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Matt Sullivan si definisce per etichette: studente di legge, atleta, eterosessuale. I suoi obiettivi sono laurearsi e fare carriera in uno studio legale. Una sera decide di accompagnare il suo coinquilino gay in discoteca, e la sua vita cambia. Si rende conto, infatti, di essere attratto dall’uomo più bello che abbia mai visto. Tutte le sue etichette piano piano finiscono per staccarsi, perché non riesce a dimenticarlo.

Aaron Mendez non crede nelle etichette. Si tiene alla larga dagli uomini etero curiosi e non ha paura di mettere in chiaro che non intende nascondere la sua natura favolosa per nessuno. Se da una parte Aaron non può negare di essere attratto da Matt, dall’altra, però, è riluttante a farsi coinvolgere in una storia da qualcuno che trova ancora difficile accettare cosa implica quella nuova etichetta. Soprattutto quando quel qualcuno ha ancora una ragazza.

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A Balls to the Wall Anthology

Go balls to the wall again with a return to Laguna and the sexy men who chase the desires of their hearts—and their bodies—in newly edited and expanded tales of love overcoming all obstacles.

 

Beach Balls

Closeted attorney Adam James—who works for homophobic WMA Development—is about to learn there’s more to life than a fat paycheck when he meets sexy diver Sky Sea Mickeljohn. Sky stands for peace, love, the environment—and taking pride in his sexuality. With WMA threatening all that, can the two opposites find a way to meet in the middle?

 

FAST Balls

Jerry Wallender—firefighter, surfer, and nude model—might not be a rocket scientist, but he’s smart enough to realize it’s not hatred driving Fire Assist and Search Team Mick Cassidy’s homophobic remarks, but painful memories. And even though it might get him killed by his preacher father, Mick can’t fight his attraction to the kindest—and hottest—guy he’s ever met.

 

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Never

Pennymaker Tales

A Pennymaker Tale

Wendell “Wen” Darling lives in a world of shoulds and musts. Left to care for his brother and sister by his dull drudge of a father and wacko irresponsible mother, he suppresses his creativity, slaving in an ad agency seventy hours a week, letting his no-talent supervisor take the credit.

Then his bosses blow the campaign for their biggest client and Wen gets a chance to shine—but only if he can find the artist who painted a wild, glorious wall of graffiti in the subway. Hiding behind a pillar at 2:00 a.m., Wen comes face-to-face with the scarlet-haired, elven-faced embodiment of his divergent opposite—Peter Panachek, the flighty, live-for-today painter, singer, and leader of the rock group the Lost Boys. Everything Wen takes seriously, Peter laughs off, but opposites attract, even if their kisses always lead to battles. Peter’s devil-may-care persona hides a world of secrets, self-protection, and hidden fears, until the day a drug dealer, Vadon Hooker, threatens everything Wen holds dear. Guided by the mysterious Mr. Pennymaker, Peter has to choose between facing responsibility or burrowing even deeper into Neverland.

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Game Point

Dreamspun Desires | #45

Game, set… match made in heaven.

Spoiled socialite Quinn Valenzuela has no interest in sports or his family’s huge sporting goods empire, Sparta Athletics. So when Quinn learns his grandfather has died and he’s in control of the corporation, no one is more surprised than Quinn himself.

Dedicated COO Porter Davis has little time and less patience for brats like Quinn who have never done a day’s work, but circumstances leave him with little choice. Quinn claims he’s ready to leave partying behind and grow up, but it’ll take more than words to earn Porter’s respect. As it turns out, they can work—and play—together after all. A friends with benefits arrangement makes sense for the two busy men, but are they too different for it to ever develop into more? Not if Quinn can convince Porter he has his head in the game.

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A Harmony Ink Press Title

Fifteen-year-old Mick Mullins has a great life: his parents are sweet, his sister is tolerable, and his friendships are solid. But as summer descends on Queens, he prepares to turn his carefree existence upside down by disclosing a secret he has kept long enough. It’s time to work up the courage to reveal that he is not a boy, but a girl—and that her name is Michelle. Having always been the perfect, good boy, Michelle is terrified that the complicated truth will disappoint, hurt, or push away the people closest to her. She can’t continue hiding for much longer, though, because her body is turning into that of a man’s, and she is desperate to stop the development—desperate enough to consider self-medicating with hormones.

