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The Faller

2018 Advent Calendar | Warmest Wishes
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Being caught with another man sends Charlie Young fleeing his family to the forests of southwestern Australia to scrape together steamer-passage to the big smoke of London. But life as a timber faller isn't easy and it’s made worse when the men he works with are brash, bigoted, and often brutal. All except Jack Tapper, who’s the kind of gentle giant that sets Charlie’s heart racing.

While the other men head into town for Christmas, it’s just Charlie and Jack and acres of forest. But trees tell no tales and a few days alone is the perfect opportunity to indulge a bourgeoning passion. When the men return and find things not as they once were, Charlie and Jack have to make the hard decisions about whether to stay where they are or run for their lives.

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The Last Birthday Party

2018 Advent Calendar | Warmest Wishes
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Their favorite holiday is going away. Will it take their friendship with it? 

Since 1989, the birthday of the Emperor of Japan has been celebrated on December 23rd. But this is the last year; the Emperor is abdicating, and next year there will be no holiday.           

For twenty-year-old Akihito, the holiday has always been special. It’s his birthday, too, and a perfect excuse for spending the entire day celebrating across Tokyo with his life-long best friend, Kenji. But now that they will no longer get the day off and will soon face adult responsibilities, will they drift apart? Or if Akihito confesses the secret love he’s held in his heart for years, will their closeness be ruined? One thing is certain: nothing will be same by the end of the day.


A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2018 Advent Calendar "Warmest Wishes."

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The Legend of Gentleman John

2018 Advent Calendar | Warmest Wishes
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Banyn, a fae, escorts the souls of children to Magh Meall, but one Christmas, he comes for a lad who isn’t quite dead, and he breaks a rule rather than wait while John fights a battle he’ll ultimately lose. So begins a long-running affair that crosses the border between life and death, the human and fae realms, and even oceans to strange countries with different gods and rules.

John Rourke renounced a religion that had no place for him and returned to the old ways. Convicted of theft, he is sentenced to transportation and suffers brutal punishment—until he escapes to live on his own terms as a bushranger. When vengeance against his tormentor consumes him and threatens his life, John finds he has only one holiday wish—to see his fae lover one last time.


A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2018 Advent Calendar "Warmest Wishes."

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The Night Sky Festival

2018 Advent Calendar | Warmest Wishes
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Photographer Zach is happy to pack up his gear and head to the Mojave Desert over the holidays. Ever since his ex-husband filed for divorce a day before Christmas, it’s safe to say this isn’t Zach’s favorite time of year. 

Fortunately, he stumbles upon a town where the residents seem to agree. The good people of Baker would much rather celebrate the possibility of extraterrestrials as they dance under the stars in their unique “Night Sky Festival.” The locals are interesting, to say the least, and they want Zach to join them. 

But is Zach ready to let go of his holiday bitterness? And if so, whose invitation should he accept: the cute cashier, the burly single dad, or the sexy fun-loving cop?


A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2018 Advent Calendar "Warmest Wishes."

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Trapped in the Valley of the Kings

2018 Advent Calendar | Warmest Wishes
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Rival archaeologists Will and Jude slept together a year ago, on the night of the Summer Solstice at a dig in Stonehenge. But they were both wearing masks, so Jude has no idea it was Will he slept with, and Will’s been harboring a powerful, one-sided crush ever since. 

Now they’re in Egypt, competing to find the lost tomb of Queen Nefertiti. Jude falls through a crack in the cave floor, and when Will reluctantly climbs down to help him, they find themselves in Nefertiti's tomb, surrounded by archaeological treasures—where they must spend Christmas stranded by a sandstorm. 

Will a few sultry hours stripped almost bare from the heat and sharing a bottle of whiskey sort out who should get credit for the discovery—and the real reason for the tension between them?


A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2018 Advent Calendar "Warmest Wishes."

