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Hockey Ever After | Book 3
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People say there’s a fine line between love and hate. If you ask Grady Armstrong, the line’s as obvious as the one across the middle of a hockey rink.

So he can’t explain why he doesn’t walk away when his Grindr hookup—a guy who accused him of impersonating himself—turns out to be Max Lockhart, a rival player Grady once punched in the face. Apparently Max can goad him just as well off the ice as he can on it.

Max Lockhart showed up thinking he was going to expose a fake. Instead he hooks up with a guy who claims to hate him. And has a good time. A really good time. But that doesn’t mean players from different teams can be together.

Max has always wished Grady would relax a little. When the season starts and Grady accepts Max’s offer of help with finding someone to date for real, Max gets his wish. But he should’ve been careful what he wished for, because now that he knows Grady is a big softie under that prickly shell, he’d rather keep Grady for himself.

Grady only goes on a handful of dates before he realizes he has a lot more fun with Max. But he can’t be falling for a rival player… can he?

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Rescue Us

Must Love Dogs | Book 2
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Everyone needs to be rescued sometimes.

As a vet tech, Daniel is usually first in line to come to animals’ aid. When he and his boss get a call about an animal hoarding situation, they expect the handful of badly treated dogs… but the tiger comes as a surprise.

Wes recently left his job to care for his sick mother. Now that she’s on the mend, he needs work, and he finds it at a bustling shelter. But the animals aren’t the only ones in need. His kind, chatty coworker Daniel is dealing with an abusive boyfriend—something Wes, whose father was an alcoholic, has experience handling. Wes steps up to help Daniel kick his boyfriend to the curb, but in the process, he finds himself falling for Daniel himself.

Navigating a new relationship when they both have traumatic pasts is one thing. But when a shady group starts targeting the tiger they are trying to find a zoo placement for, the stakes are raised even higher. Can Wes and Daniel come together to rescue the animals—and each other?

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Asher Kaufman could use a miracle. But first he’ll have to believe they exist.

Ash is single, strapped for cash, and burned out from his work at a nonprofit. Everyone else’s holiday spirit leaves him feeling like he’s in the wrong movie.

Then strange, thoughtful gifts begin appearing outside his door: a rustic basket filled with pinecones and acorns, and a beautiful handmade scarf in Hannukah colors. But the most wonderful gift of all comes when he meets Clay, his secret admirer, a beautiful young man who happens to be a fairy who lives in the wooded wonderland behind the duplex where Ash lives.

Clay brings warmth and magic into Ash’s dreary life–but when the realities of the human world threaten the bridge to fairyland, it will take all Ash’s faith to bring about a happy-ever-after that will work for everyone.

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After courtship, cohabitation, and learning about love and each other, Andy and Eli face the ultimate test: being separated at Christmas.

Eli’s seen the propaganda—the country boy goes home from the city and realizes his heart is back among the snow, trees, and chickens. A big happy family is something Eli, with his demanding job running a shelter for LGBTQ youth, can’t provide. He’s been readying himself for the other shoe to drop anyway—Andy’s mother is a force of nature, and she wants her little boy home. 

Andy may be in Vermont, but his heart is back in Brooklyn with the man who’s battling basement floods and crumbling buildings to bring Christmas to sixty kids who’ve had their hearts broken too many times already. Holiday myths may say that Christmas means going back home to a happy family, but Andy knows happy endings don’t come without a little faith and a lot of hard work. He's got an army ready to put in the elbow grease. If he can get Eli to believe in him, they might just save Christmas after all.    

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Lake Copeland’s best friend Miriam is perpetually single. When she laments the idea of returning to her hometown solo for the holidays to meet her mom’s new husband, Lake has the perfect solution: he’ll tag along as her boyfriend. Fake boyfriend, that is. Some of his favorite holiday romances have fake boyfriends that lead to true love—and complications. But since he’s gay, there'll be no complications. Right?

Unfortunately Lake’s foolproof plan didn’t account for Miriam’s new stepbrother Spencer, who sets Lake’s heart aglow….

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Cassidy Hancock déteste être en retard, c’est même pathologique chez lui. Par un frais matin d’automne, il s’arrête sur le trottoir pour regarder le si beau fils de sa voisine courir derrière son chien… et voilà qu’un arbre lui tombe dessus.

