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Sallyanne Monti is an editor, co-editor and contributor to a number of anthology and short-story collections. Click on each image to purchase directly from Amazon, or purchase signed copies directly from Sallyanne.

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2018 Award Winner

Our Happy Hours: LGBT Voices from the Gay Bars

Story Collectors S. Renée Bess and Lee Lynch

During the days and nights following the massacre at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida, the world listened as various spokespersons attempted to explain to the general public exactly what the gay bar/club meant to LGBTQI people. The words “safe place,” “refuge,” “free to be ourselves” flew through the air. 

We queer writers grappled with the tragedy alongside our brothers and sisters. How could we express our feelings about the places where we could drop all pretense of conforming to the hetero-normative society’s rules? What words could we gather to let the rest of the world know the pain we felt upon losing so many beautiful strangers on a night in June and in a place that had been one of our havens? 

How and why does the gay bar intersect so many of our lives? 
The stories and poems living between the covers of this book attempt to answer those questions. Spend a few happy hours with us in our gay bars. 

**All profits will be donated to LGBTQI Youth Organizations**

About Sallyanne's Short Story "The G Spot"

In 1998, I shed my Catholic-guilt ridden frock and burst out of the closet. In my newfound lesbian glory, with a trail of rainbow stickers behind me, I was Out and Proud. San Francisco's Saturday night G Spot, held at The Endup Club and produced by The Dinah's Mariah Hanson, was my sanctuary. Join me and the cast of friends and recurring characters as we live some of the best days of our lives. 

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Fandom to Fantasy Vol. 2

Edited by Isabella and Sallyanne Monti

Join Sapphire Books as we bring you the fresh new voices in this queer anthology. Readers will escape into new uncharted territory as queer lovers collide with cosplay, fans, fan fiction, superstars and the supernatural.

These stories are guaranteed to make you sweat, leave you on the edge of anticipation and wondering how you can be part of the fun at your favorite fandom con. So, pack your bags for adventure, get that passport stamped at the con and join fellow conference goers as we embark on this E-ticket ride.

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Fandom to Fantasy Vol. 1

Edited by Isabella and Sallyanne Monti

Fandom and fantasy collide in the imaginary world of queer women. Come along with Sapphire Books as writers bring you on their journey into unabashed imagination. Where trickery thrives, and lust explodes, as lovers are propelled to new romantic heights.

Hang-on as new queer writers share stories, fantasies, and their deepest, darkest desires. What happens at the con...well, does it stay at the con? Find out in Sapphire Books - Fandom to Fantasy Anthology Vol. 1

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A Heart Well Traveled: Tales of International Love Affairs and Unlikely Outcomes Vol. 3

Edited by Sallyanne Monti

Love stretches across international boundaries as Sapphire brings you a collection of unique stories of romance and intrigue across the continents. 


Pack your bags and let your imagination run wild as you find yourself on romantic escapes to Africa, Australia, Bora Bora, Canada, Europe, the Middle East, South America and the United Kingdom.  

This fast-paced anthology will leave you wondering if you could endure love with nothing but miles between you and your lover. Watch as the characters face countless impossibilities without ever losing sight of the one thing we all want, one true love. Can they defy the odds?


About Sallyanne's Story "Separate Huts" 

When renowned DJ Rena Barton meets well-known Zumba Instructor Carly Dobbs in a clumsy crash into fate at Burbank Airport—it seems like a harmonious match made in high-profile musical heaven. Until Carly ceremoniously declares, they can never ever live together under the same roof —they will forever exist in Separate Huts. Can Rena give Carly the space she needs, or push their relationship over the edge and into despair?

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A Heart Well Traveled: Tales of Erotica, Fantasy and Sci-Fi Love Affairs and Unlikely Outcomes Vol. 2 

Edited by Sallyanne Monti

Each unique short story in this supernatural anthology will transport you to a magical interpretation of romance as authors bring to life, uncommon love affairs and out of the ordinary long distance relationships. Escape into the realms of eroticism, fan fiction fables, intergalactic intimacies, lunar love, mythical fantasy, and past lives revisited. Is it fate, is it destiny or is it one of those defining moments where the universe comes to a screeching halt as an epic love appears? 


About Sallyanne's Story "Peter Brady"

When Brady Bunch obsessed Business Consultant Sam Tessel, meets Woman's Golf Pro Jess Morgan on an internet dating site, she's skeptical that fate connected them and guarded that Jess could really be, the one. Until their first phone call, when Sam's heart skips a million beats as she hears Jess' sweet crackly pre-pubescent sounding voice, for the first time—A voice she fell in love with in a 1970's sitcom and a voice she could easily listen to for the rest of her life.  

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A Heart Well Traveled: Tales of Long Distance Love Affairs and Unlikely Outcomes Vol. 1

Edited by Sallyanne Monti

Discover the many facets of romantic relationships as authors in Volume One of, A Heart Well Traveled, unravel the trials and tribulations of long-distance love affairs. Each author, with their own unique style of storytelling, will leave the reader begging for more. Go from wild rides to gentle love stories, exploring the twists and turns lovers go through as they work to be together despite the distance between them. Explore bonds beyond friendship, chance meetings, family drama, gender complexity, long-standing love and unexpected passion as lovers seek happily ever after. A Heart Well Traveled is a collection of short stories where women who love woman share the joys and challenges of long distance relationships. Can love really conquer all?


About Sallyanne's Story: "The Big Gulp"   

Will Set Designer Amy Garel win the heart of Mellon Bank Director of Marketing Shelly Johns, in this fast-paced story of unexpected love amidst a diet soda debate that may ultimately define Amy's future? The connection between Amy and Shelly will keep you on the edge of your seat.  

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The One: Stories of Falling in Love Forever

Edited by Sallyanne Monti

An assortment of writers chronicles the discovery of the one woman to share the rest of life's journey. 

If lucky enough, we fall in love once in a lifetime. Children's books and romance novels promise us an encounter with a  beautiful, mythical love—a passionate lover that sweeps us off kilter and changes everyday life into happily-ever-after. In reality, most fall in a couple of times throughout a lifetime. Yet, those relations fail to fulfill the "forever" expectancy—they end. Still, we hope that love, true and eternal will embrace us. We hope that Stardust will cover the banal when life becomes monotonous or loneliness grasps us too firmly when days fades to night. In The One, an assortment of writers chronicles the discovery of the one woman to share the rest of their life's journey.

Reading about love triumphant sparks desire for more than uninspired routine existence.

Everyone deserves happily ever after!


About Sallyanne's Story " Happy Apples"

Will Attorney Abi Taylor and Artist Kat Rands overcome the obstacles and live happily ever after, or will this tale of unrequited love end in heartache and longing?        

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