Free Fiction: The Promise of Rain

Dane leaned against the brick wall, one foot propped against it, and held his lighter to the tip of his cigarette, flicking it several times before it ignited, setting the paper aglow.

The slate grey sky held the promise of rain, although it was the warmest it had been all month. Against it, gulls careened, wheeling about and calling to each other as they flew out towards the cliffs and, beyond them, the sea. It was the kind of sky that made everything below it look washed out and unreal, and Dane wondered why everything was so grey. If they weren’t renting, and if their landlord wasn’t such a tight git, he’d take his paints and splash them over the yard, let the colours bleed into one another. The grey would still be there though, concrete slabs hiding beneath the paint, waiting for the rain to wash it away.

The gate banged opened and Dane looked up, almost dropping his cigarette. He fumbled, straightening and trying to look cool as Luke wheeled his bike up the step and into the yard.

“Alright?” he asked, just to say something, anything.

The yard was small enough that although Luke was stood on the opposite side of it, bolting the gate shut behind him, he was close enough to reach out and touch, the bike filling most of the space between them. Dane drew on his cigarette, suddenly glad he hadn’t stuck to his new year’s resolution.

“Yeah.” Luke grinned, ran a hand through his flyaway sandy hair. “Just been out along the seafront. Almost got shat on, obviously. I think it’s that kind of day.”

Dane laughed. “Bird or man?” he asked. “Or man dressed as bird?”

“Bird, obviously,” Luke said, setting his bike against the fence. “It takes a certain kind of someone to let a bloke shit on them.”

“Hey,” Dane chided, just to be annoying. “For some, that’s a perfectly healthy way to express themselves.”

“That how you express yourself?” Luke teased, holding out his hand for a cigarette. Automatically, Dane held the packet out to him.

“Nah. I’m more of a spray paint guy myself.”

“That’s good,” Luke nodded, handing back his lighter and breathing out a huff of smoke. “Because I was going to ask if you wanted to go out tomorrow, for dinner. Obviously, that offer doesn’t stand if I’m likely to end the night being shat on.”

Dane frowned. Was Luke saying what he thought he was saying? Probably not. He did have a tendency to read too much into things, after all, and he and Luke … they lived together. Luke was a practical guy. He’d never ask out a housemate.

“Are you going to answer me? Rejection hurts, but being left hanging is way worse, you know.”

“Uh …” was all that came out of Dane’s mouth. Luke was asking him out. “Sure,” he said, once his vocal chords had started working again.

Luke grinned, his whole face lighting up with it, cheeks dimpling. “No need to sound so enthusiastic,” he said. “You’re paying anyway. I’m skint.”

“Oh, that explains the offer, then.”

“That,” Luke said, reaching out and taking Dane’s burnt-out cigarette from his hand, fingers warm as they brushed against his, and throwing it over the fence into the alleyway outside. “And I wanted to spend some time with you. You know …” he trailed off, leaning over the handlebars of his bike to press his lips to the corner of Dane’s mouth. “Because I like you.”

He was still working on ‘I like you too,’ when the first drops of rain began to fall, urging Luke inside, squeezing past the bike and through the door into the kitchen, leaving Dane to wonder what exactly the hell had just happened. In just a few minutes, everything had changed, and it felt fucking awesome.

Free Fiction: The Promise of Rain

Giveaway: The Dog in the Mist

I’m finally ready to host my first ever giveaway! ^_^ I will be giving an e-book copy of The Dog in the Mist to one lucky commenter (maybe two lucky commenters if I’m feeling generous and get enough comments).


Dorian has been favored by tragedy for what seems like his entire life. He’s lost his parents, his best friend, and now he’s lost his gran as well. As if that’s not enough, he is stalked by a black dog too large to be just an ordinary dog, and which seems to bring death in its wake. To save himself, he will have to return to beliefs that he cast away long ago …

Please remember to leave some sort of detail so I can contact you, either an e-mail address or a twitter account where I can get hold of you.

To make it a bite more interesting and get some kind of discussion going, tell me, what is YOUR favourite mythological creature/being?

Please note: This giveaway is now closed.

Giveaway: The Dog in the Mist

The Dog is Out!

Well, today’s the day. The Dog in the Mist is finally out and available for purchase.

The story follows Dorian as he struggles to deal with the loss of his best friend and the death of his last parental figure—his gran. At the same time, he’s followed by a mysterious black dog. It’s just a dog, but it sends a chill through Dorian whenever he catches sight of it, and as it follows him, death seems to follow it.

It’s set in the little moorland town of Okehampton, a setting for which I have to thank my old housemate for providing, and for showing me around the place. There are a lot of really cool myths and legends surrounding Dartmoor, and it can look pretty creepy on cold days when the mist rolls in. My university house was right on the end of the row and from my bedroom window you could see the moors on clear days, and you could tell when the night would be misty because you couldn’t see the moors at all.

