Putting the “B” in LGBT!
NOW AVAILABLE in the anthology Best Bi from Circlet Press. A short, hopeful tale. It’s amazing how much can be said — and unsaid — in 850 words.
Excerpt: “I have another meeting to go to, Detective Connor. I’m going to leave you alone for about fifteen minutes.” Captain Grandy stands and I glance up at him. What kind of job interview is this? Sure, I want to be the American half of the Integrated Border Enforcement Team, but still…
Grandy holds up the thin manila folder. “I’m going to leave this confidential file on my desk. If you should choose to read it, I can’t be held responsible, now can I?”
You get an entire book of great stories about an under-represented segment of the GBLT community. I’m honored to be included with so many great authors.
From the Rainbow Awards page: “The editor [Sheela Lambert] did a superb job of representing the often-overlooked B in QUILTBAG. I’ve never read such a colorful, balanced, and engaging anthology—a collection that, by and large, demonstrates the short-story form at its finest. Each plot was unique and inventive, with a distinctive tone; each presented bisexuality in some unexpected instead of banal way. Main characters (and, in many cases, supporting characters, too) were so well-developed, they seduced me into accepting their realities. Settings were varied—in place, time, and cultural context—and vividly portrayed. Each subgenre (contemporary, paranormal, fantasy, historical, even a touch of YA) was represented. I was enchanted, as if each tale took me on a trip with fascinating people whose company I rarely tired of.”
Here’s the first review on amazon.com: An amazing book, excellent read. Why aren’t there more books like this about/for bisexual people?
Best Bi Short Stories is the first book of its kind, a literary anthology bringing together the very finest representations of bisexuality in fiction. The bisexuality of characters, like in real people, can be invisible to readers unless explicitly brought to their attention. Invisibility leads to under-representation, and on bookstore shelves that has certainly been true. Best Bi Short Stories hopes to change that by presenting the very best quality, cast in a bold light. With an all-star author lineup ranging from Katherine Forrest to Jane Rule, Ann Herendeen to Jan Steckel, and curated by longtime bi activist Sheela Lambert, Best Bi Short Stories encompasses several genres. The authors are a diverse group, as well, and Lambert sought representation across age groups, cultures, ethnicities and sexualities in both the authors and stories, demonstrating the richness of bi experience.
Best Bi Short Stories contains the following stories:
Dual Citizenship by Storm Grant
Alone, As Always by Jenny Corvette
Companions by Kate Durre
Pennies in the Well by Rob Barton
The Decision by Ammy Achenbach
Coyote Takes a Trip by Deborah Miranda
The Lottery by Florence Ivy
Angels Dance by James Williams
The Idiom of Orchids by Camille Thomas
Mother Knows Best by Charles Bright
“…Leave a Light on for Ya” by Gretchen Turner
Dragon’s Daughter by Cecilia Tan
Pride/Prejudice by Ann Herendeen
Challenger Deep by Kathleen Bradean
Mr. Greene by Ours M. Hugh
Art Making by Kate Evans
Friends and Neighbours by Jacqueline Applebee
Memory Lane by Sheela Lambert
Naked in the World by Geer Austin
Alex the Dragon by Jan Steckel
Face to Face by J.R. Yussuf
Xessex by Katherine V. Forrest
Inland Passage by Jane Rule