Books by "Sean Kennedy" (19)

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Tigres en cavale

Tigres et Démons

Suite de Tigres à la Une

Le jeune Australien Micah Johnson est le premier joueur de l’AFL à débuter sa carrière en étant ouvertement gay. Declan Tyler, joueur professionnel de football à la retraite, est son mentor, mais il trouve la tâche ardue, car Micah a tendance à faire de mauvais choix de vie qui le mettent souvent dans les ennuis. Rien que Dec ne puisse gérer. Il a fait des choses et d’autres, plus souvent qu’il n’aimerait l’admettre. Être le compagnon de Simon Murray durant toutes ces années lui a apporté son lot de souffrances et de mésaventures.

Comme à son habitude, Simon s’imagine que tout se passe bien jusqu’à ce que son assistant, Coby, lui révèle un secret impliquant un vieil ennemi. Les soucis de Simon et Declan s’entrechoquent, et pour les résoudre, ils doivent entreprendre un aller-retour d’un millier de kilomètres durant lequel les problèmes devront être résolus, des excuses enfin faites et un jeune fugueur récupéré et rendu à ses parents inquiets.

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Tigri in fuga

Tigri e Diavoli

Seguito di Tigerland – Il ritorno

Il giovane Micah Johnson è il primo giocatore di football australiano dichiaratamente gay già all’inizio della carriera. Per Declan Tyler, ex giocatore professionista, fargli da mentore è un compito difficile: il ragazzo, infatti, compie una scelta sbagliata dopo l’altra, cacciandosi continuamente nei guai. Niente, comunque, che Dec non sia in grado di affrontare, visto che lui stesso ci è passato, e lo ha superato, più spesso di quanto gli piaccia ammettere. Inoltre, essere da anni il compagno di Simon Murray lo ha abituato alle tribolazioni e agli ostacoli.

Come sempre, Simon pensa che tutto stia andando per il verso giusto finché Coby, il suo assistente, non gli confessa un segreto che coinvolge la sua vecchia nemesi. I problemi di Simon e Dec si intrecciano e, per risolverli, i due devono intraprendere un lungo viaggio durante il quale affronteranno questioni, riceveranno delle scuse, e andranno a recuperare un ragazzo in fuga per riportarlo sano e salvo ai genitori preoccupati.

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A Harmony Ink Press Title

Sequel to The Ongoing Reformation of Micah Johnson

Get Out: Book Two

 

Micah Johnson is living two separate lives. On the field he’s making a name for himself as a rookie with the AFL football team the Fremantle Dockers—at just eighteen. But when he steps off the field, Micah is a mess: confused, away from home for the first time, and feeling isolated from family and friends three thousand kilometres away. The foster family he’s staying with is nice, but Micah isn’t ready to open up to them about what he’s going through. Distracting himself with hookups and partying seems like a good idea until a friend’s life is changed by misfortune and Micah’s own health is threatened by his behavior. Micah knows he has to make a change, that he can’t do it alone, and that maybe there’s no shame in reaching out to others. 

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Tigres y Demonios

Tigres y demonios

Para Simon Murray, lo más importante en la vida son el fútbol australiano, sus amigos y el cine, en ese preciso orden. Sus amigos desean que encuentre a alguien pero, a pesar de sentirse solo, Simon es muy selectivo a la hora de elegir con quién salir. Un día, sus mejores amigos lo arrastran a una fiesta, donde interrumpe una conversación sobre fútbol australiano y termina defendiendo el honor de un delantero estrella, Declan Tyler, sin saber que dicho jugador está presente. En ese primer e incómodo encuentro, ninguno de los dos se imagina que cambiarán la vida del otro para siempre.

Como el resto de su familia, Simon disfruta vivir en Melbourne, hogar del fútbol australiano y meca de los hinchas más serios de este deporte. Allí los jugadores son considerados dioses, a menos que hagan algo para ganarse el desprecio del público. Ese año, el ganador de ese desprecio es Declan, debido a las constantes lesiones que sufre y que lo mantienen alejado del campo de juego, por lo que el apoyo que le brinda Simon es como una luz al final del túnel.

