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A Heated Beat StoryWill Barter's been in love with his best mate Jack for as long as he can remember. They've shared everything: love, life, laughs, even Will's first kiss. But Jack's straight, and Will's long-buried infatuation means nothing until their last summer together draws to a close. Then one night, everything changes, but with Will bound for university in Leeds, and Jack for his dream DJ job in Ibiza, there's no time to explore their blurred lines. Before long all that's left are secrets, lies, and misunderstandings. In the months that follow, anger and hurt overshadow fifteen years of friendship, and Will must dig deep to remember Jack is his mate... his best mate, and nothing matters more than that, right?
A Novella in Frankie's SeriesEd Winters despises his job and hates everyone he works with--especially out and proud, happily in love Frankie Mason. He spends his days wishing he could dance, rather than work. Late to go shopping one day, Ed ends up soaked in Marchant Belarus's spilled Coke. Ed's humiliation increases when Marchant, the owner of a BDSM club, realizes Ed is a sub, albeit a very closeted one. Marchant's attempts to draw Ed out of his shell release years of pent-up anger and hurt over the abuse Ed's mother and grandmother heaped on him. Marchant is patient, but nothing he does seems to help until he discovers Ed's secret love of dancing--a forbidden passion that might be the key to unlocking the confident, secure man Ed could be.
A novella from the Love Story Universe At fifteen, Christopher falls in love with a boy whose life he saves. But things go wrong and four years later, he wishes he'd acted differently. His conscience begins to haunt him, and he knows he must find Summer again. At seventeen, Summer pushes away the boy who saved him. Four years later, he is stuck in an abusive, damaging relationship. When he sees Christopher again, it's a sign he can't go on living like he is, but he can't begin to see a way out. For either boy to stand a chance at happiness, they must find each other and obliterate the wrongs of their shared past.
2nd EditionSequel to Winds of Change/Eye of the StormRoyal Navy Series: Book ThreeThe Royal Navy meets the Stately English Manor Murder Mystery, and if it were only a matter of Colonel Mustard in the library, things would be so much easier. After an ambush by the French while on a routine surveillance mission, Will Marshall and David Archer are advised to retreat to the English countryside to avoid Bonaparte's animosity for a time. Upon their arrival, they discover that David's eldest brother has died after a mysterious accident and this puts his other, very unsuitable brother in line for the title. David's suspicions--that the new heir had a hand in his brother's death--seem so unreasonable that even Will finds it difficult to believe his fears are valid. If Davy thought his lover was hard to convince, his autocratic father, who still sees him as the inept youngest son, won't even listen to him. Davy and Will are thrust into the role of sleuths, trying to determine the truth behind the mystery. All the while Will has concerns of his own: his fear of losing Davy is still stronger than his desire to keep Davy beside him on the quarterdeck... but he knows no other life than the Navy.First Edition published by Cheyenne Publishing/Bristlecone Pine Press, 2010
Hachisuka Narihiro is a pilot in the Shogun's elite unit of musha-ki, robotic armor automated by steam and magic for the defense of Nippon in a slowly modernizing 19th Century, when he's requested to help with political negotiations. Compromises are difficult, with American Admiral Perry determined to open Japan to the West but only on his terms. Like most Western leaders, the admiral is unaware of the advances the Japanese have made with steam and thinks Nippon is an isolated and backward nation. Narihiro's uncle, the twelfth Tokugawa Shogun, believes Narihiro is the best man for the duty. Despite his extensive training, plans might not go as well as expected. With the American delegation comes closeted former Pennsylvania Dutch farmer, Maarten Zook, a shy translator who catches Narihiro's interest. As negotiations stall, the Japanese are left with few options to convince America that Nippon is its equal. Japan is ready to open its borders, but a show of force may be needed, and that force may destroy the budding relationship between Narihiro and Maarten.
