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Hell & High Water

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THIRDS | Book One

THIRDS: Book One

When homicide detective Dexter J. Daley’s testimony helps send his partner away for murder, the consequences—and the media frenzy—aren’t far behind. He soon finds himself sans boyfriend, sans friends, and, after an unpleasant encounter in a parking garage after the trial, he’s lucky he doesn’t find himself sans teeth. Dex fears he’ll get transferred from the Human Police Force’s Sixth Precinct, or worse, get dismissed. Instead, his adoptive father—a sergeant at the Therian-Human Intelligence Recon Defense Squadron otherwise known as the THIRDS—pulls a few strings, and Dex gets recruited as a Defense Agent.

Dex is determined to get his life back on track and eager to get started in his new job. But his first meeting with Team Leader Sloane Brodie, who also happens to be his new jaguar Therian partner, turns disastrous. When the team is called to investigate the murders of three HumaniTherian activists, it soon becomes clear to Dex that getting his partner and the rest of the tightknit team to accept him will be a lot harder than catching the killer—and every bit as dangerous.

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Staggered Cove Station

Coast Guard Rescue

A Coast Guard Rescue Novel

Rescues are wild in the Alaskan terrain. So is romance.

Sun-kissed California guardsman Dan Farnsworth might be at home in the water, but he’s out of his element at remote, rugged, and freezing Staggered Cove Station. Acclimating proves hard enough, but he’s also digging into how the station’s previous rescue swimmer was lost at sea. Was it an operation gone bad or something more sinister? Add to that the instant tension between him and his partner—no-nonsense Alaska-born Karl Radin—and Dan has his hands full.

As his investigation heats up, so does the attraction between Dan and Karl, even if they don’t completely trust each other. But as suspicious events escalate to sabotage, Dan starts to fear that he and Karl won’t get the chance to become more than reluctant coworkers.

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A Tom and Stanley Mystery

Nothing bad is supposed to happen in Palm Springs. 

At least that’s what San Francisco private detective Tom Danzel and his partner Stanley Korski believe. But when their friend Chris finds a dead body in his hotel room bed, Tom and Stanley drive out to help the local police investigate. 

What they discover is a rather nasty green snake and an elegant hotel that offers delicacies not usually found on a room service menu. As the body count increases, the two detectives are going to have to rely on their skills and each other if they’re going to survive this very deadly kind of love.

Second Edition
First Edition published by Dreamspinner Press, June 2011.

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Twisted and Tied

Marshals | Book Four

Marshals: Book Four

Deputy US Marshal Miro Jones finally has everything he ever wanted. He’s head-over-heels in love and married to the man of his dreams, his partner Ian Doyle, he’s doing well at work, and all his friends are in good places as well. Things are all tied up nicely… until they’re not.

Change has never been easy for Miro, and when situations at work force the team he’s come to depend on to break apart, and worst of all, his and Ian’s individual strengths put them on two separate paths, he’s pretty certain everything just went up in smoke. But before he can even worry about the future, his past comes for a visit, shaking his world up even more. It’s hard to tell what road he should truly be on, but as he learns some paths are forged and others are discovered, it might be that where he's going is the right course after all. If he can navigate all the twists and turns, he and Ian might just get their happily ever after.

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Panni sporchi

Un'indagine di Cole McGinnis

Seguito di Sporchi segreti
Un'indagine di Cole McGinnis

Per Cole McGinnis, ex poliziotto diventato investigatore privato, ogni giorno presenta una nuova sfida che spesso comporta, purtroppo, sofferenza e morte. Claudia, la segretaria che gli fa da madre, si sta ancora riprendendo da un colpo d’arma da fuoco, mentre il suo ragazzo Kim Jae-Min, non ancora dichiarato, di punto in bianco si trova a dover ospitare la sorella adolescente. Nel frattempo, Cole affronta i suoi problemi di famiglia, in particolare quel misterioso fratellastro giapponese che il suo fratello maggiore, Mike, è deciso ad accogliere a braccia aperte.

Come se i suoi drammi personali non bastassero, Cole viene avvicinato da Madame Sun, un’indovina i cui clienti stanno morendo a una velocità allarmante. Lei è convinta che qualcuno li stia uccidendo e vuole che siano svolte delle indagini al riguardo, ma la polizia pensa che si stia immaginando tutto. Cole accetta il caso nella speranza di tranquillizzarla, ma si trova davanti a un nodo gordiano di menzogne e tradimenti in cui nessuno è chi dovrebbe essere, e la morte sembra l’unica carta presente nel mazzo dell’indovina.

