Novellas

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Eight years ago, Ondro Smrek fled Slovakia and the bigotry that drove his first lover to take his own life. The demons proved impossible to outrun, though, and now, desperate for somewhere to belong, Ondro is returning to start over. During a layover in Basel, Switzerland, he meets Jamie, an American living in Scotland who is as brilliant as he is beautiful.

Jaded Ondro never would have guessed he could fall in love during a brief layover—until now. When he is put in a position to offer Jamie comfort without hope of recompense, Ondro doesn’t hesitate. Soon, he catches a glimpse of the home he longs for. But with their separation looming, confessing his feelings would only lead to pain and humiliation. Life has taught Ondro not to hope, but then, he never believed in love at first sight either....

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2nd edizione

Mark O’Brien è finalmente riuscito a essere onesto con se stesso. La sua storia con Rachel è finita e lui sta lasciando la casa che hanno condiviso per sei anni. Sono sempre andati d’accordo, ma la loro relazione non può continuare, perché la persona con cui sta è del sesso sbagliato. 

Jamie Robertson, uno degli addetti ai traslochi, è un vero schianto e Mark ne è attratto a prima vista. Quando una scatola di cartone si rompe, rovesciando oggetti di natura personale che non avrebbe mai voluto mostrare a nessuno, Mark ne è mortificato, ma l’incidente dà inizio a una bella amicizia con benefici. 

Mentre Jamie inizia Mark alle gioie del sesso gay, i due uomini si affezionano sempre di più l’uno all’altro, e ciò che era nato come “niente di serio” diventa qualcosa di importante per entrambi. Ma la comunicazione non è il loro forte. Uno dei due troverà mai il coraggio di essere onesto riguardo ai propri sentimenti?

Prima edizione pubblicata da Libro Aperto International, agosto 2015.

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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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A Mary's Boys Novella

Ariel Merman is a new drag queen who’s already finding a family at Hamburger Mary’s. After a performance as Ariel, Zachary Cooper walks home in his makeup and is assaulted by homophobes. Zachary’s worry that the attack has thrown a wrench in his good fortune is eased when he looks into the eyes of his doctor.

Dr. Teegan Chau is a little lost after divorcing his wife and coming out of the closet, but he can’t deny the pull he feels toward the young man he patches up. Luckily, Zachary takes the initiative and asks Teegan out. But attraction is the easy part of their blossoming relationship—as they deal with an ex-wife and child, being a drag queen in a heteronormative culture, Zachary’s lingering trauma from his attack, and Teegan acclimating to life as part of an out-and-proud gay couple.

The challenges seem daunting at the start of a romance. Can Zachary and Teegan make it through the rough patches and take a chance on the love that’s been missing from both their lives?

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This Is Our Love Song

Pop Life | Book Two

Pop Life: Book Two

Sixteen years ago Keelin Nolan’s face was plastered all over tween girls’ bedrooms. Now almost forty, the former Irish boy-band star gives singing lessons in New York City. Knowing how much his friend Jordana loved Keelin, Travis Deak, twenty-seven, buys a set of lessons for Jordana and her fiancé, Malik, as a wedding gift. Travis figures Jordana will meet her teen idol, and Malik will be happy Jordana is happy. However, Malik knows his tone-deaf fiancée isn’t up to the difficult song she wants to perform at their wedding. He needs Travis’s help to save her from embarrassment, and Travis agrees to intervene with Keelin.

Keelin, though, refuses to change the song behind Jordana’s back. Travis leaves feeling chastised, intrigued—and impressed with Keelin’s integrity. Likewise, Keelin admires Travis’s loyalty to his friends. An apology becomes dinner, which becomes the start of a relationship. But an unexpected visit from Keelin’s ex, Paeder Brogan, and his troubled teenaged son resets Keelin’s priorities. Now the new couple must navigate Keelin’s past to compose a harmonious future.

