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Cherished One | Book One
2016 Award Winners

Cherished One: Book One
A Tarnished novel

Born to a spiteful prostitute in Storyville, the red-light district in New Orleans, David comes into the world as Picayune, meaning “of little value,” or, as his mother reminds him, "nothing." In the early 20th century brothels and clubs, his love of music sustains young Pic until a life-changing meeting places him on the road to respectability, and Pic reinvents himself as David Reid.

As David realizes happiness for the first time, conscription forces his friend and first love, Spencer Webb, into the Great War. While he pursues a law degree, letters from Spence connect David to his hopes for the future. After staggering news at war’s end, David must find a way to move forward. Under the tutelage of his benefactor, David’s career prospers, but specters from Storyville threaten all he’s worked so hard to achieve.

The past holds both pain and love. Will facing it head-on destroy David or give him everything he’s ever dared dream?

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Les mésaventures prometteuses de Chance

Les mésaventures prometteuses de l’amour | Tome 1

Les mésaventures prometteuses de l’amour, tome 1

Chance Irving est un jeune homme qui a le don de se créer des ennuis – pas surprenant, car c’est tout ce qu'il a jamais connu. Après avoir perdu tout ce qui lui était cher lors d’une nuit fatidique, il décide de laisser New York et son passé derrière lui, et rejoint la Légion étrangère française. Mais même à Alger, Chance ne parvient pas à se débarrasser de ses anciennes habitudes, et il finit par être transféré vers une unité composée de marginaux et d’agitateurs comme lui – une unité qu’il intègre juste à temps pour être capturé et jeté dans une cellule avec son nouveau commandant, Jacky Valentine.

Jacky est un commandant très respecté qui a un faible pour les cas désespérés, et le genre d’homme qui irait à la guerre pour quiconque, et les trois jeunes garçons tourmentés de son unité qu’il a plus ou moins adoptés pensent la même chose de lui. Soudain, Chance commence à penser que sa vie n'a pas à être aussi misérable et aride que les friches autour de lui.

Mais même après leur évasion, avec la promesse d'un avenir avec Jacky pour lui remonter le moral, ou peut-être à cause de cela, Chance n’arrête pas de faire des erreurs. Il désobéit aux ordres, se déchaîne contre les garçons dont s’occupe Jacky, et s'autodétruit en plein cœur du désert, jusqu'à ce que quelqu'un lui fasse comprendre qu'il blesse plus que lui-même.

Un titre ‘Rêves Intemporel’ : bien que la réaction face aux relations de même sexe à travers le temps et à travers les cultures n’ait pas toujours été positive, ces histoires célèbrent l’amour entre eux d'une manière qui peut évoquer, minimiser ou ignorer la stigmatisation historique.

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Taniwha Dreaming

Bushrangers | Book Four

Sequel to Dingo Run
Bushrangers: Book Four 
A novel from the Dragon-ghosts of Viscaya Universe

It’s the late 1870s in Australia, and while bushranger Jim Kelly hates the idea of shooting anyone, his boyfriend Mark Turner wants to pull a train heist, so Jim has to make a tough choice. Years ago, he fell unexpectedly in love with Mark, but now Mark wants to put innocent lives in danger so they can get enough money to run away together.

Unable to resolve their differences, they decide to go their separate ways, but soon realize they can’t stay away from each other. In the end their hasty reunion gets them in trouble with the law. Luckily Mark’s brother, Ramone, uses his diplomatic privilege to free them from prison. They flee for Europe, but during the harrowing sea journey Jim is caught between his love for Mark and the terrible realization that Mark and his brother might be a greater danger to him and the captain and crew of the vessel they sail on than anything they left behind.

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Author Connie Bailey has written in a wide variety of genres under different pen names. Now check out this exclusive bundle of several of her different works all in one place! Enjoy these stories featuring an undercover policeman and a drug lord's boytoy, an unlikely vampire and his hipster/geek love, two men hiding a secret in an arranged marriage, a young prince and his bodyguard, and two imperial army recruits fighting for honor and love. Five stories in one volume!

