Cover Reveal – Age is Just a Number Anthology from Wayward Ink ***I have a story in this one***

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Synopsis

There’s something to be said for life experience, a little gray at the temple…

And then there is the appeal of youth.

When it comes to what the heart wants, Age Is Just A Number.

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Stories Included

TWENTY LIGHT YEARS BETWEEN US

Eric Gober

An alien encounter…

An unfortunate misstep…

A lightning fast journey through space…

The laws of physics are about to wreak havoc on Walt and Michael’s May-December love.

ALL ROADS LEAD WITHIN

Layla Dorine

When James spotted Rogue, a young man for whom wandering is like breathing, half-dozing on the hood of his car, he never expected that warning him about the dangers of sleeping out in the open would lead to a weekly visitor at his door.

NORTH PASTURE

Lily Velden

Upon the death of his grandfather, up and coming Fantasy author, Thomas, returns home.

A place he left four years earlier to get over his unrequited love for Sam Fletcher, his older, straight, and very much married neighbor.

Thomas soon discovers, however, that things are much changed with Sam…

AMERICAN MASTER BAKER

Dale Cameron Lowry

Baking is a way of life for Joey, a young pastry chef vying for first place in the popular reality show American Master Bakers.

But the judges have been showing favoritism to Terence, an aggravatingly attractive older man with more experience under his belt.

When the competition gets hot, so do the two men. Can a relationship that started in hatred end in love?

ALPHA AND OMEGA: THE CLAIMING

Eddy LeFey

A young Omega shifter meets a much older Alpha.

Will Elliot let Issac help him be who he is too afraid to be?

STAND AND DELIVER

Asta Idonea

Necessity has forced former soldier Captain Keen to assume the occupation of gentleman highwayman. His fortunes take a turn, however, the night he stops the Marquis de Beaumont’s coach and gets more than he bargained for when he utters the words “Stand and deliver!”

LOST AND FOUND

Louise Lyons

The loss of his best friend leads Phil to find love.

TRAIL TO LOVE

Kassandra Lea

There’s only one thing Kit Conley likes more than horses and that’s Roman Meadery.

But will the elite rider ever notice him?

CRUISING WITH LOVE

Carol Pedroso

Gus is under the thumb of a controlling father. Can meeting his mate give him a reason to make a break for freedom?

Nelson is twice Gus’ age, and very protective of what is his.

What will happen when Gus’ father tries to split them up? And what surprises does Nelson have up his sleeve?

NEAR MISS

Aimee Brissay

A few seconds, that’s all it takes to make a difference between life and death.

Between killing someone and stopping on time.

But is it enough to turn yourself around when you’ve hit bottom?

Or to make you recognize something good when you have it?

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Wednesday Briefs – Chapter 28

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Welcome to another Wednesday Briefs. Only two more weeks of the School holidays to go and I should get back to my regular writing schedule. Meanwhile here’s a short chapter to keep you going.

As always all comments are gratefully received and please check out the other authors posting at the end of this post

No prompt was used this week, it was a free week.


Chapter 28

Silas

Silas left Anna’s office and stormed down the street as fast as he could. He didn’t know where he was heading, as long as it was as far away from that meddling woman as possible.

How dare she! How dare she say it was okay he wanted the pain! How dare she say he should accept himself as he was! He was a freak! Plain and simple!

When he was finally tired of walking he found a small coffee shop and slipped into a quiet corner with a mocha latte. Sipping his drink, he let his mind go back over everything Anna had said—albeit a little more calmly now.

She had insisted that he wasn’t a freak for being aroused by pain. She had even given him links to few websites on the subject. The other shrinks he’d seen had all been about drugging him up to the eyeballs and helping him to get better. Anna was the first to say he didn’t drugs. She’d said what he needed was a good hard flogging and she knew a club where he could find one. He’s refused until she’d talked Danny into going and he’d had no choice but to follow.

Then in this latest session she just had to get him to talk about Oliver. He’d even kept slip how the urges were changing now Oliver was around. God, why hadn’t he just kept his mouth shut. Now she wants him to spend more time with Oliver and see what the long term effects are.

