Rainbow Snippets is Feeling Shakespearean

Posting early today, because I’m off to London’s Globe Theatre to celebrate a friend’s birthday. We’re going to see Much Ado About Nothing (as groundlings – wish me fair weather!)

And with uncanny timing, the second of my Shamwell Tales, Played!, which is based around an am-dram production of another of the Bard’s comedies, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, is out in audiobook today. So here’s a snippet from Played! – here, Tristan is attempting to woo a reluctant Con as they rehearse a scene from Dream in which Con’s character, Bottom, has been turned into an ass (it’s all high-brow stuff, this Shakespeare) and Titania, Queen of the Fairies, has been enchanted by a mischievous sprite to fall in love with him. Tristan speaks first:

“You, dear boy, are about to be seduced by a fairy. Are you ready?”

“Uh . . .”

“I’ll be the fairy. ‘Come, sit thee down upon this flowery bed.’” Tristan patted the sofa impatiently until Con perched upon the edge like a very large, very nervous bird preparing to take flight. Beaming, Tristan continued with both words and actions. “‘While I thy amiable cheeks do coy, and stick musk-roses in thy sleek smooth head, and kiss thy fair large ears, my gentle joy.’”

Con swallowed audibly. “Uh, that was my real ear you just kissed.”

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Played! – #2 in The Shamwell Tales

All the world’s a stage . . . but life doesn’t come with a script.

Posh boy Tristan Goldsmith has one last summer of freedom before he joins the family firm in New York—no more farting around on stage, as his father puts it. But the classically trained actor can’t resist when the Shamwell Amateur Dramatics Society begs him to take a leading role in their production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. As an added incentive, he’ll be giving private acting lessons to a gorgeous local handyman who’s been curiously resistant to Tristan’s advances.

As a late-diagnosed dyslexic still struggling with literacy, Con Izzard’s never dared to act before. With arrogant yet charming Tristan helping him with his lines, he finally has his chance to shine. But Con’s determined not to start a romance with a man he’s convinced only wants a casual fling.

Tristan’s never been one to back down from a challenge, especially when he realises his attraction to the tall, muscular handyman isn’t just physical. Just as he thinks he’s finally won Con’s heart—and given his own in return—disaster strikes with a slip of the tongue that shatters Con’s trust and sends him running for cover. This show may be over before the curtain’s even opened.

Now available in audiobook:  Amazon | Audible

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Rainbow Snippets is back in Cornwall

I’m currently working on the third of my books set in Riptide’s shared world of Porthkennack, so today’s (unedited) snippet is taken from book #2, One Under, which is due out in March 2018 (and will hopefully have a cover reveal coming soon). Here, Jory Roscarrock is trying to work out if he’s been asked on a date:

Did straight men wink at other men?

He could ask his brother, Jory supposed… Except that no, he really, really couldn’t. Bran wouldn’t be at all pleased about him having a date. Especially with a man. Maybe he could get away with asking the question, and not mentioning the invitation to the pub?

Because of course Bran wouldn’t smell anything remotely rodent-like about Jory mentioning he’d been winked at, and then disappearing out for the evening.

Bugger it.

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Wake Up Call

A Porthkennack Novel
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South London mechanic Devan Thompson has gone to Porthkennack to track down someone he’s been waiting all his life to know. But Dev’s distracted from his quest by Kyle, a broodingly handsome local of only a few months, who’s already got a reputation as an alcoholic because of his strange behaviour—including a habit of collapsing in the street.

Kyle Anthony fled to Porthkennack to escape from the ruins of his life. Still raging against his diagnosis of narcolepsy—a condition that’s cost him his job as a barrister, his lover, and all chance of normality—the last thing he wants is another relationship that’s doomed to fail. But Dev’s easy-going acceptance and adaptability, not to mention his good looks, have Kyle breaking all his self-imposed rules.

When disaster strikes Dev’s adored little sister, Kyle steps up to the plate, and Dev sees a side of his lover he wasn’t prepared for: competent, professional—and way out of Dev’s league. With one man determined that they don’t have a future, and the other fearing it, life after Porthkennack is starting to look bleak for both of them.

Available now in ebook and paperback:

Riptide  | Amazon |Kobo UK | Smashwords

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Rainbow Snippets is considering a style revamp

To celebrate Caught! coming out in audiobook, today’s snippet features our hero, young fogey Robert Emeny, in conversation with his decidedly more with-it friend Rose, as they debate his idiosyncratic style choices:

“Bow ties are cool,” I said, confident of this at least. “Doctor Who said so.”

