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Storie di Toronto | Libro 2

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Storie di Toronto, Libro 2

Il detective Ivan Bekker sta toccando il fondo. Non solo deve ancora riprendersi dalla rottura col fidanzato fedifrago, ma è stato anche coinvolto in una brutta retata durante la quale ha dovuto uccidere un uomo, e il suo migliore amico ora lotta fra la vita e la morte. Pur essendo sotto indagine per il ruolo giocato nella sparatoria, il suo capo lo spedisce in una missione ufficiosa sotto copertura che dovrebbe aiutarli a risolvere il caso. Il tempismo è fondamentale: solo intervenendo subito hanno qualche speranza di stanare la talpa che si nasconde al dipartimento.

Privato del sostegno dei colleghi e della propria lucidità, Ivan si ritrova a recitare la parte di un divorziato per avvicinare Parker Wakefield, il ragazzo che gli affitta una stanza. Peccato che Parker – il dolce, ingenuo Parker – non abbia tanto l’aria di un criminale, specie non uno coinvolto nello spaccio di droga per conto della mafia russa. Ivan finisce così per abbassare la guardia; sa che quello che prova non è professionale, ma non riesce a resistere a Parker.

Per questo, quando si imbatte nelle prove che il giovane è coinvolto in un’operazione illecita, deve fare una scelta: proteggere il loro rapporto, a prescindere dalle conseguenze, o salvare la propria carriera e mandare dietro le sbarre l’uomo che ama.

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Enjoy J.S. Cook’s best mysteries, with a side of lust and romance, in this collection. In But Not for Me, gangster boss Nino Moretti rescues beautiful mob accountant Stanley Zadwadzki from a rival, but the consequences may cost them any chance at a relationship. In A Little Night Murder, insurance investigator Frank Boyle may have escaped from danger once with help from detective Sam Lipinski, but a new investigation is turning up trouble once again. In Come to Dust, Inspector Philemon Raft is set adrift among the deceitful ton of turn-of-the-century London, trying to locate the kidnapped Miriam Dewberry. In The Lovely Beast, Jacob van Willingen is on a mission to exterminate the evil Caleb Donnithorn, but things aren’t quite what they seem to be at this Romanian castle. In Skid Row Serenade, novelist and war hero Tony Leonard visits his estranged wife only to find her beaten to death. On the run, he decides to fake his own death, with a little help from private investigator Edwin Malloy.

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But Not for Me previously published by Dreamspinner Press, March 2013 Cover Art by Aaron Anderson aaronbydesign55@gmail.com A Little Night Murder previously published by Dreamspinner Press, September 2013 Cover Art by Catt Ford Come to Dust previously published by Dreamspinner Press, November 2013 Cover Art by Maria Fanning The Lovely Beast previously published by Dreamspinner Press, July 2014 Cover Art by L.C. Chase http://www.lcchase.com Skid Row Serenade previously published by Dreamspinner Press, August 2015 Cover Art by Aaron Anderson aaronbydesign55@gmail.com

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Dark Blood

Dark Blood Saga | Book One

Book One in the Dark Blood Saga

Handsome, brilliant, and surrounded by good friends, twenty-three-year-old medical student Miles Fox has a secret—and it’s not that he’s gay. Though he harbors a crush on his straight best friend, Luke. Miles, like his grandmother, Anna, possesses the healing gift, an ability she’s made him swear never to use or divulge, lest horrible things befall those he loves. It happened to her when Nazis butchered her family.

But it all goes to hell when Miles heals a terminally ill man on a New Orleans cancer ward and wakes locked in the psych unit. Worse, news of the healing miracle spreads. For millennia, its carriers have been hunted by those who would steal it. Dr. Gerald Stangl and his teenage son, Calvin, know what Miles possesses. They, like their predecessors, will stop at nothing to take it, including kidnapping, torture, and murder. As the Stangls' noose tightens, Miles and Luke are trapped in a death match with stakes higher than they could ever imagine.

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Casto

Gods of War | Book I

Gods of War: Book I

All is fair in love and war. Renaldo has lived happily by that proverb his entire life. But he has finally met his match, and he’s about to discover how unfair love and war can be.

When demigod and warlord Lord Renaldo takes a beautiful stranger captive during an ambush, he is delighted to have found a distraction that will keep him entertained during the upcoming siege. Little does he know, Casto is keeping more than just one secret from him. Slowly, Renaldo gets sucked into a turbulent roller-coaster relationship with his mysterious prisoner, one that begins with hatred and soon spirals into a whirlwind of conflicting emotions. And when it seems that things can get no worse, an old enemy stirs right in the heart of his home.

