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

Autism Blog Hop + Giveaway

I’m honoured and eager to take part again in this year’s blog hop for Autism Month, lovingly initiated by RJ Scott. 30 authors will be featuring a fact each day – which you may or may not know already – and sharing their own thoughts on the topic.

And there are GIVEAWAYS too! Mine is below. Please visit other posts this month, all links are hosted HERE.

Today’s fact: Around 700,000 people in the UK are on the autism spectrum.

Wow. That’s a lot of people. At this time, we’re bombarded with statistics / percentages / numbers, and it’s easy for that to feel impersonal. But many of us already know people on the autistic spectrum, even in our own limited lives. We’re all in this together.

This year’s theme is FOOD. Food has always been connected with behaviour, physical and emotional. I was a picky child – I like to say nowadays, a “selective” adult! – but let’s face it, I’ve always had a perfectly good choice of food, and the opportunity to change my mind about my likes and dislikes.
Below, this is what I looked like most of my toddler life, apparently >>

But for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), food can genuinely challenge their coping skills. For instance, many children and adults on the spectrum are extremely sensitive to not just flavour, but also the colour, smell and texture of foods. Many also have strong preferences for a narrow selection of foods. Some even feel compelled to have certain foods in the same place on the plate or to use the same plate at each meal.

On top of this, many individuals with autism have difficulty describing what they like or dislike about certain foods. So it can be difficult to determine what it is about a certain food that’s so important – or upsetting – to them. And that increases the risk of meltdowns.

Research also tells us that many individuals with autism tend to have strong preferences for carbohydrates and processed foods, while rejecting fruits and vegetables. This, too, may reflect an aversion to strong tastes and textures. Unfortunately, it can lead to nutritional deficiencies and excessive weight gain, especially if exercise is limited.

The need for sameness that is common in ASD may also make it difficult to introduce new foods in a daily diet. Put it all together, and meals can become emotionally loaded for everyone in the family. This is expecially difficult when it’s a child you’re trying to offer meals to.

READ ON for more about coping strategies for a child at mealtimes, and the GIVEAWAY! Continue reading

On the Red Carpet – R J Scott’s New Release + Giveaway

 

Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Universal Link – (KU from March 21 2020)
 
Length: 85,000 words approx.
 
Cover Design: Meredith Russell
 
Lancaster Falls Series

What Lies Beneath – Amazon US | Amazon UK |Universal Link

 
Blurb
When long-buried secrets are exposed, and the search for truth becomes a race to save a life, how can two men ever hope to find real love?

Losing his brother has shaped Drew to become the man he is today—heartbroken, alone, but determined to make a difference in the world. Joining the military, fighting battles in places that he’s never even heard of, is his attempt to make amends for telling his brother to go to hell. After his brother disappeared, he’d clung to the hope Casey was out there living his life. Of course, he’d be furious at Drew, and probably hate his brother, but at least in Drew’s head, Casey was safe.

One call changes everything. Casey’s body has been found, and the hope that had fueled Drew’s constant search for the truth is destroyed. Coming home to Lancaster Falls to bury his brother and face his mom’s anguish and accusations, is a nightmare made real, and he has nowhere to run from the pain.

Logan has made a home in Lancaster Falls. As a police officer, he plays by the rules, and he would never think of working off-the-grid. All that changes when an anonymous tip crosses his desk, and he is thrust headlong into solving a hundred-year mystery that could be connected with the modern day death of Casey McGuire. Fighting an attraction to Casey’s brother is hard enough, but the infuriating man is there at Logan’s every turn, interfering with the case, breaking the rules, and demanding that Casey’s story be heard.


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On the Red Carpet – Garrett Leigh’s New Release + Giveaway

 

Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Universal LinkExclusive to Amazon and Available to Borrow with Kindle Unlimited
 
Cover Design: Black Jazz Design
 
Blurb

Falling for his roommate gives ex footballer Micah the second chance he deserves, and what could be better than loving your best friend?

Micah
I’m a broke ex-football player with a bum leg and PTSD. Last summer, I had two choices: the streets, or find a cheap room to rent in the city. I chose the second option, which landed me with a brand-new problem, cos I hadn’t banked on my roommate becoming my best friend. Or that before long I’d find myself head over heels in love with him. Trouble is, even if Sam likes me back, I ain’t fit to be no one’s boyfriend. I don’t know how. All I do is wade through every precious moment and hope that he doesn’t regret the day he ever met me.

Sam
I’m a gay book nerd with no business falling in love with hunky athletes. Micah is the dictionary definition of beautiful, inside and out, he just doesn’t know it. And he definitely doesn’t know I’m ridiculously in love with him. The embarrassing kind of love.

He’s all I can think about.

But it’s not as simple as loving someone who doesn’t love me back. Micah is damaged goods—at least, that’s how he’d put it. The world has chewed him up and spat him out, and he thinks he deserved it. That he’s still the battered mess he was a year ago.

