Stevie Woods:author of gay romantic fiction

March 9, 2014

Apology for lapse in blogging – Brand new excerpt!

Filed under: writing — imagine647 @ 11:15 pm
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quill2It was something of a shock to realize that it’s been four weeks since I last posted on my blog! I never was one of those folk who blogged regularly but these last few months posting on my blog has become absurdly random. I would like to be able to post something new and exciting but at the moment I don’t have anything suitable. Instead I thought I’d give you an excerpt from something I wrote a while ago but never quite finished: it’s part of a sequel to my historical novella, Smoke Screen, and I never even got as far as deciding on a title, though one idea I quite liked was…

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Richard’s lip curled with distaste.  “I was the one robbed, expected to pay for your paramour to live in luxury.  Your brother lived off me for over a year, be grateful I did not demand the money back.  He would be in debtor’s prison instead of using some other unsuspecting husband to pay his way.”

“That is a lie!  You know Peter is not like that.”  Katerina stopped, taking deep breaths to calm herself.  “He loved me, he still does, wherever he is now.” 

Listening to the exchange, Julian wondered if Katerina really knew exactly where Peter was.  After their confrontation last year, when Katerina threatened to expose Julian’s burgeoning relationship with Richard and her husband challenged her liaison with her so-called brother, Peter had retreated with much less fuss and recrimination than either man had expected. 

Katerina too, after her first outburst, had accepted Richard’s conditions much more easily than he believed possible.  The fact that Richard and his wife each had something to hold over the other in the censorious society of London’s upper echelon, made each dangerous to the other and Julian had been on the lookout from some further threat or retaliation from Katerina, but it had never materialized.  And the quiet acquiescence of her Russian lover, Peter, in quitting the house that Richard had provided had been unforeseen.   Richard admitted to Julian later that he had been prepared to resort to bargaining to protect their deadly secret.  The only explanation they could think of was that it was more important to Katerina to keep the lifestyle she craved, even at the cost of her lover it appeared. 

No, Julian would not have been surprised if Katerina knew exactly where Peter was.

Mirroring Julian’s thoughts, Richard barked a laugh, “I am supposed to believe you don’t know where he is?  Come, Katerina, I know you better than that.  I wish I didn’t believe how duplicitous you are but…”

“Me?” she interrupted, incredulous.  “You say that to me with your lover in the room with us – your… what is the word?”

Richard stepped closer to his wife.  “I will not allow you to insult Julian.  I have made it clear before, your disagreement is with me.  Julian does not concern you.”

“I wish that were the case,” she said quietly, staring at Julian directly for the first time.  The look in her eyes did not equate to the tone of her voice and Julian felt distinctly uncomfortable.

“Oh, please,” Richard declared.  “Don’t pretend to be the injured party here, you are not.  You married me because you recognised I could introduce you into the type of society you craved, while at the same time using my funds to keep your lover in the lap of luxury.  Our marriage was never more than a sham.”

“And it meant more to you?  You used me as much for…for scenery as I did.  A way to hide your real proclivities as a Sodomite!”

Richard strode across the room to open the library door.  In an icy voice, he announced, “I will leave for the country tomorrow, Katerina.  I am sure you will enjoy yourself sampling the best that London society can offer while I am away.”

Head high and back straight, Katerina swept past him and out into the hallway without another word.

“Well that was unpleasant,” Richard said, leaning against the library door, ensuring it stayed closed.  “Come, take the sour taste from my mouth,” he added, a hand held out to Julian.

“Chard,” Julian muttered, shaking his head, but still moving towards him.  Richard gathered him in his strong arms, held him close as he searched out Julian’s oh-so-willing mouth.  The kiss was both tender and demanding as Julian opened up to let Richard plunder his mouth, both men sighing at the contact.

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September 9, 2012

25% Excerpt from SMOKE SCREEN!

Filed under: writing — Stevie Woods @ 9:38 am
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Welcome to the first post in my new twice weekly series the 25% Excerpts. Below you’ll find an excerpt that commences at the 25% point in my m/m novella SMOKE SCREEN, which was the first story I ever had published. By chance the excerpt contains a scene that I’d normally consider NC17:).

