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Jun. 11th, 2012

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[sticky post] My Publications and where to find them

Soldiers of the Sun published with Dreamspinner Press as part of my Soldiers of the Sun Series (see also Snowbound and The Darkest Midnight in December) . buy it here in paperback or here as an eBook


Snowbound published with Dreamspinner Press. buy it here


A Wolf in the Fold published with Wayward Ink Press as part of their Of Heaven and Hell anthology buy it here


The Light of Winter published with Dreamspinner Press as part of their 2014 Advent Calendar. buy it here

Nothing But Himself published with Less than Three Press. YA paranormal. Project Fierce charity Anthology, Everyone Deserves a Home

Triskelion free (but you have to be a member of M/M Romance to see it)


If Two of Them Are Dead published with Dreamspinner Press. Steampunk/mystery, m/m buy it here


Kept Tears published with Dreamspinner Press. Urban Fantasy, m/m set in Pittsburgh. find the ebook here

and the paper back here

The Darkest Midnight in December novella ebook (m/m erotic, historical paranormal)

Peace in the Valley part of Dreamspinners 2012 Advent calendar Peace in the Valley (m/m erotica, werewolf)



Crisis in Faith short story ebook (m/m erotic, urban fantasy)


Ghost of Jupiter in Dreamspinner Press’s anthology, Cross Bones ebook & paperback (m/m erotic, SF)


Haunted in Dreamspinner Press’s anthology, Two Tickets to Paradise ebook & paperback (m/m erotic, urban fantasy)

A Brief Respite web-based
m/m erotic, historical paranormal, sequel to The Darkest Midnight in December and Snowbound, Freebie!)

Unquiet Ghosts in Circlet’s anthology, Like a Sacred Desire ebook
(f/m erotic, fantasy)

Mysterious Spirit (m/m erotic, BDSM, fantasy) - Sorry OOP.

Snowbound in Dreamspinner Press’s anthology, NeckingThe Darkest Midnight in December</i>) Sorry it's now OOP but now rereleased, see above.

In the Hands of Gods in Dreamspinner Press’s anthology, A Brush of Wings (historical m/m erotic, paranormal) Sorry it's now OOP.

Feb. 13th, 2024

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Free Story - A Brief Respite

And for you, a free story from me! This was originally a freebie on DSP's site for Halloween It's from my series on 1930's demon hunters and is m/m/m. While it is a stand alone it can be considered a sequel to my novella The Darkest Midnight in December ( blurb and purchase info here) and my short story Snowbound in Dreamspinner's anthology Necking ( blurb and purchase info here)

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Ah, wish I had time right now to construct a website so this could be a PDF download for you all.

Feb. 6th, 2016

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Rainbow Snippets

If you'd like to play along, Rainbow Snippets is a Facebook community where we post up 6 sentences of one of our LGBT stories every Saturday. It's been fun and you can find it here. Be sure to check out all the offers! There's been some good stuff. Comments are love.


Once again I'm like two sentences over so the character can actually introduce himself.... This is from my steampunk-mystery novella If Two of Them Are Dead. Victor is a detective and he is at Abraham's house to interview the man after Abraham's sister in law was murdered. It's set in one of the places I used to live in the Hudson Valley.

“Do you like Justin?”

The male voice dragged Victor’s attention away. A tall, almost overly thin man stood in an interior doorway that led deeper into the home. He was surprisingly clean-shaven, though his walnut hair was mussed. Grief pinched his otherwise fine features.

“You named a machine?”

The man offered a wan smile. “It’s a quirk of mine, one of many. I name all my inventions. I’m Abraham Westbrook.”




You can find If Two of Them Are Dead on sale by DSP here.


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Cover Reveal!

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Synopsis


As a member of a wealthy and influential family, Jaime “Jamie” Abello had his life mapped out. Being shipped off to LA with an insurance scam linked to his name was not part of his plan.


It had seemed so simple: pass the Philippines Medical Board Exam;practice in the family-owned and -controlled hospital; join the Board by age forty; and find a partner with whom he could settle down and be himself.


Instead, his father supplies him with a surfeit of money and dangerous secrets and sends him to a strange country.


The Pediatric Residency Program Jamie applies for brings him face to face with untouchable Program Director, Miles Kwon, whom Jamie soon finds to be a man of integrity and vision.


When tragedy strikes, Jamie finds himself falling deeper into depression. Unexpectedly, it’s Miles who helps him work through his pain.


