Contemporary books


Ned Balding used to be a decent man—until the stress of seemingly countless responsibilities changes him, and he becomes cold and driven—the kind of man who considers firing an employee days before Christmas. The kind of man who kicks a dog…. But Ned’s transgressions haven’t gone unseen. A Salvation Army Santa witnesses his misdeeds and decides Ned needs to be taught a lesson.

When Ned wakes up the next morning, he’s stunned to discover he’s been transformed into a dog.

In the past year, Jake Carrara has lost his mother, a lover… even his dog. His boss came close to firing him just before the holidays. He isn’t sure he’s ready for another pet when he’s asked to foster a dog, but Jake’s good heart won’t let him refuse. Little does he know, this isn’t just any dog.

Through a twist of fate, two people with little reason to be friends might teach each other to rediscover the good—and the love—in life.



Recovery | Book Two

Recovery: Book Two

Love is a fragile thing, and it can slip through your fingers if you don’t hold on tight….

When Zack Jung’s AA sponsor and friend commits suicide, he’s desperate to hold it together, and there’s only one place he can turn. He calls Josh and Kris, and they take him back to their ranch outside Santa Fe.

A cowboy to the bone, Cimarron Duran cherishes his orderly life and routine. He likes his neighbors, Kris and Josh, but he has less than no interest in the hipster personal trainer who comes to stay with them—or at least, he plans to fight his interest in favor of his solitary life and his art.

But some things are as inevitable as the weather, and when Zack and Cimarron finally come together, they find they don’t want to let go. It won’t be easy, though, for two men with pasts like theirs to forge a happy future together.


Texas native Colt Burrow isn’t happy about his third cold, lonely Christmas in frozen Michigan. But when fate sends him a gift in the form of an abandoned puppy, he can’t keep his heart from melting. With the puppy’s companionship, he doesn’t feel so isolated anymore, and the holidays don’t seem as bleak. He even finds enough Christmas spirit to take Roger tree shopping. But just when Colt’s starting to hope Roger’s owner doesn’t show up… he does, and Colt doesn’t want to say goodbye.

Will Roger end up being Colt’s Christmas heartbreak… or his Christmas miracle?


Aus dem Nichts

Mitten im Irgendwo | Buch 2

Buch 2 in der Serie – Mitten im Irgendwo

Die einzige Sache, die Colin Mulligans Leben Sinn gibt, ist das Auseinandernehmen und wieder Zusammensetzen von Autos. In der Werkstatt, in der er zusammen mit seinem Vater und seinen Brüdern arbeitet, versucht er ohne Panikattacke und Wutausbruch durch den Tag zu kommen. Trinken hilft. Ebenso wie Laufen und Gewichtheben, bis er sich kaum noch auf den Beinen halten kann. Nichts davon kann jedoch die Tatsache, dass er schwul ist, ändern – ein Geheimnis, das er vor allen verheimlicht.

Rafael Guerra hat einen Weg gefunden, mit seiner Vergangenheit, für die er sich schämt, zu leben. Sein Leben hat er der Sozialarbeit und der Hilfe von Jugendlichen, die wie er aus ärmlichen Verhältnissen stammen, gewidmet. Für Liebe hat er keine Zeit. Verflucht, er hat kaum Zeit für sich selbst. Irgendwie zieht ihn alles an dem unglücklichen, selbstzerstörerischen Colin an. Der Weg dorthin ist jedoch mit den Schwierigkeiten gepflastert, die Rafe mit so viel Anstrengung hinter sich gelassen hat. Als ihre Beziehung tiefer wird, sind Rafe und Colin gezwungen, Geheimnisse ans Licht zu bringen, die jeder von ihnen gerne weiterhin im Dunkeln gelassen hätte.


With four girls, single dad Ryan Withers has his hands too full to look for romance. He’s not complaining—he loves his daughter and the three nieces he adopted when their parents died, and he would do anything for them. He’s caught off guard when his mother and daughter decide to play matchmaker.

Alex Bernot works in disaster relief, his job taking him all over the world, helping others, for extended periods of time. He’s staying with his aunt while he’s home, and she sets him up on a blind date. Finding a special someone isn’t really on his mind, but he goes to make his aunt happy.

