Falling Hard by Dale Cameron Lowry #Excerpt #Giveaway 

Title: Falling Hard
Author: Dale Cameron Lowry
Length: 233 pages/57,000 words
Publisher: Terrestrial Press
Genres: short stories, contemporary romance, paranormal romance, erotic romance

Blurb

Falling Hard features nine of Dale Cameron Lowry’s best short romance stories, available for the first time in one book. Meet a sign language interpreter who finds unexpected love at middle-age, college students in their first relationships, a vampire who would rather be a vegan, and a proudly gay ex-Mormon atheist who sells Bibles for a living. From sweet to erotic, this collection exhibits the quirkiness, fun, and diversity Dale’s writing is known for.

Here are just a few of the stories in Falling Hard:

    • Loggerhead — Soon after they fall in love, Jake makes Eric a promise inspired by an old track uniform. But demanding work schedules at Jake’s four-star restaurant and Eric’s newspaper keep them from following through. Six years later, they take the honeymoon they never had, heading to the Florida coast in search of sea turtles—and rekindling their passion for each other in the process.

 

    • Ghost of a Chance — When shy Jeremy Anderson meets mysterious and dapper Frank at his spooky old university library, their connection is instant. Their romance waxes with the full moon—but just as quickly, Frank’s interest seems to wane. He insists that he loves spending time with Jeremy, but then why does he keep Jeremy at arm’s length?

 

    • Sweeter Than Blood — Keith was a vegan before a hot encounter with a stranger turned him into a vampire. In the year since, his sire, John, has tried to make up for the mistake by teaching Keith everything he knows about being a non-murderous bloodsucker. But temptation is strong in the form of Andres, a regular customer at the barbershop where Keith works. When Andres finally asks Keith on a date, the real danger begins.

 

  • Rough Love — Blake thinks new boyfriend Michael doesn’t like French kissing. Michael thinks Blake doesn’t like rough sex. Neither are virgins, except in the art of conversation. Can they set things straight before the honeymoon’s over?

Excerpt

From Sweeter Than Blood:

I was a vegan before John turned me into a bloodsucker, and I still like my beet juice as much as I did back then. So when John finishes his night shift at the hospital, we usually meet at the gay district’s twenty-four–hour juice bar. That’s where we are now, at a table by the window, John counseling me on how to be a less miserable vampire.

He sets his glass down with a flourish, as if he’s about to make a pronouncement. “Keith, you’re a masochist to work in a barbershop.”

“Am I?”

He nods and widens his eyes. “The temptation must be agonizing with all those razor blades around. Don’t you sometimes want to press a little too hard when you’re shaving an unsuspecting customer? Make the slightest nick?” He leans in conspiratorially. “I know I would.”

Of course it tempts me. Still, I’m not without scruples. I no longer have a soul, but its presence or absence shouldn’t make a difference since I never believed in souls when I had one. Besides, nicking customers would be bad for business. The undead have to pay the rent somehow if they don’t want to dwell in sewers and old cemeteries. I was a barber before I became a vampire, and I’m a barber now. Not everything has to change with death.

I take a sip of my beet juice. It’s sweet and iron-rich like blood, and it stains my tongue the same deep color. With a little salt added, it’s heavenly. “Maybe you should have taken my work into account before you changed me. Or provided some sort of vocational rehabilitation to ease the transition.”

“I would, if the Vampyre Guild offered insurance for this sort of situation.” John’s smile at his own joke exposes his eyeteeth. They don’t look much sharper than a normal human’s. No wonder I fell prey to him so easily that night.

 

Where to Buy

Falling Hard is currently available through the secure downloading platform PayHip, Amazon, Apple, and other sellers worldwide. You can read a preview and find sales outlets at:

Giveaway

To celebrate the release of Falling Hard, Dale is running a giveaway. The prize is one of Dale’s short romances that is not in the anthology: Love Unmasked, a lighthearted romance about Aaron Loreto, a gay man who’s been unlucky in love because he occasionally turns into a raccoon. For some reason, his ex-boyfriend didn’t like the way he’d spend all night digging through the trash. But somewhere out there is a guy who’s more understanding, and Aaron might just have found him at his favorite coffee shop.

