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)

New releases: September 18, 2013

September 18, 2013

Dumb Jock: The Musical by Jeff Erno

Evan and Noah could be in love, just like characters in their school musical. But not if Evan’s best friend finds a way to ruin it. Dumb Jock: The Musical by Jeff Erno, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Dumb Jock: Book Four

Evan Drake needs to be a role model to his younger brother Brandon, and although he’s a star on his high school basketball team, there’s more to him than meets the eye. He’s interested in many things, including drama and singing, and when he joins drama club, he meets Noah Sheridan, and he’s pretty interested in him, too.

Noah is a super smart, cute but nerdy kid who has written a high school play about two gay students who attended Boyne City High twenty years ago, and who, in real life, fell in love with each other. When the drama department elects to use the play for their high school musical, Noah urges Evan to audition for the lead role. Evan ultimately decides he wants to be in the play, but when he shows up to audition, it sends shockwaves throughout the school. His teammates are furious, and so is his best friend Bryan. As Evan and Noah grow closer, Bryan gets more traitorous, and it seems he wants nothing more than to see his former friend broken down.

Length: Novel (200p.) | Genre: Contemporary, Coming of Age | Release Date: September 18, 2013 | Buy as eBook ($6.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-134-7) | Buy as Paperback ($14.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-133-0)

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Homespun by Layla M. Wier

Owen and Kerry have been off-and-on lovers for two decades. But can a farmer convince an artist that marriage can make things even better? Homespun by Layla M. Wier, available from Dreamspinner Press.

For twenty years, Owen Fortescue, a down-to-earth farmer in upstate New York, has had an on-again, off-again relationship with volatile New York City artist Kerry Ruehling. Now that same-sex marriage is recognized in New York, Owen wants to tie the knot. But Kerry responds to the proposal with instant, angry withdrawal. Owen resolves to prove to Kerry that, regardless of the way his family of origin has treated him, family ties don’t necessarily tie a man down. With help from his grown daughter, Laura, who loves them both, Owen hopes to convince Kerry that his marriage proposal isn’t a trap, but a chance at real love.

Length: Novella (104p.) | Genre: Contemporary | Release Date: September 18, 2013 | Buy as eBook ($3.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-157-6)

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Sandstorm Heart by Liv Olteano

Their planets have a history of strife, but Ron and Zaoh have good chemistry. Ron has a secret that could keep them apart. Sandstorm Heart by Liv Olteano, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Space Files R: Book Two

Ron Vid is a Celian soldier with some personal demons. Hoping for respite, he deserts his squad and leaves his planet. Working as a mercenary on Asai, planet of sand and wind, he has a reprieve, until the Haffa named Zaoh joins the mercenaries. Celians and Haffas have a history of strife, but when Ron and Zaoh are paired on a mission, their chemistry crackles. After they fight together for survival, it’s clear Zaoh wants Ron. Zaoh can be a fierce and dominant lover, but Ron’s secrets, and his fear that the Haffa might uncover them, could keep Zaoh from getting his man.

Length: Novella (118p.) | Genre: BDSM/Kink, Sci-Fi | Release Date: September 18, 2013 | Buy as eBook ($4.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-158-3)

New releases: September 16, 2013

September 16, 2013

A Daring Ride by Andrew Grey

Simon and Jacky both love bull-riding and cowboys. And they also love each other, but gay romance may face a challenge from Simon’s parents. A Daring Ride by Andrew Grey, available from Dreamspinner Press.

The Bullriders: Book Two

Simon “Frizz” Frizzell sneaks away to the rodeo on weekends, and it’s not until after he wins a buckle that he tells his parents about his bull-riding. He knows they won’t approve of his choice of sport, but his parents own a Christian bookstore, and he couldn’t possibly tell them the whole truth: he’s gay. And so are some of his rodeo friends, like Dante and Ryan, and Jacky—a young man he wishes could have been more than a one-night stand. When Simon sets his sights on his dreams, he finds work with Dante and Ryan, and bumps into Jacky on the job.

