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:

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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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Rainbow Snippets is Travelling in Time

Having spent the day harking back to an alternative Victorian age at a steampunk convivial, I thought I’d take this week’s snippet from Trick of Time, a novella whose hero, Ted, nips out for a crafty fag only to find himself travelling back from the present day to the 1880s:

I shouldered through the heavy front door, popping a cigarette in my mouth and fumbling in my pockets for my matches…and found Piccadilly Circus full of ghosts.

I stared, the cigarette almost dropping out of my mouth in amazement. I’d always thought there ought to be something more, something beyond this shallow world of fragile lives and shattered dreams. But to see it confirmed was like being hit with a tsunami in the bathtub.

Gone were the garish neon signs, the buses, the endless ravening packs of tourists. Even Eros no longer pranced naked on his plinth, ready to shoot his poisoned darts of love at the unwary. I stopped dead, bewildered, as my hands mechanically carried on the business of lighting my cigarette.

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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 

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New Charity Anthology out today

Released today: Call to Arms, edited by Heloise Mezen and featuring authors: Julie Bozza; Barry Brennessel; Charlie Cochrane; Andrea Demetrius; Adam Fitzroy; Elin Gregory; Sandra Lindsey;  Jl Merrow; Eleanor Musgrove; R.A. Padmos; Michelle Peart; Megan Reddaway; Jay Lewis Taylor.

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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Winners of the Out! audiobook giveaway

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The random number generator has spoken, and the audiobook codes for Out! were won by Barbra and Laura, who should already have received their codes via email – drop me a message if for any reason you haven’t received them!

Congratulations to the winners, and thanks to everyone who played. 😀

 

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Last chance to enter the Out! audiocode giveaway

I have 2 Audible codes for Out! to give away. To be in with a chance of a win, just comment on the giveaway post with the name of your favourite audiobook narrator – these guys deserve a shout-out!  I’ll make the draw TOMORROW: Monday 30th October.  Good luck! 😀

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When love wars with principle, which one will win?

Mark Nugent has spent his life in the closet—at least, the small portion of it he hasn’t spent in the office. Determined to make amends to his neglected teenage daughter from a failed marriage, Mark swears off work—and love—so he can give her a stable home environment. But Mark’s resolve to keep his heart under wraps is tested when he meets an out and proud young man he’s instantly drawn to.

Patrick Owen is a charity worker with strong principles. He doesn’t trust easily, but he’s blown away by his attraction for the older man who’s so new to his own sexuality. Yet Mark is adamant he’s not coming out to his daughter—and Patrick refuses to live a lie.

What with Mark’s old-fashioned attitudes and his flirtatious ex-colleague who’s determined to come between them, Patrick begins to wonder if they’ll ever be on the same page. And when Mark’s career as a tax advisor clashes with Patrick’s social conscience, sparks really start to fly—in all the wrong ways.

Now in audiobook, narrated by the talented Mark Steadman:

 Amazon Audible

Also available in ebook and paperback:

Riptide Publishing  | Amazon

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Rainbow Snippets is having wardrobe issues

To celebrate the release of Out! in audiobook (click on the link if you’d like to enter the Audible giveaway), this week’s snippet is from Out!

Here, our hero Mark is getting sartorially challenged by his teenage daughter, Fen, and his ex PA David (who gets his own romance in Spun!)

Mark frowned down at his shirt, which was a perfectly decent brushed cotton with a tweedy check. “What’s wrong with what I’m wearing?”

[David:] “Nothing at all, if you were in your dotage. Put it this way, I’m no longer surprised there’s yet to be a second Mrs. Nugent.”

“I told him,” Fen put in, more animated now. “Everything he wears is brown or grey. It’s horrible. Totally. Like he’s someone’s grandad. Someone’s dead grandad. In, like, a programme on the History Channel about rationing or something.”

“Well . . . brown can work,” David said, his head on one side as he stared at Mark’s lower half with disconcerting intensity. “He does have rather lovely brown eyes.”

Mark smiled, flattered—not to mention relieved to discover David’s gaze did apparently lift above crotch level, if only occasionally.

“And brown will bring out the remaining colour in his hair,” David added.

Mark stopped smiling.

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When love wars with principle, which one will win?

Mark Nugent has spent his life in the closet—at least, the small portion of it he hasn’t spent in the office. Determined to make amends to his neglected teenage daughter from a failed marriage, Mark swears off work—and love—so he can give her a stable home environment. But Mark’s resolve to keep his heart under wraps is tested when he meets an out and proud young man he’s instantly drawn to.

Patrick Owen is a charity worker with strong principles. He doesn’t trust easily, but he’s blown away by his attraction for the older man who’s so new to his own sexuality. Yet Mark is adamant he’s not coming out to his daughter—and Patrick refuses to live a lie.

What with Mark’s old-fashioned attitudes and his flirtatious ex-colleague who’s determined to come between them, Patrick begins to wonder if they’ll ever be on the same page. And when Mark’s career as a tax advisor clashes with Patrick’s social conscience, sparks really start to fly—in all the wrong ways.

Now in audiobook, narrated by the talented Mark Steadman:

 Amazon Audible

Also available in ebook and paperback:

Riptide Publishing  | Amazon

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Out! audiobook is, ahem, out! With giveaway

I’m delighted to say that the audiobook of my third Shamwell Tale, Out! is now available.  It’s narrated by the excellent Mark Steadman, who’s done a sterling job with several of my other books (Lovers Leap, Caught!, Played!) 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) with the name of your favourite audiobook narrator – these guys deserve a shout-out!  I’ll make the draw on Monday 30th October.  Good luck! 😀

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When love wars with principle, which one will win?

Mark Nugent has spent his life in the closet—at least, the small portion of it he hasn’t spent in the office. Determined to make amends to his neglected teenage daughter from a failed marriage, Mark swears off work—and love—so he can give her a stable home environment. But Mark’s resolve to keep his heart under wraps is tested when he meets an out and proud young man he’s instantly drawn to.

Patrick Owen is a charity worker with strong principles. He doesn’t trust easily, but he’s blown away by his attraction for the older man who’s so new to his own sexuality. Yet Mark is adamant he’s not coming out to his daughter—and Patrick refuses to live a lie.

What with Mark’s old-fashioned attitudes and his flirtatious ex-colleague who’s determined to come between them, Patrick begins to wonder if they’ll ever be on the same page. And when Mark’s career as a tax advisor clashes with Patrick’s social conscience, sparks really start to fly—in all the wrong ways.

Now in audiobook, narrated by the talented Mark Steadman:

 Amazon Audible

 

Also available in ebook and paperback:

Riptide Publishing  | Amazon

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