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David Fisher hat sein ganzes Leben lang nach den Regeln gespielt. Er wurde in eine Mennoniten-Familie hineingeboren, deshalb hat er stets seinem Vater gehorcht, die Familienfarm übernommen, geheiratet und wurde Vater zweier Kinder. Jetzt sind seine beiden Kinder im College, seine Frau ist verstorben und er führt die Farm allein und ohne Freude, dabei zählt er die Tage seines nur halb gelebten Lebens.

Christie Landon, Grafikdesigner, Manhattaner und schwuler Partyboy aus Leidenschaft, braucht eine Veränderung. Jetzt ist er dreißig und findet, dass es an der Zeit ist, erwachsen zu werden und an seine Zukunft zu denken. Als sein bester Freund eine Überdosis nimmt, beschließt Christie, die Stadt für eine Weile zu verlassen. Er macht sich auf den Weg zu einem kleinen Haus in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, um sich zu erholen und nachzudenken.

Aber das Leben auf dem Land ist langweilig, abgesehen von dem attraktiven Silberfuchs, der nebenan wohnt. Um seine kreative Seite beim Kochen auszuleben, beschließt Christie, an seinen verwitweten Nachbarn heranzutreten, um sich die Mahlzeiten und die Kosten für die Einkäufe zu teilen. David ist einverstanden und schnell stellen die ungleichen Männer fest, dass sie gern Zeit miteinander verbringen.

Christie fordert David heraus, über die Grenzen seiner Welt hinauszudenken und weckt Gefühle, die lange vergessen schienen. Wenn David sich von der Vergangenheit befreien kann, erhält er vielleicht eine zweite Chance auf sein Glück.

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Le chant de la pluie

Contes d'un étrange livre de cuisine

Contes d'un étrange livre de cuisine, numéro hors série

Robbie MacIntyre gère un bureau de poste à Barton Hartshorn, petit village endormi du nord-ouest de Londres. À la mort de sa propriétaire et amie, Maggie Simmons, il apprend avec stupeur qu’il hérite non seulement de son commerce, mais aussi du bâtiment qui l’abrite, l’ancienne gare du village. 

Un neveu de Maggie se présente au village, Jason Young, jeune auteur américain. Robbie s’inquiète de son attirance pour un homme qui risque de contester ses droits sur sa maison. Mais alors, il reçoit une boîte pleine de secrets émanant du passé.

Avec l’aide de Jason, Robbie tentera de découvrir la recette du bonheur.

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Le prétendant volé

Dreamspun Desires (Français) | #3

Son  futur était fixé jusqu’à ce qu’un voleur subtilise son cœur.

Tout le monde à Clyde’s Corner, dans le Montana, sait que le dandy local Chris Ramsey va épouser Trix Stubben, la jeune veuve et héritière du plus riche ranch de la région. Mais une femme n’est pas très enthousiasmée par cette idée. Mabe Crassen veut mettre la main sur ce ranch, alors elle charge son fils aîné de courtiser Trix, et son plus jeune fils, Jeremy, de distraire Chris et de l’écarter du droit chemin.

Jeremy Crassen pense que le plan de sa mère est dingue. Mais il veut désespérément aller à l’université, ce que Mabe acceptera – s’il séduit Chris. Comment le timide Jeremy, puceau et secrètement gay arrivera-t-il à séduire Chris, qui semble déterminé à faire ce qui est juste en épousant Trix ? Jeremy ne peut pas rivaliser avec *une* riche veuve. Ou peut-être que si ?

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Tigri in fuga

Tigri e Diavoli

Seguito di Tigerland – Il ritorno

Il giovane Micah Johnson è il primo giocatore di football australiano dichiaratamente gay già all’inizio della carriera. Per Declan Tyler, ex giocatore professionista, fargli da mentore è un compito difficile: il ragazzo, infatti, compie una scelta sbagliata dopo l’altra, cacciandosi continuamente nei guai. Niente, comunque, che Dec non sia in grado di affrontare, visto che lui stesso ci è passato, e lo ha superato, più spesso di quanto gli piaccia ammettere. Inoltre, essere da anni il compagno di Simon Murray lo ha abituato alle tribolazioni e agli ostacoli.

