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Il primo settembre 2011, nella recensione a ‘Risvegliarsi in uno strano posto’ di Eric Arvin, TJ Klune scrisse “[…] non è arrivare da qualche parte ciò che conta, è il viaggio […]”. Con quelle parole, due uomini iniziarono il loro percorso d’amore, invitandoci a seguirli. Eric e TJ hanno condiviso molto con noi: i loro meravigliosi libri, i sorrisi, le battute, la quotidianità e l’ammirevole dedizione con cui si sono dedicati l’uno all’altro. A dicembre del 2013, il loro viaggio ha subito una deviazione inaspettata quando Eric è stato ricoverato d’urgenza. È sopravvissuto all’operazione per l’asportazione di un emangioma cavernoso dal tronco cerebrale, ma le battaglie che ancora aspettano i nostri due ragazzi sono ben lontane dall’essere concluse.

Gli autori presenti in questa antologia (e i traduttori) hanno donato il loro talento per sostenere il ricovero prolungato di Eric, aiutare TJ a recuperare energie e mostrare a entrambi quanto sono amati. Grand Adventures raccoglie storie di tutti i tipi che hanno in comune il cammino dell’amore. Ci stiamo imbarcando in una grande avventura a sostegno di una nobile causa, vi ringraziamo per averci seguito.

La totalità degli introiti di questo volume è destinata a Eric e TJ.

Prefazione, di S.A. McAuley
Prologo, di Brandon Witt
Qualcosa di inaspettato, di John Amory
Merendine combustibili, di J.E. Birk
Semplici desideri, di Tempeste O’Riley
Quel che volete, di Tinnean
Aria (Strade #1.75 million), di Garrett Leigh
Soggetto a cure, di Zahra Owens
L’acqua che scorre, di Mia Kerick
Amore e amicizia, di CR Guiliano
Vicini di pianerottolo, di C.C. Dado
Dottore per caso, di Phoenix Emrys
Più che amici, di Sophie Bonaste
La mostra, di Andrea Speed
Verdetto finale, di Cardeno C.
Guardia e ladri, di Rhys Ford
Per la vita e la morte, di Mary Calmes
Testimone protetto, di Dawn Kimberly Johnson
Treno d’autunno, di Jaime Samms
A nudo, di Shae Connor
Stalking: 30 e lode, di Moria McCain
Sotto la luna piena, di Ellis Carrington
Sabbia e briciole, di Sue Brown
Un ateo e un istruttore di yoga entrano in un bar, di Rowan McAllister
L’ultimo primo bacio, di LE Franks
Il corridore, di KC Burn
Kid & Kid, di Madison Parker
Domani, di John Goode
Una spintarella di umana bontà, di Amy Lane

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The Serpent and the Angel

The Shifters | Book Eight

The Shifters: Book Eight

In the year 1866, Sheriff Tobias Goldstein guards a small mining town in the Colorado territory with a cold and merciless hand. A rare rattlesnake shifter, he lives by a code and expecting others to do the same has kept the peace—until a nameless stranger wanders into town. Intrigued by the lone man, Tobias names him Angel Smith, and sensing he’s trustworthy, he deputizes Angel.

A guardian at heart, golden eagle shifter Angel protects the townspeople, but his dedication is to an ancient scroll capable of great destruction. For generations, Angel’s family protected the artifact with their lives. Now something has returned to hunt down the scroll. Forced to leave his tribe, Angel enjoys the quiet he’s found with Tobias, who hides a warm heart under his aloof exterior. Angel knows the quiet will not last and fears the battle on the horizon. But with Tobias at his back, Angel might stand a chance against his enemies.

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2nd Edition

Sequel to Before the Final Encore

When hunky aspiring country singer Billy Eagan heads to Nashville in search of his big break, a relationship and love are the furthest things from his mind. Taking a foreman's job at the Lazy H ranch and not knowing how he will be accepted, Billy decides to fly under the radar and stay as closeted as he can without denying who he really is. It's immediately confirmed that he made the right decision when he discovers homophobia is still alive and well in Tennessee.

Then Billy gets his break and meets gorgeous record label executive Ian Dillon. Their worlds collide both professionally and personally, and Billy falls hard. But Ian is still haunted by the mysterious betrayal of his one and only lover, and knowing Billy possesses the power to emotionally destroy him, Ian decides to cut his losses and simply walk away. Determined not to give up on the man he loves, Billy secretly starts to unravel the past and quickly finds that it's not what it appears. Can Billy rescue Ian’s heart, or will bigotry and hatred win over love?

