Short Stories

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POP Goes the Time Traveler

2012 Daily Dose | Time is Eternity

While heading to his car after a long day where nothing seemed to go right, Wallace Somerfield is startled by a sudden pop that lands him on his ass, and a stranger dressed as a Victorian gentleman offers him a hand up. Thomas claims to have journeyed to the future via a time machine he invented, but he hasn’t planned what to do now that he’s here. Wallace ends up taking him home for the night and introducing him to twenty-first-century amenities—such as gay romantic movies on DVD. One thing leads to another, leaving Wallace to wonder: can they find true love, or will Thomas disappear as suddenly as he appeared?

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Temporal Driftwood

2012 Daily Dose | Time is Eternity

David tried not to stare, but it wasn’t easy. Gorgeous Guy had a mop of dark hair, dark brown eyes that David knew he could stare into for eternity, an adorably dimpled chin, and just enough of a five o’clock shadow (it was just after noon) to give him that dangerous, bad boy look. This guy is totally out of your league, Lassen.

Then GG is gone, replaced by a little man with spectacles telling David he’s got one more opportunity to connect with the love of his life. The question is… will David take the chance?

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The Color of Spring Lightning

2012 Daily Dose | Time is Eternity

Kody Higgins is crossing the park in a spring thunderstorm when - kapow! - he suddenly wakes up in 1898. The turn of the century may not be the ideal age for a graphics designer/gym bunny to surface in, but when handsome tinker Jarvis Banks takes Kody under his wing, Kody decides that Victorian-era America just might have some perks.

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The Once and Future Love

2012 Daily Dose | Time is Eternity
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Anthony Davis, A-list Hollywood star, is adored by millions for his talent and striking good looks. Approaching fifty and feeling the pressure of competing with younger stars, he realizes that despite all he’s achieved, he’s alone and lonely. Then Anthony encounters Rob Harrison, who tutored him in college, at a fundraiser. Despite the chemistry between them back then, Anthony chose his career over love, and he recognizes the mistake he made at last. As he leaves the fundraiser, he glimpses a shooting star and makes a hopeless wish… asking for another chance with Rob.

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The Witching Hour

2012 Daily Dose | Time is Eternity

When teenager Perry Green witnesses his adult neighbor, Seth Moore, crying in his car late one evening, Perry sets out to console the man he’s spent many a year fantasizing about. But Seth’s personal crisis takes a backseat when a magical grandfather clock sends the two of them back in time to witness a pivotal moment in his past. As Seth and Perry work to solve the problem, romance blossoms—or it would, if Perry could just convince Seth that love surpasses time itself.

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Violet’s Present

2012 Daily Dose | Time is Eternity

When Matt’s Great-great-aunt Violet dies, she leaves him a precious gift: a photo album he loved as a child. Then Matt starts having dreams—very good dreams—about Joseph, one of the men in the pictures from the 1940s. One morning when Matt wakes up, the bruises are still there. Could there be more to Violet’s present than he thought?

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Escape. That’s what drives Taran to join the Riverdrivers aboard Geillidh: escape from the farming and fishing village of his kin; the lure of adventure and, most of all, the presence of Merimac—Wyr-chieftain of Geillidh and Taran's first lover. Though he might be Merimac’s cousin and lovemate, Taran gets no preferential treatment. He will have to earn his passage as full crew member the hard way—scrubbing decks and greasing blocks and pulleys—and surviving his first trip through the Strait is a rite of passage that brings its own reward in Merimac’s cabin.

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Paying the Piper

Bittersweet Dreams

Michael isn’t used to casino blackjack dealers telling him to cash in, but that’s what Daniel Aldaine does, recognizing the group of men waiting to collect what Michael owes them. He even fronts Michael the money he’s short to get the goons off his back. It’s the beginning of the best relationship Michael’s ever known, but a problem he doesn’t even recognize he has could end it all.

A Bittersweet Dreams title: It's an unfortunate truth: love doesn't always conquer all. Regardless of its strength, sometimes fate intervenes, tragedy strikes, or forces conspire against it. These stories of romance do not offer a traditional happy ending, but the strong and enduring love will still touch your heart and maybe move you to tears.

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Just His Type

Just Life
Bittersweet Dreams

Just Life: Book One

Daron’s looking for a certain type: he loves tall, slim older men, and he’s sure one of them will be his one true love, even though he doesn’t truly believe he deserves it. His lack of confidence leads him to a series of meaningless encounters with strangers, convinced that eventually he’ll find a relationship to last a lifetime. His best friend and coworker, Rebel, offers Daron the only stable relationship he’s ever known. Rebel is younger than Daron and only slightly taller, so definitely not his type. Daron enjoys the time they spend together, but refuses to allow himself to think it could be anything more than friendship. He’s never bothered to consider what Rebel thinks….

