Category Archives: M/M romance

Crisis at Christmas

Blurb: Oliver volunteers for Crisis at Christmas to help the homeless. The last thing he expects is that he’ll meet someone.

Genre: male-male romance; contemporary; Christmas story; short story

Word count: 2,500

Written for the Rainbow Advent Calendar 2018, with thanks to Alex Jane. If you are able to do so, please support Crisis, the national UK charity aiming to end homelessness.

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Published on 3 December 2018.

The ‘True Love’ Solution

Blurb: 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

Click here for an excerpt of text, and here for the reviews.

Word count: 45,000

Available in ebook formats from:

First published by Manifold Press on 1 February 2016. Re-released by LIBRAtiger on 8 March 2018.

reviews: The ‘True Love’ Solution

Thank you to everyone who’s giving my latest novel a try! I had a lot of fun writing it, and I hope that makes it a lot of fun to read.

Bike Book Reviews: review by Becky

Excerpt: Jules captured my heart on page 1 of this book, what with his swinging hips and artfully styled ginger hair, how could one not fall in love? … it is a great read. 

Books Laid Bare Boys: 4 stars from Fiona

Excerpt: I enjoyed this so much – it was well written and properly researched so no distractions from the story line. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to read an amusing feel good old fashioned romance (with a bit of gay sex thrown in for very good measure!)

Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words: 3.75 stars from Stella

Excerpt: I discovered Julie Bozza in the Butterfly Hunter series and fell in love with her style. That’s the reason I soon jumped into the chance at reading The ‘True Love’ Solution. What I particularly like of this author is her way with words, she can always bring me into real and at the same time dreamy worlds. This is exactly what I felt with this last story.

Bayou Book Junkie: 4 stars from Jaymie

Excerpt: The writing was very good and the author is definitely talented.

Engaging Secrets: 4 feathers from Gretchen

Gretchen seems to have found it a rather unexpected book – weird and quirky! – but concludes: Overall there were things I didn’t like but mostly I enjoyed this book very much. It’s different and well written with complex characters.

Romantic Fanatic Book Blog: 4 stars from Brave One

Brave One particularly enjoyed the ‘sweet love story’, the humour, and Jules’ family dynamics.

The Novel Approach: 3 stars from Jules

While the ‘love triangle’ aspect of the tale did not suit, Jules still found a lot of things to like about it. Archie, Leonard, and the strength of the opening chapters and the final chapter saved this one for me.

Oh My Shelves: 2 stars from Tamika

Introduction and conclusion: I am frustrated by how this book went. I loved the premise of the story, but the execution was not good. It was a strong beginning, Jules wanted the whole romantic notion of being in love. He wanted the happily ever after, he is a true romantic at heart. … [But] That’s not how a true romantic should act in my opinion. I lost my connection with the story. My favorite thing about this book was Archie. I love seeing supportive parents in novels. I didn’t lose hope with this author, I’ll continue to read her work. This just wasn’t for me.

Sinfully Gay Romance Book Reviews: 4.5 stars from Mark

Beware of spoilers if you click through to this review!

Conclusion: This book has no big angst factor, no biting your nails, no heart breaking break-ups, big tear jerking making up or reunion scenes and no broken characters.  It is light on the erotic but thoroughly entertaining as it focuses more on the characters, and what wonderful characters they are too. I was in immersed in this book from the beginning and thanks to Julie’s wonderful writing was introduced to another set of vibrant, lovable characters.

Mortal Words: 4 stars from Narrelle M Harris

Conclusion: All up, The ‘True Love’ Solution is a light, fun, gentle, sweet read that dances its sprightly way to a lovely and satisfying conclusion. It’s a perfect pick-me-up if life has seemed a bit dark lately, and a cheerful confection if life’s good and you want to celebrate True Love, even if it does wobble off course sometimes.

Readers’ Responses

Tess on Goodreads gave it 4 stars and said: This was a delightful, sweet and very British romance. One thing I really loved was Jules’ relationship with his father, Archie. Probably one of the best father/son relationships I’ve seen in gay romance.