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Tried & True

THIRDS | Book Ten

Sequel to Darkest Hour Before Dawn

THIRDS Book Ten

When THIRDS agent Dexter J. Daley met Team Leader Sloane Brodie, he couldn’t have imagined how slamming into his new partner—literally—would shake both their worlds. Now four years later, they’ve faced dangers, fought battles both personal and professional… and fallen deeply in love. Now their big moment is finally in sight, and they’re ready to stand up together and make it official. Unfortunately, as the countdown to their big day begins, an enemy declares war on the THIRDS….

With their family in danger, Dex and Sloane are put to the test on how far into darkness they’ll walk to save those they love. As secrets are unearthed, a deadly betrayal is revealed, and Dex and Sloane must call on their Destructive Delta family for one last hurrah to put an end to the secret organization responsible for so much devastation.

Dex and Sloane will have plenty of bullets to dodge on the way to the altar, but with happiness within their grasp, they are determined to get there come hell or high water….

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Senza più scuse

Marshals (Italiano) | Libro 1

Serie Marshals, Libro 1

Il vicesceriffo federale Miro Jones è noto per la sua capacità di conservare la calma e il sangue freddo anche quando si trova sotto tiro. Queste qualità sono fondamentali per lavorare con il suo fenomenale partner, Ian Doyle, il tipo d’uomo in grado di scatenare un litigio in una stanza vuota. Nei tre anni trascorsi a lavorare e rischiare la vita insieme, il loro rapporto è cresciuto: dall’essere due sconosciuti sono diventati colleghi, e infine compagni di squadra affiatati e migliori amici. Miro nutre una fiducia cieca nell’uomo che gli copre le spalle, e forse qualcosa di più.

Tutti si aspettano che Ian, come sceriffo e soldato, prenda il comando, tuttavia la forza e l’autocontrollo che lo hanno portato al successo sul campo non funzionano negli altri ambiti della sua vita. Ian ha sempre trovato scuse per rifiutare qualsiasi legame, ma non avere né una casa né qualcuno da cui tornare lo sta lentamente divorando dentro. Col tempo, si è costretto ad ammettere che senza il suo partner non vale la pena andare da nessuna parte. Adesso tocca a Miro convincerlo che farsi catturare dai lacci del cuore non significa essere prigionieri.

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Song and Key

The Men from GLEN

A Men From GLEN Mission

So-called monsters won’t hold these spies back!

For two secret agents on a mission to a secluded Romanian village, the toughest fight they face may not be against the folktale monsters lurking in the foggy mountains and old ruins, but against their unlikely attraction to each other.

Keller Key is the top operative at the covert Global Law Enforcement Network—and boy does he know it. Sexy half-Ukrainian, half-Korean Sevastyan Song is a close second. When the agents go undercover to investigate an old friend’s suspicious death, it soon becomes clear something sinister is afoot in the ancient forest and decrepit abbey. If an evil organization doesn’t spell the end of them, the angry locals might. But if they’re going to conquer their enemies, they need to keep their hands off each other and their minds on the case, in a rivals-to-lovers paranormal mash-up that gives new meaning to spy-on-spy action.

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Verschleierte Loyalitäten

Die Spürnasen | Buch 2

Fortsetzung zu Der Einbruch in der Royal Street
Buch 2 in der Serie - Die Spürnasen

Halloween ist Beau Bissonets Lieblingsfeiertag, dazu gehört das Aushöhlen von Kürbissen ebenso wie die Dekorationen in seinem Vorgarten und er liebt es, sich in ein Kostüm zu werfen und die Nachbarskinder zu erschrecken. Aber in diesem Jahr nimmt sein Halloween eine andere Wendung; eine, die seine Fähigkeiten als Detektiv und seine Hingabe zu seinem Partner bei der Arbeit und in der Liebe herausfordern wird.

Seit Beau und Tollison vor einem Jahr den Einbruch in der Royal Street gelöst, Liebe gefunden und Bissonet & Cruz gegründet haben, läuft es privat und beruflich gut. Bis Tollisons Ex-Freund, Bastien Andros, aus heiterem Himmel auftaucht. Natürlich ist Beau misstrauisch, aber zwei Tage nach Bastiens Ankunft verschwindet dieser spurlos und Tollison sorgt sich, dass seine Vergangenheit ihn einholen könnte.

