Monday, 20 February 2017

Weekly Round Up 20th February




Another Monday, another weekly round-up.

Some words have been written on my WIP – meeting on a bus – not huge numbers but some and that’s better than none at all. I know where it’s going, but I’m not entirely sure how I’m getting there. I’ve continued to read through another story to familiarise myself with it before I decide whether to continue. Last week, I was also offered a contract for my Scottish cowboy story now called My Highland Cowboy so I have While You see a Chance on general release 1st May with Manifold Press and My Highland Cowboy on 6th June with Pride Publishing. It’s going to be a busy time. There will be more information about both books coming out soon.

This week, I intend to continue with WIP and reading, but I expect I’ll get edits to do at some point.

I don’t seem to have done much reading this week – probably because I’m reading my own story. I did read and enjoy The Lawrence Browne Affair by Cat Sebastian and now I’ve reading Hard Wired by Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell.

On the box set front, we’ve started watching True Detective which is interesting, if a bit odd.

Lastly, I’m sure everyone will be glad to know that elder cat is completely recovered from losing her teeth and back to her usual level of loud wailing.

That’s it for this week – rather short

Monday, 13 February 2017

Weekly Round Up 13th February



Monday morning again. Just back from the vet to check elder cat’s recovery from her multi tooth extraction and, as expected, she is fine. She is certainly much less of a breath monster.

Last week was slow on the writing front and my WIP remained untouched, though I did have a few ideas. I did finish the edits for Two Highland Hearts as well as the synopsis, and press the submission button, so now it’s a question of waiting as usual. A photo has been chosen for the cover of While You see a Chance. I found a perfect one of a lone house on the coast at Ogmore-by-Sea where the story is set. This could easily be Phil Price’s house that he has renovated, the house where he, Sion, and Helen had played as children. I started a read through of Half Full, a story I put to one side a while ago, which I’m planning to extend. It’s already at 57K so this one might get to around 85K when I’ve finished Owen’s story

On the reading front, I finished The Captive Prince by C.S. Pacat. I nearly DNFed but persevered and decided the story isn’t for me. This has only happened a few times before with such a popular story. Oh well, I’m now reading The Lawrence Browne Affair by Cat Sebastian, which is much more to my taste. I’m also reading The Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch.

We watched Sense8 again. I love that show. Not sure about next box set as not my choice this time, but next time my choice will be Supernatural – spreading the word!

This week, I need to get back to WIP and reading Half Full to catch myself up and see where it’s going with Owen’s story. Although, no doubt Jonah will have some story left too. And back to watching this week’s Black Sails.

Have a good week everyone.

PS I got the contract for my Scottish cowboy story which is now going to be called My Highland Cowboy.

Monday, 6 February 2017

Weekly Round Up 6th February, 2017



Monday morning again and we’re already in February. It’s cold and frosty here this morning so we had to defrost the car to take elder cat to the vets. She’s having dental treatment today so hopefully her breath won’t be quite as stinky.

Last week, I spent my time doing the final edit for my Scottish Cowboy story which reached 66K. I’ve called it Two Highland Hearts, but that’s the fourth title and I’m still not sure about it. This one is quite fluffy for me, but I do like a story with humour.

Duncan McLeod owns what would be called a dude ranch if it was in America, but he lives in the Highlands of Scotland. Into his life strolls Connor Sinclair, clothes designer, originally from near Stirling, but now living in London. Connor is there to design the wedding and bridesmaid’s dresses for his sister, the local vet who is marrying Duncan’s best friend. The few days Connor is there are enough to completely rock Duncan’s world. But how can they have a future, when their lives are so far apart?

If anyone fancies having a read while I’m writing the synopsis and blurb this week, please let me know.

I’ve also read so great books this week. Sight Unseen by Susan Mac Nicol, Slade by Kade Boehme, and Watching and Wanting by Jay Northcote. Next on my list is Captive Prince by C. S. Pacat. On the TV front, I’m happy to say Black Sails is back on Netflix, and I’m still loving Legends of Tomorrow, especially now John Barrowman has a roving brief around CW programmes. Supernatural was also wonderful this week with us getting some of Castiel’s back story.

