Freeing Pain: Annex
Available from Thirteen Below Press
Jude Kash’s life was filled with abused animals and too little sleep. His work at the We Are One Foundation brought him his new devil-dog Teddy Bear and his new obsession: an abused liger named Sampson.
Sampson suffered from poor living conditions and threats with a gun. Jude, or Kash to his friends, witnessed it first hand when he snuck onto Whitman’s, Sampson’s owner’s, property. When Kash and others from the We Are One Foundation finally make a plan to rescue poor Sampson things go terribly wrong.
When Kash finally regains consciousness he awoke to a very handsome and naked man taking care of him. Kash felt a connection with the man he couldn’t explain. The man introduced himself as Maj and explained everything except for one small detail of his life: he was Sampson, a liger shifter.
Kash took the news considerably well except for one problem… that detail wasn’t so small, in fact, it could cost Kash his life.
After reading the original story (a short short version of only about five pages) and liking it, I was excited to see that the author has now written a longer tale… The additional details on Jude, an extra second twist, and the extra dimension added depth to the characters and the world, and made me a very happy reader.
If you like stories about men who fight for what they believe in, if you’re looking for a world with more than a few surprises, and if you’re looking for a read with a definite paranormal edge, then you will probably enjoy this novella.
The Other Half Of Me
Available from Thirteen Below Press
As a homicide detective for the greater Houston area, Detective Barrack Invar’s job was stressful enough without his Lieutenant breathing down his neck to do more, not to mention his girlfriend, Isabella. His partner, Calhoun, was a joke. It didn’t help that over the years Barrack earned a reputation as being a bit of an asshole at work. Things for Barrack didn’t look any brighter in the wake of a murder case with absolutely no leads at all. Until he came home to a wonderful surprise. His best friend since the age of three had finally come home.
Willow only survived. His best friend since childhood, Barrack, was all that mattered to him. Willow craved any small scraps of affection Barrack was willing to give. Every look, every praise, every touch, tore Willow’s soul because he was constantly reminded of what he couldn’t have. Barrack. When Willow unexpectedly returned home his insides burned with the need for the man he loved. The need to give control…
Barrack found his feelings towards Willow slowly twisted and changed. He loved his best friend. A man. For Barrack it was a very simple thing. Willow on the other hand could not accept what Barrack was freely willing to give. Willow did the only thing he knew. He ran.
Returning home, Willow’s fears were confirmed when Barrack refused to come with him. Barrack’s promises to follow seemed long in coming. Willow was left devastated feeling abandoned and alone.
Can Barrack convince Willow of his love? Will Willow allow Barrack to love him?
Contains Elephants Know Best from Rooster and Pig Publishing.
Dogs aren’t the only creatures that are man’s best friend! From 101 Dalmatians to all the animals in Dr. Doolittle, animals have ways of bringing people together that’s almost its own type of magic. Within the Kritter Tails anthology are five heartwarming stories about men and their animals, and how the mix brings about relationships that may never have been.
- Mischief Makers by Ann Anderson
- Princess Cocoa Puff by Jenna Hale
- Puppies Love by Tracey Michael
- Elephants Know Best by Lor Rose
- Agent Princess Twinkle Buttons: Matchmaker by Amanda C. Stone
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Project Fierce Chicago
Contains Crash Pad from Less Than Three Press.
Nobody deserves to be without a home. In collaboration with several authors, Less Than Three Press offers up an anthology of stories about young people who find that home and family are not always where you expect to find them.
All proceeds from this charity anthology will be donated to Project Fierce Chicago.
Project Fierce Chicago’s mission is to reduce LGBTQ youth homelessness in Chicago by providing affirming, no-cost transitional housing and comprehensive support services to homeless LGBTQ young adults. PFC also aims to encourage community-building and civic engagement through cooperative living and youth leadership development.
LT3′s Project Fierce Chicago charity anthology includes 20 short stories from Aeris, Vicktor Alexander, Talya Andor, C.J. Anthony, Blaine D. Arden, Kayla Bain-Vrba, Sophie Bonaste, Kenzie Cade, Jana Denardo,Alessandra Ebulu, Dianne Hartsock, Leta Hutchins, Caitlin Ricci, Lor Rose, B. Snow, Rin Sparrow, Andrea Speed, Piper Vaughn, Layla M. Wier, and Xara X. Xanakas.
