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Gothika | Volume One
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Gothika: Volume One

When a certain kind of man is needed, why not make him to order? Such things can be done, but take care: Much can go wrong—but then, sometimes it can go wonderfully right. Imagine...

In The Golem of Mala Lubovnya, a seventeenth century rabbi creates a man of clay to protect the Jews, and the golem lives a life his maker never imagined, gaining a name—Emet—and the love of a good man, Jakob Abramov. But their love may not survive when Emet must fulfill his violent purpose.

In Watchworks, Luke Prescott lives as a gentleman in a London that never was. His unique needs bring him to famed watchmaker Harland Wallace. Romance might blossom for them if Harland can come to terms with loving a man and keeping him safe.

In Made for Aaron, a young man in an asylum for being gay met the love of his life, Damon Fox. Twenty years later, Aaron thinks his life is over when Damon dies and then disappears from the hospital. Aaron is determined to find the truth, but secrets hide the unthinkable.

Reparations unfolds on the harsh planet of Kalan, where weakness cannot be tolerated. When Edward needs help, his life becomes entwined with exceptional cyborg slave, Knox. But when Knox remembers things he shouldn’t know, the two may pay a blood price for their taboo alliance.

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In an America that achieved equality long before our own, Phillip Barcardi works as a security contractor. He's hired as a site commander at a major pharmaceutical company, only to be kidnapped from his post after learning the truth about an aggressive virus spreading across the East Coast, one that targets homosexuals. A small group of wealthy and powerful dissenters are hell-bent on forming a “New World Order” that will remold society into their twisted vision. As US citizens are choosing sides for or against homosexuals, Phil’s husband, Theodore Rosenberg, a high school teacher, is sent to a “containment” zone where accused homosexuals are infected rather than saved—all by executive order of the President. As Ted struggles to understand what’s happening around him, Phil strives to break free before the people in power infect Ted with the deadly virus. No matter what it takes, Phil will fight his way to Ted, even if it means exposing himself to the virus. He only hopes he won’t be too late to save them both.

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Con un atto di eroismo e sacrificio, la sorella di Anderson Rawn lo salva dalla distruzione della loro piccola colonia mineraria, ma le sue azioni condannano il tredicenne a dieci anni di solitudine nell’iperspazio, nel viaggio alla ricerca di una nuova casa. Usando l’elettronica e la disperazione, Anderson si costruisce una famiglia per tenergli compagnia, ma la famiglia non sempre è una benedizione.

Quando finalmente Anderson arriva, C.J. Poulson lo accoglie con curiosità e stupore, perché chiunque sopravviva a un inferno e reinventi la scienza olografica è una leggenda e merita il rispetto di C.J. Ma più questi indaga su come Anderson sia sopravvissuto negli ultimi dieci anni, più si sente attratto da una fantasia davvero pericolosa, una fantasia che può offrire la chiave della salvezza di Anderson e della sua distruzione.

Nonostante le sue migliori intenzioni, C.J. non può resistere alla seduzione di Anderson. La loro attrazione rischia di distruggerli entrambi, perché il cuore di un uomo che riesce a sopravvivere alla distruzione del suo popolo e a rimanere consapevole di sé è il cuore di un vero uomo, e non potrà essere rinnegato.

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The British Empire reigns supreme, and its young Queen Victoria has expanded her realm to St. Francisco, a bustling city of English lords and Chinese ghettos. St. Francisco is a jewel in the Empire’s crown and as deeply embroiled in the conflict between the Arcane and Science as its sister city, London—a very dark and dangerous battle.

Marcus Stenhill, Viscount of Westwood, stumbles upon that darkness when he encounters a pack of young bloods beating a man senseless. Westwood’s duty and honor demand he save the man, but he’s taken aback to discover the man is Robin Harris, a handsome young inventor indirectly responsible for the death of Marcus’s father.

Living in the shadows following a failed coup, Robin devotes his life to easing others’ pain, even though his creations are considered mechanical abominations of magicks and science. Branded a deviant and a murderer, Robin expects the viscount to run as far as he can—and is amazed when Marcus reaches for him instead.

