Murder on the Rocks

By Clara Nipper

Blue Collar
Good girls/Bad girls
People of Color
Police
Multicultural 

Murder is a seductive story that keeps Detective Jill Rogers hypnotized and soothes her road-hungry feet. Money and murder—the world’s most fascinating subjects. Jill quit romance when she left Sophie Walsh, the love of her life, starved and hurting. Love is for sunny, squishy people, and Jill is dark. 

 A few things Jill knows for sure: the more violent the crime, the closer the relationship is between victim and murderer. Murder investigation is a two-piece puzzle. One piece is the crime scene and it forms half the picture; the other is the witnesses and suspects. Ideally, the two halves come together and form a complete whole and the case is solved. If they don’t, either Jill made a mistake or someone is lying. And she doesn’t make mistakes.

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Saints+Sinners 2016

By Paul Willis and Others

Saints+Sinners

An anthology of short fiction featuring the finalist selections from the 2016 Saints+Sinners Literary Festival.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • Loo Rolls by Aaron Hamburger
  • Emma’s by Vince Sgambati
  • Greedy Prayer by R. Dale Smith
  • Mr. Sissy in Sin City by Thomas Westerfield
  • The Weirding Path by Bryan Collins
  • Last Dance by Darrow Farr
  • The Most Unusual Sweet Potato Competition by Rich Barnett
  • Discretion, 1957 by Sally Bellerose
  • Trumpet in D by Jerry Rabushka
  • Do Unto Others by N. S. Beranek
  • Frenchy Retires by Lee Lynch
  • The History Professor by Andrew Willett
  • Sweet William by ’Nathan Burgoine
  • Fallen Angel by Carol Rosenfeld
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Midnight at the Orpheus

By Alyssa Linn Palmer

Holidays
Good girls/Bad girls
Police
Gangsters
Big City
Financial gap/Class disparity

Chicago, the Roaring Twenties. Cecilia Mills is new to town and struggling to survive. Her world is turned upside down when she falls for gangster Franky Greco's moll Nell Prescott. Working at The Orpheus dance hall thanks to Nell, Cecilia becomes known as CeeCee and rubs elbows with gangsters and the city's elite, and she and Nell hide their affair from Greco.

Patrick Sheridan is fresh out of prison and bent on revenge, with Greco in the crosshairs. He gets a job as CeeCee's bodyguard, and despite her infatuation with Nell, love blossoms between CeeCee and Sheridan. When Sheridan sees his chance, thanks to a disillusioned cop seeking his own revenge, he must choose where his loyalties lie as CeeCee and Nell are caught in the middle.

Menage m/f/f.

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Puppet Boy

By Christian Baines

Big City
Psychological Thriller
Actors/Artists
Rivals
International Setting

A school in turmoil over its senior play, a sly career as a teenage gigolo, an unpredictable girlfriend with damage of her own, and a dangerous housebreaker tied up downstairs. Any of these would make a great plot for budding filmmaker Eric's first movie.

Unfortunately, they're his real life.

When Julien, a handsome wannabe actor, transfers to Eric's class, he's a distraction, a rival, and one complication too many. Yet Eric can't stop thinking about him. Helped by Eric's girlfriend, Mary, they embark on a project that dangerously crosses the line between filmmaking and reality. As the boys become close, Eric soon wants to cross other lines entirely. Does Julien feel the same way, or is Eric being used on the gleefully twisted path to fame?

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Thrall: Beyond Gold and Glory

By Barbara Ann Wright

People of Color
Shifters
Other Worlds
Royalty
Transgender
Virgins/First Love
Magic

Like heroes from an ancient tale, Aesa and Maeve plan to raid foreign shores, claiming gold and glory for their homeland. Young and in love, neither considers what will happen if one is chosen to be a warrior and the other is left behind.

On a mist-shrouded island, Aesa meets Ell, a woman enslaved by an insidious curse. Maeve walks the path of dark magic and finds Laret, a woman well acquainted with pain. Together, they must break the magic surrounding Ell, an act that will force them to choose between their dreams, their homes, and the women they love.

