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Le monde s’achève non pas dans une explosion, mais dans un déluge. Des tornades ravagent le cœur de Londres, une chaleur étouffante fait fondre le bitume à New York et des couches de permafrost de plus en plus épaisses paralysent la Russie. Au début, les hommes se mobilisent, organisent des co-voiturages et évacuent les populations, mais le temps ne fait qu’empirer.

À Durham, Danny Fennick, un professeur affable, s’est calfeutré chez lui en attendant que la tempête passe. Élevé dans les Highlands d’Écosse, il a connu des hivers plus rigoureux. Et surtout, il possède un avantage : c’est un loup-garou. Ou, plus exactement, un chien-garou. Moins impressionnant, mais tout aussi pratique.

Néanmoins, les loups-garous n’y voient pas qu’un simple hiver et franchissent le Mur du Nord pour marquer leur nouveau territoire. Parmi eux, son ex, Jack, fils du Numitor de la meute et prince héritier, et son frère, qui rêve de fratricide.

Un hiver de loup n’est pas blanc. Il est rouge comme le sang.

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Lo stagista americano Kelly Sutton  è entusiasta di essere stato accolto alla prestigiosa Photonic Royal Society di New London. Da più di un anno collabora al Progetto Marte, una missione così segreta che nemmeno lui ne conosce i dettagli. L’unica cosa di cui è certo è che i suoi studi contribuiranno ad aiutare l’umanità, e questo gli basta.

L’ordinato mondo di Kelly finisce sottosopra quando le preoccupazioni per lo strano comportamento del suo mentore lo portano a indagare e scoprire una crudele verità. Quello che doveva essere un progetto volto a migliorare la vita umana si rivela una ricerca che potrebbe portare alla distruzione di massa. La terrificante scoperta obbliga Kelly a scegliere tra guardare dall’altra parte per mantenere il suo incarico, come ha sempre fatto, o rischiare la carriera e forse persino la vita per fare la cosa giusta e salvare l’uomo che ha conquistato il suo cuore.

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Will love set them free—or seal their fate?

In the sixty-seventh century, Trev, a master thief and computer hacker, and Khim, a vat-grown human android, reluctantly share a cell in a floating space prison called Steering Star. Trev is there as part of an arrangement that might finally free him from his father’s control. Khim, formerly a combat android, snaps when he is sold into the pleasure trade and murders one of the men who sexually assaults him. At first they are at odds, but despite secrets and their dark pasts, they form a pact—first to survive the prison, and then to escape it.

But independence remains elusive, and falling in love comes with its own challenges. Trev’s father, Dante, a powerful underworld figure with sweeping influence throughout the galaxy, maintains control over their lives that seems stronger than any prison security system, and he seeks to keep them apart. Trev and Khim must plan another, more complex escape, and this time make sure they are well beyond the law as well as Dante’s reach.

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Grandeur et décadence

THIRDS (Français) | Tome 4

THIRDS, tome 4

Sloane Brodie, chef d’équipe du THIRDS, est gravement blessé après une attaque de la Coalition et l’Agent Dexter J. Daley jure de faire payer Beck Hogan pour ce qu’il a fait. Mais les plans de vengeance de Dex tournent court. Avec Ash en arrêt, récupérant toujours de ses propres blessures, Sloane à l’hôpital, et Destructive Delta dans la ligne de mire de la Coalition, le Lieutenant Sparks ne veut prendre aucun risque. L’affaire est retirée des mains de l’équipe de Dex, l’enquête étant confiée au chef d’équipe Sebastian Hobbs. Dex refuse d’être mis à l’écart alors qu’une autre équipe se lance après Hogan, et il décide de mettre ses anciens talents d’inspecteur des FPH à l’œuvre pour trouver Hogan avant Theta Destructive, quel qu’en soit le prix.

Avec un rétablissement long et douloureux qui l’attend, Sloane n’a vraiment pas besoin d’un partenaire qui ratisse la ville, surtout quand les mensonges – même s’ils sont bien intentionnés – commencent à s’accumuler rapidement et prendre des proportions démesurées. Le désir de vengeance ne lui est que trop familier, mais certaines choses sont plus importantes, comme l’homme qui a promis de se tenir à ses côtés. Alors que Dex s’aventure sur un chemin obscur, c’est à Sloane de lui montrer ce qui est en jeu, et finalement mettre un nom sur ce qui sommeille dans son cœur.

