In One Year and Out the Other
By Leigh
Mar 5, 2007 - 1:31:00 PM



Megan resolves to have less New Year’s resolutions – she has 528 of them.   Her laundry list of self-criticism is only the tip of the iceberg, however.  Social anxiety and an illicit affair with a married man have landed Megan in therapy.


Her relationship has cost her a good portion of her self-respect and damaged a longtime friendship, and Megan is working at rebuilding both.  With the help of her friends, Megan just might be able to heed the phrase “out with the old, in with the new” this New Year’s Eve.





Starting this New Year’s, Lily resolves to act more like a man.  She’s tired of having all of the housework, childcare, and holiday planning fall to her, while her husband Bobby sits back, eats turkey, and watches football. 


On New Year’s Eve, Lily leaves the planning to Bobby, and decides to kiss whoever’s handy at midnight.  Acting like a man means being selfish about sex, the parent who sleeps in, and spending the day indulging yourself without guilt.  But being the guy has its drawbacks, too, and Lily wonders whether this is really the change she’s looking for.



MIDNIGHT KISS by Eileen Rendahl


Mikayla firmly believes that a New Year’s kiss can predict how your entire year will turn out.  Wet, slobbery kisses mean torrential rains and flash floods, sweet kisses mean cavities.  This year, Mikayla broke up with her boyfriend before the holidays, and is looking for a new pair of lips to change the coming year for the better.


Celebrating New Year’s Eve by helping host a party with her best friends Gretchen and Amanda, she finds her chances for that perfect kiss sidelined by the Homeowners Association, infidelity, and porn boxes.  With the clock winding down, Mikayla just might have to make her own luck for the coming year.



THE FUTURE OF SEX by Megan McAndrew


Disheartened with the quality of the single men she’s meeting, Agatha has given up on her plan to find a nice husband with whom to raise a child.  She still needs to find a man to get a baby, however, which isn’t proving to be an easy task.  Her gay friends aren’t interested in helping out, and single New York men aren’t easily tricked into fatherhood.  A sperm donor seems the best option, and Agatha lands the last doctors appointment of December, with hopes to start the new year off pregnant.


A chance encounter finds Agatha face to face with her old lover, the sexy Italian foreign exchange student she shared a passionate summer with over twenty years ago.  Could the one-time man of her dreams be the answer to her new dream for the future?



IN ONE YEAR AND OUT THE OTHER is a quirky, humorous twist on New Year’s, resolutions, and starting over.  The ten short stories each have their own unique mix of family, friendship, love, drama, and laughs, ensuring that there is something for everyone in this volume.  Additional authors include Beth Kendrick, Tracy McArdle, Kathleen O’Reilly, Diane Stingley, Libby Street, and Christina Delia. 


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