Birthday Blog Month – Prize Hamper winner!

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ONE lucky commenter on my blog in January 2016 has won the Hamper. Thanks to ALL of you who contributed, read, enjoyed and commented on the posts through the month. If you want to catch up, they’re all archived HERE.

 

And now to announce the winner: TRACY GEE

Tracy, please email me and I’ll organise all your gifts 🙂

PLEASE CLAIM BY TUESDAY 16 FEB or I’ll draw the next name in the (virtual) hat.

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The 2016 (virtual) Prize Hamper includes:

GifStar£20 / $30 gift token to Amazon or other online bookstore, from Clare London.

GifStarA sterling silver and genuine gemstone rainbow necklace by Temple Dragon.

GifStar3 audio codes for free RJ Scott books – Guarding Morgan, The Christmas Throwaway and New York Christmas.
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GifStarChoice of photo from Temple Dragon:
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GifStarFree ebook downloads from the authors:
Winter Warmers anthology – Clare London. Josephine Myles, Chrissy Munder. Lou Harper, JL Merrow.
The Other Man edited by Paul Alan Fahey.
Muscling in by Lily Harlem.
No Woman Left Behind by Julie Moffett
A Fortunate Blizzard by LC Chase
Magic Mansion by Jordan Castillo Price
Out! by JL Merrow
Daring Adam by Aimee Brissay

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Birthday Blog Month – Rafflecopter Winners

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Here are the winners of my guests’ generous prizes
I’ll pass the email addresses on to the relevant authors, but please feel free to contact them yourselves, especially if you like their work.

The Virtual Hamper will be drawn next weekend! There’s still time for you to comment on ANY of the posts during the month and therefore be entered in the draw.

RJ Scott Rafflecopter giveaway
Five free ebooks – SADONNA

Meredith Russell Rafflecopter giveaway
Amazon $5 gift card – JULIE SMALL

Becky Black Rafflecopter giveaway
Free download of Mapping Shadows – NICKI BLAND

Alexa Milne Rafflecopter giveaway
Free download of Comfort Zone – SADONNA

Elin Gregory Rafflecopter giveaway
Amazon $5 gift card – JEN CW

Julie Moffett Rafflecopter giveaway
Free download of No One Lives Twice – JBST

LC Chase Rafflecopter giveaway
Etsy $25 gift card – TRACY GEE GEORGE

EM Lynley Rafflecopter giveaway
Dreamspinner Press $10 gift card – JBST

Joanna Chambers Rafflecopter giveaway
Free download from her backlist – SHIRLEY ANN SPEAKMAN

JL Merrow Rafflecopter giveaway
Free download from her backlist – SULA HOLLAND

Paul Alan Fahey Rafflecopter giveaway
Free download of books – TRIX

Mickie B Ashling Rafflecopter giveaway
Dreamspinner Press $10 gift card – MISSY ELLIS

Sarah Madison Rafflecopter giveaway
Free download of The Boys of Summer – TRIX

Lucy Felthouse Rafflecopter giveaway
Free download of her MM solo backlist – JULIANA

Caraway Carter Rafflecopter giveaway
Free download of The Scarlet Lock – JULIANA

 

 

Regrets? Have I had a few? Or… ?

Whether you find this video a bit cheesy or contrived…it’s made me think.

It’s helped me think about what I HAVE done in life so far, and what I DON’T regret, and what chances/opportunities I HAVE taken, regardless of what others may have thought at the time about my age, size, gender, training, background, suitability, class, habits, tastes, dignity, etc etc etc.

I won’t regret ANY of that :). In fact, I try never to look back and regret – I confess (celebrate?) the fact I’m lucky / open-minded / curious / bold / bloody-minded / rash enough to have done what I wanted most of the time. Or I’ve managed my expectations well enough to be content with my lot ^_~.

I didn’t have a chance in January to post MY day on the Birthday Blog LOL, but I’ll catch up soon. After I’ve taken a few more minutes to take stock.

xx to you all.

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Click on the pic to go to the video, or from THIS LINK.

Free Fiction Day at Clare London’s blog

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PLEASE ENJOY this list of my guests’ free fiction. Feel free to browse, and sample their style – and maybe buy a book from them. The adventure is there for you to take!

And feel free to add any more links in the comments. When I have time, I can add them to the birthday blog archive page.

