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Murder and Mayhem

A Murder and Mayhem Short

It’s all fun and games until someone leaves a dead body on the floor.

Life for comic book store owner Alex Martin usually runs to the mundane. Sure, he has a regular influx of geeks and freaks, but for the most part, it’s a familiar weird. That all changes when he opens up Planet X Comics one morning and finds a corpse in the middle of his shop.

When Detective James Castillo is called in to investigate, Alex is torn between wanting to climb the man like a tree and giving him a wide berth. Luckily for Alex, the handsome detective is just as interested in him—as a suspect in the murder.

Previously published in Grand Adventures by Dreamspinner Press, March 2014.

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Hawaii Five Uh-Oh

Plummet to Soar

A Plummet to Soar Story

Theo Hsu is back—in Hawai‘i, that is. Following the death of his father and a brush with disaster in the icy Wisconsin winter, Theo wants to reconnect with his family, work the job he loves, and find a way to get with lifelong secret thirst-trap, HPD Detective Koa Palapiti.

Theo's a beat cop, not a detective. That doesn't stop him from wanting to solve a few mysteries about Koa… like why is he blowing hot and cold? What's going on with him and his partner, Freddie Ortiz? Will investigating a shipping magnate with shady ties to human trafficking and international espionage put Koa and Freddie in over their heads? And does Koa still have some kinkhound howling in his blood? 

Theo's halfway around the world, and right back where he started. This time he's gonna get what he came for—unless Koa’s latest murder case gets both of them first.

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Die Welt der Schriftsteller, Leser und Rezensenten besteht aus einer eng verbundenen Familie von Freunden, Fans und Literaturfanatikern. In dieser Welt leben Milo Cook und Logan Hunter, angetrieben durch den Austausch von Kreativität und das Teilen von Geschichten und Ideen, während sie unentwegt ihre grenzenlose Liebe zu Büchern und den Worten genießen, die ihnen die Luft zum Atmen geben.

Doch manchmal treffen Worte ihr Ziel zu heftig. Und wenn das passiert, muss dafür zwangsläufig der Preis gezahlt werden.

Was für Milo und Logan als eine Zeit der neuen Liebe und zärtlichen, romantischen Entdeckungen beginnt, wird zu einem Wettlauf um ihr Leben und um das Leben aller Menschen, die sie kennen.

Wer hätte damit gerechnet, dass eine wunderschöne Sache wie geschriebene Worte zum Auslöser für Rache werden könnte? Und letztendlich … für Mord?

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Download a free Cheesecake Boy coloring page and desktop wallpaper of Kyle the Witch! Coloring page is suitable for printing or digital coloring in your favorite app.

Kyle the Cheesecake Boy knew he was a witch ever since he first saw Sabrina the Teenage Witch on TV. Now all grown up he loves to introduce himself to new people by saying, "Hey!" Then he teleports himself directly behind them, taps them on the shoulder, and says, "I'm Kyle. You're gonna wanna be my friend. It's in your best interest." His favorite spell is a glamor spell that allows him to change his physical appearance in front of someone as they watch. But really, Kyle couldn't look any more awesome than he already does! *twinkle-twinkle*

Single 8.5x11 printable PDF for your coloring enjoyment.

Additional Kyle the Witch goodies:

Giclee prints of Kyle the Witch digital art by Wild Roan Studios

Kyle the Witch illustration by Paul Richmond T-shirt

Kyle the Witch illustration by Paul Richmond Underwear

Artwork created in collaboration between Wild Roan Studios and Paul Richmond. Model: Kyle Trudeau

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Embracing Fate

A Series of Fates | Book Two

A Series of Fates: Book Two

Sometimes you just have to embrace your fate. 

Seth has a secret: he has a crush on the human next door. His brilliant plan to meet Jack, the man of his dreams who happens to be an animal trainer? Take wolf form and ask his best friend, Max, to take him next door for training. Seth is the only one surprised when things go horribly awry.

Still, can this shy wolf and a human meet their fate as mates?

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Divorce lawyer Clayton Reynolds is a happy cynic who believes in hard work and one-night stands. He also believes that being an excellent lawyer means he never has to go home to the miserable trailer park where he grew up and that volunteering at a women’s shelter will buy off the conscience that occasionally plagues him. So when Nadine Graham comes in with a broken arm and a son she desperately wants to protect, Clayton can’t turn down their plea for help.

