That was only the end of the chapter, not your whole story….
Turn The Page…. a donation anthology
by Tempeste O’Riley, Dianne Hartsock, Nikki Prince, Grace R. Duncan, Sue Brown, Aine P Massie, Carole Cummings, Hope Ryan, Mark Zubro, Antonia Aquilante, D. Zander Crane
M/M F/F Transgender Genderfluid
Contemporary Urban Fantasy Paranormal BDSM Romance
(Each story is unique and special, so the genre varies wildly. All are LGBTQ)
Publisher: Abbey of the Brew City Sisters Cover Artist: Jess Small
Release Date: October 7th, 2016 (ebook/print)
Length: Novel / 270 pages
Turn The Page…. began as a simple idea and grew from there. No matter how bad things seem to be, just turn the page, there’s more—better—things to come. This is only one chapter in your life. It’s not the whole story. With this simple idea, Novice Sister Eroti-Quill—whom most know better as Tempeste O’Riley—began their quest to help Suicide Prevention and Awareness programs in their area. They managed to con (excuse me, convince) other authors to donate their time and stories to the project, and now, many months later, Turn The Page is born!
The authors in this anthology donated their talent as a way to support Eroti-Quill’s hope for others, to help bring strength to programs that so desperately need funding. It will allow them show those that need support but may not have it, or that may be afraid to reach out, just how much love and understanding surrounds them. Turn The Page…. is a diverse range of stories about the journey of love, hope, and acceptance.
Happy Birthday to Me by Tempeste O’Riley
When Dave’s best friend drags him out for his birthday—nearly kicking and screaming, he finds more than he expected at Sovereign, the BDSM club he half owned but had refused to step foot in for two years other than for administrative things while it was closed. He didn’t go to clubs. He didn’t sub anymore. Period.
Well… until he sees Master Nicky. Then his plans for his birthday change and he decides that maybe giving himself a present, might not be quite such a bad idea after all.
Robin’s Confession by Dianne Hartsock
How can Robin find true love without accepting himself first?
Purr by Nikki Prince
Sasha’s love was in imminent danger. All she wanted was to keep Tori safe. Stay at the cabin wait for the verdict from the council. That’s all they had to do. One little dip in the lake couldn’t hurt could it?
Lockdown by Grace R. Duncan
Gylam’s never been that great at communication and this time he’s gone too far. His penchant for keeping his mouth shut resulted in a disastrous trip to the local dungeon. Jackson, his partner—both cop and at home—and Dom, is well familiar with Gylam’s tendencies. The punishment he gives Gylam is just shy of his limits, but Gylam knows he’s earned it. It remains to be seen if it teaches him anything, though.
Ducks in a Row by Sue Brown
David spends his afternoons feeding the ducks, a peaceful activity until the day Jeff and his Labrador dog burst into his life. David and Jeff get to know one another, punctuated by Bozo’s mishaps, but David is unwilling to share all his secrets. Will Jeff give him the time he needs?
Butterflies by Aine P Massie
Kyndra visits Jaiden’s shop for a little birthday shopping but is there for more than the pretty blown glass designs she makes—lovely though they are. What she really wants is a date with the beautiful craftswoman. But can she push her fears aside and ask, or will her past get in the way? With Jaiden’s help, can who Kyndra is inside finally shine?
Once Step Back by Carole Cummings
When Sahir is busy running for his life, it never occurs to him that the being in wrong place at the wrong time might turn into the right place at the right time. Not until he literally collides with Nicholas and salvation comes by way of magical intervention. But when Nicholas ends up being the one who really needs help, Sahir has to decide the best way to give it—and how to offer it to someone who can’t even figure out if he wants it.
Superheroes by Hope Ryan
Many people reach a point where they think life can’t get any worse. Rock bottom, where the future is so bleak, they begin to ask, “why bother?”
When homeless gay man Wayne Kent reaches that point, standing on a Pittsburgh bridge on a cold Tuesday in April, the last thing he expects is to get stopped—especially by a man named Bruce Clark.
But Bruce has been there, he’s seen that, he’s thought and felt the things Wayne is now and he refuses to see the beautiful, hurting man become another statistic. Coffee and a sandwich is a first step and Bruce hopes it’ll lead to a permanent step up for Wayne. And maybe even a step toward more together.
Unworthy by Mark Zubro
A love lost over half a century ago. Is there really redemption for all of our regrets, or at least perhaps for one regret? A chance to change the decision you made over half a century ago, or at least a chance to say what was unsaid, to say what could be said now? The love you missed so long ago, and if you could have one moment again, once last chance.
Love and Hope and Magic by Antonia Aquilante
Once each century, a ritual is performed, the magic of which sustains the land and protects it and its people for the century to come. But the person who performs the ritual never survives. This time Ailill is chosen. He is honored and content with his fate, but his best friend Lorcan is not. Lorcan can’t accept the loss of Ailill and can’t see a life without the man he thinks of as his other half. But Ailill knew Lorcan perhaps better than Lorcan knows himself, and he knew a life of love and magic is waiting for Lorcan after Ailill is gone, if only Lorcan can find the courage to reach for it.
