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Sweet Anticipation

2019 Advent Calendar | Homemade for the Holidays
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Greg Hansen’s pregnant sister is on bed rest, so it falls to Greg to finalize the arrangements for her best friend’s bachelorette party. Little does he know he’s in for a sweet surprise. When he arrives at the bakery recommended to him, he comes face to face with the man he never should’ve let get away—Rhys Denning.

Rhys’s business is booming with the holidays approaching, so he can’t agree to cater the party without help—and that means Greg getting his hands dirty in the kitchen, where the two reconnect over sugar, spice, holiday goodies of all kinds, and even some penis-shaped baguettes! But the most satisfying treat might be the second chance they never thought they’d get.

 

A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2019 Advent Calendar "Homemade for the Holidays."

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The Santa Project

2019 Advent Calendar | Homemade for the Holidays
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Working at the Craft Emporium keeps Adam Martinez busy during the holiday season he absolutely hates. Enter elementary schoolteacher David Okoye, who can’t get enough of Christmas or craft supplies. David is cute, wholesome, and Adam can’t deny a little bit of a crush.

Making the holidays special for his students is only part of the reason David makes excuses to go to the Craft Emporium. He also holds a torch for Adam. He takes it as a personal challenge to show Adam how to enjoy the holidays when he asks Adam to teach him to knit. David promises the holidays can be wonderful when shared with the right people, but how can they share them when David is going home to his family and Adam will be left all alone?

 

A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2019 Advent Calendar "Homemade for the Holidays."

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Cuando todo se calme

En el momento perfecto
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Un libro de historias "En el momento perfecto"

La vida previsible de Glenn Holloway terminó el día que le confesó a su familia que era homosexual. Como si eso no fuera suficiente, le echó sal a la herida al alejarse del rancho en el que había crecido para abrir el restaurante con el que siempre había soñado. Sin el apoyo de su padre y su hermano, y demasiado orgulloso para aceptar la ayuda de cualquier otra persona, tuvo que empezar de cero. Con el tiempo, todo salió bien: Glenn estableció con éxito un negocio sólido, creó un nuevo hogar y se forjó una vida de la que podía estar orgulloso.

A pesar de su éxito, el distanciamiento de los Holloway sigue siendo una herida que no logra sanar del todo, y una llamada pidiendo ayuda se convierte en la peor pesadilla de Glenn. Atado a una promesa, Glenn vuelve a sus orígenes para lidiar con Rand Holloway y encontrándose cara a cara con Mac Gentry, un hombre demasiado atractivo para el propio bien de Glenn. Todo esto podría conducir al desastre, por la débil reconexión con su familia y por el deseo que no sabía que albergaba en su corazón.

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Waves of Winter

World of Love
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The west coast of Vancouver Island is one of the few places to boast world-class winter surfing, and Vancouverite Kellan Tremblay hits the waves as often as possible. On the ferry crossing to the island, he meets Australian Jax Colston. Jax is there for some snowboarding. He’s intrigued to discover that not only is winter surfing a thing, but you can surf and ski in the same day. Sensing a kindred spirit, Kellan offers to play tour guide and gives Jax a place to stay in his spare room.

The two men bond over all things surf and snow, and it isn’t long before their passion for life lands them in bed together. Neither wants the week of cold days and hot nights to end, but Jax has to go home soon. Still, Jax doubts he’ll stay away for long. The draw of fresh powder, the long hot nights and the thrill of just being with Kellan will keep him coming back for a long time....

World of Love: Stories of romance that span every corner of the globe.

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Después del anochecer

En el momento perfecto
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Un libro de historias "En el momento perfecto"

Dos años después de cabalgar hacia el ocaso con Rand Holloway, el dueño de un rancho, Stefan Joss ha hecho las paces provisionalmente con su nueva vida, enseñando en una facultad de la comunidad. Pero el río del verdadero amor jamás fluyó tranquilo. Rand quiere que él se quede en casa, pero Stef necesita una vía de escape en caso de que Rand decida echarlo en algún momento. Finalmente, después de reconocer lo injusto que estaba siendo, Stef se compromete, y Rand está como loco de contento.