Most of all, Michelle fears that Grandpa, who is in a nursing home after a near fatal stroke, won’t survive the shock if he finds out that his favorite grandchild, and the only boy, is a girl. If she kills her beloved Grandpa by leaving Mick behind, she isn’t sure embracing her real identity will be worth the loss.

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Late in the Day

The Vault | Second

Second from The Vault

Terrence Moss. Conrad Harris. Gold Team Leader. Darius Hawthorne. The Vault. Juggling all these names would bother some, but for Darius, it’s business as usual. When he closes a chapter in his life, he leaves a name—and the people associated with it—behind. He’s managed to keep a few colleagues, even fewer friends, and no companionship through his forty-plus years… but that’s now changing.

The newest chapter of his life is bringing serious change: a stable home, a recovered identity, an unlikely family, and now a chance encounter with the one man Darius ever loved: Efrem Lahm. The reasons they parted are still valid, and there’s no way they can trust each other. But Efrem has already decided he won’t let Darius go… and Darius will have to decide if he wants to take a chance with his heart this late in the day. 

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Tender Mercies

Men of Lancaster County

A Men of Lancaster County Novel

Eddie Graber’s dream of a sanctuary for rescued farm animals was about to come true when his partner backed out at the last minute. Now Eddie risks losing the twenty-five acre property in Lancaster County—and all the hopes he held for it—before the project even gets off the ground. He needs help, he needs money, but most importantly, he needs to rediscover the belief in a higher purpose that brought him here in the first place.

Samuel Miller worked hard to fit into his Amish community despite his clubfoot. But when his father learns Samuel is gay, he is whipped and shunned. With just a few hundred dollars to his name, Samuel responds to an ad for a farmhand and finds himself employed by a city guy who has strange ideas about animals, no clue how to run his small farm, and a gentle heart.

Samuel isn’t the only lost soul to serendipitously find his way to Meadow Lake Farm. There’s Fred and Ginger, two cows who’d been living in a garage, a gang of sheep, and a little black pig named Benny who might be the key to life, love, money—and even a happily ever after for two castoffs.

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Highballer

World of Love | Alberta, Canada

What happens when the man is as tempting as the money?

Remy Delacour’s family doesn’t believe in mainstream medicine, and when Remy’s boyfriend reveals that Remy is majoring in nursing, they cut him off. He has to find money to finish his education—fast. And he is so done with boyfriends.

Levi Aronson met the guy of his dreams and followed him to Australia. He knew the chances for a lasting romance were slim—and boy, was he right. Now he’s back in Canada, a year behind in his university program, and short of funds. He needs money, not another man.

Tree planting is a way to make a lot of money fast, but it’s one of the hardest jobs in the world. When Levi, an experienced planter, sees pretty, sloe-eyed Remy, Levi is certain he’ll never last.

They’ll have to pry Remy’s shovel from his cold, stiff fingers, because he won’t quit—or let anything take his eyes off the prize. When a storm brings Remy and Levi together, each finds the other a distraction from the big goal. But can anything develop between two men who have sworn off relationships?

 

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

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Opposites might attract, but is acting on that attraction wise?

Librarian Tristan Cooper can’t steer clear of sexy, motorcycle-riding bad boy Phillip—the man is hot—but Phillip is bound to find quiet, bookish Tristan boring, like all Tristan’s boyfriends. Tristan yearns to explore his wild side, the part of himself he’s only allowed into his fantasies, and maybe rakish Phillip is just what he needs to feel free.

Sexperienced hairdresser Phillip is more of a believer in happy endings than happily ever afters. Experience has taught him not to hope for more—until he meets sweet, vulnerable Tristan, who seems genuinely interested in his heart. But Phillip can’t trust enough to see himself as a man Tristan might want for more than a night.

