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About Alina Popescu
Writer, traveler, and coffee addict, Alina Popescu has been in love with books all her life. She started writing when she was ten and she has always been drawn to sci-fi, fantasy, and the supernatural realm. Born and raised in Romania, she finds her inspiration in books of all genres, in movies, and the occasional manga comic book. She is a proud geek who needs her fast Internet and gadgets more than she needs air.
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A secluded island, an exhausted detective, and the threat of a hurricane. Anyone ordered death and destruction?
Private investigator Emmett Naoki has had it with chasing cheaters, solving murders, and frustrating relatives. A beach vacation on a secluded island with his boyfriend and brother in tow is just what the doctor ordered…
…until he finds himself trapped by a looming hurricane and faced with an overly dramatic disappearing act. That’s what everyone does on holiday, right?
What else could go wrong when both Mother Nature and a gang of criminals are out for blood? Oh, right, a big, fat slice of family drama!
Toes in the Water, Murder in the Sand is the sixth book in the OWL Investigations Mysteries series. If you like your holiday adventures with a side of danger and snarky sleuths, then you’ll love this fresh, tropical mystery.
Grab your copy of Toes in the Water, Murder in the Sand right now to find out if Emmett will ever risk going on holiday again.
Storm, the Dragon of Vis, wedding Sky Moonborn takes the entire kingdom by surprise. Everyone opposes Storm’s choice: the king and queen, the heartbroken youths of Vis whose dreams of high status have been crushed, and the prized heirs to the kingdom’s allies. None of them, however, is so decidedly against this sudden marriage as Sky himself.
Since turning sixteen, Storm has spent his life waging war against neighboring countries and making them bow to his will. Rumors about his viciousness and unmatched talent for killing have roamed the lands of Vis and turned Sky’s heart to ice.
Amidst court intrigue, military conflicts, and an ever-decaying marriage, a whirlwind of hidden truths and feelings bind Sky and Storm together. This thunderous link seems doomed to lead only to destruction. Only a small flicker of hope promises salvation, but will either fan that flame in time?
When best friend Tom finds out his younger brother Aiden is targeted, Sean drops everything to protect the man he still loves.
Can two former lovers survive a weekend alone in the woods, or will the threat from within be more devastating than the one from outside?
Word count: ~8000 words
•(of a boat, sailor, or sea creature) left aground on a shore.
"a stranded whale"
•left without the means to move from somewhere.
"he offers a lift to a stranded commuter"
The boys in this collection of short stories have most definitely been left STRANDED!
They’ve been shipwrecked and abandoned.
Marooned and cast away.
And left helpless and high and dry.
But you should never underestimate the tenacity of the human heart…
Trapped since birth in a sterile, hospital-like apartment, Wynn longs to break free to experience the world.
But is Doyle real, or is he just a figment of Wynn’s imagination?
Michael P. Thomas
Sitcom sensation Felix Medrano, America's Sweetheart, throws a star-studded surprise party for his sweetheart, beanpole barkeep Grover Shepherd.
It’s a smash, save for one detail: Shep is a no-show.
Who’d have thought it would be so hard to pop the question?
Who’d have thought being stranded at the airport could possibly have some long term benefits?
Certainly not Tom.
But then he hadn’t bargained on meeting Rafael…
The gods truly do work in mysterious ways as Thorstein found out when he was left for dead on the battle field of a foreign land.
One ditching and one rescue later, Hayden discovers the use of a telephone isn’t the only offer that’s on the table…
Benji and Ari have spent their lives feeling lost and alone, stranded between genders.
Can they help each other stop unravelling?
Lily G. Blunt
Chris and Andreas are opposites in character.
Both fear the other wants to move on.
Can being stranded on a mountainside resolve the doubt that is threatening to tear them apart?
OUT OF ORDER
Rob was the one who got away.
Trent stumbles upon him during a trip to San Francisco…
Right before a deadly earthquake…
DATING FOR DEAFIES
If Evan York keeps hiding from the world behind his laptop he might miss out on something special.
Will he find the courage?
ONE SNOWY NIGHT
One snowy night, Keith Brambles learns that appearances can be deceptive.
Jessie went camping with friends expecting to have some fun and maybe drink a little beer.
Instead, he found his perfect man…
but is he real or just a dream?
DID YOU LEAVE ANY FOR ME
Two ex-lovers, one hotel room, and one random act of technology.
An angsty love story ten years in the making
When he turned fifteen, Van met the love of his life. Too bad Parker was already dating his older brother, Taylor.
After ten years of pining, Van gets another chance at being with Parker, but making things work is far more challenging than he anticipated.
This box set includes the first four books in the series:
Book 1 - Don’t Call Me Kid
Falling in love with your brother’s boyfriend and pining over him for a decade? It can’t get any more complicated than that!
