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C.J. Baty

CJ Baty lives with her very patient husband and two encouraging adult children. The recent move to include a second home in Tennessee has fulfilled one of her life long dreams. The mountains have always provided her with inspiration and a soothing balm to the stresses of everyday life.

The dream of writing her own stories started in high school but was left on the back burner of life until her son introduced her to Fan Fiction and encouraged her to give it a try. She found that her passion for telling a story was still there and writing them down to share with others was much more thrilling than she had ever expected. Publishing her own stories has been a highlight in her life. It just goes to prove, you are never too old to follow your dreams!

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Books By C.J. Baty

Word Count: 28500

Character Identities: Gay

Summary: Four novellas previously published in romance anthologies, plus a bonus short story at the end. Second Chances Finding your first love again is a one in a million chance, but with the help of his son, Carter has a date to meet the man who changed is life so long ago. They were just kids, but Carter had never forgot that one night with Asa. Now in their forties could they begin a new life? Carter waits not so patiently in a hotel lobby reminiscing about the years gone by praying for a Second Chance. A Candle in the Window Daniel and his partner Christopher never saw children in their future happily ever after. His sister and her daughter, Tessa, changed everything. Tessa was just a toddler when Meghan dropped her on Christmas Eve. They made a family the three of them. Then Meghan returned during Tessa’s high school years, claiming to have changed. She wanted to be a part of Tessa’s life again. What do two gay dad’s do when they feel their world being torn apart? Why Me? Why Now? Damien Fitzgerald had been through hell recovering from his abusive past. Robert Wyler had rescued him on more than one occasion. Now it was Damien’s turn to step up. When Robert gets the news that he has breast cancer, Damien wants to do everything in his power to help Robert. Sometimes helping is not what a shattered spirit needs. Learning to let go can be a hard lesson. Can chemotherapy and it’s after affects bring these two closer or it could tear them apart? (These are characters from the Warfield Hotel Mystery Series) A New Roommate After a breakup with his roommate, Bret heads across country to spend the holidays with family. Taking the backroads seemed like a great idea, until his car broke down. A gorgeous blond guy in a beaten up old truck stops to give Bret a lift. Nick is the hottest guy Bret has ever laid eyes on and they have one night of amazing sex. Bret can’t stop thinking about Nick all through the holidays, but he knew it was just a one night stand. He’s got to get back to college and a new roommate. Surprise! Snowflakes & Blood Red Sheets A sexy romp for two mated vampires makes for a wonderous snowy Christmas Eve.

Sweet & Spicy - C.J. Baty
Sweet & Spicy

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Pairing: M-M

November 26, 2021

Word Count: 35000

Character Identities: Gay

Summary: What started as a vacation for Stiles Long, Michael O’Leary, and Lizzie Ferguson, soon turns to murder? Aboard the ocean liner, the Mauretania, every luxury is at their fingertips. Sumptuous food, comfortable staterooms, dancing, card games, and anything else your first class heart can expire too. What the trio did not expect was a face from a past assignment to follow them on their cruise. James Stark was the lowest of men. A blackmailer with a heart of ice. But who hated him enough to kill him? The list of suspects all circle around the same dining room table, including Stiles, Michael, and Lizzie. They have less than two days before they dock in Liverpool to find the killer. If they don’t, he’ll walk off the boat Scott-free. Nights of romance, declaring love, dancing in the ballroom, playing cards, a storm that nearly takes the life of one of our trio, and a murderer among them, all makes for an adventure on the deep sea.

Deep As The Ocean - C.J. Baty - The Pinkerton Man Series
Deep as the Ocean

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Pairing: M-M

September 20, 2021

Word Count: 51700

Character Identities: Gay

Summary: The Legend of the Ghost Train continues: 1930’s Harlan County Kentucky Boone Douglas and Tucker Winchester are from different worlds, both knew that being homosexual could be a death sentence in this backwoods hell. Their love blossomed in spite of everything. Two men find love, during a difficult time for the Appalachian states, where many lived in poverty. They struggled, working long days in coal mines for pennies. There were also hostilities between mining companies and the unions who wanted to rally the mine workers. There’s a reason it’s called Bloody Harlan County. A greedy man, a cave full of miners, and two lovers suffered the worst fate imaginable.   Present Craig Waterson, a descendant of Tucker, fell down an abandoned air shift leading to a caved in mine. He dreamed or walked through the past seeing Boone and Tucker fall in love, then lose everything. When he awoke, he discovered that Tucker’s ghost had followed him to the present with a request. Craig, Tucker, and Doug Harper, Boone’s great nephew, work together to recover the remains of the miners who were killed in the Copperhead Mining Accident. Many secrets have to be uncovered before Boone and Tucker can find peace or Craig and Doug can find their own happily ever after.

