I’m thrilled to be here and especially thrilled about the reason I’m here: Bengt and Alex are back with The Other Side of Winter. Some of you wanted to know a bit more about what happens between the two books, so I’m taking the opportunity to give you some glimpses into that year the guys spent apart from each other in a series of intermezzos over the course of this booktour.
SPOILER ALERT! A warning for those of you who’ve NOT yet read Santuario: since these scenes are set after the first book, there will, of course, be spoilers.
Thank you for having me,
Read on at your own discretion — Raid, pt.1:
Alex jolted upright in the semi-darkness, to screams and gunshots. Two things registered clearly in the emergency part of his sleep-fuzzed brain: uniforms storming the bunkhouse through the door, and shots awaiting the men who bolted outside through the windows. The blanket from the upper bunk fell like a curtain, obscuring half his field of vision as Jorge jumped to the ground in front of Alex and ran two steps towards the window before crumpling to the ground.
Alex’s muscles twitched in in automatic response, wanting to help, but there was nothing he could do. Trapped. He was trapped like a fucking animal. And he was a sitting duck in his bunk.
Mostly hidden by the hanging blanket, he crammed all fingers and toes into the webbing of the bunk above and pulled himself up, flat against the straps that held the upper mattress. Not a moment too soon, as one of the securitas started walking along the line of bunks firing a bullet into each. Face pressed against the rough jute, Alex waited for the impact. But the height of the bunk worked in his favour. He felt the impact as the bullet hit the mattress, but the angle was wide enough to almost miss him completely. A small tug at his waist told him how narrow his escape had been.
Being blind to the threat all around him kept pumping the adrenalin through his body, until he was ready to jump out of his skin, but until the shots and the hammering of jackboots on the floor stopped, staying glued to the bunk was his only chance. And a damned slim one at that. He kept expecting someone to pull the blanket off that shielded him from view. Or to take another shot into the mattress above.
Then the shooting inside ceased, though occasional shots outside continued. As the bunkhouse fell quiet, Alex become more aware of the outside sounds, groans, scuffling, someone cursing blue murder without seeming to take a breath.
Glass shattered by the door and somewhere around the window, even though the window had no pane, just wooden shutters.
Alex’s arms screamed at him to let go. He took a deep breath against the pain. Smoke caught in his throat, making him hack and gasp for air. His arms gave out, and he dropped down into his blankets, racked by coughs.
Skanian investigator Bengt fell in love with fellow policeman Alex Rukow in a week. But that was a year ago, and they’ve been apart ever since. Then Alex escapes the corrupt and destitute island nation of Santuario and comes to live with Bengt. Happy ever after…?
Alex’s lifelong dream of leaving Santuario has come true at last. But he finds himself adrift in a society he doesn’t understand. Worse, past nightmares come back to haunt him, and after so many years of suspicion and self-reliance, it’s harder than he imagined to trust someone else.
Bengt just wants Alex to share his comfortable life. But the more he tries to give, the more Alex pulls away. Their physical connection couldn’t be better, but Bengt can’t seem to get through to his difficult, taciturn lover outside the bedroom. Meanwhile, he has his own demons to confront—not to mention a serial killer on the loose.
Bengt and Alex must dig deep for the courage to face their pasts, but it may be too late to save their relationship or their lives.
About the Author: G.B.Gordon worked as a packer, landscaper, waiter, and coach before going back to school to major in linguistics and, at 35, switch to less backbreaking monetary pursuits like translating, editing, and writing.
Having lived in various parts of the world, Gordon is now happily ensconced in suburban Ontario with the best of all husbands. Santuario is G.B. Gordon’s first published work, but many more stories are just waiting to hit the keyboard.
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