Rainbow Snippets is Travelling in Time

Having spent the day harking back to an alternative Victorian age at a steampunk convivial, I thought I’d take this week’s snippet from Trick of Time, a novella whose hero, Ted, nips out for a crafty fag only to find himself travelling back from the present day to the 1880s:

I shouldered through the heavy front door, popping a cigarette in my mouth and fumbling in my pockets for my matches…and found Piccadilly Circus full of ghosts.

I stared, the cigarette almost dropping out of my mouth in amazement. I’d always thought there ought to be something more, something beyond this shallow world of fragile lives and shattered dreams. But to see it confirmed was like being hit with a tsunami in the bathtub.

Gone were the garish neon signs, the buses, the endless ravening packs of tourists. Even Eros no longer pranced naked on his plinth, ready to shoot his poisoned darts of love at the unwary. I stopped dead, bewildered, as my hands mechanically carried on the business of lighting my cigarette.

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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 

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New Charity Anthology out today

Released today: Call to Arms, edited by Heloise Mezen and featuring authors: Julie Bozza; Barry Brennessel; Charlie Cochrane; Andrea Demetrius; Adam Fitzroy; Elin Gregory; Sandra Lindsey;  Jl Merrow; Eleanor Musgrove; R.A. Padmos; Michelle Peart; Megan Reddaway; Jay Lewis Taylor.

Modern LGBTQ+ fiction
of the Second World War

Seventeen stories, thirteen authors, a second war. Once again Manifold Press’s writers explore the lives of LGBTQ+ people and their war-time experience in cities, towns and countryside across the world.

Amidst war and peace, in the thick of violence or in an unexpected lull, these stories of the Second World War take the reader far and wide: through Britain, Europe, Asia and South America, from loss and parting to love and homecoming. As for home, it may be an ordinary house, or a prison camp, or a ship: but it is, in the end, where you find it, however far you have to go. Read this book, and make the journey yourself.

My story: Wild Flowers
 
Henny lost her lover, Anna, during the war. Now, in post-war Berlin, as she joins other women rebuilding their shattered city from its ash-grey ruins, she recalls happier times – and finds new hope in a younger woman, Ruth.

Available in ebook and paperback:

Amazon US | Amazon UK | Smashwords | Barnes & Noble |
Kobo

Please note: All proceeds will be donated to the British Refugee Council (Registered Charity No. 1014576).

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Winners of the Out! audiobook giveaway

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The random number generator has spoken, and the audiobook codes for Out! were won by Barbra and Laura, who should already have received their codes via email – drop me a message if for any reason you haven’t received them!

Congratulations to the winners, and thanks to everyone who played. 😀

 

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Last chance to enter the Out! audiocode giveaway

I have 2 Audible codes for Out! to give away. To be in with a chance of a win, just comment on the giveaway post with the name of your favourite audiobook narrator – these guys deserve a shout-out!  I’ll make the draw TOMORROW: Monday 30th October.  Good luck! 😀

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When love wars with principle, which one will win?

Mark Nugent has spent his life in the closet—at least, the small portion of it he hasn’t spent in the office. Determined to make amends to his neglected teenage daughter from a failed marriage, Mark swears off work—and love—so he can give her a stable home environment. But Mark’s resolve to keep his heart under wraps is tested when he meets an out and proud young man he’s instantly drawn to.

Patrick Owen is a charity worker with strong principles. He doesn’t trust easily, but he’s blown away by his attraction for the older man who’s so new to his own sexuality. Yet Mark is adamant he’s not coming out to his daughter—and Patrick refuses to live a lie.

What with Mark’s old-fashioned attitudes and his flirtatious ex-colleague who’s determined to come between them, Patrick begins to wonder if they’ll ever be on the same page. And when Mark’s career as a tax advisor clashes with Patrick’s social conscience, sparks really start to fly—in all the wrong ways.

Now in audiobook, narrated by the talented Mark Steadman:

 Amazon Audible

Also available in ebook and paperback:

Riptide Publishing  | Amazon

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Rainbow Snippets is having wardrobe issues

To celebrate the release of Out! in audiobook (click on the link if you’d like to enter the Audible giveaway), this week’s snippet is from Out!

