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Forgive and Forget

by Charlie Cochet

He's hot. He's dangerous. And he can't remember anything. As the owner of Apple'n Pies, Joe Applin leads a quiet, uneventful life, content to spend his days serving customers who come from all over to eat his delicious homemade pies. Along with his motley crew--Bea, Elsie, and Donnie--Joe couldn't be happier in his little kingdom of baked goods and java. Experience has taught Joe that love is overrated--and at times dangerous. He has no intention of repeating past mistakes. But then he meets a mysterious, handsome man with amnesia, and Joe can't deny something sweet is in the works. He isn't one to take risks, not with his heart and certainly not with his life, but the more time he spends with the man he knows as Tom, the closer he is to losing both.

What About Now

by Grace R. Duncan

Five years ago, everything went wrong. Braden Kirk and Rafe Jessen's long-term relationship started unraveling. They stopped talking, fears mounted, then Braden walked in on Rafe and another man, completely misreading the situation. Without giving Rafe a chance to explain, Braden walks out. Out of their home, their relationship, and the game development company they started together in college. After months of therapy to deal with the attempted rape Braden walked in on, Rafe begins to understand that his dominant tendencies in the bedroom aren't a bad thing and that Braden's submission is likely what scared his partner into silence. But Rafe isn't ready to let go of the man he loves more than life itself. He arranges for himself and Braden to end up on the same charity cruise, knowing Braden won't let his phobia--terror of vast, deep waters--rule him. With a plan and twenty-eight days, Rafe is determined to get Braden back, make him see there's nothing wrong with being submissive, and find a way to get Braden to stay with him when they get home to LA.

Country Soul

by Remmy Duchene

2nd EditionWhen Jackson Rawlings comes out of the closet, he loses everything: from his record label to the self-confidence he needs to perform on stage. Jackson feels as if the world is out to get him. Broken and afraid, he escapes to Hallesford and the ranch he calls home. All he wants is to live out the rest of his life peacefully and out of the spotlight. But the fates just love interfering in his life. Marques Lopez is the owner of Phoenix Records, and not only does he hate what happened to Jackson, he feels Jackson Rawlings has plenty more to contribute to the music industry. He ventures into small-town USA to find the singer and when he does, Jackson is a mere fragment of the man he used to be. To make matters worse, Marques's body and heart step in to present him with a choice between business and pleasure--unless he could have his cake and eat it too....First Edition published by Silver Publishing, 2011.

Whither Thou Goest

by Tinnean

Finding Home: Book TwoJohnny Smith meets Church Chetwood during the dark days of the Great Depression. He knows Mr. Chetwood can't be his forever. Why would the handsome and charming director want to stay with a young man who has nothing but his body and skills in bed to offer? His Mr. Chetwood can have any woman--or man--he wants, but Johnny is going to keep him as long as he can. When they have to leave suddenly on the SS August Moon to evade the process servers trying to find Church, Johnny is glad they'll have more time together. But the crew rises up against the good Captain Johansen, urged on by a stowaway who wants the August Moon for himself. Johnny and Church, together with the captain, the cook, a wireless operator, and the little girl Johnny saved from prostitution, are cast off into a small lifeboat--and doomed to the open sea. Their other option is to try to land on the island where Church once discovered a saber-toothed tiger. The problem is, the last time Church was on this island, twelve men paid the price with their lives. Will Johnny, Church, and their friends make it out alive this time?

Whistle Blower

by Dev Bentham

Money can't buy happiness. Jacob Nussbaum knows this better than anyone. He's a corporate lawyer deep inside a huge New York firm, where he works overtime, sacrifices any chance at a personal life, and has been selling his soul for years. With a secretary as his only friend, he trudges on, until his whole world is blown apart by a manila envelope of photos--evidence that one of the firm's partners is the dirtiest lawyer in one hell of a filthy business. In search of the truth, Jacob travels to a small northern Wisconsin fishing resort. There he meets Ben Anderson, a brutally lonely man, who knocks him off his feet. Ben prompts Jacob to reevaluate his life. He's a dozen years older than Jacob, still recovering from the death of his long time love, and doesn't want to leave anyone a widower. But a jaded New Yorker on a soul-searching mission might be just the man to convince the grieving Ben that it's never too late to begin again.

Trial by Fire

by Ba Tortuga

One Aussie. One Texan. One baby. One hell of a fight. When his sister and her husband are killed in an accident, Aussie cattle station owner Lachlan McCoughney rushes to Texas to rescue their infant daughter, Chloe. He expects to find his niece living in squalor with the Sheffields, a rodeo family. Instead, Lachlan finds Holden Sheffield, a salt-of-the-earth cowboy running a huge business operation. They want to explore their mutual attraction despite the many problems thrown their way, and together, they must find a way to give Chloe a new family and find a love that spans thousands of acres and two continents.

