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.
I have the proof of ‘Twisted Tracks’ back from my proof reader but I’ve not gone through it yet. I am up to about 55,000 words on ‘Unspeakable Acts’ (The Clearwater Mysteries book three) and want to get to the end of a first draft of that one before going back to ‘Twisted’, book two. Meanwhile, book one, ‘Deviant Desire‘, has a blog tour from 29th April until 12th May (articles and interviews appearing every day on different MM Romance blogs), and I want ‘Twisted’ out around the time that ends, so there’s no rush and I have plenty of time to have it laid out.
I was really blocked for about a week on ‘Unspeakable.’ I am kind of making it up as I go, but I knew the ending. The thing was, I got to about half way and had lft myself two days to fill before the climax – the characters were saying, ‘The gala is on such and such a day’ and I was sticking to that while wondering what they would be doing during those two days while they waited. Of course, I woke up one morning and said, ‘Why make them wait? Just move the gala forward.’ The gala at the City Opera House is the climax of the thing. Once I’d realised that, I was off again, and I reckon I’ve got around 30,000 words of what’s essentially an Act Three still to go.
I expect I will go beyond that as there’s a lot of madness and mayhem to get through, and then I can go back and edit and get the job done properly. For now, I’m steaming ahead into the world of German opera (an invented composer, a contemporary of Wagner) and backstage at the Opera House, while someone of great importance has arrived unexpectedly to witness the performance, during which one of Archer’s best buddies will be killed, on stage, if he doesn’t make a speech ‘outing’ the viscount. Silas and the new footman, James, have to work out the clue as the show is running and then find a way to stop a demented boy-whore murdering Cadwell Roxton, famed countertenor, while preforming ‘Aeneas and Dido’ – a retelling of the classic take where Aeneas kills himself (rather than Dido). Anyway… All rather mad but now I am unblocked, I’m back on track. Rather ‘Twisted Tracks’, I suppose, but then, that is a good name for a story.
Only here folks! The first view of the cover of ‘The Stoker Connection.’ My next romance-mystery-thriller-young adult novel is due out in a couple of weeks. As of today, June 2nd, it’s with my wonderful proofreader, Ann, and the cover art has just come back from my equally wonderful designer, Andjela K.
What you see here on the front is:
Dexter Mitchell, is top left, looking gorgeous and sporty. He’s into rock climbing and hiking, outdoor pursuits and cracking the hidden clues in Bram Stoker’s novel, ‘Dracula’ that he believes will prove the novel was a true story.
Morgan Davis is next to him, darker and more serious, exactly the same age and more of an academic than a sportsman. Morgan, like (and with) Dexter, is also about to make a breakthrough in his research to prove ‘Dracula’ was a true story.
Beneath them, outside Whitby Abbey in the fog, we have Simon on the left, and Tim on the right with his naff hair. Simon is Morgan’s best friend (and one-off lover), and Tim and Dexter have been mates since before they can remember. Tim is straight, but he and Dex do have something of a bromance going on.
Whitby Abbey features on the cover (front and back) because part of the novel is set there, and the Abbey was used by Stoker in ‘Dracula’ as a location. The other locations I use in the novel are a mix of real places and imagined ones. I’ll let you into a few secrets:
Dex lives out on ‘Moremarsh’, an area in the south-east of England actually known as Romney Marsh (and here’s another secret: that’s where I am from). He volunteers at a theatre in Folkestone and although the theatre was real (I used to work there years ago) it’s no longer a theatre and last I heard was to be pulled down. Shame, it’s a beautiful old Edwardian building.
Morgan lives in Chippenham, and I chose that location because it’s roughly 170 miles (by car) from where Dex lives. You’ll see why that number is important when you read the book.
The boys travel to a house called Kyllion, and this is on top of Westerton Cliffs in Cornwall. Except it isn’t. It was invented by Stoker for ‘The Jewel of Seven Stars’, and I borrowed the house for a reason that will become obvious when you read the book.
They also visit Whitby Abbey (which I did once many years ago) and New Slains Castle in Scotland, again, you’ll see why when you read ‘The Stoker Connection.’
Those are the principal characters and locations. There are other characters of course, like Morgan’s mother, the forthright sex therapist who is based on a woman I knew a few years back; totally bonkers and very upfront.
The novel will be out soon, but in the meantime, you can join my mailing list to be among the first to get the links to the published book on Amazon.
It’s now out there, The Mentor of Lostwood Hall, and already there are a couple of five-star reviews. It’s always gratifying to get good reviews, and interesting to get not so good ones, though I have only ever had one three-star review for my books, all the others have been four of five.
