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Kraken My Heart

Sucker For Love Mysteries | Book 2

A Sucker For Love Mystery

It’s just Ted’s luck that he meets the love of his life while covered in the blood of a murder victim.

Funeral worker Ted Sturm has a foul mouth, a big heart, and a knack for communicating with the dead. Unfortunately the dead don’t make very good friends, and Ted’s only living pal, his roommate, just rescued a strange cat who’s determined to make his life even more miserable.  This cat is more than he seems, and soon Ted finds himself in an alternate dimension… and on top of a dead body.

When Ted is accused of murder, his only ally in a strange world full of powerful magical beings calling for his head is King Grell, a sarcastic, randy, catlike immortal with impressive abilities… and anatomy. The two soon find themselves at the center of a cosmic conspiracy and surrounded by dangerous enemies. But with Ted’s special skills and Grell’s magic, they have a chance to get to the bottom of the mystery and save Ted. There’s just one problem: Ted’s got to resist Grell’s aggressive advances… and he isn’t sure he wants to.

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Even a wolf shifter can’t defeat fate.

Vladimir Corelia is the second son of the pack alpha. He’s happy with his role in the pack, but it seems the fates have other ideas. When the man he finds living in a cave, caring for a shifter baby and a litter of wolf pups, turns out to be his mate, it begins a chain of events that puts the whole pack in jeopardy.

Frankie Bowers can’t remember anything except a powerful sense of danger.  He only knows he can’t go home. With no way to defend himself, he has to rely on Vladimir, a perfect stranger who happens to be his mate, to protect him and the young he’s looking after.

While Vladimir and Frankie’s attraction as mates grows stronger every day, so does the threat to their relationship—and to the pack. As Frankie regains his memory, the threat grows more and more ominous. Vladimir and Frankie must rise to the challenge if they hope to have any chance at the future the fates might have in store.

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Erhoffte Versprechen

Keeping Promise Rock (Deutsch)

Buch 2 in der Serie - Keeping Promise Rock

Shane Perkins wollte immer ein Held sein. Doch dann wird seine Karriere zerstört, weil er nicht aufgeben wollte und gekämpft hat. Als er aus dem Krankenhaus entlassen wird, bleiben ihm nur eine leere Wohnung, eine Unmenge Geld und die Sehnsucht nach einem Menschen, der ihn vermissen wird, falls er noch einmal im Dienst verwundet werden sollte. Er endet als Polizist in einer Kleinstadt namens Levee Oaks. Seine Sehnsucht nach einer eigenen Familie bringt ihn dazu, sich mit seiner flatterhaften, unbeständigen Schwester Kimmy zu versöhnen. Kimmy ist Tänzerin, und als Shane sie das erste Mal mit ihrem Tanzpartner auf der Bühne sieht, bleibt ihm die Luft weg. 

Mikhail Wassiljewitsch Bayul tanzt wie ein Engel, hat aber keine sehr himmlische Vergangenheit. Nach seiner Ausreise aus Russland hat er sich zwei Dinge versprochen: Nicht mehr auf der Straße zu landen und mit seiner Mutter vor ihrem Tod noch eine wunderbare Reise zu machen. Es kommt für ihn nicht infrage, Verpflichtungen einzugehen und anderen Menschen Versprechen zu machen. Aber das war, bevor er Shane kennenlernte. Der ernsthafte, mutige und so bescheidene Shane spricht Mikhails Sprache und – was Mikhail am meisten überrascht – Shane hat die unerwartete Eigenschaft, seine Versprechen zu halten.

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When nerdy art student Noah Andrews turned his love of wine into a way to make money during grad school, he didn’t anticipate it would lead to a summer gig cataloguing the cellars at an aging Tuscan estate.

He definitely didn’t expect to be rooming with the hunky contractor fixing up the villa.

Ostensibly, Christian Caravalli is in Italy helping his grandfather run his restoration business. In reality, he’s avoiding his parents’ divorce and the fact that he has no direction in life. When Noah lands in his lap, his summer gets a lot more interesting.

Noah’s attracted to Christian, but the man tests his boundaries. He can’t cook, he walks around half-dressed, and Noah’s bathroom, which was supposed to be ready when he arrived, is still a shambles. But what Christian lacks in direction, he makes up for in heart, and when they start capitalizing on each other’s strengths instead of focusing on their differences, the attraction blooms into more.

Unfortunately, this summer fling has an expiration date. Neither Christian nor Noah can afford to stay in the villa forever. Will their love grow into something lasting, or is it destined to be only a sweet memory?

