So-- We've survived the dreaded October, and it's nothing but holidays from here on out. I'm so excited!
And this month's *Kermit Flail* is really something special-- in a lot of ways.
I know all of the authors featured this month-- and have even flailed one or two, but everybody is here in a slightly different capacity than they are usually--and that makes things sort of more awesome.
Let's start with Alex Whitehall, who is one of my much adored Riptide People. I've met Alex several times in person, and last time, was gifted by a chain mail scarf (which got me through the winter, it was just so soft and full of love!) because Alex really loved my knitting series. I have the feeling that they have a soft spot for our gentler characters--especially given that Alex's offering this month is called Sharing the Pond and features the most adorable little frog on the cover! So sweet!
From Alex, we can move on to Shae Connor-- who just doesn't write enough. Now see, I've met Shae on a number of occasions, but I have two favorites. One was at RWA Atlanta, where we shared a beer with J.P. Barnaby over lunch, and the other was at RWA New York. I hadn't seen her all week hardly-- but she was my parting hug as I waited for my cab. I adore Shae, and I'm so glad to be *flailing* one of her books this month. And I love the cover-- so pretty :-)
Now, I both know and have *flailed* Aisling Mancy and Shira Anthony-- but never together--so I pretty much begged Aisling for the chance to *flail* A Solitary Man. Eeeee!!! These are two of the most awesome people in the history of awesome, and they ave pooled their awesomeness TOGETHER. How I adore them so!
S.M. May is the pseudonym of one of the lovely people who offered to translate Vulnerable into Italian for free. She has written a novel-- in English-- and has also written a few in Italian, and I am just always so in awe of people who can do that. She asked for some help getting the word out about her work and I just jumped on that! Anyone who would translate a book for just the love of it is going to be one of my favorite people in general, so go baby, go baby, go baby GO!
And Nyrae Dawn… *happy sigh* Ms. Dawn also writes as Riley Hart, and I am a huge fan. She writes young adult as Nyrae and wonderful M/M small town romance as Riley, and in person? Lovely. Stunningly pretty, a little bit shy, and all around wonderful. When we first met, Nyrae was planning to write adult M/M and I told her to go for it--now I'm like, "Best. Cheerleading. Ever!" Anything I could have possibly done to help get another Riley Hart or Nyrae Dawn book in the world is a really amazing thing. And Nyrae's new book looks wonderful-- I'm so proud she's on my blog!
Kim Fielding was, of course, one of my two beloved companions two and from GRL this year. Kim is several shades of awesome, and to prove it, she's donating the proceeds from her new audio release-- A Festivus Miracle -- to one of our favorite charities, Doctors Without Borders. So, not only will you get beautiful sweetness from someone who usually writes chest-rippers with delicacy and skill, you will get to give your money to a great cause as well.
And we wrap this *flail* up with Bound: Part 1. Now, I love these covers-- I mean adore-- and I know some of you have been so faithful about buying these books as they're re-released. I'm grateful for every one of you who has hung in there for so long. The next thing on my editing queue is the three Green's Hill novellas, followed by Rampant. And then, oh yes then, we can release Quickening--and nobody will be more excited than me!
And at the very bottom? We've got cover reveal! It's not out until December 24th, but I thought you'd like to get a glimpse of Winter Ball… just because ;-)
So, without further ado, here we go with November's *Kermit Flail*-- YAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAAYAAYAAYAYAYAAYAAYAAAYAYAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
By Alex Whitehall
Brent shows up on Corey and Shane's doorstep in the dead of winter needing a place to stay—and hopeful his mates will provide it, and not mind he's a frog shifter.
Being a shifter is nothing new to Corey and Shane, but neither is being mates. They've been together since before they first met Brent ten years ago—back when Brent was Brenda. Bringing a third into their relationship is more than a little complicated, but they're willing to try.