Taking the case means appealing to investigator “Just Call Me Kelly” for help. That wouldn’t be so bad if Kelly weren’t a hopeless romantic… and the hottest man Clayton’s ever met.

Kelly has always had a crush on the unobtainable Clayton Reynolds. He agrees to help, even though he has enough on his plate with the motherless baby his widowed brother left him to care for.

As Nadine’s case turns dangerous and the two seemingly opposite men are forced to work together, they discover they have a great deal in common—but solving the case and saving Nadine’s life might cost Kelly everything.

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Sein neuester Auftrag bringt den Kriminalbeamten Brandt in eine unangenehme Lage: Er soll Undercover bei einer Organisation vorsprechen, die Online-Sexfilme produziert und dafür muss er nackt vor der Kamera posieren. Glücklicherweise steht ihm sein Partner und bester Freund Donnelly immer treu zur Seite – ob es darum geht, in Schwulenboutiquen Reizwäsche zu shoppen oder ihn während seiner Recherchen auf Pornowebsites zu ermutigen und mit Jägermeister zu versorgen.

Aller Demütigung zum Trotz liefert Brandt bei dem Vorsprechen seinen besten „Schuss“ ab – und wird über Nacht zur Sensation. Aber um den Mann hinter der Organisation zu treffen, muss er noch eine weitere Vorstellung geben – dieses Mal für den Höchstbietenden live vor der Webcam. Um seinen Partner zu schützen, gewinnt Donnelly die Auktion, aber ihr Plan hat einen Haken: Sie müssen die Nummer bis zum bitteren Ende durchziehen.

Danach fühlt sich Brandt zutiefst erniedrigt. Er versucht, damit ins Reine zu kommen, was er für seinen Job tun musste und Ruhe in sein Gefühlschaos zu bringen. Aber auch für Donnelly war diese Ermittlung die reinste Entdeckungsreise. Plötzlich wird alles, was die beiden Männer über sich und den anderen zu wissen glaubten, über den Haufen geworfen. Dabei haben sie doch eigentlich noch einen Fall zu lösen – aber der sieht möglicherweise ganz anders aus, als sie dachten.

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Poker menteur

Dreamspun Desires (Français) | #22

Tentation, danger et poker menteur.

L’amour est un jeu à haut risque.

Quand Collin Callahan, agent secret britannique, se retrouve en face du génie des mathématiques, reconverti en surfeur sans domicile fixe, Oliver Elliot, le combat est épique, tout comme leur attirance mutuelle. Ils sont opposés l’un à l’autre dans un match de poker exclusif, ultra secret et ultra illégal à Gibraltar, mais quand les joueurs commencent à mourir, et qu’ils pourraient être les suivants, ils se trouvent un but commun : attraper le tueur avant qu’il ne soit trop tard.

Parfaitement équilibrés en poker et en romance, ils luttent tous deux contre des démons personnels qui les consument pendant que les enjeux grimpent. C’est un pari à tout ou rien, qui met en balance leurs vies et l’amour, alors qu’ils se battent pour être le dernier joueur de Seven-card stud debout.

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The Librarian's Ghost

The Supers | Book Two
Dreamspun Beyond | #29

The Supers

Can love survive the perils of MacGregor House?

The Supernatural Explorers are back and looking for their next big paranormal case. They might’ve found it in a plea from Payne, a mild-mannered librarian who has inherited the family mansion—MacGregor House. Since moving in a few months ago, Payne’s exhausted the list of ghost hunters and experts in his quest for help. The Supers are his last chance.

So why does normally good-natured cameraman Will take an instant dislike to Payne? For that matter, why has he felt irritable and angry since they arrived at the site? It soon becomes clear that the answers they seek will be found in the basement—where nobody has gone since Payne was a little boy. As the haunting grows deadlier, things get sweeter between Will and Payne, but all hell’s about to break loose when they breach the basement door.

Will they be ready?

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The Spy's Love Song

Stars from Peril
Dreamspun Desires | #67

A Stars from Peril Novel

For a singer and a spy, love might be mission impossible.

Jaxon Powers has what most only dream of. Fame. Fortune. Gold records and Grammy awards. Lavish hotel suites and an endless parade of eager bedmates. He’s adored all over the world—even in the remote, repressive country of Vasnytsia, where the tyrannical dictator is a big fan. The State Department hopes a performance might improve US relations with a dangerous enemy. But it means Jaxon’s going in alone… with one exception.

