Stevie Woods:author of gay romantic fiction

June 14, 2013

More Than Chains To Bind – new excerpt!

MoreThanChains200x300When a Prince and his Guardian are captured, they never expect to end up as slaves forced to fight each other for their survival.

EXCERPT:

Our host had at last decided to introduce himself, odd name though it was. Though at his next statement if I’d been allowed to say anything I’d have been speechless! Mr. tall-good-looking had stood there and calmly told us that we’d be sold only after we’d been trained. Trained, damn it!

“You will remain here in the training area,” Cor’lyn went on, “and you will be schooled to fight with a variety of weapons and in unarmed combat. When I consider you are ready you will be sent to the market where patrons will bid against each other to purchase the best combatants. I warn you to give of your best; it will gain you nothing but pain to disobey.”

What kind of society was this? People taken into slavery for little more than some kind of barbaric entertainment! No wonder they’d only wanted the young and strong and I thanked my lucky stars that for whatever reason the leader of this group had decided to bring me along too.

I wasn’t worried about the training we were supposed to undergo, there wasn’t a weapon made that I couldn’t use, but I was worried about Liander. While I had taught him enough that he could competently protect himself, he was no warrior. That was when it hit me that if we were training together Liander and I—

“You will be divided into groups for the training, and you will remain chained to each other as an added precaution against escape.”

Fuck! Was the man reading my mind?

“Hear me!” Cor’lyn said sharply. “There is no chance of escape from the arena.” His gaze slid over all of us and I could have sworn for a moment it settled on me. “Even if by some miracle you could accomplish the impossible and get beyond the guards and the high wall, there is nowhere for you to go. Outside the city, beyond the growing area there is only desert for hundreds of miles.”

I found it odd that he made no mention of the ocean. I guessed the harbor area was guarded and, then again, home was many days across the sea. It would be enough of a deterrent to most men for sure, but Liander and I were not most men. And we had to trust that the others would not let that piece of information out. So far, we were just two more members of the tribe of the seven villages and we needed to keep it that way.

The guards moved among us again then, removing the long chain linking us all together and removing the waist chains too, leaving only the manacles on our ankles linking us in pairs.

“Your training will begin in earnest tomorrow, you will be allowed to bathe, eat and rest tonight. You will split into two sections, one section will take the left hall while the others take the right.”

This was my chance, if only I could get in the same section as Liander. I began to drag Ledo towards the other end of the line when suddenly Cor’lyn blocked my path.

“Ah, the tall one. You intrigue me. I see a wolf among the sheep. You will bear watching. I also think I want to keep you from…” He smiled and glanced in Liander’s direction. I could see him attempting to hang back but he was being pushed towards the left hall by the guards. Turning back to me, Cor’lyn continued, “That one interests me too.” His eyes narrowed as he considered me and I felt a chill creep up my spine. For whatever reason, Cor’lyn knew there was something different about Liander and me, and that made him dangerous.

Cor’lyn raised his chin at one of guards and indicated with a nod of his head that Ledo and I should be taken to the right hall and, with a prod of the guard’s weapon, I turned away from Liander.

I glanced back over my shoulder and Liander was walking with his back turned to me, head dipped. Fortil turned, saw me watching, and he grinned and licked his lips.

If that bastard as much as laid one hand on Liander… But what the hell could I do locked behind another door across this huge compound?

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February 19, 2013

New excerpt from fantasy novel, More Than Chains to Bind!

Just thought it would be nice to post a new excerpt from my fantasy novel, More Than Chains to Bind:

MoreThanChains200x300EXCERPT:
The guards had stayed in the room as the women came to drop off our new clothing before they moved among us cutting our tunics from us. Then the women left, taking the scraps of our old clothes with them as the guards told us to remove everything else. Even though I’d been expecting this, it was no less unwelcome to hear the actual words. I felt as if even circumstance was thrusting me into Fortil’s path.

With a sigh, I began to pull off the pants, while waiting for Fortil’s first comment. It didn’t take long.

“My, my, it was worth waiting for. You sure have got a nice backside. I’d like nothing better than to shove this in deep,” he taunted. He hesitated, waiting, I suppose, for me to turn and look at his cock, but I did not intend to pander to him. “Come on…you have to want to know what’s waiting for you,” he insisted.

