Guess the Author Round 4

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Josh has organised a cool game to celebrate the upcoming release of Comfort and Joy – four rounds of GUESS THE AUTHOR!

You may be here because you’ve already played the other three rounds, or you may have come here first – if so, you’ll find the other rounds at Josh Lanyon’s, LB Gregg’s and Harper Fox’s places.

This is by far the toughest round, lol! This time you are going to see if you can match the following objects to the correct anthology story. You’ve pretty much got nothing to go on here but guesswork and you’ve got to get all twelve objects correctly matched up.

The first four people to come up with the correct matches win their choice of ebook from any one of our backlists BARRING the new stories in this anthology. ;-)

 

The Objects are:

1 – A violin

2 – Blown-glass tree ornaments

3 – A broken water heater

4 – Tiramisù

5 – NyQuil

6 – A garret

7 – A cop

8 – Thai red curry chicken

9 – Lederhosen

10 – A mouse

11 – A big heavy Volvo

12 – A soft, woolly scarf

 

Your possible choices are:

Baby, It’s Cold

Out

Waiting for Winter

Rest and Be Thankful 

 

Answer in the comment section below. Best of luck!

You can only win once, but you can enter all four rounds – and in this round you can enter more than once because it’s pretty tough.

This is the final round in the grand slam of Choose the Author. You must be cold and exhausted by now, so head back over to Josh Lanyon’s place. Josh is heating up the Irish coffee even as you read…

 

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Another new release…and an excerpt…

I have yet another new release coming out on Sunday, 7 December 2014! It’s called Rest And Be Thankful and it’s part of an anthology I’m doing with Josh Lanyon, LB Gregg and Harper Fox called Comfort and Joy. Here’s the lovely cover for my story (there’s one for each story plus one for the whole anthology).

imageAnyway, the main purpose of this post, is to post an excerpt, and give you preorder links. Please note, these links are only for my story – the anthology’s buy links won’t go live till release day.

Preorders: Amazon and Smashwords

Excerpt:

For about a minute after Cam bolted from the room, Rob stared at the door, unsure what to make of the awkward moment that had just passed.

His comment had been mildly flirtatious, he supposed, but only mildly. It was the sort of thing he’d say to Val, or Kenny even. The resolutely straight innkeeper of The Stag seemed to regard it as practically compulsory to greet any potential double entendre with a camp “Oooh!” And a raised eyebrow. Surely Cam’s reaction had been excessive?

Had he thought Rob was coming on to him? Coming on too strong?

Maybe he was put off by the very idea? There was a bit of a yawning chasm between them after all, in terms of age. And attractiveness, if he was completely honest. Rob had to have ten years on Cam, and even ten years ago he could never have hoped to give Cam a run for his money on the body front. Once again the mental image of Cam McMorrow swaying and grinding on the dance floor of Gomorrah flashed in Rob’s mind.

It was an unproductive train of thought and Rob ruthlessly suppressed it, heading into the kitchen to take an inventory of his cupboards and decide what to cook.

He settled on Thai red curry, hoping that Cam liked spicy food, and got started. While he pounded the paste ingredients together, he could hear Cam moving around above him. Creaking floorboards and the rush of water filling the bath. Everyday, domestic sounds that he’d grown unused to, after living alone for so long.   The sounds conjured up unhelpful images of Cam’s big, glorious body, naked and wet and no matter how hard he tried, Rob couldn’t banish those images—with every creak and splash they would replay in his mind, over and over.

The truth was, he was intensely curious about what Cam looked like beneath his clothes. Some parts were obvious of course. His broad shoulders, long legs and lean waist were all perfectly evident without him needing to take his clothes off. It was the smaller, subtler details that Rob found himself wondering about: how hairy that superb chest was, whether his nipples were small or generous, whether his belly button was a divot or a nubbin. The precise tone of those hidden stretches of skin…

As he pondered these fascinating details, Rob gnawed at his lower lip, uncomfortable. These questions weren’t the sort of standard sexual thoughts that his mind processed a hundred times a day—those could be boxed neatly away without any difficulty. No, this was different. This deeply personal and helpless curiosity about Cam went deeper than just wanting to fuck.

He wanted to look.

He wanted to paint.

Upstairs, the bath gurgled as the water drained away—Cam must be getting out. That thought provoked another image, this time of Cam stepping out of the bath, water droplets lazily running down his pecs…

Rob swallowed.

Jesus.

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Upcoming excitement and nail-biting anticipation

I have a new book coming out on Tuesday next week… It’s totally crept up on me!

