One Under is out today – with giveaway

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My second book in the Porthkennack shared-world series, One Under, is out today in ebook and paperback, and to celebrate, I’m going on a blog tour. Here’s today’s stops (I’ll aim to update links as posts appear:

March 19, 2018 – TTC Books and More :

March 19, 2018 – Wicked Faerie’s Tales and Reviews : Spotlight

March 19, 2018 – Love Bytes Reviews : Release day review

March 19, 2018 – Book Reviews and More by Kathy : Spotlight

 

There’s a giveaway – see individual posts for details. Good luck! 😀

OneUnder_500x750London Underground worker Mal Thomas is staying in Porthkennack to recover from a traumatic experience. Getting some more bad news from home is the last straw—until big, blond museum curator Jory Roscarrock steps up to offer some comfort.

A doctor of English Literature, Jory should be in a prestigious post at a top university. But a youthful indiscretion has led him to abandon academia to come back to his home town, Porthkennack, and the controlling family he’s never really felt a part of. He’s delighted to find a kindred spirit in the young Londoner.

But Jory’s family hurt Mal’s best friend deeply, and while Jory’s desperate to repair the damage, his own mistakes threaten to keep them apart. Meanwhile Mal’s torn between his feelings for Jory and his duty to his friend—and his fears that a failed relationship could be more than his shattered confidence can take.

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Rainbow Snippets is feeling the cold

Here in the UK (or at least, in my corner of Hertfordshire) it’s snowing again! To make it more fun, the electricity keeps going off – given how famous we are for talking about it, we really don’t do weather at all well here!

To warm up, here’s a summer-set snippet from One Under, the second of my books in the Porthkennack shared world (the first was Wake Up Call).  Here, our heroes Jory and Mal are in a car on their way to visit Tintagel–at least, that’s the plan…

Jory’s the one driving, but he’s a little pre-occupied:

(Jory) tried to keep the conversation going, but Mal still didn’t seem keen to talk. Had he changed his mind, decided the trip was a mistake after all?

Maybe it was Jory who was the mistake. Had he been babbling on too much, reminding Mal of his hopeless crush? Maybe he should—

Mal grabbed the wheel, wrenching it violently over towards the centre of the road.

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One Under

A Porthkennack Novel
OneUnder_500x750London Underground worker Mal Thomas is staying in Porthkennack to recover from a traumatic experience. Getting some more bad news from home is the last straw—until big, blond museum curator Jory Roscarrock steps up to offer some comfort.

A doctor of English Literature, Jory should be in a prestigious post at a top university. But a youthful indiscretion has led him to abandon academia to come back to his home town, Porthkennack, and the controlling family he’s never really felt a part of. He’s delighted to find a kindred spirit in the young Londoner.

But Jory’s family hurt Mal’s best friend deeply, and while Jory’s desperate to repair the damage, his own mistakes threaten to keep them apart. Meanwhile Mal’s torn between his feelings for Jory and his duty to his friend—and his fears that a failed relationship could be more than his shattered confidence can take.

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Rainbow Snippets is feeling awesome

Apparently it’s #DayOfAwesomeness today, so here’s a snippet of Tom and Phil being awesome in Plumber’s Mate Mystery #3, Heat Trap, which re-released this week.

This snippet follows on almost directly from last week’s, which had Tom about to run into a burning building, and which you can read here.

The ceiling was cracked and mottled black.

There was a loud pop, and I jumped a mile. “Jesus!”

“Light bulb.” Phil’s voice was almost drowned out at the end by a crash as debris started to fall, and I jumped again.

Bloody hell, this place was turning into a death trap. Even if we managed to get to the stairs without cremating ourselves, what were the chances they’d hold our weight?

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Heat Trap – #3 in the Plumber’s Mate Mystery series

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Old flames can leave a nasty burn.

It’s been six months since plumber Tom Paretski was hit by a shocking revelation about his family, and he’s been avoiding dealing with it ever since. His lover, PI Phil Morrison, wants Tom to dig deeper into his history and try to develop his psychic talent for finding things, but Tom’s not nearly so keen. Just as he decides to bite the bullet, though, worse problems crawl out of the woodwork.

