Xavier and Josh – so in love!

February 12, 2015

Hello and welcome to my release day party! I’m here promoting my newest release: “Hearts and Minds.”

Xavier is so in love with Josh and the intensity is indescribable. He truly sees Josh as his savior and in some respects he is. But because of that he might get a wee bit overprotective, which can lead to some interesting moments… some of which are in “Hearts and Minds.” See what I did there?

 

I’m very proud of this book and where I leave my guys at the end. But another reason I really enjoyed this book is that it takes place in my favorite place of all time: Haven, Montana. A town founded by shifters for shifters. Who wouldn’t want to live in a town where someone could shift into a wolf or fox or cat anytime they wanted to right in front of your eyes? Because it’s in Haven, Sheriff Jack and his mate Travis (“Blind Devotion” book 3) make cameos. It was fun running into them again.

 

For those of you wondering, Haven will be a vital location in later books. I’m sure some of you smarties already guessed that.

 

Also, for those curious, I do plan on 20ish books in this series, and I hope you all join me for the ride! I will have 5 parts with 3-5 books in each. I have a climactic battle planned in the last one (of course) that I hope you all will enjoy! It’s very possible that Xavier and Josh will pop up again in later books. I love having cameos of previous characters.

 

And now another excerpt!

 

 

“I should take a shower,” Xavier murmured even as he tugged Josh against him, his hands cupping Josh’s butt.

“No, I want to smell you,” Josh said. He then literally jumped into Xavier’s arms and wrapped his arms and legs around him. Xavier staggered backward in surprise but recovered quickly. Josh smashed his mouth against Xavier’s, and Xavier thrust his tongue into his mouth. Groaning, Josh yanked the tie out of Xavier’s hair and drove his fingers through the black locks as Xavier squeezed Josh’s ass. Josh rubbed his encased erection against Xavier’s stomach.

“Hell yes,” Xavier growled as he carried Josh to the bed and laid him down. Josh yanked off Xavier’s tank, needing to feel hot flesh. His fingers dug into Xavier’s back, feeling the muscles, the strong bones. Xavier was so strong and ruthless, but also so loving. Josh kissed Xavier’s corded neck, moving lower, licking his sweat and sucking the skin lightly.

Xavier shivered and groaned. “Jesus Christ, Josh. I’ve missed you.”

Josh had never felt such need in his life, this sense of urgency. Perhaps it was the fact that they could be interrupted at any moment, or perhaps the knowledge that Xavier hadn’t been inside Josh for far so long. Josh suddenly needed him, right then. He needed to feel his strength, to feel that connection again. Xavier was Josh’s first and only, and Josh craved him like a dying man does water.

Xavier pulled off Josh’s shirt before unzipping Josh’s pants. Rearing up, Josh began kissing Xavier’s arms, and the muscles quivered under his touch, the skin heated under his palms. Josh had to taste all of him; he had to love all of him.

When Xavier gripped Josh’s exposed erection, Josh fell back on the bed with a gasp. Xavier stroked him with one hand as his other continued to push Josh’s pants down his legs. Josh stared and groaned at Xavier, whose eyes were bright gold, lust and need naked within them. He really, really loved Xavier’s eyes.

Xavier lowered his head—

“Xavier, Josh! Come quick!” The voice sounded distant, as if down the hall or stairs, but they both heard it clearly.

They both froze for half a second before Xavier pushed off the bed, his eyes now flashing a dark green, his skin rippling as if he was fighting the urge to shift.

Josh felt just as pissed as Xavier and actually growled. “What the fuck is going on?” he demanded.

“They better have a fucking good reason,” Xavier growled, sounding more like a wolf than Josh ever could.

“Xavier, Josh!” The voice became louder, and then someone pounded frantically on their door.

Xavier yanked it open even as Josh got out of the line of sight and tugged his pants back on.

“What is it, Misty?” Xavier demanded.

“I’m so sorry, but it’s Allen, he’s—”

“Allen?” Josh grabbed his shirt from where Xavier had tossed it on the floor and ran to the doorway. He saw the panic and fear in Misty’s eyes, and the last of his raging lust died. His own fear rose up to replace it.

“What happened?” Xavier asked.

 

 

What will happen next? You’ll have to purchase the book to find out… http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=6031

 

Don’t forget to post comments and give me some of your own questions! I’m ready!

