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With time comes healing, but Orlando and the LGBT community are still
recovering from last June’s tragedy. To show our ongoing support for
those affected by the Orlando shooting, our authors, editors, artists,
and staff have volunteered their talents to create this second benefit
anthology. All proceeds will be donated to LGBT organizations in central
Florida. Join us as we reaffirm that no matter the obstacle, love
are brief descriptions of all the stories in the anthology.
Abstract Heart by Lucie Archer
Nick spends nearly every lunch break at the modern art museum, hoping
to catch a glimpse of docent Kris. Kris has noticed the cute guy
hanging around the exhibits too but never manages to approach him. It
will take a matchmaking security guard to bring these two introverts
Cats and Christmas Trees: Trouble Waiting to Happen by M.A. Church
What’s a half human to do when Christmas rolls around? Kirk tries
ignores it, but his shifter mates Tal and Dolf, being sneaky kitties,
persist in finding out what’s troubling him so they can make it better.
A Chance for Hope by Deja Black
In the aftermath of tragedy, freelance writer Brad Truscott is drawn
to ease Paul Bachman’s grief. But will Paul ever be ready to take
another chance on happiness?
Changing Things by Nicole Dennis
Despite his allergies, Ryan puts up with the two rescue cats his
boyfriend, Seth, adores. But when an especially severe asthma attack
sends Ryan to the hospital, Seth realizes something has to give—either
his relationship with Ryan or his guardianship of Fili and Kili.
Especially in Orlando by Troy Storm
When bighearted mover Dalton is hired to haul away a hot young guy’s
belongings after a breakup, he can’t help returning to see how the
good-looking older man is dealing with the transition. George is happy
to take Dalton up on his offer of solace. But then George’s ex,
Peter—aka Mr. Prissy Pout—has second thoughts, and while George isn’t
interested in taking him back, he and Dalton are willing to share their
Free to Love by Kris T. Bethke
Henry is tired of hiding their relationship, but Shane is afraid to
risk losing his job and his parents by coming out as gay. When his worst
fears prove true, Shane finds that life outside his parents’ repressive
control is so much better than anything he could have imagined.
Happily Ever After, After All by L.A. Merrill
Once upon a time, Princess Aubergine dreamed of a fairy-tale wedding
to the girl of her dreams. Things haven't exactly worked out that way.
Locked in a tower for ten years, Aubergine managed to scare off all the
princes coming to rescue her. Now it's up to her to do the
rescuing—until a band of students from the local Ladies’ Academy happen
upon her tower and devise a daring escape plan.
The Importance of Pride by Ravon Silvius
College history professor Patrick Levine is looking for a subject for
a research proposal when he discovers his granduncle’s journal. To his
shock, not only was Uncle Marty gay, but he’d been at the Stonewall riot
in 1969. Will learning more about his uncle’s history help Patrick face
his own fears about coming out?
The Insomniac Sommelier by Julie Lynn Hayes
Kirk Westmoreland dreams of owning his own restaurant someday, but
for now he fights insomnia while working at family-owned Venezia with
his control-freak older brother. After work he tries to de-stress at
Sweeties, a small diner run by his sister and her wife. When Kirk meets
the diner’s new server, Ashley, he ends up going home with him—to the
best sleep he’s had in forever. If he can’t keep his life at Sweeties
compartmentalized from his life at Venezia, Kirk will have to decide
which one he’s willing to give up.
Looking for George by David C. Dawson
Betty’s innocent crush on actor George Clooney became something more
when he saved her from a fall at the hotel she works at in London. When
she discovers her Italian holiday trip will take her only a few miles
from the actor’s summer villa… well, surely fate means for them to meet
Love Over Lotto by Jude Dunn
Craig Batson and Tom Rendelle have plenty of joy together but not so
much money. Determined to improve their finances, Craig borrows a
library book on the secrets of winning the lottery and empties their
rainy-day fund to buy dozens of lottery tickets. Tom explodes when he
finds out, leaving Craig to wonder if their love can survive.
More Than His Scars by Jana Denardo
Facing the anniversary of the day he lost his arm while serving in
the Middle East, Aaron is understandably depressed. It’s up to his
lover, Rhys, to plan a special day to help Aaron see how amazing he
Overcoming Fear by Grace R. Duncan
In the year since a global pandemic ravaged their world, Duncan has
done everything he can to ease Mark’s fears of losing him. When a
minister and his wife seek out Mark for help, Duncan sees an opportunity
to show Mark another level of commitment—if Mark will dare to take it.
Prevailing Zzz's by Tray Ellis
After eight months together, Greg wants Win to move in with him. But
how can Win agree when Greg's snoring leaves him sleep-deprived and
Pushing Back Oblivion by Alicia Nordwell
Fighting a rapidly growing brain tumor, Cohen promises his partner,
Jaime, that he’ll never give up. Through surgeries and setbacks, at
times that promise and Jaime’s voice are all Cohen has to cling to.
Reluctant Valentine by Xenia Melzer
A best-selling thriller novelist, Dean writes romances as a relaxing
hobby. But when writer’s block strikes, sexy handyman Morgan shows up to
provide all the inspiration he needs.
Taking a Chance by Renee Stevens
Gabe and Toby work for the same company, Gabe in the US and Toby in
London. After meeting at a convention, they spend nearly every moment of
their time together, but when they both have to return home, their only
option is to attempt a long-distance relationship.