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Sample Sunday: Surviving Vihaan 1

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.

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Surviving Vihaan, Book 1: A Touch of Danger

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Going undercover might expose more than he expected.

Drew’s life sucks. Saving money to escape his homophobic family is one thing, but his only paying gig at the moment is playing his father’s ‘only gay in the village’ plus-one to every LGBT friendly business event.

Then his brother comes up with a plan. Sheffield needs someone to go undercover for his police investigation. Drew has all the qualifications: he’s gay, he has experience with exotic animals, and he’s college-aged. And he’s easily bought.

Going undercover to solve the mystery of a college campus smuggling ring was never in his plans. Neither was hot, perfect house captain, Rylee. The inside jokes about cats, animal prints, and talk of a place called Vihaan that forbids same-sex relationships, are just the tip of the suspicious iceberg.

Little does Drew know that he’s about to expose more than an illegal smuggling operation. The truth could be more lethal than he could imagine. And, despite it all, it might be his own secret past that kills him before the truth can be unveiled.

Desperate to escape his family, Drew agrees to go undercover for his cop brother. Investigating a suspected smuggling ring, with no real evidence to be found, Drew gives ‘undercover’ work a whole new meaning. Diligent undercover work is one thing, but the closer he gets to the truth, the more Drew begins to realise that it may be his own past that kills him, before the truth can be unveiled.

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7/7 SAMPLE

Drew took a breath, overwhelmed by how quickly it happened. He’d slumped into Sheffield’s office at the unholy hour of eight o’clock, to spend most of the day reading his case-files and enduring his charming company. He thought this would be harder, but he wouldn’t argue against an early night. At least he had a bed and warmth; he hated to imagine the case if he’d been in the predicament his story indicated.

Grabbing his wash bag and a pair of loose joggers, he headed into the en suite to grab a shower and get ready for a decent night’s sleep. His mind whirled with possibilities; why Rylee had been flirting, if he could be the ringleader of an exotic animal smuggling ring. Why a frat house needed the money from an illegal operation, and how they managed to get hold of such animals.

By the time he left the bathroom and sank onto his bed to dry his hair, he wasn’t close to answering any of those questions. He avoided looking at Rylee, as he rose from his bed and disappeared into the bathroom. The man was a distraction he didn’t need.

Discarding his towel into a laundry basket by the door, Drew headed for bed. He lay with his head at the bathroom end to keep an eye on the door. Contemplating the many ways he could find answers without getting caught.

He needed to question the most gullible frat brother, which definitely wasn’t Rylee. Find new evidence of animals within the grounds, if he could. A whisker of an animal reported as stolen could close Sheffield’s case.

Ten minutes into his plans, the bathroom door opened. Drew turned onto his left side and faced the wall he hadn’t noticed had a huge mural of a wildlife savannah. Everything from elephants, lions, and gazelles painted in incredible detail across the landscape.

These guys didn’t know how to keep a secret.

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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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