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Stories and Scripts: an Anthology by Zack Love

SS-JPGThought-provoking, dreamy, sad, and hilarious, this collection of works by Zack Love takes the reader on a diverse and unforgettable literary journey through a variety of topics, themes, and emotions. The anthology totals about 73,000 words and contains a novelette, four short stories, a theater play, and a screenplay.

These seven spellbinding stories spanning several styles and genres include a dramatic romance, a satire of the mega-rich, a somber and soulful reflection on the problem of evil, humorous dating adventures, and stories driven by philosophical musings.

1) THE DOORMAN – A NOVELETTE

Alex seems to have it all: a great penthouse apartment, a lovely girlfriend, and a prestigious Wall Street job. But below the surface he is sure of nothing but his angst-ridden doubts. And when he realizes that his doorman may be God, or sent by God, he will question things like never before.

This novelette is a story of New York doormen, tormented love, empty office life, and the theological questions that arise in response to the horrors of evil.

2) CENTRAL PARK SONG – A SCREENPLAY (ROMANCE)

Can love really conquer all? Rodney is a passionate black man with brilliant talents but a mental illness that leaves him homeless. Melinda is a white Manhattan law partner with an artistic soul, trapped by the pressures of corporate law, her wealthy father, and her three-year boyfriend. A charming, chance encounter leads to a magical courtship and life-changing choices that make an unlikely New York romance possible.

3) THE GRAND UNIFIED STORY – A SHORT STORY

What happens when a man and a woman meet in a way that magically involves the entire universe? When both are so keenly aware of their place in the cosmos that their connection seems to transcend their union and capture the very essence of life. This story shows how each person is a world to be discovered and how sometimes, when two worlds collide, the universe seems that much closer.

4) CITY SOLIPSISM – A SHORT STORY

Have you ever been on a train, bus, metro/subway – or any other shared space with strangers – and started to wonder what that person right next to you is thinking? This story takes you on a journey into the mind of a man in a suit and tie on a New York City subway car, as he thinks about the woman standing awkwardly close to him. They are total strangers but their proximity is almost intimate as their hands share the same metal subway pole.

5) WAITING FOR 2000 – AN ABSURDIST COMEDY OF BILLIONAIRE PROPORTIONS

Inspired by and reminiscent of Samuel Beckett’s absurdist stage play “Waiting for Godot,” this Y2K theater comedy satirizes the frivolous extravagance of the mega-rich.

Bob’s Billionaire Boat boasts the world’s 2,000 richest people on it, and will enable them to celebrate the arrival of the year 2000 twice in a row by crossing the International Dateline on New Year’s Eve 1999. The co-captains of the boat — two regular guys — keep themselves amused with endlessly silly banter while occasionally debating whether the whole thing is just a fictional stage play.

Meanwhile, two Wall Street traders who are bitter about missing the wealth cutoff for the billionaire cruise are determined to blow up the boat and thereby become the two richest people on earth.

In this satire, the zaniest billionaires ever to gather on a single vessel prove that there’s still plenty to complain about at the top.

6) MY BEST VALENTINE’S DAY. EVER. – A SHORT STORY

Sammy Laffowitz is legendary for his dating disasters and sex mishaps. This time, misfortune strikes on Valentine’s Day – but with a fun twist that makes Sammy seem studly for a change.

7) MY WORST VALENTINE’S DAY. EVER. – A SHORT STORY

Yi Wang is a NY bad boy who plans to make history on Valentine’s Day with his female exploits. The handsome, alpha-male, Chinese-American is a corporate lawyer who usually gets his way with women, but this time he makes one stupid mistake that leaves everyone but him laughing hysterically at his epic fail.

Targeted Audience: 21 and over

Author Bio:
Zack Love graduated from Harvard College, where he tried to create a bachelor’s degree in Women. With the bachelor portion of that degree in hand, he settled in New York City but – to afford renting his bed-sized studio – found himself flirting mostly with a computer screen and stacks of documents. Determined not to die a corporate drone, Zack decided to sacrifice sleep for screenwriting, an active social life, and Internet startups offering temporary billion-dollar fantasies.