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Falling Into the Black

A Planet Called Wish | Book Three

A Planet Called Wish: Book Three

Sometimes there’s a difference between duty and doing what’s right. And sometimes doing what’s right comes with a high price.

Every aspasian at Asiq adores the handsome peacekeeper Resan—all except for Arin. While the other workers vie for Resan’s attention, Arin avoids him at all costs, which rouses Resan’s suspicion. When he discovers Arin is a runaway slave, Resan is bound by law to return him to his master. It is only later that Resan realizes what he’s done. Arin’s owner bought him at twelve, married him, and not only violated Arin himself, but loaned him out to his friends. Resan has returned him to a life of rape and abuse, and now he must make a decision: free Arin and abandon the oaths he swore as a peacekeeper, or leave him to languish and abandon his own conscience and heart.

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Attirato da una misteriosa richiesta di soccorso, l’equipaggio della nave mercantile Hermes trova alla deriva nello spazio un vascello militare in apparenza vuoto. Al suo interno, sangue e resti umani imbrattano i corridoi e vi è un unico sopravvissuto, rinchiuso in una cella di custodia. L’uomo, bellissimo ma traumatizzato, attira l’attenzione dell’addetto alle comunicazioni della nave, Isaac Ozawa, che decide di prendersene cura, offrendogli la gentilezza e il calore di cui l’altro ha bisogno dopo gli orrori vissuti.

Isaac ha imparato sulla propria pelle cosa significhi essere diverso, essere un emarginato, e questo rafforza il loro legame. Un tempo pilota promettente, ha subito dei danni fisici dopo che il suo cervello non è riuscito a fondersi con l’impianto necessario a pilotare i potenti caccia della Flotta. Il cervello di Turk non è da meno. Come risultato di un esperimento militare fallito, le sue naturali capacità sono state aumentate a livelli pericolosi.

Quando un ammiraglio senza morale e assetato di potere rapisce Isaac, usandolo per convincere Turk a diventare l’arma catastrofica che ha sempre sognato, saranno necessari tutta la forza di Turk, l’ingegnosità dell’equipaggio della *Hermes*, l’aiuto degli enigmatici Drak’tar e la testardaggine dello stesso Isaac per riuscire a salvare l’intero universo.

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Jameson Havercamp, a psych from a conservative religious colony, has come to Oberon—unique among the Common Worlds—in search of a rare substance called pith. He’s guided through the wilds on his quest by Xander Kinnson, a handsome, cocky skythane with a troubled past.

Neither knows that Oberon is facing imminent destruction. Even as the world starts to fall apart around them, they have no idea what’s coming—or the bond that will develop between them as they race to avert a cataclysm.

Together, they will journey to uncover the secrets of this strange and singular world, even as it takes them beyond the bounds of reality itself to discover what truly binds them together.

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The craving is an undeniable urge that drives K’Dane citizens to find their life mates—if only to sate their uncontrollable physical longings.

Thrilled at being named a Chosen, Phoenix Dotir leaves K’Dane to become an artist-monk who will create dimensional art capable of changing worlds. Living by the monastery’s Principles of Purity will surely help him overcome the craving. But he never accounted for star chaser Zadra Solav.

Zadra doesn’t believe in rules and makes his own future. Fate separates him from the man he loves, but one touch renders him helpless to his own desires. Bonding with a monk is forbidden, and Zadra’s family sends him to deep space to avoid disgrace. Unable to give up, Zadra must find a way to reunite with his Chosen.

Tormented by enforced separation, Initiate Riva Quinton struggles with his vow of chastity and risks all to rescue his lover. Together with his Eros, he stows away onboard a star craft to follow his heart.

Four men defy destiny and tradition for love… but their love is a crime punishable by death.

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Thick & Thin

THIRDS | Book Eight

Sequel to Smoke & Mirrors

THIRDS: Book Eight

In a matter of days, Dex has been kidnapped, tortured, killed, revived, become half Therian, offered the chance to become a spy, and accepted a proposal to marry his jaguar Therian boyfriend, Sloane Brodie. It’s been a lot to take in, and although Dex is still trying to wrap his head around everything that’s happened, he knows he has to move forward.

