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Seeking Solace

Dreamspun Desires | #69
The Walker Boys

The Walker Boys

All hands on deck for a shipboard romance—with a secret.

Like his cousins, Devin Walker aspires to be a chef, but he wants to indulge his wanderlust while feeding his customers, and working a cruise ship seems like the solution. Since he can’t find an opening in the kitchen, he’s happy to start out in a position behind the bar.

While onboard Poseidon’s Pearl, Devin is assigned to shepherd a visiting executive. Paul Bailey is quiet and unassuming, and a car accident that cost him his leg also shattered his confidence. He doesn’t think he’s attractive to other men anymore, and Devin is eager to show him just how wrong he is. Paul has a surprising secret that might sink their passionate affair before it even leaves port.  

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Where Nerves End

Tucker Springs

A Tucker Springs Novel

Welcome to Tucker Springs, Colorado, where you’ll enjoy beautiful mountain views and the opportunity to study at one of two prestigious universities—if you can afford to live there.

Jason Davis is in pain. Still smarting from a bad breakup, he struggles to pay both halves of an overwhelming mortgage and balance the books at his floundering business. As if the emotional and financial pain weren’t enough, the agony of a years-old shoulder injury keeps him up at night. When he faces a choice between medication and insomnia, he takes a friend’s advice and gives acupuncture a try.

Acupuncturist Michael Whitman is a single dad striving to make ends meet, and his landlord just hiked the rent. When new patient Jason, a referral from a mutual friend, suggests a roommate arrangement could benefit them both, Michael seizes the opportunity.

Getting a roommate might be the best idea Jason’s ever had—if it weren’t for his attraction to Michael, who seems to be allergic to wearing shirts in the house. Still, a little unresolved sexual tension is a small price to pay for pain and financial relief. He’ll keep his hands and feelings to himself since Michael is straight… isn’t he?

 

Third Edition

First Edition published by Amber Quill Press, LLC, June 2012.

Second Edition published by Riptide Publishing, June 2014.

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Josh Harris is all dad all the time. A busy college professor and devoted single father, Josh tries to be happy with only his son for company. But then Bradley “Trex” Trexler moves in across the street with his stepbrother, Bogo, and takes advantage of their empty home, making it into a haunted house for Halloween.

Josh's son, Ernie, can't wait to go, so Josh dresses up like a movie cowboy and saunters over. It’ll be the best Halloween of Ernie’s life, but there’s another sharpshooter roaming the dark corridors, and this one might have a special treat for Josh….

 

Second Edition

First Edition published by Etopia Press in Halloween Heat (IV anthology), October 2012.

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A Deeper Blue

Rules of Possession | Book Two

Rules of Possession: Book Two

A year ago, Kelly Cannon couldn’t imagine he’d end up with his formerly straight best friend. It’s hard to believe he can finally kiss Blue anytime he wants… as long as they’re in private. And there’s the rub. Despite Kelly’s promise to wait until Blue is ready to come out, he’s tired of sneaking around. The cracks in their relationship are starting to show, and there might not be enough spackle in the world to fix them. 

Britton “Blue” Montgomery may not be the physics brainiac his boyfriend is, but he’s not stupid. He knows Kelly isn’t completely happy, but he’s not ready to be the poster boy for bisexuals and gays in the NFL. He just wants to keep his head down, play the game he loves, and go home to the man he adores. Is that too much to ask? 

With the truth slowly coming to the surface, Blue must make a choice. If it means losing Kelly, there’s no decision to make. He has to find enough courage to face the music and hope they’ll survive the fallout.

Man. Happily-ever-afters may not be just for Disney princesses, but they sure are a lot of work.

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A Harmony Ink Press Title

Diversity is our strength, and now more than ever, the voices of young LGBTQIA authors need to be heard. Harmony Ink is proud to showcase the next generation of talented writers in our fifth annual Harmonious Hearts anthology. These authors, all between the ages of fourteen and twenty-one, are the winners of our Young Author Challenge and represent the future voices of our community. We are honored to showcase these writers, their experiences, visions, and the glimpses into their hearts in these pages. Join them on their journey and help us celebrate their courage, their love, and their unique ways of seeing the world.

 

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Knowing Me, Knowing You

Loving You | Book Four

Loving You: Book Four

Can friends turned occasional lovers move beyond past mistakes and wrong assumptions to build something that can last?

