Stevie Woods:author of gay romantic fiction

October 24, 2012

Drawing the Veil – 25% excerpt!

Today’s 25% excerpt comes from my historical story, DRAWING THE VEIL, which is the prequel to my popular book, Beyond the Veil. It shows us what happened to Malik to turn him into the pirate captain who eventually captured David. I should mention that this excerpt describes a particularly brutal incident during Malik’s time as a captive and is definitely an adult read.

Malik was expected to learn every aspect of being a sailor on this vessel and he didn’t have the slightest idea of how to do any of it. Even though he had grown up in a port, Malik had never been particularly interested in the sea, other than as a method of transport — as a passenger, not a crew member. The first mate, Nasir, had no interest in his past, and little in his present position as the captain’s ‘bed warmer’ as Nasir occasionally termed it. All he cared about was obeying his captain and turning Malik into a sailor.

Nasir worked him hard and Malik soon realized that he had led a life of luxury, something he had never really appreciated until he was forced into physical labour for which he was not prepared or fit enough. He had always considered himself in good physical condition but he soon reconsidered that opinion. The other pirates laughed at his sorry attempts to learn the many new skills he was expected to master, showing little sympathy for the blisters he developed on his hands or the numerous cuts and bruises; never mind that he pulled muscles he didn’t even know he had. Nasir, however, found no amusement in his incompetence and punished him regularly.

Between Nasir’s teaching methods and Shuaib’s hospitality Malik spent most of his days and nights hurting.

However, Malik was deeply grateful that the captain was not of a mind to share. That had been his abiding fear in the first few weeks: that Shuaib would tire of him and pass him to the crew.

Apparently, Malik was considered part of the captain’s share and belonged to no one but him. His disposition was solely the captain’s prerogative and Shuaib didn’t like to share.

Though he was expected to spend his daytime hours working under Nasir’s direction, on occasion Malik would receive a summons to attend the captain’s cabin. There was no particular pattern to the commands and, with a quick glance at Nasir so the mate was aware that he was leaving his duty, Malik had no choice but to obey. On rare occasions during the day, Shuaib would want Malik to service him using his hands or his mouth, but usually the captain would simply want Malik to run an errand for him, or to serve his food or clean up his cabin, though Malik was painfully aware of the man’s eyes following his every move.

However, no matter what his days entailed, Malik always had to return to the captain’s cabin every night where he was forced to submit to his captor’s sexual demands of one kind or another. Sometimes the man would be very rough and it was little more than brutal rape, other times he would be gentler, speaking to Malik as though he was his willing partner. Malik soon learned just to grit his teeth and bear whatever the man demanded; trying to resist only resulted in a beating before the man took his pleasure anyway. It was a rare night Malik would be allowed to sleep in peace.

At first he had clung to his dreams of Robert but during this relentless torture, his love for Robert eroded and was replaced by bitterness and twisted jealousy at his good fortune in escaping, even if it had only been to a watery death.

Sometimes, though, in the early hours when his fury gave way to despair and desire for it all to be over, he knew he was being unjust. He had seen Robert forcibly taken away by his protector, and Malik recognized that Aram had known he could not possibly reach Malik and that to stay would only have doomed them all. At those times, Malik could only wish that Robert was somewhere safe, and his ignorance of the fate of his erstwhile lover was yet another torture.

One night when Malik returned to the cabin, Shuaib was in a temper. The captain was a moody person at the best of times. Keeping out of his way, Malik got ready for bed and abruptly the captain left the cabin. Malik sighed in relief, thinking perhaps Shuaib wouldn’t return until the morning and he would have a night of peace. But, it wasn’t to be. Malik tossed back and forth on the bunk, totally unable to settle and he was afraid to think about why. That was when he felt the hand moving under the blanket, sliding along his flank and reaching over to caress his lower back. Malik had not even known the captain had returned and he suddenly felt very afraid.

Malik squirmed to try and turn over but the hand fell heavily on the rise of his ass, holding him steady as a rough voice ordered, “Stay still. I want you like this.”

Panic slid through Malik; he knew that tone of voice, that glint in the captain’s eye. It was more than simple anger; Shuaib was furious but it was with himself. Another of the captain’s vices was that he liked to play games of chance, though from comments Malik had overheard, Shuaib wasn’t a very good at it, and he hated to lose. Malik had seen him like this once before after he had gambled away a diamond pendant he’d taken from a female prisoner.