Book 2 – Don’t Underestimate Me
The best first kiss ever should lead up to a wonderful holiday season. But what if it only heralds heartbreak?
Book 3 – Don’t Push Me Away
Fear, family, and other love-ending demons
Book 4 – Don’t Let Go
A hopeless romantic and his skittish boyfriend take on Valentine’s Day. And it’s not the smoothest of rides…
Just Don’t is a contemporary gay romance serial. If you like your love stories on the angsty side and with a touch of complicated family dynamics, then this the perfect book for you.
Buy the Just Don’t box set (books 1-4) today to see if Van’s love is strong enough to conquer all.
Redemption, soul searching, and angst. Who said romance had to be easy?
Taylor disappointed everyone who’s ever expected anything from him. His little brother, his ex-husband, but most of all himself.
Now that he’s striving to become a better person, shed his masks and pretenses, Taylor finds that gaining the trust of the man he loves, Drew, is his most challenging quest.
This box set includes books 5 to 7 in the Just Don’t gay contemporary romance serial.
Book 5 – Don’t Rule Me Out
A serial cheater getting the man he loves to trust him? Not totally impossible
Book 6 – Don’t Play Games
A redeemed man, a responsible man, and the complicated love that binds them
Book 7 – Don’t Look Away
A rock, a hard place, and the love that can’t reconcile them
Just Don’t is a contemporary gay romance serial. If you like your love stories on the angsty side and redemption stories, then this the perfect box set for you.
Buy the Just Don’t box set (books 5-7) today to see if Taylor succeeds in giving himself and Drew a happy ending.
Cheating exes, missing exes, and former crushes
There are few things in this world that private investigator Emmett Naoki loves. His job and the business he’s built, OWL Investigations, are his biggest passion. Then there’s sleeping in and working alone, but he isn’t getting much of either these days.
His hates are similarly specific. He despises his gift—or curse, depends on how you look at it—of always being hit with the truth right in the face.
He loathes smug bastards who used to make him feel unwanted as a teen. Yet he’s hired their king, David Wright, as his side-kick. In Emmett’s defense, he was drunk at the time.
At the top of his hate list are liars and cheaters. They’re the lowest of the low. So why exactly has Emmet agreed to help cheating ex no.1, Byron, to find backstabbing—and now missing—ex no.2, Chris? Especially since the cops think nothing’s amiss.
Find a Man, Don’t Settle Down is the first book in the LGBT mystery series OWL Investigations. If you like sarcastic PIs and snarky banter, engaging mysteries and a touch of comedy to your life-and-death situations, then you’ll love this new series.
Start reading Find a Man, Don’t Settle Down today to find out what happened to Emmett’s missing man.
“Intense. Touching. Fabulous. Haunting. Riveting.”
Two coming of age, friends to lovers stories complementing each other, told over three books. Decades of passion, friendship, and surpassing hardships.
Live, learn, love, and persevere on Edi and Seba’s lover’s journeys.
Dawn to Dusk – Book One
Edi’s life is made up of precious moments.
That first encounter with Robert in rural Romania at eleven. A summer spent together in the same setting a year later. Their first text exchange in high school. The first sexual experience. The first heartbreak—the second and third and fourth chance. The point of total breakdown and the despair of failing. More love than anyone could have warned him about.
No matter how much time passes, no matter how different their paths, every meeting brings Edi and Robert closer together. Those stolen moments shine brighter than any. Yet loving Robert is not easy, not when Edi wants to be true to himself and is met with dishonesty. Or when Robert keeps parading new conquests and ignores Edi more often than not.
Edi has always loved Robert, but he must decide if his journey leads to or away from his childhood friend. Is it true love or is Edi just unable to let go?
“You'll feel like you've run an emotional gauntlet by the end, and you'll be glad you did!”
Dusk to Dawn – Book Two
Since he was thirteen, Sebastian’s every precious moment was connected to his first crush, Edi. His protector through his toughest school years, Edi has always guided Sebastian’s choices. Love, lust, the realization he was gay, his passion for sports and karate, his studies and career of choice, everything in Seba’s life is somehow linked to Edi.
Sebastian’s love never faltered over the years, not as he challenged himself to catch up to Edi. Nor when Edi’s on and off boyfriend, Robert, showed up to wreak havoc in their lives.
Sebastian has shaped his life to revolve around Edi—his friend, roommate, and occasional lover. But is that the right path for him, or should he start a new journey, one that takes him away from Edi all the way to another country? And will running away solve anything in the end?
“Love the characters! Love the storyline! Definitely two must read books!”
Sunrise with You – A Companion Novella
Someone’s always stirring up trouble in paradise…
Six months after becoming lovers, Sebastian and Edi are still riding their blissful high. Secluded in Cambridge, away from past nuisances and homophobic jerks, switching from best friends to boyfriends was easy. Yet when faced with Romania’s realities, things get a little shaky.
