Free Reads – Adrift Ch 1 by J Alan Veerkamp #scifi #mmromance #freereads #lgbtfiction

Hi everyone!

It’s been a while and I’ve been working on revamping older pieces for so long I decided to start a new story through the flash fiction group Wednesday Briefers.

Each week we get a prompt to write our chapter/story with a maximum of 1000 words.

The prompt I used this week was: Use mustard, intriguing, and system.

So welcome to the first installation of Adrift, with a new post each Wednesday.


 

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Chapter 1

 

Traffic beacons swept the corporate work zone as a shuddering transport dumped off another load of hopeful men and women. The stench of mustard tinged exhaust choked the air in its wake.

Arad Ansari shivered in the claustrophobic queue leading to the Grey District A-5 techyard. He’d camped overnight after visiting the bathhouse using the token he’d lifted off a wayward tourist to be sure he was clean and ready to work. Manufacturing was automated, leaving tech jobs scarce among the self-made engineers in the factory slums. There was no way he could risk this chance getting away from him.

Boots clunked along the steel causeway in unison as the mass of people shuffled forward, invading Arad’s personal space in all directions. Whether intentional or not, he kept a tight grip on his shoulder bag even though it was latched tight, keeping his few possessions safe. The crowd funneled into a line aimed at the guard wall entrance, but the man big enough to be DemiShou blocked Arad’s view to see how much further he had to travel. The pace was cautious in spite of the anticipation present amongst the workers. Security drones hovered over the area scanning everyone present with their unnatural eyes maintaining order. No sane person would be willing to lose wages spending the day dealing with District Authority. 

The crowd inched along as a sluggish wave. Stretching around the human wall before him, Arad could see the attendant reading his handheld against the scan results, passing some through the gate and sending others on their way. With too many people and not enough work, the whole labor force was built around a lottery system. A flawed and dysfunctional method, but all the slugs—poor bottom feeders like himself—could hope for. He’d arrived early, but there were still so many in need and not enough work to go around.

Finally reaching his turn, Arad pressed his finger to the attendant’s screen and waited for the gruff man to verify his details.

“Not authorized. Next.”

Arad’s chest threatened to collapse. “What do you mean not authorized?”

The man gave a frustrated sigh, but never raised his eyes to Arad. “You’re not on the work list.”

“No, no, that’s not right. Davis confirmed this yesterday.”

Using the scanner, he impatiently pointed at the milling group standing alongside the wall. “Then take it up with him. Next.” 

Before he could protest further, Arad was shoved out of the way by the next hopeful slug. He managed to catch himself as the waiting crowd filled the space. Panic fed his outrage. It was a done deal. How could this happen? He needed to know. The attendant was useless. Arad would need to hunt down his source and there he was taking a drag off a cigar, waiting for the shift to start. When he caught sight of Arad approaching, Davis cursed to himself as he carefully stubbed out the smoke to salvage his precious vice.

“Davis, they kicked me out of line. What happened?”

The scruffy foreman hesitated, pocketing his dead cigar in his stained coveralls and avoiding Arad’s piercing stare. “Sorry, kid. Management went a different way. Management gave the spot to a wolf DemiShou this morning.”

“Why? You said the job was mine.”

“He’s got a wife and kids to feed.”

“So because the wolf-human hybrid is married and has kids he can’t afford, he gets first dibs?”

Shaking his head, Davis shrugged. “It’s a quota thing. Politics. Way above my pay scale.”

“Maybe I should let someone experiment on me and then maybe I wouldn’t have to slave for wages.”

With a firm clamp on Arad’s arm, Davis pulled him aside. “Don’t say stuff like that. Someone might hear you.”

“I know.” Dirty steam billowed out of a nearby service vent and Arad deflated. “I really needed this, Davis.”

“I know, kid. I’m sorry. I tried. Really.” Releasing Arad, regret colored every inch of Davis. It helped soothe the rolling frustration, but didn’t extinguish it.