With the help of a pair of matchmaking grandfathers, Tristan and Phillip might find the courage to step beyond their comfort zones and discover what has been missing from their lives….

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Amour…, numéro hors série

Raine Baumer vit une vie de fêtes à Chicago, profitant de relations de courtes durées avec peu d’attaches sentimentales. Mais lorsqu’il est sévèrement blessé dans une attaque homophobe, Geoff, son ami proche, vient le chercher pour l’emmener se reposer à la campagne. Là-bas, Geoff et son compagnon Eli le considèrent comme un membre de leur famille, et Raine fait la rencontre de Jonah, le frère d’Eli, qui explore la vie en dehors de la communauté Amish d’où il est originaire.

L’attraction mutuelle de Jonah et Raine les rapproche, mais ils n’auront peut-être pas la chance de profiter l’un de l’autre… Le père de Jonah lui pose un ultimatum, et la police pense que l’agression de Raine n’était pas qu’une simple coïncidence, comme on aurait pu le croire initialement. Raine et Jonah vont devoir braver leurs peurs s’ils veulent avoir une chance de vivre ensemble.

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Nüsse. Große Kerle. Groß wie ein Baum. Eichhörnchen klettern an Bäumen hoch und lieben Nüsse. Okay.

Kyle Miller saß noch nie in einem Flugzeug, hat noch nie ein Kino besucht, ist aber nicht so weltfremd, dass er Anziehungskraft nicht erkennt, wenn er sich die Nase daran stößt.

Er weiß nur nicht, wie er es geschafft hat, mit dem charmanten Joseph zusammenzustoßen, der einen Kopf kleiner ist als Kyles ein Meter neunzig.

Für Joseph ist Kyle ein Wahnsinnstyp – er muss halt nur ein bisschen klettern.

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A Harmony Ink Press Title

Harmony Ink Press is proud to present the winners of the fourth annual Young Author Challenge. This book contains the best of the best in short LGBTQ+ fiction by authors from age fourteen to twenty-one. They represent the future of both our literature and our community, and the future looks as bright as these voices are strong, inventive, and unique. These fifteen stories range from the realistic to the fantastical, and they are populated with characters from all across the rainbow. They explore love, friendship, being different, finding one’s purpose and place, and what it means to grow up—in the modern world or one of pure imagination.

 

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Il Fante di cuori spezzati

Storie d’amore a Laguna

Un libro della serie Storie d'amore a Laguna

Jim Carney ha un lavoro a tempo pieno: fuggire da se stesso. Nato in una famiglia benestante, è scappato di casa a sedici anni dopo aver rovinato la vita del suo migliore amico per colpa di un fumetto yaoi. Da allora conduce una vita molto “virile”: lavora come operaio, si ubriaca e scansa ogni responsabilità. Ma quando il suo migliore amico, Billy Ballew, gli offre l’occasione di un avanzamento di carriera, Jim decide che per una volta nella vita vuole rendere qualcuno orgoglioso di lui. Purtroppo il nuovo lavoro comporta una visita medica preventiva, ed ecco che il suo sogno yaoi prende vita nelle sembianze del cardiologo Ken Tanaka. Jim scopre di avere ben due problemi di cuore: una valvola mitrale difettosa e una seria attrazione verso il suo dottore. Ma Ken Tanaka non è tipo da relazione stabile, e Jim potrebbe essere solo una delle sue tante conquiste. Ken trova Jim indimenticabile, ma quell’uomo è anche l’incubo della sua tradizionalissima famiglia giapponese. E com’è possibile che non appena Jim decide di diventare una persona responsabile si ritrova in mezzo a mille guai? Il suo fratellino ha bisogno di lui, una ricca donna d’affari gli fa una proposta che non può rifiutare, dovrà scendere a patti con il diavolo, e per di più si ritrova ricoverato all’ospedale… ma tutto ciò che Jim desidera è il Fante di cuori spezzati.

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A Club Whisper Novel

Life is perfect for Richard and Dean. Richard is a wealthy and successful businessman who also owns a BDSM club, and Dean is a best-selling author and sub to Richard. They’re young, happy, and in love. The future is bright….

