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Guest post by A.F. Henley

Hello, all! I’d like start by offering my heartfelt congratulations to JMS Books on an impressive decade of continued growth and success, with my sincere hopes that there are many more decades to follow. Félicitations, JMS! Tous mes compliments.

From what I’ve seen in the indie publication industry, there is no guaranteed recipe for success. It takes a huge amount of willpower, determination, and drive, not to mention a whole lot of luck. But it also takes empathy, consideration, and a strong desire to take on someone else’s dream as your own. It means putting faith in another person’s vision, and offering them support in fulfilling those goals. It also means doing everything possible to gently guide and develop those ideas into something better than they started out as. That is no small feat, and one that I feel is worthy of my respect and appreciation. Thank you, JMS.

2020 has been a year of heartache, loss, confusion, and frustration. As we’ve done so many times before, our community has rallied together to offer up all the support and love that we can. Yet for every step forward, there seems to have been three steps backward. Be it illness, riots, or just the sheer lack of respect humanity can have for one another, it feels like the wheels of progress aren’t just grinding slowly, but that they might have slipped into reverse. In 1969 the LGTBQ+ community stood up and said they weren’t going to take any more of the bullshit and brought the fight for inclusion and human rights out into the streets. It’s been five decades since then, yet there are still people and communities who are fighting for their right to exist or to love.

And that right there, beyond the effort put into a business and on a much higher level of expectation than mere profit, is the true importance of what distributors like JMS are doing for our community. Because while every story — no, every word — that we write with respect to romance under the LGBTQ+ umbrella is one more step at normalizing love beyond the borders of cis expectations, every one that actually gets published shines a spotlight on the validity of the fact that love truly is love, regardless of whom loves who or how their parts fit together. It reminds the world that we all deserve the love we need to make us feel whole because it sets our stories up there alongside all the other ones, where they belong. It cements the idea that intimacy between consenting adults comes in many different examples of desire — and there’s nothing wrong with that.

Our stories, our love, and our experiences are beautiful. Thank you, JMS, for giving our community a platform to not only display and explore the brilliance of the entire rainbow, but to share it with others who feel the same way that we do.

Happy anniversary, JMS! Bonne chance pour l’avenir!

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Rockabye by A.F. Henley

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Malcolm didn’t have a lot going for him. He wasn’t one of the blessed, or one of the beautiful. He didn’t have many talents. He was, however, a damn good chef. He worked hard and he insisted on perfection — not just from himself but also from everyone else in his kitchen. And if that made others miserable, that was just too damn bad. If one couldn’t live up to expectations then one didn’t belong at Burgeon Manor.

Darien on the other hand, was everything Malcolm envied, hated, and secretly fantasized over. Lean, slim, with a smile that could melt ice and enough charm to woo demons, Darien surprised Malcolm by showing not only interest but also attraction. Which only meant one thing as far as Malcolm was concerned: Darien had to be playing some kind of game. There was no way that a rock god like Darien Flint could have honest feelings for someone like him.

Yet the more Darien tries to know him, the more Malcolm feels himself being drawn into the lie.

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Gordy’s Got a Problem by A.F. Henley

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Living in downtown Toronto can be expensive and frustrating, but Leo is willing to deal with the traffic and working the overtime in order to experience everything else the city has to offer. Or would be, if he had any energy left to do so. The fact that his upstairs neighbour is making more noise that a herd of elephants isn’t helping things either. Tired, irritated, and on the verge of losing his patience, Leo knows that things have got to change.

Gordy is one of the most attractive young men that Leo has ever met, and Leo has no doubt in his mind that Gordy has been using those good looks to get whatever he wants for a very long time. So when Gordy starts turning on the charm, Leo can’t help but wonder if it’s actual interest or merely appeasement.

Together they’re going to try and figure out just what can be done with Gordy’s new roommate — an energetic, excitable, and very noisy young goat whose visit comes with a deathbed promise and a tight family bond. What Leo doesn’t realise is that she also comes with an ability to make him understand more about himself than he could have ever imagined he needed to learn.

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A Beautiful Thing by A.F. Henley

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Sometimes Fate gets tired of being ignored. And some nights, nights with a little more magic than the rest, Fate will decide something needs to be done.

Enter Drualus, Senior Correspondent for the Collective Assembly of Christmas Fae, working with the Night Before Reach Out Program. He has a few short hours to change Scott Misener’s outlook on life, love, and understanding. Lucky for Scott, Dru knows the perfect way to make that happen.

Following the path of a tried and true trope, Dru is about to take Scott on an erotic journey that will remind him how simply beautiful life once was, and how perfectly beautiful it can be again.

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The Gift by A.F. Henley

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Doren was born with a powerful gift — a gift he’s managed to use to put him well on his way to becoming a star. But there is more to that gift than just musical talent, and as careful as Doren is to hide that fact, there are some who know of the power behind the sound, and all the ways they could abuse it.

August’s goal in life is simple: make an impact in the music industry. An opportunity to work as the personal assistant to Doren seems to be exactly the kind of break he needs to accomplish that goal.

But all too often in life, simple becomes just another complication, especially when there are people whose goal is even simpler: destroy and dominate.

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