Nine 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.