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Quenched in Blood

Dreamspun Beyond | #32
Asheville Arcana
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Asheville Arcana

Will love mean rebirth… or death?

In the course of his work with the Asheville Paranormal Council, reclusive three-hundred-year-old vampire Julian Schaden discovers young Thomas Carter, the heir to a long line of demon hunters—a legacy Thomas knows nothing about.

He also knows nothing about the supernatural world or the danger he’s in. As Julian convinces him and later agrees to train Thomas to use his abilities, he struggles against unexpected feelings. Thomas is too young and innocent to become involved with Julian, but opposites attract, and this is one battle Julian is fated to lose….

Julian and Thomas grow closer as the demonic menace advances. A prophecy from a dying mage comes with a bleak warning: to save Thomas’s life, Julian might have to give up the only man he’s ever loved.

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A Sequel to Big Love

Truman Reid is Summitville High’s most out-and-proud senior. He can't wait to take his fierce, uncompromising self away from his small Ohio River hometown, where he’s suffered more than his share of bullying. He’s looking forward to bright lights and a big city. Maybe he’ll be the first gender-fluid star to ever win an Academy Award. But all that changes on the first day of school when he locks eyes with the most gorgeous hunk he’s ever seen.

Mike Stewart, big, dark-haired, and with the most amazing blue eyes, is new to town. He's quiet, manly, and has the sexy air of a lost soul. It’s almost love at first sight for Truman. He thinks that love could deepen when Mike becomes part of the stage crew for Harvey, the senior class play Truman's directing. But is Mike even gay? And how will it work when Truman's mother is falling for Mike’s dad?

Plus Truman, never the norm, makes a daring and controversial choice for the production that has the whole town up in arms.

See how it all plays out on a stage of love, laughter, tears, and sticking up for one’s essential self….

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A Harmony Ink Press Title

What would you do if you found out your whole life was a lie?

That’s what happens to Zavier Beckham. One moment, he’s a happy teen with a loving family and a nerdy best friend named Cole. The next, there’s an FBI agent telling Zavier he was kidnapped as a baby and sold to an adoption agency—that the parents he’s always known aren’t his parents.

Not even his name is his own.

Now Zavier may be forced to deal with a move from his home in Memphis to Chicago, where he would be living with strangers, including a new brother who already resents him. And there is also Brendan, an older boy who stirs confusing feelings in Zavier. There’s more to Brendan than meets the eye, but will he help Zavier adjust to his new situation or add more stress to all the upheaval in Zavier’s life?

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Conquérir l'héritier

Dreamspun Desires (Français) | #23
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Est-il amoureux d’un vieil hôtel… ou de son nouveau propriétaire ?

Le snowboardeur professionnel Cullen Patrick a du succès et est plutôt célèbre. Donc, lorsqu’il hérite d’un vieil hôtel dans le Colorado d’un parent inconnu, il devrait vraiment laisser tomber.

Matt Nathanson gère le Treeline Estate depuis sa sortie de l’université. Il adorait l’ancien propriétaire et héritera de l’endroit si personne ne le réclame d’ici la semaine prochaine. Bien sûr, Cullen se montre et Matt pense qu’il est temps de passer à autre chose. Il ne veut pas aimer cet homme, peu importe à quel point il est attachant ou à quel point il est affamé.

Cullen a de grandes idées pour le Treeline, mais il ne veut pas les lancer sans Matt et il n’est pas sûr d’être prêt à abandonner le snowboard. Matt peut-il le convaincre que s’enraciner en vaut la peine… et peut-être conquérir son héritier en même temps ?

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Colby McBride è un cowboy operaio che sbarca il lunario facendo il piastrellista in Colorado. Solitario per scelta, gli piace il lavoro manuale e trova la pace campeggiando in montagna. Gordon James è il proprietario di ben due ristoranti di successo in centro a Boulder. È un uomo sofisticato dedito solo al lavoro e agli affari ed è abituato a ottenere sempre ciò che desidera.

I due sono buoni amici, ma presto Colby si rende conto di essere innamorato di Gordon e decide che è arrivato il momento di mostrargli quanto può essere incandescente la sua compagnia. Stanno ancora esplorando la loro relazione quando, in seguito al suicidio della sorella, Gordon deve assumere il ruolo di tutore legale della nipotina di cinque anni.

Colby, che viene da una famiglia numerosa, vuole dare una mano a Gordon con la bambina, anche per dimostrargli il proprio valore. Nessuno dei due è tuttavia pronto a gestire un cambiamento così improvviso nelle loro vite piene di impegni e nemmeno ad affrontare le complicazioni portate nella loro relazione dall’avere a che fare con la piccola Olivia.  