“Hey, Bro, I’ve been looking everywhere for you.” Silas startled and glared at Toby as he sat opposite him.

“Ever thought maybe I didn’t want to be found?” he growled.

Toby slapped a hand down on the table. “Do you even remember that there’s a killer out there? And that he may be targeting us? Not wanting to be found is not a luxury that you possess at the moment.”

Silas felt the guilt starting to sneak in, but he pushed it away ruthlessly. “If you keep guarding us so well, how is this killer ever going to be caught? If he can’t get near us he will probably lose interest and move on to another target. Then how will you find him before he kills again?”

Toby stared at him. “You think I’m using you and Danny as bait? I am only guarding you both because my sources tell me this bastard won’t give up once he’s chosen a target. If he decides to kill someone else…well, of course, I would feel sorry for the victim and their family. But, I would also be glad you and Danny are alive. You’re all the family have left and I will do anything to make sure you stay safe.

Come on, bro. What’s really bugging you. You been getting quieter and quieter recently. Has Oliver done something? I can have a word with him it you want. Or I can get Tara to find you a new master—”

“NO!” Silas shouted and clapped his hand over his own mouth as everyone turned to stare for a long moment.

Toby stared at him and, right as the knowing smirk started to show on his brother’s face, he hated how well they all understood each other.

“So, just how well is Oliver managing you?” Toby drawled, sitting back in his chair and grinning.

Silas scowled. “He is not managing me. He is…Well, he’s…That is he’s…” Silas gave up trying to find the words as Toby burst in to laughter.

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Oliver

Not far away Oliver sat in his office scowling at the current accounting sheet he was trying to get to balance on his computer screen. Computers were meant to make things easier, not make him want to throw the newly repaired machine across the room.

His gaze was drawn to the floor at the side of his desk. Would Silas have realized by now what he was doing wrong? Would he have been trying to repress himself from interrupting Oliver’s work? Or would he have finally have just told Oliver what he was doing wrong and damn any no talking rules?

Leaning back on his chair he rubbed at his temples trying to ease the headache pulsing there. How had Silas gotten under his skin so quickly? There was something about him that drew Oliver in. Under all the bluster and the snarky comments, was a vulnerable young man that Oliver wanted to wrap up and protect.

Now, the question was how did he win Silas over without scaring the sub away first?


 

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Blog Tour – Priest & Pariahs by Mann Ramblings #Review #Giveaway #Excerpt

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Synopsis – Priest and Pariahs

Ship Logs of the Santa Claus, Book Three

Costa McQuillen is a Pariah, a para-human with tech empathic abilities who has escaped from Earth, where being para-human is illegal—and marks him for extermination. Arrogant and standoffish, Costa is unable to trust anyone, but is willing to risk everyone’s safety to reach the planet Omoikane. His best solution: gaining passage on board the Santa Claus.

Arbor Kittering, the crew’s newest coding tech, is a medical oddity. With the technologies available to prevent birth defects, Arbor’s status as a dwarf brings the kind of attention he could happily do without. Having spent a short time in prison for data hacking and falsifying government files doesn’t help. The Santa Claus is his last chance at a new start, if he can decipher the strange malfunctions plaguing the ship.

Priest, the Santa Claus’ Head Pilot, is a bit of a scoundrel. Perpetually single, Priest is attracted to Costa for his exotic looks, and to Arbor for his unique qualities. In truth, he’d like to have both, but it’s clear such a thing isn’t in the cards. Now Priest needs to make a choice, before it’s too late.

