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Leo Caldwell's life can be summed up in two words: ho hum. His job at a tech-support call center offers little in the way of excitement and outside of spending time with his two best friends, Felix and Julie, his social life is nonexistent. When Felix decides it's time for the three of them to try something new to spice things up, they go all out... and take a drawing class at the local library. But that's when everything changes. Leo meets Aud Sorenson, owner of Bright Thoughts Gallery and resident art teacher at the library. When Aud gets to know Leo and his friends, he feels an instant connection with the cute and geeky Leo and asks him to pose for a sketch. As sparks fly between them, Aud discovers he has a stalker who's willing to do anything he can to make sure Aud is his and his alone. Aud and Leo hope their blossoming feelings will be enough to see them through the chaos that erupts around them.
It's an old, old story: a tale of the consequences of good and evil. Plus the limitless power of faith and love, and how they can forever change an empty life. When Charlie Strickland, a reclusive artist living in the backwoods of Indiana, opens his door to find a handsome young stranger standing naked on his front porch, an astounding odyssey begins. It doesn't take Charlie long to fall head over heels in love with his oddly innocent visitor. The young man calls himself Joe. Just Joe. But when amazing things begin to happen, Charlie soon comes to realize who Joe really is. What follows will turn Charlie's world, and everyone else's, upside down.
2nd EditionA Philip Potter StoryOn Christmas Eve in 1966, Philip Potter, a kind-hearted Smithsonian curator, wraps up his last-minute shopping. Meanwhile, James, his lover of several years, takes his own life back in their home. Unaware of what awaits him, Philip drops off gifts at a homeless shelter, an act of generosity that will later make him a suspect in the murder of a male prostitute. Following James's shocking death, two men enter Philip's life--and both drive yellow Continentals. One of them, though, is a killer, with the blood of at least six hustlers on his hands. And both are hiding something. As Philip is about to discover, no good deed goes unpunished.First Edition published as After Christmas Eve by MLR Press, 2013.
As a paramedic, Ryan Bishop has responded to his fair share of bizarre situations. However, he's not prepared when he meets Phillip, a local man who keeps popping up to save the day. Everyone lauds Phillip as a hero, but he prefers to stay in the background, going so far as to refuse medical treatment. Ryan is intrigued, not only by Phillip's unassuming manner, but also by his ability to be in the right place at the right time. Ryan wants some answers and maybe even a date. What he gets is an unexpected part in Phillip's origin story.
In 18th century Siena, Count Salvesto Masello returns home to find the family villa and his father's estate deeply in debt. In order to save it, he sells valuable heirlooms, but he is running out of silverware. Somewhere in the villa, his deceased father has hidden the art treasures that will pay the debt--but Salvesto can't find them anywhere. Amadeo Neruccio has been on the run from the vicious pimp, thief, and pawnbroker Guelfetto, whose toughs finally catch him and bring him to the cellar where Count Masello is selling off his silver. When the count learns what fate Guelfetto has in store for Amadeo, he intervenes, and trades the last of his mother's dowry for the young man's freedom. Salvesto left home over ten years ago to live the life of adventure he craved and leave his broken heart behind. When he rescues Amadeo, he does not expect to find love again--or the start of his next adventure.
A Tales from Foster High StoryMatt Wallace returns to Foster to be with his high school crush, Tyler. They're finally together, but Tyler's past is still a mystery to Matt. When the truth comes out, Matt is forced to decide if he can handle learning about what Tyler did, or if he'd be better off to cut ties and run.
Once upon a time, humanity could no longer contain the rage that swelled within, and the world ended in a wave of fire. One hundred years later, in the wasteland formerly known as America, a broken man who goes only by the name of Cavalo survives. Purposefully cutting himself off from what remains of civilization, Cavalo resides in the crumbling ruins of the North Idaho Correctional Institution. A mutt called Bad Dog and a robot on the verge of insanity comprise his only companions. Cavalo himself is deteriorating, his memories rising like ghosts and haunting the prison cells. It's not until he makes the dangerous choice of crossing into the irradiated Deadlands that Cavalo comes into contact with a mute psychopath, one who belongs to the murderous group of people known as the Dead Rabbits. Taking the man prisoner, Cavalo is forced not only to face the horrors of his past, but the ramifications of the choices made for his stark present. And it is in the prisoner that he will find a possible future where redemption is but a glimmer that darkly shines. The world has died. This is the story of its remains
2nd EditionHunting Evil: Book OneA string of murders targeting effeminate gay men has the GLBTQ community of Chicago on alert, but budget cuts have left many precincts understaffed and overworked, and homophobia is alive and well within the law enforcement community so little has been done to solve the mystery. When the FBI calls in Special Agent Todd Hutchinson and his team, the locals are glad to hand the case off. But Hutch finds a bigger mystery than anyone originally realized--seventeen linked murders committed in several different jurisdictions. Hutch's clues lead him to Noah Walker. Working on his PhD in forensic psychology, Noah has been obsessed with serial murders since he was a child. Noah finds himself hunted, striking him off Hutch's suspect list, but not off his radar. To catch the killer before anyone else falls victim, they'll have to work together to bring him to justice.First Edition published by Dreamspinner Press, 2014.
