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An Argo NovelFor the past four years, Dr. Jason Finely and Colonel Rick Tennant have served on the Union space station Argo as its chief science officer and military commander. Jason is the brains, Rick is the brawn. They have become good friends, but Jason wants more. Jason is a brilliant scientist, but his lack of confidence leaves him unlucky in love. And Rick is so committed to his job he's oblivious that his best friend's feelings for him go beyond friendship. When Rick finally shows interest in him, Jason is thrilled. Then he discovers Rick's sudden attraction may be the result of a threat to Rick's life. If Jason hopes to discover the truth, first he'll have to save his friend.
Following an amicable divorce, former stay-at-home dad Scott Mitchell needs to get a job--and a new lifestyle to help him manage his depression, since he lost his Domme along with his marriage. At least one of his problems is solved when finds work at Wilde Publishing. Fulfilling his boss's needs at the office gives him a productive focus and pays the bills, but becoming a PA to publishing wunderkind Milo Brock isn't without its trials. After an injury put an end to his dreams of the NHL, Milo got an education and pursued other interests. At work, he runs Wilde's sports division. At play, he's always thought of himself as straight, but his attraction to his new PA casts that into doubt. Luckily a hard life has taught Milo to take things in stride. Scott and Milo are battling separate lives, ghosts from their pasts, a sister dying of cancer, and a clash of preferences in the bedroom. Scott needs to submit to keep himself balanced; Milo prefers vanilla sex. If they can't find some middle ground, they'll lose the support they both desperately need. Winner in the 2013 Rainbow Awards.Seventh (tie): Best LGBT Erotic Romance (Bobby Michaels Award)
Harper Cole may look like a best-selling author doing research for his next book, but underneath it all, he is a badass Dom and ex-rock star looking for a sub. When he meets a sexy stripper at the local gym, he uses the pretense of doing research for his next erotic novel to get close to the delicious man. To the world Flame is a self-confident male stripper and acclaimed modern dancer, but deep down, he carries a crippling secret that stops him from trusting anyone. When Harper saves him from a life-threatening attack, Flame starts to open up, and even though his vanilla preferences don't exactly match with Harper's plans, he finds himself attracted to the big Dom. Their worlds collide, leaving both men reeling. Harper is determined to show Flame the benefits of taking a ride on the wild side, but Flame cannot trust his heart to another man. What will it take to bring these two men together? It's up to Harper, as the Dom, to make it happen... if it's possible at all.
Sequel to Houseboat on the NileSpy vs. Spook: Book ThreeLately, life is both sweet and sour for intelligence operatives Mark Vincent and Quinton Mann. The sweet is they're settling into a relationship; Mark has found a condo in Alexandria with the help of Quinn's mother, Portia; and Mark and Quinn are looking forward to spending the holidays in the Caribbean. As for the sour, something shadier than usual is going on at Langley. Useless missions and sleepless nights are leaving Quinn exhausted, and then Portia's life is threatened. When Quinn discovers the accident was no accident and the egomaniacal Senator Wexler is involved, he's out for blood. To this point, Mark has stayed out of Quinn's CIA business. But hurting Quinn and those he loves isn't on the table, so at Mark's instigation, they set out together to deal with Wexler. The only catch: it's the first time Quinn will see Mark at his deadly best, and Mark isn't sure how his lover will react.
In the summer of 1890, Nathaniel, ninth in line for the British throne, meets Konstantin, his Russian counterpart. The two boys become playmates, then friends, then lovers, though circumstance and duty often separate them. When the First World War devastates Europe, chaos and misinformation lead each man to believe the other lost forever. Nathaniel retires in despair, expecting to live out his days alone, never dreaming he might have a second chance....
Holidays are for lovers, just apparently not Ben Haggerty. Not this holiday. After his degree-seeking lover leaves humble blue-collar Ben, Ben spends the Yuletide miserable. He's not accustomed to being alone, not after seven years. Eventually Ben finds his lover's new address and sends him a greeting card asking when he'll come back home--only to learn in the returned correspondence that his card reached the wrong address and another man, Jason Prescott, by mistake. Jason is touched by Ben's appeal to his lover, and he and Ben spend months growing close as pen pals. Frequently exchanged correspondence turns into weekends spent together, but after learning Jason's working on his second master's degree and is even smarter than Ben's ex, Ben wonders if Jason will be able to love someone as ordinary as he is.