 

-M.D. Grimm

Shifters are fun

February 12, 2015

I don’t re-read my published stories as a rule since there is always something I want to fix, and I can’t. But “Healing Minds” is one of the rare exceptions. I just like the “getting-to-know-you” portion of the book which is literally all of it. I enjoy the journey they took and the way they began to depend on each other. But I felt as though they needed another chance in the limelight, which is why I picked them for a sequel. Some couples I can step away from and feel satisfied that their stories are completely told, but others I have to return to. I find it amusing that “Healing Minds” was the book I least wanted to write, but ended up becoming one of my favorites. Typical, right?

 

“Hearts and Minds” http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=6031

was longer than I expected it to be, but that’s never a bad thing in my opinion. It simply means I had a full story to tell.

 

If you wish to know more about The Shifters series and my future plans for it, check out my blog at: http://www.mdgrimmwrites.com/#!Shifters-explained/c1o5e/3AB7F857-F8F4-4032-829D-A151576ED328

 

I explain everything you could ever want to know about my direction for the series (without spoiling too many of the surprises).

 

Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day? If so, how?

 

-M.D.

Let’s Talk THIRDS with Charlie Cochet

November 5, 2014

Dreamspinner: So, Dex? Where did you get the inspiration for this 80′s-music-singing, high-octane cop with the mouth of a sailor who can’t hold his liquor?

Ah, Dex. Dex popped into my head in all his Cheesy-doodle-crunching, power-ballad-singing glory. It’s kind of scary how many traits Dex and I share. The 80s quirk was easy for me because like Dex, I’m a child of the 80s. I love the music, the movies, the cartoons, and toys. The clothes maybe not so much, but I definitely enjoy looking back at the fashion horrors. The coffee obsession is something we also share. Brain function is difficult without my cup of java in the morning. All that frothy goodness. Mmm….

I’m also big fan of John McClane from the Die Hard movies. This every day cop with amazing wit who always found himself embroiled in some kind of trouble that ends up with him beat up or almost getting blown up. That whole kind of “every man” trait that John McClane has is something I wanted for Dex. He’s not this invincible action hero who knows three kinds of martial arts and can walk away from an explosion without a scratch on him. I wanted Dex to be fun but complex. He’s the kind of guy you’d love to have as a friend. He’s a genuinely nice guy, loyal, always wants to do the right thing, loves his family, and knows when to be serious. Trouble has a way of finding him. He might be on an elite team, but he’s just a regular guy. Just weirder.

Dreamspinner: Are we only going to get three books in the THIRDS series?

There are quite a few books planned for the THIRDS series. At the moment, I have 8 books planned. It’s a continuous timeline, though book 5 will be from Ash & Cael’s point of views, and Book 6 from Calvin & Hobbs’s point of views, Book 7 & 8 will return to Dex and Sloane. I also have a book planned in the THIRDS world with agent Sebastian Hobbs and Chief Medical Examiner Hudson Colbourn. After that, we’ll have to see. You never know which characters will demand to have their stories told. I have a few couples that might get their own novellas.

Dreamspinner: What scene in any of the THIRDS books do you still laugh about?

I admit that I still laugh at a good deal of Dex’s antics. It’s hard to pick just one. The training scene in Blood & Thunder is a top favorite. Sloane is in his jaguar form and he takes off after another agent who screams “like a pre-teen at a Bieber concert”. That scene still makes me chuckle. Also the scene with his ex at Bar Dekatria with the goats and Waking Dead secrets coming to light.

Dreamspinner: Who was the most difficult character to write in the THIRDS series?

All the characters in the THIRDS are challenging in some way, but I think Dex is still my most complex character because there’s the image he portrays of this happy go-lucky guy who’s always smiling and joking, but inside he’s very sharp and perceptive. He feels things deeply. Plus there’s his humor. Humor is incredibly difficult to write because it either happens or it doesn’t. You can’t force humor. Dex’s one-liners and snappy comebacks have to come during that moment. There are just so many layers to him, so many instances where he’s doing one thing but thinking or feeling something completely different.

Dreamspinner: Coffee or tea? Ebook or print? Vanilla or chocolate? Rap or country music?

