Stevie Woods:author of gay romantic fiction

September 26, 2012

25% Excerpt – m/m contemporary, One Small Step!

Today’s 25% excerpt is from my contemporary novella, ONE SMALL STEP:

 “You haven’t noticed but we’ve really been dating for a while,” Stephen said with a sly grin.  “Want coffee?” he asked, rising to his feet.

“Yeah,” Gary said, absently watching his friend as he moved towards the coffee maker, his mind going over Stephen’s words. They’d been dating? That wasn’t true, was it? It was true that their relationship was special, always had been. He’d never had a friend like Stephen before. No one else had ever challenged him the way Stephen did. They argued like cats and dogs, yet they somehow managed never to allow their disagreements to interfere with their friendship, which remained deep and true. Not for the first time he wondered what a man like Stephen saw in him – not as a potential lover, that was even more mysterious to Gary – but as a friend, as the man Stephen called his best friend.

Gary turned his gaze on his friend, pondering this question, just in time to watch as Stephen reached for another mug from the top shelf. Stephen’s tee shirt rode up, showing an inch of flesh above his pants, and Gary found he couldn’t take his eyes off it. His gaze seemed drawn to the slim patch of pale golden colored skin. He forced his eyes lower, away from that alluring sight. Abruptly he realized his mistake. His gaze was now centered on Stephen’s ass, which suddenly seemed very well defined in the tight jeans. Surely his pants weren’t usually that tight?

Stephen turned back just then, “Gary, do you…?” he stopped, frowning slightly, “You look flushed, everything okay?” A slight smile curved his mouth.

Gary stared at him. Had Stephen set this up just to make him squirm? No, Stephen wouldn’t do that, it was just… just what? Proof that Stephen was right and he was fighting his own body’s natural inclination to take his friend where he stood? Oh, God, where had that come from?

“I’m fine,” he replied, purposely not meeting Stephen’s gaze. He was afraid Stephen might be able to guess what he was thinking and he wasn’t ready for that yet.

Stephen handed him the coffee and returned to his desk. Gary sat opposite him.

“You’re in earlier than I expected. Had a good night?” Gary asked.

* * * *

“Yes, thanks, slept like a log.” Stephen lied

“Ah.” Gary nodded, a slight frown creasing his brow. Stephen wondered if Gary had seen through his deception.

Gary got to his feet and finished his coffee. “I’ve got a meeting with Jameson over that new project. I’ll see you later.” Gary moved to the door, turning at the last moment, “Have you thought of anything for our date yet?”

“Nope, not decided yet. I’ll call your secretary and leave a message shall I?”

“Tell Hester?” Gary voice was hoarse. “You can’t do that!”

Stephen laughed. “I meant I’ll tell her that I need to speak with you.

“Oh right.” Gary frowned and left.

Stephen smiled. For such a man of action Gary was already off balance. By the time Stephen had finished, he’d see some action.

* * * *

After work, Gary went to the gym for one of his usual twice weekly work out sessions and was surprised to find Stephen there. He was well aware that Stephen occasionally spent time in the gym, though Stephen only rarely attended when Gary was present. At that moment he wondered why he had never really thought about inviting Stephen to join him at the gym before. It was odd that it was the one activity they never seemed to enjoy together.

Gary made as if to join Stephen on the mat but was stopped in his tracks when Stephen ceased his warm-up exercises. Rising gracefully, he proceeded to perform a kata, a beautiful and complex sequence. He wasn’t surprised to see Stephen make the movements with concentrated precision; that was just the way he did everything.

The slow sure movements delineated the muscles of Stephen’s back and shoulders very clearly. Gary had an uninterrupted view since Stephen’s top had very narrow shoulders, cut low in both back and front. Gary’s eyes were glued to the sleek skin shining with perspiration. Stephen then slowly twisted from the waist, leaning first left and then right, sliding both hands down the outside of one leg at a time before slowly straightening again. Next he bent forward, again sliding his hands downwards. This time he put one hand on each thigh, moving over his knees and down his shins to his ankles, making the gluteal and thigh muscles flex and tighten.

Gary had a perfect view of his ass as the material of his shorts stretched taut over his buttocks. His mouth felt as dry as a desert and his body as hot as if he were indeed under a burning sun. At the same time he felt a definite interest in his groin.

Gary suddenly became aware that his were not the only eyes drawn to his friend’s body, and he didn’t like that one bit.

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January 5, 2011

Great Review for gay contemporary, One Small Step!

Filed under: website,writing — Stevie Woods @ 8:21 pm
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I was delighted to receive notification this morning from Whipped Cream Reviews that they had reviewed One Small Step, my contemporary novelette released through Phaze Books, and a very nice review it was too!

I enjoyed reading this short story. One Small Step is really sweet and touching, with just the right amount of heat. I’m sure you’ll enjoy every page of it as much as I did. Stevie Woods has created a story you never want to end and when it does you want to read it all over again.”

