Alex Gabriel

Writer. Reader. Romancer.


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Walk the Walk: Free “Learning How to Lose” Short Story

Ryuu Shiwasuda still isn’t a fan of losing, so it’s a good thing he doesn’t have to… much. His lover Hiro does tend to be better at the games they play – even when the game in question happens to be an unexpected bout of roleplaying of the “hooker and john” variety.

But then, there really aren’t any losers in a game like that, right? At least that’s Ryuu’s position, and he’s sticking to it.

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(The files are hosted on box.com – please let me know if you have any problems downloading.)

~~~ “Walk the Walk” is a slice of life story set after the “Learning How to Lose, in Six Easy Steps” trilogy, and features a large percentage of hot sex. It also includes unexpected sweetness, spontaneous roleplaying, Ryuu being awkwardly sincere in strange moments, Hiro being surprisingly good at being a fake hooker, and more. (Also, Yo is a troll. But then, we already knew that.) ~~~

PLEASE NOTE:

While it doesn’t contain any actual spoilers, “Walk the Walk” is written as an epilogue rather than a stand-alone story, and builds on the characters and their relationship and history as established in the earlier books. Thus, it may not be as satisfying to read without knowledge of these works.

The story is also available on Smashwords and All Romance.

ETA: Amazon has declined to lower the price to 0.00 via price-matching, so the story will not be available there for the foreseeable future.

Alternately, if you can’t get “Walk the Walk” through the above links, just drop me a line – I’m also happy to send it per email!

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Coming Soon: Sexy Free Bonus Story “Walk the Walk”

Very soon — shortly before the year is out — I’ll be publishing a FREE, all-new short story featuring Ryuu and Hiro of Learning How to Lose, in Six Easy Steps. It will include hot sex, unexpected sweetness, roleplaying of the “hooker and john” variety, Ryuu being awkwardly sincere in strange moments, Hiro being surprisingly good at being a fake hooker, and more. (Also, Yo is a troll. But then, we already knew that. *g*)

Walk the Walk is something of a self-indulgence on my part; it’s a slice of life set after the Learning How to Lose trilogy, with a large percentage of hot sex included, and basically, I just wanted to write it. 😉

lhtl ep2 walk 1600The story doesn’t have any real spoilers, but it does build on the characters and their relationship and history as established in the earlier books. Personally, I’d recommend reading the previous works in the series first, but hey — go where your reading whims take you!

Learning How to Lose is a Rainbow Awards 2015 Finalist, and an ARe besteller. Here’s the synopsis:

Losing is a thing Japanese pop star Ryuu Shiwasuda does not do — certainly not gracefully. Image is everything to hot-headed Ryuu. Sure, his macho bluster is only a cover for shyness and social awkwardness, but he takes it (and himself) very seriously.

So when gratingly cheerful punster Hiro Takahashi delivers the ultimate insult of letting Ryuu win at a video game, Ryuu is cut to the quick, and vows swift vengeance. Can’t be too hard to beat a dork like Hiro, right?

Wrong. As Ryuu chases after his elusive victory, he’s forced to add more and more items to the list of “things to beat Hiro at” — and is shocked to find that Hiro’s quirky charm is sparking never-before felt desires in him.

Ryuu’s life and career have no place for a male lover. But he’s already in too deep. Can he risk going all in? And what does he stand to lose if he doesn’t?

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Alex Gabriel Newsletter

Exciting news: I’m starting an email newsletter! If you want to keep informed about my upcoming releases – and also receive sneak peeks and exclusive content, writing updates, special offers and more – there’s now an easy and convenient way to do it.

Anyone who signs up gets my novella “First Contact” for free. Undercover cops in a gay BDSM club run by the mob, anyone?

You can sign up here – it only takes a minute.

I’d love to see you there! I won’t spam you, I promise. I may, however, ask your opinion on cover layouts. We’ll see.

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Nix and hunter go live

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A reformed nix. A deadly hunter. And an uneasy truce that may destroy them both.

“Still Waters” is now up on All Romance and Smashwords, for free. I’m so excited that this story is finally available for everyone, and I can’t wait to hear what people will think.

Check it out if you’re interested in dark myth-inspired worlds, water shifters, ginger mermen, and/or two natural enemies (and alpha males) trying to work together to take down a common threat… only to discover a dangerous attraction along the way.

island japan smallThe story is also available on Amazon, but since it’s not possible to set the price at 0.00 there, it isn’t free yet. It will be, though. In a few days (hopefully), Amazon will price-match the story down to nothing, and then it will be free everywhere.

I’ll keep you posted!


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Still Waters

Usually, I have a hard time writing to prompts – but I risked it for the Goodreads M/M Romance group’s “Love Is an Open Road” event, in which group members write free image- and prompt-inspired gay romances. And I am very glad I gave in to temptation, because I was lucky enough to snag the perfect prompt for me! It’s by Kathleen, and reads simplyI only have two words for you: ginger merman! Everything else is up to you.

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My myth-inspired novella “Still Waters” is roughly 30k long and will be published this summer – first in the M/M Romance group, then in all the usual places. And it will be entirely free!

This is the book’s blurb – extract to follow.

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A reformed nix.

Drakjan has been living as a harmless freshwater merman for so long he sometimes almost believes in the lie himself.

Almost.

A deadly hunter.

Hraban has dedicated his life to taking down creatures like Drakjan, protecting those who cannot protect themselves.

An uneasy truce.

When fate forces them together, the nix and the hunter discover a dangerous attraction… and a threat that can destroy everything Drakjan has come to love.

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(Why, yes. Faced with a prompt consisting of two words, I still managed to avoid complying with both of those words, if you want to get technical. Ahem.)