Teaser Tuesday – 5/10/21 – Shades of Sepia

This week’s #teasertuesday is from Shades of Sepia, book 1 of The Sleepless City series I wrote with Elizabeth Noble. It’s also currently on sale!

“Don’t be bloody stupid,” he muttered and forced himself to approach the bar. The place seemed tidy enough, and music played over loudspeakers. He didn’t recognize the tune. The bartender was clean-shaven, heavyset, and he wore his hair slicked back. He had a tea towel slung over his shoulder.

Ben cleared his throat. “I’ll have a beer, please,” he said.

The bartender’s nostrils flared, and he glared at Ben. He was about six foot and not someone Ben would want to take on in a fight. “We don’t serve your kind in here,” he said.

“My kind?” Ben asked. What the hell was he on about? Surely it wasn’t Ben’s accent? No way the bartender would know Ben was gay, and if he did, well, that wasn’t a good enough reason not to serve him. “Look, I know I’m not from around here—”

“Don’t play the innocent with me.” The bartender leaned over the bar, his glare decidedly much more unfriendly than it had been, something Ben wouldn’t have initially thought possible. “Go back to your bloodsucker.”

You can read more of this story here.

About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at https://annebarwell.wordpress.com
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