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Christmas Shift

Love often means sacrifice-but what if you might have to give up a commitment to be one of Santa's reindeer and deliver holiday toys to kids to be with the one you love?

Peter McGuire is an EMT with a secret: he's a reindeer shifter, a Prancer on Santa's team. His holiday obligations often require him to make excuses for his absences, and even downright lie. That makes it almost impossible to develop a real relationship. But the secret isn't his alone, and if he opens up to too many people, he could destroy Christmas.

Jonny Santos is a ski bum distancing himself from being the family caregiver. He knows that his mother's MS is going to require him to devote himself to her someday, but in the meantime he's sticking to the slopes and staying single.
Then a pre-Christmas hike goes wrong, and Peter is forced to shift into reindeer form in order to rescue Jonny from a wilderness trail. The sparks between them are real-but are they enough to overcome the obstacles that keep them apart? Contains Prancers, Vixens and other reindeer, and smoking hot shifter sex! Through the winter, it'll be available exclusively through Amazon, either for purchase or through Kindle Select.

Deadly Labors

Can Hawaiian native Ikaika Kahale turn his life around after studying the hula in a cultural program at San Quentin and then returning to the Aloha State? Or is the new murder he's accused of proof that an orchid can't change its colors?

While Honolulu homicide detective Kimo Kanapa'aka is on a temporary departmental leave, his mother asks him to investigate the case of her friend's son Ikaika, who Kimo went to Hawaiian school with as a child.

Working undercover, Kimo traces the roots of what seems like an unfortunate death in a fight at the bar where Ikaika worked as a bouncer. What was HPD officer Brian Yang doing at the Surf City Crazy Bar? Who was the mysterious man he brawled with before Ikaika intervened and delivered a deadly punch?
Kimo's investigation takes him into the hills of the Windward Coast of O'ahu, where the gorgeous blossoms of a nursery may be hiding a deadly secret. Along the way, he'll require the assistance of his partner, his friends and his loved ones in a demonstration of what the word ohana, Hawaiian for family, really means. Available from Amazon and other retailers.

Dog's Green Earth

When his golden retriever Rochester discovers a body during one of their nightly walks, reformed computer hacker Steve Levitan must look to his neighbors for suspects. Could a killer be lurking along the oak-lined streets?

Steve inherited his townhome from his father, and it's more than just a house to him-it's the place where he recovered from the loss of two miscarried babies, the pain of losing his parents and the misery of his brief incarceration. Now that he has a new sweetheart, and a loving dog, protecting his home is even more important.

Could someone in the homeowner's association be sabotaging efforts to keep River Bend a well-maintained place to live? It's up to Steve and Rochester to dig up the clues to bring a murderer to justice, and protect the place they call home.

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Relaunching the Mahu Series

Openly gay Honolulu homicide detective Kimo Kanapa'aka has had a checkered publishing history. Mahu first came out in print from Harrington Park Press back in 2005. After the company that owned the press was sold and the press was shuttered, I was fortunate to move him to Alyson Books, which published the first four books in the series before they, too, shut down as a result of a corporate merger. Then Laura Baumbach, owner of MLR Press, agreed to take on the whole series, reprinting the first three and then publishing seven more titles.

Honestly, after 2013's Ghost Ship, I thought I was done. Kimo was settled with his partner, their foster son and the two kids they shared with a lesbian couple I didn't think he had more to say.

And then, the way these things go, he started talking to me again, and a new book began to take shape. I thought this would be a good chance to take back ownership of the series and relaunch it with new, modern covers. Here are the first six, all in newly revised and proofed editions with professional layout to maximize your reading enjoyment!
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First Three Love on... Books in one volume

These are the first three books in my's Love on… series, about young college graduates looking for love and career success on Miami's South Beach. The guys were introduced in the erotica collection Three Lambs, about college fraternity brothers in love and lust.

In book one, Love on Site, it's mid-May, and Manny Garcia has just graduated from Florida University (FU) with his bachelor's degree in construction management, and landed his dream job, working for handsome Walter Loredo on a warehouse project just west of downtown Miami. He's living in a condo on South Beach with two of his brothers from the gay frat at FU, Lambda Lambda Lambda.
Manny has a thing for older men, particularly construction workers, and he's got a real crush on Walter, even though he thinks the boss is straight. At first Manny's able to keep his South Beach life and his work separate. Then he runs into one of his coworkers on Lincoln Road when he is out with his roommates, and he's outed. Can he keep his job and win his boss's love?

Manny's roommate and frat brother Larry Leavis is a sweet-natured computer geek, six-foot-six and uncomfortable in his own skin. His only salvation is his ability as a computer programmer, which leads him to a great job developing apps for a start-up on South Beach. He comes from a family which doesn't understand either his sexuality or his nerdiness, and he has to learn how to let them into his new life.

In book two of the series, Love on the Web, Larry is torn between two lovers - client Victor Kunin, who spins a dark web to trap him, and handsome entrepreneur Julian Argento, who has to learn to trust again before he can be Larry's Mr. Right.

The third in the series, Love on Stage, is about their handsome roommate Gavin Kaczmarek, a golden boy, desired by all. But though he's handsome and talented, Gavin is drifting -- working as a barista at a funky, Fair Trade coffee shop on South Beach and modeling for print ads. But when he sings for music producer Miles Goodwin while serving his coffee, a whole new world of opportunity opens for him. The obvious attraction between Gavin and Miles takes them to bed, and then on an adventure that leads to performance and YouTube fame--but when insecurity arises on both their parts, can their budding romance survive the summer heat and blossom, or die with the falling autumn leaves? Readers who like their MM romance light-hearted will enjoy these first three books, followed by Love on the Pitch, Love on the Map, and Love on the Boil.

