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Saturday Snippet: Concierge Service

How about a Saturday Snippet from Concierge Service? The book will be available this coming week. Have a little taste, where Joshua has come up to the penthouse as a “rent-a-friend” with a deck of cards. Winner gets to ask a question.

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Joshua sorted his cards and the competition was on.

“Gin.” Craig parlayed a good starting hand into a quick victory. “Hockey or football?”

That took Joshua aback. “Neither,” he said after a moment’s pondering. “If I’m going to watch something, it would be skiing, or skating. Hockey’s just a problem to be solved for me, like can I get six rink-side tickets to a Rangers game. Football is all about ‘how early do I need to order cars to get out to the stadium?’”

“So, if you were at a Super Bowl party, you’d be the one making nachos?” Craig asked.

“Probably, but I’d watch large men falling on each other in public.” Joshua buried that statement in a flurry of shuffling.

Craig liked the pinkness growing in his cheeks, but wouldn’t stare. Too openly. “That’s the best part of football.”

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Joshua Hannes, the concierge of the Vivaldi Central Park Hotel prides himself on fulfilling every impossible request. Tickets to a sold-out show? A purple dye job for a purse dog? A last-minute table at a premier hotspot? No problem.

But the penthouse guest wants what?

Self-made billionaire Craig Ridley’s in New York on business, but at the end of the day, he wants to relax with someone interesting. The concierge should be able to supply an entertaining companion. Just for a little conversation. Dinner and a card game, not sex.

Craig didn’t expect the concierge to personally volunteer to be a rental friend, and he really didn’t expect to get attached. How can a paid service ever turn real?

A billion reasons why they shouldn’t be together. A billion and one reasons why they should.

Read the rest come September 19.

Publishing Cat 2.0

As many of you know, we lost Joe the Giant Cat about a year ago. He was my special buddy, sleeping on my head, occupying any available lap, and most importantly, supervising my writing and publishing activities. Did you not know, every book requires at least 497 cat hairs to be complete?

It’s taken quite a while for our family to be ready for a new fur pal, but we’ve adopted a kitty. I thought his name was going to be Toby, but MU and Youngerson observed this fuzzy dynamo and dubbed him Dex.

Short for Dexedrine. This cat runs at about 0.7 Miniature Dachsund Units. I’ve never encountered a cat in the laundry cupboard before.  Life with Dexie is like living with a raccoon.

However, he has assumed publication duties. Joe left some mighty big pawprints to fill, but Dexie is stepping up to the pump.
Here he is, supervising the preparation of D.H. Starr’s Wrestling With Passion, which, thanks to Dexie’s assistance, is now ready to read.

And good fellow that Dex is, he’s gotten my butt in gear too. Crises of confidence are best treated with nose boops and purring, according to Publishing Cat II.

So–drumroll please–Concierge Service will be coming out ASAP!  Craig and Joshua owe more than they know to my feline taskmaster.

If only he’d help me write the blurb…

New paperback, this time in French

What fun! Jake and Kurt are off to have adventures in French.

It’s very odd to have written a book and be completely unable to read it. This might be my big opportunity to learn a new language.

Diving Deep — coming December 9

Just in case you thought I wasn’t busy while I was away neglecting my blog, I was. Busy producing a novel heavy on the adventure and the feels, just for your reading delectation. Lee and Bobby needed their second chances story told.

On preorder now, and ready to read on December 9th.

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Adventure, danger, passion. A heady mix that only a select few can breathe—and live.

Standing by while his lover tempted fate deep under the Atlantic drove Lee Preston into the bottle. The pain of watching his captain drown in a sea of booze sent elite wreck diver Bobby MacArthur running.

Lee chases whiskey the way Bobby chases adrenaline. The farther apart they stay, the better off they’ll both be. And if Bobby repeats those words often enough, he might start believing them. Now his former partner is calling to his diver soul with the promise of the find of a lifetime. Every crazy chance he takes underwater is safe compared to coming back, but if Lee’s turning his life around, Bobby will haul his gear back aboard the Bottom Hunter.

But not as lovers—yet—and no booze, no wild gambles two hundred feet below. Not even to identify a missing piece of history sunk to the bottom of the Atlantic. Fate has given them a chance to redeem what was lost, if they survive.

But the sea is jealous of her secrets, and the price of her treasures is high.

Available at:

Dreamspinner  |  Amazon  |  All Romance eBooks  |  Barnes & Noble  |  Apple

and your other favorite booksellers.

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.