A Tooth for a Fang Release Party: The glorious entrance… :D

September 4, 2014

Hey everyone!

I’m Liv Olteano, and this is my first time spamificating the awesome DSP blog *mwahahahaha* It’s a pleasure to meet everyone!

I guess I should properly introduce myself since it’s my first time here, right? I’m a total techy geek, I’d gadget-ize the living hell out of everything around me. Step two would be to customize the living hell out of all the gadgets around, haha. I’m hopelessly romantic, but I have a quirky way of showing it. Okay, who am I kidding, I’m quirky by large. And proud of it, too! It’s quirks that make us each interesting :D
I merrily unleash my geekdom upon any and all unsuspecting victims. I take great pride in my geekdom :D And, for now, you guys are my victims *mwahahaha*
Am I the only one totally in lurve with gadgets and customizations here? You guys love them too, right? Right? :D

I’m SO excited to be here today! We’ll chat, hopefully also about my first full-length novel that came out just yesterday with Dreamspinner Press, A Tooth for a Fang, available in ebook and paperback. It’s an Adult Mystery/Suspense Paranormal Romance that features two badass and somewhat snarky guys, Rick and Travis, and the love story that develops between them as they’re trying to catch a killer. It’s a bumpy road to their happy ending, because… well, I’m not spoiling it. :) I am hoping you’ll join them on the road to it, hehe.
So, snarky, somewhat smartass characters – I kind of love them as a reader, do you?

I thought we’d celebrate together the fact that Rick and Travis are now at large, unleashing their charm (possibly also wreaking havoc…) with a fun Rafflecopter giveaway for one ebook copy of the novel, open internationally of course.
The one condition to entering the giveaway is you either have to have or get a free DSP store account, and if you win, the ebook will magically appear in your account’s shelf.
You’ll gain entries by answering one or all of the questions on the Rafflecopter. Keep in mind there’s no wrong answer to any of them, simply choices :) These are situations that may or may not be related to the story, hehe. Sounds like fun? I hope it will be.
Here’s a little more about the novel, and you’ll find the Rafflecopter form right below that. Don’t have a Rafflecopter account? No worries, simply sign in with a valid email address and a name, I’ll use that email address to contact you if you’re the winner, so make sure it’s a good one, eh?

Three days. Three dead bodies. One newly turned, broken-hearted lycan tracker to figure out the connection.

The one summer Rick Barton takes a vacation, all hell breaks loose. Running from an abusive relationship leads him into the arms of hard-nosed lycan Travis Chandler, who gives him little choice but to become a lycan too and join the Paranormal Bureau of Investigation. Out of options, Rick joins the weird organization, expecting some two weeks of training and an adjustment period. Tough luck, he doesn’t get either. On his first day, his new partner offers to promote him to field agent if they get mated—less time wasted on training, more time on the field, and considering Rick is the only tracker the Bureau has on hand when a wave of strange murders hits the community, time is of the essence.

Someone’s killing the leaders of the paranormal world and mutilating the bodies. Investigating and tracking clues is enough of a challenge, and Rick must contend with an impatient Council, Travis’s advances, and actually adjusting to being a lycan. Only one thing is certain: Rick’s new life promises plenty of interesting adventures—as long as he can survive.
ISBN-13 978-1-63216-037-9
Pages 216
Get it from DSP: ebook | paperback
Cover Artist AngstyG

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Not seeing the Rafflecopter form? Click here to see it in a new window :)

I’m coming back in a couple hours with a couple excerpts to properly introduce Rick and Travis, later on we’ll put together a playlist for them, and if you’ll wanna help me I’d totally love it, and later still we’ll announce the giveaway winner and wrap up.
Sounds like fun? Purrfect! See you guys in a couple hours!
Hey, I did say I plan on spamificating… :D

Harmony Ink New Release: August 7, 2014

August 7, 2014

Loveblood by M.J. O’Shea

A Harmony Ink Press Young Adult Title

From the moment teenage werewolves Jonah and Max meet, their worlds get turned inside out. Nothing will be the same for them ever again. Loveblood by M.J. O’Shea, a Harmony Ink Press Young Adult title available from Dreamspinner Press.