Coffee. Sentences and words don’t happen without coffee. I love both eBook and print. For research, I prefer print books. Chocolate for sure. I do enjoy vanilla, but chocolate is right up there just below coffee. I’m not big on rap or country. I’m more into 80s music. ;)

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Charlie Cochet is an author by day and artist by night. Always quick to succumb to the whispers of her wayward muse, no star is out of reach when following her passion. From historical to fantasy, contemporary to science fiction, there’s bound to be plenty of mischief for her heroes to find themselves in, and plenty of romance, too! Currently residing in South Florida, Charlie looks forward to migrating to a land where the weather includes seasons other than hot, hotter, and, boy, it’s hot! When she isn’t writing, she can usually be found reading, drawing, or watching movies. She runs on coffee, thrives on music, and loves to hear from readers.

New Releases: February 3rd, 2014

February 3, 2014

Pilgrimage by Kim Fielding

 

To return from another world, Mike must complete a pilgrimage and hires Goran as a guard. As Mike learns more about Goran, his goals waver.

Fiscal analyst Mike Carlson is good with spreadsheets and baseball stats. He doesn’t believe in fate, true love, or fantasy. But then a fertility goddess whisks him away to another world. A promise has been broken, and if Mike is ever to return to California—and his comfortable if lonely life—he must complete a pilgrimage to the shrines of a death goddess.

 

A humiliating event convinces Mike to hire a guard to accompany him, and hunky Goran is handy enough with a sword, if a little too liberal with his ale. A man with no home and no family, Goran is deeper than he first appears. As Mike learns more about Goran, his disbelief wavers and his goals become less clear. Contending with feuding gods, the challenges of the journey, and his growing attraction to Goran, Mike faces a puzzle far harder to solve than simple rows of numbers.

 

Length: Novel (200p.) | Genre: Urban Fantasy, Mythology, High Fantasy

Release Date: February 3, 2014

Buy as eBook ($6.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-544-4) | Buy as Paperback ($14.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-543-7)

 

 

Riding Tall by Kate Sherwood

 

Joe and Scott rode off into the sunset together, but wake to cold reality, and must find the balance between give and take.

Sequel to The Fall

 

Joe Sutton and Scott Mackenzie have ridden off into the sunset, but they wake to the cruel light of reality. Joe loves his family, even with the addition of three neighbors orphaned by a house fire. He loves the land that has supported them for generations. While there’s plenty of room left in his heart for Mackenzie, Joe must make room for him in his life.

 

Tired of taking and determined not to depend on another sugar daddy, Mackenzie returns to modeling in the city, but the wild clubs he once loved aren’t home anymore. Yet things aren’t right back at the ranch either. Joe is no longer the man he knew. Before the love of his life reaches his breaking point, Mackenzie must convince Joe he’s not lazy if he takes a break and not weak if he needs a little help. Finding the balance between give and take might leave them time for happily ever after.

 

Length: Novel (200p.) | Genre:  Western | Release Date: February 3, 2014

Buy as eBook ($6.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-410-2) | Buy as Paperback ($14.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-411-9)

 

 

 

Think Outside the Box by Ellen Holiday

 

Radio host Ryan refuses to label himself until his relationship with Craig intensifies. He must accept that labels are not a death sentence.

Political radio host Ryan Ryder’s motto is “What I do is none of your business.” He refuses to label himself as liberal, conservative, rich, poor, straight, or gay. Ryan is a great on-air personality, but in daily life he has trouble making connections and feels no attraction to a rising pop star when she comes onto him after a benefit. Reporter Craig Ducey is a fan of Ryan’s who calls Ryan’s radio show to accuse him of being gay. Ryan blows him off on-air, but not before Craig hints at where he’ll be later. Ryan meets him, and their intense one-night stand blows Ryan’s mind.

 

As their relationship intensifies, Ryan starts to understand why people let society put them in a box. When he finally accepts who he is, he has a big decision to make. He can continue to hide from the truth and risk losing Craig, or learn to think outside the box of his own prejudices, and accept that placing himself into a category may not be the death sentence for individuality he’d once thought.

 

Length: Novel (200p.) | Genre: Contemporary | Release Date: February 3, 2014

Buy as eBook ($6.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-514-7) | Buy as Paperback ($14.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-513-0)

 

 

In Trouble with Angels by Felicitas Ivey

 

Eros leads the Pagan deities to make sure Valentine’s Day runs smoothly, and falls for Shateiel, an angel.

