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A Harmony Ink Press Title

High school senior Renzy Callen hasn’t uttered a word in years. He likes being invisible to all around him; it keeps life safe and predictable. In his attic bedroom, he experiences a world far from the drama of his family. He doodles, listens to music, and contemplates the troubled souls he observes when attending self-help meetings designed for people with problems he doesn’t have. Renzy lives his life like a spectator, always on the outside of life’s games, looking in at others.

Everything changes when Seven and Morning Moreau-Maddox relocate from their glitzy lives in Paris to boring, picturesque Redcliff Hills, Missouri. Tall, platinum blond, and as put-together as a pair of European high-fashion models, the sophisticated siblings befriend Renzy, drawing him in and then pushing him away. What starts as nothing more than a means to an end for Seven, however, quickly becomes something more. Could icy-hearted Seven be thawing for the silent, quirky charm of Renzy Callen?

Determined to find the cause of Renzy’s selective mutism, the three teens set off on a road trip, during which they discover that flawless physical facades can conceal the most scarred souls, and that sometimes silence is better than golden.

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Im Alter von sechsundzwanzig Jahren geht Gordon Stafford davon aus, dass seine Tage gezählt sind. Zumindest hofft er das. Vor zwei Jahren kam durch seine Schuld bei einem Autounfall ein Mann ums Leben. Seither plagen ihn Schuldgefühle und Selbstmordgedanken. 

Dann bewahrt ihn Squirt – ein Obdachloser, der sein eigenes Päckchen zu tragen hat – vor einem schrecklichen Schicksal. Über Nacht findet Gordon nicht nur ein neues Licht, dem er folgen kann und vielleicht sogar den Mut, zu leben, sondern er begreift auch, dass vielleicht am Ende des Tunnels die Liebe auf ihn wartet.

Gordon hätte nie gedacht, dass er einen Weg finden würde, sich selbst zu vergeben. Doch indem er das tut, öffnet er sein Herz – für die Liebe eines Mannes, den er am meisten verletzt hat.

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That Rat, Carter Janson

States of Love | Illinois

Every man has secrets, but some are bigger than others…. 

Felix Peake escaped a shady past to carve out a successful career as an expert in Mesopotamian art and gain the respect of the Chicago art community. But when an assistant curator—a man Felix could easily see himself falling for—asks him to reauthenticate a cuneiform tablet to avoid a looming scandal, Felix’s carefully constructed life could crumble. 

The tablet is a fake, and Felix is intimately familiar with the artist. Master forger Carter Janson—Felix’s ex and first love—disappeared from his life six years before without a word of explanation. Now, to hold his world together, Felix must find the original tablet, steal it back, and replace the forgery—all before the museum exhibit debuts. It’ll mean slipping back into a role Felix wanted to leave behind and risking his promising future. But even then, he can’t do it alone. He’ll have to confront that rat, Carter Janson. 

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

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Angus vit depuis dix ans avec le même homme. Quand son petit ami rompt avec lui le soir de son trentième anniversaire, avant d’annoncer ses fiançailles avec un jeune homme de vingt-deux ans dix heures plus tard, Angus est effondré. Pour dire les choses gentiment. Il passe ses journées au lit, boit à s’en anesthésier chaque soir, et finit par perdre son travail et son appartement. Son meilleur et plus vieil ami, Reece, décide qu’il est temps d’intervenir. Et de changer d’air.

Reece et Angus partent en voyage à travers les États-Unis. Ils n’ont pas vraiment de plan, ils vont où la route les mène. Il faut deux jours à Angus pour répondre autrement que par des grognements quand Reece lui parle, puis, peu à peu, il s’ouvre. Ils roulent, parlent, guérissent, crient, boivent parfois un peu trop, dansent, rencontrent de nouveaux amis… et quelque part entre Portland, Oregon, et Portland, Maine, ils tombent amoureux.

Ce qui est bien la dernière chose à laquelle Angus s’attendait.

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Country hat act Markus Kane is skeptical when he’s asked to do a joint tour. He hasn’t seen Sebastian Longchamps since he gave up drinking—and since their compulsion for each other nearly cost them both their livelihoods. But Markus’s career is on the downhill slope, while the country-fried Cajun rocker’s star is still rising. His label thinks it’ll be a match made in ticket-sales heaven.

Sebastian knows better. One wrong move and Markus will break his heart all over again. This time he has much more to lose.

