New Books and Stories from Neil S. Plakcy

A Cold Wind

Can two middle-aged men with baggage fall in love? And can that love withstand assassination attempts?

Bodyguards Aidan Greene and Liam McCullough are sparring with one another again-- over the debris of a stalled renovation project in the small home they've bought in the town of Banneret-les-Vaux, in the hills above Nice. Luckily their neighbor, decorator Thierry Tremblay, is willing to help.

But a new case calls, and they move into a luxurious high rise in the Fontvielle neighborhood of Monaco to protect retired Russian oligarch Slava Vishinev. Who's trying to kill him-- and why?

Now that he's been forced out of the closet, lost his wife and family, and left behind the cold of Moscow for the Riviera, Slava longs for a sexy new life. But after a near-miss hit-and-run, he's ready to give up.
Both Slava and Thierry need a jump-start to love again. But can our heroes keep Slava alive long enough to engineer a romance between him and Thierry, still pining for his late lover? And will all the stress of home renovation cause a permanent break between Aidan and Liam? Read A Cold Wind to find out!

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Love on the Pitch

Fourth in my "Love On" series, Love on the Pitch also derives from my erotica collection Three Lambs -- but with a difference. The short story "Bull-Headed" is told in first person by one of the frat guys, Thom Lodge, who is assigned to tutor football player Warren Updegrove in math. Warren is big, abrasive and bull-headed, and it takes a while for Warren to overcome his internalized homophobia and plant a deep kiss on his tutor.

They have sex a couple of times (of course, it's erotica) but that's it. Warren is headed for the NFL and not going to let anything derail him. But it was Warren who stayed with me, Warren's struggle that interested me, so Warren's the star of Love on the Pitch. After playing in for the Jacksonville Jaguars for a year, Warren is released from the team and returns to South Florida, where he drinks too much and loses his pro conditioning. Thom is his only pal in town, a "friend with benefits."
When Warren meets former Olympian Victor Ragazzo and joins Victor's gay rugby team, he falls hard-but will Victor's baggage bring down their budding relationship? Will Thom ever step off the sidelines and declare his love for Warren-or watch his BFF ruin his life with a jerk?

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The Sea Between Us

Back in 2011, I published a book with Loose Id called Mi Amor, about a late-night party boy and in love with an early-rising hard-driving real estate developer. I loved the book, from the very sexy opening onward. During the book, Adam grows up and Javier loosens up. At the end, Adam will soon has to make a decision about where he will go to business school -- stay in Miami with Javier, or head to Harvard. It's what's called in the romance biz a "happy for now" ending.

After the Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage, Loose Id approached its authors and asked if we wanted to revisit any of our characters who might be on the road to matrimony, and I thought immediately of Adam and Javier. Four years had passed and I wanted to know what they were up to.
Javier has encouraged Adam to leave town for Harvard-- but does he still love the new, more adult Adam who returns with his MBA? Will the big venture Javier began while Adam was away be his downfall, tearing apart his relationship? And will his conservative Cuban-American parents ever condone his marriage to another man?

By the way, the title comes from a poem my friend Richard Blanco read at the opening of the US Embassy in Havana.

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Children of Noah

In eight books, police detective Kimo Kanapa'aka has investigated homicides and other crimes that take place in Honolulu's District 1, which covers the downtown area from Liliha Street to Punahou Street and from Round Top Drive to Ala Moana Beach, including the Aloha Tower. His cases have taken him around the island, from the Windward to the Leeward Coast and up through the center of the island to the North Shore.

Now, Kimo and his detective partner Ray Donne have accepted an assignment to the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force, where personnel from a variety of Federal and local agencies are loaned to the Bureau to work on complex cases.

Kimo and Ray must negotiate a new bureaucracy and a tricky case, which begins with threatening letters sent to a U.S. Senator and his family. Things heat up as they discover connections to other harassment of mixed-race couples and families, even children. Since his new-born twins are a mix of many cultures, from Hawaiian to haole to Japanese to Korean, Kimo feels especially motivated to solve this case.
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Love on the Web

I've returned to the world of Three Lambs for another story of young gay men looking for love and career success on South Beach. Manny Suarez had his book, Love on Site, and Gavin Kaczmarek had his, Love on Stage. Now it's Larry's turn.

Larry Leavis is too smart and geeky for his family, too gangly and awkward among other gay guys. He's never felt like he fits anywhere until he meets handsome entrepreneur Julian Argento and agrees to help him build a website for his fledgling web translation company.

Julian isn't the only guy with his eye on Larry, though. Sexy client Victor Kunin has plans for Larry that go way beyond developing an app for his modeling agency. All this attention has Larry confused. Is Julian using him for his awesome coding skills, or is there something more between them - something that could be destroyed if Julian finds out about some very kinky trysts at Victor's place?

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Dog Have Mercy

In the sixth golden retriever mystery, Dog Have Mercy, Christmas approaches and reformed hacker Steve Levitan tries to help a fellow ex-con now working at the vet's office in Stewart's Crossing. His curiosity, and the crime-solving instincts of his golden retriever, Rochester, kick in when liquid potassium ampoules are stolen from the vet and Steve's new friend is a suspect.

Is this theft connected to a drug-running operation in North Philly? Or to a recent spate of deaths at the local nursing home? And can Steve continue to resist his computer-hacking impulses or will his desire to help others continue to lead him into trouble? Buy it at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords and the iBookstore. To read a preview from Amazon, click here.

Finding Freddie Venus

Aidan and Liam's new client is former gay porn star Freddie Venus, who survived an epic slide and now lives a solitary life in a restored farmhouse outside Nice. He hires bodyguards when he begins to believe he is being stalked.

Newt Camilleri is a sad, overweight fifty-year-old who writes gay unicorn porn but has no romantic life. He has fled his dead-end job and old life to start again on the Riviera. When he spots Freddie, his porn idol, in a grocery store, he kicks off the plot that will bring them together.

But Freddie's past is about to come back to haunt him. Will Aidan and Liam be able to save Freddie, and help him and Newt start a new story together? Have Body Will Guard #7, Finding Freddie Venus, is now available as an ebook from Loose Id, as well as Amazon, iTunes, and Barnes and Noble.

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See You Soon?

I'll be in Bethesda, Maryland April 29 - May 1, 2016 for Malice Domestic. I'm especially thrilled that one of my short stories has been chosen for their anthology. Stop by and say hello!

Now in Audio

If you like audiobooks, I hope you'll consider mine. At Amazon, just select the Audible version.

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

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

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).

What Else is New?

I'm dipping my toes in several new streams right now. There's a Steve and Rochester story in an anthology from Untreed Reads, called The Untreed Detectives.

I'm experimenting with translation, too. 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 The same story in German, "Weihnachten auf Honolulu," is available as well. And now there's an Italian translation of the first golden retriever mystery, too. Ciao, bella!


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