10/22/2014

Wednesday Briefs: Hope #47 (last chapter!)

Welcome to Wednesday Briefs, where authors post free fiction of 1000 words or less each week. I used: "I never dreamed this would happen!"

Hope #47

Shane pressed the tip of his cock against the rim of my hole, and my eyes opened wide. This was impossible! How did the guys in the porn videos do it? I was already so full with Silvion's erection, how was Shane supposed to fit in there?
Despite my whirling, and admittedly panicking thoughts, a surge of heat rushed through me. I wanted this, wanted to know what it felt like to be taken by two men at once. Shane nipped at my earlobe, causing me to gasp, and at the same time pushed forward.
I yelled at the intrusion, my hole spasming around the two cocks. Silvion groaned, a deep rumble that reverberated through my chest. He clenched his hands in my ass cheeks and parted them further. Shivering, I tried to hold still, to adjust to them, but instead I swayed slightly back and forth, not sure whether I wanted to get away from them or impale myself on their cocks.
Shane's heavy breathing gusted over my sweaty back, setting off another round of shivers. He had an almost bruising grip on my hips as he pushed forward. The unbearable fullness and feeling of 'oh shit, that's too much' waned when Silvion shifted ever so slightly, allowing his cockhead to brush against my prostate with every tiny movement. Pleasure so bright and encompassing flowed into me that I opened my mouth in a long-drawn moan.
“Feels good, sweetheart?” Shane asked.
“Feels like too much,” I replied.
“God, it's so tight,” he groaned.
I cracked a laugh. “Well, you're both stuffed into me. It's bound to be a bit tight.”
Silvion dropped one of his hands, and a moment later, flesh connected with flesh. Shane jerked forward with a yelp, and I couldn't help but scream when they pegged my gland simultaneously.
“Here we go,” Silvion said, his voice dripping with smugness.
Beads of sweat trickled down my back, and my arms started to tremble from the onslaught of sensations. I whispered, “I never dreamed this would happen.”
Come here, baby,” Silvion said. He wrapped his arms around me and crushed me onto his chest. It was just as well, since my arms wouldn't hold me up for long anyway. “Let us take care of you.”
I wasn't sure what he meant by his statement. After all, I was tethered to his chest with not much leeway. I could only wiggle my ass, or shift my legs a bit, but that was it. Silvion pulled up his legs, planted his big feet firmly into the mattress and rocked back and forth, his cock rubbing my channel and pulling needy moans from me.
“This is so hot,” Shane gasped out.
I felt him move behind me, then his hips snapped forward. I hung on for the ride, unable to form words or have any coherent thought at all. I was reduced to moans and whimpers as they drilled into me, took possession of my body in a way no one ever had. Scorching heat shot through me when Shane pistoned in and out, his grunts increasing in volume, the sounds of his balls slapping against my flesh intoxicating me.
The scent of sex and sweat wafted around us, and my whole world shrank to that small part of my body that connected the three of us. Silvion's cock pulsed suddenly, and with a guttural groan he came inside me, flooding my channel with his seed. Shane went completely still, and seconds later he shot his load as well. It was all too much. I climaxed, howling my release, as waves and waves of ecstasy crashed over me.
For a while only harsh pants were audible, then Shane gulped and pulled out of me. Silvion did the same a moment later, and I shuddered at the emptiness. Semen dribbled out of my hole, and along my crack, but I didn't care.
Silvion and Shane rolled onto their sides, with me sandwiched between them. I could get used to these two curled around me. Exhaustion took its toll on me, and my eyes felt heavy. Still, I blurted, “I want to do that again.”
Shane laughed out loud, while Silvion chuckled. After trailing a series of kisses onto my shoulders, Shane said, “We created a monster.”
“It's a good kind of monster. I'll be happy to oblige.”
Shane's voice took on a rough edge. “I'll be more than happy to oblige as well. As many times as you want, Gil.”
Smiling, I drifted off to sleep.


