No Angel – new release

NoAngelwebIt’s released! It’s Live! NO ANGEL is now out at Amber Allure
http://www.amberquill.com/store/p/1980-No-Angel.aspx
It can be read on its own – at a special new release discount – or as part of the whole Haunting Words Amber Pax. I hope readers enjoy it!

BLURB: Felix’s life is full, juggling a supportive homelife for his disabled brother, a job as a care home assistant, a brand new boyfriend—and now he’s had his arse pinched by a lewd gay ghost on the late night bus!

If only that were the end of it. But Bryn the ghost follows him home and wheedles himself into Felix’s life. That includes sharing his shameless opinions on the patronising way Felix treats his brother, on how Felix should eat more food and put some flesh on his bones, and—worst of all—exactly how Felix should be getting down to it with his seriously sexy new boyfriend Mickey! And in between all that, Bryn finds time to leer at Felix himself and make outrageous suggestions on what they’d be doing if Bryn wasn’t…well…ghostly.

Felix considers he’s a tolerant guy. But the last thing he needs now is to get wrapped up in the mystery of a missing teenage girl, the inhabitants of a local squat, and conversations with a fire-and-brimstone old preacher. Yet with a nudge or six from Bryn, the help of his brother Patrick, and some cosy loving from Mickey, Felix starts to wonder how he ever thought his life was busy before!

Genres: Gay / Paranormal / Ghosts / Hauntings / Voyeurism
Heat Level: 2
Length: Extended Novella (39k words)

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Hey all – join my new Facebook Group Clare London Calling during June and make a comment, and you’ll be entered into the draw for a FREE copy.

FREEMAN’s at Elisa Rolle’s + Giveaway

Originally posted by at GayRomLit Retreat: Clare London

Starting from March up until September I will feature authors attending the GayRomLit Retreat in Chicago (October 16-19, 2014: http://gayromlit.com/grl-authors).

Today author is Clare London: Clare took the pen name London 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 the weekly wash, waiting for the far distant day when she can afford to give up her day job as an accountant. She’s written in many genres and across many settings, with 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 3 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.
Website: http://www.clarelondon.com

Clare London and Wilde City Press are offering a copy of Freeman to one commenter on this blog. You can comment on LJ or DW if you have an account (I will send a PM to the winner), if you don’t have an account, please leave a comment on DW with a contact email.

Freeman by Clare London
Paperback: 220 pages
Publisher: Wilde City Press, LLC; 2 edition (July 10, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1925031438
ISBN-13: 978-1925031430
Amazon: Freeman
Amazon Kindle: Freeman

Freeman’s return to the city is quiet, without fuss — the way he likes things. But, he’s missed by more people than he thought: his ex-wife, his ex-lover, and his ex-business partner. One wants friendship, another one intimacy. The third just wants him the hell gone again. Freeman — private, controlled — hasn’t time or appetite for trouble. But, when he strikes up an unusual, ill-advised friendship with young, lively, amoral Kit, it seems trouble’s come looking for both men, ready to expose secrets that can destroy the fragile trust they’ve built. Freeman’s more ready for the challenge than anyone realizes when the choice comes down to peace or Kit’s life.

Spotlight and Free copy of my new release!

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Come over to the Queer Town Abbey online magazine today where I’m being spotlighted (it’s not painful, honest!). Find out who’s really in charge of my writing process, why I especially fond of Lord Peter Winsey, and what would be the title of The Book of My Life!

And there’s a GIVEAWAY too! Join the draw for a free download of my new release NO ANGEL, due out at Amber Allure on June 15.

NoAngel250BLURB: Felix’s life is full, juggling a supportive homelife for his disabled brother, a job as a care home assistant, a brand new boyfriend – and now he’s had his arse pinched by a lewd gay ghost on the late night bus!

