Kermit Flail– HAPPY NEW YEARS!!!


Whew! I mean WOW!

It has been some holiday season!

And the NewYear is shaping up to be positively sizzling in the romance department–I mean this lineup is TRULY amazing!

First up is the STUNNING, LOVELY, and HILARIOUS Ms. E.J. Russell, with my favorite motif– the demon with a heart of gold!  She leads us off this month with her Dreamspun Beyond story, Devouring Flame!

Devouring Flame (Dreamspun Beyond #35)

An Enchanted Occasions story

by E.J. Russell

Reunited and reignited.

While cutting through the Interstices—the post-creation gap between realms—Smith, half-demon tech specialist for Enchanted Occasions Event Planning, spies the person he yearns for daily but dreads seeing again: the ifrit, Hashim of the Windrider clan.

On their one literally smoldering night together, Smith, stupidly besotted, revealed his true name—a demon’s greatest vulnerability. When Hashim didn’t return the favor, then split the next morning with no word? Message received, loud and clear: Thanks but no, thanks.

Although Hashim had burned to return Smith’s trust, it was impossible. The wizard who conjured him holds his true name in secret, and unless Hashim discovers it, he’ll never be free.

When their attraction sparks once more, the two unite to search for Hashim’s hidden name—which would be a hell of a lot easier if they didn’t have to contend with a convention full of food-crazed vampires on the one day out of the century they can consume something other than blood.

But if they fail, Hashim will be doomed to eternal slavery, and their reignited love will collapse in the ashes.

Luckily Smith is the guy who gets shit done. And Hashim is never afraid to heat things up.

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Next up is August Li, who is known for his complex and lyrical fantasy novels, and, of course, his stunning covers. (Also, for being kind and funny, whenever I’ve seen him at conferences–and for doodling the most magical things, and then letting me gush over his doodles until he just gives me one. Okay, maybe that’s just me 😉  Anyway, August’s next offering is Nomad’s Dream, and it does look dreamy indeed.

Nomad’s Dream

by August Li
Two men, each with a hidden destiny. Can they defeat a web of deceit and dark magic to ensure their fates intertwine?

Bedouin Isra al-Grayjaab’s dreams lead him to Janan, an amnesiac beggar on the street of Qena—one who steals his heart and starts him on a seemingly hopeless quest. With only their wits, Isra’s knowledge of the desert’s secrets, and the aid of a mercurial djinn, they must recover Janan’s past. But neither can predict his true identity or the lengths others will go to see that his mind remains broken and his true power out of his reach.

In a sweeping romantic adventure that takes them across the Eastern Desert to the modern streets of Cairo and on to the luxurious Red Sea Coast, Janan and Isra seek a truth that will either bring them into each other’s arms or tear them apart forever.

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Second chance at love stories are the ultimate in hope–and nobody does hope better than L.A. Witt. She’s known for her gritty heroes and her real life choices–and for her happy endings. Is It Over Yet looks like L.A. Witt at her best–and most heartbreaking–and dammit, Lori, we’d better have happy at the end!
Is It Over Yet

by L.A. Witt

Rhys Powell and Derek Scott are divorcing. Mistakes have been made, lines have been crossed, and there’s no going back. Both men are exhausted and ready to move on.

But their daughter is getting married soon. In the name of not putting a damper on her wedding, Derek and Rhys agree to keep the divorce on the down-low and show up as the happy couple everyone still believes they are.

And between a roller coaster of a road trip and the love and joy surrounding the wedding… Derek and Rhys just might remember why they fell for each other in the first place.

Are they only kidding themselves? Or can a rekindled spark really light the way to forgiveness?

This novel is approximately 59,500 words long.

