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Le goût du risque

Perspectives | Tome 2

Perspectives, tome 2

Quand Lil Lampert rencontre Grier Dilorio au Festival du Goût de Chicago, cette aventure censée n’être qu’un bref intermède passionné devient vite plus profonde. Lil est architecte, il vit à San Francisco, il n’est là que pour quelques jours d’une visite à ses bons amis, Jody William et Clark Stevena. Il n’avait pas prévu de s’attacher à un homme plus jeune que lui, même s’il partage son intérêt pour l’art du bâtiment et la décoration intérieure. Mais dès que Lil découvre le fétichisme secret que Grier cache sous ses airs de mauvais garçon, il en veut davantage.

Extérieurement, le jeune homme affiche ses tatouages, sa Harley, sa passion du cuir et de la vitesse, mais Lil découvre en lui d’autres aspects : un homme tendre et aimant, un père responsable. Le petit Luca va bientôt avoir sept ans et Grier aimerait faire officiellement reconnaître ses droits. Il en rêve sans oser se lancer dans la bataille juridique. L’amour et les conseils de Lil l’aideront à faire des choix qui lui permettront d’envisager un avenir commun, mais aussi de réclamer la garde partagée de son fils.

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Ride-Off

Polo Series | Book Two

Polo: Book Two
Sequel to Fire Horse

Finally reunited, Preston Fawkes and Konrad Schnell put family and obligations aside, preferring to remain in seclusion on Ned’s estate to get reacquainted. Unfortunately, reality can only be held off for so long, and they return to Texas to reclaim the life they put on pause. Trying to strike the right balance between business, family, and romance requires ongoing effort, and the challenges begin shortly after they arrive.

At the top of the list is Bandi, Konrad’s son, and his desire to play polo. A close second is Conrad “Sasha” Fawkes, Preston’s actor son who’s struggling to succeed on Broadway. And last, but certainly not least, is Paloma, the fiery Argentinean beauty Preston sired after a passionate tango.

Blending the interests and needs of three grown children is difficult at best and almost impossible when agendas collide and old secrets are unearthed. The situation comes to a head when the family gathers in San Antonio for Thanksgiving, throwing Preston and Konrad into a maelstrom they must weather as best they can, or they’ll face a major ride-off that could throw the game before it even starts.

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Daddio

Horizons Series | Book Three

Sequel to Taste
Horizons Series: Book Three

Six months after meeting at the Taste of Chicago, Lil Lampert and Grier Dilorio are living together. Their physical bond glows brighter than ever, but the couple soon realizes that it takes more than three magic words and outstanding sex to make a partnership work.

Like any fledgling, Grier is learning how to navigate his new life. His problems should have ended when Jillian signed the papers acknowledging him as Luca’s biological father and he got the opportunity to pursue a career in interior design. Instead, he’s hampered by old fears and bad habits that are hard to let go.

Adjusting to a small apartment in a four-season state—with a much younger man sporting a stubborn streak—is a challenge for Lil. His position as Luca’s “Daddio” is a delicate balancing act between doing what he thinks is right and deferring to Grier’s eight years of experience.

Life is stressed enough, but now Lil and Grier also face an unexpected complication from a powerful, far-reaching ruling body. Suddenly Luca’s safety—and their happiness as an emerging family—depends on Lil's keen understanding of human nature and Grier's willingness to learn.

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In June of 1978, Grady Ormond, eighteen-year-old son of diplomat Peter Ormond, accompanies his father to his new posting as US Ambassador to Pakistan. Neighboring Iran is on the brink of a civil war, with the monarchy in danger of being overthrown.

Grady will be leaving for New York City in late August to study cinematography and has been warned to keep his homosexual orientation tightly under wraps while on vacation. Repercussions in the predominantly Islamic region could be severe.

On their first night in Karachi, his father hosts a cocktail party to meet the local dignitaries. Grady is introduced to His Highness Prince Kamran Izadi, nephew of the shah of Iran. Twenty-three-year-old Kamran has recently returned from the UK, where he spent eleven years, first as a student, and then as a financial analyst.

The attraction is immediate—unforeseen and dangerously powerful—but neither one dares to make a move. Odds are so stacked against them it's futile to even entertain a friendship, but they do, and their world tilts precariously.

With his country in turmoil and Grady about to leave for college, Kamran makes a decision that will change their lives forever.

