Stevie Woods:author of gay romantic fiction

November 27, 2012

Roll of the Dice Giveaway Winner!

And the winner is: Sue Webster! – who gave the correct answer to the question ‘the name of Matt’s favorite drink’: whiskey and lime! I’ll be contacting Sue to see which book version she prefers.

Thanks to all the others who supplied the correct answer, better luck next time:)

I did have a few entrants who had to be disqualified as they didn’t answer the question:(

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November 25, 2012

Roll of the Dice 25% excerpt – and a Giveaway!

It’s Sunday and therefore time for another 25% excerpt! Today it’s from my popular contemporary short story, ROLL OF THE DICE, and I’ve also decided to offer a free copy of the book to one lucky winner! Just send me an email to stevie@steviewoods.com with the name of Matt’s favorite drink!

I entered the bar and looked around. I had done a fair bit of on-line research and picked this place because I liked the name and it had been here for a while, whereas some of the other queer-friendly places seemed to come and go. The Orange Hanky wasn’t exactly what I’d been expecting; it was quieter and more subdued, and I breathed a sigh of relief. I felt out of place as it was, but the atmosphere helped me relax.

There was a long bar with two bartenders, both of whom were busy serving customers. The seating at the counter was mostly full so I looked around and saw that, beyond the small central dance floor where a few couples were dancing, there were some booths along the back wall. I decided I would be more comfortable there where I could observe what was going on.

It was quite a few years since I had frequented a gay bar and I expected things had changed somewhat in the intervening years. Watching the men dancing together in each other’s arms was erotic, hands smoothing over backs and down to buttocks as they moved. I wanted to know what it would feel like to have a man’s hands on me again.

A waiter came over then to take my order and, as I lifted my eyes to look at him, he gave me a friendly smile. “First time here eh?” I nodded and he continued, “I thought so. I’d remember someone who looked like you.”

I flushed at the compliment — overheard comments were one thing but I was not used to flattery, not to my face certainly.

Distracted, I said something to him, but after he’d gone I couldn’t for the life of me say what it was. At least not until he returned a couple of minutes later with the whiskey and lime I must have unconsciously ordered.

Matt’s drink. I couldn’t escape from him even when I wanted to. Then the unbidden thought came, did I really want to? Wasn’t it that I still hoped he would change his mind? I brushed those painful thoughts away. Matt had given me his answer and I had chosen another path now.

As if in answer to that thought, a voice disturbed my reverie.

“Can I buy you another drink?”

I looked up to a see a man smiling at me. I had certainly never seen him before, and I allowed myself a few moments to study him before I answered. He obviously knew what I was doing as he stood calmly and returned my perusal.

“Okay,” I finally said returning his most attractive smile, “but I’ll have something different this time I think. Oh, and my name is Kyle.”

“Hi, pleased to meet you. I’m Alan. You don’t like that?” he asked, indicating my glass, as he slid into the seat opposite me.

“It’s not that. Let’s just say it has associations.”

“Ah, I see. Had a break up, is that it?” he asked sympathetically.

“No, more like couldn’t get past the starting gate.”

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If you want to read the whole story, the book can be obtained from the following sources:

Amazon Kindle    All Romance eBooks    Smashwords

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November 13, 2011

My self-published books now on Kindle!

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When I began to self-publish some of my short stories I had hoped to put them on Kindle too, but I had difficulty with the system – I suspected it was something I was doing wrong because other authors didn’t seem to have problems! Well, I finally managed to work out what I was doing wrong and this weekend I uploaded my three stories to Kindle!

http://www.amazon.com/More-Than-Sex-ebook/dp/B0066UPMA6/ref=sr_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1321201684&sr=1-5

http://www.amazon.co.uk/More-Than-Sex-ebook/dp/B0066UPMA6/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1321202101&sr=1-1

 

http://www.amazon.com/ROLL-OF-THE-DICE-ebook/dp/B0066QLO3Y/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1321201807&sr=1-3

http://www.amazon.co.uk/ROLL-OF-THE-DICE-ebook/dp/B0066QLO3Y/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1321202173&sr=1-3

 

http://www.amazon.com/Cut-and-Thrust-ebook/dp/B0066R3QRK/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1321201856&sr=1-1

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Cut-and-Thrust-ebook/dp/B0066R3QRK/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1321202258&sr=1-1

 

July 14, 2011

Self-published through All Romance eBooks!

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I belatedly discovered that I could upload my two independent short stories for sale at ARe Books!

I had published both CUT AND THRUST and ROLL OF THE DICE through Smashwords and 1Place for Romance a few months ago, but was under the misapprehension that only Publishers could sell through ARe and it was only a comment by another author on a list that made me understand that I could be a publisher!

