Magic & Mayhem

MAndMThe Magic & Mayhem anthology is going out of print!

With the RWP tenure ending, we’ll be taking down the Magic & Mayhem anthology, but we are making it available for free for a limited time. You can grab your digital copy from Smashwords. We will take it down on Sunday, February 4.

Why is Magic & Mayhem going out-of-print?

The purpose of the anthology was raise funds for the Read with Pride Northwest initiative. With RWP now closing after five years, there’s no more reason to host a charity anthology. It was a truly wonderful project which not only shared amazing stories, but also raised revenue to support the RWP conference, and allowed us to provide a free conference experience to attendees.

We are deeply grateful to everyone who purchased the anthology and to everyone who contributed to making it happen. Thank you!

Why can’t the anthology just be made free to download permanently?

Great question. The reason why we don’t make it free permanently is to respect the work of the contributoring authors, each who signed a contract to share their work with the anthology for the purpose of raising funds for RWP.

We are making it available for free for one week after our announcement about it going out of print. We understand how disappointing it can be as a reader when a book goes out of print and is no longer available, so for a limited time, it will be accessible for free, and after that, we will remove it from Smashwords. Thank you for understanding.

For those interested, many of the contributed non-fiction essays are also available on this site as they were past conference keynotes.

What is Magic & Mayhem about?

Everyone deserves to see themselves in stories, to see themselves get a happy ending. For the past few years, Gay Romance Northwest (GRNW) has helped to see those stories reach more of the LGBTQ community, and gain traction in libraries and beyond.

Furthering that goal is this collection of new fiction and essays, including information on how to get LGBT books in libraries, letters from authors sharing their personal reflections on writing, essays about why positive and happy queer books are so important, and short stories about tattooists, soldiers, mages, and cyborgs that span the LGBTQ spectrum and show that love has no bounds.

This anthology includes never-before-published short stories by Josh Lanyon, Karelia Stetz-Waters, Ginn Hale, Megan Derr, Dev Bentham, Alex Powell, EJ Russell and Austin Chant. Contributed essays include works by Radclyffe, Rick R. Reed, Jordan Castillo Price, Rose Christo, and EE Ottoman.

Magic & Mayhem Anthology Contents


“Broken Art,” by Dev Bentham
“Caroline’s Heart,” by Austin Chant
“Demonica,” by Megan Derr
“The Hollow History of Professor Perfectus,” by Ginn Hale
“Fade to Black,” by Josh Lanyon
“Charmed By Chance,” by Alex Powell
“Sun, Moon, and Stars,” by E.J. Russell
“Slack Tide,” by Karelia Stetz-Waters


“Romance for the Rest of Us,” by Jessica Blat
“Sad Queer Characters and the Revolution of Joy,” by Austin Chant
“Dear Rose,” by Rose Christo
“How to Get LGBT Romance Books Into Libraries” by Marlene Harris
“So What is “Character-Type Love Match” Anyway?” by Nicole Kimberling
“My Road to Romance,” by Susan Lee
“To My Future Self,” by EE Ottoman
“What I’ve Learned,” by Jordan Castillo Price
“Dear Len,” by Radclyffe
“A Letter to My Former Self,” by Rick R. Reed
“Five Things We Learned Running A Queer Romance Event (and the One Thing We Still Need to Do)” by Tracy Timmons-Gray

Our Deep Gratitude

THANK YOU to everyone who helped make this book a reality, from Nicole, Sam, and Amanda for leading the charge, to all the wonderful contributors for providing their stories and essays, to all the GRNW attendees who played Character Type Love Match and inspired this volume, and…

To all you readers for reading! Thank you!

Call for Story Submissions: Magic and Mayhem GRNW Charity Anthology

CallForSubmissionsGRNW is excited to share the below announcement–a call for submissions for a new project, a charity story anthology based on the prompts from the Character Type Love Match game held at the 2014 and 2015 GRNW Meet-Up conferences.

