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Love Under the Endless African Sky by Aliyah Burke

Aliyah Burke's "Love Under the Endless African Sky" comes from Coming Together: At Last (v2), which benefits Amnesty International.

What happens when ex-Marine, Ryder Matthews, shows up in Zimbabwe to rescue the feisty and rebellious Henrietta "Eddie" Buxton, daughter of a U.S. Congressman, from the civil unrest headed toward the village where she is volunteering? Africa gets a LOT hotter, that's what!
(INTERRACIAL: BW/WM)

Don't Look Down by Mari Freeman

Mari Freeman's "Don't Look Down" comes from Coming Together: With Pride, which benefits AVERT.

Cynthia attends a fetish convention to find the right man; the one to teach her all she longs to learn about dominance and submission. At the bar, she sees a sexy stranger who is willing and more than able to do just that. She has to find the courage to make her fantasies come true and the strength to submit. Will it be a night to remember or a night of regrets? "Don't Look Down" is vivid, sensual expression of a woman's first foray into the world of submission.
(M/F, BDSM, CONTEMPORARY)

Ask for It by Jude Mason

Jude Mason's "Ask for It" comes from Coming Together: Al Fresco, which benefits Conservational International.

Married only 3 short years, Roy adored Jess, but he also had the habit of 'screwing up' occasionally. This time, it was a little more serious. Away for the weekend, he'd forgotten to pick up her suitcase, leaving her absolutely nothing to wear, for real. Or had he? Leaving the safety of the house, his excitement grows. Being ordered naked outside, where anyone could see him, sent a chill down his spine. Was it a chill of terror or sexual thrill? And, what else could Jess possibly have in store for him?
(M/F, BDSM, CONTEMPORARY)

The Actress by Lily Harlem

Lily Harlem's "The Actress" comes from Coming Together: As One, which benefits ONE.

Sapphire Makepeace has lived her red carpet life of champagne, caviar, and glittering Oscars to the fullest. But she's also used her celebrity to raise money for charity, one such endeavor included a daring expedition to the summit of Mount Everest in which the world feared her early demise when she became trapped by a furious storm.

It was this storm that resulted in the queen of cinema, Hollywood's angel, having a secret shared with only two men: Andy and Lee Driver, brothers, English, mountaineering adrenalin junkies.

Fifty four years later their names still roll around her tongue a hundred times a day, because an encounter that extreme, that intense is one that lasts an entire lifetime.
(M/F/M, CONTEMPORARY)

My Heroes by Annemarie Hartnett

Annemarie Hartnett's "My Heroes" comes from Coming Together: As One, which benefits ONE.

A storm knocked the power out a week ago, and Josie is at the end of her rope. On the doorstep of her ex-boyfriend Tobeyís apartment with a bag full of clothes and her pet fish, she finds a warm welcome, a hot shower, fresh coffee, and a big dose of awkward in the form of Tobeyís hot boyfriend, Matt. As much as she hates being the third wheel, she canít take another night of pioneer living. It isnít long before Tobey and Matt let Josie know that her presence isnít an intrusion, but an opportunity.
(M/M/F, CONTEMPORARY)

Far from Ordinary by Jenna Byrnes

Jenna Byrnes' "Far from Ordinary" comes from Coming Together: Into the Light, which benefits V-Day.

Luke Mason is tired of his life in Ordinary, Kentucky. On his way south to Florida and excitement, he encounters a beautiful, wanton waitress in a roadside diner who teaches him a few things about life. Sometimes excitement isn't all it's cracked up to be... and there are worse things than Ordinary.
(M/F, CONTEMPORARY, PARANORMAL)

Proud is the Dancer, Pride is the Dance by Lee Benoit

Lee Benoit's "Proud is the Dancer, Pride is the Dance" comes from Coming Together: With Pride, which benefits AVERT.

Danny peels back the layers of Calyx' past to discover deep wounds and repressed talents, helping his lover use the latter to heal the former.
(M/M, INTERRACIAL)
Afternoon of a Faun by Helen E.H. Madden Helen E.H. Madden's "Afternoon of a Faun" comes from Coming Together: Al Fresco, which benefits Conservation International.

This is a delightful tale (tail?) of empowerment and revenge featuring a mythical beast with an insatiable appetite.
(M/M, FANTASY / INTERSPECIES)
Echoes of the Past by Mychael Black Mychael Black's "Echoes of the Past" comes from Coming Together: With Pride, which benefits AVERT.

Victor, banished from his clan for daring to love one from a rival clan, finds immortality unbearable. Will he find a way to reunite with lover Daniel?
(M/M, VAMPIRE)
Tsunami by Elliot Mabeuse EPIC Award winner Elliot Mabeuse's "Tsunami" comes from the Special Hurricane Relief Edition, which benefits the American Red Cross.

A powerful story written in the wake of the Myanmar disaster.
(M/F, CONTEMPORARY)
Matilda's Touch by Saskia Walker Saskia Walker's "Matilda's Touch" comes from Coming Together: At Last (v1), which benefits Amnesty International.

What's a lonely outcast, exiled to kitchen duty, to do at boarding school? Why, get cozy with the cook, of course.
(F/F, INTERCULTURAL)
Take Off My Clothes by Nobilis Reed Nobilis Reed's "Take Off My Clothes" comes from Coming Together: Into the Light, which benefits V-Day.

