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Project Fierce Chicago

Today we are joined by Dianne Hartsock, one of the generous authors involved in the Project Fierce Chicago anthology.

Buy your copy now and support a great cause.

Project Fierce Chicago

About the anthology

Nobody deserves to be without a home. In collaboration with several authors, Less Than Three Press offers up an anthology of stories about young people who find that home and family are not always where you expect to find them.

All proceeds from this charity anthology will be donated to Project Fierce Chicago.

Who are the authors?

LT3′s Project Fierce Chicago charity anthology includes 20 short stories from AerisVicktor AlexanderTalya AndorC.J. AnthonyBlaine D. ArdenKayla Bain-VrbaSophie BonasteKenzie CadeJana Denardo,Alessandra EbuluDianne HartsockLeta HutchinsCaitlin RicciLor RoseB. SnowRin SparrowAndrea SpeedPiper VaughnLayla M. Wier, and Xara X. Xanakas.

A personal message from Diane Hartsock

Everyone deserves a safe and stable home!

Homelessness has become an epidemic in the LGBT youth community. Family conflicts, abuse and problems at school are all contributing factors. Some find themselves on the street after ‘aging out’ of foster care, but more and more gay and transgender young people, emboldened by increased acceptance in society, are coming out in their teen years, when they are still reliant on their parents. Sometimes faced with hostility or rejection at home, many teens turn instead to the streets.

Portland, Oregon, is considered the second worst city in the United States for juvenile sex trafficking, so when it came time to write my story for the Project Fierce Charity Anthology, I wanted to touch on this almost taboo subject. People would rather close their eyes and pretend it isn’t happening.

Sammy has been surviving for years on the streets of Portland by hooking along the waterfront for the local businessmen. In this story, one young man finds his way to a better future, but unfortunately, in real life, this isn’t always the case. It takes projects like this one to help provide shelter and a safe haven for our suffering children. I want to thank Piper Vaughn for bringing this anthology to my attention and that I am able to contribute to such an important cause.

SAMMY –my story in the Project Fierce Charity Anthology

At fifteen, Sam inadvertently comes out to his parents, but instead of the support he hopes for, they send him to live with his uncle. Unfortunately, the man is even less tolerant of his uniqueness. Rather than change to please his family, feeling unwanted and misunderstood, he runs away to find a better life.

But the crowded city isn’t kind to a young man with no home and no prospects of work. When this story opens, Sam has been on the streets for several years when one of his ‘regulars’ begins to take more than a business interest in him. For the first time Sammy dreams of more than a bleak lonely future, but does he dare hope that someone like him could find their happily ever after?

Dianne Hartsock
blog: http://diannehartsock.wordpress.com/my-blog/
FB: https://www.facebook.com/diannehartsock

About Project Fierce Chicago

Project Fierce Chicago’s mission is to reduce LGBTQ youth homelessness in Chicago by providing affirming, no-cost transitional housing and comprehensive support services to homeless LGBTQ young adults. PFC also aims to encourage community-building and civic engagement through cooperative living and youth leadership development.

To learn more about Project Fierce Chicago or to donate directly, visit their website. Project Fierce Chicago

 

Project Fierce Chicago

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To be released 15th July 2014 but available for pre-order now!

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Project Fierce Chicago – a charity anthology

I wanted to draw your attention to a wonderful cause and the way you can support it, simply by buying an anthology of fabulous stories.

Piper Vaughn has also stopped by to talk about the inspiration for this anthology and how it came into being.

Project Fierce Chicago

About the anthology

Nobody deserves to be without a home. In collaboration with several authors, Less Than Three Press offers up an anthology of stories about young people who find that home and family are not always where you expect to find them.

All proceeds from this charity anthology will be donated to Project Fierce Chicago.

Who are the authors?

LT3′s Project Fierce Chicago charity anthology includes 20 short stories from AerisVicktor AlexanderTalya AndorC.J. AnthonyBlaine D. ArdenKayla Bain-VrbaSophie BonasteKenzie CadeJana Denardo,Alessandra EbuluDianne HartsockLeta HutchinsCaitlin RicciLor RoseB. SnowRin SparrowAndrea SpeedPiper VaughnLayla M. Wier, and Xara X. Xanakas.

