#ReleaseBlitz — Touches (A Collection of Short Stories) by Alina Popescu + Giveaway
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?
Exclusive Excerpt from
A Touch of Glamour
Radu’s hurt did not last long. By the time they were walking through Times Square, making their way to the theatre, he was back to his usual nastiness.
“Man, I still can’t believe I am doing something so gay. I will cleanse myself with a strip club tomorrow night, prey on some daddy issues.”
“Strippers are the same everywhere. Do something that will actually mean a new experience for you,” Tudor said, frowning so much that he could feel his eyebrowsalmost reach his hairline. The silver lining was that Radu was an equal opportunity bastard. He was a jerk to everyone; women, old people, fat people, anyone he deemed not good enough. Tudor couldn’t tell why he’d forgotten that and had allowed the guy to rattle him so much. Maybe because he was more vicious to gay people, or maybe because he’d been forced to spend so much time with the guy. Either way, Radu was making the idea of returning home on Monday a little bearable.
Deciding to shut Radu off, Tudor focused on what the night was going to bring. He was looking forward to the show. He knew the lyrics to most of the Phantom songs, and he’d seen the Butler movie about five times. He’d loved it each and every time, with the small exception that he never got the choice the girl made. The Phantom had always been far more interesting than that puppy-eyed guy she always ended up with.
They turned on a side street from Broadway Boulevard and Tudor’s mind started to wander. What did off-Broadway mean? Does it mean those plays were featured by theatres not directly on Broadway? Or not in the general area of the famous boulevard. Was the play they were seeing an off-Broadway production? Then again it was a classic musical and it had been advertised all over Times Square. Could an off-Broadway musical afford that much advertising? Man, I am so clueless about it. Maybe they should take away my gay card. He chuckled, thinking for a second of how amazed someone like Radu would be if he ever discovered just how many shapes and flavors of gay were out there.
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About the author
Writer, traveler, and coffee addict, Alina Popescu has been in love with books all her life. She started writing when she was ten and even won awards in local competitions. She has always been drawn to sci-fi, fantasy, and the supernatural realm, which explains her deep love for vampires and is also to blame for this trilogy.