Wish You Were Here

Loss and longing are states we all experience at some point in our lives, and Bobby and Oakley find themselves caught in their grip at the start of Wish You Were Here.

Hi! My name is Asta Idonea and I am here to share a bit about my MM contemporary tale (with a paranormal twist), Wish You Were Here.

The novella follows two young men dealing with similar, yet diverse, problems, whose meeting helps both come to terms with their individual dilemmas. It also looks at the idea of normality versus difference. Oakley and Bobby each have reasons to feel like an outsider, but by the end of the story, they learn to see past that and accept themselves for who they are.

I hope that their story resonates with readers, since this is something many of us face at one time or another. We all feel the need to conform, whether to societal ideals or family expectations, and it takes courage to step away from that and be the person you want to be, without fear.


Wish You Were Here

Asta Idonea

Dreamspinner Press

8 February 2017



The death of Oakley’s sister has left his family broken and buried beneath their grief. In an attempt to get out from underneath their pain, they rent an isolated cottage in the Cotswolds. For Oakley, it’s an exercise in futility. He doesn’t see much hope for things to get back to the way they used to be, and he’s bored and restless as he waits out the time until he can return to the city and university. All of that changes when he meets local boy Bobby, and the connection between them is instant. Within a few days, Oakley is ready to walk away from everything to stay with Bobby. However, Bobby has problems of his own, and they might be more than the budding romance can survive. But they might also give Oakley a new perspective on his own situation.


Book Buy Links

Dreamspinner Press: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/wish-you-were-here-by-asta-idonea-8131-b

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N5QYWAZ

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01N5QYWAZ

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/au/en/ebook/wish-you-were-here-51

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/wish-you-were-here-asta-idonea/1125505394?ean=2940157178949

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In her hauntingly beautiful ‘Wish You Were Here’, Asta Idonea examines the ways grief affects us, and what it takes to return to life. From the first sentence, we’re sucked into the moods and thoughts of her very flawed, but relatable characters.

4 stars (Annie of Kimmers’ Erotic Book Banter)


In ‘Wish You Were Here’, Asta Idonea gives us a short story packed with sentiment and self-awareness. With a remarkable ending causing one to pause and immediately reflect back upon its message.

4 stars (Jay of Kimmers’ Erotic Book Banter)


Author Bio & Links

Asta Idonea (aka Nicki J Markus) was born in England but now lives in Adelaide, South Australia. She has loved both reading and writing from a young age and is also a keen linguist, having studied several foreign languages.

Asta launched her writing career in 2011 and divides her efforts not only between MM and mainstream works but also between traditional and indie publishing. Her works span the genres, from paranormal to historical and from contemporary to fantasy. It just depends what story and which characters spring into her mind!

As a day job, Asta works as a freelance editor and proofreader, and in her spare time she enjoys music, theatre, cinema, photography, and sketching. She also loves history, folklore and mythology, pen-palling, and travel, all of which have provided plenty of inspiration for her writing.


Blog: http://www.nickijmarkus.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/NickiJMarkus

Twitter: https://twitter.com/NickiJMarkus

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nickijmarkus/

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4567057.Nicki_J_Markus


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