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Steam Heat and Other Stories

When Ari and I first started writing professionally, we wrote for quite a few calls for submission because we thought it would be a good way to get our name out there. These calls were for short stories with a cap of 18,000 words, which was — and still is — a challenge for us because we’re used to writing longer works. The rights for most of the stories have reverted back to us for one reason or another, and we’ve decided to compile them into a collection and release it through Amazon.

Steam Heat and Other Stories will be released on September 1 on Amazon. It’s a collection of six short stories (20,000 words or less each), four by Ari and me together and two by me alone. These are all second editions that have been edited again, and I’ll talk about my process for organizing and editing this collection in our September newsletter.

The collection contains the following stories:

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

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

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

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

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

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.

We’re happy to have our older works available again, and we hope you enjoy this collection!

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Cover Reveal!

Ari and I are pleased to reveal the cover for our short story collection, Steam Heat and Other Stories. Stay tuned next week for more news and details about this collection, which will be released on September 1!

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Out of the Ashes release day!

Out of the Ashes is now available from Dreamspinner Press! This is book one of our new Asheville Arcana series, which will feature a romance between a different couple in each book, but will also continue the bigger arc involving a demonic invasion.

We also released a new issue of our monthly newsletter today.

Ari answered a question for Happily Ever After: What’s your favorite way to spend time with friends? Dancing wouldn’t be my #1 answer, but it’s in the top five for sure. 😀

And we’re on a blog post tour for Out of the Ashes! Here are our stops so far:

Mm Good Book Reviews
Open Skye Book Reviews
Dreamspinner Press Blog

Asheville Arcana

In their differences, they’ll find strength—and love.

Alpha werewolf Eli Hammond returns from a fishing trip to discover a nasty surprise—five members of his pack murdered and the rest missing. He needs help locating and rescuing his pack mates, but the supernatural council in Asheville, North Carolina, turns him away.

Except for one man.

As they work together, Eli is stunned—and not especially thrilled—to discover half-elf Arden Gilmarin is his destined mate. But as Arden and his friends struggle to help Eli in his quest, Eli surrenders to the demands of his body—and his heart. They’ll need to bond together, because the forces opposing them are stronger and more sinister than anyone predicted. The evil has its sights set on Arden, and if Eli wants to save his mate and the people he is entrusted with protecting, he’s in for the fight of his life.

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Release day! Santa’s Naughty Helper

Santa’s Naughty Helper, the first book in our Lawyers in Love trilogy, is now available from Dreamspinner Press!

Shy lawyer Kevin Anderson is presented with an unexpected opportunity when he draws hunky litigator Erik Wilson’s name for their office’s secret holiday gift exchange. Kevin has pined for his friend for a long time, but he fears ruining their working relationship if Erik doesn’t return his feelings. The anonymity of the exchange gives him the chance to let Erik know someone is interested, so Kevin turns the gift into a game: twelve days of presents, each more suggestive, culminating with a Christmas Eve meeting—if Kevin finds the courage to see it through!

Erik is intrigued by his secret Santa, who has given him something to look forward to during the holidays for the first time in years. But as Christmas approaches, he realizes he doesn’t want a mystery man; he wants his best friend, Kevin. When his attempts to instigate something with Kevin fail, Erik accepts the dinner invitation of his secret admirer. Little does he suspect that Santa’s naughty little helper might be just the man to make all his Christmas dreams come true in a holiday friends-to-lovers romance that progresses from sweet to spicy for two sexy lawyers.

This is the second edition of Santa’s Naughty Helper. The second book in the trilogy, Fortune’s Slings and Cupid’s Arrows, will be released on November 8.

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Out of the Ashes available for preorder!

Out of the Ashes, book one in our Asheville Arcana series, is now available for preorder!

Alpha werewolf Eli Hammond returns from a fishing trip to discover a nasty surprise—five members of his pack murdered and the rest missing. He needs help locating and rescuing his pack mates, but the supernatural council in Asheville, North Carolina, turns him away.

Except for one man.

As they work together, Eli is stunned—and not especially thrilled—to discover half-elf Arden Gilmarin is his destined mate. But as Arden and his friends struggle to help Eli in his quest, Eli surrenders to the demands of his body—and his heart. They’ll need to bond together, because the forces opposing them are stronger and more sinister than anyone predicted. The evil has its sights set on Arden, and if Eli wants to save his mate and the people he is entrusted with protecting, he’s in for the fight of his life.

 

Out of the Ashes will be released on August 1, 2017.

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New audiobook!

Breaking Bonds is now available as an audiobook!

From the frying pan into the fire.

After a critic’s review attacks both Chef Liam Walker’s culinary skills and his personal life, Liam can no longer take the heat of the cutthroat New York City restaurant scene. He needs to get out of the kitchen – at least long enough to cool down and regroup.

At the Overlook Resort in North Carolina, Liam meets owner Carter Galloway. Carter has a passion for the hospitality business to rival Liam’s own, and it’s not hard to see where their shared interests – and attraction – could lead. But Carter has no interest in a fling, and Liam has no intention of walking away from the career he fought so hard for. If they want a taste of happiness together, they’ll have to find the courage to break the bonds threatening to pull them apart.

Available on Amazon, Audible, and iTunes

The first book in the Walker Boys series, Striking Sparks, is also available as an audiobook, as is the first holiday advent story we wrote for Dreamspinner Press, “On the Rocks.” Purchase links are available on our audiobooks page.