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Excerpt

BLOWING OUT THROUGH his pursed lips, Arbor Kittering scrubbed his small hands on his pant legs. His palms refused to stay dry; he was so nervous. This job interview was too important. No other employer had been willing to return his application requests and his currency was dwindling. Despite his exceptional tech-coding skills, the mistakes he’d made in the recent past had smeared his reputation. All he needed was a fresh opportunity to undo the damage.
Reaching into his shoulder bag—that always appeared too large for his size—he pulled out a small metal rectangle. With a flick of his wrist, it snapped out, expanding into a small step stool. Climbing on top of it in the middle of the men’s restroom gave him a better vantage point in the mirror. If he stretched out to the tips of his toes, his chin would barely reach the standard counter height, and he had no intention of doing anything of the sort. He had some small amount of pride left.
Such was the life of a dwarf in a universe full of normals.
Arbor was accustomed to the odd stares of folks trying not to be obvious. Some were fine, but others treated his condition as something communicable. As if achondroplasia was catching. If it were, he would run rampant through crowds in public transports, touching everyone he could reach, in a millisecond.
He was fortunate not to be more disfigured. A disheveled thatch of mud-brown hair helped reduce the appearance of his pronounced forehead. Thankfully, his head was not grotesquely large. His limbs were short in proportion to his torso, but the possible spinal curvature was minimal. Growing up, his research brought him medical images of conditions beyond his ability to stomach. It made him thank whatever gods he didn’t believe in.
Occasionally, he would meet a person who was fascinated by his unnatural stature. It was often exhausting, but he couldn’t blame their morbid curiosity at times. How could you not gawk at something so abnormal, which barely existed beyond obscure medical histories in the last few centuries? From his Subspace Link research, only four cases of dwarfism were catalogued in the last fifty years. It wasn’t surprising. Medical technologies were more than capable of detecting and correcting the birth defect well before a child was born.
After checking the time on his handheld pad, he smoothed down his clothing with his stubby fingers as best he could, trying not to grimace at the juvenile style. With his funds so low, he was forced to shop at secondhand stores in the husky children’s departments. There was no currency to spare for custom-altered garments anymore. The fact did nothing to reinforce his self-confidence.
Damn, he really needed this job.
Hopping down, Arbor collapsed and collected his step stool, stowing it in his bag. He shook himself to bolster his courage before heading for the door.

My Review

I have read all the books in this series and have loved all of them. This one carries on the series perfectly and doesn’t disappoint at any point.

I loved how Priest digs himself into a situation that then seems to get worse the more he tries to get himself out of it.

The character Costa is brilliantly written. The way you find out a little at a time keeps you on your toes.

And Arbor is great, he gives a whole new meaning to the little man complex.

I am hoping that these characters may be revisited in a future book so we know if their mission at the end was a success.

A great read, from a great author, and highly recommended for your To-Be-Read list

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The Luxorian Fugitive

Luxorian PreviewSergeant Liam Jacks is the security chief of transport vessel, The Santa Claus. He travels the planetary cluster with Marc Danverse, his best friend and captain, seeking to escape his tortured past and find some peace of mind.

Having been through a civil war together, Danverse and Liam are close. Maybe too close….

All that changes when mysterious stranger, Hadrian Jamison, an escaped Adonirati, books passage to Alpha Centauri. Can he be trusted? Can the stories of his past be believed?

As Liam’s fascination with Hadrian grows, jealousy threatens to tear apart his friendship with Danverse.

When Hadrian’s owner shows up, Liam is forced to go against orders in order to launch a rescue mission to save him.

The ensuing conflict may be more than any of them expected.

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A Cook’s Tale

A Cooks Tale - Mann RamblingsThe trials and tribulations of the crew and passengers of interplanetary transport vessel, The Santa Claus continues in A Cook’s Tale.

After a horrific breakup, Erron Murfin is bitter, homeless, and friendless. When the cook’s position on the Santa Claus presents itself, Erron decides to escape his current circumstances and join the crew. On board he reconnects with family friend Gamin Wells, whose own secrets and issues begin to surface upon Erron’s arrival. The least of which is the reason the pair haven’t laid eyes on one another in over twelve years.

As Erron settles into his new duties, the men on board take an interest in their newest crew member. Among those intrigued by Erron are polyamorous couple, Barrus and James. Despite Erron’s cautious nature, he’s drawn into a triad relationship with the pair.

