RSS Feed

Monthly Archives: March 2016

My Top Reads and Audiobooks ~ Jan – March 2016

 Back in December I signed up to the Goodreads Challenge.

Not having done this before and not knowing how many books I’d read in a year, I entered a nice round number of one hundred. I intended to include the ebooks I’d read as well as the audiobooks I listened to. I thought an average of two a week would be achievable. To my surprise and delight, I have passed the half way mark already at only a quarter of the way through the year. So, I thought I’d recommend some of the ones I’ve enjoyed so far.

Here are some of my favourites:



 I’m so glad I discovered the Glasgow Lads series by Avery Cockburn.

I love her writing, the characters, the plot lines, the lovely ‘feels’.

Each story is superb.


 The Law of Attraction by Jay Northcote

 Spencer Cohen Book 1 by NR Walker

 Rustic Melody and Rustic Memory by Nic Starr

 The Mermaid Murders by Josh Lanyon ( I also re-read Winter Kill.)

Chasing Shadows by Annabelle Jacobs

As the Leaves Fall by RJ Jones

curly design




I’ve been listening to some of Kim Fielding’s stories and enjoyed them immensely:  The Tin Box, Brute, Housekeeping, and The Night Shift are all fabulous.

How to Walk Like a Man by Eli Easton

Violated by Jamie Fessenden

Ethan, Who Loved Carter by Ryan Loveless

The Half of Us and Johnnie by Cardeno C

curly design

Check out the books I’ve read so far.

I’d love to hear about some of your favourite stories.

New Release ~ House Hunt by Jackie Keswick

House Hunt
by Jackie Keswick

Series: The Power of Zero, Book 3
Length: Novel / 96k
Genre: Suspense/Mystery/Thriller
Release Date: 30th March 2016


Jack Horwood hates owing favors. But when a simple day out to treat Gareth to the best oysters in England leads to a discovery of drugs and counterfeit money—things that neither Jack nor Gareth have the jurisdiction to handle—he has to call in help. Help that doesn’t come cheap, and that forces him to do something he promised himself he’d never do again—walk away from Gareth and the family he’s starting to make for himself.

Three months undercover is a long time. After missing Gareth’s birthday, Jack is determined not to miss their first anniversary. But coming home and being home are two very different things. So when he is asked to assist with a corporate espionage investigation, Jack can’t say no, despite knowing it will impact his already straining relationship.

Except, of course, he’s walking into a trap….



cropped-Rainbow-Header copy 6


A deep, throaty rumble broke the quiet of the morning and Gareth frowned. It didn’t sound like Jack’s beloved Gixxer, and anyway, he had been told they were not riding to… wherever it was they were going. The sound neared and settled outside his house, and when Gareth opened the front door and walked to the end of the drive, he came face-to-face with Jack Horwood—in a way he’d never seen or imagined him before.

He was used to Jack in skintight jeans and with a screwdriver between his teeth, bent over desks, or crawling into spaces rodents would have found restrictive. He was used to Jack in leather, astride his bike, and Jack in sleeveless tops and jogging bottoms moving through kata with grace and precision. He was even used to Jack the tease, meshing leather, music, and suggestive moves until Gareth thought his skin would catch on fire. Jack appealed to him whatever incarnation he chose, and this time around he had surpassed himself.

Long, low-slung, and roofless, with sexy, graceful curves, the deep green two-seater sparkled in the early morning sunlight. Jack sat snugly ensconced in magnolia leather, a dark green fleece top and matching ball cap complementing the color of the car. Fingerless driving gloves of soft black leather and aviator sunglasses added to his rakish look. He grinned from ear to ear, revving the engine, playing with the throaty sound.

“Come on, Flynn, the morning’s wasting.”

“What the fuck is that?”

“Transport. Get your gear and get in before I wake the neighborhood,” Jack sniped at Gareth’s question. “This isn’t a sound you can ignore for long.”

Gareth had to agree. The deep bass notes of the car’s engine rippled down the street and back again. He quickly ducked inside and reached for wallet, phone, and keys before he grabbed a jacket from the rack and sunglasses and a ball cap from a drawer. Moments later he stood beside the car’s passenger door and frowned at the lack of a visible door handle. Surely Jack wasn’t expecting him to vault over the door?

Jack’s laugh, carefree and enticing, bubbled up over the engine’s rumble, and without Gareth being able to see what he did, the passenger door popped open, ready for Gareth to climb in.

The seat was a surprisingly long way down. And once he sat, all he could see were acres of creamy hide and gleaming walnut trim, with a tiny slice of glittering green bonnet stretching out in front of him.

“Where did you get this monster?” he asked as he pulled the seat belt across his chest and Jack peeled away from the curb with a deep V-8 growl that was sure to rattle windowpanes along the quiet cul-de-sac.

“It’s mine. Well, half of it is.”




House Hunt is available as ebook or paperback from: 

Dream spinner Press All Romance ebooksKobo | Barnes & Noble | | Amazon UK

cropped-Rainbow-Header copy


Jackie Keswick was born behind the Iron Curtain with itchy feet, a bent for rocks and a recurrent dream of stepping off a bus in the middle of nowhere to go home. She’s worked in a hospital and as the only girl with 52 men on an oil rig. She’s spent a winter in Moscow and a summer in Iceland and finally settled in the country of her dreams with a husband, a cat and a tandem.

Jackie loves stories about unexpected reunions and second chances, and men who don’t follow the rules when those rules are stupid. She has a thing for green eyes and tight cyclist’s butts and is a great believer in making up soundtracks for everything, including her characters and the cat.

Jackie’s current obsession is a green-eyed hacker-turned-vigilante by the name of Jack Horwood. The first two parts of his story, Job Hunt and Ghosts, are available from Dreamspinner Press and anywhere books are sold.


cropped-Rainbow-Header copy 9

For questions and comments, not restricted to green-eyed hackers or recipes for traditional English food, you can find Jackie Keswick in all the usual places:

Twitter | Facebook | Jackie’s Website |



Rainbow Snippets ~ March 27th


Today’s Rainbow Snippet is taken from

Boys on Film.

