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The Quality of Mercy preorder!

The Quality of Mercy, the second book in our Bent Oak Saga series, is now available for preorder! This is a sequel to Finding Forgiveness, a historical Western. The book will be released by Dreamspinner Press on January 2, 2018.

Gil Porter and Matt Grayson’s Bent Oak Ranch in Mercy, Texas, is a rare haven for gay men in the nineteenth century, and their friend Carlos Hernandez will need it when a man from his past unexpectedly comes back into his life.

Jules Wingate hopes to start over in Mercy as the schoolmaster after a scandal sent him and his son fleeing their former home. But he discovers he’s left one bad situation for another when he encounters his former student and lover, Carlos. No matter how Jules tries to resist, he yearns for the passionate connection they once shared… before Carlos broke his heart.

Carlos knows his foolish, immature actions hurt Jules, but he desperately wants a second chance and to show Jules he’s changed. But trust so badly broken is hard to repair. While he works to earn Jules’s forgiveness, someone else at the ranch has his sights set on Carlos—and he doesn’t care how many lives he has to ruin to make Carlos his and his alone.

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Fortune’s Slings and Cupid’s Arrows is now available!

Today is the release day for the second book in our Lawyers in Love trilogy, Fortune’s Slings and Cupid’s Arrows! Haven’t read the first book? Good news! It’s on sale today only for 88 cents! You can buy Santa’s Naughty Helper at this low price today as part of Dreamspinner Press’s Daily Deals program.

Successful attorneys Dane Coulter and Cal Monroe are rivals in the courtroom and friends behind the scenes. But can they be more?

Cal’s always carried a torch for Dane, but Dane is so deep in the closet, he can’t even admit that he might be gay. His father, a raging homophobe who rules the family with an iron fist, forces Dane into an engagement—to a woman. Dane goes along with it to keep the peace and protect his mother, but for Cal, it’s the last straw.

He can’t let Dane make a mistake that could ruin the rest of his life, and he only knows one surefire way to make Dane admit what’s in his heart. But confessing his feelings to his friend could backfire, driving a wedge between them. And even then, the choice must be Dane’s—to live the life his father wants, or to give up everything he has for a chance at happiness in Cal’s arms.

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Available for preorder!

Fortune’s Slings and Cupid’s Arrows is now available for preorder at Dreamspinner Press! This is the second book in our Lawyers in Love trilogy, and it’s been heavily revised since the first edition. I’d say it has at least 50% new material. All three books in the trilogy are set around a holiday, and as the title suggests, Fortune’s Slings focuses on Valentine’s Day. Fortune’s Slings will be released on November 8, and the third (brand new!) book will be released in March 2018.

Successful attorneys Dane Coulter and Cal Monroe are rivals in the courtroom and friends behind the scenes. But can they be more?

Cal’s always carried a torch for Dane, but Dane is so deep in the closet, he can’t even admit that he might be gay. His father, a raging homophobe who rules the family with an iron fist, forces Dane into an engagement—to a woman. Dane goes along with it to keep the peace and protect his mother, but for Cal, it’s the last straw.

He can’t let Dane make a mistake that could ruin the rest of his life, and he only knows one surefire way to make Dane admit what’s in his heart. But confessing his feelings to his friend could backfire, driving a wedge between them. And even then, the choice must be Dane’s—to live the life his father wants, or to give up everything he has for a chance at happiness in Cal’s arms.

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New release: The Boyfriend Sweater Curse

If you’re in the mood for a little holiday season romance, The Boyfriend Sweater Curse is now available on Amazon! We’re also looking into making our self-published works available through iTunes to expand our format options, so we’ll keep everyone updated on that process.

Our October newsletter has some behind the scenes info about the new story plus a sneak peek of Fortune’s Slings and Cupid’s Arrows, which is coming out from Dreamspinner Press on November 8! You can check out our previous newsletters and subscribe to future newsletters through MailChimp.

All serious knitters know about the boyfriend sweater curse: knit a sweater for a boyfriend, and he’ll break up with you soon after. Gabriel Sutton isn’t the superstitious type, but after the curse strikes three times, he isn’t taking anymore chances. His new boyfriend, Noel Rivera, will have to be content with store bought gifts.

Yet as their relationship develops, Gabriel begins to believe Noel might be the perfect man for him. Noel doesn’t make fun of Gabriel’s holiday traditions and wants to create new traditions of their own. As Christmas draws closer, however, Gabriel sees signs of Noel pulling away, and he worries this relationship will be as big a mistake as the others. Are Noel’s late nights and secretive phone calls a sign he’s cheating? Or will the magic of Christmas bring Gabriel the love he’s been searching for all along?

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New Holiday Story!

We have a brand new short story coming out next month for the holidays! The Boyfriend Sweater Curse is now available for preorder on Amazon, and it’ll be released on October 1.

All serious knitters know about the boyfriend sweater curse: knit a sweater for a boyfriend, and he’ll break up with you soon after. Gabriel Sutton isn’t the superstitious type, but after the curse strikes three times, he isn’t taking anymore chances. His new boyfriend, Noel Rivera, will have to be content with store bought gifts.

Yet as their relationship develops, Gabriel begins to believe Noel might be the perfect man for him. Noel doesn’t make fun of Gabriel’s holiday traditions and wants to create new traditions of their own. As Christmas draws closer, however, Gabriel sees signs of Noel pulling away, and he worries this relationship will be as big a mistake as the others. Are Noel’s late nights and secretive phone calls a sign he’s cheating? Or will the magic of Christmas bring Gabriel the love he’s been searching for all along?

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Release Day!

Steam Heat and Other Stories is now available on Amazon! This is a collection of our older short stories (under 20k words each). We wanted to give them a new home, but we didn’t want to release them separately, so we decided to create a collection. Some of these stories date back to 2012, the year we first got published.

I talked a bit about the process of curating the collection in our September newsletter.

If you’ve read these stories before, we hope you like their new format! If you haven’t, we hope you enjoy reading some of our older work!

Love knows no boundaries, and in this collection of six short stories, the writing duo known as Ari McKay explore how finding your soulmate doesn’t mean you have to be part the same social scene, work in the same field, or even inhabit the same plane of existence!

The Whole Kit and Kaboodle — Grey is smitten with seemingly shy librarian Henry, but Henry has a secret that could stand in the way of their happiness.

A Hundred Lonely Halloweens — Micah forms an unexpected connection to the ghost haunting the historical home he’s refurbishing.

Steam Heat — Coworkers Joss and Trey realize they have far more in common than they thought when they encounter each other at a Steampunk convention.

Caribbean Blues — Jon isn’t the type to indulge in vacation flings, but he can’t resist Derrick, a marine biologist who studies dolphins in the Bahamas.

Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around — Landon thinks he needs to wear drag to catch the interest of his crush, but when he starts getting lessons from drag queen Raul, he finds himself growing hot for teacher instead.

As Fair Art Thou, My Bonny Lad — Shopkeeper Adie has tried to keep his desire for men a secret, but Niall, a newcomer to the colony of North Carolina, tempts him to risk his reputation in the little port town for a chance at love.