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Novels and Novellas:


After the Storm: Angry and frustrated with his chronic illness, Vincent Poulsen moves into an old lighthouse to live out the few days he has left. After a dangerous collapse, he meets the ghostly Captain Cason, who shares stories of his distant past. In the process, Vincent stumbles over the tragedy that binds the captain to the lighthouse and his haunted memories. Then fate offers them in death a chance to make right what they couldn't in life....

Please note: This story was originally released in the Desire Beyond Death Anthology. This novella has been re-edited and re-released as a stand alone novella.



Drive Me Home
Las Vegas isn't just a glamorous, glitzy playground for high rollers, Elvis impersonators, and blushing newlyweds. It's also a seedy, worn-out dumping ground for the lonely, the broken, and the lost.

Eric Moss is one of those drifters, just marking time, until he meets two very different men, both of whom could change his life.

Marc Evans is a rich casino owner. He offers Eric safety, security, and a chance to regain some of his ravaged past. Brad Torres is a garage mechanic. He offers Eric nothing at all.

The choice might have been easy, if Eric weren't intensely attracted to both men. He has to choose between Sin City's sparkling lights and a life in the shadows—will he be able to live with his heart's decision?



Fair Winds
Rudy Haas dreams of becoming an "old goat," a sailor who's completed twenty-five races from Port Huron to Mackinac.

But when his crew throws him off the team for being gay, Rudy has to find another boat and crew to have any chance of making his dream come true. Blind luck leads him to the men of Devlin's Due and a test run where Rudy's toughest battle isn't winning his place on the team—it's fighting his attraction to team captain Ike Ujarka.



Start From the Beginning: A heart attack leaves Miles wrangling with a slow recovery and a quiet retreat, just one cabin down from wounded warrior Drew. Although he's unhappy to have his solitude invaded, Drew finds himself fascinated with Miles, but he can't bring himself to push aside his skittish nerves. Both men fear rejection for different reasons, and it will take a real change of heart to seek the acceptance they crave.

Please note that this is a Reprint: This was originally published in the Dreamspinner Press anthology Size Still Matters now re-edited and released as a stand alone novella.







Anthologies:


Butterscotch Kisses
in the Winter Warmer's Anthology presented by Pink Squirrel Press - Matthew Morrison is determined to conquer his fear of heights and achieve a winning outcome. At least, that’s what the best-selling, self-help book he’s listening to promises. Being stuck on a three-story tower in the middle of a snowstorm wasn’t part of the plan. With no St. Bernard in sight, it’s Cute Ticket Guy Adam to the rescue, and an outcome Matthew never anticipated.





Milestones in the Reflections of Love Anthology - Things started out great for Devon and Jeff, but as time passes and their work commitments grow, so does the distance between them. As Valentine's Day approaches, it takes a stranger's advances and a friend's well-meaning interference to remind them that sometimes it's more important to celebrate the little milestones in life than the big ones.





Odds Are in the Mr. Right Now anthology - Returning to an annual conference without his long-time live-in boyfriend, not only does doctor Rick Page have to cope with his aversion to elevators but he discovers his lover had a secret he never suspected. Luckily, Smoking Hot Jonah is willing to provide sexy therapy that just may help him with both issues. **No longer available 09/20/13**





Spontaneous, in the Curious Anthology - Michael Vincent didn't know what to call it when his boyfriend, Derek, called him boring and took off leaving Michael with a week off work and his vacation plans in shambles. Rather than sitting around moping, he decides to prove Derek wrong and show him that Michael can do spontaneous as well as the next guy. However, Michael's newly changed plans have definitely gone awry. At least until he spies construction worker Eben Bowman out of the bed and breakfast's window, and Michael finds spontaneous depths he didn't even know he had.




Stormy Weather in the Make Me a Match Anthology Volume 2 - Meteorologist Grant Singer is sick of dates who only want to bed the TV "weather guy". But the matches from the online dating service he signs up with are even worse. In fact, the only thing that makes the endless dinner dates bearable is Craig, the cute waiter at his favorite restaurant. Luckily for Grant, Craig never misses one of his forecasts. **No longer available 09/20/13**





Summer Hire in the Summer Lovin' Anthology presented by Pink Squirrel Press - It’s a scene right out of Jim’s porn-fuelled fantasies: the tool-strewn workshop and the hunky, tattooed mechanic with his coveralls unzipped to the waist. But Aaron’s not just Jim’s dream guy—he’s his new employer.