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Max Appleton and his mother Celia are are on the run, hiding from an abusive father and husband who’s also a notoriously bad pack leader. When Max hit puberty and it became obvious he’d never make an alpha wolf, his father turned the brunt of his anger toward his inferior son and his beta wolf wife for producing him. Max and Celia find sanctuary in a garden cottage at Holly Court, the sprawling estate where Celia’s oldest friend lives with her pack alpha husband, three daughters, and teenaged son Jonah.

Jonah Spellman has what seems like the perfect life. His family is close, his dad is respected by their whole pack, and he’s been groomed to take over for as long as he can remember. Everything is set, his whole life planned, and Jonah works hard to be exactly what everyone expects. He’s under enough pressure without a runaway from a bad pack complicating his life.

When two teenaged werewolves from very different worlds meet one snowy January day, both of their worlds get turned inside out. From the moment they meet, nothing will be the same for Jonah or Max ever again.

Length: Novel (256p.) | Genre: Paranormal – Werewolves, Young Adult, Gay | Release Date: August 7, 2014

Buy as an eBook (ISBN: 978-1-63216-242-7) | Buy as a Paperback (ISBN: 978-1-63216-240-3)

Harmony Ink New Release: January 2, 2014

January 2, 2014

Cold Moon (Insolita Luna: Book Three) by M.J. O’Shea

A Harmony Ink Press Young Adult Title

Xan follows Charlie to Romania, where Charlie is almost killed. If the two can survive a political mess, they might find love together. Cold Moon (Insolita Luna: Book Three) by M.J. O’Shea, a Harmony Ink Press Young Adult title available from Dreamspinner Press.

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2nd Edition

Insolita Luna: Book Three
Sequel to Hunter’s Moon

Charlie Fitzgerald is sick of being the kid nobody takes seriously. His older brother Colin is fighting vampires and other troublemakers in New York City, and Charlie wants in on the action—but no one will listen. Then he overhears the lycan council is looking for a human emissary to take a message of peace to a werewolf in the forests of Romania, and Charlie decides he’s the man for the job.

Xan is furious: his best friend, Charlie, one of the Fitzgeralds he’s vowed to protect, is walking into danger, and Xan chases him all the way to the freezing Romanian forest to save his stubborn butt. When Charlie is almost killed, Xan realizes he feels much more than friendship for his charge, and emotions that have been bubbling under the surface of his calm façade threaten to boil over and flood them both.

They end up in the middle of a political mess involving lycans, werewolves, and nosy vampires, and if they make it out alive, the friendship between the headstrong hunter and his bullheaded protector might turn into a love neither can live without.

1st edition published by M.J. O’Shea, April 2012

Length: Novel (180p.) | Genre: Paranormal-Other, Paranormal-Vampires, Paranormal-Werewoves, Young Adult, Gay | Release Date: January 2, 2014

Buy as an eBook (ISBN: 978-1-62798-458-4) | Buy as a paperback (ISBN: 978-1-62798-459-1)

Harmony Ink New Release: November 14, 2013

November 14, 2013

Not Broken, Just Bent by Mia Kerick

A Harmony Ink Press Young Adult Title

Timmy feels betrayed when longtime friend Ben denies his feelings. If they can find forgiveness, they may be able to move forward together. Not Broken, Just Bent by Mia Kerick, a Harmony Ink Press Young Adult title available from Dreamspinner Press.

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Braving the start of high school, longtime childhood friends Benjamin Wells and Timmy Norton quickly realize they are entering a whole new world colored by their family responsibilities. Ben is trying to please his strict father; Timmy is taking care of his younger sisters. While their easy camaraderie is still comfortable, Ben notices Timmy growing distant and evasive, but Ben has his own problems. It’s easier to let concerns about Timmy’s home life slide, especially when Timmy changes directions and starts to get a little too close. Ben doesn’t know how to handle the new feelings Timmy’s desire for love inspires, and his continuing denial wounds Timmy deeply.