Richard felt his heart turn over in his chest and his mouth went dry.

It wasn’t the first time he’d been attracted to another man; he’d known for some years that his tastes went either way, but he had never before had such feelings for anyone, not of either sex. He was completely bowled over by the depth of his emotion for Julian.

That was only the beginning. Richard couldn’t stop watching Julian. He watched the way Julian controlled his horse when they went riding, loved to see the easy strength of the man. He observed the way the younger man moved when they fenced, the coiled tension in his body. He liked nothing better than to watch Julian’s mouth as he spoke, as he ate, following the motion as he swallowed and Richard couldn’t help the reaction in his groin.

When they went to the Boxing Club, Richard found he couldn’t help but admire the delineation of Julian’s muscles and considered how they would feel beneath his fingers. Then he wondered how it would feel to have those same elegant fingers on his body…

Then the fantasies started.

It was dark in the box and Richard chose to sit at the back, even more in the shadows, and let his mind wander back to the very first fantasy he’d ever had; his first and his favourite.

He was in his study and Julian was in the window seat, just as it really happened when he’d had his epiphany, only this time when the younger man looked up and smiled Richard rose and walked over to him. Julian looked a little afraid and his mouth was slightly open as if he was going to ask a question but no words came. So slowly, Richard leaned down and covered that delicious mouth with his own. Julian gasped a little in shock but when Richard’s hands came to rest on his shoulders encouraging him to rise, the younger man got to his feet eagerly. They stared at each other for a moment then by mutual silent consent their lips met again, mouths opened and Richard sighed with utter contentment as he tasted Julian for the first time.

Slowly in Richard’s fantasy, the scene changed and they were lying naked in his bed. Richard was learning first hand what it felt like to touch and be touched by the man he had come to realise he loved so very much and in this little private world of his, Julian loved him back.

Julian was kissing his chest and brushing his fingers over Richard’s nipples as he moved his hands up and down Julian’s spine and over his buttocks. The men writhed against each other. Lips were kissing and nipping everywhere they could reach, creating heat that raced along nerves till each man was shivering with desire. Their cocks slid past each other with every move, creating more and more friction until Richard was panting with the need to come and with the need to see the look in Julian’s eyes as his own orgasm hit.

Reliving the fantasy sitting in the dark as the music reached its crescendo, all Richard felt was despair that he would never really see what Julian looked like in the throes of ecstasy.

***

Julian looked at his pocket-watch again and decided he was doing the right thing by making his way directly to the ball. The evening had been a disaster from the beginning and he had seriously thought about just going home when it was clear that his carriage was damaged beyond repair in the accident. It was only the thought of Richard wondering what had happened to him that made him determined to keep going. It had taken some time to sort out the mess with the other driver who at least had the decency to admit it had been entirely his fault. The man was in a hurry to meet his lady friend as he had been running late; hence he had taken the corner too fast and was unable to control his vehicle, colliding with Sir Julian.

Luckily, neither humans nor horses had been injured, though his carriage was damaged beyond using again that night.

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If you enjoyed the excerpt and want to read the book, it is available from:  Amazon     ARe Books    Smashwords

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December 2, 2011

Gay Regency Historical, Smoke Screen, re-released!

Filed under: writing — Stevie Woods @ 11:30 am
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I’ve arranged for the re-release of my popular Gay Regency Historical novelette, SMOKE SCREEN:

Julian has a secret. He’s infatuated with his best friend, Richard, and always has been. The trouble is that Richard is married to the toast of London society, a belle of the ball that Julian knows he can’t compete with.

Just about the time Julian decides it’s hopeless to dream about Richard, he finds out that the happy couple might not be so perfect for each other. Richard and his lady wife have some secrets of their own, secrets that might just destroy all of them. Can Julian convince Richard that the web of deception, smoke and mirrors might just work in their favor?

