Clare’s Collections – coffee cups signing out!

I never collected much of anything as a child. I have NO IDEA where the desire comes from now, as an adult. But I collect LOTS! And so I’m sharing some of the pretty, to stop Hubby from boxing it all away in the loft when he gets tired of it around the house :).

And there’s more… Coffee Cups.

This is the last for a while – not that I’m stopping collecting LOL just that I’m wary of wearying you all with my personal obsessions. This is another charity purchase, a full set of 4 cups, from the wonderful Saturday market in Lymington, when we were there for the weekend last year.

Do you browse charity shops and fairs? What’s your favourite thing to collect?

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Summer reads in Gay Romance – Giveaway

The sun’s out (somewhere in the world LOL) and there’s nothing better than sitting back and relaxing with a good book!

A bunch of glorious HEAs for your summer reading! Visit Summer Loving Guys, running from the 7 – 21 July 2019.

Including my Home Sweet Home, and a whole host of other great books :D.

The attraction between Chaz and Ryan is as strong as ever but they’ve taken a relationship break, frustrated by each other’s lifestyle. Chaz is a drifter, casual to the point of careless. Ryan is a control freak, preferring order and organisation. It just wasn’t working between them.
When Chaz moves apartment yet again, the project is fraught with chaos and plenty of breakages. Despite Chaz’s determination to be independent, Ryan comes to help out. And Chaz admits he’s grateful for the friendly support. Or at least, that’s how it starts.
He realises just how much he’s missed Ryan: just how much the other man’s care added to his life. Maybe it’s not too late to make some changes. Maybe there can be a middle ground for two such different men – because the reward is worth it.
*10k words.

 

 

 

Backlist Bitz

A series of Exclusive Excerpts from my backlist – which always needs some extra love *wink*. Today it’s BLINDED BY OUR EYES: an erotic crime story set in the London art world, with suspense, murder, and an ending that is satisfying for the crime, and HFN for the romance.
BLURB: London art dealer Charles Garrett has devoted his life to appreciating and acquiring beauty, both in art and in his companions. His fashionable life is rocked to the core when he discovers the body of a young artist, Paolo Valero, in a pool of blood in his gallery.

As Paolo’s mentor, Charles is haunted by the horror of his violent death. Seeking closure, he investigates Paolo’s past and soon discovers a tangled web of motives and potential suspects, some closer to home than he ever imagined. He’s drawn to Antony Walker, an aggressive, handsome sculptor with unsavory ties to Paolo. Charles is unsettled by Antony’s forceful nature but irresistibly attracted to his passion and his art.

When the evidence points toward Antony’s guilt, Charles is thrown into emotional turmoil. Has he lost his heart to a killer?

Buy here: Amazon | Nook Kobo | Google Play
Add it to your Goodreads here.
See the AUDIOBOOK here.


EXCERPT:

The interview room at the police station was small and bleak. A smooth coat of off-white paint and a selection of plastic furniture made no concessions to comfort. I’d been brought a cup of tea but I hadn’t touched it so far. I hadn’t been handcuffed or cautioned, and I didn’t think anyone was watching me through a one-way mirror, but the officer’s attitude was harsh, nonetheless. Suspicious.

“I just found him like that.” I bit back the nausea. “I told you everything already.”

“You don’t live over the shop?”

I frowned. “You mean the gallery? No, I have a flat in Bayswater.” They had the address, didn’t they? I was sure they’d written it down at some stage.

“But you called in to the gallery, so late at night. Ten-thirty, or thereabouts. What was the reason for that, sir?”

“I wanted to check out the displays. I’ve been away for a couple of days.” I wasn’t going to tell this man how attracted I felt to the gallery, at any time of day or night. It was always a pleasure to go there, for whatever reason. Or at least, it had been until tonight.

He glanced down at some sheets of paper in front of him. His hair was trimmed to just above his collar. Dark brown, tousled. His shirt looked clean but lined, as if it had only just come out of the packet. “Yes. We’re checking that with the airline.”

I started to shake my head then stopped myself.

“No one called you? Asked you to come around? Maybe you had an arrangement to meet someone on your return. At the gallery.”

“No. Nothing like that. I just dropped in. I didn’t expect…” I swallowed hard. My throat was dry, but the tea didn’t look any more inviting than it had before. “I didn’t expect anyone else to be there.” I glanced down at my shirt. There was a smear of dried blood over the lower buttons from where I’d held Joseph.

The policeman fanned out the papers, then shuffled them back together. “You have other tenants, though?”

“I rent out the art studios above the gallery.” There were just a few rooms but they were very popular with artists who didn’t have facilities themselves. It also gave the gallery a certain unique character. That helped with the promotion, of course, with getting established in a challenging market. “But they don’t often work at night, and it’s usually with prior agreement. They’d need a key.”

He tensed up very slightly. “And who has a key?” Continue reading

Smashwords store-wide Sale this month

Smashwords Summer/Winter Sale NOW ON

Discover many of your favourite authors – and brand new ones! – at Smashwords’ promotion all this month. Click my banner below to browse my books.

Many books at all levels of discount, 25% to 100% OFF!

“The sale already features nearly 55,000 ebooks with deep discounts of 25%-, 50%-, and 75%-off, as well as FREE. Over 600 series starters are enrolled in the sale at FREE, joining 5,500 series starters that are free every day.”

Sale Dates:  1 July – 31 July 2019

 

Clare’s Collections

I never collected much of anything as a child. I have NO IDEA where the desire comes from now, as an adult. But I collect LOTS! And so I’m sharing some of the pretty, to stop Hubby from boxing it all away in the loft when he gets tired of it around the house :).

And there’s more… Coffee Cups.

*SIGH* another set I can’t remember the provenance! I love the bold colours, even the blue inside. Though I’m a bit “off” about coloured insides in a cup, as if it makes the coffee taste different – do you have any odd habits like that (or is it just me)?

The Summer Read Blogshop is LIVE!

I’ve opened the Summer Blogshop window TODAY – so please visit! And tell ALL your friends as well. It’s a fab opportunity to find summer reads, plus to support your author friends. Lots of fabulous authors and books are there, find new and old favourites.

Scroll down the list of 60+ books as often and for as long as you like – the page will be up until 31 August.

And HUGE thanks to my Fab Friend Sue Brown who helped with the mini-blurbs. I forgot I was at Euro Pride Con last weekend – and recovering from the fun today! – and without her help the page wouldn’t be live today.

AUTHORS: I can still add books at any time, so let me know about your LGBTQ summer titles for FREE promo! You can email me, message me on Facebook, use blogshop@clarelondon.com, or the contact form on the blog itself. Any way is fine!
All books are welcome, backlist/new release, any genre (though please let me know if they need a warning e.g. horror/taboo), any length. SUMMER is the theme, but it’s not a strict rule, so feel free to offer any stories that touch on the season.