Love Lessons by Kelly Rand

January 16, 2013

College student Danny wants do one thing before he heads off to Europe, but that experience might make him want to stay. Love Lessons by Kelly Rand, available from Dreamspinner Press.

College student Danny Davis has dedicated his life to singing and dancing. That commitment lands him a spot in a boy band heading to Europe to pursue a life of pop stardom. There’s just one thing he wants to do before he goes—so he places an ad in the campus paper stating that he’s looking for his first sexual experience with another man.

Danny begins a correspondence with a secret admirer who turns out to be his roommate, Kirk. Eventually they embark on an emotional and sexual relationship so intense that Danny considers not going on tour. Then a phone call from Kirk changes everything. Believing Kirk never loved him, Danny leaves to take Europe by storm. Six years later, he learns the truth….

Length: Novella | Genre: Contemporary| Buy as eBook

Maybe This Time by Eva Clancy

January 16, 2013

For the first time, Will and Rob are both out and available—it’s now or never. Maybe This Time by Eva Clancy, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Wrong place, wrong time.

Every few years, Will Hardwicke runs into Rob Cunningham, his first crush. Unfortunately, something always prevents them getting together. As teenagers, Will is too scared to publicly admit he’s gay. Years later, Will’s out, but Rob already has a boyfriend. It seems the stars are aligned against them.

Finally, Will gets another chance. This time, when Fate decides it’s time for his once-a-decade run-in with Rob, Will wants to ensure things are different. For the first time, Will and Rob are both out and available—it’s now or never.

Length: Novella | Genre: Contemporary| Buy as eBook

Beneath the Palisade: Courage by Joel Skelton

January 14, 2013

With a little help from Alex and his mentors, Ian and Harper, Theo realizes that living well requires courage. Beneath the Palisade: Courage by Joel Skelton, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Beneath the Palisade: Book One

Theodore Engdahl’s sexual identity crisis clashes with his faith. Raised to believe homosexuality is a sin, Theo finds himself on the ropes with his girlfriend as well as his straight coworker, whom he can’t stop staring at. Luckily, before he can panic too much, Theo discovers the support system provided by the Men’s Center.

At the center, he meets Alex, and the two hit it off. Unlike Theo, Alex wears his sexuality like a favorite shirt. Alex is also easy on the eyes, but for Theo, following his example is anything but uncomplicated.

With a little help from Alex and his mentors, Ian and Harper, Theo realizes that living well requires courage. While he struggles to take the next step with Alex and to come out to his conservative parents, life beneath the palisade goes on. But when Alex and his boat disappear during a terrible storm, Theo must find the strength to hope.

Length: Novel | Genre: Contemporary | Buy as eBook | Buy as Paperback

Lycan Partnership by Ariel Tachna

January 14, 2013

Adenet’s sense of responsibility will not let him take a male mate when the pack so desperately needs children. Lycan Partnership by Ariel Tachna, available from Dreamspinner Press.

A spin-off of the Partnership in Blood Series

By the time the alpha of the Morvan werewolf pack approaches l’Institut Marcel Chavinier for help solving his people’s fertility problems, pack numbers have dwindled and the remaining members are desperate. Though the wizards at l’Institut have no experience with werewolves, their lore, or their brand of magic, Raymond agrees to help.

At l’ANS headquarters, Raymond finds Marc Gourlin, a young wizard fascinated with werewolves. Marc agrees to visit the werewolves’ home to study their rituals for the source of the problem. But when he arrives, he finds himself distracted by Adenet Silaire, the pack shaman. The attraction between them is powerful, but though Marc suspects he might be Adenet’s mate, Adenet rebuffs him. Marc is a man, and Adenet’s sense of responsibility will not let him take a male mate when the pack so desperately needs children.

Meanwhile, Jean and Raymond discover the Aveu de Sang allows a vampire’s Avoué to calm his inner beast. For Jean and Orlando, this is wonderful news—but it only convinces Thierry how much Sebastian is missing out on because they cannot form an Aveu de Sang. Determined to give his partner everything he can, Thierry sets out to recreate the bond denied them by Sebastien’s past.

Length: Novel | Genre: Vampires, Werewolves/Shapeshifters | Buy as eBook | Buy as Paperback

Secret Chemistry by Chris T. Kat

January 11, 2013

Tim knows Jay feels the same attraction he does—mates always do. So why won’t Jay act on it? Secret Chemistry by Chris T. Kat, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Shifters: Book One

Not all werewolf societies are created equal. The one Tim Evans grew up in detests those not of “pure blood”—so when Tim discovers his mate is Jay, a male fox-wolf hybrid ten years his junior, it shocks him, to say the least. Too young to claim his mate and too weak to protect him from the rest of the pack, Tim fears for Jay’s life. When a human gets hold of Jay, Tim believes he has lost him forever.

