Stevie Woods:author of gay romantic fiction

April 3, 2013

Healing – lovely new review!

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Healing_medBrief Encounters has reviewed my SF/fantasy novella, HEALING, giving it a B rating (which equates to 4 stars):

“Audin and Tener never had a relationship, although both were crushing on the other in silence, however since Audin’s life crashed when reality happened, he’s not going to let Tener go again”

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March 9, 2013

HEALING – Read the first chapter!

Healing_medThe first chapter of my SF/fantasy novella, Healing, can be read today on the First Chapters Blog.

Pop over there and have a look how Audin and Tener meet up again a dozen years after an argument and learn how each man feels about what happened.

http://drb1stchp.com/2013/03/healing-by-stevie-woods/

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February 18, 2013

New NC17 excerpt from SF/Fantasy novella, HEALING!

Thought perhaps my readers might enjoy a slightly more erotic dip into my story Healing:

Healing_medAudin felt Tener’s hot come erupt onto his stomach and chest. It tipped him over the edge and he came with a cry as his orgasm roared through him. When he was aware again, it was to find he was wrapped up in Tener’s arms.“I never thought my fantasy would become real,” Tener said, his hot breath washing over Audin’s ear.

Audin pulled back to look into Tener’s face and found himself taken aback by the tenderness he saw. He brushed back the lock of hair falling over Tener’s brow. “I know just what you mean,” he said softly. “You want to shower?”

“In a minute. I don’t want to move just yet.” Tener grinned. “I want to bask.”

Audin laughed. “Fine. We’ll bask, then we’ll shower.” A few minutes later, glancing at Tener, Audin added, “You up for round two?”

“Not yet, I admit, but soon.” Tener snuggled in closer.

“Did you mean what you said?” Audin asked softly.

“What I said?”

“All in…good time?”

Tener drew back, looking puzzled, and then suddenly his brow cleared and he smiled. “God, yes, if you’ll let me.”

“Let you? It’s been top of my fantasy list for years!”

“Do you really need to shower?” Tener asked, wiggling his eyebrows.

Audin laughed. “You raring to go again already?”

“I might not be as young as I used to be, but with an invitation like that? Hell, yeah!”

“It’d be a waste showering now and then having to shower again later,” Audin said with a smile as he leaned over to open the drawer beside his bed. He pulled out a small bottle and dropped it on the bed.

<end excerpt>

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February 11, 2013

New excerpt from Healing, SF/fantasy novella (R)

Here’s a new excerpt from my SF/fantasy novella, Healing, describing the first actual sexual contact between Audin and Tener.

Healing_medBLURB:
After an injury, Audin desperately needs the help of a healer, and is shocked to discover the one recommended to him is Tener, a man he hasn’t seen since their split following a blazing argument a dozen years earlier. Since those days, both men have experienced much during their years apart, and life has tempered them. Even though Tener is now a healer rather than the doctor he ought to have become, and Audin is an engineer working for an authoritarian government department, they realize they still have much in common. Including a fierce sexual attraction to each other.

Upon learning that Audin’s life is at stake from an implant placed inside him by the government, and with his own career at risk due to Audin’s position, Tener confesses his secret involvement with an underground organization fighting to bring down the corrupt and dangerous regime.

The men quickly comprehend that they must work together, hoping to solve Audin’s problem and, in consequence, that of others infected by the vicious piece of technology. But can Tener remove the evil device from Audin without killing him in the process?

EXCERPT:
Tener got to his feet. He was vibrating with the notion of finally holding Audin in his arms, of feeling those tempting lips beneath his. Audin also rose, and they drew together almost as if by magnetism. Tener raised a hand, hesitating a moment as he found himself staring into Audin’s eyes. When Audin smiled, Tener continued his move and brushed a finger down Audin’s cheek. Suddenly, he found himself pulled into Audin’s arms and, sighing, Tener sank into the embrace.

“God, how I dreamed of this,” Audin murmured against his neck, and Tener shivered. Audin nuzzled his neck, and Tener turned his head so his lips met Audin’s.

It was even better than he had dreamed of. The taste, the texture, the rush of tension flooding his body. He gripped Audin’s biceps and yanked him tightly against his body, touching every place possible. He felt the heat and pressure of Audin’s cock pressing into his thigh. His own cock was full and hard, pushing against his zipper, begging for release. Tener broke the kiss, gasping for breath as he leaned his forehead against Audin’s.

“Oh, my Lord,” Audin whispered, “That was even hotter than I expected.”

“Been thinking about it a lot, have you?” Tener asked with a grin.

“About as much as you have, I’d bet. Want to do it again?”

“Only if we get more comfortable first,” Tener replied, edging Audin backward until he tumbled down on the sofa. “That’s better.”

