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Avvocati innamorati

Quando pesca il nome dell’aitante collega e amico Erik Wilson e diventa il suo Babbo Natale segreto nell’usuale scambio di regali dello studio in cui lavora, al timido avvocato Kevin Anderson si presenta un’opportunità unica. Kevin ha un debole per Erik da molto, ma teme di rovinare il loro rapporto di amicizia e lavoro se l’altro non dovesse ricambiare i suoi sentimenti. L’anonimato dello scambio gli offre l’occasione di far sapere all’amico che qualcuno è interessato a lui, e Kevin decide di trasformare la sorpresa in qualcosa di più interessante: dodici giorni di regali, ognuno dei quali sempre più provocante, che si concluderanno con un incontro alla vigilia di Natale, se Kevin troverà il coraggio di andare fino in fondo.

Erik è incuriosito dal suo Babbo Natale segreto che, per la prima volta dopo molto tempo, gli offre qualcosa da attendere con impazienza durante le feste. Ma quando Natale si avvicina, si rende conto di non desiderare l’uomo misterioso: Erik vuole il suo migliore amico, Kevin. Quando i suoi tentativi di farlo ingelosire falliscono, Erik accetta l’invito a cena del suo ammiratore segreto. Ancora non sa che l’impertinente aiutante di Babbo Natale potrebbe essere l’uomo che realizzerà tutti i suoi sogni, in una classica storia di amicizia che si trasforma in amore e che da dolce diventa piccante per i due begli avvocati.

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Santas unanständiger Helfer

Verliebte Anwälte

Verliebte Anwälte

Dem schüchternen Anwalt Kevin Anderson bietet sich eine unerwartete Gelegenheit, als er für das Wichteln seines Büros den Namen des attraktiven Prozessanwalts Erik Wilson zieht. Kevin ist schon lange heimlich in seinen Freund verliebt, fürchtet jedoch, ihr kollegiales Verhältnis zu zerstören, falls Erik seine Gefühle nicht erwidert. Durch die Anonymität des Austauschs kann er Erik mitteilen, dass jemand Interesse an ihm hat. Daher lässt Kevin das Geschenk zu einem Spiel werden: zwölf Tage lang Präsente, die von Tag zu Tag anzüglicher werden und in einem Treffen an Heiligabend gipfeln … falls Kevin den Mut findet, es durchzustehen! 

Erik ist von seinem geheimen Weihnachtsmann fasziniert, durch dessen Aktion er sich zum ersten Mal seit Jahren wieder auf die Feiertage freut. Als Weihnachten jedoch immer näher rückt, wird ihm bewusst, dass er keinen geheimnisvollen Mann, sondern seinen besten Freund Kevin will. Seine Versuche, die Sache mit Kevin ins Rollen zu bringen, schlagen jedoch fehl und so akzeptiert er die Einladung seines geheimen Verehrers.

Er ahnt nicht, dass Santas unanständiger Helfer vielleicht genau der richtige Mann ist, der all seine Weihnachtswünsche wahr werden lässt. Eine Feiertagsromanze, in der Freunde zu Liebenden werden und die sich für zwei sexy Anwälte von süß zu heiß entwickelt.

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A Holiday Tradition

2018 Advent Calendar | Warmest Wishes

Paul Carpenter has his life all planned out. Or at least his father does. The right school, the right degree, the right job. Paul is on track, until a bus accident has him sitting out a coveted internship, babysitting, or being babysat, by a grandfather he barely remembers during his holiday stay in a Florida RV park. His father’s reasoning? How much temptation can Paul find around a bunch of senior citizens playing bingo? There’ll be nothing to distract him from his studies. 

It’s hard to muster his holiday spirit when Paul is used to snow and cold, not sun, surf, and plastic flamingos in Santa hats. But then Paul meets Kevin Lombardo, who offers to show him some new holiday traditions. Suddenly Paul’s fast track hits a curve.


A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2018 Advent Calendar "Warmest Wishes."

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An Everyday Hero

2018 Advent Calendar | Warmest Wishes

When Adam Tyler’s sister announced she was pregnant, Adam decided to move from Portland, Oregon, to Phoenix, Arizona, to fully embrace the uncle experience. However, he didn’t count on the move being delayed until three days before Christmas—and three days before his sister’s due date. And he definitely didn’t count on finding a scorpion in his bedroom. Cue the panicked calls to exterminators. 

