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L’avvocato divorzista Clayton Reynolds è un cinico felice che crede nel duro lavoro e nelle avventure di una notte. Crede anche che essere un ottimo avvocato significhi non dover mai più tornare al miserabile parcheggio per roulotte in cui è cresciuto e che fare volontariato in un rifugio per donne maltrattate serva a placare la sua coscienza che, di tanto in tanto, viene a tormentarlo. Così, quando Nadine Graham arriva con un braccio rotto e un figlio che desidera disperatamente proteggere, Clayton non può rifiutare la sua richiesta di aiuto.

Accettare il caso significa rivolgersi all’investigatore Chiamami-Kelly-e-basta. Il che non sarebbe tanto male, se Kelly non fosse un inguaribile romantico… nonché l’uomo più sexy che lui abbia mai incontrato.

Kelly ha sempre avuto una cotta per l’inarrivabile Clayton Reynolds e acconsente ad aiutarlo, anche se è già parecchio impegnato ad accudire il figlio del fratello rimasto vedovo.

Quando il caso di Nadine si fa pericoloso, i due uomini, all’apparenza agli antipodi, sono costretti a collaborare, scoprendo così di avere moltissime cose in comune… ma risolvere il caso e salvare la vita di Nadine potrebbe costare caro a Kelly. 

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Rockets and Romance

States of Love | Alabama

Love isn’t rocket science… or is it?

Julian Barlow has finally landed his dream job working for NASA. The catch? He has to move to Huntsville, Alabama—a daunting prospect for a gay pescetarian from Los Angeles who’s never been south of the Mason-Dixon line.

Fellow engineer Cody Ewing is an Alabama boy through and through, and Julian’s casual assumptions about the South in general and Southern homophobia in particular makes it dislike at first sight. Then NASA throws them together on a months-long project, and they have to make it work.

Forced to rely on each other, the two men develop a tentative friendship that becomes something more as Cody shows Julian Alabama’s good side. Julian’s insistence on secrecy and Cody’s hot-and-cold act could scuttle their chances before they ever get off the ground, though.

States of Love: Stories of romance that span every corner of the United States.

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A Beautiful Disaster

Geek Life | Book Three

Geek Life: Book Three

When best friends Brenden and Dakota launch the biggest comics and pop-culture convention of their careers, they finally realize what everyone around them already knows: they’ve been in love for years.

Now what are they going to do about it?

Meticulously organized Brenden Wade and easygoing Dakota Nye turned their love of geek culture into a business, running conventions all over the Chesapeake Bay area. Now the weight of their pasts is threatening not only their friendship but their dream. Brenden fears losing his foster family when his secrets come out, and though the last thing Dakota wants is to hurt his plus one, he doesn’t know if he’s capable of settling down.

One night of passion challenges both men’s preconceptions and forces them to evaluate what they want from the future. They’re both scared, and though they’ve always been able to figure out anything together, hearts are on the line. Will taking a chance on romance lead to a beautiful disaster, or just a disaster?

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An Aster Story

Noah Hitchens loves the New York City life he worked hard to build. But when his father dies and leaves him a bankrupt bookstore in their sleepy Georgia hometown, Noah knows he has to save it. Unfortunately, he doesn’t know anything about business. He finds unlikely help in Henry, the man who owned Stardust Books before his 1966 murder, and Kyle St. James, a shy but kind-hearted out-of-towner with a past almost as mysterious as Henry's.

Kyle came to Aster, Georgia, looking for redemption. On the run and out of hope, he’s just trying to get on with his life. Then he meets Noah, a ghost, and a big sloppy lab named Jake who redefine his idea of living. But his past is closing in, and when it finds him, they could lose everything.

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Geschäfte kann man planen, Liebe passiert ... 

Thomas Stepford hat über Jahre eine sehr erfolgreiche Firma aufgebaut. Jetzt, mit neununddreißig, wünscht er sich ein ruhigeres Leben. Als seine Eltern Hilfe brauchen, kehrt er zurück nach Hause. Weil er seine Geschäfte nicht einfach so an den Nagel hängen kann, wird ein Assistent für ihn eingestellt. Brandon macht sein Leben leichter, aber auch erst richtig kompliziert ...

Brandon Wilson kommt frisch vom College und braucht einen Job. Seine Mutter besorgt ihm eine Stelle – als Assistent bei Mr Stepford. Thomas scheint sich nicht daran zu erinnern, aber Brandon hat schon einmal für den umwerfend attraktiven, älteren Mann gearbeitet: Vor Jahren hat er bei Thomas den Rasen gemäht. Thomas war Brandons Jugendschwarm. Und jetzt ist er Brandons Boss.

