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Love Brewing by Sam Couste

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Dan Reyes always has a plan. And now that he’s settled into the life he’s always wanted, he’s got another mission: charm Troy Anderson into going on a date with him. Now that Troy’s professional football career is over, he’s moved back to their hometown and Dan’s high school crush is reigniting.

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Guest post by Sam Couste

Over the past decade, my partner, and I (and our husky pup) have spent a good deal of time on the move. Thanks to school, jobs, and life in general, we’ve relocated across countries and oceans, then back again.

Living in constant motion has its benefits. Minimalism becomes a way of life; when every belonging must fit inside a suitcase that you will drag through six time zones, you quickly learn how to deduce what you really need. You don’t save the expensive wine for a special occasion; you drink it now, while you’ve still got glasses on hand.

An ever-changing future allows you to revel in the magic of your present. Your daily walk to the grocery store is a curious journey rather than a humdrum routine. Favorite meals at local restaurants are tinged with a dash of nostalgia as you draw closer to your departure. Your fellow passers-through become close friends, bonded by your shared displacement, though you know that once you part, you’ll likely never see each other again.

Eventually, we found our way back to where we started. We’ve spent the last year learning how to build a home, something permanent. But we’ve not forgotten the lessons that transitional life taught us. I stock up on blank notebooks, but they don’t languish on my shelf. I use them up, recklessly and joyfully. We eat leftover pizza off the good dishes and burn the fancy candles. We don’t have a lot of knickknacks, but our walls are filled with framed photographs and art from friends and family.

Prior to this, every place we’ve lived has had an expiration date. Every move-in date doubled as the start of a count-down to the next repacking. Here, however, the clock moves forward. We’ve got all the time in the world to settle in and make connections. We chose our desks based on what we wanted, rather than what was easiest to shuffle from one apartment to the next. We find adventure in running errands with friends, or dropping by to surprise a sibling with doughnuts on a Saturday morning.

In my latest release, Off Script, childhood sweethearts Christina and Anna make a similar transition. “Now that we’ve sprouted our branches,” Anna tells Chris, “we can tend to our roots.” Learning who you are as a person, how you work internally as well as how you interact with the world around you, allows you to take stock of your present and figure out what matters.

As it turns out, writing is one of the things that matters to me. I love crafting diverse stories where queer people like myself get to enjoy happy endings. I’ve always doodled and daydreamed, but I didn’t get serious about writing until we settled down. Now that I feel at home in my own story, I can share parts of it in the stories of my characters. Working with JMS Books to share my work, and uplift other queer authors, has been a pleasure.

You don’t need to travel to find what grounds you — and you don’t need to settle to find contentment, either. Everyone’s journey is different! And I hope that you enjoy yours, wherever it may take you.

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Off Script by Sam Couste

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From their humble beginnings as playground sweethearts, Chris and Anna have always been inseparable. Now Chris is an up and coming star in Silicon Valley, and Anna’s about to get her big break on the set of Hollywood’s hottest new movie. Everything is perfect, until Chris suffers a setback that requires her to take a break from her whirlwind life.

Now Chris is recuperating on the East Coast with her family while Anna’s away filming. She’s back on her feet, but still hesitant about the future and unsure of what Anna wants. Will Chris and Anna’s relationship survive the long distance? Will they figure out which path they want their lives to take?

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The Hidden Ones by Sam Couste

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After decades of searching, Rob has finally found others who are like him. Magical beings who can shift form and charm humans; the Hidden Ones.

A beach house in a sleepy shore town is home to an eclectic group of shifters, all outcasts in their own way, yet fiercely bonded together by choice. Rob is particularly drawn to Jack, the unofficial leader of the group, who immediately takes a shine to him, as well.

Magic brings answers to questions Rob has had for years; about his health, his history, as well as his future. Rob grows closer to each of his new roommates, and eventually forges a romantic relationship with Jack.

But even as Rob becomes more immersed in the magical world, Jack seems to be pulling back. Tensions rise as Jack’s temper flares and old wounds reopen. Can Rob be able to find a way to keep his relationship with Jack strong without sacrificing his newfound freedom?

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Audible by Sam Couste

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After transferring colleges before his junior year, Marcus is definitely ready to put his past behind him. He’s just not so sure about the whole “moving on” part. His fears about the future increase as his past issues start creeping back into his present.

When the school’s star wide receiver takes an interest in him, Marcus attempts valiantly to snuff out his own happiness, but Sebastian’s never been one to back down from a challenge, for better or worse.

Tempers run high as the two struggle to own up to their emotional baggage. Will Marcus and Sebastian be doomed to repeat old patterns, or can they move forward together?

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