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November 18, 2015

The Cellar Hand (Workplace Encounters, #10) by Serena Yates

The Cellar Hand


Published today, 18 November 2015, The Cellar Hand is a rereleased Workplace Encounters book. It's about Orson Digby, a winemaker, and Geoff Robichaud, a former Marine and security specialist. They used to be best friends when they were teenagers and reconnecting makes them realize they want more.

Orson Digby is no stranger to loss. His family died in a house fire when he was fifteen, and he has never recovered from losing touch with his best friend, when he was made to stay with an aunt in a different state. Orson works hard to learn the art of winemaking, and finally starts a job as cellar hand at Clear Springs Vineyard—only to run into his long-lost best friend. Geoff Robichaud, freshly out of the Marines, is in charge of security at the winery. The friendship between Orson and Geoff is familiar, but the intense physical attraction is new. As they explore their developing feelings, several acts of sabotage threaten to destroy their new employer's business and their newfound happiness. They need to rely on Orson’s knowledge of viniculture and Geoff’s understanding of security if they want to solve the mystery and build a future together.

Workplace Encounters is inspired by men meeting at work - but definitely staying away from the so-called office romance. This series looks at all types of workplace, even the occasional office may play a role, but the 'romance part' is guaranteed not to take place there.

You can find the book at:
Dreamspinner Press

All Romance EBooks

Amazon US
... and your local Amazon store.

I hope you enjoy Orson and Geoff’s story!


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Published on November 18, 2015 03:44 • 208 views • Tags: rereleases, serena-yates, workplace-enconters

October 21, 2015

The Plumber (Workplace Encounters, #9) by Serena Yates
The Plumber



The Plumber is out today, 21 October 2015. It's a totally NEW Workplace Encounters story, never published before. It's about Will Kovar, a plumber who runs his own business, and Steve Hayes, manager of Safe Home for Girls and Boys in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Hard work and long hours have made Will Kovar’s business, Total Plumbing Solutions, a success. When he’s called to fix a bathroom at the Safe Home for Girls and Boys and sees how tight money is for the charity, he’s happy to donate his time. Meeting the home’s manager, Steve Hayes, is an added bonus, especially when Steve invites Will to dinner to thank him for his generosity. Will learns Steve’s wealthy family isn’t happy about his choice to make a career in social work, but neither man expects Steve’s parents to leave eighteen children out on the street to prove their point. Will is determined to help Steve figure out how to provide a safe and happy home — for both the children and themselves.


You can find the book at:
Dreamspinner Press
All Romance EBooks
Amazon US and other Amazon sites


Enjoy!

Serena
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Published on October 21, 2015 02:48 • 92 views • Tags: new-releases, serena-yates, workplace-enconters

May 13, 2015

The Ship Engineer (Workplace Encounters, #4) by Serena Yates

The Ship Engineer


Released today, 13 May 2015, The Ship Engineer is the second edition of Nathan Kappas and Harper Quade's Pacific Ocean adventure.

Nathan Kappas, newly promoted to second engineer on the cruise ship Sapphire, has eyes only for the vessel he’s about to board. He literally runs into Harper Quade, a singer and dancer hired to entertain passengers. Harper has always wanted to travel, and working onboard the Sapphire keeps him away from his abusive ex-boyfriend. As they sail to Hawaii, Tahiti, and other exotic destinations, Nathan and Harper soon share a cabin and a deepening connection, which surprises Nathan, who generally prefers the predictability of machines to people. But an employee who feels jilted when Harper gets promoted harasses him, and Harper’s dangerous past refuses to let him escape. Harper might not be as safe on the Sapphire as he assumed, but Nathan will do anything to protect him.

Workplace Encounters is inspired by men meeting at work - but definitely staying away from the so-called office romance. This series looks at all types of workplace, even the occasional office may play a role, but the 'romance part' is guaranteed not to take place there.

You can find the book at
Dreamspinner Press
All Romance
... and your local Amazon store.

I hope you enjoy Nathan and Harper's story!

