Blog Tour, Exclusive Excerpt, & Giveaway – Lovers Entwined by Lillian Francis

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Lovers Entwined jpegTitle: Lovers Entwined

Author: Lillian Francis

Publisher: Finally Love Press

Cover Artist: Meredith Russell

Length: 98,950 words

Release Date: August 3, 2015

Blurb: Ewan Matthews is one of Boston’s leading genealogy experts. When a would-be bridegroom comes looking for confirmation that there are no skeletons in his ancestral closet, Ewan considers turning the job down. Trey Capell is a jerk of the highest order and yet Ewan experiences an infuriating attraction that’s easy to justify. Trey’s exactly his type—a carbon copy of the man Ewan’s been looking for his entire life.

Harder to explain is the sense of recognition that leaves Ewan speechless the moment Trey steps into his office. Or the stomach-churning sensation at the thought of casting the job aside.

Trey gets more appealing by the day, leaving Ewan struggling with forbidden desire for his client. Desire not helped by strange voyeuristic dreams that have started to haunt his sleep. Dreams that appear to be an echo of the past.

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In the end, Ewan had given up any hope of sleep returning and had found himself in the office at some ludicrously early hour, with an extra large takeaway coffee and a nutritionally deficient breakfast comprising of three cinnamon donuts.

Licking sticky, brown-tinged sugar from his fingers, he powered up his computer and finished off the second donut while he waited for all the programs to load. Washing it down with a mouthful of coffee, he wasted no time in accessing the regimental records of the Highland Light Infantry via his bookmarked page for Lt. Tristan Capell.

He scanned the details, knowing he should read it more carefully, but not having the patience.

Tristan Capell had been part of the 1st Battalion, which had, in September of 1917, been attached to the 51st Brigade in the 17th Indian Division in Mesopotamia.

Well, that explained the sand and the dust and the colourful, ethnic rugs. Had he noticed that information last night without really registering it?

He would come back to study Lt. Capell’s records more deeply in a moment, first there was an itch he needed to scratch. And once he had dismissed that as a flight of fancy, he could get back to the job he was actually being paid for.

Returning to the home page, he entered the name Owen into the search engine and narrowed the parameters to cover nothing more than the duration of the war. This produced a glut of results, with surnames as well as first names coming to the fore.

His dream had been set in a tent in what could easily have been Mesopotamia, logically—or not, since he was using a dream for investigative purposes—he should start in 1917 and see which Owen had been transferred with the Battalion or after they arrived in the Arab State.

Discarding the first two names, Ewan shook his head in disbelief as he started to check the details of the third possibility.

Officer’s batman. Assigned to Lt Tristan Capell.

Additional duties, Medical orderly.

Private Owen Matthews.

Was it possible that the eyes in the mirror weren’t a stranger’s?

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AboutTheAuthor

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

An avid reader, Lillian Francis was always determined she wanted to write, but a “proper” job and raising a family distracted her for over a decade. Over the years and thanks to the charms of the internet, Lillian realized she’d been writing at least one of her characters in the wrong gender. Ever since, she’s been happily letting her “boys” run her writing life.

Lillian now divides her time between family, a job and the numerous men in her head all clamouring for their stories to be told.

Lillian lives in an imposing castle on a wind-swept desolate moor or in an elaborate ‘shack’ on the edge of a beach somewhere depending on her mood, with the heroes of her stories either chained up in the dungeon or wandering the shack serving drinks in nothing but skimpy barista aprons.

In reality, she would love to own a camper van and to live by the sea.

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Cover Reveal, Exclusive Excerpt, & Giveaway – Lovers Entwined by Lillian Francis

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Lillian Francis reveals the beautiful cover art of her upcoming book titled LOVERS ENTWINED.

It releases on August 03, 2015.

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BLURB

Ewan Matthews is one of Boston’s leading genealogy experts. When a would-be bridegroom comes looking for confirmation that there are no skeletons in his ancestral closet, Ewan considers turning the job down. Trey Capell is a jerk of the highest order and yet Ewan experiences an infuriating attraction that’s easy to justify. Trey’s exactly his type—a carbon copy of the man Ewan’s been looking for his entire life.