Ije on Goodreads gave it 5 stars and said: I needed to read something like this. Something that has a strong loving family, a character who loves to read romances and adores authors. … This is a lovely story which is touching, gentle, beautiful in its simplicity but very realistic.  And it is going onto my list of exquisite reads for 2016!

Keela on Goodreads gave it 5 stars and said: It was solidly adorable. I will definitely be reading from Julie Bozza again.

Sharon on Goodreads gave it 5 stars and said: I rarely award five stars but this book had it all: good story, well written, good editing.

excerpt: The ‘True Love’ Solution

This is the opening scene of the novel. I hope you’ll be as fond of Jules as I am!

The best thing about working from home, Jules thought as he danced lightly down towards the front door, was … No, strike that. The best thing about working from home was spending all day in his pyjamas. Jules laughed under his breath, and detoured to scoop up Jem’s pashmina from her armchair. He slung it around his hips and fastened it with a loose knot while he sashayed through to the hall. A quick glance in the hall mirror reassured him that his quiff of thick red hair was looking rakishly mussed, and his pale face was unblemished by the remains of breakfast or random pen marks. Presentable, or enough so.

The second best thing about working from home was – No, that wasn’t true either.

The third best thing, Jules amended as the doorbell rang once more, was that he could accept delivery of whatever little goodies might have found their way into his Amazon shopping cart that week. And completely fluster the delivery guy while he was at it.

“Hellooooo!” Jules sang as he flung the door and his arms open wide.

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The Butterfly Hunter Trilogy

Books 1-3 of the Butterfly Hunter Trilogy, in a boxed set

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 boxed set contains the novels Butterfly Hunter, Of Dreams and Ceremonies, and The Thousand Smiles of Nicholas Goring, as well as the (free) short story Like Leaves to a Tree.

Genre: male-male romance; contemporary; novel

Awards:

  • Nomination in the M/M Romance Group Members’ Choice Awards 2014 on Goodreads, in the category Favorite All-Time M/M Series.
  • Nomination in the M/M Romance Group Members’ Choice Awards 2018 on Goodreads, in the category All-Time Favorite M/M Series.

Word count: 161,500

Available in ebook and paperback formats from:

First published by Manifold Press on 1 December 2014. Slightly revised edition published by LIBRAtiger on 15 September 2018.

reviews: The Butterfly Hunter Trilogy

Readers on Amazon:

Phase58 gave it 5 stars on Amazon UK and said: I didn’t want to finish this book cause that meant leaving Dave and Nicholas and their wonderful world. Even big bad mining companies couldn’t dissuade them from doing what was right. I loved this, it brought Australia into my living room and all its wonders along with it. Well written, no typos and great Aussie words like doona and Akubra and another word which I can’t remember which is basically a spork lol. The tale of two completely different worlds and how they join together seamlessly. I refuse to give the story away, just read the book and enjoy it as much as i did.

Readers on Goodreads:

Neet gave it 5 stars and said: What a wonderful trilogy of novels (including a short story by Julie Bozza). I took my time reading this beautifully written novel not wanting it to end. … David & Nicholas story is one that is funny, romantic, heartbreaking, and just plain enjoyable. I enjoyed reading about this couple and their wonderful friends and relatives. I hated for it to end, but plan to read again and again. It’s highly recommended and a good read!!!

The Thousand Smiles of Nicholas Goring

Book 3 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.

Click here for an excerpt of text, and here for the reviews.

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: 55,500

Available in ebook and paperback formats from:

First published by Manifold Press on 1 November 2014. Re-released by LIBRAtiger on 15 September 2018.

reviews: The Thousand Smiles of Nicholas Goring

I’m happy and grateful for the response to this third volume in my Butterfly Hunter series. Thank you to everyone who is accompanying Dave and Nicholas through the last chapters of their journey together!

Sinfully Sexy Book Reviews: 5 stars from Mark

Introduction: OMG, beautiful, absolutely beautiful. It is of course no secret that I have just loved this series so far but the third and final book just brings everything to a close of what has been just one gorgeous and exquisite story from beginning to end.