 

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NOTE OF CAUTION: This list is NOT officially compiled, and is just for fun. There is NO specific recommendation or prioritisation, and I have not visited or reviewed all the links. WYSIWYG. Please make sure you read any warnings / terms / conditions on authors’ and bookstores’ sites.
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Here is FREE FICTION from many of my guest authors this month:
Becky Black | Clare London | Anne Barwell | R J Scott
Nicki J Markus | Chrissy Munder | Elin Gregory
Eli Easton 1 2 | L C ChaseJaime Samms
Dev Bentham | Joanna Chambers | Caraway Carter
J L Merrow | Lily Harlem | Jordan Castillo Price
Charlie Cochrane 1 2 | Aimee Brissay | Sarah Madison
Lucy Felthouse | Alex Jane | Lillian Francis |

From my previous Birthday Blog months at Live Journal.
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These links include many of your favourite authors – and free stories offered especially for the occasion – but I haven’t checked if all the website links are still active. Look on it as a treasure hunt! 🙂

From Facebook:
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Rainbow Snippets features snippets each weekend from a variety of authors.

From publishers, Groups, bookstores and online sites:
JMS Books | Dreamspinner Press | Loose Id Publishing | Amber Allure
Pride Publishing | Goodreads lists 1 2 3  | Full Moon Bites | Bookstrand
Queer Sci Fi |
Smashwords * | Online iTunes * | Amazon * | Google Play *
Barnes & Noble * | Free Booksy *
*NOTE: in many cases, the link leads to a LGBT category, but other genres may be available.

 

 

 

 

 

Birthday Blog Month – final chance for prizes

DON’T FORGET…

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Over the course of this month, there’s been a growing number of prizes in my Birthday Blog virtual hamper!

My guests have been very generous, and on Feb 5 I’ll draw the winner from all the commenters during the month. There’s still PLENTY OF TIME for you to catch up on all the posts at your leisure from HERE.

GifStarNOTE: There are several Rafflecopter draws still running, too. Look for the STAR in the posts. They’ll all be drawn after Jan 31. Read and comment on the relevant guest’s post to be entered in these draws.

RJ Scott Rafflecopter giveaway
Meredith Russell Rafflecopter giveaway
Becky Black Rafflecopter giveaway
Alexa Milne Rafflecopter giveaway
Elin Gregory Rafflecopter giveaway
Julie Moffett Rafflecopter giveaway
LC Chase Rafflecopter giveaway
EM Lynley Rafflecopter giveaway
Joanna Chambers Rafflecopter giveaway
JL Merrow Rafflecopter giveaway
Paul Alan Fahey Rafflecopter giveaway
Mickie B Ashling Rafflecopter giveaway
Sarah Madison Rafflecopter giveaway
Lucy Felthouse Rafflecopter giveaway
Caraway Carter Rafflecopter giveaway

And all the posts this month will be archived on my website so you can read and return to them as far in the future as you like :).

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Birthday Blog Month Jan30 – Thianna Durston

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

cheerToday’s guest is THIANNA DURSTON. 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!

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Happy January 🙂

Don’t you love this time of year? New beginnings. A new start. The crisp cold of winter and the hints of spring to come? I do. Maybe that’s why I love to give my characters new beginnings.

Finding-his-Home-200x300On Feb 26th, my new book Finding His Home will be released. Bastien is in definite need of a new start. He can’t come out at home as his family is anti-gay and he heads to Falcon Pointe, Washington to finally be himself. I have a particular fondness for all the men in my Men of Falcon Pointe series, but Bastien definitely brings out the protective side in me. Want a taste? Here’s a snippet from Finding His Home. Meet Bastien.

Excerpt:

“Hey, Trent. Long time no see. Don’t suppose you have a room for rent?” Bastien grimaced as the words tripped across his tongue. “Elder! Hei! Hei! Just about to start school, and the dorms suck. Rumor says you’re gay and might have a room for let?” Groaning, he gripped the handle of his shoulder bag as he pulled the other two suitcases behind him.

Never in his life would he have considered moving to Falcon Pointe, Washington. He liked the sun and the heat. Growing up in Mesa, Arizona did that to a person. But when he found out one of the men he knew on his mission had come out as gay and lived happily in Washington State with several other gay men, Bastien changed his plans. All of them.

At home for a year, he attended a local community college to get in the required general education courses most universities required while working full time in construction. Applying to Falcon Pointe was a no-brainer. But he always planned on contacting Trent Farnsworth to find a good place to live. Doubt and worry plagued him so much, he hadn’t done it. Just how was he supposed to contact Trent and say, “Hey, I’m gay too”? Not only was that a phrase he still struggled to admit out loud, but he was afraid his mail would get intercepted and his family would find out. Dear God. That would be destructive. His two older brothers were violently antigay, and his parents made no secret about the fact they thought gays were the newest plague.

