Title: Falling Hard
Author: Dale Cameron Lowry
Length: 233 pages/57,000 words
Publisher: Terrestrial Press
Genres: short stories, contemporary romance, paranormal romance, erotic romance
Falling Hard features nine of Dale Cameron Lowry’s best short romance stories, available for the first time in one book. Meet a sign language interpreter who finds unexpected love at middle-age, college students in their first relationships, a vampire who would rather be a vegan, and a proudly gay ex-Mormon atheist who sells Bibles for a living. From sweet to erotic, this collection exhibits the quirkiness, fun, and diversity Dale’s writing is known for.
Here are just a few of the stories in Falling Hard:
- Mi Alma — Ex-Mormon Alma Larsen doesn’t know the first thing about alcohol, so he hires bartender Damian Banks to help out at his winter holiday party. They build a friendship that simmers with sexual tension—and possibly something much deeper. Will this Christmas bring them both a love that lasts?
- Loggerhead — Soon after they fall in love, Jake makes Eric a promise inspired by an old track uniform. But demanding work schedules at Jake’s four-star restaurant and Eric’s newspaper keep them from following through. Six years later, they take the honeymoon they never had, heading to the Florida coast in search of sea turtles—and rekindling their passion for each other in the process.
- Reading the Signs — The only thing twenty-three-year-old Theo De Jong expects when he enrolls in a summer school for linguists in New Mexico is to get more ideas for his master’s thesis in Dutch Sign Language. But then he meets the American sign language expert Alfonso Grossman, and sparks fly.
- Rough Love — Blake thinks new boyfriend Michael doesn’t like French kissing. Michael thinks Blake doesn’t like rough sex. Neither are virgins, except in the art of conversation. Can they set things straight before the honeymoon’s over?
From Reading the Signs:
Twenty-three-year-old Theo De Jong was in trouble. Deep, deep trouble.
Here he was, five thousand miles from home at the University of New Mexico for a rare opportunity to study with a few hundred of the world’s most brilliant linguists.
And instead of paying attention on his first day of the summer session, his mind—and eyes—kept wandering over to the man two desks ahead of him.
“Alfonso Grossman,” the man had said when they’d introduced themselves before class, speaking and fingerspelling his name at the same time.
“I know who you are,” Theo had answered in English, his heart almost beating out of his chest as he shook Alfonso’s hand. Dr. Grossman was an American linguist who’d been traveling to Nicaragua for almost two decades to help document the evolution of the country’s sign language. “I’ve read your papers. I’m a bit of a fanboy.” Theo bit his tongue after the last word slipped out, but it was too late. Besides, it was true. “Intellectually speaking, of course.” That was also true. Theo had never seen a photo of Alfonso before, and in his wildest dreams couldn’t have imagined how cute the American was, with his head full of salt-and-pepper curls and crow’s feet at the corners of his eyes that made him look like he was perpetually smiling.
The crow’s feet grew deeper as Alfonso broke into an actual grin. It was a nice look on him. Adorable. Theo felt something tug at his heart. “What’s your area?” Alfonso said, glancing down at Theo’s nametag. “And should I pronounce your name ‘tay-o’ or ‘thee-o’?”
“Dutch Sign Language. My parents are deaf, so it’s my first language. I’m doing a comparative study of the dialects for my master’s thesis. And ‘tay-o’ is how we say it in Holland, but whatever’s easiest for you.”
“I like ‘tay-o,’” Alfonso said.
Theo felt himself blushing. He hoped his sunburn camouflaged it.
Where to Buy
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To celebrate the release of Falling Hard, Dale is running a giveaway. The prize is one of Dale’s short romances that is not in the anthology: Love Unmasked, a lighthearted romance about Aaron Loreto, a gay man who’s been unlucky in love because he occasionally turns into a raccoon. For some reason, his ex-boyfriend didn’t like the way he’d spend all night digging through the trash. But somewhere out there is a guy who’s more understanding, and Aaron might just have found him at his favorite coffee shop.
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Author Bio & Links
Dale Cameron Lowry lives in the Upper Midwest with a partner and three cats, one of whom enjoys eating dish towels, quilts, and wool socks. It’s up to you to guess whether the fabric eater is one of the cats or the partner. When not busy mending items destroyed by the aforementioned fabric eater, Dale is a writer and editor who enjoys wasting time on Tumblr, listening to podcasts, studying anatomy, getting annoyed at Duolingo, and reading fairy tales. Previous careers include sign language linguist, grocery store clerk, journalist, gardener, and camp counselor.
Dale began writing for fun at the age of eight and has been making up stories ever since, from overly workshopped literary fiction to off-the-cuff fanfic. Queer Mormons have a way of popping up in Dale’s work, whether it’s romance or erotica, sci fi or fairy tales, slice-of-life contemporary fiction or spine-tingling horror. So do immigrants and emigrants, people with disabilities, multilingual folks, and others who live their lives navigating multiple cultures.