Stevie Woods:author of gay romantic fiction

August 22, 2014

Half price sale of my Other Worlds ebooks!

My publisher, Amber Allure, is having a special sale today – for one day only –  featuring each of the ebooks in my Other Worlds series! Each of the novellas is for sale at 50% of the usual price!  It’s a great chance to read the whole series for $13!!

Check this out here: http://www.amberquill.com/store/c/276-Other-Worlds.aspx

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November 11, 2012

Lightning Strikes (OW#2) – 25% excerpt!

Today I’m posting an excerpt from the quarter point of my SF/futuristic novella, LIGHTNING STRIKES, the second book in my Other World series.

What else? Dennis could’ve got to the ship fine, but the comm-unit there could be affected just the same way by the storm. Oh God, the lightning! I’d never seen lightning so forceful before in my life. I’d only been thinking of it affecting the comm-units, but the ship! Fuck, it could be interfering with the ship’s operation.

“Damn, damn, damn!” Swearing didn’t help, except it made me feel better, releasing my anger. Stupid really; as a scientist I should be ashamed of not thinking of something that obvious before this, but sometimes you can’t beat the lowest common denominator!

Wait, what was that?

***

Crap, my head felt as if it was full of cotton wool…cotton wool with one of Matthew’s rocks inside. Matthew? Is he hurt, too? What the hell happened? Can’t think, can’t remember. God, what was that noise? Sounds like the sea pounding against cliffs. Don’t remember the sea. Water…rain…the storm! What… Oh, I fell. Damn, and now I’d remembered that my side was hurting like hell. Fuck!

“Josh, can you hear me?”

Matthew. I tried to speak, but I couldn’t seem to get the words from my brain to my mouth.

“Damn it, Josh, open those gorgeous eyes of yours!”

“Matthew.” Well, that sure didn’t sound like me.

“Thank God! I’m here, Josh.”

“Pain,” I muttered. Didn’t seem to be able to get any power into my voice.

“Where? Your head?” His voice was higher than usual. He was stressed and I knew it was for me. I longed to reach out and touch his cheek, to bring his face down to mine so I could kiss him, but I could hardly lift my eyes, let alone my hand. He must have known, though. I felt him grab my hand and bring it up to his lips. Oh, the feel of his lips on my skin gave me such comfort.

In a voice shaking, though not from pain, I said, “A little, my side…hurts.”

“Worse than your head?” he asked, worry clear in his voice as he fumbled in his pack for the pain pills.

“It’s all right, Matt.” I had to stop to catch my breath and I wondered if perhaps I had broken a rib after all. “It hurts, but I’ve had worse. I’ll be fine when you get me back to the ship.” I smiled, though I wasn’t sure how I looked because Matthew’s return smile was more of a grimace. He gave me two pills and water to wash them down. I got more relief from the feel of his hand on my neck supporting me and the scent of his aftershave as he leaned close to me.

“Matthew…” I wanted to say more, but suddenly I couldn’t put it into words.

He must have understood then because he smiled, a real smile this time, and said, “I love you, too, Josh.”

“Matt.”

***

Damn, what now? The discoloration along Josh’s side was darker, and I was pretty sure it was swollen, not much, but I didn’t think it was like that earlier when Dennis examined him. Perhaps Matt was hurt more than Dennis thought, which could explain the pain he was now feeling.

It was obvious there was something wrong or Dennis would have been back by now, but where did that leave us? Josh was clearly deteriorating, slipping into and out of consciousness with increasing frequency and the swelling on his side had me worried, let alone the concussion, which was probably causing the lapses of consciousness. I wasn’t versed enough in medical matters to be of any real help. Josh needed proper medical help…

I was desperate with the need to do something and, as there was little I could do here, perhaps I should go for help. The storm was still raging outside and I wasn’t stupid enough not to realize if Dennis couldn’t make it I had little chance, however I would never forgive myself if I sat idly by and Josh died. I knew it was also possible Dennis had made it to the ship, but couldn’t get help if the storm was affecting its operation. It could just be the comm wasn’t working properly and he was forced to wait for the storm to reduce enough to be able to get help. However, I couldn’t stop the voice saying: Or the ship could have sustained a precise lightning strike and be damaged beyond repair.

I needed to know.

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December 8, 2011

Award for Other Worlds!

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I was delighted when I received notification that I had been awarded an Honorable Mention in the Rainbow Award for the Best Gay SciFi/Futuristic category for my book OTHER WORLDS #1 – which contains the first three novellas in the Series: A Favor For A Friend, Lightning Strikes and Best Policy.