I want to shake him, and shout in his face that he’s not. To force the truth on him and make him believe in himself the way I do. But I can’t save Micah. One day, perhaps he’ll realise that he already saved himself.

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On the Red Carpet – Eden Winters’ New Release + Giveaway

Seth McDaniel wasn’t raised among a shifter passel and has no idea what it’s like to turn furry once a month. An orphan, torn from his father’s family at an early age, he scarcely remembers Great-aunt Irene. Now her passing brings him back to Possum Kingdom, Georgia, to take up a legacy he doesn’t understand and reconnect with a friend he’s never forgotten.

As Irene’s second-in-command, Dustin Livingston has two choices: assume control of the passel or select another replacement. Unfortunately, the other candidates are either heartless or clueless. Dustin’s best hope to dodge the responsibility is to deliver a crash course in leadership to his childhood pal Seth, a man he hasn’t seen in twenty years. However, while Dustin’s mind is set on his task, his heart is set on his old friend.

Seth’s quest for answers yields more questions instead. What’s with the tiny gray hairs littering his aunt’s house? Why do the townsfolk call each other “Jack” and “Jill”? Do Dustin’s attentions come with ulterior motives? And why is Seth suddenly craving crickets?

Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Universal Link

READ ON for more about Eden Winters, plus a RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY for three free copies in your choice of ebook format! Winners will be announced and contacted on 17 Feb.

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My New Release – THE RIGHT CHOICE

Is this just wedding day nerves for Patrick – or something much more important?

OUT TODAY and available at Amazon HERE.
Also available in other formats at JMS Books and from other online retailers.

BLURB:

Although he’s nervous on this, his wedding day, Pat is still taking all the stresses and mishaps in stride, until his mother announces that Nicky—his first boyfriend—is at the door. Unexpectedly.

While his mum and sisters fuss around with family crises and preparations, Pat lets his mind wander, remembering how he met Nicky, their growing friendship, and the closeness and love that led to so much more. The fun and sexy passion they shared—and the painful fights.

But why is Nicky here, at the house? And why is Pat so worried about it? As he goes downstairs to face Nicky, his family waits with bated breath to find out whether there’s another disaster looming—or whether Pat and Nicky’s story is something far more romantic.


Read on for an excerpt and all my links…

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New Release news + 40% off today at JMS Books

I have a new book coming out at JMS Books, and it’s on pre-order with a Special Discount TODAY ❤

It’s JM Snyder’s birthday – and mine! – so we’re all celebrating. There’s 40% off ALL books at the store, but only for today. Yes, go run over there …… LOL

BLURB: Although he’s nervous on his wedding day, Pat is taking all the stresses and mishaps in stride until his mother announces that Nicky — his first boyfriend — is at the door. Unexpectedly.

While his mum and sisters fuss around with family crises and preparations, Pat lets his mind wander, remembering how he met Nicky, their growing friendship, and the closeness and love that led to so much more. The fun and sexy passion they shared … and the painful fights.

But why is Nicky here, at the house? And why is Pat so worried about it? As he goes downstairs to face Nicky, his family waits with bated breath to find out whether there’s another disaster looming … or whether Pat and Nicky’s story is something far more romantic.

BUY LINK (at JMS books, all formats): https://www.jms-books.com/clare-london-c-224_265/the-right-choice-p-3175.html

NOTE: this is a re-edited and Extended version (now double the story!) of a book I originally published at Dreamspinner Press in one of their Daily Dose series.

NOTE 2: Non-US readers can certainly order from JMS, so don’t be put off by the warning message when you enter the site. Just order as usual, and rather than an immediate download, the file will be emailed to you – often just as quickly! ❤

Here’s my page at JMS Books, if you’re tempted by any of my books ;).

On the Red Carpet – V. L. Locey’s New Release + Giveaway

 

 
Length: 34,000 words approx.
 
Cover Reveal: Meredith Russell
 
Tales Of Bryant Series
Book #1 – Tales of Bryant – Amazon US | Amazon UK | Universal Link
Book #2 – Nine Small Sips – Amazon US | Amazon UK | Universal Link
 
Blurb

Will Devon and Caiden discover that their new love is a wrap after the filming ends?

Weddings, champagne, and slow dancing. It’s a lethal combination and one that has led film student Devon Maxwell into one awkward predicament. Brought in at the last minute to help his friends Isamu and Brian during their Bryant Park wedding, Devon was not prepared for Caiden Dell to sweep into his life. The spark of attraction between him and the hip film executive was instantaneous. That spark led them right into Caiden’s big bed for a night of pleasure that Devon will never be able to duplicate no matter how many takes life gives him.

To make things even more complicated, Caiden offers the recently vacated job of office intern to him. He’d be a fool to turn down an offer to work at Budgie in the Dell, the hottest LGBT film production company in the Big Apple. Looks as if Devon’s hopes of working in film are about to come true. He’s ready for days filled with tiring shoots, long hours, and irate actors. He just never dreamed his nights would overflow with passion, laughter, and whispers shared with a gorgeous, older lover.

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