Release Party: Playing Hard To Forget by Piper Doone

December 26, 2014

Okay, my beauties. My name is Piper Doone.  Put down the last of the eggnog, because we’re about to have a release party.

Ladies and Gentlemen, we are gathered here today to hopefully join you and my book, Playing Hard To Forget released December 26, 2014!

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Today I’m going to be talking about the crazy story of how this novel came to be. I’ll be posting the soundtrack listing and how the music really drove the story. I’ll talk a little about the setting and the history of the story. And I’ll also post an excerpt and do a giveaway!

 

Playing Hard To Forget is my debut novel from Dreamspinner Press. Left to my own devices, I’d probably just tell you it was about hot Scottish boys in love despite every force in the world trying to keep them apart, but Dreamspinner does a much better job summing it up than I do:

Ethan Robertson never asked to be the latest in a long line of werewolf hunters, but the war between his family and the werewolf Kinnairds has raged on for a millennium, and he is expected to fight like all the Robertsons before him. But then he meets Liam Kinnaird, a gorgeous, mysterious werewolf Ethan falls hard for. Despite the danger, they carry on a torrid affair until a terrible explosion destroys everything, including Liam and Ethan’s memories of their time together.

Twenty years later, Ethan is embroiled in battle once again and catches a glimpse of Liam. It triggers intense, erotic dreams that Ethan thinks might not be dreams at all. But he’s never been anything but enemies with Kinnairds. He’s certainly never been in love with one. Or has he?

Like, whoa, pretty cool, right? Stay tuned for an in depth look at the story behind the story!

 

Let’s get the conversation rolling. It’s the day after Christmas and Hanukkah recently ended. Before we get into the book, how were your holidays? Family is a big theme in Playing Hard To Forget. Mostly, though, it’s about how families can, well, kind of suck. If you were stuck with yours (or your partner’s), did everything go smoothly or did the cops have to come out (again) to settle things?

 

I’ll also open up the comments to any general questions about me, my writing, my whereabouts on the night of the 10th, what’s my name, who’s my daddy,  and is he rich like you?

You can buy Playing Hard To Forget in Paperback or ebook on Dreamspinner or in ebook at Amazon.

You can find me on Facebook or on Twitter.

New Releases: December 26th, 2014

December 26, 2014

Derek by B.G. Thomas

 

The end of his marriage gives Derek the opportunity to embrace life as a gay man and meet Marshall, his fantasy man.

The end of his marriage leaves Derek Newton hurt and confused, but it also grants him the opportunity to embrace who he really is: a gay man. While navigating his new life with the help of friends in the local GLBT community, Derek meets Marshall Kenworthy, a man who embodies all his fantasies.

 

To Derek’s surprise, Marshall is as interested as he is, and they make a date. But a failure to communicate leads to a misunderstanding. The party they attend is not what Derek expected—at all—but Marshall, ever the gentleman, makes sure Derek feels comfortable. As they get to know each other, they see how much they have in common. Derek begins to heal and soon realizes he might thrive in this new chapter of his life—and it just might be with Marshall by his side.

 

Length: Free Novella (70p.) | Genre: Contemporary | Release Date: December 26, 2014

Buy as eBook ($0.00 ISBN: 978-1-63216-604-3)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Making Nice by Elizah J. Davis

 

Blake is determined to make nice with Ryan, since they’ll be stuck with each other when Blake’s twin marries Ryan’s best friend.

Twins Blake and Bianca Dunlap have always been there for each other, ready to lend support and make sacrifices. Blake can’t imagine a bigger sacrifice than getting along with Bianca’s fiancé, Matt. However, Matt turns out to be more than the meathead Blake had dismissed him as, but Matt’s best friend, Ryan Everett, is a different story. Ryan seems intent on being an insufferable jerk as often as possible. The fact that Blake is undeniably attracted to Ryan only makes the whole situation more annoying.

 

Since they’ll all be stuck together for the long haul, Blake is determined to make nice. Unfortunately he overshoots, and he and Ryan end up on much friendlier terms than Blake intended. While he and Ryan agree there’s no harm in having a strings-free fling, that changes when Matt and Bianca find out about it. As more complications arise, Blake and Ryan become more determined to do what it takes to avoid letting them down. But the only way to ensure getting through a joyous wedding and avoid the questions neither of them want to answer is to convince everyone it’s something more.