Jacky Douglas is a rodeo fanatic, plain and simple. He loves the ride, and he loves the cowboys. He fell hard for Frizz when they met, and theirs was a one-night stand made in heaven. When they meet again,  Jacky thinks it’s a stroke of luck. Frizz takes some convincing, but once he’s on board, they begin a relationship. The fledgling romance faces a challenge when news of it travels all the way to the one place Frizz doesn’t want it to go: his parents’ bookstore.

Length: Novel (200p.) | Genre: Western | Release Date: September 16, 2013 | Buy as eBook ($6.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-098-2) | Buy as Paperback ($14.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-097-5)

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Salvage by Con Riley

Gabe and Scott meet after both return to Minnesota for family reasons. Caution turns to attraction but an old love may block a new future. Salvage by Con Riley, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Five years ago, an accident fractured Gabe Cooper’s family. Believing it was broken beyond repair, Gabe and his best friend Jamie Carlson left Minnesota behind for San Diego sunshine and college. Now another crisis brings Gabe home to help his ailing father, and he finally has to face the guilt that kept him away for so long.

Scott Stark also returns to Minnesota, with his young niece and nephew in tow, shouldering new family responsibilities. While Gabe comes to grips with his past, Scott struggles to accept his present role as a substitute parent, caring for two children, each with different needs. As Gabe and Scott get to know each other, reclaiming family life almost seems possible. Only two things stand in the way of love: Gabe’s unresolved relationship with Jamie, and Scott’s plan to leave Minnesota as soon as he can. Both men will have to accept past mistakes if they want to salvage a future together, and time is running out.

Length: Novel (236p.) | Genre: Contemporary | Release Date: September 16, 2013 | Buy as eBook ($6.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-092-0) | Buy as Paperback ($14.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-091-3)

New releases: September 13, 2013

September 13, 2013

Like Fire Through Bone by E.E. Ottoman

Vasilios and Markos, slave and general, odd couple. Seeking a demon child-eater, they find love. But they have to stay alive to be together. Like Fire Through Bone by E.E. Ottoman, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Vasilios Eleni has learned to make the best of life as a eunuch and valued slave in the household of a wealthy silk merchant. When he begins having dreams of a demon who steals away children and eats them alive, Vasilios’s well-ordered life begins to unravel. General Markos Özdemir has been ordered by the Emperor to investigate the kidnapping and murder of children from the capital, but he’s become frustrated with the lack of progress. When he learns of Vasilios’s dreams, he begins to suspect they are the key to tracking down the demon.

Vasilios and Markos work together, and soon the attraction between them flares, leading to deeper attachment. Vasilios admits to his feelings for Markos but knows they must first find a way to exorcise the child-eating demon. Their quest takes them into the desert to seek out mystics and a half-man, half-serpent monk, as well as heretics, ex-concubines, and angels. The mission remains unsolved when Vasilios is trapped in the household of a cruel man. Things go from bad to worse for Vasilios, and getting back to freedom and the new love he has with Markos could cost him his life.

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: Novel (244p.) | Genre: Angel/Demon, Paranormal, Historical World, Timeless Dreams | Release Date: September 13, 2013 | Buy as eBook ($6.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-025-8) | Buy as Paperback ($14.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-024-1)

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Hungry for Love by Rick R. Reed

Fate turns a false persona for an online dating site into real attraction, but a mountain of deceit stands square in the path of Cupid’s arrow. Hungry for Love by Rick R. Reed, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Nate Tippie and Brandon Wilde are gay, single, and both hoping to meet that special man, even though fate has not yet delivered him to their doorstep. Nate’s sister, Hannah, and her kooky best friend, Marilyn, are about to help fate with that task by creating a profile on the gay dating site, OpenHeartOpenMind. The two women are only exploring, but when they need a face and body for the persona they create, they use Nate as the model.

