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Mystic Man

States of Love | Connecticut
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When a series of personal crises prompt risk-averse research librarian Aaron Templeton to apply for a job on the other side of the country, nobody is more surprised than he is. He nearly runs home before the final interview except for one little problem: he has no home anymore. He put his condo on the market before he left California and it’s already sold. Only an encounter with free-spirited Connecticut native Cody Brown at the Mystic Seaport Museum staves off Aaron’s incipient panic attack.

Cody loves nothing better than introducing newcomers to the great features of his beloved home state, and when the newbie in question is a rumpled professorial type with the saddest blue eyes on the planet? Score! The attraction between the two men deepens as they explore Cody’s favorite spots, but when difficulties arise and Aaron’s insecurities threaten to overwhelm him, will Cody’s love be enough to keep him in Mystic?

 

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Take a journey into the past and meet the men who laughed, lived, and loved in a bygone era. This collection includes three short but sweet tales of infatuation, adventure, humor, and even a dash of the paranormal.

 

When Love Walked In

Private investigator Bruce Shannon’s cases of missing persons and infidelity don’t inspire warm feelings around Valentine’s Day. Luckily Bruce is quite happy with only his cat for companionship—until handsome Jace Scarret wanders off the street and into Bruce’s life.

 

In His Corner

Former world heavyweight boxing champion Jessie “the Demon” Dalton needs a cornerman, and Eli jumps at the chance, hoping for answers about why Jessie broke his heart years ago. It soon becomes clear that Jessie needs Eli in his corner—and in his life. Now all Eli has to do is convince Jessie.

 

Believe Me, Beloved

Robert Bradley dreams of singing on the radio, and when he attends the masked ball of handsome station owner Gabriel Chase, Robert has no idea his dream is about to take an unexpected paranormal turn.

 

In His Corner originally published by Torquere Press, Inc., September, 2012.

When Love Walked In originally published by Torquere Press, Inc., February, 2012.

Believe Me, Beloved originally published in Masks Off Anthology by Top Shelf, An imprint of Torquere Press Publishers, 2012.

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On dit que les opposés s’attirent, mais est ce qu’il est intelligent de céder à cette attraction ?

Le bibliothécaire Tristan Cooper n’arrive pas à rester à l'écart de Phillip, motard rebelle et sexy – l’homme est splendide –, mais Phillip le trouve forcément studieux et ennuyeux, comme tous les petits amis de Tristan. Pourtant, il rêve d’explorer son côté sauvage, cette part de lui même qu’il ne s’autorise à vivre que dans ses fantasmes, et peut être que Phillip le débauché est exactement la personne qu’il lui faut pour se sentir libre.

Phillip, coiffeur, et sexuellement expérimenté, croit aux fins heureuses plutôt qu’aux fins heureuses jusqu’à la fin de ses jours. L’expérience lui a appris à ne pas espérer plus, jusqu’à ce qu’il rencontre le doux et vulnérable Tristan, qui semble sincèrement s’intéresser à son cœur. Mais Phillip ne se fait pas suffisamment confiance pour être l’homme que Tristan voudrait plus d’une nuit.

Avec l’aide d’un couple de grands pères cupidons, Tristan et Phillip pourraient trouver le courage de sortir de leur zone de confort pour découvrir ce qui leur a manqué toute leur vie.

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Weber Yates’ Traum berühmt zu werden, ist im Begriff, sich auf einen Job als Ranchhelfer in Texas zu reduzieren. Seine einzige Beziehung besteht zu einem Mann, der für ihn eigentlich so weit außerhalb seiner Reichweite ist wie der Mond. Oder zumindest wie San Francisco, wo Weber einen Zwischenstopp einlegt. Er will ihn ein letztes Mal sehen, bevor er sich mit dem einfachen, einsamen Leben abfindet, dass ein Frosch wie er seiner Meinung nach verdient hat.

Cyrus Benning ist ein erfolgreicher Neurochirurg. Details entgehen ihm daher nie. Vom ersten Tag an hat er den Prinz in der Kleidung des gescheiterten Bullenreiters erkannt. Doch dabei zuzusehen, wie Web ihn stets auf Neue verlässt, wird immer schwerer und er ist nicht sicher, wie viel sein Herz noch ertragen kann. Jetzt hat Cyrus eine letzte Chance, Weber zu beweisen, dass es nicht dessen Job ist, der ihn zu Cyrus perfektem Mann macht, sondern Weber selbst. Mit der Hilfe der vor kurzem zerbrochenen Familie seiner Schwester ist er bereit, Weber zu zeigen, dass das Heim, das der Mann immer gesucht hat, schon immer genau hier – bei ihm – war. Cyrus hat vielleicht einmal ein Ultimatum gestellt, doch jetzt hat es sich zu einem Schwur gewandelt: Er wird Weber nie wieder aus seinem Leben lassen.

