Friday, 28 March 2014

Tush Writing Update for 2014

Tush's Writing Update for 2014

(Pic is: a guitar pick I caught in the audience from my favourite band, around 2005.)

Hello! And I'm sorry updates have been relatively quiet... Real life has been changing a lot for me; shit happens, life goes on. Basically I will be doing a major MOVE soon, so 2014 will likely be spent adjusting, adapting, and moving forward.

I can't wait :)

While I haven't written anything new, I am pleased to say I will have TWO brand new releases for 2014 (which were already written, yippee!) and are just going into editing stages now. 

Estimated releases for both, summer 2014. More details as and when I have them :)

Another Bar Tender Tale: Love on the Rocks, will be released with Dreamspinner Press.

It is a spin off from previous novella, A Bar Tender Tale, which was released with Dreamspinner back in 2012. My apologies to fans of the first story, but original couple Nathan and Auryn will not be in the spin off. Current character, Justin, simply took up too much page space with his effervescent personality!

Justin was one of Nathan’s bar colleagues from Rainbows. Justin’s story is really sweet, and I’m looking forward to its release. (ETA August 2014.)

Pic is: fond memories of gigs past, used as inspiration for my 'big' upcoming project! 

Moving onto my big project, which is novel length, I absolutely can’t wait to share it with you. It is a spin off from the Crucifox universe, but aside from some brief mentions and cameos it is its own standalone novel. 

Phoenix (Death Rose #1) will be released with Less Than Three Press.

A little background: the first proper ‘band’ book I wrote was Crucifox and, yes, The Green-eyed Monster is the first in the Crucifox series (which is taking longer than originally anticipated to complete. Because life happens, basically). The stories run parallel.

While Crucifox is very much about the band itself, with an insider’s view looking out, I’d always had plans for another point of view.

In the same universe but with a different band, thus a different story. So many of those band names were too awesome to pass up, so please get ready to welcome Death Rose into the spotlight. 

(If you get the pun, well done and have a cookie.)

Many years ago (ahem!) before I started working with bands, I was simply a fan. A wide eyed teenager who thought that the guys up onstage were gods, and I absolutely worshipped

Still do, if I’m honest. But now I have more life experience and know that these guys are just people like you or me... just very, very talented people.

What I wanted to do with the Phoenix novel was to show my love of music the way I originally discovered it: as a fan

A fan who went to gigs, was madly in love with the guitarist (yeah, it’s always the guitarist… or the singer!) and if there was a chance of getting backstage to meet the band, that was absolutely the best thing that could ever happen. 

Pic is: a wristband to get backstage at Brixton Academy, London. Quite a recent gig for me; 2013. I really wish I'd kept more of these wristbands and passes.

My novel, Phoenix, is seen through the eyes of a teenage boy, Alex, and his journey as he goes to gigs and tries to meet his favourite band. What I wanted to capture with this story was the heart-stopping joy something so simple like a strip of paper around a wrist, or a laminate around a neck, could feel like. 

Access all areas is like a drug, but more addictive.

 ~ ~ ~

On a parting note, yes there are a few brief mentions of the band Death Rose in The Green-eyed Monster, mostly derivative as narrator Sky can’t stand them:
“…our spandex-clad pals, Death Rose…”  is one of my favourite quotes describing the band. 

He he he.

Bring on summer 2014!

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Review for Love Rising by Piper Vaughn

Review for 

Love Rising

by Piper Vaughn


In the 1700s on the island of Sagrario, men who love other men find safe haven. For Francis Holland, an escaped indentured servant, Sagrario offers nothing but loneliness. His life begins to change when he finds Wick, a merman, washed ashore.

