Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing presents the
Release of the LGBTQ multi-authors
Hope & Love Anthology.
A CHBB – LGBTQ Charity Collection.
Two of Free Fiction Friday’s own authors are part of this amazing anthology. Hope Ryan and Tempeste O’Riley have generously donated stories to benefit the MKE-LGBT Community Center in Milwaukee.
Crushing Hearts & Black Butterfly Publishing (CHBB) are proud to present the debut of their YA/NA collection of LGBTQ short stories and publications from multi best-selling authors in the genre. The Hope & Love Anthology is available now at Amazon.
The Hope & Love Anthology is a compelling compilation of LGBTQ stories focused on Love, Hope and Faith. Each story ends in a happy ending full of joy and peace.
Áine Massie, one of the authors, is local to the MKE-LGBT Community Center in Milwaukee. At last year’s Pride, she met several members of the center and they spoke about the services provided to youth, young adults, and seniors. An idea came to her of ways she could carry the message and help raise donations to help benefit the wonderful community. After speaking with her publisher, it is now becoming a reality.
SJ Davis, owner of Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing, was all for it. The two decided that they would put together an anthology where the stories would be appropriate for all ages, and where all the letters of the LGBTQ rainbow are welcome and shown. The publisher is providing artwork and publication at no costs. You can find Crushing Hearts & Black Butterfly Publishing at the following links:http://www.crushingheartsandblackbutterfly.com/ https://www.facebook.com/CrushingHeartsandBlackButterfly
As it all came together, a submission call went out in search for authors interested in supporting this project, as well as the LGBTQ Community. Out of the responses, fifteen authors were chosen and accepted. Those authors, along with Áine P Massie, are:
B. David Spicer
M. Leanne Phoenix
Donovan Alekzander Crane
There will be an online release day event on September 26th from 5 PM until 9 PM, sponsored and hosted by the authors who have stories in the anthology.
The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. The celebration will host a grand prize, along with four hours of games, giveaways, prizes, and many other freebies. Come mingle with the authors involved in this project. To attend, click the link, then select join, and go to the event page on the 26th. Hope & Love Anthologyhttps://www.facebook.com/events/258535541009712/
Together, CHBB and these authors have put together a unique collection of short stories from the heart. They are working hard to carry the message of hope and love throughout the world, and provide as much support as possible to this wonderful community center. All author prizes are given from them personally or through other authors, writers, and readers.
100% of all proceeds will go to the MKE-LGBT Community Center. You may also donate directly to the Center here: http://www.mkelgbt.org/donate/
Two foundering members, Denise Cawley and Karen Gotzler, of the MKE-LGBT Community Center, tell us that it was opened with the help of many volunteers in 1997. The community has a strong hold in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area and their reach goes far and wide. You can find out more about them at the following link. http://www.mkelgbt.org/about-us/ Or you can follow them on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/MKELGBTCenter
They have wonderful programs lined up for educational purposes, counseling, general info, with special programs put in place to provide awareness of domestic violence, bullying, and many other services. Here are some of the program and service provided, it’s impressive.http://www.mkelgbt.org/programs/
Please join us on Saturday, the 26th of September in our celebration of the Hope & Love Anthology.
We hope to see you there.
Hope Ryan: Blue Eyes
Bio: Hope Ryan is an out and proud bisexual, wife of a loving guy and mother to three, including an amazingly brave gender fluid 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.
Blurb: Hope is a dangerous thing for anyone living on the streets, but to a teen like Andy, it’s even worse. Andy can’t afford to hope, he can’t afford to consider something better than what he has, because the disappointment when he’s wrong would crush him. So when hunger prods him into a new soup kitchen for a meal, he meets a gorgeous teen with amazing blue eyes named Will. But Will reminds him too much of himself and when he tells Andy things can get better, Andy bolts. But he can’t seem to forget Will’s words, no matter how hard he tries to stay away. With Will’s assurances of what the shelter is like ringing in his ears, he finds himself at the door again. Despite the draw of those beautiful blue eyes, Andy isn’t sure he can risk taking a chance. If Will is wrong, Andy doesn’t know how he’ll survive it.