A personal message from Piper

Hi, all!

Thanks to Nic Starr for asking me to write a bit about what inspired the Project Fierce Chicago anthology for her blog today. The concept for this anthology was born when I was looking to donate to a local GLBT homeless youth charity and discovered Project Fierce. I saw they were an up-and-coming charity seeking to raise money to purchase properties they could turn into transitional homes for homeless GLBT youth between the ages of 18 and 25. I didn’t have a ton of money that I could donate on my own, but then I remembered a couple of charity anthologies I’d seen in recent years. I figured that might be a way to get them a larger sum of money over a longer period of time.

At first, I was going to try to put the anthology together on my own, and I started putting out feelers to other authors who might be interested, but then I started to worry about the technicalities of producing a multi-author anthology, and I decided that before I decided to take that path, I should probably contact one of my publishers to see how they felt about producing it. I emailed the people of Less Than Three Press, with whom I’d already had a close relationship since 2011. They quickly agreed to take it on—and many thanks to them for doing so—and shortly thereafter a submission call was put out asking authors to submit stories for the anthology. Now, months later, here we are. The anthology contains 20 stories total, and all of the proceeds minus vendor fees will be going to Project Fierce over the next two years (the term of the contract with LT3). It truly was a labor of love for a cause that’s near and dear to our hearts. Hopefully, we can raise some money for a worthy charity and provide people with some great reading material at the same time. Because we really do believe that regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, everyone deserves a safe home.

~Piper

About Project Fierce Chicago

Project Fierce Chicago’s mission is to reduce LGBTQ youth homelessness in Chicago by providing affirming, no-cost transitional housing and comprehensive support services to homeless LGBTQ young adults. PFC also aims to encourage community-building and civic engagement through cooperative living and youth leadership development.

To learn more about Project Fierce Chicago or to donate directly, visit their website. Project Fierce Chicago

 

Project Fierce Chicago

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To be released 15th July 2014 but available for pre-order now!

Less Than Three Press

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The Lucky Moon series by M.J. O’Shea and Piper Vaughn

I just finished reading Catch My Breath by M.J. O’Shea which had a reference to the Ventura brothers. Shane and Nick Ventura appear in the Lucky Moon series by Piper Vaughn and M.J. O’Shea. So I thought I would share my thoughts on this great series!

  • Moonlight Becomes You (book #1)
  • The Luckiest (book #2)
  • Moonstruck (book #3)

Moonlight Becomes You (Lucky Moon, #1)Moonlight Becomes You

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Eleven years ago Shane Ventura made the biggest mistake of his life when he caved in to pressure from his record label to kick his best friend Jesse Seider out of their band, Luck. Though he had a gorgeous voice, Jesse wasn’t beautiful, and didn’t fit the label’s ideal look. But Shane’s never wanted anyone else more, and all the sex and alcohol in the world can’t fill the void Jesse left behind.

As his thirty-second birthday approaches, Shane feels more miserable than ever. Even the prospect of teaming up with Britain’s hottest band, Moonlight, for an epic world tour can’t get him out of his depressive funk. Until he meets lead singer, Kayden Berlin, and falls into instant lust.

Though Kayden acts like he’s not interested, Shane knows he feels the spark between them. But the harder Shane pushes, the more Kayden pulls away. Then one explosive night things finally come to a head and Shane is left nursing a broken heart. That seems to be Shane’s lot–lucky at everything but love, the one thing that matters most. But there’s a lesson Shane still hasn’t learned: when it comes to love, you can’t always leave things to chance.

So what did I think?

I really liked this book, the story of Shane, part of a hugely successful band but lacking something in his life. Although slightly predictable but with an interesting make-over theme, there is enough tension and a good pace. I also love a nice happy ending!

