Love Is Proud – with contributions from 49 JMS Books, LLC Authors
Published in eBook format on July 30, 2016 at JMS Books, LLC.
Published in paperback format on July 31, 2016 at JMS Books, LLC.
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Heat Rating for Okay, Then (ARe’s scale): 3 flames– Story will have sensual, yet more explicit love scenes, and the language used to describe them may be more graphic and direct.
Heat Rating for the Anthology (ARe’s scale): 5 flames– Stories have a high frequency of love scenes that are explicit, described using graphic and direct language, and/or contain subject matter that some readers may consider objectionable.
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Love Is Proud is a charity anthology to benefit the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando. It includes short stories (2k-5k words) and poetry by JMS Books’ authors.
Okay, Then revisits the main characters from ’Til Death Do Us Part, and takes place within the timeline of the flashback scenes from that novel, detailing Sam & Henry’s first date/encounter after Sam tells Henry “Okay, then” while they’re together on a research trip in Honiara in the Solomon Islands. It a short story written to be able to stand alone, with its own HFN.
REVIEWS of the Love Is Proud Anthology
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Excerpt from a review by Lucy at Hearts on Fire Reviews
The stories are diverse and sometimes a little bittersweet to read, knowing what happened, but the overall message is one of strength.
“Okay, then.” That’s what Sam had said. His leg had bounced like it always did when he was nervous. It was endearing…one of the things that drew me to him. His grin was another. I melted a little each time he leveled it in my direction.
His words had come at the end of a conversation we’d had at breakfast yesterday morning after we’d cleared up a misunderstanding regarding my intentions when I’d previously asked him out. Well, I suppose technically I’d asked him back to my room for a drink, so I couldn’t actually fault him for not understanding that I truly wanted to date him, not just have a fling while we were here in Honiara collecting research data.
“I’m sorry, Henry,” Sam said as we approached Mambo Juice’s entry. “I wasn’t thinking straight, obviously.”
Perspiration dripped down my face. My pits felt more than a little damp, and my chest hairs were matted with sweat. The shower I’d taken right before we’d left the Solomon Kitano Mendana Hotel, where we were staying for a few days before heading out to the smaller islands in the chain, had been a complete waste of time. But, even if I’d known Sam was going to suggest we walk a mile down the road to the Mambo Juice I probably would have bathed anyway. I wanted to impress the man, after all.
Okay, Then © 2016 Addison Albright