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Title: A Trust to Follow


AuthorDiana Waters

PublishereXtasy Books Inc

Published:  1 June 2018

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Length: 64 Pages.



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Isadoro and Iván have known each other since before memories were memories, when they were just the imprint of shape and sound pressed inside your head. They were raised together in La Portera, between the orange trees and water reservoirs, under an endless blue sky. Where they grew up is where Iván’s love for Isadoro grew, too. There, from the earth and the water, organic and helpless.


Iván had grown used to this love. He’d grown used to absence, too.

Isadoro left for the military when they were both eighteen and took a piece of Iván with him. It was as inevitable as the baking sun and sandy winds of those lands. Iván didn't know how to fight it.


A thread between them remained. Phone calls, Skype sessions, rests between tours. But it was never quite enough.


After eight years, Isadoro comes back. At his core, he is the same man Iván has always known. But life has transformed them both from the malleable shapes of childhood and into the stiffer skin of adults. The situation is complicated further when they rekindle the ‘benefits’ portion of their friendship. The heat between them has always been undeniable, and now it scorches through them.


In the beginning, all seems well. But there are creatures under calm water. When they breach the surface, both Isadoro and Iván must learn how to help each other, but also to save themselves.


Please note: This story contains themes of affected mental health following the return from military combat. However, the ultimate focus of the story is on hope and recovery.

This story also contains very explicit scenes of a sexual nature.


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Exclusive:: Why Did I Write This Story?

Why Did I Write This Story? A lot of the story ideas I have are inspired by my own experiences and the things I’ve seen, the people I’ve met. Nights Without Night, however, almost burst from the opposite. It came from a lack of understanding.

Why, I asked myself, would someone enlist in the military in 2009?

I got to know Isadoro, the character who has just come out of eight years in the military at the start of the story, slowly. I asked questions and in his replies a story flourished. I then had to wonder not only what would motivate him to enlist, but how he would deal with the return to civilian life.

Instead of approaching this question by going by the book of how veteran PTSD looks like in common media, I tried to explore it in a more relatable way. Nights Without Night isn’t really about war. It’s about someone who has left behind something that had given him, for eight years, purpose, even though it hurt him too. It’s about being lost in your twenties, struggling to understand how you fit in the world. At its core, Nights Without Night is a story about friendship, love, hope, healing. During the journey to that glowing ember, however, we pass the kind of paralytic sadness and hopelessness that many people will probably be able to understand.

Instead of writing the story from Isadoro’s point of view, however, I thought it would be interesting to write it in the voice of someone who cares about Isadoro deeply, who is madly in love with him and has been since before Isadoro enlisted. About how it would be to love someone you can see sinking, figuring out how to help whilst dealing with your own insecurities and frustrations. The story explores how friendship and love are not a magical fix for mental health difficulties, but no less beautiful and powerful because of this. Although there are sad parts to the story, it’s not all painted with the same brush. There’s humour and lust and intimacy.

And, of course, the story is also about hope. About not knowing what lies ahead and learning to accept that’s part of life. That you just have to keep moving forward with curiosity instead of demands. That sometimes, you’ll need a little help along the way and your life will be all the richer by accepting it.





Meet the Author


When Marina was a child she couldn’t sleep. Night after dissolving night she just couldn’t sleep. Nothing much worked – until she started making up stories in her head. Suddenly, the transition into unconsciousness was a smooth dive into calm waters.


Marina is currently in a period of sleepless upheaval, and she hopes writing down the stories in her head will cast the same spell it did decades ago.


Marina hopes to write in a variety of romance sub-genres, from contemporary to supernatural to sci-fi. Her style, however, tends to focus on character-centred stories that explore different facets of the human experience, such as mental health. She also enjoys writing explicit, drawn-out sex scenes, so expect those to be a prominent feature of her stories.



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