Linda Gayle is the wild soul and pseudonym of a mild-mannered English major who loves exploring strange new worlds and fascinating characters. A pacifist vegetarian, she nevertheless loves reading (and writing) intense, blood-and-guts filled action stories spiced with love, sex and romance—the stuff of fantasy and nightmare combined. She lives in New England with her husband, two children and many, many pets. She loves to hear from fans and can be reached via her Web site, http://www.lindagaylebooks.com
Grad student Jules has always felt different. He’s got buddies, sure, but relationships make him turn tail and run. Dreams of tigers and memories of a mysterious great-grandmother make him wonder if there’s something his parents aren’t telling him. When an unexpected inheritance offers clues to Jules’s destiny, he’s intrigued, to say the least. It doesn’t hurt that the news is delivered by a sexy Russian who seems to know Jules better than he knows himself.
A prince of a powerful tiger clan, Sergei Sidorenko wants to live as an ordinary man. But his family nags him to take his place as king. They offer him a deal: teach the lost prince Julian how to shape-shift and control his untapped sorcerous talent. Then Jules will be king, and war between the once-rival clans will be avoided. Most importantly, Sergei will be released from clan obligations forever. It sounds like an easy out. But Sergei doesn’t count on Jules being so temptingly innocent, so eager to learn. Lessons in sorcery turn to lessons in love. And Sergei falls hard for Jules.
Dark clouds gather over the tiger clans. In a bid to seize power, Jules’s ambitious older brother, Anton, works on the key to immortality. And he needs Jules’s flesh and blood to finish the spell. Tangled in Anton’s machinations, with a traitor in their midst, Jules and Sergei must fight for their lives—and for the love that destiny would deny them.
Thrown out on the street by his homophobic stepfather, Dylan struggles to get his life together. Years of being used and abused have left him tough and determined to make it on his own. When he sees a dog getting beaten, his protective instincts drive him to rescue her. But as the attackers turn on Dylan, out of the shadows comes a hero. One with mysterious eyes and a shy sensuality Dylan can’t resist.
Cam Coburn can’t reveal his true identity to the man he rescues. Nor can he reveal that he’s a freak among freaks, a cockatrice shifter with an unwanted gift for seeking out conflict rather than treasure. Newly independent from his mentor, Cam sees in Dylan his first chance to test the limits of his human guise. Defying every rule, Cam succumbs to Dylan’s seduction for just one night. But Cam finds he can’t let his lover go, and Dylan breaks down every barrier. For he is the one human who can gaze in a cockatrice’s eyes without fear.
Yet even as their bond deepens, danger closes in on them from all sides, and Cam’s dark secrets may save them—or lead to their destruction.
Kels Havoc could have written a book about all the ways to lose a lover—and with the departure of his latest, he’s ready to add another chapter. This time, though, he’s determined to follow her to the high sex games on the far side of the universe and win her back. Unfortunately, Captain Havoc just gambled away his beloved ship. His grand gesture will have to wait--until a strange girl offers a proposition that might solve all his problems.
As an alien/human hybrid, Sayal Iluma’s very existence is illegal. But four months on the run, she’s ready to turn and strike back at the Prime, the creature that created and enslaved her. The Prime is a fan of the high games; what Sayal needs is transportation—and a sex partner to get her inside. Then she’ll be in the perfect position to kill. Once she uses her secret empathic abilities to help Kels win back his ship, she’ll be on her way.
With Kels’ lover gone, first mate Elion Andervaars finally has a chance to reveal the hidden torch he’s been carrying for his captain. Then Sayal appears. She’s nothing more than a moneyless girl who’ll take advantage of his boss’s big heart. Yet he finds himself equally affected by her beauty and softens just enough to offer her deal. If she goes one round with Kels in the local sex games, Elion will agree to allow her to travel with them—after she’s done her part and helped them win back their ship, of course.
In the sexually charged atmosphere of the games, the three of them forge bonds that go far beyond the boundaries of their original bargain. Bonds that are tested when Kels and Elion find out Sayal is something more than human.
Their gamble turns out to be only the first of many. The Prime is in an unholy alliance with the ruthless military complex, and Sayal is the centerpiece of his diabolical plans. There’s only one way for Kels, Sayal and Elion to save the Sentient Universe and win their freedom: Risk their lives—and their love for each other.
Offered five days on a secluded island, Lyric reluctantly agrees. After a failed relationship, Lyric hopes the vacation will help her start anew. Little does she know the island gods have a game afoot, and Lyric's about to become a key player.
Polynesian warriors Rahiti and Moana once fought over the same woman, causing her death and bringing a curse upon themselves. Condemned by Kanaloa to live as dolphins, they share their lives for hundreds of years, waiting for the day when a woman will set them free. When they see Lyric, they know she is the one. But can they seduce her into accepting them both?
Rahiti and Moana must explore the desire that simmers between them as well as share Lyric together. Yet the gods watch closely, and all their lives are in jeopardy. Passion in paradise might break the curse.or ensnare the lovers in an ancient curse.
Blackmailed into acting as her family’s assassin, Anna corners O’Riley, her prey, but is shocked to realize the farmer standing over him is another of her kind: a rare Varelse, a tigerlike creature bred to kill. Anna’s drawn to Isak, who hasn’t shifted for years but who sees Anna struggle with her dual nature. Sometimes cultured lady, sometimes bloodthirsty beast, Anna begs for help. Isak agrees -- if she’ll spare O’Riley’s life. In their sensual lessons, he awakens his own dark animal -- and unleashes her feral passion.
But there’s a hitch -- Patrick O’Riley, the charming blackguard she hunts, desires her too. What’s more, he also wants Isak. And to Isak’s surprise, the farmer finds he’s curious about the three of them together.
Yet over their heads hangs the specter of Anna’s blackmailer -- her uncle, who wants Patrick dead. Knowing they must confront him and learn the truth, Anna, Isak, and Patrick embark on a journey that takes them over land and sea and pushes the boundaries of their turbulent relationship. With their lives on the line, the three surrender to the lure of claws on silk and the savage lust that entwines them with danger and desire.
Publisher's warning: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations some readers may find objectionable: male/male sexual practices, menage (m/m/f).
Confederate soldier Caleb Tanner is so vicious on the battlefield that his own men call him The Reaper. Yet something even darker shadows him--a creature he witnesses drinking the blood of the dying, a creature he comes to believe is a vampire. During a struggle he's bitten, but survives. The poison of the vampire's bite flows through his veins and gives him an awareness of the beast. With the South lost, Caleb vows revenge and pursues the demon from Kentucky to Kansas.
Out hunting wolves, rancher Annie Monroe encounters a stranger who needs shelter for the night. The wounded man draws her in with the tale of the demon he hunts. While she's convinced the vampire is a figment of Caleb's imagination brought on the stresses of war, she can't deny a recent series of strange deaths, including her brother's, may have more sinister causes, nor can she deny the powerful sensual desire the stranger stirs in her.
Drawn into a living nightmare, Caleb and Annie join forces to defeat an ancient, immortal enemy. But first the vampire has a dark destiny for Caleb, one he must fulfill to save Annie's life.
Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and some violence.