A Tested Love

by Kayla Jameth

Sequel to A Spartan LoveSpartan Love: Book TwoThe Epics of Apollo's MenLured by seductive promises, Andreas risked his life to be with Theron, only to find himself betrayed. Abandoned and alone, Andreas resigns all hope of seeing his fierce warrior again and resumes his life as a helot. All too aware of the harsh punishment Sparta demands of men who love other men, Theron reluctantly surrenders Andreas in hopes of keeping him safe. The warrior returns to Sparta to embrace his destiny in place of the helot he has grown to see as a man, not just a slave. Cold but honorable duty will be his new lover. Duty proves to be a jealous lover when Sparta demands the final test of Theron's loyalty. Sent to kill Andreas, Theron must find a way to come to terms with his burning desire for his handsome helot before their forbidden love destroys them both.

The Winter Prince

by R. Cooper

His heart stolen by a powerful pari's magic, a young prince's veins slowly fill with ice. That is what the stories say. Three years have passed since, and all efforts to save Kisin have failed. He won't survive another winter. To save the prince's life, Razin, the court wizard and Kisin's childhood friend, plans to seek out the pari. But unbeknownst to Razin, Kisin's heart was never stolen; he gave it freely to escape the pain of impossible love--his love for Razin. Razin won't accept Kisin's fate, for reasons obvious to anyone who knows anything of love. Kisin agrees to the desperate quest, out of duty and a need to protect Razin. They are soon joined by Kişin's once-bethrothed, Lana, the daughter of the khan, who seeks to break the curse that has turned her into a beast. But it isn't long before Razin realizes saving his prince will require more than simply retrieving his heart. Razin will have to convince him to want it.

Big Love

by Rick R. Reed

Teacher Dane Bernard is a gentle giant, loved by all at Summitville High School. He has a beautiful wife, two kids, and an easy rapport with staff and students alike. But Dane has a secret, one he expects to keep hidden for the rest of his life--he's gay. But when he loses his wife, Dane finally confronts his attraction to men. And a new teacher, Seth Wolcott, immediately catches his eye. Seth himself is starting over, licking his wounds from a breakup. The last thing Seth wants is another relationship--but when he spies Dane on his first day at Summitville High, his attraction is immediate and electric. As the two men enter into a dance of discovery and new love, they're called upon to come to the aid of bullied gay student Truman Reid. Truman is out and proud, which not everyone at his small town high school approves of. As the two men work to help Truman ignore the bullies and love himself without reservation, they all learn life-changing lessons about coming out, coming to terms, acceptance, heartbreak, and falling in love.

Amnesia

by Sean Michael

2nd EditionWho wouldn't want a do over? When Thaine wakes up in the hospital after a bull-riding injury, he immediately asks for his lover, Jerry. He has no idea who this man next to his bed is, despite the fact Drew insists they have been an item for the last five years. Thaine's best friend, Jesse, calls Jerry. He thinks it's a pretty crappy thing to do to the new boyfriend, but tells himself it's unlikely Jerry will come after so many years. He also doesn't get why Thaine would pass up the opportunity to be with Drew since he's young, optimistic, and hardworking. In short, everything Jesse ever wanted in a man. Jerry still carries a torch for his cowboy, so when Thaine asks to go home with him to recover, Jerry agrees. At first they pick up their intense physical relationship right where they left it before the breakup. Jesse, in turn, consoles the now homeless Drew and offers him quite a bit more than a shoulder to cry on. But in the back of all the men's minds loom Thaine's lost five years.First Edition published by Torquere Press, 2006.

Bankers' Hours

by Wade Kelly

Even though bankers' hours leave long weekends for romance, cosmic intervention is Grant's only option when money doesn't buy happiness and he's got virginity in spades. Grant Adams is a twenty-six-year-old bank teller who's unlucky at love, yet hopelessly hopeful. After years of horrific first dates, he's convinced he's saving himself for true love. Surely he has bad taste in men because it couldn't possibly be his persnickety nature that's sent them packing. Tristan Carr has been in a holding pattern since his daughter was born fifteen years ago, which suits his workaholic lifestyle just fine. This ex-naval officer turned auto mechanic never wanted anyone interfering with being a weekend dad. For Tristan to rearrange his carefully orchestrated life, a guy will need to be special. Or in the case of the newest employee at his bank, the guy will need to be adorable, shy, and open to the prospect of forever when it shows up at his window.

