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Sweat

by J. D. Walker

It’s the middle of July, and Rico Davin is about to faint -- not from the heat, though. For the whole summer, he gets to watch his best friend, Chance Raynor, shirtless and wet on the beach playing volleyball with his buddies. The perspiration on Chance’s skin is driving Rico nuts. It doesn’t help that he’s lusted after Chance since they met freshman year in college. What’s not to like in a tall, muscular, and just plain hot jock of a roommate? Unfortunately, Chance doesn’t see Rico the same way. Or does he?When Rico is hit by a car while riding home on his bicycle, Chance shows him a side of his personality Rico never expected. Maybe it’s the heat or his concussion, but when they argue, Rico’s hidden feelings and insecurities come out in the open, for good or bad. Maybe getting sweaty could make it all better.

Take Me Back

by J. D. Walker

To choose a job and ambition over love is something Gus Atchison might never forgive. When his boyfriend, Seb Paddington, decides to move to New York and leave their relationship behind, Gus is heartbroken. But two months later, Seb shows up and tries to get close again. Gus isn’t having it, though, despite Seb’s persistence, and they end up in a fight on his front porch.Once they make peace, of a sort, Seb goes back to New York. However, four months later when he returns, Gus is alarmed at how unhealthy and thin Seb looks, and realizes he still has feelings for the man, in spite of it all. They start up a tentative friendship, and Gus sees another side of Seb he’s never known while helping with his new company. Will Gus take him back? Or will they remain friends forever?

Tame the Sheriff (Hot Flash)

by J. D. Walker

What does a lonely sheriff do when all his friends are no longer single?Nicholas “Bulldog” McMurtry might prefer being footloose, but underneath it all, he longs for companionship in a way he can understand. When Russ Soames gives Bulldog a night to remember, the sheriff isn’t sure if his fancy-free notions are worth the loss of someone who could become special.Note: This short story was originally published in the charity collection, Love Is Proud.

The Things We Do

by J. D. Walker

Scotty Reedville has had his office job for two years, long enough to fall for Ryker Callen, head of the landscaping crews. It’s ridiculous, really. How could he fall for someone so completely his opposite in every way? Answer: he couldn’t help it. Still, Scotty would never make a move because he doesn’t think Ryker would go out with a guy who wears braces and snaps at everyone.However, when Ryker is injured in a softball game one weekend and needs a place to live temporarily that doesn’t have steps, Scotty’s boss Gavin suggests he stay with Scotty. The time they spend together is both the best and worst thing that has ever happened to Scotty, and he doesn’t want it to end. But it must.Thankfully, Ryker has other plans. Can the two men stumble their way to love?

To Catch His Mate

by J. D. Walker

Felix Cotter is a top-notch insurance investigator, as well as a beast ... of some kind. He has no idea who his real parents are, but when he shifts, Felix has the body of a black panther and the head and paws of a white Bengal tiger. Weird shifter mix aside, Felix is hot on the trail of a thief.But this thief smells likemate. Felix has never met another creature like him, so he’s not sure what to think of the wet dreams he’s been having ever since he’s been on this case. His adopted father, Ben Cotter, keeps telling him to man up and figure it out, already.Felix finally comes face to face with burglar Tyler Panterone, a white panther shifter. Tyler is being forced to steal against his will. Now, it’s up to Felix to help Tyler, and then claim the man as his own, for always.

To Lift My Sole

by J. D. Walker

Jim Newsome is the CEO of a food services consulting firm, working primarily for the healthcare industry. He wears a shoe lift due to a childhood accident that shortened his leg. Whenever he acquires a new client -- typically a hospital -- Jim goes undercover to get a firsthand look at the problems before reporting his findings, and possible solutions.His current assignment hasn’t been an easy one, and Jim’s relieved it will all be over at the end of the week. Then Jim meets Lance Lamas, an orthopedic specialist. Lance tries to strike up a conversation, but Jim isn’t playing nice.But Lance’s relentless pursuit pays off, and the two men go out on a double date with friends.The evening ends in the best way possible, and when Jim reveals who he really is, Lance knows he wants to keep him -- shoe lift, dirty mouth, and all.

