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Edge of a Knife
A Flame Cycle Novel

Cover for Edge of a Knifeby James L. Wolf

Daniil LaChance grew up hard on the streets of the city-state of Allistair. A chance meeting with the shapeshifting Flame known as Knife changed that, though, when Knife took Daniil as her apprentice. The promise of initiation as one of the sexual mystics of the goddess Pelin turned Daniil’s life from one of poverty and desperation to one of magic and mystery—and made possible the renewal of a love affair that has lasted many lifetimes.

This opportunity has come in dark times. Mob violence and murder sparked by the resentment of an aggrieved merchant threaten to literally drown the Flame, extinguishing them from the face of Uos. The Emperor stands aside, allowing the killings to go on for his own political gain, leaving the few surviving Flame to provide for their own safety. Daniil and Knife stand alone in the face of a world incensed to genocidal violence, desperately seeking a way to insure the survival of their kind.

Knife has a plan, complex and risky, but there’s so much that she’s held back from her apprentice that Daniil doesn’t find it easy to trust his mentor. And so Daniil finds himself torn between initiation as Flame and risking horrible death at the hands of the mob, or hiding in miserable safety in an identity he has always known is not his true self. (M/M, F/F, M/F)

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Jonquil and the Three Hunters

Cover for Jonquil and the Three Huntersby Margot North

What happens when a young, headstrong girl defies the wishes of her parents and tests the boundaries of her small, stuffy town? It is 1898, and Jonquil is nineteen, beautiful, and bored with the boys in her village. One drowsy August morning, she takes a walk through the woods and discovers a seemingly abandoned cabin, where she will meet the three hunters that will widen the boundaries of her world and show her what she has been missing.

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Stage Dreams

Cover for Stage Dreamsby E.E. Grey

An aspiring Broadway writer, Jamie spends most of his time working as a bartender and bothering his roommate, Drew, to actually write down songs for the musical they’ve been working on for two years. When Jamie meets Roman, a Broadway dancer, his dreams come to a sudden potential realization when Roman gives his book to a well-known director. Jamie’s feelings for Drew, however, may get in the way of his own happiness, especially when it comes to Roman and the prospect of Jamie’s dreams finally coming true.

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Crossed Rose

Story Cover for Crossed Roseby D.M. Atkins

At a leather play party, Davey, a shy trans man, sees the woman of his dreams—Maria, the beautiful, brown-skinned woman in red. Davey wants her desperately enough to ask Papa, a stranger at the crossroads, for her heart. Papa’s instructions seem simple enough, but failing to follow them might cost Davey more than just his soul. (M/F)

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Touching Freedom

TouchingFreedom_CvrPDFby Annabeth Leong

Natalie hates living in Wesley House, where an infestation in the plumbing leads to tentacles boiling up from the shower drains and girls sighing suspiciously above the hiss of running water. She’s not one of the perverted Hentai girls—the ones who like living in Wesley—and there’s no place in her controlled life for that sort of pleasure or abandon. She focuses on her violin lessons, her marine biology studies, and her petition for a new room assignment. When a group of girls force her to encounter the tentacles, however, Natalie discovers a scientific puzzle. Instead of the rapacious beast she expected, she finds a vulnerable creature in need. Trying to help it leads to Natalie’s first taste of rebellion, her first experiences of being seen as a “hot girl,” and her first awakening to sexual pleasure.

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All Consuming

Cover for All Consumingby Konrad Hartmann

Jacqueline lives in a secret world of her own, obsessed with sharks. Forced to hide her strange passions from society, she falls in love with a beautiful woman named Genesis, an artist who accepts Jacqueline and her dark desires. But Genesis has her own hungers, which may consume them both. (F/F)

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Song of the Lonesome Cowboy

Story Cover for Song of the Lonesome Cowboyby Lynn Kelling

Tucker Reynolds is a rising star in country music. The people from his record label tell him he’s destined to be one of the greats—but only if he fits the “good ol’ boy” image country fans expect from him. The trouble is, that’s not the kind of man’s man Tucker really wants to be. Forced into an unsavory relationship with a record executive and frustrated by his regrettably platonic relationship with his best friend and guitarist, Mags Palmer, Tucker turns to kinky sex with male prostitutes for release. Things hit Tucker’s limit when one of Tucker’s bandmates, Jess Grayville, begins to suspect what’s going on, and puts himself in danger to protect Tucker. Desperate for a way out of his troubles, Tucker realizes only honesty, love, and a true song can save himself and the man who stands by him. (M/M)

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Sleep of Reason

Story Cover for Sleep of Reasonby Richard Freeman

For Paul Campbell, drug fiend and burned-out fantasy writer, life in Glasgow is a gray, empty disappointment. Desperate for escape and inspiration, he tries a mysterious new drug and is transported to a strange world of freakish monsters, brutal amazons and weird, dangerous sex. (M/F, M/F/F, F/F)

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Taking Benji

Story Cover for Taking Benjiby Todd Michaels

Trevor and Benji, cousins and recent high school graduates, attend an end of summer lake party before they and their friends head off to college. The sun is hot, the beer is cold, and the girls are on the way. Nothing goes according plan and things take a dark turn when Trevor decides to see how far he is willing to take his rivalry with Benji. (M/M)

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Spidermilk

Cover for Spidermilkby Konrad Hartmann

Eddie Stover, private eye, lives in a future where artificial humans called LifeMates serve consumers as a purchasable commodity. When Stover takes a wandering daughter case, the search for the missing woman plunges him into a world of hijacked LifeMates, psychadellic milk, and a bizarre spider-worshiping cult. As the thrall of his old addictions and the enticements of the woman he promised to protect threaten to consume him, Stover is faced with the realization that he cannot escape the choice love forces him to make. (M/F, F/F)

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