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A wasting plague swept over the Four Quadrants, changing how folks view the traveling guilds. Most travelers now make permanent contracts and settle in villages instead of continuing on the road. Needing to alter his lifestyle, Kerryll MacGhylle rides deep into the Northern Quadrant in search of a place to belong. The Northern Duke, Cullan Gryffyn D'Antuono, accepts the contract of the frozen minstrel arriving during a powerful ice blizzard. He nurses Kerryll through the ravages of the sickness. Though they live at opposite ends of society, they have more in common than they realize.A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2014 Advent Calendar package "Celebrate!".
George is an anxious, neurotic mess. The only thing that calms him is his partner of ten years, Scott. So despite how nervous it makes George to travel alone, he decides to go to Europe, where Scott has been working for two months, to visit for Christmas. George plans a day on his own in London before traveling to Paris, where Scott is staying. But on George's day of sightseeing and shopping, everything goes wrong, from a misunderstanding with the hotel concierge to getting lost in Harrods. All George wants is to be with his partner for Christmas, but he's not sure he'll survive long enough for that to happen.A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2014 Advent Calendar package "Celebrate!".
To honor his grandmother's final request, Trenton Appleton drops everything to visit the family's ancestral home: Hummingbird House, where he experienced his first kiss and first heartbreak with Callum Eason. Eight years ago, confused by his attraction to Trent, Callum reacted badly. But with help he never expected, Callum found himself and learned to accept who he was. Now Trent is back at Hummingbird House, and Callum has his opportunity to salvage their friendship, at least. But Trent is less receptive than he was all those years ago. Still, Callum is determined to show Trent he has changed and keep his promise to Trent's grandmother. When past mistakes repeat themselves, Callum must break the cycle before his last chance with Trent passes him by.A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2014 Advent Calendar package "Celebrate!".
Adrian Delgado's time in the Peace Corps has been rewarding, but with Christmas around the corner, he is starting to get homesick. Life in Mongolia is very different from Texas, from the holiday celebrations to... dating. Take his coworker Batbayar, for instance--they've slept together several times and spend most time outside of work in each other's houses. But are they "together," or friends with benefits? Maybe a Mongolian Christmas and a sheep's head in the bathtub can lead to the answer.A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2014 Advent Calendar package "Celebrate!".
Cast out of his clan of shifters and with no family of his own, Anton Cedwell wants nothing more than to be accepted by his partner Sean's family when the two of them visit over Christmas. But Sean's powerful father, Flavius, isn't happy his son chose a shifter as a mate, and Sean is hiding secrets from Anton. When Sean is attacked by rival weres, Anton hopes Sean's family will finally see the depth of his commitment and how far he's willing to go to protect the man he loves.A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2014 Advent Calendar package "Celebrate!".
Two strangers on a plane, one heading to Paris, the other Barcelona, both trying to get to their families in time for the holidays. It's Christmas Eve, and all they have in common is a connection through London. When flights get delayed and cancelled, that connection goes beyond an airport, a terminal, and a secluded meeting room. And for Lance and Bruce, Christmas morning will hold even more joyous miracles.A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2014 Advent Calendar package "Celebrate!".
Freshly out of college, shy and introverted Brian Preston travels from LA to Budapest to teach English, ready to embrace life and spread his wings. It's early December, and the air is heavy with the scent of roasting chestnuts. Getting involved with his new roommate, native Hungarian Zoli Park, promises to be the adventure Brian always wanted. But all is not as it seems, and Brian might find himself in the arms of Krampusz, demonic companion to St. Nick, who punishes bad boys.A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2014 Advent Calendar package "Celebrate!".
Dr. Gareth Evans and his medical doctor partner, Warun Jones, are having trouble making time for each other between end of term craziness for Gareth and holiday-related injuries pouring into the hospital for Warun. Gareth has planned what he hopes will be the perfect recipe for relieving the tension and bringing them back together. While Warun wants Gareth to partake in Plygain, a traditional dawn service of hymn singing for Christmas, Gareth plans to take Warun to Bryn Celli Ddu and introduce him to the Druid ritual of Alban Arthan, the celebration of the winter solstice.A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2014 Advent Calendar package "Celebrate!".
Nikhilesh (Nik) Sharma hasn't been home to Alappuzha, India, since he came out to his family ten years ago. Now that his relationship with them is less strained, he's bringing his boyfriend Trent along to celebrate the winter holidays. As excited as he is to see everyone again, he worries the foreign culture, religious differences, and disapproval might shock Trent. At the same time, Trent worries Nik's big, close-knit family won't accept an American--much less a man--as Nik's partner and that his presence will impede the otherwise happy reunion. Whether the trip leads to misunderstandings that will drive them apart or to a new understanding that will draw them closer than ever, it's sure to be an experience they'll never forget.A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2014 Advent Calendar package "Celebrate!".
