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RaisingTheRent72webRaising the Rent (novella)

Never fall in love with a customer—especially if it’s sex you’re selling

Rent boy Nathan’s determined to get an education and get off the streets for good. But when he turns up for his first day at college he’s horrified to find his English teacher is one of his regular customers: Stephen, the one Nathan dubbed The Voice because of his educated, honeyed tones.

Stephen’s just as shocked to see Nathan sitting in his class, not to mention terrified he’s about to be exposed as having paid for sex with a student. This could mean public humiliation and maybe the loss of his job. But when Nathan shows he’s only interested in getting his A Levels, not in blackmail, Stephen realises there’s more to the nineteen-year-old than meets the eye.

Nathan still has to earn a living, though—and when a customer turns ugly, he finds himself unable to work and homeless as well. Stephen steps in to help, and Nathan starts to think they could have a future together—but Stephen’s guilt and lack of trust could end this back-to-front romance before it even starts.

Warning: Contains unfashionable haircuts, unreasonably long words and a May-December romance between a not-so-streetwise rent boy and an erudite English teacher.

Due out from  Samhain Publishing 14th October 2014

(note: a much shorter version of this story first appeared in the Sindustry Volume 1 Anthology, now out of print)

Trick_or_Treat_400x600Trick or Treat (short story)

The memory of this party could haunt him forever…

Dragged along to a haunted house by his mates, Sam’s at the Halloween party from hell—the guy he fancied has turned out to be a bigot, and Sam has just outed himself to  his whole football team.

Escaping to the garden, he meets James, an enigmatic stranger with a mischievous smile, and the evening soon takes a turn for the better. The night may be chilly but the heat between Sam and James is hotter than Hades.

But James has a role to play in the evening’s ghostly entertainment, and it’s a story with a deadly ending. Unless Sam can change the script and stop history repeating itself, “till death do us part” will come sooner than he thinks.

Due out from JMS Books  26th October 2014

Note: a version of this story first appeared in the Torquere Press Scared Stiff Taste Test anthology, now out of print, under the title Through a Western Door.

Making it Pay (short story)

Sometimes you can’t see the silver lining for the clouds…

Abandoned as a baby and now working as a rent boy, Daniel finds it hard to let people get close to him. But nightclub bouncer Rob has a kind face and he’s helped Daniel out once already, so when he catches Daniel on a bad night, Daniel accepts his offer of money and goes home with him.

Even though it breaks his heart.

Letting Rob pay him for sex may have wrecked their friendship just when Daniel needs all the friends he can get. But there are more reasons than one why he hasn’t seen Rob since that night—and one in particular that makes building a relationship seem almost too much to hope for…

Due out from JMS Books November 2014

Note: a version of this story first appeared in the Dreamspinner Sindustry anthology, now out of print, under the title Sunshine.

Batteries Not Included (novellette)

How would you react if you woke up one morning to find you were in bed with your favorite pop star? More to the point: how would the pop star react? Sam’s celebrity crush, Cain Shepney, isn’t so pleased to wake up with a stranger, but that’s far from the worst shock the day has in store for them both! Sam’s used to his mother messing with his love life, but this time, Lilith may really have gone too far…

Due out from JMS Books December 2014

Note: a version of this story first appeared in the 2010 Dreamspinner Advent Calendar, now out of print

Heat Trap (novel)
– #3 in The Plumber’s Mate series

It’s been six months since plumber Tom Paretski was hit by a shocking revelation about his family—and he’s been avoiding dealing with it ever since. His lover, P.I. Phil Morrison, reckons it’s an ideal opportunity for Tom to try to develop his psychic talent for finding things, but Tom’s not nearly so keen. Just as he decides to bite the bullet, though, worse problems crawl out of the woodwork for him and Phil to deal with.

Young barmaid Marianne has an ex, Grant Carey, who won’t accept things are over between them, and he’s ruthless in dealing with anyone who gets in his way.  When Carey threatens an old friend of theirs, Phil and Tom are keen to step in and help. But that only leads to them becoming targets themselves.

What with his uncertainty about Phil’s motives, Tom’s family doing their best to drive a wedge between them, and the revelation of an ugly incident in Phil’s past, suddenly Tom’s not sure who he can trust.

The body he finds in the pub cellar isn’t the only thing that stinks…

Due out from  Samhain Publishing 17th March 2015.