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High Balls

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Balls to the Wall
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A Balls to the Wall Romance

Though only twenty-six, single father Theodore Walters lives with his head in the clouds and his feet firmly planted in reality. At the center of his life is Andy, his seven-year-old son, with whom he shares no DNA, though nobody—including his religious-fanatic in-laws—knows that, and Theodore will do anything to keep them from finding out. Theodore works hard to get his PhD and the tenure and salary that might follow to make a better life for Andy—but the head of his department thinks his dissertation on Jane Austen and romance novels is frivolous.

Theodore’s carefully planned life goes off the rails when he walks into a popular Laguna Beach bar and meets the bartender, “Snake” Erasmo, a pierced and tattooed biker who sends Theodore’s imagination—and libido—soaring. Snake has even more secrets than Theodore and couldn’t be a less “appropriate” match, but he might be the only guy with the skills to show Theodore that happily ever after is for real.

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Volleyball (Deutsch)

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Eine doppelte Dosis Alphamann kann doch nicht schaden, oder?

David Underwood ist gerade erst einer Beziehung zu einem gewalttätigen Alphamann entkommen, da fällt sein Blick auf zwei heiße Mitglieder der australischen Beachvolleyball-Mannschaft, die am Strand von Laguna Beach Volleyball spielen. Und prompt muss er sich deren Beleidigungen anhören. Trotzdem erliegt er dem Charme von Gareth Marshall, der sich Davids wegen vor seinem Team outet. Nur einer macht ihnen das Leben zur Hölle: Edge, der nicht minder heiße Volleyballpartner von Gareth.

Gareth hat jahrelange Erfahrung darin, seine Sexualität vor seinen Mitmenschen und insbesondere vor Edge, zu dem er sich schon immer hingezogen fühlte, zu verheimlichen. David ist der erste Mann, der jemals mit Edge mithalten konnte und Gareth’ Leidenschaft weckte. Umso mehr leidet Gareth unter dem ablehnenden Verhalten seines alten Freundes. Doch Edge hat auch seine Geheimnisse, und Davids Ex ist ebenfalls nicht allzu glücklich, auf seinen Prügelknaben verzichten zu müssen. Alles scheint sich gegen David verschworen zu haben. Werden sie ihr Glück finden, er und sein Alphamann? Oder gar … er und seine Alphamänner?

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Le valet des cœurs brisés

Un amour à Laguna

Un amour à Laguna, numéro hors série

Jim Carney a un travail à temps plein : se fuir lui-même. Depuis qu’il a quitté sa riche famille à seize ans, après avoir détruit la vie de son meilleur ami à cause de quelques mangas yaoi, Jim mène une existence d’ouvrier du bâtiment macho, avec un goût prononcé pour l’alcool et un rejet des responsabilités. C’est alors que Billy Ballew, l’homme qu’il admire le plus, lui donne l’occasion de prouver sa valeur en le nommant chef de chantier. Pour la première fois, Jim est déterminé à rendre quelqu’un fier.

Mais, alors qu’il s’apprête à passer un examen médical pour son nouveau travail, Jim voit son fantasme yaoi prendre vie en la personne du cardiologue Ken Tanaka. Il se découvre ainsi deux problèmes de cœur : une valve mitrale défectueuse et une attirance irrésistible pour son médecin. Néanmoins, Ken est un vrai tombeur et Jim craint de n’être qu’une encoche de plus à son stéthoscope. Quant à Ken, Jim lui paraît inoubliable, mais il incarne le pire cauchemar de sa famille à cheval sur les traditions.

Pourquoi faut-il qu’au moment où il décide de se montrer responsable, Jim se retrouve à s’occuper de son petit frère, à recevoir une proposition de la part d’une femme aisée, signant ainsi un pacte avec le diable, et à finir à l’hôpital, quand il ne désire qu’une chose : son valet des cœurs brisés ?

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Cataclysmic Shift

The Aloysius Tales

An Aloysius Tale

Aloysius, the magical black cat and powerful witch’s familiar, isn’t afraid to go into battle to protect his master, but the outcome of the fight turns his feline world upside down. A direct hit of magic steals not only his memories and power, but even the body he’s lived in for several centuries. When he wakes up naked on the floor of a veterinarian’s office, it isn’t as the cat Aloysius, but as the sixteenth-century French gentleman Alain Bellarose. And when Alain sees sexy and enigmatic veterinarian Luke Elliott, he decides he’ll make the best of his time as a human.

Luke is a man with secrets who generally prefers the company of animals—though the flamboyant boy who washes his face with the side of his hand and tries to lick his own privates might prove an exception.

