Wednesday, February 6, 2013

The Giant "Try It, You Might Like It" Gay Romance Giveaway

It's been said that the only romance readers who don't like gay romance are the ones who haven't read it yet. Hyperbole, of course; not everything is everyone's cup of tea.  That said, at some point in time, those of us who read gay romance... didn't. We all started somewhere. A lot of people are starting right now, with JR Ward's newest book, Lover At Last, which sold out in record time at a virtual signing.
So, I'm challenging you, the reader who has never read gay romance or any male/male fiction to give it a try.  (And if you're already an M/M reader, stick with me. Stuff here for you too.)
The best part? You get to do it for free.  And this isn't one of those "it's totally free, but once you read the fine print you'll find out it's totally not, and then you're going to be paying out the nose forever and ever and getting phone calls from telemarketers at 9:00 on Sunday night until the end of time."  None of that nonsense. I will include a brief survey with your book, but it will be 100% optional and I will never ever bug you about it. Pinky swear.

You comment, you get a book, and that's it.
Maybe you'll like it. Maybe you won't. Maybe you'll decide it's not your cup of tea, or maybe you will discover a brand new genre. But you'll never know unless you try!
So how the heck does this work, anyway? 
It's quite simple, really, because simple is all I can handle. I've collected a whole bunch of donations from some of the most amazeballs (and generous) authors in this genre, and all you have to do is pick two of the titles listed below, and leave a comment with your first and second choice (in order of preference!) and your contact information. That's it.
Titles are first come, first served. If your first choice is claimed, you'll win your second choice. I will do the best I can to mark books as they're claimed, but I may not be as fast as the comments. If two people claim the same title, whoever's comment posted first gets the book. If both your first and second choice are claimed, don't worry about deleting your comment; just comment with a third choice.

If all the books are already selected, never fear! Just leave a comment with "No Titles Left", and I'll hook you up with a book of your choice off my own backlist (since those are the only books I can legally/ethically give away once I run out of donations).
And just to make things even more fun, everyone who enters is also entered into a drawing for a $25 Amazon gift card. Because seriously, who doesn't want a $25 Amazon gift card?
But what if I already read gay romance?
You can still enter the drawing for the gift card! All you have to do is refer a friend who's never read the genre. Just make sure they mention you in their comment, and you're all set.
Now, obviously there's no litmus test to see if you've really never read something in this genre. Honor system, folks.

The book giveaway ends on February 13th or when I run out of books, whichever comes later. The Amazon gift card will be drawn on February 14th, and entries for that close at midnight Central Time on February 13th.

Okay. Enough yammering from me. Let's get to the fun part...


I've tried to get a good variety of word counts, genres, and heat levels. Some books have heavy erotic content, some have very little if any at all. There's contemporary, science fiction, steampunk, historical, and the lengths vary from short stories to doorstop novels. 

Clicking on a title will take you to its Goodreads page. Clicking on an author's name will take you to his/her website. 

Right. I said enough yammering. Onward!

In absolutely no particular order:  (Apologies for some excessive spacing between books; Blogger and I are having some disagreements about formatting)

Pretty Monsters by Andrea Speed (claimed)
Riptide Publishing, 2,630 words, Paranormal/Horror, No Erotic Content
Josh knew the night shift at the Quik-Mart would be full of freaks and geeks—and that was before the hell portal opened in the parking lot. Still, he likes to think he can roll with things. Sure, the zombies make a mess sometimes, but at least they never reach for anything more threatening than frozen burritos.

Besides, it’s not all lizard-monsters and the walking dead. There’s also the mysterious hottie with the sly red lips and a taste for sweets.

Josh has had the hots for Hot Guy since the moment he laid eyes on him, and it seems Hot Guy might be sweet on Josh too. Now if only Josh could figure out whether that’s a good thing, a bad thing, or something in between. After all, with a hell vortex just a stone’s throw away, Josh has learned to take nothing at face value—even if it’s a very, very pretty face.

Loose Id, LLC, 29,000 words, Contemporary, Erotic
Wade Criss has always known there was something a about him, but he hasn't been able to admit it until now. He wants to sleep with another man. But not just any man. He wants his geeky, sexy acting classmate Zac.

Zac has been watching Wade all semester, waiting for the moment the other man would renounce his straight boy ways and fall into his bed. But when the two of them are paired together for their final exam, Zac isn't sure how to react. What if Wade finds out his secret?

Zac is an Adult Phone Entertainer, and it's that knowledge that turns Wade on more than anything. After all, there's nothing hotter than the anonymity of phone sex. But it doesn't matter how hot the sex is; everything always gets more complicated once feelings get involved. And Zac and Wade's relationship is far from the exception.

The Last Road Home by Azalea Moone  (claimed)
Total-E-Bound, 27,000 words, Contemporary, Erotic
When Brett leaves home to escape pressures of settling down, he must make the decision to go back and face his issues, or stay and learn more about a sexy stranger.

Brett Marshall has no idea where he's going now that he's on a duck and run mission from his parents' conservative ways. But when his car breaks down in the middle of nowhere, and on one of the hottest days of the year, he's ready to be rescued.