The next eighteen years are hell. Tim devotes his life to his family and running their stable, but anger and depression threaten to consume him. Then fate brings Jay back into his life. Tim knows Jay feels the same attraction he does—mates always do. So why won’t Jay act on it?

Length: Novel | Genre: Werewolves/Shapeshifters| Buy as eBook | Buy as Paperback

Cleats in Clay by Jackson Cordd

January 11, 2013

Bobby isn’t the only one carrying a torch for Odis, and Odis isn’t the only one who makes Bobby feel alive again. Cleats in Clay by Jackson Cordd, available from Dreamspinner Press.

After twenty years with Nathan, pro baseball player Bobby Lane doesn’t know how to be single. His husband’s death hits him hard. Bobby thinks his life is over—so the cryptic postcards from his dead husband come as something of a surprise.

The postcards lead Bobby on a quest into the heart of Texas and to the doorstep of Odis Vorleik, a sculptor who hasn’t stepped foot inside his studio in nearly a year. But as Odis and Bobby grow closer, it becomes clear that Bobby didn’t know Nathan as well as he thought—and that Nathan foresaw some of Bobby’s future.

After a trip back home to sort out legal business, Bobby returns to Texas only to be confronted by Tuck Krickson, a local sheriff. Apparently Bobby isn’t the only one carrying a torch for Odis, and Odis isn’t the only one who makes Bobby feel alive again. This can’t be what Nathan intended….

Length: Novel | Genre: Contemporary, M/M/M or More| Buy as eBook | Buy as Paperback

Luck of the Irish by Cindy Sutherland

January 9, 2013

Quinn and Cian’s time together has an expiry date: they live on different continents, and Cian can’t leave any more than Quinn can stay. Luck of the Irish by Cindy Sutherland, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Quinn Donovan needs a change to get over a broken heart, so when he finds out his father wants some new horses from Ireland, he jumps at the opportunity. He has always dreamed of going abroad. But when he gets there, his first meeting with breeder Cian O’Reilly is a disaster—on both sides.

Ever since his parents abandoned him, Cian has lived with his grandfather, raising horses. He has no expectation of ever being happy and believes family has to come first. Then his second meeting with Quinn turns his first impression on its head, and they discover they have a lot in common. But their time together has an expiry date: they live on different continents, and Cian can’t leave any more than Quinn can stay.

Length: Novella | Genre: Contemporary| Buy as eBook

The Long Road Home by Sarah Granger

January 9, 2013

Prince Ian seems determined to have Tom, but however tempting Tom finds Ian, he has no intention of rolling over on royal command. The Long Road Home by Sarah Granger, available from Dreamspinner Press.

After wandering medieval England in an attempt to escape his memories of war, former soldier Tom Weston settles on Sir Andrew’s estate in a peaceful vale, where he works as a groom. A visit from one of the royal princes, however, shatters his sanctuary.

Prince Ian seems determined to lure Tom out of the stable and into the bedroom, but however tempting Tom finds Ian, he has no intention of rolling over on royal command. Unexpectedly, the two become friends. At last Tom decides he might want more after all—but he isn’t the only one haunted by the war.

Length: Novella | Genre: Historical – European| Buy as eBook

Open Submission Call – Make a Play: No Losers in the Game of Love

January 8, 2013
2013 Daily Dose – A Story a Day in the Month of June
Edited by Lynn West and Shannon Shell

Dreamspinner Press is seeking romantic short stories and novellas containing themes and settings related to sports of any kind. This can be much more than athletes and competitions. We encourage authors to think outside the box.
Possible examples: A fan who goes to baseball games weekly catches the eye of a hotdog vendor. A physical therapist takes a job working on the football sidelines and falls for the coach. A retired athlete takes a high school coaching job and hits it off with another teacher. A college student joins the cheer team and gets more than just a tumbling partner. A single father meets another while they watch their sons at T-ball. Two players face off first at a cutthroat chess tournament and later in the bedroom. The owner of a sporting goods store sponsors an athlete in a local competition and becomes his biggest fan. A rookie player goes to a near-retirement veteran for pointers in the game, life, and love. The kid who was always picked last for teams in gym class falls for the reporter interviewing him when he grows up to buy a major sports franchise.
Editor’s Note: Because of the packaged nature of the set, all stories need to stand alone. No sequels to or spin-offs of previously published works, please.
Submission Deadline: Feb. 1, 2013 - Please note new deadline. Contract offers will be made by Feb. 20.
Publication Date: June 2013
Daily Dose story length: 5,000 – 18,000 words
Manuscripts shorter or longer will be considered but will have to be extraordinary.
Send all submissions to submissions(at)dreamspinnerpress.com. List the anthology title in the subject line of your e-mail. Ex: Daily Dose anthology submission

