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Joined 01-14-09, id: 648935, Profile Updated: 06-28-11
Author has written 4 stories for Romance.

An avid reader since forever, now am trying to write as well. Pretty much stuck on genre fiction, not much for poetry or the classics. Unless you count the classics of scifi, I suppose...

On paper, I read SF mostly; many, many, varieties, and some 'hard' fantasy, too. Special place in my heart for apocalyptic tales - when well done. Also authors that use SF as a vehicle to examine the human character and/or as social commentary. On line, I read m/m (original slash); like best those with characters that are complex, gritty, and intelligent (and I try to write them the same). When I can get both SF and slash rolled into one, and well written, I am in heaven.

Update: I've not really been updating much at FP lately, and have even fallen dismally behind at acknowleding some very nice reviews. I tried to catch up recently, but I probably missed several thank you's, and I'm sorry for that. I do have more stories at my LJ, so if you have an account there, look me up.

Extended Description of Stories (word counts listed here do not include author's notes) (ALL STORIES M/M):

The Violet and the Tom

Rating: NC-17 (M) Configurations: m/M Word Count: Total 93k.

Warnings: Institutionalized slavery, D/s, Bondage, pain. Specifics constitute spoilers, imo, but not intensely violent, no extreme squicks (no necr./scat./best./depressing endings). References to minors, but no direct scenes. Fair bit of explicit sex, but plot driven.

Summary: In what might have been the middle ages, had neither Alexander the Great nor Jesus the prophet died young, the Greek State is a powerful economic force in southern Europe, and slavery is a profitable and well-entrenched social institution. Nygell, a Lord of the Northern Isles, is given the gift of a Grecian slave by the King. Nygell wants no such responsibility.

Esperanza

Rating: NC-17 Word Count: Total ~100k

Warnings: Explicit sex. Some non-con (as flashback) and dub-con (perhaps 'forced seduction' describes it best, may offend some). Some violence, references to violence. Themes of religion, racism, and extreme homophobia and sexism. References to minors, but no scenes, and not erotically.

Summary: Nearly a century after an engineered virus wipes out most of Earth's population, Tesla is a drifter, moving from town to town, staying alive as best he knows how, leaving when residents begin to suspect his secret. He's heard stories of the heathen traders, of their societies and their sinful ways, and when two arrive at his latest village, he decides to follow them home. He expected many things, but not that they'd make him prisoner for his genes.

August Rain

Rating: NC-17 Word Count: ~7350

One-shot Esperanza sequel. SF. Can stand alone, but shakily. Better off reading Esperanza first.

Warnings: Elements of D/s and light bondage.

Summary: Six months after first leaving, Coyo and Tesla return to Esperanza to resupply, paying Kevin a visit.

Lubbān wa Murr (Frankincense and Myrrh)

Rating: NC-17 Word Count: ~5400

Warnings: None really. Explicit sex, but toned down from my usual. A nice story, I think, not dark. None of my usual kinks.

Summary: On a long journey, Qamar al-Akil follows a spiritual nudging into a well-hidden oasis.