Dreams of Fire and Gods: Book OneA thousand years ago, two factions of gods, the Stronni and the Taaweh, nearly destroyed the Kingdom of Dasak by warring for the land and the frightened humans who lived there. Then suddenly the Taaweh vanished and the Stronni declared victory. Now, as tensions escalate between the emperor and his regent, Vek Worlen, the vek's son, apprentice mage Sael dönz Menaük, finds himself allied with a homeless vagabond named Koreh. Together they flee the capital city and make their way across a hostile wilderness to the vek's keep, mere steps ahead of the emperor's assassins. But Koreh has dreams--dreams of the ancient Taaweh--and he knows the looming war between the emperor and the vek will be nothing compared to the war that is about to begin. The Taaweh are returning, and the war between the gods may destroy the kingdom once and for all. Winner in the 2013 Rainbow Awards.First: Best LGBT Young AdultNinth: Best Gay Novel
Marshall Ramirez isn't looking to fall in love, but from the moment firefighter Brad Flannery walks through the doors of Marsh's veterinary clinic, he's smitten. Marsh treats Fuego, the cat Brad rescued from a house fire, and convinces Brad to take her on as a foster--along with the three kittens Marsh helps her deliver. What Marsh really wants, though, is for Brad to keep him too.
The dragonets struggle to fulfill the prophecy and -- somehow -- end the war in this thrilling new installment of the bestselling WINGS OF FIRE series! It all comes down to this: The Dragonets of Destiny must finally bring the epic war to an end, reconcile the seven tribes, and choose the next queen of Pyrrhia... and make it out alive.
The WINGS OF FIRE saga continues with a visit to the mysterious land of the NightWings, where Starflight must face a terrible choice---his home, or his friends? Like all the dragonets of destiny, Starflight has always wanted to see his home -- but he's also been afraid of his fellow NightWings. Starflight doesn't have mindreading powers like his tribe, and he doesn't understand why they're so secretive. No one has ever even seen the NightWing queen. But now Starflight is the dragonets' only hope -- he must find a way to negotiate with his fellow NightWings to free the RainWing dragons they've captured, and perhaps end the war in Pyrrhia altogether. Starflight is the smartest of the dragonets... but is he brave enough to speak up? Or will he falter in his mission, and accidentally betray them all?
The WINGS OF FIRE saga continues! Deep in the rainforest, danger awaits . . . The dragonets of destiny aren't sure what to expect in the RainWing kingdom - Glory hopes to learn more about her family, and since the RainWings aren't fighting in the war, all five dragonets think they might be able to hide safely for a while. But something deadly is stalking the peaceful kingdom, and the dragonets soon discover that RainWings have been mysteriously disappearing from the forest. When the RainWing queen won't do anything to find her missing tribe members, Glory and her friends set off on their own rescue mission - which leads them right back into enemy territory. . . .
A thrilling new series soars above the competition and redefines middle-grade fantasy fiction for a new generation! The seven dragon tribes have been at war for generations, locked in an endless battle over an ancient, lost treasure. A secret movement called the Talons of Peace is determined to bring an end to the fighting, with the help of a prophecy -- a foretelling that calls for great sacrifice. Five dragonets are collected to fulfill the prophecy, raised in a hidden cave and enlisted, against their will, to end the terrible war. But not every dragonet wants a destiny. And when the select five escape their underground captors to look for their original homes, what has been unleashed on the dragon world may be far more than the revolutionary planners intended . . .
When Allan Song's ex, Mac, shows up to model for the life drawing class Allan teaches, he turns everything upside-down. Mac is still as infuriatingly attractive as when Allan first met him--and still trying to figure out where he fits on the gender spectrum. He's more than a little out of control, and he's taken some stupid risks that have come back to haunt him. If they're going to get back together, Allan wants a real relationship--but for that, he and Mac will need to look below the surface.
Ryker Grimil is a thief's worst nightmare. Any stolen goods are fair game for him, and his determination to return items to their rightful owners has served him well. He is thorough, methodical, and ruthless. But his newest task of retrieving a family heirloom looks challenging even for him because the information is incomplete and an unknown person is living in the house with the artifact. Gemini D'arc waits tables in the café Ryker uses as his base. He invites Ryker into his family's home, where the artifact happens to be located. They have a good time and their relationship could easily turn into more--except that Ryker is still determined to get the artifact, unwilling to let his personal feelings stand in the way of doing his job....
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.