Lock Nut blog tour day 2

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The Lock Nut blog tour continues apace, and today I’m talking about markets in general, and Camden Lock market in particular over at OMG Reads.

Why not come and join the discussion – and enter the giveaway. 🙂

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Lock Nut is out today!

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To celebrate the release of Lock Nut, #5 in the Plumber’s Mate Mystery Series, I’m going on a blog tour. You can find details of all the stops – and the giveaway – on the blog tour page here.

Today’s stops include  My Fiction Nook, where I have a guest post about a type of location that features in Lock Nut, canals: Messing About on the Water

Why not pop on over to join the discussion – and don’t forget to enter the giveaway! 🙂

 

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.

Amazon paperback | Kindle Riptide 

Merrow gifts readers with a witty, absorbing fifth Plumber’s Mate mystery … Fans of mysteries with a minor supernatural tinge and plenty of tongue-in-cheek humor will enjoy this tricky whodunit – Publishers’ Weekly

This was one of my most anticipated reads for early 2018… I do hope this is not the last we see of Tom and Phil and the crew! – Larissa, Bookwinked

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Rainbow Snippets is excited about Lock Nut coming out on Monday

Lock Nut, the fifth (and, let it be noted, NOT the final Plumber’s Mate Mystery) is due out on Monday, so that’s where this week’s snippet comes from.

Here, Tom’s in pursuit of a man through Camden Market:

Jonny-boy took a corner too quick past a stall selling knockoff mystic tat. A tray of blue glass evil eyes went flying, and they skittered across the floor in all directions. The stall holder jumped up from his chair and shouted abuse at our Mr. P., I swerved to avoid slamming into his broad, unfriendly back—and trod on an evil eye.

The eye rolled—sadly unironically—and my ankle turned. The wrong ankle. Pain shot through my bad hip, blindingly intense—and again when I landed heavily on the ground.

There might have been a certain amount of swearing involved.

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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.

Due out in ebook and paperback on 14 May, 2018

and now available to pre-order*

*And if you pre-order from the Riptide site, you get the book a couple of days early, which by my calculations works out as…now?

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Sale at Dreamspinner

In and Out of This World Sale: 35% Off Contemporary and Paranormal Titles

For a short time only, Dreamspinner Press have 35% off all contemporary and paranormal books – including the pre-order of Wight Mischief!

But hurry – the sale is only on from May 10, 2018 – 12:00 AM Eastern to May 13, 2018 – 11:59 PM Eastern. 🙂

Wight Mischief

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Personal trainer Will Golding has been looking forward to a getaway with his best friend, Baz, a journalist researching a book on ghosts. But on the first day of their camping trip on the Isle of Wight, Will takes a walk on a secluded beach and spies a beautiful young man skinny-dipping by moonlight.  Ethereally pale, he’s too perfect to be real—or is he?

Lonely author Marcus Devereux is just as entranced by the tall athlete he encounters on the beach, but he’s spent the years since his parents’ violent death building a wall around his heart, and the thought of letting Will scale it is terrifying. Marcus’s albinism gives him his otherworldly appearance and leaves him reluctant to go out in daylight, his reclusiveness encouraged by his guardian—who warns him to stay away from Will and Baz.

The attraction between Will and Marcus can’t be denied—but neither can the danger of the secrets haunting Marcus’s past, as one “accident” after another strikes Will and Baz. If they don’t watch their step, they could end up added to the island’s ghostly population.

Second edition due out from Dreamspinner Press 1 June 2018

Now available to pre-order

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Rainbow Snippets is celebrating Free Comic Book Day

It’s Free Comic Book Day today, and yes, my daughter and I were down at our local comic book store this morning to take advantage. (To prove we’re not just freeloading parasites, we also bought stuff.)

So today’s Rainbow Snippet is taken from my book set in a comic book store, It’s All Geek to Me:

Our hero, Jez, is in a comic book store for the first time in his life–and he’s just met a disconcertingly good-looking shop assistant, Rhys:

Rhys led me past rack after rack of books and comics. I’d never dreamed there were this many superheroes, villains, and just plain weirdos in the world. Well, in the world of fiction, anyway.

Speaking of racks, another life-size model, Arachno Girl, crouched on a plinth as if watching for shoplifters. Her lacy, weblike skirt barely covered her muscular yet shapely thighs. At least her breastplate-slash-bra-thingy was a bit more substantial—well, it’d have to be. No way would anything lacy keep those mammoth puppies in check. Even restrained, they threatened to take your eye out.

I edged away nervously, little cogs chugging around in my brain. If comic-book women all had really big tits, did that mean the blokes all had really big . . . I glanced at Rhys, swallowed, and threatened the little cogs with a metaphorical spanner until they stopped trying to cause inappropriate hard-ons.

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ItsAllGeekToMe_200x300Jez is on a mission of mercy: to replace a tragically deceased comic book for his injured best mate, Tel. Venturing into the temple of geekdom itself, the Hidden Asteroid bookstore in London, Jez is bowled over by the guy behind the counter.

Rhys is the poster boy for hot geeks: tall, gorgeous, and totally cool. Jez is desperate to impress Rhys, but lacking in confidence after a bad break-up, so he bluffs his way through the comic book jargon—then dashes back to the hospital to beg Tel to teach him how to speak Geek.

