I read an interesting post about sensitivity readers over the weekend, and by interesting, I mean more than a bit offensive and - accidentally, I'm quite certain - an excellent demonstration of why...
Simon is young and handsome and looks like he's got it all - money, looks, a future with a wife - all mapped out by his parents.
But Simon is gay. And Simon is high... And there's this boy called Taz...
Class-A is a short story character special. Part of Hiding Behind The Couch series. Also included in Take a Chance anthology (Beaten Track, December 2016)
Three years after his partner's death, Gray Fisher is ready to move on from police work. He's not looking for love, but he welcomes Will's friendship. Will Richards is an investment banker with a farmhouse menagerie of rescue animals. When former colleague, Rob Simpson-Stone, asks for Gray's help with case, he's reluctant to get involved...until Rob reveals the identity of one of the suspects.
A crime/mystery/romance novel and an off-shoot of Hiding Behind The Couch, featuring Gray Fisher (from In The Stars Part II / Two By Two) and Will Richards (from Breaking Waves / In The Stars Part II)
I'm astonished, overwhelmed, grateful, bedazzled, honoured and a thousand other things I can't even find the words for right now, that When Skies Have Fallen won the Lambda Literary Award (Lammy) for Gay Romance.
When Skies Have Fallen is a historical romance, written as part of Don't Read in the Closet, 2015. The ebook is free, and you can also buy the paperback.
Checking Him Out is a gay romance (M/M romance, if you like), so fair warning is given here about the sexual content. If you prefer contemporary, non-explicit stuff, why not try Hiding Behind The Couch?
Checking Him Out - book one - is available for free!
Checking Him Out For the Holidays - a short festive novella
Hiding Out - a novella - George, Josh and Libby from Hiding Behind The Couch meet Matty and Noah from Checking Him Out
Taking Him On - book two - Noah and Matty's story.
Checking In - book three - More antics with Sol and Adam.
Seeds of Tyrone (cowritten with Raine O'Tierney) is a series of gay romances, so again, fair warning is given here about the sexual content.
Leaving Flowers - book one - Patrick and Aidan's story
Where the Grass is Greener - book two - Chancey and Seamus's story
Christmas Craic and Mistletoe - book three - Paulo/Harrison's and Tom/Michael's stories
HIDING BEHIND THE COUCH is a series of novels and short stories about a group of nine friends - The Circle - who first met at school.
They've been described as the literary equivalent of 'Take That' - there's a character to suit everyone.
Why not dip into the story and see what you think?
I write character-driven stories, but they can be about ANYTHING and I don't like to stick to one genre. Thus, there's some CONTEMPORARY ROMANTIC FICTION that's LGBTSQ (i.e. it's about people, people!), plus a little SCI-FI FANTASY of the amateur quantum physics (time travel-ish) variety and a little HISTORICAL FICTION too!
I'm a social scientist, specifically of identity politics and the radical deconstruction of gender and sexuality. In non-jargon, imagine a world where your gender isn't on your birth certificate, you can marry who you like, wear what you like, cats and dogs, living together, mass hysteria... BUT it doesn't have to be! Just imagine.
From My Blog
My eyes shot open. I looked down into my lap and couldn't quite believe what I saw there. The bauble was glowing! I tried to move my legs to flip it onto the floor, but I couldn't, although I also realised that I didn't want to. At first, I thought it was my imagination, as the blue swirling glow momentarily became brighter and then dimmed away to the tiniest speck. Nervously, I caught hold of the little hook and lifted the bauble to eye level. It was the strangest light, like the blue of a hot gas flame, and it seemed to swirl faster the longer I studied it. The heat travelled up the hook to my finger; I swapped hands, unable to put it down.