Reaching the hold area on campus, Bastien stored his suitcases in two lockers. He had a week before school started, so if things didn’t work out with Trent, he was sure he could find other accommodations. But living with someone who had gone through what Bastien was about to do was the preferable option. He admitted to himself he was a bit of a scaredy-cat for not outing himself when he first realized—at age fourteen—that he liked guys. But with his religion telling him he was bad because of it and so many members talking about severe ways to get the gay out, he felt it best to cover up his sexuality.

And he’d done that really well. Too well, apparently, given his high school girlfriend waited for him the entire two years he was in Finland serving their church, and expected them to pick up right where they left off. In fact, both of their families expected him to propose. The worst thing was he probably would have if he hadn’t found out about Trent. The guy who told him—his first mission companion—no doubt expected him to be as disgusted as he was. Instead Bastien felt hope for the first time since he was fourteen.

“And now I get to go find the man and hope he doesn’t walk away.” Since he got off the plane that morning, Bastien had tried to figure out what to say. Nothing sounded right. When he held the conversations in his head, the words always came out sounding cheesy. Plus he always figured Farnsworth thought he was odd. Well, every companion he’d had thought he was odd. “No talking yourself out of this,” he hissed to himself, pulling out his phone and doing a quick map check to find his route to 959 Brenton Street.

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thianna_durston_avatar2Being able to be who one is is so important. All my time growing up I had to hide who I was inside as it wasn’t ‘acceptable’ to those around me. It still isn’t ‘acceptable’ in some circles, but I’ve reached an age where I don’t frickin’ care what others think of me. *grins* I’m a happy, kinky, metaphysical girl who doesn’t take crap from anyone.

So tell me, with this month of new beginnings and new starts, what part of you are you putting out there?

 

Finding-his-Home-200x300About the book:
Sebastien Cather moves to Falcon Pointe with a dream to live life his way. Offered a room at 959 Brenton Street, he discovers how liberating it can feel to live among accepting people, especially in a household where they practice loving physical discipline. And he quickly gains a boyfriend in Avery, a fellow student. Unfortunately Avery isn’t his first choice. His roommate David is fascinating and good-looking, and Bastien would do anything to have him—but he doesn’t think the attraction is returned.

Tensions rise as his roommates’ wedding is threatened and his present and past lives clash. Outed by the national media, Bastien knows he will never be able to return home again. Just as he’s sure he can’t handle any more stress, David shows his interest. Bastien slowly makes his way forward, trying to find firm footing in the minefield that is his life. But when his landlord makes an announcement about the future of the house, it may change all of his dreams.

Pre-buy from Dreamspinner:

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About the author:
Thianna Durston is a writer by day and supernova by night. Or at least that’s what the faeries tell her. And who is she to deny those pesky *cough* lovely little creatures?

She lives in the Pacific Northwest, though her heart belongs elsewhere. In the meantime, until she can return to the place she calls home, she happily lives in a city that still thinks it’s a small town. Thankfully, it has given her muse lots of amusing places to start a story.

Find her at:
Website | BlogFacebookTwitterGoogle+Goodreads

 

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Follow all 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.
Jan 07: Anne Barwell on her WWII trilogy at Dreamspinner Press.
Jan 08: Elin Gregory on reviews – past, present and future.
Jan 09: Eli Easton on mature heroes and our life choices.
Jan 10: Julie Moffett on the geek in us all.
Jan 11: Jaime Samms and the rewards of an online life.
Jan 12: LC Chase on paying kindness forward.
Jan 12: EM Lynley on the recipes that add taste to her books.
Jan 13: Nicki J Markus on falling in love with her characters.
Jan 14: Vicktor Alexander on giving thanks to friends and fans.
Jan 16: Joanna Chambers on the spark of joy from reading and writing romance.
Jan 17: Jordan Castillo Price on esteem-building new year do-overs.
Jan 18: Lillian Francis on deciding on when to come to an end.
Jan 18: Hunter Frost on a Top Ten new anthology.
Jan 19: Lily Harlem on hot fiction and cool drinks.
Jan 19: Liam Livings on how writing is like ski-ing.
Jan 20: JL Merrow on being a boot-aholic.
Jan 21: Paul Alan Fahey on growing up gay in the 1950/60s.
Jan 22: Mickie B Ashling on her new period novel set in Pakistan.
Jan 22: BJ Sheppard on his new cover services business.
Jan 23: Aimee Brissay on her publishing plans for 2016.
Jan 24: Sarah Madison on her age anorexia.
Jan 25: Deanna Wadsworth on the Rainbow Romance Writers Chapter of RWA.
Jan 25: Alex Jane on her story so far – and the UK Meet 2015
Jan 26: Caraway Carter on love and thanking his Mom
Jan 27: Lucy Felthouse on love in the Peak District.
Jan 27: Mercy Celeste on our friendship and embarrassing Clare 🙂
Jan 29: Charlie Cochrane on taking the kids to see Shakespeare.
Jan 29: Dev Bentham on the role of secondary characters.
Jan 30: Thianna Durston on new beginnings.

