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Dating in Retrospect

States of Love | Iowa

Giving the commencement speech at his alma mater doesn’t fit Clay Keller’s meticulous schedule. As Chief Executive Officer of Travel Mogul—the largest travel connoisseur company on the West Coast—he has no time to get back in touch with his country roots. He left fifteen years ago without a second look, but a medical scare makes him change his mind about the speech and brings him face-to-face with his only regret.

Time always moves slower in Southeastern Iowa, and Aaron Grant loves it. He’s added solar farms to the Grant Lanes portfolio and has been teaching at the local university for a decade. The last thing he needs is to have his tenure application compromised by the return of his ex-boyfriend. If he had known who the commencement speaker would be, he would never have volunteered to be the administration liaison.

A proposal—to date for a year—will help them discover that time changes a person, even when everything else stays the same.

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

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How the Other Half Lives

London Lads
Perchance to Dream

2nd Edition

A London Lads Story

Compulsive neat freak meets chaotic slob: Can their living space survive the conflict?

Martin Harrison keeps himself to himself and his Central London flat as neat as a new pin. Maybe he should loosen up and enjoy more of a social life, but in his mind, that’s tantamount to opening the floodgates to emotional chaos. He agrees, however, to join the flat-sitting scheme in his building and look after another tenant’s flat in exchange for a similar watch over his when he’s travelling for his work.

A floor away in the same building, Russ McNeely is happy with his life as a freelance cook and a self-confessed domestic slob. He also joins the flat-sitting scheme, both to be neighbourly and to help keep his flat in order, as Russ also travels for his work.

For a while, the very dissimilar men never meet. Martin is horrified at the mess at Russ’s flat, while Russ finds Martin’s minimalist style creepy. But in a spirit of generosity, each of them starts to help the other out by rearranging things in their own inimitable way.

Until the day a hiccup in the schedule brings them face-to-face at last.

First Edition published by Amber Quill Press/Amber Allure, 2011.

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Poppy's Secret

Dreamspun Desires | #28

A second chance born of love.

Pat Corrigan and Edgerton “Edge” Winters were ready to start a family—or so Pat thought. At the last minute, Edge got cold feet and fled. Pat didn’t bother telling him the conception had already gone through and little Emma was on her way. He didn’t want a relationship based on obligation. He’d rather raise his daughter on his own.

Nine years later, Emma and her Poppy are doing fine. Edge isn’t. He realizes what he threw away by leaving, and he’s back to turn his life around and reclaim his family. It’ll take a lot to prove to Pat that he’s a new man, and even if Edge succeeds, the secret Pat has hidden for years might shatter their dreams all over again.

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2nd Edition

After breaking up with his partner, English professor Dr. Derek Chandler feels like a failure who will never win at romance. His aloof colleague, Dr. Macon Pinney, disagrees and pens an anonymous note of encouragement to Derek, which he signs “Cupid.” Thus begins an exchange of correspondence, a courtship through words where the two men find out they have a great deal in common. Meanwhile, Derek reaches out to Macon, not knowing Macon is his anonymous pen pal. Derek reveals through his letters that someone close by has piqued his interest. Could he mean Macon—or has Macon missed his opportunity and lost Derek to another man?

Perhaps the time has come for Cupid to put in an appearance, and when better to do so than Valentine’s Day?

First Edition published by Torquere Press, 2015.

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Red+Blue (Español)

Los opuestos se atraen

Un libro de la saga Los opuestos se atraen

Procedente del interior del estado de Minnesota, el estudiante de actuariales Ben Dutoit acepta encantado una oferta para trabajar en la aseguradora Sidney Sutherland, una de las pocas empresas que ofrecen seguros de vida calificados como de alto riesgo. El hecho de que vaya a trabajar a la “capital gay”, también conocida como San Francisco, es la guinda de su pastel arcoíris. Ben se marca tres objetivos: ser lo bastante abierto y orgulloso de su sexualidad como para participar en el desfile del Orgullo Gay; buscar la compañía de almas afines en los clubs; y quizás, si tiene suerte, enamorarse. 

Pero los hombres con los que se encuentra son todo lo que él no es: corteses, seguros, sofisticados y sexis. Al contrario que el “cuello rojo” de Ben, un paleto de la América rural, todos son demócratas de sangre azul, nacidos con estatus, riqueza, y la responsabilidad que acompaña el paquete. 

