Oliver Twist has been taking care of himself for years, ever since he ran away from his last foster home. Life isn’t great, but at least Fagin makes sure Oliver’s clients pay him what he’s worth. And a night with Oliver is worth quite a lot.
John Brownlow has been searching for Oliver for years. He needs to be sure his old friend’s son is being taken care of, but that’s not all he wants. Oliver has inherited his father’s gift for manipulating energy, a skill that makes him as powerful as he is attractive.
Forced together to fight Monks, a government agent with similar powers, Oliver and John go on the run. If they want to survive, they have to fight back, and that means they need to stop fighting each other. Trusting each other may be the hardest battle of all.
Grim and Sinister Delights is a dark romance series based on classic fairy tales and stories. You will find standalone tales of gay romance that range in darkness and kinks. If you dare to take the challenge, read them all to find yourself lost in a classic that you think you know. These stories are for adult readers and may contain morally ambiguous themes.
Writing as Therapy
A lot of authors use their writing as a form of therapy. I don’t think I’m one of those, at least not consciously. I mean, I absolutely draw on personal emotions to feed the emotions I’m trying to express in my books, and I often gain insight into those feelings after having explored them in a fictional medium…
Let me start again. I, like many authors, use my writing as a form of therapy. Fictional characters and settings are a safe place for me to examine things I’m dealing with in my life. This is valuable!
But writing is also very public, and I’m a very private person. It’s okay, though, because most of the emotional themes I write about are pretty universal. My very first novel (Dark Horse) was about a character trying to recover from the tragic death of a loved one. We’ve all lost people we loved, right? No need to try to figure out exactly which loss was inspiring me, there. Later on I wrote about found families, finding a balance between independence and conformity, risking everything for true love, fear of intimacy… lots of personal stuff, but written about other people. Totally fictional, but also… not.
In With a Twist, I’m writing about a runaway-turned-sex-worker-turned-psychic warrior, so obviously I have lots of personal experience with… oh. With none of that, really. But I’m also writing about taking one last chance to have a good life. I’m writing about how hard it is to re-build trust once it’s been destroyed. I’m talking about fighting back and insisting on finding one’s own path. We’re getting back into familiar territory, here! So. Oliver isn’t me, except for when he is. He understands all about playing characters…
Naked Ambition by Lisa Henry, With a Twist by Kate Sherwood, Bound by Sean Azinsalt, True Mate’s Kiss by Rorie Kage, The Elves and the Bondage Daddy by JP Sayle, Pied Piper by Emma Jaye, The Devil Told Me by Alexis Jane, Crimson Painted Snow by Brea Alepoú, Shards of Ice by R Phoenix, Beauty Bound by Megs Pritchard, False Feathers by Adara Wolf, The Rejiorling by Leona Windwalker, Consequences of Crying by Abigail Kade, A Merman’s Tale by MD Gregory, The Black Sea by Dora Esquivel