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A Night with the Knight of the Burning Pestle

Full of Mirth and Delight

Blurb: Dale is proud of how his acting career is progressing. Tonight, for instance, is the last night (at the beautiful Sam Wanamaker Playhouse) of a well-received run of Beaumont’s The Knight of the Burning Pestle, in which he plays Rafe. But his colleague Topher, who plays Jasper, seems to think something is missing in Dale’s life. They’re not really friends, and Dale sees little point in reprising the one night on which they were not-really-friends with benefits.

However! Despite the distractions of performing this chaotic two-plays-within-a-play, Dale is plagued by the niggling doubts prompted by Topher. Dale might be better off paying attention, though – because maybe Francis Beaumont, writing over 400 years ago, already provided the answers to Dale’s dilemma.

Genre: gay fiction; lesbian fiction; contemporary; theatre; mash-up; novel

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Word count: 38,500

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The Fine Point of His Soul

The Fine Point of His SoulBlurb: He was the shameful cause of his sister Elena’s death and he stole state papers from England, yet Adrian Hart is feted by the best of society in Rome, and boldly dubs himself ‘Iago’. Determined to avenge Elena, his unrequited love, Lieutenant Andrew Sullivan asks the advice of poet and Shakespearian John Keats, and his artist friend Severn. Soon Percy and Mary Shelley join them, then Lord Byron and his servant Fletcher. But how can the seven of them work against this man, when they can’t even agree what he is? The atheist Shelley insists that Hart is an ordinary man, while Byron becomes convinced he’s the Devil incarnate, and Keats flirts with the idea that he’s Dionysius…

As death and despair follow in Hart’s wake, Sullivan knows he must do something to stop Hart before even Sullivan himself succumbs – but what…?

Originally published in 2012. Re-released in a revised edition in 2016.

Genre: gothic; alternate history; adventure; novel

Word count: 54,000

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The ‘True Love’ Solution

true-love-200pxBlurb: Jules Madigan loves his family and he loves his job. The only thing he’s missing out on is a Happy Ever After, like the ones written by his favourite romance author Ewan Byge. While he’s waiting for that HEA, Jules indulges himself in buying Ewan’s old typewriter as memorabilia – before realising he’s been defrauded. Through the fraud case, he makes friends with Police Constable Leonard Edgar – and through Leonard, Jules even gets to meet and work with Ewan Byge Himself! But the course of True Love never did run smooth, and soon Jules has to face some harsh realities.

Genre: gay romance; contemporary; comedy drama; novel

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Word count: 45,000

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Mitch Rebecki Gets a Life

mitch2-200pxBlurb: Investigative journalist Mitch Rebecki loves his job and loves New York. He doesn’t mind making enemies, either. When a crime boss threatens retaliation, Mitch’s editor sends him out of harm’s way to Sydney. In exile and resentfully working on lifestyle pieces, Mitch is miserable. But he makes a friend or two, meets a man … and discovers that Australians do organized crime, too, in a small way. Mitch soon finds himself in too deep on all counts, and trying to head home again seems the only solution

Genre: gay fiction; contemporary; crime drama; novel

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Word count: 49,000

Awards: An Honourable Mention in the Rainbow Awards 2015.

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The Butterfly Hunter Trilogy

Trilogy-front-cover-200pxAll three volumes of the Butterfly Hunter series.

Blurb: Dave Taylor is an Aussie tour guide specialising in trips through the Queensland Outback. In some ways, however, Dave himself feels lost. He has been alone this past year, since his childhood sweetheart Denise left him and married another man. Change comes via Dave’s latest rather unexpected client, Nicholas Goring, the youngest son of an English earl. Nicholas is on the hunt for an undiscovered species of butterfly, and has hired Dave to help guide his quest. Although the two men are from very different backgrounds, they become friends, and soon their relationship grows into something more. But how easy will it be for an Australian and an Englishman to find common ground?

This volume contains the novels Butterfly Hunter, Of Dreams and Ceremonies, and The Thousand Smiles of Nicholas Goring, as well as the short story Like Leaves to a Tree.

Genre: male-male romance; contemporary; novel

Awards: Nomination in the M/M Romance Group Member’s Choice Awards 2014 on Goodreads, in the category Favorite All-Time M/M Series.

Word count: 162,500

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The Thousand Smiles of Nicholas Goring

The 1000 Smiles - 200pxThe third and final volume of the Butterfly Hunter trilogy.

Blurb: Dave and Nicholas, married for seven years now, are happily settled together – but as an Australian prime minister once observed, “Life wasn’t meant to be easy.” An unexpected threat to their beloved waterhole forces Dave to try asserting his unofficial custodianship of the Dreamtime site, and a visit from Nicholas’s nephew Robin doesn’t help as he brings his own surprises. And there’s always the question of Nicholas’s health hanging over their heads …

Genre: male-male romance; contemporary; novel

Awards:

  • Nomination in the M/M Romance Group Member’s Choice Awards 2014 on Goodreads, in the category Best Established Couple.
  • An Honourable Mention in the Rainbow Awards 2015.

