Male/Male Paranormal and Crime Novella
Baltimore cop, Frank McGuire, turned in his badge the day his partner was gunned down during a bank robbery. It was the second time the scum of the city killed someone he loved. When Frank was ten years old, his father was fatally shot while serving an arrest warrant on a drug dealer. He’s had his fill of criminals and the corrupt court system. Now he’s a private investigator, intent on bringing the lawless to justice…his personal, and often illegal form of justice.
Frank has a leg-up on finding the worst of the worst, the one-off murderers and serial killers. Thanks to his precognitive abilities, he can commune with the dead, and sometimes the dead find him. Now, the FBI wants his help to find The Black Rail, a serial killer that’s turned the city inside out.
Frank has a more pressing issue on his agenda…find the missing son of his dead partner. Rand Brennan has an identity issue, exacerbated ten-fold since the death of his father. He’s dropped out of college and buried himself in the seedy bowels of the city hoping to find himself. The stupid kid has no idea he’s walked into a lair of a serial killer.
When Frank finds Rand, the kid will pay for all the misery he’s caused his sister and mother. Imagine Frank’s surprise when he discovers Rand is no longer the young boy from ten years ago, but a full-grown man, the clone of Apollo with a body sculpted by Bernini.
Lust between Frank and Rand ride the crest of the dangerous situation they’re embroiled in. Killing has just become very personal for Frank.
* The Crossroads series is scorchingly hot and blends mystery, suspense, romance and the paranormal.
* All four books in the series can be read as stand-alone gay romance novellas with the same characters, a happy-for-now ending and no cliffhangers.
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Publisher: Independently Published
Heat Level: 5
Romantic Content: 4
Ending: Click here to reveal
Character Identities: Gay
Protagonist 1 Age: 26-35
Protagonist 2 Age: 18-25
Tropes: Alpha Character, Badass Hero, Friends to Lovers, Unrequited Love
Word Count: 26,000
Setting: Baltimore, MD
Languages Available: English
Series Type: Continuous / Same Characters
Frank had meditated about The Black Rail’s profile for hours and nothing out of the ordinary filtered through. The man didn’t fit the profile of most sequential killers—white males in their mid-twenties, intelligent and underachievers who grew up in dysfunctional homes. During his meditations, Frank had a sick sense The Black Rail was an aberrant flux of the standard précis.
Jeffords looked so disheartened Frank thought the man might cry.
"Okay, tell you what. I’m not making any promises, but drop off the cord and we’ll see.
A smile stretched the man’s lips. "I’ll drop it off tomorrow; say around ten in the morning?"
"Fine." Frank fidgeted in his chair, anxious for Jeffords to leave his office.
Jeffords came to his feet, walked to the door, and opened it. "Should I drop off their pictures too?"
“What pictures?"READ MORE
"Pictures of his victims and how we found them. There’s six now, zapped with a stun gun several times, handcuffed, and strangled. The pictures are quite graphic―"
"Seven," Frank said.
Jeffords brows met in the middle. "Huh?"
"Seven now. He killed again last night."
"What!" Jeffords’ shoulders slumped. "Oh, man, I don’t want to be there when the Mayor gets the news. Where should we look for this one, McGuire, along the Patuxent River again?"
Frank nodded. "Near the Little Patuxent this time, in the marsh grass."
"The marsh grass." He snapped his fingers. "The Black Rail, code name the Department uses for the killer, after the bird inhabiting the marsh along the river."
"A ground-dwelling marsh bird, rarely seen," Frank added. "Similar to the killer, it would seem."
"If you already know about the next victim and you know where we’ll find her, why can’t you find him?"
"I can’t explain it, Jeffords. It doesn’t work that way."
Still standing near the door, he said, "Try."
"Subliminal messages come to me in dreams during meditation." Frank blew air through his lips. "Sometimes, but not always. The location of where the body is stashed might be revealed through landmarks, hills, or numbers." He left out the part about the most recent victim. A young woman―a very dead young woman―had appeared in his dreams last night. Her name began with a G.
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"Keta Diablo is one of my favorite romance authors. I enjoyed her historical romances & bought her male/male contemporary romance Crossroads. Diablo delivers a steamy mystery novel that will make you want more. I couldn't stop reading Crossroads until I found out how things would end for Frank and Rand. I'll be reading more books by Ms. Diablo & must give this book 5 Stars." Talk About My Favorite Authors,⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
"Crossroads makes for one highly charged read, Frank in all his alpha male, is the boss and what he say goes, no questions asked. Finding Rand means finding trouble because Rand is in the thick of it. Not able to hold back from the man Rand has become Frank is overwhelmed. Danger and a killer is hot on their heels and Rand and Frank have in their possession the key to capturing the killer." 4.5 Stars - Book Junkie,⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
"In the end, you'll have read a story of two unforgettable men. Thankfully, this is the first in the series & Frank and Rand have time to explore their volatile relationship. I'll be coming along with them, because I'm hooked." - Seriously Reviewed, ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
"The context of the interaction was clever and well written. The author has written a scene of passion that works. Overall, this story is pleasant with interesting characters, a good mystery and great sex. Enjoy!" – Rainbow Reviews,⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
"Ms. Diablo carefully orchestrates the scenes to include just the right amount of fear, stimulation and passion. The reader is instantly driven to not only see where the characters end up but also to find out the identity of the Black Rail Killer. The reveal is not what you think and that makes it so much more enticing." You Gotta Read, Top Rating! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
"I encourage you to read Crossroads & when you do, think about what "thriller" means. The author does an amazing job with Frank & Rand.They are both men & that's what this story is about. We know this is a series. We know the characters have to change in order to keep the series going. Diablo created two amazing men to do just that." 5 Stars – Michele & Jeff ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Crossroads, Book 1
Crossroads Revisited, Book 2
Crossroads Showdown, Book 3
Crossroads Shadowland, Book 4