Beneath the Layers, a NineStar Press Anthology. Eight stories of men who like a little satin and lace.
A Linebacker in Lace by Caitlin RicciThis ex-linebacker is impossible for his friend to resist.
Satin Secrets by CL MustaficSometimes secrets are better when they’re shared.
Backwards and in High Heels by Elizabeth ColdwellTonight he has the chance to live out his dream.
Angels in Delaware by Sita BethelWhen one finds two partners, it helps to dress for the occasion.
All That Entails by E.M. HamillA gender-fluid prince with a penchant for gowns finds his unlikely match in an arranged marriage.
After the Dance by Sydney BlackburnSometimes happily ever after requires a pretty frock.
A Secret Shared by C.A. BlockeOne sweet secret shared—and a spicy one returned.
Ruffle My Feathers by Asta IdoneaSometimes love can be found behind a feather boa.
RELEASE DATE: April 17th
Beneath the Layers is our first multi-author anthology and to celebrate, we decided to do something a little different for its release. A scavenger hunt!
An excerpt from each one of the stories in the anthology will be posted at each blog stop along the tour.
The questions for the hunt are listed below and the answers to the questions will be provided in the blog posts. Be sure to visit each stop on the tour to gather all the answers for a chance to win a $15.00 gift code for NineStar Press site!
Once you have all the answers, send them in an email to Raevyn@ninestarpress.com
. Make sure BtL Hunt
is in the subject line.
Two winners will be randomly chosen from readers who email the correct answers by May 1st, 2017
Look for the answers to these questions at each of the blog stops.
- What color were the first panties Arliss showed Brent?
- What was Gavin wearing under the sweatshirt?
- Why was Oliver seeing Mia?
- What did the perfume Delaware smell like?
- What costume did Darian wear?
- What did Frances long to do?
- What did Tommy shave?
- What is Barrett’s stage name?
- Which author’s answer surprised you?
A Linebacker in Lace by Caitlin Ricci
Brent likes wearing lace underwear, but it’s not something he plans to reveal, and he never thought he’d meet a guy who shared his kink. So when Arliss approaches him at a bar and mentions he can see lace underwear peeking out from his waistband, Brent is embarrassed—until he finds out Arliss has got a thing for guys in lace.
Satin Secrets by CL Mustafic
When Dr. Gavin Addison answers his doorbell, instead of the delivery guy he expected, he gets Officer Lex Turner, who takes Gavin’s invitation to step in out of the cold a little too far. Before he leaves though, he investigates the satin lace peeking out between Gavin’s shirt and pants. Will what he finds be the only secret revealed?
Backwards and in High Heels by Elizabeth Coldwell
Dancing cheek-to-cheek with his lover while wearing a beautiful gown has always been Billie’s dream. But how can he persuade a sympathetic teacher that he needs to learn how to dance backwards—like a woman—so he can make that fantasy come true?
Angels in Delaware by Sita Bethel
Stranded at a nightclub, Beau thought he’d have a long, solitary walk home. He never expected to meet two gorgeous strangers willing to give him a different kind of ride instead.
All That Entails by E.M. Hamill
Prince Darian is prepared to set aside his scandalous preference for gowns and take a wife to benefit his royal brother’s treasury. Henry is resigned to the fate his outward sex dictates and determined to follow through with an arranged marriage to the prince, rather than risk his father’s threat of an asylum. But he will enter this union with the truth known—or not at all. In each other, they find unlikely kindred spirits and realize they may finally get the acceptance for which they’ve always longed.
After the Dance by Sydney Blackburn
Mechanic Frank Dixon knows his unrequited love for the boss’s son, Charles Quinn, is an impossible dream, even after he and Charles work together on a special project and become friends. When Charles confides his parents are going to force him to choose a bride during an old-fashioned ball, Frank’s roommate uses his influence to help Frank fulfill his wish to attend the ball in a pretty frock. But after the dance, will his heart be broken, or will all his dreams come true?
A Secret Shared by C.A. Blocke
When Michael told Tommy of his nerdy secret life as a Dungeon Master, after a few months of casual dating that seemed to be heading for serious territory, he didn’t expect anything in return. He certainly didn’t expect his new boyfriend to join him for a game session, and he definitely didn’t anticipate Tommy divulging his desire to dress up en femme. Thankfully, the surprise comes out well—for both of them.