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Tulsi Vivah

2018 Advent Calendar | Warmest Wishes
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The festival of Tulsi Vivah ushers in the Hindu wedding season and tears away the love of Kristopher’s life. Three years of passion and tenderness are reduced to a shameful skeleton in the closet as Arjuna submits to the marriage his parents have arranged for him. His family has never even heard Kristopher’s name. 

The festival, a ritualistic wedding between the holy basil plant, Tulsi, and her eternal lover, Vishnu, is as much of a play-act as Arjuna’s upcoming nuptials, but he believes the wedding will honor his parents and please Vishnu. So why is his Tulsi plant—whose leaves heal and bless the devout, who is Vishnu's representative on earth—dying? Arjuna tends to her with all the care of a concerned parent, but it might take more than his devotion to save her. She might need Kris, with his clever green-fingers—and maybe a revived Tulsi can heal two hearts.


A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2018 Advent Calendar "Warmest Wishes."

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Warren's Peace

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The holidays are a time for second chances. 

Warren Blessing lost his wife (two years ago), and his kids decide he’s been alone too long. They send him on a holiday singles cruise so he can meet someone new. On the flight from Chicago to Miami, he sits next to an attractive man, but when the flight’s over, he doesn’t think he'll see him again. 

Fletcher Hammond is a professional mystery shopper for vacation destinations and travel. After a split from his unfaithful fiancé, he’s embarking on a singles cruise. He meets a lovely gentleman on the flight, whose conversation and cocktails help Fletcher through his fear of takeoffs, but he doesn’t expect to see him again. 

As if by fate, a meeting in the ship’s dining room renews their mutual attraction. But can they build a relationship with distance and baggage working against them? Or will they part ways when they return to port?


A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2018 Advent Calendar "Warmest Wishes."

Second Edition
First Edition published by Torquere Press, June 2016.

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Josh Harris is all dad all the time. A busy college professor and devoted single father, Josh tries to be happy with only his son for company. But then Bradley “Trex” Trexler moves in across the street with his stepbrother, Bogo, and takes advantage of their empty home, making it into a haunted house for Halloween.

Josh's son, Ernie, can't wait to go, so Josh dresses up like a movie cowboy and saunters over. It’ll be the best Halloween of Ernie’s life, but there’s another sharpshooter roaming the dark corridors, and this one might have a special treat for Josh….

2nd Edition
First Edition published as part of Halloween Heat (IV anthology), "Trex or Treat," by Etopia Press, October 2012.

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Download a free Cheesecake Boy coloring page and desktop wallpaper of Kyle the Witch! Coloring page is suitable for printing or digital coloring in your favorite app.

Kyle the Cheesecake Boy knew he was a witch ever since he first saw Sabrina the Teenage Witch on TV. Now all grown up he loves to introduce himself to new people by saying, "Hey!" Then he teleports himself directly behind them, taps them on the shoulder, and says, "I'm Kyle. You're gonna wanna be my friend. It's in your best interest." His favorite spell is a glamor spell that allows him to change his physical appearance in front of someone as they watch. But really, Kyle couldn't look any more awesome than he already does! *twinkle-twinkle*

Single 8.5x11 printable PDF for your coloring enjoyment.

Additional Kyle the Witch goodies:

Giclee prints of Kyle the Witch digital art by Wild Roan Studios

Kyle the Witch illustration by Paul Richmond T-shirt

Kyle the Witch illustration by Paul Richmond Underwear

Artwork created in collaboration between Wild Roan Studios and Paul Richmond. Model: Kyle Trudeau

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When a Christmas shopping expedition brings Tomy Peralta into Jason Winters’s yarn store, both men feel an immediate and intense spark of attraction, but dance instructor Tomy intends to propose to his boyfriend, Sean, at Christmas. Unfortunately for Tomy, marriage isn’t on career-minded Sean’s agenda. Heartbroken, Tomy throws himself into his work until his mother convinces him that learning to knit might help take his mind off his failed romance. 