Young Devil’s Dyke barmaid Marianne has an ex, Grant Carey, who won’t accept that things are over between them, and he’s ruthless in dealing with anyone who gets in his way.  When Carey threatens an old friend of theirs, Phil and Tom step in to help—but that makes them targets themselves.

What with his uncertainty about Phil’s motives, Tom’s family doing their best to drive a wedge between them, and the uncovering of an ugly incident in Phil’s past, Tom’s not sure who he can trust—and the body he finds in the pub cellar isn’t the only thing that stinks.

Amazon paperback | Kindle Riptide 

All the Plumber’s Mate Mysteries  are now available to purchase or pre-order from Riptide Publishing.

Publication dates and purchase/pre-order links as follows:

And there will be a brand new Plumber’s Mate Mystery, Lock Nut, releasing on 14 May, 2018

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Heat Trap is out today

It’s re-release day for Heat Trap – #3 in the Plumber’s Mate Mystery series, in its fantastic new cover by Christine Coffee:

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Old flames can leave a nasty burn.

It’s been six months since plumber Tom Paretski was hit by a shocking revelation about his family, and he’s been avoiding dealing with it ever since. His lover, PI Phil Morrison, wants Tom to dig deeper into his history and try to develop his psychic talent for finding things, but Tom’s not nearly so keen. Just as he decides to bite the bullet, though, worse problems crawl out of the woodwork.

Young Devil’s Dyke barmaid Marianne has an ex, Grant Carey, who won’t accept that things are over between them, and he’s ruthless in dealing with anyone who gets in his way.  When Carey threatens an old friend of theirs, Phil and Tom step in to help—but that makes them targets themselves.

What with his uncertainty about Phil’s motives, Tom’s family doing their best to drive a wedge between them, and the uncovering of an ugly incident in Phil’s past, Tom’s not sure who he can trust—and the body he finds in the pub cellar isn’t the only thing that stinks.

Amazon paperback | Kindle Riptide 

All the Plumber’s Mate Mysteries  are now available to purchase or pre-order from Riptide Publishing.

Publication dates and purchase/pre-order links as follows:

And there will be a brand new Plumber’s Mate Mystery, Lock Nut, releasing on 14 May, 2018

Placed fourth in the 2015 Rainbow Awards Dorien Grey Award for Best Gay Mystery/Thriller

Fans of the series will love this installment… In Heat Trap things get more up close and personal for Tom and I liked how the series grows. So yes, the book is definitely recommended – Larissa, Bookwinked

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Read an E-book Week Discounts at Smashwords

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It’s read an e-book week at Smashwords, and there are loads of discounts going on, including 50% off all my books published by JMS Books! 

This includes two Epic Awards finalists: my bestselling contemporary m/m novella Muscling Through, and my historical novel To Love a Traitor plus my short stories, singly and collected in the anthology A Flirty Dozen.

For a full list of my books at Smashwords (bear in mind not all of my publishers are participating in this promotion) click here.

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And while you’re there, check out all the other books on sale!  I know Manifold’s books are 25% off, and they’ve got some great writers there. (Slightly different system there: You’ll need to click onto the purchase page and get the discount code for each book).

The promotion is running all week, from 4th March to 10th March, so don’t miss the bargains!

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Rainbow Snippets would like to warm you up

It’s still bitterly cold and snowy here in the UK, so here’s a snippet from Plumber’s Mate Mystery #3, Heat Trap, to warm you up! 😉

Heat Trap will be re-releasing in its fabulous new cover on Monday, March 5th – but I believe if you pre-order from Riptide you’ll get it a couple of days earlier – so any moment now! 🙂

I ran round to the kitchen door and sure enough, it was unlocked. When I pushed it open, smoke billowed out and the heat hit me like a cricket ball to the head. I flung up my arm in front of my eyes and wished I’d thought to do the whole wet-rag-over-the-face thing. Too late now. Needed to find out who was in here and get them out, pronto.

I blinked rapidly, and my vision cleared. I almost wished it hadn’t.

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Heat Trap – #3 in the Plumber’s Mate Mystery series

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Old flames can leave a nasty burn.

It’s been six months since plumber Tom Paretski was hit by a shocking revelation about his family, and he’s been avoiding dealing with it ever since. His lover, PI Phil Morrison, wants Tom to dig deeper into his history and try to develop his psychic talent for finding things, but Tom’s not nearly so keen. Just as he decides to bite the bullet, though, worse problems crawl out of the woodwork.

