Books by "Isabelle Rowan" (11)

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A Harmony Ink Press Title

Early settlers transported foxes to the Australian colonies, but not all foxes are what they appear.

Connor Coutts fiercely guards the family secret of the Furborn in sheep country Victoria, where foxes are shot on sight and left to hang from trees as a warning to others. At seventeen he is the only male Furborn for hundreds of miles, one of the last of a rapidly dwindling legacy. His life’s path is clear—until someone new arrives at the MacKenzie sheep farm. Spencer MacKenzie, with his long black hair and gothic style, might seem out of place, but it soon becomes clear that the two boys could make a formidable team against their enemies.

But before they can work together, Connor owes Spencer the truth…. He’s just not sure if he should trust him.   

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Zwölf Tage

Der Buchladen

Fortsetzung zu Eine Randbemerkung

Weihnachten ist für viele die Zeit der Liebe und Freude, doch für drei Männer in einem Buchladen namens Margins wird die heiße australische Weihnacht auch zu einer Zeit des Nachdenkens über das, was einst war und das, was noch kommen wird und zeigt ihnen auf, wie wichtig Heimat und Familie sind. Ihre Lebenswege führen im Buchladen zusammen, doch dabei hat jeder seine eigenen Hürden zu meistern: David fällt es schwer, mit seinem Sohn wieder eine Verbindung aufzubauen; John erfährt etwas über den Vater, der ihn verlassen hat, und Jamie macht sich darauf gefasst, Weihnachten zum ersten Mal allein verbringen zu müssen.

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John McCann ist ein Mensch, der das Leben nach den Bilanzen im Hauptbuch beurteilt. Sein oberstes Ziel ist es, den geschäftlichen Erfolg, den er sich erarbeitet hat, zu erhalten und zu genießen. Jedoch stellen ihn zunehmend schlimmere Migräneanfälle vor ein Problem, und sein Arzt rät ihm zu einem Tapetenwechsel – er solle sich doch ein nettes kleines Geschäft auf dem Lande kaufen, zur Ruhe kommen, seine Zeit mit etwas Einfacherem ausfüllen…

John weiß zwar, dass der Doktor recht hat, doch er kann seinen hart erkämpften Job nicht einfach aufgeben. Also beschließt er, sich ein Jahr frei zu nehmen; dieses Opfer dürfte seine Pläne nicht allzusehr stören. Und so findet er sich als Geschäftsführer des Margins wieder, eines gemütlichen kleinen Buchladens. Jamie, der Sohn der früheren Besitzerin, wird sein Assistent. John rechnet fest damit, nach diesem einen Jahr seinen Stress unter Kontrolle zu haben und zum Geschäft zurückkehren zu können.

Allerdings hat John nicht damit gerechnet, wie sehr das Margins und seine Menschen ihn in den Bann ziehen – vor allem der stille, ungepflegte Mann, der in einem alten Ledersessel in der Secondhand-Abteilung Zuflucht sucht. Johns Pläne für ein ungebundenes Jahr als einfacher Ladenbesitzer zerfallen zu Staub, als er David kennenlernt und sich gezwungen sieht, das Leben, die Liebe und seine wirklichen Erwartungen an beides neu zu bewerten. John und David müssen beide erst ihre Vergangenheit bewältigen, ehe sie daran denken können, sich eine gemeinsame Zukunft aufzubauen.

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We all find ways to run away. Some do it in seclusion, others in the arms of lovers.

Since the death of his long-time partner, Caleb Maguire lives a quiet life in Australia’s Victorian high country with only his dog and horses for company. Each day is the same. There are no surprises—good or bad—until a major snowstorm hits his mountain and Caleb is called out to rescue a stranded tourist. The late night snow brings with it a lost soul who forces Caleb to reassess his solitary life.

Paul Turner is a barista in the trendy Melbourne suburb of Carlton. He lives life totally in the moment, but a life of no commitments is about to change for this city boy. Three days is all it takes for Paul to fall hard for Caleb, and Paul returns to the city with a promise he’ll be back after turning his life around… but only when all the roads are clear.

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The Red Heart

Under the Southern Cross

An ex-soldier and an urban Goth walk into a desert. It sounds like the start of a joke, but for Sam Collins and Daniel Evans, it is the beginning of their story. Daniel walks to shed his drug-filled past and make himself whole. But Sam, who hides the demons of war behind a smile, needs Daniel more than either man knows. An old stockman’s wisdom sends them on their journey together, a long hard road to find Australia’s sacred Red Heart and—perhaps—each other.

