How did this anthology come into being?
See, what had happened was this. All of us innocent authors were just sitting around, innocently, when Marc Fleischhauer barges in with this huge prompt ogre. And he tells us, “Write stories for these prompts or the ogre will break all your fingers or eat you, depending on how tough your fingers are!”
So we didn’t have much choice and—what? You look skeptical. Oh, all right. I’ll tell the real story. *sulks*
About this time last year, Marc was organizing events on Facebook for the Rainbow Gold Reviews launch. Author interviews, chats, that sort of thing. Because my third Brimstone story had just come out, we decided to focus on the humor aspect of writing for my chat. Part of the chat, and some authors had been asked the question beforehand, was to come up with the most outrageous prompts they could (I perpetrated several of them.) There were tons of prompts from a number of authors that Marc posted throughout the day on April 1st without revealing who wrote which prompt. I don’t think I’ve laughed that hard all day in a long, long time.
On April 2nd, Marc let people comment on the prompts to vote and later revealed which authors had submitted which prompts. The list of prompts still exists, if you’re curious at the April Fool’s Craziness event. Marc contacted the authors of the prompts that received the most votes to ask if they might like to write the story. For me? Marc insisted that I combine two of my prompts “Cobra Shifters in Love” and “A Man Who Can Only Come When He Sings.” I love Marc, but I think he has a sadistic side. I had to do some fancy author footwork and built the framework for an entire new universe to make that combination work.
The authors who did agree and wrote stories for the anthology often reshaped, re-molded, twisted, mutilated and bent their original prompts before they could work as stories, though Jake Wallace’s and Amy Lane’s are pretty true to original prompts as written. What we’ve ended up with is a batch of stories that are sometimes silly, sometimes serious, but always unexpected.
Foolish Encounters: A Rainbow Gold Anthology
Title ~ Foolish Encounters: A Rainbow Gold Anthology
Publisher ~ Wilde City Press
Published ~ 31st March 2015
An accident, a chance encounter, a thought blurted out, a boat blown off course, a change in direction that suddenly runs into the line of fire – the smallest misstep can change everything. These foolish encounters are the moments around which lives pivot and sometimes spin out of control. Join us for tales of imprudent choices and bad decisions that can lead just as easily to hilarity as they can to tragedy.
The Lunar Imperative
By Elin Gregory
"Looks like your ride is here." Occam's voice boomed in the open cargo bay. "Damn, he looks as rough as an asteroid's chuff. He looks nearly as mean as you do, no offence intended."
Haken snorted and shouldered his kit bag, ambling across the bay floor to join the little spacer. He let the satchel dangle from his free hand, swinging it gently to draw the eye.
The wheeled vehicle approaching was unfamiliar to Haken but from the gun mounts on the roof, it was a cast-off from some armed force. Likewise, the man driving it was personally unfamiliar to Haken but a familiar type. Big, scarred, pugnacious. He halted the vehicle and got out, peering into the darkness of the ship.
"You the TS Gorgon? I've come to collect your passenger."
Occam gave Haken a nudge, and they stepped forward into the light.
One of the best ways Haken had found to gauge the worth of a man was by his reactions on first seeing a Vargan. Even fully clothed, they were intimidating. But Haken was half clad so the stranger would be getting almost the full effect of Haken's heavily muscled body and pelted hide peppered with ritual cicatrices, and his fanged smile.
He didn't faint, run away or even step back, but his eyes did widen. He caught a breath then scowled as he realised Haken had noticed.
"Name's Blass," he said. "I didn't know they let your sort off the leash."
About the authors
Amy Lane has two kids in college and two kids in soccer, and four fur-babies up in her business as she writes. She, her Mate, and her brood live in a crumbling crap mansion and squander their funds on movies, travel, and joy.
While Angel Martinez is the erotic fiction pen name of a writer of several genres, she writes both kinds of gay romance – Science Fiction and Fantasy. Currently living part time in the hectic sprawl of northern Delaware, (and full time inside the author's head) Angel has one husband, one son, two cats, a changing variety of other furred and scaled companions, a love of all things beautiful and a terrible addiction to the consumption of both knowledge and chocolate.