Five years ago, Neno Kovač fled California, graduate school, and his lover, Toby Cowan, to return to his native Croatia. Since then, he's led a quiet life as a librarian--until one November afternoon when Toby, who has never stopped loving Neno, shows up in Zagreb. When he left the United States, Neno wasn't ready to give up his home and family to take a chance on a long-distance relationship. But Saint Martin's Day has arrived, the day pressed grapes turn to wine and autumn turns to winter. Perhaps it will be a day when other changes are possible as well.A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2014 Advent Calendar package "Celebrate!".
Shawn is single, twenty-nine, the full-time carer of his Alzheimer's-stricken mother, and a frequent victim of Murphy's Law--although his family calls it Shawn's Law. Other than caring for mum, his day consists of painting nude men and spying on the guy who walks his dogs along the street every day at four o'clock. When Shawn takes a spectacular fall on his front steps, who is there to witness it other than the man of his dreams? Harley doesn't believe in Shawn's Law--but he soon changes his mind. The two men make it through a memorable first date and Shawn's sexual insecurities to begin a relationship stumbling toward love. But when Shawn's Law causes Harley to be injured, Shawn is determined to save Harley's life the only way he knows how--by breaking up with him. Not once, but twice. Throw in a serial killer ex-boyfriend, several deadly Australian animals, two dogs called Bennie, a mother who forgets to wear clothes, an unforgiving Town Council, and a strawberry-flavored condom dolly, and Shawn's Law is one for the books.
Horizons Series: Book FourLil Lampert's forty-fifth birthday turns the effervescent architect into a brooding mess, and his partner, Grier Dilorio, takes him to Italy to help him regain his zest for life. The timing is bad--almost-fifteen-year-old Luca has just started high school, and his mother and stepfather are also traveling. Luca is left in the care of Chicago Bear, Clark Stevens, and his partner, Dr. Jody Williams. Growing up with two dads and two gay uncles has given Luca a unique perspective on gender roles, but not all the answers. He's had a secret crush on his straight best friend, Chip, for years. Suddenly, Luca finds himself attracted to Chyna, Chip's twin sister. Now he's wondering if this means he's bisexual. Born with a sexual development disorder, Chyna should have been raised as a male, but due to an epic parenting fail, is being raised as female. Hiding the truth becomes more difficult when Chyna hits puberty, and crushing over Luca adds another element to Chyna's struggle to fit in. Is Luca's moral compass strong enough to guide him successfully through this period of discovery or will he succumb to peer pressure and shatter Chyna's dreams for happiness?
Sequel to Shaking the Sugar TreeWhen his snobbish future in-laws travel all the way from Boston to visit, wise-cracking Southerner Wiley Cantrell learns that gay marriage is not without its disadvantages. Occupied by concerns over the health of his special needs son Noah, a meth baby who was not expected to live and who is now on the cusp of puberty, the antics of Wiley's outrageous would-be mother-in-law and severely conservative father-in-law strain his relationship with Jackson Ledbetter, a pediatric nurse who poses problems of his own. As their respective families meet and greet, each just as meddlesome and inflexible as the other, North meets South and the fireworks and cultural misunderstandings are plenty. A tornado blows through the small Mississippi town where Wiley's mother lives, wrecking his mother's house and leaving their lives in disarray. Then Jackson's secret drug addiction comes to light, and Wiley and Noah are devastated. With so many stones in the road, Wiley and Jackson find their dream of becoming a real family falling apart. Though Wiley relies on humor to cope, he'll need something more to keep his happily ever after from slipping away.
Deep Secrets and Hope: Book ThreeChastaine Rollo follows her own rules, even starting rumors about herself before others have the chance. Others' opinions don't matter. Her life is fun, and she likes being a rebel, until now. When she comes forward as a date-rape victim, pinning a popular former student as her attacker, the entire school turns against her. Two months ago, Chastaine admitted to her friend Guillermo that Jim Frankel date-raped her, and Guillermo coaxed her to report it. When word spread about what had happened to Chastaine, a freshman girl, Maryellen, reported that she had also been raped by Jim. Since then Chastaine and Maryellen have endured nasty messages, cyberbullying, and threats in school. Chastaine has lost many of her so-called friends and now leans on Guillermo, his boyfriend Evan Granger, and Evan's cousin, Holly McCormack, for support. Especially Holly. When Jim pleads guilty to the charges against him, Chastaine's happiness is short-lived when she realizes the truth won't change the way her peers view her. Unable to take the news and the way people are treating her, Maryellen attempts suicide, and Chastaine blames herself for not being more supportive. However, Chastaine needs support too, and Holly is one of the only people she can now trust, but Chastaine isn't sure whether her attraction to Holly is only because of that or if it's something more.
