Cover Reveal – Touches by Alina Popescu

Touches and its beautiful cover are finally here! I am thrilled to reveal the beautiful work of Adrian Rafail and introduce this new release from me: a collection of short stories that is very close to my heart. Read on for more details!

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Touches is a collection of four contemporary gay romance short stories following the same cast of characters. They can be read in any order, but to better immerse yourself in the characters’ lives, reading them in order is advised.

Synopsis – Touches by Alina Popescu

Sometimes a single touch is enough to change everything. Physical or emotional, a touch can tilt the world on its axis and shift your entire life. It can lead to hell, or it can lead to paradise, but things will never be the same…

Tudor has big plans for New York City.
Ditch his homophobic colleague. See a musical. Definitely check out the go-go boys.
Meeting one Phantom on Grindr wasn’t in the script.
Tudor gets caught up in a whirlwind when his favorite musical character steps off the stage and into his life.

Hauled to work in Hawaii, Tudor has little time to enjoy the island paradise.
His obnoxious friend Radu has it much easier, using his free time to set Tudor up, dangling a willing Hawaiian beauty in front of him.
Having been burned by long-distance relationships before, Tudor stubbornly resists Kahoni’s advances.
But can Tudor be worn down enough to enjoy a touch of paradise?

A moody and angry Tudor follows his friend, Radu, to the airport to pick up a client.
Despite Radu’s efforts, he’s still sulking over his boyfriend, Kahoni, not being able to fly over for his birthday.
But the airport only opens up the door to a stream of steamy surprises for Tudor. Will his mood improve?

Radu has always joked with Tudor about his friend’s gay rubbing off on him. Neither of them has taken that joke seriously until Radu’s meltdown and crazy confession: Radu thinks he might be gay.
Despite Radu’s insistence that Tudor’s gayness has helped him figure out his own, there’s more to that story of discovery. Charismatic, sexy, and all around amazing Marius, the man Radu has been crushing on for months, pushed the loud-mouth, offensive Radu into exploring who he truly is.
Figuring out he wasn’t all that straight is the easy part. Getting enough courage to talk to Marius, that’s a whole different challenge, as Radu seems to turn into a stuttering idiot around Marius. Will Radu learn to be confident enough to pursue Marius? Or will Marius act faster and challenge the confused Radu too soon?

Touches by Alina Popescu

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Today I have an exclusive excerpt for you, one that explains how Tudor ended up on Grindr 😀 Enjoy!

Throughout their walk in the park, Radu continued his efforts to come off as a total douchebag and determine what Tudor’s type was. As he was sitting on a bench, exhausted by the effort it took to not kill him with his bare hands, Tudor heard a familiar sound. He’d heard it before in a video about gay men and their dating habits. It was the sound of a Grindr notification. He grinned widely, his body finally relaxing and figuring out he could satisfy Radu’s curiosity while making him uncomfortable at the same time.

He’d never had Grindr installed. Tudor had always found it easy to find interested men because of his volunteering and clubbing habits. He’d been part of Accept since he’d started college and it had been twelve years since then. He had a wide circle of friends and acquaintances in Bucharest’s LGBT community, so an app would have been redundant to date locally.

That however did not mean he hadn’t heard of the app. Or that he did not feel tempted to see how things worked in New York City. Tudor was curious as hell and was wondering how he’d handle conversations that started with dick pics. Without even thinking, he pulled out his phone and downloaded the app. He installed the paid version of Grindr, just to make sure he got everything, the full experience and such. He knew he’d delete it once they went back home, so he wanted to fully immerse in his Big Apple experience.

“What’s that?” Radu asked, trying to see the screen over Tudor’s shoulder.

“A gay hook-up app. It’s called Grindr,” Tudor said, although he knew full well that was not all it was. Then again, he was in New York and he was dying for a night of clubbing that was not limited to one club. Plus, there were places with go-go boys and he’d never experienced that in person. His other trip to the US had involved a lot of training and he’d barely had a couple of hours for sightseeing.

“Want to help me select some shirtless and dick pics?” Tudor asked, smiling innocently. It turned into full-on belly laughter when he saw Radu retreating quickly to the end of the bench, almost falling off in his haste.

About the author

As you’ve spent time on my website, I feel like we know each other pretty well. Still, if you need a refresher, or you’re new here, here’s a little bit about myself:

Alina PopescuWriter, traveler, and coffee addict, Alina Popescu has been in love with books all her life. She started writing when she was ten and even won awards in local competitions. She has always been drawn to sci-fi, fantasy, and the supernatural realm, which explains her deep love for vampires and is also to blame for this trilogy.

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