Here, our hero Mark is getting sartorially challenged by his teenage daughter, Fen, and his ex PA David (who gets his own romance in Spun!)

Mark frowned down at his shirt, which was a perfectly decent brushed cotton with a tweedy check. “What’s wrong with what I’m wearing?”

[David:] “Nothing at all, if you were in your dotage. Put it this way, I’m no longer surprised there’s yet to be a second Mrs. Nugent.”

“I told him,” Fen put in, more animated now. “Everything he wears is brown or grey. It’s horrible. Totally. Like he’s someone’s grandad. Someone’s dead grandad. In, like, a programme on the History Channel about rationing or something.”

“Well . . . brown can work,” David said, his head on one side as he stared at Mark’s lower half with disconcerting intensity. “He does have rather lovely brown eyes.”

Mark smiled, flattered—not to mention relieved to discover David’s gaze did apparently lift above crotch level, if only occasionally.

“And brown will bring out the remaining colour in his hair,” David added.

Mark stopped smiling.

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When love wars with principle, which one will win?

Mark Nugent has spent his life in the closet—at least, the small portion of it he hasn’t spent in the office. Determined to make amends to his neglected teenage daughter from a failed marriage, Mark swears off work—and love—so he can give her a stable home environment. But Mark’s resolve to keep his heart under wraps is tested when he meets an out and proud young man he’s instantly drawn to.

Patrick Owen is a charity worker with strong principles. He doesn’t trust easily, but he’s blown away by his attraction for the older man who’s so new to his own sexuality. Yet Mark is adamant he’s not coming out to his daughter—and Patrick refuses to live a lie.

What with Mark’s old-fashioned attitudes and his flirtatious ex-colleague who’s determined to come between them, Patrick begins to wonder if they’ll ever be on the same page. And when Mark’s career as a tax advisor clashes with Patrick’s social conscience, sparks really start to fly—in all the wrong ways.

Now in audiobook, narrated by the talented Mark Steadman:

 Amazon Audible

Also available in ebook and paperback:

Riptide Publishing  | Amazon

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Out! audiobook is, ahem, out! With giveaway

I’m delighted to say that the audiobook of my third Shamwell Tale, Out! is now available.  It’s narrated by the excellent Mark Steadman, who’s done a sterling job with several of my other books (Lovers Leap, Caught!, Played!) and is currently working on Pricks & Pragmatism for me.

And I have 2 Audible codes to give away! To be in with a chance of a win, just comment on this post (wherever you see it) with the name of your favourite audiobook narrator – these guys deserve a shout-out!  I’ll make the draw on Monday 30th October.  Good luck! 😀

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When love wars with principle, which one will win?

Mark Nugent has spent his life in the closet—at least, the small portion of it he hasn’t spent in the office. Determined to make amends to his neglected teenage daughter from a failed marriage, Mark swears off work—and love—so he can give her a stable home environment. But Mark’s resolve to keep his heart under wraps is tested when he meets an out and proud young man he’s instantly drawn to.

Patrick Owen is a charity worker with strong principles. He doesn’t trust easily, but he’s blown away by his attraction for the older man who’s so new to his own sexuality. Yet Mark is adamant he’s not coming out to his daughter—and Patrick refuses to live a lie.

What with Mark’s old-fashioned attitudes and his flirtatious ex-colleague who’s determined to come between them, Patrick begins to wonder if they’ll ever be on the same page. And when Mark’s career as a tax advisor clashes with Patrick’s social conscience, sparks really start to fly—in all the wrong ways.

Now in audiobook, narrated by the talented Mark Steadman:

 Amazon Audible

 

Also available in ebook and paperback:

Riptide Publishing  | Amazon

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Fall Hard is coming out of Kindle Unlimited

fallhard_de-samhained-jpeg-200-300If you want to read Fall Hard, my Icelandic saga of amnesia and dark deeds, on Kindle Unlimited*, you’ll have to be quick – it comes out of the programme tomorrow. But the good news is, it’ll then be rolled out onto a much wider range of e-tailers, and I’ll let you know when I have the sales links. 🙂

When you’ve already paid the price for falling, is it safe to trust again?