To Love His Mate

by J. D. Walker

Sequel toTo Catch His MateTyler Panterone has a wonderful life with his lover, Felix Cotter. They have two adorable twin boys who are both cute and a pain in the butt. He wouldn’t have it any other way. But one morning as he comes out of the forest from a night spent in his white panther form, a strange shifter comes to call, and he looks like Felix. Tyler is terrified that someone from his lover’s long lost family might finally have come to claim Felix and take him away.Tensions rise, and with Thanksgiving looming, Tyler can’t help feeling hurt as Felix and his newfound older brother bond and spend all their time together. Naturally, another shifter appears to complicate things. Tyler is afraid he will be left behind, but he knows how much it means to Felix to finally learn about his past.This Thanksgiving will definitely be something to remember.

Truck Me All Day Long (Truck Me #2)

by J. D. Walker

Adrian Mitchell is miserable. His boyfriend, Brandon Perez, cheated on him, so he kicks him out of the house. But when a friend points out that Brandon’s cheating is a symptom of a deeper issue -- Adrian being a control freak -- he has to face some harsh truths about himself. Yes, Brandon made a huge mistake, but Adrian isn’t a peach, either.To get Brandon back, Adrian will have to open up about his past, and why he’s always been afraid to give away control to anyone. He’ll have to convince Brandon that he’s willing to change, because he can’t live without him anymore, cheating be damned. He needs Brandon to come home.

Truck Me All Night Long (Truck Me #1)

by J. D. Walker

Trev Harding is a truck driver in his forties who loves having sex with a different twink every night. The only exception to this is one-time trick Grant Hess, a mid-thirties forklift operator on his daily route who could pass for twenty-three. Trev’s life takes a startling turn when he’s told by his latest conquest that the guys at his usual pickup spot see him as a shallow, dirty old man, and pathetic.Tail tucked between his legs, Trev is forced to do some soul-searching and asks the one man who might be willing to give him some advice -- Grant. Their frank conversation leads to an unexpected development, and Trev might be willing to try something new, if he can get over his insecurities.

Truck Me Back To Normal (Truck Me #4)

by J. D. Walker

Joseph "Joey" Choi has been to hell and back. A war veteran, he was in a bad place for a long time until his brother Derrick got him the help he needed. Joey figures the least he can do is learn how to do things on his own, for a change. His first step is to apply for a job at a farm.Barrimore "Bear" Lancett, the farm’s foreman, is larger than life and seriously hot. And God, those dimples! Both Bear and Joey a "moment," but Joey immediately pushes the wayward, intimate thoughts aside, convinced he's not relationship material, much less with his boss.That doesn’t stop Bear from trying, but he has to convince Joey to take a chance on them, and maybe find his new normal.

Truck Me How I Like It (Truck Me #3)

by J. D. Walker

Derrick Choi hasn't had sex in months, and he's about to explode. While he’s happy that his brother Joey is finally getting the care he needs, the stress of the daily grind, recalcitrant customers, and life in general has taken its toll. At the end of a rough day, he decides to unwind at a club and is surprised when the lead guitarist of the band turns out to be the manager at one of his delivery stops.Paul Fontana is a sexy older man who takes what he wants, with no apologies. He’s had his eye on Derrick for a while, and finally gets to know him up close and personal. Both men find out that they have a special chemistry and must decide whether to leave things as a two-night stand or pursue something serious. It could be, though, that they have all the time in the world.

Unexpected Journey

by J. D. Walker

John Dornbrook is forty-nine years old. He's been doing the same job for fifteen years and hates it. But when he’s laid-off, it hits him hard and his world turns upside down. When he meets Hollis Lombard, his neighbor’s grandson, the unexpected happens.Hollis Lombard is determined to get John out of his funk, so he offers to take him on a summer road trip. They head out west in search of adventure, but John is touchy and lashes out easily. Hollis, aware of the attraction between them, doesn’t want to take any chances which could hurt their budding friendship.It's all a frightful muddle, and it remains to be seen if they can overcome their issues in time to reach their final destination. Will the journey be worth it?