In the sweltering Michigan heat, Jim struggles to control his libido in the face of endless provocation. But Aaron’s determined not to be Jim’s summer fling. This bad boy made good isn't looking for a short-lived romance.

If he wants Aaron to take him on as more than an employee, Jim’s going to have to do what doesn’t come naturally—and think seriously about his future.

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Third Times the Charm in the Make Me a Match Anthology Vol. 1 - John Turner went to the 24-hour Urgent Care center to get his employee Bobby some medical attention, not to scope out the doctors. But Nick Davros was awfully hard to ignore. So when Bobby's cousin gets hurt at the construction site, John knows exactly where to go. Despite Bobby's best matchmaking attempts, Nick doesn't seem interested in John - until a calamitous event throws them together a third time. **No longer available 09/20/13**




Short Stories with Spice:


Brush With Desire - After a grueling day at work, Brian's only looking forward to heading home to his cat when he stops at an all-night mega-store for a few groceries. The man he meets in the hair-care aisle wasn't on his shopping list, but after their first encounter, Brian suspects he's going to become a necessity. **No longer available 11/01/13**


Business Before Pleasure - Joel had worked with Bruce/Brian/Bryce for months and never given the other man a second thought - heck, he couldn't even keep his name straight! When a scheming co-worker tries to steal credit for one of Joel's ideas, a surprising offer of help opens his eyes to a way to keep more than just their customer satisfied.


A Gift of Ash and Frost - When new residents come to the Grange, Mathias applies for a job at the house and is hired on at the housekeeper’s request for the Christmas season. He finds there a temptation of the body and heart in the form of the house’s master, one that he is ill-equipped to handle or resist … not that he has the desire to do so.


Giving Gifts - Seth is having a scarily good time at the office Christmas party this year. He owes it all to his hoped-for boyfriend, Oscar, who turned him into a carefree programmer from an uptight nerd. If Mr. Saroc, the company CEO’s assistant, would quit dogging his steps at work, Seth believes his happiness with Oscar will be complete in time for kissing under the mistletoe.




Hearts & Flowers - Jesse knows his love-life is in trouble when his most affectionate relationship is with an abandoned puppy. Somehow, his slacker office assistant, a mix-up in classified ads, and an inebriated telephone conversation lead to the romance he'd begun to lose hope of ever finding. **No longer available 11/01/13**


The Journey Back - SciFi Romance. What happens when you think you've lost everything - only to find that you lost more than you'd ever imagined? **No longer available 10/01/13**


Just a Little Romance - the semi-sequel to Odds Are: Jeremiah Madigan isn't looking for any grand passion - just a little romance would do him just fine. A busy Valentine's Weekend spent babysitting his friend Jonah's gambling grandmother and man-chasing sister may give him an opportunity to find just that. **No longer available 11/01/13**


Promise of the Heart
- Jacob agrees to fill in as a wedding photographer for a friend, never expecting to come face to face with a ghost from the past: Alan, the man he loved and lost through his unchecked ambition. Will Jacob get a second chance to keep the promise he made in his heart?





The One That Counts: When Rob Gentner’s father dies, his partner David sees an opportunity to shed some light on a past Rob rarely talks about. Standing in front of the family-owned Laundromat that was a major part of his upbringing, Rob finally shares the story of the summer of his first year of college, the beginning of his self-acceptance and life as a gay man. Finally David can understand the circumstances that made Rob the man he loves today—and they both decide that while first times will always be remembered, the last times are the ones that count.




The Reason for the Season: All college student Adam Everett is trying to do is get to his sister’s house for holiday break. First his car breaks down, then his ride takes off to Vegas with his gas money, forcing Adam to come up with a Plan C. His last hope is a campus ride exchange, where he ends up with the reluctant Michael Brennan. When a “snowpocalypse” forces them to share a motel room, they soon find out there's more than one reason for the chance happenings of the season




The Scenic Route: It’s the first time Ed Baldwin has ever taken his boyfriend Joe Sutton home to meet his parents, and nervous, he keeps trying to pick a fight with Joe to relieve his stress while they drive. When Joe’s had enough, they pull over in a very small town where the choice in motels only adds to Ed’s anxiety. A series of strange happenings puts them back on the road sooner than expected, and it’s at an all-night diner that they find out why the Easy Rest Motel didn’t live up to its name. That’s what Ed gets for letting Joe take the scenic route.




