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A Sequel to Big Love

Truman Reid is Summitville High’s most out-and-proud senior. He can't wait to take his fierce, uncompromising self away from his small Ohio River hometown, where he’s suffered more than his share of bullying. He’s looking forward to bright lights and a big city. Maybe he’ll be the first gender-fluid star to ever win an Academy Award. But all that changes on the first day of school when he locks eyes with the most gorgeous hunk he’s ever seen.

Mike Stewart, big, dark-haired, and with the most amazing blue eyes, is new to town. He's quiet, manly, and has the sexy air of a lost soul. It’s almost love at first sight for Truman. He thinks that love could deepen when Mike becomes part of the stage crew for Harvey, the senior class play Truman's directing. But is Mike even gay? And how will it work when Truman's mother is falling for Mike’s dad?

Plus Truman, never the norm, makes a daring and controversial choice for the production that has the whole town up in arms.

See how it all plays out on a stage of love, laughter, tears, and sticking up for one’s essential self….

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Was, wenn deine erste große Liebe, die vor zwanzig Jahren spurlos verschwunden ist und für tot erklärt wurde, plötzlich wieder zurückkehrt?

Vor diesem Dilemma steht Cole Weston. Mittlerweile glücklich mit Tommy D’Amico verheiratet, wird er durch die unerwartete Rückkehr von Rory Schneidmiller plötzlich in eine surreale Welt katapultiert.

Wo war Rory all die Jahre? Ist er durch die Zeit gereist? Was passierte vor zwanzig Jahren, als eine seltsame Masse am Nachthimmel auftauchte und ihn ins All entführte? Rory kann sich nicht daran erinnern, was mit ihm geschah. Für ihn ist es, als wären seitdem nur ein oder zwei Tage vergangen.

Rory liebt Cole immer noch mit einer Leidenschaft, wie sie nur ein junger Mann für seine erste Liebe empfinden kann. Cole hat Rory nicht vergessen, aber seit dessen Verschwinden war Tommy sein Fels in der Brandung.

Cole steht vor der Wahl zwischen einer idealisierten, leidenschaftlichen ersten Liebe und der Geborgenheit einer langen, glücklichen Ehe. Aber wie soll er sich entscheiden? Die Antwort auf diese beiden Fragen liegt vermutlich in den Sternen …

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What if your first love was abducted and presumed dead—but returned twenty years later?

That’s the dilemma Cole Weston faces. Now happily married to Tommy D’Amico, he’s suddenly thrown into a surreal world when his first love, Rory Schneidmiller, unexpectedly reappears.

Where has Rory been all this time? Has he time-traveled? What happened to him two decades ago, when a strange mass appeared in the night sky and lifted him into outer space? Rory has no memory of those years. For him, it’s as though only a day or two has passed.

Rory still loves Cole with the passion unique to young first love. Cole has never forgotten Rory, yet Tommy has been his rock, by his side since Rory disappeared.

Cole is forced to choose between an idealized and passionate first love and the comfort of a long-term marriage. How can he decide? Who faces this kind of quandary, anyway? The answers might lie among the stars….

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Cosa accadrebbe se il tuo primo amore scomparisse e fosse dichiarato morto, ma tornasse vent’anni più tardi?

Questo il dilemma che Cole Weston è costretto ad affrontare. Ormai felicemente sposato con Tommy D’Amico, si ritrova catapultato in un presente surreale quando il suo primo amore, Rory Schneidmiller, ricompare inaspettatamente.

Dov’è stato Rory fino a quel momento? Ha viaggiato nel tempo? Cosa gli è successo vent’anni prima, quando una strana massa è comparsa nel cielo notturno e lo ha condotto nello spazio? Rory non ricorda niente di quel periodo. Per lui è come se fossero trascorsi solo pochi giorni.

Rory ama ancora Cole con la tipica passione del primo amore. E Cole non ha mai dimenticato Rory, ma Tommy è sempre stato la sua roccia, sempre al suo fianco da quando Rory è scomparso.

Cole è costretto a scegliere tra un idealizzato e passionale primo amore e il conforto di un lungo matrimonio. Come farà a decidere? Chi mai si trova ad affrontare un dilemma del genere? La risposta potrebbe nascondersi tra le stelle…

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Cole et Rory ont la plus parfaite des vies. Ils sont jeunes, amoureux, vivent dans un appartement qu’ils adorent et sont aussi heureux qu’on puisse rêver de l’être. Jusqu’au jour ou Rory disparaît sans laisser de traces.

