This week, show us the characters who who love each other so much that it doesn’t matter where they are, who they are, what they have or don’t have. Show us that these characters are going to stick with each other through thick and thin. These are the ones who just want to be with each other, love each other and always be together, no matter how long or short the time.
And along the way, they have the sexiest romance ever. They love each other to distraction and with every word we know and come to understand that love.
While you're reading this, I'll be at Imaginarium in Louisville, KY, talking about Monster Porn or Pre-editing. So enjoy.
The first couple I thought of for this was Sean and Gabe.
Sean Dempsey came home from Iraq with artificial knees, scorched retinas and a lot of baggage. He supplements his disability checks with money made writing romance novels under a female pseudonym, ironic as he has grown very nervous around women since a certain suicide bomber. When he meets Gabriel Herne, legless phone psychic, the sparks startle him. It’s everything he’s written about and never believed.
Swept into a whirlwind romance, Sean has to learn about his newfound bisexuality and his lover’s pagan faith at the same time. And when he has a religious experience of his own, he discovers everything changes in its time, just like the Wheel of the Year.
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Sean let Gabe kiss him for a couple minutes and then startled with a scream when a car backfired. Gabe's hands on his arms stopped his automatic reach for his rifle. Gabe's magic voice stroked over him, soothing him.
"Shh. It'll be all right. It's just a car. Just a car, Sean. Did you have to take a pill to get to the clinic today?"
Sean nodded, breathing fast and sweating. "Yeah. The dreams were really bad last night, Gabe. I was almost too shaky to go, but it was my last pill. Really bad dreams. The drugs aren't cutting the cycle anymore. I have a VA appointment the first."
Gabe grew serious. "Sean, the drugs are going to kill you if a sudden dive to the pavement doesn't." He kissed the scraped skin of Sean's palms. "That stuff is so bad for you and it sounds like you're needing more."
Sean's face went tight and he shook his head. "It's all I got, Gabe, all that works and even this isn't working." The fear he had never voiced until now turned his words panicky.
"Shh." Gabe held him tightly. "I have a couple of ideas. Sex, of course, being the sovereign remedy for sleeplessness and bad dreams."
Sean just nodded and clung. He still had Gabe. Beautiful Gabe and his magic voice that made all the bad things back off a little.
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