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Pride Blog Hop ~ All You Need Is Love

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 I hope you’ve had a chance to check out my

Paint the Sky Audiobook Blog Tour.

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Paint the Sky was first published in August 2014 and from the beginning of this year I started my search for a narrator to produce the audio version. Being set in the UK with English characters I was hoping to find a suitable voice for my story from the many available on the ACX site. It was a long process and, after a few disappointments, I finally found Joel Leslie. He was very professional and a pleasure to work with throughout. I love his narration of the story and the way he brought my various characters to life.

He read the audition script wonderfully and I signed him almost straight away. Later, I sent Joel some character notes to assist him, which, believe it or not, were a struggle to put together because it had been a while since I’d written Paint the Sky. I’d also penned several stories since and I’d forgotten many of the details about my own characters. He asked me to suggest famous people for each of the characters so he could get a feel for their looks and personalities.

The two main characters were easy to identify. From the beginning, I had pictured Rob Pattinson as Ben. In fact, in my first draft I actually wrote Ben as Edward (from Twilight). And yes, Vinnie was Jasper at first. As the story developed, the characters, their looks and personalities gradually altered so they became my Ben and Vinnie.

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I also pictured Cam Gigandet for James. Joel gave him a wonderful and distinctive Scottish accent in the narration. Although I had not suggested this, it works perfectly.

These are some of the notes I gave Joel for these three characters:

Ben is a confident person, yet prefers his own company. He is well liked by other students and can easily communicate with them. He’s wealthy because of his father’s business and wants for nothing financially. He’d rather have hook-ups in gay clubs than commit to a relationship and get to know someone (until he meets Vinnie). He wants to be a writer, but is compelled to help out his father. As the story progresses, he becomes more independent and considerate with regard to his finances. He is rather self-obsessed at first but by the end of the story he is a nicer guy.

Vinnie has two elder brothers and a sister. He is quiet and reserved, shy with people and wary of getting involved with anyone because he has been hurt in the past. Vinnie has limited funds and isn’t impressed by Ben’s flashy accessories. Vinnie is a technophobe because he hasn’t been able to afford any devices or a computer, so in some respects he’s old-fashioned. He wants to pay his way, and gets annoyed when Ben wastes his money on him. He is rather naïve and doesn’t consider what his friendship with James will have on Ben. He is not really the aggressive or physical type when it comes to standing up for himself.

Ben and Vinnie are more mature students (aged 23), having had a gap of two years before starting college, but are just coming to the end of their courses when the story starts. As the story unfolds, it becomes apparent that they have been attracted to each other for some time even though they hadn’t spoken.

James is in his early thirties and becomes Vinnie’s possessive and abusive boyfriend in the middle of the novel. Notes from the text—tall with dirty blonde dreads with beads entwined, piercing in his bottom lip, grunge look, James’s face was striking, bulky rather than athletic. “His eyes were a pale blue, his skin sallow, with a fair amount of soft stubble. He had piercings in his eyebrow, the side of his nose and lower lip as well as two large tapered stretchers in his earlobes. He dressed similarly to Vinnie, in scruffy jeans and boots, and could have passed for Vinnie’s elder brother. He looked a lot like Finn in many respects.”

The other characters were more difficult to pinpoint and I was a little stumped for ideas. At the time of writing Paint the Sky I had no particular celebrity in mind, so my suggestions were retrospective. I used actors from the movie Magic Mike for some reason when suggesting actors to Joel! I think he did a wonderful job and made each voice their own.

Check out Joel’s others works here.

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I am often asked about the inspiration behind Paint the Sky and my research into art, especially Vincent Van Gogh’s paintings. I’ve narrowed down the very beginning of my story planning to the following three inspiration prompts:

INSPIRATION #1

The initial inspiration for Paint the Sky came from a line in Don McLean’s Empty Chairs. I happened to be singing it over and over to myself  one day while I was pottering about at home:

“I wonder if you know
that I never understood
that although you said you’d go
until you did I never thought you would.”

