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After his parents and family die, Seven escapes his factory job. By wits and will alone, he survives in a London divided into the affluent Fairside and the squalor of London's industrial Blackside, where many struggle to eke their existence out of despair. But Seven has to fight for more than just food and shelter. All over Blackside, a secret cabal of prominent citizens and the mysterious Mr. Kettlebent are snatching children. Rumor has it a wizard is controlling the queen, and the country's most notorious villain is the only one who wants to stop him. Seven is determined to find out why. Hired by the criminal Jack Midnight to steal the evil wizard's spellbook, Seven soon discovers the mystery runs deeper than he suspected. But events spiral out of control, and it isn't long before the intrigue sweeps Seven into its deadly current.
There's a snake in Aidan's bed, but it's not the kind he wants. A nest of snakes under his house heralds the kind of disruption that Aidan has been trying to avoid all his life and turns him into a hysterical mess. First he sleeps with his best friend, Baxter. Until their one-night-stand, Aidan was happy with his life and their friendship. Now he's lonely and craves a relationship Baxter doesn't want. Then Aidan meets Detective Sam Walters while consulting on a murder investigation and his dreams are suddenly invaded by a man who makes Aidan want to strip faster than an attack by green ants. Too bad Sam is straight. When snakes take over Aidan's home and a gorgeous snake catcher comes to his rescue, Aidan's confusion is complete. To add to the mess Aidan's life has become, a man ends up dead on his living room floor, Baxter confesses to his murder, and calm, cheerful Sam yells at Aidan. It's enough to make a quiet professor of sociology prefer the snakes.
A Novella in the Delectable SeriesWhen artisan ice cream maker Jay Brown first meets food writer Cameron Clay at a charity tasting event, they get along like strawberries and chocolate sauce. Jay's unique flavors thrill more than Cameron's jaded palate, but after a delicious encounter in Jay's delivery truck, where extra-creamy frozen treats are not the only delights sampled, Cameron loses Jay's contact info--and any hope of a real date. Desperate, Cameron convinces his editor to host an artisanal ice cream contest in hopes of drawing out the elusive genius. But more complications threaten to intervene. Will Jay even enter the contest? Or will the chance of a happily ever after melt away?
A Granby Knitting NovellaStanley's life took a left turn at a knitting shop and hit a dead end. The closest thing he's had to a relationship breaks things off to date a "nice boy," and none of the pretty young things in Boulder's limited gay scene do it for Stanley. He needs to reevaluate whether working as a floor designer for a series of craft stores is really where he wants to be. Then Stanley does a peculiar thing: he starts to live the life he fell into. Stitch by stitch, he knits his life into something meaningful. Just when he does, Johnny, the store's new delivery boy, walks in. Johnny is like no one Stanley has ever met: he doesn't believe in quickies in the bathroom and has a soft spot for theater and opera. There has to be a catch. When Johnny's dark past comes back to haunt them, Stanley realizes how much he loves his cushy life in the yarn store--but he'll give it all up to keep the man who makes his ordinary life extraordinary. Winner in the 2013 Rainbow Awards.Second (tie): Best LGBT Cover - Design
Interior designer Mike Stevenson is out shopping for a new ride when he literally runs into Joe Adams, a contractor who works for one of his clients. Mike feels an immediate spark of attraction, but Joe is wearing a wedding band, so Mike assumes his case is hopeless--just like the rest of his love life. Then the two lonely men start spending time together and Mike learns more about Joe's past, falling deeper in love with him against his own better judgment. But everyone from Mike's vindictive ex to Joe's well-meaning family seems determined to get in the way of their happiness.
