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Chapter Seven.

Even before I was properly awake, I knew I’d had too much to drink the previous night. My head was pounding and my mouth felt and tasted awful. After the incident with Jedd, I’d knocked back a lot more drink and vaguely remembered being helped to the car by Edward and Aiden. It might have been Seb though. Everything was a little vague this morning.

I rolled over and stretched a little, but my stomach objected. I was about to curl up into a ball, but I sensed I was not alone. As quickly as my spinning head would allow, I turned to see who was sharing my bed with me. My foggy eyes met Edward’s concerned emerald ones.

I tried to work out why he was in bed with me, and for the life of me, I couldn’t recall what happened last night or rather the early hours of this morning. Edward obviously understood my dilemma and gave me a knowing sexy smirk.

 

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A Twist and Two Balls by Clare London

 

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Eddy March, or Eduardo Mancini as he would aspire his stage name to be, is an impoverished actor desperately seeking employment. At the start of the story an honest mistake on the way to an audition results in Nuri, a handsome bear of a man, chasing Eddy across Soho until they reach an ice cream parlour, aptly named ‘With A Kick’, which sells adult boozy concoctions.

All is not as fearful and desperate as it appears for Eddy, and the two men resolve the situation to their mutual benefit.

Clare peppers the exciting chase, along with the rest of the story, with humorous asides and well-placed theatrical and classic movie references that made me chuckle.

The story is a delight to read. Hot and sensual when needed, and balanced by the delicious alcoholic ices that will make your mouth water and cool you down.

A Twist and Two Balls is the first story in the ‘With A Kick’ series in which the tales are based around an ice-cream shop with a difference. Sue Brown’s story, Hissed as a Newt, comes out on 29th September.

Blurb:

Eduardo Mancini is going to be a star of the London stage and screen. Or that was the plan. His alter ego Eddy March hasn’t got further than the chorus and a bit part in a TV series. His parents aren’t supportive, his agent can’t place his particular skills, and he’s finding it hard to hang onto his young dreams. Things go from bad to worse when he’s late for an important audition, hasn’t got enough money to pay the taxi fare, and is chased across the streets of Soho by the irate driver.

Eddy reaches what he believes is sanctuary – With A Kick, a store where ice creams are blended with alcohol and imagination, and where his friends can help him. But Nuri the taxi driver is persistent in his steady pursuit, above and beyond the money he’s owed. Despite their very different characters and background, Eddy and Nuri’s relationship goes from a complete unknown to a wary balancing act. There are still mistakes to be made, and hurdles to clear. And both of them have to admit that their life so far hasn’t gone the way they planned.

But maybe being caught by Nuri was just what Eddy’s career needed – both for his job and his heart.

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About the Author

Clare took the pen name London from the city where she lives, loves, and writes. A lone, brave female in a frenetic, testosterone-fuelled family home, she juggles her writing with the weekly wash, waiting for the far distant day when she can afford to give up her day job as an accountant. She’s written in many genres and across many settings, with novels and short stories published both online and in print. She says she likes variety in her writing while friends say she’s just fickle, but as long as both theories spawn good fiction, she’s happy. Most of her work features male/male romance and drama with a healthy serving of physical passion, as she enjoys both reading and writing about strong, sympathetic and sexy characters.

Clare currently has several novels sulking at that tricky chapter 3 stage and plenty of other projects in mind . . . she just has to find out where she left them in that frenetic, testosterone-fuelled family home.

All the details and free fiction are available at her website. Visit her today and say hello!

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Chapter 6 (continued)

I decided to stay in my room all day on Friday to get ahead with the work due in the following week and made excellent headway with my studying. I felt excited about that evening’s trip to the gay club and the fact that Edward and I would be going as a couple. Perhaps we could count it as our first date after all. He sent me numerous texts about the evening throughout the day and I got this wonderful feeling he wanted to keep in contact with me all the time. In between studying and replying to Edward’s texts, I managed to sort out and book a table for us at a restaurant for the following evening. I wanted to make the day really memorable and special for him, so I tried to think of something else we could also do in the afternoon. I’d written off the morning because I expected to be sleeping in after a late night out clubbing.

It took me a little while to decide what to wear. Edward had texted me to tell me to wear as little as possible because we’d probably get hot while dancing among other heated bodies. After much indecision, I chose a dark vest top and lightweight chinos. Edward had described what he’d be wearing and there was no way I would ever compete with that.

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Chapter Six

As I closed the car door and waved goodbye to Edward, some familiar faces from my dorm corridor passed me by and we walked into the building together. One of them asked me where I’d been that evening. I replied happily, “I’ve been at my boyfriend’s house.”

A few eyebrows twitched at my words and eyes averted to the ground. Only one person, who I recalled seeing in the communal kitchen, continued with the conversation.

“Cool. How long have you been together?” He seemed genuinely interested. I had a feeling he also batted for the other team.

“Only a few days,” I replied and he smiled in return.

We exchanged a few more pleasantries by the time we got to my room.

As I shut the door behind me, I felt relieved that these guys were accepting of my same-sex relationship even if some of them were a little embarrassed. I looked forward to inviting Edward over as my boyfriend and felt we wouldn’t get any hassle from these lads on my dorm corridor.

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Today in the Comfy Chair – Lily G Blunt

Lily G. Blunt:

Many thanks to Elin for the interview.
Read Chapter One of Paint the Sky here.

Originally posted on Elin Gregory:

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My guest today is Lily G. Blunt who writes contemporary gay romance and erotica. She has several self-published stories available on Amazon and is also published with Torquere Press and Wayward Ink Publishing.

