Have fun everyone – for me it’s a great excuse to consume chocolate without guilt! I’m counting down the days now ’til pre-release of The Portrait on November 5th. As it’s a ghost story, I thought a little snippet would be appropriate for today…
Garrick was bent over a large drawing board, skimming over creamy paper with a soft-leaded pencil. His strokes were confident and he was utterly focused on what he was doing. Suddenly he looked up, his breath steaming in the unnaturally cold air. He cringed and swiped at his neck, rubbing away the sensation of clammy fingers exploring his skin.
“Leave me alone.” His voice was tight with a tension that was mirrored in the set of his jaw. After just a few seconds, the temperature reverted to its normal level and Garrick relaxed with a sigh.
He sat back and took a critical look at the drawing in front of him. A perfect likeness of Tristan stared back and Garrick licked his lips. The image captured the expression that appeared on Tristan’s face every time Garrick looked at him—a cross between fear and desire. A calculating smile curled Garrick’s lips as he pinned the picture to the wall. “You’re mine, Tristan Lindsay. You just don’t know it yet.”
To all my friends on the east coast of the U.S. – hope you didn’t get hit too hard by the storm and have power so you can read chapter 9!
Hope there aren’t too many typos, this was finished under the influence of some nice, powerful cold and flu remedies!
I am so slow! I apologise to everone waiting for news of Olly and Joe. I’ve been ill for a few days and unable to type / think coherently! Then the line edits for The Portrait arrived. Busy, busy! I promise the next chapter will be with you soon. In the meantime, here’s a painting I found that really struck a chord. Hope you like it too. The artist is Raphael Perez, so thanks to him for allowing use of the image. You can find more of his work at http://www.gaypaintings.com/realism.htm
Thanks to some more miserable weather in the UK and a streaming cold!
Managed to avoid distractions for a while, so here’s chapter 6. Hope you like it!
Here’s a new book i’ll definitely be buying – Pavarus by Jennifer Wright.
If the cover isn’t enough to tempt you on it’s own, you can find an excerpt on Jen’s Blog, and here’s a little intro…
Thrown into another world where dangerous creatures live and rule, will Wesley stay and find love with a vampire, or will the terrors of an unknown realm have him running home?