I have to say, Dreamspinner Press is aptly named. I understand it was so named because Elizabeth had aspirations of making authors dreams come true by publishing quality stories about men in love. Never has that been more the case than with me. When I first started looking towards publication in 2009, Dreamspinner was brand new and I had a wish to publish with them, but not the guts to actually submit anything. It took me until last year...well, this year, for a few days still, I guess, to take the chance and pitch my oddball story, Angel Requiem to them through the Yahoo loop, Publishingtrove.
Understand, I had already racked up a half dozen rejections for the story, and so wasn't really expecting much. I convinced myself I was doing this on a lark, to practice the art of pitching a story. Imagine my wildly beating heart when Elizabeth emailed me and told me she wanted to publish it. I was over the moon.
I've since had a couple more short stories accepted there, and just a few months ago, Elizabeth said yes to my first Dreamspinner novel, another story I've worked hard on and that has grown to be very important to me because it deals with some very painful subject matter. To have it in the hands of the Dreamspinner team was a wonderful relief.
Another secret (sort of. I guess it wasn't really a secret at all) wish of mine has always been to have an Anne Cain cover, and now, that dream, too, has come to pass.
And it is beautiful and perfect. Once again, a dream come true, just like Elizabeth envisioned when she started out.
After filing charges that put his abusive ex-Dom behind bars, Jesse Turbul relocates across the country, hoping to escape his past—but, of course, it's never that easy. When Jesse meets third-year law student Aadon at the library where he works, their mutual attraction is instant and obvious.
Despite the sparks, they just can't seem to make it work. Aadon is mired in guilt over his inability to help his older brother, damaged by events far too similar to to Jesse's past. Jesse is stuck in his own desperate wish to forget the painful shadow that continues to threaten him and any hope of a happy future.
The only way to move forward is for Jesse to acknowledge he's broken and for Aadon to accept he can't make him better.