HEART 2 HEART ANTHOLOGY
May Archer * Charlie Cochet * Alison Hendricks * Sloane Kennedy *
Lucy Lennox * Ruthie Luhnow * Lily Morton * Chris Owen *
Poppy Dennison * Hailey Turner * A.E. Wasp
RELEASE DATE: 02.07.18
COVER DESIGN: AngstyG/www.angstyg.com
ANTHOLOGY EDITOR: Leslie Copeland
BUY LINK: http://getBook.at/Heart2Heart
Once upon a time, a bunch of authors wondered… What if a dating app that guaranteed you a love match broke down just in time for Valentine’s Day? What if you found yourself on a blind date with a random guy who might be your opposite in every single way? It could be a disaster. Or… When the code breaks down, fate just might take over.
Eleven of your favorite gay romance authors have joined forces to light up your Valentine’s Day with a collection of sweet, sexy, silly, and hot short stories, featuring a wacky cast of characters chosen from your reader suggestions! Morticians and magicians, superheroes and spies, lawyers and lobstermen, will all learn that love has nothing to do with algorithms… and sometimes you find it in the least-likely places.
And the best part? All proceeds from this collection will go to the authors’ favorite LGBTQ charities, to ensure that love in all its incarnations will be celebrated and protected every single day of the year!
It will only be available for 90 days, so Tuesday, May 8th will be the last time you can purchase this anthology.
Over 162k words total, contemporary MM romance
The Professional Gamer and the Paranormal Photographer
Can you tell us a little bit about your characters?
Sure! The characters I chose are Lawrence and Allen. Lawrence is an out and proud professional gaymer who competes in tournaments and makes his living entertaining viewers on Twitch. Allen is a freelance photographer who's absolutely enamored with the Victorian era and the ghost photography taken (and fabricated) during that time.
In addition to their very different professions and interests, Lawrence is more of a skeptic, and Allen really isn't sure about the whole "playing games as a career" thing.
But deep down they're both sweet guys who are extremely passionate about the things (and people) they love.
The characters you had to choose from were readers’ submissions, correct? Were there any other characters you considered writing about before you chose this couple?
Honestly, as soon as I saw Lawrence and Allen, I knew I had to write their story.
How did you come to be involved in the Heart2Heart Anthology?
I recently hired Leslie Copeland as a beta reader, and she brought the project to my attention. I knew immediately it was something I wanted to be a part of, and I'm so honored to be able to contribute.
Have you ever been involved in a group project like this before? What were some of the challenges you had to face?
I've been a part of... I think four or five group projects so far? Ranging from a massive sale and cross-promotion event to a bundled anthology like this. Working with so many people can be challenging, but Leslie wrangled this project extremely well and everyone was so excited to be a part of this that it honestly went pretty flawlessly!
Is this something you'd like to be a part of again in the future?
Absolutely! I had a ton of fun and would love to explore more wacky prompts in the future.
You're donating the entire proceeds to charity - can you tell us more about where the money is going?
All proceeds are going to three LGBT charities: The Trevor Project, the Bisexual Resource Center, and one-n-ten.
The Trevor Project is a toll-free hotline that's available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to provide a lifeline to young LGBT people who have nowhere else to turn.
The Bisexual Resource Center is an education and awareness program designed to make information about bisexuality more readily available in both queer and straight spaces.
And one-n-ten supports young queer people (ages 14-24) by helping to build up their self-esteem and self-acceptance in a safe, encouraging space.
Have you ever set someone else up on a blind date? If yes, how did it turn out?
I have not, and I'm not sure I would. I'd much rather introduce two people under less stressful terms and let them get to know each other before they decide if they want to date. (Not the most romantic answer, I know!)
After dinner Lawrence and I return to the couch. He breaks out the newest Mario Kart and I'm pretty sure handicaps himself with a driver he doesn't normally play, because I actually manage to do okay. I don’t win, of course, but I at least finish the course and have a surprisingly good time playing.
That's mostly due to Lawrence himself, though. He just gets so into it. His eyes take on this intense sort of focus, he adopts this rigid stance, and yet all through it there's a big smile on his face.
He must feel me staring at him one round, because he snaps out of his laser-like focus and his eyes lock with mine.
Being the object of that look makes my whole body flush, a shiver running up my spine. He leans in and I meet him halfway, my lips pressing to his, my hand sliding up to his neck.
It starts off as sweet as the first kiss we shared, but it doesn't take long for it to go further. His tongue sweeps across my lip and I open for him this time, a soft sound catching in my throat as he enters.
I can feel us drifting closer to one another, my fingers pressing against him, urging him to bridge that distance. In moments we're sitting right next to each other on the couch, thighs pressed together as we continue to kiss.
Our makeout session stays in a pretty low gear for a while, and I'm completely fine with that. The more I kiss him, the drunker I feel, his lips and tongue and hands the best sort of intoxicant. He touches me like I'm something precious--not some delicate flower, but someone who matters more than an opportunity to get off. The way my chest clenches is dangerous, and I can already feel my heart making more of this than it needs to, but right now, I don't care.
We continue our slow exploration, giving and taking and meeting each other somewhere in the middle, our mouths learning what makes the other's breath quicken, our hands mapping out those sensitive areas no one thinks to touch.
And then Lawrence sucks my tongue into his mouth, and I lose my mind.
It's not that forward of a move, but something about it is so erotic to me, so sensual that I can feel myself starting to lose control. I give in to it, and instead of just staying beside him, pressed to him on the couch, I climb into his lap, wrap my arms around his neck, and kiss him with a renewed level of fervor.
He groans into my mouth, sparking that desire even more in me, and my hips start to rock against him. I can feel his bulge pressing back against me, telling me exactly how into this he is, and the last thing I want to do right now is stop.
But just as I'm about to slide my hands underneath his shirt and feel his bare skin underneath my aching fingers, I hear a shrill, rapid beeping sound from clear across the room.
My EMF reader is going crazy.
We are pleased to be donating 100% of our proceeds to 3 wonderful charities:
The Trevor Project: https://www.thetrevorproject.org/
Bisexual Resource Centre: http://biresource.org/
One n Ten: http://onenten.org/
We encourage all readers to learn more about these groups and consider making a donation of your own. Every little bit helps.
What began as a random idea quickly turned into a collaborative and completely voluntary effort from 11 authors, more than 130 readers, cover designer, 2 proofreaders, and one cat herder to keep it all together.
Readers were asked to submit ideas for characters, both typical and off-the-wall, and from that list, each author picked 2 seemingly mismatched guys and helped them find love.
May Archer - The Baker and the SEAL
Charlie Cochet - The Assassin and the Dog Walker
Poppy Dennison - The Electrician and the Event Planner
Alison Hendricks - The Professional Gamer and the Paranormal Photographer
Sloane Kennedy - The Florist and the Lawyer
Lucy Lennox - The Uber Drive and the Phone Sex Operator
Ruthie Luhnow - The Lawyer and the Lobsterman
Lily Morton - The Tattoo Artist and the Writer
Chris Owen - The Criminal and the Sommelier
Hailey Turner - The Superhero and the NSA Agent
AE Wasp - The Magician and the Mortician