 

Length: Novel (314p.) | Genre: Contemporary | Release Date: December 26, 2014

Buy as eBook ($6.99 ISBN: 978-1-63216-528-2) | Buy as Paperback ($17.99 ISBN: 978-1-63216-527-5)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Playing Hard To Forget by Piper Doone

 

Ethan, a werewolf hunter, and werewolf Liam have a torrid affair until an explosion wipes their memories. Later, a glimpse triggers dreams.

Ethan Robertson never asked to be the latest in a long line of werewolf hunters, but the war between his family and the werewolf Kinnairds has raged on for a millennium, and he is expected to fight like all the Robertsons before him. But then he meets Liam Kinnaird, a gorgeous, mysterious werewolf Ethan falls hard for. Despite the danger, they carry on a torrid affair until a terrible explosion destroys everything, including Liam and Ethan’s memories of their time together.

 

Twenty years later, Ethan is embroiled in battle once again and catches a glimpse of Liam. It triggers intense, erotic dreams that Ethan thinks might not be dreams at all. But he’s never been anything but enemies with Kinnairds. He’s certainly never been in love with one. Or has he?

 

Length: Novel (200p.) | Genre: Paranormal, Werewolves/Shapeshifters

Release Date: December 26, 2014

Buy as eBook ($6.99 ISBN: 978-1-63216-294-6) | Buy as Paperback ($14.99 ISBN: 978-1-63216-887-0)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trouble Comes in Threes by M.A. Church

 

Being part of a threesome with two cat shifters is enough for Kirk to deal with, but the real trouble lies ahead.

A snowstorm in the South—on New Year’s Eve—is a perfect recipe for a catastrophe. After two soul-crushing bad breaks, Kirk’s waiting for disaster number three to strike when, naturally, two stray cats arrive on his doorstep during the storm and decide to make themselves at home. Tenderhearted Kirk lets them stay even though there’s something decidedly odd about his overly friendly felines.

 

Out of the punishing weather and full of tuna, Dolf and Tal are happy to be snug in Kirk’s house. But then their human goes outside for firewood and suffers a nasty fall that leaves him unconscious. Now the two cats have no choice but to reveal themselves.

 

Kirk wakes up to find the two kitties are actually Dolf and Tal. They’re cat shifters—and his destined mates. Being part of a feline threesome is enough for Kirk to grapple with, but soon he learns they come from a clowder that doesn’t believe humans and shifters should mix. Kirk knew those two cats would be trouble. Little does he know the real trouble lies ahead.

 

Length: Novel (234p.) | Genre: M/M/M, Paranormal, Werewolves/Shifters, Holiday

Release Date: December 26, 2014

Buy as eBook ($6.99 ISBN: 978-1-63216-551-0) | Buy as Paperback ($14.99 ISBN: 978-1-63216-550-3)

 

 

 

Three Wise Men by Connie Bailey

 

Joon, Tae, and Sangsun belong together, but a relationship will mean defying tradition and coming out of the closet.

College friends Joon, Tae, and Sangsun parted ways after an aborted attempt at a threesome. Ten years later, life has carried them down very different paths, but Joon misses his friends and decides to invite them to his home in South Korea for Christmas. He believes they belong together, but convincing the others to defy tradition and try again will take faith, hope, and a lot of talking—especially since all three of them are still in the closet.

 

Length: Day Dream (29p.) | Genre: Contemporary, M/M/M | Release Date: December 1, 2014

Buy as eBook ($1.99 ISBN: 978-1-63216-759-0)

 

 

 

 

 

What Father Christmas Left by Felicitas Ivey

 

Jacob and Errol’s traditional holiday party is interrupted by the arrival of Jacob’s runaway younger sister.

Ex-Pat American Jacob Moore is looking forward to hosting his traditional Christmas Eve party with his partner, Errol. They love the quiet night of friends and food at their house in London, and the break before dealing with family, presents, and Boxing Day. The quiet is shattered when Jacob’s younger half sister, Pru, shows up on his doorstep, running away from home for a very good reason. Jacob has stayed in touch with her over the years, even though he’s estranged from their father. But nothing prepared him for this.

 

Now he has to decide what to do with this unexpected package from Father Christmas.

 

Length: Novella (45p.) | Genre: Contemporary | Release Date: December 1, 2014

Buy as eBook ($3.99 ISBN: 978-1-63216-760-6)

New Releases: December 24th, 2014

December 24, 2014

On Wings of Song by Anne Barwell

 

When Jochen reappears in his life, Aiden enjoys their growing friendship but knows he has nothing to offer. Not anymore.

