Guest Post and Giveaway: Healing by Grace R. Duncan


First and foremost, than you very much to Charlie for hosting me at the Teahouse today! I am very glad to be here!

I love music. I’ve got music for pretty much everything in my life. So it is no surprise that I have music for my books, as well.

One of the first things I like to do when I sit down to write a story is to build a playlist. Sometimes, the songs I choose have to do more with the characters or couple than the world or environment (as in No Sacrifice). But for both Golden Collar and Healing, I have playlists that are as much about the world and feeling behind it than the story itself. Each one has a song specific to the couple, but for Healing, it’s much more about the world in general.

For Healing, Mark is fighting his feelings of abandonment. Duncan, unfortunately, is trying to fight them too, with no real basis for how. Poor Mark is just terrified of being left again. Duncan finally gets through to him (it IS a HEA, after all) and the song that really hit home for me with this one is David Cook’s Fade Into Me.
Lyrics here (

There’s an incredible number of post-apocalyptic songs out there. Perhaps it’s not that surprising as the concept is certainly nothing new. One of the most obvious, more because of the constant use in disaster flicks, is Don’t Fear the Reaper (link to a audio video as I couldn’t find anything more) from Blue Öyster Cult.

But one of my favorites is from the band Breaking Benjamin. “So Cold” is simple, as far as the lyrics go, but powerful and the music behind the verses just strikes me as haunting.

(Video is lyric video as there is no official video from Breaking Benjamin or the record company that I could find.)

Many of the other songs on the playlist are very much not specific to a post-pandemic world and, in fact, are more related to a post-war type of world. I’m not sure I could pick my favorite out of them, but in the top three running would be Adele’s Skyfall and Doomsday from Nero. But slightly higher on the top three than those two would be Radioactive from Imagine Dragons. Lyrics here.

You can go through the whole playlist here:

Tell me which of the songs on the list you like best for an entry into the big giveaway and a chance at a backlist e-book!




When Duncan stumbles into a pharmacy in search of something to fix his broken leg, he’s surprised to find someone else there. Like the rest of the post-pandemic world, it appeared empty. Instead, he discovers Mark, a former nurse who walked away from his profession after losing too many patients to the virus. Despite swearing he’d never practice medicine again, Mark patches Duncan up over Duncan’s protests. He even finds an abandoned house in the tiny town, and they settle in until Duncan heals enough to look out for himself. Much to the chagrin of both, they find themselves caring for each other.

Duncan welcomes it, thrilled at finding someone he can trust. However, he’s well aware of the shadows in Mark’s eyes and understands Mark’s reticence as he learns the story. But as he’s starting to do things for himself again, Duncan realizes he doesn’t want Mark to leave. He’s not sure if can get Mark to let go of his fears so they can stay together and love. But Duncan’s damned sure going to try.

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He should have known better. Under normal circumstances, it was a stupid move, but right here, right now, “stupid” didn’t begin to cover it.

Duncan glared at his leg for another moment, then leaned his head back against the wall. He needed to keep moving. It hurt like hell, but he had to keep going. It wasn’t going to get better on its own. The gash needed to be cleaned and bandaged, and even if the break wasn’t bad, it should at least be braced. And it wasn’t like he could call an ambulance. Or even go into an emergency room.

Well, he supposed he could go into an emergency room, if he was in the city. But like a lot of other people, he avoided the cities whenever possible. And when it wasn’t, he stayed as far on the edge as he could. But even there, it was a dangerous risk. As corrupt as the cities were now, the price of anything was higher than most could pay. He’d heard rumors that, in some of the worst cities, people simply got shot if they couldn’t pay what the thugs in power wanted. It was all rumor, but rumor he wasn’t about to ignore.

So he did his damnedest to stay away.

He’d been stupid to jump off the ledge. Even at only a couple of feet higher than he was tall, the risk hadn’t been worth it. He’d have thought, after nearly three years, he’d learned how to be more careful and not take those kinds of risks. It wasn’t the first time he’d fallen and hurt himself—though, thankfully, the last one hadn’t involved a broken bone. Maybe it should have; he might have learned his lesson then.

“Really fucking stupid, Dun.”

Duncan steeled himself and pulled to his feet, grimacing when the sharp pain shot up his ankle and through his leg. “Fuck,” he muttered, breathing hard through his nose. When he finally focused past the pain, he looked up and noted the position of the sun, the only real indication he had for the time, and figured he had another good hour or two of light. If he was right about where he was, he wouldn’t need all of it. He tucked the stick he’d found under his arm, grimaced when it dug into the soft flesh, but then leaned on it and hobbled along again.


Praise for GRACE R. DUNCAN

“I really enjoyed the characters, and loved watching them on their journey. Duncan does a great job of giving a really detailed story, and taking us on a great ride as two men find their happily ever after.”

—Joyfully Jay, on “No Sacrifice”

“There were so many wonderful themes going on in this story, I was wrapped up in them all and couldn’t wait to see how Grace brought them all together.”

—Love Bytes Reviews, on “No Sacrifice”

“I don’t really read a lot of historical fiction but some of it is damn good, including Grace Duncan’s Choices… The world building is excellent and draws you right in. The character development is also wonderful.”

—Mrs. Condit & Friends Reads Books, on “Choices”


Grace’s Bio:

Grace Duncan grew up with a wild imagination. She told stories from an early age – many of which got her into trouble. Eventually, she learned to channel that imagination into less troublesome areas, including fanfiction, which is what has led her to writing male/male erotica.

A gypsy in her own right, Grace has lived all over the United States. She has currently set up camp in East Texas with her husband and children – both the human and furry kind.

As one of those rare creatures who loves research, Grace can get lost for hours on the internet, reading up on any number of strange and different topics. She can also be found writing fanfiction, reading fantasy, crime, suspense, romance and other erotica or even dabbling in art.

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Twitter: @GraceRDuncan


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