Welcome to Larkspur Hall

Welcome to Larkspur Hall.

Hi. Sorry I’ve not posted much of late, I have been working hard on part five of the Clearwater Mysteries, ‘Bitter Bloodline.’ It’s now done and going off to be proof read this week. meanwhile, my cover designer is working her magic on the cover, and I am writing the fourth book in my ‘Saddling Mysteries’ series, under my name, James Collins.

Larkspur Hall‘Bitter Bloodline’ should be available in November. Meanwhile, here is one of the images Andjela K is working on for the cover. It is the closest stock image I could find to show Larkspur Hall. I imagine it will look a lot different when she is done with it! Meanwhile, can I try out this draft blurb on you? This is what I have for the back of the book and the Amazon pages:

Following an accident, a schoolboy and a tattooed Romanian find themselves unexpected guests at Clearwater’s country house, Larkspur Hall.

But what if their presence is no accident? What if Mr Smith is Protectori, a member of an ancient order of assassins bent on destroying anyone who sullies the name of the Szekely people of Transylvania? And what do a runaway boy and an assassin have to do with Clearwater’s famed Easter dinner party and its guest of honour, the actor, Henry Irving?

Ancestral feuds, a pocket watch and a rare Romanian wine are seemingly random connections until Silas breaks into a London theatre, and James rescues a boy from drowning. Then, it’s a race against time to prevent a hideous murder and Archer’s ruin.

The Clearwater Mysteries are best read in order. Bitter Bloodline is a no-heat mystery that sees Archer’s loyal servants become their own band of Protectori.

Clearwater Mysteries

A Clearwater update

A Clearwater update

A Clearwater updateMy wonderful designer, Andjela, has come up with some banners and images for me for use on my Facebook page and the blog. I thought I’d share a couple now just to let regular readers know that I am still here and haven’t forgotten about my website. I’ve just released Fallen Splendour, the 4th Clearwater Mystery and am at a bit of a crossroads. I need to get back to my other series, The Saddling, and finish the final part of that. You won’t find The Saddling Mysteries under Jackson Marsh though, they are released under my real name, James Collins.

A Clearwater updateIf you want to view them, head to my James Collins author page. They need to be read in order: The Saddling, The Witchling, The Eastling and… the one I’ve yet to write. They are not MM Romance as such, though the three main characters are men.

A Clearwater updateOne comes to terms with being gay through part one, finds love with the second character in part two and onwards, and the third main character is ambiguous – and may turn out to be gay in part four. But… The series is set in a village (in the 21st century) on the Romney Marshes – Kent, England, that still lives by its own ancient lore and teaching – a non-Christian, non-religious place where nature and the supernatural are the driving forces. I wrote these three before I wrote the Clearwater Mysteries and they are different, though similar (no sex), and to be honest, the Saddling started off as a one-off, but was so popular, people asked for a second and then a third, so the pressure is on to produce the fourth.

A Clearwater updateThey have themes – a lot of family and other history, but also, more subliminally, the number four is important: four seasons, four festivals (two solstice, two equinox), four points of the compass and, in part four, four men banding together to save the day…I think.

I’ll leave it there and go to the writing desk to dream up some ideas. Meanwhile, thanks for your support, please share this blog and whatever you can on Facebook, Insta-what’s-it and elsewhere. If you enjoy the novels, I need your support to help others enjoy them too.

Thank you all!

A Clearwater update

Fallen Splendour

Fallen Splendour

Part four of The Clearwater Mysteries, ‘Fallen Splendour’ has just been released on Kindle and KU. There will be a print version available in the next few days.

Fallen SplendourFor me, it feels like I’ve finished a sequence of four books, but there are more to come. The first four in this series take place in London 1888 and introduce us to the main five characters, Archer (Lord Clearwater), Silas (his lover), Thomas (his butler), Fecker (Silas’ bestie) and then, in part two, James (his footman).

Things laid down, mentioned or seen in one part lead to bigger things in the next, as the stories develop, usually taking two of the MCs as the main POV characters in each book. Book one, Archer and Silas, book two, James and Archer, Book three Silas and James, book four James and Archer (and Fecker), and so on.

Without giving too much away, here are the mysteries you can expect.