Quiet bookworm Shane has a big secret—one he’s kept for fifteen years. AFL superstar Ambrose Jakoby grew up next door to Shane. They were close friends, and Shane supported Ambrose through school.

One night, everything changed.

Before Ambrose left Perth as a scared eighteen-year-old to head to Melbourne and take up his new footy career, Ambrose and Shane slept together.

For the next nine years, they continued a secret friends-with-benefits situation whenever Ambrose was in town. Shane never knew exactly where he stood or how to define Ambrose’s sexuality—and Ambrose didn’t know either. Then last Christmas, everything changed again, and a disagreement strained their friendship. Shane vowed to get over his unrequited love.

But Ambrose is back, recovering from an injury and hoping to make amends. He claims he’s ready for a real relationship. But Shane has to decide whether Ambrose means it and whether his Hufflepuff soul can take the chance.

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David Snyder est éperdu de chagrin et cherche un endroit pour s’enraciner. Il achète donc une belle maison centenaire dans l’est de Washington. Malheureusement, sa nouvelle maison présente un bon nombre de problèmes : électricité, plomberie, chauffage… Tout ce que David ne sait pas faire. Sa mère lui donne la carte de visite d’un artisan local et il imagine un homme obèse et chauve, dans la cinquantaine. Cependant, Jackson Henry ne pourrait pas être plus éloigné de ce stéréotype.

Jackson, cheveux bruns, musclé et beau gosse, a quitté une grande entreprise de construction à Seattle afin de s’occuper de sa mère malade. Cependant, sa ville natale a toujours un réseau actif de « traditionalistes » et trouver un emploi dans la construction est presque impossible pour un homme ouvertement gay. Déterminé à persévérer, il accepte des petits boulots d’homme à tout faire. Il est exactement ce dont David a besoin, à plus d’un titre.

Ce dernier n’est pas prêt pour l’attirance qu’il ressent pour Jackson, vu la manière dont sa dernière relation a pris fin. Mais au fur et à mesure que les deux hommes apprennent à se connaître, il devient clair que le cœur sait souvent mieux et récompense ceux qui sont disposés à l’écouter.

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Hagen Wylie ha dei progetti: vivere nella sua città natale, essere in rapporti amichevoli con tutti, esplorare nuove relazioni, e ricostruire la sua vita dopo gli orrori della guerra. Niente complicazioni, questo è il piano. Sta andando tutto bene… finché non scopre che il suo primo amore è tornato a casa. Lui pensa che non sia un grosso problema, ma un incontro casuale con i due adorabili figli di Mitch Thayer lo mette proprio sulla strada dell’unico uomo che non è mai riuscito a togliersi dalla testa.

Mitch è tornato per tre ragioni: crescere i figli dove è cresciuto lui, trasferire la sua ditta di mobili e farla prosperare, e riconquistare Hagen. Anni di distanza hanno reso chiaro che il ragazzo che ha amato al liceo è l’unico che conta per lui. Qual è il problema? Da quando lui ha lasciato la città, non si sono più parlati.

Se vuole che Hagen si fidi di nuovo di lui, Mitch gli deve dimostrare che è maturato e che stavolta non intende mollare. Potrebbero avere un’altra occasione per amarsi, ma Hagen non vuole sentire ragioni: non intende ricominciare una relazione con Mitch. Però… non si sa mai.

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Suite de Des fraises en dessert

Coda, numéro hors série

Les familles devraient grandir, pas rétrécir. Jon Kechter y pense depuis qu’il a épousé son amant millionnaire, Cole Fenton. Dans l’espoir d’adopter, Jon et Cole cherchent une future mère qui leur confierait son bébé, mais l’interminable attente leur pèse à tous les deux.

Jon est proche de son père, George, mais avant Cole, il n’avait personne d’autre. Désormais, George pousse Cole à se réconcilier avec sa mère. Lorsque tous les trois passent Noël avec elle à Munich, les conséquences sont désastreuses. Jon et Cole décident de rester optimistes, mais il n’y a pas d’espoir sans un peu de peur. Jon et Cole ne peuvent pas s’empêcher de se demander si leur rêve d’être parents se réalisera un jour.