Until tragedy strikes and an accident claims Dean’s beloved sister. Dean finds himself the guardian of a three-month-old infant, and soon he’s trading in his leather fetish gear for diapers and drool bibs. But little Emily is all that remains of his family, so how can he abandon her?

It’s not what Richard signed up for. As much as he tries to be supportive, he never wanted kids and misses having his partner to himself. Suddenly the life he imagined for them is gone, and he’s not sure their relationship can survive the upheaval. But fate isn’t through with Dean, and when misfortune strikes again, will he be able to turn to the man he loves? A final crisis will determine if they can pull together as a family or must face facts and part ways.

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Isle of...

The Isle Series
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Love is brewing on the Isle of Wight…

In The Isle of… Where?, after his best friend dies, Liam Marshall heads to the Isle of Wight to fulfill Alex’s final wish, but when Sam Owens rescues him on the pier, he may have found a reason to start living again. In Isle of Wishes, Liam has headed back to the States to tie up loose ends before marrying Sam, but when Liam loses contact, Sam sends his brother Officer Paul Owens to find out what happened. There, Paul meets closeted Detective Olaf Skandik, and business soon starts to mix with pleasure.

In Isle of Waves, Wig Tobias and Nibs Tyler are happy in love and in running their business, the Blue Lagoon Restaurant, but when vandals and illness strike, it takes the help of friends to get this couple back on track. And finally in Isle of Waiting, read a missing moment of Paul and Olaf’s romance.

 

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Twenty-one-year-old Mason has to get out of his mother’s house, where her boyfriend subjects him to unwanted advances—and won’t take no for an answer. Since she didn’t believe Mason when he told her about his uncle’s sexual abuse, Mason knows he’s on his own, and it’s up to him to raise the money he needs. He thinks he’s in luck when he takes a modeling job.

Oliver is a photographer, and getting guys and sex has always been easy for him. His current open relationship is no exception: more friendship and fun than anything. But when Oliver meets Mason, he can see the younger man is fragile and desperately in need of help. Before anything can develop between them, Mason needs to free himself of his terrible living situation and start on the road to healing. Oliver wants to stand beside him as he does. What surprises him is the discovery that he might need Mason as much as Mason needs him.

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Train to Somewhere

Before… and After

A Before… and After Story

It was only a game. Wasn’t it?

At a party one night, Charlie Dean’s childhood friend Will Tucker accepts a dare and dresses up as a girl: clothes, hair, makeup. Seeing Will that way incites a riot of confused emotions in Charlie—and he responds by lashing out. He never meant to hurt Will, and now he must do some serious damage control.

During a school trip by train, Charlie and Will share a sleeper cabin. Charlie intends to mend fences, while Will figures it’s as good a time as any to broach the subjects of attraction and sexuality. They want to get their relationship back on track. But after the secrets they both reveal, their friendship can never be the same.

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Todd Burton est fatigué de sa vie étriquée dans la petite ville de Buckman. Battu par son beau-père qui ne cesse de le traiter de pédé, il découvre un soir avec son meilleur ami Austin qu’il pourrait bien être gay. Mais Todd refuse de donner raison à son horrible beau-père, et il décide de fuir sa ville natale pour poursuivre son rêve de devenir Chef cuisinier. Mais lorsque Todd arrive à la ville, très vite c’est la désillusion. Ses petites économies s’envolent, et il se retrouve à la rue un soir d’hiver, en pleine tempête de neige.

Gabe Richards est un brillant homme d’affaires avec un lourd passé sentimental qui l’a rendu méfiant. Mais lorsqu’il aperçoit le jeune Todd, grelottant de froid à la porte de son immeuble, il prend pitié de lui et le laisse entrer.

À leur grande surprise, Todd et Gabe se découvrent une attirance mutuelle. Ce qui ne devait être qu’une seule nuit se change en semaine, et les sentiments fleurissent. Peut-être que ce jeune homme venu du froid saura faire fondre la glace autour du cœur de Gabe.

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