A Bittersweet Dreams title: It's an unfortunate truth: love doesn't always conquer all. Regardless of its strength, sometimes fate intervenes, tragedy strikes, or forces conspire against it. These stories of romance do not offer a traditional happy ending, but the strong and enduring love will still touch your heart and maybe move you to tears.

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Two years after the horrors of the Great War, Robert and Harry are fellow students at the University of Oxford, spending an idyllic day on the banks of the river. Robert idolizes Harry, though he’s sure the other man has no idea of his feelings. When Harry offers to take Robert out on a punt on the river, the afternoon takes a turn Robert never expected.

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The Dragon Tamer

Bittersweet Dreams
2012 Award Winners

Drake, a dragon master of the tamer clan, was barely a man himself when he saved the life of a youth burning with fever. Aedan, a fire mage, has dragon blood mingled with his own, creating such a tempestuous and volatile personality that it can literally burn him from the inside. Though Drake was able to calm the tumult enough to give Aedan a few years of peace, he knew that as the boy came of age, the fire in him would ignite once more.

When, years later, the effects of his fiery impulses force Aedan from the mage clan, his path crosses Drake’s again. Once more taming Aedan with a connection that joins them body and soul, Drake promises to protect Aedan forever—but he fears the day when “forever” might come to an end.

<p><strong>A Bittersweet Dreams title</strong>: It's an unfortunate truth: love doesn't always conquer all. Regardless of its strength, sometimes fate intervenes, tragedy strikes, or forces conspire against it. These stories of romance do not offer a traditional happy ending, but the strong and enduring love will still touch your heart and maybe move you to tears.</p>

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Theater major Erik Waite hasn’t acted in almost a year, and money is tight. So when his friend Michelle offers him a role in her new boyfriend’s musical, Erik accepts, even though it sounds rather dicey. The rehearsals are pure chaos, but Eric is delighted to learn that his high school crush, Phillip, will be playing the lead.  Unfortunately, Phillip’s controlling mother is playing his romantic interest, and she isn’t about to let anyone get too close to her son – especially when it appears Phillip may return Erik’s interest.  It will take a plan of epic proportions to give Eric the chance to star in his own love story.

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Gentle and shy, William has lived life on the sidelines. Solitude and his tiny bookshop have been a safe haven, and he's watched New York evolve from Stonewall to the gay marriage bill. At 61, he falls in love with Tommy, a young veteran going to school on the GI Bill. William doesn't believe Tommy could possibly care for him, and he begins to fear that Tommy and his troubled roommate Marley are setting him up for a heartbreaking fall. When Tommy disappears, William has to risk leaving his safe haven and walking into danger, maybe into betrayal, to save the boy he loves.

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Celtic Warrior & Wolf Spirit

The Shifter Chronicles

Sequel to Psychic Moon

Derek and Brian are celebrating their first Christmas together, and Brian is determined to show Derek a Christmas like those he shared with his family back east. A wolf shifter, Derek has never celebrated a traditional Christmas before; his pack usually shifts on Yule and hunts. But Brian’s holiday plans—and his future with Derek—are threatened by the unexpected appearance of Brian’s abusive ex-boyfriend, who refuses to let Brian go.

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A Walk in the Dark

2011 Advent Calendar | I'll Be Home for Christmas

A year ago, Brandon was Jared’s roommate’s boyfriend—and completely off limits. Rex and Brandon have since broken up, and now, as Christmas approaches, Jared runs into Brandon again… and wonders if Brandon might return his once-helpless longing.

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Bringing Home the Ice Prince

2011 Advent Calendar | I'll Be Home for Christmas

Author Cole Stanton is hiding in the backwoods of rural North Carolina, nursing grief and an overwhelming sense of loneliness when Eric Sartori shows up on his doorstep. Eric—his editor and friend—is there to get Cole back home to the bustling metropolis of New York. But Eric will have to melt the ice around his prince’s heart to keep Cole from spending his Christmas in silence and regret.

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Ella

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2011 Advent Calendar | I'll Be Home for Christmas

Ella is fifty-five, unhappy, and one drink shy of becoming a Christmas suicide statistic. On a joyless Christmas Eve, Ella takes a walk and looks into a window and sees the present no one would ever think to give her, a present that will change her outlook on life.

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Jolly Old St. Barts

2011 Advent Calendar | I'll Be Home for Christmas

After grieving over the death of his partner for a long, lonely year, Matt is finally starting to feel the need to pursue love again. Andy, an A-List model just back from Milan, longs for someone special to spend his life with but for the time being, sets out to find the hot guy he tried to pick up the year before from the local Christmas tree lot. The magic of a snowy Christmas Eve may prove that Saint Nick’s not the only one who can ring in the Yuletide—sometimes you just need a hottie from St. Barts.

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