New Books and Stories from Neil S. Plakcy

In His Kiss

Michael Torani thinks of himself as an average seventeen-year-old ó certainly not the smartest nor the most popular boy in his school. So he has no clue that his crush on the super cute but nerdy new guy Daniel Florez will soon result in their sharing a deep soul kiss ó a kiss that will change Michaelís life forever. Suddenly, he's plunged into a world of FBI agents, gangster thugs, and Cuban exiles. And what's up with his brain? How come he's so much smarter than he used to be?

Just one kiss from Daniel turns Michael's world into something from the Sci-Fi Channel -- have Danielís brain cells been leaking into him? How's that possible? And yet heís reading faster than he ever has before, scoring higher on school tests, and even helping his parents understand whatís wrong with his brother, the Big Mistake.

Michael's wry, funny attitude about growing up, falling in love and getting away from his parents will make you want to be his new best friend. Fans of Richelle Mead and Stephenie Meyer will fall in love with Michael and Daniel as they depend on their brains and their deep emotional connection to survive-- and maybe even graduate from high school along the way.
Buy it from MLR's Featherweight website here.

Nobody Rides for Free

With less than a year of experience under his belt and only one big case behind him, FBI Special Agent Angus Green has joined the rarefied group of agents who have been wounded in the line of duty.

Now, assigned to a desk job while he recovers, Angus wonders if he's chosen the right career. He's been following his late father's dream for a life of adventure and travel-and instead encountered danger, pain and heartbreak.

But when he discovers that gay teens are being sexually abused by a pornographer in the same neighborhood where he lives, he has to step up and bring his intelligence, his determination and his unique insights to save these young men.
The case takes him from Fort Lauderdale's seamy underbelly to boisterous beachfront bars where big-fish Russian emigres launder illegal cash. He'll befriend a beautiful Russian-American undercover agent and rekindle a romance with a man who makes him feel protected.

In the end, he'll learn the truth of a saying he learned as a boy -- there is a price to pay for every decision we make. Nobody rides for free.

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Dog is in the Details

In this eighth of the golden retriever mysteries, Steve explores a part of his background I hadn't looked at yet -- growing up Jewish in the Trenton suburbs. Since he has a lot in common with me (except for the whole divorce and imprisonment thing) it seemed logical that he'd share this part of my own heritage.

Years ago, I took my first golden, Samwise, to a blessing of the animals at our synagogue here in South Florida, and that seemed like a good place to start a new story, one that would lead Steve to explore his roots. A young man suffering from mental illness disrupts the blessing of the animals at the synagogue he attends, a congregation where he grew up and celebrated his bar mitzvah. This starts Steve and Rochester on their newest investigation, one that will take Steve back into the past of his family, his congregation, and the Jewish population of the city where he was born.
As Steve teaches a class in Jewish American literature, he and Rochester nose out suspects and dig up clues to present-day crimes-and ones in the past which still influence the living. From the rabbi's Talmud study group to a homeless shelter in Trenton, our two intrepid sleuths are on the trail of someone with deep secrets, and the will to kill to protect them.

Order from Amazon in print or e-book, or here for purchase links on other major e-retailers including Apple, Nook, Kobo, Scribd, and Angus & Robertson.

Love on the Boil

Fifth in my "Love On" series, Love on the Boil is the first to deviate from the stories of the guys in my erotica collection Three Lambs. The setting on South Beach is the same, though, and I'm still writing about young guys looking for love and career success on South Beach.

What if the one who got away came back-and you had to work together to achieve your dreams?

Eddie Gonzalez and Darren Carter had a hot college romance, derailed when they graduated and went in different directions.

But now they're both on South Beach, both trying to start gourmet tea businesses. A venture capitalist forces them to collaborate-- but will their venture go up in flames just as it's heating up?
To learn more about my inspiration for the book, and see some of the photos I've taken of the locations, click here.

Click here to order the e-book from Loose Id. You can also order it from Amazon, Kobo, Nook, and the iTunes store.

"Riding the Tiger" in Happy Homicides 5

When Joanna Campbell Slan and Linda Hengerer announced that the fifth edition of Happy Homicides was going to focus on cats and crime, I thought it would be fun to see Rochester interact with a feline friend.

I know exactly how Brody and Griffin react when they see one of our neighborhood cats - they want to play! So of course Rochester will feel the same way, especially when the cat wants to lead him into trouble.

The story was inspired by a former student of mine. He was a smart kid and a good writer and I could tell he was going places-though jail wasn't one of those places I thought he'd end up. A few years after he left my class, he showed up in the Miami Herald as a suspect in a case involving stolen bitcoins, a digital payment system. I was proud that one of my students was involved in something so cutting-edge-and that he was savvy enough to negotiate himself out of criminal charges by offering to teach the police about bitcoins and how they can be manipulated.

See You Soon?

I'm taking a break from public appearances to deal with family issues, but I'll post here when I have any new appearances to share.


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


Have Body, Will Guard
#1 - Three Wrong Turns in the Desert at Audible or ibooks
# 2 - Dancing with the Tide at Audible or ibooks
# 3 - Teach Me Tonight at Audible or ibooks
#4 - Olives for the Stranger at Audible 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



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.


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