If you’re loving the prompts, “Soldier x Tattoo Artist” and/or “Mage & Cyborg,” we hope you will consider submitting a LGBTQIA romance story for the anthology. We’d love to build a magical experience that shares the awesomeness of queer romance to GRNW readers and beyond in 2016!

MAGIC AND MAYHEM: A GRNW Charity Anthology

Now Accepting Submissions!

For the past three years, Old Growth Northwest’s Gay Romance Northwest initiative has brought LGBTQ romance authors and readers to the Pacific Northwest to celebrate the genre. Panels, discussions, and books abound—as well as Character Type Love Match. Character Type Love Match is an interactive crowd favorite where attendees vote to advance their favorite character type, and the two left standing form a happily-ever-after pairing. In 2014, the winners were Tattoo Artist and Soldier. At 2015’s conference, the winners were Mage and Cyborg. Magic and Mayhem: A GRNW Anthology is taking those pairings out of GRNW attendees’ fertile imaginations and letting them run wild on the page.

GRNW enthusiasts and authors of queer romance in general are invited to submit their stories about mage/cyborg or tattoo artist/soldier in love for publication in Magic and Mayhem. Proceeds from the anthology will benefit the nonprofit and volunteer-run Gay Romance Northwest initiative so that they can continue to put on excellent programming, facilitate hundreds of book donations to the Seattle area, and keep being awesome without a profit margin.

As this is a charity anthology, contributors will not retain any money from the sale of Magic and Mayhem. Potential authors should keep this in mind when submitting.

Free Entry into GRNW 2016 AND 2017 as an Attending Author: All authors whose works are part of the published anthology will receive a free registration to the 2016 Gay Romance Northwest Meet-Up conference on 9/24/16 in Seattle, WA, and will be included in the conference program as an official GRNW 2016 Attending Author. Anthology authors will ALSO be included in GRNW 2017 as an attending author. That’s right! The next TWO years of conferences.

Story guidelines:

  • Stories should be 2,500 to 20,000 words in length.
  • Stories must be LGBTQIA. We encourage authors to submit stories from all over the QUILTBAG spectrum: trans (including genderqueer), asexual, bi romance, and beyond.
  • Any sub-genre is accepted, but it must suit the pairing of either mage/cyborg OR tattoo artist/soldier.
  • As this is a romance genre anthology, a happy ending for the couple, whether it’s HEA or HFN, is strongly preferred.
  • Any heat level is accepted, but as this is a charity anthology for a nonprofit organization, please avoid instances of rape and non-consent for these stories.

Submission guidelines:

  • Deadline is March 31, 2016.
  • The anthology publisher will retain the rights to the stories for two [2] years.
  • Send your submissions to with MAGIC AND MAYHEM – SUBMISSION in the subject line.
  • The file must be attached in .doc, .docx, or .rtf format.
  • Include a short (no longer than 200 words) summary of the story in the body of the email, as well as the pairing.
  • Stories should be formatted as follows: Times New Roman size 12, double-spaced, paragraphs indented (.25″). Include a cover page with the title, author name, and word count.

Anthology Organizers – Who we are:

  • Nicole Kimberling, Amanda Jean, and Samantha M. Derr are editors brought together in support of GRNW. We’re the organizers and editors of this anthology. Please contact us at if you have questions (or contact Amanda on twitter: @amandahjean and Samantha: @rykaine).
  • To read more about Old Growth Northwest, please visit

Thank you for your support!

GRNW offers our deepest heartfelt thanks and gratitude to Nicole, Amanda, and Samantha for leading this amazing project, and thank you to all the authors who are interested in submitting a story to this anthology and who wish to help support Gay Romance Northwest activities.

Thank you so much! We can’t wait to unveil all the magic (and mahem) next year!

Free Reads Spotlight – Love’s Landscapes

LoveLandscapesLogoEvery summer, the M/M Romance Group on GoodReads puts on an amazing event where writers submit 150+ free short stories and novellas (and even a few novels), all written based on group member prompts, and released every day from June 1 through August. It’s amazing and a treasure trove of stories.