You can enter every day to increase your chances. Enjoy!

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Author Bio & Links

Dale Cameron Lowry lives in the Upper Midwest with a partner and three cats, one of whom enjoys eating dish towels, quilts, and wool socks. It’s up to you to guess whether the fabric eater is one of the cats or the partner. When not busy mending items destroyed by the aforementioned fabric eater, Dale is a writer and editor who enjoys wasting time on Tumblr, listening to podcasts, studying anatomy, getting annoyed at Duolingo, and reading fairy tales. Previous careers include sign language linguist, grocery store clerk, journalist, gardener, and camp counselor.

Dale began writing for fun at the age of eight and has been making up stories ever since, from overly workshopped literary fiction to off-the-cuff fanfic. Queer Mormons have a way of popping up in Dale’s work, whether it’s romance or erotica, sci fi or fairy tales, slice-of-life contemporary fiction or spine-tingling horror. So do immigrants and emigrants, people with disabilities, multilingual folks, and others who live their lives navigating multiple cultures.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wednesday Briefs – Chapter 45

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Welcome to another Wednesday Briefs. All comments are welcomed and please check out the other authors at the end of this post.

Prompt used:

“Give me one of those, will you?”


Chapter 45

Daniel

Daniel looked around and wondered when he’d wandered into wonderland. His brother apparently had a team that knew how to clean a crime scene so well no one would ever know anything had happened there. The same team had apparently rescued him and Silas from Harold. He really wished he remembered more of that night. Maybe then he wouldn’t feel so blindsided by all that had happened. And, of course, the cherry on the cake was the tracker Toby had had planted in his body. Had it helped find him? Yes. Did that make it okay? No!

Sighing he looked over at the bed that held still unconscious Toby. Carlos and Oliver had insisted on calling Tara, and the black woman sat beside the bed clasping Toby’s hand. She seemed to be whispering something, but Daniel couldn’t make out any of the words.

Sherri popped in and out of the room frequently to check Toby’s vitals and reassure them that he would be fine. Daniel couldn’t get any answers though. All Sherri would say was that he would have to wait until Toby woke up and ask him.

Why wouldn’t the idiot wake up?

Silas took out a bag of candies he’d talked Xavier into stopping and buying. Okay, maybe he started shouting louder and louder until Xavier gave in and sent Terry into a twenty-four-seven.

“Give me one of those, will you?” he asked holding his hand out. The sweet was strong and just what he needed to give his system a jolt and hopefully stay awake.

His body ached and his split lip, although it had stopped bleeding, still throbbed and stung when he tried to drink the coffee someone had thoughtfully provided. He knew if he gave into his body’s demands for sleep he would end up right back into that room. His only consolation was he’d fought back this time. He had hadn’t meekly let anything happen to him, or allowed himself to be cowed into obedience. His hits may have only been verbal, but they had still been hits and he’d take the win he was due.

“He’s waking up.” Tara’s shout pulled him from his thoughts and he joined the others in rushing to Toby’s side.

Toby

“What?” Toby blinked his eyes to bring everything into focus. Slowly the events lined up and he tried to look around for Daniel. The flare of pain in his head proclaimed that a huge mistake and he settled for calling to his brother.

“I’m here.” Daniel grabbed his hand and Toby settled instantly. He had his brother back where he belonged and that was the most important thing.

“So, Bro, you going to tell us who we’ve been being bossed around by for the last few hours?” Silas’ voice was cocky, but Toby could hear the uncertainty beneath it.

On a sigh, he started to explain. “Sherri, Terry, and Xavier are the team who would back me up when I was undercover. They were also, if you remember, with me when I got you two out of Harold’s place. Sherri is a medic, Terri is a computer specialist and Xavier is…well…let’s just call him a cleaner.”

He was contemplating how many details to give when the door opened to admit Sherri.

“You’re awake. It’s about time. You pulled me away from a good date with your call.” He chuckled at the fake pout on her face and instantly regretted it. Okay, no laughing, no moving, he was just going to keep as still as possible until the brass band in his head shut up.

