Now Available: Straight From the Heart

admin on Oct 28th 2014 12:57 pm

Now Available from Loose-ID

Straight From the Heart

By Kimberly Gardner

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College student Kyle diStefano is having trouble paying his tuition. So when he hears about a job as team mascot with the

accompanying full scholarship it seems like the perfect solution. Except he knows nothing about football. But why should that stop him?

Known as the Big Cock on Campus, Dave Masterson never lets his antics with the ladies interfere with his true love, playing NCAA football. But when his coach suggests the team do some off-season conditioning at the ballet barre, most of the guys scoff. Only Dave takes him seriously.

With Dave’s knowledge of football and Kyle’s knowledge of ballet, it seems each has exactly what the other needs, except they play for different teams. Or do they?

Kyle knows one sure path to heartbreak is falling for the straight jock who’s teaching him the rules of the game. Dave falling for another man is going to mean nothing but trouble. But neither man can seem to help himself.

When a public display of affection casts doubt on Dave’s NFL dream, he is forced to make a choice. Stay with the game plan or call an audible straight from the heart.


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Honorable mention for me from Elisa’s Rainbow Awards!

kimberly on Oct 4th 2014 07:47 am

I’m excited!

Because my transgender romance His Fair Lady got an honorable mention in Elisa’s rainbow awards.


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Excerpt from “Bound to Please” (Now at Loose Id)

Willa Okati on Jul 31st 2014 02:20 pm


Jason swiped his key card and opened the door leading into the viewing loft. With a tilt of his head he indicated for the other Dom to precede him.
After the briefest hesitation, Mario went ahead.
Jason followed, alert for his friend’s first reaction, the unguarded one that would tell him what the other man really thought. The loft was not especially wide, but it ran the entire circumference of the club’s main play space. It was furnished with a variety of padded benches and a few armchairs where members could relax and watch the scenes playing out on the floor below. A waist-high wall of glass allowed the players on the floor to see the activities of those in the loft. It was all very elegant, and he was damn proud of it.
“Impressive.” Mario leaned his hands on the wall and took in the space with a single sweeping glance. “Very impressive indeed. Your design?”
Jason nodded. He pointed to the sprawling area below them. “We call this the fishbowl because the action can be viewed from every side. There’s also a glass ceiling that serves as the dance floor in the lounge upstairs. The glass not only allows the dancers to view the action, but it lets in the lights from upstairs. The effect is quite striking, if I do say so myself. But you’ll see at the party tonight.”
“Nice.” Mario sank down on the padded bench and propped his elbows on his knees. “Must have been quite the job remodeling this place. It’s an old factory, isn’t it?”
“It is. But I called in a lot of favors, did a lot of the work myself, kept the cost down.”
“It still looks like a factory from the outside. But I imagine that’s the way you like it.”
“Discretion, right?”

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“Bound to Please” (Re-Release) Now at Loose Id!

Willa Okati on Jul 30th 2014 01:45 pm


Jason doesn’t do monogamy, and as a much sought-after Dom he doesn’t have to. But when he gets the chance to play with Benny, his sweet young assistant who wants only to please him, Jason holds back.

Benny’s no sub, but for a chance to be with the sexy Dom he’s sure he can change. Except he’s only fooling himself, and deep down he knows it.

Enter Rain, a sexy badboy who’s got a taste for the lash and pretty young things, like Benny. What’s a man to do when the two men he lusts after are determined that even a hook-up is not in the cards? Why, orchestrate one single night of pleasure, of course.

But when the whip comes down, and one night isn’t enough, it’s love, not leather, that’s bound to please.

Note:Bound to Please was previously released by another publisher. It has been revised and re-edited for this release.


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“Phoenix Rising” (Re-release) Now at Loose Id!

Willa Okati on Jul 22nd 2014 01:36 pm


Two dozen roses, one dozen balloons and a night with a sexy, young stripper. It’s the perfect birthday present for the man who has everything. Or is it? Because the gift Jimmy really wants can’t be bought at any price.

Adam Hyland’s life is in the dumps. Living in his car and stripping for his supper, he doesn’t expect much when the birthday-boy invites him to stay for cake and champagne. but the come-hither in Jimmy’s eyes, and the fire in his kisses, dares Adam to hope for more. And for a while it seems he just might get it.