Stealing Dragon’s Heart

by Susan Laine

A Lifting the Veil StoryNotorious master thief Finn Grayson is hired to break into a high-class skyscraper in New Shanghai and steal a priceless artifact known as the Shard. But someone's gotten to the Shard first--and the penthouse suite turns out to be a dragon's lair. Cameron Feilong, Guardian of the Earth Shard, is ancient enough to realize that he and his unbidden guest are being used like puppets on a string. Forming a shaky alliance is the only way for them to survive and to stop their ruthless foes. Unfortunately, Finn and Cam seem to be forever one step behind. To learn more about their clandestine enemy, they travel together from walled Asian cities, barren tundras, and underwater temples to secret paranormal clubs and legendary elvish cities rising high in the trees or buried deep under glaciers. Finn and Cam must learn to trust each other before it's too late, for bringing together the five Elemental Shards will spell the end of the world.

When Adam Fell

by Pat Henshaw

A Foothills Pride StoryWhen his lover Jason's drug addiction spiraled out of control, TV celebrity chef and cookbook author Adam de Leon walked away from him. Adam also abandoned his renowned restaurant in San Francisco to start a small bistro in the Sierra Foothills. Five years later Adam is battling the conservative leaders of Stone Acres, California, to open a new restaurant in historic Old Town when Jason turns up on his doorstep--a recovered Jason, now going by the name David and claiming he's overcome his addictions. What's more, he begs Adam to take him back and says he's ready for their happily ever after. Adam has enough on his plate with problems plaguing the opening of his restaurant. And now he's having a hard time deciding which to follow--his head or his heart.

What the Water Gave Me

by Lex Chase

A Checkmate ShortCommemorating the National Day of Silence. When Timmy Dalton is found face down in the Kypto Green River, high school student Hogarth Dawson denies he saw any sign of trouble. If Garth ignores his guilt, he can go on being the bubbly arm candy of Captain Chivalry, the leader of the Power Alliance. But guilt is a villain that can never be beaten, and Garth must learn to live with the consequences. Even superheroes fail.

Kismet

by Cassie Decker

Fate has a way of bringing people together, like it did when Tucker Wright and Callum Richards met unexpectedly in an airport coffee shop and formed a deep connection in the short time they had to spend together. But fate can also be cruel. When Tucker loses Cal's phone number in his hurry to catch his plane, he has no way of reaching Cal. Then a dead car battery and a snowy night force their paths to cross again, will Cal believe Tucker and ring in the New Year with a little help from kismet?A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2015 Advent Calendar package "Sleigh Ride".

The Beary Best Holiday Party Ever

by B. G. Thomas

Before he discovered the Heartland Bear Clan, Ron Corbin figured no one could ever love a "fatass" like him. But the big group of big men accepts him, and likes him just the way he is. Having finally found a place he belongs, he works hard to get elected president of the club--and wins. He's the happiest he's ever been. But Paddy Brennan, a sexy bear cub who blew into town and became Mr. Popular overnight, is elected vice-president. Ron doesn't think Paddy has earned the honor, and now he'll have to work shoulder to shoulder (and belly to belly) with the guy for a year. Ron will do what's best for the club even if that means setting his personal feeling--that Paddy is a jerk--aside. But then as the two men get to know each other, Ron reluctantly finds he not only likes the guy, but is growing more and more attracted to him. Deep down, Ron still worries he isn't good enough, but maybe Paddy can show him there's a beary happy ending waiting for them after all.A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2015 Advent Calendar package "Sleigh Ride".

Holiday Hotel Hookup

by Jeff Adams

Ho Ho Ho! Working over the holidays may be the best Christmas present ever! San Francisco-based IT consultant Martin Bell is called to Dallas two days before Christmas to calm a nervous client. When he checks into the hotel he'll call home for the holidays, he can't help but notice the attractive man behind the front desk. While checking Manhunt for possible hookups, Martin is surprised to discover he's chatting up Jose, the hot front desk guy. After an amazing night together and a sexy Xbox marathon, Martin and Jose find they might be headed toward something more than just a holiday fling.A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2015 Advent Calendar package "Sleigh Ride".

Talk Turkey

by Bru Baker

Carson is a California transplant settling into life in the Windy City. On his first Christmas away from home, he assures his worried family he'll be having a real Christmas dinner. Recent culinary school graduate Tom Stockton earns some extra money giving out cooking advice at the Talk Turkey hotline. Tom's honeyed voice and sharp sense of humor are attractive to the lonely Carson, and Carson finds reasons to call the hotline again and again. But on Christmas Eve, Carson's call is less playful and more panicked with the big meal looming. Carson is just looking for advice, but Tom has a surprise in store that might lead to much more.A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2015 Advent Calendar package "Sleigh Ride".

