Cover Art and Inspiring Models

September 6, 2013


It’s about 11am, my time, which means I’ve had some coffee and might almost be awake. n case you weren’t around earlier in the day, I’m Helen (aka H.B. Pattskyn) and my third novel, Hanging by the Moment was released today.

Dreamspinner contracts some of the best artists who produce some of the best artwork around. (I know what they say about not judging a book by its cover, but we all do it, even me!) When I got the contract for my first novel, I was thrilled to have so much input on the cover art. I chose drawn covers, because that’s what I’m partial to. But the Powers That Be (and who know way more about this than I ever will) kept saying that photo covers are better for contemporary novels. So, for my third book, I decided to go with a photo cover–and even knowing how amazing DSP cover artists are, I was really nervous!

See, with a drawn cover, the author can get really precise about what they want and I can be a little…nitpicky. With a photo cover, you’re kind of stuck with the models that are available—and of course the really hot ones get used a lot! (I’ve seen the guy who is Daniel on my cover on a couple of other covers—but seriously, he is gorgeous!)

When I started writing Hanging by the Moment, I had a vague notion of what Daniel looked like. He was Native American; he had long hair. He was definitely hot. So I went online looking for a little visual inspiration, and Googled “Native American man, long hair.” As soon as I saw this guy, I knew he was The One.

But no matter how hard I searched (both online and in my imagination) I never had a clear vision of Pasha. I knew the basics: He’s five foot six and a bit on the pudgy side. His hair is sort of mouse-brown. He has hazel eyes. He gets his hair cut at the neighborhood barber shop, just like he has since he was a little boy, and he doesn’t have an extensive wardrobe. (When I was waiting tables full time, my closet took a serious hit. I mean, seriously, I wore a uniform 8 hours a day for six and seven days a week. When I came home, all I wanted to do was bathe, throw on sweat pants and watch a little TV or curl up with a good book. Who needs a closet full of expensive clothes when you never want to wear them?)

So despite stereotypes, Pasha wasn’t a clothes horse or fabulous or even moderately fashionable. He’s just a regular guy.

My cover was assigned to L.C. Chase. She used the image that I had for Daniel (being great at her job, she offered me a couple of alternatives as well, but I was pretty stuck on the guy I already had), and found a couple of guys who might be Pasha. The first guy was okay, but when I saw the one that made the final cover, it was another case of “this is it, that’s Pasha!” I asked her to tweak a couple of things around a little—the hour glass was part of one of the preliminary images the art department sent and I knew I wanted that, and could we move my name up to the top and make it smaller please? (Seriously, my name doesn’t sell books, handsome guys sell books!) And within a couple of emails , I had the perfect cover :D (By the way, this is probably the right place to thank Paul Richmond, assistant art director at DSP—and the awesome artist responsible for my first book cover—as well as L.C. Chase for the freaking awesome job on the cover of Hanging by the Moment. Thank you both for putting up with me!)

After the amazing experience, I think I’m more inclined to photo covers than in the past—unless it’s for a fantasy title and even then, there are some great things that graphic artists can do with stock images.

What about you? Which do you think look best, drawn or photo/photo manipulation? Are you more likely to buy a book when it has an awesome cover? (It’s okay to say yes!) Why do you prefer one over the other?

And….how would you like the chance to win a T-shirt (sizes S, M, L, X, or XX—sorry, I’m at the mercy of what’s available at my printer) OR a Tote bag featuring the Pasha and Daniel? All you have to do is answer on THIS post and tell me which you prefer, drawn or photo covers. Please let me know if you’d rather have a tote or T and of course make sure to leave me a way to contact you (email is perfect).

Remember: Dreamspinner has issued a special coupon code: use it to get 25% off my books (http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/index.php?cPath=534) as well as all Coming of Age books (http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/index.php?cPath=853) To use the coupon code, just go shopping as usual and type pattskyn0906 into the promo/coupon code box at checkout. The code is good for 48 hours, starting Friday; remember, DSP operates on Eastern Standard time.

Everyone who comments on any post throughout the day will also be entered to win my big Blog Tour prize: a signed copy of Hanging by the Moment and a bag o’ swag.

Release Day Party

September 6, 2013


Despite the best laid plans of mice and men, I’m staring way later than I’d hoped… but I hope y’all are up for some fun, because despite the late start I’ve got lots in store for the day.

