April Kelley is an author of LGBT Romance. Her works include The Journey of Jimini Renn, which was a Rainbow Awards finalist, Whispers of Home, the Saint Lakes series, and over thirty more. She is a main contributor for Once & Books. If you'd like to become a patron sign up here: https://www.patreon.com/aprilkelley
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Summary: In a world without surface water, Jimini Renn wants nothing more than to live inside the protective walls of Adam City for the rest of his life, but his little brother has other ideas. As far as Jimini is concerned, Adam City has everything he needs. It has a well that provides much-needed water, food, and safety from the dangers of the outside world. When his bookworm of a brother leaves to chase waterfalls, Jimini must follow even though he knows it will probably mean his death. When the first person he meets on the outside pulls a gun on him, he’s proven right. No one who calls himself a slaver and has a gun has Jimini’s safety in mind, even if he is sexy. The journey Jimini expects isn’t the one he gets.
Summary: Stuck in a snowstorm with a hot daddy. Where’s the downside? Josh Ainsley is one of those teachers who go above and beyond. When he agrees to deliver a day’s worth of homework to a student’s house, it’s not exactly out of character or out of his way. So what if the student’s father is a hottie? Operation homework drop turns into a rescue mission when he gets caught in a snowstorm and subsequently snowed in with one sexy dad. Who says good deeds go unrewarded?
Series: Chasing Time
Summary: The oberon forbids Talli from crossing worlds, so, of course, he has to do it. The door between worlds only opens twice a year. Samhain marks one of those days, and even though he’s not supposed to go, Talli walks right through the door and into the arms of his soulmate, Laith. The meeting should be a happy one, but one disaster leads to another. Talli gets pulled between both worlds when failed crops lead to a shadowy creature, who is bent on hurting everyone who stands in its way.
Summary: A farmer in the otherworld. What could possibly go wrong? Colton deserved a token for going through the portal. Was it stealing if he took lube? He should get a pass because it was otherworld lube. Who wouldn’t want some of that? It turns out that yes, it was still stealing. One thing was for sure, the otherworld was about as unique a vacation as Colton would get, even if he spent most of it in the dungeon. Except it’s not a cell they throw him into but a pit. And, of course, he meets his soulmate down there. Could his luck get any worse?
Summary: How did Wyatt’s life go from failed farm to horror film in his cornfield in less time than it took for his crops to grow, and why the heck is he attracted to a man with pointy ears? Wyatt couldn’t get the image of that monster in his corn field attacking the feisty faery out of his mind. One minute, Kele was a sexy faery trying Wyatt’s patience with his bossiness, and the next Wyatt held his broken and unresponsive body in his arms. Wyatt was still trying to figure out how Kele was even real when Kele’s leader, Oberon-what-his-face, shows up to fix Kele.
Summary: Three is better than two unless one is the leader of his realm, another is a stubborn human, and the dragon shifter doesn’t trust either of them. Sly’s one endeavor at being a responsible adult goes sideways. For his next grand adventure, he plans on wallowing in self-pity. Having the flu makes that easy to achieve. He was getting rather good at it when a faery from the Otherworld landed on the farm and turned everything upside down. One faery mate is enough, but it turns out Sly has another problem in the form of a broken dragon shifter who doesn’t trust him. Sly’s a little out of his depth and his mind.
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Summary: FAERIES ON A FARM. FARMERS IN THE OTHERWORLD. THEIR ADVENTUROUS NATURE LEADS TO FATED MATES AND A WHOLE LOT OF TROUBLE. Get all four books in one volume! Less Than a Day The oberon forbids Talli from crossing worlds, so, of course, he has to do it. The door between worlds only opens twice a year. Talli walks right through the door and into the arms of his soulmate. The meeting should be a happy one, but one disaster leads to another. And thus begins the adventure of a lifetime. The Thief’s Warrior Colton deserved a token for going through the portal into the Otherworld. Was it stealing if he took lube? One thing was for sure, the otherworld was about as unique a vacation as Colton would get, even if he spent most of it in the dungeon. Except it’s not a cell they throw him into but a pit. And, of course, he meets his soulmate down there. Could his luck get any worse? Don’t Say Thank You How did Wyatt’s life go from failing farmer to having a pointy-eared soulmate? When said soulmate is attacked by a shadowy creature, he must put aside everything to make him well again. Wyatt would do anything to help his soulmate, even if it means losing the land he loves so much. Separate Souls Three is better than two unless you’re the leader of an entire realm, the human is stubborn, and the dragon shifter doesn’t trust easily. Chasing Time is a MM fantasy romance with a lot of adventure and steamy romantic scenes between humans and faeries.
