Exit Plans for Teenage Freaks
Being the kid abducted by old Ms. Easton when he was four permanently set Cole’s status to freak. At seventeen, his exit plan is simple: make it through the last few weeks of high school with his grades up and his head down.
When he pushes through the front door of the school and finds himself eighty kilometers away holding the door of a museum he was just thinking about, Cole faces facts: he’s either more deluded than old Ms. Easton, or he just teleported.
Now every door is an accident waiting to happen—especially when Cole thinks about Malik, who, it turns out, has a glass door on his shower. When he starts seeing the same creepy people over his shoulder, no matter how far he’s gone, crushes become the least of his worries. They want him to stop, and they’ll go to any length to make it happen.
Cole is running out of luck, excuses, and places to hide.
Time for a new exit plan.
Available in e-format or paperback now from Bold Strokes Books; Check out your local store via Indiebound.org, Bookshop.org, or wherever queer books are sold. Edited by Jerry L. Wheeler, and cover art by Inkspiral Design.
(Content Warnings: Discussions of ableism (audism); Mention of amisia; Bullying; Kidnapping)
Kieran Quinn is a bit telepathic, a little psychokinetic, and very gay—three things that have gotten him through life perfectly well so far—but when self-styled prophet Wyatt Jackson arrives during Pride Week, things take a violent turn.
Kieran’s powers are somewhat underwhelming but do have a habit of refracting light into spectacular rainbows for him to hide behind. Even so, it’s not long before Kieran is struggling to maintain his own anonymity while battling wits with a handsome cop, getting some flirting in with a hunky leather man, saving some drag queens, and escaping the worst blind date in history. It’s enough to make a fledgling hero want to give up before he even begins.
One thing’s for sure: saving the day has never been so fabulous.
Available now in both paperback and ebook. Check Indiebound for a local store near you, or Bookshop.org, or buy direct from Bold Strokes Books, or online at your e-tailer of choice. If you’re in Toronto, check out Glad Day Book Shop. Edited By Greg Herren, and cover art by Sheri.
(Content Warnings: Cancer and cancer death; Death of a parent; Kidnapping; Religious extremism/homophobia; Discussion of child abuse; Violence.)
The law of three is unbroken: three vampires form a coterie, three demons make a pack, and three wizards are a coven. That is how it has always been, and how it was always to be.
But Luc, Anders, and Curtis—vampire, demon, and wizard—have cheated tradition. Their bond is not coterie, pack, or coven, but something else. Thrust into the supernatural politics ruling Ottawa from behind the shadows, they face Renard, a powerful vampire who harbors deadly secrets of his own and wishes to end their threat. The enemy they know conjures fire and death at every turn. The enemies they don’t know are worse.
Blood, soul, and magic gave them freedom. Now they need to survive it.
Available now in paperback and ebook from Bold Strokes Books. Check Indiebound for your local brick and mortar, or via Bookshop.org, or online at your e-tailer of choice. If you’re in Toronto, check out Glad Day Book Shop. Edited by Jerry L. Wheeler, cover art by Jeanine Henning.
(Content Warnings: Deceased parents (off-page); Deceased sibling (off-page); Some described violence/gore; Murder; Dubious Consent (use of glamour); Discussion of racism; Incarceration (magical); Car Accident; Fire; Mental Illness; Violence.)
The law of three is everything: three vampires for a coterie, three demons for a pack, and three wizards for a coven. Those alone or in pairs are vulnerable to the rest. Luc, Anders, and Curtis—vampire, demon, and wizard—sidestepped tradition by binding themselves together.
When something starts brutally killing demons in Ottawa, the three find themselves once again moving among the powers who rule the city from the shadows—this time working with them to try to stop the killings before chaos and blood rule the streets.
Hunting a killer who seems to leave no trace behind, the triad are forced to work with allies they don’t dare trust, powers they barely understand, and for the good of those they already know to be corrupt.
They have the power of blood, soul, and magic. But they have to survive to keep it.
Available now in paperback and ebook from Bold Strokes Books, and as always try Indiebound to see if your local brick-and-mortar has it in stock, or through Bookshop.org, or visit your local retailer or e-tailer of choice. Edited by Jerry L. Wheeler, cover art by Melody Pond.
(Content Warnings: Deceased parents (off-page); Some described violence/gore; Murder; Dubious Consent (use of glamour); Discussion of racism; Violence.)
(Originally included in On the Run: Tales of Gay Pursuit and Passion, edited by Jerry L. Wheeler in paperback, now available as an e-novella)
With one diagnosis, editor James Daniels learns he is quite literally running out of time. With only weeks left, James comes face to face with the life he has lead, and finds it wanting.