Wading in Neptune's Pool

by J. D. Walker

Summer is the start of the busy season for Neptune's Pool Service, owned by Pete Crawford. A new client, Corey Brennerman, captures Pete’s interest, if only because he seems attached to his cell phone 24/7. Corey is a serious workaholic. Pete remembers when he used to be like that, and he wishes he could do something about it.Pete comes to Corey’s aid in a grocery store parking lot one evening and helps him catch the punk who tries to steal his cell phone. As a result, their relationship moves from that of client/hired help to cautious friends. When a Fourth of July party leads to a tryst, Pete is running scared because he thinks Corey is too stressed and vulnerable to handle anything serious right now. But Corey confronts him, and they work things out -- in the pool, naturally.A death in the family brings them even closer together. Can Corey make some positive changes in his life? Could the relationship they’ve begun to build become something that might last forever?

Wedding Bell Blues Box Set (Wedding Bell Blues #5)

by J. D. Walker

Why do we love rock stars? Maybe it’s the tight pants, or the sexy way they play their instruments, pun intended. This box set explores love on the way to the altar for musicians, and the men who love them.Within these pages, you’ll find the flawed and famous as ex-band mates work their way back to each other. Or a playboy rock star who has to convince his former lover that he’s changed. How about a keyboard player wooing the man of his dreams? Not to mention the famous singer who has to play dirty to get the man he wants.Take a musical journey to “I do” with these four couples and find the beat of your drum, the keys to your heart, and the song of your soul, forever.Contains the stories:Let the Music Say I Do: Jared Page and Joey Seever are ex-band mates and ex-lovers. The reason? Joey’s fear of marriage -- and then his cheating. Jared doesn’t know, though, that Joey’s been hurt in the past, and has never trusted in love. An accident and some harsh words bring these issues to the fore. Now, it’s up to Jared to convince Joey that it’s okay to love, and marriage is just the music to which you say, “I Do.”The Beat of His Drum: Dorian Seacrest is livid. Laramie Treble, leader and drummer of Caesar’s Flame is back in town, and wants to stake his claim -- on him, of all people. But Dorian doesn’t trust him, and his heart is leery. One round of heartache with Laramie is enough. Laramie is determined to make amends, however and won’t take no for an answer. All he has to do is get Dorian to dance to the beat of his drum.Keys to His Heart: While Grady Tremone helps his mom with rehearsal for a show, he bumps into Tim Hugo. The instant lust he feels for Tim almost blinds him, but Tim isn’t interested in casual sex. He wants a relationship. After some false steps, the two men decide to take it slow, and after a month of blue balls, they finally become intimate and Grady is convinced that Tim has the keys to his heart.Let the Song Last Forever: Evan Harper has deep feelings for Chuck Whistler. But being betrayed and outed in high school by someone he’d loved, has left scars on Evan’s heart. He cools things off with Chuck but despite his best efforts, Chuck won’t let things go. The two men have an argument, ending in a broken nose. When, after all that, Chuck still professes his love, Evan has to find a way to make things right.

Woodstock Gave Me You

by J. D. Walker

It's Woodstock, 1969, and Laramie Pruitt is anxious to feel some peace and love after the recent Stonewall riots in his hometown. While he's grooving to some great music at the festival, Laramie meets a handsome young man named Sullivan “Sully” Conyers. They get along well together, and Sully even tolerates Laramie's tendency to get on his soapbox about social issues and Big Brother.When Laramie learns that Sully is gay, it leads to a tryst later that night and clandestine kisses under Sully's tarp during a rainstorm. Things are great, but as always, Laramie's mouth gets him into trouble, and drives Sully away.Laramie knows he was wrong, but in a sea of half a million people, how is he supposed to find Sully and apologize?Thankfully, Laramie finds Sully on the last day of the event and he gets a second chance at love.

Yesterday's Dust

by J. D. Walker

Macon Tilly has had it with men and their shenanigans -- cowboys, to be exact. Tight butts and hot smiles aren’t enough to get past the lack of a true connection. He’s starting to believe that the man of his dreams, that perfect ranch hand who only has eyes for him, doesn’t exist. What’s a guy to do?Well, there’s Cornelius “Dane” McDaniel, who shows up on Macon’s doorstep, lost, exhausted, and a little touchy. But also, perfect, from head to toe, inside and out. New to town, Dane is focused on making a good impression at his new job and puts Macon’s “no more cowboys” resolutions to the test. Is Dane too good to be true? Or could he be everything Macon has ever wanted in a partner?