Pour Cole, le monde s’effondre. Tout déraille et il plonge dans une spirale de souffrances et de destruction qu’il ne parvient pas à enrayer, jusqu’à ce que Tommy d’Amico, un bel italien, rentre dans sa vie avec fracas. Tommy peut être la clef de la guérison, si Cole est prêt à guérir. Mais l’est-il ?

Pour Tommy, Cole est un défi. Il veut réparer son cœur brisé et lui apporter le bonheur auquel ils ont droit tous les deux, il le sait.

Mais peut-on se remettre d’une disparition aussi mystérieuse ? Et Cole le veut-il vraiment ?

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Bloqué avec le désir

Dreamspun Desires (Français) | #15

Quand leur avion s’écrasa, leur désir s’envola.

Le PDG Maine Braxton et son assistant inestimable, Colby, ne réalisent pas qu’ils partagent un profond secret : ils sont amoureux – de l’autre. Ce secret aurait pu ne jamais éclater au grand jour, sans un terrifiant crash aérien dans la chaîne des Cascades qui change tout. 

Dans une lutte pour la survie, les deux hommes affrontent des ours, des tempêtes, et une crue potentiellement mortelle pour se sortir vivants des régions sauvages. La proximité de la mort leur fait réaliser l’importance de l'amour par rapport aux convenances. Des confessions émergent. Des passions s'enflamment. Ils échappent à la nature sauvage, renaissants et ouvertement amoureux.

Quand ils reviennent à la civilisation, cependant, des forces complotent déjà pour éteindre leur romance de courte durée et gâcher tout ce qu’ils se sont tous les deux donné tant de mal à accomplir.

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Sometimes it’s the little things that mean the most….

The holidays are a time when bigger often means better, and meals are huge, decorations are over-the-top, and elaborate gifts and grand gestures are one way to show affection. But beneath all the pomp and ceremony, after the grandiose presents have been unwrapped, the stocking stuffers are still waiting to add that final sparkle to the perfect celebration. Even the tiniest trinkets can be gems when they’re chosen with love, and like a good love story, they are held close to the heart and treasured for years to come. The festivities don’t have to end after the feasts and gift exchanges. Dig a little deeper for romantic stocking stuffers both naughty and nice.

More than 400,000 words of romantic fiction in 31 stories that would sell individually for a total of $85.69. 

 

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An Open Window

2017 Advent Calendar | Stocking Stuffers

Two men. One Christmas Eve that changes the courses of both their lives.

Henry’s homeless and only wants a warm place to sleep on the coldest night of the year. A forgotten open window in a darkened house entices Henry inside with the promise of warmth and comfort. He knows it’s bad, but he promises himself he’ll be out before the owner wakes on Christmas morning. Except he oversleeps and the homeowner, Jim, discovers a bearded stranger sawing logs under his dining room table. When the shock and the drama that ensues dies down, Henry and Jim discover that they might have found, quite unexpectedly, the Christmas miracle they’d both been longing for—love and home.

 

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

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When Aaron finds Mavis, an emaciated and shy Boston terrier, at a pet adoption fair, his heart goes out to her—completely.

When Christian, manning the adoption fair for the Humane Society that autumn Saturday, finds Aaron, his heart goes out to him—completely.

This is a story about embracing love, whether it’s for someone who walks on four legs or on two. Mavis’s journey back to wholeness and finding her forever home parallels the story of two men discovering each other at the perfect moment—a moment that defies logic, propriety, and common sense. But when did love ever follow a rational course?

 

Second Edition

First Edition published by Amber Quill Press/Amber Allure, 2012.

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Raining Men (Italiano)

Cacciatore e Raining Men

Seguito di Cacciatore

Il personaggio che avete amato odiare in Cacciatore diventa il personaggio che finirete per amare in Raining Men.

La maggior parte della vita adulta di Bobby Nelson è stata una pioggia di uomini. Normalmente non vorrebbe niente di diverso, ma negli ultimi tempi gli sembra che manchi qualcosa. Desidera che il diluvio rallenti e si riduca a una singola goccia speciale. Ma c’è una minima possibilità che lui trovi “quello giusto” dopo innumerevoli anni passati a rimorchiare?

Quando suo padre passa a miglior vita, finalmente Bobby analizza i suoi rapporti difficili con lui e il modo in cui potrebbero aver contribuito alla sua incapacità di trovare l’amore a cui anela. Guidato da una bella terapista, un gruppo di SessoDipendenti Anonimi, un chihuahua ben dotato di nome Johnny Wadd, e il proprio serbatoio di ricordi, intraprende un percorso spirituale, sessuale ed emotivo per scoprire che nella vita i legami d’amore più soddisfacenti dipendono dalla qualità, non dalla quantità. E quando è pronto ad amare non solo se stesso ma anche qualcun altro, finalmente il sesso e l’amore si fondono in un unico pacchetto perfetto.