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Caleb Hudson and Hal Zimmer became best friends the day they stood up against the schoolyard bully together. Life’s complicated enough with their friendship crossing racial lines in 1960s Charleston, South Carolina, but as time passes, they realize it’s more than their friendship that sets them apart from other kids. At first, Caleb denies his feelings for Hal could be more than companionship. He supports his friend when Hal admits he’s gay, but Caleb isn’t ready to face his own truth.

Hal becomes a staunch antiwar protester, and the divide between them widens after Caleb is drafted. But when Caleb returns from Vietnam, the time for denial is over. His homecoming sets off a series of events that force Caleb and Hal to confront their desires and what lines they’re willing to cross to get what they truly want out of life.

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In 18th century Siena, Count Salvesto Masello returns home to find the family villa and his father’s estate deeply in debt. In order to save it, he sells valuable heirlooms, but he is running out of silverware. Somewhere in the villa, his deceased father has hidden the art treasures that will pay the debt—but Salvesto can’t find them anywhere.

Amadeo Neruccio has been on the run from the vicious pimp, thief, and pawnbroker Guelfetto, whose toughs finally catch him and bring him to the cellar where Count Masello is selling off his silver. When the count learns what fate Guelfetto has in store for Amadeo, he intervenes, and trades the last of his mother’s dowry for the young man’s freedom.

Salvesto left home over ten years ago to live the life of adventure he craved and leave his broken heart behind. When he rescues Amadeo, he does not expect to find love again—or the start of his next adventure.

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Plumbing, cleaning, stone work, painting. Whatever the task, these men have just the right tools for the job. Need something buffed or polished? You’ve come to the right place. From light and sexy fun, to smoldering passion, to life-changing transformations, it’s all in a day’s work for these blue-collar studs. When it needs to be done and done right, trust a professional… mechanic, dry waller, construction worker, firefighter, or snow globe repairman. These guys know if you’re going to work, you might as well work hard. Tag along with them as they show off their special skills—on the job and off.

Coffee Run by Jess Roth
The Last Snow Globe Repairman by Allan Jay
Of Scribes and Kings by Bryl R Tyne
Executive Decision by Alice Archer
Flat Packed by Henrietta Clarke
Moonshine by Charlie Tannen
Love on the Tarmac by Quinn Dressler
The Stonemason by Terry Rissen
Hot Cross Buns by Ginger Streusel
How to Build a Shed by Kim Dias

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Even the most lawless of creatures have laws, and for vampires, the sacrifice system is the most important. For every ten members of a coven, the sophisticated blood-drinkers have one “sacrificial lamb” to keep the worlds of the living and the Undead balanced.

August Prescott finds this fascinating—once he accepts the world is not what it seems. Kidnapped and kept in isolation, lack of memory troubles him but helps him fall into this society without resistance.

August befriends Theo, who may or may not be the only one August trusts, and when it’s Theo’s turn to drink from him in the “Sanctuary,” August could believe he’s in love. And so could fifty-year-young vampire Theo, because August doesn’t look at Theo like he’s a monster.

But Theo’s afraid of loving and must decide if he’ll waste eternity or welcome August into it. According to the Lamb, the chilling sovereign of blood-drinking Undead, that might be fate’s design. And if living forever means foregoing the comforts of humanity for Theo’s kisses, Theo’s arms, and Theo’s love, August is ready to turn.

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Aillil Callaghan est un Highlander et, malgré le décret anglais, il refuse de renoncer à ses traditions. Bravant l’interdit, il porte donc fièrement le tartan rouge et vert de son clan en attendant de devenir laird, de rétablir l’honneur de son nom et de libérer l’Écosse de la tyrannie. Un Anglais sous son toit ? Quelle abomination ! Pourtant, l’enseignant engagé par son père pour ses plus jeunes fils a un talent que convoite l’héritier Callaghan.

Malcolm Byerly, professeur et musicien, a fui son Kent natal pour protéger un secret dans un emploi tranquille. Il n’avait pas prévu de rencontrer le frère aîné de ses jeunes élèves, un barbare écossais qui hait les Anglais – et cache un cœur d’or et une âme d’artiste sous son aspect abrupt.

Rapprochés par leur amour de la musique, deux hommes venus de mondes différents aplanissent les obstacles existant entre eux. Le père d’Aillil menace de les séparer, mais ils sont finalement vaincus par un autre ennemi, bien plus implacable. Leurs noms accolés entrent dans la légende.

