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A Timing Anthology

After the Sunset

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 hes 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.

 

When the Dust Settles

Glenn Holloway’s predictable life ended the day he confessed his homosexuality to his family. As if that wasn’t enough, he then poured salt in the wound by walking away from the ranch he’d grown up on to open the restaurant he’d always dreamed of. Without support from his father and brother, and too proud to accept assistance from anyone else, he had to start from scratch. Over time things worked out: Glenn successfully built a strong business, created a new home, and forged a life he could be proud of.

Despite his success, his estrangement from the Holloways is still a sore spot he can’t quite heal, and a called-in favor becomes Glenn’s worst nightmare. Caught in a promise, Glenn returns to his roots to deal with Rand Holloway and comes face-to-face with Mac Gentry, a man far too appealing for Glenn’s own good. It could all lead to disaster—disaster for his tenuous reconnection with his family and for the desire he didn’t know he held in his heart.

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A Timing Story

Glenn Holloway’s predictable life ended the day he confessed his homosexuality to his family. As if that wasn’t enough, he then poured salt in the wound by walking away from the ranch he’d grown up on, to open the restaurant he’d always dreamed of. Without support from his father and brother, and too proud to accept assistance from anyone else, he had to start from scratch. Over time things worked out: Glenn successfully built a strong business, created a new home, and forged a life he could be proud of.

Despite his success, his estrangement from the Holloways is still a sore spot he can’t quite heal, and a called-in favor becomes Glenn’s worst nightmare. Caught in a promise, Glenn returns to his roots to deal with Rand Holloway and comes face-to-face with Mac Gentry, a man far too appealing for Glenn’s own good. It could all lead to disaster—disaster for his tenuous reconnection with his family and for the desire he didn’t know he held in his heart.

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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.

2nd Edition
First Edition published by Dreamspinner Press, 2011.

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Timing

Timing | Book One

Timing: Book One

Stefan Joss just can’t win. Not only does he have to go to Texas in the middle of summer to be the man of honor in his best friend Charlotte’s wedding, but he’s expected to negotiate a million-dollar business deal at the same time. Worst of all, he’s thrown for a loop when he arrives to see the one man Charlotte promised wouldn’t be there: her brother, Rand Holloway.

Stefan and Rand have been mortal enemies since the day they met, so Stefan is shocked when a temporary cease-fire sees the usual hostility replaced by instant chemistry. Though leery of the unexpected feelings, Stefan is swayed by a sincere revelation from Rand, and he decides to give Rand a chance.

But their budding romance is threatened when Stefan’s business deal goes wrong: the owner of the last ranch he needs to secure for the company is murdered. Stefan’s in for the surprise of his life as he finds himself in danger as well.

Second Edition
First Edition published by Dreamspinner Press, 2010.

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Domare le fiamme

Lang Downs (Italiano) | Libro 4

Seguito di Superare la notte
Serie Lang Downs, Libro 4

Thorne Lachlan sa un paio di cose riguardo allo sfuggire al fuoco. Per anni ha combattuto insieme al suo reparto di Commando nei conflitti più caldi del pianeta. E ora che si è congedato combatte un altro tipo di fuoco insieme al Servizio Protezione Incendi. Quando una questione di servizio lo porta a Lang Downs, una stazione in pericolo di essere divorata dalle fiamme, conosce Ian Duncan, e la scintilla fra loro è immediata. Entrambi gli uomini sono però perseguitati dai ricordi del loro passato e ciò impedisce loro di dare libero sfogo all’attrazione che li unisce.

Se da una parte Thorne desidera intensamente ricostruirsi una vita insieme a Ian in un luogo da poter finalmente chiamare casa, dall’altra teme che la propria instabilità possa rappresentare un pericolo per le altre persone che abitano nella stazione. Ian, dal canto suo, ha sempre pensato che l’incubo da cui è fuggito quando era ancora solo un adolescente gli avrebbe reso impossibile intrattenere qualsiasi tipo di rapporto sentimentale. La fiducia sembra qualcosa di impossibile per entrambi, finché le conseguenze dell’incendio non li costringeranno a guardare al di là delle cicatrici che sembrano impedire loro di guarire.

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Fe ciega

serie Informes Matutinos | Volumen 2

La secuela de Informe matutino
Volumen 2 de la serie Informes Matutinos

Para Tommy Bradley, un jornalero del Rancho La Vaca Perdida en la Texas rural, admitir su sexualidad es imposible, incluso cuando sus propios jefes, Luke y Simon, son gais. Tommy se ha pasado toda la vida ocultándoles la verdad a sus padres homófobos, hasta que conoce al pastor Noah Taylor en la habitación de hospital del padre de Luke y su incómodo secreto se vuelve aún más difícil de guardar.