Okay, folks, this time there will be no to be continued. The story clocks in at 32k so far and I'll end it here. Of course I know there's more I need to address but for now I want to let it rest. Thanks to everyone who followed Gil's story!



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10/16/2014

Goddess Fish Promotions: The Shed by Dianne Hartsock (REVIEW)


The Shed
by Dianne Hartsock

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BLURB:

As a Certified Mental Health Therapist, Scott Reid has his share of interesting experiences, though nothing compares with the time he spends with the psychic, Alex Elson. Plagued by terrifying images and dreams, Alex turns to Doctor Reid in the hopes of learning to control his visions. Instead, Scott is pulled into Alex’s world, where dreams and reality mix and nightmares are real.

Two young men, brothers, have been abducted from the lake outside of Oakton without a trace of who took them. That is, until Alex receives a silver pocket watch in the mail belonging to the elder brother, a taunt from the kidnapper for Alex to come find them. Alex’s visions turn at once into nightmares. Images flash in his mind of an abandoned well and a terrified, lonely boy slowly dying at the bottom. The shed looms close by, holding a horrifying secret, a dark place Alex’s frightened mind refuses to go.

With the help of Scott Reid, Alex endeavors to control his visions and find the brutalized victims before death claims them. But the watch is ticking away and time’s running out.


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Excerpt:

Hey Alex…” Justin’s voice trailed off, and he put the coffee pot on the warmer and went over to him when the man didn’t respond. Scott joined them, leaving his computer on the table as he passed. Alex’s eyes were wide, unfocused as he stared out the window. His breath came quickly and sweat beaded his forehead.

What do you see?” Scott asked, voice mild, placid.

It’s hot here. Grass is dry.” Alex’s whispered words sent a shiver through Scott. He sounded…detached. “The forest is dark across the way. Crows circle above the trees.”

Alex, where are you right now?” Scott made the question a demand.

A shudder ran Alex’s lean frame. “I’m in your office, Dr. Reid. I see the garden through the window. But I’m also here, in this empty field. Talk to me! I want to come away from here.”

Scott touched his hand. “Come home, Alex.”

It’s hard. Something’s drawing me to the forest. God! I don’t want to go in there.”

Jane would want you to come home,” Scott said firmly, using the ace up his sleeve. For a second he didn’t think even the deep love Alex had for his wife could draw
him back, but then he blinked his eyes into focus, and gave Scott a slight smile.

Thank you. That’s a terrible place.”

Is it a real place, do you think?”

Alex’s expression turned bleak. “Yes,” he whispered.

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REVIEW

The blurb for The Shed intrigued me, and I can tell you right away that I loved the book! It was creepy in parts, but so very lovely in others.

The Shed is told from various POV's—mostly from Alex, the young man with visions, and his therapist Scott Reid. We're also privy to other people's emotions, the harsh reality and abuse they suffer throughout the story when Alex has one of his visions.

The Shed is a thriller with a light paranormal touch and heavy on the psychological aspect, which I really enjoyed. Lots of interesting characters, lovely relationships, and lots of suspense had me glued to the book.

There's also a light m/m romance subplot since Scott Reid falls in love with Art Peters, another friend of Alex. While the guys fell in love almost instantly, that fact didn't detract from my enjoyment. I also loved the relationship between Alex and his wife Jane, especially the way she grounded him, kept him sane during and/or after a vision.

I'd recommend The Shed to anyone who loves a good thriller and lots of memorable characters. I give this book a rating of 5 out of 5 stars. Strongly recommended!


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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Dianne grew up in one of the older houses in the middle of Los Angeles, a place of hardwood floors and secret closets and back staircases. It’s where her love of the mysterious and wonderful came from. Dianne now lives in the beautiful Willamette Valley of Oregon with her incredibly patient husband, who puts up with the endless hours she spends hunched over the keyboard letting her characters play.

