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Buch 2 in der Serie Horizonte

Was als kurzes Intermezzo gedacht war, wird zu etwas Tieferem, als Lil Lampert beim Taste of Chicago Grier Dilorio kennenlernt. Lil ist in der Stadt, um seine guten Freunde Jody Williams und Clark Stevens zu besuchen, aber er hatte nicht vor, einen jüngeren Mann kennenzulernen und die gemeinsame Liebe zur Architektur, Innenarchitektur und einem einzigartigen Fetisch zu finden, der Lil nicht loslässt.

Nach außen hin ist Grier ein Bad Boy, der die Geschwindigkeit, Tätowierungen und Leder liebt, aber Lil entdeckt langsam noch eine andere Seite an ihm: Er ist selbstlos, verantwortungsbewusst und zärtlich, besonders zu Luca, dem Sohn, den er verleugnen muss. Mit Lils Liebe und Unterstützung trifft Grier eine Entscheidung, die die Tür zu einer gemeinsamen Zukunft öffnet, die auch Vaterschaft einschließt. Etwas, von dem Lil immer geträumt hat, aber nie zu hoffen wagte.

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Un posto nuovo

Un posto | Libro 2

Seguito di Un posto vuoto
Serie Un posto: Libro 2

Quando Seth Wilder e Bryce McFarland tornano a Chicago dopo la loro crociera nel Regno Unito, sono ormai quasi innamorati e decidono di andare a vivere insieme per capire se i loro sentimenti possano sopravvivere al mondo reale.

A Seth viene comunicato che sul corpo del defunto marito è stata eseguita un’autopsia, obbligatoria nei casi di suicidio, e che il medico legale ha fatto delle scoperte inquietanti che gettano dei dubbi sulla reale causa della morte.

La clausola sul suicidio contenuta nell’assicurazione della vita del marito prevede che gli venga negato il risarcimento, ma alla luce delle nuove scoperte, l’avvocato gli consiglia di fare ricorso. L’investigatore della compagnia di assicurazioni si rivela essere lo stesso uomo che venticinque anni prima ha spezzato il cuore di Bryce. L’uomo sta attraversando un periodo difficile, e quando si rende conto di tutto il successo ottenuto dal suo ex – e dell’enorme somma di cui Seth potrebbe entrare in possesso – decide di provare ad accaparrarsi una fetta della torta, mettendo a dura prova la relazione tra Bryce e Seth.

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Impacted!

Bay Area Professionals

Bay Area Professionals

On his way home from vacation, Scott Gregory, a closeted sub, hooks up with the gorgeous Red, a flamboyant Dom, for a thrilling one-off at a BDSM bar. They part ways after a satisfying scene... but meet again when Robin Kennedy—Red—arrives at his new job as a dental hygienist and discovers one of his two bosses is Scott.

Robin and Scott embark on a journey of exploration into their kinkier sides and discover they’re more than compatible—they’re a perfect match. But keeping employer/employee and Dom/sub separate at the office presents difficulties, and to make matters even more complicated, the owner of the dental practice is an acknowledged homophobe. 

They fall in love, but Robin chafes at all the secrecy, refusing to live in the shadows. Scott isn’t as brave; he’s desperate to protect his job and his future. Will they be able to find some middle ground... or will their entire relationship fall apart because of fear?

Second Edition
First Edition published by Dreamspinner Press, August 2009.

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Qui es-tu, Chyna ?

Perspectives | Tome 4

À l’approche de son quarante-cinquième anniversaire, Lil Lampert éprouve une terrible anxiété de vieillir. Pour l’aider à retrouver goût à la vie, son partenaire, Grier Dilorio, lui propose un voyage en amoureux en Italie. Cette absence tombe plutôt mal, car leur fils, Luca vient d’entrer à l’école secondaire. Il est confié à ses oncles d’adoption, Clark Stevens, des Chicago Bears, et Jody Williams. 

