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The Probability of Mistletoe

2017 Advent Calendar | Stocking Stuffers

When software engineer Keith Trainor decides to start his own company, he knows exactly who he wants as his partner: Parker Mulvaney, his best friend from high school. But in the ten years since graduation, their contact has dwindled to nothing, and it’s all Keith’s fault. If he hadn’t tried to kiss Parker under the mistletoe at the winter formal their senior year, Parker wouldn’t have bolted. At their ten-year reunion, Keith intends to do everything in his geeky power to make amends.

Parker should have known that scheduling the reunion the day before Christmas Eve was a recipe for a headache of monster proportions. But when Keith sends a text that he’ll be attending, the evening doesn’t look so bleak. Can an unnecessary makeover, a nostalgic breakfast, an abortive shopping trip, and a whole lot of mistletoe culminate in a long-overdue first kiss?

 

A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2017 Advent Calendar "Stocking Stuffers."

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The Puzzle Box

2017 Advent Calendar | Stocking Stuffers

Elementary school art teacher Cole Peters is expecting a lonely Christmas this year while his longtime boyfriend, James Carducci, is on deployment with the Army. However, a box from James contains puzzles that lead Cole on a scavenger hunt through the greatest moments of their relationship. Together with his best friend Liz, Cole works his way through each clue.

The final puzzle could lead Cole to a gift beyond his wildest expectations.

 

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The Storm’s Gift

2017 Advent Calendar | Stocking Stuffers

Snowed in together in their college dorm, two men share a quick connection that creates enough heat to spar with the blizzard outside.

Rory Blackwell plans to rejuvenate his mind and repair his battered heart after his world is shaken by an unexpected breakup. James Austin’s freshman-year plans of improving his social life crashed and burned, leaving him feeling as alone and outcast as he did back home.

One man is hurting while the other is eager to provide comfort. One is a virgin, the other experienced with other men. Both are looking forward to Winter Break, but can they take full advantage of their situation—or will the passion ignited between them fizzle out with the storm?

 

A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2017 Advent Calendar "Stocking Stuffers."

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The Werewolf before Christmas

2017 Advent Calendar | Stocking Stuffers

Ray seems like the perfect boyfriend—he’s gorgeous, incredibly romantic, and has a mechanical suit he invented to become the dastardly MantaRay. For Alec, who also spends his nights making life difficult for do-gooders everywhere, it’s a match made in supervillain heaven. Except that Ray is a bit too into the hit soap opera All My Werewolves. When tempers flare during what’s supposed to be a quiet night out, Alec nearly ruins everything over a stupid bet with an alien gorilla.

Desperate to prove his feelings to Ray, and with Christmas fast approaching, Alec decides the fastest way to Ray’s heart is to embrace the thing that threatens to divide them—a certain werewolf show with a certain actor who Ray admires. A simple kidnapping promises to do the trick, only fur (and fandom) fly when Alec’s romantic gesture leads to a very hairy situation. Can Alec prove to Ray how much their relationship means to him, or will his plans be ruined by the werewolf before Christmas?

 

A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2017 Advent Calendar "Stocking Stuffers."

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Trading Tridents

2017 Advent Calendar | Stocking Stuffers

DecemberCon 2017. John Perlan, aka YouTuber “SmileyNibor,” has come to the con for one reason and one reason only: to see his idol, actor Derek Kitow. And since Derek has announced he’ll be dressed as the original Aquaman, Perlan decides to come as the Aquaman reboot. It helps that he already has the beard and the bod to make a convincing Momoaman.

But when Derek Kitow makes his entrance, he recognizes Perlan from his tiny YouTube channel and wants him onstage! Has Kitow been following him online? Could SmileyNibor’s hero also be a fan? And what exactly does Kitow have in mind by inviting Perlan to meet him after the panel?

 

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Welcome Home, Soldier

2017 Advent Calendar | Stocking Stuffers

Clay and Daniel fell in love as enlisted men during Desert Shield, but Don’t Ask Don’t Tell meant they had to keep it secret. After Clay’s convoy was ambushed, PTSD changed him, and their relationship ended in a horrible fight on Christmas Eve.

