It’s Good to Be King

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Aw, yeeahh. You know that feeling, when all the perks of your position make it the best place in the world to be. Everything’s going right. Nothing and nobody can touch you. Unless you want them to, and even then, you feel in control of the situation.

That’s how I often feel about my position as Marketing Director, Co-Owner, and Author at Storm Moon Press. It isn’t because the job is without stress. Oi, the number of times I’ve wanted to pull my hair out because things don’t go as planned, I’ve fallen behind in my duties, hit a wall with my writing, or some correspondence gets me wishing I could grab someone through the computer screen and just tell them to pipe the fuck down. It’s not an easy job, that’s for sure. I have a lot of hats to wear and more work than I have hours in the day to accomplish… But! There are things that I’m doing for (and through) this press that I feel are very important and make all the hardships and mini-dramafests completely worth every scrap of my time and effort.


Putting Quality First

At Storm Moon Press, our number one priority is to put quality first. This isn’t just us wanting to acquire great manuscripts, but doing our utmost to provide a superior final product. We want to have a high standard for our cover art, the quality of editing that makes the authors’ works shine, and even the typesetting that takes print books to the next level. When S.L. Armstrong and I first founded the press, it was because we wanted those things for ourselves. We wanted great editing and cover art that we could hold to a high standard. We’ve worked with some amazing editors and cover artists so far, and we hope that our authors and readers always have exemplary experiences with us as a press!

Taking Chances on the Unknown or Taboo

One of the fun aspects of being a publisher in a genre such as GLBT fiction is that there is a HUGELY diverse spectrum of content. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve encountered something new in this genre, topics or taboos I’d never given the time of day. Authors in this genre like to pull out all the stops, and it makes for some amazing fiction… if it ever reaches the light of day. As a small press, Storm Moon Press has the ability to seek out some of the more obscure topics that a larger press might sweep to the side. We especially like getting multiple authors’ takes on a taboo, so you’ll see a lot of our anthologies with subjects like bro-cest (Fraternal Devotion), non-con/dubious consent (Like It or Not), gun-kink (Weight of a Gun), and even tentacles (All Wrapped Up and the upcoming Tall, Dark, & Wriggly). Most presses would consider these fringe subjects unworthy of their time and effort, since their appeal isn’t as broad as contemporary gay romance, but as a small press, we get to choose what is important to us, and we love providing the readers in this genre with something a little different!

Exposing the Typically Invisible

The market for GLBT fiction has definitely been expanding the last few years. Books in this genre are starting to gain recognition and turn some heads with readers that had never given it the time of day before. What we noticed early on when we first began thinking of opening Storm Moon Press, however, is that the focus typically stays on the gay fiction. Such a pity! There is some amazing fiction that deserves to be published, and with most presses only having room for the ‘mainstream’ heterosexual romance along with ‘M/M’ gay romance, we started Storm Moon Press with the firm desire to give visibility to quality fiction all over the spectrum of sexual and gender identity, expression, and orientation. Our press was, is, and will always be QUILTBAG-friendly. You don’t see a lot of bisexual, lesbian, and trans* fiction out there from other presses (heck, most don’t even acquire anything other than cis-gendered gay fiction), but from Storm Moon Press, we want readers to get a taste of just how amazing the other parts of the rainbow can be in fiction. We hope that giving visibility to the QUILTBAG community as a whole in our fiction brings about a hint of tolerance, if not outright acceptance, of the fact that no matter who you are or how you identify and express yourself, your stories are worth being told.

Giving to a Great Cause

Being a small press, and a business in general, opens up opportunities in the way of pooling resources for a great cause. Storm Moon Press had the opportunity to do just that when we released our first charity anthology, Legal Briefs this year. We invited authors who had published through Storm Moon Press to donate short stories that were then edited, compiled, and formatted into an anthology, all proceeds of which would be donated to Lambda Legal, an organization representing and defending the QUILTBAG community. It was important to us that different sexualities be present in the anthology, and our authors really stepped up to the plate, giving us three different flavors of trans* characters in addition to cis-gendered gay and lesbian stories. It was a fantastic process with some really amazing fiction, and I love that we were able to give back a little to a cause that benefits the community we depict so often in our fiction.

Bringing QUILTBAG Fiction to a YA Audience

Last, but certainly not least, what I love about running Storm Moon Press with my colleagues is the opportunity to bring QUILTBAG fiction to a younger audience. While SMP was certainly first founded with the intention of publishing erotic and erotic romance in particular, we’ve broadened our horizons as a press through our imprints to include non-erotic QUILTBAG genre fiction (Thunder Moon), het erotic fiction (Wild Moon), and my personal favorite, QUILTBAG young adult fiction (Budding Moon). It’s very important to us that we show younger individuals identifying and expressing themselves along the entire spectrum of gender and sexuality. While erotic content doesn’t typically come into play, younger characters face many challenges as they come of age, and we want to send the message as a press that there is hope and strength and acceptance out there for today’s QUILTBAG youth, despite opposition. For readers young and old alike, we want to bring a new wave of fantastic young adult fiction to the genre that embraces the entirety of the spectrum.


All in all, this press means everything to me, and it’s been an amazing ride to come this far with the genre. I look forward to continuing to push the envelope, to expose readers to new topics and new parts of the QUILTBAG, and to bring great fiction and great authors into the genre! One thing is for certain: it’s good to be the king, and we decree more QUILTBAG fiction for ALL!

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Gay and Lesbian Coffee Break Quickies: A Multi Authored Anthology by Storm Moon Press


Title: Gay & Lesbian Coffee Break Quickies
Author: Multi-Authored Anthology
Publisher: Storm Moon Press
Pages: 118
Characters: Anthology-Many Characters
POV: 3rd and 1st
Sub-Genre: Contemporary, Erotic Romance
Kisses: 4.5




Blurb:

Ah, the allure of the office romance. The sly smiles across the room as you wonder if anyone else knows. The danger of being caught by the boss. The thrill of those stolen moments in the copy room or supply closet. It’s this feeling that we’ve condensed, distilled, and captured in the short shorts of Gay & Lesbian Coffee Break Quickies. We’ve compiled thirteen brief tales of men and women getting it on with a co-worker or a boss in a steamy office romance.