With the increasing commercialization of Valentine’s Day in the 1950s, the Pagan deities of Love, led by Eros, gather to make sure everything runs smoothly. Shy, quiet angel Shateiel offers help, and Eros is quite taken with the cute angel, though he keeps his lust to himself. When the higher-level angels discover Shateiel’s little rebellious streak and how he’s been spending his time, they intervene to keep him from falling from grace. Now, Eros may wish he’d admitted his feeling before it was too late.

 

A part of the “A Valentine Rainbow” set of 14 holiday stories. Get all 14 stories on Feb. 1 when you purchase the set.

 

Length: Nap-size Dream (40p.) | Genre: Humor, Paranormal, Angels and Demons, Holiday

Release Date: February 3, 2014

Buy as eBook ($2.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-756-1)

New releases: October 25, 2013

October 25, 2013

Coronation by Grace R. Duncan

When Bathasar becomes a ruler, he has little time for his lover, the slave Teman. Their love could glow brighter than the crown jewels. Coronation by Grace R. Duncan, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Golden Collar: Book 1.5; Sequel to Choices

When a country crowns a new ruler, the people rejoice. For most, it’s a time to put away old fears and look to a future of peace and prosperity. But for Teman, a pleasure slave in the land of Neyem, the coronation of his love and master Bathasar fills him with new fears.

Assassination rumors roll through the country—and Bathasar is the target. And Teman knows a malik has many duties. Bathasar may not have room in his life for devotion to a slave—a lover he can’t publicly claim. The love they have might shine brighter than the crown’s jewels, but only if they can keep it alive against all odds.

A Timeless Dreams title: While reaction to same-sex relationships throughout time and across cultures has not always been positive, these stories celebrate M/M love in a manner that may address, minimize, or ignore historical stigma.

Length: Free Short (47p.) | Genre: Historical World, Timeless Dream, BDSM/Kink | Release Date: October 25, 2013 |Buy as eBook ($0.00 ISBN: 978-1-62798-284-9)

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The General and the Elephant Clock of Al-Jazari by Sarah Black

General John Mitchel and Gabriel Sanchez must rescue Eli and Daniel. Eli’s obsesseion with an elephant clock complicates matters. The General and the Elephant Clock of Al-Jazari by Sarah Black, available from Dreamspinner Press.

The General and the Horse-Lord: Book Two – Sequel to The General and the Horse-Lord

Fresh out of the closet, General John Mitchel and Gabriel Sanchez are settling into their new life together when an old army colleague taps them for a rescue mission to Tunisia. Eli and Daniel, two former Rangers working security, have been arrested in Carthage, charged with blasphemy and thrown into prison.

With rampant unrest in the ancient city and an old enemy targeting them, John gathers a team to liberate the two captive men. When he discovers Eli’s boyhood obsession with Al-Jazari’s Elephant Clock, the rescue becomes complicated and strangely beautiful, and John and Gabriel have to risk what they love the most to bring their team home.

Length: Novel (244p.) | Genre: Mystery/Suspense | Release Date: October 25, 2013 |Buy as eBook ($6.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-208-5) | Buy as Paperback ($14.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-209-2)

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Quadruple Flip by David Connor

Tom Alan falls head over toe pick for Milo while training for Sochi. But following his heart could cost him the only family he’s ever known. Quadruple Flip by David Connor, available from Dreamspinner Press.

A Spin-off of Double Flip

Since childhood, Tom Alan Baranowski has concentrated on one goal: the Sochi Olympics. His figure skating partner, Erika Tsukino, is as talented and dedicated as he is, and their coach, Erika’s father and Tom Alan’s surrogate father—who moved the family back to Japan to live and train—sees bright things in their future.

But when practicing a rarely performed throw—the quadruple flip—leaves Erika seriously injured, Tom Alan is sent off to train separately. His new training partner is Milo Fisher, and meeting the openly gay British ice dancing champion brings back feelings Tom Alan buried when he promised Erika’s father he’d make her his bride after the Olympics.

As Tom Alan falls head over toe pick for Milo, he realizes that if he follows his heart, he could lose the only true family he has ever known. He fears breaking his vow will hurt Erika, and that her parents, whom he holds dear, will never forgive him—and neither will the legion of Japanese fans who claim him as their own. Now going for the gold might not be his greatest desire or the skate to true happiness.