If only that were the end of it. But Bryn the ghost follows him home and wheedles himself into Felix’s life. That includes sharing his shameless opinions on the patronising way Felix treats his brother, on how Felix should eat more food and put some flesh on his bones, and – worst of all – exactly how Felix should be getting down to it with his seriously sexy new boyfriend Mickey! And in between all that, Bryn finds time to leer at Felix himself and make outrageous suggestions on what they’d be doing if Bryn wasn’t … well … ghostly.

Felix considers he’s a tolerant guy. But the last thing he needs now is to get wrapped up in the mystery of a missing teenage girl, the inhabitants of a local squat, and conversations with a fire-and-brimstone old preacher. However, with a nudge or six from Bryn, the help of his brother Patrick, and some cosy loving from Mickey – Felix starts to wonder how he ever thought his life was busy before!

Surrender to my COMPULSION today :)

May 20 Anniversary Giveaway

May 20 Dreamspinner Press Seventh Anniversary Giveaway Contest is Compulsion by Clare London.

Setting is almost another character in well-written books. For today’s Dreamspinner Press Seventh Anniversary e-book contest, share your favorite DsP book set in the United Kingdom.

All comments, likes, shares, re-tweets on the Dreamspinner Blog, the Facebook page and Twitter will be entries to win one of ten e-book copies of Compulsion by Clare London. You have until 8:00 pm tomorrow, May 21 for eligible interactions.

Featured author at Elisa Rolle’s + Giveaway!

Elisa Rolle is featuring many authors who’ll be at the UK Meet – and here’s ME!! Comment on HER BLOG (i.e. not here on mine *g*) and you may win a free copy of Flying Colors :).

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Originally posted by elisa_rolle at UK GLBTQ Fiction Meet: Clare London

Starting from March up until June I will feature authors attending the UK GLBTQ Meet in Bristol (June 7 & 8, 2014: ukglbtfictionmeet.co.uk/2014-registration/2014-attendees/).Today author is Clare London: Clare took the pen name London 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 the weekly wash, waiting for the far distant day when she can afford to give up her day job as an accountant. She’s written in many genres and across many settings, with 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 3 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.
Website: http://www.clarelondon.com

Clare London is offering a copy of Flying Colors to one commenter on this blog. You can comment on LJ or DW if you have an account (I will send a PM to the winner), if you don’t have an account, please leave a comment on DW with a contact email.

Flying Colors (True Colors) by Clare London
Paperback: 234 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (October 7, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1627981985
ISBN-13: 978-1627981989
Amazon: Flying Colors (True Colors)
Amazon Kindle: Flying Colors (True Colors)

True Colors: Book Five

Red De Vere appears to have everything-good looks, a prestigious job, attention from the paparazzi, and a choice of lovers. But one day he takes an outrageous step too far at a formal embassy dinner, and the press turns on him. Shocked, he realizes it’s time to find something better in life than partying. He envies the love that his friends Miles and Zeke have, and when he dares to consider that possibility for himself, his hopes and desires rest in his quiet, serious friend Carter Davison.

Carter loved a man who cheated on him, then died violently, and he refuses to make himself vulnerable again. He knows Red is interested; Red has been supportive and admiring since they met. And Carter’s honest enough to admit he’s attracted to Red. But Carter can also think of nothing worse than being the lover of someone in the public eye. Playboy Red must stay an attractive friend, that’s all.

While Red yearns for something real, Carter has some sweet, sexy secrets that might surprise even Red. If Carter dares emerge from his shell, and Red pursues a more rewarding path, romance could spark. Then there’s no telling what might happen.

Red Carpet post: J. Vaughn + Giveaway

Welcome today to author J. Vaughn who’s chatting about her new release ROUGH BOYS: RUNAWAY. Find out where she found her inspiration, what she loves to write – and all her other favourites!

GIVEAWAY: Jay is kindly offering THREE FREE DOWNLOADS of her book to lucky commenters. Don’t forget to leave your email address and/or contact details in the comments box, and the winners will be picked at random on Tuesday 17 Dec.

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What inspired you to write Rough Boys?

