Wednesday Briefs: July 21, 2021

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.

The Garret Farm: Part 4 by J Ray Lamb

Alexei let out a laugh, “Nyet.” Colin thought he said, or was it ‘Not yet’.

Either way, he was trapped.

He started planning his escape from town but his thoughts were broken when Alexei picked up him and threw him over his shoulder like a sandbag. He could smell Alexei now, the unmistakable smell of a working man but also a musk that he couldn’t describe. Whatever it was, Colin was in its thrall. He took in a deep breath and lost all resistance to Alexei. As much as he tried to fight it, he couldn’t move or escape.

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Ancalagon: Chapter Forty-seven by Cia Nordwell

“You said they wouldn’t…. That they couldn’t….” Each time I trailed off, unable to finish my sentence. How could he have sat there so calmly and asked if I knew what would happen if they broke our bond?  

Garjah griped my sides, pulling me into his body. I ducked my head against his chest, pressing my forehead into the hard muscle. He locked one arm around my back and the other he used to stroke my hair. “Breathe,” Garjah rumbled.  

His muscles were tight, but as I relaxed and started to breathe with him, he calmed too. His chin rested


An Unholy Alliance #8 (3.1) by Julie Lynn Hayes

In hindsight, I wished I’d just taken the damn car and been done with it, illegal meat in the trunk or not. I’d intended to steal a vehicle the night before anyway, but I’d been so hungry that I’d focused on my desire for blood rather than any need for transportation. Of course I’m perfectly capable of traveling under my own power, and sometimes I have no other option. But I disdain expending energy unnecessarily. To do so would have been a foolish move on my part, one that would have led to a need to feed again sooner rather than later. Which also meant I’d be at risk of embroiling myself in another ridiculous predicament such as the one I’d just extricated myself from. No thank you to that.

Now, I know what the burning question

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