I want coffee shop love. The kind of love that is unlike anything. Where everytime you look at her you get butterflies and you wonder how on earth you got such a wonderful girl to call yours. I want to go to little towns that have old book stores and chocolate shops and take pictures of her laughing at my clumsiness. I want to sit in bed at midnight with only the glow of candles lighting up the silhouette of her face. I want long drives with my hand on her thigh and her singing along to the playlist she made just for us. I want a summer love that last forever.
Nine stories from debut authors make up this collection of stories where love serves as a catalyst for an awakening to new ideas, new possibilities and new confidence.
The stories in the Summer Love collection feature characters from across the LGBTGQ spectrum. They are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, asexual, queer/questioning and pansexual.
Included in the collection are:
Beautiful Monsters (Rachel Davidson Leigh): 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.
The Willow Weeps for Us (Suzey Ingold): At the dawn of World War II, Jack, the young son of a grocer, falls for a charming piano teacher.
The Fire Eater’s Daughter (Amy Stilgenbauer): 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.
Surface Tension: (Ella J. Ash): 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.
My Best Friend (H.J. Coulter): In a letter to his best friend, a young gay man reminisces about their relationship.
What the Heart Wants (Naomi Tajedler): A young student discovers attraction and desire through her experience drawing figures in a summer art class.
The Most Handsome (S.J. Martin) Carter, a Cape Cod boy who recently came out as transgender, meets and falls in love with a college student visiting for the summer.
Something Like Freedom (Caroline Hanlin): After he is kicked out of his family home, Gabe experiences freedom for the first time in his life, thanks in part to a new friend.
On the Shore (Rachel Blackburn): Poppy retreats to her parents’ beach house to nurse a broken heart, but instead meets the vivacious Eva, who helps her find joy again.
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