These words formed a heartbreaking scene in my mind between two characters. At the time they were Edward and Jasper from Twilight (I used to write Twilight fanfiction, but this story was never intended as a fanfic). The whole story developed from this scene which occurs roughly in the middle of the book. I had to plan backwards and forwards from this point.

For some reason, and I’m not entirely sure why, Jasper was an artist from the start. But very soon, as the story developed in my head, I thought of Van Gogh and his artwork, especially the Starry Night painting.

INSPIRATION #2

The words from another Don McLean song—Vincent—helped develop the artist’s character and provided inspiration for a few of the outdoor and painting scenes, plus the title of the story.

“Starry, starry night
Paint your palette blue and grey
Look out on a summer’s day
With eyes that know the darkness in my soul.”

INSPIRATION #3

For many years, I taught Art in a primary school and would frequently use Van Gogh’s paintings as a starting point. We researched his life and painting styles together, so I had a reasonable background knowledge before I started writing my story.  Starry Night became a favourite painting of mine and the children often chose to recreate it in pastels, crayons and paints. I love the simplicity of it, the colours and the brush strokes. The night sky is a central feature in the story and Vinnie’s painting of it provides a pivotal part of the plot

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So, inspired by Van Gogh’s Starry Night painting and Don McLean’s Vincent, my story tells of the developing love between artist, Vincent (Vinnie), and would-be writer, Ben. Each chapter is titled after one of Vinnie’s paintings, and part of the storyline within each chapter includes reference to that painting.

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I’m often asked about writing angst and this ties in with the first inspiration I mentioned earlier and the heartbreaking scene I originally pictured. I love reading and writing angst-filled stories. Anyone who reads my stories will know I like to hurt my boys and make them suffer a little for their love and their happy ever after. For me, this agony highlights the depth of feelings the characters have for each other. If they are heartbroken and missing their partner it somehow intensifies the emotions and illuminates the strength of their love. The threat of a break-up sends tingles through me! The characters and plot determine the amount of angst to a large extent, but hopefully by the end of the story they are better people for the upset and separation and, from then on, they want to make sure their future will be a happy one. (Hope I haven’t given away too many spoilers away here!)

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A love of art…

A mutual interest in art draws two shy university students together. Ben admires Vinnie’s painting of the university building, so Vinnie invites him to an exhibition of his artwork. From a wealthy family, Ben purchases some of Vinnie’s art and arranges for the artist to personally hang the paintings in his apartment.

Starry, starry night…

Ben commissions Vinnie to paint his portrait, in order to spend more time with the artist. On the night of the sitting, Vinnie fingerpaints the starry night on Ben’s chest… and they kiss. They begin a relationship beneath the night sky, God’s own canvas.

But every relationship has its ups and downs and so it is with theirs. When Ben thinks Vinnie spends too much time with a fellow artist, his jealousy drives a wedge between them and forces Vinnie into the very thing Ben dreads.

Hold tight to your dreams…

Ben and Vinnie will have to walk through fire before they can find one another again. But if they believe, and if they keep their faith in the night sky and each other, just maybe they can make their dreams of love come true.

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LISTEN TO AN EXCERPT FROM THE AUDIOBOOK HERE
About the Audiobook Narrator
Joel Leslie was a pleasure to work with throughout.
I love his narration of my story and the way he brought the various characters to life.
Check out his others works here.
Audio NarrationFacebook  / Audible 
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Vinnie led me across the room, pulling me by the shirt. “Lie back on the sofa for me and I’ll paint you.”

As if in a dream, I settled my head against one arm of the sofa, my legs dangling over the other end, scarcely breathing now. Vinnie knelt on the floor beside me with an open pot of paint in his hand.

Teasingly, he dipped his index finger into the dark blue paint as if it were cream he would lick off. His finger connected with my skin and he made short strokes across my chest, the coldness of the paint making me shiver.

