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I think there’s a rule that any writer who produces more than a handful of novels must, at some time or another, have a writer as a protagonist. Today’s snippet is taken from my romantic suspense Wight Mischief, where I have two – reclusive novelist Marcus, and our second hero Will’s best friend Baz, a journalist who’s writing a book about ghosts on the Isle of Wight (or at least, he claims to be):
“Right, I’ve got it down to three. Wight Fright, Turned Wight Overnight and Things That Go Bump in the Wight. What do you think?”
Will paused, chilli-laden fork halfway to his mouth, and tried to think of something tactful. “How about you just write the book, Baz, and then give it a title? I mean, surely writing it’s going to be the hard part?”
“Clearly, you have no conception of the travails of a writer. Writing, I’ll have you know, is the easy bit. Finding a decent title, that’s the bugger!”
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A stranger could light up his world…or drive him deeper into darkness.
Will Golding needs a break from his usual routine, and he’s been looking forward to a holiday helping Baz, his friend-with-benefits, research a book about Isle of Wight ghosts. When an evening beach walk turns into a startling encounter with Marcus Devereux, Will can’t get his mind off the notoriously reclusive writer’s pale, perfect, naked body. And any interest in ghostly legends takes a back seat to the haunting secrets lying in Marcus’s past.
Marcus, painfully aware of his appearance, is accustomed to keeping to himself. But the memory of tall, athletic Will standing on the beach draws him out from behind defenses he’s maintained since age fourteen, when his parents were murdered. While his heart is hungry for human contact, though, his longtime guardian warns him that talking to anyone—particularly a journalist like Baz—is as dangerous as a day in the sun.
As Baz gets closer to the truth, the only thing adding up is the sizzling attraction between Will and Marcus. And it’s becoming increasingly clear that someone wants to let sleeping secrets lie…or Will and Baz could end up added to the island’s ghostly population.
Product Warnings: Contains perilous cliffs, elusive might-be ghosts, a secret tunnel, and skinny-dipping by moonlight.