To feed his steady diet of NYC nightlife, he regularly crashed VIP parties in the early 2000s and twice bumped into his burgeoning crush, a Hollywood starlet. But – much to Zack’s surprise – neither of those awkward conversations led to marriage with the A-list actress. Zack eventually consoled himself by imagining fiascoes far worse than those involving his celebrity crush. In the process, he dreamed up a motley gang of five men inspired by some of his college friends and quirky work colleagues. And thus was born Sex in the Title. But the novel is not autobiographical: Zack never had his third leg attacked by any mammal (nor by any plant, for that matter). In fact, keeping his member safe has been one of Zack’s lifelong goals – and one of the few that he’s managed to accomplish.

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Author Ashley Chunell Shares Their Story

ac2014About the Author
Ashley Chunell is a Romance and GLBT author.

Ashley grew up in Boston and has been writing her entire life. After penning numerous song lyrics, poems and short stories, she went on to write various articles and fan fictions, gaining much writing experience and grammar knowledge. After writing about the things and people she loved, it wasn’t long until Ashley created her own characters and wrote and published her debut novel “Masterpiece” in November 2012, at the young age of 18. “Masterpiece” received 5-star reviews on Amazon.

In July 2013, Ashley published her second novel and first GLBT book, “A Melody in Harmony.” The novel received 5-star reviews on Amazon and was recommended by USA Today. Ashley chose to write a GLBT story after becoming very involved and committed to equal rights and wanted to tell a story focusing on fighting for equality and showcasing two, young men in love. Ashley went on to write and publish a sequel book, “New Melody, Same Harmony,” centered around marriage equality. “A Miracle Melody” is the third and newest book in the series and focuses on the LGBT characters becoming parents.

Ashley is a strong supporter of the organization Stand Up 2 Cancer and a dedicated member of the Crush Kids’ Cancer team. Ashley also supports the NOH8 Campaign, Charity Water and R-Word.

Ashley also puts real life into her books. A lot of the homophobia and ignorant remarks in the Noah and Ronan Series were based off a things Ashley heard and witnessed in real life, which made her stories all the more realistic to her.

What inspires you to write romance books?
I’m a major romantic, and a cheesy one at that! I love sappy, cheesy, romantic gestures and it’s so much fun coming up with them and having my characters do it all.

Tell us about how you write:
I’ll usually create a brainstorm with story ideas, character descriptions, quotes I want said in the story, etc. After that, I write the beginning of the story. After that, I’ll usually just write whatever comes to me, whether it’s the ending, the middle, etc. It all comes together in the end!

What advice would you give other writers?
Write the kind of romance you enjoy. Don’t write what you think will sell or what other people will like, write what YOU like.

How did you decide how to publish your books?
I’ve always gone through CreateSpace to publish my books, and the same goes for my new novel “A Miracle Melody.” I do want to reach out to other publishers in the future though. I think CreateSpace is a good foundation to start out with and get your writing out there in the beginning.

What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think, sadly, it will be all ebooks! I love the look of real books with real pages and it’s sad to think that’s going away.

What genres do you write?
romance, glbt

What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print

Website(s)
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Sex in the Title by Zack Love

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New York City, May 2000. The Internet bubble has burst and Evan, a computer programmer, is fired with an email from his boss. The next day, his girlfriend dumps him, also via email. Afraid to check any more emails, Evan desperately seeks a rebound romance but the catastrophes that ensue go from bad to hilariously worse.

Fortunately, Evan meets Sammy — someone whose legendary disasters with females eclipse even his own. To reverse their fortunes, they recruit their friends — Trevor, Yi, and Carlos — to form a group of five guys who take on Manhattan in pursuit of dates, sex, and adventure.

