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Hitting the Change button

Thanks to all of you who are reading this: you’ve stuck around while I had a couple of very rough years. I haven’t talked about it much in public–you guys don’t need to hear me moan.

But it has been the kind of time where a friend advised me to “take the big round sapphire and put it BACK into the idol’s head where you found it.”

I’m trying, believe me, I’m trying.  The 10,000 spiders that just fell on my head are affecting my depth perception, though, so things aren’t quite back to normal.  Getting there.

One change that affects you guys is my relationship with Dreamspinner. To everything, there is a season, and most of my contracts with them have come due. Rights to all my books have come back to me, so the books are down now, aside from some paperback listings that never go away.

What does that mean for you and me? New cover art, for one, and new listings at all the retailers, and new links all over this blog. It will be a lot of work, but it will also be a lot of good stuff happening. The stories will be back, and will bring friends with them to Rocky Ridge Books.

Most of all, it will mean more Kurt and Jake stories. I’m jazzed to finish so many of the projects lurking on my hard drive. In fact, I’m going to a writer’s retreat this weekend, where my main project will be the “Kurt and Jake go to Detroit for Thanksgiving” story.  We had an ominous “you need to talk to Dad and Gramps yourself” scene in Blood on the Mountain. I thought you might like to see how that plays out.

Needs a title though. Have an idea?

Hugs to everyone! Stick around: there are good things to come.

Z. Allora with Lock and Key

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Welcome, Z. Allora, with the latest installment of a story in the Dark Angels world.  If you’ve been reading that luscious series as I have, you’ll recognize the younger brothers of the band. Lock and Key stands alone, and I’m ready to read  Zack and Andrew’s scorching story.  

Here’s Z.!

I want to thank Pd Singer for hosting part 6 of Lock and Key’s blog tour. I’m indebted to Pd Singer for also being one of my critique partners who saves readers from my squirrel speak and stops my abuse of the English language.

I believe we’re all a product of our experiences, which creates the filters we view the world through. I wanted to share how Zack’s perceptions and interactions prior to Lock and Key shaped his expression of BDSM.

Part 5 can be found at https://diversereader.blogspot.com/

Part 6

Stopping to get his younger brother a hot chocolate had been a mistake. Jordon hadn’t stopped yammering for the last thirty minutes. Zack had given up trying to follow the train of Jordy’s crazy as it zoomed from one station to another.

The image of his older brother standing next to his hot boyfriend waving good-bye was embedded in Zack’s brain. He’d never be Dusty. His older brother had it together: he was out, had a boyfriend who seemed really nice and was living the rock and roll dream as a drummer. Everything seemed to fall into place for him.

Zack wasn’t jealous. He was glad for Dust but it must be incredible to just… well be! No hiding, no pretending, and just be yourself.

When Jordon took a breath Zack jumped into the fray. “So um, Jordy, you know we can’t tell Mom we met Dusty’s boyfriend.”

“I know. But ah, I want one of those! God, Zack. Dusty’s boyfriend was pretty!”

There was no avoiding this conversation. “I know Jordy, and I think that’s fine. But please keep your sparkle and rainbow lust under wraps.”

“What! No! Why?”

Zack hated himself but begged, “Just until after high school. Please, Mom would—”

“I don’t care. What about my feelings and what I want?” Jordon huffed and glared out the car window.

What about me? Zack slammed that self-indulgent question back to the recesses of his mind as soon as it attempted to seek an answer.  No way could he contemplate his needs. He focused on Jordon. “It’s just two more years. Then you’re out of her house and at college.”

“Yeah, easy for you to say since you graduate in June!” Jordon pointed out.

Ha! Jordon had no idea how Zack could never be himself… gay was only part of what he needed to hide.

Part 7 will be found at https://becausetwomenarebetterthanone.com on July 1st.

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Rejected. Heartbroken. Devastated.

Zack Davis wanted to serve only one man, Andrew Nikeman. He was denied because Andrew thought he was too young and because their brothers were together. So Zack crushed his submissive tendencies and focused on being the perfect Dom, giving every sub he played with something he couldn’t have.

After years of denying his submissive side, Entwined’s charity auction “Are you Dom enough to be a sub?” gives Zack an excuse to get a little of what he’s always craved.

Andrew doesn’t know when his infatuation turned into more, but it kills him to see Zack with a constant parade of submissives. He’d refused to jeopardize his brother’s relationship or become Zack’s regret; however, Zack isn’t a kid anymore, and his brother’s relationship is unbreakable. Now Zack’s popularity and success as a Dom might ruin Andrew’s dreams of collaring him, but he can’t wait any longer to confess his feelings or he risks losing the man he loves forever.

EBook: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/lock-and-key-by-z-allora-7213-b

Paperback: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/lock-and-key-by-z-allora-7214-b

Please follow the rest of the blog tour. You can find the schedule at http://zallora.blogspot.com.

