Second Chances by T. A. Webb

October 18, 2012

Mark and Antonio realize that second chances are the greatest gift of all. Second Chances by T. A. Webb, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Mark Jennings is at a crossroads. His finance job in the Atlanta nonprofit scene stresses him out, his mother is dying, and his relationship with Brian Jacobs has crashed and burned. He needs a distraction, some way to relax, and a massage seems like just the thing. He never expected his massage therapist, Antonio Roberto, to become his best friend.

Despite their differences—Antonio is a divorced single father—the two men forge a firm friendship that weathers Mark’s reconciliation with Brian and Antonio’s questionable taste in women. Over the years, Antonio remains constant in his support, though others in Mark’s life come and go through a revolving door.

When a young boy runs away from the group home where he works, Mark finds another door opening. Through it all he holds on to the things his loved ones taught him—about family, about friends and lovers, about life and death. Most importantly, he realizes that sometimes the greatest gift of all is a second chance.

Length: Novel
Genre: Contemporary

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Push Comes to Shove by J.L. O’Faolain

October 16, 2012

Super powers may not be enough for Push to earn Scratch’s love and save the world. Push Comes to Shove by J.L. O’Faolain

No More Heroes: Book One

Super-powered superhero Push and his human partner, Scratch, have been best friends and roommates for years. Push is the gay posterchild for the Real-Life Superhero Association. Unfortunately, Scratch is straight, which makes Push’s suppressed feelings for him problematic—but not as problematic as their next assignment.

Push and Scratch’s job: rehabilitating Wrath, a recently released supervillain, complete with super powers of his own. It’s not easy to trust someone who used to be on the other side, and Wrath’s presence creates just the wrong kind of friction.

When a bank-robbing practical joker throws a wrench in their plans and leads them on a wild chase across the southern United States, Push, Scratch, and Wrath have to leave their baggage behind and work together. But there are more secrets and danger awaiting them, and super powers may not be enough.

Length: Novel
Genre: Science Fiction, Mystery/Suspense
Series: No More Heroes by J.L. O’Faolain

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3 by Jacob Z. Flores

October 15, 2012

A ménage of secrets threatens to destroy the love of three men. 3 by Jacob Z. Flores, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Justin Jimenez has loved his partner, Spencer Harrison, for ten years. He’ll do anything for him—including bury his feelings for a man he met while he and Spencer were separated last year. Justin never planned to fall in love, and he certainly never planned to tell Spencer about it—but when a phone call wakes them in the middle of the night to inform Justin that his former lover, Dutch Keller, has been in an accident, he doesn’t have a choice.

Justin’s revelation shatters the fragile relationship he and Spencer were trying to rebuild. The weight of his guilt—both for hurting Spencer and for leaving a heartbroken Dutch to find solace in a bottle—crushes him. But what Justin doesn’t know is that Spencer and Dutch guard an explosive secret of their own. All three men are tangled in a communal web of lies, and unless they find the events in their lives that ultimately led them to friendship, passion, and betrayal, they won’t see the love at the heart of the pain.

Length: Novel
Genre: Contemporary, M/M/M or More

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Tigerland by Sean Kennedy

October 15, 2012

Simon and Declan must once again ride the media storm to find tranquility. Tigerland by Sean Kennedy, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Sequel to Tigers & Devils

After an eventful and sometimes uncomfortably public courtship, Simon Murray and Declan Tyler settled into a comfortable life together. Now retired from the AFL, Declan works as a football commentator; Simon develops programs with queer content for a community television station.

Despite their public professional lives, Simon and Declan manage to keep their private life out of the spotlight. Their major concerns revolve around supporting their friends through infertility and relationship problems—until Greg Heyward, Declan’s ex-partner, outs himself in a transparent bid for attention.

Though Simon and Declan are furious with Greg and his media antics, they can’t agree on what to do about it. Declan insists they should maintain a dignified silence, but both he and Simon keep getting drawn into Heyward’s games. Simon and Declan will once again have to ride out the media storm before they can return their attention to what really matters: each other.

