Thursday, July 18, 2013

DISTURBED FATE ( THE OTHERKIN SPIRITS #1) BY KIA ZI SHIRU

SUMMARY (from the Author): Marc, a small pet shop owner and seer, needs help with his store, but his new employee, Galen, brings with him more trouble than expected. Marc tries to keep their relationship professional even if Galen seems insistent on taking it to the next level. And then there is the problem of Galen’s past.

Keiran, a hard working medical student and Marc’s best friend, has a small problem, a stalker. One night he confronts the guy and finds in his stalker vampire, Devlan, is too alluring to turn down. But Devlan isn’t who he seems to be.

When the four men meet up for a night out their lives fall apart. Marc’s premonitions are wrong and everything points towards one autumn night a couple of years ago. Now they need to figure out what happened that night, before someone dies, again.

Time is running out. The visions might be false, but they don’t paint a pretty picture, not about their futures and, especially, not about their pasts. They need to reverse the change before it is too late.


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EXCERPT


Marc turned and was faced with Galen taking off his sweater. Now that the guy only wore a shirt he realised how thin he really was. He felt a tug in the pit of his stomach. This guy could be beautiful with a bit more meat on his bones and some sun on his face.
“Do you want something to snack on with your beer? I think I’ve got some crisps in a cupboard.” Marc put the beers on the table and turned around, back to the kitchen.
“I’m not hungry. Really. I’m just this thin naturally, no amount of food will change that. Trust me, I’ve tried,” Galen called after him.
Marc turned around, opening his mouth to speak.
“No. No excuses. I know you were looking at me. I really don’t need anything to eat. Though something to open my beer with would be nice though.” Galen held out his beer to Marc.
Marc pulled an opener from his jeans, opened the beer and gave Galen back the bottle. Their eyes connected for a moment before Galen looked away.
Marc got that distinct feeling again that he had met this guy before somewhere. He shook his head and turned on the TV. Not that there would be anything interesting on this time of the night, but it was a nice way not to make all this too awkward. At least it would distract him from staring too much at the guy next to him.
He should meet up with Keiran soon and go clubbing together again. It had been so busy lately that they hadn’t been out much and he could feel the effects. Being single and not getting laid was harmful with such a gorgeous guy working for him. But it was also bad to do anything with this guy. Marc was his boss!
“You mind if we don’t watch this?” Galen pulled his attention back to the screen.
Marc looked at the TV and quickly turned it to a music channel. It had been pink, too much pink, probably some chick flick. Not the best thing to watch when you were drinking.
“You have a problem with rock music? I’m not one for these crappy pop songs.” Marc nodded to the channel they were now watching.
Galen shook his head as he took another sip. Some beer leaked down the side of this mouth and as he lowered the bottle he kept it to his mouth. When it was back upright he let go of the top and licked the rim.
Marc was staring blatantly, forgetting about changing the channel.
Galen looked at him. “Something wrong? You seem to be distracted by something.”
Marc shook his head, reached out and wiped at the spilled beer on Galen’s cheek before he moved his hand back and licked the beer from his finger.
Galen stared at him, mouth slightly open before he swallowed, quickly looking at the TV.
Marc blinked quickly, trying to get rid of the fuzziness. He took another sip of his beer before he changed the channel. They both kept their eyes on the TV, sipping their beer, the only words spoken questions about more beer or comments on crappy bands.


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Kia Zi Shiru is a Dutch girl who did her bachelor studying English and Creative Writing in the UK but has now returned to the Netherlands to do her masters. Amongst her interests she finds writing, reading, doing research and learning different languages (including but not limited to: English, Dutch,French, German, HTML, Java, PHP and Assembly). Her writing and reading habits include books with Young Adults, gay themes, strong female or minority characters and fantasy elements (more often than not all at the same time).

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