Publisher: Queer Pack
Release Date: February 15, 2018
Received From: Review copy from one of the authors
In part two of Queerly Loving, our authors bring you short stories with characters across the fantastic queer spectrum, with endings that will leave you warm and smiling. Trans love interests, demisexual characters trying to find their way in the world, bisexual characters dealing with a heartbreak in the best way, and lesbians on escapades.
Dragons roar into life, dystopian futures unfold, mermaids enjoy space voyages, and modern-day adventures will curl your toes and make you cheer. There are first kisses, friends that are like kin, and aromantic characters discovering their place among a queer-normative family.
Get ready for your queer adventure.
GENDER: cisgender, transgender, nonbinary
SEXUALITY: demisexual, bisexual, lesbian, polyamory
ROMANTIC ORIENTATION: aromantic
PAIRING: M/M, F/F, M/F, M/M/F, F/NB
TROPES: found family
TAGS: adult, young adult, contemporary, fantasy, romance, queer romance, queer characters, Jewish character, autistic character, fat characters, Mexican character, Latinx character, POC character, disabled characters, coming of age, butch character, ownvoices, anthology
WARNINGS: ableism, drugs, bullying, slurs, racial slurs, mental illness (anxiety, panic attack), gender dysphoria, suicide mention, domestic abuse/violence mention
This is a great collection of queer short stories!
More Than Anything by Eden S. French – I loved this story of a girl determined to help her best friend and the boy she loves by trading favors with a gang to get him testosterone.
Tenderness by Xan West – So poignant and sad but uplifting at the same time. I love seeing a queer found family coming together to comfort one of their own.
A Kiss Between Altar Boys by Andrew L. Huerta – This story about two boys’ first kiss was really sweet!
Kin, Painted by Penny Stirling – A little disorienting at first but a lovely story about finding oneself and how we fit with the people around us.
Gasping for Air by Pascal J. Ellen – I loved the discussion around gender and the description of demisexuality in this story!
The Warrior and the Dragon by M. Hollis – A lovely story about a girl protecting her people but also learning to change her thinking on certain aspects of her life and culture.
Detective and Mrs. Baker by Aila Boyd – This was a really sweet story about two women finding each other under awful circumstances and building a friendship and romantic relationship, while allowing room for recovery time and growth.
The Mermaid and the Pirate by Cameron Van Sant – SPACE MERMAIDS!! This was a really interesting story and I’d like to read more in this world.
Aila Alvina Boyd is an American fiction author and award-winning journalist. She holds an M.F.A. in writing and currently teaches English at a community college. Before turning to writing, she spent a great deal of time working as a thespian.
Andrew L. Huerta lives in Tucson, Arizona where he has spent the past 18 years in higher education teaching/advising students who are the first in their families to attend college.
After completing his MA in Creative Writing and PhD in Education, he is now looking to publish a collection of short stories entitled A Different Man, and his first novel, Raggedy Anthony. His short stories have appeared in such publications as Chelsea Station Magazine, The Round Up Writer’s Zine: Pride Edition, Creating Iris, Jonathan, and The Storyteller. His personal essay, Divorce and Evolution: A Case Study of a “Joto” is included in the anthology Fashionably Late: Gay, Bi, and Trans Men Who Came Out Later in Life.
Astrid Ohletz has an education as a library assistant but worked as a legal secretary for one of the partners of a large, international law firm for more than ten years before she became a publisher, establishing Ylva Verlag and its international pendant, Ylva Publishing, in 2011 and 2012. Publishing combines her love of books with her understanding of legal and economic issues. Being able to publish books where subtext is maintext is a dream come true for Astrid.
In her free time, she writes stories under the pseudonym Emma Weimann.
Benson spent her childhood wrapped up in any book she could get her hands on and—as her mother likes to tell people at parties—even found a way to read in the shower. Moving on from writing bad poetry (thankfully) she started to write stories. About anything and everything. Tearing her from her laptop is a fairly difficult feat, though if you come bearing coffee you have a good chance.
When not writing or reading, she´s got her butt firmly on a train or plane to see the big wide world. Originally from Australia, she currently lives in Spain, speaking terrible Spanish and going on as many trips to new places as she can, budget permitting. This means she mostly walks around the city she lives in.
Cameron Van Sant is a transgender writer who uses he/him pronouns. He primarily writes sci-fi and fantasy short fiction that feature LGBTQ characters. His published and forthcoming work can be found in Capricious Magazine, You&Me Magazine, and the anthology Queerly Loving Volume Two. He lives in Sacramento, California with his partner.
Eden S. French is an award-winning novelist, a graduate researcher at the University of Tasmania, and nothing but trouble. The only thing she enjoys more than writing about queer cyborgs is the certain fact that, someday, she will become one.
Despite being some sort of frightening vegan-lesbian-goth person, she has received a Goldie Award and an Alice B. Lavender Certificate, both for her 2015 debut novel The Diplomat. She currently lives in Hobart, Tasmania with her enchanting artist girlfriend, at least one cat, and a sense of foreboding.
Pascal J. Ellen is a TV junkie and one of those queer cyborgs you meet at Twitter or Tumblr but never in real life. They are a feminist, a vegan food lover and a pop culture nerd. Pascal lives near Frankfurt am Main in Germany. They identify as demisexual and enby.
Penny Stirling edits and embroiders in Western Australia. Their speculative fiction and poetry can be found in Lackington’s, Interfictions, Strange Horizons, Heiresses of Russ, Transcendant and other venues.
M. Hollis could never decide what to do with her life. From the time she was a child, she has changed her ideas for a career hundreds of times. After writing in hidden notebooks during classes and daydreaming during every spare moment of her day, she decided to fully dedicate herself to her stories. When she isn’t scrolling around her social media accounts or reading lots of femslash fanfiction, you’ll find her crying about female characters and baking cookies.
Xan West is the nom de plume of Corey Alexander, an autistic queer fat Jewish genderqueer writer and community activist with multiple disabilities who spends a lot of time on Twitter.
Xan’s erotica has been published widely, including in the Best S/M Erotica series, the Best Gay Erotica series, and the Best Lesbian Erotica series. Their work has been described by reviewers as “offering the erotica equivalent of happy ever after”, and “some of the best transgressive erotic fiction to come along in recent years”.
Xan’s story “First Time Since”, won honorable mention for the 2008 National Leather Association John Preston Short Fiction Award. Their recent collection of queer kink erotica, Show Yourself To Me, is out from Go Deeper Press, and has been described by M. Christian as “a book that changes what erotica can and should be.”
Xan creates book recommendation lists and blogs about trans representation in literature, kink, queerness, disability, and writing at https://xanwest.wordpress. com/. Xan also occasionally blogs at other places on the web, including Just Love Reviews, The Erotica Readers and Writers Association, and Queership.