Then a handsome stranger, Ryan, picks him up on the side of the road. With a cigarette hanging from his lips, Ryan offers Brett a job on a travelling carnival. As Brett has nothing better to do, he takes the job in hopes of making some extra cash while he's on the road. What's better is that with a sexy body like Ryan's, and his attitude to boot; Brett quickly realises that he's in no hurry to leave.

Pink Petal Books, 30,000 words, Contemporary, Moderately Erotic
What happens when a bully apologizes? Ballet dancer Merit Hartwick is about to find out. Cole Dellany, the man who broke Merit’s heart with a cruel “joke” the night of their senior prom, has come to town to tell Merit how sorry he is. And to tell him that the dance they shared on prom night wasn’t really a joke. Cole is gay, in the closet, and in love with Merit since high school. Now he’s ready to be honest with Merit about his feelings. Several years have passed, but Merit isn’t sure he can forgive Cole, let alone trust him with his heart.

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Hot Head by Damon Suede (claimed)
Dreamspinner Press, 106,000 words, Contemporary, Seriously hot
Winner of One Perfect Note (Overall Honorable Mention) in the 2011 Rainbow Awards.
Where there’s smoke, there’s fire...

Since 9/11, Brooklyn firefighter Griff Muir has wrestled with impossible feelings for his best friend and partner at Ladder 181, Dante Anastagio. Unfortunately, Dante is strictly a ladies’ man, and the FDNY isn’t exactly gay-friendly. For ten years, Griff has hidden his heart in a half-life of public heroics and private anguish.

Griff’s caution and Dante’s cockiness make them an unbeatable team. To protect his buddy, there’s nothing Griff wouldn’t do… until a nearly bankrupt Dante proposes the worst possible solution:, a gay porn website where uniformed hunks get down and dirty. And Dante wants them to appear there—together. Griff may have to guard his heart and live out his darkest fantasies on camera. Can he rescue the man he loves without wrecking their careers, their families, or their friendship?

Grown Men by Damon Suede (claimed)
Riptide Publishing, 31,000 words, Science Fiction, Seriously hot

Every future has dirty roots.

Marooned in the galactic backwaters of the HardCell company, colonist Runt struggles to eke out an existence on a newly-terraformed tropical planetoid. Since his clone-wife died on entry, he’s been doing the work of two on his failing protein farm. Overworked and undersized, Runt’s dwindling hope of earning corporate citizenship has turned to fear of violent “retirement.”

When an overdue crate of provisions crashes on his beach, Runt searches frantically for a replacement wife among the tools and food. Instead he gets Ox, a mute hulk who seems more like a corporate assassin than a simple offworld farmer.

Shackwacky and near-starving, Runt has no choice but to work with his silent partner despite his mounting paranoia and the unsettling appeal of Ox’s genetically altered pheromones. Ox plays the part of the gentle giant well, but Runt’s still not convinced he hasn’t arrived with murder in mind.

Between brutal desire and the seeds of a relationship, Runt’s fears and Ox’s inhuman past collide on a fertile world where hope and love just might have room to grow.

Loose Id, LLC, 113,000 words, Contemporary, Erotic
Ed Maurer has bounced back, more or less, from the neck injury that permanently benched his semi-pro football career, but every time he turns around, dance instructor Laurie Parker is in his way. But when a bargain lands him as an assistant in Laurie’s ballroom dancing class, everything changes.

As Laurie and Ed lose themselves in dance, their lives continue to spin around them: Ed’s injury makes it clear he’s nowhere near recovery, Laurie feels the pressure by friends and family to perform once more, and the community center that has become such an important part of both their worlds threatens to close. Alone, they haven’t had the strength or spirit to face what life has hurled at them. But as the turns of their personal paths lead them time and again to one another, Ed and Laurie begin to think that if they dance this dance together, they might be able to succeed.

Total-E-Bound, 55,000 words, Historical, Moderately Erotic
Book one in The Endersley Papers series

Will the passion ignited during a violent uprising survive the rigid confines of Victorian society?

Jacob Endersley is glad to escape the confines of his family home for the exotic and dangerous beauty of India during the glory days of the Raj.

Marcus Billington, an Army officer, is tired of the stifling social mores of life in a British enclave. When the Sepoy Uprising of 1857 leads to chaos and bloodshed, the two men seek the safety of Agra and find refuge in each other.

Once the rebellion is quashed, Jacob returns to England while Marcus remains in India. They have no hope of a future together until Jacob learns that Marcus has returned to England. When they meet again, Marcus makes it clear there can be nothing between them and Jacob returns to Endersley resigned to a solitary life until Marcus arrives out of the blue and then everything changes.

Evernight Publishing, 26,000 words, Contemporary, Erotic

For Caleb, coming out to his parents is a lot harder than marrying Ally, a childhood friend, which is exactly what he plans to do. But even after he accepts her proposal to keep their sexuality a secret from both families, he can't help wondering if he's in the wrong or if the man he loves is just overreacting.

Shawn barely survived the bombshell Caleb dropped at his feet before storming out. Bewildered and entirely caught off guard, he admits he'd prefer Caleb cheat instead of hiding the truth, not to mention his love for Shawn from everyone but himself.

However, Caleb's secret isn't the only thing tying them together, and the more time Caleb spends planning Ally's wedding, the more he realizes he should be thinking of his own.