Welcome Lily and thanks for agreeing to be interviewed.

Can you tell me a little about yourself? For instance, do you have to have a day job as well as being a writer?

I was a teacher of junior school children for over twenty-five years but “retired” just over two years ago. My intention was to use my time to write more, which I suppose I have. At least I don’t write in the middle of the night anymore like I used to.

When you aren’t writing, is there any other creative activity you enjoy? Have you ever written about it?

I spend some of my time making m/m themed and book trailer videos. (see the YouTube…

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PAINT THE SKY

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LILY G BLUNT

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Genre: M/M, Contemporary Romance and Erotica

Length: 65,000 Words

Release Date: August 30, 2014

ASIN: B00MSYA1JQ

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A love of art…

A mutual interest in art draws two shy university students together. Ben admires Vinnie’s painting of the university building, so Vinnie invites him to an exhibition of his artwork. From a wealthy family, Ben purchases some of Vinnie’s art and arranges for the artist to personally hang the paintings in his apartment.

Starry, starry night…

Ben commissions Vinnie to paint his portrait, in order to spend more time with the artist. On the night of the sitting, Vinnie fingerpaints the starry night on Ben’s chest… and they kiss. They begin a relationship beneath the night sky, God’s own canvas.

But every relationship has its ups and downs and so it is with theirs. When Ben thinks Vinnie spends too much time with a fellow artist, his jealousy drives a wedge between them and forces Vinnie into the very thing Ben dreads.

Hold tight to your dreams…

Ben and Vinnie will have to walk through fire before they can find one another again. But if they believe, and if they keep their faith in the night sky and each other, just maybe they can make their dreams of love come true.

 

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Vinnie led me across the room, pulling me by the shirt. “Lie back on the sofa for me and I’ll paint you.”

As if in a dream, I settled my head against one arm of the sofa, my legs dangling over the other end, scarcely breathing now. Vinnie knelt on the floor beside me with an open pot of paint in his hand.

Teasingly, he dipped his index finger into the dark blue paint as if it were cream he would lick off. His finger connected with my skin and he made short strokes across my chest, the coldness of the paint making me shiver.

Mesmerised by the closeness of his beautiful face, the view of the night sky through the window, and the picture forming upon my chest, I watched as dab after dab and stroke after stroke he built up a mix of shades, until a dark night sky with the moon and stars were there to be seen—a masterpiece, drying on the warmth of my blazing skin, a transient thing of beauty. His fingers skimmed my skin causing gooseflesh to ripple in waves down my arms and thighs. My nipples pebbled in response to his touch.

And when he was done, his lips met mine in a languid kiss; how our first kiss should have been—sweet, innocent, and full of promise. He pulled away, smiling down at me.

This was the beginning of something special.

 

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LILY G. BLUNT’S BIO:

Lily G. Blunt writes contemporary gay romance and erotica. She loves to explore the relationship between two men and the intensity of their physical and emotional attraction. Angst often features in her stories as she feels this demonstrates the depth of the men’s feelings for each other. Lily is forever writing imaginary scenes and plots in her head, but only a few ever make it to the page—there never seems to be enough hours in the day despite having left the teaching profession to concentrate on her writing!

Lily discovered the wonderful world of m/m romance novels four years ago via fan fiction and went on to write stories in her spare time. With the encouragement of her friends and readers she decided to publish some of her work.

Lily has several self-published stories available on Amazon. She is also published with Torquere Press and Wayward Ink Publishing.

Easily distracted from her writing, Lily makes videos using clips from gay-themed movies and posts gorgeous pictures of men kissing or making out on her tumblr and Facebook pages. Lily is also an avid supporter of GLBTQ rights and advocates equality for all.

Lily lives in central England with her rather bemused husband, two twenty-something children, and a ‘mad as a bag of frogs’ Shetland Sheepdog.

 

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LILY G. BLUNT’S SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:

WordPress: http://lilygblunt.wordpress.com

Blog: http://lilygblunt.blogspot.co.uk/

FB Page: http://www.facebook.com/LilyGBlunt

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Tumblr: http://bobloving.tumblr.com/

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YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/BoyonBoyLoving?feature=mhee

Twitter: https://twitter.com/BoyonBoyLoving

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6586037.Lily_G_Blunt

 

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Chapter 5

Edward and I just looked at each other for a moment. He sighed before replying, “We’ll be down in a minute, Ellis.”

Edward smiled softly at me, held my face with one hand, and our lips connected briefly once again. He tilted forward so our foreheads touched. “I suppose we’d better go downstairs before he comes back again,” Edward said quietly. “Here, let me help you get up, Jay.” I really liked it when he shortened my name.

He put his hand under my elbow and I pushed off from my good leg so he did not have to take all my weight. I rocked back and forth while the blood settled in my legs, and Edward fetched the crutches for me. “I’ll be glad when I’m walking properly,” I huffed, trying not to feel embarrassed after our short intimate moment.

“Then we can go out on our date, can’t we, hun?” Edward winked, then kissed my cheek. He twirled round and headed for the door swaying his hips before I could reply.

He led the way downstairs to the living room. I followed him almost as quickly. I could just about manage with one crutch now.

Ellis was alone in the room pacing up and down, waiting for us. I was surprised Ryan wasn’t shadowing him as he usually was and wondered what had caused Ellis’s sudden change of heart. Deciding to keep the weight off my aching leg, I sat down but the other two remained standing, neither of them looking relaxed in the slightest.

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