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SECOND WIND

AIMEE NICOLE WALKER

M/M ROMANCE

RELEASE DATE: 02.14.18

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Second wind: a new strength or energy to continue something that is an effort. After an amicable divorce, Lincoln Huxley is ready to embrace the sexuality he repressed for more than two decades. Rush Holden is no longer willing to settle for closeted men or those who don’t share his dreams of marriage and fatherhood. A chance encounter on a lakeside pier is the second wind they both need. Or will it just be a painful reminder of all they had lost?

Second chance: an opportunity to try something again that failed one time. Rush and Lincoln have shared a lot of firsts—friendship, young love, and heartbreak. Cruel reality forced the two men to choose paths that took their lives in different directions. Twenty-six years later, they get a second chance to fall in love with each all over again. Can it really be that simple, or will the same issues ruin their happiness a second time?

Happily ever after: to live happily for the rest of one’s life. Rush and Lincoln know that love and life can’t be defined by words alone. Patience, commitment, and the determination to do whatever it takes will be the only way the two men achieve their happily ever after.

Second Wind is a funny, sexy, and endearing standalone romance novel about love, loss, and rediscovery. It contains sexually explicit material and is intended for adults 18 and older.

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I suddenly felt an invisible pull to go to the pier and ride the damn thing. No, Rush wouldn’t be with me in person, but the memory of him would be. I walked the short distance and bought tickets for the Centennial Wheel. The pier was packed with families and friends just looking to have a good time and enjoy the beautiful June weather before the serious humidity hit later in the month.

I felt a little silly as I approached the long line by myself, but I passed the time by texting Phee and checking my email. The line had suddenly stopped advancing, and I wondered if the ride broke down or something. Then I heard the chatter about newlyweds posing for photos with the grand Ferris wheel in the background.

“Look how handsome the grooms look,” someone said.

“It so good that people don’t have to hide any longer,” another person added.

I stepped out of line to see for myself, and my heart thudded to a stop in my chest before it raced with recognition. It wasn’t the grooms that held me spellbound; it was the photographer. I’d know that stance anywhere because I sure as hell had seen it enough times growing up. The camera he held in his hand was a lot different and more expensive than the ones he used to own, but the way he stood and cradled it like a rare treasure was all the same. Rush! But how was this possible? My mind had to be playing tricks on me. This moment was nothing but a fantasy brought on by all the trips down memory lane I’d made the past twenty-four hours. I would wake up to find that I fell asleep in the hotel room instead of walking to the pier.

There was no way in hell that Rush, my Rush, was a few hundred feet away from me. It had to be someone who resembled him. The photographer turned around and smiled at something his assistant said to him. I started walking toward him without stopping to think if I should. For the first time in more than twenty-six years, my world felt right. My Rush.

It felt like I’d caught my second wind.

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I am a wife and mother to three kids, three dogs, and a cat. When I’m not dreaming up stories, I like to lose myself in a good book, cook or bake. I’m a girly tomboy who paints her fingernails while watching sports and yelling at the referees. I will always choose the book over the movie. I believe in happily-ever- after. Love inspires everything that I do. Music keeps me sane.

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Author- Annabella Michaels

Title- Found: Hamilton’s Heroes Series Book 1

Genre- MM Romance

Release date- February 23

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​As a former U.S.A.F. Pararescueman, Jeremy O’Brien is used to following orders, no questions asked. So, when Micah, his boss at Hamilton Security, asks him to take on a special case, he readily accepts. Micah’s instructions are simple, find the man in the picture and bring him back to Chicago.

​Seven years ago, Zane Wilkinson left the hospital against doctor’s orders, only to suffer a final, devastating blow that left him with no choice but to leave the only place he’d called home. Feeling heartbroken and empty, Zane moved from town to town just trying to survive, while never letting anyone get too close.

​In a chance encounter, Jeremy finds himself crossing paths with a man who fits Zane’s description. His instincts tell him that he’s on to something, but Micah warns him that he needs to be absolutely sure. Jeremy sets a plan in motion that will allow him to get closer to the man he believes to be Zane. However, the closer he gets, the more he likes the man and begins to question why he was sent to find him.

Will Jeremy be able to follow through with his orders without becoming too attached? Or will he realize that in his search for Zane, he’s found so much more than he bargained for?

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He was smart and sexy and fun to be around, and I looked forward to our time together, probably more than I should. In fact, I knew I shouldn’t be getting as close to him as I was, but I couldn’t seem to help myself. When I was away from him, I spent all my time thinking about him and when I was with him, I was happier than I could ever remember being. He had some strange sort of hold on me that I’d never experienced before, but I had to admit that I kind of liked it.- Jeremy

 

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I am married to my high school sweetheart who let’s face it, is a saint for putting up with me all of these years. Together we have been blessed with the chance to raise two amazing human beings and so far, we haven’t screwed it up; I’ll let you know for sure later. I love watching movies, cooking, going to the beach and spending time with my family and best friends. I am an obsessive reader who is a complete sucker for a good love story but loves to feel a broad range of emotions throughout a book. I think real life is hard enough and so my books offer twists and turns, but always with a happy ending.