Summary: This is a republished story that has been completely rewritten and re-edited. It also has new content and added chapters. This is the start of a nine-book series. Tragedy brought him back home. Can love convince him to stay for good? Jaron McAllister thought nothing would ever change in the small town where he grew up. The same bullies would harass him for being gay, and no one would really care. Still, Pickleville is a better environment for his six-year-old son than the rundown neighborhood in the city. Despite his low expectations, he finds that Pickleville isn’t the same old tired farming town and some people missed him after all. Warning: Contains scenes of bullying and a violent hate crime.
Summary: This is a rerelease. It has been re-edited with added scenes and chapters. If opposites attract, a nerd who loves partying and a quiet cowboy who doubts his worth are as opposite as they come. Greg Mitchell endured a childhood filled with abuse and addiction. He put all that behind him six years ago and has built a life that might not be perfect, but it’s simple. Between finishing his college courses and his work on the farm, he doesn’t have time for much. Not even Brian Stockwell, the cute accountant who he’s been in love with for as long as he could remember. When he lets his secret out in one drunken confession, his simple life becomes a complicated mess. Re-edited with added scenes and chapters. Warning: Contains scenes with domestic violence, both verbal and physical.
Summary: Andrew only ever gives one night, but with Kyler, one night isn’t enough. Andrew Martinez has learned not to hold on to romance. As a former homicide detective, he understands death in ways most don’t. It’s clouded his personal life to the point he hasn’t bothered with more than one-night stands. When he moves to Pickleville and takes the job as the local police chief, he thinks small-town life might finally lift the clouds. But his old ways are hard to shake. Even when he meets Kyler, who makes him feel things he never had before, he makes sure their night together doesn’t extend to the morning after. What he discovers is one night isn’t enough, but by then, Pickleville becomes the scene of a series of crimes, and Kyler might just be the next target. Warning: This story involves talk of rape and the use of date rape drugs. While it does NOT show the rape, it does show the investigators solving the crimes. Some of the details may be graphic.
Summary: Opposites attract when the timid bar owner asks out the resident bad boy. Brad Flynn’s reputation doesn’t change just because he has. Prison might not have been fun, but he’d made the most of it. Since his release, he’s tried to make the most out of his freedom as well. His handyperson business is taking off, but his clientele is in the nearby towns. When local bar owner, Kendrick Ashby, calls him to fix a leaky roof, he doesn’t expect the attraction he feels to go anywhere. Kendrick’s violent past doesn’t make asking him out on a date a simple task. Can Brad be brave enough to start over?
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Summary: Luis has two problems. The depression monster is breathing down his neck and he’s in love with his boss, who thinks their age-gap and employer/employee status is a deal-breaker. Luis Flynn has had a thing for Royce Hessing since the day he started work when he was still in high school but Royce doesn’t see him as anything other than an employee, and an annoying one at that. It’s hopeless to think they could be anything more. And then Royce kisses him. It should make Luis happy, but Luis finds that emotion hard to grasp. In fact, he’s finding it difficult to get through a day so his attraction to his boss, along with everything else in his life, takes a backseat.