Ein mysteriöses Paket zeigt deutlich, wer Bastien entführt hat und was auf dem Spiel steht. Sowohl Bastiens als auch Beaus Leben sind in Gefahr und Tollison hat nur eine Möglichkeit: Er muss nach Zürich in die Schweiz reisen, um das Lösegeld zu beschaffen und abzuliefern, beide Männer außer Gefahr zu bringen und gleichzeitig sich selbst treu zu bleiben.

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Getting His Man

Getting His Man

Getting His Man

A love story worthy of an old movie… with a new twist.

Artie needs a hero, a man like those he’s always revered in Golden Age films. His drug-dealing jerk of a roommate got him arrested, and since his savior isn’t likely to sweep in and save the day, Artie calls a bail bondsman.

August has always imagined himself a hero from a black-and-white movie, but he’s never found a man willing to let him play that role—at least not until he gets the call from Artie.

Both of their dreams might come true, but not before August must use his skills as a bounty hunter as well as a bondsman. Artie is on the run for his life, and August must protect him and help him clear his name. Only then can they both finally get their man.

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Ein Schlamassel kommt selten allein

Verliebte Partner | Buch 2

Buch 2 in der Serie - Verliebte Partner

Die Deputy US Marshals Miro Jones und Ian Doyle sind nun beruflich und privat Partner: Miros Gelassenheit und Professionalität bilden den idealen Ausgleich zu Ians Leidenschaft und hitzigem Temperament. In einem Beruf, in dem ein falscher Schritt den Unterschied zwischen Leben und Tod bedeuten kann, ist Vertrauen alles. Aber jede Beziehung hat anfänglich ihre Schwierigkeiten und manchmal weiß Miro nicht, wo er bei seinem temperamentvollen Partner steht. Sind die Gefühlsbande, die sie erst seit so kurzer Zeit miteinander verbinden, bereits wieder im Begriff, sich aufzulösen? 

Diese neuen Bande sind ständigen Herausforderungen ausgesetzt: Überfälle der Familie, wohlmeinende Freunde, ihre eigenen Unsicherheiten, ihr gefährlicher Beruf – und dann kommt es zur Feuerprobe, als ein alter Fall Miros wieder auftaucht und sie heimsucht. Vielleicht reicht das aus, um Ian seine Entscheidung, sich zu binden, hinterfragen zu lassen und Miro kann nur hoffen, dass die Gefühlsbande, die sie geknüpft haben, stark genug sind, sie beide zu halten.

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Fire and Flint

Carlisle Deputies

A Carlisle Deputies Novel

Jordan Erichsohn suspects something is rotten about his boss, Judge Crawford. Unfortunately he has nowhere to turn and doubts anyone will believe his claims—least of all the handsome deputy, Pierre Ravelle, who has been assigned to protect the judge after he received threatening letters. The judge has a long reach, and if he finds out Jordan’s turned on him, he might impede Jordan adopting his son, Jeremiah.

When Jordan can no longer stay silent, he gathers his courage and tells Pierre what he knows. To his surprise and relief, Pierre believes him, and Jordan finds an ally… and maybe more. Pierre vows to do what it takes to protect Jordan and Jeremiah and see justice done. He’s willing to fight for the man he’s growing to love and the family he’s starting to think of as his own. But Crawford is a powerful and dangerous enemy, and he’s not above ripping apart everything Jordan and Pierre are trying to build in order to save himself….

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A Shifter U Tale

A smitten coyote isn’t the only one stalking Buffalo Bill.

A buffalo walks into a cafe. Sounds like the start of a bad joke, but for coyote shifter Donnie Granger, it’s the beginning of an obsession. Donnie is a little hyperactive and a lot distractible, except when it comes to William. He finally works up the nerve to approach William but is interrupted by a couple of violent humans.

While William—don’t call me Bill—is currently a professor, he once worked undercover against an international weapons-trafficking ring. Before he can settle into obscurity, he must find out who leaked his location and eliminate the thugs. He tries keeping his distance to protect Donnie, but the wily coyote won’t stay away.

It’ll take both Donnie’s skills as a stalker—er, hunter—and William’s super-spy expertise to neutralize the threat so they can discover if an excitable coyote and a placid-until-pissed buffalo have a future together.

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À toute épreuve

Tout vient à point...

Suite de Question de temps, tomes 1 et 2

Jory Harcourt n’a pas besoin de chercher des ennuis. Où qu’il aille, ceux-ci semblent le trouver, en particulier quand son partenaire, Sam Kage, travaille sous couverture pour une équipe d’intervention fédérale.