Parker Williams is an enthusiastic, whimsical, slightly naughty presence in social media–and a truly good friend in any context. I look forward to his cheerfully wicked teasing–and the chance to sing his talent to the skies was simply too delicious. The Spirit Key is dark urban fantasy–and it looks amazing! And, knowing Parker, I’m sure there’s some deliciousness in there as well–he can’t deny it. It’s just his nature.
The Spirit Key

by Parker Williams

Lock and Key: Book One
When he was eight years old, Scott Fogel died. Paramedics revived him, but he came back changed. Ghosts and spirits tormented Scott for over a decade until, thinking he was going mad, he did the only thing he could.
He ran—leaving behind his best friend, Tim Jennesee.
Scott’s had five normal, ghost-free years in Chicago, when the spirit of Tim’s mother comes to him and begs him to go home because Tim’s in trouble and needs him.
He isn’t prepared for what he finds when he goes home—a taller and sexier Tim, but a Tim who hasn’t forgiven Scott for abandoning him… a Tim whose body is no longer his own. The ghost of a serial murderer has attached itself to Tim, and it’s whispering dark and evil things. It wants Tim to kill, and it’s becoming harder for Tim to resist. To free the man who has always meant so much to him, Scott must unravel the mystery of the destiny he shares with Tim.
T.N. Tarrant has some high fantasy here that looks stunning and original–and romantic. *clutches hands to chest* That’s my favorite kind! With a lovely cover and an “us against the world” storyline, how can you lose? Please check out Killian, Whispers from a Hidden World, Book 1!
Killian (Whispers from a Hidden World, Book 1)

Regent Killian Larrestes survived a harrowing attack and the betrayal of his family by his mother, and has since worked to help them all recover, learning the complexities of protecting and commanding a large, sprawling Clan.

Shiloh Zahirris is seeking Sanctuary from a marriage he doesn’t want when he ends up under the protection of Killian Larrestes. Killian takes him in, and they find themselves falling in love. But will social objections, personal insecurities, and someone seeking revenge destroy their chance at happiness?

by T.N. Tarrant

Ah, the lovely, the fluffy, the exciting, the escapable Dreamspun Desire!  Where fantasies come true, right? Well an athlete and an aristocrat in Paris is certainly fantastic, and Louisa Masters looks to have done her genre proud!  Also, check out the new cover design–Louisa’s hero looks doubly dreamy, right?  Come check out The Athlete and the Aristocrat by Louisa Masters!

The Athlete and The Aristocrat

by Louisa Masters
Sometimes love takes balls.
Newly retired championship footballer Simon Wood is taking on his next challenge. His plan for a charity to provide funding for underprivileged children to pursue football as a career has passed its first hurdle: he has backers and an executive consultant. Now it’s time to get the ball rolling.
Lucien Morel, heir to the multibillion-euro Morel Corporation, is shocked—and thrilled—to learn his father has volunteered him as consultant to a fledgling football charity. Better yet, the brains behind it all is heartthrob Simon Wood, his teenage idol and crush.
Although Simon and Lucien get off on the wrong foot, it’s not long before they’re getting along like a house on fire—sparks included. But with the charity under public scrutiny, can their romance thrive?
Roe Horvat is quickly making a name for himself as a writer of engaging, heartfelt drama–and The Other Book has all the earmarks of a romance that might bring you to a couple of tears. The good kind of tears– the ones brought about by frozen hearts thawing in the heat of blazing hot sex. I mean, if that doesn’t make you want to read, nothing will!

The Other Book
Roe Horvat
It was supposed to be just sex… Famous last words.
Tyler doesn’t overthink pleasure and avoids complications. He knows it might be stupid to get involved with his closeted boss, but the temptation is too great. At first, the cold and beautiful Joel Sandstrom seems to loathe Tyler’s guts.
Except one late night at the office, his reasons become clear…and his control breaks.
Every time they touch, Joel’s stony face comes alive, harsh lines smooth out, and for a minute, he looks serene. Happy, even. Just sex – dirty, intense, spectacular sex.
During their covert encounters, Tyler discovers the power he has over the lonesome man, and it’s a heady feeling. What if he could set Joel free and give him peace of mind? When Tyler realizes how much Joel needs him, he doesn’t regret breaking his own rules.
Gay erotic romance. Contains explicit scenes and sexual interactions between more than two partners. For adult readers only.
Racing into Love is brought to us by newcomer Noah Steel features a daring racer and a quiet bookseller–and the end of a dating rut that will start your heart! Come check Noah’s debut, the first in a series–it looks like a winner!
Racing into Love