Want to donate directly? Visit the Project Fierce Chicago website.
- Pairings: M/M, F/F, genderqueer
- Content: Contains no explicit content.
- Length: 165,000 words
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This anthology will provide readers with hours of enjoyment, with proceeds going to to a much needed cause. Authors in every city should take a page from this group’s incredible idea, pun intended. With a wide variety of situations and characters, from contemporary, paranormal, to alternate worlds, starring Humans, vampires, shifters, the stories follow the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered, individuals, a true cross section of those in need of shelter, love, understanding, and hope. – 5 Stars
I want to start this review saying I’m very proud to be a fan of these authors. This people have donated their time and their beautiful stories to a very important cause. The Project Fierce Chicago helps all the LGBT young homeless who just need a place to be in and people who care about them and help them find a home and a family.
This anthology is so beautiful and emotional, I cried almost every story I read , I’m a crybaby I know, but some of them left me with a heartbroken to cure (in my case using lot of chocolate). – 5 Stars
In the wake of battle, Izo Hidehisa found himself injured, confused, and in the care of a Buddhist monk called Harou. After time in the monk’s care Izo could no longer deny his feelings for Harou, but guilt over Shigemi, the lover he left behind, weighed him down.
Izo soon overcame his guilt and settled in with Harou, knowing that a life with Shigemi could never be. However, he hid a secret from his new lover. A secret that could threaten everything he held dear… again. And when Harou learned of Izo’s secret, the monk was enraged, forcing Izo out.
Shigemi appeared then, looking for Izo, only to find Harou. Izo was forced to watch from a distance as the two men he loved most in the world found happiness without him…
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Contains The Two of Us from Storm Moon Press.
Any hunter will tell you part of the satisfaction is in the chase as well as the triumphant capture of their prey. In Snatched, the focus is on the eroticism of the power play between men and their male captors. Sometimes romance ensues, sometimes just a good amount of steamy sex, but in all cases, the effects of one character being in utter control of the man he has captured takes center stage. The appeal is in the erotic dominance and the way the captive would try to escape if he could, whether he truly wants to deep down or not.
Thomas is determined not to let the fights with his boyfriend, John, ruin his vacation in the tropical rain forests of Equador. But when he steps off the trail, he steps into danger as he is taken captive by guerrilla freedom fighters. Held against his will, he nonetheless finds himself developing an attraction to the man who both arouses and repels him. And as his captivity weighs on him, Thomas finds that being The Guerrilla’s Plaything is not the worst fate he can envision…
Bryce’s life changes forever the night that he and his boyfriend are brutally attacked by creatures that seem like they can only be demonic. He’s sure, when they carry him off, that he’s being packed off for lunch, so it’s a shock when he finds that one of his captors is not the horror that he expected. As their attraction grows, it could be The Two of Us against the world.
As a member of the lesser nobility, Micah has never truly been able to Feel the Wind of freedom, and he and his family are not exempt from the brutality of the highest of the nobles. When he is imprisoned, hunted for sport, and captured by Ari, one of the realm’s Princes, he feels that his life is over. But when an escape attempt leads him to the bed of Dhea, Ari’s brother, he finds that there is much more to live for… and at the same time, so much more danger than he knows.
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What an intriguing and enticing story this one was… Overall, this has been one very interesting and fun story to read, one that I highly recommend to those who like the sinister side of paranormal. – ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts
It was an inevitable thing, death.
For some it was closer than others. Some never knew it was coming. If it were up to Logan he’d choose to not know. Unfortunately for him he did know.
Death was close and it was coming for him and he accepted his fate.
He was set to die. Logan even embraced it, finally happy to leave this painful world behind. That is until he met Gyre.
Gyre gave him a sense of life once again. He wanted to stay with Gyre as long as possible but as far as Logan was concerned, his time left wasn’t enough.
Or was it?
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He makes a conscious decision to die in peace, alone in the mountains of New Zealand where he and Daniel once wanted to go together. As he drifts off and on in pain, he meets Gyre.
In a short time, Logan and Gyre develop a relationship. Something totally unexpected. Something totally welcome. Why is it welcome? Logan knows not, but he knows that Gyre will be by his side. – 4 Stars
Contains The Four of Us”by Lor Rose from Storm Moon Press.
