To Dream, Perchance to Live by Nessa L. Warin

October 22, 2012

Wyatt escapes dream slavery, but will his ex-handlers find him before Aiden helps him find himself? To Dream, Perchance to Live by Nessa L. Warin, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Wyatt Mettler is a Dreamer. While asleep, he can insert himself into people’s dreams and manipulate them, watch their fantasies, steal their secrets, and change their minds—all without their knowledge. For eleven years he’s been Lumoinnovations’ secret weapon, illegally enslaved, all in the name of the bottom line. But when an assignment goes awry and results in the death of the subject, Wyatt’s handlers leave him for dead.

When Aidan Donecoff stumbles across Wyatt’s unconscious body in an alley, he is struggling to get over a failed relationship and has almost given up hope of forging a true Bond with anyone. He has known Dreamers in the past, but none like Wyatt. When Wyatt truly wakes up for the first time since he was a child, it is Aidan who helps him find his way in the world. They grow close as Wyatt gains confidence, and life is good… until Wyatt’s handlers discover he is still alive and decide they want him back.

Length: Novel | Genre: Mystery/Suspense, Science Fiction | Buy as eBook | Buy as Paperback

Seeking Hyde by Max Griffin

October 22, 2012

Brent’s quest for the truth comes at a price. Seeking Hyde by Max Griffin, available from Dreamspinner Press.

When Brent Hyde arrives home from college to find his parents missing from their dairy farm, he feels a creeping sense of dread, but the homophobic local police won’t take him seriously. Determined to find them, Brent drags his friend, Gary, into the search.

When Jason Killeen, a senior journalism student from Brent’s college, shows up to investigate a twenty-year-old research project involving Brent’s mother—and Brent’s current employer—the situation gets sticky. Jason insists they’re all in danger, and a sudden body count proves him right.

While Brent, Jason, and Gary gather clues, a hit man, an FBI agent, and a corporate scientist turn up the heat by embroiling themselves in the investigation. Under that pressure, Brent and Gary’s relationship falters, and Brent finds himself turning to Jason, whose understated heroism attracts him. Then an unexpected discovery puts all three of them in mortal danger, and Brent makes a choice that will change them all forever.

Length: Novel | Genre: Mystery/Suspense, Science Fiction | Buy as eBook | Buy as Paperback

Push Comes to Shove by J.L. O’Faolain

October 16, 2012

Super powers may not be enough for Push to earn Scratch’s love and save the world. Push Comes to Shove by J.L. O’Faolain

No More Heroes: Book One

Super-powered superhero Push and his human partner, Scratch, have been best friends and roommates for years. Push is the gay posterchild for the Real-Life Superhero Association. Unfortunately, Scratch is straight, which makes Push’s suppressed feelings for him problematic—but not as problematic as their next assignment.

Push and Scratch’s job: rehabilitating Wrath, a recently released supervillain, complete with super powers of his own. It’s not easy to trust someone who used to be on the other side, and Wrath’s presence creates just the wrong kind of friction.

When a bank-robbing practical joker throws a wrench in their plans and leads them on a wild chase across the southern United States, Push, Scratch, and Wrath have to leave their baggage behind and work together. But there are more secrets and danger awaiting them, and super powers may not be enough.

Length: Novel
Genre: Science Fiction, Mystery/Suspense
Series: No More Heroes by J.L. O’Faolain

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Human After All by Connie Bailey

October 3, 2012

Jaymes and Drue must band together if they want to survive the wilderness and claim their rights as human beings. Human After All by Connie Bailey, available from Dreamspinner Press.

In the future, corporations buy the life contracts of infants and raise them for specific careers. Jaymes, aka The Prince, is Erotic Bioware, Thoroughbred Class, trained to seduce and give pleasure in the highest tiers of society. But his latest client involves him in a political assassination, and Jaymes must flee the comforts of the city for the barbaric outlands.

With Drue the Fox, Bioware, Exotic Class, Jaymes struggles through the last wilderness on his world in his quest to return to civilization and his pampered life. The ruthless corporate mercenary on their trail should make them want to work together—but Jaymes and Drue are diametrically opposed in personality, class, and ideology and can’t stop bickering about Bioware inequality.

Eventually, Jaymes’s dislike of Drue evolves into something else as Jaymes wakes up to the reality of his place in society and admits that Drue is right. It will take great courage, a band of ex-military outcasts, and a sympathetic politician to clear Jaymes’s name and bring about lasting changes for all Bioware. Only then can he and Drue have a life together with all the rights a human deserves.

Length: Novella
Genre: Science Fiction, Mystery/Suspense

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Vestige by K. J. Pedersen

August 8, 2012

Josiah’s  life is coming apart and a statue might be the culprit, or is it? Vestige by K. J. Pedersen, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Josiah Halden’s life is coming apart. He’s an athletic, handsome high school senior bound for college. He should be on top of the world. Instead, he’s struggling with his sexuality and nursing a crush on John from his gym class, and he’s plagued by nightmares and impossible visions of the night his parents died—visions he fears are an early indicator of the mental illness that runs in his family.

But the nightmares are part of something more sinister than madness, something linked to the strange black iron idol of a Caananite warrior-god Josiah inherited from his father, which keeps showing up in his dreams. Josiah’s friend Makani insists the statue is “wrong”—but that’s ridiculous, isn’t it? After all, it’s only a statue….