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Brighton McKenzie inherited one of the last pieces of farmland in suburban Baltimore. It has been in his family since Maryland was a colony, though it has lain fallow for years. Selling it for development would be easy, but Brighton wants to honor his grandfather's wishes and work it again. Unfortunately, an accident left him relying on a cane, so he’ll need help. Tanner Houghton used to work on a ranch in Montana until a vengeful ex got him fired because of his sexuality. He comes to Maryland at the invitation of his cousin and is thrilled to have a chance to get back to the kind of work he loves.

Brighton is instantly drawn to the intensely handsome and huge Tanner—he’s everything Brighton likes in a man, though he holds back because Tanner is an employee, and because he can’t understand why a man as virile as Tanner would be interested in him. But that isn’t the worst of their problems. They have to face the machinations of Brighton's aunt, Tanner’s ex suddenly wanting him back, and the need to find a way to make the farm financially viable before they lose Brighton’s family legacy.

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Kaden James verbirgt seine quälende Vergangenheit und einen mit Narben übersäten Körper, was es ihm nicht leicht macht, einen Job zu behalten. Das Blatt wendet sich für ihn endlich zum Guten, als er Arbeit als Koch auf einer Ranch in Montana findet, wo er dem verboten gutaussehenden Logan Michaels begegnet. Logan ist anders als alle Männer, die Kaden je getroffen hat, und ehe er es sich versieht, ist er auf dem Weg, sich in den großen Cowboy zu verlieben.

Aber Kadens Albträume lassen sich nicht so leicht bannen – und er hat nicht nur Angst vor seinem eigenen Schatten, sondern muss ein Leben voller Missbrauch, schrecklichen Erinnerungen und seine Sucht nach Selbstverletzung bewältigen. Kann Logans zärtliche Berührung Kaden helfen, zu heilen?

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After the Sunset

Timing | Book Two

Timing: Book Two

Two years after riding off into the sunset with ranch owner Rand Holloway, Stefan Joss has made a tentative peace with his new life, teaching at a community college. But the course of true love never does run smooth. Rand wants him home on the ranch; Stef wants an exit strategy in case Rand ever decides to throw him out. Finally, after recognizing how unfair he's being, Stef makes a commitment, and Rand is over the moon.

When Stef gets the chance to prove his devotion, he doesn’t hesitate—despite the risk to his health—and Rand takes the opportunity to show everyone that sometimes life’s best surprises come after the sunset.

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Dopo il tramonto

Tempo al tempo | Libro 2

Tempo al tempo, Libro 2

Sono passati due anni da quando Stefan Joss si è trasferito nel sud degli Stati Uniti per amore del rancher Rand Holloway. Stef ha cercato – con esitazione – di adeguarsi alla sua nuova vita, ma il vero amore non fila mai liscio come dovrebbe. Rand vuole che lui rimanga a casa al ranch, Stef vuole avere una rete di sicurezza nel caso Rand decida di sbarazzarsi di lui. Finalmente, dopo aver capito di essere stato ingiusto a dubitare di lui, Stef decide di impegnarsi sul serio con Rand e l’uomo è al settimo cielo.

Quando Stef ha l’opportunità di provare il suo amore, non si tira indietro, mettendo a repentaglio la sua stessa vita. E Rand ha la possibilità di dimostrare che – a volte – la vita può sorprenderti quando meno te lo aspetti.

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Mason returns to Sweet Valley, Montana, with nothing but a backpack full of rejections. After nearly a decade in the big city experiencing the highest highs and lowest lows, his heart and spirit are shattered. Fire robbed him of cooking—the only thing he’s good at—and now he’s out of options.

Thrust into instant fatherhood, Dean struggles to find a balance between getting to know his young son and building his business. Meeting Mason again after many years apart just adds another element to the juggling act. Dean’s vision for his ranch give them a chance to work together—to find each other and to heal—but it’s no easy feat for a grief-stricken little boy, an overwhelmed loner used to focusing only on his work, and an insecure chef. Can they find the path to healing and happiness?

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Josh, ein devot veranlagter schwuler junger Mann mit einem starken Bedürfnis zu dienen, sucht den Master seiner Träume. Nachdem ihn wieder einmal ein Dom freigegeben hat, folgt Josh dem Rat seines Ausbilders und verlässt Chicago, um die Einladung eines Ranchers aus Montana anzunehmen – eines waschechten modernen Cowboys. Bei seinem neuen Master, Wade Mallory, wird Josh vielleicht endlich finden, was er sucht – und mehr.

