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  1. Cole Matthews
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    A former bartender and restaurant cook, Cole is now a paralegal for a nationwide law firm. He loves writing mysteries, love stories, and tales about gay men and their view of the world. Currently, he's working on a novel/mystery which is called So Weeps the Willow, a story in three parts. He's also going to Florida to do research for his next novel, set in the Sunshine State. He collects antique cookbooks, gardens and loves travel and biking.
    • Fiction
    • FanFiction
    • Poetry
      • 2024 - Seasons
      • 2023- Exploration -Poetry
      • 2015 Poetry Anthology: Remember
      • 2014 Poetry Anthology: A Storm Is Coming
      • 2013 Poetry Anthology: Whispers in the Dark
      • 2012 Poetry Anthology: Cracks of Time
      • 2011 Poetry Anthology: Into the Unknown
    • Fiction - Gay Authors Anthologies
      • 2024 - Long May You Run
      • 2023 - Leap of Faith
      • 2022 - Anniversary
      • 2021 - Spring - On The Road
      • 2021 - Spring - Potluck 2021
      • 2021 - Fall - A Winding Path
      • 2021 - Fall - An Unconventional Gift
      • 2021 - Fall - Potluck
      • 2020 - Spring - Full Moon
      • 2020 - Spring - The Storm
      • 2020 - Fall - Bridges
      • 2020 - Fall - Shadows
      • 2019 - Spring - Into the Stars
      • 2019 - Spring - Snapped
      • 2019 - Fall - Fall From Grace
      • 2019 - Fall - Raincheck
      • 2018 - Spring - Now or Never
      • 2018 - Spring - Encounters
      • 2018 - Fall - Fight Back
      • 2018 - Fall - Good Intentions
      • 2017 - Spring - Unintended Consequences & Jagged Edges
      • 2017 - Fall - The Fallout and Secret Spaces
      • 2016 - Spring - Crossing the Line
      • 2016 - Summer - Wicked Games
      • 2016 - Fall - Blindsided / The Forgotten
      • 2016 - Winter - Rewind: Pre-2016 Themes
      • 2015 - Spring - Full Circle
      • 2015 - Summer - Road Trip
      • 2015 - Fall - Blurred Edges
      • 2015 - Winter - Blackout
      • 2014 - Spring - Nature's Wrath
      • 2014 - Summer - The Backup Plan
      • 2014 - Fall - Scars
      • 2014 - Winter - Chain Reaction
      • 2013 - Spring - A Night To Remember
      • 2013 - Summer - Roll the Dice
      • 2013 - Fall - Pandora's Box
      • 2013 - Winter - Recipe for Disaster
      • 2012 - Spring - It Wasn't Me
      • 2012 - Summer - Choices
      • 2012 - Fall - Friends & Enemies
      • 2012 - Winter - Desperate Ends
      • 2012 - Special - Mayan Tribute: End of the World
      • 2012 - Anniversary - Secrets Can Kill
      • 2011 - Spring - People Are Strange
      • 2011 - Summer - Walk on the Wild Side
      • 2011 - Fall - Legends
      • 2011 - Winter - Aftermath
      • 2010 - Spring - I'd Never Do That
      • 2010 - Summer - Out of this World
      • 2010 - Fall - No Going Back
      • 2010 - Winter - Haunted
      • 2009 - Spring - Oops
      • 2009 - Summer - Carpe Diem
      • 2009 - Fall - Something Unexpected
      • 2009 - Winter - Deceptions
      • 2008 - Annual - It's Just a Game, Right?
      • 2008 - Spring - Living in the Shadows
      • 2008 - Summer - Escape
      • 2008 - Fall - Anniversary
      • 2008 - Winter - Ghosts
      • 2007 - Annual - The Road Not Taken
      • 2007 - Spring - Fairy Tales
      • 2007 - Summer - Ending and Beginnings
      • 2007 - Fall - The Rainy Day
      • 2007 - Winter - Worth Fighting For
      • 2006 - Winter - Blizzard
      • 2006 - Fall - Halloween
      • 2006 - Summer - Going on Vacation
      • 2006 - Spring - Day of Silence
      • 2004 - Winter - Christmas
    • Fiction - Story Contests
      • 2017- Halloween
      • 2017- April Fool's
      • 2016 - Secret Admirer Short Story
      • 2015 - Secret Santa Short Story
      • 2011 - Novella Contest
      • 2009 - Novella Contest
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  1. Javelina

    By Cole Matthews, in 2023 - Leap of Faith. 10/12/2023 (Updated: 10/12/2023)

    Genres: Thriller/Suspense
    Sub-genres: Suspense
    • mature adult
    • north america
    • psychology
    • modern
    • brothers

    Al didn't know he was lonely, until he had a 'leap of faith'.

