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Caden Wells is finally on his way to the Alaskan wilderness, fulfilling a dream he's had since he was a boy. He's looking forward to solitary hikes and photographing wildlife. Upon arrival, he's drawn to his guide's brother, Drake Fisher, a man who resembles beast more than man. Drake's unexpected interest surprises Caden, but when Drake claims fate has brought them together and that he's a shapeshifter, Caden's confusion turns to shock. With the help of Drake's brother, Dean, and Dean's family, Caden realizes there must be some truth to Drake's story. On his way to question Drake, the knowledge in his heart that something is wrong is confirmed by reports of poachers in the area. Caden sets out to save Drake, along with the life and love that have been waiting for him in Alaska all along.A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2016 Daily Dose package "A Walk on the Wild Side".
As a werewolf, Kieran Woodsmith's career options are limited. Luckily, he can howl in tune, and his voice earns him admission to the prestigious Juilliard School of Music. Desperate to prove to his family that his admission wasn't a fluke, Kieran auditions for the Broadway Musical Review. But when he meets an upperclassman with no scent and strange violet eyes, Kieran is thrown off his game. On the eve of his lunar cycle, Kieran's friend drags him to a party at the purple-eyed senior's house. Distracted by the mystery of Brett's missing smell, Kieran forgets about the moon. When he wakes up in a cage in Brett's basement, Kieran realizes he's not the only one who is more than he appears.A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2016 Daily Dose package "A Walk on the Wild Side".
Alpaca shifter Alfie dreams of a life beyond the petting zoo at stately Mattock Hall. He can't explore his crush on Simon Mattock, heir to the estate and caretaker to the animals, for two reasons. One, he's never shifted into human form, and two, Simon is saddled with a boyfriend who's exploiting him for his wealth. But when a fire threatens both the zoo and Simon, Alfie knows the time has come to put his fears aside, make his first shift, and save them. He just hopes Simon will like what he sees.A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2016 Daily Dose package "A Walk on the Wild Side."
The year is 1618, and Allakau is different from the other members of the Alaskan Yupik tribe. His people survive by hunting, but Allakau is unable to kill or eat flesh. As another season reaches its end and winter approaches, Allakau encounters a narwhal with silver eyes similar to his own. He saves the creature's life but incurs his father's wrath, and Allakau is given one last chance to prove himself a productive part of the tribe or be left behind to die. As he spends time alone in the woods, clues about his past and destiny begin to fall into place with the aid of another silver-eyed creature. His hunt might finally lead him to the truth about what sets him apart and where he belongs--if he can survive it.A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2016 Daily Dose package "A Walk on the Wild Side".
Christopher Robin and Dashiell Hammond couldn't be more different. Dash is an iguana shifter who provides aid for natural disasters far and wide, but Chris is a flighty parakeet shifter who can't find his way across town without Google Maps. To Chris, Dash is a superhero, but he spent more time saving the world than saving their relationship. To conquer his heartache, Chris books a cruise, determined to meet Mr. Right Now instead of Mr. Right. But he doesn't expect the cabin steward responsible for his adorable towel animals to be none other than his ex-boyfriend. When the pair fall overboard and take refuge on a deserted island, old feelings resurface. With Dash's hardnosed survival skills and Chris's fickle insecurities, they'll have to learn to compromise if they want to get back to slamming daiquiris at the tiki bar.A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2016 Daily Dose package "A Walk on the Wild Side".
When Mark Twain visited in 1884, he claimed to spy a little bit of hell in Pittsburgh's smoky appearance. Twain's observations are among the many riveting firsthand accounts and anecdotes to be found in the archives of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The Great War hit home after the sinking of the Lusitania, which carried more than a dozen Pittsburgh residents. A few years later, cheering throngs of black and white residents lined downtown streets to welcome African American soldiers returning home from the conflict. The Ringling Brothers Circus held its last outdoor performance here in 1956 and left eight hundred show workers without jobs in the city. With these stories from the archives and more, veteran journalist Len Barcousky shines a light on the hidden corners of Pittsburgh's history.