So after some quick research I published both short stories today through ARe Books, CUT AND THRUST for just S1.49 and ROLL OF THE DICE for only £0.99 :

http://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-cutandthrust-576197-144.html

http://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-rollofthedice-576196-144.html

Stevie

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March 21, 2011

25% off Roll of the Dice at Smashwords!

Filed under: writing — Stevie Woods @ 11:49 am
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My contemporary short story, Roll of the Dice, is available at Smashwords for only $1.49! From now until 20th April 2011, just enter the coupon code RV92L on the purchase page to obtain the 25% discount.

Stevie

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Gay erotic romance – love knows no boundaries

 

March 5, 2011

I’m taking part in Read An E-book Week!

Filed under: website,writing — Stevie Woods @ 9:16 pm
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I’m taking part in the Read an E-Book Week promotion starting tomorrow for one week. I am offering two of my books at 50% off on Smashwords! They are both short stories that I have published myself which is why I could choose to offer them for only $0.99 during the promotion period. The first one, Roll of the Dice, is a contemporary friends-to-lovers story and the second, Cut and Thrust, is an historical story about two musketeers.

Stevie

http://steviewoods.com

Gay erotic romance – love knows no boundaries

February 12, 2011

My first Smashwords book!

Filed under: writing — Stevie Woods @ 12:11 pm
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I’d heard really great things about Smashwords so when I wanted somewhere to self-publish a short story it seemed the ideal time to give the site a try. I had already self-published a short story last year with 1Place for Romance and I intended to put Roll of the Dice up there as well.

I won’t deny it was a little more complicated than I expected but the result has turned it really well so – hopefully – it was well worth it. Go have a look!

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/41806

Or if you prefer, here is the link to the 1Place for Romance sale page:

http://1placeforromance.com/manlove/roll-of-the-dice/prod_3509.html

Stevie

http://steviewoods.com

Gay erotic romance – love knows no boundaries

September 19, 2009

ROLL OF THE DICE for sale at ARe Books!

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Roll of the Dice

Roll of the Dice

By: Stevie Woods | Other books by Stevie Woods
Published By: Torquere Press
ISBN # 082008100845
Word Count: 4522
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Available in: Adobe Acrobat, HTML, Epub

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About the book

When Kyle finally gets the nerve up to tell Matt how he feels, Matt reacts badly, freaking out. A lot. Dejected, Kyle heads for the closest bar, where he meets a hot guy who comes on to him, which does a lot for his sagging ego. Just when things are about to get interesting, though, Matt shows up with a declaration of his own. Will it be the hot stranger or the man he loves?

An excerpt from the book

I’d rolled the dice and lost, though not in the way I expected. I hoped — more, I really believed — Matt loved me and that he only needed to admit it to himself and then to me. I hadn’t thought that he’d always accepted it but simply refused to allow free rein to his feelings, or even to consider mine.

I was angry and terribly disappointed that it seemed so easy for Matt to put his career before his feelings. To me there was nothing more important than love. I would never have put my career before the man I love, the man I had lost before I ever really had him. That thought made me both angry and sad.

I needed to stop thinking about this, it wasn’t helping; nothing could. All I was doing was churning up my emotions. I had to accept it and move on. I just didn’t know how; I’d carried this dream with me for so long and now it was gone. Still, I was determined not to sit around and mourn.

I’d shed a few tears of angry frustration when I first arrived home yesterday evening. I spent a couple of hours trying to decide what had gone wrong, but deep down I knew it wasn’t my problem, it was Matt’s. I finally fell asleep, but it was troubled by dreams and I awoke very early this morning still feeling confused and upset.

I couldn’t face staying in bed any longer and got up. I took a quick shower and then went to the kitchen for some coffee. I made myself some toast, but couldn’t eat it. I felt sick to my stomach.

I took my coffee through to the living room and sat on the sofa. I had to make a decision. The reason I’d plucked up the courage to put my cards on the table with Matt was that I nursed my desire long enough, it was time to go after what I wanted. I didn’t want to be on my own any longer, and why should I have to be when I was in love and I was pretty sure it was returned.

I’d been hurt once, seemed a lifetime ago now, but for a long time my work had been enough. As time passed I came to realize that I wanted more. I wanted someone special to come home to and relax with, to share my life, my heart and my soul with. I wanted Matt! Damn!

Now I knew that couldn’t be. I closed my eyes and let the sigh escape. I should’ve known better, life rarely gave you what you wanted.

Stevie
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January 23, 2008

Review of Roll of the Dice

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Just found a wonderful Reader review on the Torquere website for my contemporary novelette:

“Roll of the Dice” is a short story of what happens to a relationship when a push becomes too much of a shove. I found this story not only enjoyable, but also thought-provoking. Because life is full of choices, and sometimes we need to take certain chances to find that happiness and love we so desperately desire. Even if it means walking away from the one we love.

