Love Bytes says hello and welcome to author Alina Popescu joining us here to talk about the release of her Short stories book “Touches”.
Alina Shares an exclusive excerpt and there is a giveaway to participate in!
Welcome Alina 🙂
Touches is a collection of four contemporary gay romance short stories following the same cast of characters. They can be read in any order, but to better immerse yourself in the characters’ lives, reading them in order is advised.
Sometimes a single touch is enough to change everything. Physical or emotional, a touch can tilt the world on its axis and shift your entire life. It can lead to hell, or it can lead to paradise, but things will never be the same…
A TOUCH OF GLAMOUR
Tudor has big plans for New York City.
Ditch his homophobic colleague. See a musical. Definitely check out the go-go boys.
Meeting one Phantom on Grindr wasn’t in the script.
Tudor gets caught up in a whirlwind when his favorite musical character steps off the stage and into his life.
A TOUCH OF PARADISE
Hauled to work in Hawaii, Tudor has little time to enjoy the island paradise.
His obnoxious friend Radu has it much easier, using his free time to set Tudor up, dangling a willing Hawaiian beauty in front of him.
Having been burned by long-distance relationships before, Tudor stubbornly resists Kahoni’s advances.
But can Tudor be worn down enough to enjoy a touch of paradise?
A TOUCH OF KINK
A moody and angry Tudor follows his friend, Radu, to the airport to pick up a client.
Despite Radu’s efforts, he’s still sulking over his boyfriend, Kahoni, not being able to fly over for his birthday.
But the airport only opens up the door to a stream of steamy surprises for Tudor. Will his mood improve?
A TOUCH OF GAY
Radu has always joked with Tudor about his friend’s gay rubbing off on him. Neither of them has taken that joke seriously until Radu’s meltdown and crazy confession: Radu thinks he might be gay.
Despite Radu’s insistence that Tudor’s gayness has helped him figure out his own, there’s more to that story of discovery. Charismatic, sexy, and all around amazing Marius, the man Radu has been crushing on for months, pushed the loud-mouth, offensive Radu into exploring who he truly is.
Figuring out he wasn’t all that straight is the easy part. Getting enough courage to talk to Marius, that’s a whole different challenge, as Radu seems to turn into a stuttering idiot around Marius. Will Radu learn to be confident enough to pursue Marius? Or will Marius act faster and challenge the confused Radu too soon?
“Good evening, nice to see you two gentlemen again.”
Tudor didn’t have to look to know it was Kahoni greeting them. He couldn’t forget that warm, rich voice if he tried. He turned to take in the striking man, noticing how he was practically glowing. He also noticed Kahoni wasn’t as tall as he’d initially thought when facing him at the bar. He was about a head shorter than Tudor, which strangely made him more enticing.
“Hey, dude,” Radu said, almost jumping out of his chair with glee. “Thought you worked at the bar.”
Kahoni shrugged and smiled, his eyes lighting up more as the corners of his lips curved upward. “I do. But they were short-staffed in the restaurant and asked me to help out.”
Tudor followed their interaction in complete silence, trying not to move a muscle. If he kept still, he prayed, his interest wouldn’t turn into a hard-on. Kahoni smelled like the entire city smelled to Tudor: sun, sand, and clear waters, with a hint of exotic aromas that he couldn’t quite place. Maybe it was the local flora, or the spices. Whatever it was, it made Tudor’s body a lot more responsive than usual.
He stubbornly stuck to ignoring Kahoni as much as he could, but still had to order and communicate his preferences. Before he knew it, they were talking every time the young man came to their table. Kahoni had a way of drawing people in, having them open up and welcome him into their personal conversations. As the evening progressed, Tudor saw him in action at every table he waited. Tudor catalogued his different smiles: the genuine one that set his eyes on fire, the polite one for stuffy customers, the ironic one reserved for those rare occasions when one of the patrons got to be too much.
Everyone was paying attention to Kahoni. The patrons’ eyes followed his every move, swallowing with greed every word he uttered. Tudor couldn’t blame them, or himself; the guy had an enticing charm that no one could resist.
“You should ask him out. You’re drooling all over him as it is,” Radu teased, leering at Tudor and making kissing noises. Just like a five-year-old, Tudor thought.
Prizes: $5 Amazon Gift Card; 3 ebook copies of backlist titles (winner’s choice)
Writer, traveler, and coffee addict, Alina Popescu has been in love with books all her life. She started writing when she was ten and she has always been drawn to sci-fi, fantasy, and the supernatural realm. Born and raised in Romania, she finds her inspiration in books of all genres, in movies, and the occasional manga comic book. She is a proud geek who needs her fast Internet and gadgets more than she needs air.
Site & Blog: http://alina-popescu.com