When Wick awakens under Francis’s care, Francis returns him to the sea at his request. Soon after, they begin to meet in secret, and gradually, Francis blossoms under this new companionship. However, a merman is a difficult creature to entrust one’s heart to. With one trapped on land and the other at sea, the differences in their species threaten to keep them apart forever. It may not be long before Wick is gone, taking Francis’s reason to smile with him

My review:

I do love fairy tale style, and mermen stories <3 This story from Piper came to life after a prompt from me, and the outcome was just so wonderful I adored it from start to finish. The cover is the cherry on the cake.

ebook, 42 pages.

bookshelves: elements-of-mythology, fairy-tale-style, fantasy, fantasy-romance, gave-me-warm-fuzzies, historical, i-demand-a-sequel, know-ill-read-again, loved-it, m-m, mermaids-mermen, set-at-sea, sexy-times, shifters

Read in January, 2014

Review for Jurassic Heart by Anna Martin

Review for

Jurassic Heart

by Anna Martin

My review:

I may not be a massive dino fan, or even know much about science or any of the 'ologies', so perhaps i was worried there'd be lots of technical talk that would go over my head... I needn't have worried, the writing is clear and fast paced enough that i didnt get bored with any of the talk on digs or bones (and yes there is enough cheek and wit to keep my dry sense of humour satisfied!).

Overall this is a wonderful read, a light hearted mystery/whodunnit, sweet and charming, but also packed with action and EEK OMG moments, because i cared about the characters and their bones. (Ahem.)

Great visuals as well, i could really see the characters, the whole cast, and it gelled well for me. Recommended! 

Monday, 13 January 2014

Review for Special Needs (book 1) by KA Merikan

Review for:

Special Needs (Special Needs #1)


This book (series) is a wonderful idea, addressing the 'other side' of fetishes that don't get discussed much, when someone is perhaps shy about admitting what they want. Really well done.

It's novel length, and there's plenty to sink your teeth into. I think the cover (gorgeous as it is) gives a perfect example of how the book is; bright, colourful, unique, sweet and romantic.

Not perhaps what one might be expecting from the blurb. But definitely give it a go, recommended to those who like contemporaries, with a bit of spice/individuality.

Review for Destroyer of Worlds Spectr 5 by Jordan L Hawk

Review for

Destroyer of Worlds (Spectr #5)


After becoming possessed by the vampire spirit Gray, telekinetic Caleb Jansen thought his situation couldn’t get any worse. But that was before Graham Forsyth, head of SPECTR’s sinister Research Division, took him into custody.

Forsyth claims he can exorcise Gray before the forty-day time limit runs out. But once at RD, Caleb and Gray find themselves ensnared in a web of lies. What is the truth behind the tests Forsyth is performing on them? What does the agency really plan to do with Gray? And most worrisome of all, why does Gray sense demons within the walls of RD’s compound?

Caleb’s boyfriend, SPECTR agent John Starkweather, has suspicions of his own. With the help of his friend Sean and a shadowy organization known only by their symbol of a moth, John intends to save Caleb and Gray at any cost.

But when divided loyalties threaten his last chance at exorcism, Caleb discovers love may come at a price higher than he’d ever imagined.


My review:

Wow! I devoured this book in one sitting, i couldn't put it down, and at times it was so dramatic i forgot to breathe!

Yeah, really. I'd get to the end of the sentence and take a big gasp.

Ok, so the series is really reaching a head now. There is i believe one more book after this one, then it's the end (for now?!) of Spectr! Zomg.

It left on a pretty dire cliff hanger last time, with Caleb bring escorted off by another division of Spectr, and this time things really heat up and the movers come out of the peripheral and into main play. Lots of things started to make sense, and it was action packed from the word GO.

And i must admit, 'escape' themed stories will always make me short of breath and have me at the edge of my seat. How will Caleb escape Spectr? Should he trust them or trust his instincts to run? And what about this secret Moth organisation offering to help him exorcise his demon, and should he even take it?

And what about poor John! What is he going to do after watching his boyfriend being carted off by the very company he works for?

Aiyeeee! So many questions! Thankfully it all unfolds before your eyes in this book, to the point where i was clutching my shirt/throat while reading.

Fans of Gray (me included!!) will be happy that he gets much more of a spotlight in this story, and i can't even say how much i'm looking forward to the next installment. *flails*

One final point: what i love about this series is the demon-power/ ooh i'm attracted to that, kink. As this story was so full of action i wasnt even sure if the author would have *room* to bring the sexy, but it was there, and it was wonderful! I'm going to have to read it again now :3

#MusicMonday ~ ZOD

Music Monday!

Zodiac Mindwarp & The Love Reaction

aka 'ZOD'

aka The Psychotronic Love Commandos!

Zod are a British sleaze rock band who popped up in mid '80s and pounded their way through the rock charts until the early '90s. After a break, and some line up changes, they tour and release new records even now (last record We Are Volsung released in 2010).