Cuando Stef tiene la oportunidad de probar su devoción, no lo duda, a pesar de arriesgar su vida en el proceso, y Rand aprovecha la oportunidad para mostrarles a todos que a veces las mejores sorpresas de la vida suceden después de anochecer.

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Power Players

States of Love
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Jeffrey knows the underbelly of Washington, DC, well. Once homeless, he’s now the director of a massive coalition of shelters. The last person he’s interested in meeting is wealth consultant Derek T. Hinsdale III, another slick-talking, privileged jerk. Jeffrey has had enough of those.

But Derek’s latest project could impact Jeffrey’s organization—with a multimillion-dollar gift awarded at a special dinner and ceremony. Jeffrey and Derek seem so different, but in their convictions, they find common ground, and the heat they call up in each other can’t be ignored. Can they salvage a disastrous evening and a painful reminder of Jeffrey’s past?

States of Love: Stories of romance that span every corner of the United States.

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Ouvert et sans inhibitions, Ian McVeigh vit sans attaches depuis des années, alors il ne peut s’imaginer le désir inattendu et la possessivité qui s’emparent de lui en voyant pour la première fois David, un joueur de rugby sans emploi, ainsi que le nouveau jouet délicieux de son patron. David Kelly est un escroc et bien trop beau pour remarquer Ian, un homme avec trop peu de moyens pour le charmer. 

Mais un jour, David ne fait pas que le regarder, il le caresse, flirte et fait tout pour inviter Ian à prendre la place de son sugar daddy. Mais sera-t-il capable de se libérer des murs qu’il a bâtis autour de lui ? Ian ne connaît pas beaucoup le passé de David et ce qu’il ignore pourrait les blesser tous les deux. 

Ian dit que le passé de David importe peu, mais quand il le voit avec un autre homme d’âge mûr, il saute tout de suite aux conclusions. Les deux hommes devront affronter la vérité ou risquer de se perdre pour de bon.

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A case of mistaken identity could lead to love for an aloof starship captain and a brilliant if underappreciated mechanic from the sticks—if they can survive the dangerous mission assigned to them.

Ginnovi Oshwald just needs someone to give him a chance. He can keep anything running, despite the “spark” his body produces that sometimes wreaks havoc with electronics. Gin gets his chance when Captain Lian Hartford comes to Tallahassee in search of a mechanic. The trouble is, he’s looking for Gin’s sister. But since he only has a name to go by, Gin tells a little white lie. What could go wrong?

Lian loves his ship and his work as a diplomat but has difficulty connecting with others—only partly because of his mixed human and alien heritage. Something about the eccentric mechanic intrigues him, though, and their easy friendship could become more… if they live long enough to broker peace between humanity and a hostile race while pacifying a crew that thinks Gin belongs in prison.

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Der sechsundvierzigjährige Eddie Hightower hat ein Problem. Er ist einsam. Das einzige, was ihn daran hindert, dieser Realität ins Auge zu sehen, ist die Tatsache, dass er nicht allein ist. Er hat ein ganzes Haus voller Haustiere und ein Tierheim voller Streuner und ausgesetzter Tiere, für die er ein neues Zuhause sucht. Obwohl er seine Arbeit von ganzem Herzen liebt und sie ihm viel Freude bereitet, fehlt seinem armen, alten Herzen ein entscheidendes Etwas. Und Eddie weiß auch genau, was es ist. Liebe.

Aber halt! Einsatz des Orchesters. Plötzlich und unverhofft passiert es. In der kleinen Stadt Spangle in der Wüste Kaliforniens taucht ein fremder junger Mann mit stechenden grauen Augen auf. Es sind die hellsten und wunderschönsten Augen, die Eddie jemals gesehen hat. Der arme Eddie Hightower wird in ihre silbrigen Tiefen gezogen und verschwindet mit einem Gurgeln. Der Name des Fremden ist Gray Grissom. Gray, wie seine Augen grau sind. Ohne zu zögern öffnet Eddie dem verlorenen jungen Mann seine Tür – und sein Herz. Schließlich ist das Eddies Job. Er gibt Streunern ein Zuhause. Aber diesen speziellen Streuner will Eddie ganz für sich allein behalten.