Tempest O’Riley: Micah’s Medicine
Bio: Tempeste O’Riley is an out and proud pansexual genderfluid whose best friend growing up had the courage to do what she couldn’t–defy the hate and come out. He has been her hero ever since. Though new to writing M/M, she has done many things in her life, though writing has always drawn her back–no matter what else life has thrown her way. She counts her friends, family, and Muse as her greatest blessings in life. She lives in Wisconsin with her children, reading, writing, and enjoying life. Tempe is also a proud PAN member of Romance Writers of America®, WisRWA, and Rainbow Romance Writers.
Blurb: When Micah Sands runs into his best friend, and secret crush, Perry (Pericles Mann) near the skate park, he’s torn between joy and fear. Micah knows he’s different and is terrified of both his family and his friend finding out about his sexuality. But when Perry asks for his help, he finds more than he bargained.
Áine Massie: Dinner for The Dead
Bio: Áine P Massie is originally from Florida, she now lives in Wisconsin where she works on her House Millar series full time while raising four children (the term herding cats comes to mind). Her major in College was Childhood Education (specializing in ages zero to five) with a minor study in Deaf Culture/ASL. She is also a Wiccan priestess dedicated to the gods, family, and love. Áine is a proud member of the Rom-Critters, the Romance Writers of America®, Celtic Hearts Romance Writers, 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’s been reading the likes of Shakespeare and Poe since late elementary school and enjoys most forms of fiction.
Blurb: As the wheel turns, Mistress Anya and her loves, Nicholas and Declán, join with their family to enjoy their first real Samhain together. As they come together for the traditional ‘silent supper’ what family truly means is found. It’s not just the ancestors you have or the blood relatives, but it’s even more so the family you build. For Anya and her House, it’s a joyous evening filled with love, family, and more.
Piper Kay: Joey’s Choice
Bio: Piper Kay is a homegrown country girl straight from the outskirts of Houston, Texas, USA. She is a #1 International Best Selling author of LGBT Erotica, and an International Bestselling author of LGBT Erotica romance, gay romance, specifically in the male/male (m/m) erotica genre, and LGBT drama. Piper is a recent genre jumper, and has a new YA/NA story also. She is bringing her passion of storytelling straight to the pages, most times served with a super-sized sprinkle of sexy, a slice of sarcasm and a carafe of crazy.
Blurb: Seventeen year old, Joey, wakes up every morning dreading what the day ahead may have in store for him. High School sucks and so does the jerk and his pack of bullies who live to torture him. When Joey feels there is no hope left and no chance at having peace, there’s only one choice left. He’s sure the people he cares about would be better off without him anyway. Things happen for a reason, and when Luc steps in, Joey’s faced with two decisions. What will Joey’s choice be?
Elaine White: My Book Boyfriend
Bio: Elaine White grew up in a small town on the east coast of Scotland. She is an author of paranormal romance, crime and MM romance. Fighting cancer in her early teens taught her that life is short and dreams should be pursued. She lives vicariously through her independent, and often hellion characters, while living comfortably at home with a pack of wolves cleverly disguised as one standard poodle. A self-professed geek, Elaine has fallen in love with the research linked with her novels. The more obscure the better. She has recently delved into reading and writing MM romance/erotica and is now a happy addict of the genre.
Blurb: When Regan wakes up in unfamiliar surroundings, he doesn’t expect to come face to face with his ultimate book boyfriend, Falcon Roman. He believes he’s falling into a strange dream. Until someone calling himself ‘the author’ shows up and tells him otherwise. Regan has 24 hours to fulfil three tasks. If he succeeds he can return to Falcon’s ranch in his novel any time he falls asleep, if he chooses to. If he fails then he will never come back and he will never see those smoldering green eyes or those rock hard muscles again. But what happens when his ideal book boyfriend, Falcon, sends all the right signals of attraction his way? Is it possible that his fictional book boyfriend has fallen for him? And what will Regan do if that’s the case?
Vickie Kinnard: Five Down, Three to Go
Bio: Victoria Kinnaird is 26 years old and lives in Glasgow, Scotland. She graduated from the University of Strathclyde in 2009 with a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Journalism, Creative Writing and English Lit. Victoria has been writing since she was 15 years old. She loves rock music, and 11 of her tattoos are related to bands that she loves! Victoria’s debut novel “The Red Sun Rises” was released in September 2013 by Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing. The groundbreaking novel, which was praised for featuring an all-male teen love triangle, became an Amazon international bestseller on release day. The couple at the heart of the story, Eren and Corbijn, were nominated for the Young Adult and Teen Reader’s Book Couple of the Year award in 2013 and were the only gay couple to be featured. “The Red Sun Rises” was the first book in The Red Sun Rises Trilogy. The second book in the series, “The Red Sun Rises: Fire and Ash” was released in March 2014. The last book in the series, “The Red Sun Rises: Seven Letters” will be released by Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing on January 6th, 2014. It will be followed by “Fake It”, a YA rock and roll romance and the first book in Victoria’s new series “The Keswick Chronicles”.