Birthday Blog Month Jan29 – Dev Bentham

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

cheerToday’s guest is DEV BENTHAM. 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!

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oscarsAnd the Oscar for best supporting character goes to…

Oh, Clare, your birthday month is almost over. Thanks so much for letting me crash, I mean join, your party.

You’re the hero of this birthday month, but lately I’ve. been thinking about secondary characters. In a romance, that means anyone other than the two (or three or whatever) lovers. Romantic may get laid, but secondary characters do fun stuff, too. They add color to the story, bring out the backstory of the main characters and move the plot along, and they also tell us a lot about the main characters. It’s the same for all of us, isn’t it? While we’re not defined by our relationships with other people, they are certainly important to who we are. Of course, a book would get cluttered quickly if it was populated by the same number of friends, family members and acquaintances that enrich our real lives. But even paired down to the minimum, the quality of a character’s relationships speaks volumes.

One of the reasons I’ve been thinking about this is because of an apparent contradiction in the lives of my two main characters in Whistle Blower. Jacob lives in New York City, surrounded by others. His self-image is as someone who’s good with people. But he’s not close to his family and has only one friend. Ben, on the other hand, literally lives on a remote island in the middle of nowhere and sees himself as having withdrawn from the world. Yet he’s supported by close family and friends.

It all leaves me wondering what my own intimate circle says about me. I have a bracelet with the saying: hero in my own story. Which is true. But I’m a secondary character in the lives of everyone else around me. Or a footnote, cut out of the narrative for simplicity’s sake. Hope I at least get some good lines.

I’m excited to share the news that my new book, Whistle Blower, with Jacob and Ben and all those secondary characters, will come out from Dreamspinner Press on February 5th. Thanks Clare, for letting me come on here and babble about it at your birthday party. You’re a true hero.

What’s the book about? It’s a love story.

WhistleBlowerFSMoney can’t buy happiness. Jacob Nussbaum knows this better than anyone. He’s a corporate lawyer deep inside a huge New York firm, where he works overtime, sacrifices any chance at a personal life, and has been selling his soul for years. With a secretary as his only friend, he trudges on, until his whole world is blown apart by a manila envelope of photos—evidence that one of the firm’s partners is the dirtiest lawyer in one hell of a filthy business.

In search of the truth, Jacob travels to a small northern Wisconsin fishing resort. There he meets Ben Anderson, a brutally lonely man, who knocks him off his feet. Ben prompts Jacob to reevaluate his life. He’s a dozen years older than Jacob, still recovering from the death of his long time love, and doesn’t want to leave anyone a widower. But a jaded New Yorker on a soul-searching mission might be just the man to convince the grieving Ben that it’s never too late to begin again.

Whistle Blower at Dreamspinner | Amazon | Barnes&Noble | AllRomance | Kobo

 

1TW_4514 Dev Bentham writes soulful m/m romance. Her characters are flawed and damaged adult men who may not even know what they are missing, but whose lives are transformed by true love.

Find her at DevBentham.com

Email: devbentham@yahoo.com

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/Dev-Bentham-227931843928203/

 

 

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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.
Jan 07: Anne Barwell on her WWII trilogy at Dreamspinner Press.
Jan 08: Elin Gregory on reviews – past, present and future.
Jan 09: Eli Easton on mature heroes and our life choices.
Jan 10: Julie Moffett on the geek in us all.
Jan 11: Jaime Samms and the rewards of an online life.
Jan 12: LC Chase on paying kindness forward.
Jan 12: EM Lynley on the recipes that add taste to her books.
Jan 13: Nicki J Markus on falling in love with her characters.
Jan 14: Vicktor Alexander on giving thanks to friends and fans.
Jan 16: Joanna Chambers on the spark of joy from reading and writing romance.
Jan 17: Jordan Castillo Price on esteem-building new year do-overs.
Jan 18: Lillian Francis on deciding on when to come to an end.
Jan 18: Hunter Frost on a Top Ten new anthology.
Jan 19: Lily Harlem on hot fiction and cool drinks.
Jan 19: Liam Livings on how writing is like ski-ing.
Jan 20: JL Merrow on being a boot-aholic.
Jan 21: Paul Alan Fahey on growing up gay in the 1950/60s.
Jan 22: Mickie B Ashling on her new period novel set in Pakistan.
Jan 22: BJ Sheppard on his new cover services business.
Jan 23: Aimee Brissay on her publishing plans for 2016.
Jan 24: Sarah Madison on her age anorexia.
Jan 25: Deanna Wadsworth on the Rainbow Romance Writers Chapter of RWA.
Jan 25: Alex Jane on her story so far – and the UK Meet 2015
Jan 26: Caraway Carter on love and thanking his Mom
Jan 27: Lucy Felthouse on love in the Peak District.
Jan 27: Mercy Celeste on our friendship and embarrassing Clare 🙂
Jan 29: Charlie Cochrane on taking the kids to see Shakespeare.