Mesmerised by the closeness of his beautiful face, the view of the night sky through the window, and the picture forming upon my chest, I watched as dab after dab and stroke after stroke he built up a mix of shades, until a dark night sky with the moon and stars were there to be seen—a masterpiece, drying on the warmth of my blazing skin, a transient thing of beauty. His fingers skimmed my skin causing gooseflesh to ripple in waves down my arms and thighs. My nipples pebbled in response to his touch.

And when he was done, his lips met mine in a languid kiss; how our first kiss should have been—sweet, innocent, and full of promise. He pulled away, smiling down at me.

This was the beginning of something special.


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I’m offering a choice of either a signed paperback copy of Paint the Sky, an A5 or A6 notebook with a Paint the Sky cover to three lucky winners.
To enter the giveaway please comment on the post on Lily G Blunt’s blog saying which of the three gifts you would prefer.
Three winners will be randomly chosen on 3rd October when the
Paint the Sky Audiobook Blog Tour has finished.
ENTER THE GIVEAWAY HERE
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Lily G. Blunt writes contemporary gay romance and erotica. She loves to explore the relationship between two men and the intensity of their physical and emotional attraction. Angst often features in her stories as she feels this demonstrates the depth of the men’s feelings for each other. Lily is forever writing imaginary scenes and plots in her head, but only a few ever make it to the page—there never seems to be enough hours in the day despite having left the teaching profession to concentrate on her writing!

Lily discovered the wonderful world of m/m romance novels five years ago via fan fiction and went on to write stories in her spare time. With the encouragement of her friends and readers she decided to publish some of her work. Lily subsequently self-published several stories via Amazon. She later published short stories with Torquere Press and Wayward Ink Publishing. Lily is excited about joining Pride Publishing for her upcoming story, The Handyman Can.
Easily distracted from her writing, Lily makes videos using clips from gay-themed movies and posts gorgeous pictures of men kissing or making out on her tumblr and Facebook pages. Lily is also an avid supporter of GLBTQ rights and advocates equality for all. She was recently a steward for Pride in London.
Lily lives in central England with her rather bemused husband and a ‘mad as a bag of frogs’ Shetland Sheepdog called Barney.
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Pride Blog Hop ~ All You Need Is Love

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I am delighted to be taking part in Divine Magazine’s Pride Blog Hop,

“All You Need Is Love”.

I’m sure it will be a great success.
The hop will run from the 21st of September to the 28th and I can’t wait to see all the different posts from fellow authors and friends.

I hope you check them out too.

LOVE IS LOVE NO MATTER THE GENDER

Love Has No….

Love has NO age,
Love has NO gender,
Love has NO law,

Love can not be concealed
Love can always heal
Love has only power,
That’s strong,
Stronger than ever

Every waking minute
Love is always there,
In some heart
Somewhere
Between a couple who’s in love
With no cares

Love will never stop,
It is like the length of the universe,
Never ending

Only if it is true
Will it last everything that passes you

Love has NO age,
Love has NO gender,
Love has NO law,

Why must we all sit here
Weeping,
Until this earth is full of
Unhappy souls

Why must everything
Be a certain way?
When love doesn’t work that way!!

No one knows when love is around the corner,
About to surprise you like
No other

Love is so powerful,
So strong!

Love has NO age,
Love has NO gender,
Love has NO law,

ALL love is great
You see,
Look at me,
I am in love with a lady
Who is also deeply in love with me

Shouldn’t’t the factor of
True love
Be the only answer to your question of
“WHY?”

Love has NO age,
Love has NO gender,
Love has NO law,

Why must we create such
A disastrous world
Of hate and revenge?
Love could outlast both of those
Feelings

You don’t need papers to prove
Who loves who,
Or who deserves to love who

No one will EVER be able to control love!
NO god,
NO president,
NO parent,
NO friend,
NO movie star,
Or supermodel,
The choice isn’t’t theirs,
Sometimes it isn’t’t ever ours,
As to when or if we fall in love

Love has NO age,
Love has NO gender,
Love has NO law,

Love is unexplainable,
Like how I am the only one in my entire family to have red hair

Love is inevitable,
Like dying,
We will ALL die,
We will ALL love
May it be a woman or a man
There is NO difference as long
As you love on another

Love has NO age,
Love has NO gender,
Love has NO law!