Six years after meeting British soldier Aiden Foster during the Christmas Truce of 1914, Jochen Weber still finds himself thinking about Aiden, their shared conversation about literature, and Aiden’s beautiful singing voice. A visit to London gives Jochen the opportunity to search for Aiden, but he’s shocked at what he finds.

 

The uniform button Jochen gave him is the only thing Aiden has left of the past he’s lost. The war and its aftermath ripped everything away from him, including his family and his music. When Jochen reappears in his life, Aiden enjoys their growing friendship but knows he has nothing to offer. Not anymore.

 

Length: Novella (110p.) | Genre: Historical European, Holiday | Release Date: December 24, 2014

Buy as eBook ($4.99 ISBN: 978-1-63216-549-7)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr. Popsalos by Lisa Worrall

 

Single parent Luke knows he’s less dateable when he reveals he has a son. After one amazing night, Luke’s sure he’ll never see Jamie again.

2nd Edition

 

Advertising executive and single parent Luke Fisher has grown painfully aware he becomes less dateable the minute he reveals he has a son. Not entertaining any hope of finding love is difficult, but after six years of failed romances, he’s resolved it doesn’t matter. He has all he needs in life: beautiful son, great job, supportive family.

 

Until two weeks before Christmas, he believed he needed nothing and no one, but that was before he met Jamie Papadopoulos. Jamie is the most attractive man Luke’s ever seen, and one look into his eyes confirms the feelings are mutual. After one amazing night, Luke’s doubts cloud his reasoning, and, deciding to pre-empt heartache, he throws away Jamie’s number, sure he’ll never see him again.

 

Luckily for Luke, Jamie knows they could be good together, and he is persistent, eventually wearing Luke down. As their one year anniversary approaches, Jamie knows exactly what he wants to give Luke. The platinum wedding bands have been burning a hole in his suitcase in the attic for two months. But before he can say those four life-changing words, an accident throws their well-ordered lives into disarray.

 

1st Edition published by Silver Publishing, 2011.

 

Length: Novella (116p.) | Genre: Contemporary, Holiday | Release Date: December 24, 2014

Buy as eBook ($4.99 ISBN: 978-1-63216-395-0)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shuttered by Emma Jane

 

Daniel must help Rowan recover the genuine gift he possessed in childhood and contact the spirits before enemies catch up to them.

When wildlife and landscape photographer Daniel Hopson gets a reading from clairvoyant Rowan Foster at a local craft fair, he quickly realizes it’s a con. But he sees the charm behind the chancer’s façade, and so rather than expose him, he starts to date him—only to discover that some of Rowan’s other cons are far more serious.

 

The so-called psychic owes ten thousand pounds to two men after deceitfully claiming to be able to find the body of their murdered mother. Daniel must help Rowan recover the genuine gift he possessed in childhood and contact the spirits before the men catch up to them—and the key to doing so might be Daniel’s telepathic connection with his dog Sasha.

 

Length: Novella (184p.) | Genre: Mystery/Suspense, Other Paranormal, Ghosts/Spirits

Release Date: December 24, 2014

Buy as eBook ($5.99 ISBN: 978-1-63216-298-4)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tangled Mind by Posy Roberts

 

If Beck can’t recognize Timothy’s affection for him, it might be too late for them to move beyond friendship.

For years Beck Lund has taken care of his volatile boyfriend, Brady, always putting Brady’s needs above his own and walking on eggshells to keep the peace. After Brady overdoses on heroin, his death devastates Beck. Thankfully Beck’s best friend, Timothy Kallis, finds him the help he needs. Beck slowly starts to recover and moves in with Timothy to get back on his feet, but he’s oblivious that Timothy is secretly nursing romantic affection for him.

 

Beck focuses on his own healing for the first time in his life. After months of challenging his codependent tendencies and learning how to stand up for himself, Beck finally starts to trust his gut and hopes to one day love again. Timothy is patient throughout, taking care of Beck in ways no one ever has. But if Beck can’t recognize Timothy’s affection for him, it might be too late for them to move beyond friendship.

 

Length: Novella (76p.) | Genre: Contemporary | Release Date: December 24, 2014

Buy as eBook ($3.99 ISBN: 978-1-63216-466-7)

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Night Never Forgotten by SJD Peterson

 

An infection leaves Braylon unable to make his annual trip to Toronto, but a stranger’s gift might be the miracle he needs.

