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Driven Snow

Pennymaker Tales
2015 Award Winners

A Pennymaker Tale

Young Snowden “Snow” Reynaldi is brilliant, beautiful, and alone. Though he’s shy, weird, and tolerated by the NorCal University students because he’s a renowned whiz at chess and helps put the school on the map, that doesn’t keep him from dreaming of the object of his desires: Riley Prince, championship quarterback.

When Riley needs a physics tutor, Snow jumps at the chance, and their relationship heats up—but Riley has to come out of the jock closet to get anywhere. Meanwhile, Snow’s one true friend and mentor, Professor Kingsley, marries a woman who secretly wants the chess tournament glory and money for herself. Soon after, the professor collapses and Snow finds himself underwater—literally. In a car!

Seven frat brothers from Grimm College rescue Snow just in time for his life to get even worse, and Snow discovers the one relationship he always wanted slipping away. With evil looming at every turn, Snow must survive if only to prove he’s the fairest of them all and regain the trust of his handsome prince.

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FAST Balls

Balls to the Wall

2nd Edition 

Sequel to Fire Balls

A Balls to the Wall Romance

Can two men with skewed self-images see their true reflections in each other’s eyes?

Jerry Wallender—firefighter, surfer, and occasional nude model—knows he’s no rocket scientist. So why does he keep choosing intellectual guys who make him feel dumber? He worked his buns off to overcome his reading disability and pass the firefighter’s test, and he loves everything about the job. Well, except for Mick Cassidy, the big, blond, hunky homophobe who harasses Jerry for being gay. But Jerry is smart enough to realize it’s not hate driving Mick, but the pain of a very unhappy upbringing.

Mick Cassidy, Firefighter Assist and Search Team, fights fires, but he can’t fight his attraction to the kindest, most generous—and sexiest—guy he’s ever met. Does that make him gay? If it does, he just might get himself killed by his gay-hating preacher father—and take Jerry down with him.

First Edition published by Etopia Press, 2013.

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Fire Balls

Balls to the Wall

2nd Edition

A Balls to the Wall Romance

Renowned artist Rodney Mansfield stands five foot six, has pink hair, six earrings, a black belt in karate—and a desperate yearning for firefighter Hunter Fallon. But Rod, the Runtback of Notre Dame, knows he’ll never land the beautiful “straight gay” guy, so Rod musters his altruism and helps his more masculine friend Jerry attract Hunter. As if a broken heart wasn’t enough, Rod saves Hunter from a firehouse homophobe—humiliating Hunter in front of his dad!

Hunter lives a dream life—his father’s dream. While he’d like to teach literature in college, read poetry in the sun, and find a strong guy to top him, he fights fires for his dad. Hunter hates flamboyant guys like Rodney. So why can’t he resist him? Maybe it’s time to admit this is one flame he has no desire to put out.

First Edition published by Etopia Press, 2012.

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Fool of Main Beach

Love in Laguna

A Love in Laguna Novel

Merle Justice wants to reach for the stars, but it’s tough to get respect when playing a teenybopper vampire on TV. Then he meets a famous director anxious to give him all he thinks he wants—and maybe a bit more. Everything’s looking up until a life-threatening encounter with some homophobes on Main Beach puts Merle face-to-face with a Sasquatch-sized hero in a pink puffer coat.

Tom Henry defies description. As unsophisticated and simple as an angel, he walks through life content with who he is and asking for very little except to care for his sister, Lily, and the dogs he loves. Then he meets Merle, the embodiment of dreams he barely knows he has. Merle knows the people who hold his future in their hands might love Tom—but they’ll never understand Merle and Tom together. Tom knows it too. With lives this far apart, who’s really the fool of Main Beach?

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High Balls

Balls to the Wall

A Balls to the Wall Romance

Though only twenty-six, single father Theodore Walters lives with his head in the clouds and his feet firmly planted in reality. At the center of his life is Andy, his seven-year-old son, with whom he shares no DNA, though nobody—including his religious-fanatic in-laws—knows that, and Theodore will do anything to keep them from finding out. Theodore works hard to get his PhD and the tenure and salary that might follow to make a better life for Andy—but the head of his department thinks his dissertation on Jane Austen and romance novels is frivolous.

Theodore’s carefully planned life goes off the rails when he walks into a popular Laguna Beach bar and meets the bartender, “Snake” Erasmo, a pierced and tattooed biker who sends Theodore’s imagination—and libido—soaring. Snake has even more secrets than Theodore and couldn’t be a less “appropriate” match, but he might be the only guy with the skills to show Theodore that happily ever after is for real.

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I cowboy non lo dicono

I cowboy non...

Un libro della serie I cowboy non...

