Stevie Woods:author of gay romantic fiction

October 6, 2012

Tactics – today’s 25% excerpt

Filed under: writing — Stevie Woods @ 11:26 pm
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Today’s excerpt is from the quarter point of my popular contemporary novella, TACTICS.

He wasn’t sure if he imagined Michael’s reactions – they had been all he had ever wanted: the interest, the hunger – but had they been real or only the mirror of his own desires?

He couldn’t answer the question and it was driving him crazy. He needed a resolution and thought the only way to get one was to move forward, even if that meant forcing the pace.

The problem was that he was nervous of what the pursuit might reveal. What if Colin was way off the mark and Michael didn’t feel that way about him? How much damage might he do to their friendship? Should he take the risk? Damned if he did, and damned if he didn’t. Fuck!

It took longer than Colin expected for Michael to arrive and, when he finally walked in, Michael was flushed.

“Sorry, I’m probably a lot later than you thought,” Michael said, voicing Colin’s thoughts. He dropped a bag on the foot of the bed. Colin was sitting on the bed in a robe he’d managed to scrounge from one of the nurses.

“I’m just pleased to see you now,” Colin replied. Michael smiled and warmth spread through Colin at the expression in the dark brown eyes regarding him; Colin couldn’t help but return the smile.

“The thing is, I’m late because there was an emergency at work just as I was going to leave, wouldn’t you know it! Still, I’ve got your stuff,” he indicated the bag, “but after I drop you home, I won’t be able to stay. Have to catch a plane to Chicago in a couple of hours.” Michael shrugged apologetically.

“Damn,” Colin retorted, “I was really looking forward to spending some time with you.” As soon as he said it, Colin wished the words back, but Michael simply smiled.

“Me too. I was looking forward to thrashing you.”

“I trust you meant at chess?” Colin grinned.

Michael raised an eyebrow. “Now, what else could you be suggesting?”

“Me?” Colin asked, all innocence. Colin stood and pulled the curtain partway around the bed and began to dress.

***

“I’ll probably be away for a few days. You gonna be okay at home alone with that shoulder?” Michael raised his voice a little, wishing he could see through the damned curtain. The shadows only revealed how much he was missing.

“I’ll manage,” Colin replied. “The doc gave me some painkillers and I have to see a physical therapist every day at first.” The curtain was shoved back. “I could wish you didn’t have to go, but I know it goes with the territory.”

“Gonna miss me?” Michael asked softly, a touch of amusement in his voice.

Colin did a double-take, held Michael’s stare for moment, but he didn’t answer. Michael had hoped for something more, and he wistfully watched as Colin turned away to check that he hadn’t left anything in the drawer beside the bed.

Then, as he turned, Colin said, “I’ll miss finishing our chess game.”

“Yeah, it was getting interesting,” said Michael.

“We could still play, if you want,” Colin offered quietly, and Michael lifted an eyebrow in query. “You’re taking your laptop, right?” Colin asked and Michael nodded. “Okay, I can transfer the positions to my computer, send you the file and then we can continue our game over IM. If you want to, that is?” The question sounded simple enough but Colin’s voice was husky.

“Right, sure, would like to see a result… from the game,” Michael replied, automatically taking a step toward Colin, who, at that moment, reached for his bag and grimaced when he pulled his injured shoulder a little. The movement brought Michael up short, reminded him that Colin was hurt and that they were still just friends; anything else was only wishful thinking.

“Here, let me get that. Let’s get you home,” Michael said, picking up the bag and helping Colin from the room.

***

Colin was seated at his computer, waiting for it to finish loading their interrupted chess game. He had to work slowly, mostly typing one-handed so as not to jar his injured shoulder.

At last, the small icon flashed as his computer beeped to inform him the download was complete and the program was ready. He could pass the file on to Michael whenever he was ready.

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March 12, 2012

Gay contemporary, TACTICS, re-released!

Filed under: writing — Stevie Woods @ 8:05 pm
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My popular gay contemporary novella, TACTICS, has been re-released today!

BLURB:

Colin and Michael are best friends. They always have been, but neither of them has ever been willing to admit there might be more to it. When Colin is suddenly injured in an accident, though, Michael starts to realize that he can’t hide his deeper feelings for his friend.

Should Michael act on his feelings, or will Colin turn him away? Using the careful strategy of a game of chess, Colin and Michael dance around the idea that they can deepen their relationship, but there’s a lot more at stake than just bragging rights. Can Michael and Colin win at love?

Available for only $0.99 through these sources:

Amazon Kindle   All Romance EBooks   Smashwords

November 10, 2009

Re-release of TACTICS!

Filed under: writing — Stevie Woods @ 2:53 pm
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Torquere Press has re-released my popular Contemporary novelette, Tactics!

BLURB:

Colin and Michael are best buds. They always have been, but neither of them have ever been willing to admit there might be more to it. When Colin is suddenly injured in an accident, though, Michael starts to realize that he can’t hide his deeper feelings for his friend.

Should Michael act on his feelings, or will Colin turn him away? Using the careful strategy of a game of chess, Colin and Michael dance around the idea that they can deepen their relationship, but there’s a lot more at stake than just bragging rights. Can Michael and Colin win at love?

Available from Torquere Press:

http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=2302

Stevie

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My Publishers:

http://www.torquerepress.com

http://www.phaze.com

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September 8, 2008

TACTICS at Fictionwise

Filed under: writing — Stevie Woods @ 11:57 pm
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It was very gratifying to discover that my Torquere Press Single Shot, TACTICS, is at No. 1 in the Publisher listing at Fictionwise and No. 2 in both Gay Romance and Gay Erotica.  I don’t think I’ve ever been No. 1 at anything before!  Or even No. 2 🙂  I know it won’t stay there long so I took a quick copy – for posterity LOL!