Some of them are established and have been sneaking around the office for some time, like Lori Hunt and her P.A. Ms. Lovell in She’s the Boss or Tom and Neal in Personal Assistance. Others, like The New Guy’s Greg and Eli or the awkwardly-named Rebecca A. and Rebecca B. from Tele-Romance are just beginning to experience the allure that can come from keeping the secret. Nor are such trysts confined to the office itself, spilling out into stairwells, copy rooms, gyms, and even computer server rooms. Whatever the case, though, they’re sure to arouse your imagination, and maybe even leave you looking at your own co-workers a little bit… differently.

Gay & Lesbian Coffee Break Quickies includes:
Skype Wars by Rob Rosen
Hands On by K. Piet
One Week by L. Alonso Corona
Working Lunch by Ann Anderson
Personal Assistance by K. Lynn
She’s the Boss by Angel Propps
The New Guy by John Amory
Stair Walking by Harper Bliss
1-888-BOREDOM by Raven de Hart
Fair Play by Anna Hedley
His Nonexistent Coffee Break by Lor Rose
Tele-Romance by Erik Moore
Three Strikes by Piper Vaughn

Review:

Skype Wars by Rob Rosen

New technology naturally breeds new means for having sex. Skype, for instance. Paul needs his computer to work, but IT is doing maintenance. So Paul contacts his go-to-guy, Craig, who he secretly has a crush on due to many emails with smiley icons, and just Craig’s friendly manner. One small Skype session to help out leads the two men talking, and then having sex via Skype.

Hot internet sex with cameras is an excellent way to start this anthology. Paul and Craig are so cute together, and though not on the same floor of the building, the sex is hot. This is told in the first person.

Hands On by K. Piet

Sarah and Gwen are massage therapists who have no clients due to wintery conditions. Sarah has a huge crush on Gwen, and their solitary snow-bound situation allows them to get closer through an impromptu massage that goes spectacularly right.

This was a hot little lesbian tale. From Sarah’s point of view, we are left wondering is Gwen lesbian or not. A massage doesn’t always have to lead to sex, now does it? Fortunately for smitten Sarah, it does. The writing is close to the skin, palpable, sensual. Sarah’s sweet shyness vs. Gwen’s strong straightforward character made this a likable read.

One Week by L. Alonso Corona

Tom and Michael are colleagues on the same floor as salesman. Michael is sort of Tom’s boss but not quite. And they’ve had a heated moment in the backseat of a car, and though Tom kind of resents Michael for being so perfect, they’re trying to figure each other and their attraction out.

I admit this wasn’t for me. The story is told in the present tense which threw me a bit. Never been a fan. But once I got used to it, there were timeline confusions: I couldn’t distinguish what happened in the past and what in the here and now. Still, this was the most realistic story of all of these. We are very much in the dark about what goes on inside the mind of another—unless we allow ourselves to get close, even with the risk of losing our hearts. And that was what made this story stand out in the end.

Working Lunch by Ann Anderson

Janice is on a lunch break when she is surprised by her lover, Amber. Even knowing people can walk by or start coming back to the office any minute, Amber goes down on Janice—under her table.

Sneaky and sexy. This was just a window into the relationship of these two women, but the danger of getting caught while giving oral can certainly spice up sex. Hot, and recommended.

Personal Assistance by K. Lynn

Tom is the personal assistant to the most disagreeable boss in the office, Mr. Thompson. However, when no one is looking, there is tenderness in said boss, and Tom knows how to work (with) his boss.

Secret blowjobs when anyone could walk in? Not bad, especially for a couple who work diligently to keep the true nature of their relationship a secret. Tom has remarkable patience, and Neal shows his true colors while being pleasured. Definitely worth the read.

She’s the Boss by Angel Propps

Lori Hunt is the bitch queen of hell-also-known-as-office, and Ms. Lovell is her PA. However, behind the closed door of the boss-woman’s office, all bets are off. The boss becomes the slave.

A short glimpse into the intimacy between two women, BDSM elements are abound as domination shifts from employer to employee. There was only one bit that I didn’t like, which was the boss lady calling her PA daddy. BDSM vocabulary, yes, but sounded so off. Other than that one word, this was sexy all the way. There’s a masculine prop to this heated encounter, but under the circumstances it works. This is in the first person.

The New Guy by John Amory

Eli Grey is rich, but his family situation puts him in need of a job at the first of every month. A real job so he can learn to be self-sufficient. As a result, he’s the perpetual new guy. Until he becomes the assistant’s assistant to the exec of Mech Tech, Greg Fallon. A chance meeting in the restroom leads to an unanticipated but very welcomed sexual encounter.

This story has the best line in the anthology: “Aaand I just saw my boss’s penis, and it’s not even lunchtime yet. Great.” The unexpected sex here draws the reader in, just like this particular job with benefits draws Eli in. Recommended read! This is written in the first person and present tense.

Stair Walking by Harper Bliss

The heroine here, speaking in first person, is drawn to Delphine, a masculine, unapproachable woman at their company who always seems to know everything, but is the total opposite of a people person. One day after work in the stairwell, the heroine is surprised by Delphine who takes total command of their sex.

We are not given a name for the heroine, since she speaks to us directly. Delphine is not a pleasant individual and she uses crass language and has a distinct lack of manners. But when she’s in charge in a sexual situation, submission becomes sweet for our heroine. I personally wasn’t taken with Delphine as I’m not fond of mean people, especially in romances. But… where the story leaves off we’re given a glimpse of the woman’s other side.

1-888-BOREDOM by Raven de Hart

Being a temp sucks. Being a temp who’s about to get fired sucks even worse. But having an office fling in the copy room with the post boy, Tommy, as a last hurrah? Not bad at all.