Deux siècles plus tard, Billy Byerly, violoniste en tournée, arrive au château Callaghan où il se sent étrangement chez lui. D’après la légende, un fantôme hante les murs en attendant le retour de son amant. Billy ne croit ni aux contes de fées ni à l’amour éternel.

Mais le Laird Disparu l’a déjà revendiqué pour sien.

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Soldiers of the Sun

Soldiers of the Sun | Book Three

Soldiers of the Sun: Book Three

Caleb Davies and Agni Pradesh are worried about their teammate and lover, Temple Chevalier. Not only has he lost his long-time partner, Fu Li, but he nearly died fighting a demon himself. Also, Temple isn’t sure he’s ready for a new teammate after Li. Caleb and Agni are even more concerned that their three-way relationship with Temple exists less because he loves them and more because he’s hiding from the pain of Li’s loss.

1932 shapes up to be a terrible year for the Soldiers as they welcome the New Year fighting demons and then end up investigating a case that pairs them up with the Knights Templar. This would normally be a good thing, but it forces Temple to face his painful past. Worse yet, the case leads right to Astaroth, a Prince of Hell, who might prove to be an unbeatable foe.

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In the tradition of novel noir, nothing is ever quite as it seems.

Novelist and war hero Tony Leonard sees private investigator Edwin Malory being mugged outside a seaman’s mission in downtown Los Angeles, so he takes him home and gives him clean clothes and access to a hot shower. It doesn’t take him long to discover Malory was hired by wealthy industrialist Linton Vanderbilt Stirling, the father of Tony’s estranged wife, Janet. The reason for this is simple: Tony’s father-in-law suspects him of drinking away his daughter’s personal fortune.

On a whim, Tony drops in on Janet one night and finds her naked, dead, and tied up, her skull beaten in. Horrified, Tony flees the scene, knowing that as her husband, he is the number one suspect in the killing. He sees only one way out. He needs to fake his own death.

And who better to send his “suicide note” to than Edwin Malory.

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Snowbound

Soldiers of the Sun | Book Two

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Soldiers of the Sun: Book Two

The 1930s have more to worry about than the Depression. Demons walk the earth, leaving the human race relying on those who can see the demons to fight them.

As the Soldiers of the Sun make their way back to their base in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Caleb, Temple, and Agni find themselves snowbound in Mount Washington. With nothing to do but wait for a break in the weather or the next demon attack, whichever comes first, the three partners have the luxury of time to explore their mutual attraction and affection. Before they get far in that exploration, they end up in another fight for their lives—a fight Temple might lose.

First Edition published in Necking by Dreamspinner Press, 2010.

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The Garden Series

Holden Peters is a normal, middle-class English lad in all respects save for his preference for his own gender. Caught in a compromising position with his father’s clerk, Holden is forced from his childhood home and sent to The Garden, a mysterious tea and flower shop located in the heart of the notorious Seven Dials slum. To his dismay, Holden soon learns that the shop sells more than floral arrangements. Behind its genteel façade, The Garden is as an all-male brothel, and he is to be its newest acquisition in order to pay off the debts his father owes the enigmatic owner, Mr. Leslie. But Holden’s nightmare grows only more grim when he learns that, before he is allowed to see his first customer, his new employer will personally see to relieving him of his inconvenient virginity. Now Holden must steel himself and face his fears if he is to survive his new life as a courtesan in Victorian London’s depraved underbelly.

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The Layered Mask

Timeless Dreams

2nd Edition

Threatened by his father with disinheritance, Lord Edwin Nash arrives in London with a sole purpose: to find a wife. A more than eligible bachelor and titled to boot, the society matrons are determined to shackle him to one of the girls by the end of the season.

During a masquerade ball, Nash hides from the ladies vying for his attention. He is discovered by Lord Thomas Downe, the Duke of Lynwood. Nash is horrified when Downe calmly tells him that he knows the secret Nash has hidden for years and sees through the mask Edwin presents to the rest of the world.

And then he offers him an alternative.

A Timeless Dreams title: While reaction to same-sex relationships throughout time and across cultures has not always been positive, these stories celebrate M/M love in a manner that may address, minimize, or ignore historical stigma.

First edition published by Silver Publishing, 2012.