Time has changed both men, though, and while Markus and Sebastian try to fight their addictions, the big music industry machine has plans for them that don’t include a quiet retirement. Can Markus convince Sebastian that there are things in life more important than adrenaline and control? And can Sebastian make Markus understand that all he really wants is his music and his man?

Second Edition

First Edition published by Torquere Press, September 2012.

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Danny Avery arbeitet als Lehrer in einer Kleinstadt in Colorado. Einige Jahre vor der Erfindung von High-Speed-Internet, sozialen Netzwerken, Smartphones oder Streaminganbietern versucht Danny nur, sich nicht immer von seiner wilden Teenagerzeit einholen zu lassen und sein Leben in bewährter Art zu leben: einen Tag nach dem anderen. Der Letzte, den er in der Stadt erwartet hätte, ist Harlan Quinn, sein früherer bester Freund, ein Bad Boy, wie er im Buche steht. Danny ist noch schockierter, als er herausfindet, dass Quinn der neue Sheriff und sein neuer Nachbar ist.

Quinn weiß, dass in seiner alten Heimatstadt mehr steckt, als auf den ersten Blick zu erkennen ist. Und auch in Danny steckt mehr, als alte Erinnerungen und ein ruhiges Leben. Aber ganz wie in alten Zeiten hat Quinn ein Talent dafür, Dinge aufzuwirbeln. Von diesem Talent macht er gerne Gebrauch, um Danny zu der Erkenntnis zu bringen, dass das Leben mehr für ihn bereithält und es auch für ihre alte Heimatstadt einen Neuanfang geben könnte – falls sie das konservative Gedankengut der alten Stadt nicht vorher umbringt.

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La promessa del lavoro dei suoi sogni spinge Murphy a trasferirsi in Florida, ma al suo arrivo lo aspetta un brusco risveglio: il progetto è sospeso. Si trova perciò davanti a un bivio: tornarsene in Michigan con la coda tra le gambe o restare per trovare un altro lavoro? Le sue prospettive sembrano migliorare quando entra in un bar e scopre che il proprietario sta cercando qualcuno per ristrutturare l’appartamento al piano superiore. Accetta con gioia l’incarico, per rendersi conto solo in un secondo momento che ha già conosciuto Joe Sterling, il proprietario di Kaffeinate: la prima sera in città lo ha rimorchiato in un club.

Murphy e Joe sono entrambi orgogliosi, passionali e schietti. Nessuno dei due è alla ricerca di una relazione, sebbene non possano negare che le loro personalità si sposino come caffè e ciambelle. Il loro rapporto si incrina quando Joe scopre che Murphy è stato assunto dalla società che ritiene stia cercando di danneggiare le imprese del quartiere e l’ambiente. Finché Murphy continua a lavorare per loro, Joe non vuole avere nulla a che fare con lui, mettendo così a rischio la speranza di un inaspettato lieto fine.

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The Hockey Player's Heart

Hockey Hearts
Dreamspun Desires | #50

A Hockey Hearts Book

Hometown hero. Hockey superstar. Perfect boyfriend?

When hockey star Caleb Carter returns to his hometown to recover from an injury, the only thing he’s interested in is a little R & R. He never expects to run into his onetime crush at a grade school fund-raiser . Seeing Aaron Price hits him hard, like being checked into the boards. The attraction is still there, even after all these years, and Caleb decides to make a play for the schoolteacher. You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take, right?

Aaron has been burned by love before and can’t imagine what a celebrity like Caleb could possibly see in a guy like him. Their differences are just too great. But as Aaron spends more time with Caleb, he begins to wonder if he might have what it takes to win the hockey player’s heart.

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Not All Chocolate and Cuckoo Clocks

World of Love | Switzerland

Neither of them wants to fall in love, but getting exactly what they don’t want might be the best thing to ever happen to them.

Mark hopes his boredom with his current job will be alleviated by a short stint in Basel, Switzerland. When he meets Steffen, who struck out on his own from an old-money family to establish an IT firm, Mark expects some fun, great sex, and a clean break when his job is done. The arrangement is perfect for Steffen, who has been content with casual after a betrayal—and has a taste for British men after attending university in the UK. But as they explore the city’s rich history and traditions, Mark begins to see Steffen as much more than a tour guide with benefits. If he isn’t careful, the trip meant to break the lull in his career might end up breaking his heart instead….