Ruffle My Feathers by Asta Idonea
Barrett leads a double life—builder by day and drag act by night. Having successfully kept this from his colleagues, he’s stunned when he spots his boss, Keith, at a performance. Unlike Barrett, Keith is still completely in the closet. And though he promises not to reveal Barrett’s secret, the sight of Barrett in dress and feather boa awakes hidden desires, and he may not be able to keep them at bay.
Angels in Delaware by Sita Bethel – 575 words
“Want to dance?” Beau asked.
“I wouldn’t mind.” The stranger shrugged. “But there’s something you should know.”
“What’s that?” Beau gave him a confused look.
“I’m sort of a buy-one-get-one-free deal.”
Beau snorted. “What’s that supposed to mean?”
“It means you have to dance with both of us,” a voice said from behind.
Beau started at the unexpected voice tickling his ear. He turned around and had to crane his neck to look higher. At first he took the other guy for a giant, but then he realized it was the black stilettos he wore with the cocktail dress that made him so tall. Looking the other guy over, Beau found himself gawking at the smooth-shaved, cinnamon-colored legs. He had runner’s calves and squatter’s thighs that disappeared into the black of the skirt. His shoulders, chest, and biceps were cut, and the straps of the dress showed off his muscles. His hair and goatee were an ombre of teal and turquoise.
“Delaware.” The second stranger offered his hand.
Beau almost shook it but then decided to grab Delaware’s fingers and kiss his knuckles instead. Delaware’s black eyes flashed in the neon lights, and Beau knew he approved of the gesture.
“That’s Angel,” Delaware indicated as he pointed behind him.
Angel stepped closer, smiling. “Still want to dance?”
Beau had always had a weakness for confident, well-dressed men, and both Angel and Delaware fit that description. Beau felt more intoxicated by their presence than from the drinks he’d sucked down in the club that night.
“Yeah?” Angel laughed. “Usually this is where I get slapped for being a pervert.”
“Their loss,” Beau said.
He felt Delaware’s hand slip to his hips behind him where Angel locked his hands with Delaware’s. They trapped Beau close between them, Delaware pressed against his ass, and Angel pressed against his crotch. Beau caught a hint of each of their colognes. Angel’s scent was sandalwood and leather, while Delaware wore a light perfume that smelled of waterlilies.
They started to move to the music, and Beau felt himself relaxing against them, forgetting about the crowds and what an asshole his friend Eric was. His partners had no sense of personal space, and his forehead was almost pressed against Angel’s while Delaware’s breath tickled the nape of Beau’s neck. He felt his cock start to swell as the music reached its crescendo. There was something wholly enticing about being surrounded by strength and cologne-cloaked male musk. Their sweat mixed and dripped down their bodies as the songs continued to play.
“So…like being in the middle?” Angel asked during a slower song where they swayed more than danced.
“Apparently I do.” Beau chuckled.
“First time?” Delaware nuzzled his nose into the back of Beau’s dark-brown hair.
He grunted, acknowledging that it was, but too distracted with the proximity of their bodies to form a proper verbal answer.
“It’s getting stuffy in here,” Delaware whispered from behind. “Almost time to go home for the night.”
“I don’t have a ride home, so can you take me to your home instead?”
Maybe it was the way Delaware was still nuzzling against the top of his head, or the way Angel was grabbing at Beau’s ribs like he wanted them for dinner, but Beau didn’t want to untangle himself from his unlikely dance partners. Beau watched Angel’s face as he exchanged a glance with Delaware and then smiled at Beau.
“We were hoping you’d ask.”
About the Author
Sita Bethel obtained a B.A. in Creative Writing at Arkansas Tech University; however, she learned how to write fiction on sites such as Archive Of Our Own and fanfiction.net. She keeps coloring books near her computer for when she’s “writing,” and owns an awful lot of dice for someone who’s never played a tabletop RPG. Sita Bethel currently lives in Arkansas, teaches Zumba Fitness and Salsaton classes at a local gym, and hopes to someday own a fortress of solitude staffed with incompetent henchmen.
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