Stevie Woods:author of gay romantic fiction

June 23, 2013

ANOTHER SECRET is released today!

AnotherSecret_medReleased today by Amber Allure, ANOTHER SECRET, a contemporary dark fantasy gay romance, and my first foray into writing a shifter story!

BLURB:

After yet another bad dream, Leland accepts he can no longer keep his secret; the time had come to confess all to his best friend, Drew. He sets out early in the morning, determined yet fearful of Drew’s reaction to what he must tell him. Leland has loved Drew ever since they were teenagers and together they experimented with their sexuality, but Drew has only ever been his best friend. He dreads maybe even losing that when Drew learns the truth.

Halfway through the forest to Drew’s home, however, Leland is forced to take cover when he sees a large grey wolf tailing another man. His concern turns to shock when the man abruptly shifts to become a wolf and attacks the grey wolf.

The fight is swift and bloody and ends when the man-wolf runs off. Leland gets his second shock of the morning when the grey wolf abruptly shifts to become human. To become Drew. Too surprised to do more than watch as his now naked best friend rushes off, Leland is in for yet another surprise when he finally gathers the courage and confronts Drew later that morning.

EXCERPT:

He was just about to step out into a small clearing when he saw it; a large grey wolf, so dark as to be almost black. It was a beautiful specimen. Leland kept very still not wanting to draw the animal’s attention. It looked as if the wolf was already trailing something by the way it was behaving. Even as he watched, the wolf sniffed the air and quickened its pace. Apparently it had found its prey. As Leland slipped back behind the tree shock slid through him as he spied the wolf’s target. It was a man.

Leland was in two minds what to do. His immediate reaction was to shout a warning but that could induce the wolf to attack sooner. Cursing himself for being a fool, Leland ran as quietly and swiftly as he could around the clearing toward the unsuspecting victim. Sliding to a halt behind a large tree, Leland saw the wolf lowering itself as if getting set to spring. Leland opened his mouth to yell a warning but the man was not as unaware as Leland assumed. The man spun to face the wolf, snarling and growling as he tore the clothes from his body. Leland, his mouth still hanging open, watched in total shock.

Almost too quickly for Leland to follow, the man’s form shifted and changed. From two feet he dropped to all fours, fingers and toes becoming sharp claws. Pale skin sprouted dark brown fur as his face elongated and his teeth became sharp points frothed with saliva.

The two wolves leapt at each other, meeting mid-flight to clash and fall to the earth, landing on steady feet, teeth bared as they snarled at each other. They circled, gazes locked, until they charged again.

Leland gripped the tree so tightly the bark dug into his palms as he watched the two animals fight it out. He was battling the urge to run for safety, not sure if the wolves would break apart and come after him instead. His body was telling him to stay where he was, hopefully well and truly hidden, but his brain was debating how safe that would be when one of the animals won and sensed a new victim nearby. Even though he knew one of them was in fact a man who had changed – shifted? – into a wolf, Leland found it hard to think of it as anything but an animal. He certainly wasn’t behaving like a human as he bit and tore at the other wolf’s hide. Leland also wondered what sort of condition the man-wolf would be in assuming he survived the fight, his body was already streaked with blood from the attack.

It appeared the two wolves were well matched; neither seemed able to gain the upper hand in the battle. The dark grey wolf suddenly leapt and landed hard on the man-wolf’s back and he let out a howl which quickly turned into a snarl as he fought his way from beneath the dark grey animal. With a snap of his jaws and a growl the man-wolf turned and ran for the cover of the trees opposite to where Leland was hiding. The dark grey wolf tensed as if to follow, before it limped a few steps back, eyes constantly searching the surrounding trees to ensure the other wolf didn’t return. After a few minutes the wolf sat on its haunches and began to lick at its wounds.

Leland allowed himself to relax a little, deciding it was best he stay where he was. He was pretty sure the wolf would sneak off to its den as soon as the animal felt secure enough to move on. He kept a close eye on it, not allowing his caution to slide – though after a minute or so he did wonder if perhaps he was more shocked than he thought, or if maybe he was more tired than he’d realized and his vision was affected. He couldn’t be seeing what he thought, he couldn’t!

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ANOTHER SECRET is also part of the Amber Pax Collection, I Know What You Did. You can purchase the book individually, but if you choose to buy the Collection (5 novellas) it will be at a reduced price – check out the page for information.

 

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