An accident at Iceland’s Gullfoss Falls robbed British academic Paul Ansell of his American lover—and his memories of all their time together. Eight months later, back in the volcanic land to resume his research on bloodthirsty Viking Egil Skallagrimsson, Paul is still struggling to get his life back together. But trying to deal with his growing feelings for enigmatic Icelander and jet-boat driver Viggo is even harder.

Is Paul’s explosive attraction to this tall, tattooed, modern-day Viking all physical—or sparked by hidden memories?  Paul’s drawn to the idea of a fresh start, but troubled by Viggo’s odd reluctance to talk about their friendship before the accident.

Meanwhile, Alex Winter, a Boston history professor on a working holiday, won’t stop asking disconcerting questions. Unsure whom to trust, and unable to trust himself, Paul begins to suspect the fall at Gullfoss was no accident—but he’s about to learn that some things are better off forgotten.

Available exclusively on Amazon & on Kindle Unlimited

until 21st October 2017, after which it will be made available at all major e-tailers.

*ETA: Apologies for the missing comma in earlier versions of this sentence. The author did not intend to imply that dark deeds were afoot on KU [looks nervously over shoulder at Big Brother Amazon]

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Southampton Stories now widely available

Oops! I dropped the ball on letting you know Pricks and Pragmatism and Hard Tail were coming out of Kindle Unlimited. Sorry about that!

But the good news is that both Southampton Stories are now/will be in the next couple of days (I gather it can take a while to percolate through) available in both epub and mobi at all major e-tailers.

Southampton Stories

Two linked stories set in and around the port of Southampton, England– click on the covers for more info:

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Pricks & Pragmatism: Student meets geek. With French.

Hard Tail: Accountant meets mechanic. With karate.

Both available in ebook from  Amazon & other e-tailers

And here’s advance warning re my other three titles currently in Kindle Unlimited: they’ll also be leaving there and coming out into the big, wide world soon:

Slam!     Poetry in Cheltenham. With Karate Crumpet.      10th October

Fall Hard      Amnesia in Iceland. With sagas.       21st October

Raising the Rent      Teacher/student rentboy romance.         4th November

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Rainbow Snippets is listening to Pricks and Pragmatism

Or rather, the first 15 minutes, as narrated by the fantastic Mark Steadman. Once I approve this he’ll be able to go ahead with recording the rest, so with any luck and depending on how busy he is right now, the audiobook of Pricks and Pragmatism will be available soon!

So here’s a snippet from those first 15 minutes – in fact, it’s the very start of the novella, in which things are just about to go wrong for our narrator Luke:

I looked up from my Uni notes on Rakes and Libertines as Sebastian walked into the flat. He was a vision in Armani, as always, his sleek black hair allowed to grey artfully just at the temples and no further. He’d said once he thought it gave him gravitas; I’d told him I’d grab his arse any time he wanted.

I was lying on the rug in front of the mock fireplace wearing nothing but the Calvin Kleins he’d bought me. On the rug, because Sebastian would have thrown a hissy fit if I’d taken pens on the sofa; in my underwear, because there’s nothing wrong with giving a bloke something nice to look at after a hard day at the office.

I flashed him my best smile over my bare shoulder. “Hey, handsome.”

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Pricks and Pragmatism

Southampton Stories #1

Pricks and Prag 200x300.72dpiKicked out by his father at age sixteen, English student Luke Corbin’s used to trading on his looks and charm to keep a roof over his head until he can make it big as a journalist. He goes for men with money, power and looks, in that order, and he doesn’t let emotions get in the way. But when his lover tells him it’s over, Luke finds himself homeless—just as his final exams are looming.

Moving in with geeky chemical engineer Russell may be a step down for him, but Luke can’t afford to be choosy. Fully prepared to put out as usual, Luke’s confused and frustrated when Russell refuses to take advantage of him—and even more so when he finds out Russell’s saving himself for someone special.

The more time he spends with the shy, honourable man, the more Luke finds himself bowled over by Russell’s sweetness and integrity. But just as he’s coming to terms with his own wish to be that special guy for Russell, Luke has to face facts: he’s fallen for the one man he can’t seem to charm.

Available (for the time being) exclusively on Amazon & on Kindle Unlimited

– but soon to reach other distributors in ebook. Watch this space!

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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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