INTRODUCING KELE LANE!
Many in Harry Potter fandom know as Redblaze will soon have her first publication out. We're still in contract phase but I'm so excited to see Kele Lane's work contracted that I've been having a hard time sitting still! LOL If you haven't "friended" her on Facebook, be sure to do so. She will be announcing her book deal and update on her upcoming works there.
Beautiful Forever by Diana Copland
Summary: Brady Duncan has been indulging the whims of best friend Tessa McNeil for years. When she announces in the middle of a vacation in New Orleans that she’s managed to obtain an invitation to a notorious local Vampyre Haven at the historic Maison Bertrand, Brady reluctantly agrees to accompany her. He’s never understood her fascination with “the lifestyle,” as Tessa calls it, but complete in Gothic makeup and black Victorian garb, he goes with her to the mansion in the bayou for what he believes amounts to an elaborate Halloween party.
He couldn’t be more wrong. Brady almost immediately realizes he’s in over his head: he’s not put off by the décor, or even the drugs, but when they stumble across rooms where blood play is on display, he decides it’s time to leave. But Tessa isn’t ready to go, the doorman Gerard keeps referring to him as “the offering,” and some of the more insistent guests have chosen him as a party favor when he is rescued by the enigmatic Lucien Bertrand. Or is he only getting into deeper trouble?
One of the things I love about Diana's work is that her voice, which you'll hear this term from editors and agents alike, is so hauntingly beautiful that it's almost lyrical in its timbre. You don't just fall in love with her characters, you fall in love with their courtship, their love affair, their entire relationship. I often tell her that her stories are like a fine symphony. Once you leave the performance, you still feel the music etched in your heart. Be sure to run to Dreamspinner Press and order Beautiful Forever. You will not be disappointed and look for more of her work to be published soon.
Have Stake Will Travel by Rebecca Leigh
Summary: Orion Masters is no ordinary slayer, she's a dhampir—half vampire—and she uses her superhuman abilities to her advantage.
After all, a girl's gotta make a living.
But her life takes a dramatic u-turn on a small island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. The balmy nights of paradise hold a forbidden temptation. Hot, steamy sex with Julian Hunter.
Like Orion, Julian is a slayer. Unlike Orion, Julian is a pure blood. Their paths cross on the hunt and Orion finds herself unable to control the allure of Julian's seductive powers. Yielding to her body's instinctive, passionate reaction to Julian, she discovers the erotic lure of heritage, shared blood, and destiny.
Rebecca's work is always fun to read! You fall into her worlds easily and her characters are always beautifully flawed, if that's the right word. I love when protagonists are made "real" by the author by not making them superbeings! I can relate to the character and care for the character because they ARE fallible.
Be sure to keep an eye out for more of Rebecca's works. She'll be announcing another book deal soon as well! :D
Edited to add: Lori Toland also had releases in early May.
Furry Matchmaker by Lori Toland
Summary: Dave Wallace is on his way to work when the sight of a tiny kitten stranded on an interstate overpass nearly breaks his heart. After he stops to save her, he goes to the nearest vet and meets Dr. Christian Prince, a gorgeous man David assumes is straight and completely uninterested in him. When Dave leaves he knows he'll never see the vet again... until Christian calls him about the kitten, and maybe more.
The Necking Anthology - Short Story by Lori Toland
Summary: Just close your eyes and feel: soft, warm lips skimming from your shoulder to your ear, your skin prickling and tickling. Then add another set, echoing the first, layer upon layer of sensation as two sets of hands join the game, stroking, sliding, ratcheting up the heat. And when your lips part and the tip of your tongue darts out, it's met by two more in a luscious, messy, three-way kiss. This is necking, pure and hot, sending shivers of arousal down your spine. In these stories, the men come in threes: triple the pleasure, triple the love.
Lori's boys are always fun to read because they're the Prince Charming at the end of the fairy tale. She has this amazing ability to make you fall for her characters in her short stories as quickly and deeply as you fall for her heroes in her longer pieces. She's truly a diverse author and if you haven't picked up these latest pieces, you really should. In Furry Matchmaker there's a hot vet tending to a kitty and in her Necking Anthology piece it's a hot threesome with light BDSM elements that leave you weak-kneed and begging for more.
Lori's currently working on several projects, including the follow-up to her debut success, The Replacement Guitarist. :)