Length: Novel (320p.) | Genre: Contemporary | Release Date: October 25, 2013 | Buy as eBook ($6.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-094-4) | Buy as Paperback ($17.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-093-7)

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A White Coat Is My Closet by Jake Wells

Pediatrician Zack hides who he is, wrapped in his white coat. When a chance meeting turns into love, he must choose being in or out. A White Coat Is My Closet by Jake Wells, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Zack Sheldon doesn’t have time to be lonely. He’s in his last year as a pediatric resident, almost married to the job, and busy with the joys and sorrows that come with providing medical care to children. Professionally, he’s confident, accomplished, and respected. But personally he’s too insecure to approach a sexy man like Sergio Quartulli, or even to imagine that Sergio might be attracted to him.

Zack spots Sergio from across the gym, and then a chance meeting poolside somehow turns into a date. Before Zack knows it, they’ve become a couple, but Zack’s white coat is his closet at the hospital, and committing to a relationship with Sergio makes it difficult for Zack to continue hiding behind it. On the other hand, he grew up in a small town where being gay was shameful, and he works in an environment that can sometimes be homophobic, so it’s hard for him to open up about who he really is. Before Zack can make a choice on his own terms, circumstances force him to make a decision. He can continue to hide, or he can step out from behind his white coat and risk everything for love.

Length: Novel (344p.) | Genre: Contemporary | Release Date: October 25, 2013 | Buy as eBook ($6.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-255-9) | Buy as Paperback ($17.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-256-6)

New releases: October 18, 2013

October 18, 2013

The Choosing by Annabelle Jacobs

Jerath has his fangs and must soon perform the Choosing. But first he must flee for help to save his village and finds it in handsome Meren. The Choosing by Annabelle Jacobs, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Jerath is facing the biggest problem of his life. When boys in his shapeshifter village Eladir get their fangs, they must endure a coming-of-age rite called the Choosing, so they can take on their animal form. The rite is performed on the full moon, but the trouble is the Choosing involves having sex with a girl, and Jerath’s only interested in boys. Even if he manages to somehow get through the rite, he doesn’t know if he’ll ever find a mate in his village, where opposite-sex couples are the norm.

Even worse, he may miss the rite altogether after raiders attack his home and take several young men prisoner. Jerath will need the help of warriors if he’s to free the captive shapeshifters, so with his best friend, Serim, he flees south to find aid. Along the way, they meet Meren, a handsome warrior whose attraction to Jerath is instant and very much returned. But with the next full moon approaching and available time for the prisoners to undergo the Choosing running out, Jerath’s love life is far from his only worry.

Length: Novel (210p.) | Genre: Coming of Age, High Fantasy, Paranormal, Shapeshifter | Release Date: October 18, 2013 | Buy as eBook ($6.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-191-0) | Buy as Paperback ($14.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-190-3)

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Ride-Off by Mickie B. Ashling

Preston and Konrad have reclaimed the life they once had. But family pressure and old secrets creat a storm they must weather. Ride-Off by Mickie B. Ashling, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Sequel to Fire Horse; Polo: Book Two

Finally reunited, Preston Fawkes and Konrad Schnell put family and obligations aside, preferring to remain in seclusion on Ned’s estate to get reacquainted. Unfortunately, reality can only be held off for so long, and they return to Texas to reclaim the life they put on pause. Trying to strike the right balance between business, family, and romance requires ongoing effort, and the challenges begin shortly after they arrive.

At the top of the list is Bandi, Konrad’s son, and his desire to play polo. A close second is Conrad “Sasha” Fawkes, Preston’s actor son who’s struggling to succeed on Broadway. And last, but certainly not least, is Paloma, the fiery Argentinean beauty Preston sired after a passionate tango.

Blending the interests and needs of three grown children is difficult at best and almost impossible when agendas collide and old secrets are unearthed. The situation comes to a head when the family gathers in San Antonio for Thanksgiving, throwing Preston and Konrad into a maelstrom they must weather as best they can, or they’ll face a major ride-off that could throw the game before it even starts.