Of course, it could never be that easy. Adam’s never been in the closet, and Jimmy’s never come out. Adam’s got nothing to lose, and Jimmy’s got everything at stake. But when Adam’s need to love in the light collides with Jimmy’s compulsion to hide in the dark, desire alone can’t sustain them. When the worst happens, and the flames of desire threaten to scorch them alive, can love rise like a phoenix from the ashes?

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“Woman’s Weeds” is now at Amazon!

Willa Okati on Jun 13th 2014 10:16 am


“Give me thy hand, and let me see thee in thy woman’s weeds.”

So says Duke Orsino to Viola in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. And so too says David, a young and gifted director to Kieran, the beautiful young man he’s cast as Viola. But when Kieran’s penchant for silk and lace proves to be more than an acting exercise, David must face the mystery of his own desire for this stunning man in a dress.


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Another lovely review for His Fair Lady

kimberly on Apr 25th 2014 05:49 am

Today is my birthday and what a nice birthday present! I found another wonderful review for His Fair Lady. This one is from Joyfully Jay and says in part,

“This story is engrossing. Gardner does a wonderful job of pulling readers in emotionally and keeping them on edge with a story that is sweet and angsty and intriguing. I loved this so much. I was compelled by Josie and her inner struggle as well as the fear she held. I was also intrigued by Mark and his attraction to Josie’s mystery regardless of her secrets. And then there’s the mean girls… ugh. It’s hard to have taboo without mean girls. This group gives a level of conflict that I was enthralled by.”

And here’s the linkage if you want to check it out for yourselves.

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A couple nice reviews for His Fair Lady

kimberly on Apr 24th 2014 10:22 am

When I googled myself this morning — yes, I do that — I found to my delight, two very nice reviews for my newest release His Fair Lady.

The first was from Jane at Dear Author. She says in part,

“I liked Josie from the start. She’s smart, not easily bowled over when a hot guy asks her out and makes Mark work to get her attention and a date. So sure, a bit of this is because she’s got a secret and hasn’t dated much but a lot is due to some inner quality I sense in her that won’t accept second best or anyone only trying to see if he can get in her pants. My thoughts were validated later in the story when she verbally lets Mark have it after All Is Revealed and he panics. She does cry but only after a few choice shouted lines calling Mark on his cowardice.

Mark’s not too bad either but did notice that he’s really not the “dog” mentioned in the blurb. Perhaps I wouldn’t have taken to his character quite as much if he had been but the fact is that his only offense in this department seems to be not being firm enough in ending an almost over relationship. Once his attention is caught by Josie though, he’s a goner. He presses, retreats slightly so as not to be thought a stalker, makes sure Josie gets home, sees her to her door, calls her mother “ma’am,” and behaves as if someone raised him right. But he’s not unbelievable either given that his dorm room is a pit, he cheerfully calls his friend and roommate an asswipe, and would gladly get Josie into bed if she’s willing.”

It was wonderful to see that Jane picked up on much of what I intended to get across with these characters. And she gave me a B! Thanks Jane.

The other review is from Cheryl at Top to Bottom. She says,

“This a great story to read; especially if you’re interested in reading a Transgender themed book, but haven’t.

I loved catching up with Chris and Kevin from Almost Heaven. He is Mark’s brother, with his lovely boyfriend. I would easily recommend these two books. Also, I would like to put a plug in for Kyle’s story to be told in the near future. He sure deserves his HEA!”

Thanks Cheryl! And you’ll be happy to know I am working on Kyle’s story as we speak.

Here are the links if you’d like to read the reviews in their entirety.

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When Buying Books from Publisher Sites

Willa Okati on Apr 10th 2014 09:22 am

Did you know you can buy ebooks directly from publishers (e.g. Loose Id) that’ll work perfectly with your Kindle, Nook, or Kobo reader? It’s really pretty easy.

Loose Id sells formats that work on Kindle, Nook, and Kobo. Here’s the breakdown:

Kindle reads Mobi and PRC files. Once downloaded, they can be emailed to your Kindle email address. You can also download the “Send to Kindle” app available here (for Macs) and here (for PCs).

Nooks read EPUB files. You can use Calibre to transfer books to your Nook.

Kobo reads PDF and EPUB files. You can find more about how to do that here.

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On Sale Now at Loose Id!

Willa Okati on Apr 10th 2014 09:09 am

His Fair Lady” is available at 10%-off sale, now through Sunday at Loose Id!


Dressed to Thrill” is also on sale at Loose Id for $2.99!

Dressed to Thrill

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