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Shipped off to boarding school at a young age, Bradley Ellesbury Jr. lacked for nothing, except the love and approval of his father. Now with his father’s recent passing, Bradley feels the sting of disapproval one last time with the reading of the will.

Forced to leave behind his glamorous Parisian lifestyle, Bradley returns to the small town of Foster Creek to do precisely what his father forbade—sell the ranch. Meeting the infuriating cowboy his father hired to run the place only makes him more determined to go against his father's wishes.

Too old to be playing mind games with twenty-something know-it-alls, Jace Cornielle stays only because he promised the old man. Somewhere between picking fights and making snarky comments, Jace and Bradley move from annoyance to attraction. Then Bradley learns losing the cowboy means he loses everything.

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Completa fiducia

Rapporto Mattutino | Libro 2

Seguito di Rapporto mattutino
Serie Rapporto Mattutino, Libro 2

Per Tommy Bradley, un bracciante al ranch Lost Cow nel Texas rurale, ammettere la sua sessualità è impossibile, anche se i suoi capi, Luke e Simon, sono gay: ha passato tutta la vita nascondendo la verità ai suoi genitori omofobi. Poi Tommy incontra il pastore Noah Taylor nella stanza d’ospedale del padre di Luke e il suo segreto diventa ancora più difficile da mantenere.

Noah è diverso da ogni altro uomo di Dio, o uomo in generale, che Tommy abbia mai incontrato. Innanzitutto, la sua congregazione è composta principalmente da appartenenti alla comunità GLBT e dalle loro famiglie. Poi, non ha paura dell’attrazione che prova per Tommy e rende le sue intenzioni molto chiare. Ma Noah non vuole celare la sua sessualità o quella del suo compagno, e non comincerà una relazione con Tommy se lui intende invece nasconderla. Dovendo scegliere se perdere Noah o uscire allo scoperto con i suoi genitori, Tommy fa il primo passo per ammettere chi è.

Ma Tommy non è il solo a dover affrontare delle sfide. Grazie a un eccesso di odio da parte del Pastore Jackson e di un gruppo di proprietari terrieri, Noah dovrà affrontare la possibilità di perdere la sua chiesa e il suo sostentamento.

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A Chaotic Range

Stories from the Range | Book Seven

Stories from the Range: Book Seven

Most of the time ranchhand David rescues stray cattle, but this time he and his fellow cowboys Wally and Haven save a stranded motorist. David is surprised to find his former high school classmate nearly frozen in his car. After learning that Brian Applewright's boss fired him from his ranch for being gay, they invite him back to theirs to take a job.

David and Brian moved in different social circles at school, but working together brings them closer. However, David has a rocky history on the ranch. The foreman is his ex, and he only recently returned after a heartbreakingly unsuccessful attempt to find greener pastures. He can't risk his heart getting close to anyone.

But on a ranch, nature has a way of forcing an issue. When a snowstorm threatens, David and Brian head out to mend a fence and round up some stray cattle. David gets injured, and they must survive in the snow, cold, and wind. It might be the start of a relationship... or the end of their lives.

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Dingo Run

Bushrangers | Book Three

Sequel to Walkabout
Bushrangers: Book Three
A novella from the Dragon-ghosts of Viscaya Universe

New South Wales, Australia, 1876. As captured outlaws, Jim Kelly and Mark Turner face the gallows. Help comes from an unexpected quarter, but their hasty escape goes wrong and now Jim's life hangs by a thread. Mark is driven by desperation to form an alliance with an infamous bushranger who may hold clues to his mysterious past. But as Jim and Mark’s relationship intensifies, it is also tested. Their secret is discovered, tempers fray, and jealousy flares.

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Timing: Der richtige Zeitpunkt

Timing (Deutsch) | Buch 1

Buch 1 in der Serie - Timing

Stefan Joss hat einfach kein Glück. Nicht nur, dass er mitten im Sommer nach Texas muss, um bei der Hochzeit seiner besten Freundin Charlotte die Ehrenjungfer zu geben. Nein, er soll auch noch gleichzeitig ein millionenschweres Geschäft für seine Firma abschließen! Das Allerschlimmste aber ist, dass er, kaum angekommen, mit dem Mann konfrontiert wird, von dem Charlotte versprochen hatte, dass er nicht zur Hochzeit kommen würde: Ihrem Bruder, Rand Holloway.

