1973 is a time of social change. Are 15-year-old Shawn Stuart and his best friend Brad ready to accept something that goes deeper that friendship, or will they follow in the path that society expects them to?
The year is 1973. It’s the time of Watergate and the E.R.A. Social change is in the air, and for 15-year-old Shawn Stuart, that means coming to terms with feelings for his best friend, Brad.
Brad has been his best friend since preschool. The two have always been close, so it seems natural enough that, as a new term of high school begins and Brad begins questioning his sexuality, he decides to show his feelings for his best friend…by laying a kiss on him.
Shawn is a straight boy, with eyes on a girl who seems to have eyes on him too, but after the kiss with Brad, he’s not so sure of his sexuality. As the big school dance comes up, and Shawn goes steady with his girl, he wrestles with the question: how can he like girls and like guys the same way? The answer isn’t obvious in a society where such things are not talked about, even between the closest of friends.
Shawn and Brad must hide behind the veil of their secret, yet might there be a way for their future to be defined by the calling of the heart? And, in the winds of social change, can Shawn be true to himself, while also fitting into the expectations of the world?
Fifty years is a long time to spend without a home, but Liam Barthélémy still looks hardly a day over twenty-one. Liam is one of the faer—beings of the forest known as “fair folk”.
Liam makes his money doing what he does best: using his body to tempt mortals away from their wallets. Beguiling as any knavish sprite, he uses a mixture of temptation and glamour to pry lonely tourists away from their cash. Then, he lures the men to his bed for a night of unbridled passion in order to steal a part of their tie to the material plane, keeping himself anchored in the mortal realm.
Cast out by his people, punished for a crime he did not commit, Liam has wandered the Earth so that mortals will not grow suspicious of him. And his one rule remains the same:
Mortals are for lusting, not loving!
That is, until Liam arrives in the woods of the Deep South, where he crosses paths with Mitch, a lusty and thrusty bear of a trucker who is newly out of the closet. Sparks fly instantaneously, but Liam’s past soon catches up to him, forcing a wedge between the two lonely souls.
A dark creature stalks him, seeking revenge. Human children are being snatched from their homes. The very fabric of faer existence is in jeopardy, and Liam might be the only hope for the people who cast him out long ago. Can love blossom between an immortal creature and one of the humans he has—until now—used only for food?
Maybe, but in Liam’s world, not all fairy tales can have a happy ending…
A 30-year-old failed business man fights to hold onto the love of a mysterious and magical man named Jackson Frost, whose presence in his life will only last a season.
Spring is coming, and under the melting frost, desire stirs…
Jackson Frost is youthful and charming, even if he can come off as a bit cold at times. Griffin Kloss is a gruff, 30-year-old failed businessman in need of nurture as he licks his wounds. When the two meet, it’s love at first sight. And there’s something about Jackson that’s magical.
Jackson has secrets, and with the spring thaw coming, it’s harder for him to keep them from his lover. As Griffin deals with an ailing mother and a life that seems to slip away, he longs to hold onto Jackson, even if it means denying the worst of his fears.
Some things are not meant to last, but Griffin is determined to find the one exception, even if he must learn to believe in a new kind of magic.
After humiliation at the hands of Fangville High’s sexiest incubus, Victor Frankenstein is determined to get his revenge…and a cute boy.
Victor Frankenstein is having the suckiest junior year at Fangville High.
He’d always been content with his place in school—he has his best friend Igor, the occasional date with a cute werewolf, and his grades are decent. It’s never really bothered him that he’s on the lowest level of the school’s social hierarchy.
But all of that changes when an incubus wants to make out with him. Not just any incubus, but the hunkiest and most popular incubus at school. Just as Victor thinks his life is going to get way better, it all comes crashing down when he learns this is all a joke and the punchline is Victor being humiliated in front of the entire school.
Now he’s on a mission—to exact revenge on the incubus, to score an even hotter boyfriend, to climb to the top of the social ladder, and to claim his destiny as the most awesome mad scientist ever.