Façade by D. Zander Crane
David struggles with his gender identity as he searches his city for a woman-murdering madman in his female alter-ego, Façade. Can he overcome his depression and confusion long enough to stop the Grinning Reaper?
Happy Birthday to Me by Tempeste O’Riley
Dave shrugged his shoulder. “It’s okay. I’m here now, so let’s go in and see what all Jon’s done.”
“You okay, Dave?” Jon asked as Jase released Dave’s hand.
“Fine. So, show me what you’ve done.” And stop being so observant, both of you!
“Nope, tonight’s for birthday fun, not for work inspections.” Jase put one hand on the back of Dave’s neck and squeezed lightly. Before Dave could work up an objection, Jase and Jon led him into the dungeon area. The main part of the club was split into a dance floor on the left and the open play area on the right. Farther back were areas partitioned off that were for increased privacy and/or more extreme forms of play. That hadn’t changed, though he could see where the DJ booth was as well as what looked to him like a tall Dome near the tables they walked toward.
Sovereign wasn’t a gay only BDSM club, but the woman still drew his eye as someone unusual. That he even noticed her made him curious, as he’s never been even slightly interested in women. They made lovely friends, coworkers, and such, but nothing sexual. Not for him.
A moment later, he startled when she turned, and he realized she was actually a he. He stood next to the table Jon walked straight to, before pulling out a chair and sitting. The man, and yes, now that he thought of it, it being a man in corset and leather kilt made more sense than a woman in a skirt, what with the breadth of his shoulders and the way he stood, was beautiful. Still, he couldn’t seem to pull his gaze away, even as he realized he shouldn’t stare.
“Dave? Why don’t you sit?” Jon said, humor in his voice.
Embarrassed at being caught staring, Dave looked away, looking down even as he sat at what he realized was the table reserved for the owners and their friends. “Sorry.” Jase sat beside Dave on the other side, and as he looked up again, he noticed there were three other men seated at the table, plus two more kneeling beside their Doms.
“Don’t be.” Jon motioned to the man Dave had just made an ass of himself over. “Nicky, why don’t you come meet Dave.”
Nicky looked Dave over, a small shiver going up Dave’s spine at the frank curiosity and interest he saw in that dark amber gaze. “I’m always interested in those you have with you. So, who have we here?”
“Nicky, this is Dave, the other owner of the club. And Dave, this is Master Nicky, one of our newer and more—” he rolled one hand as he seemed to search for the right word “—interesting Doms. I invited him over to sit with us while we catch up and make you enjoy your birthday.”
“Oh, so not only are you one of the bosses here,” Master Nicky purred. “But it’s your birthday too?” The man didn’t try to hide his interest as he turned to Jon again. “What have you gotten him for a present?”
“Be good, Nicky.”
“Oh, honey, I’m always good,” Master Nicky teased. “But I’m more interested in Dave than you.”
“I’m not— I don’t— No one needs to give me anything,” Dave mumbled, his face so hot he knew he was beet red.
“Oh? But what if we want to? Are you the kind of boy to turn down a gift? Or the kind who appreciates what he’s… given?”
“Huh?” Dave was having trouble making sense of Master Nicky’s words. He’d never been ungrateful!
“Don’t pick on Dave, Nicky,” Jase demanded, his voice harder than Dave thought necessary.
Since when did Jase act all protector Dom about Dave? “It’s okay, Jase.”
“Oh, I didn’t realize he’s your boy,” Master Nicky said, his voice losing its lightness, his shoulders going back. “My apologies.”
“He’s not my boy, Nicky, but he’s not one of the club subs or some desperate twink either.”
“Jase,” Dave interrupted, not wanting his friend to get into an argument over him. Honestly, he kind of liked the attention and the way the unusual Dom keep looking at him. “I’m not offended,” he added softly, hoping Jase would relax. If he didn’t, Dave would never be able to enjoy himself, and for the first time in a very long time, he wanted to do something fun.
It was more than a little disconcerting to have every eye at the table suddenly staring at him, but Dave wasn’t sure why they all looked at him right then. “Not offended, but not interested, or not offended and might like to get to know me better?” Master Nicky asked, his voice low and commanding, making Dave’s breath catch and his long dormant libido perk up and take notice.
Master Nicky wasn’t his usual type of Dom. Rex had been his usual type; bigger than him, burly, very butch, and into total domination and control. Nicky was tall, thin, and an odd mix of hot man and fem boy, especially with the black corset, knee length leather kilt, leather gauntlets, eyeliner, and long, braided blond hair.
“I—” He thought about his answer, wondering why he wanted to answer as he was. “The latter?” Yeah, that sounded certain. Not! By the sudden smile on Master Nicky’s face, it seemed that was the right answer, and he didn’t mind the waiver in Dave’s voice, or so he assumed.
About the Authors:
Homo-Erotic Romance Author, Tempeste O’Riley is an out and proud pansexual genderfluid whose best friend growing up had the courage to do what they couldn’t – defy the hate and come out. He has been their hero ever since. Tempe is a hopeless romantic who loves strong relationships and happily-ever-afters. They count their friends, family, and Muse as their greatest blessings in life.