But first off, I guess I should introduce myself, huh? I’m Helen Pattskyn (aka H.B. Pattskyn) and I am super excited to be “taking over” the Dreamspinner Blog for the kickoff the Virtual Release Party and Blog Tour for my third novel Hanging by the Moment! I also wanted to take a sec to thank Dreamspinner’s awesome staff, including and especially the lady in charge, Elizabeth North. This place wouldn’t be here without her and I wouldn’t be here without Dreamspinner. (Or, you know, I’d be *here* at my computer typing, but I’m not sure where my babies—my novels—would be ;-)

I’m really excited about my new release. I know every writer says that about every book they write—and I certainly love my first two books—but Hanging by the Moment is a really special project for me.

Throughout the day, I’ll be talking about what makes it such a special book for me, posting short excerpts, answering questions, talking about some of the behind the scenes stuff, and giving y’all a virtual tour of Royal Oak, Michigan, where a lot of the story takes place.

In addition, I’ll be giving away some fun prizes, so be sure to check back.

Dreamspinner has issued a special coupon code: use it to get 25% off my books as well as all Coming of Age books To use the coupon code, just go shopping as usual and type pattskyn0906 into the promo/coupon code box at checkout. The code is good for 48 hours, starting Friday; remember, DSP operates on Eastern Standard time. (And just to make my day more exciting, the first review of Hanging by the Moment is in, from Dianne at Live your life, Buy the book)
To kick things off, let’s start with an excerpt. Chapter One seems like a good place to start. If you’re in the office, put on your headphones and click here to listen to me reading part of the first chapter of Hanging by the Moment. (I’m kind of stealing a page out of my friend Posy Roberts’s book—no pun intended! She read excerpts on her blog takeover day and I thought that was really cool.)

If you want to read the first chapter, it’s also available by clicking on the link.

Pasha Batalov has lived his whole life doing what a good son is expected to do. He dropped out of school to help run the failing family restaurant, and ever since he’s put up with his difficult business partner, who also happens to be his father. And, of course, he keeps his sexual orientation a secret from his conservative, Russian family. After being closeted costs him his first serious relationship, Pasha resigns himself to one-night stands and loneliness.

But a chance encounter with lost delivery-truck driver, Daniel Englewood, has Pasha questioning all of his assumptions about life. Daniel is sweet, funny, smart, drop-dead gorgeous—and for the last six years, he’s been living with HIV. Pasha worries that he won’t be strong enough to help Daniel if HIV turns to AIDS, but he can’t walk away from their deepening attraction. He also doesn’t know if he can be strong enough to face the hardest task that a relationship with Daniel demands: coming out to his family and friends, and risking losing everything else he holds dear.

Everyone who comments on any post throughout the day will be entered to win my big Blog Tour prize: a signed copy of Hanging by the Moment and a bag o’ swag.

And we’re Bombin’ one last time!

September 4, 2013

My apologies for how long it took me to find my way back here, but I’m going to end this party that didn’t quite work out the way I’ve planned, with an excerpt and the promised coupon code.  My way of saying thanks (with Dreamspinner’s help) for showing up and putting up with my technical woes.  The code is phoenix 0904 they tell me it will give you a 25% discount on all my books for the next 48 hours (okay, it’s probably less than 48 hours now, but you get the idea.

Once again, thanks for your patience and tolerance, and I hope you enjoy this snippet of  The “L” Bomb

(And if you want to find out who Ted is, buy the book. And you can use the code and everything. Oooh! Did you see what I did, there?  Heh.

Peace and Out!

“You’re awfully quiet tonight. More so than usual, that is.”

“Listen, Ted, this—this… thing we’ve got going on—”

“You mean our relationship.”

“I wouldn’t go so far as to call it a—Ted, I really think we should—”

“You wouldn’t call it a relationship? Then what would you call it?”

“What is this thing our society has with labels? Why do we have to call it anything?”

“Why are you ducking the question?”

“Gah, see, this is why I hate talking.”

“Gil, you’re not making any sense at all. Where the hell are you going with this?”

“I think you’ve got the wrong idea about what’s been going on here.”

“Huh?”

“You know, this… thing we’ve had going on.”