Harder to explain is the sense of recognition that leaves Ewan speechless the moment Trey steps into his office. Or the stomach-churning sensation at the thought of casting the job aside.

Trey gets more appealing by the day, leaving Ewan struggling with forbidden desire for his client. Desire not helped by strange voyeuristic dreams that have started to haunt his sleep. Dreams that appear to be an echo of the past.

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Cover Art by Meredith Russell

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EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT

“It’s only a casual meeting. With Trey Capell. I doubt if he’ll even show up.” Ewan sighed. He faked a cough to cover the sound as Barbara’s other eyebrow shot up to join the first in an interested question.

Why in hell did I sound disappointed about that?

“Oh.” She studied him curiously, her head still quirked slightly to one side. She seemed to come to a decision and a small smile graced her lips. “So, what did you call me for?”

“Nothing. Just to let you know that you might as well take yourself off home. The Optik-Smythe report can wait another day.”

Ewan stopped at the window, and kneeling on the leather seat, he glanced out at the snow. He spun the chair back around to face Barbara, resting his arms across the headrest. It was a childish act, which made Ewan feel lightheaded. He considered pushing off with his feet and seeing how many rotations he could do before he ran out of steam. But he wouldn’t. Start that sort of behaviour and next thing you know he’d be wearing jeans to the office and what would that do for his respected—crusty—reputation?

Stopping the sigh before it could even form, Ewan smiled at his P.A. “I can’t see a break in the snow and I’d rather you went home before the roads start to freeze. Go and surprise Fred. See if you can get him to make me some gingerbread for tomorrow.”

“Thank you.” Barbara beamed. “But what about Mr Capell?”

“I’ll listen out for him,” Ewan said, to reassure her. He didn’t bother to reiterate that he didn’t think Trey would be coming for fear that the unwarranted feeling of disappointment would show itself in his voice or expression.

“Okay, I’ll see you tomorrow.” She disappeared back through the doorway.

She wasn’t gone for more than two minutes before she reappeared with her bag over her shoulder and a coy smile on her face. Ewan hadn’t wheeled the chair any further into the room, his attention distracted by the fall of snowflakes, which he watched, mesmerized.

“He’s very good-looking, isn’t he?”

Not expecting the interruption, Ewan glanced back at her with a frown born from surprise.

“Mr Capell,” Barbara said, although her explanation was unnecessary. “About your age too.”

“He’s a client. And a self-absorbed idiot.”

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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

An avid reader, Lillian Francis was always determined she wanted to write, but a “proper” job and raising a family distracted her for over a decade. Over the years and thanks to the charms of the internet, Lillian realized she’d been writing at least one of her characters in the wrong gender. Ever since, she’s been happily letting her “boys” run her writing life.

Lillian now divides her time between family, a job and the numerous men in her head all clamouring for their stories to be told.

Lillian lives in an imposing castle on a wind-swept desolate moor or in an elaborate ‘shack’ on the edge of a beach somewhere depending on her mood, with the heroes of her stories either chained up in the dungeon or wandering the shack serving drinks in nothing but skimpy barista aprons.

In reality, she would love to own a camper van and to live by the sea.

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Taste of Honey Anthology: Guest Authors & Giveaway!

Hello all! Today at the Tea House we have a few special guests. The Taste of Honey anthology authors have stopped by to answer a few questions about writing the anthology. Plus at the end there’s a giveaway! Enjoy!

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Title: A Taste of Honey
Authors: G.P. Keith, Edmond Manning, Werewolves/Shapeshifters, Michael Rupured, John Amory, Christopher Hawthorne Moss, Jack Byrne, Samuel Scott Preston, Renae Kaye, Zoe X. Rider, J. Scott Coatsworth, John Genest, Lillian Francis, Robert B. McDiarmid, Tara Spears
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Historical, Americas, Gay Romance
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Length: 340 pages

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In the mood to try something sweet? How about a collection of stories about bears and the special men in their lives? Guys don’t have to be in their twenties, perfectly sculpted, and hairless to be hot. Bears are real men with real bodies—and that doesn’t always mean a perfect six-pack or an immaculately smooth chest. With bears, it can mean more man to love. The men in this anthology are chubs, cubs, grizzlies, pandas, polar bears, and more—all looking for a connection. And beneath their burly physiques are hearts of gold. Explore the bear scene and beyond with these big, hairy guys and the men who find them irresistibly sexy.

