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A Counselor Among Wolves

Leader Murders | Book Two

Leader Murders: Case Two

Five dead leaders, their bodies arranged in a pentagram. Treason, lies, and backstabbing. A make-believe affair that turns into a real mating.

Timothy Sands is a PBI counselor, half-fey, half-elf, with a secret crush on Herman Weiss, PBI director. As a new chapter is added to the Leader Murders, it is Weiss’s responsibility to investigate what seems an impossible-to-solve case. The other problem? Weiss is suffering from rages, and his only salvation lies in Tim’s emotional-grid-balancing skills. They only have to pretend to be a couple for Tim to use his talents, and he owes Weiss a big favor. Piece of cake, right?

The fey might be involved in the Leader Murders. Someone on the Council might be their ally, and another prominent PBI figure looks more and more suspicious as they investigate. The stakes are upped when Timothy’s father, the Fey King, threatens to leave the Council destitute if they don’t hand Timothy over to him. Weiss’s brilliant solution? Mating Timothy and forcing the Council into protecting him.

There’s only one small hitch in that plan: instead of protecting one, the Council might decide to get rid of two.

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Even in a Magus world, things are not always as they seem. However, what could possibly go wrong when archeologist Reggie Orrick, the red-haired son of a red-haired Magus, halts his Eastern European dig and travels to Ireland to research his latest find of what's probably just a fossilized rock?

With Reggie’s luck? Everything.

Once in Ireland, Reggie crosses paths with Ian “Kelp” McGinty, an Unfortunate of Magus and Fae ancestry, who’s more than happy to appoint himself Reggie’s guide and confidant. Kelp’s irrepressible personality and compelling “something” draws Reggie to him, and Reggie’s about convinced himself to extend his stay to get to know the Unfortunate better. But one near-tragic car accident later, and Kelp disappears… with Reggie’s rock.

Reggie’s left to wonder if he’s made a huge mistake in trusting Kelp, for the “rock” might just be an Irish Snakesbane—an egg from an extinct line of dragons!

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Allianz des Blutes

Blutspartnerschaft | Buch 1

Buch 1 in der Serie - Blutspartnerschaft

Können ein verzweifelter Magier und ein verbitterter, desillusionierter Vampir einen Weg finden, Partner zu werden und ihre Welt zu retten?

In einer Welt, in der ein Krieg der Magier tobt, werden Vampire von vielen als minderwertig angesehen, als die stereotypischen Geschöpfe der Nacht, denen die Menschen zum Opfer fallen. Doch der Krieg wird immer bedrohlicher und die Magier wissen, dass sie Hilfe brauchen, um das Geschick zu ihren Gunsten zu wenden. Die dunklen Magier wollen die bestehende Welt auslöschen, und die Stärke der Vampire könnte den Ausschlag geben, um das zu verhindern.

Die Magier gehen das Wagnis ein, den Chef de la Cour der Vampire zu einem geheimen Treffen zu überreden, um ihn von ihrem guten Willen zu überzeugen und seine Unterstützung zu gewinnen. Alain Magnier, ein verzweifelter Magier, und Orlando St. Clair, ein verbitterter, desillusionierter Vampir, treffen sich in Paris auf einem Friedhof. Das Schicksal der Welt hängt vom Ausgang dieses Treffens ab. Werden die Vampire sich dem Kampf gegen die dunklen Magier anschließen und sich mit den Magiern auf eine Partnerschaft einlassen, um den Krieg gemeinsam zu gewinnen?

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A Most Unusual Wedding

The Mage and the Leathersmith | Book One

The Mage and the Leathersmith: Book One

Adventure brought unlikely lovers Lord Leonard “Leo” Harris and Master Leathersmith Gerald Smithson together. Now it threatens to tear them apart. Three weeks before their wedding, a plague strikes Victorian London—the worst to engulf the city in five hundred years. The symptoms are eerily reminiscent of the Black Death with boils, a horrific death, and immunity to magical cures. As one of the most powerful mages in the country, Leo searches for a cure and the person behind the scourge all while Gerald must finalize wedding plans and try to thwart a persistent—and unwanted—“admirer.” It’s a race against time as Gerald shows symptoms, and Leo must fight a powerful Dark Mage to get the cure before he loses the love of his life.

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Blood and Ghosts

Blood | Book Two

Sequel to Blood and Rain
Blood: Book Two

With vampire Nicolas Lambert’s marriage to a rival clanswoman only weeks away, Adrien Gilbert struggles to come to terms with his defeat at the hands of Verel Pelletier, a vampire hunter and an immortal like himself. Adrien and his former teacher, Roland Günter, begin to explore his newly acquired abilities. But without his soul’s sword, Adrien flounders.