Rand McIntyre ha deciso di accontentarsi nella vita. Ama il suo piccolo ranch in California e allevare cavalli, e adora insegnare a cavalcare ai bambini, ma per averne di suoi e avere accanto qualcuno da amare dovrebbe ammettere di essere gay, mettendo a repentaglio tutto quello che ha costruito. Poi, un giorno, nonostante la fobia degli aerei, va in vacanza con i genitori a Hana, nelle Hawaii, e conosce l’affascinante e misterioso Kai Kealoha, un autentico cowboy hawaiano. Rand si affeziona al fratellino e alla sorellina di Kai tanto quanto si infatua di lui, ma Kai sembra avere più aculei di un porcospino e più segreti dell’esotica terra da cui proviene.

Kai ha sempre mantenuto la sua riservatezza e vive per proteggere i suoi “bambini”. Per il bene di tutti dovrebbe starsene alla larga da quel bellissimo cowboy, ma visto che si tratta solo di un haole che sta facendo una breve vacanza, che potrebbe mai succedere? Quando le più terribili paure di Kai e gli incubi peggiori di Rand si avverano nello stesso momento, non c’è molta speranza per due cowboy che non possono, o non vogliono, dire di essere gay.

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Il Cavaliere di Ocean Avenue

Storie d’amore a Laguna

Un libro della serie Storie d’amore a Laguna 

Come si fa ad avere venticinque anni e non sapere di essere gay? È una domanda che Billy Ballew preferisce evitare. Ha lasciato presto il liceo, a malapena capace di leggere fino a quando non ha imparato come autodidatta. Con il suo lavoro da muratore ha aiutato i genitori e contribuito a far studiare le sorelle al college. Fa l’allenatore per una squadra di baseball della Little League e cerca di non pensare ai tre fidanzamenti falliti. Il terrore che prova quando deve sostenere degli esami gli impedisce di ottenere la licenza da impresario che tanto desidera, e la paura del giudizio di sua madre gli impedisce di vedere ciò che potrebbe davvero renderlo felice. 

Fino a quando, durante i preparativi per il grande matrimonio della sorella, non incontra Shaz – Chase Phillips – uno stilista emergente che incarna la parola gay. Agli occhi di Shaz, Billy possiede tutto ciò che ha sempre voluto in un uomo: forza, onestà, coraggio. Ma anche se Billy fosse gay, probabilmente non riuscirebbe a sopportare lo scandalo che scaturirebbe dall’uscire con una diva come lui. Come possono due uomini con così poco in comune trovare un modo per stare assieme? Lo Stilista dell’Anno coronerà la sua storia d’amore con il Cavaliere di Ocean Avenue?

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Il Fante di cuori spezzati

Storie d’amore a Laguna

Un libro della serie Storie d'amore a Laguna

Jim Carney ha un lavoro a tempo pieno: fuggire da se stesso. Nato in una famiglia benestante, è scappato di casa a sedici anni dopo aver rovinato la vita del suo migliore amico per colpa di un fumetto yaoi. Da allora conduce una vita molto “virile”: lavora come operaio, si ubriaca e scansa ogni responsabilità. Ma quando il suo migliore amico, Billy Ballew, gli offre l’occasione di un avanzamento di carriera, Jim decide che per una volta nella vita vuole rendere qualcuno orgoglioso di lui. Purtroppo il nuovo lavoro comporta una visita medica preventiva, ed ecco che il suo sogno yaoi prende vita nelle sembianze del cardiologo Ken Tanaka. Jim scopre di avere ben due problemi di cuore: una valvola mitrale difettosa e una seria attrazione verso il suo dottore. Ma Ken Tanaka non è tipo da relazione stabile, e Jim potrebbe essere solo una delle sue tante conquiste. Ken trova Jim indimenticabile, ma quell’uomo è anche l’incubo della sua tradizionalissima famiglia giapponese. E com’è possibile che non appena Jim decide di diventare una persona responsabile si ritrova in mezzo a mille guai? Il suo fratellino ha bisogno di lui, una ricca donna d’affari gli fa una proposta che non può rifiutare, dovrà scendere a patti con il diavolo, e per di più si ritrova ricoverato all’ospedale… ma tutto ciò che Jim desidera è il Fante di cuori spezzati.

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Kein Coming Out für Cowboys

Cowboys tun das nicht

Ein Titel der Cowboys tun das nicht Serie

Rand McIntyre  begnügt sich mit ausreichender Zufriedenheit. Er liebt seine kleine Ranch in Kalifornien, seine Pferdezucht und den Reitunterricht mit den Kindern, die er vergöttert – für eigene Kinder und einen geliebten Menschen in seinem Leben müsste er sich outen und damit alles, was er sich erarbeitet hat, aufs Spiel setzen. Dann begleitet er trotz seiner Flugangst seine Eltern zu einem Urlaub nach Hana in Hawaii, wo er den dunkelhaarigen, geheimnisvollen Kai Kealoha kennenlernt, einen echten hawaiianischen Cowboy. Rand mag Kais junge Geschwister und lechzt nach Kai, doch der Mann ist stachliger als eine Krötenechse und undurchschaubarer als seine exotische Heimat.