After the events of Smoke & Mirrors, Dex and Sloane find themselves in one of the most frightening situations of all: revealing the truth to their Destructive Delta family. When the dust settles, nothing will ever be the same, and it’s up to Dex to prove that in the face of change, the one thing that will always remain the same is family.

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Starsong

The Sun Dragon | Book Three

A Harmony Ink Press Title

The Sun Dragon: Book Three

The people of Earth thought they’d found refuge from their robot adversaries on the planet Draman, but they’re about to learn they were mistaken.

On the day of the Dramanian Naming Ceremony, the half-human, half-dragon children choose between colored robes representing the two genders recognized by their society. But for some children, the choice isn’t so simple.

Sara Lee, a Dramanian girl, faces a decision: remain as best friend and maid to Princess Nimue, or aid a child who refuses to select a robe. Battling the oppressive gender roles of her world means sacrificing her friendship with Nimue, but Sara Lee takes up the cause. When they’re assaulted by a robot spaceship, Nimue and Sara Lee join forces to seek the aid of the legendary wizard, Merlin. But even Merlin cannot keep them safe, so he sends both women back in time, where they must find Allanah, defeat the creator of the robot army, and find a way to defy the societal expectations determined to keep them from being together in the way they both desire.

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Two very different civilizations—one bathed in bright sunlight and the other veiled in shadow.

Bad decisions, declining resources, and a king on the brink of madness force Prince Varo Kutchif, third son of the royal family and a starship captain, to attempt the impossible: barter for Black Phospolrock, an energy source the mysterious Helkan Kingdom has in abundance. Varo opens a line of communication with Adlar, an intriguing Helkan who seems to reciprocate Varo’s interest. He hopes so, because if negotiations collapse, Varo has orders to attack.

The Helkans preside over a planet shrouded in perpetual darkness. Several species have tried to exploit its natural resources through trade with them, but all have failed. Adlar Mondur is the older brother to the Helkan ruler. An assassin of the highest order, he’ll do anything to protect his king and his people—including tracking down the Yesri prince who crash-lands on their planet, leaving an ugly scar across its untouched beauty.

Thus begins a journey where two men from disparate civilizations grow from enemies to lovers.

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Riley Cooper ist auf der Flucht. Misha Tokarev, die Liebe seines Lebens, hat sich als Auftragskiller der russischen Mafia entpuppt, und wenn Riley irgendwo eine Grenze zieht, dann bei vorsätzlichem, kaltblütigem Mord. Auch das außerirdische Verteidigungs- und Waffensystem McClane ist auf der Flucht. Unter anderem, weil er versehentlich für den Absturz seines Raumschiffs auf der Erde gesorgt hat. Mit dem Militär im sprichwörtlichen Nacken macht sich McClane auf die verzweifelte Suche nach einem Wirt, mit dem er sich verbinden und so seine komplette Auflösung verhindern kann. Riley kommt ihm da gerade recht. Ihre unfreiwillige Partnerschaft entwickelt sich mit der Zeit zu mehr, als sie sich jemals hätten vorstellen können. 

Gemeinsam begeben sie sich auf einen Roadtrip aus der Hölle, den Regierungstruppen und der Russen-Mafia immer nur eine Armlänge voraus. Und außerdem wäre da noch Misha, der wild entschlossen ist, Riley zurückzugewinnen. Seine Sorge um Rileys Sicherheit verbindet ihn mit McClane. Alien und Killer ziehen schon bald eine Spur der Verwüstung durch halb Texas. Riley hat alle Hände voll zu tun, sie da alle heil wieder herauszubekommen.

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With time comes healing, but Orlando and the LGBT community are still recovering from last June’s tragedy. To show our ongoing support for those affected by the Orlando shooting, our authors, editors, artists, and staff have volunteered their talents to create this second benefit anthology. All proceeds will be donated to LGBT organizations in central Florida. Join us as we reaffirm that no matter the obstacle, love always wins.

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Five Minutes Longer

Enhanced World | Book One
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Enhanced: Book One

Talon Valdez knew when he transformed into an enhanced human, his life and his dreams were finished. Reviled, mistrusted, and often locked away, the enhanced were viewed as monsters, despised by the public, and never trusted to serve in the military or any law enforcement agency.

