Rec: The Gardener’s Mother Dances

Title: The Gardener’s Grandmother Dances
Author: graspthesanity
Format: short story 
Published/Free: Free
Length: 884 words
Status: Finished 
Rating: Everyone
Warnings: None
Link: https://graspthesanity.wordpress.com/2020/04/25/the-gardeners-grandmother-dances/

Summary: A short piece of fiction focusing on three different events tied together, losing track of time. 

Review: It was fun to write and I used third person, which I haven’t used in years, as I tend to stick with first. 

Desired tags: gay, lgbt, questioning, historical fiction, short story. 

Rec: Sacrifices

Title: Sacrifices
Author: Rachel Lynn
Format: Oneshot
Published/Free: Free
Length: 12,149 words
Status: Complete
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Suicide mention, violence
Link: https://www.fictionpress.com/s/2055356/1/Sacrifices
Summary: Tam has been raised to die. But when death opens new doors, he has to figure out how to live a whole new life.

Review:If characters discovering the world and quiproquos are the kind of things that you truly enjoy, I got you.

Rec: Spitfire

Title: Spitfire
Author: Dean Wax
Format: Short story
Published/Free: Free
Length: 11.4K words / 12 chapters
Status: Complete
Rating: Ultra Mature
Warnings: Nonsexual cannibalism, violence, rape, monster men
Link: ao3 link
Summary: In a world where old gods still roam, a wealthy city in the grips of tyranny has run out of beautiful men to appease their maniacal king; all except the Oracle, that is. Three old men would offer him up to die to save their own skin. When one tears at the strings that Fate is weaving, the consequences can be dire indeed.

Review: I think it’s good but I’m biased because I wrote it. This started out as a writing practice heavily following the rhythms of a fairy tale but then the character of the Oracle got his nails into my muse and I was compelled to finish it. There is technically a Transman x Man pairing in it but it’s not romantic and ultimately beside the point of fates, old gods and treachery. Give it a whirl and see how you go.

Rec : Léonie – French short story

Title: Léonie
Author: Anouchka Labonne
Format: Short story
Published/Free: Published – Éditions Voy’el
Length: 14.5K words
Status: Finished
Rating: Mature
Warnings: French!, Wartime, Non-con, Death
Link: 
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/fr/fr/ebook/leonie-7
Kindle: https://www.amazon.fr/dp/B07CCGCXV3/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_awdb_c_7X.0AbZ7NQGXD
iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/fr/book/l%C3%A9onie/id1372435748?mt=11

Summary: Fuyant Paris et l’Occupant, Léonie se réfugie à la campagne pour cacher sa véritable identité. Mais lorsque les Allemands s’installent dans la région, sa sécurité est plus que jamais menacée.

Review: I wrote it, so you tell me!

Rec: Can’t A Guy Visit A Friend?

Title: Can’t A Guy Visit A Friend
Author: TheCaliMack
Format: Short Story
Published/Free: Free
Status: Complete
Rating: Teen/Mature (depends)
Warnings: mentions of suicide
Link: AO3 | GayAuthors.org
Summary: Miguel comes to visit his friend Tristan, but notices something is amiss when the man opens his door to him.

Intuition has never failed him before, but it never prepared him for what he’d see.

Review: I’m sharing my own work, but reviews so far mention it as moving and heartbreaking and one of the most emotional writings they have ever read. I felt honored and I thought I’d share it some more with the rest of you.

No one dies. That’s all I’m saying.

Rec:  A Dissident Symphony

Title: A Dissident Symphony
Author: Evercee (Hannah Pasedag)
Format: Short story
Published/Free: Up for free on Tapas!
Length: Right now there are two chapters with the chapters being uploaded in small 600 word bits.
Status: WIP
Rating: Teen (some light violence, mentions to sexual themes, and crass language).
Warnings: Mentions of abuse, violence, mentions of self harm, mentions of suicide.
Link: https://tapas.io/series/A-Dissident-Symphony
Summary: This story is about Nisha Kakkar, a young woman who suddenly finds herself thrown into a job she’s never wanted and forced to live on the fringes of a society she would have never willingly joined. It’s also about found family, really cool superpowers, complex social issues, and the journey to self love.

Come join Nisha and her new life as she learns: what makes something worth fighting for, and more importantly, what makes it worth living for?

Review: I feel a little biased writing a review for this story since it’s my own! But what I can say is these characters/world are something I’ve had for years and years and they’re very dear to me. I’ve put a lot of thought into the world building and creating a meaningful story and I would more than appreciate anyone that takes the time to read it!

Rec: Can’t a Guy Visit a Friend?

Title: Can’t a Guy Visit a Friend?
Author: TheCaliMack
Format: Short Story
Published/Free: Free
Length: 2779 words
Status: Complete
Rating: T
Warnings: Mentions of Attempted Suicide (though not graphic at all)
Link: AO3 link  GayAuthors link
Summary: Miguel comes to visit his friend Tristan, but notices something is amiss when the man opens his door to him.

Intuition has never failed him before, but it never prepared him for what he’d see.

Review: Reviewing my own story seems sort of moot, but the comments and reviews I got from the websites all tell me that my work was quite the tear-jerker. It’s a cathartic piece that is a great blend of sweetness and angst, ending on a heart-warming note. Read and you’ll see what I mean.

Rec: Saudade

Title: Saudade
Author: Jamie/graspthesanity
Format: Short story
Published/Free: Free
Length: 17k words
Status: Complete
Rating: M
Warnings: None
Link: Chapter one
Summary: Allan and his fiancé are on a break. While attending a friend’s wedding alone in Rio de Janeiro, Allan meets his very first boyfriend at the reception part. The circumstances lead them to reconnect, and Allan retells what happened there through a letter to his fiancé.

Review: A tale about the self, temptation and the effects of time on us and others.

Rec: Ten Weird Things

Title: Ten Weird Things
Author: Matthew Haldeman-Time
Format: Short Story
Published/Free: Free
Length: 10,000 words
Status: Complete
Rating: Mature
Warnings: None
Link: http://www.matthewhaldemantime.com/1/tenweirdthings.html
Summary: Charles is vegisexual. Shana licks pizza. Eric’s new roommate David may be the most normal thing in his life.

Review: A fun, charming short story in a college setting. Matthew Haldeman-Time (author of the previously rec’d In This Land) is a professional writer and his website works on a subscription basis for his longer novels, but he has a number of short stories available as freebies, including this one. Just the thing for a light quick snack.

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Rec:  A Simple Seduction

Title: A Simple Seduction
Author: Tricia Owens (aka juxtaposefantsy)
Format: Short Story
Published/Free: Free
Length: 10,000 words
Status: Complete
Rating: Mature
Warnings: None
Link: http://www.asstr.org/nifty/gay/college/simple-seduction
Summary: “Will you let me seduce you tonight, Christian?” Christian is used to his longtime friend Ben’s antics, but can’t quite figure out what he’s up to with this challenge. After all, Ben knows he’s straight. Is Ben just messing with his head, or is he up to something? And why is Christian suddenly so confused about everything he thought he knew about his friendship with Ben – and about himself?

Review: This one’s nothing more than a short story. Short and sweet and – yes, simple, but deceptively so. Won’t take more than a few minutes to read, but will stick in your head for a while and make you smile. Note: If you want to read more of Tricia’s writing, she runs a subscription-based fiction site at http://www.juxtaposefantasy.net/.

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