Serena
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Published on May 13, 2015 03:16 • 94 views • Tags: new-releases, serena-yates, workplace-enconters

April 15, 2015

The Bricklayer (Workplace Encounters, #3) by Serena Yates
The Bricklayer



Released today, 15 April 2015, The Bricklayer is the first NEW Workplace Encounters book in quite a while.

It is the story of Mike Brown, who has been a bricklayer working for the same construction company since leaving high school at eighteen. He loves his work, is a stickler for detail, and prefers working with traditional materials. One day, while building a conservatory for a Victorian house northwest of downtown Baltimore, Mike meets Ash, the landscaper hired to restore the gardens. Ash is so stunned by the sight of Mike working hard, that he stumbles over some of Mike’s equipment and Mike is barely able to save him. When Mike offers to take Ash to dinner as an apology, Ash hesitantly agrees, and the two men start dating. Then Mike is pulled away from his next assignment of building fireplaces by a promotion he doesn’t want, only to be fired for incompetence two weeks later. Three of the fireplaces have collapsed, one seriously injuring a cleaner. With Ash’s support, Mike must figure out who sabotaged his work, and why, before he faces a lawsuit....

Workplace Encounters is inspired by men meeting at work - but definitely staying away from the so-called office romance. This series looks at all types of workplace, even the occasional office may play a role, but the 'romance part' is guaranteed not to take place there.

You can find the book at
Dreamspinner Press
All Romance
... and your local Amazon store.


I hope you enjoy Mike and Ash's story!

Serena
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Published on April 15, 2015 04:15 • 79 views • Tags: new-releases, serena-yates, workplace-enconters

January 26, 2015

Fighting for Hope (Modern Battles, #1) by Serena Yates




"A Hopeful Beginning" is now up on the Dreamspinner Press blog. It's a FREE READ about Grayson and James from "Fighting for Hope". This ***hot*** short story is set right after the end of the novel and shows what Grayson and James get up to next...

Check it out here: http://bit.ly/15C3KhX

AND there's a coupon code for 25% off at checkout for all my books (good until February 25) at the bottom of the post.
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Published on January 26, 2015 05:16 • 108 views • Tags: fighting-for-hope, serena-yates-free-reads

January 17, 2015

Mistletoe Science (Mistletoe Science, #1-3) by Serena Yates




"A Mistletoe Celebration" is now up on the Dreamspinner Press Blog. It's a FREE READ about Lance, Magnus, and Jakob from my Mistletoe Science series.

This short story is set a year after glaciologist Magnus Carstens was rescued from the icy crevasse he fell into at the end of a three-month stay at the Polish Polar Station at Spitsbergen, Sweden.

Check it out here: http://bit.ly/1u8T0Dj
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Published on January 17, 2015 08:30 • 147 views • Tags: free-reads, mistletoe-science, serena-yates

June 22, 2014

Fighting for Freedom (Modern Battles, #4) by Serena Yates




My newest release is the story of Reinaldo's best friend Luiz and his childhood sweetheart Pascal after years of separation. When they finally do manage to reconnect, Pascal, now an emergency doctor, is kidnapped and Luiz and he face a battle for his freedom that keeps them both on their toes... And, of course, some of the characters from previous books in the series are back as well: Grayson and James, and Reinaldo and Alastair.

The book is available in ebook and print at Dreamspinner Press:
http://bit.ly/1qkCfz5

And in ebook at All Romance:
https://www.allromanceebooks.com/prod...

And on Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Fighting-Freedo...

I hope you enjoy reading this novel as much as I liked writing it!
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Published on June 22, 2014 05:36 • 106 views

September 18, 2013

Our Bloghop Starts Here: Torquere Press



This is the third year I have participated in this great event, where all royalties are donated to a selected GLBTQ charity and Torquere Press matches the donation amount for double the impact. The topic this year is "Men in Uniform", a good match with the charity OutServe.

Outserve is an organization devoted to assisting those affected by "don't ask, don't tell, don't pursue." And, even though the infamous DADT has now finally been repealed, those who serve are still affected by it, still fighting for their rights, and still deserving of our support.

Please help, if you can. There are 25 short stories by some great authors and you can by them individually or as a complete package for $49.99 (a 15% discount). You can find them at http://torquerebooks.com/.