With a harsh laugh the captain pulled off the scratchy blanket that had slid half off the bed already, exposing the nude young man to his rapacious stare. Malik was forbidden to wear clothing to bed. “Never tire of looking at you boy, sight for my sore eyes you are. Right to keep you I was, knew it. Nothing better than something young and pliable to plough.” Captain Shuaib guffawed at his own crude words, adding, “and even better when they ain’t willing.”

Malik tried again to turn over, hoping to shove off the older man. He ought to have known better. He’d been at this monster’s mercy for months now and he’d never been able to escape the man’s basest desires. Shuaib growled at him and cuffed him hard across the side of the head and Malik groaned as he collapsed back on the bed, his head ringing from the blow.

“Any more of that and I’ll tie you down again,” the captain roared. Then he gave an unholy smile and added, “I might do that anyway, not in the mood to fight you tonight.” Shuaib quickly shrugged out of his clothing dropping it onto the floor where he stood.

“Please, don’t…”

“Please don’t what? You whore! Not learned yet that’s all you are, all you’ll ever be? My whore, whenever, wherever I want you. However I want you.”

Shuaib laughed again as he lay over Malik’s bruised body. As silent tears slid down his cheeks, all Malik could think of was that he knew the true meaning of slavery. He was nothing, just a vessel for this man’s pleasure.

“You’re mine, boy, and the sooner you learn your place the better,” Shuaib said, slapping his face. “I’ve been far too easy on you. I’ll show you that you’re mine!” he snarled, shoving Malik’s legs as wide as possible.

Shuaib took him so brutally that night that he could hardly walk the next morning and that day was pure torture for him. Nasir did not let up on him because of his pain. The mate seemed to keep an even closer eye on Malik, watching like a hawk as he struggled to carry out each duty assigned to him. Malik was so low in spirits he seriously considered throwing himself overboard, but in the end his stubbornness won out; he would not let the bastards know they had defeated him.

But still, eventually he learned all his lessons. The sum of which was that anyone could be terrorised into obedience. He learned that very well.

It was a hard lesson but he knew the only chance he had to survive the life he’d been forced to endure was to become as brutal as they were. It took him a long time but he learned to be a good sailor — and eventually a good slaver.

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April 10, 2012

Read some of my First Chapters!

Filed under: writing — Stevie Woods @ 11:37 am
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I am the guest author today on the D Renee Bagby First Chapters Blog! If you visit there today you can read the first chapters of four of my novels: CANE, its sequel CONFLICT, BEYOND THE VEIL and its prequel DRAWING THE VEIL.


December 1, 2009

Awesome Sale at Phaze Books!

Filed under: writing — Stevie Woods @ 7:14 pm
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From now through New Year’s Day, January 1st, 2010, when you shop directly from Phaze Books at you get to take 20% off your total order including ebook and print titles!

Enter discount code: SANTA at checkout to enjoy the savings!

So if you are thinking about buying any of my Phaze books, now is the time!

BEYOND THE VEIL, historical m/m novel, in eBook and Print




CONFLICT, historical Civil War m/m novel in eBook and Print




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September 17, 2009

First Review for Drawing the Veil!

Filed under: writing — Stevie Woods @ 3:49 pm
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DrawingtheVeil200x300I received my first Review for Drawing the Veil from Literary Nymphs. I was very pleased with the 4.5 stars they gave me, but even more pleased with such a thoughtful receptive review.

I know that Drawing the Veil is just about the darkest story I have written so far, Malik’s story was not an easy one to write, but it is also a tale of grit and determination.  To me, Malik’s struggle to survive needed telling.

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September 6, 2009

Phaze Books Labor Day Sale!

Filed under: writing — Stevie Woods @ 10:11 am
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Phaze new If you are considering buying any of my Phaze releases now is the time!

Starting now through Labor Day, Monday, September 7th, all Phaze Books’ ebook and print titles are on sale for an incredible 20% off!

To take advantage of this sale, use the sale code HARDLABOR at checkout.


August 26, 2009

Drawing the Veil available at ARe Books!