A shifter leads two lives: one as a human, and one as an animal. Sometimes these lives are intertwined, and sometimes they are not, but always the shifter has to find a way to reconcile one with the other. Dark Menagerie follows characters as they explore the darker side of what it means to have one foot in the animal world and one foot in the human world. Some struggle to keep the animal starkly separate from their lives as a human being, but for others, their shifting leads them to a darker corner of the mind where human and animal are nearly indistinguishable.
First, in Dominant, Kade has left everything he valued in his life behind; his family, his fiancée, his entire future. He tries to make peace with what he has become by running away to a small town, but fails. Then, a monster in a suit walks into his life, a monster just like him. Then, the four in The Four of Us devised a game: pick two humans, lure them in, and hunt them down. The game, the shared thrill of the hunt, was what brought them together, but also what threatens to tear them apart.
Justin, of Horsefeathers, had one job—to get a new Mustang for his boss’ ranch. But at the holding pens, he can’t look away from a stunning stallion. He isn’t at all what the boss wants, but Justin can’t say no. He soon learns that he’s brought back much more than simply a beautiful horse, and that there are some legends that he wished weren’t based in truth. Finally, Breathe concerns a young dolphin shapeshifter who has to deal with his own hateful feelings about himself, a deadly dull partner, and the presence of a new shifter in town. And a hurricane bearing down on their home in Key West, of course.
It felt sort of wrong and well, creepy to root for the couples– This story was very fitting for Halloween, the elements worked really well and that made the story a pleasant surprise; but because of how the characters are constructed, who they are, it made me feel wrong about their happy ending. – 4.5 Stars
Book Tour Blog Post: Guest Post: Stallion-Shifters, Horror, and “Dark Menagerie” by Lor Rose
Mail Order Cowboy
The heart wants what it wants.
Austin and Loren have been together for sixteen years and own a small cattle ranch but something was missing. Their love was playful, youthful, and fun, but they knew there was more for them. What that more was, they didn’t know. Talk of adding someone else interested the couple but no one had the spark they craved.
Hugh was a friend of Austin’s son and needed a place to go and a job. His own parents disowned him. He needed a place to stay and a job. Calling his friend’s dad was a last resort but what other choice did he have?
What Hugh found he didn’t expect but maybe, just maybe, he was worth something after all.
Contains Life is Unforgiving by Lor Rose from Storm Moon Press.
For some people there’s nothing more appealing than the idea of a man forced to serve against his will, as a second-class citizen: a slave. Despite the dark history surrounding forced servitude and slavery, there remains a growing desire for depictions of fetishized slavery fantasies. Like rape fantasy, the appeal for readers in slave fiction lies not in a desire for the actual act, but in the ability to explore such things in a safe space. Many people harbor a secret wish to be forced into certain acts that they know they want, but have been socially conditioned to abhor. Such is the core of the Serve Me anthology. Be warned: these are not stories of consensual, negotiated power exchange. The stories in this anthology focus on true sexualized, erotic slavery: stories of men forced, coerced, or otherwise bound into a second-class life servicing another in whatever ways their master sees fit.
When The Mercenary Brendan initially purchases Lorne, it’s with the intent of trading the slave to pay off his debts. By the time the pair make it back to Brendan’s home, though, he no longer wants to give the other man up. In As You Wish, banker Samuel purchases the defiant Apollo at auction, thinking the slave will bring a contentment Samuel has been lacking. But Samuel’s no master, and very quickly, the tables are turned, though neither man seems to mind. Blood slave Aidan learns quickly that Life Is Unforgiving when he is sold to new vampire master Ryce and taken from his lover, fellow slave Aaron. And even though Ryce is kinder than Aidan’s former master, a gilded cage is still a cage when one must endure it alone.
During a failed raid on a powerful Yakuza’s holdings, gang member Yuta is left behind and captured. The owner, Takashima, takes a shine to young Yuta and makes him Takashima’s Pet, whether Yuta likes it or not. Warrior Idris became part of The Spoils when his tribe was defeated by the Greek armies, and now he fights for the amusement of his owner. When the mysterious Kage hands Idris his first defeat in the arena and is then quickly purchased by Idris’ owner, he sets Idris on a path that could lead to his freedom, or his total destruction. Finally, Two Sides tells the twin stories of Akito and Kusaka, rival commanders each captured and enslaved by the other side. Tradition battles with emotion as the two men and their owners come to terms with their new realities.