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I decreti di un conquistatore non possono separare Aillil Callaghan dal suo retaggio scozzese. Indossa con orgoglio il tartan del suo clan – ora proibito – aspettando il giorno in cui diventerà Laird, restaurando così il buon nome della sua famiglia e combattendo per liberare la Scozia dalla tirannia inglese. Un inglese nella sua casa? Un abominio! Eppure, il tutore che suo padre ha assunto per i suoi fratelli può avere qualcosa da insegnare anche all’erede dei Callaghan.

Il violinista e letterato Malcolm Byerly ha lasciato il Kent spinto dalla paura, cercando solo un impiego tranquillo, menti curiose a cui insegnare e un luogo ove mantenere celati i suoi segreti. Non sa che tra i suoi studenti vi sarà anche il fratello maggiore dei ragazzi – un barbaro che odia gli inglesi – e che il suo tartan rosso e verde nasconde un cuore affine. Il comune amore per la musica rompe le barriere tra due mondi.

Il padre di Aillil minaccia il loro amore, ma un pericolo più grande li divide. I due svaniscono nella leggenda.

Due secoli dopo, il violinista Billy Byerly arriva a Castle Callaghan e si sente stranamente a casa. Le leggende parlano di un Laird perduto che infesta il castello in attesa del ritorno del suo amante, ma Billy non crede alle leggende, ai fantasmi, o all’amore che dura oltre la vita.

Il Laird perduto, però, sa cosa gli appartiene.

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Oasis of Night

Heartache Café | Books One and Two

2nd Edition

Heartache Café: Books One and Two

The Second World War touches Newfoundland in unprecedented ways, throwing spies and patriots together inside Jack Stolyes’s Heartache Café.

Heartache Café

American expatriate Jack Stoyles embarks on a self-imposed exile to St. John’s, Newfoundland. With good reason, Jack calls his place “Heartache Café.” He's content—until Samual Halim walks into his life.

When a constable goes missing, Jack finds himself caught between a manipulative woman, a corrupt cop, and a sabotaged work site.

Valley of the Dead

When Egyptian diplomat Samuel Halim enters Jack’s Heartache Café, Jack’s life changes forever. Then Sam disappears along with the code key to decipher a Nazi radio command that will set Rommel’s troops in motion, leaving Jack with nothing but a fragmented phone call.

In the teeming heat of Cairo—a city rife with romance, secrets, sex, and danger, where no one is who he seems and violent death waits around every shadowed corner—it’s up to Jack to find the new love of his life and deliver the code that will change the course of history. But as Sam’s secrets come to light, there’s more at stake than the tenuous relationship forming between the two men.

First Edition of Valley of the Dead published by Dreamspinner Press, 2013.
First Edition of Heartache Café published by MLR Press, 2009.

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Tom, museum curator and expert in Renaissance jewelry, doesn’t think his boyfriend Peter is “The One.” Peter is perfectly happy with Tom, but Tom is obsessed with the artist Benedetto Emilio Nesci—exciting, passionate, extraordinarily talented… and dead for over 400 years.

Tasked with researching a bejeweled codpiece, Tom abandons his professional ethics—and his sanity—to try on the codpiece and is transported halfway around the world and back in time, right into Florence, Italy and Nesci’s workroom.

After his initial panic subsides, Tom seizes the opportunity to allow Nesci to seduce him, but Tom discovers not everything about the sixteenth century is as romantic as he’d imagined. Getting back to the modern world and Peter becomes Tom’s only wish, but desire and reality are two completely different things, and Tom might not get what he wants this time around.

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All for One

All for Love | Book Two

Aristide, Léandre, and Perrin pledge only three loyalties in life: their King, their captain, and their passion for each other. So when the musketeers discover a plan to accuse M. de Tréville of treason, the initial impulse to kill the messenger, Benoît, is tempered by their need to unmask the plotter. But their first two suspects, the English ambassador and Cardinal Richelieu, prove to be innocent, forcing the musketeers to delve deeper into the inner machinations of the French court.

Meanwhile, Aristide finds himself falling in love with the ill-fated messenger, a blacksmith without a home who rouses all of his protective, possessive instincts. Benoît, however, has no interest in any man. Torn between desire and duty, Aristide must find a way to protect the King and clear his captain’s name—all while heeding the demands of his heart.

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