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Setting for Eight, Dinner for Two

2019 Advent Calendar | Homemade for the Holidays
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To overcome the bad ending of a relationship, Charlie Brooks and a friend plan to decorate his home for the holidays—including elaborate table settings like those made by local ceramicist Tory Phillips. The pieces are exquisite, but Charlie’s on a budget. So Tory convinces him to take his classes and try his hand at making his own dishes for the dinner party Charlie dreams of hosting. As they work together, they grow closer, and the fantasy gathering feels less important than what’s happening between them. When the big day arrives, it might be more magical than Charlie ever imagined.


A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2019 Advent Calendar "Homemade for the Holidays."

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Sweet Anticipation

2019 Advent Calendar | Homemade for the Holidays
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Greg Hansen’s pregnant sister is on bed rest, so it falls to Greg to finalize the arrangements for her best friend’s bachelorette party. Little does he know he’s in for a sweet surprise. When he arrives at the bakery recommended to him, he comes face to face with the man he never should’ve let get away—Rhys Denning.

Rhys’s business is booming with the holidays approaching, so he can’t agree to cater the party without help—and that means Greg getting his hands dirty in the kitchen, where the two reconnect over sugar, spice, holiday goodies of all kinds, and even some penis-shaped baguettes! But the most satisfying treat might be the second chance they never thought they’d get.


A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2019 Advent Calendar "Homemade for the Holidays."

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The Music Box

2019 Advent Calendar | Homemade for the Holidays
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It’s the eve of Alvin’s favorite holiday—the little-known St. Nick’s Day. His devoted boyfriend, woodworker Milo, has been planning for months to make it a day neither of them will forget, and their peaceful annual nighttime walk will pale in comparison to what Milo has secreted away in the basement.


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The Santa Project

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Working at the Craft Emporium keeps Adam Martinez busy during the holiday season he absolutely hates. Enter elementary schoolteacher David Okoye, who can’t get enough of Christmas or craft supplies. David is cute, wholesome, and Adam can’t deny a little bit of a crush.

Making the holidays special for his students is only part of the reason David makes excuses to go to the Craft Emporium. He also holds a torch for Adam. He takes it as a personal challenge to show Adam how to enjoy the holidays when he asks Adam to teach him to knit. David promises the holidays can be wonderful when shared with the right people, but how can they share them when David is going home to his family and Adam will be left all alone?


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A Christmas Cabin for Two

Dreamspun Desires
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A match as perfect as cold nights and cozy fireside heat. 

Gentle giant Matt Haskell and urbane teacher Mikah Cerullo are as opposite as the Teton Mountains and downtown Manhattan.  

Hardworking organic farmer Matt has little time to think about love, but when Mikah, a sexy and snarky New Yorker, arrives at his farm to buy a Christmas tree for the family’s Jackson Hole mansion, the attraction is immediate for both of them, and they agree to share a cozy cabin in the Idaho woods. The clock is ticking on their holiday fling, since Mikah is due to take a teaching position back in the city, but as the holiday magic envelops them, they wonder if their budding romance might withstand their differences.

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The Winter Quarters

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Snow, steam, and a second chance.

Reluctant socialite Kai has thirty-five days before his family starts shooting the next season of their reality TV show, revealing a life he’d rather keep private—and one that feels increasingly scripted. Desperately needing a break, Kai escapes to his childhood best friend Hiro Asada’s inn in rural Japan. He finds peace in the thousand-year-old hot springs, but his yearning for Hiro resurfaces at the worst time: Hiro is about to inherit the inn, and his parents expect him to marry within the year.

Hiro’s traditional family loves him for who he is, but they can’t imagine two men running the inn. Meanwhile, Kai has a TV contract his lawyer insists can’t be broken. Hiro and Kai need to think outside the box—and solve their problems before Christmas Day, when Kai’s show shoots its annual holiday special.   

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Amors Pfeile

Verliebte Anwälte
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Die erfolgreichen Anwälte Dane Coulter und Cal Monroe sind Rivalen im Gerichtssaal und Freunde hinter den Kulissen. Doch können sie mehr sein?

Cal hat immer heimlich nach Dane geschmachtet. Allerdings verdrängt Dane seine Homosexualität so sehr, dass er nicht mal zugeben kann, dass er möglicherweise schwul ist. Sein Vater, ein fanatischer Homophober, regiert die Familie mit eiserner Hand und drängt Dane zu einer Verlobung – mit einer Frau. Um seine Mutter zu schützen, stimmt Dane zu. Für Cal bringt die Sache jedoch das Fass zum Überlaufen.

Er kann nicht zulassen, dass Dane einen Fehler macht, der sein gesamtes restliches Leben ruiniert und kennt nur einen todsicheren Weg, damit Dane sich eingesteht, wie es in seinem Herzen aussieht. Seinem Freund seine Gefühle zu offenbaren, könnte jedoch nach hinten losgehen und einen Keil zwischen sie treiben. Und selbst dann ist es Dane, der die Entscheidung treffen muss: Das Leben zu leben, das sein Vater von ihm erwartet oder alles, was er hat, für die Chance auf Glück in Cals Armen aufzugeben.