Après avoir été forcé à mettre la clef sous la porte par la récession, Jory est embauché comme entremetteur et organisateur d’événements. Ce n’est plus qu’une question de temps avant que sa grande bouche et son attitude trop franche le jettent entre les pattes d’un riche héritier et d’un magnat de la drogue, qui veulent tous les deux le conquérir. Puis, comme si cette situation n’était pas déjà assez délicate, Jory retrouve la trace de son amant sous couverture, aux ordres du trafiquant.

Entre les hommes qui ont envie de lui et ce qui veulent simplement sa mort, Chicago devient un peu trop dangereux pour Jory, et sur le conseil de son frère, de son petit ami et du FBI, il se rend à Hawaï… où un grave accident menace le restant de ses jours. Est-ce que Sam et Jory garderont la foi et prouveront que leur relation est vraiment à toute épreuve ?

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A THIRDS Novella

THIRDS agent Dexter J. Daley can’t wait to marry his fiancé, Team Leader Sloane Brodie, but first he’s looking forward to celebrating his bachelor party—which he intends to be a shenanigans-free evening of getting his groove on with family and friends.

Of course events don’t work out as planned, but for Dex that’s nothing new. One thing is for sure, dodging drug dealers and hired thugs amid booze, dancing—and even a bear costume—will guarantee it’s a night Dex will never forget. Now he just needs to survive all the fun.

Enjoy this bonus story from the THIRDS universe. These events occur between Darkest Hour Before Dawn and Tried & True in the series timeline. While reading this story would enhance your experience of the THIRDS series, it is not essential to read before Tried & True

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Meurtres dans la communauté gay

Une communauté ciblée | Tome 1

Une communauté ciblée, tome 1

Un tueur en série a pris pour cible la communauté homosexuelle, s’attaquant à eux dans les bars populaires et les parcs. Assigné à cette affaire, la nouvelle recrue Pat Saint James se sent un peu trop proche des victimes. Il est gay, mais aucun de ses collègues ne le sait. Le fait qu’on lui demande de réaliser une mission d’infiltration en se faisant passer pour un homoseuel ne manque pas d’ironie.

Pat et son collègue, Hank, passent leurs soirées dans les bars afin d’obtenir des informations sur le tueur. Parallèlement, Pat est à la recherche de l’homme parfait et jongle entre trois hommes, espérant trouver le partenaire idéal. Il a rencontré Bill dans un bar, Dean est un ami de longue date… et autre ironie du sort : Hank, son partenaire, est également gay et sur la liste de ses prétendants.

Comme le tueur continue à sévir, étranglant et violant ses victimes, Pat doit se concentrer sur son travail en espérant que sa vie personnelle survive à ce train de vie complètement dingue. Mais quand ses espoirs de trouver le bonheur et l’enquête se chevauchent, Pat pourrait bien foncer droit vers les problèmes.

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Return to Tachna’s world of vampires and wizards in the second volume of Partnership in Blood.

With the war over, the wizards and vampires of l’ANS are faced with a series of new challenges as they explore everything their partnerships have come to signify. While the depth of individual partnerships varies, one thing is certain: there is more to their partnerships—and the Aveu de sang—than meets the eye.


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Hartwick County in South Dakota bedeutet einen neuen Anfang für Mackenzie „Mack“ Redford. Das Leben in der Großstadt war nicht das, was er erwartet hatte und nun ist er wieder zu Hause und arbeitet als Sheriff. 

Brantley Calderone ist ebenfalls auf der Suche nach einem neuen Leben. Nachdem er New York verlassen und eine Ranch gekauft hat, versucht er sich einzuleben und sich daran zu gewöhnen, an einem anderen Ort zu leben – bis er eine tote Frau auf seiner Veranda entdeckt und sich selbst als Haupttatverdächtigen in einem Mordfall wiederfindet.

Mack und Brantley erkennen sehr bald mehrere Dinge: Irgendjemand will Brantley etwas anhängen, allein ist er nicht länger sicher auf der Ranch und zwischen ihnen entwickelt sich definitiv eine gewisse Anziehungskraft, die sich noch verstärkt, als Mack Brantley anbietet, vorübergehend bei ihm einzuziehen. Als ihre Romanze eskaliert, eskaliert auch das Verhalten des Mörders. Sie müssen ihm immer einen Schritt voraus sein und herausfinden, wer Brantley tot sehen will, ehe es zu spät ist. Nur dann können sie das neue Leben beginnen, das sie beide suchen – gemeinsam.

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