When I first wrote this short story, it was for Torquere Press's It's Gets Better fund raiser, and featured a story of "getting better." The word limit was 8,000, and I had to do a lot of trimming to meet that goal. Now that the story is mine again, it's over 12,000 and shows a lot more interaction between protagonists Ferris and Miko. I'll post links to the new, improved Summer Boys once it's published. And check out the lovely new cover by Zathyn Priest of Scarlet Tie Designs.
Ferris Stuart has two missions to accomplish while on vacation on Oahu: research for a new Hawaiian Islands themed hotel and have a little fun, something he hasn't had much of since his partner died two years ago. So far he's managed to halfheartedly accomplish the first task; however, he's failing miserably at the second. That is, until a charming islander shows him both the locale and how to start living again.
Another story that has returned to me, contact-wise, is The Match Before Christmas, featuring a man's misadventures with Internet dating, and his desire to find someone special before the Christmas Holidays. The stunning cover was created by my dear friend, Jared Rackler, of Jared Rackler Designs. Isn't it lovely?
Candlelight, mistletoe, gaily wrapped packages beneath a trimmed tree, and someone to share it with. That's all Barry Richards wants for Christmas. Desperate for a traditional holiday, he takes drastic measures. Creating a profile on "GetaDate.com," he hopes to find the perfect man in a matter of weeks. One date after another goes sour, while all around him friends are falling in love, and Barry starts to lose faith.The first snow falls and the world is filled with seasonal cheer, all except for Barry, for whom time is running out. Facing the prospect of a lonely holiday, he tries just once more to make The Match Before Christmas.
Look for both stories to make a reappearance in late February or early March.