Length: Novel (240p.) | Genre: Contemporary | Release Date: October 18, 2013 | Buy as eBook ($6.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-263-4) | Buy as Paperback ($14.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-264-1)

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Saving Sonny James by Lou Sylvre

Sonny heads to Europe after trying to help Luki through depression. Harold has plans for Sonny and Luki must break free of PTSD to save him. Saving Sonny James by Lou Sylvre, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Sequel to Finding Jackie; Vasquez & James: Book Four

Luki Vasquez and his still newlywed husband are back home after pulling off a harrowing desert rescue of their teenage nephew Jackie. But the events of the last couple of years have begun to catch up with Luki—loving Sonny James and letting Sonny love him back has left gaps in his emotional armor. In the gunfight that secured Jackie’s rescue, Luki’s bullet killed a young guard, an innocent boy in Luki’s mind. In the grip of PTSD, memories, flashbacks, and nightmares consume him, and he falls into deep, almost vegetative depression.

Sonny devotes his days to helping Luki, putting his own career on hold, even passing up a European tour of galleries and schools—an opportunity that might never come again. But when Luki’s parasomnia turns his nightmares into real-world terror, it breaks the gridlock. Sonny realizes what he’s doing isn’t working, and he says yes to Europe. Enter Harold Breslin, a dangerously intelligent artist’s promoter and embezzler whose obsessive desire for Sonny is exceeded only by his narcissism. When Harold’s plan for Sonny turns poisonous, Luki must break free of PTSD and get to France fit and ready in time to save his husband’s life.

Length: Novel (216p.) | Genre: Mystery/Suspense | Release Date: October 18, 2013 | Buy as eBook ($6.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-249-8) | Buy as Paperback ($14.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-250-4)

New releases: September 30, 2013

September 30, 2013

Between Two Loves by Shelter Somerset

Aiden and Daniel are busy making a new life when Aiden’s ex, Conrad, begs help. Kind hearts say yes, but will Conrad’s secret destroy them? Between Two Loves by Shelter Somerset, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Sequel to Between Two Promises; Between Two Worlds: Book Three

Spring struggles against winter in the mountains of Montana as Aiden Cermak and Daniel Schrock settle into their new life together. Aiden, a journalist from the East Coast, wants to make a rustic home for them and their adopted dog, though he continues his reporter’s quest for the truth. Daniel’s roots are traditional Amish, and though he’s become a successful carpenter with his own shop, the modern world still baffles him.

When Aiden’s former boyfriend, Conrad Barringer, ill and alone, asks Aiden and Daniel for help, they agree and welcome him, but with misgivings that persist and grow. Aiden finds fulfillment in nursing Conrad, yet worries that the closeness he shares with Daniel will be lost, as Daniel isolates more and more. Then Daniel learns of an ugly revelation that could change everything, and he grapples with whether to tell Aiden the truth, or carry it with him to his grave.

Length: Novel (214p.) | Genre: Contemporary | Release Date: September 30, 2013 | Buy as eBook ($6.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-184-2) | Buy as Paperback ($14.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-183-5)

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The Stars that Tremble by Kate McMurray

Gio’s fine voice is gone, but he has a star pupil. He falls for her dad, Mike, and love grows. But a jealous stage mom could ruin it all. The Stars that Tremble by Kate McMurray, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Giovanni Boca was destined to go down in history as an opera legend until a vocal chord injury abruptly ended his career. Now he teaches voice lessons at a prestigious New York City music school. During auditions for his summer opera workshop, he finds his protégé in fourteen-year-old Emma McPhee. Just as intriguing to Gio is Emma’s father Mike, a blue-collar guy who runs a business renovating the kitchens and bathrooms of New York’s elite to finance his daughter’s dream.

Mike’s partner was killed when Emma was a toddler, and Gio mourns the beautiful voice he will never have again, so coping with loss is something they have in common. Their initial physical attraction quickly grows to something more as each hopes to fill the gap that loss and grief has left in his life. Although Mike wonders if he can truly fit into Gio’s upperclass world, their bond grows stronger. Then, trouble strikes from outside when the machinations of an unscrupulous stage mother threaten to tear Gio and Mike apart—and ruin Emma’s bright future.

