Rainbow Snippets is feeling the love

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So chuffed to see I’ve picked up a few nominations in the 2018 Goodreads MM group Members’ Choice Awards! Lock Nut and the Plumber’s Mate Mysteries did particularly well, with nominations in the following categories: Best Law Enforcement, Best Blue Collar, Best Established Couple, Best Main Character, Best Mystery/Whodunit and All Time Favourite MM Series.

Love at First Hate also picked up nominations for Best Contemporary/Mainstream and Best Enemies to Lovers. And I was delighted to get an All Time Favourite MM Author nomination. 😀

If you’re a member of the group and would like to vote (or just to pick up suggestions for the TBR pile) you can find links to all categories in the master post.

So to celebrate, this week’s Rainbow Snippet comes to you from Lock Nut . Here, Tom and Phil are navigating the murky waters of cohabitation after Phil’s finally moved in with Tom:

“When are we going to chuck out your old hi-fi?” Phil asked as, mission accomplished, we sat down on the sofa in front of the telly to enjoy a well-earned beer.

“What do you mean? There’s nothing wrong with it.”

“Apart from being ten years old? I got mine less than a year ago. And it’s half the size. Doesn’t make sense for it to be the one sitting in a box.”

“Mine was here first.” Okay, I do realise that wasn’t the most mature argument I could have made.

“And it’s your house, your rules?” Phil said it so mildly there was a moment when I actually didn’t realise the big, deep pool of man-eating sharks I was hanging over by a thread that was fraying by the second.

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Lock Nut – #5 in the Plumber’s Mate Mystery series

LockNut_500x750[4]Still waters run deadly.

Tom Paretski, plumber with a talent for finding hidden things, and his private investigator fiancé Phil Morrison have been hired to locate a runaway husband, Jonathan Parrot. The job seems simple enough—until their quarry turns up dead in a canal, and a photofit of Tom’s face is splashed all over the news, making him chief suspect.

The widow, petite ex–porn star Lilah Lovett, is convinced her husband was killed by his gay lover, but Tom and Phil aren’t so sure. Worried they may have precipitated Jonathan’s death, they’re determined to find the real killer. But with a web of incestuous ties linking the suspects, it’s hard to know who to trust. Especially when a second victim dies a gruesome death.

Meanwhile, with their wedding looming and them sharing a house now, Tom’s worried it may all be too much, too fast. The last thing he needs are the mixed messages Phil seems to be sending out. They’ll need to get back on the same track if they want to make it to their honeymoon together—and alive.

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Rainbow Snippets is back!

Yikes! I seem to have missed rather more weeks than I’d realised. Clearly I need to get out less. 😉

Today being the first day of advent, how about a Christmas snippet? This one’s from Batteries Not Included, a very silly seasonal story about a guy who wakes up in bed with his rock star idol – to the surprise of them both! Sam thinks he’s dreaming – but Cain knows he’s not!

“Mmm, Cain,” I murmured.

“Look, just shut up, will you? And, and tell me who the fuck you are, where the fuck we are, and just how the hell I got here?” Cain’s voice got higher and higher, and cracked on the last word. It was a good thing this wasn’t real. It couldn’t have been good for his vocal chords.

I sighed. “Look, it’s a dream, okay? Just relax, and it’ll turn into that one with the teddy bears and the novelty condoms.”

“You’re completely insane,” Cain muttered. “And depraved. Seriously, teddy bears? I’m calling my manager.”

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Batteries Not Included

Batteries_Not_Included_400x600How would you react if you woke up one morning to find you were in bed with your favorite rock star? More to the point: how would the rock star react?

Animal rescue worker Sam is content to live a quiet life, dreaming of an unattainable man, rock sensation Cain Shepney.  Trouble is, his meddling mother, Lilith, thinks he deserves to have all his dreams come true—and she isn’t above performing a little magic to achieve her ends!  Sam’s shocked to wake up one morning to find himself actually in bed with his celebrity crush—but that’s nothing to how Cain feels about it! Suddenly Sam’s got to deal with an irate, naked, and very distracting rock star in his bed.

Cain has it all—he’s good-looking, famous, and adored by millions. But his life takes a turn for the surreal when he wakes up in bed with Sam. Expecting everyone to be worried sick by his disappearance, Cain’s horrified to find his manager—and even his mum—insisting that he’s an imposter, and that the real Cain Shepney is right where he belongs.

Sam just wants to help, but with Cain convinced he’s a crazed, celebrity-kidnapping stalker, Sam’s got his work cut out to convince the object of his affections to trust him long enough to find out just what the hell’s going on.