~O~

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Three Is Not a Crowd

A Wayward Ink Publishing Anthology

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Why would anyone think three was a crowd?

No. No. No. No. No.

Three is a triangle…

and did you know it’s the strongest geometrical shape?

All the best things come in threes…

Musketeers, primary colors, three-ringed circuses, stooges, blind mice, little pigs. The list goes on.

Of course they say trouble comes in three too…

but we won’t go there… or will we?

**giggle** There’s three sheets to the wind.

And **sigh… drool** there’s three piece suits.

And trust us, it’s no coincidence that there are three ingredients in a BLT.

Or only three elements to the game Rock, Paper, Scissors.

Want to get physical???

Well, there’s… three-legged races… (what were you thinking?)

Political? Of the people, by the people, for the people.

Or creepy? Hear no evil. Speak no evil. See no evil.

Why, three has so much going for it we don’t even need to mention a…

1…………             2…………             3………… sandwich

(substitute your own dream guys)

And of course, there’s: On your Mark. Get Set. And Go!

So Go! Read the short stories in…

THREE IS NOT A CROWD

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Brad has a thing about elevators. He’s also had a tough week.

An accidental encounter with Mr. Tall, Dark and Handsome Aiden, and sweet, shy, and innocent Danny, will turn his elevator ‘thing’ into something very B.A.D.

 asta

I’m every bit the Everyman.

Or at least I was until I started my current relationship.

You see, there are three of us in this couple: me, my boyfriend, and my boyfriend’s alter ego…

Eric

Three college cheerleaders are bound together by unrequited love, secrets, and lies.

That is until dangers on a road trip threaten their lives.

Who will survive?

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Plagued by nightmares of a lost twin, David struggles to uncover the truth of his past.

 His family insists he never had a brother, enlisting therapist after therapist to cure him.

David’s only happiness is his boyfriend Terry.

Is the dream-visiting twin real?

Or is he a symptom of a mental disorder?

And real or not, will David and Terry’s relationship survive his presence?

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Flynn Jacobs is small, eccentric, and neurotic. He’s spent his whole life being ridiculed and bullied.

On a rare night out with work colleagues, Flynn finally meets Riley, a man he has admired from afar.

Riley isn’t looking for anything special. His boyfriend Mitch is out of town and Riley is bored. Shy Flynn is a challenge. He’s meant to be a one night stand but Riley finds he likes Flynn more than he should…

What will happen when Mitch returns from his business trip?

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Richard believed his friendship with Laura was based around their passion for writing.

He didn’t realise he was falling in love with her, until it was too late. 

After all, how could he possibly be falling in love with Laura, when he still loved Bill?

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Malcolm has a decision to make.

His two best friends, Jack and Thomas, have just given him a very interesting proposal to mull over.

His mind, his heart, and his Little Malcolm need to agree.

The decision could change his life forever…

 aimee

Daniel and Michael go shopping for sex toys.

Michael believes their relationship is complete.

That is, until he lays his eyes on the gorgeous shop owner.

Perhaps things are better in threes…

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Chrissie is a very smart Rottweiler who has never shifted until now, enjoying his life as a dog.

What happens when he and his owner, Simon, fall for the same guy?

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Paint the Sky Audiobook Blog Tour

Paint the Sky Audiobook Blog Tour Stops and Dates

Many thanks to all the friends, authors and reviewers who have joined the blog tour.

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Look out for guest posts, reviews and interviews over the next few weeks.