Coal Dust - C.J. Baty - Legend of the Ghost Train
Coal Dust

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Pairing: M-M

October 27, 2020

Word Count: 36000

Character Identities: Gay

Summary: 1862 – Maxwell Ryder refused to honor a prearranged marriage with Penelope Walker. Instead, he fell madly in love with her younger brother, Jeremiah. Present – Luke Ryder was the last descendant of the Ryder family. It was on his watch that the family’s great home, White Oak Manor, was sold to a rich businessman named, Jacob Walker. Jacob fell in love with White Oaks Manor before he ever met the man who had to sell it to him. He had never met a man like Luke Ryder. He was charming, funny, and very passionate about his family’s heritage. As they worked together to restore White Oak Manor to its previous glory, their attraction to each other grew strong. Even when strange things – workers being injured, cold wind from nowhere, wild screams in the night and a train whistle screeching in the distance – they continued to get closer. Penelope Walkers actions in the past condemned her to haunt White Oaks Manor. Only when the two lovers she had kept apart were reunited could so many wrongs be righted. Though she was determined to not see it happen again. Luke and Jacob discovered that to save their new love, they must solve a mystery from the past and reunite fated lovers before Penelope works her evil on them as well.   Book 2 of the Legend of the Ghost Train Series

Cannon Fire - C.J. Baty - Legend of the Ghost Train
Cannon Fire

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Pairing: M-M

May 15, 2020

Word Count: 45000

Character Identities: Gay

Summary: The Legend of the Ghost Train Today, people say that on a quiet night in the mountains of Virginia, Tennessee, and Kentucky, you can hear the far off shriek of a locomotive whistle and the rumble of the train’s cars as they clamor across the tracks. The legend claims the train moves through the valleys and mountains searching for lost souls that need a lift to the other side. In the early Twentieth Century, railroads were not only a way to transport people, they also carried all types of goods across the country. Lumber from the forests of Tennessee, coal from the mines of Kentucky, and tobacco from the fields of Virginia were just a few of the industries that depended heavily on the railroad system. Even the Vanderbilt’s built a train system to carry the products needed to construct the great Biltmore Estate. The Legend of the Ghost Train series will carry you off to a simpler time before WWII and the Great Depression. It’s about the love between two men that wasn’t spoken of and ghosts of past loves that still linger in the mountains. Some haunt the living looking for a loved one. Some want revenge for wrong doings. And, others are evil and will stop at nothing to repeat the past and kill again. Jesse Lawson was never afraid of the strange and unusual dreams he had. But lately, they were becoming darker leaving him with a need to discover why he was having them. He believed he would find answers at the site of logging camps in The Great Smoky Mountains. His great grandfather had lived and died there, and Jesse was sure it was Jackson Douglas haunting him. Carter Thompson never knew his great great uncle George Thompson, but he inherited his land, home, and money. George had come here to America to find work in the lumber camps. Meeting Jesse Lawson was about to turn his world upside down. Jesse’s dreams somehow involved Carter, and the more they searched the closer they became. George left journals that could clear up many mysteries, including Jackson Douglas’s death. Now it seemed that something was trying to destroy Carter and Jesse’s growing attraction to each other. Whoever it is will stop at nothing to keep them apart, even if they have to repeat the past to do it.

Smoky Mist - C.J. Baty - Legend of the Ghost Train
Smoky Mist

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Pairing: M-M

January 27, 2020

Word Count: 34000

Character Identities: Gay

Summary: Stiles Long emphatically did not want his lover, Michael O’Leary to go on the assignment he had been given. He didn’t care that Michael was an amazing poker player or that his commander thought Michael was the perfect man for the job. He almost lost Michael once. He couldn’t go through that again. Michael needed this. He needed to prove that he was able to take care of himself. He didn’t need Stiles to take care of him. He needed to be Stiles’ equal. The poker game in Durango, Colorado was his chance to prove that. The fact that Stiles didn’t want him to go didn’t matter. Michael had to do this. Lizzie Ferguson was Stiles partner in the Pinkerton Agency. She was a good agent. That didn’t mean, she had to like being dressed in satin and lace, showing way too much of her body to total strangers. Lizzie knew there was more going on at Maverick’s Saloon, and it might just cost her life. None of them suspected that a simple poker game would turn into a deadly nightmare. If the three of them weren’t careful, one of them might just end up the next victim.

