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About the last thing Vincent Wade expected was for Carson Cress to ask him out. Vince is a dedicated biology student and a bit of a loner. Superstar quarterback Carson is larger than life, and he lives under a public microscope. There’s no way they should work. But Vince is learning that sometimes people just come steamrolling into your life and all you can do is hang on for the ride or lose your heart in the process. If their relationship can survive the fallout when an injury derails Carson’s future plans, maybe Vince can finally find something to believe in.

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The Good Fight

The Good Fight

A Book in the Good Fight Series

Jerry Lincoln has a problem: his Sioux Falls IT consulting business has more work than one man can handle. Luckily, that means he can hire some help. Jerry just hopes his new employee, John Black Raven, ends up being more helpful than distracting—but John’s deep eyes and long hair are very distracting.

John came to town for an education and a chance at a life he couldn’t have on the reservation, but what’s important to him now is getting a job and keeping it. Six months ago, his sister died, and now her children are in foster care. Despite having the law on his side, John can’t get custody—can’t even see his niece and nephew.

As Jerry and John grow closer, John discovers he doesn’t have to struggle alone. Jerry helps him win visitation rights and provides much-needed support. Yet their victories aren’t without setbacks. Child Services is tangled up with money, politics, and red tape, and Native American children are their bread and butter. But John and Jerry are determined to fight the good fight and to win—in more ways than one.

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A Harmony Ink Press Title

Teenage Olympic running hopeful Calvin Granger arrives in his new town angry about changing schools—again—and sad about leaving his boyfriend behind. Then he meets skittish cyclist Bill Moilet, and soon strange dreams and thoughts of Bill distract Calvin from his misery… until Calvin breaks his leg and his Olympic ambitions crumble.

Cal’s injury does have one upside: it brings him closer to Bill, who offers to help him out while he’s recovering. But whenever they start to get too close, Bill clams up or disappears. To add to Cal’s frustration, living with a full-leg cast proves to be a miserable experience.

When Bill finally begins to open up to Cal, the strange dreams become more vivid—dreams, Cal learns, that they share. Can the boys decipher what their subconscious minds are trying to tell them, or is history doomed to repeat itself?

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After a disastrous relationship with a married man leads to losing his family and his job, Phelan Price ends up in the small surfing town of Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California. It’s the perfect place to recover from a nervous breakdown—he even becomes good friends with a fellow surfer, Hugh, a mystery writer who has plenty of demons of his own. Life isn’t perfect, but Phel is starting to get back on his feet. Then Phel's estranged lover arrives under the banner of a messy divorce, the circumstances of which he refuses to disclose, and throws their peaceful world into chaos. Phel's shock is complete when the man he's been trying to forget introduces himself as Hugh’s brother, Nate.

As far as Hugh is concerned, this is as good as it gets: Nate completes their band of misfits perfectly, and the bond they develop through surfing seems strong. But he is unaware that, beneath the surface, Nate and Phel share a darker history than he could ever guess at—a riptide past that threatens to drag them under and consume them from within.

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Tigers and Devils

Tigers and Devils

2nd Edition

The most important things in Simon Murray’s life are football, friends, and film—in that order. His friends despair of him ever meeting someone, but despite his loneliness, Simon is cautious about looking for more. Then his best friends drag him to a party, where he barges into a football conversation and ends up defending the honour of star forward Declan Tyler—unaware that the athlete is present. In that first awkward meeting, neither man has any idea they will change each other's lives forever.

Like his entire family, Simon revels in living in Melbourne, the home of Australian Rules football and mecca for serious fans. There, players are treated like gods—until they do something to fall out of public favour. This year, the public is taking Declan to task for suffering injuries outside his control, so Simon's support is a bright spot.

But as Simon and Declan fumble toward a relationship, keeping Declan's homosexuality a secret from well-meaning friends and an increasingly suspicious media becomes difficult. Nothing can stay hidden forever. Soon Declan will have to choose between the career he loves and the man he wants, and Simon has never been known to make things easy—for himself or for others.