Season’s Greetings Russ Manners writes greeting cards for a living, except Christmas is fast approaching, there's no snow, and he's fallen behind on his big Easter Card project. He's blaming the new guy, Ian Fiorillo, because ever since Ian was hired, Russ spends all his time writing bad Valentine rhymes to Ian's best asset. What Russ doesn't realize is that Ian would love to help him appreciate the wonders of Christmas in Florida





Looking for stories with more humor and romance – and a little less spice?



Better with Sprinkles: College student Tom Molina isn’t too interested when his roommate Derek tries to convince him to leave his books and help out with the campus LGBTA Center’s annual Christmas cookie sale. But Derek has an ace in the hole to score the center Tom’s grandmother's sugar cookie recipe: fellow volunteer Jeanette’s cousin just happens to be the organic chemistry T.A. Tom’s been dreaming about. Now Tom just has to hope Isaac is as interested in baking cookies as he is in chemistry and HIV awareness.




Bridge of Dreams - It took a special kind of man to work the tall iron on the Straits of Mackinac Bridge crew. Construction foreman Daniel Morris expected his new "tall walker" to be a brave man - but Phillip Sands proved just as courageous in matters of the heart. Danger and possible sabotage lead to an incident that could claim Daniel's life - or convince him to believe in his dreams again. **No longer available 10/01/13**


A Halloween Tail - When Lionel gets strong-armed into baby sitting and taking his niece trick-or-treating, he suffers the humiliation of the big purple costume and follows through. Little did he know that the hideous purple tail would catch the attention of the man he's been waiting for! **No longer available 10/01/13**


It Takes One to Know One - Tow-truck driver and car enthusiast Zeke Darden is a connoisseur of well-tuned engines and well-turned asses - and a late-night call to rescue a classic beauty turns into an introduction that just might lead to the enjoyment of both. **No longer available 10/01/13**


Santa's Little Helper - Left in the lurch without a Santa, Rob grabs a gorgeous guy he sort-of recognizes from the office to wear the red suit, and it's immediate attraction on both their parts. But Rob's ex, John, knows something important about the jolly ol' fellow, something he hopes doesn't ruin the holiday magic.


A Simple Life - Frank wasn't sure what to think when Clark gave him a present in a little white box. It wasn't his birthday; it wasn't their anniversary. But what he finds will become a precious piece of his life.






Undiscovered Territory - Little Miss Colburn's music recital attracts both mommy and daddy, a man for whom music teacher Layne feels an immediate attraction. But three strikes – he's married, he's a father, and he's straight – convince Layne that it's never to be. Then Mr. Colburn calls about finding a new instructor for his daughter… **No longer available 10/01/13**
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Novels and Novellas:

After the Storm: Angry and frustrated with his chronic illness, Vincent Poulsen moves into an old lighthouse to live out the few days he has left. After a dangerous collapse, he meets the ghostly Captain Cason, who shares stories of his distant past. In the process, Vincent stumbles over the tragedy that binds the captain to the lighthouse and his haunted memories. Then fate offers them in death a chance to make right what they couldn't in life....

Please note: This story was originally released in the Desire Beyond Death Anthology. This novella has been re-edited and re-released as a stand alone novella.

Drive Me Home
Las Vegas isn't just a glamorous, glitzy playground for high rollers, Elvis impersonators, and blushing newlyweds. It's also a seedy, worn-out dumping ground for the lonely, the broken, and the lost.

Eric Moss is one of those drifters, just marking time, until he meets two very different men, both of whom could change his life.

Marc Evans is a rich casino owner. He offers Eric safety, security, and a chance to regain some of his ravaged past. Brad Torres is a garage mechanic. He offers Eric nothing at all.

The choice might have been easy, if Eric weren't intensely attracted to both men. He has to choose between Sin City's sparkling lights and a life in the shadows—will he be able to live with his heart's decision?

Fair Winds
Rudy Haas dreams of becoming an "old goat," a sailor who's completed twenty-five races from Port Huron to Mackinac.

