Equal parts troubleshooters and troublemakers, Keene and Lexa-Blue, along with the sentient ship, Maverick Heart, have been known to solve a problem or two. For the right price, that is. Even so, they aren't prepared for a summons from a love Keene thought long past. Daevin Adisi is now the Technarch of Brighter Light, one of the greatest corporate colony states in the Galactum, which is on the brink of war with Sotari, descendants of a people changed by nanogenetic experimentation. Seeking only to live a quiet, simple life free of the technology they blame for the worst part of their history, Sotari has struggled to co-exist with Brighter Light, which to them represents the worst of their own history. And now, the uneasy truce has finally crumbled. In his last-ditch attempt to save their world, Daevin has called upon Keene to help him finally bring peace.
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.
By Jon Wilson
Gay PI Declan Colette finds himself in the middle of a gang war between resurgent Japanese mobsters and the black gangsters who expanded operations during World War II. Complicating matters is crime boss Max Harrold. Whether he's stoking the fires of racial hostility or not, Harrold is definitely making things difficult for Colette, shanghaiing the detective and planting the body of a murdered Japanese gangster in Colette's office. Now Colette's only hope is to find the kidnapped daughter of a powerful Japanese businessman and return her home safely. And he has to do it with criminals standing in his way and police hot on his tail.
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?
By Dena Hankins
Human remains tangled in lilikoi roots bring the authorities to Kerala's construction site. Native Hawaiians say the passion fruit vine marks an ancient burial ground protected by guardian spirits, the 'aumakua. But these aren't ancestral bones. The fractured skull points to murder.
Secrets, sabotage, and indigenous sovereignty campaigns hinder the project Kerala leads: building an eco-dream vacation home for Ravi, CEO of a solar power company. Proud to be a tough dyke in the trades, Kerala can't believe she's so hot for the masculine genderqueer scientist. Their sexual connection is volcanic, but Ravi's craving for love and family aggravates burn scars from Kerala's past. As the lovers pursue justice for Hawaii and its people, Ravi turns his gift for harnessing the sun's strength toward cultivating his own power, and Kerala wonders if building deep, lasting love could be even more satisfying than constructing a home to last the ages.
The gods of Claygora are angry. A new religion has taken hold in their country, and it is ignoring them. They've issued an ultimatum—either the new cult is destroyed, or Claygora will fall. Yet this prophecy is shared by the upstart believers, who foretell that their own religion must thrive for their civilization to endure. The queen has already massacred thousands of innocent believers, so in return, the upstart cult plots her overthrow. A small group of men, hidden away in a bordello, devise a plan. But are they serious or is their life there too easy? In this ancient world of opulence, royalty, prostitutes, slaves, and philosophers, life and love are hard to hold. One devout follower, Lex, strong, convincing, resolute, and oft distracted by handsome young men, realizes he's the only one with a chance to save his country.
Vicar Dan Miller is firmly in the closet in his new parish. Could the inhabitants of a sedate Hampshire village ever accept a gay priest? Trickier than that, how can he hide his attraction for one of his flock, Steve Dexter?
Encouraged by his ex-partner to seize the day, Dan determines to tell Steve how he feels, only to discover that Steve's been getting poison pen letters and suspicion falls on his fellow parishioners. When compassion leads to passion, they have to conceal their budding relationship, but the arrival of more letters sends Dan scuttling back into the closet.
Can they run the letter writer to ground? More importantly, can they patch up their romance and will Steve ever get to kiss the vicar again?
In the wilderness, man is the deadliest element.Geologist Tom Burrell's relationship with his husband, Roman, is on rocky ground. So when a mysterious company asks Tom to perform mineral studies in the Adirondack Mountains, he jumps at the chance. But before he can finish his tests, he finds himself lost in the wilderness and chased by a hired gun. And now it's up to Roman to rescue his husband.
