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Monday, March 3, 2014

*Kermit Flail*: March





Hey all!  It's First Monday of the Month-- which means I take a break and let the stunning work of my fellow writers speak for itself.  I have releases this month from Mary Calmes, T.A. Chase & Devon Rhodes, B.A. Tortuga, Cindy Sutherland, and Gini Koch!  (And an Audible link for Going Up!)  Seriously-- I'm like *happy dancing* *doin' the samba* *woot woot wheeee!*  for all of these people-- you'll see why as I go!



Starting off we've got none other than Mary-MY-Mary-- Mary Calmes, and I'm in the middle of this book (cause I'm special) and I love this book.  It's amazing.  Tracy is a riot, and this book-- like pretty much everything Mary puts out is KERMIT FLAIL ROCK AWESOME.  Uhm, sayin'.

Tracy Brandt considers himself a lucky man. He has a wonderful family, good friends, and a dependable job. His love life, however, features a cheating ex who, though out of the house, is not yet out of the picture—with a past that just might get Tracy killed.


 Homicide inspector Cord Nolan wants nothing more than to show his best friend’s little brother that he’s a reliable man, but to do that he’ll have to get Tracy to look past the player he used to be. It'll be a tough sell; reputation is everything, and Cord's is tarnished by his past indiscretions.

 Tracy and Cord have spent five years trying to suffocate their fiery attraction under a blanket of grudging antagonism. When Tracy finds himself with a target on his back, Cord finally has the chance to ride to the rescue and break through the dam of Tracy's reserve. But he’d better be careful: if Cord is breaking the floodgates to wash away the past, he's going to have to hold tight to Tracy to make sure they're still standing when the tumult recedes.


This next author is a friend whom I didn't get to see when I was in Florida-- she and her lovely Julia Talbot were stuck on the runway in Albuquerque and didn't get there.  We are, for the record, still bitter.  B.A. Tortuga is a seasoned veteran of this genre, and she's really excited about her first DSP release, and I was so happy she asked to be on the blog!!!



 They say a man can always come home. So after doing hard time, Sage Redding heads to his family’s northeast Texas ranch to help his ailing daddy with the cutting horses.

Adam (Win) Winchester is a county deputy and the cousin of one of the men killed in the incident that sent Sage to prison for almost a decade. While Win's uncles, Jim and Teddy, are determined to make Sage and the entire Redding family pay for their loss, Win just figures Sage has paid his dues and maybe needs a friend. Maybe he needs more than a friend. In fact, Win’s counting on it.

No one’s denying Sage is an ex-con who went to prison for manslaughter. Regardless of the love he has for his father, he’s returned knowing things will likely go badly for him. Maybe a man can always come home, but he may not be able to stay.

Nonofficial type comment: Since I came out of the closet, I've spent a lot of time working through my own personal stuff — can I go home, when I do, do they want me, when do I have to admit that tattooed pink-haired lesbians don’t get to belong to deep East Texas anymore? The Terms of Release is the novel that came from asking those questions I still don’t have answers to.


Okay-- T.A. Chase (who is charming and adorable!) was all, "Oh, is it okay if I post more than one release?" and I was like "YES!  Cause that means you're AWESOME!"  T.A. and I see each other at conventions, and she loves my guys Bodhi and Peter especially, and I love her guy Pestilence!  (I'm getting to the other three horsemen, but Pest was pretty excellent :-)  When I found out that she and Devon Rhodes (her equally charming and adorable writing partner) were doing a series on International Men of Sports I was thinking Wow! That is a stunning idea, and I can't wait to see what they do with it!  Well, this is one of the things they're doing with it, and I'm all dancy about it.  Cause, ice skaters!  Yum.

Burning Up the Ice

Blurb: 

Two men, two very different sports and one rink—sharing ice has never been so hot.

Olivier ‘Big Bang’ St Pierre is back in his hometown while he recovers from being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Hockey’s a contact sport—still, he didn’t count on the locker room being dangerous. As a professional hockey player, he also didn’t count on it being hard to find ice time. But when a rink shuts down unexpectedly in a winter-sport-crazy town, even being a big name won’t help as people scramble for whatever they can get.
The first time Ethan Campbell hears from the local hockey legend he knew as a kid, Olivier manages to insult both his family’s rink and his new sport—curling. So he’s not exactly receptive when Olivier shows up in person to plead his case. He makes a sarcastic offer…and is shocked when Olivier takes him up on it. Ethan’s bad experience with hockey had left him cold. But soon he and Olivier are burning up the ice.


And this is her next one--and can I just say, I love the names?  Ion and Adrien?  Num!


Close the Distance

Being in love isn’t always roses and sunshine. 

Ion Vasile and Adrien Bellamy start dating and fall in love quickly. As their relationship grows stronger, Ion discovers the fragility of his family ties. As his mother turns against him and his brother seems to be supporting her, Ion begins to lean more and more on Adrien.
Adrien wants nothing more than to be strong for Ion and share his own family with him. Yet he’s afraid they’re moving too fast. He doesn’t want to scare the most marvellous man he’s ever met away.
When tragedy strikes, they both realise life is too short to let fear rule their choices.