A number of GRNW 2014 authors have already had their 2014 stories published. You can check them out below (and all have ebook versions for downloading!)

Better Than New by Charley Descoteaux (Contemporary)

Guarded by Kim Fielding (Fantasy)

The Raven’s Luck by Laylah Hunter (Urban Fantasy)

Souring Past Death by Morticia Knight (Dystopia/Sci-Fi)

Wet Dreams and Adult Revelations by Tara Spears (Contemporary)

Villains by Andrea Speed (Sci-Fi/Fantasy)

Expect the Unexpected by Lou Sylvre (Contemporary)

What more stories will come out? We’ll find out! Until then, happy reading!

The Story Behind the Project Fierce Anthology + Ebook Giveaway

By Megan Derr

projectfierce400Project Fierce began quietly, as these things usually do. Less Than Three has always wanted to get more involved with charity work. We’ve done small things here and there, auctioning off prompts for disaster relief, or selling short stories of our own and donating the money. Community and helping each other means a lot to us. LT3 wouldn’t be where it was without all the support and help we’ve received from family and friends over the years. My family has always believed strongly in teamwork, helping others, never leaving someone to suffer alone if its within our power to help. And everyone, everywhere, deserves to have a home. If it’s within our power to help fix a problem, we always want to try.

When Piper Vaughn approached us about doing something to help Project Fierce Chicago, which is an amazing cause, it seemed the perfect start we needed that we kept putting off. At the end of the day, LT3 really didn’t have much to do. The behind-the-scenes details are easy enough when you do it all the time. The bulk of the work went to the authors willing to donate stories, many of whom had never worked with LT3 before but were willing to throw in for the cause. Many many thanks also go to the editors who were willing to donate their time and talent to help us. Also much love to the reviewers and other bloggers helping to spread word of the anthology, and of course the faithful readers so crucial to the entire process 🙂

We wound up with twenty stories in all, from authors old and new, all of them engaging and well-fitted to the theme. Everyone involved worked hard to bring it all together, and the results have been fantastic. They’ve also been inspiring, and LT3 is very much looking forward to doing more such volumes in the future.

Our next charity project will likely be something much closer to home for LT3: working with Cape Fear Equality right here on the coast of North Carolina.

Much love and thanks again to everyone who helped make this happen, and all our best to Project Fierce Chicago and the youths they help.

~Megan, Sasha, Samantha


Nobody deserves to be without a home. In collaboration with several authors, Less Than Three Press offers up an anthology of stories about young people who find that home and family are not always where you expect to find them.

All proceeds from this charity anthology will be donated to Project Fierce Chicago.

Project Fierce Chicago’s mission is to reduce LGBTQ youth homelessness in Chicago by providing affirming, no-cost transitional housing and comprehensive support services to homeless LGBTQ young adults. PFC also aims to encourage community-building and civic engagement through cooperative living and youth leadership development.

Participating Authors: LT3’s Project Fierce Chicago charity anthology includes 20 short stories from Aeris, Vicktor Alexander, Talya Andor, C.J. Anthony, Blaine D. Arden, Kayla Bain-Vrba, Sophie Bonaste, Kenzie Cade, Jana Denardo, Alessandra Ebulu, Dianne Hartsock, Leta Hutchins, Caitlin Ricci, Lor Rose, B. Snow, Rin Sparrow, Andrea Speed, Piper Vaughn, Layla M. Wier, and Xara X. Xanakas.


LT3 is offering one free copy of the anthology (the cost of it will still be donated), to be given to a randomly selected winner. To participate, just leave a comment below. 🙂 The winner will be chosen on Thursday, July 24.

To see more of Megan, Sasha, Samantha and Less Than Three Press, join us at the 2014 Gay Romance Northwest Meet-Up on Sept. 20, 2014 at the Seattle Public Library!

New Library Pirates chapter by Sam Schooler

Library_outsideThe new chapter of the GRNW Library Pirates round robin on GoodReads is now up, thanks to author Sam Schooler!