Ryan and Alex enjoy each other’s company more than either of them expected, and they soon make a second date. Their lives are complicated, though, in very different ways, and soon family needs and their jobs conspire to pull them apart. They’ll need to figure out how to work through the things keeping them apart, but first they’ll have to decide if they even want to….


Exposing his body for work is no problem, but after his heart’s been broken, putting it out there again won’t be so easy.

Up-and-coming young executives Copeland Shore and William Donnelly have been friends and sometimes more for years. For Cope’s birthday, Will plans a very special dinner—at a nantaimori restaurant where the most enticing thing is the table. Dai—the naked man beneath their sushi—has both their mouths watering, but when it comes to Dai’s heart, there’s only room at the table for one, and Will gets there first.

Will’s everything Dai thinks he wants in a man… until he’s betrayed. The betrayal also ends the friendship between Will and Cope and leaves Dai shaken and unsure if he can put his trust in another man—not even when a second chance for love and happiness rises from the ashes of the broken relationship. Cope wants to tempt Dai to take a risk with him, but the pain of the past is hard for Dai to shake off… and Cope has obstacles of his own to overcome.


Sometimes the best day of your life is the one you never saw coming.

Joe Cohen has devoted the past two years of his life to one thing: the care and feeding of Kade Bosa. His partner in their PI business, roommate, and best friend, Kade is everything to Joe, even if their relationship falls short of what Joe desires most. But he won’t push. Kade has suffered a rough road, and Joe’s pretty sure he’s the only thing holding Kade together.

Estranged from his own family, Joe knows the value of desperately holding on to someone dear, but he never expected his present and past to collide just as Kade’s is doing the same. Now they’ve stumbled across evidence that could change their lives: the impact of Kade’s tragic past, their job partnership, and any future Joe might allow himself to wish for….


Short Order

Foothills Pride Stories

A Foothills Pride Story

When recent horticulture graduate Dr. Fenton Miller arrives in Stone Acres, California, he thinks his only concern is which job offer to accept after spending the holidays working at his cousin’s plant nursery. But after he rents a room from another shorter-than-average man, sous-chef John Barton, Fen falls in lust.

While he’s attracted to Fen, John’s got bigger concerns when two men from his past arrive in town and pressure him to return to San Francisco. Although John tries to stop Fen from getting involved, Fen realizes his lover is in trouble and is determined to protect him.

As the holidays get closer and Fen makes his own enemy, the joy of the season gets lost in the ill will around them. To ensure love triumphs, Fen and John must stand tall to show that short, dark, and handsome is a recipe for love.


The Perfect Gift

Bobby and Paolo’s Holiday Stories | Book Two

Bobby and Paolo’s Holiday Stories: Book Two

Back in America after finding “A Home for the Holidays” and each other in Capri, new couple Bobby McGrath and Paolo Mascobello are ready to tie the knot during the winter holidays. Their families, friends, and pastor offer more advice than sages on speed. So, young lawyer Bobby and fashion designer Paolo are caught in the matrimonial holiday circus. Will a shocking turn of events somehow lead to the perfect wedding for the December grooms?

The following Christmas, Bobby and Paolo aren’t feeling the holiday spirit. They have a nice apartment, designer clothes, entertaining and supportive friends and family, but little time for each other. While out shopping in their quaint local holiday village, Bobby and Paolo encounter Gregory, an adorable seven-year-old who changes their lives forever, offering them a true holiday miracle… if they’re willing to accept it.


À la recherche d'une famille

Dreamspun Desires (Français) | #11

Quand on trouve une famille, on fait n’importe quoi pour la garder.

Quand Charles Macquarrie hérite d’une fortune et d’une société d’habillement internationale, il hérite également de trois jeunes cousins et a désespérément besoin d’aide pour les élever. Par un coup de chance, il découvre et engage Jonathan Lamb, qui a passé sa vie dans un foyer d’enfants à cause d’une maladie chronique, pour être leur nounou.