The Outer Banks National Scenic Byway stretches the length of North Carolina's 200-mile barrier islands. The unique maritime culture shared by the 21 coastal villages led to the road's designation as a National Scenic Byway in 2009. The route is entered from the north at Whalebone Junction in Nags Head, North Carolina, and from the south at the North River Bridge on US 70 East, just past Beaufort, North Carolina. Encompassing 142.5 driving miles, six and a half hours of travel time, and two ferries, the byway traverses Hatteras Island, Ocracoke, and Down East in Dare County and Hyde and Carteret Counties. This book explores the region's rich maritime history, culture, and traditions, such as boatbuilding, decoy carving, fishing, lighthouse-keeping, and living with the powerful forces of water and wind. Travelers can experience local seafood, ascend three lighthouses, and discover outdoor trails and endless miles of marsh and beaches offering bird-watching and solitude.
Pittsfield is truly the heart of the Berkshires. The Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts have long been a cultural mecca and an area of exceptional natural beauty, and Pittsfield, the area's largest community, has always been at the center. The town was the adopted home of such literary luminaries as Oliver Wendell Holmes and Herman Melville, who wrote his classic novel Moby-Dick at his home, Arrowhead. The common at the center of town, now known as Park Square, was the site of the first agricultural fair ever held in the United States. The town's commerce and industry have fueled the region from the early days when Arthur Scholfield operated the only wool-carding machine in America, to the city's more recent role as an innovator in the electrical industry. Pittsfield celebrates the scenic beauty, the cultural heritage, and the inventiveness of the people and places of the town using nearly two hundred vintage images. Inside find Pittsfield's famous sons and daughters, scenic novelties like Balance Rock, the diving horses that performed at Pontoosuc Lake, and the famous trolley wreck that almost killed Pres. Theodore Roosevelt. Also see images from 1850 to 1950 that document life in Pittsfield and illustrate the town's pivotal role in the cultural and economic life of the Berkshires.
David Benton Sears could be considered the father of Moline, Illinois. It was upon his land that Moline was platted in 1843. It was because of his brush dam on the Mississippi River between the Moline shore and Rock Island--known today as Arsenal Island--that significant industry began to develop. Grain and lumber mills were the first, but farm implement and related factories soon found prominence after John Deere moved his plow-making business here in 1848. It would not be long before immigrants, particularly the Swedish, Belgian, and German, were drawn to Moline for the jobs and opportunities and added to the growing and prosperous population. Legendary Locals of Moline tells the known and not-so-well-known stories of many of the early and the more-recent individuals who have contributed to the fabric of the community, both locally and nationally. Historical and current photographs illustrate those who affected business and industry, culture, academia, public service, organizations and philanthropies, and sports and entertainment.
Pioneers had first settled in the area along the Columbia River by 1847, but Kalama was not officially incorporated there until 1890. Early riverboats stopped in Kalama to obtain timber to fire their boilers. The Northern Pacific Railroad chose Kalama as the site to land its rail-transfer ferry, and it also became the terminus for Northern Pacific Railroad to complete a rail line to Puget Sound. The city grew and flourished around these industries. However, it also endured many hardships, surviving devastating floods, a fire that destroyed the business district, and the loss of its agricultural base, but each time, the citizens rebuilt. With the second-largest port by volume in Washington State and a growing industrial base, Kalama continues to prosper today. People are drawn to its small-town charm and advantageous location along the I-5 corridor and the Columbia River, where rail, road, and river meet.
Welcome to Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, a small American town that epitomizes America itself. With a history dating back to the rough decades when the land was a deep wilderness inhabited by natives and adventure-seeking Europeans, the town grew into an industrial juggernaut, weathered disasters, embraced inventiveness, and spearheaded progress. Between these covers readers will find a treasure trove of postcards from a colorful past. From grand old buildings and daily town life to the natural beauty and resources of the Cuyahoga River, the images in Postcard History Series: Cuyahoga Falls reflect memories of Americana and times long since past.
Alastar Connors's studies of the changelings who live in the forest beyond the Great Iron Wall have been greatly aided by his friendship with the mischievous Gadhar. As a faerie creature, Gadhar's soul takes a frightening shape, but he's always behaved as an eager-to-please puppy around Alastar. When an intimate moment leads to an unexpected revelation, Alastar fears he may have jumped to some ill-informed conclusions about his friend. In his attempts to fix the misunderstanding, Alastar stumbles into the kind of trouble that even a quick-witted changeling might not be able to get him out of.A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2016 Daily Dose package "A Walk on the Wild Side".
