What happens when a master thief meets a master ropesman … he gets all tied up!
Daniel has worked the confidence game many times in the pursuit of a prize. This time it’s for “Serenity,” a photograph worth four million dollars, and it represents the largest payday Daniel has ever chased. To uncover its whereabouts he needs to get close to Kearin, the auction house owner and photographer.
Kearin knows that Daniel will be an asset for the non-profit arm of his business when he meets him at an event, but his job offer is a cover for his real motive: to get Daniel in front of his camera. Preferably naked, bound, and needy to fulfill a specific request for a client−a portfolio that will put him at the top of his field.
Daniel readily agrees to model for Kearin−thinking it will lead him to “Serenity”−but what he doesn’t expect is to fall for Kearin’s brand of intensity instead. Will he go for the photograph or Kearin’s heart?
Zero Day Exploit
Asher “The Hunter” Hunt left black hat hacking for the safer work of IT security three years ago and hasn’t looked back. He’s a law-abiding citizen now, trying to forget the mistakes he made in the past. His latest job deals with a mortgage company, and even though they sent a burly security guard along, Asher doesn’t need anyone’s protection. He’s too much of a geek to be friends with a jock, so the heat he feels in his veins isn’t going to go anywhere.
Connar James is trying to find the right kind of thrill that he left behind while he was stationed overseas. His mind and body are a primed weapon, he just needs to be pointed at a bad guy. This job with a legal hacker is not it, even if the man himself is just Connar’s type: lanky, firm, and loyal. He’s not looking for anything complicated, though, so it’s better to keep his hands off the asset.
But the work isn’t what it seems, and Asher realizes he’s been played. Connar is ready to jump at the threat to defend what’s his, but Asher hesitates. Is it so bad to step into the black-hat world of hackers and conmen if it’s for a good cause? If they’re going to catch a thief, it’s going to take more than a computer nerd and his bodyguard. It will take a team. And Asher knows just the people for the job.
Vampires enthrall us. From horror to lover, vampires take our lives, our bodies, and our blood. The M/M erotic stories in this collection run the gamut. From historical past, present, and far into the future; science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary: it’s all about the fangs.
So whether you like your vampire vicious or kind, dominant or submissive, hidden or out in the open, this collection has an erotic story for you. Short enough to read on the bus, hot enough to make you sweat, and every one a new surprise. Five M/M erotic stories are waiting.
Natural Adaptation: Humanity is no longer at the top of the food chain. When Vampires take over the world they must adapt to survive. Some serve, some become food, but others evolve.
An Executioner’s Absolution: Bound by cold iron as a King’s executioner, one vampire strikes a bargain for his freedom. He claims his next victim as a Servant rather than killing him. Now they’re both on the run.
The Catch: Vampires prey on humanity from the shadows, reading minds and imposing their stronger wills over their food. On man stands against them, but tricking a creature than can read your thoughts requires the ultimate deception.
Mile High: At 30 thousand feet there aren’t many places where a vampire can get his fix without getting caught. There aren’t many men who would enjoy it, either.
Master Aviator: The military was supposed to be an easy place for a vampire to hide, especially at war. But when you’re stuck on a boat in the middle of the pacific, things get complicated. This vampire needs someone willing to feed him again and again.
Paul has seen Victor before, he just can’t remember where. The rush of fear in his stomach when Victor glances his way is familiar. Paul knows the slant of his smile. There’s nothing safe here, but when Victor offers to meet over coffee, Paul is swayed by this sense of knowing. Victor’s touch feels like an old lover. His hands have been here before.
Paul is sure he once learned something Victor is trying to hide. His hair stands on end whenever Victor gives him attention, like his body reacting to danger that his mind can’t recall. He’s not sure uncovering more is a good idea but he craves what Victor might give him.
Paul wants to know why he longs for Victor’s voice. He dreams about conversations they’ve never had. He desires a darkness he’s never seen before. They met only once, but this longing is too intense. Victor is keeping secrets, Paul just can’t remember them.
Expanded from Mile High Vampire, a reader favorite flash story previously published in the collection Fanged. En Memoriam stands alone.
The Wolf And The King
Kaleb is under pressure from his closest adviser. Either choose a husband and take the throne of his people, the shifters of the world, or one will be chosen for him. But Kaleb doesn’t want just any husband. He wants to find his mate, the one man that the gods put in this world specifically for him. Richard thinks Kaleb is a fool to trust in myths, but Kaleb insists he’s looking for a forever love and he’s determined to find it.
Parker is a lowborn wolf shifter and not interested in bowing to any tiger, that is, until Kaleb parades by and their eyes lock. For a second nothing else exists, just the two of them and the knowledge that they are meant to be together. It’s fate. But the advisor pushes Kaleb on, and it’s up to Parker to find a way to reach his true mate.
Wolves have been oppressed by the tiger royalty for generations, but it’s Kaleb who fears the bond he and Parker share. Something or someone is scaring Parker’s mate into an arranged marriage he doesn’t want. Parker knows that Kaleb is his, but unless Kaleb can make a stand, they’ll be apart forever.
Cinder Ella — S.T. Lynn
Ella is transgender. She’s known since she was young; being a woman just fit better. She was happier in skirts than trousers, but that was before her stepmother moved in. Eleanor can’t stand her, and after Ella’s father passes she’s forced to revert to Cole, a lump of a son. She cooks, she cleans, and she tolerates being called the wrong name for the sake of a roof over her head. Where else can she go?
An opportunity to attend the royal ball transforms Ella’s life. For the first time, strangers see a woman when she walks down the stairs. While Princess Lizabetta invited Cole to the ball, she doesn’t blink an eye when Cinderella is the one who shows. The princess is elegant, bold, and everything Ella never knew she wanted. For a moment she glimpses a world that can accept her, and she holds on tight.
She should have known it wouldn’t last. Dumped by her wicked stepmother on the farthest edge of the kingdom, Ella must find a way to let go of the princess and the beautiful life they shared for an hour. She’ll never find her way back. But it’s hard to forget the greatest night of her life when every rose she plants is a reminder.
Enchanted — S.T. Lynn
Enchanted tells twelve stories of magic, power, and the choices we make. Between love, duty, and the whims of fate, these characters each fight their own battles. Some win, some lose, and others discover something entirely new.
In Final Wishes, Theresa learns that her father, the king, has lied to his people for years. Stand with Duilya in The Forever Storm as she faces an assault on her kingdom that she cannot survive. Walk with Gweyr through The Summer Rite as she reconnects with the spirit of her mother.
Twelve short tales of loyalty, betrayal, friendship, and war await.
The Art of Magic
A deadly blight sweeps across the land, driving people and animal alike before it. Two sisters flee from the overtaking poison, ready to fight for their lives and each other.
The Art of Magic is a short story about power, where it comes from, what we can do to change its course, and how the acts we perform every day can stop the unstoppable.
The world is divided into two types of people: the dreamers who live vibrant lives and the warriors who defend them from nightmares.
Larz is a warrior, honed to be faster, stronger, and smarter than any evil. He has solved puzzles, answered riddles, and fought the life of his assigned dreamer without ever knowing more than their names.
But there are secrets hidden in dreams and one is in Rayan’s mind, locked in a chest, and guarded by a dragon. Rayan locked it there himself. But now he wants it back