Grandir entre deux couples gays a donné à Luca une perspective de la vie assez unique, sans pour autant lui permettre de répondre aux questions qu’il se pose concernant son orientation sexuelle. Après plusieurs années d’un béguin secret pour son meilleur ami, Chip Davidson, voilà que Luca s’intéresse à sa jumelle, la rousse Chyna. Alors qu’il se croyait gay, peut-être est-il bisexuel finalement. 

Chyna est né intersexué, c’est-à-dire avec un rare syndrome génétique d’ambiguïté de genre. Biologiquement, c’est un garçon, mais sa mère, troublée par une crise de dépression post-partum, l’a déclaré à la naissance en tant que fille et l’élève depuis lors dans le mensonge. La puberté arrivant, Chyna a de plus en plus de mal à dissimuler son secret, d’autant plus que sa forte attirance pour Luca lui déclenche d’étranges réactions. 

Luca saura-t-il, malgré sa jeunesse, accepter une vérité troublante et aider Chyna à découvrir sa véritable identité, ou bien va-t-il renoncer au premier écueil et réduire à néant le rêve de bonheur d’un adolescent à la dérive ?

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Un posto vuoto

Un posto | Libro 1

Serie Un posto, Libro 1

Dopo una relazione durata vent’anni e a sole due settimane da una crociera a lungo attesa da entrambi, il marito di Seth Wilder si suicida. La coppia non aveva stipulato una polizza di annullamento e Seth non può chiedere un rimborso. Bryce McFarland, compagno di palestra di suo marito, comprende la situazione e, quando Seth glielo chiede, acconsente ad accompagnarlo, per permettergli di recuperare il denaro e non essere costretto a cancellare i suoi piani. È una gentilezza inaspettata, che Seth accetta con gratitudine.

I due non hanno niente in comune. Seth è un solitario autore di romanzi, mentre Bryce è un incallito utente di Grindr che trova difficile impegnarsi seriamente. Per necessità, e nonostante le differenze in apparenza insormontabili tra loro, i due sviluppano un incerto rapporto. Con il proseguire del viaggio attraverso le Isole Britanniche, Bryce aiuta Seth a fare i conti con la morte improvvisa del compagno, mentre Seth scopre a sua volta le cause della fobia di Bryce.

Le relazioni nate in crociera raramente funzionano e sarebbe sensato resistervi, nonostante la tensione erotica. Ma la luna piena e le brezze di fine estate favoriscono le situazioni impossibili, facendo cadere le barriere e sbocciare un nuovo amore.

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Being With Him

Horizons Series
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Zeb Araneda leaves his privileged but closely supervised life in the Philippines to study architecture at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, where his new roommate is openly gay Luca Dilorio.

Alex Boulet is a successful print model who appears to have it all, but on closer inspection, the ready smile never reaches his mesmerizing green eyes. Tired of living alone, Alex moves in with fellow model Chyna Davidson, Luca’s boyfriend.

Away from his father’s watchful eye, and with Luca’s help, Zeb learns to navigate his new environment, and experiences freedom of choice for the first time. This fresh perspective allows him to step out of his comfort zone and act on his attraction to Alex.

The holiday season has always been difficult for Alex. Sappy commercials tug at his heart, and storefront windows depict idealized scenes that remind him of what he’ll never have: a loving partner willing to accept his truth. Will this Christmas be another disappointment, or will Santa finally make his wish come true?

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Open Case

The Open Series | Book Three

Sequel to Open House
The Open Series: Book Three

Seth Wilder and Bryce McFarland deal with the aftermath of Owen Lightfoot’s destructive rampage. Once again, the insurance company denies the life insurance benefit despite the compelling evidence regarding the underlying cause of Mark’s death. However, they acknowledge their former employee’s complicity in the multiple crimes that have blindsided Seth and Bryce. They settle to keep their name out of the news, offering the couple a million dollars apiece, which they accept.

