Prequel to The Layover

Jamie Reid shook his hands above the sink, and some droplets landed on the mirror. He decided it didn’t matter. It was the club’s fault there were no paper towels. The public spaces here in Switzerland were tidier than back home in Scotland, Jamie had noticed. The night life was just as unsanitary, though. He inspected his face in the stained mirror and couldn’t help but find the image unappealing—he looked pale and tired. It matched his mood.

The sounds of two bodies colliding, the rustling of clothes and heavy breath resonated from the stall directly behind him. Pictures of what might be happening in the stall invaded his mind. They made him wildly uncomfortable, and shamefully, inconveniently aroused.

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TRhe Layover novella

 

#1 It’s a love story, but…

… the facts matter. I won’t pretend that The Layover is anything more than a love story. Two people who like each other, fall in love and find happiness. But the happiness would be impossible without certain legal circumstances like the level of protection of LGBT+ folks in Great Britain, or free movement of persons within the Schengen area. If I’d moved the story ten years into the past, Jamie & Ondro would end up in tragedy. That’s why I wanted all the background information on LGBT+ rights in Slovakia to be correct. It’s grim. It matters. And it needs to change.

 

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Prequel to The Layover #4

The whole clubbing-in-Zürich-and-breaking-his-modus-operandi idea had been stupid from the very beginning. Jamie knew that now. Any experiment is doomed to fail when subject and researcher are the same person.

Jamie longed to be home again. There was a House of Cards season he hadn’t seen yet and two episodes of Sense8. Thursday meant music quiz in the MacCole’s pub. Friday night, he was babysitting Ginny’s kids. The comfort of the well-known is underappreciated.

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Prequel to The Layover #3

Jamie closed his mouth and opened it again staring at the man in front of him. No words came out. But then, there was no need to speak. No talk, the guy had said. Even if they could hear each other without puncturing their eardrums, they wouldn’t understand each other. Jamie’s knowledge of German was barely on a beginner’s level. And these people spoke Swiss German which was a nightmare. The man’s lips twitched at Jamie’s obvious discomfort, and he leaned in once more.

“I like you! Dance?” he shouted, and Jamie winced at the volume.

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Prequel to The Layover #2

Tipping his hat back, trying not to think about the way the purple monstrosity made him appear, Jamie leaned closer to the bar, squeezing between two groups of youngsters. They seemed barely legal, for fuck’s sake. One of the boys, a blond twink sporting a huge glittering earring and silver lip gloss, winked at him. Jamie looked away so quickly that his neck gave a painful twinge. The bartender was occupied two meters to the left, but in a moment, he caught Jamie’s gaze and nodded, subtly acknowledging his presence.

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Prequel to The Layover #1

Jamie Reid shook his hands above the sink, and some droplets landed on the mirror. He decided it didn’t matter. It was the club’s fault there were no paper towels. The public spaces here in Switzerland were tidier than back home in Scotland, Jamie had noticed. The night life was just as unsanitary, though. He inspected his face in the stained mirror and couldn’t help but find the image unappealing—he looked pale and tired. It matched his mood.

The sounds of two bodies colliding, the rustling of clothes and heavy breath resonated from the stall directly behind him. Pictures of what might be happening in the stall invaded his mind. They made him wildly uncomfortable, and shamefully, inconveniently aroused.

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The Layover available for preorder

I got my first ever review this morning, and it was lovely. Sigh.

Anyway, The Layover is now available for pre-order at Dreamspinner Press. I’m still waiting for Amazon & Kobo.

You can find Ondro on GoodReads for the time being. I even managed to set up an author profile there, and I’ve become a member of these wonderful organizations: Queeromanceink.com & Paranormal Romance Guild. So much to do! No time to do it!