When Brandon comes across the false profile, he falls for the guy he sees online. Keeping up the charade, Hannah begins corresponding with him, posing as Nate. Real complications begin when Brandon wants to meet Nate, but Nate doesn’t even know he’s being used in the online dating ruse. Hannah and Marilyn concoct another story and send Nate out to let the guy down gently. But when Nate and Brandon meet, the two men feel an instant and powerful pull toward each other. Cupid seems to have shot his bow, but how do Nate and Brandon climb out from under a mountain of deceit without letting go of their chance at love?

Length: Novel (200p.) | Genre: Contemporary | Release Date: September 13, 2013 | Buy as eBook ($6.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-146-0) | Buy as Paperback ($14.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-145-3)

Release Party for Like Fire Through Bone: Let’s Talk Cover Art

September 13, 2013

I was originally going to talk about music but I can’t figure out how to embed the media player so let’s talk about cover art first.

I’ll admit it, I totally judge books by their covers.

As a reader browsing through a brick and mortar bookstore I am far more likely to grab a book that has an exciting or beautiful cover. As a die hard fantasy  and science fiction fan I’m going to be drawn to cover to portray something new and fresh from the genre. A cover with bulky space Marines isn’t going to attract my attention the same way a cover depicting a character walking the streets of a futuristic Delhi would.

When it comes to romance novels I’m just as picky. I’m not a fan of covers which show over developed pectoral muscles as their primarily attraction since they are a dime a dozen in the m/m romance genre. I am much more likely to be attracted to interesting covers even if they are not “sexy” per say. In fact a cover which doesn’t immediately scream “romance” to me is going to be more attractive because it will grab my attention and making me at least read the blurb.

Unless I know the author or have had the book recommended to me the cover art may indeed make or break my decision to buy the book. I know this about myself therefore I take the designing of the covers for my own book very seriously.

Working with a new publisher and new set of cover artists is always a little nerve wracking and the cover art is such an important part of the process that when I sent off my survey form for the cover art of Like Fire Through Bone I was mostly just anxious about how it was going to turn out.

I tried to give as much details about each of the characters as possible along with the over all feeling I was going for.

I really wanted to cover to emphasize the plot and tone of the book over the sex appeal of the characters.

It’s not that Like Fire Through Bone isn’t a sexy book because I think there is great chemistry between Vasilios and Markos and multiple hot sex scenes. On the other hand though the book is not all about the romance as much as it is about combining plot with romance I wanted a cover to reflect that.

What I got back from the talented Brooke Albrecht was four different but equally lovely covers. Two of them really jumped out at me though. In one I loved the cover model and felt like he was closest to my mental picture of Vasilios. The other I was totally in love with the color scene and lettering.

I asked if they could be combined and the cover that resulted was the one we went with. I love it. I think it is a beautiful cover.


“Wow” my brother said to me when I showed it to him “I could see that being a paperback novel in the fantasy section of any bookstore. I’d probably pick it up and read the back too.”

That made me so happy for all sorts of reasons.

So what do people think? What role does the cover art play in your decision whether to buy a book? What kinds of things do you love or hate to see on covers of m/m romance book?

It’s A Release Party!: Like Fire Through Bone

September 13, 2013

Hello all!
I am E.E. Ottoman and I am here to talk about Like Fire Through Bone cones out on Friday 13th, today! I am so excited about this release party which will be going all day and include an awesome coupon code for 25% off all Angel and Demon stories at Dreamspinner somewhere along the way.

You can buy Like Fire Through Bone as an ebook here or as a paperback

First let me introduce myself. I am a graduate student in my late twenties, studying history and living in the greater New York City area. I am a cat lover and an avid home cook. I love menswear and fashion and try to dress as fashionably as possible. I adore all things history, am a big opera fan and love reading mythology. My idea of a perfect day out is a trip to a great museum or art gallery followed by a stunning meal. I am definitely a fantasy author and I love relationships between people and portraying them in all different varieties so romance is an incredibly exciting genre for me.