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Frog's YuMMy Oneshots by frogs of war reviews
Latest story: "Waking the Gods" - Besian is the tag-a-long with a group trying to keep the world from ending, but he might just be the most important. — Besian felt nothing that couldn't be logically explained by being in an old, torch-lit temple in the middle of the night with the broken bodies of men he knew. Slash.
Fiction: Romance - Rated: T - English - Romance - Chapters: 23 - Words: 51,372 - Reviews: 66 - Favs: 59 - Follows: 33 - Updated: 8/25/2013 - Published: 12/4/2008 - Complete
MM Goodness — Oneshots by frogs of war reviews
The Fruit of Love - How does Rumpelstitzkin find the girl? Why does he help her? Why in the world would he want a human baby? What was the big deal with learning his name anyway? And did the girl really get to keep both the gold and her kid?
Fiction: Romance - Rated: M - English - Drama - Chapters: 16 - Words: 62,592 - Reviews: 62 - Favs: 55 - Follows: 39 - Updated: 3/31/2013 - Published: 12/31/2008 - Complete
The Man of His Dreams by plumblossom reviews
Belan's firmly oriented towards tomorrow, not yesterday. But his unexpected admission to the University, his peculiar dreams, and his hostile TA are all artifacts of forces from the distant past of his highly structured society. slash, if you care.
Fiction: Sci-Fi - Rated: T - English - Friendship/Romance - Chapters: 19 - Words: 47,227 - Reviews: 46 - Favs: 48 - Follows: 72 - Updated: 9/25/2011 - Published: 5/25/2008
Prospect Road by plumblossom reviews
Biomes School isn't Mickey's last chance: it's his only chance to get out of Gate and stay out of jail. He thinks he can save the birds. Smiling Jacinto, serious student, thinks he can save Mickey. Slash, if you care: SF boarding school story.
Fiction: Young Adult - Rated: M - English - Sci-Fi/Romance - Chapters: 18 - Words: 67,061 - Reviews: 56 - Favs: 52 - Follows: 65 - Updated: 7/4/2011 - Published: 7/29/2008
Stepbrothers by xanthofile reviews
Slash. He doesn't particularly like me, and I sure can't find much fondness for him either. But, we're stuck together from the moment our parents say, "I do." Cliche? Yes, please.
Fiction: Romance - Rated: M - English - Romance/Angst - Chapters: 19 - Words: 60,879 - Reviews: 417 - Favs: 275 - Follows: 318 - Updated: 11/20/2010 - Published: 5/27/2008
The Jigsaw by canterro reviews
What would you die for? What would you live for? What would you kill for? The story of struggle with life, with love, with oneself; of obsession and pride; of victory and defeat with no winners and no losers. M/M adult content, graphic scenes, language .
Fiction: Romance - Rated: M - English - Drama/Crime - Chapters: 29 - Words: 123,549 - Reviews: 58 - Favs: 31 - Follows: 20 - Updated: 7/23/2010 - Published: 1/11/2009
Mise en Place by Zebbie reviews
In practice, that’s restaurant speak for a selection of things you'll need, laid out before you need them. Handy concept, if only someone could ‘mise’ island boy Alf the life he wants! When boyfriends fall short, a summer job is all he has left. BritSlash
Fiction: Romance - Rated: T - English - Romance - Chapters: 21 - Words: 51,560 - Reviews: 347 - Favs: 202 - Follows: 192 - Updated: 7/10/2010 - Published: 9/24/2007
Lifelike by Zebbie reviews
Ewan, my dead sister's son, took under a week to wrench my life apart. Some advice - never sign contracts hungover. He stole my bedroom; that was the beginning. Lord help me, it took an 11 year old to make me grow up. Slow slash, no incest or kid fiddling
Fiction: Romance - Rated: M - English - Romance - Chapters: 23 - Words: 65,863 - Reviews: 418 - Favs: 362 - Follows: 343 - Updated: 6/7/2010 - Published: 7/26/2008
Just Drive the Car by Jumping Jack Flash reviews
Italian gangsters, a gorgeous car, a little bit of gunplay, and maybe something like love. T for language and violence; pretend I have also added the 'family' and 'friendship' genres; oh yeah, and I should also say 'slash' and 'mafia' for keyword-findery.
Fiction: Romance - Rated: T - English - Crime/Romance - Chapters: 4 - Words: 8,947 - Reviews: 55 - Favs: 279 - Follows: 36 - Published: 8/11/2009 - Complete
Fiend By the Bay by Bean Montag reviews
Asking for help is hard to do, but Ethan doesn't have a choice. Beau is happy to come to the rescue, even as he tells himself it's only the case he wants. A story of private detectives, illegal happenings, and lusty romance in the Bay Area. M/M
Fiction: Romance - Rated: M - English - Mystery/Crime - Chapters: 30 - Words: 87,566 - Reviews: 106 - Favs: 139 - Follows: 32 - Updated: 6/29/2009 - Published: 12/2/2008 - Complete
A Suitable Lover by plumblossom reviews
The suitable lover, the unsuitable lover: the unsuitable lover to reject or hurt the heroine or simply fail to satisfy. Then there's the suitable lover, who's everything the unsuitable one is not. Skip's the unsuitable one. He thinks. Slash, if you care.
