Stevie Woods:author of gay romantic fiction

April 5, 2013

Books for sale at only $0.99!

Just a reminder that I have a few short stories out there for only $0.99 which readers might like to check out:

Festivities – contemporary/Christmas: ARe Books    Smashwords

Home For Valentines – contemporary: http://www.mlrbooks.com/ShowBook.php?book=SW_HMVAL

Treasured Possessions – contemporary:  ARe Books    Smashwords

Throw Me a Bone – contemporary:  ARe Books     Smashwords

More Than Sex – contemporary:  ARe Books     Smashwords

Conversations – contemporary:  ARe Books     Smashwords

Roll of the Dice – contemporary:  ARe Books     Smashwords

Tutelary – contemporary/fantasy:  ARe Books     Smashwords

The Wrong Path – fantasy:   ARe Books     Smashwords

The books are also available for purchase from Amazon Kindle, but Amazon has upped the price a little to around $1.25 – not my choice I assure you:)

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January 28, 2013

Books for sale for only $0.99!

Just a reminder that I have a few short stories out there for only $0.99 which readers might like to check out:

Festivities – contemporary/Christmas: ARe Books    Smashwords

Home For Valentines – contemporary: http://www.mlrbooks.com/ShowBook.php?book=SW_HMVAL

Treasured Possessions – contemporary:  ARe Books    Smashwords

Throw Me a Bone – contemporary:  ARe Books     Smashwords

More Than Sex – contemporary:  ARe Books     Smashwords

Conversations – contemporary:  ARe Books     Smashwords

Roll of the Dice – contemporary:  ARe Books     Smashwords

Tutelary – contemporary/fantasy:  ARe Books     Smashwords

The Wrong Path – fantasy:   ARe Books     Smashwords

The books are also available for purchase from Amazon Kindle, but Amazon has upped the price a little to around $1.25 – not my choice I assure you:)

For more information about my publications, please visit my website:

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December 18, 2012

Fortune’s Choice 25% excerpt Giveaway Winner!

Fortunes_Choice200x300I am pleased to announce that the winner of a copy of my book, FORTUNE’S CHOICE, is Urbanista who gave the correct name of the house that Keith is considering selling: Briar Hill. I will be contacting Urbanista to see which book version is preferred.

Thanks to all the others who supplied the correct answer, better luck next time:)

Once again, I did have a few entrants who had to be disqualified as they didn’t answer the question:(

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December 16, 2012

Fortune’s Choice 25% excerpt – and Giveaway!

Today’s 25% excerpt is from Fortune’s Choice, a Christmas contemporary friends-to-lovers story – and I’m offering one lucky reader a chance to win a copy of the book.  Just email me at stevie@steviewoods.com and tell me the name of the house Keith is considering selling? The contest if open until midnight on Monday and I’ll post the result on Tuesday morning:)

Fortunes_Choice200x300“Kyle, how many times have I told you to stop teasing your sister like that?” The little boy stomped away back towards the tree he had been looking at with Dale. He folded his arms and stood with his back to them. “Sorry, guys,” Malcolm added, taking his daughter’s hand, “I better take these two in hand. We’ll go and choose a tree, you two fill in the gaps.”

Keith had been so sure the children were Dale’s he could hardly believe they were Malcolm’s and he couldn’t help but glance from Dale to his brother as Malcolm herded the children together. Kyle and the girl, whose name he now heard was Lucy, were still bickering and Malcolm’s sharp “Enough!” silenced them both immediately.

***

Dale smiled to himself as he walked slowly away from his brother’s family, all too aware of Keith’s confusion; he could hardly blame the man for the mix-up.

“So, you’re here for what, to see about selling Briar Hill?” Dale asked over his shoulder as Keith hurried to catch up.

“To be honest, I don’t know,” Keith confessed. “I’m in two minds. I always loved that house, if you remember, but I have a life in LA now. And there are other considerations.”

“Yeah, Amelia did say you had landed a job in media. Said you had everything you wanted. Why would you want to move back here, even if you could?”

“When exactly did Amelia tell you that?” Keith asked.

“Er, not sure. A few years ago I guess, but whenever I saw her, which admittedly had been less and less in the last couple of years, she always said you were doing well and were happy.”

“I suppose it’s true from a certain standpoint.” Keith smiled wryly. “My job in media didn’t go quite the way I hoped but it did lead to other things. I ended up helping in the script department — in a small way, you understand — but I did discover an interest in writing I never knew I had. I began trying to write scripts but I didn’t have the knack for it. However, one thing led to another and I did discover a talent for novel writing.”

“Really? How exciting. Are you telling me you’re a writer? No wonder I could never find your name in any of the…”

Keith interrupted, “What, you tried to keep track of me?”

Dale flushed a little, glad that Keith had interrupted; it wouldn’t do to let Keith know how small town he felt compared to his old friend. That was the only reason, honest. “Well, you had gone to the capital of entertainment, the only person I know who had done that. I wanted to bask in the reflected glory,” he added with a grin.

Keith laughed. “No, my venture into the world of entertainment was anything but glorious. It paid the bills while I was a struggling writer and when the time came I was very relieved to get out.”