Length: Novel
Genre: Contemporary

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An Unconventional Courtship by Scotty Cade

October 12, 2012

Will professionalism keep Tristan and Webber apart or will a business trip be just what they need to admit their feelings for good? An Unconventional Courtship by Scotty Cade, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Tristan Moreau loves his job as chief administrative officer and personal assistant to Webber Kincaid, President, Chairman, and CEO of Kincaid International. It would be the perfect job… if only he hadn’t fallen in love with his boss as well as the work. After two years, he’s still doing everything in his power to keep his feelings hidden—mostly because he wants to protect the reputation of his famous boss but also because he wants to keep his job.

Webber Kincaid has stayed in the closet, using his best friend and confidante as his beard. Everything in his life was working out just fine until he met Tristan Moreau. Within months, Tristan stole his heart and became his lifeline. But Webber knows the rules of the workplace better than anyone, so he’s kept his distance.

But two years is too long to wonder “what if?”—especially when business takes them to a private Caribbean island. When Tristan and Webber succumb to the tropical heat, their professionalism starts to backslide. It’s a seemingly impossible relationship, making a go at it under the paparazzi’s microscope. It may be the best—or the worst—business decision they ever made.

Length: Novel
Genre: Contemporary

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A Grimoire for the Baron by Augusta Li and Eon de Beaumont

October 12, 2012

A new quest for arcane knowledge puts a strain on Reg, Querry, and Frolic’s relationship. A Grimoire for the Baron by Augusta Li and Eon de Beaumont, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Sequel to Boots for the GentlemanSteamcraft and Sorcery: Book Two

Former archivist Reg Whitney, expert thief Querry Knotte, and the clockwork boy known as Frolic are fugitives from Halcyon living on a small island. While Reg is content to lead a safe and settled life, there is trouble in paradise: Querry is bored, and Frolic can’t help but ponder his own existence.

When Querry and Frolic get caught breaking into Baron Starling’s villa, all three men are bamboozled into accompanying the baron on a quest for arcane knowledge. But their jungle destination holds more danger than anyone on the expedition expects.

Reg knows their crew is made up of criminals—the kind who can’t be trusted—which puts a strain on the trio. He’s certain the baron and the mercenary Jean-Andre are hiding something that puts them all in danger. Querry and the baron grow close, leaving Reg and Frolic feeling alienated. Frolic’s friendship with a fey servant just strains the trio’s dynamic further. Even if Reg, Querry, and Frolic survive the quest, their relationship will never be the same.

Length: Novel
Genre: M/M/M or More
Series: Steamcraft and Sorcery by Augusta Li and Eon de Beaumont

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The Coil by L.A. Gilbert

October 11, 2012

Mattie’s dreams and Simon’s son hold Simon back. What will push him forward? The Coil by L.A. Gilbert, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Sandwich-maker Mattie Green has one goal: escape San Diego, move to New York, and attend art school. But to make this a reality, he needs to get his GED—not easy, since he can’t read or write. Until he can, he’s stuck working at the diner and selling himself on the side.

Mattie’s legitimate job isn’t without perks. Every day the quiet, sophisticated Simon Castle comes by to work on his latest book. Mattie wants more than to pour Simon’s coffee and make his lunch, but he’s sure Simon is out of his league—until suddenly he’s not.

Simon Castle’s life is complicated, built around his career and a son who requires a lot of time and attention. It’s not a life well-suited to the inclusion of even a part-time prostitute, so he resolves to keep his relationship with Mattie casual. However, the longer he knows Mattie, the deeper his feelings become. The idea of him with another man tortures Simon, but he can’t ask Mattie to be his alone and jeopardize Mattie’s hopes for New York—no matter how much he wants Mattie to stay.

