Wednesday Briefs: June 3, 2015

Here is a list of all the authors flashing this week, along with a brief snippet from their latest free work. Click the link after the snippet to be taken to the complete story on the author’s home page.

Double Trouble: Chapter 38 by Jon Keys
Darren started slightly when the back door slammed hard enough to rattle the framed photographs on his desk. Great, more drama. He sat back, knowing he was going to be dragged into the never-ending war. Just as he’d feared, Ben appeared in the doorway.
“I don’t have to put up with this shit! I’m not your fucking servant.”
Darren put his pen on the desk with an audible click and swiveled his chair to meet Ben’s angry expression.
“What are you talking about? No one is treating you bad.”

Fortitude: Part Thirty-two by Cia Nordwell 

Was the man holding a knife at my throat one of the people helping betas and gammas get away? Or was he part of the king’s circle who were consuming and misusing power? I opened my mouth, and he dug the knife in again; another trickle of blood slid down my neck, the warm slide tickling on its way down to soak my collar.
“You don’t speak,” he said harshly. “One word, and it will be your last.”

He definitely knew what I was.


“Me?” Teddy licked his lips. His eyes were huge.

“Who are you working for?”


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Shipwreck: Part II by Avery Dawes
Foster kept his mouth shut, worried he was placing a strain on his rescuer’s bad leg. There had to be a story to go with those scars, but Foster wasn’t in a position to ask what it was. Maybe after he knew the guy more than a couple of minutes. Knowing his luck, he’d open his mouth and his brain would derail. He’d end up asking something completely inappropriate…like, “please let me kiss your scars and make them all better.”
Will’s deep voice pulled him from his too-close-to wicked thoughts. “So, pick your poison, sailor. Would you like…

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Evans Woodworking: Chapter 4 by Jim Dunaway

“That goddamn mother-fucker is going to pay for what he did to you, and pay dearly.” Chris said with so much violence in his voice and body language that everyone recoiled.

“Chris, settle down.” Troy said.

“Settle down? Settle down? How can you sit there calmly and tell me to settle down when this has got to be the worst day of Ethan’s life?”

Troy responded, “Chris, I’m just as mad as you are over this situation, but anger and violence is not going to help Ethan. Look at him; he’s shaking like a leaf. He’s gotta be terrified.

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Don’t Look Back #48 (9.5) by Julie Lynn Hayes

November 4th arrived at last, and not a day too soon, as far as Marshall was concerned.

He was more than ready to give his virginity to Lee. He hadn’t stopped thinking about this one night for years—it formed the basis of most of his wet dreams.

However, it wasn’t going to be as easy as that. Naturally not. First, before they even got to the main event, there was their annual birthday dinner with Roy, at Milly’s Diner. When Marshall asked couldn’t that be postponed, just for this year, Lee gave him one of his looks. “Do you want to be the one to explain why to Roy?”

Marshall thought that over for all of five seconds then shook his head.

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Aesthetics of Invention: Part 27 by Ravon Silvius

Thorn’s feet thudded against the floor of the hallway, and the thuds turned to a steady rap as his path took him outside on the gravel of the entranceway, and finally to the stone path that led to the stables.

 The fresh scent of hay and horses met his nose, and one of the animals whickered at him as he headed toward the far stalls.

 His heart sank. He should have known. Jade’s stall was empty. Kenneth was gone.


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Let Me In: Chapter 17 by Carol Pedroso

Cade had been right and they entered the conference room to see ten people seated round it. Cade nodded to the room in general and kept a tight hold of Louis’ hand, he could feel his mate’s nerves and it raised his protective instincts.

“Good Morning,” Thomas said from his place at the head of the Table. “Please take seats and let’s get this meeting going, shall we?”

Cade held a chair for Louis and then sat himself, but he didn’t relax.

Cade watched as they were studied like specimens in a jar until he’d had enough and let out a low growl that had everyone blinking.

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 A Shaman’s Gift: Part 19 by Johayan

Two mornings later, Maikaj and Kevaj were woken early to get ready for
the official announcement of the births and to finalize the names of the
children.  They had settled on Tomyl for the boy and Beha for the girl.
Many hours had been spent on the names for the wolf pups.  Since they
could all interchange between human and wolf form, the pups would need
human names but what would be fitting?  How would they get all the pups
safely out on the balcony to show them to the populace as well?

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 Demon: Part 7 by Nephy Hart

There have been many things in my life that have caused me to fear. Too many, maybe. But nothing has ever scared me as much as feeling that builds within my body as I sink into the warmth of the bath and feel his body, hard against mine.

He is so beautiful, my demon. The candles that dot the room, send flickering shadows to dance on the fragrant water and paint his pale skin with diamond kisses. But no kisses, no matter how they sparkle, can compare with the ones he sprinkles on my unsuspecting face and body.

Oh my days, this is….

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