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The Rest of Your Life Soundtrack

The Rest of Your Life Soundtrack

Benjamin Roesch

When teen musician Rainey Cobb gets noticed by a major record label, she’s caught between her rock & roll dreams and her sick father’s hope that she goes to college.

She finds a romantic diversion in Mia, a music-obsessed college dropout who makes the best mix tapes ever. But it's hard for Rainey to fully open her heart when she’s not quite ready to show the rest of the world she’s gay.

Signing a contract with the label should be a no-brainer. But they’re also demanding that Rainey swap her Grunge-curious look for Gap-catalog styles and her edgy original songs for a more radio-friendly sound. They even offer to pay her dad’s expensive cancer bills if she’ll commit to their vision—but how much should a dream really cost?

The Rest of Your Life Soundtrack publishes on September 6.

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The Rest of Your Life Soundtrack is published by Deep Hearts YA, the young adult imprint of Deep Desires Press. For more information on Deep Hearts YA, please click here to visit the website.

Such a Small World

Such a Small World

Jordan Clayden-Lewis

A speculative queer love story wrapped in memories that won’t stay buried.

Mackenzie’s last boyfriend cheated on him. And for reasons unknown, he didn’t see it coming, even with his ability to see the relationship timeline with every new person he meets - friends, acquaintances, and lovers included.

Usually, these clips of the future, nicknamed Brain Cinema, play out like a movie in his head, only lasting a few seconds most of the time. But that’s not the case when he meets flight attendant Jasper on a plane to Central Australia from the East Coast.

After seeing his relationship timeline with Jasper, Mackenzie realizes he’s received much more than anticipated on this holiday so far. In the vision, he sees them falling in love and living happy years together, but also Jasper dying in his arms around ten years later. This dredges up Mackenzie’s past, and he feels as if history is repeating itself. So he avoids Jasper at all costs in an attempt to save him.

How much can Mackenzie really control his love and life, though, and at what point must he surrender to what’s meant for him, all the while knowing that his time with Jasper is limited?

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Stone Feather Fang

Stone Feather Fang

Book One of The Stone of the Andolins Trilogy

A.G. Rodriguez

The gods—the cemi—have left the world of Ke’, and their lush and verdant Andolin Islands are now inhabited by impious followers.

Teenage priestess Hildy Rios is tasked with saving her religion. In a special ritual called the Telling, she must somehow reawaken her people’s love of the gods. Her effort is the last hope of her people: after this Telling, there will be no more chances, as the cemi will vanish into the past, their power forever lost to the world of Ke’.

The weight of her world on her shoulders, Hildy rewrites the Telling’s story—and her own. She weaves a tale of her distant ancestor, a boy named Jenaro, blessed with the ability to see and speak to the cemi; a boy who, though long past, becomes as much a part of the present by way of the Telling’s power.

For three days, Hildy brings to life the tale of Jenaro and his yearning for adventure, how he is haunted by the cemi of death, and who—like her—is fighting against the shackles of his family and society. For three days, Jenaro becomes real, and the power of the cemi to reach across time should be enough to convince Ke’s people, but their impiety runs so deep…

Hildy and Jenaro. Two people joined by cursed blood, but separated by centuries of time. Only the cemi know how their tales will end.

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Stone Feather Fang is published by Deep Hearts YA, the young adult imprint of Deep Desires Press. For more information on Deep Hearts YA, please click here to visit the website.

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Dreamers

Dreamers

T.J. Baer

“Heartfelt and full of love, Dreamers will stay with you long after finishing. Baer has crafted a beautiful portrait of friendship, family, and staying true to yourself.”
—Alison Evans, author of EUPHORIA KIDS

The week of Leo Torres’ sixteenth birthday, he decides to finally start living as the boy he is. Armed with a new haircut, a chest binder, and a stack of notes declaring his new name to his teachers, Leo shows up to the first day of school ready for a brand new start.

But the ghosts of the past aren’t so easy to overcome. As word about him spreads around school, Leo has to deal with confused classmates, a furious sister, and recurring dreams featuring his long-dead father, who promises he can teach Leo how to “dream walk.” Leo is almost positive the dreams are just that—dreams—but when they take him into the dreamscape of the soft-spoken new kid, Robbie, Leo realizes nothing is as it seems.

Leo never expected to spend his sixteenth year coming out, falling in love, and walking into other people’s sleeping minds, but he’s learning that pretty much anything is possible. Anything he can dream.

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Dreamers is published by Deep Hearts YA, the young adult imprint of Deep Desires Press. For more information on Deep Hearts YA, please click here to visit the website.

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Say Yes, Baby

Say Yes, Baby

Geneva Gordon

Self-made billionaire Mickey Finn is at the top of his game, buying and developing properties. He has no time for relationships and no need for them either—quick one-night stands have always been enough for him.

Parker Chen is a world-renowned drummer who works with some of the hottest acts in the industry—including with Mickey’s brother’s band. Not only is Parker incredibly talented, she’s also young and gorgeous. She, too, has no need for relationships when a short dalliance will do…until she meets Mickey Finn.

Mickey is at once enchanted by Parker, but for two attractive young people who seem so perfectly matched, fate has other plans. Between dangerous miscommunications, clingy exes with no boundaries, and the high stresses of both their worlds, it feels like it’s just not meant to be, especially when the perceived threat of betrayal steps in…

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A Cat’s Play is the Death of Mice

A Cat's Play is the Death of Mice

Kon Blacke

When Oliver Merritt’s parents were murdered by a strange, shadowed man in an alleyway off the foggy streets of Victorian London, he vowed to get revenge against him. In his sorrow, Oliver discovered he has magic—an energy that’s anchored to his physical self and acts as an enhanced extension of his senses, but only stays with him if he remains chaste.