When Evan, a closet writer, falls desperately in love with a Hollywood starlet, he schemes to meet her by writing a novel that will sweep her off her feet. Sammy knows nothing about publishing but is confident of one thing: Evan’s book should have the word “sex” in the title.

With musings about life, relationships, and human psychology, this quintessential New York story about the search for happiness follows five men on their comical paths to trouble, self-discovery, and love.

Targeted Audience: 21 and over

Author Bio:
Zack Love graduated from Harvard College, where he tried to create a bachelor’s degree in Women. With the bachelor portion of that degree in hand, he settled in New York City but – to afford renting his bed-sized studio – found himself flirting mostly with a computer screen and stacks of documents. Determined not to die a corporate drone, Zack decided to sacrifice sleep for screenwriting, an active social life, and Internet startups offering temporary billion-dollar fantasies.

To feed his steady diet of NYC nightlife, he regularly crashed VIP parties in the early 2000s and twice bumped into his burgeoning crush, a Hollywood starlet. But – much to Zack’s surprise – neither of those awkward conversations led to marriage with the A-list actress. Zack eventually consoled himself by imagining fiascoes far worse than those involving his celebrity crush. In the process, he dreamed up a motley gang of five men inspired by some of his college friends and quirky work colleagues. And thus was born Sex in the Title. But the novel is not autobiographical: Zack never had his third leg attacked by any mammal (nor by any plant, for that matter). In fact, keeping his member safe has been one of Zack’s lifelong goals – and one of the few that he’s managed to accomplish.

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Love Bats Last by Pamela Aares

pa_book1_lovebatslast_largeA stormy night changes their lives forever…

In LOVE BATS LAST, (The Heart of the Game, #1), the baseball diamond isn’t the only field for all-star player Alex Tavonesi; he also runs his family’s prestigious vineyard. What he can’t seem to run is his love life. He’s closing in on the perfect vintage and the perfect game, but so far the perfect woman has eluded him.

Veterinarian Jackie Brandon is eluding her aristocratic past and memories of a soccer star who jilted her just before their wedding. She devotes herself to a marine mammal rescue center on the northern California coast, where hundreds of seals and sea lions are washing up dead.

A chance meeting in a midnight storm brings Alex and Jackie together to rescue a stranded whale. Watching her work, he realizes she’s the passionate, courageous woman he thought he’d never find—he just has to overcome her deep distrust of jocks. Jackie’s passion and courage lead her to discover what’s killing the sea mammals. The culprits want to silence her, and Alex is the only one standing in their way. What will he sacrifice to save the woman he loves?

Targeted Audience: Adults

Author Bio:
PAMELA AARES is an author of contemporary and historical romance novels. Her first book, Jane Austen and the Archangel (Angels Come to Earth, #1) was released in 2012. Midnight Becomes You, (Angels Come to Earth, #2) will release in 2014, along with three more books in the Heart of the Game series, all releasing in 2014.

Before becoming a romance author, Pamela Aares produced and wrote award-winning films and radio shows.

Pamela holds a Master’s Degree from Harvard and lives in the wine country of California with her husband and two curious cats. Her love of nature led to adventures scuba diving the coral reefs of Fiji, exploring the cliffs of Greece, sea kayaking the Rosario Straits and white water rafting the wild and scenic rivers of the west—and romance!

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Lucky Numbers by Kelly Gendron

luckyOne locked safe, a troublemaking tattoo, and two determined people… add up to unlocked secrets and a love that just won’t stop.

Luke “Lucky” O’Conner is a committed bachelor. His motto…“Nobody’s ever getting this Lucky.” So when Kaley Harlow walks into his tattoo shop and somehow leaves with the only record of the numbers to his new safe tattooed on her sexy little hip, Lucky’s motto is threatened. If he wants to see those numbers again, he has to get close. Closer than he’s ever gotten to any woman. And he has three weeks to do it.