Birthday Blog Month Jan29 – Charlie Cochrane

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

cheerToday’s guest is CHARLIE COCHRANE. 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!

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In praise of…taking children to see Shakespeare plays!

rsc-01In the light of the untimely death of Alan Rickman I’ve been recently musing about the wonderful Shakespeare plays we’ve been to see. Stratford happens to be one of my favourite places and when we were first married, long before we had strings of whompers in tow, we used to go up there (or to the Barbican) regularly to watch the Royal Shakespeare Company or other great companies of players. And some fantastic plays and actors we saw; Patrick Stewart as Titus Andronicus, Derek Jacobi as both Prospero and Benedict, Ben Kingsley as Othello, Anthony Sher as Richard III, the aforementioned Alan Rickman as a hilariously sardonic Jacques – and not forgetting Dustin Hoffman as Shylock.

imageThere was, however, a gap in our bard viewing when the children were young and we couldn’t face forcing them to sit through anything more demanding than a pantomime. Then we were brave and took them up to London to see Midsummer Night’s Dream in the open air at Regent’s Park – what a revelation! The little ‘un, who must have been only six, laughed so much that the woman in front kept turning round to look at her in amazement. It meant Shakespeare was back on the menu.

Since then we’ve been back up the M40 to see our beloved Patrick Stewart as Prospero, David Tennant as Hamlet and a wonderful production of As You Like It. (And we’ve also gone along the M27 to see the astonishingly versatile Patrick Stewart as a hilarious Malvolio in a performance of Twelfth Night that brilliantly explored some of the extraordinary gender issues in that play.)

Now, I can gauge that there’ll be some reaction out there which is immediate envy and I’ll apologise for our luck at being so close to such great theatre. But there’ll also be some people who think we’re bonkers at taking the whompers to such highbrow stuff.

Don’t the kids misbehave and make a noise? No, they’re too engrossed. And if you expect them to behave well, they usually do.

Don’t they struggle to follow what goes on? No more than their father does and, if the acting and staging is good enough, that doesn’t matter – they’ll just be swept along.

Don’t they get bored? Not half as much as if they just read the plays.

midsummer_2247626b1-300x187Shakespeare’s plays only come alive on the stage and when they’re filled with really good actors, people who have a grasp of timing and intonation and stage business. Getting a class of kids to reads parts aloud risks missing half the point and all of the jokes. Ever seen somebody get three laughs with, “I go, I go; look how I go, Swifter than arrow from the Tartar’s bow”? It’s not funny when you read it, but I’ve seen an actor milk those lines for laughs. And very funny he was, too.

Maybe that’s the key. See Shakespeare played well, in a non gimmicky production, with people who get the comedy and get the tragedy. And don’t leave the kids at home – they might explain what’s happening onstage to you!

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As Charlie Cochrane couldn’t be trusted to do any of her jobs of choice—like managing a rugby team—she writes. Her favourite genre is gay fiction, sometimes historical (sometimes hysterical) and usually with a mystery thrown into the mix.

She’s a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, Mystery People, and International Thriller Writers Inc., with titles published by Carina, Samhain, Bold Strokes Books, Lethe, MLR, and Riptide.