Come sempre, Simon pensa che tutto stia andando per il verso giusto finché Coby, il suo assistente, non gli confessa un segreto che coinvolge la sua vecchia nemesi. I problemi di Simon e Dec si intrecciano e, per risolverli, i due devono intraprendere un lungo viaggio durante il quale affronteranno questioni, riceveranno delle scuse, e andranno a recuperare un ragazzo in fuga per riportarlo sano e salvo ai genitori preoccupati.

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A Balls to the Wall Anthology

Push romance to the limit with two beloved tales of passion between men—newly edited and expanded to pump up the heat. When it comes to love, don’t go halfway. Go balls to the wall.

 

Volley Balls

Get a double dose of hot, sun-kissed alpha male when David indulges in his favorite fantasy with two members of the Australian volleyball team. Delicious Gareth proves his interest by coming out for David, but his teammate Edge has secrets he must deal with before jumping into the game.

 

Fire Balls

The heat is cranking up as tiny, feisty, and flamboyant artist Rodney helps a friend woo straight-laced firefighter Hunter—a man Rod would rather have for himself. Too bad Hunter can’t stand pierced and pink-haired guys like Rod. So why can’t Hunter resist him?

 

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Beach Balls

Balls to the Wall

2nd Edition

A Balls to the Wall Romance

Adam James is so far in the closet he could find Narnia. As an attorney for the homophobic WMA Development, he can’t come out without risking the million-dollar paycheck waiting for him once they push their big land development deal through the city council—money that will finally allow Adam to live according to his own terms. Then, on an early morning scuba dive, Adam meets a tall, lean rebreather diver named Sky who makes him want to hug a tree.

Sky Sea Mickeljohn stands for the environment, world peace, and being openly gay. He won’t compromise his principles for anyone—even the damned lying developer lawyer he can’t help lusting after. True, the WMA land development deal could put thousands of people at risk, but Sky still wants to risk his heart. In the fight between freedom and integrity, is there a place for love?

First Edition published by Etopia Press, 2012.

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How do you start a new life when your old one won’t let go?

Freed from a marriage he entered because he feared coming out to his judgmental family, Gabe Reynolds feels his life is just starting—at forty-three. But what was supposed to be exciting and wonderful has been nothing but disappointing. The man he’s loved since they were teens broke his heart—again. Gabe has no clue how to meet men who are looking for more than one night, much less date them. Add to that his job as a mental health counselor, helping to keep his mentally ill ex-wife stable, and caring for children that belong to another man, and he has little time to look for Mr. Right.

Just as Gabe is giving up, Brandt Sawyer, with his hard body and gorgeous eyes, crashes into Gabe’s life. Brandt pushes all Gabe’s buttons—though he could do without the younger man’s know-it-all attitude. Gabe never thought he could be so torn between wanting to punch a man and wanting to kiss him. Yet, as he gets to know Brandt, Gabe sees past the military-programmed ex-soldier and catches a glimpse of what could be his happily ever after.

But with a troubled ex and young children involved, Gabe can’t just walk away from his past. Guilt is tearing him in every direction—maybe even away from the man he’s falling in love with.

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Enjoy a selection of the greatest hits of gay romance published by Dreamspinner Press combined into one exclusive volume: by Anna Martin: Five Times My Best Friend Kissed Me, a story of a boy who he wanted to marry his best friend at age six, and the journey that finally gets them there; by Sean Michael: The New Boy, a romance between a shy photographer new to the scene and an experienced model and Dom; by Grace R. Duncan: Beautiful boy, about a Dom with a hurtful past and the sub who shows him love again; by Kim Fielding: Rattlesnake, where a drifter on a quest finds hope and a home; and by Michael Murphy: The President’s Husband, in which the first openly gay president and first husband of the United States must deal with the pressures of their demanding new jobs.

 

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2nd Edition

Sequel to By the Numbers

Dogs, a young daughter, and shift work make for an unpredictable and never boring life for new couple Deuce and Trey. Trey is keeping his ex-wife out of their hair, but Deuce is determined to forge a truce between them all. Trey is vehemently opposed to a friendship between Deuce and Holly—she’s the last person Trey wants more interaction with. Deuce persists, however, and tensions between them could spell the end of their relationship.

They’ll have to find a way to make it all add up again—or lose everything.

First Edition of  Adding it Up--By the Numbers II published by Torquere Press, 2013.

