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STARRY-EYED

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Corsets & Clockwork: 13 Steampunk Romances

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Kiss Me Deadly: 13 Tales of Paranormal Love

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The Eternal Kiss: 13 Vampire Tales of Blood and Desire

Edited by Trisha Telep

Edited by Ted Michael & Josh Pultz

Introduction by Clay Aiken

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“Introduction” copyright © 2013 by Clay Aiken. First publication, original to this anthology. Printed by permission of the author.

“The Accompanist” copyright © 2013 by Eve Yohalem. First publication, original to this anthology. Printed by permission of the author.

“Anecdote” copyright © 2013 by Jesse Tyler Ferguson. First publication, original to this anthology. Printed by permission of the author.

“MC Wax” copyright © 2013 by Josh Berk. First publication, original to this anthology. Printed by permission of the author.

“Anecdote” copyright © 2013 by Ian Harding. First publication, original to this anthology. Printed by permission of the author.

“Tessitura” copyright © 2013 by Maryrose Wood. First publication, original to this anthology. Printed by permission of the author.

“Anecdote” copyright © 2013 by Sierra Boggess. First publication, original to this anthology. Printed by permission of the author.

“How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?” copyright © 2013 by Marc Acito. First publication, original to this anthology. Printed by permission of the author.

“Anecdote” copyright © 2013 by Ali Stroker. First publication, original to this anthology. Printed by permission of the author.

“Echo” copyright © 2013 by Kiersten Brazier. First publication, original to this anthology. Printed by permission of the author.

“Anecdote” copyright © 2013 by Greta Gerwig. First publication, original to this anthology. Printed by permission of the author.

“Talent” copyright © 2013 by Amy Vincent. First publication, original to this anthology. Printed by permission of the author.

“Anecdote” copyright © 2013 by Gavin Lee. First publication, original to this anthology. Printed by permission of the author.

“Other Life” copyright © 2013 by Garret Freymann-Weyr First publication, original to this anthology. Printed by permission of the author.

“Anecdote” copyright © 2013 by Andrea McArdle. First publication, original to this anthology. Printed by permission of the author.

“A Midwinter Night's Dream” copyright © 2013 by Jacqueline West. First publication, original to this anthology. Printed by permission of the author.

“Anecdote” copyright © 2013 by Anthony Fedorov. First publication, original to this anthology. Printed by permission of the author.

“Gravy and Mashed” copyright © 2013 by Tanya Lee Stone. First publication, original to this anthology. Printed by permission of the author.

“Anecdote” copyright © 2013 by Lisa Howard. First publication, original to this anthology. Printed by permission of the author.

“A Love Song” copyright © 2013 by Antony John. First publication, original to this anthology. Printed by permission of the author.

“Anecdote” copyright © 2013 by Lea Salonga. First publication, original to this anthology. Printed by permission of the author.

“Tuesday at Midnight” copyright © 2013 by Nina LaCour. First publication, original to this anthology. Printed by permission of the author.

“Anecdote” copyright © 2013 by Bonnie Langford. First publication, original to this anthology. Printed by permission of the author.

“Stage Kiss” copyright © 2013 by Cynthia Hand. First publication, original to this anthology. Printed by permission of the author.

“Anecdote” copyright © 2013 by Alice Ripley. First publication, original to this anthology. Printed by permission of the author.

“The Artful Dodger” copyright © 2013 by Aimee Friedman. First publication, original to this anthology. Printed by permission of the author.

“Anecdote” copyright © 2013 by Lynn Cohen. First publication, original to this anthology. Printed by permission of the author.

“Becca First” copyright © 2013 by Alexandra Flinn. First publication, original to this anthology. Printed by permission of the author.

“Anecdote” copyright © 2013 by Montego Glover. First publication, original to this anthology. Printed by permission of the author.

“Stringbean and Goose” copyright © 2013 by Laura Goode. First publication, original to this anthology. Printed by permission of the author.

“Anecdote” copyright © 2013 by Telly Leung. First publication, original to this anthology. Printed by permission of the author.

“A Date with Destiny” copyright © 2013 by Josh Pultz. First publication, original to this anthology. Printed by permission of the author.

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Contents

Introduction: Clay Aiken

A Note from the Editors: Ted Michael & Josh Pultz

The Accompanist
:
Eve Yohalem

Anecdote: Jesse Tyler Ferguson

MC Wax
:
Josh Berk

Anecdote: Ian Harding

Tessitura
:
Maryrose Wood

Anecdote: Sierra Boggess

How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?
:
Marc Acito

Anecdote: Ali Stroker

Echo
:
Kiersten White

Anecdote: Greta Gerwig

Talent
:
Claudia Gray

Anecdote: Gavin Lee

Other Life
:
Garret Freymann-Weyr

Anecdote: Andrea McArdle

A Midwinter Night's Dream
:
Jacqueline West

Anecdote: Anthony Fedorov

Gravy and Mashed
:
Tanya Lee Stone

Anecdote: Lisa Howard

A Love Song
:
Antony John

Anecdote: Lea Salonga

Tuesday at Midnight
:
Nina LaCour

Anecdote: Bonnie Langford

Stage Kiss
:
Cynthia Hand

Anecdote: Alice Ripley

The Artful Dodger
:
Aimee Friedman

Anecdote: Lynn Cohen

Becca First
:
Alex Flinn

Anecdote: Montego Glover

Stringbean and Goose
:
Laura Goode

Anecdote: Telly Leung

A Date with Destiny
:
Josh Pultz

Contributor Bios

Editor Bios

Acknowledgments

FOR YOUNG

PERFORMERS

AND ARTISTS

EVERYWHERE

INTRODUCTION

If someone had asked me when I was a teenager if I ever dreamed of being where I am today, I would have told that person one thing: yes.

Imagine a ten- or eleven-year-old me. Though Mom might say otherwise, like most kids, I wasn't always the cutest or the best dressed or the most popular in school. What I did have, though, was drive, determination, and a passion for singing.

Whether it was a concert with the local boys' choir, a Sunday morning hymn at church, or a role in a community theater production, I always felt most alive when I was performing. The thrill of making music and the artistic friends that I made through my love for the arts made my teenage years enjoyable and planted the seed for my current career. But the glitz and glamour of Los Angeles and the bright lights of Broadway seemed miles away from my front porch in Raleigh, North Carolina, way back when.

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