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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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They say you shouldn’t meet trouble halfway, but Inspector Danny Quirke never has to worry about that. Trouble always finds him.

When a house fire rocks his small town of Kildevil Cove, Danny’s inquiries into the house’s mysterious inhabitants prompt the dispatch of Inspecteur Blaise Pascal from Quebec.

Pascal arrives in perpetual ill humor, but he’s an expert on this particular family. If anyone can determine whether this is a missing persons case or something more sinister, it’s Pascal. 

Pity he doesn’t want to share.

Danny’s cop instincts say Pascal’s secrets are the key to solving this case. But before he can untangle that mystery, a local fishing trawler hauls up a dead body, and a murder victim is found eviscerated on his bed, a grisly message painted on the wall in his own blood. Are these deaths related to the house fire? Who is the message for? And can Danny find the culprit before they carry out the last act of their sinister plan?

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Sugar, Spice, and Spellcraft

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Jakob Kuratowski is a lot of things—a witch, a baker… and a lightweight. Which is how, after a rare night of drinking and dancing, he becomes the mate of an alpha werewolf.

Jakob doesn’t trust his new mate, Erik Lindstrom, any farther than he can throw him, and he’s not about to give up the life he’s built and the job he loves and go live with a bunch of werewolves just because his accidental husband wants him to. Werewolves might have a mystical instinct about their mates, but Jakob needs time.

That doesn’t stop him from helping *their pack*, as Erik insists on calling it, when they have magic trouble. He even lets Erik woo him a little. But when the deadly threat of the unlife—ravenous abominations who dwell in the dark place between the living and the dead—set their sights on Erik, Jakob has to step up and into his role in the pack to save the man he’s coming to love.

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The Tech

The Long Con
Long Con Adventures
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Can two quiet con men who lost their childhoods find their places as a part of a family—and with each other?

Ever since he watched his father die, Etienne Couvier has kept to himself. Under the tutelage of his sponsor family, the Salingers, Tienne grows into a gifted forger and artist. But no matter how hard they try to draw him into their midst—and despite the singular pull their friend Stirling Christopher has on his emotions—he resists.

When computer tech Stirling lost his adoptive parents, he found shelter and love with the Salingers. Stirling knows firsthand what Tienne has been through, so when an attacker shatters Tienne’s self-imposed isolation, Stirling urges him into the Salinger crew. Maybe they can finally explore the quiet attraction between them.

Then the Salingers announce their next project: an inquest into the mysterious deaths of Stirling’s adoptive parents. They descend on the Caribbean for answers, with Stirling and Tienne the quiet centers of the human justice-seeking hurricane. As they stretch out of their comfort zones, they learn that being family means someone always has your back. Hand in hand, they’ll solve the mystery. They might even be able to live with the consequences—as long as they do it together.

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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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Brute (2nd Ed)

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Brute leads a lonely life in a world where magic is commonplace. He is seven and a half feet of ugly, and of disreputable descent. No one, including Brute, expects him to be more than a laborer. But heroes come in all shapes and sizes, and when he is maimed while rescuing a prince, Brute’s life changes abruptly. He is summoned to serve at the palace in Tellomer as a guard for a single prisoner. It sounds easy but turns out to be the challenge of his life.

Rumors say the prisoner, Gray Leynham, is a witch and a traitor. What is certain is that he has spent years in misery: blind, chained, and rendered nearly mute by an extreme stutter. And he dreams of people’s deaths—dreams that come true.

As Brute becomes accustomed to palace life and gets to know Gray, he discovers his own worth, first as a friend and a man and then as a lover. But Brute also learns heroes sometimes face difficult choices and that doing what is right can bring danger of its own.

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Wane On Harvest Moon

Moonlight Prophecies | Book Three
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Cat shifter Luke and rat shifter Preston have had a solid relationship for ten years, but lately, the increasing attacks on their pack and the stress of raising their adopted daughter are highlighting more of their differences than the values they have in common. When they travel to Glenwood to investigate the source of the ancient artifacts tied to the recent violence, tensions in the shifter community—and their relationship—are already running high.

Strangely, this mystery seems tied to the events that brought them together. On their first mission, eighteen-year-old Luke and twenty-one-year-old Preston had to put aside their differences—and back-burner their mutual attraction—to prevent a disaster that would have revealed the existence of shifter kind to humans. 

But how does what’s happening now connect to their past? And can they find the answers their pack, their species, and their relationship need to survive?

 

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The Bard and the Fairy Prince

Tales from the Gemstone Kingdoms

When Prince Nemirac learns of his heritage, he vows to become the most powerful demon in history. But he can’t do it alone.

Feeling betrayed by his parents’ lies about his true lineage, Nemirac embarks on a quest to visit all five Gemstone Kingdoms and drain the stones of their power to ascend as a new being. But until he obtains that magic, he’s vulnerable.

Enter Janskoller the warrior bard.