“Yeah, about three incarnations ago, wasn’t it? Not that Matt Smith was cool in the first place. Sweetheart, you need a new style icon.”

I had horrible visions of being dragged around Burton’s in an upside-down version of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. “I’m fine how I am,” I said stiffly.

She shrugged and forked up a pork ball. “Your funeral.”

When I was sure she wasn’t looking, I glanced down surreptitiously at my checked shirt and corduroys. What was wrong with my clothes? Lots of people I knew dressed like me. My stepfather dressed like me.

Hmm. Possibly that was her point?

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Bow ties are cool . . . but secrets, not so much

Shamwell Tales, Book 1

Behind Robert Emeny’s cheerfully eccentric exterior lies a young heart battered and bruised by his past. He’s taken a job in a village primary school to make a fresh start, and love isn’t part of his plans. But then he’s knocked for six—literally—by a chance encounter with the uncle of two of his pupils.

Sean Grant works in pest control, lives on a council estate, and rides a motorbike. Robert is an ex–public schoolboy from a posh family who drives a classic car. On the face of it, they shouldn’t have anything in common. Yet Robert can’t resist Sean’s roguish grin, and passion sparks between them even after an excruciatingly embarrassing first date.

Too bad the past Robert’s hiding from is about to come looking for him. His increasingly ludicrous efforts to keep his secrets are pushing Sean away—but telling the truth could make Sean leave him for good.

Now in audiobook, narrated by the wonderful Mark Steadman:
Amazon | Audible

Also available in ebook and paperback:

Amazon Riptide Publishing 

 

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Caught! is now available in audiobook

I’m delighted to say that Caught!, the first of my Shamwell Tales, is now available in audiobook. And it’s narrated by Mark Steadman, who did such a fabulous job with Lovers Leap  😀

To celebrate, I’ve got 2 free audiobook codes to give away!

Just leave a comment wherever you see this post if you’d like one, and I’ll make the draw on Saturday 2nd September. Good luck!

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Shamwell Tales, Book 1

Behind Robert Emeny’s cheerfully eccentric exterior lies a young heart battered and bruised by his past. He’s taken a job in a village primary school to make a fresh start, and love isn’t part of his plans. But then he’s knocked for six—literally—by a chance encounter with the uncle of two of his pupils.

Sean Grant works in pest control, lives on a council estate, and rides a motorbike. Robert is an ex–public schoolboy from a posh family who drives a classic car. On the face of it, they shouldn’t have anything in common. Yet Robert can’t resist Sean’s roguish grin, and passion sparks between them even after an excruciatingly embarrassing first date.

Too bad the past Robert’s hiding from is about to come looking for him. His increasingly ludicrous efforts to keep his secrets are pushing Sean away—but telling the truth could make Sean leave him for good.

Now in audiobook, narrated by the wonderful Mark Steadman:
Amazon | Audible

Also available in ebook and paperback:

Amazon Riptide Publishing 

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Rainbow Snippets is back home from the Paternoster Book Fair

Lovely to see everyone who made it into London today! 😀

Plumber’s Mate #5 has now been submitted to my publisher, and it’s time to start working on my 3rd Porthkennack book (no, you haven’t missed one – #2, One Under, isn’t due out until March 2018, and I hope to be able to share the cover with you soon). So I thought it’d be appropriate for today’s snippet to come from my first Porthkennack title, Wake Up Call. Here, our heroes are talking about Cornish caves (and incidentally showing the difference in their backgrounds):

Kyle nodded. “That’s where the Round Hole comes from—it’s really just a cave that’s had its roof fall in.”

Dev frowned. “That happen a lot? Like, it’s not gonna happen when we’re up top there, is it? Hey, can you visit the caves? That’d be well cool.”

“Make your mind up. Are you scared of the roof falling in, or not?” Kyle sounded amused.

“Nah, I’m good. I just don’t like the thought of the ground dropping away underneath me, that’s all.”

“Most people would be more worried about being buried alive.”

“Yeah? Nah, way I see it, if ten tons of rock falls on your head, you’re gone before you even know what’s happened. If it goes when you’re on top, though . . .” He shuddered. “Like them scenes in action movies where the heroes are running away from earthquakes, or they’re on a roof and the building’s collapsing. Give me nightmares, those do.”

“Were you scarred for life by having Alice in Wonderland read to you as a child?”

Dev gave him a blank look.

“She falls down a rabbit hole?”

“Oh. Mate, you have seriously the wrong idea about how middle class my childhood was.”