“Yeah. Thanks. I have to figure what to do now.”

Brow arched, Davis looked around and lowered his voice. “I know it’s not much, but you could stop by after shift end. It’ll be another week before I can get home. I could use the company.”

“You’re not serious?”

Opportunistic prick. Even if it wasn’t the first time he’d exchanged funds for favors with Davis, Arad wanted to tell the man to go to hell. But he’d just lost the job he needed. He didn’t have any wolf Demi welfare to rely on, and those wages could have fed him for a month. 

“Come on. We have a little fun, let off some stress, and you get some credits in your pocket. Everyone wins.” Davis smiled, which gave his smudged and unshaven face a certain charm. He wasn’t a slug like Arad on the bottom of the food chain. While not an elite, Davis didn’t need to scrounge to feed and had a real roof over his head.

“You’ve got some balls on you, Davis.”

“One of my best features according to you. You were right gentle with them even. What do you say?”

Rowdy noise behind them drew their attention. Furious shouts on all sides rang out as a man tried to push back into the job line. Probably a reject like Arad. Tempers flared as he refused to quit. Screaming and shoving escalated between everyone involved, tensions already strung tight threatening to break. A security drone swooped in and shocked the man to the ground. The stunned crowd quieted and went back to its dreary routine. Right then Arad’s stomach growled, gnawing at him with its ceaseless hunger and anxiety. 

“I’ll think about it.” The money always became more intriguing when reminded about how little he had and how few options he had to acquire it.

Davis patted Arad’s shoulder and walked off. “You know where to find me.”

“Yeah. I always know where to find you.”


 

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Release Day!!! A Cook’s Tale by J. Alan Veerkamp – Now Available! #scifi #mmromance

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Blurb

After a breakup, Erron Murfin finds himself broken, homeless, and destitute. The chance to become the Santa Claus’s new cook is a beacon he can’t ignore.

The new position allows him to work under Gamin Rockwell, the man who helped raise him until he disappeared when Erron turned nineteen—well over a decade ago. While the two make up for lost time, Erron catches the eyes of many crewmen as well as James and Barrus, a married pair with real intentions who are determined to draw the cautious new arrival into their relationship.

Even as he stitches together his ability to see a future for himself, Gamin’s history and personal issues begin to surface. Secrets bubble out in ways Erron can’t ignore and he finds himself with a mystery he needs to solve.

Because there’s something about Gamin that goes far deeper than the fatherly role he once held in Erron’s life so long ago.

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Buy Links

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Need a copy of Book One – The Luxorian Fugitive? Click Here!

About the Author

While spending years more focused on visual arts, J. Alan Veerkamp never let go of his innate passion for storytelling, wanting to write and draw comic books when he grew up. Once he discovered M/M fiction, a whole new world opened filled with possibilities. Why couldn’t you have fantastic and dynamic sexy tales with an M/M cast? He started reading the online tales of authors like, Night Tempest, Rob Colton, and Alicia Nordwell, which only fueled his need to create. Eventually he found GayAuthors.org, and with a little coercive nudge, started sharing his tales with an unexpected level of positive response. The experience and support gave him the courage to cross his fingers and aim for the world of M/M publishing.

Born and raised in Michigan, J. Alan continues to type away, wishing it was practical to use an noisy, old fashioned keyboard that clacks with each strike, if just to annoy his loving partner and spoiled miniature dachshund.

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A Cook’s Tale by J. Alan Veerkamp – Cover Reveal!! Pre-Order has begun! #scifi #gayromance

Have you seen it? Have you seen it?

Book Two of the Centauri Survivors Second Chance Chronicles, A Cook’s Tale is now available for pre-order on NineStar Press! Release day is May 21, but you can get your copy today, THREE DAYS AHEAD of everyone else! Follow the link below!

Look at the beautiful cover by Natasha Snow!

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Buy your copy of A Cook’s Tale here!

