Beaten Track Publishing

Publisher info

Beaten Track is an independent publisher of fiction and non-fiction.

We also provide services to writers to assist with the self-publishing process.

- We are not affiliated to any of the large publishing houses.
- All our publications are by independent authors.
- All our authors retain full rights and royalties.

We are what you might call a 'hybrid' publisher, which is to say that whilst we do not pay advances, we also do not take editorial control, nor claim exclusivity over your work. We will engage in some marketing on your behalf, but ultimately this remains the author's responsibility.

Because we publish via 'print on demand', we don't need to worry about whether your book is going to be the 'next big thing', giving us freedom to publish what we like rather than what is currently most popular. Thus, when we consider a submission, we judge it only on the basis of whether we can recuperate the time and money we invest into publishing it.

If we feel we are unable to publish your book for you, we will always explain why. We also offer a range of self-publishing services and can still help you to get your book out there in print and/or ebook formats. These services are available to all independent authors - some are free, some are not, but we aren't in this for big profits, so you will find that our rates are very reasonable and we are also open to negotiation!

So, if you would like to submit your work for consideration, please contact us via the Contact page on our website in the first instance, explaining a little about the work you will be submitting and whether you are seeking to be published by us (we take the risk) or with us (you pay for our services).

We usually require manuscripts to be sent via email in a standard document format, such as .doc (Microsoft Word document) or .rtf (Rich Text Format), although this might not be appropriate (for illustrated books, for example), so when we respond to your message, we will discuss/suggest the most convenient means of submitting your work.

