This week's Releases from Dreamspinner Press/Harmony Ink Press
Billy's Bones by Jamie Fessenden
Length: Novel (254p.) | Genre: Contemporary, Mystery/Suspense | Release Date: July 22, 2013
Tom Langois believes he’ll never see Kevin again—but Kevin turns up three years later, interested in more than friendship.
Kevin Derocher was thirty-two when he walked into Tom’s office, newly married, a baby on the way, and the collar of his red flannel shirt pulled up to hide the bruises around his throat from when he hanged himself in his garage. After his initial consult, therapist Tom Langois believes he’ll never see Kevin again—but Kevin turns up three years later to make repairs on Tom’s new house.
Kevin and Tom become fast friends, and Tom begins to suspect Kevin may be interested in more than friendship. However, Kevin remains haunted by something from his childhood—something so terrible he blocked it from his mind. These suppressed memories make it impossible for Kevin to get close to anyone without panicking and lashing out, sometimes violently. But as his past begins to surface, it becomes apparent that Kevin may hold the key to a twenty-five-year-old mystery: what happened to Billy?
Find a Way by R. G. Green
Prince & Trader Series, Book Two
Length: Novel (214p.) | Genre: High Fantasy | Release Date: July 22, 2013
Derek left Gravlorn in search of answers, and although Kherin is determined to keep what they found together, growing tensions threaten.
Passion has blossomed from the lifelong friendship between Kherin Rylle, the second prince of Llarien, and Derek Resh, a trader employed by the crown. But left on his own in the border city of Gravlorn , Kherin soon draws the anger of the Defenders and his own brother as charges of cowardice and treason are thrown at his feet. Meanwhile, the increasingly dangerous attacks of the northerners bring more than the threat of war to Llarien's border. Rumors of an ancient northern magic promise a danger far greater than war, and Kherin can't say the rumors aren't true.
Only now he has to learn the truth on his own.
Derek left Gravlorn in search of answers for the unexpected happenings at the border, and although Kherin is determined to keep what they found together, growing tensions, hidden jealousies, and unforeseen revelations about the northern lands threaten to take away everything he has worked to gain. As the border grows more dangerous, Kherin faces the reality that courage and honor may not be enough to end the northern threat, and love may not be enough for Derek and Kherin to find happiness.
Accidental Chemistry by Susan Laine
A Second Chance Story
Length: Novella (104p.) | Genre: Contemporary | Release Date: July 24, 2013
Zane and Josh are complete opposites who try to make something work, but mishap and miscommunication keep interfering.
Zane Roscoe’s evil day job at a musical instrument store is supposed to teach him responsibility. What he really wants is the fun, excitement, and artistic challenge of being a musician. Joshua Norton is in college, training to become a pharmaceutical chemist, and he is Zane’s complete opposite: introverted, intellectual, and quiet. When the two meet at a gay night club, their relationship begins with a case of mistaken identity and a wounded ego.
They try talking but stumble over one miscommunication after another. So Zane decides they better stick to sex—except a series of bumbling disasters, accidents big and small, and minor mishaps leads to frustration. Afterward, Zane wants to apologize for his behavior. But Joshua ran, and finding him turns into a test of character, as does earning Joshua’s forgiveness. Can they find the new beginning they need for a second chance at love?
Incoming by Robert Cummings
Length: Novella (73p.) | Genre: Contemporary, BDSM/Kink, M/M/M | Release Date: July 24, 2013
Second Edition/First Edition published by Silver Publishing, February 2011.
Shawn ends up in a combat zone with a sexy squad leader who clearly wonders if Shawn would be open to some male companionship.
Jack Russo is two hundred pounds of deadly Army specialist fighting two wars—one in Iraq in 2004 and the other against the US military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy, which keeps him closeted and lonely. When his injured gun truck driver is replaced with new recruit Shawn Farrelly, Jack is instantly attracted even though the private’s sexuality is a mystery.
Recently married, Shawn joined the military to get benefits for his wife, only to end up in a combat zone with a sexy squad leader to whom he is inexplicably drawn—and who clearly wonders if Shawn would be open to some male-male experimentation. But war is a dangerous time to explore new feelings, and all too soon a rescue mission devolves into an ambush. Despite seeing no escape, Jack and Shawn decide to go out with smiles on their faces—together.
Left on St. Truth-be-Well by Amy Lane
Length: Novella (152p.) | Genre: Contemporary, Humor, Mystery/Suspense I Release Date: July 24, 2013
Carson may have to revise priorities; nobody plans on taking a left at St. Truth-be-Well and finding love at the Bates Parrot Hotel.
Carson O’Shaughnessy has one task: track down his boss’s flighty nephew, Stassy, and return the kid to Chicago . Then Carson can go back to waiting tables and being productively bitter about his life. He didn’t count on finding a dead body in Stassy’s bed, and he certainly didn’t count on the guy in the flip-flops and cutoffs at the local café helping him get to the bottom of the crime.
But Dale Arden is no ordinary surfing burnout—he’s actually a pretty sharp guy with a seductive voice and a bossy streak wider than the Florida panhandle. When he decides to boss Carson right into his bed, Carson realizes Stassy's not the only one who's been lost. Carson likes to think he’s got his life all figured out, that sex with guys is your basic broom-closet transaction; he may just have to revise his priorities, because nobody plans on taking a left at St. Truth-be-Well and finding love at the Bates Parrot Hotel.