Noah es diferente a cualquier hombre de Dios —o a cualquier hombre— que Tommy haya conocido. Por un lado, su congregación está compuesta principalmente por individuos LGTB y sus familias. Por otro, no tiene miedo de la atracción que siente por Tommy y le deja sus intenciones muy claras: Noah no va a ocultarle al mundo su sexualidad ni su amor, pero tampoco iniciará una relación con Tommy mientras este se esconda. Enfrentado al dilema de perder a Noah o contarles la verdad a sus padres, Tommy dará sus primeros pasos fuera del armario.

Pero Tommy no es el único que se enfrenta a desafíos. Por culpa de un torrente de odio procedente del pastor Jackson y un grupo de rancheros, Noah debe hacer frente a la posible pérdida de su iglesia y su medio de vida.

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Eighteen-year-old Joe Vasquez leaves Denver for Texas with Harley Bray, the cow kid who never fit in at their high school. In spite of discovering there’s another side to Harley’s nature—occasional “withdrawals” from roadside convenience stores, a nefarious skill he teaches Joe—Joe shares Harley’s dream of riding bulls and a life together on the Texas plains outside of Abilene. A life that will hopefully see the fulfillment of another of Joe’s dreams—to become a veterinarian.

When a rank bull kills Harley in a rodeo in Longview, Texas, Joe accepts an offer from another bull rider, Shane Thorpe, to partner up and ride the circuit together. The problem is that the blond-haired, blue-eyed Shane found Jesus a long time ago, and he’s torn between his faith and his attraction to Joe. As they make their way across Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Arizona to their final stop on the circuit at the National Western Rodeo in Denver, Joe bides his time for what he hopes will be a relationship with Shane as fulfilling as the one he’d had with Harley. His hopes for the future, however, are challenged along the way when he discovers that his “withdrawals” have captured the attention of a dedicated Texas Ranger.

States of Love: Stories of romance that span every corner of the United States.

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Sylvan

Sylvan

Sylvan Collection

Return to small-town Sylvan in Jan Irving's bestselling series—reimagined and re-edited with an all-new bonus novella.

The small Western town of Sylvan is a place for new beginnings for those who won’t settle for anything less than true love. These sweet tales of slow-simmering romance and the old-fashioned values of commitment and pulling together when times get tough prove that sometimes the best matches are also the most unexpected.

With the help of a storm, a washed-up Olympic swimmer and a carpenter cracking under the strain of caring for his Alzheimer’s-affected father learn that opposites sometimes really do attract. 

A likable cowboy called Happy Nate is determined to help a mute boy speak again—and to help his father move beyond the repression of the Mennonite community to find the love he deserves.

When a hard-partying cowboy is suddenly saddled with a surprise baby, he’s at his wit’s end. Luckily the local doctor is available to help, and if the two men can find the courage to accept themselves and step into a new life, they might just make a real family. They’ll need to lend each other strength when an unspeakable tragedy strikes—and when it’s time to pick up the pieces.

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Per una causa comune

Una buona causa

Una storia della serie Una buona causa

Bryce Morton ha bisogno di cambiare aria: dalla morte del suo compagno, avvenuta un anno prima, è diventato distante e taciturno. I suoi amici, Jerry Lincoln e Akecheta (John) Black Raven, lo convincono ad andare in campeggio con loro in una riserva Sioux. Anche se l’idea lo lascia perplesso, l’interesse di Bryce aumenta quando conosce Paytah, il proprietario dell’emporio del posto.

La vita di Paytah Stillwater è colma di sofferenza e l’unica cosa che gli rimane è l’orgoglio. Dopo essere stato abusato da bambino e aver visto la propria denuncia accolta con incredulità, si è chiuso in se stesso, ma non riesce a mettere una pietra sul passato, perché la causa del suo dolore sta ancora nella riserva. Paytah è orgoglioso delle tradizioni del suo popolo e custode attento del proprio cuore, ma quando Bryce compie un gesto di altruismo nei confronti di un bambino nativo, le mura che ha costruito attorno a sé cominciano a crollare.

Bryce e Paytah devono affrontare entrambi il dolore che si portano dentro. Quando colui che ha fatto del male a Paytah posa gli occhi su uno dei ragazzini della riserva, i due devono mettere da parte la propria lotta interiore. La ricerca di un modo per fermare quell’uomo li unisce in una causa comune e nel cammino verso un futuro insieme.