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Just Three Words

By Melissa Brayden

Soho Loft Romances
Big City
Friends to Lovers Romance
Workplace Romance
New York City
Friends & Community
Bisexual
Close Quarters

Sometimes the one you want is the one you least suspect...Accountant Samantha Ennis craves order and structure. As the bookkeeper at the boutique advertising agency she owns with her three best friends, it's her job to apply logic to the chaos. When one of those best friends, laid back Hunter Blair, moves in to share her loft apartment, Sam's carefully organized world is thrown wildly askew. Hunter Blair's been the coolest one in the room since elementary school. Until recently, her biggest worry in the world was which of the girls in her cell phone to call on a Saturday night. But it's not long before Samantha sparks a fire in Hunter that has her questioning her old habits and longing for new ones. Isn't it a bad idea to fall for one of your best friends? Samantha and Hunter are about to find out.

Soho Loft Romances

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Saints+Sinners 2015

By Paul Willis and Others

Saints+Sinners

An anthology of short fiction featuring the finalist selections from the 2015 Saints + Sinners Literary Festival.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

  • Introduction by Andrew Holleran
  • Gingerbread by Eric Andrews-Katz
  • Wren’s Knell by Kristyn Dunnion
  • Hustler Court by Frank Perez
  • Maple Beach People by Lee Lynch
  • What It Was Turned Ollie Queer by Mike Tuohy
  • Femorph by James Russell
  • Fat Hands by John Kane
  • Days of Awe by N.S. Beranek
  • Pageant Girl by Sam Hawk
  • ’Til It Bleeds by Jerry Rabushka
  • A Perfect Fit by Felice Picano
  • Basketball Fever by Maureen Brady

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Betting on Love

By Alyssa Linn Palmer

Second Chance at Love
Big City

Land poor, Elly leaves the family farm and heads to the big city to become something better than a waitress in a small-town diner. Though she's succumbed to economic necessity and the siren song of her one-time lover, Alex, she can't bear to give up the farm that has been in her family for generations. As much as she wants to, she can't have everything she desires, and she'll have to decide what is more important: the past or the future.

Alex has always been a daredevil, up for anything, never tying herself down to anyone. When she falls head over heels for quiet Elly, everyone's surprised, no one more than her best friend and occasional lover, Will. As things heat up between them, Elly must choose between her past and her future, and Alex is faced with a decision that will shake her to the core of all she holds dear.

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Dark Rites

By Jeremy Jordan King

Immortal Testimony Novels | Book Three
Actors/Artists
Magic
People of Color
Young Adult
Big City
New York City
Multicultural 
Friends & Community
Celebrity
The actors in the 1922 production of Weinstein's Wonderacts have a secret: they aren't just performers, they're members of a Circle, a coven dedicated to enlightenment through magic. To enhance their power, they have their eye on the new girl in the cast, Margarite, a natural witch. But the coven's leader, Vincent, isn't satisfied. He's hungry for more, to become a Complete Man. He turns to a mysterious wanderer for counsel, but could the teacher's intentions and rituals be malevolent? Being the only one with true gifts, it's up to Margarite to save her friends from enacting these dark rites.
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Blue Water Dreams

By Dena Hankins

Transgender
Non-Binary Gender

Lania Marchiol keeps a wary sailor's gaze trained on the horizon. Somewhere out there, the perfect boat is waiting to take her around the world in a self-sufficient home powered by wind, sunshine, and the strength of her will. When she finds it, she'll sell her beloved antique printing press, retire her renowned literary magazine, and wave good-bye to her life on land.

When a suave filmmaker flirts his way into her literary life, Lania must fight to maintain a steady heading toward the high seas. The magnetism of wickedly handsome trans man Oly Rassmussen send her trusty compass spinning off course and they must reimagine freedom and love in order to sail together in the greatest adventure of all.

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Frenemy of the People

By Nora Olsen

Young Adult
Clarissa and Lexie couldn't be more different. Clarissa is a chirpy, optimistic do-gooder and a top rider on the school's equestrian team. Lexie is an angry, punk rock activist and the only out lesbian at their school.

When Clarissa declares she's bi and starts a Gay-Straight Alliance, she unwittingly presses all of Lexie's buttons, so Lexie makes it her job to cut Clarissa down to size. But Lexie goes too far and finds herself an unwitting participant in Clarissa's latest crusade. Both are surprised to find their mutual loathing turning to love.