To sign up for her newsletter, email her at cochrane.charlie2@googlemail.com, or catch her at:

FacebookTwitterGoodreads | Blog at LJ and WPWebsite

 

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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.
Jan 07: Anne Barwell on her WWII trilogy at Dreamspinner Press.
Jan 08: Elin Gregory on reviews – past, present and future.
Jan 09: Eli Easton on mature heroes and our life choices.
Jan 10: Julie Moffett on the geek in us all.
Jan 11: Jaime Samms and the rewards of an online life.
Jan 12: LC Chase on paying kindness forward.
Jan 12: EM Lynley on the recipes that add taste to her books.
Jan 13: Nicki J Markus on falling in love with her characters.
Jan 14: Vicktor Alexander on giving thanks to friends and fans.
Jan 16: Joanna Chambers on the spark of joy from reading and writing romance.
Jan 17: Jordan Castillo Price on esteem-building new year do-overs.
Jan 18: Lillian Francis on deciding on when to come to an end.
Jan 18: Hunter Frost on a Top Ten new anthology.
Jan 19: Lily Harlem on hot fiction and cool drinks.
Jan 19: Liam Livings on how writing is like ski-ing.
Jan 20: JL Merrow on being a boot-aholic.
Jan 21: Paul Alan Fahey on growing up gay in the 1950/60s.
Jan 22: Mickie B Ashling on her new period novel set in Pakistan.
Jan 22: BJ Sheppard on his new cover services business.
Jan 23: Aimee Brissay on her publishing plans for 2016.
Jan 24: Sarah Madison on her age anorexia.
Jan 25: Deanna Wadsworth on the Rainbow Romance Writers Chapter of RWA.
Jan 25: Alex Jane on her story so far – and the UK Meet 2015
Jan 26: Caraway Carter on love and thanking his Mom
Jan 27: Lucy Felthouse on love in the Peak District.
Jan 27: Mercy Celeste on our friendship and embarrassing Clare 🙂

 

Birthday Blog Month Jan27 – Mercy Celeste

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

cheerToday’s guest is MERCY CELESTE. 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!

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I’m not particularly good at blogging on blogs other than my own. I get this strange sense of panic that maybe I’m silly and should probably not venture outside my own front door into polite society. Not that I’m a slob. Or unwashed. I have manners. I’m actually kind of quiet. I’m the where’s the pet person at other people’s houses. Nice kitty, nice puppy. Hi who’s the pretty doggie? That would be me.

When Clare asked me to write something for her big blog month I was thrilled. This was in December. It’s currently January 24th, and I’m scheduled for the 27th, which comes about six hours earlier for Clare than it does for me and I STILL have no idea what I’m going to write.

I’ve read the blog all month. Lots of interesting posts. Lots of interesting books. So many varied topics.

I’m just over here with no new books and unless we want to discuss my dog Dawg then I’m not really involved in anything at the moment. You see I’m taking a year off from pretty much everything. I’m just doing family things and watching television and chilling. I haven’t stopped running for at least three years it seems. I have nothing interesting to report or huh?

So, I met the lovely Clare London at my first GRL in ABQ four years ago. I don’t know if she remembers me. It was in the swag room, I was chatting with Tom Webb. Tom Webb is from Atlanta, Georgia. He has a very distinctive accent. I’m from Florida, I live in Alabama. I have a very distinctive accent. And when two southerners get together we forget that we have a language all our own. Clare just happened to walk up on us in that moment and like all good southerners do, we let the accents get thicker and the slang get slangier. I think we even ‘blessed her heart’ once or twice. She said she couldn’t understand a word we said, in that wonderful English accent of hers.

The next time I met Clare was in Chicago, for yep, you guessed it, GRL. I can’t remember if she went to the one in Atlanta but in Chicago I had the privilege to sit next to Clare at the opening night dinner. There were show tunes involved. Clare has a nice singing voice. I believe there were adult beverages in her sippy cup. Of all of the dinners at GRL that was probably the best one. Clare led us in a nice sing along. We decorated the mini pumpkins with inappropriate symbols. It was all good.091 (1)

I guess maybe I did find my topic after all.

It’s been lovely knowing Clare, she’s sweet with more than a touch of sass. I like that in a person. She also writes lovely books. I like that in a person too.

But you know what else I like? This picture. It’s awesome.

Happy Birthday month my lovely friend and thank you for inviting me.

Smooches,

Mercy Celeste

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Visit me over on my blog for a massive giveaway, just comment on Day 8 with “Clare sent me”.