Loose Id, LLC, 62,000 words, Contemporary, Mildly Erotic

Neil Dalton’s foundation is already cracking. Grief, guilt, and PTSD have ruled his life since a terrible crime tore his world apart last year, and he’s dreading a holiday visit with the family he simultaneously needs and resents. Then someone from his past shows up and rattles that shaky foundation right out from under him.

First a war nearly destroyed Jeremy Kelley, then his family threw him out when he needed them the most. Now he’s barely holding on emotionally. He spends his last dollar to get to Chicago and prays his former best friend won’t leave him out in the cold.

Neil and Jeremy spend the holidays with Neil’s family in their hometown of Omaha. They struggle to deal with families, flashbacks… and feelings that haven’t even begun to fade since their last failed attempt at more than friends. As they try to repair their fractured psyches and rebuild damaged bridges, they rely on each other more than ever, but they can’t deny the mutual attraction that’s existed since before they were both emotionally battered and scarred. If they couldn’t make it work back then, how in the world can they pull it off now?

Noble Metals by L. A. Witt (claimed)
Carnal Passions, 39,500 words, Steampunk, Mildly Erotic
2013 Epic Award Finalist

So much for nothing to lose...
Robert Belton has been stranded in Seattle, working as a prostitute. When an attractive customer carrying a mysterious wooden box comes into the brothel in search of a bed for the night, Robert’s more than willing to oblige. When he learns his customer is also looking for a crew to help him haul provisions to the gold fields in the frozen north, Robert jumps at the chance and volunteers.

Dr. John Fauth is only looking for one thing in Dawson City, and it isn’t gold. He needs platinum for his semiconductor research. Just getting to the gold fields is a grueling, dangerous journey, especially when a competitor will stop at nothing to get his hands on an invaluable device in John’s possession.

As they fall for each other on the bitterly cold trail, John and Robert may just find themselves with more to lose than they could ever gain in the gold fields of the Yukon Territory.

Promises by Marie Sexton (claimed)
Dreamspinner Press, 61,000 words, Contemporary, Mildly Erotic
Jared Thomas has lived his whole life in the small mountain town of Coda, Colorado. He can't imagine living anywhere else. Unfortunately, the only other gay man in town is twice his age and used to be his teacher, so Jared is resigned to spending his life alone.

Until Matt Richards walks into his life, that is. Matt has just been hired by the Coda Police Department, and he and Jared immediately become friends. Matt claims he is straight, but for Jared, having a sexy friend like Matt is way too tempting. Facing Matt’s affair with a local woman, his disapproving family, and harassment from Matt’s co-workers, Jared fears they'll never find a way to be together—if he can even convince Matt to try.

Published by Kari Gregg, 24,000 words, Romantic Comedy, Moderately Erotic

At least he isn’t pregnant.

Seth Murphy campaigned for Maryland’s Question Six, wildly celebrating the Election Day victory for marriage equality. Divorce attorney and live-in boyfriend Owen, however, believes just as passionately that the gay community should focus on a plurality of equal rights protections instead of allocating so many resources and man-hours to one hot button issue.

Owen won’t marry Seth.

Relationship deteriorating, the couple visits the Murphy farm outside Brunswick for Christmas. Seth’s family never considered that Seth and Owen wouldn’t be first in line for a marriage license as soon as same-sex marriage passed. When they find out there won’t be a wedding, their season of miracles is invaded by pornographic gingerbread cookies, frowning church ladies, and a determined father with a tactical assault shotgun.

Neither Seth, Owen, nor their love may survive the family holiday circus to say, “I don’t.”

Riptide Publishing, 80,500 words, Contemporary, Ridiculously Hot

Sam’s a new man. Yes, he’s still too tall, too skinny, too dorky, too gay, and has that unfortunate addiction to romance novels, but he’s wised up. His One True Love is certainly still out there, but he knows now that real life is nothing like fiction. He’s cultivated the necessary fortitude to say “no” to the next Mr. Wrong, no matter how hot, exciting, and/or erotic-novel-worthy he may be.

Until he meets Ian.

Ian’s a new man. He’s pain-free, has escaped the job he hated and the family who stifled him, and is now—possibly—ready to dip his toe into the sea of relationships. He’s going to be cautious, though, maybe start with someone who knows the score and isn’t looking for anything too complicated. Someone with experience and simple needs that largely revolve around the bedroom.

Until he meets Sam.

Sam’s convinced that Ian is no one’s Mr. Right. Ian’s sure that Sam isn’t his type. They can’t both be wrong...can they?

Silver Publishing, 51,000 words, Action/Adventure, Moderately Erotic
Coming off a high-pressure undercover job for his company's covert Retrievals Department, and despite being on the edge of burnout, Jeff is thrown straight into another mission: set a trap for illegal metal detectorists who'll be planting a priceless reliquary in a field.

To be in the right place at the right time, Jeff seduces Alan, son of the farmer who may or may not be in on the million-dollar scam. The job should be straightforward, easy, and it is--except that Jeff's usual guard is down, and he finds himself falling for Alan. Still trying to shake off an obsessive ex-lover Alan doesn't want commitment, just a no-strings, friends with benefits relationship. But events have a way of changing minds.

