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Sieg über das Feuer

im Feuer | Buch 3

Fortsetzung zu Gestählt im Feuer

Buch 3 in der Serie - im Feuer

Die beiden Feuerwehrmänner Lee Stanton und Dirk Krause sind urlaubsreif. Doch das Leben hat andere Pläne: An ihrem letzten Arbeitstag haben die beiden mit einem Feuer zu kämpfen, das drei Leben fordert. Wie gut, dass Lee und Dirk eine ganze Woche auf hoher See vor sich haben, um sich von dem Schrecken zu erholen. 

Sie haben eine tolle Zeit – bis sie feststellen müssen, dass auch Dirks miesepetriger, engstirniger Vater an Bord ist. Über dessen Anwesenheit und den Schuldgefühlen wegen der Menschen, die er nicht retten konnte, vergeht Dirk die romantische Stimmung gehörig. Doch dann rettet er einem Passagier das Leben – und vielleicht kann er ja auch noch etwas anderes retten …

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A Harmony Ink Press Title

It’s 2015, and teenage Jake Hardy is hiding something. During a summer trip to the Titanic Mecca of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Jake’s father makes a confession, and though Jake feels upset and confused, he also wants to be understanding. But he feels deceived—much like he’s deceiving those he cares about. Jake is gay, just not ready to tell the world.

Jake and his father are far from alone in their secrets, as Jake discovers back in Texas, where the fight for and against the Equal Rights Ordinance rages. He’s surprised to learn how much the outcome will affect his friends, and he’s torn between standing with them and the wishes of his religious fanatic mother. Being true to himself won’t be easy or painless, and it will come with sacrifices—and rewards.

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Une route longue et sinueuse

L’Ours, la Loutre et le Moustique

Suite de L'art de la respiration

La famille n’est pas toujours déterminée par le sang. Elle est déterminée par ceux qui nous construisent – ce qui font de nous ce que nous sommes. 

Et là, en cette fin, Bear et Otter sont mis à l’épreuve comme jamais. 

Une petite fille qui n’a nulle part où aller frappe à leur porte.

Un téléphone sonne, apportant des nouvelles qu’ils n’attendaient pas.

Un frère revient chez lui après avoir appris comment voler de ses propres ailes.

Alors que tous ces instants convergent, leur vie à tous va changer à tout jamais.

Démarrant dans L’Ours, la Loutre et le Moustique, et continuant dans Ce que nous sommes et L’art de la respiration, TJ Klune a raconté une saga familiale et fraternelle, une histoire d’amour et de sacrifice. Dans cet épisode final, les événements du passé pavent la route longue et sinueuse vers un avenir que personne n’aurait pu imaginer.

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Sometimes the people we need most aren’t bonded by blood but by something deeper.

When they were kids, golden boy Chris Mitcham rescued dweeby Theo Wooten from the neighborhood bullies and taught him how to “be cool.” Now, years later, Theo’s developed romantic feelings for his best friend that “arise” at the most inopportune times. Theo hates lying to Chris, but in coming out, he might lose the one person who understands him best, a risk he’s not willing to take.

When a relationship with another young man goes south, Theo is forced to confront his own sexuality along with his growing attraction to Chris and the stunted, tenuous relationship Theo has with his father. Will Chris abandon Theo when he learns the truth, or will he stand by him in this tumultuous season of self-discovery? 

In this quirky coming-of-age romance, Theo’s path to manhood is fraught with several awkward firsts, a few haters, but also the tender comfort of an unexpected lover.

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One can’t walk the path of darkness and expect to escape unscathed.

At eighteen, Foster Erickson stepped out of the closet into a world of homelessness, prostitution, and drugs. Years later, he’s pulled it together and is ready to rebuild.

Determined not to let the demons win, Foster starts university with a plan to keep others from making the same mistakes he did. The last thing he expects is Sylvester Roberts.

After years of working with his father, Sylvester decides to step out on his own. University at his age is strange, but for him, failure isn’t an option. After flunking a few tests, Sylvester’s professor assigns him a tutor—Foster Erickson. The moment they meet, Sylvester knows Foster isn’t like other guys.  

As the darkness hovers and Sylvester begins falling, he will have to decide if helping Foster fight his demons will be worth it in the end.

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Biscotti per corteggiare

Il curioso ricettario di Nonna B

Un libro della serie Il curioso ricettario di Nonna B

Dopo la morte della sorella, all’uomo d’affari Marshall Hunter viene affidata la custodia della nipote. Marshall non è abituato ad avere a che fare con i bambini, ma si sforza di entrare in contatto con lei. Per farla sentire più a suo agio, assume il pittore professionista Pace Barlow per personalizzare la sua stanza con un murale.

Pace è affascinato dalla piccola cliente, e ancora più interessato al bellissimo zio, ma non è certo di essere pronto ad assumersi immediatamente l’impegno di una famiglia.