When We Picked Apples Last Autumn by Hank Fielder
Length: Novella (65p.) | Genre: Contemporary, Mystery/Suspense | Release Date: July 24, 2013
Benny offers a life of peaceful comradeship. But for Josh, only life-and-death adventure can convince him their attraction will be more.
At twenty-eight, Josh Adams has more than a few secrets and personal demons. He’s an international traveler and doesn’t think he’ll ever be ready for the serious attention handsome and heroic airline pilot Benny Mills is ready to pay him. Their shared near-death experience seems to clarify everything for Benny, who wants nothing more than to share his stunning home in an idyllic Wisconsin apple orchard with Josh.
Benny offers commitment and a contented life of peaceful, loving comradeship far from the high-flying hazards of foreign travel. But for sexy love-’em-and-leave-’em-hot Josh, only another life-and-death adventure can convince him that the smoking heat of their mutual attraction is destined to be more than a hit-and-run entertainment.
With time running out, finding refuge from his increasingly dangerous world just might be what Josh needs after all. Especially when his and Benny’s very lives depend on it.
The Queen's Librarian by Carole Cummings
Length: Novel (224p.) | Genre: High Fantasy, Humor | Release Date: July 19, 2013
Lucas is drawn into the magical adventure of a lifetime, but all he wants is more quality time with his boyfriend, Alex Booker.
All Lucas Tripp wants is prosperity for the tenants of his family’s estate; good weather for the harvest; suitable matches for his sisters; a little money left over at the end of the month; and more quality time with his boyfriend, Alex Booker. That’s not so much to ask for, right?
Wrong. When his sister’s new suitor suddenly disappears, Lucas is drawn into an adventure of a lifetime—kicking and screaming all the way. Magical beings who were allegedly banished hundreds of years ago are coming through portals that were supposed to be shut against them—and that’s only part of Lucas’s problem. The rest consists of missing princes, breaking and entering, suspicious magicians, well-meaning women who are far too interested in Lucas’s sex life… the list goes on. Lucas is decidedly Not Amused, but he’ll get over it someday. Probably. After all, there’s always Alex.
Thorns by Feliz Faber
Length: Novel (260p.) | Genre: Contemporary, Mystery/Suspense | Release Date: July 26, 2013
Will sets off perilous events that threaten his budding relationship with Francis and Nic and Louis’s decades-long commitment.
How can love between two men possibly be responsible for a horse’s death during the Kentucky Derby? Reporter Will Yeats wants to know the truth.
Seventeen years ago, a love affair between a jockey and a horse trainer and a tragic accident on the racetrack scandalized the horseracing world. But Nic Pithiviers and Louis Meerow seem to have no desire to set the record straight: they refuse the interview and send attorney Francis LeBon to question Will’s motives.
Francis has a special place in his heart for Nic and Louis, who taught him to take pride in himself as a gay man, and he’ll stop at nothing to protect them from a gossipmongering reporter. However, Francis doesn’t expect the reporter’s honesty and genuine determination to exonerate two men falsely accused… or the growing attraction to Will he feels.
While visiting with Nic and Louis at their horse training center in France, Will uncovers a web of intrigue, secrets, and old lies, and he unwittingly sets a series of perilous events into motion that not only threaten to destroy his budding relationship with Francis, but Nic and Louis’s decades-long commitment as well.
Wolf at the Door by K. Drew
Length: Novel (200p.) | Genre: Angels/Demons, Paranormal, Werewolves/Shapeshifters I Release Date: July 26, 2013
Will Nicholas’s undeniable lust for Sebastian put him in danger and will he discover the truth before he falls prey to the wolf at the door?
For Nicholas Ashbee, life has been a struggle. Growing up in the desolate town of Constance left him bitter and resentful, craving a more engaging life. While training to be a nurse, he is lucky enough to land a plush internship at luxurious Blackwood Manor on Staten Island , home to the wealthy patrons of his college. Nicholas is in charge of caring for Lilith, the sweet and aging matriarch of the Blackwood family who is slowly dying from a mysterious ailment. Nicholas must also deal with her brooding young husband, Sebastian, whose stunning beauty immediately captures Nicholas’s attention.
However, there’s something odd about the inhabitants of this remote manor hiding from the outside world, and Nicholas becomes increasingly suspicious of the Blackwoods when a young man from the neigboring area goes missing after being seen with Sebastian. Perhaps the Blackwoods are not the loving couple they pretend to be and their respectable life is merely a façade masking an ugly secret. Will Nicholas’s undeniable lust for Sebastian place him in danger, and will he discover the truth about his employers before he falls prey to the wolf at the door?
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Superhero by Eli Easton
Length: Novella (138p.) | Genre: Contemporary, Humor, Gay, Bisexual, YA I Release Date: July 25, 2013
Jordan’s worst enemy may be himself: he can’t seem to help the fact that he is head-over-heels in love with his straight BFF, Owen.
It’s not easy for a young gay artist like Jordan Carson to grow up in Jefferson , Wisconsin , where all anyone seems to care about in middle school and high school are the sports teams. But Jordan was lucky. He met Owen Nelson in the second grade, and they’ve been BFFs ever since. Owen is a big, beautiful blond and their school’s champion wrestler. No one messes with Owen, or with anyone close to him, and he bucks popular opinion by keeping Jordan as his wingman even after Jordan comes out at school.
Their friendship survives, but Jordan ’s worst enemy may be himself: he can’t seem to help the fact that he is head-over-heels in love with a hopeless case—his straight friend, Owen. Owen won’t let anything take Jordan ’s friendship away, but he never counted on Jordan running off to find a life of his own. Owen will have to face the nature of their relationship if he’s to win Jordan back.