A L BATES
Surfacing starts where Deep left off on the deep sea mining ship Ariel. Ariel belongs to Captain Joel Riley, she’s his home and his livelihood. But life on Ariel is tough. The ship spends weeks at the bottom of the sea, trawling the ocean bed for precious minerals, a task which could easily see them crushed or lost to the depths. The food is bad. The danger constant. And if things go wrong there’s no calling for help.
But the hardest part about Ariel is the close quarters. With six crew members living on top of each other for weeks on end things get complicated real quick. Before you even worry about the noise and the smells, there’s the privacy to contend with. There’s nowhere to hide. Nowhere to go when things get out of hand. And things always get out of hand.
Joel’s last dive was a disaster, although probably his most fruitful to date. He nearly lost a vital crew member, his ship, and everything he held dear. But somehow he survived, and in doing so he kept his ship—which happened to be filled with rich cargo—and his crew member survived…. Actually he more than survived. His crew member—his medic—was lying beside him, gunshot wound healing, hickies less so.
On Ariel you can’t escape or hide, and when the Doc ran into his troubles, Joel had witnessed it all. He’d seen the younger man fight his demons and somewhere along the line he’d fallen for him. In the confines of the ship, he couldn’t ignore his feelings or desires, and eventually the Doc couldn’t deny him. They’d journeyed leagues under the sea and even further in their relationship. It’s still new and, like Ariel, still teetering in peril.
Somewhere above the surface the world is wide and open. They don’t have to live on top of each other, they’re not constantly in peril. But right now. With the doc at his side, he wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.
Series: The Ariel Series, Book Two
Genre: Gay Romance, Science Fiction
Publisher: Wayward Ink Publishing
Release Date: 19th August 2016
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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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?
Meet A.L. Bates
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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