Ethan is tied to his town, job and family, while Olivier will be going back to Chicago to rejoin his team as soon as he’s able. It can’t possibly last…can it?
 Okay, anyone who saw the Fireside Chat with myself, Rhys Ford, and Charley Cochet knows that Rhys is frickin' amazing-- and I don't just say that because she is currently keeping my Chicken safe in the wilds of San Diego.  Her Cole McGinnis Mysteries are amazing--and this is the fourth, much anticipated installment.  Cole.  Dude.  NOM.  So this is a big furry deal-- enjoy! (P.S.-- we have no buy link yet-- if it shows up in the next day or so, I"ll post it, but don't forget to check the www.dreamspinnerpress.com Coming Soon page-- it really is coming soon!)

Dirty Deeds by Rhys Ford (Book 4 in the Cole McGinnis Series)

Coming MARCH 28, 2014 from Dreamspinner Press

Sheila Pinelli needed to be taken out.

Former cop turned private investigator Cole McGinnis never considered committing murder. But six months ago, when Jae-Min’s blood filled his hands and death came knocking at his lover’s door,  killing Sheila Pinelli became a definite possibility.

While Sheila lurks in some hidden corner of Los Angeles, Jae and Cole share a bed, a home, and most of all, happiness. They’d survived Jae’s traditional Korean family disowning him and plan on building a new life—preferably one without the threat of Sheila’s return hanging over them.


Thanks to the Santa Monica police mistakenly releasing Sheila following a loitering arrest, Cole finally gets a lead on Sheila’s whereabouts. That is, until the trail goes crazy and he’s thrown into a tangle of drugs, exotic women, and more death. Regardless of the case going sideways, Cole is determined to find the woman he once loved as a sister and get her out of their lives once and for all.

(ETA-- And we have a BUY LINK!!!)

 And this next writer, Cindy Sutherland, is almost brand new!  But she's awesome to talk to on Twitter, and the blurb looks amazing!  Everybody give Cindy Sutherland a hand, and check her out!

Devon West is a professional Dom who runs his own club, doesn’t believe in romance, and had never been in a long-term relationship. All this changes when he rescues Chase Mackenzie.

Chase is a runaway who has been kept as a slave since he was sixteen. Now twenty-three, he’s still innocent and sweet despite being severely abused and left behind by his Dom.

When Devon finds out that the man who held Chase hostage is the same man who hurt him terribly when he started learning about the sub/Dom lifestyle, he knows he has to keep Chase safe.

Spoiled rich boy and sociopath James Kingston is obsessed with Devon. He’s convinced Devon would be his perfect sub and Devon only thinks he’s a Dom because he needs proper discipline. Losing Chase to Devon is like rubbing salt in the wound, and he’s determined to get them both under thumb. This time, Chase may need to rescue Devon.


I really adore J.P. Barnaby-- and one of the things I love the most about her is that she may write gut wrenching, rip-out-your-spleen specials, but she reads happy.  She's funny, she's passionate, and she's bloody brilliant-- and I'm so excited to host her new offering on my blog!

It’s been nearly five years since Aaron woke up in the hospital so broken, he couldn’t stand the sight of his own face. The flashbacks no longer dominate his life, but he’s still unable to find intimacy with his lover, Spencer Thomas. With time, patience, and the support of his family, his therapist, and his loving partner, Aaron has figured out how to live again. The problem is, Spencer hasn’t. His life has been on hold as he waits for the day he and Aaron can have a normal relationship. Hoping to move things forward for them both, he takes a job as a programmer in downtown Chicago, leaving Aaron alone. 

Reeling in the wake of Spencer’s absence, Aaron receives another shock when his attackers are caught. 

Now, he must testify and verbalize his worst nightmare. Publicly reliving his trauma without Spencer at his side destroys his precarious control. But he finds someone who can understand and empathize in Jordan, who watched his brother cut down in a school shooting. With Spencer gone and the DA knocking at his door, Aaron seeks solace in Jordan, and Spencer will have to risk everything to hold on to Aaron’s love.



Okay-- so this next writer is off the beaten path!  She's amazing, usually writes sci-fi, but this book is actually (take a deep breath, we'll work through this) NON-FICTION!  And the really cool thing is that, folks?  I had dinner with this woman, then a drink, then the next day we traveled to the airport together and sat through a flight and then bolted a sandwich together before we each caught a different flight in Atlanta.  After all of that, I can tell you something important: I WAS NOT BORED ONCE.  She is funny, she is witty, she is very human, and I adored her.  I think if you're looking for some witty observations on life and writing, this is the place to go!   

Random Musings of a Funny Girl

 Want to know the untold story of Gini Koch? Did Gini really spend time in the Peace Corps? And did she really get arrested for stalking Nathan Fillion? Is she fluent in any language other than sarcasm? And what's the real reason she's banned from Denny's? The answer to these and other burning questions are in this book! So what are you waiting for? Buy this book NOW! It's not getting any younger, you know. Is it fact or fiction? You decide. The first ever humor collection from Gini Koch, Random Musings from the Funny Girl, is available NOW!







Okay-- I did lie a little in my last blog post-- I do have an offering this month.  Going UP was put on audiobook extraordinarily fast.  This was the first e-book wherein I got to audition the narrator, and I really loved this guy's treatment.  If you're all about the audio book, this is quick and hopefully fun!

1 comment:

Cinders Osborne said...

So many of the books are on TBB pile, and others TBR pile...lol