July 6th, 2011

free

FREE TEA AND CRUMPET *lol*



Have you been lusting after this magnificant antho and its fabulous cover art?????

The wonderful Web Whizz-mistress Chris is featuring a FREE COPY over at her blog Stumbling Over Chaos. All you have to do is add a comment, and it runs until the 15th.

And if you miss that, and still want a copy (which of course is bound to be the case *g*)

HERE'S THAT SEDUCTIVE BUY LINK (where it's also currently discounted *whee*).

Enjoy this enchanting, entertaining and thought-provoking collection, a heartfelt expression of what it means to be queer in Britain, past and present. All these stories reflect the iconic sights and national character of the British Isles: a taste of our idiosyncrasies and eccentricities, but also an unashamed representation of the love, loyalty and laughter of our people.

Including a wide range of style and subject, this is the perfect way to sample different authors and to find both existing and new favourites. Follow the British way of life from historic villages to modern cities, from the countryside to the sea, through history and with a fantasy twist, in gardens, churches, campus and the familiar, much-loved local pub.

The stories cover universal themes of romance, desire, remembrance and reconciliation. The authors range from multi-published to up-and-coming, and they all share a passion for their characters, whether through great drama, erotic excitement, humour -- or a combination of all three!

Contributors include: Alex Beecroft, Jennie Caldwell, Stevie Carroll, Charlie Cochrane, Lucy Felthouse, Elin Gregory, Mara Ismine, Clare London, Anna Marie May, JL Merrow, Josephine Myles, Zahra Owens, Jay Rookwood, Chris Smith, Stevie Woods, Lisa Worrall, and Serena Yates. Edited by: UK MAT (UK Meet Acquisitions Team).


wow

YOU MAKE AN AUTHOR'S DAY...



I've been thrilled with the response to JUST-YOU EYES. I haven't published much this year, but I've been particularly proud and fond of what I *have* :).

Just-You Eyes was a chance for me to write a good, old-fashioned English romance - with its own m/m twist :).

It's up for TOP JUNE PICK at MizLoveLovesBooks, if you're tempted to pop on over there and vote for one of the books on offer there. Follow the link and the Poll is at the top right hand of the page.
(I'm at a respectable but could-always-be-better 3rd place at the moment LOL).

Elliot didn’t know that offering to help his sister get over her broken love affair would mean attending a speed-dating evening at the local hotel in their quaint English town. Obviously, as a gay man, he’s not the target group, and there’s nothing for him there except cheap wine and uncomfortable chairs. But when hotel manager Alexsy sits down opposite him and offers an evening of a very different kind than Elliot expected, Elliot’s tempted to try something for the very first time in his life—the tantalizing adventure of a one-night stand.

I'm very happy that reviewers have liked it, too:

At Top 2 Bottom Reviews:
EXCERPT ... Just-You Eyes is a clever and endearing little romance. Both the characters and the setting are brought to life with small town charm, witty and engaging narrative, and a happy ending sure to bring a smile to anyone’s face.

At Jessewave's:
EXCERPT ... Clare shows us with this story how much and how little we can see about a person when we first meet them. The Alexsy of the beginning of the story isn’t the same as the man at the end. And though he might have changed some, the way that Eliott sees him has changed as well, after feeling desired for the first time in several years and maybe a little more sure of himself. I really enjoyed Elliot and Alexsy and was happy that we got to know so much about them in the short length of the story, though what we do know about them is less from what they say to one another and more how they say it. Like many a first date, or an awkward one-night encounter, the meaning behind their conversation says more about them than the dance they do around the actual words and gestures.

At MizLoveLovesBooks:
EXCERPT ... A brilliant tale that comes across in the most natural way. The words flow, there are nuances of reality in there that give you the feeling this is really happening, and all those Brit words and ways made it a super read for me. I loved it. Lots.


As always - but I can never say it enough times - thanks to everyone who's read, noticed and supported me. I really appreciate it.