Blurb: There is nothing normal about Eren and Corbijn’s relationship, but then there is nothing normal about being turned into a vampire at 17, discovering you were the best spellcaster in recent memory and leading the secret society that hates you in a battle against the vampire coven that threatened to destroy them. “Five Down, Three to Go” is a new short story featuring characters Eren and Corbijn from The Red Sun Rises Series and finds the nominees for the Young Adult and Teen Readers Best Couple award enjoying a rare quiet moment in Paris. As a protest against gay marriage takes place nearby, Eren and Corbijn reflect on their relationship, their love for each other and getting married one day.
Milla V. Something to Hold on to
Bio: Milla V lives in North Scotland with her daughters and two cats. She writes stories for teens and new adult, often exploring gender identity and sexuality. She studied creative writing with the Open University and has released adult books exploring similar themes under the name Carmilla Voiez. She is a feminist and LGBTQ rights campaigner.
Blurb: “Something to Hold on to” is the story of two friends. It is the story of acceptance and unconditional love between two teenage women who are discovering their sexualities.
Adan DePiaz: A Change of Heart
Bio: Adan DePiaz lives in Illinois and loves to read books about love, human perseverance, and loves a happy ending for the main characters. Writing wasn’t Adan’s dream but after dabbling in fan-fiction, is working on a m/m romance novel. Adan loves variety puzzles, playing cards, and guilty pleasure reality shows like Dancing With The Stars and The Voice.
Blurb: The first time Brandt and Max met it was dislike at first sight. When Brandt is forced to perform community service at the LGBT center run by Max’s two moms, Max discovers there is more to the football player than he first thought. Though Max is straight, he can’t seem to keep Brandt out of his thoughts.
Aaron Silver: One Last Kiss
Bio: Aaron Silver is a gay student, living in Munich, Germany. When not studying to become a screenwriter, he runs an LGBT Review blog, several LGBT groups and is finishing his first M/M story. ‘One Last Kiss’ is his first foray into YA LGBT fiction and considering how much he loves to read in the M/M genre, it came as a surprise to him that his first published story would be lesbian fiction. However, he firmly believes that there is incredible beauty in every kind of love and that love it all of its forms should be cherished and celebrated.
Blurb: On the worst day of her life, Sarah was almost ready to give up. Take the easy way out. Two symmetrical lights, an approaching train. One step and all would have been over. Now, she started to get control of her life back and it is because of one girl, Jen, who saved her that night. One kiss that gave her back the strength she needed, gave her hope and love and made her want to be in control again. One kiss that saved her. In a letter to Jen, she tries to explain how important that moment was to her.
B. David Spicer: The Queen Dethroned
Bio: B. David Spicer lives in Ohio, where he earned a BA in English from Ohio University. He has always been an avid reader and one day woke up and started writing fiction of his own. He writes crime fiction, science fiction and horror fiction and writes scripts for independent comic book publishers. His short fiction has appeared in several anthologies and journals throughout the country and overseas. In his meagre spare time he enjoys reading, hiking and playing board games. He owns more books than any sane person should own.
Blurb: “The Queen Dethroned” is a story about two high school girls, Ashley and Monica, who are in love. When they are caught kissing in the parking lot, the schools ‘Queen Bee’, a girl named Celine, resolves to ‘out’ them and make their lives miserable. When Celine tries to bully Ashley, she does something unexpected and “Queen Celine” finds herself dethroned.
Jocelyn Sanchez: Sanctuary
Bio: Jocelyn Sanchez is 18 years old and lives in New York. She’s been writing since she was 16, when she discovered the magic that comes with writing. She has finished writing her first book, Chasing Fate, a paranormal novel that she is now editing before looking for a publisher. When not writing, Jocelyn loves practicing ASL, which she’s teaching herself, and reading/reviewing books. She also is obsessed with the Broadway play, The Phantom of the Opera, and the anime called, Black Butler. Jocelyn hopes to one day be a bestselling author. Bringing joy to readers through the words she writes and the worlds she creates.