Summary: Running from an ex-lover stalker drives him straight into the arms of the cowboy version of Mr. Charming. For three years, Dakota Weaver has done nothing but run from a man that wants to hurt him. He changes his name and takes a job as far away from the last place he lived as he could get. The Heaths are great people and he loves his job. It reminds him of the home he left behind. Dakota has looked over his shoulder for far too long, but he’s used to it. What he isn’t used to is charming cowboys. When he meets Jackson Bartlett and the sparks fly, he’s lost. He can run from his feelings or face them head on. Dakota has become very good at running.
Summary: He left Pickleville and reinvented himself. A visit to his hometown either brings him renewed heartbreak or a second chance at love. Robyn Heath has four days of vacation. Four days of visiting his family, riding horses, and blessed escape from his demanding job. When he left Pickleville all those years ago, he’d never thought Pickleville would become the best place for a little rest and relaxation, but it was everything he needed. Until Caden Flynn shows up. He'd thought he recovered from getting ghosted by the love of his life, but old wounds resurface. Relaxation turns into trying to dodge Caden Flynn's advances and becoming good at avoidance. But the question remains: How is that Caden got hotter? Life was so unfair sometimes.
Summary: Even after years, Seth is still in love with his best friend, and just as invisible as he’s always been. Or so he thinks. Carter Heath has a lot of responsibility. The farm. His daughter. It all adds up. He hasn’t thought about dating in years. Not since Izzy was born. He thinks he might be ready for a little romance, but is bringing someone around his daughter a good idea? Too bad it takes the near death of Seth Murray’s father to bring him back home again. Carter is still glad to see him. They’d been best friends once after all. He’s surprised by the punch of attraction upon reuniting. As much as Carter wants to turn friends to lovers, he’s not sure he can trust Seth with his heart. After all, Seth had disappeared from his life once already. Does Seth have the staying power to make love last?
Summary: Owen’s bitter heart can’t resist a man with the voice and face of an angel. Owen Ashby thought his life was over the day of his car accident. Coming face to face with death has a way of changing a person. Not that Owen likes change. He doesn’t. He especially doesn’t like his wheelchair. He just wants to be left alone, but his family has other ideas. They think it’s a great idea to make Owen into a farmhand and call that therapy. But the farm has a way of healing a person. When he meets Neil, his world tilts and Owen gets his first taste of what insta-lust must feel like. But was it a passing feeling, or would their attraction turn into something deeper? Trigger Warning: Death of strong secondary character, character with paralysis, character who is neurodivergent.
Series: Saint Lakes
Summary: Lucas just wanted to be a normal human being, but normal is highly over-rated. Lucas Speck had been just some guy who worked at an office supply store and house-sat for his snowbird parents. He was nobody special. Or that’s what he thought before the headaches start and weird things start to happen to him. When people start chasing him his whole life gets turned upside down. Bennett Somerset is a dragon shifter, who likes his quiet life in his quiet town. He isn’t looking for complications. He already has a family that defines the words, weird and crazy, to perfection. Good thing they live in a small town where nothing ever happens. That is until he smells the most delicious thing in the world and realizes it’s his mate. His little witch of a mate just made things way more complicated.
Summary: They thought finding each other would heal them both, but life in Saint Lakes doesn’t make it that simple. Sage Rickman changed the day vampire’s kidnapped him and decided to use him as their plaything. Now that he’s back in Saint Lakes he should feel safe, right? Hallucinations and the constant paranoia made daily life impossible at times. Peace of mind is an elusive creature. Finding out he has a mate that’s feral scares the crap out of him. His mate, Garridan, needs him to be normal, but he doesn’t even know what that looks like anymore.
Summary: Shawn Bell doesn’t have a clue how his life has spiraled so far out of control. Going from fun college student to having a wolf shifter for a mate, changes his life forever. He put himself in the middle of a war between vampires and shifters. It wouldn’t be so bad if he had a mate that wanted him. Gabriel Somerset wants a mate about as much as he wants to investigate a vampire coven for his alpha, which is not at all. He makes his feelings very clear to Shawn, expecting his human mate to accept the fact that they’ll never bond with each other. One thing Gabriel learns about Shawn is that he isn’t the accepting type.
