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Word on a Wing by Jamie Craig

by on Jun.05, 2010, under New Releases

Word on a Wing by Jamie Craig

Title Word on a Wing
Author Jamie Craig
ISBN# 978-1-60820-156-3 (print) $14.99
978-1-60820-157-0 (ebook) $6.99
Release Date April 2010
Cover Artist Deana C. Jamroz
Paperback: 248 pages
Available At: MlrBooks (ebook)
Amazon.com (paperback)
Barnes & Noble (paperback)

Young, directionless Casey Eller is the perfect bait for a trap Sheriff Kirkland’s been laying for fifteen years. On Christmas Eve, he uses Casey to stage incriminating photos of the most powerful man in town, a brutal sadist who takes his pleasure from torturing his subs. A man whose cruelty has only grown since Kirkland subbed for him.

When Casey ends up hurt, Kirkland realizes his mistake. Ashamed of himself, he treats Casey’s injuries and offers the unconditional acceptance and devotion that a slave craves from his Master. Kirkland knows he can’t give Casey a lifetime, but will two days be enough for either of them?

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CHAPTER 1

The car speakers blasted David Bowie’s Station to Station, the highway was empty except for the occasional oncoming headlights, and the yellow lines seemed to extend all the way to the stars. Casey drove with the window down, the wind cool enough to keep him alert, despite the dime bag he had split with Ned. Everything was elastic and free, and Casey couldn’t imagine a more perfect night. His fingers tattooed a rhythm against the steering wheel, and he murmured along with the well-known lyrics, singing under his breath, soaring higher with each verse.

Casey thought he could drive forever. He was almost tempted to do just that. He had a full tank of gas, a wallet full of hundred- dollar bills, and enough pot under the seat to get him through the week. If he did keep driving, nobody would notice he was missing. The wheels humming against the pavement kept time with the music, hypnotizing him into his own daydreams. By dawn, he could be on the other side of the state. By the following night, he could be hundreds of miles from the shitty town he called home, from his shitty family, from his shitty friends. (continue reading…)

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The Good Thief by James Buchanan

by on May.31, 2010, under New Releases

The Good Thief by James Buchanan

Title The Good Thief
(ebook release)
Author James Buchanan
ISBN# 978-1-60820-146-4 (ebook) $6.99
Release Date April 2010
Cover Artist Deana C. Jamroz
Sexual Content: Rated Explicit
Available At: MlrBooks (ebook)

What if the wrong guy, turns out to be the right guy for you? Caesar Serrano thought he screwed up when he landed in the bed of LAPD Officer Nathan Reilly. But when Caesar breaks into the wrong house and stumbles upon a heinous crime, implicating a high ranking LAPD officer, Nate is the only person he knows to turn to. The resulting investigation throws the Blue Brigade into panic. Now he’s running for his life and Nate is his only hope for survival. Can two men, on opposite sides of the law, come together to bring a monster to justice?

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Nate stood adrift in the barren yard. He should just walk away. He’d pissed the guy off and that was that. But there was no way he was going to leave it there. At the very least he was going to apologize properly. He’d rather get a phone number and a date, but he’d live with not leaving things completely fucked up. Hell, if Caesar had treated Nate, the way Nate had treated Caesar, he’d be pretty damn mad, too. Swallowing his pride, he turned the knob and stepped in.

The door opened onto the scent of sawdust and oil. A yellow light hung from the rafters, throwing shadows into the corners. Lathe, table saw, jig, Nate hadn’t seen half those tools since high school woodworking class.

Caesar settled onto a stool as he grabbed a piece of sandpaper and a bit of wood. The little dog darted between Nate’s legs and crawled onto a pillow under the work bench. It looked like Caesar spent a lot of time in his little shop. Nate shut the door, crossed his arms and leaned against the frame. “Look, I’m sorry.”

“For what?” Caesar didn’t look at him.

Damn, the man was going to make this hard. “For being an ass. That was shitty, the way I treated you Sunday morning. I’d be pissed, too. I wasn’t feeling good and, fuck, I haven’t had anyone over in ages. It really freaked me out, but I shouldn’t have taken it out on you.” Caesar just kept sanding the surface of the wood. Shit, shit, shit. “Aren’t you going to say anything?” (continue reading…)

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All or Nothing by James Buchanan

by on May.31, 2010, under New Releases

All or Nothing by James Buchanan

Title All or Nothing
#3 in the Taking the Odds series
Author James Buchanan
ISBN# 978-1-60820-147-1 (print) $14.99
978-1-60820-150-1 (ebook) $6.99
Release Date April 2010
Cover Artist Deana C. Jamroz
Paperback: 212 pages
Available At: MlrBooks (ebook)
Amazon.com (paperback)
Barnes & Noble (paperback)

Blundering his way forward in his relationship with Nevada Agent Nick O’Malley, Riverside Detective Brandon Carr brings his daughter, Shayna, to Las Vegas to meet Nick. Nick has his own reasons for pushing Brandon toward a deeper commitment. But when the unthinkable happens, what every cop knows ends in tragedy, can Brandon hold it together long enough to solve the crime? As Brandon spirals into the hell of being a cop and a distraught parent will his love of Nick, and Nick’s love for him, be enough to see them through? It’s all or nothing and they can’t afford to lose.