I was inspired by Pete Townshend’s song of the same name. I heard it on the radio one morning—not on my usual station. If you’re not familiar with it, you should check it out. It’s awesome. “Rough boys, running the streets … rough toys, under the sheets…” I started thinking about what kind of boys these would be. I wanted to “get inside their bitter minds”.
I slammed out the first 15,000 words in a week and posted it on a free story site without too much forethought. I was overwhelmed with the response I received and shortly abandoned all other in-progress writing efforts to focus on this one.

In addition to the blurb, is there anything you want to tell readers about the story?
At it’s heart it’s a coming-of-age story. It follows the lives of three young gay men who are just out on their own, falling in love for the first time, and sometimes making pretty big mistakes.
It’s not for the faint-of-heart. The first chapter in particular is quite brutal. It also has some scenes depicting drug abuse which garnered more than a few complains from beta readers, but I also got kudos for realism. In the end, many of my strongest critics said they loved the story, so I’m hoping readers will stick with it even though at times it is not an easy read.

How do you find the books you want to read?
I used to browse the best sellers at wherever I was buying my book. That was hit or miss for me, though. What’s selling well now, are not necessarily the best books in class, and sometimes the choices were less than stellar. What is selling well is also not always what’s highest rated, and sometimes the highest rated books are the ones with very few ratings.
Lately I’ve had good luck using the lists at Goodreads. There’s quite a few in the M/M category and they have some great books in them.

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
My father was in the navy, so I moved around a lot growing up. I also spent quite a few years in Alaska before settling down in Seattle. I went to grad school in Manhattan and Germany. All that travel has definitely influenced my writing and allowed me to write with confidence about both wilderness settings and city life.
One of the motifs that often creeps into my stories is the theme of trying to fit in someplace new or with others who are very different. One thing you will never see me do is to have characters instantly learn a foreign language. I like to have them struggle with communication as so often happens in real life.

What types of books do you like to read?
I’m an adrenalin junkie. I want to read a book that I can’t put down. I like lots of harrowing action, but not at the expense of character development. I’m also much more of a romantic than I care to admit and do enjoy sappy love scenes.
I have very little tolerance for sad endings. If I know a book or movie ends badly, I will likely not read or watch it. I think maybe I’m one of the few left in America who still hasn’t seen Titanic. I know how it ends, right? I’m just never in the mood to go there, although I’m sure the journey is wonderful.

What are you writing at the moment?
I’m currently writing a vampire novel, Encounters with Evil, which is pretty funny because I don’t like vampire novels. I like this one pretty well though. The vampire in it is actually evil, and there’s lots of mystery surrounding the main character’s love interest—the hot, muscle-bound, Harley-riding hunk who rescues him from the vampire’s clutches.
I also just finished writing a shorter work about a college jock who finally comes to terms with his own homosexuality after helping a rape victim. I’ll post it on my Website soon.
Because my writing time is so limited, I try not to have too many stories going at once, although I have to admit that there’s three others I’ve made a start to and countless more in my head. So many men, so little time…

And a few personal questions…
Favorite book?
My all-time favorite book is Lord of the Rings. It’s an amazing story, one I can read over and over. The writing is beautiful and unusual.
Favorite music?
I like almost any kind of music but listen to alternative rock more than anything else. My favorite band is the Red Hot Chili Peppers, but I’m fickle, so that could change soon.
Favorite sport?
Swimming. I love backpacking and skiing as well.
Favorite leisure activity?
Dinner and wine with friends. Is that a leisure activity? It is for me.
Favorite foods?
Cheese (like really good French cheese), wine, and dark chocolate.

