Editor’s Note: I’m a part of a new anthology coming out on 8/18 from Dreamspinner Press: A Taste of Honey. And while the book is not Fantasy, Sci Fi or Paranormal per se, some of the stories in it include magical realism or present-day fantasy. I hope you’ll indulge me as I share the intros to a number of these stories in the lead-up to the book’s release. :) –Scott
Coming from Dreamspinner Press on August 18th – A Taste of Honey – the ultimate bear romance anthology. Guys don’t have to be in their twenties, perfectly sculpted, and hairless to be hot. Bears are real men with real bodies–and that doesn’t always mean a perfect six-pack or an immaculately smooth chest. With bears, it can mean more man to love. The men in this anthology are chubs, cubs, grizzlies, pandas, polar bears, and more–all looking for a connection. And beneath their burly physiques are hearts of gold. Explore the bear scene and beyond with these big, hairy guys and the men who find them irresistibly sexy.
Leading up to the release date, we’ve got a bear-a-day – the intro to each of these stories to whet your appetite for more.
Sitting at a table in the Atlas Diner, Will took another deep, cleansing breath and tried to calm his nerves. He had been told not to drink any alcohol or caffeine before the study, and he looked with envy at the other customers finishing their meals with a cup of coffee. He drank water rather than his usual diet Coke with his burger and fries, and it just wasn’t the same.
What a shitty way to spend a Friday night, and Valentine’s Day, no less, he thought. Strapped to a bunch of electrodes reading my vitals just to find out what I already know. And how the hell am I supposed to sleep with all that stuff on? I’m gonna have to at least lie on my side. I just hope I don’t wake up choking like I did Tuesday.
His waitress, Melinda from her nametag, was a squat woman with a warm smile and a Bettie Page hairdo. She came by and asked if he wanted more water or maybe some dessert, and he returned her smile and just asked for the check. He got a sense she might have been flirting with him. She was a Big Beautiful Woman, but he was a dyed-in-the-woof Bear, though with all the weight he’d gained over the last seven months he’d been seen as more chub than cub in the eyes of those who pursued him online these days.
Looking at the hearts and chubby winged archers that hung from the ceiling of the diner, Jim remembered Cupid’s Greek counterpart was Eros, which meant Love was literally in the air tonight in this diner. Yeah, just not for me. Not this year. Not without Boss Daddy.