But when his crew throws him off the team for being gay, Rudy has to find another boat and crew to have any chance of making his dream come true. Blind luck leads him to the men of Devlin's Due and a test run where Rudy's toughest battle isn't winning his place on the team—it's fighting his attraction to team captain Ike Ujarka.

Start From the Beginning: A heart attack leaves Miles wrangling with a slow recovery and a quiet retreat, just one cabin down from wounded warrior Drew. Although he's unhappy to have his solitude invaded, Drew finds himself fascinated with Miles, but he can't bring himself to push aside his skittish nerves. Both men fear rejection for different reasons, and it will take a real change of heart to seek the acceptance they crave.

Please note that this is a Reprint: This was originally published in the Dreamspinner Press anthology Size Still Matters now re-edited and released as a stand alone novella.


Anthologies:

Milestones in the Reflections of Love Anthology - Things started out great for Devon and Jeff, but as time passes and their work commitments grow, so does the distance between them. As Valentine's Day approaches, it takes a stranger's advances and a friend's well-meaning interference to remind them that sometimes it's more important to celebrate the little milestones in life than the big ones.


Odds Are in the Mr. Right Now anthology - Returning to an annual conference without his long-time live-in boyfriend, not only does doctor Rick Page have to cope with his aversion to elevators but he discovers his lover had a secret he never suspected. Luckily, Smoking Hot Jonah is willing to provide sexy therapy that just may help him with both issues.


Spontaneous, in the Curious Anthology - Michael Vincent didn't know what to call it when his boyfriend, Derek, called him boring and took off leaving Michael with a week off work and his vacation plans in shambles. Rather than sitting around moping, he decides to prove Derek wrong and show him that Michael can do spontaneous as well as the next guy. However, Michael's newly changed plans have definitely gone awry. At least until he spies construction worker Eben Bowman out of the bed and breakfast's window, and Michael finds spontaneous depths he didn't even know he had.

Stormy Weather in the Make Me a Match Anthology Volume 2 - Meteorologist Grant Singer is sick of dates who only want to bed the TV "weather guy". But the matches from the online dating service he signs up with are even worse. In fact, the only thing that makes the endless dinner dates bearable is Craig, the cute waiter at his favorite restaurant. Luckily for Grant, Craig never misses one of his forecasts


Third Times the Charm in the Make Me a Match Anthology Vol. 1 - John Turner went to the 24-hour Urgent Care center to get his employee Bobby some medical attention, not to scope out the doctors. But Nick Davros was awfully hard to ignore. So when Bobby's cousin gets hurt at the construction site, John knows exactly where to go. Despite Bobby's best matchmaking attempts, Nick doesn't seem interested in John - until a calamitous event throws them together a third time.


Short Stories with Spice:

Brush With Desire - After a grueling day at work, Brian's only looking forward to heading home to his cat when he stops at an all-night mega-store for a few groceries. The man he meets in the hair-care aisle wasn't on his shopping list, but after their first encounter, Brian suspects he's going to become a necessity.

Business Before Pleasure - Joel had worked with Bruce/Brian/Bryce for months and never given the other man a second thought - heck, he couldn't even keep his name straight! When a scheming co-worker tries to steal credit for one of Joel's ideas, a surprising offer of help opens his eyes to a way to keep more than just their customer satisfied.

A Gift of Ash and Frost - When new residents come to the Grange, Mathias applies for a job at the house and is hired on at the housekeeper’s request for the Christmas season. He finds there a temptation of the body and heart in the form of the house’s master, one that he is ill-equipped to handle or resist … not that he has the desire to do so.

Giving Gifts - Seth is having a scarily good time at the office Christmas party this year. He owes it all to his hoped-for boyfriend, Oscar, who turned him into a carefree programmer from an uptight nerd. If Mr. Saroc, the company CEO’s assistant, would quit dogging his steps at work, Seth believes his happiness with Oscar will be complete in time for kissing under the mistletoe.


Hearts & Flowers - Jesse knows his love-life is in trouble when his most affectionate relationship is with an abandoned puppy. Somehow, his slacker office assistant, a mix-up in classified ads, and an inebriated telephone conversation lead to the romance he'd begun to lose hope of ever finding.

The Journey Back - SciFi Romance. What happens when you think you've lost everything - only to find that you lost more than you'd ever imagined?

