Wednesday, November 20, 2013


Hullo again! Rori here. Aubrey will be along in two shakes. He just needs a moment to get himself together. I'm afraid he's somewhat anxious around new people, and it takes a certain amount of preparation on his part. Before he comes out, I thought I might tell you a little bit about him. Aubrey is eighteen, so a year older than me, but he needs extra special attention. I'm glad he likes spending time with me because I like spending time with him as well. Sometimes I feel lonely when he's not with me, though I'm still rather uncertain as to why that may be. I might ask Henry about that.
I do know that being around Aubrey makes me feel very happy, but in a different way than being around the other fellas. I mean, I've fancied other boys before, but it's never felt anything like this, which is what makes me wonder if it may be something else I feel? No one has ever needed me before either. I'm not used to having someone depend on me. It should make me anxious, but somehow, not where Aubrey is concerned. He's very handsome, with black hair and pale grey eyes. He has a wide smile that makes his eyes light up. We hold hands sometimes, not because we fancy each other, but because we like to, and sometimes when we're feeling a little under the weather, it helps us feel better.
The other fellas never tease us, mostly because no one would ever dare hurt Aubrey's feelings. He's just such a sweet fella and it makes us all sad knowing how Jacky and Chance found him. Aubrey thinks Chance is the bee's knees as well, especially since when Aubrey first arrived and was real scared, Chance gave Aubrey his French Foreign Legion uniform and told him all sorts of stories about his time in the desert. I don't think Chance knows how much it means to Aubrey. Sometimes, when Aubrey's having a tough day, he asks me to stay with him in his room. On those days he wears Chance's uniform. I think it makes him feel less afraid.
Oh, he's here now, waving. Sort of. It's a small wave. I don't think he'll be staying long. He's brought his dime novel. Aubrey's favorites are the Nick Carter Detective magazines. It's always filled with adventure and mystery, and boy, that Nick Carter packs a wallop! Aubrey thinks Johnnie's a lot like Nick Carter. Maybe not the going off on adventures and wearing disguises part, but Johnnie's real good at brawling. He's teaching us all how to box like they do in New York City. It's proper exciting! Aubrey's tugging on my sleeve which means he'd like to go. Thank you all again for coming! Next stop is Oliver. He's... um, well, let's just say there's never a dull moment when he's around! Cheerio!
IAJW200Eight years after leaving the deserts of Africa and the French Foreign Legion behind, Jonathan Wolfe has settled into life at Hawthorne Manor in the English countryside. Johnnie helps his adopted family run the manor and provide a safe, loving home for a new generation of “brats”: boys mistreated and discarded for their homosexuality—something all too familiar to Johnnie.
Although no longer an unruly youngster, Johnnie is as stubborn, foul-mouthed, and troublesome as ever. His recent rash behavior becomes a concern for those closest to him, especially Dr. Henry Young, the only man ever to capture Johnnie's heart. Instead of soothing him, their closeness brings Johnnie’s insecurities from an unsettling past to the surface, and leads to an explosive situation that threatens to tear them apart. Then Henry’s past catches up to them….
  Excerpts are in the form of a serial. Read Part 8 at Shira Anthony's blog here.   Excerpt 9
We said hello to some of the grooms on the far end as we made our way to the part of the stables that had been converted into a coach house before the war. After climbing into the passenger side of Henry’s Citro├źn, I rolled down the window to lean my elbow out as he started the engine and got us moving. The day was pleasant for May, so no overcoats were needed, and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky, though we could very well be driving into a blizzard for all I knew. I had learned quite quickly I had a better of chance of striking oil out here than I did trying to predict the British weather. I’d never lived in a country where you could experience summer and winter in the same day.
Henry was rather quiet and I sneaked a glance at him, noticing something jutting out against his suit jacket. Lifting the hem up, I pulled out a medium-sized book that had been tucked into his waistband. “What do we have here?”
“Oh, for heaven’s sake. Jonathan, please.”
“Ooh, using Jonathan, are we? This must be exceptionally good. I looked down at the scuffed brown cover and read the title. Devil’s Cub. Where did Mrs. Whitmore get these things? “What’s this one about?”
“You’re going to laugh at me.”
“I would never laugh at you. I might laugh at the book, but never at you.”
“Very well. It’s about a handsome Marquis and the saucy young woman who takes the place of her younger sister whom he plans to carry off with him to France.”
I held back a smile. “Is he a rake?”
“Of the worst sort.”
“Of course.”
“In possession of a terrible temper?”
“Drinks too much?”
Henry cast me a cheeky smile. “Don’t they always?”
“I like the fellow already.”
“I had a feeling you would,” he said with a chuckle.
“And does the lady make off with his heart?”
“What do you think?”
“I think I might find the raciest part and read it out loud.” I started searching through the book, aware of Henry’s face having gone fiery red.
Part 10 continued on Nov 21st over at Hearts on Fire Reviews .
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CCochet100Charlie Cochet is an author by day and artist by night. Always quick to succumb to the whispers of her wayward muse, no star is out of reach when following her passion. From Historical to Fantasy, Contemporary to Science Fiction, there’s bound to be plenty of mischief for her heroes to find themselves in, and plenty of romance, too!
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Tour stops:
11/9 - Welcome to Hawthorne Manor [Excerpt 1] - The Novel Approach
11/11 - Billiard Room Brouhaha [Excerpt 2] - Author Sue Brown
11/12 - A Trip to the Town of Aylesbury [Excerpt 3] - Author Kim Fielding
11/13 - Time for Tea [Excerpt 4] - Author Lex Chase
11/14 - Stopping for a Pint [Excerpt 5] - Author Andrew Q. Gordon
11/15 - Visiting the Furry Hat Man [Excerpt 6] - Author Eden Winters
11/18 - Meet Gideon Brooks [Excerpt 7] - Author Michael Rupured
11/19 - Meet Rori Curti [Excerpt 8]s - Author Shira Anthony
11/20 - Meet Aubrey Jepson [Excerpt 9] - Attention is Arbitrary
11/21 - Meet Oliver Darling [Excerpt 10] - Hearts on Fire
11/22 - Meet Elliot Young [Excerpt 11] - Author Elin Gregory
11/25 - Meet Connor & Edmund Grey [Excerpt 12]- Joyfully Jay
11/26 - The Devilish Duo [Finale] - Mrs. Condit & Friends

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