Your Wish, My Demand

by J. D. Walker

Clint Beck has been best friends with Kyle Rivers for over ten years. They went to college together, and now they share a successful boutique landscaping business. Clint usually takes the lead, and Kyle tends to follow.Kyle is naturally submissive and has suffered a lot of abuse from overly aggressive ex-boyfriends. Clint has always loved Kyle, and he longs for the day when he can move their friendship to something deeper. He knows he can be the caring Dom Kyle yearns for in order to become whole again.One afternoon, Clint suggests they go to Ties That Bind, his favorite BDSM club. Kyle is usually reticent, but he agrees. Clint knows this is the chance he’s been waiting for. Once at the club, Clint uses all his skill to show Kyle how it can be with a Dom who can meet his partner’s every need in a safe, loving environment. Is Kyle ready to choose the one man who can give him exactly what he needs in every way?

Redheaded Stepchild

by Johnnie Walker

Nicholas is a twelve-year-old with red hair whose dad just remarried. This makes Nicholas a redheaded stepchild. Literally. And tomorrow at lunch, the biggest boy in grade six plans to beat him up—he even made a Facebook event about it. Should Nicholas skip school? His new stepmom, a chain-smoking, ex-Jehovah’s Witness golf pro named Mary-Anne, doesn’t want him playing hooky. His secret alter ego, the fabulous and charismatic Rufus Vermilion, thinks his ginger genetics will doom him either way. But when events in the schoolyard leave both Mary-Anne and Rufus speechless, it’s up to Nicholas to pick up the pieces and do some serious growing up.

Back in the Frame: Cycling, belonging and finding joy on a bike

by Jools Walker

'We'll all recognise ourselves somewhere in this book' Emily Chappell'One of the best cycling books of all time' BookAuthorityA joyful dose of inspiration that every cyclist, from rookie to randonneur, can take something valuable from' Road.ccIf your bike has become your biggest escape of late, Back in the Frame from award-winning blogger, Lady Vélo, is the book for youJools Walker rediscovered cycling aged 28 after a decade-long absence from the saddle. When she started blogging about her cycle adventures under the alias Lady Vélo, a whole world was opened up to her. But it's hard to find space in an industry not traditionally open to women - especially women of colour.Shortly after getting back on two wheels, Jools was diagnosed with depression and then, in her early thirties, hit by a mini-stroke. Yet, through all of these punctures, one constant remained: Jools' love of cycling.Funny, moving and motivational, this book tells the story of how Jools overcame these challenges, stepped outside her comfort zone and learned to cycle her own path. Along the way she shares a wealth of inspirational stories and tips from other female trailblazers, and shows how cycling can and should be a space for everyone.A celebration of cycling, Back in the Frame will motivate you to get back on your bike and enjoy the ride, no matter what life throws at you.

Back in the Frame: Cycling, belonging and finding joy on a bike

by Jools Walker

'We'll all recognise ourselves somewhere in this book' Emily Chappell'One of the best cycling books of all time' BookAuthorityA joyful dose of inspiration that every cyclist, from rookie to randonneur, can take something valuable from' Road.ccIf your bike has become your biggest escape of late, Back in the Frame from award-winning blogger, Lady Vélo, is the book for youJools Walker rediscovered cycling aged 28 after a decade-long absence from the saddle. When she started blogging about her cycle adventures under the alias Lady Vélo, a whole world was opened up to her. But it's hard to find space in an industry not traditionally open to women - especially women of colour.Shortly after getting back on two wheels, Jools was diagnosed with depression and then, in her early thirties, hit by a mini-stroke. Yet, through all of these punctures, one constant remained: Jools' love of cycling.Funny, moving and motivational, this book tells the story of how Jools overcame these challenges, stepped outside her comfort zone and learned to cycle her own path. Along the way she shares a wealth of inspirational stories and tips from other female trailblazers, and shows how cycling can and should be a space for everyone.A celebration of cycling, Back in the Frame will motivate you to get back on your bike and enjoy the ride, no matter what life throws at you.

