I Do!

Do you support the right of any human being to marry the person they love? The right to say ‘I Do’ to a life of commitment and sharing with that one special person? Through sickness and health, for better or worse, till death do them part?
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We do.

That’s why the following authors have donated stories to this anthology in the hope of making the dream of marriage a reality that everyone can share:

Alex Beecroft, Allison Wonderland, Cassidy Ryan, Charlie Cochrane, Clare London, Emma Collingwood, Erastes, Fiona Glass, Jeanne Barrack, Jerry Wheeler, Lee Rowan, Lisabet Sarai, Marquesate, Mallory Path, Moondancer Drake, P.A Brown, Sharon Maria Bidwell, Storm Grant, Tracey Pennington, Z.A Maxfield, and Zoe Nichols.

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Printing and distribution costs have been kindly donated by MLR Press

All profits from this anthology will go to the Lambda Legal Fund, http://www.lambdalegal.org/, to help them fight the cause of marriage equality in the CA Supreme Court and beyond.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

*Alex Beecroft: “Desire and Disguise”
Sexual starvation makes for strange bedfellows in this 18th Century tale of
love and despair.

Charlie Cochrane: “The Roaming Heart”
Sometimes you shouldn’t believe everything you read in the gossip columns.

Fiona Glass: “Salad Days”
A fennel bulb causes havoc between two lovers in this ‘kitchen-sink’ style
romp.

Jeanne Barrack: “Finally Forever”
A dream destroyed. A promise fulfilled. In today’s America, there are still
some places where wishes come true.

P.A. Brown: “The Mistake”
A hungry West Hollywood hustler, a hot cop and a pair of keyless handcuffs
come together in a Hollywood motel room.

Erastes: “The Snow Queen”
The Snow Queen is impervious to love. Josh isn’t.

Tracey Pennington: “Lindorm’s Twin”
To save two kingdoms, an outcast prince without a name and a lonely young
man half-freed from enchantment must outwit a serpentine king and his
sorceress spouse.

Clare London: “Outed”
Guy said afterwards it was a relief to him that someone finally said
something, but did it have to be Auntie Queenie’s apparently artless
comment, right in the middle of her eightieth birthday celebration tea?

Sharon Bidwell: “Swansong”
Richard believes what little love he had in his life has withered and died,
but now the time has come for him to sing his own song.

Lisabet Sarai: “Making memory”
A workaholic city girl facing her father’s senility and a middle-aged widow
from down-east Maine learn that love has no boundaries and that only the
present matters.

Storm Grant: “Lust in Translation”
Sex, drugs, and a blinding reaction.

Marquesate: “Code of Honour”
The legion’s motto was “Legio Patrio Nostra”, but with Sergent Roux, Joe
found more than just his home.

Lee Rowan: “Wedding Announcement”
For Kevin, telling his father the truth was more unnerving than anything
he’d ever faced on the battlefield.

ZA Maxfield: “Tango and Temptation”
Dance and dishonesty bring two men closer than they necessarily want to be
in this contemporary story of choosing between what is easy and what is
real.

Moondancer Drake: “True Love”
Shona and Kai discover that even though their dream of having a child
together is about to come true, not all dreams come with a perfect ending.

Mallory Path: “Rules of the Game”
When words fail, Charlie must come up with a new way of finding out what his
partner really wants.

Emma Collingwood: “Semi-detached”
Is gay marriage a matter of equality, commitment or home improvement?

Allison Wonderland: “Holy Macaroni (and Cheese)”
At the ripe old age of six, two girls decide to jump the broom.

Jerry L. Wheeler: “Templeton’s In Love”
A farewell concert frames a tale of two reunited lovers.

Cassidy Ryan and Zoe Nichols: “Better than beautiful”
Becca is busy planning her wedding to Charlotte, but Charlotte has been
making plans of her own.

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Double Your Pleasure

This is like the steak specials at my local market: buy one, get one free. When you buy this book, 100% of the proceeds go to the Lambda Legal fund, to help in their fight against California’s Proposition 8. That’s a good thing in itself, as I’m sure you will agree. But, not only are you making a donation to a cause we all care deeply about, you also get-this is the FREE part-a collection of 20 stories from an elite list of M/M and LGBT writers. How can you beat a deal like that?

And what a collection! There’s surely something here for every taste: man on man and woman on woman; fantasy and funny and sizzling and sweet. Swans and Snow Queens and salty sailors and slithering serpents, oh my! And Holy Macaroni, but you’re going to have to buy the book to figure that out. French Legionnaires do it in the mud; little girls grow up married from childhood, and first timers discover the magic. All of the myriad elements of love lost and found and refined and redefined. I could go on and on, too, but every story here is a treasure on its own; together, they make up one of those rare “read-over-and-over-and-keep-forever” books.

I recommend stocking up. Get some steaks while you’re at it, you’re going to be doing a lot of curling up.

Victor J. Banis
Author of The Man from C.A.M.P., Lola Dances and Deadly Nightshade

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue: twenty tales – funny, sweet, erotic, poignant – from some of the best and brightest writers in GLBT romance. Never has support for a good cause been more delicious, more delectable than in this generous helping of life – and love – affirming stories.

Josh Lanyon
Author of the Adrien English Mystery Series and Man, Oh Man! Writing M/M for Kinks and Ca$h