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In un futuro dove gli Stati Uniti si sono scissi secondo l’orientamento politico, il lavoro dell’agente Matt Tennimore è quello di portare la gente fuori dagli Stati Confederati Rossi: sia che siano agenti dei Corpi Speciali del suo Paese fatti prigionieri, o cittadini dei SCR che hanno fatto richiesta d’asilo. Non si sarebbe mai aspettato di dover salvare la persona per cui aveva una cotta alle superiori... ovvero, il ragazzo che lo aveva sempre ignorato perché gay.

Salvare James Ayala non sarà facile: è imbottito di nanodroidi traccianti e non è sicuro di poter controllare un impianto cerebrale cibernetico, che gli ha fatto sviluppare poteri psichici. Questa è la buona notizia. Quella cattiva? L’impianto sta compromettendo la stabilità mentale di James.

I due si ritrovano in fuga, a cercare di evitare velivoli dotati d’intelligenza artificiale e nascondersi dalla milizia nemica. Poi, James confessa che aveva tormentato Matt alle superiori perché, in realtà, lo desiderava. James è una tentazione a cui Matt non sa resistere, ma vuole molto più che semplice sesso... sempre che riescano ad arrivare a casa tutti interi. Ma è davvero saggio scegliere James, quando ha una bomba a orologeria nel cervello? E quanto sarà cambiato veramente?

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Lofty Dreams of Earthbound Men

Isleshire Chronicles | Book One

Isleshire Chronicles: Book One

On the night of the summer solstice, Obadai Bashim encounters Jules Sterling, a young engineering sage. Jules is on the run from a ripper, an assassin of the Theocracy who has already killed his master. Open atrocities by rippers are unusual in County Isleshire, where freedom and acceptance reign over prejudice.

However, political instability between the Five Kingdoms and the Divine Theocracy has set the theocrats on a mission to crown religious doctrine over science, and the Sage’s Guild is number one on their eradication list. If Obadai helps, he’ll have a price on his head too, but he can’t abandon Jules.

Escaping the ripper’s clutches is not enough. Jules has a mission of his own: to repair a faulty airship inn about to crash into the fortified township of Dunbruth. Luckily, Obadai has a few magickal secrets up his sleeve.

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Wrath & Ruin

No More Heroes | Book Three

Sequel to Scratch & Sniff
No More Heroes: Book Three

Since coming to the small Arkansas town of Shove Point, superhero Push, his partner Scratch, and rehabilitated villain Wrath have encountered more than their share of problems: planes destroying the downtown area, the crushing force of giant robots, and the wrath of supervillains, to name a few. Just when life looks to be slowing down, the team finds itself facing a full-scale alien invasion.

Despite help from their friends Professor Trixter, Scarlet Queen, and Wiccan Witch, Shove Point has been cut off from the rest of civilization by otherworldly hostiles who have unleashed a new batch of horrors on its citizenry. But these surmounting obstacles are nothing to Push compared to the wars of his heart.

Fresh friction has spread within the group. Push's attraction to Wrath reaches a new high. The world may be ending, but Push would rather face that than lose the man he loves... if only he can work out just which man that is.

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The second son of one of the wealthiest men in the city, Perry Loughton longs for simple comforts but fears nobody will want him for anything but his name and his money. While working as a steam cab mechanic to distract himself from his worries, Perry meets tea shop owner Alex, and soon shy Perry wants more than their casual association. With an optimistic heart and a natural talent for clockwork, Perry hopes his gifts will convey the feelings he can’t yet express in words.

Alexander Fitzgerald lives a quiet life with his handsome boyfriend Marcus. Alex just wishes the passion between them carried beyond the bedroom. Then the anonymous handcrafted gifts he begins receiving make Alex more and more curious about their maker, and the intricate devices might be the key to what’s missing from his life.

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Lost and missing his memory, Qusay Drazi turns to the drug kick to ease his pain while warming beds to feed his addiction. His years on the space station have taught him nothing is free. Meeting Cameron, who seems to have no ulterior motives, leaves Qusay confused but hopeful that Cameron is different. When Qusay finds the courage to ask for help, he discovers a price on his head for the locked away memories.

