Scary Gary on New Adventures

A little while ago, I talked about the Publishing Partner program JMS Books has where they help struggling authors, such as myself, distribute self-published stories to platforms where it otherwise can be hard to find an in.

Now, it’s time for Scary Gary to find new shelves to sit on.

I wrote Scary Gary as part of a project I never finished. I had this idea of writing twelve short stories in a year, one for each month. Elevator Pitch was one, Scary Gary another, and that was how far I came. So I published them without any connection to each other.

Scary Gary is a freebie, 5.3k long, and it’s about a grim reaper called Gary LOL

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Gary glanced out the window. “Maybe I should get going.” His skin shone white in the dark, the scythe was leaning against the backrest of the sofa, and the hood of the cloak was pushed off his head to reveal short black hair and chiseled features.

Micah bit his lip, wanting to demand answers but also knowing that if he didn’t change the topic Gary would leave. “You’re such a coward.”

Gary grinned. “Never said I wasn’t.”

So something about Micah scared Scary Gary. That couldn’t be good. “Tea?”

Gary stared. “Tea?”

It’s a chilly night, I figured we could use something warm and soothing. Or is tea too lame for the lord of the underworld?”

Gary shook his head. “I’m not the—”

Micah laughed at the exasperated look. Gary’s snort only made him laugh harder. “I’m sorry, it must be stress.” Tears gathered at the corner of his eyes, but he blinked them away. Why was the world pressing down on him today? Gary was here; Gary made all his problems go away.

Gary’s arm curled around him. “You’ll be the death of me.” The words came in a whisper close to his ear. Time slowed and Micah wished they could stay like this forever. Gary’s strong arm wrapped around him, his body a little cooler than would be considered normal, but not cold. His scent made Micah’s nose tickle. It was a mix of lemon and burning wood, nothing that could be bought in a bottle.

I thought you were already dead.”

Ha!” He was quiet for a moment. “Yeah, I am, and yet I’ll live forever.”

Micah looked up into those electric blue eyes. “Me too.” The frown was small and quickly concealed but Micah saw it. “Won’t I?” Wouldn’t he? It wasn’t fear spreading in his gut, not exactly, but he couldn’t deny the unease.

As long as I have any power, you will.”

Gary.” It wasn’t a whine, but close. Micah pushed against Gary’s chest to get away so he could pace, but the arm around his waist didn’t budge. “What are you doing?”

Gary touched his lips to Micah’s, and he forgot how to breathe.


Scary-Gary-gifMicah Thaxter has a problem — one scary, inconvenient problem. His shadow wants him dead and isn’t shy about it.

On the plus side, it’s not his time to die and Scary Gary is always there to carry him back to the land of the living. Gary is far too pale, his black cloak a bit out of fashion, and his scythe quite terrifying, but he’s still one of the most beautiful men Micah has ever seen.

Micah may be stuck with a homicidal shadow, but perhaps there’s a way to keep Gary around too. His job escorting souls keeps him busy, but since Micah has already died once today, Gary’s there. So what’s the harm in offering him a cup of tea?

#WhatToReadWednesday | My Top 75 Free Gay Romance Books

It’s been a year since the pandemic hit. I don’t know how it’s been for you, but I’ve hardly been working at all, and my guess is that after we’re through the vaccination, we’ll have an economic depression on our hands. I know it angers some people to say so, but life won’t go back to normal as soon as the last person has been jabbed – at least, I don’t believe it will.

Maybe you, like me, are on a tight budget. Maybe you feel like you can’t afford to spend money on books right now. May I suggest the library? Libraries are great, and if you’re in the US you have some awesome library apps that allow you to read ebooks and listen to audiobooks FOR FREE (check out Hoopla and Libby).

But if you, like me, is in some backward country where the library apps aren’t that good, there is a ton of free books out there. Sooo many they get buried underneath other free books.