Final Aces Up - C.J. Baty - Pinkerton Man
Aces Up

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Pairing: M-M

June 25, 2019

Word Count: 26000

Character Identities: Bisexual, Gay, Questioning, Straight

Summary: Xavier Knight lied and now his past was catching up to him. Sebastian Brady meant everything to him. Losing him wasn’t an option Xavier was ready to accept. Ghosts from his past threaten to open up a secret that needs to stay hidden. He wasn’t going to let Zach Brady or anyone else take his happiness away from him. Zachary Brady had lived in the shadow of his father his entire life. He’d lost his family, his job—everything. What happened between him and Xavier Knight was long ago and best forgotten. He wasn’t going to allow it to sabotage his chance to be accepted by his brothers and sister as family again. Neither man realizes that they don’t hold the key to their peace of mind. And when the truth is revealed, it will shake their worlds. Family isn’t always the one you are born into, sometimes it’s the one you create for yourself.

Finding Forgiveness - C.J. Baty - Knights Club
Finding Forgiveness

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Pairing: M-M

February 6, 2019

Word Count: 30331

Character Identities: Bisexual, Gay

Summary: Phillip Hapner was smart and good looking. He just had one problem. He liked to gamble, trouble was he wasn’t very good at it. Now, he was trying to stay alive and convince the leader of the underground gambling syndicate, that he didn’t know who was in charge. Well, he did have one other problem, Malachi Brady. The cop who was protecting him. Phillip wanted him, even though he knew the man was straight.   Malachi Brady had accepted that his brother was gay. He believed everyone was intitled to love whom they wanted. He knew he wasn’t gay, but he was feeling things for Phillip Hapner he’d never felt before. When he was assigned to protect Phillip, the sexual tension between them exploded. Could he figure out what was going on in his head and his body and who was behind the gambling syndicate in Atlanta.   The people who worked at the Knights Club are a family. And like any family, there are times when things just don’t go right.

Coming Out - C.J. Baty - Knights Club
Coming Out

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Pairing: M-M

December 18, 2018

Word Count: 27000

Character Identities: Gay

Summary: Rio Garcia was not prepared to become a surrogate father to his seventeen year old brother, but he didn’t have much choice in the matter. He did have a choice of the men he could have in his bed. Steve Coulter was on his two strikes and you’re out list. Rio didn’t trust anyone especially cops. So, why did the man get under his skin and make him sweat. Steve Coulter had never wanted anything more than to be a cop. Being gay did not fit into his career choice. Keeping things on the down low he could have both, but there was no way he was coming out. He didn’t trust anyone that much. Rio Garcia the hot bartender at the Knights Club made him want things he knew he couldn’t have, so why did he keep going back. Trust. It’s a big thing. Can Rio and Steve overcome their past issues with trust to find a happily ever after that works for them? Life and family at the Knights Club is always a challenge.

Learning Trust - C.J. Baty - Knights Club
Learning Trust

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Pairing: M-M

November 18, 2018

Word Count: 28000

Character Identities: Gay

Summary: Calypso knew he looked good. He loved bright colors, makeup, and most of all, high heels. The higher the better. The sassy mouth and self-assured man he presented to the outside world wasn’t how he felt on the inside. At the Knights Club he hide the self-doubt and depression. Until, Benedict Hart walked in bringing all his old demons back to life. Benedict Hart was a high-priced gigolo. It’s not what he started out in life to do but it paid the bills. Meeting Calypso at the Knights Club turned his world upside down. The man was sexy, smart mouthed and completely sure of himself. He made Benedict want things he hadn’t thought about in years. Losing a dear friend spurs him into action, but will his past get in their way? The Knights Club hosts a group of characters diverse in every way, but they are family. Xavier Knight watches over them as if they were his children. And, like most families, things don’t always run smoothly.

Letting Go - C.J. Baty - The Knight's Club
Letting Go

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Pairing: M-M

October 18, 2018

Word Count: 25300

Character Identities: Gay

Summary: Xavier Knight was starting his life over. A new city. A new club. The past was gone, and he had everything to look forward to… except… love. That ship had sailed, never to return. He was too old to play the games or stack up the one night stands. Until, an old enemy’s son walked into his club and his heart. Sebastian Brady was through. Through with hiding who he was. Through letting his brother officers dictate his life. And completely through, with his family telling him who he was. He turned his back on his badge and his family’s heritage in the Atlanta police force. But, he never imagined that he’d be serving drinks in a gay bar and working for the hottest silver fox he had ever seen in his life. Xavier and Seb have a lot to learn from each other. Hopefully, their growing love will survive Xavier’s past, Seb’s family, and a host of characters with secrets of their own, who all work at the Knights Club.