The past always catches up with you. Max Newman should know--he's been running from his ever since he dropped out of Uni and made a disastrous move to the seedier side of London. Now he's returned to Brighton to lick his wounds. Though Max believes the club scene is better left behind him, one night he lets his friends drag him out dancing. And suddenly the simple life he's tried to lead gets complicated. At Compulsion, the Medina Group's newest hotspot, Max meets Seve Nunez, a member of the Medina management and a man used to taking what he wants. The sexual chemistry between Max and Seve immediately leads to an intimate encounter in the backyard of the club--just the kind of dangerous behavior Max tried to leave behind. Despite that, he can't help but crave more, and Seve seems just as eager. But Max soon suspects that Seve may not be the scrupulous businessman he claims. Max has seen the Medina Group at work before, and what he saw got a good friend killed. He's not sure what future he has with Seve, but he'll have to decide whether to trust in Seve's innocence or keep running. The wrong choice could land them both in mortal danger.Winner of the Best Erotic category at Love Romances and More Golden Rose Awards 2013
Duchess Aleana Melora of Eniva, future queen of Halvaria, is resigned to the gilded cage of her life, facing a loveless marriage to Tallak, the prospective king, and struggling under the pressure to carry on the family name despite her wish to find a woman to love. When her convoy is attacked on the journey to Tallak's palace, Aleana is saved by her guard, Ori, only to discover her people have turned against her and joined forces with the kingdom of Dakmor, Halvaria's greatest enemy. Her only hope is to reach Tallak, but she and Ori don't make it far before another attack and an unlikely rescue by Kahira, a Dakmoran woman banished from her kingdom for reasons she is hesitant to share. Though Kahira is marked as a criminal, Aleana's heart makes itself known. Aleana is facing danger and betrayal at every turn, and she fears giving in to her desires will mean she will enter her marriage knowing exactly the kind of passion she will never have as the Halvarian Queen--if she survives long enough to be crowned.
Sequel to Inherit the SkyLang Downs: Book TwoTwenty-year-old Chris Simms is barely keeping his head above water. After losing his mother and his home, he struggles to provide for himself and his brother. When homophobes attack him, he thinks his life is over, but then he's rescued by jackaroos from a nearby sheep station. He's as stunned to be offered a job there as he is to discover both the station owner and foreman are gay. For Chris, Lang Downs is a dream--one that only gets better when Chris realizes the jackaroo he's crushing on, Jesse Harris, is gay and amenable to a fling. Everything goes well until Chris realizes he's falling for Jesse a lot harder than allowed by their deal. Jesse is a drifter who moves from station to station, never looking for anything permanent. Convinced Chris is too young and fragile for a real relationship, he sets rules to keep things casual. Watching the station owner and his foreman together makes Jesse wonder if there are benefits to settling down, but when he realizes how Chris feels about him, he panics. He and Chris will have to decide if a try for happiness is worth the risk before the end of the season tears them apart.
A Taste of Love StoryTo make a small fortune, start with a large fortune and open a bakery. That's the advice Marcus Wilson has heard. Unfortunately, Marcus doesn't have a large fortune--just a bakery, A Slice of Heaven, in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and the determination to make it successful. He needs more help than he can afford, so when he hires accountant Gregory Southland, it's for hours in the shop as well as on the books. Gregory takes a second job at the bakery to help pay the bills now that his health is improving. Soon he's looking forward to spending time with Marcus, but as the business--and their relationship--grows, so do the complications: First Marcus's stepmother involves him in a cause that could give the bakery a reputation it doesn't need. Then Marcus and Gregory disagree over whether to involve A Slice of Heaven in a civil rights dispute. To top it off, Gregory's ex-boyfriend makes an appearance just when he is at his most vulnerable. But the greatest complication by far is Marcus and Gregory's struggle to learn to trust each other and themselves, especially when it comes to baking up matters of the heart.