First Edition published by Dreamspinner Press, 2009.

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Life as a New York City street hustler isn’t easy. Luckily Sam has the older, more experienced Frankie to guide him through the pitfalls of his new life. Together, Frankie and Sam make the best of the cards they’re dealt—but is there any room in an escort’s life for love?

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Le regole del gioco

Le regole del gioco

Dustin Walker non si aspetta certo che scappare dalla Donna Della Sua Vita possa condurlo fra le braccia (e nel letto) dell’Uomo Del Bar Accanto.

La madre lo tormenta perché si risposi e smetta di fare la pecora nera – e divorziata – della famiglia; Dustin però preferisce passare il tempo libero nel bar del quartiere, specialmente fra i tavoli del biliardo, dove finisce per incontrare una persona che è l’esatto opposto della sua ex-moglie: divertente, sensibile, fedele… e maschio.

Ma cosa significa questa relazione? Che Brandon Stewart – questo il nome dell’uomo – sia solo un sistema per superare il divorzio? Dustin ci tiene veramente a lui o lo frequenta solo perché è l’esatto opposto della sua ex-moglie? Fra confessare tutto alla sua omofoba famiglia o piantare l’uomo di cui sta cercando disperatamente di non innamorarsi, Dustin sa che presto dovrà compiere una scelta…

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Lo scrittore Logan Brandish è più che soddisfatto della vita che conduce nel paesino dove vive insieme alla sua migliore amica, al suo gatto e al suo ragazzo. Almeno fino a quando non incontra il suo nuovo editor, il bellissimo Brock Kimble, che fa letteralmente volare la sua quieta esistenza fuori dalla finestra. Trovandosi per la prima volta di fronte alla vera passione, Logan perde lucidità e compostezza e in breve tempo sia la sua vita che il manoscritto al quale sta lavorando vanno in frantumi.

Ma, come Logan imparerà molto presto, non si può avere tutto quello che si desidera… o almeno non subito. Nel tentativo di fare chiarezza dentro di sé, Logan intraprende allora un viaggio, ma neppure i meravigliosi paesaggi italiani tengono lontano a lungo il ricordo dell’editor, e l’uomo è, suo malgrado, costretto ad ammettere che ci sono cose dalle quali è impossibile fuggire.

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The violent implosion of Lawrence McKenna’s last relationship left him floundering at the bottom of a bottle. Recently unemployed and struggling with his newly discovered submissive tendencies, Laurie needs his best friend, Jeff, more than ever. One sleepless night of detox and a desperate kiss convince him that the attraction they’ve battled all their lives has become too hard to ignore, but Jeff has other responsibilities that take him far away from Laurie and his self-destructive behavior.

When Jeff leaves, all Laurie wants is to be left alone to wallow. Instead, he finds himself riding herd on his friends who have quit their jobs to achieve their dream of starting their own manga publisher. Those same friends return the favor by riding him: about the booze, talking about what happened, seeing a doctor—and about Jeff, whose abandonment left Laurie bitter and resentful. Laurie knows they can’t have a relationship without forgiveness, but when Jeff returns, can he be what Laurie needs?

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Chaser

Chaser and Raining Men

Caden DeSarro is what they call a chubby chaser. He likes his guys with a few extra pounds on them. So when he meets Kevin Dodge in a bar bathroom, he can’t help but stare, even if he does make an ass of himself. As far as Caden is concerned, Kevin is physically perfect: a stocky bearded blond with a dick that’s just right. (They met in the bathroom—of course he looked!) But Caden gets tongue-tied and misses his chance.

When Caden runs into Kevin one night on the El train, he figures it’s fate offering him a second shot. Caden manages to get invited back to Kevin's place for a one-night stand that turns into the kind of relationship he’s dreamed about.

