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Title: Love is a Mess
Author: Adrian J. Smith
Publisher: Supposed Crimes
Cover Artist: unknown
Genre/Sub-Genre: Contemporary, Drama, Erotica, Gay, Gay Fiction, Lesbian, Lesbian Romance, M/M Romance, Menage/Poly, Other Holiday, Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy
Love is a Mess: A Supposed Crimes Anthology contains eight stories from eight authors on the topic of misfortune at Valentine’s Day. The topics range from the fun of the moment to the power of the eternal. Lesbian, gay, and bisexual characters star in their own love and lust stories–Erotic, playful, and thoughtful.
Viral Valentine by L. M. Perrin
Date Blind by Geonn Cannon
The Politician and the Pilot by Amber Kinsey
Bar Tryst by Rachael Orman
Quarter Life: Energy Feed by Adrian J. Smith
Property of Cupid by Eva Lefoy
Private Dance by A. M. Leibowitz
The Last Mitzvah by Michael DuPuy
The Realities of Love:
What I love about the reality of love is that it comes in all shapes, sizes, colors, genders, sexes, loves, and creatures. A woman can just as easily fall for a woman who was her bully in middle school, while at the same time, a couple across the country is falling in love again after struggling to overcome adversity. Love is something transparent and universal, and this anthology does nothing more than show the best, and the worst, of that.
Love is an emotion so deep yet so welcome that we can all relate to it. It’s not always easy. Love is certainly a mess the majority of the time. I’m a newlywed, and I can definitely attest to this. People fight and people bring a load of baggage into a relationship. Sometimes individuals go into a romantic acquaintanceship with nothing other than wanting to get something out of it. There’s not always a pure reason behind why a relationship begins.
I don’t know how many horror stories of dates I can tell, but there’s also some pretty good ones mixed up in there. But nothing ever goes quite right. It’s the reality of love. Love is messy, but it’s a damn pleasure to watch it grow and to see it blossom.
What I loved about this anthology, and what made me really want to submit, was that love didn’t have to be all flowers and giggles and hearts and roses. There was no happily ever after required because that’s not always the case. There wasn’t even a happily for now. My main character Faye, is convinced she’s never going to get a happily ever after, and sometimes I’m pretty sure she makes sure that’s her own reality.
Faye went into the multiple relationships during the duration of this short story with a selfish purpose in mind. She needed something, wanted something, and she was going to get it no matter what. Faye’s story is the one bisexual piece in this anthology, but it definitely represents a reality. A reality of someone needing release and needing another person to get something done. Love, in the physical sense, is a part of that. Love in the emotional doesn’t even cross Faye’s mind.
The anthology had a vast illustration of the diversity of love in its truest and most corrupt forms, and I was very pleased to read all the gay and lesbian stories in it. It truly is a representation of the realities of love in the rainbow and beyond.
About the Author:
Adrian J. Smith, or “AJ” as she is often called, has a generous and soft heart. She loves to rescue stray cats and dogs, as well as those who just escape. Her hoard of animals currently includes two cats, a dog and a fish, but no children as of yet. She’s passionate about LGBT et al rights, women’s rights and children’s rights.
AJ loves to read and write lesbian fiction, simply for the fact that strong women make her swoon and when two are involved her knees turn to jelly and she falls head over heels in love. AJ travels around the United States, and sometimes the world, gathering up stories for her novels. Currently, she lives in the middle of nowhere of the middle of nowhere and is rather difficult to find except on the internet, where she spends a lot of her time.
Connect with her online:
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
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