How will he accomplish all this? By building the boyfriend of his dreams from spare parts he and Igor dig up at the cemetery.
Did you know that Deep Desires Press has a small (and growing) catalogue of audiobooks?
Most of our audiobooks have been narrated and produced by Hedge T. Haiden; he brings these stories to life and makes the experience of listening to novels one to just sink into and enjoy.
We emailed Hedge for an interview, so that we could all meet the man behind the microphone.
Tell us about yourself, Hedge!
My name is Hedge T Haiden, and I’m a voice actor and narrator from the UK. I’ve been a narrator for over two years now, and I’ve progressed from short stories, to novellas, and finally I’m beginning to move into full length multiple hour novels.
What brought you into narrating and producing audiobooks? What made you decide you wanted to give this a try?
I always wanted to be a voice actor for a long time but finding a way into it was always difficult with the amount of competition around. I had a profile on a pro voice actor’s site, but it never yielded anything.
I asked an author friend if I could read one of their books as practice to improve my skills with vocal projection and dialogue narration. The feedback I received was very positive, and it was proposed that it be submitted to the publisher. That’s how it all got started.
What do you enjoy most about narrating and producing audiobooks?
I like being able to give the characters their own personality. Reading their dialogue and thinking, ‘How would he sound?’ or ‘How intense is this conversation?’ is something that I get to add to the story. It’s creating a third dimension to an author’s work that can really make the book come to life in a new way. I also like putting emotion into the narration and helping to make the listener feel like they’re deep inside the storyline.
And what do you find most challenging?
The most challenging thing is being able to come up with voices for characters when there are a lot of them in the book. Especially if it’s a dramatic story. With a comedy I can sometimes make the voices a little more abstract and crazier, but with a tragedy or a drama I have to make them intense and more real. I sometimes use a variation of a famous voice and then tweak it, so it has my own twist.
How do you know you’ve done a good job?
If the hair on my own arms stand up when I listen to a section of it, I know it has some definite potential to wow other people. And if it’s a comedy, if it makes ME laugh, it’s good!
What can you tell us about your set-up?
I use an Apple Mac Mini as my base system, along with Logic Pro X as my recording software of choice. I have a comfortable gaming chair that I sit in while recording, and an aerially suspended condenser microphone with a soundproofing cage. The red box on the second tier of my desk is a Scarlet Solo audio interface that I use to connect my microphone to my Mac. They’re very inexpensive, and extremely useful for that kind of thing. I also have a touch screen tablet that I use when reading the text, so I don’t have to turn pages and possibly create unwanted noise on the recording.
If someone wanted to get started narrating audiobooks, what would be the firs piece of advice you give them?
Practice reading books aloud is the first thing I would say. When we read in our heads, we often have a speed that is much faster than when we speak, so reading aloud helps to develop listening to yourself and hearing how quickly you say the words. Another important thing is to get used to hearing your own voice outside of your head. A lot of people listen to themselves on a recording and find it cringy or difficult to listen to. Listen to yourself enough until you hear your own voice the way others hear it, and that way you stop having that reaction.
You’ve now done five audiobooks for Deep Desires Press. Can you tell us a bit about them?
Certainly. I’ve recorded the first three of the Monsterotica series by Justin MacCormack. That’s ‘The Castle of Count Shagula,’ ‘The Madness of Doctor Wankenstein,’ and ‘The Curse of the Mummy’s Wang.’ I’ve also recorded the first book in the series of ‘The Line of Succession’ by Harry F. Rey, and ‘Dog Days’ by Marie Fox.
The Curse of The Mummy’s Wang was fun to record, since I treated it like a Carry-On film and used caricatures of people like Windsor Davis and Kenneth Williams. There’s something to be said for old style British comedies that have English actors doing terrible Middle Eastern accents.
You’ve also done audiobooks for other authors and publishers. Can you tell us a bit about those projects?
