Run for the Roses by Elizabeth Noble

Circles Book 1

A killer romance!

Run for the roses

A killer romance!

Relationships aren’t in the cards for everyone and Vladimir ‘Val’ Mihalic figures in his case it’s for the best. When his best friend, Janelle, is seriously injured in a carjacking, putting her career as a jockey on hold, Val steps up to help her through the crisis. It's not long before Janelle’s estranged father shows up at Val’s front door and Val’s life takes a hard sideways turn.

Wyatt Harig loves his daughter, but an estrangement was forced upon them. After her injury, he knows things have to be different and he’s the only one who can make that change. Arriving in Kentucky he finds Janelle and Val, a kindhearted, alluring man twenty years his junior, neck deep in an elaborate gambling scheme that’s led to murder.

Val is a little happier than he should be when Wyatt stays and starts digging deeper for the truth about Janelle’s ‘accident’. As they uncover the events leading up to that fateful day, a solid friendship, and then more, blossoms between the men. Discovering the truth, which exposes conmen and murderers, puts their love and their lives, in jeopardy.

Genre: FICTION / Gay

Secondary Genre: FICTION / Romance / Suspense

Language: English

Keywords: hurt/comfort, best friend's dad, Age Gap Romance, abuse survivor, gay marriage , mm sex, acceptance

Word Count: 42200

Sales info:

Amazon US ranking 

Best Sellers Rank: #562,281 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)

#7,951 in Gay Fiction
#12,940 in Gay Romance
#20,183 in LGBTQ+ Romance (Books)


French Translation via Juno Publishing

13,674 en Boutique Kindle (Voir les 100 premiers en Boutique Kindle)

3,644 en Romance contemporaine
5,216 en Littérature sentimentale (Boutique Kindle)

The audio book is in production and there is no ranking as of yet.


Sample text:

“Wyatt Harig. Is Janelle here?”

“You’re pretty tall,” Val blurted out and felt his face heat up.

Wyatt glanced down and grinned at the same time. He was nice looking when he smiled. Obviously he’d heard that more than once. “Janelle is adopted. And yes, she knows.” He put his hands in his pants pockets and sighed. “Do we have to do this through the door?”

“I… uh… don’t really….”

“I’m an investigator, and I work in antiquities. I’m not a mob hit man.”

“You do sort of look like one,” Val said.

Wyatt chuckled. “Nah, they spend much more on their clothes.”

Val unlocked the door and stepped back so Wyatt could enter. He was impressed that Wyatt wasn’t bothered by three big dogs dancing around at his feet. Instead he put one hand out for them to sniff and walked between them.

Wyatt held out his hand and smiled. “Let’s try again. I’m Janelle’s father, Wyatt Harig. You and your entourage are…?”

Val shook the offered hand. Wyatt’s hand was strong, his handshake firm. His hand was as warm as his smile. “Vladimir Mihalic. Val. They’re Cooper, Bear, and Titan.” He pointed to each dog as he said their name.

“Good-looking crew you have. Trained to kill on command?” Wyatt asked.


“Uh-huh.” Wyatt tilted his head to one side and leaned down far enough to pat the dogs.

“Not buying it, huh?”

“Not in the least,” Wyatt said. “I can tell they’re incredibly vicious.”

“I guess the hand licking blew their cover.” Val glanced at the floor for a second and scratched at his forearm.

Book translation status:

The book is available for translation into any language except those listed below:

Already translated.
Already translated. Translated by Alessandra Sole
Already translated. Translated by Cristina García
Author review:
Cristina is very quick and from what I can tell, accurate in her translation. She communicate with me and seemed interested in future projects.

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