Julian Keys is an award winning writer of erotic short stories and novels currently being published by ForbiddenFiction. Her works include The Keys to Romance anthology, a compilation of her most popular, romantic, heterosexual short stories like “Till Dawn” and “Pretty as a Picture.” She has also written several gay male romantic tales like “Designated Driver,” (recently reprinted in Forbidden Fiction’s Bring the Love anthology), and is also known for her Fancy Man short stories (gay male bdsm erotica), which were gathered together in the Leather Wishes anthology. She was the 2016 Rainbow Award winner for best LGBT Anthology.
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- 2016 Rainbow Awards Winners!
- About ‘Til Dawn
- About A Fancy Man Holiday
- About A Special Occasion
- About Designated Driver
- About Exchange Of Heart
- About Full Disclosure
- About Leather Wishes and Dreams
- About Pretty as a Picture
- About Savory & Sweet
- About Valentine Prayers
- About Getting Down to the Bone
Stories by Julian Keys
- ‘Til Dawn by Julian Keys
"Want to go on a date?" Those were the words that tumbled out of Cal when he saw the young lady on the bridge. The one about to throw herself into rushing river below. It was the strangest thing he'd ever uttered and not just because it was so wildly inappropriate. A victim of chronic shyness, Cal found it impossible to talk to women, let alone date them. The black-haired beauty on the bridge, however, brought something out of him he didn't even know existed: an intense need to share himself, all of himself, with someone.
"Want to go on a date?"
What followed was a typical date that was anything but typical. During it, two closed souls, one secretive, one introverted, would find in each other what they never imagined they'd find in this life. There was one stipulation to the date, however: come morning it would be over. Meaning Cal had till dawn to change her mind. Could he give her enough of himself to do that? (F/M)
- A Fancy Man Holiday by Julian Keys
In this latest Fancy Man story Mason (aka the Fancy Man) is faced with one of the biggest challenges of his life as leatherman and Master: introducing his slave and lover, Charles, to his mother. But this isn't all that Santa is giving him for Christmas. In between holiday gatherings, he must deal not only with family traditions and demands, but with helping his lonely, taciturn friend Owen from turning into a bitter hermit, saving the rejected slave boy Hadji from despair, keeping his sister and her boyfriend together, and trying to infuse the holiday spirit into the depressed patrons of the Cockpit bar. Topping this all off, he also has an important decision to make: on Christmas Day he will either let Charles in on a terrible family secret or not. If he does, things might radically change between them. The days are counting down and Mason can't afford any mistakes or failures. But keeping control of all this may be too much… even for the Fancy Man. (M/M)
- A Many-Colored Lantern by Julian Keys
“In this family, the greeting is ‘Happy Holidays!’ And we mean it.”
It’s three days before Christmas, and out-of-work handyman Ethan Rowe has hit rock bottom. In the midst of robbing a thrift store, he responds to a loud and ringing cry for help.
Science teacher Sophie Cauldwell isn’t looking for love when she shouts for help, only a rescue from attempted robbery. When soulful, chivalrous Ethan answers that cry, however, she’s found her knight in shining armor. It doesn’t matter that she knows absolutely nothing about him, Sophie opens herself, her soul, and her family home to him.
Enchanted as Ethan is by brainy, beautiful Sophie, he is only hoping to get a free meal when he accepts her invitation to dinner. Warmly welcomed into a home that celebrates the season in every possible way, however, he begins to fall in love with her and her multi-cultural kin. But is it only the magic of the holidays keeping their romance alight? Ethan finds it hard to believe that their love could survive the truth, even in this time of miracles. Can Sophie and her family change his mind and restore his faith?
- A Special Occasion by Julian Keys
Regina Marshall had it all: a devoted and passionate husband, a luxurious home, and a life that most of her friends envied. Yet there was one small part of her left unsatisfied; she’d never indulged in a particular a sexual fantasy, one that had long been on her mind. She feared if she revealed it, however, she might hurt her husband’s feelings. Yet when, at last, she shyly explained it, her husband insisted on making it real.
Clayton Marshall was fiercely in love with his wife and determined to give her anything she might desire. The trouble was that he wasn’t sure whose fantasy he was fulfilling when he arranged to have another man pleasure her while he watched. One thing was certain: the young man who entered their lives that evening was going to change everything; not only everything they knew about each other, but also everything they thought they knew about themselves. (F/M)
- An Act of Charity by Julian Keys
Noel Larkin’s hyper-holiday spirit is a mystery to both her boyfriend, Roland and her dour accountant, Benjamin. So when charming Hank, a non-profit organizer, re-appears in her life, Noel was delighted. At last she’d found romantic harmony, or so she thought. Then comes Christmas Eve and revelations that shake her faith in all three men. Can anyone restore her Christmas spirit to her before her birthday arrives the next morning? It would take an act of selfless charity to do so... (F/M)
- Designated Driver by Julian Keys
In the days before the inebriated had apps to summon a ride, there were designated drivers. Eric is one such, a shy and gay chauffeur who rarely gets propositioned by men unless they’re drunk. He has learned the hard way, however, not to accept such invitations.