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Willem of the Tafel
Pre-release—available May 28, 2015. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 58,290. Language: English. Published by Beaten Track Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
The world we know is gone, destroyed by greed and ignorance. On a post-apocalyptic Earth, centuries into the future, few have survived the great war. Some have taken refuge deep inside a mountain. One of them, Willem, is exiled to the surface... Struggling to survive, alone, Willem embarks on an epic journey, making a discovery that could alter the future of humanity, once again.
Leaving Flowers
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 68,900. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2015 by Beaten Track Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Shy and awkward since childhood, Aidan Degas is now a man lost. His twin Nadia died tragically young, leaving him nothing but his job and the flowers he lays upon her grave. Patrick loves being assistant groundskeeper at the cemetery, but Aidan is so damaged that even with Patrick’s warm heart and Irish charm, it might not be enough to bring him back from the edge.
Breakfast at Cordelia's Aquarium
Series: Hiding Behind The Couch. Price: Free! Words: 3,510. Language: English. Published: April 5, 2015 by Beaten Track Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Spiritual & metaphysical, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
This is a very short, fun interlude in the Hiding Behind The Couch series. Unlike the rest of the series, which is written in third-person (semi-omniscient) past tense, this short story is written in first-person present tense. It has no real bearing on anything else that happens in the series; it is what it is: an Easter Egg.
Evading Exodus (Southern Jersey Shores #2)
Series: South Jersey Shores. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 17,700. Language: English. Published: April 1, 2015 by Beaten Track Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Passover should be a time of joy and excitement for Darren, who's meeting his boyfriend's, Ace, family for the first time. Everything changes when he discovers his ex, Seth, is one of Ace's oldest friends. Dare has to ride out the waves of miscommunication and understanding, discomfort and pleasure to have a chance of saving their future together. Book #2 in the Southern Jersey Shores series.
Two By Two
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 247,740. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2015 by Beaten Track Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Family sagas
Two pregnancies, two babies, two troubled teens. Two psychologists hunting down the leader of a deadly cult. When Libby takes a stand against her abusive parents, Josh and George readily make her part of their family, but her parents may have been involved in something more sinister. Two unexpected guests seek sanctuary in Shaunna and Andy's new home, but that's not all. Someone is watching them.
Hiding Out
Series: Checking Him Out, 3 · Hiding Behind The Couch. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 24,240. Language: English. Published: March 18, 2015 by Beaten Track Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Hiding Behind The Couch meets Checking Him Out: Josh is heading to Norwich for the mentoring workshop Sean was due to give. Matty is agonising over his impending dance show. Noah - Matty's on-again, off-again boyfriend - has promised to be there. Can Josh and Matty face their fears? Will the Sandison-Morleys' get the young men to express their feelings to each other before it's too late?
Opening Day
Series: South Jersey Shores. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 13,080. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2015 by Beaten Track Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
When pharmacy manager, Aaron Lark, known to his best friends as Ace, is dumped by his latest boyfriend, he decides to step back from the dating scene. What he doesn't expect is for the blue-eyed pharmacist, Darren Goldman, to step into, and rock, his world. Bonding over beer, brownies and baseball, Ace and Darren play a game where hopefully both end up crossing home plate as winners.
Tell Tales: A Book on how to 'Tell Tales'
Price: $5.49 USD. Words: 19,280. Language: English. Published: February 27, 2015 by Beaten Track Publishing. Categories: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Literacy, Nonfiction » Parenting » Writing skills
'Tell Tales' is an innovative new book on how to tell original stories to children. It is full of ideas and suggestions for parents, grandparents, teachers, play-workers and other storytellers to help them begin to make up their own stories, or to help them develop existing skills further. It includes, as examples, a range of stories and games for children up to nine years of age.
Crush
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 122,100. Language: English. Published: February 25, 2015 by Beaten Track Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Raw, graphic, candid portrait of two young gay men whose love affair is deeply affected by the scars they sustained from childhood sexual abuse. Tammy and Jamie are soul mates, but their love is thwarted for years by bad timing, fear of ridicule, and the damage that lingers long after childhood. Along with the internal, there are external forces that threaten to separate them forever.
Silent Woods
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 19,230. Language: English. Published: February 21, 2015 by Beaten Track Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Horror » Ghost
When Daniel’s husband Anders takes the family camping in the woods, Daniel can’t shake the feeling that something isn’t right. He almost dismisses his fears as nothing more than his dislike of the great outdoors, but when the couple’s five-year-old son Axel goes missing, his worst fears are confirmed.
Cherry Pop Valentine
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,030. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2015 by Beaten Track Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
Their band’s new single is due to be released in four days’ time and lovers Sven and Flavier are beyond excited. It’s tipped to be a big hit, and Flav can’t wait to see the online reaction to the promo film he’s made. But when he joins Sven in bed, he couldn’t even begin to imagine the fallout that will ensue when he awakes, and all his dreams are shattered with just one click of an upload button.
Ruminations
Series: Hiding Behind The Couch. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 75,380. Language: British English. Published: February 14, 2015 by Beaten Track Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost, Fiction » Literature » Coming of age
Josh Sandison has waited his whole life to go to university. Gifted—and bullied for being different—he hopes it will be a change for the better. Instead he encounters the unexpected, when strange things start happening in his room. When Sean Tierney arrives at university, three days late and broke, the two strike up an unlikely friendship. But can they solve the spooky mystery of the third floor?
An Unquiet Past
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 101,990. Language: English. Published: February 11, 2015 by Beaten Track Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost, Fiction » Horror » Occult
