This week I’ve read No Place Like Home by Kim Fielding. Had I paid attention I might’ve known it’s #1.5 in the Love Can’t series, but I wasn’t. It was the only story I had downloaded on my phone (I don’t usually read on my phone), and my phone was all I had when I started reading. It didn’t matter though, this story works just fine as a stand-alone short story.
Stephen has moved back into his mother’s house after she has passed away. He often walks to the library even though his knee hurts, he talks to his neighbours and spends some of his days painting. One day a note falls out of a book he’s borrowed and he calls the number written on it. On the receiving end of the call, he finds Max.
I liked this story, loved that Stephen is 58 and Max a little older yet. It’s a nice break to read about men who have been around for a while.
Grab it for free here!
This short story is available now as a free download from the author’s website. If you’ve read Love Can’t Conquer, you might enjoy meeting Stephen Walker, a resident of Bailey Springs, Kansas. He was mentioned briefly in LCC.
This story originally appeared in the Dreamspinner Press anthology Snow on the Roof, but has been lightly edited.
Another crazy week has gone by with too few words written, too few pages read, but hundreds of kilos of mushrooms picked. Where did all the time go?
For years now I’ve been thinking I should read more of the stories from the Don’t Read in the Closet Event. They are all free and there are so many I haven’t read. This week I’ve read In Dreams by Eden Winters, a short fantasy story from 2012. I’ve read stories by Ms Eden before and I’ve liked them a lot.
In Dreams is a story about elves, about dreams, and about songs. It’s a story about deception and cruelty but also about love. Loren doesn’t remember who he is or why he is where he is, but little by little things are coming back to him in dreams.
A lovely little story, I liked the dreaminess of it, the ending was a little rushed but a beautiful story nonetheless.
If you’re a member of the Goodreads M/M Romance group you can read the story here.
For three sleepless days, the lyrics have been pounding around in my head. Every time I close my eyes, this is the face that I see. The music is pouring from me, dragging me in its wake and I can almost believe he is real, his haunted eyes singing to me.
This story was written as a part of the M/M Romance Group’s “Love is Always Write” event. Group members were asked to write a story prompt inspired by a photo of their choice. Authors of the group selected a photo and prompt that spoke to them and wrote a short story.
I’m not reading anything this week, and with anything I mean I’m not reading any book at the moment. What I have been looking at is a blog I found on twitter called Gay Flash Fiction.
It feels like I should’ve been on the blog before, and maybe I have, but I don’t remember it. It’s filled with flash fiction and poetry which is gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, or intersex friendly (or so their slogan says) and the one I read most recently was Pathetic Losers by Lucian Carter.
I won’t say much about Pathetic Losers, it’s flash fiction so talking about the plot will pretty much be to say too much. It’ a bit violent though so prepare for a few specks of blood. I don’t know anything about Lucian Carter but you can check him out on twitter if you want.
Swing by the site if you like flash fiction, it’s been up and running since 2011 so lots of stories to read.