Sunday, August 14, 2011

The French Connection - Release Day!

The French Connection...

Cathedrals and vineyards. The lively pulse of New Orleans. The soft cadence of tender, Gallic words. The settings? Anywhere French serves as the prevailing tongue, and from that, you know romance is in the air...

Five Amber Allure authors bring you five stories of French-inspired gay romance, each tale bringing its own unique flavor to the table.

by Angel Martinez
ISBN-13: 978-1-61124-158-7 (Electronic)

Some secrets should be kept close; some are best carved in stone...

In the year 1288, Amiens Cathedral is still a hive of construction. Philippe works as a painter, cheerfully decorating the stone carvings. Lamed in the crusades, alone in the world, he feels he has found the perfect life, with a safe place to sleep and work he loves. He tells himself he is content, that is, until the night he spies a handsome man in a scarlet cloak, kneeling in the sanctuary and clearly distraught. For Philippe, the world will be forever changed.

Lord Étienne Michelant has fallen far and fast. Once the beloved youngest son of a powerful family, he now has nothing and, unbeknownst to church officials, he lives atop the cathedral’s unfinished tower. In Philippe, Étienne finds everything he ever wanted in a man, and he curses fate that they met now. Tangled in dangerous secrets and arcane enchantments, Étienne knows any hope of love is futile.

Philippe’s interest in Étienne quickly evolves into something personal. But Étienne talks to statues of gargoyles and refuses to leave his tower refuge. Is Philippe’s new love interest merely mad, or does he hide dangerous secrets?

Genres: Gay / Historical / Fantasy / Witchcraft / Magic
Heat Level: 3
Length: Novella (27k words)

by A. J. Llewellyn

ISBN-13: 978-1-61124-159-4 (Electronic)

Teddy Bardin married Auguste, whom he thought was the man of his dreams, and to start a new life with his husband, he moved from New York in Paris, the city of light. Now, on a rainy afternoon, a life-shattering telephone call arrives, and Teddy learns that Auguste has been in a car accident.

After racing to the hospital to visit his stricken husband, Teddy is in for another emotional shock—listed among Auguste’s injuries is a nearly severed penis. It comes as an even bigger surprise when Teddy learns that Auguste was with another man who was orally pleasuring him at the moment of impact. And that’s only the beginning in a series of heartbreaking discoveries.

Teddy quickly comes to realize he must make some tough decisions about his future, especially about his marriage and unfaithful husband...and also his growing obsession with Pierre, the other important man in Auguste’s life...

Genres: Gay / Contemporary
Heat Level: 2
Length: Extended Amber Kiss (17k words)

Blues In The Night
by Christiane France
ISBN-13: 978-1-61124-156-3 (Electronic)

To celebrate their reunion after a six-month work-related separation, Alain and his partner James have planned to meet up for the perfect dream vacation. When James calls with what Alain expects to be details of his arrival time at the first stop on their itinerary, James says he won’t be joining him. He’s met someone new, the temporary assignment has turned into a permanent job, and sorry, but their relationship is over.

Alain leaves the hotel, hoping the sights and sounds of the city will help distract him from the shock of James’ desertion, maybe stop him from trying to figure out ways of changing the unchangeable. As evening turns to night, he continues walking, up one street and down the next until music drifting up from a basement nightclub catches his attention. The singer’s voice is distinctive, different, and it sounds like Kenny Dumaine, a man Alain met in his hometown a couple of years ago.

Kenny doesn’t remember him at first. But Alain is drinking heavily, and when he mentions what sounds like a romance gone wrong, Kenny recalls the circumstances of their first meeting. Alain had helped him out of a bad spot, and now it looks like he needs the favor returned. Kenny was attracted to Alain first time around, and although things never turned physical, that hasn’t changed. As an entertainer, always on the move, he’s learned to keep things casual. His last performance is the following night, and the next day he’ll be gone. Where’s the harm in offering an old acquaintance a little badly needed TLC?

Genres: Gay / Contemporary / The Arts
Heat Level: 2
Length: Novella (20k words)

C'est La Vie
by Lynn Lorenz

ISBN-13: 978-1-61124-157-0 (Electronic)

Sequel to Amber Allure’s Best Seller Pioneers...

Sebastian LaGrange is a distinguished man of a certain age. He’s quite content to spend his days worrying about his dear renters Lane and Matt, and to spend his days in his French Quarter cottage. Life is good. Comfortable. Predictable.

But when he meets Raymond Chou, a man with an accent that gives him goose bumps and makes him think of younger days, he’s completely thrown off. Is Raymond serious? Is he really courting Sebastian? And is Sebastian seriously thinking of letting him?

Raymond is everything Sebastian could want in a lover, but is Sebastian too afraid of love to give Ray a chance?

After all, at their age, they aren’t supposed to fall in love, are they?

Genres: Gay / Contemporary / Interracial / Multicultural
Heat Level: 2
Length: Novella (29k words)

by Carolina Valdez
ISBN-13: 978-1-61124-160-0 (Electronic)

“A jug of wine, a loaf of bread, and thou.”—Omar Khayyám

Victimized by the con man to whom he’d been married, and grieving the death of a beloved dog, internationally known mystery writer Alan Brynton plunges into complete writers block. Needing the income, and desperate to meet his publisher’s deadline, he leaves Los Angeles and rents a house in a village in the south of France. Beside the blue Rhone River, among lush vineyards in wine-producing Provence, he struggles to overcome anger and grief in order to break the hold the block has on him.

When rescuing an injured dog, Alan meets and finds himself falling for the irresistibly charming Frenchman, Jacques Marchand. But Jacques has the same easy charm Alan’s ex had, and having been burned in his marriage, Alan no longer trusts his ability to know who a person really is. He can’t risk being victimized again, but can he risk losing the intoxicating “new wine” Jacques is to him?

Genres: Gay / Contemporary / The Arts / Interracial / Multicultural / Exhibitionism / Public Places
Heat Level: 3
Length: Novella (29k words)

Come join us on our romp through all things French!

The French Connection, a GLBT AmberPax™ collection - available as individual titles, but a positively sinful steal at the discounted price for the set.

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