Deviant Desire: ‘The Ripper’ is killing rent boys as a way to lure Archer to a confrontation.
Twisted Tracks: The team of five must decipher a code to reach the endgame in time
Unspeakable Acts: A murder, on stage during an opera house gala, is threatened.
Fallen Splendour: The clue is in a verse by Alfred Lord Tennyson…

Actually, there are two stories running in Fallen Splendour, two connected theatres that must be dealt with and I’m rather thrilled with what I’ve done with the story. Some of it comes from a poem I fell in love with at school, and the clues in the story are wrapped up in one verse. Basically: Where is this location?

The splendour falls on castle walls
And snowy summits old in story:
The long light shakes across the lakes,
And the wild cataract leaps in glory.
Blow, bugle, blow, set the wild echoes flying,
Blow, bugle; answer, echoes, dying, dying, dying.
[Alfred Lord Tennyson]

You will have to read the book to find out and, as with most of my other novels, there’s adventure, tears, feel-good, a little sex and a lot of male bonding and strong friendships that are in danger of boiling over into romance. It’s all very romantic in the general sense of the word and my boys do love each other in one way or another.

Here’s the link to the .com and .co.uk pages. I hope you enjoy it, and if you do, please leave a helpful review!

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07V522JR3

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07V522JR3

All the best
Jackson

The book blurb for Fallen Splendour:

“We have his sisters. Involve your catamite, and they will die before the shortest day.”

A kidnapping, a threat and a deadly showdown force Lord Clearwater and his coachman, Andrej, on a secret mission to save two innocent girls. But where are they? The clue to the location is wrapped up in a Tennyson poem, and time is fast running out.

Left at Clearwater House to crack the code, James finds himself with another ominous responsibility when Inspector Adelaide makes an arrest. With his master missing, it falls to the footman to crack the code, fight a court case, and save Archer’s reputation.

With only three days to find the answers, all evidence points to a location known only to Tennyson himself, and an enemy thought dead.

But what if James is wrong?

An interconnected double mystery, Fallen Splendour is the fourth in the Clearwater Mysteries series. The books are best read in order.

Unspeakable Acts published

Unspeakable Acts published

Unspeakable Acts publishedThe good news of this week is that part three of The Clearwater Mysteries has now been published. Unspeakable Acts is available from Amazon Kindle, KU and in paperback. Here is the link to the .com listing, but the book is available through co.uk and other Amazon domains. Unspeakable Acts.

The Clearwater Mysteries runs in order, so if you haven’t read parts one and two, you are advised to do that first. Each book builds on the stories that have gone before as the world grows, the character count increases and the villains stack up to oppose Viscount Clearwater and his team of faithful friends/servants/lovers – there is some crossover between roles depending on who is with whom and at what time.

Unspeakable Acts publishedThe next part of the series, ‘Fallen Splendour’ is currently in the typewriter, as it were. I am up to 50,000 words on that one, about halfway through, having spent a week on the Greek island of Tilos composing the story and clues, researching and writing. I was able to put down 35,000 words in five days there as I have no distractions. Well, none apart from the sea, but I am not a great swimmer, and the tavernas and village square. Now I am home, I am having to fit in daily life, distractions and paid work (only four hours a day, but still a nuisance) but the book is marching on. I’m aiming for an August/September release for part four, and there will be more about it soon.

Meanwhile, catch up with Archer, Silas, Thomas, James and Fecker by starting with ‘Deviant Desire’ and a hunt for the East End Ripper. Then move on to ‘Twisted Tracks’ for a “Catch me if you can” mystery thriller and a bumpy train ride, before heading to the opera house for ‘Unspeakable Acts.’ I won’t say too much about part four (no spoilers allowed), but so far, we have been to Bow Street police station, become lost in a blizzard and learnt a fair amount about the poetry of Tennyson, the Poet Laureate in 1888. More to come on this developing story before too long.

Jackson Marsh Author profile at Amazon for a list of all my titles

‘Twisted Tracks’ is ready for you!

‘Twisted Tracks’ is ready for you!

