When dreams come true
He went into the next room and gasped. It was a music room.
The walls were adorned with acoustic padding, the sort used in professional recording facilities, interrupted by lighting strips, which managed to look decorative as well as functional. There was even a ledge extending from a wall, ample space to accommodate a number of recording devices. At the moment, there were only two sets of speakers on them.
What grabbed and held Matt’s attention were the instruments: a piano, a violin, a mandolin, and several guitars, electric and acoustic. He stopped breathing when he saw the Martin hanging on the wall to his right.
He glanced at Kom, who was watching him closely. “Is that the D-45? The one we saw—”
“In the Earther salvage shop on the Adraf station. I told Avir, and he had them ship it here.”
“If there’s a better instrument, I can send out feelers for it,” Avir said. “Kom said you were pretty excited about this one, though.”
“It’s…it’s…” Matt couldn’t vocalize the beautiful instrument was a holy grail. He drifted close, staring at the spruce and rosewood body, the mahogany neck, the gloss finish that hadn’t faded with the decades of its existence. The gold tuners showed some wear, and the strings would have to be replaced, but there’d been no signs of warping. When he’d been allowed to strum it in the shop where he’d seen it, the incredible deep tone had resounded straight to his soul.
It drew him. He reached trembling fingers toward it, this hallowed beacon of music, his being aching to make it sing. At the last second, he stopped.
He burst into sobs.
Releasing early 2023
His past demons have returned, and only a Kalquorian clan can save him.
Matthew Larsen should be happy.
Reunited with the Nobek he fell in love with years ago, welcomed into a clan
determined to give him a better life, he has everything he never imagined
possible. However, he’s haunted by the hellish past and certainty it will
Kom spent years searching for Matt. Their reunion and his clanmates’ acceptance
of the troubled Earther seemed to be all that stood in the way of the perfect
future. His Earther love isn’t so easily rescued, however. Even a warrior can’t
protect someone against his nightmares.
Dramok Avir and Imdiko Masok are devoted to the beautiful Earther Kom brought home. Loving such a gentle soul isn’t a problem. Saving him from monsters, real and imagined, is another matter when Matt’s worst fears come true and the terrors of the past rise once again to drag him into the abyss.