Midwinter Manor series now on Kindle Unlimited

My 1920s-set novellas, Poacher’s Fall and its sequel, Keeper’s Pledge, are now available for the first time in KU:

Poacher’s Fall

One snowy night just before Christmas, 1922, poacher Danny Costessey rounds off a night trapping rabbits by climbing a tree to fetch some mistletoe for his mother—only to fall and break his leg. Taken to the manor house to recover from his injuries, Danny meets the reclusive owner, Philip Luccombe.

Village gossip has it Philip went mad during the war, but Danny soon realizes he’s simply still mourning his late lover. As friendship grows between them, Danny starts to fall for the shy, handsome, lord of the manor.

Danny’s lively nature, roguish good looks, and ready laughter enchant Philip, and he finds himself being drawn out of his shell whether he will it or not. But when Danny tries to move beyond friendship, Philip panics—and the consequences of his rejection could threaten everything.

Available on Kindle and in KU

Keeper’s Pledge

A sequel to Poacher’s Fall.

Landowner Philip Luccombe and young poacher-turned-gamekeeper Danny Costessey have been enjoying a passionate—if clandestine—relationship for four years now. Danny’s love has brought Philip out of the shell he retreated into when his first lover died after the Great War. But at Christmas, 1926, visitors to the manor threaten their happiness.

Philip’s young cousin Matthew is artistic, vivacious, and flirtatious: just the sort to remind him of his long-dead first love—and to emphasise the social gulf between Philip and Danny, who can’t help feeling threatened by this new rival for Philip’s affections.

But the worst danger comes from much nearer home, where the indiscretions of Danny’s ex threaten to expose the lovers. Meanwhile, Danny’s younger brother, Toby, has grown to resent the connection between his brother and the lord of the manor. To do his duty by his family, Danny might have to leave his lover forever.

Available on Kindle and in KU

And there’s plenty more for you to find on KU from a whole host of M/M romance authors:

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Snared and more now on Kindle Unlimited

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’m definitely getting my money’s worth out of my KU subscription right now! And I’m delighted to say that my Scottish wildcat shifter novella, Snared, is now available on Kindle and KU:

Martin’s on a walking holiday in the Scottish highlands, trying to forget his ex, when he comes across a wildcat trapped in a snare. Releasing the animal gets him scratched and bitten for his pains—and that’s only the start of his problems.

At the village pub, Martin meets with an unexpectedly frosty welcome from the locals, while enigmatic Irish photographer Calum shows a strange interest in him. Calum’s intense lure is impossible to resist, even though all Martin’s instincts tell him to be wary.

But Martin’s nights are plagued with visions of hunting and snares—and free spirit Calum seems to have an unsettling insight into his dreams. The villagers have a secret to keep, and if Martin’s not careful, he could be the one caught in their deadly trap.

Available on Kindle and in KU

And there’s more – a group of M/M romance authors have teamed up to help you find a great selection of books on KU: https://books.bookfunnel.com/unlimitedmmromancereading/bf1jlxt9z1

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Midnight in Berlin is now available on Kindle and KU

My second werewolf novel, Midnight in Berlin, is now once again available on Kindle – and for the first time, in KU:

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One bad decision can change your life forever

It’s midnight in Berlin, and drifter Leon is hitchhiking home in the rain, covered in feathers after a wild festival in the city park. He can’t believe his luck when he’s picked up by a hot guy in a Porsche. That is, until he realises his driver is a creature from his worst nightmares—and plans to turn him into one too. He runs, but he can’t escape the werewolf’s bite.

Christoph made one mistake, but he’s paying for it plenty. He took Leon for a rogue werewolf on his way home from a hunt, and by the time he realises the truth it’s too late to do anything but make Leon a monster to save his life. That doesn’t save Christoph from the pack leader’s harsh punishment.

As Leon struggles to cope with his horrifying new reality—and his mixed feelings for the man who bit him—he’s desperate to discover not only what’s happened to Christoph, but the secrets their pack leader is hiding from them all.

Secrets the pack will kill to protect.