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I’ve got a blog tour happening next week (organised by the lovely Susan Lee, without whom I would have done nothing). These are the dates and times:

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Monday, Dec 1:

The Blogger Girls (Guest Post)

The Kimi-Chan Experience (Exclusive Excerpt)

Tuesday, Dec 2: Release day!!!

Prism Book Alliance (Interview)

Love Bytes (Exclusive Excerpt)

Wednesday, Dec 3:

Boys in our Books (Guest Post)

Thursday, Dec 4:

The Novel Approach (Guest Post)

MM Good Book Reviews (Spotlight & Review)

Hearts on Fire (Exclusive Excerpt)

Friday, Dec 5:

The Jeep Diva (Spotlight & Review)

Monday, Dec 8:

Joyfully Jay (Guest Post)

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Check it out and look out for prizes/ giveaways next week!

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Free story and latest newsletter!

You can access my latest newsletter here. It includes details of my upcoming releases on 30 November (Comfort and Joy) and 2 December (The Dream Alchemist) as well as my new freebie Enlightenment 1.5 story, Seasons Pass, which you can read now!

The lovely cover is courtesy of Susan Lee (fank you, Suzy-Su).

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Another Place in Time anthology now released

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It is out at last!

I am very, very tardy, as this released on Wednesday, however, better late than never, I always say.

There has been a blog tour – my post is still to come at Joyfully Jay’s tomorrow – and commenting will grant you chances to win some fine prizes. See the links below.

Oh, and all profits from this anthology will be donated to AllOut.org in celebration of LGBT History Month, October 2014. Hurrah!

Included in this anthology:

“Office Romance” by Tamara Allen
“Introducing Mr. Winterbourne” by Joanna Chambers (Me me me!!)
“The Ruin of Gabriel Ashleigh” by KJ Charles
“Unfair in Love and War” by Kaje Harper
“Carousel” by Jordan L. Hawk
“Deliverance” by Aleksandr Voinov

And the foreword is by Alex Beecroft – it’s not a story but it’s better than a poke an eye with a shitty stick, I think you’ll agree?

Prizes! Les details:

  • A backlist ebook from ALL of the authors participating in the anthology (one each from Tamara Allen, Joanna Chambers, KJ Charles, Kaje Harper, Jordan L. Hawk, Aleksandr Voinov, and Alex Beecroft)
  • A $25 Amazon giftcard
  • A $50 donation in the winner’s name to AllOut.org (all proceeds from the sale of this anthology will also be donated to this charity).

How perfectly lovely! To win these goodies visit the below…

Blog tour! Les details:

* Monday, September 29 – Sinfully Sexy (Guest Post – Aleksandr Voinov)
Rainbow Gold Reviews (Spotlight)
* Tuesday, September 30 – Elisa Reviews (Guest Post – Jordan L. Hawk)
Cup O’Porn (Spotlight)
* Wednesday, October 1 – Boys in our Books (Guest Post – KJ Charles)
The Blogger Girls (Spotlight)
Book Pushers (Spotlight)
* Thursday, October 2 – Love Bytes (Guest Post – Tamara Allen)
Attention is Arbitrary (Spotlight)
Smoocher’s Voice (Spotlight)
* Friday, October 3 – Prism Book Alliance (Guest Post – Kaje Harper)
Boy Meets Boy Reviews (Spotlight)
* Saturday, October 4 – Joyfully Jay (Guest Post – Joanna Chambers)
MM Good Book Reviews (Spotlight)

 

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Coming October 1st….

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I am so excited about this anthology! Look who my fellow authors are!! And the scrupulously fair alphabetical listing gives me second billing, lol!

My story is called “Introducing Mr. Winterbourne

 

Lysander Winterbourne appears to lead a charmed life. Handsome, amiable, and a renowned sportsman, he is the darling of London society. As far as Adam Freeman is concerned though, Lysander is just another spoiled aristocrat.

A wealthy mill owner, Adam has no time for the frivolous world of the ton, but when his younger brother becomes engaged to Althea Winterbourne, he reluctantly agrees to be introduced to society–with the Winterbourne clan’s golden boy as his guide.

Resigning himself to a few days of boredom, Adam is surprised to learn that there is much more to Lysander than his perfect surface. But will Adam have the courage to introduce Lysander Winterbourne to his own secret self?

 

By the way, all proceeds from this anthology will be donated to AllOut.org in celebration of LGBT History Month, October 2014 – I’ll add buy links once available.

