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Monday, April 4, 2016

Kermit Flail--April 2016


I just had to put that out there first.

I made it through St. Patrick's Day, Easter, and Squish's birthday and only barely dropped a dozen balls in the process.  Y'all, in a week I'm going to be heading for Romantic Times, Las Vegas with my friend Kim Fielding, and I only NOW have enough time to concentrate on my schedule for that day and wonder, Dear God! What in the seven hells have I done!!!

Anyway-- I made it through the weekend with only one... okay, two.... okay, three major breakdowns.

Three, in three days? That's not bad, right?

But Squish and Zoomboy are in bed, exhausted. Big T is feeling reasonably happy because we had Chinese food tonight. And Chicken is zooming overhead as I type, and she has plans to move back to our area at the end of May. For the moment, we have peace, and I can celebrate all of the people who, when I sent out a giant "EEEEEEEEK!!!  I'VE TOTALLY FORGOTTEN KERMIT FLAIL--WHO'S GOT STUFF TO POST!!!!" were complete rockstars and ponied up.

Thanks guys-- and seriously-- congratulations! Ariel, Cody, Rick, Jaime, August-- I have met ALL OF YOU in person--and I adore you all. To be able to share your work with as many people as possible? It's a real honor.

And also, toward the end, I have another surprise. I do not actually know this author, but one of my readers has a father who just wrote the murder mystery. She was so excited--and proud of her pops--that she asked if I'd include her father's book. Dudes-- of COURSE I would. Because that's just awesome daughterhood right there.

So there you go--good luck with your new releases, guys--I want to read ALL THE BOOKS--and I'm just so glad to at least be able to feature them here :-)

 Enjoy everybody-- we've got some FANTASTIC stuff this week!  (Oh... and Selfie... is that out this month? Yeah. That's out this month. Uh... it's gotten some nice press, too ;-)

The Kitchen Boy

by August Li 
Kitchen servant Yoli is one of only three men who know a carefully guarded secret about High Commander Koehen, the brilliant general who united their lands against a common invader. The enemy wants that secret, and they are willing to use either kindness or cruelty to obtain it.

Yoli must decide if his loyalties lie with the commander, who has shown him more affection than anyone in Yoli’s life, or with his own best interests. High Commander Koehen’s attention is capricious at best—he summons Yoli only when it is convenient for him, and Yoli knows there’s little hope of a future together. Is a glimmer of a hope for love worth sacrificing a chance for prosperity beyond his wildest dreams?

Buy At Dreamspinner Press

At Your Service (in English and French)

by Ariel Tachna 

When Anthony Mercer walked into Au cœur du terroir, he was looking for good food and a pleasant evening spent with a friend. He never expected to meet—and sleep with—Paul Delescluse, a waiter at the restaurant. After spending a magical week together in Paris, Anthony must return to his life in North Carolina, while Paul remains in France.

Despite the distance and the lack of promises between them—Paul wants sex, not a relationship—Paul and Anthony forge a solid friendship. Then Anthony’s job takes him back to Paris, this time to stay. Paul is thrilled to have him back, but Anthony has a harder choice: be another of Paul’s conquests or fight for the relationship he knows they could have, if only Paul would believe it.

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Unstable Stud

by  Ariel Tachna

Horses were his passion, until he laid eyes on his boss.

Eighteen months ago, tragedy struck Bywater Farm when a riding accident killed Clay Hunter’s lover and traumatized his prize horse, King of Hearts. Clay and King lingered in limbo, surviving but not really living, until a breath of fresh air in the form of Luke Davis, a new groom in the stud barn, revives them both.

When a fall from King’s back sends Luke to the emergency room, Clay watches the shaky foundation of their budding relationship tumble down. Can Clay really love a jockey again, or will his fear of losing another man he loves keep them apart for good?

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Like You've Never Been Hurt

by Jaime Samms 

Series Blurb: To dance is to put one’s heart and soul on display for the world to see and judge. Conrad, Peridot, and Cobalt always knew this. For years, this small group of men has danced in and out of the spotlight and one another’s lives. Now, settling in one place, one studio, they all have to find a place on the stage—or behind the scenes—and find the even greater strength to once more dance like no one is watching. To love like they’ve never been hurt before. But most of all, to live their lives like they have found their heaven, both in the music and in the eyes of those who love them.

Book Blurb: About to lose the only thing he ever loved, Adam Pittaluga is at a crossroads in a dancing career that has hardly begun. He has always wanted to be a ballet dancer, but now that it’s impossible, he turns to Peridot for comfort. Peridot has been rebuilding his life after losing his ability to dance professionally, his marriage, and very nearly his daughter. He has a lot of reasons to be leery of starting something new, especially with a man as young as Adam.

