Every now and then something special comes along and it’s my job to let you know about it. For those of you who like old fashioned contemporary romances, well, this book isn’t necessarily that. However, I want you to know about it. Because I believe in this book. In fact, I believe in this whole series. I believe in it a lot. I believe in this series so much, that in this time where I really need to be writing only the kind of books people are most likely to buy—so that I can quite my Evil Day Job and write full time—I am still writing stories for this series. Even though it isn’t about your typical contemporary romances.
Another strike against it? It’s an anthology. And it has come to my attention that for some strange reason, anthologies do not sell! I mean in so very many genres they do. And I mean big time! Why not in romance?
I’ve heard it’s because readers don’t think the stories are long enough. And I’d get that—maybe—if the stories were really short (although flash fiction is really popular!). But it anthologies like Gothika, the reader is getting novellas. Long ones. And novellas are huge right now.
So why isn’t the Gothika series selling better? Or how about A More Perfect Union (a highly acclaimed book) I might add? I don’t know. But I am writing this to let you, the reader, know that the Gothika series is amazing! The stories are written by acclaimed writers like Eli Easton, Jamie Fessenden, Sue Brown, Kim Fielding, and new to the series, F.E. Feely Jr. Oh! And I’ve written a few of these tales too!
Now are these stories about two guys that meet in a really cute way, fall in love, break up, and then get back together with a hot sex scene and end up happily ever after? Not necessarily. Although I will tell you, at the heart of every good story, is a love story. And Gothika is no exception.
And Contact, the newest edition to the series, is also no exception. It is absolutely amazing. Four terrific stories by Jamie Fessenden, Kim Fielding, F.E. Feeley Jr, and of course, myself.
But what if you’re not into the weird? Or science fiction? Or the macabre? Or the different? What if you only like contemporary romance?
Well I can only say this. I am betting that there is something that has occasionally come along that doesn’t fit your usual type of story that surprised you in how good it was. A movie. A television show. A book. I bet for sure it’s happened. And you were like, “Wow. That’s pretty cool! I would have never thought I would have liked this!”
And that is what I am telling you about this anthology. You have four good sized stories, stories you can get your teeth into, that are good! These are love stories…but with a twist. And in this case, it will have something to do with UFOs!
ABDUCTED by Jamie Fessenden
One night, Marc receives a frantic call from his friend, Cody. When he arrives at Cody’s isolated farmhouse, Cody is filthy, half-starved, and under the paranoid delusion that aliens are abducting him and implanting things in his body.
Marc agrees to stay one night, as long as his friend will go to the hospital in the morning. But Cody isn’t mentally ill. Aliens have been abducting him, and in the process of trying to stop it from happening again, Marc is abducted himself. But that’s just the beginning of his nightmare.
Marc learns of two alien races at war. To make matters worse, the Alzhen have Marc and the evil Karazhen have Cody. Marc’s only ally is Dalsing, the Alzhen security chief he feels an unexpected attraction to. They’ll have to learn to trust each other if they’re going to rescue Cody… and prevent the creation of a deadly biological weapon.
REFUGEE by Kim Fielding
When World War II ended and army medic Walter Clark returned to Chicago, he discovered that although home remained the same, he had changed. Unable to fit comfortably into his old life, he spent a year gradually making his way west. Now he’s gone as far as he can—the shore of the Pacific—but old memories make ocean views intolerable. He turns inland and finds himself in the hidden hamlet of Kiteeshaa, Oregon, where the locals are surprisingly friendly and the café serves food exactly like his grandmother used to make.
Martin Wright runs the Kitee Motor Court Inn and offers Walter a place to stay for a few nights. Later, Martin offers him a great deal more. But while Martin is a delight, he also harbors secrets—and there’s something not quite right about Kiteeshaa. No matter how far the two men have traveled, they can’t run away from their pasts.
MY FINAL BLOG by F.E. Feeley Jr.
George has never stood out. In fact, the only thing that’s ever been special about him is his sexuality—a source of torment throughout his high-school career. Like many others, George found solace and an outlet for his creativity online. Through his blog, he met kindred spirits, allies, and even someone special—though the only thing George knows about his longtime friend is their screen name: Universal47.
George never pushed for more, but over the years, he couldn’t help developing feelings for Universal. He’s always been there when George needs him most, and when George finds himself trapped in an abusive relationship, Universal steps up once again to help him break free. But the ordeal has left him devastated, and he needs more from Universal. George threatens to cut off contact unless Universal reveals his identity. The truth might be much more than George is ready to accept.
UNUSUAL ATTENTION by B.G. Thomas
Until recently, Adam Brookhart has led what he considers a relatively uneventful life. His biggest problem is that he can’t let his guard down and allow himself to get close to anyone, emotionally or physically—until he meets Shane Farmer.
Shane lives in a small town many miles from Adam and is his complete opposite. In fact, he’s just about the last person Adam can imagine himself in a relationship with. But Adam is drawn to the man, and neither distance nor their differences can keep him away.
Late one night, while driving home from Shane’s house, something very strange happens. Adam loses two hours of time and has no idea how or why. But as he digs for clues, the answers he finds are totally crazy… and the man he is falling in love with might be crazy as well.
I dare you not to be drawn in and contacted yourselves by these wonderful stories. And I challenge you to try something different. You will be surprised! Check them out!