“You mean you and me.”

“You see now, that’s exactly what I’m talking about. I see it as a… thing. You see it as….”

“A relationship. Why wouldn’t I? We’ve been seeing each other regularly for the last month.”

“I wouldn’t call three times “regularly”, Ted.”

“Three times? Come on, we’ve seen each other more than that. I also seem to remember some guy looking an awful lot like you telling me how much he loved me not half an hour ago.”

“I said I love you. That’s not the same thing.”

“Excuse me?”

“And even if I did, how does three little words translate into a—a—”

“Jesus, you can’t even say it, can you?”

“Say what?”

“God, I don’t believe you! After everything we’ve done, how can you be so—so—I thought I meant something to you.”

“You do. You’re a really great guy. We had some great times. Really, really great. The sex was… really great.”

“Sure, the sex was hot, but we have more than that. We have a connection. I know what you said, that first night, but—but it’s different, now. We’re different.”

“What did I say, Ted?”

“You were looking for sex with no strings.”

“So what part of that do you not get?”

“But you said you loved me—”

“I also said it might be fun to hop the next plane to Hawaii and fuck our brains out on Waikiki Beach, but I didn’t mean it. You didn’t really think I did? You did. Fuck. Gimme a break, Ted, we’re not kids! We’re guys, and you know as well as I do a guy will say anything when he’s buried up to his balls in—”

“Wow, that’s really cold.”

“Sorry if it sounds that way. Don’t mean it to be, but you’re kinda backing me into a corner here. Guess I can’t sugar-coat this thing quite as much as I was hoping. Or at all, even. Okay, here it is. I came, I saw, I fucked, came again. End of story. Sometimes life sucks and so do I. Here’s my deal. You’re a great guy, a great fuck, but I don’t want to make you or anybody else my life’s work. It’s not your fault, it’s me. I’m a shit. Sorry. Been nice knowing you, but I think we should both move on now. I don’t know what else to tell you.”

“You don’t? You don’t. Well, I got something to tell you. Maybe I don’t want to move on.”

“Seems to me like you don’t have a lot of choice. I don’t think continuing to see each other after this conversation makes a lot of sense, do you?”

“You don’t? You lying, fucking bastard, I’ll show you what I think!”

“Ted? Ted what the fuck are you—you crazy asshole! Let go of the steering wheel! Ted!”

That’s all folks!  Thanks so much!

Still “L” Bombing…

September 4, 2013

And asking myself if I feel lucky…

All rightey, then, back for more. This has been a very frustrating day. For the couple people who have already come, thanks. If I didn’t get back to you right away, I’m sorry, due to technical issues with POS NETBOOKS (and that doesn’t mean point of sale) freezing up on me and crashing every thirty seconds I haven’t exactly been able to do much here but scream at my blank/frozen screen.  But anyway, I went and wrote a couple more posts for this here gala event last night, so I’m going to go ahead and use them. That is, technology and temperamental netbooks permitting.

Well, last post I beat the bushes on A.J.’s behalf, maybe I should spend some time actually talking about the book. My book, for what we are having this lovely party and all.  Might be a plan, what?

Well, if ya’ll have read the blurb (and if you hadn’t and you want to, you can go here and do it http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=4159 (pluggity plug plug) then you know what the story’s about these two guys who have issues about saying the words “I love you”. One says it too much and never means it. The other never says it, and never wants to hear it. Of course, he does, from the lover he figured would never say it. But he does, because for the first time in his life, the loving lover really does mean it. Hence the title, the “L” Bomb. ‘Cause when it drops all hell breaks loose.

Confused, yet?  Heh.

Those three little words are fly easily and frequently to many lips, and are mighty powerful. They bring pleasure and pain; raise us to the heights of ecstasy and the depths of despair. We’d go to the ends of the earth to hear them spoken by the right person, and can’t run away fast and far enough if they come from the wrong one.

It’s that power and potential for equal measures of heaven and hell I wanted to explore in this story. Also admittedly the “lover leaving after the I love you” is a trope, but just because it’s been done before doesn’t mean you can’t find a new twist on an old favorite. I hope in this particular tale I’ve brought something new to the table. Comments? Questions? Tomatoes?  Heh.