But the course of true love never did run smooth, and Kevin and Caden’s romance is no exception. When Caden returns from a few weeks away on business, Kevin surprises him with a new and “improved” body—one that fits Caden’s shallow friend Bobby’s ideal, not Caden’s. Caden doesn’t know what to do, and his hesitation is just the opportunity Bobby was looking for. This isn’t the same Kevin he fell in love with… is it?

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The Melody Thief

Blue Notes
2012 Award Winners

A Blue Notes Novel

Cary Redding is a walking contradiction. On the surface he’s a renowned cellist, sought after by conductors the world over. Underneath, he’s a troubled man flirting with addictions to alcohol and anonymous sex. The reason for the discord? Cary knows he’s a liar, a cheat. He's the melody thief.

Cary manages his double life just fine until he gets mugged on a deserted Milan street. Things look grim until handsome lawyer Antonio Bianchi steps in and saves his life. When Antonio offers something foreign to Cary—romance—Cary doesn’t know what to do. But then things get even more complicated. For one thing, Antonio has a six-year-old son. For another, Cary has to confess about his alter ego and hope Antonio forgives him.

Just when Cary thinks he's figured it all out, past and present collide and he is forced to choose between the family he wanted as a boy and the one he has come to love as a man.

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To Touch the Stars

2012 Award Winners

For happenstance news correspondent Tait Williams and newly minted astronaut Nicholas Sullivan, 1966 is a year of beginnings. Idealistic Tait dreams of changing the world with his pen, and Nick has his sights set on the moon. With the Apollo program in full swing, Nick is on the fast track to his dreams—even as Tait’s hopes of covering the Vietnam war are sidelined by a cause he doesn't believe in: a correspondent assignment with NASA. It is here, in the golden age of the US space program, that the hearts of two men collide, setting them on a path of discovery spanning two decades.

From war-torn Cambodia to the decadence and heartbreak of the early 1980s, Nick and Tait come together time and again only to be ripped apart by social conventions and their own ambitions. As they strive to realize dreams that remain elusively beyond their grasp, through each other and the extraordinary people that touch their lives, they will come to understand that the things that matter most—the brightest stars of all—have been within their reach all along.

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Manga artist Kobayashi Haru blushes easily and falls in love even more so. When he meets the aloof Sakurai Aki, he tries to convince himself he’s only interested in friendship. But the more he sees of his new friend, the more he's drawn to the cool beauty. Only Haru’s shy manner and firm belief that Sakurai is straight keep him from showing his real feelings.

Everything changes the moment Sakurai offers to sleep with Haru. Haru has reservations, but he’s falling for Sakurai, and it’s impossible to say no. Despite Sakurai's private nature, their relationship blossoms and seems perfect—until Haru learns Sakurai’s secret. Furious and hurt at being used, Haru cuts Sakurai out of his life. If only it were so easy to cut him out of his heart.

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Irresistible

Something in Common

A Something in Common novella

Del Jenkins prefers to be alone—or so he tells himself until his younger brothers try to make him a playdate with bookstore owner Harper Hillman. Del’s brothers just want him to make a new friend, but there is no way he can be friends with Harper. Not unless Harper’s definition of “friends” includes jumping into bed together and getting naked and sweaty. When Harper turns him down flat because he doesn’t sleep with strangers, Del shrugs it off and suggests they get to know each other better. He already sees something wonderful in Harper, and he won’t give up so easily.

Harper is still mourning his dead husband, and a casual sexual encounter with Del is the last thing he wants. But getting to know each other—platonically, of course—should be harmless. In no way is Harper getting close to another man. But as he and Del spend more time together, Harper realizes it’s too late—he’s already involved. His heart is set on Del, and Harper is powerless to resist.

