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Syncopation

Collaborations
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A Collaborations Novel

Colt Boudreaux was raised in the Louisiana bayou and is gifted with a talent steeped in the rich and soulful New Orleans blues tradition. He makes a living as a session musician, playing guitar for anyone who needs him. When his manager sends him to New York, the Cajun is as beguiled as he is baffled by the energy of the city—and just as charmed by Kyle Alexander.

Kyle is a successful classically trained ballet dancer, choreographer, and native New Yorker whose unbridled talent defies convention, and whose rebel spirit favors ink, shuns the orchestra, and is every bit as unique as Kyle himself.

They find a connection right away that inspires rhythm and movement, mood and music, both in and out of the bedroom. It’s not long before they’re as obsessed with each other as they are with their art, and they decide to work together on an improvisational piece for Kyle’s upcoming solo exhibition.

But Kyle is focused, and Colt is free-spirited. Colt’s work ebbs and flows with inspiration, and Kyle’s is rehearsed. Kyle is social and sophisticated, and Colt… isn’t. When their talents weave together, it’s magical, but will their differences destroy it all?

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Jeremy Cox hatte keine sehr glückliche Kindheit. Er wuchs in einer Kleinstadt in Kansas auf, wurde in der Schule schikaniert und von seinen Eltern vernachlässigt. Aber er entkam dieser Enge und ging nach Portland, Oregon, wo er jetzt als Park Ranger arbeitet und versucht, Ausreißern und Obdachlosen zu helfen. Er ist mittlerweile schon über vierzig und hat sich mit seinem Leben arrangiert, da steht eines Tages sein ehemaliger Freund Donny, den er vor sechs Jahren an die Alkohol- und Drogensucht verlor, vor der Tür und zieht Jeremy unweigerlich mit in seine Probleme hinein. Und als ob das noch nicht genug wäre, trifft Jeremy einen faszinierenden, rätselhaften Mann, der seinerseits auch sein Bündel zu tragen hat.

Qayin Hill hat den Keller voller Leichen und den Kopf voller Dämonen. Er war früher drogensüchtig und kämpft auch jetzt noch mit Depressionen und Panikanfällen. Qay weiß nicht, ob er Jeremy seine Geheimnisse anvertrauen kann oder wie er darauf reagieren soll, dass Jeremy immer wieder versucht, ihn vor sich selbst zu retten.

Doch obwohl sie beide von ihrer Vergangenheit heimgesucht werden, finden Jeremy und Qay zusammen Leidenschaft, Freundschaft und die Hoffnung auf eine bessere Zukunft. Jetzt müssen sie nur noch entscheiden, ob ihre Liebe wirklich die Macht hat, um – wie ein altes Sprichwort besagt – alles zu überwinden. Oder ob manche Hindernisse so hoch sind, dass selbst die größte Liebe vor ihnen kapituliert.

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Beneath These Fields

World of Love | Brazil
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Sometimes true worth is well hidden.

Ellis Campos is a successful divorce lawyer with little to no time for a personal life. His predictable routine is disrupted when he inherits a coffee farm from an estranged aunt. There’s no room in his life for all the complications that come with managing a farm in another state. But his plans to quickly sell it and go back to the big city fall apart when he’s manipulated into spending a week on the estate.

Adding to the unexpected surprises, he meets Rudá, a native Brazilian who works on the farm, and while teaching him about his aunt’s home and family, also tempts Ellis like no one ever has.

He doesn’t expect his life to change in such a short time, but as he finds value and comfort in the farm’s routine, Ellis quickly realizes that, like the land itself, Rudá has secrets that could send him running back to Rio.

 

World of Love: Stories of romance that span every corner of the globe.