Four hundred years ago, in the Cotswold village of Willow, a young woman was hanged for a series of terrible child murders. Now, in the present day, she reaches out from beyond death to a writer with a terrible secret in order to prove her innocence, and finally reveal the identity of the true murderer - with terrifying consequences.
Eight Inches to make Johnny Smile
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,610. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2015 by Beaten Track Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
New job, new flat, new man? Shy Mat finally gets a chance to break free from his parents and strike out on his own. But joining the local diet club and hopping on the scales takes everything he has…Flirty Johnny has staying power as far as diets are concerned, and all he wants is to win the Valentine's Challenge. Can he find the staying power to battle his own demons and get what he really wants?
Coming Up
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,560. Language: British English. Published: December 30, 2014 by Beaten Track Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
Dear Dad, God, how to start? I’m not really a girl. I know I look like one, but it’s all a horrible mistake. Every day I try to hide it, but I’m so tired. I don’t want to hide it. I don’t think I can much longer. I’ve got a girlfriend. ’Cause I’m a boy. Only, she doesn’t know. But, Dad. If I have the operation, she need never know. Dad, I love her. So much. (sexual swear words / intimacy)
Checking Him Out For the Holidays
Series: Checking Him Out, 2. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 24,030. Language: English. Published: December 21, 2014 by Beaten Track Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
Freelance engineer Sol Brooks doesn't do the festive season. He thinks it's boring and overly sentimental. With the rest of the household laid up with 'the flu', Sol's planned on using the time to crack on with some work. His mother, however, has other ideas. And so does Sol's husband, Adam.
Marketing Beef
Price: Free! Words: 32,760. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2014 by Beaten Track Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
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Painfully-shy accountant, Evan McCormick, is conservative with his money and tough on his body, yet it isn’t enough to fulfill him. When Dillon—an impeccable-dressed and debonair ad executive—joins the firm, Evan lets his guard down. An office scandal and sexually-overt billboards popping up all over New England bring the two together in this funny yet romantic tale.
Red Hot Christmas
Series: Hiding Behind The Couch. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 33,830. Language: English. Published: December 14, 2014 by Beaten Track Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Christmas, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Shaunna has a complicated Christmas ahead of her. For more than twenty years, she and Kris were a couple. Now Kris has a new boyfriend, Ade, and Andy is love with Shaunna…she know what she wants, but it all adds up to a Christmas that might just be too hot to handle.
Claife Crier: Five Short Stories Of The Supernatural
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,450. Language: British English. Published: December 9, 2014 by Beaten Track Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost, Fiction » Horror » Undead
Five unique short reads guaranteed to send a chill down your spine. From deals with the devil to a cursed lake crossing, Ian Pickup harnesses the hell hounds that lurk closer than one might think and unleashes them upon the desperate. From the down and out to the downright greedy, nobody is safe from the evil that lurks closer than they ever feared.
One Nightstand
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,100. Language: American English. Published: December 1, 2014 by Beaten Track Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Christmas, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
A story from Boughs of Evergreen: A Holiday Anthology. Christmas Eve: Doug returns home with Kirk—a good-looking guy he met at the club. Nestled together in his New England cottage, sipping hot chocolate and watching the snow fall, Doug wishes there could be more—a feeling that stays with him as he heads off to work at the mall…the last place he expects to find something magical.
A Family Christmas
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,000. Language: British English. Published: December 1, 2014 by Beaten Track Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Christmas, Fiction » Horror » Undead
A story from Boughs of Evergreen: A Holiday Anthology. Christmas is Brian Carson's favourite time of year - a time to be with his family, to share gifts, eat Christmas dinner and watch the Queen's speech, together. He's determined to be there, and nothing's going to stop him. Not even death.
Te Amo, You Mushrooms
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 27,010. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2014 by Beaten Track Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
A story from Boughs of Evergreen: A Holiday Anthology. T. Livius Quintillus expected to finish his duty as a soldier triumphant, with enough wealth to buy the freedom of Felix and secure a life together. Instead, he has returned to Rome permanently disabled, with not nearly the money he needs, but he may still have a chance for a future with Felix. If only he can find him first...
An Angel in Eyeliner
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,820. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2014 by Beaten Track Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Christmas, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
A story from Boughs of Evergreen: A Holiday Anthology. All Mitch wants for Christmas is a quiet holiday free from grief. Patching up the face of the target of a mugging in the back alley of his bar seems to throw that wish right out into the cold Chicago night. But the tatted, pierced, skinny-jean wearing Keller Graham is fearless and proves to be more than a pair of icy blue eyes lined in black.
Always Have, Always Will
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 29,320. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2014 by Beaten Track Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Christmas, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
A story from Boughs of Evergreen: A Holiday Anthology. After fourteen years together, Jay still believes love makes a couple, not papers or ceremonies. But his beliefs go down the drain when he almost dies while deciding whether to buy “Sewer Magic” or “Easy Clean” at Walmart. Life will never be the same again, and Jay decides that this year, Gabriel will get a Christmas gift he will never forget.
A Friend for Christmas
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 25,050. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2014 by Beaten Track Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Christmas, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
A story from Boughs of Evergreen: Eve was always an outsider. So different from everyone else, she never made friends easily - until the day she met Anna, a totally mysterious girl who seemed almost too good to be true.
A Christmas Tale