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Il fuoco del perdono

Il fuoco | Libro 3
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Seguito de Il fuoco del coraggio

Serie Il fuoco, Libro 3

I vigili del fuoco Lee Stanton e Dirk Krause hanno bisogno di una vacanza. Il lavoro sembra cospirare contro di loro e il giorno precedente la partenza devono combattere contro un incendio che reclama tre vite. Per fortuna, Lee e Dirk hanno una settimana intera in mare aperto per riprendersi.

Tutto va alla grande, finché non incontrano sulla nave proprio il padre di Dirk, un uomo infelice e dalle vedute ristrette. Tra la presenza del padre e il senso di colpa per le vite che non è riuscito a salvare, Dirk è certo che la sua crociera romantica sarà un fiasco. Ma salvare la vita di un passeggero gli permetterà anche di salvare un rapporto che credeva compromesso.

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Le pompier Jason « Jase » Weller et l'ambulancier Scott Bronson vivent une vie parfaite. Ils ont des métiers qu'ils aiment, travaillent ensemble, vivent ensemble et pendant leur temps libre, ils ne peuvent toujours pas se rassasier de l'autre. Et cela dure depuis six incroyables années. Puis, la veille de Noël, l'ancienne amante de Jase, Elsa, se présente à leur porte avec une fillette de six ans. La junkie complètement abrutie par la drogue prétend que Kerry est la fille de Jase et que c'est à son tour de s'occuper d'elle, puis elle tourne les talons et s'en va.

Choqué par le fait qu'Elsa est maintenant une junkie et qu'il a une fille dont il n'a jamais entendu parler, Jase n'en est pas moins à la hauteur de la tache comme père, et Scott lui offre son soutien total. Avoir une famille « instantanée » vient avec une multitude de défis, et les deux hommes font beaucoup d'efforts pour faire face aux changements radicaux dans leurs vies tout en faisant les choses bien pour Kerry.

Cela ne va pas être facile, et leur nouvelle situation les met, eux et leur relation, à rude épreuve. Ils auront besoin de tout l'amour qu'ils ont l'un pour l'autre – et l'amour qu'ils se découvrent pour leur fille – afin d'éviter de se séparer. 

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Love You So Madly

The Love You So Stories
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A Love You So Story

Ben Shane has it all… and he’d like to give some of it back. While he loves his job heading a foundation that funds worthy causes around the world, his engagement to one of America’s wealthiest men leaves him feeling more like a trophy wife than a valued partner. The first warning that his relationship might not be designed to last is his irresistible lust for Dusty Kincaid, the golden-haired, bright-eyed handyman for his company.

Though Dusty is odd for a twenty-three-year-old—no liquor, no sugar, and he can’t even drive—the more Ben gets to know Dusty, the more he admires him. But is Ben going to give up a guy who drives a Ferrari for one who takes the bus? He must be mad. Dusty knows he and Ben can never work. After all, Ben’s perfect… and Dusty isn’t. But Ben might surprise everyone with proof that he’s only mad in love.

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War Paint

States of Love | Georgia
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There’s an art to love.

Mural artist Ben has come from Tel Aviv to Atlanta to work on a commission. A successful artist, he’s still lonely and isolated after his family’s rejection. Ben is charmed and surprised when local soldier Eli mistakes him for homeless, and brings him a cup of coffee and a biscuit. This gesture opens the door. Eli is lost, trying to make sense of a future without the Army after a combat injury ends his career.

Art gives them a new language and a path forward. But lost men can reach out, desperate to hang on to anyone close. Is what they find together real, and the kind of love that will last?

 

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Le loup-garou Falco Gladstone avait su que Carter McCloud était son âme sœur quand ils étaient en cinquième, mais l’école et le système de foyers d’accueil les avaient séparés brutalement. Des années plus tard, Falco est le numéro deux de sa meute dans le Michigan, au service d’un oncle qui se soucie davantage de son pouvoir que du bien-être de leur peuple. L’alpha ordonne à Falco de se marier et d’avoir une descendance – mais Falco a déjà trouvé son âme sœur, et les âmes sœurs sont éternelles.