Starfall by Chris Quinton (claimed)
Silver Publishing, 75,000 words, SciFi/Fantasy, Moderately Erotic
Ash is looking for his sister, Tria. He's come halfway across the galaxy in search of her and the vital information she had obtained on those who wiped out half their family and a Vyan colony. He refuses to accept she is dead, but he has only partial coordinates for her possible landfall site - a lake somewhere in America's northeast. He has had to hunt and stay undiscovered in an alien, potentially hostile environment, as well as keep his differences hidden from the native inhabitants. After a year of searching, he has reached Amassol, Vermont.

Conn and his partner, Faye, are PIs with an uneasy working relationship. Conn is gay but deep in the closet. He is restless, unsettled in his life, a situation not helped by the tension and animosity between him and Faye. They have been assigned to track down Angi, an underage runaway whose parents want her back before she reaches her eighteenth birthday. But Angi is a wild child with a mile-wide streak of stubborn independence and she has no intention of going back to Florida with them. She is involved with the leader of a street gang in Amassol, and though she has discovered Ash's secret, she has become good friends with him.

They all meet up in Amassol, and when Ash and Conn encounter each other, the attraction is immediate and almost overwhelming. And impossible. Ash's mission and Conn's assignment, as well as rival street gangs, make sure of that.

Dreamspinner Press, 24,500 words, Contemporary, Very Mildly Erotic
Since Hank Calder’s four-year-old niece, Josie, came to live with him, his life has been plenty dramatic, thank you, and the last thing he needs is a swishy, flaming twinkie to complicate things. But when Justin, the daycare worker at his gym, offers to do something incredibly nice for Hank—and for Josie—Hank is forced to reconsider. Justin may be flamboyant in his speech and gestures, but his heart and kindness are as rock steady and dependable as anyone, even Hank, could ask for. Can Hank trust in his dramatic “turkey in the snow” to offer his heart the joy he and Josie have never known?

A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2012 Advent Calendar package "Evergreen"

Samhain Publishing, 22,000 words, Vampires, Erotic
In this world, love can put you on the wrong end of a stake…

The last thing Arjen wants is a vampire in his bed. The rest of the world may be enamored of the creatures, but he doesn’t share the obsession. When local vampire Maikel van Triet pays a visit to the brothel, Arjen tries to slip away—drawing the one thing he doesn’t want: Maikel’s attention. Arjen’s too pragmatic to refuse a paying customer, but Maikel doesn’t want his services. All he asks for is a bed, shelter, and a meal before bedtime.

Arjen’s reticence and open dislike intrigue Maikel, who’s delighted by the jaded young prostitute’s attitude, so different from the adoration he’s accustomed to. He’s never been a regular patron at any brothel, but now he can’t keep himself away. He still refuses Arjen’s services though, instead demanding Arjen tuck him in with tales of the daytime Amsterdam he hasn’t known for nearly two centuries. But when Arjen tries to seduce him into leaving, he realizes they’re forging something completely unfamiliar to him: emotional bonds.

It’s equally obvious to Arjen that their arrangement is becoming more than either of them expected, and the thought terrifies him. Vampires are shallow, fickle creatures, and Maikel could never truly love another—could he?

Warning: Contains blood, vampire bites, unapologetic prostitution, and lots of gay vampire lovin’.

By Chance by Cat Grant (claimed)
Cat Grant Books, 38,000 words, Contemporary, Erotic

A life of wealth and privilege doesn’t equal happiness—just ask Eric Courtland. Growing up with a cold, unfeeling father and unstable mother has taught him exactly what he doesn’t want out of life or love. The troubled young man prefers a solitary life and is content to keep it that way until a campus emergency saddles him with an unwanted roommate.

Popular, wholesome, straight Nick Thompson is far more temptation than Eric’s prepared for, but Nick’s warm, easygoing manner gradually cracks through Eric’s prickly protective shell.

After Eric suffers a traumatic attack, their friendship gives way to an intense passion. Eric’s no stranger to casual sex, but what he feels for Nick is something deeper, and more fragile.

Independent Eric doesn't know the first thing about being in a relationship, much less with a lover who can't even admit he's gay. But conservative Nick can't seem to find his way out of his own personal closet.

Rock, meet hard place.

Etopia Press, 23,000, Horror, Erotic
Coming out might be the only way to save the ones you love...

Jessie Nalick used to be married, until his wife left him for another man. But things are looking up--he's moved to a new place and his new house is almost finished. But when one of the men on the construction site calls him in a panic, something deadly is unleashed.

Tyler Mack is with a different woman night after night, secretly longing for the one who will make him feel something besides soul-crushing emptiness. He's so straight he's nearly homophobic, until he's forced to confront some very uneasy feelings--and other things--that grow between him Jessie as they're kidnapped and forced to do the unthinkable.

With a kidnapper threatening the lives of their loved ones, the time for self-delusion is over. Tyler must face the one thing he'd rather die than do...but the thought of Jessie so close, so hard, makes him willing to take the chance...

Dreamspinner Press, 142,000 words, Suspense, Mildly Erotic
A series of murders in New York City has stymied the police and FBI alike, and they suspect the culprit is a single killer sending an indecipherable message. But when the two federal agents assigned to the investigation are taken out, the FBI takes a more personal interest in the case.
Special Agent Ty Grady is pulled out of undercover work after his case blows up in his face. He's cocky, abrasive, and indisputably the best at what he does. But when he's paired with Special Agent Zane Garrett, it's hate at first sight. Garrett is the perfect image of an agent: serious, sober, and focused, which makes their partnership a classic cliché: total opposites, good cop-bad cop, the odd couple. They both know immediately that their partnership will pose more of an obstacle than the lack of evidence left by the murderer.