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Includes brand-new novella, “Status Updates."

Finding and keeping love can be a challenge in the modern world of blogging, social media, and online dating, as one man will learn in this trilogy.

 

VGL Male Seeks Same

Poor Ethan Schwartz. At forty-two, he’s alone, his bed is empty, and his HDTV is overworked. He’s tried bars and other places where gay men are supposed to find each other, but it never works out. Maybe he should get a cat?

But his life is about to change…

 

NEG UB2

Poor Ethan. He’s received the most shocking news a gay man can get—he’s HIV positive. Until today his life was perfect, with a job he loves and Brian, who could be “the one.” The one to complete him and fill his lonely life with laughter, hot sex, and romance.

But Ethan’s in for another shock. Could Brian have infected him?

 

STATUS UPDATES

Alone again, Ethan wonders if life is worth living, even with a cat. When an old nemesis sends a Facebook friend request, Ethan is suspicious but intrigued. It seems this old acquaintance has turned his life around, and the changes might hold the key to Ethan getting a new lease on life… and love.

Second Edition.

First Edition published with only VGL Male Seeks Same and NEG UB2 by Amber Quill Press/Amber Allure, 2009.

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Le professeur Dane Bernard est un aimable géant, apprécié de tous au lycée de Summitville. Il a une épouse magnifique, deux enfants et de bons rapports avec le personnel et les étudiants. Pourtant Dane a un secret qu’il espère garder caché pour le reste de sa vie : il est gay.

Quand il perd sa femme, Dane affronte enfin son désir pour les hommes. Et un nouveau professeur, Seth Wolcott, attire immédiatement son regard. Seth, de son côté, se reconstruit, léchant ses blessures après une rupture. La dernière chose qu’il veut c’est s’engager dans une nouvelle relation… mais quand il aperçoit Dane lors de son premier jour à l’école de Summitville, son attirance est immédiate et électrique.

Alors que les deux hommes entament une danse de découverte et une nouvelle idylle, ils sont poussés à venir en aide à un étudiant homosexuel harcelé : Truman Reid. Celui-ci est ouvertement gay et fier de l’être, ce que tout le monde dans le lycée de sa petite ville n’approuve pas. Tandis que les deux hommes tentent d’aider Truman à ignorer les harceleurs et à s’aimer sans réserve, ils tirent tous des leçons bouleversantes sur le coming out, l’acceptation, les peines de cœur et la chance de tomber amoureux.

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Delve into some of Rick R. Reed’s classic feel-good romances with this bundle. In Chaser, self-proclaimed chubby chaser Caden DeSarro finds in the perfect man in stocky, bearded Kevin Dodge, and a one-night stand leads into the relationship they’ve both dreamed off. But when Caden returns from a business trip to find Kevin with a new body makeover, is this really the same man he fell in love with? In Hungry for Love, Nate Tippie’s curious sister Hannah and kooky best friend Marilyn set up an online profile on a gay dating site, with Nate as the model. When Brandon Wilde falls in love with the man he’s been chatting with, Nate and Brandon just might have a chance at the love they’ve been searching for—if they can find their way out of the mess Hannah and Marilyn have made!

When the state of Washington finally makes gay marriage legal, Duncan Taylor proposes to his boyfriend, and doesn’t get the answer he’d been hoping for, in Legally Wed. Giving up on love, Duncan determines to marry gay-man-loving Marilyn instead, but wedding planner Peter Dalrymple may be just the solution Duncan has been yearning for. And in Dinner at Fiorello’s, Henry Appleby’s family has his life all planned out for him, but he takes a chance at living a bit of his dream with a summer job at Fiorello’s. Vito Carelli, a chef at Fiorello’s, has a tragic past, but when these two cooks collide in the kitchen, they might just find what they need to break free.

 

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Der Lehrer Dane Bernard ist ein sanfter Riese, der an der Summitville Highschool von allen geliebt wird. Er hat eine wunderschöne Frau und zwei Kinder und versteht sich mit seinen Kollegen ebenso gut wie mit den Schülern. Aber Dane hat auch ein Geheimnis, das er wahrscheinlich niemals lüften wird – Dane ist schwul.