“L” Bomb Release Party Continued…

September 4, 2013

Snort.  That ended up looking really teeny.  The banner thingee, that is. Right. Had another go with the cover graphic.

Anyway, here I is, so far talking to myself.  Not like it’s the first time, either.

First gratuitous product plug of the party. If you haven’t already been there, and taken a boo at my pretty new book, feel free to pop over!  http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=4159

Beautiful cover, innit? I’m really extremely pleased with it. Courtesy of the entirely talented A.J. Corza.   (https://www.facebook.com/ajcorza Go like her, she’s good)  I didn’t know this before, only recently found out The “L” Bomb was her first cover for Dreamspinner.  Kinda proud of that!  Thanking her again for its loveliness, and wishing her all the best.  May many, many more be ahead of you. (Including some for more of my books as soon as I write them.)

So, anyone want to share any thoughts about A.J.’s cover, or anything else for that matter? The floor is open.

The “L” Bomb Rockin’ Release Party!

September 4, 2013

Hello and welcome! So glad you could make it. Three computer crashed later and here we are, at  the fun-packed, laugh-a-minute “L” Bomb launch-o-rama.  Okay, you caught me, maybe it won’t be precisely a laugh every minute, but we got virtual cookies and a COUPON CODE.  Oooh!  But more about that a little later.  Anyway, in case you were wondering, my name is Phoenix Emrys and I am your designated writer for the day. Heheh.  Welcome to those of you who know me, and those who don’t. This particular event has been a long time coming, and isn’t actually the first time I’ve got to take over the Dreamspinner Press blog, although admittedly, it has been awhile. But we’re not here to talk about that!

So anyway, this blog is a little tricky. In order to see the comments and access the comment field, you have to click on the post. And as long as I’m here, putting in a shameless plug for my face book author page. :  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Phoenix-Emrys-Works-in-Progress/121871397847138?ref=hl (also devilishly clever way to get more likes for the page, wouldn’t you say?  Moo ha ha).

So, I’m here and pleased to say hello, gonna kick back for a bit and see who shows up.  Feel free to introduce yourselves. Later on we’ll talk about stuff, answer any of your questions.  At least one excerpt to come, and everyone who comments will get a a coupon code for 25% off all my stuff at Dreamspinner.  Good for 48 hours. So, step up to the mike and introduce yourself.  Don’t be shy!  Bueller?  Bueller?

(this thing is not letting me preview this, so if it looks stupid, I apologize, I totally suck at this web stuff.)

Why are bikers so HOT?

August 26, 2013

I suppose I don’t really need to answer that Q, because it’s sort of obvious isn’t it? LOL

Um, maybe because men in leather straddling all that steel and chrome might be one of the sexiest things in existence!

But hey, instead of stating what we already know, let’s just talk about hot men on motorcycles!

I am just in love with the sexy biker Paul Richmond created for the cover of my latest story and first full-length novel EASY RYDER. All the “oohs” and “ahhs” my swag garnered at Toledo Pride this weekend, I think I’m not alone in that belief. Paul really managed to capture the mysterious danger so many of us associate with bikers, and IMO I think he nailed the underlying sadness in Snake’s eyes which he hides with a tough exterior, too.

This is what the narrator of EASY RYDER, Michael, thinks of Snake before they meet:

Shifting my backpack, I headed to the facilities to clean up before I hit the pavement. The sexy biker with the tattoos had long since come and gone, and I was both disappointed and relieved not to be alone with him in the small restroom. I had been around my share of bikers, and sometimes their hard exterior was an act meant to keep people away, but I didn’t need to test the theory tonight. Guys like him didn’t always go around looking for a fight, but that didn’t mean they were pussycats either. Kinda like a porcupine’s quills, the rough façade proclaimed clearly, “Leave me the f*** alone.”

And I intended to listen.

However, as often happened with men like the blond biker, he intrigued my imagination. The rugged, manly exterior, the finely chiseled face, the solid muscular body. What would it be like to touch him, to be caressed in return by such a paragon of masculinity? I didn’t know if I would ever find out. He was off-limits if I wanted to keep breathing. Wouldn’t stop my mind from conjuring him the next time I stole a moment alone with my dick, though.

Too bad I didn’t have my own bike. If I did, he might realize I wasn’t so different from him, even if I did prefer my own sex in the bedroom.

