Guest Post – A Barlow Lens by Elizabeth Noble


Hello and thank you Charlie for hosting me today!

Books tell a story. Sometimes they tell multiple stories at the same time. As I was writing A Barlow Lens two separate, yet connected, stories began to develop. A Barlow Lens is basically a story told within a story.

Both stories take place in the same geographic location, but there is a ninety year span of time between them. It was fun, and interesting, to research what my hometown of Cleveland, Ohio was like in 1927. There were things I knew, of course, just because I’ve lived here for so long. My grandparents often told stories about when they were young adults in the 1920’s which is why I specifically picked that time period. My grandmother was a real flapper!

While writing I made an effort to show the changes that have taken place for the gay community since 1927. I also wanted to let the reader experience aspects of the story that tied the two timelines and two ‘books’ together. Each couple faces homophobic situations, but handles them far differently. The men in 1927 are challenged in maintaining a relationship, they have to hide, and even go so far as to plan fake marriages to women.

The two men in ‘today’s’ part of the story don’t need to conceal their relationship or impending marriage, but that doesn’t mean they don’t face prejudice. They are challenged with investigating a murder that happened decades prior as well as a present day adversary. The past of one of the men comes back to haunt this couple in a very dangerous way.

Throughout the book I take the opportunity to look back at the past and show how it impacts our future.



Title: A Barlow Lens
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN: 9781632166784 [ebook]
Length: 152 Pages
Genre: Mystery, Suspense
Release Date: Jan 14th, 2015

2015About the book

Circles: Book Two

While planning a future with his partner, Val, Wyatt’s past refuses to be forgotten. Wyatt’s old friend asks him to look into the mysterious death of her uncle in a fire back in 1927, when men were silent, tough, and did not love other men—except when they did. Working with Val, Wyatt digs up clues uncovering the truth behind the tragic school fire and the one responsible. The story of Tom and Philip slowly reveals itself, and Wyatt and Val realize nothing is as simple as they originally believed. As their trail heats up, an old enemy of Wyatt’s decides he’s waited long enough for revenge. If Wyatt can’t tie everything together, history might repeat itself.

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2015About the author

Elizabeth Noble started telling stories before she actually knew how to write, and her family was very happy when she learned to put words on a page. Those words turned into fan fiction that turned into a genuine love of M/M romance fiction. Being able to share her works with Dreamspinner is really a dream come true. She has a real love for a good mystery complete with murder and twisty plots as well as all things sci-fi, futuristic, and supernatural and a bit of an unnatural interest in a super-volcano in Wyoming.

Elizabeth has three grown children and is now happily owned by an adorable mixed breed canine princess named Rosie, and two cats, Murphy and Yeti. She lives in her native northeast Ohio, the perfect place for gardening, winter and summer sports (go Tribe!). When she’s not writing she’s working as a veterinary nurse, so don’t be surprised to see her men with a pet or three who are a very big part of their lives.

Two of Elizabeth’s books have received Honorable Mentions in the Rainbow Awards.


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