'Twisted Tracks' is ready for you!
Twisted Tracks, The Clearwater Mysteries book two

Part two of The Clearwater Mysteries, this adventure sees the viscount and his band of faithful servants setting off to the Yorkshire Moors to hunt down a killer. A new footman (hunky), an old crush, devious enemies and some twisted clues lead the way to a thrilling climax.

The interesting development for me is the way the servants are fast becoming friends, not only of each other, but also of the viscount. He’s a man who wants to cross social boundaries, the trouble is, where will it all end?

There’s no end in sight as I now go back to part three ‘Unspeakable Acts’ while plotting out future developments in part four, as yet untitled, and beyond to more action/adventure, friendship and love, mashup thrillers and romance.

As with all my books, Twisted Tracks is available in Kindle and comes free with Kindle Unlimited. The print version will be available soon. Available in all Amazon stores.

Kindle: $2.99
Print $9.99

Deviant Desire – Mickie B. Ashling

Deviant Desire – Mickie B. Ashling

Deviant Desire - Mickie B. Ashling“I’ve been writing stories about men who love men since I discovered fan fiction in 2002. My first original novel, Horizons, was published by Dreamspinner Press in April 2009. Since then I’ve written over 35 novels in the m/m genre.”

This blog has been running for some time, so there are lots of posts to browse back through with links to hot MM Romance novels, reviews and information. The Mickie B Ashling blog is not listed as having an interview or review of Deviant Desire, but it will be interesting to see what is put there later today.

Deviant Desire - Mickie B. Ashling
Deviant Desire, The Clearwater Mysteries book one – available now on Amazon, print, Kindle and KU

The book tour is going well. There was a lot of interest in Deviant Desire from the publication date and has already became one my personal best sellers. That’s not a term I give much notice to. Anyone can write ‘Number one best seller’ across their cover and blurb, and I could probably do the same for DD. It is one of my top sellers, but it’s not a worldwide best seller as we might understand the over-used term. It’s not a Steven King or John Grisham – not yet! Actually, it never will be, it’s not their kind of book. It’s mine and hopefully it will become yours too.

You should find the links and information on Mickie B Ashling today.

Deviant Desire- The Clearwater Mysteries book one
Amazon Kindle, Kindle Unlimited and print.
(Available in your local Amazon store)

Deviant Desire – MM Good Book Reviews

Deviant Desire – MM Good Book Reviews

Deviant Desire - MM Good Book ReviewsMay 2nd, and the book tour continues with an appearance on MM Good Gook Reviews.

MM Good Book Reviews lives up to its name; it offers good reviews of good books and the blog will be reviewing Deviant Desire.

Lets’ hope they ‘get’ the story more than one reviewer did. Receiving a one-star review is never fun for an author, and what’s worse is when someone gives away plot point and twists without warning while writing the review. I read a review of DD (nothing to do with MM Good Book reviews, I must highlight that), and it read like something written by a disgruntled author. I gained the impression that this reviewer was pissed off that he/she hadn’t come up with the story, or Jackson had written it better that they could have done. Sour grapes. Everyone is entitled to an option, and I respect that, but what I don’t respect is when a reviewer takes against a story or author so much they feel it necessary to give away twists, thereby ruining the fun for future readers.

But, that aside, and it has nothing to do with today’s book tour appearance, Deviant Desire is selling really well and gaining more (better written and less personal attacks) reviews, that are a lot more positive. I am looking forward to seeing what MM Good Book Reviews has to say, and their blog on May 3rd is due to carry an interview or unique article about Jackson Marsh and Deviant Desire.

Deviant Desire- The Clearwater Mysteries book one
Amazon Kindle, Kindle Unlimited and print.
(Available in your local Amazon store)

Deviant Desire – Valerie Ullmer

Deviant Desire – Valerie Ullmer, Drops of Ink

Deviant Desire - Valerie UllmerWelcome to May, and to two days of the Deviant Desire book tour. Today, May 1st, you can find the first of the Clearwater Mysteries (Deviant Desire) featured on Valerie Ullmer.

Valerie writes romances. Contemporary, Paranormal, Erotic, and Gay fiction. She also has some free books and a newsletter.

Deviant Desire - Valerie UllmerTomorrow, May 2nd, the book will be featured on Drops Of Ink.
The about page reads: “The spiel on the Dreamspinner Press website sums it all up nicely so repeating it here. After all, why reinvent the wheel: Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with two cats who are convinced that the house is run to suit them; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date it appears as though the cats may be winning.”

