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Gay Love and Other Big Disasters

Gay Love and Other Big Disasters

Jordan and Benjamin Forever #3

Dylan James

Jordan and Benjamin's love story has always been like a fairy tale.

What they don't realize is that old fairy tales often have a bad ending.

Freshly home from their first year of university, Jordan and Benjamin are looking forward to reconnecting with family and friends and growing even closer as a couple. But Jordan's parents are fighting like they've never fought before, their friends are moving forward in their relationships in ways that make Jordan doubt his own, and all the subtle differences between straight and gay relationships start to become loud warning signs that his fairy tale love with Benjamin is headed toward disaster.

There's one thing that can get him through all of this—opening up to Benjamin and telling him his deepest fears—but Jordan is too afraid to do so. If he exposes the cracks in their relationship, will Benjamin conclude it's unsalvageable?

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A Boy Remade

A Boy Remade

S.W. Ballenger

JJ doesn't like what he sees in the mirror.

Everyone else sees a cute, smart, well-liked seventeen-year-old with a great future ahead of him. But JJ sees an overweight, card-carrying nerd without a girlfriend.

If he could have his way, he'd be more like Mason—popular with the girls, gorgeous body, loved by everyone—but he'd never stoop so low as to actually say this to Mason. No, JJ maintains a facade of dislike for Mason, which isn't too hard to keep up given how arrogant the boy is.

But when they get paired on a school project and are forced to work together, the truth comes spilling out, along with some of the deepest, darkest secrets that JJ has. Secrets he swore to never tell another soul.

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Squishy Crushy Something

Squishy Crushy Something

Happy Lucky Everything, Book One

Kieran Frank

Jayden never expected he’d be the type to develop a squish on a boy, never mind a full-blown crush.

It started with Kail, a boy with looks and popularity and all-around awesomeness. Developing a squish on Kail might’ve been natural for Jayden, of course, as anyone could fall for that boy. But it’s now three years later, the summer before senior year, and Jayden’s squish on Kail has grown into a crush that he can no longer ignore. And this crush is leading Jayden to make decisions he knows he’ll regret later.

But Kail isn’t the only one Jayden is having squishy crushy troubles with.

He used to be friends with Ollie, but when Ollie got too deep into religion, it drove Jayden away. Now, Ollie is back and he seems much more open-minded—not to mention much more attractive—and Jayden can’t help but develop a squish. But could it turn into a crush?

Jayden is caught between two squishy crushes—the crush on the boy that he knows is toxic, and the potential crush that could make or break a friendship—and he doesn’t know what to do. The right choice could bring him happiness, but if he makes the wrong choice he could lose everything.

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Pieces of My Life

Pieces of My Life

Chris Bedell

Kevin should be living the life of every eighteen-year-old—applying to colleges, procrastinating on homework, and hanging with friends. Instead, he’s starting senior year at a new school, still struggling to cope with the sudden and tragic death of his secret boyfriend a mere two months ago.

He just wants to go to school, do the work, and go home…and not talk to anyone. But that plan is foiled by Wesley, an arrogant, talkative jock who just won’t leave Kevin alone. It gets even worse when they’re assigned to work together on a project. And it really hits rock bottom when Kevin realizes Wesley is flirting with him.

But maybe this could be a good thing—for both of them. With Wesley being closeted, maybe Kevin can help him make peace with who he is. And if he explores this flirtation with Wesley, this might be the thing to help Kevin work through the grief that clouds his days and find the light of happiness again.

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Gerald Ribbon and the Bird In His Brain

Gerald Ribbon and the Bird In His Brain

Maxwell Bauman

Gerald Ribbon has a habit of ruining his love life.

The bird in his brain gives him terrible advice, and he is stuck dealing with the consequences.

He screwed up his relationship with Jessica, who has now moved on and is seeing someone new. But the fear of damaging another friendship prevents Gerald from openly expressing his feelings for his best friend, Allen. When Allen begins to date Diana, Gerald feels himself getting left behind and tries to form a wedge between the two. Ultimately, Allen and Diana's relationship reaches a breaking point, and Gerald needs to be louder than the noisy bird in his brain and do what is right for his friend and himself.

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Maxwell Bauman

Maxwell Bauman is Editor-In-Chief of Door Is A Jar Literary Magazine. He is a contributor for Chicken Soup for the Soul. His short story collection, The Anarchist Kosher Cookbook (2017) and novella The Mummy of Canaan (2019) were published by CLASH Books. He has two novellas forthcoming at the end 2021; House of Blood and Teeth from Nictitating Books, and The Giant Robots of Babel from Aggadah Try It, an imprint of Madness Heart Press.

When not writing, Maxwell makes LEGO art, some of which has been exhibited at the Blue Door Art Center in Yonkers, NY, and published in the Association for Jewish Studies: Perspectives; The Protest Issue (June 2021).

You can find out more about Maxwell's writing and art on his website maxwellbauman.com and follow him on Twitter @maxwellbauman

Felyx Lawson

Felyx Lawson is a writer from the mysterious land of North East England who writes LGBTQ+ slice of life stories. He lives with his partner and they are saving for their own house. He knew he was gay from a young age but only fully accepted and embraced it in his mid-twenties.

He’s an avid gamer and will fight anyone to prove the SNES is the best console. If he isn’t writing, he can normally be found playing on his PS5. His favourite place to visit was Japan, not only for all the awesome manga, anime, and collectables, but also for the peaceful atmosphere even in one of the busiest cities in the world.

L.I.F.E.

L.I.F.E.

L.I.F.E. #1

Felyx Lawson

Rider Williams is your typical high school student. He has classes, hangs with friends, plays video games, writes for the school paper, plays guitar, collects comics, and is gay. Okay, so he’s not your typical high school student.

Rider is trying to finish his senior year of high school while struggling to accept himself and hide his secret. It’s difficult and he might have succeeded if not for two challenges in his way. The first, an assignment about the one thing he doesn’t understand and hasn’t experienced: love. The other, Cameron Walker, a transfer student who looks like a stereotypical jock, but seems to be so much more.

Can Rider survive the weight of his secret?

It’s only the start of the school year but Rider already knows L.I.F.E. isn’t as easy as it seems.

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