 

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HEART 2 HEART ANTHOLOGY

 May Archer * Charlie Cochet * Alison Hendricks * Sloane Kennedy *Lucy Lennox * Ruthie Luhnow * Lily Morton * Chris Owen *Poppy Dennison * Hailey Turner * A.E. Wasp

 M/M ROMANCE

 RELEASE DATE: 02.07.18

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Once upon a time, a bunch of authors wondered… What if a dating app that guaranteed you a love match broke down just in time for Valentine’s Day? What if you found yourself on a blind date with a random guy who might be your opposite in every single way? It could be a disaster. Or… When the code breaks down, fate just might take over.

Eleven of your favorite gay romance authors have joined forces to light up your Valentine’s Day with a collection of sweet, sexy, silly, and hot short stories, featuring a wacky cast of characters chosen from your reader suggestions! Morticians and magicians, superheroes and spies, lawyers and lobstermen, will all learn that love has nothing to do with algorithms… and sometimes you find it in the least-likely places.

And the best part? All proceeds from this collection will go to the authors’ favorite LGBTQ charities, to ensure that love in all its incarnations will be celebrated and protected every single day of the year!

It will only be available for 90 days, so Tuesday, May 8th will be the last time you can purchase this anthology.

Over 162k words total, contemporary MM romance

Chris Owen

 The Criminal and The Sommelier

 Can you tell us a little bit about your characters?

 The Criminal, Angel, is around thirty and has a reputation with law enforcement and his fan base for committing daring and lucrative thefts. Phillipe, the Sommelier, is a prissy fellow who discovers that the idea of adventure and daring, far removed from his real life, is as heady as any wine.

Was writing this story easy for you to do? Or was it a little bit outside of your normal writing zone?

 I really got into this story for two reasons — I got to research wine (and found sommelier classes near my home!), and I got to let my imagination spin out threads of fantasy that were more in line with White Collar and James Bond. The world of classy crime is too often neglected. 😀

The characters you had to choose from were readers’ submissions, correct? Were there any other characters you considered writing about before you chose this couple?

 There were so many!  Tattoers! Assassins! Lawyers! Florists! There was just about every job imaginable among the selections, and the mad-lib style of getting the submissions immediately spoke to my imagination.

What were some of the reader submissions that stood out to you, and why?

 Well, the two I chose, for obvious reasons. I was also drawn to the assassin, the cop, the lawyer, and I think there was a spy. I left those for the more general ‘criminal’ because I’m already working on a series involving assassins and spies, and didn’t want to overlap too much. But it’s clear that my heart is leaning toward angst and adventure!

How did you come to be involved in the Heart2Heart Anthology?

 I got a wonderful email from Leslie, inviting me to take part. I was immediately in love with the premise — what could be more fun than opposites attracting?

Since the anthology is only available for a limited time, (90 days) do you have any plans for your story after that?

 At this point I think I’ll likely offer it for free on my website, although I’ve already heard that a few readers would like more from Angel and Phillipe!

Have you ever been involved in a group project like this before? What were some of the challenges you had to face?

 I‘ve had stories in anthologies before, and I’ve done stories for charity, but never like this. This project was completely immersive for all of us, from day one. We were never on our own — we had to work together to nail down points (day of the week, what happens in a year or two??), and we had to confer if anything was set to overlap with another story. It was an amazing experience — and so fast!  I think it was three months from proposal to release!

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 I typed ‘Angelo Ramos’ into the Google search bar and let things unwind into… complete blandness. He wasn’t there, as far as I could tell. No social media that popped up with embarrassing photos of nights out in college, or a collection of photos of his children. Or, rather, there were far too many Angelo Ramoses out there to find the correct one.

I tried various alternates — Angel Ramos, Angelo Ramos Broker, Angelo Ramos Art Broker, Angelo Ramos Finder.  Nothing showed up. I got a glass of water and stared at the screen. I wasn’t a novice at internet searches. Granted, I was almost always searching for wine, but it couldn’t be that much different. Rare vintages and single bottles were almost impossible to find.  A man can’t be that much harder, especially since he seemed to have had involvement with the law.

I typed in ‘Angelo Ramos thief’ and clicked on the link for News.

He was the fifth link, a news story that was three years old. Ramos Decision Delayed, Victim Changes Tune. Well. That was an eye-catching headline.  I read on and discovered that Angel had allegedly relieved a woman of her pesky thirteenth century vase that was cluttering up her vault, and the FBI had pursued him across multiple state lines.  When he was finally apprehended he was without the vase but with a pile of cash. Thus caught, he was charged and incarcerated awaiting trial for all of nineteen hours before posting bail. He was good enough to follow the rules and presented himself in court on the appointed date, whereupon the plaintiff promptly withdrew the charges. Something about getting the vase back and how it had all been a mistake worthy of an Abbot and Costello script.