My own story is called Ranger's Luck:
Ethan Turner never liked living in a city, and his job as park ranger at Glacier National Park is just what he dreamed of. He loves protecting the animals and land under his care, and dealing with the occasional tourist -- well, all jobs have their drawbacks.

Caleb Sagan, a recent journalism graduate, works at the Billings Tribune. He got stuck with a two-month assignment at Glacier National Park to write a series of articles extolling outdoor life meant to draw more tourists to Montana.

Can these two men overlook their differences long enough to make it to their first date?
Ranger's Luck by Serena Yates
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Published on September 18, 2013 09:27 • 195 views • Tags: charity, new-release, serena-yates

August 16, 2013

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To celebrate the re-release of Fighting for Hope, I am giving away 2 paperback copies right here on Goodreads.

Click this link and enter (if your country is on the list) for your chance to win by August 31, 2013:
http://bit.ly/16PHo7L


Good luck!

Serena
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Published on August 16, 2013 03:45 • 170 views • Tags: giveaway, serena-yates

April 2, 2013

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This year, I am happy to participate in RJ Scott's blog hop to raise awareness for autism. Each post contains a fact about autism, many of which were new to me. Just reading through that list alone is an education, but I can also recommend the various articles that go with each of those facts.

Here is the fact I was given: According to a 2012 survey, 27% of children with autism have been excluded from school.

I am shocked! One in 3 children with autism has experienced a level of exclusion that is normally reserved for severe transgressions against school rules. One in 3 children from an already vulnerable group have been made to feel even more vulnerable by the very people who should be teaching and protecting them.

And why?

I suspect the biggest reasons to be fear and uncertainty - about the correct way to handle things, incompetence - in the face of a condition that can be difficult to manage, and prejudice - against those who are different from the "norm".

Indeed, you could argue that some form of prejudice is behind all of them. And I speak from personal experience. As a physically handicapped person (Thalidomide) with shorter arms and no thumbs, I have faced prejudice all my life.

It started small.

When I was maybe four, I wasn't yet in school, I asked my mother for a pair of scissors because I wanted to cut a picture out of a magazine so I could add it to my scrap book. My mother told me I couldn't have them, they were too dangerous for me. I didn't get it. I did everything else the other kids in the neighborhood did, why not use scissors? Much later I asked my mother why she denied me those scissors (she couldn't believe I remembered it), and she said she thought I wouldn't be able to handle them. Translation: she didn't know how to teach me and couldn't imagine how I'd manage, so she assumed I was incapable. Needless to say, it was totally unjustified prejudice and I can handle scissors just fine.

Then it got more noticeable.

People in the streets have always stared at me. Sometimes they still do. Many of them have no idea how to deal with me. Needless to say, these days I stare back until they're embarrassed and look away. Back then, many of them started to laugh when they saw me. Adults as well as children (who learned it from their parents). Some even pointed at me and laughed. Why? Because they didn't know how to react to someone who was so obviously different.

As for the exclusion from school?

While I have never actually been excluded, there were discussions. All from well-meaning adults who thought they "knew better" and decided I'd be better off in a "special school" for my own protection. Translation: they didn't want to deal with me. Yes, they may have thought of it as "in the kid's best interest". But you know what? Even back then that kid, me, knew that I had to make them face the difference. Get them used to the fact I was perfectly able to cope. Fight for my right to be seen and accepted, and not pushed away into a convenient "corner" so I didn't remind them of their own inadequacies or didn't make their lives more difficult.

And even if I hadn't been able to cope, and even if some of those autistic children need more attention or a different kind of approach than the majority? Who says it is right to just push them away? They are a part of society just like everyone else and all of us are better off having them around and learning that diversity is a good thing. It opens up new perspectives, makes us think about ourselves, and helps us become better, more educated people.


To celebrate autism awareness, and the differences in all of us, I'll give away an e-copy of
Garnets of Destiny 1 (Gemstone Chronicles, #1) by Serena Yates
Garnets of Destiny 1, or one of my other published books if you prefer. Leave a comment here by April 30, and I'll announce the winner on May 1.
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Published on April 02, 2013 11:18 • 240 views • Tags: giveaway, serena-yates