Simon y Declan inician una relación amorosa, ocultando la homosexualidad de Declan de bienintencionados amigos y de la prensa, que sospecha cada vez más del jugador, por lo que las cosas entre ellos se dificultan. Nada permanece oculto para siempre. Pronto Declan tendrá que elegir entre la carrera que le apasiona y el hombre que ama, y poner las cosas fáciles nunca ha sido el fuerte de Simon, ni para sí mismo ni para los demás.

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Tigres à la Une

Tigres et Démons

Suite de Tigres et Démons

Après une cour riche en événements et parfois désagréablement publique, Simon Murray et Declan Tyler mènent une vie confortable l’un avec l’autre. Retraité de l’AFL, Declan est devenu commentateur sportif ; Simon développe des programmes aux contenus gays pour une chaîne de télévision locale.

Malgré leurs vies professionnelles publiques, ils réussissent tous deux à garder leur vie privée à l’abri des projecteurs. Leurs principaux soucis sont d’aider leurs amis à surmonter leurs problèmes de stérilité et de relation de couple – jusqu’à ce que Greg Heyward, l’ex-partenaire de Declan, fasse son coming-out, motivé par une évidente envie d’attirer l’attention.

Même si Simon et Declan sont furieux contre Greg et ses bouffonneries médiatiques, ils s’opposent sur la façon dont ils doivent réagir. Declan insiste pour qu’ils gardent un silence digne, mais le couple ne cesse d’être entraîné dans le jeu de Heyward. Les deux hommes devront une fois de plus surmonter la tempête médiatique avant de pouvoir reporter leur attention sur ce qui compte vraiment : eux-mêmes.

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A Harmony Ink Press Title

Micah Johnson is out of options.

Following a stint as a runaway after the cruel revelation of his sexual orientation, Micah vows to get his life back on the right track. But there are roadblocks between him and his goal of making the national draft and having a shot at becoming an AFL player, including struggles with other students both on and off the football field. Hiding behind sarcasm will only protect him from so much, and Micah knows just making it to graduation will be an epic battle. If only Micah could find a fraction of the faith that his mentor, Declan Tyler, has in him, but he can’t seem to see what Declan does.

Micah is trying to reform, but the end of the road is a long way off, and it’s clear the process is ongoing.

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Seguito di Tigri e Diavoli

Dopo una movimentata e a tratti imbarazzante frequentazione pubblica, Simon Murray e Declan Tyler hanno trovato la loro tranquillità. Dopo essersi ritirato dall’AFL, Declan lavora come commentatore di partite di football; Simon produce programmi queer per una stazione televisiva locale.

Nonostante le loro vite professionali siano pubbliche, Simon e Declan riescono a tenere riservata la loro vita privata. Le loro preoccupazioni maggiori vengono dagli amici, che hanno problemi legati alle loro relazioni e all’infertilità, finché Greg Heyward, l’ex compagno di Declan, non dichiara la propria omosessualità per attirare l’attenzione su di sé.

Anche se Simon e Declan sono furiosi con Greg per i suoi capricci mediatici, non riescono a concordare sul da farsi. Declan insiste che dovrebbero rimanere in dignitoso silenzio, ma sia lui che Simon continuano a trovarsi coinvolti nei giochetti di Heyward. Simon e Declan dovranno ancora una volta navigare una tempesta mediatica prima di poter tornare a occuparsi di ciò che è veramente importante: loro stessi.

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Tigers on the Run

Tigers and Devils

Sequel to Tigerland

Young Australian Micah Johnson is the first AFL player to be out at the beginning of his career. Retired professional football player Declan Tyler mentors Micah, but he finds it difficult, as Micah is prone to making poor life choices that land him in trouble. Nothing Dec can’t handle. He’s been there, done that, more times than he’d like to admit. Being Simon Murray’s partner all these years has Dec quite experienced in long-suffering and mishaps.

As usual, Simon thinks everything is going along just fine until his assistant, Coby, tells him a secret involving an old nemesis. Simon and Dec’s problems mash together, and to solve them, they must undertake a thousand-kilometer round trip in which issues will have to be sorted out, apologies are finally given, and a runaway kid is retrieved and returned to his worried parents.