She says Oregon’s raindrops are the perfect setting in which to write. There’s something about being cooped up in the house while it pours rain outside, a fire crackles on the hearth inside, and a cup of hot coffee warms her hands which kindles her imagination.

Currently, Dianne works as a floral designer in a locally-owned gift shop. Which is the perfect job for her. When not writing, she can express herself through the rich colors and textures of flowers and foliage.







THE SHED





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Dianne will be awarding a A $25 Gift Card from Amazon plus an e-copy of ALEX, the first book in the series to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.
 

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10/14/2014

Anne Barwell: Winter Duet

Choosing Titles


Thanks, Chris, for hosting me today (You're very welcome, Anne!)


One of the first things on my ‘to do’ list with a new story is to find a title for it. I can’t write without a title, even if it’s a working title that changes later. It’s like the story isn’t real until it’s named. Legends say that names have power so perhaps that’s the reason? I’m not sure.


Some stories turn up with titles; others make me work for them. Winter Duet, my new release with Dreamspinner Press, was one of the latter.


I blame it on the fact it’s a middle book. The first in the Echoes series—Shadowboxing—turned up with its name, as did the third book, Comes a Horseman. So did the series name.


So here I was with a book plotted out and no name for it. Because the series is really one story split into three rather than a series where each story just takes place in a particular universe, I had to plan out the whole series, rather than just book by book. Foreshadowing is important, after all, and I had to set things up so stuff that happens in book 2 and 3 doesn’t come out of left field.


I knew I wanted ‘winter’ in the title somewhere, because of the setting, and the other part of the title needed to have something to do with music, as that plays a part in the story too. I did toy with ‘Shades of Winter’ as one choice, but then a certain vampire came along and Shades of Sepia worked so well for his and Ben’s story that I couldn’t use it for this one. Even so, ‘Shades of Winter’ wasn’t quite right for the 2nd part of Kit and Michel’s story. I’m one of those people who knows it’s right when I see it, which isn’t always very helpful when trying to decide on a title.


Finally, I went back to the music idea, and thought more about the plot. I like titles to have something to do with the point of the book if I can. Eureka! ‘Duet’ came to mind. Kristopher (Kit) and Michel are both musicians and Michel promises Kit a duet in Shadowboxing—it’s still a promise he intends to keep. Although their story is at the heart of the plot, it’s not just about them, but also Matt, Ken and Liang, and the two storylines also form a duet of sorts.


And so the title Winter Duet was born.




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Blurb:
Echoes book 2 - Sequel to Shadowboxing

Germany 1944

With Kristopher finally fit enough to travel, he and Michel leave the security of their safe house and continue their journey across Germany toward Switzerland. Caught in a series of Allied bombings, they stop to help civilians and narrowly escape capture by German forces.

While investigating a downed aircraft in the Black Forest, the two men discover an injured RAF pilot. After they are separated, Kristopher and the pilot are discovered by a German officer who claims he is not who he appears to be. Determined to find Michel again, Kristopher has to trust the stranger and hope he is not connected to those searching for him and the information he carries. Meanwhile Michel is intercepted by one of the Allied soldiers he met in Berlin. His help is needed to save one of their own.

Time quickly runs out. Loyalties are tested and betrayed as the Gestapo closes in. Michel can only hope that they can reach safety before information is revealed that could compromise not only his and Kristopher’s lives, but those of the remaining members of their team—if it is not already too late.

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Excerpt:

Oh.” Kristopher paused, his spoon halfway to his mouth. “I’m sorry. I never thought. I didn’t mean to….” The words trailed off. Telling them he hadn’t meant to embarrass them would only serve to do just that.

I’d never heard the poems before either,” Michel said. He glanced toward the door, as though suddenly nervous.

That’s the thing with wars,” Karolina said. “They draw all sorts of different people together, don’t they? It doesn’t matter who you are. Out there on the battlefield everyone’s the same, aren’t they?”