Author Annoucements: January 8, 2013

January 8, 2013

Some of the events our authors are participating in this week.

Shira Anthony:

Aria Blog Tour:

1/8 Lilly Sawyer’s Blog (http://lilysawyerbooks.blogspot.com/?zx=adddee48fe328a67) + Redz World Blogspot (http://redzworld.blogspot.com/)
1/9 Participating in the Next Big Thing Blog Hop (http://www.shiraanthony.com)
1/11 Sue Brown’s Blog (http://suebrownsstories.blogspot.com/)
1/12 Sara York’s Blog (http://sarayork.blogspot.com/)
1/16 Amber Skyze’s Blog (http://amberskyze.blogspot.com/?zx=19d17abf757c0dbc)
1/20 Honor James’ Blog (http://honor-james.blogspot.com/)
1/23 Four Seduced Muses Blog (http://fourseducedmuses.blogspot.com/)

Lily Grace:

This week I am guest blogging at ARe Cafe. Commenters will be in the running to win a $10 OmniBucks gift certificate: http://www.arecafe.com/cafe-news/lily-grace-how-i-went-from-being-a-lab-coat-wearing-scientist-to-a-writer-of-mm-romance/

Chris T. Kat:

Secret Chemistry (Blog Tour)

There’s a GoodReads Giveaway running for 2 paperbacks of Secret Chemistry. The Giveaway runs till January 26th.

January 10th: Guest blog & Giveaway (runs till the 12th) at M.A. Church (http://machurch00.blogspot.com)

Jay Cox: a hybrid between wolf and fox

January 11th: Interview at http://slashsessed.blogspot.com

January 11th: Guest Blog at Michael Rupured (http://rupured.com)

Secret Chemistry: Shape-shifters

January 13th: Guest Blog at Jacob Z. Flores (http://www.jacobzflores.com)

Secret Chemistry: The search for a title

January 18th: Guest Blog at Lily Velden (http://lilyvelden.com)

Secret Chemistry—Cover Art

January 19th: Guest Blog at Tali Spencer (http://talismania-brilliantdisguise.blogspot.com)

Sex in animal form

January 26th: Guest Blog at Julie Lynn Hayes (http://fullmoondreaming.blogspot.com)

Secret Chemistry: The story starts off with the main characters as kids—risky?

Dreamspinner Press Nominees for the Love Romance Cafe Awards

We are grateful and honored that our authors are represented!

Best Book of 2012

An Isolated Range by Andrew Grey (Dreamspinner Press)
Who We Are by TJ Klune (Dreamspinner Press)

Best GBLT Book

Love Comes Silently by Andrew Grey (Dreamspinner)
Second Chances by T.A. Webb (Dreamspinner)
King Perry by Edmond Manning (Dreamspinner)

Best Contemporary Book

Second Chances by T.A. Webb (Dreamspinner)
Love Comes Silently by Andrew Grey (Dreamspinner)
The Talker Collection by Amy Lane (Dreamspinner)
King Perry by Edmond Manning (Dreamspinner)

Best Author of 2012

Andrew Grey
L.A. Witt

Best GBLT Author

T.A. Webb
Elizabeth Noble
TJ Klune
Karenna Colcroft
Andrew Grey
Andrea Speed
Amy Lane
Jaime Samms
L.A. Witt

Best Cover of 2012

Unconditional Love by Andrew Grey
The Talker Collection by Amy Lane

Best Western/Cowboys Book

An Isolated Range by Andrew Grey (Dreamspinner)
Connor’s Courage by SJD Peterson (Dreamspinner)
Luke’s Present by Sue Brown (Dreamspinner)

Best Series All Around (can be multi-author or single author)

Morning Report Series by Sue Brown (Dreamspinner Press)
Stories from the Range Series by Andrew Grey (Dreamspinner Press)
By Fire Series by Andrew Grey (Dreamspinner Press)