Available on Kindle and in KU

an entertaining and unpredictable take on the werewolf trope – The Novel Approach

Here’s a snippet, where our narrator Leon has just (unknowingly) hitched a ride with werewolf Christophe – who’s mistaken him for a fellow shifter:

“You call them your friends, yet you’re willing to put them at risk—to put all of us at risk? You’ve been drinking, and you reek of people,” he snarled at me. I mean really, he snarled. His teeth were bared—and the thought hit my mind, obviously those Eastern bloc dentists weren’t as bad as they were made out to be, because those pearly whites were strong, even, and just a little too pointy on the canines. It made me wonder how far we were from Transylvania, as the bat flies—then I gave myself a mental shake because seriously, vampires? What the hell had been in that vodka bottle?

“Uh, yeah, sorry, that was real thoughtless of me,” I said soothingly. “Say, you, uh, you wanna keep your eyes on the road? In fact, you know what? I can walk from here. You can set me down anywhere now.”

“I don’t think so,” Christoph told me, his voice so damn cold I started to shiver.

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Camwolf is now available on Kindle and KU

My Cambridge University-set werewolf novel, Camwolf, is now available in Kindle and for the first time in KU:

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A race to save his lover—by becoming his own worst nightmare.

Dr. Nick Sewell has it all. Good friends, a career as a Cambridge academic… and recently, a tendency to turn into a wolf every full moon.  When a new student arrives from Germany, Nick is horrified by his visceral attraction to the troubled youth—not to mention his violent jealousy when he sees Julian with another man. He’s floored to find out Julian is a werewolf too.

Unlike Nick, Julian has spent his life among other wolves, and in this subject, he’s the teacher and Nick the student. Nick struggles to adjust to this reversal of roles, especially since he’s an alpha and Julian a natural submissive. That dynamic just adds to the attraction smoldering between them, whether they’re in human form or wolf.

But Julian’s pack and the abuse he suffered isn’t far behind him, and the pack wants to reclaim him. For Nick to hold on to his lover, he’ll have to embrace the monster within.

Available on Kindle and in KU

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Wight Mischief is now available in KU

I’m delighted to say that my romantic suspense novel Wight Mischief (previously published by Dreamspinner) is now once more available on Kindle – and for the first time, in KU:

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A 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.

Available on Kindle and in KU

I’ll be rolling out my other ex Dreamspinner novels and novellas into KU over the next few weeks, all going well, so watch this space!

Here’s a little snippet from Wight Mischief to whet (wet? *g*) your appetite:

Marcus turned, his eyes ghoulishly wide in the moonlight.

“He’s coming,” he said, his voice thin and high.

Will cursed. “Jump,” he shouted. Marcus squeezed his hand once, then more or less tumbled over the railing and into the black, foaming water below. Will felt like he’d been stabbed again when Marcus was swallowed up as if by some malevolent sea creature. Trying not to panic, he vaulted the rail and plunged down to join him.

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And don’t forget, Muscling Through is available FREE from the JMS Books website through Tuesday March 24th.

The bigger they come, the harder they fall… in love.
Cambridge art professor Larry Morton takes one, alcohol-glazed look at the huge, tattooed man looming in a dark alley, and assumes he’s done for. Moments later he finds himself disarmed—literally and figuratively. 

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Muscling Through is Free for a Week

For those who need a little light reading to take their minds off the current world situation, I’m delighted to say that one of my best-selling books, Muscling Through, is available FREE from the JMS Books website from today through Tuesday March 24th.

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The bigger they come, the harder they fall… in love.
Cambridge art professor Larry Morton takes one, alcohol-glazed look at the huge, tattooed man looming in a dark alley, and assumes he’s done for. Moments later he finds himself disarmed—literally and figuratively. And, the next morning, he can’t rest until he offers an apology to the man who turned out to be more gentle than giant.

Larry’s intrigued to find there’s more to Al Fletcher than meets the eye; he possesses a natural artistic talent that shines through untutored technique. Unfortunately, no one else seems to see the sensitive soul beneath Al’s imposing, scarred, undeniably sexy exterior. Least of all Larry’s class-conscious family, who would like nothing better than to split up this mismatched pair.