Si Jon croit qu’une romance naissante avec son riche patron va lui compliquer la vie, il n’a aucune idée des épreuves qui l’attendent quand il sera accusé de détournement de fonds et de kidnapping. Mais même menacés par des incohérences comptables et des liens avec la mafia, Jon et Charles ne laisseront pas tomber la famille qu’ils ont construite ensemble sans se battre.


Faire des vagues

La guerre des moteurs

La guerre des moteurs, numéro hors série

Meilleurs amis depuis l'adolescence, Ward Kent et Dean Zimmerman travaillent ensemble au garage de Reggie, où l'émission de télé-réalité *La Guerre des Moteurs* est tournée. Dans sa vie privée, Dean est un coureur de jupons notoire, et de son point de vue, Ward est le meilleur copilote qui soit. Ce qu'il ignore, c'est que Ward est bien plus intéressé par ces messieurs que par mesdames.

Puis le petit frère de Dean, Ash, vient travailler au garage. Ash a peut-être sept ans de moins qu'eux, mais il a le béguin pour Ward depuis des années et il n'a pas peur de montrer ce qu'il veut.

Admettre que son meilleur ami et son frère sont gays est une chose. Mais les voir ensemble ? C'est un peu trop à encaisser pour Dean, qui s'apprête à forcer Ward à prendre une décision : perdre son meilleur ami *et* son travail, ou rompre avec Ash pour toujours.


Seguito di Dimmi che è vero

Credete nell’amore a prima vista?

Sanford Stewart proprio no. Anzi, crede nel suo esatto contrario, grazie al re degli Homo pomp, Sua Frociosità Pompato I. Sembra infatti che Darren Mayne non abbia altro scopo nella vita se non far piombare nel caos l’esistenza tranquilla e ordinata di Sandy, per il solo gusto di infastidirlo. Sandy lo odia e niente potrà mai fargli cambiare idea.

O almeno così vuol credere.

Ma quando il proprietario del Jack It – il club nel quale Sandy si esibisce nei panni della drag queen Helena Handbasket – gli si presenta con una proposta disperata, Sandy si rende conto che potrebbe essere giunto il momento di mettere da parte i suoi sentimenti per Darren; il gay bar dovrà infatti chiudere se qualcuno non convincerà Andrew Taylor, il sindaco di Tucson, a tenerlo aperto.

Qualcuno come Darren, il figlio illegittimo dell’uomo.

L’infallibile piano è il seguente: sedurre Darren e spingerlo a convincere il padre a rinnovare il contratto tra il club e l’amministrazione cittadina.

Semplice, no?



La guerre des moteurs

La guerre des moteurs

Bienvenue dans le garage de Reggie, où l’émission de télé-réalité « La guerre des moteurs » est tournée. Le spectacle est plein de drame, mais les choses deviennent vraiment intéressantes quand les caméras s’arrêtent.

Venez voir ce que ces mécaniciens font dans les coulisses. Un amour secret mène au chantage. Un travailleur avec un fétichisme inhabituel trouve un passionné de voiture qui partage ses… intérêts. Le propriétaire du garage apprécie l’activité supplémentaire qui vient avec le spectacle – et la compagnie du producteur sexy de l’émission –, mais pas la politique de studio. Et un homme fait l’erreur de craquer pour le petit frère de son meilleur ami.

Hommes sexys et acier trempé. Transpiration, graisse et luxure. Fétichisme, coups bas et cupidité. Peut-être même l’amour. Les choses se réchauffent dans le garage et la guerre est déclarée.


An Unlocked Mind

Secrets | Book Two

Secrets: Book Two

Rob Daniels is determined to prove to himself that his brother Alex got it wrong. Alex believes he found love through BDSM; Rob is certain that’s not possible. He even makes several visits to a London club to prove his point. But when he attends the grand opening of Secrets, Rob gets a shock, one that has him fleeing, vowing never to return—until he does… and runs into the brick wall that is Dom Vic Prentiss. As first meetings go, theirs is a disaster.