This was a fun little romp, perfected by the liberal use of a copy machine during fiery sex. Yay! When working in an office, getting a pic of your butt or your orgasm face is an absolute must. And we get a cute HFN ending. Quite liked this one. This is in the first person.

Fair Play by Anna Hedley

Ethan is an assistant to another jerk of a boss, Mr. Vincent Berk. Then one day Ethan has enough, and tosses a cup of hot coffee on his boss—the same cup Mr. Berk said was too cold. Guess it wasn’t, huh. What happens next is a spanking—but just who’s doing the punishing?

Who hasn’t had a bad boss in their work history? You know, the one who complains about everything, even things that aren’t real. But disciplining has its merits, here especially. Turnabout is fair play. This was exciting and rough, very good.

His Nonexistent Coffee Break by Lor Rose

Harris is the assistant to Dean Ingold, a total dick of a boss. Yes, there’s obviously a theme here. When Harris tries to leave to quit his job, Ingold tells him he can’t due to his family situation, and pretty much forces Harris into a sexual encounter. I won’t ruin what happens after the sex, but there are surprises in store here.

This one was my least favorite story in this anthology. From the first page, there’s a lot of cursing, all the way through, quite unnecessary. Then there’s, what at first glance seems like, the rape scene mixed with cheating. Sure, that’s not the right conclusion, but I was so turned off by this that by the time I was proven wrong with my assumption, it was too late to start thinking about passion, let alone love. I was left cold and disappointed.

Tele-Romance by Erik Moore

Rebecca A needs the help of Rebecca B to get his work stuff done. RA has a crush on RB, and one evening of working late an innocent little remark on the messenger chat reveals the possibility that maybe it’s more mutual than RA thought.

This was fun and sexy, even though the two ladies are only having sex via messenger. You get a sense of both women, and they turn out to be different than either of them thought. Their talk, brief and punctual due to their method of communication, sets you at the edge of your seat. Just don’t drop the keyboard like RA. I liked this a lot.

Three Strikes by Piper Vaughn

Jeremy Saitou is a cocky, insolent brat who’s making Shawn Cole’s, the manager, job that much harder. Then Jeremy breaks the rules by calling a client, well, a poopoo head, and as his third strike Shawn is supposed to fire him. Shawn is totally in lust with Jeremy, but his impudence cannot be tolerated. However, Jeremy tells Shawn that to keep his job he’ll let Shawn fuck him. Will Shawn take up the offer?

I love Piper Vaughn’s work, no secret. Shawn’s feelings grow as Jeremy makes an effort to behave, and as a result we see Jeremy from a different point of view too, as opposed to his smartass attitude. Jeremy has a surprising vulnerability in the end, and seeing these two come together was so sweet and so damn hot. By far my favorite story. A wonderful ending to the anthology.

Reviewed By: Susan

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Look! K. Piet from Storm Moon Press

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Thank you for taking some down time and spending it with us. Let痴 start this off with a beverage. We have coffee, tea, some sort of juice (I think it痴 been in here a few weeks), and soda. What would you like?

I’ll take some cranberry juice. I swear, that stuff doesn’t go bad until you leave it in your school locker for an entire semester. I speak from personal experience. XD

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Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’m a 27-year-old genderqueer individual who loves art and the human body. I’m a massage therapist, a hoopdancer, and a circus enthusiast, and I love writing QUILTBAG fiction while also working as the Marketing Director for Storm Moon Press. I live in the humid hell that is Florida and long for the day I can move north again, just to get near the forest and snow I had growing up in northern Arizona. At least here there are kitties. My roomies have nine cats, and I love to give them cuddles.

When your first manuscript was published through Storm Moon Press, what was your initial thoughts?

“Oh, God. It’s out there now. People are going to read my work, and I’m gonna be ostracized from the Church forever!” My first book was The Keeper, in which S.L. Armstrong and I envisioned Judas Iscariot as a kind of immortal drinking the blood of Christ’s family line and finding love with one of his male keepers. I was worried about readers’ reactions not only because it was my first publication, but also because we were unorthodox in our storytelling. Now? I totally don’t bat an eyelash. I publish what I want and don’t worry about the reception. Well, not too much. 😉

What forces brought you over to the GLBT genre? Do you focus on one part of the QUILTBAG or do you write various identities, expressions, or orientations? What made you want to write what you do?

I discovered QUILTBAG fiction through reading Lord of the Rings and Silmarillion fanfiction online. It’s also how I met S.L. Armstrong, my awesome co-author and room-mate. When I started writing my own fiction (at S.L.’s insistence), I gravitated toward gay fiction, and I’ve grown from that to include lesbian, bisexual, poly, and trans* fiction. The latter is very close to home, as I feel there is a terrible lack of quality trans* fiction out there that I as a genderqueer person can even remotely identify with. No identity, expression, or orientation is off limits to me. I want to try my hand at just about everything. I just have to find the time!

Would you care for some cookies? We have chocolate chip, peanut butter, oatmeal with or without raisins, and a package of mystery ones. We have cake, too. Your choice.

You said the magic word: COOKIES. All cookies are welcome. My roomies can testify that I totally have a cookie problem. I’m a full-on cookie whore.

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How many hours a day do you spending writing?

It really depends. I’ve been going through a dry spell, which has meant little to no writing. So depressing! I did break the habit, though, and wrote about 800 words over a few hours the other day. When I have the time between jobs, I like to spend about four hours (if not more) in a day writing.

Do you write right through or do you revise as you go along?

I like to revise a little, but for the most part, I write straight through, which leads into the next question…

When it comes to plotting, do you write freely or plan everything in advance?

Oh, yeah. PLOTTING. My co-author and I both like having a detailed outline to keep us on track, and it’s what allows us to write straight through nine times out of ten.

Of your characters, do you have a favorite and why?

