Blog Tour #Excerpt and #giveaway – Deep by A.L. Bates

Title: Deep
Author: A.L. Bates
Genre: Science Fiction, Gay Romance, Gay SciFi
Length: Long Novella
Publisher: Wayward Ink Publishing


Fleeing from a troubled past that left him feeling tarnished and used, Sean finds work as a medic aboard the deep sea mining ship Ariel, on a distant planet.

Under the leader ship of the infuriating, yet charismatic, Captain Joel Riley, Sean settles into his simple, but dangerous, new life. It’s a life he soon comes to love; albeit one in which he conceals his sexuality and avoids intimacy.

But Sean’s new world is turned on its head when an old face threatens to expose him for the man he used to be.

With Joel’s help, will Sean learn to come to terms with his past and become a man he can be proud of?

Deep AL Bates

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Sean took the bottle and another gulp of courage. “I don’t know. I’ve never really thought about it.”


“Fine. I guess it’s the same as you,” Sean said, daring to look Joel in the eye. “Somebody who is strong, who knows his own mind, but cares about other people, too. Someone I can respect and who respects me.” He gave the bottle back to Joel, letting his fingers brush the captain’s.

Joel didn’t seem to notice. “So, everything except the breasts then. You ever been with a woman?”

Sean glanced away, the awkwardness returning once again. “Yes, once or twice, but it’s not my thing.” The alcohol had full control of him now. He started speaking before he realized what he was asking. “What about you, Sir? Have you ever been with a man?”

Joel sprayed whiskey over the cockpit. He heaved and started laughing. “No. Definitely not my thing.”

“How do you know if you haven’t tried?” Inside, a part of Sean was screaming at him to stop. This was not a good idea, and the liquor was pushing him into dangerous territory.

Joel shifted in his seat. “Eh, I guess I just don’t think I could do it.” He met Sean’s eye and then turned away, clearly embarrassed. Sean understood the full awkwardness of the it the captain meant.

“I didn’t think I could stay down here for a season, never mind three. You should try kissing.” Internal Sean put his head in his hands in despair.


“There’s not much difference between kissing a man or a woman.”


“Like you said, there’s nothing wrong with it.”

About the author

A.L. BATES has a keen interest in Sci-fi and adventure novels and enjoys writing stories with strong characters in imaginative backgrounds. Although an avid writer, Deep is the first published novella by A.L. Bates.

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