Is it physical? Oh, yes, it’s deliciously physical, and so much more—which makes Larry’s next task so daunting. Not just convincing his colleagues, friends and family that their relationship is more than skin deep. It’s convincing Al.

Contains comic misunderstandings, misuse of art materials, and unexpected poignancy.

Get it FREE at JMS books 

And while you’re there, check out a whole load of other books on offer free of charge this week from my fellow JMS authors!

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Rainbow Snippets wishes you a Happy Pi Day

In honour of March 14th, commonly known as Pi day, this week’s snippet involves (a) a maths teacher (Robert) and (b) some food (although not pie, I’m afraid!)

Here, near the start of Caught!, posh boy Robert and his down-to-earth friend/colleague Rose are sitting down to a takeaway. Robert, our narrator, speaks first:

“Is it supposed to be this oily?”

“Come on, it’s not that bad. Takeaways are always greasy. That’s part of the attraction.” She emptied out half the container of rice onto her plate and the rest onto mine.

“It is?”

“Well, yeah. Knowing you’re being a bit naughty is always fun. And hang on, are you telling me you’ve never had a takeaway before?”

My shoulders tensed. “Um, no? Why would I want to tell you something like that?”

“Oh my God. You haven’t, have you? What, did Nanny always cook your dinners right up until you left home?”

“Don’t be ridiculous,” I muttered, my cheeks burning. “I didn’t have a nanny.” Au pairs were an entirely different thing.

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Caught! – #1 in The Shamwell Tales

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Bow ties are cool . . . but secrets, not so much

Shamwell Tales, Book 1

Behind Robert Emeny’s cheerfully eccentric exterior lies a young heart battered and bruised by his past. He’s taken a job in a village primary school to make a fresh start, and love isn’t part of his plans. But then he’s knocked for six—literally—by a chance encounter with the uncle of two of his pupils.

Sean Grant works in pest control, lives on a council estate, and rides a motorbike. Robert is an ex–public schoolboy from a posh family who drives a classic car. On the face of it, they shouldn’t have anything in common. Yet Robert can’t resist Sean’s roguish grin, and passion sparks between them even after an excruciatingly embarrassing first date.

Too bad the past Robert’s hiding from is about to come looking for him. His increasingly ludicrous efforts to keep his secrets are pushing Sean away—but telling the truth could make Sean leave him for good.

Available in ebook and paperback: Amazon Riptide 

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Rainbow Snippets is feeling Timey-Wimey

Apparently in some parts of the world, the clocks go back tonight (here in the UK, we have 3 more weeks to go) so it seemed appropriate to snippet from my tongue-in-chee time-travel short story, Back From the Future.

Our narrator Marty is house-sitting for his friend Bill, who has (perhaps unfortunately) warned him about the upstairs neighbour:

It wasn’t until the third day that I had an encounter with Bill’s neighbor upon the stairs. I was going up; so was he, but more slowly, being weighed down with a carrier bag that clinked loudly and enticingly.

Although the clothes, I was saddened to see, were somewhat tragic—he looked as though he’d been dressed by a mother with a penchant for particularly dimly lit Oxfam shops—he was, I would have to admit, not bad looking. Attractive, even, in a sort of fragile, androgynous, slightly tipsy way, if you like that sort of thing.  Which obviously, not everyone does.  It’s a matter of personal taste. I’ve even met people who claim not to like chocolate. Or martinis, or tiramisu, which is just criminal.

“You’re the weirdo?” I blurted, then clapped both hands to my mouth to stop any more little faux pas exploding out like farts in a parfumier’s.

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Back From the Future (short story)

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Ever since his one-night stand with big, butch, bisexual Bill, Marty’s been in the hopeless grip of a passionate, yet seemingly unrequited love.  House-sitting for the object of his affection, all he can do is cry on the scaly shoulders of Bill’s exotic fish—until he meets the tipsy time-traveller who lives upstairs.

Arthur Prefect (not his real name) is a refugee from a dystopian time, and he’s pining too, for the man he left back in the future. Over the course of a drunken evening, Marty dreams up a plan to reconnect the lonely young man with his lost love—but he’ll need to do more than dream to fix up his own future with Bill.