Yes, they are.” Kristopher swallowed a mouthful of beans while he collected his thoughts. “I was a musician,” he said at last. “It was a long time ago. Sometimes it feels as though it was in another lifetime. I’ve been trying to work out why the code phrase sounded so familiar. I’m sorry. I guess I should have kept it to myself.”

Nonsense,” Georg said briskly. “Don’t apologize for having a good education, and if it gives you some distraction to get through this terrible time, you should use it.” Karolina placed a hand on his shoulder. He reached up and placed his hand over hers. A sad look crossed her face, and she suddenly appeared a lot older.

Kristopher bit his lip. He lowered his gaze and concentrated on eating. He hadn’t meant to upset either of them. Michel had warned him to keep any conversation brief and focus on very general topics.

Damn it. He wasn’t very good at this at all. For a short time he’d forgotten their situation and been caught up in the moment, remembering his passion for his music and wanting to share it.

Paul….” Michel spoke Kristopher’s assumed name, and he looked up. “Karolina’s right. This war has drawn people together who normally wouldn’t have even met. Perhaps we should take it as an opportunity to learn new things, hmm? We all have something to offer.”

Well said, Gabriel.” Karolina squeezed her husband’s hand. “It’s been too long since Georg and I had the company of young people. You said you were a musician, Paul. What instrument did you play?”

I play the violin, although I haven’t picked it up in years.” Kristopher watched the couple, noticing the way in which they took comfort from each other’s touch. He wanted so badly to be able to just lean over and take Michel’s hand in his and be open in front of others as to how they felt about each other. During the months spent in the attic at St. Gertrud’s, they’d still had to be careful, but they’d been left alone for much of the time. He hadn’t realized just how difficult having to hide their relationship was going to be.

We’re not that young,” Michel said when Kristopher lapsed into silence again. He’d told Kristopher he’d turned thirty on his last birthday. Kristopher was almost a year younger and had wondered at the time where both of them would be by his next birthday, which was only a few months away.

Georg chuckled. “You’re about the same age as our boy, so to us, that makes you young.” He got out of his chair. “I’m going to make some tea. Do you want some? Here, Karolina, have my chair. You’re not getting any younger.”

My husband, he thinks he’s funny,” Karolina said. She gave him a light peck on the cheek and went to clip his ear again, but he ducked out of the way and headed toward the kitchen.
He’s only offering me his chair to keep me away from my knitting. He knows full well I’ll poke him with one of my needles if he gives me too much cheek.”

How long have you been married?” Michel asked. He seemed amused by their banter. Kristopher wondered if it reminded him of his parents.

Since just before the last war.” Karolina picked up the cloth bag Kristopher had noticed earlier and settled into the other armchair. She opened the bag and took out yarn and what appeared to be a large knitted square on needles. “We’d met the year before, and I waited for him to come home to me and our newborn son. I didn’t allow myself to think he might not. Tell me, do you have someone waiting for you?”

Kristopher glanced at Michel. Karolina wasn’t exactly following what he’d been told about keeping to safe subjects either.

I have someone, yes,” Michel said finally. “I want nothing more than this war to finish so we can have a life together, but sometimes I doubt that will ever happen.”

It will,” Kristopher said firmly. He placed his bowl on his knee, feeling the warmth of it through his trousers. “When you love someone, you wait for however long it takes.”

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Bio:
Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with two cats who are convinced that the house is run to suit them; this is an ongoing "discussion," and to date it appears as though the cats may be winning.

In 2008 she completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra.

She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as "too many." These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of "spare time" is really just a myth.