Thomas und Brandon sind beide entschlossen, ihre Beziehung rein geschäftlich zu halten. Sie lernen, miteinander zu arbeiten, selbst als das Knistern zwischen ihnen immer stärker wird. Als ihre Leidenschaft füreinander schließlich zum Siedepunkt kommt und sie gerade soweit sind, ihren Gefühlen nachzugeben, wird Thomas von seinem alten Leben eingeholt. Er muss zurück nach New York. Und dann erfüllt sich für Brandon ein Traum: Er bekommt ein Angebot aus Hollywood.

Hat ihre neugefundene Liebe noch eine Chance?

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Can a sexy rock star show a relationship-phobic ice skater that there’s more to life than gold medals?  

When ice-skating’s bad boy Blaze first glimpses Drake, every fantasy he’s ever had flares to life. Not only is rock star Drake sexy as sin, his songs awaken a longing in Blaze that he’s denied for years. But Blaze Parker doesn’t believe in relationships—at least not those that last more than twenty minutes. 

Drake Keys has dreamed about the sensual ice skater for years. When Drake is kicked out of his band because of his bisexuality, he drives across the country to finally see the man he’s had a crush on skate live.   

Though the attraction is instant and intense, both Blaze and Drake have baggage that puts any relationship on thin ice. Blaze is driven by a long-ago betrayal to prove himself a champion, and Drake, uncertain about the future, hopes to resurrect his music career. As they take a road trip together, Drake romances Blaze, hoping to melt his heart and show him that love is possible… but not without some tough decisions.

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The Shaman of Kupa Piti

Shaman's Law | Book One

Shaman's Law: Book One

When an international case involving a series of ritual murders lands in his lap, strait-laced and logical Agent Leon Armstrong is going to need some help.

Leon follows the trail to the opal-mining town of Coober Pedy, Australia, where he gets tangled up with the wild Russian mystic Sergei Menshikov. Despite his commitment to rationality, Leon discovers he isn’t immune to the way of the spirits, no matter how much he’d like to think so. When Sergei tells him he treads a predestined path, Leon’s world turns upside down.

Leon’s experiences in Coober Pedy will change his life forever, but can he hold out against Sergei and the spirits—who Sergei claims have chosen them for each other?

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Danny Avers est professeur dans une petite ville du Colorado. Bien avant l’Internet haut-débit, les réseaux sociaux, les smartphones, ou le quoi que ce soit en continu, Danny essaie seulement de faire oublier ses années folles d’adolescence et continue de la seule manière qu’il connaît : jour après jour. La dernière personne qu’il s’attend à revoir en ville, c’est bien Harlan Quinn, son ancien meilleur ami et ex-bad boy accompli. Et quand il découvre que Quinn est le nouveau shérif et son nouveau voisin, le choc est encore plus grand.

Quinn sait qu’il y a davantage qu’il n’y paraît dans sa vieille ville natale. Il y a aussi davantage chez Danny que de vieux souvenirs et une vie tranquille. Mais comme par le passé, semer la pagaille est la spécialité de Quinn, et c’est ce qu’il entreprend de faire, de plus d’une manière, poussant Danny à admettre qu’il y a davantage dans la vie et que leur vieille ville pourrait bien réussir à se renouveler. Enfin, si la façon de penser de la vieille ville ne les fait pas tuer tous les deux.

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Absolute Heart

Infernal Instruments of the Dragon

A Harmony Ink Press Title

Infernal Instruments of the Dragon

As the British Empire builds power based on new clockwork and steam technology, Ireland draws its might from its potent magical traditions. Only two boys with little in common can end the fighting between the two nations and prevent a terrible worldwide war.

Gavin Haveland’s dreams are in the sky with the airships, while his reality as a High Councilman’s son means hiding secrets that will get him executed if revealed.

Orion of Oberon is not just a powerful mage, he’s the nephew of the Irish queen, and the one she’s sent him on a quest for the ancient Dragon Stones that will bolster her fading power. In the process, he might restore his family to their rightful place in society.

With enemies determined to stop them by any means necessary and war or peace hinging on their success, Gavin and Orion must find a way to work together, despite the centuries of mistrust between their nations.

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Aramin Decourcey—Min to his few friends—might be the best thief in Amberwich, and he might have a secret that helps him survive the cutthroat world of aristocratic families and their powerful magic users, but he does have one weakness: his affection for his adopted nephew, Harry.