Check out the snippet from last week

Nate keeps looking at me as he drains his bottle and I seem unable to drag my eyes away from him. My cock gives a sudden pulse again as it starts to fill, and a wave of heat rolls deeply through the pit of my belly.

I know I’ve been staring too long when Dan clears his throat a little too loudly.  Nate finishes his beer and I look away hurriedly as he turns to put the bottle onto the breakfast bar behind him. It takes all my effort not to gape at his shoulders, his back and the smooth curve of his ass. Dan catches my eye and raises an eyebrow at me. He knows what I’m thinking and how I’d like to take this guy.  The ancient Greeks admired the male form for its beauty and the life-like statues they carved showed how much they appreciated the physical form of a man.  I think, not for the first time, that I must have been a Greek sculptor in a former life as my eyes roam over him, deciding that his body would most definitely be perfect.



Please visit the Rainbow Snippets Facebook Group for more links to great fiction.

The gang posts throughout the weekend, so check back a few times if you can.



Rainbow Snippets is a group for LGBTQ+ authors, readers, and bloggers to gather once a week to share six sentences from a work of fiction–a WIP or a finished work or even a 6-sentence book recommendation.


Sign up for my newsletter HERE to keep in contact via email.



Release Day Review ~ Chasing Shadows by Annabelle Jacobs

Title: Chasing Shadows
Author: Annabelle Jacobs
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: March 24, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary Mystery
Page Count: 162
Heat Level:  3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.3 stars out of 5

cropped-Rainbow-Header copy 5

Jamie Matthews goes to Cornwall to find his missing brother. The police are convinced Michael drowned, but Jamie knows better. No way would Michael swim to his death, especially on a beach with a wicked rip tide. Finding a stranger in his brother’s cottage only deepens his misgivings.

Felix Bergstrom is recently discharged from the British Army. Unable to put the past behind him, he takes an unhealthy interest in old acquaintance and millionaire businessman Karl Weston, hoping to catch him up to no good. Michael’s disappearance adds fuel to Felix’s suspicions. Weston’s clifftop home overlooks the beach where Michael supposedly walked into the sea, but Weston has an alibi for that day.

When Jamie and Felix meet, the physical attraction is instant. Mistrust keeps them from acting on it until finally all their secrets are laid bare. But time isn’t on their side. Before they’re able to work out whether they have a future, danger catches up with them and threatens to put an end to everything.

cropped-Rainbow-Header copy 3

I always enjoy Annabelle’s writing style and storytelling. From the start of this thrilling read, her main characters pull you in and you want to find out what happened to Michael. You feel Jamie’s grief (along with his parents) for the missing younger brother and you sympathize with his determination not to accept that Michael is dead as he clings to the hope of finding out what really happened to him. Through Jamie, Annabelle draws you into the Cornish countryside and seascape.  You visualise the cottage with ease and the surrounding locations that Michael enjoyed sketching.

Jamie’s search for clues to his brother’s mysterious disappearance leads him directly to Felix, who is also on a mission to discover facts concerning the recent death of an army friend.  Despite a shaky start to their acquaintance, Jamie and Felix gradually fall for each other, despite the guilt they feel over the reason they met in the first place.  The arrival of Felix’s buddies helps to lighten the tension between them and the tongue-in-cheek comments about their would-be relationship provide some amusing moments.

I particularly enjoyed the sizzling sexual chemistry as it develops throughout the romance arc of this story and the eventual  hot smexing scenes.  I also enjoyed the ‘angsty’ moments, too, as any possibility of a future relationship undergoes some doubt.

The mystery plot has its tense and suspense-filled moments and culminates in an exciting scene with the ‘baddie’. Although the conclusion to the overall mystery is not fully explained in enough detail, the ending of the romance story is very enjoyable and the epilogue is lovely and definitely HFN.


***ARC  of Chasing Shadows provided by the author in exchange of an honest review***


Amazon universalAmazon USAmazon UKAll Romance ebooksSmashwords 

cropped-Rainbow-Header copy

Annabelle Jacobs lives in the South West of England with her three rowdy children, and two cats.

An avid reader of fantasy herself for many years, Annabelle now spends her days writing her own stories. They’re usually either fantasy or paranormal fiction, because she loves building worlds filled with magical creatures, and creating stories full of action and adventure. Her characters may have a tough time of it—fighting enemies and adversity—but they always find love in the end

cropped-Rainbow-Header copy 9

FacebookFacebook Author PageTwitterWebsiteGoodreads Link


This review was also posted on

Gay Book Reviews



Rainbow Snippets ~ March 20th


Today’s Rainbow Snippet is taken from

Boys on Film.

“What about this?” I ask. “Alexander, a blond Greek god in human form, made his way over to the mere human standing by the bed, pulling him into his muscular, tattooed arms.  The passion erupted between the two as their lips welded together in a wet, sloppy mess.”  I continue reading, but they spot it’s me after only a few sentences and erupt into a fit of laughter.

“But the age is wrong,” Dan objects, wiping tears from his eyes. “Everything else is right about you, though.”

“Well, the ‘mere human‘ could be you,” I point out to him, which wipes the smile from his face.

Elliot tries to look serious. “I love the way your cock is described,” he adds, snickering.




Please visit the Rainbow Snippets Facebook Group for more links to great fiction.

The gang posts throughout the weekend, so check back a few times if you can.



Rainbow Snippets is a group for LGBTQ+ authors, readers, and bloggers to gather once a week to share six sentences from a work of fiction–a WIP or a finished work or even a 6-sentence book recommendation.


Sign up for my newsletter HERE to keep in contact via email.



