Teaser Tuesday – 13/9/22 – Shades of Sepia

This week’s #teasertuesday is from Shades of Sepia, book 1 of The Sleepless City.

“Hello, Simon. It’s good of you to come.”

Simon turned at the sound of Hugh’s voice. He walked briskly over to him so Hugh didn’t have to cross the distance between them. “Hello, Hugh. It’s good to see you again too, although I wish it was under more pleasant circumstances.”

“So do I.” Hugh leaned heavily on his stick but held out his other hand for Simon to shake. “You’re looking good, my boy.” Hugh had always called him that, despite the age difference between them. When they’d first met, Hugh was in his thirties, and although Simon was much older, he didn’t look it. Discovering the truth had changed the term into a private joke between them.

“Thank you.” Simon linked his arm through Hugh’s. Hugh leaned on him as they walked into the nearby sitting room. They hadn’t seen each other for several months. Hugh looked as though he’d aged several years during that time, and for the first time since Simon could remember, his old friend looked every bit of his eighty-five years.

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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