Summary: Forrest Somerset’s mate is turning out to be a lot of work. First, Angel Emery rejects him, and then he wakes Forrest up in the middle of the night just to say he’s going to the vampire council to turn himself in. Angel might have done some bad things in his past that he’ll need to make amends for but Forrest isn’t about the let Angel go alone. Angel needs a savior and Forrest is taking over the job whether his mate likes it or not. Angel might think he can dictate Forrest’s life, but he doesn’t realize just how creative Forrest can be when angry. Just as soon as Forrest catches up with Angel, he’s going to find out.
Summary: Ramsey has enough problems without a little vampire ninja biting him without even a hello first. All Ramsey Somerset wants is for things to remain peaceful. With an impending battle looming over him and the everyday problems of running a clan, his hands are too full for a mate. When he meets Fane, things go from bad to worse. It has taken Ramsey years to gain control of his water monster, but all that goes out the window with Fane. He can’t be Alpha and so instinctive toward Fane at the same time. He has to make a choice, either his clan or his mate.
Summary: Jules might be one of the only humans amongst a house full of paranormal being, but they’re his family, and he’s not giving them up for two mates who left him at the hands of a monster. Jules Somerset has fought hard the past year to get his life on track after being kidnapped by an insane vampire. Since his rescue, he’s gained a family who loves him, has a job he’s good at, and has made friends with a lot of his fellow clansmen. He also holds a longing in his heart for two prejudiced jerks. Okay, to be fair, Hacen is the only one prejudiced. Tommy just goes along. Jules wants to be so over the whole mating thing already but can’t seem to stop wanting them both.
Summary: For fated mates, going from friends to lovers should be a smooth transition, but Ladon and Magnus have never had things easy. At twenty years old, Ladon knows he’s too young to be Saint Lakes’ Alpha, but no one listens. Not even his mate, Magnus, and he’s Ladon’s his best friend. Magnus is out of town on a dangerous investigative mission when Ladon shifts for the first time. Ladon and Magnus have waited years for the day because they couldn’t bond until it happened. Almost as soon as it does, Magnus goes MIA, leaving Ladon to wonder if it just isn’t in the cards for them.
Summary: What if you could choose to live or die, and what if your choice leads straight to your fated mate? Wade Carillo had put himself in a precarious situation. He nearly died before being rescued. He expected his rescue team to be his old squad. Instead, they’re a group of paranormals. Shapeshifters and vampires. Throw in a couple of witches, and that pretty much sums up his recovery process. Then there’s the sexy wolf shifter who looks like an angel in disguise. All dark skin and big muscles. If Wade is dying, then he has the prettiest person to look at while he goes.
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Summary: To find his family, Damian’s forced to take a journey through his past and drag his mate long with him. Working for one tyrant after another made Damian lose sight of what’s important. That is until he has a vision of his long lost siblings getting killed. To find them in time, Damian must do things he’s never done before, like rely on others and put his mate, Owen, into dangerous situations. He also must go back to the one tyrant he never wanted to face again. His father.
Summary: How did a grumpy Dragon shifter like Trace end up fated mates with two vampires who always call him Daddy? Trace Anguis has a secret. A big one. He’s not exactly a long-haul trucker. Or he’s not only that. He’s also a vigilante who provides justice for victims and their families. He’s made a lot of enemies over the years, and one is hellbent on exacting revenge. It’s one of the reasons he would never take a mate. But Fate has other plans, namely giving him two vampire mates who don’t listen even if it would save their life. Trace might be a grumpy, older dragon shifter, but he’s determined to keep up with his much younger fated mates.
Summary: A photograph of a pretty fae changes everything except their love for each other. Vaughan Somerset is in love with Bandos, a motorcycle-riding, badass investigator. The clan might not be happy about it, but Vaughan sure is. Everything changes when he sees a photograph of his fated mate. Does he ignore his instincts or give up the love of his life? He has to decide soon because his fated mate needs a rescue. When things don’t go as planned, it takes all three of them to survive.
