Beastly Businessmen and Guitar Gods

New Release: Beastly Businessmen and Guitar Gods by Asta Idonea

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I am thrilled to announce Asta Idonea’s latest release – Beastly Businessmen and Guitar Gods, a gay romance short story collection inspired by fairy tales. Asta Idonea took these fairy tales and turned them into interesting contemporary stories that you’ll definitely enjoy. This collection has been previously published and you can check my initial review here. I am happy the book is back, as I don’t want anyone to miss out! Now, on to more details about Asta’s new release!

Beastly Businessmen and Guitar Gods by Asta Idonea

They say magic doesn’t exist in our modern age. But is that really true?

Without magic, how could a stolen guitar or a lost shoe lead to love?

What could spark romance at a workplace assessment, or turn a mean-spirited monster into a man?

Six fairytales and myths receive a contemporary MM twist in this collection of stories, which prove that sometimes the mundane can be magical too.

Dragged Into Love (Þrymskviða)

When Theo’s landlord steals his guitar in lieu of overdue rent, he tells Theo he will only return the instrument if he can go on a date with Theo’s twin sister. With Fran less than willing to play along, Theo is left with one option: to go in her place.

Love’s Code (Ariadne and Theseus)

In order to keep his job, Andre must pass an examination. However, his unspoken love for fellow programmer Eren proves a constant distraction, as does the identity of a mysterious benefactor who offers helps along the way.

Guessing Games (Rumplestiltskin)

A little white lie, told in his job interview, won Sasha his dream role. Only now he faces a pile of work he doesn’t know how to complete. When someone comes along with a solution to his dilemma, he is thrilled. But what price will he have to pay

Assignations and Ultimatums (The Strange Elopement of Tinirau)

Hunter and Ross are deeply in love, but Ross’s father is intent on setting him up with undesirable, yet powerful, older men. That’s bad enough, but the situation worsens when the latest of these potential partners turns out to be Ross’s boss.

Lost and Found (Cinderella)

Attendance at the company’s masquerade ball is compulsory. Cillian intends a swift departure once his presence has been noted, but he changes his mind when a dashing stranger asks him to dance. Love is in the air…until he uncovers the man’s identity.

A Debt is a Debt (Beauty and the Beast)

Dunstan Griffin is not a man accustomed to letting a debt slide. Therefore, when Alfred Siskin offers the EA services of his son, Wynn, in lieu of payment, Dunstan accepts. He intends to make the most of his new worker, but soon his desires change.

Where to buy your copy of Beastly Businessmen and Guitar Gods

NineStar Press




Beastly Businessmen and Guitar Gods – An Excerpt

I have an excerpt, but before you read that, I have two more to link you to! If you prefer to watch your excerpt, here’s one on YouTube. Or, if you are a fan of audio, here’s an excerpt on SoundCloud.

The paper aeroplane skimmed the air, creating a soft breeze that tickled Andre’s cheek as the expertly folded sheet of A4 glided past his head. There was a murmur of laughter and a smattering of applause behind him as the doomed aircraft ended its spectacular journey in the bin beside the manager’s desk.

Usually this sort of thing didn’t happen during work hours. Not that the IT department were a miserable bunch, taken individually, but rather they were generally too busy to indulge in such gleeful childish sporting. Today, however, with manager Gavin Holmes out at a meeting, Andre’s colleagues were making the most of the opportunity to let off a little steam. They all sorely needed it, given what they would face in a few short days.

DunGriffinCorp was a competitive environment—aggressive to the brink of outright warfare. Places on its payroll were in short supply and high demand, and the company aimed to employ only the best. Within Andre’s department, where there was always someone younger and brighter coming out of MIT, Stanford, or Cambridge, contracts were never offered for longer than six months, and at the end of that period all current employees had to join new applicants in a three-day test, after which the top scorers would sign on with the company for the next six-month stint. Andre had been successful as a new applicant in the test six months ago; next week he would have to face another if he wished to keep his job.

Meet Asta Idonea

Asta Idonea (aka Nicki J Markus) was born in England but now lives in Adelaide, South Australia. She has loved both reading and writing from a young age and is also a keen linguist, having studied several foreign languages.

Asta launched her writing career in 2011 and divides her efforts not only between MM and mainstream works but also between traditional and indie publishing. Her works span the genres, from paranormal to historical and from contemporary to fantasy. It just depends what story and which characters spring into her mind!

As a day job, Asta works as a freelance editor and proofreader, and in her spare time she enjoys music, theatre, cinema, photography, and sketching. She also loves history, folklore and mythology, pen-palling, and travel, all of which have provided plenty of inspiration for her writing.


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