Growing up, Krister Foss had a hazy awareness of being gay. Now a conscript in the same army garrison with Jens Petri, Krister has fallen head over heels in love - the first true love for both he and Jens. Having nowhere to express their feelings, they turn an old abandoned smokehouse into their secret love nest. After Jens has an accident, Krister finagles a false day pass to visit his lover in the hospital. He's found out, though, and accused of insubordination. The lives of the two young soldiers develop rapidly in unexpected and dramatic ways. Bonded by life-changing events, friendship blossoms among a group of young people, one of them the King's nephew.
Theron Antonopolis, a strige, feeds on human emotion. In a tranquil suburban neighborhood, his best meals come from a quiet systems administrator who's become more than a source of nourishment for Theron--Alex Rowler is an obsession. Theron can no longer remain in the shadows. When they meet, any attraction Alex feels toward the sexy monster is overshadowed by his anxiety and distrust of Theron's supernatural powers. But sensing the underlying arousal, Theron begins courting his human. As months pass, Theron falls deeply in love, and the need to complete the strige bonding ceremony with his human lover becomes overwhelming. But a permanent commitment is too much, too soon for Alex, and he delays the joining, despite Theron's insistence they are running out of time. As an unbonded pair, however, Theron and Alex draw the attention of the Midnight Parliament, and the lovers are brought to trial to determine their fate.
Ever since arriving in Hollywood, Skylar Murphy has been loving life. He's starring in a hit television show and on the verge of grabbing the lead role in the most anticipated movie of the decade. Poised on the edge of superstardom, he doesn't want or need any complications to distract him from that goal. Whether he's sleeping with a woman or a man, his noncommittal, no-strings-attached love life suits him perfectly, and despite his rep for playing gay roles, the world still thinks he's straight. At the launch party for his new show, Skylar meets Aiden Moore, an openly gay firefighter by day and cater waiter to the stars by night. Skylar is immediately attracted to him, but Aiden rejects him. When an arsonist appears to have targeted Skylar, their paths keep crossing. Always up for a challenge, Skylar works to win Aiden over, and he agrees to a date. Soon enough they can't stay away from each other. Despite hiding their relationship away from the ever-present paparazzi, they're happy together until a jilted fan joins forces with the arsonist to sabotage their future.
A Laitha Chronicles TaleWhen the aero Antoine Suvalese is traveling on comes under attack by the infamous pirate ship, the Bloody Aria, Antoine is taken hostage by the Aria's dreaded captain, Rivas the Ramshot. Antoine is uncertain if he's to be ransomed to his father, owner of the powerful Suva Coal Company, or something far more sinister. While awaiting his fate, Antoine is unexpectedly accepted into the crew. Sailing on the Bloody Aria opens Antoine's eyes to a wider world and his unexpected attraction to the handsome pirate captain who holds him captive. When he realizes the attraction is reciprocated, Antoine is intrigued. But can he afford to trust Rivas when everyone on the Aria seems to have their own agenda? Antoine learns there was more to his kidnapping than money, and that morality isn't as simple as he grew up believing. As the date of the ransom exchange draws near, so do the forces conspiring against the Bloody Aria's crew. Antoine will have to determine who he can trust and who will profit from betraying him, or none of them will survive the imminent confrontation.
Evolin: Book TwoDefying their orders of exile, Tylan and Sully return to Evolin to face King Acipor. But two against the kingdom's forces requires more planning. In the forest surrounding the city, Tylan and Sully find a group of young men hiding to escape persecution. Sully is pleased to discover his former comrade, Gannon, leads this ragtag set. Soon, they find refuge and shelter from the dark clouds quickly gathering on the horizon. Worried over strengthening bonds between old friends, Tylan grows distrustful. When a boy with the gift of foresight warns Tylan he will be betrayed, the fire within him grows stronger, waiting for its chance to take control of the prince's body and claim Sully for its own.
