Ed & Marchant; by Sue Brown Guest Post & Giveaway
Please welcome Sue Brown to the Land of Make Believe as she come to talk about routines in our daily lives and how this plays into her book, Ed and Marchant, Part of the Frankie’s Series. She’s also doing a giveaway, so be sure to scroll through to the end.
Ed & Marchant—A Frankie’s Series Novella; by Sue Brown
Ed is a man who lives by routines. It gives him structure to his day and helps him function in a society he really doesn’t understand. Meeting Marchant disrupts his entire life and he hates it – at least at first. Not everyone is like Ed of course. For some people routine is a comforting thing, for others the sheer fact of having to live by a daily routine drives them mad. They prefer a spontaneous life.
Do you live by routines? Is each day of your life planned out by what you’re going to do next? I had a friend who, in the twenty years I knew him, never changed his routine. Even his socialising was with the same people on the same night, week in, week out. As far as I know nothing has changed. At the time I didn’t really understand it, but when my ex and I wanted to change the day we met him (on a weekly basis, same time, same pub), it drove him into a tailspin. He just couldn’t handle it.
I didn’t understand it in my twenties. I always said I never managed a routine in my life. But that’s not really true. Work life is a routine, school life is a routine. Even working for yourself is a routine. You have deadlines you have to meet to be paid.
As I’ve got older I’ve thought of routines as less the enemy and more a fact of life. I still like a little spontaneity though.
A Novella in Frankie’s Series
Late to go shopping one day, Ed ends up soaked in Marchant Belarus’s spilled Coke. Ed’s humiliation increases when Marchant, the owner of a BDSM club, realizes Ed is a sub, albeit a very closeted one. Marchant’s attempts to draw Ed out of his shell release years of pent-up anger and hurt over the abuse Ed’s mother and grandmother heaped on him.
Marchant is patient, but nothing he does seems to help until he discovers Ed’s secret love of dancing—a forbidden passion that might be the key to unlocking the confident, secure man Ed could be.
He stalked away, conscious of Marchant staring at him and the all too seeing eyes of his nemesis behind. “Will this day never end?” he muttered.
At the base of the stairs, Marchant pulled Ed to one side and didn’t let go of his arm. “What did Frankie say to you?”
“What did he say?”
“He asked me if you were hurting me.”
Marchant nodded. “Good. It’s good you have friends looking after you.”
“He’s hardly a friend,” Ed said without thinking.
“He took the time to see if you were all right,” Marchant pointed out. “That implies some degree of friendship.”
“I’m his boss, and Frankie Mason is a….” Ed pressed his lips together.
“Ah, that explains the hostility from his boyfriend.”
Ed reached the end of his patience. “Thank you for the drink, but I have to do my shopping now.”
“We can go around together,” Marchant said cheerfully.
“I don’t want to go around with you,” Ed said, aware he sounded petty and childish. “I have a routine.”
Marchant raised his eyebrow. “A routine? Well, I can fit in with that.”
Ed gaped at him. “What the hell? What don’t you understand? I’ve let you ruin my morning. I’ve put up with you telling me to sit, stay, and come. Now I want to do my shopping and forget this day ever happened.”
To Ed’s chagrin, Marchant didn’t seem at all bothered by his outburst. Instead he leaned forward, and unconsciously Ed mimicked his action. “I haven’t told you to come yet, but when I do, you’ll obey.”
Sue Brown is owned by her dog and two children. When she isn’t following their orders, she can be found plotting at her laptop. In fact she hides so she can plot and has got expert at ignoring the orders.
Sue discovered M/M erotica at the time she woke up to find two men kissing on her favourite television series. The kissing was hot and tender and Sue wanted to write about this men. She may be late to the party, but she’s made up for it since, writing fan fiction until she was brave enough to venture out into the world of original fiction.
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Also from Sue Brown:
Anthony & Leo—Frankie’s Series, (Book 3)
Coming March 25th:
Watching Marchant train his new sub leaves Tony unhappy at not having found a Dom of his own. Running Marchant’s BDSM club, Tony sees who the Doms prefer and it isn’t him—too big, too old, and too hairy. When his friend Jordan suggests he look outside the club, Tony’s mind turns to Leo, a man he met in a traffic jam. Tony manages to arrange a date and happily learns Leo is funny, very toppy, and not averse to Tony’s lifestyle. As a bonus, Leo sells sex toys.
When tragedy strikes the club, Tony fears he can’t help the mourning club members, but Leo offers his unwavering support. After such a tough start, Tony believes Leo is the Dom he’s been looking for… until he catches him kissing another man.