But change is always easier said than done, and Brent wonders if he ever really stood a chance at being happy with the men he has always loved and admired.
by Shae Connor
Who wouldn’t want a nice cup of tall, dark, and gorgeous? Shaun Rogers does. He’s working at the front desk of a clothing-optional gay resort when Conrad “Con” Brooks walks in. The sweet, funny, and smart IT guy is there to install a new network and security system, and sparks fly between the two men from the start. Trouble is, Shaun’s hiding his sexuality from his grandmother, the only family he has left, and that makes him reluctant to take the leap with Con.
Then a man claiming to be Shaun’s absent father shows up out of nowhere, throwing Shaun completely off balance. His life spiraling toward chaos, Shaun soon discovers that his “father” is hiding secrets of his own. When things come to a head between them, it’s Con who comes to Shaun’s rescue—but the incident could force Shaun into a decision he’s not sure he’s ready to make.
A Solitary Man
by Shira Anthony and Aisling Mancy
Sparks fly when Chance meets tall, sexy Xav at a Wilmington bar and they have the hottest one-nighter of their lives. But Chance doesn’t do repeats, Xav seems detached, and they go their separate ways without a word. Two months later, when closeted Assistant District Attorney C. Evan “Chance” Fairchild meets Dare’s Landing’s newest deputy sheriff, Xavier “Xav” Constantine, Evan isn’t only wary. He’s irritated as hell.
Xavier is a former FBI agent turned deputy sheriff who is hot on the trail of a South American child prostitution ring. Evan is fighting to put an end to rampant cocaine trafficking and chafing under the thumb of an election-hungry boss. When someone tries to kill the thirteen-year-old witness who holds the key to both their investigations, they’re forced to work together as they put their lives on the line to protect him. As Chance and Xav collide in heat of a sweltering North Carolina summer, dodging bullets and chasing bad guys isn’t the only action going on.
by S.M. May
Young, handsome, sometimes cruel. Noah Kress is a hardened broker, skilled enough to bring success to his company and determined to face the ever-growing challenges of the venture capital market. In his private life he is Master Noah, a very popular dominator at the Circle, one of the most exclusive private clubs in Boston. For him, at work as well as in the dungeon, people and events are just variables to be interpreted, numbers to be broken down, combinations to consider and evaluate.
But when the latest, most difficult deal threatens to make his company sink without trace, his only chance seems to be the large investment fund managed by the mysterious Martin Scheer. And in order to provide credit, Martin demands a very special guarantee.
For both of them it's just business. Yet, what was supposed to be a mere contract might just shatter the perfect surface of their lives.
And will talented player Noah be willing to gamble following brand new rules?
A Hundred Thousand Words
by Nyrae Dawn
Tobias Jackson grew up in Coburn, a town where the gay population equaled exactly one: him. Add that to the fact that his dream guy was his best friend's jerky older brother Levi Baxter, and it made hooking up virtually impossible.
Now home from college for winter break, Toby is a different person. He left Coburn for San Francisco, where he wasn't the lone gay guy and the only black kid in town. And yeah, he took advantage of what the city had to offer.
Apparently Toby isn’t the only one who’s changed. Levi’s not acting like the self-centered guy with all the answers that Toby remembers from growing up. Oh and Levi’s realized he's bisexual, which makes things a lot more interesting…
Heading back to college, Toby doesn’t expect to meet up with Levi again, despite him being in med school not far away. A surprise visit from Levi blows that assumption out of the water. As they spend more time together Toby sees Levi as more than just the fantasy. He’s complicated, unsure…he’s real. But if Toby can’t get out of the past and find the words he keeps locked inside himself, he’ll lose his chance at Levi for good.
The Festivus Miracle-Audiobook
by Kim Fielding
It's finals week during Tony McNeil's second year in law school, and he's struggling to keep up. Frankly, he'd rather be cooking. Then he meets first-year student Eddie Cohen-Fernandez, who's heartsick over missing his family's annual Festivus celebration. Tony can use his culinary skills to lift Eddie's spirits, but finding long-term happiness? That just might require a Festivus miracle.
ETA-- and my beloved Jaime Samms slid this one just under the wire-- it's called Like No One is Watching.
Available for Pre-Sale at the end of November