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Title: Slide (Roads, Book 1)
Author: Garrett Leigh
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: G.D. Leigh (Blackjazzpress.com)
Genre/Sub-Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance
Don’t look back. Don’t you ever look back…
Shy tattoo artist Ash has a troubled past. Years of neglect, drug abuse, and life on the streets have taken their toll, and sometimes it seems the deep, unspoken bond with his lover is the only balm for wounds he doesn’t quite understand.
Chicago paramedic Pete is warmth, love, and strength—things Ash never knew he could have, and never even knew he wanted until Pete showed him. But fate is a cruel, cruel mistress, and when nightmares collide with the present, their tentatively built world comes crashing down.
Traumatic events in Pete’s work life distance him from home, and he doesn’t realize until it’s too late that Ash has slipped away. Betrayal, secrets, and lies unfold, and when a devastating coincidence takes hold, Pete must fight with all he has to save the love of his life.
IT WAS early when I woke up the first time. I was aware enough to know I wasn’t in my room or on the couch, but I didn’t know where I was. Something shifted and a door closed. A moment later, I felt a hand on my shoulder and a familiar voice told me to go back to sleep. It was all too easy just to do what he said.
Sometime later, I woke up properly. I opened my eyes, feeling warm and a little dazed. I raised my hands to rub them over my face, but sharp pain and scratchy material caught me off guard. I stared at my hand. The events of the night before slowly filtered back into my brain, but my arm didn’t look the way I expected it to. Instead of a macabre, burned mess covered in blood, it was clean and neatly wrapped in white gauze.
I sat up, using my good arm for leverage, and surveyed my surroundings. Damn. Pete’s room? How the hell did that happen?
“Hey, you’re awake.”
Like magic, he appeared. His grin startled me. Bizarrely, I’d neglected to account for his whereabouts. “Um, yeah… sorry.”
“What for? It’s not like you snore.”
“Never mind. Are you working today?”
I frowned and tried to remember my schedule. My head felt fuzzy, still hazy with sleep. “At three, I think,” I said uncertainly.
“We better get going, then. Get dressed, and I’ll get you some coffee.” He disappeared as abruptly as he’d appeared, then suddenly he was back. He tossed my jeans and a hoodie at me. “We’re going to the hospital,” he said. “You need stitches.”
I glanced between him and my bandaged hand. “This was you?”
He rolled his eyes. “Who else would it be? The crappy dressing I put on outside was never going to last. Lucky you sleep like the dead. It took me ages to clean it. You had all kinds of shit ground into it. Were you drunk or something?”
I rose from the bed without answer, wondering if I’d woken up to a different world, and made my way to the bathroom to have an awkward shower. After, I stared at my reflection in the mirror. I looked just the same—scruffy, pale, and crappy—but I felt different, off kilter somehow. It wasn’t unpleasant, but it was disconcerting, like I wasn’t quite myself. Yeah, that was it. The world wasn’t the problem; it was me. It was always me.
About the Author:
Garrett Leigh is a British writer and book designer, currently working for Dreamspinner Press, Loose Id and Black Jazz Press. Her protagonists will always always be tortured, crippled, broken, and deeply flawed. Throw in a tale of enduring true love, some stubbly facial hair, and a bunch of tattoos, and you’ve got yourself a Garrett special.
When not writing, Garrett can generally be found procrastinating on Twitter, cooking up a storm, or sitting on her behind doing as little as possible. That, and dreaming up new ways to torture her characters. Garrett believes in happy endings; she just likes to make her boys work for it.
Garrett also works as a freelance cover artist for various publishing houses and independent authors under the pseudonym G.D. Leigh. For cover art info, please visit blackjazzpress.com
Cover art enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
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