Sherri checked his vitals and handed him a cup with some white pills in. He raised an eyebrow, but meekly took them at her glare. Sherri could fry any man with a look from fifty paces—or less on a good day.

“You need to rest. The whip you took the back of your head didn’t break the skin. Lucky for you the idiot panicked and didn’t even try and aim properly. You have a large lump and since you took several hits to the head in total, you’re going to need to be supervised for at least twenty four hours and woken every two to three hours to check you’re still aware of your surroundings.

“I believe this lady has agreed to watch over you and the other two big brutes have agreed to take your brothers home with them. Daniel is fine.” She must have seen the question he was about to ask and the argument because she continued. “He has a few bruises. The drugs are out of his system and he needs to eat and rest. He needs to be monitored to make sure he has no side effects. He has agreed to go with Oliver and since he and Carlos share a house, Silas is going with them. Now, have I missed anything.”

Mutely Toby shook his head, wincing again at the movement, and looked up to see Tara watching him. What was she doing there? He was too tired and sore to ask any more questions.

“No, that all sounds fine,” he said still watching Tara.

“Great, I’ll finalize all the details.” Sherri gave a decisive clap and wandered back out the door.


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Celebrating a site promotion and a short bit of fun for you all…

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This week I have been celebrating with my friends on GayAurthors.org. I have been given the honor of being promoted to Promising Author status.

Check it out by clicking here

I am very thankful to all my friends and fellow authors on this site. They have helped my work so much and encouraged me even when I wanted to curl up and hide.

The banner that now decorates my blog header was designed by Alicia Nordwell, author and artist, to celebrate my promotion. I am so thankful to her and if you want to check out her work visit her at http://ciasstories.blogspot.co.uk/ I would highly recommend a visit soon as she has a FREE book available, along with over thirty other authors, until the 15th of February. Who can pass up a FREE book????

Now, for the fun bit I thought you’d all like a short little piece about a party, fancy dress, and dates. 😉

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First line – There is no way I’m wearing that!

Chris and Dereck

“There is no way I’m wearing that!” Dereck snapped.

Chris looked at the costume he was holding then back at his furious looking partner. “Why not?”

“I’ll look like an idiot. That’s why not!”

“But, it’s couples costume night. We’re supposed to either dress in matching costume or as a famous couple. If you don’t like this what about, Tweedle-dumb and Tweedle-dee? They’d be less revealing if that’s the problem.”

“I don’t have a problem showing skin, you know that. I do have a problem, however, looking like an idiot.”

“You’ll look like an even bigger idiot if you show up not wearing a costume and everyone else is dressed up.”

“Fine,” Dereck snapped and snatched the hanger out of Chris’ hand. He stormed to the bedroom and slammed the door, shaking the walls of their bedroom.

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The noise coming from the club indicated the party was well underway as Chris and Dereck rushed up.

“I told you we’d be late,” Chris whined pulling at his top, and patting his hair.

“You were the one primping for ages, even after I was ready to go.”

Still huffing Chris pulled the main door open and froze.

“What’s the hold up, babe? Come on this costume is draughty.” Dereck pushed past and froze next to his lover.

Everyone near the door had stopped and were staring at them. And not one of them was wearing a costume.

“Um.” Their friend Colin pushed through the crowd and rushed up to them. “The costume night was last night,” he hissed.

Dereck rounded on his boyfriend and snarled, “You got the wrong day? You have a reminder on your phone for everything. How could you do this to me?”

He turned on his ridiculously, high heels and swept out the door, the cape of his wonder woman costume swirling out behind him.

 

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Blog Tour – Border Lines by L.E. Fitzpatrick #Giveaway #Excerpt

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Synopsis

When the perfect job comes up, Charlie doesn’t think twice about taking it. This is the break he’s been looking for and nobody, not even the rest of his team, can persuade him otherwise.

The job means working for an old enemy and crossing the border into London. Both are risky, but Charlie has no idea how high the stakes really are. The team will have to confront their past, each other and a killer who is closer than they realize. But can they all make it out of the city alive?

