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: http://www.clarelondon.com E-mail: clarelondon11@yahoo.co.uk Blog: www.clarelondon.com/blog Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/clarelondon Twitter: https://twitter.com/clare_london Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/clarelondon Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/author/clarelondon/ Google+ : https://plus.google.com/u/0/+ClareLondon/posts

Myths, Moons, and (Clare’s particular) Mayhem


As part of the release tour for Myths, Moons, and Mayhem we’ve been interviewing ourselves – and here am I, over at Rebecca Buchanan’s blog, with my answers to her Fast Five questions. 

Find out why I’m fascinated by ghosts – and what I want to do about it! – and where Mayhem happens around me at home. There’s even the hint of mystery around a No. 7 London double decker bus :).

The anthology’s doing really well – many thanks to all who’ve bought it / reviewed it / talked about it / supported the authors! XX

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Myths, Moons, and Mayhem – new goodies!

FIRSTLY: *BIG* excitement for me because I love Jeff and Will so much *anyway*, but they’re featuring MYTHS, MOONS, AND MAYHEM on their latest podcast at Jeff and Will’s Big Gay Fiction Podcast. (What d’you mean you didn’t know about that hugely entertaining podcast?? Go join up at once :D). The review is around 15 minutes into the podcast, but make sure to listen to the rest – there’s news, reviews, interviews, and info on the upcoming GRL event, and it’s just lovely to *be there* with Jeff and Will x.

SECONDLY: The anthology Editor, Dale Cameron Lowry, is offering a fabulous bunch of fiction as prizes to celebrate the Myths, Moons, and Mayhem release. Follow this link to join in the draw.

More MMM feature posts are on their way over the next week or so! 

 

My New Release: Myths, Moons, and Mayhem

New release TODAY, a sexy MMM anthology including my new story INSIDE MAN.


Myths, Moons & Mayhem

Paranormal Gay Menage and Erotic Romance
BUY: Kindle | Paperback

Myths, moons, and mayhem make the perfect threesome—and so do the men in this anthology.

Enjoy nine erotic stories of paranormal ménages a trois fueled by lust and magic, where mystical forces collide with the everyday world and even monsters have their own demons to conquer.

A werewolf gets a lust-fueled lesson on fitting in with the pack, a professor unlocks ancient secrets and two men’s hearts, and a pair of supernaturals find themselves at the erotic mercy of a remarkable human. Ghosts, fairies, aliens, and mere mortals test the boundaries of their desires, creating magic of their own.

Penned by favorite authors such as Rob Rosen and Clare London, as well as by newcomers to the genre, Myths, Moons & Mayhem is an eclectic mix of paranormal lust and polymythic beings that will spark your fantasies and fuel your bonfires.

Inside Man by Clare London—At a London pub, a tear in the veil between the dead and living opens up new possibilities for a ghost who could only ever watch the men he desired, but never touch.

The Secret of the Golden Cup by Rebecca Buchanan—A classics professor finds himself at the center of a magical war. With an unfairly attractive student and a campus janitor as his only allies, can he stave off the forces of evil?

When The Big Moon Shines by Carl Redlum—A college student is intent on hunting down the man who turned him into a werewolf. But his mouthwatering neighbors keep getting in the way.

Careful What You Wish For by Elizabeth Coldwell—Josh dreams of meeting Mr. Right, so his roommate offers help with a love spell. Neither man is prepared for what happens when the spell begins to work.

The Cave by Dale Cameron Lowry—Losing sleep to the sounds of his tent-neighbors’ nightly lovemaking has nature photographer Ethan at his wit’s end. What kind of magic can convince the two men he should join them?

The Endless Knot by Morgan Elektra—The fiery romance between a vampire and a werewolf threatens to burn itself to the ground until a human teaches them to temper the flame.

Squatchin’ by Greg Kosebjorn—Two Bigfoot hunters get more than they bargained for when they set out on an overnight camping trip to trail the legendary beast.