Ben aún está preguntándose si rojo y azul pueden mezclarse cuando descubre lo que significa realmente el riesgo. La economía mundial se desploma. El trabajo que tanto deseaba está en peligro, y todos sus sueños se ven amenazados, especialmente el amor, el sueño más importante de todos.

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Reporter di provincia

Holly Creek (Italiano) | Libro 1

Serie Holly Creek, Libro 1 

Una città di piccoli eroi e grandi cuori. 

Jefferson Lee Davis è felice della sua vita in città, ma quando Sherman, il suo zio preferito, ha un incidente, deve correre a Holly Creek per assicurarsi che stia bene. Jefferson Lee sa come gestire la politica di una piccola cittadina del sud e gli abitanti lo accolgono a braccia aperte. Beh, tutti tranne lo sceriffo, Zane Yarbrough. 

La Fiera dei Cornioli in Fiore, l’evento più importante della città, è ormai alle porte, e Jefferson deve assumere il ruolo di reporter cittadino al posto dello zio, anche se ciò lo metterà in contrasto con lo sceriffo. Vicini di casa impertinenti, familiari ficcanaso, e una migliore amica dalla lingua affilata si alleano per rendere la visita di Jefferson Lee a Holly Creek una vera e propria avventura. E quando gli giunge la notizia di aver perso il suo vecchio lavoro in città, Jefferson Lee dovrà decidere se mettersi alla ricerca di un nuovo lavoro che potrebbe allontanarlo dal posto che ha imparato ad amare. Riuscirà questo ragazzo di città a trovare l’amore nelle braccia di un semplice sceriffo di provincia? O la vita in una grande città lo strapperà via a questo idillio?

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Shifting Views

The Carlisles

A Carlisles novel

Successful fashion model Denver Carlisle is finally living on his own. He’s got a new apartment, a neighbor who has a problem shutting his blinds, and a local bakery with an owner who makes his knees weak. It’s raining men, and Denver hasn’t gotten any in a long time. Going out on a limb, he asks Ethan Monahan out and resorts to a little exhibitionism for his neighbor. Only to be turned down by both. That’s a first. 

Ethan Monahan runs his own bakery and has a new neighbor who walks around naked. The latter is a little too distracting. When his naked neighbor turns out to be none other than model Denver Carlisle—and the customer who asked him out—Ethan tries to make amends. In a purely friendly way. 

Friendship leads to more, and both men find themselves in over their heads with emotions and compromises. Denver has trust issues that could span the Sahara, and Ethan is a product of the foster system with a chip on his shoulder and a serious wariness of those with money. There’s only one way to reconcile their issues: work together.

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Everyone deserves a second chance. Or do they? Sean and Martim fell in love at Harvard. Things broke apart when Martim fell into a downward spiral of addiction after his father died. Sean kicked him out but has regretted it ever since. He’s never gotten over losing Martim. But then, not many aspects of his life have lived up to his collegiate dreams.

When he’s sent to evaluate Martim’s family hotel for foreclosure, Sean is once again in the position to put Martim out on the street. In the time since they parted, Martim has pulled himself together, although both health and financial problems linger as a result of his years as an addict. Can the two men bridge the gap of distance and time to rekindle their relationship, or will they fall apart again under the burdens of guilt and disease? 

Set in Lisbon, Portugal, this is the story of lovers reunited after more than a decade apart, and their second chance at romance.

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Fire Balls

Balls to the Wall

2nd Edition

A Balls to the Wall Romance

Renowned artist Rodney Mansfield stands five foot six, has pink hair, six earrings, a black belt in karate—and a desperate yearning for firefighter Hunter Fallon. But Rod, the Runtback of Notre Dame, knows he’ll never land the beautiful “straight gay” guy, so Rod musters his altruism and helps his more masculine friend Jerry attract Hunter. As if a broken heart wasn’t enough, Rod saves Hunter from a firehouse homophobe—humiliating Hunter in front of his dad!

Hunter lives a dream life—his father’s dream. While he’d like to teach literature in college, read poetry in the sun, and find a strong guy to top him, he fights fires for his dad. Hunter hates flamboyant guys like Rodney. So why can’t he resist him? Maybe it’s time to admit this is one flame he has no desire to put out.

First Edition published by Etopia Press, 2012.

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The Seventh Flower

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World of Love | Sweden

Christer is too old to believe in fairy tales. He’s not the kind of guy to pick the proverbial seven flowers on Midsummer’s Eve so he can dream of who he will marry, and he certainly isn’t the type to fall for someone he’s just met. Especially not a womanizing blogger named Henrik.