Garrett Strong doesn’t consider himself at all remarkable—his ex certainly didn’t think so—and Garrett’s pest-control business is circling the drain. Although Adam is his first new client in months, that isn’t the only reason Garrett goes above and beyond for him. He feels a real connection to the younger man and intends to do everything in his power to make sure Adam feels safe and welcome in Phoenix—venomous intruders notwithstanding.


A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2018 Advent Calendar "Warmest Wishes."

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Colina de Lavanda

2018 Advent Calendar | Warmest Wishes

Lord protector of whores, thieves, sorcerers, and deviants.

Owning a parcel of land the railroad needs to cross means Edward gets to run the border town around the station as he sees fit. What starts as a place to indulge his varied appetites becomes a haven to society’s castoffs, and if Edward encourages legends about its founder to flourish, well, he’s not so much a liar as a man who wants to protect all the cultures living in peace. Being mayor means folks might ignore his vices, but they also expect him to fix what goes wrong.

When a crushing heat wave and drought threaten not only the town’s diverse holiday celebrations but its very existence, Edward must turn to the one man he’d rather french kiss a timber rattler than face—the icily elegant Cantonese mage Edward walked out on but never stopped loving.


A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2018 Advent Calendar "Warmest Wishes."

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Death to Christmas Sweaters

2018 Advent Calendar | Warmest Wishes

Chess and Benjamin are casual lovers, each hiding his devotion to the other and his wish for more. But Chess is a wealthy playboy who—Benjamin believes—will never settle down. And Chess is sure, with the way Benjamin keeps him at arm’s length, that he can’t be interested in getting serious.

They’re destined for a head-on collision as Chess plans for a holiday escape designed to send Benjamin’s ardor spiking like the temperatures in Los Angeles, while Benjamin desperately drags his feet, wanting to cool things down to protect his vulnerable heart. But when the ghosts of Chess’s Christmas past and Benjamin’s unwelcome present converge at LAX, it’s obvious there are other forces at play and about to take over.

Drawn into their respective family dramas at a joint gathering, will Chess and Benjamin finally take a stand for each other and the relationship they both want, or will the holiday finally take its toll?


A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2018 Advent Calendar "Warmest Wishes."

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Mosquitoes and Mistletoe

2018 Advent Calendar | Warmest Wishes

After Andrew’s boyfriend dumps him just before Christmas, he decides to take a job far, far away from city life. It’s a dishwashing job on a remote island off the coast of Georgia. Expecting sunshine, palm trees, and some quality alone time, Andrew is surprised to find alligators, mosquitoes, rattlesnakes, and Garrett—a devilishly handsome naturalist. Andrew desperately tries to resist Garrett’s charm, because a twice-broken heart before Christmas is just not an option. Besides Andrew’s new friend Anna might already have a thing for Garrett.

But where do Garrett’s interests lie, and will Andrew find out before he’s surprised by a visit from his ex?


A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2018 Advent Calendar "Warmest Wishes."

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Purrfect Holiday

2018 Advent Calendar | Warmest Wishes

Tony Gatti had his life planned: get his veterinarian license and go to work with his dad and uncle. Soon after achieving his goals, he learned the shadows and blurriness in his vision went beyond needing glasses. Retinitis Pigmentosa is a genetic mutation with no cure. With his sight almost gone, he moves into his grandmother’s St. Augustine, Florida home with his guide dog, Raven, to start life over. Nonna Concetta thinks she knows the perfect job for him. Her vet is looking for someone to destress the cats at a local rescue. 

Javier didn’t plan to hire a cute former veterinarian to fill the role of cat cuddler, but Tony couldn’t be more perfect. Worried his attraction is inappropriate and knowing the holiday season always depresses him, Javier wonders if he should ask Tony out, or if he'd just be spreading the gloom to someone who already has enough of his own. But if he takes the plunge, could it turn out to be the best holiday ever? 


A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2018 Advent Calendar "Warmest Wishes."

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The Faller

2018 Advent Calendar | Warmest Wishes

Being caught with another man sends Charlie Young fleeing his family to the forests of southwestern Australia to scrape together steamer-passage to the big smoke of London. But life as a timber faller isn't easy and it’s made worse when the men he works with are brash, bigoted, and often brutal. All except Jack Tapper, who’s the kind of gentle giant that sets Charlie’s heart racing.