New Release and Review ~ As the Leaves Fall by R.J. Jones

As the Leaves Fall

by R.J. Jones

leaves 600



cropped-Rainbow-Header copy 5


The perfect job or the perfect man. Surely Aiden and Noah can have both, right?

Aiden Turner’s world flipped upside down when his vengeful ex-boyfriend destroyed a major project, costing his uncle’s architectural firm an important client. Feeling guilty, Aiden has since sworn off all romantic involvement with anyone he works with.

Noah Walker is getting ready to interview for his dream role when he catches Aiden’s eye on the London Tube. They strike up a conversation, and even though the attraction sizzles between them, Noah must decline the offer of a morning coffee. The interview is crucial, and he needs to focus on getting the job, not getting a date.

When Aiden discovers the enigmatic man on the train is the same man he is interviewing, he is torn. But he knows Noah is the right man for the job, and he attempts to put some professional distance between them. However, it’s not long before Noah makes his way under Aiden’s skin.

Neither man can afford to risk their employment, but keeping their relationship a secret takes its toll. When things get ugly, they need to decide what’s more important—or if the job is worth the sacrifice.




cropped-Rainbow-Header copy 3

An enjoyable office romance featuring two  likeable and mature sexy guys. From the start, they face the dilemma of choosing between behaving professionally within their working environment or listening to their hearts.

Noah hopes he’s found his ideal job in a top architectural firm, which he discovers has the added benefit of working alongside a gorgeous hunk of a boss. Noah is certainly well qualified for the position, and despite Aiden’s immediate attraction to him, he still appoints Noah. His intelligent, friendly, and easy going nature makes Noah the perfect candidate.  From the outset, they work well together and Noah soon offers constructive suggestions for the company’s projects.

The men were inexplicably drawn to each other from their first meeting, but Aiden makes it clear any hookup, even in secret, would be a disaster for their careers within the firm. The two men deal with office politics and rivalries, as well as their feelings for each other admirably.  They manage to resist their attraction and work amicably together. Their friendship develops, but it’s a struggle to keep their desire under control. That is until they can’t resist anymore. When they finally give in, we are treated to a hot and steamy love making session.  Noah doesn’t want to be kept a dirty little secret and Aiden is worried about telling his family about them, so everything is far from rosy. There’s no nastiness or tantrums between the two lovers and they behave in a dignified manner to resolve their relationship issues.

The story is written from both characters’ POV, so we understand Aiden’s fear of committing to an office romance that may jeopardize the company’s future, and risk his own career or Noah’s dream job.

As the Leaves Fall is entertaining throughout. The story flows smoothly with a little angst and trepidation along the way, but nothing too traumatic. And the fact that the story is set in London increases its appeal for me. 

***I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.***

cropped-Rainbow-Header copy

RJ started as a reader and eventually made the progression to reviewing. It wasn’t until two men popped into her thoughts, insisting on telling her their story that she started to write. It started with one scene. A hot and dirty one in the shower.

RJ’s initial thought was if she could write their scene then they’d shut up and allow her to concentrate on other aspects of the day. That shower scene was 3000 words long and three hours of work.  But they didn’t shut up.  They told her their entire story and she didn’t sleep for days.  Sometimes she couldn’t keep up with what they were telling her and she had to keep a notebook by the bed.

Whilst RJ was writing their story a side character decided he needed his story told too. Then other characters followed suit.

You see the problem? If RJ ever wants to sleep again then she needs to write.

RJ is a wife and a mother to two boys. Even her dog is a boy.

She is surrounded by males.

RJ writes emotionally charged, character driven romances. Her guys will always get their HEA, but it will never be easy.




cropped-Rainbow-Header copy 9


Facebook |  TwitterPinterest | WebsiteEmail 


Asta Idonea ~ New Release, Excerpt and Interview

First Swallow of Spring

Asta Idonea

16 March 2016

Torquere Press

Short Story/MM



The first swallow of spring draws Seanán back to the fae circle each year. There he dances with the handsome fae lord, Iorweth. He knows the rules he must follow if he wishes to be free to leave at the end of the night; however, Iorweth is growing ever more inventive in his attempts to trick Seanán into breaking them.



Listen to an Audio Excerpt



Amazon | Amazon UK | Torquere Press

cropped-Rainbow-Header copy 6

“Seanán will be dancing with none but me.” The words were softly spoken, yet the tone brooked no argument, and at this utterance, the others scurried away and a new figure stepped into view.

A wave of contentment flooded through Seanán. “Iorweth.” He accepted Iorweth’s proffered hand, and Iorweth pulled him to his feet as if he weighed nothing. He gazed up at the regal figure. “I have missed you.”

“And I you. Shall we dance?”

Iorweth swept Seanán into his arms and they spun toward the edge of the clearing. The others made room for them and they joined the chain, circling the stone in a dance of pure delight. The music came from no discernible source, but it filled the air, bright and bell-like, and between its magical refrains, the fae laughed, clapped, and cavorted in the moonlight.

Seanán followed Iorweth’s lead. The rest of the world melted away as he lost himself in the fae lord’s glimmering, emerald eyes. This was the time of year he felt most alive. In the long months between these meetings he survived on memories and dreams. They kept him going, but nothing compared to being here in Iorweth’s arms. The press of his hand on Seanán’s back—that was the brilliant reality. The rest of his life was colorless.

Iorweth pulled him closer until their bodies met. Warmth spread through Seanán and he sighed and rested his head against Iorweth’s chest. Surely they had danced for long enough. Surely Iorweth would soon take him to the stone. Yet, on and on they danced. They twirled and dipped and swayed, never breaking from the circle. Seanán should have felt dizzy. At the very least he should have grown weary. But when he was with Iorweth, he always had boundless energy. So long as their hands touched, Seanán believed he could go on dancing without pause, forever.