“So you make a living out of your writing?

“I do. Now. It took a while. I still have to write magazine articles and I do the occasional stint as a ghost writer, but that subsidizes my fiction, which is my first love. Which is one of the reasons I’m in two minds. I could move here and still continue with my work. The only question is, do I want to?”

“What about your family? Wouldn’t they have a say in this? Unless — did you bring them with you?”

***

Keith shrugged. “No family to bring. It’s entirely up to me. And you, you have a wife and kids?” Keith couldn’t help but note how subdued Dale seemed. Dale had always been larger than life for Keith. He wondered what had changed.

“No, I kept running fast enough to avoid it,” Dale admitted with a shrug. Then quickly added, as if he wanted to change the subject, “I know I’m not the world’s most dedicated reader but I never remember seeing your name on any books. What sort of stories do you write?”

Keith stared at Dale and thought quickly. If he was going to move back here, he needed to know how things might stand with Dale.

<end excerpt>

If you want to read the full story it is available for purchase from these sources:

Amazon Kindle     All Romance eBooks     Smashwords

http://steviewoods.com

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December 11, 2012

Festivities 25% excerpt Giveaway Winner!

Festivities200x300I am pleased to announce that the winner of a copy of my book, FESTIVITIES, is Trix who gave the correct information regarding Joel’s silly gifts to Graham. I will be contacting Trix to see which book version she prefers.

Thanks to all the others who supplied the correct answer, better luck next time:)

I did have a few entrants who had to be disqualified as they didn’t answer the question:(

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December 9, 2012

Festivities 25% – and a Giveaway!

Today’s 25% excerpt is from my Christmas Contemporary short story, FESTIVITIES – and to help celebrate Christmas I’m giving a copy away to one lucky reader – send me an email to stevie@steviewoods.com and tell me one of the silly gifts Joel gives Graham.

Festivities200x300“You don’t need to buy me things, Joel. All I need is your friendship.” Graham gave Joel a slow smile.

“You always have that, but I like giving you stuff. Don’t think enough people in your life have showed you how much you’re appreciated.”

Graham didn’t know what to say to that. It was true his childhood had been somewhat deprived, losing his parents at a young age as he had. He had no other family to take him in and he’d ended up in a variety of foster homes where he’d never really felt he belonged. He’d never had a real home growing up. He wasn’t as comfortable around people as someone like Joel was. In fact, most of his present friends were people he’d met through Joel. Breaking down barriers seemed to come easy to Joel and Graham sometimes envied him for that.

As soon as they arrived back at Joel’s place, Joel made them both some hot chocolate and they settled in front of the roaring fire as Joel handed out parcel after parcel to Graham. There were gifts from his friends and work colleagues, and then Graham began to open the gifts from Joel.

At first there were only a couple, practical stuff like a new sweater and an intricately carved bone letter opener, then more and more parcels landed on the floor at his side. Silly stuff like a trio of stuffed toys singing a Christmas song, a Mickey Mouse watch, because Joel was convinced Graham had never had one as a child. A pair of blue socks decorated with red Santas that Joel insisted he should put on right away. A small remote control car.

“You sure this is meant for me?” Graham asked as the car was revealed. “Seems it’s the sort of thing you’d want to play with, Joel.” Joel grinned but he didn’t deny it.

There was a DVD set of a children’s TV cartoon series and when Graham raised his eyebrows, Joel just said his education needed completing. Then there was one of those toys that buzzed if you touched the wire as you tried to get the ring around it, though this was shaped like the bust of Julius Caesar.

“How about this,” Joel suggested, “if you can’t get around successfully in, say, three tries then I get a go with the car.” Graham tried but failed each time and Joel gleefully grabbed the car.

Graham was still laughing over that when Joel finally handed him his special gift. As Graham tore the paper away, he said, “I know this is a book but it better be a decent one.”

The laughter died as soon as he saw what was inside the fancy Christmas wrapping paper. His eyes went wide as he carefully ran his fingers over his father’s name printed on the cover and then he lifted his eyes, lined with unshed tears, at his friend.

“How?” was all Graham could say, his voice little more than a whisper.

“You made it pretty clear on your last birthday just how much it would mean to you to have this book. I was determined to find you a copy.

<end excerpt>

If you don’t win but still want to read the book you can purchase it from the following sources:

Amazon Kindle     All Romance eBooks     Smashwords

http://steviewoods.com

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December 5, 2012

New release of Christmas novella, Fortune’s Choice!

I have just arranged to re-release my Christmas novella, FORTUNE’S CHOICE, the story of one man and the decision he has to make.

Fortunes_Choice200x300BLURB:
Just before Christmas, Keith returns home to claim an inheritance, but can’t decide whether to stay in his aunt’s old house, or keep his city apartment. He loves that house, but his hometown holds bad memories. Deciding to stay until New Year’s before making a decision, Keith goes to buy a Christmas tree and runs into the one person he isn’t ready to meet again.

