When did I sign up for Pronoun? What is this mystical site whereby I received the gladdeous news today:
Your book is in the top 4% of all books in:
Literature & Fiction > Fiction > Gay
#1060 in category.
Happy, nonetheless – and Hugely Grateful to all who’ve bought it, shared the news, supported my latest book, and just generally held me upright when needed!
Morning all :). Unaccustomed as I am to tooting my own horn… no, seriously.
I received note of three lovely reviews last week, on two of my titles. I cannot describe how much that made my day(s)!
In my writing and publishing journey so far, I’ve had great reviews, I’ve had bleahh reviews, I’ve had downright weird, incomprehensible ones :). And I reckon I’ve developed a pretty sanguine approach to them now. (though let’s not talk about how long that’s taken LOL….)
But to read a thoughtful, carefully and individually penned commentary, laced with enthusiasm and appreciation of the story and the characters….
WOW. Always a startling joy.
Thank you, all those who read, love and SHARE.
/end of rather slushy post. It has been a rather grim start to the year for me, is all I can say in my defence, albeit nothing to do with writing.
Oh, and the reviews?!
How the Other Half Lives at Boy Meets Boy Reviews
and Hearts on Fire Reviews.
A Good Neighbour at OnTopDownUnder Reviews.
(currently on pre-order at Dreamspinner Press)
A fabulously thorough and thoughtful review of this FREE anthology at DSP Publications.
14 authors contribute their stories – find your favourites and discover new ones!
BLURB: Humankind possesses a dual nature, the ability to rise to the brightest heights—or sink to the darkest and most perverse depths.
What inspires some to reach the pinnacles of virtue while others cannot resist the temptations of vice? Is it something innate, or a result of destiny and circumstance?
Delve into the minds and spirits of saints and sinners alike with a collection of stories that explore the call toward good or evil—and the consequences of answering it. For while rewards certainly await the righteous, there are also pleasures to be found in the darkness. Venture off the expected path with some of the most innovative voices in LGBT speculative fiction as they present their unique takes on the classic vices and virtues.
Includes my story TRAITOR (Fortitude):
Two men face each other from opposing sides of the political fence: the interrogator and the traitor.
Aiden Hanwell rarely knows the name of prisoners he interrogates on behalf of MI5’s specialist Department. But at their London base, he’s shocked to find Cameron Fischer – a man he knows only too well. Cam was a fellow agent but defected to a terrorist cell six months ago, turning traitor to the Department and to Aiden, his lover. Now Cam has returned, but as a prisoner with no hope of escape.
Aiden struggles to understand Cam’s motives while nursing his personal pain. Cam is haunted by his betrayal of a lover he’d cared for deeply. In those tense hours, neither of them can see any common ground or chance to reconcile, unless there are other secrets to be uncovered—and their skills are up to the task.
(many thanks to Kazza K at ontopdownunder for the graphic)
There’s a lovely review of DOUBLE SCOOP at Hearts on Fire Reviews today!
EXCERPT: “…Finally, finally, FINALLY!! The story of Patrick the oblivious and Lee the adorable! Finally! I am a fan of the With a Kick series but I have been waiting for these two. I was very worried, since these two have been present throughout the series, wanting and not doing anything about it. Would it be as good as I hoped they’d be? Thank ice cream, YES!…”
🙂 Hop on over and read this lovely and enthusiastic review. There’s a lot of great stuff going on at the Hearts on Fire Reviews site!
And all the info about DOUBLE SCOOP and the other books in the series is HERE.
I’m so thrilled at the responses received in reviews for BRANDED. After all, it’s a whopping book, and fantasy i.e. not my more familiar genre :). But the overall readers’ impression seems to be that it’s worth the investment.
It has a new home at DSP Publications nowadays, where they appreciate and welcome genres, themes and pairings beyond a central MM romance.
My heartfelt thanks to all readers!
The most recent review is from Brandilyn at Prism Book Alliance:
EXCERPT from review…
…Along the way, however, you get a fantastic story from which you will not be able to walk away. There is action, adventure, friendship, betrayal, loyalty, and so much more. There are fights to the death and jealous frenemies. There is a lot of soul searching and heart searching. There are the opening of eyes and opening of minds. There are servitude and the status quo. There are rebellion and hope. There are love and passion.
And a previous review from Joyfully Jay:
EXCERPT from review…
…Overall, this is a well-planned story with plenty of themes to keep you rooting for the OTP and plot twists to keep you turning pages. Branded has a wide cast of characters that support the action and themes well. London does a fair job at making supporting characters clearly have lives not just to further the plot because the main character requires it, but are shown to have their own independent reasons and motivating factors. The prose isn’t particularly challenging, which helps the 400-odd pages fly by without those awkward moments of forgetting who is doing what and why. I’d recommend this book to anyone who wants an involving story that won’t require you to take notes just to keep everything straight. It’s got a great mix of sex and love, power and politics, and self-discovery and acceptance.
My author copies of BRANDED have arrived!!
See my crappy photo!!! 🙂
They look like they’re all poised in the starting blocks. Not that they’re going anywhere, except to my heart.(*awww*)
And BRANDED had a tremendously enthusiastic and thorough review over at Divine Magazine recently. Please go and read it – and their other great features – from HERE.
EXCERPT from review:
“The story – well, Maen and Dax’s relationship – made me cry more than once. Literally. I was lip-quivering and snivelling a lot, whenever those two were together.
The characterisation and detail were fantastic. The plot was well thought out and executed, in a way that revealed just enough information, just when it was needed. The chemistry between the ‘couples’ was stunning and there were quite a few twists and turns that I never saw coming. The writing was of a very high caliber and something that I really warmed to, very quickly. This is, very possibly, the first 1st person POV story that I’ve ever really fallen into. I’m notoriously picked about 1st person, but this one felt so natural.
Overall, a fantastic – if, exhausting – read. I’d read it again. I’d read anything by this author again, no questions asked. And I’d read more of this world and these characters in a heartbeat.” (from Elaine)
PS from Clare: and I’d say there was definitely *more* MM than MF, especially in the latter half of the book, but then I’m the biased author :).
I’m chatting with Carole Cummings this week – hosted by the wonderful The Novel Approach – on the release of BRANDED and why it’s not your usual MM Romance fayre. It’s part of the marvellous and thought-provoking series of Genre talks. Great questions from Carole, and she was very gentle with me! 🙂
DSP Publications is committed to releasing books that offer more than romance – or other than, if that’s your preference – in a wide variety of genre. BRANDED feels at home there! I really hope readers enjoy the new look novel.
And of course, any excuse taken to lust over my own cover LOL