Tempe is also a PAN member of Romance Writers of America®, Rainbow Romance Writers, and WisRWA.
Dianne is the author of paranormal/suspense, fantasy adventure, m/m romance, and anything else that comes to mind. She lives in the beautiful Willamette Valley of Oregon with her incredibly patient husband, who puts up with the endless hours she spends hunched over the keyboard letting her characters play. She says Oregon’s raindrops are the perfect setting in which to write. There’s something about being cooped up in the house with a fire crackling on the hearth and a cup of hot coffee warming her hands, which kindles her imagination.
Currently, Dianne works as a floral designer in a locally-owned gift shop. Which is the perfect job for her. When not writing, she can express herself through the rich colors and textures of flowers and foliage.
Nikki Prince is a mother of two, who’s always had a dream to be a published author in the romance genre. Her passion lies in raising her children as readers, gaming, cooking, reading and her writing. Her mother can now breathe easy about the child who used to get in trouble because she was hiding books everywhere and reading when it wasn’t appropriate.
Nikki’s a multi-published author with several epublishing houses. She loves to write Interracial romances in all genres, but wants to let everyone know to not box her in, because there is always room for growth.
Nikki’s also a member of Romance Writers of America National chapter and is president of the OCC/RWA local chapter. She is also a member of the online chapter Passionate Ink RWA, The Beaumonde RWA, and the Rainbow Romance Writers (RRW).
Grace R. Duncan
Real, erotic, forever… Grace Duncan grew up with a wild imagination. She told stories from an early age – many of which got her into trouble. Eventually, she learned to channel that imagination into less troublesome areas, including fanfiction, which is what has led her to writing male/male erotica. A gypsy in her own right, Grace has lived all over the United States. She has currently set up camp in East Texas with her husband and children – both the human and furry kind. As one of those rare creatures who loves research, Grace can get lost for hours on the internet, reading up on any number of strange and different topics. She can also be found writing fanfiction, reading fantasy, crime, suspense, romance and other erotica or even dabbling in art.
Sue Brown is owned by her dog and two children. When she isn’t following their orders, she can be found plotting at her laptop. In fact, she hides so she can plot, and has become an expert at ignoring the orders.
Sue discovered M/M erotica at the time she woke up to find two men kissing on her favorite television series. She had an Aha moment and put pen to paper that same day. Sue may be late to the party, but she’s made up for it since, writing fan fiction until she was brave enough to venture out into the world of original fiction.
Áine P Massie
Áine is a proud member of the Rom-Critters, the Romance Writers of America®, WisRWA, and Rainbow Romance Writers. Áine has always had a particular fascination with vampires, mythology, and the unusual. When she can escape from her children and books, she enjoys… oh yes, reading, playing, ritual, a good cappuccino, and working with her healing stones.
Her first published work came in high school where she was part of a writing and drama group. However, she has been reading the likes of Shakespeare and Poe since late elementary school and enjoys most forms of fiction.
Carole lives with her husband and family in Pennsylvania, USA, where she spends her time trying to find time to write. Recipient of various amateur and professional writing awards, she is the author of nine published speculative fiction novels, two series, and… more short stories than she can keep track of.
Young adult/new adult author who loves to write the tough stuff…but always with a happy ending.
Hope Ryan is an out and proud bigender, bisexual, wife of a loving guy and mother to three, including an amazingly brave genderfluid son. She loves to write about the tough stuff, but also wants to see her characters happy in the end. She feels strongly about showing there is hope for everyone, no matter where you come from, how you identify your gender or who you love. Hope likes to play board and card games and can often be found playing God with her Sims or running around, fighting monsters in a virtual version of Middle Earth. Her TV and movie preferences lean towards anime, sci-fi and fantasy, though she’ll never turn down a good happily ever after love story, either. As long as there are explosions or action, she’s happy. She loves to read books of all kinds, though prefers stories about love in its many forms.
Mark Zubro is the author of thirty-four novels and five short stories. His book A Simple Suburban Murder won the Lambda Literary Award for Best Gay Men’s mystery. His latest young adult mystery, Gentle, is just out. His science fiction trilogy, Alien Danger, continues to outperform expectations. He spends his time reading, writing, napping, and eating chocolate.
Antonia Aquilante has been making up stories for as long as she can remember, and at the age of twelve, decided she would be a writer when she grew up. After many years and a few career detours, she has returned to that original plan. Her stories have changed over the years, but one thing has remained consistent – they all end in happily ever after.
Born and raised in New Jersey, she is living there again after years in Washington, DC, and North Carolina for school and work. She enjoys being back in the Garden State but admits to being tempted every so often to run away from home and live in Italy.
She is a member of the Romance Writers of America and the New Jersey Romance Writers.
Zander Crane is an aspiring, if occasional author, computer troubleshooter, and semi-professional putt-putt golf commentator. He resides in West Chester, Ohio, with the ghost of his mother, a Manx named Hae Yu, and a dozen unfinished manuscripts. His inspiration is long-time friend Tempe.