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Title: Surfacing
Author: A.L. Bates
Series: The Ariel Series, Book Two
Genre: Gay Romance, Science Fiction
Length: Novella

Publisher: Wayward Ink Publishing


A few weeks following the events that concluded DEEP, Book One: The Ariel Series, Captain Joel Riley is struggling to adjust to his new relationship with his medic, Sean, and when a face from Sean’s past sets out to destroy Joel and his ship, Joel faces an impossible decision: Sean or Ariel.

Sensing Joel’s dilemma, Sean makes the decision to leave. He does so knowing he must confront his past and the abuse he suffered. Subjected to the same trauma again, this time at the hands of his brother, he uses the strength Joel taught him to take his future into his own hands.

For Joel, life without Sean proves unbearable and he comes to the realization that he needs more than just his ship. He sets out to bring Sean back… whatever the cost.

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Joel slumped down beside Sean. He trusted Sean more than he trusted anyone else, even more than Mia. He couldn’t lose him. Not now.

“We could stay on the ship; there’s no reason you need to go anywhere. Hide out here, out of sight. I’ll sort out everything you need. We’ll get what we need now and dive early, skirt the reef for a while.”

Sean shook his head. “If he finds me on this ship he will make sure you lose Ariel. I know him, Joel; Mason is vicious and vindictive. He’ll hurt you because he knows it will hurt me. And you have to think about Mia… and the others. If they lose Ariel, they’ll lose their home. I can’t do that to you, to any of you.”

Joel clasped Sean’s neck. “If you think I’m going to let you go without a fight—”

“You don’t have a choice. I can’t stay here, and I know you’ll never come with me.”

Joel swallowed. Sean was right. As deep as his feelings ran, Joel couldn’t leave his ship, his world, behind.

“It’s okay,” Sean whispered, his lips hovering over Joel’s.

“No, it’s not okay. You lie low, do you understand? You stay out of sight of everything. I’ll lock you in my quarters if I have to. I’m gonna sort this out.”

“Joel, it’s not worth the risk.”

Joel kissed him. “I happen to think it is. Give me a week. Your scumbag brother might have connections, but he’s not the only one. Please. Just one week.” With his thumb, he wiped Sean’s face. “Let me take care of you.”


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Deep AL BatesFleeing 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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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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