The story is told in a combination of ‘now’ and ‘then’ with the flashbacks telling the story of Shane’s love for his best friend Jesse, a love based on what’s inside rather than outward appearance. The ‘now’ tells the story of Shane’s current discontent and his growing attraction to Kayden, the hot lead singer of another band.

Interestingly the only character I didn’t warm to was Nick (Shane’s brother) who features in the second book of the series. Reviews of The Luckiest indicate it is better than this first book so I am very eager to read and learn more about Nick.

4 Stars

The Luckiest (Lucky Moon, #2)The Luckiest by Piper Vaughn

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

The blurb…

Rock star Nick Ventura has finally hit rock bottom. Jealous of his brother’s new love, he starts overindulging in his usual vices and winds up crashing his car into a department store in a drunken haze. Publicly humiliated and on the verge of jail time, he enters into a court-ordered rehabilitation program.

Nutritionist Luka Novak is flamboyant, effeminate, the type of gay man that bisexual Nick would normally sneer at. His sunny nature hides a deep hurt from a previous relationship. Luka knows he should be wary of Nick’s reputation, but he’s drawn to Nick despite himself. Their tentative friendship turns into romance, but Luka soon comes to realize that Nick’s fear of losing his bad boy reputation means he’ll probably never go public with their relationship.

Nick never thought he needed anyone, until Luka Novak came into his life. Now he has to reconcile his carefree past with the future he suddenly wants more than anything. And the first lesson he has to learn is how to become the man that both he and Luka need him to be, rather than stay the boy he always was. Alone.

So what did I think?

I loved this book and knew I was going to love it after just one chapter!
This is the story of bad-boy rock star Nick who needs to spend months in rehab where he meets Luka, the nutritionist.
The writing style drew me in. I could feel Nick’s pain while at the same time laughing at the humour of his internal dialogue (loved the scene where he is filling out the forms for his doctor!). Nick’s character, is filled with pain and struggling to adjust to changes in his life. He appears selfish and childish but so very vulnerable.
Luka is supportive and protective of Nick but has his own pain from being hurt in the past. He is a gentle character but also a firecracker in bed!
The story follows Nick’s journey as he puts his past behind him to give his heart to another and Luka learning to trust.
“What they had was rare, imperfect and beautiful and scary all at once. It was hard to say those things out loud and know the right words to use. But that was ok. Because when two people found each other, two people who were meant to be, words didn’t even matter anymore. They just knew. And that was the luckiest thing of all.”
4.5 stars because there are gorgeous rockers, cute dogs, misunderstandings, hot sex and HEA

5 Stars

Moonstruck (Lucky Moon, #3)Moonstruck by Piper Vaughn

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Surya Patel is the drummer for the massively popular band, Moonlight. When his label suggests a collaboration with Luck, the band Moonlight toured with the year before, he should be all for it. Except for one thing—he slept with Luck’s manager during the tour, and then bolted in the dead of night. He’s regretted it ever since, but he knows being around Emmanuel will only lead to disaster. Unfortunately for Surya, the person the label sends to sweet talk him into joining the collaboration is none other than Em himself.

Emmanuel Cortez has spent months trying to forget about the hottest night of his life—the night he slept with Surya. It’s been a year, but not even the death of his beloved grandmother and the subsequent drama with his family could keep the memories away. Now it’s time to be professional. His job is to convince Surya to collaborate with Luck, nothing more, but a day spent together leads to yet another passionate night. This time Em is the one to leave.

But unexpectedly Surya has a change of heart. He isn’t satisfied with just one night anymore. He wants forever.

So what did I think?

The excitement level did not match the earlier books, especially #2 The Luckiest which is the highlight of the series. However it is still an enjoyable story.

Surya falls for Em and, although happy for their relationship to be known among friends, struggles to come out to his very traditional family. Em has his own family issues to deal with. There is lots of wasted time and heartbreak caused by lack of communication (if only these guys would speak to each other!)

The story is steadily paced, with lots of soul-searching, but lacks the humour and drama of the earlier books but still a nice read.

4 Stars

For more information on M.J. O’Shea and her books visit her website.

For more information on Piper Vaughn and her books visit her website.

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