Noise by JP Barnaby ~ #TeamPrism GRL Countdown Flash Fic

I hope you all have been enjoying the GRL Featured Blog Tour this year. We at Prism have been honored to be a part of it! As part of our #TeamPrism countdown to GRL I issued a challenge to the authors who have visited us throughout the year on the tour. Some couldn’t participate, but many took the challenge. I gave them each the same prompt and asked them to write a flash fic of 500 words, give or take a few hundred.

The Prompt

TeamPrismFlashFic prompt


Noise by JP Barnaby

He’s so far away from me. Almost as if he were standing behind glass, our voices, our touch, not even our love breeches the barrier between us. I can’t hear his heartbeat even when my head rests on his chest. It used to be my favorite sound. Now, I hear only noise.

God, he’s beautiful—I miss his carefree smile.

I used to trace his tattoo with affectionate kisses, tickling him, making him laugh. The laughter deserted us. It may have never existed at all—a mirage—a reflection in the glass. Lost with the color of our love, nothing but fragments so all I see is noise.

He’s so gentle—I miss the scent of his hair after the rain.

My fingers once tingled against his skin. His mouth found tender places on my body unexplored by any before him. I lived for our slow, sensuous love-making. No rushing. No deadlines. No phones. Nothing between us but sweat, semen, and love. Now when I reach for him, it’s like shattered glass beneath my fingers. So much noise.

The silence is deafening—I miss his carefree whispers against my skin.

The swell of musical symphony fills my soul as I watch him sleep, his face finally relaxed against the stress of our distance. When I reach out for him, my hand slams into the glass, driving us ever apart. Desperation drives me to search out a hammer to destroy anything that stands between us. I’ll smash. I’ll scream. I’ll beg.

To find his love again, I’ll embrace every bit of our noise.

About the Author

Award winning romance novelist, J. P. Barnaby has penned over a dozen books including the Working Boys series, the Little Boy Lost series, In the Absence of Monsters, and Aaron. As a bisexual woman, J.P. is a proud member of the GLBT community both online and in her small town on the outskirts of Chicago. A member of Mensa, she is described as brilliant but troubled, sweet but introverted, and talented but deviant. She spends her days writing software and her nights writing erotica, which is, of course, far more interesting. The spare time that she carves out between her career and her novels is spent reading about the concept of love, which, like some of her characters, she has never quite figured out for herself.

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Author Tour Stops:

Carol Lynne 15-Apr
Eden Winters 2-May
Rowan Speedwell 13-May
J. P. Barnaby 23-May
Toni Griffin 6-Jun
Kindle Alexander 20-Jun
Zathyn Priest 4-Jul
Diana Copland 18-Jul
Angel Martinez 23-Jul
Sara York 31-Jul
Jeff Adams 5-Aug
Brandon Witt 14-Aug
Deanna Wadsworth 21-Aug
Shira Anthony 28-Aug
Ethan Stone 1-Sep
Jamie Lynn Miller 11-Sep
Chris Cox 22-Sep
Lori Toland 29-Sep
Freddy MacKay 2-Oct
Erica Pike 6-Oct



As part of the countdown to GRL, one lucky commenter on the #TeamPrism Flash Fiction posts will win a $25 All Romance eBooks Gift card!

Contest ends 25 Oct 2014 at 11:59pm CDT.  Must be 18 or old, void where prohibited.


Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

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