Gary Couzens

Second Contact and Other Stories (collection of short stories)

The Third Alternative, August 2003 ‘Second Contact’ is a stylish presentation, the stories written with flair, imagination, and a perception of human relationships.

The Alien Online, September 2003 Subtle and sensitive…There is a surprising depth of psychological insight in these intriguing tales. I enjoyed them immensely.

K.D. Grace

Lakeland Heatwave (novel)

American transplant to the Lake District, Marie Warren, didn’t know she could unleash demons and enflesh ghosts until a voyeuristic encounter on the fells ends in sex with the charming ghost, Anderson, and night visits from a demon. To help her cope with her embarrassing and dangerous new abilities, Anderson brings her to the Elementals, a coven of witches who practice rare sex magic that temporarily allows needy ghosts access to the pleasures of the flesh.

Deacon, the demon Marie has unleashed, holds an ancient grudge against Tara Stone, coven high priestess, and will stop at nothing to destroy all she holds dear. Marie and her landlord, the reluctant young farmer, Tim Meriwether, are at the top of his list. Marie and Tim must learn to wield coven magic and the numinous power of their lust to stop Deacon’s bloody rampage before the coven is torn apart and more innocent people die.

An extract is available at the link.

The Pet Shop (novel)

In appreciation for a job well done, Stella James’s boss sends her a Pet for the weekend – a human Pet. The mischievous Tino comes straight from the Pet Shop complete with a collar, a leash, and an erection. Stella soon discovers that the pleasure of keeping Pets, especially this one, is extremely addictive.

Obsessed with Tino and with the reclusive philanthropist, Vincent Evanston, who looks like Tino, but couldn’t be more different, Stella is drawn into the secret world of The Pet Shop. As her animal lust awakens, Stella must walk the thin line that separates the business of pleasure from the more dangerous business of the heart or suffer the consequences.

An extract and reviews are available at the link.

The Initiation of Ms. Holly (novel)

Journalist, Rita Holly, never dreamed sex with the mysterious Edward in the dark of a malfunctioning train would lead to a blindfolded, champagne-drenched tango, a spanking by a butch waitress, and an offer of initiation into the exclusive mysteries of The Mount. Desperate to save her threatened job, she agrees, scheming secretly to write an inside exposé on the club that will make her career. But as she delves deeper into the intrigue of The Mount and the lives of its members, she soon discovers that her heart may have other plans.

An extract and reviews are available at the link.

Cultivation (novel)

Fun on the farm…

There in the porch swing, sat a stranger. Cassie quickly stepped back into the shadows before he could see her. Still she stood close enough that she could make out the rise and fall of his bare chest beneath dark erect nipples set high on tightly puckered areole. She knew her father had hired someone to help with the chores during the summer. Not only had he kept it secret how they could afford such a luxury, but he also hadn’t bothered to tell her that the hired hand was none other than Apollo himself. And tonight, Apollo was naked! His eyes were closed, face raised to the moonlight. The shifting of his hips gave the swing just that perfect motion…

Gaie Sebold

Babylon Steel (novel)
Babylon Steel, ex-sword-for-hire, ex… other things, runs the best brothel in Scalentine; city of many portals, two moons, and a wide variety of races, were-creatures, and religions, not to mention the occasional insane warlock.  She’s not having a good week.  The Vessels of Purity are protesting against brothels, women in the trade are being attacked, it’s tax time, and there’s not enough money to pay the bill.  So when the mysterious Darask Fain offers her a job finding a missing girl, Babylon decides to take it.  But the missing girl is not what she seems, and neither is Darask Fain. In the meantime twomoon is approaching, and more than just a few night’s takings are at risk when Babylon’s hidden past reaches out to grab her by the throat.

Dangerous Gifts (novel)
Babylon Steel,owner of the Scarlet Lantern brothel, has been offered a job as bodyguard to Enthemmerlee, candidate for the Council of Incandress; and as spy for the barely acknowledged government of Scalentine. Incandress is on the verge of civil war. Enthemmerlee represents the hopes or fears of a large portion of its population and is a prime target for assassination. Babylon attempts to turn Enthemmerlee’s useless household guard into a disciplined fighting force, dodge the Moral Statutes and the unwilling presence of a very annoyed Scalentine diplomat. Keeping both herself and her client alive is a hard job that only gets harder. And that’s before she is driven to a choice that has terrible and far-reaching consequences…

Urban Fox (poetry collection)

Allyson Shaw

The Desperate Ones (novel)

In a world where corporate religion decides every level of existence, Dominion Capital has slated the walled city of Pottersfield for obliteration. Those within must survive or be subsumed. While the city’s wealthiest residents are lifted out, the rest are trapped behind. Their lives intersect with a certainty that only some will live to see the strange new world that blooms in the exit wound of the disappeared city.

The Bon-Bon and Love Token (collection of poems)

Sara-Jayne Townsend

Death Scene (novel)

Poking around in family closets produces skeletons…

British-born, Toronto-based, actress Shara Summers turns amateur sleuth when her sister is stricken with a mysterious illness. Summoned back to England to be with her family during a time of crisis, Shara discovers doctors are at a loss as to what’s causing Astrid’s debilitating sickness.

After her aunt is found dead at the bottom of the stairs the death is deemed an accident. Shara suspects otherwise. Her investigation unearths shocking family secrets and a chilling realization that could have far-reaching and tragic consequences that affect not only her own future, but Astrid’s as well.

Suffer the Children (novel)

Orphaned at eighteen, Leanne’s life is adrift in a sea of grief and drug use. She washes up on the shore of estranged relatives, the Carver family, struggling with loss of their own. The transition from her South London council estate to her new home in the Surrey middle-class suburbs is difficult for Leanne.

But beneath the respectable veneer of the quiet neighborhood, something terrifying lurks. Displaced and troubled teenagers are disappearing. Leanne recruits her cousin Simon and his girlfriend Carrie to help get to the bottom of the sinister mystery. Can the three of them stop a creature of unimaginable evil before Leanne becomes a target?