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Stranded: A Wayward Ink Publishing Anthology by [Fielding, Kim, Thomas, Michael P., Michaels, Nikka, Popescu, Alina, Idonea, Asta, Colton, Rob, Nephylim, Blunt, Lily G., Gober, Eric, Lyons, Louise]
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STRANDED

DEFINITION:
adjective

• (of a boat, sailor, or sea creature) left aground on a shore.
"a stranded whale"

• left without the means to move from somewhere.
"he offers a lift to a stranded commuter"

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The boys in this collection of short stories have most definitely been left STRANDED!

They’ve been shipwrecked and abandoned.

Marooned and cast away.

And left helpless and high and dry.

But you should never underestimate the tenacity of the human heart…

STORIES INCLUDED:

CRAVING STAINS
Alina Popescu

Trapped since birth in a sterile, hospital-like apartment, Wynn longs to break free to experience the world.

Enter Doyle.

But is Doyle real, or is he just a figment of Wynn’s imagination?

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SAY CHEESE
Michael P. Thomas

Sitcom sensation Felix Medrano, America's Sweetheart, throws a star-studded surprise party for his sweetheart, beanpole barkeep Grover Shepherd.

It’s a smash, save for one detail: Shep is a no-show.

Who’d have thought it would be so hard to pop the question?

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STANDBY
Kim Fielding

Who’d have thought being stranded at the airport could possibly have some long term benefits?

Certainly not Tom.

But then he hadn’t bargained on meeting Rafael…

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THE RAIDER
Asta Idonea

The gods truly do work in mysterious ways as Thorstein found out when he was left for dead on the battle field of a foreign land.

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THE BUCKLE
Rob Colton

One ditching and one rescue later, Hayden discovers the use of a telephone isn’t the only offer that’s on the table…

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ARI
Nephylim

Benji and Ari have spent their lives feeling lost and alone, stranded between genders.

Can they help each other stop unravelling?

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OPPOSITES ATTRACT
Lily G. Blunt

Chris and Andreas are opposites in character.

Both fear the other wants to move on.

Can being stranded on a mountainside resolve the doubt that is threatening to tear them apart?

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OUT OF ORDER
Eric Gober

Rob was the one who got away.

Trent stumbles upon him during a trip to San Francisco…

Right before a deadly earthquake…

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DATING FOR DEAFIES
Nikka Michaels

If Evan York keeps hiding from the world behind his laptop he might miss out on something special.

Will he find the courage?

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ONE SNOWY NIGHT
Louise Lyons

One snowy night, Keith Brambles learns that appearances can be deceptive.

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THE CLIMB
kirifox

Jessie went camping with friends expecting to have some fun and maybe drink a little beer.

Instead, he found his perfect man…

but is he real or just a dream?

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DID YOU LEAVE ANY FOR ME
Sarah Hayes

Two ex-lovers, one hotel room, and one random act of technology.

Will they fall out or fall back in love?

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SWEETNESS AND STRENGTH
jn olsen

Miles makes one seemingly small and inconsequential decision that turns out to be not so small and inconsequential after all.

About the Author


Kim Fielding is the bestselling author of numerous m/m romance novels, novellas, and short stories. Like Kim herself, her work is eclectic, spanning genres such as contemporary, fantasy, paranormal, and historical. Her stories are set in alternate worlds, in 15th century Bosnia, in modern-day Oregon. Her heroes are hipster architect werewolves, housekeepers, maimed giants, and conflicted graduate students. They’re usually flawed, they often encounter terrible obstacles, but they always find love.

After having migrated back and forth across the western two-thirds of the United States, Kim calls the boring part of California home. She lives there with her husband, her two daughters, and her day job as a university professor, but escapes as often as possible via car, train, plane, or boat. This may explain why her characters often seem to be in transit as well. She dreams of traveling and writing full-time.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Wayward Ink Publishing (9 October 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00O3A3DY8
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #163,339 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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HASH(0xae03b180) out of 5 stars Your chance to read lots of different stories - Loved this anthology 11 October 2014
By Dawn Mayhew - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I have to admit, this is the first anthology that I have read - I have read individual short stories, but not like this.

CRAVING STAINS - Alina Popescu

Trapped since birth in a sterile, hospital-like apartment, Wynn longs to break free to experience the world. Enter Doyle. But is Doyle real, or is he just a figment of Wynn's imagination?

Craving Stains by Alina Popescu is the first story in this anthology, and what a start. We meet Wynn, who has never been outside, having been closed in his totally sterile apartment by his mother - I won't say more about her, I will leave you to come to your own conclusion. Finally Wynn meets Doyle, but only in certain circumstances.... and with Doyle, he experiences feelings and emotions that he has never felt..... now is Doyle real or just a figment of Wynn's overactive imagination?? I'm not telling !!