Mark Taylor, interne en chirurgie orthopédique, assiste à la scène et prodigue les premiers soins au jeune homme. Malgré lui, il est fasciné par son voisin et peu à peu, tandis qu’il s’efforce d’aider Cassidy à se remettre de sa fracture, il comprend ce que cache cette obsession pour la ponctualité : l’histoire d’un garçon solitaire qui pense qu’il doit être parfait pour être aimé.

Les Taylor sont loin d’être parfaits, mais pour Cassidy, ils pourraient représenter la parfaite solution. Alors que les deux hommes apprennent à se connaître, Cassidy se met à fantasmer sur un avenir heureux en famille, ce qu’il n’aurait jamais pensé avoir un jour. Quant à Mark, il s’attache de plus en plus à Cassidy, à sa gentillesse, à ses grands yeux écarquillés et à sa surprenante créativité. Mais pour avancer, le couple doit surmonter les peurs de Cassidy. La période de Noël offre des joies infiniment plus riches que la ponctualité. 

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Rudolph the Rescue Jack Russell

Must Love Dogs | Book 3

Alex goes to a dog rescue with one mission: overcoming one of his fears. But he gets more than he bargained for when he unexpectedly bonds with a Jack Russell terrier named Rudolph and decides to take him home.

When shelter volunteer Luther offers to show Alex the ropes of dog ownership, their time together proves they have more in common than just Rudolph’s affection. But if they’re going to have a happy holiday, Alex needs to come to terms with his issues. Can Luther help him see that love really can be unconditional?

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When I Grow Up (2nd Ed)

Tales from Foster High | Book Seven

After graduation, Kyle Stilleno and Brad Graymark move to California to pursue their dreams. But high school sweethearts are called that for a reason, and their love rarely stands up to the test of time. As money, school, sex, and jealousy test their relationship to the breaking point, Kyle and Brad fight to hold on to the love that brought them together.

But when a frantic phone call sends them back to Texas, they discover love and understanding might not be enough this time.


Second Edition
First Edition published by Dreamspinner Press, June 2015.

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Ein neues Kapitel

Ein neues Kapitel | Buche 1

Als Dex Grippons Mutter stirbt, betrachtet er das als Zeichen, die Schauspielerei an den Nagel zu hängen und in seine Heimatstadt zurückzukehren. Wenn es ihm gelingt, den Buchladen seiner Mutter zu retten, kann er dadurch diese letzte Verbindung zu seinen Eltern bewahren. Doch einen unabhängigen Buchladen am Laufen zu halten, erweist sich als schwieriger als erwartet, und Dex ist nicht der Einzige, der sich fragt, was seine Mutter möglicherweise zusätzlich verkauft hat.

Der frühere Polizist Les Gable befindet sich zwar nicht mehr im Dienst, muss aber unbedingt wissen, was in dem Buchladen vor sich gegangen ist. Er würde alles tun, um seine Neugierde zu befriedigen – einschließlich, sich mit dem neuen Besitzer anfreunden, indem er ihm Hilfe bei der Renovierung des Geschäfts anbietet. Irgendetwas an dem Buchladen kommt ihm nicht ganz koscher vor, und Les ist entschlossen, herauszufinden, was das ist.

Das Problem ist jedoch, dass seine Neugier auf Dex ziemlich schnell größer ist, als das Interesse an den Geschehnissen im Laden. Doch während aus Neugier Liebe wird, bedroht die Vergangenheit des Ladens ihre Zukunft. Wird es Les und Dex gelingen, das Geheimnis des Buchladens zu lüften und ihre Beziehung – und ihr Leben – zu retten, oder wird ihnen alles um die Ohren fliegen?

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Apprendre à faire confiance et tomber amoureux.

Sammy Lowell a les mains pleines à jongler entre sa musique, l’université, de satanés problèmes de santé, et rendre fiers les oncles qui l’ont élevé. Il a besoin d’aide pour tenir ses obligations d’après cours avec ses frères et sœurs. Personne ne peut être à deux endroits en même temps – pas même lui !

Une blessure met Cooper Hoskins dans une situation difficile – s’il ne peut pas travailler, sa sœur adoptive qu’il élève ne peut pas manger. Mais des années en familles d’accueil ont laissé Cooper à court de confiance, et s’ouvrir pour accepter de l’aide n’est pas facile.