Practically before their special assignment starts, the murderer strikes again – this time at them. Now on the run, trying to track down a man who has focused on killing his pursuers, Grady and Garrett will have to figure out how to work together before they become two more notches in the murderer's knife.

Riptide Publishing, 46,000 words, Contemporary, Erotic
Nikolai Krasnorada leads the life of a corporate nomad. Working for a gold explorations company, he’s never put down roots, and he likes it that way. Roots can be dangerous, as everyone from his “man-hating” sister to his manipulative mother to his war-traumatized father has proven.

But when his CEO sends him to Toronto to strike a deal with LeBeau Mining, Nikolai meets Henri LeBeau, crown prince to the resources conglomerate and inveterate flirt. Sparks fly immediately, despite the business deal that threatens to go sour and Nikolai’s own reluctance to give Henri false hope about him being Mr. Right. He’s barely come to terms with his bisexuality, and getting involved with Henri would get messy.

When LeBeau Mining launches a hostile takeover bid, Nikolai and Henri find themselves on opposite sides of the negotiating table. But fortunately—or perhaps unfortunately—for Nikolai, Henri’s not nearly as interested in his company as he is in his heart.

Skybound by Aleksandr Voinov (claimed)
Riptide Publishing, 13,000 words, WWII Historical, Mildly Erotic
Germany, 1945. The Third Reich is on its knees as Allied forces bomb Berlin to break the last resistance. Yet on an airfield near Berlin, the battle is far from over for a young mechanic, Felix, who’s attached to a squadron of fighter pilots. He’s especially attached to fighter ace Baldur Vogt, a man he admires and secretly loves. But there’s no room for love at the end of the world, never mind in Nazi Germany.

When Baldur narrowly cheats death, Felix pulls him from his plane, and the pilot makes his riskiest move yet. He takes a few days’ leave to recover, and he takes Felix with him. Away from the pressures of the airfield, their bond deepens, and Baldur shows Felix the kind of brotherhood he’d only ever dreamed of before.

But there’s no escaping the war, and when they return, Baldur joins the fray again in the skies over Berlin. As the Allies close in on the airfield where Felix waits for his lover, Baldur must face the truth that he is no longer the only one in mortal danger.

Riptide Publishing, 120,000 words, Fantasy, Explicit but infrequent erotic content

It is the twilight of mankind. Depleted by generations of war with a dark race, the human kingdoms and their ancient alliance stand on the brink of extinction. The outlands are soaked with the blood of the fallen. The midlands are rotting with decadence and despair.

Elfkind, estranged by past crimes, watches and waits for nature to run its course.

And then the two collide.

Ayden's life has long been guided by two emotions: love for his sister, and hatred of all things human. When he's captured in battle, he must for his sister's sake swallow his pride and endure slavery in the service of a human prince, Freyrik Farr.

Freyrik's always known elves to be beautiful and dangerous, but never has one affected him as deeply as Ayden. Can his life of service to his people leave room for this attraction? Dancing on a dagger's edge between duty and high treason, Freyrik discovers that some choices can change a life, and some an entire world.

Between prejudice, politics, pride, and survival, Ayden and Freyrik must carve a new path, no matter how daunting. For nothing less than the fate of both their peoples rests on the power of their perseverance—and their love.

Carina Press, 117,000 words, Fantasy, A few explicit love scenes
Sean never asked to be an O'Hara, and he didn't ask to be cursed by one either.

After inheriting a hexed druid stone from his great-grandfather, Sean starts reliving another man's torture and death...every single night. And only one person can help.

Cormac Kelly runs a paranormal investigation business and doesn't have time to deal with misinformed tourists like Sean. But Sean has real magic in his pocket, and even though Cormac is a descendant of legendary druids, he soon finds himself out of his depth...and not because Sean's the first man he's felt anything for in a long time.

The pair develop an unexpected and intensely sexual bond, but are threatened at every turn when Sean's case attracts the unwelcome attention of the mad sidhe lords of ancient Ireland. When Sean and Cormac are thrust backward in time to Ireland's violent history--and their own dark pasts--they must work together to escape the curse and save their fragile relationship.

Book One of the Layers of the Otherworld series

Dreamspinner Press, 146,000 words, Suspense/Mystery, No Erotic Content
In a world where a werecat virus has changed society, Roan McKichan, a born infected and ex-cop, works as a private detective trying to solve crimes involving other infecteds.

The murder of a former cop draws Roan into an odd case where an unidentifiable species of cat appears to be showing an unusual level of intelligence. He juggles that with trying to find a missing teenage boy, who, unbeknownst to his parents, was “cat” obsessed. And when someone is brutally murdering infecteds, Eli Winters, leader of the Church of the Divine Transformation, hires Roan to find the killer before he closes in on Eli.

Working the crimes will lead Roan through a maze of hate, personal grudges, and mortal danger. With help from his tiger-strain infected partner, Paris Lehane, he does his best to survive in a world that hates and fears their kind… and occasionally worships them.