OMG, I hate this question! It’s so unfair to pick just one! I love all my characters. Recent standouts, though, are my twins, Gabriel and Michael, from the serial fiction Immortal Symphony. Gabriel is a paranormal investigator who gets tangled up with the Dorian Gray, something his dead twin, Michael definitely isn’t thrilled about. Michael was the wild child and has been haunting his twin brother since he overdosed in college. He tries to look out for Gabriel, and this sudden fascination with the proverbial king of debauchery is not normal for his usually-cautious brother. Gabriel’s desire to break loose and have a bit of fun puts him in precarious situations, but as the serial fiction goes on, he tries to find a good balance and make his own demands of Dorian rather than just be another notch in Dorian’s king-sized bedpost. 😉

Writers often go on about writer痴 block. Do you ever suffer from it, and what measures do you take to get past it?

I sometimes have difficulty mustering the oomph to get writing done, but it usually isn’t a lack of inspiration. It’s just plain old procrastination. Usually, it takes a kick in the pants from my writing partner and just sitting down without distractions to write through the block. Sometimes, a break between bouts is needed, and I’ll talk out what I’m having difficulty with. The great thing about co-authoring is that my writing partner can give me a couple sentences when I’m struggling, and that usually helps me continue on for a few hundred more words. Teamwork!

Do you have a particular spot in your house that you call your comfy zone? (The place where you write.)

I tend to write either in the living room, on a square section of sofa that has been abducted from the living room and placed in my room-mate’s bedroom, or in my own bedroom. Anywhere soft that I can sit with my laptop in my lap works. I’m usually at my best in my room with no television to distract me.

When you池e in the mindset to write, do you put a sign up that warns others not to disturb you while at work?

Since the only others in my writing space are my co-author and her husband, who usually helps with plotting and outlining, there’s actually no need for a sign! We sometimes hold up a hand to shush one another if we’re on a roll and don’t want any conversation to ruin our grooves, but we don’t tend to sequester ourselves completely.

How would you describe your sense of humor? Who and what makes you laugh?

According to my co-author, I’m goofy, and I’ll take that as a compliment. 😉 I love listening to Eddie Izzard, Kathy Griffin, and a few other comedians, but I also really enjoy odd things like well-acted Shakespearean comedies. Ever seen the Twelfth Night production with Kyra Sedgwick as Lady Olivia? Hilarious!

What question is your most frequently asked as an author?

“When is the sequel to ____ coming out?” And my answer is always apologetic because my co-author and I have sequels planned for a bunch of our older works that we just haven’t gotten to because we get distracted by the shiny, newer ideas that are always popping into our heads. XD

What are you working on now?

Episode 5 of Overture, which is the first season of my serial fiction, Immortal Symphony, co-authored with S.L. Armstrong. After that, it’ll be on to the season finale (aka Episode 6), and then some longer works like Lessons in Cowboy (gay contemporary western) and Under the Strawberry Moon, which is a F/F/F werewolf piece that’s been plotted but unwritten for at least a year now.

Writing is obviously not just how you make your living, but your lifestyle as well. What do you do to keep the creative “spark” alive, both in your work and out of it?

Listening to music always helps, as does watching Cirque du Soleil, of which I’m a huge fan (don’t get me started unless you want an hour of me gushing about my favorite shows and acts and acrobatic feats). I also hoopdance (think hula-hooping meets contemporary dance) and express my creativity through jewelry making and the occasional bout of drawing.

What kind of books do you like to read outside of the GLBT Genre?

I’m a horrifically slow reader, so most of my reading is actually in the genre (and even more specifically the books that are produced through Storm Moon Press, since some of them never get read by me personally during their production). I’m currently reading Aliens, Smith and Jones by Blaine D. Arden and the most recent episode of Cari Z’s amazing paranormal serial, Cambion: Dark Around the Edges. I love the books we put out! 😀

Pick one: Scientist, Astronaut, Retail, or Horse Trainer.

Ooo… Astronauts are smart and usually so wonderfully toned from training so their muscles won’t atrophy in space… but scientists can have such delicious intellects… and glasses. *happy shudder* You did mean pick one to take home and thoroughly debauch, right? *sneaks off with both the scientist and the astronaut*

Aside from writing, what else do you enjoy doing?

I love dancing. I used to take classes during college, and it ranged from Turkish/Egyptian to Modern to Ballroom. Nowadays, I play games like Dance Central on Xbox 360 + Kinect. I’m especially fond of the more pop-y electronic songs, as the dance moves in those are along my natural groove. I also have my Cirque du Soleil obsession (which hasn’t been indulged in ages because of lack of funds to see shows) and used to do aerial hoop and flying trapeze. I miss it!

Any special projects from you at Storm Moon Press that came out recently or will be coming out soon we should watch for?

Definitely keep an eye out for more Immortal Symphony. My most recent solo piece was a short story in Gay & Lesbian Coffee Break Quickies called “Hands On”, which was a lesbian short story taking place between two massage therapists having a slow day at work. 😉

Can you please tell us where we can find you on the Internet?

Website: http://www.kpiet.net/
Blog: http://kpiet.wordpress.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kristina.piet/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/k_piet/
Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/shop/KSCharms/

It was a pleasure having you here with us today. Please come by and let us know how you池e doing from time to time. OH! And before you leave, can I get your help here in the kitchen? Thanks!

Sure! Beats the heck out of sifting litter boxes, and I’m a pro at drying and putting clean dishes away… assuming there are more cookies that can be used in lieu of payment. OM NOM! ^_~

Making Ends Meet by SL Armstrong and K. Piet


Title: Making Ends Meet
Author: SL Armstrong and K. Piet
Publisher: Storm Moon Press
Pages: 166
Characters: Zach Grayer, Wil Eastland
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
Kisses: 5



Blurb:

Includes 12 black-and-white illustrations by Diana Callinger!

