Hello again ! It's been a long time! And I've just had my latest story published - it was a long time coming, but I've been busy with so many other projects in my other guise (as C.P. Waterman). And there have been a few unexpected 'external influences' which have helped to slow down my output.
Anyway, the latest is called The Love Nest and here are a few details:
Adults only: some explicit sex scenes render this story unsuitable for people under 18 years of age.
Kelly and Laurence are lovers. But her sister Melanie insists that she should split from him immediately - there's a family secret, and only Melanie seems to know what it is. Something happened in the distant past and its ramifications have surfaced through Kelly's relationship with this gorgeous man. What must happen before this can be resolved?
And here's a specimen extract:
“That little house fascinates me. I don’t know why.”
“If I take you round there now, will I have your attention for the rest of the afternoon?”
I turned back to him and smiled, saying nothing.
He went in the kitchen and opened a cupboard to retrieve a key from a hook on the inside of the door. “There’s a gap in the hedge into next door’s lawn. Come on.”
I followed him through the back of his house and saw the break in the boundary between the two gardens. As soon as I entered the adjacent grounds, I saw the summerhouse; constructed entirely in wood and painted white, its beauty had faded but I could still get a hint of what it had looked like in better times.
Laurence unlocked the door and we walked in. Yes, I thought, it had been neglected. But it had lost none of its charm. The rustic table and chairs stood by a large window, and last year’s leaves had blown in and scattered themselves on the floor.
The windows stretched almost from floor to ceiling on one wall, and when I looked out I could see the neighbours’ house at the other end of the lawn. That, too, looked dilapidated. But there was nothing that a little time and affection couldn’t put right.
My footsteps echoed in the room as I walked round. “I love it here,” I whispered to him. “But where are the owners?”
“I haven’t seen them for some time. I knocked on their door a few days ago, but there was no reply.”
“Someone has made this into a real love-nest. I feel like I’m in another world here.” I turned to him. “Hold me, Laurence.”
He put his arms round me, and we stepped slowly across to the table. Hoisting me up gently so that I sat on the edge, he leaned forward and put one knee on the table to take the weight of my body. I felt his hand explore up my skirt; I gripped him, ready for anything he might want to do with me. For, in truth, I wouldn’t have stopped him.
We kissed, and the passion I had anticipated began to flow through me. I wanted to linger here forever.
Suddenly, he broke away.
I was startled; I opened my eyes and saw him look past me; he had a worried frown. “There are strangers coming this way. Quick – there’s a door at the back – go through there and don’t show yourself. I’ll lock this door, and then I’ll come and join you. Hide!”
When I penned this tale, it was much longer than the finished book - when I showed it to my editor he thought it was too long and the plot was getting complicated. We agreed that I should chop the second half and I should rewrite it as a sequel to The Love Nest. I have two or three other works waiting in line, but I hope to get the sequel out sometime in the spring of 2015. I don't have a title for it yet.
Whilst writing, I should mention that the price of ebooks to readers in most of the European Union countries is increasing in January - for instance, the full 20% VAT rate is being applied to readers in UK. I think that, when the price of printed books in UK is still a flat Zero, this imposition is quite unfair.
Finally... may I wish you all a very happy time during the festive season and I hope you all have a prosperous 2015.