After a one night whirlwind romance, Braylon returns to Toronto on the first of December every year in the hopes of seeing the man of his dreams again. Instead Braylon meets a strange man who tells him Christmas is a magical time, and one never knows what unexpected gifts he’ll receive. Braylon takes a chance and makes a Christmas wish, but instead of getting what he wants, he contracts an infection, leaving him dependent on dialysis and unable to make the journey the following year. But the stranger just might be right; an unexpected gift may be the miracle Braylon needs most of all.

 

Length: Day Dream (29p.) | Genre: Contemporary | Release Date: December 1, 2014

Buy as eBook ($1.99 ISBN: 978-1-63216-757-6)

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Eve That Finally Happened by Diane Lennox

 

Christmas Eve ghosts show Jae-ho Kim what will become of him if he doesn’t take a chance on a holiday date.

After seven years in Canada, Korean native Jae-ho Kim still hasn’t had the special Christmas Eve date night that he would have enjoyed back home—a fact that has his sister, Soon-kyu, very upset during their yearly phone conversation. This year, Jae’s lack of effort concerning his love life comes back to haunt him in the form of Christmas Eve ghosts, showing him very vividly what will become of him if he refuses to take a chance and find a date for Christmas Eve.

Length: Day Dream (33p.) | Genre: Paranormal, Ghosts/Spirits | Release Date: December 1, 2014

Buy as eBook ($1.99 ISBN: 978-1-63216-758-3)

 

Signing Off!

December 23, 2014

Okay, so this is my last post of the day! I hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as I have. I will be nipping over to Dreamspinner’s Twitter page now, where I will be posting from 4pm EST (9pm GMT) for an hour, so come along and join me there for more chat!

There’s still plenty of time to win the Shuttered ebook, as I’m running on UK time I know it’s still early for some of you guys. So all you have to do is go to this post and leave a comment to win. I’ll be back later to leave a comment in the comments section of the Ghost Hunt post to let you all know who’s won.

To find out what else I’ve written, please visit my website: ejtett.weebly.com

I also have a blog: http://emmy-j.blogspot.co.uk/

I would love more friends on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/29294364-emma-jane

Or you can follow me on Twitter: @emizzy

I hope you all have a fantastic Christmas and a happy New Year!

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Locations! And an excerpt

December 23, 2014

I’m going to talk about some of the locations used in Shuttered now. I’m from a part of England known as the West Country, so I tend to set a lot of my stories here.

Weybury, the town where Daniel lives, is fictional but is based partly on my home town. In particular, the town hall is lifted straight from where I live.

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Lyme Regis is real. I often take my own dog there so it made sense to me that Daniel would do the same. The photo is one I took and it shows the gardens, part of the beach, and the famous Cobb around the harbour.  There’s an old listed building in Lyme, which is no longer used, but used to be a hotel called The Three Cups. It’s had some pretty famous guests – Alfred Lord Tennyson and J. R. R. Tolkien, to name but two. I resurrected the hotel for Daniel and Rowan to stay in.

Dartmoor is one of my favourite places. It’s a national park in the county of Devon in the West Country. It’s got some stunning scenery and is full of granite tors and old medieval villages. Postbridge gets a mention in passing, and they have the most beautiful old clapper bridge there. I’ve been twice this year and my dog has had to go and have a paddle in the stream.

Bell Tor is based on Bellever, in Dartmoor, which is very close to Postbridge. There’s a row of teeth-like stones at Bellever and an old cist, which was used as inspiration for a certain event in Shuttered. The below photo is one I took – it shows my dog next to the stone row and cist.  The actual cist itself is quite large and the stones must weigh an absolute ton!

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Beau and cist

Where are your favourite places to visit? Let me know below, I’d love to hear from you.

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“Is this it?” Rowan asked. A hotel and a chip shop lay to the left of him, next to a path leading out along the sea. To his right, a pebbled beach and a walkway leading to ice cream stalls and shops selling buckets and spades and other crap beach goers might need. He could see the Cobb too, the famous harbor wall curving out into the sea where Louisa Musgrove had fallen in Persuasion, and promised himself he’d go and have a look once his reading was over.

“This is it,” the driver confirmed. “Go right, and you’ll see houses along the front there.”

“Cheers.” Rowan handed over his fare and left the taxi, pulling his collar up around his neck at the chill wind. He waited for the taxi to move off, glanced up at the random little clock tower in the middle of the car park and was pleased to see he was early, before wandering along the promenade.

The pebbled beach rolled in dips and dives down to the sea, whose waves smacked pleasingly against the shore and took him straight back to every holiday he’d ever spent at the coast. Seagulls flew overhead, screeching, and he grimaced and hoped one wouldn’t crap on him. Nobody walked on the beach, but a few people were out on the promenade, walking dogs or kids or elderly relatives. An old man zoomed past him on a motorized scooter, music blaring from his stereo. Rowan raised his eyebrows. Must be the sea air. Or he’s high on fudge.