Owen learns of the big payoff and is determined to get his cut. Just when Bryce and Seth think it is all over, Owen reappears, and what follows tests the very limits of their endurance. Through the help of friends and relatives, Seth and Bryce find the strength to keep their relationship intact while seeking out the best way to stop Owen once and for all.

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Papi

Horizontes | Volumen 3

La secuela de Sabores
Volumen 3 de la serie Horizontes

Seis meses después de conocerse en los Sabores de Chicago, Lil Lampert y Grier Dilorio están viviendo juntos. Su vínculo físico es más sólido que nunca, pero pronto se dan cuenta de que se necesita más que tres palabras mágicas y sexo excelente para formar una pareja.

Como cualquier aprendiz, Grier está asimilando cómo navegar por su nueva vida. Sus problemas deberían haber terminado cuando Jillian firmó los papeles, reconociéndolo como padre biológico de Luca, y tuvo la oportunidad de comenzar con su carrera de diseñador, pero en lugar de eso, está obstaculizado por viejos temores y malos hábitos que son difíciles de romper.

Adaptarse a un diminuto apartamento, en una ciudad con un invierno muy riguroso al lado de un hombre más joven y terco, es todo un reto para Lil. Su posición como “papi” de Luca se convierte en un acto de equilibrio entre lo que él considera correcto y lo que indican los ocho años de experiencia paternal de Grier. 

Su vida ya es lo suficientemente compleja, pero ahora Lil y Grier se van a tener que enfrentar a una nueva situación, que involucra una gran institución. Repentinamente la seguridad de Luca y su felicidad como familia dependen del profundo conocimiento de Lil de la naturaleza humana y de la voluntad de Grier para aprender.

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Open House

The Open Series | Book Two

Sequel to Open Seating
The Open Series: Book Two

By the time Seth Wilder and Bryce McFarland return to Chicago after their UK cruise, they’re halfway in love. They decide to move in together to see if their feelings can survive in the real world.

Seth receives word that a mandatory autopsy was performed on his late partner because his death was a suicide. The medical examiner’s findings are disturbing and leave some doubt as to the underlying cause of death.

Because of the suicide clause, life insurance benefits had been denied, but in light of these new findings, Seth’s lawyer advises him to appeal. The insurance investigator turns out to be the man who broke Bryce’s heart twenty-five years ago. The guy has fallen on hard times, and when he sees how successful Bryce has become—and how large Seth’s potential payout might be—he decides he wants a piece of the pie. Bryce and Seth’s new relationship is severely tested in this second novel in the Open Series.

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Open Seating

The Open Series | Book One

The Open Series: Book One

Seth Wilder lost his partner of twenty years to suicide two weeks before a long-anticipated cruise. Cancellation insurance was never purchased, and Seth can’t get a refund. Bryce McFarland, his late partner’s gym buddy, appreciates his predicament, and when asked, agrees to accompany him on the trip. This way, Seth recoups the money and doesn’t have to cancel his plans. The gesture is unexpected but accepted gratefully.

The two men have nothing in common. Seth is a reclusive romance writer, and Bryce is a hard-core Grindr user with major commitment issues. Out of necessity and despite the seemingly insurmountable differences in personality, they develop a tentative rapport. As they begin their journey through the UK, Bryce helps Seth come to terms with his partner’s sudden death while Seth, in turn, discovers the root cause of Bryce’s phobia.

Shipboard romances rarely work. Sensible men resist, sexual tension notwithstanding. But a full moon and late summer breezes lend themselves to the impossible situation, barriers are crossed, and a love affair is kindled.

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Cutting Cords

Cutting Cords Series

Sloan Driscoll, who is smart, sassy, and a brilliant graphic artist—but also a pothead with severe body image problems—builds a relationship with roommate and former major league pitcher Cole Fujiwara that literally saves his life. But Trent Hamilton, model and established Dominant, offers Sloan another life choice at a time when that relationship is falling apart. Find out who Sloan ultimately chooses in this bundle of the Cutting Cords series by Mickie B. Ashling!