Heureusement, la famille intervient – Cooper a besoin d’un travail pour qu’il puisse s’occuper de Felicity, et Sammy a besoin de quelqu’un qui peut voir au-delà de sa maladie les choses merveilleuses qu’il a prévues pour sa vie. Chacun guérit les parties endommagées du cœur de l’autre. Mais tomber amoureux est une grande responsabilité pour des jeunes hommes déjà enfoncés dans la famille. Peuvent-ils tous les deux dépasser leur peur du futur immédiat pour voir l’éternité avec l’autre ? 

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The Winging It Holiday Special

Hockey Ever After | Book 1.5

Hockey’s started, holidays are looming, and NHL player Dante Baltierra’s husband is keeping secrets.

Of course, secrets aren’t unusual this time of year, but Dante is pretty sure Gabe isn’t being squirrelly about a new flat-screen or tickets for a second honeymoon. Whatever is eating Gabe is more serious than a surprise under the tree. But as much as Dante wants to help, asking about it would be fruitless. Besides, he has a theory about the problem—and the solution.

He’s just not sure Santa has the power to deliver what Gabe really wants this Christmas.

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A Way Back to Then (2nd Ed)

Tales from Foster High | Book Six

Snarky yet good-hearted Robbie DeCaro made his first appearance in the pages of Tales from Foster High: End of the Innocence, years after the loss of his first and only love. A New York transplant, Robbie now decides that his work is done in the town of Foster, and the time has come for him to leave Texas. Returning to his childhood home on Long Island, Robbie reunites with his family members. Each using their own unique methods, they try in vain to help Robbie reset to a life he knew before he left it all for the fairy-tale love he found, then tragically lost. He wants to put himself back out there, but the drunks, shallow guys at bars, and fair-weather friends remind him why he left Long Island in the first place.

Can Sebastian convince Robbie he's more than a pretty face and that together, they can rediscover the "after" in "happily ever after"?

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Fire and Glass

Carlisle Troopers | Book 2

State Trooper Casey Bombaro works too hard to have time for a love life, never mind a family. But when a missing persons case leads him to three scared kids and eventually their uncle—an old friend from Casey’s college days—all that changes.

Bertie Riley hasn’t seen his troubled sister, Jen, or his niece and nephews in years. Now suddenly Jen is gone and Bertie is all the kids have. Worried sick about Jen and overwhelmed by his new responsibilities, Bertie doesn’t know how he’s going to cope. He doesn’t expect Casey to step in and lend a hand, but his attraction to his old friend doesn’t surprise him. Years may have passed, but those feelings have never gone away.

For the first time in his life, Casey wants something to come home to. Bertie and the kids fit into his life like they are meant to be there. He struggles to balance a budding romance and reassuring the kids with investigating a rash of robberies and tracking down Jen. But when evidence suggests Jen might not only be missing but complicit in a number of crimes, will Bertie and the kids forgive Casey for doing his job?

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Liebe & Loyalität

Vertrauen, Liebe, & Hingabe | Book 2

Vertrauen, Liebe, & Hingabe: Buch zwei

Jim Shea, Polizist bei der Mordkommission in Seattle, nimmt niemals Arbeit mit nach Hause. Bis jetzt. Ein Richter hat den Hammer geschwungen, einen Angeklagten für nicht schuldig befunden und eine Familie ausgelöscht. Die emotionalen Folgen des Prozesses machen Jim verletzlich und er fühlt sich dem sterbenden Vater des Opfers gegenüber verpflichtet.

Es ist die Geschichte dieses Mannes, die der Drehbuchautor Griffin Drake und seine beste Freundin, die Schauspielerin Daisy Baylor, als ihre Eintrittskarte – weg von Action-Blockbustern – in anspruchsvollere Filme sehen. Doch um an die interessanten Details zu gelangen, muss Griffin den stoischen und beschützenden Detective Shea für sich gewinnen. Die beiden Männer fühlen sich sofort zueinander hingezogen und Daisy ermutigt Griffin, das zu ihrem Vorteil zu nutzen. Er soll sich den Mann und dadurch die Story sichern. Keiner der Männer hat bisher viel Glück in Liebesdingen gehabt und als aus ihrer gemeinsamen Nacht ein langes Wochenende mit schnell stärker werdenden Gefühlen wird, werden sowohl Griffins eiserne Loyalität zu Daisy als auch seine eigene Karriere auf die Probe gestellt. 