The danger Michael feels when he first sees Snake, the fear such a rough looking man brings out in people, is the most powerful part of the sex appeal. One of the things about the “bad boy” I think we all love, is our personal fantasy that not only are they sexy, but they are protectors and maybe we will be the one guy or gal to break through that tough exterior to find the kind, tender man hidden beneath that scary outer shell.

Michael gets to live out that fantasy in EASY RYDER:

Snake had a collected poise about him, only slightly tinged with danger, which made me feel safe and protected. After this intimate time together, that feeling had become stronger than before.

I would love for you guys to share pics of your favorite sexy biker guy! Please post away! I wanna see some hotties! LOL

~Deanna

Deanna Wadsworth might be a bestselling erotica author, but she leads a pretty vanilla life in Ohio with her wonderful husband and a couple adorable cocker spaniels. She has been spinning tales and penning stories since childhood, and her first erotic novella was published in 2010. Her fascination with people and the interworkings of their relationships have always inspired her to write romance with spice and love without boundaries.

Like Deanna on Facebook facebook.com/deannawadsworthauthor

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Buy EASY RYDER here:  http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/index.php?cPath=911

A Ride Down Memory Lane

August 26, 2013

My first book with Dreamspinner came out this past Friday, EASY RYDER. Its a story about a teenage runaway thumbing his way to California in the summer of 1976, doing whatever and whoever he has to in order to find a place he believes he will be able to live free. The story opens in Indiana, where he is picked up by a sexy, but nameless biker riding a mid-sixties Harley chopper.

While writing EASY RYDER I had a lot of fun layering the story with all sorts of motorcycle facts, using the car talk as Micheal’s way of figuring out the people he meets on his journey and his way of understanding and identifying his surroundings.

To my surprise, when I headed outside, I saw the tattooed biker again. He’d mounted up on his bike—the Harley Davidson, as I’d suspected. I identified it as a mid-sixties hardtail since it had the older style panhead engine. The powerful machine was aggressive and sleek with customizations. It had been modified with longer forks and raised handlebars, but not as impractical as the Captain America chopper Peter Fonda rode in Easy Rider. The adjustments were subtle, barely noticeable to an untrained eye. The black paint had faded almost matte—maybe he’d even done it that way on purpose—but the hog looked well-maintained, offering plenty of room on the bi-level king-queen seat for some lucky girl.

You could tell a lot about a person by what they drove, and it made me wonder what sort of man stood before me.

I was born in Motor City (Detroit, MI) and spent many a Saturday afternoon at car shows with my grandpa, listening to the men swap stories about engines and gear boxes, torque and top ends, and pretty much talking shop about a whole bunch of stuff that sounds like a foreign language to most people. As a little girl, I loved lazy Sunday afternoons sitting in the garage with my grandpa, munching on Archway cookies and reading Anne of Green Gables, while he drank a Budweiser and wrenched away on some new car he’d picked up to fix and flip as Don Williams or Waylon Jennings tunes wafted softly in the background. Demolition derbies, car shows, swap meets and junk yards are not unfamiliar places to this now Ohio girl. To this day I love the greasy smell of a garage with the faint hint of gasoline in the air, or the scent of a man with beer on his breath and exhaust on his clothes.

To me, it smells like home.

Then of course I had to go and marry another gear-head, this one intent on collecting vintage motorcycles, mostly Hondas and minibikes, and the last count topping eighty. I still sit out in the garage and watch my husband work on his  bikes or his ’87 SS Monte, though nowadays I usually have a beer of my own and a nice juicy gay romance on my kindle instead of cookies and tales of young Anne with an “e.”

Writing EASY RYDER, and weaving in the automotive knowledge I’ve picked up over the years was like taking a ride down memory lane, touching on the nostalgia of days gone by, and snippets from my own childhood. It was a fun ride for me, watching Michael entertain himself by trying to pair people up to the cars he saw in the parking lot. I hope readers enjoy this part of his character, because it is a small echo of me and some of the men I have loved in my day.

Is there a particular story that you have read recently that sparked a fond memory from your past, or perhaps a scene that you have written which felt like a blast from your past?

I would love to hear about it!