Blurb: At the age of eighteen, Luke found out just how cruel life can be when his mother kicked him out of the house because of his sexuality. He was on the street for a few months before a friend helped him get back on his feet. Wanting to make a difference, he opens up, Sanctuary Art Studio. A place where you can express yourself, without the fear of judgment or ridicule. He thought he had everything…until he met Carter. Carter life is a mess. After finding the love of his life cheating on him with his cousin, Carter vows to never to love again. After all, everyone in his life have disappointed him in one way or another. But when his therapist and only friend, William, threatens to change his therapist due to him not changing and lack of improvement, he agrees to take classes at Sanctuary Art Studio. Carter vowed to never love a man again. But then again, he never met Luke. Can Carter and Luke both learn to love again?
M. Leanne Phoenix: Breath of Life
Bio: M. LeAnne Phoenix would tell you that the worst time of her life was the two years that she attempted to take off from writing. If you asked her to explain exactly why she did such a thing, you would most likely get the mad attempt to arch an eyebrow like her dad and then a shake of the head as she told you it was unlucky to speak of such things. Suffice it to say, it will never happen again! Born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas in the mid-1970’s, Ms. Phoenix was young and wild (and even free!) during the crazy wondrous decade known as the 1980’s and the even crazier but now grungy decade of the 1990’s. Music is second only to the muses that live and breathe to fill her mind with beautiful men, and music always helps them to tell their stories. She is never without her iPod or her computer no matter where she goes, although, she does like to hike and take pictures of the sky and the moon, and even the occasional shot of the sun through the branches of a tree. An avid cat lover, Ms. Phoenix has been owned by many throughout her life, though her current owner is one Lily-Rose, who really would like for her to step away from the keyboard and pay her some attention! After all, hasn’t she earned it?
Blurb: Christian Zobal is somewhat of a jack of all trades: college student, sometimes model, a barista, and accidental lead singer of a band… all in sunny Southern California. The night before a show, he meets enigmatic Jasper Gunnarson. After the performance, and some fantastic news, Christian is viciously attacked in the parking lot… and beautiful Jasper finds him. Christian is unconscious for two days, but when he wakes, his dads help him to understand that they’re okay with whomever it is he wants to be. Christian struggles to find his purchase on life, to come to terms with what happened to him… and Jasper helps Christian remember how to breathe, how to live…
Kameron Mitchell: All The Wrong Numbers
Bio: Kameron Mitchell lives the humble life of a broke teenager in rural Nevada. He cries a little too much during Supernatural reruns, drives a beat-up Jeep, and works as a professional banker in a financial institution located in his small hometown. He is surviving by his loving parents and his 19-going-on-9 roommates. His contribution to the Hope and Love Anthology, All The Wrong Numbers, is his first published story.
Blurb: To the naked eye, it would seem that Ivan Sheckherd will make the perfect son; finish school with honors, get his degree, find a wife, and have two-point-five kids. And if his father had his way, that’s exactly what would happen. The plan doesn’t seem as sweet once Ivan calls the suicide hotline, hoping for a little conversation, but instead finds something he didn’t know he was looking for: himself.
Marcus Maichle: Forte’
Bio: Marcus Maichle is a volunteer at the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center and sang with the Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus for 4 years. He enjoys sci-fi and fantasy role playing games, especially writing and running his own adventure modules.
Blurb: “Forte’” follows a young man learning to overcome his fears and trust in his strengths. He finds himself ‘unlucky in love’ until his fierce devotion to his friends causes his true potential to shine.
Donovan Alekzander Crane: Camp Kennevan
Bio: Donovan Crane grew up all over, his father being a rolling stone of sorts. A self-professed geek, Donovan loves role playing games, thinking games, reading, writing, and his family. He’s recently delved into writing M/m romance and is happily addicted to all genres he can get his hands on. He loves nothing better than a good book, a cool evening in which to enjoy it, and a nice rain storm to accent it all.
Blurb: When Scott and Shane meet at Camp Kennevan as counselors, sparks fly, but neither man is sure of the other. As the weeks pass though, they find their hearts opening and love taking root. But will their affair end when camp does, or do they have what it takes to make a camp romance, last a lifetime?