While the other men head into town for Christmas, it’s just Charlie and Jack and acres of forest. But trees tell no tales and a few days alone is the perfect opportunity to indulge a bourgeoning passion. When the men return and find things not as they once were, Charlie and Jack have to make the hard decisions about whether to stay where they are or run for their lives.

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Tulsi Vivah

2018 Advent Calendar | Warmest Wishes

The festival of Tulsi Vivah ushers in the Hindu wedding season and tears away the love of Kristopher’s life. Three years of passion and tenderness are reduced to a shameful skeleton in the closet as Arjuna submits to the marriage his parents have arranged for him. His family has never even heard Kristopher’s name. 

The festival, a ritualistic wedding between the holy basil plant, Tulsi, and her eternal lover, Vishnu, is as much of a play-act as Arjuna’s upcoming nuptials, but he believes the wedding will honor his parents and please Vishnu. So why is his Tulsi plant—whose leaves heal and bless the devout, who is Vishnu's representative on earth—dying? Arjuna tends to her with all the care of a concerned parent, but it might take more than his devotion to save her. She might need Kris, with his clever green-fingers—and maybe a revived Tulsi can heal two hearts.


A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2018 Advent Calendar "Warmest Wishes."

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Warren's Peace

2018 Advent Calendar | Warmest Wishes

The holidays are a time for second chances. 

Warren Blessing lost his wife (two years ago), and his kids decide he’s been alone too long. They send him on a holiday singles cruise so he can meet someone new. On the flight from Chicago to Miami, he sits next to an attractive man, but when the flight’s over, he doesn’t think he'll see him again. 

Fletcher Hammond is a professional mystery shopper for vacation destinations and travel. After a split from his unfaithful fiancé, he’s embarking on a singles cruise. He meets a lovely gentleman on the flight, whose conversation and cocktails help Fletcher through his fear of takeoffs, but he doesn’t expect to see him again. 

As if by fate, a meeting in the ship’s dining room renews their mutual attraction. But can they build a relationship with distance and baggage working against them? Or will they part ways when they return to port?


A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2018 Advent Calendar "Warmest Wishes."

Second Edition
First Edition published by Torquere Press, June 2016.

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Forty-six-year-old Eddie Hightower has a problem. He’s all alone. The only thing that saves him from facing that stark reality is the fact that he isn’t really alone at all. He has a house full of pets and a refuge full of stray unwanted animals he spends every waking hour trying to place in homes. While he loves what he does with all the joy in his heart, that same poor aging heart is still missing something. And Eddie knows exactly what it is. Romance.

But wait. Cue the music. Suddenly, beyond all hope, it happens. In the small desert town of Spangle, California, where Eddie lives, comes a sad young stranger with piercing gray eyes. They are the palest, most stunningly beautiful eyes Eddie has ever seen. Poor Eddie Hightower is swallowed up in their silver depths and disappears without a gurgle. The stranger’s name is Gray Grissom. Gray, like his eyes. Without hesitation Eddie opens his doors—and his heart—to the lost young man. After all, that’s what Eddie does. He finds homes for strays. But this is one stray Eddie intends to keep for himself.

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Fair Isn't Life

States of Love | Minnesota

Luke Lafontaine survived the past year by not thinking about the father he lost, the dairy farm he couldn’t save from bankruptcy, or his way of life that vanished with the rap of an auctioneer’s hammer. Cleaning up city folks’ trash at the Minnesota State Fair is just another dead-end job. But at the Fair, surrounded by a celebration of farm life,  ambitions he’d given up on and buried deep start to revive. And seeing Mason Bell in the parade—gorgeous, gay, out-of-his-league Mason—stirs other buried dreams.

Mason left his hometown for college in Minneapolis without looking back. Student life is fun, classes are great, gay guys are easy to find, but it’s all a bit superficial. He’s at the State Fair parade route with his band when he realizes a scruffy maintenance worker is Luke, his secret high school crush. Luke should be safely home working on his dad’s farm, not picking up litter. Mason wishes he hadn’t fallen out of touch. He’s an optimist, though, and it’s never too late for second chances. Now he just has to convince Luke.

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

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Embracing Fate

A Series of Fates | Book Two

A Series of Fates: Book Two

Sometimes you just have to embrace your fate. 

Seth has a secret: he has a crush on the human next door. His brilliant plan to meet Jack, the man of his dreams who happens to be an animal trainer? Take wolf form and ask his best friend, Max, to take him next door for training. Seth is the only one surprised when things go horribly awry.

