Please welcome Sue Brown back to my blog to talk about her latest release, Chance to be King. There is also a link to her giveaway at the bottom, so don’t forget to go check it out.
Chance to be King was my first solo story to be published in 2010, and also my first long story I’d ever written. I’m very fond of it because it marked a breakthrough for me in being able to write longer, plotted stories.
In my heart, I’m probably a short story writer and I take as much pleasure in crafting a well-formed drabble (100 words) as I do a novel. Sadly, the market for published drabble is non-existent. I can just imagine sticking a hundred words up on Amazon with a cover and seeing how that sells.
The title, Chance to be King, drives people mad. The frequent question I get is where is the king? There is no king, sorry. At the time I thought these lyrics from Japan’s song, Ghosts, fitted perfectly. They do fit perfectly, just out of context nobody knows what they mean.
Just when I think I’m winning
When I’ve broken every door
The ghosts of my life
Blow wilder than before
Just when I thought I could not be stopped
When my chance came to be king
The ghosts of my life
Blew wilder than the wind
It taught me a valuable lesson in deciding on titles. Yes, of course it did, Sue. That’s why you have an action-packed story called Nothing Ever Happens and an LGBT homeless story, The Sky is Dead. It all makes perfect sense. Sigh.
Now you know that if I could I’d only write drabbles and choose obscure titles. Fortunately Chance to be King proved to me I could write longer stories. I’m hoping in 2015 to go back to long novella/novel length stories. I only need 700 odd drabbles per story.
And finally, for those I don’t speak to on a regular basis, I wish you a Happy Holidays and a glorious New Year.
Chance to be King
After working nonstop for two years, actor Eric Pawlowski desperately needs a respite from his grueling schedule and the crippling migraines that come with it. Thinking that a few weeks in a secluded cottage is just the thing, his vacation gets off to a rough start when he almost mows down the only other guy who lives on the remote road. Fortunately Thomas is quick to forgive, and soon he, Eric, and Eric’s two dogs are palling around like they’ve known each other for years.
But when Eric witnesses Thomas coldly order a lost stranger off his property, he starts to question how well he knows him. Despite a mutual attraction that has Eric cursing every time a well-meaning member of the nearby small town interrupts their attempts to get intimate, Eric wonders if acting on his desire for Thomas will get him involved in a situation he shouldn’t be in. When his rented cabin catches fire in the middle of the night and the firemen call it arson, it confirms Eric’s suspicions.
To keep Eric with him, it’s up to Thomas to come clean about who he is… and his involvement in a decade-old web of tragedy and revenge into which Eric has unwittingly walked.
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: DWS Photography
Release Date: 17th December, 2014
Book Link: Dreamspinner Press
Eric paused for a minute to take in his surroundings. The lake was huge, surrounded by reeds and banked in places by sandy beaches. A short note in the paperwork said it was suitable to swim in, and Eric had brought his trunks hopefully. There seemed to be a narrow path following the shoreline. Eric called to the dogs and set off to follow it. He didn’t necessarily want to explore all of it today, but he did think the dogs would benefit from a long walk after being cooped up in the truck for most of the previous day.
In places the overhanging branches meant Eric needed to duck, one of the disadvantages of being well over six feet tall. The dogs, however, had no such issues, and they plowed ahead eagerly. Their enthusiasm meant he lost sight of them until he reached a clearer spot in the trees. Eric could hear them splashing up ahead and smiled to himself. Millie was a terror for getting in the water, be it puddle or pond. Toby was more of a wimp and would dance around the edges before finally getting up the courage to venture in.
Eric finally reached the shoreline, to see Millie in the water as he expected. However, the man playing with her as she swam around was a surprise. He’d obviously been swimming, because he was bare from the waist up and—oh fuck—he was a vision: lean muscles, firm abs, and dark nipples against tanned skin. Yummy. Not that Eric was looking closely. At all. Okay, maybe it didn’t take much for Eric to react to a gorgeous man dancing half-naked in cold water.
Eric squinted as he looked a bit closer. Wasn’t this his rescuer from last night? Tim… Tony… Thomas… that was it, Thomas.
“Morning,” Eric drawled as he watched them play. “Hope she’s not bothering you too much.”
As Eric spoke, Thomas looked up and stopped horsing around. Millie gave a disappointed bark as she paddled and nudged Thomas’s hand hopefully. Thomas ran his hands though his hair to get the drips out of his face, his muscles rippling in a most distracting way. Eric’s cock was quite appreciative and twitched in his sweats.
“I don’t get too many dogs rushing to join me in my morning swim.” “Sorry, she never can resist getting in the water.”
Eric was trying hard to concentrate on the conversation, but really, most of his attention was taken by the view in front of him. He spent his days surrounded by handsome men and beautiful women, but this man took his breath away. His dark blond hair curled damply around his ears, and his bright blue eyes sparkled in amusement. Damn, could I get more girly?
“Eric?” Eric blinked. “Uh… yes?” He’d been so busy staring at the water droplets running down Thomas’s chest… and—oh, are they freckles? Eric couldn’t tell from this distance.
“Earth to Eric?”
He dragged his gaze away reluctantly from Thomas’s body to his face. Not that it was any less distracting with those eyes…. Fuck, those eyes. “Yes?” Thomas was smirking at him unashamedly.
“Would you mind calling your dog back? I’m getting cold now, and I’d like to get out.”
Eric stared at him stupidly for a minute, and then his brain finally got on board with the conversation. “Yes… I mean, sorry. Millie, come here girl.”
Sue Brown is owned by her dog and two children. When she isn’t following their orders, she can be found plotting at her laptop. In fact she hides so she can plot and has gotten expert at ignoring the orders.
Sue discovered M/M erotica at the time she woke up to find two men kissing on her favorite television series. The series was boring; the kissing was not. She may be late to the party, but she’s made up for it since, writing fan fiction until she was brave enough to venture out into the world of original fiction.
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What is Sue Brown giving away?
A $20 Gift Card from Amazon/Are (Winner’s choice)
3 E-copies of “Chance to be King”
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L.M. Brown apologises profusely for the way the table is formatted. It came to me in a lovely table in Word that I just cannot translate properly into WordPress. Those who follow my blog already know my limits on tables here and this one was way too complicated for me to replicate. Sorry. 😦
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