Janskoller has just returned to the Gemstone Kingdoms, drawn by stories of broken curses and lands open for travel. He doesn’t expect a pretty young mage to hire him as a bodyguard, but it’s a good gig for a bard—lots of adventure to fuel his stories, and plenty of travel to spread his fame. Besides, Nemirac’s passion and obvious secrets intrigue him. But soon Janskoller realizes the peril of Nemirac’s goal—an end that puts the five kingdoms at risk and corrupts Nemirac into a darker, twisted version of the man Janskoller has come to care about. As the two grow closer, can Janskoller convince Nemirac to abandon his pursuit of power in favor of the deeper, more lasting magic of love?

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Le loup de la prophétie

Un hiver de loup

Le territoire de la meute écossaise.

Jack et Gregor, les princes loups exilés, auraient voulu ne jamais le quitter. Danny le chien, en revanche, l’a fui dès que possible et il n’avait pas prévu d’y revenir. Quant à Nick, à la fois médecin pathologiste et oiseau charognard, il n’a plus nulle part où aller.

Après bien des périples, il ne leur reste qu’une option : réclamer l’aide du vieil homme afin d’annihiler les prophètes qui les poursuivent depuis leur départ de Durham. Vu la réputation sinistre et méritée du Numitor, chef de meute et père des jumeaux, même les prophètes, ces traîtres aux mains sanglantes, évitent de lui chercher noise.

Quand Jack et Gregor arrivent enfin chez eux, c’est pour apprendre que le vieil homme a disparu, remplacé par un fantoche à la solde des prophètes. Le quatuor, bien qu’endeuillé et hanté par d’anciennes erreurs commises, cherche à démanteler les funestes projets de la prophétesse Rose avant qu’il soit trop tard. Les enjeux montent vite et le froid s’installe jusque dans leurs os lorsqu’ils découvrent les horreurs cachées derrière les légendes et les prophéties.

Dans les Hautes-Terres glacées d’Écosse, Fenrir se réveille et sa faim est inextinguible.

Les prophètes affirment depuis toujours que l’Hiver de loup serait rouge sang, mais ils n’avaient jamais révélé de qui venait le sang.

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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.


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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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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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CraQueue mon cœur

L'amour, toujours | Tome 2

Ted n’a jamais eu de chance dans la vie ! Voilà qu’il rencontre l’amour alors qu’il est couvert de sang avec un cadavre à ses pieds.

Ted Sturm travaille dans un funérarium, il a une grande gueule, un grand cœur et le don de communiquer avec les morts. Malheureusement pour lui, les morts ne sont pas une compagnie terrible. Ted n’a qu’un seul ami vivant, son colocataire, mais sa vie se complique encore quand Jay adopte un chat plus que bizarre. À cause de cette sale bête, Ted se retrouve dans une autre dimension… en compagnie d’un cadavre.

Voilà Ted accusé de meurtre, de puissantes créatures magiques réclament sa tête et son seul allié dans ce monde étrange est le roi Grell, un félin sublime et éternel aux dons impressionnants… qui manie aussi bien le sarcasme que la séduction. Ted et Grell sont mêlés à un complot cosmique et cernés d’ennemis dangereux. Ils ont néanmoins une chance de déchiffrer le mystère et de sauver Ted grâce au don de ce dernier et à la magie de Grell. Un seul problème : Ted doit résister aux avances pressantes de Grell… et il n’est pas certain d’y tenir. 

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Insquidious Devotion

Sucker For Love Mysteries | Book 7

Between raising a tiny demigoddess and their private investigation business, Sloane Beaumont and his husband, Loch, have their hands and tentacles full. Unfortunately, they still have to save the world—again.

Sloane and Loch are on their way to a mysterious crime scene when an old god named Cleus attacks. It’s the latest in a long list of potentially apocalyptic crises, and that’s not a coincidence. While some people just want to watch the world burn, local cultists are determined to strike the match. If their plan to awaken an evil god succeeds, they’ll get their wish.
 
With victims magically drowning left and right and the revelation that the old gods are real leading the public into mass panic, Sloane and Loch must gather their friends and family—and a shady local gangster—to solve the mystery and defeat new dangers. But the biggest threat may be one they never saw coming….

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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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Quand le contrebandier interstellaire Haz Taylor perd tout, vaisseau, argent et réputation, il sombre dans l’alcool sur une planète misérable.

Mais alors, la Coalition lui propose un contrat pour rapatrier un artefact religieux. Sur le papier, le contrat semble simple, mais les arcanes de la politique sont parfois mortels – et l’artefact lui-même ne tient pas particulièrement à retourner chez lui.

Haz ne s’attendait pas au rôle de geôlier chargé de rapatrier un prisonnier, mais le voilà pris entre un canon laser et un vide intersidéral. Pourtant, il apprécie son captif, aussi le laisse-t-il libre de se déplacer à sa guise sur le vaisseau, de manger quand il a faim… et d’agir normalement. Du moins, jusqu’à ce qu’ils atteignent leur destination. Haz a conscience que la Coalition détesterait cette attitude, ce qui est à ses yeux une raison suffisante.

 

Puis il découvre ce qui attend Mot à son retour et tout à coup, le vide ne paraît plus aussi hostile. Haz n’est pas un héros, mais il refuse d’abandonner Mot à son destin. Sous son épaisse cuirasse d’égoïsme, il garde encore une conscience. Il risque de se faire tuer, d’accord, mais quelle importance ? Après tout, qu’a-t-il qui le retienne à la vie ?

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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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