Novels

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Quando si lavora per la mafia, può capitare di dover uccidere molte persone in tanti modi diversi. Ceaton Mercer ha stivato gli ultimi due cadaveri in un capanno degli attrezzi che appartiene a un adorabile ricercatore marino che abita in un’idilliaca comunità isolana, ma non è poi così cattivo. Con il tempo si è trovato una specie di casa e forse anche un posto nel cuore delle persone con cui lavora, o almeno quanto basta perché non gli piantino un proiettile in testa quando smette di essere utile per il boss.

Ma non ha mai immaginato che un solo giorno potesse cambiargli la vita, ed è sul punto di scoprire quanto si sbaglia.

Gli basta un giorno per incontrare l’uomo che sembra essere quello giusto, l’amore della sua vita. Sembra inconcepibile che un uomo che si occupa di morte possa trovare l’amore, ma è come se fosse destino. Gli basta un giorno, che si fa sempre più strano e in cui i problemi si accumulano, per costringere Ceaton a riflettere sulla sua cupa esistenza e ad accettare che in ventiquattro ore tutto può cambiare, perfino lui stesso. Il suo futuro potrebbe rivelarsi più luminoso di quanto si aspettasse, ma dovrà restare vivo abbastanza a lungo da scoprirlo.

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Illusions et faux-semblants

THIRDS (Fran├žais) | Tome 7

Suite de Choix et conséquences

THIRDS, tome 7

Dexter J. Daley n’a jamais eu la vie facile, mais il a toujours trouvé une façon de relever la tête et d’avancer avec le sourire. Enlevé chez lui des bras de Sloane Brodie, son compagnon et partenaire au THIRDS, Dex se retrouve dans une situation aussi mystérieuse et dangereuse que l’est le Therian qui le questionne. Il se voit également confirmer ce qu’il a toujours secrètement pensé : la mort de ses parents n’était pas un accident.

Découvrir toute la vérité sur les meurtres de John et Gina Daley enclenche une série d’événements qui changera à jamais les vies de Dex et Sloane. Alors que les secrets enfouis refont surface et que de nouvelles vérités sont révélées, l’amour que se portent Dex et Sloane est mis à l’épreuve avec, en jeu, bien plus que leur relation. Et si traverser ces eaux emplies de meurtres et d’agences gouvernementales secrètes ne suffisait pas, une chose inexplicable arrive à Dex… et rien ne sera plus jamais pareil.

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A THIRDS Universe Novel

Austen Payne, THIRDS Squadron Specialist Agent (SSA) for Destructive Delta and TIN operative, has seen the worst the world has to offer, faced lethal killers, and helped bring down dangerous organizations. But nothing terrifies him more than falling in love. After years of undercover work, Austen is a master at defending himself and protecting his heart… until he meets Osmond Zachary.

THIRDS Defense Agent Osmond Zachary has a huge, doting family, yet something is missing in his life. After meeting grumpy, foul-mouthed, jittery cheetah Therian Austen Payne, Zach knows exactly what that something—or someone—is. Unfortunately Austen seems determined to avoid Zach at all costs.

When Zach foils an assassination attempt, he ends up in the killer’s crosshairs, and Austen is Zach’s best chance at staying alive. Zach hopes the crisis will bring them closer, but Austen has every intention of walking away as soon as the danger is over.

Happily ever after isn’t for guys like Austen, but Zach is determined to show him it can be….

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Somebody to Die For

Requiem Inc.
Dreamspun Beyond | #27

A Requiem Inc. Story

Dying is easy. New love is terrifying.

Avery Wagner quit ghostwalking when he lost his beloved anchor to cancer. Now teaching others who have the ability, he’s beginning to live again—but he’s not looking for another lover, not now, maybe not ever.

But then he meets Jameson… younger, talented, dedicated, almost perfect, even though his mouth sometimes opens ahead of his brain. And Jameson wants Avery desperately, though he’ll settle for friendship if he can’t have more.

When an emergency demands they work together in the field, Avery discovers just how perfect Jameson is. But he had a perfect love once before, and he’s scared to even consider that he might have a chance at another. Can he trust Jameson with his newly healing heart?

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A Harmony Ink Press Title

Do nice guys always have to finish last?

For Dylan Porter, it’s starting to look that way. His plan is to finish high school, get a football scholarship, and come out to his family and friends when he has the cushion of being away at college. But none of that is going to happen if his failing grades get him kicked off the team.

His saving grace comes in the form of Tommy Peterson, the smartest kid in school, who also happens to be the Triple S that Dylan crushes on: smart, short, sexy. Dylan falls hard and when his feelings seem unrequited, he accidentally outs himself to his entire team, expecting them to oust him. But it’s anybody’s game as Dylan learns how to be honest about who he is and keeps his eye on the prize—the heart of Tommy Peterson. 