To read the full review, visit:

http://whippedcream2.blogspot.com/2011/01/one-small-step-by-stevie-woods.html

Stevie

http://steviewoods.com

 

 

December 13, 2010

New review for One Small Step!

Filed under: writing — Stevie Woods @ 12:45 pm
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Ebook Addict Reviews has posted a new review for my contemporary short story, One Small Step:

“Over a solid framework of decent writing Stevie Woods built a story not quite coming out, not quite first love, but I felt their literary goals were ably met and completed… One Small Step” is a perfect example of M/M fiction.”

Go here to read the full review:

http://www.ebookaddictreviews.com/2010/12/07/one-small-step-by-stevie-wood/

Stevie

http://steviewoods.com

October 20, 2010

Phaze Books’ September Top Ten!

Filed under: writing — Stevie Woods @ 10:28 am
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I was very pleased to discover that ONE SMALL STEP, my contemporary romance, is still in Phaze’s Top Ten for September!

Stevie

http://steviewoods.com

http://www.phaze.com

 

September 21, 2010

Phaze Books’ August Top 20!

Filed under: writing — Stevie Woods @ 11:22 am
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It was great to discover that two of my recent releases appear in PhazeThe Heliotrope Books’ Top Twenty for August – even better to discover that they were both in the Top 5!

One Small Step appears at number three, and Binary Stars 5 – The Partners/The Guardian is at number five! I think it’s time to celebrate <g>

Stevie

http://steviewoods.com

http://www.phaze.com

Wonderful Review for One Small Step!

Filed under: writing — Stevie Woods @ 11:03 am
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Had a lovely surprise this morning when I received news that Seriously Reviewed had given my short story, One Small Step, a wonderful review:

This was a great friends to lovers story. Stephen is determined to take his relationship with Gary to the next level. But he’s also patient. The passion and compassion he has for his best friend is the stuff fairy tales are made of.

Go here to read the full Review:

http://seriouslyreviewed.blogspot.com/2010/09/one-small-step-by-stevie-woods.html?zx=128144e1c5d0d159

Stevie

http://steviewoods.com

August 28, 2010

Ethan Day’s August Gay Day Extravaganza!

Filed under: writing — Stevie Woods @ 10:32 pm
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I am happy to announce I am taking part in Ethan Day’s Gay Day Extravaganza tomorrow – announcement as below!

Sunday, August 29th 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:

STEVIE WOODS – ONE SMALL STEP

Z.A. MAXFIELD – STIRRING UP TROUBLE

ANDREW GREY – LOVE MEANS…FREEDOM

JAIME SAMMS – WINNERS CHOICE FROM BACKLIST

TRINA LANE – HIS PERFECT PARTNER

SOPHIA TITHENIEL – MORGAN’S VIGIL

ETHAN DAY – AT PIPER’S POINT

JET MYKLES – INDIGO KNIGHTS: SQUIRE

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

ALLY BLUE – SHENANDOAH

STEVIE WOODS – WEST OF EL PILAR

A.J. LLEWELLYN – THE MEDIATOR

AKM MILES – STONE CANYON

SERENA YATES – EYE OF SCOTA: CINAED

TRINA LANE – LOVE’S RETURN

TC BLUE – A GAME OF SKILL

SLOAN PARKER – MORE

WILLA OKATI – KARMA CHAMELEON

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!

Hope to see you there and maybe you will win a copy of my recent release ONE SMALL STEP, or at least enjoy some excerpts of my releases.

Stevie

http://steviewoods.com

August 24, 2010

Top Pick Review for One Small Step!

Filed under: writing — Stevie Woods @ 1:47 pm
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I was delighted to discover that Night Owl Reviews had named my Contemporary novella, One Small Step, a Top Pick!

I really enjoyed this novella. I thought both characters were both interesting, and I loved watching Gary give into his feelings and attraction to the sexy Stephen. For the short amount of pages, One Small Step really packed a lot of hot chemistry and loving affection between the two heroes. My only gripe is that is WAS so short.

Go here to read the full review

Stevie

http://steviewoods.com

August 16, 2010

Reviews for Heliotrope & One Small Step!

Filed under: writing — Stevie Woods @ 9:11 am
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I had a lovely surprise this morning when I awoke to find notifications of two new Reviews in my inbox –

the first The Heliotropeone for The Heliotrope (Binary Stars 5):

From Ebook Addict:

It’s to the author’s credit that she created four interesting characters that left me wanting more.  I truly wish each novella was a chapter or two longer to really develop the story line and give the characters more interaction.


and the other one for One Small Step:

From Elisa Rolle:

Instead of giving up on Gary, Stephen decides to “woo” him; but he doesn’t play fair, and instead of letting Gary arrives to the target, slowly but surely, he starts to tease the man with glimpses of what he could have. Stevie Woods is not new in writing very romantic short little story, and One Small Step is one of them.

