Extra! Extra! Read all about it!
That’s right, folks, gather ’round – my talented Teddy, Matthew Freake, has gotten his book published and its release date is today! It’s exciting stuff, and I wanted to share some of it with you guys!
It’s called Forbidden and I’ve been sworn to secrecy to not reveal that it’s actually about my fantasy of living in a cabin with a bunch of men, showering together sans curtains, and getting drunk off of – oh, wait. I’m not supposed to tell you what it’s really about; it’s forbidden. 😛
Lucky for you, I don’t follow the rules! Here’s a quick synopsis:
It’s the summer of 1957 and Nathan is ready to get away from home to start working for his future. And what better way than to join the rail yard in Lakefield, Ontario? Hoping for some new experiences and a change of scenery, Nathan gets more than he bargains for.
His cabin mate and co-worker, Alex, is helpful in showing Nathan around, but there’s something unique about him that keeps Nathan captivated. Stolen glances and close encounters soon lead to unfamiliar feelings between the two of them. But as they sort out their emotions, Nathan must confront painful scars that resurface from the past.
Forbidden is an insightful tale of true love found and of ultimate tragedy. It explores the complexity of life’s obstacles for two young men discovering not only themselves, but each other, in a time where anything out of the ordinary is dangerous.
Author: Matthew Freake
Genre: LGBT, Gay Fiction, Romance
Release Date: May 17, 2015 – that’s today guys!
Amazon Purchase Link: Forbidden
Publisher: Mirror World Publishing
I’ve had the pleasure of reading Teddy’s book, and I gotta say, the craziest part was when that guy ripped the other guy’s shirt of–oh, wait! I’m not supposed to give spoilers either… How about an excerpt? Here ya go:
His eyes hurt from staring at the computer screen all day. He was so close to finishing that he ignored the pain in his eyes and the pain in his heart. He had to finish the book. His home office was small and the glow from the monitor caused the walls to glow blue; the same colour that reflected on his face as he typed. The one window in the room showed the large oak tree that encased most of his small backyard.
He stopped typing. He was finished, finally. Pausing a moment to read what he had just written, he moved the cursor up to the top of the screen, clicked on save, and then turned the monitor off. He sat back and felt accomplished. It had hurt, reliving all of those memories, both the good as well as the bad, but he was glad he had gone through with it.
He wiped away the single tear falling down his cheek and smiled. He was happy. He knew in his heart that Alex would have been happy as well.
“I miss you, Alex,” he said, standing up. He moved his office chair, turned away from the computer and left the room, leaving all of the memories contained within it.
The only man I ever loved is dead. This is our story…
You want another taste, don’t you? Don’t lie! Here, try this one on for size:
I woke up about half an hour later and when I sat up, standing in front of me was a naked man drying himself off. His back was to me so he did not see me. This was not the first time I had seen another guy naked, I was in sport teams at school after all, but for some reason this man had captivated my attention.
I lost myself in the sight of his body. I followed the straight lines of his neck and his smooth back, to the curves of his buttocks. In my head, I could see what his abs looked like and the way his chest was scarcely decorated with hair that traced its way down to just above his pelvis. I could not help but stare as he pulled his pants on and turned around. When he saw me staring he immediately turned red in the face as I felt the heat rise in my own face. There was an awkward silence hanging in the air. I looked away and focused on one of the floorboards on the other side of the cabin. It was then that he first spoke to me.
“Sorry for waking you,” he said.
That’s all the excerpts for now… Guess you’ll just have to get the book! 🙂
It’s available in paperback off of Amazon (which is great because it gets mailed right to your house!), or you can order it from the kiosk at Indigo/Chapters or Barnes & Noble, or you can get an eBook version. I personally like hard copies as opposed to digital versions, but that’s me!
Being Matthew’s partner allows me the privilege of revealing some lesser known facts. Like how he loves to torture me with scary movies and then turn off the lights, only to jump out at me from inconspicuous places, chasing me around the house! Or maybe that he snores or is intolerant to milk and my singing. Perhaps I might share that he really enjoys Disney princess movies and is actually a big little kid.
All in all, he is a great guy and I’m proud of his efforts! You done good, Teddy!
He even got all fancy and got himself a website.
Check it out: www.matthewfreake.ca – if you see the “About” page, you’ll find more photos of his cute face!
You’ll also discover that in addition to Forbidden, Matthew has a series of short stories that are available to order, too! It’s a totally different genre, leaning more towards crime-meets-fairytales, and it’s a series he is still adding upon.
Thanks for stopping by – peace out for now, homies!
If you’re interested in following the remainder of this week’s book launch, here’s the link to the Blog Tour.