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Two of a Kind

Dreamspun Desires | #65

Working on a full house.

Once upon a time, Trey Williamson and Ap McIntosh had quite the whirlwind romance—but that was before family tragedy left them the guardians of five kids. Their lives have changed quite a bit over the last six years, but Ap is still on the rodeo circuit, doing what he does best in an attempt to feed all those extra mouths.

That leaves Trey back on the ranch, isolated and overworked as the kids’ sole caregiver. Something has to give, and when Ap comes home, they’re reminded how hot they burned once upon a time. But is it a love that can withstand wrangling over time, money, and the future? They have to decide what kind of family they want to be… and whether what they share can stand the test of time.

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A Few Good Fish

Fish Out of Water | Book Three

Fish Out of Water: Book Three

A tomcat, a psychopath, and a psychic walk into the desert to rescue the men they love…. Can everybody make it out with their skin intact? 

PI Jackson Rivers and Defense Attorney Ellery Cramer have barely recovered from last November, when stopping a serial killer nearly destroyed Jackson in both body and spirit.

But their previous investigation poked a new danger with a stick, forcing Jackson and Ellery to leave town so they can meet the snake in its den.

Jackson Rivers grew up with the mean streets as a classroom and he learned a long time ago not to give a damn about his own life. But he gets a whole new education when the enemy takes Ellery. The man who pulled his shattered pieces from darkness and stitched them back together again is in trouble, and Jackson’s only chance to save him rests in the hands of fragile allies he barely knows.

It’s going to take a little bit of luck to get these Few Good Fish out alive!

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Wyatt Findley is an up-and-coming artist, attending a prestigious art institute in St. Louis. His mentor, Lukas Callahan, has snagged a sweet house-sitting job for him in a gorgeous home in a well-to-do part of town. Wyatt can’t help but notice two men who live just across the street. 

They make an odd couple, since there must be a good twenty years difference between them. And yet there is something about the younger man that calls to Wyatt. 

Shylor Lind has been living with Randy Grant for fifteen years, ever since Grant hired Shy’s mother as his live-in housekeeper. But five years ago, their relationship changed when Shy’s mother sold him to Grant and took the money and ran. Since then, Randy has been training Shy to be his submissive, dominating him in every way. There is nothing Shy can do about the situation, and he has nowhere to go, no one to turn to. 

And then Wyatt enters his life… and nothing will ever be the same, as Wyatt engages in a battle for Shy’s very soul. 

 

The author is donating 10% of the royalties from this book to No Kid Hungry. Visit https://www.nokidhungry.org/

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Can a computer program understand love better than the human heart?

Archer, the AI at the dating service Q*pid, realizes humans don’t always make the best choices, so it begins making some unconventional choices for them.

Fox Kincade is the last of his group of friends to be single, so he’s delighted when he discovers a new match in his Q*pid app—one that, according to the new AI wizardry, should be the love of his life. Instead of the woman he’s expecting, he’s paired with Drew Larsen, a shy, somewhat nerdy PhD student who has also grown discouraged with romance.

Drew and Fox have little in common—aside from the fact that they’re both straight. Or so they thought. But as the guys get to know each other, they realize Archer might have the right idea. Their path isn’t smooth, because both need to overcome every idea they have about themselves and what true love might look like. But with the help of Archer—and some friends who have stuck with Fox and Drew through the thick and thin of their relationship trials—they might find their way into each other’s hearts.

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Kann es sein, dass ein Computerprogramm mehr von der Liebe versteht als das menschliche Herz?

Archer, die künstliche Intelligenz hinter der Partnervermittlung Q*pid, stellt fest, dass Menschen nicht immer die besten Entscheidungen treffen. Deshalb mischt er sich ein und übernimmt es für sie, einige wirklich unkonventionelle Entscheidungen zu treffen.

Fox Kincade ist der letzte Single in seinem Freundeskreis. Deshalb freut er sich besonders, als seine Q*pid-App ihm einen Vorschlag präsentiert, mit dem er – wenn man den Hexenkünsten der AI glauben darf – die Liebe seines Lebens finden wird. Doch zu Fox’ Überraschung handelt es sich bei diesem Idealpartner nicht um eine Frau, sondern um Drew Larsen, einen schüchternen und manchmal sonderlichen Doktoranden, der ebenfalls nicht an die wahre Liebe glaubt.

Drew und Fox haben wenig gemeinsam – wenn man von der Tatsache absieht, dass sie beide nicht schwul sind. Jedenfalls dachten sie das bisher. Aber je besser sie sich kennenlernen, umso mehr dämmert ihnen, dass Archer vielleicht gar nicht so falsch lag mit seinem Vorschlag. Es ist kein leichter Weg, denn sie müssen beide ihr althergebrachtes Selbstverständnis aufgeben und sich mit einem neuen Konzept von Liebe vertraut machen. Mit Archers Hilfe und der Unterstützung einiger Freunde, die Fox und Drew durch dick und dünn zur Seite stehen, gelingt es ihnen schließlich, alle Hindernisse aus dem Weg zu räumen.