Zach is just seventeen years old, but despite his youth, he has more than his fair share of responsibility. An experimental fling in high school has led him down the path of single fatherhood. Now, he holds down a job, takes his college classes online, and pays his own bills as best he can—all while juggling daycare and chores and play-dates for his four-month-old, Mae. It’s a rough, 24/7 life, but to Zach, Mae is worth every penny spent and every minute of his day.

With no free time to speak of, it feels like a miracle when Zach meets Wil in the check-out line at his work. Handsome, grounded, from the proverbial “right side of the tracks”, and—even better—good with kids, Wil is everything he could want in a boyfriend. But as interested as Wil is in Zach, he has his own life, his own family, his own job and college career to think about. All the various draws on their time means that it’s hard just to find chances to be together. But Zach’s no stranger to hard tasks, and believes he owes it to himself to try.

Review:

When it comes to writing amazing stories, SL Armstrong and K. Piet are definitely the dynamic duo of romance! I’ve loved every book and novella I’ve read written by them and I admit that they are one of those authors that are a must read for me. There aren’t afraid to tackle the sometimes difficult issues we all have as we go through life, and they write realistic heroes that I can identify with and I still would be honored to call a friend in my life too.

At seventeen, Zach has had to deal with a hard dose of reality. After a quick, experimental one night stand with a friend, he suddenly finds himself having full custody of his infant daughter, Mae. Although most teenagers would try to push this responsibility onto others, Zach is determined to work hard and support Mae on his own. He put his own dreams and ambitions on hold, so he can be a good father and does his best to support them without having to heavily rely on others to help him. Zach is also aware that having Mae has put a huge damper on finding someone who is willing to date a teenager with a child that they support, so he’s not expecting to fall in love. Instead, he concentrates on Mae and making the best life he can for her.

One night while working as a cashier at the local store, a handsome young man flirts with him and to Zach’s surprise, leaves him his number. The young man’s name is Wil, and even when Wil finds out that Zach has a baby, it doesn’t bother him at all. Instead, Wil steps up to the plate and starts to see Zach while becoming a big part of both Zach and Mae’s lives. As their relationship grows, Zach becomes more and more reliant on Wil on both an emotional and financial level. This bothers Zach because he doesn’t wish for Wil or anyone to think he’s not able to raise Mae on his own, without heavily relying on others. When Wil’s parents disapprove of their relationship, and Zach finds out that not only do they not approve of them being together, they also insist on Wil breaking it off with him, Zach is once again faced with the hard decision of doing what he thinks is the right thing. Will Zach and Wil’s relationship be strong enough to work through all of the obstacles that seem to be trying to pull them apart?

I LOVED this book! I honestly can’t rave enough about it. I thought Zach was an amazing young man who has a huge capacity to love while still working hard at being a good father to Mae, made him one of my favorite heroes. Zach is young, but the situation he’s in makes him grow up very quickly, so he’s more mature than other young men his age. I loved watching him continue to grow and evolve as a person and really liked the man he is starting to become.

Wil is another hero that I adored. I loved his willingness to love and accept Zach and Mae into his life as well as his drive to still be his own man, while he fights to keep his lover and Mae as part of his future. He’s honest and has a giving, beautiful heart and I thought he was perfect for Zach and Mae. I loved the way Wil and Zach’s relationship slow developed as the story progressed and honestly think the pacing of the book was perfection.

One thing I really appreciated about this book was how both authors did not sweep how challenging and difficult it can be to raise a child. Zach truly struggles, both emotionally and financially and he second-guesses himself when it comes to doing the right thing for both him and Mae. I thought this was a very realistically written story, and I absolutely loved every moment I spent reading it.

I also would like to point out that Making Ends Meet has some gorgeous illustrations throughout the book. I thought the artist did an outstanding job at capturing the essence of the story and the characters themselves. In my opinion, I thought the illustrations made the book even more enjoyable, and I hope that there will be more of these types of books in the future. Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Immortal Symphony: Overture – Episode 1: A Meeting of Fate by K. Piet and SL Armstrong


Title: Immortal Symphony: Overture – Episode 1: A Meeting of Fate
Author: SL Armstrong, K. Piet
Publisher: Storm Moon Press
Pages: 39
Characters: Dorian Gray, Gabriel Lawrence
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: BDSM, Bisexual, Urban Fantasy, Dark Themes, Ghosts, M/M, M/M/F, Ghosts, Violence, Abuse Themes
Kisses: 4


Blurb:

You think you know the story of Dorian Gray, but you’re wrong. The real story didn’t end the way Oscar Wilde penned; in fact, it hasn’t ended at all. The ageless beauty of Dorian Gray walks now in our world of cellphones and lattes and internet porn. His latest conquest is Gabriel Lawrence, a paranormal investigator with a secret or two of his own. But the trouble with a life as long as Dorian’s is that the skeletons are threatening to overrun the closet… and not all of them want to stay dead.

Season 1: Overture introduces Gabriel to the truth of a world he had only suspected, where ghost hunting is the least of his worries. And at the heart of it all is the mysterious and fascinating Dorian Gray, as though he’d stepped out of the pages of the book bearing his name. But if he has, he hasn’t come through alone. And this figure from a past Dorian had though long behind him bears a grudge nurtured for a hundred years and intends to tear down everything Dorian has built, a piece at a time.

Review:

When I was told that Storm Moon Press was doing a monthly serial, I was immediately excited about the news! I was even more excited when I found out the writing team of SL Armstrong and K. Piet were contributing to it. I’m a huge fan of these two authors and have enjoyed everything I’ve read by them.

One of the things I appreciate about both Storm Moon Press and their authors is how they aren’t afraid to push the envelope when it comes to their books. Each and every story really resonates with me as a reader, even when I might be taken out of my comfort zone, I still enjoy them because of their originality and character driven romances.