Audin squirmed to get himself more comfortable, inadvertently rubbing himself against Tener, whose cock went from hard to almost painful, and Tener groaned.

“Is that a good groan or a bad groan?” Audin asked.

“Oh, good, so damn good.”

Audin lifted his hips and pressed against Tener again. “Want to feel your skin against me,” Audin murmured.

Tener did not reply; he simply slipped his hand between their bodies and undid his belt. He felt Audin’s fingers begin to slide his zip down and he sighed when Audin’s hand slid inside his underwear and touched his length for the first time.

<end excerpt>

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February 6, 2013

Healing, 25% excerpt!

Today’s 25% excerpt is from my latest release, the SF/fantasy novella, HEALING:

Healing_med“A law guardian? God, it’s a wonder he survived.”

“It was. Technically speaking, I should’ve reported it immediately but, well, you know how I view the guardians.”

“Yes, if I remember correctly, you called them fascist thugs!”

Tener laughed. It had been many years since he’d said that to Audin and in an odd way he was touched that Audin remembered. “Yep. So, instead I asked the guy what he was doing to get shot, and he told me.”

“Did you bother to ask him why he sought you out rather than another doctor or a healer?”

“It happened he’d known me from college; he’d read some of my articles in the college paper. The confrontation with the law guardian had happened nearby and he’d tried to make it to the treatment center when he saw me crossing the parking lot. Said he knew then fate was telling him he’d made the right choice.”

“Did I know this man? What was his name?”

“Burdet Napyn.”

“Hmm, I don’t recognize the name. Anyway, you were going to tell me what he’d done wrong.”

“Whether it was wrong depends on your definition, but it happens he worked for the department of military research, same place you do now.”

Tener couldn’t help but feel that capricious fate was interfering in his life again.

“A couple of months earlier,” Tener continued, “he’d found out that he and his colleagues had been lied to about the purpose of the project he was working on. He’d been shocked by what he discovered and he’d wanted to expose what was going on, but he knew he couldn’t prove it. Instead, he kept his mouth shut and carried on working, but at the same time he tried to find a way to contact one of the Partizan groups, which eventually he did.

“That evening he’d stolen some papers from the department that he was to pass to a member of this group, a way to confirm his story and that he wasn’t a government plant, and for them to see exactly what the ministry was up to.

“He was leaving the building on the way to meet his contact when he was challenged by a guard. He panicked and ran, as the guard was blocking the way to the parking lot. The guard called for the guardians and Burdet hadn’t gone far before he was fired at. Still panicked, he kept going, not even realizing he’d been hit at first. He managed to give them the slip and made it into the parking lot of my building, where he saw my name at the bottom of the plaque for the medical practice. Pure luck, he believed, and then he saw me coming out and decided it was fate.”

Tener paused then and looked up at Audin. He shrugged as he added, “And perhaps it was. It certainly changed my life.”

“What was he working on? I mean, what did he want to publicize?”

“I never knew.”

“What? But that… What the hell!”

“I was treating him as he talked, and he was just about to tell me about what he termed the ‘new device’ when the door was kicked open and two law guardians charged in, with weapons drawn and aimed at both of us. They put us in restraints and dragged us out of there.”

“I know your license was revoked and you served a short term in prison,” Audin said quietly.

“Yeah. I managed to convince them I had no links with the Partizans and it had just been chance Burdet had found me in the parking lot, or they would have revoked more than my license. I told them I had no idea until I cleaned the wound that it had been caused by a guardian weapon and I had been about to call them when they broke into the treatment room. Still, the adjudicator wasn’t happy with the fact Burdet had received treatment so that only a dressing was required; he decided I had acted beyond my rights and sentenced me to a year. I suppose it could’ve been worse, but at the time I was devastated.”

“And Burdet?”

Tener took a breath. Even after all this time, it still had the power to upset him. “I didn’t discover what happened to him until almost eighteen months later. He was executed the day after our trial.”

<end excerpt>

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January 18, 2013

HEALING is now available from ARe Books!

Healing  

Healing

By: Stevie Woods | Other books by Stevie Woods
Published By: Amber Quill Press, LLC
ISBN # 9781611243697
 

Word Count: 18000
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Available in: Epub, HTML, Microsoft Reader, Adobe Acrobat, Mobipocket (.prc)

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After an injury, Audin desperately needs the help of a healer, and is shocked to discover the one recommended to him is Tener, a man he hasn’t seen since their split following a blazing argument a dozen years earlier. Since those days, both men have experienced much during their years apart, and life has tempered them. Even though Tener is now a healer rather than the doctor he ought to have become, and Audin is an engineer working for an authoritarian government department, they realize they still have much in common. Including a fierce sexual attraction to each other.