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By the Numbers

When Nathaniel, aka Deuce, arrives home to an apartment building on fire, he can only think of one thing: his pregnant dog. Luckily firefighter Trey Donovan rescues her, and Nathaniel is exceedingly grateful. In fact, he tracks down Trey’s station so he can show his gratitude properly—and explore the connection he senses between them. Trey’s interested, but a less-than-friendly ex-wife and the seven-year-old daughter he’s raising make things… complicated. Between everything on Trey’s plate and the newborn puppies Deuce must care for—while homeless—finding common ground won’t be easy. But the spark of attraction between them is too enticing to be allowed to fizzle.

 

Adding It Up

Dogs, a young daughter, and shift work make for an unpredictable and never boring life for new couple Deuce and Trey. Trey is keeping his ex-wife out of their hair, but Deuce is determined to forge a truce between them all. Trey is vehemently opposed to a friendship between Deuce and Holly—she’s the last person Trey wants more interaction with. Deuce persists, however, and tensions between them could spell the end of their relationship.

They’ll have to find a way to make it all add up again—or lose everything.

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Somewhere on Mackinac

States of Love | Michigan

How far would you go for the man of your dreams?

Now that he’s single, Chicago businessman Jordan Monroe can finally take his long-desired trip to Mackinac Island for the Somewhere In Time fan celebration weekend. On the first day, Jordan finds himself attracted to Miles Colter, a handsome local stable owner who is giving horseback tours of film locations.

Jordan is surprised and charmed that Miles pursues him. When Jordan learns the stable is in trouble, he wants to help despite Miles’s resistance. As their relationship grows personally and professionally, Jordan dreads the issues that face them—an ex who won’t let him go, the complications of a long-distance relationship, and a secret he knows he shouldn’t be keeping.

Can Jordan and Miles find a way to forge a love as timeless as the romance in their favorite film?

 

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

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The Dusk Parlor

World of Love | Japan

Former soldier Hugh Harris is a “hāfu”—half-Japanese, half-American—and, after his father’s death, he returns to Kobe, Japan, in order to connect with his mother and her family. Confused and feeling out of place, Hugh finds work as a waiter at an upscale nightclub. The other employees, an odd and eclectic bunch, quickly make him feel at home, especially the bartender, Ren, and the club host, Kaito. 

But the tranquility doesn’t last forever. As Hugh gets deeper into his relationships with both men, he finds they may have dubious connections with the yakuza in town… and when the local street leaders send their enforcers to the Dusk Parlor, Hugh, Ren, and Kaito may be in for a storm of trouble. 

 

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

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Battle Born

Robbie & Sam

A Harmony Ink Press Title

A Companion to the Robbie & Sam Series

Daniel Messana wanted a way out of Thornwood, Colorado, and he found it in the Army. Now he’s returned with no more direction to his life than he had when he left as an angry teenager. And even though the war is behind him, the things he experienced won’t leave him in peace. His PTSD plagues him in crowds, and isolation sets in when he’s by himself. Because of the way he treated his brothers, regret gnaws at him, and he has no family to turn to.

For Franklin “Coop” Cooper, the Army was life, and one he loved. But when an IED in Afghanistan left him blind, it ended not only the career he’d built, but any chance of being his own man. Back home, his parents refuse to let him do anything for himself, even though Coop and his service dog are ready to move forward and adjust to his new conditions. His only escape from being coddled like a child is going for pizza on base while his mother shops on Fridays. There, Daniel sits down next to him, and the two men begin a friendship that could become more—if they can break free from everything holding them back.

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Der Lehrer Dane Bernard ist ein sanfter Riese, der an der Summitville Highschool von allen geliebt wird. Er hat eine wunderschöne Frau und zwei Kinder und versteht sich mit seinen Kollegen ebenso gut wie mit den Schülern. Aber Dane hat auch ein Geheimnis, das er wahrscheinlich niemals lüften wird – Dane ist schwul.

Als er unerwartet seine Frau verliert, stellt er sich seinem Geheimnis. Ein neuer Lehrer, Seth Wolcott, weckt Danes Interesse. Auch Seth ist auf der Suche nach einem neuen Anfang. Er hat eine Trennung hinter sich und ist nach Summitville gekommen, um seine Wunden zu lecken. Eine neue Beziehung einzugehen, gehört nicht zu seinem Plan. Doch als er an seinem ersten Arbeitstag an der neuen Schule Dane begegnet, fühlt Seth sich sofort zu ihm hingezogen.