It’s too late for regrets, but there is one thing James needs to do: find Andy. Andy was the first man he ever loved, but Andy has been gone for years and might not want to be found.
When the worst thing that he could ever imagine happening also gives James a way to reach Andy again, James finds himself facing the greatest – and final – rewrite of his life.
Can a dying man restore love from nothing but memory, or is the past just too far gone to fix?
If you’d like “In Memoriam” in paperback, check Indiebound for a local store near you, they might still have a copy of On the Run: Tales of Gay Pursuit and Passion. If you’d like “In Memoriam” solo as an e-novella, it’s available on Kindle via Lethe Press, as well as an audiobook available through Audible. Edited by Jerry L. Wheeler, and cover art by Inkspiral Design.
Content Warnings: Cancer/Terminal Diagnosis, Drug use, Parental rejection of queer kid; Mental decline due to illness, including seizures.
At nineteen, Nick is alone for the holidays and facing reality: this is how it will be from now on. Refusing to give up completely, Nick buys a Christmas tree, and then realizes he has no ornaments. A bare tree and an empty apartment aren’t a great start, but a visit from his friend Haruto is just the ticket to get him through this first, worst, Christmas. A box of candy canes and a hastily folded paper crane might not be the best ornaments, but it’s a place to start.
A year later, Nick has realized he’s not the only one with nowhere to go, and he hosts his first “Christmas for the Misfit Toys.” Haruto brings Nick an ornament for Nick’s tree, and a tradition—and a new family—is born.
As years go by, Nick, Haruto, and their friends face love, betrayal, life, and death. Every ornament on Nick’s tree is another year, another story, and another chance at the one thing Nick has wanted since the start: someone who’d share more than the holidays with him.
Content Warnings: Parental disowning of queer children; Cheating; Parental death (heart attack/stroke); Physical illness (appendicitis with eruption).
“Saving the Date” (A 1Night Stand novella)
After a vicious gay bashing, Morgan has spent the last three years working hard to survive and thrive. His latest plan? Using Madame Evangeline’s high-end dating service, 1NightStand, to take the anniversary of the worst night of his life and replace it with a good—and maybe even sexy—memory.
Zach, a police officer with the Hate & Bias Crime Unit, is still coming to terms with his divorce and struggling to move on with his life. Using a matchmaking service is so very not his style, but sometimes a guy has to trust his friends—even if they don’t know everything about him, and he’s not sure they ever will.
Face-to-face, however, it becomes clear that despite an attraction, there’s a problem. Morgan and Zach have already met—three years ago. But with some courage, a couple of pairs of skates, and a leap of faith? Morgan and Zach have a shot at saving more than one day. Together? They might just make a future.
Content Warnings: Biphobia (mentioned/discussed), Queer bashing (off-page, but mentioned and after-effects described, including a triggered reaction); Body image struggles; Parental disowning of queer adults and queer children; Discussion of past suicidal ideation.
“Faux Ho Ho”
Silas Waite doesn’t want his big-C Conservative Alberta family to know he’s barely making rent. They’d see it as yet another sign that he’s not living up to the Waite family potential and muscle in on his life. When Silas unexpectedly needs a new roommate, he ends up with the gregarious (and gorgeous) personal trainer Constantino “Dino” Papadimitriou.
Silas’s parents try to brow-beat him into visiting for Thanksgiving, where they’ll put him on display as an example of how they’re so “tolerant,” for Silas’s brother’s political campaign, but Dino pretends to be his boyfriend to get him out of it, citing a prior commitment. The ruse works—until they receive an invitation to Silas’s sister’s last-minute wedding.
Silas loves his sister, Dino wouldn’t mind a chalet Christmas, and together, they could turn a family obligation into something fun. But after nine months of being roommates, then friends, and now “boyfriends,” Silas finds being with Dino way too easy, and being the son that his parents barely tolerate too hard. Something has to give, but luckily, it’s the season for giving—and maybe what Silas has to give is worth the biggest risk of all.
Content Warnings: Homophobic family, Discussion of Bashings (very removed, not on-page, but mention of resulting trauma).
Of Echoes Born
Outside a hospital in Ottawa, a heartbeat returns long enough for a good-bye. Downtown, a man steps into shadows of the past to help those who have died find their way free from their memories. In Niagara, an icewine vintage is flavored with the truth of what happened on a dark evening of betrayal. In British Columbia, the snow itself can speak to someone who knows how to listen.
The past echoes through these queer tales—sometimes soft enough to grant a second chance at love, and other times loud enough to damn a killer—never without leaving those who’ve heard it unchanged.
Of Echoes Born is the first short story collection from Lambda Literary Award finalist ’Nathan Burgoine.