Available in ebook:  JMS Books | Amazon

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Halloween Scare Trail & Giveaway

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It’s that spooky time of year again! Traditionally, Brits are not supposed to be so into Halloween – we’re supposed to be more about Bonfire Night on 5th November, when we set off fireworks to celebrate Parliament NOT being blown up in 1605. But Halloween seems to get bigger every year in the UK, probably because it’s fun! What’s not to like about dressing up in scary costumes (unlike in the US, where I hear anything goes on the fancy dress front, we do generally stick to a spooky theme) and getting free sweeties? Plus as we don’t do Thanksgiving, and it’s never really been a Christmas thing here, it’s our only excuse to eat pumpkin pie. 😉
I started early with celebrating Halloween – there was one family in the village I grew up in who always hosted a Halloween party for the local children, and we’d dust off the ghost outfits our mums had made out of old sheets (minus the separate hood, they doubled as angel costumes for the school nativity play) and run on up the hill for an evening of apple bobbing and ghoulish goodies.
Our houses would be decked with lanterns carved out of gourds grown in the garden, pumpkins not being something readily available in those days, at least not on the Isle of Wight–although I do remember one year, a neighbour grew a pumpkin right next to the fence that separated our gardens. I plucked up the courage to ask if I could have it to make a “proper” Halloween lantern – and was over the moon when he said yes. (With hindsight, I’m fairly sure there must have been some parental negotiation that went on without my knowledge).
When I moved away from home, I took with me my mum’s recipe for pumpkin pie, and have faithfully made it (almost!) every year since.
Giveaway: In the spirit (heh!) of Halloween, I’m offering a free e-copy of of each of my newly re-released werewolf novels Camwolf& Midnight In Berlin to a randomly-chosen commenter on this post. And there are heaps more prizes to be won by checking out the links below – good luck, and happy haunting! 😀
ETA: This contest is now closed, and the winner has been notified. Thanks to everyone who played! 😀
RJ Scott – $20 Amazon Gift Card
Angel Martinez – $25 Pride Publishing Gift Certificate
V.L. Locey – $10 Redbubble Gift Card
Jordan Castillo Price – Ebook or Audio of Reader’s choice plus JCP Swag Pack
J.L. Merrow – Ebook of both newly re-released werewolf novels Camwolf & Midnight In Berlin.
Rick R. Reed – Ebook of A Demon Inside from DSP Publications
K.A. Merikan – Paperback
Charlie Richards – $20 Amazon Gift Card
Amber Kell – $20 Amazon Gift Card
Eli Easton – $20 Amazon Gift Card and second prize of ebook copies of Gothika #1-4
Charlie Cochet – 3 x $10 Amazon Gift Cards
Meredith Russell – $10 Amazon Gift Card
Alex Jane – $10 Amazon Gift Card and Ebook from back catalogue.
Stormy Glenn – $20 Amazon Gift Card and backlist ebook.
Annabelle Jacobs – $10 Amazon Gift Card and backlist ebook

 

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TRR Year End Splash

YES Big Banner FB 800x300I’m participating in this year’s Year End Splash Party at TRR, so don’t miss your chance to win one of hundreds of great prizes! More info here: https://www.theromancereviews.com/event.php

 

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Pressure Head is only 99c!

I’m chuffed as a chuffed thing to say that Pressure Head, the first of my Plumber’s Mate Mysteries, is on sale via BookBub for only 99c! If you haven’t read any of my books about slightly-psychic plumber Tom Paretski and his enemy-turned-lover, private investigator Phil Morrison, now could be an ideal time to start. This offer is for a limited time only – 23rd to 25th Sep – so grab it while it’s cheap!

Pressure Head – #1 in the Plumber’s Mate Mystery series

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Tom Paretski’s not just a plumber with a dodgy hip courtesy of a schoolboy accident. He also has a sixth sense for finding hidden things. Called in by the police to help locate a body near Brock’s Hollow, he’s staggered to encounter Phil Morrison, his old school crush—and the closeted bully whose actions contributed to Tom’s accident.

Phil’s all grown up now, and Tom’s unwilling attraction to him is back with a vengeance. Phil’s now openly gay—and what’s more, he’s interested in Tom’s personal charms as well as his psychic talents. As a private investigator called in by the dead woman’s parents, Phil is sceptical about Tom’s unusual gift, but nevertheless quick to spot its potential to aid him in his work.

The further they go with the investigation, the less they can ignore their shared past, and the more the pressure and the heat build between them. But Tom isn’t certain he wants to know the secrets he’s helping to uncover, while there’s a murderer on the loose who won’t hesitate to kill again—and this uneasy couple is moving right into his sights.

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Love at First Hate is out today

I’m delighted to say that Love at First Hate, my 3rd Porthkennack novel, is out today. To celebrate, I’m going on a blog tour, which kicks off at The Novel Approach, where I’m talking about names – and specifically, bad ones. Why not pop on over and enter the giveaway?

Love at First Hate

A Porthkennack Novel

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Bran Roscarrock has been living in the closet all his life. As heir to an expansive family legacy in the town of Porthkennack, old-fashioned ideals of respectability and duty were drummed into him since childhood, and he’s never dared to live—or love—openly.

Sam Ferreira, an old friend of Bran’s brother Jory, is a disgraced academic desperate to leave his dead-end job. When Jory asks him to take over as curator of a planned exhibition on Edward of Woodstock, the fourteenth-century Black Prince, Sam leaps at the chance to do what he loves and make a fresh start.