Stevie Woods

http://steviewoods.com

August 15, 2010

One Small Step for sale at ARe!

Filed under: writing — Stevie Woods @ 9:26 am
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One Small Step

One Small Step

By: Stevie Woods | Other books by Stevie Woods
Published By: Phaze Books
ISBN # 9781606599426
Word Count: 10400
Heat Index

Available in: Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft Reader, HTML, Mobipocket, Epub

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About the book

Stephen has known since he was a teenager that he was gay, but Gary has only recently accepted that he loves Stephen as more than just a friend. Accepting his feelings is one thing, acting on them is another and Gary pulls back at the intimate moment.

Stephen is not about to give up on a relationship with the man he loves and decides to woo Gary, to help ease him into that one small step that will lead to the sexual relationship they both want. Gary agrees to go on a date with him, but Stephen plays a more subtle game that Gary realizes.

However, StephenÆs plan is interrupted when he becomes ill following a business dinner. Will it be enough to derail the dinner date Stephen has planned with Gary for the coming Friday night?

An excerpt from the book

At last! After waiting for so long, dreaming but never believing it could be real, Gary was finally in his arms, and Gary was kissing and touching him. Stephen’s fantasy really had come true.

Suddenly, wrenchingly, Gary broke the kiss and backed away. Stephen opened his eyes to find his would-be lover staring at him with huge eyes. For a split-second, Stephen began to smile and lifted a hand to reach for Gary, then he registered that the eyes staring at him were not wide with passion and longing. They stared out at him from a pale face beaded with perspiration and they were filled with shock and… and revulsion?

Stephen felt his world come crashing down and his dreams turn to ashes. “Gary?” he said helplessly.

“I… I’m sorry. I can’t do this. I thought I could, I thought I loved you enough to try, but… but… I’m sorry.” Gary sounded desperately unhappy.

Stephen stared, hurt and lost and for once not a single word came to mind. He’d known, of course, that Gary had never had feelings for a man before; he had been completely honest about that. Gary had also been completely sure he was okay with it, with his newfound relationship with Stephen, with his yearnings to touch him. Stephen would never have let his walls down otherwise; never have released his long held control over his buried passion for Gary if he hadn’t trusted Gary just as much as Gary showed trust in him.

And now?

Finally the words came. He met Gary’s troubled gaze and, his voice hoarse with suppressed emotion, he said, “I’m sorry too. More than you’ll ever know.” He sighed. “Goodbye, Gary.”

* * * *

Watching as Stephen grabbed his jacket and keys and walked out of his door, Gary felt like the worst kind of heel. He’d seen the despair in Stephen’s eyes but didn’t know how to ease it. He’d been so sure, so damned sure he could overcome his doubts over the realities of an intimate relationship with another man – no, damn it, not just another man, it was Stephen. Stephen: his very dear friend, the person he felt closest to in the whole world and whom he trusted completely. That was why he felt he could do it. Perhaps that was the whole problem, the whole cause. He hadn’t seen a man, he’d seen a person, the person he loved heart and soul, and gender hadn’t been an issue. That was how it should be, of course, but when it came down to actually, physically touching Stephen, suddenly Gary saw the man.

And God, Gary had hurt him so much. Gary had seen the pain, the rejection reflected in his eyes. No wonder he’d left. No wonder he’d said goodbye.

Wait! Goodbye? Stephen never said goodbye. He said, see you, see you later, see you tomorrow, Monday, after the weekend. But he never said…

No, no, God! He was a stupid, repressed fool but one thing he knew deep in his soul was that he loved Stephen, and he couldn’t do without him in his life. It was that need, that love that led to his declaration. He had known for a while how Stephen felt about him, so when he finally acknowledged his feelings, telling Stephen hadn’t been too difficult.

He couldn’t lose him over this… this fiasco! What did he mean: goodbye? Could he be leaving? Permanently?

Leaping to his feet, Gary grabbed his keys and raced outside prepared to chase Stephen, coming to a sudden halt when he saw Stephen’s car still parked at the end of his driveway. He felt like he’d been punched in the gut when he saw Stephen slumped over his steering column, his head down on his folded arms. He was the picture of dejection.

But, at least he was still there.

Gary walked quickly around to the passenger side of the car and opened the door, slipping into the seat.

Wearily, Stephen lifted his head. “What are you doing here, Gary?”

“You said goodbye; you never say goodbye. I… I was afraid… I can’t lose you, Stephen. Please… I…”

“What were you thinking?” Stephen frowned; giving a sad smile as he finally faced him. “That I was leaving?”

Gary shrugged. “Yeah, I was afraid you might be.” There was an uncomfortable moment until Gary continued, “I know I don’t deserve any consideration but I do love you and the thought that you might… well…”

There was silence in the car for a few moments as both men considered the situation.

Stevie

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http://www.torquerepress.com

http://www.mlrpress.com

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