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Il programma di un computer può comprendere l’amore meglio del cuore umano?

Archer, l’intelligenza artificiale del servizio di incontri online Q*pid, è consapevole che gli esseri umani non prendono sempre le decisioni migliori, e per questo motivo comincia a prenderne di bizzarre al posto loro. 

Fox Kincade è l’ultimo scapolo superstite nel suo gruppo di amici ed è al settimo cielo quando scopre di avere un nuovo match sulla sua app di incontri Q*pid: quel match, secondo l’avanzata stregoneria di Archer, dovrebbe essere l’amore della sua vita. Si aspettava una donna, ma si ritrova abbinato a Drew Larsen, un timido dottorando dall’aria un po’ nerd, che come lui ha cominciato a perdere le speranze in amore. 

Drew e Fox hanno poco in comune, a parte il fatto di essere entrambi etero. O così hanno sempre creduto. Tuttavia, mentre imparano a conoscersi, si rendono conto che Archer potrebbe aver avuto l’idea giusta. Il loro percorso non è facile: hanno bisogno di lasciarsi alle spalle l’immagine che hanno sempre avuto di loro stessi e del vero amore, ma con l’aiuto di Archer – e di alcuni amici che sono rimasti loro fedeli durante gli alti e bassi di quella nuova relazione – forse troveranno il modo di intrufolarsi l’uno nel cuore dell’altro. 

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Un logiciel peut-il mieux comprendre l’amour que le cœur humain ?

Archer, l’intelligence artificielle du site de rencontre Q*pidon, sait que les humains ne prennent pas toujours les meilleures décisions. Il commence alors à en prendre à leur place, même si elles ne sont pas très conventionnelles.

Fox Kincade est le dernier célibataire de son groupe d’amis. Il est ravi de découvrir que l’application Q*pidon a trouvé une personne qui lui correspond – une personne qui, selon la magie de cette nouvelle intelligence artificielle, serait son âme sœur. Quelle n’est pas sa surprise lorsqu’il découvre qu’au lieu de la femme qu’il attendait, il est associé avec Drew Larsen, un doctorant timide et assez geek qui ne croit plus en la romance.

Drew et Fox ont peu de choses en commun – si ce n’est le fait d’être hétérosexuel. Du moins, c’est ce qu’ils ont toujours cru. En apprenant à se connaître, ils se rendent compte qu’Archer ne les a peut-être pas associés par hasard. Le chemin ne sera pas sans embûches puisqu’ils devront dépasser l’image qu’ils se sont construite d’eux-mêmes et de ce que doit être le véritable amour. Mais avec l’aide d’Archer – et de quelques amis qui encourageront Fox et Drew à travers les hauts et les bas de leur relation –, ils pourraient trouver leur chemin vers le cœur de l’autre. 

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The Englor Affair

The Sci-Regency Series | Book Two

A Sci-Regency Novel: sequel to My Fair Captain

Anxious to escape the confines of Regelence society, if only for a little while, Prince Payton Townsend poses as an admiral’s aide to further investigate a dangerous conspiracy. Payton plans only to use his computer skills to help navigate the tangled web of mystery and deceit on planet Englor, then return home, but he finds himself drawn to the charismatic Colonel Simon Hollister.

Simon, however, is no mere soldier—he is heir to the throne of Englor, and his life is meticulously planned to include a bride and heir. Unlike Regelence, the Regency society on Englor disapproves of same-sex relationships, and Payton and Simon’s attraction plays out in a daring secret affair, one Simon never expected would grow into love.

Risking scandal and certain ruin if they are discovered, Payton and Simon uncover more about a common enemy and a deadly plot that imperils both their worlds. But in this game of interplanetary intrigue, love might be the ultimate casualty….

 

Second Edition

First Edition published by Samhain Publishing Ltd., November 2008.

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One bad decision can change your life forever.

It’s midnight in Berlin, and drifter Leon is hitchhiking home in the rain, covered in feathers after a wild festival in the city park. He can’t believe his luck when he’s picked up by a hot guy in a Porsche. That is, until he learns his driver is a creature from his worst nightmares—and plans to turn him into one too. He runs, but he can’t escape the werewolf’s bite.

Christoph made one mistake, but he’s paying for it plenty. He took Leon for a rogue werewolf on his way home from a hunt, and by the time he realizes the truth, it’s too late to do anything but make Leon a monster to save his life. That doesn’t save Christoph from the pack leader’s harsh punishment.

As Leon struggles to cope with his horrifying new reality—and his mixed feelings for the man who bit him—he’s desperate to discover not only what’s happened to Christoph, but the secrets their pack leader is hiding from them all.