Other Worlds #1 is the print release and the three novellas are also available separately as eBooks – links as follows:

OTHER WORLDS #1

A FAVOR FOR A FRIEND    LIGHTNING STRIKES    BEST POLICY

December 4, 2011

New release: COLD FEAR (OW#6) out today!

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I am delighted to announce the release of COLD FEAR, the sixth and final story in the Other Worlds series from Amber Allure!

COLD FEAR continues the story of Josh and Matt who we first met in LIGHTNING STRIKES

BLURB:

On Alkya, a planet a long way from Earth, the Division of Investigation – Other Worlds, has set up a base where hundreds of prsonnel live and work. Among them are two men, Major Joshua Marsden and Lieutenant Matthew Ronson, who are part of one of the survey teams.

Dropping through the atmosphere to land on Theta for their latest survey, the ship is disabled by a strange energy force and crashes in an immense ice field. Matt awakens in the debris of the control room to find Josh and Dennis injured and the ship badly damaged. He does what he can for his colleagues and attempts to repair the tear to the ship’s skin. They struggle to keep warm in the freezing temperatures and when it transpires their comm-unit isn’t working it becomes a fight for their very survival.

EXCERPT:

Oh God, which wall did I slam into this time? I tried to move, I was too damn cold to stay lying wherever the hell I was, but nothing seemed to work properly. Besides the pounding in my head, which probably accounted for the dancing black spots behind my eyelids, my left leg was on fire and it hurt to breathe.

“Josh…”

Just the sound of his voice made me feel better and I forced my eyes open. Thankfully the spots faded somewhat. “Matt,” I said, although croaked would be a better description.

“Try to stay put Josh, I think your leg’s broken,” he said.

“No,” I said gruffly, “my leg’s definitely broken.” I looked around but that certainly didn’t make me feel better. “What the hell happened? And why is it so damn cold?”

“Not exactly sure what happened, except that we crashed in what looks like an ice field.”

“Crashed? Ice field? There was no ice field where we planned to land, wasn’t one for thousands of miles.”

“Yeah, but somehow you found one.”

“I’d have an answer for that except that I can’t think with this constant drum roll in my head.”

“I know, Josh. I can give you a painkiller.”

“Let’s hold that in reserve,” I sighed. With those things the cure can be worse than the pain. I glanced around at the mess that had once been the control room. “Where’s Dennis?”

“In the rear compartment. I’m afraid he’s hurt too. He’s still out.”

I tried to sit up and Matt helped me lean back against part of the console. “What’s wrong with Dennis?”

“Head injury, doesn’t look good. There’s been a fair amount of bleeding, but it had clotted before I found him. There’s something else too. The cold isn’t just because we crashed in this ice field, there’s a breach in the rear bay.” Matt sighed. “I patched it as best as I could, but I’m not an engineer.”

Matt handed me a jacket as he spoke and helped me struggle into it. He then passed me a pair of gloves and I swiftly pulled those on. He pulled the blankets up around me that had covered me when I was flat out on the deck.

“What happened when you reported in?”

“Ah, I haven’t. I couldn’t get anything from the comm. The main console seems to be dead.”

“What? Fuck!” I tried to get my head around everything he’d said. No question though, we were in shit creek without a paddle.

 

October 18, 2011

My Amber Allure titles rebated on ARe Books!

That’s right, each of my Amber Allure titles available through All Romance Ebooks are offered at a 25% Rebate from now until the end of October!

So, if you want to read a gay historical novel set in Tudor England, you can purchase Stone by Stone for only $5.75.  Or a gay fantasy novel involving kidnapping and slavery interests you, have a look at More Than Chains To Bind for only $5.75.

Not forgetting, of course, the four releases in my SF series, Other Worlds: A Favor For a Friend and An Enigma for only $3.00 each, or Lightning Strikes, Best Policy for only $3.75 each!

Each of my book pages on the ARe website contains not only the blurb but a short excerpt. Enjoy!

Stevie

http://steviewoods.com

June 21, 2011

Other Worlds stories available in Print Anthology!

I am happy to announce the release of my three OTHER WORLDS novellas – A Favor For A Friend, Lightning Strikes and Best Policy – in a Print volume.

A Favor For A Friend: One evening, Major Jake Archer asks Captain Bart Hilton to do a work-related favor for him, requiring the other man to remain in the underground base. Needing information to complete the report he’s preparing, Bart goes to Jake’s office just as a huge explosion rips through the base.

