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Dog's Waiting Room: December 1, 2021




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Two parents die and two families mourn, in very different ways.

Amateur sleuth Steve Levitan and his clue-sniffing golden retriever Rochester face two deaths in the 12th full-length novel in this long-running series. An Alzheimer’s patient slips away from home on his own and tumbles into the Delaware River. And then Steve’s love Lili suffers the crushing loss of her mother in a Miami Beach hospital.

Eckhardt Lalor left behind a fortune in real estate, a fractured family, and a bitter legacy as a city slumlord. Does that add up to murder? There’s no question of what killed Benita Weinstock—a dodgy heart—but her death rocks her daughter’s world, and Steve’s.

It will be up to Rochester to solve the crime and heal his humans in this new mystery with heart—and fur.


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Two Steak Taco Combos and a Pair of Sig Sauers




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My first short story in the world of bodyguards Aidan Greene and Liam McCullough. 

They don’t do hostage rescues. But Liam’s SEAL buddy Joey is still on active duty in Afghanistan, so when he asks for help locating his missing fiancée, they have to step up.

Their partnership, in life and close protection, has spanned twelve books in the Have Body, Will Guard series. To rescue social worker Cathy Beth, they’ll have to rely on Liam’s physical strength and Aidan’s out of the box thinking. Flying in from their home base on the French Riviera, they’ll need local advice, in the form of Cathy Beth’s BFF, an over the top drag queen, and a pair of guns from a Chicago taco truck.

Cathy Beth’s kidnapping shines a light on a grim immigrant tradition of female genital mutilation, and it’s up to Aidan and Liam to rescue Cathy Beth and her teen charge and shut down a doctor’s evil practice. Fortunately, they’re up to the challenge. Order from the publisher, Down and Out Books, or from Amazon. 


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The Graveyard of God's Name (Have Body, Will Guard Book 12)


 

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A Biblical scroll that could change the world... if Aidan and Liam can keep it and the man who found it safe.

Husbands and close-protection partners Aidan Greene and Liam McCullough are called to protect a young Oxford student with a valuable manuscript.

Danny Cardozo, a gay, Jewish scholar, has been entrusted with an ancient scroll, a copy of the Biblical book of Leviticus written soon after the destruction of the Second Temple. When villains threaten him, he heads to an isolated home on the resort island of Djerba, off the Tunisian coast.

Danny could build a career as a scholar from the revelations he has discovered in the ancient scroll – if he or any of the elderly men helping him don’t die first.

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MM Romance: The Lock-Keeper's Heart


 

Can two broken men heal each other?
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In the aftermath of a failed love, Isaac Evans drops out of college and flees Philadelphia for a lock-keeper’s job on the Delaware Canal in rural Pennsylvania, where he pursues a life of Thoreau-driven solitude.

Prussian immigrant Lenert Tessmer trudges along the canal towpath in good and bad weather, hobbled by his dialect which prevents him from connecting with others. Then Lenert breaks his leg, and Isaac’s Quaker beliefs force him to offer a place where Lenert can recover.

Slowly, these two broken men find solace and healing in each other. But with railroads replacing the canal and narrow-minded outsiders who threaten their country idyll, Isaac and Lenert will have to face their deepest fears to develop a love that will endure.

Fans of MM historical romance will appreciate a fascinating time period, filled with unique details and a vibrant location, and a focus on the lives of working-class men in the 19th century who dare to love other men. This historical MM romance set in a small town in rural Pennsylvania in 1872 has a hurt/comfort theme.

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Story: "Public Relations" in The Great Filling Station Holdup


 

When editor Josh Pachter invited me to submit a story for his anthology based on the songs of Jimmy Buffett, I was thrilled. I have been a Parrothead since I moved to Florida in the mid-1980s. It was a great challenge first, to choose a song, and then to write a piece of crime fiction that ws inspired by that song.

I chose "Public Relations" from Buffett's Broadway musical "Don't Stop the Carnival," based on a book by Herman Wouk. I loved the color, the characters and the atmosphere of the show, which I saw at the Coconut Grove Theater. It reflected so much of the South Florida I love-- and after all, Miami is the capital of the Caribbean.

If you know me at all, you know of my love for the double entendre-- and once I settled on this song I knew my story had to involve someone having sex in public. Very quickly I knew it was the ostensbily straight, married CEO of a manufacturer of condoms, caught barebacking on video. That's public relations for you!

It's also the kind of crisis that takes an experienced PR guru to manage, just like Norman Paperman, the star of the musical. Want to know how the real crime comes in, and how Norman saves the day? You'll have to read the story. You can pre-order the book until pub date on February 22, or order it whenever you're reading this. The best place to do so is from the publisher, Down and Out Books, though I'm sure it will be available through all the usual sources, including Amazon.
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Can a lord and valet find love in Victorian England?


 

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 I'm a huge fan of British historical gay romance, like that written by K.J. Charles and Cat Sebastian, among others. So a year or more ago I decided to try my hand at one. Though many of those are earlier, I wanted to focus on the Victorian era—specifically December, 1877. I can’t say exactly why. But I read a lot of Victorian literature in college and graduate school, so I felt familiar with the era.

I began by with research on the common tropes. Inheritance is a big one, because many of the grand estates were entailed—they were often tied to a title, and the property could only be inherited by the holder of the title. Younger sons were left to find their own way in the world once their father died.

Class differences were also big, and the idea of an upstairs/downstairs romance was frowned upon. I set out to incorporate those tropes into an MM romance.

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 I began with Lord Magnus Dawson, the third son of a duke. His oldest brother will inherit, while the second son has been set up with a tea plantation in in Ceylon. Magnus’s father bought him a military commission, but when the Duke became ill, Magnus sold his commission to look after his dying dad. The book begins with the Duke’s death, and Magnus realizing he will soon be cut off and needs to find a way to make a living. 

One of the ways a young man could succeed back then was by education, and Toby Marsh’s father, a wealthy manufacturer, sends him to King’s College and then to Cambridge. Unfortunately, the senior Marsh dies before Toby can finish his degree, and he’s forced to serve as a valet slash tutor to his wealthy dissolute roommate.

When the book opens, he’s struggling to make a living as a freelance tutor in Cambridge. Then an unusual summons arrives, which will put him in close quarters with Magnus. Love blossoms between them—but can it survive against the stigmas of the Victorian era?

One of my beta readers wrote, “I was completely taken with Magnus and Toby and their personal back stories.”

I hope you will be, too!