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Books by Ryal Woods

Becoming
Secrets of the Senses #2
Ryal Woods



Amadeo is the demon-god ruler of sensation; those he touches must forge their own path into becoming intimates of this hedonistic seducer.


In book one of Secrets of the Senses, Murmur introduced the guides of sight, sound, scent, sensation, and sustenance - the keepers of sensuality, the Sabball. Now one of the five has entered into a new exploration of his powers. The ruler of sensation, Amadeo; the embodiment of true hedonism. Those he touches shall share in his unique perspective. His kindred, Bram, is disconnected; his lover, Rupert, is lost in his embrace. Each must forge his own path to becoming something more.



Murmur
Secrets of the Senses #1
Ryal Woods




"I am Roman. I am Gallic. I am Hibernian. I am too mixed in everything to be of concern to anything," Aonghas tells his friend. He's also the human counterpart of the demon gods who rule the five senses, blessed and burdened by this gift that has enhanced his senses beyond average human experience. But his gifts have kept him isolated and wary of forming relationships beyond casual acquaintances, until he meets Maon. Thisyoung man he encounters only under shadow of darkness has his own secrets, and Aonghas is captivated by his mysterious lover. Will their bond endure if their secrets are revealed?




Stories for Boys
Ryal Woods



Jude the Unsure


A nod to Thomas Hardy's Jude the Obscure, with step-brothers grappling the complexities and consequences of an illicit relationship. Jude suffers much the same affliction as Thomas Hardy's character - erotolepsy brought on by an obsession for his younger stepbrother. Lexi's love sustains Jude, even as he risks compromising his own wellbeing.


Vienna to Prague, 1926


In 1926, men's desires aren't often openly shared, but Roland has an advantage over Henry Robert Jenkins, and he uses it to entertain himself on the long journey. It's a deliberate misunderstanding between the classes as Roland finds amusement in sending Henry into a tailspin. Perhaps it's contempt for Henry's lifestyle that leaves him cold; a reminder that, despite his privilege, he too occupies a hidden world.


Twist It


One young man's obsession over what he cannot have is intertwined with another young man's obsessive efforts to keep what he possesses. Derik recalls a night of passion spent with the object of his desire, even as he struggles to find his way out of the wish to twist fate in his own favor.


Redemption for Sale Part I


Kurt is captivated with a rent boy, but he can't admit it. James is just doing his job, but Kurt, who is used to having his way with his sex partners, doesn't want to be just another trick. When he finds he can't break through James's carefully structured façade, he decides to break in, determined to leave his mark.


Redemption for Sale Part II


It is James who has left a mark on Kurt. After several weeks of denial, Kurt seeks James again to attempt another breakdown of the boy's barriers. But when he realizes he truly has broken through to James enough to reveal his vulnerabilities, he changes his motivations and works to tear down his own façade.


Floating


A quickie all about sensation in the dark.


Undone


A young man works to preserve his undead boyfriend. The macabre task is breaking down his sanity; the lines are blurred between what is real, what is right, and what has come undone. But he refuses to let go.


Stolen Life


A little work of poetic prose full of Easter eggs. Hidden inside is the story of poet Paul Verlain's love for Arthur Rimbaud. It takes the reader through their tumultuous relationship via Rimbaud's poem, "Vowels."


About Last Night...


The musings of a young man who wakes beside his sleeping friend after they've shared a sexual encounter the night before. As Robert relives the evening in his mind, he worries about Hamil's reaction upon waking. Can they both face the truth?


Revolving Door


The story of a man still attached to his former lover through a bond of secrecy, addiction and trust. They're addicted to one another; Matt wants to break the bonds, Leo works to keep him entrapped. This is Matt's first person account of his latest encounter with Leo: his longing for the strength to resist him, his giving over, and the battle within as they play this longstanding game of wills.



Revolving Door
Ryal Woods



As Matt has sex with his former lover, he contemplates why he keeps finding himself back in Leo's arms.


Matt is still attached to his former lover through a bond of secrecy and obsession. He wants to break the bonds, Leo works to keep him entrapped.


This is Matt's account of their latest encounter: his longing for strength to resist Leo, his giving over, and the battle within as they play this longstanding game of wills, from initiation to inevitable conclusion. This time he'll break the rules, and stop Leo before he can make a quick exit.


Because Matt isn't so innocent: it's a double play, they're both participants. Will breaking the silence be enough to break the spell?