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10/13/2014

Andrew Q. Gordon: A Closed Door



A Closed Door, by Andrew Q. Gordon

Book Blurb:
Outted at thirteen, Orin Merritt left home after high school hoping to escape the hell his life had become. Ten years later when a tornado destroys his childhood home and kills his parents, Orin finds himself in an entirely new nightmare. One he can't run away from.
Blaming himself for failing the two people who always loved and supported him, he returns home and confronts his past in the person of his one-time best friend, Thomas Kennett.  Thomas not only rejected him when Orin came out, he led the group that tormented Orin into leaving.  
As he struggles to deal with his grief, Orin also labors to fulfill the pledge he made to his parents before their death.  In the process, Orin learns that sometimes when you go away to find yourself, you leave the answers you're looking for behind.
Cover Artist: Lily Velden and Jay Aheer
Publisher: Wayward Ink Publishing.

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Book Excerpt:
"Orin, I won't." Thomas stood a bit straighter and his eyes lost the sad, pleading shine. "I won't hurt you again."
"You can't promise that. Things happen." Orin watched as his words dragged Thomas back from the brink of hope.
"If you truly believe that, then there's nothing I can do. You have to believe there's a chance or else I can't prove it."
"That's not what I'm telling you." He locked his gaze on Thomas's. "If I say yes, I'll have to take down the walls I surrounded my heart with to keep it safe. Once it's gone, I won't be able bring it back if I get hurt. Not now.
"So what I'm saying is, think about what you’re asking me to risk. If you really love me, ask yourself if are you willing to risk what will happen to me if you can't keep your promise."
He knew how unfair he'd been, but self-preservation had been a skill he'd honed over the past fifteen years. He needed Thomas to know just how serious the repercussion could be for his actions.
"Orin, I . . . I . . . how . . .?" Their faces were inches apart, and Thomas moved in for another kiss.
This felt different than the first—less urgent, but no less intense. Orin trembled at the leap he was about to take. When they stepped back, Thomas rubbed his thumb across Orin's cheek.
"I do love you, Orin. More than I can say. So much, that I'm not willing to risk what will happen if I fail you again. I don't have that right."
Thomas's lips quivered and the tears welled at the bottom of his eyes. He kissed Orin's forehead gently.
"Good-bye, Orin. Please be happy." Without looking back, Thomas walked to the front door, opened it, and walked away.

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Author Bio:
Andrew Q. Gordon wrote his first story back when yellow legal pads, ball point pens were common and a Smith Corona correctable typewriter was considered high tech. Adapting with technology, he now takes his MacBook somewhere quiet when he wants to write.
He currently lives in the Washington, D.C. area with his partner of eighteen years, their young daughter and dog. In addition to dodging some very self-important D.C. 'insiders', Andrew uses his commute to catch up on his reading. When not working or writing, he enjoys soccer, high fantasy, baseball and seeing how much coffee he can drink in a day.

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10/12/2014

"Seizing It" and "Too Good to be True?" will be translated into German!

Yes, it's true! Cursed Verlag is going to translate Seizing It and the sequel Too Good to be True? into German. They'll publish both titles in 2015. I'm so very excited about this! Another plus is that my parents will be able to read two more of my books. :)

http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=2858
Blurb
Veterinary receptionist Kit Hall doesn’t get close to people, and for good reasons: his epilepsy makes him feel like a freak, and his ex was an abusive jerk. But that doesn’t always deter people from wanting to get close to Kit. When a Good Samaritan saves him from his wannabe boyfriend in a parking lot, he doesn’t expect to find the guy so attractive. He definitely doesn’t expect his savior to turn out to be his new boss.

Dale Miller, veterinarian and old-fashioned guy, sees right through Kit’s prickly facade. He likes what he sees, but convincing Kit to give a relationship a shot isn’t going to be a walk in the park. Of course, for Kit, resisting Dale isn’t going to be easy either.



http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=3604

Blurb


Sequel to Seizing It

Three months after Kit falls in love with Dale, his epilepsy takes a turn for the worse and his nightmares and flashbacks about his abusive ex intensify. His work at the veterinary clinic and as a freelance translator only add to the stress. As Kit’s life flies out of his control, his last tether of sanity frays as Dale grows frustrated with Kit’s stubborn independence.

