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Captive Wings

Anima | Book Two

Anima: Book Two

Liberation from one master might mean enslavement to another.

For centuries, the Kuro swan shifters have been the unwilling servants of the Dryma faeries. That changed when Prince Tristan of the Dryma attempted to sacrifice himself for Royal Kuro Kanji—his lover and mate.

The Sidhee, seeing Tristan’s actions to free the swans as a betrayal, launch a devastating attack that leaves most of the Kuro and Dryma dead or imprisoned.The fate of the swans rests entirely on Kanji’s shoulders, and he must somehow devise a plan that will protect both his partner and his tribe as the war with the Sidhee rages. It won’t be easy for mortal enemies to become allies, and Kanji is beginning to despair of ever waking Tristan from his deathlike slumber. And neither the Kuro nor the Dryma can compete with the Sidhee when it comes to brutal violence.

When Kanji finds a small boy asleep at the bottom of a lake, his hope for reuniting with Tristan is rekindled. But what is the boy, and can his magic turn the tide against a seemingly unstoppable enemy?

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La musa di Ery Phillips è latitante. Lui è certo che sia tutta colpa del suo lavoro di grafico, perché, parliamoci chiaro, quale musa vorrebbe disegnare loghi di supermercati e tavole di libri con cateteri?

Quando Dylan e Chris, gli amici di Ery, volano in Europa per una vacanza, Ery non si fa sfuggire l’occasione di trasferirsi nella loro fattoria, nella speranza che un periodo in campagna incoraggerà la sua musa a tornare. Certo, la fattoria ha le sue stranezze – Dylan è un lupo mannaro e la casa è stata di recente infestata dai fantasmi – ma Ery non ha alcuna intenzione di cancellare i suoi piani solo perché i suoi amici gli hanno detto che c’è qualcosa di strano nel laghetto. Quello che non si aspetta è Karl, un bellissimo uomo nudo che fa la sua comparsa sulla riva.

Con Karl come fonte di ispirazione, Ery crea dei quadri incredibili e comincia a raggiungere un successo che prima aveva solo sognato. Ma stare con Karl presenta delle difficoltà che spingono Ery a mettere in discussione i suoi obiettivi professionali. Far avverare i propri sogni assieme a un compagno piuttosto inusuale si rivelerà molto più difficile di quanto Ery si aspettasse.

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Ricky Lee est de retour

Dreamspun Desires (Français) | #58

Une deuxième chance pour vivre son premier amour, s’il en a le courage. 

Alex se considère comme un raté. À l’école secondaire, alors qu’il envisageait une carrière professionnelle dans le football, il noua une amitié improbable avec Ricky Lee Jennings, un jeune métis comanche issu des pires quartiers de la ville. Leur goût commun pour les livres aurait pu évoluer vers un sentiment plus fort, mais quand un coéquipier homophobe s’en prend à Ricky Lee, Alex ne peut se résoudre à risquer sa bourse universitaire pour le défendre. Ricky Lee est expulsé et Alex n’entend plus parler de lui pendant plus d’une décennie. 

Les jours de gloire d’Alex sont désormais dans le passé. Blessé, il n’a pu mener à bien ses rêves de gloire dans le football et son mariage a sombré en même temps que ses aspirations à créer une différence dans le lobbysme environnemental. 

Tout pourrait changer quand Ricky Lee se présente à la réunion des anciens élèves de l’école…

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Jamies Leben ist eine einzige finanzielle Katastrophe, was aber nicht seine Schuld ist. Dass er in der Bibliothek einen Wohltäter finden würde, ist das Letzte, womit er gerechnet hätte. Auch wenn er anfangs misstrauisch ist, was Guys Motive betrifft, wird schnell klar, dass sein Retter ein guter Mann ist, der im Leben Glück hatte und das nun weitergeben will. Dass Guy schwul ist, ist kein Problem. Jamie hat ohnehin kein Interesse … glaubt er zumindest.