Interview with Asta Idonea

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’m British-born, but I have lived in Australia for 8½ years now. I was backpacking here when I met my husband on the bus. I just never went home. I worked in admin until 2014, when I left to try my hand as a freelance editor and author. I am much happier now, though I still need to build up a little more editing work.

What would people be most surprised to know about you?

I was almost a translator. I completed a PGDip in Translation, but then I moved here and my European languages weren’t as relevant anymore. I still try to keep up my language skills, though. I have pen pals around the world, I read books in other languages, and I watch a lot of world cinema.

How do you relax?

I have many hobbies: reading (naturally), theatre, cinema, music (I sing and play a few instruments), sketching….

Do you have a favorite quote?

“What a terrible affair life is to be sure; I don’t mean nasty, because it’s glorious and enthralling, but so aweinspiring and unnerving and taxing.”
(Percy Grainger to Rose Grainger (his mother) 23/07/1907)

How long have you been writing and what made you fall in love with writing?

As a child, I loved books. My sister would ask to play with her dolls, and I would ask to read. From as far back as I remember thinking about such things, I wanted to write, but it was something I kept putting off, thinking I wasn’t good enough. In my late teens/early twenties, I started publishing some fan fiction, but then I moved to Australia and finally found the drive to pursue my dreams. I had my first original work published in 2011 and haven’t stopped.

What are your ambitions for your writing career and what’s your favorite part of writing?

My favourite part is giving life to the characters that fill my head and helping them tell their stories. As for ambition, it would be nice to earn more than I spend on my writing, and one day see one of my books on the shelf in a major bookstore, but deep down, I’d be happy simply to know people are reading and enjoying my work.

Why did you choose to write GLBTQ romance? Why not another genre?

Actually, I do write mainstream too (under the pen name Nicki J. Markus). I started out in mainstream paranormal and fantasy, and I continue to write that alongside my MM works. The MM came about through my editing. Most of the manuscripts on which I work are LGBT, and when I started editing for Wayward Ink Publishing, I decided to try my hand at an MM piece of my own for one of their anthology calls. I found I enjoyed it and wrote another, and another…. Much of my former fan fiction was slash, so I guess subconsciously it was a genre I already appreciated.

What scene in your writing has made you laugh the hardest or cry the most?

I’m not sure I can pick a single scene, but the two works with which I had the most emotional connection were The Ragnarök Chronicles (MF Fantasy) and Souls for Sale (MM Paranormal). Both Loki (in the former) and Saul (in the latter) became very dear to me.

Can you give the readers a brief summary of your latest book?

It is a short fantasy MM story, releasing as a single title and within an anthology. It follows Seanán, a young man who is drawn year after year to the fae circle near his home. There he is romanced by a fae lord, who tries to trick him into breaking the rules that will see him unable to leave at the end of the night.

Give us a little insight into your main characters. Who are they?

Seanán lives at home with his parents and helps work his father’s farm. He is bored with his everyday life and longs for the one night each year when he can visit Iorweth. Nonetheless, he resists all attempts to trick him into staying; he wishes to make that choice himself.

Iorweth is a regal fae lord who wishes to trap Seanán in the fae realm, to keep him close forever. Used to getting his way and tricking unwary mortals, at first he fails to see that the way to win Seanán is through openness and love, rather than wiles.

Tell us a little bit about your writing style. When and where is your favorite time/place to write?

I work from home, so the morning and early afternoon I dedicate to editing work. Occasionally I have a day or two free between editing jobs, but mostly I have a steady stream of manuscripts and work seven days a week. The mid to late afternoon (and sometimes into the evening), however, is writing time.

When I have the initial idea for a story, I jot down character notes (full profiles if it’s a novella or novel). I also note some key plot points, but that’s the only planning I do—I prefer to see where the characters take me. I always type the first draft at the computer in my study. However, once that it done I print the work and retreat to the comfy chair in my library/music room for editing. I read through the complete story, making notes and corrections as I go, then it’s back to the study for the next draft. Short stories go through two or three drafts and then a final proofread. Novellas and novels get four drafts, then the proofread.

What sort of book do you enjoy reading in your free time? What was the last book you read? What did you enjoy about it?

I read widely; the only genres I avoid completely are true crime and chick lit. I read (and reread) a lot of classics. I enjoy literary fiction and paranormal/fantasy tales, and I read a lot of non-fiction (in particular books on my favourite historical periods). Recently I finished a book on Victorian London, which I was reading as research for my new Steampunk story. That was interesting and gave me plenty of ideas. Now I am reading an historical fiction piece about a highwaywoman in England during the Commonwealth.

Thank you so much for answering my questions.

I think my readers will enjoy learning more about you!

Good luck in your future writing!


cropped-Rainbow-Header copy

Asta Idonea (aka Nicki J Markus) was born in England, but now lives in Adelaide, South Australia. She has loved both reading and writing from a young age and is also a keen linguist, having studied several foreign languages.

Asta launched her writing career in 2011 and divides her efforts not only between MM and mainstream works but also between traditional and indie publishing. Her works span the genres, from paranormal to historical and from contemporary to fantasy. It just depends what story and which characters spring into her mind!

As a day job, Asta works as a freelance editor and proofreader, and in her spare time she enjoys music, theatre, cinema, photography, and sketching. She also loves history, folklore and mythology, pen-palling, and travel; all of which have provided plenty of inspiration for her writing.

Author Pic 2015

cropped-Rainbow-Header copy 9


BlogFacebook TwitterGoodreadsLinkedIn |

 Amazon Author US Amazon Author UK

Rainbow Snippets ~ March 13th


Today’s Rainbow Snippet is taken from my latest release:

Finding Love: The Perfect Size for You

It’s available to purchase from:

Amazon | Amazon UK | PayHip | Smashwords | iTunes | Kobo | Barnes & Noble


I raked my moist fingers through my hair and waited.