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The Cutie-Pie Murders

BJ Vinson Mysteries

A BJ Vinson Mystery

When BJ Vinson agrees to investigate the murder of young Mateo Zapata, he knows it will be a tough case. Not only is the victim’s uncle Zancon the mob underboss BJ took down six years earlier, but Matt seems to be the third victim of a depraved serial killer who debauches his victims before strangling them.

BJ and his team—including his lover, journalist Paul Barton—start down a long and tangled road while the killer strikes again and again with seeming impunity. His sterile semen offers no DNA for identification, nor is it clear how he finds his victims.

Park House, a new near-downtown apartment high-rise, could be the key to the mystery, but BJ can’t find the lock it fits. However, his search stirs up old resentments and new dangers. At any moment Zancon, impatiently waiting in the New Mexico State Penitentiary to exact his revenge, could decide to take matters into his own hands. And poking around in the case has excited the killer’s lust for Paul, whose eagerness to help stop the killings puts him in the path of certain death—unless BJ can reach him in time….

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Un giorno, Tate “Talker” Walker si siede accanto a Brian Cooper sull’autobus che li porta alla pista di atletica, e lo vede come nessun altro l’ha mai visto prima sul pianeta. Un giorno, Brian Cooper vede oltre la vivace maschera punk di Talker e sente più del suo chiacchiericcio costante, e lo conosce come nessun altro l’ha mai conosciuto prima sul pianeta. Un giorno, due ragazzi si incontrano, ma anche se si innamorano, il loro viaggio è lungo e difficile.

Tate deve imparare ad ascoltare, Brian deve imparare a farsi sentire, e l’episodio che fa capire a entrambi ciò di cui hanno bisogno l’uno dall’altro quasi distrugge Tate e costringe Brian a ricorrere alla violenza. Affinché il loro amore sopravviva, dovranno affidarsi l’uno all’altro fino al momento in cui uno di loro troverà la pace e l’altro troverà una voce, perché il ragazzo dei sogni non sarà mai un vero ragazzo dei sogni se non conosce il proprio valore.

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The Mastermind

Long Con Adventures

A Long Con Adventure

Once upon a time in Rome, Felix Salinger got caught picking his first pocket and Danny Mitchell saved his bacon. The two of them were inseparable… until they weren’t.

Twenty years after that first meeting, Danny returns to Chicago, the city he shared with Felix and their perfect, secret family, to save him again. Felix’s news network—the business that broke them apart—is under fire from an unscrupulous employee pointing the finger at Felix. An official investigation could topple their house of cards. The only way to prove Felix is innocent is to pull off their biggest con yet.

But though Felix still has the gift of grift, his reunion with Danny is bittersweet. Their ten-year separation left holes in their hearts that no amount of stolen property can fill. A green crew of young thieves looks to them for guidance as they negotiate old jewels and new threats to pull off the perfect heist—but the hardest job is proving that love is the only thing of value they’ve ever had.

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Dark Mire

Kildevil Cove Murder Mysteries | Book Two

A Kildevil Cove Murder Mystery

You never know what trouble will rise from the bog.

When the body of an unidentified woman is found in a Newfoundland bog, Inspector Danny Quirke must scramble his team of investigators to find her killer. But what initially seems like a straightforward case soon becomes mired in a tangled web of lies and deliberate obfuscation.

With the strange mutilation of the body—one eye gouged out completely—evidence seems to lead to a fringe religious group with bizarre beliefs. But while the pathologist indicates mushroom poisoning as the cause of death, Danny thinks circumstances point to something more sinister—especially when he begins to receive anonymous messages with links to horrific pictures of damaged human eyes.

Three more bodies join the first, with seemingly nothing to link them but a little girl in a yellow party dress who flits in and out of the mystery like a creature from the old legends. Then an old friend from his childhood reappears, and Danny is forced to confront uncomfortable truths about his own nearest and dearest.

On an island, everyone is a suspect…

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Dark Water

Kildevil Cove Murder Mysteries | Book One

A Kildevil Cove Murder Mystery

They say trouble comes in threes. Detective Danny Quirke is already mourning his wife and mired in an internal investigation that will likely spell the end of his career. Now he must return to the Newfoundland fishing village of his youth to bury his abusive grandfather. At least his three are up. Right?

Then the bones of local boy Llewellyn Single, drowned thirty years before, wash up on the beach, and secrets Danny thought were buried forever rise violently to the surface. Only two people know what really happened: Danny Quirke and his former best friend, millionaire Tadhg Heaney.

Danny and Tadhg have been bitter enemies for years. But when Danny is accused of Llewellyn’s murder, he needs Tadhg’s help exposing the truth—before those who believe he is responsible get their revenge.

