Teaser Tuesday – 16/8/22 – Prelude to Love

My #teasertuesday this week is from Prelude to Love.

While everyone was friendly enough, they weren’t a group Marcus would have normally mixed with. He was quite content, though, to watch the proceedings from his spot on the sofa. Joel had finally started to unwind and sounded happy as he caught up with people he’d obviously known for some time. Every so often he’d glance over at Marcus to check that he was all right, and Marcus would reply with a smile and subtle thumbs up.

The atmosphere felt comfortable and relaxed. Men and women sat or stood in small groups around the living room, with some spilling out into the adjoining kitchen and hallway. The house was old, yet well maintained, the walls decorated with photographs and paintings of local scenery and musicians. A piano stood in one corner, the top piled high with sheet music, the bookcase next to it overflowing. Soft background music—jazz rather than classical, Joel had told Marcus with a grin—added to the ambiance.

Joel fit here, and it showed. Marcus felt more like an outsider. He hoped that would change the longer he and Joel were together, although he doubted he’d ever feel quite as at home in the music scene as Joel did. Despite it being Joel’s passion, Marcus didn’t feel the urge to embrace it in the same way. He was content to watch and listen.

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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