Meanwhile, Witch Master Killian Barth and his secret weapon, Sammy, struggle without Aloysius’s power to draw on. Two evil females are circling, and seeing the coven’s weakness, they’re about to move in for the kill. When Alain’s memories return, he’s faced with the ultimate dilemma: protect his community or stay with the man he loves.

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First Edition published by Loose Id, 2013.

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I cowboy non lo dicono

I cowboy non...

Un libro della serie I cowboy non...

Rand McIntyre ha deciso di accontentarsi nella vita. Ama il suo piccolo ranch in California e allevare cavalli, e adora insegnare a cavalcare ai bambini, ma per averne di suoi e avere accanto qualcuno da amare dovrebbe ammettere di essere gay, mettendo a repentaglio tutto quello che ha costruito. Poi, un giorno, nonostante la fobia degli aerei, va in vacanza con i genitori a Hana, nelle Hawaii, e conosce l’affascinante e misterioso Kai Kealoha, un autentico cowboy hawaiano. Rand si affeziona al fratellino e alla sorellina di Kai tanto quanto si infatua di lui, ma Kai sembra avere più aculei di un porcospino e più segreti dell’esotica terra da cui proviene.

Kai ha sempre mantenuto la sua riservatezza e vive per proteggere i suoi “bambini”. Per il bene di tutti dovrebbe starsene alla larga da quel bellissimo cowboy, ma visto che si tratta solo di un haole che sta facendo una breve vacanza, che potrebbe mai succedere? Quando le più terribili paure di Kai e gli incubi peggiori di Rand si avverano nello stesso momento, non c’è molta speranza per due cowboy che non possono, o non vogliono, dire di essere gay.

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Fool of Main Beach

Love in Laguna

A Love in Laguna Novel

Merle Justice wants to reach for the stars, but it’s tough to get respect when playing a teenybopper vampire on TV. Then he meets a famous director anxious to give him all he thinks he wants—and maybe a bit more. Everything’s looking up until a life-threatening encounter with some homophobes on Main Beach puts Merle face-to-face with a Sasquatch-sized hero in a pink puffer coat.

Tom Henry defies description. As unsophisticated and simple as an angel, he walks through life content with who he is and asking for very little except to care for his sister, Lily, and the dogs he loves. Then he meets Merle, the embodiment of dreams he barely knows he has. Merle knows the people who hold his future in their hands might love Tom—but they’ll never understand Merle and Tom together. Tom knows it too. With lives this far apart, who’s really the fool of Main Beach?

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Ce que font les cowboys, numéro hors série 

Rand McIntyre  se contente d’une vie satisfaisante. Il aime son petit ranch en Californie, élever des chevaux et apprendre à monter aux enfants – mais pour avoir ses propres enfants et une personne à aimer, il serait obligé de révéler son homosexualité et cela mettrait en péril tout ce qu’il a construit. Un jour, malgré sa phobie de prendre l’avion, il part en vacances à Hana, Hawaii, avec ses parents et rencontre le ténébreux et mystérieux Kai Kealoha, un vrai cowboy hawaiien. Rand se prend d’affection pour le petit frère et la petite sœur de Kai autant qu’il s’éprend du jeune homme, mais Kai est plus piquant qu’un lézard à cornes et plus mystérieux que le territoire exotique dont il est originaire.

Kai tient à son intimité et vit pour protéger ses « enfants ». Pour le bien de tout le monde, il vaut mieux qu’il garde ses distances avec le beau et grand cowboy – mais comme cet homme n’est qu’un haole venu prendre de courtes vacances, peut-il vraiment causer des dommages ? Quand les plus grandes peurs de Kai et les cauchemars les plus atroces de Rand deviennent réalité, il y a peu d’espoir pour une relation entre deux cowboys qui ne peuvent pas – ou ne veulent pas – se révéler au grand jour.

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Kein Coming Out für Cowboys

Cowboys tun das nicht

Ein Titel der Cowboys tun das nicht Serie

Rand McIntyre  begnügt sich mit ausreichender Zufriedenheit. Er liebt seine kleine Ranch in Kalifornien, seine Pferdezucht und den Reitunterricht mit den Kindern, die er vergöttert – für eigene Kinder und einen geliebten Menschen in seinem Leben müsste er sich outen und damit alles, was er sich erarbeitet hat, aufs Spiel setzen. Dann begleitet er trotz seiner Flugangst seine Eltern zu einem Urlaub nach Hana in Hawaii, wo er den dunkelhaarigen, geheimnisvollen Kai Kealoha kennenlernt, einen echten hawaiianischen Cowboy. Rand mag Kais junge Geschwister und lechzt nach Kai, doch der Mann ist stachliger als eine Krötenechse und undurchschaubarer als seine exotische Heimat.