The blurb does an excellent job at describing the gist of the book. Dorian Grey is exactly the way he’s always been portrayed. He’s handsome and spoiled at getting what he wants, and has a wicked and irresistible sexuality that draws others into his erotic life. The thing is, there is definitely more to Dorian than meets the eye. He’s not what people assume he is. (You’ll have to read it and find out)

Once he meets Gabriel for some reason Dorian begins to take notice of him. When it comes to lovers, Dorian has a revolving door and rarely remembers them, much less become intrigued by them. He finds himself uncharacteristically wanting to be around Gabriel, but what he doesn’t realize is that Gabriel has some secrets of his own.

Loved this first installment of this serial! It definitely begins and ends with a bang and I can’t wait to read what this amazing writing team has in store for us next!

Sexy, erotic and a whole lot of romping fun, Immortal Symphony promises to be nothing but a guilty pleasure to read. If you are looking for something unique with characters who will automatically fascinate you, then this serial will definitely be for you! Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Devil’s Night by SL Armstrong, K Piet, Alina Ray, Azalea Moone, Tali Spencer


Title: Devil’s Night: Storm Moon Press Anthology
Authors: SL Armstrong, K. Piet, Alina Ray, Azalea Moone, Tali Spencer
Publisher: Storm Moon Press
Pages: 102
Characters: Various
POV: 3rd
Sub genre: Demons, Dub Consent, Paranormal, Torture, Violence, Dark Themes
Kisses: 5



Blurb:

The infernal host is on the prowl. They want your soul, and they’re not afraid to bargain for it. They’ll promise you everything you could ever desire, but the price tag may be steeper than you can handle. Whether tempting and seducing mortals, defiling angels, or reveling among themselves, the fiendish creatures in these four haunting tales know that while good is okay, evil is just more fun.

Thaddeus sold his soul to save his family long ago, but the deal he struck with the demon Belial has him spending eternity managing Le Carnaval du Diable, filled to the brim with other’s damned into servitude. Belial wants more than Thaddeus’ soul, though, and his constant advances only add to Thaddeus’ stress as he faces a threat to The Devil’s Midway.

Craig Peters finds himself Hell Bound and destined for an eternity of torture at the hands of the demon Karawan, despite having no memory of the sin that condemned him to this existence. Over time, though, those memories return, along with an unnatural attraction to Karawan, which leads them both down a path neither of them could have possibly imagined.

When the Hounds Come Out to Play, Ryu and Keir are released from their chains to hunt the wayward damned and drag them down to Hell. A breath of freedom is an opportunity for fun, however, and Ryu isn’t about to waste it, even if it means getting caught in a case of mistaken identity with a handsome stranger.

Finally, Beltran is a man of heritage and honor, and when his cousin is brutalized, he has few qualms about consulting a local Inca shaman on her behalf. Little does he know the price of the charm he seeks will make him The Seventh Sacrifice in the amaru demon Kitara’s ancient quest for revenge.

Review:

Demons, devils, and other dark creatures prowl the night. They’re looking for souls to take and they’re willing to make a bargain. They’ll promise you everything you could ever desire but the cost might be more than you can handle. Whether tempting or seducing mortals, defiling angels, or just partying among themselves, they know that while good is better, evil is plain FUN!

Devil’s Night is an anthology from authors who display their talents in these four tales of what happens when the dark side goes looking for lost souls or wanting to make a deal to acquire innocent ones. The characters in these stories are not anything like what you would normally expect and the unique and original twists make these stories a delightfully different read that I really, really enjoyed reading.

The Devil’s Midway by S.L.Armstrong and K. Piet

Thaddeus sold his soul a long time ago to the demon Belial in order to save his family. The deal he made has him managing Le Carnaval du Diable, full of other damned souls cursed to servitude for all eternity. He’s constantly having to deal with the stress of following Belial’s orders on where the next stop is to be, the constant fighting among the performers, and the occasional demon hunter. On top of everything else, he has to contend with Belial wanting more from him than just his soul. The constant battle he fights against the demon’s advances and his own desires make his job that much harder as he deals with a threat to the very existence of thwarted carnival itself.

Spellbound by Alina Ray

Craig Peters wakes up in Hell with no idea why or how he got there. Sentenced to an eternity of torture at the hands of the demon Karawan. He has no memory of the sin that condemned him but finds himself strangely attracted to Karawan, as over time his memory gradually returns. When offered rhetoric chance to go to heaven if he feels remorse for his sin, he turns it down so he can spend eternity with the demon he has come to love.

When the Hellhounds Come Out to Play by Azalea Moone

Keir and Ryu are two hellhounds released from their chains on one night of the year on Halloween to hunt down damned souls and drag them to hell. Ryu takes advantage odd that freedom to shift into human form and enjoy himself while he can. He meets a handsome stranger who mistakes him foe someone else and they go to a Halloween party. Ryu finds himself attracted to the handsome young man and they have a night of wild sex. Just before dawn, as he is getting ready to return to hell, he realizes that the man is the soul that he has been sent to take to hell because he murdered someone.

The Seventh Sacrifice by Tali Spencer

Beltran is a man of honor and when his cousin is attacked and brutalized by a former lover, he has no qualms about going to a local Incan shaman on her behalf to seek revenge on the man who attacked her. He doesn’t realize that the price of the charm will make him the seventh and final sacrifice needed to finish the ancient amaru demon Kitara’s quest for revenge.

I really enjoyed these four tales that are anything but ordinary. The authors are able to breathe new life into the old standby of evil is bad and give them original and unique twists and turns that keep you guessing until the very end!

Reviewed by Pat

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Serial Fiction: Nothing to Be Afraid Of by Storm Moon Press

It’s official. Storm Moon Press has now opened its doors to serialized fiction. This approach to fiction is definitely different and has been met with a lot of controversy in the genre. For a lot of people the thought of serial fiction might make them hesitant. After all, most publishers who offer the serial fiction charge so much per installment that you end up paying three times as much for the amount of fiction you get in the end. Why would you want to do that?

