Books Going Out of Print

Sadly, Samhain Publishing is to close its doors at the end of February. What does this mean for my books? The following books will be disappearing from sale until such time as I find them new homes, so if you would like to get them, now is the time (and please, make sure you download and back up all books from Samhain before the end of the month):

Click on the covers for a link to my website where you’ll find blurbs, buy links etc.

The Plumber’s Mate Series

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The Shamwell Tales

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Standalones:

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Cover reveal for Angel

I’m delighted to tell you my paranormal short, Angel, is due out in second edition next month, and it has a lovely new cover:

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How do you know if you’re one of the damned?

As a child, Don wanted to become a priest. Now a grown man mostly at ease with being gay, he’s left the Catholic Church and has chosen instead to help people through his work as a parole officer. His strong faith is shaken when his latest assignment turns out to be Michael, a young man Don hasn’t seen since he took Michael to church as a child—and saw his parish priest cast Michael out of the church as a demon.

Meeting him as an adult re-ignites the obsession Don had with the boy he couldn’t save—but can Michael be saved at all? Or is the strangely compelling demon with a taste for risky sex as damned as he believes himself to be?

Due out in second edition from JMS Books on 11th March

The story has been completely re-edited for the second edition, and is now around 10% longer, but it’s substantially the same story as the first edition. The devil is in the details… 😉

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Rainbow Snippets is booking it

Whoops! Running late today! Better hurry up and post…

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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Wight Mischief

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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.

Available in ebook and in paperback:  Samhain | Amazon

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Wake Up Call is up for pre-order

I’m delighted to announce that the first of my Porthkennack books, Wake Up Call, is now available to pre-order at the Riptide site:

wakeupcall_teaserSouth 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.

Due out 17 April 2017 and now available to pre-order: Riptide 

Cover reveal coming soon!

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 Beecroft, Joanna Chambers, Charlie Cochrane, Garrett 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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Tortoise Interruptus is Out Today

My light-hearted shifter short story is now out in second edition, and it’s available at 20% off from JMS Books for one week only.

tortoise_interruptus_200x300Cursed by an impatient witch to turn into a tortoise at inopportune moments, Tip is horrified to find himself tortoise-napped by a customer at the cafe where he works.

Things start to look up when Tip ends up very literally in the capable hands of drop-dead gorgeous Steve—but Tip soon begins to wonder just how far he can trust Steve, who turns out to have a close connection with his kidnapper.  Tip’s attempts at a normal life seem doomed to remain frustrated in more ways than one!

Inspired by a real-life incident.  Yes, really.

Available in ebook:  JMS Books | Kobo | Amazon

This story has been re-edited for the second edition, but there have been no substantial changes.

Reviews for the first edition:

delightfully whimsical… The flawless writing and light, satiric tone keep the reader flying through the story, chuckling at the endearingly sweet-natured hero’s mishaps – a Recommended Read by Val Kovalin in Wildfire.

Long on humor, perfect on romance, this short story is a lovely pick-me-up for a sour mood. If Steve and Tip get further adventures, I want to be first in line. 5 marbles – Cryselle’s Craziness

short, sweet, incredibly witty, and laugh out loud funny in parts…The characters are filled with a sense of humor on their own and you can’t help but identify with the cast. They’re just adorable and wonderfully depicted. – Kassa, on Three am.

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Rainbow Snippets is feeling (tortoise)shell-shocked

Today’s snippet is taken from my light-hearted shifter short story Tortoise Interruptus, which is due out in its second edition next week:

Our hero, Tip, suffers from one of those inconvenient shape-shifting curses so beloved of 70s TV shows and movies (anyone remember Big John, Little John? The Shaggy DA?) – at any moment, he’s liable to turn into a tortoise, and stay that way until without warning turning back to human. Due to circumstances beyond his control, he’s found himself, in tortoise form, locked in the hotel room of a stranger:

 

…the door opened and a man walked in. Which might not have been a disaster—except that at that moment Tip’s chelonian curse ran out of juice, and he changed back to human.

