New Contract – Prelude to Love

I signed a contract with Dreamspinner Press today for my contemporary Wellington set romance ‘Prelude to Love’. It will be part of their Dreamspun Desires range with a projected release date of January/February. #excited

Here’s the blurb:
Five years after breaking up with his long term partner, Joel Ashcroft is finally moving forward with his life, despite his continued estrangement from his father. He loves his job as a high school music teacher, but misses having someone to curl up with at night.

Marcus Verden moves to Wellington for a fresh start after his relationship breaks up. He’s looking forward to re-building his lawn mowing business in a city where he’s not surrounded by constant reminders of the past.

Spark fly when Marcus re-connects with Joel, who is his brother-in-law’s best friend. But he’s not looking for a new relationship, and falling for someone who has close ties to family could get complicated very quickly if things don’t work out.

A first kiss has the potential to lead to love, but Marcus soon faces a dilemma. Should he risk losing his own happy ending by trying to give Joel the one he so badly needs?

About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at
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