Si dice che gli opposti si attraggano, ma possono due uomini così diversi lavorare insieme per unire le loro esistenze e formare una famiglia stabile, seppur inusuale?

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Fortsetzung zu Die Liebe und der Mut zum Leben

Truman Reid ist Schüler der Abschlussklasse an der Summitville Highschool. Und er ist ‚out & proud‘ aus Überzeugung, offen, eigenwillig und kompromisslos. Dafür wurde er an seiner Schule jahrelang gehänselt und schikaniert. Kein Wunder also, dass er es kaum abwarten kann, seine kleine Heimatstadt am Ohio River endgültig hinter sich zu lassen. Er freut sich schon auf die strahlenden Lichter der Großstadt. Vielleicht kann er ja der erste Star werden, der gender-fluid ist und einen Oscar gewinnt. Doch dann sieht er am ersten Schultag in die Augen des wunderbarsten jungen Mannes, den er jemals gesehen hat.

Mike Stewart – groß, dunkelhaarig und mit den schönsten blauen Augen der Welt – ist neu in der Stadt. Er ist still, männlich und hat die sexy Ausstrahlung einer verlorenen Seele. Für Truman ist es wie Liebe auf den ersten Blick. Eine Liebe, die nur noch tiefer werden kann, als die beiden bei der Schulaufführung von Harvey zusammenarbeiten – Mike hinter der Bühne und Truman als Regisseur. Aber ist Mike überhaupt schwul? Und wie sollen sie damit umgehen, dass sich Trumans Mom ausgerechnet in Mikes Dad verliebt?

Und als wären das nicht schon genug Probleme, entschließt sich der unkonventionelle Truman auch noch, mit seiner kontroversen und mutigen Inszenierung von Harvey einen Skandal auszulösen, der die ganze Stadt in Aufregung versetzt.

Ein Stück, das auf der Bühne des Lebens spielt – auf der Bühne von Liebe, Lachen, Weinen und dem Mut, zu sich selbst zu stehen. Wie wird es enden?

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Hawaii Five Uh-Oh

Plummet to Soar
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A Plummet to Soar Story

Sarcastic cop Theo Hsu returns home to Hawai‘i after realizing he wants more from his life, and also, less. He hopes to reconnect with his past and make amends with his mother, who remarried a cool, distant man, leaving Theo unsure where he stands.

It doesn’t take him long to figure out where he wants to stand, though: right next to his childhood best friend, tattooed detective Koa Palapiti. Theo would like to upgrade their relationship, but Koa is putting out some seriously mixed signals. It’s a mystery Theo can’t let go, but just as they start to connect, kidnapping, murder, and a deadly game with international stakes get in the way. Koa wants to keep Theo out of it, and if it comes to a choice between him and Koa’s partner, Freddie Ortiz, Theo doesn’t like his chances.

But even if Koa wants to push him out of the investigation, and his life, Theo still has a few tricks up his sleeve. It’ll take all his special gifts, ingenuity, risk-taking, family ties—and even some kinky undercover work—to save the day… and the man he never should’ve let get away.

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Colby McBride is a blue-collar cowboy trying to make ends meet laying tile in Colorado. A loner by choice, Colby works hard with his hands and finds his peace camping in the mountains outside Boulder. Gordon James is a white-collar restaurateur who owns not one, but two successful establishments in downtown Boulder. He’s a sophisticated urbanite who is devoted to his work and is accustomed to getting what he wants.

The men are friends, but sparks fly when Colby falls in love and decides to show Gordon how much fun a good old boy can be. They’re just beginning to explore their relationship when Gordon’s sister’s suicide leaves him with custody of his five-year-old niece. 

Colby comes from a huge family and is eager to help with the girl and to prove his worth to Gordon. But neither of them is ready for the tremendous changes to their already busy lives, or for how this new relationship with Olivia challenges them, complicating the way they interact with each other. 

They say opposites attract, but can these two very different men work together to join their disparate lives and form a strong, if highly unlikely, family? 

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Personal Best 2

Personal Best | Book Two
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Personal Best: Book Two

Swimmer Mike Gauliet is moving up in the elite ranks of the American swim team, despite his repetitive stress injuries. He's hiding his pain from coach Jessy Turner, not wanting to give in to it or let his coach and lover down, and by the time he gets treatment, it’s almost too late.

Jessy helps Mike heal, both in an out of the bedroom, and their need for each other grows as quickly as Mike’s career. They’re scorching hot and ready to go to the top competitions when another injury forces Mike to the sidelines. Jessy thinks this one is no accident, and Mike has to work hard to recover the lost ground.

Mike needs a break from the nonstop stress of training, so they move to the coast so Mike can recuperate once again. But their struggles don’t end with getting him back in competition form, and they can’t truly call it a victory unless they can find the balance between their romantic relationship and Mike grabbing the success he’s earned.