Dreamspinner Press, 61,000 words, Contemporary, Moderately Erotic
Geoff is in the city, living the gay life to the hilt, when his father's death convinces him to return to the family farm. Discovering a young Amish man asleep in his barn, Geoff learns that Eli is spending a year away from the community before accepting baptism into the church. Despite their mutual attraction, Geoff is determined not to become involved with him, but Eli has discovered that Geoff shares his feelings and begins to court him, neatly capturing first Geoff's attention and then his heart.

Their budding relationship is threatened by closed-minded, gossipy relatives and the society at large, a whole new world to Eli, and he must decide whether to return to the community, his family, and the world and future he knows or to stay with Geoff and have faith in the power of love.

Published by Sue Brown, 32,000 words, Contemporary, Mildly Erotic

Peter Mitchell walked away with from his marriage with two things: a suitcase and Hairy Harry, the family pet.

When Harry becomes ill, Peter is faced with one of the hardest decisions he's ever had to make... saying goodbye to his best friend.

Evan Wells is the locum vet who attends to Harry and Peter is surprised at how quickly they become friends. Peter finds himself looking forward to Evan's nightly phone calls and the meals they share together. He knows Evan is gay but it doesn't bother him until Evan confesses his attraction to him. Peter has to admit to himself that he's not as adverse to the possibility as he thought he would be, and that does bother him.

With A Kiss by Kim Dare (claimed)
Resplendence Publishing, 77,000 words, A Sleeping Beauty Story, Very explicit/BDSM content
When Liam Bates volunteered to visit lonely patients at his local hospital, he expected them to be able to talk back when he chatted to them. But, when he’s assigned to visit a comatose man, he soon finds himself spilling out his whole life story in an effort to fill the silence. It’s not long before the peace and comfort he finds in the man’s hospital room becomes Liam’s refuge from an increasingly hostile world.

Vampire Marcus Corrigan has been trapped inside his paralyzed body for over three years, unable to communicate with anyone. The chatty young man who visits Marcus quickly captivates him, and Liam’s softly spoken words soon have him determined to rescue the boy from his current life, but, unable to move a muscle, all Marcus can actually do is lay there and listen.

There’s only one thing that can wake up Marcus. There’s only one thing that can save Liam’s sanity. Everything is about to change for them both, and it will change with a kiss.

Torquere Press, 63,000 words, Contemporary, Erotic
Country hat act Markus Kane is pretty skeptical when one of his oldest industry friends calls and asks him to do a joint tour. He and Seb haven’t seen each other in years, not since Markus quit drinking. Maybe not since he and Sebastian Longchamps almost lost their careers to the fact that they couldn’t keep their hands off each other.

Sebastian is a country-fried Cajun rocker, and he’s been missing Markus ever since they broke up all those years ago. His label thinks he and Markus are a match made in ticket-sales heaven, but Seb knows better. He knows that it won’t take even the tiniest effort for Markus to break his heart all over again, and this time around he has way more to lose.

Time has changed both men, though, and while Markus and Seb try to fight their addictions, the big music industry machine has plans for them that don’t include the quiet life. Can Markus convince Sebastian that there are things more important in life than adrenaline and control? And can Sebastian make Markus understand that all he really wants is his music and his man?

Moro's Price by M.C. Hana (claimed)
Loose Id, LLC, 100,000 words, Erotic Fantasy, A lot of erotic content/BDSM

Cheated out of freedom and destined for lifetime servitude, gladiator and sex slave Moro Dalgleish escapes from a brutal arena. Valier Antonin, a lonely student, is tormented by sadomasochistic urges he's forbidden to indulge. When the two men meet on the skyscraper roof where Moro plans to commit suicide, Valier offers a bargain. Sex with Valier will infect Moro with the sentient symbiont endemic in Valier's part-human race, with death the likely result.

As one of the infection's rare survivors, Moro learns he is now a free Camalian citizen. He's also effectively married to Valier, crown prince of the Camalian Commonwealth. Expecting a shallow encounter with a doomed slave, Valier learns Moro is his Knife, the mate who can stabilize Valier's undisciplined mind, slake his darkest lusts, and make him fit to rule.

Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual situations, graphic language, and material that some readers may find objectionable: BDSM theme and elements, dubious consent, male/male sexual practices, rape, violence. While primarily an m/m story, it contains scenes involving m/f sexual interaction.

Readers with a history of rape or sexual abuse may find elements of this story disturbing

Bad Moon Rising by DC Juris (claimed)
Breathless Press, 31,000 words, Zombie Apocalypse, Moderate Erotic Content/Some BDSM

Bryce finds himself smack in a zombie apocalypse, and meets the man of his dreams along the way.

Bryce never expected to find himself smack in the middle of a zombie apocalypse, and he certainly never expected to meet the man of his dreams along the way. But there's more than zombies in the way of his happily ever after. Richard comes with baggage, in the form of his on again, off again bipolar lover Cole, who is off his meds and descending into his own mental hell at an alarming rate. Will the three men be able to work out their romantic feelings? Oh yeah...and then there's that little issue of the zombies...

King Perry by Edmond Manning (claimed)
Dreamspinner Press, 106,800 words, Contemporary, Moderately Erotic
In a trendy San Francisco art gallery, out-of-towner Vin Vanbly witnesses an act of compassion that compels him to make investment banker Perry Mangin a mysterious offer: in exchange for a weekend of complete submission, Vin will restore Perry’s “kingship” and transform him into the man he was always meant to be.