Cameron Miles believes people can turn their lives around, but his attempt to help Qusay unravels a slew of trouble, and they find themselves on the run from the CompCore corporation. When CompCore captures Qusay, Cameron realizes how much his feelings for Qusay have grown. Then he discovers what CompCore is after and how deeply it is buried inside Qusay’s mind. Cameron must decide how far he’s willing to go before the memory “treatments” leave Qusay a tattered and empty shell.

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Riley Cooper is on the run. Misha Tokarev, the love of his life, turned out to be an assassin for the Russian mob, and when it comes to character flaws, Riley draws the line at premeditated murder. Alien armor system McClane is also on the run, for reasons that include accidentally crashing a space ship into Earth and evading U.S. military custody. A failed prototype, McClane was scheduled for destruction. Sabotaging the ship put an end to that, but McClane is dubbed a bone rider for good reason—he can’t live without a host body. That’s why he first stows away in Riley's truck and then in Riley himself. Their reluctant partnership soon evolves into something much more powerful—and personal—than either of them could have imagined.

Together, they embark on a road trip from hell, made all the more exciting by the government troops and mob enforcers hot on their trail. Misha is determined to win Riley back and willing to do whatever it takes to keep him safe. When hitman and alien join forces, they discover their impressive combined potential for death and destruction. It will take everything Riley has to steer them through the mess they create.

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Sandstorm Heart

Space Files R | Book Two

Space Files R: Book Two

Ron Vid is a Celian soldier with some personal demons. Hoping for respite, he deserts his squad and leaves his planet. Working as a mercenary on Asai, planet of sand and wind, he has a reprieve, until the Haffa named Zaoh joins the mercenaries. Celians and Haffas have a history of strife, but when Ron and Zaoh are paired on a mission, their chemistry crackles. After they fight together for survival, it’s clear Zaoh wants Ron. Zaoh can be a fierce and dominant lover, but Ron’s secrets, and his fear that the Haffa might uncover them, could keep Zaoh from getting his man.

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In einer Zukunft, in der die Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika durch unüberwindbare politische Differenzen gespalten sind, ist es die Aufgabe von Agent Matt Tennimore, Menschen aus den Konföderierten Roten Staaten herauszuholen. Egal, ob sie Spezialagenten seines eigenen Landes sind, die gefangengenommen wurden, oder schwule Bürger aus den Roten Staaten, die um Asyl bitten. Niemals hätte Matt damit gerechnet, seinen Highschool-Schwarm retten zu müssen, der Matt damals wegen seiner Homosexualität das Leben zur Hölle gemacht hat.

James Ayala zu retten, ist nicht einfach. Er wimmelt nicht nur vor Nano-Sendern, er hat auch ein biokybernetisches Gehirnimplantat, das ihm übersinnliche Fähigkeiten verleiht. Und er ist sich ganz und gar nicht sicher, ob er diese Fähigkeiten kontrollieren kann. Das ist die gute Nachricht. Die schlechte Nachricht ist, dass das Implantat James’ geistige Stabilität gefährdet.

Auf der Flucht vor der feindlichen Miliz und vor Flugzeugen mit künstlicher Intelligenz, gesteht James Matt schließlich, dass er ihn damals in der Schule nur gequält hat, weil er Gefühle für ihn hatte. Matt kann der Versuchung nicht widerstehen, die James für ihn darstellt. Aber er will so viel mehr als Sex, sollten sie es jemals lebend über die Grenze schaffen. Ist es wirklich eine gute Idee, mit James zusammen zu sein, dessen Gehirn eine tickende Zeitbombe ist? Außerdem weiß Matt noch gar nicht wie sehr James sich tatsächlich verändert hat.

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Merman

The Mongrel Trilogy | Book Two

Mongrel Trilogy: Book Two

When vampire Clancy Marrowbone returns to Purin province after nearly two years, he intends only to visit with his dear friend, Fanule Perfidor, and find out how his former lover, the mortal Simon Bentcross, is faring. But two developments change Marrowbone’s itinerary: the appearance of a drastically altered man from his past, and the reawakening of his passion for Simon.