After all, on an island, nothing stays secret forever….

 

Previously published by Dreamspinner Press as Wind and Dark Water, March 2020.

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The Seer

Chronicles of the Riftlands | Book Three

Chronicles of the Riftlands: Book Three

For the past ten years, smuggling magic users safely out of Brotherhood-controlled Rassa has been the only thing keeping Dakso Kavalyan going. But with his funding cut and rumors of impending civil war, his orders from the Mage’s High Council are clear: his final mission is information gathering only. No rescuing even one more hunted soul.

Daks has never been great at following orders. When he stumbles upon a Seer spouting prophecy in front of one of the hated brothers, he can’t just walk away.

Ravi never asked to be rescued, nor did he ask for the Visions plaguing his life and endangering everyone he’s ever cared about. The last thing he needs is a reckless brute crashing into his carefully laid plans. Seems the gods have other ideas.

As Daks and Ravi flee the city together, their reluctant alliance blooms into something more, but trials, bad luck, and Daks’s infuriating penchant for finding trouble dog their every move. Will trusting this reckless rogue with his heart and his life be the worst decision Ravi’s ever made… or the best?

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Bad to be Worthy

Bad to Be Good | Book Two

Sequel to Bad to Be Good
Bad to Be Good: Book Two

When a former mobster’s past catches up with him, will it end the quiet life he’s been struggling with, or transform it into something he couldn’t have imagined?

Sometimes Gerome Meadows longs for the excitement of the life he left behind for Witness Protection. But when he stands up to a bully in a bar to protect a homeless man, his past comes very close to home—and it’s no longer what he wants.

Tucker Wells has been living in a tent, surviving with the aid of his friend Cheryl and helping her watch over her son. When he winds up on the wrong side of an argument with some dangerous people, his already difficult life is thrown into turmoil. Gerome steps in to find them a temporary apartment, and Tucker is grateful and relieved.

Gerome never meant to open the door to trouble. His life and Tucker’s depend on keeping his past a mystery. But as his desire to protect develops into something deeper, he and Tucker will have to evaluate what family means—and hope that their growing feelings pass unimaginable tests.

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Over the Top

Black Dragons Inc.

A Black Dragons Inc. Novel

Former best friends put their differences aside to rescue a child—but the baby isn’t the only thing that needs saving.

A preventable training accident that forced him out of the SEALs has left Gunner Vance bitter and angry. But all that changes when his childhood friend and onetime lover asks for his help.

When a gunfight lands a baby on lonely teacher Chasten Reed’s front porch, he knows Gunner is their best chance for survival—assuming they don’t end up killing each other while on the run.

Chas and Gunner have a simple mission: identify the baby and get her safely back to her real family. But with jeopardy around every corner of the desperate cross-country journey from New England to Hawaii, simple doesn’t mean easy. The attraction between them might be bulletproof, but their bodies are not. Will Chas and Gunner find what they’ve been craving? Or will the past, and the danger, push them over the top before they can fall in love?

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Arthropoda

Arthropoda

An Andi Hayes Murder Mystery

Detective George Donavon doesn’t plan to stay in Charleston long. Skeptical and by-the-book, he’s on the fast track to the top, and he won’t let anything derail his career. Especially not Andrew Hayes, his grumpy, awkward new partner—and not the chief’s secret order to find out how said partner solves even the most difficult cases.

George and Andi can’t agree on anything except their mutual dislike, but when three dead girls turn up at a storage unit, they must put their differences aside before the suspected trafficking ring claims another victim.

There is no crime without witnesses. Andi knows George suspects his always-right “hunches” point to corruption, but he doesn’t care. All that matters is catching a killer… and keeping his secret. But with leads on this sprawling conspiracy drying up, he has no choice. He just can’t let his partner find out how he’s getting the information.

Andi’s on the verge of losing his life, his mind, and his career. He could take George down with him…

If the violent criminals who are always one step ahead don’t get to them first. 

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Jack Christensen hat alles, was er sich nur wünschen kann. Er ist ein aufstrebender US-amerikanischer Diplomat und der jüngste Mann, der je zum amerikanischen Botschafter ernannt wurde. Als Berufsdiplomat, der soeben zu einer aus politischer Sicht interessanten Botschaft in Europa entsandt wurde, hat er die perfekte Frau, spricht fünf Sprachen und verfügt über alle nötigen Qualifikationen. Und trotzdem scheint irgendetwas zu fehlen, auch wenn er nicht genau weiß, was.