Anyway, enough waffling. I’m off to the shops to buy cheap booze in celebration (:

You can buy the individual e-book here or the whole volume 2 bundle here.

If you read it, and you want to, you can rate the book on Goodreads. I like to read reviews, because then I know what works for people and what doesn’t, and if I can learn from any mistakes I made.

Just to sign off, here’s a picture of Okehampton castle, (taken from the English Heritage site, because all my photographs suck).

Happy reading!

The Dog is Out!

Prompt Me!

Hallowe’en will soon be upon us, and to get into the spirit (hurr, spirit, get it?) of things, I’m going to write up to 500 word stories for anyone who wants to leave a prompt below.

Prompts should follow a theme of Hallowe’en or autumn, at least loosely. Pictures are okay to use as prompts too (: Specify if you want m/m, f/f or m/f. If you don’t specify I’ll assume anything goes.

I shall now sit back and watch as cobwebs gather in the comments section (:

Edit: Prompts are now closed. Sorry! But thank you if you left a prompt ^^ I had a lot of fun writing them.

Prompt Me!

Excerpt: The Dog in the Mist

The good people over at Less Than Three Press now have Bestiary excerpts up on their Coming Soon page.

You can read the excerpt for The Dog in the Mist here, so you can see if you hate it and would rather save your money for something else (although obviously I’m hoping for the opposite reaction). The excerpt covers the first couple of pages from the book.

There are also excerpts for a bunch of the other stories that you should check out, because some of those are amazing ^^

And now that the word ‘excerpt’ has lost all meaning to me, I bid you adieu until I have some more noteworthy information for you.

Excerpt: The Dog in the Mist

Free Story: Cake

Here’s a free story for you all. I wrote this a few weeks ago and planned to post it on my birthday, but never got around to it. To be honest, I’d completely forgotten about until I went through my documents.

Word Count: 1182
Genre: M/M Romance, Fluff
Rating: PG
Summary: When a strange green creature bursts out of Dreyan’s birthday cake and offers to grant him a wish, Dreyan thinks he might finally have a chance with the man of his dreams.

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Free Story: Cake

The Bestiary, Coming Soon

I have a publication date for The Dog in the Mist! It’s part of LT3’s The Bestiary collection, and will be released on the 14th of November, both as a single e-book and as part of a bundle. There will be four bundles available, released weekly, and the whole collection will be available once all the bundles have been released. They will also be available in four volumes in paperback later on.

I absolutely love the cover art for these. Check out the others in the collection, because they’re all really cool.

I also have the official blurb, which has changed a bit from the rough draft I posted last month.

Dorian has been favored by tragedy for what seems like his entire life. He’s lost his parents, his best friend, and now he’s lost his gran as well. As if that’s not enough, he is stalked by a black dog too large to be just an ordinary dog, and which seems to bring death in its wake. To save himself, he will have to return to beliefs that he cast away long ago …

The Dog in the Mist is now listed over on GoodReads, so you can add it to your to-read shelves. Most of the other Bestiary stories are also up on GoodReads now, so you can check those out as well. They all look so good and I can’t wait to read them =D

The Bestiary, Coming Soon

Lookit!

As you know I’ve a not-so-short story coming up in LT3’s The Bestiary collection, which I think will be out around November time.

My story is called The Dog in the Mist and is set in Devon, utilising a whole heap of local folklore.

Dorian is unlucky. He’s lost his parents, his best friend, and now he’s lost his gran as well. And to top it all off, he’s being stalked by a dog—a dog that’s bigger than a dog has any right to be, a dog that brings death in its wake. Soon, Dorian will learn that all the things he pushed from his mind, all the stories he was told as a kid about faeries and ghosts and monsters, are real. And maybe, just maybe, they can help him reclaim some of what he’s lost.

The Dog in the Mist centres on Dorian, and his missing friend, Evan. It’s written in limited 3rd present and uses a shit ton of flashbacks, which are maybe my favourite part of the story, just because they were the most fun to write ❤

The main reason for this whole post though, aside from the rough release date, is to say ‘Hey, check this out!’

This is the art for my story, drawn by the lovely V. Rios. Look at the shiny eyes! So cool.

Lookit!

Free Story: One Saturday Night

Written for the Challenge #9 prompt ‘small town Saturday night‘ at the LT3 Goodreads group.

Title: One Saturday Night
Wordcount: Approx. 6350 words
Warnings: Mentions of underage drinking and underage sex. Whilst the actual sex within this story is legal in UK, it’s underage in the US and probably some other countries too (the characters are 16 and 18).

If he was able to drive, Drew thought, this place wouldn’t seem like such a shit-hole. Or at least he’d be able to get out of it when he wanted to. But Drew didn’t drive; it was still another month until his birthday, and even once he turned 17, he’d still have to go through all the lessons and tests until he could finally get out on his own.

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Free Story: One Saturday Night