Jason falls hard for Tomy, but he knows Tomy needs time to heal and to trust in love again. As Jason teaches Tomy to knit, Tomy teaches him to dance in return. Just when it seems Tomy is ready for a new romance, Sean shows up, wanting Tomy back. Will Tomy give his heart to Sean once more, or will Tomy finally see Sean for who he truly is, and choose the man who helped him knit his heart together again?

Second Edition
First Edition Published by Torquere Press, December 2014.

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A Balls to the Wall Anthology

Return to Laguna and go balls to the wall yet again with these fan-favorite stories of love—including a brand-new novella.

 

High Balls

Single father and PhD student Theodore Walters is determined to provide a great life for his seven-year-old son, Andy, despite anything his religious in-laws and dissertation adviser can throw at him. His carefully planned life goes off the rails when he meets totally not appropriate bartender "Snake" Erasmo—a pierced and tattooed biker. Snake might be the only guy with the skills to show Theodore that happily ever after is for real, if their secrets don't drag them apart first.

 

Snow Balls

Flamboyant JJ LaRousse may look like a quarterback, but he knows nothing about football. After encountering tough cop Ryan Star—known for liking manly men—JJ drops his voice an octave and colors his pink hair to try to be his perfect man. Ryan is in the closet at work, but JJ is turning out to be hard to leave. When an outside threat brings all façades crashing down, will Ryan be able to accept JJ—and himself?


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High Balls first edition published by Dreamspinner Press, April 10, 2017. Snow Balls first edition published by Dreamspinner Press, December 6, 2017.

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With four girls, single dad Ryan Withers has his hands too full to look for romance. He’s not complaining—he loves his daughter and the three nieces he adopted when their parents died, and he would do anything for them. He’s caught off guard when his mother and daughter decide to play matchmaker.

Alex Bernot works in disaster relief, his job taking him all over the world, helping others, for extended periods of time. He’s staying with his aunt while he’s home, and she sets him up on a blind date. Finding a special someone isn’t really on his mind, but he goes to make his aunt happy.

Ryan and Alex enjoy each other’s company more than either of them expected, and they soon make a second date. Their lives are complicated, though, in very different ways, and soon family needs and their jobs conspire to pull them apart. They’ll need to figure out how to work through the things keeping them apart, but first they’ll have to decide if they even want to….

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Heart of Glass

Lawyers In Love
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Lawyers In Love

Fear of being like his unfaithful father has put high walls around senior litigator Asher Caldwell’s heart. Can former district attorney Zach Richardson knock them down to reveal the passionate man beneath the commitment-phobic workaholic, or will Zach’s own jealousy destroy what they’re trying to build?

A new life and a new love—that’s what Zach’s hoping for when he leaves the DA’s office and lets his friends give him a makeover. But the jury’s still out on whether the experiment was a success. His new look gets the attention of his boss and secret crush, Asher Caldwell, and leads to a seduction. Unfortunately, to Zach’s horror he learns that Asher assumed he was a paid escort. Asher is equally mortified to discover he had sex with an employee. Even so, the encounter meant a lot to both men, and they want to give dating a shot. Their romance born out of mistaken identity might work if Zach can trust Asher to be satisfied with the love of only one man… and if Asher can trust himself.

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Lawyers in Love

Lawyers In Love

Lawyers In Love: The Collection

When it comes to love, the trials aren’t only in the courtroom.

The legal profession is a challenging—and often stressful—one, and all work and no play leads to frustration for the men who dedicate their lives to justice. Luckily they find time to let off steam as things heat up in both the courtroom and behind the scenes. A secret holiday admirer might lead to a friend turned lover. A romantic confession might help a closeted man escape his father’s control and find happiness on his own terms. A former district attorney wants to help his workaholic boss relax, but his boss thinks he’s a paid escort! Along the way, these hardworking men might make partner… or better yet, find a partner to love and their own happily ever after when the gavel falls.

Includes Santa's Naughty Helper, Fortune’s Slings and Cupid’s Arrows, and Heart of Glass.


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Santa's Naughty Helper published by Torquere Press, 2012, published by Dreamspinner Press, July 2017. Fortune’s Slings and Cupid’s Arrows published by Torquere Press, February 2013, published by Dreamspinner Press, November 2017. Heart of Glass: Previously Published by Dreamspinner Press September 3, 2018.