Length: Novel (200p.) | Genre: Contemporary | Release Date: September 30, 2013 | Buy as eBook ($6.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-136-1) | Buy as Paperback ($14.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-135-4)

New releases: September 25, 2013

September 25, 2013

Iron and Ether by Augusta Li

In a world of magic and bloody warfare, Sasha, Duncan, and Yarrow must decide between old loyalties and the love newly forged among them. Iron and Ether by Augusta Li, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Sequel to Ice and Embers; Blessed Epoch: Book Three

Sasha was born to, and has always defined himself by, the secret assassins’ Order of the Crimson Scythe. He chose the love of Yarrow L’Estrella and Duncan Purefroy over his duty to his clan, forfeiting his last mission and allowing Prince Garith to live. Now, the order—previously Sasha’s family—has branded him a traitor. He’s marked, and that means the brethren of the Crimson Scythe won’t stop until Sasha is dead.

Garith’s twin kingdoms balance on the brink of war and all three men have reasons to help the King, whether loyalty, duty, or the interests of their own lands. Still, Yarrow and Duncan are willing to seek out and destroy the assassins’ order to keep Sasha safe. But Sasha isn’t sure that’s what he wants. None want to admit their energy would be better spent helping Garith keep the kingdom united, or in his war against foreign invaders. All plans and assumptions shatter when it becomes clear that the real warmonger isn’t a foreigner, but someone who lives in their midst. Their world teeters on the precipice of change, and Sasha, Duncan, and Yarrow can only hope the links they’ve forged will hold if Garith’s kingdom is torn apart.

Length: Novel (344p.) | Genre: High Fantasy, M/M/M | Release Date: September 25, 2013 | Buy as eBook ($6.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-121-7) | Buy as Paperback ($17.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-120-0)

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Playing Ball Anthology edited by Grace McCullough

Baseball—America’s favorite pastime—provides a field wide open for romance. A Home Field Advantage may not help when Toby must choose between the team he’s loved all his life and the man he could love for the rest of it. In 1927, Skip hides his sexuality to protect his career until he meets One Man to Remember. Ruben and Alan fell victim to a Wild Pitch, leaving them struggling with heartache and guilt, and now they’ve met again. And on One Last Road Trip, Jake retires and leaves baseball behind, hoping to reconnect with Mikko and get a second chance at love.

Home Field Advantage by Shae Connor

One Man to Remember by Kate McMurray

Wild Pitch by Marguerite Labbe

One Last Road Trip by Kerry Freeman

Length: Novel (270p.) | Genre: Contemporary, Historical Americas | Release Date: September 25, 2013 | Buy as eBook ($6.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-176-7) | Buy as Paperback ($16.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-175-0)

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Home Team by Jameson Dash

Aaron left Zach for pro hockey long ago. Sent to the minors because of his attitude, he finds Zach again, and hopes for another chance. Home Team by Jameson Dash, available from Dreamspinner Press.

After fifteen years playing pro hockey, Aaron Buckley screws up, and his mistake and his attitude get him sent down to the minor leagues. His new team is in his old city, where he started his career in hockey, and also where he left his boyfriend behind. His luck hasn’t improved since joining a team of rookies and kids, but he has discovered that Zach—the ex-boyfriend who could never compete with hockey for Aaron’s love—is still in town. Aaron has a second chance to answer the same question: Zach or hockey? But maybe it’s time for a new question.

Length: Novella (82p.) | Genre: Contemporary | Release Date: September 25, 2013 | Buy as eBook ($3.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-159-0)

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Wild Magic by Poppy Dennison

Joseph finds shifter Dominick’s nephews orphaned by a killer. Dominick must solve the crime while hoping to keep human Joseph in his life. Wild Magic by Poppy Dennison, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Triad: Book Four

Joseph Anderson was heartbroken when his childhood best friend Dominick Levent moved away. Years later, Joseph is a successful real estate broker with good friends, an easy smile, and a stunning house. When he finds a dying mountain lion who miraculously shifts into Dominick’s sister, Joseph must find Dominick and reunite him with the two young sons she left behind.

When mountain lion shifter Dominick gets a call telling him his sister is dead, he rushes home to protect his nephews and avenge his sister. Seeing Joseph brings back the feelings Dominick tried to bury and he dares to hope Joseph’s newfound knowledge of shifters means they can finally be together.

Length: Novella (108p.) | Genre: Paranormal, Werewolves/Shifters | Release Date: September 25, 2013 | Buy as eBook ($4.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-177-4)

New releases: September 23, 2013

September 23, 2013

Moon and Stars by Zahra Owens

Years ago Cooper and Kelly parted to start careers. When they meet again, Kelly’s ill wife and a run for sherriff could foil hopes for love. Moon and Stars by Zahra Owens, available from Dreamspinner Press.

