To celebrate the recent release of our mini-anthology, Boys Who Go Bump in the Night, my old mate Josephine Myles and I are over at The Novel Approach today, talking about being careful what you wish for!
Why not pop on over and share what you’d wish for, should a genie unexpectedly land in your lap?
Giveaway: one lucky commenter will win a book of their choice from each of our backlists!
Contest closes at midnight Pacific time on Saturday, November 28, 2015.
Comment on the post over at The Novel Approach to be in with a chance!
Buckle up as two queens of British gay romance take you on a whistlestop tour of all things paranormal. Vampires, genies, ghosts, magicians and shifters all get their chance for a bit of boy on boy action, in five erotic stories that span the range from the humorous to the sublime.
Will you seek to make your fortune with magic and ritual, or pin your hopes on a genie’s power to grant wishes? Discover a shifty young man on a Scottish shoreline, meet a hapless garlic farmer who’s been turned into one of the undead–and if you dare to venture into the cellar, gird your loins for a horny ghost!
Exclusively available at Amazon
This anthology is a delightful collection of tales told in a typically British way… Some will give you a giggle, while others will pull at your heartstrings – 4.5 stars, Freya,Sinfully Addicted to All Male Romance
Fabulous collection! My feelings went up, down, left, right and round and round reading this book. It is funny, touching, sad, funny, sweet, sexy, and deep in fairly equal measure! (Maybe a little extra funny in there.) – 4.5 stars, Claire, Divine Magazine
As an experiment this anthology is only going to be released on Amazon so that we can take advantage of the Kindle Select program. What this means is that readers who are members of Amazon’s subscription service, Kindle Unlimited, will be able to borrow the book for free, and anyone else can buy the book from Amazon.
Of course this doesn't help those of you who aren't able to read Kindle files for whatever reason. If you are in this position and want to read the book then please send me a screen shot confirming your Amazon purchase, and I will arrange to send you an alternative file format of your choice.
Good-looking, confident, and doted on by his widowed mum, Michael is used to thinking only of himself. Getting shoved off an Isle of Wight pier by an exasperated ex ought to come as a wake-up call—but then he meets Rufus and he’s right back to letting the little head take charge. Rufus is cute, keen, and gets under Michael’s skin in a disturbing way.
Would-be chef Rufus can’t believe his luck when a dripping wet dream of a man walks out of the sea on his birthday, especially when Michael ends up staying at the family B&B. Life is perfect—at least until Michael has to go home to the mainland.
Rufus can’t leave the island for reasons he’s entirely neglected to mention. And though Michael identifies as bi, breaking his mum’s heart by coming out and having an actual relationship with a guy has never been his plan. With both men determined to keep their secrets, a leap of faith could land them in deep water.
Due out from Riptide Publishing 29th February 2016 – leap day!
Available to pre-order: Riptide
Cover reveal coming soon!
I’m delighted today to have one of my fellow UK Meet organisers, the lovely Liam Livings, here as part of his Best Friends Perfect Book 3 blog tour. Having seen some of his fabulous outfits, I couldn’t resist a metaphorical delve into his closet!
Welcome, Liam! Congratulations on the new release.
Now, anyone who’s met you knows you can be counted on to brighten up the room in more ways than one! So what would you say is your best clothing purchase ever? (for whatever reason!)
Liam: I'm picking three, because I couldn't pick only one. It's like trying to pick your favourite song, or film or food...
A black jacket with orange flowers I bought in Sydney while waiting to go to the top of a tower to eat in a revolving restaurant. The lift to the restaurant was broken, so we turned up for our booked table and were told we had to wait and they would call us back if the lift was fixed. The ground floor of the tower was in the middle of an enormous shopping centre in the middle of Sydney, so we had a sniff around the shops to kill some time. We walked into a department store – an Australian equivalent of John Lewis - the first thing I saw at the top of the stairs was the jacket. They had it in my size, and it was on sale, down to 25% of its originally (albeit slightly too high) price. I resisted the matching trousers as I didn't want to guild the lily as they say.
A black velvet buttoned waistcoat (vest in American English, I've just found out) I bought in H&M in central London with my friend Nick. I'd seen him so many times at work wearing a selection of natty waistcoats with such confidence and panache I knew I had to jump on the bandwagon. We'd both had a more than slightly terrible week at work and needed some retail therapy. I wear it with T shirts, shirts, and long sleeved T shirts, and as it's black it basically goes with everything. And every time I wear it I'm reminded of that fun shopping trip with Nick.
A ¾ sleeved white T shirt with a colour Mickey Mouse on the front. It always gets so many comments whenever I wear it – usually with plain jeans and a smart jacket for a bit of contrast – and it cost very little to buy as it was from one of my favourite high street shops – Uniqlo.
In Best Friends Perfect, the main characters are 19-20 years old which is a time when what you wear, how you express yourself, is very important. Kieran is trying to work out how he wants to express himself by what clothes he wears, which friends he hangs around with, the clubs and pubs he goes out in.
And while we’re on the sartorial theme: Do you dress up for Halloween & if so, what's your favourite costume?