Summer break is a time to relax and reconnect at the family cabin in the Eastern Sierras. Unfortunately for squirrel shifter Jamie, his first day back is anything but restful. When his adoptive brothers can't resist winding Jamie up and sending him on a wild squirrel chase for last season's buried nuts, he finds himself diverted from his mission in the best possible way. Sawyer is a man stuck in a tree with no way down, and things are about to get a little weird when one very inquisitive squirrel turns up to save the day. At least it's not the mountain lion who chased him there to begin with. Still it takes a while before Sawyer's convinced he's not seeing things. By the time he's got his feet back on the ground, it's Jamie who needs a little TLC--fortunately for both of them, Sawyer's tent is close by, and Sawyer has the perfect way to heat things up.A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2016 Daily Dose package "A Walk on the Wild Side".
Dustin Charleston has just been traded to the Arizona Hares hockey team. As an otter, he's not too pleased by this. Arizona is dry, he's leaving his home behind, and he has to move in with a stranger. Things take an even steeper plunge when he meets his roommate. Chandler Kipling is the captain of the Hares, a least weasel, and he's got a bit of a thing for his new teammate. Too bad that teammate seems to hate him. And Chandler's romantic strategies leave something to be desired. Will Dustin be able to get the message he's trying to send? With a little time, their nightmare might turn into a dream--if they can get past their differences.A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2016 Daily Dose package "A Walk on the Wild Side".
Jackson is a member of a wolf pack, though he feels alone and not at all like the others. A chance meeting with a bear named Woodly shows him he isn't the only vegetarian in the forest; it also unites him with Frank, a wolf who happens to share the same deep, dark secret. Together, the pair of outcasts might be the only hope for the other woodland creatures who are different.A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2016 Daily Dose package "A Walk on the Wild Side".
After a successful career as Illustrious Ruckus, three-time winner of the British Open, James Kirby has hung up his saddle. His experience as a horse in the eventing world doesn't exactly translate to two legs, and he's struggling to move on. James's quiet days at the family farm with his sister, Matilda, are interrupted by Archie Ievins, a sports journalist visiting to interview Matilda and snap a few photos of Illustrious Ruckus. Archie quickly endears himself to the family and to "Ruckus," and James falls head over hooves--only to be brought up short when his ex-boyfriend threatens to expose James's secret. How can James start something new when he has four legs threatening to come out of the closet?A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2016 Daily Dose package "A Walk on the Wild Side".
Noel is a lonely librarian who spends most of his time working, surfing dating websites to no avail, and hanging out with the cat who shows up on his balcony every night. When he meets Mike, he's finally found a man who holds his interest. But it soon becomes clear that there's more to the bird-chasing businessman than what's on the surface.A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2016 Daily Dose package "A Walk on the Wild Side".
When his nephew shoots a dove with a BB gun, veterinarian Abel March promises the remorseful boy that he will take care of the bird and its broken wing. He doesn't count on the dove changing into a (very naked) man in the middle of the night. The shapeshifter's name is Darcy and his clan has just moved into the area, much to the dismay of some of the residents who hold prejudices against their kind. Sweet and sometimes sassy, Darcy is the first man Abel has felt connected to for a long time. He wants to keep him safe, and when someone threatens him, Abel reacts with unusual ferocity. He's falling in love with Darcy, but when circumstances separate them, he's left not knowing if the sentiment is returned. The answer to that question will change both of their lives forever.A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2016 Daily Dose package "A Walk on the Wild Side".
Aaron Loreto can't lay claim to being anything as sexy as a werewolf or bearman. Once in a blue moon, he turns into a raccoon. With the predatory members of the shifter community looking down at him like he does actually spend his days rummaging through the trash, he prefers to keep his condition private. When he meets Philip MacRory, Aaron falls head over heels. Philip is hot, sweet, and open-minded about shifters. Given his past experiences, Aaron's still terrified to come out... until a night of passion with Philip shows that Aaron's not the only one keeping secrets.A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2016 Daily Dose package "A Walk on the Wild Side".