Twenty-five years later, they’ve reconnected on Facebook, and Clay finds out Daniel will be alone on Christmas Eve. Impulsively, he sets out for Daniel’s hometown of Gilead, Ohio—where Daniel is now the mayor—to surprise him with a visit. But a blizzard strikes and Clay wrecks his car. All hope of seeing Daniel is lost—until a mysterious old man named Nick offers Clay a ride.

The weight of past wounds and the scars of war might make their reunion awkward, but Clay is willing to take the risk to win back his lost love. Despite a lifetime of disappointing holidays, Clay hopes that this soldier is finally coming home for Christmas.

 

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Wreck the Halls

2017 Advent Calendar | Stocking Stuffers

Business has been good at Paul’s Café in Madison, Wisconsin—until a few months before Christmas. When Nick opens Nick’s Restaurant next door, Paul watches his customers leave for cheaper food and an owner who smiles more. With his livelihood at stake, Paul lashes out, trying to drive away Nick’s customers, but Nick won’t go easy, and escalating sabotage threatens to ruin the holidays for both of them.

Paul thinks all he wants for Christmas is to see Nick’s Restaurant go under, but the more he tries to drive Nick away, the less he’s sure he wants him to go. Nick is everything Paul secretly craves, but by the time he realizes Nick is all he really wants for the holidays, he might have ruined any chance for them to get together. And there might not be a present in the world that can fix that.

 

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Art and love intersect in this series by beloved author Andrew Grey.

In Legal Artistry, Dieter Krumpf is in search of the family art collection left behind when fleeing the Nazis and recruits lawyer Gerald Young to his cause; while trying to reclaim the paintings, they may just find something even more precious—love. In Artistic Appeal, Brian Watson has taken over the case, but he suspects that his good friends Gerald and Dieter have ulterior motives for inviting him to their Christmas party; when he meets deaf art restorer Nicolai, they’ll have to break down each other’s defenses to build a new relationship.

In Artistic Pursuits, FBI agent Frank Jennings and Interpol agent Leslie Carlton meet for an investigation and one night of passion, but when their case heats up again, they find their feelings getting in the way of their jobs. And in Legal Tender, when Timothy finds of cache of coins in his deceased grandfather’s possession, he sets out to solve the mystery and meets Joiner, a man determined to help Timothy on his quest.. and to steal Timothy’s heart.

 

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When it comes to romance, ageless images are carried forever in your heart: A candle in the window burning bright. Warmth billowing from an old stone hearth. Snowflakes falling from the night sky under a full moon. Twinkle lights glinting in a lover’s eyes.

Welcome to the holiday world of Paul Richmond's Cheesecake Boys, pinups for a new generation where skin-baring wardrobe malfunctions take an equal opportunity approach. Grab your crayons, markers, or colored pencils because these fellows need your magic touch—all over! 

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Comic Book Romance

Spandex and Superpowers

A Spandex and Superpowers Novella

A maximum-security supervillain prison plus a new colleague with a reputation for attracting trouble. What could possibly go wrong? 

Calvin Kant is what anyone would want in a reporter—an excellent typist, a dogged investigator, and an upstanding citizen. Oh, and a superhero. At least, his alter ego, Maxim, is. Fleeing a messy situation at his last job, Cal arrives in Capital City without much direction—until fellow reporter Liang Lu sweeps him into a dangerous assignment.

A supervillain prison break leaves them trapped and in peril, with Cal juggling his growing attraction to Liang with his need to protect his secret identity. And that mess Cal’s running from could catch up with him at exactly the wrong moment, leaving him vulnerable. Luckily Liang’s got more than good looks going for him, and together the two men might just save the day—and each other—and find their own comic book romance.

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Hearts and Hazelnuts

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Mechanic Jordan Hart is down on his luck, so he gladly accepts a temporary job servicing tractors at a hazelnut farm in Newberg, Oregon. He doesn’t expect to be attracted to his boss, Beckett Shaw. Still working on embracing his bisexuality, he’s reluctant to start anything, but Beckett’s gentle coaxing convinces Jordan to take a risk.