2nd EditionA Brethren NovelJeremy Spencer never imagined the occult order he and his boyfriend, Bowyn, started as a joke in college would become an international organization with hundreds of followers. Now a professor with expertise in Renaissance music, Jeremy is drawn back into the world of free love and ceremonial magick. The old jealousies and hurt that separated him from Bowyn eight years ago no longer seem significant. Then Jeremy begins to wonder if the centuries-old score he's been asked to transcribe hides something sinister. With each stanza, local birds flock to the old mansion, a mysterious fog descends upon the grounds, and bats swarm the temple dome. During a séance, the group receives a cryptic warning from the spirit realm. And as the music's performance draws nearer, Jeremy realizes it may hold the key to incredible power--power somebody is willing to kill for.First Edition published by Dreamspinner Press, 2013.
2nd EditionDalriata: Book OneIn 845 a group of Gaels fleeing the Vikings stumbled through the mystic Eye of Scota and found safety on a planet they named Dalriata. Seven centuries later, the arrival of the Crìosdaidh religion changed everything. Fugitives stopped appearing, and the newly established Council of Priests used the energy of Slànach Stones to enforce their religious laws. But by 2500 the Stones' power is dwindling. The High Priest is desperate--none of the warriors sent to find more Stones have returned. Cináed MacAlpin, a young healer priest, is chosen to undertake another attempt. He hopes that new Stones will reduce the pressure to heal only those deemed worthy by the priests. But his task is not easy. Cináed must travel to the land of Bunádh and find the Eye that is the source of the Stones. Once there he meets Tadeo Banderas, a spaceship captain exploring the newest Earth-like planet discovered by the Solar Exploration Fleet. Cináed and Tadeo soon find out that the spark of energy between them may hold the key to Dalriata's future.First Edition published by Dreamspinner Press, 2010.
Micah Johnson is out of options. Following a stint as a runaway after the cruel revelation of his sexual orientation, Micah vows to get his life back on the right track. But there are roadblocks between him and his goal of making the national draft and having a shot at becoming an AFL player, including struggles with other students both on and off the football field. Hiding behind sarcasm will only protect him from so much, and Micah knows just making it to graduation will be an epic battle. If only Micah could find a fraction of the faith that his mentor, Declan Tyler, has in him, but he can't seem to see what Declan does. Micah is trying to reform, but the end of the road is a long way off, and it's clear the process is ongoing.
Scandalous Whispers of the Remmington Realm: Book TwoOrley Garrick is known throughout Angland not only as the man with two dukedoms but also as the hero who survived a brutal kidnapping at the hands of Nafoleon's army, never once betraying the secrets of His Majesty. Still haunted by his memories, Orley pushes his crippled body to dangerous limits, all in an attempt to run from the demons of his past. Until he meets Chester Boland, a maid in his friend's household. Orley is besieged by desire for this gorgeous male woman, and by a connection he cannot ignore. But there are those within the Remmington Realm who take issue with the Duke's choice--especially given Chester's Tafrican lineage. Having stared death in the face and won, Orley proposes they steal away and elope. However, before they can begin their new life, they uncover dangerous secrets that go deeper than they could ever imagine--involving those they trust the most. Orley and Chester must discover exactly how deep these secrets run before their enemies make sure Chester is removed from Orley's arms... forever.
High school senior Neil Darrien is a budding musical theater star. He has it all--a beautiful girlfriend, a scholarship at a prestigious school, and plenty of chances to showcase his talent. But when Zane Jeffrey comes to town and immediately lands a spot in the school show choir, Neil is jealous. What Neil didn't count on, though, is Zane's charm and humor, and the two soon become friends. Melissa, Neil's girlfriend, notices Zane monopolizing Neil and draws Neil into her church. There Neil discovers a situation he knows he needs to fix, but if he does, a deep, dark secret that could cost him his future career might come out. When his relationship with Melissa becomes rocky, Neil is drawn to Zane in a way that is more than friendship.