He didn’t like to be ignored and walked in front of me. “Not bad, not bad at all.” He looked at my cock, laying limply between my legs, before lifting his gaze to my face, saying with a smirk, “Mine, though, that’s something different.”

Damn the man, and damn my innate curiosity! My eyes flicked down to look at him and I had to admit to myself that his erection, standing out proudly from his body, was pretty impressive. I lifted my eyes to his face again and let my disdain show, grateful my own cock didn’t react at all.

“If you like that kind of thing,” I said, wishing I had Hollis’ gift for instantaneous sarcastic response because I couldn’t think of anything better to say. “And remember what I said about what I’d do to your fingers? It goes double for cocks.” I smiled at him and not in a good way. “You’d be surprised what I know.”

Fortil frowned, puzzled where I was going with this, I suppose, but he didn’t say anything, which was a good thing as I wasn’t quite sure where I was headed myself. A little exaggeration wouldn’t go amiss right now, I thought. “I’ve spent my whole life studying and, though I say so myself, the depth of my knowledge is extraordinary. You know, it’s quite remarkable what secrets one can discover in ancient texts. There was a society once whose citizens prided themselves on their stoicism, on their ability to withstand anything, any form of torture, physical or mental. To them, the ultimate torture success was what they could stand being done to their private parts. Lords, some of the stories I could tell you…”

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Available in eBook and Print from Amber Quill Press: http://www.amberquill.com/AmberAllure/MoreThanChains.html

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October 21, 2012

Guest Blog in The Scarlet Letter!

Filed under: writing — Stevie Woods @ 9:20 am
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I’ve recently done a guest post for the GLBT magazine, The Scarlet Letter, and it appeared in the October version which was out yesterday.

Pop over and have a look at my post which is called Lost Dreams? There’s lots of other interesting stuff to read too!

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October 3, 2012

More Than Chains To Bind – today’s 25% excerpt!

Today I am posting an excerpt commencing at the quarter point in the my fantasy novel, MORE THAN CHAINS TO BIND, the story of the capture and slavery  of a prince and his guardian. The novel is available in both ebook and print from Amber Quill Press.

Then he twisted his wrist, deflecting his own blade down sharply onto Lexal’s, knocking the weapon from his opponent’s hand and in a continuing movement, Hollis’ blade finished up pressed into the hollow of Lexal’s throat.

“Enough,” Cor’lyn declared.

Hollis quickly backed off, saluting Lexal with his wooden sword.

Cor’lyn was nodding, obviously pleased. “Yes, yes, I knew I was right about you. Kano,” he called to the guard who had unchained Hollis, and he and another guard came forward.

Kano prodded Hollis toward his partner in chains, and the other guard took Lexal back.

Cor’lyn approached me. I guess it was going to be my turn next to see if I was as skilled with a weapon as Hollis was.

“I understand you two,” he said, indicating Fortil and me, “have not been getting along very well.” Cor’lyn’s grin was very wide as he looked Fortil up and down. “I have to admit, I cannot blame you for your…interest, but it ends now,” he said to Fortil. “He’s not for you.” He glanced at me, and I didn’t like the proprietary gleam in his eye. He turned back to Fortil. “Let’s see how you get along with a sword in your hand.”

He moved off and the guard unchained our wrists. I glanced up at Fortil as he did so, trying to gauge his attitude to fighting with a sword. He met my gaze with a decided grin—confident obviously. I kept my expression blank.

Using his short stick, the guard prodded us forward to the center of the arena, where Kano was waiting to hand us each a wooden sword.

***

I knew this was coming, but I had hoped he wouldn’t be pitted against Fortil. Anyone would have to be better than that bastard, who already had a bone to pick with Liander. I hoped Liander could keep his cool. Even a wooden sword handled harshly could inflict injury. If Liander could keep control of his emotions while Fortil lost control of his, then Liander should be able to take him. If he remembered the lesson I had drummed into him that in a fight, emotions were dangerous…

Talking of dangerous emotions, I needed to keep my own in check. I was suddenly aware of being watched and, without looking, I knew it was Cor’lyn. The man puzzled me. He had honed in on me from the beginning, taking me when I was older than any of the others. He kept making comments about recognizing the warrior in me. While it was true, I had never given him proof until fifteen minutes earlier. He also seemed to have a thing for Liander; that was much more understandable on the surface, but I was damned sure it went deeper than just the obvious. We needed to keep an eye on Cor’lyn, which was difficult because, other than the fact we were his prisoners, Liander and I had little if any chance to talk and plan. So far, the only opportunity seemed to be during the training, if this morning was an example.

