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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The Orion Mask

By Greg Herren

Virgins/First Love
Psychological Thriller
Homecoming
New Orleans 
Amateur Sleuths

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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Fool's Gold

By Jess Faraday

Ira Adler Series

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?

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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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Play it Forward

By Frederick Smith

Sports
Dirty little secrets can lead to public scandals and unexpected love affairs"...

Malcolm Campbell is the director of a south Los Angeles organization focused on mentoring gay youth, and his nineteen-year-old nephew, Blake, is being sent to stay with him for the summer. Malcolm has always been a community and family role model everyone looks up to. But he also has a secret he never knew he had"... until it pops up on the Internet.

Across town, in the closed and closeted world of Black Hollywood celebrity, pro-basketball player Tyrell Kincaid and R&B singer Tommie Jordan are public heroes in a very private relationship. After a series of indiscretions and slipups, the relationship becomes fodder for speculation and outing by the paparazzi and nationally-known gossip reporter Livonia Birmingham.

Despite living in two different worlds in L.A., Malcolm, Blake, Tommie, and Tyrell find themselves in the same arena, where they'll have to risk it all to protect their hearts and their destiny.
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Balls & Chain

By Eric Andrews-Katz

A Buck 98 Adventure
Amateur Sleuths
Federal Agents
Private Investigator

Miguel Reyes is not only the first openly gay governor of Florida, he's also the man behind Referendum 65. If passed, Florida will be the first Southern state in the U.S. to include marriage equality. When the governor's fourteen-year-old son, Alejandro, is kidnapped, the message is clear: Kill the bill or we kill the boy!

Agent Buck 98 is given only one week to find and rescue Alejandro. It's a race against time, and his opposition includes: the boy's tutor who has suddenly fled the scene, an anti-gay reverend leading protests against the governor, a countess with a rifle and three annoying dogs, and then there's the romantic pitfalls with a very handsome security guard.

Buck is back on another case, and the alligators aren't the only things snapping at his heels.

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Murder in the Arts District

By Greg Herren

A Chanse MacLeod Mystery | Book 7
Private Investigator
New Orleans 
When neither the cops nor their insurance company believes a wealthy gay couple's valuable art collection was stolen, they hire Chanse MacLeod to track down the thieves and the missing art. Chanse isn't entirely sure he believes the couple, eitherespecially when it turns out some of the art may have been forgeries. The trail of the art leads him to a new gallery on Julia Street in the Arts District opened by a couple new to town that seem to have no past. When one of them turns up dead and the other vanishes, it's now up to Chanse to find not only the missing art, but a ruthless murderer who will kill anyone who gets in the way.
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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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Calvin's Head

By David Swatling

A Jason Dekker Mystery
Amnesia
Animals 
International Setting
Actors/Artists
Psychological Thriller

Life in Amsterdam isn't all windmills and tulips when you're homeless. Jason Dekker lives in a jeep with his dog, Calvin, on the outskirts of the city. A thesis on Van Gogh brought him to the Netherlands, and the love of Dutch artist Willy Hart convinced him to stay. But Willy is gone and Dekker is on the brink of a total meltdown. On a summer morning in the park, Calvin sniffs out the victim of a grisly murder. Dekker sees the opportunity for a risky strategy that might solve their problems. Unfortunately, it puts them directly in the sights of the calculating stone-cold killer, Gadget. Their paths are destined to collide, but nothing goes according to plan when they end up together in an attic sex-dungeon. Identities shift and events careen out of control, much to the bewilderment of one ever-watchful canine. Oscar Wilde wrote that each man kills the thing he loves. He didn't mean it literally. Or did he?

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The Man Who Was Not

By Jane Hoppen

In 1843, Stephen Hyde appears before the select board of Salisbury, Connecticut, to claim his voting rights. Stephen is effeminate though, and when he approaches the board, other members challenge his maleness. To end the dispute, the board leader summons the town doctor, Dr. Martin Smythe, to examine Stephen. The doctor informs the board that Stephen Hyde is, indeed, a man, and Stephen wins the right to vote. But Stephen has a secret, and three weeks later, he is suffering from increasingly severe menstrual symptoms. The only way he can get pain medication is to visit Dr. Smythe and reveal his true biology. With the truth in the open, Stephen and Martin bond as friends, eventually becoming intimate. Six months into their relationship, both are surprised beyond belief when Stephen becomes pregnant. The two men must then formulate some way to create and keep a family.
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Queerly Beloved

By Jacob Anderson-Minshall and Others

Coming Out
Disability
Multicultural 
Friends & Community
Children / Families
New Orleans 
People of Color
Transgender

Imagine if, after fifteen years as a lesbian couple, your partner turned to you and said, "I think I'm really a man." What would you do? How would you respond? For Diane and Jacob (née Suzy) Anderson-Minshall this isn't a hypothetical question. It's what really happened. Eight years later, the couple not only remains together, they still identify as queer, still work in LGBT media, and remain part of the LGBT community. How did their relationship survive a gender transition? The authors explore this question and delve into their relationship to reveal the trials and tribulations they have faced along the way. In doing so, they paint a portrait of love, not only to each other, but to the San Francisco Bay Area, LGBT publishing, and the queer community. Queerly Beloved is a love story that flies in the face of expectations and raises questions about the true nature of identity, sexuality, and love.