Young Devil’s Dyke barmaid Marianne has an ex, Grant Carey, who won’t accept that things are over between them, and he’s ruthless in dealing with anyone who gets in his way.  When Carey threatens an old friend of theirs, Phil and Tom step in to help—but that makes them targets themselves.

What with his uncertainty about Phil’s motives, Tom’s family doing their best to drive a wedge between them, and the uncovering of an ugly incident in Phil’s past, Tom’s not sure who he can trust—and the body he finds in the pub cellar isn’t the only thing that stinks.

Amazon paperback | Kindle Riptide 

All the Plumber’s Mate Mysteries  are now available to purchase or pre-order from Riptide Publishing.

Publication dates and purchase/pre-order links as follows:

And there will be a brand new Plumber’s Mate Mystery, Lock Nut, releasing on 14 May, 2018

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Relief Valve is out today

I’m delighted to say that Relief Valve, the second of my Plumber’s Mate Mysteries, is out today in second edition – in a gorgeous new cover by Christine Coffee

Relief Valve – #2 in the Plumber’s Mate Mystery series

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If you dig up the past, be prepared for some dirt to stick.

The relationship between Tom Paretski, a cheeky plumber with a gift for finding hidden things, and PI Phil Morrison may only be a few weeks old, but already it’s under attack. Tom’s friends and family are convinced the former bully isn’t good enough for him, and they’re not shy about saying so.

Then Tom’s prickly older sister, Cherry, is poisoned at her own engagement party. Tom’s left reeling and not knowing who to suspect. Could it be her new fiancé, Gregory, a cathedral canon with an unfortunate manner and a taste for taxidermy? Or someone from her old writers’ circle, which she left after a row? Or could the attack be connected to her work as a barrister? Meanwhile, Tom’s honorary auntie’s left him a gag gift from beyond the grave that could be more significant than anyone knows.

Phil’s fighting against the clock to solve the case before somebody ends up dead. And with the poisoner hiding a dark secret, Phil’s terrified Tom could have been the target all along.

Amazon paperback | Kindle Riptide 

All the Plumber’s Mate Mysteries  are now available to pre-order from Riptide Publishing.*

Publication dates and pre-order links as follows:

And there will be a brand new Plumber’s Mate Mystery, Lock Nut, releasing on 14 May, 2018

*Books 1-4 have been lightly re-edited, but are not substantially changed from the first editions – so no need to buy again unless you can’t resist those lovely new covers! 😉

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Rainbow Snippets is writing what it knows

Today’s snippet comes once again from Relief Valve, my second Plumber’s Mate Mystery, which will be out in 2nd edition on 5th February – only 2 days now!

Last week, our narrator, slightly-psychic plumber Tom Paretski, met Morgan Everton, who heads a local writers’ group. This week, Tom’s gone undercover to the writer’s group to try and suss out if any of the members was responsible for his sister’s poisoning – and Tom’s just been challenged to tell them what he writes:

“Well, it’s about this plumber, see,” I began. They always said you should write what you know, didn’t they? So that probably applied to making up stuff on the spur of the moment. “He shows up at this bloke’s house to fix the washer, and of course, the bloke’s not got any clean clothes because his washer’s kaput, so he’s just wearing a tea towel . . .” Too late, I realised I was reproducing the plot of one of Darren’s pornos. The Plumber Always Comes Twice, if I recalled correctly.

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Relief Valve – #2 in the Plumber’s Mate Mystery series

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If you dig up the past, be prepared for some dirt to stick.

The relationship between Tom Paretski, a cheeky plumber with a gift for finding hidden things, and PI Phil Morrison may only be a few weeks old, but already it’s under attack. Tom’s friends and family are convinced the former bully isn’t good enough for him, and they’re not shy about saying so.

Then Tom’s prickly older sister, Cherry, is poisoned at her own engagement party. Tom’s left reeling and not knowing who to suspect. Could it be her new fiancé, Gregory, a cathedral canon with an unfortunate manner and a taste for taxidermy? Or someone from her old writers’ circle, which she left after a row? Or could the attack be connected to her work as a barrister? Meanwhile, Tom’s honorary auntie’s left him a gag gift from beyond the grave that could be more significant than anyone knows.