The sound of wood on wood drew my attention away from Cor’lyn and back to Liander and Fortil. Liander was in a defensive stance, and Fortil had made the first attack, a swinging stroke from the look of his wide stance. I watched as Liander made small movements both of feet and wrist, shifting just enough to keep clear without over-exerting himself, flicking his wrist so the sword made small arcs, keeping Fortil moving to avoid the swiftly-moving sword. Fortil was wearing himself out darting about and swinging his sword almost like a club.

The concentration on Liander’s face was a carbon copy of his focus when he was studying, learning something new and exciting. I had fantasized about the day he would look at me like that; trace my contours with his long, long fingers. I looked at those fingers now, one hand gripping the sword firmly but not too tight, the other hand held slightly away from his body to keep his balance even.

I smiled a little remembering the ancient weapons on display in his rooms back at the palace. He had a rather fine collection of swords from every period. I might have shown him the basics of swordplay, but Liander never did anything by half. He would have learned exactly how to use them. I imagine he knew the different fighting style for each weapon, too. I imagined it was possible he could even show me a thing or two.

It wasn’t long before Cor’lyn called a halt to the contest. Fortil had already been hit six times—in the loosest sense of the word. Liander had made his superiority clear, making contact to prove he could make the kill if he wanted—and Fortil hadn’t managed to hit Liander once.

Liander was standing fairly close to me by this time, and, catching his eye, I lifted my eyebrow. He gave a slight shrug, which he turned into a shoulder roll when he saw Cor’lyn approaching.

As he took the sword from Liander, I heard Cor’lyn say, “I knew there was something about you, that you were worth watching. Yet one more reason to buy you for myself when the time comes.”

He gave Liander a smile I wanted to wipe off his face with my fist. Creation, I’d had my suspicions about him but this… Wait a moment? He might buy Liander when the time comes? What did he mean? Surely we were already his property and he was going to sell us at auction.

As Cor’lyn made his way back to the centre of the arena, I glanced over at Liander and frowned. I was pretty sure he would guess what question I was silently asking. He lifted an eyebrow, and I knew he was as puzzled as I was. There seemed to be only one explanation, Cor’lyn was some kind of collector. He raided and enslaved people. I could only guess what happened to the women, but the men he trained to fight. Then they were sold to the highest bidder, but the proceeds did not go to Cor’lyn, at least not all of them. He must be acting as an…an agent. The question was, for whom? Could it actually be a government position, filling an accepted need within their society?

***

Cor’lyn called us all back to the centre of the arena, and we formed into our separate groups. He began by giving us yet another talk about what was expected of us, how we were going to be trained to use a variety of weapons, as well as in wrestling and other forms of unarmed combat.

He paused and let his gaze travel along the line of men and it seemed to me his eyes lingered on Hollis.

“After today,” Cor’lyn continued, “when training in the arena, your wrist chains will be removed, but be assured the guards on the perimeter and on the platform above have permission to use whatever force necessary to ensure the rules are obeyed. You’ll be trained in groups and during the training, slaves will be paired off at random so all will face a variety of opponents and practice a variety of fighting styles.”

As someone used to multi-tasking, it was easy to listen to him while considering his earlier words and Hollis’ unspoken question. It was the second time Cor’lyn had mentioned buying me, but the first time it didn’t quite register as I’d still been in some shock after my set-to with Fortil.

Now, though, I began to wonder exactly what he meant. I had a pretty good idea of what he wanted from me. He’d hardly hidden it and, to be honest, I wondered why he hadn’t separated me from the others and made some…overture to me. Creation, if he was so inclined, he could even have had me held down while he did what he wanted. It was not a pleasant thought and I hadn’t really let my mind go in that direction. Too scared to pursue the options or my lack thereof, I suppose. I was just grateful it hadn’t happened. I had enough on my plate with Fortil.