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Tigri e Diavoli

Tigri e Diavoli

Le cose più importanti nella vita di Simon Murray sono il football, gli amici e i film, in quest’ordine. I suoi amici sperano che incontri qualcuno ma, nonostante si senta solo, Simon diffida dal cercare qualcosa di più. Poi, trascinato a una festa dai suoi migliori amici, s’intromette in una discussione sul football e finisce per difendere l’onore della stella Declan Tyler, senza sapere che l’atleta è lì presente. Nessuno dei due sa che quel primo, imbarazzante incontro cambierà le loro vite per sempre.

Come al resto della sua famiglia, anche a Simon piace vivere a Melbourne, la città dell’Australian Rules football e mecca dei fan più sfegatati. Qui i giocatori sono trattati come degli dèi, a meno che non facciano qualcosa che deluda il pubblico. Quest’anno i tifosi ce l’hanno con Declan per una serie infelice d’infortuni, quindi il sostegno di Simon è l’unica nota positiva della sua stagione.

Mentre la relazione di Simon e Declan procede a tentativi, diventa sempre più difficile tenere nascosta l’omosessualità di quest’ultimo, sia agli amici in buona fede che ai media sempre più sospettosi. Nulla può rimanere nascosto per sempre. Presto Declan dovrà scegliere tra la carriera che ama e l’uomo che vuole, e Simon non è il tipo da rendere le cose semplici, né agli altri né a se stesso.

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Tigres et Démons

Tigres et Démons

Ce qui compte le plus dans la vie de Simon Murray c’est, dans l’ordre, le football, les amis et le cinéma. Ses amis désespèrent de le voir rencontrer quelqu’un, mais malgré sa solitude, Simon reste prudent en matière d’amour. C’est alors que ses meilleurs amis le traînent de force à une soirée où il intervient dans une conversation sur le football et finit par défendre l’honneur de la star montante Declan Tyler – ignorant que l’athlète est présent. Lors de cette première rencontre singulière, aucun des deux ne sait qu’il va changer à tout jamais la vie de l’autre.

Comme toute sa famille, Simon se réjouit de vivre à Melbourne, berceau du football australien et temple des ultra-fans. Là, les joueurs sont traités comme des dieux – jusqu’à ce qu’ils fassent quelque chose qui provoque la perte des faveurs du public. Cette année, le public s’en prend à Declan à cause de ses blessures à répétition, aussi le soutien de Simon lui donne-t-il du baume au cœur.

Mais tandis que Simon et Declan pataugent pour démarrer une relation, garder secrète l’homosexualité de Declan face à des amis bien intentionnés et des medias de plus en plus soupçonneux devient difficile. Rien ne peut rester caché éternellement. Rapidement, Declan devra choisir entre la carrière qu’il aime et l’homme qu’il désire, et Simon n’est pas connu pour rendre les choses faciles – pour lui ou pour les autres.

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Tigerland

Tigers and Devils

Sequel to Tigers and Devils

After an eventful and sometimes uncomfortably public courtship, Simon Murray and Declan Tyler settled into a comfortable life together. Now retired from the AFL, Declan works as a football commentator; Simon develops programs with queer content for a community television station.

Despite their public professional lives, Simon and Declan manage to keep their private life out of the spotlight. Their major concerns revolve around supporting their friends through infertility and relationship problems—until Greg Heyward, Declan’s ex-partner, outs himself in a transparent bid for attention.

Though Simon and Declan are furious with Greg and his media antics, they can’t agree on what to do about it. Declan insists they should maintain a dignified silence, but both he and Simon keep getting drawn into Heyward’s games. Simon and Declan will once again have to ride out the media storm before they can return their attention to what really matters: each other.

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Tigers and Devils

Tigers and Devils

2nd Edition

The most important things in Simon Murray’s life are football, friends, and film—in that order. His friends despair of him ever meeting someone, but despite his loneliness, Simon is cautious about looking for more. Then his best friends drag him to a party, where he barges into a football conversation and ends up defending the honour of star forward Declan Tyler—unaware that the athlete is present. In that first awkward meeting, neither man has any idea they will change each other's lives forever.

