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Kinder Thane lost his life partner three years ago and ever since, has folded into himself.
He doesn’t speak to friends and only sees his family once a year.
Every year on the anniversary of Leland’s death, he spends his time with the ghost of his dead boyfriend.
When Jessie Riley moves in across the hall, it sends his entire existence into a flurry. Suddenly there’s life out there, happiness, the joy of the holidays, and it’s so shocking he almost doesn’t know what to do with it.
It gets to be too much but before he can pull back inside and go back to the way he was, Leland has a final gift for him, one that changes everything.
Genre: Paranormal RomancePurchase link(s): Amazon Smashwords iTunes Kobo B&N
Content/Theme(s): M/M, Ghost, Humor, Sweet, Gay, GLBT, Christmas
Release Date: October 20, 2015
Publisher: NQWYE Press
Excerpt & More
Bang! Thane jumped at the sound, glancing around as he stepped out of the elevator on the top floor of his apartment building. A thump rang through the air and his eyes settled on a set of boxes seated outside of the apartment door across from his own. Ah, new neighbor moving in. Not wanting to meet or talk to the individual—not at this time of year—he scurried to his door, his key out and into the lock. He almost had it turned when a voice spoke.
“Well, hello. You must be my neighbor.”
Damn. Not fast enough. Slowly Thane turned around, a blank expression on his face. Bent over the pile of boxes was a man in a loose tank top and jeans. An unruly mop of black hair curled around his head and as he picked up one of the boxes and stood up, Thane got a good look at his face. Holy shit. The man had classically Roman features with the straight nose and high cheekbones. The perfection of his face was slightly marred by his lips. The top lip was straight, but the lower curved down on the left, as though it just didn’t have the strength to stay up. “Uh, hi,” he said slowly, his hand turning the key until it clicked. “Moving in?”
“Yup. I was lucky to find this place. Most of the apartments I saw were dives. Oh, I’m Jessup. Jessup Riley. My friends call me Jessie.” He put the box down again and stepped over the mess, holding out his hand in a friendly gesture.
Not wanting to look like an idiot, Thane returned the handshake. “Well, it was nice meeting you. I’m… late for a date. Excuse me.” He turned the knob and as the door opened, he moved with it.
“Totally understand,” Jessup said with a wink. “By the way, I didn’t catch your name.”
That was because he hadn’t offered it. Thane wanted to ask him if they could meet properly after December twenty-fourth and -fifth were over, but knew nobody would understand. Plus it would make the conversation go on, which was the last thing he wanted to do right now. “Thane,” he said quickly, stepping fully into his apartment and turning to close the door.
“Nice to meet you, Thane!” Jessup called as he shut the door.
Leaning back against the door, he closed his eyes, taking a few deep breaths. Of all days of the year for Jessup to move in, this was the worst. Usually Thane was a good neighbor and would have offered to help the man with his boxes. But right now, he had a date. With a ghost. Forcing himself off the door, he walked down the darkened hallway to the living room. There was no need to turn on any lights as he knew where everything was. Besides, turning on the lights would just make everything a bit too real. It was best to suffer in silence and in the dark. Or at least that was his motto.
Turning to his right, he removed his coat and scarf, hanging them on the coat tree Leland had purchased for the last Christmas present he had given him. Thane’s fingers slid along the intricately carved wood. Leland had it made with gorgeous images of men in all manner of sexual ecstasy engraved from top to bottom. Thane loved this thing.
“You’re an idiot, Kinder.”
He trembled as his lover’s voice wafted over him. “I knew you’d come.”
“Only because you expect me to. It’s been three years, my love. Why haven’t you moved on?”
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