To celebrate this year’s RT Booklovers Convention, Dreamspinner are having a store-wide sale. From now until May 7th, all titles have a huge 30 per cent off. So if you fancy reading my time-bending short story A Man Out Of Time, the shifter short Alpaca Lies, May to December romance in Piano Man or the hot celebrity anthology Starstruck, click on the banner below to go to the Dreamspinner store and start shopping…
Dreamspinner Press are throwing a sale to celebrate the F-words – Fun and Friends – and everything in their bookstore is 30% off. So now might be a good time to pick up the Starstruck anthology, a collection of tales about celebrities and their efforts to find love in a world where they’re wanted for how famous they are and not what they do. The book features my story, Out on Stage, set in a provincial English theatre. Here’s the blurb for the story.
Stewart has never let his multiple sclerosis stand in the way of his passion. As the artistic director of the Harlequin Theater, Stewart has doubts when soap star Bradley East is hired for their latest production. He’s impressed by Bradley’s talent, and stunned by the attraction developing between them. Not that there’s much chance of a relationship, with Bradley firmly in the closet and planning to stay there. But Bradley is full of surprises….
The book also contains stories by a fantastic selection of authors including L.A. Merrill, M.T. Aspen, Bell Ellis, Rob Rosen and Jay Starre, and if you like stories about rock musicians, rodeo riders, superheroes and movie stars, you’ll find something to enjoy.
The sale runs until November 13th and, of course, there are plenty of other great MM romance books available from Dreamspinner, so click on the banner below to go straight to the Dreamspinner bookstore and start browsing.
Doesn’t time fly when you’re enjoying reading (and/or writing) LGBTQ fiction? Dreamspinner Press is celebrating its ninth birthday, and that means 35% off books by authors who joined their roster in years four and five of their existence – including my good self. Click on this banner to go to the Dreamspinner bookstore, where you’ll find details of all the titles on special offer:
Alternatively, click on this banner and go straight to my Dreamspinner author page. Happy bargain hunting!
…and between now and 31st July, you can pick up loads of great male/male romance titles for just $1, while there’s 25 per cent off every other title in their bookstore. That includes my time-travelling love story, A Man Out Of Time, and my May/December tale from this year’s Daily Dose anthology, Piano Man. At these prices, it would be a shame not to treat yourself!
Here’s a short but hot scene from my Dreamspinner m/m novella, Piano Man, which features a spot of kissing as it’s Sunday Snog time. Graham, the main character and a man who believes love has passed him by, is having a very filthy fantasy about the pianist he’s recently employed for his new bar, Adam…
Closing his eyes, he pictured himself at the Midnight Lounge on its opening night. Couples, Mike and Judy among them, swayed on the dance floor. Groups of friends chatted over drinks and platters of food. The barman poured expertly mixed cosmopolitans into frosted glasses. And underpinning all of this was the slow, beautiful tune Adam had played for him at his audition.
His thoughts drifted and now he saw himself and Adam sitting on the sofa in his living room. They were both half undressed, Adam shirtless and revealing a chest still bearing the remnants of the tan he’d picked up on board his cruise ship. Graham imagined himself planting a slow trail of kisses down Adam’s torso, all the way to the waistband of his trousers. Adam’s cock was a solid bulge, pressing against the dark fabric. Graham would pull down Adam’s zipper and reach in to pull his erection free from his underwear. Then he’d kiss that too, licking up the drops of precum glistening at his tip…
Overcome by the fantasy he’d woven, Graham unbelted his robe. He sprawled his limbs, letting his head loll against the back of his easy chair. Grasping his dick at the base, he started to stroke along its length, the juice that had formed at its crown easing his movements.
He couldn’t recall the last time he’d played with himself. His libido had shriveled to nothing after Scott left him, but now, spurred on by thoughts of the gorgeous pianist, he was filled with the need to cum. His breathing grew ragged as he continued to pump his fist up and down his shaft. His balls tightened, preparing to release their seed. Every nerve-ending tight as piano wire, he humped his ass against the soft leather seat cushion. Part of him wished Adam were here now, watching as he wanked.