Both of these unexpected reunions become increasingly complicated. The connection between Simon’s new creation, a bathysphere-like submersible, and a clandestine underwater-research project results in Marrowbone and Bentcross becoming hunted men. But sometimes, it takes danger to make a star-crossed affair seem worth saving.

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Be My Alien

Moonlit Skies | Book One

Moonlit Skies: Book One

A man too busy for love…

Reed owns an upscale men’s boutique with a naughty back room. While making a late delivery to a client, he runs into Taz.

A man on a disastrous date…

When Taz agreed to come to Earth on a date, he didn’t expect to be dumped and left with no way home. Then he falls into Reed’s arms—literally.

A coffee date soon becomes a trip back to Reed’s apartment. But when Taz’s stripes begin to show, Reed discovers Taz comes from a planet far, far away.

Reed never believed aliens existed, but he’s facing one now. What in the world is he going to do?

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The God Hunters: Reunion

The God Hunters | Book Two

The God Hunters: Book Two

Months ago, David Ruger was an average human with a flighty boyfriend. Now he lives in an alien universe called the Expanse and wields supernatural powers. He’s also traded in his flighty ex for Doug Colt, a man with a heart of gold and nerves of steel—which is a good thing, because his occupation can get rough.

When David joins Doug and his brother, Bryan, on a job to track down a group of vengeful trolls, the journey takes them across the Expanse to the Shards of Exeter, a magical place made of continent-size landmasses shrouded in atmosphere. There, supernatural beings abound and formidable adversaries lurk in the shadows.

But the mission is more than it seems. Through visions, David learns of the role he must play in reshaping the Expanse—and of the unspeakable evil that caused the God Hunters’ war so long ago. With that same threat resurfacing, David must embrace his destiny to save the family he has come to love.

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When Russ Peterson accepts an invitation to an all-expense-paid vacation at a castle in southern France, he doesn’t expect to learn he has the ability to travel through time. For a historian, it’s a dream come true, offering the chance to find answers to the mysteries of the past. But it’s not without risks—to Russ and to the world as he knows it.

After a few short supervised visits, Russ still hasn’t made up his mind about his newfound abilities. Then, on his first extended trip, he meets Quentus Maximus, second in command to the Legate of Nemausus. While learning firsthand about the realities of life in Roman Gaul, Russ is shocked by his reaction to Quentus’s dominant nature. After a week with Quentus, Russ’s vacation is up, and he realizes he wants a chance to see if their relationship can flourish.

Arranging a year-long sabbatical from work to give time to make the decision is easy. Figuring out if he can live with Quentus's dominant nature long-term, and finding a way to establish a life for himself in Roman Gaul, is an entirely different matter.

Chateau d'Eternité was previously available as a short story, published by Dreamspinner Press, June 2012.

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The Heracian Affair

Space Files R | Book One

Space Files R: Book One

Even years after Rizzo Berg’s lover and Dom died in combat, the memories torment him. Following a particularly disappointing date, Rizzo goes to sleep in his apartment only to wake up on a spaceship with tall, gorgeous, alien Captain Conrad D’Ollet of Heracia, a man so deliciously dominant Rizzo’s knees turn to jelly.

Apparently the Heracians need help, and Rizzo is a humanitarian through and through. Spending more time around Conrad is totally not one of the reasons he wants to lend a hand.

Soon Rizzo finds himself completely conquered and blissfully owned. But neither he nor Conrad is willing to risk his heart, let go of the past, and dare to believe in a future that won’t end in catastrophe.

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Coming Home

Under the Southern Cross

In 2045, Russian-born Nick comes “home” to Australia for the funeral of an old friend. After a ten-year absence, he finds a country scarred by drought and a people scarred by technology. He grieves for Ben, whose death has left his friends bewildered. He grieves for Australia, the country that forced him to leave. But his greatest grief is for Daniel. Although Daniel is alive, it seems their friendship is dead. And Nick has no idea why.

Part of the Under the Southern Cross anthology.

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