 

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

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Bleu Balls

Balls to the Wall

A Balls to the Wall Romance

Double trouble. The McMillan twins, Robin and Bobby, are renowned for their talents—both as fine artists and for thrilling the various men who catch their eyes. As different in style and personality as their DNA is identical, they’re nonetheless best friends who divide and conquer, with Robin doing the serious painting and Bobby adding the sunny salesmanship.

But when their most important client decides Bobby must wield the paintbrush, the brothers revert to childhood tactics and switch places. Then along comes Micah, a handsome doctor who’s attracted to Bobby but invites Robin out to try to please his homophobic brother, and Paolo, the pain-in-the-butt client who thinks he’s wooing Bobby when he’s actually after Robin. Paolo harbors his own hidden pain that weirdly intersects with Robin’s, but pride and privacy conspire to produce what will either be a masterpiece—or end up as Dogs Playing Poker.

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When Broadway actor Jonah receives word that his uncle has passed away and named him the heir to a property in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Jonah’s plan is to settle the estate as quickly as possible and return to his life in New York City. Much to Jonah’s surprise, the inheritance includes the Ashford Cemetery—and its hunky groundskeeper, recent Bosnian immigrant Luka Pavelka.

Jonah soon discovers Luka is more than easy on the eyes. He sees into Jonah’s heart like no man ever before, and his job at the cemetery is all he has. If Jonah sells, Luka is left with nothing. Luka is there for Jonah when Jonah needs someone most, and there’s no denying the chemistry and connection between them. But Jonah has a successful career back in New York. Now he must decide if it’s still the life he wants….

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Fortsetzung zu Die Kunst des Atmens 

Unsere Familie besteht nicht zwingend aus unseren Blutsverwandten. Sie besteht aus den Menschen, die uns lieben – denen, die uns zu dem machen, was wir sind. 

Und hier, am Ende, steht Bär und Otter die bisher größte Prüfung bevor.

Da ist ein kleines Mädchen, das an die Tür klopft, weil es keinen anderen Ort gibt, an den es gehen kann. 

Da ist ein klingelndes Telefon, das unerwartete Neuigkeiten bringt. 

Da ist ein Bruder, der heimkehrt, nachdem er gelernt hat, auf eigenen Füßen zu stehen. 

Als diese Ereignisse zusammentreffen, wird sich das Leben für sie alle unweigerlich ändern. 

Angefangen mit Bär, Otter und der Junge und fortgeführt in Familiengründung, Artenschutz inbegriffen hat TJ Klune eine Geschichte von Familie und Brüdern, Liebe und Aufopferung erzählt. In diesem letzten Kapitel pflastern die Geschehnisse der Vergangenheit die lange, steinige Straße in eine Zukunft, mit der niemand gerechnet hatte.

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Sono trascorsi dieci anni da quando il vicesceriffo Aaron George, rimasto vedovo, si è trasferito a Colton per far crescere i figli in una cittadina sicura. Tra i membri della comunità, ha conosciuto il professor Larkin, detto Larx, un allegro e divertente insegnante di scienze e allenatore di atletica delle superiori. La promozione a preside ha costretto però l’insegnante a rinunciare agli allenamenti e a correre da solo su una strada pericolosa. Aaron, che fino a quel momento ha sempre e solo dedicato la sua vita ai figli, si scopre improvvisamente preoccupato per quell’uomo e distratto dal suo petto nudo e luccicante di sudore.

Anche Larx vive per le figlie e i suoi studenti. Non è pronto a farsi ammaliare da Aaron, ma quando quest’ultimo si offre di correre con lui, inizia ad apprezzare la fermezza e l’umorismo del vicesceriffo. Inoltre hanno le stesse priorità: innanzitutto i figli, poi il lavoro, e i propri interessi tristemente all’ultimo posto.

Basta però un bacio a trasformare due uomini sulla soglia dei cinquant’anni in due adolescenti innamorati, nonostante le responsabilità di cui devono farsi carico. Poi un atto di violenza minaccia di soffocare sul nascere la loro relazione. Saranno quelle responsabilità a svolgere un ruolo fondamentale nell’impedire alla città di esplodere. E quando la situazione raggiungerà il punto critico, la loro nuova famiglia appena formata potrebbe essere proprio ciò che impedisce al mondo che li circonda di crollare.

 

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A Harmony Ink Press Title

Growing up means overcoming obstacles: facing reality even when it hurts, being brave enough to stand up for yourself, and being your own man even when going along with others’ expectations is easier.

