Tuesday, 1 December 2015

A is for...


Christmas is all about the build up. As a kid it was anticipation about what you would find under the tree on Christmas morning. As a young adult it was all about the parties. As a new parent it became anticipation on first reactions: the tree, trip to see Santa, all those brightly wrapped presents.

Nowadays it's the anticipation of having all my family in the same room at the same time and things that I deny myself the rest of the year.

Mince Pies. Yes, they've been in the shops since September but I won't buy (or eat) one until 1st December. That's today. Yay!

Christmas reads. Authors have been pimping their Christmas stories for weeks if not months now whipping me into a reading frenzy of anticipation. I've been eagerly waiting for Winter Wonderland by Heidi Cullinan for months. That is the first book in my huge TBR pile of Christmas themed stories. I'll let you know about the others as I decide what comes next like peeling back the door on an advent calendar.

I guess I should mention that I have my own Christmas story. It's several years old now but that shouldn't lessen its appeal to those who are only recently discovering my existence. And I think its my favourite title out of all my books.
Here's a link to the main page for When Love Flue In which includes buy links and reviews.
Not convinced you should click the link?
Sinfully Sexy Books proclaimed it "A true Christmas fairy tale." and said "You have to read this one for Christmas. It will genuinely warm your heart."

What do you look forward to about Christmas?

Monday, 30 November 2015

Cover Reveal - New Lease of Life

It was my intention to have a simple cover reveal here to show off my amazing cover for my novel, New Lease of Life, coming soon from Dreamspinner Press.

However, just as this post was having its finishing touches added I received confirmation that the novel had been added to Dreamspinner's 'coming soon' page. So if you're quick and head over there today you could still take advantage of the sale to get 35% off and not only that but it would arrive on your bookshelf on 25th December. Yes, a Christmas Day present to yourself.

So, the cover...

But first the Blurb.

New Lease of Life

Phillip used to laugh a lot, back when his friends called him Pip. However the good deed that left him hospitalized not only marred his body, it stripped him of his good humor too. Ever since, he has pushed his friends away and shut out the world. Donating his vintage clothing to a charity shop should have been the final act in a year-long campaign to sever the links with the man Pip used to be, but the stranger on his doorstep awakens feelings in Pip that he hasn’t experienced since the incident that left him angry at the world and reliant on the cold metal of the hideous hospital-issue crutch.

Colby forces his way into Pip’s life, picking at the scab of his past. Colby isn’t interested in Pip’s money or his expensive address. He has only one goal: to make Pip smile again. With every moment in Pip’s presence, Colby chips away at the walls Pip has built around himself. Pip knows it’s impossible to fight his attraction with Colby’s sunny disposition casting light into the darkness in his soul.

Drum roll please.

Cover art by Paul Richmond.

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It’s smashing, isn’t it, and fits both the story and my vision for the cover to perfection.

As I said New Lease of Life is now appearing on the Coming Soon page at Dreamspinner Press and is already available to pre-order
Or watch for it to appear on my author pages at

Now the boring bit…

About the Author

Lillian Francis. Author of gay romance. Happy Endings guaranteed. Eventually.

Lillian Francis is an English writer who likes to dabble in many genres but always seems to return to the here and now.
Her name may imply a grand dame in pink chiffon and lace, but Lillian is more at home in jeans, Converse, and the sort of T-shirts that often need explaining to the populous at large but will get a fist bump at Comic-Con. Lillian is a self-confessed geek who likes nothing more than settling down with a comic or a good book, except maybe writing. Given a notepad, pen, her Kindle, and an infinite supply of chocolate Hob Nobs and she can lose herself for weeks. Romance was never her reading matter of choice, so it came as a great surprise to all concerned, including herself, to discover a romance was exactly what she’d written, and not the rollicking spy adventure or cozy murder mystery she always assumed she’d write. Luckily there is always room for romance no matter what plot bunny chooses to bite her, so never say never to either of those stories appearing.
Lillian lives in an imposing castle on a windswept desolate moor or in an elaborate shack on the edge of a beach somewhere, depending on her mood. And while she’d love for the heroes of her stories to either be chained up in the dungeon or wandering the shack serving drinks in nothing but skimpy barista aprons more often than not they are doing something far less erotic like running charity shops and shoveling elephant shit.
Drawn to the ocean, although not in a Reginald Perrin sort of way, she would love to own a camper van and to live by the sea.

