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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Flash sale on my books with JMS

Quick! For today (Sunday 22nd July) only, ALL my ebooks published by JMS Books are on sale at 40% off! You’ll find them all on my author pages.

Here’s a very small selection:

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Rainbow Snippets is finally available on Amazon

Hurrah! Only 8 days late, Camwolf is finally available to buy on Kindle!  Many thanks to the Dreamspinner staff who did battle with the bureaucracy on its behalf.

For this week’s snippet, I couldn’t resist another one with Nadia:

Nadia squeezed into the chair next to Nick’s in the SCR, with a conspiratorial glint in her eye. “Well, dearie, I have found out the odd little snippet. Your young man took his A levels at in Kent—”

“Where?”

“Oh, you know, dearie. Private school, rather pricey. Takes a lot of boys in at sixth form—the ones who aren’t doing well where they are.” She took a dismissive bite of her custard cream.

“Some sort of remedial crammer?” Nick frowned, sipping at his coffee. “I’d hardly have thought Julian needed that kind of thing.”

Nadia raised an eyebrow. “Idol showing feet of clay, is he?” She grinned at Nick’s discomfort.

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Camwolf_200A race to save his lover—by becoming his own worst nightmare.

Dr. Nick Sewell has it all. Good friends, a career as a Cambridge academic… and recently, a tendency to turn into a wolf every full moon.  When a new student arrives from Germany, Nick is horrified by his visceral attraction to the troubled youth—not to mention his violent jealousy when he sees Julian with another man. He’s floored to find out Julian is a werewolf too.

Unlike Nick, Julian has spent his life among other wolves, and in this subject, he’s the teacher and Nick the student. Nick struggles to adjust to this reversal of roles, especially since he’s an alpha and Julian a natural submissive. That dynamic just adds to the attraction smoldering between them, whether they’re in human form or wolf.

But Julian’s pack and the abuse he suffered isn’t far behind him, and the pack wants to reclaim him. For Nick to hold on to his lover, he’ll have to embrace the monster within.

 Dreamspinner | AmazonKobo

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Alpha Wolf

Today, as part of the Camwolf blog tour, I’m musing on werewolf pack dynamics over at Love Bytes Reviews. Why not drop on by and enter the giveaway?

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And in case you missed the first two stops, here they are:

July 5 – MM Good Book Reviews : Excerpt, and Free Short Story: Lonewolf
July 13 – Long and Short Reviews : Top 5 Literary Werewolves 

For more details of the tour, see here.

Apologies, by the way, to anyone who’s been trying to buy Camwolf on Kindle. Unfortunately Dreamspinner have been having some problems with Amazon, and they’re working to resolve them.

However, Kindle users can buy a mobi copy of Camwolf from the Dreamspinner website and either email it to their Kindle (see Amazon for instructions) or side-load it using a program like Calibre (which also lets you back up your ebooks, btw).

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Upstaged, an anthology of Queer Women in the performing arts

For those who love the ladies, there’s a new anthology out today:

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We had everything from actual plays to space operas to period pieces to contemporary romance. These talented storytellers captured womanhood, and women on stage and screen, in all their beautiful, wonderful glory. In the end, I was only able to take ten stories. These are the ones that made me laugh and cry and want to sing. There are erotic and sensual tales, gender non-conformity, trans women, lesbians and bisexuals, politics, falling in love, parenting, youthful crushes, opera, toe-tapping musical numbers, death-defying stunts, humor, and more. This anthology is a celebration.

Authors: Aila Alvina Boyd, Renee Young, Marolyn Krasner, Althea Blue, Geonn Cannon, Allison Fradkin, JL Merrow, Kathleen Jowitt, Debbie McGowan, Sonni de Soto

Including my steampunk story, London Lark:

Repairing a salvaged automaton becomes a labour of love for apprentice tinkerer Harriet Hodgkins. But the clockwork coquette is destined for resale, and Miss Pandora’s restoration will signal their separation—unless Hodgkins can engineer a more auspicious ending.

Available in ebook from Supposed Crimes | Amazon

Here’s the start of my story:

The first time I met Miss Pandora Piper, her what was to become the shining star of the Criterion and the darling of London society, she was in a right state, lying in the gutter with both legs broken and her head hanging off to one side.

“It’s proper criminal,” I told my gaffer, old Arthur the tinkerer, as folks call him, although it’s Mr Tunstall to the likes of you and me, “what the toffs’ll do to their playthings.”

Top notch goods, she was, fine featured and with soft ivory skin, so lifelike you’d almost have mistaken her for human, if it hadn’t been for the metal poking out of her poor torn limbs. Lying there abandoned in the gutter, like any other beggar what’s fallen on hard times. “It ain’t right,” I muttered.

“Now then, Hodgkins,” old Arthur said in that soothing old gin-and-baccy voice of his. “We’ll see her straight, don’t you fret. Grab her shoulders—I’ll take the other end, wouldn’t want a young lad like you seeing something he shouldn’t, heh heh heh—and we’ll heave her up on the cart. And no letting that head fall, neither. She don’t need no more dents in her poor face, Lord love her.”

Now, I ain’t a lad, I’m older than I look, and I didn’t reckon Miss Pandora (as we later called her) had anything up her skirts I hadn’t seen every day of my life and twice on Sundays, that being bath night, but neither did I fancy a clip round the ear and a lost place, so I kept mum and did as I was told.