Secret agent Reid Stanfill has a covert agenda with global ramifications. Duty means everything to him, even when it involves protecting a jaded rock star. Jaxon and Reid’s mutual attraction is dangerous under Vasnytsia’s harsh laws—and matters get even worse when they’re trapped inside the borders. Romance will have to wait… assuming they make it out alive.

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L’agente speciale dell’FBI Rain Christiansen era il golden boy dell’agenzia, ma gli è bastato un momento di debolezza, una piccola, minuscola, infinitesimale apparizione paranormale per diventare, all’improvviso, l’imbarazzo del Bureau. Da agente speciale ad agente spettrale. Il suo capo gli dà un’ultima occasione per redimersi: deve andare a Brickell Bay, fare il bravo con il dipartimento di polizia locale, e lasciarsi alle spalle gli avvistamenti di fantasmi. Rain è determinato a fare proprio quello, costi quel che costi.

Il detective Daniel McKenna si occupa dei *cold case*, i casi irrisolti, ma la sua ultima indagine si è arenata. Sono passati cinque anni da quando la studentessa delle superiori Amy Greene è scomparsa dopo essersi allontanata dal suo posto di lavoro part-time, e da allora nessuno l’ha più vista. Daniel è contento di ricevere finalmente l’aiuto che aveva richiesto all’FBI, anche se l’agente incaricato è proprio il suo ex.

Rain non può negarlo: si sta innamorando di nuovo di Danny, ammesso che abbia mai smesso di amarlo, e questo genera una tensione che rende difficile risolvere il caso. I fantasmi che lo perseguitano dietro ogni angolo e un’indagine che non rivela piste contribuiscono alla frustrazione, al punto che Rain comincia a chiedersi se le seconde opportunità e il lieto fine non siano solo favole.

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Guarding His Melody

Enhanced World Standalones
Enhanced World |

A Story from the Enhanced World

Deaf since childhood, Sebastian Armitage had a promising musical future until his dreams were shattered when he transformed at twelve years old. In a world where enhanced humans are terrorized and imprisoned, his life shrinks around him even more as he suffers the torment of his father’s experimental research to enable him to hear.

Gray Darling—struggling with the scars left by his experience in Afghanistan—agrees to provide short-term personal protection when anonymous threats escalate into assault on those closest to Seb.

As the lines between protection and attraction blur, Gray and Seb can’t ignore the intense feelings drawing them together. But secrets and betrayals might prove deadly, unless Gray is willing to risk it all. And Seb must find the strength to make his own future and sing his own song….

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Ceaton Mercer, tueur à gages pour la mafia, a tué beaucoup de gens de plein de façons différentes – les deux derniers corps ayant été cachés dans la cabane de jardin d’un biologiste marin au cœur tendre dans une communauté insulaire idyllique –, mais au fond, il n’est pas un si mauvais gars. Avec le temps il a fini par se trouver un foyer, en quelque sorte, et il a même appris qu’il s’était fait une place dans le cœur des personnes avec qui il travaille… au moins assez pour qu’ils ne lui tirent pas une balle en pleine tête parce qu’il a fait son temps aux yeux du patron.

Mais il n’aurait jamais pensé qu’un jour puisse changer sa vie, et il est sur le point de découvrir à quel point il avait tort.

Parce qu’en une seule journée, il rencontre l’homme qui semble être le seul et unique, l’amour de sa vie. C’est une idée improbable – un homme qui tue pour vivre trouvant l’amour –, mais c’est comme si c’était censé se produire. Ce jour devient de plus en plus étrange et les problèmes s’accumulent, forçant Ceaton à s’interroger plus profondément sur sa vie morne et à accepter qu’un jour peut tout changer, lui en particulier. Son futur est peut-être plus heureux qu’il l’espérait – s’il est capable de rester en vie assez longtemps pour le découvrir.

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Tief im Schlamassel

Verliebte Partner | Buch 3

Eigentlich könnte  Miro Jones sein Leben in vollen Zügen genießen. Er hat einen aufregenden Job als US Deputy Marshal, der ihn erfüllt, sein wunderschönes Greystone in einem Vorort von Chicago, seine geliebte Wahlfamilie und am allerwichtigsten: den Mann, der sein Herz erobert hat, Ian Doyle. Gäbe es da nicht ein Problem: Ian ist nicht nur ein Marshal und beruflich wie privat Miros Partner – Ian ist auch Soldat mit Leib und Seele. Diese Verpflichtung führt ihn immer wieder fort von Miros Seite, unerwartet und viel zu oft. Das wirft einen Schatten auf etwas, das sonst alles wäre, was Miro sich je hätte erträumen können.

