Sunday, January 29, 2012

A Thousand Word Thursday Story from Sara York

The Grudge Match

Philip hadn’t played volleyball in five years and his serve still stunk, but he’d be damned if he would let Adrian win. The bastard pissed him off last week when he made fun of his ten year old car. So what if he wasn’t driving the latest sports car.
His last serve had been a total fail. Billy, the guy he’d wanted to date since he’d seen him at Jay’s bar two months ago, stood off to the side, his plump cock visible through his shorts. God, Philip wished that woody was for him.

“Come on, Philip, you can do better than that,” Billy called out.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Blue Notes by Shira Anthony

Title: Blue Notes
Author: Shira Anthony
Cover Artist: Mara McKennan
Publisher: Dreamspinner
Genre: contemporary
Length: 227 pages

Blame it on jet lag. Jason Greene thought he had everything: a dream job as a partner in a large Philadelphia law firm, a beautiful fiancée, and more money than he could ever hope to spend. Then he finds his future wife in bed with another man, and he’s forced to rethink his life and his choices. On a moment’s notice, he runs away to Paris, hoping to make peace with his life.

But Jason’s leave of absence becomes a true journey of the heart when he meets Jules, a struggling jazz violinist with his own cross to bear. In the City of Love, it doesn’t take them long to fall into bed, but as they’re both about to learn, they can’t run from the past. Sooner or later, they’ll have to face the music.


Jason Greene, or Jaz, as he’s also called, wants to put an ocean between himself and his usual life. Forced to reassess his priorities after his fiancée Diane steps out on him, he takes a couple of months off to stay in his sister’s Parisian flat, and meets Jules, a young, talented, and nearly destitute violinist. Jules becomes a fixture very quickly, making breakfast, going sight-seeing, and provoking questions about Jason’s sexuality.

Friday, January 27, 2012

A Picture is Worth...

Hmm, will this fellow spark your muses! Who has 100-1000 words of story or excerpt to tell about our beach volley ball player? I'll post it here with covers, links, and blurbs. Or a previously posted pic? We love it all.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Title: Zombie Wonderland
Author: Piper Vaughn
Cover Artist: Aisha Akeju
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Genre: paranormal
Length: 34 pages

Nothing says Christmas like droves of the undead…

All Emery wants for Christmas is someone to share it with. It looks like he might finally be getting his wish in Ross, the sexy customer he’s been crushing on for months. But neither of them counted on the zombies, or on being caught in the worst blizzard in half a century. Even with a plan for contending with the zombie hordes, surviving will take a miracle.

It’s not exactly how Emery dreamed of spending Christmas with Ross, but he can’t think of a better way to spend a zombie apocalypse.


Emery’s just hanging around the empty diner on Christmas Eve, waiting for the moment he can lock up and go home. The holidays aren’t terribly cheery for him: he’s alone, and even the handsome customer hasn’t shown up. Ross has been in every day for three months to write, fortified with pie and coffee. When Christmas rolls around, they’ve barely gotten to the “what’s your name?” stage.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Let It Snow by Devon Rhodes

Title: Let It Snow
Author: Devon Rhodes
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: contemporary holiday
Length: 44 pages

Since he’s housesitting a gorgeous inn over the holidays, Garrett invites his single friends to help keep Christmas merry. Then the snow hits and his friends can’t make it up as planned. Alone on Christmas Eve, Garrett makes a private Christmas wish for Ethan to see him as more than a best friend and a willing sub to spank. When the snow stops, will Garrett’s hopeful wishes come true?


Normally I'd shy off at "sub to spank" because I don't care all that much for BDSM, but I think I must have hiccupped on that phrase and missed it, and in this case, that's a very good thing. Enlarging my horizons by accident, you could say.

Garrett's friends have promised to join him at the ski-resort inn he's babysitting—they'll have the place to themselves, but not until later in the holidays. Alone in an inn full of sturdy four-poster beds and wishing he wasn't, Garrett gives us the back story on his and Ethan's relationship as his fantasies while playing with himself and a toy. This was nicely done and very hot, and a good thing Garrett's physical needs weren't left as unfulfilled as his emotional needs. He and Ethan have a "friendship with scenes" but Garrett wishes they were really lovers.

Friday, January 20, 2012

A Lie I Can Live With by Eden Winters

A Lie I Can Live With by Eden Winters
Publisher: Torquere Press
Genre: GLBT Contemporary
Length: 67 pages

With a few extra pounds and a geek reputation, Otis Tucker despairs of ever finding someone to share his life with. When the GLBT dating service matches him with handsome hunk Garret, he thinks it's some kind of joke. But the more he learns of Garret, the more he realizes that even gorgeous people can be taken at face value and that Mr. Perfects come in many different sizes.


Now and then you meet a secondary character in a story you love, and yearn to find out more of what happens to him, especially if he's in dire need of an HEA of his own. Otis Tucker, who was one of Barry's "this isn't Mr. Right!" dates in The Match Before Christmas, really deserves some happiness. Eden Winters has brought him to the forefront in A Lie I Can Live With.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

A Picture is Worth...