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Rainbow Snippets has gone medieval

Psst! Don’t tell anyone, but I’m not actually here; I’m in Gloucestershire (if all has gone well) watching a re-enactment of the Battle of Tewkesbury. But I didn’t want to miss giving you this week’s Rainbow Snippet – and as Camwolf was re-released yesterday, that’s where this one comes from.

Here, Nick Sewell, lecturer at Cambridge University, is talking to his best friend and colleague, Nadia, about Julian, the student he’s got a crush on:

“Now, I’m not one to gossip—” Nadia acknowledged the lie with a devilish twist to her mouth “—but judging from his essays, that young man’s seen entirely too much of the darker side of life for a lad his age. Wouldn’t want to be adding to his troubles, would we? Coffee?” She didn’t wait for an answer, simply pouring him a cup. “And don’t forget you’re coming round for dinner next week. Marjorie’s got a new recipe she’s simply gagging to try out on you.”

Nick smiled. “How could I forget? I’ll be there, Nads.”

She winced. “Nick, darling, please don’t call me that. It makes it sound like you’re talking to your testicles.”

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Camwolf_200A race to save his lover—by becoming his own worst nightmare.

Dr. Nick Sewell has it all. Good friends, a career as a Cambridge academic… and recently, a tendency to turn into a wolf every full moon.  When a new student arrives from Germany, Nick is horrified by his visceral attraction to the troubled youth—not to mention his violent jealousy when he sees Julian with another man. He’s floored to find out Julian is a werewolf too.

Unlike Nick, Julian has spent his life among other wolves, and in this subject, he’s the teacher and Nick the student. Nick struggles to adjust to this reversal of roles, especially since he’s an alpha and Julian a natural submissive. That dynamic just adds to the attraction smoldering between them, whether they’re in human form or wolf.

But Julian’s pack and the abuse he suffered isn’t far behind him, and the pack wants to reclaim him. For Nick to hold on to his lover, he’ll have to embrace the monster within.

Second edition now available: Dreamspinner | Amazon paperback

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Camwolf is out today- with giveaway

I’m chuffed as anything that my first MM werewolf novel, Camwolf, is out today in second edition:

Camwolf_200A race to save his lover—by becoming his own worst nightmare.

Dr. Nick Sewell has it all. Good friends, a career as a Cambridge academic… and recently, a tendency to turn into a wolf every full moon.  When a new student arrives from Germany, Nick is horrified by his visceral attraction to the troubled youth—not to mention his violent jealousy when he sees Julian with another man. He’s floored to find out Julian is a werewolf too.

Unlike Nick, Julian has spent his life among other wolves, and in this subject, he’s the teacher and Nick the student. Nick struggles to adjust to this reversal of roles, especially since he’s an alpha and Julian a natural submissive. That dynamic just adds to the attraction smoldering between them, whether they’re in human form or wolf.

But Julian’s pack and the abuse he suffered isn’t far behind him, and it wants to reclaim him. For Nick to hold on to his lover, he’ll have to embrace the monster within.

LonewolfNow available in eBook and paperback

Note: the novel has been re-edited but the story is essentially the same as the first edition.

And to celebrate the re-release, I’m going on a blog tour:

 

July 5 – MM Good Book Reviews : Excerpt, and Free Short Story: Lonewolf
July 13 – Long and Short Reviews : Top 5 Literary Werewolves
July 16 – Love Bytes : Alpha Wolf
July 17 – The Novel Approach : A Very British Werewolf
July 18 – My Fiction Nook : City of Perspiring Dreams
July 19 – Kimmers’ Erotic Book Banter : Excerpt
July 20 – Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words : May-December Romance

(Please forgive me if I’m a little slower than usual to answer comments; I managed to again time a weekend away to coincide with a new release!)

Giveaway!

Win a $10 Dreamspinner Press gift certificate!

(Winner will be randomly chosen from commenters on the tour on Wednesday 25th July)
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Rainbow Snippets is melting in the heat

It’s a teensy bit on the warm side today (read: even my desk fan has heat exhaustion) and I’ve been working on the next Plumber’s Mate Mystery, so here’s a snippet from Heat Trap:

When I woke up at Phil’s on Sunday morning, the sun was streaming through the thin curtains he had at the windows of his attic flat, giving me a whole new appreciation of the phrase heat rises. And not in a good way. I was sweating like I’d just got back from a five-mile run, and I hadn’t even moved yet. My dick was all keen to get up close and personal with the six-foot hunk of lean muscle lying next to me, but the rest of me was saying no sodding way.

“Bloody hell,” I grumbled, flinging an arm up over my eyes. That sun was vicious. “Too hot for sex. That’s just sad.”

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Heat Trap – #3 in the Plumber’s Mate Mystery series

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Old flames can leave a nasty burn.

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, PI Phil Morrison, wants Tom to dig deeper into his history and 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.

Young Devil’s Dyke barmaid Marianne has an ex, Grant Carey, who won’t accept that 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 step in to help—but that makes them targets themselves.

What with his uncertainty about Phil’s motives, Tom’s family doing their best to drive a wedge between them, and the uncovering of an ugly incident in Phil’s past, Tom’s not sure who he can trust—and the body he finds in the pub cellar isn’t the only thing that stinks.

Amazon paperback | Kindle Riptide 

 

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Free short story: Lonewolf

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Camwolf is due out in second edition on July 13th, and in preparation, I’ve relaunched Lonewolf, a FREE linked short story that’s been unavailable for a while.

For full details and a chance to enter the Camwolf blog tour giveaway for a $10 Dreamspinner Press gift certificate, see my guest post on MM Good Book Reviews

 

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