Rainbow Snippets loves Rainbow Awards

I always love it when the Rainbow Awards results are announced. So many wonderful books to add to the reading list! 😀

I was thrilled as all get out to see the Haunting Muses anthology win Best Lesbian Anthology / Collection

So today’s snippet is taken from my story in Haunting Muses, Dance With Me:

“Read to me,” Helen says, perched up on the kitchen counter, her stockinged legs swinging. “Read some more of that book about the girl who faked her own death to frame her husband. I like that one.”

“You would,” I say. “But I can’t. I’m cooking. See?” I hold up the knife I’ve been using to chop the courgette. It’s larger than the one I’d usually use for vegetables, but it’s beautifully curved and I like the way it feels in my hand.

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hauntingmusesunnamed.jpgHaunting Muses

In this collection of lesbian stories, ghosts, be they actual or the metaphorical ghosts of memories, aren’t necessarily evil and hauntings may or may not be bad. How do we move beyond the foul spirits or integrate the shining beings who haunt us in the cruelest or the best ways? And how do we or our characters reconcile these ghosts into transformation and healing within present reality?

Includes stories by Sacchi Green, Deborah Walker, Pascal Scott, Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam, Elaine Burnes, Doreen Perrine and JL Merrow.

Winner of the 2017 Rainbow Awards Best Lesbian Anthology / Collection

Available in ebook and paperback: Amazon 

 

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Spun! Rainbow Award & Giveaway last chance

I am beyond delighted that Spun! (Shamwell Tales #4) has won the 2017 Rainbow Awards Best Bisexual Romantic Comedy & Suspense! And by a happy coincidence there’s still (just!) time to enter the giveaway for an audiobook code for Spun! – see the giveaway post. I’ll make the draw around 9pm GMT tonight.


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An ill-advised encounter at the office party leaves David Greenlake jobless and homeless in one heady weekend. But he quickly begs work from his ex-boss and takes a room in Shamwell with easy-going postman Rory Deamer. David doesn’t mean to flirt with the recently divorced Rory—just like he doesn’t consciously decide to breathe. After all, Rory’s far too nice for him. And far too straight.

Rory finds his new lodger surprisingly fun to be with, and what’s more, David is a hit with Rory’s troubled children. But while Rory’s world may have turned upside down in the last few years, there’s one thing he’s sure of: he’s straight as a die. So he can’t be falling for David . . . can he?

Their friends and family think they know all the answers, and David’s office party hook-up has his own plans for romance. Rory and David need to make up their minds and take a stand for what they really want–or their love could be over before it’s even begun.

Winner of the 2017 Rainbow Awards Best Bisexual Romantic Comedy & Suspense, and runner-up for Best Bisexual Book

Available in ebook, paperback & audiobook:  Riptide Amazon Audible

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Christmas Stories Giveaway

I’m in the mood for some festive seasonal reading, and it occurs to me others might be too, so I thought it’d be nice to run a giveaway and garner some recommendations.

Merry Christmas

I’m offering winner’s choice from my Christmas fiction (see below)to a randomly chosen commenter – to enter the draw, just drop me a comment and let me know about one (or more – in fact, the more the merrier) of your favourite holiday reads (but not one of mine! I’ve read those *g*).

I’ll make the draw on Monday 18th December, probably around teatime, so there’s loads of time to get those recs in. Good luck! 😀

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Rainbow Snippets is in a Spin

This week’s (somewhat unseasonal) snippet comes from Spun!, my fourth Shamwell Tale, which is now out in audiobook:

“Didn’t your mum used to let you help on Pancake Day?” Rory asked, spooning some syrup out of the tin. He twiddled the spoon until all the drips were caught and then drizzled it on his pancake. “I thought you and her were pretty close.”

“Hen doesn’t believe in pancakes. Too unhealthy. And Pancake Day itself is nothing more than a relic of an outmoded set of dietary restrictions.” David dug into his forbidden fruit with only moderately guilty gusto.

“It is?”

“Mm. Apparently medieval Christians were required to give up eggs and milk for Lent. Hence using them all up on Shrove Tuesday.”

Rory frowned. “So what did farmers do with them while no one was eating them? Chuck ’em away? Or did all the cows and chickens have to keep their legs crossed till Easter?”

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I have 2 Audible codes for Spun! to give away! To be in with a chance of a win, just comment on the giveaway post.  I’ll make the draw on Friday 8th December.  Good luck! 😀

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An ill-advised encounter at the office party leaves David Greenlake jobless and homeless in one heady weekend. But he quickly begs work from his ex-boss and takes a room in Shamwell with easy-going postman Rory Deamer. David doesn’t mean to flirt with the recently divorced Rory—just like he doesn’t consciously decide to breathe. After all, Rory’s far too nice for him. And far too straight.