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Can a raw food enthusiast find love with a guy who bakes cupcakes?

When Micah Truveen’s devoted health-food customers start showing up with white flour, Micah wants to chew nails! To make his misery worse, he finds his yoga teacher boyfriend in bed with another guy the day before Valentine’s Day. Micah decides to drown his misery at a friend’s anti-Valentine’s Day orgiastic hookup party—and meets the beautiful Queen, a gorgeous cross-dresser who’s got Southern sugah in his mouth and the right equipment under the dress. But when the hookup turns serious, Micah has to compromise to protect Queen’s secrets from his beloved grandmother. With everything against them, can two hearts rise above the flour?

Second Edition
First Edition published by Etopia Press, January 2013.

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Scott y Marco son los mejores amigos y se encuentran en una azotea en Nochebuena, cada uno de ellos escapando temporalmente de situaciones familiares muy difíciles. No tienen regalos para compartir,  pero Marco promete que algún día rescatará a Scott y lo llevará a Alaska. Los años pasan y de vez en cuando se encuentran de nuevo (la primera vez de forma planeada, la siguiente por pura casualidad), siempre en Nochebuena, y cada vez descubren que la vida tan sólo se complica más y más. Atesoran cada momento que pasan juntos pero ¿podrán realmente huir a Alaska algún día?

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Verschleierte Loyalitäten

Die Spürnasen | Buch 2
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Fortsetzung zu Der Einbruch in der Royal Street
Buch 2 in der Serie - Die Spürnasen

Halloween ist Beau Bissonets Lieblingsfeiertag, dazu gehört das Aushöhlen von Kürbissen ebenso wie die Dekorationen in seinem Vorgarten und er liebt es, sich in ein Kostüm zu werfen und die Nachbarskinder zu erschrecken. Aber in diesem Jahr nimmt sein Halloween eine andere Wendung; eine, die seine Fähigkeiten als Detektiv und seine Hingabe zu seinem Partner bei der Arbeit und in der Liebe herausfordern wird.

Seit Beau und Tollison vor einem Jahr den Einbruch in der Royal Street gelöst, Liebe gefunden und Bissonet & Cruz gegründet haben, läuft es privat und beruflich gut. Bis Tollisons Ex-Freund, Bastien Andros, aus heiterem Himmel auftaucht. Natürlich ist Beau misstrauisch, aber zwei Tage nach Bastiens Ankunft verschwindet dieser spurlos und Tollison sorgt sich, dass seine Vergangenheit ihn einholen könnte.

Ein mysteriöses Paket zeigt deutlich, wer Bastien entführt hat und was auf dem Spiel steht. Sowohl Bastiens als auch Beaus Leben sind in Gefahr und Tollison hat nur eine Möglichkeit: Er muss nach Zürich in die Schweiz reisen, um das Lösegeld zu beschaffen und abzuliefern, beide Männer außer Gefahr zu bringen und gleichzeitig sich selbst treu zu bleiben.

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Being With Him

Horizons Series
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A Horizons Series Novella

Zeb Araneda leaves his privileged but closely supervised life in the Philippines to study architecture at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, where his new roommate is openly gay Luca Dilorio.

Alex Boulet is a successful print model who appears to have it all, but on closer inspection, the ready smile never reaches his mesmerizing green eyes. Tired of living alone, Alex moves in with fellow model Chyna Davidson, Luca’s boyfriend.

Away from his father’s watchful eye, and with Luca’s help, Zeb learns to navigate his new environment, and experiences freedom of choice for the first time. This fresh perspective allows him to step out of his comfort zone and act on his attraction to Alex.

The holiday season has always been difficult for Alex. Sappy commercials tug at his heart, and storefront windows depict idealized scenes that remind him of what he’ll never have: a loving partner willing to accept his truth. Will this Christmas be another disappointment, or will Santa finally make his wish come true?

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