This is for you, you gorgeous young stud. He yelled out Adam’s name as he reached his climax. The cum shot from his cock tip, landing in a creamy spatter on Graham’s heaving belly.
Does the fantasy become reality? You can find out in Piano Man, which is available from Dreamspinner as a single release and as part of the Never Too Late anthology. And pop over to Blissekiss for all the smoochy, sloppy Sunday Snogs you need to spice up your weekend.
Okay, so I promised I’d reveal the inspiration behind my story in this year’s Dreamspinner Daily Dose anthology, Piano Man, but I’ve been holding off until those who were getting a book from the collection a day had received their copy. And also, I didn’t want to reinforce the stereotype that we writers without evil day jobs just slump on the settee in our pyjamas watching daytime TV.
Occasionally, if I’m having one of those days where I’m running errands or catching up on reading any books I’ve been given to review, I’ll see part of The Wright Stuff. Usually, the panellists are so opinionated they have me screaming and reaching for the off switch, though it is nice to spot Bernice, Sir Guy Masterleigh’s partner and the transsexual who almost flattened me on a bouncy castle at the Pleasuredome fetish party (long story…), in the audience from time to time. However, this particular morning, one of the guests was Mark Curry, who readers of a certain vintage will remember from his presenting stint on Blue Peter (or if you grew up in Yorkshire like I did, Junior Showtime). Somehow, the fact that Curry has come out in the intervening years had passed me by, but I was intrigued by the conversation he was having with Matthew Wright about socialising when you’re gay. He was complaining that once you reach a certain age, the clubbing scene loses its appeal, and he couldn’t really find the places he wanted to go instead. He had in mind a gay-friendly venue where it’s possible to spend time with straight and gay friends alike, listening to good music and enjoying conversation. The outcome was that Mark and Matthew joked they should go into business together and open just such a bar.
To me, that concept fitted perfectly with the brief for the Daily Dose anthology. All the stories in Never Too Late revolve around the theme of men finding love later in life. Graham, the protagonist of Piano Man, feels old and unloved since his partner left him for another man, and like Mark Curry, he’s tired of noisy, impersonal clubs. So he and his best friend, Mike, set up a piano bar that will cater to their needs and that of an older, more sophisticated crowd. There’s just one problem – with the grand opening only a couple of days away, they haven’t found a pianist they need. Which is when the talented and very hot Adam appears to audition…
So that’s how Piano Man came about. Thanks to Messrs Curry and Wright for sparking it into life, and who says daytime TV is a distraction?
If you’re familiar with Dreamspinner Press’s annual Daily Dose collections, you’ll know they provide a special themed short story every day throughout the month of June. And to add to the excitement, you won’t know exactly which story you’ll be receiving on any particular day until it’s available to download.
This year’s theme is Never Too Late, and all the stories in the anthology deal with the subject of men finding love later in life, whether that’s a May/December romance, a second chance at what might have been or just an unexpected opportunity to meet that special someone.
My story in the collection is a contemporary romance called Piano Man. Here’s the blurb:
Approaching fifty, Graham is tired of the gay club scene. He dreams of a venue where he won’t be judged on his age and looks. He and his friend Mike decide to fill the gap in the market by opening the Midnight Lounge, a gay-friendly piano bar in the heart of London’s Soho. After several unsuccessful auditions, Graham finds the perfect pianist for the bar. Adam Turner is young, handsome, and talented, and there’s a spark of attraction between him and Graham, but Graham’s split with his ex has left him feeling old and unattractive. He believes Adam is just stringing him along—a belief that seems validated when Adam kisses him, then claims he’s made a big mistake. Adam wants Graham, but first he’ll have to prove to Graham that age is no barrier to finding love.
The whole collection, which includes stories by a very talented line-up of authors including Andrew Grey, Claire London, Alexa Silver, Yolande Kleinn and Rob Rosen, is available at the special price of $49.99, but only until 25th May. After that the price will be $64.99, or you’ll be able to buy the stories individually from the Dreamspinner site. Click on the cover image below to find out more.
Once the anthology is released, I’ll be sharing an excerpt and revealing the inspiration behind Piano Man, so look out for that!