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)
Erotic Encounters between Upstairs Lords and Downstairs Lads
Rob Rosen has gathered the hottest stories of romance and sex between wealthy aristocrats and the hard-working estate staff, all with a pre–World War I backdrop, including the fashion and art and the latest inventions of the day. War is years away, the estates are huge and sprawling, the fashionably elite have too much time on their hands, while the toiling underclass are always on the lookout for a means to a brighter future — no matter whose bed they end up in. Think Downton Abbey and Upstairs, Downstairs, but with enough sex to make the town vicar blush.
Includes my (rather tongue-in-cheek) story: Brass Rags
Lord Algernon Huffingham likes a man with a firm hand. Preferably work-calloused, and applied with vigour to Algy’s aristocratic buttocks. But it’s so hard to find decent help these days.
As a footman, Robert’s more used to following orders than issuing them. He may be easy on the eye and flexible in his morals, but will he be able to rise to Algy’s challenge?
Due out from Cleis Press 9th September 2014
Trick 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 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.
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.