Minutes later, my work phoned vibrated with a text message.


Coincidence or success? I had no way of knowing.

Andy, my would-be client requested to meet up the following day at a residential address, for the minimum two hours.


There was a pause of a minute or so. Would he haggle and try to drop the price?


That was early, but at least it would give me the option of booking a later appointment if another call came in.

Yes. Booked you in.

Great. See you tomorrow.


Thank you for reading!

Please visit the Rainbow Snippets Facebook Group for more links to great fiction.

The gang posts throughout the weekend, so check back a few times if you can.



Rainbow Snippets is a group for LGBTQ+ authors, readers, and bloggers to gather once a week to share six sentences from a work of fiction–a WIP or a finished work or even a 6-sentence book recommendation.


Sign up for my newsletter HERE to keep in contact via email.


Finding Love: The Perfect Size for You

 Finding Love: The Perfect Size for You


 Lily G Blunt


Format: ebook and paperback
Language: English
Book Length: Short Story (12K)
Pages: 60
Genres: Contemporary, Gay, Erotic Romance
Heat Rating: Burning
Release Date: 9th March 2016

This story has been previously published as The Perfect Size for You by Torquere Press in the Take It Like a Man anthology.

This second edition has been expanded and reedited.

cropped-Rainbow-Header copy 5


A male escort takes on an inexperienced client and breaks the first rule of rent boys: don’t get attached.

After updating his Rent Boy blog profile, well-endowed porn star Ty receives a text from a sexually inexperienced client. Andy, the client, asks Ty to provide him with the necessary know-how so should he ever get a date with the guy he’s attracted to, he’ll be fully prepared.

Little does Ty know that this hookup will lead to a friendship that will subsequently change his life.




cropped-Rainbow-Header copy 6

The door opened, and a skinny geek with specs faced me. Thinking I had the wrong house, and worried that the boy’s father had made the appointment, I floundered. Now, that will be awkward. How’s he planning to get his kid out of the house?

“Excuse me. I’m looking for Andy. Is he here?”

The boy flushed bright red and pushed up his black-framed glasses. “That’s me, I’m Andy Parker. You have the right address.”

You’ve got to be kidding me.

“Okay, son! How old are you?” He didn’t look a day over fifteen.

His eyes widened, but his gaze didn’t leave mine. He bristled a little, rising to his full height. “I’m eighteen. Nineteen in three months. I can show you my ID, if you like.” He looked beyond my shoulder, then ushered me hastily inside.

I followed him to the kitchen. “I’m Tyrone, by the way.”

He hadn’t even asked my name. I could have been any weirdo coming into his home. I guessed he recognized me from my online photos or my porn videos. Whatever. It looked like he was expecting me anyway.




Amazon | Amazon UK | PayHip | All Romance E-BooksSmashwords | iTunes | Kobo | Barnes & Noble

cropped-Rainbow-Header copy 3

“This novella is a sexy, short read that is a little delicious treat.  Ty was cute and likable, and I appreciate that this had a cute HEA but didn’t avoid the complexities that come with a character who is in porn and escort services.  Andy is an adorable, geeky, and not very shy virgin.  I loved their pairing and their evolution.  Even in this short little gem, Blunt packed a solid punch!”

Review on Watch and Word Society

“I do love a story where the characters surprise me and not live up to the stereotype they initially appear to be.

Both the blurb and the start of Finding Love had me convinced I was dealing with a cocky porn star who knows it all and a shy, inexperienced and maybe even submissive student. And both Ty and Andy live up to their stereotype nicely…or do they? Is Ty really as sure of himself and what he wants as he thinks he is? And could Andy possibly have quite a bit of backbone behind his coyness?

I had so much fun with this story. Getting to know Ty and Andy was as exciting as Andy’s enticing introduction to the world of intimacy and sex was. This story is told from Ty’s perspective which, in this case, is exactly right. Watching Ty as he slowly has to admit to himself that Andy is becoming more than a client and, later, more than ‘just’ a friend was as fascinating as getting to know the real Andy was.

This is a short story and yet it is not a case of insta-love. We follow Ty and Andy’s journey from the first time they make what is purely a commercial arrangement to the point where they can no longer pretend to be anything else than boyfriends. And their journey is intriguing and beautiful.

Thank you Lily for yet another well written story and captivating read. I thoroughly enjoyed myself.”

The Way She Reads

“This was a really sweet shortstory!

As the blurb already tells you this is the story of Ty, a rent-boy, and Andy, a sweet and sexually inexperienced guy who’s looking for someone to teach him how to have sex. 
Andy has had a crush on his friend for quite a while and wants to be prepared for when he has a date with this friend. So Andy hires Ty to just”show him the ropes”; just a professional relationship.. But of course things don’t go as planned. wink emoticon
While this is similar to other rent-boy falling for client stories I’ve read, Ms. Blunt managed to make me really care for both of the characters right from the start. I loved Ty questioning how to best advertise himself and could easily picture myself in his place. When I read the blurb I was prepared for the stereotypical sexworker, being overly confident and shallow. I can assure you that Ty is nothing like that! 

Despite this being a short story Ms. Blunt manages to by the end make you feel like you know these two.
I really enjoyed that Finding Love doesn’t feature another case of insta-love, but that they fall slowly in love over several “dates”. I liked the realistic-ness of Ty and Andy starting things slow and working up to the actual sex because sex is an intimate act, doesn’t matter whether there’s money involved or not. I imagine the lines are easily blurred between professional and personal relationship and it was so beautiful to see this happening here.

If you’re looking for something short and sweet, this is the right book for you.”

From Top to Bottom Reviews


In Finding Love: The Perfect Size for You, Ms. Blunt managed to deliver an awesome bite-sized story. To start with, the premise of a rent boy is hot. I find the idea of anonymous encounters to be rather alluring. Add to that the humanizing of the escort, Ty, by showing that just because someone works in porn and sells sex for money, it doesn’t mean they aren’t a real person with feelings.