Besides, Christer’s previous marriage didn’t end with a happily ever after. Therefore, he has no interest in gifting his heart to someone who lives five hundred miles away and probably isn’t even gay. His family is right: it’s time he grew up and stopped dreaming.

But Midsummer’s Eve in Sweden is a magical night, and Henrik won’t stop flirting. As the midnight sun shines down on the misty woods, maybe there’s room for one last dream.

 

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

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A Harmony Ink Press Title

Liam Hartley has just turned sixteen and is struggling with his sexual orientation. He meets Cody Williams, a bisexual transfer student, and Cody shows him that what he feels is normal, but they agree to keep their budding relationship under wraps due to the extreme homophobia throughout the conservative small town. They find their own little hideaway where they can intimately explore each other.

Cody hides their relationship by platonically dating a cheerleader, much to Liam’s dismay. The jealousy, secrets, and stress of dealing with hateful messages coming from religious bigots push Liam to the breaking point, and he turns to cutting himself. Things go from bad to worse when the rest of the school finds out Liam and Cody are more than friends. Even if they can get through this difficult time, Cody’s family will soon be moving back to the city, and Liam knows his chances of standing alone against the rest of the town aren’t good.

Though there might be a glimmer of hope in Liam’s future, he’ll have to travel a dark road to reach it.

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Kleinstadthelden

Holly Creek (Deutsch) | Buch 1

Buch 1 in der Serie - Holly Creek

Kleinstadthelden mit großen Herzen 

Jefferson Lee Davis lebt glücklich und zufrieden in der großen Stadt, bis sein Lieblingsonkel stürzt und er nach Holly Creek eilt, um sich um Onkel Sherman zu kümmern. Jefferson Lee weiß aus Erfahrung, wie die kleine Stadt in den Südstaaten funktioniert, deshalb wird er mit offenen Armen empfangen. Von allen, nur einem nicht – Zane Yarbrough, dem Sheriff. 

Dogwood Days, das größte Fest der Stadt, steht kurz bevor. Jefferson muss einspringen und den Job seines Onkels als Blogger der Stadt übernehmen. Damit begibt er sich direkt in die sprichwörtliche Schusslinie des Sheriffs. Neugierige Nachbarn, eine Familie, die sich ständig einmischt, und eine vorlaute, freche beste Freundin machen Jefferson Lees Leben in Holly Creek zu einem wahren Abenteuer. Als er seinen Job in der Großstadt verliert, muss er auf Arbeitsplatzsuche gehen. Er findet eine Stelle, aber er müsste Holly Creek wieder verlassen, um sie antreten zu können. Wird der Großstadtjunge sein Glück in den Armen des Kleinstadtsheriffs finden? Oder werden ihn die Verlockungen der Großstadt wieder einfangen?

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A Harmony Ink Press Title

Mira MacDonald, a proud lesbian, and Rob Stevens, gay but in the closet, don’t have it easy at their high school. Luckily they’ve always had each other and their close friendship to rely on, and it makes facing the bullies a little easier. At least for Mira. Rob is also struggling with untreated depression, and lately, Mira’s sweet and funny friend has become increasingly paranoid, suspicious, and obsessed with death.

Things go even further downhill when Mira begins dating Talia Acevedo and Rob becomes convinced Talia is driving a wedge between them. Mira knows Rob needs her, but his jealousy and irrational fears are becoming harder to balance with her relationship with her girlfriend. Add to that escalating harassment from bullies, and Rob is being driven closer and closer to an edge Mira worries she can’t pull him back from.

But she has no idea how serious the situation is until, during one of their midnight chats, Rob reveals he has a solution—a desperate final measure to put an end to the bullying… permanently. This time, trying to help her friend and save the school could cost Mira her life.

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Prendere o lasciare

Storie di Toronto | Libro 3

Storie di Toronto, Libro 3 

Il trentacinquenne Rick Haviland è un logopedista rispettato, ma mentre i suoi amici si stanno tutti accasando, lui rifiuta di rinunciare alla sua vita fatta di notti in discoteca e sesso senza impegno. Per lui le relazioni sono pericolose, perché ha un segreto da nascondere. Quando incontra Ian O’Donnell, responsabile commerciale di un sito sensazionalistico specializzato in scandali, Rick crede che le sue regole personali riguardo alle relazioni basteranno a proteggerlo da qualcosa di più dell’avventura di una notte. 