Blurb:

After a breakup, Erron Murfin finds himself broken, homeless, and destitute. The chance to become the Santa Claus’s new cook is a beacon he can’t ignore.

The new position allows him to work under Gamin Rockwell, the man who helped raise him until he disappeared when Erron turned nineteen—well over a decade ago. While the two make up for lost time, Erron catches the eyes of many crewmen as well as James and Barrus, a married pair with real intentions who are determined to draw the cautious new arrival into their relationship.

Even as he stitches together his ability to see a future for himself, Gamin’s history and personal issues begin to surface. Secrets bubble out in ways Erron can’t ignore and he finds himself with a mystery he needs to solve.

Because there’s something about Gamin that goes far deeper than the fatherly role he once held in Erron’s life so long ago.

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Keep an eye out for news of book three, Priest & Pariahs this summer!

Haven’t read Book One, The Luxorian Fugitive? You can get that here!

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Blurb:

Trying to escape his tortured past, Sergeant Liam Jacks travels aboard the transport vessel, the Santa Claus, as the security chief alongside his best friend and captain, Marc Danverse. Having survived the Civil War, they shuttle amongst the Proxima Centauri planetary cluster, trying to find some modicum of peace. Something of which Liam is in short supply.

During a stopover on the planet Luxoria, they take on a mysterious passenger. Hadrian Jamison’s history is questionable and his effect on Liam is undeniable. The more they learn, the more questions they have. As they are drawn together, Hadrian’s presence threatens to disrupt the quiet.

When Hadrian’s past catches up to claim him, the ensuing conflict is more than any of them expected.

Buy The Luxorian Fugitive at NineStar Press

New Release!! Upstaged I – Opening Act by S L Danielson and Nephy Hart

NEW RELEASE

START OF A NEW SERIES BY S L DANIELSON AND NEPHY HART

UPSTAGED I – OPENING ACT

BOOK NAME Upstaged I – Opening Act

AUTHORS S L Danielson and Nephy Hart

PUBLISHED BY Extacy Press

WORD COUNT Aprox 75,000

NUMBER OF PAGES 246

GENRE New Adult. Contemporary Romance.

HEAT RATING 3

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Blurb

Wannabe singer and band front man Erik Von Nordgren hates snarky brit Asher Berkley with a passion. From the moment he turns up at practice with his twin sister Daisy, who is one of the band the two have hated each other.
Through a series of ‘tit for tat’ incidents they annoy, frustrate and exasperated each other. The die hard goth with purple eyes and the hard core rocker with dreams of the big time have nothing in common and no need to cross paths. Except to wind each other up.
Until the day that Erik throws Asher in the school pool, when everything begins to change. Erik is so far in closet he’s in Narnia and Asher has a dark past and trust issues that stand in the way of any relationship, let alone one with the brash American who hurts him every time they try to get together.
A relationship doomed from the start, or so you’d think. 

Author Bios

S L Danielson

S. L. (Stephanie) Danielson began writing at the tender age of five. She knew it was her calling from the moment she put pen to paper. In her teens she began writing alternative works and the genre stuck. She created ever more elaborate tales and finally in her early 20’s years began to create works with her new love; male/male romance. She has since written more than 30 works (both solo and collaborations).

Stephanie is classically trained in business, accounting, and HR/training, possessing both an undergrad and graduate degree. She also owned and operated Romance First Publishing where the ultimate goal was to help other unknown, as well as known authors get their start in the publishing world.

Beyond writing, her other hobbies include: painting, gaming, and spending time with her husband and two cherished cats.

Nephy Hart

Nephy Hart was born into a poor mining family in the South Wales Valleys. Until she was 16, the toilet was at the bottom of the garden and the bath hung on the wall. Her refrigerator was a stone slab in the pantry and there was a black lead fireplace in the kitchen. They look lovely in a museum but aren’t so much fun to clean.