The other protagonist, Andy, was also well developed, initially depicted as a geeky, inexperienced, nerd who was looking to practice his sex skills so he wouldn’t make a fool of himself when he finally landed the man he was interested in.

What really did it for me in this story was the sex. It isn’t often that I experience an erotic romance where the author really takes his or her time explicitly drawing out each moment. The sensations, tastes, even smells were delivered with precision, and I was glad that I was alone as I read them since I would have made myself, and everyone else, embarrassed by my body’s physical reaction.

There really isn’t anything I can say as a criticism to this story. It was fun, fast-paced, and surpassed my expectations. So if you’re on the run and looking for a hot read with a capital HOT, this is definitely the book for you.

The Novel Approach



Sign up for my newsletter HERE to keep in contact via email.





Rainbow Snippets ~ March 6th


Today’s Rainbow Snippet is taken from my short story

The Handyman Can.

It’s available from:

Pride Publishing | Amazon | Amazon UK | iTunes | ARe |  Kobo | Barnes & Noble

thehandymancan_facebook copy

Michael—his sexy gardener, his drop-dead gorgeous painter, his very handy handyman, his whatever-he-could-think-of-that-needed-doing- around-the-house-and-garden man.


Alex said the name out loud, not worrying he’d be heard over the thrum of the mower, not caring if Michael caught a glimpse of him now. Back and forth he walked in front of Alex, who could barely take his eyes off this dream of a man. Alex dragged in a deep, steadying breath. The welcome sweet scent of freshly cut grass filled his lungs.

Michael altered direction; his back now faced Alex.


Thank you for reading!

Please visit the Rainbow Snippets Facebook Group for more links to great fiction.

The gang posts throughout the weekend, so check back a few times if you can.



Rainbow Snippets is a group for LGBTQ+ authors, readers, and bloggers to gather once a week to share six sentences from a work of fiction–a WIP or a finished work or even a 6-sentence book recommendation.


Guest Post ~ Interview with Narrator Joel Leslie

It’s my pleasure to welcome Joel Leslie to my blog today and ask him a few questions. 

Hello, Joel! Please introduce yourself to my readers and tell us some interesting facts.

Hey there!  I’m Joel Froomkin – I also record a lot of m/m material under the name Joel Leslie.  I have two wiener dogs who like to bark when I’m trying to record and an incredibly patient boyfriend who does all my editing.  I grew up in Bermuda – which is a British colony – and my parents are Canadian and American.  I went to a British boys school and all my teachers were from various parts of the UK.  So I grew up around this vast array of different sounds…which gave me this weird skill set of being able to sound like a native Brit and a Yank lol.

I record under two names… Joel Froomkin and Joel Leslie.  I use my middle name (Leslie) for grown up stuff.  It’s not because I’m ashamed… it’s because of the way Audible book recommendations work.  Under Joel Froomkin I do children and young adult books quite a bit, and when you buy a book Audible always lists “other books by this narrator you may enjoy”.  So someone could buy “Flopsy the Bunny goes to Unicorn Town” and then get a recommendation for “Prison Jocks Fraternity Bondage VI”.  Which could be awkward.  It just keeps the audience separate.  But my m/m fans should definitely check out the Joel Froomkin stuff… they might like some of it

How long have you been narrating and what made you decide to follow this career path?

I did my undergrad in acting – but I was very ‘in my head’… always analyzing and judging what I was doing. And my professors (wisely) pushed me towards directing and designing.  So when the undergrad was done they convinced me to stay on for an MFA that was sort of specially tailored to me.  But my major passion while I was there was dialects… the speech professor kind of became my second mom.  It’s where the obsession with voices came from.

I worked in the West End for a while and then in New York as an assistant director and a director.  Did shows with Maggie Smith, Anthony Head and some other really cool people.  Then my b.f. and I started producing theatre and we wanted to start our own theater company.  We moved from NY to Indiana an started a regional theatre in Indiana.  When we weren’t doing big productions we sometimes did a couple “radio drama” readings where I would do performances of books like Christmas Carol and Treasure Island – I’ve always loved great story tellers like Patrick Stewart, Stephen Fry and Jim Dale.  That made me think about taking a stab at audiobooks.

Weirdly the “being in your head” thing and the director background is incredibly helpful for audiobook work.  As a narrator are basically shaping the entire ‘performance’ – casting it in your mind, shaping the pace and arc of the story, and directing your own performance.  So the thing that was a hindrance as a stage actor became a strength.

This is just about my one year anniversary.  I dove into it in March of last year… and now I’ve done about 50 books.  I’m really excited about how things are going and I’ve forged some relationships with some amazing authors.  Lily’s Paint the Sky is honestly one of my favorite books to date.  Audiobook narration really is its own art form.  I am very theatrical – I love to ‘perform’ the material.  But as a theater person, over time, I’ve learned that good audiobook narration is almost like film acting in a really tight close up.  It’s incredibly intimate.  I’ve learned that the performance draws the reader in – as if the story is being told just for them – it can’t come at them.  You want a sense that you are in the room eavesdropping with real people rather than listening to a play from the back row.


What are your ambitions for your career and what’s your favorite part of narrating?

Right now I am primarily narrating for independent authors or smaller publishing houses.  In a few years I would really like to be balancing that with some larger publishers as well.  The m/m work is something I’m really passionate about and I always want to continue working in that genre.

Do you have a favorite quote from the stories you have narrated?

I don’t know if I have a specific quote – but the painting scene in Paint the Sky is certainly one of the loveliest moments from a book I can remember narrating. (Blushing here. Thank you, Joel xx)

What scene in your narrating has made you laugh the hardest or cry the most?

