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#SecondAct by Sam Couste

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Fresh out of a relationship, Jesse Velasco needs some downtime. He finds himself in an isolated beach town helping out with some family business. While he’s embraced his inner hermit, Jesse is not completely isolated; he’s got a new Twitter friend, a hot neighbor, and a celebrity crush to keep him entertained.

But it turns out all three of them are the same person; Jack Anders, primetime heartthrob who has his own reasons for dodging the spotlight in Jesse’s sleepy town by the sea. After Jesse first runs into Jack (literally) the two men discover that they have a lot in common, and Jack seems keen on taking their relationship further.

Jesse can’t say no to a fling with Jack. There’s no harm in having a little fun, and he can’t imagine that Jack is looking for anything serious … right?

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The Right Turn by Sam Couste

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Cam’s life isn’t all that exciting. Boring job, failing relationship, and a handful of missed opportunities. He often wonders how his life might have turned out if he’d made different choices. Especially when he runs into Mattie, his childhood best friend who’s grown into the man of Cam’s dreams.

That dream becomes a reality — or an alternate reality, at least — when Cam wakes up one morning in the arms of an adoring Mattie. This version of Mattie and Cam have been together for years, though Cam has no memory of his new life. He’s determined to figure out how he arrived in this new dream life — and how to keep it.

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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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