“We all remember that kid in Piccadilly. That determined look he had on his face as he willed all those people to him. Just using his mind, he pulled them close then blew them all to pieces. It could be anyone. Your neighbour, your friend, your lover. Remain vigilant. Reachers are everywhere.”

Border Lines is the second book in L.E. Fitzpatrick’s Reachers series.

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Excerpt

The wilderness rapidly became blemished with concrete and then erupted into a full infection of industry. S’aven smoked and hissed beneath them as they soared across the urban landscape. The air thickened in dense plumes of sulphuric cloud as the sky greyed. Heat waves drifted off the flat roofs, trapped under a thick cloudy blanket. Summer in S’aven was unbearable and, even as high as they were, they couldn’t escape the suffocation of the shanty town encircling London.

There was an insulating blanket on the helicopter. Rachel wrapped Darcy in it, focusing on him rather than the buildings beneath them. He was still stable, although Rachel had no idea how that was even possible after all he’d been through. The space in the helicopter was crowded and she had to cradle Darcy on her lap. John sat opposite, keeping his attention fixed on Riva and her men. He was edgy and it had nothing to do with flying over S’aven.

She glanced up at him and subtly he reached out his hand. Their fingertips touched. She felt a surge of concern from him, it was enough to make her worry about Charlie. Riva was watching them curiously.

The helicopter started to descend. Rachel felt a lurch in her gut. She looked up, expecting to see St Mary’s, her old workplace. But they were nowhere near the chaos of S’aven’s biggest hospital. The white mansion and the artificial grounds took her totally by surprise. Riva had taken them straight to her personal compound, a sight that Rachel had hoped she would never see again. As she turned John was already pointing his pistol at Riva’s head and her four soldiers were pointing their automatic rifles at his.

“Think about this situation, Mr Smith,” Riva said, checking her nails. “How quick are you really?”

“I guess we’re going to find out,” John replied, quirking his eyebrow.

Buy Links

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N9C0VCJ/
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Amazon AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B01N9C0VCJ/
Amazon DE: https://www.amazon.de/dp/B01N9C0VCJ/

Start with Book One, The Running Game

Rachel’s father called it the running game. Count the exits, calculate the routes, and always be ready to run.

On the surface, Rachel is just an ordinary doctor, but she has a secret. Rachel is a Reacher, wanted by the government and the criminal underworld for her telekinetic powers.

Charlie and his brother John have a reputation for doing the impossible. But after losing his family, Charlie is a broken mess and John is barely keeping him afloat. In desperation, they take a job from a ruthless crime lord, only to discover the girl they are hunting is a Reacher… one of their own kind.

With the help of dangerous and dubious allies, can Rachel turn the game around and save herself?

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Amazon AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B01GIGM1X8/
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Giveaway

Prizes: 1 x $10 Amazon Gift Card, 1 x signed paperback, The Running Game, 3 x ebook copy, The Running Game

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About the author

L E Fitzpatrick was born in Hull, East Yorkshire, but now lives in West Wales, with her family plus lots of dogs and cats. She manages an office, volunteers as a room steward for the National Trust and also supports independent authors as a proofreader and beta reader. She obviously has no spare time because of this, but if she did it would probably be invested in walking in the countryside and enjoying the peace and quiet.

L E Fitzpatrick published her first series Dark Waters in 2011 and is currently working on her Reacher series.

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Wednesday Brief – Chapter 44

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Welcome to another Wednesday Briefs. All comments are welcomed and please check out the other authors at the end of this post.

Prompt used:

“You’re just a big teddy bear, aren’t you.”


Chapter 44

Carlos

“You’re just a big teddy bear, aren’t you?” Carlos looked up and grinned at Daniel’s comment. Snuggled together on a couch in a nearby room they’d found, Carlos was close to dozing off.

His heart had almost stopped when he’d entered that room, but his medic training had kicked in and since Daniel was yelling for his brother Carlos had seen to Toby first.

The cleaning crew had unceremoniously kicked them out of the room as soon as they arrived, with orders to not leave the building.

Oliver was trying to convince Silas the people must know what they were doing if Toby said to call them and Silas should stay in the room with them. Silas on the other hand wanted to go and demand answers.