Now, though, I began to see a different picture. If he didn’t actually own me by their standards, if I—we—were only in his control on behalf of some other organization, then he was merely biding his time. Following the thought to its conclusion, if ever he did own me, he could demand my body as his right.

Trying to put the disturbing thought out of my mind, I wondered if the system of collecting slaves was some kind of state policy. We knew nothing beyond the confines of this compound; our walk here from the harbor had revealed very little to me of these people. All we knew came from their history of raiding our homeland and whatever we were told, or overheard, in this place. The lack of knowledge was really unnerving me.

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May 26, 2012

Wonderful Review for More Than Chains To Bind!

Filed under: writing — Stevie Woods @ 1:32 pm
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 I was delighted to hear that You Gotta Read Reviews had given my fantasy novel, More Than Chains To Bind, a wonderful review:

The friendship that they have is the building block of their relationship. I enjoyed watching the bond that deepens between the two as their adventure progressed. The trust and faith that they have in each other was a beautiful thing to see. Making this a book that should be on many to be read lists.”

To read the full review visit:  http://yougottaread.com/more-than-chains-by-stevie-woods/

March 16, 2012

Review for fantasy novel, MORE THAN CHAINS TO BIND!

Filed under: writing — Stevie Woods @ 1:39 pm
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The review site, Hearts on Fire, has reviewed my Fantasy novel, MORE THAN CHAINS TO BIND, and had some nice comments to make.

“This was an interesting book with a solid story.  Woods created two great main characters and did some good world building.  There were not any of the “what the hell?” gaps that are often found in short fantasy books.”

For the full review visit: http://heartsonfirereviews.com/?p=3564

The novel is available in both eBook and Print from:

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

November 18, 2011

Delightful review for MORE THAN CHAINS TO BIND!

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I was delighted to receive a really wonderful review from MM Good Books for my Fantasy novel, MORE THAN CHAINS TO BIND.

Pixie said:

“This book has an incredible strong story-line and plot, its characters are good and the world building and descriptions are great.  I really enjoyed this story because even though there are flashes of intense longing and passion there is a lot of focus on the story-line so it’s the story that counts and not the sex. But speaking of sex… oh yeah, it’s hot!”

Go here to read the full review

 

 

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

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August 20, 2011

August Gay Day!

Filed under: writing — Stevie Woods @ 9:42 pm
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I’m taking part in tomorrow’s Gay Day at Ethan Day’s Yahoo Group. Pop along for some fun – and a chance to win a copy of my latest novel!

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Sunday, August 21st is Gay Day at my Yahoo Group.  Gay Day is the one day a month when the best authors in GLBT Romance stop by to post excerpts of their new and upcoming releases.

The following authors will be generously offering giveaways you can enter to win:

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Geoff Knight – Drive Shaft 2

Andrew Grey – Persona Training

Clare London – Just-You Eyes

Jaime Samms – Finding Home: Ageless Book 3

S.J. Frost – Readers Choice from Backlist

Devon Rhodes – One Wild Wish

Stevie Woods – More Than Chains To Bind

Angel Martinez – Fortune’s Sharp Adversity

Lily Sawyer – Somebody to Love

Pia Veleno  – Make You Sweat

KC Burn – Trompe L’oeil

Kate McMurray – Blind Items

Tara Lain – Volley Balls

Jambrea Jo Jones – A Fistful of Emmett

P.A. Brown – Readers Choice from Backlist

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The amazing Authors below will be popping in and out to chat & post excerpts from their latest books:

P.A. Brown – Bermuda Heat

Geoff Knight – CURSE OF THE DRAGON GOD

Z.A. Maxfield – Rhapsody for Piano and Ghost

Lynn Lorenz – Cemeteries & C’est La Vie

Jambrea Jo Jones – Alliance

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The day will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST in the Ethan Day Yahoo Group where we’ll be posting excerpts, running contests for free books, and chatting about all the new and upcoming releases from your favorite authors.

I hope everyone will stop by to catch up with your favorite authors and join in all the fun!

 

June 26, 2011

New release! MORE THAN CHAINS TO BIND out today

Filed under: writing — Stevie Woods @ 8:59 am
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I am delighted – and excited – to announce that my gay romance fantasy novel, More Than Chains To Bind, is released today by Amber Quill Press.

