On September 1, 2011, TJ Klune wrote, "...it's not about the ending, it's about the journey..." in a review of Eric Arvin's Woke Up in a Strange Place. With those words, two men began a journey of love and invited us to ride along. TJ and Eric have shared so much with us: their wonderful books, their smiles, their humor, their lives, and their inspiring devotion to each other. In December of 2013, their journey took a detour when Eric was taken to the emergency room. He survived the surgery to remove a cavernous hemangioma from his brain stem, but the challenges TJ and Eric face are far from over.
The authors in this anthology donated their talent as a way to support Eric's continued recovery, to help bring strength to TJ, and to show both of them just how much love surrounds them. Grand Adventures is a diverse range of stories about the journey of love. We’re going on some grand adventures for a great cause. Thank you for joining us.
Foreword by S.A. McAuleyAn Unexpected Thing by John AmoryThe Twinkie Ignition by J.E. BirkWhen Friendship Becomes More by Sophie BonasteIsle of Waiting by Sue BrownThe Jogger by KC BurnHolding Court by Cardeno C.For Dear Life by Mary CalmesUnder the Full Moon by Ellis CarringtonStripped by Shae Connor (2nd Edition)That Place Across the Hall by C.C. DadoMistaken MD by Phoenix EmrysCops and Comix by Rhys FordLast First Kiss by LE FranksTomorrow by John GoodeFrom Fantasy to Friends by CR GuilianoWitness Protected by Dawn Kimberly JohnsonWater Under the Bridge by Mia KerickA Gentle Shove of Human Kindness by Amy LaneAir (Roads #1.75 million) by Garrett LeighAn Atheist and a Yoga Instructor Walk into a Bar by Rowan McAllisterStalking 101 by Moria McCainSimple Desires by Tempeste O'RileyObject of Care by Zahra OwensKid Confusion by Madison ParkerFall Train by Jaime SammsThe Exhibition by Andrea SpeedWhat You Will by TinneanPrologue by Brandon Witt
2015 Rainbow Awards Best LGBT Cover Runner-Up
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An Unexpected Thing by John Amory Sequel to Protection After a long-distance relationship of two years, Ben and Jamie are getting serious. But Ben’s worried about taking the next step, wondering about the decisions he’s made and if a future with a man so different from himself is possible. When they end up lost on the way to a shooting competition, they might find answers in an unlikely place. The Twinkie Ignition by J.E. Birk Benjy Moreland’s probably the only twenty-three-year-old who’s never had a birthday party. He isn’t used to asking for help and doesn’t want to admit to his boyfriend, Kyle Penners, that he’s worried about the upcoming celebration. Instead, he turns to his best friend Brett to drown his sorrows. Kyle’s used to helping Benjy out of tight spots, but he never thought he’d be saving him from his own birthday party. When Friendship Becomes More by Sophie Bonaste Despite their differences, Jamie and Roy are not only college roommates, but best friends. What Jamie doesn’t know is Roy has had a crush on him for years. When Jamie realizes Roy’s feelings during a camping trip with friends, the attraction will either prove mutual, or it will tear their friendship apart. Isle of Waiting by Sue Brown A Missing Moment from Isle of Waves Out and proud police sergeant Paul Owens is fed up. Olaf Skandik has broken an Internet date, and since the man is not only closeted but lives across the ocean, there’s no other way to meet. Paul has given it his best shot, but now he’s sure a long distance relationship will never succeed. But when Olaf wakes him up in the middle of the night, he gives Paul a few good reasons to make another attempt at staying together. The Jogger by KC Burn Since Justin McCarthy got mugged, he’s been unable to leave his house. He does accounting work at home and socializes online with gaming groups, but the most important person in his life is Samuel Lopez, a gorgeous jogger he’s never met. Justin watches Samuel pass by his house twice every day, but one day, Samuel doesn’t return from his jog, and Justin fears the man is in trouble. With no one willing or able to help, Justin must summon his courage and go to Samuel’s rescue. Holding Court by Cardeno C. Esav Walters is a hard-working judge who sacrificed his personal life to practice law. Court Swanson is an artist whose talent earned him worldwide acclaim. As young men, Esav and Court shared a night of passion before moving to different states to pursue their careers. When Court returns to his home state and sees Esav again, they finally have an opportunity to reconnect for more than one night. For Dear Life by Mary Calmes Kevin Chaney was certain that after divorce, he and Wade Kingman would be together at last. He was wrong. But family connections and a lifetime of memories make it hard to cut the cord, and a nightmare will