Seeing Dale again is sweet torture, complicated even more because Dale’s out and about with two kids. But Dale seems happy to see Keith again, and extremely interested to discover Keith is a successful author. Not only that, but under the pen-name of Guy Fortune, Keith is one of Dale’s favorite gay authors. Will Dale have a confession to make for Christmas?

EXCERPT:

He parked in the small lot and pulling his collar up against the cold, he walked to the section where the Christmas trees were lined up.

There were a few other people wandering around, inspecting the trees. Keith saw a couple he did not recognize so he passed by, then he spied Mr. Murphy and, other than a few gray hairs, the man had hardly changed. Keith smiled at him and the man stared at him, probably trying to place him but coming up short. Keith decided to let him think on it; he would introduce himself later when he had chosen a tree.

He walked down another aisle and saw a man bent over talking to his two young children. Keith idly wondered where the man’s wife was. Abruptly, the man straightened, turning slightly to point at a neighboring tree and Keith was forced to suck in a breath as he recognized the man.

Oh, God, Dale. After all these years, the thought of the boy, the man, could churn up his insides like nothing else. To see him in the flesh… Keith felt his whole body tighten up. He looked… oh my Lord, he looked even better than he had at age seventeen, when Keith lusted over his friend day and night. Better than he had at aged twenty, when Keith knew he loved him and ached each night with the knowledge that he could never have him. Dale Ormiston might not have been the only reason Keith had left Mereton and headed to the bright lights of the city, but he was one of the main reasons and, in the end, the most pressing reason.

Keith had thought that making a clean break, leaving behind an unrequited love and building a new life for himself would be the best thing for him. In some ways, it had worked. He had been successful, though not in the way he had expected. He did have a good life, not spectacular, but he made enough from his writing, both fiction and non-fiction, to be comfortable. The one thing he had never achieved, though, was happiness in his private life because he had never been able to leave behind the feelings he had for Dale. Oh, he’d tried. Trawled the gay bars, picked up and been picked up, probably slept with more men than had been good for him, trying to find someone to capture his heart and mind the way Dale had, but it had been useless. No one measured up to his boyhood friend, and gradually he accepted that no one ever would, or ever could. He still had the odd fling, but now he never expected anything else and no longer looked for emotional attachment.

It was almost a shock to recognize that he had clung to a vague dream that returning home to Mereton, he might finally fulfill his long suppressed fantasy that he could yet win Dale. He had been stupid. Dale Ormiston had always been at the top of the cheerleaders list and one of them had obviously finally caught him.

Keith dragged his eyes from Dale and looked at the two children with him. A boy and girl, aged about seven and five he guessed. Pretty children, with Dale’s big green eyes and light brown hair. He wondered who the mother was. She didn’t seem to have made much of an impression in their looks. Abruptly, Keith realized that Dale might turn around and see him at any moment, and he knew he was in no state to see the man he still loved after all these years. Not with his children. God!

<end excerpt>

Available from the following sources:  Amazon Kindle    All Romance eBooks    Smashwords

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December 4, 2012

Amber Quill Press Christmas Facebook promo!

Filed under: writing — Stevie Woods @ 9:07 pm
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I had meant to post this notice at the end of last week but forgot – I even forgot to visit the page myself, that’s three chances to win I’ve missed! Still time to enter today though:)

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In case the image is a bit small or you don’t see it at all, here’s the scoop.

Amber Quill Press is having a holiday giveaway on their Facebook Fan Page from December 1 through December 15, 2012. Find us at http://www.facebook.com/AmberQuillPressPublishing.

There’s a banner at the top of that page and those are the books we will be giving away. Each day we will post an excerpt from one of the books. In order to enter the contest, “Like” our fan page, then “Like” the excerpt and/or leave a comment. The next morning a winner will be chosen and announced in the comment section. That’s all there is too it.

Again, how to enter:

1. Like the Amber Quill Press Fan Page at http://www.facebook.com/AmberQuillPressPublishing.

2. “Like” and/or leave a comment for the excerpt for that day.

A winner will be chosen the following morning, so be sure to watch that comment section.

On December 15th, a drawing will be held for a $25 Amber Quill Press gift certificate to be used at any of the imprints of Amber Quill Press, including Amber Allure and Amber Heat.

Hope you’ll join us and enter to win some awesome reads.

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November 24, 2012

‘Festivities’ Amazon Kindle update!

Just heard from Amazon that they have sorted out the problem with the Kindle release of FESTIVITIES and it’s definitely available for sale now! So here is the Kindle purchase link

and the other purchase links too, in case folk prefer to use those:  ARe Books   Smashwords

 

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November 23, 2012

‘Festivities’ – Amazon Kindle problem

Filed under: writing — Stevie Woods @ 10:19 am
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I recently posted about my short Christmas story, FESTIVITIES, being up for sale on Amazon Kindle and only discovered yesterday that though I was told the book was ‘live’ on November 19th, the book is stated as ‘not being available’ for purchase on Amazon.com.

I have queried the situation with Amazon and they are looking into it, promising to get back to me in a day or so.

So, with apologies for their mix-up – though the book is definitely available on Amazon.co.uk site if that’s any help.

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