Angels Fall, the ebook

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Tired of being told—by straight and gay alike—that he loves “incorrectly,” vampire Ehrichto Salvatolle gave up on the idea of having romantic love long ago. When a member of the created family he’s focused on instead comes under threat from a mysterious illness, Ehrichto strikes a deal with his own sire, to return to the sire’s bed in exchange for his help. But when he meets the great-grandson of the first man to break his heart, Ehrichto spies a chance to have the one thing he’s always wanted: true love. Paperback, 328 pages
“N. S. Beranek’s Angels Fall infuses the gay vampire trope with Twenty-First Century sensibilities that ooze with sensuality and drip with sexuality. Beranek paints her complex characters with blood, sweat, and tears, resulting in a juicy storyline that will make your mouth water.” – Michael Kearns, Theatre Artist


“I’ve long admired N.S Beranek’s short fiction, and now she’s given us her first novel. It’s a riveting, elegant, and complex read. Beranek effortlessly weaves together Guatemalan villagers, Louisville teenagers, and a clan of deathless vampires, leaving us amazed at the diversity of her characters and settings.” – Jeff Mann, author of Devour & Desire and Country

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Angels Fall by N.S. Beranek

Tired of being told–by straight and gay alike–that he loves “incorrectly,” vampire Ehrichto Salvatolle gave up on the idea of having romantic love long ago. When a member of the created family he’s focused on instead comes under threat from a mysterious illness, Ehrichto strikes a deal with his own sire, to return to the sire’s bed in exchange for his help. But when he meets the great-grandson of the first man to break his heart, Ehrichto spies a chance to have the one thing he’s always wanted: true love.

Lethe Press. Paperback, 270 pages.


Enter to win a copy of the book (paperback or ebook) by commenting with an answer to the question below.

Ehrichto met his first love, Patrick Conway, outside the warehouse of the Conway Distillery, near the northwest corner of Fifth and Main Streets in Louisville, KY. At that time it was part of “Whisky Row” and bustling with activity due to its proximity to the wharf. Here’s a photo of the block, back when Ehrichto and Patrick met:


Decades later, when Ehrichto crosses paths with Patrick’s great-grandson, Michael Conway Ferguson, what building stands on the former site of the distillery? Leave your answer in the comments section below. A winner will be chosen from the correct answers. Be sure to include an email or blog address to be contacted.

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Threesome: Him, Him and Me ( Lethe Press )

The latest book in which I have a story is Threesome: Him, Him and Me edited by Matthew Bright. Publishers Weekly just named it one of the most notable books in their Most Anticipated Books of Spring 2016 issue! They say it has “astonishing breadth and delightful verve.” My story, titled “Call for Submission,” opens the collection.

The volume will be released March 3rd, 2016. Pre-order it here:

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“Call for Submission” by N.S. Beranek

“Time to Dance” by Matthew Bright

“Share and Share Alike” by Evey Brett

“The Big Match” by Lawrence Jackson

“Dr. Dave” by Dale Chase

“Fancy Dress” Chris Colby

“The Guards of Governor’s Square” by Shane Allison

“Spring on Scrabble Creek” by Jeff Mann

“Vanilla” by ‘Nathan Burgoine

“Invasion” by Rob Rosen

“Sea Glass” by Robert Russin

“Strawberries” by Jerry L. Wheeler

“Greedy, Deviant and Perverse: Living and Writing a Triad Relationship” by Redfern Jon Barrett



Saints and Sinners 2016 Finalists and Runners-up


The latest book in which a story that I wrote will appear is Saints and Sinners: New Fiction from the Festival 2016, edited by Amie M. Evans and Paul J. Willis (Bold Strokes Books). It will be released during the Saints and Sinners Literary Festival in New Orleans in April. This judge for this year’s contest was Ellen Hart, award-winning mystery author of the Jane Lawless and Sophie Greenaway series.

In alphabetical order by author’s last name, the 2016 Saints and Sinners Short Fiction Contest finalists and runners-up are:

Chris Arp for “A Man A Man”

Rich Barnett for “The Most Unusual Sweet Potato Competition

Sally Bellerose for “Discretion, 1957”

N.S. Beranek for “Do Unto Others”

‘Nathan Burgoine for  “Sweet William” (Runner-up)

Bryan Collins for “The Weirding Path”

Darrow Farr for “Last Dance”

John Florio for “King of the World”

Aaron Hamburger for “Loo Rolls”

Jerry Rabushka for  “Trumpet in D”

Carol Rosenfeld for  “Fallen Angel”

Vince Sgambati for  “Emmas” (Runner-up)

Thomas Westerfield for “Mr. Sissy in Sin City”

Andrew Willett for “The History Professor”

The winner will be announced soon.

From the website,

The Saints and Sinners Literary Festival was founded in 2003 as a new initiative designed as an innovative way to reach the community with information about HIV/AIDS, particularly disseminating prevention messages via the writers, thinkers and spokes-people of the LGBT community. It was also formed to bring the LGBT literary community together to celebrate the literary arts.