Als er unerwartet seine Frau verliert, stellt er sich seinem Geheimnis. Ein neuer Lehrer, Seth Wolcott, weckt Danes Interesse. Auch Seth ist auf der Suche nach einem neuen Anfang. Er hat eine Trennung hinter sich und ist nach Summitville gekommen, um seine Wunden zu lecken. Eine neue Beziehung einzugehen, gehört nicht zu seinem Plan. Doch als er an seinem ersten Arbeitstag an der neuen Schule Dane begegnet, fühlt Seth sich sofort zu ihm hingezogen.

Während die beiden Männer einen Tanz um Selbstfindung und neue Liebe beginnen, müssen sie dem schwulen Schüler Truman beistehen, der von seinen Mitschülern gehänselt und schikaniert wird. Truman ist ‚out and proud‘, eine Tatsache, die an ihrer Kleinstadtschule nicht bei allen auf Gegenliebe stößt. Dane und Seth versuchen, Truman dabei zu helfen, mit seinen Problemen besser umzugehen und sich selbst lieben zu lernen. Gemeinsam lernen sie lebensverändernde Lektionen über Selbstfindung, Akzeptanz, zerbrochene und neue Liebe.

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Jimmy and Marc make an adorable couple. Jimmy’s kindness and clean-cut cuteness radiate out of him like light. Marc, although a bit older, complements Jimmy with his humor and his openness to love.

But between them, a dark secret lurks, one with the power to destroy.

See, when Marc believes he’s meeting Jimmy for the first time in the diner where he works, he’s wrong.

Marc has no recollection of their original encounter because the wholesome Jimmy of today couldn’t be more different than he was two years ago. Back then, Jimmy sported multiple piercings, long bleached dreadlocks, and facial hair. He was painfully skinny—and a meth addict. The drug transformed him into a different person—a lying, conniving thief who robbed Mark blind during their one-night stand.

Marc doesn’t associate the memory of a hookup gone horribly wrong with this fresh-faced, smiling twentysomething… but Jimmy knows. As they begin a dance of love and attraction, will Jimmy be brave enough to reveal the truth? And if he does, will Marc be able to forgive him? Can he see Jimmy for the man he is now and not the addict he was? The answers will depend on whether true love holds enough light to shine through the darkness of past mistakes.

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A monster moves through the night, hidden by the darkness, taking men, one by one, from Seattle’s gay gathering areas.

Amid an atmosphere of crippling fear, Thad Matthews finds his first true love working in an Italian restaurant called the Blue Moon Café. Sam Lupino is everything Thad has ever hoped for in a man: virile, sexy as hell, kind, and… he can cook!

As their romance heats up, the questions pile up. Who is the killer preying on Seattle’s gay men? What secrets is Sam’s Sicilian family hiding? And more importantly, why do Sam’s unexplained disappearances always coincide with the full moon?

The strength of Thad and Sam’s love will face the ultimate test when horrific revelations come to light beneath the full moon.

First Edition published as The Blue Moon Cafe by Amber Quill Press/Amber Allure, 2010.

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Family Obligations

Bittersweet Dreams

2nd Edition

Tate D’Angelo always thought he knew who his father was: beloved doctor, devoted husband and father…. Everyone at the funeral shared the same glowing stories of a kind soul. So when his father’s old college buddy, Randy, approaches him after the service, Tate expects to hear echoes of the same.

Instead, he gets a lifetime’s worth of letters that tell a different tale and cause him to view his father—and his family—in a whole new light.

The truth, about a secret romance kept buried for decades, astonishes him. Overwhelmed by grief and confusion, Tate is unsure if he can bear learning how the lives of two men entwined over the years, but he reads on anyway, discovering more to value, more to respect, and most importantly, more to love about the man who raised him.

A Bittersweet Dreams title: It's an unfortunate truth: love doesn't always conquer all. Regardless of its strength, sometimes fate intervenes, tragedy strikes, or forces conspire against it. These stories of romance do not offer a traditional happy ending, but the strong and enduring love will still touch your heart and maybe move you to tears.

First Edition published by Amber Quill Press/Amber Allure, 2013.

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On a bright autumn day, Flynn Marlowe lost his best friend, a beagle named Barley, while out on a hike in Seattle’s Discovery Park.

On a cold winter day, Mac Bowersox found his best friend, a lost, scared, and emaciated beagle, on the streets of Seattle.

Two men. One dog. When Flynn and Mac meet by chance in a park the next summer, there’s a problem—who does Barley really belong to? Flynn wants him back, but he can see that Mac rescued him and loves him just as much as he does. Mac wants to keep the dog, and he can imagine how heartbreaking losing him would be—but that's just what Flynn experienced.

A “shared custody” compromise might be just the way to work things out. But will the arrangement be successful? Mac and Flynn are willing to try it—and along the way, they just might fall in love.

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