But enough about me, let’s talk about the book:

Like Fire Through Bone is my first full length novel, although I have written multiple short stories and novellas before this. This is also my first book working with Dreamspinner Press.

When I set out to write it I didn’t set out to write a full length novel. In fact I was aiming for 30,000 words.

I originally had something of a Byzantine/Roman Empire world in mind. I wanted to write a short fantasy adventure story so I came up with a demon who had been terrorizing the capital city stealing away children in the night. The demon was based on old Christian folklore from the Middle East. I came up with two main character Vasilios was a household eunuch who held a kind of secretarial position for a wealthy merchant and Markos who was a General in the Imperial Army.

My original plot outline was simple, they were going to exorcise the demon and then get together as a couple.

I knew Vasilios would have prophetic dreams about the demon and I assumed as soon as he went to Markos with the that information the story would pretty much wrap itself up.

Except it didn’t work like that.

As soon as I started writing Vasilios I realized he was a far more complex character than I had originally intended. I was going to have to deal with his trust issues, his relationship to his master, his relationship to his status as a eunuch, and most importantly the fact that he was a slave.

My outline expanded to deal with the question of Vasilios’ servitude and the real tough questions of portraying slavery in any story.

Then Aritê came into the story. She was originally supposed to be a character mentioned in passing but who never got any actual on screen time, as it were.

As soon as I wrote the scene were Thoefilos describes her though I knew they were going to have to go out into the desert to find her.  With her Aritê  brought the question of faith and the complicated role faith plays in the story.

Suddenly I found myself writing scenes with angels in them and realizing that in some ways the story was also about Vasilios’ faith journey and his relationship with faith, belief and surrender.

At this point the story was over 60k word, twice what I had originally set out to write and I knew they were going to have to out back out into the desert again but this time to a monastery in search of a half-snake monk …

What really surprised me the most about writing the initial draft of the story was how fast it came together. For all that it ended up being almost three times longer than the story I had set out to write, it only took a couple weeks to knock out the first draft.

I wasn’t really sure what to do with it after I had written the first draft though. Going back over and editing something of that length seemed too intimating to me and I had no real idea if anyone asides from me would like it.

The story dealt with some heavy issues like slavery and religion. It also starred a fully castrated main character. As an author I was pretty much unknown in the m/m romance genre and unsure about how much I could get away with.

So I let it sit in my edits folder and went on to write other shorter works. At some point though I mentioned its existence in passing to the amazing LJ LaBarthe who was, to my shock, excited about reading it. She offered to beta read it for me and do some historical facts checking which I desperately needed.

Her enthusiasm made me reconsider. I dug the manuscript out and read over it. I was shocked by how much I liked the story and set about editing it.

Originally my world building had been very Euro-centric. Reevaluating I went back and did some research widening my inspiration pool to include some amazing non-European civilizations and cultures. I also reevaluated my reasoning for making my cast white. “Did my characters need to be white?” I asked myself and discovered that they didn’t.

I also broke the story up into chapters.

When I was done going over it I sent it off to LJ who went over it with a fine tooth comb, doing an especially good job catching, correcting or adding historical details.

We had some great back and forth over different articles of clothing, some of which I made up and some of which are historical, different foods, and what the monitory system for my world was like.

When she was done I went over it again this time looking for consistency in overall tone and overarching themes. I added the second sex scene since I felt there were things that hadn’t been addressed in the first one.

Finally I submitted it to Dreamspinner Press and kept my fingers crossed that they would take a chance and accept it.

Which they did!

It might not be as related to my process of writing but I am genuinely curious, what do all of you love in fantasy? What attracts you to the sub-genre of fantasy romance? Or if you are not ordinarily into the sub-genre  what makes you interested in Like Fire Through Bone?