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Olympic figure skater Emory Lowe falls in lust the moment he lays eyes on his new neighbor, hockey player Nikolai Vetrov. On the surface, Nik is a typical badass enforcer, intimidating and dangerous, on and off the ice. The only son of Ukrainian immigrants, Nik has been groomed from childhood to fulfill his father’s dreams of seeing him in the Hockey Hall of Fame. Igor guides his son toward that goal with a controlling—and abusive—hand, steering him clear of anyone who might ruin his chances.

Although Emory is the US National Figure Skating champion, he’s in-your-face gay, and his audacious persona rubs Nik and his family the wrong way. Raised by supportive and loving parents, Emory is Nik’s polar opposite in every way but one—his desire to succeed. Underneath the fluff and glitter beats the heart of a fierce competitor, and this side of Emory’s personality begins to close the distance between the two athletes.

While the attraction is one-sided in the beginning, Nik finds himself responding to Emory’s flirting. But before the incongruous pair have a chance at any sort of relationship, they must survive the pressures of career, separation, and most importantly, Igor’s ruthless homophobia.

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Orizzonti

Orizzonti | Libro 1

Serie Orizzonti, Libro 1

Il giocatore di football del college Clark Stevens è un wide receiver popolare con un potenziale contratto nella NFL, ma ha qualche problema: una ragazza gelosa, un padre dispotico e dalla mente ristretta, un deficit dell’attenzione e un’attrazione potente e inaspettata per l’ortopedico, maschio, che gli cura un osso rotto.

Il dottor Jody Williams sta ricevendo dei segnali davvero contraddittori. Non può ignorare quanto desidera Clark, perché è ovvio che il giocatore prova lo stesso per lui. Per il medico, gay dichiarato e orgoglioso di esserlo, la soluzione sembra molto semplice. Per Clark, invece, non lo è. Il suo mondo non è tollerante e gli ostacoli che ha affrontato lo hanno portato a negare la sua sessualità per anni.

È il Super Bowl dei disastri, non importa da che punto di vista lo si guardi. Alla fine, Clark deve decidere se continuare con l’unica vita che ha sempre conosciuto o se cogliere l’occasione di viverne una nuova con Jody.

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Forged in Trust

Bay Area Professionals

Bay Area Professionals

Dr. Ethan Marshall is the young medical student on call the night Tessa Duran murders her husband for abusing her twelve-year-old-son, Rino. Ethan stays in the cubicle while the rape kit is performed and is surprised when the boy resorts to prayers instead of tears.

Despite compelling evidence, Tessa is sent to jail for life. To avoid placing Rino in foster care, their parish priest agrees to raise him. Ethan is touched by Rino’s plight and visits whenever possible, but the connection is broken when the priest and young boy leave the area months later.

Raised by the Dominicans in California, Rino considers joining the order until a romance blossoms with a fellow student. After much soul-searching, he turns his back on everything familiar, and chooses his orientation over his perceived vocation. Upon graduating dental hygiene school, Rino takes a job at the office of Scott Gregory and Robin Kennedy.

Seventeen years have passed since that horrible night in the emergency room. Forty-three-year-old Ethan is now a Dominant in search of a full-time submissive. Twenty-nine-year-old Rino is adrift, longing for someone or something to help him find the serenity he’s lost along the way. As they rekindle their friendship, they realize they might be perfect for each other.

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Horizonte

Horizonte | Buch 1

Buch 1 in der Serie - Horizonte

Der College-Footballspieler Clark Stevens, ein beliebter Wide Receiver mit Aussicht auf einen Vertrag in der NFL, hat eine Menge Probleme. Er hat eine eifersüchtige Freundin, einen engstirnigen und herrschsüchtigen Vater, eine Aufmerksamkeitsstörung, und er verspürt eine unerwartete, starke Anziehung zu dem Notarzt – dem männlichen Notarzt – der ihn wegen eines gebrochenen Arms behandelt.