Secrets the pack will kill to protect.

 

Second Edition

First Edition published by Samhain Publishing, Ltd., February 2012.

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Art House

Buchanan House | Book Six

Buchanan House: Book Six

Chase Holland spends his days painting Portland scenes to hang in local businesses, neglecting his own surrealist style. After twenty-five years as a full-time artist, he’s frustrated that his career has stalled, but churning out the equivalent of corporate art is better than getting a day job. Chase and Garrett have been together—off and on, but mostly on—for a decade. If asked, they would both say the source of their trouble is the seventeen-year age gap. The truth is less clear-cut. Life would be so much easier if Chase could make a living with his own art, or if Garrett held less conventional ideas about relationships.

Garrett Frisch has been watching their friends get married for the past two years, and it’s taking an emotional toll. When he proposes as a way to keep them together permanently, he thinks he’s being responsible, but Chase is ambivalent and hurt and can’t hide it. It doesn’t help that Garrett’s anxiety is out of control and he’s dealing with insecurities about his own art career. They will have to do their least favorite thing—talk about something more important than which food cart to visit—if they are to get the happy ending they both want.

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Hex and Candy

Dreamspun Beyond | #26
Strange Bedfellows

Strange Bedfellows

True love’s kiss can break the curse. But then what?

Cole Alpin runs a small-town candy store. He visits his grandmother twice a week. And sometimes he breaks curses.

Leo Ericson’s curse is obvious right away, spiderwebbing across his very nice body. Though something about it worries Cole, he agrees to help—with little idea of what he’s getting into.

Leo is a serial monogamist, but his vampire ex has taken dating off the table with his nasty spell, and Leo needs Cole’s companionship as much as his help. When the hex proves to be only the beginning of his problems, Leo seeks refuge at Cole’s place. Too bad magic prevents him from finding refuge in Cole’s arms.

Cole’s never had a boyfriend, so how can he recognize true love? And there’s still the matter of the one responsible for their troubles in the first place…. 

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Sa mère. Son meilleur ami. Le barman du pub local. Tout le monde a pour objectif de trouver un petit ami à Nathan Moffatt, même si c’est la dernière chose qu’il souhaite. Après avoir passé ses journées à s’assurer que ses clients ne connaissent rien d’autre que la magie du romantisme, le soir, l’organisateur de mariages du Granshire Hotel n’a qu’une envie : rentrer chez lui, regarder plusieurs épisodes de séries criminelles et manger une pizza en sous-vêtement.

Malheureusement, personne ne le croit et il doit subir les leçons de morale lui disant qu’il mourra seul. Mais un jour, il a une illumination. Il faudrait que ses proches comprennent qu’il vaut mieux qu’il reste célibataire. Il doit trouver un petit ami odieux.

Un seul homme peut tenir ce rôle.

Flynn Delaney est habitué à ce que l’île de Ceremony ne pense que du mal de lui, mais il préférerait ne pas avoir l’honneur d’occuper la place de « pire petit ami de l’île ». D’un autre côté, s’il accepte, il aura l’opportunité de sortir avec un homme sublime et de contrarier les propriétaires du Granshire Hotel. Ils seraient tous les deux gagnants.

Il n'y a qu'un un seul problème : comme Flynn se révèle être un bon petit ami, Nathan finit par se demander si quitter son canapé de temps en temps serait vraiment une si mauvaise idée.

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Sua madre.  Il suo migliore amico. La barista del pub. Tutti sono decisi a trovare a Nathan Moffatt un compagno. Peccato che sia l’ultima cosa che vuole lui! Ogni giorno, al lavoro, il wedding planner del Granshire Hotel fa in modo che i suoi clienti vivano il loro sogno romantico, ma quando torna a casa, vuole solo stare in pigiama sul divano a guardare serie poliziesche in televisione e mangiare pizza.

Purtroppo non gli crede nessuno, e tutti gli ricordano di continuo che, se andrà avanti così, morirà da solo. Un giorno, però, gli viene un’idea: per essere lasciato in pace ha bisogno che anche i suoi amici e conoscenti comincino a desiderare che resti single. Per convincerli ha bisogno di un pessimo fidanzato, e c’è un solo uomo adatto a quel compito.

A Flynn Delaney non importa che gli abitanti di Ceremony pensino il peggio di lui, ma non sa se vuole anche fregiarsi del discutibile titolo di peggior fidanzato dell’isola. D’altro canto, però, se starà al gioco potrà uscire con il bel Nathan e far arrabbiare i proprietari del Granshire Hotel. È una situazione che gioverebbe a entrambi.

C’è solo un problema. Flynn si rivela un bravo fidanzato, e ora Nathan comincia a chiedersi se abbandonare il divano ogni tanto sia davvero la cosa più brutta del mondo.

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