A change in her family's fortunes begins to unravel Clarissa's seemingly perfect life, and the girls' fledgling love is put to the test. Clarissa and Lexie each have what the other needs to save their relationship and the people they love from forces that could tear them all apart.
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Saints+Sinners 2014

By Paul Willis and Others

Saints+Sinners

An anthology of short fiction featuring the finalist selections from the 2014 Saints + Sinners Literary Festival.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • Introduction by Jewel Gomez
  • Voodoo John by James Russell
  • Mum’s the Word by Jeff Lindemann
  • Eleusis by Robert Hyers
  • Sample Day by Jerry Rabushka
  • Stinkbug by Rich Barnett
  • If On A Dark Night Two Strangers Should Come by William Hawkins
  • Corset by Sally Bellerose
  • The Dark Symphony by Eric Andrews-Katz
  • Love Thy Neighbor by N.S. Beranek
  • Beanstalk by Clifford Henderson
  • Rhinestone Magic by J.R. Greenwell
  • The Red Coat by George E. Jordan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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OMG Queer

By Radclyffe and Others

Young Adult

Hope. Fear. Desire. Despair. Promises. Betrayals.

Lesbian. Gay. Bisexual. Transgender. Questioning. Intersex.

This anthology of short stories gives voice to the rising generation as they define what it means to grow up queer in the twenty-first century. What is it like to grow up in a society that embraces you in certain ways but discriminates against you in others? How do you choose a label from the alphabet soup, and should you even have to? By turns heartwarming and heartbreaking, comical and caustic, these stories, imagined and told by youth across America, provide a snapshot of queerness at the dawn of the new millennium.

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Speaking Out

By Steve Berman

Young Adult

Speaking Out features stories for and about LGBT and Q teens by fresh voices and noted authors in the field of young adult literature. These are inspiring stories of overcoming adversity (against intolerance and homophobia) and experiencing life after "coming out." Queer teens need tales of what might happen next in their lives, and editor Steve Berman showcases a diversity of events, challenges, and, especially, triumphs.

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Femme Noir

By Clara Nipper

A Nora Delany Mystery
People of Color
Good girls/Bad girls
Multicultural 
Amateur Sleuths
Sports

Womanizing tough broad Nora Delaney meets her match in Max Abbott, a sex-crazed dame who may or may not have the information Nora needs to solve a murderbut can she contain her lust for Max long enough to find out?

Dames, booze, and murder is the oldest story in the book, but this time, it happens too fast to Nora Delaney, who is a notorious womanizing college basketball coach. After her ex is found murdered, Nora chases the scent all the way from Los Angeles to Tulsa to find some right angles in this nasty business, only to be waylaid by a gorgeous, gin-swilling skirt who has information as well as an appetite for women like Nora.

Filled with cock-eyed optimism, vivid sexual fantasy, tough broads, and big babes who know their ways around drinks, trash talk, and murder, Femme Noir is a wry homage to retro outlooks of a bygone tough guy/femme fatale age. If you like sex and humor, this book is for you.

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Running With the Wind

By Nell Stark

Friends to Lovers Romance
Second Chance at Love

Love, like the wind, charts its own course.

Once upon a time, Corrie Marsten fell hard and got dumped. Now, her only loves are sailing, and power. By day, she works as the head instructor for the University of Rhode Island's Sailing Center. Once night falls, she indulges in frequent casual sex with her friends, all of who know that like the wind, she can't be tethered. When Corrie meets vet student Quinn Davies, an enrollee in the summer sailing course, she senses Quinn's attraction and comes on strong. Quinn, though drawn to the charismatic Corrie, doesn't reciprocate for important reasons of her own, leaving Corrie frustrated, tantalized, and intrigued. As the summer progresses, Corrie and Quinn gradually develop a friendship that hints at so much more. Will Quinn admit her growing attraction? Will Corrie be able to forgive, forget, and love again? When fate conspires to make them teammates in a high-stakes sailing regatta, will they run with the wind, or resist it?

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Course of Action

By Gun Brooke

Actors/Artists
Big City
Celebrity
Workplace Romance
Age Gap

A high-stakes romance among the jet-set crowd of actresses, producers, and world-famous entrepreneurs.

Carolyn Black—an actress driven by her ambition, desperately wants the starring role in an upcoming film based on a series of famous novels. With a reputation for being willing to do anything to get a part, the actress sets out to impress the woman behind the project. Annelie Peterson—the wealthy publisher with a mysterious past—owns the film rights and will decide who wins the much-coveted role. When Annelie meets Carolyn, the woman she has idolized for years, sparks fly. How far is Carolyn prepared to go for the dream part of a lifetime? And just how far will Annelie bend her principles in the name of desire?

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