Contemporary

Stories set in the present world, within the last twenty years or so.

By Travelers’ Moon by

Tea shop owner and part-time tarot reader Arlo Symons never expected any real change to her quiet life. That is, until a wickedly handsome man in a devil’s costume entered her carnival tent. Sexy, rich, and clever, Piers Tatham is slick as Mephistopheles and powerfully attracted to Arlo. He also has an ex-girlfriend who wants Arlo to read at a very important Halloween party. That reading will decide if Piers Tatham ends up with a lucrative deal, or returns to Manhattan empty handed.

Before Arlo can say “boo,” Piers is in her shop, in her bed, and is urging her help him. Arlo, sensing that there might be an honest man beneath the liar’s mask, is tempted. Tragedy still haunts her life, and she could finally be free of that, if Piers is as much under her spell as she is under his. If he’s not…then the trick will be on her this Halloween, with a broken heart at the end. Dare she sell her soul to this Devil? It’s hard to say no when love is part of the witches’ brew.

Brush with Death by

Dead people don’t make good boyfriends. At least, that’s what Grant tries to remind himself. A painter, Grant moved into his apartment to be alone and to work on his art, only to discover the resident ghost, Joey. It’s not all bad. Joey is a pretty good listener, a good model – and he’s hot. (M/M)

Brother Dave’s Traveling Damnation Show by

Being mistaken for the boyfriend of a homophobic televangelist and kidnapped at gunpoint isn’t a great way to begin a Friday evening, but when sex, religion, and gunplay collide, surprises are bound to happen. It’s all part of the show when Brother Dave’s Travelling Damnation Show comes to town. (M/M)

Held in Dreams by

Elaine is an ordinary human with ordinary dreams, maybe a little too shy for her own good. At least that’s what she tells herself, until she is kidnapped off of a city bus by a strange and charismatic man named Ghalib who has come looking specifically for her. Ghalib definitely isn’t ordinary. He isn’t even human. He’s a Dream Architect, one of the beings who create dreams for humanity. His world is the realm of passion, imagination and nightmares, where humans may be kept as pets, or personal slaves. Ghalib is obsessed with Elaine, whose vivid, erotic dreams he finds irresistible. If Elaine is to contend with Ghalib on her own terms, she’ll have to do more than let go of her shy, inhibited waking manner. She will have to realize her own dreams. (F/M. F/F, M/M)