On Nicolas’s wedding day, a two-hundred-year old secret is revealed, sending the wedding party into a blazing battle between hunters and vampires. Once again Adrien finds himself facing Pelletier’s superior strength. Just as Adrien believes all hope of a future with Nicolas is lost, he finally learns his true gift—he can turn back time. But time travel comes with a high cost. To save Nicolas, Adrien must become strong enough to use his power without descending into madness.

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A Most Unusual Courtship

The Mage and the Leathersmith

Prequel to A Most Unusual Wedding

Gerald Smithson, master leathersmith, has ample reason to distrust mages. He doesn't take their commissions and steers clear of them wherever possible. When Lord Leo Harris tries to hire him, Gerald sends the mage packing. Unfortunately, the simple act of Leo entering his shop brings Gerald to the attention of a Dark mage who kidnaps him as a chance to get to Leo. Now Leo must not only rescue Gerald, but find a way to win his heart. It will be an unusual courtship, to say the least.

2nd Edition
1st Edition published by Torquere Press, 2012.

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Water and Fire

Elemental Harmony | Book Two

Elemental Harmony: Book Two

Aiden Flanagan has spent his entire life fighting who and what he is. After losing control of the power within him one time too many, Aiden flees to his parents’ vacation home on Nantucket to lock himself away as punishment and to protect the people he cares about. Getting nowhere on his own, Aiden fears he’ll never have enough control to join the world again—and perhaps he doesn’t deserve to—until an act of kindness brings Murphy Mizuuchi into his life.

Though still grieving the loss of his partner, Murphy’s own gifts won’t allow him to ignore the strongest projector he’s ever encountered or deny the beautiful soul behind Aiden’s drama. Drawing on his own recovery, his empathy, and years of practicing meditation, he shows Aiden not only how to find a safe outlet for who he is, but to value his abilities.

But Murphy isn’t the only one drawn to Aiden’s fire. Someone from his past followed Aiden to the island, and it will take both Murphy's and Aidan’s powers to protect him from a man who won’t stop until he takes all Aiden has.

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What if youth wasn't wasted on the young?

On the eve of his fortieth birthday, Ian Parker is looking for a reboot. He may be the proud owner of a trendy coffee shop in Austin called La Tazza Magica, but his love life has been MIA for years. During a trip to Denver with his best friend, Mark, Ian buys an enchanted chocolate from a mysterious candy store—then wakes up from a nap two decades younger. After the initial shock, Ian realizes a quirk of the universe has given him a second chance and, with Mark’s help, he devises a plan to start over.

With a new lease on life, Ian sets his sights on handsome architect Bartley James, a regular customer at La Tazza. He pursues Bartley as Ian’s twenty-one-year-old alter ego, Ryan, with decidedly unexpected results. Joining Ryan on his adventures are Matthew, the dreamy new barista, Jeremy, the geeky high-school math teacher, and Sam, the pizza delivery boy. Even as misunderstandings and expectations collide, Ian remains determined to right his past mistakes and find his off-ramp to happiness.

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Vulnerable

Little Goddess Universe
Little Goddess | Book One

Little Goddess: Book One

Working graveyards in a gas station seems a small price for Cory to pay to get her degree and get the hell out of her tiny town. She's terrified of disappearing into the aimless masses of the lost and the young who haunt her neck of the woods. Until the night she actually stops looking at her books and looks up. What awaits her is a world she has only read about—one filled with fantastical creatures that she's sure she could never be.

And then Adrian walks in, bearing a wealth of pain, an agonizing secret, and a hundred and fifty years with a lover he's afraid she won't understand. In one breathless kiss, her entire understanding of her own worth and destiny is turned completely upside down. When her newfound world explodes into violence and Adrian's lover—and prince—walks into the picture, she's forced to explore feelings and abilities she's never dreamed of. The first thing she discovers is that love doesn't fit into nice neat little boxes. The second thing is that risking your life is nothing compared to facing who you really are—and who you'll kill to protect.

2nd Edition
First Edition published by iUniverse, February 2005.

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Conflitto di sangue

Legami di sangue | Libro 3

Seguito di Patto di sangue
Serie Legami di sangue, Libro 3

Mentre l’Alleanza tra maghi e vampiri si rafforza, i maghi oscuri ne subiscono gli effetti e iniziano una disperata ricerca di informazioni per poterla contrastare, inconsapevoli della crescente influenza che i legami hanno su maghi e vampiri.

Il conflitto si va espandendo. La pressione generata dalla difficoltà di alcune relazioni, sia private che professionali, rischia di lacerare l’Alleanza dall’interno, nonostante gli sforzi di Alain Magnier e Orlando St. Clair, Thierry Dumont e Sebastien Noyer e persino di Raymond Payet e Jean Bellaiche, il capo dei vampiri parigini, che sta cercando di instaurare un rapporto stabile col suo compagno, in modo da poter guidare attraverso l’esempio.