But what Timmy perceives as Ben’s greatest betrayal is yet to come, and the fallout threatens to break them apart forever. Over the next four years, the push and pull between them and the outside world twists and tears at Ben and Timmy, and they are haunted by fear and regret. However, sometimes what seems broken is just a little bent, and if they can find forgiveness within themselves, Ben and Timmy may be able to move forward together.

Length: Novel (180p.) | Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult, Gay | Release Date: November 14, 2013

Buy as an eBook (ISBN: 978-1-62798-528-4) | Buy as a paperback (ISBN: 978-1-62798-527-7)

Harmony Ink New Release: October 31, 2013

October 31, 2013

Blood Moon (Insolita Luna: Book One) by M.J. O’Shea

A Harmony Ink Press Young Adult Title

Noah walked away from Zack after a summer kiss. He returns one year later sweeter than ever, but something’s not quite right about him. Blood Moon (Insolita Luna: Book One) by M.J. O’Shea, a Harmony Ink Press Young Adult title available from Dreamspinner Press.

3rd Edition
Insolita Luna: Book One

Zack met his best friend, Noah, at Harper Lake when they were five years old. Summer after summer, his feelings grew, but he assumed Noah didn’t feel the same. But one night when they were seventeen, Zack kissed Noah… and Noah kissed him back. Zack was sure he did. But the next morning, Noah put an end to their friendship and walked away, leaving Zack with a broken heart.

A year has passed, and Zack goes back to the lake—where every leaf, rock, and turn in the road remind him of the biggest mistake he ever made. He hates thinking about what he lost, and more than anything he wants his best friend back. He figures it’ll be the longest summer ever. But then Noah shows up out of the blue, apologetic and more gorgeous than ever. Noah is sweet and attentive, and Zack can almost believe nothing had ever gone wrong. But there’s something different about his old friend, something not quite right. Zack doesn’t want to ruin the fragile new bond between them, but he has to know… What secret is Noah hiding?

1st Edition published by Republica Press, May 2010.
2nd Edition published by M.J. O’Shea, April 2012.

Length: Novel (160p.) | Genre: Paranormal, Vampires, Werewolves/Shapeshifters, Other Paranormal, Young Adult, Gay | Release Date: October 31, 2013

Buy as an eBook (ISBN: 978-1-62798-452-2) | Buy as a paperback (ISBN:978-1-62798-453-9)

New releases: October 21, 2013

October 21, 2013

Bad Idea by Damon Suede

Trip gambles his heart and his art on a rotten plan: sketching out a “very graphic novel” and falling in love with the dork of his dreams. Bad Idea by Damon Suede, available from Dreamspinner Press.

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Bad Idea: Some mistakes are worth making.

Reclusive comic book artist Trip Spector spends his life doodling supersquare, straitlaced superheroes, hiding from his fans, and crushing on his unattainable boss until he meets the dork of his dreams. Silas Goolsby is a rowdy FX makeup creator with a loveless love life and a secret streak of geek who yearns for unlikely rescues and a truly creative partnership.

Against their better judgment, they fall victim to chemistry, and what starts as infatuation quickly grows tender and terrifying. With Silas’s help, Trip gambles his heart and his art on a rotten plan: sketching out Scratch, a “very graphic novel” that will either make his name or wreck his career. But even a smash hit can’t save their world if Trip retreats into his mild-mannered rut, leaving Silas to grapple with betrayal and emotions he can’t escape.

What will it take for this dynamic duo to discover that heroes never play it safe?