The Bear Fetish by John Amory
The Bear Next Door by Jack Byrne
The Bear at the Bar by J. Scott Coatsworth
Barefoot by Lillian Francis
Just Breathe by John Genest
Bear Chasing by Renae Kaye
Golden Bear by G.P. Keith
Hunting Bear by Edmond Manning
The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Getting Over Yourself by Robert B. McDiarmid
Truck Stop by Christopher Hawthorne Moss
Banyan Court by Samuel Scott Preston
Amped by Zoe X. Rider
The Bear King of Snowbird Mountain by Michael Rupured
Life’s Tiny Surprises by Tara Spears

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What inspired you to write for the Taste of Honey anthology?

 

John Genest, Just Breathe

Besides a very kind call for submission from editor B.g. Thomas on Facebook, I was inspired as usual by recent events in my life. One which I felt had great “bearing” to Bears was having a sleep study to determine whether a CPAP machine would improve sleep quality. I was lucky enough to take a remote unit home, hook myself up, sleep in my own bed, and bring the unit back the next morning for results. I pondered how it would be to have to stay the night, especially Valentine’s Eve, with a very woofy technician hooking you up for the sleep study, threw in the dread NPT test to boot, and the stage for the story was set. (To read the results yourself, enjoy “Just Breathe” in A Taste of Honey from Dreamspinner Press.)
Connect with John Genest: Facebook

 

Tara Spears, Life’s Tiny Surprises

I’m not one to write about what the polulace considers perfect people, because people aren’t perfect. I’ve known quite a few Bears in my lifetime, living in the country where construction workers and lumberjacks abound, and they are some of the sweetest, yet misunderstood guys I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. This was an easy choice for me when I saw the call for stories, and Life’s Tiny Surprises ended up being an easy story to write too.
Connect with Tara Spears: Facebook | Website

 

Jack Byrne, The Bear Next Door

I saw it and couldn’t resist! The comment about not all gay men spending hours in the gym, and them having ‘real’ bodies struck a chord with me. I’m a very active person, but I put gyms in about the same category as doing desk work: I’ll only do it if I absolutely have to! I’d rather be riding horses or motorbikes or partying with friends.
Connect with Jack Byrne: Facebook | Website

 

What did you enjoy most about writing for the anthology?

 

Renae Kaye, Bear Chasing

I tackled this as a challenge; firstly to see if I could write a short story, and secondly because I really didn’t know about bears myself. So I researched. I read books and online stories, I checked out websites and I stalked online chat rooms (that was fun! <wink>). Then I wrote a story from the POV of a character who doesn’t know about bears himself. My character discovered as I discovered. It was a great experience, but I have to admit I did enjoy the research bit the most.
Connect with Renae Kaye: Facebook | Website

 

What’s the funniest thing that happened while writing your story for the Taste of Honey anthology?

 

J. Scott Coatsworth, The Bear at the Bar

For me, that would have to be explaining what a bear is to my friends and family. While they are famously supportive, I got quite a few blank looks when I said I was writing a story about a bear romance – I think some of them pictured Smokey the Bear or maybe Yogi? With one group of friends, we got into an interesting conversation about the various gay subtypes, including bears, otters, gym bunnies, the old Castro Clones, leather daddies, and much more. It was an enlightening experience, and I like to think the story served as an ambassador for the greater LGBT community to my select group of friends.
Connect with Renae Kaye: Facebook | Website

 

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Available now from Dreamspinner Press

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For a chance to win an eBook copy of the Taste of Honey anthology, just leave a comment below between now and Aug 26th at midnight (Eastern time). One winner will be chosen at random and notified via email.