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Chapter 1

Nick eyed the baby-blue, slope-hooded, four-wheeled box taking up the end of his driveway with unbridled suspicion. Drawling out, “What the fuck is that?” as he glared at Brandon, Nick looped one arm across his chest and cocked his hip.

He”d told Brandon just to come over and let himself in with his key when he hit town’the key Nick had made for Brandon back in October. Still, Nick expected to hit home and find the Harley parked out front, not a blue minivan.

Between the vehicle and a pile of luggage, Nick’s driveway bordered on impassible. Nick parked his Kawasaki on the lip of the cement, by the back bumper. Just as soon as Brandon’s luggage got stowed, the bike went into the garage. No way was he leaving his bike out all night. Especially not in Vegas. Especially not in Vegas in December; not with the cold wind carrying the hint of rain in its touch. A winter thundershower and the bike would be toast. If no one stole it. Nick didn’t live in the best part of town.

Brandon snagged a duffle from the rear seat, stepped back and slid the door shut. “What?” he mumbled as he turned.

Pointing, like it wasn’t the huge, hulking and completely obvious monstrosity that it was, Nick hissed. “The thing in my driveway.” Although, scarily enough, the van fit the neighborhood quite well: one time suburbia sliding into inner city disrepair. (continue reading…)

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Son of a Gun by AM Riley

by on May.31, 2010, under New Releases

Son of a Gun by AM Riley

Title Son of a Gun
Author AM Riley
ISBN# 978-1-60820-117-4 (print) $14.99
978-1-60820-118-1 (ebook) $6.99
Release Date April 2010
Cover Artist Deana C. Jamroz
Paperback: 253 pages
Available At: MlrBooks (ebook)
Barnes & Noble (paperback)
Amazon.com (paperback)

Politics, drugs and secrets from the past collide in the town of Boerne Texas and end in a chase across the Devil’s Backbone.

Stefan Sanchez number one reason to leave Texas was closeted deputy Chet Blain. When Stefan returns for the funeral of his best friend, he is confronted by painful memories, Chet’s recriminations, and a hunky Secret Service agent who seems determined to make Stefan’s business his business.

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Chapter One

“It’s really not necessary.” Agnes sounded bored. Through the phone, Stefan heard the click of a cigarette lighter, a long inhale, and could evoke from memory the cloud of smoke around nicotine stained fingers as Agnes studied her shiny pink acrylics. “I’m sure they won’t care.”

“I’d care,” said Stefan.

“Where were you going to stay?”

Well, that took care of the first purpose of his call, he supposed. He’d thought he might stay in his old bedroom, though the suspicious male voice that had answered the phone had Stefan rethinking that idea already.

“Jane will put me up.” (continue reading…)

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The Hitch Hiker by Stevie Woods

by on Apr.13, 2010, under New Releases

The Hitch Hiker by Stevie Woods

Title The Hitch Hiker
#1 in the Tomcat Series
Author Stevie Woods
ISBN# 978-1-60820-176-1 (ebook) $3.50
Release Date April 2010
Cover Artist Deana C. Jamroz
Sexual Content: Rated Explicit
Available At: MlrBooks (ebook)

Ian Grayson’s priority is to protect the artifact which could be the answer to all his questions, but he has already been chased across Belize and Mexico by those who would take it from him by any means necessary and he is desperate to find a way to escape from them and get home to Chicago. When he persuades a trucker to give him a ride he has no idea that his life was about to take a whole new direction. When Mackenzie Wallace picks up an unlikely hitch-hiker he soon discovers one should never go by first appearances, Ian Grayson was certainly not what he expected from a Doctor of Archaeology

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CHAPTER ONE

The young man kept out of sight at the edge of the building, watching the large parking lot of the truck stop in San Marcos. He had been dropped off in the centre of town just over an hour earlier and had made his way to the truckers’ stop on highway I-35. His trip from Laredo had been made in fits and starts, and his last ride from San Antonio had been slower than he had hoped.

Ian had been waiting for a while now. He was still cautious even though he believed his time was limited; he wasn’t sure how far behind him they were. It was quite a few years since Ian had hitch-hiked and he was nervous, but he couldn’t afford to rush his choice. However, Ian was sure he would know the right man to approach; he’d always had a natural talent when it came to judging people.

