Under the Desert Sky published by Xcite Books

Under the Desery SkyI’m thrilled to have such exciting news to share on my second post. Xcite Books’ new m/m ebook anthology, Under the Desert Sky is now available for purchase in both the U.S. and the U.K.!

This is my first contribution to an Xcite Books anthology, and the first published story I’ve had as Zee Kensington. I’m feeling especially honored since they chose my story as the title story for the collection.

From Xcite’s website:

A collection of six gay erotic stories with mixed themes including alfresco, contemporary, historical (1920s), group sex, sex on holiday and cross-dressing.

Under the Desert Sky by Zee Kensington

Tim has followed his negligent boyfriend out to Nevada’s Flaming Fool Festival, hoping to have a “meaningful experience” at the celebration. Instead, he finds friendship – and a whole lot more – with sexy local boy Randy, who teaches Tim what a real “meaningful experience” is under the desert sky.

Lipstick in the Rain by Michael Bracken

During a routine traffic stop for a busted taillight, a closeted small-town cop finds himself frisking a female impersonator dressed as Courtney Love, and it soon becomes evident that the cop has more in mind that just writing a ticket. What the cop doesn’t know is that the driver he’s pulled over has an ulterior motive for lifting up his dress and bending over.

The Sculpture by Tabitha Raine

The Sculpture is the story of artist, Jason, who is carving a bust of a new client Quentin. Jason can’t help being utterly turned on by his stunning subject and breaks his self imposed rule of fraternising with clients. A steamy studio romp ensues and the finished sculpture turns out a little different than the initial brief…

Soldiers of the Night by Landon Dixon

The Roaring 20s. War on the noir city streets, gangland-style. But as the lead flew and the booze flowed, there was still time for night moves, man-assault of another kind – sexual combat, gang-bang style. America was on the gayest, gaudiest spree in its history, and the soldiers of the night were at the forefront of it all.

Without Words by Josephine Myles

Nick thinks it’s worth the risk of getting his head kicked in to find out if the gorgeous redhead on the building site really is checking him out. Only trouble is, even if he is interested, Nick tends to end up spoiling things with his nervous babbling. This time he’s going to have to keep his mouth shut. It’s either that or he’ll have to find some other way to occupy it…

Honey Do Me by Patrick Myers

When Lon discovers a handsome handyman he didn’t hire repairing the gutters on his house, he turns the mix-up to his advantage and invites Handy Andy back later that day. After a dinner he pretends wasn’t carefully planned and prepared, Lon learns just how handy Andy really is.


Excerpt from “Under the Desert Sky”:

Tim knew that look. Despite the dirt and the outfit, the guy was definitely interested. Tim’s pulse quickened as possibility bloomed in his mind, even if he had no idea how this was going to work in the middle of the desert. It wasn’t as if he could ask him out for a drink; the store was the only building for miles.

“So, how’s the festival?” The cashier asked casually, bagging up the liquor and snacks.

“It’s fun.” It sounded weak even to Tim’s ears, and he shrugged to cover it up.

“Fun, huh?” His sensuous lip curled into a playful smirk. “Let me guess. Your friends convinced you to shell out three hundred bucks so you could come out to the ass-end of nowhere and ‘find yourself,’ right?”

Tim couldn’t help his rueful smile. “Yeah, something like that.”

“You found yourself yet?” One dark eyebrow arched mischievously, though not unkindly. “Or you need some help?”

Tim took a deep, steadying breath. He lived in the Bay Area, so it wasn’t as if he wasn’t used to being hit on by guys. Just, to be hit on here, by this guy…

“What if I do?” He said, trying to stay casual even as his heart was hammering.

 “I think I’ve got something here that might help.” The cashier leaned forward tantalizingly, and Tim’s insides twisted when he realized just how close the other man’s lips were to his, just a nudge away from a kiss.

“What’s that?” Tim asked, almost delirious with anticipation.

“A shower.” His eyes glittered, humor and lust mingling gorgeously in the pale blue. “You can’t find yourself under all that dust.”


You  can download your copy from Xcite Books. Right now they’re having a “3 for 2” sale, so it’s a great time to pick it up!

3 comments on “Under the Desert Sky published by Xcite Books

  1. Hi Zee – fellow anthology contributor here!

    Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your story – I was really impressed by how much you managed to pack into such a short romance 🙂

    Jo x

  2. Hi Josephine,

    Thank you! I’m so happy you read and enjoyed it!

    I’m still working my way through the stories in our anthology, but I’m very much looking forward to reading yours, too. I’ll let you know when I do!



  3. […] been dabbling in the m/m waters a bit, finding out what I like and what I don’t. My Under the Desert Sky co-contributor Josephine Myles has been kind enough to recc some titles to me, and I’m still […]

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