Kai hat sich ein zurückgezogenes Leben aufgebaut, in dem er „seine“ Kinder beschützen kann, und sollte sich zu seinem und ihrem Wohl von dem großen, gut aussehenden Cowboy fernhalten. Nur wie viel Schaden kann ein Haole bei einem kurzen Urlaub schon anrichten? Als jedoch Kais schlimmste Befürchtungen und Rands dunkelste Albträume Wirklichkeit werden, gibt es nicht viel Hoffnung für zwei Cowboys, die sich nicht outen können – oder wollen.

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Knave of Broken Hearts

Love in Laguna

A Love in Laguna Novel

Jim Carney has a full time job—running from himself. Since he walked out on his wealthy family at sixteen because he’d wrecked his best friend’s life over some yaoi graphic novels, Jim has lived a macho, blue-collar existence of too much booze and too little responsibility. Then Billy Ballew, the man Jim most admires, gives Jim a chance to come through as his construction supervisor. For once, Jim is determined to make someone proud. Then Jim goes in for a physical for his new job, and his yaoi dream comes to life in the form of cardiologist Ken Tanaka. Jim discovers he has two heart problems—a wonky mitral valve and a serious attraction to his doctor. But Ken is a major player, and Jim might be just a notch on the doc's stethoscope. To Ken, Jim is unforgettable—but the living embodiment of his traditional family’s worst nightmares. How come the minute Jim decides to be responsible, he finds himself taking care of his kid brother, getting a proposal from a wealthy woman, making a deal with the devil, and winding up in the hospital—when all he really wants is the Knave of Broken Hearts?

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Knight of Ocean Avenue

Love in Laguna
2015 Award Winners

A Love in Laguna Novel

How can you be twenty-five and not know you’re gay? Billy Ballew runs from that question. A high school dropout, barely able to read until he taught himself, Billy’s life is driven by his need to help support his parents as a construction worker, put his sisters through college, coach his Little League team, and not think about being a three-time loser in the engagement department. Being terrified of taking tests keeps Billy from getting the contractor's license he so desires, and fear of his mother's judgment blinds Billy to what could make him truly happy.

Then, in preparation for his sister’s big wedding, Billy meets Shaz—Chase Phillips—a rising-star celebrity stylist who defines the word gay. To Shaz, Billy embodies everything he’s ever wanted—stalwart, honest, brave—but even if Billy turns out to be gay, he could never endure the censure he’d get for being with a queen like Shaz. How can two men with so little in common find a way to be together? Can the Stylist of the Year end up with the Knight of Ocean Avenue?

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Un amour à Laguna, numéro hors série

Comment à vingt-cinq ans peut-on ignorer qu’on est gay ? C’est une question que Billy Ballew évite de se poser. Après l’échec de sa scolarité, il apprend à lire par sa propre volonté. Sa vie est conditionnée par son besoin d’aider ses parents en travaillant comme ouvrier du bâtiment, d’envoyer ses sœurs à l’université, d’entraîner son équipe junior de baseball et de ne surtout pas penser à ses trois échecs amoureux. Sa phobie des examens l’empêche de passer des validations pour devenir Entrepreneur en bâtiment comme il le souhaiterait, et la crainte du jugement de sa mère l’empêche de voir ce qui pourrait le rendre réellement heureux.

Puis, aux préparatifs du grand mariage de sa sœur, Billy rencontre Shaz  Chase Phillips – une étoile montante du stylisme qui est tout ce qu’il y a de plus gay. Pour Shaz, Billy incarne ce qu’il a toujours recherché : fidèle, honnête, courageux. Mais même si Billy se révèle être gay, sera-t-il capable de sortir avec quelqu’un comme Shaz ? Comment deux hommes que tout sépare réussiront-ils à être ensemble ? Est-ce que le Styliste de l’année et le chevalier de l’avenue de l'Océan peuvent s’aimer ?

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Les braises sous la cendre

Les contes de Pennymaker

Les contes de Pennymaker, numéro hors série

Mark Sintorella (surnommé Cendres) travaille sans relâche en tant que valet dans un hôtel de luxe le jour, et dessine des vêtements la nuit, dans l’espoir secret de réussir un jour à entrer en école de mode. Mais tous ses plans tombent à l’eau le jour où il rencontre Ashton Armitage, fils de la cinquième plus grosse fortune des États-Unis. Le Prince Ashton est sans conteste le jeune homme le plus séduisant que Mark ait jamais vu de sa vie.