But there’s something about Gamin…

Is Erron too damaged to confront his own feelings?

Will his past prevent him from finding what he needs?

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About the Author

Like many gay men, when Mann Ramblings grew up, there weren’t any heroes he could relate to. The world held him back while he tried futilely to hide the real person inside. So much has changed since those hollow days. He finally found his voice, the voice that says it’s all right to revel in the so-called inappropriate joys, laughs, and loves that storm inside a man’s head. It took a long time to find that courage and now that it’s here, he plans to use it well.

While spending years more focused on visual arts, he never let go of his innate passion for storytelling—he wanted to write and draw comic books when he grew up. Once he discovered M/M fiction, a whole new world opened with new possibilities. Why couldn’t you have fantastic and dynamic tales with an M/M cast? He started reading the online tales of authors like, Night Tempest, Rob Colton, and Alicia Nordwell, which only fueled within him the need to create. Eventually he found GayAuthors.org, and with a little coercive nudge from Night Tempest, started sharing his tales with an unexpected level of positive response. That experience and support gave him the courage to cross his fingers and aim for the world of M/M publishing.

Born and raised in Michigan, Mann Ramblings continues to type away, wishing it was practical to use a noisy, old fashioned keyboard that clacks with each strike, if only to annoy his loving partner and spoiled miniature dachshund.

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Blog Tour – A Summer’s Day Anthology #Review #Excerpt #Giveaway

 

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Title: A Summer’s Day: Shakespearean Anthology with a Twist

Authors: Nephy Heart, Louise Lyons, Rebecca Cohen, JL Merrow, Charlie Cochrane, Asta Idonea, Dianne Hartsock, Rory Ni Coileain, Kathy Griffith, M LeAnne Phoenix, Phetra H Novak, Rian Durant

Genre: Gay Romance/Fiction

Length: Anthology, 115 K

Cover Art: Jay Aheer Simply Defined Art

 

A collection of 12 stories celebrating the Bard’s legacy with modern retelling of some of his works and delightful referencing of anything Shakespeare.

There is gentle YA romance next to hot sexy stories and all kinds of relationships – first love, May/December, interracial, second chances, happy endings and even a tragic one.

We’re travelling from Ancient Rome through Renaissance England to modern day UK, Venice Beach and other places in USA, Vancouver and Havana.

There’s fun, drama, tears, joy and, above all, lots of true love.

All proceeds of this collection go to the It Gets Better Project™.

 

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Excerpt

A Fine Line Between

Louise Lyons

“I’m sorry.” I never thought I’d say such a thing to him, but as I listened to him, I wondered why we’d despised each other so much on the strength of something our parents did. We’d been little kids, just starting school, conditioned to loathe each other because of our families’ hatred.

“Not your fault, is it?” Julian’s voice shook and he moved away, initially heading toward Laura and Steve, but then changing direction.

“Hey!” I hurried after him. I caught up to him and gestured to mine and Steve’s towels. “I meant I’m sorry for being a dick. You’re right. It was never anything to do with us. I suppose listening to my dad go on about it made me feel the same. I don’t know why my parents even stayed together. They’re sort of friends, but that’s all. I think Mum just likes the security of Dad’s money. I know for a fact they’ve seen other people on and off. They don’t even try to hide it from me. Sit down.”

“Just like that? Suddenly you want to be friends?” His expression was wary.

“Hardly.” My lips twitched. “But since I saved your life, I suppose I can’t hate you that much.”

“Saved my life, bollocks. I’d have been all right.”

“Yeah, you keep telling yourself that.” I grinned and sat down, surprised by my sudden change in attitude. Glancing at him, I noticed for the first time how attractive he was with his reddish-blond hair and bright blue eyes. Tanned skin glistened with droplets of water and a light dusting of golden hair spread across his chest. I hadn’t seen him since high school and he’d been skinny, pimply, and ginger then.

My Review

This collection of stories is wonderful, a great read and, even better, the money is going to a great cause.

Each story is brilliantly written to  celebrate Shakespeare and his various works.

