Book Name: Summer Love
Release Date: June 23, 2015
Summer Love is the first collection of short stories published by Duet, the young adult imprint from Interlude Press. These short stories are about the emergence of young love of bonfires and beaches, of the magical in-between time when young lives step from one world to another, and about finding the courage to be who you really are, to follow your heart and live an authentic life. The contributing authors have written stories about both romantic and platonic love featuring characters who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, pansexual and queer/questioning. The authors also represent a spectrum of experience, identity and backgrounds.
SUMMARIES & AUTHOR BIOS
A campaign volunteer is assigned to assist his high school’s Gay Straight Alliance for the Pride Parade, forcing him to face the students he had previously avoided, and the truth about himself.
Author: Rachel Davidson Leigh is a writer, educator, and small town native who tells stories she wishes she could have read as a teen. Beautiful Monsters is her first published work of fiction. She lives in Wisconsin with her family and two dogs who are spoiled out of their tiny minds.
The Willow Weeps for Us
Jack, the young son of a grocer, falls for a charming piano teacher at the dawn of World War II.
Author: Suzey Ingold is a writer, linguist and coffee addict, currently based in Edinburgh, Scotland. Brought up in a household where children's books are quoted over the dinner table, literature has always had a strong influence on her life. She enjoys travelling, scented candles and brunch.
The Fire Eater’s Daughter
When a traveling carnival comes back to town, Ruth must choose between caring for her mother and a life with the beautiful and mysterious Constance, the fire eater’s daughter.
Author: Amy Stilgenbauer is a writer and aspiring archivist currently based in southeast Michigan. She is the author of the novelette series, Season of the Witch, as well as the Young Adult novel, The Legend of League Park. When she isn’t writing, Amy enjoys all things bergamot and tries to keep her cats away from her knitting.
Logan just wants a summer where he can be anonymous and fit in without labels, but that all changes when he meets out-and-proud Dave at summer camp.
Author: Ella J. Ash is a lawyer by day and an author by night. She has been a writer in online fan communities since 2006. She also enjoys dance parties with her family and cooking experimental vegetarian cuisine. She lives in Toronto with her partner, three daughters and four tropical fish.
My Best Friend
In a letter to his best friend, a young gay man reminisces about their relationship.
Author: H.J. Coulter lives in Winnepeg, Canada, where she works as a respite worker and studies music, in hopes of one day becoming a musical therapist. My Best Friend is her professional writing debut.
What the Heart Wants
A young student discovers attraction and desire through her experience drawing figures in her summer art class.
Author: Naomi Tajedler was born and raised in Paris, where art has always been a part of her life—including painting, restoring books, and working in auctions. She started writing in online fan communities in 2009.
The Most Handsome
Carter, a Cape Cod boy who recently came out as transgender, meets and falls in love with a college student visiting for the summer.
Author: S.J. Martin lives with his partner and their cranky, rotund cat in Washington D.C. He’s a barista by day and a writer by night. He makes a mean cappuccino and lives for good coffee, good books, and good company. The Most Handsome is his first published story.
Something Like Freedom
A boy finds a safe space from which to imagine a new future after leaving his conservative parents’ home, thanks in part to a new friend.
Author: Caroline Hanlin is a full time statistician, a part time stage manager, and an avid sports fan. She currently resides in Boston, where she enjoys writing during her commute. Something Like Freedom is her first published short story.
On the Shore
A young woman retreats to her parents’ beach house to nurse a broken heart, but instead meets a vivacious girl who helps her find joy again.
Author: Rachel Blackburn is a writer, musician and librarian based in central Ohio. When free from work, she enjoys cuddling with her cats, drinking tea, and baking more cupcakes than necessary. On the Shore is her professional writing debut.
Pages or Words: 276 pages
Categories: Please keep in mind that as an anthology, not all stories contain all elements listed.