September

10 – Kathy Mac Reviews

11 – Multitaskingmommas

12 – Carly Rose Reviews

13 – Diverse Reader

14 – Mann Ramblings’ Blog

15 – Chris McHart

16 – VL Moon and JT Cheyanne

17 – Gay Media Reviews

18 – The Way She Reads

19 – C.J. Baty 

20 – Padme’s Library 

21 – QUEERcentric Books

22 – love.lust.lemonies

23 – Author Jacqueline Anne

24 – Carol Pedroso – Author

25 – Anna Butler Fiction

26 – Sinfully Addicted To All Male Romance and Its Raining Men

27 – L.M. Somerton

28 – Land of Book Fairies

29 – BFD Book Blog  and Louise Lyons  and EyesOnBooks’ Next Favorite Reads

30 – MM Good Book Reviews and Daniel Riding

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Paint the Sky Audiobook and Giveaway

Paint the Sky

Audiobook

by

Lily G Blunt

Narrated by Joel Leslie

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 Genre:  Contemporary M/M Romance

Listening Length: 6 hours and 4 minutes

Program Type: Audiobook

Version: Unabridged

Publisher: Lily G Blunt

Audible.co.uk Release Date: 3 Sept. 2015

Language: English

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Not an Audible member?

If you sign up to Audible for at least two months and Paint the Sky is your first purchase

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A love of art…

A mutual interest in art draws two shy university students together. Ben admires Vinnie’s painting of the university building, so Vinnie invites him to an exhibition of his artwork. From a wealthy family, Ben purchases some of Vinnie’s art and arranges for the artist to personally hang the paintings in his apartment.

Starry, starry night…

Ben commissions Vinnie to paint his portrait, in order to spend more time with the artist. On the night of the sitting, Vinnie fingerpaints the starry night on Ben’s chest… and they kiss. They begin a relationship beneath the night sky, God’s own canvas.

But every relationship has its ups and downs and so it is with theirs. When Ben thinks Vinnie spends too much time with a fellow artist, his jealousy drives a wedge between them and forces Vinnie into the very thing Ben dreads.

Hold tight to your dreams…

Ben and Vinnie will have to walk through fire before they can find one another again. But if they believe, and if they keep their faith in the night sky and each other, just maybe they can make their dreams of love come true.

 

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LISTEN TO AN EXCERPT FROM THE AUDIOBOOK HERE

About the Narrator

Joel Leslie was a pleasure to work with. I love his narration of my story and the way he brought the various characters to life.

Check out his others works here.

Audio NarrationFacebook  / Audible 

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Vinnie led me across the room, pulling me by the shirt. “Lie back on the sofa for me and I’ll paint you.”

As if in a dream, I settled my head against one arm of the sofa, my legs dangling over the other end, scarcely breathing now. Vinnie knelt on the floor beside me with an open pot of paint in his hand.

Teasingly, he dipped his index finger into the dark blue paint as if it were cream he would lick off. His finger connected with my skin and he made short strokes across my chest, the coldness of the paint making me shiver.

Mesmerised by the closeness of his beautiful face, the view of the night sky through the window, and the picture forming upon my chest, I watched as dab after dab and stroke after stroke he built up a mix of shades, until a dark night sky with the moon and stars were there to be seen—a masterpiece, drying on the warmth of my blazing skin, a transient thing of beauty. His fingers skimmed my skin causing gooseflesh to ripple in waves down my arms and thighs. My nipples pebbled in response to his touch.

And when he was done, his lips met mine in a languid kiss; how our first kiss should have been—sweet, innocent, and full of promise. He pulled away, smiling down at me.

This was the beginning of something special.

 

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ALSO AVAILABLE AS AN EBOOK AND IN PAPERBACK

Amazon.com / Amazon UK / ARe / PayHip

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I’m offering a choice of either a paperback copy of Paint the Sky, an A5 or A6 notebook with a Paint the Sky cover to three lucky winners.

To enter the giveaway please comment on this post saying which of the three gifts you would prefer to win.

Three winners will be randomly chosen on 3rd October

when the Paint the Sky Audiobook Blog Tour has finished.

UPDATE

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE FOLLOWING WINNERS:

Lisa, Matt and Yvonne

YOUR PRIZES ARE ON THE WAY.

