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Love, Loss, Laughter & Lust: A Wayward Ink Anthology by [Gordon, Andrew Q., Sunday, Anyta, Hayes, Julie Lynn, Blunt, Lily G., Velden, Lily, Clavelli, Taylin]
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We’ve all loved.

We’ve all laughed.

Sadly, we’ve also probably all known loss in one form or another.

And, yes, we at Wayward Ink are sure we’ve all experienced lust!

In Love, Loss, Laughter & Lust, you'll experience one or more of the "L"s as we take you on a roller coaster of emotions.

Whether you like to sigh over the sweet, cry for the broken-hearted, enjoy a good laugh, or get a little hot and bothered; there's something for everyone in this collection.

Stories included:

His Prince Wore Pink Stilettos by Julie Lynn Hayes

Invisible by Taylin Clavelli

Hearts by Anyta Sunday

A Closed Door by Andrew Q. Gordon

Sleepwalking by Taylin Clavelli

Life According to Buddy by Lily Velden

Service with a Smile by Lily G. Blunt

Hunter or Hunted? by Lily Velden

About the Author


A born and raised New Zealander, Anyta Sunday has been exploring the literary world since she start reading Roald Dahl as a kid. Inspired, stories have been piling up in her head ever since. Fast forward to her mid-twenties and jump a few countries (Germany, America, and back again), and she started putting pen to paper. When she’s not writing or chasing her kid around, she’s reading, hiking, watching Joss Whedon series, attempting pilates, or curling up with her two cats. Updates on her projects can be found on her website.

Julie Lynn Hayes was reading at the age of two, writing by the age of nine, and always wanted to be a writer when she grew up. Two marriages, five children, and more than forty years later, that is still her dream. She blames her younger daughters for introducing her to yaoi and the world of M/M love, a world which has captured her imagination and her heart and fueled her writing in ways she'd never dreamed of before. She especially loves stories of two men finding true love and happiness in one another's arms and is a great believer in the happily ever after.

She lives in St. Louis with her daughter Sarah and two cats, loves books and movies, and hopes to be a world traveler some day. She enjoys crafts, such as crocheting and cross stitch, knitting and needlepoint, and loves to cook. While working a temporary day job, she continues to write her books and stories and reviews, which she posts in various places on the internet.

Her family thinks she is a bit off, but she doesn't mind. Marching to the beat of one's own drummer is a good thing, after all. Her published works can be found at Dreamspinner Press, Amber Quill Press, MuseitUp Publishing, Torquere Press, and eXtasy Books, and coming soon to Wayward Ink Publishing and Prizm Publishing. She has also begun to self-publish and is an editor at MuseitUp.

Lily Velden lives on the east coast of Australia, her family having emigrated from Holland when she was a child.

She’s both a left and right brain person, holding qualifications in both Finance and Fine Arts. She tells her friends that her way with numbers will make her a profitable artist and writer… one day.

Lily has always had a love of language and a beautifully crafted sentence, and admits to having a fetish for collecting quotes, poems, and song lyrics. What she won’t admit to is how many notebooks she’s filled with those quotes… Her fascination carries on into her artworks where she often incorporates text. When a shoulder injury slowed down her art practice she decided to explore her love of the written word more fully and began writing. “I’ll paint my pictures with words.”

Not that she’s abandoned artmaking in its entirety—Lily collaborates on the designs for all her book covers.

There are many things Lily loves, here are just a few of the PG rated ones: a good laugh (all the better if caused by a naughty joke), the smell of freshly baked goods and mown grass, a smile from a stranger, rainbows after the rain, and witnessing a promise kept.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3127 KB
  • Print Length: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Wayward Ink Publishing (19 June 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00L5NGYMY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars the love tunnel. Buddy considers himself to be polite and ... 24 January 2015
By Zane Kage - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
THIS IS SPECIFICALLY FOR THE SHORT STORY

LIFE ACCORDING TO BUDDY

Absolutely hysterical - if I wasn't giggling, I was snorting. If I wasn't doing that, I was cackling. Fourteen pages of life according to penis - or should I say, Buddy. Complete with a cast of characters (YES, it is listed in the beginning), this catalogues Buddy's journey to, you guessed it, the love tunnel. Buddy considers himself to be polite and smart (MENSA material if he does say so himself), and is only too happy to tell his tale.

Ridiculously funny, amazingly insightful, and just all around entertaining, Lily Velden has hit a home run with this one. Five side splitting hearts for Buddy and his story - If you ever wondered what went through a penis' brain (because we all know they have one), or just want to laugh out loud for a few, this is the story for you.

. ** I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through [...]
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TISSUE WARNING 21 June 2014
By love to read - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
What can I say about this book.
Honestly it has to be the moving book I have read.
But also some light fun stories as well.
I admire all the authors and its a truly worth while read.
Wayward Ink Publishing have gotten off to a great start and a Publishing house to look out for.
Thanks for the book guys
xxxx
4.0 out of 5 stars Book Review by Queue 30 April 2015
By PrismBookAlliance - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
4 of 5 Stars

For original review see The Prism Book Alliance® Blog online

The eight stories in this anthology are not connected or inter-related but are grouped into the four categories in the title: Love, Loss, Laughter & Lust.