Tel’s happy to oblige, and Jez is over the moon when Rhys asks him out. He’s even more thrilled when they discover a shared love of rugby, something he won’t have to fake for Rhys. The question is, how long can Jez keep up the deception—and what will happen when Rhys realizes he’s going out with Fake Geek Guy.

Available in ebook:  Riptide | Amazon 

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Wight Mischief Cover Reveal with Giveaway

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Wight Mischief, my romantic suspense set on the island I was born on, is due out in second edition on 1st June 2018, and there’s an exclusive cover reveal over at The Novel Approach today.

You can check out the new cover and read an excerpt from the book here – and don’t forget to enter the giveaway!

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Rainbow Snippets is travelling in time (again)

I’m off to see Dinosaurs in the Wild today, which is billed as a time-travelling adventure going back 67 million years into the past. I’ll try not to kill off the ancestor of all humankind while I’m there. 😉

So this week’s snippet is from Trick of Time, a novella whose hero, Ted, just nipped out of the Criterion Theatre for a crafty fag only to find himself back in the 1880s. (See a previous snippet here). Ted’s told himself it must be a film shoot–but then he asks his colleague about it:

I jerked my head in the direction of the door. “All that out there. What is it, anyway? Another BBC Dickens revival?”

[Rob] shrugged and shifted from his seat to come stand in the lobby with me. “Don’t know what you’re on about. No one told me about anything. So what are they up to?”

“Well, just look,” I said and opened the door to show him.

Rob peered out. “What am I supposed to be looking at?”

I looked over his shoulder. For the second time tonight, I stood there open-mouthed.

Piccadilly Circus was back to normal.

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Trick of Time (novella)

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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 running like clockwork

Stopped clockwork, that is. I seem to have missed 2 weeks, when I thought it’d been only one! Oops. 😉

This week’s snippet comes from the same f/f steampunk short story as last time’s, London Lark, and carries on with just a small jump from the previous snippet:

We laid her down on the worktop, her golden hair falling free from its pins and spilling out over the scarred wood like sunshine, and I turned up the gas so’s I could see what I was about.

“Costs money, gas does,” old Arthur griped, and then he clapped me on the shoulder and left to keep a prior appointment with a tuppenny’s worth of gin.

“Chucked out of some toff’s carriage in the night, were you?” I murmured as I unscrewed her head from her poor neck. “Too embarrassed to take you in for repair after what he done, I’ll bet. So he ought to be, being so rough with a fine lady like you.”

I lifted her head clean off her neck, and her eyelids fluttered, then fell shut. Gave me a warm feeling, you know? Like she was trusting me to see her right while she slept.

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Autism Awareness – Communication & Computers

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Autism impacts the normal development of the brain in the areas of social interaction, communication skills, and cognitive function. Individuals with autism typically have difficulties in verbal and non-verbal communication, social interactions, and leisure or play activities.

For more facts about autism, and details of all blogs participating in the Autism Awareness Project, see RJ Scott’s master post here: http://rjscott.co.uk/autism-awareness-month-2018

Communication and Computers

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It’s fashionable these days to complain about technology eroding social interaction, and to print pictures of young people staring at screens when they “should” be talking to one another. But in fact technology can be of real benefit to the social lives of autistic people.

For many people with autism, communication can be a challenge. They may be non-verbal, or simply find social interaction difficult and exhausting. Computers can help. They are logical and non-judgemental, and emailing offers a way of conversing with much easier “rules” than speaking face to face.

Computers can also be used to role-play social situations in a safe space, and games programs can help build relationships and encourage co-operation.

Individual computers can be set up to help with individual needs, such as focussing in on a particular area of a website so as to avoid being overwhelmed or distracted by information, and there are resources to help you do that: https://mcmw.abilitynet.org.uk/

But website designers can also help. Autistic people often have sensory issues, so making sure your website is clear, uncluttered and consistent with regard to navigation will help avoid confusion and overload.

Moving elements can be distracting, so it’s best to avoid them or at the very least, make sure the user can freeze them. This won’t just be of benefit to autistic people: I’ve never been diagnosed as autistic but I recently gave up on trying to read the content on a website that had an ad showing people running through the background. I found it incredibly frustrating trying to concentrate on the content—and ultimately, decided it wasn’t worth the bother.

A very little forethought can have very real benefits for consumers, whether they’re neurodiverse or neurotypical.

For further information: https://www.scope.org.uk/Support/Disabled-people/Technology/PCs-and-autism

http://www.autism.org.uk/professionals/others/website-design.aspx

https://mcmw.abilitynet.org.uk/

LockNut_500x750[4]Giveaway: I’m offering a free e-copy of my upcoming Plumber’s Mate Mystery #5, Lock Nut, to a randomly chosen commenter on this post. (If you’ve already pre-ordered Lock Nut, I’ll be happy to substitute winner’s choice from my backlist).

 I’ll send the winner their copy on release date, 14th May.

Just leave a comment on this post (wherever you see it) including your email address by 25th April to be in with a chance – and please do check out the other posts on RJ’s list for more giveaways! 😀

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.

Due out in ebook and paperback on 14 May, 2018

and now available to pre-order

 

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Looking for a sensitivity reader

I’m looking for a sensitivity reader – ideally a gay British man of Indian descent & Christian background. This is PAID work! Let me know if you’re interested and please spread the word. Thanks! 🙂

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