Many thanks to everyone who participated in the blog tour and giveaway.

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Lily G. Blunt writes contemporary gay romance and erotica. She loves to explore the relationship between two men and the intensity of their physical and emotional attraction. Angst often features in her stories as she feels this demonstrates the depth of the men’s feelings for each other. Lily is forever writing imaginary scenes and plots in her head, but only a few ever make it to the page—there never seems to be enough hours in the day despite having left the teaching profession to concentrate on her writing!

Lily discovered the wonderful world of m/m romance novels five years ago via fan fiction and went on to write stories in her spare time. With the encouragement of her friends and readers she decided to publish some of her work. Lily subsequently self-published several stories via Amazon. She later published short stories with Torquere Press and Wayward Ink Publishing. Lily is excited about joining Pride Publishing for her upcoming story, The Handyman Can.

Easily distracted from her writing, Lily makes videos using clips from gay-themed movies and posts gorgeous pictures of men kissing or making out on her tumblr and Facebook pages. Lily is also an avid supporter of GLBTQ rights and advocates equality for all. She was recently a steward for Pride in London.

Lily lives in central England with her rather bemused husband and a ‘mad as a bag of frogs’ Shetland Sheepdog called Barney.

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Review ~ Broken Oaths by V.L. Moon and J.T. Cheyanne

Blog Tour – Broken Oaths by V.L. Moon and J.T. Cheyanne

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Title: Broken Oaths

Authors: V.L. Moon and J.T. Cheyanne

Length: Novel (300 pages)

Genre:  Contemporary M/M romance and adventure

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Betrayed by his peers and slandered as a traitor, Commander Thierry Donovan has nothing left. Locked away and targeted by the very men responsible for his incarceration, Thierry defies the odds and fights for the fundamental right to survive the hell-hole of his imprisonment. With no one to trust, Thierry finds solace in the last place he imagines…

The church is Ryan Flynn’s sanctuary. He craves the solitude and peace he finds in the hallowed halls. His oath to serve God is a calling Ryan has hidden behind all of his adult life; until his past catches up with him in the form of his foster brother, Special Agent Orrin Hunt…

Submerging himself within a world of danger, violence and corruption is the only way Orrin can cope with life. Rejected and tormented by the bitter remorse of unrequited love, Orrin is oblivious to the beauty of what life can offer him. If he’d only open his eyes, and maybe his heart….

Jaydan Callahan’s life is a wreck. Gangs, drugs and violence are a part of his normal day to day routine. For one so young, he’s seen it, been there, done it and gotten more than enough tee shirts as proof. Capable of smelling a cop from a mile away, it comes as no surprise to Jay when the guy he has the hots for is actually working undercover to bring down the town’s notoriously dangerous king pin.

Four men, four lives, each one of them stained by lies, corruption and doubt. Can love show them the path to redemption, or will broken oaths, fear and grief make the crosses they bear too heavy a mantle to carry?

Love is Love

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4 Stars

A gripping story involving four hot men tangled in a tale of love, duty and intrigue.

Orrin has spent the past seventeen years pining over his foster brother who left the family home and became a priest to avoid the attraction they developed for each other. Ryan has managed to stay celibate during this agonizing time and learned to maintain some control over his feelings and rein them in, deciding to serve God rather than commit to a relationship with a man.

Father Ryan is asked to hear the confession of Commander Thierry Donovan, a former naval officer who has been dishonorably discharged and falsely imprisoned, and the two ‘brothers’ meet again because Orrin was the one who suggested the priest for the task. Orrin is an undercover agent investigating Thierry’s case and attempting to clear his name. He hopes Ryan can assist with this as well as renewing their former connection at the same time. However, Orrin doesn’t anticipate the priest and the innocent prisoner falling in love. The attraction between these two men is instant, and although there is guilt and uncertainty where it will lead them, they eventually get a chance to make out after an attempt on Thierry’s life.

