If at the end of the treasure hunt there will be still unmatched excerpts the giveaway will go to the one who matched more books.
The books are:
A Hunted Man by Jaime Reese
A Kingdom Lost by Barbara Ann Wright
A Place for Cliff by Talon ps
A Special Kind of Folk by Barry Brennessel
About Face by VK Powell
Ancient House of Cards by Bryan T. Clark
Another Healing by M. Raiya
Antidote by Jack L. Pyke
Because of Jade by Lou Sylvre
Beloved Pilgrim by Christopher Hawthorne Moss
Better Than Friends by Lane Hayes
Bird of Paradise by G.J. Paterson
Bite of the Recluse by Azalea Moone & Anais Morgan
Bonds of Denial by Lynda Aicher
Brokenhearted by Cate Ashwood
Camellia by Caitlin Ricci & Cari Z.
Carnal Sacraments by Perry Brass
Caught! By JL Merrow
Chasing the Dragon by Kate Sherwood
Chip off the Ice Block Murder by Jessie Chandler
Clean Slate by Andrea Bramhall
Corruption by Eden Winters
Desire at Dawn by Fiona Zedde
Dirty Beautiful Words by Brooklyn Brayl
Dissonance by Shira Anthony
Dudek by Taylor James
Educating Simon by Robin Reardon
Fight by Kelly Wyre
Filthy Acquisitions by Edmond Manning
Firestorm by Rory Ni Coileain
Forever Hold His Peace by Rebecca Cohen
Forgive Us by Lynn Kelling
Fractured by Mickie B. Ashling
Freak Camp: Posts From a Previously Normal Girl by Jessica V. Barnett
FutureDyke by Lea Daley
Games Boys Play by Zoe X. Rider
Gathering Storm by Alexa Land
Gin & Jazz 1- 4 (4 novellas: Hollywood Bound, Razzle Dazzle, Tarnished Glitter and Starring Role) by Morticia Knight
Girls Don't Hit by Geonn Cannon
Great Pleasures by Edward Southgate
Greg Honey by Russ Gregory
Happy Independence Day by Michael Rupured
Hard Pressed by Sharon Maria Bidwell
Hell & High Water (THIRDS, Book #1) by Charlie Cochet
Highfell Grimoires by Langley Hyde
His Fair Lady by Kimberly Gardner
Hoaley Inexplicable by Declan Sands
How Still My Love by Diane Marina
Hungry for Love by Rick R. Reed
If I Die Before I Wake by Liz McMullen
If We Shadows by D.E. Atwood
Ink & Flowers by J.K. Pendragon
It's Like This by Anne O'Gleadra
Lab Rat's Love by Ana J. Phoenix
Lesbian Crushes at School: A Diary on Growing Up Gay in the Eighties by Natasha Holme
Let the Lover Be by Sheree L. Greer
Like Jazz by Heather Blackmore
Love and Salvage: Loving Emmett by Mathew Ortiz
Love Is A Stranger by John Wiltshire
Love You Forever by Amelia Bishop
Lovers and Liars by Paul Alan Fahey
Mark of Cain by Kate Sherwood
Masquerade by Joy Lynn Fielding
Measure of Peace by Caethes Faron
Mirage by Tia Fielding
More Than Everything by Cardeno C.
Motel. Pool. By Kim Fielding
Murder and the Hurdy Gurdy Girl by Kate McLachlan
Murder on the Mountain by Jamie Fessenden
My Brother's Lover by Lynn Kelling
Nightingale by Andrea Bramhall
No Angel by Clare London
Omorphi by C. Kennedy
On Archimedes Street by Jefferson Parrish
Paradise at Main and Elm by Barry Brennessel
Paris Connection by J.P. Bowie
Passage by Evey Brett
Pick Up the Pieces by Tinnean
Piper by Leona Carver
Rapture, Sins of the Sinners by Fran Heckrotte & A.C. Henley
Rarely Pure and Never Simple by Angel Martinez
Rasputin's Kiss by L.M. Somerton
Rest Home Runaways by Clifford Henderson
Resurrection Man by K.Z. Snow
Return of an Impetuous Pilot by Kate McLachlan
Rocky Mountain Freedom by Vivian Arend
Running Through A Dark Place by Michael J. Bowler
Saving Liam by DP Denman
Serpentine Walls by CJane Elliott
Shades of Sepia by Anne Barwell
Shameful Desires 3: Unbound by P.J. Proud
Shirewode by J Tullos Hennig
Silent by Sara Alva
Slide by Garrett Leigh
Something Like Spring by Jay Bell
Splinters by Thorny Sterling
Stitch by Eli Easton, Sue Brown, Jamie Fessenden & Kim Fielding
Summerville by H.L. Sudler
The 42nd Street Jerking-off Club by Mykola Dementiuk
The Calm Before by Neena Jaydon
The Dead Past by Kate Aaron
The Empath by Jody Klaire
The Engineered Throne by Megan Derr
The Family We Make by Kaje Harper
The Genealogy of Understanding by Daniel M. Jaffe
The House on Hancock Hill by Indra Vaughn
The Last Conception by Gabriel Constans
The Line by J.D. Horn
The Mating of Michael by Eli Easton
The Memory of Blood & Lotuses by E.E. Ottoman
The Opera House by Hans M. Hirschi
The River Within by Baxter Clare Trautman
The Seventh Pleiade by Andrew J. Peters
The Thief Taker by William Holden
This Is Not a Love Story by Suki Fleet
Tournament of Shadows by S.A. Meade
True Stories Too: People and Places From My Past by Felice Picano
Turnbull House by Jess Faraday
You're Always in the Last Place You Look by T.N. Gates
Zenith by Arshad Ahsanuddin
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Today excerpts are:
Black sand shores
You go deep
You swim effortlessly
Through the currents
And sea-kelp sweat
Until you reach the pearl
Between seashell legs
"The blonde in the red jacket."