Despite intense reservations, Perry agrees, setting in motion a chain of events that will test the limits of his body, seduce his senses, and fray his every nerve, (perhaps occasionally breaking the law) while Vin guides him toward his destiny as ”the one true king.”

Even as Perry rediscovers old grief and new joys within himself, Vin and his shadowy motivations remain enigmas: who is this offbeat stranger guiding them from danger to hilarity to danger? To emerge triumphant, Perry must overcome the greatest challenge alone: embracing his devastating past. But can he succeed by Sunday’s sunrise deadline? How can he possibly evolve from an ordinary man into King Perry?

A Bittersweet Dreams title: It's an unfortunate truth: love doesn't always conquer all. Regardless of its strength, sometimes fate intervenes, tragedy strikes, or forces conspire against it. These stories of romance do not offer a traditional happy ending, but the strong and enduring love will still touch your heart and maybe move you to tears.

Love Lane Books, 33,000 words, Contemporary, Moderately Erotic
Christmas is a time for giving - what do you do when no one gives a damn?

For Zachary Weston Christmas means sleeping on a churchyard bench in the freezing snow with nothing better in his future. Thrown out of his home for being gay, he is left without money or, it seems, anywhere to go.

Until a stranger shows him that some people do give a lot more than a damn.

Ben Hamilton is a rookie cop in his small home town. He finds a young throwaway, fresh from the city, sleeping on a bench in the churchyard on a snowy Christmas Eve. Can he be the one to give Zachary his own Christmas miracle?

WHEW! That was a lot of books. Good luck!

  1. Titles are first come, first served. If there are no titles left, leave a comment with "No Titles Left", and I'll hook you up with an ebook off my backlist. 
  2. Comment must include a name and two title selections in order of preference, and preferably an e-mail address. (If you would prefer not to include your e-mail address, that's fine. Winners will be listed on a subsequent post, but please be aware you have 72 hours from the time that list is posted to contact me and claim your book, or another winner will be selected.)
  3. Winners will be posted on the blog and also contacted via e-mail if an address is included in the winning comment. Books must be claimed within 72 hours of the e-mail or blog post.
  4. All ebooks will be in pdf format unless otherwise specified. Other format types may be available upon request. 
  5. I like grapes.
  6. A small survey will accompany books, but this is 100% optional and there will be no "did you do my survery yet?" emails. A future blog post may happen as a result of surveys collected, and you will be given the option to be quoted anonymously. 
  7. Please do not copy or give away ebooks, as this is a form of piracy. 
  8. All commenters are entered in the drawing for the $25 Amazon gift card, which will be provided by me, L. A. Witt. 
  9. 18 or over only, please.
  10. Hateful, nasty, back-handed, homophobic, or otherwise trollish comments will be deleted. 
  11. Blog owner reserves the right to add new titles or remove unclaimed ones if more donations are received or an author elects to withdraw his/her donation.
  12. Giveaway is open to US and non-US residents.
  13. The book giveaway ends on February 13th or when I run out of books, whichever comes later. 
  14. The Amazon gift card will be drawn on February 14th, and entries for that close at midnight Central Time on February 13th. 


  1. ARGHH I wish I could enter to win one of the books, there are so many that look FANTASTIC. But alas, I'm honest to a fault :D

    *snort* I like grapes - purple or green?

    This looks like a fantastic contest. I've tweeted the link to it, hopefully it will be very successful!

  2. Thanks so much for this giveaway I've heard really great things about some of these books but have been unsure if I would like gay romance but this would be a great opportunity to try! I would love to read Hot Head or Dance With Me and my email is

  3. Complete and total M/M newbie here. Really shy too!

    1. From Out in the Cold
    2. With a Kiss

    lacefling at gmail dot com

    Thanks for hosting this!

  4. I have read and enjoyed many of the books listed.Here are two I have on my wish list but haven't bought yet.
    1.From Out in the Cold by L. A. Witt
    2.Cut & Run by Abigail Roux , Madeleine Urban
    E-mail is

  5. I would like a chance to win a book! I'm looking forward to trying male/male fiction.

    1. Cut & Run
    2. Gold Digger


    I was referred by a very pushy friend, Juliana. ;)

  6. Thanks for the great giveaway! I would love to try
    1) Too Stupid to Live by Anne Tenino or
    20 By Chance by Cat Grant


  7. Cathy,

    The contest is mostly for people who've never read M/M, but I still want to give you a book. And since From Out in the Cold is one of mine -- I can! :D So I'll put you and L.F. Ling down for From Out in the Cold. :)


  8. Thanks for the giveaway!

    Skybound by Aleksandr Voinov
    Turkey in the Snow by Amy Lane


  9. These books all dound great!
    1. With a Kiss by Kim Dare
    2. Fighting Addiction by BA Tortuga

  10. Darn! These look like some great books. Unfortunately I love m/m. No newbies here!

  11. Thanks for having such a great giveaway! I would like to try:

    1. Blood and Roses
    2. Infected Prey

  12. 1.Turkey in the Snow by Amy Lane
    2.Behind Closed Doors by Erin Lark


  13. Wow! These books sound fantastic. Thanks for the giveaway! I'd love to try
    1. Promises by Marie Sexton
    2. Gold Digger by Aleksandr Voinov


  14. Damn my honesty! lol I had a friend turn me on to MM romance books a while back and I've actually read a couple of the ones on this list. I tweeted it for you though. Good Luck!