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Empires rivaux du monde de la gastronomie, les noms de Douglas et Walters se disputent la couronne depuis des temps immémoriaux. La presse s’arrache le moindre scoop sur les deux talentueux héritiers de ces magnats de la restauration, les jeunes Beck Douglas et Duncan Walters. Beck, qui anime une émission de cuisine à succès avec son oncle, est réputé pour son charme et sa cuisine traditionnelle. Duncan, quant à lui, n’a pas peur de sortir des sentiers battus et s’est construit une réputation de rebelle en refusant de travailler pour son père.

Lorsqu’un cliché d’eux en train de se disputer violemment commence à circuler, les médias s’enflamment. Afin de contrôler les dommages qu’une rixe entre les deux familles pourrait porter à leur réputation, leurs chargés de communication respectifs orchestrent une réconciliation factice. Au cours de cette mascarade, et malgré les projecteurs et la mise en scène, une étincelle naît secrètement entre les deux jeunes hommes. 

Beck ploie sous la pression continuelle que lui inflige son oncle, et les relations déjà tendues de Duncan avec son père se détériorent encore davantage lorsqu’il commence à soupçonner un rapprochement entre Duncan et Beck. Il faut dire qu’il est difficile d’ignorer l’alchimie qui brûle entre eux à l’écran, lorsque Duncan rejoint Beck sur le plateau de son émission. Une chose est sûre, au travail comme en amour, c’est un parcours semé d’embûches qui les attend, et comme le dit le dicton, on ne fait pas d’omelette sans casser des œufs…

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The Devil's Breath

Perchance to Dream
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Henri’s stalker has left him with a paradoxical legacy: his mind rebels at the thought of being touched—the very thing his body craves.

For three years Henri has fought to overcome the horrors of the past. Now on the other side of the world—after leaving Australia for Canada—Henri’s nemesis is hunting him with maniacal focus. Trying to escape, he meets Birch, a kind horse trainer, who’s confounded by Henri’s idiosyncrasies even as he is drawn to him. But when Birch discovers the truth, he encourages Henri not to just survive, but to live.

Maybe even to love.

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A Harmony Ink Press Title

When she was a child, Joey Kinkaid, assigned as a boy at birth—wearing Mom’s purple sundress and an imaginary crown—ruled the Baker Street neighborhood with a flair and imagination that kept the other kids captivated. Day after day, she led them on fantastic after-school adventures, but those innocent childhood days are over, and the magic is gone. The princess is alone.

Even Eric Sinclair, the Prince Eric to Joey’s Princess Ariel, has turned his back on his former friend, watching in silence as Joey is tormented at school. Eric isn’t proud of it, but their enchanted youth is over, and they’ve been thrust into a dog-eat-dog world where those who conform survive and those who don’t… well, they don’t. Eric has enough to deal with at home, where his mother has abandoned him to live in isolation and poverty.

But Eric can’t stay on the sidelines forever. When Joey finally accepts her female gender and comes to school wearing lip gloss, leggings, and a silky pink scarf, the bullies readily take the opportunity she hands them, driving Joey to attempt suicide and leaving Eric at a crossroads—one that will influence both their lives in not just the present, but the future.

Is there a chance the two teens can be friends again, and maybe even more?

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Typhoon Toby

Forces of Nature | Book Two
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Forces of Nature: Book Two

On the surface, Toby Griffiths appears to have it all—talent, money, a brilliant mind, and model good looks. With his best friend, Reese, he’s built an empire as a singer/songwriter.

But beneath that glittering exterior, Toby suffers the lasting effects of abuse. To keep his tempestuous past where it belongs, he insists on anonymity with lovers—no names, no personal information. But a vacation fling in Bali changes all that, and he can’t get his recent playmate out of his mind.

Therapist Spencer Hart left Bali with a bad case of pneumonia and a broken heart. Although he’s recovering, he’s shocked to find his secretive partner on TV, and he’s determined to see him again. Spencer arranges to attend one of Toby’s fundraising galas, and their reunion is tense.