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Wake Up Call

A Porthkennack Novel
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South London mechanic Devan Thompson has gone to Porthkennack to track down someone he’s been waiting all his life to know. But Dev’s distracted from his quest by Kyle, a broodingly handsome local of only a few months, who’s already got a reputation as an alcoholic because of his strange behaviour—including a habit of collapsing in the street.

Kyle Anthony fled to Porthkennack to escape from the ruins of his life. Still raging against his diagnosis of narcolepsy—a condition that’s cost him his job as a barrister, his lover, and all chance of normality—the last thing he wants is another relationship that’s doomed to fail. But Dev’s easy-going acceptance and adaptability, not to mention his good looks, have Kyle breaking all his self-imposed rules.

When disaster strikes Dev’s adored little sister, Kyle steps up to the plate, and Dev sees a side of his lover he wasn’t prepared for: competent, professional—and way out of Dev’s league. With one man determined that they don’t have a future, and the other fearing it, life after Porthkennack is starting to look bleak for both of them.

Available now in ebook and paperback:

Riptide  | Amazon |Kobo UK | Smashwords

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Good news for werewolf lovers

I’m delighted to say that I’ve just signed with Dreamspinner to republish my two werewolf novels, Camwolf and Midnight in Berlin, plus my romantic suspense novel Wight Mischief.

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Wight MischiefCamwolf and Midnight in Berlin will be republished in brand new covers by Dreamspinner Press in June-August 2018 – exact dates TBA.

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Rainbow Snippets is celebrating Isle of Wight Pride

As a proud caulkhead (Isle of Wight native) I’m delighted to say it’s the first ever Isle of Wight Pride today, and to celebrate, here’s an excerpt from my Island-set rom-com, Lovers Leap:

In this scene, our grumpy hero Michael has just been shoved into the sea off Sandown Pier (spoilers! he deserved it) and taken home by our perkier protagonist Rufus to get out of those wet clothes:

[Michael] “Oi. Are you perving on my dick?”

Rufus’s face, which, let’s—hah—face it, had been feeling pretty warm already, went red-hot. “No.” It was possibly the least convincing lie he’d ever told. In a long, sad line of unconvincing lies that went all the way back to “No, I never play with dollies.”

“You’re perving on my dick, aren’t you? Jesus. Here I am, only seconds away from near-death of hypothermia, chafed so bad I practically need a skin graft, and you’re perving on my bloody dick.”

That was totally unfair. Rufus wasn’t just perving on his dick.

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Lovers Leap

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If they looked, would they ever leap?

Good-looking, confident, and doted on by his widowed mum, Michael is used to thinking only of himself. Getting shoved off an Isle of Wight pier by an exasperated ex ought to come as a wake-up call—but then he meets Rufus and he’s right back to letting the little head take charge. Rufus is cute, keen, and gets under Michael’s skin in a disturbing way.

Would-be chef Rufus can’t believe his luck when a dripping wet dream of a man walks out of the sea on his birthday, especially when Michael ends up staying at the family B&B. Life is perfect—at least until Michael has to go home to the mainland.

Rufus can’t leave the island for reasons he’s entirely neglected to mention. And though Michael identifies as bi, breaking his mum’s heart by coming out and having an actual relationship with a guy has never been his plan. With both men determined to keep their secrets, a leap of faith could land them in deep water.

 

  Riptide  | Amazon 

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Plumber’s Mate Mystery News

I’m delighted to say the re-releases of my Plumber’s Mate Mysteries, featuring Tom Paretski the slightly psychic plumber and Phil Morrison, ex copper and private eye, from Riptide Publishing have now been scheduled:

  • Pressure Head: 1 January, 2018
  • Relief Valve: 5 February, 2018
  • Heat Trap: 5 March, 2018
  • Blow Down: 2 April, 2018

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

The books will all be in brand new covers and will be available in ebook and paperback.

Audiobooks for the series are in the works, but no word on dates yet – I’ll keep you posted!  😀

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Spun! blog tour winner

The random number generator has chosen a winner for the Spun! blog tour, and it’s Trix, who commented on (among others) Wicked Faerie’s Tales.  

Trix, you should already have received your prize – please let me know if there are any problems!

Thanks to everyone who commented on the tour, and to all the blogs who hosted me! 😀

Spun-200x300With 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.

Now available in ebook and paperback:  Riptide Amazon 

 

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The Man from CAMP*

It’s the last day of the Spun! blog tour today, and I’m over at Boy Meets Boy Reviews today, talking about that controversial subject, camp.

Why not pop on over, give us your 2c and enter the giveaway?

Good luck! 😀

 

*The title of the post is, of course, in homage to the books by pioneering gay pulp fictioneer Victor J Banis  😀

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