The more time he spends around Rob, the more convinced Vic becomes of two things—one, something is eating away at Rob, and two, he’s looking for something. Every instinct tells Vic to help him, but trying to unlock the secrets hidden in Rob’s mind requires a key. All Vic has to do is find it. Because maybe then he’ll get to see the real Rob, the man who’s scared to let go….


Thirty-One Days and Legos

Ranger Station Haven

A Ranger Station Haven Christmas Novella

Park rangers Carter and Owen Williams have decided to expand their family and adopt two brothers—boys they rescued a year before when they tried to escape the foster system and flee to Canada. After completing their parenting classes, Carter, a reserved man who enjoys the simple life, swears he’ll be the best father possible. His patience is tested, however, when one brother adopts a cat out of the snowy Voyageurs National Park and the other brother refuses to talk about what’s bothering him.

Owen wants to make sure their first Christmas together is a special one, and he decides all of December should be a celebration. He has an activity planned for each of the thirty-one days, but none of them seem to go off without a hitch. The cat has fleas, the boys need to attend a court hearing, and Carter is more than a little overwhelmed.

But Carter is 100 percent determined to make his new family work. He just has no idea how….


Dreams and Expectations

Before… and After

A Before… and After Story

At what point are differences irreparable?

Tom McAllister and Nick Corwin have always had a comfortable friendship, even though Nick is a Native American webcomic artist and Tom’s father is a rigid Christian. But they’re about to discover growing up means more challenges than choosing a college major. It might mean making decisions that change pivotal relationships—or sever them.

When a bully confronts Tom and Nick and a dark, unsettling aspect of Tom emerges, Nick is shaken enough to end their friendship. As both young men struggle to balance their own dreams with the expectations of their families—both in terms of career and faith—they recognize the emptiness that parting ways has left in their lives. But when reconciliation leads to confessions that might mean something more than friendship between them, will it make their path easier to navigate or more difficult?


Snow Balls

Balls to the Wall

A Balls to the Wall Romance

JJ LaRousse looks like a quarterback but acts like a queen. He’s trying to be proud of who he is—until a robbery at the famous Laguna Winter Fantasy brings JJ face-to-face with tough cop Ryan Star. JJ hears Ryan likes manly men, so he drops his voice an octave, colors his pink hair, and tries to pass as a football fan.

Ryan Star may be tough, but he keeps his sexuality to himself at work. He learned in New York that being a gay cop can be deadly. His attraction to JJ threatens his secret, but he’s finding it hard to back away from a guy who’s so totally his type. Then, during a ski trip and a confrontation with JJ’s biggest nemesis, all the façades come crashing down. In the aftermath, can Ryan love JJ for who he really is? More importantly, can JJ?


Second Edition

First Edition published by Etopia Press, 2012.


Ganz normal

Krieg der Werkstätten

Ein Titel der Krieg der Werkstätten Serie

Was ist schon ‚normal‘?

Als Brandon Kenner in Kasey Ralstons Werkstatt mit einer 1970er Chevelle SS 454 auftaucht, ist Kasey von beidem, Mann und Auto, hin und weg. Aber Kasey birgt ein peinliches Geheimnis: Seine Liebe für alte Muscle-Cars geht wesentlich tiefer als das, was als normal gilt. Sein unüblicher Fetisch hat Kasey isoliert — entfremdet von seiner Familie und von seinen Kollegen sogar noch mehr.

Aber als Brandon das Geheimnis des heißen Mechanikers herausfindet, ist er nicht abgeschreckt. Genaugenommen findet er Kasey faszinierend und hat sich vorgenommen, ihn für sich zu gewinnen.

Alles an Brandon bringt Kaseys Motor in Fahrt und er ist mehr als nur bereit, mit dem charmanten Mann in die Kiste, oder besser gesagt ins Auto, zu springen. Was Kasey jedoch fürchtet ist, was hinterher passieren wird. Gibt es irgendeine Chance auf eine Zukunft für die beiden? In der Vergangenheit hat die Erwartung an etwas Langfristigem immer zu einem gebrochenen Herzen geführt.  Aber Kasey kann nicht anders, als zu hoffen, dass trotz seines Fetisches Brandon die Ausnahme sein wird.