Stefan und Rand sind sich, seit dem Tag, an dem sie sich das erste Mal trafen, spinnefeind. Und so ist Stefan mehr als geschockt, als ein vorübergehend vereinbarter Waffenstillstand die üblichen Feindseligkeiten sofort in knisternde Spannung verwandelt. Wenn auch misstrauisch gegenüber den unerwarteten Gefühlen, wird Stefan durch ein ehrliches Geständnis Rands aus der Bahn geworfen und beschließt, ihm eine Chance zu geben.

Doch ihre aufkeimende Romanze wird bedroht, als Stefans Geschäftsabschluss schiefläuft: Die Besitzerin der letzten Ranch, die er für seine Firma aufkaufen soll, wird ermordet. Stefan steht die Überraschung seines Lebens bevor, als er sich plötzlich selbst in tödlicher Gefahr befindet.

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A Harmony Ink Press Title

Ethan Tanner is an out and proud, fastidious, and fashionable sixteen-year-old vegetarian who likes theater and musicals. This year, it’s his sister's turn to pick the vacation destination, so he ends up on a dude ranch he knows he is going to hate. What with the dirt, animals, and germs, he can’t possibly be happy.

Jason McCoy is the closeted sixteen-year-old son of the ranch owners and is trying to find his place in a world that doesn't seem to fit him. He takes an interest in Ethan, shows him around, and gets him to ride a horse. When he invites Ethan camping, Ethan thinks Jason must be joking. But Ethan takes a risk, and the two boys bond under the stars.

After that, Ethan and Jason are inseparable. Their friendship grows into something deeper as they begin to figure out what they want from life. But Ethan’s home is in Chicago, and the distance might be more than the two teenagers—and their blossoming relationship—can withstand.

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Boston in 1888 is quite urbane, but unfortunately for Gil Porter, that isn’t the same thing as being understanding. When his sexuality is exposed by the scandalous suicide of his lover, Gil is exiled to the small town of Mercy, Texas, by his domineering father, George, who believes life on Vernon Porter's ranch will cure Gil of his “unnatural” desires. Grieving and ashamed, Gil is determined to keep his distance from everyone until he can return home. To his surprise, he finds acceptance at Bent Oak Ranch, especially from Matt Grayson, the handsome son of the ranch foreman. Knowing he must fight his attraction to Matt, Gil courts a local girl, but an unexpected encounter with Matt leads to his discovery of Matt’s feelings for him. Torn between Matt and his desire to be “normal," between returning to his old life and building a new one in Texas, Gil is faced with a choice—appeasing his father or becoming the man Matt knows he can be.

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At twenty-five, Hank owns a small parcel of land in Australia’s rural southwest where he supplements his income from the property with seasonal shearing. Hank is a “shearing gun”—an ace shearer able to shear large numbers of sheep in a single day. His own father kicked him out when his sexuality was revealed, and since no one would ever hire a gay shearer, Hank has remained firmly closeted ever since.

Elliot is the newbie doctor in town—city-born and somewhat shell-shocked from his transplant to the country. When a football injury brings Hank to Elliot’s attention, an inappropriate sexual glance and the stuttered apology afterward kickstarts their friendship. Romance and love soon blossom, but it’s hard for either of them to hope for anything permanent. As if the constant threat of being caught isn’t enough, Elliot’s contract runs out after only a year.

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A Novel in the Delectable Series

Cordon Bleu-trained chef Riley Emerson arrives in Aspen, Colorado for a summer at the best restaurant in town, only to discover his jerk of a boyfriend has dumped him, leaving his heart and his plans in tatters. Doubting himself and longing for a change of pace, he takes a low-paying position at the Rocking Z guest ranch, though he expects nature up close and personal won’t hold a candle to his exciting Paris lifestyle.

When born-and-bred cattle rancher Colby Zane spots a newcomer being pawed at by a passel of horny cowboys at Aspen’s Club Rawhide, he rushes in, throws the guy over his shoulder, and rescues him. Sober, Riley Emerson is sweet and sexy, but not interested in more than a one-night stand. Still, Colby’s over the moon when Riley later arrives as the new cook on his family’s ranch.

But all’s not well at the Rocking Z. Unsurmountable financial problems force them to seek a cash infusion from outside investor Fitz Wellington. Fitz is hot for Colby, and he won’t sign on the dotted line without some very personal incentives. The future of the ranch is at stake, and Colby’s just that desperate, but saving the Z might mean losing Riley.

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