And yet, one morning, Eric finds himself in bed beside a very naked man, a man who was anything but sober the night before. It’s Arthur, a handsome customer and friend; Eric has long been hopelessly in love with Arthur. Problem is, Eric doesn’t think Arthur is at all interested in him or that he’s going to be happy with him… if, that is, Arthur can remember what happened between them the night before.
Yet even as Eric tries to sneak away, Arthur wakes, demanding answers. Now Eric must navigate his way through the story, managing every twist and turn. If he doesn’t, it could mean the end of their friendship and of his one chance at true love.
- Down to the Bone by Julian Keys
Jarrett "Jet" Evans had always followed a particular evolutionary path, one that revolved around his prowess for football. So far, his time in college had been filled with games, parties, cheerleaders and easy-to-pass classes. He’d never questioned his place at the top of the food chain, not until the day he went to the rare books section of the library and ran into a geeky girl with an unusual skull tattoo on her shoulder. Now he found himself enthralled by a bespectacled anthropologist with a disdain for jocks. But did he really want to leave his primrose path for a woman intent on challenging not just his mind, but his future?
Lidia "Liddy" Marchum knew she and Jarrett weren't of the same "species." She was all geek and he was all jock. Yet she couldn't deny the magnetic attraction she felt for him, nor the allure of the deep intelligence she was discovering in the fine skull of his. Even as she allowed herself to fall for him, however, she feared she wasn't going to be the sort of woman he really wanted, or needed. And then came a crises that required they both learn to adapt.
Could love evolve them both beyond their differences? (F/M)
- Exchange of Heart by Julian Keys
Waitress Michelle Medena was used to the attention she got from men. They were always hitting on her, but none seemed interested in anything but her good looks. Then one night Zak Tover, the teaching assistant in her economics class, sat at her table. With his socialist-themed t-shirts and tendency to leave extravagant tips he was like no one she'd ever met. He seemed to find her beauty of little value.
Zak Tover was completely intimidated by beautiful women and knew better than to try to hit on them. Michelle, however, was particularly difficult to ignore, especially when her class papers revealed a clever mind behind all that loveliness. Still, they come from very different socio-economic backgrounds and Zak knew better than to expect that there could never be a fair trade between them…that was, until Michelle's wayward brother stepped in with his own radical economic theory and completely altered the exchange rate.
- Executive Benefits by Julian Keys
Jeremy was only a drone, a mere cog in the wheels of Talon Industries, born and bred to janitorial servitude. That was, until the day he accidentally looked an executive in the eye and the executive looked back. Barrie Talon was a prince of the world, born and bred to run Talon Industries. Yet, for all his wealth and power, he felt alone; people saw only his executive suit, not the man in it. That is, until the day a drone dared to look at him with desire. Two men are at opposite ends of the world in almost every way, but can’t stop wanting each other. (M/M)
- Fancy Man and the Black Lion’s Mark by Julian Keys
Just hand me a good idea, and I’ll set the stage and create the costumes. I’ll make it real. Such is the motto of Mason, a big back leatherman with a reputation for intense role-playing. Unfortunately, most of the bottoms in Mason’s local leather bar have cliché fantasies. They want him to play the stereotypical role of bad-ass cellmate or gangbanger. Then enters Leo—an older gent who had nothing at all to offer—not youth or good looks, or even stamina. Leo, however, has something Mason hasn’t had before—a pulpy fetish decades old and far from the usual. The Fancy Man cannot refuse such a challenge!