Quando Ian fa coming out, stanco del sesso anonimo e di nascondere segreti alla sua numerosa famiglia cattolica, Rick è proprio lì, ed è proprio il tipo d’uomo che a Ian piacerebbe conoscere meglio. La loro attrazione è immediata, irresistibile e reciproca. Ian convince Rick a infrangere sempre di più le sue regole, fino a far crollare le sue difese. Ma qualcuno osserva, qualcuno che desidera il fallimento di questa nuova relazione. Quando il lavoro di Ian diventa un mezzo per svelare il segreto di Rick, le loro carriere e i loro cuori rischiano di uscirne distrutti. 

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The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, and no one knows it better than the men in EM Lynley’s Delectable Series.

In Brand New Flavor, Artisan ice cream maker Jay Brown and food critic Cameron Clay have one delicious encounter that could lead to much more, if they can find each other again. Simon Ford resents the easy life of those like Austin Kelvin, owner of Kelvin Cellars in Napa Valley, in An Intoxicating Crush. But Austin’s business is going under, and when Simon’s true reasons for being at the winery come to light, Simon will have to risk everything to prove his sincerity.

When Alex Bancroft’s bakery burns down a week before Christmas and he’s pulled from the flames by Kevin Flint in Gingerbread Palace, the gingerbread house he donates to charity seems like it’s not going to happen, until Fire Station 7 comes to the rescue yet again. But can Kevin come out of the closet long enough to see what he might be missing?

In Spaghetti Western, professional chef Riley Emerson’s dreams are in tatters when he takes a job at the Rocking Z guest ranch. Colby Zane is ecstatic when the new cook turns out to be his hot one-night stand, but financial problems at the ranch may drive them apart. In 12 Courses, chef Thom Kennedy has finally regained his confidence after the theft of his recipes when ex-boyfriend Blake Warner shows up at his restaurant several days in a row. But can he trust Blake again when he seems to know more that he’s saying about the theft?

 

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2nd Edition

The path to happiness starts with acceptance, and sometimes the chance for a bright, loving future means letting go of the past.

All his life, Neil Baxter has buried a large part of himself—the part that’s attracted to other men. He married a woman and denied that side of him existed. And he plans to keep right on pretending to be straight after his beloved wife has passed away.

To help him deal with his grief, Neil’s sister-in-law convinces him to vacation at a dude ranch. There, Neil meets Cole Thompson, a young, gorgeous, unabashedly gay wrangler—who is unabashedly attracted to Neil. And try as he might, Neil cannot deny he feels the same way. But desire soon becomes something more profound as the two men get to know each other. Cole is much more than a sexy cowboy: he’s kind, spiritual, and intelligent. In fact, he’s perfect for Neil… except he’s a man, and Neil isn’t ready to let go of a lifetime of denial. If he cannot find the courage to be true to himself, he might let something wonderful slip through his fingers.

First Edition published as Trust Me by Amber Quill Press, 2011.

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Open Case

The Open Series | Book Three

Sequel to Open House

The Open Series: Book Three

Seth Wilder and Bryce McFarland deal with the aftermath of Owen Lightfoot’s destructive rampage. Once again, the insurance company denies the life insurance benefit despite the compelling evidence regarding the underlying cause of Mark’s death. However, they acknowledge their former employee’s complicity in the multiple crimes that have blindsided Seth and Bryce. They settle to keep their name out of the news, offering the couple a million dollars apiece, which they accept.

Owen learns of the big payoff and is determined to get his cut. Just when Bryce and Seth think it is all over, Owen reappears, and what follows tests the very limits of their endurance. Through the help of friends and relatives, Seth and Bryce find the strength to keep their relationship intact while seeking out the best way to stop Owen once and for all.

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3rd Edition

Cash McCord’s life is pretty much perfect. He owns the family ranch, loves his work, and invites the occasional cowboy into his bed. But everything is turned upside down when his brother Jack and Jack’s wife Val are killed in a car crash, leaving behind six kids.

Cash is made guardian of the children, along with Val’s brother, Brad Rafferty—a man who couldn’t be more different from Cash if he tried. A Yankee, Brad is a video-game developer who works twelve-to-fourteen-hour days at his desk. They lock horns as soon as they set eyes on each other. Neither man is happy to have the other around, but neither is willing to give up custody of his nieces and nephews.

It’s up to these two polar opposites to keep the kids together and give them a family again. But first they’ll have to keep from killing each other.

First Edition published as Inheritance in Family Matters by Torquere Press, 2008.

Second Edition published by Torquere Press, 2013.

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