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A Harmony Ink Press Title

Gavin Goode was a star athlete and a good student until one catastrophic decision destroyed his future. As a member of the savage street gang the Cold Bloods, Gavin ran afoul of the leader, Apache, a bigot determined to punish Gavin for his sexuality. After being framed for a crime he didn’t commit, Gavin faces a prison sentence—and the promise of relentless rape and torment. With his spirit almost broken, Gavin learns his beloved father has suffered a near-fatal assault. But a friend appears when Gavin needs him most. Cato has been masquerading as a prison guard when in reality he is a time traveler—one with the ability to wipe the slate clean for Gavin… and his father.

But changing the past will threaten the future for many innocent people. Gavin finds himself trapped between saving his father and himself or accepting the steep price of preserving the time stream.

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Perdu en chemin

Contes d'un étrange livre de cuisine

Contes d'un étrange livre de cuisine, numéro hors série

Trois mois après avoir perdu ses parents dans un accident de voiture, Daniel Whitaker, météorologue à Denver, retourne à Laramie dans le Wyoming. Il lui est déjà suffisamment difficile de faire face à la mort de ses parents et à sa relation de quinze ans qui ne cesse de se dégrader, mais lorsqu’il retrouve sa maison d’enfance sens dessus dessous, il se voit complètement désemparé. Il se tourne alors vers Landon, le voisin séduisant de ses parents, et lui demande son aide afin de ranger tout le désordre. Landon Kushner est une contradiction humaine. Il fabrique des sculptures époustouflantes à partir de débris de métal et adore le plein air, mais il conduit également une Vespa vert menthe et possède un faible pour le tricot et le voyeurisme. Il a été l’ami des parents de Daniel durant de nombreuses années et est ravi de pouvoir lui prêter main-forte.

Leur plan est simple : ranger et nettoyer la maison afin que Daniel puisse la vendre et reprendre le cours de sa vie à Denver. Mais lorsqu’un étrange livre de recettes de cuisine atterrit en la possession de Landon, Daniel se met à réaliser que l’univers – et Grand-Mère B – lui a peut-être réservé un autre destin.

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Un libro della serie Tempo al tempo

Quando Glenn Holloway dichiara la propria omosessualità alla famiglia, la sua vita viene sconvolta. Per aggiungere al danno la beffa, se ne è andato via dal ranch in cui è nato e cresciuto per aprire il ristorante che ha sempre desiderato. Senza alcun aiuto da parte del padre e del fratello, e troppo orgoglioso per accettare una mano da chiunque altro, ha dovuto ricominciare da zero. Col tempo le cose hanno iniziato a funzionare: Glenn ha avviato un’attività di successo, si è costruito una nuova casa e ha creato una vita di cui essere orgoglioso.

Nonostante i successi, però, il suo allontanamento dalla famiglia, gli Holloway, è ancora una ferita che non riesce a guarire. Rendere un favore si trasforma nel suo peggiore incubo. Per mantenere la parola data, infatti, Glenn ritorna alle sue radici, dove è costretto ad avere a che fare con il fratellastro Rand Holloway e si ritrova faccia a faccia con Mac Gentry, un uomo che lo affascina fin troppo. Tutto potrebbe finire in un disastro: sia i tenui legami familiari, sia quel desiderio che non sapeva di avere nel cuore.

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Ahava Is Love

World of Love | Israel

Brooklyn Realtor Josh Perlman desperately wants to settle down. Unfortunately he can’t find a man who wants the same. Tired of disastrous dates, he travels to explore his heritage.

Yaron is an Israeli security guard and medic charged with looking after Josh and his pilgrimage group. For Yaron, the need to protect has become more a duty than an honor since he lost his long-term boyfriend to a terrorist attack—a loss that continues to haunt him.

As they embark on their journey through the Holy Land, it’s hard to deny the attraction that sparks between Josh and Yaron. Yet with America calling Josh home, and Israel, and the death of his lover holding Yaron prisoner, it seems only a miracle can keep them together.