Determined to keep Casto by his side, Renaldo has to find a balance between the capricious young man and his own destiny as a ruler and god to his people.

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Dunkle Schatten

Ink and Shadows (Deutsch) | Buch 1
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Ein DSP Publications Titel

Buch 1 in der Serie - Ink and Shadows

Kismet  Andreas lebt in Angst vor den Schatten.

Für den jungen Tattookünstler bedeuten sie mehr als nur Dunkelheit. Er hält sich für verrückt, weil er darin Kreaturen und kriechende Dinge sieht – Monster, die die Schwachen jagen, um ihren Verstand und ihre Seelen zu fressen, und nichts als leere Hüllen der Verzweiflung zurücklassen.

Kismet fürchtet nichts mehr, als ebenfalls auf diese Weise in den Wahnsinn getrieben zu werden.

Die schattenhafte Welt der Grenze ist Colms Zuhause. Als Pestilenz ist er der jüngste und unerfahrenste der apokalyptischen Reiter – wiederauferstandene Menschen, die nun als Unsterbliche der Menschheit dienen und sie zugleich eindämmen. Nur sichtbar für die Toten oder Wahnsinnigen existieren sie zwischen der Welt der Sterblichen und der Grenzwelt, an ihr nahezu ewiges Schicksal gebunden. Da selbst andere Unsterbliche sie fürchten, leben die vier Reiter größtenteils isoliert. Doch Colm möchte mehr kennenlernen als Tod, Krieg und Hunger.

Colm möchte … menschlicher sein und nicht nur mit Wahnsinnigen und Toten zu tun haben.

Als Kismet Colm vor einem Angriff aus den Schatten rettet, findet Pestilenz sich plötzlich in einer heftigen Auseinandersetzung wieder, bei der die Menschheit auf dem Spiel steht. Kismet allein hat Vertrauen zu ihm, obwohl die anderen Reiter den Tod des Menschen voraussehen.

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Splintered

Hunting Evil | Book One

Hunting Evil: Book One

A string of murders targeting effeminate gay men has the GLBTQ community of Chicago on alert, but budget cuts have left many precincts understaffed and overworked, and homophobia is alive and well within the law enforcement community so little has been done to solve the mystery. When the FBI calls in Special Agent Todd Hutchinson and his team, the locals are glad to hand the case off. But Hutch finds a bigger mystery than anyone originally realized—seventeen linked murders committed in several different jurisdictions. Hutch’s clues lead him to Noah Walker.

Working on his PhD in forensic psychology, Noah has been obsessed with serial murders since he was a child. Noah finds himself hunted, striking him off Hutch’s suspect list, but not off his radar. To catch the killer before anyone else falls victim, they’ll have to work together to bring him to justice.

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First Edition published by Dreamspinner Press, 2014.

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Stoccata finale

Questione di tempo

Un libro della serie Questione di tempo

La vita non è mai stata facile per Duncan Stiel. La sua infanzia è stata un incubo. Il suo lavoro come poliziotto sotto copertura lo obbliga a nascondere la sua vera natura e, di tanto in tanto, lo fa finire in ospedale. Quando finalmente incontra l’uomo perfetto, non è una sorpresa che tutto vada completamente a rotoli. Quello che Duncan non si aspetta è che l’ostacolo più grande da superare prima di poter vivere la sua storia con Aaron Sutter è quello che porta dentro di sé.

Tutti pensano che Aaron abbia tutto: bellezza, soldi, fama e un successo incommensurabile. Tutti tranne lui. Alla fine di ogni giornata, lontano dai flash, con le questioni di affari risolte e mentre gli amici tornano alle loro vite, Aaron si ritrova sempre solo. Nel momento stesso in cui incontra il travolgente detective Duncan Stiel, sa che farà di tutto per tenerlo con sé. Quando però capisce che i soldi non bastano a comprare la felicità, deve trovare la forza per regalare a Duncan qualcosa di molto più importante: il suo cuore.

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Dawn and Dusk

Day and Knight | Book Three

Sequel to Sun and Shadow
Day and Knight: Book Three

For Scorpion agents Day and Knight, their relationship is slow to develop, and trust is hard to build. Then Day’s brother, Stephen, goes missing, and Day finds out more about him than he ever dreamed. Day’s first reaction to Stephen’s disappearance is to try to get to him as fast as possible.

Knight initially holds him back so they can attempt to find out what they’re walking into. But when Knight sees Day’s desperation, he steps in to help and tries to calm the man he’s growing to care about, even though the trail is cold and clues are scarce.