Rory finds his new lodger surprisingly fun to be with, and what’s more, David is a hit with Rory’s troubled children. But while Rory’s world may have turned upside down in the last few years, there’s one thing he’s sure of: he’s straight as a die. So he can’t be falling for David . . . can he?

Their friends and family think they know all the answers, and David’s office party hook-up has his own plans for romance. Rory and David need to make up their minds and take a stand for what they really want–or their love could be over before it’s even begun.

Amazon Audible

Also available in ebook and paperback:  Riptide Amazon 

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Spun! is out in Audiobook, with giveaway

I’m delighted to say that Spun!, my fourth Shamwell Tale, is now out in audiobook.

It’s narrated by the excellent Mark Steadman, who’s done a sterling job with several of my other books (Lovers LeapCaught!Played!, Out!) and is currently working on Pricks & Pragmatism for me.

And I have 2 Audible codes to give away! To be in with a chance of a win, just comment on this post (wherever you see it).  I’ll make the draw on Friday 8th December.  Good luck! 😀

51Md+3mCtgL._AA300_With friends like these . . .

An ill-advised encounter at the office party leaves David Greenlake jobless and homeless in one heady weekend. But he quickly begs work from his ex-boss and takes a room in Shamwell with easy-going postman Rory Deamer. David doesn’t mean to flirt with the recently divorced Rory—just like he doesn’t consciously decide to breathe. After all, Rory’s far too nice for him. And far too straight.

Rory finds his new lodger surprisingly fun to be with, and what’s more, David is a hit with Rory’s troubled children. But while Rory’s world may have turned upside down in the last few years, there’s one thing he’s sure of: he’s straight as a die. So he can’t be falling for David . . . can he?

Their friends and family think they know all the answers, and David’s office party hook-up has his own plans for romance. Rory and David need to make up their minds and take a stand for what they really want–or their love could be over before it’s even begun.

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Also available in ebook and paperback:  Riptide Amazon 

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Cover Reveal for the new-look Plumber’s Mate Mysteries

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Head on over to Sinfully for a first look at the brand new covers for the Plumber’s Mate Mysteries – including the new #5, Lock Nut!

I’m absolutely delighted with all the thought that’s gone into these new covers by Christine Coffee , and I’m thrilled that the series will soon be back in print (both e-book and paperback) once more.

 

 

Publication dates and pre-order links as follows:

Pressure Head: 1 January, 2018

Relief Valve: 5 February, 2018

Heat Trap: 5 March, 2018

Blow Down: 2 April, 2018

A collection of books #1 – #4 is also available to pre-order, at a reduced price compared to buying the books individually.

And the new Plumber’s Mate Mystery #5, Lock Nut, will be out  on 14 May, 2018. There will be wedding bells! 😉

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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One Under is up for pre-order

I’m delighted to say that my second book in the Porthkennack shared universe is now available for pre-order:

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London Underground worker Mal Thomas is staying in Porthkennack to recover from a traumatic experience. Getting some more bad news from home is the last straw—until big, blond museum curator Jory Roscarrock steps up to offer some comfort.

A doctor of English Literature, Jory should be in a prestigious post at a top university. But a youthful indiscretion has led him to abandon academia to come back to his home town, Porthkennack, and the controlling family he’s never really felt a part of. He’s delighted to find a kindred spirit in the young Londoner.

But Jory’s family hurt Mal’s best friend deeply, and while Jory’s desperate to repair the damage, his own mistakes threaten to keep them apart. Meanwhile Mal’s torn between his feelings for Jory and his duty to his friend—and his fears that a failed relationship could be more than his shattered confidence can take.

Cover reveal coming soon(ish)!

Porthkennack

Welcome to Porthkennack, a charming Cornish seaside town with a long and sometimes sinister history. Legend says King Arthur’s Black Knight built the fort on the headland here, and it’s a certainty that the town was founded on the proceeds of smuggling, piracy on the high seas, and the deliberate wrecking of cargo ships on the rocky shore. Nowadays it draws in the tourists with sunshine and surfing, but locals know that the ghosts of its Gothic past are never far below the surface.

This collaborative story world is brought to you by five award-winning, best-selling British LGBTQ romance authors: Alex BeecroftJoanna ChambersCharlie CochraneGarrett Leigh, and JL Merrow. Follow Porthkennack and its inhabitants through the centuries and through the full rainbow spectrum with historical and contemporary stand-alone titles.