The answer, in short, is that you don’t want to do that. And the lovely thing is that Storm Moon Press is going to have a better approach that will mean paying a fair price for the fiction, with only a bit more of a charge if you purchase each installment of the story separately. Let me break it down a little for you, so you won’t be afraid of trying out our serial fiction when it debuts in 2013!

Paying Per Episode – The first and most straight-forward method of getting these pieces of fiction is to pay for each episode of a season individually. At Storm Moon Press, the first episode of a season will always be just $0.99, so you can try out a story for cheap, and then either pass on the rest if it isn’t a good fit for you, or continue getting the episodes individually after that. Each episode after the first will be priced based on length, so you don’t have to worry about overpaying. However, if you plan to be in it for the long haul, you might consider the next option…

The Season Pass – A season pass is exactly what it says: a one time payment that grants you access to the entire season of episodic fiction (either 6 or 12 episodes in a season, depending on the story). When new episodes become available, they will automatically appear in your bookshelf! In addition to the discount of buying a season pass rather than paying for each individual episode, you’ll also get exclusive access to extras from the authors, be it character interviews, sketches, or deleted/extended scenes! This is definitely the most bang for your buck.

The Final E-book – If you’re really not into the serialized format for fiction, don’t worry! We have you covered as well! If you hate waiting for new episodes to appear, then you have the option of waiting until a season completes. Once the fiction’s season is over, you will be able to purchase the entire season in a single e-book. Think of this like a boxset of a season of your favorite television show. You get every episode all in one go and don’t have to wait for updates. In the long run, this e-book will be cheaper than the purchasing the season pass, but you don’t get the extras, just the episodes.

With all these choices, we hope that readers will give our serial fiction a try! We already have some interest from veteran authors with the press such as Cari Z, Gryvon, and the writing duo S.L. Armstrong & K. Piet. If you’re an author looking for a place to publish your serial fiction or wanting to learn more about how Storm Moon Press approaches this particular kind of fiction, please feel free to learn more by heading to the serials section of the Storm Moon Press website! We’re always on the lookout for new talent, and we’d love to hear from you!

K. Piet is the Marketing Director for Storm Moon Press and the author of Catalyst and her upcoming illustrated novel, Making Ends Meet, both co-authored with S.L. Armstrong. She can be found on her website or Twitter.

Jungle Law by K. Piet and S.L. Armstrong

Title: Jungle Law
Author: K. Piet, S.L. Armstrong
Publisher: Storm Moon Press
Pages: 27
Characters: Deshi, Kaanan
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Paranormal Romance
Kisses: 5




Blurb:

There is a rainforest in India that the wise poachers avoid. Few who venture in ever return, and those that do rarely come back all the way. The leopards in this forest have a protector who walks the worlds between leopard and man, but who calls the leopard kin and the human only enemy. When a frightened boy escapes from the latest hunting party to feel the protector’s wrath, he tracks the boy down, determined to leave no survivors. But when he comes fact-to-face with the exotic, defenseless boy, he cannot bring himself to end that life. Instead, what he has reviled for years becomes his constant companion. That is, until the humans dare to set foot in his forest once more.

Review:

I am a shameless fan of K. Piet and S.L. Armstrong. They are one of my favorite writing teams and I always look forward to reading more books written by them. When I saw this short story up for review, I immediately grabbed it because I know whatever these two authors write, I will most likely love. Sure enough, Jungle Law was a creative and interesting story about a leopard shape-shifter and the young man he saves.

Kaanan is a leopard shape-shifter who does what he can to protect his fellow peers from the horror of human destruction. Because he’s watched many of his kind hunted down and murdered again and again, he’s not a fan of the human race and prefers to live as a leopard than his human counterpart. When he spots a helpless, young man fleeing from a hunting party he surprisingly feels compelled to help man. Soon, he rescues the man, Deshi, and for the life of him, Kaanan can’t understand why he’s so drawn to him. As they start to communicate, there is a burning attraction and emotional connection that sizzles between them. But, Kaanan doesn’t believe that the sweetly innocent Deshi can survive in his harsh world and vows to return him safely home. Will Deshi be able to convince Kaanan to stay together?

I loved this short story! My only gripe is that it is so short and just when I really began to get into it the story was over. I really appreciated the fresh spin these authors gave on the typical shape-shifter story and loved the way the relationship developed between the two characters. For such a short story, it reads as a longer one and is very fast-paced and uniquely told. I hated to see this story come to an end and pray that one day the authors will one day continue writing about these likeable, noble characters.

Since this book is a free read under the ‘Love is Always Write’ series the awesome M/M Romance Group is hosting at the Goodreads site.

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Other Side of Night: Bastian & Riley by S.L. Armstrong and K. Piet


Title: Other Side of Night: Bastian & Riley
Author: S.L. Armstrong and K. Piet
Publisher: Storm Moon Press
Pages: 89 (.PDF)
Characters: Riley Lynch, Sebastian Rossi
POV: 3rd Person
Sub-Genre: Paranormal Romance
Kisses: 4.5




Blurb:

Vampires walk among us. For centuries, they have adapted, learning to pass undetected in our world. They no longer fear the day, only the sting of direct sunlight. They are students, bankers, lawyers, and even actors. But when the sun goes down, they are all united by their eternal thirst. We do not see them from our safe and comfortable side of the night. But sometimes, one of us is drawn away from the light and we cross into their world. Into the other side of night.

Sebastian Rossi’s second year at the University of Tennessee began much differently than his first. He rushes to and from his classes, covered head to toe in thick clothing. Parties are a thing of the past, and dating hasn’t been high on his list of priorities. No, high on his needs is blood. Lots of it. Adjusting to the changes no one even told him would happen following one great night of partying and sex has been hell for Bastian, but he’s managing.

Riley Lynch’s dream is to be a veterinarian. He works hard to pay his tuition, reads in every spare moment, and tries to forget the nightmare of his sophomore year. Summer has washed away all the bad, leaving him refreshed and eager for his junior year at UT. Life is finally looking up for him, and he has no intention of sliding back down into the depression that had consumed him during his last relationship.