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Chyna Doll

Horizons Series | Book Four

Horizons Series: Book Four

Lil Lampert’s forty-fifth birthday turns the effervescent architect into a brooding mess, and his partner, Grier Dilorio, takes him to Italy to help him regain his zest for life. The timing is bad—almost-fifteen-year-old Luca has just started high school, and his mother and stepfather are also traveling. Luca is left in the care of Chicago Bear, Clark Stevens, and his partner, Dr. Jody Williams.

Growing up with two dads and two gay uncles has given Luca a unique perspective on gender roles, but not all the answers. He’s had a secret crush on his straight best friend, Chip, for years. Suddenly, Luca finds himself attracted to Chyna, Chip’s twin sister. Now he's wondering if this means he’s bisexual.

Born with a sexual development disorder, Chyna should have been raised as a male, but due to an epic parenting fail, is being raised as female. Hiding the truth becomes more difficult when Chyna hits puberty, and crushing over Luca adds another element to Chyna’s struggle to fit in.

Is Luca's moral compass strong enough to guide him successfully through this period of discovery or will he succumb to peer pressure and shatter Chyna's dreams for happiness?

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Taste

Horizons Series | Book Two

Horizons Series: Book Two

What should have been a brief interlude turns into something deeper when Lil Lampert meets Grier Dilorio at the Taste of Chicago. Lil is in town visiting good friends Jody Williams and Clark Stevens, and he didn’t plan to hook up with a younger man and discover a mutual love for architecture, interior design, and a unique sexual kink that keeps Lil coming back for more.

By all appearances, Grier is the quintessential bad boy who loves speed, tattoos, and leather, but Lil slowly uncovers another side: selfless, responsible, and tender, especially for  Luca, the son he’s had to deny. With Lil’s love and support, Grier will make a decision key to opening the door to a possible future together, one that includes fatherhood, something Lil has dreamed of but has never dared to explore.

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Nouvel horizon

Perspectives | Tome 1

Perspectives, tome 1

Clark Stevens joue au football à l’université au poste de wide receiver. Exceptionnellement doué, il a de bonnes chances d’être recruté par la NFL – la Ligue Nationale du Football – mais il a aussi quelques handicaps à gérer : une compagne trop possessive, un père manipulateur et étroit d’esprit, un déficit de l’attention et une attirance inattendue, mais très forte, envers le médecin – un homme ! – qui le traite aux urgences pour un bras cassé après un accident au cours d’un match.

Le Dr Jody Williams reçoit du joueur des signaux conflictuels. Il ne peut ignorer son désir pour Clark, parce qu’il lui paraît évident que le jeune homme ressent la même chose. Le médecin étant gay et fier de l’être, la solution à ce dilemme lui semble très simple. Mais pas pour Clark, très loin de là ! Après une enfance consacrée à surmonter de graves difficultés, le joueur vit depuis des années dans le déni. Et ni sa famille ni le monde du football n’acceptent l’homosexualité.

La situation, quel que soit l’angle d’approche, s’annonce comme le Super Bowl des désastres. Clark devra décider s’il vaut mieux pour lui s’en tenir à la vie qu’il connaît… ou au contraire tenter sa chance de découvrir avec Jody un nouvel horizon.

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Fractured

Bay Area Professionals

Bay Area Professionals

Roque “Ro” Celdran dreams of a better life, far away from the hand-to-mouth existence of his migrant worker family. He moves to San Francisco to study Landscape Design but finds himself short of cash. Tony, Ro’s identical twin, comes up with a plan to help Ro make ends meet. The BDSM club Tony frequents is looking for gay men to act as submissives to the Dommes-in-training. Ro reluctantly takes the job and falls headfirst into a world he neither understands nor desires.

Lance Roberts is the new doctor at the dental practice started by Scott Gregory and Robin Kennedy. On the surface, he seems to have it all: the Mensa IQ, blond and blue-eyed good looks, and the determination to make it in his competitive field. Underneath lies a frustrated Dom in search of the perfect sub who can handle his obsessive behavior and debilitating need for control.

When Ro ends up in Lance’s dental chair, the last thing either one expects is a physical and mental connection. Ro’s attraction to “White Bread” never pans out, and Lance’s weakness for Latinos always leads to a dead end. Could this time be different? What happens between the two alphas leads to a lot of soul-searching and some surprising conclusions.

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Père et Fils

Perspectives | Tome 3

Suite de Le Goût du risque
Perspectives, tome 3

Six mois après leur première rencontre au Festival du Goût de Chicago, Lil Lampert et Grier Dilorio vivent ensemble. Leur relation est plus forte que jamais, mais le couple réalise très vite qu’il faut plus que du sexe et trois mots magiques pour réussir une vie à deux.