Just a Little Romance - the semi-sequel to Odds Are: Jeremiah Madigan isn't looking for any grand passion - just a little romance would do him just fine. A busy Valentine's Weekend spent babysitting his friend Jonah's gambling grandmother and man-chasing sister may give him an opportunity to find just that.

Promise of the Heart
- Jacob agrees to fill in as a wedding photographer for a friend, never expecting to come face to face with a ghost from the past: Alan, the man he loved and lost through his unchecked ambition. Will Jacob get a second chance to keep the promise he made in his heart?


The One That Counts: When Rob Gentner’s father dies, his partner David sees an opportunity to shed some light on a past Rob rarely talks about. Standing in front of the family-owned Laundromat that was a major part of his upbringing, Rob finally shares the story of the summer of his first year of college, the beginning of his self-acceptance and life as a gay man. Finally David can understand the circumstances that made Rob the man he loves today—and they both decide that while first times will always be remembered, the last times are the ones that count.


The Reason for the Season: All college student Adam Everett is trying to do is get to his sister’s house for holiday break. First his car breaks down, then his ride takes off to Vegas with his gas money, forcing Adam to come up with a Plan C. His last hope is a campus ride exchange, where he ends up with the reluctant Michael Brennan. When a “snowpocalypse” forces them to share a motel room, they soon find out there's more than one reason for the chance happenings of the season

The Scenic Route: It’s the first time Ed Baldwin has ever taken his boyfriend Joe Sutton home to meet his parents, and nervous, he keeps trying to pick a fight with Joe to relieve his stress while they drive. When Joe’s had enough, they pull over in a very small town where the choice in motels only adds to Ed’s anxiety. A series of strange happenings puts them back on the road sooner than expected, and it’s at an all-night diner that they find out why the Easy Rest Motel didn’t live up to its name. That’s what Ed gets for letting Joe take the scenic route.

Season’s Greetings Russ Manners writes greeting cards for a living, except Christmas is fast approaching, there's no snow, and he's fallen behind on his big Easter Card project. He's blaming the new guy, Ian Fiorillo, because ever since Ian was hired, Russ spends all his time writing bad Valentine rhymes to Ian's best asset. What Russ doesn't realize is that Ian would love to help him appreciate the wonders of Christmas in Florida



Looking for stories with more humor and romance – and a little less spice?

Better with Sprinkles: College student Tom Molina isn’t too interested when his roommate Derek tries to convince him to leave his books and help out with the campus LGBTA Center’s annual Christmas cookie sale. But Derek has an ace in the hole to score the center Tom’s grandmother's sugar cookie recipe: fellow volunteer Jeanette’s cousin just happens to be the organic chemistry T.A. Tom’s been dreaming about. Now Tom just has to hope Isaac is as interested in baking cookies as he is in chemistry and HIV awareness.

Bridge of Dreams - It took a special kind of man to work the tall iron on the Straits of Mackinac Bridge crew. Construction foreman Daniel Morris expected his new "tall walker" to be a brave man - but Phillip Sands proved just as courageous in matters of the heart. Danger and possible sabotage lead to an incident that could claim Daniel's life - or convince him to believe in his dreams again.

A Halloween Tail - When Lionel gets strong-armed into baby sitting and taking his niece trick-or-treating, he suffers the humiliation of the big purple costume and follows through. Little did he know that the hideous purple tail would catch the attention of the man he's been waiting for!

It Takes One to Know One - Tow-truck driver and car enthusiast Zeke Darden is a connoisseur of well-tuned engines and well-turned asses - and a late-night call to rescue a classic beauty turns into an introduction that just might lead to the enjoyment of both.

Santa's Little Helper - Left in the lurch without a Santa, Rob grabs a gorgeous guy he sort-of recognizes from the office to wear the red suit, and it's immediate attraction on both their parts. But Rob's ex, John, knows something important about the jolly ol' fellow, something he hopes doesn't ruin the holiday magic.

A Simple Life - Frank wasn't sure what to think when Clark gave him a present in a little white box. It wasn't his birthday; it wasn't their anniversary. But what he finds will become a precious piece of his life.



Undiscovered Territory - Little Miss Colburn's music recital attracts both mommy and daddy, a man for whom music teacher Layne feels an immediate attraction. But three strikes – he's married, he's a father, and he's straight – convince Layne that it's never to be. Then Mr. Colburn calls about finding a new instructor for his daughter…