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Martin Graham built his business from the ground up with hard work and intuition. Due to a degenerative eye disease, he’s learned to rely on his other senses to feel out the competition. To realize his dream, he just needs to broker one last deal… and finally secure an assistant.

Brock Littleton is desperate for money—desperate enough take the job no one else wants: assistant to demanding, fussy, intensely private Mr. Graham.

Everything about Brock gets under Martin’s skin in ways he never expected, making him realize a successful business isn’t the only component to a happy future. But as Martin’s deal comes together, one of the prices could be the relationship with Brock that Martin is just starting to believe could be real.

Previously published in Boundless Love Anthology by Andrew Grey, 2018.

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Ian McVeigh è un seduttore felicemente single da anni, disinibito e apertamente gay, che non riesce a spiegarsi l’inaspettato desiderio e il sentimento di protezione che prova quando incontra David: rugbista, disoccupato e nuovo delizioso amante del suo capo. David Kelly è un mantenuto, e decisamente al di fuori della sua portata. È impossibile che un ragazzo così esigente e affascinante presti un briciolo di attenzione a un uomo come lui, con pochi mezzi per corteggiarlo.

Eppure, un giorno, David non solo lo guarda, ma lo tocca, lo stuzzica, e fa di tutto meno che invitare Ian a rubarlo al suo protettore. Ma David non può permettere a niente e a nessuno di abbattere i muri protettivi che ha costruito attorno a sé con tanta attenzione. Ian non sa molto del suo passato, e quello che non sa potrebbe nuocere a entrambi.

Ian sostiene che i trascorsi di David non abbiano importanza, ma quando lo vede con un ricco uomo maturo, pensa immediatamente al peggio. Dovranno entrambi imparare a essere onesti, se non vorranno restare da soli per sempre.

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What do you do when when your lover is out to kill you? 

After university, Johnny dated a mysterious and influential man who never disclosed his profession. Now, following a quarrel, Johnny suffers a series of attacks—attempts on his life that his lover has the power and influence to perpetrate. 

With nowhere else to turn, he must rely on his childhood best friend. But can Johnny trust him? With time running out and the world against him, Johnny must solve the mystery himself if he wants to survive.

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Parfois, les meilleurs moments de la vie sont ceux auxquels on s’attend le moins.

Joe Cohen a consacré les deux dernières années de sa vie à une seule chose : prendre soin de Kade Bosa. Kade est son colocataire, son meilleur ami, et ensemble, ils tiennent une agence de détectives privés. Même si leur relation n’est pas exactement celle dont il rêverait, Joe se refuse à forcer les choses. Kade a déjà suffisamment souffert, et Joe est son seul soutien.

Rejeté par sa famille, Joe connaît la peur de se retrouver seul au monde, mais il était loin d’imaginer qu’un jour son passé et celui de Kade entreraient en collision. Pourtant, l’affaire sur laquelle ils enquêtent les amène à découvrir des éléments qui pourraient bien mettre en péril leur relation, qu’elle soit privée ou professionnelle…

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Ian McVeigh, geoutet und ungehemmt, hat seit Jahren eine flüchtige Beziehung nach der anderen. Deshalb kann er die ungewohnten Gefühle nicht einordnen, die der arbeitslose Rugby Spieler David – das neueste und höchst verlockende Spielzeug seines Bosses – bei ihm auslöst: eine Mischung aus Begehren und Beschützerinstinkt. Aber David Kelly ist ein Callboy und ein paar Nummern zu groß für Ian. Der bezaubernde, aber geldgierige David würde sich nie mit einem Mann wie Ian abgeben, der nicht die Mittel hat, ihn zu umwerben.

Dennoch beachtet David Ian eines Tages nicht nur, er berührt ihn, flirtet mit ihm und fordert ihn geradezu auf, ihn seinem Gönner abspenstig zu machen. Aber David kann niemanden zu nahe an sich heranlassen. Ian weiß nicht viel über Davids Vergangenheit und das, was er nicht weiß, kann ihnen beiden schaden.