Still, can this shy wolf and a human meet their fate as mates?

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Suite de Des fraises en dessert
Coda, numéro hors série

Les familles devraient grandir, pas rétrécir. Jon Kechter y pense depuis qu’il a épousé son amant millionnaire, Cole Fenton. Dans l’espoir d’adopter, Jon et Cole cherchent une future mère qui leur confierait son bébé, mais l’interminable attente leur pèse à tous les deux.

Jon est proche de son père, George, mais avant Cole, il n’avait personne d’autre. Désormais, George pousse Cole à se réconcilier avec sa mère. Lorsque tous les trois passent Noël avec elle à Munich, les conséquences sont désastreuses. Jon et Cole décident de rester optimistes, mais il n’y a pas d’espoir sans un peu de peur. Jon et Cole ne peuvent pas s’empêcher de se demander si leur rêve d’être parents se réalisera un jour.

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Le giornate di Gibson Keller sono piuttosto monotone: si sveglia presto, fa qualche lavoretto, beve litri di caffè, e si prende cura del fratello maggiore Ellis, intrappolato nella sua forma di lupo da quando è tornato dalla guerra. È una vita semplice, fatta di lunghe corse su due gambe – o quattro – e serate tranquille… finché Ellis non insegue un bell’uomo giù da un dirupo, facendolo cadere nelle acque gelate vicino alla loro baita, e la vita di Gibson cambia per sempre. 

Per Zach Thomas, comprare un vecchio B&B è un nuovo inizio. Dopo essersi lasciato alle spalle la vita di città, desidera trovare solo pace e tranquillità, e fare delle escursioni lungo i sentieri dietro la sua proprietà sembra abbastanza sicuro; almeno finché un enorme lupo nero non lo insegue fino al lago, dove rischia quasi di affogare. Scoprire che i licantropi esistono davvero lo sconvolge, ma non quanto l’uomo che lo salva dalle acque gelide per poi accomodarsi nel suo cuore come se fosse casa propria. 

Amare un licantropo – amare Gibson con tutti i suoi segreti – presenta delle difficoltà, ma Zach è convinto che valga la pena lottare per il loro amore, soprattutto perché il suo cuore sa che sotto la maschera del grande lupo cattivo si nasconde un principe. 

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Volley-ball

La balle au bond

La balle au bond, numéro hors série

Une double dose de mâles alpha vaut mieux qu’une.

Bien que sortant d’une relation abusive avec une ordure d’alpha, David Underwood pose son regard sur deux superbes membres d’une équipe australienne de volley-ball et se fait à nouveau harceler sur la plage de Laguna Beach. Pourtant, lorsque le délicieux Gareth Marshall lui prouve son intérêt en faisant son coming out devant ses collègues, David succombe à ses charmes. Néanmoins, Edge, le partenaire de jeu de Gareth et son égal en matière de sex-appeal, rend la vie dure aux deux amants.

Gareth, qui a passé sa vie à cacher son orientation et son attirance à ses proches ainsi qu’à son meilleur ami, le fameux Edge, s’en trouve d’autant plus blessé et frustré. David est le premier homme, en dehors de Edge, à s’attirer ses faveurs. Mais Edge aussi possède ses propres secrets, et l’ex de David compte revenir à l’assaut. Quand tout semble se liguer contre lui, un homme gay à Laguna peut-il encore trouver le bonheur avec un beau mâle… ou deux ?

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Love You So Special

The Love You So Stories

A Love You So Story

Can a man’s secret yearnings be revealed in a tank full of fish?

Artie Haynes knows he’s nothing special, with just-your-regular-brown hair, a solid plumber’s job, not much education, and a family that can barely get off the couch. But Artie has quirks—like his love of tropical fish, a landlord who’s a professor of existentialism, a passion for the amazing piano music he hears at a concert hall while he’s fixing the bathrooms—and the fact that he’s never come out as gay and probably never will. But when he’s hired to build a guesthouse for the pianist whose music enchanted him, Artie is swept up into an unimaginable world.

François Desmarais may be famous, rich, and revered as one of the world’s great classical composers and pianists, but he’s soothed and challenged by the inquisitive, stalwart, protective man in his back yard. When François’s terrible fear of crowds turns into a dangerous plot, Artie can stay in the closet or prove just how special he is.

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