Fiction: Romance - Rated: M - English - Humor - Chapters: 21 - Words: 111,456 - Reviews: 156 - Favs: 181 - Follows: 59 - Updated: 6/7/2009 - Published: 9/27/2008 - Complete
Cold Turkey by Zebbie reviews
If there were groups for this, I know exactly what I’d say. “My name is Thom Oliver, and I’m addicted. It’s been six months, 3 days, 14 hours since my last one night stand. Please keep Evan Llewellyn away from me. I think I’m going to rape him.” Slash.
Fiction: Romance - Rated: M - English - Chapters: 22 - Words: 59,219 - Reviews: 668 - Favs: 621 - Follows: 243 - Updated: 5/3/2009 - Published: 4/19/2008 - Complete
You, Me, and Henry Rollins by juliandarling reviews
Punk rock homo love in Southern California. Original slash.
Fiction: Romance - Rated: M - English - Humor/Drama - Chapters: 3 - Words: 18,267 - Reviews: 13 - Favs: 18 - Follows: 15 - Updated: 5/1/2009 - Published: 3/28/2009
The Broken Road by canterro reviews
Their feelings for each other have never been given the chance to ripen.Years later, they have to face their past, their here and now, and, more than anything else-to liberate their future from the dream, once shattered. M/M, adult content.
Fiction: Romance - Rated: M - English - Drama - Chapters: 9 - Words: 35,223 - Reviews: 30 - Favs: 10 - Follows: 7 - Updated: 4/26/2009 - Published: 1/12/2009
Esperanza Highway Part One: Valley Boy by plumblossom reviews
Chuy's lonely impulsivity leads him to mistakes that pull him out of his tight-knit community. The longer his exile goes, the more he longs for home -- and the boy he left behind. Slash, if you care. Cont'd in Pt 2: Exiles.
Fiction: Sci-Fi - Rated: T - English - Romance/Adventure - Chapters: 14 - Words: 65,070 - Reviews: 25 - Favs: 12 - Follows: 2 - Updated: 4/8/2009 - Published: 2/8/2009 - Complete
Broken Wings by Katica Locke reviews
Complete -- Jakil LeMae arrives at Alyrrawood University, the prestigious school for mages, werecreatures, vampires and faeries. Homoerotic fantasy.
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: M - English - Fantasy/Romance - Chapters: 79 - Words: 172,033 - Reviews: 1707 - Favs: 971 - Follows: 250 - Updated: 3/11/2009 - Published: 10/7/2008 - Complete
Young God of the Forest by frogs of war reviews
If a vampire didn't know what it was.... "A light breeze moves the upper branches and the sun and shade flicker across the boy’s fair skin. His hair, lighter than I have ever seen, is paler than straw. He can’t be real. He is too beautiful."
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: T - English - Supernatural/Drama - Chapters: 26 - Words: 5,760 - Reviews: 28 - Favs: 33 - Follows: 6 - Updated: 1/4/2009 - Published: 11/7/2008 - Complete
A Prodigal's Dilemma by frogs of war reviews
Many years after running away, I return home for Christmas, but what I expect is not what I find, and what I find is not what I expect. First in a series, next is Waiting for Valentine's. Slash
Fiction: Romance - Rated: M - English - Family - Chapters: 23 - Words: 49,045 - Reviews: 90 - Favs: 138 - Follows: 27 - Updated: 12/31/2008 - Published: 10/14/2008 - Complete
Papa Was a Rodeo by TRSNG reviews
Slash. A dirty hustler walks into a bar... what a freakin' joke.
Fiction: Romance - Rated: M - English - Romance/Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,065 - Reviews: 16 - Favs: 25 - Published: 6/12/2008 - Complete
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Lubbān wa Murr reviews
On a long journey, Qamar al-Akil follows a spiritual nudging into a well-hidden oasis. Christmas story, one-shot, gay male.
Fiction: Romance - Rated: M - English - Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 5,538 - Reviews: 9 - Favs: 14 - Published: 12/28/2009 - Complete
August Rain reviews
One-shot sequel to Esperanza. Six months after first leaving, Coyo and Tesla return to Esperanza to resupply, paying Kevin a visit. Gay male romance.
Fiction: Romance - Rated: M - English - Romance/Sci-Fi - Chapters: 1 - Words: 7,911 - Reviews: 16 - Favs: 61 - Follows: 2 - Published: 9/13/2009 - Complete
Esperanza reviews
*2011 SKOW nominee* Tesla is a drifter on post-virus Earth, doing his best to stay alive. When he meets two heathen traders, he follows them in hopes of a better life. He expected many things, but not that they'd make him prisoner for his genes.
Fiction: Romance - Rated: M - English - Sci-Fi/Romance - Chapters: 22 - Words: 109,844 - Reviews: 210 - Favs: 379 - Follows: 62 - Updated: 7/28/2009 - Published: 5/2/2009 - Complete
The Violet and the Tom reviews
*2011 SKOW nominee* Nygell, a Lord of the Northern Isles, is given the gift of a young Grecian slave by the King. Nygell wants no such responsibility. Slash.
Fiction: Romance - Rated: M - English - Romance - Chapters: 25 - Words: 98,564 - Reviews: 485 - Favs: 718 - Follows: 136 - Updated: 4/10/2009 - Published: 1/25/2009 - Complete