A quick look at the blog tells you Valerie is about more than cats. She has an eclectic collection of books to browse through, articles and links, a newsletter and book reviews. She’s not down to review Deviant Desire, but she has a page listing other novels she has reviewed.

Deviant Desire- The Clearwater Mysteries book one
Amazon Kindle, Kindle Unlimited and print.
(Available in your local Amazon store)

Deviant Desire – Love Bytes

Deviant Desire – Love Bytes

Deviant Desire - Love BytesToday, April 30th, Deviant Desire’s book tour continues with an appearance at Love Bytes.

“Love Bytes struggles to give LGTBQ+ books and their works the much deserved recognition by posting reviews, running giveaway contests for the authors, featuring their newly published works for promotion, hosting blog tours, conducting author interviews and lots more!”

I’m not sure about the word ‘struggles’ in their About introduction, it looks to me like they have no trouble at all. I know what they mean though, getting one’s books to the attention of the a wider readership is always a struggle, and getting the message through to others that MM Romance and Gay Lit are more than viable genres of writing is even more difficult. Love Bytes seems to be doing a great job.

I see they publish book reviews too. I am not sure of they will be review Deviant Desire, but they will be publishing a unique piece of content, one of the interviews and articles written specially for this fortnight tour. You will find more information on their home page.

Deviant Desire- The Clearwater Mysteries book one
Amazon Kindle, Kindle Unlimited and print.
(Available in your local Amazon store)

Deviant Desire Book Tour

Deviant Desire Book Tour

Deviant Desire Jackson MarshHey! The great news is that for the next two weeks, ‘Deviant Desire’ is going to be touring around the world on various MM Romance and Gay Lit blogs. There will be a series of interviews and behind the scenes articles about the writing of this novel, the characters, the setting and background, as well as some interviews with me about writing and personal life.

The book tour runs from April 29th to May 12th, and has been arranged by Other Worlds Ink– click for their website.

The first day of the Deviant Desire book tour gets underway with four appearances on four different blogs.

Book Review Virginia Lee Blog

“Mission Statement For nearly three years, Book Review Virginia Lee has been a significant part of the book community. Our goal is to help in sharing the love for all Indie Authors and their books.”

I love Books and Stuff

“I’m a lover of anything paranormal and fantasy whether it be books, movies, pictures, etc… I love to read and wanted to share some good books and support amazing authors.”

Deviant Desire Book Tour
Viscount Clearwater, previously the Honourable Archer Riddington

Those two blogs will also be of interest to anyone who wants to promote their own books, and to readers who want to widen their choice of reading.

MM Midnight Café

The title of this blog makes me think of late-night meetings with other avid MM Romance readers, gathering together in a dark café where everyone is safe and into the same reading. I notice they already have a book by Jay Northcote and other writers I have read or follow on Facebook. MM Midnight Café will be publishing a unique article from/about me and ‘Deviant Desire’, so if you want more background on the novel, there’s your starting place.

Matt Doyle Media

The Deviant Desire book tour also starts off at Matt Doyle Media. “The site is also home to a collection of various pop culture pieces. As it stands, you can find reviews, random thoughts on whatever takes my fancy, and a whole load more for you to explore.”

Deviant Desire Book Tour
Silas Hawkins, street-rat and renter

The blog has a ‘newsy’ appearance and covers MM Romance, Paranormal, Mystery, Sc-If and many other genres, but all with a MM romance theme or feel.

I’m not sure which of my nine specially written articles and interviews will appear on each blog, but I’m looking forward to finding out. Some of the article titles and questions asked include:

Is Deviant Desire about Jack the Ripper?
How historically accurate is Deviant Desire?
Jackson marsh, what is your writing routine?
Jackson Marsh the mentor
This is the first in a series, what’s next?

Look out for further posts here as The Clearwater Mysteries – of which Deviant Desire is book one gets underway. I’ll post more information about other appearances over the coming days.

Deviant Desire- The Clearwater Mysteries book one
Amazon Kindle, Kindle Unlimited and print.
(Available in your local Amazon store)