Die beiden kommen gut miteinander aus und Guy freut sich, dass er Jamie unterstützen kann. Aber als Jamie seiner Neugierde nachgibt, sieht Guy den jungen Mann plötzlich mit anderen Augen. Was als Hilfestellung begann, ist nun etwas völlig anderes …

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Alpha Wave

The Elusive Spark | Book Two

A Harmony Ink Press Title

The Elusive Spark: Book Two

Keira Fairchild is running for her life, and she won’t make it far without someone watching her back.

Her powers helped her elude a slave trader, Holcomb, who planned to sell her to the highest bidder, and the deadly Paragon Academy. But now Keira needs some allies and some answers. Who is the imprisoned alien being who keeps contacting her in her dreams? Keira is aided by a group of teens—James, Lumen, and Paul—with powers like her own, and all of them are ready for a fight. The small group must rescue the captive alien and escape Dr. Albion, who seeks to steal their abilities and eliminate them. Survival will mean a desperate struggle, and none of them can succeed on their own.

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Bad to the Bone

Dreamspun Desires | #58

A second chance at first love—if he has the courage to take it.

Alex can’t think of himself as anything but a failure. In high school, he was on the fast track to a career in pro football when he forged an unlikely friendship with a half-Comanche boy from the wrong part of town, Ricky Lee Jennings. Their shared love of books could have grown into more—but a homophobic teammate attacked Ricky Lee, and Alex wouldn’t risk his scholarship to defend him. Ricky Lee was kicked out of school, and Alex never heard from him again.

Now Alex’s glory days are nothing but a memory. An injury ended his football aspirations, his marriage fell apart, and his dreams of making a difference as an environmental lobbyist are as dead as his fantasies of sports stardom.

But all that could change in one magical night, when Ricky Lee shows up at their high-school reunion.

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Eddie  Grabers Traum von einem Gnadenhof, einem Zufluchtsort für gerettete Nutztiere, war gerade im Begriff, in Erfüllung zu gehen, als sein Lebensgefährte ihn in letzter Minute im Stich lässt. Jetzt läuft Eddie Gefahr, das zehn Hektar große Gelände in Lancaster County ‒ und alle Hoffnungen, die er daran gesetzt hatte ‒ zu verlieren, bevor das Projekt überhaupt in Gang gekommen ist. Er braucht Hilfe, er braucht Geld, aber was am wichtigsten ist: Er muss den Glauben an dessen höhere Bedeutung wiederfinden, die ihn überhaupt erst hergeführt hatte.

Samuel Miller hat hart gearbeitet, um sich in seine Amish-Gemeinschaft einzufügen, trotz seines Klumpfußes. Aber als sein Vater herausfindet, dass Samuel schwul ist, wird er ausgepeitscht und verstoßen. Mit nur ein paar Hundert Dollar in der Tasche antwortet Samuel auf eine Stellenanzeige für einen Knecht und findet sich als Angestellter eines Stadtmenschen wieder, der ein sanftes Herz hat, aber seltsame Vorstellungen von Tieren und keine Ahnung, wie er seine kleine Farm führen muss. 

Samuel ist nicht die einzige verlorene Seele, die glücklicherweise ihren Weg zur Meadow Lake Farm findet. Da sind Fred und Ginger, zwei Kühe, die in einer Garage gelebt haben, eine Herde Schafe und ein kleines schwarzes Schwein namens Benny, das der Schlüssel zu Leben, Liebe und Geld sein könnte ‒ und vielleicht sogar zum Happy End für zwei Außenseiter.

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Quand le paléontologue Nick Eisenberg apprend qu’on pense avoir déterré les os d’un vélociraptor dans l’Alberta, au Canada, sa curiosité surpasse son envie de rester vivre à Londres. Après tout, en tant qu’éminent spécialistedes prédateurs préhistoriques, il a toujours voulu découvrir les cousins nord-américains du Velociraptor. Un seul problème se pose : Hunter Joseph, un défenseur de l’environnement. Pendant que Nick supervise la fouille, Hunter rassemble les gens de la région pour s’opposer à la destruction du paysage provoquée par son équipe, dans sa recherche des précieux os de dinosaures.

