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x marks the spots


Exclusive Excerpt

“I feel as if I have not had a moment’s peace,” he said.

“It’s a big job, captaining a ship,” I managed, giving him a smile that I knew was shyer than I meant it to be.

“It is,” Ambrose said with a slightly dramatic sigh. “I am quite ready to be done with it.”

“Done with it?” I asked in surprise.

Ambrose waved his hand around airily. “I don’t care about a life at sea, Jamie. I’ll be happy to settle on land, in a large house.”

“With lots of closets for your fancy clothes?” I teased, and he grinned at me.

“Of course. I like the finer things in life,” Ambrose said, before his hand slid up, and his fingers trailed lightly down my arm. Realizing we were alone in the room except for Bosun, the touch suddenly felt much more intimate than any other touch we had exchanged, and my cheeks warmed. I stepped back a few paces, wondering if I had broken out in a sweat as my skin prickled. And then my back hit the wall, pinning me in place under his gaze like a butterfly.

Ambrose rose from his chair, and Bosun hopped off his shoulder with a whistle, flapping onto his perch. “Dash my buttons, Jamie. Every time I look at you, I feel it like an arrow in my gut,” Ambrose said, reaching up a hand to brush his fingertips lightly down my cheek. Certainly he took no pains to hide his thoughts, and certainly I read them like print.

My own breath caught as I stared up at him, licking my lips. I tried to form words, but they stuck in my throat like so much sugary candy. I felt my heart pick up several paces.

“Tell me,” Ambrose said, leaning an arm over me, suddenly engulfing me in his shadow. “The squire I understand, but why are you here? What made you want to come along?”

“I…” My voice came out shaky, and I licked my lips again. “I suppose I have been wanting to explore the world, go on an adventure.”

“Did you find the adventure you were looking for?” Ambrose purred, and suddenly his hips were pressed firmly to mine against the wall, the slight stubble of his afternoon shadow brushing the outside of my ear.


x marks the spot coverWhere there is gold, there is also blood.

Beset by bad luck and alone in the world, young Jamie Davis is taken in by widowed antiquities dealer, Squire Harrington. Trapped in debt, the squire decides to risk everything to find the buried treasure of the notorious pirate, Captain Charles Locke, and he and Jamie set off on a whirlwind adventure on the high seas!

Entranced by the handsome Captain Ambrose and befriended by the mysterious one-legged cook, Silas Cross, Jamie wonders if good fortune has finally smiled on him. But there is more to their hired crew than meets the eye. Jamie learns that not every cloud has a silver lining, and trust can be worth its weight in gold.

Will Jamie be able to escape the clutches of the pirates, find the treasure, and return home alive? And if he does, can he ever trust someone with his heart again?

X Marks the Spot is an M/M retelling of the classic tale Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson.

The Queerly Classic Collection is a reimagining of classic stories, with an M/M twist. They contain adult language and situations and are not intended for children.


kit barrie avatarKit Barrie (she/her) was raised by pirates in a traveling carnival where she learned how to fly and to weave fantasy into reality. She identifies as chaotic bisexual, with good intentions and questionable methods. She lives in an utterly unfantastical state in the Midwestern United States with her very supportive spouse (VSS) and at least 4 food goblins who might just be cats gobblin’ food.

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