Harmony Ink New Release: September 12, 2013

September 12, 2013

All the Colors of Love by Jessica Freely

A Harmony Ink Press Young Adult Title

Harry and Antonin’s odd families are vastly different. They find common ground, but if they’re to be a couple, they’ve got grim problems. All the Colors of Love by Jessica Freely, a Harmony Ink Press Young Adult title available from Dreamspinner Press.

It sucks being the son of a super villain. At home, Harry spends half of his time getting medical treatments and the other half tied up in his father’s underwater lair. It was different when his mother was alive, but she disappeared when Harry was six. He can’t seem to stay out of trouble at school, and his new roommate, Antonin, thinks he’s a spaz, but somehow Harry has to find a way to stop his father’s evil plans.

Antonin Karganilla wants to become a comic book artist, but other than that, being gay is the most normal thing about him. His uncle is an aquatic plant man, his aunt is a molecular biologist back from the dead, and his mom is an overprotective pain in the butt. Antonin’s in boarding school and it’s starting to look like he and this Harry kid might have a lot in common… and that means a whole new set of problems.

Length: Novel (240p.) | Genre: Science Fiction | Release Date: September 12, 2013

Buy as an eBook (ISBN: 978-1-62798-153-8) | Buy as a paperback (ISBN: 978-1-62798-152-1)

New releases: September 11, 2013

September 11, 2013

Hat Trick by Chelle Dugan

Pro hockey is Tony’s closet, and the closet and lover Charlie don’t mix. Is the romance doomed or can Charlie pull a future out of the hat? Hat Trick by Chelle Dugan, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Charlie Trevino and Tony Côté had one night together that neither could ever forget. Charlie left his number for Tony, but spilled water rendered it illegible. That mishap kicks off a year of failed connections and miscommunication. Tony fears what life outside the closet will do to his career in pro hockey, so he travels the country with his team and doesn’t search for Charlie. Charlie finishes college and tries to ignore his disappointment over Tony. When they finally get together, Tony’s closet takes its toll. But Tony attempts the ultimate hat trick, hoping for another chance with Charlie.

Length: Novella (92p.) | Genre: Contemporary, Humor | Release Date: September 11, 2013 | Buy as eBook ($3.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-141-5)

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Kid Gloves by Anna Martin

Finn needs a new hand. Dalton makes him one using leather, metal, and magic. Can their new feelings survive, connected only by love letters? Kid Gloves by Anna Martin, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Alone in his East London shop, a man known only as Dalton makes living prosthetics: bionic, mechanical limbs, from leather, metal, and magic. It’s to this little corner of the capital that Finn Croucher, an elite army marksman, travels after an accident leads to his hand being amputated.

While Dalton fashions Finn’s new hand and teaches him how to use it, he reveals some secrets long hidden, and he and Finn become lovers. But Finn must return to duty, and a string of letters becomes his only connection to the love he left in London.

Length: Novella (96p.) | Genre: Steampunk | Release Date: September 11, 2013 | Buy as eBook ($3.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-155-2)

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Loss of Heart by Evan Gilbert

Daryl and Adam can’t agree on marriage, but after Daryl is assaulted, finding the strength to keep their bond alive is far more urgent. Loss of Heart by Evan Gilbert, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Daryl Maven and Adam Rossi are comfortable in their relationship, but they can’t agree on whether to marry. Daryl, a law student who teaches college English part-time, wants to wait until gay marriage is recognized in their home state. Adam, also a student, doesn’t want to wait for any reason before making that ultimate commitment.

Everything changes when Daryl is brutally assaulted. Withdrawn and paranoid, he becomes so fixated on finding his attacker that his obsession threatens his bond with Adam. Adam’s commitment will truly be tested as he endeavors to support Daryl, but unless Daryl heals his emotional wounds, their relationship—marriage or not—can’t survive.

Length: Novella (160p.) | Genre: Mystery/Suspense | Release Date: September 11, 2013 | Buy as eBook ($4.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-156-9)