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Life in the big city wasn’t what Mackenzie "Mack" Redford expected, and now he’s come home to Hartwick County, South Dakota, to serve as sheriff.

Brantley Calderone is looking for a new life. After leaving New York and buying a ranch, he’s settling in and getting used to living at a different pace—until he finds a dead woman on his porch and himself the prime suspect in her murder.

Mack and Brantley quickly realize several things: someone is trying to frame Brantley; he is no longer safe alone on his ranch; and there’s a definite attraction developing between them, one that only increases when Mack offers to let Brantley stay in his home. But as their romance escalates, so does the killer. They’ll have to stay one step ahead and figure out who wants Brantley dead before it’s too late. Only then can they start the life they’re both seeking—together.

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Lang Downs

Lang Downs | Books One - Five

Welcome to Lang Downs, a safe haven for the lost and hurting. In Inherit the Sky, Caine Neiheisel comes to Lang Downs hoping for a fresh start, if foreman Macklin Armstrong is willing to help. Chris Simms is barely managing to keep himself and his brother safe in Chase the Stars, when the men of Lang Downs offer him the chance he’s needed… and maybe a chance at romance as well. In Outlast the Night, Sam Emery is out of a job and a marriage and looking for a refuge when he contacts his brother Neil at Lang Downs; Jeremy Taylor is looking for refuge, too, but can he find it at a rival station? In Conquer the Flames, firefighter Thorne Lachlan comes to Lang Downs to defend it against a raging grassfire and meets Ian Duncan, but their own flames might fizzle if they can’t find a way to trust each other. In Cherish the Land, Seth Simms and Jason Thompson have been best friends for years, but when Seth comes back to Lang Downs to stay, his dangerous secrets might drive them apart.


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À cœur ouvert

Histoires de cœur | Tome 3

Histoires de cœur, tome 3

La dernière chose à laquelle Liam Southard s’attendait en fuyant son père abusif, c’était d’être recueilli par un couple de ranchers gays. En un rien de temps, il se remet sur pied, trouve un travail et accepte enfin son homosexualité. Et puis un beau matin, il se retrouve menacé d’une arme.

Pour la défense de Troy Gardener, il sait qu’il n’aurait pas dû pointer son fusil sur le jeune homme aux incroyables yeux bleus. Entre son mariage qui vient de s’effondrer et la solitude qui le rend fou, perdu dans cette vieille cabane au fin fond du Wyoming, il a des circonstances atténuantes. Il s’excuse auprès de Liam et découvre très vite qu’ils ont plus d’une chose en commun.

Mais avec le père de Liam qui débarque à l’improviste et une société minière qui menace la survie du ranch, difficile de commencer une histoire d’amour. Une chose est sûre, ils n’auront pas le temps de s’ennuyer.

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Jusqu’au  jour où il achète un vieux pick-up, Elijah Morgan vit sa vie selon les desiderata de sa famille, sans trouver sa place. Désespéré de trouver sa propre voie, il prend la route et finit par se retrouver coincé dans le Nebraska. Refusant de demander l’aide de ses parents, il prend un emploi chez le rude et indépendant agriculteur, Chase McKenzie.

Malgré leur différence d’âge, l’attraction entre Chase et Elijah devient vite indéniable. Ils cèdent à leur désir, mais cette nuit-là change tout et menace les secrets que Chase protège si soigneusement.

Alors que l’été se réchauffe, il en va de même de leur relation. Quand l’automne arrive, Elijah doit retourner à l’université et il devra choisir entre poursuivre ses études et suivre les traces de sa famille… ou rester dans le Nebraska avec l’homme qu’il aime.

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Il desiderio di Lorcan

Whispering Pines (Italiano) | Libro 1

Serie Whispering Pines, Libro 1

Nonostante il sostegno amorevole della sua famiglia, Lorcan James vuole affrontare la vita da solo e, a ventun anni, si ritrova a piedi dall’altra parte del paese in cerca di avventura. Quello che trova è la disperazione, una disperazione che lo conduce dritto al Whispering Pines Ranch e proprio sul cammino del suo proprietario. L’uomo – forte, arrogante e bellissimo – risveglia in Lorcan qualcosa di cui non conosceva neanche l’esistenza.

Quinn Taylor è immerso fino al collo nella seccatura e nella frustrazione di dover fare i conti con un proprietario terriero confinante che non desidera altro che farlo fallire. Non ha bisogno di altre complicazioni, ma quando posa gli occhi su Lorcan il suo mondo si capovolge. Nonostante trovi in Quinn ciò che il suo cuore brama, Lorcan rifiuta di essere il suo piccolo sporco segreto. L’uomo non è però l’unico a cercare le sue attenzioni. Jess, un bracciante del ranch, sarebbe felice di dichiarare al mondo il suo amore per Lorcan. È proprio quello che Quinn non gli offrirebbe mai, ma è il desiderio più ardente di Lorcan.