Ian straightened when he saw the tall man with the silvering hair come out of the diner and move towards the large, dark blue, eighteen-wheeler with silver lettering topped by a pair of silver wings on the side. This man had caught his eye thirty minutes earlier when the rig had pulled in. He cut quite a figure, topping six feet with long, lean lines and an easy confident walk. He didn’t look old enough to have hair that color, but Ian couldn’t help but think it suited him anyway. This second look was enough to convince him and Ian moved forward to intersect the man’s path just as he reached his rig.

“Excuse me,” Ian said politely.

The man turned to him, glancing at Ian casually, but his eyes narrowed and the trucker studied him.

“Yeah?” the trucker answered in a deep voice with a touch of amusement.

Ian smiled, not unaware of the effect he could achieve when he needed to. “I need a ride going north and I wondered if you were going that way?”

“Might be,” the trucker said warily. “Where north?” The young man looked about thirty, tall and slim, with light brown hair and bright blue eyes shining behind his glasses. He was wearing jeans and a dark blue tee with an open light blue checkered shirt over it. Slung over one shoulder he had a large backpack and he was carrying a jacket over his other arm.

“Anywhere north would help,” Ian replied vaguely. (continue reading…)

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No Fear by S. J. Frost

by on Apr.13, 2010, under New Releases

No Fear by S. J. Frost

Title No Fear
#2 in Conquest Series
Author S. J. Frost
ISBN# 978-1-60820-136-5 (print) $14.99
978-1-60820-137-2 (ebook) $6.99
Release Date March 2010
Cover Artist Deana C. Jamroz
Available At: MlrBooks (ebook)

After Conquest’s long tour, singer Jesse Alexander is ready to head home with his partner, Evan Arden. When Conquest hits the studio again, Jesse finds competition from two new bands and tensions reach a breaking point. Facing challenges unlike any he’s ever known, Jesse must somehow duplicate Conquest’s success and reach his ultimate goal: showing NO FEAR and announcing his love of Evan publicly.

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Unable to contain his excitement, Jesse paced quick strides back and forth across his dressing room.For more than a year, it’d become routine to go out on stage night after night, performing for thousands of raucous people.He woke to a new city nearly every morning, and often slept in one different than he’d awoken.But tomorrow, he would be back in Chicago, and tomorrow night, he and his love would sleep in each other’s arms in their own bed.A smile rose of its own will to Jesse’s lips.He stopped pacing.Home.They were going home.A wave of pure joy surged inside him, making him want to dance, sing, sprint around the room.

Through his thoughts, Jesse caught the voice of his guitarist and lifelong friend, Kenny Cooper.“He’s left us again. He’s back in Jesse’s Happy La La Land.” (continue reading…)

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Mahu Men by Neil Plakcy

by on Apr.04, 2010, under New Releases

Mahu Men by Neil Plakcy

Title Mahu Men
Author Neil Plakcy
ISBN# 978-1-60820-130-3 (ebook) $6.99
Release Date March 2010
Cover Artist
Paperback: 212 pages
Available At: MlrBooks (ebook)
Amazon.com (paperback)

Mixing mystery and erotica, the stories in Mahu Men take readers into the world of openly gay Honolulu homicide detective Kimo Kanapa’aka. Moving from pickups to murders, Kimo surfs the waves of his professional and personal lives in a sexy, sensual tropical paradise, where danger and desire lurk behind every palm tree.The stories fill the gaps between Neil Plakcy’s Mahu novels, showing Kimo dating as well as solving cases and establishing a relationship with his new detective partner. Mixing the sensuality of Plakcy’s erotica with the sharp-edged attitude of his mysteries, Mahu Men is a chance for new readers to meet Kimo, and for fans to delve more deeply into his world.

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I Know What You Did

Dark clouds were massing over Tantalus as I responded to the discovery of a murder victim at the Vybe, a gay club on University Avenue in the Mo‘ili‘ili neighborhood of Honolulu, near the M?noa campus of the University of Hawai‘i. But it was sunny on the H1 highway, and I wasn’t worried that rain would damage the crime scene. Our island is composed of microclimates, and if you don’t like the weather where you are, just drive a few minutes away. It will change.

What does not change is that people commit murders. I am a homicide detective, and that means there will always be a job for me. A few months before, after six years on the force, I came out of the closet, the first openly gay police detective in Honolulu. I’d been to the Vybe before, for the Sunday afternoon tea dance. My friend Gunter liked the Vybe’s outdoor patio area, which had a good dance floor, a couple of bars and a stage. If I hadn’t been on duty, I might have been at the club myself, dancing and having a good time.

When I pulled up across from the club, I spoke to the first cop on the scene, a middle–aged Chinese guy named Frank Sit. We shook hands, and then he nodded toward the corpse. “911 got an anonymous call, reporting a man injured in the parking lot here.”

Sit had already cordoned off the immediate area around the body, and called for backup to help us conduct a search. “Looks like a bashing,” he said. “Poor guy was coming out of the bar, and somebody came along and started whaling on him.” (continue reading…)

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