Kai hat sich ein zurückgezogenes Leben aufgebaut, in dem er „seine“ Kinder beschützen kann, und sollte sich zu seinem und ihrem Wohl von dem großen, gut aussehenden Cowboy fernhalten. Nur wie viel Schaden kann ein Haole bei einem kurzen Urlaub schon anrichten? Als jedoch Kais schlimmste Befürchtungen und Rands dunkelste Albträume Wirklichkeit werden, gibt es nicht viel Hoffnung für zwei Cowboys, die sich nicht outen können – oder wollen.

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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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Une mariée sur mesure

Dreamspun Desires (Français) | #5

Il épousera la femme de chambre pour hériter de 50 millions de dollars, mais un secret pourrait faire capoter l’affaire.

Taylor Fitzgerald a besoin d’une mariée de dernière minute.

À la veille de son vingt-cinquième anniversaire, le fils du milliardaire découvre, bien qu’il soit gay, qu’il doit épouser une femme avant minuit ou perdre un héritage de cinquante millions de dollars. Il file donc à Las Vegas… où il rencontre la belle femme de chambre Ally May.

Il y a juste un problème de taille : Ally est en fait Alessandro Macias, fils d’un imposant magnat de l’hôtellerie brésilien. Mais si Ally continue à prétendre être une fille un peu plus longtemps, y a-t-il une chance qu’ils puissent découvrir que ce mariage est fait pour eux ? 

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Luca McGrath may be returning to Napa Valley, California, as a promising chef with dreams of starting his own restaurant and winery, but his heart still lives with the bad-boy son of a billionaire, James Armstrong. Luca spent his childhood playing games with the golden boy of California society, so blinded by James he barely noticed the dark, quiet lure of his conservative older brother, Dylan Armstrong.

But now Luca’s home, and his own powers of attraction are enough to make James question his dedicated heterosexuality and his promised marriage to a wealthy and powerful businesswoman. The obvious attraction between Luca and James spurs Dylan into action—but he’s fighting a huge secret. While Luca dreamed of James, Dylan dreamed of Luca. When Luca gets caught in the struggle between the brothers and gets accused of culinary espionage he’s ready to chuck the fairy tale—unable to even imagine Dylan’s power to make his dreams come true.

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Les braises sous la cendre

Les contes de Pennymaker

Les contes de Pennymaker, numéro hors série

Mark Sintorella (surnommé Cendres) travaille sans relâche en tant que valet dans un hôtel de luxe le jour, et dessine des vêtements la nuit, dans l’espoir secret de réussir un jour à entrer en école de mode. Mais tous ses plans tombent à l’eau le jour où il rencontre Ashton Armitage, fils de la cinquième plus grosse fortune des États-Unis. Le Prince Ashton est sans conteste le jeune homme le plus séduisant que Mark ait jamais vu de sa vie. 

Le testament du grand-père d’Ashton le contraint à se marier s’il veut toucher l’héritage familial, aussi décide-t-il d’épouser Kiki Fanderel. Ce que personne ne sait, c’est qu’en réalité, Ash est gay, et c’est le garçon qui nettoie les cheminées qui fait battre son cœur.

Pour compliquer encore la situation, l'étrange Carstairs Pennymaker, petit homme espiègle et facétieux, découvre que Mark est styliste et décide de lui faire porter ses créations en le faisant passer pour une femme, espérant ainsi impressionner les gourous de la mode qui séjournent à l’hôtel. Et lorsque sonnent les douze coups de minuit, le prince se retrouve confronté non pas à une, mais deux princesses. Seulement l’une d’entre elles n’est pas ce qu’elle semble être. À qui la chaussure ira-t-elle ? Seul le mystérieux Monsieur Pennymaker le sait…

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A Balls to the Wall Anthology

Push romance to the limit with two beloved tales of passion between men—newly edited and expanded to pump up the heat. When it comes to love, don’t go halfway. Go balls to the wall.

 

Volley Balls

Get a double dose of hot, sun-kissed alpha male when David indulges in his favorite fantasy with two members of the Australian volleyball team. Delicious Gareth proves his interest by coming out for David, but his teammate Edge has secrets he must deal with before jumping into the game.

 

Fire Balls

The heat is cranking up as tiny, feisty, and flamboyant artist Rodney helps a friend woo straight-laced firefighter Hunter—a man Rod would rather have for himself. Too bad Hunter can’t stand pierced and pink-haired guys like Rod. So why can’t Hunter resist him?

