Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Active Duty Edited by Neil Plakcy

Title: Active Duty
Edited by Neil Plakcy
Publisher: Cleis Press
Genre: Gay Military Romance
ISBN: 978-1-62778-031-5
Release Date: July 4, 2014

Do Ask Do Tell

The military has never been sexier when these hunky heroes serve their country and each other in Active Duty: Gay Military Erotic Romance, an anthology edited by Neil Plakcy. Experience the thrill of romantic trysts in the middle of battle, witness the everlasting bonds that develop between men who have put their lives on the line for one another day after day, and swoon over the charismatic charm and hard bodies that only the most disciplined of soldiers possess. With the abolition of the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy, being gay in the armed services has never been more accepted, and this collection has fourteen stories celebrating the freedom of our heroes to love and to lust after whomever they desire.

In Shane Allison’s “Weekend Leave”, a man falls in love with a soldier after a night at a bar, an Air Force captain can finally marry his beloved in “Soaring” by Michael Bracken, and when it comes to hierarchies in the military, rank certainly has its privileges for the Sergeants in Bearmuffin’s “Semper Fi Wrestlers.” The stories in Active Duty are as touchingly honest as they are sexy and will give readers a newfound appreciation for these men in uniform.

“The public displays of affection between soldiers and other men, the first same-sex service academy prom dates, and the first same-sex military weddings serve to illustrate something we have known all along—that gay men are strong, brave and resilient, the very characteristics that make a great soldier.”
—Neil Plakcy, from the Introduction

Active Duty exclusive excerpt
From ‘Weekend Leave’ by Shane Allison

It was ten after six when we got back to my car in the parking lot of the bar. “Thank you for breakfast,” I said.

“Thank you for the company.”

I kept my hands nervously in my pockets.

“Now can I ask you something?” Tareek said.


“Can I kiss you?”

I don’t know if my heart was thumping crazy from the walk back to the bar or from the prospect of being kissed by this gorgeous Adonis of a man. My suspicions had been confirmed. Tareek was gay. I wanted to say, “Hell yeah you can kiss me,” but I kept cool.


I didn’t care who was around or who might see. I wasn’t going to pass up the opportunity to be kissed by Tareek. I leaned against the door of my Cadillac Escalade as he leaned into me. His lips were warm and supple against mine. I thought about sticking my tongue in his mouth, but I didn’t want to come off fresh on what I guessed was our first date. When I felt his arms around my waist, I thought I was going to melt. Please don’t let me be dreaming this shit.

“That was nice. You’re a good kisser,” he said.

“Um…you too.”

My dick was so hard in my shorts you would have thought I had overdosed on Viagra.

“You like basketball?” Tareek asked.

“I’ve watched a few games.”

“The Seminoles are playing Wake Forest tomorrow night. You wanna go?”

“Sounds like fun, yeah, sure.”

We exchanged phone numbers. I gave Tareek the address of my apartment.

“The game starts at seven thirty, so I’ll pick you up at seven.”

The minute I got home that night, I grabbed a bottle of lotion and some tissues and jacked my dick as I thought of Tareek deep-dicking me in the ass.

About the Editor
Neil Plakcy is the author of nineteen novels and collections of short stories, as well as the editor of many anthologies for Cleis Press, including Hard Hats, Surfer Boys, Skater Boys, The Handsome Prince, Model Men, Sexy Sailors, and Beach Bums. He began his erotic writing career with a story for Honcho magazine called “The Cop Who Caught Me”, and he’s been writing about cops and sex ever since, most recently with seven novels in the Mahu mystery series. He lives in South Florida. Find him at his website

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