Nephy has always been a storyteller. As a child, she’d make up stories for her nieces, nephews and cousin and they’d explore the imaginary worlds she created, in play.

Later in life, Nephy became the storyteller for a re enactment group who travelled widely, giving a taste of life in the Iron Age. As well as having an opportunity to run around hitting people with a sword, she had an opportunity to tell stories of all kinds, sometimes of her own making, to all kinds of people. The criticism was sometimes harsh, especially from the children, but the reward enormous.

It was here she began to appreciate the power of stories and the primal need to hear them. In ancient times, the wandering bard was the only source of news, and the storyteller the heart of the village, keeping the lore and the magic alive. Although much of the magic has been lost, the stories still provide a link to the part of us that still wants to believe that it’s still there, somewhere.

In present times, Nephy lives in a terraced house in the valleys with her son, dog, bearded dragon (called Smaug of course) and three cats. Her daughter has deserted her for the big city, but they’re still close. She’s never been happier since she was made redundant and is able to devote herself entirely to her twin loves of writing and art

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Author Links

S L Danielson

Twitter: @s_l_danielson

Website: https://wordpress.com/view/sldanielsoncom.wordpress.com

Blog: http://ladyauthorsld.blogspot.com/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3138749.S_L_Danielson

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Nephy Hart

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SevenPointStar

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Release Day! The Luxorian Fugitive by J. Alan Veerkamp #scifi #mmromance

My M/M Sci-fi thriller/romance is now available! 

CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR COPY!

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Blurb

Trying to escape his tortured past, Sergeant Liam Jacks travels aboard the transport vessel, the Santa Claus, as the security chief alongside his best friend and captain, Marc Danverse. Having survived the Civil War, they shuttle amongst the Proxima Centauri planetary cluster, trying to find some modicum of peace. Something of which Liam is in short supply.

During a stopover on the planet Luxoria, they take on a mysterious passenger. Hadrian Jamison’s history is questionable and his effect on Liam is undeniable. The more they learn, the more questions they have. As they are drawn together, Hadrian’s presence threatens to disrupt the quiet.

When Hadrian’s past catches up to claim him, the ensuing conflict is more than any of them expected.

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About the Author

While spending years more focused on visual arts, J. Alan Veerkamp never let go of his innate passion for storytelling, wanting to write and draw comic books when he grew up. Once he discovered M/M fiction, a whole new world opened filled with possibilities. Why couldn’t you have fantastic and dynamic sexy tales with an M/M cast? He started reading the online tales of authors like, Night Tempest, Rob Colton, and Alicia Nordwell, which only fueled his need to create. Eventually he found GayAuthors.org, and with a little coercive nudge, started sharing his tales with an unexpected level of positive response. The experience and support gave him the courage to cross his fingers and aim for the world of M/M publishing.

Born and raised in Michigan, J. Alan continues to type away, wishing it was practical to use an noisy, old fashioned keyboard that clacks with each strike, if just to annoy his loving partner and spoiled miniature dachshund.

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Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/jalanveerkamp

Twitter  https://twitter.com/jalanveerkamp

Instagram  https://www.instagram.com/jalanveerkamp/

The Luxorian Fugitive by J. Alan Veerkamp – Cover Reveal!! Pre-Order has begun! #scifi #gayromance

The second edition of The Luxorian Fugitive is releasing on March 26!

I had a hard time settling into the new release because I didn’t realize how affected I’d be by the closure of my original publisher. It left me with no books out there. I became a non-author after just starting out.

Now, I have a new lease on my writing and it only makes sense to give my first books a serious polishing. New edits throughout to make the read even smoother, the brilliant staff at NineStar Press have done an excellent job of improving my story and getting it ready for a new audience.

And I can’t stop preening over the new cover by Natasha Snow. Gorgeous!!!

Thank you!!

Official release is on March 26, but if you order now, you’ll receive your ebook on March 23rd. THREE DAYS EARLY!!! NineStar Link below!

