To give you a taste of what’s in store, I’ll be sharing samples of my available books.
I’ll use the 7/7 Challenge (where authors post seven lines from page 7 of their WIP) as inspiration. I’ll be posting (approximately) 7 paragraphs of page 7 (unless they have spoilers, then I’ll choose the previous/next chapter) If more is needed, for context, then I’ll add more.
Decadent, Book 4: Underneath It All
“Underneath it all, he just wants to be normal.”
But when he meets feisty, fiery red-head Darren at a frat party, he indulges in the bad boy for one night. Except, Darren isn’t the bad boy rumours say he is and their one night stand doesn’t go to plan.
On paper, they could never work as a couple. But in the heat of the moment, they can’t keep away from each other. But with both hiding dark secrets from their past, can they move forward together, without releasing their demons? Or will an attempt at ‘normality’ reveal the harsh truth that, underneath it all, they just want to be loved?
Giovanni walked around the cab and slid into the passenger seat, where he settled in the comfortable heat.
“I had a word with the house,” Jean announced, as he started the engine and drove out of the parking lot. “I reminded them of the consequences if anyone brought up the Tam situation again. I’m getting sick of the questions myself, to be honest,” he admitted, all casual and comfortable beside him.
He was grateful for Jean’s friendship. A lot of his friends had ditched not long after his diagnosis, claiming it was because of what he did to Tam. Really, he knew they were just terrified of being next or having to support him. Not long after that, Jean had moved Giovanni into his fraternity house and overruled everyone’s objections, citing ‘family rules’. Now the whole of campus knew that he and Jean were unofficially family to each other.
The Italian and the Frenchman.
Giovanni shook his head and leaned his elbow on the windowsill, to watch Jean drive. He loved being in a car; the motion made him sleepy, but he couldn’t sleep until he reached his bed.
He had a home to get back to and, because of the mental health act and the risk of discrimination, the university faculty couldn’t kick him out without good reason. As the judge had given him a lenient sentence, putting him on probation for three years as long as he continued therapy and his meds, they couldn’t do anything. He had a place at the university held for him, even when he was in hospital, so that he could attempt to continue his studies.
And it was an attempt. At the moment, his meds had him so tired and confused half the time that he could barely hold the information in his head. But he had time and was working hard to combat all the side effects of his treatment.
Step one was to take a week or two to acclimatise himself back into campus life. Then he would focus on regulating his sleep, meds and fitting in his therapy sessions with classes. Step three was the biggie – he was going to start working for his father.
Giovanni rubbed his forehead and knew that was a risky choice, but he needed the money and the back up if campus life didn’t work out. With the schizophrenia, he was lucky to still have his family’s support, but knew that it was going to get in the way of his studies, soon enough. When that happened, he hoped he was already well settled in his new job and wouldn’t have to worry about starting over.
His meds were being decreased in twelve weeks, after he’d had enough time to settle back into his life and get used to being out of the hospital. He may as well handle as much stress and change as he could in those twelve weeks, while he was on the higher dose.
He just had to stay awake long enough.
Elaine White is the author of multi-genre MM romance, celebrating ‘love is love’ and offering diversity in both genre and character within her stories.
Growing up in a small town and fighting cancer in her early teens taught her that life is short and dreams should be pursued. She lives vicariously through her independent, and often hellion characters, exploring all possibilities within the romantic universe.
The Winner of two Watty Awards – Collector’s Dream (An Unpredictable Life) and Hidden Gem (Faithfully) – and an Honourable Mention in 2016’s Rainbow Awards (A Royal Craving) Elaine is a self-professed geek, reading addict, and a romantic at heart.
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