Lightning Strikes:  Shortly after Major Joshua Marsden and Lieutenant Matthew Ronson confess their feelings for each other, their team embarks on a mineral survey mission to another planet. During a ferocious lightning storm, however, Josh is injured.

Best Policy: Major Rafe Wheaton and Lieutenant Adam Deacon, a linguist, have been experiencing problems working together, and shortly before the current mission, Adam offers to transfer to another team. Now, they are left alone on the planet they’re surveying after the rest of their team takes the ship and returns to base with an important geological sample.

The book is available through Amazon.com

Stevie

http://steviewoods.com

 

 

June 9, 2011

Print cover for Other Worlds Trilogy!

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Just received the lovely cover from Amber Quill Press for the Print release of my Other Worlds Trilogy – including the three stories currently on release in eBook format: A Favor For A Friend, Lightning Strikes and Best Policy.

I’ve not got a precise release date yet but it is due out sometime later this month. Looking forward to holding it in my hands!

Stevie

http://steviewoods.com

 

May 13, 2011

Review for Lightning Strikes!

Filed under: writing — Stevie Woods @ 12:50 pm
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I was delighted to hear that my latest story in the Other Worlds series, Lightning Strikes, had been reviewed by Brief Encounters. If I understand their scoring system they have given the story 4 stars!

“The action scenes were well described, some of which had me on the edge of the seat. This contrasted nicely with the quieter scenes later in the book. The focus is on the injury and recovery of the men, and as such the romance isn’t to the forefront of the story. Instead it’s interwoven through the way the men interact and worry for each other.”

To read the full review visit: http://briefencountersreviews.com/2011/05/12/lightning-strikes-by-stevie-woods/

Stevie

http://steviewoods.com

May 2, 2011

LIGHTNING STRIKES is now available at ARe!

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Lightning Strikes (An "Other Worlds" Story)

Lightning Strikes (An “Other Worlds” Story)

By: Stevie Woods | Other books by Stevie Woods
Published By: Amber Quill Press, LLC
ISBN # 9781611241006
Word Count: 18000
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Available in: Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft Reader, HTML, Mobipocket (.prc), Rocket, Epub

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About the book

On Alkya, a planet a long way from Earth, the Division of Investigation—Other Worlds—has set up a base where hundreds of personnel live and work. Among them are two men, Major Joshua Marsden and Lieutenant Matthew Ronson, who are part of one of the survey teams.

Shortly after Josh and Matthew confess their feelings for each other, their team embarks on a mineral survey mission to another planet. During a ferocious lightning storm, however, Josh is injured. After finding shelter in a cave, Matt looks after Josh while teammate Dennis braves the storm to go for help.

But when the storm’s intensity increases, and lightning strikes closer and closer, Matt grows concerned that their place of safety may turn out to be their grave…

An excerpt from the book

…In the morning, Matthew eventually came downstairs, drawn by the smell of coffee I was making in the kitchen. He wandered in, eyes down, looking a little worse for wear, and dropped onto one of the kitchen chairs. I poured him a drink and sat opposite. He warmed his hands around his mug as he first took a sip, then gulped it down. He sighed as he set the cup back on the table. He raised his eyes to me then, and I smiled. He began to smile back at me and then his expression froze. He remembered—something—but he seemed scared. I had to do something or he would hide. I knew him too well.

“You remember?”

“I… I… Did I really say that?” he whispered.

“If you’re asking me if you told me you love me, yes, you did,” I replied softly.

He closed his eyes.

Damn, he doesn’t remember what I said. He thinks he messed up. “And I told you I love you, too.”

His eyelids flew open and his jaw dropped.

“Forgot that bit, eh?”

“You love…me?”

“Yep.”

“Oh!”

“Is that it? Oh?”

“Well, it’s a shock. I never meant to tell you…didn’t think you’d want to know. Never, ever expected you to…to…”

“Feel the same way?”

“No… Yes!”

“Well, I do. Now what?”

“What?”

“Exactly.”

“Josh! I’m hung-over and I’ve just had the shock of my life. Don’t expect me to be able to think clearly.”

“Right. Okay. I’ll do the thinking.”

“Oh, God!”

“We’re in love with each other, agreed?”

Matthew nodded, then promptly grabbed his head and moaned. I ignored him and plowed on.

“We’ve been friends for years, so we don’t have to do this getting to know each other thing.” I’d thought about this all night just sitting watching him. Obvious, I thought. “I’ve been fighting to keep my hands off you for years, so…”

I never got any further, though, ’cause he yelled, “What!” He obviously regretted the noise, but gritted his teeth and went on. “If you think we’re gonna just…just gonna jump into bed, you can think again.”