Toby tries to stick to his rules… until a New Year’s kiss with Spencer washes away the last of his resistance. But Toby is a man with secrets, and when the storm comes ashore, it could devastate not just his professional life but his fledgling love affair and his longtime partnership with his best friend.

Will Spencer stand by his side and help him weather the storm as Toby faces his worst fears?

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Place Setting

States of Love | South Carolina
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Cameron Dunlop has lived in the Lowcountry town of Summer Corners, South Carolina, his whole life. He loves his home, but his little town in the Deep South doesn’t offer much in the way of dating options.

Chef Gray Callahan has enjoyed success in the kitchen, but his last relationship sunk like a bad soufflé. When plans for his sister’s wedding go awry, it provides the perfect excuse to pack up and go home, where he can help out as he decides how to start his life over.

Gray’s path crosses Cameron’s, and he realizes together they might have all the ingredients to save the day—with maybe enough left over for something sweet just for the two of them.

 

States of Love: Stories of romance that span every corner of the United States.  

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Boules de feu

La balle au bond
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La balle au bond

Rodney Mansfield est un artiste renommé et un homme d’un mètre soixante-sept, ceinture noire de karaté, qui affiche des cheveux roses, six boucles d’oreilles, et cache un désir inavoué pour Hunter Fallon, un pompier local. Cependant, le Nain de jardin, comme on l’appelle, sait que jamais il ne parviendrait à charmer cet homme gay aux allures d’hétéro, alors il rassemble tout son altruisme et aide Jerry, son ami plus viril, à l’attirer. Comme si son cœur brisé ne suffisait pas, il sauve Hunter d’un homophobe de sa caserne, l’humiliant ainsi devant son père !

Hunter vit une vie de rêve – celui de son père, justement. Alors qu’il aimerait enseigner la littérature à la faculté, lire des poèmes sous le soleil ou se trouver un homme fort pour le dominer, il lutte contre les incendies pour faire plaisir à son géniteur. Hunter déteste les hommes extravagants comme Rodney. Pourtant, pourquoi n’arrive-t-il pas à lui résister ? Peut-être est-il temps d’avouer que cette flamme-là, il ne souhaite pas l’éteindre.

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Il Principe del teatro

Storie d’amore a Laguna
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Un libro della serie Storie d’amore a Laguna

Guidato dal desiderio di diventare uno stilista di successo e preoccupato di dover nascondere il suo passato discutibile, Ru Maitland ha permesso che la sua ossessione nei confronti della star dei film d’azione Gray Anson sostituisse la sua vita sociale. Ossessione e realtà si scontrano quando a Ru viene chiesto di ideare dei costumi moderni per una rappresentazione speciale dell’Amleto che vede come protagonista proprio Gray Anson e che sarà allestita al Teatro di Laguna. Gray si rivela un miscuglio di timidezza e spavalderia e, nonostante un fidanzamento di grande risonanza con una donna dell’alta società, i segnali che manda a Ru fanno ballare la salsa alla sua libidine.

Gray Anson ha quello che la maggior parte della gente può solo sognare: ricchezza, popolarità e un lavoro che ama. In cambio ha detto addio a ogni parvenza di privacy e al diritto di dire no alle migliaia di persone che dipendono da lui e ai milioni di fan che lo amano. Tutto quello che ha sempre desiderato sta appena al di là della bolla della sua vita, ma deve decidere a quali compromessi scendere per ottenere ciò che vuole. Quando il passato travagliato di Ru si infrange sul presente infestato di paparazzi di Gray, entrambi si renderanno conto che a volte l’unico compromesso accettabile è la verità.