He carried on, past shops selling ice cream, under street lamps shaped like ammonites until houses of every shape and design lined the way. He figured most were holiday homes, empty for now, but Mrs. Moore had definitely said Marine Parade, so some must have been residential—a few people not yet pushed out by the good folk from London wanting their two weeks at the seaside.

Lucky cow. Imagine falling asleep to the sound of the sea every night. He bet the house cost a bloody bomb though. It was probably less pleasant during the summer months, too, when holidaymakers and their screaming children would pack the beach.

Dogs

December 23, 2014

A big character in Shuttered, is Daniel’s dog Sasha. I have a four year old Jack Russell cross Poodle called Beau who absolutely loves spaniels. He’ll run across the field to say hello and will follow them everywhere. I used a lot of his personality in Sasha.

Do any of you guys have dogs? And will they be getting anything from Santa? Let me know in the comments. Beau has four presents so far and not all of those are from me! He loves joining in on Christmas Day.

Although you wouldn’t think it from his expression in this photo…

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(I promise he only had the outfit on for me to take a pic then it came off!)

Because I love dogs so much, they feature again in the novel I’m currently working on. I like to write about things I’m passionate about as I think this comes across in the story and also, it’s no fun writing about things you’re not interested in. So the main character in my work-in-progress is Alistair – a gardener (another passion of mine!) – and his love interest is Noah the dog groomer! Again, there will be slight paranormal elements, in that Alistair’s constant companion is his dead boss.

So that’s what I’m working on… and as well as Shuttered, I have a short story published by Dreamspinner. It’s called Compulsion and it features in the Hot Off the Press anthology, which is a brilliant anthology where the characters are authors and publishers and editors. My story is about a kleptomaniac called Edwin Peach who steals an author’s book at a signing and ends up in bed with him. You can get Hot Off the Press here.

Ghost Hunting

December 23, 2014

Ghosts and spirits feature in Shuttered and a hobby of mine is ghost hunting. Earlier this year, on an April Saturday night/Sunday morn – 10pm to 5am – I (along with my brother) was hunting for ghosts at Bodmin Jail. Once everybody had arrived, we were whisked away to a ‘live execution.’ There’s an old execution area outside – basically a noose over a 13ft deep pit.

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(Me, terrified)

We were given a little talk about the history of hangings – told some grizzly stories about how, when using a ‘long drop’, sometimes people’s heads would come off. And told about how the executioners would have to go down into the pit to check the body once it’d dropped to check the person was actually dead, and to measure the distance between their feet and the floor to see how far their neck had stretched. One was half an inch and one was 12 inches!

Then we were shown (on an actual living man) how it was all set up – how his hands were tied, how the bag and noose went over his head, and how his legs were tied. We were told about how prison guards had to stand beside the accused and keep the flat of their palms to the person’s elbows to that when the floor dropped away, the guards’ arms just fell without hindering anything.

Then, the living man was replaced with a weight, the pins were removed from the lever to open the trap door, and then the lever was pulled. The noise was horrific – the slam of the doors and the weight on the rope. Grim. Anyway, then we were invited to clamber down into the execution pit if we wanted. Course, me and my brother were straight down there but some people weren’t keen.

After the demonstration, we had a tour of the jail, and then we headed back to the little break room to be split into our groups.

We spent most of the eve wandering from place to place. It’s a huge place so often you’d be somewhere entirely on your own and we did meet up with another group of sceptics who we had a giggle with and who we did some glass pushing with (nothing happened at all) but that was it. No noises (perhaps because we were rarely anywhere quiet enough to listen), no smells, or feelings, or touches and we definitely didn’t see anything.

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The best bit was the old navel prison outside, which is all ruins. That was really creepy. But the trouble was there were a lot of noises out there and we discounted it all as being the pigeons.

A fun evening, but no ghosts. I often talk about my ghost hunts on my blog.

Have any of you had any experiences with the paranormal? Are you a sceptic? Let me know your thoughts and one lucky commenter will win an e-copy of Shuttered.

Emma Jane – Shuttered Pre-release Party!