- Fancy Man and the Lipstick Lesbian by Julian Keys
When leatherman Mason—the Fancy Man—discovered lipstick lesbian Katie out in the Cockpit Bar’s parking lot, weeping for her lost lover, he was all sympathy. Given how perfumed and delicate she was, however, he wasn’t at all sure how to get the bar’s tough leatherdykes to take her seriously. Then it came to him: he’d star her in a whipping scene at the bar. The problem? The best with a whip was leatherman Burke, and Burke was not only aggressively gay, but adverse to anything remotely feminine. Could Mason and his submissive, Charles, get these two to work together? More, could he get them to connect? This one looked to be beyond even the Fancy Man’s magic. (M/M)
- Fancy Man and the Southern Gentleman by Julian Keys
Leatherman Mason—The Fancy Man—is used to strange requests, but the one from Charles Beaumont, a masochist from the Deep South, is the strangest yet. Long troubled by the fact that his ancestors were slave owners, Charles wants Mason punish him for his family’s sins. Despite his misgivings, Mason is drawn to this young white Southern gentleman. Mason agrees to take on the challenge of exorcizing Charles’ ghosts, but he soon learns that freeing a modern slave from the chains of the past isn’t so easy—nor will it leave the modern man playing his Master unchanged. (M/M)
- Fancy Man and the Three Princes by Julian Keys
When Mason’s best friend Robbie is dumped by his boyfriend a week before his birthday, it’s up the “Fancy Man” to try and repair the bartender’s broken heart with a natal day fantasy. He comes up with the idea of offering Robbie three “princes” each with a special gift—and sexual expertise. Even as these princes woo Robbie “on-stage” however, backstage has its problems. The submissives playing the princes need Mason to master them, and his own slave, Charles, is acting strangely. While Mason has always been master and director during the fantasy, he’s not so certain about his role after the fantasy ends. This time, the reality as much as the fantasy will determine not only Robbie’s future happiness, but that of Charles and Mason. (M/M+)
- Full Disclosure by Julian Keys
Janet wasn't about to let the bitter man at the bar get away with ranting about lying women. Not when her duplicitous boyfriend had so recently dumped her. She came right back at him, "And you guys are so up front?" Points and counterpoints were exchanged, and it turned out that he, too, had an ex who’d cheated on him. Maybe that’s why, when he proposed a crazy idea to her, she accepted. To her surprise, it was liberating to exchange truths with him. Until, that is, the confessions grew darker, and Janet found herself falling for her anti-date...
- Pretty as a Picture by Julian Keys
Former male model and fashion photographer Simon McCallan had a jaded view of women, especially the slender beauties he photographed. But then, Simon had a secret: he wasn’t attracted to thin women. Being in the fashion industry, however, he’d never dated or had any real interaction with women larger than a size six.
Then, one stormy afternoon, his new assistant arrived. She was the Rubenesque lady of his dreams, and his one thought from the moment she stepped in was that he had to have her. But Adrienne Parks was no push-over; handsome as Simon was, she wasn’t going to bed him just for his looks. Could he prove to her there was more to him than a pretty face?
- Savory and Sweet by Julian Keys
When Rosemary Davis inherited Earthly Delights from her mother, chef Daphne Davis, her aim was to sell the California restaurant as fast as she could and return to Manhattan. Then she met the restaurant’s passionate and sexy sous chef, Jake Cosgrove.
To Jake Cosgrove, Earthly Delights isn’t just a job; it’s his life and his home. Learning that Rosemary has baking skills, and hoping to soften her resolve to sell, he offers to cook up three savory dishes using fresh produce from the garden, if she’ll bake up three sweets using the same.
It’s a challenge Rosemary can’t resist. The question is, will she succumb to Jake’s savory dishes, or will her delectable pastries win him over instead?"
- Travelers’ Moon by Julian Keys
Tea shop owner and part-time tarot reader Arlo Symons never expected any real change to her quiet life. That is, until a wickedly handsome man in a devil’s costume entered her carnival tent. Sexy, rich, and clever, Piers Tatham is slick as Mephistopheles and powerfully attracted to Arlo. He also has an ex-girlfriend who wants Arlo to read at a very important Halloween party. That reading will decide if Piers Tatham ends up with a lucrative deal, or returns to Manhattan empty handed.
Before Arlo can say “boo,” Piers is in her shop, in her bed, and is urging her help him. Arlo, sensing that there might be an honest man beneath the liar’s mask, is tempted. Tragedy still haunts her life, and she could finally be free of that, if Piers is as much under her spell as she is under his. If he’s not…then the trick will be on her this Halloween, with a broken heart at the end. Dare she sell her soul to this Devil? It’s hard to say no when love is part of the witches’ brew.