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Schneegestöber

Die Berge | Buch 2
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Fortsetzung zu Höhenfeuer

Buch 2 in der Serie – Die Berge

Puderschnee, perfekt bearbeitete Pisten und elegante Hotels locken Reiche und erfahrene Skiläufer in das exklusive Wapiti Creek Ski Resort. Aber für Jake Landon und Kurt Carlson besteht der Reiz aus Arbeit. Als Skianfänger kümmert sich Jake um den Anfängerlift, aber Kurt befürchtet, dass er den ganzen Winter lang Schneeschippen muss. An einer privaten Skischule zu unterrichten sollte für ihn eigentlich ein Traumjob sein, aber seine neuen Freunde schauen ihn deswegen schief an und lachen über ihn. Jake und Kurt haben den ganzen Sommer zusammen in der Wildnis verbracht. Dass Jake sich nicht outen wollte, war nicht wichtig gewesen. Aber jetzt müssen sie ihre Beziehung in der Öffentlichkeit führen. Dabei stören die fünfjährigen Zwillinge, die Jake als ihren Skibegleiter adoptiert haben, genauso sehr wie das Mitglied der Skipatrouille, das sich in Jake verliebt hat. Möchtegern-Freunde, fiese Kollegen und die Gefahren des Berges könnten für Kurt und Jake das Ende bedeuten, aber die größte Gefahr für ihre Beziehung geht von ihnen selbst aus. 

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Ten

Love by Numbers
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A Love by Numbers Story

Can two broken men build one life? 

Ten years. 

That’s what Makai lost for a crime he didn’t commit. He’s been exonerated, but the abuse he suffered in prison isn’t so easy to leave behind. He heads to the one place he remembers being happy: Acker, Wisconsin, where he spent summers with his grandpa. Unfortunately, not everyone wants Makai there. 

Ten days. 

That’s how long Emil, now twenty-one, was held prisoner as a teenager. The mental and physical injuries he suffered at the hands of a drug trafficking ring still haunt him. 

Nightmares, anxiety, and PTSD challenge the connection forming between Makai and Emil, though together, they might find a way to move beyond their pain and into a future—and a relationship—that both had thought impossible. 

Now they just have to convince Emil’s father, the town sheriff. It won’t be easy with danger closer than they know….

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Whiskey and Moonshine

Dreamspun Desires | #74
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Drunk on love.

Like a well-aged whiskey, master distiller and old-money entrepreneur Malone Kensington is elegant and refined. Unfortunately he’s also a perfectionist who is more dedicated to the success of his generations-old company than his own love life.

That company needs a public spokesman.

What Colton Hale lacks in sophistication, he more than makes up for with the charisma that’s allowed him to survive on the street from a young age and charm his way into the lucrative—if overwhelming—public position at the Kensington Distillery. When Mal takes Colt under his wing, hoping to polish off his rough edges, opposites attract and a passionate romance blossoms despite the differences in age and background. But can it survive a Kensington Board of Directors who believe Colt is nothing but a gold digger and a kidnapper determined to profit from the love of Mal’s life—dead or alive?

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Oil and Water

The Wildcatters | Book One
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The Wildcatters: Book One

Oilman Max inherits a passel of trouble when his boss passes away and leaves him a house in England, a family full of squabbles, and a heck of a lot of money. He’s thinking London is the worst place on earth… until he meets Morgan. 

Colorful, carefree, and a little crazy, Morgan is just what Max needs, and the two set out on the adventure of a lifetime, chasing pleasure wherever it takes them, learning that together they can make anything fun… and sexy. 

Too bad reality has to set in, and Morgan’s multimillionaire father has a lot to say about what reality looks like. Will their different worlds conspire to separate them like oil and water?

 

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First Edition published by Torquere Press, 2006.

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Il pompiere californiano Hayden Hurst inizia a rendersi conto che la vita non è tutta combattere incendi e bere con gli amici. Nella sua casa e nella sua vita c’è posto per qualcuno, ma non ha ancora trovato quella persona speciale. E sebbene abbia dichiarato la propria omosessualità al lavoro, sa che presentarsi a un evento sociale con un uomo al braccio è tutta un’altra cosa. Teme che questo possa essere troppo per i suoi poco tolleranti “amici”.