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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.
Jan 07: Anne Barwell on her WWII trilogy at Dreamspinner Press.
Jan 08: Elin Gregory on reviews – past, present and future.
Jan 09: Eli Easton on mature heroes and our life choices.
Jan 10: Julie Moffett on the geek in us all.
Jan 11: Jaime Samms and the rewards of an online life.
Jan 12: LC Chase on paying kindness forward.
Jan 12: EM Lynley on the recipes that add taste to her books.
Jan 13: Nicki J Markus on falling in love with her characters.
Jan 14: Vicktor Alexander on giving thanks to friends and fans.
Jan 16: Joanna Chambers on the spark of joy from reading and writing romance.
Jan 17: Jordan Castillo Price on esteem-building new year do-overs.
Jan 18: Lillian Francis on deciding on when to come to an end.
Jan 18: Hunter Frost on a Top Ten new anthology.
Jan 19: Lily Harlem on hot fiction and cool drinks.
Jan 19: Liam Livings on how writing is like ski-ing.
Jan 20: JL Merrow on being a boot-aholic.
Jan 21: Paul Alan Fahey on growing up gay in the 1950/60s.
Jan 22: Mickie B Ashling on her new period novel set in Pakistan.
Jan 22: BJ Sheppard on his new cover services business.
Jan 23: Aimee Brissay on her publishing plans for 2016.
Jan 24: Sarah Madison on her age anorexia.
Jan 25: Deanna Wadsworth on the Rainbow Romance Writers Chapter of RWA.
Jan 25: Alex Jane on her story so far – and the UK Meet 2015.
Jan 26: Caraway Carter on love and thanking his Mom.
Jan 27: Lucy Felthouse on love in the Peak District.

Birthday Blog Month Jan27 – Lucy Felthouse

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

cheerToday’s guest is LUCY FELTHOUSE. 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!

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Peak District Prettiness in Love on Location by Lucy Felthouse

It’s no secret to anyone that follows me on social media or reads my blog posts that I’m a fan of the Peak District, in England. And now you know, too, it’ll be no surprise that I write about it a fair amount in my books, too.

loveonlocation_coverLove on Location is a perfect example. When I first started thinking about my contribution to the Brit Boys: On Boys boxed set (where this novella first appeared), I knew I wanted to set my story in the British countryside, and the Peak District was the obvious choice for me. But who would my characters be, how would they meet, what was their story? Once I’d gotten the basics figured out, the story pretty much wrote itself. It’s set in the fictional village of Stoneydale (for those that are interested, or think they might recognise the place, it’s based on Tissington), and because I know the real place so well, I just let the story unfold. I didn’t have to stop to check on locations, do fact-checking, and so on. Not that it would have mattered, of course, since the village in the story is fictional, but it’s always much easier for me to write places if I can visualise them in my mind.

2015-12-26 12.14.45 HDRThe village and surrounding area are as much a part of the story as the characters, really. For example, the boys, while out for a walk, end up sheltering beneath a bridge on a local trail. It makes me smile every time I pass by now. I very much hope that readers will appreciate the local flavour, and will be transported to the beautiful places as they read about them.

Happy Reading!
Lucy x

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Blurb:

When Theo Samuels heads off to film on location in the village of Stoneydale, he’s expecting drama to take place on camera, not off. But when he meets gorgeous local lad, Eddie Henderson, he struggles to ignore his attraction. A relationship between the two of them would be utterly impractical, yet they’re drawn together nonetheless. Can they overcome the seemingly endless hurdles between them? Or is their fling destined to remain as just that?

Note: Love on Location has been previously released as part of the Brit Boys: On Boys boxed set.

Buy from Amazon, or read as part of your Kindle Unlimited subscription: http://mybook.to/loveonlocation

Add to your Goodreads shelves: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28373646-love-on-location

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Excerpt:

Theodore Albert Samuels strode through Stoneydale Hall, barely giving the opulent furnishings, the priceless art or the stunning architecture a second glance. It belonged to him, after all. It was all his, his birthright, his inheritance.

He stopped suddenly. “Damn,” he muttered under his breath, hoping none of the film crew were taking any notice of him. Looking over, it appeared they were still absorbed in figuring out lighting, props and where the actors should stand to get the best shots. Good—he wasn’t due to have a camera pointed at him for another two days; plenty of time to get his head around his role. And it was imperative he did—it was his biggest and highest profile part to date. If he got this right, it could truly launch his career. Maybe even into Oscar-winning territory.

Taking several deep breaths, he pulled himself up to his full height of 6ft 4” and adopted a haughty, disinterested manner—channelling Mr Darcy, perhaps? Either the one from Pride and Prejudice or Bridget Jones’ Diary would do.

I am William Arthur Stoneydale. And this property is mine.

They’d pretty much been given the run of the house—the real owners having gone to the south of France for the summer—so Theo continued marching around, upstairs and down, pulling in everything he could from his surroundings to make him truly feel like lord of the manor.