When the formidable Sabadine family curses Harry, Min must accept a suicide mission to save his life: retrieve Kazimir Stone, a low-level Sabadine hedgewitch who refuses to come home after completing his apprenticeship… and who is in Anhaga, a seaside village under the control of the terrifying Hidden Lord of the fae. If that wasn’t enough, Kaz is far from the simple hedgewitch he seems.

With the Sabadines on one side and the fae on the other, Min doesn’t have time to deal with a crisis of conscience—or the growing attraction between him and Kaz. He needs to get Kaz back to Amberwich and get Harry’s curse lifted before it kills him. Saving Harry means handing Kaz over to his ruthless family. Saving Kaz means letting Harry die. Min might pride himself on his cleverness, but he can’t see his way out of this one.

The Hidden Lord might see that he never gets the choice.

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Four

Love by Numbers

A Love by Numbers Story

When unlikely attraction blossoms between a twentysomething genderqueer tattoo artist and an older, small-town veterinarian, both are forced to face their pasts for a chance at a loving future.

Four years ago Padraig Donovan lost his husband, the only man he’d ever been with. Now his life consists of the work he loves, a big empty house, and the possibility of a lonely future.

Kaos’s experiments with makeup landed him in the hospital at the hands of his disapproving ex. With nowhere else to turn, he flees to Acker, Wisconsin… and runs into a sexy widower and the kindest man he’s ever met.

Padraig and Kaos know there’s something worth exploring between them, and as they raise a puppy and deal with the ups and downs of their respective jobs, they fit into each other’s lives in ways they never expected. Being with Kaos—who is so different than the guys he’s always been attracted to—opens up an exciting new world for Padraig. But can he convince Kaos to trust another man with his body… let alone his heart?

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È sexy. È pericoloso. E non ricorda nulla. 

Joe Applin, il proprietario dell’Apple’N Pies, conduce una vita tranquilla e monotona e trascorre le giornate a servire clienti che vengono da ogni parte della città per gustare le sue deliziose torte fatte in casa. Insieme al suo bizzarro staff, Joe vive felice nel suo piccolo regno fatto di dolci e caffè. 

L’esperienza gli ha insegnato che l’amore è sopravvalutato e talvolta pericoloso. Non ha intenzione di ripetere gli errori del passato, ma poi incontra un uomo bellissimo e misterioso, senza nome e senza memoria, e non può negare che ci sia del tenero nell’aria. Non è tipo da correre rischi, né con il proprio cuore né tantomeno con la propria vita, ma più tempo passa con “Tom”, più rischia di perdere entrambi.

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Als der Paläontologe Nick Eisenberg erfährt, dass jemand glaubt, in Alberta Velociraptor-Knochen gefunden zu haben, übersteigt seine Neugierde seinen Wunsch, in London zu bleiben. Schließlich ist er einer der weltweit führenden Experten für prähistorische Raubtiere und wollte schon immer die nordamerikanischen Verwandten des Velociraptors aufspüren. Es gibt nur ein Problem: den Umweltschützer Hunter Joseph. Während Nick die Ausgrabung überwacht, scharrt Hunter die Anwohner um sich und protestiert gegen die Zerstörung der Landschaft durch Nicks Team auf der Suche nach Dinosaurierknochen.

Nick und Hunter werden einfach nicht miteinander warm. Hunter ist selbstgerecht und mürrisch, Nick ein engstirniger Nerd. Trotzdem müssen sie einen Weg finden, am selben Ort zu arbeiten, ohne sich gegenseitig an die Gurgel zu gehen, vor allem, da jemand anderes entschlossen scheint, Nick mehr Probleme zu bereiten, als er sich je hätte vorstellen können.

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Petit secret de nerd

Coconut Cove (Français)

Une histoire de Coconut Cove

Les retrouvailles entre connaissances de lycée conduiront-elles à une romance – ou aux regrets ?

Natif de Key West, Blair Fletcher passe de faire tapisserie à célébrité du jour au lendemain. Un jour il travaille comme serveur et le suivant, il est propulsé dans un monde différent – comme acteur dans la nouvelle série gay pour ados Coconut Cove. Jouer Ryder, la reine des abeilles, lui amène rapidement amis – et ennemis –, mais c’est le menuisier du plateau qui possède son cœur depuis qu’ils sont enfants.