Je stärker Griffin in ein neues Leben mit Jim hineingezogen wird, desto mehr gerät sein Hollywood-Leben aus den Fugen. Geheimnisse und gebrochenes Vertrauen bedrohen Griffins Beziehungen und er wird sich entscheiden müssen, ob er lieber die Wahrheit erzählen oder ein Hollywood-Ende schreiben will.

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Over a decade ago, Avery Laniston fell in love with his brother Bran’s best friend but walked out on him and married his career instead. He’s regretted it ever since. After twelve years abroad, he returns for Bran’s wedding, hoping to make amends—only to get stranded in an airport with the man he left behind.

When Paul Gladwell finds himself stuck in Dallas with Avery on the way to Bran’s wedding, he decides a one-night stand might be the ticket to closure. Instead it rekindles a spark that threatens to burn him a second time. The romantic atmosphere at the wedding venue doesn’t help, nor does scheming from their friends and family. But the worst culprit is Paul’s heart, which refuses to listen to his head’s warning that Avery hasn’t changed.

Avery knows he hurt Paul before, and he’s determined to make it right. But he doesn’t know where his next job might take him, and Paul is hesitant to trust him again. Can Avery prove he’ll be the partner Paul deserves—that he can balance his career and his personal life? Or will he add one night in Dallas to his years of regrets?

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Scoring Position

Hockey Ever After | Book 2

Ryan Wright’s new hockey team is a dumpster fire. He expects to lose games—not his heart.

Ryan’s laid-back attitude should be an advantage in Indianapolis. Even if he doesn’t accomplish much on the ice, he can help his burned-out teammates off it. And no one needs a friend—or a hug—more than Nico Kirschbaum, the team’s struggling would-be superstar.

Nico doesn’t appreciate that management traded for another openly gay player and told them to make friends. Maybe he doesn’t know what his problem is, but he’ll solve it with hard work, not by bonding with the class clown.

It’s obvious to Ryan that Nico’s lonely, gifted, and cracking under pressure. No amount of physical practice will fix his mental game. But convincing Nico to let Ryan help means getting closer than is wise for Ryan’s heart—especially once he unearths Nico’s sense of humor.

Will Nico and Ryan risk making a pass, or will they keep missing 100 percent of the shots they don’t take?

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Winging It

Hockey Ever After | Book 1

Hockey is Gabe Martin's life. Dante Baltierra just wants to have some fun on his way to the Hockey Hall of Fame. Falling for a teammate isn't in either game plan.

But plans change.

When Gabe gets outed, it turns his careful life upside-down. The chaos messes with his game and sends his team headlong into a losing streak. The last person he expects to pull him through it is Dante.

This season isn’t going the way Dante thought it would. Gabe’s sexuality doesn’t faze him, but his own does. Dante’s always been a “what you see is what you get” kind of guy, and having to hide his attraction to Gabe sucks. But so does losing, and his teammate needs him, so he puts in the effort to snap Gabe out of his funk.

He doesn’t mean to fall in love with the guy.

Getting involved with a teammate is a bad idea, but Dante is shameless, funny, and brilliant at hockey. Gabe can’t resist. Unfortunately, he struggles to share part of himself that he’s hidden for years, and Dante chafes at hiding their relationship. Can they find their feet before the ice slips out from under them?

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Kevin Devereaux’ Leben kann gar nicht mehr schlimmer werden. Er steht unter Bewährung und lebt zusammen mit seinem vorbestraften, arbeitslosen Dad in einem heruntergekommenen Trailer im verrufenen Osten der Stadt. Um seine Bewährungshelferin bei Laune zu halten, tritt er einer Theatergruppe für Jugendliche bei und verliebt sich Hals über Kopf in Peter Finn, den Hauptdarsteller der Produktion – und Sohn des reichsten Elternhauses der Stadt. Trotz ihrer Unterschiede erwidert Peter Kevins Gefühle und zum ersten Mal erfährt Kevin, was es bedeutet, verliebt zu sein.

Doch Peters Familie weigert sich, einen schwulen Sohn zu akzeptieren – und schon gar nicht einen Freund aus ärmeren Verhältnissen – und so müssen die beiden in der konservativen Stadt ihre Beziehung geheim halten. Immerhin bleibt ihnen das Theaterstück und sie können sich gegenseitig Halt geben, also schlagen sie sich durch …

Bis ein brutaler Angriff Kevins Leben erschüttert und Peter kurz davor steht, wegen Mordes ins Gefängnis zu müssen.

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