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Avvocati innamorati

Gli avvocati di successo Dane Coulter e Cal Monroe sono rivali in tribunale e amici nella vita privata. Ma potrebbero essere qualcosa di più?

Cal ha da sempre una cotta per Dane, che però non è dichiarato e fatica persino ad ammettere di essere gay. Suo padre, un omofobo violento che controlla la famiglia con il pugno di ferro, obbliga Dane a fidanzarsi con una donna. Lui acconsente per mantenere la quiete e proteggere la madre, ma per Cal è la goccia che fa traboccare il vaso.

Non può permettere che l’amico faccia un errore che potrebbe rovinargli la vita, e solo lui conosce un modo infallibile per fargli ammettere cosa si cela nel suo cuore. Ma confessare i propri sentimenti gli si potrebbe ritorcere contro, incrinando in modo irreparabile il loro rapporto. Toccherà comunque a Dane scegliere se vivere la vita che vuole suo padre oppure rinunciare a tutto quello che ha per essere felice tra le braccia di Cal.

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Avocats amoureux

Les célèbres avocats Dane Coulter et Cal Monroe sont rivaux au tribunal et amis en coulisses. Mais pourront-ils être davantage ?

Cal en a toujours pincé pour Dane, mais celui-ci est si profondément dans le placard qu’il ne peut même pas admettre la possibilité d’être gay. Son père, un homophobe enragé qui dirige sa famille d’une main de fer, force Dane à se fiancer… à une femme. Dane entre dans son jeu pour maintenir la paix et protéger sa mère, mais pour Cal, c’est la goutte qui fait déborder le vase.

Il ne peut pas laisser Dane commettre une erreur qui pourrait gâcher le reste de sa vie et il ne connaît qu’un seul moyen infaillible de lui faire admettre ce qui se trouve dans son cœur. Mais déclarer ses sentiments à son ami pourrait mal tourner, creusant un fossé entre eux. Et même ainsi, le choix doit venir de Dane : vivre la vie que son père désire ou abandonner tout ce qu’il a pour avoir une chance de bonheur dans les bras de Cal.

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Forever & Ever - A Collection of Stories

Faith, Love, & Devotion | Book Seven
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A Faith, Love & Devotion Anthology

What happens after the story ends?

Join Matt, Evan, Jim, Griffin, and their friends and families for a glimpse of what happens after happily ever after. Between growing up and growing pains, weddings and retirement, changing careers and changing diapers, life is never boring. Changes, decisions, tears, and joy await as the years march on.

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Crispin Henry isn’t an adventurer. He learned early on that the world is a frightening place and that home is rare and precious. If his friends didn’t drag him to sports games and ill-advised trips to Vegas, he wouldn’t get out at all—and his trip to Munich for Oktoberfest is no exception. But it’s there that he meets Luka Gabriel, and he learns to take a chance.

Luka is a free-spirited world traveler, working at Oktoberfest to feed his enchantment with new places and new people. His only possessions fit in his backpack, and he depends on the kindness of strangers for a place to sleep. Crispin should know better—but he takes Luka’s hand anyway, and together they turn three nights in Munich into the relationship neither of them has been brave enough to risk—and neither can let go of.

When Luka turns up on Crispin’s doorstep before the holiday season, Crispin takes him in on hope alone. Yes, he knows the odds are good Luka will flutter out of his life again and leave him bereft, but isn’t it worth it to see if Luka is a homebird after all?

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The CEO's Christmas Manny

Dreamspun Desires
Beyond the Boardroom
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Beyond the Boardroom

Anything but business as usual. 

Billionaire CEO Nic Price lives for his job. With sales down and grumbling from the board of directors—including Nic’s permanently dissatisfied father—the last thing Nic needs is distraction from the new manny, whose freewheeling approach to childcare is outlandish... and who makes Nic feel things he’s never allowed himself to feel.

Ex-teacher Sasha Lindsey is all about fun—that’s the reason people love him, so he has to be. After a bad break-up leaves him jobless and homeless, the live-in manny job with Mr. Price seems like a windfall. But his chemistry with Nic is off the charts, and he can’t afford another workplace romance disaster.

Can Nic leave his dominance in the bedroom and open his heart to the best thing that’s ever happened to him? Or will Sasha’s leap of faith backfire and ruin his chances at the family happily ever after he’s always dreamed of? 

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Sometimes the best Christmas gift is knowing what you really want.

Rusty Baker is a rich, entitled, oblivious jock, and he might have stayed that way if he hadn’t become friends with out-and-proud Oliver Campbell from the wrong side of the tracks. When Oliver kisses him goodbye before Rusty leaves for college, Rusty is forced to rethink everything he knows about himself.