I don't usually dress up for Halloween, because I'm not so much into dressing up in costumes. Usually I turn up to a Halloween party, dressed normally and when someone asks who I'm dressed as I calmly reply, 'A psychopath; they look like normal people.' Once, at university, with a group of American student friends, we all dressed up as nurses. I realised the American type of dressing up for Halloween was much broader than scary ghosts and ghouls. [JL: Yes, we Brits tend to be a bit mystified by non-scary Halloween costumes. Can any passing Americans enlighten us?] I wore the tunic I wore for my work at the hospital, the others bought nurses uniforms and we did had sort of zombie / slutty nurse thing going on. This was me Halloween 2001 http://www.liamlivings.com/blog/throwbac
I've tried to reflect the clothing fashions of the time in which Best Friends Perfect is set, and how important clothes are to young people. Even though there's no Halloween costumes, there's plenty of wardrobe emergencies, shopping trips and parties as an excuse for the characters to dress up and find out a little bit more about who they are trying to become as they enter adulthood.
Thanks, Liam. I’m now experiencing a painful flashback to my own late teenage years and some very questionable clothing choices. Ra-ra skirts, anyone? *cringes in shame, and thanks God smartphones and the internet weren’t around in those days!*
What happens when your perfect new best friend isn’t so perfect after all?
1999, Kieran, 18 is at uni searching London for Prince Charming with new best friend, Jo. Between his new uni friends, American students Julie and The Sarahs, his work at the hospital and his studies he’s keeping himself busy.
But all Kieran wants is to share this with Jo, but he’s disappeared with his boyfriend, Irish student Andrew. Why doesn’t Sean call Kieran back?
And then something happens to turn Kieran’s world upside down, when he really needs his friends around him.
How far can you really push a practical joke? How many frogs does a boy have to kiss, until he meets his Prince Charming? And what do you do when your friend can’t see what’s in front of his face?
Available from Wilde City Press http://www.wildecity.com/books/gay-mains
PRIZES!: If you'd like to win a copy of one of Liam's ebooks, please comment below, answering the question what's your best clothing purchase, and why? and include your email address. A week after this post is live, he'll draw names out of an electronic hat. [JL: Seems a dodgy fashion choice, but if anyone can pull it off, it’s Liam!]
About Liam Livings
Liam Livings lives where east London ends and becomes Essex. He shares his house with his boyfriend and cat. He enjoys baking, cooking, classic cars and socialising with friends. He escapes from real life with a guilty pleasure book, cries at a sad, funny and camp film – and he’s been known to watch an awful lot of Gilmore Girls in the name of writing ‘research’.
He has written since he was a teenager, started writing with the hope of publication in 2011. His writing focuses on friendships, British humour, romance with plenty of sparkle.
You can connect with Liam
Book #3 in The Shamwell Tales is now available to pre-order from the e-tailer of your choosing:
(for all those who read Played! and wanted Patrick’s story *g*)
When the costs are added up, will love land in the black?
Mark Nugent has spent his life in the closet—at least, the small part of it he hasn’t spent in the office. Divorced when he could no longer deny his sexuality, he’s sworn off his workaholic ways and moved to Shamwell with his headstrong teen daughter to give her a stable home environment.
His resolve to put his love life on hold is severely tested when he joins a local organization and meets a lively yet intense young man who tempts him closer to the closet threshold.
Patrick Owen is an out-and-proud charity worker with strong principles—and a newly discovered weakness for an older man. One snag: Mark is adamant he’s not coming out to his daughter, and Patrick will be damned if he’s going to start a relationship with a lie.
Between Mark’s old-fashioned attitudes and a camp, flirtatious ex-colleague who wants Mark for himself, Patrick wonders if they’ll ever be on the same romantic page. And when Mark’s former career as a tax advisor clashes with Patrick’s social conscience, it could be the one stumbling block they can’t get past.
Warning: Contains historically inaccurate Spartan costumes, mangled movie quotes, dubious mathematical logic and a three-legged pub crawl.
ETA: Now due out from Samhain Publishing 19th January 2016.
(it’ll be available to pre-order from the Samhain site from 20th December)
…and as part of the celebrations, I’m over at Gay Book Reviews talking about that slippery serpent, The Ouroboros of Literature – or in other words, how delightfully self-referential fiction has been, ever since (and probably even before) a 16th-century jobbing actor in Stratford on Avon first got the idea of turning an old yarn by some Italian bloke into a stage play.
My Damned If You Do series is being sold in a special, hugely discounted bundle by Riptide this week only. Check out the sale on this series and other bundles at http://www.riptidepublishing.com/anniver
…including several of mine:
As a child, Don wanted to be a catholic priest. That didn’t work out and now he’s a parole officer, but his faith is still strong. His world is shaken when his latest assignment turns out to be Michael, a young man Don hasn’t seen since he took Michael to church as a child—and saw his parish priest cast Michael out of the church as a demon.
Meeting Michael as an adult re-ignites the obsession Don had with the boy he couldn’t save—but can Michael be saved at all? Or is the demon with the compelling face as damned as he believes himself to be?
Photographer Ethan is pretty sure there’s no such thing as a jackalope—every bunny he’s ever seen has been a cute little furry thing, not a dangerous, horned beastie. But somehow he finds himself dragged into Parkhurst Forest to look for them by big, tough hunter Logan, who drives Ethan mad with continual comments about his “daintiness.” When the jackalopes lure Logan away, however, Ethan is left to the mercies of an escaped convict from the local prison. Rescue comes from an unexpected source—and Ethan discovers the true reason for Logan's personal remarks!
As coxswain of a Cambridge college rowing team, pint-sized Dave Tanaka has eight strapping athletes hanging on his every word, their strength at his command. Leading his crew to win their oars might be easier if Dave didn’t have to hide his crush on Archie, the stroke rower – but as they prepare for their final race, Dave doesn’t suspect that Archie is in the same boat as him in more ways than one!
Get ‘em while they’re cheap! (That’s 5-8th Oct).