A Clouds and Rain Story

After an affair with a married DA led to scandal and disbarment, Cooper Nelson left his legal career in shambles and found solace working as a hand at the Blue River Ranch. Eight years later, during a rare visit into town, Cooper bumps into Kelly Freed, a man he left behind fifteen years earlier when he started out as an attorney. Unfortunately, Kelly is running for sheriff and his wife is terminally ill, so Kelly can’t even consider rekindling their relationship. Cooper knows from sad experience that hiding the truth leads to lives being ruined, so for his part, he refuses to be anybody’s dirty secret.

In the meantime circumstances at neighboring Blackwater Ranch have taken a desperate turn. Gable’s friend Calley has breast cancer, and when Gable and Flynn take in Calley’s kids, they need help from their friends. Cooper and Kelly’s combined talents are put to work to ensure Gable can make a bid to become the legal father of his children, and that Calley’s affairs are in order if worse comes to worst. For Cooper, staying away from Kelly was never easy, and now with a common cause, Cooper finds he can’t stop himself from seeking the man out.

Length: Novel (260p.) | Genre: Western | Release Date: September 23, 2013 | Buy as eBook ($6.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-174-3) | Buy as Paperback ($16.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-173-6)

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Rising Frenzy by Brandon Witt

Finn attempts to escape the despair left in the wake of Brett’s rejection—only to find dangers he never knew existed. Rising Frenzy by Brandon Witt, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Sequel to Submerging Inferno; A Men of Myth Story

Heartbroken, angry, and hurting, warlock Finn de Morisco can feel darkness growing inside, altering every aspect of his life. There are moments when the man he used to be seems to have been devoured completely. Retreating from his family and everything he once held dear, Finn attempts to escape the despair left in the wake of Brett’s rejection—only to find dangers he never knew existed.

Still struggling with the decision to leave everything he knew behind, Brett Wright is swept into a maelstrom as he searches for his place within his newly discovered family. Life beneath the surface of the ocean should have been unlike anything he’s ever known, yet prejudice over his demon ancestry and homosexuality follows him. Even the existence he begins to build may not last as those he is learning to love face extinction.

Length: Novel (350p.) | Genre: Paranormal, Vampires, Angels and Demons, High Fantasy | Release Date: September 23, 2013 |Buy as eBook ($6.99 ISBN: 978-1-62380-966-9) | Buy as Paperback ($17.99 ISBN: 978-1-62380-965-2)

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The Sweetest Scent by Susan Laine

Bro Sumner loves his girlfriend, Lacey Adair, who underneath her pretty dress is in fact a boy, and she loves him right back. The Sweetest Scent by Susan Laine, available from Dreamspinner Press.

A Senses and Sensations Story

Bro Sumner loves his girlfriend, Lacey Adair, who underneath her pretty dress is in fact a boy, and she loves him right back. They are an exclusive item in high school, but they face some dangerous opposition, including a bullying fellow jock on Bro’s football team and Lacey’s violent alcoholic father. Lacey gets some martial arts training from an ally, and both she and Bro end up having to use fists to defend themselves. Still, their high school years have been mostly happy. Their differing plans for the future after graduation, however, seem to separate them by thousands of miles.

A compromise with the help of relatives and friends means Bro and Lacey will go to school only an hour apart, but they still miss each other. It’s not long before they make new friendships and discover new romantic possibilities. Temptations, jealousies, distance, and expanding horizons could sever their relationship forever unless they can keep their dream of a life together alive in their hearts.

Length: Novel (340p.) | Genre: Contemporary, Coming of Age, Transgender | Release Date: September 23, 2013 | Buy as eBook ($6.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-013-5) | Buy as Paperback ($17.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-012-8)

“Zipper Fall” launch party is now offically over!

September 22, 2013

It was a pleasure chatting with all of you, and thank you for stopping by! The winner of a book of choice is Katherine! Congratulations, Katherine, I’ll shoot you an email. Good night to kind lurkers, too! The 25% discount code “PavelleBlog” is good until Monday at midnight for all my titles and mystery/suspense titles at Dreamspinner Press, so have fun browsing. Don’t forget to check out the free reads under the “genre” button on the left navigation bar – there are some good books in there!

And now I’ll bid you all good night, and go turn into a pumpkin.