Length: Novella
Genre: Other Paranormal, Mystery/Suspense, Science Fiction

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Duanta Beads by Jackson Cordd

August 1, 2012

Can Evan and Rourke look past their appearances to explore their passion? Duanta Beads by Jackson Cordd, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Thousands of years after a cataclysmic explosion forever changes the atmosphere of the Earth, shelter dweller Evan journeys to the world’s surface in search of a way to help his people survive. What he finds is Rourke, a descendent of the humans who stayed above. They’re different: Evan and the other shelter dwellers are hairless, while Rourke and the other “Commons” have evolved fur to protect them from a harsher sun. As Evan searches for answers, the two men feel a growing attraction for one another, but Evan has been raised to think of Commons as subhuman. Can they look past appearances to explore their passion?

Length: Novella
Genre: Science Fiction

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Dark by M. Lee

July 4, 2012

Darkian will need all the help he can get to save his new flame and expose a terrorist cell. Dark by M. Lee, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Darkian Vanderbelt’s vacation from the Earth Service Protection Agency was not supposed to include a band of isolationist orcs with insider information traipsing through his hotel. On the other hand, without the orcs, he never would’ve met Jaime, a part-fairy hotel employee willing to give him access to the establishment’s records… among other things.

Knowing there’s a mole at the ESP, Dark is on his own to track down the orcs and their contraband weapons until his lover and sometime partner, Julius, shows up—and not a minute too soon: the orcs have kidnapped Jaime, and Dark will need all the help he can get to save his new flame and expose the terrorist cell.

Length: Novella
Genre: Mystery/Suspense, Science Fiction

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The Prince and the Program by Aldous Mercer

June 25, 2012

Mordred falls in love with Alan, but the man of his dreams is something less—or more—than he anticipates. The Prince and the Program by Aldous Mercer, available from Dreamspinner Press.

The Mordred Saga: Book One

Mordred Pendragon, the Bastard Prince, has done a Bad Thing—again. Exiled to Canada for seven years, he has to find a job to pay his bills. For reasons he refuses to reveal, Mordred decides “Software Engineer” has a nice ring to it. And though experience with “killing the Once and Future King, my father” and “that time in feudal Japan” makes for a poor résumé, he is hired by a small tech startup in Toronto.

In the midst of dealing with a crippling caffeine addiction and learning C++, Mordred thinks he has finally found someone to anchor him to the world of the living: Alan, the company’s offsite lead developer. Except that Alan might not be a “living” entity at all—he may, in fact, be the world’s first strong AI. Or a demon that mistook a Windows install for the highway to Hell. Or, just maybe, the ghost of Alan Turing, currently inhabiting a laptop.

Mordred’s attempts to figure out his love life are hampered by constant interference from the Inquisitors of the Securitates Arcanarum, corporate espionage, real espionage, a sysadmin bent on enslaving the world, and Marketing’s demands that Mordred ship software to the Russian Federation. Then Alan gets himself kidnapped. To save him, Mordred must ally himself with the company’s CEO, who will stop at nothing to rescue her lead developer so he can get back to work. But the Prince doesn’t just want to rescue Alan, he wants a Happily Ever After—and he will travel beyond Death itself to get one.

Too bad Alan is perfectly happy as a computer.

Length: Novel
Genre: Science Fiction, High Fantasy, Humor
Series: The Mordred Saga by Aldous Mercer

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Aldous Mercer is celebrating the release of The Prince and the Program over at the Dreamspinner Press blog. There’s a $1000 Codebreaking Challenge – a cash award for the first person that cracks the Golden Egg that spans the entire length of the novel. There’s no time limit, the prize will be awarded whenever the Egg is cracked, now or ten years from now. Join Aldous through the day as he reveals some of the Eggs (helping you rule out some leads), plays a little bit of music for you, and talks about The Prince and The Program.

The Trust by Shira Anthony and Venona Keyes

June 18, 2012

Jake embarks on a dangerous mission to find out the truth about Trace… and himself. The Trust by Shira Anthony and Venona Keyes, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Eight years ago, Jake Anders was a college kid from the wrong side of the tracks. Then Trace Michelson recruited him into The Trust, a CIA-backed agency whose “executives” eliminate rogue biotechnology operations. Trace was everything Jake ever wanted in a man: powerful, brilliant, and gorgeous. But Jake never admitted his attraction to his mentor, and Trace always kept Jake at arm’s length.

Now Trace is dead and Jake is one of The Trust’s best operatives, highly skilled and loyal to the organization.  But the secret agent has his own secret: six years ago, before he was assassinated, Trace designed a Sim chip containing his memories and experiences—and now that chip is part of Jake. It’s just data, designed to augment Jake’s knowledge, but when Sim becomes reality, Jake wonders if Trace is still alive or if Jake really is going crazy like everyone claims. He doesn’t know if he can trust himself, let alone anyone else.

To learn the truth about Trace and the chip, Jake embarks on a dangerous mission—except he’s not the only one looking for the information. Some of the answers are locked in his head, and unless he finds the key, he’ll be killed for the technology that’s become a part of him.

Now, more than ever, Jake wishes Trace were here to guide him.  Too bad he’s dead… right?

Length: Novel
Genre: Mystery/Suspense, Science

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Release party: “The Trust”

June 18, 2012

Welcome to release day for “The Trust,” by Dreamspinner Press authors Shira Anthony and Venona Keyes.  Please join us today for excerpts and an ebook giveaway contest, and read a little about the inspiration for this gay spy thriller/romance.

Throughout the day, Shira and Venona will be talking about their book and posting excerpts.  Enter to win a free ebook copy (format of your choice) by commenting here or on Shira’s website, www.shiraanthony.com A winner will be drawn at midnight on June 18th.