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Noo book… an excerpt

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Bryn took a deep breath, then rose smoothly into the air. Flying took a lot of concentration—flying slowly and hovering were even harder. These were impossible feats in the real world, and undertaking the impossible in Somnus required a dreamwalker to achieve a complete disconnection from his real-world self. It took huge mental effort, and that was not something Bryn had ever really excelled in. While he had a certain natural ability that had put him ahead of other new dreamwalkers when he’d first arrived in Somnus,  he’d later found it difficult to develop those natural abilities to the higher level Dylan and Finn had achieved.

Today, though, Bryn’s elevation was smooth, and he managed a controlled glide over the treetops as he carefully scanned the ground below.

At last he came upon Laszlo, sitting on the ground in the middle of a clearing, his head bowed, his hand worrying at something round his neck. The man was like no dreamwalker  Bryn had ever seen, nor any drone. He sat there, alone, seemingly without purpose, without desire. He looked to be all at sea, at the mercy of tides he could not control and didn’t understand.

Bryn had just been telling Dylan he’d been an emotional, impulsive kid, and the truth was he was still like that, still lacking in control. His impulsiveness hadn’t come to an end that day with the dogs. No, he’d continued to make stupid decisions all through his adult years, both here and in the real world. The only difference now was that, these days, he was more consumed by regret afterwards.

Now that stupidity came on him again, and instead of shifting away when he saw the man who’d tried more than once to capture him in Somnus, he lowered his body a few feet from above the treetops to a lower elevation, coming to a halt on one of the stout upper branches of a sturdy tree.

Sitting himself down on that broad wooden limb, Bryn waited for Laszlo to notice him.

At first, Laszlo didn’t react to his presence at all, but after a while, his dark head lifted, in the way a dog’s head lifts when it scents something, and in one fluid movement, he stood up, unfolding his long limbs, and looked around.

Then up.

When he spotted Bryn, his expression transformed. One moment it was no more than vaguely curious, the next it was intensely yearning.

“It’s you!” he said, and his voice cracked on the words.

“Hello, Laszlo,” Bryn said, mouth dry, heart thudding with fear and something else—anticipation, maybe. “Do you remember me today?”

Laszlo Grimm regarded him unhappily. Then he shook his head.

“No,” he said. “Do I know you? I feel as though, perhaps—”

His gaze locked with Bryn’s, and something flickered in his eyes. The next instant, his expression went strangely flat and he was launching himself at the tree, grabbing the lowest branch and swinging himself up before reaching for the next one, climbing so quickly that panic sent Bryn soaring upwards again, scratching himself on the branches above in his hurry to get way.

He only slowed when he was well above the canopy, wondering sickly if Laszlo could fly too, and if he did, how fast he would be.

He knew he should shift away now, be done with the man.

Instead he watched Laszlo climb ever higher, swallowing against his own dread but helpless to avert his gaze as the man balanced on a branch that looked far too flimsy for his bulk, then bent his knees with the plain intention of launching himself into the air at Bryn.

Shit, he’s actually going to do it!

And he did.

Laszlo leapt into the ether, his vivid blue gaze fixed on Bryn, electric bright with determination. For the briefest instant, Bryn thought the man was going to succeed. His body rose far beyond what any drone could ever manage, and for an instant, he hovered, reaching his hand towards Bryn, who floated ten or more feet above him.

Then he dropped.

He fell backwards, his face morphing from triumph to shock in the moment before it disappeared into the canopy of leaves, and then there was only the thwap and crack of branches as he crashed through the upper boughs, and the final sickening thud as he hit the ground.

In the eerie silence that followed, Bryn could only hear his own panicked breaths.

He knew he should shift away right now, while Laszlo was incapacitated, but he couldn’t bring himself to do it. Slowly, carefully, he lowered himself through the trees, stopping a few feet from the ground to hover anxiously above Laszlo, who lay very still on his back, his eyes open but unfocused.

“Laszlo,” Bryn murmured. The other man stirred a little, then moaned as though in pain, and Bryn had to suppress the urge to move closer. Instead he forced himself to stay where he was and watched, his anxiety only beginning to ease when, eventually, Laszlo slowly sat up. When he spotted Bryn, he tried to rise, only to fall back with a groan.

“Do you recognise me now?” Bryn asked. “Do you know who I am?”

Laszlo frowned, thinking hard, but didn’t answer immediately. “I think I’ve been waiting for you,” he said at last. “For a long time, maybe.” He struggled to his knees.