force Kevin to confront what lies between them and confirm that holding on for dear life is the lesson he’s supposed to learn. Under the Full Moon by Ellis Carrington Under the full moon’s glare, wolf-shifter Neiran follows the scent of blood into the woods and finds his nephew beaten almost to death. When the child's unlikely vampire savior, Andrei, passes out from his exertions, Neiran sets aside centuries of animosity and takes Andrei home to heal. But after the two discover unexpected passion in the night, Neiran wakes to find Andrei gone, and is stunned at his deep disappointment. Stripped by Shae Connor 2nd Edition When Blake O’Leary and Jon Harrison meet in a Manhattan club, it’s far from a typical pickup. Blake is an exotic dancer, and Jon is a customer, so a hook-up is off limits. Yet when Jon buys a private dance from Blake and they spend the time talking, it leads to a night at a hotel. But physical attraction isn’t all that drew them together, and when their hot night ends, they wonder if they have a chance at something more. 1st edition published February 12, 2011 by Silver Publishing. That Place Across the Hall by C.C. Dado Josh Taylor thinks the one-night stand is the greatest invention of all time, which is why he refuses to give Brandon—his poster child for relationships neighbor—the time of day. That is, until he finds himself in need of a bed for the night. Suddenly, the man he thought of as June Cleaver with a penis has him wondering if life has more to offer than an endless stream of nameless hook-ups. Mistaken MD by Phoenix Emrys When does a dog park liaison, a little girl with a heartbroken father, and a stethoscope add up to a prescription for romance? Slightly self-absorbed and recently romantically shredded Peter Walker is about to find out. The return of the man who did him wrong sends him in search of the advice and comfort of his best friend, and on the way to his own recovery, he discovers he may also be another's cure. Cops and Comix by Rhys Ford It’s all fun and games until someone leaves a dead body on the floor. Life for comic book store owner, Alex Martin, usually ran to the mundane. Sure, he had a regular influx of geeks and freaks but for the most part, it was a familiar weird. That all changed when he opened up Planet X Comics one morning and found someone left a body in the middle of his shop. When Detective James Castillo is called in to investigate, Alex is torn between wanting to climb the man like a tree or giving him a wide berth. Luckily for Alex, the handsome detective is just as interested in him—as a suspect in the murder. Last First Kiss by LE Franks J. Jeremiah Jones, Danny Anderson, and Henry Keller have been best friends since second grade, but on the day the three are slated to move into their college dorm, J. sees the other two exchange a kiss. J. makes assumptions, and without sparing a moment to find out if he’s right, he flees rather than become a third wheel in their relationship. It takes a tragedy to bring J. back home, where he learns the truth about that day, that kiss, and himself. Tomorrow by John Goode Ryan was a straight jock until he met Paul in college and fell in love. Now, Paul wants to settle down and get married, but Ryan keeps putting off popping the question. Paul is running out of patience with always waiting for tomorrow. From Fantasies to Friends by CR Guiliano A Companion to For You When Graham Hamlin returns to the college he once attended, he's dismayed to find his crush on Coach Aiden McIntosh is as strong as it was when he was a student. Discovering Aiden is gay and in a committed relationship fills Graham with bitterness at the lost opportunity years ago. But Graham is in a committed relationship of his own and the last thing he wants to do is ruin it with his attraction to Aiden. Witness Protected by Dawn Kimberly Johnson US Marshal Kirk Torrente has come up against his greatest challenge: Griffin Bartlett, a janitor who witnessed a murder. It’s Kirk and his partner’s job to protect Griffin so he can testify and put the killer away. But the marshal makes the mistake of succumbing to the exasperating young man’s charms, even knowing that after Griffin's day in court, he will be relocated to begin a new life somewhere… somewhere without Kirk. Water Under the Bridge by Mia Kerick Sequel to Not Broken, Just Bent Six months after their reunion in Not Broken, Just Bent, Ben Wells and Timmy Norton finally have the chance to take the vacation they missed in high school. Family problems have led Tim back to some of his old ways, partying too much and distancing himself from Ben, but Ben hopes he can show Timmy he’s loved and supported before it’s too late. A Gentle Shove of Human Kindness by Amy Lane Set in the same angel-verse as Guarding the Vampire's Ghost and Do Over Gabriel, angel of vengeance, is