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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Dark Rites

By Jeremy Jordan King

Immortal Testimony Novels | Book Three
Actors/Artists
Magic
Multicultural 
Big City
New York City
Young Adult
Friends & Community
People of Color
Celebrity
The actors in the 1922 production of Weinstein's Wonderacts have a secret: they aren't just performers, they're members of a Circle, a coven dedicated to enlightenment through magic. To enhance their power, they have their eye on the new girl in the cast, Margarite, a natural witch. But the coven's leader, Vincent, isn't satisfied. He's hungry for more, to become a Complete Man. He turns to a mysterious wanderer for counsel, but could the teacher's intentions and rituals be malevolent? Being the only one with true gifts, it's up to Margarite to save her friends from enacting these dark rites.
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Play it Forward

By Frederick Smith

Sports
Music
People of Color
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
Federal Agents
Private Investigator
Amateur Sleuths

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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Bottled Up Secret

By Brian McNamara

Young Adult
Friends to Lovers Romance

Brendan Madden is in the midst of his senior year of high school and couldn't be happier. He has a great group of friends, his pick of colleges, and he has recently come to terms with his sexuality.

One night, he meets Mark Galovic, a gorgeous, younger classmate of his. In a matter of minutes, Brendan is hooked. As the friendship between them grows, Brendan reaches his breaking point when he spontaneously confesses his feelings to him. Brendan is shocked and elated to find out that Mark feels the same way about him. The two begin to date, but because Mark is not out, it must remain a secret. As their friends and family become suspicious, openly gay Brendan becomes increasingly frustrated with their discreet relationship, while Mark becomes more and more paranoid that they're going to be found out.

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Murder in the Arts District

By Greg Herren

A Chanse MacLeod Mystery | Book 7
New Orleans 
Private Investigator
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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Calvin's Head

By David Swatling

A Jason Dekker Mystery
Amnesia
Amateur Sleuths
Animals 
International Setting
Actors/Artists
Calvin Mystery Series | Book 1
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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Dark Tide

By Greg Herren

Small Town Romances
Young Adult
College Life
Amateur Sleuths
Psychological Thriller
For Ricky Hackworth, a summer job to save money before he leaves for college is a necessity. When he lands a job as a lifeguard at the Mermaid Inn in Latona, Alabama, on the beautiful Gulf Coast, it's like a dream come true. But once he moves into the Inn, he starts hearing stories about the lifeguard from the previous summer"...and how he vanished without a trace right in the middle of the summer. Before long, Ricky realizes the Inn and the town are hiding some dark secrets"...secrets someone is willing to kill to protect, and Ricky has to find out the truth before he, too, vanishes without a trace.
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Searching for Grace

By Juliann Rich

The Crossfire Trilogy | Book Two
Young Adult
Camp is over and Jonathan Cooper returns hometo life with his mother whose silence is worse than anything she could say, to his varsity soccer teammates at East Bay Christian Academy, to the growing rumors about what he did with a boy last summer at Bible camp.

All the important lines blur. Between truth and lies. Between friends and enemies. Between reality and illusion.

Just when Jonathan feels the most alone, help arrives from the unlikeliest of sources: Frances "Sketch" Mallory, the weird girl from his art class, and her equally eccentric friend, Mason. For a short while, thanks to Sketch and Mason, life is almost survivable. Then Ian McGuire comes to town on the night of the homecoming dance and tensions explode. Fists fly, blood flows, and Jonathanpowerless to stop itdoes the only thing he believes might save them all: he prays for God's grace.

Book Two of the Crossfire Trilogy
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Caught in the Crossfire

By Juliann Rich

The Crossfire Trilogy | Book One
Young Adult

Two boys at Bible camp; one forbidden love.

That is the dilemma sixteen-year-old Jonathan Cooper faces when he goes away to Spirit Lake Bible Camp, an oasis for teen believers situated along Minnesota's rugged north shore. He is expecting a summer of mosquito bites, bonfires with S'mores, and photography classes with Simon, his favorite counselor, who always helps Jonathan see his life in perfect focus.

What he isn't expecting is Ian McGuire, a new camper who openly argues against phrases like pray the gay away. Ian is certain of many things, including what could happen between them if only Jonathan could surrender to his feelings. Jonathan, however, tosses in a storm of indecision between his belief in God and his inability to stay away from Ian. When a real storm hits and Ian is lost in it, Jonathan is forced to make a public decision that changes his life.

Book One of the Crossfire Trilogy

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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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The Unwanted

By Jeffrey Ricker

Young Adult
Jamie Thomas has enough trouble on his hands trying to get through junior year of high school without being pulverized by Billy Stratton, his bully and tormentor. But the mother he was always told was dead is actually aliveand she's an Amazon! Sixteen years after she left him on his father's doorstep, she's backand needs Jamie's help. A curse has caused the ancient tribe of warrior women to give birth to nothing but boys, dooming them to extinctionuntil prophecy reveals that salvation lies with one of the offspring they abandoned. Putting his life on the line, Jamie must find the courage to confront the wrath of an angry god to save a society that rejected him.
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Turnbull House

By Jess Faraday

Ira Adler Series
Amateur Sleuths
International Setting

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

Military
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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Night Creatures

By Jeremy Jordan King

Immortal Testimony Novels | Book Two
Big City
Young Adult
Magic
New York City
Vampires
Actors/Artists
It's 1981, and Bryant thinks his move to New York will be the beginning of a new life. But the men he meets are being threatened by a mysterious illness. Could transforming into a Night Creature save him and his loved ones from certain death? Book Two of The Immortal Testimonies travels back in time to the gay community's darkest days.

Book two in The Immortal Testimonies series.
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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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