Impossible pour Nick, l’intello étroit d’esprit, et Hunter, le rabat-joie moralisateur, de s’entendre. Néanmoins, ils devront trouver un moyen de travailler sur le même site sans se sauter à la gorge, d’autant plus que quelqu’un semble bien déterminé à causer à Nick plus de soucis qu’il n’aurait jamais pu imaginer.

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Nudging Fate

Enchanted Occasions
Dreamspun Beyond | #20

An Enchanted Occasions Story

Not exactly a match made in Valhalla.

Half-norn event planner Anders Skuldsson is under strict orders from Asgard not to meddle with Fate. But with Enchanted Occasions’ latest booking—a competition for the hand of Faerie’s one true prince—crashing around his ears, it’s really difficult to toe that particular line. But if Andy pretends to be a contender for the prince…. It’s only temporary, so Odin can’t blame him. Right?

Conall of Odstone’s half-brother, Prince Reyner, was supposed to choose a mate before being crowned and wed. But the idiot left Con to impersonate him. Again.

When Con meets Andy, his anger turns to desire… and despair. Even if Andy forgives him for his imposture, how could someone eligible for a prince’s hand settle for the court outcast? And the double-deception isn’t their only obstacle. Unless Andy makes the right choice, their fates could be sealed by…well… Fate.

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Per cinque minuti in più

Enhanced World (Italiano) | Libro 1

Serie Enhanced World, Libro 1

Fin dal momento della sua trasformazione in un umano potenziato, Talon Valdez sapeva che avrebbe dovuto dire addio alla sua vita e ai suoi sogni. Trattati con diffidenza, insultati, spesso rinchiusi, i potenziati sono visti come mostri, disprezzati dalla società e considerati inadatti a prestare servizio nell’esercito o nelle forze dell’ordine.

Anni più tardi, ha la possibilità di creare una task force di potenziati all’interno dell’FBI, ma a una condizione: ogni potenziato deve fare coppia con un essere umano normale.

Finn Mayer sogna di entrare nell’FBI da quando aveva quattordici anni e ha fatto qualsiasi sacrificio perché ciò avvenisse: ha sopportato di vivere con una madre egoista, con un fratello omofobo e bullo e di non avere un compagno. Soffre però di dislessia non diagnosticata e basta questo a frustrare le sue aspirazioni sul nascere. La sua ultima occasione è fare coppia con Talon, un potenziato con abilità letali, che però non vuole affidare i suoi segreti ai normali e che pertanto vuole vederlo fallire.

Quattro sono le settimane a disposizione di Finn per provare alla squadra quanto vale. Quattro le settimane perché la squadra dimostri al resto del mondo che può funzionare. E quando un altro gruppo minaccia il loro successo – mettendo a rischio le loro vite – sarà per quattro settimane che dovranno sopravvivere.

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Sin and Tonic

Sinners Series | Book Six

Sequel to Absinthe of Malice

Sinners Series: Book Six

Miki St. John believed happy endings only existed in fairy tales until his life took a few unexpected turns… and now he’s found his own.

His best friend, Damien, is back from the dead, and their new band, Crossroads Gin, is soaring up the charts. Miki’s got a solid, loving partner named Kane Morgan—an Inspector with SFPD whose enormous Irish family has embraced him as one of their own—and his dog, Dude, at his side.

It’s a pity someone’s trying to kill him.

Old loyalties and even older grudges emerge from Chinatown’s murky, mysterious past, and Miki struggles to deal with his dead mother’s abandonment, her secrets, and her brutal murder while he’s hunted by an enigmatic killer who may have ties to her.

The case lands in Kane’s lap, and he and Miki are caught in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse. When Miki is forced to face his personal demons and the horrors of his childhood, only one thing is certain: the rock star and his cop are determined to fight for their future and survive the evils lurking in Miki’s past.