nursing his coffee and his temper in a Starbucks in Northern California. Exiled for arrogance, he's got one job and one job only: to figure out the error of his ways and make amends. When he takes an interest in a pair of star-crossed young lovers, he gets a glimpse at individuals instead of armies—and a reason to judge humanity not on its wars but on its love. Air (Roads #1.75 million) by Garrett Leigh A Companion to Slide Roads: Book 1.75 Joe has promised to be there for his best friend, Ash Fagin, no matter how sick or crazy Ash becomes. But some days, it’s hard for Joe to believe Ash will ever recover, and he feels helpless as the man he loves like a brother suffers. Joe coaxes Ash to spend a day at the lake, where he finds some much-needed perspective. An Atheist and a Yoga Instructor Walk Into a Bar by Rowan McAllister When his sister sets him up on a blind date with the tech support guy from her office, Adrian Ford expects to find someone like himself, solid, practical... average. But Brian Worthy is anything but. A free spirit with a sharp mind and an easy sense of humor, Brian is more than a match for Adrian’s stubbornly quantified world view. Over the course of a couple of beers and a sunset walk by the beach, he just might convince Adrian there’s more to this world than can be scientifically proven. Stalking 101 by Moira McCain Reginald Isaac Thornton the Third is struggling through his second year of law school, and things only get worse when he notices a sexy construction worker on campus and develops an immediate crush. With the help of his twin sister, Reginald pursues the man, until he realizes his behavior is becoming creepy. But maybe the object of his attraction won’t mind—if Reginald ever manages to meet him. Simple Desires by Tempeste O’Riley A Spin-off of Designs of Desire Desires Entwined: Book 1.5 When James Bryant and Seth Burns head to Kenosha College to meet with Kenneth and Dane about their gay sports program, Hearts Goals, James’s endurance is tested by a hellion driving a golf cart and a crazy bird. Luckily for James, his work is a hit, and Kenneth and Dane inspire more of his unique, erotic art. Object of Care by Zahra Owens A Clouds and Rain Story Gable Sutton and Flynn Tomlinson find out their foster son Noah is hiding a cat in his room, and it’s keeping the other kids up at night. Explaining to ten-year-old Noah that the cat should be returned to its owner is no easy task. Thanks to Facebook, the owner is found and turns out to be a kid Noah’s age, which makes the transition a little easier. But Noah isn’t the only one who’s grown attached to the tabby. Kid Confusion by Madison Parker A Companion to Play Me, I'm Yours There are two things Lucas hopes to avoid this summer: the Pride festival and his ex-boyfriend, Donovan. But when his best friend is unexpectedly called away, Lucas reluctantly agrees to fill in for her and help setup a Pride after-party at Donovan's house. He even agrees to play a small part in a skit that will be performed at the party, thinking he'll get to play The Kid from his favorite romance: Bear, Otter, and the Kid. However, Donovan has a very different part in mind for Lucas. Fall Train by Jaime Samms Brad has ridden the train from his home in Ontario to the university in Ottawa countless times, and he just wants to relax. Instead, he meets Jacob, a wary young Lithuanian man who’s come to Canada in search of a better life. Jacob is lost and desperately needs to reach Ottawa to take his citizenship oath. Brad is willing to help, but first he must convince Jacob his intentions are honest. The Exhibition by Andrea Speed An Infected Short Infected: Roan and Dylan At a gallery showing of Dylan Harlow’s art, Dylan’s husband, Roan, is behaving in his classic smart-ass fashion to a nice couple they’ve met. Not about to stand for that, Dylan conceives of the perfect payback for Roan. What You Will by Tinnean A Companion to Two Lips, Indifferent Red To commemorate their six-month wedding anniversary, Hyde Wyndham wants a formal photograph taken with his husband, Kipp Llewellyn. Word of Peabody (Porridge) Grant, an up-and-coming San Francisco photographer, has reached Hyde, and he determines to see for himself if Porridge’s reputation is warranted. Hyde is pleased with what he sees, but a pushy gallery owner trying to take advantage of Kipp might change his mind. Prologue by Brandon Witt An infinite forest. An immortal Guardian, coaxing lush fruits from her trees while greiving those that wither and die. She has cared for the souls of her charges since before the beginning of time, and she will tend her trees until mankind ceases to exist.
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Grand Adventures is a diverse range of stories about the journey of love.
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