Stevie Woods:author of gay romantic fiction

June 13, 2013

Galley done for Another Secret!

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Just pressed ‘send’ on an email to return the Galley for Another Secret back to my publishers. That’s it now, finished and out of my hands, being readied for publication next weekend.

I always look forward to publication but at the same time it is a nerve wracking experience. The author is never sure how the potential reader will view any new release, whether the cover and the blurb will grab their attention or just prompt them to pass on by and look at another book.

I think Amber Allure has provided me with an excellent cover and I hope the blurb I provided is intriguing enough to make folk want to read the book, which contains my first attempt at writing a werewolf shifter story.

Fingers crossed – was going to cross my toes too, but I’m in desperate need of coffee!

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May 13, 2013

Cover art for upcoming release, ANOTHER SECRET!

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I was delighted when I received the cover art for ANOTHER SECRET, my gay dark fantasy novella to be released on June 23rd from Amber Quill Press. I think it fits the story perfectly, those eyes…

To give an idea of why I think the expression is perfect:

Leland is afraid to confess his secret to his best friend, Drew, but knows it isn’t something he can hide any longer. On his way to talk with Drew he is shocked to discover that Drew has a secret too, one Leland’s not sure how to deal with: Drew is a werewolf.

The book is also part of the Amber Allure Pax: I Know What You Did! All the books are released individually on the same day but there is a discount if you purchase all five:)

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May 8, 2013

REVENGE IS A DISH, gay suspense novella!

RevengeIsADish_200x300It’s bad enough being kidnapped, but now Neil’s been accused of murdering Kent – who’s sitting beside him in the cell.  Kent’s been hurt, but he’s not dead. At least – not yet!

EXCERPT:
After a busy, trying day, Neil was really looking forward to spending some time with Kent. It had been too long since they had simply relaxed in each other’s company. As he parked his car in Kent’s driveway, Neil noted all the downstairs were lights were on, and he suddenly realized he was actually excited at the prospect of a beer, snacks and spending a few hours with his best friend. If that didn’t say how much he missed Kent, what did?

Neil got out of his car and slowly closed the door. As he walked to the Kent’s front door, Neil slipped his hand into his jacket pocket and fingered the key there, hesitating for a moment about whether to use it or not. In the past neither he nor Kent had stood on ceremony with each other, but ever since the accident things between them had been a little different. But no more, Neil thought with a smile. He slipped the key in the lock and turned it.

Kent waited for him in the entrance hall, presumably having heard Neil’s car draw up outside. From the perplexed look on Kent’s face, Neil assumed that perhaps Kent had heard his hesitation on his doorstep and was probably wondering what had caused his uncertainty. Wanting to reassure Kent, Neil smiled warmly and took a step towards him — and immediately he felt something, someone violently thrust him forward. He lost his balance and was stumbling toward Kent, who stretched out his arms as if to catch him. But they never connected.

Even as he was falling, Neil was aware of the large man moving quickly behind him through the still open door; he must have been the one who had pushed Neil towards Kent. Neil had a sudden presentiment that Kent was in danger from this man. Neil struggled to get his feet in an attempt to go to Kent’s aid, and he had just about made it when he felt a sharp pain in his thigh. He cried out.

Neil was shocked to see a second man standing over him with a weapon aimed at him. Neil looked down and saw some kind of dart sticking in his upper thigh. Still determined to get closer to Kent, feeling somehow that they would both be safer if they were together, Neil attempted to get to his knees, tried to crawl to Kent, but he had no control over his legs and he collapsed.

Out of the corner of his eye Neil saw Kent still attempting to reach him, but Neil knew that Kent wasn’t going to make it. One of the men grabbed a hold of Kent and swung him away. Neil heard Kent curse in angry frustration as he tried to fight back. At the same moment Neil’s leg collapsed under him and Neil tumbled to the floor.

“Ke..nt,” Neil murmured brokenly as the pain in his thigh turned to a cold numbness that sapped his strength. He tried to say Kent’s name again but only managed to utter unintelligible sounds.

Lying on the floor, Neil stared through half-lidded eyes watching in disbelief as Kent struggled with the two assailants. Kent was clearly doing his best, but he was outnumbered and both men were heavier than he was.

