Wednesday Briefs: March 2, 2022

Here is a list of all the authors flashing this week, along with a brief snippet from their latest free work. Click the link after the snippet to be taken to the complete story on the author’s home page.

Ancalagon: Chapter Eighty by Cia Nordwell

“I shall go back and prepare my people for your ambassador’s visit.” Garjah tilted his head, one fist over his chest in salute. I guess he respected the Fertet who’d agreed to come in place of the Glo’ots the Council had tried to send in the first place. I’d vetoed that immediately, ignoring my mother’s hiss behind me. They were a species long part of the Galactic, but they were stuffy, bureaucratic types who would not do well with Garjah’s people.  

No, to foster a relationship, they’d needed a species who held similar values and who would appreciate the beauty


Rose and Thorne 6 #13 (3.3) by Julie Lynn Hayes

“I was twenty-one and quite naïve when I first met Connor. From an early age, I knew I liked other boys, not girls, but that was not the time to be out and proud. Especially not in the Bible belt. Dad, God rest his soul, meant well, but I knew he wouldn’t understand something I barely understood myself. And Mom followed him in everything. I can’t really blame her, it’s what women did back then. So I kept my feelings quiet, at least around them. And the kids at school. But even closeted, you can get an idea of who might feel the same way. There’s a lot can be said with a wink and a smile. So I did manage to learn something about gay sex, because you know, where there’s a will, there’s a way.” He chuckled.

I couldn’t believe how upbeat he sounded, in spite of everything

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