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Blindsided

Men of Sports

A Men of Sports Story

Love can hit you hard before you even see it coming….

When rugby player Liam transfers to Melbourne, he’s blindsided by his attraction to the hottest lifeguard on the beach. Luckily Matty knows mouth-to-mouth….

Liam’s left his friends and family—everything comforting and familiar—back in Canberra. He knows it all comes with the job, adjusting to a new city and a new team, but he’s lonely. Maybe it’s time to find something outside his career to fulfill him.

Working as a lifeguard and being by the ocean is Matty’s dream come true. The big, blond, blue-eyed hottie new to his beach catches his attention right away. When he runs into Liam again at the pub, he takes the shy league player under his wing and into his group of mates, and they become fast friends.

But when they go from friends to lovers, the emotions that come with their deepening romance catch them both off guard. Can two men without any experience at relationships navigate their way to steady ground?

 

Second Edition

First Edition published by Totally Bound Publishing, December 2013.

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Fremde Weiten

Geschichten aus der Ferne | Buch 4

Buch 4 in der Serie – Geschichten aus der Ferne

Der Westernsänger Willie Meadows ist ein einziger Schwindel. Er hat noch nie auf einem Pferd gesessen und seine „Western“- Klamotten stammen aus einer Boutique in LA. Kein Wunder, dass Wilson Edwards, der echte Mann in diesen nachgemachten Stiefeln, unter einer Schreibblockade leidet. Entschlossen, wieder Zugang zu seiner Musik zu finden, kauft er eine Ranch in Wyoming, um das Landleben kennenzulernen, auch wenn er keinen Schimmer hat, wie man eine Ranch führt. Dann taucht Steve Peterson auf. Verzweifelt, mittellos und hungrig, ist er gerade aus einer Klinik entkommen, die Homosexuelle umerzieht und von der Sekte seines Vaters betrieben wird.

Eigentlich sollte Steve die Pferde des Vorbesitzers ausbilden, aber nun ist der Job futsch, zusammen mit seinem vermeintlichen Arbeitgeber. Glücklicherweise hat Wilson eine vorübergehende Lösung parat: Steve kann “Ranch-sitten“, während Wilson geschäftlich in LA ist. Aber als er wieder zurückkommt, erkennt Wilson den Besitz kaum wieder. Auf den Koppeln stehen Pferde in Ausbildung und die Ranch ist in einem Topzustand. Und plötzlich erkennt er, dass er nicht vom Cowboydasein inspiriert wird, sondern von Steve selbst.

Aber die Sekte ist immer noch hinter Steve her und Wilsons Angst vor einem Skandal bedeutet, dass er sich immer noch nicht öffentlich geoutet hat. Ein Coming-out könnte das Ende von Willies Karriere bedeuten – aber seine Gefühle für Steve zu leugnen, könnte den einzigen Teil von ihm auslöschen, der echt ist.

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Being a hard-core rodeo cowboy means getting by with little money and less of a future. But for two hardscrabble rodeo riders, that might change….

Dean’s been around the rodeo circuit long enough to know when a new kid is down on his luck. Giving young Will a ride to the next event is just the neighborly thing to do, passing on some of the kindness strangers have shown him over the years. Who’d expect Will to be such good company? So good in fact, that Dean figures he might just keep Will around—especially since Will feels the same.

Traveling from rodeo to rodeo, enjoying all the fringe benefits they can, is a dream come true for Dean and Will. Troubles with Dean’s family and Will’s stubborn pride separate them for a while, but they always come back together when the chips are down. These two cowboys are a match made in heaven—now they just need to convince everyone else to let them live the life they love and find their future together.

 

Latigo first published by Torquere Press, July, 2005.

Bits of Leather first published by Torquere Press, July 2007.

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Le secret du sénateur

Dreamspun Desires (Français) | #17

Lorsque son adversaire du parti républicain publie une photo qui révèle son homosexualité sur Facebook, le sénateur Samuel Dalton n’a pas beaucoup de solutions. Peu importe que la photo soit complètement innocente. Il doit avouer la vérité… Puis son équipe de campagne propose un rebondissement inattendu.