The Festival has grown into an internationally-recognized event that brings together a who’s who of LGBT publishers, writers and readers from throughout the United States and beyond. The Festival, held over 4 days each Spring, features panel discussions and master classes around literary topics that provide a forum for authors, editors and publishers to talk about their work for the benefit of emerging writers and the enjoyment of fans of LGBT literature.

SAS 2015 Writing Contest Finalists

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Sixth Saints and Sinners Short Fiction Finalists Announced

We are excited to announce the finalists in the 6th annual Saints and Sinners Short Fiction Contest. A few of the finalists will take part in a book launch party at the festival in New Orleans on Saturday, March 28. The 12th Annual Festival will be held March 27 to 29 in the French Quarter and will, for the first time, be part of the Tennessee Williams Literary Festival. (Additional Information about registration is below.)

All twelve of the stories by the finalists will be included in an anthology published by Bold Strokes Books that will be available in March at the festival and online.

We want to thank everyone who entered the 2015 Saints and Sinners Short Fiction Contest; Andrew Holleran, this year’s final judge, for the time and care he put into selecting the winners; Bold Strokes Books for its continued support of the festival and for publishing the anthology; and the John B. Harter Charitable Trust for its continued support of this project.

In alphabetical order by author’s last name, the 2015 Saints and Sinners Short Fiction Contest finalist are:

Gingerbread by Eric Andrew-Katz

Days of Awe by N.S. Beranek

Basketball Fever by Maureen Brady

Wrens Knell by Kristyn Dunnion

Pageant Girl by Sam Hawk

Fat Hands by John Kane

Maple Beach People by Lee Lynch

Hustlers Court by Frank Perez

A Perfect Fit by Felice Picano

Til it Bleeds by Jerry Rabushka

Femorph by James Russell

What it was Turned Ollie Queer by Mike Tuohy

This year’s entries were stronger than ever and the judges found the selection process difficult. With that in mind, for the first time we are also announcing a list of Honorable Mentions. The judges found these stories to be very strong contenders and while they are not being included in the 2015 anthology, we wanted to acknowledge them.

The Saints and Sinners 2015 Short Fiction Honorable Mentions are, in alphabetical order by authors last name:

Tom Baker for “Arianna”

Rich Barnett for “White Paint”

Elaine Burnes for “Auto Repair”

J.R. Greenwell for “A Tongue and a Twerk”

Angel Propps for “Carnations”

Vince Sgambati for “Vera’s Place”

Kacie Stetson for “Nganga”

Karis Walsh for “Transport”

Short Stories 365/214

“Zombie Hunt” by Danielle Renn from Queer Fish: An Eclectic Anthology of Gay Fiction (Volume One), Pink Narcissus Press (2011). Edited by Margarita Bezdomnya and Rose Mambert.

This is the second zombie story in the span of four reviews. I know I wrote in the previous one that I’m not much of a fan of such stories because there’s nothing appealing about zombies. Yeah, well, this story solved that problem. It does for zombies what Blade did for vampires. James “Lazarus” Hunt is a hybrid, not fully a zombie but definitely no longer human, either. He works as a zombie slayer, protecting a refuge of humans. Every once in awhile he returns to the town for some of the comforts of civilization: nourishment, in the form of human blood; a bed; a bath. Yes, you read that right. A bath.

This time when he returns to the city one of the blood donors tasked with supplying him with his meal catches his eye, because he’s trying desperately to do so. Evan wants to get closer to the zombie slayer, and he’s not going to take no for an answer.

There’s enough back story here for a much longer story, and it was all presented effortlessly. I don’t know about further adventures, since this feels pretty complete, but I’d definitely keep an eye out for more work from this author.


Short Stories 365/158

“A Time and Materials Job” by Anna Watson from Best Lesbian Romance 2012 (Cleis Press). Edited by Radclyffe.

Here’s a character type I haven’t seen in quite some time and didn’t realize that I missed: old-fashioned and well-mannered. The unnamed protagonist is polite and quietly confidant. She knows perfectly well what she wants but she doesn’t place her own desires above those of other people. She’s not a pushover; it’s just that she has respect for the feelings of others and the boundaries they seem to have erected around them. In other words, she was raised right. I love this character’s voice. It’s absolutely dead-on.

It would be easy to use the word “country” to describe her attitude, but I think her outlook harkens back to a time when most people, even those living in cities, were less sophisticated and jaded and, well, self-centered than we are now. She reminds me of the kind, determined souls Jimmy Stewart used to play. She’s an everywoman readers should be able to identify with, and hopefully will emulate.

She’s an electrician by trade, and we catch up with her just after she’s started on a project re-wiring a bungalow from the 1930s for a newly divorced mother of two small girls. Maeve has flaming red, curly locks, pale skin, lots of freckles, and a life that’s just fallen apart. The thing that would really benefit her right now would be finding someone even-keeled and very together, who wants to help her. The trouble is, that someone is too considerate even to ask what it was that caused the marriage to fail, to see if there might be a possibility for romance.

Speaking of romance, this tale is vying with “A View” by Brandon M. Long from Fool for Love: New Gay Fiction and “Save the Last Dance for Me” by David Puterbaugh from Best Gay Romance 2014, also both published by Cleis Press, for the title of Most Romantic Story of this project.