Find her at

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Saturday, 28 November 2015

Another Sale

On their site, JMS Books will be running a huge sale starting on Black Friday and running through Cyber Monday. That means the sale will run from Friday, November 27, through Monday, November 30. 

All e-books will be 35% off, including sale titles and pre-orders.

That means you could pick up Waiting for a Spark at 35% off.

Or you could try something by one of these authors:

Liam Livings
Clare London
JL Merrow

Friday, 27 November 2015

Who doesn't love a sale

All Romance are having a Blast. That's 25% off a huge number of titles. 
See which of my titles are reduced over at my author page
Here's one of them.
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Lovers Entwined at ARe
I've also had word that JMS Books will be taking part so you could also pick up Waiting for a Spark

Here's the info straight from the horses mouth. 


To share our love of discounts and books , 
we've decided to celebrate the season with our customers. Thanks to you, we'll be offering a sexy 25% off
on November 27 US Central.

Monday, 23 November 2015

Theory Unproven and the Rainbow awards

Theory Unproven received an Honourable Mention at the Rainbow Awards 2015


This is what they had to say about it:

New to me author but I'll be reading more. I got sucked into this very quickly and spend several late nights reading as I couldn't put it down. Realistic characters, including side characters. Also loved the elephants - they were characters in their own right.  The settings were well drawn, and helped to bring the story to life, very easy to imagine.

Coming out can be very difficult for many in the LGBT.  So much is at risk, especially when you have lived your truth in private for so long, that it nearly kills you to face being out.  It was great to see Tyaan come to terms and give in to what he desperately needed in his relationship with Eric.  Great characters and setting. 

Friday, 6 November 2015

Fiction Friday

It's 8am on Friday morning so I'm a bit late putting this Fiction Friday post together and I'm recommending everything I read in the last week of October!

To round out October I finished my Favourite Five authors read-a-thon with Pricks and Pragmatism by J L Merrow. A perfectly flawed narrator and a virgin bear. What more could you ask for?
Then a break from the plan--I can be spontaneous--to read Secrets & Ink by Lou Harper. What can I say? I'm a sucker for the 'solid, gruff cop & the flighty almost-twink' trope. I guess that's why I love Josh Lanyon's work. It's a pairing type JL does to perfection.
I then spent the last few days of October embracing the witching hour by only reading paranormal. I only managed to fit two in (a shame as I managed to find about ten books on my Kindle to fit the 'plan').

The Ghost on My Couch by L A Gilbert. A low/no sex read. I shed a few tears reading this one. The man was in love with a ghost, people, I'm allowed to cry, okay.
Oleander House by Ally Blue. You'll see I'm reccing this to you even though it doesn't have a rating at Goodreads. That's because this is a series of seven books and I felt that this one ended quite abruptly and unresolved in all manner of things. However I have the next book lined up on my Kindle and I enjoyed this book despite the ending (I don't think I would have said this if I had read it when the book first came out!)

On to November. Series month. Namely finish the series I've already started month.
Started well enough by continuing a series I was reading last month, which meant more RJ Scott (yay!). The Barman & the SEAL. Book 6 in The Ellery series. I've got The Agent & the Model all lined up and ready to go.
Then Dreamspinner had to go and put the Vasquez and James series up as dollar titles and I knew I had book one on my TBR pile. But did I want to buy the entire series if I didn't like the first. Two chapters in I was loving it, so I bought the lot. It's screwed with my plan, though. So I'm currently reading Loving Luki Vasquez with the last Ellery book to follow.

Let's see if I can stick to the plan for next week *rolls eyes*.
Oh, and I've added a huge number of Christmas reads to my must have list *even bigger eyeroll*