    • 1 Chapters
    • 4,530 Words
    • 1,797 Views
    • 38 Comments
    • Mature
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  2. This and That Prompt

    By Cole Matthews, in Fiction. 06/05/2022 (Updated: 03/27/2023)

    Genres: General Fiction
    Sub-genres: Experimental
    • mature adult
    • adult

    A place to put prompts

    • 5 Chapters
    • 4,210 Words
    • 2,337 Views
    • 76 Comments
    • Mature - Member Only
    • Long-Term Hold
  3. Bellini

    By Cole Matthews, in 2022 - Anniversary. 09/29/2022 (Updated: 09/29/2022)

    Genres: Mystery
    Sub-genres: Cozy Mystery
    • mature adult
    • north america
    • suspense
    • modern

    Howard and Betsy have a problem. They can't find a stash of money, and need help finding it. Who can help them?

    • 1 Chapters
    • 3,568 Words
    • 2,435 Views
    • 15 Comments
    • Everyone
    • Complete
  4. Our Christmas Songbook (Co-Author) 3. Our Christmas Books

    By Valkyrie, in Fiction. 12/13/2021 (Updated: 12/24/2021)

    Genres: Fantasy, Comedy, Romance
    Sub-genres: Comedy Modern, General Fantasy, General Romance
    • adult
    • gay
    • lesbian
    • brothers
    • friendship
    • holiday
    • christmas

    Music brings the holidays to life and weaves memories and moments together. We bring you The Twelve Days of Christmas in story form, with plenty of music interspersed throughout. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

    • 12 Chapters
    • 25,688 Words
    • 20,085 Views
    • 320 Comments
    • Teen
    • Complete
  5. The Man with Butterscotch Hair

    By Cole Matthews, in 2021 - Fall - A Winding Path. 11/18/2021 (Updated: 11/18/2021)

    Genres: Mystery, Thriller/Suspense
    Sub-genres: Suspense, Light Mystery
    • mature adult
    • adult
    • suburban
    • north america
    • serious
    • modern

    What if you were a witness to a crime, but didn't know it? Once the crime is solved, does what you know matter? If you put a period at the end of the sentence, does that give you a final answer?

    • 1 Chapters
    • 3,360 Words
    • 6,091 Views
    • 21 Comments
    • Mature
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  6. The Apostles

    By Cole Matthews, in 2020 - Fall - Shadows. 12/10/2020 (Updated: 12/10/2020)

    Genres: General Fiction
    Sub-genres: Drama
    • mature adult
    • gay
    • rural
    • modern

    Jason Whitlock has a job to do. He needs to serve some papers, so he's traveling to a small island on Lake Superior to accomplish this task. Things pop up that make him start thinking about his life, who he really is, and what it means.

    • 1 Chapters
    • 4,732 Words
    • 5,519 Views
    • 13 Comments
    • Mature
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  7. Our Christmas Cookbook (Co-Author) 2. Our Christmas Books

    By Valkyrie, in Fiction. 12/01/2019 (Updated: 12/25/2019)

    Genres: Comedy, General Fiction, Romance
    Sub-genres: Comedy Modern, Drama, General Romance
    • christmas

    Food is a central part of the holidays. For Advent this year, we present twenty-four stories featuring our favorite recipes. Bon appetit!

    • 26 Chapters
    • 56,617 Words
    • 62,513 Views
    • 724 Comments
    • Teen
    • Complete
  8. Shuffle off to Buffalo

    By Cole Matthews, in Fiction. 08/11/2019 (Updated: 08/17/2019)

    Genres: General Fiction
    Sub-genres: Drama
    • young adult
    • mature adult
    • senior
    • north america
    • disability

    Prompts for the trip to Buffalo

    • 7 Chapters
    • 6,685 Words
    • 11,449 Views
    • 112 Comments
    • Mature
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  9. Confessions of a Diabetic Cat

    By Cole Matthews, in Fiction. 02/19/2019 (Updated: 03/24/2019)

    Genres: Comedy
    Sub-genres: Comedy Modern
    • mature adult
    • adult
    • north america
    • suspense
    • light-hearted
    • animals
    • modern
    • friendship

    This is a prompt story dedicated to Valkyrie and Parker Owens for their help with So Weeps the Willow. It should be fun!

    • 3 Chapters
    • 3,304 Words
    • 5,100 Views
    • 47 Comments
    • Everyone
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  10. So Weeps the Willow

    By Cole Matthews, in Fiction. 08/29/2017 (Updated: 02/11/2019)

    Genres: General Fiction
    Sub-genres: Drama
    • young adult
    • adult
    • urban
    • north america
    • suspense
    • fostering
    • modern

    Jake is having a rough time. His career's at a dead end. His love life is a disaster. His mother is a mess. Finally, he decides to turn things around.

    This is his story.

    • 38 Chapters
    • 104,569 Words
    • 132,614 Views
    • 528 Comments
    • Mature
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