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,020. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2014 by Beaten Track Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Christmas, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
A story from Boughs of Evergreen: A Holiday Anthology. Imagine meeting Santa Claus for real and being granted a wish on Christmas Eve. This sweet little story will take you back to a time, not all that long ago, when life for gays was quite different from how it is today—a time when it seemed easier to believe in Santa Claus than believing it would ever be possible to build a family of one's own.
The Christmas Present
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,520. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2014 by Beaten Track Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Christmas, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
A story from Boughs of Evergreen: A Holiday Anthology. At Christmastime, a mother, unhappy her son is gay, turns to an Obeah practitioner to change him with surprising results.
Holidays with Drum and Bell!
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 21,370. Language: American English. Published: December 1, 2014 by Beaten Track Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Christmas, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
A story from Boughs of Evergreen: A Holiday Anthology. When Jeff drops a card in the lap of meditating Jonah, they begin a journey of discovery and find out that anything is possible.
Coming in from the Cold
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,010. Language: American English. Published: December 1, 2014 by Beaten Track Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Christmas, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
A story from Boughs of Evergreen: A Holiday Anthology. What's a poor, East coast boy fending for himself in Colorado to do when winter sets in on the Rockies? Far from home, Freshman Declan Stoeber plans on studying and working through the holidays. Savvy businessman Xander Duchesne has resolved to spend Yule alone, not with a college freshman who was just coming in from the cold.
Homme for the Holidays
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 19,720. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2014 by Beaten Track Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Christmas, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
A story from Boughs of Evergreen: A Holiday Anthology. Cade Bishop and Alan Troxler are traveling together to Asheville, North Carolina to renew a Christmas tradition that was an important part of Alan's past, and to introduce him to Cade's parents - one of the few worries he hasn't been able to let go.
Kiss Me At Kwanzaa
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,780. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2014 by Beaten Track Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Christmas, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
A story from Boughs of Evergreen: A Holiday Anthology. Coworkers Ishmael "Ish" Cutter and Adan Flores might come from different backgrounds but they have a good number of things in common. The biggest one? They each have a secret crush on the other. This holiday season they are both single for the first time in thirteen months. Maybe it's time for Adan to make his move?
The Bard and His Boyfriend
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,090. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2014 by Beaten Track Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Christmas, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
A story from Boughs of Evergreen: A Holiday Anthology. Seth is a member of an ancient clan of druids that have existed for over 5,000 years. The rituals they perform at the changing of the seasons keep the very fabric of reality from unraveling. But as he goes home for the Winter Solstice, all Seth can think about is the fight he had with his boyfriend before he left school for the holiday break.
Shiny Things
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 18,640. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2014 by Beaten Track Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
A story from Boughs of Evergreen: A Holiday Anthology. At sixteen, Nathaniel Avery was shipped off to an aunt in hopes of quelling a relationship between him and another boy. Ten years later, a frantic call brings him back home. Will a gallery renovation, the holiday season and the art of a mad genius help Nathaniel and Vincent to rebuild their friendship and rekindle a romance?
A Good Word
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 22,050. Language: British English. Published: December 1, 2014 by Beaten Track Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Christmas, Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general
A story from Boughs of Evergreen: A Holiday Anthology. In the wake of 9/11 a young Muslim man on the brink of radicalisation and a homeless Catholic woman may seem an unlikely pairing, however, the paths of Nasir and Mary cross ten years after they first knew each other as young children.
A Midnight Clear
Series: Hiding Behind The Couch. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 28,690. Language: British English. Published: December 1, 2014 by Beaten Track Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Christmas, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Gay & Lesbian
A story from Boughs of Evergreen: A Holiday Anthology. It's a cold, desperate December when a young girl flees home, in search of food, shelter and the real Santa Claus. Stranded in George and Josh's hometown, she discovers that the spirit of Christmas can be found in the most unexpected of places. Includes the story of The Little Match Girl, by Hans Christian Andersen.
Xmas Cake: A Modern Fairy Tale
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,970. Language: American English. Published: December 1, 2014 by Beaten Track Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Christmas, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
A story from Boughs of Evergreen: A Holiday Anthology. When Kyle Prince sees Riley collapse in the snow-covered parking lot, he swoops in to the rescue, whisking the feverish young man off to his high-rise apartment without a second thought, and a feeling of closeness grows between the two men. But every fairy tale has its complications. Will the two find their happily ever after this Christmas?
Christmas Commitment
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 13,600. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2014 by Beaten Track Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Christmas, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
A story from Boughs of Evergreen: A Holiday Anthology. Dick hates Christmas. This year more than ever because he's been dumped by his boyfriend. There's only one way to prove to Zack he's serious about their future together: coming out to his family. Dick might be willing to do that, but what if it's already too late?
A Little Christmas Magic
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 31,670. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2014 by Beaten Track Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Christmas, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
