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.

For 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 is on its way

Unspeakable Acts is on its way

Hi

I thought it was high time I updated you with what I have been doing. Writing of course! Actually, I have been away for a week writing a block of part four of The Clearwater Mysteries (which I will tell you about in a moment). While I was doing that, my wonderful proofreader was working through Unspeakable Acts, book three in the series.

This series launched in March with Deviant Desire, and that has already become my top-selling title, outselling even the Mentor series – more or less, in the last two months alone. It is followed by Twisted Tracks, another mashup romance, adventure, mystery, historical novel, and that will soon be followed by Unspeakable Acts.

 

I don’t want to give away any spoilers of course, and it’s hard to tell you what’s happening in parts two and three without spoiling the end of part one, Deviant Desire, so you will have to bear with me. Where Deviant Desire is about the Ripper killings of East London in 1888 – but not the real killings, they were just the inspiration as my story concerns rent boys as victims – Twister Tacks saw our band of four become a band of five. Archer (Lord Clearwater), his new, younger lover, Silas, his best mate the Ukrainian hulk, Andrej (Fecker) and the lithe and lush footman, Thomas (red hair, slim body, big dick, right up my street) are joined by the new love of Thomas’ life, James. Twisted Tracks takes them to the North York Moors and a chase involving a stream train; very exciting.

My writing desk at home

Part three takes place a few weeks later. Archer is launching his Foundation to assists street boys of the East End with a gala performance at the City opera house. There’s nasty work afoot though as a villain, or villains seeks to discredit Archer and his charity, expose his homosexuality and bring the house down on his success and fortune. His team, of course, have other ideas and in this story, it’s Silas and James who take the lead, bonding as new friends and perhaps finding themselves a little more attracted to each other than their boyfriends would like. I’ll say no more, except Unspeakable Acts will be out later in June.

My writing table while I was away

I was away on a Greek island called Tilos, where I sometimes go to write away from home distractions. I live on the next island across so it’s easy to get to. While there, over my six-day stay, I managed to write the first 35,000 words of the first draft of book four. I also had to invent clues for the mystery, research Victorian railways and times and do a lot of other research. When you have only the sea view and a few tavernas for company, it’s amazing how much you can get done. Book four, Fallen Splendour is still only a quarter first-drafted, but the story is plotted. I have my nephew staying with us at present, so writing is on hold for the rest of this week. After that, Unspeakable Acts will be formatted and released, and I will get back to Fallen Splendour, aiming to have it ready for you by August or September.

My morning view ( my home island is in the distance)

Thanks for reading the blog and the books and remember, if you like what you read, please post reviews and tell everyone in Social Media groups. Thank you.

Tilos
And home again

‘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 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.”

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.”

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)

Deviant, Twisted and Unspeakable

Deviant, Twisted and Unspeakable

Twisted Tracks, The Clearwater Mysteries book two – available in May

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.

Deviant Desire, The Clearwater Mysteries book one – available now on Amazon, print, Kindle and KU

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.

Interview at All Author

Hi folks,

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.

Interview link: https://allauthor.com/interview/JacksonMarsh/