I’ve recorded a Zombie comedy set in London called ‘Apocalypse Barnes’ by Andrew K. Lawston, which was the first book released through my own production house, Double Hedge Studios. ‘Camera: Hollywood Nights’ by Cara North was a short erotica set in the USA which gave me an excuse to pull out some American voices, and a Viking Tale called ‘Day Of The Dead’ by Petteri Hannila, which was a dark Norse story in which I channeled my inner Chris Hemsworth.
What’s next for you? More audiobooks? A different project?
I have a full-length kidnapping thriller set in Northern Ireland that I’ll be starting soon, and since I’m also a singer and musician, I may start writing some more songs that will then be added to my Soundcloud page. I’ve also performed in a few recreations of the old 1930s radio drama ‘The Shadow’ on YouTube.
Where’s the best place for folks to connect with you?
I would say Twitter definitely, since that’s where most of my promotions go. I’ll freely admit I don’t post as often as I should, but if you follow me and send me a message, I’ll be happy to reply and start a conversation. https://twitter.com/HEDJE6
In this fast-paced tale of beauty and many horny beasts, Andrew leaves behind his monk-like existence in cozy England to follow wherever the beautiful Bryony leads him, and all while trying to keep his virtue.
After meeting the heart-stoppingly gorgeous Bryony whilst out jogging, naïve yet irresistible Andrew Billingham fell in love. Quite literally head over heels, in fact. Through their ensuing love-making adventures, Andrew soon realizes Bryony is what’s been missing from his uneventful existence.
When Bryony’s employers send her abroad for six months, their true adventures begin, as Andrew falls prey to two vengeful women, one twenty-five years his senior, the other not exactly his “cup of tea”. Plunged into a nightmare of unseemly passion and intrigue, Andrew yearns all the more for the loving arms of Bryony.
From their exploits at the hands of a conniving German gentleman, to their yacht-bound Aegean struggles with corrupt and sexually rapacious foes at sea, Bryony and Andrew’s adventures take them into ever deeper waters…and ultimately to the salacious world of film in the stifling heat of a Moscow summer where Andrew’s gay inclinations emerge amidst dangerous political unrest.
Andrew is determined to survive unscathed – and without losing the love of his life and the erotic bliss he enjoys with her. How long can a man keep his virtue while dancing with the twin demons of temptation and lust?
Originally published in three parts, Slave to Beauty collects the complete series of Andrew and Bryony’s steamy, ménage adventures. Transporting you through the contemporary vistas of England, Russia, and the Aegean, this is a tender treatment of true romance and a devastating indictment of lust. If you enjoy your erotica with a flare of comedy and suspense, buy it now!
Justin Ortega doesn’t just make mixtapes, he lives them.
Justin Ortega might as well be starring in his very own coming-of-age 80s movie. If only he could find his dream boy to pull up in front of his house in a red convertible and sweep him off his feet, already! At seventeen years young, he isn’t quite Mexican enough for his South Texas town; isn’t manly enough for his father; can sometimes be too much of a smart mouth for his mother; and as for the other kids at school—let’s just say he’d be cast as the quiet nerd with a heart of gold…and an ear for music.
The one solace Justin has is his love of 80s hair metal bands, which he listens to on his beloved Sony Walkman. The songs, lyrics, and melody keep him just sane enough to escape the pressures of school and help navigate the hurdles life brings. Especially with the doozy this year is shaping up to be. Not only does he have to try out for a captain position which is rightfully his, but his best friend has found a new girlfriend, leaving Justin to fend for himself in a school where he’s mostly known as simply Coconut.
Enter Dominic Mendoza. Sweet, funny, and a blast from his past, the hunky football player has moved in next door. Justin could never forget how Dominic protected him in the eighth grade, nor the way Dominic made him feel, then…and now.
Except, this isn’t a movie. Confusion, friendship, and love won’t guarantee a happy ending unless Justin can learn to accept himself for who he truly is. Hair bands and all.