Sighing, he ran a hand through his mop of black curls and headed out into the gardens. They were beautiful; all manicured lawns, parterres, rose gardens, arches and perfectly placed shrubs. Despite the perfection, Theo felt more comfortable here—probably because he’d always been an outdoorsy sort, ever since he was a child. Only the strict yet loving influences of his parents had coaxed him inside to do his homework, study for his exams and eventually land himself a place at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, better known as RADA.

The latter had been completely his choice—his mother and father had only wanted him to work hard and do his best. His career options had not been chosen by them, only supported.

Slumping onto a bench, Theo reminded himself of his parents’ wholehearted support and belief. That, and the fact he’d graduated from RADA with a first. Following that, he’d gone from strength to strength.

“Come on, Theo,” he muttered to himself. “You can do this. It’s just another role. A role you can play. Can be.”

His solo pep talk was interrupted by the sound of footsteps crunching on gravel. Then, from behind a line of expertly done topiary appeared a young man, perhaps a few years Theo’s junior.

“Oh,” the other man said, slowing as he spotted Theo, “sorry. Didn’t know anyone would be out here. You’re not filming, are you?” He looked around for cameras. “I was told it wouldn’t be for a few days, give me time to finish—”

Theo cut him off. “Relax, mate, there’s no filming today. Not anywhere. The crew are still setting things up.”

The other man heaved a sigh of relief. “Oh, that’s all right then. Gave me a fright, that did. I need to make sure everything’s spot on in the gardens before they get rolling. So, what’s the star of the show doing out here by himself, anyway?”

Theo gave a wry grin. “Oh, I don’t know about star.”

The man made a scoffing sound. Then, “That’s not what I’ve heard. I’m Eddie, by the way. Eddie Henderson.”

Theo took the hand that was offered, and shook it. “Theodore Samuels. Theo. Nice to meet you.”

“You too. So, you never answered my question. Everything all right?”

“Yeah, I suppose,” Theo said with a shrug. “Just nerves, I think. I’m struggling to get into the right mindset for this character. But I’ve got a couple of days—so I won’t panic just yet. Actually,” he paused as a bright idea illuminated his brain, “could I ask you something?”

Eddie took a seat beside Theo on the bench, and it was only when they were up close and personal that he realised just how handsome the younger man was. He had a lightly-muscled build, ginger hair, a riot of freckles on his face and forearms, blue-green eyes and a slight gap between his two front teeth. Cute and sexy all at once. Christ, he’s going to be trouble.

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Author Bio:

Lucy Felthouse is the award-winning author of erotic romance novels Stately Pleasures (named in the top 5 of Cliterati.co.uk’s 100 Modern Erotic Classics That You’ve Never Heard Of, and an Amazon bestseller) and Eyes Wide Open (an Amazon bestseller). Including novels, short stories and novellas, she has over 140 publications to her name. She owns Erotica For All, is book editor for Cliterati, and is one eighth of The Brit Babes. Find out more about her writing at http://lucyfelthouse.co.uk, or on Twitter and Facebook. You can also subscribe to her monthly newsletter at: http://eepurl.com/gMQb9

 

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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.
Jan 07: Anne Barwell on her WWII trilogy at Dreamspinner Press.
Jan 08: Elin Gregory on reviews – past, present and future.
Jan 09: Eli Easton on mature heroes and our life choices.
Jan 10: Julie Moffett on the geek in us all.
Jan 11: Jaime Samms and the rewards of an online life.
Jan 12: LC Chase on paying kindness forward.
Jan 12: EM Lynley on the recipes that add taste to her books.
Jan 13: Nicki J Markus on falling in love with her characters.
Jan 14: Vicktor Alexander on giving thanks to friends and fans.
Jan 16: Joanna Chambers on the spark of joy from reading and writing romance.
Jan 17: Jordan Castillo Price on esteem-building new year do-overs.
Jan 18: Lillian Francis on deciding on when to come to an end.
Jan 18: Hunter Frost on a Top Ten new anthology.
Jan 19: Lily Harlem on hot fiction and cool drinks.
Jan 19: Liam Livings on how writing is like ski-ing.
Jan 20: JL Merrow on being a boot-aholic.
Jan 21: Paul Alan Fahey on growing up gay in the 1950/60s.
Jan 22: Mickie B Ashling on her new period novel set in Pakistan.
Jan 22: BJ Sheppard on his new cover services business.
Jan 23: Aimee Brissay on her publishing plans for 2016.
Jan 24: Sarah Madison on her age anorexia.
Jan 25: Deanna Wadsworth on the Rainbow Romance Writers Chapter of RWA.
Jan 25: Alex Jane on her story so far – and the UK Meet 2015
Jan 26: Caraway Carter on love and thanking his Mom