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Un motivo valido

Il valore dell’amore | Libro 1

Serie Il valore dell’amore, Libro 1

Per Josh Brooks è un’estate di desideri che diventano realtà. Prima riesce a comprare il cavallo dei suoi sogni da un addestratore rivale. Poi conosce anche l’uomo dei suoi sogni, il Ranger Dane Keller, commilitone del fratello. Dane è sexy, abile, e reduce dall’ambigua politica dell’esercito americano riguardo all’omosessualità. Sarebbe tutto perfetto, eccetto che nessuno sa che Josh e Dane sono gay.

Quando Dane arriva al ranch, vuole soltanto una vita tranquilla senza la segretezza estrema che l’ha costretto a nascondersi e un lavoro che gli permetta di guadagnarsi da vivere. Ma il fratellino del suo migliore amico, quello che aveva scritto le lettere che li avevano tenuti su di morale in Afghanistan, sembra proprio essere cresciuto e Dane non può fare a meno di desiderare qualcosa di più, nonostante la paura di impegnarsi.

Mentre Dane e Josh cercano in tutti i modi di tenere le mani a posto, fallendo miseramente, qualcun altro osserva, in attesa, e infine colpisce, prima Josh e poi il prezioso cavallo. Quando tutti i loro segreti e le loro paure vengono esposti, Dane è determinato a proteggere Josh, anche se questo significa lasciarlo indietro.

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The Cattle Baron's Bogus Boyfriend

Dreamspun Desires
2017 Award Winners

It might be a sham to his boss, but it's all too real to him.

Administrative assistant Jonah Hollis has nurtured a hopeless crush on his boss, millionaire cattle rancher Lincoln Courtwright, ever since he started working for him. But hope is kindled when Linc and beautiful rodeo star Melissa Cutler break up just weeks before the biggest event of the Dallas social season, the Cattle Baron’s Ball, and Linc asks Jonah to accompany him in her place.

Is it all a ploy to make Melissa jealous? Can Jonah fit into Linc’s world? It takes some encouragement from his roommates and his best friend, Caylee, for Jonah to agree. Before long, Jonah dares to believe Linc might just feel something for him… until interfering family and a series of misunderstandings threaten his fragile dream of happiness.

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Trois ans d’infiltration dans l’un des pires gangs du pays ont laissé l’agent du FBI, Joshua Chastain, complètement bouleversé. Luttant contre les cauchemars et l’addiction, il quitte la jungle bétonnée pour le Nouveau-Mexique, le pays des chevaux, en espérant recommencer à zéro dans le ranch de son oncle.

Le contremaître Eli Kelly passe sa vie à réhabiliter des animaux maltraités, et Joshua est juste une autre âme perdue. Mais quand Joshua commence doucement à reconstruire sa vie, Eli réalise que Joshua représente beaucoup plus qu’un nouveau projet.

Le plan de Joshua semble fonctionner – peut-être qu’un nouveau départ était exactement ce dont il avait besoin. Puis, au moment où il commence à peine à trouver un semblant de paix, le crime et la haine détruisent presque tout ce pour quoi il a travaillé, le forçant à réévaluer ce qu’il veut vraiment faire ressortir de sa relation avec Eli et de sa propre vie.

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Tre anni sotto copertura con una delle peggiori gang del paese hanno lasciato dei segni profondi nell’agente dell’FBI Joshua Chastain. Accompagnato dagli incubi e dalla sua battaglia contro la tossicodipendenza, Josh lascia la giungla di cemento per la campagna del Nuovo Messico, nella speranza di poter cominciare una nuova vita nell’allevamento di cavalli dello zio.

Il sovrintendente Eli Kelly trascorre le giornate a recuperare cavalli maltrattati e considera Joshua nient’altro che l’ennesima anima in pena. Ma non appena il giovane comincia a rimettere insieme i pezzi della propria vita, Eli si accorge che in realtà rappresenta molto di più che la sua ultima sfida.

Il piano di Joshua sembra funzionare e, forse, un nuovo inizio è davvero tutto ciò di cui ha bisogno. Poi, quando finalmente sembra cominciare a ritrovare la pace, violenza e odio lo portano vicino a distruggere tutto ciò che ha costruito e lo costringono a mettere in discussione il proprio futuro con Eli e la propria vita.

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