Blog Tour #Review & #Giveaway – Deep by A.L. Bates

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Author:A.L. Bates

Genre:Gay romance, Science Fiction

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?

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Deep Book Cover


I might sound like a selfish person, or like I am taking credit for what I shouldn’t, but I don’t care. I take responsibility for this book! As A.L. has graciously told me, I helped nudge this debut gay romance author in the direction of gay love. Her science fiction was already strong with her, I take no credit!

But enough bragging, time to talk Deep! This was such a great read, dark, profound, and surprising in setting and character development. Sean’s progression from the new kid on the block to part of the Ariel family is endearing, and the way he falls back on past reactions when he is hurt and cornered was heart breaking.  Captain Joel is a hard man and an unexpected, yet totally fitting partner for Sean, with both men having to learn to trust each other and themselves enough to take a plunge.

The deep water mining activity on Ariel – yes, I love the mermaid name A.L Bates chose for this ship, the rules that apply in the blue depths, and the dangerous, crazy rhythm of life aboard all seem real and relatable despite being part of a made up world. Science fiction fans and gay romance fans are both going to enjoy this book and I can’t wait for more from this author! I mean, even her baddie was great, in an I-want-to-punch-you-in-the-face sort of way. So go grab yourself a copy and enjoy!

Book Trailer


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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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