Teaser Tuesday – 28/6/22 – Slow Dreaming

This week’s #teasertuesday is from Slow Dreaming.

“I have no idea what you’re talking about, sweetness.” Lisa blinked, her expression the picture of innocence.

Ruth turned her back on them, but not before Jason noticed the grin on her face. Her sudden coughing fit sounded more like laughter to him. “Are you okay, Ruth? I hope you’re not getting whatever it is that William has,” he said, deadpan.

“Sit down and drink your coffee,” she said, shaking her head when Sean went to make it. “That means both of you. If we’ve had the crowds we usually do, you guys have been on your feet for the best part of two hours. Sit, talk, and recharge first, okay?”

“Okay.” Jason didn’t recall saying yes to the coffee, but he wasn’t about to turn down the offer. “Is she always like this?” he asked Sean after they’d made themselves comfortable at the table they’d shared the day before.

“No, sometimes she’s way worse.” Sean grinned. He leaned over to rest his hand over Jason’s. “Hey, thanks for helping. Not many guys I know would have done that. It says a lot about you.”

“I’m thinking that you haven’t met the right kind of guys, then.” Jason shrugged, not ready to accept the compliment, yet inordinately pleased with Sean’s reaction. “And before you go down that road, I didn’t do it just to make an impression. I was brought up to do this kind of stuff. If someone needs help, you give it.”

One of his final memories of his father was the two of them walking along the overgrown path next to the length of wall separating the road and the sea, while listening to the crash of waves trying to break through the barrier built to hold them at bay.

God, he missed him.

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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