Dr. Jody Williams empfängt widersprüchliche Signale. Er kann nicht ignorieren, wie sehr er sich zu Clark hingezogen fühlt, denn es ist offensichtlich, dass Clark ebenso empfindet. Für den stolzen, geouteten Arzt ist die Lösung denkbar einfach. Für Clark ist sie das nicht. Seine Welt ist alles andere als schwulenfreundlich und die Hindernisse, denen er sich gegenübersieht, ließen ihn seine Sexualität viele Jahre lang verleugnen.

Es ist der Superbowl der Katastrophen, egal, wie man es dreht und wendet. Am Ende muss Clark entscheiden, ob er an dem Leben festhält, das er kennt, oder ob er es riskiert, ein neues mit Jody zu beginnen.

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Sabores

Horizontes | Volumen 2

Volumen 2 de la serie "Horizontes"

Lo que debería haber sido un breve interlvalo de vacaciones se convierte en algo más profundo cuando Lil Lampert conoce a Grier Dilorio en la feria de Los sabores de Chicago. Lil está de paso en la ciudad visitando a sus buenos amigos, Jody Williams y Clark Stevens, sin ninguna intención de relacionarse con un hombre más joven y descubrir un amor mutuo por la arquitectura, el diseño de interiores y unas preferencias sexuales muy peculiares que lo tienen enganchado y con necesidad de más.

A todas luces, Grier es el clásico chico malo al que le encanta la velocidad, los tatuajes y el cuero, pero poco a poco Lil va descubriendo su otra faceta: desinteresado, responsable y tierno, especialmente con Luca, el hijo al que tuvo que negar. Con el amor y el apoyo de Lil, Grier tomará una decisión clave para abrir la puerta a un posible futuro juntos, uno que incluya la paternidad, algo con lo que Lil había soñado pero que nunca se había atrevido a explorar.

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Chyna Doll

Horizons Series | Book Four

Horizons Series: Book Four

Lil Lampert’s forty-fifth birthday turns the effervescent architect into a brooding mess, and his partner, Grier Dilorio, takes him to Italy to help him regain his zest for life. The timing is bad—almost-fifteen-year-old Luca has just started high school, and his mother and stepfather are also traveling. Luca is left in the care of Chicago Bear, Clark Stevens, and his partner, Dr. Jody Williams. 

Growing up with two dads and two gay uncles has given Luca a unique perspective on gender roles, but not all the answers. He’s had a secret crush on his straight best friend, Chip, for years. Suddenly, Luca finds himself attracted to Chyna, Chip’s twin sister. Now he's wondering if this means he’s bisexual. 

Born with a sexual development disorder, Chyna should have been raised as a male, but due to an epic parenting fail, is being raised as female. Hiding the truth becomes more difficult when Chyna hits puberty, and crushing over Luca adds another element to Chyna’s struggle to fit in. 

Is Luca's moral compass strong enough to guide him successfully through this period of discovery or will he succumb to peer pressure and shatter Chyna's dreams for happiness?

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Fire Horse

Polo Series | Book One
2013 Award Winners

Preston Fawkes is ten the first time he meets fifteen-year-old Konrad Schnell at the San Antonio Polo Club. Captivated by the mystique surrounding the sport of kings, Pres vows to learn the game at the hands of his newly acquired friend and mentor. The hero worship soon grows into something deeper, but the friends are separated when Preston goes off to boarding school in England.

The relationship that follows is riddled with challenges―their age gap, physical distance, and parental pressure taking precedence over feelings yet to be explored. Although their bond goes deep, they deal with the reality of their situation differently: Preston is open and fearless while Konrad is reticent and all too aware of the social implications of making a public stand.

Their paths intersect and twine, binding them as tightly as a cowboy’s lasso, but fate may alter their plans. How will love overcome the divots in the turf as they gallop toward the future—one where obstacles no longer stand in their way?

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