Will Jamie ever experience a life with a loving partner, or will his father’s secrets cause him to lose everything he’s gained?


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Pre-order Links


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My father, Jose Manuel, is the current CEO of the Abello Group of Companies, Inc., dealing with insurance policies and the import and distribution of medical pharmaceutical supplies. For almost a hundred years it has been one of the largest family-controlled companies in the Philippines. His younger brother, Fred, sits on the hospital board. My two older brothers, Francisco and Arturo, work with my father as vice presidents, but lately they have been openly challenging him on his decisions. Knowing my father’s dominant personality, I find it curious he has never once corrected them for their insubordination. Neither has he taken up their obvious challenge to his authority.


Then there is my father’s wife, Margarita. Her family invested in the company when she started dating my father. On their marriage, her father gave her a substantial amount of money to buy shares. Now she has her own seat on the board.


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Yeah, my family has that much money going around. Nice, isn’t it? You might think I must be spoiled rotten, and that I go through life and money like there is no tomorrow. Well, in a way I do, but not really. Truth is, all that money and influence doesn’t make my family well-liked. Respected, yes. Feared, yes. But not liked. It doesn’t help that power struggles and infighting amongst the family members are quite famous. At times, they make headline news. In addition, like any family, we have skeletons deep in our closets. I am one of those skeletons.


As for all that money? Well, that really is the root of all of my present troubles.


When my nurse told me the exam results, I choked on my tears. I had worked so hard to get to this point. I had passed! I had made it! This was the best news ever!


Three hours later, my whole world collapsed because of that money.


About the author


JO TANNAH is a wife, mother, and blogger by day, writer by night. It can be difficult to say the least but it is a challenge that keeps her on her toes.


She grew up listening to folktales her father and nannies spun to either entertain the children or send home a message. These narratives stayed with Jo until she finally decided to write them down in a journal way back when she kept one. Years later, going through junk led to finding a long forgotten box and nestled within it was the journal. Reading over the stories of romance, science fiction, and horror that she had taken time to put to paper all those years before brought to light the realization that they were tales she’d never come across in her readings.


The tales Jo write are fictional but all of them are based on what she grew up with and still dreams about. That they have an M/M twist is simply for her pleasure. And she hopes, yours as well.


Jo Tannah can be found at:


Website: http://www.jotannah.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jotannahauthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/jotannah

Feb. 4th, 2016

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Release Day!

Congratulate Dianne Hartsock on her new release. I'm reading this one now (and enjoying it) so be watching my journal for a review as well!

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Synopsis


In 1780, Scotland, following a harsh year of drought, Callum Mackenzie is forced from his father’s farm in the hopes of finding work.


But as fate would have it, Callum is lured onto the moors by the will-o-the-wisp. Lost in the dark, he falls into enchantment, encountering faeries and nymphs, until he stumbles into the arms of a licentious Barrow-Wight who lays claim to his soul.


Hearing his silent pleas, Donal sends Liam the gruagach (faery) to rescue Callum and bring him to his farm, a place of refuge from the Fae.


Callum is happy working on Donal’s farm, slowly falling in love with the beautiful, silver-haired gruagach.


Yet there’s something wrong in the nearby forest….


Despite Donal’s warnings, Callum is lured into the forest and becomes tangled in its magic, easy prey for the Barrow-Wight.


Will Liam be able to strike a deal with the Barrow-Wight to save Callum’s life, or has Callum found his last resting place instead?


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Buy Links links


Don’t miss the sale on Amazon! 30% off for the first 48 hours after release.


WIP: http://www.waywardinkpublishing.com/product/callums-fate-by-dianne-hartsock/

Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/Callums-Fate-Dianne-Hartsock-ebook/dp/B01B383YP0/

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Mists closed around him and hid the moon in a veil of cold grey. He came to a stumbling halt, fear pounding through him in time to the wild beat of his heart. As he caught his breath, he heard the unmistakable sound of flowing water, perhaps a creek winding through the heather. Callum gnawed his lips. Danger lurked on the water’s edge for an unwary man.


On the other hand, men built homes along the waterways and learned to guard against the faery folk. He sighed. Either choice spelled risk, but hunger and loneliness won out and sent him in search of the water’s path through the thick heath.