Mentre la guerra imperversa e da entrambe le parti aumentano le perdite, i maghi oscuri continuano a cercare elementi per poter comprendere e contrastare la forza dell’Alleanza, mentre le coppie all’interno di essa studiano i vecchi pregiudizi e le antiche leggende alla ricerca di qualcosa che possa cambiare le sorti della guerra una volta per tutte.

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Conflicto de sangre

Coalición de Sangre | Volumen 3

Volumen 3 de la serie Coalición de Sangre
La secuela de "Pacto de sangre"

A medida que los emparejamientos entre magos y vampiros formados dentro de la Alianza se hacen más fuertes, los magos rebeldes sufren sus efectos y están cada vez más desesperados por encontrar información que les permita contrarrestarlos, desconocedores de la creciente tensión que el vínculo entre sangre y magia causa tanto a los magos como a los vampiros.

El conflicto se está extendiendo. Los problemas creados por relaciones incómodas o molestas, tanto desde el punto de vista personal como profesional, amenazan con destruir la Alianza desde su interior, a pesar de los esfuerzos de Alain Magnier y Orlando St. Clair, Thierry Dumont y Sébastien Noyer e incluso Raymond Payet y Jean Bellaiche, líder de los vampiros de París, quien está luchando a su vez por establecer un pacto estable con su propio compañero de tal forma que pueda servir de ejemplo.

Mientras la guerra se recrudece y bajas dolorosas aumentan en ambos bandos, los magos rebeldes siguen buscando claves para comprender y neutralizar la fuerza de la Alianza, al mismo tiempo que las parejas vinculadas por la sangre rebuscan entre antiguos prejuicios y tradiciones populares para encontrar alguna ventaja que pueda inclinar la guerra a su favor de una vez por todas.

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Uneasy Dreams

Dreamlands | Book Three

Sequel to Back to the Dream
Dreamlands: Book Three

War came to the Dreamlands when Kyushu was invaded by the Egyptians and Inuzaka Keno’s old nemesis, the Trust. As the lords of Nippon maneuver on and off the field to recover their lands, the peaceful life Keno enjoyed with his lover, Samojirou Aboshi, comes to a violent end. Loyalty to their rulers and the need to drive the enemies from Kyushu tears them apart and forces them to question everything they thought they believed.

Trust refugee Mason Kairns, an ally of Keno and Aboshi’s liege lord, struggles to carve a place in a society as hostile as the Northlands he fled. Amidst the chaos and political scheming, the protection of the Hakkenshi may be all that stands between them and disaster.

With the fight for Kyushu intensifying, Keno reminds Aboshi more and more of his ancestor: a cursed warrior who spent his life covered in blood. Though Keno has vowed to never take a life, desperation pushes him closer to the madness that devoured his predecessor, and giving in could cost him everything—including Aboshi and the love they share.

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Splat!

When a small creature has an unfortunate run-in with his car, Deacon Hearst wonders what in the world hit his windshield. A bird? A butterfly? No, that would make Deacon’s crazy life too simple. It is a fairy—or rather a Sidhe—with a gaze the color of the moon and thus eloquently named Mooneyes. The little creature's wing is broken, and it's shivering in the rain, and well... Deacon has a heart, after all.

While nursing Moon back to health, Deacon discovers Moon’s beauty is more than skin deep. Though they’re very different, especially in size, they’re alike in their loneliness, their need for affection. Despite the weirdness of the situation, Deacon finds himself falling for his not-quite victim.

Deacon thinks it's a hopeless—gah!—love, but what if it isn't? Moon might just have a few secrets of his own, secrets that could change everything in an instant and weave a different path for them both.

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A Harmony Ink Press Title

Gay teenager Hart could finish his fairy tale for class if his horrible stepsiblings would stop harassing him. Talia’s depression is like a sleeping curse and may kill her if she doesn’t ask for help. Independent, overweight bisexual Sienna deals with her “nice guy” neighbor while visiting her grandmother. When a mysterious girl climbs up Rachael’s fire escape, Rachael might finally break free from her overprotective mother. Transgender Amelia is bullied regularly for her identity, but she’ll show everyone exactly who she is. Princess Rellyn must face down a dragon since she’s seventh in line and battle her father since she's not a boy, and she’s not sure which one is scarier. An adventurous knight whisks away genderfluid Noll when all they want is a quiet life on their farm. Mermaid Astrid wants revenge on the man who betrayed her, but is confused by her attraction to the one sailor immune to her song. Asexual Myka might love Princess Lysandria, but Myka must learn to control her inner werewolf before the king marries her off to “cure” her. With the help of a witch, blacksmith’s apprentice Malcolm must find his missing prince.