Splat! When a small creature has an unfortunate run-in with his car, Deacon Hearst wonders what in the world hit his windshield. A bird? A butterfly? No, that would make Deacon's crazy life too simple. It is a fairy--or rather a Sidhe--with a gaze the color of the moon and thus eloquently named Mooneyes. The little creature's wing is broken, and it's shivering in the rain, and well... Deacon has a heart, after all. While nursing Moon back to health, Deacon discovers Moon's beauty is more than skin deep. Though they're very different, especially in size, they're alike in their loneliness, their need for affection. Despite the weirdness of the situation, Deacon finds himself falling for his not-quite victim. Deacon thinks it's a hopeless--gah!--love, but what if it isn't? Moon might just have a few secrets of his own, secrets that could change everything in an instant and weave a different path for them both.
An In My Heart NovellaWith his ten-year high school reunion approaching, Harold wonders whether Mario will be as muscular, sexy, and tantalizing as he remembers. As a teenager, it was love at first sight for Harold while tutoring football star Mario, until homophobia and bullying drove Mario deep into the closet. Now they're both married men. Mario, a model, is miserable with his producer wife, while Harold, a teacher, is perfectly content with his businessman husband, Stuart. When the two meet again, will the old flame reignite, setting Harold's comfortable life ablaze? How can Harold be happy with Stuart when he is still infatuated with his Adonis, his first love, Mario? Harold faces this seemingly impossible situation with inimitable wit, tenderness, and humor as he attempts to reconcile the past and the future.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.
Josh Tucker lives a blessed life--great job, great family, perfect husband, and two wonderful children--but a mysterious man named Adam who haunts his dreams and soon his waking life threatens everything when he stirs doubt as to whether any of it is real. Adam makes Josh question the world he's taken for granted--as well as the origins of Adam himself. Even if Adam's claims are true, Josh has nothing to live for beyond his fabricated life--except the possibility of a real man out there somewhere who can love him. Josh is left with an impossible choice: stay in his delusion where he's assured some happiness or take a great leap of faith for a chance to make a life with Adam.
Shifter Hardball: Book OnePlayboy wolf shifter Wiley can't duck out of his pack's biggest annual event, despite knowing his grandmother has possible suitors lined up and waiting. Wiley has no intention of settling down, and the situation dangles just above disaster. Thankfully, Wiley's best friend, lion shifter Ram, agrees to pose as Wiley's boyfriend for the weekend. They find out fate has other plans when they kiss on a dare, and the passion erupts, so hot and intense they fear the couch may spontaneously combust beneath them. Neither man is able to push the small act of affection from his mind, but both struggle with uncertainty and the ramifications of following where their libidos lead. If they can't outrun their feelings, they'll have to muster the courage to face their fears before they lose everything, including their friendship.
Sequel to Beyond the RiftElemental Lovers: Book TwoCenturies ago, a group of Aranken mages left their homeland and became the ancestors of the Nikari. Now a Nikari prince will return, seeking truth and finding far more than he expected. Shuri Fezenda has one goal in mind when he departs for A'rankin--to identify the culprit behind the conspiracy targeting Ivy, his brother's consort and a man Shuri cares for deeply. But when he meets Prince Tynare'Or'Therar, Shuri's world is turned upside down. Beautiful and mysterious, Tynare draws Shuri like no other. The secrets he whispers taunt and tease, but Shuri's treacherous heart races and his body responds when Tynare shoots him a knowing smile. And then Shuri meets Tynare's twin brother, Nari, and in Nari's kindness and blind eyes, he finds refuge and a love beyond anything he thought he could feel. Torn between duty and confused emotions, Shuri faces an A'rankin on the brink of civil war and a foe he didn't count on--the neighboring land of Shyrn. At the heart of the conflict, one question remains. Who is Tynare really, and who is Nari? Shuri is almost afraid to learn the answer.