La vie solitaire de Carter est bouleversée quand il détecte une odeur familière apportée par le vent. Les âmes sœurs se sont peut-être retrouvées, mais leur bonheur éternel est loin d’être garanti. L’engagement de Falco envers Carter le met en désaccord avec les plans de son oncle, mais quand un des exécuteurs de l’alpha commence à prendre le couple en filature, quelque chose doit être fait. Quelque chose qui renforcera leur relation ou la détruira une fois pour toutes.

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Nerdy Little Secret

Coconut Cove | Book Two
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Coconut Cove: Book Two

Will a reunion between high school friends lead to romance—or regret?

Key West local Blair Fletcher goes from wallflower to star overnight. One day he’s waiting tables, and the next he’s thrust into a different world—as an actor on the new gay teen drama Coconut Cove. Playing queen-bee Ryder quickly makes him friends—and enemies—but it’s the set carpenter who’s had his heart since they were kids.

Blair always assumed golden god Sander Johansen was completely unattainable… and straight. Now that Sander has returned to their hometown, it seems Blair’s assumptions might have been wrong. As things heat up on set and in the bedroom, Blair has to realize he’s no longer the shy kid who never moved away from home and maybe it’s finally time for him to have the life, and love, he’s always wanted.

 

Second Edition

First Edition published by Wilde City Press, September 2014.

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Englishman Christian Hewler travels to 1920s Egypt as the man Friday to an eccentric American millionaire, hoping to make history and establish his name in archaeology. What he doesn’t count on is meeting brash hired gun Eric Lawless, an American cowboy working for a rival team, or the paranormal mystery that draws them in and has them facing down crazy archaeologists, dark entities, and even ancient gods.

From dark tombs to the burning-hot desert of the Egyptian landscape, Christian has to prove his mettle. During this dangerous game of cat and mouse, the reluctant partnership between Christian and Eric blossoms into more—maybe even a love that can last beyond the deception and terror hidden deep in the tombs of the Valley of the Kings.

 

Second Edition

First Edition published by Torquere Press, October 2006.

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Pur

Les Dieux | Tome 3
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Suite de Parfait

Les Dieux, tome 3

Zygi Wyatt est un Dom intimidant, mais il aspire à l’amour comme n’importe quel homme. Cependant, trouver un partenaire qui n’est pas effrayé par sa taille n’est pas une tâche facile. Le sympathique Mo ressemble à la réponse à ses prières.

L’amour est ce dont sont faits les rêves. Demandez au dieu Morphée, il sait tout de ça. Mo veut Zygi de façon éternelle, mais il doit s’assurer de l’amour de Zygi avant de le revendiquer comme son compagnon et de révéler sa vraie nature.

Malheureusement, Zeus devient de plus en plus mécontent de Morphée et Arès est déterminé à tout saboter. Zygi et Mo devront braver la colère du dieu des dieux pour faire de leurs rêves une réalité.

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In the Desert

States of Love | Arizona
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Can a Navajo trans teen and a nerdy Catholic find the place they belong... and maybe themselves? In the desert, anything is possible…. 

When Wren came out as transgender before his senior year, it cost him most of his friends. His father hopes joining a Boy Scout troop might help Wren meet other young men his age and be accepted for who he is.

Felipe Nieves wants the new guy in the troop to feel comfortable, and he reaches out to Wren. They become fast friends… with something more beneath the surface. Those feelings confuse Felipe, since his religion considers this a sin—and he’s always assumed he was straight—but he can’t help pining for Wren. Asking him out will take courage, and getting together won’t be easy… but through their friendship, both young men might find their identities… and learn to embrace them in a unique coming-of-age story set against the beauty of the American Southwest.   

 

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A Nick and Ben Story

Having explosive sex is easy for Nick and Ben—getting past their hang-ups and opening up to each other won’t be.

Handsome New York City bartender Nick might’ve left life—and his abusive, homophobic father—in West Virginia far behind, but even though he was a star quarterback in high school, he can’t outrun the effect those years had on him. He’s still not comfortable as a gay man, and he keeps his relationships short… as in a single night.

Hotel reviewer Ben is a hopeless romantic, but he can’t seem to find a guy who feels the same. After being cheated on again, he doesn’t expect to spend forever with Nick, but even their one-nighter doesn’t go off without a hitch. Ben falls asleep on Nick’s couch, and in the morning, they have to face their hookup that wasn’t…and the fact that there’s a connection between them whether they’re looking for one or not.