Available in ebook – JMS Books Amazon

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Rainbow Snippets is feeling convivial

As I was at a steampunk convivial yesterday (much fun and frivolity had by all), I thought I’d snippet today from Counter Culture, my novel featuring a romance between a steampunk – Archie – and a sales assistant (Robin, but he’s not in this snippet).

Here, Archie’s local steampunk group is brainstorming a suitable name for their esteemed organisation:

“Splendid Hitchworth Eccentrics and Explorers of the Paranormal?” the plague doctor suggested. “Although the acronym is perhaps somewhat lacking.”

Yeah, Archie didn’t reckon SHEEP really cut it, either. “Maybe if we added “Electric” at the start, to give us Electric SHEEP? No, hang on, that’d be cyberpunk. Ignore me.”

“How about Steampunks of Hitchworth, Including Time-travellers?” Bridge called out.

“I like that one!” That was River, who tonight was dressed down as David Tennant’s Doctor Who. They looked good in the sharp suit and overcoat, but Archie’s fave was their TARDIS outfit. It was epic, complete with flashing light on the top hat and woop-woop noises.

Somebody laughed, and River frowned. “Wait a minute . . .”

Perry had to call for order after the rest of them worked out that acronym and choked on their drinks.

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Customer service has never been this personal.

Robin Christopher, beleaguered retail worker, isn’t having an easy November. His boss is raising stress levels planning a Black Friday to end all Black Fridays, his family doesn’t understand him, and his best friend thinks his new crush is a hallucination brought on by watching too many episodes of Doctor Who.

Archie Levine dresses in Victorian style and divides his time between caring for his young son and creating weird and wacky steampunk gadgets from bits of old junk—when he’s not looking after his mum and trying to keep on good terms with his ex. The last thing he’s got time for is a relationship, but the flustered young man he met while disembowelling a fridge is proving very tempting.

When his mum’s social conscience is roused by a local store with a cavalier attitude to the homeless, former rough sleeper Archie shares her anger. Little does he know that Robin works for that same store. When Archie finds out he’s sleeping with the enemy, things could cut up very rough indeed.

Available in ebook and paperback: Riptide | Amazon

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Rainbow Snippets is coming out of print

I’ve asked for, and have been given, the rights back to my novels, novellas and short stories with Dreamspinner Press. It’s a sad decision, as they were one of the very first publishers I wrote for, way back in 2009.

So the following titles will no longer be on sale from some time after February 29th (allowing time for retailers to take them down):

Novels: Midnight in Berlin; Camwolf; Wight Mischief

Novellas: Snared; Poacher’s Fall; Keeper’s Pledge

Short stories: Hairy, Horny and Over Here; Stroke to His Cox; Becoming the Spoils

But the good news is: they will be back! The short stories will be re-released by JMS Books, and I’ll be self-publishing the novels and novellas and putting them into KU.

Obviously, this isn’t going to happen overnight – especially as with KU, I’ll need to be absolutely certain the books aren’t on sale anywhere before I can bring them out again.

So here’s a snippet from the soon-to-be-temporarily-out-of-print Becoming the Spoils (which will be getting a snappier title for the re-release – what do you think of Bloodlust and Bylines?):

Be careful what you wish for. That’s what they always say, isn’t it? Shame I never listened.

Look, it’s the story of the decade, right? Of the century, even. Vampires Are Real. Name a single journalist who wouldn’t give the body part of your choosing to scoop that one. Bit of a pity, then, that it looks like I’m going to have to go all the way. I mean, an arm, a leg—you can learn to live with that, can’t you? Or, rather, without it.

Every single drop of blood in your body? Not so much.

So it’s understandable that I’m just a little scared as they push me into the cellar. To meet Viktor. Viktor the Vampire. Who is, apparently, feeling a bit peckish tonight. And will, therefore, be extremely pleased to see me.

Lucky me.

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Frank’s a rising star in the world of journalism and he’ll do anything for the next big scoop. Getting locked in a cellar with a starving vampire wasn’t exactly on his career plan, though. It’s then that Frank realizes there are some things more important than a story—like staying alive, for instance. Luckily, his cellmate Victor turns out to be more than just a pretty face and a sharp set of fangs…

Available in ebook.

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