Elf on the Beach

by Tj Nichols

Roone Sorley is an elf on a mission. He has one year to live in the mortal world and experience everything it has to offer before deciding if he is going to return to the North Pole and immortality or stay and become human. Christmas in Australia is all sun, sand, and surf. For Kyle Morgan, that means lots of tourists wanting to learn how to surf, but he hates Christmas. This time of year always reminds him about the family he doesn't have. With the clock ticking and only days left, Roone plans on making the most of the heat and the beach and his hot surfing instructor. Beyond that he has no idea what he wants. However with a little magic, he might be able to give Kyle exactly what he needs.A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2015 Advent Calendar package "Sleigh Ride".

Hearth and Home

by E. T. Malinowski

Thistle is a sweet elf with a kind heart. He tries his best to help all the other elves in Santa's workshop. Unfortunately, Thistle tends to leave disaster in his wake despite his good intentions. He dreams of finding an elf who will love him in spite of his clumsiness, an elf he can make a home for. But what elf wants to live in constant peril? Thistle figures he should just stick with his anonymous treat baskets, especially where Bayberry, Santa's production manager, is concerned. Bayberry is a bit of a serious elf. A little distant from most of the North Pole crew, Bayberry is lonely. When another Thistle Incident occurs, pushing the production department behind schedule only a few weeks before Christmas, Bayberry gets a "suggestion" from The Big Guy to ask Thistle for help. What could an accident-prone elf do to assist him? But to Bayberry's surprise, he might gain more than help with his monthly reports.A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2015 Advent Calendar package "Sleigh Ride".

Blame It on the Fruitcake

by Pat Henshaw

Fruitcake is the laughingstock of the holiday season. But can it be an aphrodisiac instead? Motorcycle mechanic Sam McGuire is surprised to find a gaily wrapped box on his doorstep with a piece of fruitcake accompanying an invitation to a holiday party. Wondering if he'll fit in, Sam attends the party--mostly to get more of the fruitcake he falls in love with--and meets Jay Merriweather, his new neighbor. The lure of Jay's big family and its holiday tradition of enjoying Grandma's fruitcake hook Sam, as does the sexy man himself. But Sam can't imagine why handsome, college-educated Jay would want someone like him, who was raised in a children's home and barely graduated high school. Maybe the magic of the holiday season can help two men who seem so different come together like the ingredients in a well-made fruitcake.A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2015 Advent Calendar package "Sleigh Ride".

Hapless

by Therese Woodson

All Ty wants is to propose to his boyfriend, Micah, before Christmas Eve. He has the perfect ring, the perfect setting, and the perfect plan, but the universe has other ideas. A sprained ankle, a choking woman, and a crying sister are just the tip of the iceberg as Ty stumbles toward his happy ever after. Now, as Christmas Eve looms before him, he has to figure out how to ask the biggest question of his life without his perfectionism getting in the way or he might lose the person he wants to spend the holiday, and every day after, with.A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2015 Advent Calendar package "Sleigh Ride".

Son of Santa

by Kate Sands

Noel Nicholas is on a sabbatical from the North Pole realm. Back home he's known as the Son of Santa, but in the human world, he's a university student and he likes living in anonymity. Only Ruby, his cupid friend from the Eros realm, knows his true identity. That is, until Fannar, the gorgeous ice-sprite from the Pole, shows up unexpectedly. This causes Noel's suppressed and unrequited crush on Fannar to return full force. However, there are more pressing matters at hand--Noel's father has taken an extended vacation but cannot be found, and there's only a month until Christmas. As Noel is finishing his semester at school and he hasn't seen his father in months, Mrs. Claus has tasked Fannar with finding Santa. Fannar keeps in touch with Noel but comes around far more often than necessary. It's not helping Noel's ability to hide his feelings... but as it turns out, they may not be as one-sided as Noel originally believed.A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2015 Advent Calendar package "Sleigh Ride".

Somewhere To Be

by Amy Yip

Jamie Goh's life took a downturn when he lost his job, and a bad relationship left him disillusioned and afraid to trust again. But his friends and family want to see him happy, even if he's turned off by the idea of dating. Following a Christmas disaster that proves the UK really can't handle snow, Jamie discovers not everyone is out to hurt him--and loyalty means something to some people--when a sweet guy goes above and beyond for him.A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2015 Advent Calendar package "Sleigh Ride".

A Trip to Remember

by Meg Harding

Colin wants to spend the Christmas holiday with his family, but a blizzard settles in and his flight is cancelled. Unwilling to accept this, he strikes out on his own and crashes his car. Where he ends up might be better than where he was going, though. Logan was content to wait out the blizzard and spend the holiday alone, but when a frozen-solid Colin ends up on his doorstep, he's not going to turn him away. He takes him in and shows him Christmas spent with a stranger really doesn't have to be awkward after all.A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2015 Advent Calendar package "Sleigh Ride".

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