SAY CHEESE - Michael P. Thomas

Sitcom sensation Felix Medrano, America's Sweetheart, throws a star-studded surprise party for his sweetheart, beanpole barkeep Grover Shepherd. It's a smash, save for one detail: Shep is a no-show. Who'd have thought it would be so hard to pop the question?

Say Cheese by Michael P. Thomas is the next short story. Here we meet Felix Medrano - a big star in Hollywood, and his partner Grover Shepherd, affectionately know by everyone as Shep. Shep is away and trying to get back to Felix, who unbeknown to him has arranged an engagement party. You can't help but smile at all the obstacles in Sheps way to prevent him getting home to Felix, as it is all doomed as far the engagement is concerned........ or is it?? Read and fine out if Felix and Shep ever manage to be together.

STANDBY - Kim Fielding

Who'd have thought being stranded at the airport could possibly have some long term benefits? Certainly not Tom. But then he hadn't bargained on meeting Rafael...

Standby by Kim Fielding was totally different for me. This was Tom who met Rafael at the airport, when he was waiting on standby for a flight. Rafael was someone completely different, and at once the spark flew between them quite literally. I am not going to say too much more, as I loved this story and don't want to spoil it for anyone. Suffice to say, Rafael is not what he seems...

THE RAIDER - Asta Idonea

The gods truly do work in mysterious ways as Thorstein found out when he was left for dead on the battle field of a foreign land.

The Raider by Asta Idonea is historical - something which I don't normally read. However, this story held me from the first page, and I wanted to finish to see what happens. We meet Thorstein in battle where he is badly injured, and assumed by his men to be dead. He is then rescused by Godwin, who nurses him back to health. This is a lovely story of two people getting to know each other, despite the language barrier. But then Thorsteins men come back to the island he is on, but does he go back with them or stay with Godwin........ not telling !!

THE BUCKLE - Rob Colton

One ditching and one rescue later, Hayden discovers the use of a telephone isn't the only offer that's on the table...

The Buckle by Rob Colton we meet Rex who owns a bar plus a restaurant, who neglects his own health and social life with over work. He decides to go to the bar one night, where he sees Hayden. With a little help of his friend Eli, and Haydens brother Harlan, he meets Hayden, and thus the chance begins. Hayden is completely out of his comfort zone, but there is something that draws him to Rex. When he left at the bar by his brother, with no mobile or wallet, Rex offers him the use of the office phone. Once inside the office, the room really heats up. I have to say this really was one hot read...

ARI - Nephylim

Benji and Ari have spent their lives feeling lost and alone, stranded between genders. Can they help each other stop unravelling?

Ari by Nephylin - This is a transgender story, and I have to admit the first one that I have ever read. I did enjoy this book, I found it very enlightening as to the confused feeling that someone who is transgender can have. At the beginning of the story we meet Benji, who was going to an author conference and was going to meet his favourite author Arthur Bruin, and also his absolute hero, namely Ari Fischer. The two become good friends, although neither would speak about themselves. All was going well until the night that Ari kissed Benji and things changed. Benji was confused with what Ari had done, but the next time he met Ari, it was like meeting a different person. Things all came to a head at a questions and answer session with Ari as one of the authors, and Benji saves the day, but has yet to learn about Ari's biggest secret...

OPPOSITES ATTRACT - Lily G. Blunt

Chris and Andreas are opposites in character. Both fear the other wants to move on. Can being stranded on a mountainside resolve the doubt that is threatening to tear them apart?

Opposites Attract by Lily G. Blunt - I loved this story. It began with Chris and Andreas, who are as different as chalk and cheese. Chris is the sporty outdoor person, and Andreas comes across as someone who is quiet and an introvert, together on holiday. Andreas thought the holiday was so they could spend some time together, but Chris had decided to book himself on excursions and continue his sporty outdoor pursuits, so this meant Andreas was alone in the hotel room every day. This then gave Andreas time to think about his relationship with Chris, and this in turn gave him very grave doubts. Chris just assumed everything in their life was rosy, until something happened to him, that made him take a good long look at his life and how he treated Andreas, and he soon realised he could be in jeopardy of losing Andreas forever........ do they manage to be honest with each other, and talk things out..... I'm not saying, but what I will say is that this is quite a hot read.

OUT OF ORDER - Eric Gober

Rob was the one who got away. Trent stumbles upon him during a trip to San Francisco... Right before a deadly earthquake...