Probably best known overall for this song: Prime Mover

This video was directed by Adrian 'Vyvyan from The Young Ones' Eadmondson.

This fun rock song has such wonderful lyrics. I.e. ~

I came from the sky like a 747
I'm a bad boy, baby, I fell outta heaven.

Sex Fuhrer, baby, I'm a love dictator
Blitzkreig romance, I'm your leather detonator

Plus, the singer sheds his jacket and grinds like a stripper on top of a tank, while shooting laser beams from his hands to corrupt the 'innocent' girls in the Catholic boarding school. What's not to like?!

This next picture is dedicated to my rocker-writing buddy, Z. Allora <3

Singer Zodiac Mindwarp, aka Mark Manning, is also an author. He writes mainly from his own experiences, accounts of being in a rock band, touring, and political musings.

May I recommend starting with his best known work, Bad Wisdom, co-authored with Bill Drummond from The KLF.

Quote from Bad Wisdom:

“This was the plan: we would take a holy and sacred picture of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Elvis Presley, to the very summit of the earth; once there, we would place it with sincere reverence amongst the chimerical shimmering palaces of ice and snow and then (accompanied by some weird Zen magic) we would light joss sticks, dance about making screechy kung-fu noises, get off our faces, and that would be it: Planet Earth saved. Simple.”

Mark Manning, Bill Drummond, Bad Wisdom 

And for those who don't know who The KLF are, this is for you...

Featuring Tammy Whynnette. You may recognise the tune.

Back to Zod.

If you think you can handle the ramblings of a certified rock oddity, then by all means go ahead and try...

Put some Zod on your speakers while you read.

You wanna know about love, baby?
Let me teach ya
Come to church, I'm the preacher!


Zodiac Mindwarp & The Love Reaction

Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Writing Update: Goodbye, 2013!

A big thank you to all who have enjoyed my books over the last year! Another big thank you to the wonderful authors who write such heartfelt books, and thank you to everyone in the M/M community for simply enjoying what you love. <3

My books and short stories for 2013 were:

Sam Scores A Date
The Haunted Pub
Happy Sodding Valentine's
The Green-Eyed Monster (Crucifox #1)
Rhys Has A Crush

and finally, Goblins (Book #1)!

Considering I'm quite a slow writer, I'm quite surprised at myself  >.< heh.

My greatest writing achievement of 2013? Well, not sure about 'greatest', but the moment that resonated most with me, and made me the happiest, was being able to give a paperback copy of Goblins (the nice, fairy tale one!) to my Gran, and seeing her so happy to read it.

Gran keeps her copy of Goblins next to her bed, and her being proud of it means a lot to me. :) She's read it twice already, and keeps asking when the next one is coming. (Again, I feel bad that I'm such a slow writer! Sorry, Nan! I've told her the next one will be dedicated to her.)

Hello, 2014!

What will the year ahead bring?

I'm excited to announce I've just signed a contract for a new novella, the 'next in line' story to A Bar Tender Tale (Dreamspinner). While the story doesn't feature the same couple as before (Nathan/Auryn) it does take bartender Justin into the spotlight for his own story, as suggested by my muse, Piper Vaughn. :)

Projected release, late summer. And I can't wait!

Other projects:

Yes, I did have rather a lot on my plate, and I am still a slow writer. My sincere apologies for anyone waiting for stories or sequels; I do try my best. If I could hire a ghostwriter, I would! ;p

Last year I started a story which was supposed to be short and breezy but --hah!-- ended up being shelved, then picked back up recently and finished at mega-novel length. (Oops.)

However, I love the story and today, the last day of 2013, I plan to do final tweaks, then submit the story in the new year. Whether it gets approval or not, I do intend to publish it in 2014.

This novel is another contemporary, and a spin off from the Crucifox universe. (No, it's not the sequel to Crucifox #1, sorry about that! It's a different band. Yes, they are mentioned in Cruxifox #1. Yes, the stories do interweave; because I like to make my life difficult, apparently!)

My Writing For 2014: 

Goblins (Book #2) will be my top priority.

I also have a few fantasy-themed short stories I'd like to finish. Wish me luck on all counts!

Happy New Year everyone, have a brilliant 2014 

Much love, Tush <3