Book Blurb

A runaway, a dreamer, a gorgeous femme … are they rough enough to survive the brutal city?
Ty is only seventeen when he flees in terror from his homophobic father, but surviving on the streets is more difficult than he could possibly have imagined. When bad choices send Ty spiraling toward ruin, can he be saved by love?
Dani leaves home with stars in his eyes but his feet on the ground, fully expecting his road to success to be long and difficult. What he doesn’t expect is to fall head-over-heels in love with a gorgeous, self-centered rock star. Can Dani find happiness with the arrogant Englishman or will his heart be broken?
Kaeden is banished by his conservative Asian parents when he comes home with extreme hair, false eyelashes, and glittering fingernails. He naively accepts a position with a male escort service, dreaming of fancy parties and wealthy men. Instead he finds himself playing Russian roulette with his heart.
This gritty urban romance follows the lives of these three young men as they forge strong bonds of friendship in spite of, or maybe because of, the challenges they face.

Publisher’s Notes:
This story contains content which may be offensive to some readers: extreme violence, substance abuse, offensive language, and detailed descriptions of M/M sex. No underage sex.

Author Bio
Jay Vaughn lives in sunny Seattle, a clean, progressive city that is way too expensive for a writer’s income. Therefore, Jay holds down a full-time, computer-industry day job, but writing is her passion. It’s a hobby-gone-wild, so much so that her teenage kids accuse her of being an addict.
Jay carries her laptop everywhere and can often be seen combining other favorite activities with writing. For example, you can find Jay sitting at a small table in the back of the gay bar around the corner from her house, drinking wine and writing. Or waking up early while camping, dragging out the laptop, and writing. Or writing in the truck on the way to and from concerts, ski-trips, visits to relatives … wherever.
Jay’s favorite genres are sci-fi, fantasy, and M/M erotic romance. She discovered M/M quite by accident when she was writing a traditional fantasy novel, and one of her characters ended up in an all-male prison for a bit too long. Whoops!

Find out what Jay is working on next at http://www.authorjvaughn.com or drop her a line at jayvaughn@live.com. She’d love to hear from you.

Buy Links
Divergent Publishing
Smashwords
Amazon
Apple iBookstore
Barnes & Noble
Goodreads
My blog with free reads

Read a (generous) excerpt from Rough Boys on Page 2

Red Carpet post: Kate Sherwood + giveaway

Welcome today to the talented author Kate Sherwood who’s chatting about the ever-intriguing topic of authors writing what they know – and the readers’ reactions!

GIVEAWAY: Kate is kindly offering a FREE DOWNLOAD of her new book (as soon as it releases) to one lucky commenter. Don’t forget to leave your email address and/or contact details in the comments box, and the winner will be picked at random on Monday 16 Dec.

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Write What You Know… When the Audience Doesn’t!

My first few novels were set in the States. It just seemed natural… that’s where the books I read were set, that’s where most of the TV and movies I watched came from, and that’s where the publishers were, not to mention the largest audience. Canada does have its own literary and entertainment industries, and they’re quite vibrant and creative. But they’re small.

Then the Dreamspinner editors posted some beautiful images on their author group and said they were up for grabs, if anyone was inspired by one and wanted to make it a cover for their book. I saw a gorgeous photo by Dan Skinner, a pair of male legs on a dock with nature in the background  and it immediately evoked my childhood in Ontario’s cottage country. I wanted to write the book  – Lost Treasure – that went with that cover, and I wanted to set it at home.

It was great. I could include all the little details I’d just imagined for my other books. I knew what the characters were smelling and hearing as well as what they were seeing – I don’t care how much time I spent on Google Street View, I could still never get a real feel for places I hadn’t been. So I set my next book, Shying Away, in Vancouver, since I’d lived there for eight years, and many of my books since then have been set in rural Ontario, where I now live.

I love it. But I’m writing for an audience that is mostly American, so while I know my setting much better than I did before, my audience might not. At the same time, Canada isn’t so exotic and fascinating that it deserves the level of description I’d expect in a book set in Zimbabwe or something. Canada’s not different enough to be interesting, just different enough to be weird!

