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Kate Pavelle writes thrillers, spy suspense, and literary memoirs - because it's good to remember that life can be hard, and watch our heroes rise to the occasion in a moment of brave splendor.
Olivette Devaux writes gay romance with forever-after happy endings - because we need fluffy, upbeat stories in our lives to offset the darkness.

Smashwords Interview

Describe your desk
The dining room table, the office desk facing the garden with huge windows and potted orchids, or a coffee shop where I don't know the Wi-Fi password.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I'm a Cancelled Czech! That is, I finished 7th grade in Prague, Czech Republic. Our family bummed around Europe as political refugees for a while. I started 9th grade in the United States in 1980. English is my linguistic comfort zone, although I am still fluent in Czech and speak several other languages at a decent tourist level.
Escaping the Iron Curtain, having to adapt, and also seeing the American culture from an outside perspective makes me see the most ordinary things as new and fascinating. You'll also see my heroes and heroines tackle various issues that I had to deal with. Their struggle is tempered with humor, and so far, all my books have a happy ending. Check the blurb for clues!
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Forbidden Kiss of Life
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,730. Language: English. Published: January 26, 2019 by Mugen Press. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Water-walkers, flood-makers, soul-stealers: your neighbors. In this Disorderly Elements title, Ash Ravenna explores his Czech mother’s heritage. Teaching his family new techniques, realities of his existence stun him. Among their arcane, secretive skills, forbidden knowledge reigns supreme. As he deals with his people’s monstrous heritage, his student teaches him what may be life-changing.
I am here for you
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,740. Language: English. Published: November 13, 2018 by Mugen Press. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
No drummer, no luggage, no money. Stranded by an overactive fraud prevention system, Adam frantically texts his manager. Incoming: "I am here for you." Words of comfort so deep, Adam could weep. Martin that his Uber fare pours his heart out to him via text. An error, surely - and a happy one, since this rock crush owns his musical heart and soul!
The Fighting Dutchman
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 76,740. Language: English. Published: October 23, 2018 by Mugen Press. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
Bryan Clark, a professor in handsome glasses gets bullied by his MMA star brother. Arne Visser, a multilingual Black Dutch MMA rising star with academic parents, hopes to go back to school as his tough contact sport career draws to an end. A chance meeting, instant chemisty- – but the nine-hour time zones between their home cities won't be erased with just a press conference.
Like a Freeze
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 53,050. Language: English. Published: August 21, 2018 by Mugen Press. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Ash doesn't mind traveling to Cooper family’s New Year's snow camp in Michigan. Their mission: Meet the relatives. Examine the haunted sword. Find a way to bring back Jared using new skills and old traditions. Except when it comes to meeting the family, nothing ever goes according to plan. Riveting urban fantasy where two gay fated lovers strive to control their special powers.
Three Solstice Gifts
Series: Disorderly Elements. You set the price! Words: 4,720. Language: English. Published: June 7, 2018 by Mugen Press. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Three friends and lovers watch the log burn on the longest night of the year, welcoming the Sun into Pittsburgh again. Watch Ash, Cooper, and Sig bend their powers to their will on this magical night – and, perhaps, discover something entirely unexpected. This heartwarming short story of love among three men is best enjoyed after Book 4 of the Disordelry Elements, “Like a Phoenix.”
Yellow Peonies
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 5,700. Language: English. Published: May 31, 2018 by Mugen Press. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
In this short follow-up to Lucky Starflowers, Sam juggles his love for Theo with his passion for professional poker. The long trip from tournament lets him think up ways to fix his mistake, now Theo's headache. Theo loves Sam's living in Pittsburgh yet following his passion, but he's stuck fixing Sam's error: taking a wedding order for flowers that don't exist. A heartwarming tale of steady love.
Like a Phoenix
Series: Disorderly Elements. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 48,210. Language: English. Published: May 29, 2018 by Mugen Press. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Sigmund Harte – army vet. Detective. A lucky guy pursued by unexplained fires and explosions, crushing hard on his P.I. partner. David Rhea – wilderness guide. Wind master. Recluse. When Sig confesses his affections, he responds... poorly. Lucky for Sig, Cooper and Ash adopt him, determined to heal his heart. Incendiary threesome, a jealous wind master, and the sword that was Jared. Dark but HEA.
Like a Surge
Series: Disorderly Elements. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 70,500. Language: English. Published: April 30, 2018 by Mugen Press. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
Paul can’t touch electronics. Cell phones fry, breakers trip, the grid collapses. In Pittsburgh with his twin to help Cooper and Ash, his “gift” threatens to unveil them all. Russ teaches high-voltage techniques at a local vo-tech, hiding his ability to see strange things. Paul lights up his classroom like the brightest circuit, striving to control his gift. Their fated love needs courage. HEA.
Bird of Prey
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 29,360. Language: English. Published: April 6, 2018 by Mugen Press. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
Gary escaped his fundamentalist family and their crazy church. Pittsburgh, snow, and job-hunting in the busy downtown seems fruitless when a self-important suit runs into him. Struggling for balance, Gary does the unthinkable. The always-late Adrian finds his wallet and phone missing. He texts the handsome thief to lure him back. As sparks fly, he discovers they have a lot in common.
Unsavory Company
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 65,760. Language: English. Published: February 21, 2018 by Mugen Press. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » War & military adventure, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Gina Francesca Migliore. Art student. Adventurer. Heroine. December 1991 and stuck on a train in Yugoslavia. As Serbian troops shelled her student apartment in Dubrovnik, as her wallet grew thin, Gina weighed her option. Surrounded by scared people whose languages she barely understood, she had to do more than just escape. She had to help.
Night Train
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 21,440. Language: English. Published: February 13, 2018 by Mugen Press. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
Claude takes the train to a real-job interview after blowing a Cirque du Soleil audition. Steve, a retired stunt double, travels by train to get to get work done as he searches for a desperately-needed assistant. Chemistry sizzles. Backgrounds mesh. What happens on the train, stays on the train... Their chance meeting leaves them yearning for more, and no HEA can blossom without a sacrifice.
Past Lives
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,890. Language: English. Published: February 2, 2018 by Mugen Press. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Beth Carmichael leaned on her sword cane, surveying Josh’s gleaming framing shop with satisfaction. Beth knew margins were slim, but her favorite fosterling managed quite well. She liked hunting down rare antique finds for him – just to make sure he did. Too bad he was taking her for granted. A heartwarming short story where an ancient soul schools one quite young in Kate Pavelle’s Crone World.
War Paint
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 38,490. Language: English. Published: January 6, 2018 by Mugen Press. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
Alfred Karanov, leading ballet dancer, tired of casual flings and steeled himself for a life of professional solitude. Brent Dixon, wide receiver for the Vultures, fears coming out while playing for the NFL. Come out for his neighbor who is "the one," or keep his career intact? Another hot serving of guys in love with sport, art, and each other in this heartwarming HEA gay romance.
Zero Power Signature
Series: Disorderly Elements. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 6,180. Language: English. Published: July 28, 2017 by Mugen Press. Categories: Fiction » Urban, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Other kids have shown their elemental gift, but Cooper hides powers only his grandmother can Foresee. Messing with TimeFlow spells disaster - Cooper’s best shot at survival means keeping a secret. The world depends on Cooper – and on keeping his mother from bending Time. Prequel to Like a Rock. Young Cooper sets out on a path to become an Elementalist legend and our planet's hope for survival.
Like a Torrent
Series: Disorderly Elements. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 56,740. Language: English. Published: June 25, 2017 by Mugen Press. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
New in their relationship, Ash and Cooper lack control over their water and earth powers. Preventing a natural disaster borne of their love is but a small challenge when a greedy fracker comes along. No amount of magic will hide gas extraction stress, and only our intrepid duo can save Pittsburgh from a cataclysmic earthquake. Will they rise to the occasion? Will us normals survive the experience?
Like a Rock
Series: Disorderly Elements. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 36,720. Language: English. Published: May 24, 2017 by Mugen Press. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Cooper tends bar by night and chases architecture clients by day. He sees what lies hidden underground – but not even antipsychotic drugs keep the visions away. Ash talks to water, and water sometimes obeys his wishes. He hires Cooper, an architect who can do much more than just build houses. Their powers grow along with their undeniable attraction - but what to do when they make the earth move?
Lucky Starflowers
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 88,620. Language: English. Published: February 3, 2017 by Mugen Press. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
Theo runs a flower shop, getting over a breakup. No exotic boyfriends - if he ever finds one, he'll have a cubicle job, wear a cheap suit, and drive a Kia. Sam gambles for a living, and ends up homeless in Pittsburgh, living out of his Porsche. Sam helps Theo in his shop, and their attraction spells trouble. Theo wants stability, but Sam is "just passing through." Will their love last? AUDIO
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 80,530. Language: English. Published: February 3, 2017 by Mugen Press. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Seething glass furnaces, sizzling attraction, and sly sabotage bring suspense, romance, and murder in this stand-alone contemporary gay romantic suspense. The vibrant, gritty Pittsburgh factory in “Flux” could launch Eli and Bo on a love quest of a lifetime – or send the two men to the morgue. In this high-tech adventure Olivette Devaux will leave you breathless and yearning for more! See AUDIO!


