Tread the Boards what’s it all about?

Ben considered himself straight. Hadn’t given a lot of thought to the other options until a few things came together to force him to evaluate his own desires.

He’s a construction worker, a scaffolder with Connor & Lee at Sky High Scaffolds.

I’ve read plenty of reviews for other books and seen comments on articles to tell me that many people believe sexuality is fixed.

  • We were born this way.
  • For some people, that may be true.

There are plenty of other people who’s life follows a different path. They have a sexual awakening, perhaps they change, and sexuality is fluid for some people.

We don’t know why but Ben falls for Tom. Whether Ben is bi, or fluid, or was always gay but didn’t realize until he met the right man, or something else. It does happen.

The stories I write are realistic, based on my experience or the people around me.

Here’s the blurb for Tread the Boards by H J Perry

A feel-good, out-for-you, straight-to-gay romance. Love, at first sight, leads to lots of man-to-man kissing and no angst.

He’s liberal-minded & modern-thinking, but underneath it, all Ben’s shook up when his work colleagues come out. Macho construction workers and gay loving do not go together in his brain. So of course, he can’t stop thinking about it.

Tom is slowly getting over the heartache of his past when he’s swept away by a straight-acting but flirty scaffolder. With enough baggage of his own, should Tom spend time with Ben when he discovers Ben wasn’t acting?

Is it time for Tom to ditch the low paid work, pick up the threads of his life and resume his professional career?

Ben may have always considered himself straight, but his feelings for Tom are very real. How could he tell his family, his friends and his son? Will Ben be forced to choose between the important people in his life? His son and Tom?

A romance story in which people learn more about labels and identities.
A standalone romance novel. Overlapping characters with Our Secret Wedding.
55,000 words.
Set in Britain with (mostly) American spelling.

Here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MAYWVAS

 

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My Goal another bisexual MM romance

I’m enjoying the theme of bisexual men who are confident in their sexuality. the bi character in my forthcoming book My Goal is a lot like Connor of Our Secret Wedding.

My Goal is published later in the week by LoveLight Press (Fri 30th Sept).

Here’s the blurb and cover:

ABOUT

A story of first love. A friends-to-lovers romance between two closeted soccer players.

He’s cocky, he’s arrogant, he’s entitled to his big ego. He an International footballer and a multimillionaire. Carlos Garcia’s a huge success on and off the pitch, and he’s got it all. Joining a new football club, he wants his teammates to like him, especially the one man who sets his pulse racing.

As the quietest guy on the football team, Harry Carter avoids attention. He’s so scared of people finding out he’s gay that he’s made sure there are just clothes in his closet. He has nothing to hide, there’s no history, no past, no secret boyfriend, not even a one-night stand. Ever.

Things are changing. Outside of work, Harry’s best friends are a discreet gay couple, but how is Harry going to keep all the secrets when the new guy on the football team keeps hanging around? Why exactly does Carlos sit next to Harry at every opportunity?

A standalone story with a happy ending and no cliffhanger.

Features:

  • A secret wedding

  • Workplace romance

  • Millionaire sportsmen

  • A bisexual man who meets his dream man

  • First time love and sex

  • Two hot guys in love

  • 40,000 words

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Our Secret Wedding Gay Construction workers Friends to Lovers MM

OSW is available now on amazon & free to read in kindle unlimited

Here’s what they say in the amzn reviews:

“So heartwarming you couldn’t help but be entertained.”

“They fall into an affair so sweet I felt I needed to see a dentist.”

“we can watch them fall in love and experiment in bedroom. There is a lot of sex scenes so ppl looking for some hot times should be delighted… they hide their feelings because “construction workers are not gay”. They are both afraid of the consequences since they both can lose their jobs and their friends. I liked that they both had this type of job and that they both looked all masculine. I think it is important since this type of characters are not very popular in M/M books and this prejudice about connection between job type and sexuality is really strong. Contrary to MCs’ fear we get a very happy ending here and I have a feeling we’ll have not only another Connor and Lee’s story but also Tom and Ben’s.” [she could be correct about Tom & Ben :)]

“I knew this would be s good read because I enjoy this author’s work. What I didn’t expect was for it to be so good I not only didn’t want to put it down, I also wanted more. Conner and Lee are great characters.”

And here’s the blurb:

A friends-to-lovers, feel-good gay romance. Contains a whole lot of man-on-man love action, and an elopement to Gretna Green for a secret wedding.

