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.
“The Bear Next Door” by Jack Byrne
“I’ve been wanting to ask you something.”
Rob Johnson looked up from his computer and frowned. In the doorway stood his new young neighbor, Bryce Philipson. Rob raised his eyebrows and waited, having no idea what the boy wanted. Well, he wasn’t a boy, he was a young man. Bryce was about twenty-two. He looked sleek and tanned and golden and self-assured, the opposite of Rob’s massive beer-barrel, hirsute frame. Bryce didn’t look that self-assured now, though, Rob noticed. He was hovering above Rob, looking nervous.
“Yeah?” prompted Rob, wondering what was so important it had to impose on his office time. He did not enjoy office work, and it always put him in a bad frame of mind. He preferred to get it over with as soon as possible, and therefore looked upon interruptions with a jaundiced eye.
“Do you ever… um, go out?”
Rob looked up at Bryce and took off his glasses, twirling them in his hand absently. He considered asking why in the hell Bryce would ask him that, or whether the youngster was blind, but he looked up at the nervous face and took pity.
“No,” said Rob, and went back to registering the calf drop for the season.