The death of Oakley’s sister has left his family broken and buried beneath their grief. In an attempt to get out from underneath their pain, they rent an isolated cottage in the Cotswolds. For Oakley, it’s an exercise in futility. He doesn’t see much hope for things to get back to the way they used to be, and he’s bored and restless as he waits out the time until he can return to the city and university. All of that changes when he meets local boy Bobby, and the connection between them is instant. Within a few days, Oakley is ready to walk away from everything to stay with Bobby. However, Bobby has problems of his own, and they might be more than the budding romance can survive. But they might also give Oakley a new perspective on his own situation.
STRANDED DEFINITION: adjective • (of a boat, sailor, or sea creature) left aground on a shore. "a stranded whale" • left without the means to move from somewhere. "he offers a lift to a stranded commuter" ### The boys in this collection of short stories have most definitely been left STRANDED! They’ve been shipwrecked and abandoned. Marooned and cast away. And left helpless and high and dry. But you should never underestimate the tenacity of the human heart… STORIES INCLUDED: CRAVING STAINS Alina Popescu Trapped since birth in a sterile, hospital-like apartment, Wynn longs to break free to experience the world. Enter Doyle. But is Doyle real, or is he just a figment of Wynn’s imagination? # SAY CHEESE Michael P. Thomas Sitcom sensation Felix Medrano, America's Sweetheart, throws a star-studded surprise party for his sweetheart, beanpole barkeep Grover Shepherd. It’s a smash, save for one detail: Shep is a no-show. Who’d have thought it would be so hard to pop the question? # STANDBY Kim Fielding Who’d have thought being stranded at the airport could possibly have some long term benefits? Certainly not Tom. But then he hadn’t bargained on meeting Rafael… # THE RAIDER Asta Idonea The gods truly do work in mysterious ways as Thorstein found out when he was left for dead on the battle field of a foreign land. # THE BUCKLE Rob Colton One ditching and one rescue later, Hayden discovers the use of a telephone isn’t the only offer that’s on the table… # ARI Nephylim Benji and Ari have spent their lives feeling lost and alone, stranded between genders. Can they help each other stop unravelling? # OPPOSITES ATTRACT Lily G. Blunt Chris and Andreas are opposites in character. Both fear the other wants to move on. Can being stranded on a mountainside resolve the doubt that is threatening to tear them apart? # OUT OF ORDER Eric Gober Rob was the one who got away. Trent stumbles upon him during a trip to San Francisco… Right before a deadly earthquake… # DATING FOR DEAFIES Nikka Michaels If Evan York keeps hiding from the world behind his laptop he might miss out on something special. Will he find the courage? # ONE SNOWY NIGHT Louise Lyons One snowy night, Keith Brambles learns that appearances can be deceptive. # THE CLIMB kirifox Jessie went camping with friends expecting to have some fun and maybe drink a little beer. Instead, he found his perfect man… but is he real or just a dream? # DID YOU LEAVE ANY FOR ME Sarah Hayes Two ex-lovers, one hotel room, and one random act of technology. Will they fall out or fall back in love? # SWEETNESS AND STRENGTH jn olsen Miles makes one seemingly small and inconsequential decision that turns out to be not so small and inconsequential after all.
Suspend rational thought. Leave logic at the door. Be ready to roll your eyes and pick your jaw up from your lap. The tales in A Likely Story don’t let truth get in the way of telling a good yarn. They might push your buttons or make you laugh. They may make you scoff or spit out your coffee. You might even scratch your head in disbelief. Whatever your reaction, the one thing they are guaranteed to do is entertain you! STORIES INCLUDED: THE BIRTHDAY GIFT Eric Gober A sexy and mysterious stranger . . . A luxurious Las Vegas penthouse . . . And one very bizarre timepiece . . . It's gonna be a birthday Nick will never forget. # A WHALE OF A TIME Asta Idonea An Australian surfer and a British Marine Biologist meet in the strangest of circumstances in this tale of Biblical proportions. # DUDE MAMA Michael P. Thomas When button-down biracial lawmaker Cassidy Uematsu meets hardscrabble fry cook Buford “Jax” Jackson, it’s lust at first sight. They’re only too happy to jump into the sack, and when Jax loses his condom mid-getting-to-know-you, Cassidy urges him forward, damn the consequences. What’s the worst that can happen? # THE WITCHING HOUR kirifox When Jeremy was killed in service to his country, Mason lost everything. Now Jeremy is back… But is it really him? Eternity may not be just a concept. # THE GIFT Frostina He searched high and low in the tiny town he lived in, exasperated, sad, and desperate! He wanted something special for the two most important people in his life. # DR. JUSTIN GAYLORD Lily Velden & Taylin Clavelli A Quaker with size issues A jock without size issues And a sex therapist who likes to solve size issues. Should be a match made in heaven. # PERFECT jn olsen Seeing your favorite action hero on the screen… What could be more perfect? Will’s about to find out. # CHIMERA AIR Taylin Clavelli An airline entirely staffed by gay people Where there customer isn't always right… # WIZARD’S SPAWN L.V. LLoyd The magic in Aelith was dying. The only way to restore it was for the King to marry and produce an heir. Why was he taking so long to choose a wife?” # THE LAST APPOINTMENT Louise Lyons Dr. Glen Wright loves his young male patients - sometimes a little too much. When handsome Martin Reynolds visits him with a rather personal problem, Glen finds he can't keep his hands to himself…
Upon moving to a new town, shy shifter Paul is instantly smitten with local choirmaster Cale. Wanting to spend as much time with Cale as possible, he becomes the proverbial church mouse so he can enjoy Cale’s music without revealing his feelings. But when Cale sees him and traps are set, Paul faces a difficult choice. What does he want out of life, and does he have the courage to go after it? Will he be a man... or a mouse?
A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2016 Daily Dose package "A Walk on the Wild Side."
London bartender Fane thinks he’s hit the jackpot when he finds a rare and expensive service Bot discarded in a dumpster, and he takes it home to get it working again. The Jo-E brings some much-needed companionship to Fane’s lonely life, but there’s something different about this Bot, as indicated by its odd behavior. Fane’s developing feelings toward Jo-E trouble him, and things go from bad to worse when a robotics engineer arrives on Fane’s doorstep, demanding the return of his property. Fane is forced to choose between a hefty reward and following his heart. Giving in to his forbidden desires might get him killed—or change his life forever.
Dumped by his ex on Christmas Eve two years ago, Oxford Street department store manager Richard Barratt now hates the holidays. Things go from bad to worse when the store's usual Santa is too ill to reprise his role and the firm sends cocky but handsome Blaine Ryder to take his place. The attraction between the two is clear, but Blaine is an incorrigible player who reminds Richard of his ex. His idea of a relationship is a quick roll in the hay, and his advances have Richard running for the hills. It might take some special intervention for both of them to realize they can change enough to have a chance at a holiday romance.
A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2016 Advent Calendar "Bah Humbug."
A dream romantic vacation to Iceland to see the Northern Lights turns into a nightmare when James’s workaholic boyfriend, Richard, again insists on putting his work first. After a call from Richard’s office, an argument ends with the couple splitting up for good. Not only has Richard left James, he’s left him abandoned to explore the park alone, where James quickly gets lost. But just when things seem darkest, the Solstice works its magic, and James finds the guiding light he needs. Or it finds him.
A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2015 Advent Calendar package "Sleigh Ride".