Big hugs, Z . Allora

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Celebrating with a book sale-Mountains and more

DreamspinnerPress_ProudToBePartoftheFamily_1_LargeNine years of Dreamspinner Press?  Dreamspinner was already an established publisher when I started reading and writing  gay romance. I used to gaze at the elegant covers, wishing to one day see such faces for my stories. And I collected a lot of books there, which, how could I not? I needed to read!

Still do. 😉  Always will. I find so many good stories here, and am happy to be part of this publishing house. I came along when Dreamspinner was 5 years old, starting with a short story, Prep Work.

It was a great day when I found out my Mountain novels would have a home there, as well as Ricky and Jon from The Rare Event. Later on I would bring Chad and Warren of A New Man to Dreamspinner. The book I’m working on right now, Diving Deep, will have its home next to Kurt and Jake, and the rest of my Mountain guys.

One question that brings folks to my blog to answer is: Is there a reading order for the Mountains?  Mostly yes, a little bit no. Let me explain.

Fire on the Mountain — starts it all with Kurt heading into the mountains, where Jake will find him a few years later.

Snow on the Mountain — Kurt and Jake’s follow on-story, solidifying them as a couple. They run into Mark, who needed a story of his own, leading to…

Fall Down the Mountain, where Mark falls in love with Allan.

Cross the Mountain is a free Mark and Allan short, which does stand alone if you’re coming in cold. It’s a skiing story, and oops, you saw what I did there.

Blood on the Mountain comes later in the timeline; we’re back to Kurt getting exasperated with Jake, who is having a bit of trouble reconciling his future with his present.

Return to the Mountain features a different couple from Wapiti Creek, the ski resort where Snow and Fall take place. Gary and Seth’s story overlaps with Mark and Allan’s. Here we also encounter Ricky from The Rare Event, and get a look at his backstory.

So for reading, Fire, Snow, and Blood work best in chronological order. Fall stands alone, but is richer for being read after Snow. Return is a standalone, as Mark and Allan are secondary there. Read The Rare Event anywhere you like along the way, because you’ll either understand Ricky better or be pleased to see his story with Jon.

Will there be more Mountain stories? Yes, I have a couple brewing. 😉  Because Jake has yet to come out to his entire family.

Now, if you’re missing a part of this saga, this is a terrific time to enhance your collection, because Dreamspinner’s anniversary celebration includes a sale.  This week only, my books, and books from so many other great authors, are on sale for 35% off.

How many other great authors? I can’t count that high.

Year 4 authors: Diane Adams, Victor J. Banis, JP Barnaby, Anne Barwell, Jessie Blackwood, Louise Blaydon, Selina Brody, Sue Brown, Scotty Cade, Talia Carmichael, Allison Cassatta, Alan Chin, Elizabeth Coldwell, Shae Connor , R. Cooper, Charlie David, Jessica Skye Davies, Dawn Douglas, CJane Elliott, Phoenix Emrys, Jeff Erno, Pepper Espinoza, Etienne , Feliz Faber, Jamie Fessenden, Rebecca Lynne Fullan, S.A. Garcia, Ab Gayle, Michael Gouda, JM Gryffyn, Michael Halfhill, Lou Harper, Lori C. Hawkins, Valentina Heart, Morgan James, Hayley B. James, Kiernan Kelly, M. King, Christopher Koehler, Trina Lane, Maggie Lee, Rebecca Leigh, J.J. Levesque, (August) Gus Li, Pearl Love, J.R. Loveless, Ryan Loveless, Sui Lynn, Jake Mactire, Sarah Madison, Anna Marie May, Moria McCain, Rowan Mcallister, Kate McMurray , T.C. Mill, Elizabeth Noble, Star Noble, J.L. O’Faolain, Stephen Osborne, Sjd Peterson , Amber Redd, Rick R. Reed , Tracy Rowan, Jaime Samms , Stefan Seabourne, Kate Sherwood, Ruth Sims, Joel Skelton, Amberly Smith, Shelter Somerset, JoAnne Soper-Cook, Andrea Speed , Caroline Stephens, Ethan Stone, Jan Suzukawa, BG Thomas, Tinnean , C.M. Torrens, Wynn Wagner, Felicia Watson, Cooper West, Eden Winters, Lisa Worrall, Connor Wright, Sulayman X , Xara X. Xanakas, Cari Z. Carol Zampa