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Buch 1 in der Serie - Collars & Cuffs

Seit dem Tod seines Lebensgefährten und Sub vor zwei Jahren hat Leo nicht mehr gelebt – nur noch existiert. Er konzentriert sich darauf, das *Collars&Cuffs*, einen BDSM-Club im Schwulenviertel von Manchester, erfolgreich zu machen. Das ändert sich eines Abends, als er und sein Geschäftspartner sich zu ihrer wöchentlichen Besprechung im Severino’s treffen. Leo kann die Augen nicht von dem neuen Kellner lassen. Der schüchterne Mann scheint entschlossen, Leos Blick zu meiden, doch das ist wie ein rotes Tuch für einen Stier. Leo liebt Herausforderungen. 

Alex Daniels kellnert im Severino’s, um das Geld für eine eigene Wohnung zusammenzukratzen. Er tut sich schwer damit, sich zu outen, doch er fühlt sich zu Leo hingezogen, dem umwerfend gutaussehenden Mann mit den eisig-blauen Augen, der fast jeden Abend in seinem Bereich isst. 

Leo lässt sich Alex‘ Zögern nicht in die Quere kommen. Er hält ihn sogar vom Club fern, um ihn nicht zu erschrecken. Und Alex zu sagen, dass er ein Dom ist? Keine gute Idee. Aus einem Date werden zwei, aber Date Nummer zwei führt sie in Leos Schlafzimmer… und dazu, dass Alex Dinge über sich herausfindet, die ihm nie bewusst waren – und die er nie jemanden sehen lassen wollte. 

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A Austin Lloyd forse manca una laurea, ma è bravissimo a curare gli animali che frequentano il suo salone di toelettatura. In amore non ha fortuna, però, e la sua famiglia vorrebbe che si trovasse un brav’uomo. Austin e il suo golden retriever, Maggie, non potrebbero essere più d’accordo.

A causa della sua famiglia complicata e del suo passato difficile, Evan Partridge non è bravo a far avvicinare le persone, ma al suo carlino Dexter piace davvero tanto il proprietario del salone di bellezza per animali.

Austin ed Evan non cominciano con il piede giusto, ma il loro rapporto di amicizia si trasforma piano in qualcosa di più. Purtroppo, il carattere riservato di Evan rischia di rovinare la loro relazione, e l’amore che sta sbocciando tra di loro viene quasi distrutto dall’arrivo di sua sorella.

Non parlarsi li fa soffrire, ma Evan non sa come continuare a frequentare Austin e al contempo aiutare la sorella: l’unica cosa che sa è che deve provare a farlo. Riconquistare la fiducia di Austin richiederà però parecchio impegno.

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Push

Music In Motion | Book One

Music In Motion: Book One

Malakei Oakley, aka rapper M. Prophet, is at the top of his game—but deep in the closet. Handsome, wealthy, and successful as the head of 315East Entertainment, Malakei should be on cloud nine. Despite his awards and a Midas touch that has every musician clamoring to work with him, something is missing.

Seth “Reaper” Davies is ready for stardom. His band High Stakes plays to small, packed houses all over Birmingham and London but has yet to get their big break. But Seth isn’t giving up on his dream—no matter what it takes.

A viral video prompts a message from a person he doesn’t expect—the talented M. Prophet. Their musical styles are worlds apart, and Seth has no desire to change his style to sell records. But his curiosity—and his attraction to Malakei—wins out.

Malakei can’t get Seth out of his mind. He also can’t come out without ruining his reputation. No matter how much he wants the sexy singer, his only option is to push Seth away.But he’s about to find out Seth isn’t one to give up on what he wants—and he might be just what Malakei needs.

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Gateway to Love

States of Love | Missouri

Ten days to finally make the leap from friends to lovers….

Craig and Mitchell have been friends for years, but each of them reached a point where that camaraderie became… more. Mitchell’s kept his feelings close to his chest. So has Craig, but now that they’ve graduated from UMKC, he knows it’s his last chance to show Mitchell they’re meant to be before their careers take them to opposite sides of the country.

He insists they can’t leave Missouri behind without one last adventure. Mitchell agrees to a road trip to visit all the touristy spots and say goodbye to their home state.

As they spend their days and nights together, buried feelings rise to the surface and hope blossoms. When their journey ends with a dance beneath the Branson stars, will they find love and a future together at the end of the road?

 

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

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Handle With Care

Dreamspun Desires | #68

A fragile heart needs extra care.