Like his entire family, Simon revels in living in Melbourne, the home of Australian Rules football and mecca for serious fans. There, players are treated like gods—until they do something to fall out of public favour. This year, the public is taking Declan to task for suffering injuries outside his control, so Simon's support is a bright spot.

But as Simon and Declan fumble toward a relationship, keeping Declan's homosexuality a secret from well-meaning friends and an increasingly suspicious media becomes difficult. Nothing can stay hidden forever. Soon Declan will have to choose between the career he loves and the man he wants, and Simon has never been known to make things easy—for himself or for others.

First Edition published by Dreamspinner Press, 2009.

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The truth is that those who make a difference usually get martyred. What good are you dead?

Ezra Kneebone is most at home in the skies, piloting his airship with his best friend Jazz, even if it doesn’t quite pay the bills or warm Ezra’s empty bed. Those same skies are also the territory of a man known as Icarus, who uses his metal wings to steal from the rich and feed the poor. Icarus and Ezra could be soul mates but for one thing: Icarus has a bounty on his head, and Ezra is desperate for money.

Against the wishes of Jazz and her partner, the formidable Lady Bart, Ezra is determined to get his man... in more ways than one. But when Icarus saves Ezra’s life, Ezra realizes he would be betraying a hero—and his heart—if he turned Icarus in. Unfortunately, the bounty is tempting more than one hunter, and Ezra will find that loving a fugitive may mean becoming one too.

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I Fell in Love with a Zombie

2010 Daily Dose | Midsummer's Nightmare

Jay didn’t expect to be one of the very few survivors of the virus that decimated the country, leaving shambling, ravenous zombies behind. Fighting for his life amongst the dead, he keeps moving until the day he’s surrounded and facing his bloody end—and shockingly, another zombie saves him. But not just any zombie... it’s Dave, the first man Jay ever loved, and there’s something special about him even now, in the midst of the horror around them.

A part of the 2010 Daily Dose Set, Midsummer's Nightmare, which includes 30 M/M stories of supernatural romance that may feature an edge of suspense and heart-pounding fear; a taste of the paranormal worlds of ghosts, vampires, and werewolves; and even the stuff of nightmares and dreamscapes.

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Australian Christmas in New York

2009 Advent Calendar | Mistletoe Madness

Vince has been living in New York for the past four years with his partner Chuck, but as Christmas approaches, Vince finds himself missing the weather, smells, and other traditions of the Australian holiday. With Chuck being a little distracted, Vince is feeling sorry for himself, until the day itself arrives....

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Stodgy British archivist Henry Percival-Smythe slaves away in the dusty basement of Ealing College in 1934, the only bright spot in his life his obsession with a strange Australian mammal, the thylacine. It has been hunted to the edge of extinction, and Henry would love nothing more than to help the rare creature survive.

Then a human whirlwind spins through his door. Jack "Dingo" Chambers is also on the hunt for the so-called "Tasmanian Tiger," although his reasons are far more altruistic. Banding together, Dingo and the newly nicknamed Dash travel halfwaytd around the globe in their quest to save the thylacine from becoming a footnote in the pages of biological history.

While they search high and low, traverse the wilds, and fight the deadliest of all creatures—man—Dash and Dingo will face danger and discover another fierce passion within themselves: a desire for each other.

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Protests and Proposals

2009 Daily Dose | To Have and To Hold

Paul and Leo are comfortable in their committed relationship, content to coast there for the rest of their lives. But everything can change in one moment, and in the unlikeliest of places.

A part of the 2009 Daily Dose Set, To Have and to Hold, which includes 30 M/M romance stories providing a glimpse of the many forms of love: love at first sight or a love for the ages, wedding bells or engagements, or that inexplicable something that makes you think "I do," the men in these stories are all touched by its spell.

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Jason brought Pete to the ocean to recover from a mugging, but while the physical marks have faded, the emotional wounds aren't as quick to heal. Escaping to their own private world where the biggest challenge is catching the perfect wave, they both know they can't hide from the rest of the world forever. Sometimes it is just time to go home.

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