Title: Louder Than Words
Author: Siryn Sueng
Release Date: April 11th 2017
Genre: MM Contemporary Romance, Novella
Derrek is a local teacher in Clearwater, Florida. He frequents a nearby coffee shop before work every morning, where he finds himself enraptured with a young barista, Alex. But Alex never seems to notice him, even when he’s handing Derrek his morning coffee.
After weeks of hiding in his corner under the pretense of working, Derrek finally gains enough courage to ask Alex on a date. He’s crushed when all he gets for an answer is complete silence. He thinks it’s the end, until he finds out that Alex has a disability that has paralyzed his vocal cords.
Sign language is Alex’s way of communication, and it’s something that Derrek knows little to nothing about. With renewed determination, Derrek asks Alex to teach him sign language. Derrek wants to be able to talk to Alex, to tell him how he really feels, and find out if Alex feels the same.
But more than anything, he longs for a relationship that goes deeper than just words alone.
Louder Than Words is an 18,000-word novella.
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He was dressed in a dark tank top with a white unbuttoned shirt over it. It was too hot for jeans so we were both in shorts, his shoes kicked off to the side. Alex had a stack of paper next to him with a pen on top of it, notes scrawling all across them as we went back and forth in talking to one another. I’d learned a lot, but not everything and it wasn’t rare for me to confuse something he said. Alex was very patient and I was extremely lucky for that part of his nature, otherwise we probably never would have made it past the third week.
Alex huffed, his breath coming out hard, giving way to a very soft, almost inaudible sound, and he slapped my knee. I was startled out of my thoughts and looked up at his face instead of where my gaze had traveled down to the waist of his shorts with my wandering thoughts. I blushed as he glared at me.
Pay attention, he signed to me.
“I am!” It was a lie and I knew it, but I was trying to be discreet about my earlier imagination. It wasn’t the first time he’d frowned at me or looked irritated, but it was the first time that his irritation seemed to grow into true anger as he replied to me. No, you’re not. You’re undressing me with your eyes.
“Sorry! I’m sorry. I just … I got distracted.” I was ashamed he’d caught it, but I smiled in the hopes of making him less angry with me. “I was just thinking that you look really good today.”
That did it. Alex blushed hard and he looked away. He managed to keep his frown, but he signed back to me with less force. Flattery won’t get you out of trouble.
I leaned forward, propping my arm up on my knee and holding my chin between my fingers. “No? I’m pretty good at compliments. And flirting.”
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Siryn Sueng is an erotica M/M romance writer. Mostly she writes in the fantasy, paranormal, and even Sci-Fi genres. Louder than Words, though, is her first ever contemporary work. She’s married to her wonderful husband of 13 years, and they have two cute kittens, Anubis and Kida, who drive them crazy almost all the time. Anubis fancies himself the destroyer of the elusive red dot…
Siryn is a lover of games on a wide range of platforms. She plays on the PC, console, and hand-held devices (her 3DS currently). She also plays otome novels on her tablet. Dragon Age, the Fire Emblem series, and the Tale’s series are her favorite games. Japan is where she would love to visit sometime. She’s a huge fan of Japan, including manga and anime. Siryn loves to read, though she’s been writing more than reading as of late. And she has a deep love for dragons. She has a very large collection of dragon statues in her house.