- Valentine Prayers by Julian Keys
An ex-romantic whose heart had been badly shattered two years back, Wade refused to even wish others a "Happy Valentine's Day," let alone participate in it. Someone, however, was trying to lure him back into Cupid's realm of poetry and roses by making him pick out gifts for a lover he didn't even know existed. But who was this elusive sweetheart? And why had she chosen him? Wade found it hard to believe that anyone would trust him to deliver on love. He didn't even trust himself. Yet with each valentine he felt himself wanting to believe again in the gods of romance and desire, to pray again to them, and believe, as he had once before, that his prayers would be answered. (M/F)
- Wicked Dreams by Julian Keys
The king has been murdered, and Macbeth will soon wear his crown. The night before, Lord and Lady Macbeth take time to revel in their victory, and possibly create an heir. Their eyes, though, are deviled and deceived by wicked dreams of what has been and what may yet be. (F/M)
Anthologies including works by Julian Keys
- Bring the Love
Edited by Lon Sarver, Rylan Hunter, and James L. Wolf
There is something about the love of men for men that speaks to the heart. Masculinity in passion is more than muscle and attitude. It's in the mix of hardness and tenderness, the burning gaze and the soft caress. The struggle with expectation to be tough and the need to be vulnerable. There is something about these stories that show men opening–sometimes eagerly, sometimes reluctantly–to love.
For your pleasure, we offer you men who reclaim lost love, men who find themselves in the love of another man, and men who defy oppression for the sake of love. These are stories that show that an ending is not necessarily the end and that softness is not the same as weakness. In all, eleven stories of love and romance between men from ForbiddenFiction's top authors, including award-winners Julian Keys and Lynn Kelling. To you, our readers, we bring the love.
- Cold Days, Hot Nights by Julian Keys
Holidays mark the passage of time in a way that synchronizes the calendar kept by the heart with the one kept by the head. More than just dates, holidays are intersections of memory and emotion, annual snapshots of who we are as we travel through life—and who we’re travelling with. Holidays remind us of who we want to share special moments with, and of those without whom the moments aren’t quite as special.
Julian Keys shows us how the quest to discover a secret love restores a cynic’s hope, how a moment of compassion turns a thief into a hero, how sympathy for the Devil can lead to a happy ending, and how a multicultural celebration opens the way for even the most unlikely unions.
Cold Days, Hot Nights shares four tales of holidays that become turning points in life and love for people who have lost faith in themselves, in each other, and in romance. From Halloween to Christmas to Valentine’s Day, Keys’ stories show how not simply the feeling of love, but the willingness to risk pain to be open to the possibilities love offers, can change a person’s life in wonderful ways.
- Desk Job
Edited by James L. Wolf, Kel Draves, Rylan Hunter and Lon Sarver
There are certain things you don't do at work—or at least, you don't admit to doing them. The boss is one, the cutie from advertising is another. Desk Job: Erotic Stories of Naughty Business is a collection of tales about on-the-job experience in the kind of positions you never want on your resume.
From mixing it up with the chef to being very thoroughly frisked by the security staff to that truly unforgettable office holiday party, these nine tales of erotic encounters in the workplace will leave you grateful that Human Resources is on the far side of the building.
- Leather Wishes
A Julian Keys Anthology
Edited by D.M. Atkins and Rylan Hunter
Mason, the leather top known at the Cockpit Bar as the Fancy Man, loves to create BDSM scenes for people—the more unusual the better. Charles brought him one of his tougher challenges, and the two have been together since. It hasn’t always been easy, as they work out what they are to each other, both as dominant and submissive and as lovers. Now Mason and Charles work together to create BDSM experiences of intense emotion. As they help other people deal with broken hearts and long-buried desires, they also confront the possibilities in their own relationship. Partners in the scene and in the bed, the two men come to appreciate that they could be so much more together. (M/M)
- The Keys to Romance Love Stories by Julian Keys
The art of romance is that of a locksmith, carefully crafting the perfect key that will fill the unique hole in each individual’s heart, opening them to a world of intimacy that fills the imagination and speeds the pulse. A tightly closed opening unfolds itself at the touch of the right shaft. Secret feelings are locked deep within, just waiting to be released. Revealed here are some of life’s most treasured moments, crafted into stories of men and women finding themselves - and each other - in love.
In this volume, award-winning author Julian Keys gives us seven love stories where sharing is caring, truth is daring, and a one night stand might last forever. Witness the evolution of the human heart, students on the market for romance, lovers cooking up something special, and a beautiful photographer realizing his big dreams. Take up the Keys to Romance, and unlock worlds of love.
Series including works by Julian Keys
- Fancy Man
Stores about Mason, the Fancy Man, by Julian Keys.
Just hand me a good idea, and I'll set the stage and create the costumes. I'll make it real.
Experienced leather top Mason—known to the patrons of the Cockpit Bar as the Fancy Man—loves building custom BDSM scenes, the more unusual, the better. Being a large, African-American dominant, he gets a lot of requests for cliché fantasies, but every once in awhile, someone hands him a real challenge. That’s when Mason and Charles, his lover and personal submissive, get to work creating experiences of such intensity and emotion as to heal hearts and open minds.