The gray fog made it hard to see his way and he cursed when he stepped into the creek before he knew he’d come to it. An icy chill raced up his leg and he glanced around, feeling as if he’d been startled from a dream. The mists were gone, leaving the fields bright with moonlight. Faint music caught his ears and he spied several globes of light in the distance. Will-o’-the-wisp? He didn’t know, but the haunting melody tugged at his heart and he walked toward it, careful of his footing.


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It was caution that saved him before he made the fatal mistake of stepping into the faery ring that suddenly appeared at his feet. He might have become lost in their dark realm. He stared down, delighted with the brightly dressed wee folk fluttering and dancing in the circle of mushrooms. Laughter floated up to him and he smiled reflexively. Several of the pretty creatures spied him and flittered up to tug at his clothing with tiny hands. These were male, scantily dressed, and one saucy lad winked a bright eye and flew up to nibble at his lips.


Callum laughed and shooed them gently off. “I’m not fool enough to join you,” he told the three hovering near his face.


About the author


DIANNE HARTSOCK is the author of m/m erotic romance, both contemporary and fantasy, the psychological thriller, and anything else that comes to mind. Oh, and a floral designer. If she can’t be writing, at least she has the chance to create through the rich colors and textures of flowers and foliage to bring a smile to someone’s face.


Currently, Dianne lives in the Willamette Valley of Oregon with her incredibly patient husband, who puts up with the endless hours she spends hunched over the keyboard letting her characters play.


Social links


Website: https://diannehartsock.wordpress.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/diannehartsock

Twitter: https://twitter.com/diannehartsock

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/diannehartsock/

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Jan. 31st, 2016

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Sunday Small Talk

It's not been a good week in my personal life and a very busy week getting tests made for next week's first round of testing (and creation of many tears). I haven't been able to write much other than a 1000 word flash fiction freebie The Incubus' Tale with my Athens Ohio Threesome. You can find it here if you missed it.


I've gotten almost the entire first meeting of Isaac and Tsela done in my Weird West story. Hmmm does a blood soaked airship and amputations make for the start of a relationship?

I was rather disappointed that my shifter story didn't make the anthology. Part of me sees the rejection as an opportunity to expand it a bit, though part of me is confused by the 'not finished' comment. It's most certainly a finished idea but I'm thinking that has to do more with that this just the beginning of a relationship. They're still just testing the waters when the story ends. Given that it takes place in the matter of three days, I didn't think that was an unreasonable place to leave it (keeping in mind I'm not the insta-love type. I've not personally seen that ever work out for anyone but I allow that it has to have worked somewhere.) I'm going back on that to work it out. I'm not sure word-count wise how close it is to novella length. I'm beginning to think I should just keep on writing novellas/novels and give up on the shorts. Sigh.

Speaking of a failed short now turned into a novella, my Cassadaga story is now with my Florida friends and some good ideas have come from that but I don't see me noodling with this much until I get Blood Red Roulette & my Weird West story done.

I DID manage to edit up to chapter nine of BRR. That's progress. I'm not convinced I'm making Luc sound more authentic or not but at least he's sounding a bit less educated if nothing else. Also I have to be careful of my First Readers edits. I keep accidentally bundling their comments into the freaking text. Idiot.

All right back to bacterial growth media and the crafting of another instrument of test-based torture. Sadly the bacteria seem to have gotten me. I'm getting sick (actually it's probably the cold virus going around). I've been burning it out of my throat with tea and chipolte infused honey.
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Jan. 30th, 2016

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Rainbow Snippets

It's that time again. If nothing else I've been editing Blood Red Roulette trying to get it ready to shop around and I stumbled over this week's snippet (and after I thought I would move on to something different this week). I thought maybe I should share their first kiss.


If you'd like to play along, Rainbow Snippets is a Facebook community where we post up 6 sentences every Saturday. It's been fun and you can find it here. Be sure to check out all the offers! There's been some good stuff. Comments are love.


I did cheat a little bit here. It's like two sentences longer than the prescribed six because the aftermath is probably even more important than the actual kiss. For clarification, they're standing outside the Paris casino in Vegas after Arrigo stumbled across Luc and his brother in a restaurant. Henri (the brother) and his friends were tormenting Luc and he left. Arrigo has caught back up with him later away from prying eyes.