You’ve never heard stories like these at bedtime.

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The city of New Alexandria is filled with powerful magicians-in-training and mechanical follies, the world’s largest library, and marvels beyond compare. The allure of this modern metropolis draws young people from all over the world, but Idrian has come instead for the opportunity to learn the new art of alchemy.

He’s been taken as an apprentice by Maketh, a scholar experimenting with new ways to combine technology and the ancient mystic arts. Together they’ve animated a living ice sculpture. Idrian cannot wait to unveil the sculpture alongside the other wonders at the annual Spring Festival.

After witnessing his master in a passionate embrace with another student, Idrian’s mind drifts to things beyond alchemy. And when a warm touch accidentally awakens the consciousness within the living sculpture, Idrian learns firsthand about physicality and the magic of passion.

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The Prince and the Program

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Mordred Pendragon, the Bastard Prince, has done a Bad Thing—again. Exiled to Canada for seven years, he has to find a job to pay his bills. For reasons he refuses to reveal, Mordred decides “Software Engineer” has a nice ring to it. And though experience with “killing the Once and Future King, my father” and “that time in feudal Japan” makes for a poor résumé, he is hired by a small tech startup in Toronto.

In the midst of dealing with a crippling caffeine addiction and learning C++, Mordred thinks he has finally found someone to anchor him to the world of the living: Alan, the company’s off-site lead developer. Except that Alan might not be a "living" entity at all—he may, in fact, be the world's first strong AI. Or a demon that mistook a Windows install for the highway to Hell. Or, just maybe, the ghost of Alan Turing, currently inhabiting a laptop.

Mordred's attempts to figure out his love life are hampered by constant interference from the Inquisitors of the Securitates Arcanarum, corporate espionage, real espionage, a sysadmin bent on enslaving the world, and Marketing's demands that Mordred ship software to the Russian Federation. Then Alan gets himself kidnapped. To save him, Mordred must ally himself with the company’s CEO, who will stop at nothing to rescue her lead developer so he can get back to work. But the Prince doesn’t just want to rescue Alan, he wants a Happily Ever After—and he will travel beyond Death itself to get one.

Too bad Alan is perfectly happy as a computer.

Second Edition
First Edition published by Dreamspinner Press, June 2012.

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Contrat de sang

Partenariat de Sang | Tome 2

Suite de Alliance de sang
Partenariat de Sang, tome 2

Les sorciers et les vampires ont forgé une Alliance fondée sur le sang et la magie dans l'espoir de renverser la tendance de la guerre contre les sorciers rebelles. Quelques liens sorcier-vampire sont aussi réussis que celui d’Alain Magnier et Orlando de Saint-Clair, mais d’autres le sont beaucoup moins, menant à des disputes, des ressentiments, ou carrément à des combats entre les alliés en dépit de leurs objectifs communs.

Suivant l'exemple de son meilleur ami Alain, Thierry Dumont accepte résolument un partenariat avec le vampire Sébastien Noyer et ce malgré l'inconfort du sorcier à être si proche d'un vampire – et un homme – si peu de temps après le décès de sa femme. Mais ils constatent que leurs désespoirs sont peut-être la clef pour former une Alliance qui fonctionne : Thierry et Sébastien sont presque immédiatement dévoués à la sécurité de l’autre.

Avec cette nouvelle force qui la soutient, les dirigeants de l’Alliance se préparent à annoncer son existence au monde entier dans l’espoir de les rallier contre les sorciers rebelles qui menacent de détruire la vie telle qu’ils la connaissent. Luttant pour trouver sa voie dans la guerre en pleine expansion, l’Alliance découvre que malgré ses avantages, les partenariats ont une incidence sur l’équilibre des pouvoirs magiques élémentaires dans le monde qui peut être une menace encore plus grande que la guerre elle-même.

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Back to the Dream

Dreamlands | Book Two

Sequel to Dreamlands
Dreamlands: Book Two

Although Inuzaka Keno has found freedom and love in the Dreamlands with oni Samojirou Aboshi, the war is still raging between The Trust's battle-hardened recruits and the demons of his new home. While cloaked in shadows and magic, powerful people are using Keno, Aboshi, and their Lord Tamazusa as pawns in a deadly plan to rule both worlds.

They're not alone: soldiers Mason, Wolf, and McGann—Keno's friends from The Trust—also find themselves embroiled in the battle spreading through the Dreamlands, involving its other lands and cultures. If they're to have any chance to survive, Aboshi will have to leave his love to protect him, and Keno will have to find the power within himself to live on without his heart.

Second Edition
First Edition published by Dreamspinner Press, October 2010.

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