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Bells and Lemon Drops by Evan Ross
Tanya is holidaying in San Juan with three friends from work. Sing and Marly are straight and Advit thinks she might be bisexual – which is great, because Tanya secretly hopes to make Advit her love connection. At the hotel, things go unexpectedly wrong when Sing insists on sleeping in the bed with Advit, forcing Tanya to sleep with Marly. She thinks the situation can’t get any worse, until it does. Advit will have to get a clue and Tanya must take a risk – before they can stoke their passion and leap into the fires of love.
Burnt Sugar by Anna Sansom
Swapping my usual Saturday night out in a dyke bar with a bottle of beer for a world of feather boas and cocktails was really stepping outside of my comfort zone. Along with the rest of the audience, I hoped to find the burlesque show entertaining and, with any luck, maybe even slightly titillating. But what happened on the stage paled in comparison to meeting my own, private dancer…
Wedding by Jess Murray
Attending her ex-boyfriend’s wedding becomes much more exciting for blonde Jess when she catches sight of a gorgeous, toned, shorthaired woman. Is she even gay? Jess is determined to find out, and parades her considerable assets to try and turn the mystery woman’s head. Once the two of them strike up a conversation it’s clear that Jess has more than met her match, and the heat builds as they drink, dance, and banter their way towards a sizzling midnight date in the wedding chapel…
Dreams Come True by Encarnita Round
There is only one woman in the world Ali wants to be with, and that’s Sam, her lifelong best friend. Just one party ruins everything and their relationship is broken beyond repair. Rejected and broken hearted, Ali finally decides to pick up the pieces and move on. She seeks a night of distractions, hot and steamy distractions, when she finds that a spilt drink can lead to more than just her trousers getting wet. For Ali, things will never be the same again.
Inside Out by Persha Bell
At the Flor de Canela Villas complex, everyone’s a wannabe, waiting for that big Hollywood break and trading on a vague resemblance to someone more famous. And for D, the dream is turning very sour very quickly. But when D’s neighbour breaks up with his celebrity girlfriend, D gets the chance to offer consolation and maybe even find out what it’s like to be somebody…
A collection of the winning entries from the Xcite/Diva magazine short story competition.
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