Impulsive and romantic, Connor is set to take over the family business, Sky High Scaffolds, with his siblings. But he might be ruled out as possible CEO, because even though he’s almost thirty, he’s still single.
Connor makes a life-changing chance discovery about a member of his construction team. Lee is gay, but no one at work knows. The macho scaffolding crew aren’t known for their gay-friendliness.

At twenty-nine years of age, sexy scaffolder Lee is looking for love and commitment. He’s not about to hook up with any straight guy who’s going through a gay experimental phase. Especially not his work colleague, Connor.

Lee fears rejection if and when Connor wakes up and realizes he’s not bisexual and not into guys.
Connor fears losing the love of his life if he can’t prove he’s serious about him and win Lee’s heart.

Standalone novel with a happy ending.

55,000 words.

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Our Secret Wedding by H J Perry MM book cover

Very excited to share with you the cover for my next book. Coming very soon.

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About

A friends-to-lovers, feel-good gay romance. Contains a whole lot of man-on-man love action, and an elopement to Gretna Green for a secret wedding.

Impulsive and romantic, Connor is set to take over the family business, Sky High Scaffolds, with his siblings. But he might be ruled out as possible CEO, because even though he’s almost thirty, he’s still single.

Connor makes a life-changing chance discovery about a member of his construction team. Lee is gay, but no one at work knows. The macho scaffolding crew aren’t known for their gay-friendliness.

At twenty-nine years of age, sexy scaffolder Lee is looking for love and commitment. He’s not about to hook up with any straight guy who’s going through a gay experimental phase. Especially not his work colleague, Connor.

Lee fears rejection if and when Connor wakes up and realizes he’s not bi and not into guys.

Connor fears losing the love of his life if he can’t prove he’s serious about him and win Lee’s heart.

It is a 60,000 word standalone novel with a happy ending.

Broke my arm ~ Cast off

For various reasons, I had to rearrange my writing. All my WIPs got put on hold. My arm still isn’t up to much but the cast is now off, after I broke it in July.

Instead, I have something new almost ready to publish, expect it mid September. An M/M romance novel of approx 60k, entitled Our Secret Wedding.

This extract might not make the final cut, it’s from my unedited draft but tells you something about the characters:

Our Secret Wedding, read it in mid-September.
Draft unedited extract:
“I’m twenty-nine years old, Lee, and you know that because you’re the same age. I had a good idea of what to expect. But still I’ve been trying to get you undressed and in the bedroom for a week. You must have noticed. You are not going to shock or repel me. You have no idea how much I’ve wanted this.” Connor stroked Lee’s erection, there was no doubt what “this” he was referring to.
 
Lee was almost reassured. Scarred by a lifetime surrounded by homophobic comments. His mind hearing echoes of straight men telling him how disgusted they were at the idea of two men touching. It might be disgusting to them, this was Lee’s normal. Not just his normal but his paradise.

“This games embarrassing to watch! Bunch of faggots”

That homophobic tweet about a football match is hard to stomach. Shocking that a 25-year-old professional soccer player could say or think or TWEET such a thing in 2016!

I’m all for looking at the silver lining and not the cloud. The incident shows us how far things have progressed for the better in the UK.

The prompt reaction to the tweet shows that most people find this attitude unacceptable.

  • There was an immediate angry response on twitter.
  • The tweet was deleted.
  • Its author apologised.
  • There was a professional investigation,
  • A match ban and fine.
  • And we are told there has been or will be training of all at Coventry City football club.

Look: homophobic behaviour is not accepted by football clubs, by the FA or by most of the public.

 

 

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want to know more?

Story here: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2016/jun/10/coventry-city-defender-handed-one-game-ban-posting-homophobic-tweet-chris-stokes?

 

 

 

 

 

Asexual characters in LGBT romance novels

In the last few weeks I’ve read not one but two novels with an asexual character in the romantic plot. I can recommend both.

Ace of Hearts by Devin Morgan is an M/M  romantic novella

and

Jack of Thorns by Amelia Faulkner (bk1) is more of a Harry Potter or Percy Jackson or Trials  of Apollo for grown-ups, a Modern Urban Fantasy epic featuring Gods and magic with lots of questions left open for the next installment.

 

Football can be inclusive… Next Game Wins

I recently watched Next Game Wins, it is currently on Sky TV in the UK. Fascinating and entertaining documentary about the “world’s worst” National Football team.

The team have the world’s first trans player to ever play in a FIFA qualifying match and it is interesting to discover how the Samoa culture recognises and embraces a third gender, Fa’afafine.

This is an interview with that player and the team coach.

This is the trailer for the film

 

 

I totally recommend this film for people who are interested in the world and other cultures, even if you are not a fan of sports or soccer.