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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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.

See You Soon?

I'll be speaking at the West Regional Library in Plantation, FL on Monday June 27 from 6-8 PM on "Publishing for LGBT Writers and Straight Allies." I'm working on a great presentation about everything from digital first to hybrid publishers. If you can stop by, the library's located at 8601 West Broward Boulevard.

I'm going to attend the Novelists Inc. conference in St. Petersburg Beach from September 21 - 25, though I'll be there to learn, not present.

I'm also scheduled to be at GayRomLit October 20-23, 2016 at the Westin Crown Center in Kansas City. I'll put up more details about what I'm doing as they become available.

Finally, I'll be out and about to celebrate the release of The Next One Will Kill You from Diversion Books. Pub date is November 15 and I hope to put together a couple of events to talk about the book and sign. (The link will take you to pre-orders for the print edition; the pre-order link for the ebook should be up by early October.)


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).

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 from Amazon, and there's a translation into Brazilian Portuguese in the works, too.


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