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Summary: He never wanted a sexy vampire for a fated mate, but that doesn’t stop him from falling in love. There’s only two things Tim knows for sure. One is farming. The other is how to be a bigot. But he only wants to hang on to one of those things. Just when he thinks he has let go of the past and opened his heart and mind to other people, along comes a vampire who will rock his new lease on life on its foundation. What do you do when your life changes in the blink of an eye? That’s the question Keaton had been asking himself, and he still hadn’t found an answer to it. He has yet to figure out if the change is good or bad. It seems good when the Alpha of Saint Lakes gets him a job working with animals on a farm. Even better when he meets his fated mate. He finds out his fated mate doesn’t like him because he’s a vampire. And Keaton has an even bigger problem. One in the form of a senator’s henchman. He has two choices: Become a kidnapped experiment or betray the Saint Lakes clan.
Series: The Fountain Village Mysteries
Summary: Finding a mate is supposed to be one of the most magical moments of a bat shifter’s life. For poor Lake Truman, it’s a disaster. His mate’s rejection would have killed the magic all by itself, but the dead body cinches the whole thing. Bryson Caill just ended a long-term relationship and moved back to his childhood home. He wants to put the pieces of his life back together before entering another relationship. But what he wants and what he gets are two very different things. Note: This series is a spin-off of Finding Happy (Wingspan 2). The events in this book follow the same timeline as those in Finding Happy.
Summary: Two omegas struggle with infertility, which leads to an alpha roommate who will rock their world. Sam and Charlie Dunlap have been mated for years. They both have secure jobs and live in Valleywood, the city where dreams come true. The only problem is their dream of starting a family has crashed and burned. They exhausted their meager savings with fertility treatments and are out of options. And then a sexy alpha bear shifter rents a room from them. Between him smelling like their mate and their new renter not wanting anything but a job, preferably in acting, things get complicated.
Summary: Anthony ‘Grunge’ Hartmann always wanted a mate, he just never thought his mate would call the cops on him. Cooper Mahran doesn’t make the same mistake twice, and for that reason, he’s learned to be suspicious of everyone, not trusting them until they’ve earned it. After all, he judged someone wrong before, and he got hurt because of it. Grunge has a lot to prove as far as Cooper’s concerned and he has no problems letting him know just how to do that.
Summary: The first time Caerwyn meets his mate, it ends with rejection, growling, and bear shifters…oh, my! After his parents die in a tragic car accident, dragon shifter Caerwyn Lewis doesn’t know how to grieve properly, not that he really has time. He has siblings that are relying on him to pay off the debt their parents incurred on the farm. Also, he has a brother who isn’t taking their parents’ death well. The last thing he needs is a distraction, but that’s what he gets when his Alpha calls him in to help another neighboring shifter town. The distraction comes in the form of a handsome but grumpy bear shifter named Rory.
Summary: Meeting his mate in a bat shifter bar’s orgy room created enough problems Sawyer Lewis didn’t need, but to also find out bat shifter males can get pregnant might just push him over the edge. For Sawyer, every day is a lesson in surviving the traps of depression. Since the day his parents died in a tragic accident, he’s wanted to run away from it all. Finding his father’s old motorcycle, leads him to the open road. It turns out Sawyer is no good at interaction with the general public as a whole, not just the good folks of Wingspan. His grumpy attitude leads to all sorts of problems when he finds his mate, who turns out to be a pretty, little bat shifter with a quick smile and a fun-loving, if mischievous, nature.
Summary: What do a dragon shifter, a vampire, and a cute bobcat shifter have in common? All three are fated mates who have a very powerful politician trying to kill them. Teagan Ryers has always only been a congressman’s son. Campaigning for his father becomes second nature. That changes one night when a psychic warlock implicates his future mates, who he hasn’t met yet, in his father’s demise. The race is on to find a bobcat shifter and a vampire before his murderous father does. Leaf Burkhart works hard to keep a roof over his head and food in his stomach. Life is a struggle for him and his brother, two bobcat shifters in the city, but they have each other. Everything changes when vampires kidnap them. Etienne Mercer has coasted along for years, hoping things between him and his coven leader would rectify themselves, and they find some common ground. When his coven leader makes a bargain with a congressman, Etienne has had enough. He must do something to save lives and the little bobcat shifter who ends up in his care.
