We ask: If you could hire someone to teach you anything at all, what would it be and who would you hire?
I love learning new things. The belief that you only have to learn at school and once you’ve completed your education, you should be free from the need to learn anything new, couldn’t be more foreign to me. I love gaining new skills and new knowledge, to the point where I have to keep myself firmly in check during book research or I will end up going off on a tangent and reading up on interesting topics all day.
That being said, I have a problem with being taught.
All my life, I’ve always preferred to learn by myself – from books I chose and sources recommended by others, from programs and applications, by reading and listening and doing, alone. I spent half of my college years wishing I could just skip the classes and lectures and the pressure of having to actively participate, because I would have to go home and study my own way, anyway. Online studies would have been perfect for me.
There are some things, though – practical things mostly, things that require having someone more experienced show us all the intricacies of the subject and correcting any mistakes as we practice – that can’t be successfully learned by oneself. So if I were to hire someone to teach me anything, it would be something like that. Playing an instrument, maybe – before I left for college, I’d learned to play the flute for a few months. I loved it, but have never been able to get back to it. Or, better yet, dancing. I used to train ballroom dancing, but had to stop due to a move and losing a fantastic partner who stayed behind. Not being able to continue my dancing training is one of my greatest regrets, and I miss it dearly. So if I could hire a professional ballroom dancer to train with me, I would definitely jump at the chance.
Other than that, I’d rather stay at my desk, with my books and my programs and the internet, and teach myself.
Micah Geller considers himself lucky: at 27, he has more money than he needs, a job he loves, a debut book coming out, and a brilliant career in information security before him. What he doesn’t have is a partner to share it with—a fact that’s never bothered him much.
But the romantic in him isn’t entirely dead. When a moment of weakness finds him with a contact to a high-class escort specializing in fulfilling fantasies, Micah asks for only one thing.
Show me what it’s like to feel loved.
Pages or Words: 304 pages
Categories: Fiction, gay Fiction, M/M Romance, New Adult, Romance
Angel’s shoulders were broad and strong; his hands kept a warm, steady pressure on Micah’s back, holding him so close that he could feel the movement of Angel’s chest with every breath he took. They stayed near the edge of the impromptu dance floor, swaying with the music. Micah felt safely surrounded, contained—in the familiar song, in the arms that felt as if they were made to hold him, in the magic of this evening. He turned his head, just to glance at Angel’s face, and couldn’t turn away, mesmerized by the look in his eyes. They held the world within—the world of affection, of caring. Of desire. It made something stir in Micah’s belly, a long-banished want.
Angel’s eyes flickered down to Micah’s mouth, and then back up. He bit his plump lower lip.
Around them, people were dancing, music was enveloping them in its sweet enchantment, and night air cooled Micah’s cheeks. Inside, he had suddenly only one desire. And he could have it. He’d been told to take what he wanted tonight.
About the author:
Kate Fierro spent ten years translating, editing, and reviewing other people’s words before making an impulse decision to write down some of her own. She hasn’t been able to stop ever since. Kate lives in Europe and is bilingual, with more love for her adopted language than her native one.
With nearly a million words under her belt, Love Starved is Kate’s debut novel.
Where to find the author:
Goodreads Link: www.goodreads.com/KateFierro
Publisher: Interlude Press
Cover Artist: Artwork by Valerie Schroedl, cover design by BuckeyeGrrl Designs