Tell me which of my previous Dreamspinner Press releases was a nap-sized dream for a chance to win a copy of Offside (in ebook).

Please comment on the blog, not on Facebook.

Offside cover w/ two soccer players facing forward

Adam and Colin want you to win!

Release Party: Offside–Excerpt 1

April 28, 2011

The first of three excerpts today from Offside.

THE team’s house (“Hacienda del Gateway,” Colin called it) had a shared kitchen and game room, but other than that the living areas were divided into apartments modeled on deluxe hotel rooms with a living room separate from the bedroom. “It’s right next to mine,” Colin said as he opened the door to Adam‟s space. “I know it’s not much, but that shouldn’t matter to you since you aren’t staying, should it?”

“Colin,” Adam said. “I told you, I’m in for the season.”

“Good,” Colin said. “I hope we won’t bore you too much before you take off.” There was no mistaking that Colin was still offended.

The last thing Adam needed was the only guy he knew in this city disliking him, especially not when that guy looked like Colin. “I know I’m coming off like a dick, but it‟s been a tough few weeks, so maybe you could just cut me a little slack, all right? I promise, I’m not always like this.” He thought of his father saying, “Your face will stick like that” and wondered if that applied to personality too, if being angry for so long and betrayed and fucked over meant that he was going to be unable to shake it.

Colin turned back and smiled, his cheeks pink. “You just need some settling in time. You’re jet-lagged and you’ve been through some tough stuff lately.” He patted Adam’s arm. Adam clenched his teeth so he wouldn’t grab Colin and start doing the things he imagined. Maybe he was wiped out. That was probably why he was thinking nonsense about his dad’s sayings. Thankfully, Colin stepped back.

“You have no idea,” Adam said, once he got his words back.

Release Party: Offside blurb

April 28, 2011

Adam Dumas is Major League Soccer’s only openly gay player. When he is transferred to St. Louis, his new teammates don’t exactly roll out the welcome mat. It doesn’t help that Adam sees “the Gateway to the West” as a step down from his high-profile position in LA—an attitude Adam has no problem sharing with his new housemate and fellow center forward, Colin Evets.

Colin is Adam’s only friend on the team, but when Adam misinterprets Colin’s Midwestern charm for something more, he could end up ruining both their friendship and their careers. As Adam struggles to make a better impression, Colin tries to decide if the person he’s been showing the world is who he wants to be with Adam. The pressure to win influences decisions both on the field and off as Adam and Colin discover how making the wrong move can be very right.

Offside.

Offside cover features two soccer players and a dark blue background

Adam and Colin think blurbs are fun!

Offside–Release Party: Introduction

April 28, 2011

Hello, dear Readers!

I’m Ryan Loveless, and for the next few hours I’ll be celebrating the release of my first DSP novella. You may know me already from my short stories, the lovingly kinky The Gift (5 stars at QMO) and Off the Page, a light romantic-comedy (unreviewed thus far, as far as I know). Or you may know me from my indie polyamory romantic suspense novel, Building Arcadia (Blueprints Not Included). (I know you don’t know me from that; I’ve seen the sales figures.) Maybe you saw my story “Jean-Paul” in the Uniform Appeal anthology.

But probably you don’t know me at all. That’s okay. We’ll get acquainted today. More importantly, you’ll get to know Adam Dumas and Colin Evets, the main characters in Offside.

Here’s a schedule for today. I’m going to aim for twenty minutes between each post, so that should put us at a finish by 7pm EST. Please feel free to comment on any post. I’ll try to check the DSP Facebook page, too, but for contests please reply at the blog.

1. This here intro post.
2. Offside blurb
3. First excerpt
4. First contest: chance to win the ebook.
5. Welcome to St. Louis; see what Adam sees!
6. Landon Donovan and Brian McBride: Two of Major League Soccer’s Greatest Players
7. Second excerpt
8. Sick saves! The goalie saves the day again and again.
9. Let’s get serious: challenging homophobia in soccer–what some organizations are doing and how you can help
10. Second contest: chance to win the ebook
11. Why I’m not writing a post on what inspired me to write this book.
12. Third excerpt
13. Thank you and goodnight!

And here’s where you can find me around the web:

Blog: http://ryanloveless.dreamwidth.org
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/ryanloveless
Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/ryanlovelessbooks
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/ryanloveless

Dark haired man, intense eyes, w/ soccer ball in forefront. Other player in background.

Adam and Colin are ready to meet you!