Moments in Time: Book OneOutside Collin Fitzpatrick's dorm room is a dangerous place. Beyond his door the students of his small, conservative college think he's straight, as does his Catholic family who'd disown him if they learned the truth. Inside, he's safe with his incredibly sexy roommate Tanner D'Amico. Their room makes a perfect place to hide away and fall in love. The moment they cross the line from roommates to lovers, Collin becomes caught between their heavenly passionate encounters and the hellish reality that someone might find out and destroy everything. Tanner's not used to being so confined, and wants to show the world how much he loves Collin. But Collin's not sure he's ready for the impact stepping outside will make.
At twenty-three, Dr. Liam McGregor is a well-respected astrophysicist, astrobiologist, and geologist. With no family, few friends, and no romantic prospects, he's used to being alone. Focusing on his various scientific projects and taking care of his decidedly unusual cat help keep the loneliness at bay. Jareth Manning is starting life over--new town, new job--after the loss of his husband. The last thing he expects is for the most absentminded, and beautiful, man he's ever seen to take up residence in his heart. Nor did he expect to find himself a willingly humble slave to Her Imperial Highness, Empress the Cat. But Jareth has learned that love doesn't come around often and to hold on to it when it does. Jareth is willing to be patient if Liam is willing to take a risk after being burned before. They just have to survive Liam's past returning. Eight years after Liam and Jareth marry, they want a child. Things don't go well when they try to adopt, with terrible accusations thrown at Jareth. After recovering, they proceed with a private adoption, bringing home a beautiful little girl, Carinae. Then things get ugly, endangering not only Liam's life, but Carinae's.
Shipped off to boarding school at a young age, Bradley Ellesbury Jr. lacked for nothing, except the love and approval of his father. Now with his father's recent passing, Bradley feels the sting of disapproval one last time with the reading of the will. Forced to leave behind his glamorous Parisian lifestyle, Bradley returns to the small town of Foster Creek to do precisely what his father forbade--sell the ranch. Meeting the infuriating cowboy his father hired to run the place only makes him more determined to go against his father's wishes. Too old to be playing mind games with twenty-something know-it-alls, Jace Cornielle stays only because he promised the old man. Somewhere between picking fights and making snarky comments, Jace and Bradley move from annoyance to attraction. Then Bradley learns losing the cowboy means he loses everything.
2nd EditionFruity drinks, days on the beautiful beaches of Key West, and falling in love in the pool makes a perfect vacation. Just when it seems things can't get any better, Jason meets the man of his dreams. As he watches Kevin frolic in the ocean, Jason knows Kevin is the guy he's been waiting for. It's almost too good to be true when they discover they both live in New York. Buying a house together is supposed to mean happily ever after. But while their life may be perfect, their house is less than peaceful. When unexplainable things start to go bump in the night and an otherworldly experience forces Kevin and Jason to search for answers, what they uncover is the last thing they expected.First Edition published by Silver Publishing, 2010
Adam Hemlock rules the elite New Harbor Academy. With his mother in Paris, he throws hedonistic, alcohol- and drug-fueled parties for his equally rich, desperately bored classmates. How's a guy who lives life to the extreme to stay entertained? Take on a challenge, of course, and hope the exhilaration of the play-by-play fallout chases away the indifference. At the big pre-senior-year bash, Adam's offered a dare--seduce the new kid. Adam initially laughs off the idea but changes his mind when he sees Jared. Jared Rawell has spent the past two years at a Texas military school, where his father sent him to "pray away the gay." He sees the academy in more liberal Washington as a chance to start over and achieve the grades he needs to get into an Ivy League school. When a beautiful but terrifying girl offers Jared a deal--don't sleep with Adam Hemlock and she'll help Jared get through senior year--he sees no reason to say no. But nothing is as simple as it seems. With layers of hidden agendas, backstabbing, lying, cheating, drugs, and entitled teenage egos, Jared and Adam must navigate a high school minefield while waiting for the inevitable explosion.
