Pretty Boy and Frankie – a part of the Project Fierce Anthology
from Less Than Three Press
All proceeds from this charity anthology will be donated to Project Fierce Chicago.
Project Fierce Chicago’s mission is to reduce LGBTQ youth homelessness in Chicago by providing affirming, no-cost transitional housing and comprehensive support services to homeless LGBTQ young adults. PFC also aims to encourage community-building and civic engagement through cooperative living and youth leadership development.
Connor Belmont is not happy when he gets paired with the Sunshine Center—
a center for homeless LGBT youth—for his school’s community service assignment. He’s been happily hiding the secret that he is gay and is afraid something will happen during this assignment to out him.
Things go from bad to worse when the first person he meets at the Center—Frankie Vanetti, a young gay man thrown out by his parents —hates him on first sight. Working at the Center opens Connor’s eyes to a whole new world by being around other gay kids who are just like him. It also opens his eyes to Frankie. But is Frankie willing to let Connor—a “Pretty Boy” rich kid—in to his heart?
“Goddammit John, you’ve got to get off your ass and get laid!” – The advice from John’s best friend makes him cringe. John Mattheson has been moping around since his partner of eleven years left for a job in Boston. His best friend Mac has been pushing him to “get out there,” and find someone (or many “someones”). Under duress, he agrees to go to a party at Mac’s bar, planning to make an appearance, have a couple beers and go back home. What he doesn’t expect is to meet Mark Kincaid…or to wake up with Mark in his apartment the next morning.
Mark just wants to date John and when John reluctantly agrees, they should be on their way to happy ever after. If only John could get past their age difference. At forty-five, John can’t imagine being with someone twenty years younger. After a disastrous date with Mark that they manage to turn into a friendship, John decides maybe it really is time to find someone his own age, who—in all important ways—is just like him. What John finds instead is the realization that sometimes what you want is already there waiting for you.
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Best friends since they were five, Joey Whitcomb–
a Freak—and Brian Davis—a Brain—just want to survive
the landmine of their 80’s high school years. Upheaval begins when Brian gets elevated unwittingly to
boyfriend of the Queen of the Popular clique. But
when Brian (with a little help from Bryan Adams)
comes to an epiphany about his true feelings for his
best friend does he risk ruining their friendship
for a little piece of Heaven?
Originally written for the 2012 M/M Goodreads Group’s Don’t Read in the Closet Event
While most gay men grow up living in the closet until they are brave enough to step out and be themselves, Adam Shepherd experiences the opposite. After living almost all of his young life out and gay, he goes into the closet, willingly, in order to have the career and life he wants and needs. He thinks he can handle it, but he soon discovers how much he has truly given up.
Chase Michaels was always there for Adam, a substitute “big-brother” and true friend in his growing up years. Adam has always harbored a secret involving Chase, but it conflicts with the closet he now lives in as an adult. When the pressure becomes too much, Adam chooses to
stay in his closet . . . but at what cost? And can he change
things before it’s too late?
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The last time I saw him he was looking at me with that big silly grin on his face, his eyes lit up and shimmering like the lights on a Christmas tree. He laughed as he tilted his head back and he looked so free.
All Sam wanted was one night with his boyfriend Dustin where they could enjoy being together and being themselves. Where they didn’t have to hide from their devoutly Catholic parents.
One second—one split second is all it takes for life to turn completely upside down and shatter into a million pieces. One minute Sam and Dustin were together and happy. And the next, Sam wakes up to the news that Dustin is gone. As he tries to process this news, his disappointed parents force him to “find God and get normal again.” But all Sam wants is Dustin.
With a rescue from his sister, Sam slowly begins the fight back for a life of his own…a life without Dustin. One step, one minute, one day at a time.
It isn’t until he meets Nick—someone who has been where he has been—that he begins to climb out of the darkness of the past year. But can Sam make that final leap to let go of Dustin and allow his heart to love again?
“It’s time to let go… (it will be okay)”