Thank You Sale!
To celebrate Stars & Stripes by Abigail Roux winning the DABWAHA tournament, and to say thank you to everyone who worked incredibly hard to see us through til the end, we are holding a special Thank You sale from now until April 15th, with our entire backlist available at 30% off*, and select Editor's Picks available at 50% off!
We hope that both new and longtime readers alike will take this opportunity to explore some of the outstanding original fiction currently coming from within our beloved genre.
Below, find more information on our special Editor's Picks, all available at 50% off now:
2013 DABWAHA Champion, Stars & Stripes by Abigail Roux: Book 6 in what's widely called the Gold Standard series in M/M romance--and, of course, the reason for this week's victory sale! See for yourself why Abigail Roux and Ty & Zane swept DABWAHA 2013!
The Gravedigger's Brawl by DABWAHA winning author Abigail Roux: This standalone romance features Abigail Roux's trademark mix of wit, tension, and smokin' hot sex. Curious about this year's DABWAHA winning author but not quite ready to dive into the winning series? Try this paranormal romance instead for a delicious dose of sexy and creepy. Plus, who can resist a hot flair bartender in guyliner?
All My Crimes by Tal Valante: A mix of lyrical prose and evocative, complex worldbuilding accomplished in an astonishingly short space make for an engrossing fantasy story you can read in a single afternoon.
The Heart's Greater Silence by Anne Brooke: A poignant, literary exploration of mistakes made and loves lost, and the cost of failing to search one's own heart.
Skybound by Aleksandr Voinov: This short historical romance first piqued my interest because of the characters: two German soldiers working an airfield at the tail of WWII, doing their duty even though it was clear the war was already lost. But the prose--sparse and frankly downright majestic--was what kept me riveted to the page, reading and rereading and despairing that if I lived to be 100, I'd never write one single sentence as exquisite as the ones populating this entire story.
Portside by Elyan Smith: Literary erotica at its finest. A romance? Absolutely not. But this author turns their pen on some ugliness in the world and makes it beautiful. If you're looking for a stunning piece of trans* fiction, or just a stunning piece of human fiction, you must pick this one up.
The Flesh Cartel #1: Capture by Rachel Haimowitz and Heidi Belleau: Episode 1 of the dark psychosexual thriller that was banned from Amazon and moved thousands of readers to mount a reinstatement campaign. Gritty and intense, whether you find it erotic or horrifying may depend on your kinks, but one thing nearly everyone can agree on: it's un-putdownable.
He Is Worthy by Lisa Henry: I'm such a huge Lisa Henry fan I don't even know where to begin. She creates powerful atmosphere and put a fascinating spin on a dark era in Roman history.
Blessed Isle by Alex Beecroft: As close to poetry as prose can get, without being heavy or overburdened. When Alex writes Age of Sail, you feel the rocking of the boat, taste the salt spray on your lips, hear the snap of the sails. Add to that a romance that will melt your heart (and can be read by all ages, as there's no explicit content in this story), and you have a novella you'll want to sink into again and again.
First Watch by Peter Hansen: By turns creepy and claustrophobic and breathtakingly beautiful. Peter Hansen is a prose artist of the highest order, and wields their words to build a Lovecraftian dieselpunk story that will keep you pondering long after you've finished.
Dark Soul (Vol. 1) by Aleksandr Voinov: The opening volume in one of our genre's most critically acclaimed series, this story of forbidden love among mafia men explores sexual and gender identity, along with nearly every kink under the sun, all in a taut, thrilling, edge-of-your-seat package.
The City War by Sam Starbuck: This one has it all. A thoroughly-researched take on the men orbiting around Ceasar right before his downfall, multiple partners, a trans* man struggling to pass in a ruthlessly patriarchal society, and tense build-up to an ending that still somehow takes your breath away, even though you already know how the story must go.
Gleams of a Remoter World by Fiona Glass: As much a love song to Ireland as an exploration of love between a bisexual man climbing out of a bad relationship and into a good one. The ghost hunt rounds out the story with tension and gentle humor. This piece isn't for everyone--but if you don't go into it expecting the romance to dominate, we think you'll come out well-satisfied.
Frat Boy & Toppy by Anne Tenino: A lighthearted New Adult romp though coming out in a college frat. Packed to the rafters with hilarity and a depth that sneaks up on you while you're busy trying to breathe through your tears of laughter, this college romance will lift your spirits and warm your heart.
The Left Hand of Calvus by L.A. Witt: A sex-free L.A. Witt novel is about as rare as a unicorn, and in this case, also as magical and exciting. Lori immerses us in the life of a gladiator in ancient Rome caught in a web of politics and intrigue, and throws in a brilliant twist at the end for good measure.
Santuario by G.B. Gordon: My favorite book of 2012, hands down. From the prose (literary in its beauty), to the characters (oh-so-strong but oh-so-human), to the worldbuilding (rich and compelling), to the plot (complex and taut), this social fiction novel will captivate from the first line to the last. It's a first-in-series, so be prepared for the occasional loose end, and for the romance to sneak up on you slowly in the back third, but oh my is it a glorious journey.
Mark of the Gladiator by Heidi Belleau and Violetta Vane: One of my absolute favorite novels of all time, in any genre. Exhaustively researched (but not at all ponderous), this love story in ancient Rome between a gladiator and a master explores gender, class, and power dynamics against the edge-of-your-seat background of life-or-death political feuds and female gladiators being prepped for the arena.
Blacker than Black by Rhi Etzweiler: This unique take on the vampire lore is set against a dystopian urban fantasy backdrop and brought to life with rich, vivid prose and characters who will haunt you long after you've turned the last page.
Power Play: Resistance by Rachel Haimowitz and Cat Grant: The first of two volumes in the critically-acclaimed Power Play series, written by a Dom-sub team, which explores all the ways a BDSM relationship can go horribly wrong before it goes perfectly, beautifully right. See why readers just voted Power Play: Awakening the GLBT BDSM Book of 2012 at The Romance Reviews, and experience this intense ride for yourself.
Counterpoint (Song of the Fallen, #1) by Rachel Haimowitz: This fan-favorite high fantasy duology has been a perennial bestseller since its release in the summer of 2010. With its unique spin on Elven lore, sweeping plot, and grudging romance, slave/capture fans and high fantasy fans alike will fall in love.
*Backlist titles are at least three months old.