Available now in e-book and print from Bold Strokes Books, and from your e-tailer and retailer of choice. Check Indiebound for a local brick and mortar near you, or try Bookshop.org. Edited by Jerry L. Wheeler, and cover art by Inkspiral Design.
Content Warnings: Cheating, Child Abuse (off-page), Death, Dementia (main character POV), Gay Bashing (off-page), Homophobia, Infertility, Miscarriage, Murder, Parental disowning of queer child, Sexual Assault (off-page).
Note: the six short stories listed in bold are included in my first collection Of Echoes Born, from Bold Strokes Books, alongside six new, previously unpublished stories.
- “Heart,” in the Cleis Press anthology Fool for Love.
- “Cakewalk,” in the MLR Press anthology I Do, Two!
- “Hometown Boy,” in the Rebel Satori Press anthology Saints & Sinners 2011: New Fiction from the Festival.
- “Keeping the Faith,” in the Bold Strokes Books anthology Men of the Mean Streets.
- “Filth,” in the Bold Strokes Books anthology Night Shadows: Queer Horror.
- “Last Call,” in the Harrow Press anthology Mortis Operandi.
- “Old Age, Surrounded by Loved Ones,” in the Grand Central Press anthology This is How You Die: A Machine of Death Anthology.
- “Struck,” in the Cleis Press anthology Foolish Hearts.
- “Sky Blue,” in the Bold Strokes Books anthology Saints & Sinners 2013: New Fiction from the Festival.
- “Lesser Evil,” in the Northwest Press anthology The Lavender Menace: Tales of Queer Villainy.
- “The Psychometry of Snow,” originally published in the Bear Bones Books anthology Bears of Winter, now out of print, but reprinted in Of Echoes Born.
- “Entangled,” in the Mischief Corner Books anthology Discovery: QSF’s Second Annual Flash Fiction Contest.
- “Range of Motion,” in the Bold Strokes Books anthology Men in Love: M/M Romance.
- “Sweet William,” in the Bold Strokes Books anthology Saints & Sinners 2016: New Fiction from the Festival.
- “Conceptually Speaking,” in the Mischief Corner Books anthology Flight: QSF’s Third Annual Flash Fiction Contest.
- “Frost,” in the Lethe Press anthology Wilde Stories 2017.
- “First Shift,” in the Mischief Corner Books anthology Renewal: QSF’s Fourth Annual Flash Fiction Contest.
Short Fiction Series
The Triad Stories
- “Three,” in the Bold Strokes Books anthology Blood Sacraments, also available as an e-short here.
- “Intercession,” in the Bold Strokes Books anthology Wings: Subversive Gay Angel Erotica.
- “Possession,” in the Bold Strokes Books anthology Erotica Exotica: Tales of Tales of Sex, Magic.
- “Necessary Evils,” in the Bold Strokes Books anthology Raising Hell: Demonic Gay Erotica.
- “Bound,” in the Beautiful Dreamer Press anthology Not Just Another Pretty Face. (Note: this story is set in the same universe as the other Triad stories, but doesn’t involve Luc, Anders, or Curtis. The characters in this story make their first appearance in Triad Blood, however.)
The Fuca Stories
- “Wind and Tree,” in the Bear Bones Books anthology Tales from the Den.
- “Time and Tide,” in the Lethe Press anthology The Touch of the Sea.
- “Aiming to Please,” in the Lethe Press anthology Tented.
- “Line of Sight,” in the Cleis Press anthology Love Between Men (a reprint of Afternoon Pleasures).
- “Elsewhen,” in the Bold Strokes Books anthology Riding the Rails.
- “In the Doghouse,” and “Shutout,” in the Bold Strokes Books anthology Sweat: Gay Jock Erotica.
- “The Finish,” in the Bold Strokes Books anthology Dirty Diner: Gay Erotica on the Menu.
- “Transposition,” in the Bold Strokes Books anthology Tricks of the Trade: Magical Gay Erotica.
- “Slice of Pi,” was originally published in the Bear Bones Books anthology The Biggest Lover, now out of print.
- “Vanilla,” in the Lethe Press anthology Threesome: Him, Him, and Me.
- “Masks,” in http://www.thenastyman.com’s Nasty: Fetish Fights Back.
- “Leap,” in the Bold Strokes Books anthology Boys of Summer.
- “First Touch,” in the Arsenal Pulp Press anthology I Like it Like That.
- “It Could Happen to You,” in the TouchWood Editions anthology A Family By Any Other Name: Exploring Queer Relationships.
- “Rain,” in the Glitterwolf Press anthology A Letter to My Sixteen Year Old Self.
- “Limit,” in the Vine Leaves Press collection Equality: What Do You Think About When You Think of Equality?
- “The Spirit of Giving,” in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Random Acts of Kindness.