To give you some tips about what to check out, I spent hours looking through the books I’ve read. I’m not kidding – this took so much longer than I’d anticipated LOL. I was fiddling with Pinterest and realised my ‘Free M/M Romance’ board had close to 100 pins, and I haven’t pinned all the free stories I’ve read – I can’t even remember all the free stories I’ve read, but here we go!

Click the cover and you’ll get to where you can download the book…hopefully 😀

Ofelia’s favourite free stories:

The God Eaters The Magpie Lord The Name on my Wrist The Last Pure Human 12191040 The Duality Paradigm Waiting For Clark Lima Oscar Victor Echo As He Watches All I See The Gate In Heaven and Earth

I thought I’d give you ten, and they’re not in any order of preference, but we ended up with twelve. These may be my favourites, but there are others worth reading, too. I was a bit undecided about how to organise them, but we’ll give it a try like this.


Love on a Wing and a Prayer Life Drawing Just like in the movies Just a Feeling Sign of Spring Glitter 56472797._sy475_ Dirty Pirate Dirty in Drag Sixty Five Hours Better than New This Hour I Lost Bare-Knuckle Love Billie Jean fawn You Get Full Cretid for Being Alive  Dirty Cop Six Learning to feel Game On


The Lodestar of Ys Treasure 27818755._sy475_ Thirsting for More Resurrection Man Winter Winds The Violet and the Tom Guarded Metronomy An Intrepid trip to love Obsidian Bluewood Caged Like A Sparrow Through the Heart Altered States Nor Iron Bars a Cage A Wizard's touch The Ransom of a Night Hunter


The Last Rebellion Where Willows Won't Grow Reifu Rising Red Mind Fuck Ten Simple Tips For Surviving the Apocalypse Your Cover's Blown Villains Line of Sightcollateral Facing the Mirror Reclamation The Novelty Maker Flight of Fancy Prisoner 374215 Esperanza


Book Cover Offense and Satisfaction by Vanessa Mulberry When Skies Have Fallen Shelter from the Storm

Holiday Stories

Snowy nature with a large wolf like dog and a handsome man Up! The invasion of Tork book cover 16036332 10104297 Mate Wanted for Christmas

That’s 75 if I’ve counted correctly. Looking at them, I feel like I’ve missed a bunch that should be on this list, and maybe some should be replaced, but this is how I’ll leave it for now.

Freebies by Ofelia Gränd

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Friday Reads | Sluggo Snares a Vampire

Friday again! This week I’ve read Sluggo Snares a Vampire by Rick R. Reed. It was just what I was in the mood for and I might have laughed at the end…I’m sure that says more about me than the story, though.

Sluggo hangs around a lot of chatrooms looking for love. He’s presenting himself as Sir Raven, a wild-eyed Cuban stud, in reality, he’s not that much of stud. But, despite his receding hairline, a man takes interest in him. They’re chatting and then things turn weird.

I loved how this story turned creepy really quick. A good horror story where vampires don’t sparkle and piercing fangs don’t result in a mind-blowing orgasm. Not that I mind those kinds of stories now and then, but sometimes it’s nice when the monsters stay evil.

This is a free story (for now at least) so give it a go! *

Book Cover Sluggo Snares a Vampire by Rick R. ReedWhen Sluggo cruises online chat rooms, he isn’t looking for a hook-up; he’s looking for love. But love has a way of being elusive, especially when you’re not being honest. Presenting himself as “Sir Raven,” Sluggo promises his chat room cohorts he’s the “master of the night.”

And then he meets someone who challenges him — someone who claims the title “master of the night” as his own. TepesAllure’s enigmatic and flirtatious messages to Sluggo start out as fun banter, but quickly turn to eerie disquiet.

As the night unfolds, so do the advances of TepesAllure … and even when Sluggo tries to escape, he finds that getting out is not nearly as easy as getting in.

NOTE: This story appears in the author’s collection, Unhinged.

Genres: Gay / Erotic Horror / Dark Fantasy / Vampire

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