A story from Boughs of Evergreen: A Holiday Anthology. The day after Thanksgiving: Ryan is helping his friends decorate for Christmas, unaware that the weekend will usher in a profound change to his life, a chance for happiness. Since the day Boone and Ryan met, no one else has stood a chance at claiming Boone's heart...now Ryan is banking on a little Christmas magic to help smooth the way.
Boyfriend Goes Home
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,290. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2014 by Beaten Track Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Christmas, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
A story from Boughs of Evergreen: A Holiday Anthology. As a family scrambles to prepare Thanksgiving dinner, they discover that the greatest blessing of all is just being together and being alive.
Lion's Hero
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 22,520. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2014 by Beaten Track Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Adventure, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
A story from Boughs of Evergreen: A Holiday Anthology. Eight nights to fall in love. Ari has a mission: meet and fall in love with a man chosen for him by God. The catch: he only has eight nights to complete it—the eight nights of Chanukah. Gabriel has a test of faith. Believe, and the Festival of Lights may herald a miracle.
From All of Us to All of You
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 14,130. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2014 by Beaten Track Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Christmas, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
A story from Boughs of Evergreen: A Holiday Anthology. Simon hates the Holidays. His father gets drunk; the family fake Christmas spirit… But there's a glimmer of hope when a work colleague introduces Simon to her son Hannes at the Lucia Day celebrations. Blind date or just friends? Simon's starting to see signals that aren't there - will he make it through Christmas with his sanity intact?
The Invasion of Tork
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 19,290. Language: British English. Published: December 1, 2014 by Beaten Track Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Christmas, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
A story from Boughs of Evergreen: A Holiday Anthology. To make a perfect Christmas pudding you need Adam, a super-cool juicy sultana of a volunteer at the local homeless shelter. Add Tork, a green-haired, homeless, exotic spice. What happens when they are mixed together? You get a delicious, fiery dessert, and snow on Christmas day.
In The Stars Part II, Episode 12: Sagittarius
Series: Hiding Behind The Couch. You set the price! Words: 43,300. Language: English. Published: November 22, 2014 by Beaten Track Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Legal
Sagittarius is Ep 12 of In The Stars (Hiding Behind The Couch 4&5), following the 'The Circle', through 12 eventful months. A new home, a breakdown, life decisions, a career change…and a revelation that leaves the friends reeling, bringing this season to a head as old secrets die hard. But with a terrifying hostage situation, they won’t be the only ones waiting, as not everyone escapes alive…
Sugar and Sawdust
Price: Free! Words: 12,860. Language: British English. Published: November 21, 2014 by Beaten Track Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
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Jorje's sister worries about him. He's a successful model with a serious passion for fashion—a pretty boy, who looks a lot younger than his twenty-two years. And he's sweet and kind. Guys take advantage of him. So it's not looking good, when Jorje wakes up with no recollection of the night before, a whopping hangover and a ton of missed calls from Taylor…and a mystery guy in the bed.
Checking Him Out
Series: Checking Him Out, 1. Price: Free! Words: 60,170. Language: English. Published: November 19, 2014 by Beaten Track Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(5.00)
Engineer Sol Brooks is a happily married man, so people keep telling him. He loves Elise, and she loves him. They’ve got a great apartment that’s kept its value, they’re both up for promotion, and he can hook up with any guy he likes - all the sex he wants, so long as it’s of the “no strings” variety. And that’s all fine and dandy...until a chance meeting at the checkout.
Crying in the Rain
Series: Hiding Behind The Couch. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 58,310. Language: British English. Published: November 11, 2014 by Beaten Track Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
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For many years, Ade Simmons has been an outsider, trapped in an abusive relationship, seeking sanctuary in his job. Actor Kris Johansson is patient, gentle and passionate—everything that Ade's ex-boyfriend is not. When Kris takes a role in one of Ade's plays, the attraction is mutual and instant. But his ex will not give up his punchbag so easily—can Ade finally find the strength to fight back?
In The Stars Part II, Episode 11: Scorpio
Series: Hiding Behind The Couch. You set the price! Words: 35,810. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2014 by Beaten Track Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Legal
Scorpio is Ep 11 of In The Stars (Hiding Behind The Couch 4&5), following the 'The Circle', through the 11th of 12 eventful months. The Circle try to move on with their lives, optimistic for a return to normality. But something is amiss, and Josh is intent on solving the puzzle. Shaunna and Andy are in need of TLC…or perhaps a touch of meddling will save the day?
In The Stars Part II, Episode 10: Libra
Series: Hiding Behind The Couch. You set the price! Words: 36,870. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2014 by Beaten Track Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Libra is Ep 10 of In The Stars (Hiding Behind The Couch 4&5), following the 'The Circle', through the 10th of 12 eventful months. The Circle try to move on with their lives, optimistic for a return to normality. But something is amiss, and Josh is intent on solving the puzzle. Shaunna and Andy are in need of TLC...or perhaps a touch of meddling will save the day?
First Love…Thinking of Him
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 6,610. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2014 by Beaten Track Publishing. Categories: Nonfiction » Sex and Relationships  » Women's sexuality, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
"First Love...Thinking of Him" is the first of many short stories from writer A.V.Frost. It tells of a twenty-something woman, trying to find her way in the world of love and romance, after falling hopelessly in love with an older man - a journey of self discovery and reflection.
In The Stars Part II, Episode 9: Virgo
Series: Hiding Behind The Couch. You set the price! Words: 22,730. Language: English. Published: August 25, 2014 by Beaten Track Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Virgo is Ep 9 of In The Stars (Hiding Behind The Couch 4&5), following the 'The Circle', through the 9th of 12 eventful months. Kris struggles with his own demons to reconcile with Ade; Shaunna and Andy fight their desires, increasingly drawn together; an unwelcome guest turns up to bid on old friend farewell. As The Circle battle their grief, can they support each other through the other side?
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