But in order to succeed, Roman must first piece together the missing elements of Tom's disappearance and discover the secret goals of the company that hired him. If he fails, Tom will die and one of the nation's most unique ecosystems, the Adirondack Mountains, will be in danger.
By David Holly
Seaton French and Dustin Marley strive to hold on to each other and preserve their bond of love against an array of terrifying enemies. Faced with devastating threats, Sea and Dusty struggle to unravel the conspiracy and expose the conspirators. While dire events unfold, shock and terror trigger Dusty's personality shifts, and Sea must cope with his beloved's multiple personalities.
Dusty and Sea descend through dissociative psychological states as the conspiracies against them grow stranger and appear to make less and less sense. During their attempts to unravel the threads of the conspiracy, the lovers explore bizarre religions and secret societies that could have ominous consequences. In the end, Dusty and Sea discover the appalling source of their problems and learn that they must survive minute by minute in the grip of soul-shuddering conditions they are powerless to change while they seek redemption in the heart's eternal desire.
By Greg Herren
Heath Brandon's mother died when he was barely three years old. His father never spoke about her, or her family. So when her family reaches out to him after his father's death, Heath decides to make the trip to Louisiana to get to know the only family he has left.But he soon learns that there was a lot more to his mother's death than he ever knew"...and the beautiful old mansion on the Mississippi River has many secrets, secrets someone would kill to protect.And the key to everything that happened when he was a child just might be hidden in his own memory"...
By Donald Webb
Damien, an avid cockhound, is constantly cruising. The steam room at his gym provides an ideal milieu for some of his sexual encounters, as does the backroom of his favorite gay bar. He's always been a top, but when a straight hunk spends the night at his house, he ends up on the bottom. He is only able to appreciate the joys of being a bottom, however, after he spends a night at a bathhouse.
Travis, an editor at a gay publishing house, persuades Damien to write about his sexual encounters. Writing about his life for a month, makes him realize how jaded he has become. When he meets an older man who brings out feelings in him that he has never felt before, he decides to change his modus operandi.
By Sawyer Caine
By Jess Faraday
For once, Ira Adler has it easy. He has money in his pocket, a comfortable arrangement with an undemanding young man, and no one's punched, chased, or shot at him in years. Suddenly, an explosion turns everything upside down.Eager to leave London, Ira accompanies his friends to America to settle a family matter. But though a handsome lawman and a trip aboard a luxurious ocean liner provide welcome distraction, Ira soon finds himself embroiled in a plot that stretches from London's back alleys to the dusty dirt roads of California. Before he knows it, Ira is up to his neck in train robbers, rattlesnakes, unscrupulous cattle kings, and persistent young women driven to frenzy by his exotic accent.Just when he's ready to flee back to Britain, Ira gets a fistful of second chances. But London is calling. Will Ira answer? Or will he embrace a new life abroad?
By Russ Gregory
Honey Agency: When you need a dick, and average will do.
The tag line's still dodgy, but Greg's too distracted to notice. His relationship with Matt begins to falter when an old flame shows up in Austin just as Grandmother Honey starts hanging out with drag queens and Willa lands a new beau, who may not survive their courtship. To top it all off, Greg's twenty-ninth birthday is just around the corner and his cat is stalking a neighbor's cockatoo.
When Livia Honey tries to engineer her son's abduction, Greg's problems look bigger than the hair in Texas.
Finn M'Coul, the hero of Irish mythology, is assigned a new case by his boss Viledark, a monstrous hoglike being and an immortal shapeshifter. Together they run a private detective agency on Capitol Hill in modern-day Washington, D.C. A retired general has hired them to find his missing nineteen-year-old son, who appears to be involved with a new drug. Shotweed increases the male orgasm many times, in both duration and intensity, and is on the rise in the local gay community. It is highly addictive and may be fatal, and it only works on gay men. Finn's search leads him to a psychotic supervillain who is unleashing deadly mischief for his own perverse entertainment. Drugs, monsters, and a man with a hook stand in Finn's way as he works to save a beautiful boy and others like him.
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