But Israel is an ancient land, one that has seen miracles before. Surrounded by structures that have been destroyed and rebuilt time after time, Josh and Yaron might just learn that their futures can be found in the wisdom of the past.

 

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

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2nd Edition

After a scandal of Olympic proportions, Vince Dawson lost his job as a diving coach and is on a downhill slide. So when he sees Austin Brody at a local pool, diving like a trained athlete, he thinks he’s found his ticket back to the big leagues.

Austin thinks Vince is crazy for wanting him to dive competitively. He dives for beer and smokes, while working double shifts as a welder. Still, he’ll give training with Vince a shot.

But Austin isn’t willing to let Vince rule his life, and Vince—used to hopeful young athletes folding under pressure from him—finds Austin baffling… and hot. Even if they can work together and become more than friends, they still have a long way to go before they’ll be ready to compete. 

First Edition published by Torquere Press, 2007.

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Santa’s Naughty Helper

Lawyers In Love

2nd Edition

Lawyers In Love

Shy lawyer Kevin Anderson is presented with an unexpected opportunity when he draws hunky litigator Erik Wilson’s name for their office’s secret holiday gift exchange. Kevin has pined for his friend for a long time, but he fears ruining their working relationship if Erik doesn’t return his feelings. The anonymity of the exchange gives him the chance to let Erik know someone is interested, so Kevin turns the gift into a game: twelve days of presents, each more suggestive, culminating with a Christmas Eve meeting—if Kevin finds the courage to see it through! 

Erik is intrigued by his secret Santa, who has given him something to look forward to during the holidays for the first time in years. But as Christmas approaches, he realizes he doesn’t want a mystery man; he wants his best friend, Kevin. When his attempts to instigate something with Kevin fail, Erik accepts the dinner invitation of his secret admirer. Little does he suspect that Santa’s naughty little helper might be just the man to make all his Christmas dreams come true in a holiday friends-to-lovers romance that progresses from sweet to spicy for two sexy lawyers.

First Edition published by Torquere Press, 2012.

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Smuovere le acque

Wrench Wars – Gli assi dei motori

Un libro della serie Wrench Wars – Gli assi dei motori

Ward Kent e Dean Zimmerman sono migliori amici sin dai tempi delle medie. Ora lavorano fianco a fianco nell’officina di Reggie, dove viene girato il reality show Wrench Wars – Gli assi dei motori. Fuori dall’orario di lavoro, Dean è un noto seduttore e l’amico gli fa da spalla. Non sospetta, però, che l’interesse di Ward è rivolto più alla fauna maschile che a quella femminile.

Tutto cambia quando Ash, il fratello minore di Dean, viene assunto all’officina. Ash sarà anche più giovane di loro di ben sette anni, ma ha una cotta per Ward da sempre e non si fa problemi a rendere note le proprie intenzioni.

Per Dean prendere atto che sia il fratello che l’amico sono gay è un conto, ma vederli insieme è più di quanto possa affrontare. Ward ne prende atto, ma viene messo alle strette: dovrà decidere se rinunciare alla loro amicizia – e anche al lavoro – oppure dire addio a Ash per sempre.

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There is another world existing alongside the one most see everyday, and although it is a place of magic and wonder, the dangers are very real.

Aran, an artist, grew up on his grandmother’s tales of the Side-by-Side world. He never expected his knowledge of folklore would aid his boyfriend, Brandon, in an arson investigation, but the snakes that burst into flames when agitated are something he recalls from those childhood stories.

When Aran vanishes, Brandon knows his time as a state trooper won’t help find him, so he enlists the aid of Aran’s grandmother, Ruth, and they venture into the Side-by-Side world. 

But Aran has no memory of his life prior to crossing between worlds, and he’s enjoying the company of his handsome new companion, Ren. Even if Brandon and Ruth reach him, convincing him to return to his former home won’t be easy. In a contemporary fairy-tale adventure set among forests and trails, Aran must choose between a mystical fantasy world and the man he loves.

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Clay McDonald finds the perfect car on Craigslist and is quick to send the seller a text:

Is your penis still for sale?