Years later he gets a chance to set up a task force of enhanced to serve in the FBI, but with one proviso: each enhanced must partner with a regular human.

Finn Mayer dreamed of joining the FBI from the time he was fourteen and made every possible sacrifice to make it happen, including living with his selfish mother and bullying, homophobic brother and never having a boyfriend. But his undiagnosed dyslexia stopped his aspirations dead in their tracks. His last chance is to partner with Talon, an enhanced with deadly abilities who doesn’t trust regular humans with their secrets and wants Finn to fail.

Four weeks to prove himself to the team. Four weeks for the team to prove itself to the public. And when another group threatens their success—and their lives—four weeks for them to survive.

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First New Year’s After the Apocalypse

2016 Advent Calendar | Bah Humbug

Wade Turner takes a drunk Jaxxon home after work hoping to get laid. What he gets instead is news that the world as they know it is ending—superbugs are sweeping the nation, leaving high death tolls in their wake, and the president has been assassinated. In this new storm of chaos everyone is referring to as the Apocalypse, Wade decides their chances are better if they stick together.

But when Jaxxon’s ex dies in a hurricane and his daughter goes missing, Wade watches the man he loves slip into despair. Desperate to save his relationship, Wade leaves in the middle of the night on a dangerous journey to save Jaxxon’s daughter—a child he’s not sure is even still alive. If he can put this family back together, maybe there will still be something worth celebrating in the aftermath of the Apocalypse. 

A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2016 Advent Calendar "Bah Humbug."

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How the Supervillain Stole Christmas

2016 Advent Calendar | Bah Humbug
Spandex and Superpowers

A Spandex and Superheroes Story

Rex Devious (Dr. Devious to meddlesome do-gooders everywhere) can go toe-to-toe with superheroes without blinking an eye. So picking out a Christmas present for his new boyfriend should be no problem. After all, he and Sanjay seem perfect for each other. But with a terrible track record for finding gifts that won’t scare his potential partners away, Rex is paralyzed with insecurity. Until, of course, he decides to change tactics. Instead of having to pick out that perfect present, why not just destroy Christmas altogether? If his nemeses (or his conscience) can’t stop him first, he might just become the supervillain who stole Christmas. 

A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2016 Advent Calendar "Bah Humbug."

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Kelly Sutton, jeune homme enthousiaste , mais qui ne prend pas de risques est un interne américain à la Photonic Royal Society à la Nouvelle Londres. Il travaille sur le Projet Mars depuis plus d’un an, une mission gardée si secrète par la société que même Kelly ne sait pas exactement ce que c’est. Ce que Kelly sait, c’est que sa contribution à cette tâche profitera à l’humanité, et ça lui suffit.

Le monde de Kelly se retrouve bouleversé quand le comportement de son mentor l’inquiète et l’amène à enquêter puis à tomber par hasard sur une vérité diabolique. Ce qui est censé être un projet pour faire progresser la vie humaine s’avère être une entreprise capable de destruction massive. La terrifiante réalité force Kelly à choisir entre détourner le regard pour garder son travail, comme il l’a toujours fait, ou risquer sa carrière et même sa vie pour faire ce qui est juste en sauvant l’homme qui a conquis son cœur.

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Retired military officer Malcolm Torvik runs a rehabilitation facility for malfunctioning pleasure cyborgs. When WLF-6759—Wolf—arrives at Reboot Camp, the former battle cyborg presents problems Malcolm’s never faced before. Most pleasure cyborgs are sensation junkies, constantly high on the chemicals sex releases into their bloodstream, but Wolf’s faulty refit means it’s spent a decade suffering through unwanted encounters—and sometimes fighting back despite the consequences.

At first Wolf’s rebellion frustrates Malcolm even as Wolf’s undeniable physical perfection draws him. Then Wolf’s unexpected vulnerability and need open a whole new dynamic between them, and Malcolm finds himself feeling far too much for something that isn’t even human. Or is it? Could Homo sapiens technica be just as human as Malcolm is? And if it is, what’s Malcolm supposed to do about it? Malcolm’s been alone for so long…. Is it possible he’s found love with a cyborg? How far will he go to ensure Wolf’s freedom? Malcolm knows what he must do—for both of them—but it might cost him much more than his comfortable life.

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