I did a book called Come To Dust by J.S Cook – it’s this huge, sprawling Victorian m/m mystery epic. At the end of the book she basically sends away a character that I had just fallen in love with and voicing the ‘goodbye’ scene I was sobbing.  I had to keep stopping because the recording was nothing but choking sniffles. But I actually cry a lot at the ends of books… which is actually bad because it gets in the way of you actually conveying the emotion in the recording.  Usually I have to pull myself together and then start that bit again.

In terms of laughing the hardest… I did a book that’s soon to be released called “The Gelatin Coast” it’s a very silly kind of “Mad Mad Mad World” adventure about a Moose that gets stuck in Africa written with this sort of Stephen Fry wit… very dry.  There were lines that I had to deliver really deadpan to make them funny – but I’d be howling with laughter.

Do you feel awkward or embarrassed when narrating erotic scenes?

At first it was pretty hard not to blush doing that kind of material.  But now I do so much romance and m/m material that it’s actually something that I don’t even think about.  I guess it’s kind of like being a gynecologist lol – seen one, seen them all.  I actually find it a bit of a relief when those sections come along, because it’s no characters, no voices… just narrative.  It’s actually some of the least complicated stuff to do… you can’t get it the way of it too much.  I will say “orgasm sounds” are always something I’m never sure about in audio books… I don’t really want to listen to a narrator to suddenly sound like I’ve turned on Skinemax…but it still has to sound honest and engaged.  So, to all authors,
“oh yeah, oh yeah, OH YEAHHHHHH” is not my favorite thing to narrate lol.  But the descriptive bits… that’s actually some of the easiest material to tackle.

What do you do to prepare before you start narrating a new book?

Well – it depends, really.  With a new book I send each author a character sheet… I ask them to tell me for each role what would be their Hollywood dream casting (vocally), age, level of education, who they are related to or from the same region as (You might accidentally miss that on page 264 someone is someone’s sister and they grew up in the same town and you’ve been voicing them from totally different regions).  I also ask them what kind of animal the character would be.. knowing an author thinks of someone as a bear or a snake or an owl or a bassett hound really helps me find the voice.  Weirdly, for me, the minor characters with a couple line are the ones that are the toughest sometimes.

It’s dangerous to not read the whole book first… Allegedly, I read the first three chapters of a book once, thought “I’ve got this” and started narrating.  Then on page 220 they finally mentioned one of the lead characters was black.  Whoops.  So yah – you need to do prep.

Which actor would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recently narrated book?

I recently did a really yummy gay Regency Romance called “Duke in Denial” and it would be soooo perfect with Eddie Redmayne.  Right now I’m doing a book called “Forever England” and the author told me think of Anthony Head.  Which is really funny because I directed Anthony in The Tempest… so I’ve spent the whole time trying to channel his energy.


Where can you see yourself in 5 years’ time?

We would really like to relocate our theatre company out of Indiana.  It was a great place to get our feet wet, but the social climate has really changed and the audience isn’t broad enough to let us do the kind of work we would like.  So we are looking to try and shift the company to Florida in the next year or two.  But the lovely thing about audiobooks is that I can record wherever we go.

How do you relax?

I’m really bad at it.  But I actually listen to an audiobook every night in bed (not my own stuff).  I’ve always been a crazy fan of audiobooks… it’s really neat to think of people listening to my own work.

What is your favorite movie and why?

Bedknobs and Broomsticks.  Without question.  Angela Lansbury is brilliant.  I actually think it’s superior film to Mary Poppins… Disney produced it while they were trying to get PL Travers to agree to Poppins and it actually has all the same elements.   As far as TV goes…I was addicted to Doc Martin and Wire in the Blood.

What genre/books do you like to read in your own time?

I really love cosy mysteries.  I love MC Beaton and all her characters.  I also devour anything written by Stephen Fry.  The Hippopotamus is one my favorite books.

What books are you reading at the moment? It’s okay to give an author a plug!

I’m recording a book called “Forever England” by David Luddington and then I’m doing a vampire epic called “Of Light and Darkness” by Shayne Leighton.  At the moment the only thing I have time to read are the books I’m preparing to record!  I’m listening to Simon Vance narrate “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” at the moment and the incredible Lisette Lacat doing one of the Ladies’ Detective Series.

What would people be most surprised to know about you?

Well, when people listen to one of my books they are usually shocked to find out my own neutral voice is American.  I am always really complimented when people listen to various samples of my work and can’t figure out where I’m from.  I think people would be shocked to know that I’m actually painfully shy in social settings… to the point where it’s super awkward.  Networking is not my strong point.

If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?

“Can We Take that One More Time From the Top?”

Please tell us a little about your current release and what can we look forward to from you in the future?

My latest is called The Duke in Denial by Alexandra Ainsworth.  For a costume drama junkie like me it was such a treat.  It’s a full on m/m regency romance – the whole Jane Austen thing – but between men.  The characters were wonderful and I loved the story.  Alexandra truly crafted a believable historical romance working within the confines the characters would face at that time in history.  And yet it kept that lovely, frothy, swoony Sense and  Sensibility feel.  Plus I get to do my Maggie Smith impression which is always icing on the cake (hee hee).

I narrate the Skyler Foxe Mystery series… I’m book six of those and I always have one of those on the burner. It’s my Harry Potter lol.  I have more books coming out by Kim Fielding and Kiernan Kelly – they are really imaginative writers.  Stephanie  Summers writes a great vampire series I loved doing and I’m now doing her new “Take Me” series.  If folks wanna know what I have being released (usually two or three each month) they can join my Facebook page “Audiobook Updates” or my personal Joel Froomkin page.  I love hearing from listeners… it really means a lot.



I’ve already found a couple of people who are consistently looking out for and reviewing my work on Audible.  The fact that I have a couple ‘fans’ who buy a book not only because of the author, but because of the narrator, makes me feel so special.  I read the reviews on Audible constantly… even when they hurt.  I know that I’ve developed and learned from some of them.  But when someone takes the time that to share that they love a performance – it makes my day.  And I’ve learned how important reviews are to authors and narrators… If you read something you enjoy – leave a review… you have no idea how much it helps the visibility and potential success of that book.

