Monday, July 15, 2013

Newest Releases from Dreamspinner Press/Harmony Ink

Another Dumb Jock by Jeff Erno
Book Two in Dumb Jock Series
Second Edition Release
1st Edition published by CreateSpace, January 2012
Length: Novel (200p.) | Genre: Contemporary, Coming of Age | Release Date: July 15, 2013
Available in e-book & print

Adam’s determined to prove he’s not gay—then his worst nightmare comes true when he finds himself attracted to Trevor.

Jeff Irwin and Brett Wilson raised a fine son, Adam, in their unconventional, judgment-free family. But being the son of two dads has its challenges. Although Adam loves them, he’s determined to prove he’s not gay, like they are. To this end he’s become the star pitcher of his high school baseball team, a true jock.

Then Adam is suspended after he gets into a fight at school, and his dads find out his grades are slipping.Determined to put him back on track, they hire him a tutor: a short, nerdy kid named Trevor. Despite his resistance, soon enough Adam’s worst nightmare comes true when he finds himself attracted to Trevor. This gives him a choice: follow his heart or become just another dumb jock.


On the Road to a Perfect Match by Elizabella Gold
Length: Novel (350p.) | Genre: Contemporary | Release Date: July 15, 2013
Available in e-book & print

When Todd’s mother is diagnosed with cancer, he returns to Seattle. Brad is left to fend for himself in Portland struggling with jealousy.

Todd and Brad have been friends since they were kids dreaming of making their pro wrestling dreams a reality. After Todd’s college girlfriend ditches him, he convinces Brad to put his education on hold and go to wrestling school in Portland. 

With money tight, Todd and Brad end up sharing a pull-out bed in a small apartment. It gets increasingly difficult for them to hide their feelings—or even to determine exactly what it is they do feel for each other.

When Todd’s mother is diagnosed with cancer, he returns to Seattle. Brad is left to fend for himself in Portland and struggles with jealousy and guilt as he wishes for Todd to be with him again. Will their wrestling careers ever take off? And what will happen to Todd and Brad’s relationship, in and out of the ring?


Stranded by Andrew Grey
Length: Novel (204p.) | Genre: Mystery/Suspense | Release Date: July 15, 2013
Available in e-book & print

Who would strand him in the desert? Terrified, Kendall takes comfort remembering happier times with his long-time lover, Johnny.

Kendall Monroe is handcuffed to a car in the desert.

Is this life imitating art or art imitating life? The only thing he’s sure of is that the situation he finds himself in is a copy of a scene he filmed earlier, only this time, there is no director yelling “cut” and no crew to rescue him. Terrified for his life, Kendall takes comfort remembering happier times with his long-time lover, Johnny. He hasn’t seen Johnny in weeks since Johnny stayed behind to finish his latest best-selling novel.

As he attempts to survive scorching-hot days and freezing nights, Kendall tries to figure out who did this to him. Could it be Johnny, or the research assistant he suspects Johnny is having an affair with? 

Both options fill him with bitterness. Or is it a more likely suspect? Kendall has a stalker who sends him flowers and always seems to know where he is. But what does this stranger have to gain by leaving Kendall stranded in the middle of nowhere?


Hunted by Brynn Stein
Length: Novella (84p.) | Genre: Mystery/Suspense, Paranormal, Ghosts/Spirits I Release Date: July 17, 2013
Available in e-book only

Lenard befriends ghost Jason, and they join forces to try to solve old murders. Along the way, they find some things conquer even death.

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.

Improves With Age by Lavinia Lewis
Length: Novella (60p.) | Genre: Contemporary | Release Date: July 17, 2013
Available in e-book only

In high school, they were opposites, but now? Even years later, the attraction between Reece and Nick is electric.

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.


Merman by KZ Snow
A Story in the Mongrel Series
Length: Novella (207p.) | Genre: Steampunk, Vampires | Release Date: July 17, 2013
Available in e-book only

A clandestine project results in Marrowbone and Bentcross becoming hunted men. But sometimes danger makes an affair worth saving.

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.


Pride by Allison Cassatta
Dear Diary Series, Book Two
Length: Novella (130p.) | Genre: Contemporary, Coming of Age | Release Date: July 17, 2013 
Available in e-book only

First Edition published by Allison Cassatta, January 2012

Will pride help Chris see there's nothing wrong with him? Will it change his feelings and his mind about being gay?

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?


Parting Shot by Mary Calmes
A Matter of Time Story
Length: Novel (264p.) | Genre: Mystery/Suspense | Release Date: July 19, 2013
Available in e-book & print

Everyone thinks Aaron has it all—looks, money, fame, and success beyond measure. But all he really wants is Duncan, adventure, and love.

Life has never been easy for Duncan Stiel. His childhood was the stuff of nightmares, and his day job as an undercover police officer forces him to hide his true self and occasionally lands him in the hospital. So when he finally meets the perfect man, it comes as no surprise that everything falls apart around him. What Duncan doesn’t expect is that the hardest hurdle to get over before he can make a life with Aaron Sutter is the one inside himself.

Everyone thinks Aaron has it all—looks, money, fame, and success beyond measure. Everyone, that is, except Aaron. At the end of the day, the cameras stop flashing, friends go back to their own lives, company business is handled, and Aaron is always alone. The moment he meets Duncan Stiel, Aaron knows he’ll do anything to hold onto the larger-than-life detective. But when he realizes money won’t buy him the ultimate happiness, Aaron needs to find the strength to give Duncan something much more important—his heart.


You're the One by Gene Taylor
Length: Novel (210p.) | Genre: Humor, Contemporary Fantasy | Release Date: July 19, 2013
Available in e-book & print

Graham Thomas needs a miracle just talk to a man. A wizard helps, but Graham doesn't want Mark to fall in love with him because of magic.

Intimidated by the clubs and cabarets of 1970s Chicago, shy English teacher Graham Thomas needs a miracle just to be able to talk to a man. When help arrives from a Robert Redford look-alike wizard, Graham brushes him off—he’s obviously certifiable. Or so Graham thinks until he tries out a popular song title as a come-on line and everything changes.

Given the power to make others fall in love with him, Graham begins to enjoy the nightlife. But when he misuses his gift, he finds himself with accidental and unwanted suitors, including the senior dean at his school, a ticket-mad cop, and a rich young banker. Then Graham meets Mark Matthews and finally faces the moral issue of whether it’s fair to use magic to make someone fall in love. It would be so easy….


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Last of the Summer Tomatoes by Sherrie Henry 
Length: Novel (246p.) | Genre: Contemporary, Gay, YA | Release Date: July 18, 2013
Available in e-book & print

Instead of going to a juvenile detention center, Kyle works on a farm and meets Sam, an unexpected source of love and support.

Kyle Jackowski, typical sullen emo teen, struggles to find a way to deal with his sexuality and finds himself in trouble with the law… again. But instead of being sent to a juvenile detention center like he expected, he is given a chance to commute his sentence by working on a farm forthe summer.

Enter Sam, son of the farm owners, who shows Kyle what he feels is perfectly normal and that he doesn’t have to hide from his feelings. In turn, Sam’s parents show Kyle that his abusive stepfather and battered mother are not the norm. With their love and support, Kyle finds his place in the world—by Sam’s side.


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