Stories from the Range: Book FiveMarty Green has two loves in life: horses and basketball. But suffering a stroke during his first college game throws a wrench in his plans. After months spent in the hospital, recuperating under the zealous care of his overprotective parents, Marty realizes he needs to be on his own, so when he's offered a job at a ranch owned by his doctor's good friend, he takes it. When veterinary assistant Quinn Knepper sees Marty for the first time, his heart nearly stops. He's smitten, and Marty appears interested though shy. There are just two problems: Quinn's father wants him to hide his sexuality from the world, and Marty's Wyoming Senator father is a homophobe with no idea his son is gay--which Quinn learns when the senator proposes an amendment banning gay marriage. Dealing with two unsupportive families is a heavy burden, but Quinn vows to make it work. Unfortunately, that may mean putting his life on hold while Marty overcomes his emotional isolation--unless, of course, Marty sacrifices his happiness to his father's political ambition and ends the relationship before it gets started. Nominee: Best Book of 2012 and Best Western/Cowboys Book
The Wheel Mysteries: Book OneMagic is in the air when Gus Goodwin, a pagan shopkeeper and owner of the Four Corners' occult shop, meets a Niall Valentine, a mysterious PI investigating the disappearance of a local witch named Joy. What starts out as harmless flirting and information gathering soon turns into a partnership, with both men determined to solve the case. Then bodies begin to pile up. Someone is using fire and water to kill witches associated with Joy, and it is up to Niall and Gus to find out what's going on. But when their friendship blossoms into something else, the unknown dangers looming ahead become even more frightening. If they can't solve the murders soon, they're going to get themselves killed.
A Lifting the Veil StoryWhen PI Sam Garrett is hired by eccentric billionaire toy maker and child genius Mozart "Mo" Chance--after his apparent suicide in the hills of San Francisco--Sam takes the case out of sheer curiosity. In a world where the Veil lifted a decade ago and exposed mythical beings living among humans, Sam faces a big challenge as the mystery surrounding the case deepens. The inheritors of Mo's fortune--the uncle, the butler, the nanny, and the bodyguard--all possess secrets, and some are willing to protect them at any cost. The trouble is that Sam's partner and lover, Rex Ford, is suddenly under suspicion as well. Clouded by doubt, Sam continues to search for answers as tapestries of crimes begin to unravel and powers beyond his imagination are unleashed. If Mo endured horrific nightmares about monsters under his bed, there's no telling what dangers await a nosy PI. What dangers lurk in this darkness? Sam is about to find out.2014 Rainbow Awards winner for Best Paranormal Romance
A Granby Knitting NovellaEverything about Jeremy has always been a lie--including his last name. When one grift too many ends in tragedy, Jeremy goes straight. But life's hard for an ex-con, and Jeremy is down to panhandling and hope when Rance Crawford offers him work at a tiny alpaca farm and fiber mill. Jeremy takes him up on the job, thinking this could be his last chance to be a good man, and meets Aiden, who is growing into a better one. As Aiden comes of age, Jeremy finds himself desperate to grow up, too, because Aiden starts looking to him for things Jeremy doesn't know how to give. Being honest is terrifying for a man who's learned to rabbit at the first sign of conflict--more so when Aiden gives Jeremy a reason to stay that can't be packed up and carried in a knapsack. When Jeremy's past comes knocking at their door, can Jeremy trust enough in Aiden and his new home to answer bravely back?
Sequel to Strengthened by FireBy Fire Series: Book ThreeFirefighters Lee Stanton and Dirk Krause need a vacation. Work seems to have other ideas: they spend the day before their holiday begins battling a fire that claims three lives. Thankfully, Lee and Dirk will have a whole week on the high seas to recover. They're having a wonderful time--until they spot Dirk's miserable, closed-minded father on the ship. Between his father's presence and his guilt over the lives he couldn't save, Dirk feels sure his romantic cruise is going to tank. But then he saves another passenger's life--and maybe he can salvage something else too.
A Five Kingdoms NovelLonging to find others like himself, Zurkin sets out from his family's small farm and journeys to Mountain Home, a school for Contrary youth and the seat of the powerful Brotherhood of Contrary warriors. Along the way, he rescues a Feyborn Brother, Lord Tai, from a wicked Grimmord. But that isn't the last Zurkin will see of the monstrous Grimmord race. At Mountain Home, Zurkin trains under the masters, including the strong and handsome Brother Yenoh, who teaches him hand-to-hand combat--and the meaning of love. But while he trains, the Grimmords in the north prepare to invade. Only the Brotherhood stands in the way. If they cannot stop the Grimmords, the creatures will sweep through the Five Kingdoms, leaving destruction in their wake. Zurkin discovers he is a sorcerer in the wild--an untrained mage with unimaginable power--and he struggles desperately to harness this strange gift. But with the dreaded Grimmord Emperor and his savage army advancing, Zurkin is running out of time. Worse, this strange gift may destroy the ones he loves, especially Brother Yenoh, the one he loves the most.