But nothing can help Rusty survive a semester at Stanford, and he returns home for Thanksgiving break clinging to the one thing he knows to be true: Oliver is the best thing that’s ever happened to him.

Rusty’s parents disagree, and Rusty finds himself homeless for the holidays. But with Oliver’s love and the help of Oliver’s amazing family, Rusty realizes that failing college doesn’t mean he can’t pass real life with flying rainbow colors.

Second Edition
First Edition published by Riptide Publishing, December 2013.

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The Bobby and Paolo Holiday Stories

Bobby and Paolo’s Holiday Stories
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The Bobby and Paolo Holiday Stories

The holidays are a magical time for everyone, but they hold special meaning for young lawyer Bobby McGrath and fashion designer Paolo Mascobello. Their whirlwind romance begins one December on the Isle of Capri, where they meet and fall in love, and each holiday season adds a new building block to their life together. Celebrate with Bobby, Paolo, and their colorful friends and family as they marry and start a family. Happily ever after doesn’t always come easy, but with love and the spirit of the season, miracles can happen and Christmas wishes can come true.

 

Stories included:

A Home for the Holidays

The Perfect Gift

The First Noel

 

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The First Noel

Bobby and Paolo’s Holiday Stories | Book Three
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Bobby and Paolo’s Holiday Stories: Book Three

Each Christmas has marked a milestone in Bobby and Paolo’s love story. But will this year be their last noel?

It’s no surprise Bobby isn’t feeling much holiday spirit—not when he suspects his husband, Paolo, might be interested in his new business associate, the incredibly handsome Noel. On top of that, Bobby’s father is hanging up his Santa suit at the department store due to health issues; and worst of all, Geoffrey’s birth mother, funded by antigay extremists, is threatening their family. She’s trying to take away Bobby and Paolo’s adopted son, but she’ll have to face their supportive friends, family, and pastor before she can tear Geoffrey from the only real home he’s ever known.

With so many challenges in their path, the December grooms will need an extra helping of holiday magic this year. Rumor has it Santa’s on his way to spread some holiday cheer.

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Avocats amoureux

Une occasion inattendue se présente pour le timide avocat Kevin Anderson quand il tire le nom du bel avocat Erik Wilson pour l’échange secret de cadeaux de Noël de leur cabinet. Kevin se languit de son ami depuis longtemps, mais il craint de ruiner leur relation de travail si Erik ne lui rend pas ses sentiments. L’anonymat de l’échange lui donnant la chance de lui faire savoir que quelqu’un est intéressé, Kevin transforme donc le cadeau en jeu : douze jours de présents, chacun plus suggestif, se terminant par une rencontre au réveillon – s’il trouve le courage d’aller jusqu’au bout !

Erik est intrigué par son Père Noël secret, qui lui a donné quelque chose à attendre avec impatience jusqu’aux fêtes pour la première fois depuis des années. Mais alors que Noël approche, il se rend compte qu’il ne veut pas d’un homme mystère ; il désire son meilleur ami, Kevin. Lorsque ses tentatives pour commencer quelque chose avec celui-ci échouent, Erik accepte l’invitation à dîner de son admirateur secret. Il est loin de soupçonner que le vilain petit assistant du père Noël est l’homme qui fera de tous ses rêves de Noël une réalité dans une romance qui passe du doux au piquant pour deux avocats sexy.

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Avvocati innamorati

Quando pesca il nome dell’aitante collega e amico Erik Wilson e diventa il suo Babbo Natale segreto nell’usuale scambio di regali dello studio in cui lavora, al timido avvocato Kevin Anderson si presenta un’opportunità unica. Kevin ha un debole per Erik da molto, ma teme di rovinare il loro rapporto di amicizia e lavoro se l’altro non dovesse ricambiare i suoi sentimenti. L’anonimato dello scambio gli offre l’occasione di far sapere all’amico che qualcuno è interessato a lui, e Kevin decide di trasformare la sorpresa in qualcosa di più interessante: dodici giorni di regali, ognuno dei quali sempre più provocante, che si concluderanno con un incontro alla vigilia di Natale, se Kevin troverà il coraggio di andare fino in fondo.

Erik è incuriosito dal suo Babbo Natale segreto che, per la prima volta dopo molto tempo, gli offre qualcosa da attendere con impazienza durante le feste. Ma quando Natale si avvicina, si rende conto di non desiderare l’uomo misterioso: Erik vuole il suo migliore amico, Kevin. Quando i suoi tentativi di farlo ingelosire falliscono, Erik accetta l’invito a cena del suo ammiratore segreto. Ancora non sa che l’impertinente aiutante di Babbo Natale potrebbe essere l’uomo che realizzerà tutti i suoi sogni, in una classica storia di amicizia che si trasforma in amore e che da dolce diventa piccante per i due begli avvocati.

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