Easy Sinking by Cecilia Ryan

October 19, 2011

Easy Sinking by Cecilia Ryan

Asata is a backwater planet, favored by the less-than-honest sorts that hang around the outer rim of the galaxy. Melech, captain of the Thalassa, is no exception, though he’s scaled back his activities recently. He’s on Asata for a quiet few days of rest and relaxation and to get rid of some cargo he doesn’t want to be caught with. When Aiolos, a scruffy but attractive Human, literally falls at his feet, Melech takes it as a sign that his luck is about to turn. Instead, he finds himself naked and penniless, watching Aiolos run off into the night. Melech is sure he‘s seen the last of the engaging thief, until he runs into him again—literally—a few days later, with a proposition Melech is just intrigued enough to consider accepting.

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Genre: Science Fiction
Length: Short Story

Together Bound by Elizabeth Noble

October 10, 2011

Will Todd and Nick’s bond survive separation, imprisonment, and the threat of war? Together Bound by Elizabeth Noble, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Sequel to Marked Yours

Todd and Nick Ruger have settled into their life and work, the master/slave bond in New Colorado tying them together in a sacred rite of service, protection, and—in their case—love. But out of the blue, Todd receives a letter from the vice chancellor of New Colorado threatening their bond, demanding ownership of Nick under eminent domain.

It turns out Vice Chancellor Clarke desperately needs the help of the sentries, especially Nick, to investigate a problem involving the Chancellor. With New Colorado on the verge of war with West Caldera, a rift in the government would be disastrous. Todd and Nick agree to help, and Nick enters the orphan slave compound while Todd joins the Estate security force.

They don’t expect the danger they discover. Now the target of an unimaginable threat, Nick and Todd will face terrors that lead to murder, imprisonment, and the threat of separation forever as the hopeless battle escalates into full-scale war.

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Genre: Science Fiction
Length: Novel

A Modest Proposal by Felicitas Ivey

September 28, 2011

Can Hagar overcome his distrust and give Shibito what he desires? A Modest Proposal by Felicitas Ivey, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Hagar is the captain of the cargo ship Midgard Serpent. Most of his shipments are legal, but he has a reputation for being an honest smuggler—a reputation that lands him some troublesome cargo. Shibito, an exiled member of the Nipponese imperial family, meets Hagar on Dunmore Station. Keeping his true identity secret, Shibito tells Hagar he’ll do anything to get out of there. Never one to turn down an offer like that, Hagar accepts.

But Shibito doesn’t have just any destination in mind, and Hagar is furious when he discovers that his mysterious passenger has altered their course without telling him. With no way to change course a second time, Hagar has no choice but to trust—and face the temptation of Shibito’s request for some rough handling, a proposal Hagar isn’t sure he can resist.

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Genre: Science Fiction
Length: Novella

Strays by Elizabeth Noble

September 7, 2011

Can Kyle and Daniel see past the lies surrounding them to keep each other safe? Strays by Elizabeth Noble, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Kyle Anderson grew up with the lie that he was one of the last humans born. Then Kyle’s quiet, lonely life as a research assistant and student is shattered when he discovers the government has been lying to the world for more than twenty years. Now on the run from authorities who would kill for his silence, Kyle is taken in by Daniel Shanks, a member of a militia group dedicated to discovering the truth.

Daniel has seen death and violence in this new, radically changed society, and the closer he gets to Kyle, the harder his fears ride him. They will need to stop listening to the lies told by the government and start facing the lies they’ve been telling themselves, because the only place strays like them may be safe in this uncertain world is in each other’s hearts.

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Genre: Science Fiction
Length: Novella

A Solid Core of Alpha by Amy Lane

August 8, 2011

Having survived a holocaust, can Anderson learn to trust and love again? A Solid Core of Alpha by Amy Lane, available from Dreamspinner Press.

In an act of heroism and self-sacrifice, Anderson Rawn’s sister saved him from the destruction of their tiny mining colony, but her actions condemned the thirteen-year-old to ten years of crushing loneliness on the hyperspace journey to a new home. Using electronics and desperation, Anderson creates a family to keep him company, but family isn’t always a blessing.

When Anderson finally arrives, C.J. Poulson greets him with curiosity and awe, because anyone who can survive a holocaust and reinvent holo-science is going to be a legend and right up C.J.’s alley. But the more C.J. investigates how Anderson endured the last ten years, the deeper he is drawn into a truly dangerous fantasy, one that offers the key to Anderson’s salvation—and his destruction.

In spite of his best intentions, C.J. can’t resist the terribly seductive Anderson. Their attraction threatens to destroy them, because the heart of a man who can survive the destruction of his people and retain his sense of self holds a solid core of alpha male that will not be denied.

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Genre: Science Fiction
Length: Novel

18% Gray by Anne Tenino

August 1, 2011

Will Matt’s rescue of James lead to love or disaster? 18% Gray by Anne Tenino, available from Dreamspinner Press.

In a future where the United States has split along party lines, Agent Matt Tennimore’s job is to get people out of the Confederated Red States, whether they’re captured special ops agents from his own country or gay CRS citizens who’ve petitioned for asylum. He never expected to have to retrieve his high school crush, aka the guy who ostracized him for being gay.

Rescuing James Ayala isn’t going to be easy: he’s crawling with tracking nanos and has a cybernetic brain implant that’s granted him psychic power he isn’t sure how to control. That’s the good news. The bad? The implant is compromising James’s mental stability.

So they’re on the run, avoiding surveillance by AI aircraft and hiding from enemy militia. Then James confesses he tormented Matt in high school because James wanted him. Matt can’t resist the temptation James offers, but he wants so much more than sex, assuming they ever make it home alive. Is James really a good bet when he’s got a ticking time bomb in his brain and there’s the question of how much he’s actually changed?

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Genre: Science Fiction
Length: Novel

The Finder by Brandon Fox

June 20, 2011

Can Rhan and Aerik protect their love and their world from the chaos of war? The Finder (m/m) by Brandon Fox, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Rhan knows what it means to bear the daemon’s visible mark. The Empire claimed and culled his childhood friend, and he has never forgiven the government for its callousness. When Rhan is assigned to help Imperial soldiers find a dangerous heretic, he is hard-pressed to keep his opinions—and his invisible advantages—to himself.

Surprisingly, one of the young guides in the hunt, Aerik Rodan, shares some of Rhan’s ideas. As the journey brings their minds closer, it also ignites the passion between them. But any thoughts of happiness are threatened as the hunt for one heretic soon leads them to the source of the heresy and a truth about their world that could bring chaos and war upon them all.

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Genre: Science Fiction, M/M/M or more
Length: Novel

Cat’s Quill by Anne Barwell

May 30, 2011

Can Tomas and Cathal win their happy ever after? Cat’s Quill (m/m) by Anne Barwell, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Tomas Kemp has two successful novels to his name and the true belief that a successful sequel is only a matter of a little inspiration. When Tomas meets a mysterious stranger under the branches of an old oak tree, he feels compelled to tell him about a book he holds dear and the sequel he wants to read. But Cathal doesn’t share that deep belief that the sequel Tomas seeks ends happily. Cathal has seen enough of a world where stories are real to know that happy ever after is sometimes the dream that won’t come true.

But stories have never let Tomas down, and as he follows Cathal across the reality shift between their worlds, he learns that Cathal is right: Happy ever after is never just given—but sometimes, it can be fought for and won.

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Genre: Science Fiction
Length: Novel