In The Fall, my current release, the characters live in rural Ontario. On a ranch. People not from rural Ontario may not know this, but… there are not a lot of ranches here. I figure an American audience probably wouldn’t know or care, but I do have some Canadian readers, and I care for my own sake that I’m authentic. So I spent some time in the book having a character explain that the locals call it a ranch because it’s a huge chunk of property that’s too hilly for much other than grazing, and what would you call that if not a ranch? And I know of at least one property in Ontario that fits this description so… I’m satisfied!

We also ran into a few challenges with word choices. In Ontario, kids with working parents go to daycare after school. That’s what we call it. According to my Dreamspinner editor, Americans wouldn’t call it daycare, they’d call it afterschool care. So… do I use the Canadian term for authenticity, or the American term for clarity? Same issue with a character eating porridge. Apparently Americans are more likely to call it oatmeal.

They’re just little things, but they’re among the many details we need to sort out before bringing a book to the readers.

Do you guys notice the little stuff? Is Canada so close to the States that you don’t really care if a book is set here? If you do notice, is it for better or worse?

About the Author:
Kate started writing at about the same time she got back on a horse after a twenty-year break. She’d like to think she’s far too young for it to be a mid-life crisis, but apparently she was ready for a few changes!

Kate’s writing focuses on characters and relationships, people trying to find out how much of themselves they need to keep, and how much they can afford to give away. She tries to find a careful balance between drama and humor—she wants readers to have an intense experience and feel drawn into the book, but she also wants them to enjoy the time they spend reading.

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The Fall, from Dreamspinner Press, coming December 16, 2013 – available for pre-order now! HERE.

Blurb

Every relationship leaves something behind. Dumped by his sugar daddy, part-time model Scott Mackenzie somehow ends up owning an abandoned church in rural Ontario. He dreams of using it for gay weddings, even if he’ll never have one of his own. Joe Sutton is trying to keep his family together after his parents’ deaths. Between the family ranch, his brother’s construction company, and commitments around town, he doesn’t have time for a relationship. But Mackenzie is hard to ignore.

As both men fight their growing attraction, challenges to Mackenzie’s business threaten their relationship. If he can’t make it work, he’ll have to crawl back to the city in defeat. But the only solution involves risking the ranch Joe loves, and each man has to decide how much he’ll sacrifice for the other.

Excerpt

Lorraine snorted. “He didn’t seem too friendly? I’m not surprised.” She shrugged philosophically. “It’s probably the gay thing.”

It hit Mackenzie almost like a slap. He’d thought he was prepared for small-town attitudes toward his sexuality and had absolutely considered homophobia as a possible barrier to setting up his wedding chapel somewhere like Falls Creek. But he couldn’t believe it was being treated so casually. “You’re saying he was rude to me because I’m gay?”

Lorraine looked startled. “No. I’m not sure I’d call it rude, but the way he acts? Distant, kind of? I always figured it was because he’s gay. You know, he’s always been a bit different, so he’s never really tried too hard to fit in. He just hangs out on his ranch, being a lonely cowboy….” She trailed off and fixed her gaze on Mackenzie. “But you say you’re gay as well? I mean, I can’t say it didn’t cross my mind. But it seemed rude to ask…. ”

“Joe Sutton is gay.” Mackenzie had always prided himself on being able to read people and certainly on being able to pick up on that little spark from a man who was noticing Mackenzie’s undeniable charms. But he’d gotten none of that from the cowboy brother. “That’s confirmed? Or you’re just guessing?”

“Well, I haven’t been there in the room with him and another fella,” Lorraine said with an arched brow, “but it’s general knowledge. He’s never tried to hide it, not that I ever heard of.”

“Maybe he just couldn’t be bothered to speak in order to deny it. He doesn’t seem like someone who cares a whole lot what other people think about him.” Mackenzie was trying to figure it all out. He wanted to find a mirror and make sure he still looked like himself. First Nathan had dumped him for that twenty-year-old, and now a man living in what must surely be a gay desert had crawled right past Mackenzie’s bountiful oasis?

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