 

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First Edition published by Torquere Press, January 2007.

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Bad Habit

Bad in Baltimore | Book Six
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Bad in Baltimore: Book Six

Life is always looking for ways to screw you over. Scott McDermott survived the foster care system and knows better than to let anyone close, but Liam Walsh is his one vulnerability. 

Twice Scott let down his guard, and twice Liam vanished from Scott’s life. 

So when Scott comes face-to-face with Liam for the first time in six years, he punches Liam in the nose. Only after Scott’s friend—and Baltimore County police officer—Jamie reads him the riot act does Scott discover that in the intervening years Liam has been to war and lost his leg. 

Liam hasn’t had the easiest life either. He took care of his drug-addicted mom when she was unable to take care of herself. He’s fallen in love with Scott twice, but when Liam saw Scott going down the same path as his mother, he left. The lesson that he can’t save everyone has been a painful one for Liam to learn. Maybe what he and Scott had can’t ever be fixed. 

Scott and Liam have never fallen out of love—which becomes obvious when they start working together—but what will make this time any different from all the others? Will the third time really be a charm?

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Die Flammen besiegen

Lang Downs (Deutsch) | Buch 4
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Buch 4 in der Serie – Lang Downs

Thorne Lachlan weiß, wie man unbeschadet dem Feuer entkommt. Er war vier Jahre lang für die australische Armee in den Krisenherden der Welt im Einsatz. Jetzt, nach seinem Ausscheiden aus der Armee, arbeitet er als Feuerwehrmann für den Rural Fire Service. Ein Buschbrand führt ihn nach Lang Downs, wo er Ian Duncan kennenlernt. Zwischen ihnen fliegen sofort die Funken und entfachen ein Feuer, das sich nicht so leicht löschen lässt wie der Buschbrand, der Lang Downs bedroht. Doch die beiden Männer müssen erst die Geister ihrer Vergangenheit bekämpfen, bevor aus ihrer gegenseitigen Anziehung mehr werden kann als eine kurze Affäre.

Während Thorne sich einerseits danach sehnt, sich mit Ian in Lang Downs niederzulassen, fürchtet er gleichzeitig, für die Bewohner der Schafstation zur Gefahr zur werden. Und Ian hat immer geglaubt, dem Albtraum seiner Kindheit bei Pflegeeltern niemals entkommen und eine Beziehung eingehen zu können. Den beiden Männern fällt es nicht leicht, anderen Menschen zu vertrauen. Doch dann zwingen die Folgen des Buschbrands sie dazu, hinter die Narben zu blicken, die ihrer Heilung im Wege stehen.

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Fangs for the Memories

Dreamspun Beyond | #31
Dead and Breakfast
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A Dead and Breakfast Novel

One wolf lost his memory, but they’ll both lose their hearts.

Bitten werewolf Tom owes the folks at the Dead and Breakfast big for saving his life. So when they ask for help with a rogue wolf on the premises, he’s happy to do his part….

Though he isn’t quite prepared for what he’ll find.

Werewolf Nathan lost everything to a sadistic kidnapper—his freedom, his memories, and maybe even his ability to be human. But as soon as he meets Tom, he knows he might be able to reclaim his life. And even a turned wolf like Tom feels the mating call. The trouble is, Tom isn’t the only one who wants Nathan, and they’ll need help from all their supernatural friends at the D & B to defeat a powerful enemy and keep their love—and themselves—alive.

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Fire and Agate

Carlisle Deputies
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A Carlisle Deputies Novel

When Chris Anducci is moved off jail duty and into the sheriff’s office, he doesn’t expect his first assignment to be protecting a witness against a human trafficking ring. Knowing the new sheriff doesn’t abide screwups, Chris reluctantly agrees to work the case.

Pavle Kasun has spent the last four years of his life at the mercy of others. When an opportunity presented itself, he took it, resulting in his rescue. Now the safe houses he’s placed in are being threatened and he needs protection if he is to have any sort of chance at a life.

Chris opens his home to Pavle, but he doesn’t expect Pavle and his story to get under his skin… and stay there. Soon they discover they have more in common than either of them thought. Slowly Pavle comes out of his shell and Chris finds someone who touches his heart. But as the men looking for Pavle close in, they will stop at nothing to get him out of the way. But even if Chris can keep him safe, he might not be able to protect his heart if Pavle moves back home.

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La famiglia non è sempre definita dal sangue, ma da coloro che ci rendono completi e contribuiscono a costruire la nostra identità.

In questa storia ormai giunta alla fine, Bear e Otter saranno messi alla prova come mai prima.

Una ragazzina che non ha un altro posto dove andare bussa alla loro porta.

Una telefonata improvvisa comunica novità inaspettate.