Summary: Nigel wouldn’t mind if Asher called him Daddy if the age-gap didn’t bother him so much. Nigel Blackburn has lived a full like as a private investigator. His job means he travels solo a lot, which is something he enjoys. He’s a grouchy, stubborn dragon shifter who is better off alone. The last thing he wants is a mate and certainly not one so young. It doesn’t matter that he finds little bobcat shifter, Asher Burkhart, sexy. But all Nigel’s dragon wants to do is protect, which is good because danger drives into town. A Little Unsteady (Wingspan #4) is a continuation of Solid Ground (Wingspan #3). For the best reading experience, read them in order.
Summary: Morgan never thought being a vampire was a bad thing until he finds out the dragon shifters, who are the most prejudiced, are his fated mate’s family. Morgan’s life changed the day he was kidnapped and held captive. Even weeks after the rescue, he’s still mentally processing all that has happened. Wingspan might seem like a safe place, but as a nurse, he’s had to look after a few of the local bigots, so he knows looks can be deceiving. And then he meets his fated mate. Seamus seems too good to be true—a sexy, protective dragon shifter who can bake and smiles all the time. What’s not to love? Despite the chemistry between them, Morgan finds it difficult to let others in, even his mate. Can he let Seamus be his safe haven?
Summary: Don’t mess with a dragon shifter’s mate. They bite. Mercury is content in life. He loves being sheriff. He loves his clan. And he loves his sleepy, small town. When Wingspan turns into a refuge for a group of trafficked vampires, Mercury has mixed feelings about whether they should become permanent residents and he’s not the only one who feels that way. Several folks want the vampires out of their town, but some want to do it by any means necessary, even if that means resorting to violence. And then one day he gets called out to break up a fight between a vampire and two dragon shifters. Discovering the vampire is his fated mated, he has to make a choice: Fight for Wingspan or fight for his mate. From the author of the Rainbow Awards honorably mentioned, The Journey of Jimini Renn and the Saint Lakes Series comes Book Five in the Wingspan Series. The book features a grumpy older dragon shifter sheriff with a heart of gold and a traumatized, small vampire who can kick some serious butt when necessary.
Summary: Sometimes the truth is more dangerous than the lie. Paul Havilar is a dragon shifter who’s been on the wrong side of the law more times than he could count. All that changes when he finds his mate. But bonding with a vampire is out of the question, according to his family. They would just as soon wrap stolen Christmas lights around his neck as see him happy. So much for Christmas joy and all that fa-la-la-la-la crap. The day someone murdered his brother was the day Paul’s life changed forever. While not all changes are bad, like coming to terms with having a vampire mate, most sucked. His brother wasn’t perfect, but the gossip around town painted him as a monster. Now Paul wants to know the truth. It sends him down a dark path. One that leads to exposing family secrets and threats against the one person he needs on his side. His mate. When the danger mounts, he must rely on the last person he trusts: his brother’s killer.
Summary: A grumpy dragon with a backache and a hoarding problem. A chubby vampire with a sunny disposition and a secret. Housekeeping has never been more sensual. Cormac MacIver used to be a bad boy. One mistake gives him a lifetime of pain. After trying every remedy known to dragon shifters and countless doctors’ visits, he doesn’t expect to feel relief ever again. He doesn’t expect his sexy new housekeeper to be his fated mate, either. Jarrell Piernos has a secret. Each day spent in Wingspan brings him closer to discovery. When his new client turns out to be his much older mate, he knows he’ll have to face the truth and possibly rejection. Can Cormac work through the pain and be what his young mate needs? How trustworthy is a grumpy older dragon shifter, anyway?