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)
Stories centering on the personal, emotional development of one or more central characters.
Giles and Aidan are childhood friends who grew up together but went separate ways. Aidan is a successful, nominally straight, businessman; Giles is a sex worker, risking himself with unpleasant and sometimes unstable clients to pay his rent. A lifelong bond holds them together, restricted to an occasional night’s passion by strict rules Aiden requires to protect his public image. One night though, as Aiden sleeps off the evening’s sexual adventures, Giles makes a decision that changes everything for the two of them. (M/M)
While Sascha is busy, Syrus and Cash find a way to entertain themselves. Sy’s hesitations make sense in the context of his history, and Cash realizes just how close they can get. (M/M)
Daniil LaChance grew up hard on the streets of the city-state of Allistair. A chance meeting with the shapeshifting Flame known as Knife changed that, though, when Knife took Daniil as her apprentice. The promise of initiation as one of the sexual mystics of the goddess Pelin turned Daniil’s life from one of poverty and desperation to one of magic and mystery—and made possible the renewal of a love affair that has lasted many lifetimes.
This opportunity has come in dark times. Mob violence and murder sparked by the resentment of an aggrieved merchant threaten to literally drown the Flame, extinguishing them from the face of Uos. The Emperor stands aside, allowing the killings to go on for his own political gain, leaving the few surviving Flame to provide for their own safety. Daniil and Knife stand alone in the face of a world incensed to genocidal violence, desperately seeking a way to insure the survival of their kind.
Knife has a plan, complex and risky, but there’s so much that she’s held back from her apprentice that Daniil doesn’t find it easy to trust his mentor. And so Daniil finds himself torn between initiation as Flame and risking horrible death at the hands of the mob, or hiding in miserable safety in an identity he has always known is not his true self. (M/M, F/F, M/F)
While Sascha is busy, Sy and Cash find a way to entertain themselves. Sy’s hesitations make sense in the context of his history, and Cash realizes just how close they can get. (M/M)
Old scars cut deep; this is especially true for slaves. When Cash offers Sascha the opportunity to be rid of some of those scars, it brings up memories and questions for Syrus. (M/M)
Love Stories by Julian Keys
The art of romance is that of a locksmith, carefully crafting the perfect key that will fill the unique hole in each individual’s heart, opening them to a world of intimacy that fills the imagination and speeds the pulse. A tightly closed opening unfolds itself at the touch of the right shaft. Secret feelings are locked deep within, just waiting to be released. Revealed here are some of life’s most treasured moments, crafted into stories of men and women finding themselves – and each other – in love.
In this volume, award-winning author Julian Keys gives us seven love stories where sharing is caring, truth is daring, and a one night stand might last forever. Witness the evolution of the human heart, students on the market for romance, lovers cooking up something special, and a beautiful photographer realizing his big dreams. Take up the Keys to Romance, and unlock worlds of love.
Of Passion and Steam – Anthology
by KJ Kabza, M.E. Litman, Elizabeth A. Schechter, Laylah Hunter, Madeleine Swann, R.W. Whitefield, Slave Nano and Alex Douglas
Affairs of a Curious and Sordid Nature
Herein you will discover, presented for your amusement and edification, a varied and unique assortment of tales to awaken the senses and tantalize the imagination. In your very hands, or perhaps within your pocket analytical engine, you hold twelve tales of desire and adventure, the contents of which include but are not limited to desire outside matrimonial bounds, the miracles of modern medicine, theatrical pursuits both on and off the stage, and forbidden love across lines of class and propriety!
Within the pages of this volume are heroes and villains, lovers both requited and not, all seeking their satisfaction amid the smoke and mysteries and miraculous automata of the age of Passion and Steam!
Syrus has always been a good soldier. When his loyalty and bodyguard skills are put to the test, he realizes that duty has far more meaning when the target is someone you care for. (M/M)
Former male model and fashion photographer Simon McCallan had a jaded view of women, especially the slender beauties he photographed. But then, Simon had a secret: he wasn’t attracted to thin women. Being in the fashion industry, however, he’d never dated or had any real interaction with women larger than a size six. Then, one stormy afternoon, his new assistant arrived. She was the Rubenesque lady of his dreams, and his one thought from the moment she stepped in was that he had to have her. But Adrienne Parks was no push-over; handsome as Simon was, she wasn’t going to bed him just for his looks. Could he prove to her there was more to him than a pretty face? (F/M)