Filed under: writing — Stevie Woods @ 8:55 am
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Drawing the Veil

Drawing the Veil

By: Stevie Woods | Other books by Stevie Woods
Published By: Phaze Books
ISBN # 978-1-60659-190-1
Word Count: 42000
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Available in: Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft Reader, HTML, Mobipocket, Epub

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About the book

The exciting prequel to Beyond the Veil! Read how the young Malik was torn from his lover, Robert, and how he was forced into a life of pain, fear and violence following his capture by the Corsairs until he became the pirate captain who attacked the Windjammer!

Malik was dragged over to the centre of the main deck and shoved into line with the other survivors. The passengers were mixed up with the crew as they were gathered together. As far as he knew only Robert and Aram had escaped from among the passengers. However, he had seen the body of Mr. Holmes lying crumpled up near the steps to the upper deck where he had fallen. It had been chilling to see a sword slice into the man as he tried to keep his teenage son safe, but it had perhaps been more chilling to watch as the poor man’s corpse was unceremoniously dumped into the sea along with the dead sailors; Corsair fallen along with the English dead.

Malik glanced over to where young Ernest Holmes was now huddled, arms wrapped around himself, pale and shaking, eyes darting from one pirate to the next. Malik wished he could do something to comfort the boy but there were half a dozen men between Malik and Ernest. Most of them were sailors who were older than he was, let alone young Ernest, yet no one seemed to think about comforting the lad whose father had just been murdered in front of him. It seemed that only the few ladies on board were considered worthy of that kind thought. Perhaps it was his own recent abandonment, as necessary as it had been, but at that moment Malik admitted to himself that he wouldn’t have refused a little comfort if it were offered. With that thought in mind, he edged backwards a step behind the man next to him and then moved slowly but steadily towards the lad.

He had almost reached the boy, his hand snaking out to touch Ernest’s arm, when a sharp voice demanded, “And where do you think you’re going?”
A large hand shot out and grabbed Malik by the shoulder and yanked him forward. He looked up into just about one of the ugliest faces he had ever seen; it was a pity that Malik had seen him before when he had forced Malik’s head back with his arm across his throat. His had been the last face Malik saw before his sight dimmed. Not a nice sight, he mused, when it might have been his last.

“Captain, I think you might find this one of interest,” the pirate said in a particularly snide voice.

A man approached, swathed almost completely in dark green robes edged with silver thread. His veil trailed across his shoulder so his face was visible and the scar cutting across his face from lower left jaw to just below his left eye lent his visage a cruel air. He was not as tall as Malik but he was of a heavier build. His eyes were dark, and Malik got the distinct impression the darkness was more than merely the colour of his pupils, it was a darkness of his soul.Stevie

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August 24, 2009

New Release! Drawing the Veil out today!

Filed under: writing — Stevie Woods @ 7:22 am
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Drawing the Veil, thDrawingtheVeil200x300e prequel to my successful Barbary Pirates novel, Beyond the Veil, is released today by Phaze Books!

It seems ages since I first decided to write this book, partly in response to readers and reviewers requests, partly due to my own need. It wasn’t an easy book to write but I knew that going in – and I’m very happy with the result. Just hope the readers will be too!

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August 2, 2009


Filed under: writing — Stevie Woods @ 12:28 pm
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Rainbowlogo2I’m taking part in the Rainbow Review Extravaganza – my day being 24th August, the release date for DRAWING THE VEIL, the prequel by my successful novel, BEYOND THE VEIL.DrawingtheVeil200x300

Below is the official announcement from the Rainbow site with all the information needed – with the option to win a free book each day during August:

August 2009 marks the 2nd anniversary of Rainbow Reviews, THE best review site online for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender books. To celebrate, we’ve lined up some of the best GLBT authors to give away free books all month long on our new promo blog!

Starting August 1st, we will spotlight a different author each day of the month. Simply visit our blog, read about the author, then visit the author’s website to answer a question asked in the blog entry. Post your response in the comments field of the blog and enter to win a free e-book off the author’s backlist!

For more information and a list of participating authors, please visit ~ and bookmark this site, as you’ll be able to find all the blog entries linked here during the month of August!


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February 27, 2009

Title for prequel novel to Beyond

Filed under: writing — Stevie Woods @ 8:16 pm
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Phaze newbeyondtheveilsm2 Definitely decided on the title for my prequel novel  about Malik, the Corsair captain – DRAWING THE VEIL.  I think that says exactly what occurs in this story.


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