Normally I would pick one story as my favorite and review that, but I can’t. They are all beautifully written and I would highly recommend giving them all a read.

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Blurbs

DEEPER THAN DID EVER PLUMMET SOUND

Rory Ni Coileain

Clarence Limont is a slowly fading star of the London stage; convinced his great performances are all behind him, he nevertheless agrees to play Prospero in an off-off-Broadway production of The Tempest helmed by an old friend.
Jaymes Stafford is the production’s starry-eyed Ariel, waking feelings Clarence had thought long dead and buried.
But the poisonous jealousy of other members of the cast may steal the stars from Jaymes’ eyes, and even put paid to Clarence’s illustrious career.

(“The Tempest”)

A FINE LINE BETWEEN
Louise Lyons

When Romeo runs into Julian on the beach, he’s the last person he wants to see as he’s grown up hating him due to his parents’ aversion to Julian’s dad.
Forced to rescue Julian from the sea, Romeo is surprised by his grudging attraction to the other young man.
When simple lust becomes something more, the pair ignore their parents’ anger, but family fights drive the lovers away from home – into a horrifying incident. Will it make the Montgomerys and the Caplins rethink their feud?
(“Romeo and Juliet”)

THE DEVIL AND THE LION
Asta Idonea

Caius Martius and Tullus Aufidius have long been enemies.
Then Martius arrives on Aufidius’ doorstep, seeking a military alliance. Aufidius accepts; however, he wishes their partnership to extend from the battlefield to the bedchamber.
His lust for Martius is one of the reasons he spares his life, but his jealousy will soon have terrible consequences.
(“Coriolanus”)

KISS ME, KADE
Nephy Heart

Kade is in trouble, negotiating a dangerous path between an authoritarian father and wayward sister.
Then Pete storms into his life and tries to take over.
It can only end in disaster.
(“Taming of The Shrew”)

IF MUSIC BE…
Charlie Cochrane

Rick Cowley finds himself taking up am-dram once more, thinking it’ll help him get over the death of his partner.
He’d never anticipated it would mean an encounter with an old flame and the sort of emotional complications the Bard would have reveled in.
Still, old Will had the right word for every situation, didn’t he?
(“Twelfth Night”)

TWO GUYS FROM VANCOUVER
Dianne Hartsock

Valentine has been watching Preston date man after man with never more than a brotherly hug for him.
Finally, despairing that Preston will ever love him in return, Val moves away to college, where he meets the glorious Silver, a man with problems of his own, who just might be his answer.
Torn between his attraction to Preston and his growing desire for Silver, Val wonders if he’ll ever find love or will his life become as tragic as any of the Shakespearean plays he loves so well.
(“The Two Gentlemen of Verona”)

WHEN I LOVE THEE NOT
Rian Durant

Desmond, the heir of a business owner is outed in the media after a hot night with his lover, Olvin, who also happens to be the company’s best negotiation expert.
This is only the first step in Ian’s plan to get back at Olvin for choosing Michel Caswell as a main assistant for the latest merger instead of him, a plan in which he’s moving everybody around like pawns on a chessboard, bending the rules.
Will Ian drive a wedge between Desmond and Olvin and get the position he wants or will he realize that there’s something more important that stops the world from turning into chaos?
(“Othello”)

THE MERCHANT OF VENICE BEACH
Kathy Griffith

Tony and Bartholomew have been friends for years, but his latest request is a little much.
Bart needs a loan to impress Porsche Keller, a personable billionaire, but the only cash available is from banker and raging homophobe Sherlock Palmer, who has a devious plan for them.
Will our heroes find love and get their happy ending?
(“The Merchant of Venice”)

A HERO’S LAST BATTLE
Phetra H Novak

Claudio is happy to be home after serving his country as a soldier for over fifteen years being stationed mostly abroad ready to settle down.
Hero is still living at home, together with his father, trying to do what is expected a young man his age is supposed to do, work and live every day like it is your last.
The two men meet at a family wedding, realizing they share a mutual dream of finding love and starting a family but evil lurks amongst them. Will these two lovers find a way to be together?
(“Much Ado About Nothing”)

