Neil Plakcy

Biography

Neil Plakcy is the author of the Mahu mystery series from MLR Press, about openly gay Honolulu homicide detective Kimo Kanapa’aka, and the Have Body, Will Guard adventure romance series from Loose Id.

He also is the author of the golden retriever mystery series (www.goldenretrievermysteries.com) as well as many other novels in mystery and romance.

Plakcy is a journalist and book reviewer as well as an assistant professor of English at Broward College’s south campus in Pembroke Pines. He is a former president of the Florida chapter of Mystery Writers of America and a second-place finisher on Jeopardy!.

Smashwords Interview

What's the story behind your latest book?
My 89-year-old mother recently broke her hip and was in a local rehab center for a while. (She's fine now!) When I visited her, I wondered how easy it would be for someone to slip medications into a patient's IV or pill container. That was the genesis for DOG HAVE MERCY, in which my hero, reformed computer hacker Steve Levitan, takes his golden retriever Rochester to visit patients at the local nursing home/rehab center.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
After I finished the first of my golden retriever mysteries, IN DOG WE TRUST, I sent it to my agent, who turned it down because in his opinion there was no market for a cozy mystery with a male hero. I didn't believe him, so I began querying publishers and editors -- but they all said the same thing. Women are the bulk of cozy readers, and they want female protagonists. But I really believed in the characters and the book, so I published it myself. And here I am, on book six, with many, many satisfied readers!
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Neil Plakcy online