Still reeling from his father's death and stuck in a job he hates, the only moments of happiness in Josh Roberts's life are those he spends with his boyfriend, Bradley. The boys are inseparable, and when they lose their virginity together, Josh feels closer to Bradley than he ever imagined. But Josh's mum, proud of her son and his biggest supporter, expects Josh to go to university after his year off. He doesn't want to disappoint her by telling her he's changed his mind, and he struggles to find a solution. When Bradley moves in with Josh and his mum, Josh truly believes life can be perfect again. But before long, their still-fragile feelings of connection and intimacy are tested when Bradley becomes secretive and distant. Anxious and confused, Josh is desperate to find out why Bradley is rejecting his affections. Bradley finally opens up, but what he reveals will change every aspect of their young love and quite possibly the rest of their lives.
Gay teenager Hart could finish his fairy tale for class if his horrible stepsiblings would stop harassing him. Talia's depression is like a sleeping curse and may kill her if she doesn't ask for help. Independent, overweight bisexual Sienna deals with her "nice guy" neighbor while visiting her grandmother. When a mysterious girl climbs up Rachael's fire escape, Rachael might finally break free from her overprotective mother. Transgender Amelia is bullied regularly for her identity, but she'll show everyone exactly who she is. Princess Rellyn must face down a dragon since she's seventh in line and battle her father since she's not a boy, and she's not sure which one is scarier. An adventurous knight whisks away genderfluid Noll when all they want is a quiet life on their farm. Mermaid Astrid wants revenge on the man who betrayed her, but is confused by her attraction to the one sailor immune to her song. Asexual Myka might love Princess Lysandria, but Myka must learn to control her inner werewolf before the king marries her off to "cure" her. With the help of a witch, blacksmith's apprentice Malcolm must find his missing prince. You've never heard stories like these at bedtime.
Life in a small mining town can be like living in a fishbowl, where everyone knows everybody else's business. Fifteen-year-old Jodi's mother wants her father to quit his binge drinking and his dangerous job at the mine--even more so after a collapse leaves two miners dead and three trapped deep underground. As tensions escalate both at home and around the town, Jodi seeks comfort with her friends but soon faces a double betrayal. Meanwhile, her ten-year-old brother Jake reacts by joining a gang of schoolyard bullies who engage in increasingly dangerous antics. As Jodi struggles to gain autonomy over her life, she begins to discover the person she really is. But with everything around her spiraling out of control, it may not be the right time to let her family, friends, and ultimately the whole town know--no matter how much she wants to.
Inspired by true events, Splinters is an American family tragedy infused with love and hope. After witnessing a horrific murder by their own mother in rural West Virginia, brilliant young Gerald and his baby sister Stephanie become orphans and find very different fates. Stephanie is quickly adopted, while Gerald languishes in a series of schools for boys. Eventually Gerald joins the Army and is recruited for intelligence work in a secret facility, where he becomes addicted to stimulants. When he gets thrown out of the Army for sexual impropriety, Gerald makes his way to Los Angeles, where he finds work as a go-go dancer and meets Aziah. Young, gay, and Black, Aziah identifies with Gerald's loneliness and difficulty fitting in. The two fall in love. Then Gerald's addiction and the ghosts of his past begin to surface, and he vanishes. When Stephanie shows up in Los Angeles, she and Aziah must confront the question of whether Gerald is so far gone that he can't recover.
When Army veteran Slade stumbles upon an isolated cottage on a cold, dark night, the young man finds more than just the shelter he's seeking. Former club Dominant Callum is surprised to find a handsome stranger knocking at his door but invites him in despite his reservations. A nightmare reveals Slade's deep-seated emotional issues, and Callum knows he needs to get creative if he's going to help Slade leave the past behind. Neither man is prepared for the feelings Slade's introduction into the world of BDSM will unleash, and thirty-six hours will either be enough to bind them, or they will remain forever strangers in the night.
