Birthday Blog Month Jan07 – Anne Barwell

Welcome to January’s Birthday Blog, with a post – or maybe more – a day for your entertainment and fun :).

cheerToday’s guest is ANNE BARWELL. Please show your appreciation for the post if you enjoy it, and all the author’s links are below for you to take forward. Watch every day for any Rafflecopter giveaways, and don’t forget there’s ALSO a Grand Prize Draw at the end of the month for ONE lucky commenter.

Many thanks for dropping in, and have a great January!


Happy birthday, Clare, and thanks for the opportunity to share in your celebrations on your blog.

This time of the year I tend to look back over the previous year, and also forward to the coming year. The novels I have coming out in 2016, and my current WIP reflect both of those.

One of my series close to my heart is my WWII series. The first two books were originally published by Dreamspinner Press, and in 2016, they will be reprinted by DSP Publications. Shadowboxing will be released in May, followed by Winter Duet six months later in December. The series, which was originally called Echoes, has been renamed Echoes Rising which in part reflects its new life with DSP Publications.

Comes a Horseman, which is book three, will also be published—all going well—by DSP Publications in mid 2017.

This will be the final book in the series. It’s been an interesting—and often challenging—journey writing these books and I’ve learnt a lot about the time period and locations, so knowing the end is coming is kind of bittersweet. I first had the idea for this series over ten years ago so these characters and their story have been a part of me for a long time. It’s going to be weird to say goodbye, but also satisfying to know their story has been told.

Berlin, 1943.
An encounter with an old friend leaves German physicist Dr. Kristopher Lehrer with doubts about his work. But when he confronts his superior, everything goes horribly wrong. Suddenly Kristopher and Michel, a member of the Resistance, are on the run, hunted for treason and a murder they did not commit. If they’re caught, Kristopher’s knowledge could be used to build a terrible weapon that could win the war.

When Michel contacts the Allies, hoping they can work together, it isn’t long before the so-called “simple” mission becomes anything but. With both men realizing they can no longer ignore their growing feelings for each other, Kristopher and Michel must fight—not just for a chance of a future together, but for their very survival.

Buy Link for Shadowboxing: HERE

Winter Duet
Germany 1944
Hunted for treason and the information Kristopher carries, he and Michel leave the security of their safe house to journey across Germany toward Switzerland. Caught in a series of Allied bombings, they stop to help civilians and narrowly escape capture by German forces.

While investigating a downed aircraft in the Black Forest, the two men discover an injured RAF pilot. After they are separated, Kristopher and the pilot are discovered by a German officer who claims he is not who he appears to be. Determined to find Michel again, Kristopher has to trust the stranger and hope he is not connected to those searching for him and the information he carries. Meanwhile Michel is intercepted by one of the Allied soldiers he met in Berlin. His help is needed to save one of their own.

Time quickly runs out. Loyalties are tested and betrayed as the Gestapo closes in. Michel can only hope that they can reach safety before information is revealed that could compromise not only his and Kristopher’s lives, but those of the remaining members of their team—if it is not already too late.

Buy Link for Winter Duet: HERE

I’ve also written a free story called Phoenix which can be found although be warned that it contains a huge spoiler for Winter Duet.

Comes a Horseman – WIP
France, 1944
The team reaches France and connects with Michel’s French Resistance cell in Normandy. Allied troops are poised to liberate France, and rescue is supposedly at hand. However, Kristopher is no longer sure that the information he carries is safe in the hands of either side.
The Gestapo finally catch up with their prey, and the remaining members of the team are left with few options. Who can they trust? Kristopher realizes he must become something he is not in order to save the man he loves. Sacrifices will be made, and lives changed forever, in order for any of them to survive and secure the future they want.

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with two cats who are convinced that the house is run to suit them; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date it appears as though the cats may be winning.

In 2008 she completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra.

She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth.

Anne’s books have received honorable mentions four times and reached the finals three times in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical.

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Follow the month’s posts at your leisure:

Jan 01: RJ Scott on her inspiration for a new series in 2016.
Jan 01: Temple Dragon on giving for free during December.
Jan 02: Chrissy Munder on an author’s passion for paper planners.
Jan 03: Meredith Russell on inspirational cop series.
Jan 04: Becky Black on her five-year anniversary as an author.
Jan 05: Alexa Milne on characters stepping outside their comfort zone.
Jan 06: Sandra Lindsey on her dancing shoes challenge.


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About clarelondon

Clare London took her pen name from the city where she lives, loves, and writes. A lone, brave female in a frenetic, testosterone-fuelled family home, she juggles her writing with her other day job as an accountant. She’s written in many genres and across many settings, with award-winning novels and short stories published both online and in print. She says she likes variety in her writing while friends say she’s just fickle, but as long as both theories spawn good fiction, she’s happy. Most of her work features male/male romance and drama with a healthy serving of physical passion, as she enjoys both reading and writing about strong, sympathetic, and sexy characters. Clare currently has several novels sulking at that tricky chapter three stage and plenty of other projects in mind... she just has to find out where she left them in that frenetic, testosterone-fuelled family home. Clare loves to hear from readers, and you can contact her here: Website: E-mail: Blog: Facebook: Twitter: Goodreads: Amazon: Google+ :

6 thoughts on “Birthday Blog Month Jan07 – Anne Barwell

  1. Pingback: Blogging at Clare London’s | Drops of Ink

  2. Hi Anne it sounds like saying goodbye to characters is difficult for you I know as a reader when a series end you always mourn the characters but of course that’s where the usual re-reading comes in even though your TBR pile is enormous.


  3. I wish you well in the writing/editing/publishing of your final book in this series, and that it is a truly satisfying and fitting finale to you.


  4. Great to hear more books coming. I really enjoyed your story Slow Dreaming. My TBR list is as tall as a house and my work schedule leave me very little time to read these days 😦


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