The book went flying as Tip shot up to what, in his case, passed for man size. Wobbling slightly as he remembered how to balance on two feet, Tip stood, hands cupped in front of his bits in the traditional oh-my-god-I’m-naked pose, staring at the best-looking man he’d ever seen. At least if he was going to die here, he thought fatalistically, he’d have something nice to look at as he went.

The tall, dark and (in the circumstances) rather worryingly well-muscled stranger goggled.

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tortoise_interruptus_200x300Cursed by an impatient witch to turn into a tortoise at inopportune moments, Tip is horrified to find himself tortoise-napped by a customer at the cafe where he works.

Things start to look up when Tip ends up very literally in the capable hands of drop-dead gorgeous Steve—but Tip soon begins to wonder just how far he can trust Steve, who turns out to have a close connection with his kidnapper.  Tip’s attempts at a normal life seem doomed to remain frustrated in more ways than one!

Inspired by a real-life incident.  Yes, really.

Due out in a second edition on 28th January 2017 (and available to pre-order now at a discount from JMS Books):

JMS Books | Kobo | Amazon

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Rainbow Snippets is Loving the Alien

Today’s snippet is taken from my sci-fi short, Gifted in Tongues, which appears in the Help, My Boyfriend’s an Alien mini-anthology of stories by me and Josephine Myles. It’s a tongue-in-cheek tale inspired by my love of classic sci-fi romps like Harry Harrison’s Stainless Steel Rat series:

 

Massaging his temples and hoping he wasn’t about to throw up, Spitz squinted at the Felid sitting on the edge of his bed. “Just how much did I have to drink last night?”

The Felid hissed at him, baring sharp fangs. “I have no idea,” it said in a thick voice that swallowed the consonants and mutilated the vowels. “You don’t remember? Then presssumably you alssso don’t know why you are here?”

Here. Where was here?

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Help, My Boyfriend’s an Alien!

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An anthology in the Mad About the Brit Boys series with Josephine Myles.

Love—and desire—that’s out of this world…

It’s time to suit up, take those protein pills, and boldly come where no man has come before. Take a trip to the future, or do your bit for inter-planetary relations with some close encounters of a very unusual kind.

In this erotic science fiction triple feature you’ll meet a cat that’s anything but cute and cuddly, take a pill that’ll make you fall in love—for a night—and discover desire that transcends the limitations of a human body. It’s a brave new world as you explore the unknown in three short stories that push the boundaries of love in ways both thoughtful and tongue-in-cheek.

Better Than Cola

Human social etiquette. Physical contact. Pronouns. They’re not easy to handle, when you’re a swarm creature with a composite mind, newly fitted into a male human body. Especially when you find your body reacting to the human man assigned to help you acclimatise…

Insta-Love™

Skip likes to party, and he likes loving men. What he doesn’t like is the morning after, when the effects of the Insta-Love™ mood patch have worn off and he’s left with an awkeard social encounter. So when he wakes up next to a naked bear of a man, his first instinct is to kick the stranger out. But Wildman has other ideas, and Skip may have to learn how to snuggle.

Gifted in Tongues

Space pilot Torvald “Spitz” Spitzbergen wakes up in an alien jail with a hangover, no clear memory of the night before – and a six foot ginger Felid as a cell mate.  How is he going to get out of this one? And more importantly, will he get a chance to check out the Felid’s legendary talents first?

 

Available exclusively on Amazon

Price: $0.99/£0.99/€0.99

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Get it before it goes!

Yesterday I posted up a snippet from my paranormal short story, Angel. If that whetted your appetite for the whole story, I have some good news and some bad news:

Bad news: Angel will be disappearing from Dreamspinner’s bookshelves at the end of January.

Good news: it’s now on sale (I believe for the rest of the month) at the bargain price of only 99c! 