Ryan is confused and torn between his love for God and his love for the commander. Thierry is love sick but accepts the priest may still choose God over him. That doesn’t stop him from hoping their love will win out in the end. He also knows Ryan and Orrin still have their own personal issues to resolve.

Jaydan Callahan, a young street gang member, provides a distraction for Orrin’s aching heart. They work together to protect Thierry, whose life is in danger from the local mafia boss. The four men have to be careful with whom they trust and need to look out for each other.

The story is told from mainly Ryan, Orrin and Thierry’s POV, clearly marked within each chapter, to give us a deeper glimpse inside their heads. We also get the occasional input from Jaydan and his story tugs on the heartstrings.

An enjoyable, action-packed and lengthy adventure with many romantic and sizzling scenes. It is well written and speedily paced with plenty to hold the interest throughout, including a lot of focus on the main characters’ internal dialogue and dilemmas.

It is a shame the book didn’t receive a final professional edit because many typos and errors remain, but overall it is still well worth reading.

 

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About the authors

Laz and Lachi Publications is the combined writing team of J.T. Cheyanne and V.L. Moon. The two met in 2010, fell hard and fast for each other and married in April 2014. They write both independently and together in the gay erotica and gay paranormal genres. They also have a couple of contemporary romance novels under their belt.

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“We have to go. Santiago double crossed us. It’s not safe to leave you here, and I sure as shit ain’t leaving you behind. I’m sorry about Sylvie, I loved her. You know I did, but I need you to hang on, just a little longer. Shit’s going to get real pretty quick, and I need you alert to what’s going on around you, ok?” Orrin asked as he held Jay against his chest.

“I’m on it, pops,” Jay whispered. The fact he was still managing to rib Orrin over his age regardless of the fact he’d just lost his mother said a lot. Jay was so much stronger than Orrin gave him credit for; because he’d had to be. Most of his life had been spent robbing Peter to pay Paul, doing whatever it took to make sure he and Sylvie survived and kept a roof over their heads. Regardless of the fact most of it was gained illegally, Orrin admired the sheer determination in Jay. The kid never buckled, never walked away from the fight or took the easy way out. He never ran from what he wanted. Thank God. Cocking a brow, Orrin smirked.

“Always there with the smart mouth aren’t ya, boy? Best quit that shit, or I’ll be popping something of yours. Literally,” Orrin quipped and squeezed the kid against him one last time when confronted with a soft pained smile and glassy tear filled eyes. He just couldn’t stop the involuntary response. It took a matter of seconds, three to be exact before Jay composed himself enough to pull the gun from the back of his pants and check the safety was on.

“Ready when you are, old man. And just for the record, it’ll be me doing the popping.” Jay winked, pulled on Orrin’s leather jacket and grabbed the helmet Orrin offered him.

“We’ll take one of the other bikes. They’re quicker, easier to maneuver if the traffic gets bad or we need to make a quick escape. Duchney, I want you with me. The Commander took your car, so someone get a trace on it if you haven’t already and patch it through to me ASAP.” Pushing Jay ahead of him Orrin strode for the door.

“Get this place locked down, check everything for bugs and tracking devices and then follow the coordinates. I’ll meet you en route. The Commander no doubt has a plan and thinks he can go play at being the hero. We’ve put too much into this case, lost too much only to have everything screwed up by Captain fucking America. I don’t care how good he is.”

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Review ~ Like a Lover by Jay Northcote

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 Falling in love isn’t part of Josh’s life plan—especially not with a client.

Title: Like a Lover

Series info: Part Two of the Housemates series*

Author: Jay Northcote

Publisher: Jaybird Press (self published)

Length: 49,000 words

Genre: Contemporary gay romance

Cover Artist: Garrett Leigh

Release Date: Friday September 4th 2015

*Helping Hand is the first in the series. This story is a spin-off and both books can be read as standalones.

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Josh has a plan: get through uni with a good degree and no debts. Focused on his goals, he’s working as an escort to pay his way. He enjoys the no-strings sex and doesn’t have the time or inclination for a relationship. Falling in love definitely isn’t part of the deal—especially not with a client.