NOTHING LIKE THE SUN
JL Merrow

Hollywood darling Jerome Winter always defined himself by his looks—until a fire destroyed them.
His oldest friend and still-loyal manager, Sam, has long carried a torch for him, but with his looks—and earning power—gone, what does Jerome have left to offer?
(Sonnet 130)

THE SUN OF TOMORROW
M LeAnne Phoenix

When actor Koray Shepherd rescues writer Winter Sirois from the brutal hands of his supervisor, Winter never would have believed the beautiful Turk would share his love of The Bard.
When Koray asks Winter out on a date, Winter takes center stage in his very own tragedy, determined to end his play for today with a happily ever after.
Screwing his courage to the sticking place, Winter sets his sights on the future and Koray… but when the horrors of yesterday resurface, will he crest the waves of fear and despair, or will he be heard no more?
(“Macbeth”)

MUCH ADO ABOUT LADY MACBETH
Rebecca Cohen

Competition for roles is always high when the King’s Men put on a play, but David seems to come up against Jacob time and time again, no matter what part he is auditioning for.
But now they both want to be Lady Macbeth and it’s more than simple rivalry that causes the sparks to fly.
(Shakespeare’s Theatre)

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Blog Tour – Dawn to Dusk by Alina Popescu #Review #Excerpt #Giveaway

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Title: Dawn to Dusk
Series: Lover’s Journey, Book One
Author: Alina Popescu
Genre: Gay Romance, Contemporary
Length: Novel (over 50000 words)

Synopsis

That first encounter with Robert in rural Romania at eleven. A summer spent together in the same setting a year later. Their first text exchange in high school. The first sexual experience. The first heartbreak—the second and third and fourth chance. The point of total breakdown and the despair of failing. More love than anyone could have warned him about.

No matter how much time passes, no matter how different their paths, every meeting brings Edi and Robert closer together. Those stolen moments shine brighter than any. Yet loving Robert is not easy, not when Edi wants to be true to himself and is met with dishonesty. Or when Robert keeps parading new conquests and ignores Edi more often than not.

Edi has always loved Robert, but he must decide if his journey leads to or away from his childhood friend. Is it true love or is Edi just unable to let go?

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Excerpt
“Are we going to pick Robert up?” Traian asked when he saw I was heading straight for the station.
“Nah, he’s busy at his aunt’s.” The lie came easier than I thought.
“And you aren’t with him, helping and trying to bust him out?”
I groaned at his teasing words. “We’re not joined at the hip, man.”
“Sure you aren’t.”
I ignored him and focused on my destination. We rarely headed this way. The station was where we returned. We usually walked in the opposite way. Village center, church, turn left and go down to the creek. Walk along the creek all the way to the railroad bridge. Climb up, make it to the forest. Then follow the road back into the village, passing the train station.
Not today though. Sticking to our normal route would have meant passing by Tatiana’s house. If Robert was outside, he could have seen us. The thought of him tagging along made me sick to my stomach.
I didn’t want it to seem I went out of my way to avoid him either. So we turned left at the first crossroad. There was no asphalt on this road, just a high sidewalk along a ditch that traced the dusty road. Dried up, beaten ground with random rocks sticking out, molded to the shape of cartwheels traveling through here. The occasional hoof imprint and piles of horse and cow shit also adorned it. There were little to no trees on the side of the road, which meant we trudged through the burning early afternoon sun.
“Going by the cemetery?” Traian asked.
I nodded and kept walking. It was as good a reason as any. And why not stop by, say hi to my great-grandfather?
When we got to the cemetery, I changed my mind. I didn’t want to go in. What was the point? See the beaten up wooden cross and the flowers Grandma took such great care of? Feel guilty once more for my fading memories of the man everyone revered as if he were a saint? Which he probably was.
Great-Grandpa loved his wife, to the point of worshipping. He was some sort of medical technician, although I never understood what that term meant. I knew he’d been trained on the front, during the Second World War. It was more than a nurse and less than an MD. He’d adopted my grandmother, one of the many starving and abused orphans the war had created. And he’d love all his grandchildren and great-grandchildren with a dedication I envied.

