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A Cat’s Play is the Death of Mice

A Cat's Play is the Death of Mice

Kon Blacke

When Oliver Merritt’s parents were murdered by a strange, shadowed man in an alleyway off the foggy streets of Victorian London, he vowed to get revenge against him. In his sorrow, Oliver discovered he has magic—an energy that’s anchored to his physical self and acts as an enhanced extension of his senses, but only stays with him if he remains chaste.

With nowhere else to go, Oliver accepts an offer to live in a brothel, starting work as an exotic dancer to earn his keep. If he thought his life had been turned upside down, things become even more interesting when a scraggly, tousle-haired lad named Tom Arkwright—the son of a local constable—arrives at the brothel as part of another murder investigation.

Together they help each other with their cases, and in doing so, they realize the shadowed man who murdered Oliver’s parents—called the Skilamalink Man—is responsible for all the murders in the area. Oliver soon finds himself falling for the charming, streetwise young Tom.

Now he must choose between revenge and love. But if he chooses his heart, is it right to sacrifice his magic, when it might be the only thing that can stop the Skilamalink Man from killing again?

A Cat's Play is the Death of Mice publishes on Friday April 19.

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Deadly Valentine

Deadly Valentine

John Luke Maxwell

Dating a porn star comes with certain expectations, especially when one's relationship remains somewhat in the limelight. More than once, Rafael Vásquez has been asked via social media if his porn legend hunk of a boyfriend, Jean Locke Holmes, will ever come out of retirement. Holmes seems content to live out a life of leisure with Raf, however, focusing on their relationship and the occasional baffling murder case that comes their way.

That is, until a chance encounter with Holmes' old director pushes Holmes back into the business. Kincaid Marx, the man whose movies made Holmes the iconic gay sex stud that he is, wants to make one final movie before he retires from filmmaking. This production is to be Kincaid's magnum opus, a blockbuster-worthy flick that will rock the Grabby Awards. For that to happen, though, Kincaid needs Holmes to agree to star in it. Joining the lineup-up is a second porn legend, Casper Peyton, whom Holmes just so happens to be a fan of. The two salacious studs will have to share far more than the spotlight, and Raf finds himself sidelined into the role of extra and script doctor.

Things take an even more complicated turn after several accidents occur on set. Someone seems determined to shut Kincaid's production down for good. Adding to the mystery is a sinister presence stalking Peyton, one who claims through threatening Valentines to know secrets lurking in Peyton's past. Holmes will have to get to the bottom of this mystery—and get in touch with his inner bottom in the process. Raf learns very quickly the differences between fantasy and reality. Can his relationship with Holmes survive the stud's return to stardom?

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Tricks ‘N’ Treats

Tricks 'N' Treats

Jean Locke Holmes: Porn Star Detective, #2

John Luke Maxwell

It’s a brand-new day for Rafael Vásquez. Sure, his ex-boyfriend tried to kill him, but all of that led to an extraordinary new life with his porn crush—and amateur sleuth—Jean Locke Holmes.

When word trickles down of a week-long Halloween party at the newest gay bathhouse in the Castro, it’s not long before Holmes smells something odd about. Their room at the bathhouse is vandalized. Raf finds himself shedding far more than his inhibitions when he is hired to replace a dancer who died tragically under shady circumstances. Before long, another dancer bites the dust.

The Halloween horror builds to a harrowing climax as Raf stares down the barrel of a gun to confront a greedy conspiracy lurking just below the surface.

Raf will have to bare all—and learn some dark truths about his own character—if he wants to survive.

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The Phantom of Nob Hill Theatre

The Phantom of Nob Hill Theatre

Jean Locke Holmes: Pornstar Detective #1

John Luke Maxwell

For Rafael, the hits keep coming—losing his job, quarantine lockdown, bills piling up, and now…dumped by his boyfriend.

When a bad day seems only destined to get worse, something finally goes right. Retired porn legend Jean Locke Holmes stops by the used bookstore where Rafael managed to pick up a few hours. This is a man Rafael idolizes and has had many dirty fantasies about. Shockingly, Holmes seems to take a liking to Rafael. Sparks soon fly between the two men.

But sparks also fly on stage. During a charity performance featuring Locke at the recently-closed Nob Hill Theatre, a set of lights comes crashing down—and it's clear this was no accident. Someone is out to murder porn stars.

But Holmes is a man of surprises. With his keen eyes and a knack for spotting details others miss, he soon leads Rafael hot on the trail of clues in a deadly chase. But will they catch the murderer before the murderer catches them?

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Safe Words

Safe Words

Drury Jamison

After years of alcohol and promiscuous sex, Detective Eleanor Silver is not the cop or the person she wanted to be

When sexually dominant women in the world of BDSM start turning up dead and there are clear signs that a serial killer is at large, Eleanor takes on the cases with a renewed determination she hasn’t felt in years. She then turns to Dr. Anderson Wells, a psychologist and sexual submissive, to be her guide in this world that is unknown to her.

While working the cases through kink parties, leather corsets, and safe words, they soon find themselves exploring on more intimate levels. In her, he sees the strong and forceful woman he craves. And in him, she sees a man strong enough to surrender control. And in this, she sees glimmers of what her life could be.

As they become closer, both as lovers and as Dominant and submissive, new murders and his own lie make Anderson a suspect and then the target of a cop looking to clear his own name. Events and passions collide with bite marks, pretty underwear, and murder in a world where cops may be killers and lovers may hold whips.

Eleanor Silver has to let go of her pain to claim for herself the life she wants and risk everything to save the man she loves.

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