I scrolled lower in the list of links that the search engine had spit out. He was there, but the news story wasn’t about him; he was just in a photo taken at a gallery opening. And further down from there was an arrest for stealing a necklace in Los Angeles. Later, his name appeared in an article about the glamorous life of high end thefts — and that one had a link to a forum and message board.

Apparently there really are fans and devotees of almost everything. In this case, there was an active message board about art theft, with separate boards for paintings, jewelry, pottery, books, antiquities, spirits, gold, sunken ship treasures, coins, and stamps. I found fans of Angel’s in several of the forums, and four hours after I started looking for him online I found a link to a message group completely devoted to him.

The sun came up before I’d gotten to the end of all the posts. To some of the writers he appeared to be a hero. He’d taken objects (allegedly) from some of the biggest bastards in the business world, simply because he could — according to the writers. I had an idea that Angel probably got paid by someone else. Assuming, of course, that the tales were true in the first place).  To others he was an adventurer on par with the Three Musketeers, or Jason Bourne, doing all kinds of daring deeds in order to meet his objective. He scaled walls, he infiltrated security teams, he defied all the laser beams that technology could create. If he couldn’t break into a safe, he walked off with the safe. He danced with beautiful women in public and dazzled them so much that it was days later that they realized he’d waltzed off with their diamonds and pearls.

I made myself a cup of coffee, my tie undone and still draped around my neck. The top two buttons of my shirt were undone, and I hadn’t slept in almost 24 hours.

Did you really swim through a lake to take a tiara from Mrs. Bradshaw? I didn’t think he’d reply to my text, but the idea of that particular story was so unlikely that I simply had to ask. Oddly, I could totally picture him climbing the walls of an Italian estate in order to get his hands on a painting in the dark of night.

Twenty minutes later my coffee was gone, and I was undressing to take a shower before I went to bed for a few hours’ sleep.

It was not a lake so much as it was a creek, and I waded. Ruined a perfectly good suit. I couldn’t find trousers to match the jacket, later.

I found myself laughing as I stepped into the hot water. It figured.

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We encourage all readers to learn more about these groups and consider making a donation of your own. Every little bit helps.

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What began as a random idea quickly turned into a collaborative and completely voluntary effort from 11 authors, more than 130 readers, cover designer, 2 proofreaders, and one cat herder to keep it all together.

Readers were asked to submit ideas for characters, both typical and off-the-wall, and from that list, each author picked 2 seemingly mismatched guys and helped them find love.

May Archer – The Baker and the SEAL 

Charlie Cochet – The Assassin and the Dog Walker 

Poppy Dennison – The Electrician and the Event Planner

Alison Hendricks  – The Professional Gamer and the Paranormal Photographer 

Sloane Kennedy – The Florist and the Lawyer 

Lucy Lennox – The Uber Drive and the Phone Sex Operator

Ruthie Luhnow – The Lawyer and the Lobsterman

Lily Morton  – The Tattoo Artist and the Writer

Chris Owen – The Criminal and the Sommelier

Hailey Turner – The Superhero and the NSA Agent

AE Wasp – The Magician and the Mortician

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My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Parts is this I really loved – Travis and his struggles, Derek struggling to try to help him. Parts of it I didn’t love – how many times do I need to be told about Derek’s hair? I get it. It’s thick and black and long and luxurious. Stop beating me over the head with it. I also didn’t care for the interwoven ‘is he cheating?’ Factor. The story didn’t need it. With Travis’s struggles with his anxiety, this story was beautiful.

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AS YOU WISH (Book #1)

1 wedding, 2 best men, one hell of a love story!

Declan Ramsay was to be best man at his brother’s wedding in Scotland, sharing best man duties with the bride’s gay kid brother Sam. The best men wouldn’t meet for the first time until a few days before the wedding, so communicated by email for more than a year.

But on meeting Sam Aiken, Declan is surprised to see he isn’t a kid at all, but a striking, athletic blond man with a wicked sense of humor. Declan is alarmed by the ferocious attraction he feels for Sam. And as the attraction is reciprocated, the events at Dunloch Castle change everything Declan has ever believed about himself.
But is Sam Aiken all he appears to be?

About the Author

Isobel’s novel “As You Wish” (Shatterproof Bond #1) is an Amazon Best Seller on Amazon.com and Amazon France. Nine novels into her writing career Isobel has just released The Shatterproof Bond box set which contains all three novels in the series, and the first book in the M/M Romantic Comedy mystery series “Dick and the Sidekick” -“Detective Fox and the Christmas Caper”

“As You Wish” has been translated into French under the title “Comme Vous Voudrez”
The rest of the Shatterproof Bond novels will soon be available in French and German.

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