Author: Teegan Loy Publisher: Rotten Girl Press Cover Artist: Me (Rotten Girl) Release Date: May 2, 2022 Genre: M/M Paranormal Romance Tropes: Friends to lovers, Coming of Age Themes: Finding your place in the world Heat Rating: 3 flames Length: 84 534 words/ 304 pages It is a standalone story and does not end on a cliffhanger.
Growing up in Evermore, Echo always knew he didn’t belong with the angels. He’d come here as an infant and grown up as the only child in a city that never aged. Now as an adult, his wings are turning black, so he is being sent down to the human world to experience life to try and stop his decline.
Before Echo can prepare to leave, things go horribly wrong. In a frantic effort to save his life, his memory is replaced with another’s and he is left on his own to navigate in a world where, once again, he feels he doesn’t belong.
Slowly Echo makes friends and falls in love in this new place, but he still has a nagging feeling that he doesn’t quite fit. Memories of people he doesn’t know invade his thoughts until he feels he’s going crazy. Things deteriorate until Echo is sure he’ll never find his happily ever after.
Music played, vibrating in Echo’s brain and squealing in his ear. He rolled over and almost fell off the small bed. His head throbbed and he blindly reached out, trying to find the offending phone, speaker, or whatever was allowing that sound to fill the room.
When he came up empty, Echo struggled to sit and quickly realized that was a terrible idea. He immediately fell back into bed, where he smacked his hand on a phone and was able to stop the music. He didn’t even know he had music on his phone.
“Oh,” Echo groaned and rolled his shoulders, which brought about a new round of excruciating pain.
Echo tried sitting again, only this time he took it slow. Things gradually came into focus and he realized he might be late for work. He glanced around the unfamiliar room, confused. He didn’t belong here.
He scratched his head, positive his bedroom had blue walls when he’d gone to bed last night. This place had colorless walls and no décor. A dresser leaned against one wall and a small table with a drawer sat beside the bed. He reached over and pulled open the drawer. A lone pen rattled around. He slammed it shut and frowned. His room was filled with books, spilled ink, and feathers.
Spilled ink and feathers?
Echo swung his legs off the twin bed and his feet hit a wood floor. With great effort, he pushed himself up and grabbed the wall, wincing as another sharp pain stung his shoulder blades. When he glanced back at the bed, the sheets were damp with sweat.
“What did I do?” he muttered as he stumbled to the bathroom.
The light was too bright and he had to blink several times before he could see his reflection. The ache in his back was lessening a little but he turned to see if there was anything on his back. His skin was clear, but he felt odd, like there should be something there.
He wrinkled his brow and tried to recall anything from the last few days. He was blank.
Echo leaned in closer and studied his reflection. His skin was slightly gray and the dark circles under his eyes had him wondering if this was the first time he’d slept in days. His hair stuck up in all directions that no amount of combing was going to help. He splashed cold water on his face and tried to concentrate harder on last night, but his mind remained stubbornly blank.
“Maybe a shower,” he mumbled.
But before that happened, the sensible thing to do was check out the rest of the apartment to make sure there wasn’t anyone else around. He could also search for any clues that might tell him why he was here. He didn’t think he’d randomly break into an empty apartment.
The bigger problem was that Echo didn’t know where he was supposed to be if he wasn’t supposed to be here—wherever here was.
Thinking so many tangled thoughts made his headache worse.
The faint smell of coffee tickled his nose, and he breathed deeply, hoping there would be a steaming cup in the kitchen. It might actually be helpful if another person was in the apartment. They might be able to explain things to Echo.
He wandered down the hall, checking the other rooms. The master bedroom was huge, but just like the small room he’d come from, it had limited furnishings. When he opened the walk-in closet, he was faced with empty shelves and a few stray hangers.
Surely Echo would remember renting a new apartment.
Excerpt from Light Falls Away) by Teegan Loy . Copyright May 2, 2022.
About the Author
When she’s not writing, Teegan Loy can be found listening to Kpop, working on her artwork, and creating junk journals.
She’s a huge hockey and tennis fan, loves having coffee with friends, and enjoys attending concerts.
Always on the go, she is able to gather countless ideas for new stories through her travels. Life is best lived through experiences.