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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Slaves of Greenworld

By David Holly

Dove, a young man without memory, emerges naked and nearly drowned from a creek. Lacking any past or cultural identity, Dove employs his instinct to succeed and survive in any situation. Amid a developing slave revolt, Dove secures comfort and gay sexual intimacy with his slave, Raret. As he advances in an outlandish culture, Dove demonstrates an innate ability to overcome problems as he bounds up the rigid social hierarchy of Greenworld, an ability enhanced by his mysterious luck. Webs of treachery tighten around Dove as he and Raret seek a peaceful end to institutionalized slavery and seek to curtail the influence of the overlords who whimsically determine the fates of their fellow mortals. In between finding passionate fulfillment with Raret, Dove acquires titles and properties, forms alliances, and battles the rebelling slaves in order to free them, all the while striving toward the final revelation of his own origins.

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Final Departure

By Steve Pickens

A Jake Finnigan Mystery | Book 1
Amateur Sleuths
Friends & Community
Small Town Romances

Jake Finnigan is already having the worst day of his life when the corpse of notorious tabloid reporter Susan Crane is found locked in the trunk of her car on the ferry where he works. Worse still, though Crane is bound, gagged, and shot in the forehead, her death is ruled a suicide. Convinced of a cover-up, Jake finds himself entangled in the investigation, much to the annoyance of his partner of nearly a decade, Sam O’Conner. As Jake and Sam uncover more about the woman’s blackmailing schemes, the list of suspects grows, and the couple find themselves skidding unavoidably into the killer’s crosshairs. 

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Love on the Jersey Shore

By Richard Natale

Sexual chemistry and the search for real love can be a combustible mixture.

When the hunky young Anthony Ragucci falls for his dream man, a handsome attorney named Hunter Reese, his happily ever after fantasies are threatened by the meddling of the dashing and haughty Robert Burke. His loyal cousin Frank quickly rushes to Anthony's defense, only to find his efforts hampered by a growing attraction to the inscrutable Robert.

Ultimately, the two cousins discover that Love on the Jersey Shore is a sink or swim proposition. Watch out for the undertow!

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Night Sweats

By Tom Cardamone

Other Worlds
New York City

Set in Japan, small town America, midnight Manhattan, ancient Greece and Rome, and beyond, these stories run the gamut of urban nightmare, gay love lost and found, dragons, super villains, a fairy addicted to meth, and Satan on the subway. Readers of Night Sweats will find tales that push boundaries while supplying ample scares, erotic thrills, much wonderment, and some woe.

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Soul's Blood

By Stephen Graham King

The Maverick Heart Cycle | Book 1
Other Worlds
Space Opera
Reunion Romance

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.

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Brothers

By Ralph Josiah Bardsley

At twenty-three, Jamus Cork's plans are simplegraduate college, stay in New York City, and write. But those plans change when his parents are suddenly killed and he finds himself the guardian of his little brother, Nick. Jamus ends up back in the Boston neighborhood where he grew up, with a crying toddler on his knee and the challenge of building a new life for himself and the boy. Jamus somehow finds a way to navigate the ups and downs of single parenting, but over a decade of raising Nick, Jamus never truly overcomes his struggles with loneliness and the guilt he feels as the sole survivor of the crash that killed his parents. That changes when he meets bookishly handsome Sean Malloy. There's a spark between the two men, but both must face down their own private demons to find love in the Irish enclave of South Boston.
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Midnight at the Orpheus

By Alyssa Linn Palmer

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

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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Every Unworthy Thing

By Jon Wilson

A Declan Colette Mystery

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.

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Puppet Boy

By Christian Baines

Rivals
Actors/Artists
International Setting
Psychological Thriller
Big City

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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Heart of the Liliko'i

By Dena Hankins

Blue Collar
People of Color
Non-Binary Gender
Transgender

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.

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The Prophecy

By Jerry Rabushka

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.

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Don't Kiss the Vicar

By Charlie Cochrane

Small Town Romances

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?

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Lethal Elements

By Joel Gomez-Dossi

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.

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The Heart's Eternal Desire

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.

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The Orion Mask

By Greg Herren

New OrleansĀ 
Homecoming
Amateur Sleuths
Psychological Thriller
Virgins/First Love

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"...

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One Hot Summer Month

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.

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New York Nights

By Sawyer Caine

When Dante Hughes, an attractive young college student, is accused of rape, his wealthy father hires Gaige Castile, the most sought after defense attorney in New York. Gaige quickly tames Dante's cocky attitude but is intrigued by the young man's seeming vulnerability. When Gaige makes an offer to take control, Dante is drawn into his attorney's secret life and discovers that Gaige has a very dark past. As the defense team prepares for Dante's case, specters from Gaige's youth threaten his happiness with Dante, and an old flame proves to be too close for comfort. From the dark underbelly of the S&M club scene to the intrigue of the courtroom and beyond, Gaige and Dante struggle to hold on to their love in a world intent on tearing them apart.
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