Starting Over - C.J. Baty - The Knights Club
Starting Over

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Pairing: M-M

September 18, 2018

Word Count: 50000

Character Identities: Bisexual, Gay

Summary: Coming back to New York to see her ailing father, Lizzie Ferguson did not expect to find him healthy and newly married to a much younger woman. She, also, didn’t expect to connect with an old lover and childhood friend or be accused of killing her father. But, life has a way of knocking you to your knees when you least expect it. Stiles Long had always regretted that the killer, from his first case as a Pinkerton Agent, had got away. Now, in New York it was happening again. The Hotel Astor Bar was a meeting place for men who enjoyed the company of men. And, some of them were being brutally murdered. When one of the suspects from the original case appears at the hotel, Stiles is torn between his desire to stop a killer and kiss the man senseless. [embed]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZyVKUkxX7lQ&feature=youtu.be[/embed] Two different cases, but some of the faces overlap from one to the other. Stiles and Lizzie are in a race to discover who the killers are before another body gets added to the count.

Murder in New York - C.J. Baty - Pinkerton Man
Murder in New York (The Pinkerton Man Series Book 2)

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Pairing: M-M

May 24, 2018

Word Count: 20000

Character Identities: Gay

Summary: This is a re-release of a previously published work. New material added and re-edited with a new cover. Walt Thompson had started training for the Olympics when he was just in grade school. Skiing was like second nature to him. It was all he had ever dreamed of. A great coach and a fabulous sponsor and he was on his way. Until a freak accident on the slopes at the winter try outs, left him with a broken leg and a very dark future. On top of all that, the man he thought he was in love with walked out. Leaving him to deal with the pain of losing his dream and going on with his life. Years later, he found himself working as the ski instructor at his family’s lodge. This was not the dream he had wanted.   Then one day a handsome man literally knocked him off his feet. Curt Woodridge was an entertainer. He was singing in the lounge at his family’s lodge. Could this be the beginning of a new dream for Walt or just another crashing blow to his already fractured spirit?

A New Dream - C.J. Baty
A New Dream

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Pairing: M-M

February 13, 2018

Word Count: 20000

Character Identities: Gay, Straight

Summary: Peter Warfield wanted a Christmas like none before. A celebration of putting the past behind them. Leaving Bradley Warfield and Moses Lee buried in the past. A new tradition of love and happiness for future generations. But, no one was cooperating. You are invited to celebrate the holidays with Peter, Sally and their daughter, Lily, at the Warfield Manor. There’s no murder to solve or a criminal to catch, but there are secrets to be revealed. Justin Warfield and Marcus Drummond are speaking or telling anyone else what is going on. Damien Fitzgerald and Robert Wyler have been out of the country but is that really the truth. Sally’s been trying to tell Peter something important for weeks but he’s so wrapped up in Christmas, she can’t get through to him. Catch up with the rest of the Warfield extended family: Richard Brooks, Daisy Lee and their son Alexander, Krystal Smith, Winnie, Michaels and all the rest. One thing’s for sure, it will be a Christmas the Warfield’s will never forget.

A Warfield Christmas - C.J. Baty
A Warfield Christmas

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Pairing: M-F, M-M

December 7, 2017

Word Count: 55000

Character Identities: Gay

Summary: Damien Fitzgerald has lived through hell and is determined to never let anyone get close to him again. A fervent reporter, he throws his life into his work and doesn’t care whose toes he steps on. But someone else does. He’s got a stalker, and the messages are growing increasingly threatening. He turns to his best friend, Justin Warfield and his lover, Private Investigator Marcus Drummond. Seems like a good idea until Robert Wyler becomes part of the package. Robert Wyler, the manager of the bar at the Warfield Inn, has always been misunderstood. Sure he takes care of his body, wears his hair long and likes tatts, but that doesn’t mean he’s domineering. A cold exterior hides the more passionate man inside. Men like Damien Fitzgerald get on his nerves. Too good looking. Too arrogant. But when Justin and Marcus needed his help to guard the man from a stalker, Robert couldn’t say no. Damien and Robert have a history. Whenever they are near each other sparks fly. Can Damien and Robert get past their prejudices to find the real men hiding underneath. Will they find love before the stalker gets to Damien and their chance at happiness is destroyed forever…

Roaring Waters - C.J. Baty - Warfield Hotel Mysteries
Roaring Waters

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Pairing: M-M

July 24, 2017

Word Count: 60000

Character Identities: Gay

Summary: Justin Warfield ran away to Italy to put the events of last summer and a certain dark-haired private eye behind him, to no avail. If anything, he can’t help but rehash what happened over and over. When he finally returns to South Carolina, the hotel he runs with his brother has suffered a series of incidents that are starting to look less accidental after a death threat is received. Not satisfied that Moses Lee and his local police will find the culprit, Peter Warfield calls in the services of his good friend Marcus Drummond to help. Marcus is torn. He wants to help his friend, but he also knows that if Justin has moved on after their failed flirtation last summer, he will be devastated. Tensions mount as danger seems to follow them at every turn, stalking them as they get closer to solving the mystery of who is behind the sabotage of the hotel.