“Some angst, some violence, some edge of your seat moments, but mainly a sweet love story.”
“I think this is my favourite story so far of this series. It is really well told and so descriptive.”
I’ve started offering 10 free copies of my novels to the first ten people who reply to the newsletter I send out when a book is about to be published. These subscribers then review the book in return. If you want to be in the running for the next free offer, join my mailing list.
I am currently working on the next novel, a diary form love story with a mystery and an adventure. The main characters are two eighteen-year-olds coming out, both have an interest in a certain gothic romance novel which leads them on a strange adventure… But I won’t say too much about it now, you’ll have to wait a while.
In the meantime, please do check out my author page and, if you can, leave reviews for the novels you’ve read. All of my titles are included in Kindle Unlimited if you use that, all the eBooks are set at $2.99 (with slight variation and in various currencies), and the paperbacks are at $9.99, mainly due to the cost of print on demand.
I just wanted to share with you, the two models we’re using on the front cover of the soon to be released, The Mentor Of Lostwood Hall. Meet Julian, the older man who owns the rambling Hall in the Welsh mountains, and Lee, from south London who crashes his car nearby while fleeing an impossible life.
As usual with my Mentor books, you have new characters, a new location, romance, drama, some comedy and a love story. I am aiming to have the book released in May, and will probably be looking for ARC readers (Amazon Review Copies). If you are interested, join my mailing list.
Meanwhile, while I wait for my wonderful designer to design the cover, here is the blurb for The Mentor Of Lostwood Hall.
The Mentor of Lostwood Hall
“A man with a future he can’t accept and a lad with a past he can’t escape.”
Two men in a storm-battered castle harbouring secrets and hopes unknowingly guide each other to an unexpected friendship that turns to passionate love.
Julian Ford’s life is at a crossroads. Thirty-four, disillusioned with his screenwriting career and cheated by love, he craves the chance of isolation at his rambling home in the Welsh mountains, Lostwood Hall. But when 21-year-old Lee Benson survives a car crash, Julian has no choice but to take him in.
Their pasts collide, bringing a storm of doubts, fears, a jealous ex-lover and a dangerous thug seeking revenge. Is Julian and Lee’s fledgeling relationship strong enough to survive? And do they trust each other enough to escape death?
The Mentor of Lostwood Hall is the fourth in Jackson Marsh’s ‘Mentor’ collection of older/younger MM romance.
Great news! ‘The Blake Inheritance’ is now available on Kindle, Kindle Unlimited and any day now will be available in print too.
There are two new characters for you to meet, Ryan Blake and Charlie Hatch. One reviewer has already said, ‘Charlie is such a delightful character, I enjoyed reading how, after years of hero worship of Ryan, his dreams eventually came true.‘
I tried to make this one a bit quirky. There’s a romance, there’s sex, but there’s also a mystery and some humour. The two main characters are around the same age (makes a change for me), 22 and 25, and couldn’t be more different. I hope you like them.
Currently in proofing stage and cover design – below is the back blurb and the first draft of the cover – this will be ammended, but I think the top half is fine.
Here’s the blurb:
The Mentor of Lonemarsh House
“I love you enough to let you run, but too much to see you fall.”
Burnt out from his life as a musician and record producer, 35-year-old Matt Barrow takes on Lonemarsh House, an isolated manor in the Kent marshes. When he meets 23-year-old Jason Hodge, a brilliant violinist, Matt knows this is the young man he wants to share his new life with. But Jason is closeted and at the mercy of his treacherous friends.
Jason is trapped by fear and Matt may be his escape, but should he jeopardise his safety for the love of an older man?
The Mentor of Lonemarsh House is the third in Jackson Marsh’s ‘Mentor’ collection of older/younger gay romance novels.
“John understood his inexperience and led the way. When John’s mouth opened around Gary’s shaft, and the heat of his throat engulfed it, Gary moaned loudly and threw his head back. He’d never known this sensation, never been so wanted, never been made to feel so special.”
“It takes a brave man to climb a mountain, but it takes a braver lad to show him the way.”
John Hamilton, at 36, is an Everest climber living an isolated life halfway up wild Fellborough in Yorkshire. He’s there to recover from the death of his lover and put his life in order. Gary Taylor, at 19, is homeless with no chance of a future. Gary finds a desperate way to make money but the plan backfires on him, and he finds himself on Fellborough, injured and close to death.
When John rescues him, the two soon come to realise that perhaps they can save each other, all they need to do is accept who they are and what they really want.
‘Barrenmoor Ridge’ is an MM romance novel with a thriller through line set in an unforgiving British winter, but hopefully, it will warm your heart.
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