Celyn’s Tale by Rhidian Brenig Jones—A young Welsh farmer is haunted by visions of his future lover, only to discover that the lover is not one, but two—and not exactly human, either.

Close Encounter of the Three-way Kind by Rob Rosen—In this quirky comedy, aliens arrive from another galaxy, but they’re more interested in consensual exploration than invasion. Alien probing never felt so good!


 

About the Editor

Dale Cameron Lowry’s number one goal in life is getting the cat to stop eating dish towels; number two is to write things that bring people joy. Dale is the author of Falling Hard: Stories of Men in Love and a contributor to more than a dozen anthologies. Find out more at dalecameronlowry.com.

 

My Flash Fiction – Evaluation

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EVALUATION

=Is he dead? He’s lain there for almost two of their hours.

=His chest area is moving. That’s where the lungs are, that supply air and keep the body shell alive.

=You think I don’t know that?

=Of course you do. I just thought—

=I needed a reminder of my scientific role?

=Please do not take offence. Your qualifications are as good as mine. It’s just… fear.

=What of?

=Not of, but for. Fear for you.

=You know there’s no need. I can deal with anything we discover. Haven’t I proved that on other missions?

=I don’t doubt your capacity for our research, your evaluation abilities. What I fear for is your… reaction strategy.

=Which I won’t talk about now.

=Which… is apparently now your favourite reaction strategy.

=You must trust me to know how to behave.

=I must, must I?

=Is that sarcasm? Maybe you’re the one who needs his strategy examined.

=And maybe your empathy with the specimens has contaminated me as well.

=Wait!

=Yes, your reprimand is right. We should pause and re-connect. Our emotional balance appears to be off-kilter, our language protocols slipping into their casual idiom—

=No, I mean wait because he’s moving.

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My Flash Fiction – Trio

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TRIO

I lean forward, arms braced, facing them both. I’m trying not to appear confrontational, but this means so much to me I can barely keep my voice steady. I don’t want my persuasion to come across as bullying. After all, it has to be a decision for and by all three of us.

I just want that decision to be right.

I glance at Eddy first. “You haven’t said much.”

Eddy appears to be engrossed in his coffee. His eyelids droop sleepily, there’s the slightest lick of rose colour across his cheeks. I can see the gentle throb of his pulse at his throat. Soft skin, soft movement. Most people think he’s uber-shy, sometimes aloof. They find him difficult to approach.

I find him the most enchanting creature on earth.

Or… one of them, at least.

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You Can Win Without Cheating FFS

This was sobering and heartening advice for me as an author, maybe for you too?! 🙂

David Gaughran

Most self-publishers will agree: it’s getting tougher out there.

If you are in KU, then you’re pretty much dependent on one income stream and if Amazon sales dip or you run afoul of the Hall of Spinning Knives for whatever reason then you are totally boned. And it’s getting so competitive in KU that it seems to take more titles and quicker releases, along with multi-pronged marketing campaigns – which can be complex and/or expensive – to get any real traction or stickiness.

If you’re not in KU, hitting the charts on Amazon is increasingly difficult and holding on to position is near-impossible – especially when your book is being leapfrogged every hour by thousands of borrow-boosted KU salmon running all that mad marketing. And you can’t even advertise to the same level because they are getting reads on top of those sales to make ROI easier.

Getting visible at…

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New Release – my London Lads in Paperback

The LONDON LADS stories are now all together in a paperback version!

BLURB:
*A young man uses social media to contact the men he knew as teenaged friends and discovers a soul mate for his own romantic journey.
*The most ill-matched couple you could ever imagine are thrown together when they exchange flat-sitting—and turn each other’s lives upside down.
*A reserved young man struggles with a secret affair until he dares to take the adventurous step of making his heart’s wish public.
*One mischievous night on a shopping mall security camera brings an astonishing blind date for a bored student.
*A frustrating delay in an airport lounge—with only two precocious children for company—drives a young man to confess he’s in love with his best friend.

