Wednesday Briefs: April 10, 2019

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.

Denied: Chapter Seventy-eight by Cia Nordwell

“If you want to kill your father, do it yourself!” Freska demanded. “But my friends are not your pawns. And before you even think to order those guards to do anything to us, know that I have skills you did not even know I possessed. Did you wonder what I was doing before you pretended to wake up? Do you know I don’t need to touch electronic systems once they’ve let me in? I know that this whole place is wired for vid and sound.”

Rilecca gaped at her. “What?”

“See, I figured you would need proof of them killing 

Adrift: Chapter 35 by J. Alan Veerkamp

“Another empty.” Arad couldn’t stop from grousing as he kicked the empty container. It slid across the cargo bay floor, banging into the growing cluster of boxes littering the room. Each time he tossed one aside, Roku’s twitchy gaze followed. Arad had finally downloaded Torrins’s shipping manifest to his handheld and dragged the tiger along to search the inventory for potential parts to repair the damaged engine.

Most of what he kept finding on the list were vague descriptions with nothing inside the crates. Knowing Torrins, he inflated the documents to give the impression of the Midas Ascending being a more professional operation and entice clients for higher-end contracts.

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In Pieces #47 (12.1) by Julie Lynn Hayes

Ben was breathtaking, even in his sleep, Ryan decided. Not a single wrinkle or frown line marred that perfect skin. He looked relaxed and at ease.

He looked like an angel.

Sometimes Ryan was afraid he was dreaming all this—being here with Ben, watching Ben live out his dream. Even their lovemaking the night before after returning from Houma—loving and touching one another into the early hours, falling asleep in each other’s arms—had a dreamlike quality. Well,  if this was a dream, then may he never waken.

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Here Kitty Kitty: Chapter 20.1 by Carol Pedroso

Carl watched his mate stop and turn.

What did he say now? Should they go to his room? Or Tristan’s? or to one of the main rooms so they were more public? Would Tristan think he was being too forward to ask to speak in one of their rooms? Or would he think he wasn’t interested if he asked to speak in a main room? Goddess, he was the Elder of his clan, he represented his clan at various events during any given year, he spoke to beings of all species. Why was it so hard to think of what to say

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