“Ah. Too sudden? What do you want then?” I hadn’t meant to be sarcastic, but I think I was.

“Don’t know. Okay?” He smiled then, the rare one that lit up his whole face, and I felt its effect like a caress on the groin. “We’ve been friends for a long time, but this is something else, Josh. I’ve always had to keep the feeling hidden, but now I don’t have to and I want to… I want to go on a date. I want…” He paused and grinned, the bastard! “I want wooing.”

Can you believe it? We’ve been friends for almost three years and he wants wooing!

I think my mouth dropped open then and I guess I snapped it shut. I remember saying something like, “You gotta be kidding!”

Not a good thing to say because Matthew shot up, knocking back the chair before turning with great dignity and walking out. He spoilt it, though, by looking back over his shoulder and snarling, “Bastard!”

I wasn’t about to ruin the best thing that ever happened to me, so I swallowed my pride and followed him…

April 24, 2011

New Release – Lightning Strikes (Other Worlds #2)

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The second book in my sci-fi/futuristic series Other Worlds, Lightning Strikes, is out today from Amber Quill Press:

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

Don’t forget – 35% discount during the first week of sale!

BLURB:

On Alkya, a planet a long way from Earth, the Division of Investigation – Other Worlds, has set up a base where hundreds of personnel live and work. Among them are two men, Major Joshua Marsden and Lieutenant Matthew Ronson, who are part of one of the survey teams.

Their team goes on a mineral survey mission to another planet shortly after they confessed their feelings for each other. During a lightning storm Josh is injured. Finding shelter in a cave Matt looks after him while teammate Dennis braves the storm to go for help.

The storm’s intensity increases, the lightning strikes getting closer and closer until Matt becomes concerned that their place of safety may turn out to be their grave.

EXCERPT:

In the morning, Matthew eventually came downstairs, drawn by the smell of coffee I was making in the kitchen. He wandered in, eyes down, looking a little worse for wear, and dropped onto one of the kitchen chairs. I poured him a drink and sat opposite. He warmed his hands around his mug as he first took a sip, then gulped it down. He sighed as he set the cup back on the table. He raised his eyes to me then, and I smiled. He began to smile back at me and then his expression froze. He remembered—something—but he seemed scared. I had to do something or he would hide. I knew him too well.

“You remember?”

“I… I… Did I really say that?” he whispered.

“If you’re asking me if you told me you love me, yes, you did,” I replied softly.

He closed his eyes.

 Damn, he doesn’t remember what I said. He thinks he messed up. “And I told you I love you, too.”

His eyelids flew open and his jaw dropped.

“Forgot that bit, eh?”

“You love…me?”

“Yep.”

“Oh!”

“Is that it? Oh?”

“Well, it’s a shock. I never meant to tell you…didn’t think you’d want to know. Never, ever expected you to…to…”

“Feel the same way?”

“No… Yes!”

“Well, I do. Now what?”

“What?”

“Exactly.”

“Josh! I’m hung-over and I’ve just had the shock of my life. Don’t expect me to be able to think clearly.”

“Right. Okay. I’ll do the thinking.”

“Oh, God!”

“We’re in love with each other, agreed?”

Matthew nodded, then promptly grabbed his head and moaned. I ignored him and plowed on.

“We’ve been friends for years, so we don’t have to do this getting to know each other thing.” I’d thought about this all night just sitting watching him. Obvious, I thought. “I’ve been fighting to keep my hands off you for years, so…”

I never got any further, though, ’cause he yelled, “What!” He obviously regretted the noise, but gritted his teeth and went on. “If you think we’re gonna just…just gonna jump into bed, you can think again.”

“Ah. Too sudden? What do you want then?” I hadn’t meant to be sarcastic, but I think I was.

“Don’t know. Okay?” He smiled then, the rare one that lit up his whole face, and I felt its effect like a caress on the groin. “We’ve been friends for a long time, but this is something else, Josh. I’ve always had to keep the feeling hidden, but now I don’t have to and I want to… I want to go on a date. I want…” He paused and grinned, the bastard! “I want wooing.”

Can you believe it? We’ve been friends for almost three years and he wants wooing!

I think my mouth dropped open then and I guess I snapped it shut. I remember saying something like, “You gotta be kidding!”

Not a good thing to say because Matthew shot up, knocking back the chair before turning with great dignity and walking out. He spoilt it, though, by looking back over his shoulder and snarling, “Bastard!”

I wasn’t about to ruin the best thing that ever happened to me, so I swallowed my pride and followed him…

Stevie

http://steviewoods.com

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