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Life's a Beach

Coconut Cove | Book One
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Coconut Cove: Book One

Life’s a beach… and then you meet the guy of your dreams.

Flynn Wright’s role on the upcoming teen drama Coconut Cove means a fresh start in the land of crystal water, palm trees, and gorgeous people. The move to the beautiful beaches of Key West, Florida—and away from LA and his conniving ex—is just what Flynn needs.

Meeting sexy bartender Seth is the cherry on top of Flynn’s colorful frozen drink, and he can’t wait to take a taste. But Seth isn’t impressed by Flynn’s Hollywood good looks, nor is he interested in the complications of dating an actor, no matter how hot.

Can Flynn dodge his scheming ex and the eager paparazzi while showing Seth that he is more than a pretty package?

 

Second Edition

First Edition published by Wilde City Press, August 2014.

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Jackass Flats (Deutsch)

Prärie Cowboys | Buch 1
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Buch 1 in der Serie - Prärie Cowboys

Können ein reisender Soldat und ein in seinen Gewohnheiten festgefahrener Cowboy eine funktionierende Beziehung miteinander führen?

Tate fühlt sich, als wäre die beste Zeit seines Lebens einfach an ihm vorbeigerauscht, weshalb der Cowboy mittleren Alters nachts die Bars unsicher macht. Als er jedoch Dave kennenlernt, einen jungen Soldaten des nahen Army Stützpunkts, glaubt Tate, dass alles besser werden kann. Er und Dave haben einen holprigen Start, doch bald findet Tate heraus, dass er und der Junge genug gemeinsam haben, um die Sache interessant zu machen.

Dave hat nicht viel für die „Frage-nichts-sage-nichts-Theorie“ übrig, die im Militär vorherrscht, und er bemüht sich auch nicht, die Beziehung mit Tate vor seinen Freunden zu verbergen. Als er realisiert, dass er vorsichtiger hätte sein sollen, ist es vielleicht schon zu spät. Doch Dave ist gewillt, um Tate zu kämpfen, auch wenn das bedeutet, sich mit dem Militär anzulegen.

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Les jours bleus

Histoires de mangrove
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Histoires de mangrove 

Tomber amoureux d’un collègue est rarement une bonne idée, surtout pour un homme qui obtient une dernière chance de sauver sa carrière. Mais dès l’instant où Dwyer Knolls rencontre le beau Takeo Hiroyuki, socialement inadapté, il semble destiné à ne prendre que de mauvaises décisions.

La vie de Takeo est une série d’échecs pour tenter de plaire à son père, un Japonais très conservateur. Malheureusement, prendre sa succession dans les affaires s’avère aussi difficile pour Takeo que de devenir hétéro. En fait, il n’excelle que dans un domaine : remarquer Dwyer Knolls.

Quand Dwyer et Takeo se rendent à Mangrove, en Floride, pour un voyage d’affaires en vue d’acheter un domaine, leur amitié hésitante s’enflamme et prend une tout autre dimension. Leur soudaine connexion sera-t-elle suffisamment solide pour jouer leur futur, ou devraient-ils mettre cela sur le compte d’un étourdissement inspiré par la brise bleue de l’océan ?

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Love You So Hard

The Love You So Stories
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A Love You So Story

Craig Elson’s life has hit rock bottom. Even though he’s one of the best strategic planners around, a more confident guy takes credit for his work, and despite being a good-looking man, he suffers insults from the slimiest creep at the bar. Taking care of his beloved mom, who has Alzheimer’s, uses all his funds, leaving him in a plain, depressing car… and a plain, depressing life.

Until he sees gorgeous grad student Jesse Randall and his T-shirt that reads “I Would Bottom You So Hard.” The message seeps into Craig’s soul, and he asks Jesse to teach him to top.

Jesse’s had his eye on the quiet hottie who comes into the coffee shop, and he’s more than eager to perfect his tutoring. He sets out to get Craig a new job, a new apartment, and a new life so far outside plain and depressing that it’s unrecognizable.The problem is, Craig loves his lessons—and his teacher—too much to want to graduate. How can Craig reach the top without losing his sassy bottom?

 

Third Edition

First Edition published by Love Has No Boundaries, June 2013.

Second Edition published by Tara Lain, October 2013.

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