Available from these sources:

Kindle   All Romance eBooks    Smashwords    1Place for Romance

February 14, 2011

Valentines’ Love Letters on The Macaronis Blog

Filed under: writing — Stevie Woods @ 7:56 pm
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Taking part in the Valentine’s Day celebration on The Macaronis Blog, I have posted two love letters from characters in my historical releases, Cane, Conflict and Smoke Screen. Pop over and have a look, and take the time to read the other entries from my fellow Macaronis, they are wonderful!

Stevie

http://steviewoods.com

Gay erotic romance – love knows no boundaries

December 3, 2009

Another Great Review for Smoke Screen!

Filed under: writing — Stevie Woods @ 8:37 pm
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Yet another delightful 4 Star review, this time from Fallen Angel Reviews:

“This was a different style of writing but very effective. I liked how neither of them rushed to take control of the situation but behaved in a quiet and responsible manner suitable to the time.”

To read the full review follow the link:

http://fallenangelreviews.com/2009/November/maija-smokescreen.htm

Stevie

http://steviewoods.com

http://bookworld.editme.com/StevieWoods

My Publishers:

http://www.phaze.com

http://www.torquerepress.com

http://www.mlrpress.com

November 24, 2009

Wonderful Review for Smoke Screen!

Filed under: writing — Stevie Woods @ 4:08 pm
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I was very pleased to discover that Wave over at Jessewave’s Review Blog had given me a delightful review and a wonderful 4 Stars!

“If you’re looking for a short historical romance with two likable protagonists who are obviously in love with each other, and can’t wait to get between the sheets once they know the lay of the land, Smoke Screen should be on your list of books to buy. Definitely recommended.”

To read the full review follow the link:

http://www.reviewsbyjessewave.com/?p=10776#more-10776

Stevie

http://steviewoods.com

http://bookworld.editme.com/StevieWoods

My Publishers:

http://www.phaze.com

http://www.torquerepress.com

http://www.mlrpress.com

October 11, 2009

Re-release of my first ever publication!

Filed under: writing — Stevie Woods @ 6:36 pm
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Torquere Press have re-released the Regency gay romance, SMOKE SCREEN, my first ever publication originally released in June 2007, as a Single Shot Classic.

It is quite sobering to realize that I have been a published author now for over two years – and no less exciting that I still find the whole process thrilling!

Stevie

http://steviewoods.com

September 21, 2007

Review for ‘Smoke Screen’

Filed under: writing — Stevie Woods @ 7:58 pm
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Cherry Bomb coverI was delighted to discover that Joyfully Reviewed has just posted a lovely review for my historical short story, Smoke Screen. Here’s a little excerpt:

Stevie Woods did a wonderful job portraying the emotional anguish of unrequited love and the elation of discovering that your dreams are becoming real. Both Julian and Richard are wonderfully sensual characters, which will draw you into the story.

To read the full Review please visit:

http://www.joyfullyreviewed.com/reviews/September07/SmokeScreen.SW.html

 

Stevie

http://www.geocities.com/steviewds/

Available now from Torquere Press:

Men in Uniform II

Cane

A Million Pinpricks

Smoke Screen

June 19, 2007

Introduction to the work of Stevie Woods

Filed under: website,writing — Stevie Woods @ 10:01 am
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This is my first post! I have an LJ that I use in connection with my publisher’s social group but I wanted to spread my wings a little.

I have only recently had my first professional work published, ‘Smoke Screen’, a short story set in Regency London about the difficulties two gay men encounter when they realise they are more than just friends. I have another short story, ‘A Million Pinpricks’, due to be published at the end of July, this time it is a SciFi story.

My first full length novel, ‘Cane’, is due to be published in August and I am very excited at the prospect. Another historically based story, this one set in the years before the US Civil War involving the world of sugar cane production and slavery.

I cannot thank my publisher, Torquere Press, for their faith in a new writer. I firmly believe the eBooks are the way of the future, though I also believe that print books will never disappear – thank goodness!

If you want to know a little more about my writing, please visit my website:

http://www.geocities.com/steviewds/

Or about my publisher,

http://www.torquerepress.com/

I hope you enjoy your visits, and perhaps you’ll find something of interest, even if it is only to ask questions!

Stevie Woods

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