Justin South


Release Date
July 2011
Contemporary Romance, LGBTQ, Romantic Suspense/Mystery

Free short story written for the M/M Romance group's "Hot Summer Days" event.

Nominated for the Goodreads M/M Romance Members Choice Award - 2011 Best Short Story

EDIT Oct 2013: Okay, Reflections has been published for over two years, so it's now time to let you in on its secret. When I pondered how to do justice to the prompt, I decided at the same time to experiment, to challenge myself - to write my first short story with the omission of the two laziest words in an author's lexicon.

What do you normally say or write about something in present or past tense? Do you say 'it was'? I bet you do, like all of us. Like Snoopy's 'It was a dark and stormy knight'. (or was it night?) So I wrote Reflections by omitting those lazy words and mostly in present tense.

Was it hard? You bet IT WAS. Lol. (You don't believe me? Then YOU try writing just one page. Haha.) It took me five weeks to get it started and I admit I stuffed up the opening with some big and fanciful words while I tried to get the flow going. Finally, I submitted it - all 4500 words - three weeks and two extensions past original deadline.

So that is its secret and the reason why Reflections is like it is, like it or hate it.

One day I hope to extend Ben and Tony's tale, perhaps by filling in the time gaps caused by the panic filled, ever-nearing deadlines. Maybe you have some ideas you'd like to see. If so, please let me know.
Genres/Tags: Gay M/M / Contemporary / Male Beauty / Shyness / First Love / Hurt/Comfort / Disability / Despair / Love
Approx. Word Count: 4,569


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