Every city has a place, a corner, a network of streets and homes and business where being gay is safe; where men and women can work, live and love without fear or judgement. The Tales from Rainbow Alley tell the stories of the men who make up the small community of Rainbow Alley, so dubbed after the first gay bar in the area was raided and burned over forty years ago. Now, the tight-knit community has grown into a safe haven for those who care to make it their home. Just so long as they abide by one rule; love thy neighbour.
Tales from Rainbow Alley
A good car thief needs sixty seconds, but grand theft heart might take even less time than that.
Freedom and trust; opposite sides of the same coin that could give expert car thief, Marky, the win he’s looking for. Little does he know escaping his gang ties will lead him through heartbreak and into cuffs he hadn’t even thought to watch out for. Now he can trust the powerful man who wants to help, or he can keep running. It all depends on how much he values his freedom, and whether or not Roland has managed the impossible; hijacking Marky’s carefully guarded heart.
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Searching for a way to be in the world that lets him live out his need to serve others has left Rory Sanders estranged from his family and without a lot of friends. When he meets Kane, he thinks his dreams have come true. Those dreams are shattered when he discovers Kane is less interested in his submission that his total subjugation and humiliation. Unable to figure out how to please Kane leaves Rory in a dangerous and humiliating position, bound and helpless in a fetish club where he at last meets people who understand.
Gabriel Stark is not only the private investigator called in to figure out who Kane is and why he has been abusing submissive men, he’s a professional Dom and the man of Rory’s dreams come to life. It remains to be seen if Gabe can overcome his own losses and mistakes and be the Dom Rory needs or if he will let his own past ruin yet another submissive who needs his help.
That Rory is physically, emotionally, and intellectually everything Gabe has been looking for only makes Gabe more determined not to get emotionally invested in Rory’s recovery from Kane’s abuse. Discovering just who Kane is and what his intense interest in Rory is all about may be the end of the fragile trust building between the two men, though. Keeping Rory safe from Kane turns out to be more than Gabe can manage on his own, and the result of failure could cost the submissive his life.
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Fix This, Sir
Jimmy’s been hiding from his troubled past for a long time—in drugs, drink and dangerous sex. It’s always been easy to find oblivion in the restraints of men who don’t really care who he is or where he’s come from. When tragedy puts him in a wheelchair and forces him to fix his legs—and his life—he’s not so sure he has it in him to even try. Belligerence is the only weapon he has left.
Cliff is a physiotherapist with a big heart…and a dominant streak a mile wide. The instant Jimmy Phillips rolls into his clinic, he sees a submissive headed straight for self-destruction and every protective instinct kicks in. Ignoring the dangers of getting intimately involved with a client, Cliff takes Jimmy under his wing and pries under the broken man’s guard. Getting behind the anger is a challenge the Dom in him just can’t ignore.
What he finds is so much more than he bargained for. Now that he’s reopened all of Jimmy’s old wounds, he’s not so sure he has what it takes to help his new submissive heal. All the control Cliff can muster can’t hold Jimmy’s crumbling world together, and now Cliff faces not just the loss of a sub, but his own fears that he was never worthy of Jimmy in the first place.
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Face To Face
They say home is where the heart is. They never mentioned rusty fire escapes, hustling or dumpsters. They never warned how fragile hearts could be, either. They say home is where the heart is. For Skate and Denny’s sake, they had better be right, because all they have is each other.
For eight months, they’ve been running from past mistakes, a vengeful gang and their own inner demons. But living on the street has become less and less viable. As winter deepens and food gets scarce, they have to make some tough choices. How much can they sacrifice before it becomes too much?
Desperate for survival, Denny is forced to make decisions when Skate no longer can, and takes them back to Rainbow Alley, where their lives first went wrong. Hoping Rolly can help them escape the gang and the streets with their lives, and maybe some of their tattered pride, he begs for help. But going to Rolly might prove to be the one thing that their fragile relationship can’t survive, not to mention that the chaos their return unleashes in the Alley and with its protectors could make them more enemies than friends.
Excerpt from “Face to Face”
“We have to go somewhere,” Mouse was insisting, still yanking on his arm.
“Here’s good.” Skate called up reserves of strength he didn’t really have to spare and hauled Mouse back in. “Not even cold anymore.” He smiled a wilted, floppy smile. “Just tired.”
“That’s what has me worried.” Mouse huddled against him, apparently giving up the attempt to get him to move. “Tell me something?”
“What?” Skate blinked into the dusky light. Knowing they were safe from prying eyes here, he wrapped his arms around Mouse and nestled his chin on his companion’s shoulder, breathing in the faint smell of Mouse clinging under the layers of street.
No use wasting the tiniest smidge of heat, he decided. Besides, despite the reek of city filth and the stale stench of other men, Skate could still detect that special tinge of open sky and hay and sweetness that he was addicted to. If he could breathe Mouse all the time, he would.
“Anything.” Mouse twisted around and cuddled his bony body to Skate’s. He never passed up an opportunity to get close. It didn’t matter how many times Skate reminded him they were just friends, he still wormed his way deeper every opening he got.
“Tell me anything,” he said, voice barely above a kitten purr. “Just talk. I love your voice.”
“Nothing to say,” Skate muttered. He was acutely aware that if anyone were around to overhear them, or see them like this, he would never get away with playing his dog-eared, bent-up straight card. Especially not with the way he let Mouse take the liberty of popping tiny kisses open along the side of his neck.
“You always have something to say.”
Skate tilted his head slightly. The man had a point. Skate had a big mouth. Opening it to voice his displeasure with his little brother after their parents had all but abandoned them had driven Gig into the Greenbacks for good. Opening it when Gig and Marky had tried to leave the gang had got Gig killed. Trying to bring attention to the Greenbacks moving into Rainbow Alley had only gained his former leader’s attention. That had put him in an untenable position that had left his friend, Jimmy Phillips, lying in a drug-induced puddle of drool and himself and Mouse—Denny, his Denny—on the run and freezing to death in an alley. He closed his eyes briefly and forced himself to remember that the man in his arms was called Mouse. Had to be called Mouse, because using his real name got too personal. Too close.
He forced his eyes open to find Mouse’s luminous gaze on him. Brightness from the street lamps bounced off the shimmering golden hue of them and made it look like the little bastard was shining from within.
“Talk to me,” Mouse insisted. “Just whatever you’re thinking about. Anything.”
“I killed my little brother,” Skate blurted, his mind sheering away from the instinct to kiss upturned lips, to fall away into the brilliance inside his friend.
Jamie is offering to send someone a signed copy of one of the books. Only Hotwired Heart, the first one, is not available in print, though. She’ll be happy to send a digital copy, if that is the book the winner wants.
About the Author
Andrew grew up in western Michigan with a father who loved to tell stories and a mother who loved to read them. Since then he has lived throughout the country and traveled throughout the world. He has a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and works in information systems for a large corporation.
Andrew’s hobbies include collecting antiques, gardening, and leaving his dirty dishes anywhere but in the sink (particularly when writing) He considers himself blessed with an accepting family, fantastic friends, and the world’s most supportive and loving partner. Andrew currently lives in beautiful, historic Carlisle, Pennsylvania.