~Deanna

Deanna Wadsworth might be a bestselling erotica author, but she leads a pretty vanilla life in Ohio with her wonderful husband and a couple adorable cocker spaniels. She has been spinning tales and penning stories since childhood, and her first erotic novella was published in 2010. Her fascination with people and the interworkings of their relationships have always inspired her to write romance with spice and love without boundaries.

Like Deanna on Facebook facebook.com/deannawadsworthauthor

Follow Deanna on Twitter twitter.com/DeannaWadsworth

Check out Deanna’s Blog deannawadsworth.blogspot.com

Buy EASY RYDER here:  http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/index.php?cPath=911

To my surprise, when I headed outside, I saw the tattooed biker again. He’d mounted up on his bike—the Harley Davidson, as I’d suspected. I identified it as a mid-sixties [A1] hardtail since it had the older style panhead engine. The powerful machine was aggressive and sleek with customizations. It had been modified with longer forks and raised handlebars, but not as impractical as the Captain America chopper Peter Fonda rode in Easy Rider. The adjustments were subtle, barely noticeable to an untrained eye. The black paint had faded almost matte—maybe he’d even done it that way on purpose—but the hog looked well-maintained, offering plenty of room on the bi-level king-queen [A2] seat for some lucky girl.

You could tell a lot about a person by what they drove, and it made me wonder what sort of man stood before me.


[A1]needed to tweak this

[A2]This is most often written as “king queen” or “king and queen.” Sometimes you see “king & queen” or “king/queen” but I’ve never seen king-queen. Sometimes it is capitalized, sometimes not, too. I toyed with using a / but don’t like things like semi colons or / when reading.

But since – sort of goes along with “bi-level” I suppose we can just make up our own word.

Doubt most readers will even know what the hell it is anyway J

New releases: August 23, 2013

August 23, 2013

The Courage to Love by E E Montgomery

Bernard needs David to help him face each day and find a way they can be together without stigma or legal and physical danger in 1915. The Courage to Love by E E Montgomery, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Sequel to Between Love and Honor

In 1915, after his beloved Carl died from a vicious beating, David Harrison enlisted in the Army and went to war. He returns home to find a world seemingly unchanged, while he will never be the same. At Mrs. Gill’s boarding house, he meets Bernard Donnelly, a young man suffering the aftereffects of his own war experiences. David finds himself increasingly attracted to Bernard, but that terrifies him. He blames himself for Carl’s horrific death and fears he isn’t strong enough to lose another love to violence.

Bernard needs David to help him face each day and find a way they can be together without stigma—and without putting them in legal and physical danger—but David clings to his idea that the only way to keep a lover safe is not to have one. His fears threaten to destroy everything, unless he learns that sometimes the risk is worth it and finds the courage to love.

Length: Novel (200p.) | Genre: Historical World | Release Date: August 23, 2013 | Buy as eBook ($6.99 ISBN: 978-1-62380-944-7) | Buy as Paperback ($14.99 ISBN: 978-1-62380-943-0)

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Easy Ryder by Deanna Wadsworth

On the ride across Route 66, Snake introduces Michael to new and steamy pleasures, leaving Michael aching for more than just the physical. Easy Ryder by Deanna Wadsworth, available from Dreamspinner Press.

It’s July 3, 1976, the beginning of America’s bicentennial weekend, and everyone seems to be celebrating their freedoms except eighteen-year-old runaway Michael Ryder. Fresh from rural Pennsylvania, Michael is doing whatever and whoever it takes to get to San Francisco, where he hopes to find a new life with the freedom to love without fear.

While hitchhiking, a mysterious, tattooed biker named Snake offers him a ride west—on the back of his customized Harley chopper. During their journey across Route 66, Snake introduces Michael to new and steamy pleasures, leaving Michael aching for more than just a physical relationship. But a violent encounter with a cruel biker gang and a harrowing secret from Snake’s military past might destroy their unlikely relationship long before they reach the end of the road.