Five standalone stories, five romantic couples seeking a happy ever after. This collection of stories includes humor, reflection, erotic desire, and sweet devotion. It celebrates the diversity and delight of lovers against the backdrop of London’s vibrant and lively city—young “London lads” whose love, determination, and sense of adventure are strong enough to find the way to a partner’s heart.

Includes: Chase the Ace | How the Other Half Lives | A Good Neighbour |
Peepshow | Between a Rock and a Hard Place

BUY at Dreamspinner Press

My Flash Fiction – Under Canvas

UNDER CANVAS

“Paulie? The others will be here soon.”

I felt his shoulders tighten. Lying side by side inside the tent, even though we were fully dressed against the chill and not actually, actually touching, was intimate in a whole new and torturous way.

He sighed. “It’ll be dark soon, Matt. Abby doesn’t like driving in the dark. And Eddy’s never been keen on sleeping outdoors. And everyone else… well.”

“What do you mean?” Did he think this was my fault? I’d left messages for our gang about the when and where to meet. Bloody irritating that so many of them had turned off their phones.

“Matt.” Paulie didn’t sound angry. “You didn’t know?”

There was a growing knot of panic in my belly. “What’s going on?”….

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On the Red Carpet – Mel Gough’s new release

RELEASED TODAY – A WORLD APART

Ben Griers is the darling of Corinth Georgia’s Police Department—intelligent, handsome, and hardworking. Thanks to his beautiful wife and clever daughter, Ben’s family is the envy of the town. Yet desperate unhappiness is hiding just below the surface.

When Donnie Saunders, a deadbeat redneck with a temper, is brought to the Corinth PD as a suspect in a hit-and-run, Ben finds himself surprisingly intrigued by the man. He quickly establishes Donnie’s innocence but can’t shake the feeling that Donnie is hiding something. When they unexpectedly encounter each other again at an AA meeting in Atlanta, sparks begin to fly.

With his marriage on the verge of collapse, Ben is grateful for the other man’s affection. But he is soon struggling to help an increasingly vulnerable Donnie, while at the same time having to deal with the upheaval in his own life. Ben eventually realizes that they cannot achieve happiness together unless they confront their darkest secrets.

BUY LINKS:  Nine Star Press | Amazon ebook | Amazon print

 

Author Bio:
Mel was born in Germany, where she spent the first twenty-six years of her life (with a one-year stint in Los Angeles). She has always been fascinated by cultures and human interaction, and got a Masters in Social Anthropology. After finishing university she moved to London, where she has now lived for ten years.

If you were to ask her parents what Mel enjoyed the most since the age of six, they would undoubtedly say “Reading!” She would take fifteen books on a three-week beach holiday, and then read all her mom’s books once she’d devoured her own midway through week two.

Back home in her mom’s attic there’s a box full of journals with stories Mel wrote when she was in her early teens. None of the stories are finished, or any good. She has told herself bedtime stories as far back as she can remember.

In her day job, Mel works for an NGO as operations manager. No other city is quite like London, and Mel loves her city. The hustle and bustle still amaze and thrill her even after all these years. When not reading, writing or going to the theater, Mel spends her time with her long-time boyfriend, discussing science or poking fun at each other.

Find Mel: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Amazon

Flash Fiction – Feeding Time

FEEDING TIME

A single hiss as the package flew through the air, a hard slap as it hit the surface, then a brief, rippling circle as it plunged down.

Then nothing: the loch was as still as if it had never been.

I gave a single, loud, angry cry. A flurry of birds lifted from the trees around me, disturbed by unusual human noise. They wheeled overhead, wings spread in a pattern of feathers and fuss, their calls a clamour of complaint.

I stood and watched, silently challenging their disapproval. I had as much right as they did to be here—maybe more.

I’d been summoned…………………..

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