Le testament du grand-père d’Ashton le contraint à se marier s’il veut toucher l’héritage familial, aussi décide-t-il d’épouser Kiki Fanderel. Ce que personne ne sait, c’est qu’en réalité, Ash est gay, et c’est le garçon qui nettoie les cheminées qui fait battre son cœur.

Pour compliquer encore la situation, l’étrange Carstairs Pennymaker, petit homme espiègle et facétieux, découvre que Mark est styliste et décide de lui faire porter ses créations en le faisant passer pour une femme, espérant ainsi impressionner les gourous de la mode qui séjournent à l’hôtel. Et lorsque sonnent les douze coups de minuit, le prince se retrouve confronté non pas à une, mais deux princesses. Seulement l’une d’entre elles n’est pas ce qu’elle semble être. À qui la chaussure ira-t-elle ? Seul le mystérieux Monsieur Pennymaker le sait…

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Ce que font les cowboys, numéro hors série 

Rand McIntyre  se contente d’une vie satisfaisante. Il aime son petit ranch en Californie, élever des chevaux et apprendre à monter aux enfants – mais pour avoir ses propres enfants et une personne à aimer, il serait obligé de révéler son homosexualité et cela mettrait en péril tout ce qu’il a construit. Un jour, malgré sa phobie de prendre l’avion, il part en vacances à Hana, Hawaii, avec ses parents et rencontre le ténébreux et mystérieux Kai Kealoha, un vrai cowboy hawaiien. Rand se prend d’affection pour le petit frère et la petite sœur de Kai autant qu’il s’éprend du jeune homme, mais Kai est plus piquant qu’un lézard à cornes et plus mystérieux que le territoire exotique dont il est originaire.

Kai tient à son intimité et vit pour protéger ses « enfants ». Pour le bien de tout le monde, il vaut mieux qu’il garde ses distances avec le beau et grand cowboy – mais comme cet homme n’est qu’un haole venu prendre de courtes vacances, peut-il vraiment causer des dommages ? Quand les plus grandes peurs de Kai et les cauchemars les plus atroces de Rand deviennent réalité, il y a peu d’espoir pour une relation entre deux cowboys qui ne peuvent pas – ou ne veulent pas – se révéler au grand jour.

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Le valet des cœurs brisés

Un amour à Laguna

Un amour à Laguna, numéro hors série

Jim Carney a un travail à temps plein : se fuir lui-même. Depuis qu’il a quitté sa riche famille à seize ans, après avoir détruit la vie de son meilleur ami à cause de quelques mangas yaoi, Jim mène une existence d’ouvrier du bâtiment macho, avec un goût prononcé pour l’alcool et un rejet des responsabilités. C’est alors que Billy Ballew, l’homme qu’il admire le plus, lui donne l’occasion de prouver sa valeur en le nommant chef de chantier. Pour la première fois, Jim est déterminé à rendre quelqu’un fier.

Mais, alors qu’il s’apprête à passer un examen médical pour son nouveau travail, Jim voit son fantasme yaoi prendre vie en la personne du cardiologue Ken Tanaka. Il se découvre ainsi deux problèmes de cœur : une valve mitrale défectueuse et une attirance irrésistible pour son médecin. Néanmoins, Ken est un vrai tombeur et Jim craint de n’être qu’une encoche de plus à son stéthoscope. Quant à Ken, Jim lui paraît inoubliable, mais il incarne le pire cauchemar de sa famille à cheval sur les traditions.

Pourquoi faut-il qu’au moment où il décide de se montrer responsable, Jim se retrouve à s’occuper de son petit frère, à recevoir une proposition de la part d’une femme aisée, signant ainsi un pacte avec le diable, et à finir à l’hôpital, quand il ne désire qu’une chose : son valet des cœurs brisés ?

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Lord of a Thousand Steps

Love in Laguna
2016 Award Winners

A Love in Laguna Novel

To architecture student Ian Carney, family means everything. Taken in by his brother, Jim, when his father threw him out at eighteen for being gay, Ian yearns to create his own family with his boyfriend, Rico. But Rico’s in Mexico caring for a sick father, Ian hasn’t had sex in a month and a half, and his gorgeous boss, Braden Lord, CEO of the architectural firm Ian interns for, is looking better and better.

Braden’s life is chaos. Just out of the closet and going through an ugly divorce from his wife of fifteen years who’s trying to take custody of his two children, he desperately resolves not to succumb to a completely inappropriate attraction to Ian—even though his kids adore both the man and his crazy cat.

When Rico proves to be a snake in the grass and Ian exercises his powers of seduction, what starts as a “friends with benefits” fling turns into real life real fast. Can Ian give up his romantic dreams for an “old guy” who didn’t come out until he carried a mountain of baggage? It’ll only take a thousand steps.

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