Kaley Harlow, a happily washed-up former child star, is out to ruin her reputation. She’s through with people looking at her like she’s still that innocent little girl in pigtails. Not to mention, her agent has just signed her up for a movie contract. But, really, all Kaley wants is to start a new life and finally go to college.

When Lucky happens into Kaley’s life for the second time, the hot, tattooed badass is exactly what she needs to sabotage her image. But this badass has a secret, one that could ruin more than just Kaley’s reputation.

Stand Alone Series

Warning ~ This book contains explicit sex scenes, graphic language, and is intended for mature audiences.

Targeted Audience: 21-50

Author Bio:
Kelly resides in a quiet suburb somewhere between Buffalo and Niagara Falls, NY. Her day job? Kelly’s worked in the healthcare field for years, representing a group of reputable nursing facilities in the WNY area,

She’s been faithfully writing for three years. However, she wrote her first book ten years ago but had to put it down to raise her son as a single mom. When her son got a little older, she was able to pick it back up. That’s when she settled into her newly married life and started to seriously write again.

Kelly loves to hear from her readers! Visit her Blog, FB Page, Goodreads, Twitter. You can find the links on her Website~ www.kellygendron.com

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Wish of the Heart (Fountain of Love) (Contemporary Romantic Suspense): Fountain of Love by Malia Mallory

1-56Macie Connor can’t resist throwing a penny in Bethesda Fountain every time she goes on a date–even though the date never works out. Who knows? Maybe luck will smile on her this time. Or maybe she’s just unlucky, like her dead sister Karen. Karen’s handsome ex-boyfriend Rylan wants Macie to help him find her sister’s killer. All she wants is to put it behind her–and end her attraction to a man she can’t have. But the closer they get to the murderer, the closer danger draws them together.

Targeted Audience: 21 and above

Author Bio:
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Malia Mallory lives in Hawaii with her husband and daughter. She’s been working with words since alphabet blocks rolled into her crib, not only writing her own work but copy editing and proofreading the work of others. She has loved to read about relationships since she first sneaked off with her mother’s Harlequin. Malia’s books are available at major retailers.

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To Serve is Divine (Book 1 of The Divine Trilogy) by R.E. Hargrave

TSiD-COVER-jpegCatherine O’Chancey is a reserved, demure, and graceful submissive. All traits she trained hard to enhance when she discovered the world of Dominance and submission in college. In an attempt to start fresh after the unexpected death of her last Dom, Catherine moves to Dallas, TX to escape the shroud of darkness he left behind in her life. She has tried to fight the need that resides deep within her to submit, but finally has to admit she can’t for it is not a choice, but part of who she truly is. After months of mental preparation, she ventures back into the lifestyle by attending a coveted open-night event at Dungeons and Dreams, an exclusive BDSM club.
Is it fate or coincidence that Catherine garners the attention of one of the club’s board members who happens to be on the hunt for the perfect sub – a partner who enjoys receiving pain and pleasure as much as he enjoys doling it out?
Jayden Masterson is many things: a firm Dom, a shrewd businessman, and a gentleman. What he isn’t, is someone who partakes in relationships outside of contractual ones with his multiple, uncollared, regular submissives. While he likes rough sex, he is not an animal, and can find pleasure only if it is consensual. What his harem is missing is a pain slut; could there be one in his future?
***Contains explicit sexual content (including multiple partners and gender pairings) and mature situations which could be trigger-inducing for some readers. Not meant for underage readers.***
Upon meeting Catherine, Jayden feels an instantaneous spark inside him that has him wanting to know not just her body, but her mind. He wants to unravel her mysteries and discover her secrets. Through pain can they find the pleasure they seek? Can part-time pain lovers find full-time fulfillment when it’s not in their contract?