Carlos was on the verge of agreeing with the hysterical young man when the door swung open and admitted an explosion of color.

“How is everyone doing?” The colorful medic who had introduced herself as Sherri bounced around like a toddler high on sugar.

“Where’s my brother?” Silas demanded finally breaking free of Oliver’s grip and rushing the girl.

Carlos missed as he grabbed for him but he needn’t have worried. Sherri grabbed Silas’ arm and had him in a binding hug in three seconds flat.

“Calm down, or I will sedate you and you won’t find out how Toby is.” Her voice had gone from cheerful to dead serious in a blink of an eye and Carlos shuddered.

Silas sagged and Oliver rushed over to scoop him up and brought him to join Daniel and Carlos.

Sherri watched them for a few moments before speaking. “Toby is still unconscious.” She held up a hand as soon as Daniel and Silas started simultaneously asking questions. “He’s stable and to be honest I’ve seen him in worse condition, so he will be fine. It just may be a while until he wakes up. We’ll be taking you all to a secure facility, where you can be checked out and debriefed. Terry is dealing with the cameras in the area, and Xavier is cleaning up all evidence anyone was here. Be ready to leave as soon as they’re done; I want to get Toby to a proper bed soon.”

She spun on her heel and left everyone in a stunned silence, closing the door quietly.

“She’s scary. I’m so glad I’m gay.” Oliver’s whispered words broke the tension and all four men laughed.

“Toby has so many questions to answer when he wakes up,” Silas muttered as he cuddled closer to Oliver.

Carlos agreed. There were a lot of things that needed explaining. Like who were this team, and why was Toby still in contact with them?

Daniel had told them everything that had been said in the room and Carlos agreed with Oliver this team must have had something to do with the body of Harold disappearing so completely.

An eternity seemed to pass. Daniel and Silas were dozing on the couch when a large intimidating man strode into the room.

It took a moment for Carlos to pull up a name, his brain was ready to shut down he was so tired. Xavier swept the room with a piercing gaze before barking out a short order, “Follow me, a car is waiting for us.”

Carlos exchanged glances with Oliver and shrugged. What could they do but follow the order? The brothers wanted to go with Toby, and they’d been made to hand over their weapons already, so they had no way of forcing any information out of anyone.

With a dual sigh both Masters picked up their boys and followed Xavier into the unknown.


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Blog Tour – Max, Brad, and Maisie Mystery Series by L.G. Fabbo-Gonnela #Review ##Excerpt #Giveaway

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Max, Brad, and Maisie is a gay mystery series by author L.G. Fabbo-Gonnela. Read on to discover the three books in the series and find out more about the author! There’s also a giveaway and you are all encouraged to enter!

Murder In The String of G

Max, Brad, and Maisie Mystery Series, Book One

Maisie was an irrepressible burlesque queen of the fifties who was a star in the Cassandra Theater. She was killed in what was initially ruled to be an accidental trip and fall down a spiral staircase. In fact, she knows it was a murder but, why was she killed and why the later cover-up? Unfortunately, however, what can a ghost to do about it? Andso, her shade haunts the theater hoping to find someone to help her.

It turns out to be a long wait. In two thousand and six two young wanta-be actors arrive at the newly restored Cassandra Theater to audition for a play. One is Max, who is gay, and the other is his roommate Brad, who is straight. For reasons unknown at first, Maisie finds she can connect with them both and seeks their help in proving she was murdered and who did it. After initial hesitations, the boys agree to help her solve her killing. The book follows the pair as they stumble towards finding answers while dodging a hired gun, a serial killer of young men and, for Brad, Maisie’s tendency to “fondle his rump” at inopportune times.

Murder In The String of G

Buy links:

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Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00A7SOOKM/

Murder in the Squared Circle

Max, Brad, and Maisie Mystery Series, Book Two

Maisie’s favorite young pro-wrestler, Stan DaMann, is arrested for allegedly murdering his hated rival. Maisie is convinced of Stan’s innocence. Determined to find the real killer she convinces the hapless Max and Brad into posing as a new wrestling tag team. Out of their depth, they find themselves involved a murky world of underground sex bouts while facing off against two brothers who think vice may be nice but incest is best. As Max and Brad’s wrestling début approaches our trio is eager to find the killer before the killer finds them. Max has another problem in the form of a good-looking Australian wrestler named Liam. Could Max be falling for a guy who might turn out to be that killer?

