Rainbow Snippets is well random

This week’s snippet comes from a book chosen from my backlist using Random.org‘s trusty random number generator (and if you click on the link you’ll get a comprehensive explanation of randomness and how it is generated, which is a lot more complicated than you might think).

To Love a Traitor is set in the aftermath of the First World War. Here, Roger (who has yet to change his name to George and take up investigating in earnest) is discussing the wartime incident that claimed his brother’s life:

“Well, according to Mabel, some of the reports were contradictory, but there was talk of one man—a Lieutenant Matthew Connaught—who had had a stroke of luck not being caught up in it all. He’d been supposed to be going with them—no one seemed to know why—but the night before, he got a bullet in the leg. It was put down to enemy fire, but, well, I find that a little hard to believe.” Roger shrugged. “Granted I was never in the trenches, but it seems to me the angle’s all wrong. Perhaps if he’d poked his head above the parapet and a sniper had taken an ear off, but a leg?”

“You think it sounds fishy, don’t you?” Sir Arthur’s good eye had the disconcerting quality of seeming to see right through Roger, while giving away in return no more than did his glass one.

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Solicitor’s clerk George Johnson has a secret goal when he moves into a London boarding house in the winter of 1920: to find out if his fellow lodger, Matthew Connaught, was the wartime traitor who cost George’s adored older brother Hugh his life.

Yet the more he gets to know his quarry, the more George loses sight of his mission—and his heart. Blessed with boyish good looks and charm in abundance, ad man Matthew is irrepressibly cheerful despite having lost an arm in the Great War—and soon makes plain his attraction to George.

Matthew’s advances become ever harder to resist, and George tries to tell himself his brother’s death was just the luck of the draw, and to forget he’s hiding secrets of his own—including who he really is.

But as George’s feelings for Matthew grow, so does his desperation to know the truth about what happened that day in Ypres.  Even if it means he’ll lose the man he’s come to love.

Available in ebook and paperback: JMS Books | Amazon

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Rainbow Snippets contemplates the passing of the years

I’m not sure how I got from thinking of the turning of the new year to time travel, but there you go – today’s snippet is taken from my novella Trick of Time.  In this snippet, our narrator Ted, who’s a wounded soul from the present day, and rent-boy Jem are sharing an intimate moment in Victorian London:

“Where d’you come from? Not from around here.”

I shivered again at the certainty in his tone. “If I told you, you’d think I was mad.”

“Said I could ask you anything I wanted, didn’t you?”

Somehow, in the darkness, with his arms around me, I could talk to him. “All right, then. I’m from…another time. The future. A hundred and fifty years or so from now, I think. What year is this?”

“Been eighteen eighty-six all year.”

“Then it’s a little less. Say a hundred and forty. Go on—tell me I’m mad.”

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A lover from another time

When Ted Ennis steps out the doors of the Criterion Theatre for a cigarette and finds himself in Victorian London, he begins to doubt his sanity. At first he thinks it’s all a film set, and is sure that the strikingly handsome young man leaning against a lamppost must be the leading man…

What starts as a sordid transaction with a beautiful rent boy quickly turns into something much deeper, drawing him back again and again as he gets to know Jem and craves meaningful encounters with him.

But Ted doesn’t understand the exact conditions necessary for his trips through time—and for Jem, time may actually be running out. Now Ted has one last shot to get back to Jem and save their relationship, before it’s too late…

Available in ebook:  Carina Amazon 

Also available as an audiobook on Audible.

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Rainbow Snippets is heeding the signs

Yesterday, I was delighted to see my MM werewolf novel, Midnight in Berlin, had made a best-of-year list. And today I received a box full of author copies. If that’s not all telling me where this week’s snippet should come from, I don’t know what it is! 😉

This is taken from Chapter One, where our narrator Leon stars in a cautionary tale about the perils of hitchhiking, even when the car’s a Porsche and the driver’s really hot:

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It was more of a growl than a curse as he rolled me over and pinned me down again. I was still winded from the impact, but that was okay because I didn’t reckon I could breathe anyhow. He wasn’t the guy who picked me up in the Porsche anymore. My mind flashed crazily to stories I’d read of Peter Stübbe, the werewolf of Bedburg. He’d met a gruesome death four centuries ago, but it looked like he might have left a descendant or two. I was pretty sure I was staring at one of them.

I was really going to die.

Christoph’s face… wasn’t human anymore.

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Midnight in Berlin

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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.

Available in ebook and paperback:

Dreamspinner | Amazon

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Rainbow Snippets is getting ready for Christmas

I’m at that odd stage in the Christmas preparations which I like to call the lull before the inevitable last-minute panic, when I’ll suddenly remember something I’d forgotten I’d forgotten!

Meanwhile, today’s snippet is taken from Poacher’s Fall:

It’s a couple of days before Christmas 1922, and after a hard night’s poaching Danny just wants to fetch some mistletoe for his mam from where it’s growing on an old oak tree.

What could possibly go wrong? 😉

Taking his knife from his boot and shoving it between his teeth for ease of access, Danny began to climb. It took him a couple of goes before he grasped the lowest branch, but once he’d done that, he was able to swing himself up onto it. Blinking snowflakes out of his eyes, Danny reached for the next branch, and the one after that, and soon he was level with the clump of mistletoe he was after. It looked a sight farther along the branch from here than it had from down below. Wishing he had some gloves, Danny started to inch along toward it.

Suddenly his foot slipped. His stomach lurched with it.

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Midwinter Manor series

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Poacher’s Fall

One snowy night just before Christmas, 1922, poacher Danny Costessey rounds off a night trapping rabbits by climbing a tree to fetch some mistletoe for his mother—only to fall and break his leg. Taken to the manor house to recover from his injuries, Danny meets the reclusive owner, Philip Luccombe. Village gossip has it Luccombe went mad during the war, but Danny soon realizes he’s simply still mourning his late lover. As friendship grows between them, Danny starts to fall for handsome, shy Philip.

Danny’s lively nature, roguish good looks, and ready laughter enchant Philip, and he finds himself being drawn out of his shell whether he will it or not. But when Danny tries to move beyond friendship, Philip panics—and his rejection threatens not only their happiness, but Danny’s health.
Keeper’s Pledge

A sequel to Poacher’s Fall, set four years later, in 1926.

Landowner Philip Luccombe has been enjoying a passionate relationship with young poacher turned gamekeeper Danny Costessey for four years now. Danny’s love has brought him out of the shell he retreated into when his first lover died after the Great War. But this Christmas, visitors to the manor threaten their happiness. Philip’s young cousin Matthew is artistic, vivacious, and flirtatious: just the sort to remind him of his long-dead first love—and to emphasise the social gulf between Philip and Danny.

But the worst danger comes from much nearer home. An old flame of Danny’s is discovered in incriminating circumstances, forcing the lovers to keep their distance for fear of being tarred with the same brush. Meanwhile, Danny’s younger brother, Toby, has grown to resent the connection between his brother and the lord of the manor. Danny wants to do the right thing—but that could divide the lovers forever.

Available in ebook:  Dreamspinner Press | Amazon

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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

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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

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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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