 

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Beach Balls

Balls to the Wall

2nd Edition

A Balls to the Wall Romance

Adam James is so far in the closet he could find Narnia. As an attorney for the homophobic WMA Development, he can’t come out without risking the million-dollar paycheck waiting for him once they push their big land development deal through the city council—money that will finally allow Adam to live according to his own terms. Then, on an early morning scuba dive, Adam meets a tall, lean rebreather diver named Sky who makes him want to hug a tree.

Sky Sea Mickeljohn stands for the environment, world peace, and being openly gay. He won’t compromise his principles for anyone—even the damned lying developer lawyer he can’t help lusting after. True, the WMA land development deal could put thousands of people at risk, but Sky still wants to risk his heart. In the fight between freedom and integrity, is there a place for love?

First Edition published by Etopia Press, 2012.

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Brush with Catastrophe

The Aloysius Tales

2nd Edition

An Aloysius Tale

Sammy Raphael is a crappy witch, and on top of that, he can’t seem to get a boyfriend. Where other supernaturals can bring down lightning and manifest wealth, Sammy can paint. Granted, the “prophetic” paintings he creates at night always come true, but they never predict anything important. Sammy feels like a total loser with a worthless ability.

One night he paints a gorgeous guy who turns out to be his secret crush, the human Ryder, but Ryder’s changed so much he’s almost unrecognizably beautiful. Then Sammy paints an angel who turns out to be a witch. But is that witch also a devil—a devil who can bring down Sammy’s whole community and everyone he loves? And why the hell does Ryder keep changing? Aloysius, the black cat familiar, always backs a winner. So why is he backing Sammy?

First Edition published by Loose Id, 2012.

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A Cowboys Don’t Story

Cowboy Danny Boone—a name he made up one drunken night and has regretted ever since—harbors a big past and yearns for a small future. A short, bright career as a champion bull rider almost ended in his death when his homophobic father discovered Danny was gay. Now Danny longs for a plot of land he can build a ranch on, enough money to make up for some of the education he missed… and, secretly, a beautiful femme who likes to top—a combo rarer than a unicorn. 

Then onto the guest ranch where Danny works drives San Francisco decorator Laurie Belmont, a young man so gorgeous he makes the horses gasp, and so ballsy he almost kills Danny’s attacker. Laurie’s trying to find his way out from under the thumb of a domineering mother, helpless father, and rich, privileged boyfriend. But no matter the attraction, their lives are worlds apart, and cowboys don’t ride unicorns.

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Fire Balls

Balls to the Wall

2nd Edition

A Balls to the Wall Romance

Renowned artist Rodney Mansfield stands five foot six, has pink hair, six earrings, a black belt in karate—and a desperate yearning for firefighter Hunter Fallon. But Rod, the Runtback of Notre Dame, knows he’ll never land the beautiful “straight gay” guy, so Rod musters his altruism and helps his more masculine friend Jerry attract Hunter. As if a broken heart wasn’t enough, Rod saves Hunter from a firehouse homophobe—humiliating Hunter in front of his dad!

Hunter lives a dream life—his father’s dream. While he’d like to teach literature in college, read poetry in the sun, and find a strong guy to top him, he fights fires for his dad. Hunter hates flamboyant guys like Rodney. So why can’t he resist him? Maybe it’s time to admit this is one flame he has no desire to put out.

First Edition published by Etopia Press, 2012.

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Il Cavaliere di Ocean Avenue

Storie d’amore a Laguna

Un libro della serie Storie d’amore a Laguna 

Come si fa ad avere venticinque anni e non sapere di essere gay? È una domanda che Billy Ballew preferisce evitare. Ha lasciato presto il liceo, a malapena capace di leggere fino a quando non ha imparato come autodidatta. Con il suo lavoro da muratore ha aiutato i genitori e contribuito a far studiare le sorelle al college. Fa l’allenatore per una squadra di baseball della Little League e cerca di non pensare ai tre fidanzamenti falliti. Il terrore che prova quando deve sostenere degli esami gli impedisce di ottenere la licenza da impresario che tanto desidera, e la paura del giudizio di sua madre gli impedisce di vedere ciò che potrebbe davvero renderlo felice. 

Fino a quando, durante i preparativi per il grande matrimonio della sorella, non incontra Shaz – Chase Phillips – uno stilista emergente che incarna la parola gay. Agli occhi di Shaz, Billy possiede tutto ciò che ha sempre voluto in un uomo: forza, onestà, coraggio. Ma anche se Billy fosse gay, probabilmente non riuscirebbe a sopportare lo scandalo che scaturirebbe dall’uscire con una diva come lui. Come possono due uomini con così poco in comune trovare un modo per stare assieme? Lo Stilista dell’Anno coronerà la sua storia d’amore con il Cavaliere di Ocean Avenue?

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