Story ends on an upbeat note: characters are happy or content.

Becoming Kerry

Becoming Kerry cover by Lynn Kelling

Kerry Sanderson is an exotic dancer, former military brat, and aspiring fashion designer, but believes he’s much more than any of those labels imply. As his relationship with transgender boyfriend Jamie falls apart, it’s Kerry’s gender identity and sexual preferences that become the real issue between them. Left questioning whether he’s been living under everyone else’s terms, and none of his own, Kerry sets out to discover who he really is. Desperate to escape his dangerous neighborhood and redefine his life, Kerry vows to start making some changes. One of the first is accepting what seems to be an innocent offer from allegedly straight security guard, Ewyn Garrity, after a long shift dancing at gay club Blaze. Safety isn’t the only thing Ewyn tempts Kerry with as sparks fly and lines are crossed. The more acceptance Kerry finds in Ewyn, the more he’s tempted to let go of the fear and self-doubt that had been hampering his ability to be himself. But the more honest Kerry is, slowly accepting the feminine aspects of his identity and becoming vulnerable, the more deadly threats he faces when blind intolerance threatens before he’s barely bloomed.

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Where Home Lies
Book Three of the Rebel Mage Series

Cover Reveal Art for Where Home Liesby Elizabeth A. Schechter

Once an exile, Matthias returns to lead his home Enclave and settles into a new life with his beloved Solomon. Struggling with his new role and responsibilities toward the new town of Sanctuary and the people who had once rejected him, he knows that the relative peace he’s found is temporary—the forces that destroyed Haven are still out there, and he knows that they’ll come looking for him. Until they do, there are alliances to make, mouths to feed, and people who look to him to protect them. Then tragedy strikes, sending Matthias, Solomon and Tam out once more, seeking answers in the forbidden north; answers that may lead to new beginnings, or to the end of everything they’ve ever known.

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Backstroke
Book Three in the Olympic Passions Series

Cover for Backstrokeby E.E. Grey

Nik isn’t looking for love when he takes a summer internship at Hot Shot Sports magazine─in fact, it’s the last thing on his mind–but when Tiernan, a handsome Olympic hopeful, offers a distraction from the stress of life, he has to decide if he wants to take full advantage, or if he’s just using Tiernan as an excuse to forget about his problems. After a disastrous Olympic trials four years ago, Tiernan is determined to stay focused this time around. He can’t afford any distractions, but the cute photographer documenting his Olympic progress might just be worth the risk.

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Edge of a Knife
A Flame Cycle Novel

Cover for Edge of a Knifeby James L. Wolf

Daniil LaChance grew up hard on the streets of the city-state of Allistair. A chance meeting with the shapeshifting Flame known as Knife changed that, though, when Knife took Daniil as her apprentice. The promise of initiation as one of the sexual mystics of the goddess Pelin turned Daniil’s life from one of poverty and desperation to one of magic and mystery—and made possible the renewal of a love affair that has lasted many lifetimes.

This opportunity has come in dark times. Mob violence and murder sparked by the resentment of an aggrieved merchant threaten to literally drown the Flame, extinguishing them from the face of Uos. The Emperor stands aside, allowing the killings to go on for his own political gain, leaving the few surviving Flame to provide for their own safety. Daniil and Knife stand alone in the face of a world incensed to genocidal violence, desperately seeking a way to insure the survival of their kind.

Knife has a plan, complex and risky, but there’s so much that she’s held back from her apprentice that Daniil doesn’t find it easy to trust his mentor. And so Daniil finds himself torn between initiation as Flame and risking horrible death at the hands of the mob, or hiding in miserable safety in an identity he has always known is not his true self. (M/M, F/F, M/F)

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Heat, Steam, and the Vital Machine

Cover for Heat, Steam, and the Vital Machineby Alex Douglas

James spends his days guarding the Machine at the heart of the complex, the device that supports all life in the underground complex. He spends his nights mostly alone in his cramped sleeping cubicle. When he catches one of the mysterious saboteurs who repeatedly attack the Machine, he succumbs to the man’s intimate offer, and forsakes duty for human touch.

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Bare

Cover for Bareby Lynn Kelling

Ev Myers was looking for trouble when he signed up to do nude art modeling, but he wasn’t expecting this much trouble. All he’d wanted to do was rebel against the moral limits of his strict religious family and the PR requirements of his father’s senate seat. He saw how much bigger his world could be when Professor Adam Buchanan opened Ev to new passions and new experiences but when Ev’s family learned how far he had gone, they decided to resort to kidnapping and brainwashing to save their son from sin and scandal—even if it kills him. (M/M)

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You Complicate Me

Cover for You Complicate Meby Alicia Wag

Annemarie Fitch has it all. She’s Guest Relations Director at The Sentinel, the swankiest hotel in town, and is about to get married to sexy software engineer Richard Samson. Just when she thinks her life is perfect, Richard pulls the plug. He says he needs time to think, but what’s he really after? Is it Lilah, Annemarie’s roommate, best friend, and head pastry chef at The Sentinel? Then there’s Zachary Link, the distinguished but hot record company executive, who wears a ring on his finger but seems to be courting Annemarie. What’s a confused bride-to-be to do? While Annemarie’s tailspin leads her into a bevy of adventures, Lilah guiltily sets her sights on Richard. Things don’t turn out exactly as Lilah plans, though not for lack of trying. Maybe it has something to do with her inexplicable attraction to Chad, the shy, hunky baker she works with in the kitchen. As the two friends’ lives go topsy-turvy, each must navigate new and delicious experiences.

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