Geordi is learning these lessons the hard way when his overbearing but well-meaning parents out him before he’s ready. It leads to a declaration of love from Geordi’s best friend Toff—a love that isn’t reciprocated. But with a neglectful father at home, Toff is already struggling, and Geordi can’t bear to break his heart, so he goes along with the romance—until things move to the next level and it’s too hard to live the lie. Geordi must take a long hard look at his life and face some truths that would be easier to avoid, because a disastrous event will mean his friends Toff and Jess need someone to lean on like never before. For Geordi to be that person, he must figure out how to be true to himself.

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Les hommes du Mary, numéro hors série

Darwin Michaels vit son rêve dans la Mile High City. Bien que Denver offre le travail parfait, de délicieux dîners, et un tourbillon d’options de rancards, Darwin perd l’espoir qu’il puisse trouver le bon pour éveiller son intérêt pendant plus qu’un coup d’un soir – jusqu’à ce qu’il pose les yeux sur Cody Russel.

Cody vient juste d’accomplir le but de sa vie – foutre le camp du Kansas. D’un seul coup, il trouve un travail au Hamburger Mary’s, obtient une nouvelle famille et la chance d’être avec d’autres gays ! Tout ce qui lui manque est quelqu’un de spécial. Mais quand Darwin montre son intérêt, Cody est sûr que c’est trop beau pour être vrai. Après tout, qu’est-ce que Darwin peut éventuellement voir dans un décrocheur au lycée lui servant des nachos ?

Alors que Darwin tombe amoureux, Cody lutte pour se rendre compte de sa valeur. Quand son passé menace la vie fragile qu’il construit, Cody part en spirale dans un moment de sombre dépression. Mais Darwin est déterminé à montrer à Cody que l’amour, la famille et un foyer sont là pour lui…. Cody acceptera-t-il ce qui est offert ?

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The Great Wall

Made In China | Book One

Made In China: Book One 

Destiny will be decided by a battle between heart and mind…. 

Jun Tai “Styx” Wong loves two things: playing the drums, and his best friend, Jin. But being a good Chinese son means he can’t have either—he’ll have to marry a girl of his parents’ choosing and settle into a traditional job. His move to the bigger city of Suzhou is both a blessing and curse, as living with Jin makes it harder for Styx to suppress his desires. Nearly dying while trying to eradicate his feelings serves as a wake-up call for Jin, who takes extreme measures to keep Styx safe from harm.

When given a second chance at life and happiness, will Styx be able to claim the future he wants with Jin, his bandmates, and his music? Can love and hope grow with the constantly looming threat of Styx’s parents ordering him home? Great things await—if Styx finds the courage to break down the wall that stands between him and everything he wants.

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First Edition published by MLR Press, 2013.

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Un atout dans sa manche

Dreamspun Desires (Français) | #13

Christian Chatsworth-Brandeis a un problème. Un énorme problème. Le sénateur américain pour lequel il travaille s’est enfui avec sa dernière maîtresse en date à la veille d’un évènement important pour collecter des fonds, le genre d’évènement où ça passe ou ça casse, et c’est à lui de couvrir les traces de son patron irresponsable. 

Stone Jackson, le nouveau garde du corps du sénateur, ressemble assez à ce dernier afin que de légers ajustements suffisent à le faire passer pour le Sénateur Lacey. Christian et Stone mettent au point un stratagème pour tromper tout le monde en remplaçant le sénateur par Stone, mais la folie qui règne à Miami et la chaleur incandescente qui surgit entre eux leur mettent des bâtons dans les roues. Une course s’engage alors pour trouver le sénateur et mettre fin à l’arnaque du siècle avant que l’attraction entre eux devienne totalement hors de contrôle.

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Crossroads

States of Love | Indiana

Despite the best-laid plans, life sometimes has other ideas.

Ethan Yoder has toiled to escape his small-minded farming community, and he’s finally earned his degree and made it to Indianapolis—where he lands a job at a pharmaceutical company and meets handsome and successful Marcus. Marcus introduces Ethan to the fun-filled life of his dreams—fancy dinners, courtside seats at NBA games, even a trip to the Indianapolis 500. But Marcus’s happy-go-lucky veneer hides a man frustrated with a job he hates and his failure at romance due to factors he’s only beginning to understand. Ethan still has his eyes on the prize—a lucrative career—and he must figure out how to hold on to one opportunity without letting another slip away. If he and Marcus can come to a deeper understanding, their road might lead to a happily ever after.

 

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

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