Adam and Peridot have to believe that starting again can lead to love and success and that sometimes, the strength needed to love like you’ve never been hurt can be borrowed from unexpected places for a while. But ultimately, they must find it inside themselves to be each other’s happy ending.

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Big Love

by Rick R. Reed
Teacher Dane Bernard is a gentle giant, loved by all at Summitville High School. He has a beautiful wife, two kids, and an easy rapport with staff and students alike. But Dane has a secret, one he expects to keep hidden for the rest of his life—he’s gay.

But when he loses his wife, Dane finally confronts his attraction to men. And a new teacher, Seth Wolcott, immediately catches his eye. Seth himself is starting over, licking his wounds from a breakup. The last thing Seth wants is another relationship—but when he spies Dane on his first day at Summitville High, his attraction is immediate and electric.

As the two men enter into a dance of discovery and new love, they’re called upon to come to the aid of bullied gay student Truman Reid. Truman is out and proud, which not everyone at his small-town high school approves of. As the two men work to help Truman ignore the bullies and love himself without reservation, they all learn life-changing lessons about coming out, coming to terms, acceptance, heartbreak, and falling in love.

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by C. Kennedy


Thárros. Greek. Meaning courage

Courage. n. /ˈkərij/

1. The ability to do something that frightens one.

2. Strength in the face of fear, pain, or grief.


Courage is resistance to fear,

mastery of fear,

not the absence of fear. ~Mark Twain

High school senior Michael Sattler leads a charmed life. Almost. He has great friends, parents who love him just the way he is, and he was a champion hurdler until someone took out his knee when they kidnapped his boyfriend. Yet, Michael is determined to make the USATF tryouts in spite of his injuries.

Christy Castle is Michael’s entire world. Healing from years of abuse, his abduction by a predator has left him hiding a new secret as he tries to start his life again. Together, Michael and Christy work to recover from their wounds in time to make prom and graduate high school. To complicate matters, Christy is astonished to learn a fellow victim from his native Greece has survived. Christy will stop at nothing to bring him to the US to keep him safe.

But the prosecution of Christy’s kidnapper looms large in their futures and the struggle to return to normal only worsens. Christy's past continues to haunt them and, when the prosecution turns ugly and Christy’s new life is torn apart, only their unrelenting courage and determination can save them from the nightmare that threatens to destroy their future together.

Harmony Ink/Dreamspinner Press, Amazon US,
Amazon UK, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and Omni Lit/All Romance eBooks!

Murder on the Roadshow

by Rudy Franchi

MURDER ON THE ROADSHOW introduces Carlo Parigi, the latest entrant in mystery fiction's Accidental Detective genre. Carlo is a rogueish New York collectibles dealer who wangles his way onto the new TV show, Antiques On The Road.

At the show's first stop, Carlo finds a rare and valuable movie poster. On his way to being taped, he also finds the dead body of a guest. This sets in motion a swirl of events with Carlo as a suspect, forced to try and solve the murder. It also unleashes a cascade of strange and dangerous characters, chief among them his fellow appraisers whose forced smiles reveal pearly teeth.

Carlo does dozens of brief but info-filled appraisals. Plus he reveals a number of trade secrets: how to really buy low and sell high; why the vast majority of movie star signed photos are worthless and exactly what is the notorious "box call."

Author Rudy Franchi was a collectibles appraiser on the PBS series Antiques Roadshow from the program’s first season in 1997 through 2011, when he retired to spend less time with his family and more time writing and running his appraisal business,
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by Amy Lane
One year ago, actor Connor Montgomery lost the love of his life to a drunk driver. But what’s worse for Connor is what he still has: a lifetime of secrets born of hiding his relationship from the glare of Hollywood. Unable to let go of the world he and Vinnie shared, Connor films a drunken YouTube confession on the anniversary of Vinnie’s death.

Thankfully, the video was silent—a familiar state for Connor—so his secret is still safe. He needs a fresh start, and a new role on the hit TV show Wolf’s Landing might be just that.

The move to Bluewater Bay may also mean a second chance in the form of his studio-assigned assistant. Noah Dakers sees through Connor’s facades more quickly than Connor could imagine. Noah’s quiet strength and sarcastic companionship offers Connor a chance at love that Hollywood’s closet has never allowed. But to accept it, Connor must let Vinnie go and learn to live again.- See more at:

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