Angel

As a child, Don wanted to be a catholic priest.  That didn’t work out and now he’s a parole officer, but his faith is still strong.  His world is shaken when his latest assignment turns out to be Michael, a young man Don hasn’t seen since he took Michael to church as a child—and saw his parish priest cast Michael out of the church as a demon.

Meeting Michael as an adult re-ignites the obsession Don had with the boy he couldn’t save—but can Michael be saved at all? Or is the demon with the compelling face as damned as he believes himself to be?

Available in ebook.

 

I will be bringing out Angel in a second edition, but the date of that is yet to be confirmed.

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Rainbow Snippets gives you wings

Today’s snippet comes from quite an early story of mine, Angel, first published in 2010. I’ve always had a soft spot for this one, as I had a few things to say with it – as one lovely review put it, The difference between good and evil in its traditional, fundamentalist sense is examined and thoroughly discarded here – Serena Yates on Goodreads 

 

“A man?” Michael’s smile was mocking, but there was despair in his eyes.  He was standing right on the very edge of the parapet, now, his back to the ten-story drop.  “Is this a man, Donnie?”

Michael spread his arms out wide in a disturbing, no doubt deliberate echo of the crucified Christ.  There was a ripping, tearing sound, and time seemed to slow as two great black wings  – of which Don would have sworn upon a Bible he’d seen no signs only moments before – unfolded from his shoulders, leathery and foul.

“God,” Don whispered, horrified and yet enthralled.

“Wrong answer,” came the taunting reply, as Michael leaned back and slowly toppled over the edge.

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Angel

As a child, Don wanted to be a catholic priest.  That didn’t work out and now he’s a parole officer, but his faith is still strong.  His world is shaken when his latest assignment turns out to be Michael, a young man Don hasn’t seen since he took Michael to church as a child—and saw his parish priest cast Michael out of the church as a demon.

Meeting Michael as an adult re-ignites the obsession Don had with the boy he couldn’t save—but can Michael be saved at all? Or is the demon with the compelling face as damned as he believes himself to be?

Available in ebook.

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Rainbow Snippets wishes you a Happy New Year

And does so with some confidence – after all, how can 2017 fail to be better than 2016?

(Don’t answer that. Please, please don’t answer that!)

Here’s a snippet from my lesbian fairytale, Capture the Moon, which came out for the first time as a standalone ebook today:

They kissed, and Adrien felt as though her body were on fire. Her breasts tingled where they pressed against Selene’s, and there was a throbbing between her legs she’d never known before. Selene’s mouth was hot and spicy, and her darting tongue teased at Adrien’s lips with a promise of yet sweeter pleasure to come. Adrien’s breathing quickened, and her chest heaved as Selene broke the kiss at last. “My own dear one,” Selene breathed. “But I have not yet freed you!” So saying, she took the key that Ned had given her and unlocked the chains that still bound Adrien’s hands. “There! You are free now, my love!”

Adrien smiled and took her princess in her arms once more. “Is it treason to gainsay a princess?” she asked. “For I fear you are wrong, my lovely Selene. Those iron chains about my wrists may be gone, but there are chains around my heart that will never be loosened.”

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capturethemoonAccompanied only by her faithful piglet Ferkel, country girl Adrien disguises herself as a boy and sets out on a journey of discovery—not least to evade her several suitors. Rescuing a young monk, Felix, from brigands, she agrees to accompany him on his journey to the King’s castle to present the princess with a telescope he has made.

Princess Selene has sworn to marry only one who can give her the moon—but does she mean it literally? As Felix loves another, Adrien, still dressed as a man, takes the telescope in his stead. Adrien falls in love with the lively, beautiful princess and is amazed to find Selene loves her in return.

But will Selene’s love die when Adrien reveals her true gender? And in any case, two women cannot be married—can they?

Now out for the first time as a standalone ebook:

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(This story was previously published by Less Than Three Press in Fairytales Slashed Vol. 4 and has had only minor changes for this edition)

 

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