Disorderly Elements
Pittsburgh draws those with unusual talents. Water walkers, earth-sense adepts, wind whisperers and fire men make a strong team that counters the paranormal effects of modern Pittsburgh's pollution. They are new, they're still learning. Their mistakes can be dangerous - and so can be their love. An urban fantasy paranormal gay romance series that's sure to thrill your soul and warm your heart!

Like a Phoenix

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Like a Rock

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Like a Surge

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Like a Torrent

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Three Solstice Gifts

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Just Blow It Up
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,050. Language: English. Published: July 30, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
A matriarch in the 1970’s communist Prague, Jarka steers her family through the charged Cold War climate. Except for her son-in-law, super-genius. After yet another explosion rocks the house, it's time for disarmament, sudden and covert. She has to find a way to dump everything that goes BOOM and protect the family. A funny, thrilling historical addition to the Cancelled Czech Files series!
Strawberries in the Snow
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 550. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome
Divorced, apart from his young daughter, Vince just can’t get into Christmas. He’s supposed to be free, gay, and out. His ex-wife encourages him to date and be happy – but his heart isn’t in it. Vince’s younger officemate Tom is working through dark time but his personable manner and generosity is the bright candle that lights the day. Vince and Tom gently find their way toward their own HEA.
Treading Water
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 1,730. Language: English. Published: August 22, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Jesse, a Crow Native and IT guy, is learning to swim to complete a company-mandated triathlon. He and Sebastian, a swimmer and an ice cream magnate, become fast friends and training buddies. An intimate secret binds them - but if Jesse finds out, it may shatter their budding romance. A story of friendship and valor, where old ghosts are slain and hope perseveres.

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Olivette Devaux
Latest book: Forbidden Kiss of Life. Published January 26, 2019.