When Day witnesses his brother being shot live on television, he loses the last of his control. Despite the lack of answers, Day is more determined than ever to find out what happened. Stephen was all the family he had left.

Bone-deep fear and adversity threaten to tear Day and Knight apart, but facing unimaginable hardship together might finally cement the bond between them.

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No Good Deed

Philip Potter Series

A Philip Potter Story

On Christmas Eve in 1966, Philip Potter, a kind-hearted Smithsonian curator, wraps up his last-minute shopping. Meanwhile, James, his lover of several years, takes his own life back in their home. Unaware of what awaits him, Philip drops off gifts at a homeless shelter, an act of generosity that will later make him a suspect in the murder of a male prostitute.

Following James’s shocking death, two men enter Philip's life—and both drive yellow Continentals. One of them, though, is a killer, with the blood of at least six hustlers on his hands. And both are hiding something.

As Philip is about to discover, no good deed goes unpunished.

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First Edition published as After Christmas Eve by MLR Press, 2013.

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Infected Volume One

Infected Series

In a world where a werecat virus has changed society, Roan McKichan, a born infected and ex-cop, works as a private detective trying to solve crimes involving other infecteds... all while he deals with personal tragedy and new love and does his best to survive in a world that usually hates and fears their kind. The cases range from investigating an unidentifiable species of cat that appears to be showing an unusual level of intelligence, to finding and stopping murderers, and Roan is finding it harder and harder to see the line between justice and vigilantism.

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A Brethren Novel

Jeremy Spencer never imagined the occult order he and his boyfriend, Bowyn, started as a joke in college would become an international organization with hundreds of followers. Now a professor with expertise in Renaissance music, Jeremy is drawn back into the world of free love and ceremonial magick. The old jealousies and hurt that separated him from Bowyn eight years ago no longer seem significant. 

Then Jeremy begins to wonder if the centuries-old score he’s been asked to transcribe hides something sinister. With each stanza, local birds flock to the old mansion, a mysterious fog descends upon the grounds, and bats swarm the temple dome. During a séance, the group receives a cryptic warning from the spirit realm. And as the music’s performance draws nearer, Jeremy realizes it may hold the key to incredible power—power somebody is willing to kill for.

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First Edition published by Dreamspinner Press, 2013.

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Asesinar a casi todos los gais

Asesinar a casi todos los gais | Volumen 1

Volumen 1 de la serie "Asesinar a casi todos los gais"

Un asesino en serie está atacando a la comunidad gay en sus bares y parques favoritos. Asignan al caso al novato Patrick Saint James, que se siente muy cercano a las víctimas. Es gay y está en el armario en el trabajo, y el hecho de que le asignen el caso es toda una ironía del destino.

Pat y su compañero, el también novato Hank, comienzan la investigación e intentan buscar una pista que les lleve al asesino. A la vez que el caso se va complicando, Pat está a la busca de su príncipe azul, luchando contra sus sentimientos y tres pretendientes, a cual mejor dadas las circunstancias. Bill, un ligue de una noche tremendamente dulce y guapo. Dean, un viejo amigo que se queda soltero y para liar más las cosas, Hank, su compañero, que resulta ser también gay y muestra interés en él.

Mientras, el asesino sigue con su orgía de violencia, estrangulando y violando a pobres chicos, y Pat tiene que centrar toda su atención en el caso e intentar que su vida amorosa sobreviva al tremendo estrés al que se ve avocado cada día. Pero cuando sus esperanzas y sueños se ven en conflicto con la investigación, es posible que se vea inmerso en un gran lío.

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Dawn Over Dayfield

2016 Award Winners - DSP Publications

After the death of his adoptive mother, Andy Forrest decides to track down his biological family. The search leads him to the struggling central Massachusetts town of Dayfield—and local historian Weston Thibeault, the town’s only other openly gay man. With the help of Weston, Andy uncovers secrets about his birth father, the youngest son of the Chaffees, the family that once owned Dayfield’s largest employer, a furniture factory that closed thirty years earlier.

As Andy and Weston work together, they find a connection to a scandal that rocked the Chaffee family over 125 years ago. But small towns like to bury their secrets, and many of the older residents of Dayfield will do anything to stop Andy and Weston from discovering the truth about the town and its inhabitants.

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The abuse of a little boy turns a community against a loving gay couple, and nobody comes out of it unscathed.

Sean and Austin have the perfect life: new love, a riverfront home, security. Their love for one another is only multiplied when Sean’s eight-year-old son, Jason, visits on the weekends.

And then their perfect world shatters.

Jason goes missing.