Murder in the Squared Circle

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Murder in Noir

Max, Brad, and Maisie Mystery Series, Book Three

It seems as if Max and Brad’s dreams of a career in acting have finally arrived. The duo have been cast in the Broadway revival of that forties noir classic “Blood Fell onto my Window Pane”. Even more exciting, the production has movie stars Barrett Conover and his Italian wife Europa making their Broadway début. Max has had a huge crush on the husband ever since he saw the actor in the classic gay film “Going Tops for a Bottom”. As for Brad, he has been a fan of Europa ever since he saw her in the French classic comedy “Buxom Babes for Balzac.”

The play also has a rather lurid past. During its first run in 1948, two members of the company were victims in an unsolved murder. Maisie soon convinces the boys it would be fun to try and solve the decades old crime. What starts as a lark however, suddenly takes a unexpected turn as evidence of a blackmail scheme is revealed. Events soon turn deadly when the trio seeks to uncover who is being blackmailed and, critically, who is behind it. Hidden scandals, an attempted rape and murders both old and new are now part of the script for a, “Murder in Noir”

Murder in Noir

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Excerpt

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“Well Cassandra, old dear,” she laughingly said to the ancient theater as she adjusted her girdle. “We both have seen better days haven’t we!” With a bemused shake of her head she fixed her sheer colored nylon stocking to the girdle’s straps then did a fast check in the mirror to make sure her seams were straight. She gave a pert nod of satisfaction at the results then stepped into her grey front-buttoned wool dress. “Hell girl you look quite respectable,” Maisie told herself as she examined her demure business-like outfit. Her slender tapered fingers fidgeted with the pearl buttons one last time. No need to be this nervous, she silently told herself. The last thing she did was to slip into a pair of black

high-heeled shoes. The effect not only increased her height but also gave the calves of her long legs that firm sexy look that caused every man that passed her to turn their heads to shoot her a look of admiration.

“Okay we are dressed for that meeting.” She muttered as she grabbed her matching grey gloves and purse. Pausing one last time in front of the mirror the striking blonde striptease artist contemplated her upcoming appointment with a mixture of dread and defiance. A fighter looked back at her.“Okay Maisie here we go,” she firmly instructed her reflection. “You may be a bit down but you are not out by a long shot. So hold it together, meet them head on and make sure to give it your best shot. Just remember, you may striptease for a living but you are no whore no matter what they may think.”

For one brief second she shivered in the musty dampness of the room. As she did Maisie recalled how her momma used to tell that this meant, someone just walked over your grave. Her striking features grimaced with a mixture of fear and concern. Maisie suddenly laughed at the face she had just made. “Come on you are a star behave like one for Pete’s sake. Wish me luck Cassandra old floozy. Burlesque may be going down but this girl isn’t going to follow it,” she confidently said as she strode out of her dressing room. As she descended the narrow spiral staircase that led down from the third story level to the main stage floor her right foot caught itself on something running across the upper steps. Maisie suddenly felt herself falling forward on the stairs. Instinctively she grabbed the rusty banister at her side to steady herself but her height and her forward motion instead sent her pitching head first over the low railing barrier. The last conscious thought she had was that someone must have rigged some obstruction along the upper stairs to cause her to trip. “That lousy…” she heard herself exclaim with a mixture of anger and shock. The next thing she heard was the sound of her body hitting the lower floor followed by a loud crack as her neck broke. Then all was darkness and silence.

The next morning the work crews came in and found her broken bloody body sprawled out on the floor. No one noticed the tiny translucent grey shadow that hovered near her corpse. The terrified men called the manager who then contacted the police. They in turn reached out to the city corner.

My Review

This series was well written sand the characters were engaging.

I liked the story line and hope the author will add more to the series. The ideas were original and refreshing.

I will definitely be reading this again as soon as my time allows.