Length: Novel (228p.) | Genre: Coming of Age, Historical – Americas,  Mystery/Suspense | Release Date: August 23, 2013 | Buy as eBook ($6.99 ISBN: 978-1-62380-038-8) | Buy as Paperback ($14.99 ISBN: 978-1-62380-037-1)

New release: July 17, 2013

July 17, 2013

Improves With Age by Lavinia Lewis

In high school, they were opposites, but now? Even years later, the attraction between Reece and Nick is electric. Improves With Age by Lavinia Lewis, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Sometimes you can go home again. Reece Watkins left Montana after high school. A math major, he found a fulfilling career as an accountant in Washington with Mike, the love of his life. But then Mike dies of a heart attack, leaving Reece to reevaluate his own life and realize he’s on the same track. He decides to return to Montana and a slower pace.

Former football team captain Nick Kenison never left Montana. Instead, he married his high school sweetheart, had two kids, established a contracting business, and discovered he was gay. Now out and proud, Nick drives out to Reece’s to answer a call about roof repairs.

In high school, they were opposites, but now? The attraction between them is electric. Of course, it isn’t that easy—Reece is still dealing with body issues, self-esteem issues, and grief over Mike’s loss. Nick will have to teach him it’s never too late for love.

Length: Novella (60p.) | Genre: Contemporary | Release Date: July 17, 2013 |Buy as eBook (ISBN: 978-1-62380-953-9)

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Merman by K.Z. Snow

A clandestine project results in Marrowbone and Bentcross becoming hunted men. But sometimes danger makes an affair worth saving. Merman by K.Z. Snow, available from Dreamspinner Press.

A Story in the Mongrel Series

When vampire Clancy Marrowbone returns to Purin province after nearly two years, he intends only to visit with his dear friend, Fanule Perfidor, and find out how his former lover, the mortal Simon Bentcross, is faring. But two developments change Marrowbone’s itinerary: the appearance of a drastically altered man from his past, and the reawakening of his passion for Simon.

Both of these unexpected reunions become increasingly complicated. The connection between Simon’s new creation, a bathysphere-like submersible, and a clandestine underwater-research project results in Marrowbone and Bentcross becoming hunted men. But sometimes, it takes danger to make a star-crossed affair seem worth saving.

Length: Novella (207p.) | Genre: Steampunk, Vampires | Release Date: July 17, 2013 |Buy as eBook (ISBN: 978-1-62380-779-5)

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Pride by Allison Cassatta

Will pride help Chris see there’s nothing wrong with him? Will it change his feelings and his mind about being gay? Pride by Allison Cassatta, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Dear Diary: Book Two

Prom ends with a bang of unexpected epic proportions and leaves Chris with a disheartened outlook on where he is in his life, when he should be on top of the world. He’s graduating high school with honors and has the best boyfriend in the world, but things still aren’t right. Bullies make him doubt his choice to accept the way he feels and come out of the closet. Those friends turned foes make him realize how much the narrow-minded masses can hate gay people.

And everyone Chris loves starts to worry about him.

To give Chris a new perspective, his parents and loving boyfriend send him to his first gay pride—but Chris doesn’t see the point, and he damn sure doesn’t want to go. Will pride help him see there’s nothing wrong with him? Will it change his feelings and his mind?

First Edition published by Allison Cassatta, January 2012

Length: Novella (130p.) | Genre: Contemporary, Coming of Age | Release Date: July 17, 2013 |Buy as eBook (ISBN: 978-1-62380-593-7)

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Haunted by Brynn Stein

Lenard befriends ghost Jason, and they join forces to try to solve old murders. Along the way, they find some things conquer even death. Haunted by Brynn Stein, available from Dreamspinner Press.

When Lenard Blake is forced to leave his wife, he divorces not just her but her influential family, who makes it impossible for him to keep his job as a Denver police officer, never mind to find another one anywhere in Colorado. But a rural police force in Virginia has an opening, and the move could be just the change he needs, so Lenard buys a house based on an Internet ad. But when he arrives, he finds that the house looks nothing like the ad… and it’s haunted as well.

Lenard doesn’t believe in the supernatural, but he decides to research his supposed ghost anyway. Soon he learns that fifteen years ago, Jason Miller was murdered in the house, and his entire family died under suspicious circumstances. As he makes friends with his ghostly companion, they join forces to try to solve the old murders. Along the way, they find there are some things that conquer even death.

Length: Novella (84p.) | Genre: Mystery/Suspense, Paranormal, Ghosts/Spirits | Release Date: July 17, 2013 | Buy as eBook (ISBN: 978-1-62380-001-2)