I'm stoked to have my story, SPOILERS, included in the forthcoming COVALENT BONDS collection from World Weaver Press. The book doesn't come out until Valentine's Day 2017, but in the meantime here's the grand reveal of the cover!
Covalent bonds aren't just about atoms sharing electron pairs anymore--it's about the electricity that happens when you pair two geeks together. This anthology celebrates geeks of all kinds (enthusiasts, be it for comics, Dr. Who, movies, gaming, computers, or even grammar), and allows them to step out of their traditional supporting roles and into the shoes of the romantic lead.
Featuring nine stories ranging from sweet to hot, by authors G.G. Andrew, Laura VanArendonk Baugh, Tellulah Darling, Mara Malins, Jeremiah Murphy, Marie Piper, Charlotte M. Ray, Wendy Sparrow, and Cori Vidae, Covalent Bonds is a chance for geeks to get their noses out of the books, and instead to be the book.
About the stories:
The Hacked Match by Wendy Sparrow
Infiltrate and negotiate. All FBI consultant Aubrey Lowen has to do is covertly get a retired hacker’s attention at a conference, maybe throw a few of her nonexistent feminine wiles at him, and get him to do a little thing for the government—the same type of hack that got him slapped in his heyday. Hah! She is so screwed. Seth Lawrence once had the internet at his feet as Savage Lynx but he won’t pass up the chance to have a sweet geek seduce him into compliance, even if she doesn’t believe she can do it. The toughest hack might be the way into her heart. Time to come out of retirement.
Issues by Jeremiah Murphy
It’s comic convention time, which, for Emma means digging through stacks of comic books and peddling her hopes and dreams as an artist. While there she’ll be able to escape her neighbor’s cheesy pick-up lines and bravado—so she’s less-than-thrilled to run into him, supposedly working. Her biggest problem isn't that he's there, but that she just can’t keep her hands off him.
Addie-cted by Charlotte M. Ray
Gaming livestreamer Addie wants only for the marathon-weekend's raids to go well. However, an important team-member's graphics card breaks, and the only way to salvage her plans is to invite him over to use her computer.
What Addie was not prepared for is how Trent makes her feel, and how well their flirtatious online friendship translates to Real Life. But can she risk her heart—and more—for the man who doesn't notice her limp and isn't deterred by her totally un-sexy onesies?
Spoilers by Marie Piper
All Mike wants is to go to the theater and see a classic camp horror movie. He really didn’t ask for much, unless he counted the begging he had to do to get someone to cover his shift, and he didn’t. When the gorgeous redhead in line ahead of him commits a movie sin with her accidental spoilers, he finds himself drawn to her instead of being mad. Could this be a match made in camp horror history?
Rogue Trip by Laura VanArendonk Baugh
Tabletop gamer Cassandra made a promise. A life-or-death dying-wish <i>promise</i>. But a truck's flat tire three states over is going to make her break it.
Adam is so very close to achieving game-writing fame and fortune, until a social media rumor threatens to undo all he's accomplished.
Their only hope to salvage their separate goals is a mad cross-country race against the clock, driving shifts with the person they both hate most: each other.
Critical Hit by Cori Vidae
Hallie has had a crush on Terrance for months and hasn't had the courage to do anything about it but at last she has a plan. Can a very special game of Dungeons and Dragons empower Hallie's character to do what she hasn't the courage for?
Classification of Nerd by Mara Malins
After a bitter divorce, Emily tries to regain her independence and release her inner geek by working for gaming company, Tester.com. But when her new boss Jack takes an instant dislike to her, Emily is both frustrated and relived. Her plan to keep him at a distance is thwarted when they are both sent on a work trip together, a trip where Emily learns the difference between nerd and geek.
Better than Chocolate by Tellulah Darling
Sadie Lipovsky wants to jettison her ex into deep space and eat her body weight in chocolate, but a clash over M&M’s with a former high school bad boy leaves her frustrated in more ways than one. Niccolò Rossi wants to escape his travesty of a night but this mouthy geek girl is screwing up his peaceful equilibrium. Despite Sadie's and Nic's sparks, their judgmental assumptions and the mother of all thwarted hook-ups may make this a night to remember in all the worst ways.
Or it might be the sweetest thing to ever hit them.
Girl Meets Grammarian by G.G. Andrew
Poet Eliza Stein is trying to establish herself as a new professor at a prestigious university. But when she meets and quarrels with the older Dr. Kunal Narang over sentence diagramming, she realizes it's going to be more difficult to stake out her place than she expected. If only Kunal wasn't so infuriating, so infuriatingly charming—or so good with his hands.