by Noah Steele

Aiden Reed is stuck in a major boy rut.
Every date ends in something worse than disaster—boredom. 
That is, until star racer Derrek Luna crashes the end of a terrible date at Aiden’s cozy bookstore. Derrek’s confident charm and killer good looks throw Aiden’s quiet, cautious world into chaos when he says he wants a shot at Aiden’s heart.
Derrek is sure Aiden is different. He’s sure Aiden won’t just vanish without a word. Not like the others did. But the closer Derrek gets to the man who charmed him without a word from across a crowded room, the more his life on the track threatens to keep them apart.
Aiden is ready to take the risk—he thinks. 
What if Aiden’s panic attacks scare Derrek away? 
What if Derrek’s ghosts come back to haunt him? 
…what if it doesn’t matter because they’re already in love?
Racing into Love is an instalove romantic drama ready and waiting to take you from zero to sixty with every turn of the page.

This next debut writer is a regular on my FaceBook group! She’s been working hard on craft and marketing these last few years and watching her take this dream and stick to it has been a lovely, wonderful thing. Please say hello to Joy Rose, and her angsty rent boy story, Want!


by Joy Rose

Although college life was over the learning curve still existed for Jason Stephens. Naive and young, Jason and his best friend Ethan Rosen owned and operated Love Inc., a high-class male escort agency in New York City. While Ethan ran the day to day, Jason was an escort—his androgynous, angel like beauty afforded him this opportunity. However, Jason or Jace for short wanted out in a bad way, Ethan wanted him to stay and keep at it. The money was good, and those student loans and his apartment would not pay for themselves.

A chance encounter at the laundry mat has Jason dreaming of an ordinary life with possibly the man of his dreams. Damien Prescott was that man or so Jason hoped. Damien was British and refined, a perfect gentleman and he smelled so good he just had to be gay according to Jason. Apartment info is inadvertently exchanged much to Jason’s horror. What if this guy was a masked murderer or rapist? Jason’s past abuse at the hands of clients and his own parents forced him to form negative opinions regarding anyone that showed him the least bit of positive interest. Then there was Ethan his bestie and soulmate. Their relationship consisted of comfort sex and comfort eating, not exactly in that order. Five years strong and still kicking, why couldn’t they ever get serious enough to at least play house together?

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My January release is sort of a Rerelease. I wrote Regret Me Not as a novella–and the shape of it was perfect, and it had a “ride into the sunset” sort of ending I always wanted to end a book with. 
Except, me being me, I wanted to know what happened in the sunset.

So I wrote (on this very blog) the extras for Regret Me Not– and Dreamspinner put them into paperback. And I’m so excited to have them for you!  Come see Hal and Pierce’s ride into the sunset, as the unicorns they are.
Regret Me Not (Paperback)
by Amy Lane

Pierce Atwater used to think he was a knight in shining armor, but then his life fell to crap. Now he has no job, no wife, no life—and is so full of self-pity he can’t even be decent to the one family member he’s still speaking to. He heads for Florida, where he’s got a month to pull his head out of his ass before he ruins his little sister’s Christmas.

Harold Justice Lombard the Fifth is at his own crossroads—he can keep being Hal, massage therapist in training, flamboyant and irrepressible to the bones, or he can let his parents rule his life. Hal takes one look at Pierce and decides they’re fellow unicorns out to make the world a better place. Pierce can’t reject Hal’s overtures of friendship, in spite of his misgivings about being too old and too pissed off to make a good friend.

As they experience everything from existential Looney Tunes to eternal trips to Target, Pierce becomes more dependent on Hal’s optimism to get him through the day. When Hal starts getting him through the nights too, Pierce must look inside for the knight he used to be—before Christmas becomes a doomsday deadline of heartbreak instead of a celebration of love.

New novella Pierce and Hal’s Road Trip is exclusively sold at Dreamspinner in this print edition!


Hey all! I’ve got some stuff out at Prolific Works,  which is a place to put free stuff, and I thought I’d share.
In December I added A Gentle Shove of Human Kindness, which used to be in the Grand Adventures anthology, but it was taken out of print. It’s a short, sweet little piece, and I hope you enjoy it!
I also added the extras to Beneath the Stain.   These were originally released with the book as extra content to the serial edition, and once the book did so well, people wanted to read them!  Dreamspinner authorized me to release them now, as sort of a prelude to Paint It Black, which should be out in August. (Let’s just say that Paint it Black will make a lot more sense if you read the extras!)

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