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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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Bonded

By Rosalie Tarr

Alec Whitehall is old-fashionedliterally. Approaching his 123rd birthday, the steely vampire has nothing better to do with his time except to investigate and hunt murderous vampires as a means of regaining some sense of his withering humanity. While trailing his current case in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the last thing that Alec expects to find is his bonded matean unwelcome distraction, he's sure of it. But that's exactly what happens, and he's shocked to realize that his mate is a young attractive man named Aidan Copperfield.

How do two straight men deny an attraction that they have absolutely no power over? As their stony resolve begins to crumble and they start to succumb to the fiery magnetism between them, a sadistic killer continues to roam the city streets at night, narrowing his sights on the newly bonded couple.
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Turnbull House

By Jess Faraday

Ira Adler Series

London 1891. Former criminal Ira Adler has built a respectable, if dull, life for himself as a confidential secretary. He even sits on the board of a youth shelter. When the shelter's landlord threatens to sell the building out from under them, Ira turns to his ex-lover, crime lord Cain Goddard, for a loan. But the loan comes with strings, and before he knows it, Ira is tangled up in them and tumbling back into the life of crime he worked so hard to escape. Two old flames come back into Ira's life, along with a new young man who reminds Ira of his former self. Will Ira hold fast to his principles, or will he succumb to the temptations of easy riches and lost pleasures?

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Awfully Glad

By Charlie Cochrane

Big City
Actors/Artists

WWI hero Sam Hines is used to wearing a face that isn't his own. When he's not in the trenches, he's the most popular female impersonator on the front, but a mysterious note from an anonymous admirer leaves him worried. Everyone realizeseventuallythat Sam's not a woman, but has somebody also worked out that he also prefers his lovers to be male?

When Sam meetsand falls forfellow officer Johnny Browne after the war, he wonders whether he could be the man who wrote the note. If so, is he the answer to Sam's dreams or just another predatory blackmailer, ready to profit from a love that dare not speak its name?

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In Between

By Jane Hoppen

Never have there been only two gendersmale and female. A third gender, denied by society and hidden by the medical community, has always existed, and that is what Sophie Schmidt discovers when, at the age of fourteen, she learns the truth of how she was born. Sophie then embarks on a journey to learn more about her true self and to find others born like her. When Sophie moves to New York City, she enters the world of gays and lesbians, as well as those who are transgender and transsexual. Searching for her own place in society, her journey leads her to Alice Parker, and Sophie takes the final steps to accept herself enough to allow another to love her.

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Cutie Pie Must Die

By R.W. Clinger

Police
Welcome to Quill Village, New York, where queer men think with their big knobs, share steamy sex scenes in bathhouses, and hang out at The Diva Club. Things aren't so cute lately in the village, though. When the body of Ben Pieney, the hunky all-star quarterback for the Violators, shows up murdered outside the door of Troy Murdock's hair salon, all hell breaks loose. Of course, Troy is blamed for slicing the jock's throat open and tying his wrists in barbed wire.

Enter Troy's clumsy and alluring ex-boyfriend, Detective Zane Ward, who blackmails Troy to work with him on the Cutie Pie Killer case or go to jail for first-degree murder.

As a slew of queer suspects with rock-hard abs begin to pile up, two more victims are discovered in the city. What follows is a queer murder mystery with much sass, helpful clues, shirtless jocks, and a heated romance between Troy and Zane, who realize they just might make a perfectly cute couple together.
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Going Down for the Count

By Cage Thunder

Sports
Broke and desperate to move out of his ex's apartment, grad student Gary Harper answers an ad in the school paper looking for models.

But the kind of "models" the business is looking for isn't quite what Gary expectedit's for an underground gay wrestling video company! Intrigued, he participates in the audition process and falls for his trainer, an older man who just isn't ready for a relationship.

Heartbroken by this rejection, when his video work makes him incredibly popular, Gary loses interest in his coursework as he gets involved in the world of party drugs, porn, and male stripping"...all while trying to fill the hole in his broken heart.

But love has a way of coming along when you're least expecting it"...
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