Die Arbeit ist nicht dieselbe ohne Ian. Zuhause ist nicht dasselbe und Miro muss sich seinen Ängsten allein stellen … wie kann er im Beruf die Nerven behalten, wie die dunkle Bedrohung aus seiner Vergangenheit überstehen – und wie kann er ohne Ians unerschütterliche Gegenwart an seiner Seite weiterleben? Sein Leben ist ein ziemlicher Schlamassel, aber was ist, wenn der Ausweg daraus etwas Dauerhaftes erfordert? Was würde das für ihn und Ian bedeuten? Miro steckt in der Zwickmühle und manchmal ist der einzige Weg aus dem Schlamassel, sich an seine Rettungsleine zu klammern und fest zu ziehen.

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Joe Chase and Ned Bowden are damaged men. They each bear scars from surviving the world they were born in. Deep scars, both physical and emotional.

When fate offers its first kind act by bringing the two together, suddenly their scars don't seem so bad, and their lives don't feel so empty.

Yet that kindness comes at a price.

Just as Joe and Ned begin to experience true happiness for the very first time, the world turns on them again.

But this time it turns on everyone.

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Quando si lavora per la mafia, può capitare di dover uccidere molte persone in tanti modi diversi. Ceaton Mercer ha stivato gli ultimi due cadaveri in un capanno degli attrezzi che appartiene a un adorabile ricercatore marino che abita in un’idilliaca comunità isolana, ma non è poi così cattivo. Con il tempo si è trovato una specie di casa e forse anche un posto nel cuore delle persone con cui lavora, o almeno quanto basta perché non gli piantino un proiettile in testa quando smette di essere utile per il boss.

Ma non ha mai immaginato che un solo giorno potesse cambiargli la vita, ed è sul punto di scoprire quanto si sbaglia.

Gli basta un giorno per incontrare l’uomo che sembra essere quello giusto, l’amore della sua vita. Sembra inconcepibile che un uomo che si occupa di morte possa trovare l’amore, ma è come se fosse destino. Gli basta un giorno, che si fa sempre più strano e in cui i problemi si accumulano, per costringere Ceaton a riflettere sulla sua cupa esistenza e ad accettare che in ventiquattro ore tutto può cambiare, perfino lui stesso. Il suo futuro potrebbe rivelarsi più luminoso di quanto si aspettasse, ma dovrà restare vivo abbastanza a lungo da scoprirlo.

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Illusions et faux-semblants

THIRDS (Français) | Tome 7

Dexter J. Daley n’a jamais eu la vie facile, mais il a toujours trouvé une façon de relever la tête et d’avancer avec le sourire. Enlevé chez lui des bras de Sloane Brodie, son compagnon et partenaire au THIRDS, Dex se retrouve dans une situation aussi mystérieuse et dangereuse que l’est le Therian qui le questionne. Il se voit également confirmer ce qu’il a toujours secrètement pensé : la mort de ses parents n’était pas un accident.

Découvrir toute la vérité sur les meurtres de John et Gina Daley enclenche une série d’événements qui changera à jamais les vies de Dex et Sloane. Alors que les secrets enfouis refont surface et que de nouvelles vérités sont révélées, l’amour que se portent Dex et Sloane est mis à l’épreuve avec, en jeu, bien plus que leur relation. Et si traverser ces eaux emplies de meurtres et d’agences gouvernementales secrètes ne suffisait pas, une chose inexplicable arrive à Dex… et rien ne sera plus jamais pareil.

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Denying Fate

A Series of Fates | Book One

A Series of Fates: Book One

Fate is a funny thing. Some try to cut its threads, while others wrap themselves in it like a blanket.

Young wolf shifter Max is cocky and crass. Unlike others his age, he has yet to discover a talent that will serve his pack. Since childhood, he’s been convinced the pack alpha is his mate, but Alpha Christian cannot envision unfiltered and directionless Max taking the place of his elegant mother at the head of the pack. As Max begins to build a life with his best friend, he also begins to see that maybe what he thought was inevitable was all in his head, and it’s time to move on.

Or are they both denying fate?

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