Elin Gregory lives in South Wales and has been making stuff up since 1958. Writing has always had to take second place to work and family but now the kids are grown up it’s possible she might finish one of the many novels on her hard drive and actually DO something useful with it.
Historical subjects predominate. She has written about ancient Greek sculptors, 18th century seafarers but also about modern men who change shape at will and how echoes of the past can be heard in the present. Heroes tend to be hard as nails but capable of tenderness when circumstances allow.
There are always new works on the go and she is currently editing a novel about spies in the 1920s, finishing one set in 6th century AD England and contemplating one about the Second World War. Any excuse to buy more books!
Freddy grew up in the Midwest, playing sports and running around outside. And honestly, that much has not changed since Freddy was small and throwing worms at other kids, expect worm throwing has been replaced with a healthy geocaching addiction. Freddy enjoys traveling and holds the view a person should continually to learn about new things and people whenever possible.
Freddy's contemporary LGBTQ book, Incubation: Finding Peace 2, won 3rd Place - Best Gay Erotic Fiction in the 2012 Rainbow Awards. In 2013, Freddy's story, Internment, tied for 3rd Place - Best Gay Fantasy in the Rainbow Awards. Freddy's steampunk/SF story, Feel Me, was a Finalist and honorable mention in the 2014 Rainbow Awards for SF.
JC "Jake" Wallace started writing from a young age, but took a break for marriage, kids, and college (in that order). A few years ago, he rediscovered his passion and ventured out into the brave new world of publishing. He now has several novels and short stories published. At night and on the weekends, Jake writes about all things men, believing there is nothing hotter than two men finding and loving one another, whether for a night or forever. An avid reader of M/M romance, Jake loves a good twist of a plot, HEA, HFN, or tragic ending. He also writes what his bestie calls HUNK (Happy Until the Next Kidnapping). In his daytime hours, Jake works with individuals with autism and behavior problems. He is owned by a beautiful partner, three kids, two grandchildren, two dogs and one cat. He lives in the Adirondack Mountains in Northern NY.
Tali Spencer fell in love with writing at an early age and never stopped. Thanks to a restless father, she grew up as a bit of a nomad and still loves to travel whenever she can. Her longest stint in one place was Milwaukee where she went to college, enjoyed a series of interesting careers, and raised three surprisingly well-adjusted sons. She later married her true love and put down new roots in Philadelphia, where she lives in an ongoing Italian American family sitcom. At least she’s learned how make good pasta. When not writing, Tali reads everything from sweet goofy romances to medical research, manages her fantasy football team—go Gekkos!—and takes long walks with her loving, if slightly neurotic, poodle.
Tinnean has been writing since the 3rd grade, where she was inspired to try her hand at epic poetry. Fortunately, that epic poem didn't survive the passage of time; however, her love of writing not only survived but thrived, and in high school she became a member of the magazine staff, where she contributed a number of stories.
It was with the advent of the family's second computer – the first intimidated everyone – that her writing took off, enhanced in part by fanfiction, but mostly by the wonder that is copy and paste.
While involved in fandom, she was nominated for both Rerun and Light My Fire Awards. Now she concentrates on her original characters, and recent novels have received honorable mention in the 2013 and 2014 Rainbow Awards.
A New Yorker at heart, she resides in SW Florida with her husband and two computers.
Ernest Hemingway's words reflect Tinnean's devotion to her craft: Once writing has become your major vice and greatest pleasure, only death can stop it.
3 eBooks of Foolish Encounters
$10 Gift Certificate
$15 Gift Certificate
An eBook copy of They Come by Night by Tinnean,
An eBook copy of Snow on Spirit Bridge by Freddy MacKay
Choice of eBook from Angel Martinez's backlist
Choice of eBook from Elin's Gregory's backlist
Surprise prize from Tali Spencer
Choice of eBook from JC Wallace's backlist