December 23, 2014

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Hello, everybody! I’m Emma Jane and I’m here to chat with you all about my latest novel, Shuttered, which will be released tomorrow! Christmas Eve! I hope you’re all ready for Christmas? Shuttered would make a nice last minute gift. ;)

Here’s the blurb:

When wildlife and landscape photographer Daniel Hopson gets a reading from clairvoyant Rowan Foster at a local craft fair, he quickly realizes it’s a con. But he sees the charm behind the chancer’s façade, and so rather than expose him, he starts to date him—only to discover that some of Rowan’s other cons are far more serious.

The so-called psychic owes ten thousand pounds to two men after deceitfully claiming to be able to find the body of their murdered mother. Daniel must help Rowan recover the genuine gift he possessed in childhood and contact the spirits before the men catch up to them—and the key to doing so might be Daniel’s telepathic connection with his dog Sasha.

You can buy it here.

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A few years ago I wrote a short story called ‘My Life and the Pigeon’ which was published in an anthology called Literary Foray. It was about a man who could communicate with a pigeon. I liked the voice of the character, and I love the idea of someone being able to communicate with an animal so I decided I’d write something longer (and more romantic) along the same lines.

Initially, the animal was going to be a squirrel. I’m not sure why. I came to my senses though, and realised a dog would be more logical and would allow the story to move forward. So, Sasha the springer spaniel was born.

Photography is a hobby of mine, so my MC Daniel became a photographer. Another huge love of mine is the paranormal. I often go on ghost hunts (though, like Daniel, I’m a sceptic), and I used to be part of a psychic ‘circle’ when I was younger, though I was never any good at it! My cousin is a medium, and I’m still friends with the lady who ran my psychic circle. So Rowan, Daniel’s love interest, was a clairvoyant.

I like the idea that dogs have a sixth sense and can see things we can’t, so Sasha’s ability and Daniel’s ability and Rowan’s ability all sit nicely together and work to create (I hope!) an entertaining story.

During my time here today, I’ll talk about dogs, and ghosts, and will share a couple of my photos from locations used in Shuttered. I’ll also be giving away an e-copy of Shuttered, so stay tuned!

New Releases: December 22nd, 2014

December 22, 2014

Playing House by Bru Baker

 

Frank is stunned by how much making a family with Warner has boosted the intimacy between them. The future looks even better.


Dropping Anchor: Book Three

 

College sweethearts Frank and Warner have been together for sixteen years, married for eleven. Having grown up in a freewheeling hippie environment, Frank thinks their structured life is great, although lately he and Warner have fallen into a rut. Frank isn’t concerned; it’s what happens to old marrieds. Frank’s blindsided, though, when he finds Warner looking into adopting, and Frank realizes just how not okay things really are.

 

Frank doesn’t want kids. They bring chaos and unpredictability. He had enough of that growing up. Trying to salvage their relationship, Frank and Warner reach out for help. In the process of marriage counseling and working through their differences, Frank discovers his rigid adherence to schedules, anxiety attacks, and host of personality quirks are actually markers for Asperger Syndrome. With the help of a psychologist, Frank’s life gets easier, and he realizes a future with children isn’t as unfathomable as he once thought.

 

Through it all, Frank is stunned by how much making a family with Warner has boosted the intimacy between them. It’s taken thirty-five years, but he’s finally got a handle on life, and the future looks even better.

 

Length: Novel (280p.) | Genre: Contemporary | Release Date: December 22, 2014

Buy as eBook ($6.99 ISBN: 978-1-63216-603-6) | Buy as Paperback ($16.99 ISBN: 978-1-63216-602-9)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Swordplay by Chris T. Kat

 

Jeff and Parker team up again and open their own detective agency. They must uncover the identity of a killer before it’s too late.

Sequel to Sacrifices; A Jeff Woods Mystery

 

After leaving his dream job as an Atlantic City detective, Jeff Woods has moved to Washington DC with his life partner, Alex Fisher, and Alex’s disabled little brother Sean. Parker Trenkins, Jeff’s ex-partner on the force, has made the move as well, along with his significant other David. Jeff and Parker partner up once again, but in a new way, as owners of their own detective agency.

 

Life is difficult at the best of times. Sean loses sight in one of his eyes, a direct result of being pushed into the Atlantic by a homicidal maniac a year ago. In his struggle to deal with everything, a restless Alex enrolls in tai chi classes at a nearby school.

 

As it happens, a murder case Jeff and Parker take involves the head of that very tai chi school, Charles Cooper. Cooper is a suspect in the murder of a financial corporation official. He appears to have motive. Jeff and Parker’s investigation arouses the real killer’s interest, and if they don’t uncover his identity soon, it may be too late for them.