Plans for this week include getting the synopsis and blurb done, answering some questions for a blog post and, continuing my WIP about two men meeting on a bus.

Have a good week everyone.s
PS This weekend the Six Nations rugby tournament began again. I thought I'd mention my first novel, Sporting Chance which has an MC who is an out Welsh rugby player.

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Monday, 30 January 2017

Weekly Round Up 30th January.


Monday morning again after an ‘interesting’ weekend to say the least. I’ve always been interested in politics, and I’m an historian by training, so let’s just say the current situation both fascinates and appals me, and I’m not going to apologise for writing my views here.

For the first time this weekend, I wrote to my MP with my views on the debate on Article 50 (Brexit), the ban on people from some countries entering the US, and a state visit from the 45th President to Britain. So far over a million people have signed the petition against the visit – not that this government would have the guts to stop him coming here – showing the strength of feeling here.

Back to the author stuff, last week was largely spent editing While You See a Chance, my older men story, which my editor pointed out was really the experience of three generations of gay men. I also have to decide on whether to do a development edit of another story. One of my betas also returned my MS for what is now called Two Highland Hearts, atm, and dealt with those. She says it’s a bit fluffy for me, but these days we all need a bit of fluff. I didn’t get much written on my WIP, but did add some extra plans to the story.

I’ve read some great books this week. Undertow by Jordan L Hawk gave the wonderful Maggie and Persephone a story. I am such a fan of the Whyborne and Griffin stories. I also read The Impossible Boy by Anna Martin which I enjoyed, and am reading Sight Unseen by Susan Mac Nicol, who has become an auto buy for me. Next up is Slade by Kade Boehme.

This week, I’m planning a third draft of Two Highland Hearts checking for the passive stuff and show and tell using Edit Minion, and hopefully some more writing of my WIP which is called Meeting on a Bus – holding title. I'm also looking forward to listening to the latest Torchwood audio from Big Finish - Torchwood One, Before the Fall with the wonderful voice of Gareth David Lloyd. Here's a lovely picture of my beloved Ianto Jones.


That’s me for now. Have a good week everyone.

Monday, 23 January 2017

Weekly round-up, 23rd January

             Morning, and welcome to the weekly round up from a foggy Lancashire.

Last week, for the first time in weeks, I hit my 5000 word target on my current WIP. I've now reached 15K and have found out more about my two MCs. I'm back to writing MCs in their 20s as that's how the story worked. I've no idea how long it will be.

We finished watching Ripper Street - my, that was dark, and for me, rewatching Class, the DW spin off, which I really enjoyed.

On the reading front, finished and enjoyed Switched by N.r. Walker and The Impossible Boy by Anna Martin. Now reading So this is Christmas by Josh Lanyon - loving being back with Adrien and Jake. and Undertow by Jordan L. Hawk, because I couldn't wait.

We've also begun the long sort out and declutter process in the hope that some time this year the bungalow will become a reality and not just a dream - two cupboards in the kitchen count, don't they?

Plans for this week will be dominated by edits for While You See a Chance, my older men story, and, hopefully, some more on my WIP. Oh, and there's also taking the cats for their annual boosters!

Have a good week, everyone.


Monday, 9 January 2017

First round up of 2017 - 9th January

First update of 2017.

Sadly, I've been coughing and spluttering since Boxing Day and still am, although it is getting better gradually. I haven't done any writing but I did do the first pre beta edit of my Scottish cowboy story. I ended smiling so I suppose that's positive. Now off to a couple of readers. but if anyone else is interested, please let me know.

