This week I’m switching to Kept Tears as I’m working on a short story in this universe for a charity anthology (but I don’t have enough of that to share yet). I’m still very happy with this one set in my home town area. This snippet is from chapter one where disabled vet, Aaron, has just met fantasy author, Rhys, at a steampunk party (and is completely unaware that Rhys is actually a Tylwyth Teg, a Welsh faerie).
Aaron licked his lips. Nervousness tied his tongue for a moment. His attraction to the stunning young man awakened his insecurities. He’d tried getting close to someone once or twice since the attack only to be met with a strange, inner vulnerability. He mentally fast-forwarded to the moment where he’d have to be intimate. Aaron imagined the rejection, the humiliation, when all his scars were uncovered.
Blurb Having left most of his arm and his self-confidence behind in the Afghanistan desert, young veteran Aaron Santori has enough on his plate learning to use his prosthetic arm. Attending graduate school at the University of Pittsburgh makes life both interesting and challenging. Mentally, he’s ill prepared for meeting Rhys Edwards, a young-adult novelist from Wales and everything Aaron could want in a man. Between the scars from the explosion and his PTSD, he’s reluctant to date. Ready or not, though, Aaron finds himself jumping into the deep end of the relationship waters.
What Aaron couldn’t possibly know is that Rhys isn’t human at all. As a prince of the Tylwyth Teg, Rhys is fae, with a list of enemies he’s accumulated over the past few centuries—among them a former lover, Morcant, who is back to make Rhys’s life miserable. An unwitting pawn in their Machiavellian fae politics, Aaron only knows he’s falling in love, never suspecting love might be his death sentence.
You can find Kept Tears here
If you’d like to play along, Rainbow Snippets is a Facebook community where we post up 6 sentences of one of our LGBTstories every Saturday. It’s been fun and you can find it here. Be sure to check out all the offers! It’s been a great supportive group!