Sam Eastman lives a lonely existence in the mountains of Colorado, working as a ranger and taking care of holiday cabins during the winter. He gets a new dog from the animal shelter and is shocked to find out he has accidentally adopted a shape-shifter. Philip, a young Englishman, was on holiday and got a bit carried away on a night out. Sam agrees to help him get back to his friends, but a landslide cuts them off, stranding them in Sam's cabin together. They end up getting closer than either of them expected. When they go their separate ways, Sam gives Philip his number to stay in touch, but Philip loses it. He'll have to resort to desperate measure to find Sam again.A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2016 Daily Dose package "A Walk on the Wild Side".
Renny knew the risks when he started working for the Résistance, but he never expected to be captured and branded as a loup-garou and traitor to the State of France by the occupying Germans. Now on the run and wounded, he needs a place to hide and heal. A blacksmith's on the edge of a small town looks like the ideal place. At first Marc doesn't want to believe Renny is a shapeshifter, but his curiosity and desire to help outweighs his caution. It feels good to lie to the soldiers. Better to see the heat in Renny's eyes. One night together makes Marc realize he wants more from life than hot coals and cold nights, but with no end to the war in sight, neither man can make promises.A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2016 Daily Dose package "A Walk on the Wild Side".
Theodore Reinhart is a young man looking for love. In San Diego. At a convention. For penguin shifters. WaddleCon is the go-to event of the year when looking for your life partner, but Theodore isn't comfortable with the game they've turned dating into, nor does the convention provide for the gay community. A mistake in speed dating table assignments puts Theodore in front of Wesley O'Neill, a handsome and confident model who lets it slip that he's definitely noticed the spark of attraction between them. A perfect date ends prematurely when Theodore finds an abandoned egg in a bathroom trash can. Unable to leave it behind, Theodore and Wesley play a mad game of cat and mouse across the resort trying to keep it safe, all while growing closer to one another. Wesley may be the forever partner Theodore came looking for, but their relationship won't work if they don't make room for a little addition to the family.A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2016 Daily Dose package "A Walk on the Wild Side".
It took the Seven to make the world. Each to rule Their own domain. Until One wanted to control them all. In the Great War of ancient times, Neldin, the God of Death, sought to rule the world. He almost succeeded, but Kel, the Champion of the Six, destroyed Neldin's bridge into the world and closed the Eight Gates of Neblor. Some thought forever. But Neldin returned. His servant, Meglar, surprised his enemies and all the great wizards who opposed him. But the Six chose a new Champion to save the world. Young and untested, Farrell struggles to unite those who oppose Neldin. With each confrontation, however, his task seems ever more impossible.
2nd EditionA Survivor StoryFrom her perch on a shelf above my bed, the doll accuses me with lifeless eyes of failing Juliette in the most heinous way imaginable, forcing me to crave the bite of his whip and the steel in his voice to drown out the ache in my chest. For his entire life, Benjamin Martin's parents drilled into his head that he must watch out for his little sister, but one horrific night, he failed. Now, the bite of a whip, cuffs digging into his wrists, his arms and legs stretched beyond endurance, these things give him what he needs to forget his sister's violent death, at least for a while. When Ben's latest Dom casts him aside like a broken toy, he manipulates his best friend, Jude Archer, into picking up the pieces. Jude has been in love with Ben for years, but his fantasies about his friend never included whipping him. He doesn't understand why Ben needs BDSM and he worries about Ben's addiction. Most of all, he fears losing his humanity because he's already lost himself in Ben. When he's forced to trade the marks upon his soul for the pain that ravages Ben, Jude learns the real definition of submission.First Edition published as Painting Fire on the Air by Dreamspinner Press, September 2013.
Firefighter Morgan has worked hard to build a home for himself after a nomadic childhood. When Morgan is called to a fire, he finds the family out front, but their tenant still inside. He rescues Richard Smalley, who turns out to be an old friend he hasn't seen in years and the one person he regretted leaving behind. Richard has had a hard life. He served in the military, where he lost the use of his legs, and has been struggling to make his way since coming home. Now that he no longer has a place to live, Morgan takes him in, but when someone attempts to set fire to Morgan's house, they both become suspicious and wonder what's going on. Years ago Morgan was gutted when he moved away, leaving Richard behind, so he's happy to pick things up where they left off. But now that Richard seems to be the target of an arsonist, he may not be the safest person to be around.