A trip to Bucharest to clear out Edi’s apartment brings out all their doubts and fears about their new relationship. Edi’s ex, Robert, pursues him relentlessly, Edi’s bosses are doing a marvelous job at driving him into an early grave, and Seba finds himself pushed away.
After pining over Edi for most of his life and seeing him go back to Robert again and again, Seba can’t help but fear the worst. Not used to being shut out by Edi, he fears they are doomed to fail.
The romantic vibes of Valentine’s Day remind them of their true feelings.
There’s always someone digging into your past, using whatever they find against you
Private investigator Emmett Naoki has come a long way from his modeling days. Yet he should still remember fame always comes at a hefty price. Really, he shouldn’t be surprised the high demand for OWL Investigations services is the very definition of a double-edged sword.
Emmett and David, his assistant and tentative boyfriend, can’t ever catch a break with this onslaught of new clients. The only time they spend together is squished in a car, following cheating spouses around. Not the most romantic of dates. To make matters worse, Emmett gets saddled with a mysterious string of suicides that lead him to local mobsters.
It’s just Emmett’s luck that this case puts his family in danger. He’d better figure out why so many people working for the mob suddenly decided to off themselves before his loved ones get caught in the line of fire. And he’d better do it while caring for his newly adopted cat. Don’t ask!
The Worst Man I Never Knew is the fourth LGBT mystery in the OWL Investigations series. If you like intriguing cases, sleuth protagonists who leave no stone unturned, and plenty of family secrets, then you’ll love this new installment in Alina Popescu’s popular PI series.
Start reading The Worst Man I Never Knew right now to see if Emmett manages to untangle this complicated web and keep his family safe.
Clients lying through their teeth, lives on the line, and family misadventures. Just an ordinary day in the life of a professional sleuth.
There’s nothing private investigator Emmett Naoki wouldn’t do for family. So when a distressed woman shows up at his office, desperate to find her twin sister, he can’t help feeling for her. Which makes it even worse when he starts suspecting her touching story is nothing but a ruse. If he only knew what she’s playing at…
Normally, Emmett would consult with his brother, Tate, or David, his boyfriend and partner at OWL Investigations. Sadly, they’ve both been keeping secrets from him, which makes them totally unreliable.
The darker this case turns and the shadier his loved ones act, the more Emmett fights his nagging need to discover the truth. He’d better decide fast if he wants to keep on digging or if it’s high time he changed careers. Again.
See Me, Feel Me, Touch Me, Kill Me is the fifth LGBT mystery in the riveting OWL Investigations series. If you like snarky private investigators with enough baggage to last them a lifetime, intricate mysteries that always keep you guessing, and a dash of romance, then you’ll love this fresh installment in the series.
Get your copy of See Me, Feel Me, Touch Me, Kill Me right now to dive into this complicated puzzle and see who makes it out in one piece.
The Killer’s beta, Ganzorig, grasps the potentially disastrous consequences of his tribe killing Shiki, and saves him instead. Having suffered loss, Ganz takes it upon himself to help Shiki deal with his pain, then return him safely to his tribe.
Shiki’s best friend since childhood, Blake, is as determined as Ganzorig to show him there is life after a wolf’s ultimate loss, that of a mate.
Once Shiki leaves the seclusion of Ganzorig’s compound and returns to Tokyo, Blake is the only person he allows near. Blake is more than happy to give Shiki space to lick his wounds and deal with everything in his place. Shielded from his responsibilities to his family and tribe, and cocooned in Blake’s care, Shiki thrives on his journey to healing.
As the real world pushes its way in, with competing tribes causing trouble, children to worry about, and exes to deal with, will Shiki be able to cope or will he spiral back to a state of pure misery? And is there room for more than friendship between him and Blake?
The truth always comes to light, no matter how old or dark the intergalactic veil of lies.
When flyers Michael and Samandriel set out to find the elusive Ishtahr sanctuary, the truths they uncover about the origin of their race threaten the very foundation of the Intergalactic Alliance. If exposed, the alliance’s revered overseers might lose their rule over the galaxies and their ultimate military force, the flyers.
Desperate to protect Adam, his lover, Michael will go against anyone who threatens the human’s life. Put into stasis by what seems to be a miracle, Adam’s survival is on the line even without the overwatch trying to execute him. As Ishtahr welcomes them, Michael uncovers more of the overseers’ lies and manipulations. His and Samandriel’s rage grows stronger with every new revelation about flyers’ essence.
With overseers ready to go to war against Ishtahr, Samandriel determined to expose their lies, and the sanctuary refusing to bow down to fickle threats, the entire universe is on the brink of implosion. Will Michael and Adam ever find their happiness in such dire circumstances?