Jez Bouchet, ballerino di Broadway, non passa per etero fin da quando, all’età di diciassette anni, è stato picchiato perché gay. Dopo aver ricevuto una redditizia offerta di lavoro a Hollywood, abbandona la sua vita a New York e raggiunge Los Angeles in auto. Il fratello gli trova in fretta un posto dove dormire a casa del suo migliore amico, Hayden. 

L’attrazione fra Hayden e Jez è inaspettata ma ardente, e i due vi si abbandonano ancor prima di essere sicuri di piacersi. Tuttavia Jez detesta gli amici omofobi di Hayden e Hayden sa che Jez è troppo esuberante per passare inosservato. Il fratello di Jez rappresenta un’ulteriore complicazione.

Nonostante gli ostacoli, i due si gettano a capofitto in una relazione. Ma Jez ha dei segreti: un minuscolo cane viziato e uno stalker testardo. Se non racconterà tutto a Hayden, rischia di soffocare la loro storia prima che questa riesca a sbocciare.

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Second Hand

Tucker Springs
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A Tucker Springs Novel

Paul Hannon flunked out of vet school. His fiancée left him. He can barely afford his rent, and he hates his house. About the only things he has left are a pantry full of his ex’s kitchen gadgets and a lot of emotional baggage. He could really use a win—and that’s when he meets El.

Pawnbroker El Rozal is a cynic. His own family’s dysfunction has taught him that love and relationships lead to misery. Despite that belief, he keeps making up excuses to see Paul again. Paul, who doesn’t seem to realize that he’s talented and kind and worthy. Paul, who’s not over his ex-fiancée and is probably straight anyway. Paul, who’s so blind to El’s growing attraction, even asking him out on dates doesn’t seem to tip him off.

El may not do relationships, but something has to give. If he wants to keep Paul, he’ll have to convince him he’s worthy of love—and he’ll have to admit that attachment might not be so bad after all.

 

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With the pressures of the job bearing down on him, police officer Garrett Wreckley needs a vacation—in fact, he isn’t given a choice in the matter. Since the water has always soothed Garrett’s soul, he heads to the Caribbean, hoping some time alone sailing on the open water will help him pull himself together.

But even though he’s taking a break from law enforcement, Garrett can’t get rid of his cop’s instinct so easily.

He meets Nigel, a young man as innocent as he is beautiful, who grew up sheltered from the world, exploring the beaches and tropical forests with only the company of his aunt, his brother, and the wildlife and sea creatures he befriended.

As sweet, passionate love blooms, their time in paradise feels too good to be true… and Garrett’s gut and training tell him that might be the case. As he investigates, he quickly realizes everything is not as it seems. Will his snooping destroy not only their romance, but everything Nigel believes about his life?

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Un manny si innocent

Les mannies
Dreamspun Desires (Français) | #25
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Les mannies

Grandir et tomber amoureux.

La famille, c’est parfois une bénédiction et parfois une malédiction. Surtout une malédiction se dit Tino Robbins lorsqu’il se fait enrôler par sa sœur pour l’aider à livrer ses plats italiens tout prêts alors qu’il devrait étudier, pour ses partiels. Mais une seule livraison peut tout changer.

La vie bienheureuse de Channing Lowell change brutalement lorsque sa sœur décède en lui laissant la garde de son neveu de sept ans. Channing s’engage à faire ce qu’il y a de mieux pour Sammy… mais il va avoir besoin d’aide. De beaucoup d’aide. Lorsque Tino apparaît sur son perron, Channing est déterminé à le faire intégrer la Team Sammy.

Tino ne veut pas perdre le bénéfice de son diplôme – même si cela signifie renoncer à avoir une relation –, mais plus il tombe amoureux de son patron, plus il commence à se demander s’il doit laisser derrière lui sa toute nouvelle famille au profit d’une carrière prometteuse.

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