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Xander Karcek hat sich immer nur zwei Dinge vom Leben gewünscht: Christian Edwards und Basketball – den Mann, den er liebt und den Sport, der in seiner Kindheit, die er lieber vergessen würde, seine einzige Zuflucht war. Seine beiden großen Leidenschaften haben ihm gut getan. Gegen jede Wahrscheinlichkeit haben Chris und er es zusammen von der Highschool, ins College und bis in ein Profi-Basketball-Team geschafft.

Aber das Leben unter dem Mikroskop der Berühmtheit ist nicht leicht, besonders für zwei Männer, die vorgeben, Kumpels zu sein, damit niemand erfährt, dass sie so gut wie verheiratet sind. Ihre Beziehung überlebt die Opfer, die sie bringen und die Lügen, die sie erzählen, um zusammenzubleiben. Aber als ihr Geheimnis entdeckt wird, drohen die Konsequenzen sie zu zerstören, wie nichts sonst es vermochte.

Chris und Basketball, das sind die zwei Dinge, die Xander zusammenhalten. Aber jetzt zwingt die Welt Xander dazu, eine Entscheidung zu treffen. Gibt es eine Zukunft mit dem Mann, den er liebt?

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When Peter Carr’s company sends him to Southwestern Ontario to sweet-talk the town into agreeing to a gravel quarry proposal, he welcomes the challenge. Technically he’s a lawyer, but really he’s a problemsolver. He just never expected the problem to be Caleb Sinclair, the passionate but introverted artisan carpenter who lives next to the proposed quarry site.

“Know your enemy.” That’s Caleb’s philosophy. And trying to turn fertile farmland into a gravel pit earns Peter the title of “enemy.” Caleb loves that land, and if he has to make peace with his homophobic neighbors to make war on Peter, so be it. Except knowing his enemy doesn’t turn out anything like he expected. Peter’s not the fairy-tale monster—he just might be the first step to happy ever after.

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Snow on the Mountain

The Mountains | Book Two

2nd Edition

Sequel to Fire on the Mountain
The Mountains: Book Two

Champagne powder snow, gorgeously groomed slopes, and elegant hotels draw the expert and the wealthy to the exclusive Wapiti Creek Ski Resort, but for Jake Landon and Kurt Carlson, the lure is work. A novice skier, Jake's been assigned to run the bunny lift, but Kurt’s afraid he’ll be stuck shoveling snow all winter. Instructing at a private ski school should be his dream job, but it brings giggles and sideways glances among their new friends.

All summer, Jake and Kurt were alone in the wilderness. If Jake wanted to stay in the closet, it didn’t matter. Now they have to navigate a relationship in public, where the five-year-old twins who’ve adopted Jake as their ski buddy are as big a nuisance as the ski patroller who has a crush on him. Would-be friends, vicious coworkers, and the perils of the mountain could mean the end for Kurt and Jake, but their biggest danger comes from each other.

First Edition published by Torquere Press (November 2009)

Bonus story: Mistletoe on the Mountain

Jake’s agonizing over what to give Kurt for their first Christmas together—he knows what Kurt wants most can’t be gift wrapped.

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Go West, Young Man

The Most Popular Guy in the School | Book Two

A Harmony Ink Press Title

The Most Popular Guy in the School: Book Two

A few short months ago, Mark Mitchell was a shy nerdy kid who kept his head down and stayed off the radar. He had nothing in common with the in-crowd. But then he got snowed in with Bill Cromwell and learned not to judge a book by its cover. One thing led to another, and now Mark has a boyfriend. A popular boyfriend. A boyfriend who wants to go to prom with him. But Mark worries that Bill is risking too much—his popularity, his friends.

Then there’s graduation: caps, gowns, and a whole new world awaiting Mark and Bill in faraway California. They rent an apartment, join the workforce, start college. It’s the beginning of the journey of their lives, and they should be enjoying it—but amid uncertainty, temporary separations, and bad communication, Mark and Bill have to struggle to hold on to the fledgling relationship that grounds them when the outside world seems to move too fast.

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