Beckett has vowed not to get involved with anyone until he can restore the Shaw Farms name as a leader in hazelnuts. But there’s no denying his interest in the shy mechanic who shows up at his door. Just as they begin to find a balance, outside forces threaten to tear them apart. Job opportunities force Jordan out of the Portland area he loves so much. But when danger comes too close to Beckett, Jordan must decide if he can follow his heart to the Willamette Valley… and straight back to Beckett.

 

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It's the most fervent dream of the holidays: to have a life full of blooming romance and enduring devotion with love, joy, and even a touch of lust to warm the cold winter nights. No matter what holidays are celebrated, the idiom holds true: home is where the heart is.

Welcome to the holiday world of Paul Richmond's Cheesecake Boys, pinups for a new generation where skin-baring wardrobe malfunctions take an equal opportunity approach. Grab your crayons, markers, or colored pencils because these fellows need your magic touch—all over! 

Single 8.5x11 printable PDF for your coloring enjoyment.

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Suite de De A à Z

Coda, numéro hors série

 

La lettre Z

Zach et Angelo se sont faits à leur nouvelle vie à Coda dans le Colorado. Avec l’aide de leurs amis Matt et Jared, ils ont trouvé leur place dans la communauté. Zach et Angelo explorent aussi les particularités de leur relation, mais quand ils prennent une décision que Jared désapprouve, Angelo se fâche avec le meilleur ami de son partenaire. Et le partenaire de son meilleur ami.

Lorsqu’ils décident de partir quelques jours à Las Vegas, Angelo croit que Jared et lui sont sur la voie de la réconciliation. Mais lorsqu’ils rencontrent par hasard l’ex-petit ami de Zach, Angelo se remet en question, ainsi que leur relation. Matt et Jared ont toujours été là lorsque Zach et Angelo ont eu besoin d’aide. Mais quand il s’agit de leur relation, leurs amis pourraient plus être le mal que le remède.

 

Paris de A à Z

Zach Mitchell et son amant Angelo Green sont en route pour Paris – en compagnie de leurs amis de Coda Matt et Jared – afin d’assister au mariage de Jon et Cole. Matt devra faire face à l’ex-amant de Jared et Angelo devra passer toute une semaine avec l’ex-petit ami de Zach. Entre la jalousie de Matt et le mauvais caractère d’Angelo, Zach se dit qu’ils auront de la chance qu’ils passent la semaine sans que l’un des fiancés se retrouve avec un bon œil au beurre noir. Mais très vite, Zach se rend compte qu’il devrait moins s’inquiéter d’Angelo et plus de lui-même. Affronter ses souvenirs doux-amers et son sentiment de culpabilité d’avoir brisé le cœur de Jon est plus difficile que prévu. Mais s’il veut un avenir avec Angelo, Zach devra trouver le moyen de surmonter son passé.

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Im Alleingang

Spielzüge

Ein Titel der Spielzüge Serie

Die Zukunft des zwanzig Jahre alten Lane Courtnall sieht rosig aus, nachdem er gedraftet wurde, für die Jacksonville Sea Storm zu spielen, dem Farmteam einer NHL-Mannschaft, auch wenn er sich als schwuler Mann in der Minor League unwohl fühlt. Er hat sich schon mehr als einmal im Ton vergriffen und damit seine Mannschaftskameraden gegen sich aufgebracht. Dann gerät er in einem Spiel gegen die Savannah Renegades, die Rivalen seiner Mannschaft, in einen Kampf mit dem Enforcer Jared Shore, bei dem die Handschuhe fliegen. Eine seltsame Art, eine Beziehung zu beginnen.

Jared hat den Großteil seiner Karriere in den Minor Leagues gespielt. Er ist bisexuell und es kümmert ihn nicht, wer darüber Bescheid weiß. Aber er ist entschlossen, sich nicht wieder auf eine Affäre einzulassen, nachdem seine letzte ihn am Boden zerstört zurückgelassen hat. Aber vollkommen unerwartet führt ein One Night Stand mit dem Neuling Lane Courtnall dazu, dass er diesen Entschluss überdenkt. Durch Lane erinnert Jared sich daran, warum er das Spiel liebt und warum es sich lohnen könnte, sein Herz zu riskieren. Im Gegenzug hofft Jared, dass er Lane zeigen kann, wie er sich auf dem Eis, und abseits davon, in seiner Haut wohlfühlen kann. Aber sie befinden sich an unterschiedlichen Punkten in ihrer Karriere, und beide Männer müssen entscheiden, was ihnen am wichtigsten ist.