Read for free with your Kindle Unlimited membership, or order from Amazon here.

The Same Page

When I read about gay men being imprisoned and tortured in the former Soviet state of Chechnya, I was horrified and moved, and worried that the world wasn’t paying enough attention to the problem.

A March 2018 article in the EU Observer highlights the continuing situation. “Despite a strong international response initially, including from the EU, Council of Europe and UN, an official investigation into the situation has not been conducted (despite an investigative committee being formed last spring). Those responsible have not been brought to justice, and victims continue to flee the republic.

But what could I do?
The Aidan and Liam books were inspired by John Preston’s series of books about Alex Kane, a Vietnam vet who lost his lover to friendly fire there. The lover’s wealthy father funds Alex’s series of adventures rescuing gay men in trouble.

I was fortunate to discover Preston when his paperbacks were still available easily; today they are sadly out of print. I loved the idea of a strong gay man who wanted to protect those who are vulnerable, and I’ve tried to do that in the Have Body, Will Guard series.

If you’re a fan of the series you’ll know that Aidan and Liam have tried to get out of the bodyguard business as they get into their forties, but this cause is enough to bring them back and show off the skills they still have. And of course there’s a romance subplot; they are brought into the situation by Slava Vishinev of A Cold Wind, whose gay son Arseny has vanished in Chechnya.

The Same Page is available at the sites listed below.
Amazon

Apple

Barnes & Noble

Angus & Robertson (Australia)

Kobo

Scribd

24 Symbols

Playster

Kindle Unlimited Collections

If you belong to Amazon's Kindle Unlimited program, I hope you'll check out the collections I've put together of the first six golden retriever mysteries. (Of course, they're also offered for sale.) Three Dogs in a Row includes the first three books in the series: In Dog We Trust, The Kingdom of Dog, and Dog Helps Those. The second collection, Three More Dogs in A Row, includes the next three: Dog Bless You, Whom Dog Hath Joined and Dog Have Mercy.

I also have a collection of erotic stories, called Get Your Rocks Off, which includes two of my story collections, Hot Steamy Shorts and Mr. Surfer and Other Romantic Erotica.

Loose Id Books at New, Lower Prices!

When Loose Id closed its doors, the rights to all fifteen books I’ve published with them reverted to me, and I’ve published them myself, some with new covers, and all at new low prices. If you haven’t read the Have Body, Will Guard series, or the Love on series, now’s a great time to start. Check the Romance page for information on each book, and links to purchase at Amazon, Smashwords, and other major retailers.

Love on the Map

Love on the Boil

Fans of the Love on series, as well as readers of my Three Lambs erotic anthology, will remember Eric Mueller, the veteran of two campaigns in Afghanistan who has returned to FU to finish a graduate degree in cartography. I loved writing “The Vet and the Hippie” in Three Lambs, and Eric kept poking at me, asking for his own book.

I loved the trope of the stepbrother romance in M/F fiction, and wondered if I could write one with an M/M twist. And as soon as I started thinking about Eric, I realized where his story would go.

When a man whose career is making maps loses himself, where does he turn? In Eric Mueller’s case, he unwillingly must rely on his step-brother, Alexander Brittain. But Allie has his own problems—he’s disappointed his mother and Eric’s father in dozens of ways, and he can’t seem to grow up. Can these two very different men make each other change in the ways they need to, and become the lovers they’ve been destined to be since their teen years?

Or will step-brothers be as close as they can ever get?

Buy it from Amazon or from ibooks, Google Play, Kobo or Scribd.


See You Soon?

I don't have any signings planned right now, but I'm always available for events and Skype sessions.

Now in Audio

If you like audiobooks, I hope you'll consider mine.

The Golden Retriever Mysteries
#1 - In Dog We Trust at Amazon or ibooks
#2 - The Kingdom of Dog at Amazon or ibooks
#3 - Dog Helps Those at Amazon or ibooks
#4 - Dog Bless You at Amazon or ibooks
#5 - Whom Dog Hath Joined at Amazon or ibooks
#6 - Dog Have Mercy at Amazon or ibooks
# 7 - Honest to Dog at Amazon or ibooks
# 8 - Dog is in the Details at Amazon or ibooks
# 9 - Dog Knows at Amazon or ibooks


Genie for Hire: A Biff Andromeda Mystery at Amazon or ibooks
The Cat Who Got Married and Other Purr-fectly Romantic Stories at Amazon or ibooks
Mahu at Audible or ibooks



Cleis has created audiobook editions of the anthologies I've edited for them:
Hard Hats (Amazon or ibooks),
Surfer Boys (Amazon or ibooks),
Beach Bums (Amazon or ibooks),
Sexy Sailors (Amazon or ibooks),
Model Men (Amazon or ibooks)
The Handsome Prince (Amazon or ibooks).

Translations

I translated my award-winning story "Christmas in Honolulu" into French, then hired a copy editor to make sure that if my college French teacher read it she wouldn't scream in horror. "Un Noel Hawaiien" is now available as an ebook through Amazon.com. The same story in German, "Weihnachten auf Honolulu" is available as well. The Italian translation of the first golden retriever mystery is available, as is translation into Brazilian Portuguese. I'm also delighted that the book is available in Spanish as Pero el Perro Sabe.


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