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Blurb:

Trying to escape his tortured past, Sergeant Liam Jacks travels aboard the transport vessel, the Santa Claus, as the security chief alongside his best friend and captain, Marc Danverse. Having survived the Civil War, they shuttle amongst the Proxima Centauri planetary cluster, trying to find some modicum of peace. Something of which Liam is in short supply.

During a stopover on the planet Luxoria, they take on a mysterious passenger. Hadrian Jamison’s history is questionable and his effect on Liam is undeniable. The more they learn, the more questions they have. As they are drawn together, Hadrian’s presence threatens to disrupt the quiet.

When Hadrian’s past catches up to claim him, the ensuing conflict is more than any of them expected.

Order The Luxorian Fugitive at NineStar Press

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New Stories by Asta Idonea! Check them out!

One of my author friends, Asta Adonea, has two new stories out as part of NineStar Press‘ holiday story series. Don’t be shy. Give them some love! All the info is below!

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Of Printers and Presents

Asta Idonea

NineStar Press

20 November 2017

MM/Contemporary

Heat Rating: 1

A Secret Santa drawing offers more than a simple gift exchange for two office workers.

Colleagues Ford and Vaughan have long admired each other from afar, but Vaughan’s shyness and Ford’s emotional hang-ups have meant that neither has made a move. That all changes when they draw each other’s name in the office Secret Santa.

 

NineStar Press: https://ninestarpress.com/product/of-printers-and-presents/

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0773TQ4Y2

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0773TQ4Y2

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/au/en/ebook/of-printers-and-presents

Tablo Excerpt: https://tablo.io/nicki-j-markus-asta-idonea/of-printers-and-presents-excerpt

YouTube Excerpt: https://youtu.be/Nb4YImQI69U

Soundcloud Excerpt: https://soundcloud.com/nickijmarkus/of-printers-and-presents-by-asta-idonea-audio-excerpt

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Old Acquaintance

Asta Idonea

NineStar Press

11 December 2017

MM/Contemporary

Heat Rating: 1

Will there be fireworks when two former acquaintances reconnect on New Year’s Eve?

Damon is getting over a bad breakup. Ioan is painfully shy. Neither expects to enjoy the New Year’s Eve party to which their mutual friend, Katie, has dragged them. However, their unexpected reunion may make them change their minds by the time midnight strikes.

 

NineStar Press: https://ninestarpress.com/product/old-acquaintance/

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0784HMHXB

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0784HMHXB

Kobo: :  https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/old-acquaintance-9

Tablo Excerpt: https://tablo.io/nicki-j-markus-asta-idonea/old-acquaintance-excerpt

YouTube Excerpt: https://youtu.be/l7NExvQknRU

Soundcloud Excerpt: https://soundcloud.com/nickijmarkus/old-acquaintance-by-asta-idonea-audio-excerpt

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About the Author

Asta Idonea (aka Nicki J Markus) was born in England but now lives in Adelaide, South Australia. She has loved both reading and writing from a young age and is also a keen linguist, having studied several foreign languages.

Asta launched her writing career in 2011 and divides her efforts not only between MM and mainstream works but also between traditional and indie publishing. Her works span the genres, from paranormal to historical and from contemporary to fantasy. It just depends what story and which characters spring into her mind!

As a day job, Asta works as a freelance editor and proofreader, and in her spare time she enjoys music, theatre, cinema, photography, and sketching. She also loves history, folklore and mythology, pen-palling, and travel, all of which have provided plenty of inspiration for her writing.

Blog: http://www.nickijmarkus.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/NickiJMarkus

Twitter: https://twitter.com/NickiJMarkus

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nickijmarkus/

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Google+: https://plus.google.com/+NickiJMarkusAstaIdonea

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4567057.Nicki_J_Markus

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nicolamarkus

Amazon Author US: http://www.amazon.com/Asta-Idonea/e/B00RMGGVYO

Amazon Author UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Asta-Idonea/e/B00RMGGVYO