A chance meeting brings their two worlds into alignment and passion sparks between them. When Riley learns of the changes Bastian is going through, he has a choice to make: walk away or embrace the night.

Review:

Cliffhangers—don’t you love ‘em? Or hate ‘em? Or love hating them…hate loving them? Whichever it is, prepare yourself because Other Side of Night: Bastian and Riley ends with a doozy.

Bastian Rossi was the consummate party boy, drifting aimlessly between one night stands, until he attended one frat party too many and hooked up with the wrong guy, an event that set in motion a transformation which would serve to change his life forever and leave him alone to cope with the ramifications of the nameless sexual encounter—a sudden sensitivity to sunlight and a craving for blood a clear indication that the guy who’d savaged Bastian was far from human.

Riley Lynch is just beginning a new school year at the University of Tennessee, having transferred to Knoxville to escape the horrors of an abusive relationship. Riley has worked hard to fulfill his dream of becoming a veterinarian, and has worked equally hard to put the past behind him, though his ex has left him with the sort of internal scars that make him wary and unable to trust easily.

When Bastian and Riley meet, they make a connection that’s undeniably based in their mutual attraction, but could also be explained by the fact they’ve both been horribly wronged. Although Bastian’s secret is one of such epically unbelievable proportions he has a difficult enough time coping with it himself, let alone sharing it with Riley. They’ve both suffered at the hands of someone who’d stripped them of their right to free will, but Bastian’s pain is also entirely complicated by both his evolution into something other than human, and the fact it was his own choices that brought him to this end

Theirs becomes a story of what it means to trust, and where that mutual trust can lead. But this is also a story of mutual need, a need that for Riley borders on obsession once Bastian succumbs to the need to feed from his lover, no longer able to subsist on the animal blood he’d attempted to satisfy himself with for so long. A primal and potentially dangerous need to sustain Bastian builds within Riley. When Bastian attempts to gain control of the situation, it entirely derails Riley and brings about a dire situation that will twist the course of their relationship and, once again, strips Riley of his freedom of choice, though this time the decision is based in love. Bastian’s need to save Riley sends him on a mission to find those of his own kind, to seek answers, some of which he might not like but will leave him with no other options if he wants to save the man he loves.

Do the circumstances warrant the outcome? Not for Riley, who feels the sting of Bastian’s betrayal and the bitter loss of his ability to determine his own future, to the point he is willing to sacrifice his own life to prove that Bastian will never control him.

S.L. Armstrong and K. Piet have introduced a contemporary world where humans live, work, and befriend vampires, never the wiser they might be a hairsbreadth away from becoming a predator’s next snack.

And that cliffhanger? Oh yeah, Other Side of Night promises there’s more to come in Bastian and Riley’s world—a friend who’s been keeping a secret of her own, and a vampire mistress who figures pretty prominently in all of it. I’m looking forward to see what’s coming next.

Reviewed By: Lisa

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Wild Passions – Anthology – Edited by S.L. Armstrong


Title: Wild Passions
Author: Anthology – Edited by S.L. Armstrong
Publisher: Storm Moon Press
Pages: 195
Characters: Various
POV: 1st and 3rd Person
Setting: Alternate Reality
Sub-Genre: Fantasy/Sci-Fi
Cover Rating: 4
Kisses: 4.5 Overall




Blurb:

Other worlds, other planes of existence, other places where humans are not the only type of creature to walk and talk. Human-like animals populate the pages of Wild Passions! These are not shifters, but humanoid animals that experience love and lust in their sometimes wild, sometimes civilized worlds.

Meet Liam, a half-fox in a world where ‘urban jungle’ isn’t a metaphor. When trouble comes in the form of an organized militia looking to experiment, Liam must put his trust where he never expected—in the hands of a human.

Koit is a Shterpi, a reptilian alien with a reputation for womanizing. A dare from a friend has Koit changing his target to other men, and he finds that variety really is the spice of life.

Alec and Nahale are feral-Maith, genetic offshoots from a fantastic race. Under pressure, Alec challenges Nahale for leadership of their clan, threatening to destroy the relationship they’d been building for years.

Panos only wants to live a normal life, free from the secret that’s kept him isolated from others. However, he still needs a roommate, and his attraction to the other man has him wondering if opening up might not be so bad after all.

Ferran is making his last trip away from his home planet of Perelan before duty calls him back. But a rakish spaceship captain tosses a wrench into his finely crafted plans, and his world may never be the same.

Gordon and Arthur work in the freak-show at a traveling carnival, wowing audiences with their half-animal physiques. But when animal constructs are second-class citizens and legal property of others, falling in love is the most dangerous act of all.

Review:

Fans of Sci-Fi/Fantasy will find plenty to love about Wild Passions, a terrific collection of short stories that detail the lives and loves of parahuman and alien characters, who each find desire and attraction is far more than what is seen on the surface.

Beneath the fur, scales, and quills beat the hearts of very human men who find a common bond in spite of differences, find love in spite of the obstacle of their species, form a connection in spite of the seemingly insurmountable odds against them. Each of these stories is particularly creative and brought to life by characters who will seduce you into believing they exist somewhere in the universe.

From the action packed adventure City of Foxes by Cornelia Grey to Angelia Sparrow’s heart-achingly poignant pre-WW II story Songs for Guitar and French Harp to the celestial beauty of Opening Worlds by Cari Z, each of these outstanding tales delivers on every level and will make you believe that love can overcome anything life, fate, or misfortune can throw in the way.

From Elizabeth Hyder’s tale of truth and dare in Trust Me to the power play of Alpha’s Pride by S.L. Armstrong and K. Piet to Wayne Mansfield’s aquatic romance I Do Like to be Beside the Seaside, the reader is treated to a seductive and sensual journey through the complications of self-discovery, sacrifice, trust, and happy endings.

Wild Passions is a feast for the imagination and a treat for lovers of true romance.

Reviewed By: Lisa

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