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A ventisei anni, Gordon Stafford pensa di avere i giorni contati. O almeno spera che lo siano. Prostrato dal senso di colpa e dal rammarico che scaturiscono dal terribile incidente d’auto di due anni prima in cui è rimasto ucciso un uomo, si sveglia ogni mattina con idee suicide. Anche se la legge gli ha assegnato un lavoro perché possa espiare le sue colpe, la redenzione personale è molto più difficile da raggiungere.

Poi Squirt – un semplice senzatetto che ha la sua croce da portare – lo salva da un destino terribile. Nel corso di quella notte, Gordon trova non solo una nuova luce da seguire, e forse persino uno scopo nella vita, ma anche la possibilità di un amore che lo aspetta alla fine del tunnel.

Gordon non avrebbe mai immaginato che sarebbe riuscito in qualche modo a perdonare se stesso, aprendo così il cuore abbastanza da ricevere accettazione e amore… proprio dalla persona a cui ha fatto più male.

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L'amour ne suffit pas

L'amour ne peut pas...
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L'amour ne peut pas..., numéro hors série

Jeremy Cox a grandi dans une petite ville du Kansas, où sa vie était un enfer. Dès que possible, il s’en est échappé. La quarantaine passée, il gère les parcs publics de Portland, Oregon, tout en faisant de son mieux pour aider les gens de la rue, SDF et jeunes fugueurs. Son ex, Donny, dont il s’est séparé quelques années plus tôt à cause de ses addictions – alcool et drogue – réapparaît un jour devant sa porte et, par inadvertance, le met en grave danger. Comme si ça ne suffisait pas, Jeremy rencontre alors un homme fascinant, mais énigmatique, lui aussi hanté par son passé.

Qayin Hill ne possède pratiquement rien, à part des squelettes dans son placard et des démons dans sa tête. Ancien toxicomane en lutte permanente contre l’anxiété et la dépression, il ne sait pas combien de ses secrets il peut révéler à Jeremy ni comment réagir en réalisant que ce dernier veut le sauver de lui-même. 

Malgré leurs problèmes respectifs, Jeremy et Qay découvrent ensemble l’amitié, la passion et un fragile espoir d’un avenir à deux. À présent, il leur faut décider si l’amour peut tout conquérir, comme le prétend le vieil adage, ou s’il ne suffit pas.

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Paris de A à Z

Coda (Français)

Coda, numéro hors série

Suite de La lettre Z

Zach Mitchell et son amant Angelo Green sont en route pour Paris – en compagnie de leurs amis de Coda Matt et Jared – afin d’assister au mariage de Jon et Cole. Matt devra faire face à l’ex-amant de Jared et Angelo devra passer toute une semaine avec l’ex-petit ami de Zach. Entre la jalousie de Matt et le mauvais caractère d’Angelo, Zach se dit qu’ils auront de la chance qu’ils passent la semaine sans que l’un des fiancés se retrouve avec un bon œil au beurre noir. Mais très vite, Zach se rend compte qu’il devrait moins s’inquiéter d’Angelo et plus de lui-même. Affronter ses souvenirs doux-amers et son sentiment de culpabilité d’avoir brisé le cœur de Jon est plus difficile que prévu. Mais s’il veut un avenir avec Angelo, Zach devra trouver le moyen de surmonter son passé.

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A Harmony Ink Press Title

You can’t realize your dream when you’re living someone else’s.

Swimming was Brandon’s passion, the water his escape—but all of that ended when his workaholic father shifted his focus from business to training Brandon to become an Olympic champion. What Brandon once did for love is now a chore performed to stave off his controlling father’s criticism.

Brandon meets and falls in love with Tyler, a swimmer from another team. Despite their busy schedules, they find time together away from prying eyes, largely thanks to their friend Joel. But when Brandon comes out to his father, he finds himself on the street, taking shelter beneath a bridge. With the river nearby to practice in and protection from the rain, things aren’t so bad. 

Then nature turns against him, and the resulting flood might be the one obstacle he can’t overcome.

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