Ian sagt, dass Davids Vergangenheit keine Rolle spielt, aber als er David mit einem älteren Mann sieht, nimmt er sofort das Schlimmste an. Beide Männer müssen sich der Wahrheit stellen, um einander nicht endgültig zu verlieren.

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Sinders & Ash (Deutsch)

Eine Pennymaker Geschichte
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Mark Sintorella (Sinders) arbeitet fleißig als Putzmann in einem Ferienhotel, während er heimlich Kleider entwirft und hofft, eines Tages auf eine Modeschule gehen zu können. Dann wird sein sorgfältig geplantes Leben durch die Ankunft von Ashton Armitage auf den Kopf gestellt. Ash ist der Sohn des fünftreichsten Mannes von Amerika – und der schönste Mann, den Mark jemals zu Gesicht bekommen hat. Ash muss eine Frau finden, um das Erbe seines Großvaters nicht zu verlieren. Er entscheidet sich für Bitsy Fanderel. Doch Ash ist insgeheim schwul und als er den jungen Mann sieht, der die Asche aus seinem Kamin fegt, fängt Ashs Herz Feuer.

Richtig in Gang gebracht wird die Sache schließlich durch Carstairs Pennymaker, einen Elf von einem Mann, der Mark überredet, sich als junge Frau zu verkleiden und seine eigenen Kreationen vorzuführen, um potenzielle Mode-Investoren zu beeindrucken, die in dem Hotel zu Gast sind. Als die Uhr Mitternacht schlägt, bewerben sich zwei wunderschöne junge Prinzessinnen um Ashs Hand – aber eine von ihnen ist keine Frau. Wird ihr der Schuh passen? Nur Mr Pennymaker weiß, wie dieses Märchen ausgeht.

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The Yuchae Blossom

World of Love | South Korea
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Can two men find happiness in a country that doesn’t accept their love? 

When Jack Calloway is transferred to his firm’s South Korean branch on Jeju Island, he’s assigned a valet, the beautiful but shy Song Woo-bin. He stirs feelings Jack has rarely experienced for another man, but everything seems to be against them—Jack is older and Song Woo-bin’s supervisor. He is just beginning to understand the new culture surrounding him even as he accepts his own desires for the first time, and Song Woo-bin is closeted, inexperienced, and estranged from his family. Their path to each other is full of obstacles and societal disapproval. Will the two men eventually come together amid the clash and complement of Eastern and Western culture… and find a home among the yuchae blossoms?

World of Love: Stories of romance that span every corner of the globe.

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Happiness might be waiting at the end of the rainbow, but will it come with a price?

Devon’s down on his luck—he’s lost his job and discovered his boyfriend is cheating on him. His neighbor, Johnny, is not only cute, he also has a big secret: he’s a leprechaun with a pot of gold… and the ability to grant wishes.

Can Devon wish his way out of the hole he’s found himself in? He’d like a new job, some revenge on his lying ex, and maybe even love. Johnny can give him what he wants, but it won’t come for free… or in the ways Devon expects. Can he trust a sexy leprechaun to help him make a new start and wish himself into the arms of the man of his dreams?

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Small dogs can make big changes… if you open your heart.

Carter Embree always hoped someone might rescue him from his productive, tragically boring, and (slightly) ethically compromised life. But when an urchin at a grocery store shoves a bundle of fluff into his hands, Carter goes from rescuee to rescuer—and he needs a little help.

Sandy Corrigan, the vet tech who eases Carter into the world of dog ownership, first assumes Carter is a crazy-pants client who just needs to relax. But as Sandy gets a glimpse of the funny, kind, sexy man under Carter’s mild-mannered exterior, he sees that with a little care and feeding, Carter might be “Super Pet Owner”—and decent boyfriend material to boot.

But Carter needs to see himself as a hero first. As he says goodbye to his pristine house and hello to carpet treatments and dog walkers, he finds there really is more to himself than a researching drudge without a backbone. A Carter Embree can rate a Sandy Corrigan. He can be supportive. He can be a man who stands up for his principles!

He can be the owner of a small dog.

Second Edition
First Edition published by Riptide Publishing, November 2016

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