We got a nice little excerpt from Chrissy Munder for our poor cold boys with grocery bags; that was fun! Who has a ficlet or an excerpt for this guy? What's he reading? Or why? Or who will find him with a book in hand? (I have serious book envy for that library...) If you have 100 to 1000 words to tell us, send them to CryselleC @gmail Dot com with your cover blurb and link, which I will post here.

Monday, January 16, 2012

A Calling for Pleasure by JL Merrow

Title: A Calling for Pleasure
Author: JL Merrow
Publisher: JL Merrow
Cover Artist: Lou Harper
Genre: Paranormal
Length: 10k

If you summon this demon, he's guaranteed to come!

With a killer succubus leaving a trail of desiccated corpses around town, Detective Lars Thornsson knows he shouldn’t be falling for a suspect, but a hot little piece of demon tail like Rael is impossible to resist.

Sexy male succubus Rael has an insatiable appetite for men that can get him into all kinds of trouble. And he's just found his favorite flavor: a hunky blond detective. When those cool Nordic looks combine with Rael's smouldering dark charms, all Hell could be let loose!


JL Merrow's biography explains that she's "frequently accused of humor," and I'm going to shake that finger at her again. From the opening scene between the demon Rael and the pimply teenager, aka the "sebum king" who's summoned him, to the climactic declarations at the end, this story pushes expectations in one direction and then takes a sudden left turn.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Always Faithful by William Neale

Title: Always Faithful
Author: William Neale
Cover Artist: Kris Jacen
Publisher: MLR Press
Genre: contemporary
Length: 65k words

When Cade and Mark said their vows it was for always and forever. But that was before Mark entered the Marine Corps and before Cade enrolled in college. Four years later, with Mark's impending discharge and Cade's graduation, they're seemingly ready to finally have a long-awaited life together. Their hot and passionate attraction to each other remains as strong as ever. But their long separation has changed both men. And even the strongest of marriages can be threatened by temptation, suspicion, and broken promises. Can their love survive? Or, will they discover that "always" does not always mean faithful?


Always Faithful follows on from A New Normal, which I have not read, but stands on its own. Enough backstory wove through the text that I didn't feel lost, although it did appear in the occasional "As you know, Cade" chunks. There was plenty going on around it.

Cade and Mark pledged their commitment to one another while they were still teenagers, and are still going through their growth as young adults. Cade, on the brink of college graduation, is poised for some huge changes; the one he longs for is to have his husband home full time. Mark is still finding his strengths too; the Marine Corps has definitely made a man out of him, and maybe not one that Cade recognizes. I was thinking that the stats on teenaged marriages might not be all that different if they're both male.

Friday, January 13, 2012

A Thousand Word Thursday Excerpt from Josephine Myles

I went hunting for more information on fire dancing after reading Josephine Myles' 5 Marble story, Boats in the Night. She's shared an excerpt about what Smutty's doing in his performance. Enjoy!

An hour later, Giles stood in a shady spot outside Bath Abbey, watching the man he’d spent the last week with turn into someone he barely recognised. Someone who spoke with an Australian accent and worked the crowd like a born raconteur, all the while quite literally playing with fire.

“But Kun Man Gur, the rainbow serpent, was so angry with the flying fox he blew out a stream of fire that burnt the land.” Smutty punctuated his story by taking a quick swig from his flask, then holding one of the flaming torches to his lips.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

A Picture is Worth...

After all the chilly cold pictures, I had to post something to warm us up. Thanks to Chrissy Munder, who rescued those two young men from the snow!

Where are these men, and what do they have in their packs? If you have 100-1000 words to tell us, Ill post them with news, blurbs, covers, and links. See the page at upper left for more details. I'm at CryselleC AT

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

A Thousand Word Thursday Excerpt from Chrissy Munder

This picture made me shiver and reach for my furry boots. The thick drifts reminded me of Adam and Michael, stranded in Michigan's Upper Peninsula by the snowstorm of the century.

Excerpt from The Reason for the Season by Chrissy Munder

Adam collapsed on the motel bed. His back flopped onto the faded, blue plaid bedspread with boneless satisfaction, long legs dangling uselessly off the end. He knew he should take off his coat and boots, hang his wet pants to dry and see if Michael needed help with his hand. But right now he just wanted to lay back, bask in the heat produced by the rattling unit under the window, and do absolutely nothing. “We made it,” he said, staring up at the stained ceiling tiles.

“We sure did,” Michael replied as he picked up the remote control for the television and clicked through the stations to the weather channel. “I think those were the longest miles of my life.”

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Landfall by Lori Toland

Landfall by Lori Toland
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: GLBT Contemporary
Length: 41 pages

ER nurse and hospice worker Jared White is caught up in more than just high winds when a hurricane traps him with Deputy Fire Chief Mike Brown. The handsome firefighter has had Jared drooling every time he visits the ER, but as far as Jared knows, Mike is straight – until a downed bridge strands them alone in an empty firehouse. Will their passionate encounter outlast the storm?