Targeted Audience: Men and woman interested in the BDSM genre

Author Bio:
R.E. Hargrave lives on the outskirts of Dallas, TX where she prides herself on being a domestic engineer. Married to her high school sweetheart, together they are raising three children from elementary age to college age. She is an avid reader, a sometimes quilter and now, a writer. Other hobbies include gardening and a love of a music.

A native ‘mutt,’ Hargrave has lived in New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Alabama, Texas, and California. She is fond of setting her stories on location in South Carolina and Texas, but its anybody’s guess as to what the genre will be!

What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
So many books have flooded the market on this topic. I wanted to present a tale of romance which embodied a realistic look at the ups and downs of the BDSM lifestyle. It’s not all sex and mindgames. Before the pleasure can begin, the trust has to be established.

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Pearls of Passion by Chantilly White

Glamorous lady in pearl beadsShy librarian Sabrina has had her heart set on Robert, her hunky, reserved colleague, for months. Now she’s taking matters into her own hands. . . and anywhere else she can manage. But once she’s had her way with him, will she end up with the love match she craves even more than his luscious body? A short, H-O-T contemporary romance, Pearls of Passion is 6,000 words (about 15 pages).

Targeted Audience: Adult

Author Bio:
Chantilly White is a Pacific Northwest author of sweetly hot contemporary and historical romance. She holds a degree in creative writing from the University of California at Riverside and forages for chocolate, soda, cheese, and popcorn, not necessarily in that order.

What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Fun! I was in the mood to write something super-sexy and carefree, and maybe a little naughty, too.

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Intoxicated by Jeana E. Mann

intoxicatedLove is intoxicating, but the hangover can be agony…

When straight-laced Ally Taylor is dumped by her boyfriend of eight years, the last thing on her mind is another relationship, especially with a man like Jack Jameson. Ally’s smart and educated with lofty aspirations and none of them include a relationship with the promiscuous, hard-drinking hunk of a bartender whose only ambition is to get laid.

Jack Jameson loves women – all of them – and he’s got plenty to choose from at Felony, the heavy metal club that he manages. Jack’s been lusting after Ally for months. When Jack finds Ally sitting on a barstool at his club, heartbroken and miserable, he’s more than happy to provide a little heat between the sheets to distract her. The problem is that Ally doesn’t believe in one-night stands. If Jack wants her, he’ll have to offer up more than he’s willing to give.

When Ally and Jack get together, everything goes wrong and it’s more than either of them bargained for. Ally’s got serious control issues, and Jack’s got more baggage than an airline carousel. Can Ally learn to live with Jack’s womanizing past? Will Jack be able to commit to just one woman or will a secret from his past ruin everything?

Targeted Audience: 21-50

Author Bio:
Jeana Mann is the author of steamy Adult Contemporary Romance. She’s been writing all her life, storing up books in her closet, and finally got the guts to publish them. She recently released Intoxicated, the first book of the Felony Romance series, and winner of the 2013 Cleveland Rocks Romance Award for Erotic Romance. She hopes her mom won’t be too embarassed by the love scenes.

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Getting Him Off Quickly by C. R. Lemons

GHOQ-CoverParalegal Daisy Sinclair works for a well-known successful criminal defense attorney in downtown Fort Worth. She works hard and plays even harder, but has a code to never mix business with pleasure. This code is tested when her boss hires irresistibly sexy Warren Cole, a criminal investigator, to partner with her in a case defending a prominent figure against a double murder charge.

Targeted Audience: Women 21 and over

Author Bio:
After receiving a degree in paralegal studies, C. R. Lemons was a paralegal for many years until deciding on a career change of currently managing her husband’s business.
As a child, she would love reading her mom’s romance novels and acting them out with her dolls. She always had an active imagination and dreamt of sharing it through writing. This dream finally came true with her first novel Getting Him Off Quickly.
C. R. Lemons is a native Texan who enjoys her coffee strong, her music rockin’ and her life full of laughter. She lives with her adorable husband, two beautiful daughters, and three spoiled Chihuahuas.

What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
My life long active imagination.

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