Taste of Honey Anthology: Guest Authors & Giveaway!

Hello all! Today at the Tea House we have a few special guests. The Taste of Honey anthology authors have stopped by to answer a few questions about writing the anthology. Plus at the end there’s a giveaway! Enjoy!


Title: A Taste of Honey
Authors: G.P. Keith, Edmond Manning, Werewolves/Shapeshifters, Michael Rupured, John Amory, Christopher Hawthorne Moss, Jack Byrne, Samuel Scott Preston, Renae Kaye, Zoe X. Rider, J. Scott Coatsworth, John Genest, Lillian Francis, Robert B. McDiarmid, Tara Spears
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Historical, Americas, Gay Romance
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Length: 340 pages


In the mood to try something sweet? How about a collection of stories about bears and the special men in their lives? Guys don’t have to be in their twenties, perfectly sculpted, and hairless to be hot. Bears are real men with real bodies—and that doesn’t always mean a perfect six-pack or an immaculately smooth chest. With bears, it can mean more man to love. The men in this anthology are chubs, cubs, grizzlies, pandas, polar bears, and more—all looking for a connection. And beneath their burly physiques are hearts of gold. Explore the bear scene and beyond with these big, hairy guys and the men who find them irresistibly sexy.

The Bear Fetish by John Amory
The Bear Next Door by Jack Byrne
The Bear at the Bar by J. Scott Coatsworth
Barefoot by Lillian Francis
Just Breathe by John Genest
Bear Chasing by Renae Kaye
Golden Bear by G.P. Keith
Hunting Bear by Edmond Manning
The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Getting Over Yourself by Robert B. McDiarmid
Truck Stop by Christopher Hawthorne Moss
Banyan Court by Samuel Scott Preston
Amped by Zoe X. Rider
The Bear King of Snowbird Mountain by Michael Rupured
Life’s Tiny Surprises by Tara Spears


What inspired you to write for the Taste of Honey anthology?


John Genest, Just Breathe

Besides a very kind call for submission from editor B.g. Thomas on Facebook, I was inspired as usual by recent events in my life. One which I felt had great “bearing” to Bears was having a sleep study to determine whether a CPAP machine would improve sleep quality. I was lucky enough to take a remote unit home, hook myself up, sleep in my own bed, and bring the unit back the next morning for results. I pondered how it would be to have to stay the night, especially Valentine’s Eve, with a very woofy technician hooking you up for the sleep study, threw in the dread NPT test to boot, and the stage for the story was set. (To read the results yourself, enjoy “Just Breathe” in A Taste of Honey from Dreamspinner Press.)
Connect with John Genest: Facebook


Tara Spears, Life’s Tiny Surprises

I’m not one to write about what the polulace considers perfect people, because people aren’t perfect. I’ve known quite a few Bears in my lifetime, living in the country where construction workers and lumberjacks abound, and they are some of the sweetest, yet misunderstood guys I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. This was an easy choice for me when I saw the call for stories, and Life’s Tiny Surprises ended up being an easy story to write too.
Connect with Tara Spears: Facebook | Website


Jack Byrne, The Bear Next Door

I saw it and couldn’t resist! The comment about not all gay men spending hours in the gym, and them having ‘real’ bodies struck a chord with me. I’m a very active person, but I put gyms in about the same category as doing desk work: I’ll only do it if I absolutely have to! I’d rather be riding horses or motorbikes or partying with friends.
Connect with Jack Byrne: Facebook | Website


What did you enjoy most about writing for the anthology?


Renae Kaye, Bear Chasing

I tackled this as a challenge; firstly to see if I could write a short story, and secondly because I really didn’t know about bears myself. So I researched. I read books and online stories, I checked out websites and I stalked online chat rooms (that was fun! <wink>). Then I wrote a story from the POV of a character who doesn’t know about bears himself. My character discovered as I discovered. It was a great experience, but I have to admit I did enjoy the research bit the most.
Connect with Renae Kaye: Facebook | Website


What’s the funniest thing that happened while writing your story for the Taste of Honey anthology?


J. Scott Coatsworth, The Bear at the Bar

For me, that would have to be explaining what a bear is to my friends and family. While they are famously supportive, I got quite a few blank looks when I said I was writing a story about a bear romance – I think some of them pictured Smokey the Bear or maybe Yogi? With one group of friends, we got into an interesting conversation about the various gay subtypes, including bears, otters, gym bunnies, the old Castro Clones, leather daddies, and much more. It was an enlightening experience, and I like to think the story served as an ambassador for the greater LGBT community to my select group of friends.
Connect with Renae Kaye: Facebook | Website



Purchase Links

Available now from Dreamspinner Press



For a chance to win an eBook copy of the Taste of Honey anthology, just leave a comment below between now and Aug 26th at midnight (Eastern time). One winner will be chosen at random and notified via email.

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  1. Ooh, these stories sound like a fun read! Looking forward to picking this one up.

  2. Thank you all so much for being guests at the Tea House. This looks like such a great read! 😀

  3. I enjoy books about real-looking people. This sounds fun!

    • Susan, that seems to be the general consensus out there! A lot of the people I’ve spoken to over the last two days have made similar remarks. They like that these guys are individuals and proud of it. It seems to have struck a real chord within the community. :)

    • I completely agree with Jack. There are many people out there who seem to enjoy real-looking people, and actually prefer to read them. When I started writing I thought that I would be unpopular due to my refusal to write perfect characters, but there are lots of people who have thanked me for writing less-than-perfect heroes. It was my absolute pleasure to write in this anthology.

  4. I love anthologies and I am especially looking forward to reading this one. I enjoyed the blog post. Thanks for the giveaway.

    • Hi Ardent Ereader (love that username :) ) I think you will love reading this anthology. I have read about half of the other authors’ stories and I really enjoyed them too! I wouldn’t have thought there could be such a variety of stories within such tight guidelines, but I was pleasantly surprised :)

    • I’m looking forward to your comments when you finally lay your hands on a copy. Good luck in the draw!

  5. This looks like a fun read.Thanks for a chance to win.

  6. Thanks for the chance to win! This looks like a great anthology!

  7. SWEET! I’d love to win a copy of this fascinating anthology. Please count me in. =}

  8. Sounds like an interesting read, love the cover :)

  9. Bears and honey, yeah! Sounds like a great antho! Great authors, all of them.

  10. I love the title, and there are lots of great authors. Can’t go wrong with this one.

    • Debra, thank you! B.G.Thomas did a fantastic job in pulling this all together, and it has been wonderful working with him, also Anne Regan who was lovely to work with as always <3 :)

  11. Kudos to all the authors involved and congratulations for being involved with such an exciting inclusive venture!

  12. I love the cover. Everything that I have seen about this book makes me ant it even more. The stories sound fabulous. Thank you for being here today and sharing more about it!

    • Jen, it’s a great group of authors! I’ve gotten to know them during the pre-release weeks and they are a terrific crowd! I’m reading my copy now and loving all the other stories!

  13. I’d love to read this, thaqnk you!!!

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