Sequel to The Binding: Someone to Depend OnThe Binding Trilogy: Book TwoWhen human couple Javier and Robin have a relationship-threatening disagreement about raising a family, the benevolent Felan Council dispatches newly trained Rilke to help them sort it out. But the Felan Council doesn't know Rilke has problems of her own. Somehow Rilke has developed a psychic bond to Gimle, the founder of the bond on which the Felan culture is based. Thousands of years ago, he bonded with a human man named Isa. Now Rilke sees their passionate love story firsthand through her dreams--but the dreams differ greatly from the Felan teachings. Convinced she must be crazy, Rilke flounders in her quest to help Javier and Robin communicate and struggles to find the confidence to tell the Felan Council what she's learned.
A Wings of Faith NovellaTwin Angels Jophiel and Ariel are servants of Heaven bound to help the humans of a world headed for ruin. But for them to become the independent Angels they need to be, their bond must first be broken. Jophiel takes his duties seriously, answering a call from an artist struggling with his dominant, sadistic nature. But Ariel, embittered after being tortured and killed by human captors and returning to Heaven in shame, hesitates. The choice is taken from his hands when he is sent to Earth, wingless and without any memory of who or what he is. Until he regains the faith in the humans he's meant to help, he'll never reach his full potential and be readmitted into Heaven. From somewhere within himself, Jophiel must find the courage to let go of his twin and trust Ariel to be strong enough to Rise again... or they will never be together. A Bittersweet Dreams title: It's an unfortunate truth: love doesn't always conquer all. Regardless of its strength, sometimes fate intervenes, tragedy strikes, or forces conspire against it. These stories of romance do not offer a traditional happy ending, but the strong and enduring love will still touch your heart and maybe move you to tears.
Tadiel and Dagon's life together is a series of stolen moments. They've been enemies in the Great War between Heaven and Hell since Dagon joined Lucifer's rebellion, but despite orders to kill each other on sight, they've remained friendly. After all, they have more in common with each other than with their respective sides. As the war barrels on toward the unavoidable Apocalypse, their friendship turns into more, but escape is impossible. Can love survive when the forces of Heaven and Hell combine to stamp it out? A Bittersweet Dreams title: It's an unfortunate truth: love doesn't always conquer all. Regardless of its strength, sometimes fate intervenes, tragedy strikes, or forces conspire against it. These stories of romance do not offer a traditional happy ending, but the strong and enduring love will still touch your heart and maybe move you to tears.
In the future, corporations buy the life contracts of infants and raise them for specific careers. Jaymes, aka The Prince, is Erotic Bioware, Thoroughbred Class, trained to seduce and give pleasure in the highest tiers of society. But his latest client involves him in a political assassination, and Jaymes must flee the comforts of the city for the barbaric outlands. With Drue the Fox, Bioware, Exotic Class, Jaymes struggles through the last wilderness on his world in his quest to return to civilization and his pampered life. The ruthless corporate mercenary on their trail should make them want to work together--but Jaymes and Drue are diametrically opposed in personality, class, and ideology and can't stop bickering about Bioware inequality. Eventually, Jaymes's dislike of Drue evolves into something else as Jaymes wakes up to the reality of his place in society and admits that Drue is right. It will take great courage, a band of ex-military outcasts, and a sympathetic politician to clear Jaymes's name and bring about lasting changes for all Bioware. Only then can he and Drue have a life together with all the rights a human deserves.
Matthew Kellett and Craig Jeffries are lifelong friends and neighbors. They thought they knew everything about each other, but some secrets seem too big share. Craig hides the truth about his father--but Matthew's secret is his own. To celebrate their high school graduation, Craig, Matthew, and Craig's girlfriend take a road trip up the east coast of Australia to Byron Bay. Then one night on the beach, everything changes: Matthew meets Damien, a college student who senses what Matthew is hiding. Though the connection between them is undeniable, Matthew scrambles to keep it secret. It will take a shocking revelation from Craig and a lot of courage to get Matthew back on the road to Byron--and the boy waiting there.