Many thanks for your detailed and interesting responses, Joel.

Best wishes for your future narrating.

I’m especially looking forward to listening to your latest stories.


cropped-Rainbow-Header copy 9

Check out Joel’s work on: | Audible UK | Facebook Page | Facebook Profile



Release Day ~ The Handyman Can

The Handyman Can

by Lily G. Blunt

Alex is falling in love with Michael, one of the gorgeous handymen who maintain his property.

Can Alex trust the Fernando brothers or are they thieves?



 Heat Rating: Burning
Format: ebook
ISBN: 978-1-78651-381-6
Sexometer: 2
Word Count: 12,037
Language: English
Book Length: Short Story
Pages: 38
Genres: Contemporary, Gay, Erotic Romance

cropped-Rainbow-Header copy 5


After moving into his new house, Alex Sucre employs the three good-looking Fernando brothers as handymen to maintain his home and garden. He’s immediately attracted to Michael, the youngest, and enjoys watching his muscle-packed body through his study window as he works.

After a spate of burglaries in the area, one of Alex’s neighbors accuses the brothers of the thefts. Alex is reluctant to believe that any of them could be responsible, as their business is thriving and they appear to be honest men. But once that seed of doubt has been sown, Alex wonders whether they can be trusted.

Should Alex confront Michael with his suspicions and risk destroying their newly formed relationship?


cropped-Rainbow-Header copy 6

All it took was the clack of the garden gate closing. Alex Sucre’s breath paused, his heart raced. He shot a look from the spreadsheet on his laptop to the digital clock at the top corner of the screen.

Mmm… He’s early today.

Alex waited in case he’d misheard, but there it was, the gritty roll of the lawn mower on the path down the side of his house. Warm excitement rippled through him—his breath quickened, his heart pounded just that bit faster. He peered through the slats of the Venetian blinds strung across the study window and out into the garden, waiting expectantly. His cock stirred, a familiar and very welcome tingle. Alex was already anticipating what, or who, he was about to see.

Several whirrs of the motor’s pull cord rattled the near silence until it caught and the lawn mower burst into life, filling the quiet of the house. Alex leaned forward, adjusting the blinds, ready to ogle his gardener as he strode across the lawn. In his eagerness, Alex scattered papers onto the wooden floor.

Damn it!

He scooped them up and slapped them back down by his keyboard. Alex moved beside his desk, to one side of the window, not wanting to be caught snooping already.

Come on. Come on. Hurry up!



Add on 



Pride Publishing | Amazon | Amazon UK | iTunes | ARe |  Kobo | Barnes & Noble


cropped-Rainbow-Header copy 3

Reviews on Amazon and Goodreads are much appreciated.


5* Review on Amazon

“A perfect story, seriously hot and gripping. I was on the edge of my seat at times during the story. I laughed and cried in places and I honestly didn’t want it to end. Go buy this now, you will not be disappointed.”

5* Review on Goodreads

“My review of this amazing story. I received an ARC copy of this book and OMG am I glad I did.

The Handyman Can, is gripping and sweet and thrilling and so much more. I just couldn’t put it down. You have a brilliant mix of people in the neighbourhood where it is set from kind dears to busy bodies. My love fell to Alex and Handyman Michael. I won’t give spoilers away because I want you all to enjoy this a fall in love with this book as much as I did. Let’s just say it’s a book you will be thrilled you bought and read and you will want more.

Go buy this asap once on sale and it’s for pre sale as well so pick it up guys and gals.”

Review by Gay Book Reviews

“Ahhhh… A short and sweet book to zap your endorphins after reading a long, angsty book. Or as I like to call them: Bathtub Books!

A Bathtub Book is a shorter book that is perfect to read in the tub, before the water gets cold. The Handyman Can is the perfect length and sweetness level to let you relax and enjoy.

Hunky handymen, sweet make out sessions and a bonus hot sex scene make this a win for me.

Enjoy Alex and Michael and the off-the-charts cover-hotness!”


4* Review on Goodreads 

“The Handyman Can was a wonderful surprise. For a story only 38 pages long it was surprisingly full of recognisable characters and gripping storyline. I won’t go into the details of the story; the blurb tells you all you need to know. I will say that I got to know both Alex and Michael rather well as the story progressed and especially Michael charmed his way into my heart. I also loved Alex’s neighbours. They were an interesting, varied and recognisable bunch of people, just as you would expect in any neighbourhood.

I enjoyed the simmering heat when the story starts and the way it slowly built up to the steaming finale after all issues have been resolved. And I liked that this story provided more than ‘just’ a steamy romance; we’re also given the opportunity to enjoy a mystery with an action packed conclusion. Quite an achievement, considering the length of this story.

Having said all of that, I did have one or two reservations as well. Once or twice Alex came across as somewhat condescending in the way he thought about Michael and his brothers. As much as it is clear he is head over heals in love with his handyman, Alex’s thoughts made me a bit uncomfortable at times and somewhat worried about their future as a couple. My second reservation is connected to the first one; Alec was very quick to have doubts about the three brothers even if he doesn’t voice them to Michael. These were minor issues though. Overall the obvious and very hot attraction between these two men took centre stage and kept me rooting for them even when it seemed as if it might all be falling apart before it had even had a chance to begin.

Long story short: The Handyman Can is a hot, fast paced and well plotted story and as a result a thoroughly enjoyable quick read. If you find yourself with a spare hour on your hands I recommend this story whole-heartedly.”


cropped-Rainbow-Header copy 9

Facebook | Tumblr | Twitter | Amazon | Amazon UK | Pinterest

Sign up for my newsletter HERE to keep in contact via email.


%d bloggers like this: