A Hard Winter Rain by John Inman
Sean Andros is tired—tired of hustling, tired of trying to make the rent, tired of running from his past.
But the past can chase you down in a heartbeat. Suddenly Sean’s living a nightmare again and casualties are stacking up around him. The only person he can trust is Harry, a man twice his age and the closest thing to a friend Sean has ever known. Harry Connors has loved Sean since their first night together, and now, with danger hard at their heels, Harry will do anything to protect the tough, strangely vulnerable young man who begs him for help.
Harry had better be serious about offering protection, though, because the demons threatening Sean’s life are no joke. Only a hard winter rain will wash away the evil that drove Sean Andros to the streets, and Sean and Harry are going to have to be strong if they plan on sticking around for the sun.
Mine by Mary Calmes
Trevan Bean has a job that’s going from illegal to frightening, a boyfriend who may not be in his right mind, and a guardian angel who might actually be evil incarnate. Add to that the reappearance of his boyfriend’s estranged family, death threats, kidnapping, and the struggle of saving money to realize a dream, and Trevan has a lot on his plate. But Trevan is up to the challenge: he promised Landry a happily ever after, and Landry’s going to have it if it kills him!
It just might.
Landry Carter was a broken doll when they met two years ago but has grown into a partner who can stand at Trevan’s side… most of the time. Now that Trevan’s life just got scary—and Landry just got himself kidnapped—Trevan has to hope Landry’s love stays strong through this newest challenge, because the happily ever after won’t happen if Trevan has to go it alone.
Closet Case by Amberly Smith
In an effort to come out to his mother, Repeater Peat Harris makes the mistake of leaving a message on her voice mail. When she calls him back, he’s in the middle of a Repeat involving a multiple car collision that causes several deaths. As the day replays, things go from bad to worse. Peat is going to need help to stop both disasters because getting it wrong is not an option.
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Genre: Science Fiction
Length: Short story
Office Hours by Rena Butler
Buried under mediocre composition papers, adjunct college professor Nick Russo grows more cynical with each passing day—until he reads a fantastic paper written by the slacker who sits in the back of the class. That slacker is Sean Kendrick, a senior English major with a night job and a few general education credits left to fill.
Sean and Nick strike up a rapport over Cheetos and mutual academic frustration, but it doesn’t stay uncomplicated for long. Ethics won’t allow Nick to pursue a relationship with a student—and that’s before allegations of sexual misconduct put his job in jeopardy….
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Spirit by P.A. Friday
It’s hate at first sight when Grant McDowell meets coworker Tristan Wetherby-Hyde. Working-class Grant fought his way up in the world and into a position at Spirit Advertising, and he can’t help but think that Tristan, son of the agency’s homophobic CEO, had everything handed to him on a silver platter.
But their differences aren’t enough to keep their mutual lust in check, despite Tristan’s fear of exposure and his father’s reaction. Both Grant and Tristan know exactly what they have to lose—what they don’t know is that their hearts are also at stake.
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Floods and Drought by Zahra Owens
Tim Conroy knows all about patience. He’s waited three years for Rory McCown to get out of jail after doing time for stealing horses from the Blue River Ranch. Now that Rory is eligible for parole, Tim makes it his goal to persuade his boss, Hunter Krause, to give Rory a second chance.
He almost regrets it when Hunter agrees. Rory is a morose loner one moment, then arrogant and overconfident the next. The attraction between them is still there, but as soon as they start to get close, an old enemy throws a wrench in the works… and their fledgling relationship may not be strong enough to weather the coming storm.