2nd EditionHigh school isn't easy for any gay teen, and on top of everything, Fay struggles to understand his supernatural powers--and keep them hidden from everyone but his best friend Sam. It's almost too much for anyone to cope with, and it's all Fay can do to endure. Then Fay and Sam come to the attention of a representative from Janus University, a college for people who display magical potential. Along with their classmate Tyler, the two friends are tipped into a precarious world of mystery and magic that they don't yet understand. Their lives are about to change, but first they must complete--and survive--the university's Trials. Romantic feelings start to bloom between Fay and Tyler, but before they can explore them, they must learn to deal with a new world that can be both beautiful and terrifying--especially when the dangerous source of Fay's abilities is discovered.1st Edition published by Kindle Direct Publishing, 2014.
Yori Tanaka lives with crippling anxiety, knowing he carries the "Beast Syndrome" gene yet still unsure what activates it. Thankfully, his boyfriend, Bryce Green, is down to earth and has been more than patient and supportive for the last five years. But their lives are about to change. When Lance Haney, an old friend, rolls into town, Yori is excited to see him at first--until Yori learns Lance's motives. Full of malice and bad intentions, Lance plans to activate Yori's "Beast Syndrome" gene, and Yori's greatest fear is about to become a reality.
After a strained and unfulfilling marriage to a woman, contractor Slade Thompson has had some very hot sex with some very hot men. But none of them have come close to giving Slade what he really wants--love and commitment. When he meets auto mechanic Bruno Ross, Slade finally finds a man who desires a dedicated relationship as much as he does. But Slade's thirteen-year-old son Kent is spiraling out of control as he struggles through the emotional fallout from the divorce. It's too bad Bruno doesn't like kids, and isn't at all sure he wants to be around a hostile boy who blames his gay dad for tearing his family apart. Bruno has baggage of his own. He broke up with Davis, his partner of eleven years, only five months before he met Slade. It quickly becomes obvious that, despite his strong feelings for Slade, Bruno hasn't quite broken his emotional ties to his past with Davis. Mutual desire--no matter how strong--might not be enough to hold their budding romance together.
Bobby McGrath's Christmas trip to the beautiful Italian island of Capri to meet his eccentric extended family offers stunning views--none more stunning than his third cousin, Paolo Mascobello, a real stocking stuffer. As the two young men embark on a relationship, Bobby, a driven law student, learns to relax and bask under the old Italian moon, and Paolo realizes there's more to life than a frolic on the beach. For the two to find everlasting amore, Paulo must overcome his fear of commitment and learn to follow his dreams, and Bobby must get his wish for happily ever after.
When sixteen-year-old Guy Dimchek comes out in 1970s San Francisco, his best friend dumps him, his mom splits, and he's left largely on his own just in time for his first ever sexual experience. Things don't get any easier when Guy's father becomes a candidate for state office. Having a gay son doesn't do his candidacy any favors, especially under the antigay "family values" fervor sweeping the nation. Compounding the situation is Guy's new stepmother, who opposes openness on the gay issue and especially the revelation that Guy has a boyfriend--one he might be falling in love with. Around Guy, self-help charlatans, radical cults, and extreme politics forecast 1978's perfect tsunami: the Jonestown massacre in Guyana, Anita Bryant's homophobic campaign, and gay city supervisor Harvey Milk's assassination at city hall. In the midst of a perfect storm of antigay sentiment, Guy faces the supreme test when his father's political opponent launches a smear campaign that employs both dirty tricks and physical violence against Guy. Following the attack, an injured Guy must confront his own flaws and reunite with his fractured family--all while staying true to himself and connected to the boy he loves.
Sunshine and Happiness: Book TwoHow can you lose one dream and still find another? Owen King is a lonely history teacher who wants to be braver. So when Owen learns about the deceased brother he never met, he breaks free of his safety net and risks answers. Despite his loving, adopted family, Owen wonders if there are missing pieces inside of him. Visiting the seaside town of Ocean Vista, where his brother lived and died, will be no vacation. Andrew Teagan wants to be a winner. After being dumped by his last boyfriend, Andrew is through letting others dictate his life. To prove that dreams are possible, he's going after his ambitions full force. Having signed on for a cooking reality show, Andrew's ready to make his small café into a sizzling success. When Andrew aids Owen on the beach, what starts off as an act of kindness turns into a hot temptation. But can a sweet budding romance survive when the time comes for Owen to leave town? Both men must learn to trust each other if their love will conquer the miles between them.