Mark also asked me to do a video for the Sinfully Sexy site, so please go check it out! I make a fool of myself, but hey it’s all for the best cause – that is, True Love!

Boys In Our Books: 3.5 stars from Susan

Excerpt: I love the care with which Julie Bozza writes David and Nicholas. She’s very deliberate in the ways she progresses their story, their relationship, their interactions and as someone who’s taken this journey with them through the series, I appreciate it so much.

Rainbow Awards 2015: Honorable Mention

Judges’ comments: A really engaging story that was easy to follow despite being the 3rd book in a series I had not read. … Very heartfelt, with a poetic, enchanted feel to it. The slow pace works for this particular story. Having read the first two books in the series probably would have helped, but wasn’t necessary, which is always the sign of a great read.

Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words: 4.5 stars from Stella

Introduction and conclusion: I have to say I’m very sorry to see the end of the Butterfly Hunter series, I can ‘t have enough of these characters. I would like to read a whole book/series about Robin, or another one on Simon, or Charlie, I would even read a het novel about Denise and Vittorio love. Not just them, all the persons I met during the amazing adventure reading this series was, caught my interest, they made me curious to know so much more and honestly I think it’s something it happened to me very few times. …

Julie Bozza has confirmed to be one of my favorite authors, her writing so poetical, lyrical and mystical is unforgettable, I can’t wait for her to release new stories.

The Thousand Smiles on Goodreads:

  • Kaje gave it 4 stars, and said: I love established-couple romances, and this one was smooth and lovely to read.
  • Kat gave it 5 stars, and said: This makes me happy, the perfect ending to a wonderful series.
  • Don Bradshaw gave it 4 stars, and said: Written perfectly in Ms Bozza’s descriptive style the reader feels as though they have discovered something magical
  • Niki gave it 5 stars, and said: The writer could not have ended this series in a better way. Dave and Nicholas have come a long way as this 3rd book revisit them 7 years later.

Readers’ Responses

Dianne listed it in her Best of ’14 and said: Gorgeous writing. The perfect, beautiful love and understanding between Nicholas and his Davey is once again delivered in stunning form. The series story arc is delivered full circle in reverent prose. The sublime Australian outback and culture plays a crucial and unforgettable role. When I read this book, this series…I am right there with them. I’ll never look at a blue butterfly again without thinking of these two men.

excerpt: The Thousand Smiles of Nicholas Goring

This excerpt is from the first chapter of the novel, which is set seven years after Dave and Nicholas were married. They are at the Brisbane airport to meet Robin, Nicholas’s nephew, who is coming to stay with them during the English summer.

_MG_1349The next morning saw Dave and Nicholas at the airport early to collect Robin. They joined the line-up leaning on the waist-high barriers, greeted with nods and friendly monosyllables from the drivers and tour operators and such, some of whom had known Dave since he was a kid. “Brought the missus with you, then?” one of them commented to Dave.

Nicholas snorted with quiet humour, but Dave answered seriously enough. “Yeah, his nephew’s coming to visit for his summer holidays. Well, you know … it’s winter here, summer up there.”

“Got everything arse-about, them Poms.”

“You just wait,” Nicholas muttered darkly. “The magnetic poles will reverse, and then where will you be?”

“Still in God’s own country, mate!”

“So you will,” Nicholas happily responded. “And so will I!”

There was a general round of laughter, and then everyone fell back to their earlier silence or desultory talk. Nicholas nudged Dave with an elbow, and indicated the cold hard floor on the other side of the barriers. “That’s where I was when I saw you for the very first time.”

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Haven’t done this for a while… (Well, it amuses me, anyway!)

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  • The first photo is of a ‘Yowah nut’ – and very possibly one of the most beautiful things I will ever see – Opal from Yowah, Queensland, Australia (2009) by JJ Harrison. Source: Wikimedia Commons.
  • The second photo is Wolseley-Siddeley limousine and chauffeur, London c1906-1907 supplied by William Creswell (original photographer probably unknown). Source: Wikimedia Commons and Flickr.
  • The third photo is Purple Sky (2007) by Jes. Source: Wikimedia Commons.