Wednesday Briefs: January 30, 20

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.

In Pieces #38 (10.1) by Julie Lynn Hayes

The warmth of Ben’s body against his was soothing. Ryan couldn’t remember the last time he’d slept so well. After they’d made love, he’d fallen asleep, wrapped around Ben. Even now, he was reluctant to open his eyes, start a new day—he wanted their first night to last forever… or at least as long as possible.

He felt soft lips touch his own, eliciting a smile at the thought of Ben.

“Morning, sleepyhead,” Ben whispered, then kissed him again. “I forgot how adorable you look when you’re sleeping.”

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Adrift: Chapter 25 by J. Alan Veerkamp

Tentatively, Roku took Arad’s hand and allowed himself to be pulled to his full height with a featherweight tug.  Averting his eyes, Arad took care not to ogle Roku’s rather robust physique. The DemiShou appeared meek and confused, if lacking even the barest shred of modesty. Barest. An accurate word. With his free hand, Arad attempted to discreetly pull his own shirt’s length lower.

At a cautious pace, he led them through the container maze and out of the bay. Emerging into the hallway didn’t lessen Roku’s disorientation or his wandering gaze.

“Is this a spacecraft?” The timid stammer underscored Roku’s fragile state.

Tales of the Cabin: Part 15 by J Ray Lamb

We had nothing to go on except that perhaps Brady had gone to Arkansas. No word from their Uncle Jake either.

For all intents and purposes, Brady and disappeared. His phone was no longer in service and e-mails returned undeliverable. Jackson and I were nervous wrecks by this time.

Any doubts I had about my feelings for Brady were erased. I was sick with worry that was tinged some threads of anger and understanding. Today’s digital age meant that you had a pressure to be connected all the time and you couldn’t ‘get away’ like you could when I was

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Denied: Chapter Sixty-eight by Cia Nordwell

“Interesting. So he is more than just a member of your crew?” Anyas eyed the lack of space between us.

“You already knew that.” Captain’s voice was flat. “Don’t act as if you know nothing about us. I am sure you have been recovering data since the moment our ship came in range.”

“If you believe I have such resources, and hate the Elites so much, why risk coming here? Why put such tempting morsels within my reach?”

I frowned. “I’m not a morsel.” I shivered, disliking the thought and feelings of being consumed, used. There was something strange about 

Slapout: Chapter 15 by Jon Keys
Alec’s emotional equilibrium was screwed up after spending only a few hours with Pete. They were having a wonderful time at the midway and he loved the affection Pete showed him. He couldn’t seem to keep his hands off. If there were any of ‘those’ looks, Alec was too focused on his date. He glanced around and smiled to find they were at the gate for the ferris wheel. He shivered when he felt Pete wrap his arm around his waist.
Alec grinned. “Tonight has been fun. Thanks.”

Pete gave him a grin and kissed his cheek.

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