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.
Hey! 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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
The team over at All Author have given me an interview on their site. Below, there’s a snippet and a link if you want to find out a little more about me, how I came to be writing Gay Lit, romance and erotica, and my thoughts generally on my writing process.
Meanwhile, I am working hard on ‘Deviant Lamplight’, a mystery/thriller based in a parallel London in 1888 during the Ripper murders. I’m doing loads of research about the plight and profession of Victorian rent boys and inventing a story along the lines of, What if the Ripper went after male prostitutes not female? There’s excitement, mystery, atmosphere, historical accuracy (as much as there can be) and even some humour. The social aspects are also fascinating. What if a titled gentleman, in this case, a viscount, fell in love with a street-renter? What social pressures would they face?
As usual for me, it’s a mashup of romance, mystery and thriller, plenty of sexual innuendo and maybe, later in the book, the opportunity for some very intimate action, but I’ve not reached that stage in the story yet.
And now, the interview, but first, the snippet.
When young, author Jackson Marsh wanted to be an actor. As a child, he was all about music, the piano and church organ in particular. Now he lives in Greece, his hobbies include walking and travelling when he can. The Mentor of Wildhill Farm was his first real foray into MM romance with some erotica. For him, the attraction of Kindle is immediacy. He thinks that the hardest part of writing the erotic sections in a romance is making sure they make sense. His advice is to get it out of your system, sit down and tell yourself the story in draft one, improve it in draft two, and then write draft three for your readers.
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