Per il bene della nipote, Marshall decide di trasferirsi. Riuscirà a mantenere la sua relazione con il giovane artista o dovrà rinunciare all’amore per diventare un buon padre per una bambina sola?

Una ricetta d’altri tempi racchiude l’amore che potrebbe unire i due uomini, ma non bastano dei biscotti magici per risolvere una situazione intricata.

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Frank Sinclair believes only in the visceral, the real, what he can touch and taste. After all, his mother left him when he was five years old, so how can love exist? His next sexual conquest is what makes his world go around, not romance and happily ever after. The hot guy he sees working along the highway in an orange jumpsuit fuels his bad-boy fantasies. Coincidentally, the guy shows up at the gas station across the street from his apartment building, and you can bet he’s going to take his shot.

Roy Ingalls is his bad-boy parolee in orange, and he’s ready and oh-so-willing to be Frank’s next conquest. But Roy isn’t quite the bad boy he seems—deep down he’s sweet, naïve… and the most intoxicating man Frank has ever met.

The sex is the best of their lives, but can a man who mistrusts love and another who isn’t ready to admit he’s actually gay ever move beyond friends with benefits?

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Schloss und Schlüssel

Verschlungene Träume | Buch 1

Buch 1 in der Serie - Verschlungene Träume

Zurückgewiesen. Todunglücklich. Am Boden zerstört.

Zack Davis wollte nur einem einzigen Mann dienen: Andrew Nikeman. Doch das blieb ihm versagt, da Andrew ihn für zu jung hielt und weil ihre Brüder zusammen waren. Also unterdrückte Zack seine devoten Neigungen und konzentrierte sich darauf, der perfekte Dom zu sein, indem er jedem Sub, mit dem er spielte, etwas gab, was er selbst nicht haben konnte.

Nach Jahren der Selbstverleugnung gibt ihm die Wohltätigkeits-Auktion „Bist du Dom genug, um sub zu sein?“ des Clubs Entwined einen Vorwand, sich etwas von dem zu holen, wonach er sich schon immer gesehnt hat.

Andrew weiß nicht, wann aus seiner Verliebtheit mehr geworden ist, aber es bringt ihn fast um, Zack mit einer nicht enden wollenden Parade von Subs zu sehen. Er hatte weder die Beziehung seines Bruders aufs Spiel setzen noch etwas werden wollen, was Zack später bereuen würde. Doch Zack ist kein Kind mehr, und die Beziehung seines Bruders ist unzerstörbar. Jetzt, wo Zack ein beliebter und erfolgreicher Dom ist, wird Andrews Traum, ihm eines Tages sein Halsband umzulegen, vielleicht nie in Erfüllung gehen. Doch wenn er sich nicht endlich zu seinen Gefühlen bekennt, könnte er den Mann, den er liebt, für immer verlieren.

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When Jeff agreed to be the sperm donor to his best friend Beth, he never expected a tragedy to leave his newborn and three-year-old motherless. Beth’s loss has totally thrown his life into chaos: his lover has left him, his house isn’t anywhere near childproof, and his boss feels the restaurant has been patient enough with Jeff’s time off.

Donny has always known he wanted to work with kids, and he just finished his degree in early childhood education. He didn’t count on the prejudice he’d face as not only a male nanny, but a gay one at that. Job-hunting has been frustrating to say the least, so when he knocks on Jeff's door and is greeted by the sounds of things breaking and a pair of screaming children, he thinks maybe he can begin this particular interview with a trial by fire.

Becoming the nanny to Jeff's children might be a dream come true for Danny and exactly what Jeff needs, but are either of them ready to really be a family?

 

Second Edition

First Edition published by TOP SHELF: An imprint of Torquere Press Publishers, December 2011.

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Bad Boyfriend

Bad in Baltimore | Book Two

Bad in Baltimore: Book Two

Causing trouble has never been more fun.

Eli Wright doesn’t follow anyone’s rules. When he was seventeen, his parents threw him out of the house for being gay. He’s been making his own way for the past five years and he’s not about to change himself for anyone’s expectations. For now, romance can wait. There are plenty of hot guys to keep him entertained until he finds someone special.

Quinn Maloney kept the peace and his closeted boyfriend’s secrets for ten years. One morning he got a hell of a wake-up along with his coffee. Not only did the boyfriend cheat on him, but he’s marrying the girl he knocked up. Inviting Quinn to the baby’s baptism is the last straw. Quinn’s had enough of gritting his teeth to play nice. His former boyfriend is in for a rude awakening, because Quinn’s not going to sit quietly on the sidelines. In fact, he has the perfect scheme, and he just needs to convince the much younger, eyeliner-wearing guy who winks at him in a bar to help him out.