I've read and enjoyed a few stories Falling Down by Eli Easton, Moment of Silence by Karen Stivali, Straight by Seth King and Rejoice Dammit by Kaje Harper which had wonderful older MCs. If you're interested in finding out my favourite books from last year you can find the list here
http://alexamilne1234.blogspot.co.uk/…/my-favourite-books-o…

Favourites included stories by KJ Charles, Dan Skinner, Jordan L. Hawk and Avery Cockburn

Plans for this week include trying to get back into my current WIP and get some writing done. I also need to update my story spreadsheet as sadly I lost it when my last computer died. so I only have a version that's a year old, and I've written a bit since then. Next on my reading will hopefully be Wanted - A Gentelman by KJ Charles

Oh and I've been a good citizen and filled in my tax return with my huge extra income from writing! Still, it was more than the year before, and I am lucky enough to be able to do without.

Happy New Year everyone and fingers crossed for 2017.

Oh and you can still get the whole of the Call of Home series for less than £10 if you've vouchers to spend. And the price of Comfort Zone has been reduced. This is the follow up to Sporting Chance.

Saturday, 31 December 2016

My Favourite books of the Year



These books are chosen from the novels I’ve read this year, not from those published this year. After not reading any historical romance, I’ve discovered it in a big way. The list is in no particular order.



Eleventh Hour by Elin Gregory

I loved this book set in 1920s London. It is the story of spies Briers Allerdale & Miles Siward who have to play a married couple. I loved Millie, Miles’ alter ego and am looking forward to more.

What it Looks Like by Matthew Metzger

This is a character driven story and I especially fell in love with former bad boy Rob. Without I hope spoiling anyone, Eli is transgender. His relationship with Rob is central to the story and there is an interesting and unexpected dynamic between the two. Eli’s relationship with his parents is difficult to say the least and it is Rob who finds the money to allow Eli to have further surgery. It isn’t a perfect read but it is a powerful one.

Hexmaker 1&2 by Jordan L Hawk

Great worldbuilding. I’ve never been a shifter fan but these stories of witches and familiars grabbed me straight away.

Dirty Angel by Barbara Elsborg

I love Barbara’s stories for the angst. I’d just written an angel story so thought this one would be fun. It is a redemption story. Can Aden save himself from hell? He gets run over on a snowy night by Brody. Can they get their HEA?

Reaping Havoc/Reaping Fate by A J Rose

Another paranormal story. As a Supernatural fan, I was drawn to this by the idea of having reapers for characters. Reapers collect the recently dead and help them on their way. These are part murder mystery as well as romance between Nate and Mitch.

A Gentleman’s Position by K. J. Charles

I could have chosen any of the Society of Gentlemen series but I especially fell in love with David Cyprian the brilliant ‘servant’ of Lord Richard Vane who has contacts all over London. Being an historian by training, I’d shied away from historical novels but I couldn’t get enough of these. I might mention Silas as well, my other favourite character.


I love Dan’s writing and Memorizing You will always be a favourite. On the face of it this story sounds shallow but it’s anything but. Bill takes Ted on the road to discovery and goes on one himself over one summer. I always say Dan makes me read like an adult and this is no exception.

Playing with Fire by Avery Cockburn

This could be any of the Glasgow Lads series. I read them all because I love football and I love Scotland. It is set around an LGBT football team but also reflects political and religious divisions in Scotland. Great writing and great characters.

First and First by Santino Hassell

Part of the Five Boroughs series set in New York. Santino knows his subject well. He writes flawed and sometimes annoying characters. This is the story of Caleb and Oliver. Santino writes great emotional sex giving more insight into each character as lives are woven together.

Damaged Goods by Susan Mac Nicol

I looked forward to getting Jax’s story. This was a more gentle read in the Men of London series. I loved Dare and together they made a lovely couple.

Fallow by Jordan L Hawk

Oh, how jealous I am of this wonderful series. Whyborne and Griffin are such great characters. Add in Christine as well and you have the perfect threesome going on adventures mixed with magic and mythical creatures set in the past. I’m so looking forward to Undertow

Straight Jacket by Matthew Todd

This is a non-fiction book subtitled How to be Gay and Happy written by the editor of Attitude. Todd uses his own and other experiences to deal with issues facing gay and bisexual men.


There were many others I could have chosen but in the end I had to decide. Happy reading in 2017