Male/Male Paranormal and Crime Novella
Private Investigator Frank McGuire is beginning to think Baltimore is a melting pot for serial killers. Another maniac is stalking the streets but this time the killer is targeting gay college students.
When an enemy from Frank’s past surfaces, he sends Rand, away for his own safety. He has no idea the serial killer already has Rand in his sights. The clock is running. Can Frank find Rand before it's too late?
* 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
Word Count: 23,000
Setting: Baltimrore, MD
Languages Available: English
Series Type: Continuous / Same Characters
Thomas pushed the covers back and rose from bed. With the stealth of a cat-burglar, he walked toward the far wall and plucked his Little League bat from the wall—the one he used to hit the only homerun of his life. Not much of a weapon, but he felt more secure clutching the bat in his hand. He opened his bedroom door one inch at a time, praying it wouldn’t belch its usual creaks and groans.
The bedrooms faced the backyard, and around the neatly trimmed lawn and flowers beds stood a privacy fence. He learned years ago, in his devilish youth, how to scale it. For some reason, he felt certain the noise had come from the kitchen, or perhaps the great room in the front of the house. His choices seemed simple—reach his cell phone or his mother's room. He felt deep down, he had to call for help.READ MORE
The noise grew louder. Whoever had entered the house seemed emboldened by the lack of response from its inhabitants. He ducked into the hallway and warred over which direction to run, left to the landline or right to the kitchen. He chose the first. Better to call the police and climb out his mother's window. His life held more value than television sets, stereos, or other material items the intruder had come for.
Please God, let it be a thief and not some maniacal killer.
Every muscle and tendon in his body launched into high alert. He drew several deep breaths and talked himself down. Most intruders came for cash, jewelry, or hot items they could quickly pawn for drug money. Hadn't he read somewhere most weren't armed? Even if he hadn't read it, the thought comforted him.
He moved down the hallway toward his mother's room as quiet as a church mouse, his only thought, to get to that phone. Still clutching the bat in his right hand, he slipped into the room, dashed toward the phone, and lifted the receiver with his left hand. He put the receiver to his ear and his heart sank. No dial tone. Shit . . . someone had cut the line into the house.
A series of heavy breaths warned him the burglar stood right outside his mom’s bedroom door. He froze, like a deer caught in headlights, and a heavy rock took up residence in the pit of his gut. This can’t be happening; this sort of nightmare happens to others, strangers one reads about the newspaper.
Damn! The newspapers. The headlines loomed behind his eyelids: Fourth Student Found Dead in Local River. The bedroom door groaned open, the sound reminding him of a scene straight from Friday the Thirteenth. A shadow, tall, dark, and intimidating, stepped into the room. Through a shaft of moonlight, he saw the gun in the man's hand, a nine-millimeter he thought. In the other, the man held a flashlight and shined it in Thomas' face.
Confusion stormed through his mind. He'd know that voice anywhere. "You! What are you doing here?"
"And here I thought you'd be so happy to see me."
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"Crossroads Revisited is an exciting, suspenseful story. I like the BDSM dynamics of their relationship a lot. Crossroads Revisited is full of suspense and hot, hard sex." Nannette, Joyfully Reviewed ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
"Round two for Frank and Rand comes alive in Crossroads Revisited with Rand having moved in with Frank and enrolled back in school. All is not well in the house as Frank’s rules and being so demanding are starting to weigh on Rand, not to mention there is yet another killer out there. This one is targeting gay college students for revenge. v=⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
"Rand has been kidnapped by a man who's own loss has catapulted him into a serial killer. Only in his own mind he is exacting revenge to gay medical students blaming them for his son's death. Will Frank finally realize what he has with Rand and how special he is to him? It may be too late!" Crossroads Revisited, Bookie Junkie ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
“Diablo brilliantly weaves erotic sex and developing emotion with a twisting and turning romantic suspense. I knew the drop off was coming but my heart still raced, my blood pounded.” ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
“One of the best series I've ever read and I recommend to everyone!” Phoebe Jordan, Reviewer ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
“Keta Diablo writes a wonderful crime thriller that delves not only into the mind of a killer, but into the mind of a former cop who communes with the dead.” ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
"Diablo carefully orchestrates the scenes to include just the right amount of fear, stimulation and eroticism. Bravo!
“Crossroads Revisited is reminiscent of a film noir: The hard-boiled detective and the gritty underbelly of certain denizens who stop at nothing to kill their next victims. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
"This is the second story in the Crossroads series. After reading the first one, I was pleasantly surprised to see this story delve deeper into the sizzling romance between Rand and Frank. Their relationship is volatile and complicated and Diablo does a wonderful job of making her readers sympathize with each of them in a very unique way. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Diablo brilliantly weaves erotic sex and developing emotion with a twisting and turning romantic suspense. Oh, those kinky boys—I love them! I can only hope Ms. Diablo will titillate us with another chapter in this not-so-charming, but damn lovable couple." Seriously Reviewed ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
"This book by Keta Diablo is really good. It is listed as paranormal, but I have recommended it to friends who don't care for 'things that go bump in the night'. Tall, dark, and ruggedly handsome with a dash of paranormal, mystery and suspense. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
"This book will make you want more and more, you won’t want the story to ever end. I simply couldn’t stop reading." Talk About My Favorite Authors ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️COLLAPSE