A Brandt and Donnelly Caper: Case File ThreeWhen a high-profile gay celebrity couple asks two of the city's most established vendors to provide cake and flowers for their wedding and they refuse, a resulting boycott threatens to shut them down. It's up to the next generation in the family-owned businesses to save them from ruin. Justin Capella, baker's son, and Roman Montgomery, floral scion, work together to plan the gay wedding of the year. Justin and Roman haven't seen each other since that fateful day in third grade when a single kiss shocked Justin and sent Roman to boarding school. As fate would have it, Justin and Roman rediscover love while working on the wedding. But disaster might pry them apart again. Troopers Brandt and Donnelly are working with a statewide task force for the rights of LGBT citizens--all while searching for a killer wedding planner. As guests at the "wedding of the year," they are the first responders when all hell breaks loose. In investigating, the troopers are led to a shadowy figure they believe seduced Roman into doing his bidding. But the real murderer will cover his tracks at all costs, including Roman and Justin's lives.
Summer never ends on the tiny South American island of Santa Juanita where the people are beautiful and the water is always--hot! Dive master Clive Ducaine left a disastrous affair and corporate day job to pursue a simpler life. He has no regrets about his decision to move to Santa Juanita to teach tourists the fine art of spelunking. With the unlimited banquet of hot bodies and casual sex to fill his days and nights, he has truly found paradise on earth. Eight years ago Trevor Donohue's lover was gunned down on a New York street and died in Trevor's arms. Life changed that day, and not for the better. Now, working as a VP for a medical manufacturing company leaves Trevor no time or desire for another relationship. But then, during his first vacation in years, he meets the resort's sexy dive instructor, Clive. Suddenly abandoning his tight schedules and video-meetings for a little vacation romance looks a lot more promising.
For years Beck Lund has taken care of his volatile boyfriend, Brady, always putting Brady's needs above his own and walking on eggshells to keep the peace. After Brady overdoses on heroin, his death devastates Beck. Thankfully Beck's best friend, Timothy Kallis, finds him the help he needs. Beck slowly starts to recover and moves in with Timothy to get back on his feet, but he's oblivious that Timothy is secretly nursing romantic affection for him. Beck focuses on his own healing for the first time in his life. After months of challenging his codependent tendencies and learning how to stand up for himself, Beck finally starts to trust his gut and hopes to one day love again. Timothy is patient throughout, taking care of Beck in ways no one ever has. But if Beck can't recognize Timothy's affection for him, it might be too late for them to move beyond friendship.
For Killian Marsden, werewolf romance is overrated. After all, he should know, since he's a half-werewolf and an editor for a romance-publishing house. He's tired of reading mate bond fairytales, because real life doesn't work that way. In the real world, Alphas abandon their half-breed children. Not that Killian's jaded or anything. Simply realistic. So when werewolf Alpha Brett comes knocking, demanding explanations on a rejected manuscript, Killian reels away, or at least tries to. Brett is a walking, talking Alpha cliché: big, possessive, and growly. His last name is Wolfe, for crying out loud. But Brett is also trustworthy, devoted to his pack, and a little silly when in love. Soon, Killian discovers that maybe, just maybe, he might love Brett in return. Unfortunately, Killian is not the only one who wants to claim Brett. He will have to set aside his beliefs about mate bonds and deadbeats if he wants his own happily ever after werewolf romance.
2nd EditionOne rainy night, bike-shop owner Kenton Palmer finds an injured dog on the road and takes him to the nearest vet clinic, only to discover he's actually a wolf. Undeterred, he wants to nurse the injured animal following a necessary surgery. The handsome Dr. Will Barclay's interest and his own brand of animal attraction overwhelm Kenton, who's been doubting himself after a failed romance. Gray Fowler is a wolf-shifter and pack alpha. After Kenton rescues him and takes him home to heal, he's forced to remain in wolf form. But that doesn't prevent him from falling hard for Kenton. It begins as jealousy, but Gray soon discovers Will, Kenton's new admirer, is caught up in something sinister. However, he's forced to wait until he's healthy before he can shift and enter Kenton's life as a man. Then Gray must discover how Will's shady activities are linked to the men who ran him down and expose the scheme before Kenton gets too involved with Will.
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