Island House release party—Getting the party started with a giveaway!

November 11, 2013

Hello, Dreamers! Bru Baker here. Today is release day for Island House, and I have goodies to share! I’m terrified and ridiculously excited all at the same time, and so happy be here with you today! It’s my first novel, so I’m new to the promotion circuit. I figured I couldn’t go wrong if I came bearing gifts.

I’ll be doing giveaways throughout the day here on the Dreamspinner Press blog, so check back for snippets of the book, insights into the characters, and chances to win copies of the ebook as well as other swag. I’ll also be sharing some of my favorite things from the book.

We’ll start out with the blurb and the beautiful cover that L.C. Chase designed.


Island House

ebook paperback

Unable to move on after the death of his lover, British expat Niall Ahern clings to Nolan’s dream of living in the Caribbean by moving to Tortola. Once there, he finds that not even the beauty of the island can fill the hole in his heart. Broke and spent in nearly every way imaginable, Niall wants out of the lonely, miserable, guilt-ridden life he’s carved out for himself.

When Ethan Bettencourt, a wealthy tech guru, shows up in British Virgin Islands looking to purchase a second home, he gives Niall hope that he can move on. Both men fall hard and fast, but Niall finds piloting his yacht in the midst of a hurricane is nothing compared to weathering life’s simple misunderstandings. As their troubles come between them, Niall is left to wonder if he and Ethan are over before they’ve begun.


In Island House, Niall quits his job and moves to Tortola to open up a fishing charter, since that was his deceased partner’s dream. What’s your dream job? One lucky commenter will receive a free ebook copy of Island House. I’ll announce the winner (and the next contest!) in my next post at 12 p.m. EST, so check back then!

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22 Responses to “Island House release party—Getting the party started with a giveaway!”

  1. Jennifer F. says:

    Oh gosh. My dream job? That would ne to make a decent living going to conventions and selling the stuff I make there.

  2. H.B. says:

    Well I would rather win the lottery then work….but seeing as that’s unlikely to happen I think mydream job would be something like working in a bakery or yarn store. I’ve recently picked up crocheting and find it really fun.

  3. Theo says:

    My dream job is to be a tour guide. I figure that way I could travel for free to other parts of my country or even to foreign countries. However, I’m not much of people person, so I have to learn to be much more social than I am right now, LOL

  4. Susie Ritzko says:

    I’m an RN right now with experience in quite a few areas of nursing but lately I’ve been feeling disatisfied. More & more I find myself trying to think of a way to use my experience and find a way to work with LGBT teenagers who have been disowned by their heartless parents!

  5. Ashlyn says:

    Congratulations on the release! Sounds angsty. My dream job would be to quit my dayjob and write full time.

  6. ErinSC says:

    Shallow, I know. My dream job would be working in player relations for the New England Patriots. I love the team and the game; and who wouldn’t want to spend their time working with huge, hot men who wear tight pants and tackle eachother for a living?!

  7. Susan says:

    I was fortunate enough to work at my dream job. I was a university professor and found satisfaction in teaching, being told I was the best prof students ever had in four years of school. I’m still in contact with some of my former students.

  8. Jennifer says:

    My dream job would be to sit on a beach like the one on the cover (beautiful) and edit books.

    Thanks for the contest!

  9. Birte says:

    My dreamjob would be to have enough money to open a rescue-place for animals of all kinds. You know, buy an old farm or something like that and take in every creature that needs help. Unfortunately I somehow got stuck in an office; I still wonder how that happened? LOL

  10. Andrea M says:

    When I was a teenager, I wanted to be a proofreader more than anything in the world. Instead, I ended up working as an accountant and family advocate. Now that I’m retired, I read constantly and have had the honor of proofreading 2 M/M books for one of my favorite authors so I’m now actually doing my dream job from so many years ago. It’s pure pleasure!

    This cover is wonderful and makes me want to wade into the book immediately. It feels warm and I’m freezing right now so it’s a perfect book for today.

  11. Jilrene says:

    My dream job? Hmm. I would love to do something working with horses. Working with horses – riding, rehab, anything really – has been my wish my whole life. The problem is there isn’t much money unless you’re training the best race horses – not my thing. So, I would have to not need money. That would be lovely.

  12. Trix says:

    Pastry chef would be fun, maybe…I love baking, but I wonder if I’d hate it if I had to do it for big crowds each day. Plus, recipes only fail when I’m stressed…

  13. helen says:

    Guardian ad litem. Which I am working towards now that my kids are all out of the house.

  14. Dawn D says:

    My dream job is to help others capture family memories with scrapbook photo albums

  15. Gigi says:

    I would love to be an astronaut. Visiting space is my dream.

  16. bru_baker says:

    I’m learning that myself right now, Theo! I usually prefer writing dialogue over actual conversations, so this release party is a good growing experience for me. :)

  17. Brandilyn says:

    My dream job?? probably to make a living with my photography (and I don’t mean portraits, but nature and travel… nat geo type stuff).

  18. JJ says:

    It would be to be an occupational therapist since I like how they help people to recover or develop basic living skills. Years ago, my Dad had a stroke and an OT worked with him.

  19. lore says:

    Actually, I’d like to be a full-time copy editor and part-time, always inspired writer. That would be the dream.

    The reality is very part-time copy editor, writing on a personal level, and an interesting, challenging, for-a-cause full-time job. I really can’t complain. ^_^

  20. bru_baker says:

    Thanks, Ashlyn! There’s a fair amount of angst there. I like making my characters work for their HEA. We share a dream job, by the way. Good luck with your writing! My day job IS writing, but journalism is nowhere near as fun as fiction. I’d love to be able to quit and write steamy M/M romance full time!

  21. Linda C says:

    My dream job would be as a travel writer/photographer. I would love to be able to see all the beautiful spots on this earth.

  22. Janice says:

    Congratulations! Other than being a published writer, I’ve always had two dream jobs: either a psychologist or newspaper advice columnist, ’cause I always know how to fix other people’s problems. (My own too, but about five years after the fact). Ha! Now, if everybody would only listen…

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