Books

Weihnachten auf Honolulu
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,990. Language: German. Published: March 13, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
Nachdem schließlich akzeptierte seine homoxualité Inspector Kimo Kanapa'aka bereitet sich auf Weihnachten als solche zu feiern, aber statt mit einem Freund, um die Feierlichkeiten zu teilen, findet er sich mit einer Leiche und einem Fall zu untersuchen. Wer ist der Mann trägt einen Hut Santa - und wer ihn getötet?
Un Noel Hawaien
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,970. Language: French. Published: March 13, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
Ayant finalement accepté son homoxualité, l’inspecteur Kimo Kanapa’aka se prépare à célébrer Noël en tant que tel, mais au lieu d’avoir un petit ami avec qui partager les festivités, il se retrouve avec un cadavre et un cas à investiguer. Qui est l’homme portant un chapeau de Père Noël — et qui l’a tué?
Dog Have Mercy
Series: Golden Retriever Mysteries. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 70,630. Language: English. Published: February 2, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Nonfiction » Home and Garden » Pets & livestock
(5.00)
In the 6th golden retriever mystery, Christmas approaches and reformed hacker Steve Levitan tries to help a fellow ex-con now working at the vet’s office in Stewart’s Crossing. His curiosity, & the crime-solving instincts of his golden retriever, Rochester, kick in when liquid potassium ampoules are stolen from the vet and Steve’s new friend is a suspect in the theft -- and in a series of deaths.
Whom Dog Hath Joined
Series: Golden Retriever Mysteries. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 81,800. Language: English. Published: May 10, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Nonfiction » Home and Garden » Pets & livestock
Reformed computer hacker Steve Levitan still gets a thrill from snooping into places online where he shouldn’t be. When his golden retriever Rochester discovers a human bone at the Friends Meeting during the Harvest Days festival, these two unlikely sleuths are plunged into another investigation.
Creeling the Bridegroom
Price: Free! Words: 11,640. Language: English. Published: March 22, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
(4.50)
We’ve been through a lot over the years. We’ve known each other since we were young and though we’ve had our troubles we’ve managed to stay together. My parents never approved of him because my dad was rich and famous and he wasn’t. This is our love story. This story was written in response to a story prompt from the M/M romance group on Goodreads.
Hot Steamy Shorts
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 66,980. Language: English. Published: January 17, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Gay Erotica, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
A dozen sexy short stories about gay men falling in love and falling into bed. From Hawaii to Florida to spots around the world, Neil Plakcy takes you on a voyage of sexual exploration. These stories have all been previously published in anthologies or on websites, but this is the first time they appear together .
Genie for Hire: A Biff Andromeda Mystery
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 75,600. Language: English. Published: August 18, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Genie for Hire: A Biff Andromeda Mystery is a private eye novel—with a paranormal twist. An ancient genie in a modern, buff body, Biff can’t use his magical powers for his own benefit, so he opens a detective agency in a Miami suburb. With his sarcastic wit, his ability to turn into a wisp of vapor, and magic as old as the ages, Biff battles a pack of ruthless criminals.
Dog Bless You
Series: Golden Retriever Mysteries, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 78,910. Language: English. Published: July 2, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Nonfiction » Home and Garden » Pets & livestock
Steve Levitan has a new job developing a conference center for Eastern College. But on his first visit to Friar Lake, his golden retriever Rochester makes a disturbing discovery, a human hand rising from the dirt at the lake’s shore. Whose hand is it? Why was the body buried there? The answers will put Steve and the ever-faithful Rochester on a collision course with a desperate killer.
Photo Booth
Price: Free! Words: 4,250. Language: English. Published: May 23, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
(4.00)
When out of work cowboy Ethan meets a cute twink in a gay bar in Dallas and jumps into a photo booth with him, he has no idea that this chance encounter will lead to a true and lasting love. This story was originally published in an anthology by the M/M romance group on Goodreads. Also included are introductory chapters from several other gay romance novels.
Mr Surfer and Other Gay Erotica
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 49,780. Language: English. Published: January 3, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Erotica » Gay Erotica
Thirteen tales of gay romantic erotica to make you swoon! Includes three stories never before published. Set in locations from Hawaii to Florida and New York to outer space, these stories will charm you, excite you and make you believe in romance all over again.
Dog Helps Those
Series: Golden Retriever Mysteries, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 76,110. Language: English. Published: June 26, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Nonfiction » Home and Garden » Pets & livestock
It’s almost time for graduation, and Eastern College is in trouble. A prominent alumna is dead, and a faulty computer program is jeopardizing student records and financial aid. It’s up to Steve and Rochester to dig into the situation and retrieve the culprits!
The Russian Boy
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 74,250. Language: English. Published: August 30, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Gay Erotica
There are three Russian boys at the center of this sexy new novel by Neil S. Plakcy. In alternating narrations, four men tell the story of the painting, its theft, and a series of love affairs between older men and their younger protégés. By turns sexy, dangerous and romantic, The Russian Boy is a story of love and art that spans the ages.
Hot Jobs with Cool Companies
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 15,890. Language: English. Published: June 21, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Computer gaming, Nonfiction » Career Guides » Computer Science
Do you love playing video games? Wish you could get a job that would pay you to do what you love? Well, you can! The video game industry is big and growing, and there are always opportunities for new hires with the right skills. Let Hot Jobs with Cool Companies be your introduction to the video game industry.
Soul Kiss
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 62,700. Language: English. Published: May 26, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
When seventeen-year-old Melissa Torani falls for cute but nerdy newcomer Daniel Florez, she has no idea that meeting him, and sharing a deep soul kiss, will change her life forever. No longer an ordinary girl, she’s plunged into a world of gang-bangers, Cuban exiles, and FBI agents. And what’s going on with her brain? How come she’s suddenly so much smarter than she used to be?
Three Lambs: Erotic Tales of a Gay Frat
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 34,980. Language: English. Published: May 24, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Gay Erotica
Lambda Lambda Lambda, the all-gay fraternity at Florida University (FU) in Miami, is the setting for eleven hot new stories by master of gay erotica Neil Plakcy. Sexy college guys get it on with each other, with models and construction workers and security guards. Join them all for some very hot times in colorful, multi-ethnic Miami.
The Cat Who Got Married and Other Purr-fectly Romantic Stories
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 32,850. Language: English. Published: April 18, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Short stories
Men and women meet, fall in love and stumble over obstacles in the five charming stories included here from award-winning romance author Neil S. Plakcy, but the ending is always a happy one. And here's a bonus for cat lovers: a clever Abyssinian named Pilar, a six-toed descendant of the cats who lived with Ernest Hemingway at his house in Key West, and a very regal black cat named Rajah.
The Kingdom of Dog
Series: Golden Retriever Mysteries, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 66,040. Language: English. Published: April 3, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Home and Garden » Pets & livestock, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
When his mentor, Joe Dagorian, director of admissions at prestigious Eastern College, is murdered during a fund-raising event, Steve Levitan feels obliged to investigate. He and his golden retriever, Rochester, go nose to the ground to dig up clues, including a bloody knife and some curious photographs. But will Steve's curiosity and Rochester's savvy save them when the killer comes calling?
Paws and Reflect
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 78,980. Language: English. Published: October 9, 2010. Categories: Nonfiction » Science and Nature » Animals
Paws and Reflect explores and celebrates the special and powerful bond between man and dog through twenty-five stories of personal experiences in this well-crafted collection. Touching, powerful, and often humorous, this is a must-read for all dog lovers. The book includes interviews with Edward Albee, Jonathan Caouette, Ron Nyswaner, Charles Busch, and many others.
Tough Guy Erotica
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 41,230. Language: English. Published: August 2, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Gay Erotica
15 sizzling hot stories of sex with tough guys by Neil S. Plakcy. Includes stories originally published in magazines, anthologies and websites, as well as eight previously unpublished stories. Cops, construction workers, and other macho types get horny and get together!
Pledge Class and Other College Boy Erotica
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 37,870. Language: English. Published: August 2, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Gay Erotica
11 sexy stories about college boys by Neil S. Plakcy, including several never before available in print. From the locker room to the frat house to the beaches and trains of Europe, these college guys are hot to trot… and sometimes, so are their teachers!
Invasion of the Blatnicks
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 103,630. Language: English. Published: August 2, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Steve Berman loses his job just before a visit to his parents in Florida. En route, though, he’s offered a new one, with a developer building a shopping center at the edge of the Everglades. Comic complications ensue with the craziness of his cousins, the Blatnicks, and the equally zany construction crew. A comic novel about Jewish family relationships and shopping mall construction.
In Dog We Trust
Series: Golden Retriever Mysteries, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 100,000. Language: English. Published: April 30, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
(5.00)
Steve Levitan has returned home to Stewart's Crossing after a bad divorce and a brief prison term for computer hacking. He becomes friendly with his new next-door neighbor, Caroline Kelly, and her golden retriever, Rochester. When Caroline is killed, Steve becomes the dog’s temporary guardian, and these two unlikely sleuths work to uncover the mystery behind Caroline’s death.

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