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Monday, July 02, 2007

Now Available - Phaze Fantasies III

Hey everyone! My first release with Phaze, so I have to shout about it!

The M/M anthology Phaze Fantasies III is now available! This collection of six tales from Phaze authors is rated 4 Novas, in other words, hot, hot, hot!!! My story is called Heads or Tails.

Here's the setup:

Jeff Roberts' life is all planned out for him. He's engaged to the boss's daughter, and eventually he'll run the construction/real estate company he works for. It'll be the perfect life.

When Kurt Lacey joins the construction crew, Jeff is suddenly fighting urges he'd forced himself to repress. There were male lovers in his past, but deciding that wasn't what he wanted, Jeff proceeded to 'go straight'. Kurt has other ideas, and one night together has Jeff rethinking his life. Does he want to be secure, responsible and boring? Wild, exciting and nontraditional seems like lots more fun. It all comes down to the flip of a coin—and whether Jeff chooses Heads or Tails.

And now, an excerpt:

Kurt smiled. "So, I have a question for you. I heard a nasty rumor about you at work."

Jeff was surprised. He got along well with everyone at Birdwell, what kind of rumor could there be? "Really?"

"Yeah." Kurt took another sip and then smiled almost shyly. "I heard you were engaged to the boss's daughter…what's her name, Laura?"

Jeff breathed a sigh of relief. He hated being the subject of gossip, and went out of his way to avoid it. "Lana. Yeah, I am. We got engaged about six months ago."

"Is that so?" Kurt asked thoughtfully and took a long, slow drink.

"Yep. I've worked at Birdwell about three years. She's a year younger, so she graduated from college a year after me. She's been there about two years…" he trailed off. Kurt watched him with amusement as he rambled. "You don't care about all this."

"Sure I do. It's very interesting. Perplexing, too."

"What do you mean?" Jeff took a sip of his beer, suddenly feeling nervous.

Kurt gestured with his hands as he spoke. "See, I pride myself on being a good judge of people. I had you sized up the first time I saw you—or so I thought. Apparently my 'gay-dar' was off track this time."

"Gay-dar?" Jeff repeated slowly, glancing around. For the first time he realized there were other couples in the bar, talking quietly like they were, and all of them were men. They were in a gay bar. "Oh, Jesus." He took another quick drink.

Kurt grinned. "I'm really sorry, man. Didn't mean to make you uncomfortable. I just assumed—well, never mind. Then I heard a couple people talking about you and Laura today, and I discovered I might have made a mistake."

"Lana," Jeff said slowly.

"Whatever." Kurt tossed his head back and polished off his beer. "Let's have one more before we hit the road. Two's my limit when I'm driving." He glanced around. "I need something to eat. Where's that popcorn?" There was a bowl farther down the bar, and he stood and reached across Jeff to get it. "Two more beers over here!" he called.

Kurt's thighs and ass were practically in Jeff's face, and he stifled a groan. His cock stiffened for about the tenth time that day. It'd happened once when he thought about Lana, and about nine times thinking of Kurt. He watched the good-looking man settle back onto his stool and grab a handful of popcorn. "I…uh, you weren't completely wrong."

"Hmm?" Kurt raised an eyebrow. They paused as the bartender placed two new bottles of beer before them.

Jeff watched the man walk away before stating, "It's just that—well, I'm not gay." He wanted to make that perfectly clear. Putting the rest of his thoughts into words wasn't as easy. "I've had a couple encounters—with guys, that is—but I'm really straight. I'm marrying Laura. I mean…Lana!" The other man had him totally flustered.

"Is that so?" Kurt appeared thoughtful as he took a pull on his beer. "Really straight, you say? I wonder about that."

Jeff was embarrassed, but had to try and explain. "I had this relationship…in college…but it never felt quite right. I mean, it felt good—" He was flustered again. If his face wasn't beet red before, it had to be now.

Kurt simply looked at him, an amused half-smile on his face.

"Shit. I don't know what I mean anymore." Jeff took a long drink, finishing off his beer. He shoved the bottle aside and reached for the fresh one.

"Don't be embarrassed." Kurt nudged elbows with him. "There's always some awkwardness at the beginning of a new relationship, whether men or women are involved. Personally, I think it's more complicated with women."

"You've dated women?" Jeff was surprised. He figured guys were either gay or straight, and he was the only one sitting on the fence.

Kurt shrugged. "A couple. It's not really my thing. Had to give it a shot, though, to see what I might be missing out on." He chuckled and Jeff laughed.

"That's funny."

With another shrug, Kurt added, "Pretty common. Most people struggle with their sexuality at some point. I finally decided to stop struggling. I know what I like, and I go after it." He gave Jeff the once-over with his eyes.

It caused another flush, and he felt the heat not only in his face but also lower. His cock twitched when he saw the look of desire on Kurt's face. His emotions tugged at him. "I wasn't really looking for a new relationship. I was thinking—"

Kurt spun to face him, planting his hands on Jeff's knees. "In the immortal words of some great country singer, 'This ain't no thinkin' thing'."

Surprised, Jeff looked at him. Conflicted emotions raced through him, and all he could think to say was, "Oh, God. You like country music? Could we be any more different?"

Leaning in, Kurt said softly, "We're alike in ways that count. I'm attracted to you, man. I have been since the first time I saw you."

With a muffled groan, Jeff's words rushed forth. "I feel the same way! I couldn't keep from staring out my window, hoping to get a glimpse of you every day."

Kurt smiled and moved his face closer for a kiss. Jeff's mind screamed protest, but remembered they were in a gay bar, and realized it was probably commonplace behavior there. He stopped thinking when Kurt's face drew closer and his eyes closed. His lips pressed against Jeff's and both men sighed.

He parted his lips and Kurt's tongue slid in, exploring new territory. It ran across his teeth before batting against his tongue, wanting to play. Kurt tasted masculine, like beer and popcorn with a hint of something minty, and Jeff groaned with pleasure. He'd forgotten how much he enjoyed kissing another man. The rough scrape of the unshaven chin felt heavenly against his softer face, and he raised one hand to cup and caress a cheek.

Kurt pulled back a little and whispered, "Come home with me."

Copyright(C) 2007 Jamie Hill

Heads or Tails, in Phaze Fantasies III. Available now, from Phaze .

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