When the boy turns up days later, he's been so horribly abused he’s lost the power to speak. Immediately small-town minds turn to the boy’s gay father and his lover as the likely culprits. What was a warm, welcoming community becomes a lynching party out for blood.

As Sean and Austin struggle to stay together amidst innuendo, the very real threat of Sean losing the son he loves emerges. Yet the true villain is much closer to home, intent on ensuring the boy’s muteness is permanent.

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First Edition published by ManLove Romance Press, 2009.

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Baci sporchi - Dirty Kiss

Un'indagine di Cole McGinnis
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Un'indagine di Cole McGinnis

Cole Kenjiro McGinnis, ex-poliziotto e investigatore privato, sta cercando di superare la morte del suo amante, avvenuta durante una sparatoria, quando gli capita un’indagine apparentemente di routine. Investigare l’apparente suicidio del figlio di un importante uomo d’affari coreano si rivela subito un incarico tutt’altro che ordinario, specialmente quando Cole incontra Kim Jae-Min, il bel cugino del defunto.

Il cugino di Jae-Min aveva un piccolo, sporco segreto, uno che Cole conosce da tutta la vita e che Jae-Min sta ancora nascondendo alla sua famiglia. L’indagine porta Cole da ville eleganti e squallidi appuntamenti segreti di amanti fino al Dirty Kiss, il locale dove i ricchi vanno a soddisfare con discrezione i desideri di cui le loro famiglie troppo tradizionali preferirebbero non sapere niente.

Inoltre porta Cole McGinnis fra le braccia di Jae-Min, ma questo potrebbe essere un problema. La morte del cugino di Jae-Min appare sempre meno un suicidio, e il ragazzo appare sempre più un bersaglio. Cole ha già perso un amante per una morte violenta: non perderà anche Jae-Min.

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When Feldwebel Horst Stussel is murdered in Jake Plenty’s Moroccan brothel, local police chief Nicolas Renard suspects Jake’s involvement in the crime. Renard has loved Jake since their service in the Legion Etrangère during the Great War, but in this era of concentration camps, gas chambers, and the infamous pink triangle, his love for the American dare not speak its name. 

When sadistic Nazi officer Major Danzig, a fanatic who excels at the arts of torture and interrogation, comes to Maarif, it isn’t because of the Feldwebel. He is in search of Christophe Picard, Resistance leader and Jake’s former lover. Danzig will stop at nothing to uncover Picard’s whereabouts, to find him and destroy him, and in so doing, strike a fatal blow against everything Picard stands for.

With an Allied invasion of North Africa mere days away, Jake and Renard must combine their wits, cunning, and courage to help Picard escape to America and freedom. In the midst of war and struggle, the two men are drawn into the fight of the century—and each other’s arms. 

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First Edition published by ManLove Romance Press, 2009.

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The Severn family—Jeff and his wife Phyllis, Lynette and her new fiancé, and single Andy—has gathered at the mountain home of their grandmother, Mary Agnes Severn, to celebrate Thanksgiving and hear an announcement regarding their late grandfather’s will. With news of an escaped convict in the hills, everyone is barely settled in before a huge snowstorm strands them in the large old house with only gas lamps and lanterns to keep the darkness away.

Local sheriff Roger Dickerson arrives to check on the family and seek shelter from the storm. Sparks fly between him and Andy as long-held passions bubble just under the surface, but before they can address them, Mary Agnes’s three servants are murdered one by one. Who is the murderer? Is it the escaped convict? Is it someone in the house? Everyone has a motive, and everyone has the means. What’s going on between Andy and Marcus the handyman? What’s going on between Phyllis and Marcus? Is there something going on between Roger and Marcus? It’s (snow)bound to be a wild week of murder, mystery, and mayhem!

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Onwaachige the Dreamer

The Two-spirit Chronicles | Book Three

A Harmony Ink Press Title

Sequel to A Scout is Brave
The Two-spirit Chronicles: Book Three

Love can mean sacrifice. Joshua Ishkoday must decide if he can abandon the boy he loves in order to save him.

In the expansive and sometimes deadly northwoods of Wisconsin, Joshua must make a heartbreaking choice as he battles his greatest fears. His best friends, Mokwa and Little Deer, accompany him when a nightmare sends him on an adventure of self-discovery. But the three teenagers aren’t alone in the vast forest. Joshua realizes bizarre creatures called Memegwesi have not only been manipulating him through his dreams, but plan to use him in a mysterious plan of their own. Soon he’s fighting three enemies: the lethal storm headed their way, the mysterious beings appearing in his dreams, and most frightening of all, his mother’s hatred and bigotry.

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