Length: Novel (350p.) | Genre: Contemporary | Release Date: October 21, 2013 |Buy as eBook ($6.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-172-9) | Buy as Paperback ($17.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-171-2)

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Bloody Love Spats by Valentina Heart

Tom is a vampire with powerful roots; Marik is an Alpha werewolf. Their attraction may not be enough to overcome centuries of prejudice. Bloody Love Spats by Valentina Heart, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Among Wolves: Book Two; A Spin-off of Sebastian’s Wolves

Tomislav Vugrin doesn’t think himself much of a vampire—not that others are tripping over themselves to dispute it. Despite descending from one of the most powerful vampire lines and having a coven queen for a sister, he’s far from a stuck-up royal and even farther from a force to be reckoned with.

That’s when fate puts her spiteful fingers to use and places him right in the path of Stone Marik, the new Alpha werewolf of the East Pack. Add a bit of the teasing scent of a mate, and the attraction is stronger than any lack of information about bonding that might stand in their way.

But changing allegiance might be more than Tomi can handle, even if he has the best of intentions. Centuries of prejudice divide their two species, secrets and lack of time work against them, and soon even their desperate need for each other might not be enough to keep them alive.

Length: Novel (200p.) | Genre: Paranormal, Vampires, Werewolves/Shapeshifters | Release Date: October 21, 2013 | Buy as eBook ($6.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-138-5) | Buy as Paperback ($14.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-137-8)

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Anthology: Steamed Up Edited by Anne Regan

Inventors, pilots, tinkers, and soldiers; magical metals to replace an aging heart or a ruined limb; steam-powered fantasy worlds of clockwork nightingales, automatons, dirigibles, and men. The stories in this anthology visit diverse times in the history of modern man, and the men who populate these tales face war and cruelty, masters and autocrats, illness and poverty and greed. Yet the heat of romance outmatches even the steam engines, and time and again, the gears of love rule the day.

The Steamed Up stories include:

The Clockwork Nightingale’s Song by Amy Rae Durreson

Caress by Eli Easton

Swiftsilver by Bell Ellis

The Clockwork Heart by Kim Fielding

The Galatea’s Captain by Anka Grace

Screws by R.D. Hero

The Golden Goose by Mark Lesney

Spindle and Bell by Augusta Li

Ace of Hearts by Mary Pletsch

Five to One by Angelia Sparrow

Untouchable by Layla M. Wier

Length: Novel (344p.) | Genre: Steampunk | Release Date: October 21, 2013 |Buy as eBook ($6.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-331-0) | Buy as Paperback ($17.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-330-3)

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)

Coming Soon in the Shifters series

September 5, 2013

My next couple of books will take place in the past – one in England, and the other in the American Old West. Part 2 deals with something that came up in the epilogue of “Master’s Blood”. I also have plans to bring back Derek and Brian from “Psychic Moon” and “Celtic Warrior and Wolf Spirit”. I’m really excited by that. I’m not quite ready to let those guys go, since they started me on this amazing journey.

I have some planned sequels to several stories, that don’t have anything to do with the main series plot arch. Some of these characters I don’t want to leave immediately. All the sequels will be holiday themed, but not just Christmas. I’ll have Halloween, Valentine’s day, St. Pat’s Day… and maybe Thanksgiving. I don’t know. I’ll have to research other holidays in other countries, so I can create a nice little bunch of variety for my sequels.

Teaser: I plan on doing a Valentine’s day sequel to “Healing Minds”. And probably Halloween will go to Jack and Travis from “Blind Devotion”. But don’t quote me on that! But can you imagine what fun Halloween would be in Haven, a town full of shifters?

Question: What is your favorite holiday to have a themed story to?

MD

The genesis of the shifters

September 5, 2013

I’m a huge fan of mythology. HUGE. Any mythology peeks my interest, especially the tales about how the world/universe was formed/created. From Greek, to Norse, to Celt, to Egyptian, even Sumerian and Babylonian, my interest is peeked. I love to see what the different cultures of the world thought about their world, their gods, and their origin stories. Because of this interest, my Shifters series has its own origin story, which I’m starting to slowly reveal. More will be revealed as the series progresses, but I think I’ll leave many things hidden until the last two books of the series.

