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With international flights crisscrossing the skies on an hourly basis, are we ever really safe?
When a strain of the Ebola virus mutates; it spreads quickly leaving the medical community shattered. People are dropping in the streets and life, as most know it, comes to an end. Two city dweller survivors, Dean and William, are forced to flee the city and live in the wilderness—where dangers lurk behind every tree and in every valley. Not everyone alive after the end is good, and William and Dean are faced with challenges that would bring many to their knees.
Growing up in the hood of Atlanta, Dean knows how to overcome trials, but he knows nothing of love. Can he sustain a relationship with William, or will his doubts end them before they even have a chance?
From birth William has had a silver spoon in his mouth and two in each hand, but the end brings him face to face with reality where he has to take responsibility for his life. After the end, money has no meaning, and life is lived on the edge.
Join William and Dean after the end and find out how close to the edge they come.
ExcerptAfter he finished, both of them satisfied, William pulled him up and brushed his lips over Dean’s. The kiss was charged with sensuality and caring. At first Dean stilled, wondering what the hell had gotten into William. They’d kissed before, but not like this. Not with William’s hands caressing his neck and face, and certainly not with the passion he felt flowing from the guy. He was a booty call to William, nothing more. The kiss spoke of love and caring, not hooking up and getting off. Surprised, Dean tried to process the sensations and stop his feelings from running over his good senses. This wasn’t real. They’d changed a little since those first few times, but he wouldn’t acknowledge the difference. Speaking about the changes would mean they’d have to confront the truth, and no matter how many times they got off together, William would never really be his. “I’ve left you some money under my pillow,” William whispered. Pain lanced Dean’s heart. No matter how gentle William was with his kisses, he’d never really respect him. Dean shook his head, and tried like hell to hang onto his anger. “I can’t accept your money.” “Take it. It’s not for sex. Okay, I…hell, I know about your parents and your house. I can’t….” Heat filled Dean, his whole body burning like never before. “What the hell have you done?” “Get real, I’m not going to ask you to be my…mistress isn’t the right word, but I want you around, you know, living close to where I do. I can’t offer more than that right now, but dammit, we’re good together.” Dean stepped away from William and scowled. “I’m not some whore you can buy.” “I didn’t say that. I know you’re smart. Hell, everyone at Blackwell knows you’re the smartest guy in school. But I want you.” He shook his head violently, the food sitting in his stomach threatened to come up. “I can’t take your money.” “Dean, please. I want you to be able to eat this week.” Anger flashed. “My God, you don’t get it, do you?” “No, I sure as hell don’t. Just take the fucking money. My parents give me a thousand dollars a week and I don’t have to pay for anything. I have cash and it’s disgusting. I don’t want it all, but I want you in my life.” Dean started pulling on his pants. As he tugged them over his thighs he realized he’d forgotten his underwear. He almost left them in his haste to get away, but William was right. He was fucking poor. If he left the underwear here, he’d only have three pair that didn’t have holes in them. William grabbed his shoulders as he stood from retrieving his underwear. He was pressed up against the wall and held there. Dean wouldn’t meet William’s gaze. “Please, don’t be this way. Don’t end it like this,” William begged. Dean stilled, his heart thudding. “You know it’s going to end soon.” “We can work something out,” William pled. His brows bunched together and his eyes were full of desperation. The man looked adorable and heartbreakingly bad for him all at the same time. Dean would lose himself, his self-worth, and his future if he stayed.
In the past year, the music scene has changed a little. Yes, I write books, not music, but for me music is integral to writing. I write better when I have music on. I listen almost all day as I’m typing away. My tastes differ from one day to the next, so I have a lot of different artists on my iPod.
Some of my favorites are bands are Green Day, Foo Fighters, Imagine Dragon, Breaking Benjamin, but Eli Lieb and Steve Grand have as many listens as those bands. If you haven’t heard of Eli Lieb or Steve Grand, do yourself a favor and take a listen, watch their videos on YouTube, and if you enjoy what you hear, support them by purchasing a song or two.
My favorite of the new songs out by these two artists is Eli Lieb’s Zeppelin. The music video tells a story of two guys hanging out, falling in love, and listening to the radio. It’s a perfect song to write to because it captures the feeling of falling in love and having someone special to just be with.
My next favorite is Steve Grand’s Stay. I sometimes put songs on infinite repeat while writing. Stay is one of the songs that gets played over and over again. The songs have to create a certain feel to be a repeat song, and Stay has that feel for me.
Maybe you can see it in my books. When I was writing Without You, Breaking Benjamin was on repeat. For Not That Type of Guy, it was Creep by Radiohead. With After The End, it was Stay by Steve Grand, and Young Love and Zeppelin by Eli Lieb.
Steve Grand is about to release his first album, and I can’t wait to find new songs to write to. Maybe he’ll inspire me to write another fun series, or something more like A Southern Thing.
I hope you are enjoying After The End with Dean and William. They are both special guys.
Dean nodded and closed his eyes before opening them so he could look at William. “I still don’t know what love is, but I have deep feelings for you that I don’t understand. I can’t call it love yet since I don’t understand it, but I feel things for you that I’ve never felt for anyone else.”
“That’s close enough for me.”
“You deserve more than close enough, you deserve everything.”
Writing is Sara York’s life. The stories fight to get out, often leaving her working on four or five books at once. She can’t help but write. Along with her writing addiction she has a coffee addiction. Some nights, the only reason she stops writing and goes to sleep is for the fresh brewed coffee in the morning.
Sara enjoys writing twisted tales of passion, anger, and love with a good healthy dose of lust thrown in for fun.
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