Upon learning that Audin’s life is at stake from an implant placed inside him by the government, and with his own career at risk due to Audin’s position, Tener confesses his secret involvement with an underground organization fighting to bring down the corrupt and dangerous regime.

The men quickly comprehend that they must work together, hoping to solve Audin’s problem and, in consequence, that of others infected by the vicious piece of technology. But can Tener remove the evil device from Audin without killing him in the process?

An excerpt from the book

…Audin Logon cursed his own carelessness as he hurried along the narrow poorly lit street as dusk slid into night. He’d had to take a cab from the ministry because his injury meant he wasn’t able to drive. It had been necessary for the transport to drop him off at the crossroads as it wasn’t possible to drive down the narrow lane. The throbbing in his hand and arm had lessened now, sinking into numbness and he didn’t think that was good. He hoped the healer would still see clients at this hour, some healers only chose to work during daylight hours.His colleague at the department, Milius, had assured him that his friend of a friend was a good healer and would never turn a patient away. Audin wasn’t sure he believed that, but at that moment he prayed Milius was right. There was no way he could go to the hospital for treatment by the doctors there; he just couldn’t afford the fees ‘proper’ doctors charged. It didn’t matter that the accident had occurred at work, the ministry considered the employee responsible for his own actions – and his own accidents.

Audin repeated the healer’s name to himself, Neret Sanaret, again frowning because there was something about the name that seemed familiar and he couldn’t think why – of course! Sanaret had to be an assumed name. Sanare was the ancient name for a healer; it was too much of a coincidence that it was the man’s real name. Not that it mattered what he called himself as long as he was as good as Milius said, and the man would help him. Perhaps it would be sensible to offer him a little extra for arriving at so late an hour.

There, just ahead in the murky gloom, illuminated by one of the few street lights, he saw the sign of a healer’s shop: a pestle and mortar topped by the curved surgeon’s knife around which a snake curled. Audin sighed gratefully that modern healing had progressed well beyond such basic tools, though where the snake came into it he had never understood. As he approached the door he saw the name plate of the man he’d been sent to see.

Audin knocked on the door, hoping for a response. Almost immediately the door opened and a figure stood there. Outlined only by the light from within, the man appeared little more than a dark shadow.

“Healer Sanaret?” Audin queried. “I apologize for the late hour. I was given your name by a friend who suggested you would still be willing to offer me treatment.”

“Come in,” the healer said.

With a sigh of relief Audin walked into the brightly lit room, absently noting its neat metallic surfaces and clean white walls before turning to face the healer – and his voice died in his throat. His heart speeded up and his head pounded. He could hardly believe what he thought he saw. He frowned as he cocked his head to one side, studying the man before him. It couldn’t be, could it? Yet how could he doubt his own eyes?

Audin stared at the man he had last seen almost a dozen years ago; the man he had regretted losing contact with over what had long since seemed a pointless reason for an argument.

“Tener Allend! My God, is that you?”

Eyes widening, the man frowned. “I fear you have mistaken me for someone else, Sir. My name is Neret Sanaret.”

Audin was taken aback. He couldn’t be mistaken. Even the voice was familiar now. The man before him appeared more mature, the eyes were perhaps a little harder, but Audin could never mistake that face. The years had added bulk to his body, but the man’s height was exactly the same. His eyes were the same green flecked with gold and his hair was the identical warm brown with fair streaks, just a little longer now as it brushed his collar. “It can’t be… You are… Why are you denying yourself, Tener?”

“I am denying only that I am this man you have mistaken me for. Now please, let us deal with your injury,” the healer said coldly.

Audin did not believe him, but obeyed, painfully removing his jacket and shirt to sit at the examination table, where he laid his injured arm for the healer’s perusal.

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January 15, 2013

Interview on Dawn’s Reading Nook!

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Pop over to Dawn’s blog and have a look at my interview. I hope readers find it informative:)

http://dawnsreadingnook.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/welcome-stevie-woods-today.html

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January 13, 2013

HEALING – New Release from Amber Allure!

Yes, it’s out today! My new release from Amber Quill Press, Healing, is a fantasy novella set in an alternate world.

Healing_med

BLURB:

After an injury, Audin desperately needs the help of a healer, and is shocked to discover the one recommended to him is Tener, a man he hasn’t seen since their split following a blazing argument a dozen years earlier. Since those days, both men have experienced much during their years apart, and life has tempered them. Even though Tener is now a healer rather than the doctor he ought to have become, and Audin is an engineer working for an authoritarian government department, they realize they still have much in common. Including a fierce sexual attraction to each other.

Upon learning that Audin’s life is at stake from an implant placed inside him by the government, and with his own career at risk due to Audin’s position, Tener confesses his secret involvement with an underground organization fighting to bring down the corrupt and dangerous regime.

