“Abercrombie, Smith, and Unwin was an old established law firm, conservative and traditional. Justin was doing his best to fit in. If he looked suave, dressed conservatively and acted like his own father, no-one at the firm would ever need to know that he was gay. Not that he would lose his job if the firm found out, at least he was pretty sure he wouldn’t, but he bet anything he would be stereo typed. Given the civil jobs, not the criminal cases he yearned for.
Naturally enough, Jeremy disapproved. Strongly. “It’s 2014 for heaven’s sake, not 1914!” he protested. “You should be able to be yourself. How will we ever get equality if gays keep pretending to be straight?”
Jeremy hated it when Justin pretended to be straight. It made him feel as if he, Jeremy, didn’t count.”
I have added a new page to my world.
Every few weeks I shall post a free read here – either a chapter of one of my books or a short story.
Today’s read is the first chapter of Rough Play. If you enjoy it, you can download the whole story from Amazon, Apple, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Smashwords or other selected ebook stores.
Time for Destiny
When Daniel Wilson, oldest of five children in a troubled family, joined the military, he expected to see combat in Iraq. But it comes as quite a shock when a Rupee minted a century and a half ago transports him to that dangerous time in war-torn colonial India. After he meets and falls in love with Vir during his visit to 1857, he faces the greatest challenge of his life. He knows he may ultimately lose Vir because he belongs in a different time. Still, he wants desperately to keep his love alive despite threats of violence from both wars.
Time for Destiny came about when a good friend requested a time travel story. Her first suggestion was the early Victorian era but Michelle felt that had been done to death. While at work and talking to a fellow worker, he suggested somewhere exotic. After a brief search of Indian history the story was born. Originally written for the 2012 National Novel Writers month Time for Destiny underwent 15 edits before being picked up. The most challenging part came at this stage. Although Michelle felt she had covered the past well her wonderful editor found conflicting differences with the references she had used from the past. It was at this point Michelle had to decide if she made the story more fantasy or use actual facts. Michelle chose to use actual facts from the past and this meant some big rewrites and a lot more research. The end product was a wonderful story about love between two wars and the two men who lived in different worlds. The opportunity to be published professionally was an amazing experience and Michelle learned a lot about how she wrote and how to be better.
Michelle Rae lives in lovely Adelaide, South Australia. She began writing fan fiction for her son in 2007, which led to bigger and better things. Writing LGBT stories became her passion after discovering the genre in 2008. Determined to write her greatest story, Michelle dedicates endless hours hoping to achieve this dream. In her spare time, Michelle likes to drink tea, eat peppermint chocolate and keep the last of her sanity intact.
Visit Michelle at http://www.moralfortitude.com/, or friend her on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/rae.kitano
Time for Destiny
Special Offer – July Smashwords Sale!!
My book, Lunar Affair is on sale all this month for $1.50, that is 50% off normal price!
Remember Rough Play is FREE so you can download all four of my books for only $3.50 this month.
Here’s the link – when you get to checkout, use the coupon code SSW50 for Lunar Affair.
I have decided to publish Rough Play as a stand alone ebook to be available for FREE.
This means my short story collection, “Rough Play and other stories” has been removed from Amazon, Smashwords and related sites.
This will not affect readers who have already purchased the collection.
A FREE copy of Rough Play can be found on Smashwords NOW
I will advise you when it becomes available on Amazon and include a link here to the new book 🙂