Bonny & Read

by Julie Walker

'A cracking read. . . Fascinating, complex characters and a real page-turner!'LIZ HYDER, author of THE GIFTS 'Bonny and Read has it all. Adventure, atmosphere, sizzling suspense and unforgettable characters. Such a brilliant debut!'SD SYKES, author of THE GOOD DEATH'A deftly told tale of the complexities of friendship, female identity & freedom, featuring two remarkable women determined to define their own destinies . . . the pages turn themselves'ANITA FRANK, author of THE LOST ONES'What a debut! A fabulous, dangerous sea-shanty of a story' KATIE MUNNIK, author of THE AERIALISTSRebels. Pirates. Women. Caribbean, 1720. Two extraordinary women are on the run - from their pasts, from the British Navy and the threat of execution, and from the destiny that fate has written for them.Plantation owner's daughter, runaway wife, pirate - Anne Bonny has forged her own story in a man's world. But when she is involved in the capture of a British merchant ship, she is amazed to find another woman amongst the crew, with a history as unconventional as her own. Dressed as a boy from childhood, Mary Read has been a soldier, a sailor, a widow - but never a woman in charge of her own destiny.As their exhilarating, tumultuous exploits find fame, the ballad of Bonny and Read is sung from shore to shore - but when you swim against the tide of history, freedom is a dangerous thing...An exuberant reimagining of the extraordinary story of Bonny & Read - trailblazing, boundary-defying, swashbuckling heroines whose story deserves to be known. Perfect for fans of Ariadne, The Mercies and The Familiars.

Bonny & Read: The stunning new feminist historical novel for 2022

by Julie Walker

Rebels. Outlaws. Icons.Caribbean, 1720. Two extraordinary women are on the run - from their pasts, from the British Navy and the threat of execution, and from the destiny that fate has written for them.Plantation owner's daughter, runaway wife, pirate - Anne Bonny has forged her own story in a man's world. But when she is involved in the capture of a British merchant ship, she is amazed to find another woman amongst the crew, with a history as unconventional as her own. Dressed as a boy from childhood, Mary Read has been a soldier, a sailor, a widow - but never a woman in charge of her own destiny.As their exhilarating, tumultuous exploits find fame, the ballad of Bonny and Read is sung from shore to shore - but when you swim against the tide of history, freedom is a dangerous thing...An exuberant reimagining of the extraordinary story of Bonny & Read - trailblazing, boundary-defying, swashbuckling heroines whose story deserves to be known.(P) 2022 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

Peter

by Kate Walker

An ordinary fifteen-year-old Australian kid, who enjoys riding his dirt bike and wants to be a photographer, becomes confused about his sexuality when he finds he is attracted to a gay friend of his older brother.

By Way of Vegan Donuts

by Kay Walker

In a tourist town in the Canadian Rockies, Simon is spending the summer working at his sister-in-law's bookstore. Shy around new people, Simon prefers to keep his nose in a book. When Benji, a local who works at a café down the street, hears Simon is vegan, he figures the best way to welcome him is bake him a vegan donut. Upon their first meeting, there's an undeniable burst of chemistry. Simon is drawn to Benji's outgoing personality and wants to get to know him better. All Simon has to do is figure out a way to get over his nervousness and ask the casually flirty Benji on a date.

Jack Wolf

by Kay Walker

Henry Dalton is sent across the country by train to the western town of Woolridge in order to investigate the werewolf problem they're having during the monthly moon cycle. The townsfolk are not forthcoming with information, making it difficult for Henry to solve the case. Even more distracting is Jack, a handsome older lycanthrope. Known for his rebellious youth, Jack has settled down into life and routine in Woolridge, working as the local blacksmith. He assures Henry he's no longer trying to stir up trouble, that those days are long gone. Henry must attempt to ignore the spark between them, the indication of their potential to become mates, which is rare because Henry is human. Henry remains professional and focuses on his job, but each meeting with Jack adds to the draw, and Henry isn't sure how much longer he'll be able to resist.A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2015 Daily Dose package "Never Too Late."

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