Un fratello torna finalmente a casa dopo aver imparato a camminare da solo.

E, mentre questi tre elementi convergono, le vite di tutti subiranno una svolta dalla quale sarà impossibile tornare indietro.

Cominciando con Un insolito triangolo e proseguendo con La nostra identità e L’arte di respirare, TJ Klune ci parla di famiglia e affetto fraterno, di amore e sacrificio. In questo capitolo finale, gli eventi del passato servono a lastricare la lunga e tortuosa strada che porta a un futuro che nessuno avrebbe mai potuto immaginare.

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Aaron Weiss est passé maître dans l’art de fuir. Dix ans plus tôt, il a fui une déception amoureuse en rentrant dans l’armée sur un coup de tête. Et aujourd’hui, le voilà forcé à regagner la vie de civil pour raisons médicales. Ironiquement, rentrer à la maison est sans doute le plus grand challenge auquel il ait jamais fait face.

Jesse Ross, quant à lui, maîtrise l’art de se cacher. Il sait pertinemment qu’il n’est pas comme tout le monde. Il peine à trouver sa place, même au sein de sa propre famille. Il sait également que son grand amour de toujours, Aaron, n’a d’yeux que pour son grand frère, plus séduisant et plus sociable que lui. Pourtant, les sentiments de Jesse à l’égard d’Aaron survivent à l’épreuve du temps. Ils correspondent pendant des années, mais leur vie respective s’emballe, et les lettres cessent. Et puis un beau jour, Aaron apparaît sur le seuil de sa porte. 

Des secrets trop longtemps gardés et des blessures qu’ils croyaient guéries ressurgissent, tandis que ces deux-là réalisent qu’ils sont irrémédiablement attirés l’un par l’autre. Seront-ils prêts à tout risquer pour construire un futur ensemble ?

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Seeking Solace

Dreamspun Desires | #69
The Walker Boys
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The Walker Boys

All hands on deck for a shipboard romance—with a secret.

Like his cousins, Devin Walker aspires to be a chef, but he wants to indulge his wanderlust while feeding his customers, and working a cruise ship seems like the solution. Since he can’t find an opening in the kitchen, he’s happy to start out in a position behind the bar.

While onboard Poseidon’s Pearl, Devin is assigned to shepherd a visiting executive. Paul Bailey is quiet and unassuming, and a car accident that cost him his leg also shattered his confidence. He doesn’t think he’s attractive to other men anymore, and Devin is eager to show him just how wrong he is. Paul has a surprising secret that might sink their passionate affair before it even leaves port.  

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Where Nerves End

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A Tucker Springs Novel

Welcome to Tucker Springs, Colorado, where you’ll enjoy beautiful mountain views and the opportunity to study at one of two prestigious universities—if you can afford to live there.

Jason Davis is in pain. Still smarting from a bad breakup, he struggles to pay both halves of an overwhelming mortgage and balance the books at his floundering business. As if the emotional and financial pain weren’t enough, the agony of a years-old shoulder injury keeps him up at night. When he faces a choice between medication and insomnia, he takes a friend’s advice and gives acupuncture a try.

Acupuncturist Michael Whitman is a single dad striving to make ends meet, and his landlord just hiked the rent. When new patient Jason, a referral from a mutual friend, suggests a roommate arrangement could benefit them both, Michael seizes the opportunity.

Getting a roommate might be the best idea Jason’s ever had—if it weren’t for his attraction to Michael, who seems to be allergic to wearing shirts in the house. Still, a little unresolved sexual tension is a small price to pay for pain and financial relief. He’ll keep his hands and feelings to himself since Michael is straight… isn’t he?

 

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Second Edition published by Riptide Publishing, June 2014.

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A Deeper Blue

Rules of Possession | Book Two
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Rules of Possession: Book Two

A year ago, Kelly Cannon couldn’t imagine he’d end up with his formerly straight best friend. It’s hard to believe he can finally kiss Blue anytime he wants… as long as they’re in private. And there’s the rub. Despite Kelly’s promise to wait until Blue is ready to come out, he’s tired of sneaking around. The cracks in their relationship are starting to show, and there might not be enough spackle in the world to fix them. 

Britton “Blue” Montgomery may not be the physics brainiac his boyfriend is, but he’s not stupid. He knows Kelly isn’t completely happy, but he’s not ready to be the poster boy for bisexuals and gays in the NFL. He just wants to keep his head down, play the game he loves, and go home to the man he adores. Is that too much to ask? 

With the truth slowly coming to the surface, Blue must make a choice. If it means losing Kelly, there’s no decision to make. He has to find enough courage to face the music and hope they’ll survive the fallout.

Man. Happily-ever-afters may not be just for Disney princesses, but they sure are a lot of work.

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