Bis sich ihm bei einem Empfang in der Botschaft Lucas Carlton mit seiner amerikanischen Verlobten vorstellt. Vom ersten Händedruck an hinterlässt der Brite bei Jack einen Eindruck, der ihn verwirrt und verunsichert. Lucas‘ Position als Verbindungsbeamter zwischen der amerikanischen und britischen Botschaft zwingt sie zu enger Zusammenarbeit, und bald können sie trotz ihrer Partnerinnen kaum noch abstreiten, wie sehr sie sich voneinander angezogen fühlen.

Als die beiden Frauen einen gemeinsamen Wochenendausflug unternehmen, lassen sich Jack und Lucas auf eine leidenschaftliche Liebesbeziehung ein, die sie auch nach der Rückkehr ihrer Partnerinnen weiterführen. Doch in konservativen Diplomatenkreisen macht die richtige Frau an ihrer Seite einen großen Teil des beruflichen Erfolges aus. Wird es ihnen gelingen, sowohl in ihrem Berufs-, als auch in ihrem Privatleben die richtigen Entscheidungen zu treffen? Oder werden sie eines von beidem für das andere opfern müssen?

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Who Knows the Moonlight

The Vigilante | Book Four

The Vigilante: Book Three

Vigilante Nox Boyet won’t rest until he brings down the man who has destroyed his beloved New York City and now threatens the people he loves. But once he’s taken prisoner by the monster behind the carnage, Nox needs help.

Cade Creel has come a long way from his days as a high-priced rent boy, but he never expected to join the Vigilante on a high-stakes quest, never mind fall in love with him. Now it’s time to step up.

Separated and desperate, Nox and Cade have their work cut out for them. With the help of new friends and old enemies, they must identify the man who has turned New York City into a dystopian nightmare and get the hell out before a raid by the Feds turns the city into a warzone. But first they must find their way back to each other.

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Domestic Do-over

Restoration Channel | Book 1

A Restoration Channel Novel

Can a prickly carpenter build a reality TV host a way out of the closet?

Real estate guru Brandon Chase knows what “family friendly” means in the biz, and it’s not being open about his sexuality.

The end of Brandon’s marriage is still making headlines when the Restoration Channel makes him an offer: helm a show about flipping houses in New York City’s risky market. Still smarting from the bad press, Brandon is reluctant to get involved—until he falls in love with an old Victorian.

Except the house isn’t the only thing that catches his eye.

It’s contractor Travis Rogers’s job to enumerate every way a renovation could go wrong, which leads to a lot of on-set sparring and mutual frustration between him and Brandon. But when the simmering attraction underneath boils over, the show and their relationship hang in the balance.

Travis hates the media attention that follows Brandon, and the network has a history of firing LGBTQ personalities. Like the houses Brandon makes over, this relationship has potential. But if Brandon can’t convince Travis to take a chance, their chemistry might stay on-screen only.

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Unvergessene Versprechen

Keeping Promise Rock (Deutsch)

Buch 1 in der Serie - Keeping Promise Rock

Carrick Francis besaß schon immer die zweifelhafte Gabe, Ärger und Probleme jeder Art wie ein Magnet anzuziehen. Das einzige, was ihn vor Haftstrafen oder Schlimmerem bewahrte, ist seine unverbrüchliche Freundschaft zu Deacon Winters. Deacon war seine Rettung undhalf ihm, seine unglückliche Kindheit und die Misshandlungen durch seinen Vaterzu überstehen. Crick würde alles tun, um für immer bei Deacon bleiben zukönnen. Deshalb schiebt er seine Studienpläne auf als Deacons Vater stirbt. Erspringt ein und hilft seinem Freund, so wie der ihm geholfen hat.

Deacon wünscht sich nichts mehr, als dass Crick seinen schlechten Erinnerungen und ihrer kleinen Stadt entflieht und eine strahlende Zukunft findet. Aber nach zwei Jahren, indenen seine Gefühle für seinen Freund immer tiefer werden, kann er derVersuchung nicht mehr widerstehen und gibt Cricks Annäherungsversuchen nach.Der schüchterne Deacon gibt endlich zu, dass er ein Teil von Cricks Lebenwerden möchte.

Aber Crick wartet nur darauf, von Deacon wieder verstoßen zu werden – so wie er in der Vergangenheit von seiner Familie verstoßen wurde. Eine seiner typischen, spontanen Fehlentscheidungen lässt ihn weit weg von zuhause enden. Deacon bleibt allein zurück. Er ist am Boden zerstört und muss hart kämpfen, bis er sein gebrochenes Herz wieder heilen und er in einer Welt überleben kann, in der Cricks Liebe einewiges Versprechen ist, das vielleicht niemals in Erfüllung gehen wird.

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