Blog Tour – Beastly Businessmen and Guitar Gods by Asta Idonea

Title: Beastly Businessmen and Guitar Gods
Author: Asta Idonea
Genre: Gay Romance, Contemporary Romance
Length: Short Story Collection (novel length)
Publisher: Wayward Ink Publishing


Fairytales and Myths for the Modern Gay

The modern age is devoid of magic.

Or is it?

How else could a stolen guitar or a lost shoe lead to love?

What but magic could spark romance at a workplace assessment?

Or turn a mean-spirited monster into a man?

Six fairytales and myths are given a contemporary MM twist in this collection of stories, proving that sometimes the mundane can be magical too.

When Theo’s landlord steals a prized guitar in lieu of rent owed, he informs Theo he will return the instrument on one condition: he wants a date with Theo’s twin sister.

LOVE’S CODE (Ariadne and Theseus)
Andre must pass the examination if he wants to keep his job.

However, he is distracted by his unspoken love for fellow programmer, Eren.

GUESSING GAMES (Rumplestiltskin)

Sasha told a little white lie in his job interview and it won him the role.

Only now he is faced with a pile of work he doesn’t know how to complete.

ASSIGNATIONS AND ULTIMATUMS (The Strange Elopement of Tinirau)

Hunter and Ross are in love, but Ross’ father keeps trying to set him up with undesirable, yet powerful, older men, the latest of whom happens to be Ross’ boss.

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LOST AND FOUND (Cinderella)
Cillian is dreading the work masquerade ball, but once there he finds himself romanced by a dashing stranger, only to flee when he discovers the man’s identity.

A DEBT IS A DEBT (Beauty and the Beast)

Dunstan Griffin is not a man to let a debt slide, so when debtor Alfred Siskin offers the EA services of his son, Wynn, in lieu of payment, Dunstan accepts.

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Excerpt—A Debt is a Debt

Wynn settled his father into his favourite armchair and then retreated to the kitchen to make them both a cup of tea. His mind was racing with so many thoughts he had trouble concentrating. It took him nearly five minutes just to remember to switch the kettle on.

His father’s fears made him uneasy. Wynn had never met Dunstan Griffin, but naturally he knew the young CEO’s story. Who didn’t? The guy was in the paper several times a week. Sometimes it was the financial reviews, offering commentary on yet another ingenious and revolutionary business strategy; other times it was the tabloids, reporting on his latest conquest. Dunstan Griffin was never seen with the same person on his arm twice. He switched between men and women so fast the papers could scarcely keep up, and yet one thing was always constant: his dates were never anything less than physical perfection, with models, musicians, and actors being the order of the day.

If his father was worried about Wynn’s virtue, working with the billionaire playboy day and night, Wynn could reassure him on that score. After all, Wynn was nothing special. He would have described himself as average-looking at most, and he’d never had much success with romance. He was altogether too shy and that seemed to put off the handful of women who had shown an interest over the years. He was too delicate for others. Too feminine with his Cupid’s bow and long dark lashes. No, he was not Dunstan Griffin’s type at all.

So what was the problem? Mr Griffin would work Wynn hard, no doubt, but Wynn had never feared toil and would knuckle down and do what needed to be done. It would be a long, hard year, but hopefully a profitable one in terms of experience. Everyone knew jobs at DunGriffinCorp were amongst the most sought-after in the country, and here was Wynn with a key role handed to him on a plate. It was only for a year, and afterward it would look wonderful on his CV. He could do this. He would not let his father down.


About the author

NICKI J. MARKUS was born in England in 1982, but now lives in Adelaide, South Australia with her husband. She has loved both reading and writing from a young age and is also a keen linguist, having studied several foreign languages.

Nicki launched her writing career in 2011. She published works through Wicked Nights Publishing and Silver Publishing before both companies closed their doors. She is now self-publishing some of her works, including the novella Time Keepers and the fantasy novel The Ragnarök Chronicles.

Nicki also writes M/M fiction under the alternate pen name of ASTA IDONEA and has had several short stories published by Wayward Ink Publishing. She is currently working on her first M/M novella.

Nicki works as a freelance editor and proofreader, and in her spare time she enjoys: music, theatre, cinema, photography, sketching, and cross stitch. She also loves history, folklore and mythology, pen-palling, and travel.

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