With nowhere else to go, Oliver accepts an offer to live in a brothel, starting work as an exotic dancer to earn his keep. If he thought his life had been turned upside down, things become even more interesting when a scraggly, tousle-haired lad named Tom Arkwright—the son of a local constable—arrives at the brothel as part of another murder investigation.

Together they help each other with their cases, and in doing so, they realize the shadowed man who murdered Oliver’s parents—called the Skilamalink Man—is responsible for all the murders in the area. Oliver soon finds himself falling for the charming, streetwise young Tom.

Now he must choose between revenge and love. But if he chooses his heart, is it right to sacrifice his magic, when it might be the only thing that can stop the Skilamalink Man from killing again?

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Bloodlust

Bloodlust

Tawnya Torres

A pandemic results in two types of undead: walking corpses or blood-thirsty vampires. Logan and his brother Matthew await death from scarlet fever but are given the second option by Matthew’s twin, Liam, when he returns from war.

The brothers join an all-male gang of Vamps who go out together to feed. Women in town are drawn to them by an offer to participate in “bloodlust”, a feeding that begins with sexual rituals, then turns deadly when the sun goes down. Most girls don’t make it home.

Logan has been sleeping with Matthew’s fianceé, but the guilt of being a liar and a thug causes him to re-think his actions. After a particularly brutal night of bloodlust, Logan comes across a dying girl calling out for help. Unsure of what to do, and with his mounting guilt, Logan decides to change her. She wakes with amnesia and Logan teaches her how to live in his world while trying to find the man who left her for dead, not realizing how dangerous such a pursuit might be—for both of them.

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Deadly Valentine

Deadly Valentine

John Luke Maxwell

Dating a porn star comes with certain expectations, especially when one's relationship remains somewhat in the limelight. More than once, Rafael Vásquez has been asked via social media if his porn legend hunk of a boyfriend, Jean Locke Holmes, will ever come out of retirement. Holmes seems content to live out a life of leisure with Raf, however, focusing on their relationship and the occasional baffling murder case that comes their way.

That is, until a chance encounter with Holmes' old director pushes Holmes back into the business. Kincaid Marx, the man whose movies made Holmes the iconic gay sex stud that he is, wants to make one final movie before he retires from filmmaking. This production is to be Kincaid's magnum opus, a blockbuster-worthy flick that will rock the Grabby Awards. For that to happen, though, Kincaid needs Holmes to agree to star in it. Joining the lineup-up is a second porn legend, Casper Peyton, whom Holmes just so happens to be a fan of. The two salacious studs will have to share far more than the spotlight, and Raf finds himself sidelined into the role of extra and script doctor.

Things take an even more complicated turn after several accidents occur on set. Someone seems determined to shut Kincaid's production down for good. Adding to the mystery is a sinister presence stalking Peyton, one who claims through threatening Valentines to know secrets lurking in Peyton's past. Holmes will have to get to the bottom of this mystery—and get in touch with his inner bottom in the process. Raf learns very quickly the differences between fantasy and reality. Can his relationship with Holmes survive the stud's return to stardom?

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Battle for Atashaal

Battle for Atashaal

Arty Tekken Chronicles, Book One

Kon Blacke

Arty Tekken has a problem.

Of all the presents in all the world, Tobias’ first anniversary gift should be special. Which is why Arty is going to get him something wonderful, fabulous, even…otherworldly.

Luckily, Arty can open a wormhole and hitchhike to the ends of time and space, but what should he get?

A bumbling attempt to find the perfect present lands Arty on Atashaal, a strange planet where the Living Crystals can be found. Unfortunately, he also finds himself smack bang in the middle of a civil war.

Desperate for the secret to Arty’s abilities, aliens capture him, seeking the answers.

But Arty can no more explain this than he can the garbled voices he alone is hearing. When they start to make sense, Arty’s past begins to trickle in, blurring the lines between reality and fantasy. All he wants to do now is get off Atashaal no matter what. But with his failing legs, his escape from capture is also hindered by the fact he’s swamped in the voices and the burning desire to get back to Tobias.

As Arty grows weaker, he doesn’t know if he will ever see his beloved Tobias again or whether he’ll remain stuck on Atashaal, a prisoner forever in every sense of the word…

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Battle for Atashaal is published by Dreamsphere Books, our imprint for fantasy and science-fiction. To learn more or to discover more great fiction, click here to visit the Dreamsphere website.

Cage of Nightingales

Cage of Nightingales

Angelio, Book One

Elizabeth Hopkinson

In a highly-structured eighteenth-century society, the city state of Angelio is known for two things: its music, and its guardian, the Archangel Michael.

At Angelio’s music school—nicknamed the Cage of Nightingales—castrato singer Carlo is headed for fame at the opera … at the price of personal freedom. Charity pupil Tammo hates the school and everyone in it, and wants to live in the woods, charming birds with his flute.

When Tammo meets Carlo, their lives change forever. With the help of the Archangel, they can grant to each other whatever their hearts desire. But staying true isn’t easy, and their choices will affect not just their futures, but that of Celestina—a young aristocrat destined to be the third person in their relationship.

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Cage of Nightingales is published by Deep Hearts YA, the young adult imprint of Deep Desires Press. For more information on Deep Hearts YA, please click here to visit the website.