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Rainbow Snippets is celebrating Trans Awareness Week

This week was Trans Awareness Week, so today’s snippet comes from Relief Valve, my soon-to-be-re-released second Plumber’s Mate Mystery (which features a trans character). Investigating his sister’s poisoning, Tom has infiltrated her old writers’ group under the pretence of writing gay fiction:

“Do you write poetry too?” Raz asked, pushing his glasses back up his nose and staring at me with big, earnest eyes. He had the sort of beard that looked like it had started out as designer stubble and still wasn’t sure it hadn’t preferred it that way.

“Does the odd naughty limerick count?”

They all laughed politely, despite the fact I hadn’t been joking. “So tell us about your novel, Tom,” Morgan demanded.

Bugger. I hadn’t expected anyone to actually want to know more about gay literature.

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Relief Valve – #2 in the Plumber’s Mate Mystery series

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If you dig up the past, be prepared for some dirt to stick.

The relationship between Tom Paretski, a cheeky plumber with a gift for finding hidden things, and PI Phil Morrison may only be a few weeks old, but already it’s under attack. Tom’s friends and family are convinced the former bully isn’t good enough for him, and they’re not shy about saying so.

Then Tom’s prickly older sister, Cherry, is poisoned at her own engagement party. Tom’s left reeling and not knowing who to suspect. Could it be her new fiancé, Gregory, a cathedral canon with an unfortunate manner and a taste for taxidermy? Or someone from her old writers’ circle, which she left after a row? Or could the attack be connected to her work as a barrister? Meanwhile, Tom’s honorary auntie’s left him a gag gift from beyond the grave that could be more significant than anyone knows.

Phil’s fighting against the clock to solve the case before somebody ends up dead. And with the poisoner hiding a dark secret, Phil’s terrified Tom could have been the target all along.

All the Plumber’s Mate Mysteries  are now available to pre-order from Riptide Publishing.

Publication dates and pre-order links as follows:

And there will be a brand new Plumber’s Mate Mystery, Lock Nut, releasing on 14 May, 2018

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The Plumber’s Mate Mysteries are back

…well, almost! I’m absolutely delighted to say that books #1 to #5 – yes, including the new one, Lock Nut, which readers of the previous books may be interested to hear features a wedding or two – are all now up for pre-order at Riptide.

Only teaser covers so far, but I can’t wait to show you the final versions – so much thought has gone into them, and they’re perfect for the series. Fabulous job by Christine Coffee!

Publication dates and pre-order links as follows:

A collection of books #1 – #4 is also available to pre-order, at a reduced price compared to buying the books individually. (You won’t get books #2 – #4 any earlier than the dates above, though, I’m afraid.)

And the brand new Plumber’s Mate Mystery, Lock Nut, will be out on 14 May, 2018:

LockNut_TeaserStill 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.

Due out from Riptide Publishing on 14 May, 2018

and now available to pre-order

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Rainbow Snippets will remember them

Here in the UK, it’s Remembrance Day, and I gather it’s Veteran’s Day over the pond. So there was never any question which story I’d snippet from today: it’s Wild Flowers, my story in the Call to Arms charity anthology.

On Remembrance Day, we often–and rightly– focus on the men who gave their lives for their countries, but for my story, I chose to focus on an often-forgotten group who also suffered and died, the women of Berlin in the aftermath of World War II:

Ruth won’t remember the times before the devil took our country and our people’s hearts, not as I do. So many clubs, like the Dorian Gray and the Topp-Keller, where you could buy a drink and watch handsome women singing in drag, and where pretty boys picked up foreigners for love and money. Berlin was beautiful then, gleaming white and red and gold.

Now, the pretty boys are all dead and the clubs long since closed down or destroyed. I had a lover then, Anna, with cornflower eyes and wide, red lips that laughed and swore and kissed me with equal abandon. When she was killed in the bombings of 43, I thought my heart died with her.

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Modern LGBTQ+ fiction
of the Second World War

Seventeen stories, thirteen authors, a second war. Once again Manifold Press’s writers explore the lives of LGBTQ+ people and their war-time experience in cities, towns and countryside across the world.

Amidst war and peace, in the thick of violence or in an unexpected lull, these stories of the Second World War take the reader far and wide: through Britain, Europe, Asia and South America, from loss and parting to love and homecoming. As for home, it may be an ordinary house, or a prison camp, or a ship: but it is, in the end, where you find it, however far you have to go. Read this book, and make the journey yourself.

My story: Wild Flowers
 
Henny lost her lover, Anna, during the war. Now, in post-war Berlin, as she joins other women rebuilding their shattered city from its ash-grey ruins, she recalls happier times – and finds new hope in a younger woman, Ruth.

Available in ebook and paperback:

Amazon US | Amazon UK | Smashwords | Barnes & Noble |
Kobo

Please note: All proceeds will be donated to the British Refugee Council (Registered Charity No. 1014576).

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