Confessions of a Reckless Reader

Come on over to my guest post at Joyfully Jay’s this week, where I’m talking about reading ‘river-deep and mountain-high’ – and to hell with being pigeonholed by genre!

“Who knows why a certain book catches our eye? We appreciate our friends’ recommendations, but reading a book is so personal you can’t rely on having the same reaction. You may be looking for a sweet contemporary romance but suddenly be attracted to a striking cover, or the blurb for a dark BDSM, or a coming-of-age drama from the other side of the world. I’ve done all that. You tell yourself, there’s just *something about it*…Surrender to that urge, I say!

And please let me know what you think, about keeping all your options open

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Flashfic: on Vengeance

I’ve been tempted (!) to post my flashfic MOVING ON after the prompt at Chuck Wendig’s Flash Fiction Challenge:  Thy Name is Vengeance.

Moving On

I’m huddled alone in the fuel room, monitoring the gauges. Enough in Tank #3 to power His craft back to the space station, safe and smooth.

Barely dried tears still nestle in my beard.

I shouldn’t care. Open relationships are the norm nowadays.

That’s what He said last night, through lips that smiled at my shock, that were still halfway down Second Officer (Onboard Facilitation) Grend’s cock.

Facilitation. Right.

Seven months together is a bloody long time on a space station, when soporific days are marked only by a change of task sheet. Where intimacy is planned in advance, lusty breath rationed, precious lube usage kept to a minimum.

I thought it’d count for something.

Stupid.

I’m too old to fall into that ‘screwing your boss’ trap. Funny how even in such a rigidly controlled environment, libido blows common sense farther than any satellite.

Humiliation. Can’t forget. Betrayal. Calls for action!

I glance at Tank #3, pumping its precious feed to His craft.

There’s a heady thrill in giving way to your emotions, albeit adolescent, vindictive and probably criminal.

I flip the switch on the tank lid, and an amber light awakens.

I remember doing this once, on an Earth car. Belonged to a guy who dumped me. I was only a teenager.

Felt good.

I unscrew the lid. There’s only a matter of seconds before the break in flow is noticed.

The amber light starts flashing. So, scold me. I unzip my suit, disengage the urine bag, release my cock. And piss into the tank.

Not enough to endanger the landing: enough to make it choppy as all hell. Twenty seconds of hot, pure, rejuvenating revenge.

Zipped again, I tighten the lid. Amber returns to a pale green pout.

And I’m smiling like that teenager I once was.

We can all move on, right?

 

copyright / Clare London / posted first 2018 on QSF Facebook group

Signed Paperback Giveaway – today!

Come on over to the latest feature on the BecauseTwoMenAreBetterThanOne blog today. A Mystery Book Giveaway starts with one of my books – a signed paperback to anywhere in the world! All for the effort of deducing 3 (pretty easy) clues :D.

The draw lasts until March 18th. Please pop over to the blog and make your guesses! And watch out for more paperbacks on offer in months to come.

What’s in a Name?

Visit me over at Not Your Usual Suspects today where I have a Guest Author Spot, talking about how I choose names for characters in my books – and how book titles can take on a life of their own!

Should my new (re)release FREEMAN have been called “Romance Blossoms Between Two Very Different Men While Foiling Dastardly Plots” – and why wasn’t it?

What do you think about names? Do you like seeing unusual ones? Readers, do they turn you on or off in a book? 😉

 

Freeman visits Joyfully Jay + Giveaway

Come on over and join me at Joyfully Jay’s this week, where they’re featuring my re-release of FREEMAN. I’m chatting about the essence of Freeman, one of my favourite heroes – the fact he turns out to be an Unreliable Narrator. There’s romance and mystery and suspense and drama in the story – but is everything what it really seems???

There are also TWO copies up for grabs, for the price of a comment at JAY’S POST.

I’d love to see you there 🙂

Freeman’s return to the city is quiet, without fuss. Another client: another case. He’ll source what they need and be on his way. But he’s been missed by more people than he thought: his ex-wife, his ex-lover, and his ex-business partner. And at least one of them wants him the hell gone again.

Freeman — private, controlled – just does his job. But when he strikes up an unusual friendship with the young runaway Kit, trouble comes looking for both men, ready to expose secrets that can destroy their fragile trust. Yet, for Kit, Freeman’s more than ready for the challenge.


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