BLURB:  When Prince Liander and his Guardian, Hollis, are captured during a raid while visiting the south coast of Tesla, they find themselves chained in pairs to other captive villagers. Once taken aboard ship, they realize they’re prisoners of their country’s ruthless enemy, and for his protection, it’s vital Liander’s identity is kept secret.

The new slaves are horrified to learn they’re to be trained in the use of swords, other weapons, and unarmed combat so they can fight in an arena for the entertainment of their captors. The situation is made worse because Fortil, to whom Liander is chained, has no respect for his prince and has only one goal—to force the young man to have sex with him. Yet there is only one man Liander is interested in, and it certainly isn’t Fortil.

Hollis worries about his charge, wishes to whisk Liander to safety, but there’s nothing he can do as they are kept separate in different training halls, chained to other slaves, and seeing each other only rarely. Escape seems impossible, and desperation grows when it becomes obvious they may be forced to one day battle each other for their very survival…

EXCERPT: Our host had at last decided to introduce himself, odd name though it was. Though at his next statement if I’d been allowed to say anything I’d have been speechless! Mr. tall-good-looking had stood there and calmly told us that we’d be sold only after we’d been trained. Trained, damn it!

“You will remain here in the training area,” Cor’lyn went on, “and you will be schooled to fight with a variety of weapons and in unarmed combat. When I consider you are ready you will be sent to the market where patrons will bid against each other to purchase the best combatants. I warn you to give of your best; it will gain you nothing but pain to disobey.”

What kind of society was this? People taken into slavery for little more than some kind of barbaric entertainment! No wonder they’d only wanted the young and strong and I thanked my lucky stars that for whatever reason the leader of this group had decided to bring me along too.

I wasn’t worried about the training we were supposed to undergo, there wasn’t a weapon made that I couldn’t use, but I was worried about Liander. While I had taught him enough that he could competently protect himself, he was no warrior. That was when it hit me that if we were training together Liander and I—

“You will be divided into groups for the training, and you will remain chained to each other as an added precaution against escape.”

Fuck! Was the man reading my mind?

“Hear me!” Cor’lyn said sharply. “There is no chance of escape from the arena.” His gaze slid over all of us and I could have sworn for a moment it settled on me. “Even if by some miracle you could accomplish the impossible and get beyond the guards and the high wall, there is nowhere for you to go. Outside the city, beyond the growing area there is only desert for hundreds of miles.”

I found it odd that he made no mention of the ocean. I guessed the harbor area was guarded and, then again, home was many days across the sea. It would be enough of a deterrent to most men for sure, but Liander and I were not most men. And we had to trust that the others would not let that piece of information out. So far, we were just two more members of the tribe of the seven villages and we needed to keep it that way.

The guards moved among us again then, removing the long chain linking us all together and removing the waist chains too, leaving only the manacles on our ankles linking us in pairs.

“Your training will begin in earnest tomorrow, you will be allowed to bathe, eat and rest tonight. You will split into two sections, one section will take the left hall while the others take the right.”

This was my chance, if only I could get in the same section as Liander. I began to drag Ledo towards the other end of the line when suddenly Cor’lyn blocked my path.

“Ah, the tall one. You intrigue me. I see a wolf among the sheep. You will bear watching. I also think I want to keep you from…” He smiled and glanced in Liander’s direction. I could see him attempting to hang back but he was being pushed towards the left hall by the guards. Turning back to me, Cor’lyn continued, “That one interests me too.” His eyes narrowed as he considered me and I felt a chill creep up my spine. For whatever reason, Cor’lyn knew there was something different about Liander and me, and that made him dangerous.

Cor’lyn raised his chin at one of guards and indicated with a nod of his head that Ledo and I should be taken to the right hall and, with a prod of the guard’s weapon, I turned away from Liander.

I glanced back over my shoulder and Liander was walking with his back turned to me, head dipped. Fortil turned, saw me watching, and he grinned and licked his lips.

If that bastard as much as laid one hand on Liander… But what the hell could I do locked behind another door across this huge compound?

Available now in eBook from Amber Allure, and soon to be released in Print:

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

Stevie

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