This story is about the differences to be had based on whom the master is. One can deliver horrible fear and pain, while the other can provide warmth, respect and love. It’s also about getting your very own happy ever after. This was probably my favorite of the four stories and that might be because Ryce is insistent that everyone deserves a happy ever after and I love that idea.
— Christy Duke from Rainbow Book Reviews
There is a very hot menage scene– They work very well together, in concert and synchronized… oh hell, the whole thing is sexy… This is my favorite of the anthology, I like Ryce’s treatment of Aidan throughout and his promising him a happy ever after is sweetly romantic. – 3.5 Stars
This journey of building trust is moving. The best lines in this story can be encapsulated on page 83 by Aidan’s new master.
“Happy-ever-afters exist for everyone. … It’s all a matter of timing.”
— Book Addict from The Romance Reviews
Book Tour Blog Post: Guest Post: Slavery and the Daeva by Lor Rose ( Serve Me Anthology)
Contains Commencante de Guerre”by Lor Rose from Storm Moon Press.
Almost every ancient civilization has stories of some form of dragon, from the winged serpents of Asian lore to the traditional Western image of the fire-breathing behemoth. Literature is filled with stories of valiant heroes riding into the jaws of danger to slay the beast and rescue the princess. But sometimes, the knight in shining armor is less interested in the maiden in distress than in the dragon he’s supposed to slay. Dracones brings together seven stories detailing the power and majesty of a dragon’s love.
Most of the humans in Fugue in Gold and Fire are unknowingly animals in human form, and when the Vesti Moon rises, the animal forms break free, with no memory of their human lives. Lovers Adri and Dru search for a way to recognize each other during the change, but when Dru’s true form turns out to be a dragon, he considers never changing back. Peter Harington aspires to be a Teller of Tales when he submits his fictional dragon manuscript for publication. Tom, the editor assigned to work with Peter, though, finds the worldbuilding a little too real and is determined to learn the truth. When the dragon Daire is wounded, only the Weird Magics of alchemist Cyras can heal him. But when one of the fae is found killed and her blood drained, Daire suspects his savior of illegal experimentation and murder.
Then, in Chanson Commencante de Guerre, the ancient dragon Rayvak finds himself strangely drawn to the young dragon shifter Stormy, despite the years of war between the dragons and the dragon shifters. The two must overcome centuries of animosity if they are to find any happiness together. Psychic David and his dragon lover Ferdie are literally Two in the Bush when their camping trip is interrupted by the magical guardians of their forest. They can sense the power of the dragon, but believe that David and Ferdie have it bound and demand that they release it or die! Finding the Rain is the task charged to Buwei, sent with offerings to the Dragon Lord Shenlong in hopes of ending his province’ drought, a journey none have ever returned from. But the dragon’s temple keeper, Tian, wants Buwei for himself and is willing to defy even the great dragon to keep him. Finally, in Lukos Heat, a mission of revenge sends the dragon Najlah into the mountains and into an unlikely partnership with the wolf shifter Barkus. And the closer they get to their quarry, the more they realize that nothing is as it appears.
The feelings between Rayvek and Stormy are passionate as they struggle in this uncharted territory and what they will be faced with. – 3 Stars
— D. Blue from Live Your Life, Buy the Book
Oh now, this was an interesting one! This story featured both dragons and dragon shifters, which is an interesting take. … I loved Rayvak’s jaded and sarcastic voice in the story.
— Larissa from Reviews by Jesse Wave
Book Tour Blog Post: Guest Post: Dragons Gu-Lor – “Dracones” with Lor Rose
Gay & Lesbian Coffee Break Quickies
Contains His Nonexistent Coffee Break”by Lor from Storm Moon Press.
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, while others are just beginning to experience the allure that can come from keeping the secret. 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.
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
Length: 40,000 words
His Nonexistent Coffee Break, M/M, rated 4 is probably my favorite of the bunch. Dean Ingold is another boss from hell, impatient and growling. He is a mystery to those in the office, both men and women, and has no friends there. When he makes advances on his assistant, you wonder where the hell his husband is. – 4 Stars
-– Lucy from Hearts on Fire Reviews
… the sex…man…wow, the author sure knew how to describe them really well! I’d love to read more about them for sure. I think I’m in love with Lor Rose’s writing style. – 4.5 Stars
-– Sean from World of Diversity Fiction
Book Tour Blog Post: Book Tour: Gay & Lesbian Coffee Break Quickies Interview