 

Length: Novel (240p.) | Genre: Mystery/Suspense | Release Date: December 22, 2014

Buy as eBook ($6.99 ISBN: 978-1-63216-458-2) | Buy as Paperback ($14.99 ISBN: 978-1-63216-457-5)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last of Summer by Genna Donaghy

 

Rowan and Martin must learn to trust one another if they hope to deliver a phoenix home in time.

Although Rowan Stormbringer was raised Wiccan, he’s never felt a connection to magic. That changes on the eve of Yule, when he encounters a magical creature, a phoenix, that needs his help getting to Stonehenge before the sun sets that day. Hiding a magical creature in the mortal world is tricky at best, but partnering with a good-looking, snarky taxi driver may be just the ticket Rowan needs. As they explore their instant attraction to each other, Rowan and Martin must learn to trust one another if they hope to deliver the phoenix home in time.

 

Length: Day Dream (23p.) | Genre: Urban Fantasy | Release Date: December 1, 2014

Buy as eBook ($1.99 ISBN: 978-1-63216-755-2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Journey Back by Kristen Slater

 

Idris always put his career first, but now he wants to get home and reconcile with Dan—if there’s anything to return to.

Having quit his job, Idris is trying to make it home to his partner of twelve years, Dan, in time for Christmas. Stuck on a train during a snowstorm, Idris has nothing to do but think back on how much he has missed by putting his career first. His job has been straining their partnership for years, and now Idris worries he’s damaged it beyond repair. He desperately wants to get back to the UK and salvage their relationship—if there’s even anything waiting for him when he gets home.

 

Length: Day Dream (35p.) | Genre: Contemporary | Release Date: December 1, 2014

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New Releases: December 19th, 2014

December 19, 2014

Captive to His Wonder by Remmy Duchene

 

Between snarky comments, Jace and Bradley move from annoyance to attraction. Jace learns losing the cowboy means losing everything.

Shipped off to boarding school at a young age, Bradley Ellesbury Jr. lacked for nothing, except the love and approval of his father. Now with his father’s recent passing, Bradley feels the sting of disapproval one last time with the reading of the will.

 

Forced to leave behind his glamorous Parisian lifestyle, Bradley returns to the small town of Foster Creek to do precisely what his father forbade—sell the ranch. Meeting the infuriating cowboy his father hired to run the place only makes him more determined to go against his father’s wishes.

 

Too old to be playing mind games with twenty-something know-it-alls, Jace Cornielle stays only because he promised the old man. Somewhere between picking fights and making snarky comments, Jace and Bradley move from annoyance to attraction. Then Bradley learns losing the cowboy means he loses everything.

 

Length: Novel (216p.) | Genre: Western | Release Date: December 19, 2014

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The Sensualist & the Untouched by Susan Laine

 

Wealthy hedonist Lucian mentors frigid virgin Corey in the arts of sexual pleasure. But they never expected to fall in love.

Being over thirty is not an issue for Corey Paige. Being frigid and a virgin, however, is a huge problem for the only son of a newspaper magnate. No matter the risk, Corey’s intent on resolving both problems in one go.

 

Enter Lucian Allard, a wealthy hedonist with a notorious reputation at club Boudoir—and an unconventional sexual mentoring program for those who suffer from dysfunctions. As the two men begin a sensual journey to awaken Corey’s libido, Corey’s frigid body isn’t all that begins to melt. His untouched feelings also spark to life.

 

Though a family emergency puts a halt to awakening Corey’s senses and desires, Corey and Lucian grow closer as friends. Then an unexpected kiss from Lucian in Corey’s most desperate hour changes everything. Now Corey must decide if the program is still an aid or an obstacle to two lonely men trying to maintain a professional detachment but falling hopelessly in love.

 

Length: Novel (324p.) | Genre: Contemporary, BDSM | Release Date: December 19, 2014

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One Holiday Ever After by Tere Michaels, Elle Brownlee & Elizah J. Davis

 

Come see what surprises three couples unwrap in this holiday collection of happily ever afters.

The holidays are a time for celebration, discovery, coming home, and maybe even miracles for those who are lucky. From the streets of New York City, to the wintery wonderland of the Maine woods, to the quaint, small town charm of Idaho, the men in these stories have different holiday desires. They’re looking for familiarity or fresh starts, but they have one thing in common—their happily ever afters might be waiting in the last places they think to look. Come see what they unwrap in these stories by three acclaimed authors of male/male romance.