Joss adjusted the angle of her head. The woman, the girl, in question was approaching amid a group of other travelers. She had her head turned toward the window, her hair clipped back so that it stayed out of her face. Joss guessed her to be twenty-one or twenty-two. She scanned the crowd as she moved, surreptitiously moving her eyes to track movement before doing another circuit. She carried a bag over one shoulder and its weight altered her posture.
"Looks easy enough."
Myles laughed. "No. She's not a target. She's a potential colleague. Come on, walk with me."
They joined the flow of foot traffic a few seconds after the blonde passed them.
"Who is she?"
"That's not important. What's important is who she is going to be."
"She's young. Pretty. She'll stand out. You and I are good at our jobs because people don't notice us. They let their eyes slip right over us."
Myles looked at her. "You think you're unattractive? Or are you simply fishing for a compliment? Either way, it's not true. We work well because we're unthreatening. Women see me and think I'm a harmless accountant, men see me as a regular Joe who isn't enough of a threat to worry about. I'm the guy who got bullied his whole life and is just trying to make it through a day without confrontation."
Joss could believe that. He had lost a little more hair since their first meeting, the cowlick in the middle of his bald spot long gone, and his suits fit no better than they had almost twenty years earlier. But she knew under the rumpled blazer was toned muscle. He had a grip that could crush stones, and he used it to great effect when carrying out his own assignments.
Higgs grimaced. “You look after my boy then, that place is a meat market.”
“Oh don’t worry, I won’t be letting him out of my sight.” Alex sounded very sure of that.
Conor looked from Higgs to Alex with a scowl. “Jesus, you two, I’m a grown man, I do not need either of you mothering me!”
Conor stalked from the room and was almost out of the station when Alex caught up with him. They signed out at the reception desk under the curious gaze of the bespectacled sergeant on duty and left. As soon as they had rounded the corner and were out of sight of the front door of the station, Alex grabbed Conor’s wrist and pushed him up against a wall. Then he kissed him. Hard.
Conor gasped and struggled. Alex pushed both Conor’s arms back until Conor felt the sharp edges of the bricks digging in and scraping his skin. The kiss was intense, almost overwhelming.
“What the hell, Alex!”
Alex smirked. “Getting you in character, sweetheart. At work you can be as bratty as you like so long as you’re prepared to face the consequences. Out here... You’re my sweet, submissive, adoring boyfriend.”
“I...” Conor managed to get a few brain cells together and realised that
Alex was right. “Sorry, sir.”
Alex tilted his chin up and kissed him again, a little more gently this time.
“Don’t forget, Conor, it could be the difference between catching a killer and leaving him free to slaughter some other poor boy.”
It was a sobering thought.
“I won’t. Do you want to let me go now?”
Alex shrugged. “I like the look of you pinned against the wall, but I did promise to buy you lunch, didn’t I?”
“Yes, you did.”
The crunch of tires on gravel pulled Jason from the letter he was reading. A glance out the window confirmed that Kale’s maroon and beige Killian S Model had turned off the road and was speeding up the long, tree-lined drive. The convertible, one of the newest cars on the market, was capable of a stunning seventy kilometers an hour. The thrill on Kale’s face as he topped out with the top down made the car well worth the price. Jason folded up the letter and shoved it into his desk drawer. Its troubling contents could wait until later.
Jason hurried downstairs. Kale had been at the art gallery all day, and Jason’s skin crawled with the need to see him. Jason could have accompanied Kale into Calea, but he liked to encourage Kale’s independence, even if Jason would have preferred to spend the rest of time by his side. Jason wasn’t needed at the gallery, so he’d left Kale to it.
“Jason, I’m home.” Kale’s voice boomed through their modest house.
Jason hopped down from the third stair to the floor and ran into Kale’s strong arms. “Welcome back, love.”
Kale chuckled. “I was gone for what, seven hours? No need to get this excited.”
“I can’t help it. I missed you.”
“Aww. Isn’t that sweet? I missed you too. You could have come along, you know.”
“Yes, but this is your opening. I didn’t want to be in the way. You want to go for a walk and tell me about it?”
Kale’s smile lit up his face, and Jason marveled at how much lighter he looked. He’d retained the glow of freedom ever since the day they’d crossed the border into Naiara two years ago, making Kale a free man. He still bore the scars of slavery on his body and mind, but there was now a luminous quality to him. From his sandy hair to his pale green eyes to his honey-toned skin, there was an undeniable glow about him.
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