I touch on the origin, or at least the myth/legend of the shifters and fae, in “Master’s Blood”. Since Poe is an agent, he would have more info than the average shifter or fae descendant. I call it “The Three Tribes in the Beginning”. I also speak of Merlin, the immortal Master Shifter of All Forms. He is very important to my overall series arch and he’ll slowly start being mentioned more, and might even take a role in later books. I’m not sure yet. He’s one to work behind the scenes. He was there in the beginning, with the three tribes and…well, can’t reveal too much, can I? Let’s just say, he was a catalyst, and his actions have reverberated through history to modern times.

But, back to “Master’s Blood”. I did a lot of research for this one. Mostly because of Sanctuary and the national parks in the north around Montana, as well as Native American history. (I listened to “Creek Mary’s Blood” by Nightwish a lot when writing this story- it’s about the Trail of Tears – makes me cry every time) And, of course, the legend of the Spirit Bear. All that really helped me form Nordik’s character and his acceptance of what he is. Being and immortal master shifter isn’t all it’s cracked up to be – especially when all your mates keep dying! Poor guy. But Poe’s different. That’s all I’ll say on that score – I don’t want to reveal too much!

If you want to learn more, purchase the book at: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=4155

And remember – the coupon code is: Grimm0905 and is only good for 48 hours!

Question: What cultural mythology is your favorite? Greek? Egyptian? Aboriginal?

MD

Master’s Blood

September 5, 2013

My favorite shifter: Dragon shifter. Must you ask why?

Some of you might notice my little message to my sister – well, she is the reason Nordik is a spirit bear. I’d never heard of a spirit bear until she’d mentioned it, one time when I was telling her about my story. She was one of my first really eager fans to read “Master’s Blood”, so I thought I’d like to “dedicate” it, in a way, to her.

My Shifters series has truly been an eye-opening experience for me. Mostly because I’m diving in a series were there will be around 20ish books. That’s right… 20ish. I have a series arch, which I’m sure some of you guessed when reading books 1-6. Especially my little epilogue in  ”Master’s Blood”. I have 5 parts to my series, and books 1-6 make up Part 1. It sets up the rules, characters, and villains for the coming parts, which will be more focus on one aspect, which concern the overall series plot. It’s all very organized and mapped out. I’ve spent many an hour, with a dry-erase board, plotting and mapping how I’ll take the series from Part 1 to Part 5. But I left some things undetermined, so I can still have some surprises.

“Master’s Blood” really should be seen as the ending of Part 1 but also a teaser beginning to Part 2 which I hope to start next year. More characters will be introduced, shifters, fae descendants, and humans alike. And though the Knights are disbanded, they’re not completely defeated. Especially since Arcas is still running around out there. I love to hate that man.

When “Master’s Blood” was released, it truly was a “finally! thank god!” moment. I actually had to re-write it from page one from it’s original incarnation when I wrote it after “Psychic Moon”, but that wasn’t an issue. I knew exactly how I wanted it to be. It was one of the few stories in my series that I truly knew and understood. I know and accept that some might not like it. Why? Well, it’s always the way with characters you love and cling to from book 1 – since Poe was so popular I knew I couldn’t satisfy everyone. So, all I could do was tell the story he wanted told, and be satisfied with it. And I am. Immensely. There were usually some books I felt like I could have added something, or tweaked something, but not with “Master’s Blood.” It’s exactly the way it needs to be, which means I can accept reviews by those who didn’t like it. They’re allowed. It wasn’t the story they wanted, but it was the story that had to be.

Also – I do plan on a sequel, sometime in the future. I’m not willing to let Poe and Nordik go that easily. It will be a story, most likely unrelated to the overall series arch, much like my Christmas themed sequel to “Psychic Moon”, “Celtic Warrior and Wolf Spirit”. It won’t be Christmas though, most likely St. Patrick’s day, since Poe’s mother is Irish and has a very big family. Haven’t figured out the details yet.

Question time: what are your favorite shifter books? It can either be a stand-alone or series. I’m always on the lookout for new favs, especially with shifters. I’m overjoyed that I can write in a genre I love to read.

MD