Comme tout néophyte, Grier doit apprendre à gérer sa nouvelle vie. Il pensait ses problèmes résolus après avoir obtenu la signature de Jillian lui reconnaissant enfin ses droits de père biologique de Luca et l’opportunité de poursuivre une carrière d’architecte d’intérieur. Il réalise au contraire être toujours hanté par d’anciennes terreurs et mauvaises habitudes.

Quant à Lil, il trouve difficile de devoir s’ajuster à l’étroitesse de son nouvel appartement, au terrible hiver de Chicago, et à la compagnie d’un jeune particulièrement entêté. Sa position de ‘beau-père’ de Luca est délicate : Lil doit trouver le juste équilibre entre agir selon ses convictions et se soumettre aux huit ans d’expérience de Grier en tant que père.

Alors que leur vie est déjà stressante, Lil et Grier font face à une nouvelle complication : l’intolérance d’une institution aussi puissante que tentaculaire. Luca est en danger. Aussi bien sa sécurité que le bonheur de la petite famille nouvellement constituée dépendront de la parfaite compréhension qu’a Lil de la nature humaine et du désir d’apprendre de Grier.

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Horizons

Horizons Series | Book One

2nd Edition

Horizons Series: Book One

College football player Clark Stevens, a popular wide receiver with a potential NFL contract, has a few problems. He's got a jealous girlfriend, a narrow-minded and controlling father, an attention problem, and an unexpected and powerful attraction to the trauma doctor—the male trauma doctor—who treats him for a broken bone.

Dr. Jody Williams is getting some really mixed signals. He can't ignore how much he wants Clark, because it's obvious Clark feels the same way. For the out and proud doctor, the solution seems very simple. For Clark, it's not! His world is not gay-friendly, and the obstacles he's faced have led him to deny his sexuality for years.

It's the Super Bowl of disasters, no matter how you look at it. In the end, Clark has to decide if he's going to stick with the only life he's ever known or take a chance on a new one with Jody.

First Edition published by Dreamspinner Press, April 2009.

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Fire Horse

Polo Series | Book One
2013 Award Winners

Polo: Book One

Preston Fawkes is ten the first time he meets fifteen-year-old Konrad Schnell at the San Antonio Polo Club. Captivated by the mystique surrounding the sport of kings, Pres vows to learn the game at the hands of his newly acquired friend and mentor. The hero worship soon grows into something deeper, but the friends are separated when Preston goes off to boarding school in England.

The relationship that follows is riddled with challenges―their age gap, physical distance, and parental pressure taking precedence over feelings yet to be explored. Although their bond goes deep, they deal with the reality of their situation differently: Preston is open and fearless while Konrad is reticent and all too aware of the social implications of making a public stand.

Their paths intersect and twine, binding them as tightly as a cowboy’s lasso, but fate may alter their plans. How will love overcome the divots in the turf as they gallop toward the future—one where obstacles no longer stand in their way?

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Olympic figure skater Emory Lowe falls in lust the moment he lays eyes on his new neighbor, hockey player Nikolai Vetrov. On the surface, Nik is a typical badass enforcer, intimidating and dangerous, on and off the ice. The only son of Ukrainian immigrants, Nik has been groomed from childhood to fulfill his father’s dreams of seeing him in the Hockey Hall of Fame. Igor guides his son toward that goal with a controlling—and abusive—hand, steering him clear of anyone who might ruin his chances.

Although Emory is the US National Figure Skating champion, he’s in-your-face gay, and his audacious persona rubs Nik and his family the wrong way. Raised by supportive and loving parents, Emory is Nik’s polar opposite in every way but one—his desire to succeed. Underneath the fluff and glitter beats the heart of a fierce competitor, and this side of Emory’s personality begins to close the distance between the two athletes.

While the attraction is one-sided in the beginning, Nik finds himself responding to Emory’s flirting. But before the incongruous pair have a chance at any sort of relationship, they must survive the pressures of career, separation, and most importantly, Igor’s ruthless homophobia.

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Forged in Trust

Bay Area Professionals

Bay Area Professionals

Dr. Ethan Marshall is the young medical student on call the night Tessa Duran murders her husband for abusing her twelve-year-old-son, Rino. Ethan stays in the cubicle while the rape kit is performed and is surprised when the boy resorts to prayers instead of tears.

Despite compelling evidence, Tessa is sent to jail for life. To avoid placing Rino in foster care, their parish priest agrees to raise him. Ethan is touched by Rino’s plight and visits whenever possible, but the connection is broken when the priest and young boy leave the area months later.