Best Sellers for Torquere Press

Based on data gathered within the last 20 days.    Icon explanations

1. Short [10157 words]Tactics by Stevie Woods [Erotica/Romance]
2. Short [6209 words]Skating Through Fog by Sean Michael [Erotica/Romance]
3. Long [59910 words]Wild Raspberries by Jane Davitt [Erotica/Romance]

Stevie

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My Publishers:

http://www.torquerepress.com

http://www.phaze.com

August 5, 2008

Review for TACTICS!

Filed under: writing — Stevie Woods @ 11:27 pm
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I was delighted to receive an excellent 4 stars from Rainbow Reviews for my Single Shot from Torquere Press, TACTICS.

Here is a small quote, you can read the full review at the link below.

“The only thing better than all of the fun and sexy innuendos between them, is when they share their first kiss – they weren’t the only ones who waited breathlessly for that moment!”

http://rainbow-reviews.com/?p=472

Stevie

http://steviewoods.com

My Publishers:

http://www.phaze.com

http://www.torquerepress.com

July 6, 2008

New Release!

Filed under: writing — Stevie Woods @ 9:22 am
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I have a new novelette, TACTICS, released as a Single Shot by Torquere Press, a contemporary story. I really had fun writing this story and hope folk will enjoy reading it!

http://www.torquerebooks.com/zencart/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=1370

BLURB:

Colin and Michael are best buds. They always have been, but neither of them have ever been willing to admit there might be more to it. When Colin is suddenly injured in an accident, though, Michael starts to realize that he can’t hide his deeper feelings for his friend.

Should Michael act on his feelings, or will Colin turn him away? Using the careful strategy of a game of chess, Colin and Michael dance around the idea that they can deepen their relationship, but there’s a lot more at stake than just bragging rights. Can Michael and Colin win at love?

ENJOY!

Stevie

http://steviewoods.com

My Publishers:

http://www.torquerepress.com

http://www.phaze.com


May 26, 2008

Author news

Filed under: writing — Stevie Woods @ 11:21 pm
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Recently worked on the Edits for my short story (Sip) for Torquere titled ‘Tutelary’ but still haven’t got a release date, hopefully I’ll know soon.

Today I received the Edits for my novelette (Single Shot), ‘Tactics’, due out from Torquere early in July. Got these from a new Editor but hopefully we can work well together.

Stevie

http://steviewoods.com

http://www.torquerepress.com

May 10, 2008

Catching Up!

Filed under: website,writing — Stevie Woods @ 7:25 pm
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Heck, it was something of a shock when I realised how long it had been since I wrote anything on here! I have been so involved with writing, editing, promoting and most recently redesigning my website that blogging was way down on the list. Now, I have to try to remember what has happened in my writing world since March…..

I have had another Sip submission accepted from Torquere, this time for a fantasy called TUTELARY. Not had a publication date for that yet, but should be soon.

I do have a publication date for my novelette, TACTICS, though, it will be released by Torquere on 5th July – which means I will have two releases in the same month by two different publishers as Phaze are releasing BEYOND THE VEIL, my historical novel, on 21st July. That’s a first for me, two publishers in one month, wow!

What else? Oh yeah, I had another wonderful review for CANE a few weeks back. This time I received 5 Angels from Fallen Angels reviews. A sample:

Cane is a glimpse into a man’s heart and soul, and we are privy to Piet’s love, his hurt, his life. Watching Piet accept himself as a gay man during that time period with all the hiding necessary to stay safe and to not become ostracized by those you love gave me a new respect for anyone who has openly accepted their preference.

To read the full review, go here:http://www.fallenangelreviews.com/2008/April/NeNe-Cane.htm

Lastly, I have finally obtained my own domain and only yesterday I uploaded my completely redone website, I think this version is much cleaner and easier to navigate. Have a look:

http://steviewoods.com

I think that is it, though the odds are I’ve forgotten something 🙂 I will post again if I’m right!

I will try to get back into a routine of posting more regularly.

Stevie

http://steviewoods.com

My Publishers:

http://www.phaze.com

http://www.torquerepress.com

March 11, 2008

Contract for ‘Conflict’ – at last!

Filed under: writing — Stevie Woods @ 12:10 am
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I’ve been meaning to write this post for a while now and when I checked I realise it has been almost three weeks since I got the news I want to document! Gosh, time does fly when you are busy.

I was very pleased to hear – 3 weeks ago now! – that another novel of mine has been accepted for publication. Particularly pleased as this one – ‘Conflict’ – is the sequel to my historical gay romance, ‘Cane’. It has taken longer than I hoped to get it accepted but that hardly seems to matter now that I have the contract signed, sealed and delivered!

Really, 2008 is turning out to be a good year for me (so far!). My second novel – ‘Beyond the Veil’ – is due out in July, as is another novelette – ‘Tactics’ – as I just heard today. Busy month July! And now I have another novel slated for next January – that seems a long way away, but I have so much planned for this year that I’m sure it will be here before I realise it!

Stevie
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My Publishers:
http://www.torquere.com

http://www.phaze.com

February 10, 2008

Celebrating another acceptance!

Filed under: writing — Stevie Woods @ 6:36 pm
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Torquere Heard yesterday from Torquere that they have accepted my submission of TACTICS for the Single Shot line and I’m celebrating.

Had a difficult few weeks with my current writing project – not writer’s block as much as I have so much going on my mind has just been bouncing all over the place and I don’t seem to have written more than a few paragraphs *sigh*. I have finally finished the major edits on my novel and squared away some other stuff so as from tomorrow I’m going back to my project with hopefully a clear mind, well as clear as mine ever is!

Still awaiting on news of another submission, but that could be some weeks yet. I *hate* waiting….

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

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