But Bran’s funding the exhibition, and though sparks fly between the two men, they’re not all happy ones. Bran idolises Prince Edward as a hero, while Sam’s determined to present a balanced picture. With neither of them prepared to give ground, a hundred years of war seems all too possible. And if Bran finds out about Sam’s past, his future may not be bright, and their budding romance may be lost to history.

Available in ebook & paperback:

Riptide | Amazon

The writing is superb, the characters are memorable (two characters who found redemption after being some of the least liked people going), history made lively, vivid, and incredibly important in how its presented, and a whole HEA that made my heart sing – Melanie M, Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

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Wolf or Wolfman?

MidnightinBerlin_FBbanner_DSPI’m wittering on about werewolves, and the varied forms they take, over at Divine Magazine today. Why not join me – and don’t forget to enter the giveaway! 😀

For full details of the Midnight in Berlin blog tour, see here.

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Midnight in Berlin is out today

I’m delighted to say that Midnight in Berlin, my second werewolf novel and one set in a city that’s very special to me, is out today in second edition from Dreamspinner Press. As is traditional, I’m celebrating by going on a blog tour, and as is apparently now also traditional, I’m away for release day (this time at the Asylum Steampunk Festival in Lincoln) so please forgive any tardiness in answering comments!
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It’s midnight in Berlin, and drifter Leon is hitchhiking home in the rain, covered in feathers after a wild festival in the city park. He can’t believe his luck when he’s picked up by a hot guy in a Porsche. That is, until he realises his driver is a creature from his worst nightmares—and plans to turn him into one too. He runs, but he can’t escape the werewolf’s bite.

Christoph made one mistake, but he’s paying for it plenty. He took Leon for a rogue werewolf on his way home from a hunt, and by the time he realises the truth it’s too late to do anything but make Leon a monster to save his life. That doesn’t save Christoph from the pack leader’s harsh punishment.

As Leon struggles to cope with his horrifying new reality—and his mixed feelings for the man who bit him—he’s desperate to discover not only what’s happened to Christoph, but the secrets their pack leader is hiding from them all.

Secrets the pack will kill to protect.

Second edition now out:

Dreamspinner | Amazon

 

Note: This edition has been re-edited but remains substantially the same story as before.

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Rainbow Snippets is having a funny turn

Last time it was werewolves, but today’s snippet comes from Tortoise Interruptus, a whimsical tale about a reluctant tortoise shifter, Tip:

“Tip, you ready with that ham salad roll? Tip?”

Tip shook his head. There was an unpleasant rushing in his ears, and his sister’s voice had started to sound like it was coming from underwater. “Sorry—got to go.”

Janey sighed, then bellowed to her husband, “Mike? Can you give us a hand? Tip’s having one of his turns.”

“You don’t have to shout it to the whole café,” Tip muttered, untying his apron with shaking hands. “You make me sound like a Victorian spinster. They’ll be offering to unlace my stays.”

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Tortoise Interruptus

tortoise_interruptus_200x300Cursed by an impatient witch to turn into a tortoise at inopportune moments, Tip is horrified to find himself tortoise-napped by a customer at the cafe where he works.

Things start to look up when Tip ends up very literally in the capable hands of drop-dead gorgeous Steve—but Tip soon begins to wonder just how far he can trust Steve, who turns out to have a close connection with his kidnapper.  Tip’s attempts at a normal life seem doomed to remain frustrated in more ways than one!

Inspired by a real-life incident.  Yes, really.

Available in ebook:  JMS Books | Kobo Amazon

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Midnight in Berlin is up for pre-order

Midnight in Berlin, my second werewolf novel, is now available to pre-order. I’m delighted to have this book (almost) back on the shelves, as the setting, Berlin, is very special to me. I spent a few weeks doing voluntary work there in 1989 (yes I am old) and have never forgotten it – or how it felt to see the Wall come down a few months later.

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It’s midnight in Berlin, and drifter Leon is hitchhiking home in the rain, covered in feathers after a wild festival in the city park. He can’t believe his luck when he’s picked up by a hot guy in a Porsche. That is, until he realises his driver is a creature from his worst nightmares—and plans to turn him into one too. He runs, but he can’t escape the werewolf’s bite.

Christoph made one mistake, but he’s paying for it plenty. He took Leon for a rogue werewolf on his way home from a hunt, and by the time he realises the truth it’s too late to do anything but make Leon a monster to save his life. That doesn’t save Christoph from the pack leader’s harsh punishment.

As Leon struggles to cope with his horrifying new reality—and his mixed feelings for the man who bit him—he’s desperate to discover not only what’s happened to Christoph, but the secrets their pack leader is hiding from them all.

Secrets the pack will kill to protect.

Second edition due out from Dreamspinner Press 24 August 2018

and now available to pre-order

First edition published by Samhain in 2012. This edition has been re-edited but remains substantially the same story as before.

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