Raised by the Dominicans in California, Rino considers joining the order until a romance blossoms with a fellow student. After much soul-searching, he turns his back on everything familiar, and chooses his orientation over his perceived vocation. Upon graduating dental hygiene school, Rino takes a job at the office of Scott Gregory and Robin Kennedy.

Seventeen years have passed since that horrible night in the emergency room. Forty-three-year-old Ethan is now a Dominant in search of a full-time submissive. Twenty-nine-year-old Rino is adrift, longing for someone or something to help him find the serenity he’s lost along the way. As they rekindle their friendship, they realize they might be perfect for each other.

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Stories drive life. Sometimes life is good; sometimes life is bad. But it’s the nature of our community that in the aftermath of an act of hatred, we respond with love. Because darkness cannot exist in the presence of light. Cruelty cannot stand against compassion. Negativity will never overcome hope.

To show our support for those affected by the Orlando shooting, our authors, editors, artists, and staff have volunteered their talents to create this anthology. All proceeds will be donated to LGBT organizations in central Florida. Join us as we celebrate the triumph of love over every obstacle.

 

Jon Keys—A Single Night

Alicia Nordwell—About Best Friends & Boyfriends

Mickie B. Ashling—Adíos

M.T. Aspen —Asking for Trouble

M.A. Church—Chasing Tyme

Caitlin Ricci—Coming Out

George Seaton—Cucurrucucú

Jayce Ellis—Dance

Bree Cariad—Everyday Miracles

Chrissy Munder—Everything I Need

Ellis Carrington—For the First Time

Felicitas Ivey—Get Me to the Church Town Hall on Time

John Amory—Happy Pride

Grace R. Duncan—Hope

John Goode—Let Them Eat Cake

J. C. Long—Magical Boys Just Wanna Have Fun

Elizabeth Noble—Magicicada

Renee Stevens—More Than a Pact

Troy Storm—One Big Happy… Bunch

Connie Bailey—One Heart at a Time

Dev Bentham—Perfection

Andrea Speed—Pride

Laura Lascarso—Pull

Lila Leigh Hunter—Raffled Kiss

Emery C. Walters—Ranch Dressing

C.C. Dado—Read My Lips

Sera Kane—The Stag's Bane

KC Burn—The Tithe

Vicktor Alexander—The Wooing of the Marqués de Sierra de Outes

Edmond Manning—They Danced

 

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Open Case

The Open Series | Book Three

Sequel to Open House

The Open Series: Book Three

Seth Wilder and Bryce McFarland deal with the aftermath of Owen Lightfoot’s destructive rampage. Once again, the insurance company denies the life insurance benefit despite the compelling evidence regarding the underlying cause of Mark’s death. However, they acknowledge their former employee’s complicity in the multiple crimes that have blindsided Seth and Bryce. They settle to keep their name out of the news, offering the couple a million dollars apiece, which they accept.

Owen learns of the big payoff and is determined to get his cut. Just when Bryce and Seth think it is all over, Owen reappears, and what follows tests the very limits of their endurance. Through the help of friends and relatives, Seth and Bryce find the strength to keep their relationship intact while seeking out the best way to stop Owen once and for all.

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Papi

Horizontes | Volumen 3

La secuela de Sabores

Volumen 3 de la serie Horizontes

Seis meses después de conocerse en los Sabores de Chicago, Lil Lampert y Grier Dilorio están viviendo juntos. Su vínculo físico es más sólido que nunca, pero pronto se dan cuenta de que se necesita más que tres palabras mágicas y sexo excelente para formar una pareja.

Como cualquier aprendiz, Grier está asimilando cómo navegar por su nueva vida. Sus problemas deberían haber terminado cuando Jillian firmó los papeles, reconociéndolo como padre biológico de Luca, y tuvo la oportunidad de comenzar con su carrera de diseñador, pero en lugar de eso, está obstaculizado por viejos temores y malos hábitos que son difíciles de romper.

Adaptarse a un diminuto apartamento, en una ciudad con un invierno muy riguroso al lado de un hombre más joven y terco, es todo un reto para Lil. Su posición como “papi” de Luca se convierte en un acto de equilibrio entre lo que él considera correcto y lo que indican los ocho años de experiencia paternal de Grier.

Su vida ya es lo suficientemente compleja, pero ahora Lil y Grier se van a tener que enfrentar a una nueva situación, que involucra una gran institución. Repentinamente la seguridad de Luca y su felicidad como familia dependen del profundo conocimiento de Lil de la naturaleza humana y de la voluntad de Grier para aprender.

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