Short stories

Cleary Palit - Short story by Zahra Owens - Cover by Catt FordEdward “Ted” Cleary and Cazimir Palit have shared everything for eight years. Well, almost everything. They own a successful business together, share a house in West Hollywood, and never travel anywhere without each other, but they’ve never slept in the same bed.

There’s one more thing Ted hasn’t shared with Caz. Ted has a mother, sister, and brother in Atlanta Caz has never met. With good reason. They threw Ted out when he wouldn’t “change his ways,” and he’s never looked back. When Ted is rejected all over again, Caz steps up and proves he isn’t the superficial man Ted always took him for, and Ted’s long-hidden feelings might finally be returned.

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Review: from MM Good Book Reviews

I recommend this to those who love friends to lover stories, settling the past where it belongs and accepting the support of a friend, and finding love in the familiar.




Thirty Imagine living in a society where everyone retires at thirty. Where life only really begins after work is done—and on top of that, you’re matched with a partner you’re supposed to spend the rest of your life with, a partner chosen for you at birth.
Varr is one of the Matchmakers who assigns infants to their future partners, but he’s had to wait eighteen years for his own perfect mate to turn thirty.
When Mallick meets Varr for the first time and doesn’t feel an instant connection, he wonders whether the Matchmakers made a mistake. Since he doesn’t know what to do with his life now that he no longer works, he goes along with Varr, but when Varr reveals something about who Mallick really is, their perfect world comes tumbling down.


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A photographer needs to keep his distance from the subjects who appear in front of his lens. Especially when those subject are young, enticing, and—above all—naked men. When one of those subjects takes the instructions he is given very literally and starts seducing the man who’s snapping his picture, the photographer’s camera becomes way too small to hide behind.


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Finding it hard to make ends meet, former dance student Demme strips at people’s houses to supplement his income. Some clients have rather strange requests, but Kip takes the cake—because Kip is a blind man. What would possess a man who can’t see to pay for a performance from a stripper he’s not allowed to touch?


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When butch tattoo artist Mike is gay bashed by a group of skinheads, he’s rescued by a man who makes him think he’s died and gone to heaven.
Gabriel Santangelo knows his way around a hospital emergency room and stitches Mike up after admitting he doesn’t actually work there. Because Mike has a concussion and lives alone, Gabe invites Mike up to his foster daughter’s hospital room. Sitting with Gabe and little Mia, Mike wonders whether the blow to his head was worse than he thought, or if Gabe is really an angel.


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Stuck in an airport during a blizzard, Kai meets Toby and they hit it off immediately. After a passionate exchange in the airport bathroom, Kai doesn’t expect to ever see Toby again, but it turns out they’re on the same flight to Seattle.
Five years later Kai and Toby are still together, but their long-distance relationship is becoming a strain on them both, leading to a decision that will change their lives forever.


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When Karl wakes up after an alcohol- fueled work party, he realizes he’s not alone in bed. In fact, he’s warmly tucked in between the man who signs his paychecks and that man’s longtime lover. Not only is he afraid he’ll never be able to look either of his bosses in the eye again, he’s more worried that he might not have to after they fire him.
Luckily both Shawn and Peter are sober enough to remember how they got there, and they manage to reassure Karl that his job is not in danger. In fact, they have an offer to make him.
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A Thousand Goodbyes by Zahra Owens - Dreamspinner Press June 2012
History is written by the biased victors, leaving only their view intact. Future civilizations are now trying to learn from the past, sending agents Niall and Dafydd to record lost perspectives from destroyed cultures. To achieve this, they keep Dafydd in the dark, and it takes a thousand lifetimes of love and loss before he sees the light.


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Twenty years before You Can’t Choose Your Family, Jay Molenski saved Fran Galloway’s life.


Franklyn Galloway is the youngest son of a conservative Evangelical minister, and it goes without saying that he is stuck in the closet. He dreams of being an architect, but his father puts a stop to that faster than Fran can say “Frank Lloyd Wright.” So when Fran meets popular, laid-back Jay Molenski, he does everything he can to deny the sparks flying all around them. It only works for so long.
After a brutal trip home, Fran finds himself staring down a fifth of vodka and a bottle of sleeping pills. How can Jay and his family make Fran see that he deserves not just love, but the freedom to be himself?

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Jesse harbored a crush on his TV series costar, Kaye, for more than eight years, but when the show was canceled and he realized those years of playing gay hadn’t convinced Kaye to leave the straight and narrow, Jesse turned his back on acting for good. Ten years later, Kaye is back in Jesse’s life, on Christmas Eve—and the eve of his third divorce. Jesse’s not sure his heart can take another beating, but Kaye has a few tricks up his sleeve—and a few truths from his own heart—that might just convince Jesse that the gifts of love and happiness are not just for Christmas.


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Jay and Fran have been a couple for twenty years. They have a great relationship with only one minor bone of contention: while Fran is very much a member of Jay’s extended family, to Fran’s family, Jay is just “his business partner.” It’s not that Fran doesn’t want to come out to his family; it’s more that they don’t want to hear it.


When Fran’s father, an evangelical minister, dies, Fran hopes the rest of his family will be more accepting. This hope is nipped in the bud by his very conservative older brother, so Jay’s mother steps in and invites Fran’s mother over for Christmas… but will joining Fran’s happy-go-lucky in-laws be too much for Fran’s mother, or will they help her see the truth of just how much Jay means to Fran?

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By day Cooper Miller is a bland paper pusher, a health and safety inspector who does everything by the book. Deciding he needs some excitement in his life, he sheds his off-the-rack suit and tan raincoat and signs up for an introductory session at a BDSM club.


His welcome mat turns out to be Nando Arenas, the man who owns the new tattoo shop Cooper inspected just that morning. At first glance, Nando seems like forbidden territory, but when Cooper discovers a taste for being tied up and dominated, the enterprising tattoo artist delivers all the excitement Cooper could want.

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When Lander’s Great Aunt Angie is shipped off to a convalescent home, she asks him to house-sit. Soon enough he finds out why: she wants him to keep James, a rather attractive and benevolent Victorian ghost, company. Their new friendship is threatened when a not-so-benevolent and very menacing burglar breaks into the house, threatening Lander-and the last thing he expects is for James to come to the rescue.


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During the Christmas holidays, the affluent Haden knocks on the door of Quinn’s homeless shelter with a proposition: he wants to help make Christmas a little brighter for the shelter’s residents. But Quinn is suspicious of Haden’s motives and money. The fact that their worlds are miles apart is painfully clear, and although Quinn finds he just might be able to love Haden, his own prejudices might block the way to a future together.


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For As Long As We Both Shall Live


When TJ seeks comfort in the hospital chapel, Helen is there with a supportive ear. TJ’s longtime lover Joe is very ill and facing a risky operation. So Helen makes a very special offer of help, hoping the power of love will be enough for a happy ending.

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Santa’s Littlest Helper

Little Tegan wants nothing more than for her Daddies to get back together for Christmas. For the two men who don’’t know how to mend fences, Santa’’s help is the little bit of Christmas magic they need.

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Fine Line

There’s a fine line between sex therapy and something more, especially when your heart gets involved. Dr. Jaydin Ellis finds out the hard way when his patient, Mack, sues him for sexual harassment. Jay knew he’d gone too far by falling in love, but when Mack asks to talk with him, he hopes they might just find some middle ground.

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The Postman Always Rings Thrice

Newly arrived in St. John’s Wood, Alex Nielsen is having trouble getting his creative juices flowing until a gorgeous postman knocks at his front door. Then Oliver Bassett shows up on Alex’s doorstep with a parcel – on Christmas Day.

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