 

 

 

Holiday Roommates by Tere Michaels

 

As an actor without prospects, Nate Brandywine needs an emergency roommate for the month of December. During a humiliating gig as a Christmas elf at a NYC department store, he meets Sean Callahan, his producer and a man struggling under the weight of a past-due loan. Sean’s desperate for a place to stay in the city for a few weeks. A month of sharing a workplace and an apartment with someone you can’t stop flirting with? Maybe the holidays won’t be so terrible after all.

 

Holiday Sanctuary by Elle Brownlee

 

Chris Declan is trekking through the wintry wonderland of rural Maine, searching for inspiration and himself, when he’s literally and figuratively taken by storm. First by the surprise blizzard that finds him seeking refuge in Paul Bak’s secluded cabin, and second by Paul. Making the best of being snowed in together soon becomes a comfortable friendship with fireside chats, a quaint holiday celebration, and more. But despite their growing closeness, there’s one thing they avoid—what will happen when the snow clears and the holidays end.

 

Holiday Homecoming by Elizah J. Davis

 

Gavin Anderson never thought making it as a writer in LA would be easy, but when his latest project falls through, he gives up on Hollywood and heads to Bonabri, Idaho in hopes that the peace and quiet of his childhood home will help him figure out his next move. Instead he finds Eric Nichols, his parents’ cute and charming housesitter who is there to experience the small town Christmas festivities. Gavin’s plans for quiet reflection are no match for Eric’s holiday cheer, and he soon finds himself swept up in the spirit of the season. Gavin thought his life had hit a dead end, but in coming home he finds what might be a new beginning.

 

Length: Novel (280p.) | Genre: Contemporary, Holiday | Release Date: December 19, 2014

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When the Planets Align by Kate McMurray

 

Best friends Michael and Simon see the potential for more, but they’re never in the right place at the right time to move forward.

Best friends Michael Reeves and Simon Newell always lived within ten minutes of each other, but somehow they’re never in the same place at the same time.

 

Brash, outgoing Michael’s unwavering confidence that he and Simon are meant to be carries him through some hard times. When Simon moves to New York, Michael dutifully follows. Quiet, practical Simon loves Michael as a dear friend, but he’s not ready for anything romantic.

 

Several years and several failed relationships later, Simon realizes he’s been in love with Michael all along. Only now Michael has moved on. Though Simon offers everything Michael’s ever dreamed of, the timing is all wrong. Confusion, betrayal, and secrets from the past threaten their friendship until it might be time for them to go their separate ways. Or maybe the planets will finally align, and Michael and Simon will find themselves in the right place at the right time to take the next step.

 

Length: Novel (220p.) | Genre: Contemporary | Release Date: December 19, 2014

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Snow and Moose and Finnish Secrets by Reni Kieffer

 

A neglected secret threatens to ruin Jake and Ian’s magical Christmas in the Finnish woods.

When Jake takes his boyfriend Ian home to celebrate Christmas with his parents in the Finnish woods, Ian, a skeptic by nature who has to deny his preference for guys in front of his own family, is not only worried about the reaction of Jake’s family, but also about the feast itself—and the cold. However, within minutes, Jake’s parents make Ian feel warm, welcome, and at home, and begin to introduce him to their Christmas traditions.

 

The visit goes smoothly until Jake’s ex-girlfriend barges in and drops a bomb that shatters their peace and harmony—a tiny detail Jake failed to mention to his boyfriend. Angry and hurt, Ian struggles to let go of the past and focus on the blessings surrounding him.

 

Length: Day Dream (25p.) | Genre: Contemporary | Release Date: December 1, 2014

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Under a New Star by Leo d’Entremont

 

Old holiday traditions lead to crossed signals when scientist Michael and Aerial Morph Adrian discuss their relationship.

In the 26th Century, mankind has breached the light speed barrier and begun to colonize other planets. They’ve also learned to Design human beings, known as Morphs, for specialized colony missions. Adrian is an Aerial Morph, on his way to colonize the low-gravity planet Eridani VI with his scientist Partner, Michael. In violation of the rules of the Morph Projects, they’ve been lovers for months. Michael cares more about his work than anything, while Adrian doesn’t take anything seriously except Michael. Before they arrive at their new home, they need to curtail their relationship before it destroys their professional Partnership.

 

The colony ship is scheduled to arrive at their destination on Christmas Eve. Some old holiday traditions persist, but when Adrian and Michael have differing ideas about what’s best for their relationship and their careers, holiday gifts and ideas for new beginnings lead to crossed signals.

 

Length: Novella (76p.) | Genre: Science Fiction | Release Date: December 1, 2014

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