  15. I would like to try Golddigger or fighting addictions. Thanks for doing this I've always wondered if I'd like gay romance but never tried it. Manchke@gmail

  16. Wow, I used to read a little straight romance when I was prepubescent but somehow didn't even realize this was a genre. But I'd love to give it a go. I like zombies, so my two choices:

    1. Bad Moon Rising. (DC Juris)
    2. Pretty Monsters. (Andrea Speed)

    my email is escapism @

  17. Sounds great. I'm interested in: counterpoint or the Last Road Home.

    E-mail is

  18. Pretty Please!?
    Fighting Addiction by BA Tortuga
    Infected: Prey by Andrea Speed

    sabrinad1977 @ comcast . net

  19. What a great contest! Wish I could enter. I have already read a number of these books. Trying to think of someone that I have not already introduced to M/M...

  20. 1- I Don't: A Christmas Wish by Kari Gregg
    2- Dancing Away by Karenna Colcroft


    Thank you so much!

  21. 1. Last Friday Brein Michaels
    2.Behind closed doors Erin lork
    3.The Last road Home Azalea moone
    4.Finders Keepers Chris Quinton
    5. By Chance Cat Grant
    6.Moro's Price MC Hana

    I also dowloaded samples fro Lauren Gallagher Whose your Daddy and All the Kings Horses.


  22. From Monica
    MASVS at aol dot com

    1. Gold Digger
    2. Dance With Me
    3. Behind Closed Doors


    Referred by Aurora Alexander

    1. Correction to email address above

      MASVESQ at AOL dot COM

  23. I've enjoy several of these great authors, but have a couple of these on my wish list that I would love.

    1}Grown Men by Damon Suede
    2}The Christmas Throwaway by R.J. Scott

    Thank you for the great giveaway and opportunity!


  24. 1. Lord of Endersley by S. A. Meade
    2. The Druid Stone by Heidi Belleau & Violetta Vane

    Thanks for the giveaway.


  25. This giveaway sounds intersting. Right now I seem to be burned out on m/f romance, so maybe m/m will awaken my love for the romance genre again. If available, I would like to read THE DRUID STONE or MORO'S PRICE; if they are not available, anything with over 75,000 words--it is silly of me, but I prefer LONG books! Thanking you in advance, I am:

  26. I've read quite a few of these books so I'm not eligible for the giveaway but I have tweeted about it :)

  27. mbofny@optimum.netFebruary 8, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    Count me in!

  28. What a great contest! Just wanted to let you know that you are the one that got me hooked on this genre. When I got my first Kindle in 2011, Amazon had "Nine Tenths of the Law" as a free book. I read it, got hooked and never looked back. Since then I have read over 500 books in this genre and am no where near running out of reading material.

  29. Interesting giveaway - I'm always willing to give new books a try. As a mostly fantasy reader, I'm interested in Moro's Price or Noble Metals.


  30. 1. Starfall
    2. Noble Metals

    I am most definitely willing to give this genre a try!

  31. If anyone else doesn't want Hairy Harry's Car Seat, I'd love it. Great giveaway.


  32. sweet.

    1. Pretty Monsters
    2. Noble Metals (which I think is already gone)


  33. I would really like to try this! I think, from the choices still available, I would like either By Chance or As Long As You're Mine! Thanks!

  34. would love to try Behind Closed Doors and By Chance.

  35. Infected prey
    Pretty monsters


  36. Finders Keeper
    By Chance

    Hoping they are still left.



  37. I might be late but I would like to try one of these if possible.
    Love Means... No Shame
    The Christmas Throwaway
    Juliana sent me.


  38. Name - Vanessa
    2title selections - Noble Metals by L. A. Witt &
    Pretty Monsters by Andrea Speed
    although I'd rather have both ;)
    email - lavendersbluegreen(at)yahoo(dot)com
    if you have kindle format that would be terrific but pdf is ok too
    champagne, purple or green? grapes that is ;)

  39. Gabrielle
    1. Trow away Christmas
    2. Dancing away

    I like my grapes frozen :)

  40. 1. King Perry
    2. The Last Road Home

    Bobbie B
    mamaboo7907 at gmail dot com

    I love grapes, esp the red sweet seedless ones that pop in your mouth. mmmm

    PDF is fine, so is the quiz.

  41. I see you still have books. My first choice would be

    1. The Last Road Home
    2. Dancing Away
    3. As Long As Your Are Mine

    I go for ePub if possible. Thanks.


  42. I would love to try this genre out. It looks like you still have 3 books. My choice would be 1) As Long As You're Mine 2) Pretty Monsters 3) Dancing Away.

    THank you,

  43. I don't know if I'm too late, I just realized my comment disappeared.

    No titles left (I already got the other 2 left, so yeah).

    Hopefully this still works.


  44. My cousin recommended this to me, so I'll try it.

    1. Dancing Away by Karenna Colcroft
    2. Pretty Monsters by Andrea Speed