Crashing Waves - C.J. Baty - Warfield Hotel Mysteries
Crashing Waves

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Pairing: M-M

July 12, 2017

Word Count: 57000

Character Identities: Gay

Summary: As he approaches his fortieth birthday, Justin Warfield feels alone, drifting like the sand that blows along the beach near his family’s hotel. He has done exactly as his father wanted. Married the right girl and carried on the family tradition of running the Warfield Hotel. On paper things seem perfect, but happiness hasn’t been a part of his life for a very long time. Marcus Drummond once spent a summer with his best friend Peter at the Warfield Hotel and fell hard for Peter’s much older brother. Five years later he’s back, and this time hopes that Justin will see him as more than his kid brother’s friend. Sparks fly when the two meet again, but there are a few things standing in their way. The closet that Justin has himself buried in and someone on a killing spree, dumping bodies on the Warfield beach . . . victims that indicate Justin may be involved in some way.

Drifting Sands - C.J. Baty
Drifting Sands

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Pairing: M-M

July 12, 2017

Word Count: 40,000

Character Identities: Gay

Summary: BOOK ONE: THE PINKERTON MAN Stiles Langberry leaves England under the dark cloud of blackmail. He resettles in America with a new name, becoming a Pinkerton Agent. His new employer sends him undercover to a brothel that serves homosexual men, where prostitutes are being murdered. In the course of his investigation, he becomes involved with Paul, one of the prostitutes. Complicating matters, one of the suspects draws Stiles like no man before him. Stiles knows he must stop the killer before he strikes again. BOOK TWO: HOME ON THE RANGE Pinkerton Agent Stiles Long is sent to the Circle W Ranch to uncover who is killing the ranch’s cattle. In order to discover the truth about the goings on at the ranch, Stiles has to prove to the ranchers he’s more than a good-looking city slicker. Savage Beare, the head ranch foreman, is far from happy that Stiles is there to check things out. He has secrets of his own. Stiles finds Savage incredibly good-looking, but cold and aloof. He’s also a suspect. One of many. When Stiles’ best friend and partner, Lizzie Ferguson, is kidnapped things begin to shake apart. Stiles doesn't trust anyone and he needs to find Lizzie before it's too late

Pinkerton Man Series - C.J. Baty
The Pinkerton Man Bk 1 and Home on the Range Bk 2

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Pairing: M-M

May 28, 2017

Word Count: 25000

Character Identities: Gay

Summary: Lucky Valentino didn't believe in love. It was nothing more than whispers, rumors and lies. His world was just fine with the men who passed by for a moment. Even when his brother Adam tried to convince him, he still didn't believe it. That is, until he saw an angel's silhouette in a window above the new dance club, Wings. Angelo Martin moved to Phoenix to start over. He was tired of the whispers, rumors and lies that had plagued him for years. Wings was a chance at a new beginning and the last thing he ever intended to do was fall in love again. The club was a huge success, even with Angelo's rule about no sex in the club. One dance between two strangers, made them question everything. One night of passion, changed their worlds forever. Could one broken rule make Lucky and his Angel believe that love was so much more than whispers, rumors or lies?

Whispers, Rumors & Lies - C.J. Baty
Whispers, Rumors & Lies

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Pairing: M-M

April 15, 2016

Word Count: 23000

Character Identities: Gay

Summary: Gar Lancaster wasn't depressed, no matter what his sister, Nellie, said. He didn't need a trip to a tropical island to meet some guy for a vacation romance. Sex was easy, he could get that. Love and commitment, those were two other things entirely. But when Mike Peters kissed him on the balcony under a sea of stars with the pounding waves hitting the shore below them, things changed. Maybe, he didn't need a happily ever after. Maybe happily for right now was okay. Whatever happened, Gar was pretty sure he was in way over his head. "So, when are you going after him?" Nellie had asked that question for six months. Now, he was on his way back to Dasia Island for a friend's wedding. Happily for right now hadn't worked for Gar. He missed Mike and what they had shared on the island. The question was did Mike feel the same way. There was only one way to find out if there was a happily ever after in his future. Face Mike and ask him.

Island Paradise - C.J. Baty
Island Paradise

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Pairing: M-M

April 1, 2016