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Genie for Hire

In Dog We Trust

#1. Steve adopts Rochester when his next door neighbor is killed, and he and the crime-solving golden investigate their first murder.

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The Kingdom of Dog

#2. Steve takes an administrative job at Eastern College, and during the kickoff for the College's fund-raising campaign, Steve's mentor is murdered.

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Dog Helps Those

#3. When a college benefactor is murdered, Steve and Rochester join the world of agility training to track her killer.

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Dog Bless You

#4. Steve's new job is at Friar Lake, a college conference center converted from a former abbey. When Rochester unearths a hand rising from a shallow grave, he and Steve follow a trail of monks and murder.

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Whom Dog Hath Joined

#5. Rochester uncovers a human bone at the Harvest Days Festival in Stewart's Crossing. Was the dead man a 60s draft evader?

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Dog Have Mercy

#6. A theft at their vet's office puts Steve and Rochester on the case during the Christmas and Hanukkah holidays. Could a vet tech they like be guilty of nefarious crimes?

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Honest to Dog

#7. Steve and Rochester dig to find the truth behind the death of Steve's college friend Doug, even if Steve has to risk the freedom he has fought so hard for to do it.

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#8. 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.

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Dog Knows

#9. Steve tries to prove the innocence of a girl who was kind to him in high school.

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Dog's Green Earth

#10. 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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Three Wrong Turns in the Desert

#1 in my Have Body, Will Guard M/M romance adventure series. Teacher Aidan and bodyguard Liam fall in love on a trek through the Sahara.

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Dancing with the Tide

#2. Aidan joins Liam in the bodyguard business, and their first joint gig is protecting a young gay pop star who has come out of the closet.

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Teach Me Tonight

#3 Aidan and Liam have been hired to protect a spoiled teenager attending an English-language institute on Tunisia's north coast.

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Olives for the Stranger

#4. As demonstrators and police spar in the streets of Tunis, Aidan & Liam must protect Leila, a young girl whose mother has been taken into police custody.

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Under the Waterfall

#5. Aidan and Liam travel to Corsica, where they get involved in a Romeo and Julio love affair.

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The Noblest Vengeance

#6. From Istanbul to New Jersey, Aidan and Liam face the challenges of deadly assailants and Liam's foul-mouthed mother.

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Finding Freddie Venus

#7. A stalker is after a retired porn star, trying to live in peace on the Riviera.

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A Cold Wind

#8. Russian oligarch Slava Vishinev has been forced out of the closet and his life threatened. Can Aidan and Liam protect him... and maybe push him toward a new love?

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The Same Page

#9. Aidan and Liam travel to Chechnya to rescue imprisoned gay men.

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The Same Page

#10. Aidan's ex hires them to protect his husband-- who may be crazy.

COMING SOON


Mahu

First in the Mahu series about an openly gay homicide detective in Honolulu.

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Mahu

Kimo goes undercover as a surfer on the North Shore.

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Genie for Hire

Biff Andromeda is a private eye in Miami -- and a genie.

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The Cat Who Got Married


The Cat Who Got Married

Five light-hearted M/F romances where cats play an important role.

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It has been a great run so far and I am grateful for all the help I have had along the way. My commitment to writing began when I was in tenth grade and we read A Separate Peace by John Knowles, about a group of teen boys at a prep school during World War II. The book was told from the point of view of one of the boys, Gene, and it focused on the deep emotional connection he had to Finny, the golden boy of the group.

Our teacher, Mr. Hayder, assigned us to "rewrite" the book from Finny's point of view. Not only was this a great lesson in POV, it made a great emotional connection to me, and I began writing seriously after that. A community college course in creative writing followed, along with a bachelor's in English from the University of Pennsylvania, with a creative writing concentration.

My writing career took a back seat then, as I went on to get an MBA from Columbia University and embark on a business career. I kept writing and submitting novels and stories, and my first real publication was a piece of erotic fiction called "The Cop Who Caught Me," published by Honcho magazine. I've been writing about gay men and cops ever since!

My first published novel was Mahu, about a gay homicide detective who's dragged out of the closet while investigating a dangerous case. I'm grateful to Greg Herren, who accepted the book on behalf of Haworth Press and their Harrington Park Press imprint. Mahu went on to be reprinted by two more presses, Alyson Books and MLR Press, and now I publish it, and the rest of the series, myself. I have gone on to write and publish in a variety of genres, including cozy mystery, gay mystery, adventure, thriller, private eye, and gay romance and erotica. You can find information on all the books from the tabs on the home page.


Finalists for the 2009 Flamango award at Sleuthfest: Brad Meltzer, Josh Getzler, Jim Born (the winner), John Hart and me

I am a native of Yardley, Pennsylvania, and felt the call of the tropics drawing me to Hollywood, Florida, where I now reside with my husband and our golden retrievers. That love of tropical latitudes has also nurtured an abiding interest in Hawaii, as well as in what Graham Greene called "shady characters in sunny places."


Here I am at the CN Tower in Toronto, when I visited there for Bloody Words.

My fiction has appeared in numerous publications, including VerbsapBlithe House Quarterly and In The Family, as well as winning first prize in a South Florida magazine contest. I am a professor of English at Broward College and the proud papa of a pair of white golden retrievers, Brody and Griffin.

Dinner Guys
Tom Corcoran, John Hart, me, Jim Born and Jim Swain at dinner on Lincoln Road after the Miami Book Fair, 2008.

I have published a wide range of fiction and non-fiction in mainstream and GLBT publications, both in print and on line. My work has been anthologized in many erotica anthologies.

Bouchercon 2006 kukui nut
The GLBT Panel at Bouchercon 2006. Anthony Bidulka, Alex Brett, me, Caro Soles and Mark Richard Zubro. My panel outfit: a Mahu shirt and a kukui nut lei.
Photos by Lori L. Lake

Scottsdale Gun Club
At the Scottsdale Gun Club during ThrillerFest, with a bunch of great writers and cool people (photo by Zoe Sharp).

I am a past president of the Florida chapter of Mystery Writers of America as well as a member of that organization's national board, and in addition to my BA and MBA, I hold an MFA from Florida International University.

Books and Books
At my first reading at Books and Books on Miami Beach; the paintings behind me are by Hannah Lasky

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neil and dog I might be out walking the dogs-- but you can always reach me by email.
   

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