Scott Halleck and Julian Reeves are polar opposites in almost every way. Scott, a modern arts curator at a museum in Chicago, relishes the finer things in life. Julian is a strange photographer whose hair color changes as frequently as his mood. As far as Scott can see, Julian is an erratic know-it-all who lives his life one day to the next. To Julian, Scott is an uptight, too-coiffed perfectionist. As the two men continue to run into each other, their dislike grows, but beneath that animosity, a fire is beginning to spark. Scott is baffled when he realizes he is falling for Julian, a man who burns hotter than a wildfire. Scott will have to decide, for the first time in his life, if he'll let the flames take over.
On an earthlike planet ruled by the Elite, a rite called "the Gleaning" is used to select suitable spouses for those of merit. Nico Stamford is a member of the Geisha class. Though he has been trained for marriage all his life, becoming a healer and a priest in the process, all he wants is to cook and open a restaurant. Instead he becomes a candidate for the ritual. He hopes the Goddess will look kindly on him and eliminate him before the final choices are made. Alex DeVrie is a member of the Warrior class who has recently returned triumphant from a clash with an alien enemy. Made a duke of the Sixth Land as a reward, all Alex needs now is a husband. As soon as Alex sets eyes on Nico, he refuses to settle for anyone else. Tradition says they can part ways after a year and a day. But love begins to grow as they unravel the mystery behind tragic events in the Sixth Land, and they uncover a conspiracy that could change their society.
Sequel to Tequila MockingbirdSinners Series: Book FourIt isn't easy being a Morgan. Especially when dead bodies start piling up and there's not a damned thing you can do about it. Quinn Morgan never quite fit into the family mold. He dreamed of a life with books instead of badges and knowledge instead of law--and a life with Rafe Andrade, his older brothers' bad boy friend and the man who broke his very young heart. Rafe Andrade returned home to lick his wounds following his ejection from the band he helped form. A recovering drug addict, Rafe spends his time wallowing in guilt, until he finds himself faced with his original addiction, Quinn Morgan--the reason he fled the city in the first place. When Rafe hears the Sinners are looking for a bassist, it's a chance to redeem himself, but as a crazed murderer draws closer to Quinn, Rafe's willing to sacrifice everything--including himself--to keep his quixotic Morgan safe and sound.
An In My Heart NovellaOn the eve of the best night of his life, winning an Academy Award, Jonathan Bello thinks back to his one great love, David Star. Flipping back the pages of time, Jonathan recalls his handsome, muscular, and charismatic college roommate. Since Jonathan was a freshman and David a senior in the Theatre Department, David took Jonathan under his wing and molded him, not only as an actor but as a lover. With every wonderful new adventure, David left his joyful mark on anyone with whom they came in contact, but Jonathan soon uncovered David's dark past, leading to a shocking event. Undaunted, Jonathan celebrates the captivating man who will always hold a special place in his heart.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.
Jason Grant runs his own IT business from home, owns his own home, and has the best friend he could imagine. What he doesn't have, or believe he will ever have, is love. When Jason catches a glimpse of his new neighbor on moving day, his libido ignites and his fascination in piqued. He even manages to concoct an excuse to go over and meet the man who makes him hope and want for more than he has in years. Keith Skyler is a shifter in a world where his kind is known only to a few, but they don't often mix and they never mate. Keith has been hoping for a mate since before he can remember, but gay lynx don't have true mates. As far as he knows, they don't have mates at all. However, while moving his little family across Seattle--and away from their tribe--his reality tips and spins more than he thought possible. When these two men meet over a dish of five-cheese broccoli-noodle casserole, sparks fly. Who knew a welcome-to-the-neighborhood gift could give both of them their chance at love?
A Better Than StoryPaul Fallon is a fashion advertising guru. He's a genius at dealing with difficult editors, art directors, and designers alike. He thrives on the chaotic atmosphere and constant challenges. But in his personal life, he's hoping for peace and stability. Settling down with a nice doctor or lawyer sounds perfect. Anyone but an artist. He's been there, done that, and he doesn't want to relive the heartache. Seth Landau is a model, occasional guitarist, and aspiring painter. He's quirky, flighty, and wise beyond his years. Life has taught him some tough lessons, then given him opportunities he never dreamed of. He's learned to appreciate the fragility of life and to express it in his work. Seth's flare for the absurd combined with a supple mind and a beautiful body are too alluring for Paul to ignore. Against his best intentions, Paul is drawn to the younger man whose particular brand of crazy challenges Paul to accept that things aren't always as they seem. Sometimes taking a chance is better than being safe.