Sequel to Distant RumblingsLords of Arcadia: Act TwoKane Vess thought his life in rural Iowa was mind-numbingly boring. Then Hawk, a prince from another world, appeared and turned Kane's life upside-down. At first Kane welcomed the adventure and the chance to be with Hawk--but then a shapeshifter named Puck kidnapped Hawk and dragged him back home. Now Kane is caught up in another planet's magical civil war, searching for the boy he loves in a place he knows nothing about. With the help of a gem elemental, an ice barbarian, and a clockwork woman, Kane has to find Hawk and stop Puck before he can destroy the nine realms.
Simon Phillips always hated Thomas. Ever since his black nail polish high school days, Thomas Schultz has seemed like a carefree, uninhibited wild child, in stark contrast to Simon's shy, cautious nature. Now, from behind the safety of his hotel bar, Simon must watch, distracted, as Thomas becomes a shirtless rock star for every wedding reception they work. But when Thomas slips him the key to his hotel room, Simon enters a world where the fine line between hate and attraction becomes blurred, and finds more than he ever knew he wanted. In the social upheaval of the 1980s, love is no picnic. The AIDS epidemic has reshaped the way people think about sex, and the discontent of Generation X drowns out any love songs. Despite the uncertain times, Simon finds himself falling in love. But when Thomas's band makes it big, the simple act of keeping in touch across the silent miles becomes an obstacle all its own.
One Thing: Book TwoDustin Davis spent years wishing for a prince but kissing frog after slimy frog. When he sees Archer Kyriakides for the first time, Dusty thinks his luck has finally changed. Archer could be it. The One. But their hot and cold romance leaves Dusty confused: why does it feel right one moment and wrong the next? It doesn't make sense--until the day Dusty meets Archer's identical twin, Asher, and realizes he's been seeing them both. Asher Kyriakides dreams of being a fashion photographer, but he's stuck with a job he hates and an irresponsible playboy brother whose habits drive him absolutely insane, especially when he finds out Archer is dating the cute little blond Asher can't seem to forget. Torn between loyalty and desire, Asher does nothing but try to warn Dusty away. But when Archer finally goes too far, Dusty turns to Asher for comfort, and Asher knows he can't refuse. It isn't long before they realize they're falling fast, but more than one thing stands in their way, not the least of which is Archer, who isn't quite ready to stop being a thorn in his brother's side.
Love's Value: Book OneFor Josh Brooks, it's a summer of wishes come true. First he gets his dream horse from a rival trainer. Then his brother's Army Ranger buddy, Dane Keller, comes to work on the ranch and Josh meets his dream lover too. Dane is hot, competent, and fresh out of Don't Ask, Don't Tell. Everything would be perfect--except nobody knows Josh and Dane are gay. All Dane wants is a quiet life in a less claustrophobic closet and a ranch job where he can earn a living. But when his best friend's little brother, the one who wrote the letters that kept their spirits up in Afghanistan, turns out to have grown up in all the right ways, Dane can't help wanting more despite his fear of commitment. While Dane and Josh are busy trying--and failing--to keep their hands to themselves, someone else is watching, biding his time. Then he strikes, first at Josh and then at the prized horse. When all of their secrets and fears are exposed, Dane is determined to protect Josh, even if it means leaving him behind.
Sequel to Witch HuntMike Srevic blinked and the world turned upside down. For fifty years he lived alone, mystically bound and incapable of comfortably using his magic. Now he's back on the throne as High Mage and soul-bound to Rick Behr, a man he hardly knows. Luckily, Rick has a big heart and huge reserves of patience, because Mike is still raw from watching his former lover die and doesn't know how to talk about a future with Rick. Defining their relationship isn't Mike's only challenge: an army of demons is amassing, and Mike discovers he has a nephew named Wyatt. It's enough to rouse painful memories, leading Mike to believe his loved ones will only end up hurt. Scared and unsure what to do, he pushes Rick away and flies off to Chicago to train Wyatt. But then Wyatt is kidnapped and Mike finds himself needing Rick's support more than ever. Can he trust himself to make the right decisions and save the ones he loves?
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