Oui, cela lui accorderait la sympathie des électeurs, particulièrement celle de la communauté LGBT, mais la solution semble un peu drastique. 

Et puis, il faut convaincre Gary, l’autre homme sur la photo, de jouer le jeu. Cela ne paraît pas difficile de faire croire à toute la Caroline du Nord que Sam et lui sont fiancés.

Pas difficile, sauf qu’ils viennent tout juste de se rencontrer… 

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Plummet to Soar

Plummet to Soar

A Plummet to Soar Story

Feckless, luckless, and charming, Mackenzie Detweiller is the author of a self-help book one reviewer calls “the most misbegotten motivational tool since Mein Kampf.” He’s maneuvered himself into a career as a life coach, but more often than not, his advice is bad. Really bad.

It’s even getting people hurt… and Mackenzie sued.

It falls to Mackenzie’s long-suffering acquisitions editor, JD Chambers, to deliver the bad news. He chooses to do so face-to-face—to see if the spark he senses between them is real when they’re together in the flesh. Unfortunately, a snowstorm, a case of nerves, a case of mistaken identity, and finally a murder get in the way of a potential enemies-to-lovers romance.

There are many, many people who have good reason to want Mackenzie dead. JD must find out which one is acting on it before it’s too late for both of them.

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Riusciranno due compagni di stanza al college ad andare oltre l’amicizia per trovare l’amore?

Kyle: Con il duro lavoro, sono certo che il mio ruolo di playmaker mi farà arrivare da una piccola città di campagna dell’Indiana all’NBA. So di provare attrazione verso i ragazzi, ma se lo ammettessi potrei deludere mio padre, che è tutta la famiglia che mi è rimasta. Ho grandi sogni, quindi continuerò a tenerlo segreto. Finché la mia vita sarà priva di scandali, avrò un’occasione.

Micah: La mia famiglia numerosa non ha i soldi per aiutarmi a proseguire gli studi, ma questo non mi impedirà di diventare medico. Ho dovuto lasciare la casa che condividevo con il mio ex per non impazzire. Per fortuna, ho sentito che qualcuno sta cercando un compagno di stanza. Vivere con un atleta etero non sarà facile, ma è un rischio che sono disposto a correre.

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Als seine Mutter krank wurde, hat Doug Heavy Runner das Leben als offen schwuler Polizist in Miami hinter sich gelassen und ist in seine Heimat im Salish-Kootenai Indian Reservat zurückgekehrt. Seit ihrem Tod vor zwei Jahren fristet er ein leeres Dasein als Hilfssheriff in einer Kleinstadt und hält sich mit One-Night-Stands in der nächsten größeren Stadt bei geistiger Gesundheit. Dann begegnet er Detective Christopher Hayes und sie verbringen eine so leidenschaftliche Nacht miteinander, dass Doug seine eigenen Regeln bricht und es zulässt, dass aus dem One-Night-Stand ein ganzes Wochenende wird. 

Als Christopher von San Diego nach Montana reist, um den Selbstmord seines ihm aus sehr guten Gründen entfremdeten älteren Bruders zu regeln, erwartet er nicht, den Mann, mit dem er gerade erst das Wochenende verbracht hat, als Sachbearbeiter des Falles seines Bruders wiederzufinden. Natürlich hat er nichts dagegen, mehr Zeit mit Doug zu verbringen – aber dann zerstört ein Brandstifter das Haus, das Christopher von seinem Bruder geerbt hat und Christopher und Doug finden sich als Hauptverdächtige wieder.

Als sie anfangen zu ermitteln, stellen sie fest, dass Christophers toter Bruder sie auf die Spur eines irren Pädophilen geführt hat, der vor nichts zurückschreckt, um sein jüngstes Opfer zum Schweigen zu bringen. Aber die Suche nach dem Opfer geht entsetzlich schief … 

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