Blair a toujours supposé que son idole Sander Christiansen était complètement inaccessible... et hétéro. Maintenant que Sander est revenu dans leur ville natale, il semble que les suppositions de Blair puissent être fausses. Tandis que les choses s’animent sur le plateau et dans la chambre, Blair doit réaliser qu’il n’est plus le gamin timide qui n’est jamais parti de chez lui et peut-être qu’il est enfin temps pour lui d’avoir la vie, et l’amour, qu’il a toujours voulu.

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Take Down

Texas Heroes

A Texas Heroes Novel

Attraction sizzles when Danny Jones sets eyes on Deputy Jake Perez, despite meeting over the discovery of a mutilated corpse. But being with Jake could cost Danny his family, and being with Danny could cost Jake the very thing that brought him to Everness, Texas—revenge against the man who killed his brother. How much will Jake sacrifice to take down a psychotic criminal and finally see justice served?

After college, Danny thrived as a gay man in Houston. But when his mom’s cancer brings him back to small, conservative Everness, he must go back into the closet or risk the wrath of his abusive father—a choice made even harder when Danny starts to see a future for him and Jake.

As the body count rises and Danny becomes a target, Jake is caught between his vengeance and protecting the man he loves. He never wanted to end up in a backward town like Everness, but Danny is the best thing that ever happened to him. Jake needs to keep Danny safe as his secrets catch up to them—especially when the threat might be closer to home than they imagined.

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Christopher Hughes is new to the small New England town of Lancaster, New Hampshire. He’s been hired to save an old library from closing, but his obstacles include not only fighting for state funding, but a Selectman who wants to tear the building down in favor of a shopping center.

Christopher meets Miles Sakasai, a charming tattooed repairman hired to help restore the historical interior. Working in close proximity has both men falling hard for each other, and also provides Christopher an opportunity to learn about Miles’s passion for baking. As it turns out, Miles’s skills in the kitchen may end up being the key to saving the library—but only if his bread can rise to the occasion.

Previously published by Dreamspinner Press in the Simmer anthology, February 2016.

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Der Scheidungsanwalt Clayton Reynolds ist ein überzeugter Zyniker, der an harte Arbeit und One-Night-Stands glaubt. Außerdem ist er der Meinung, dass er als exzellenter Anwalt nie mehr nach Hause – in die elende Wohnwagensiedlung, in der er aufgewachsen ist – zurückkehren muss. Mit ehrenamtlicher Arbeit für ein Frauenhaus versucht er das schlechte Gewissen zu beruhigen, das ihn gelegentlich plagt. Als Nadine Graham mit einem gebrochenen Arm und einem Sohn erscheint, den sie verzweifelt beschützen will, kann Clayton ihre Bitte um Hilfe daher nicht abschlagen.

Die Annahme des Falls bedeutet jedoch auch, den Ermittlungsbeamten „nennt mich einfach nur Kelly“ um Unterstützung bitten zu müssen. Das wäre gar nicht so schlimm, wenn Kelly nicht ein hoffnungsloser Romantiker wäre und außerdem der heißeste Mann, dem Clayton je begegnet ist.

Kelly hat immer schon für den unerreichbaren Clayton Reynolds geschwärmt. Er willigt ein, zu helfen, obwohl er mit dem mutterlosen Baby, das sein verwitweter Bruder bei ihm gelassen hat, eigentlich schon genug um die Ohren hat.

Als Nadines Fall eine gefährliche Wendung nimmt und die zwei scheinbar gegensätzlichen Männer zur Zusammenarbeit gezwungen werden, entdecken sie, dass sie sehr viel gemeinsam haben. Die Lösung des Falls und die Rettung von Nadines Leben könnten Kelly jedoch alles kosten.

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Warm Heart

Search and Rescue | Book One
Dreamspun Desires | #86

Search and Rescue: Book One

Survive the adventure. Live to love.

Following a family emergency, snowboarder Tevyn Moore and financier Mallory Armstrong leave Donner Pass in a blizzard… and barely survive the helicopter crash that follows. Stranded with few supplies and no shelter, Tevyn and Mallory—and their injured pilot—are forced to rely on each other.

The mountain leaves no room for evasion, and Tevyn and Mal must confront the feelings that have been brewing between them for the past five years. Mallory has seen Tevyn through injury and victory. Can Tevyn see that Mallory’s love is real?

Mallory’s job is risk assessment. Tevyn’s job is full-on risk. But to stay alive, Mallory needs to take some gambles and Tevyn needs to have faith in someone besides himself. Can the bond they discover on the mountain see them to rescue and beyond?

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