AutoCorrect strikes again. Damn—he should’ve proofread. How embarrassing.

Luckily Darrell Anderson, a mechanic and the owner of the Prius, is more amused than offended, and the two men agree to meet. When they do, the attraction is instant, and a date is arranged. But a series of mishaps, misunderstandings, and misplaced assumptions sorely test the new relationship.

In a contemporary romantic comedy about the perils of technology and dating in the modern world, a text that went so wrong might just lead to something so right—but only if Clay can refrain from jumping to conclusions and give love the benefit of the doubt.

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Too Many Temples

World of Love | Bali

Looking to spice up his stagnant sex life in Brisbane, self-professed player Adrian takes a weeklong vacation in Bali, anticipating sun, surf, and plenty of no-strings-attached hookups. He doesn’t expect his attraction to the tour guide, Ketut, to become an obsession. As he travels around the beautiful Island of the Gods, Adrian is startled that he might be falling in love after swearing off relationships for good.

When Ketut opens a window of opportunity for a real relationship in Queensland after the vacation ends, Adrian retreats into his life of commitment-free fun. Unable to forget Ketut, though, Adrian strikes out to the remote Queensland town of Rockhampton to find the man of his desires—hoping he hasn’t lost the chance for true love.

 

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

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Des cookies pour séduire

Contes d'un étrange livre de cuisine

Contes d'un étrange livre de cuisine, numéro hors série

Après la mort de sa sœur, l’homme d’affaires Marshall Hunter obtient la garde de sa nièce. Peu habitué aux enfants, Marshall peine à se lier à elle. Dans un effort pour la mettre plus à l’aise dans son nouveau foyer, il engage le peintre muraliste professionnel Pace Barlow pour personnaliser sa chambre.

Pace est intrigué par sa minuscule cliente et encore plus intéressé par son bel oncle, mais il n’est pas certain d’être prêt pour la responsabilité d’une famille déjà formée.

Quand Marshall décide de déménager pour le bien de sa nièce, pourra-t-il conserver sa relation avec son jeune artiste, ou devra-t-il abandonner l’amour pour devenir le bon père de cette petite fille solitaire ?

L’amour préparé dans une recette à l’ancienne pourrait bien réunir les deux hommes, mais certaines choses ont besoin de davantage que des cookies magiques pour être réparées.

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Gnarly

World of Love | Spain
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Dr. Ed Hollingsworth, widowed for five years, returns to San Sebastián, Spain, after a thirty-year absence. He seeks out his first and only male lover, pro surfer Javi Elizalde.

After surviving a near-fatal shark attack, Javi turned his back on the sport he loves and became a recluse.

Iker Lizaso, professional jai alai player, finds himself at loose ends now that his contract has expired. Forced to retire at thirty-eight, he returned to his home in the Basque Country to figure out what to do with the rest of his life.

Three different men, encumbered by their past, converge in a city famous for its food, summer festivals, and romantic promenades. Can they find happiness together? It’ll be difficult, maybe even improbable, considering their backgrounds, but Cupid’s arrow usually hits the mark, and this particular strike might be epic.

 

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

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Theodore Wentworth, who possesses little more than a sharp and well-educated mind, is trying to solicit a sponsor for his studies of Greek antiquity by performing recitations at gatherings of collectors. Desperate for luck and better skills in oratory, in jest, he places a coin at the feet of a statue of Hermes. It seems like coincidence when his fortune turns and a gentleman calling himself Alexander becomes his benefactor. Despite his friend John teasing him about it, Theodore continues to offer tokens to Hermes and sinks himself into his study of the classics.

Alexander encourages Theodore’s interest, prompting Theodore to face desires he tried to put aside years before. As Theodore embraces the knowledge, he must also resist his attraction to Alexander—knowing his feelings are a serious crime in Victorian England.

But the secret Alexander keeps will change everything in a love story for the ages, steeped in taboo, temptation, history, and myth.

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