Despite its 11 pages, this story is deeply emotional and powerfully moving. Kyle’s loneliness is poignantly and painfully obvious. He longs not only for a physical relationship, but also for the other things that a loving couple would share.

When Kyle is faced with another choice, he has to decide if he wants to take another chance on the man he loves or move on with the potential possibilities offered by another, more open man. And when Kyle makes his choice we’re treated to one intense sex scene. HooYeah!

As the reader I felt Kyle made the right decision. The conflict in the story is very subtle, the story more reflective and introspective. This is a beautiful love story, but more importantly it is an inspiring story demonstrating why we sometimes need to take those necessary steps in our life. Highly recommended.

Date Added: 01/19/2008 by Pamela Fellows

I can’t explain how delighted I was to read this about my first attempt at a contemporary story.

Stevie
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Available now from Torquere Press:
Roll of the Dice
The Wrong Path
Men in Uniform II
Cane
A Million Pinpricks
Smoke Screen

January 11, 2008

New Release! – Short m/m contemporary

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My Sip, Roll of the Dice, was released today. Each release is exciting and a little stomach churning too because you never know how well the story will be received. And as this is my first published contemporary story, it is even more nerve wracking than usual. And of course, Sod’s Law strikes! The day I need my website updating with the new info, I cannot get the connection between the FTP server and my site! Still can’t get that – no damned idea why it won’t work! – but I had help to upload it via someone else’s computer so at least it is now up! Just not what I needed today *sigh*.

But determined it will not dim my day!!

Now for info on my new release from Torquere Press: Roll of the Dice

BLURB:
When Kyle finally gets the nerve up to tell Matt how he feels, Matt reacts badly, freaking out. A lot. Dejected, Kyle heads for the closest bar, where he meets a hot guy who comes on to him, which does a lot for his sagging ego. Just when things are about to get interesting, though, Matt shows up with a declaration of his own. Will it be the hot stranger or the man he loves?

EXCERPT

I’d shed a few tears of angry frustration when I first arrived home yesterday evening. I spent a couple of hours trying to decide what had gone wrong, but deep down I knew it wasn’t my problem, it was Matt’s. I finally fell asleep, but it was troubled by dreams and I awoke very early this morning still feeling confused and upset.

I couldn’t face staying in bed any longer and got up. I took a quick shower and then went to the kitchen for some coffee. I made myself some toast, but couldn’t eat it. I felt sick to my stomach.

I took my coffee through to the living room and sat on the sofa. I had to make a decision. The reason I’d plucked up the courage to put my cards on the table with Matt was that I nursed my desire long enough, it was time to go after what I wanted. I didn’t want to be on my own any longer, and why should I have to be when I was in love and I was pretty sure it was returned.

I’d been hurt once, seemed a lifetime ago now, but for a long time my work had been enough. As time passed I came to realize that I wanted more. I wanted someone special to come home to and relax with, to share my life, my heart and my soul with. I wanted Matt! Damn!

Now I knew that couldn’t be. I closed my eyes and let the sigh escape. I should’ve known better, life rarely gave you what you wanted.

I was angry with myself for being weak, for needing someone to lean on. I’d always been something of a loner, never been much of a mixer, but gradually I’d realized just how sterile my life was, how much I had to give. Finally, I had realized the truth, I needed to be needed. Was that really a weakness?

I stood up and went to stare in the mirror, looking at my reflection, looking into my eyes. I had to make a choice. It wasn’t a choice I wanted but that was no longer in my hands. I wasn’t going to share my life with Matt, and, if I didn’t want to be a lonely, bitter old man, I needed to move on and find someone else. If I couldn’t have the one person I wanted then I would just have to settle for second-best.

I stared at myself, trying to see what others might see. I guessed I was reasonably good looking, I had overheard enough to know some found me attractive, of course that was women and I was interested in men. Had thought of myself as bi at one time, but I no longer found women attractive. Accepting I was in love with Matt had soured women for me. I wanted a guy. I wanted the freedom that sex with another man gave me. It was so much easier to really let go with a man and I wanted, needed a physical relationship.

God, what would it have been like to be loved by Matt?

I’d had so many fantasies about making love with Matt, and that was always what it was when I thought about him. It was never just about the sex, never about fucking, not with Matt. I had to be strong, forget about him because that was never going to happen. I sighed and leaned my head on the back of the sofa; I couldn’t allow the tears to fall.

I got more coffee and checked the time. I would have to leave in another hour to go to work. I would have to face Matt. I so wasn’t ready for that.

I couldn’t think about this any longer. I’d go to work; maybe I could decide then what to do.

Stevie

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Available now from Torquere Press:
Roll of the Dice
The Wrong Path
Men in Uniform II
Cane
A Million Pinpricks
Smoke Screen

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