Out Of Order by Eric Gober - we meet Trent, who had travelled all the way to San Francisco to attend an interview, which has gone badly. As he is leaving, he encounters Rob, who he knew from his freshman year, but they lost contact, and they decide to have a drink together before Trent flies back to Pheonix. While waiting for Rob to clear his work away, the whole building begins to shake, due to an earthquake, and Rob pulls Trent under a counter. They manage to get out of the building, are seperated, but manage to find each other. Rob then takes them both to a friends house, where they can crash and keep safe and get dry. There is also some unfinished business between the two, going back to their freshman year, and now might just the right time to clear the air....

DATING FOR DEAFIES - Nikka Michaels

If Evan York keeps hiding from the world behind his laptop he might miss out on something special. Will he find the courage?

Dating for Deafies by Nikka Michaels made me think how much harder it must be for someone who is gay as well as deaf. To be honest I would never have thought about it, until I read this story. It is a thought provoking read, and I thank for author for writing this story. You meet Evan, who never truly accepted his being deaf, as he held on the doctors opinion that his hearing may return. He is on a date, with a hearing person, and this ends after five minutes and 37 seconds - a new record for him. He withdraws into himself again, but then receives an email in error from a famous author, Tristain Gaines, and he replies to him, telling him of his mistake. This is then the start of a chain of emails between the two men, and from there a meeting..... what happens next I will leave to you to read the story yourself.

ONE SNOWY NIGHT - Louise Lyons

One snowy night, Keith Brambles learns that appearances can be deceptive.

One Snowy Night by Louise Lyons is the story of Keith Brambles, who was a well known musican. Keith was finding it hard to find someone who loved him for himself, not for who he was in the public eye. He is annoyed at yet another disasterous date, and is driving home too fast for the snowy conditions..... eventually the inevitable happens. He stays in his car, hoping for someone to rescue him, and his knight in shining armour turns out to be a white van man!!! Mike Talbot recognises Keith as his alter ego Kent Brambles, and takes him to his house to thaw out from being so cold. Once their, Keith realises that appearances can be deceptive, and that Mike happens to be a very big hairy teddy bear, and he is attracted to him - not his usual type at all. Things soon heat up for the pair...

THE CLIMB - Kirifox

Jessie went camping with friends expecting to have some fun and maybe drink a little beer. Instead, he found his perfect man...but is he real or just a dream?

The Climb by kirifox was the story of Jessie who has been having some very vivid dreams, and who was going away with friends, camping for the weekend. He was the one that they called old man, who was sensible. While away, he and three friends decide to climb to the top of a neaby mountain. While going up the trail, one of them trips and injures himself, so Jessie and Gene decide to go on alone, as neither had ever been to the top. Whilst climbing the weather changes, and Gene and Jessie seek shelter in a cave and fall asleep. When he awakens, Jessie is alone, and when he ventures outside of the cave, things are not as they first appear...

DID YOU LEAVE ANY FOR ME - Sarah Hayes

Two ex-lovers, one hotel room, and one random act of technology. Will they fall out or fall back in love?

Did you leave any for me by Sarah Hayes is the story of Sheridan and Oliver. They were lovers, but have split, but seem to be trapped in a hotel room together. Oliver is not very happy being trapped inside the room with Sheridan, and is constantly ringing down the hotel front desk asking to be let out of the room. The situation isn't helped by Sheridan forgetting why they were at that particular hotel. Being trapped together means they acutally have to talk to each other, and all their past hurts and grievances come out, Do they manage to talk through their differences, or does being shut in together seal the total end of their relationship...

SWEETNESS AND STRENGTH - JN Olsen

Miles makes one seemingly small and inconsequential decision that turns out to be not so small and inconsequential after all.

Sweetness and strength by JN Olsen is about a blind date - not always a good idea. Miles is waiting in a restaurant for his blind date, who sadly doesn't arrive. He decides to stay and eat anyway, and is blown away by his waiter that evening. Miles gets his desert plus an extra one for this waiter, who he finds out is called Jordan. Miles and Jordan go to a nearby coffee shop, but decide they would rather go somewhere quieter and eat their desert. They head for a nearby park to sit and get to know each other better.... but do they get to know each other better, or do they simply part.

Overall, I really enjoyed this anthology, as every story was totally different, and I found this a wonderful way to read stories from authors I have never read before. I will definitely be looking for other books by these authors, and would recommend this anthology to anyone who wants fantasy, historical, transgender and many others all mixed together in one book.

Complimentary copy provided by Wayward Ink Publishing for an honest review.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xae03b678) out of 5 stars A must read Anthology~~ 11 October 2014
By Terri Babcock - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
(As written by Terri Babcock on Saguaro Moon Reviews http://smr.asciiking.com/?p=353 )

Stranded, an anthology by Wayward Ink Publishing, is an amazing book that incorporates 13 short stories written by a variety of authors. Each one is a unique and different take on men who are separated from the rest of the world by one form or another. Some may be a twist on a similar theme while other’s can be something completely different. Regardless of why they have been stranded, I found myself loving each story individually.