The men quickly comprehend that they must work together, hoping to solve Audin’s problem and, in consequence, that of others infected by the vicious piece of technology. But can Tener remove the evil device from Audin without killing him in the process?

http://www.amberquill.com/AmberAllure/Healing.html

EXCERPT:
Audin Logon cursed his own carelessness as he hurried along the narrow poorly lit street as dusk slid into night. He’d had to take a cab from the ministry because his injury meant he wasn’t able to drive. It had been necessary for the transport to drop him off at the crossroads as it wasn’t possible to drive down the narrow lane. The throbbing in his hand and arm had lessened now, sinking into numbness and he didn’t think that was good. He hoped the healer would still see clients at this hour, some healers only chose to work during daylight hours.

His colleague at the department, Milius, had assured him that his friend of a friend was a good healer and would never turn a patient away. Audin wasn’t sure he believed that, but at that moment he prayed Milius was right. There was no way he could go to the hospital for treatment by the doctors there; he just couldn’t afford the fees ‘proper’ doctors charged. It didn’t matter that the accident had occurred at work, the ministry considered the employee responsible for his own actions – and his own accidents.

Audin repeated the healer’s name to himself, Neret Sanaret, again frowning because there was something about the name that seemed familiar and he couldn’t think why – of course! Sanaret had to be an assumed name. Sanare was the ancient name for a healer; it was too much of a coincidence that it was the man’s real name. Not that it mattered what he called himself as long as he was as good as Milius said, and the man would help him. Perhaps it would be sensible to offer him a little extra for arriving at so late an hour.

There, just ahead in the murky gloom, illuminated by one of the few street lights, he saw the sign of a healer’s shop: a pestle and mortar topped by the curved surgeon’s knife around which a snake curled. Audin sighed gratefully that modern healing had progressed well beyond such basic tools, though where the snake came into it he had never understood. As he approached the door he saw the name plate of the man he’d been sent to see.

Audin knocked on the door, hoping for a response. Almost immediately the door opened and a figure stood there. Outlined only by the light from within, the man appeared little more than a dark shadow.

“Healer Sanaret?” Audin queried. “I apologize for the late hour. I was given your name by a friend who suggested you would still be willing to offer me treatment.”

“Come in,” the healer said.

With a sigh of relief Audin walked into the brightly lit room, absently noting its neat metallic surfaces and clean white walls before turning to face the healer – and his voice died in his throat. His heart speeded up and his head pounded. He could hardly believe what he thought he saw. He frowned as he cocked his head to one side, studying the man before him. It couldn’t be, could it? Yet how could he doubt his own eyes?

Audin stared at the man he had last seen almost a dozen years ago; the man he had regretted losing contact with over what had long since seemed a pointless reason for an argument.

“Tener Allend! My God, is that you?”

Eyes widening, the man frowned. “I fear you have mistaken me for someone else, Sir. My name is Neret Sanaret.”

Audin was taken aback. He couldn’t be mistaken. Even the voice was familiar now. The man before him appeared more mature, the eyes were perhaps a little harder, but Audin could never mistake that face. The years had added bulk to his body, but the man’s height was exactly the same. His eyes were the same green flecked with gold and his hair was the identical warm brown with fair streaks, just a little longer now as it brushed his collar. “It can’t be… You are… Why are you denying yourself, Tener?”

“I am denying only that I am this man you have mistaken me for. Now please, let us deal with your injury,” the healer said coldly.

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December 21, 2012

Cover art for upcoming fantasy novella, Healing!

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I’m very pleased with the cover art I just received for my fantasy novella, HEALING, which is due out from Amber Quill Press 0n January 13th!

(Draft) BLURB:

Two men, who were once best friends until they parted following a blazing row, meet up again by chance years later. Both men have experienced much during their years apart and life has tempered them.

Even though Tener is now a healer rather than the doctor he ought to have become, and Audin is an engineer working for an authoritarian government department, they discover they still have much in common. When Tener discovers Audin’s position has placed him at risk, they find themselves working together in the fight against a corrupt and increasingly dangerous government.

http://steviewoods.com

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November 30, 2012

Another book has been accepted for publication!

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I had meant to post earlier in the week about another contract I have gained with Amber Quill Press, but I guess I got sidetracked, have had a lot going on this week! Anyhow, I submitted a fantasy/alternate world novella called HEALING and was pleased that they liked it enough to want to publish it, but was surprised at how soon it is going to be coming out!

They gave me a release date of January 13th, 2013 which hardly seems enough time to get edits done what with Christmas and New Year popping up sometime between now and then:)  Just relieved that the January 13th is not a Friday!

I’ll post on this as things develop:)

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