Severe weather makes a sexy backdrop, as long as you're inside watching the elements rage on the other side of a window. Landfall, by Lori Toland, lets a nurse and a fire chief have their moments. It's in the middle of a hurricane, so the moments should be awfully good.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Boats in the Night by Josephine Myles

Title: Boats in the Night
Author: Josephine Myles
Cover Artist: Unknown
Publisher: Josephine Myles
Genre: Contemporary
Length: 44K

Like two ships passing in the night—if one was a narrowboat and the other a luxury yacht.

Disgraced private school teacher Giles Rathbourne has been sent home on extended sick-leave and is stuck in a rut of obsessive housework and drinking. His ex may have been a snobbish bastard, but without him, Giles is adrift, rattling around his huge, lonely house. When a dreadlocked narrowboater’s engine breaks down at the end of his canal-side garden, Giles is furious at this invasion of his privacy—for a while.

Smutty might not have ever held down a proper job, but the fire-dancing, free-spirited traveller can recognise an opportunity for mutual benefit when he sees it. Giles’ extensive gardens are in as desperate need of attention as the upper-class hunk is himself, whereas Smutty knows a thing or two about plants and needs a place to moor up.

A simple business arrangement between two men who have nothing else in common? It would be—if they could keep their hands off each other!


Giles and Smutty are opposites in every way—you'd think. Giles comes from money and lives in the ancestral house, which he's trying to take care of himself. The light bulbs are dusted, but the gardens are going to jungle, because Giles' obsessive cleaning keeps him indoors, fretting and drinking, trying to wash away the pain his stuck-up ex left behind. He's got a trace of whimsy, nearly dead and buried under the weight of Fabian's disapproval, but still hanging on, or he would never have gone out to the garden to chase away the intruder while wearing slippers with claws on.

Friday, January 6, 2012

The Tea Demon by Cornelia Grey

The Tea Demon by Cornelia Grey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Steampunk/fantasy
Length: 52 pages

Thief Eric Devon wishes one thing: for people to leave him bloody well alone. And maybe for more whiskey. Until a mysterious stranger offers him a job so dangerous that no one has ever attempted it and survived to tell the tale: recover a priceless object from the Turtle Merchants’ impregnable palace. Intrigued by the man and the challenge, Eric accepts—but the stranger is none other than the legendary airship captain known as the Tea Demon, terror of the Sea of Clouds. Eric must come up with the best plan in history if he wants to complete his job... and survive it too.
Cornelia Grey layers a fantastical world with steampunk details in this entertaining romp of a story. The Tea Demon mixed whimsy with sexiness and adventure to create a lively story well worth the read.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

A Picture is Worth...

Wow! Our last pics generated some real heat, enough to melt the Christmas snows! Thanks, Eden Winters, Tam Ames, and Chrissy Munder!

Who knows why this poor fellow is in prison? (It's John Barrymore in Don Juan, but a general inspiration is fine, it doesn't have to be him.) If you have 100 to 1000 words of ficlet or excerpt, I'll post it here with covers, blurbs and links. Send it to CryselleC AT gmail Dot com. If any of the older pictures inspire you, great, send it along and tell me which pic.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Blue River by Theo Fenraven

Title: Blue River
Author: Theo Fenraven
Cover Artist: Deanna Jamroz
Publisher: MLR Press
Genre: Fantasy
Length: 14k words

Photography genius Ethan Mars unexpectedly travels back in time and meets Quinn, a sexually-innocent farmer just begging to be corrupted. Falling in love is the last thing Ethan expects, and when he abruptly finds the way back to his own time, he is faced with an impossible decision. Stay...or go?


That Ethan considers Quinn an innocent to be corrupted tells you a lot about Ethan. Very full of himself, Ethan's figures a little pleasure trip into another time via a handy fog-portal is a pleasant day's jaunt. If there's a cutie on the other side to mess with, so much the better. Quinn and his sister Hester have already had one fog-traveler drop in on them, so they aren't exactly taken by surprise when Ethan appears. They're willing to be hosts for as long as it takes the fog to return to take Ethan back to 2011.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

The Zero Knot by K.Z. Snow

The Zero Knot by K.Z. Snow
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Contemporary, Erotic Romance, M/M, GLBT
Length: 220 pages

Eighteen-year-old Jess Bonner is casting off pretense—and, with it, some friends from his past who aren’t particularly trustworthy. In just a few months he’ll be starting college, and it’s time for him to admit the truth: he’s gay, not bi, and only one of his old friends holds any kind of real interest for him. When Dylan Finch, aka Mig, follows his lead and puts some distance between himself and the old crowd, he and Jess give in to a mutual attraction that’s been building for years.

But navigating a fledgling relationship isn’t easy for beginners, and forces they can’t seem to control keep tripping them up: sexual appetite, personal insecurities, fear of discovery, and more. They need clarity. They need courage. Just as they’re on the verge of finding both, a vindictive act of jealousy sends one of them to jail. All their hard-won victories are in danger of falling to dust. And the only way to save what they have is to recognize it for what it is… and fight for its integrity.


Part of growing up is figuring out who you are, what you want, and what you're willing to do to get it. In The Zero Knot, KZ Snow gives us a coming of age story where three young men arrive at two different answers.