<p><em>Part of the Under the Southern Cross anthology.</em></p>

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Fall in love with Australia.

Fight zombies in colonial New South Wales, solve a mysterious murder in 1920s Adelaide, and journey to a bleak Australian future that may yet hold some promise. Overcome prejudices and take a pilgrimage to Uluru, Australia’s sacred heart. And along the way, explore the theme of unexpected love beneath the shining stars of the Southern Cross.

Stories included:

Coming Home by Robyn Walker
Jasper and the Dead by JR Astruc
The Body on the Beach by L.J. Labarthe
The Red Heart by Isabelle Rowan
Whitewater by Meredith Shayne

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Matthew Kellett and Craig Jeffries are lifelong friends and neighbors. They thought they knew everything about each other, but some secrets seem too big share. Craig hides the truth about his father—but Matthew’s secret is his own.

To celebrate their high school graduation, Craig, Matthew, and Craig’s girlfriend take a road trip up the east coast of Australia to Byron Bay. Then one night on the beach, everything changes: Matthew meets Damien, a college student who senses what Matthew is hiding. Though the connection between them is undeniable, Matthew scrambles to keep it secret. It will take a shocking revelation from Craig and a lot of courage to get Matthew back on the road to Byron—and the boy waiting there.

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Twelve Days

A Note in the Margin and Twelve Days

Sequel to A Note in the Margin

Christmas can be a time of love and joy, but to three men at the bookstore called Margins, it also brings reflection on what was and what will be, highlighting the importance of home and family during a hot Australian Christmas. Their lives are intertwined by the bookstore, but individually David has difficulty reconnecting with the son he knew, John discovers something about the father who abandoned him, and Jamie braces himself for what he thinks will be his first Christmas on his own.

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Ink

2012 Award Winners

Roman centurion Dominic drew his last human breath during the time of Hadrian. In the centuries since, he’s seen much of the world change around him, but the vampire finds himself held captive in Melbourne, Australia, by his fascination with young, passionate, fun-loving, and alive tattoo artist Michael Chapman. Unable to resist the lure of Michael’s beauty, Dominic finds himself entering the parlor to get a tattoo he knows will fade.

The attraction he feels only grows, and despite Dominic’s extreme reluctance to get involved with a human, he and Michael form a bond—a connection that all too soon attracts the attention of a dark specter from Dominic’s bloody past. Soon, a dangerous game of cat and mouse threatens not only the budding romance, but also their humanity.

This is an expanded novel based on the novella Ink originally published in the Desire Beyond Death anthology by Dreamspinner Press.

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The Graft

2009 Daily Dose | To Have and To Hold

Sean and Daniel have both been married before, yet when new legislation allows same-sex couples to register their partnership, Daniel begins to question their relationship. But Sean knows they are meant to be together.

A part of the 2009 Daily Dose Set, To Have and to Hold, which includes 30 M/M romance stories providing a glimpse of the many forms of love: love at first sight or a love for the ages, wedding bells or engagements, or that inexplicable something that makes you think "I do," the men in these stories are all touched by its spell.

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A Note in the Margin

A Note in the Margin and Twelve Days

John McCann, a man who judges life by the tally of an accounts ledger, has a supreme goal in life: To achieve, live, and enjoy the rarified executive lifestyle. But he's encountered one problem: The migraines are going to continue to get worse unless you make some major changes in your lifestyle. What you need is a 'sea change'… Perhaps buy a nice little business in the country, settle down, something easier to occupy your time…

While John knows the doctor is right, he just can't resign from the job he's fought so hard for. He decides the sacrifice of taking a year's leave of absence won't interfere too much with his plans, and so he finds himself running Margins, a cozy little bookstore, with the help of the former owner's son, Jamie. John expects to put in his year, get his stress under control, and then get back to business.

What John doesn't expect is how Margins and its denizens draw him in, particularly the quiet, disheveled man who takes refuge in the old leather chair in the second-hand book section. John's plans for an unattached year of simple business crumble when he meets David and is forced to reevaluate life, love and what he really wants from both. John and David are forced to come to terms with their pasts as they struggle to determine what possible future they might build together.

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