“We’ve met before,” Bryn said, his voice a little pleading.

“I don’t remember,” Laszlo replied. He was back on his feet now and looking up, his vivid gaze growing determined. He’d leap again, Bryn knew. And again and again. He would just keep coming.

Time to go.

The waves began to shush in Bryn’s ears.

“I wish you could remember me,” he said, barely able to hear his own voice.

He saw Laszlo’s mouth move as he answered, but the waves drowned out the words…

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New cover!

This will be released 2nd December 2014… See last post for the blurb… Coming next: excerpt.

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New book blurb and a few updates

It’s been a summer of deadlines and events and consequently, I’ve been pretty offline and not good at updates. But the next book is complete!

It’s called The Dream Alchemist and will be released by Samhain on 2nd December 2014. It’s book 1 in the Somnus series with 3 planned books, however, unlike with the Enlightenment trilogy, book 1 will be a complete romance and books 2 and 3 will feature different MCs. See blurb below.

(The proposed cover looks great but hasn’t yet been approved – I hope to post that very soon along with an excerpt).

 

When the sun goes down, their passion awakens…and so do their nightmares. 

Centuries ago, a man with Bryn Llewelyn’s dreamwalking ability would have been a shaman or a priest. In this time, he’s merely exhausted, strung out on too much caffeine and too little sleep.

Sleep means descent into Somnus—an alternate reality constructed of the combined dreaming consciousness of ordinary humans. A place he’d rather avoid. Trouble is, his powers don’t include the ability to go without sleep indefinitely. At some point his eyes close…and his nightmare begins.

As a teen, the treatment that cured Laszlo Grimm’s sleep disorder stole his dreams—and his ability to feel emotion. Petrified of needing more “treatment”, he clings to familiar rituals and habits. But lately his nightly terror has returned, and when he meets Bryn in the real world, the man seems hauntingly familiar. Not only that, Bryn awakens feelings in Laszlo for the first time in years…

Slowly Bryn and Laszlo realize they are both unknowing pawns in a plan of unspeakable evil. And that their powerful attraction could release the destinies locked within them—or be the instrument of their doom.

 

There will be two other novellas this year, a historical M/M in October 2014 entitled Introducing Mr. Winterbourne and an as-yet-untitled contemporary festive story which will probably come out in late November 2014. Both of these will appear in anthologies with other exciting M/M authors!

What else? Oh, well, I’ve added a couple of pages to this site: Coming Up - which is basically this post – and Eva’s stuff - which gives details of some short (sekrit!) titles I published under another name.

I’ve also got about half a dozen blog posts I’d love to write brewing in my head – about all the amazing books I’ve read lately and my general thoughts on life and reading and writing. Realistically, I know these won’t all happen, but this one I plan to write for sure: a follow up to this post about revelation of the self, inspired by reading the superb anthology Stitch (Kim Fielding, Jamie Fessenden, Eli Easton, Sue Brown) and written to the soundtrack of Prince Johnny by St. Vincent.

Till then, mes amies!

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Don’t be a stranger

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Next weekend, I’m doing something new and different for me: I’m going to the UK GLBT fiction meet in Bristol.

I’ve been to conferences before, but not writing-related conferences. And not, crucially, as me, only than as a representative of someone or something else.

Never, never with the expectation (or at least, hope) of enjoying myself.

I’m going to this conference as an author, but I’m going as a reader too. There are some writers I really adore going: Jordan Castillo Price, Harper Fox, K J Charles, J L Merrow – loads of others too. People I just want to say ‘thanks’ too. And ‘how did you get that idea?’ And quiz them about their process.

I also want to talk to readers, as fellow readers. I want to talk about the stuff I like to read and what drives me insane and what just *gets* me right in the gut. Why I read what I read. The compulsion of it, and the pleasure. The ‘money shots’ of romance and why they are powerful. The best reading moments I’ve experienced. What reading means to me. Actually, more than anything, I think it’s this that I look forward to.

I’ve been experiencing that back and forth through the online romance community for the last 7 or 8 years. More than anything else, it was that that got me (and kept me) writing, so to have these conversations face to face will be the greatest of all treats.

I’ve never met any of the other attendees of this conference in real life and that’s a wee bit daunting but I’m packing two pairs of big girl pants to be safe. Two pairs of big girl pants and 150 swag bag thingys and a handful (literally an handful) of copies of Provoked in print.

I’ll see you there, maybe.

Don’t be a stranger, ok?

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