This time, Baxter and his hot pirate cohort are faced with an angry librarian, who reveals that these crazy happenings might not be so strange for Seattle (ha!), and then…more peril!

What will happen next???

Check it out! Part 6 by Sam Schooler

Read from the beginning: And visit the Round Robin folder on GoodReads to read the story from its adventure start, including chapters by Kim Fielding, Andrea Speed, Talya Andor, Jeffrey Ricker, Tara Spears, and L.E. Franks!

More Library Pirates! New GRNW Round Robin chapters!

Library_outsideThe GRNW Round Robin is continuing on GoodReads, and BOY, are things heating up between the stacks at the Seattle Public Library!

Check out the latest adventures of poor Baxter and his sexy pirate mates as they try to allude villains and the lurking danger that can be found at the top of a library escalator…just waiting for you!

Check out the new installments!

Part 5 by Tara Spears

Part 6 by L.E. Franks

Read from the beginning: And visit the Round Robin folder on GoodReads to read the story from its adventure start, including chapters by Kim Fielding, Andrea Speed, Talya Andor, and Jeffrey Ricker!

Free Reads Spotlight: Contemporary Romance

So, we were going to do these on Fridays, but that was a few Fridays ago! 😀 So, we’re going to do regular spotlights instead to highlight all the awesome free reads by GRNW authors.

This time, we’re looking at some free contemporary romances!

BridgesBridges by MJ O’Shea

With names like Dallas and Brooklyn they could’ve either been best friends…or worst enemies. The war started in third grade, with a surprise punch to the face, and lasted until the summer after high school when Brooklyn and Dallas are stuck working at the same store. At night. Together. It should’ve been a recipe for disaster. But instead of outright combat, they slowly start to notice that not only do they not hate each other, but perhaps they have more in common than either of them knew. Soon, amidst unexpected laughter and camaraderie, Dallas realizes that maybe the guy who used to be his number one enemy could actually be his perfect match.

Download a free ebook of this story on GoodReads!

On the Dock by Kade Boehme

Erik was a lonely small town boy who had always done what right, but after years of that life which had not turned out at all like it was supposed to if he had followed the rules, like he was told, he met Will. The world became a different place when they met that day on the dock.

Download the free ebook on GoodReads!

Wanting by Piper Vaughn

Jonah Beckett has been in love with his older brother’s best friend, Laurie, since he was thirteen-years-old. When his boyfriend, Dirk, breaks up with him for refusing to put out, Jonah uses his heartbreak over the situation as an excuse to ask Laurie to teach him all about sex before he starts college in the fall. Problem is, he made Dirk up, and Jonah has no idea what will happen when Laurie finally finds out the truth.

Download the free ebook from GoodReads or ARe!

Swept up in Blue by Pender Mackie

When Tait goes out for drinks after work he meets Jude from Sales. Tait’s more than interested, but he’s sworn off coworkers. Can Jude market himself as an employee benefit?

Download the free ebook from Amazon or ARe!

Feel free to share what free reads YOU would like to recommend to us! 😀

GRNW Round Robin part 4 by Jeffrey Ricker

Image by ObsessionDesign on Zazzle.

Image by ObsessionDesign on Zazzle.

The next part of the Library Pirates saga continues in part 4 of the GRNW GoodReads group Round Robin!

This episode is by GRNW 2014 author Jeffrey Ricker, and here we find poor Baxter escaping down waterfalls and kissing hot pirates as he searches for a book that might help get them out of this mess. Only what he discovers just adds more to the mystery!

Check it out! GRNW Round Robin part 4

And if you’re just coming into the story, you can catch up easily still to the earlier parts of Baxter’s library adventures:

Part 1 by Kim Fielding

Part 2 by Andrea Speed

Part 3 by Talya Andor

Stay tuned for the next installment!

Free Reads Friday: Contemporary Romance

Another installment of Free Reads Friday, and another chance to share some free reads by GRNW authors!