Eli’s deception is a little too good, and soon he has everyone believing they’re madly in love. In fact, he’s almost got Quinn believing it himself….

 

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First Edition published by Samhain Publishers Inc., December 2011.

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Eine Art Romanze

Fast wie Liebe

Ein Titel der Fast wie Liebe Serie

Zeke Gulden ist ein rücksichtsloser Wall Street Banker. Seine kalte, nüchterne Art hat ihm in der harten Geschäftswelt viele Vorteile eingebracht, aber nicht in seinem Privatleben. Als er herausfindet, dass sein Ex-Freund ihn mit einem Arbeitskollegen betrogen hat, kann Zeke das nicht auf sich beruhen lassen ‒ nicht, bis er einen Weg findet, es ihnen heimzuzahlen. Aber sein aufdringlicher Vater hat andere Vorstellungen. Der neue Angestellte im familieneigenen Bagel-Shop mag sehr farbenfroh sein, aber sein Dad ist der Meinung, er wäre der perfekte Mann für Zeke.

Benny Ruggieri ist ein stolzer New Yorker, der davon träumt, als Kostümdesigner am Theater den Durchbruch zu schaffen. In der Zwischenzeit hat er zwei Jobs im Gastgewerbe. Als sein neuer Boss ihn mit seinem erfolgreichen Sohn verkuppeln will, erwartet Benny gar nichts. Zumindest kann er sich einen Spaß daraus machen, den verklemmten Geschäftsmann ein wenig aufzuziehen. Stattdessen werden die beiden unerwartet Freunde und eine unerklärliche Anziehung entsteht zwischen ihnen, die sie nicht ignorieren können. Benny könnte derjenige sein, der Zeke dazu bringt, seine Rachepläne zu vergessen, wenn dieser bereit ist, loszulassen und zu vergeben, was er nicht vergessen kann … und dieser unerwarteten Art von Romanze nachzugeben. 

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La promesse d’un job de rêve attire Murphy à Tampa. Mais il revient brutalement sur terre lorsqu’il découvre que l’offre est provisoirement suspendue. À présent, il n’a plus que deux choix : retourner en douce dans le Michigan, la queue entre les jambes, ou rester dans le coin et chercher du travail.

Les choses s’améliorent quand il se rend dans un coffee shop et apprend que le propriétaire cherche justement quelqu’un pour rénover l’appartement du dessus. Il accepte le job avec joie avant de réaliser qu’il a déjà fait la connaissance de Joe Sterling, le propriétaire du Kaffeinate, lors de sa première soirée dans un club de Tampa.

Murphy et Joe sont tous les deux francs, fiers et passionnés. Ni l’un ni l’autre ne cherche de relation, même s’ils sont bien obligés de reconnaître qu’ils s’accordent aussi bien que le café et les beignets, en dépit de leurs caractères. Jusqu’à ce que Joe réalise que Murphy doit travailler pour une société qui représente une menace pour l’environnement et pour les entreprises de la région – et si Murphy ne change pas très vite d’avis, Joe ne voudra plus rien avoir à faire avec lui, condamnant entre eux toute possibilité d’obtenir leur happy-end tant espéré.

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Teaching Ben

Dreamspun Desires | #52

Learning to love means a study in patience.

Fresh out of the military, Ben Cooper is ready for a new start. He’s away from his domineering father, making his own choices… and out of the closet. On his first day of college, he meets David Powell, who’s just the kind of gorgeous man Ben’s dreamed of. Too bad he’s the teaching assistant—which makes him off-limits in Ben’s eyes.

David is Ben’s age, but his life has taken a different path. He’s close with his family, who helped him deal with personal struggles after he came out. And while he’s staying away from any hint of scandal, Ben’s a kind of temptation he hasn’t faced in years. If only they’d met on more equal footing.

As the semester progresses and their lives become more entwined, keeping their relationship platonic becomes more difficult. They just have to hold out until the end of the semester….

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Un posto vuoto

Un posto | Libro 1

Serie Un posto, Libro 1

Dopo una relazione durata vent’anni e a sole due settimane da una crociera a lungo attesa da entrambi, il marito di Seth Wilder si suicida. La coppia non aveva stipulato una polizza di annullamento e Seth non può chiedere un rimborso. Bryce McFarland, compagno di palestra di suo marito, comprende la situazione e, quando Seth glielo chiede, acconsente ad accompagnarlo, per permettergli di recuperare il denaro e non essere costretto a cancellare i suoi piani. È una gentilezza inaspettata, che Seth accetta con gratitudine.

I due non hanno niente in comune. Seth è un solitario autore di romanzi, mentre Bryce è un incallito utente di Grindr che trova difficile impegnarsi seriamente. Per necessità, e nonostante le differenze in apparenza insormontabili tra loro, i due sviluppano un incerto rapporto. Con il proseguire del viaggio attraverso le Isole Britanniche, Bryce aiuta Seth a fare i conti con la morte improvvisa del compagno, mentre Seth scopre a sua volta le cause della fobia di Bryce.