Burned-out social worker Aaron McCoy is on vacation for the first time in years—boss’s orders. Road-tripping to his brother’s wedding with his best friend, Tyler, seems a fun way to spend the mandatory two-week leave, and they set out for Kansas—and a difficult homecoming.

Aaron’s mother was a drug addict, and his adorable younger brother was quickly adopted, while Aaron spent his childhood in foster care. As Aaron mends fences, Tyler hopes to show him that this time, he won’t be left behind to face his problems alone.

Aaron’s opening up to how right it feels to be with Tyler and to the possibility of taking the leap from friends to lovers. But along with the wedding celebration comes a painful reminder of the past. Aaron’s heart is still breakable. Can he put it in Tyler’s hands?

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William, en instance de divorce, arrive à l’Asile d'Aliénés de Jelley's Valley pour en devenir le gardien. Il a bien l’intention de faire le point sur sa vie, finir sa thèse et découvrir quel homme il peut être ; l’hétérosexualité a été un échec, mais l’homosexualité n’a jamais été une possibilité. Jusqu’à ce qu’il tombe, en faisant sa ronde, sur une boite en fer contenant des lettres ignorées du monde depuis plus d’un demi-siècle.

Elles ont été écrites par Bill, jeune homme interné soixante-dix ans plus tôt, à une époque où l’homosexualité est une maladie qui doit être soignée par tous les moyens. De lettre en lettre, William découvre Bill, sa force, son courage, ses épreuves. De ces témoignages et sa rencontre avec Colby, gay, lumineux, ouvert et profondément gentil, il tire la force de faire la paix avec lui-même.

Le bonheur semble enfin à portée de main. Ils doivent simplement se laisser une chance.

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Lincoln's Park

Links In the Chain

A Links In the Chain Story

Lincoln Merriweather was born an entitled brat with a silver spoon lodged so deep, it might never have come out. At the BDSM club or in business, Lincoln was a storm, blowing in and disrupting the lives of everyone he touched, until the day he met a man who peeled away the tarnished layers to expose a decent person.

Lincoln found—then lost—love. 

Since then, he’s tried to atone for his past, including walking away from his family’s wealth. He opened a diner, hiring people to work for him that he would have spit on before his epiphany. He’s found peace, which he’s about to lose to a hazel-eyed man.

Noel Simmons wound up on the street when his parents discovered he was gay. His path leads him to Lincoln’s diner, where he asks for a job. He’s thrilled when Lincoln agrees to hire him, but finds his new boss perplexing. Can anyone be this kind and decent?

What starts out as business becomes something more. Noel discovers he needs Lincoln in order to feel safe. Lincoln needs Noel to complete him. But when Lincoln’s past gets in the way of his present, will the two have a future?

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Heart Untouched

Hearts Entwined

A Hearts Entwined Novel

An accident crushed Duncan’s Olympic dreams and landed him in a chair, but he knows it’s time to get his life back on track—and he has a plan in mind. Working with his friend Todd, an Olympic skeleton racer, on a promotional campaign will not only help Duncan regain some direction, but it’ll give Todd the financial boost he desperately needs. The sport Todd loves is draining his resources—so much so that he’s thinking of giving up racing just to make ends meet.

As the two men work together, their friendship blossoms into much more, and suddenly the future is looking brighter than it has in a long time. But just when love, happiness, and success seem within their grasp, the USOC steps in with plans to stop their campaign. That’ll mean an end not just to Duncan’s business, but to Todd’s dreams… and Duncan isn’t about to let that happen to the man who means everything to him.

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Three Bears

World of Love | Western Australia

At Three Bears surf break, the attraction between a group of friends is anything but “Luke warm….”

Dan goes to stay with his best friend Josh in Margaret River, the surfing capital of Western Australia, to sort out his sexual confusion. But his best friend is the source of that confusion. Having never been attracted to a man other than Josh, Dan fears risking their friendship just to discover men aren’t his thing.

Within the first few days, Dan meets Luke, a local barista who offers him surf lessons. Dan soon finds himself emotionally coveting not one, but two men. When they go to Three Bears, his hidden desires begin to emerge. As the ambiguity of Dan’s mixed signals clears, it becomes apparent both of his surfing companions want him—badly. 

It is only when Luke and Josh hook up that they formulate “Operation Three Bears,” an adventurous plan that might lead to a satisfying outcome for all of them.

 

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

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