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Then Came Michael by Sailor Penniman

Galen had no idea a weekend trip during his senior year of high school would be the reason he escaped the people who murdered his parents. Years later, he just wants a life he can count on, and, miraculously, he has it. His job as a police officer has treated him well for eleven years and lets him work on his own terms. He’s happily married to an androgynously sexy woman. His best friend works on the force.

On the night he arrests a man in the park for vagrancy and throws him into the holding cell at the police station, his life begins to unravel. For one thing, even from behind bars, the man draws in Galen and intoxicates him into forgetting how to do his job. For another, after Galen releases the man, Galen’s troubles don’t end. He can’t get the man out of his head, and he has an even harder time keeping his distance from him. Soon, all he can think about is Michael.

With the night of the arrest behind them, Michael warms to Galen, who strangely came to Michael’s rescue just minutes after Michael was released from the police station’s lock-up with no charges filed. As their unexpected friendship grows, feelings Galen hasn’t experienced in years, ones he thought had been the youthful yearnings of a boy in need of friendship after tragedy had struck his family, awaken in Galen. But as the answers to Galen’s questions about his feelings become clear, Michael retreats. Will Galen give in to a longing for a man who doesn’t want to have anything to do with him and enter the fight of his life? Will the object of his affection, the man preoccupying his thoughts, fight with him…or against him?

Can Michael resist the man whose tragic history and quiet toughness have attracted him the way no other man has? Will he risk loving a man who may not be able to love him back?

City of Angels Romances are meant to be enjoyed as standalone reading experiences and can be read in any order. Read one or read them all! Set in Los Angeles, the men in these novellas and novels fall in love and break up and make up and discover themselves and their hearts and find ultimate true love downtown, in Hollywood, on the beach, on Sunset Boulevard, and anywhere in the City of Angels where their soulmate may be waiting.

A Darrow Publishing – Aequalitas book; 116 pages ♠

Available in the Amazon Kindle Store here.

Wake Not the Hangman by Deborah Leigh

“…palpable atmosphere and…seat-gripping suspense scenes. Energetic and spirited storytelling make this…an entertaining read.” – Kirkus Reviews

“…thrilling…. Engaging from the start, Leigh pushes the story forward with exciting force, particularly with her crisp, clean sentences that shine with vivid detail. With great perception, Leigh masterfully develops her characters…with honest reflective writing…. Heartbreaking, nerve-wracking, and triumphant at times, Wake Not the Hangman is a deeply satisfying novel.” – San Francisco Book Review

“…a fast-paced read with a lot of action…” – Apex Reviews

A “Notable 100” Novel for 2015 – Shelf Unbound Magazine

“Leigh’s Wake Not the Hangman is a piece of historical fiction that draws from a number of unfortunate realities that were quite prevalent in the 19th Century—specifically virulent racism and sexism as they existed within a family structure and in the community.” – University course syllabus

A Darrow Publishing – Juris book; 312 pages ♠

Available in the Amazon Kindle Store here. | Available on Amazon in paperback here. | Available in bookstores using ISBN ~ 978-0-692-44768-0.

Make Wake Not the Hangman your next book club pick!

Explore issues of family, domestic violence, non-familial bonding, teen’s in need of role models, criminal justice, human rights, and love as a lifeline.

Looking for a jumping off point for your book club discussion? Take a look at the author’s READER’S GUIDE, which is also available at the end of the e-book and at the back of the print edition, for convenience and easy access when your book club members gather to discuss the book. ♠


Carry the One by Sailor Penniman

Tobias knows what it means to get kicked around. One bank took his home, the other, his car. After two hard years of barely hanging on, jobless, the former math teacher lives on Spring Street in downtown Los Angeles in a roomy tent fully outfitted with as many comforts as his last paycheck would provide. When Tobias encounters Arthur getting robbed and beaten by three thugs in Grand Park, he can’t help but come to the rescue, especially since Arthur seems newly homeless and dangerously clueless.

Arthur sees that night through a lens of drunkenness and can’t remember much of it. He is surprised the next morning when he awakens in the cozy tent of Tobias, who saved him from a violent mugging and possibly a stint in County Jail for vagrancy. When Arthur, a lonely man who has longed for a real human connection for fifteen years, realizes that Tobias believes he has nowhere to go, Arthur continues the charade to be near Tobias. His clever scheme works, and Tobias allows Arthur to come closer than anyone ever has.

But Arthur harbors more than one secret, and after finding a clever way to remain in Tobias’s life, he digs a far deeper hole of deception without meaning to. Worse, he knows that if Tobias learns the truth, Arthur will lose all access to the man with whom he has fallen deeply in love. Can he keep the mystery hidden long enough to make Tobias love him, no matter what? Or will what started as innocent duplicity destroy the only love Arthur—and Tobias—have ever known?

City of Angels Romances are meant to be enjoyed as standalone reading experiences and can be read in any order. Read one or read them all! Set in Los Angeles, the men in these novellas and novels fall in love and break up and make up and discover themselves and their hearts and find ultimate true love downtown, in Hollywood, on the beach, on Sunset Boulevard, and anywhere in the City of Angels where their soulmate may be waiting.

A Darrow Publishing – Aequalitas book; 189 pages ♠

Available in the Amazon Kindle Store here.

The Ugly Post by Sailor Penniman

Charlie and Bryce have been together seven years. They don’t have it all, but they have all they want—each other. When Charlie logs onto a computer he shares with Bryce, he stumbles into the devastating truth and learns what Bryce really thinks of him. Or does he? Bryce swears Charlie is wrong. Will the black-and-white portrait one man’s words paint destroy them?

City of Angels Romances are meant to be enjoyed as standalone reading experiences and can be read in any order. Read one or read them all! Set in Los Angeles, the men in these novellas and novels fall in love and break up and make up and discover themselves and their hearts and find ultimate true love downtown, in Hollywood, on the beach, on Sunset Boulevard, and anywhere in the City of Angels where their soulmate may be waiting.

A Darrow Publishing – Aequalitas book; 86 pages ♠

Available in the Amazon Kindle Store here. | Available on Amazon in paperback here. | Available in bookstores using ISBN ~ 978-0-9993487-0-3.