When Rupert meets Josh in a bar, he’s smitten on sight. He’s never paid for sex before, but when Josh propositions him, he can’t resist. He should have known one night would never be enough. Luckily for him, he has an inheritance to support his addiction to Josh, because his job in IT wouldn’t cover the cost.

With each appointment the lines get increasingly blurred. Something is developing between them that feels more like a relationship than a business transaction, but they come from different worlds and to go from client-and-escort to lovers seems impossible. If they want a future together, Josh and Rupert have a lot to overcome.

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“I like your lip ring,” Rupert said. His gaze dropped lower to Josh’s collarbones. “What are your tattoos of?”

“Swallows.” Rupert would just be able to see the wing tips that showed in this low-necked T-shirt. “Two of them.”

“Have you got any other tattoos?”

Josh gave a slow, teasing smile. “Maybe. Do you want me to show you?”

Rupert met his eyes again. There was a flicker of uncertainty before he answered. “Yes. I’d like that.”

Josh turned over the possibilities in his mind. It had been a long time since he’d had sex for anything other than for money. He usually saw clients at least three nights a week. They scratched the itch for him, and he didn’t have the time or inclination to hook up with other guys. He hadn’t dated since he’d started working as an escort. Josh didn’t like lying about his job, but most guys didn’t want to date escorts.

It would be easy to pick Rupert up tonight, though, and have no-strings sex with him for fun rather than cash. But Josh’s rent was due.

“Me too. But it’ll cost you,” he finally said.

Rupert frowned, obvious confusion crossing his features as he tried to make sense of Josh’s words. “What? I don’t—”

“You’re hot, and I wish I could do this without asking you for money. But a client let me down this evening. I have a hotel room booked and paid for next door, and I need someone to cover the cost for me.” The lie came smoothly. “I can’t afford to have sex for free tonight.”

Rupert’s mouth dropped open. Shock was evident on his face, but there was something else that was harder to read. His cheeks flooded pink again and his eyes went dark. “You’re….” His voice came out husky, and he cleared his throat. “You’re a….”

“A sex worker. An escort, to be precise. Hooker, rent boy, you get the gist. I’m an expensive one too. But my clients think I’m worth the money.” Josh waited, tension making a muscle tick in his jaw as he forced himself to stay still and hold Rupert’s gaze. On the occasions he’d tried picking up clients face-to-face, their reactions had varied. Interest, anger, excitement, disgust… he’d seen them all. He steeled himself, ready for rejection.

Rupert licked his lips. “How much?” he finally asked.

 

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five-stars

Like a Lover is a spin off from Helping Hand and tells Josh’s story. Josh is Jez and Mac’s housemate. He helped get the two of them together in book one. Like a Lover can be read as a standalone, but if you want to read both books it’s better to start with Helping Hand. Jez and Mac also feature in book two.

I know I’ve written this before, but I think this is now my favourite Jay Northcote book. I loved Josh. I loved Rupert. And I LOVED their fabulous story! Their bedroom encounters are sizzling and yet somehow sweet at the same time. Once I started reading I continued reading all day until I was finished. I was willing the boys to work out how to be together and for them to find their HEA. Jay’s writing gripped me throughout and my heart tugged as they fell in love and with just how much they wanted each other. This book has so many ‘aww’ moments and lovely ‘feels’—exactly what I look for in an m/m romance. Josh and Rupert are hot and sexy, but they are also nice guys you are rooting for from the beginning. Another great read from Jay.

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Amazon / Amazon UK / Smashwords / ARe

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Jay lives just outside Bristol in the West of England, with her husband, two children, and two cats.

She comes from a family of writers, but she always used to believe that the gene for fiction writing had passed her by. She spent years only ever writing emails, articles, or website content. One day, she decided to try and write a short story–just to see if she could–and found it rather addictive. She hasn’t stopped writing since.

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