Le relazioni nate in crociera raramente funzionano e sarebbe sensato resistervi, nonostante la tensione erotica. Ma la luna piena e le brezze di fine estate favoriscono le situazioni impossibili, facendo cadere le barriere e sbocciare un nuovo amore.

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Road Trip Collection

The course of love is a rough ride, but for ecoterrorist MJ, ridge runner Sonny, physicist Paddy, psychic Neil, genetically enhanced English professor Duncan, and the assassin known as Cowboy, the road to romance is a heart-stopping trip—one full of kidnappings, explosions, secret programs, and supersoldiers. They’re an awful ragged bunch to be considered heroes.

 

Under Pressure

Sonny and MJ’s retirement may be in jeopardy, but at least they’re together on a new boat—with no annoying hostages. Then Cowboy, MJ’s old friend, gets in touch, bringing with him a host of complications, including Professor Duncan, who has ties to the Program. A call for help from Paddy sets them all on a collision course with a deadly specter from the past. As MJ makes his plans, Sonny is shaken by the possibility of losing everything.

 

Walking on the Sun

Sonny is determined to raise hell to hunt for MJ—problem is, will MJ know anyone, or himself, once they catch up to him? Neil and Paddy are healing but reluctantly join the effort, as Cowboy and Duncan help Sonny prepare for a showdown. Sonny might be ragged, but he’s MJ’s hero, and he is not about to give up on the most important thing in his life, even if it kills him. Will everyone survive the last epic battle, or will they go out in a blaze of glory?

 

First Edition of Under Pressure published by TOP SHELF: An imprint of Torquere Press Publishers, March 2009.

First Edition of Walking on the Sun published by TOP SHELF: An imprint of Torquere Press Publishers, September 2010.

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A friends-to-lovers novella that came from Out of the Shadows, because Nate and Dylan needed a story….

Nate and Dylan have been pals for a long time. So what if their friends think they’ve got a little bromance going? Doesn’t mean there’s anything more to it than that, right? And even if there is, Nate and Dylan are totally oblivious….

Until the night they share a drunken kiss—and everything changes.

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Can a raw food enthusiast find love with a guy who bakes cupcakes?

When Micah Truveen’s devoted health-food customers start showing up with white flour, Micah wants to chew nails! To make his misery worse, he finds his yoga teacher boyfriend in bed with another guy the day before Valentine’s Day. Micah decides to drown his misery at a friend’s anti-Valentine’s Day orgiastic hookup party—and meets the beautiful Queen, a gorgeous cross-dresser who’s got Southern sugah in his mouth and the right equipment under the dress. But when the hookup turns serious, Micah has to compromise to protect Queen’s secrets from his beloved grandmother. With everything against them, can two hearts rise above the flour?

 

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First Edition published by Etopia Press, January 2013.

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Wie kann man einen Mann vor dem Ertrinken retten, wenn man selbst dieser Mann ist? 

Jake Moores Welt ist so beengend, dass sie ihn erdrückt. Er gibt jeden Cent, den er als Schweißer verdient, für seinen sterbenden Vater aus, einen gewalttätigen, kontrollierenden Mann, der Jakes einzige Familie ist. Weil Jake seiner toten Mutter versprechen musste, seinem Begehren nach anderen Männern zu widerstehen, droht die Dunkelheit ihn zu verschlucken. 

Dallas Yates braucht seine ganze Vorstellungskraft, um das Potenzial zu erkennen, das in dem alten Art-Deco-Gebäude am Rand von West Hollywood steckt. Was ihn endgültig überzeugt, ist das schüchterne Lächeln des attraktiven Metallarbeiters aus der Werkstatt auf der gegenüberliegenden Straßenseite. Ihre Freundschaft vertieft sich, als Dallas – eine nach der anderen – die harten Schalen löst, die Jakes Seele die Luft zum Atmen nehmen. Es fällt ihm nicht schwer, den süßen, kunstbegabten Mann zu lieben, der sich hinter Jakes gebrochenem Äußeren verbirgt. Aber Dallas ist sich auch bewusst, dass Jake zuerst lernen muss, sich selbst zu lieben. 

Als Jakes Welt in Scherben fällt, bittet er Dallas um Hilfe, den Mann, der immer auf seiner Seite stand. Es ist nur eine Frage der Zeit, bis er in ein Leben abdriftet, das er so nie führen wollte. Und obwohl er sich mehr ersehnt, lassen ihn die Geister der Vergangenheit nicht los. Er kann nicht glauben, die Liebe wert zu sein, die ihm Dallas so verzweifelt schenken möchte. 

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