Dale wants to be Kit’s rock—to step in to help—but the walls Kit builds may be too hard to break through.

10/08/2014

Wednesday Briefs: Hope #46

Welcome to Wednesday Briefs, where authors post free fiction of 1000 words or less each week. I used: "Is it just me or..."


Hope #46

Had I really said that aloud? Oh. My. God. What if they wanted to try, and I couldn't go through with it? Shane had always filled me up pretty good. Not that I couldn't have taken more. He had a beautiful cock, long and smooth, but it wasn't thick. I eyed Silvion's heavy dick that rested on my thigh. Now that was a cock that should fill me up to the brim. How would there be any space for Shane?
“Relax, baby,” Silvion murmured. “We'll do whatever makes you feel good.”
I want to try,” I heard myself say. Was that even my voice? It sounded faint, but hungry at the same time.
Is it just me, or did it get hot in here?” Shane sounded breathless.
I laughed because what else was there to do? It was hot, suffocatingly hot, really.
Silvion pushed the blanket aside, leaving all of us exposed to the air that raised goose bumps on my skin. Or maybe that was because of Silvion and Shane's hands exploring my body, roaming along and sending tingles through my entire being. I closed my eyes and concentrated on feeling, just feeling.
Shane sucked my cock into his mouth again, twirled his tongue around my cockhead and pressed his wicked tongue into my slit. With his hands, he fondled my balls and rubbed along my perineum, causing me to leak precome into his mouth.
Somehow they'd manhandled me onto my side. Shane lay in front of me, playing with my cock and balls and driving me insane. Silvion slid up behind me, his large frame curling around me. I leaned back against his chest and opened my mouth, inviting him in. He lost no time and licked any part of my mouth he could reach. I melted against him, sometimes mewling and clutching Shane's hair to show him how much I loved what he was doing.
Silvion slid one hand to my buttocks, spread them open and nudged his thick cock against my entrance. My belly clenched in anticipation when a tiny voice piped up inside me. How could I be so hot for Silvion when a few days ago I was ready to throw my life away because I couldn't get Shane back?
As if he could read my mind, Shane unlocked his lips from my swollen member and glanced up at me through his long lashes. “Gil, no guilt-trip. I love you, and it's fine for you to want us both.”
“It's not weird?” I whispered back.
“You'll love it when he breaches you, buries himself balls-deep into you—”
Silvion and I groaned. I grabbed the base of my cock and squeezed hard to prevent myself from coming.
“Enough talking already,” Silvion grumbled, his breath gusting along my neck.
He rolled onto his back, then lifted me onto his body. I stretched out on his broadly-muscled frame, shivering at the power underneath me. Shane helped me position myself on all fours before he massaged my buttocks. A moment later he pressed kisses on my fluttering hole, wetting it thoroughly.
His tongue made way for Silvion's thick fingers, covered in lube or whatever gooey stuff. When they both deemed me ready, Shane steadied my hips and Silvion pushed into me in one excruciatingly slow stroke. My eyes widened as he slid deeper and deeper into me, stretching me.
“Full,” I gasped when he was fully sheathed inside me.
Silvion grinned and rocked his hips back and forth, helping me to adjust to his girth. Sometimes he brushed over my prostate, which forced me to whimper and writhe on top of him. Shane kissed me, pinched my nipples, stroked my hair, did everything he knew I liked. Then he slid behind me and rubbed his cockhead against my hole. I squeezed around Silvion, causing him to let go of a guttural moan.
“Ready to try, sweetheart?” Shane asked.
My heart hammered against my ribs, and I wasn't at all sure if I wanted to try, but I heard myself clearly say, “Yes.”


10/07/2014

Sacrifices is a Rainbow Awards Finalist



I'm still stunned but Sacrifices, the sequel to Attachment Strings, made it into the final round of the Rainbow Awards 2014 (Category: Gay Contemporary Romance). It's an honor. :)