Phil’s fighting against the clock to solve the case before somebody ends up dead. And with the poisoner hiding a dark secret, Phil’s terrified Tom could have been the target all along.

Amazon | Riptide 

All the Plumber’s Mate Mysteries  are now available to pre-order from Riptide Publishing.

Publication dates and pre-order links as follows:

And there will be a brand new Plumber’s Mate Mystery, Lock Nut, releasing on 14 May, 2018

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Rainbow Snippets is in a party mood

I’m off to a friend’s birthday party this evening, so I thought I’d give you a snippet from the party scene in Relief Valve, my second Plumber’s Mate Mystery, which will be out in 2nd edition on 5th February.

Here, our narrator, slightly-psychic plumber Tom Paretski, has just met Morgan Everton, who’ll be a key figure in the murder mystery that’s about to kick off. Morgan heads a local writers’ group and isn’t very complimentary about his competition:

He glared at me. “A ragtag, unschooled bunch of self-published hacks and writers of”—his voice dropped in loathing—“genre fiction.”

I decided it was probably just as well I hadn’t mentioned I liked a good thriller every now and then.

“Some of them,” he added, bending low to breathe sherry fumes right in my face, “write erotica.” His voice was husky with prurient outrage, and his face had gone as red as his trousers.

“Well, sex is all part of the human condition, innit?” I said breezily, just to see if I could bring on a stroke. “If you’re doing it right, that is.”

“Sex,” Morgan said sternly, “should not be used to titillate.”

 

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Relief Valve – #2 in the Plumber’s Mate Mystery series

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If you dig up the past, be prepared for some dirt to stick.

The relationship between Tom Paretski, a cheeky plumber with a gift for finding hidden things, and PI Phil Morrison may only be a few weeks old, but already it’s under attack. Tom’s friends and family are convinced the former bully isn’t good enough for him, and they’re not shy about saying so.

Then Tom’s prickly older sister, Cherry, is poisoned at her own engagement party. Tom’s left reeling and not knowing who to suspect. Could it be her new fiancé, Gregory, a cathedral canon with an unfortunate manner and a taste for taxidermy? Or someone from her old writers’ circle, which she left after a row? Or could the attack be connected to her work as a barrister? Meanwhile, Tom’s honorary auntie’s left him a gag gift from beyond the grave that could be more significant than anyone knows.

Phil’s fighting against the clock to solve the case before somebody ends up dead. And with the poisoner hiding a dark secret, Phil’s terrified Tom could have been the target all along.

Amazon | Riptide 

All the Plumber’s Mate Mysteries  are now available to pre-order from Riptide Publishing.

Publication dates and pre-order links as follows:

And there will be a brand new Plumber’s Mate Mystery, Lock Nut, releasing on 14 May, 2018

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Pressure Head Kindle edition is now available

Just a fly-by post to let you know that Amazon has resolved its issues, and the Kindle edition of Pressure Head is now (at last!) available:

Pressure Head – #1 in the Plumber’s Mate Mystery series

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Tom Paretski’s not just a plumber with a dodgy hip courtesy of a schoolboy accident. He also has a sixth sense for finding hidden things. Called in by the police to help locate a body near Brock’s Hollow, he’s staggered to encounter Phil Morrison, his old school crush—and the closeted bully whose actions contributed to Tom’s accident.

Phil’s all grown up now, and Tom’s unwilling attraction to him is back with a vengeance. Phil’s now openly gay—and what’s more, he’s interested in Tom’s personal charms as well as his psychic talents. As a private investigator called in by the dead woman’s parents, Phil is sceptical about Tom’s unusual gift, but nevertheless quick to spot its potential to aid him in his work.

The further they go with the investigation, the less they can ignore their shared past, and the more the pressure and the heat build between them. But Tom isn’t certain he wants to know the secrets he’s helping to uncover, while there’s a murderer on the loose who won’t hesitate to kill again—and this uneasy couple is moving right into his sights.

Amazon* | Kindle | Riptide | Kobo | Barnes & Noble

*Still waiting for them to link up the editions, but we’re getting there! 😉

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