With the blue and yellow lights of Paris’s hot air balloon bright behind him, Luc looked so vulnerable, Arrigo couldn’t help himself. He leaned in, brushing his lips against Luc’s. When Luc didn’t withdraw, Arrigo deepened the kiss. He slipped his arms around Luc, pulling him close as Arrigo’s tongue pushed into the man’s mouth. Luc moaned into Arrigo’s kiss as his muscular body moved against Arrigo’s. Arrigo felt his blood flooding downward, not wanting to let go when Luc pushed back. Fighting the urge to hold on, to take the blood and sex he wanted, Arrigo released him.

“Been wanting to do that since I first saw you,” Luc panted.

“The feeling’s mutual.”

“I can’t…I’m not ready for this. I don’t…” Luc shook his head, his desire and the conflict it caused evident on his face.



And here's a 'cover' I mocked up for Camp Nano when I was working on this one. It just so happens to be about where the guys are standing.

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Jan. 29th, 2016

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Flash Fiction - The Incubus' Tale

Title: The Incubus’ Tale
Author: Jana Denardo
Fandom: Lucerna Universe
Spoilers: none
Author’s Notes The Lucerna Universe is my creation. It started with Triskelion for the M/M romance goodreads group’s 2014 Love’s Landscape challenge. You can read the original here. though you have to be a member of the group to do so (like all Goodreads groups it’s free). I’ve noodled around a couple times in this universe. I wrote this one as a double challenge. One for picfor1000 challenge which is to write a story of 1000 words exactly to a picture prompt. Mine is here, though I couldn’t work in the money part (other than to mention wine’s expensive). The second challenge is for Chuck Wendig’s challenge in his Terrible Mind’s blog to write 1000 word flash fiction using one of the titles prompts he offered. You can see the details here.


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Release Day!

Check it out. I've been lucky enough to receive an ARC of this one. I had hoped to have it read and reviewed by release day but that seems very unlikely. I will say I'm really enjoying what I've read (about half way through. Can't wait to find more hours in my day to finish.)

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Synopsis


Fleeing from a troubled past that left him feeling tarnished and used, Sean finds work as a medic aboard the deep sea mining ship Ariel, on a distant planet.


Under the leader ship of the infuriating, yet charismatic, Captain Joel Riley, Sean settles into his simple, but dangerous, new life. It’s a life he soon comes to love; albeit one in which he conceals his sexuality and avoids intimacy.


But Sean’s new world is turned on its head when an old face threatens to expose him for the man he used to be.


With Joel’s help, will Sean learn to come to terms with his past and become a man he can be proud of?


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Buy Links


Don’t miss the limited time 30% discount across Amazon sites!


WIP: http://www.waywardinkpublishing.com/product/deep-by-al-bates/

Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/Deep-L-Bates-ebook/dp/B01AOB6VW0/

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Joel Riley was a difficult captain to work under, and for his first season in the Deep, Sean was pretty sure he despised the man. But another season in he’d grown accustomed to the captain’s volatile temper and inability to compromise. Joel had been a miner all his life, born on Titan to a family of miners. He had the sea in his veins and Ariel was his heart. There was a confidence to Joel that drew the crew to him and an arrogance that kept him slightly out of reach. Rugged, strong, and built for hard labor, he was the exact opposite of Sean—and yet of all the crew, Sean felt closest to Joel. Sean understood the captain’s approach, his passions, and he trusted the older man with his life.


“Captain, is everything all right?” Sean said from the entrance.


Joel jumped, knocking his knees on the control board. “Jesus, boy! What you doing creeping around in the middle of the night?”


“I wasn’t creeping,” Sean said.


“Skulking around, spying on people, and you reckon that’s not creeping,” Joel grumbled.


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Sean thought better of continuing into an argument. If Joel’s mood was testy they were going to go around in circles annoying each other.


“I was about to turn in,” Sean said, deciding it was best to be passive.


“You looking for permission?” Joel’s tone was still curt, but it wasn’t really directed at Sean. Something else was bothering him.


“No, I just thought I’d come in and say good night.”


Joel sighed, apparently appeased by the lack of confrontation. He gave Sean a weak, tired smile. “Better get some rest, Doc. Couple of hours and Harvey will need you to stitch something, no doubt.”


Wasn’t that the truth. Harvey, their engineer, was pretty good when it came to mineral mining and keeping the ship moving, but he could injure himself getting into his dive suit.


“What about you, Sir?”


“I’m not planning on cutting anything,” Joel said, his smile strengthening.


“I meant are you turning in?”