Sequel to The Bone Cup Archangel Chronicles: Book Seven After the theft and recovery of the Holy Grail, saving all of creation from destruction, and almost losing Michael, Archangel Gabriel devoutly hopes for nothing more dangerous than a stubbed toe. So when Archangel Michael sends a pack of his Venatores and two of Gabriel's trackers on a rescue mission, Gabriel believes it's purely routine. No one is prepared for the danger and terror the Venatores find. What they face is torture, kidnapping, medical experiments, vivisection, and the enemies' desire to remove all nonhumans--including shifters--from Earth forever. The supposedly routine rescue mission turns into a struggle for survival, and Gabriel and Michael face a terrifying new foe, and a threat to not just their existence and love but to the existence of everything they know. If the Brotherhood of Archangels and their allies can't prevail, all will be lost.
Faith, Love, & Devotion: Book SixNewly promoted police captain Evan Cerelli takes command of his own precinct as Matt Haight's security business begins to expand at a rapid rate. Both of their careers require more and more of their time--away from home and each other. When his most famous clients, Daisy and Bennett Ames, suffer a traumatic breakup, Matt is drawn into a dangerous and dramatic situation. With attentions diverted, Evan and Matt's tight-knit home life begins to unravel. As Griffin Drake's movie nears final edit, his thoughts turn toward building a home with his new fiancé, Jim Shea--and maybe even starting a family. Before he can think of a new family, Jim is caught up in his past. The possibility of putting Tripp Ingersoll in jail once and for all beckons, and Jim wants the closure that has long eluded him. As a new lead spurs him on, Jim begins to lose sight of the future by chasing an old ghost. Both couples struggle to remember that "happily ever after" requires hard work, trust, and tender, open hearts.
The Vigilante: Book TwoA wanted man after the destruction of the Iron Butterfly Casino, Nox Boyet must flee the island of Manhattan--the only home he's ever known. Together with Cade, Sam, and the rest of their ragtag group, Nox must find a place to hide from the District Police and the violent group of unknown drug dealers on his tail. The solution--the Creel family farm in South Carolina. But home isn't quite sweet for Cade, the prodigal son. As Cade struggles with his own secrets, shadows of the past threaten not only Nox's life, but his relationship with his son, Sam. Nox knows there will never be peace unless he finds the answers to all his questions--and the answers lie back on the island. Cade and the others must choose their paths--find safety or follow the Vigilante into the darkness of the city? The city where Nox will come face-to-face with the past.
Day and Knight: Book OneAs former NSA, Dayton (Day) Ingram has national security chops and now works as a technical analyst for Scorpion. He longs for fieldwork, and scuttling an attack gives him his chance. He's smart, multilingual, and a technological wizard. But his opportunity comes with a hitch--a partner, Knighton (Knight), who is a real mystery. Despite countless hours of research, Day can find nothing on the agent, including his first name! Former Marine Knight crawled into a bottle after losing his family. After drying out, he's offered one last chance: along with Day, stop a terrorist threat from the Yucatan. To get there without drawing suspicion, Day and Knight board a gay cruise, where the deeply closeted Day and equally closeted Knight must pose as a couple. Tensions run high as Knight communicates very little and Day bristles at Knight's heavy-handed need for control. But after drinking too much, Day and Knight wake up in bed. Together. As they near their destination, they must learn to trust and rely on each other to infiltrate the terrorist camp and neutralize the plot aimed at the US's technological infrastructure, if they hope to have a life after the mission. One that might include each other.
Brighton McKenzie inherited one of the last pieces of farmland in suburban Baltimore. It has been in his family since Maryland was a colony, though it has lain fallow for years. Selling it for development would be easy, but Brighton wants to honor his grandfather's wishes and work it again. Unfortunately, an accident left him relying on a cane, so he'll need help. Tanner Houghton used to work on a ranch in Montana until a vengeful ex got him fired because of his sexuality. He comes to Maryland at the invitation of his cousin and is thrilled to have a chance to get back to the kind of work he loves. Brighton is instantly drawn to the intensely handsome and huge Tanner--he's everything Brighton likes in a man, though he holds back because Tanner is an employee, and because he can't understand why a man as virile as Tanner would be interested in him. But that isn't the worst of their problems. They have to face the machinations of Brighton's aunt, Tanner's ex suddenly wanting him back, and the need to find a way to make the farm financially viable before they lose Brighton's family legacy.
Moments in Time: Book ThreeSpending the summer together on Fire Island brought Collin and Tanner closer than ever, but back in their conservative college town, challenges confront them at every turn. As they search for their new normal in their old environment, Collin's brother Sean surprises them with help when they need it most. But when word about their relationship gets out, trouble erupts with friends and family. When Collin's relationship with Tanner becomes an issue in his brother's custody battle and Tanner struggles with his feelings for a heartbroken Wendy, Collin wonders if everyone he cares about would be better off without him in the picture. In order to save them both, Tanner must make it clear to Collin that their love for each other is all that matters.