Love

His Prince Wore Pink Stilettos by Julie Lynn Hayes

When Michael’s daughter finds a pair of pink stilettos in his attic he takes a pleasant walk down memory lane. He recalls discovering his sexuality, the first boy he crushed boy, the boy he lost his virginity—the boy who wore the pink stilettos.

The story was enjoyable, sweet and romantic despite the few occurrences of purplish prose, specifically jumping and weeping cocks. I particularly loved the way this short story ended.

4.5 stars.

Invisible by Taylin Clavelli

A sweet and sad story about the dangers of taking your significant other for granted.

Sean is lonely in his relationship and Michael is oblivious to the problems in the relationship so Sean takes off, believing Michael would be better off with someone else. That’s when Michael realizes the errors of his way and does whatever he can to find the man he loves. It seems hopeless but Michael doesn’t give up. Then an accident reunites them and Michael vows to always make sure Sean knows he loves him.

Michael’s loss while Sean was gone was palpable and I totally felt his emotions. The way he frequently said ‘my Sean’ was majorly sweet and romantic.

4.25 stars.

Loss

Hearts by Anyta Sunday

Daniel has been single for a while and is dealing with depression and a heart broken. He is positive life will never be as good as it was with Sam. Toby and Kyle move in across the street and Daniel doesn’t make the best first impression. However, as Toby’s relationship crumbles, he and Daniel become friends since they both know what the other is going through.

Hearts is a beautifully written story of two men nursing broken hearts, sure that their lives are over. It turns out their friendship is exactly what they both needed. There was no insta-love here, I experienced every moment of the slow burn metamorphosis from friends to lovers.

This was by far the best story in the anthology.

5 stars

A Closed Door by Andrew Q. Gordon

This short story is about two grown men dealing with both the after affects of a hurricane and the storm of their teenage years.

Orin and Thomas were best friends growing up until Orin came out and Thomas rejected him before then bullying for the rest of their high school years. Orin hasn’t been back to his hometown but the death of his parents in the hurricane forced his hand. Thomas eventually admits to Orin he’s gay and was scared to admit it when they were young.

Of course the men still have feelings for each other, but the road together isn’t an easy one. There are several obstacles in the way, including a few rom-com type ones.

The tale was well written and thoroughly enjoyable though it did drag in a few places. I liked the fact that the loss wasn’t about the death of a lover or a breakup but instead the loss of parents.

4.25 stars

Sleepwalking by Taylin Clavelli

Matthew is mourning the loss of his husband and is sleepwalking through life. Elliot notices Matthew and becomes determined to get to know him.

I was never invested in this story because of the preponderance of telling. It was more like reading a description of story. I never formed an emotional connection to either of the men, nor did I understand why either one fell for the other. I just didn’t care at any point of the story.

One issue I had was the need to shoehorn in both men’s coming out stories. Their pasts had nothing to do with the main plot and should’ve been left out. In short stories every word matters and extraneous sentences just slows everything down.

Another issue was the often stilted and awkward dialogue. At one point Elliot actually says:

“When the sun decides to smile on us, it’s our duty to smile back at it.”

This story just didn’t work for me.

2.5 stars

Laughter

Life According to Buddy by Lily Velden

This short is about two guys named Jonathon and Corey but is told from the perspective of Buddy aka Jonathon’s penis. There is also The Colonel, Corey’s penis, and BB aka The Twins, which is Corey’s butt.

Did you roll your eyes yet? Cuz I did.

This story was obviously supposed to be funny, but I didn’t even crack a smile. It was a clever idea but hard to pull off. I rolled my eyes and groaned several times however.

2 stars

Lust

Service with a Smile by Lily G. Blunt

Terry visits a clothing shop with the strict purpose of seducing Ash, the only staff member working at the time.

This story was pretty hot for a story meant to be erotica. It was basically porn with plot, which since it was grouped in the lust category, I assume was the purpose.

A little head hopping between paragraphs, a pet peeve of mine, made me mark it down a bit.

I was going to give it four stars until a sweet, surprise ending made it better.

4.5 stars

Hunter or Hunted by Lily Velden

William is a bartender and David is the young man he wants to seduce. David is equally attracted to the older man but enjoys playing cat and mouse. They’re both Type A controlling personalities who know what they want. David usually likes to be the one doing the seducing, but occasionally doesn’t mind being the prey.

The story is told in dual first person POV, taking turns as the relationship progresses. I didn’t exactly love these guys, but I didn’t hate them either. They seemed rather self-centered and arrogant.

My biggest issue was the purple prose, which was prolific. There were a couple references to boy pussy (eww), a heavenly stick, a prostate-homing cock, and a pretty, pink, furled rosebud which winks.

It was a cute tale but the odd language took it over.

3.25 stars

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