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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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.

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