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I’ve received queries! So, if you are concerned about how this series ends, and don’t mind spoilers, you can click here for a bit of info.

Word count: 56,000

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A Threefold Cord

A Threefold CordBlurb: Grae Edwards and his co–stars Chris Willoughby and Ben Clyde work together well. Maybe they even have a chemistry. Certainly they are friends and Grae is tempted to ask for more … After the beautiful tart Chris has the temerity to turn him down, Grae settles into a comfortable loving relationship with the more chivalrous Ben. But the idea of Chris never quite goes away – and when Chris finally suggests the three of them spend a night together, Grae glimpses a solution he hardly dares hope for.

Genre: male-male romance; contemporary; threesome; novel

Word count: 57,000

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Awards:

  • An Honourable Mention and a Finalist in the Gay Contemporary Romance category of the Rainbow Awards 2014.
  • Nomination and a Finalist in the M/M Romance Group Member’s Choice Awards 2014 on Goodreads, in the category Best Polyamorous (theme).

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Of Dreams and Ceremonies

Of Dreams and Ceremonies ebook coverBook Two in the Butterfly Hunter series.

Blurb: It seemed like a great idea at the time… Aussie Dave Taylor has followed Nicholas Goring to England, and the lovers have become engaged. But now Dave has to cope with living in a mansion full of family and servants, making wedding plans, getting his head around visa applications, and wondering why on earth he’d ever want to wear a ‘mourning suit’. He’s not sure if it will prove any easier, but right now Dave would love to just skip ahead to the honeymoon…

Genre: male-male romance; contemporary; wedding; novel

Word count: 46,000

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The Apothecary’s Garden

Blurb: Hilary Kent, a Londoner all his working life, retires to Wiltshire after an estranged cousin unexpectedly leaves him an inhabitable tower surrounded by an overgrown physic garden – and that’s when graduate student Tom Laurence suddenly erupts into his life, convincing him that together they can restore the ancient garden to its former glory. Tom’s cheerful friendship is the best thing that’s ever happened to Hilary and he’s perfectly content with that until, to his astonishment and confusion, it seems that Tom’s affection for him is beginning to grow into something more … something he feels he probably shouldn’t allow.

Genre: male-male romance; contemporary; May/December; novel

Word count: 70,500

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Awards:

  • Eighth place in the Best Gay Contemporary Romance (William Neale Award) category in the 2013 Rainbow Awards.
  • Nominations in the M/M Romance Group Member’s Choice Awards 2013 on Goodreads, in the following categories:
    • Best Contemporary (genre)
    • Best Friends to Lovers (theme)
  • Nomination in the M/M Romance Group Member’s Choice Awards 2014 on Goodreads, in category Favorite All-Time Romance.

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Butterfly Hunter

Butterfly Hunter ebook coverBlurb: It started as a simple assignment for Aussie bush guide Dave Taylor – escort a lone Englishman in quest of an unknown species of butterfly. However Nicholas Goring is no ordinary tourist, his search is far from straightforward, and it’s starting to look as if the butterflies don’t want to be found. As Dave teaches Nicholas everything he needs to survive in the Outback he discovers that he too has quite a bit to learn – and that very often the best way to locate something really important is just not to want to find it…

Genre: male-male romance; contemporary; travel quest; novel

Word count: 57,000

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Awards and recognition:

    • Honourable Mention in the 2012 Rainbow Awards, in the category One Perfect Score.
    • Nominations in the M/M Romance Group Member’s Choice Awards 2012 on Goodreads, in the following categories:
      • Best Couple/MCs (main characters)
      • Best Story That Should/Must Have a Sequel
      • Best Overall Book of 2012
    • Equal first in Feliz’s Top Books for 2012 in the Guest Reviewer’s Top Picks for 2012 onReviews by Jessewave.
    • One of Mandy’s 2012 Favorites in the Reviewers of Hearts’ 2012 Favorite Lists onHearts on Fire Reviews.
    • Nomination in the M/M Romance Group Member’s Choice Awards 2013 on Goodreads, in the category Favorite All Time M/M Romance Book.
    • Nomination in the M/M Romance Group Member’s Choice Awards 2014 on Goodreads, in the category Favorite All-Time Series.
    • Selected as a Prism Book Alliance Recommended Read in February 2015.
    • Nominated in the M/M Romance Group Member’s Choice Awards 2015 on Goodreads, in the category Favorite All-Time M/M Romance.
    • Recommended for someone new to the genre as Contemporary – Sweet by Kaje Harper in Rainbow Gold Reviews interview in February 2016.

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  • Audible
  • Amazon USAmazon UK, and all other Amazon marketplaces
  • and I believe it’s on iTunes as well, but I find that site so confusing!

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