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About the author

L.G.Fabbo-Gonnella is a resident of NYC. He has often said Manhattan is the underlying unspoken character in many of his books. “I guess its a love affair that I have with her,” he once said. “I could live here forever and yet still find magical things about her that I never knew existed.

When not seeking out interesting new locales for his books he can be found dinning with friends and enjoying all the city he adores has to offer.

Though he has not yet met the supernatural denizens of NYC, he does hope too one day. And yes, there is a “letter Lounge” albeit under a different name.

He can be reached at L.G.Fabbo.Gonnella@gmail.co
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Wednesday Briefs – Chapter 43

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Welcome to another Wednesday Briefs. All comments are welcomed and please check out the other authors at the end of this post.

I apologize for missing last week, but when I first wrote this chapter I reread it and realized I had muddled up a few characters and had a couple of continuity issues. All fixed now and so on with the story.

No prompt used this week


Chapter 43

Toby

Toby ran ahead of the others and ignored Carlos’ call that they should all stick together. He cleared room after room until he heard faint voices.

He found the door and wasted no time in kicking it open. He took bare moments to take in the situation.

Daniel was tied to what looked like some sort of metal medical bed. His hands and feet were chained and he look pissed.

He took aim at the jerk that held a whip ready over his brother.

“Drop it and maybe you’ll live,” he snarled at the stranger.

A hit to the back of his head caused him to fall to the floor cursing. How hadn’t he noticed another person in the room?

“Toby?” Daniel’s pain filled cry shot through Toby and stiffened his spine. His brother was more important than any pain he ended up with. He swung round and saw a man he’d thought was long gone.

“How are you still alive?” Toby blurted out, then rolled to avoid another blow.

“Where is Harold?” Kevin snarled at him. The man’s eyes looked crazed and Toby wasn’t sure how aware the maniac was of what was going on around him.

He assessed the situation and dismissed any thought that this bastard would leave them alone if he got out alive with, or without, Daniel.

“Say hello to Harold when you get to hell.”

He saw the realization dawn in his enemy’s eyes seconds before he fell to the concrete floor with a bullet hole dead center in his forehead.

The sound of footsteps echoed down the hallway. Toby wished again that he hadn’t left the others behind. He turned to face the other man but was too late…again. The whip slashed across the back of skull, missing his neck by millimeters.

He had time to hear shouting start up and recognize Silas’ voice before his vision went black.

Carlos

Carlos burst into the room with the others close behind him. He wasn’t in time to stop Toby from being knocked down and made a grab for Silas as he tried to run to his brother screaming. It took a bare amount of his strength to throw Silas backwards to be caught by Oliver while he put two shots in the whip wielding jerk across the room. The man dropped to join his partner with one shot to the forehead and another to the chest. Neither man would be getting back up.

Carlos sighed, taking a life was never a good thing, but sometimes it was the only safe course to take.

Silas ran passed him and dropped by his brother. Oliver was already moving to Daniel. Carlos joined Silas and saw Toby’s eyes fluttering slowly.

“Speed dial three. Tell them T-Bird needs a clean-up crew and give them this address.” The words were whispered and, after Toby pressed a phone into Carlos’ hand, he closed his eyes again.

“Toby! Toby! You wake up this instant,” Silas yelled.

Carlos felt for a pulse and found it strong. “He’s fine, boy. Just unconscious. Let the medics deal with him when they get here.”

Looking at the phone in his hand he hit the screen and wasn’t surprised when it asked for a code.

“Three, four, one, four,” Silas muttered. Carlos must have looked confused because Silas elaborated. “Three brothers, all four as one, four-ever. The code for his phone is; three, four, one, four.”

Carlos tapped in the code and quickly navigated to the phone pad and pressed speed dial three. As an afterthought, he put it on loud speaker.

After two rings a deep voice answered. “Speak!”

Taken aback Carlos’ mind went blank for a few seconds before he pulled himself together. “T-Bird needs a clean-up crew at…” he rattled off the address and was stumped when he just heard the hang up tone, then the phone went back to the home screen.

Seemed all there was to do was wait and see who they’d just called.


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