One man had managed to get behind Kent and twisted his arms up his back as the second man began to strike him again and again. Kent desperately tried to free himself but the two men clearly knew what they were doing and he was held fast.

By now Neil was unable to move. He felt heavy and cumbersome. As if his head was stuffed with cotton wadding. He watched horrified as Kent fought a losing battle, clearly hurting. Blood sprayed from his mouth and various cuts on his face. One man held Kent while the other pounded on him. He moved from damaging Kent’s face to his body landing blows on his chest and abdomen. Kent grunted and moaned but was unable to free himself.

They’re going to kill him.

Neil tried to beg them to let him alone but the words would not come. Neil didn’t even know he was crying until he tasted his tears. He swore to anyone, any being who might listen, that he would do anything if only this would stop.

A voice spoke from behind him, cold and harsh. “Stop. That’s enough for now. Don’t want him dead… yet. Just leave enough evidence.”

Neil’s first reaction was utter relief as the two men instantly obeyed and allowed Kent to slide to the floor. His second was disquiet about the appearance of this third man who was obeyed so instantly. Also there was an odd inflection on the word “evidence” as the stranger said it and it gave Neil a chill.

Evidence of what? Oh God!

“You still with us, Carson?” the voice addressed him quietly. Neil still could not see him, though as his vision was going increasingly gray around the edges he wasn’t sure if he could have seen the man properly anyway. Neil sensed the man had moved closer as the voice seemed louder as the man said, “Don’t worry, you’ll understand… eventually.”

Neil’s failing gaze filled with the image of Kent collapsed into a heap at the men’s feet, clearly unconscious now, just before he lost his own battle against the encroaching darkness.

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April 21, 2013

Twists And Turns – Revised edition released!

TwistsAndTurns200x300Yep, I got the rights back to my fantasy  novelette a few months ago and have revised it for re-release myself. There aren’t any major changes, I’ve just tightened it up a little and given it a new cover.  Here’s the blurb and an excerpt to refresh the memory – or tempt new readers:)

BLURB:
Zeke and Crispin, who met in Stevie Woods’ story, The Wrong Path, are surprised to learn that the accident that brought them together was no accident. Determined to get to the bottom of things, Crispin takes Zeke into town to meet with Zeke’s father. Zeke has more than information on his mind; he needs to tell his father that he’s no longer interested in a marriage of convenience. Will Zeke and Crispin be able to make a life together, or will a powerful, determined man be able to interfere with fate?

EXCERPT:
Crispin rested his chin in his hand as he let his gaze wash over Zeke. There was much to admire in his sparkling hazel eyes and gold streaked brown hair, his long neck and wide shoulders. Crispin had thoroughly enjoyed exploring the beautiful body that was presently hidden by Zeke’s clothing. Though, watching Zeke across the breakfast table, Crispin couldn’t help but be a little concerned by his new lover’s distraction. New lover… It was almost impossible to believe they had only met the night before, and a man who had been a stranger when Crispin had found him under the wheels of his carriage was now the most important person in his life.

Yet, when they had awoken that morning, Crispin couldn’t help that his first thought had been a very real fear, but Zeke had quickly dispelled his concern that their coupling of the night before would be only a one time event. Crispin had fallen fast and hard for the handsome stranger, and he couldn’t bear the thought that Zeke might have wanted to continue his journey to meet the man his father wished him to marry. However, Zeke had convinced him in a most delicious way that Crispin was the only partner he wanted. So, why was Zeke so distracted now?

With sudden insight, Crispin asked, “Is it your father that’s worrying you?”

Zeke glanced up at Crispin, and immediately he flushed. “Oh, I’m sorry, Crispin. I was so busy thinking about my problem that I shut you out. I should have realized how it might be unsettling for you.”

Crispin shook his head. “I wonder if I’ll ever get used to you knowing how I feel all the time,” he said.

Zeke smiled. “Clearly not all the time. And, to answer your question, yes I was thinking about how my father will react to my returning home instead of being half way across the county meeting my prospective partner.” He reached out and took Crispin’s hand. “Instead I’ll be bringing home with me the man I shall share my life with.”

Crispin held on to Zeke, unable to help grimacing as he replied. “Yes, a nobody as opposed to the heir to a great fortune. I wish I had more to offer, something your father would approve of.”

