When Liam Marshall’s best friend, Alex, loses his fight with colon cancer, he leaves Liam one final request: buy a ticket to Ryde, on the Isle of Wight, and scatter Alex’s ashes off the pier. Liam is tired, worn out, and in desperate need of a vacation, but instead of sun, sea, sand, and hot cabana boys, he gets a rickety old train, revolting kids, and no Ewan MacGregor.
Liam would have done anything for his friend, but fulfilling Alex’s final wish means letting go of the only family Liam had left. Lost, he freezes on the pier… until Sam Owens comes to his rescue.
Sam’s family has vacationed on the Isle of Wight every year for as long as he can remember, but he’s never met anyone like Liam. Determined to make Liam’s vacation one to remember, Sam looks after him—in and out of the bedroom. He even introduces Liam to his entire family. But as Sam helps Liam let go, he’s forced to admit that he wants Liam to hang on—not to his old life, but to Sam and what they have together.
Isle of Wishes
After a whirlwind vacation on the Isle of Wight, where he found the love of his life, Sam Owens sends Liam Marshall home to Michigan to tie up loose ends so they can be together forever. When all communication with Liam goes silent, Sam worries. Fearing the worst, he enlists the help of his brother, British Metropolitan police officer Paul Owens, to help him find Liam and get him back safely in time for their wedding. Paul has little difficulty digging into this mystery across the pond. Paul is also good-looking and openly bisexual, all of which adds to the dismay of Wisconsin Detective Olaf Skandik.
Olaf is ex-military and still closeted now that he’s part of the police department. He’s frustrated, hemmed in by the walls he’s erected, and when he meets Paul, he wonders if this may be the time and opportunity for change. Looking into his brother’s missing fiancé, Paul also starts looking into Olaf, and business soon mixes with pleasure, a bit of romance that may strengthen his case for them to make a future together.
Isle of Waves
Wig Tobias and Nibs Tyler have been together for a long while, but this year their love is about to be tested. Their business, the Blue Lagoon Restaurant on the Isle of Wight, is vandalized, and it may or may not be a coincidence that the neighbors want to buy them out. Making matters stickier, the police don’t seem interested in investigating until a friend of the couple, an out of town copper, prods them to take action.
Their friends, Paul and Olaf, Liam and Sam, and the whole Owens family come to help Wig and Nibs in their time of need. But Paul and Olaf may need a nudge from Wig and Nibs to keep their relationship alive. Meanwhile, a dear friend falls gravely ill. And if that’s not enough, Nibs has been hiding his own medical problems from Wig. When a gale strikes the Isle of Wight, the Blue Lagoon and its owners could be facing the end—unless they and their friends can unravel the knot of misfortune one hitch at a time.
Isle of Waiting
A Missing Moment from Isle of Wishes
Out and proud police sergeant Paul Owens is fed up. Olaf Skandik has broken an Internet date, and since the man is not only closeted but lives across the ocean, there’s no other way to meet. Paul has given it his best shot, but now he’s sure a long distance relationship will never succeed. But when Olaf wakes him up in the middle of the night, he gives Paul a few good reasons to make another attempt at staying together.
It was my birthday yesterday. I spent the morning in IKEA, and the afternoon napping on the sofa, followed by a fry-up. Never let it be said Sue Brown doesn't know how to party hard. Actually, it was a perfect birthday. Time out with my daughter which is rare these days as she's working hard, and the chance to relax away from the computer.
She bought me some gorgeous charms for my charm bracelet. One in memory of Tyler, and two Beauty and the Beast charms, the dress and the teapot. I also have Amazon vouchers to fulfil my every reading need.
I have a really busy six weeks ahead of me, and fitting in work around work and social events is going to be challenging. I'm going to attempt an early morning writing routine, rather than spending a couple of hours trawling through Twitter and Facebook. Wish me luck.
I have to finish Dating the Lionman this week. Once that's off my schedule I can take a deep breath and look at some self-pubbed work. I need to increase my wordcount/day.
I'm now 51. I wanted to spend my fiftieth year going away to various places and having fun. Mostly it was writing related, but that was okay. I was on retreats and books signings with authors and readers I know and love. It was a good year, both for me and the family, aside from losing Tyler. My forties was a complete change in my life. I'm hoping my fifties will be less change, more success.
Now I'm off to clean for my stepmum. Such an exciting life we writers lead. Have a good Monday, my friends.
After the death of his beloved dog, Harry, Peter Mitchell refuses to consider getting a new dog. Besides which, Peter has his hands full with his partner, Dr Evan Wells. The vet is surprisingly sensitive about Peter’s feelings and doesn’t nag Peter about getting a pet. Of course, not nagging and not doing anything about it are two different things, at least in Evan’s mind.
When Peter is presented with a small red bundle of fur to hold, he realises the devious vet planned their new arrival and worse, she’s already got a name. Peter may not have a choice about their dog, but he’s going to put his foot down over her name. He should know better.
spends his Valentine’s Day with memories of his dead lover, until one rainy day
Daniel skids into his life. Daniel offers Jacob the chance to live again, but
is Jacob brave enough to close his eyes and risk his heart?
I've just taken over the writing group and I have to plan things to do at the meetings. Well, I'm a total novice and I'm not going to reinvent the wheel. I've been looking at writing resources for new writers and writing exercises we can do in a short amount of time.
I have a pad of revision cards and I'm adding an exercise per card so they can be reused in the future.
I'm trying to combine whatever resource I find with an exercise for everyone to try. This month I printed out alist of emotions and we all wrote one scene using a negative list and another using a positive list. Extra points for those who managed to make a creepy story using the positive list.
One of the things I ensure is that the author's details are on the sheets I print out, with their websites. Jami Gold is a very good resource. I used herbeat sheets list, and suggested the writers use her interactive site.
I'm at the very start of finding resources and if you have suggestions or resources of your own, please leave a comment. I appreciate any help, not only for the writing group, but to improve my own writing.
One of the writing group gave me a brand new exercise.
Write a sentence. Now write a scene making it the first line, and another scene making it the last line.
In the sequel to the Rainbow-Award-winning Skythane, Xander and Jameson thought they’d fulfilled their destiny when they brought the worlds of Oberon and Titania back together, but their short-lived moment of triumph is over.
Reunification has thrown the world into chaos. A great storm ravaged Xander's kingdom of Gaelan, leaving the winged skythane people struggling to survive. Their old enemy, Obercorp, is biding its time, waiting to strike. And to the north, a dangerous new adversary gathers strength, while an unexpected ally awaits them.
In the midst of it all, Xander’s ex Alix returns, and Xander and Jameson discover that their love for each other may have been drug-induced.
Are they truly destined for each other, or is what they feel concocted? And can they face an even greater challenge when their world needs them most?
The Oberon Cycle: Book Two
About the Oberon Cycle:
Xander is a skythane man whose wings have always been a liability on the lander-dominated half world of Oberon.
Jameson is a lander who has been sent to Oberon to find out why the supply of the psycho-amoratic drug pith has dropped off.
What neither knows is that they have a shared destiny that will change the two of them - and all of Oberon - forever.