Rainbow Snippets is finally widely available

Whoops! I dropped the ball on Raising the Rent, my MM novella featuring a romance between a college teacher and a student with a sideline as a rentboy: took it out of Kindle Unlimited and forgot to upload it to other retailers. That’s now sorted (although I’m still waiting for it to appear on Kobo) so today’s snippet is taken from Raising the Rent:

Despite the cold, Nathan took the long way round to his patch, past the local college. The walk was warming him up a bit, anyhow. Less than a week to go now and he’d be there, finally doing his A-levels. English, History and French. He’d pass them, and then he’d get himself a place at university—somewhere was bound to take him—and he’d get a degree. And then he’d go round and see his stepdad, wave the certificate in his face and stick two fingers up at the bastard who’d always told him he was as thick as pigshit and only good for one thing.

Of course, then he’d have to leg it, sharpish, as odds on the git wasn’t any less free with his fists these days than he had been when Nathan had been living with him.

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Raising the Rent

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Never fall in love with a customer—especially if it’s sex you’re selling

Rent boy Nathan’s determined to get an education and get off the streets for good. But when he turns up for his first day at college he’s horrified to find his English teacher is one of his regular customers: Stephen, the one Nathan dubbed The Voice because of his educated, honeyed tones.

Stephen’s just as shocked to see Nathan sitting in his class, not to mention terrified he’s about to be exposed as having paid for sex with a student—which would mean public humiliation and could cost him his job. But when Nathan shows he’s only interested in getting his A Levels, not in blackmail, Stephen realises there’s more to the nineteen-year-old than meets the eye.

Nathan still has to earn a living, though—but when a customer turns ugly, he finds himself unable to work and homeless as well. Stephen steps in to help, and Nathan starts to think they could have a future together—if Stephen’s guilt and lack of trust don’t end this back-to-front romance before it even starts.

Available in ebook:  Amazon iTunes B&N

ETA: & Kobo

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Rainbow Snippets is enjoying Pride month

It’s Pride month (depending on where you are) so this week’s snippet is taken from my Plumber’s Mate short story The Drag Queen Wore Red, which features Tom Paretski getting mixed up in mayhem at London Pride:

It was like trying to run through custard. Which was actually kind of an appropriate thought, seeing as how most of the crowd was, in varying proportions, hot, colourful and downright tasty. Everyone and his puppy-play pal was out on the streets of Soho for Pride, and most of ’em were wandering down Old Compton Street in the wrong bloody direction.

The right direction being, obviously, the one I was trying to chase after a would-be murderer in. He was dressed as an angel, in gold lamé shorts and matching wings, which you’d think would help him stand out in a crowd. Generally speaking, you’d be right.

In the middle of Pride? Not so much.

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The Drag Queen Wore Red – #3.5 in the Plumber’s Mate Mystery series

Capital Crimes no blurbs

 

‘A rich and varied assortment of dark minds and dark deeds. Deliciously disturbing.’ Peter James -2015 Voted by WH Smith readers The Best Crime Author Of All Time

“For anyone whose literary tastes run to the dark and the twisty, CAPITAL KILLS is a damn near perfect taster menu.” – Simon Toyne – international bestselling author of the Sanctus trilogy

Contains my story The Drag Queen Wore Red, a short story in the Plumber’s Mate Mystery series (set between Heat Trap and Blow Down)

Slightly psychic plumber Tom Paretski and his sister visit London Pride – but crime is never far away!

Available on Amazon

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A Literary Locale

WightMischief_FBbanner_DSPIt’s the final day of the Wight Mischief Blog Tour, and I’m over at the Dreamspinner Press blog talking about–for a change–OTHER books set on the Isle of Wight!

I hope you’ll drop by and leave a comment to enter the $10 Dreamspinner gift certificate giveaway. Good luck! 😀

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.

Dreamspinner Amazon Kindle | Amazon paperback

 

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Rainbow Snippets is feeling steamy

And by steamy I mean in the mood for steampunk, that is; I do hope you weren’t misled into expecting something else. 😉

This week’s snippet is taken from my short f/f  steampunk story London Lark, due out in the Upstaged Anthology featuring queer women in the performing arts on July 15, 2018.

For those who missed my previous snippets from this story, please note that Miss Pandora is an automaton, and Hodgkins, our narrator, is NOT a lad! 😉

Weeks it was I worked on her—I don’t say all the time, mind, as we’d plenty of other calls on us. There’s always something as wants fixing. Mechanical housemaids, sweeps’ boys, even a false nose for some syphilitic toff what’d got stuck on sneezing. We always tells ’em they ain’t designed for so much snuff, but what toff wants to listen to a tinkerer and his lad telling him to curb his pleasures?

Miss Pandora, though, she was my labour of love, and I was at her side all the hours I could spare.

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Wight Mischief is out today

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Hurrah! It’s release day for Wight Mischief, my romantic suspense novel set on my beloved Isle of Wight and first published by Samhain. This edition has been completely re-edited and generally given a wash and brush-up, but remains substantially the same story as the first edition.

Today on the Wight Mischief blog tour, I’m a guest over at The Novel Approach, where I’ll be talking about Fantasy Islands: why islands are so popular as fictional locations.

I hope you’ll drop by and leave a comment to enter the $10 Dreamspinner gift certificate giveaway – and I hope you’ll forgive me being a little slower than usual to answer comments, as with stunning good timing, I’m away at a steampunk weekend in Morecambe. 🙂

 

Wight Mischief

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wight_mischief_200_300A ghost of a chance at love.

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.

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Still time to shop the Dreamspinner Sale

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Linking to the Dreamspinner Press bestsellers page, because I just found out Wight Mischief (due out Friday 1 June) is on it! 🙂

And yes, pre-orders are included in the sale. Go forth and save! 😉

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Rainbow Snippets is so late this week it’s next week already

Whoops! More than a little late posting this weekend – in fact, it’s only still the weekend here courtesy of the May bank holiday today. I blame the heat. 🙂

Today’s snippet is taken from Wight Mischief, which is due out in 2nd edition on Friday. Here, our hero Will is with his friend Baz, on their way to Will’s first (official) meeting with the other MC, Marcus:

“You know, it’d only take half an hour to walk there. Less, probably,” Will said as he drove the short distance from the campsite to Blackbridge Redoubt.

“Walk there?” Baz’s eyebrows were practically achieving liftoff. “What, you want us to turn up for the interview like a couple of itinerant tramps? I don’t think so.”

“Oh, so it’s a matter of looking professional, is it? Funny that. Looks a lot like laziness from where I’m sitting. Which, in case you’d forgotten, is behind the wheel of my old Fiat Panda, or as you once called it, the car that progress forgot.”

“Did I? I hope I also mentioned that style and taste have a bit of a dodgy memory where it’s concerned as well.

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wight_mischief_200_300A ghost of a chance at love.

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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It’s all happening today…

I’m indulging my inner Gemini and appearing in two places at once today:

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First off, there’s an exclusive cover reveal for my upcoming 3rd Porthkennack novel, Love at First Hate, over at The Novel Approach.

Love at First Hate is due out on

3 September 2018

and is now available to pre-order

 

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And today marks the start of the Wight Mischief blog tour, which kicks off over at MM Good Book Reviews with a post about the depiction of people with albinism in fiction: A Different Complexion

Don’t forget to comment on the guest post to enter the giveaway!

Wight Mischief

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wight_mischief_200_300A ghost of a chance at love.

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 has caught Wedding Fever

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you probably know there’s a bit of a do going on today in Windsor. Congratulations to the royal couple – and to all those other couples who’ve been planning their May wedding for ages, only to have Harry and Meghan sneak in and steal their thunder! 😉

So I thought it’d be appropriate to have a wedding-themed snippet today. This is from the beginning of Lock Nut, #5 in the Plumber’s Mate Mystery Series:

It all started at the wedding. It wasn’t a bad one, as weddings go. The weather, for a miracle, stayed fair, everyone was dressed up to the nines—even me, thanks to some not-so-gentle nudging from Phil; my sister, Cherry; and my best mate Gary that had started to feel a lot like an intervention by the time they were done—and the service went off without a hitch (other than the intended one, that was). Some thoughtless git left his mobile phone on and it rang loudly in the middle of the vows, but hey, I had a lot on my mind that day.

It wasn’t just my only sister finally getting spliced at the tender age of forty. I was having a few dad issues as well, seeing as both of ’em—that’s the one that brought me up, and the biological one—had turned up in St. Leonards for the occasion, and don’t think that wasn’t weird. I wasn’t sure how Mum felt about having her husband and her ex-bit-on-the-side in the same room, but there had been a definite whiff of sherry on her breath when she’d kissed me hello.

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And psst! The Lock Nut Blog Tour giveaway is still open until midnight tonight (that’s Eastern time, May 19th)

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.

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Final day of the Lock Nut blog tour

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The Lock Nut Blog Tour ends today, but there’s still time to catch up on all the blog posts and enter the giveaway – you can find a list of all the tour stops here.

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.

Amazon paperback | Kindle Riptide 

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