Editor’s Note: I’m a part of a new anthology that just came 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
Just from Dreamspinner Press – 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.
We’ve got a bear-a-day this week – the intro to each of these stories to whet your appetite for more.
Today’s Excerpt: “Life’s Tiny Surprises” by Tara Spears
Mac sat in the restaurant being his own piteous birthday party of one. Earlier at work there had been a cake–which he never even saw a piece of–and some of the other teachers had signed a card and left it near the coffee maker in the lounge, but it had been a rather mundane effort compared to other faculty birthday celebrations.
He’d been teaching at Griffin High School for four years now, and his fellow teachers were still nervous around Mac due to his large size and overly quiet nature. Of course his booming voice, which could be heard throughout the school when he was stopping a bullying incident, might have something to do with that. Yet, having been teased through school himself, he had zero tolerance for that sort of thing. People just assumed he had a mean streak, but he was actually pretty shy, an introvert, and always had been. He supposed he could make more of an effort, but it wasn’t as if any of them had tried to get to know Mac either.