Joel hesitated. Usually the captain was impossible to read, but every so often Sean got hints of the man behind the muscle. There was a softness to him, hidden behind the square jaw and piercing eyes. Sean had always been drawn to his vulnerable side. It crept in from time to time, reminding Sean that the captain, despite liking to pretend he was a demigod, was just a man. A good man.


“Not yet.” A shadow seemed to be hanging over him.


“Would you mind some company?” Sean offered, sensing the captain had something he needed to get off his chest.


“Suit yourself.” It was as close to an invitation as Joel ever gave anyone.


About the author


A.L. BATES has a keen interest in Sci-fi and adventure novels and enjoys writing stories with strong characters in imaginative backgrounds. Although an avid writer, Deep is the first published novella by A.L. Bates.


A.L. Bates can be found on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authoralbates

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Jan. 27th, 2016

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Cover Reveal!

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Synopsis


But as fate would have it, Callum is lured onto the moors by the will-o-the-wisp. Lost in the dark, he falls into enchantment, encountering faeries and nymphs, until he stumbles into the arms of a licentious Barrow-Wight who lays claim to his soul.


Hearing his silent pleas, Donal sends Liam the gruagach (faery) to rescue Callum and bring him to his farm, a place of refuge from the Fae.


Callum is happy working on Donal’s farm, slowly falling in love with the beautiful, silver-haired gruagach.


Yet there’s something wrong in the nearby forest….


Despite Donal’s warnings, Callum is lured into the forest and becomes tangled in its magic, easy prey for the Barrow-Wight.


Will Liam be able to strike a deal with the Barrow-Wight to save Callum’s life, or has Callum found his last resting place instead?


Callum&quot;s Fate Cover


Pre-order links


Don’t miss the final day of the Australia Day Sale – 50% off all titles, including coming soon books, on the WIP website!


WIP: http://www.waywardinkpublishing.com/product/callums-fate-by-dianne-hartsock/

ARe: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-callum039sfate-1973471-143.html



Sale - 30% off Amazon for pre-orders and for the first 48 hours after release

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CALLUM RAN UNTIL his lungs burned, every breath ragged and painful. Fear spurred him on, though fog began to cling to the rough mounds of the barrows, making such flight dangerous. Stones stabbed through his worn boots with each footfall, but he daren’t stop. There had been voices in the shadows….


Exhaustion slowed him, his chest heaving as he fought for air. Dusk spread its dark mantle on the landscape, and he shivered as a finger of dread traveled up his spine. Perilous to be on the moors at night without shelter. He cursed the ill fortune that had sent him this way, but he was hungry and ill. He’d followed the will-o’-the-wisp, thinking they were the lights of a farmhouse. His brothers would crudely have called them swamp gas and continued on the road, but Callum had always been the fool.


An owl hooted in the semi-darkness, making his skin crawl. “Sweet Lord,” he muttered, heart thumping. “Protect me—”


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He stumbled on a loose stone and fell heavily against a dark mound of earth. Oh God! The ground caved in under him and he dropped into the barrow in a shower of dirt.


“Save me!” he sobbed as he scrambled to his knees.


Sinewy arms reached up from the blackness and twined around him. Callum screamed, but no sound escaped his throat, choked with terror. He was yanked against a hard chest and hands ran over him, disembodied in the darkness.


“Soft. Sweet.” A voice sliced the silence and a cold breath washed over his face. He gagged on the waft of rot and decay. The tip of a dry tongue scraped along his jaw and he shuddered against the body under him. “Nice strong bones to gnaw,” the voice continued. “Sweet marrow to suck and swallow. Shall I eat you, my lovely one?”


Callum whimpered as the low tones wound through his head. The mists parted and moonlight filled the barrow, showing him the creature. He gasped at the cold beauty of its face. Eyes dark as pitch burned into him and brushed against his soul. Lush lips, dripping honey, overripe, took his mouth in a kiss that sent his pulse into a riot of hunger and desire.


About the author


DIANNE HARTSOCK is the author of m/m erotic romance, both contemporary and fantasy, the psychological thriller, and anything else that comes to mind. Oh, and a floral designer. If she can’t be writing, at least she has the chance to create through the rich colors and textures of flowers and foliage to bring a smile to someone’s face.


Currently, Dianne lives in the Willamette Valley of Oregon with her incredibly patient husband, who puts up with the endless hours she spends hunched over the keyboard letting her characters play.


Social links


Website: https://diannehartsock.wordpress.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/diannehartsock

Twitter: https://twitter.com/diannehartsock

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/diannehartsock/

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