CottonwoodCottonwood Memories by L.C. Chase

For Brandon going home isn’t easy, but in order to move forward with his life with Zach, he needs to pay a visit to his first love, Avery.

This free short story was sparked by a photo prompt from a dear friend. In the photo, a young man is sitting by a window wearing nothing but a pair of superhero underwear and glasses. In his hands is a ragged teddy bear. I wondered, what is he thinking, and what does that little bear remind him of? And so began Cottonwood Memories.

Visit L.C.’s site for the free download!

Delivery with a Smile by Megan Derr

Jack worked hard to obtain a normal life. He might not love it, but it’s better than the criminal life he left behind—even if it cost literally everything, and he really does hate being a damned delivery man. On the bright side, his route includes a friendly old lady who makes the world’s best cookies and regales him with tales of her hot, jet-setting son. Normalcy definitely has perks.

Then he walks in on her and her son arguing with men at gunpoint.

Visit Less Than Three Press for the free download!

Whitetail Rock by Anne Tenino

Nikhil “Nik” Larson is a snarky, dark-skinned adoptee from India who grew up in the Whitest Town in America. Back to visit his parents Nik meets Trooper Jurgen Dammerung, a blond, butch motorcycle cop who’s so hot he leaves a con trail wherever he goes.

Jurgen is the epitome of everything Nik hated about growing up the lone Indian boy among a town of white people. But Jurgen surprises him rather (ahem) pleasantly, in spite of — or because of — Nik’s attempts to needle him. By the end of his visit, Nik realizes he likes Jurgen. But Jurgen’s so not the relationship type.


Visit All Romance Ebooks to download it for free!

And you can visit the GRNW Free Reads shelf on GoodReads to find even more free reads!

Free Reads Friday! Paranormal Edition

The War at the end of the world_BelleauWe want to highlight some fantastic free works for readers, especially if they’re looking to sample work by authors attending GRNW 2014. So, we’ll be featuring (hopefully weekly!) selections of free reads that you all can check out. 🙂

The War at the End of the World by Heidi Belleau and Violetta Vane

September, 1941.

War correspondent Joseph Byrne has been cheating death all his life, ever since he spent two years in an iron lung as a boy diagnosed with polio. In the years since, the Fetch, a strange being charged by Death with collecting Joseph and transporting him into the unknown, has been condemned to watch and wait.

Now, with Joseph working in a Finland caught in a tug of war between Nazi and Soviet forces, it seems a foregone conclusion that the Fetch’s sentence is at its end and Death will have Joseph for her own at last. Joseph, an openly Jewish American, has no doubt where his allegiance lies, no matter the danger. But after all these years at Joseph’s side, watching him overcome adversity to grow into a brave and principled young man, the Fetch has come to realize that there are forces stronger and so much sweeter than even the purpose you were made for.

Visit Storm Moon Press to download it for free!

Red by Belinda McBride

After a decade, Stephan is back in town, his brutal hunter’s gaze searching for prey. When he runs into Red in a bar, Stephan is mesmerized. Years ago, Red had been a skinny boy, doing his best to protect himself from the big bad creatures of the city. Now, he’s all grown up and has been waiting a very long time… for Stephan.

Visit the M/M Romance Group’s site to download it for free!

Deadman and the Lustful Spirit by Lou Harper

Denton is a necromancer and his boyfriend Bran is a witch. It’s not as exciting as it sounds. They don’t even get to dress the part, unless it’s New Year’s Eve and they’ve been invited to a costume party. Denton is happy to let his hair down, but coaxing the reclusive Bran out of his shell is hard enough without a demonic spirit crashing the party.

Convincing the spirit to return whence it came from will call on Denton’s special skills, but not in necromancy.

Grab it for free at Smashwords.

Shy Hunter by Ginn Hale

Since being assaulted, David must struggle to control the beast within. But the killer stalking David’s lover may leave him no choice but to embrace his dangerous nature.

Visit Ginn’s site to read the full story.

And you can always find more in our free reads shelf in the GRNW GoodReads group!

Happy reading! 😀