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Cast the Cards

Anthology

Out of Print

For over 250 years, the use of the tarot for divination has been a mainstay of mystical and occult practices. The themes and forces represented by the cards are said to govern our lives and our destinies. Whether you believe that or not, the story of the cards is nevertheless the story of our lives -- the accomplishments and the pitfalls, the path from soaring joy to crushing defeat and back again. "Cast the Cards" is a collection of six all-new short stories that explore snapshots of remarkable individuals trying to make their way along that path.

Edith, a woman who has been burned too many times to play the Fool again. Jason, a young man whose bisexuality has made him feel like a Hermit. Sjofn the witch, on a quest to free herself from the control of the Hanged Man. Aaron, a dominant soul stuck in an ivory Tower. Bea, a mind reader weary of battle, but still with the Star in her eyes. Caleb, courted by a god beneath a dream of the Moon.

The path the tarot set before us is never easy, but by facing it with strength and determination, the rewards it promises are worth the risk.

She hadn't fantasized about anything with Jo, not even kissing, had forced her mind away whenever it had drifted in that direction, and so the kiss didn't have anything to live up to. That didn't make it any less good - Jo's mouth was warm and soft, opening against Edith's, moving a little as Jo adjusted for a better angle. Edith let her eyes fall closed, tightening her grip on Jo's shoulder to keep her close, and kept kissing.

When they eventually drew apart, Jo had released Edith's wrist to slide her arms round Edith's waist, and they were very close together.

"Hmm," Jo said, warm and happy. She was smiling, none of the usual cocky edge, and Edith smiled back, ducking in for another kiss that became several kisses.

"Would it be -" Jo said, drawing away to speak, then cutting herself off for another kiss - "Presumptuous to ask if I get to see the bedroom?"

"You're the guest," Edith said. "It would be rude to say no."

"And you're very polite," Jo said solemnly, kissing Edith again.

It took them a very long time to actually make it that far.

-- from "Burn the Brightest" by Emily Moreton

4.5 - Rainbow Reviews
"[T]hese six stories form a strong collection, but a bit of a disjointed read ~ perhaps best enjoyed as separate tales, but very much to be enjoyed."

4 - BookWenches.com
"I find series of stories that are woven around a common theme to be intriguing, and Cast the Cards is no exception. I enjoyed learning a little more about the Tarot cards, fitting each story into its Major Arcana niche, and discovering how each author interprets and expands upon the message of its card... In my opinion, all six of these stories are well-written and worth reading... The folks at Storm Moon Press have done an excellent job compiling this collection. I was impressed with the high quality of the writing in each tale as well as the way they adhere to the central theme."

4 - Coffee Time Romance
"This book is like a night of amazing love making. The seduction is slow and sweet. The climax is toe-curling. Then, you slide into the after-glow. Emotions run the gamut, and the reader is left emotionally spent but wholly satisfied. The incorporation of the Tarot deck only heightened my desire to read on. Each story is unique and special, but they work together so well. I would recommend adding this collection of stories to your shelf."

3 - Sally at Bibrary Bookslut
"Overall, the stories are all very well-written, with strong, interesting characters. For me, short story collections can be hit-or-miss, especially when built around a theme, but I would definitely be open to shuffling through the rest of the deck for another Cast the Cards anthology."

0 - C-Spot Reviews
"It's interesting to see how each of the authors incorporates the themes of their chosen cards – some are pretty easy to find the inspiration and symbolism whereas others are a bit more subtle. This makes a rather fascinating theme for an anthology as the reader can enjoy the stories as they are or try to look deeper into how the cards shaped the stories and characters. The Tarot is meant as divination but also of introspection – there are so many interpretations to the cards and their relationship to one another and to events in the reader's life can alter them dramatically."

Series

Cast the Cards

Length

55,000 words
160 pages

Release Date

Book Type

Anthology

Categories

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual

ISBN

978-0-9827008-1-5 (print)
978-0-9827008-2-2 (ebook)

Cover Art

Nathie Block

Keywords

M/M, F/F, M/M/F, bisexual, BDSM, menage a trois, fantasy, HIV, polyamory

Contributors

Emily Moreton
Erik Moore
Janine Ashbless
K. Piet
Marie Carlson
S.L. Armstrong