What happens when a husband is found in his wife's underwear?
(M/F, CONTEMPORARY, CROSS-DRESSING)
Flaming Hot by Victoria Blisse Victoria Blisse's "Flaming Hot" comes from Coming Together: Under Fire, which benefits the victims of the 2007 Southern California wildfires.

Sexy seduction in fiery lingerie.
(M/F, CONTEMPORARY)
The Glimpse by Robert Buckley Robert Buckley's "The Glimpse" comes from Coming Together: For the Cure, which benefits the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Catching a glimpse of the awkward office geek's tummy has a profound impact on Blake.
(M/F, CONTEMPORARY)
Missing Pieces by Jasmine Black Jasmine Black's "Missing Pieces" comes from Coming Together: Against the Odds, which benefits Autism Speaks.

Can solving the mystery of a little girl's abduction bring past lovers back together or are the wounds from their break-up too deep to heal?
(M/F, CONTEMPORARY)
Claim Mate by Brenna Lyons EPIC Award winner Brenna Lyons' "Claim Mate" comes from Coming Together: Against the Odds, which benefits Autism Speaks.

When Dahv returns to Sheara's world to investigate a military crime, he discovers another man in her life: the son he didn't know he had.
(M/F, SCI-FI)
Shot at Love by Yvette Hines Yvette Hines' "Shot at Love" comes from Coming Together: At Last (v1), which benefits Amnesty International.

 

Moni Walker has been a freelance photographer for years. Having spent most of her adult life traveling all over the world and running from commitments of any type, an accident convinces her it's time to stop. She desperately needs financial backing for her studio Pixel Promises, an organization she started to help urban teens. More doors have been closing for her than opening until she gets a call from the vice president of a local shipping company. She never expects to find Dwayne Shelton behind the desk. Dwayne is blunt when he tells Moni he not only wants to offer sponsorship but to also continue their relationship. Moni's usual M.O. has always been to love them and leave them. Now she has to decide if her community program is worth risking both her freedom and her heart. (M/F, INTERRACIAL, CONTEMPORARY)

The Things That Go On At Siesta Time by Saskia Walker

Saskia Walker's "The Things That Go On At Siesta Time" comes from Coming Together: As One, which benefits ONE.

 

What really goes on in the sultry heat of a Mediterranean island siesta time? Sofia, the maid, and Lydia, the provocative daughter of the house, have an illicit erotic rendezvous. But when Lydia and Sofia are discovered by Stefanos, the gardener, things get even hotter. (F/F/M, CONTEMPORARY)

A Night at the Inn by Jenna Byrnes

Jenna Byrnes' "A Night at the Inn" comes from Coming Together: Under Fire, which benefits the victims of the Southern California wildfires.

 

Nelson Marker is on his first vacation since the death of his wife. When he meets Anita Jenkins at the Halstead Inn, he finds that life does indeed go on, but not exactly in the way he expected. (M/F, CONTEMPORARY, PARANORMAL, EROTIC ROMANCE)

No Boundaries by Moondancer Drake

Moondancer Drake's "No Boundaries" comes from Coming Together: Against the Odds, which benefits Autism Speaks.

 

Who - or what - is the mysterious girl being kept prisoner at the Blackburne Institute? Clara, the mute custodian, is compelled to find out. Along the way, she learns quite a bit about herself as well. (F/F, PARANORMAL)

Chemistry by Lisabet Sarai

Lisabet Sarai's "Chemistry" comes from Coming Together: With Pride, which benefits AVERT.

 

Kit is a workaholic, a brilliant pharmacological chemist who is driven to succeed. She wants a life that is controlled, disciplined, and predictable. When she meets Frank, her hairy ex-hippie neighbor, she's inexplicably and irresistibly attracted to him, though he represents everything that she despises. She tries to fight her own desire, but discovers that sometimes, chemistry trumps rationality. (M/F, CONTEMPORARY)

Natural Tease by Arya Rewan

Arya Rewan's "Natural Tease" comes from Coming Together: Al Fresco, which benefits Conservation International.

 

When Vince finally becomes available, Leigh wastes no time with her scheme to seduce him. (M/F, CONTEMPORARY)

Island of Fantasies by Jude Mason

Jude Mason's "Island of Fantasies" comes from Coming Together: At Last (v2), which benefits Amnesty International.

 

 

Jude Mason takes us on a journey to a mysterious, secluded island where the guests' deepest fantasies become reality.

 

Take Me By Surprise by Alex de Kok

Alex de Kok's "Take Me By Surprise" comes from Coming Together: The Erotic Cocktail (v3), which benefits the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

 

A pragmatic, yet genuine and tender, "first time" for friends about to depart for college.

 

The Feast of the Epiphany by Jean Roberta

Jean Roberta's "The Feast of the Epiphany" comes from Coming Together: Into the Light, which benefits V-Day.

 

A double dinner date sours over relationship arguments until a helpful waiter sets the diners on a path to discovery and reconciliation.

A Honeymoon Affair by Edward Teach

Edward Teach's "A Honeymoon Affair" comes from Coming Together: The Erotic Cocktail (v1), which benefits the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

 

A mature, seductive swinger takes advantage of a willing & eager newlywed.

 

     

ABOUT THE EDITOR:

Coming Together is solely intended for persons of legal majority.

Please note that Coming Together contains works of fiction in which the characters may not practice safe sex. Readers are encouraged to act responsibly and to take appropriate precautions against both unwanted pregnancy and the transmission of disease.  For resources and frank discussion about safe sex practices, please visit the Coalition for Positive Sexuality.

Last updated Saturday March 30, 2013
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