Length: Novel
Genre: Contemporary

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Anthology: Don’t Try This at Home

October 9, 2012

The course of true love never runs smooth. Don’t Try This at Home, a Dreamspinner Press anthology.

Bonked heads. Rough carpet. Burned dinner. Awkward silence. Bitten lips. Startling length. Spilled wax. Pinched fingers. Shattered wineglass. Closet quickie. Flat soufflé. Broken bedframe. Shower sex. Overzealous spanking. Embarrassing ex. Lost wallet. Terrible taste. Sore shoulders. Noxious odor. Absent date. Unbelievable girth. Kitchen canoodling. New toy. Stained sheets. Backward compliment. Stifling pillow. Locked handcuffs. Aching ass. Missing keys. Torn seams. Wrenched back. Angry cat. Overeager pass. Uncooperative zipper.

Something always goes wrong in real life. Fortunately, love blunts the edges so that romance triumphs over adversity.

Stories included in the anthology:

Anna Birmingham                   Midnight Caller

Rena Butler                                Snapshots

Henrietta Clarke                      Basil’s Luck

Taylin Clavelli                           Boys, Toys, and Carpet Fitters

Bell Ellis                                       Outbursts

Kim Fielding                              Tyler Wang Has a Ball

Ellee Hill                                      Boy Next Door

Kiernan Kelly                            Gremlins in the Works

Venona Keyes                           Good Food Gone Bad

Kate Pavelle                              Attack of the Hedgehogs

Teegan Loy                                It’s Not What You Think

K. Lynn                                       Slippery When Wet

E.T. Malinowski                      Desperate Measures

Aundrea Singer                        Gordon’s Cat

AC Valentine                             Photo Finish

Length: Anthology
Genre: Contemporary

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Jess’s Journey by SJD Peterson

October 9, 2012

A car accident left Jess confined to a wheelchair, but Collin is determined not to let that be the end of Jess’s life. Jess’s Journey by SJD Peterson, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Sequel to Conner’s Courage Whispering Pines Ranch: Book Five

At an early age, Jess Jenkins learned to take care of his family and friends and put their needs before his own. He dreamed of finding the same simple happiness his parents had and followed their example. Then Lorcan James broke his heart and an automobile accident broke his independent spirit. Now that’s all Jess is: a broken shadow of the man he used to be, still confined to a wheelchair after six months.

Jess is finally forced to put himself first and accept the help he needs on his journey toward recovery. Though pain, frustration, and depression leave him bitter and eager to push people away, his friends refuse to allow him to wallow in self-pity. Jack has only glimpsed the man beneath Jess’s angry shell, but he takes it upon himself to prove Jess isn’t broken. And Collin is determined to bring back the sweet man he once knew. The simple, happy life Jess has always wanted is there for the taking—all he has to do is open his eyes and see it.

Length: Novel
Genre: Western
Series: Whispering Pines Series by SJD Peterson

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Aaron by J.P. Barnaby

October 8, 2012

Still struggling to recover from his past, Aaron fights for even the appearance of normalcy. Aaron by J.P. Barnaby, available from Dreamspinner Press.

I can’t describe what it’s like to want to scream every minute of every day.

Two years after a terrifying night of pain destroyed his normal teenage existence, Aaron Downing still clings to the hope that one day, he will be a fully functional human being. But his life remains a constant string of nightmares, flashbacks, and fear. When, in his very first semester of college, he’s assigned Spencer Thomas as a partner for his programming project, Aaron decides that maybe “normal” is overrated. If he could just learn to control his fear, that could be enough for him to find his footing again.

With his parents’ talk of institutionalizing him—of sacrificing him for the sake of his brothers’ stability—Aaron becomes desperate to find a way to cope with his psychological damage or even fake normalcy. Can his new shrink control his own demons long enough to treat Aaron, or will he only deepen the damage?

Desperate to understand his attraction for Spencer, Aaron holds on to his sanity with both hands as it threatens to spin out of control.

Length: Novel
Genre: Contemporary

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