“You’re not a nobody, Crispin. You are the most important person in my life.” He shrugged, cocking his head to one side, and added, “And if my father can’t be happy for me, can’t put my feelings above his avarice, then he doesn’t care for me as much as you do.”

“Can’t you read your family members as easily as you do me?” Crispin asked curiously.

“I told you I’ve never been able to sense anyone as clearly as I do you.” Zeke smiled. “I have to keep my barriers raised, or you would overwhelm me at the most inconvenient times.” Crispin blushed as Zeke continued. “Most of my family I can sense as readily as most of the general population, but my father has always been something of a mystery to me. He is the only person who can shield his feelings from me. He has a similar ability to mine, in that his gift is linked to emotions, but while he cannot sense feelings to the extent I can, he does have the ability to affect others’ emotions.”

“So you don’t really know the strength of his feelings for you?” Crispin frowned but didn’t say anything else, forgetting for a moment that he couldn’t hide anything from Zeke.

“Ask the question, Crispin,” Zeke said gently.

“What question?” Crispin prevaricated.

“I don’t know what question precisely; I only know there is something you are struggling not to ask me. We will have no secrets, Crispin. Agreed?”

Available from the following sources:   All Romance eBooks    Smashwords

Soon to be available from Amazon Kindle

Stevie

http://steviewoods.com

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April 10, 2013

5 star review for Lust In Time anthology!

Lust_in_Time_Cover200x300Great new review for the gay historical anthology, Lust In Time. Hearts on Fire Reviews gave it 5 stars!

“I hope readers will pick this up and read Lust In Time. It’s definitely a worthwhile read and my favorite anthology thus far.”

http://heartsonfirereviews.com/?p=19381

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April 5, 2013

Books for sale at only $0.99!

Just a reminder that I have a few short stories out there for only $0.99 which readers might like to check out:

Festivities – contemporary/Christmas: ARe Books    Smashwords

Home For Valentines – contemporary: http://www.mlrbooks.com/ShowBook.php?book=SW_HMVAL

Treasured Possessions – contemporary:  ARe Books    Smashwords

Throw Me a Bone – contemporary:  ARe Books     Smashwords

More Than Sex – contemporary:  ARe Books     Smashwords

Conversations – contemporary:  ARe Books     Smashwords

Roll of the Dice – contemporary:  ARe Books     Smashwords

Tutelary – contemporary/fantasy:  ARe Books     Smashwords

The Wrong Path – fantasy:   ARe Books     Smashwords

The books are also available for purchase from Amazon Kindle, but Amazon has upped the price a little to around $1.25 – not my choice I assure you:)

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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”

To read the full review visit

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March 15, 2013

Lust in Time anthology gets another wonderful review!

Lust_in_Time_Cover200x300Rob Rosen, the editor of the gay historical anthology, Lust In Time – in which I have a story called 794 A.D. – has just posted on Twitter about another review received from Book Reviews & Therapy for the anthology.

“Well. I’ve finished this anthology and I’m sad it’s over. I could have kept going. This is the best anthology I have ever read. It is well edited, in every sense of the word, the stories all well written. They may have been short but not one missed the mark.”

The reviewer commented on each story and then gave an overall comment which included the above quote:)

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March 14, 2013

First Reflection reviewed by Brief Encounters!

First_Reflection_200x300Brief Encounters Reviews has just posted a very well thoughtful review on my vampire novella:

“For those readers who like vampire novels this will be a good one to pick up. The setting may be a bit vague but Andreas is a strongly drawn and interesting character and I would recommend the story.”

To read the full review go here

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March 10, 2013

First Reflection now available on Kindle!

First_Reflection_200x300Yep, if you wanted to buy First Reflection but were waiting for it to be available to read on your Amazon Kindle, it’s now for sale!

BLURB:
Andreas is a wealthy young man, scion of a noble family, but frustrated by his father’s demands for more acceptable behavior. Out with his friends for a night on the town he is shocked when they are attacked by a vampire. His friends are killed, but he is taken by the vampire to become his new plaything. Forced to kill to survive, all Andreas wants now is revenge on the creature who turned him. Meeting up with another vampire, Valente, Andreas finds salvation of a kind, but is still haunted by his desire for revenge.

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