My Review

This book really lets you get to know the characters. Their thoughts, feelings, ups and downs.

Since it follows them from childhood to young adult you see relationships start, fail, and restart.

I won’t give too much away, but there is one character that even though you may feel for him, you will still want to at least whack him round the back of the head, if not punch him outright.

The writing is wonderful and just what I have come to except from Alina. You just think you know where the story is going to go, when she turns the tables and it goes in a completely unexpected direction.

I really hope that the story will be continued as I really want to see the characters get their happy ending eventually.

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About the authorAlina Popescu

Writer, traveler, and coffee addict, Alina Popescu has been in love with books all her life. She started writing when she was ten and she has always been drawn to sci-fi, fantasy, and the supernatural realm. Born and raised in Romania, she finds her inspiration in books of all genres, in movies, and the occasional manga comic book. She is a proud geek who needs her fast Internet and gadgets more than she needs air.

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Wednesday Briefs – Chapter 27

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Welcome to another Wednesday Brief. In this chapter we find out a little more about Silas’ feelings.

As always all comments and suggestions are gratefully received, and please check out the other authors listed at the end of this post.

Prompt Used:

A picture of a sandcastle.

Chapter 27

Silas

A few days had passed since what Silas had dubbed the ‘big reveal’. Tension was still high at home, but it was slowly getting better.

He was on his way to an appointment with Anna. He hated these appointments. How did talking about things help? He would still be a freak who got off on being hurt.

He just wanted to leave the past in the past and move forward with his life. But, Anna had to find out he had been hurting himself when the urges got too bad. She had to recommend the club to Danny, and he had grasped onto the idea. Anna knew full well that it would be a cold day in hell before Silas—or Toby for that matter—would allow Danny to go to a BDSM club on his own. So, like the good brother he was, Silas had agreed to accompany Daniel and keep an eye on him. He’d been skeptical, no matter how well recommended the club had been. So, he’d been surprised when they arrived at the club. The owners hadn’t just let them in and left them to the Doms’ mercy. Tara had sat down them down and asked lots of questions. It had taken over two hours, but she had written out contracts for both of them that outlined exactly what they would and wouldn’t allow a Dom to do. It also stated their safewords and a few other things Silas wouldn’t have even thought of putting into such a contract. They’d both been taken on as house subs on Tara’s recommendation. That meant they could meet the Doms but all activities they took part in had to be approved by Tara until she was satisfied they could make good decisions for themselves. Of course, Daniel agreeing to the work with that strange Dom without her approval meant they had now been given to Oliver and Carlos—for their own protection.

Tara had done well with finding Silas Doms to help when his urges got the better of him and so, instead of cutting himself, he had a safe outlet for his need for pain. However, what he hadn’t told anyone was the urges had been getting worse. The whippings hadn’t been having a lasting affect like they had done at the beginning. Oh, he came in the end, but there was no satisfaction in it and he was feeling empty.

He’d gone from once a week to taking up the offers of every Dom who approached him. That was until Oliver. He really didn’t want to admit it but it had now been almost two weeks since the whipping Oliver had given him and the urges had yet to return. Shit, he had even passed out from the orgasm. Then he’d gone and ruined it by having a panic attack. God, Oliver must have thought he was a weak idiot.

Snapping out of his thoughts he realized he was in front of Anna’s office with no recollection of walking there. He shook his head, he really needed to be more careful. Toby would have a go at him for going alone as it was, let alone zoning out and not taking notice of his surroundings.

Making his way to the reception he waved to Sophia before pulling a book out of his bag and flopping into a seat. He’d found that reading—or at least looking like he was reading—was a good way to deter people from talking to him.

He was in the middle of reading a scene where the mc’s child was building a sand castle on a remote beach, wishing he was on a remote beach somewhere rather than in a shrink’s office, when he heard his name being called.

