Novels and Novellas

In Balance With This Life (Dreamspinner Press, February 2016)

Irishman Jeff Riley left the Royal Flying Corps in 1918, hardened by war. He survived those harsh years with the help of his quick-witted English friend, Sean McClean, although Jeff would never want to admit it. When the Battle of Britain erupts in 1939, he’s once again drafted and forced to leave his flourishing commercial pilot career and join a new squadron. Although another war disrupts his life, he’s not disappointed to find himself reunited with Sean.

Jeff is attracted to many of the men in his new squadron of misfits. Never before has he seen such a diverse group assembled for a single cause, including Jimmy Dupont, a handsome, strong Texan who joined the Royal Air Force to help the war effort, and his constant companion Filip, a young and talented Polish airman. It’s evident from the beginning that there’s something special about the connection between Filip and Jimmy, but as time goes on, Jeff feels himself not alienated by it but drawn into it.

Jeff tries to focus on staying alive, but he’s only human, and there’s more to life than survival. There’s also loving, and Jeff can’t get by without it, especially when any day could be his last.

(novella, 72 pages)

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Summer Song (Dreamspinner Press, June 2010)

Billy Bronner is, to all appearances, every inch the 1950s American dream: handsome, clever, captain of the high school football team, looks good enough in tight jeans that people can even forget he’s Jewish. Then the new guy on the block, the enigmatic Leonard Nachman, turns his head, and over the summer Billy discovers a new world of romance and love—in a man’s arms.

But when Kit O’Reilly, Billy’s best friend and shadow, comes home after spending the summer with relatives, he finds Billy acting… differently. Soon enough, it becomes obvious that this change is related to Len, and Kit will have to decide if he’ll accept the relationship Billy and Len have forged, or if he’ll push Billy and their longtime friendship away.

(novel, 206 pages, paperback and ebook)

What Critics Have Said About This Book

Summer Song won first place in the ‘Best Gay Coming of Age/Young Adult’ category at the Rainbow Awards, 2011.

‘One of the best books I’ve read this year. ***** (five stars) ‘ – Aunt Lynn at Reviews by Jessewave

‘Set in a small coastal California town in 1955, this YA novel is told in alternating 1st person POVs, beginning with Kit, and then switching to Leonard, Billy, and even Caitlyn, Kit’s girlfriend. It’s a fresh approach to a young man’s sexual discovery, both because of the time period involved and because it concentrated as equally on the friendships involved as it did the romance. The author’s prose is dynamic and invigorating, even in the multiple POVs, and this goes a long way in creating such a memorable, enjoyable reading experience. **** (four stars)’ – Three Dollar Bill Reviews

‘I would recommend this book to readers young and old. ***** (five stars)’ – Ana at The Romance Studio

This Red Rock (Dreamspinner Press, April 2011)

When Alex Arzano left the oppressive Southwestern town of his youth for an open life in San Diego, he never looked back—until now. Working on his Uncle Frank’s New Mexico ranch isn’t Alex’s first choice of ways to spend the summer, but it turns out not to be as bad as he’d feared: the scenery is beautiful… and not just the landscape, either. Frank has put ranch hand Oro Torres in charge of Alex’s training, and everything about Oro, from his gorgeous accent and muscled forearms to the way he handles a horse, is completely captivating. Alex is quicker to learn than Oro expects, and the tension between them rises just as fast. Finally, close quarters and exhilaration push them to take that last step—and after that, there’s no turning back.

(novella, 56 pages, ebook)

The Time of the Singing (Dreamspinner Press, November 2011)

Raised by devout parents, Israfel Vacek is a teenager before he realizes he may be turning into someone his parents would shun. When he confesses his fears to his brother, Michael suggests Raf might be able to save himself if he joins the clergy.

Though Raf is well-suited to the clerical life, enjoying the piety of his parishioners, his homosexual desires don’t go away. Still, Raf is able to repress them, until one young churchman decides he wants Raf for himself. Nate Mulligan is a bundle of contradictions, a devout believer who insists their love can’t be wrong, and Raf finds himself powerless to resist.

At first, Raf puts his guilt out of his mind, but when a misunderstanding brings his relationship with Nate to Michael’s attention, Raf realizes he has to make a choice: give up Nate to serve the Church and save his relationship with his family… or find his own path to grace and save himself.

(novel, 200 pages, paperback and eBook)

What Critics Have Said About This Book

‘ A beautiful, heartwarming and intense read I can only warmly recommend.’ (4.75 out of 5 stars) – Feliz at Reviews by Jessewave

The Kaiser Account (Torquere Press, June 2012)

It’s 1965. Evan Jones is an account manager for a major advertising company in New York City, engaged to the boss’s daughter in a half-hearted sort of way and gradually making his way up into the highest ranks of the company, and into the boss’s favor. The Kaiser Motors account is one they’ve been angling at for years, and Evan has absolutely no intention of letting it slip through his fingers.

But the man from Kaiser, Mark O’Brien, is not what Evan is used to dealing with, and, moreover, is someone who hits him right where it hurts: in the long repressed part of him that prefers men and is ashamed to admit it. When it comes to O’Brien, ‘going to any length’ has a whole new meaning, because O’Brien wants Evan – and worse still, Evan wants him back. O’Brien, in the space of a night, shows him something more than the staid life is possible. Can Evan take the risk and close the deal?

(novella, ebook)

 

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