Während die beiden Männer einen Tanz um Selbstfindung und neue Liebe beginnen, müssen sie dem schwulen Schüler Truman beistehen, der von seinen Mitschülern gehänselt und schikaniert wird. Truman ist ‚out and proud‘, eine Tatsache, die an ihrer Kleinstadtschule nicht bei allen auf Gegenliebe stößt. Dane und Seth versuchen, Truman dabei zu helfen, mit seinen Problemen besser umzugehen und sich selbst lieben zu lernen. Gemeinsam lernen sie lebensverändernde Lektionen über Selbstfindung, Akzeptanz, zerbrochene und neue Liebe.

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Le professeur  d’anglais Nathan Qells, quarante-cinq ans, est doué pour donner de l’importance aux personnes qui l’entourent. Cependant, il est moins bon quand il s’agit de préserver une relation. Il est sympathique, mais il a du mal à discerner les sentiments des autres personnes. Ainsi, même après tout le temps qu’il a passé à s’occuper de Michael, le lycéen qui habite en face de chez lui, il ne réalise pas qu’Andreo Fiore, oncle et tuteur légal de Michael, a commencé à tomber amoureux de lui.

Dreo a des problèmes plus urgents à régler que de montrer à Nate qu’il pourrait être un partenaire potentiel. Il élève son neveu, tout en essayant de quitter le monde de la mafia et de monter sa propre affaire, un processus rendu plus difficile lorsqu’une fusillade survient, éliminant quelques personnages clés du milieu. Cela n’empêche pas Dreo de persévérer dans sa quête d’une nouvelle vie dont il pourrait être fier – une vie dans laquelle Nate aurait une place essentielle. Une vie qui pourrait ressembler à celle dont Nate a toujours rêvé. Malheureusement pour Dreo – et pour Nate – la dernière fusillade n’était que la partie immergée d’une restructuration importante de la mafia, et l’amour évident que porte Dreo à Nate fait de ce dernier une nouvelle cible.

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Stage Two

Lexington Lovers
Dreamspun Desires | #33

Lexington Lovers

Love has a steep learning curve.

Assistant high school principal Blake Barnes has everything he wants—a chance to help troubled students and an outlet for his passion for theater. Well, almost everything—he still goes home to an empty apartment. Then his high school crush explodes back into his life, the unexpected guardian of two boys in Blake’s care.

Thane Dalton has always been a bad boy through and through. Not much has changed, including his mistrust of authority figures, and no amount of institutional bureaucracy will keep him from protecting his nephews from the bullies terrorizing them. If that means butting heads with Blake, so be it.

Blake and Thane have lessons to learn: that they both have the boys’ best interests at heart, that the tension between them isn’t just confrontational, and that sparks can fly when opposites come together.

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Jimmy and Marc make an adorable couple. Jimmy’s kindness and clean-cut cuteness radiate out of him like light. Marc, although a bit older, complements Jimmy with his humor and his openness to love.

But between them, a dark secret lurks, one with the power to destroy.

See, when Marc believes he’s meeting Jimmy for the first time in the diner where he works, he’s wrong.

Marc has no recollection of their original encounter because the wholesome Jimmy of today couldn’t be more different than he was two years ago. Back then, Jimmy sported multiple piercings, long bleached dreadlocks, and facial hair. He was painfully skinny—and a meth addict. The drug transformed him into a different person—a lying, conniving thief who robbed Mark blind during their one-night stand.

Marc doesn’t associate the memory of a hookup gone horribly wrong with this fresh-faced, smiling twentysomething… but Jimmy knows. As they begin a dance of love and attraction, will Jimmy be brave enough to reveal the truth? And if he does, will Marc be able to forgive him? Can he see Jimmy for the man he is now and not the addict he was? The answers will depend on whether true love holds enough light to shine through the darkness of past mistakes.

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Kasey “Tuff” Tuffman just told Nashville to kiss his you know what. After winning Best New Artist at an award show, he knows it’s time to head back home to Texas. So after a very public meltdown, Tuff makes his way to Austin, where the Red Dirt music lives large.

Jonah Littlejohn once loved KT more than anything in the world. When KT loses it on national TV, Jonah knows he has to reach out and offer his home studio as a place to heal and make music. A bad relationship has left Jonah broken and wary of romance, but he wants to help his old lover out.

Seeing Jonah again proves to Tuff that he’s made the right decision. Now all he has to do is convince Jonah that they’re the most perfect duet there’s ever been.

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