Anna appeared in his peripheral vision and he lowered the book.

“Silas, you’re in a world of your own again.” Anna had a fond smile on her face as she spoke.

He shrugged. “Better than being in this world.” Then regretted the words when it garnered him a raised eyebrow from Anna. “Let’s get this over with,” he said and rose to put his book away.

Anna turned and headed back to her office and Silas trailed behind her, feeling like he was heading for the principal’s office, just like he did many times in school.

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Blog Tour – The Devil’s Hand series by S. Zanne #Review #Giveaway #Excerpt

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Title: The Devil’s Hand Series
Author: S. Zanne
Genre: Gay Romance, Paranormal
Length: Short Story + Novella
Publisher:  Wayward Ink Publishing

DRAWING DEAD

Devin endured Hell for a long, long time and has come out literally a changed man. Now a demon, he hunts for the one thing that can make him remember something of what it was to be human—however unfortunate that might be for his prey.

He stumbles upon James Goodman, who tugs at the nearly extinguished memories. The pair enter into a relationship that evolves into something more as Devin grooms James for his pleasure.

Though Devin is a demon and James merely human, who holds the power in their relationship is in question, and, in the end, who holds the winning hand may surprise them both.

Excerpt, Drawing Dead

WITH EVERY WEEK that passed, Devin’s skin felt as if it was growing ever tighter, constricting him within choking restraints of rotting, ropy flesh and muscle. It crawled along the brittle bones that kept it mobile, able to move and bend at his will. Devin had to fight the urge to claw at his own skin, dig deep furrows in this weak shell that kept him earth-bound—to let his true self out, expansive enough to fill the sky should he wish it.

How the humans could stand feeling so imprisoned was another puzzle, such willing captives of this corporeal flesh.

They were so small…insignificant. Confined within these cages of meat that would one day fail them—finite as the stars they thought would last forever. Their deaths were inevitable, so did it matter so much if it took another fifty years or happened within the next minute when the whim to snap a neck became too strong for Devin to resist?

They seemed to think so. But it was beginning to drive Devin a little mad; he was not sure how much longer he could maintain his sanity with no outlet for the ache that throbbed beneath his skin, every beat of that noisy mass of muscle in his chest making the need grow within him.

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ACE IN THE HOLE

Months later, Devin is imprisoned and James remains reluctant to face him. Torn and conflicted, he’s still reeling from the experience of living at the side and in the bed of the man his family has spent several lifetimes hunting.

James tries to find solace in the bosom of his family, but it leaves him dissatisfied and wanting, unable to fulfill the newly born cravings even he’s not sure he understands. Finally forced to serve his stint as Devin’s jailer, James returns to the place of Devin’s imprisonment, only to find his confusion grow with every day he spends with Devin.

And Devin may not be entirely out of cards.

Unbeknownst to the Goodman family, Devin’s influence extends far beyond the ten- by twelve-foot room in which he’s confined.

James comes to the realization that perhaps his great-grandfather’s plan hadn’t been for the family to save Devin after all, but instead to repay a debt owed—a soul for a soul.

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My Review.

The blurb was the first thing to catch my attention when I first was told about these books. It drew me in and made me want to read the stories.

The characters were interesting and the author conveys their emotions very well. You get drawn in and feel their pain, confusion, and other feelings as your own.

An intriguing tale that I will be reading again soon to see if I missed anything on my first pass.

Buy Links

WIP: http://www.waywardinkpublishing.com/product/devils-hand-series-by-s-zanne/
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About the author

Call her ZANNE. She lives in beautiful, sunny Southern California, which is ironic since she tends to avoid the sun like it might incinerate her on the spot. While her colleagues often refer to her job as zookeeping, the technical title is actually middle school teacher. Misfit Prophets Beneath a Bankrupt Sky was her first published novel and her short story “Persephone Is Bleeding” was published in the Hungry Hearts anthology with Inkstained Succubus Press.

ZANNE can be found at:

Website: http://lvfp.tripod.com/zanneiam/
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