Bisexual, Contemporary, Fiction, Gay Fiction, Lesbian Romance, M/M Romance, Romance, Trans*, Young Adult, Collection
Excerpt: (From Beautiful Monsters)
By Rachel Davidson Leigh
“Glad to see you could join the party,” Terrence deadpans, pressing a rainbow bandana into André’s hand. André grabs a second bandana out of the bag, stuffs one in each of his back pockets, and then goes in for a third.
“Cody was checking out the parade route,” André replies, in a smooth lie. “It turns out we’re still walking six blocks through absolutely nothing and then calling it a day.” Terrence laughs, and, as he turns away, André presses a handkerchief into Cody’s hand. “Use it wisely,” he whispers into Cody’s ear. “You’re one of us now.”
One of us. He’s never been part of an “us.” Cody stares down at the lines on the handkerchief and then at the two patches of color on the back of André’s jeans as he walks toward the arriving cars.
Cody expects panic, but it doesn’t come. Maybe he isn’t ready to be Gay with a capital G, but if “us” can mean being one of these idiots, then maybe he’s ready to have people of his own. As he watches the sharp sway of André’s hips, the heat rising up his neck doesn’t feel like fear. It feels like... clarity, as though the run put everything in perspective and now he can’t stop seeing André in crisp, dazzling color.
Someone presses a sign into his hand and guides him toward the parade staging area with the rest of the crew. Once again, he can’t hear himself think over the din, but it’s different now. At the meeting, and for years before that in the hallways, he felt like an invader locked out by a wall of sound, and now he’s somehow wandered inside.
VBT: My Best Friend, Summer Love-HJCoulter
5 Things I Will Never Do Again
1) I will never again milk cows. Anyone who personally knows me will laugh when they read this. I have been saying this my entire life. I grew up on a dairy farm and helped out with the milking since I was about twelve. My neighbours can attest that I hated it (apparently you could hear me swearing up a storm every evening at chore time). As soon as I graduated from high school, I told anyone who would listen that I was done, but less than six months later I had dropped out of university and was in desperate need for a job and place to stay. I ended up being my parent’s main employee for almost two years. Then I moved to the city and said once again, never again. But last summer I was without steady income and I found myself in a parlour. In fact, I wrote a good portion of my story while I was milking. But this time I do mean it- I will NEVER again milk a cow.
2) will l never again own only one set of my car keys. To lose your keys in the middle of winter at eleven o’clock at night sucks. Having a job that starts early in the morning and requires you to have a vehicle is worse. I basically ended up having someone drive me to my parent’s house (an hour away) just so I could get four hours of sleep, borrow their car and drive back to the city in time to pick up my clients before eight.
3) I will never again hold a mustache trimmer up close to my face. When I was about 15 or 16 my sister, her best friend and I had tickets to go to the social in town, but my mother told us before we could go we had to clean the basement. I said I would clean the bathroom. Of course, I got distracted when I found my dad’s mustache trimmer and I just had to hold it close to face. I ended up cutting off half my eyebrow. To make matters worse my sister’s best friend told me she should could fix it, and I believed her and ended up going to the social with mismatched, uneven eyebrows.
4) This is more of a “I can’t believe I was so oblivious”, but I will never again start to cut the grass when it looks like it is going to rain. The summer I was 19, I worked at a small motel in a tourist town in North Eastern Ontario. One I decided I was going to cut grass out in front and I must have been so lost my own world because I when I finished it was pouring rain – like heavy rain. And across the street, at the burger joint/ mini golf course, there were tourists standing under the tent staring at me and taking my picture. And because it’s a small town everyone knew by the end of the day. Apparently only in Canada we cut our grass in torrential downpours.
5) I will never again wash my hair with warm water the day I color it. Not too long ago I came across a little bit of extra money and decided that I was going to put purple in my hair. I went and got it done professionally and it looked really cool. Later that even I totally forgot and washed my hair normally. The purple faded into a weird pinky color and bled into my blonde. I was not happy with myself.
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Publisher: Duet, a Young Adult imprint form Interlude Press
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