Year 5 authors: Alex Alder, Perry Ambrose, Shira Anthony, Anna Birmingham, T.c. Blue, Ana Bosch, Lara Brukz, Kc Burn, Rena Butler, Ellis Carrington, G N Chevalier, Nick Chivers Rebecca Cohen, David Connor, Michael G. Cornelius, Robert Cummings, Carole Cummings, Eon de Beaumont, Poppy Dennison, Johnny Diaz, A. Soo Donim, E.S. Douglas, Jana Downs, Ryssa Edwards, Bell Ellis, Thursday Euclid, Theo Fenraven, Tia Fielding, Kim Fielding, Rhys Ford, Brandon Fox, Gene Gant, Elizabella Gold, John Goode, Elinor Gray, R.G. Green, Jeanette Grey, Liam Grey, M.d. Grimm, Ellee Hill, Ellen Holiday, JC Holly, John Inman, Lee James, K.J. Johnson, Lissa Kasey, Chris T. Kat, Annie Kaye, G.P. Keith, Wade Kelly, Juan Kenobi, Zee Kensington, KevaD, Alex Kidwell, Evie Kiels, Tj Klune, Susan Laine, Tara Larson, M. Lee, J.R. Lenk, Jamie Lowe, Malthea, Edmond Manning, Wayne Mansfield, Z.B. Marshall, Anna Martin, Sean Michael , C.L. Miles, E E Montgomery, April Moone, Clancy Nacht, Mj O’shea, Eve Ocotillo, Jeremy Pack, Hb Pattskyn, Mal Peters, Charlotte Rahn-Lee, Eric Renner, Spencer Rook, Rodney Ross, Brian Rowe, Claire Russett, Ann T. Ryan, Cecilia Ryan, Jerry Sacher, Carly Safko, Robin Saxon, Riley Shane, Meredith Shayne, moi, Sam Singer, Bee Snow, Ada Maria Soto, Christianna Spencer, Michael St. Anthony, Leora Stark, B.A. Stretke, Damon Suede, Cindy Sutherland, Lou Sylvre, Anne Tenino, Toki, Melanie Tushmore, Lorraine Ulrich, Piper Vaughn, Stuart Wakefield, DeShaun Walker, Alex Whitehall.

Thanks, Dreamspinner, for keeping the TBR pile full of great books.

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On the Coming Soon page at Dreamspinner–A New Man

NewMan[A]FSSenior year of college is for studying, partying, and having fun before getting serious about life. Instead, Chad’s days are filled with headaches and exhaustion, and his fencing skills are getting worse with practice, not better. Then there’s his nonexistent love life, full of girls he’s shunted to the friend zone. Is he asexual? Gay?

Grad student Warren Douglas could be out clubbing, but his roommate is better company, even without kisses. He’s torn up watching Chad suffer, gobbling ibuprofen and coming home early on Friday nights. If Chad weren’t straight, Warren would keep him up past midnight. They’re great as friends. Benefits might answer Chad’s questions.

A brief encounter with lab rats reveals Chad’s illness—he needs surgery, STAT, and can’t rely on his dysfunctional parents for medical decisions. Warren’s both trustworthy and likely to get overruled—unless they’re married. “You can throw me back later,” Warren says, and he may throw himself back after his husband turns out moody and hard to get along with, no matter how much fun his new sex drive is. Surgery turns Chad into a new man, all right…

…but Warren fell in love with the old one.

Preorder now, read on February 9, 2015.

Dreamspinner’s big paperback sale!

Blood on the Mountain PD SingerWant your Mountain books in hard copy? Or need pages to turn on hot stockbrokers? Dreamspinner’s big paperback sale starts today. All paperbacks are in-stock and they’re all 35% off through Sunday. If you’re attending GRL (even if the author, sigh, is not), use the code GRL2014 and have the books shipped free to GRL for pickup.

Rare Event 5 star reviewThe 35% discount is for all books and all customers. So don’t you need some hot guys for your bedside table? Perfect chance is right now to grab some Ricky and Jon.

Ohh, but maybe your taste runs to the paranormal? Try Eden Winters’ Duet, where she kills off characters and makes you love it? (And still gets the HEA to end all HEAs!)  Or… She’s got a new one out this week–perfect timing! A hot rocker and a hunky operatic tenor? Don’t tell me you can listen to Il Divo without shivers up and down your spine. It’s A Matter of When Sebastian will melt Henri with a love song in Italian, but you know Eden Winters isn’t going to make it easy for them.

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Another of my favorite authors has a new one out in her Delectable series, just in time for the sale. Spaghetti Western’s destined for my bookshelf. At less than ten bucks, it can be on yours too. Or if you haven’t read the latest of her Precious Gems books? Try not to lick the cover on Jaded.

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Kate Pavelle also has the sequel to Wild Horses out now: Broken Gait. Great chance to grab them both!

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If I haven’t listed the books on your wish list, head over to Dreamspinner and look around. At 35% all paperbacks, It’s time to stock up. If you’re going to GLR, you can pick up your books there. If you aren’t, like me, we can have a readathon together to make up for it.