While each one is written by a different author, I found myself enjoying each one and they all were very well written. Some pulled more at my heart strings than others but I can’t honestly say I liked one over any other. They were all amazing stories that kept the reader engaged and wanting more.

For example Alina Popescu’s short, Craving Stains. This was a very interesting tale about a young male who was separated from the rest of the world by his mother and secluded in a sterile apartment that he was not allowed to leave. I found myself having a very deep loathing for the mother in the story and rooting for the young male in finding his love in the real world. I won’t give anything away because you have to read the story for yourselves.

Each story was lovely and a wide range from sci-fi to contemporary to historical and a wide range in between. I don’t typically give 5 stars for a book but I definitely give this anthology this rating. Pick up the book and give it a spin. You won’t be disappointed.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xae03babc) out of 5 stars My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars 10 October 2014
By johanna - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This was just a fantastic book from the first short to the last short. I usually don't give 5 Stars to anthologies on the grounds that I am reading a huge book containing short stories, but this was different.

Stranded is a theme where, for some reason or other, the men find themselves separated from the rest of the world in one way or another. It may be a time warp, it may be a disaster, or it could simply be a situation where a simple, faulty, computer glitch could set all mechanized doors inoperable. Whatever the reason may be, I was just left loving each little short story.

The best news of this collection was that each one was so well written, I had no cause for complaint. I do admit that some stories hit me harder than the others, or some hit my romantic heart the most, but I seriously cannot find any one that I favor over the most.

Take for example Alina Popescu's short on a sci-fi plot where a young man is separated from the rest of the world through some high tech bubble but somehow, he was able to get beyond the bubble and reach out to a lover in the real outside world. This is a concept that is not new, think Boy In The Plastic Bubble but it was new when his psyche found a way through the physical boundaries and he found love.

Then there was Rob Colton's sweet romance in The Buckle. Now this is a contemporary and involves a bear whose fur just kept getting softer as the story went. Talk about sweet romance!

And how about The Climb by kirifox. This is a beautiful time warp romance that sent me to tears but I felt the love here. A pretty telling story of how love can cross the barriers of time is a common enough theme but when written with a bang that leaves my heart in tatters then hope, oh my. Beautiful story there.

jn olsen writes about two men on the verge of a heart breaking separation neither really wanted but logically knew had to happen. A glitch in the computer sets them stranded inside their hotel room and gives them the chance to iron out their feelings. This is a shot for a second chance that all couples should go through, even when they get locked in unwillingly.

There are so many lovely stories here, one historical is about a Viking raider falling in love and making choices. Another is a story about a deaf man who finds love in an author who reached through the soundless life, then there is the battle of wills against nature when sexuality was a nonentity and a final choice has to be made.

All these stories are wonderful, I cannot pick one over the rest or three or four. I pick them all and I say: read this anthology! It's a worthy read for each and every one of us who seek different plots to gain a little bit of love and goofy smiles.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xae03b984) out of 5 stars Great collection! 21 December 2014
By The Romance Reviews - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Reviewed by Breann
for TheRomanceReviews.com

STRANDED is a great collection of stories centering around the theme of being stranded.

I like how all the authors took the stories in different directions. They were all very unique but still centered around the common theme. All of the stories were enjoyable. There were a couple that stuck out for me, though.

The anthology starts off with a bang with Craving Stains by Alina Popescu. I was instantly riveted by this story and was until the very end. Wynn lives with his overprotective mother and he's not allowed to leave his home. He somehow ends up with another man, Doyle. He and Doyle have sporadic and unexplainable meetings. I was totally into this sci-fi story but I really wish it was longer. I was left with too many unanswered questions that I desperately need the answers to.

Standby by Kim Fielding is another one that I really enjoyed. Tom was stuck at the airport and meets Rafael, an angel who was sent to Earth. They were very sweet and I loved the progression of their relationship. Tom and Rafael's story is one of belief and magic. It was improbable and Tom probably acted hastily, but it was fitting with his character and the theme of the story.

I, of course, loved The Buckle by Rob Colton since it was deliciously smutty bear and twink word-porn. I don't think I need much more of a reason than that.

STRANDED covers a variety of sub-genres from contemporary, to vikings, transgender, erotica and paranormal, just to name a few. There's a little something for everyone in this anthology.
HASH(0xae03b39c) out of 5 stars Five Stars 9 June 2015
By Kindle Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Still reading it but what's been read has been eye catching so far