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Touches by Alina Popescu Release Day Tour

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We have Alina Popescu stopping by today with her new release Touches

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.


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?

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Exclusive Excerpt

A Touch of Paradise

“So are you taking me to the gay clubs this weekend,” Radu asked before stuffing his mouth with grilled chicken breast.

“Club, not clubs,” Tudor corrected. “And no, not on your life.”

“Why not? We go together to straight clubs.”

“Yes, but there it’s harder to piss off everyone with a single nasty comment. Taking your brand of insults to a gay club might lead right to the emergency room. I don’t have time to visit you in the hospital.”

“But you know I’m not homophobic,” Radu whined.

“You act and sound as if you were, though. And no one will take a long moment out of their busy clubbing schedule to figure that out.”

Radu pouted and shrugged, then stabbed the grilled veggies on his plate. Tudor chuckled and shook his head. The guy was fascinating. He tried to eat healthy to copy Tudor, but acted as if he was doing Tudor a great favor in doing so. Stabbing the food was his way of showing how displeased he was with what he was eating. He wanted to hang around the gay crowd to spend more time with Tudor, but he couldn’t tone down the homophobic-sounding comments to save his life. He went to the gym a few times a week, but he complained from the moment he stepped inside till the moment he was out the door. He also tried to cheat on his own workouts, but would never consider giving them up.

How he’d become one of Tudor’s closest friends was still a mystery to everyone, especially Magda. Tudor couldn’t deny how much of a lifeline Radu’s brutal yet amusing comments had been during the post-breakup period. Vincent had done a number on Tudor, and he was still recovering from it. Most of his progress was thanks to Magda and Radu, so he guessed putting up with the weirdness and non-PC ways of Radu, now area sales manager for North and South America, was a minor price to pay.


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About the author

Writer, traveler, and coffee addict, Alina Popescu has been in love with books all her life. She started writing when she was ten and she has always been drawn to sci-fi, fantasy, and the supernatural realm. Born and raised in Romania, she finds her inspiration in books of all genres, in movies, and the occasional manga comic book. She is a proud geek who needs her fast Internet and gadgets more than she needs air.

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